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  1. 3 points
    Hello All! This was easily the worst kit ever that passed through my hands. Typical short rub with a lot of pitfalls. In the end, i even got dust inside the canopy. well... here are the photographs: My best regards!!!!
  2. 2 points
    Hello Friends I started this kits a couple months ago but unfortunately my mom get sick and i didn't had the mood for kits for some time now, fortunately my mother is getting better so im getting better too and i returned to the bench with the Mil Mi-2 that i put here last week. I started here a WIP and i will put there the pictures that i took, for now i will show it already done. I didnt find many references pictures (only some in museums showing new aircrafts) so i didn't make it very very dirty... only with some use... I hope you like it, thank you for looking. Best regards from Portugal
  3. 2 points
    Carl Musselman returns to Fine Waterline with another of his superb dioramas, this time the US seaplane tender USS Duxbury Bay
  4. 1 point
    Press Release New Book: Fouga Magister - An Irish Perspective by Joe Maxwell & Radu Brinzan details the history of the Fouga Magister in Irish Air Corps Service from 1975 until 1997. Contact: joe@maxdecals.com See http://www.maxdecals.com Fouga Magister- An Irish Perspective provides a highly detailed account of this iconic French built jet trainer in Irish Air Corps service. Starting with the development of the Fouga Magister as a light jet trainer for France and other NATO countries, the book goes on to describe the attack on Irish troops serving with UN forces in the Congo in 1961 by one of these aircraft flown by a Belgian mercenary in the Katangan Air Force. This was the first time that Irish troops had ever come under air attack. The later, and somewhat ironic, purchase by the Air Corps of two of the Fougas that had originally been destined for Katanga together with four others that had seen service with the Austrian Air Force “Silver Birds” Aerobatic Display Team is also covered. Further chapters describe what it was like to fly and maintain the Fouga. The history of the Irish Air Corps Silver Swallows Aerobatic Display team is covered in some depth. The Silver Swallows became famous internationally when they were awarded the prestigious Lockheed Martin Cannestra trophy for the best display by an overseas team at the Royal International Air Tattoo at Fairford in 1997. This was an incredible achievement for a small team of instructor pilots who had to fit in practice for their routine in the evenings and at weekends. “ Initially we set out to produce a straightforward technical description and walk-around of this elegant aircraft that would satisfy the scale modeller. However, as the research trail lead us to unearth almost forgotten facts about this intriguing aircraft in an Irish context we just had to expand it into a more comprehensive volume which we hope will satisfy the needs of the aviation enthusiast/historian as well” said Joe Maxwell, one of the authors. Joe has teamed up with another well known aviation author, Radu Brinzan to produce this volume. Although the authors have concentrated mainly on the Irish use of the Fouga, the technical description alone should ensure that this book finds a wider international audience amongst those interested in the Fouga Magister. Granted unparalleled access to three surviving airframes, the authors have included what are considered to be the most accurate scale drawings of the Fouga ever produced in both 1/72 and 1/48 scale. Comprehensively illustrated with over 160 photos, 25 drawings and three tables packed into 108 pages, the authors have produced what must be the definitive English language guide to the Fouga Magister. Fouga Magister – An Irish Perspective goes on sale from September 7th. Price €22. ISBN 978-0-9562624-1-7 For further information contact Joe Maxwell at joe@maxdecals.com See http://www.maxdecals...booksample.html for sample pages.
  5. 1 point
    Hi All, This is my first post. I’ve returned to modelling after a break of 12 years, having previously built civil and military aircraft. I have had a lifelong interest in buses, having spent much time travelling on routes around the country. The Revell release inspired me to attempt a build of Routemaster RML 2414. The model in question was delivered in March 1966 to Hemel Hempstead bus garage, to be used on route 347. I have not seen a build of this particular type on Britmodeller so thought it would be an interesting subject. It will be depicted as factory fresh, with no adverts applied, to best show the Lincoln green livery. Hopefully, more to follow later................................... Engine construction Drivers Cab - note the dolly wheels to protect components during construction Floor area & bulkhead Grille & destination display - grille made from Aber mesh, and destination blinds from custom made decals Seat construction a massive task - almost like a production line. Seat cloth made from custom made decals to '60s era patterns. Seatback panels were mounted on back of seat using plasticard to produce the correct curvature.
  6. 1 point
    Finished this one last night, had been working on and off with it over the last couple of months. the kit is the 1/48 Hasegawa P-38F/G/H built OOB and the decals are from Kagero, it represents the P-38G flown by Rex Barber April 1943
  7. 1 point
    Hello, this is the second AZmodel Spitfire I've finished. Building this kit is not an easy task - some smaller parts have to be adjusted to make them fit, the wing to fuselage joint is poor, and the canopy isn't very clear (even though I used clear cote to enhance transparency). The propeller blades have to be lined up individually - something I never manage to get right .... In endless sanding sessions I erased most of the engraved detail on the inner wing, tried to re-engrave the panel lines but failed due to the amount of filler used (which simply splittered away when trying to restore the panel lines). The model was painted using Gunze/Mr.Hobby acrylics and my trusted Evolution airbrush. Decals come from Red Roo, representing a machine of RAF 451 (Australian) Squadron in 1945. All in all not my best effort ever made but a welcome addition to my ever-growing collection of Spitfires. I'll be trying my clusmy paws on the Sword Spitfire series next time, they promise to be an easier build for mediocre modellers like me. Thanks for looking. Cheers from Vienna, Austria Roman Schilhart
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    - It seems that the Lansen days have risen..... -This is my own interpretation on the thema, with some Maestro products - As you can see with my "Adviser" attitude, the things went rally smoothly
  9. 1 point
    Hi, This is the first time me building an aircraft in 1/48 scale. I'm really impressed with the space for detailing, even this kit is very old and simple. I'm very satisfied with the final result. I wanted to be simple, without rivets, more panel lines or anything like that, just OOB. Decals are only from HobbyBoss kit. For me, this was good exercise for another Fresco in my collection! Hope you like this bird! Cheers, Nenad
  10. 1 point
    This has been on and off for a few years now, finally calling it finished and... BIG! Its the Revell 1/48 PBY-5 with a little help from Eduard, Belcher bits and True Details, with Aeromaster Decals, in the markings of FP225 of 240 Sqn RAF that I believe served as Special Duties Flight in the far east during WWII. I had bought this off ebay, only to find it was missing the instructions also finding good reference for British Cat's are few and far between, thankfully a few Britmodellers came to my aid and sent scans. and information, so thanks for that, in particular, to stringbag and JohnT I had but I did find a good piece of newsreel on youtube here with some great footage of a Cat crew in the far east. I noticed that the Browning’s had all be replaced by Lewis guns, so borrowed some from one a Blackdog set I have for a jeep. Not 100% sure about all the antenna's, I think I've seen all these as well as other configurations in various references, so went for what please my eye.... Build thread is here if your interested... Enjoy
  11. 1 point
    My latest distraction from getting on with some overdue GB projects was this quick OOB build for a recent 'Tiger Meet' club competition. The kit is Revell's original 1/144 offering and is, I understand, a pretty poor rendition of an Eagle. The decals were brilliant though (especially those tail markings, that fitted like a dream), and as I won the kit in a raffle I'm not complaining! Would have looked so much better though with some pre-shading...... Cheers Cliff
  12. 1 point
    This is the 1/48 scale Wessex kit from Italeri, it knocks spots off the old Revel kit, and for me this is going to be the first of many One person I must mention here is Oz H for the big X`s thanks mate For you Oz All comments most welcome as always, Malc.
  13. 1 point
    I finished this off the other week, although only just got round to taking pics of it at the weekend. My first 1/32 aircraft, a real monster of a model compared to what I'm used to, it also took way longer than I expected (over a year ). Its a great kit though, you just need allow a lot more time to do jobs that take not much in 1/48 scale. Its essentially a from-the-box build, but with a Quickboost ejector seat, Aires resin jet exahausts, Eduard etched placards and TwoBobs decals. I've discussed the pros/cons of these extras in the build thread here for anyone interested, but basically the seat is superb, whereas the jet exhausts were a pain in the bottom to fit (being slightly undersized) and the decals realy didn't want to cooperate. Got there in the end though! I also added a pair of GBU-12 bombs not included in the kit, which were kindly donated by a member of the Flory Models forum. Apologies for the large number of pics, think I got a bit snap-happy I entered this at the Model Kraft show at MK a few weeks ago and was pretty chuffed to take silver in the class. Cheers
  14. 1 point
    Ehh... I know nothing about airliners, so it will be OOB
  15. 1 point
    I've been doing some tinkering with the interior of the B-29, namely working out the size and position of the interior bulkheads and floors. The two main areas to receive attention first will be the cockpit, containg the two pilots, bombardier, radio operator/engineer and navigator stations. The other will be the rear gunners' station, which is positioned immediately aft of the bomb bay, which includes the master gunner positions and two further gunner areas where the waist observation blisters are positioned. The first job was to construct the basic shapes of these crew areas; the forward area is uppermost in this picture, and the rear compartment is lower: I've used thick 2mm plastic sheet for structual strength, and have included plenty of bracing to keep everything rigid. The nose gear bay is immediately below the flightdeck floor, and there is a crew entry door in the roof of the bay/floor of the flightdeck which I think I will open up. I've also drawn on the position of the crew areas in preparation for the addition of these details, which will all have to be scratch-built: I've also added some further bulkheads further aft, which will provide much needed additional strength: My next job will be to scratch build the pressurised crew tunnel which connects the forward and rear crew stations, and my plan is to use some plastic piping which will be rigid enough to provide lateral strength through the bomb bay and keep everything nicely in line. I'll update you again when I've made some progress on the crew areas, which is going to be long job! Tom
  16. 1 point
    You can put a stout needle in a pin-vise, Sir, and use this to scribe a line where the rim and tire meets (there is usually something in the piece to guide you at this). The scored line will greatly assist the capillary action.
  17. 1 point
    The best way to do a 720 is the Welsh Models kit. Converting a Minicraft -320 to a 720 is possible, but you'd have to correct literally every part of the model; it's major, major surgery. You may as well start with a Cessna 152 kit and convert that to a 720; the work involved would be about the same.
  18. 1 point
    A very nice rendition - I especially like the weapons load and the FODs
  19. 1 point
    This is another stunning example of a wonderful build and lovely paintwork with the Lance two-seater high transsonic attack aircraft. Beautiful work here from you and Tomy!! Belle
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  21. 1 point
    If we all want a loverly new Lightning from Airfix in the Gentleman's scale, can I suggest the following course of action. We ALL break out our Trumpy/Hase/Frog ones from our collective stashes and start building them. And I mean we go to town on them. Nothing short of total rescribes, scratchbuilt cockpits, correction of every fault and home made vac-form canopies. Then, just as we're presenting them in the RFI section, along comes Airfix with a shiny new one! Mark.
  22. 1 point
    Nice work Mr B! Inspiring me to crack on with mine as I have a few days off... Iain
  23. 1 point
    The Front. As usually, a pair of pics of the time to show you the front of the car. The first is the P83 at the presentation, when the tubes from the front radiator were inside the bodywork; the second is the Spence P83 at the 1967 Canadian GP, where the tubes were outside the bodywork: Little change to the radiator. Like the other last MFH kits, also this one has the inside of the radiatory empty, so you can see through. Therefore a little plasticard (then painted aluminium) has to be insterted inside the radiator: On the left the radiator of the kit, on the right the radiator with the plasticard added. This is the upper arm of the front suspension with the frame for fitting to the chassis. As you can see it is an unique piece: To create more realism, I cutted the upper arm of the suspension from the frame, so I could put the frame alone to the chassis, making a 0.8 hole on each side were I inserted a 0.8 brass tube which will take in position the upper arm: In the middle of this pic there is the damper of the kit, which I cut in two pieces (A), inserting a 0.8 stainless tube in the upper part and making an hole in the lower part: On the right of the pic there is the upper arm where I made a 0.8 hole. This is the final result. Remember to paint the springs with semi-gloss black: These are the lower arms of the front suspension; on the right of the pic those of the kit: The red arrows show the rear lower arm of the front suspension: instead of polishing and making rounded them, I preferred to cut them and changing with a 1.2 stainless tube (red arrows on the left): Here the whole suspension in place: The holes on the front of the upper arm where closed with a flange rivet (one for each side). The arms of the front suspension were all sanded until a chrome look. The hubes were painted with a 1:1 mixing of Gunze Metal Black and Steel, whereas the part in the middle with Matt Aluminium. Here the whole front of the car: To be underlined: 1) the final parts of the steering where changed with 1.0 stainless tube. 2) radiator, all its tubes and tank were all painted with Alclad Matt Aluminium and washed with Gunze Smoke Blue. 3) all the black shrink tubes and hose clamps are those of the kit. 4) the bottles of the fluids were painted with Matt Aluminium whereas their caps were only polished. At least the roll-bar, which was present in the P115 only: The red arrows show were it was painted with matt black to simulate the hole: this part will go out from the nose and will be visible.
  24. 1 point
    1/48 with True Details cockpit and wheels,Atrwaves "E" wing conversion and CanMilAir decals.
  25. 1 point
    Handsome looking aircraft. I love the look of the "Birdcage" Meteors. You've a definite talent for action photography.
  26. 1 point
    Cracking photos of a very clean superb looking aircraft!! Thanks for posting cheers Bob
  27. 1 point
    Great scheme. You "Chewed it"!!!!!! Very well done. Dave.
  28. 1 point
    New today is something a little different, not a ship but 1:700 all the same, Kostas Katseas' diorama of US Marines embarking Starlifter transport aircraft for the Gulf War. All on nothing much larger than a postcard! Mike
  29. 1 point
    Back from his summer break from modelling, Kostas Katseas is back today with a bang with an outstanding model of the Japanese battleship Nagato in 1930's fit.
  30. 1 point
    If I remember correctly, the worst part of the kit is the rear fuselage just forward of the exhausts. I think someone does a correction part for this. Martin
  31. 1 point
    You're welcome Mike. It'll be good to raise the profile of the maritime genre. Looking forward to working with you.
  32. 1 point
    Hi Bill Wow. THose pieces looks really good. In our case my father will modify each nose for the Mk II in our series. Here are some progress made on the first Mk I Horsa Cheers Santiago
  33. 1 point
    Dear Chris, you really need to take your time with this kit. It may look crisp in the box with all that fine engraved detail and the relative low parts count (ca. 60), but a quick build it ain't. The major problem area is the wing/fuselage joint. The propeller blades need to be assembled individually, which caused a bit of headache regarding the correct angle. A jig would have been very useful. There is no aiming device included in the kit. Even though the canopy is nicely detailed, there is no option to display the cockpit open, as the canopy is a one-piece affair. I also built this F21: It suffered from a poor quality canopy, just like the XIV. I strongly recommend to replace this kit part with aftermarket item or, regarding the VIII, with the 1/72 Italeri Mk.IX, like I did on my F21. The canopy is the weakest part of the kit I think. A few years ago, most short-run manufacturers included Vacuform canopies with their kits - a pity this tradition doesn't continue....
  34. 1 point
    well.......... I spent ages converting a VW Golf to a 3 door from a 5 door, then tried to dry the paint with a hair dryer......
  35. 1 point
    Well, I thought it was finished--as I was taking the pictures I noticed the cabane bracing cables are missing--AARRGGHH!! Decals by Model Alliance. Anyway, FWIW, here it is:
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