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  1. Hi all, I would like to present you one of my models, a Dassault Mirage 2000N from EC 2/4 Lafayette during Red Flag 94/2 exercise. May be you had already seen it on the french forum master194. This is the Eduard/Heller kit which includes resin seats and some photoetch parts. I have added a NECA pod and an inert Magic II, both scratch built, and the Renaissance exhaust nozzle set. The cockpit has been detailed too. The desert paint scheme was specifically made for the occasion. The Mirage 2000N is the nuclear strike variant of the Mirage 2000 family. It was made to carry the ASMP nuclear missile but can perform conventional strike missions. It has been optimised for low-level flight, incorporating a terrain following radar. On picture below it is presented with a SOCEA starting unit from l'Arsenal and scratch built ladders. Thanks for looking, Nicolas
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  2. Evening gents :grin: latest from my workbench is this Supermarine Seafire XV from Sword. The kit is straight from the box apart from tape belts in the cockpit. Brush painted with Humbrol enamels as usual with various acrylics used on the little bits. Hope you all like it. Seafire XV of No 883 Sqn, RCN, RCNAS Dartmouth, June 1948 Regards Tom
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  3. Well it took ar longer then expected, but I did keep my promise that she would not end in the shelf of shame. She is a Revell 1/48 Viper that I started this one for the F-16 GB here: http://www.britmodel...topic=234917085 And after taking my time to do this Viper justice I dare present to you the result: I made extensive use of K4's decal fixer and the canopy is tinted with he's prototipe for clear paints.
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  4. I finally finished my Harrier. I was trying to avoid any after market stuff but in the end I used Heritage Aviation's undercarrriage set, and a Neomega seat. My WIP thread is here: http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?showtopic=234929126 I used the decals from the new issue of the kit and Xtracolor enamels to paint her. Thanks for looking.
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  5. Spent the last few weeks building this 1/48 beauty. Pretty happy with the end result and looking forward now to building my 74 Sqn version.
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  6. That's as good a GR3 I have seen. Brill FF
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  7. Thanks, Martin. You weren't too far off when you used the word "bludgeon" earlier! Ah, T Rex. I'm old enough to remember that! (Or I'm so hopelessly out of touch that I don't know the new song you're referring to!) Yes, I think the worse is over. I've been dry fitting the wings, doing some sanding (mostly to get the very small dihedral right), and they will fit just fine. I've been thinking whether I should add some rods to make a stronger joint, but I may just use some Gorilla Glue or epoxy. So far, the only really difficult part has been fitting the tanks onto the booms. The kit is certainly not shake and bake, but for me it doesn't live up to its web persona of being unbuildable. If my back cooperates, I hope to have the wings on and at least get to the primer stage over the weekend. Cheers, Bill
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  8. Very nice, looks the business in that scheme as well! Great job on the re-scribe. cheers Simon
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  9. That's a nice paintjob there JM, the demarcation looks really good too.
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  10. Supacat HMT400 Jackal and HMT600 Coyote 1:48 Airfix The Jackal was developed as a replacement to the Land Rover WMIK by Devon based Supacat, with improved load carriage, armament and range, as well as a very powerful engine to give it torque to crest difficult obstacles and a high top speed on roads as well as off-road. Conceived as a deep-penetration recce platform and convoy escort, it provides a better weapons platform with a long 500 mile range, whilst adding crew protection and maximum speed of almost 50mph on rough ground. In an effort improve upon the Snatch Land Rover's poor IED resilience, the Jackal is fitted with armoured panels beneath the crew compartment, and shock-absorbing seats to protect the crew further. Of course nothing is totally effective, and some fatalities have occurred on active duty in Afghanistan. The Coyote is an extended wheelbase variant of the Jackal, with an additional powered axle to give it better load carrying ability, whilst providing the same off-road traction, and the two vehicles will be used in support of eachother, in a mix-and-match variation to carry sufficient supplies and arms for particular assignments. The Coyote is also capable of acting as a light artillery tractor if the need arises. The Kits As you can probably tell from the twin boxtop pictures, these are separate kits, although they both arrive in identically sized boxes in Airfix's usual style, and they share three sprues, with the Jackal effectively containing a subset of the Coyote's parts. Initial impressions are surprising - there is plenty of detail in the parts, which are crisp and well moulded. There are also a lot of parts in these small vehicles, which should result in a good replica. The construction process between the two kits is also broadly similar, starting with the axles and their associated suspension and drive shafts. The Jackal has two to build up, while the Coyote has three. The front up-armoured crew section floor is the same in both kits, but of course the wheel count is different. The front of both vehicles builds up the same, with the crew floor sitting on top of the front axle and armour panels, a bulkhead behind the driver's compartment, and another behind that, both with built-in roll-over bars. The armoured sides of the cab are installed, as are the driver and co-pilot's seats with an armoured back protector. The Jackal has a short axle-protection panel under it, while the Coyote has a double axle panel with protection for the additional mechanics, and a proportionally longer flat-bed section placed on top with extra mud-guards for the additional wheels. The same blast deflection panels at the rear of the vehicle are fitted, as are the cut-down tail-gates. A pair of additional crew-seats are fixed to the central section of both vehicles, and diagonal supports for the aft roll-bar are installed. The covered spare wheel is mounted on the left-hand passenger door, and can be posed open or closed, as can the right door, which has internal stowage boxes on its inner face. The Coyote has four side panels on the flat-bed, compared to the Jackal's two, and these can be posed folded in, or flipped out for more external storage on both types. The front of both vehicles is the same, built up with large protectors around the headlight clusters and grenade/smoke launchers on the front quarters. A piece of PSP metal planking is attached to the front where the radiator would be for unditching the vehicle in the event of bogging down. To the rear of this section are attached the driver's controls and dashboard, which has decals for instrument dials, plus a full set of foot pedals. This whole section is installed on the open front, and tied in with a front protection bar and a pair of front door panels that can be posed open or closed. A gun-ring is placed on supports in front of the rear crew seats, and to this is mounted the .50cal machine gun, although a 40mm grenade machine-gun can be mounted, but isn't included with the kit, sadly. Another set of grenade/smoke launchers is fitted to the back of both vehicles, and a rear pintle-mounted GPMG "Gimpy" is attached to the rear right of the flat-bed. Flip-up running-boards are mounted between the front pairs of wheels on both vehicles, which can be modelled in the up or down position. As can be gleaned from reading this review, only a relatively small number of parts are required to turn a Jackal into a Coyote (at the model level at least), and these are contained on a half-length additional sprue in the Coyote's both. It contains an additional pair of wheels, suspension and drivetrain parts, plus the extended axle guards, longer flat-bed and additional side-stowage racks. A full-colour painting guide is printed on the back page of the instructions, with the dominant colour being desert tan, khaki for the seats and black for the anti-slip coating on the flat bed area. The decal sheets are identical, so take care which number plate you use if you are planning on getting both vehicles to display together. If you're getting more than two, I'd start planning on sorting out some more plates so you don't have any duplication. The decals are well printed, in good register, and have good colour density. A pair of short black stripes are included on the sheet as "spares", as well as a pair of V-shaped theatre markings that are sometimes worn. Conclusion Each of these kits will build up into a nicely detailed replica of these futuristic looking vehicles. Details such as wheels and cabin fittings are very nicely done, but the crew seats are a little Spartan, however, when looking at the covering of the real thing, they're not too far off the mark. You will need a set of crew seatbelts to give the vehicle a bit more detail, and as they are often seen festooned with equipment for the current mission, you'd also better start thinking about getting some stowage that will fit with this scale. Released individually, and as part of the Operation Herrick range of 1:48 vehicles, figures and buildings, these kits should look great in a desert diorama setting, especially in conjunction with the soon-to-be-released Merlin helicopter, or the existing Lynx AH-7. Highly recommended. Review sample courtesy of
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  11. Have done some work on this a week or so back. Build started of relatively quick and simple after the 32nd scale A-10. But soon i realised how much more could be done to really make this example stand out. The interior: After dry brushing the metal frames and spraying the walkway, It was obvious more need to be done to bring the detail out more. Seat Belts..... Wings and main undercarriage are all complete also, along with the horizontal/vertical stabilizers and the 2 Merlins are complete, minus painting. I've devised a method so that the 2 Merlins will be visible along with placable and removable cowlings More to follow....
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  12. Nice job, mate! Well done!
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  14. You have done a cracking job there, well done. Mac
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  15. You`ve done a cracking job on this one, I presume you started off with the re released Airfix 1/48th kit? If so that makes it doubly impressive, what a rescribing job and I love the paintwork, All the best Tony O
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  16. Absolutely stunning!
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  17. Now that looks gorgeous well done
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  18. She's a real beauty.
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  19. Amazing ! Congratulations ! nice finnish and paint job !
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  20. That is a cracking finish!
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  21. Lovley workmanship--she looks worn, but well cared for. Did you mix anything into the sea grey/ RAF dark green to fade it, or is that just how the Xtracolour paints look out of the bottle? In either case, it's very convincing... A. C.
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  22. they were beautiful harriers. and this is why i now have a tendency to put wheels up on everything leave off all small easily broken details and usualy probes if i can get away with it. if not i replace them with steel wire. this is because there are not many other people who give a toss or care for your items even family are ham fisted. its annoying ive had so many models destroyed by people in different ways and rather than saying sorry about that. the response is either "oh well its only a piece of plastic" or "oh well its only a toy you shouldnt be playing with toys at your age" no appology but self righteous confirmation that you are wrong and they are right. fitting models with steel wire for probes as i have done on my vulcans has the added advantage of people who are clumsy impaling themselves on it and being warned from touching these mini models of war. i also had an ex who seeked to destroy and did destroy all my models i had made since my childhood .. the result of that is a new girlfriend who likes me being me and making more models than ever. so i suggest you go out right now and buy yourself a nice big harrier kit make it s 1/48th or 1/24th fitted with a motion sensor that activates an alarm withing a 1 ft area of interference (cats are also a problem)
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  23. As well as the nose, one other major external difference was in the intake area - the A-4E and subsequent models used the J52 engine in place of the original J65. This resulted in a separated intake to accommodate the increased airflow requirements. A splitter plate was added in front of the intake as well. The A-4G, being a customised version of the A-4F, has these. Definitely no avionics hump either . In short you can't build a totally accurate RAN Skyhawk from the Airfix kit without a lot of work; you'd be better off trying to find a Fujimi A-4E/F or an ESCI/Italeri A-4E without the hump. Also check the fit of the decals. The Modeldecal sheet was designed for the woefully inaccurate Hasegawa kit which has a too-long fuselage so the fin checks may be too large.
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  24. Hi folks, Anybody used the Humbrol multi colour rattle cans? Got to the painting the body stage of my Yamaha R1 but can't decide, thought I'd go for something a bit different... Any thoughts? Matt
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  25. ...and gallons of Micro Set and Sol!
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  26. I'm not a fan either...maybe I'll drop him a PM...
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  27. Paints used. Brushed on and when dry added PVA watered down. Left to dry. Paint was then built up added watered down.
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  28. Yes, you definitely should be happy and proud of her ...... a fine build and you fought off any difficulties resulting in quite a Fighting Falcon model ! Mike
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  29. I notice Neomega have already got a version of their Mig-23 pit out for the Trumpy kit, based on their one for the ESCI kit, so let's hope they do the same for the Jag!
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  30. Those camo rings are nice, Does that mean it's flown by the Mysterons? Nigel
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  31. Well done Rick! Very good you haven't rushed this one towards the end of the GB!
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  32. “…the shackle of the target cable being liberated through the medium of an electro-magnetic release unit.” Clearly the person who wrote this manual was brought up on Thomas Hardy. Surely "...being electro-magnetically released." would have sufficed! bob
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  33. Stunning example !! Love the bi-color scheme, it looks very realistic. Congrats. Karen
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  34. Yep, we just have to settle with Apaches. Oooo, wish we had buses to play with..............
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  36. In addition to the Cosford B.1 there was another XA903 that flew into Boscombe Down for fire training. What was particularly galling was that this was modded for engine trials with the RR Pegasus (complete with Harrier lower fuselage grafted into the bomb bay). Later it was the RB.199 test bed. THIS should have been preserved in Cosford as it would have fitted into the collection of experimental types. Trevor
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  37. Hello, I like this one, I saw the real one in the 80s whan I was at 51st wing. I know the pilot and the artist who made that cat, he made a lot of drawings and caricatures for the Wing and the Air Force too. His nick name was Brugar, he sadly left us few years ago. I'm proud to have a funny portrait he made to me. I built the same plane too, take a look at my collection here http://www.flickr.com/photos/angelomoneta/collections/72157601963027397/
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  38. It's well worth to miss a GB deadline if the final result is so good ! Great job, the painting is very good and you're right, that seat is now really impressive !
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  39. Holy Crap! That is indeed a masking job from hell! Excellent results though as the demarcation between the camo side and the high vis side looks so crisp! Very nicely done!
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  40. Magnificent, and to do it twice, insane! Sean
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  41. 'nummy, a very challenging scheme that you have successfully accomplished...... -I have taken notes on your 's' mods.
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  42. Thanks again for the positive comments, I really appreciate them. Here' a photo just to prove that I've added the aerial mast and undercarriage door to the model...
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  43. I find it quite scary that I am scheduling builds for over a year ahead!
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