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  1. This is a bit off my usual open-cockpit, wind in the wires patch, but I have long been fond of the early B-17s, and have wanted for a while to do a bare metal example in foil. This is a machine of the 50th Reconnaissance Squadron at Hickham Field, in the late spring/early sumer of 1941. I had it pretty near done in July, but put it aside for other projects, with only few fiddly bits remaining to be done to finish it. This week I got it out to have it done for today.... I want to thank Mr. Aitken and Mr. Matsuoka for cuing me in to a genuine Pearl Harbor subject (the kit ma
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  2. My latest project is finished.. This is my rendition of Lt. James Elms Swett Wildcat as flown on his famous Medal of Honor mission on 7 April 1943. This was his first combat mission and he became ace-in-a-day on that flight, shooting down 7 Japanese airplanes before being hit himself.. Not bad on your first day on the job.. He would end the war with 15,5 confirmed victories in 103 combat missions. He earned two Purple hearts, 8 DFC and of course the MoH.. The kit used is Tamiya. With Quickboost engine, Eduard Zoom set, CAM 48-111 decals, Ultracast wheels and seat (should have been with sho
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  3. I built this Corsair many moons ago, but I am pleased with the results. The kit is Tamiya, which simply falls together, and if my memory serves me well, it is painted using the old Aeromaster acrylics, which were brilliant but sadly are no longer available. The markings are for VF-17 aboard the U.S.S. Bunker Hill. Hope you like it.
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  4. Any time, Checkers! I love writing about the Il-2 so much that I'm finishing up a book on it. It is one of the unsung (in the West) heroes of the Second World War. I my opinion it was the single-most important aeroplane in terms of defeating the Nazis. Best Regards, Jason
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  5. Not RAF, but USN, a 35mm filmstrip (remember those?) with accompanying reel-to-reel audio tape. An Electronic Warfare training class on Fire Control RADARs played the audio for a Russian system with the narrator saying "An Electronic Warfare Operator seldom hears this sound twice..." (this was while the Vietnam war was just winding down so they had lots of great audio to use). The first time I heard this for real while overflying the Russian helo carrier Moskva, I about jumped out of my seat. Luckily enough an EW officer from a VQ squadron that was watching over this rookie's shoulder settled
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  6. 'Canadian government to cancel F-35 commitment'. 'Search under way for buried Spitfires in Burma'. Coincidence? ...I don't think so!...
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  7. It is perfectly reasonable to buy a less advanced fighter aircraft at a lower price. However if in 15 years time the same fighter aircraft would find itself in a bad situation against an opposition armed with superior aircrafts, I'm sure plenty of people on this very forum would complain about those useless (add insult of your choice) politicians that put the lives of servicemen at risk by selecting an inferior aircraft...
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  8. Hi Folks! The latest product of my sick leave - 1/32 Revell MiG-29UB with Zactomodels upgrade set (3x more than the kit cost) and Eduard exterior PE. Finished in Xtracrylix with Begemot's amazing decal sheet. For info on using the Zacto set, the build thread is HERE Usual high quality pics taken outdoors in the dying sunlight.... Happy to answer any questions, comments etc. Al
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  9. Hi All Well I have a topic dear to my heart on the work bench a Short Sunderland A little background preamble if I may to set the scene. I have come to know on my trips to MOTAT (Museum Of Transport And Technology), here in Auckland a WWII vetran who is currently working on the Short Sunderland Mk V we have here. His name is Mac and he flew Sunderlands in WWII. He was with 490 (RNZAF) Squadron, but was seconded to RAF 270 Squadron flying out of West Africa circa 1944. If you visit on a Wednesday you generally will catch Mac doing his thing (that he loves) on NZ4115 Q-Queenie. (Curren
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  10. Hi All, Here's my latest output and, overall, this kit was a joy to build. Please, Airfix, more of the new tooling! I chose the option to build the 1950 RNVR aircraft from RNAS Culham (HMS Hornbill.) There were a few tricky areas to deal with – the rear wing to fuse joint needed so filler, the propshaft needed trimming and if you choose a wheels-up model then ignore the instructions and glue wheels to undercarriage to fairing and install that sub-assembly. I hadn’t built an in-flight model since I was a kid and have really enjoyed this – I’ll be doing more as I think it shows off the machine
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  11. This month I have continued my 70th Anniversaries modelling theme with a small, but relevant diversion to finish the year with yet another Harrier to add to my collection! 70 years ago this month, in preparation for the anticipated Allied landings in Sicily the following year, 899 Sqn formed up at RNAS Hatston in the Orkney Islands on 15th December 1942, equipped with 12 Seafire IICs and a core complement of 6 pilots from 880 Sqn. Sword's marvellous 1/72 twin stick harrier kit includes colourful tail markings from 1992, when 899 celebrated their 50th Anniversary. The kit comes in two
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  12. - The kit is a Eduard Bf 110, the only modifications are an under belly window and an Rb 05 camera in the cockpit instead of the ventral 20m/m guns.
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  13. Hi all I'm calling this finished - this is my entry for the Airliner II GB and is the magnificent Revell Tante Ju in 1/48. It may not be the best in the GB but I have a sneaky feeling it will be the biggest The masking was a nightmare and the decals took (literally) weeks to deal with. Numerous re-visits with scalpel and Sol/Set to get them to bed down over those corrugations! She is finished as D-2527 of Lufthansa in 1937, named 'Manfred von Richthofen' and used by the RLM as a VIP transport. The build thread can be found here http://www.britmodel...topic=234926086 The cabin is detaile
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  14. Also built for the RNZAF theme build is this Italeri 1/48 Harvard using locally produced Ventura decals.
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  15. Hello all, Just read a thread over on ARC about Canada cancelling the F-35 programme. Here's the article If true, I wonder if this will be the first of many. There's also another article which suggests that other contenders to the CF-18 may be considered. Let's try to avoid any political wrangling here folks! Dave
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  16. This is a project I just wrapped up for the Interwar GB. The Airfix 1/48 kit provides many parts needed to make a proper pre-war Spitfire, but not quite everything. I had to make some modifications in the cockpit (adding a ring and bead gunsight mainly) and do a few additional external modifications as well as this model represents one of the first 12 Spitfires off the production line. Overall, I am pretty happy with the results. The use of aftermarket parts was kept to a minimum as all I used were some old True Details photoetched belts and some .303 gun flash suppressors for the outer wing g
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  17. Kit manufacture: Frog Scale: 1/72 Type: DeHavilland Sea Venom Extras used: £0,25 worth of love and attention Paints and colours used: Vallejo model air 71053 Dark Seagreen and 71009 Duck Egg Green Been off from work last friday and decided to use the three-day weekend to finish off a few projects. This is one of them. An old Frog kit, with the £0,25 price tag still on it! Those where the days... If you show a kit that old some love (well, at least more then £0,25 worth...) you are rewarded with this. Even the 40 year old decals wanted to stick! Oh my, what a big nose you have... ...a
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  18. I've been using them for a year or so now. as per the above prep is essential - Tamiya do a fine surface primer (in grey and in white) in a rattle can (but it decants OK) which is a help here as it does cover very fine scratches and if you then hit it with a gentle polish using micromesh or similar then its a really good base for the alclad (or the gloss black paint undercoat needed for the high shine alclad colours). Alclad also sell a primer that fills slight imperfections and whilst I have some I haven't got round to trying it yet - by all accounts it does a good job. Also remember that
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  19. Cheers chaps...funnily enough, I thought the same about the Batmobile when I'd was spraying it! Anyway, here she is, fresh from March 1970: Cheers, it's been fun, Dean
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  20. Like a dream from the 70s, Duncan. :-). A tiny bit of filler along the wingroot, and some superglue to attach the tails and blend them in. Easy peasy. Rob
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  21. Thanks. This year I decided to be a little "Eclectic", breaks the monotony of 48th aircraft. And some space... Although that's not strictly true of the RM, as it's bleedin' huge.
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  22. Oh yeah! Looking great, have one of these and have pulled it out a few times thinking I will give it a go, but have been frightened by the size and complexity. Good to see someone having a shot at it.
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  23. Finished at last is this 1/72 Airfix Islander, with S&M decals. The build thread is here. The S&M decals are great, but if you want to model VP-FAY as she was at the time of the invasion, then you'll need to cut off the bits of the fuselage cheat lines that wrap under the lower section of the nose cone (as I have done). This section must have been damaged at some time while in FIGAS service and replaced with a plain white part. As the model is to be shipped out to the Stanley museum for display, I decided not to fit antennae and other overtly delicate parts. Cheers Cliff
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  24. Quick update, main paintjob finished - just touching bits up then time for decals!
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  25. Thanks for your tolerance - most people would just say annoyingly persistent! Finally - a ray of hope! I knew it could be done - I think you've got it exactly right! John
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  26. Rockets and bombs painted and weathered http://i201.photobucket.com/albums/aa287/caffloss/Shturmovik/Shturmovik001-6.jpg[/img]"]http:// All decalled up and nearly finished ! http://i201.photobucket.com/albums/aa287/caffloss/Shturmovik/Shturmovik002-4.jpg[/img]"]http:// http://i201.photobucket.com/albums/aa287/caffloss/Shturmovik/Shturmovik003-3.jpg[/img]"]http://
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  27. Realistically - in a large scale air war the person with the most planes with reasonable technology is likely the victor. Would you rather 10 F-35s, 20 Typhoons or 50 Su-27s ? The most advanced fighter possible at whatever cost, even if invincible in the air is useless if the enemy has more planes than you can shoot down with it. The UK has been lost for some years regarding the right path to take, I actually think buying off the shelf to be a better idea than letting BAE milk the MOD for an over budget, late product which is half-obsolete on delivery.
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  28. A nice collection Stephen. I particularly like the Wessex. Cliff
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  29. Yummy!!! Know what you mean! With few exceptions, I have no qualms about building the original, old Airfix kits. I have no interest in looking for faults or accuracy issues. I'm content to build straight out of box & use my meagre skills to produce a decent model." Impossible" is NOT in my vocabulary!!I I like the old Sunderland - even though I would like to see a re-tool! With a modicum of scratchbuilding ( mostly interior) It builds up quite well. I've got their B-29, Catalina. HE-177, B-17 & B-24 , Halifax & Stirling. Have a notion to build BOTH Italeri & Airfix Sun
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  30. Looks very good mate.
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  31. Politicians are of course officially denying that the F-35 is cancelled. However, one of the oldest rules in politics is that you never believe anything until it's officially been denied............!!!!! This is a face saving exercise because the politicians concerned will never, EVER admit to have screwed up in the first place. Of course, this cancellation could just be the start......!! If Canada goes. who is next. I'm admittedly not very knowledgable about such matters but, it seems to me that fewer orders = higher unit costs = even fewer orders = even higher unit costs....................
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  32. I like the trails of 'water' coming off the wings, reminds me of this kind of thing Chris
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  33. EASY ! the clue is the Barnes Wallis pic which shows actor Michael RED-grave (Red being of course the well known soviet colour) in a YAK FUR Coat Mr Redgrave plays Barnes Wallis in the Dambusters film for a total screen time of 2 minutes 41 seconds which is .....(wait for it ) 1/72th of the films total Running time ! no..........? ..............any takers? seriously tho i am wondering if the Lanc Bii is a tooling window towards a LINCOLN (new nose section, fuselage insert, wingtip extensions, and different engine cowlings.....) if by chance the major hurdle of the radial nature
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  34. Plenty of scope for multiple boxings and markings schemes for that one.
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  35. There is a short sequence in Britain at War in Colour that shows Malta Mk.Vs before the take off, they are in a blue and grey on the upper sides, I wonder why no one so far brought that up .... at least I've never seen it mentioned anywhere.
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  36. I think that the Micheal Redgrave picture hints at a 1:8th scale kit of Micheal Redgrave as part if a new Stars Of The Silver Screen series of kits, because we all know how well the England Stars sets sold
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  37. Very well done, as a youngster I was once told " to make a good model you have to have patience, remember, a marvellous model in months, not a muddle in minutes", and as the first photo shows all done with two left arms, challenging at best I would think
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  38. Cockpit ready and surfacer. Masks from the box need some corrections...
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  39. Quantity has a quality all its own.
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  40. Lovely clean build and spot on weathering Mike.
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  41. Clean build. Really like the display, well done!
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  42. Great looking T 34 !! Very ,very nice presentation !!!
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  43. Bloody marvellous my friend. Exceptionally well displayed as well. Regards Pete
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  44. Excellent finish and quite a different display method - very . regards, Jack
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  45. Well presented and finished, lovely looking kit, very nice Tom
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  47. Excellent work mate! The base really sets it off too
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  48. Well I've cracked on today. Here's some pics of the model in its primer coat. It neeeds some seam work doing still, but - nice evening, couldn't resist!! Hopefully you can see that the chin intake has been reduced in depth - gives a much sleeker profile to this area. Looks more protypical to me. Cheers Jjonners
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