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  1. 6 points
    British Phantom FGR.2. Hasegawa kit. -Aires cockpit and exhausts -Aires wheels -Xtradecal
  2. 4 points
    Okay, the easy bit is done.. Next up is the base.. Anyway, here's the tired old girl.. And, to remind us how big/small this thing actually is..
  3. 4 points
    Hi everyone, here`s my first ( and most recent) completion from my haul from the Hinckley Show in March. Tamiyas 1/48 Bristol Beaufighter VI completed as an Australian built Mk21 Representing an aircraft of No 93 Sqn RAAF known as the `Green Ghosts` Apart from the decals all the parts were in the box, only extra work was deletion of two wing guns, some antenna, seat belts and a small fillet ahead of the observers station the decals were from an old Eagle Strike set also I thought I`d show you an earlier build This time a Mk X, actually done from the TFX boxing Done as an SEAC aircraft of no particular airframe or squadron but inspired from a pic` of a 22 Sqn, RAF aircraft Markings from the spares stash and the kit decals Only real work done was deleting the guns and ejector shutes and fixing a camera housing to the nose Hope you enjoy them both.
  4. 3 points
    Well, after a long and protracted 3 year build the Lancaster is finally done. This is by far and away the hardest Tamiya kit I have built. I added Eduard Etch in the cockpit, Belcher Bits resin engines, Paragon tyres and some scratch builing in the cockpit area. The guns are from Flightpath. Hope you like her. I present the Picadilly Princess, a Mk III, of 424 Tiger Squadron RCAF, March 1945. It is painted using a mix of Tamiya, Gunze and Vallejo acrylics. [/url] Alan.
  5. 3 points
    Hello, Finally finished my Eduard Hellcat. Built totally out of the box with the exception of new gun barrels [drilled plastic rod] and brake lines. Painted and weathered using Tamiya acrylics mixed by eye. I have achieved a first with this model - an aerial wire! Hope you like the pics and any comments are welcome! Thanks for looking Matt
  6. 3 points
    This is my first double ship display,enjoy the photo,s,if could get photobucket to work Grrrrrrrr Link for build http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/234930347-hms-ocean-orange-hobby-resinhms-dragon-type-45-dragon-1700/ [/url]
  7. 3 points
    WESTLAND LYNX HAS 2 702 NAS, HMS Avenger Flight, Yeovilton 1979 This is the Fujimi 1/72 kit with a few alterations, the main ones being a new tail rotor drive shaft cover to give a more bulked-out look compared with the kit, reshaped fin (the kit gives the Army style fin) and reshaped exhaust area. I left the main cabin empty but worked on the cockpit a bit. The kit doesn't supply the pilot's collective for some reason even though the other 3 sticks / levers are there so that had to be added. I also repositioned the cyclic sticks nearer to the seats to give room for the instrument panel. I added the Seaspray radar display on the observer's (post) side, but the rest of the instrument panel came from Modeldecal's sheet. I really like the original Oxford Blue scheme. I've had a tin of Xtracolour Oxford Blue for more years than I care to think about, but it still sprayed OK - took a while to dry though! The old Modeldecals performed well as usual, and a final coat of Humbrol satin varnish gave it that semi-gloss look of the early Navy Lynx. Nice to have some real warm sunshine to photograph it in after a long grey winter. Chris
  8. 3 points
    de Havilland Heron II G-AORG 'Duchess of Brittany', Jersey Airlines
  9. 3 points
    Thought I would post some pictures of my GR9. It's not perfect by any means but I am quite pleased with it. A great aircraft, greatly missed.
  10. 3 points
    Wings on nd test fitted the exhaust. I tested microsol nd set on spre with lcld - it was fine... going to alclad the UC doors and tail plane next...
  11. 2 points
    Hello The Supermarine Scimitar of Dynavector is my first Vacu-kit and temporarily the last. Built out of the box, Pavla Resin ejection seat and colors from Gunze. Thank you for looking and regards Martin
  12. 2 points
    Hi mates, here is my latest project, the Spitfire Mk. I as seen in summer of 1938. This started out as an out-of-the-box build, but of course that didn't last long. Project: Supermarine Spitfire Mk. I Kit: Airfix Supermarine Spitfire Mk. I/IIa (kit number A02010) Scale: 1:72 (The One True Scale) Decals: From the kit, representing 19(F) Squadron at Duxford in August of 1938 Photoetch: Eduard Interior Set No. SS400 Vacuform: Falcon Spitfire Canopy Set Paint: Gunze H72 Dark Earth, H73 Dark Green, H309 FS34079, H47 Red Brown, H90 Clear Red, H91 Clear Yellow, H93 Clear Blue, H94 Clear Green; Tamiya XF-69 NATO Black; Testors 2062 RAF Interior Green,1149 Flat Black, 1168 Flat White; Alclad 101 Aluminum, 104 Pale Burnt Metal, 115 Stainless Steel, 314 Klear Kote Flat Weathering: Some post shading to simulate paint fading, but generally not much weathering as the aircraft was new during this time period. I applied a burnt umber panel line wash to the camouflaged areas, light gray to the white underside, and black to the night underside. Improvements/Corrections Applied the Eduard PE set to the cockpit. Cut open the kit canopy, and used the windscreen and rear canopy. For the sliding canopy, I used a section of a Falcon vacuform. Camouflage pattern was hand masked (not a template). Shortened the HF mast to represent correct height of 68cm. Added antenna with 0.005" diameter Nitinol wire. Build thread: Link All told, I liked this kit a lot. Only a couple of points of discussion during the build, one of course was the panel lines. I partially filled them with Alclad grey primer, and I think that helped a lot. It's not so much that they're too wide, it's that they're very deep. Which in some respects is good, as you won't lose them during sanding. The panel line wash that I applied made them stand out a bit more, but I think it adds some interest. More discussion in the build thread... The other point was the markings, specifically the wing roundels. I could find no photos that show WZ-T with the roundel placement shown by Airfix. The directive in place at that time specified upper wing roundels on both wings, and most photos (but not all) of 19 Squadron Spitfires at that time show both. I chose to model WZ-T that way, partly to be in compliance with the directive, and partly to appease my sense that Spitfires should have roundels on both wings. Again, more discussion in the build thread... So on with the pictures! EDIT - I really should have used a different seat. This one is about 5 scale inches thick! Enjoy the photos! It's a great little kit and I had a great time building it. It took longer than it should have, but the project was interrupted by my ninth back surgery. It is so much fun getting old! Cheers, Bill
  13. 2 points
    Hello all, Here is my attempt at the Twin Seater Typhoon. All comments welcome. Thanks for looking
  14. 2 points
    Hi, this is Teemodeller. For those who don't remember, I'm the 13 year old modeller who some of you jhave been giving advice to. Anyway,these are my latest builds. The first is thye Airfix Gnat I have been talking about for a while, but have never got around to posting the pictures. The second is the Revell Spitfire Vc. Both builds went together very well, with no fit issues etc, etc. The only thing I'm worried about is the orange paint on the Gnat, I'm not sure if I put enough paint on. Oh well. The aerial on the Spitfire was done with stretched sprue. Anyway here are the model;s. Please criticise openly and honetsly. Thanks!
  15. 2 points
    My first Armour build I decided to try something quite cheep and easy to build to try out some weathering techniques which are new to me. I choose the Tamiya Panzer KAMPFWAGEN II which I picked up for a fair price and ended up with something I'm quite happy with. After finishing I then decided it needed something to sit on , two days later. More Armour ? Yes I think so Thanks for looking Martin
  16. 2 points
    Finished this a couple of weeks ago. Straight from the box except for as few additional details added to the cockpit and I filled in all of the panel lines with milliput. I seem to have had a lot more fit problems with this build than others appear to have done, the top wing was dictinctly warped and took alot of twisting and cutting to get everything lined up to my satisfaction. Paint is Aluminium Alclad and International Orange from the Xtracolor range. There is certainly some very nice detail in the kit and makes a nice pair with the previously released Gnat. The single seat Vampire is a rescribed Heller kit with markings from a Euro decals sheet. Andrew
  17. 2 points
    You are pretty limited for the G-2, if you were to expand it to a G-4 then you have a couple more options. The captured Russian and Swiss machines are definitely G-4, the Croatian machine, take your best guess. There are pictures around of at least 1 G-2 in British markings and the Hungarian machine is probably a G-4, but there are no clear pictures of the markings, so it could have been used in standard Luftwaffe markings, so the profile and decals should be considered a bit of a guess.
  18. 2 points
    I've done the wings, inside of the UC doors and the red line round the tail of the fuselage. Doesn't look much but it took me two hours! Going to do the black base for the rudder, tailplane, doors etc tomorrow the the UC and wheels. I'll take some pics of the wings when they re dry.... more soon!....Hope you like it
  19. 1 point
    Hello All, This project started life as a quick low-stress easy build. You can tell what happened next, eh? The Airfix YAK-9 is a 1963 mould, providing a basic model with a pilot-on-peg cockpit and no wheel well detail. I've compared it to photos and plans from the interweb and it comes out "pretty close" - certainly not as bad as the Airfix IL-2 (q.v.). Here's the list of things I noticed with remedial actions: cockpit is empty (un-empty it) wheel wells are wrong shape and empty (change the shape some and box them in) propeller, undercarriage and exhausts are not much to write home about (modify/scratch as needed) air intake is too small (modify) wing tips are semi-circular like the very late model -9s (sand to shape) raised details and rivets (re-scribe some panels, add some panels from aluminium tape) canopy is too small (make a new one) Fuselage tapers too much in profile (don't look at it from the side) Tailplanes and elevators are a bit too small (hope no-one notices) I added a new cockpit to get the project going: The fuselage needed a LOT of filler! This was the first application: You can see the widened air intake, the small intakes at the wing roots, the boxed in wheel wells and the original propeller (since removed) (well actually the blades broke off a lot during sanding...) The exhausts are heat-stretched plastic rod, cut and bent to fit in a re-positioned exhaust slot (moved further back) on the fuselage: You can see the scribing and the riveting - the rivets were mostly lost after a light sanding and primer, which is fine - I don't need every rivet to stand out. I used a cut out piece of plastic from a food container as a template to scribe the wing fillet and it worked pretty well. I bought some aluminium tape at Maplin's this morning and intend to try it out to make the inspection hatches and petrol tank covers this evening. Thanks for looking, Adrian
  20. 1 point
    Hi everyone Well, I'm taking a break from my Galactica because quite frankly, I'm sick of looking at it at the moment and I have lost my enthusiasm for it (temporarily),so I am going to do a "fun" build. In this case, I am going to try and make a Qantas A330 out of Revell's A340-300. I have obtained a large amount of references and tips for the conversion, so it should go fine. However, I may also live to regret doing this because me and airliners have never gelled that well (this will be my second ever civil airliner - the last was Zveda's TU134 and it looks awful). This is all OOB with exception to the two-six GE engines Ii bought for this conversion. I looked for ages on Evil bay and other places for the A330 but I never found one and those Ii did find were way to expensive for my liking. Initially, I was going to build the A340 into the Qantas Prototype, but then I found the engines and changed my mind - 2 hours AFTER I bought the A340 decals from Hawke-eye decals. Anyway, I'll be using the majority of the A340 Decals and Ed Russell is making me the correct rego numbers. Anyway, I have made a decent (I think) start to it and have finished the landing gear, cockpit, interior is all blacked out (I was going to light it, but I can't be bothered now) and am about to mate the 2 fuselage halves together. It is here that I know I will have issues because every time I have made an aircraft where you get 2 halves like this, I can never get rid of the seams properly and end up making a flat spot on the top (or bottom). However, I have been trawling YouTube getting hints and tips on how to do it right, so hopefully this time, I can get it right. This is also where I could quite likely suffer some serious forum embarrassment if/when it goes wrong. Anyway, here's where I am up to presently: As soon as the finished articles have uploaded to photobucket, I will post them. Thanks for looking in and if you have any suggestions through out this build, please feel free to throw them at me Best regards MH
  21. 1 point
    Hi, This is my A-4C Skyhawk from Fuerza Aerea Argentina - grupo 4. Model is Hasegawa. The scene takes place on june 8th, 1982 on San Julian airfield just before departure for attacking RFA Sir Galahad already damaged. The plane raises the HMS Invinsible mark, and is loaded with three BRP 250 with drag chute. Enjoy ! Thanks for looking, Nicolas
  22. 1 point
    P-51B 'Old Crow' Clarence E. "Bud" Anderson This is Bud's first Mustang that he received upon arrival in the UK replacing the P-39s that the Group left behind in the US. You will notice the white nose and spinner. This was just before the 357th adopted the yellow and red checker-board and yellow and red striped spinner that was so characteristic of the Fighter Group. This is the 'Old Crow' boxing of the Academy kit, although I didn't use the kit decals as they was for a later 'Old Crow' Instead I used one of the options from one of Eagle Strikes 357th sets. Right on with the photos. I have included photos taken on a blue background and identical shots taken on a white background. Please tell me which ones you prefer when you comment on the build. Thanks. Thanks for looking, as per usual your comments are welcome.
  23. 1 point
    Hello all. This past Saturday, I paid a visit to the small but very interesting air museum in Olomouc for it's official 2013 season opening. Olomouc is a small city in the eastern part of the Czech Republic. What the museum's collection lacks in number, it makes up for in variety. They have some true rarities on display there. This Let L-610 prototype, the ill fated successor to the L-410 Turbolet, is one of only two examples of the type left intact and on public view: This particular L-13 Blanik was used for jet powered self launching trials: Let XL-29, prototype of the famous L-29 Delfin trainer: Here's some general views around the museum's hangar, which was used by the Soviets during the Cold War, and some of the other aircraft on display: All comments welcomed, thanks for looking
  24. 1 point
    very nice work to weathered indeed. Linus
  25. 1 point
    After a long time hoping for a kit of the DH84 in 1/48 scale I decided to cross this one off my bucket list by scratch building (naturally there will now be a kit released just as I finish!) Being relatively slab sided the structure is not too difficult. Construction is with plastic card and various detail bits from the spares box. The wings are shaped balsa core and covered with ballpoint pen embosed rib and structure detail. The resin engines were mastered and supplied by Fred Harris - thanks Fred. Thats it for now - Cheers and regards PJ Western Australia
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  27. 1 point
    Howdy chaps and chapesses While the bodywork on my Laverda is busy drying, I got this old donkey off the shelf.... This is a resurection job, a very abused kit I bought about 10 years ago from a flea market for some ridiculously low price. It had a 'needs love' sticker on it which is why i bought it. Took it home, opened the box, said uuuuuuuurm, and shelved it. So, the oblig box shot. and the bits... This is the 1988 kit of the '87 Paris Dakar bike, based on the Cagiva 750 Elefant. I have two of these, this one being an original issue with the three digit code, rather than the later five digit code. Also, quite a rare bike kit. Ok, so how bad is it... in a word,.....absolute :poo-poo: The frame has been handpainted, and apparently sprayed with something glittery...!!! The engine has been stuck together with superglue, so bit of an issue there, also hand painted and glittery sprayed. Not quite sure what the plan was with the bodywork... and the shaft of the shock has snapped off and disappeared Worst if all was the wheels. They have been sprayed directly over the chrome plating, a couple of times, and the previous owner then touched up those areas with brush painting. (stooopid, didnt take a before photo), but theyve been stripped completely and undercoated. The wheels are all black, so not sure why they were chromed, and the spokes are within a ball hair of the right diameter, so they are going to be left as is. So, if you are not aware of what Protar kits are like, they had some really unique bikes over the years, but they are real dogs to work with, and it takes a lot of work to get a nice kit out of them, but most have Cartograf decals and are actually fun to build, especially the bikes you dont see very often. This will be a slow one, but worth it in the end, this is the only kit of the Cagiva Explorer, and one of the very few Paris Dakar bikes available, soooooooo enjoy. (and yes, i can guarantee you, there will be a LOT of swearing)... Cheers Steve
  28. 1 point
    Nice work. Blue, please. Chris
  29. 1 point
    This is the excellent Airfix 1/48th scale PR19 finished as a machine from 541 Squadron at Benson in 1950 Very much OOB with just a wire whip aerial and a set of etched seat straps. I used the gimmicky hood over rear glazing because I managed to screw up the original hood, and I'm actually impressed with it. It is way too thick but does the job. All in all a stress free and fun build. Thanks for looking.
  30. 1 point
    Nice job on the Mustang Mish. I also prefer the blue background (shouldn't really comment on photography as my skills and camera are complete pants) The Mustang we were talking about at Modelissimo was a 361st FG P-51D and didn't have a name, so I was completely wrong when I said I thought I had built 'Old Crow' lol. (pants memory as well) I think I had the Hasegawa boxing a while ago but put it on ebay on one of my regular stash thinning exercises. Steve.
  31. 1 point
    I might be a warbird builder, but I alway like the smooth finnish of the civil airliners. Well done m8!
  32. 1 point
    so photos of progress... cockpit done and installed... ok so the instruments are a bit "pants" but best I could do with the kit 'pit at the moment....
  33. 1 point
    Lovely finish and a great looking model, I definitely prefer the blue backgrounds, richer colours and more depth to the model. Glen.
  34. 1 point
    Really nice build! As for the background colour! I like the blue!
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    Right, today's work - first lots of insignia white Then unmasked the gloves and the metal leading edges Fitted and weathered the landing gear On with the wheels Put all the decals on the missiles Finally fun with Alclad on the exhaust nozzles Peter
  37. 1 point
    How about the following in 1/48: Gazelle Puma Wasp Just to get it started
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  39. 1 point
    Believe it. This is the postwar Desert Scheme not Temperate Land. Also seen on Tempests. If you need a more thorough description, it's in the book.
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  41. 1 point
    Hmm, interesting question, so a few searches later.... now, it's seems the G-2 specific options are a bit limited, but also finding alertnate scheme for Luftwaffe typesd is interesting, other might find the following of interest too. This page http://forum.12oclockhigh.net/showthread.php?t=9747 says that the Hungarian had the G-4, but it also lists a G-2 . There are decals for a Hungarian G-4's http://www.had.hu/magyarazorajzok/72094_48094.html the wiki page here http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Air_Force_of_the_Independent_State_of_Croatia says Croatia had G-2's. Thread here, note last post http://forum.axishistory.com/viewtopic.php?f=49&t=64968 Couldn't find a pic. The Romanians flew some, wing pallette says it's a C model, But were their C nightfighters. There are photos w profiles in 'Romanian Fighter Colours' book, but the book is not to hand for e to check details of what model. Interestingly when having a search for details as book is not to hand, i find this...so apparently an F model full review here http://www.hyperscale.com/2013/reviews/kits/eduard84145reviewbf_1.htm which was news to me! There is also a table, showing what Eduard Bf 110 kit has what. Looking at it, the only difference between the F and G are the wings.. but offhand I don't know what the difference is... I looked up some sprue shots but can't see the difference, I think the canopy is different as well. NOTE - The Eduard kit has many redundant bits, so you might be able to build an 'F' from a G-2 with some work? I don't know the specifics and a quick search has not turned up an obvious answer. Other's will know more. Hope of interst T
  42. 1 point
    Hi Steve! More FSS photos - I have no information as to where, but both shots are dated August, 1980. Note the aft location of the badge: The antennae fit - all FFS Chipmunks carried the two UHF aerials, I've measured mine at 8.5 X 3.5 inches. Please see the attached drawings from Chipmunk - the first fifty years by MDN Fisher, RW Brown and T Rothermel (to put it in context, the book that I was involved in started life as a -the first sixty years project). They depict WK643/G at EFTS in September 1988. Note that the swept VHF rod antenna mounted on the tailcone seems to have been fitted to all EFTS aircraft during that unit's life; FSS Chipmunks didn't have this. And I must apoligize to you for not posting these dawings earlier; I knew I had them "somewhere" but they proved very hard to find... I measured the lower antenna as being 6 inches aft of the trailing edge of the wing/fuselage fairing. Note that this was mounted subtly off the fuselage centreline; being fixed perpandicular to the fuselage skin it wasn't actually vertical - this not very good shot, taken yesterday while dodging dripping hot engine oil, illustrates this:
  43. 1 point
    Nice one Matt - have always liked the Hellcat - ever since I built the Airfix 1/72 kit many moons ago.
  44. 1 point
    Probably the best Hellcat I've seen. Outstanding.
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  46. 1 point
    I love the G-TREN. Flew on this a/c in 2000 - I have the decals and a Minicraft 737-400 to make one day. I hope it is as good as yours!
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    Dunno really where to post it, cause is not a plane..and is not a military vehicle. It is the USN Fireman tractor in 1:32 done by VP in resin some yrs ago in 1/32 scale. It is a lovely add on for USN dioramas.. hope u like it.
  49. 1 point
    Very nice indeed Andrew, I think we have all had our share of build problems with this kit, maybe we were all trying to be too clever! I love the finish you have achieved and see the finish you have achieved by filling the panel lines. Congratulations. Colin
  50. 1 point
    They look great...especially the FedEx build.
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