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  1. 4 points
    Here's my attempt at the 1:350 Academy HMS Warspite. She's always been one of my favourates, ever since building the old 1:600 Airfix kit as a youngster (I still remember the box art, and impressive look of the ship), I also got hold of the 'Ensign 4' Queen Elizabeth class many years ago and always admired this classic class, and recently after reading up on Warspite's history have been even more impressed with what this mighty capital ship acheived. I managed to get hold of an 'Anatomy of the ship' book for Warspite which was a great reference but also made fascinating reading, and also read Ian Ballyntine's 'Warspite', which is also a very good read. I've gone for her 1942 stint in the East Indies with the early two tone camoflage, which was post Puget Sound refit, but needed minor back-dating from the kit's 1943 appearance mostly by omitting certain 20mm mounts. The kit was bought at SMW (Telford) along with what was then the new Pontos full set of wooden deck, complete photo etch and various resin replacement parts. The build went well, lots of additional time required for all the extras in the Pontos set but well worth it, and finished with a bit of time spent weathering and adding L'Arsenal resin crew figures. She took around 12 months of slow but steady building, but overall I enjoyed building her.
  2. 3 points
    Hello, here is my Mosqutio in the IAF service. W.I.P here: http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/234941991-tamiya-148-dh-mosquito-fb-mk-iv/ I hope you will like it. Cheers, Ilan. Thanks for looking.
  3. 3 points
    As ever, thanks for the support and compliments everyone. Just a quick iPhone photo with the flight deck painted, apart from decals for the numbers, everything else is masked and painted, it turned out to be much easier than I expected, and I'm really happy with the result. I'll now mask this before finishing the details and starting the painting and weathering steps.
  4. 2 points
    Evening all. The Battle of Britain has long been my favourite period of aviation history, and for the last few years I have aimed to do a BofB subject every summer. This year it is one of the opposition, namely JG27. I have an old Dennis Knight BofB activity book (a treasured possession since I was 7!) that has JG27's badge (albeit labelled as JG3) on the first page, and I have always wanted to do a model of one of their aircraft, complete with tribesman and tiger head. Cue Airfix with their new 109 and Xtradecal's 70th Anniversary sheet! I am aiming to finish this by the 8th September, which will be the 73rd anniversary of this particular aircraft being shot down. As an aside, I have the Eduard kit of the ME110, which happens to have the markings for the exact sharkmouthed Me110 shown crashed in the activity book. Next year I think!
  5. 2 points
    Been off but not out - here's my take on Airfix's pretty good kit of the Type 45. Used WEM PE set (very good value), Veteran Models CIWS and Harpoon launchers plus all the usual tweaks! Finished in WEM Light Weatherwork Grey and Modern Royal Navy Deck Grey (which is slightly green to my eye, but hey!) All pics courtesy of Farnborough IPMS website (Dr Flangemeister!) Really nice kit, nice decals, and this came out nicer than I expected. The only glaring miss for me was the four spines on the top of the SAMPSON dome. I also didn't reposition the starboard anchor which didn't particularly bother me. This has now been donated to a Royal Navy officer for eventual display in the ship's wardroom once the base has been tidied up! Something I'm quite proud of! Al
  6. 2 points
    Hi, Here is my attempt at the Fujimi Spitfire XIV, SM888 'B' at Tengah March 1947. It is in 1/72 scale and compared to my 1/48 seems tiny but great fun. Try to ingore the awful attempt at the base/diorama but this was my first go and it was somewhat rushed. But I wanted to photograph the model with a base rather than a hairy rug. The sand by the way is the wifes garam masala. Also the prop needs replacing as I tried to dry it quickly using the wifes hair dryer and the blades curled, well, you live and learn! Thanks for looking, Russ
  7. 2 points
    Well folks here is my first post for the forum! My little man was born back in May 2012 and I wanted to build him something to go onto his shelf from his dad Anyway when I saw this kit come along I managed to bag myself one. I finally manged to finish it a few weeks ago and must say I really enjoyed this kit even though the odd decal was tricky. Safe to say it now has pride of place in the little mans nursery and is the only model SWMBO allows on display in the house or is remotley interested in! Anyway hope you like as much as I do? Rich P.S Sorry about images being huge...still yet to get to grips with uploading them!
  8. 2 points
    Hi Everyone Finished my Hobby Boss 1/48 Bearcat the other day, so I thought I`d share some pic`s with you Done as an aircraft of L`Armee De L`Air, G.C.1/22, Savitange, French Indochina, Mid 1950s To go with my small collection of aircraft from the conflict Built OOB including markings, only additions being; some wire antenna and engine embellishments, seat belts sway braces and fuses for the bombs Very heavily weathered as plenty of photo`s show these aircraft to be Hope you enjoy looking at... Thanks for looking, Russ
  9. 2 points
    My very recently completed Airfix Lancaster which i can tell you has been re-tooled, neat panel lines not too heavy or too light, the addition of the dropped landing flaps underneath the wings add a very nice touch (you can have them in the retracted position if you wish) for 72nd scale very nice interior detail although the only draw back is the complete decal that goes onto a flat instrument panel, but you hardly see it anyway, they have given you a bomb trolley for Barnes Wallace famous creation again you can have it fixed onto the aircraft if you wish, overall a clean build, hardly had any problems they have redesigned the undercarriage bay, the struts that come out of the fuselage which then the two wing halves attach to it create a very strong sturdy structure, had minimal problems with the kit bit of filling and sanding in some places but we'll allow for that because it is Airfix This was a competition ran by Airfix between our branches where i work at ModelZone for the Dambusters 70th Anniversary, winner to be decided, hope every one likes it, will be on display in the shop in one of our cabinets, my little tribute to the men of 617 Sqn and of course Bomber Command, beautiful aircraft, enjoy Photo of the newly added dropped landing flaps
  10. 2 points
    Enzo About half were guns in pods. The others came out of the bay but we fitted them before loading the guns/pod assy. Also have (fond?) memories of removing the Guns for deployment, I hated fitting those wooden "Tit" blanks in the front fairings! At Deci I arm started a jet off to the range. Just got my brew from the tea bar when we got the message: "The range, she is closed!" Aircraft is returned and in circuit. I Collected one Flem and my GS to see it in and unplug it, and stood at the slot ready. 1/4 hour later no jet. Nipped into the line hut. "So where's this armed jet then?" One phone call later lots of ATC people seen on the ATC balcony with bino's searching the airfield. Meanwhile intrepid growbag is taxying in thinking to himself, "Whats all these airliners doing here?" He's only landed at Cagliari airport by mistake - in an armed jet.........................! Selwyn
  11. 2 points
    I used LifeColor acrylic paints, which are easy to use - both airbrushing and paint brushing, and they do a good range of naval colours. I got both their US Navy box sets previously when doing the USS Missouri, and found them good to use then, and found they do a decent match for R.N. colours 507A, B and C. I'm thinking about the next one, certainly Belfast is a contender, but have a Black Swan to do, and recently got hold of USS Essex (CV9), but may go with one I've been wanting to do for some time which is the Trumpeter kit of USS San Fransisco (CA38). Ooh, decisions decisions ... I will probably try some of those new North Star 1:350 crew, they look really good, and would have a good time doing them up. For this Warspite, I used the old favourate L'Arsenal little resin figures, with various officers, CPOs, POs, ratings in tropical no.7s and no.10s, and various working clothing, many informal as seen on many photos and reported in what I've read, also a few Marines. I did them after finishing the ship (as a kind of reward), and got them together for a team photo the night before 'boarding' for the first time ...
  12. 1 point
    Hello friends The "AFV adventure" continues! This time i build (under commission build) the french EBR-10 Panhard in portuguese marks, this particular vehicle participate in the Portuguese Revolution of 25 of April 1974, it was a used vehicle but not an old/very dirty one, so following the pictures of that time this was what i thought is correct. Hope you like it, feel free to comment Best regards from Portugal Vitor Costa
  13. 1 point
    After a spate of Tigers, Panthers, Centurions and Comets, something in the 'Not So Good' class was needed. The AFV Club M-10 fits that bill perfectly. Now don't get me wrong, this is a comment on the tank or GMC itself, not the kit. As a tank destroyer, it was a child of the poor American armour doctrine and was equipped with a gun of mediocre quality. Airbursts were particularly lethal to the M-10 due to the complete lack of overhead protection. Although some had ad hoc armoured roofs added later, this feature, combined with the weak armour, did not encourage US Tanker to go hunting German tanks. Used mainly in Italy and NW Europe, they were not liked in the Pacific and rarely, if ever, used there. The British had some and converted others to the Achilles, armed with the very nice 17pdr gun. Nevertheless, they served till the end of the war and it was developed into the M-36, armed with a much better 90mm gun. In this guise, some were even used in the Balkans in the 1990s. Right. The kit. To be honest, it's great. AFV Club have done the M-10 proud, basic interior detail along with superb moulding have give the modeller a great kit. Fiddly in parts but should build into an excellent replica. Obviously, with a kit like this, one starts with the interior. Seats, instruments, gearbox and the like. A couple of levers and pedals were added, though I don't think they'll be seen in the finished model. Sprue nubs tabe some cleaning up, a good file being an indispensable tool. There are some ejector pin marks that need sanding down, but nothing major. So, without further ado, here's the photos of the completed interior after being given a washdown of very thin black weathering powder to tone down the white. Now the shots of the interior after a heavy 'been in action a while' look. I've now added some ammo tubes to the racks, a shame you only get four and some spent shell cases to the floor. Now comes the boring bit, the suspension. Each of the VVSS units is made up from TWELVE individual parts. Those of you with a ham-fisted tendency like me, should be very careful here, as five parts need positioning loosely before cementing the last which holds them all together. The result though, is a fully articulated VVSS unit, just like the real thing. So, six of these later and I'm ready to kill something! The do look the part though. If you get the opportunity to add these units to another Sherman kit, eg the Tamiya one, go for it. Time to move onto the hull. 32, two part bolts to add. Arrrghhhhhh. W
  14. 1 point
    Ok cheers Russ,I'll take a look in there then, its always interesting to see different folks methods.
  15. 1 point
    I've got a 1:1 Jeep if anyone ever needs any reference shots (made 1951)
  16. 1 point
    Great work Russ and really nicely done believable weathering, going to have a look at your firefly thread to pick up some tips for the next build. Seen a few knockers of the HB Bearcat re: accuracy but seen a few built up now and to me it looks a great kit, def one to add to the stash, Stu
  17. 1 point
    Hello Our latest release is a 1:72 scale kit of a well-known Royal Navy's flight deck tractor. The kit includes resin and photoetched parts, and also allows you to build a tow bar to accompany the tractor. And again, here's a couple of photos that show the real thing on the carrier deck: http://www.eacott.com.au/gallery/v/navy_photos/buccaneer/Bucc+101+off+Eagle+waist+cat+for+final+time.jpg.html http://www.eacott.com.au/gallery/v/navy_photos/buccaneer/Bucc+launch+off+Eagle+bow+cat+final+disembarkation.jpg.html Best regards, Alex
  18. 1 point
    And an RAF Mustang III. Revell 1/72nd kit straight from the box.
  19. 1 point
    EXACTLY!! And I might add that I'm tired of people slamming those who point out the errors because "it looks like a Mumblymuff MR.1 to me", when they simply don't know enough about it to see the errors...
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  21. 1 point
    This looks great Roy. Love the plumbing on the car. Rick
  22. 1 point
    Thanks for the comments on the paint work, a lot of effort but I'm pleased with the results. Here's another pic of the top side- This dead line is getting tight, not sure we will make the end date? Bank holiday coming up but I've got family thing to do. Shaun.
  23. 1 point
    The Airfix Jules Verne's Nautilus, listed in 1981 catalogue - we are still waiting for it. = 32 plus years
  24. 1 point
    Further thoughts. . . while I am getting in touch with my childhood, I might well build this 'wheels up' and mount it on one of Airfix's new stands. . . perhaps with a spitfire in hot pursuit!
  25. 1 point