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  1. 3 points
    After spending the best part of 5 months building this I am quite pleased with how it's finally turned out. During my time on the 'Junglie Circuit' I cut my engineering teeth on this airframe: ZF121 from 772 Squadron then I met her up again on 846 Squadron. Where I worked with it in Northern Ireland I hope you like her There are more images but didn't want to swamp all the bandwidth hehe
  2. 3 points
    Well I could not sleep so I started on some more details. The Nav instrumentation and various boxes and stick are all moulded as 3 simple pieces but it quite 2D in nature. I started by cutting and separating the 2d representation of the Nav stick. Apologies for the crappy photographs. Then whilst I was at it I cut the rest of the panel up - no going back! I then moved on and rebuilt that area and glued into behind the front of the rear panel as it should be. This is were I have gotten to. Some wiring to add etc and needs painting and glueing together. I also added some very prominent cabling that you can see in photo and pilot notes. And I added the rudder pedal straps that were missing.
  3. 2 points
    Good afternoon everybody. Hope we are all having a pleasant weekend This is my build of Combrigs Indefatigable class battlecruiser HMAS Australia in 1/700 I think the history of the ship is fairly well known but a brief overview. She joined the newly formed Royal Australian Navy in 1913 as Flagship. Started WW1 in Australian waters conducting operations against German assets in the Pacific before being moved to the UK as part of the Grand Fleets Battlecruiser Squadron. Managed to miss all the fleet actions of the war which with the fates of some of the other battlecruisers, was probably a good thing. Returned to Australia after the war and was decommissioned and scuttled off Sydney Heads as a result of the Washington Naval treaty. Heres a link to to report done on the wreck recently for a bit of interest http://www.environment.nsw.gov.au/resources/heritagebranch/heritage/media/hmasaustraliawreckinspectionrpt.pdf The kit itself is good starting point and I've run a work in progress on it here http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/234944212-1700-hmas-australia/ But on with the pics Bit pic heavy sorry, I got a bit carried away. She's not perfect but I have learned a lot building her. Thanks once again for everyones help with the build and I hope you like the finished product. Cheers Callum
  4. 2 points
    Built OOB, Testors MM paints. Build thread: http://www.zone-five.net/showthread.php?t=24706
  5. 2 points
    AFAIK, all the XIIs had pointy rudders, the V based airframes had fixed tail wheels, the VIII based ones had retractable tail wheels. Nice job on the XV Col, theres a lot to like about this, I need to get off my backside & get one of these as I already have the Almark decals & I like that scheme, especially now I've seen it on yours. Steve.
  6. 2 points
    My old man gave me one crucial piece of advice..."Never ask, boy. The xxxxxxxx always tell you no". That's been my mantra all my 61 years! Martin
  7. 2 points
    Yes please.The Spitfire is for conversion to a Seafire 1b.
  8. 1 point
    Mmmm, where to start. There will be no pretty pictures tonight because I have done nothing. The reasons for this are many an varied and include time pressures, not deciding on the goal and, peer pressure. I use the term peer pressure very, VERY loosely. I will explain shortly. I also, perhaps rashly, promised that I would do a WIP on a project that started out as a silly idea. This is not the first time I have done this. To understand more, a bit about my background. I started out making Airfix kits when I was a snotty little 'erbert as I was (then) growing up under the circuit for Lee on Solent. I did not make them well and made everything and anything. I was not impressed by Frog (the plastic seemed too thick) and Revell (fiddly, bits broke off) and so I was an Airfix kid. I was never satisfied with them and I never knew why. This could have been from a number of reasons, firstly I was a glue splurger. Secondly, never let accuracy get in the way of speed. I loved matt paints as you could get a model finished QUICKER. The models were hardly exhibition pieces. Then I discovered girls and playing guitar, Now, I am first to admit, I was never a wow on the girl side of things but I had worked out that the girls at Gosport Grammar School were not interested in boys who made models. Oh no,... nerdsville!. I needed to be a guitar god. I knew that if I could play guitar the pick of the girls I(most of whom seemed to be called Fiona) would lurve me. Sadly that whole thing of practicing and having enough nerve to perform didn't appeal and so for years I was a bedroom player (guitar, stop making jokes for yourself....). I did end up making them and wrote a successful book on it (trust me, this is relevant) So, for years I played guitar a bit, made them, make loads of mistakes, learned that you need to know what you are doing before you start (that one cost me a bit) and that good materials and good tools cost money. I got to be quite good eventually and, as I said, the book did well. By the mid 1980s I was needing something else to think about. I had done the book, found a partner (nothing to do with guitars, in forty-three years of playing I never 'pulled' once!) and I started reading books about aviation again, going to airshows, taking pics and making models. They were still rubbish. I could never get the finish I wanted (from using what I believe are called 'hairy sticks') and I was not satisfied, there was something missing. I also got that going to airshows and taking pictures. Something was missing. Then I started taking flying lessons and everything became crystal clear. Everything I had ever done with regard to aviation, from the many thumbprint adorned models, the magazines the photographs and even the writing I had started doing was just a substitute for what I should have been doing which was flying aeroplanes. Now, I love flying and have done quite a bit, it is part of my very being, but it is expensive. I even bought a vintage aeroplane and rebuilt it (I told you that experience making guitars was relevant) and that was even more expensive and there came a time when I thought than a diversion onto plastic might save me a bit of money So I ended up looking at Britmodeller. Jeez, you guys scare the hell out of me. I have seen modelling on here that is not modelling, it is engineering. The 1/32nd Connie, Halifax and various Tamiya fighters are just the easiest examples. The 1/24 Hurricane has blown my mind (and I am so pleased he is using a book I wrote for reference) and the 1/72 Atlantique prompted me to send a link to a good friend who is the Breguet Atlantique project manager at Dassault who loved it. So, it occurred to me that I had a small compressor that was not really good enough to hurl nitro at guitars so perhaps I could get a better finish on a model by using one of those non hairy stick devices. And, true to my roots I bought an Airfiix Spitfire. I discovered every things. One, my fingers are, apparently, much bigger than they were last time I made a kit. 1/72 is out and my eyesight is better at 1/48. Kits really are better than in 1973 So, I ended up buying a Seafire 17 that I could silently murder. I was free to gluelly fog the canopy, slap on the paint and forget it, letting it be consigned to the John Coles of plasticness Except....... You get a spare wing with the Seafire 17, and it would be a shame to not use it (this statement is coming from someone that once made a very expensive eight string bass guitar just because he had a small component that was only useable on one) So, I decided to use the spare wing with a spare fuselage to make a cheap seafire Mr Peter Roberts from the small offshore territory of Australia sent me, at no cost, an Airfix Spitfire V fuselage and tail after an appeal on here. I rashly promised it would be a WIP That was a very nice thing to do so I promised to write up a WIP, which I will do as soon as I have stopped talking on here. So, after this short and concise introduction, I have an Airfix Spitfire V fuselage, a Seafire 17 wing to be doctored to suit, AND an Aires Spitfire V resin cockpit. It will be a Lee on Solent aeroplane It may not be very good. But I will keep you up to date But do not expect the levels of competence you are seen on other models. I will be working at 1/48 when my experience is 1/1 The Aries cockpit is already scaring me. That is a fine piece of engineering Eek
  9. 1 point
    Hi Beautiful people. I managed to finish this fantastic kit from Zvezda finally. Been working on this for too long. I spent quite some time on the net trying to narrow down which colours I should chose. I almost did the one from the box art but I didn't like it and I found myself drawing toward the one I saw on Prime Portal - the one with (NATO??!!)Black , Tan and dark green. The scenario is for this gal to be just dirty on the wheels and lower parts from driving around on the range, either on training or for demonstrations. I didn't even put on black smoke pigments on the gun as well to further emphasis the point it was just driving around. I purposely didn't put on any kind of oil spillage nor chipping as everybody knows vehicles like these are kept very well maintained. I didn't really had any hiccup with this kit however. The kit goes on really well and love every bit of the steps in building it. I'm vary satisfied with what I did, albeit it could look better but stil, I'm happy. But enough chit-chat .... Its time for the photos - And Closing the curtain with a bang - as usual - More Photos and more details on the build can be found on my blog- http://modeller-innovation.blogspot.co.uk/2013/08/135-zvezda-t-90.html I know I still have a long way to go to be classed as one of the masters and I won't stop until I reach that kind of level. Thank you guys for always supporting me. Thank you dear readers Until Next time. Thanks in advance for any feed back you guys might have.
  10. 1 point
    A couple of additional pics after adding wing-walks and anti glare panel.
  11. 1 point
    Carts Have a look at this site. http://electronicsclub.info/leds.htm I used led's, have a look at Jabberwockys w.i.p on Britmodeller for some tips etc Colin
  12. 1 point
    Ordered two from there and was impressed for the money, just used some sticky foil pieces 10mmx10mm to cover over the fixing screws slots, just to make sure no dust can get in. Colin
  13. 1 point
    Looks very nice, & I see now why the underwing airbrakes are that exact shape...
  14. 1 point
    I'll reserve fuller judgement until I get one in my hands, but it doesn't look right.
  15. 1 point
    Thanks for this comprehensive review and sprue shots. Although Shinden is widely translated as "Magnificent Lightning" it has always puzzled me as the first character 'Shin' (震) actually means to shake, tremble, excite or terrify. There is a brief article on Shinden colours on my blog which might be useful for those building this kit:- http://www.aviationofjapan.com/2008/10/nasm-shinden-colours.html Nick
  16. 1 point
    The ground locks were removed once the jets were BF'd and towed onto the line. They were re-fitted once the jet was AF'd ready to be put to bed.
  17. 1 point
    This is the tiny little 1:144 Dragon Rapide from Aeroclub in AA colours. It's a little jewel of a kit, injection moulded with etched details like struts and propellers. Constuction was fairly simple - it's the colour scheme that complicates things! I assembled all the plastic parts. including both wings but not the struts, then painted it yellow. A lot of masking later, it was sprayed black to give the basic scheme. Note that this version does not have the extra cabin windows on both sides behind the wing, you'll need to remove them from the decal sheet. I toned my windows down a touch with paynes grey oil paint thinned down, to darken the windows a little. Rigging is stretched sprue. Not very big! 35 years between first flights. You can still fly on one of these aircraft, but not the other! Cheers John
  18. 1 point
    Many thanks for the kind words and interest I've got the flight engineer's rear bulkhead completed this evening. I must confess it's not 100% accurate as the door isn't there on the real aircraft (well, I've done a fair bit of reading and it seems it was there on the very early aircraft but was quickly removed in service.) I didn't want to just leave a gaping hole where the walkway is and have to add shed loads of extra detail to the fuselage interior further back. Call me lazy, but... The chap who gave me the model had made a start on the shape of the bulkhead so I knew the shape was right, and I then added the extra details to bring it to life, once again from Evergreen and plastic card, as well as some items from the spares box. I can't guarantee all details are correct as I couldn't find any pictures of a MkII Halifax in this area - all pictures I found on the net were of the MkIII but I presume they're similar. Here's an 'under construction' picture before paint. The penny gives an idea of the size of the pieces required for a heavy bomber in 1/32nd scale: And after paint and a little light weathering: I made the dials themselves by drilling plastic card, backing it, spraying it black and then scratching the dial detail on with a needle. When I add a drop of PVA to their faces they'll pass just fine. Here is the bulkhead in situ: Total time to make this one piece was about 6 hours... but that's what building models such as this is all about! I'm off to make more interior bulkheads now and if anyone is interested I'll show how I get (reasonably) accurate bulkheads in my next update. Tom
  19. 1 point
    Yes there is. I have seen these drawings in a P-38 book. They aren't much detailed, but they give you the drawings how the 6 concept would have looked. I don't have it with me at the moment. But it was quite a large book (A3 format) with about 100 pages. The book is from a range of books. I have it bonded with six other type of planes. I believe this is the book. http://www.ebay.com/itm/P-38-Lightning-by-Outlet-Book-Company-Staff-and-Random-House-Value-Publishing-/131012286894#ht_25wt_1142 And I have also found the drawings. take a look here. http://www.secretprojects.co.uk/forum/index.php?topic=1639.30 Cheers,
  20. 1 point
    I had an idea few years ago when I first joined this site to do an anti flash white tornado with a nuclear payload... Hmmmmmmmmm. Always knew I'd get another opportunity
  21. 1 point
    I am thinking of a P-38 Lightning with Push and pull motor. This was one of six designs they were thinking of before the real P-38 was taking shape. Just like a Fokker D23. Or a P-38 Lightning with a jet engine, like a Saab J 21R. Cheers,
  22. 1 point
    Price? Knowing Dragon, it might be cheaper to buy a real 747 and Orbiter.
  23. 1 point
    Ar 555 in Soviet service with engines moved to underwing pylons maybe ....
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  25. 1 point
    I've learned with someone so I think it is fair if I teach what I know! Sometimes it's nice to try some "scratch" but only "sometimes"... Thanks mate! 1/144??? You are crazy... Guys, Stay tuned updates soon...