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  1. Here is my F.M.Models H.P.Hampden 99% done , airbrushed freehand with gunze acrylics with Iwata HPC ,still a few paint touch ups and aeriels etc that need attending to and...... i do realise some things are out of alignment etc but have chosen at this stage to live with them and say to myself it looks good in the cabinet the way it is , My love of the Hampden can be traced to a traumatic episode in my childhood where i was given an Airfix kit of the same to build as therapy, it worked !!!!, i loved that kit and remember sitting in the passenger seat of my Uncles old Black Vanguard us
    16 points
  2. Hello Guys, Here is my second finished model for you, & a bit more of a British model! This is the Airfix 1/48 scale EE Lightning F.6, a really lovely model to put together, & a joy to paint. I'm really happy how this one come out. C&C welcome. Lightning 1 by tonyrichard24759, on Flickr Lightning 2 by tonyrichard24759, on Flickr Lightning 3 by tonyrichard24759, on Flickr Lightning 4 by tonyrichard24759, on Flickr Lightning 5 by tonyrichard24759, on Flickr Lightning 6 by tonyrichard24759, on Flickr
    10 points
  3. Some of you will remember Ray Hanna, who at the time of his death in 2005 was the most experienced Spitfire pilot in the world and also at various times a Hunter and F-86 pilot, also having experience of many of the earlier jet fighter designs. Back in the 1980s I once made the mistake of being rude about the Swift in his presence. I was a completely wet behind the ears baby pilot and based my erudite opininon on little more than having read about the problems of the F.1 and F.2. There was a long silence and then a deep Kiwi sigh, following which he very quietly and graciously pointed out t
    9 points
  4. Hey folks, this is the Airfix kit built together with some Airfix re-supply set bombs for a feature article that should appear in a future edition of Model Airplane Int., together with technique description how to produce Lancaster's stressed skin. Cheers Libor
    8 points
  5. Almost OOB model, I added only resin Quickboost exhausts. Painted with Gunze Paints, I love their olive drab tones...
    6 points
  6. Hi folks, Greetings. Apologies to anyone expecting more Suez stripes, they are planned for early in the New Year. However, I needed a break from masking stripes and also the Swift had been languishing around since early in the year. Not my greatest, but pleased to get it completed, albeit on the day Airfix announce a Swift for 2014! Fit was, what one would expect for limited run, not the best, especially at the join between the lower wing and fuselage. But after much sanding and filling I got there in the end. Belly tank is from Freightdog, IIRC. I added seat straps from wine bottle f
    6 points
  7. Hi everyone, This is my attempt at the new tool Airfix Hurricane, built on a tray on the couch and brush-painted, all very 'old skool' I was very impressed with this kit, some parts are incredibly well done (the undercarriage bay for example, which using about 7 parts produces a result not much less detailed than the one on the 1/24 Hurri) and some parts need the amount of care and attention required by any kit - I have to admit, I should have spent a bit more time on the trailing edge of the wings and the join to wing the fuselage underneath at the back, I should have Kleared the model be
    5 points
  8. Banana Build - Day 24 With work on the engine bay at a halt, I reopened another front. The main undercarriage struts. The new rod I had was not 1.2mm but actually 1.25mm in diameter: But with a bit of sanding it could be made to mate with the wheels. Not sure how to proceed with the struts, I drew out a few ideas: I was probably over thinking it and came up with this simple arrangement for soldering: Here it is soldered: But that joint felt far too weak so I set up again and applied more metal: This now feels much better. Tomorrow I will use my Dremel with a cut off wheel t
    5 points
  9. It was a quick build but a slow post. I'm putting this one to bed now, it's hanging from my ceiling and that's where it will stay for the foreseeable future. A truncated WIP thread can be found at http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/234950909-revell-c17-1144-quick-build/. Note that it is hanging next to a 1/32 Sea Venom and is approximately the same size, which I feel gives an interesting sense of scale to the plane. I like the monstrous shadow that this one casts: Cheers Liam
    4 points
  10. This is my current project. More shots of tornado as requested Hope you like
    4 points
  11. Hiya Folks, Although I don`t usually dabble with diddy models I had a go with this 1/100th scale Tamiya kit to use as a desk top model and although the cockpit doesn`t look too good, apart from that I was quite happy with it. While taking it into the back porch to be photographed I snapped the nose pitot and the carpet monster (well lino kitchen floor covering monster actually,....a very annoying and surprisingly active beast!) has not given it up yet!; I`ve always liked this scheme on the Lightning and will build the Airfix 48th scale kit as such when I get around to it,
    4 points
  12. I'm very happy with this one. It is an opportunity to build something different from the grey F-xx. To model ocmpanies: WE DO NOT NEED A NEW TOOL KIT OF THE F-16 EVERYTIME THERE A NEW SWITCH IN THE COCKPIT UNTIL WE HAVE A DECENT KIT OF EVERY IMPORTANT AIRCRAFT!!! I am not British I am not particularily fond of the Swift But I am a 1/72 builder I love the jet golden age of the 50s/60s I love nice little kits not too expensive that let you add the amount of detail you want but wich is still pretty nice oob such as the old F-100, F-5, Harriers or F-104 by Esci, back in the years. Therefo
    4 points
  13. And then I cancel the build,throw away all the pieces, pop down the model shop walk to the counter with an F111,before putting it back and buy a buccaneer instead!
    4 points
  14. Hi mates, I've decided to take a bit of a breather from my PB4Y-1 project. I've been working on that for three months or so, and I need to refresh my modelling mojo with a smaller project. Something to clear my mind so to speak. So I figured I would take up this nice little 1:72 scale kit of the Blackburn Skua by Special Hobby. The rules say I need to have an obligatory shot of all the stuff: Not much to it, as you can see, so this shouldn't be a long project. The kit includes a small PE fret with goodies for the cockpit, engine, landing gear, machine gun,
    3 points
  15. Hi All, This has been an on-off project for a couple of years since I busted up my knee in a football accident very early in 2012. Build thread is HERE. The sheer size and scale almost put me off it for months on end, and it seemed it would never get finished, but a late burst this autumn saw it finally completed. The kit is very impressive, if a little under-detailed for the scale. The Eduard Big Ed set saw to those deficiencies, along with some scratchbuilding of searchlight mounts, deckhouse details and hose reels. I also used BMK metal barrels for the 5in turrets. The ship is painted in
    3 points
  16. I started this about April this year and because of it stressing me out with fitting issues and other things, kept putting away in the naughty corner. But I kept at it, it was detailed up with the Flighpath brass upgrade and has engines installed from Engines'n'things added to make it look more realistic My first post so.................I hope its a good one lol All comments welcome
    3 points
  17. Which one? Fleegle, Bingo, Drooper or Snorky?
    3 points
  18. All this talk about the new Airfix kit prompted me to dig out one I made years ago.......... It is 'converted' from a Hasegawa Grumman F11F Tiger.......... honest! I turned the Tiger fuselage upside down to make the Swift fuselage - and bodged up the rest of the Tiger kit to make the wings, tail etc.. I wrote an article about it in the Scale Models (IIRC?) mag under the (editors) title 'The cat that got the bird'... or some such nonesense. I can't even remember when it was - so if anyone has a copy of the mag ??? Ken
    3 points
  19. How on earth do you work that out - it's hardly your fault if suppliers let you down?! And the soldering of those undercarriage struts really doesn't look like the work of any amateur to me...!!
    3 points
  20. As someone who loves modelling 1/72 Airfix, new or old, I'm delighted, long may it continue. As I didn't have to fly one or look after one, I don't care if it was fat, slow or ugly, it's a plane, that's all I need to build one. Well done Airfix, more please, Sean
    3 points
  21. Been spending the last few years gradually replacing my old Bomber command builds with newer ones and today had the photo booth out so thought I'd get some up to date pics done. Also been dabbling on Photoshop and used the fancy gizmo buttons to reduce the intensity of the blue card colour to a somewhat more greyish blue! They've all been on here at some stage, but thought it be good to stick them all in one thread as to where I'm up to. A bit of a mix between old and new, hope you find the thread a bit of inspiration to dig into the stash and get more BC stuff up here at Britmodeller Starti
    2 points
  22. Tamiya kit with CMK detail set.
    2 points
  23. OK The Swift wasn't The Hunter BUT it has been the subject of a bit of criticism on here for some reason. There also seems to be a certain amount of dismay on here as to why its important enough to warrant a brand new tooling from Airfix..................... Well, first of all - Why not? It was a mainstay of FR operations in RAFG. It was also the FIRST RAF Swept Wing fighter and the FIRST to enter service with Reheat. Those facts alone are a cause for celebration, and therefore IMHO warrant this kit! Furthermore, it wasn't the dog that many believe it was. Certainly not In the FR role whe
    2 points
  24. Revell Germany 1/72 scale F-4F Phantom 50th Anniversary Manfred von Richthofen scheme
    2 points
  25. Nicolson was 23 years old and a flight lieutenant in No. 249 Squadron, during the Second World War when he was awarded the Victoria Cross. On 16 August 1940 near Southampton, Nicolson's Hawker Hurricane was fired on by a Messerschmitt Bf 110, injuring the pilot in one eye and one foot. His engine was also damaged and the petrol tank set alight. As he struggled to leave the blazing machine he saw another Messerschmitt, and managing to get back into the seat, and continued firing until the enemy plane dived away to destruction. Not until then did he bail out, and he was able to open his parachut
    2 points
  26. Hi all, Just finished these as a bit of light relief while I mess about with my first resin job, trying to graft the Daco improvement set onto an Academy mk XIV in the hope that on the 18th Airfix are going to surprise us with a new mk XIV... These are my 2nd and 3rd builds of this kit and as im sure a lot of you will know they are a nice fun build and I think produce a nice looking little spitfire at the end of it, both were picked up for about £4 each online from Jadlam racing which I think is a bit of a bargain for a few hours of good fun. I decided to add the Rob Taurus vac canopies
    2 points
  27. Hello every body, after I begun here with my first model, the MiG-21M, I want to show you my second model here on Britmodeller. Its the Bf109F-2 from Zvezda in 1:48 scale. Hope you will enjoy the pics!
    2 points
  28. Another great subject from AZUR, the kit is not up to the standards of the more modern AZUR kits but it is the only game in town if you want an MS406 in 1/32 scale. Lots of test fitting is required and a lot of care taken when handling the clear parts, I managed to crack my windscreen. I did the same when I was building the Hawk 75 in French service so they must be a tad delicate. The decals are from Kagero Topcolors 17 "Fighters over France 1940", and very nice they are too, but beware they are very thin and do not like being moved around much once applied, in fact I'm sure that plain water
    2 points
  29. Hi Guys, I'm in the mood for posting one more. This one is a labour of love, a MH-60 from Academy with scratch built bits to make it a Lakenheath machine that operates with the 56th RQS as part of the 48th FW. I also extended the refuelling probe, & scratch built the gun mounts, added the door handles & scratch built the chaff/warning receivers. The side pilot windows had a frame that needs to be removed too, which was sanded out and then repolished (with a nail polisher) back to being scratch free. That was the most nerve racking part. The decals were from the kit, and various F-15E
    2 points
  30. "Gripen wins in Brazil"....so glad it's not that Vettal again, not that I know much about F1
    2 points
  31. after reading some of the posts in this tread I'm beginning to feel a little bit sorry for the Swift, the same way I would for the tubby kid being picked on at school . so STOP bullying the poor little mite! he couldn't help the way he looked...bless!
    2 points
  32. Banana Build - Day 25 I had a big Christmas lunch today, kindly provided by my company (I would have taken pictures but I forgot my camer this morning, I could of course have used my new phone if I knew how to work it). I left before things got too boisterous so I probably don't need to make dinner tonight and I can put all my creative energies into my build. Excellent news. Using the other hand for reference I bent the stub axle the right sort of angle: I exicuted my plan to cut it off with my Dremel: What I did not record through the shame of it was that, even though I thought I was
    2 points
  33. I recover this one from the bin of doom in this state Depainted with oven cleaner And refubrished it to this, it's far from perfect but it's better than it was before Hope you like it Saludos!
    2 points
  34. Given I have an extra month I should be able to beat it, plus I will be building mainly OOB. Looking back at my OKGB I did an awful lot of research on Concorde, Cuban F-47s, HueyCobras and the Arado 96. I would say over half the accumulative time spent on those 5 builds was taken up researching information and studying photographs and PDF files. Add to that the time taken to learn how to use Photoshop to design and print my own decals and it all added up. Nothing I'm planning for this group will need much research and beyond adding seat straps, or alternative armament the builds should b
    2 points
  35. Okay unless real life intervenes my aim for this GB is to build and finish the following kits Airfix McDonnell F2H-2 Banshee bought second hand for 50,- DKK or 5,60 £ 20 years ago Airfix McDonnell F2H-2P Banshee bought second hand for 65,- DKK or 7,28 £ 2 Hasegawa F9F-2 Panther bought new 20 years ago for 59,50 DKK or 6,66 £ Heller (Airfix) Skyraider bought new some years for approx 50,- DKK or5,60 £ 2 Airfix Fairey Firefly Mk V bought new for 39,50 DKK or 4,42 £ Pioneer2 Hawker Sea Fury FB.mk 11 new for 30,- DKK or 3,36 £ Frog/Novo Fairey Firefly FR.Mk 1 bought second hand for 40,- DK
    2 points
  36. Time for another update... I had been a little concerned about the fairing for the rear turret, as this area of the fuselage is poorly represented in the ID kit. The first job was to cut out the turret itself - here it is offered up against the plans and as you can see the shape is pretty close: However, when put in place the problems are clear - gaping holes and no sign of the distinctive fairing that holds it snugly in place on the real aircraft: My solution was simple: using 0.5mm plastic card I cut out a basic fairing - there is still a fair bit of shaping to be done at this point:
    2 points
  37. Thinking out loud; What slows me is paint drying. I prefer enamels for most of my painting, although I do use acrylics too. If I start 3 kits on days, 1, 2, 3 and 4 thats 12 kits on the go. Initial painting of small parts, cockpit, wheels etcetera, minor assembly on each first day. By day 4 paint on kits of day 1 will be dry, so some building on them, and day 2 = day 5, day 3 = day 6, day 4 = day 7. Assembly work done on kits of day 1 done on day 4 should be good and dry by day 6, final assembly and maybe first coats of main paint. This paint ready for final coats on day 8. Decals put o
    2 points
  38. I think this one is a Korean War Auster AOP.6?; Hope it comes in handy. ps- nice find re the old magazine article,..very interesting and those figure `6' style aircraft bays are totally new to me,..didn`t know that Austers used these in Korea! Daniel,....great pics of the Japan based Auster and Dakota. The Dakota is particularly interesting,...have you any more pics of this aircraft? Cheers Tony
    2 points
  39. Well ... played around a bit and tried to keep it as general as possible: Sugestions welcome... Can also certainly be something completely different... Rene
    2 points
  40. Right chaps and chapettes, With Chrimble round the corner and still woefully under-prepared, it looks as though work on the bus and van will have to temporarily stop. I fully intend to get some work done over the festive holidays and will post a progress report in due course. If, however, you want an idea of the direction the van is going in, please see below. There is still weathering to be applied to the decals, but that's where i'm up to. Have a very merry Christmas. I hope you've all been good boys and girls and get what you wish for. See you on the other side. Thanks for looking
    2 points
  41. Well I just put 4 Merlins on it. How much more magic do you think it needs?
    2 points
  42. Not sure I'll buy one but I'm sure Airfix have done their sums on it. To me it's a more legitimate subject than any Luft '46 WHIF and is deserving of a mainstream manufacturer's attentions. Trevor
    2 points
  43. Now that's the question that's been lurking in the shadows. What subject qualifies for a place on my shelf? Solely the fact that I want one there. And if the question is entirely subjective, the answer is entirely absolute. Like true love I cannot define it but I will surely know it when I see it. And yes, there is a Swift in my future. Two in fact, gotta finish the old Hawk one first. I am looking forward to aftermarket decals and won't that make the Hawk kit a winner? It will to me.
    2 points
  44. I say well done to Airfix for this one. Not exactly a priority for me but it's good to see them do a mix of things. Going through their old kits and doing new tools, like the Hurricane Mk I, Tiger Moth and Blenheim IV, then doing brand new kits of fairly popular aircraft like the Do17Z and Blenheim I, and to top it off something completely different - the Swift! If Airfix keep this up sooner or later they'll do the kits that some people are longing for ie new Beaufighter, Vulcan etc etc. People should be glad of what Airfix is at least trying to do and the fact that they will do something lik
    2 points
  45. Looking at this I just think "whats not to like" Its just beautiful.. I wonder if the cockpit frames are separately molded or just primed... It Is also an attractive shape for whiff schemes too.
    2 points
  46. It's not a bad kit, made one , budget more than £10 , you will need some milliput too. Added some resin to mine, the budget could get out of control very quickly , but then it is a TSR-2.
    2 points
  47. Latest updates: Finally got a coat of primer on the thing! A couple of layers of Alclad Gloss Black, then polished back up with Micromesh. I'm just waiting on some Airframe Aluminium in the post before I can continue. I did have a (near full) bottle, but after leaving it for a few months at home to finish Uni off, I came back and found it inexplicably and completely empty I'm sure I'd done the lid tightly... Despite all the filling that had to be done, it appears pretty much unnoticeable on the model If I might pick your collective brains - I switched from Tamiya putty to Squadron White
    2 points
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