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  1. Ya know, I will be getting this kit for a couple of reasons. One, I really like the aircraft, have the CA kit in stash. Two, I like to encourage manufacturers through purchases to make the odd planes rather than another decal variant of the Spitfire IX. (Of course, this doesn't really explain why I have at least 4 Eduard kits in the stash does it?) The Trumpeter kit will have its flaws like every other kit I have ever bought. How terrible they are remains to be seen. However, in my life, I am not sure how many Whirlwind experts will come into my office, see the kit on display, and then
    6 points
  2. "..the Xtrakit Sea Vixen was pretty good??",.............Now there's something you don't hear said very often!!!!
    6 points
  3. A gift from my 2013 Secret Santa over on UAMF -- thanks, whoever you are! In the markings of Cpt Stefan Bastyr, of Poland's No. 7. "Kosciuszkowske" Squadron, fighting on the Russian Front in 1919/20... I already have a WW2 Kosciuszko Sqn Hurricane and Spifire RF-D, so this was the obvious choice from the markings offered in the kit. The "interesting" upper and lower wing "camouflage" is my interpretation of recent research on Fokker production colours. Apparently the plywood wings were simply painted with furniture stain, in green and brown for the upper surface, pur
    4 points
  4. Just got the latest issue of FlyPast, the one with a rather nice Frightning on the cover. Inside there are some Fairy Battle features (and a nice cutaway). One of the images is a computer generated picture attributed to Airfix......... Trevor
    4 points
  5. Hi all, I've started to convert Tamiya's 1/48 Spitfire Mk.I into the Speed Spitfire N17. For the four-blade propeller and the large radiator fairing, I made only slow progress through traditional scratchbuild techniques, so I decided to take a different route. I made a 3D model of these two parts and had them 3D-printed. The shape was well rendered but the surface needed smoothing. This took quite a lot of time. Now I have a complete set of parts, ready for casting: There is all is needed to build a Speed Spitfire in its first configuration, except the special canopy that is sold by F
    3 points
  6. I have been trying to complete a number of long standing builds and this has been on the back burner for quite a while. I finally completed it a couple of days ago. It's the S&M Models kit and I have used Two-Six decals. I hope that you like it, next up will be the Airfix MiG-15 which I will be working on between my MiG-21 builds for the STGB.
    3 points
  7. Here is the latest in my USAAF Station 150 / RAF Boxted tribute in plastic - the Matchbox Mosquito NF.30. These NF.30s were only based at Boxted for a matter of months in 1946, before heading south to West Malling. This model is certainly not one of our hobby's defining moments, due to various setbacks along the way, as you can see from the Work in Progress thread. The worst part is the canopy , which is too wide for the fuselage - possibly due to over enthusiastic clamping of the fuselage halves to get the rather large nose to fit! Thanks for looking. P.S. I've just noticed t
    3 points
  8. Hi folks first one for 2013.Academy,s tempest flown by Pierre Clostermann as she appeared just after the war ended.A simple and nicely detailed kit all for a fiver.no doubt I,ve made a few mistakes but it sits well with their typhoon which is near complete thanks for casting an eye over it.
    3 points
  9. 1/48 scale showing the first and last types flown by 74 `Tiger` Sqn. (Well..., if you choose to ignore the Avro 504 that is..?)
    3 points
  10. Hello everybody! i am back again with a 100% completed StugIV. i just finished painting it a few days ago, and finished my very first Diorama a couple minutes ago. I'm quite happy with it myself, and hope you will be too! enjoy! Here it is! Again, sorry for the bad quality of the pictures but you can see it atleast. You can also see my homemade woodstack i made cutting up a couple of sticks from a bush outside, and then gluing them together. it looks nice. Please share your opinions!!
    3 points
  11. Very disappointed. Canopy! Cowlings!! Prop blades!!! Looks nothing like a Beaufighter . . . regards, Martin
    3 points
  12. Hi Robert Airfix have got their act together, the kits they announce each year are now generally well into development, most will have been taken to test shot and and final approval before the range is confirmed, aother will be at prototype master or finalised design so they know how long it should take to finalise and produce over the course of the year. They have actually said in the past that they work 3 years ahead so they will be doing research for 2017 models now designing 2016 models and developing 2015 models ready for the end of November. This is why at the trade shows at the start
    3 points
  13. Alas, Trumpeter have only themselves to blame for the reaction to their new models. If their track record wasn't so appallingly "hit & miss", Im sure people would be more likely to hold off and wait before critiquing new releases. The fact is they dont give a "non-sunni" anyway, as Im sure it will sell well to those who dont know and/or dont care ( which is the majority of modellers). And yes, that is Trumpy-bashing, because they damn well deserve it. Jonners
    3 points
  14. My 11yr old daughter decided that she wanted to build a model plane, so off we went to the local Hobbycraft with some Christmas money burning a hole in her pocket. After much deliberation, she settled on the Airfix Bf110C-2 - purely because she likes the shark's teeth on the nose! Also on the shelf was the Bf110E-2 Trop, so I decided that we would do a parallel build together. She's done the vast majority of the cutting and trimming of parts (new knife skills for her and palpitations for me!), she used my airbrush to paint it (Lifecolour and Tamiya acrylics), did all her own glueing and sand
    2 points
  15. This would have been an ideal entry into the Obsolete Kit Group Build as the kit first appeared in 1960 (I think) under the Kimaster label. It’s subsequently appeared both from Airfix and now Dapol. The moulds were evidently copied at some stage but never cleaned up or modified to my knowledge so I wasn’t too shocked when I got a close look. Now I’ll happily confess I know more about these locos than say a Spit or a Lightning and even got up close and personal to them in 67 just before their final days. Given the age of the mouldings and the fact it was designed as a “working” model detail is
    2 points
  16. Hello everybody; second completed model for me here on BM, it's Academy's 1:48 Lavochkin LA7, Soviet Ace Ivan Khozedub's machine. The subject is probably well known, and the kit too; I built it as part of my learning curve, experimenting new (to me) techniques and some scratch building. Some details about the kit and my built: - first time masking with blue tac (called Patafix here in Italy, and it's actually white); I must say I'm pretty happy with the soft edge you get with demarcation lines - scratch built pitot, using a prescription needle - scratch built details in the wheel bay - s
    2 points
  17. Inspired by the recent Obsolete Kit GB, and found in a box whilst having a tidy up. Thought it was time to get this built, and this seemed like the perfect place. 'Sorry' about all the pictures, couldn't resist! Nobody ever paid more than a tenner for one of these, did they? £1.00 seemed reasonable. A stand. Two colours. Cool! Hope the decals still work ok. Watched a documentary on tv recently 'The Untold Battle of Britain' (or something like that). Basically about the Polish pilots and their exploits with the RAF. I'm sure most folks on here will be familiar with all that.
    2 points
  18. One of my latest builds, I focused mainly on the scheme, for which I used Humbrol enamels. The seat is scratchbuilt with plastic sheet and aluminium foil.
    2 points
  19. Bought this from Modelzone for a song before it's demise. Lovely model, but getting bits off the sprues was a Royal pita without bending things all over the shop. There was some silvering on the decals but managed to lose most of it with some more Microsol. I bought the airwaves wing fold, but ended up just using a few of the flat bits and using the kit 3D bits and scratching a few extra bits. I'm normally crap at seat belts and stuff, but I think these came out OK I was going to buy some extras but instead of getting the resin airbrake I had a go at scratching one (saved 10 quid
    2 points
  20. Hi everyone Yet another of my 'lit' models. This time the Titanic. I had great fun building this one as there was plenty of head scratching when it came to getting the light to shine throughout the ship. By the time I had finished, the kit must have weighed half of its original weight. I used fibre optics for the mast lights but they didn't seem to come out too well in pictures (and my photography skills are way, way behind my modeling skills) and the navigation lights may be too bright for a ship from that era but that's something which can be remedied another time. Thoug
    2 points
  21. Hi folks,second build this year built alongside their Tempest posted recently.another lovely kit to build nice panel lines and detail for under a fiver.there was a posting a few days ago detailing the main faults with this kit mainly the over length u/c legs but it was too late to correct this and I am happy that it looks like a typhoon.Thanks for your time.
    2 points
  22. I've sorted the bodywork, painted it and started to add other details. I'm not bothering about 'underneath' too much, as TBH - I'm not going to look at it...... My little E Type collection are proper 'look and don't touch' models, so what's the point of adding suspension etc that will NEVER be seen. Just to mention - I very carefully masked the windscreen frame to paint it green - it took an age - and then I realised I was about to paint the WINDOW! I'd masked the frame.......... Hoh hum. Old age. Wheels, lights, decals and exhausts next...... Roy.
    2 points
  23. Had the house to myself today. Quite apart from the peace and quiet I have managed to start Spitkit and this is the progress: As it's a basic kit I've chopped some of the control surfaces off to reinstall later. Also - could any Spit experts comment on the accuracy of the underbelly fuel tank please. A bit of fuselage and wheel well detail. As the radiator housings had a "see through" appearance I have added blanks to both front and rear . Bit of a start on the fuselage. As the cockpit is completely devoid of any detail, even anything I add can only be an improvement (I think). That
    2 points
  24. Thanks for the link Steve, what a great bit of film, bare arms, leather helmet, they don't know they're born these days... Smudge
    2 points
  25. Wow, right up my street. One of my favourite race cars. I know the rules don't permit it but there are some wonderful real spoked wire wheels available on ebay or you could use the tutorial posted on BM. The old Merit kits can look great oob as the general shape was usually very good. Vid of J M Fangio at the wheel. Cheers, Steve.
    2 points
  26. Murph's correct, additionally a small fairing was added on the lower part of the LRMTS nose - this was an "I-Band transponder" to give the aircraft a friendly signature upon approach to HMS Hermes. Also chain tie "eyes" were added to the outrigger legs - similar to the Sea Harrier. Tracor ALE-40(V)4 chaff/flare dispensers were added in recesses near the air-brakes. Only four GR3's had "Blue Eric" installed in the front part of the Starboard gun-pod. These amendments are included in the new Airfix kit (well, apart from Blue Eric that is!)
    2 points
  27. Ok folks, I have returned with updated photos. I apparently suffered from what I affectionately like to call MMOMMY "Magical Moments of Modeling Mishaps Ya'll". I do not understand how I did it, but I managed to paint and take pictures of my build without realizing I had placed the ailerons on the opposite side aof the aircraft thus making them upside down. Thanks to Tbolt for pointing out that error on my part.
    2 points
  28. Just finished this Kinetic Kfir C2. Apart from the "Israeli" removed before flight straps by Eduard and a MB Mk4 seat by Pavla its OOB.
    2 points
  29. Thats a cracker Perdu, lovely, mine on the other hand...what do you reckon, snog, marry, avoid!!
    2 points
  30. Nearly there! Still have the missile armament to do and some final tweaks here and there, but she's looking like an RAF Phantom! Ejector seats done and installed: picture sharing screenshot program Starting to come together. screenshot windows 7 windows 7 screenshot windows 7 screen shot free screenshot Thanks for looking!
    2 points
  31. Spent some time this morning and yesterday on the Bulldog. Despite all of the lead I put onto the nose it turned out to be only just enough to stop it tail sitting, any slight vibration being enough to tip it back. So since I had not finished painting the prop I decided to hollow it out and drill a bigger hole in the engine front. This now has another piece of lead inserted that will hopefully make it much more stable. Unfortunately both prop blades became detached from the hub in the course of the work so these have had a slot cut in the base and a brass rod inserted which will go into pre-
    2 points
  32. Thanks for your comment. It reminds me of days spent on the end of the International Pier, at a time when spectators where allowed within the airport, at Ringway collecting registration codes and highlighting them in my copy of Civil Aviation Registrations (Ian Allen - I think). Anorak or what.
    2 points
  33. Hobbyboss T6G Texan. Link to build - http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/234952456-172-hobbyboss-t-6-texan-finished-1-2-14/
    2 points
  34. If they were designed for the old Airfix kit may be they should release also a pair of half fuselages and a wing set.
    2 points
  35. First masked off where the Wards lettering is so that the clear decal will show the white underneath to make the letters then it was a drum roll moment for me.placing the decal (clear paper) in position.. close but no cigar, the decal red is darker than the paint and I should have masked off the front window on the starboard side. I will play around trying to get a closer red, the window I will fix by cutting one out that is printed on white paper, but I must say I am quite pleased!
    2 points
  36. The Hasegawa kit is excellent and plentiful. A pointless release if there ever was one. J.
    2 points
  37. Well, after a wee bit of work it didn't turn out too bad. I only listed 27 areas where I had to improve the kit. Mind you, those were just the ones I listed! http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/234932239-de-havilland-sea-vixen-faw2-tt-172-xtrakitmpm/ Cheers, Bill
    2 points
  38. I ended up ordering one. Will share my experience after receiving it. C
    2 points
  39. Grab one of those old Airfix England footballers, hive him an orange shirt and socks and black shorts,.....and there you have it,....Wolves!! I`ll get my hat! Tony
    2 points
  40. Not if you build 1/72nd it isn't. I'm rather pleased that this set, the bigger bomber support set that they originated in, last years Harriers, Typhoon, Hurricane & Vampire T11, the Lightnings (at last, but where are the small tank jets Airfix), the Blenheims, Do-17, Swift, Tiger Moth, DC-3 etc are all in 1/72 - that was Airfix's traditional strength & I'm glad they seem to still remember that. To an extent anyway, real shame that the Javelin & Sea Vixen were done in 1/48th...!!
    2 points
  41. Pugh, Pugh, Barney McGrew, Cuthbert, Dibble and Grubb...
    2 points
  42. There are faults with every kit, but to me it looks like a Whirlwind and 99% of the people who see my completed kits in the display case won't even know what it is anyway, so I'll probably be getting one
    2 points
  43. Update. I'm calling this finished, keep seeing problems with the men on photographs but looking at it with my eyes it looks OK. It's not perfect but it was a good learning experience. Bugger, just seen a man with an invisible gun, it's now in place can't be bothered doing the photos again, just imagine it. BB
    2 points
  44. The kit isn't even out yet but already its ruined in the eyes of some . Last time it was Airfixs Hurricane that got ripped apart Why not wait till its out and being reviewed and then make your mind up. Amazing how many EXPERT model designers we have on Britmodeller
    2 points
  45. You asked for comments........ It's a nice little model - well made and finished - but it looks like the undercarriage legs aren't raked forwards enough - making it sit too high. I've noticed it on other builds of Eduard's kit, so presumably its built-in ??? Here's Kozhedub's La-7 at Monino (where I photographed it in 2004)....note how the wheels are well forward of the wing... Kozhedub was the highest scoring allied ace - with 62 kills..... this is a closeup of the kill markings, plus the three 'Hero Of the Soviet Union' stars and a laurel wreath.... I'm not sure about the authentici
    2 points
  46. Hi, Though being a dedicated car and truck modeler I use to shift to other fields of modeling from time to time for a change of pace. For some years in the early eighties I built 1/700 WL dioramas. From the modeler's point of view the Japanese Nagato/Mutsu and Yamato/Musashi are particularly attractive. After finishing this detailed 1/700 Yamato (the old Tamiya kit of those days) it was clear that one day I would build Nichimo's huge 1/200 model. Some years later I purchased this normally quite pricey kit among others at a close-down sale and started it in the early nineties. I used a GMM
    1 point
  47. While I agree the u/c bays are a touch too shallow there's little point in doing anything behind the engine. With such a close cowling not much can be seen of the engine far less what happens behind it. The carb intake on the other hand does look too simple and open.
    1 point
  48. Nice model and nice diorama, nice to see that you are looking beyond the model box for ideas. Look forward to your next, Robin!
    1 point
  49. My method. Take one of these Cut a piece off like this Place in self closing tweezers like this. This gives a nice wide sanding area. Needle files or sandpaper round a paintbrush can easily sand new grooves in the plastic I glued the intakes together with gloopy liquid poly with dissolved sprue in it. Clamped and left for a week or so. I then started sanding from each end of the intake using a little squadron green filler where needed My finished intakes with some white primer on I'm pleased with how they came out and will do for me. Ta Chris
    1 point
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