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  1. Hi Folks Every collection should have one, and I thought I'd share my attempt with you. Having read the various threads on here re fuselage colours and shades I hope I can get away with my mix which used a bit of chromate yellow to match Hendon's example: Regards J A
    19 points
  2. Dear All, Thanks for the positive comments about the Sunderland Flying boat. They were very encouraging for a newbie like myself. Below are a few images of my last effort to build the Revell 1/72 scale Supermarine Stranraer which is a strange and ugly looking beast when you consider that it was designed by the same person who designed the beautiful Spitfire. It was not popular with the pilots who flew it hence a nasty nickname which was the "Whistling PoopHouse" except not using the word poop but the one which starts SH and ends in T. I got my wrists slapped for using the historically accurat
    16 points
  3. Kit & Decals: Hasegawa (LK102) Scale: 1:144 Hi fellas, Here's a model I finished recently of one of the YS-11T anti-submarine training aircraft of the 205th Kokutai TSQ J.M.S.D.F. stationed at Shimousa. The aircraft was used to hone the submarine finding skills of J.M.S.D.F. personnel. Thanks for looking! Vinny
    10 points
  4. Kit: Revell (04261) Decals: Rib-Hobby Scale: 1:144 Hey guys, This is my latest addition to the shelf. It's the Revell (Zvezda) B.787-8 Dreamliner done up in the China Southern special scheme. Great kit, that went together really well. Decals are by Rib-Hobby. It was my first time using this manufacturer and they're very thick but good to work with. Happy Modelling! Vinny
    10 points
  5. My 1/350 scale scratch-build of the new Royal Navy aircraft carrier, HMS Queen Elizabeth, currently building in Rosyth Dockyard. The model was built for the Royal Navy and will be on display at the naming ceremony on Friday, 4th July: This picture gives you a good idea of the size of this build! Outside the building are the bows of the real thing: And here are the bows of the real thing with a 1:1 model of an F-35B on the ski-jump, all spruced up an
    9 points
  6. I was doing an RNZAF Mustang for an Aus/NZ GB, but couldn't decide which of the four squadrons to depict, so did all of them! The kits are all Airfix, 3 F-51s and a P-51 and the decals are by Ventura. NZ2413 is the odd one out from the P-51 box, as it was the only RNZAF Mustang to use the cuffed propellor, and the only one of the four in a painted HSS rather than factory painted/NMF finish (the models are a bit shinier/more distinctive than in the photos). These aircraft were operated by the RNZAF Territorials in the early 1950's and very well looked after, hence little to no weathering, with
    9 points
  7. A couple more of my older builds. I think I did these back in the 80s! First up: Above: The Monogram T-6. I still rate this kit as the better of the 48th ones around. This one depicts a 4th FG hack. I came across a good photo or two of this one in a book by Glen Fry title 1000 Destroyed and a couple other books on the Debden Eagles. I was attracted by the unusual location of the serial number! Decals from various generic sources. Then there is this: The cute Piper L-4 Cub or Grasshopper what ever takes your fancy is the 1/50th Heller kit and Pro
    6 points
  8. Here is the very detailed but tricky shortish run Multi media kit from AZ with a wing fold set from Airwaves, and number of correction sets - spinner and prop blades, cannon barrels and main wheel along with a Vac formed Canopy from Barracudacast. Decals were kindly donated to me and were spares from a Grand Phoenix Firefly, and rocket rails came from the spares box courtesy of a Tamiya Mosquito with the blast plates coming from the same place, this time ex Tamiya Beaufighter. I fashioned the clear wingtip nav lights from Super Glue and the leading edge landing light was scratch built with
    5 points
  9. Yet another one off the bench ( it's been a month of finishing models that were almost there). This is a Staghound made by Bronco. A great little kit that is parts heavy... fantastic value for £20. Wing mirrors were a real faff. Recommended (and that coming from an aircraft modeller) Weathering is done to a minimum (I'm not that good at weathering). Hope you like. Please feel free to comment or give words of advice. Thanks for looking. Dick
    4 points
  10. We get so spoiled watching your builds, seeing the pictures, that we are convinced you are building a huge kit enabling you to do the detail that you do. This picture puts things into a shocking perception of just how small a kit this is and the size of the components that you are adding detail too. (Or you have hired Gigantes to make us more impressed with your abilities!) A most amazing build. Thank you.
    4 points
  11. Starting to look a bit like a plan now its got sum of its colour on it.
    4 points
  12. The wheels are not in a happy place. The masking edge is quite ragged in places plus some paint bleed here and there: The only course is a hard slog of hand retouching. The task is not helped by the tyre black paint which I had to add some cellulose thinners to get it to re-emulsify and is now quite hot and readily redissolves the yellow enamel. After a few rounds I got them to this: Not brilliant but perhaps with some weathering will be acceptable. They need another coat of Klear before weathering but I will leave that until tomorrow. I started to install the Jerry cans, letting each
    4 points
  13. I reckon it would still take me months to finish....
    4 points
  14. Its been a while, 3 moves in 6 months to 3 different countries and ultimately halfway around the world together with retirement, a new career, small daughter and a degree means that time has been tight. Anyway, after finally getting some modelling space and my workdesk, sundries and tools etc unpacked the first kit to hand is the lovely Academy F-4B Phantom in 1:48. I spent quite a bit of time on the Aires cockpit dry fitting, fettling and thinning to get it to fit. It is originally designed for the Hasegawa kits and as such is as much of a drama to get it to fit in this one as well. The
    3 points
  15. I built this to go with my Flying Banana and will eventually form part of a refuelling diorama. It is the first vehicle kit I have build since I was a teenager and was a lot of fun. It is mainly based on the Airfix kit but with the fuel tanker bed and tanks taken from the Hasegawa kit. I have used resin Jerry cans and an oil drum from a WWII set from CMK. The era is intended to be the late 1950's in Japan where they are still using a lot of converted American WWII equipment: It is very sunny in Aberdeen today, good for photos but near impossible to see what you are taking so please excuse
    3 points
  16. This is my newest model - the mighty Super Sabre in SEA camouflage. For this model I used: - Trumpeter's F-100D Thunderbirds - Aires' wheel bays - Aires' engine exhaust - Aires' wheels - Aires' airbrake - Eduard's PE interior, exterior, undercarriage (partly, of course) - QuickBoost refueling probe - Master's Pitot tube - during work I have destroyed my canopy, so I used Crystal Clear Squadron's vacu - nuclear bomb Mk28RE of Belcher Bits (with special decals prepared for this weapon) - Caracal Models' decals - Two Bobs decals for AIM-9B. For the first time I used so
    3 points
  17. Lockheed P-38J-5-LO, 42-67291, “Haleakala”, 459th FS, 80th FG, USAAF, Chittagong, India, 1944 Pilot: Lt. H.H. Sealy 1/72 model built using parts of Hasegawa and Dragon kits (done before the Academy kit became available) with some scratch building/reshaping. The only correctly shaped drop tanks I could find were borrowed from the Frog/Novo kit. Detail sets ( used completely or partially): Aires P-38J/L cockpit set, Eduard P-38J/L detail set, Squadron P-38 F(due to the early style windscreen on J-5) vacu canopy Decals: Aeromaster (all individual a/c markings were inaccurate and ha
    3 points
  18. Hello all Just finished the Hobby Boss 1/32 F-84G I've become something of a kit snob lately, building only Tamiya or Wingnut Wings.. But picked up this on the spur of the moment at the Hendon model show for £25 thinking I'd regret it, but.. The kit is a beauty! Excellent fit, beautiful metal undercarriage as an option to the plastic parts, lovely rubber tires (which I know aren't to everyone's taste but they look great to me) & very fine surface detail - an absolute pleasure to build. Minor minus points for the decals which looked a little patchy to my eye, but to be fair I didn't use
    3 points
  19. Cheers Greg, here,s the fully weathered vehicle just the tracks( one will be hanging off) to add and a couple of very minor items to drop in the interior after it,s on the base. Apologies to the purists about the vehicle plates and numbers but they are all I,ve got!
    3 points
  20. At our local farmers market a guy has started selling lazer cut models. My sister-in-law bought me the item below. It's cut form 3mm MDF, neat hey? I built it in under two minutes. It comes with instructions too, do you think I used them daaaa! Now all I have to do is decide on a colour scheme... Colin, Tongue firmly in cheek...
    3 points
  21. I had the idea of taking a couple of shots with my Flying Banana: It should be quite a colourful set up. I will try to order the diorama base tomorrow.
    3 points
  22. Immediately after completing the rather gorgeous Airfix Lightning, I dug out another offering fromEnglish Electric. Having been released a few years back, I had great expectations from this kit, especially given Airfix's current standards, and the fact I last built a Canberra about 20 years ago (Matchbox). However, this took some work. The panel lines were quite up there with Matchbox (I'm sure I heard whistles and cries of "over the top") and I filled most of them to tone it down a tad. The fit was generally good with the odd bit of filler here and there. I blended the windscreen in a bit mor
    3 points
  23. Hmmm,not overly struck on how it looks but better than hand mottling the camouflage,still a bit of blending in to do and once decalled it should be OK. three attempts to get it here this being the best of three,Thanks for looking in.
    3 points
  24. After adding a couple more bulkheads and filling the nose with lead shot, I roughly filled it with Milliput..... A few sessions of filling and sanding - and the basic shape is established.... .... more filling and sanding needed yet - but its getting there... After casting around for a suitable diameter tube to make the intakes, I resorted to butchering a 1/700 scale submarine..... Suitable sanded to shape at the front end, they will do nicely.... .... once blended in with filler... The nose shape needs a bit more fettling - but its coming together.... Ken
    3 points
  25. Ooh, and now we're getting close! The upper bays (Port & Starboard, both with a Gemini RIB in them) are now built: Note PE davit on the left as we look. Then I noticed that the carpet monster had eaten the lid of one of those two bays, so I had to make a new one: But now I am tantalisingly close to being able to glue the flight deck in place, which will be a serious rite of passage: I need to do an hour or so of sanding to get the right levels etc on the fo'c's'le, and then the clamps and the tape and the plastic weld and the general glue-fest will commence... By the end of the
    3 points
  26. I finished this yesterday, I have been wanting to build one of these for an age but scarcity means that they don't come up for sale often and when they do they tend to be a bit pricey (especially if you add the expense of the Dutch Decals Neutrality Markings - the orange triangles - which do not come with the kit). The model represents no.328 flown in May 1940 by Sgt. H Soufree with his gunner Sgt. de Man of 3 Ja.V.A in which he claimed an He 111 and a Bf 109 in the fighting over the Netherlands. I added some Airfix pilots as crew and a pitot tube from the spares box, and I repl
    2 points
  27. Hello, I've just recently finished this poor detailed and annoying kit. It comes with a brilliant set of decals thou. On the model, there are 157 all together. Three days of work just on decals:) Anyways, there it is: Thanks for any opinions. Bart.
    2 points
  28. Hiya Folks, I`ve finished a few more models today and this is one from the shelf of doom which has been waiting to be finished off for over a year! It is the 1/72nd scale Hasegawa Beaufighter converted into an earlier straight tail Mk.Ic of 252 Sqn in Egypt using the tail parts from an old Frog Beau kit. The yellow lower tail surfaces were a recognition marking added to Beau`s in the desert to help distinguish them from the Ju 88 to the troops on the ground.; [/url] Brush painted using Aeromaster acrylics (Thanks Andy!) and the decals were from the spares
    2 points
  29. This P-36 is the new Academy re-release of the relatively old Hobbycraft kit. This kit has pretty good moulding and recessed panel lines, but it is pretty rudimental in cockpit and engine/engine cowling area. The plastic is molded in light grey with nice and clear transparent parts. The overall fit of the kit is good considering that this is pretty old mould. Some filler is required here and there. I was very surprised with good fit of wing/fuselage parts. The worst part of the kit is engine/engine cowling/armament area. Details are very bad and some surgery is required to match the referen
    2 points
  30. Fairchild Aviation Corporation Type 91 mod. A 942-A c/n 9401, NC-14743 "VIRGEN DE CHAMORRO" Spain February 1938
    2 points
  31. Yes Pat, the best tip is to get him to read both of Foxys builds, really inspirational! It'll keep him interested!
    2 points
  32. Just a very small update, unfortunately I have not been getting too much time for modelling over the last couple of weeks as work has been getting the way as well as this beutiful weather that we have been having here in Wiltshire resulting in lots of family time. I installed the railings rond the entire hull now from the MK1 PE set as well as cut numerous parts off of sprues, cleaned up and dry fitted as can be seen in the 2 photos. I just need to prime the railings then the hull is ready for its paint, after which I will attache the wooden deck then put away in a box while I concentrate on
    2 points
  33. This particular kit (which, to be fair, was relaxed around the time they were acquired by Hornby, I think) is notorious for warping of the hull parts. Some kits (not mine, I am happy to say) also have significant bends on the island as well. No doubt I haven't helped mine by hacking great chunks out of it and rebuilding it in a different shape, but even OOB it's a bit of a pig. Mine is worse because I am building it as a waterline model; the hull bottom section make s a big difference to holding the sides of the ship in the right place. Mind you, so does the hangar stuff; I shudder to thin
    2 points
  34. Finished, as far as I'm concerned. Another one into the display case.
    2 points
  35. Javelin FAW.9/9R Update Sets (for Airfix) 1:48 Eduard Airfix's Javelin was awaited for what seemed like an eternity, but it was worth the wait, as it is a great model of an interesting subject that had been neglected at this scale for a long time after Dynavector's admittedly excellent vacform model. Those that either didn't have one of those or were put off by the word "vacform" can now satiate their need in injection moulded styrene. Eduard have produced a number of sets to improve the cockpit, gear bays and air brakes to add the extra detail some of us crave using Photo-Etch (PE) met
    2 points
  36. When last left, I was dealing with water on wet cover finish issues. I have sorted that out and that has been taken care of. So the only thing remaining is to finish the bulged wheel covers and put on sharp nose thingy on the end of the nose cone. So, after much filling, sanding, filling, sanding, I ended up with this as my modified bulged wheel covers And they installed fairly easy. Initially I was worried as I could not get them to fit flush, but it seems as when the landing gear is deployed, these covers retract, but not to a completely closed position. So here is my representation
    2 points
  37. Hello. Two years ago I have bought an Amercom mig-21 MF with GDR markings. Since I was bored with them I have decieded to convert my mig into yugoslav one. Today it has yugoslav markings form the 90s. I have used Lift here decals 1:100 for MiG-21 and Humbrol enamel. I did this with a brush since i do not have airbrush. The original mig with this registration number on its fin is stored in Yugoslav air-force musem on Nikola tesla airport.
    2 points
  38. Right folks, this is the final chapter of this build thread. After a coat of Klear I did the weathering and glued together the rear wheels: To get them to fit I had to drill out every wheel: If you haven't already guessed I am leaving the roof off, this allowed me to glue the screen on at a slightly rakish angle which I like the look of: During wheel assembly I finally lost the mirror: But thanks to the near miraculous properties of my Gorilla glue it was easy to fix: All that was left now were a few final paint and varnish touch ups and I found some suitable number decals in t
    2 points
  39. Which one ? MMM ? I'd like to see Boeing thrown out of the trade marks registers in the toys categories, especially for historic aircraft names that weren't their product in the first place. It's ridiculous.
    2 points
  40. Okay, tomorrow I'm off to see my in-laws in northern Michigan, 300 miles away, so my holiday weekend will be spent travelling or among the barbarous subhumans that dwell up there. But first:
    2 points
  41. Hello everyone, after reading Tony O'Tooles articles recently on the Lockheed Ventura in RAF and Commonwealth service I fancied doing one myself. Initially I wanted to do a SAAF one serving in the Med but couldn't quite work out how to do the modification to the air intakes to make it look like the Vokes filter had been fitted and removed. So I found this picture of an RAF one of 500 Sqn serving in the Med and flying out of Algeria: So I was set on this one, not least as I like the colour scheme. Here are the photos, excuse the floral effect of my garden in the background! I re-did the ins
    2 points
  42. It's official - the project compete! One last thing to do - the final daylight shots, including both long range bombers - flying wings - children of Northrop and Belyaev
    2 points
  43. Using some 2mm discs punched out of Bare Metal Foil "Chrome" I gave the mirrors a reflective surface: BMF Chrome is not very mirror like but at least it is a nod in the right direction. I was disappointed to find that now the doors were on my carefully crafted Jerry can no longer fitted: Even though the LHS does not have the stupid sticky out thing, with the door in place the fit was less than ideal: They will just have to join their mates on the tanker bed. I mixed up some custom red and orange paint for the reflectors and painted it onto some of the same clear plastic I used for t
    2 points
  44. The first Intruders are painted; the priming shows some nasty sink marks. Since it was only on two aircrafts, and I do have some spares, it's not that bad. Priming was done woth dark grey, as opposed to black on the corsairs. That's how they look after painting. I like the tan nose of the colourful times of the USN. The first and only Skywarrior is almost finished. It now needs a gloss finish and a few decals. In the end, I will add the refuelling probe. The first three types compared in size. The Corsairs with the kit decals are finished, they lacked the orange parts and the bla
    2 points
  45. I weathered the piece based on period photos. There is no paint chipping and minimal rust. These M4A3's were collected from the supply point, modified and painted just before the invasion. They were on the island a month or two at most. The last thing I will do is dust the whole thing up. Vehicles on Iwo Jima became covered with a grayish pumice dust in no time. G
    2 points
  46. Thanks for all your comments, especially to Mick B for reminding me I had not added the yellow tips to the props and to Tony for putting me right with the angles of the wings...I had a feeling they were not quite right but could not put my finger on it. I worked out that the wings tilt outwards both vertically and horizontally, so I managed to removed them, made some longer wing stays and refitted them with out to much ado. I also managed to get the prop blades off, paint their tips and re-install them. Before I post new photos I will post a few showing how I made the clear wingtip nav light
    2 points
  47. Lightnings at Coltishall, 1968 The RAF Coltishall Battle of Britain ‘At Home Day’ on 14th September 1968 was the first time I saw a Lightning F.6. In those days we only 24 black & white photos for the whole day (I was 17 and pocket money had to go a long way). There was XR763/G of 23 Sqn from Leuchars still fitted with overwing tanks and a Union Jack on the fin from a recent visit to Canada. It was worth at least 2 valuable photos. Alongside it were parked T.5 XS420 of the Coltishall based 226 OCU / 145 Sqn and (amazingly for me at the time as I knew nothing about Saudi training at Coltis
    1 point
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