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  1. Hi all, I'm new to this forum and I think to show a model is the best thing to introduce myself. I`m from germany an I build aircraftmodels in 1/72 for a couple of years. I watch here for some years all the great models. I must apologize for my mistake english and I hope you can understand me anyway. So, here is my newest model: Kit: The Do 217 family of Italeri goes back to the mid-70s and is almost 40 years old. The J version is a reboxing from the year 2007. Almost no cockpit- and undercarriagedetails, narrow-chested engines, a too narrow rear fuselag
    15 points
  2. P-39 in unusual skin. Most of Cobras were Olive Drab, but I think desert scheme much more pretty. As usual for my models were added photoetched cockpit and flaps.
    12 points
  3. Finished! Blenheim Mk.1 L1388,AV-W, 113 Squadron, Greece 1940-41. This I managed to complete in a week! Lovely kit to build with a a couple dodgy area that now I know about will tackle differently next time. In particular the nose. Maybe the nose halves would be better fixed in place to the main fuselage half before joining said fuselage halves? I'll try that next time. But in the meantime, I enjoyed this build and opted to use the new DK Decals I bought from Hannants on Sunday at Duxford( the website shows this set as sold out!!!). All main colours are Xtracrylics and a top coat of artists
    11 points
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  5. Another one just finished in between other things being seen to in my shed!! Academy kit and Leading Edge Decals!! This is 188764 of 439 squadron in Germany early 1990s. Nice kit and very nice decals. Overall paint is 35327 as opposed to the normal two tone grey. Only peculiar to this Tiger Meet scheme. Some tiny amounts of trimming and touching to the decals was needed but no way a serious issue! By the way, I spent FOUR evenings of around 2 hours each to do the decals alone!!!
    9 points
  6. This is my first chipped airplane. Its not "what if", that was realy: For box content were added photoetched for cockpit and flaps.
    8 points
  7. Another build that's been languishing in the started pile for a while now, So seeing as the blackjack build is still awaiting white rattle-can procurement, I got on and finished this one. The kit built beautifully, only slight meddling was needed on the top nacelle to wing fairings really. Primed with rattle-can grey, then pre shaded with semi gloss black. Then the camo was sprayed free hand, Tamiya flat earth, and Vallejo bronze green were used, after masking the black was sprayed I used Tamiya NATO black. Then a gloss coat of Tamiya clear cut with Mr levelling thinner was sprayed all ove
    8 points
  8. Not another boring old Spitfire, I hear you say. Well, having struggled for the last few weeks with a fiddly and time consuming decal session on an Airfix Trident airliner (it will be finished soon, I promise), I decided to fall back into my comfort zone and build something World War 2 and simple. Well, you can't get much simpler than the 1974 vintage Airfix Spitfire VB. The kit shows its age and is devoid of any meaningful cockpit interior. However, with the thick cockpit canopy in place, most of the interior is completely invisible. So I decided to scratchbuild a crude instrument panel an
    7 points
  9. Hi all, Here are some pictures of my Pan Am Space Clipper from the Moebius kit. Lots of work done, but I think it turned out pretty well. An extra shout out to Marty Hobkirk, Ian Gazeley, Kevin Foss, and others who have worked long and hard to amass and share the data that we can use to do the subject justice. Thank you kindly, gents! And finally, a beauty shot... Cheers, Jim
    6 points
  10. Calling this one finished, done some little touch ups since the WIP. Kit is the Hasewaga boxing with kit decals, Eduard wheels and painted using Alclads for the metallics and Mr. Hobby/Tamiya for the main scheme with ProModeller wash. I decided not to weather this bird any further, I like the finish I've got just by fading the panels a bit. My first attempt at seatbelts, really glad I tried a bit of detailing, it makes a big difference compared to my RAF Phantom! And parked on the flightline! Thanks to the guys who helped me out on the various threads I put up
    6 points
  11. Hello All, Here is an Airfix Heinkel 111, extensively modified, and backdated to an H-1. The model represents the "Humbie Heinkel", which was the first German bomber to be shot down over the British mainland, in October 1939 . Build thread is here. I had a lot of fun doing it, but I won't be doing another one. Thanks for all the comments and support along the way! Thanks for looking, Adrian
    6 points
  12. After having been away from aircraft for many years, the opportunity arose of doing some for developing projects; resulting in these two: The old Airfix RE-8. Rigged with fishing line. It doesn't bear close scrutiny as a decent model of the aircraft but it is only a wargame piece. Revell Fokker E-III, in Turkish service in Mesopotamia. All as before.
    6 points
  13. I'm new here! Finished this yesterday, a Firefly 5 from an old Palitoy-era Airfix kit - basically accurate but a bit rough, decals going a nice shade of brown. It was moulded in nice navy blue plastic, which wasn't very easy on the eyes. After building a decent interior, where I cheated by copying the parts off an Airwaves etch set instructions, building seats and instrument panel etc. from sheet, there was a lot of filling and sanding involved (first off were the boiler rivets...) - I used Deluxe Materials "Perfect Plastic Putty" - talk about boast. This stuff is water soluble so you can wipe
    5 points
  14. Greetings from Ukraine! That's my first post on this forum, and I want to introduce one little kit: F4U-1. As copy of Corsair in 72, this kit is very good (maybe even the best of current).
    5 points
  15. If you make something you're entitled to sell it how and where and when you like. Airfix is in the business of selling kits: for every one it sells retail it avoids having to give away a large margin to a retailer. What might be unfair is if they used that to undercut their retailers. but they don;t do that: they are usually one of the more expensive online sources for their products, at least in the UK. Is it "unfair" for E-Hattons and Amazon and others to take orders for the kit at a lower price than the Airfix price? Of course not. And all those orders were placed months ago. So nothing
    5 points
  16. OK, after several tries linking the photo from Photobucket, and three paragraphs of text gone into Cyberspace, here is my last Real Space model, from the 94 reissue of the classic 60's Revell Astronaut in Space kit. I'm not going into any more detail about techniques in case that goes poosh as well, but there's a fair amount of scratchbuilt detail using the many available photos as reference. Umbilical was thick alloy wire wrapped in strips of gold foil. The visor was first sprayed gold inside then clear yellow outside. Better post this before anything else goes wr PL
    4 points
  17. Funny you should mention Gazelle, Sioux and Bolkow Miggers me old bean They're on my shelf and on the soon to do list too, the Bolkow was a part built given to me by a club member with antilittlemodelitis However I know my limitations, I'll try but never get to the degrees of intricacy that they and most of you can achieve I notice a tendency to get sloppy when finishing off, one reason I'm trying out etch That must take a higher degree of self control to get it looking right I have been polishing the side door moulds, stuporgoo is great to achieve a shiny polish on Pretty poor pictures
    4 points
  18. This is the Huma Models kit in 1/72nd. I've had it in my stash for yonks. Decided to get on with it about a year ago and finished it a couple weeks back but have only just got round to doing photos. The decals are from my stock of MicroScale generic post war Luftwafe letters and numbers as too are the crosses. WW2 Luftwaffe Dunkelgrau 74 I think it was for the top camo with WW2 US olive drab. Undersides 'Silber' All paints from Xtracrylics. Dayglo from the Revell Acqua range. PS; unit badge from another Microscale set with FIAT G-91 and Phantoms on. So I chose to do one from LeKG44, a G-91 uni
    4 points
  19. As I now this Airacobra the most accurate kit in 72. I changed only some small parts ( some handmade, some photoetched), and made new nose weel bay.
    4 points
  20. Hiya Folks, Although I`m more of a bodger compared to other more skillful modellers,....in case anybody is interested here is the progress on my Revell Hurricane so far; First off, here is the Grey Matter Figures resin conversion set,.....it was to have been a Mk.IId but I decided to build it as a Mk.IIb instead and save the cannons for another day; I set to whittling away one night while watching a film and before I knew it I had sanded all of the rivets away, re scribed the parts, cut the Revell fuselage down fixed it together, attached the upper wing parts and fitted
    3 points
  21. Here's the next one for this year. The Revell He 111 H-6 And yes, I know the cannon muzzle broke off.. And here's a rear view It's so big, I've had to display it on a computer desk in the mancave. Thanks for looking. Simon
    3 points
  22. Hello again with another one of my planes. I did this to see if I could follow an Alan W Hall article in the April, 1966 Airfix Magazine, converting the Airfix Ki 46-II to a Ki 46-III, the long canopy version. (As older readers may recall, Mr. Hall was an advocate of the "balsa and dope" school of conversion, in the days before resin and vac conversion kits. It's impossible to judge the results now because of the blurry and rather dim photos normally seen in Airfix magazine of this period...). Well, the scale drawings in Airfix Magazine April 1966 were quite useful! I moulded a new canopy usi
    3 points
  23. Hi Folks! Finally I've finished something. The kit is superb Tamiya's Zeke 32. Building was pure pleasure. The only problem was narrow gap between fuselage and lower wing. But with a llitle help from Evergreen I fixed it. I painted her with Gunze C, Gunze H, Tamiya and Vallejo paints. Hope you like it. Cheers!
    3 points
  24. Well here it is, My 1/72 Airfix Spitfire XIX that was used by 541 PRU Sqn RAF late 1944. I got a few upgrades for the kit; being the Quickboost fishtail exhaust (for Fujimi), the Quickboost prop and spinner (for Academy) and the Pavla vacform early canopy (for Airfix). The kit exhaust and prop are dreadful, but the rest of the kit is quite nice. Here's the meal I made of it. IMG_8512_zps7ebfd09d by Ben Standen, on Flickr IMG_8513_zpse11642be by Ben Standen, on Flickr IMG_8514_zpsd5a904e3 by Ben Standen, on Flickr IMG_8515_zps210c7b41 by Ben
    3 points
  25. Day off today so got some more done - first a coat of Alclad Grey Primer, then a light rubdown, then clean with a tac cloth Then sprayed Alclad aluminium on the leading edges followed by some AK Worn Effects liquid Preshaded with a mix of black and dark grey Then broke up the surface randomly with a buff / grey mix that was very thin, and gradually lightened as I went on Then onwards with the base coats - first Neutral Grey ( Gunze , with levelling thinners ) Followed by the Olive Drab ( once again Gunze with Levelling thinners ), and the theat
    3 points
  26. ...... but is now finished. These couple of pics were done when I was thinking of doing a WIP for this column butI got carried away and finished it. BUt as a teaser here are those few pics: This last pic is at the late stages with just a couple things to be added before signing off. For those interested, I added a drop of matt white acrylic to some Rowneys or W&N matt varnish, flow improver all weel mixed in my airbrush and lightly sprayed over the model roughly depicting a faded paint work. The glazing is masked, by the way, with liquid mask also from W&N or someone an
    3 points
  27. There was a plan in the 80's to resurrect the TSR2 with modern (aka Tornado) avionics and Tornado style ramp intakes (which this one will be having) I think if it had gone into production in the late 60's it would have looked similar to the prototypes. Possibly a different nose, depending on how the radar developed, and an IFR probe. RWR would have been a problem with the all moving tail fin, hence why on my GR6 I fitted wing tip RWR.
    3 points
  28. Thanks The decals are on. Tonight I'll be doing some detail painting, a bit more post shading (dirty up those very bright decals) and a couple of Clear coats.
    3 points
  29. Yes Hendie, I mean you have done 9 pages without any paint being applied. Next thing you know you will try for 33 pages, but who would ever be that outrageous and try that?
    3 points
  30. M5A1 Stuart VI 2nd Fife & Forfar Yeomanry 11th Armoured Division Decals are a mix of those supplied with the kit and Archer. Painted with Tamiya and Vallejo paints. Build thread http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/234962233-7th-armoured-stuart-vi/ Please excuse the fact that the build thread is marked up a 7th Armoured! Regards, Steve
    3 points
  31. Pinched another Cheshiretaurus idea this afternoon. Used the vac machine to mould some painting masks from the resin canopy moulds. Vac machine excels at stuff like this.: JP5's had a warm water washing/up liquid bath and is in prep for priming - here with canopy masks test fitted (great idea Mark). Unfortunately were out tonight - so it may not be until the weekend until I get to see how all the surface detailing looks under paint...........But hey it'll be painted before the snow!!
    3 points
  32. Thank you VERY much, Dave! I don't think I had seen the site before. Bookmarked now. I was shouted at by SWMBO because I lost track of the time skimming through it and it was gone 2:00 in the morning before the shout started ....!
    3 points
  33. Part 1: Background and opening the box: Here are some photos I took of the Legend Productions ADATS (Air Defence Anti-Tank System) conversion for the M-113. Box Art: Left side Turret: Right side: Underside of front plate. I include this photo to show the robust pour plugs used. You are going to want a saw & dremel for these. Removing them will add some time to the build, but you won't waste any time trying to straighten warped parts: Turbine Power Plant Unit, Radar, lights, Smoke grenade launchers, Electo-Optical Module, Observer Sight Chair Cover, and Missile end cap:
    2 points
  34. Well I am very happy and excited today as a few days ago I received an email asking me If I wanted a 1/144th Valiant for simply informing them my postcode so they could send it. I was not sure but thought "Why not I would love a Valiant". So I did and was soon sent a Tracking number. I asked is this for real !, The person on the other end of the email said "Yes you are the first to receive it". Well that was a surprise and as I have just turned 30 what a way to start my 30's. It has arrived today all the way from Ukraine. So I was mega excited when I opened this a few minutes ago and sure en
    2 points
  35. A few weeks ago at 'club' a mate slid up to me rustling a small placky bag "Fancy this?" he said as I peered inside I could see a pair of Y shaped mouldings, all shapely and too darned skinny for their own good AH HAH Airfix Scout with transfers and instructions but no header or box, he knows my affinity for all things rotarial of course so I am usually a bit of a captive audience. "How much" I asked expecting damage to a couple of tenners at least, it does build (if done careful like) into a pretty good model. "How about three quid?" says my man (cheers mate) as
    2 points
  36. Started in December 2005 and completed almost 3 years later, this is my most time-consuming build so far. My only excuse is that I had to do with a resin kit for the first time... to be continued...
    2 points
  37. Hey everyone, Here's a recent completion from me for the Tomcat II GB. The aim was to finish her as Fast Eagle 107, just as she landed after shooting down an Su-22.I still have to add two Phoenix missiles but am calling her done. You can read the WIP build here but in summary; Kit: 1/72 Hobby Boss F-14A Paint: Brush painted with Revell Acrylics, Flory Models Wash Decals: From kit Extras: Hasegawa pilots from pilot set. Close up of the crew.. Pylons for the fuel tanks were scratched... Thanks for looking! Dermot
    2 points
  38. This is #16 since I started back modeling in April. Hope it is to your liking.
    2 points
  39. Hi, another model I finished some time ago: the SWS with armored cab carrying a flak. The 1/72-kit is made by MACO. The flak is probably somewhat over engineered with fiddly parts and the sidewall of the cargo bed would benefit from PE parts or mesh. Nevertheless, MACO has made a fantastic kit, which is very well detailed and fun to build. The dark yellow base coat was airbrushed with Tamiya acrylics. I used Revell Aqua paint to brush the stripes. A mixture of pigments, sand, matt clear coat and probably white glue represents the mud on the vehicle. Ole
    2 points
  40. Well, the cockpit saga continues. I stuck the thinned down seats back in, but looking at it, I still couldn't see how the side consoles would fit. In despair I was Googleing images of the cockpit for colours etc. Then I had a bit of 'moment'. There is no centre console between the seats! The centre console extends from below the centre of the instrument panel to just in front of the two seats. That's why I couldn't get all the bits to fit! So, plan 'C'. Remove centre console. And seat's......again. Looking at images of the cockpit and trying to match them up to the bits I had, was getting
    2 points
  41. Giorgio, I think you misunderstand the market for the Scorpion. "The aircraft is intended to handle mission profiles typically performed by the U.S. Air National Guard, including domestic interdiction, quick-reaction natural disaster support, air sovereignty patrols, and low-threat battlefield missions." Think OV-10 Bronco, or A-10. It is not a fighter, but designed to operate where there is no Air threat, or where other types (fighters) can provide air cover. Even the USAF recognise the need for this role by deciding to replace the A-10 with, well, another A-10. But eventually the A-10
    2 points
  42. Hmm I appear to have been somewhat remiss in documenting my latest project, which is a follow up - or rather a prequel to my recent Hurricane IIc project. In October 1942, my Dad was posted to 81 Squadron which at that time was in Gibraltar, awaiting the launch of Operation Torch to invade North West Africa. At this time 81 Squadron were flying Spitfire Vc which were adapted to the Tropical configuration by adding a Volkes filter at some point. So my source kit is the HobbyBoss Spitfire Vb Trop and to convert to the Vc I'm using the resin C wing conversion from Grey Matter Figures.
    2 points
  43. A long time ago when most of you chaps were still in the future and your Dads were my age we would troop down to Woolies in Edinburgh after school and see if they had the latest Airfix kits in. Woolies always got their supply long before the LHS did. Mind you "Love Love Me Do" was on the radio - thats the BBC Light Programme not your Radio 1 nonsense and white Vulcans and Victors were the nuclear deterrent.
    2 points
  44. I'd be happy with a new tool 1/72 Airfix one, followed by a Victor. Plenty big. Tony
    2 points
  45. The negativity from my side comes from years of seeing similar projects being announced and then fail miserably. If you have some time to waste, here's some of my thoughts on this and similar machines: The validity of the so-called light fighters is something that has been debated for decades, at least since the development of the 100-Series fighters in the US. The trend had initially been for more and more sophisticated machines that were also becoming very specialised. This ended with the Phantom, the first true modern multirole fighter. This was and still is a superb aircraft but it was a
    2 points
  46. I cut off the hopeless radiator flap and opened up the underside. The Airfix interior part was cut up in sections to separate the outlet piece I need. While the Airfix fuselage is a P-51D and I'm working on a P-51H based fuselage I think I will get away with this when I compare to the drawings and P-51H photos. I cleaned up the inside of the fuselage halves and installed thin styrene side walls. The idea is to build it up like this, and keep the outlet flap separate until after painting.
    2 points
  47. Note the tug being lifted by the crane to the head of the dock to help push the ship out !
    2 points
  48. Here are some pictures after the decals went on. The red two's were painted on. Cheers,
    2 points
  49. sorry but wrong scale I am desperate for a half good 1/72 or 1/48 Battle, like many to my regret I just don't have enough space for a 1/32 kit. Selwyn
    2 points
  50. Hahaha your right there actually, its sad that these days I now expect there to be glaringly obvious issues, It's amazing how some people can't see anything I once had two Vucans I made sat next to each other at home and my parents had friends over, one was looking and said "what's the difference ?" Bearing in mind one was the prototype and the other XH558. I said well there are quite alot (about 50+ differences), I didn't bother with all the differences as I could tell I was being judged by one of the "what do you want to do that for, you want to watch eastenders and conform like everyone el
    2 points
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