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  1. Hello modeller, just finished my Ju 87 D equipped for night operations built OOB from the nice Italeri Kit. Just made few additons in the cockpit and cut flaps to put them in the lowered position. This particular one was based in Ravenna (Italy) in 1944. Painting scheme is interesting and funny. It is basically the traditional german splinter sprayed with random lines of sand yellow. Lower surfaces also have the same but instead of complicate lines there are large irregular bands. I used Italeri acrylics with airbrush, they work quite well and especially for german planes there is the full s
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  2. Here is a rather odd Lancaster! Sweden bought one ex-RAF Lanc in 1951 as a testbed for Swedish jet engines planned for Saab Lansen and Draken. This aircraft was designated Tp 80 and flew a great number of test flights 1951-56. However, the engine project was abandoned and instead, it was used for test of afterburners. Sadly, it was lost in a crash in 1956. I used Revell's model (Airfix' was not released when this project started) and a conversion set from Top Gun. I also added some details to the Merlin engine. The Top Gun set was far from good. Poor fitting and lots of small holes in th
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  3. It never ceases to amaze me how such ignorance can be perpetuated, sorry Rob I don't mean to be rude but you need to actually do some proper research and reading about the moon landing and the Apollo programme - and I'm not taking stupid conspiracy sites who have no grasp of fundamental scientific principles. As for getting off the Moon they had a large enough engine to lift the ascent stage of the Lunar Excursion Vehicle back into lunar orbit, but most of the vehicle was left behind on the moon so they weren't carrying around excess baggage. The Moon's gravity is something like 1/6th that of
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  4. This is the Fine Molds Bf 109 G-6, converted to a photo recon G-8, although some sources list it as a G-6/R2. I believe the weight of evidence favors the latter. The full build post can be seen on this site here: http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/234963625-bf-109-g-8-172-fine-molds/ About six years ago, I built the same aircraft in 1/48. Here is the current project with its big brother. Thanks for looking. Comments welcome.
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  5. I have to say that this kind of discussion saddens me. As Kallisti says, humans have achieved some amazing things, and Apollo was one of them. It requires a particularly cynical level of ignorance to dismiss the enormous level of documentation (film, photos, procedures, designs, tens of thousands of detailed technical reports, actual surviving hardware, etc) and to assert that "it didn't happen". I grew up with Apollo, saw two Saturn launches at the Cape and proceeded to study Aerospace Engineering. Following University, I moved to the USA where I worked on the Shuttle program: there I worke
    5 points
  6. Hi folks,as the title suggests this machine was apparently based there in 1940,it only exists as a profile I have in an old issue of MAI.an earlier thread I started failed to bring forth anything about it,however our resident team of Hurricane experts did suggest that it,s serial would suggest a fabric winged model.I think it may have been used in calibration flights,I just loved the yellow undersides! Airfix,s lovely new tool kit used.many thanks for looking.
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  7. This is my only model in 1/48 wich was made couple years ago.
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  8. Airfix's new(ish) Harrier GR1: Straight from the box using the kit decals, and there are a lot!: Brush painted with Humbrol Enamels, Glosscote for decals, Mattecote for final finish: Nice simple easy build and decals went on no problem, just a touch of Decalfix needed for the roundels on the fuselage: I have the GR3, Sword T4, and a couple of Shars in the stash, hopefully they are as nice to build as this one, Thanks for your interest, Sean
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  9. Hi Everyone, just managed to finish and photograph my latest build; Eduards weekend edition I-16 Which I finished in the kit markings to represent an aircraft of: Sinkiang Aviation Unit, Dihua airfield, China, 1941-42 Only additions to what came in the box was some seat belts and the undercarriage retraction cables Don`t know a lot about these so probably a few boo-boos but hopefully nothingserious. Hope you enjoy, thanks for looking. Cheers Russ
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  10. And fuselage stripes using Airfix decals. Various cutouts for the side codes - and they're farther back than for the other option. Just the yellow leading edges to do now.
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  11. Applied matt varnish, 95% completed. Bye...
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  12. Sonderkommando Blaich, Libya 1942 Communication and liason hack for He-111 sqn, adapted for desert use. Altho I could have quite rightly weathered the s*** out of this, I decided to be a bit more restrained, just adding wear to the leading edges and wing roots. 100_3712 by devilfish2014, on Flickr 100_3715 by devilfish2014, on Flickr 100_3714 by devilfish2014, on Flickr 100_3711 by devilfish2014, on Flickr
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  13. This is the old kit from Revell. I think all they did was put some new pieces in their PFM kit to make an MF. Detail is lacking, the cockpit is a mess and inaccurate with the molds and fit are not up to what you'd expect today. Rather than chuck it out I thought I'd just build it as is, for the detail sets would cost more than simply buying the rather nice Trumpeter kit. Mark was nice enough to send me a pilot from the Trumpeter kit and Tony some VPAF markings (thanks guys) and I scrounged some sidewinders from an old Revell F-4E kit to stand in for R3-S missiles as they were pretty much Russi
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  14. Boeing 747-200 Thai International Revel 1:144 Been building this on & off for a couple of years now, and finally declared it finished today. It is the Revell E-4B boxing, with decals taken from the 747-200 Thai boxing, supplied by my good mate Mr Stringbag who will be doing the BA version at some point, so kindly let me have the Thai set. I had a problem in that I left the windows open to glaze them with Microscale krystal kleer later as all the windows were cut out on the cheatline decal. The problem was the holes didn't line up very well so progress was slow as I had to section t
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  15. When you see the prices those Skeeter kits go for on ebay I'd say I got a pretty good deal Great work on the bubble windows Bill. And I like what you've done with the seats. I've used that airwaves etch set before. It was one of my first experiences with etched metal after market stuff and I found it quite friendly for a novice albeit very fiddly. That was without all the fancy etch bending tools I have since purchased - I'm currently using Eduard's etch set for the Bell 47 - even with all the fancy tools I've found it a real challenge and it has tested my patience some what which is the
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  16. Not as often as I used to George, .. not as often as I used to
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  17. Yes, but the particular accusation about the particular case was incorrect, and if we're complaining about people making sweeping and inaccurate statements, I thought perhaps we shouldn't do the same. For the record, I'm sticking with the Monogram P-61, because I got two for a total of about $20 (not counting the one that's been in my stash forever, now out of reach in a storage unit) and I've always wanted to try swapping parts to make it "symmetrical"- I didn't like the mis-matched engines when I first got one! Based on what I've seen online, I do think Monogram got some shapes better (bas
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  18. Nice joke, George, but that isn't what we're being expected to accept and endorse. The idea is that Hawker's buyer, even though he would have known that biplane production was due to end, still ordered far too much paint of the wrong type; in my stock control days, had I done that, I would have been sacked on the spot. We also have to consider that aircraft were not sent into the paint shop fully assembled, but usually had parts made in various shops (even separate factories,) then assembled, so we are expected to believe that various inspectors, and foremen (who would come equipped with shade
    2 points
  19. The paint lifted in several spots. Plus, I do not like the mid green colour at all - way too yellow. I will mix the paints again and respray all yellow areas. The dark green colour is OK. The black green is slightly too black, but acceptable.
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  20. Thanks fellas, A little bit more progress today. The two masts have received a coat of paint, The masts have been put aside for now, so I started doing the fun bits - the stuff that goes whoosh bang! First up, the two Vertical Launcher Systems (VLS) I didn't realise until afterwards that the two systems are slightly different, the forward unit is inclined up at the rear. I assume this was done so that it sits level on the up swept foredeck? Close In Weapon Systems (CIWIS) I added two tiny ammo feed chutes (one to the front and back of each unit) using some scrap plastic
    2 points
  21. Thanks KT, here is the rest of tonight's work. I must also thank g-usa for putting me on to the Flory washes, they are great products. I furckled out the bits of damp tissue I had used to mask the underside LEDs: I then installed the lenses using Gator glue: I also did an electrical test and by Jove they still worked!! I removed the liquid masking from the front lights and gave them a bit of the weathering treatment: They need soldering on of course but that is now a job for tomorrow. I glued all the claws and arms together and got them installed: I have realized that they are s
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  22. Right. The last (I think) of the JP5's aerodynamic 'extras' are done. Slow work but nice to be playing with plastic card rather than PE. The remaining avionics aerials and beacons etc can wait until after its painted. A few flap/aileron/empanage operating levers to add and then construction is more or less done. This evenings aerodynamic extras were the little wotsits at the wing root/engine junction - just little lengths of slightly curved plastic card fixed with dots of cyano and then some plastic weld. Bit fiddly - lots of measuring and marking. And the flat blade type oojemythings
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  23. Well, got the MSG on today using HU165 - some of the pre-shading comes through and I dropped a white drop in and done some tinting for the first time.....not sure if its the fluorescent light, but it looks a bit 'blue'?? Well, next th DSG on bacon slicers, BOL's etc and all the little painting before some Klear: any comments welcome, especially on the colour!!
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  24. My wife's out of town this week, and I'm finding myself weirdly sentimental. Apparently the third year of marriage is ranked by many couples as the best, and I believe it; mine has been amazing, and I've endured a deadly dull and tiresome job mainly because I know I'll get to come home to Mrs. Procopius and a fat little hedgehog. Suddenly country music has a strange appeal. It's a terrible thing to become middle-aged in the American heartland. At any rate, lots more progress on my sky-hedgies: alcladded the blast deflectors or whatever they are behind the after nozzles, although I'm not very
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  25. Thanks Iain and Styx for your encoragement. Have got the bird to the "Difficult to handle stage " where everything takes longer and i have to be careful not to put my thumb in the fuselage and dislodge everything. engines now attached . I have used my own blend of zinc chromate made from exotic ingredients found\ in my paint collection . It is maybe a little too much on the yellow side but makes a nice contrast against the greens . A good covering of grey primer has been applied to help prevent any paint lift due to all the masking to be done and some Tamiya white airbrushed on and masked
    2 points
  26. Completed basic painting, we will apply the gloss cote varnish, but before photos ... Bye...
    2 points
  27. G'day Jockster, I will no doubt bog down when I get to the finer details a little later on. Meanwhile, progress continues! I have assembled the bridge superstructure and installed the main decking The fit was surprisingly good. I say surprisingly because a lot of other builds seem to have fit issues at this point. I did need a little filler to fair in the bridge superstructure into the hull sides, but it did not seem excessive. I also added this spacer to the deck. I needed it as it will push out the side of the aft superstructure section which tends to pull in without some form
    2 points
  28. Well, I see from the WIP thread that it's been about a year since I started this one. Progress has been in fits and starts, but it's done now! Without banging on too much about accuracy, I think it compares quite favourably to the new Trumpeter offering. The Aircraft - P6987 was delivered to 263 Squadron in January 1941. She served with the squadron in two separate spells: Jan-Nov '41 and Jun-Dec '42. During her first stint with 263, she was flown on 19 operational sorties. These were mostly interception patrols and convoy patrols, with a couple of Mandolin (later known as Rhuba
    1 point
  29. Well after a fair a bit of work (see 'wip'),this first one is finally done. It's a good kit to be fair but like the earlier Nimrod and big TSR2 it has a numberof errors that really need fixing prior to completion. However once these are done it does undeniably looks like a Valiant. Airfix are to be congratulated on taking this one on, thankfully it's a quantum leap over the Mach 2 offering too. A list of all the mods and future updates will appear on the 'wip' post soon. I wanted to do something a bit different for this first one and so after a bit of research decided that the special RCM V
    1 point
  30. I dont think I will be loooking for the etch set for my Bell 47 Aaron I know it will look a little finer but there will be too many angles from which the round tubes will not look round enough for me I will enjoy seeing how you tackle it I have started building the second seat How weird is this? Same framework but sits about six or more inches closer to the deck so same but different Also started planning the framework behind the gauges slightly thinner materials to find for an upright dash support tube Stretch sprue I 'xpect Pics tomorrow I hope Thank you guys for joining in, I'm
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  31. Awesome pair of planes
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  32. I had been gobsmacked by the quality of the seats Andy. But... On reflection I've decided that you've missed off the characteristic grubbiness of the bottom yellow/black bang seat handles (caused IIRC by nervous fingering whist wearing grubby leather gloves). Well - I can't think of any other criticism and a constant unremitting diet of (albeit well deserved) praise just aint healthy........ Added by edit. Just had another thought. I bet the back seat handle was really grubby. I know that If I'd been a Buccaneer Nav - sitting in the back of some sprog pilot flying low level over the
    1 point
  33. As requested, here you are a picture of the underside. cheers
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  34. Thanks, Duncan. It certainly is an interesting conundrum, for sure. While I was poking around researching this, I came across some supporting material for Eduard's 1:48 scale 109E kit. One of the schemes they offer is, of course, von Werra's. Here is the profile they include with each kit, copyright is theirs and I'm using it here for reference purposes only. I find a couple of things interesting here. First, the small "scallop" where the RLM02/RLM71 pattern on the top of the fuselage meets the vertical tail. I've seen this on more than one occasion. Is this typical of the
    1 point
  35. Black's a nightmare to work with.....That's a great result!
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  36. I'm not unhappy Nige, just offering an inkling of how I might have approached it.....I was thinking maybe a very slightly reddish (or even greenish) brown selectively applied to locations where you already have a prominent build up of the black, suggesting fresh oil in areas where a major stain has built up, that sort of thing. Coming from the AFV school of modelling I like to go heavy with the weathering effects, I'm comfortable with it and I really enjoy messing with the media.....I'm certainly not suggesting it's in any way a better or more correct approach, that would be rather ridiculo
    1 point
  37. Again I'd be inclined to consider layering washes of another colour onto what you have there.....It's a smashing finish but it's very uniform. With a subject like this I'd be inclined to go a bit bonkers TBH.
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  39. Rob you need to put the glue down and go outside for some air .
    1 point
  40. Fantastic A-4 Val, I hope mine comes out just as well, Sean
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  41. well the major surgery was performed and wasn't the easiest!!! The nose come off quite easily and won't be too much trouble with the fit of the new one.......the radiator scoop was another matter! The details of where and how much to remove were a bit sketchy and it took three goes before I got the right (?) amount removed, much safer doing little bits at a time. The leftover bit may end up in a RR Merlin powered FW-190! The cockpit was cut up as well, it's looks a bit bare, so I have spent sometime adding a few details. Have actually done a bit more since this photo was taken. Just a
    1 point
  42. If the Hurricanes are substantially different colours from the Ensign (and I'm still of the opinion that lighting is a satisfactory explanation for the apparent difference) it still doesn't follow that the Hurricanes are Light Green and Light Earth. In fact if the colours are genuinely different it is explainable in far more likely ways. First is wear and tear and exposure to high altutude UV. The Ensign being an unpressurised airliner with no passenegr oxygen systems would not normally have been flown over 12,000 feet, even pre-war. Second is the question of the Ensign colour scheme. Sure i
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  43. G'day people, A little more progress today. Continuing on with the hull, I have chopped out the warped pop shafts and replaced them with some plastic rod Result! The stern also received some attention with the addition of some styrene bits to represent the SPQ-19 towed array to replace the detail I sanded off during assembly I will drill a hole once the glue has had a chance to dry properly. Putting the hull, to one side, I now spent some time assembling the main superstructure section. My parts were pretty warped whilst on the sprue, especially around the mid section, but I just to
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  44. Update: Lots of paint applied to the interior and other bits and bombs, I'v used the wee pots of acrylic paint you get in the Airfix gift sets. I mixed all of 78 (interior green) with a half pot of 24 (yellow) for the interior parts, and seems to look well. So I used all the other paints needed out of the pots as well on the props, bombs and undercarriage, all went on great. Kev67 "great looking model, I believe this is one of Airfix's better older kits " steve60 "Great choice! I remember building this when first released,seem to recall it was a nicely detailed kit for it,s time.
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