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  1. 18 points
    Finished yesterday, definitely not one of my better ones but fun none the less. The Freightdog resin fits really well and corrects some of the flaws, but it's still a fun kit to build. The white was a real pain but it's a cracking scheme so worth the effort. Also a nice timely reminder as to why I rarely work in 1/72nd, the masking was a royal pain. Peter
  2. 18 points
    This posting is the result of too much good wine over Christmas and my son Dylan's enthusiasm. The aircraft was built OOB, or should that be OOC (Out of the Cracker) It is moulded in 2 colours just like the matchbox kits of old, complete with spinning prop and wheels that turn, what more could you want, photos as built ready for its maiden flight across the dining room table. Disaster struck on the maiden flight crashing into the cheesecake, fortunately it came down within paddling distance of a mandarin orange segment so the crew survived. Happy Christmas everyone Cheers Pat
  3. 17 points
    Hi, folks... Hope you've all had a great Chrsitmas and also looking forward to a happy and peaceful New Year. By way of ending the old year, a new model... a few images of Airfix's new Do17Z-2 kit. This is a nice offering and I'm now looking forward to their release of the Ju87B-1 and He111P, due July and December 2015 respectively, and apparently able to be pre-ordered now... nothing like being organised... The kit has been finished in the markings of Gruppenstab, III./KG3 based at Heiligenbeil/East Prussia in September 1939. Full build details can be found over on Hyperscale54 under the heading 'Airfix's elegant Pencil'. Enjoy, and thanks for looking in. Regards, Paul
  4. 14 points
    Hello Folks, Here we go again,...more Ventura`s! 34 OTU at Pennfield Ridge in Canada was the main Ventura OTU for crews destined for British Commonwealth Ventura units based in Europe. It was originally set up to train crews destined for the Ventura units which formed 2 Group of Bomber Command in the UK and was therefore equipped with Ventura Mk.I`s & II`s but as the type was phased out of bomber service the Ventura GR.V (US Navy PV-1) gradually replaced them in 34 OTU which also trained RCAF crews bound for Home Service coastal patrol units. Here are the 1/48th scale Revell Ventura Mk.II & PV-1 kits with Aviaeology Decals replicating two of these aircraft starting with; Ventura Mk.II, AE934/B2- Wearing the original style codes and roundels and with the A2Zee resin replacement canopy which provided the bubbles missing from the base kit. The engine cooling gills have been opened up and sun screens have been fitted over the flight deck while inside a new radio operators position has been added from scratch and the resin wheels with covered hubs came from Resicast ; Ventura GR.Mk.V, FN974/K2- Wearing the early US Navy Blue Grey and Light Grey scheme. To get the kit decals to fit properly the rear right hand window which is incorrectly placed on the kit was filled in and re opened up slightly lower down so that it appeared within the lower stroke of the number 2 as per a reference photo of the real aircraft.The engine cooling gills have been opened up and sun screens have been fitted over the flight deck while inside a new radio operators position has been added from scratch and the resin paddle bladed propellers came from Quickboost; Both Models in a suitably Canadian looking environment (actually Lancashire, UK!); As usual both models were brush painted using various acrylics and I hope that you like them. My thanks go to Terry at Aviaeology and Ali at A2Zee for having the foresight to go ahead and bring their various wares to the market so that the Commonwealth Ventura story can be told in model form! Cheers Tony
  5. 12 points
    This is the Classic Airframes 1/48 kit which fought me all the way. Although I have to say, I'm really pleased with how it turned out. The build thread is here: http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/234959135-classic-airframes-148-westland-whirlwind-diorama/ Comments and criticism welcome as always. Sean
  6. 11 points
    Hi, holding fast and fun assumptions, Draken was built from the cockpit and the wheel of Aires.
  7. 10 points
    "It was winter 1962, the worst of the Cuban Missile Crisis was just past, but everyone was still on edge. I was standing near the runway at RAF Scampton, home to the Vulcans of 617 Squadron amongst others, and I heard the unmistakeable howl of four Olympus engines at full power. A Vulcan had just taken off in a hurry, and as it passed I could see that it was carrying a Blue Steel nuclear missile - the training rounds were light blue, but this one was white, so I could tell it was live: It was taking off west, but as soon as it was airborne it began to swing around, trailing smoke from those massive engines: It banked around hard, and I could practically see into the cockpit, it was so low: It skimmed along low, and then suddenly pulled up into a steep climb which it continued until it was lost in the overcast: I realised it was now heading East, and my first thought was that the balloon had gone up and it was heading for Russia. I was a worried man until I saw it return later that day from what turned out to be a training flight. They were tense times..." This is the CyberHobby 1/200 Vulcan B2 with the Blue Steel missile underneath. It was supposed to be a relaxing and quick build, but this one fought me all the way! Firstly work commitments took away most of my modelling time which meant it took me four months to finish this. The intakes were a right pain to eliminate the seams from, and it was putty sand repeat ad infinitum. Then there was a terrible gap between top and bottom halves which refused to disappear no matter what I did with it.The primer I was using was Halford's white primer, and for some reason it went on so thick that it obscured most of the detail on the underside, meaning that copious amounts of rescribing were needed to restore it. And then when I thought it was all over, the decals were on and the final satin coat was drying, it took a nose dive from it's stand and snapped the IFR probe off and fed it to the carpet monster, so I had to replace it with a scratchbuilt one. All in all, it didn't want to be built, but as I've never scrapped a model yet, I was determined and won out in the end. Yay me. I put it on a stand with a picture of RAF Scampton on it, as this aircraft was based there in 1962. Hope you like it: Tiny little things, aren't they? Right, what's next...? Dean
  8. 10 points
    i heard tamiya's gekko are great kit, plus i love this beautiful plane. so i collected around 10 kits but never got chance to start one. this time, i decided that i must finish one of them. it took around 5 business days to build this model. everyday i worked around 6 hours plus few nights after work. it consumed around twice much time as a single piston engine fighter. but all worth when you finished your work i believe. well, great kits, great details and fitting, i tried to make her look like has been survivied in battlefield for a long time, plus i picked up the one had two shot down which should consider great since not that much shot down for japanese airforce against american heavy bomber like B 29. Merry Christmas everyone, enjoy pictures and comments are welcome.
  9. 9 points
    I bought this a few weeks ago and I think I'm getting to where I want to be know with aircraft This is brush painted with acrylics and oil paints, decided to do the spinner in a faded red look and I don't think I'm too far away from that
  10. 7 points
    Hello Everyone, here is my last effort,this is the 1/32 scale Zoukei-Mura Ta152H-0,great kit,decals from Eagles Editions,painted with Gunze. I hope that will like it,cheers Franck
  11. 7 points
    Decals are done! It took me almost 3 afternoons to place them...Combination of Italeri and Xtradecals. With htelp of microset/micosol combination they performed ok. Unfortunatelly there are no aftermarket stencils available, so kit ones should do the trick.. They are too big, I'm not sure about the font either, but what's done is done. I will let it set for a couple of days and tackle some other bits...
  12. 6 points
    Mjello and good evening fellow builders! I have finally finished my Kinetic F-16 reboxed by Eduard. A build that had been ongoing for over a year, but took speed during the course of the week, due to my immense amount of time during my christmas school break. Here goes: Robin
  13. 6 points
    This is a game you have to play slowly, and only do little bits at a time - ruler, tiny pencil marks, and a lot of patience. Not sure I am ever going to complain about masking a canopy ever again...
  14. 5 points
    This is my Airfix 1/72 Harrier GR3, built mainly OOB but I did use the Freightdog correct height fin and the serials and code letters came from Xtradecal. The kit itself is quite a nice build and the corrected fin fitted with no problems, I have noticed that the vane in front of the windscreen has gone AWOL and I lost the top indicator light to the carpet monster, I'll have to rectify these problem sometime in the future. Anyway enjoy Willy
  15. 5 points
    Right then chaps, my first RFI. Accurate Miniatures P 51C in the colours of 311th Fighter Group based in China in 1944/45. The model was built OTB but i did cut and lower the flaps and use Ultracast wheels and exhausts. The model is a pretty pain free build. My only chritisisms would be the thick transparencies, the flaps being moulded in the up position and a bit of filling at the wing routes. I also filled the panel lines on the wings as per the real thing. The NMF was achieved by priming with Tamiya light grey primer, some panels on the fuselage were then masked and painted gloss black. The wings were then masked and the fuselage painted using Alclad Aluminium, I then unmasked the wings and masked the fuselage and painted the wings with Duraluminium to try get the painted aluminium effect. The darker panel around the exhausts commonly seen on P 51s was painted using dark aluminium. The national markings were painted using miracle masks, I didnt' get a great finish on these due to my own over excitement! Entirely my own fault. The spinner, tail and wing tips were painted using Tamiya XF 3 yellow mixed with some XF 4 yellow green to try to add some depth. I also tried some oil dot weathering on the wing tips with mixed results The anti glare panel on the nose was painted using Tamiya olive drad lightened and darkened again to add some depth. For weathering I bought Mig Productions weathering set for NMF aircraft which performed well and then applied a random over spray of a very thin mix of Tamiya matt black and red brown. Some fuel mstains were added using AK Iteractive fuel stains mix. The whole model was then varnished with Vallejo matt varnish. Pigments were used on the wheels and exhausts. Brass tubeing was used for the gun barrels. I'm fairly pleased with how the model turned out, it was really a test bed for trying a whole load of new stuff. Any comments and questions welcome. James And finally a shot with Accurate Miniatures P 51A built a few years ago.
  16. 5 points
    So- followed the Mrs Fritag inspired new tradition of no modelling on christmas/boxing day but back at it today Have addressed the matter of the textured outboard leading edges of the wings. Using thinned Mr Surfacer 500: Stippled on between and around masking tape: Turned out that it was also just about the perfect colour and so needed no painting: Another job ticked orf.....
  17. 4 points
    Hello My friends, This is the 10th and last of the 2014. Kinetic Kit, with Ammo Weathering Products... Hope you enjoy... A Happy New Year to all of you... Cheers...
  18. 4 points
    Hello, Hobby boss 1/48 Mirage IIICJ wit AML Tzniut nose: Italeri 1/48 Apache: Hasegawa 1/48 F-16I Sufa: Academy 1/48 F-4B Phantom: Italeri 1/48 spitfire Vc: Hasegawa 1/48 Aichi B7A2: Revell 1/72 P-47D thunderbolt: Thanks for looking.
  19. 4 points
    Both tanks are from Plastic Soldier Companies 1/72 scale range, figures are from Valiant 1/72(?) range, all painted in Acrylics from Tamiya, Revell or Games Workshop, while some random tank stowage came with the kits the ammo boxes, sand bags and tarps were made by me from scratch and Greenstuff, plus some extra kit, pouches and leather jerkins made from Greenstuff were added to the figures. Despite making models for nearly 40 years now this is my very first attempt at a diorama, so I hope you like it. ATB Sean
  20. 4 points
    Should change my username to RevellAndy !! Total of 19 builds this year , nearly double what I managed last year Here are my 2014 builds ..... Revell 1/144 747 SCA and Shuttle Revell 1/48 Arado Ar234 C-3 and Tamiya 1/48 Kettenkrad Revell 1/72 Arado Ar234 and E.381 Revell 1/72 X-15 Airfix 1/48 Me Bf109 E4/E1 Revell 1/144 Tu-144D Revell 1/48 F/A-18C Hornet Revell 1/72 Type XXVIIB "Seehund" Revell 1/28 Sopwith F1 Camel Revell 1/35 Artilleriewagen Revell 1/48 Tornado IDS Airfix 1/72 D.H 82A Tiger Moth Revell 1/144 Launch Tower and Shuttle Academy 1/48 F4U-1D Corsair Academy 1/48 F4U-4B Corsair Revell 1/76 Monty's Caravan Revell 1/32 D.H Mosquito Mk.IV Tamiya 1/35 Kettenkraftrad Andy
  21. 4 points
    Hello everyone, So I finally got around to building my spitfire! Total time it took is under a week including drying, sleeping etc. This is my first build ever, I am now going to start on the Airfix 737. Let me know what you think I used the paints provided in the kit except for Revell Aqua aluminium for bits of the landing gear. I used UHU for to glue the canopy to the body. There's a pilot inside. Also, I used decalfix for the decals, decalfix worked amazingly well I'd say. Lastly sealed everything in with two thin coats of Revell Aqua Gloss. [Thanks to everyone who helped me out with this build over at another thread ] See below the pictures of the final product : That's it. Let me know what you think! I'm going to be building the Airfix 737-200 soon, so let me know what I can improve on. I'll start a new build thread tomorrow or something for the 737 in the airliners section . Cheers, Hamdhan
  22. 4 points
    Today has seen a little more progress. Here's the finished (I think) cape after a flat cote. The purple colours are done and the base for the red/brown, there's more work to be done here. The gold trim was hand painted with Tamiya TS-21 Gold that I had left over decanted in a jar since the Golden Arrow build. It brushed surprisingly smooth and easy. There's a lot of black washing work left to do as well. The hair is just a base colour so far, it will need shadows introduced next. The skirt and the plumage for the helmet are pretty much done, waiting for a satin (I think) clear coat.
  23. 4 points
    Thanks guys. I had a little fun with Tamyia tape: It could be worse.
  24. 4 points
    All 1/48 scale from the Russian Knight done in January to Rafale B finished yesterday in 2014. Have posted a majority of these before. Thanks for looking. New year resolution is flankers and more flankers! J-10B prototype
  25. 4 points
    Thanks for the encouragement guys. I managed to pull the same trick yesterday as Christmas Day, but what I saw wasn't encouraging, bit too much speed at the expense of quality. Fortunately I brought the putty through with me but for goodness sake how could I not have see it wasn't fitting by that much. On a positive not the Pilot has had his paint job, not sure if the colours are kosher but beggars can't be choosers ! Cheers Pat
  26. 4 points
    My latest one, AFV club's quarter scale RF-5E Tigereye in RoC AF livery. Built mostly OOB with only a bang seat replacement from QB. Pianted with MM LGG, with patches in Tamiya XF-66 which were subsequnetly covered with a mist of MM LGG to get that - there not there effect of the camo. OOB decals, which were a bit on the thick side , but boiling water and micro set / sol took care of them. Well enough rambling, here we go [/url Thanks for looking and Holiday Greetings,
  27. 3 points
    And because I've got (gulp) a week to get this built. So, it's going to be a Mach 1.5 (not Mach 2 because she's an old girl) race to the finish. It's also 34C here, and steamy, so there'll be no hanging about on the threshold while I wait for clearance. Obligatory box and sprue shots, then full afterburner and a vertical climb... Box etc. Sprues. I'm probably going to run with the 11 Sqn variant, in gray and Nat metal. But we'll see what we see... Rob.
  28. 3 points
    http://366th-tfw.net/bruce-hill_photos2.htm Selwyn
  29. 3 points
    Hi This is a model from past times (2004), when the only one Auster was that from Airfix - Mk VI. I made a conversion to Mk III in RAAF markings - I followed the Sword 1/48 markings, so it is 16 or 17 AOP Flight RAAF, Pacific Area (New Guinea?) 1944-45. Marry Christmas (in my country we celebrate it today also) and regards Jerzy-Wojtek
  30. 3 points
    Hi, This is my GWH F-15B/D Eagle finished as an F-15DJ of the J.S.D.A.F. Hiko Kyodotai Agressor Squadron using DXM's excellent decals. I am truly impressed by the 'like a glove' fit on this GWH kit. I have not used any putty at all, only careful gluing and some Mr.Surfacer. It only let me down installing the engines as they for unknown reasons were simply 1 mm to long. Probably due to me not dry fitting them... The gap on the canopy is simply because it is not glued. After some masking...finished with Gunze acrylics and Aclad2, weathered with Ammo and AK. It is an OOB build with just a few scratch build details on the nose, in the cockpit and on the bang-seats, some wires on the landing gears and drilling and plastic card on the weapon pylons. Weapons and ALQ-131 togheter with the slightly modified pilots are Haswgawa. Thanks for looking //Fred
  31. 3 points
    Hi all,just got an hour at the table after the Christmas break so got a cover of gray on the US Phantom,it needs another light coat to finish.after after a few scary moments I got the RN titles on the British one and had to gloss under and over them but all seems well.I was at my son,s house yesterday and scrounged a couple of large belly tanks from the frog and Hasegawa kit,s he built and did,nt use so I will add them to these two in due course.
  32. 3 points
    Howdy Fans Here are the progress shots, which are rubbish photos as usual. Sorry. Taken Boxing Day morning so a bit of a time capsule. The basic cockpit assembled and front assembly super-glued together and the fit isn't too shabby at all. Britain's first manned spacecraft The right side is a little shorter as I trimmed the front to deal with some bubbles in the resin. The masking tape is to contain the P38 filler that is next. It's once used Tamiya masking tape making a final contribution. Once the filler is on it's peeled straight off making sanding much simpler. As soon as the filler narrows I know I'm there! While that is all happening I'll be attending to the vents, inlets and pipes on the rear fuselage. Oh and sanding down the wing root fillets.
  33. 3 points
    Hi Pat There's mostly nothing major in the way of flash, just those little daggy bits that a mould gets when it's high mileage. But they all need cleaning up... And if I'd known, you could've had the decals from this one. Oh well. And yes, I'm sure that it's 34 (or was... at 2030hrs it was still 28C and 74%), no fires needed.
  34. 3 points
    I'd like to post a double work of mine. I already posted it on Facebook... so, excuse me this is not new to someone. Fiat CR-42 and Gloster Gladiator represent the peak of biplane technical development and I find them both and equally extremely interesting. Just like a confrontation of two different schools and styles, British and Italian. Such as Ferrari vs Aston Martin... Epic battles between the two contendants over the Mediterranean as well as Africa... (Sea Gladiator is a Roden kit, CR-42 Classic Airframes. Both 1/48)
  35. 3 points
    Thanks guys. It was the only option; do it again and do it right. G-usa; try one, it's very rewarding to do different things. I didn't have any figure painting skills when I started, I just knew I wanted to paint these figures and it just goes from there. Here we are now, much more like it. A bit more bright than what I aimed for, but on the other hand very much like I thought about it when I first bought the kit. Now I can continue in better mood.
  36. 2 points
    hello here is one of my Favorite models. F-4G WILDWEASEL 1/48 Hasegawa. Spangdahlem Air Base. In your comment. Ejection seats, wheel and jet exhaust by AIRES didier
  37. 2 points
    Hello mates! Another models from my collection....a Jeep SAS from Dragon and a Young Bust (1/10 scale)...hope you like them! Best regards for all! Luiz. ...see you in the next Project!
  38. 2 points
    I managed to complete almost one model per month, although most took more than a month to build. Here they are: January: South Front 1/48 Yak-1, Valeriya Khomyakova, all-female 586 IAP, Stalingrad, 1942 February: AMTech 1/48 P-40F, 79th FG, Tunisia, 1943 March: Zvezda 1/48 La-5, Vladimir Serov, 159th IAP, 1943-44 April: Hasegawa 1/48 P-38H, Maj. Mark Shipman, 38th FS, 55th FG, 8th AF, Nuthampstead, 1943 May: Hasegawa 1/48 F-4E, Zulu Alert, Ramstein AB, Germany, 1985 July: Tamiya 1/48 Fw 190 F-8, III./SG 3, Latvia/Sweden, 1945 August: Hasegawa 1/48 A6M3 model 32, New Guinea, 1942 September: Tamiya Spitfire Mk. Vb, James Rankin, CO RAF 92 Squadron, Biggin Hill, 1941 October: Zvezda 1/48 Yak-3, Semyon Ivanovich Rogovoi, 64th GIAP, 2nd Baltic Front, 1944 November: Revell (ex-Hasegawa) 1/48 Cessna Citation I. Danish registration December: Roden 1/48 Beechcraft YC-43 Traveler (Staggerwing), US Embassy, London, 1939 Monogram 1/24 Mercedes-Benz 1939 350K Cabriolet Happy New Year, everybody. Pip
  39. 2 points
    Hi, Fairchild 91 - initailly called Baby Clipper was disigned in 1935 as a civil passenger transport amphibia. It was produced in very limited numbers (I think seven were made) but more then half of them were then used in military forces of three (!) countries: Spain (one, Nationalist), Great Britain (one - in Egypt) and Japan (two). My model is Azur kit (there is also Pavla kit) a little corrected following photos and plans (for example the angle a riging cable between engine and wings, which in kit is not a cable but more massive part). The markings are from Save and Rescue Squadron RAF, Heliopolis, Egypt, 1943 (the stork was painted on nose in 1943). Coments welcomed Best regards Jerzy-Wojtek
  40. 2 points
    Hiya Chaps Well, 2014 was rather a silly year. Took the decision to concentrate on Cars and Bikes, and after hoofing my entire armour stash off to one of the local model shops, I was left with a very bare stash cupboard... thankfully its now looking rather less pitiful. So, the story so far... First up was this Tamiya Bozian Racing Peugeot 206. Next up, the first American Car i have built in donkeys years, an Olds 442, finished in Tamiya Titanium Silver Shortly followed by an 86 El Camino... and then a Chevy 3100 with home made decals and wheels from a Scoobie Then a little fun with a VW. Suspension lowered, Wheels from a Lotus Europa and a whole heap of other details and my favorite of the lot, a 66 El Camino, which took Best Novice at the 2014 SANNL in Kimberley and one that ive just about finished, Tamiya Alfa... and last but not least, the only damn bike I managed to finish this year, Tamiya Suzuki RGV Rather embaressingly... im still working on 7 other kits... Oh well, hope you enjoy.. 2015 ra ra, etc Steve
  41. 2 points
    Here I my efforts. I intended to enter every GB during the year, but I went a little and tried too many builds in each one... So I'll try again in 2015... This is the 1/48 Airfix Spitfire PR.XIX built almost OOB, using Xtradecals. This is a Spitfire Mk.XIVc. It is pretty much the 1/48 Hasegawa IX kit using the engines, prop and radiators from the Airfix Mk.24. Decals are from various general sheets. This is a Spitfire Mk.XIVe. It uses the fuselage from the Airfix PR.XIX and the wing from the Hasegawa IX. Decals are by Freightdog. A Spitfire FR.XIVe. Fuselage, prop and radiators from the Airfix Mk.24. Wings and heavily modified tail from the Hasegawa IX. Sword 1/72 T2V Seastar Airfix 1/72 Vampire T.11 Admiral 1/72 Airspeed Oxford Special Hobby 1/48 Fairey Firefly FR.5 Sword 1/72 Douglas F3D Skyknight Sword 1/72 McDonnell F2H-2 Banshee Sword 1/72 Lockheed F-80C Shooting Star http://i1114.photobucket.com/albums/k530/enzomatrix1/KoreanWarGB/F80-007a.jpg All the Mig-21s were built or converted from the 1/72 Zvezda Mig-21bis kit Mig-21MF Mig-21PFS Mig-21bis Mig-21PFS Hasegawa 1/72 Kfir C2 Hasegawa 1/72 Dassault Mirage F1 Hasegawa 1/72 Grumman F-14A Tomcat Hawker Siddeley P1127(RAF) from the 1/72 Airfix Harrier Gr.1 kit Hawker Siddeley Harrier GR.3 from the 1/72 Airfix Harrier Gr.3 kit BAe Harrier GR.5 from the 1/72 Airfix Harrier GR.7/9 kit McDonnell-Douglas AV-8B from the 1/72 Airfix Harrier GR.7/9 kit McDonnell-Douglas AV-8B+ from the 1/72 Airfix Harrier GR.7/9 kit Special Hobby 1/72 Douglas Boston III Airfix 1/72 Hawker Typhoon Ib Tamiya 1/48 Tiger I Tamiya 1/48 North American P-51D Mustang and another... MiniArt 1/16 Ernst Udet figure There are two Mig-15s and another Typhoon to be added when I have some decent photos of them. I may also finish some more before the end of the year...
  42. 2 points
    At last, the festering is over, and it's back to real life... of a sort. The majority of this post is pretty much a repeat of last weeks post, but I remembered to take photo's this time adn though it may be useful for anyone attempting the same madness anytime in the future. Seats! 10 of them in total this time. One of the more drudgerious tasks of the build.... is drudgerious a word ? sounds like it, or maybe I've been hanging around here too often and caught perduitis! Anyways.... I begin by marking out my seat spacing. As always, measure twice, cut once - and thankfully I did check as initially I had marked out incorrect seat spacing. The main spar is held in place by blu-tac and then the uprights are added, using blu-tac or whatever else comes to hand in order to hold things in place. The uprights are then tacked in place. I find the best way is to add a small dollop of flux onto the joint. Then I just touch the solder to the iron - that leaves a small amount - preferably just less than the equivalent of half a grain of basmati rice. The soldering iron is just laid onto the joint for about a second or so, and hopefully, you get a nice small joint. (Of course, messy ones can always be dressed later) I then repeat the process with the diagonal struts. These are more difficult to hold in place - each one is about 5.5mm in length. Once the front frame is complete, I rotate the legs up through 90° and solder in the cross bracing to the rear support. I then end up with a lumpy bauchle, sorry.... misshapen thing like this.... Looking at all the photo's of Wessex cabins, it seemed I just couldn't make out where each of the legs was supposed to go. However, one thing I did notice was that the diagonal struts were not always arranged symmetrically. In the end here I am just going for the "feel" of the cabin - upstairs is the intended focal point. It looks a lot better once the joints have been dressed. You'll notice the two cross spars adjacent to each other - I couldn't prevent the capillary action from sucking the solder along the length - hopefully a wash and a bit of scraping will make it look okay once complete. Next up was the installation of the aluminum tape for the base of the seats Then the excruciating task of cutting out 10 seat backs. The piece on the left shows my process - I marked out the fold at the bottom (about 1.5mm) using a sharp pencil. This left a good mark that I could see and also use to help fold the part. Above that I marked another line which was the height of my seat backs, again, marked in pencil. I then cut the strip into 7mm divisions and proceeded to cut through the tape for the straps - very sore on the eyes it was. Then, one by one, I stripped off the protective backer, and stuck the straps onto the main support brace. The extra length was folded over the back for extra support. ... and there we have 10 seats.... and just to break the monotony of this post, I also did some rework to the uprighty thingies around the gearbox. To be honest, I am not entirely sure I like them, but I can't do smaller, and they are on the 1:1 so something is needed to represent them. Some more minisculenessary And that be end of play for today. I'm getting really close to having to cut out the windows - and running out of excuses, and finding other non essential tasks to do instead.....
  43. 2 points
    Evening all. From Cliff's list today, North Korea seems to be free. Can I nab that (alleged cyber crime fostering) country please? Icarus
  44. 2 points
    Have managed to get the missiles finished and on, fashioned the twin Ae using 2 strands of speaker wire painted grey. So I am declaring victory over the beast known as the 1/72 Sword Lightning T5 - now its completed, I will attempt to take some better pics tomorrow before Fl Lt I.A.M Instructor and PO S.Prog find themselves airborne in the near vertical on my son Croydes ceiling! ​A beast of a build, not the most enjoyable and easiest, but I love the subject as its personally relevant and a favorite aircraft! I like the Tamiya rattle can NMF, will defo try on another build and try a 'clean shiny' subject. Now its completed I actually do like the pre shade effect and the different shades I painted after on panels - I think the floreys and weathering also suit the subject: http://www.abpic.co.uk/popup.php?q=1040035 http://www.aviation-picture-hangar.co.uk/xs452.html The colour pic shows a not so shiny T5! Thanks for all the kind advice and comments - now I have to battle against time with the Airfix 1/48 F6!
  45. 2 points
    Hi Gremlin56. Thank you.I didn't know their big Typhoon has similar issues. Seems such a shame that Airfix haven't really thought this area through better. I'm hoping they modify these joints for the Mk.I Spitfire they're releasing next year, as I'd like to build one, probably for the BoB GB. Only one update photo today - the undercarriage parts kept me busy and interested for the whole of this morning's building session. I was quite interested to see the different levels of detail between the two kits. Airfix parts on the left and Tamiya on the right: This photo shows the parts with just the base colours on - I still need to apply some washes and do some dry-brushing. I have also drilled the tops of the Airfix legs in preparation for improving the joint with the rest of the aircraft. Comments and suggestions welcome. Kind regards, Stix
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    Congratulations George Your custom undercarriage is amazing, don't you think it's strange that so many kits from different manufacturers have undercarriage unable to take the weight of the finished model, why sell something knowingly defective ? Cheers Pat
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    Might also be a second build AFAIC. Sri Lanka AF, if it's still available when I'm ready
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    Righto! Just because I couldn't bear it if I was still making this kit in 2015 I have pushed on utilising a bit of time off work for the Christmas break! Awesome weather here in little old Adelaide by the way Well the only thing between me and the finish line is a few fiddly bits and yes......the dreaded canopy. So with the kids out of my hair and playing happily with their Christmas gifts I knuckled down, grit my teeth and masked for like three plus hours!!!! This is what I ended up with...and for three hours effort it's still pretty crappy!! So thats it sprayed up. Next step let it dry for a while....install the gun and aerial plus some little underfuselage doodads....get the canopy in place and then send this evil beast to the cabinet of glory. I realise now that pretty much I cant see a damn thing so I suggest for the new year I will either get a new pair of glasses or a new hobby! Cheers Bruce
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    A few off the top of my head... Y-8EW An-12PPS An-26REP An-71 Beriev A-50 Beriev Be-12 KJ-200 / KJ-2000 KJ-1 / Tu-4 M-55 Mig-25R Mil-8PP Tu-16RM-2 Tu-126 Tu-142 Yak-28 Yak-33
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    Again, thanks guys for the compliments. So with the kids playing nicely with their new toys, the missus out for a bit of shopping and a few hours to go before we end up round my parents for the 2nd round of the present opening frenzy by the aforementioned children, I managed to get a little bit done this morning. As mentioned prior, I don`t like waste so I went into the bits box and pulled out some PE sprue to make some internal framework. And before I put the bits away, I couldn`t help my self dry fitting all the sections together for the posed shot to see if I`m heading in the right direction so to speak.
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