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  1. Hi all, I thought I would share photos of some of my older builds, all taken in natural light. This is done by using a Fuji camera and a base painted to look like concrete that measures approx. 3’x3’. I use the local airport as the back ground. In my opinion, there is nothing quite like the sun showing the work. When taking the photos, I try to envision the angles that I would be taking of real aircraft. scales are 72, 48, 35 and 32. Hope you enjoy the pics. NEW: got rid of photobucket.
    15 points
  2. A Westland Lysander from Finnish Air Force, which I am a fan of. 1/48 Gavia kit, built several years ago with some photoetched parts, from Eduard if I am not mistaken. I thought that this plane was small, actually it is huge. It dwarfs a Spitfire if you put them close to each other... Probably the dihedral is too strong.
    15 points
  3. I managed to complete my Christmas holiday Spitfire double build inside the two-week period I allocated to it! I started this build as distraction from a difficult kit I've been working on for over a year, and as such I wanted an easy kit. I made it a double build when I realized I couldn't pick which kit to do, and as I expected them to be pretty much shake'n bake. I was also quite interested to see which one would be my favourite. The Airfix kit is built as the early Mk.I that's included in the box, I just love the white/black wing scheme. This also allowed me to do a tiny bit of a conversi
    14 points
  4. My I first wish you all a Happy New Year This missed out on being the last one of 2014 but claims a respectful 1st for 2015. Its the new Airfix 1/48th Scale Gnat representing XP501 in the Summer of 1966. S&M decals to replace the incorrect colours on the Airfix ones and built out of the box. I can say this kit is a dream to build, The number has been added to the nose hgaer door since the photo's were taken! Thanks for looking Comments welcome as always Rick
    12 points
  5. Hi fellow modellers! This is my first post here. For now, I only have pictures of my models finished, so it´s a kind of introduction for me. This is the old heller Su-27 UB. The kit has many fit problems, but overall is very accurate and represents well the shape and dimensions of the Flanker. I tried to make a faded look and I think the result was convincing. the only aftermarket were resin K-36 seats and metal pitot tube. I hope you like it, It was a fun build! Any commentaries and critics are welcomed!!! Best regards from Uruguay! Ignacio
    12 points
  6. Here's my 1/72 Airfix Spitfire Mk.Ia (new mold) which originated from a starter set. OOB apart from Eduart pre painted harness, antenna from Tamiya Spitfire Mk.I & new antenna mount. I always scratch build the last part as the original part is lost in sanding. Kit is painted with Gunze Sanyo Mr colour Laquers thinned with hardware store universal thinner, they're really hardy paint + accurate in tone. Paints were faded with a little white for 'scale effect'. Decals are Aeromaster for insignia, Ventura black serial #'s & Modeldecal code letters. Sealed with Gunze clear coats. Panel was
    7 points
  7. I picked up some Clear blue in Langleys in Norwich. So I've now got Tamiya clear red, clear green, clear blue and smoke thinned and ready to go. Must be able to sort out the tip tanks lights with that lot? I've painted a couple of test strips in clear red/clear green - and I'll practice applying blue and/or smoke over the top to see what I end up with, I had a very good Christmas/New Year as far as relaxing/socialising goes - but rather unproductive as far as modelling goes. I must say that it's been noticeable how much progress has been made on numerous BM builds during that time tho'
    7 points
  8. The unthinkable has happened! The model of the Beaufort is finished. And after all this time! Too late for photos tonight, but I shall set up the tripod tomorrow evening and make an RFI post. Then I can finally move on...to that stage where I sit staring at my stash with absolutely no clue of what to build next. It's the one part of the hobby that I don't like. If I only had one kit in the stash, this decision would be easy. But a man who has two watches never knows what time it is! Of course, I do have two partially built kits on the Shelf of Shame. I suppose a KUTA bu
    7 points
  9. With the arrival of the Trumpeter Hornet(s) and the rather fine mess they've made of it I thought I'd start a new thread on ways to fix them (as far as possible) without too much stress. I've all ready contacted the Guru of all things Hornet, Dave Collins and invited his input into this thread. Also I know Jon K.T is keen to do a build and at least he will paint his. Where possible I hope as we do this, I will be able to produce some correction parts in either injected plastic or other mediums. Behind the scenes David has supplied me with a further range of dimensions and co-ordinates with wh
    6 points
  10. Airfix 1/72nd MKI Avro Lancaster G-George. From the 1978 2nd tooling version on black sprues. Please note, I did not build the model, it was made for me by Ian Collis. So we didn't want it to resemble G-George as can be seen in the Australian War Memorial (AWM) museum today, but instead went for the look of the B/W photo of it when in service. So the bomb run on the nose, was copied over to the model. Now this old Airfix kit is supposed to be of a MKI but infact to make it so needs some Mods. First the bomb aimer's blister for MKI's had a shallow nose blister, all late and MKIII Lancasters h
    6 points
  11. I've played about with the kit canopy and as it's too tall and misshapen, I pared and filed off parts of the lower edges and reduced the top curve, as you can see here. The cut down canopy on the left can now either be polished back and used on the model, but mine will be used for a new Vacform replacement once the correct framing is done. The max depth of the canopy should be 10.5 mm. The next step was to test fit the modified canopy onto the modified fuselage, but first I razor sawed the fuselage top behind the canopy of the main fuselage. When the canopy is moved to the new location a ga
    6 points
  12. Well here's my first completed model of the year. The kit certainly doesn't fall together, and if you're tackling one straight after an Airfix one, you'll be in for a bit more work to get things to fit. That being said, you do get some brass and resin to play with, and the decal sheet is very well printed, even if the instructions are rather vague on their placement, and once again the classic "keep clean of intakes" stencils... Anyway, Alclad finish once again, though this time it's a bit cleaner than my previous Lightnings which morphed into dirty birds in their construction! The pilot figu
    5 points
  13. For anyone interested in WW2 airpower and particularly the Luftwaffe I wouldn't describe it as obscure It's not every day that a supposedly beaten foe can launch an operation on this scale, however futile it turned out to be. The Luftwaffe managed to destroy 143 single engine allied aircraft and damage a further 139. For twins these figures were 74 and 12, four engine aircraft 15 and 5, giving a total of 232 destroyed and 156 damaged. Losing nearly 400 aircraft on one morning wouldn't have seemed 'obscure' to the Allied air forces sustaining the losses! The futility lies in the Allies abi
    5 points
  14. Well having failed to complete my Bomber Command GB Lancaster within the deadline I now give myself the challenge of 2 builds in one GB!! First cock-up: I've realised that my cunning plan of doing 2 x 1/48th builds has been undermined already - that'll teach me to concentrate when ordering. Anyway here we go with the first build: a 1/72nd Su-30 of the Ugandan Air Force made from the Trumpeter kit The Kit: The Contents (well some of them): The Decals: And this is what I am aiming for (copyright:Tarmac Images):
    4 points
  15. Dear Fellow Modellers These peculiar shaped IJN Destroyers were inspired by German WW1 designs. The gun armament was placed above the main deck to ensure all armament would function in heavy weather. The strange focsle reminds me of a whaler? This old kit had no portholes or details on the deck houses so I embarked on a month of scratch building and photo etch extravaganza! I think Mikazuki means 'full moon' Hope you like it? Andrew
    4 points
  16. Hello friends Happy new year for all of you This was the lat build from 2014 the Zvezda 1/35 kit with some scratch. I hope you like it Best regards from Portugal Vitor Costa
    4 points
  17. Morning all, Just wrapped up the Spitfire, the first of my Battle of Britain builds. Had a lot of fun knocking this one together For those interested, the WIP thread can be found here: http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/234972713-172-airfix-baby-spit/ Without masks for my Do17 and a gun pack for my Blenheim, I might move onto something different until I've all I need to start the next BoB build Thanks for looking, comments welcomed Cheers Shaun
    4 points
  18. The plan is to do one of these two babys. Found on Nils 'Vingtor' website http://vingtor.net/profiles_content.html The only teeny tiny snag is that I am unable to find any other views or photos of either....yet! Won't slow the build anyway tho.
    4 points
  19. Ignorant (from my dictionary) : Lacking knowledge; having no understanding or awareness. As far as I'm concerned, admitting ignorance of a subject carries no disgrace (I am ignorant of German aircraft, calculus, the theory of relativity, nuclear physics, and many other subjects.) I've spent many hours, finding out that, from Autumn 1942, Supermarine, Hawker & Bristol spent time on filling rivet holes and panel lines, sanding them smooth and then painting them, making the chances of there being black lines under the paint non-existent. If someone asks about pre-shading, I start with the p
    4 points
  20. Crew painting time, not sure about these so far? 1-1 ref pictures, I found my old Crew cover in the garage so I'm going to use it as ref pictures, This old lid of mine has done a fair few miles. onto the figures, The 35th scale version, faces are masked up with bluetac. I wanted to give the coveralls a washed out look, so some slight variation in colours between the crew members. Not convinced yet that they look right, so I might strip and start again, I've only added some basic shadows into the creases but they are just not doing it for me TBH? Beginning to
    4 points
  21. The Trumpeter Hornet F.1 sadly follows the (sods) law that "models and drawings of the most aesthetic aeroplanes, will be inversely proportional interpretations of the real thing" as in the case of Spitfires, Hunters and the Hornet. Is this kit savable? IMO yes, but there is precious little to to start with. Are we going to end up with a perfect representation? Nope! In this case I think the object should be to to make something that looks like a decent Hornet model and how far you take this will depend on your own skills. All the following measurements and calculations are based on my work
    4 points
  22. I do most humbly apologise; I did not realise that, having reached an age when I feel my hand skills are no longer good enough, it also precludes me from having an opinion and trying to help a questioner. Perhaps you would care to show any occasion when I've said that a modeller shouldn't do what he likes with his own kit? Funny, really, since I always strove to get photos of real aircraft, and make my models look as much like them as possible, which is why I supplied that horrifyingly negative photo of a real aircraft.
    4 points
  23. Great builds. Great Fun. Thanks to Col, Enzo and Mish for getting this off the ground. EE Lightning II anybody???
    4 points
  24. A hobbies a hobby and people will spend what they can afford. Think of it this way, if your hobby is fishing, reels can costs thousands. If you enjoy playing the guitar, they can be equally expensive. I'm sure if they were able to get something that isn't ordinarily available for £40 a month over two years they would jump at it. Just because modeling is a niche hobby does not mean that companies such as deagostini are fraudsters and deserve to go out of business and that I, as the consumer are "stupid" for subscribing to them.
    4 points
  25. Hello All, I've had a set of plans and a hankering to build a Fairey Long Range Monoplane for a long time now (since 1997), and a testing group build on another forum gave me the excuse to get going. There are no injection or resin kits of this, and the only vac-form I know of was produced in 1985. So it's a scratchbuild job! I dug out my balsa stocks and had a look. I didn't want to carve a one-foot-something tapered wing out of half inch balsa, so I started messing around with a composite structure: The idea was to have a curved upper surface of soft 1/16 balsa wood
    3 points
  26. I never posted a build thread on this one, but as there's quite a bit of DeAg chat at the moment, I thought some might be interested. It was an 80+ weekly part-work. Total cost was around £700. I was firm with myself and didn't start building until I had all the parts. In my usual obsessive way I added a lot of extra detail and printed my own decals for the ones that were missing. It was a superb kit - went together brilliantly, and is HUGE. It currently sits under a dust sheet until I can get a cover for it. The little Lotus 78 in the first pic is 1/43 scale...... Roy.
    3 points
  27. So my second entry (I hope) into the LBAFGB will be a Kenyan Air Force F-5E in 1/48th. Wish me luck!! We shall start with the obligatory shots. The Kit: The Contents: The cockpit detail set; God knows why I bought this as the kit cockpit looks pretty good as it comes!! And the Decals: Decals for this build have been something of an issue as no-one seems to be able to produce the KenAF decal correctly. Note the erroneous matching width of the black, white, red and green bands on the Roundels of the Wirkd set and a missing white band in the International Hawker Hunters set despite it b
    3 points
  28. I built this a few years ago. Tamiya 1/48th F84G Thunderjet. Eagle strike decal set number 48143 The aircraft was a F84G of the 310th fighter bomber squadron, 58th fighter bomber wing, Korea 1952. I painted the model with various shades of Alclad 11 & Aeromaster acrylics The Tow tractor is a Clark CT46 from KMC. Thank you for looking.
    3 points
  29. I had no idea where to put it so it's here Last year (it was october, I think)) I bought a dragon figure in souvenir shop in Cracow. It was wonderful, different than all these quasi-dragon figures. It was green with big "K" letter as a Cracow emblem. I've decided to repaint it to resemble Ice Dragon and remove this awful letter. I've used mainly airbrush and drybrush, only eyes, claws and teeth were brush-painted. The result below. Hope you'll like it
    3 points
  30. Good evening, to do something a bit different, I chose to build this little fellow as part of a Phantom group build on a german modeling forum. It's the very old Hasegawa Phantom Eggplane. It comes along with a small "spook" figure, and has two painting schemes. One is a USAF SEA scheme, and a gull grey JSDAF, which I built. The kit goes together rather well, almost no filler needed, and has even two decal sheets (looks like the second is an "update"). I just added the ejection seat firing handle. And - it's the hasegawa phantom kit with the most ordnance included! Thanks for a
    3 points
  31. Hi, Lot of the time has been spent on some strange activities and due to some reasons I was forced to change the priorities in my hobby. Anyway - the time has come and I can start the paintwork. Last pics before painting. The only upgrade is the resin Rotol from Department of Correction which is originally designed to Tamiya's kit. So has better fitting then Hasegawa's one. And here are mentioned above some reasons of delay.
    3 points
  32. And then there were two. Thats taken me ages to do and my eyes dont thank me for it. Still a couple of adjustments and fixes to do along with the dry brush, but thats enough for me for one day. Also sanded one of the inlets and got the best fit I could, got the other side to do, glue em both on and then its filler time for the plane itself I think. Woo.
    3 points
  33. Well done to one and all for making this a most enjoyable event. It's been great fun watching so many Lightnings take shape, learning of the issues within certain kits and seeing the cures for them being developed and applied, the excellent banter and inventive naming of pilots, all this has conspired to make this not only entertaining but also produced a great repository of information for future Lightning modellers. The gallery looks fantastic and I'll get a poll set up so we and the wider Britmodeller gang can vote for a winner if everyone is agreeable? Alas my own entry has not made the
    3 points
  34. Ready for Inspection - completed model of the Junkers Ju87 - B2 completed at the end of December 2014 The kit was the Italeri 1/48 scale. Very nice kit with some good detail. The build is straight from the box with no additional aftermarket items. Paints were mostly Humbrol - using their newish RLM range.
    3 points
  35. For a moment there I thought you'd finally seen the light and started fitting an arrestor hook... (Mind you, not sure I'd want to try to stick a JP on a carrier; from my very limited experience of the aircraft I don't recall the acceleration being too startling). I ran out of superlatives long ago, but you know we all think they are both superb!
    3 points
  36. It's a superb kit. I went a bit potty on mine adding extra details and stuff, but even built 'as it comes' it's a seriously impressive model. Being an F1 car, it's BIG. The Ferrari in the 2nd pic is 1/12 scale!!! My advice - get it..... Roy.
    3 points
  37. This model is of zero interest to me, but I agree with the above. If it were a part-work of a Ferrari 250 GTO, I'd part with the £9.00 a week like a shot. Yet many 'moaners' will 'splash' their money up the pub loo wall, or stink ordinary mortals out with smoke, and have nothing but a headache and an empty wallet to show for it. How much is a season ticket for Footie? - the most brainless activity ever invented. Also as said above, each to their own. I have no doubt there are a few here who think I'm nuts for being a Pocher fan...... Roy.
    3 points
  38. The model sucks, I know. I couldn't do any better with that old 1/48 Airfix kit. But, man, I do love the Hawker Fury. I find it really elegant. You can see in those lines what will have become the Hurricane. This one is actually a Hawker Spanish Fury as it was dubbed. Part of a small lot built for Spain that took part in the Civil War in the Republican side. Landing gear in the Spanish ones was slightly different from the British versions. I used a old spare part belonging to a Gladiator....
    3 points
  39. You could always go for the Master Replicas one. Its basically the same as the DeAgostini one will be but without the removable sections. Oh yes and the base is massive. You can get one from ebay.com for a sum of $4500. I have had the MR one and i totally repainted it. If the DA one is the same as that i will be very happy. Next to a Tamiya 1/32 Phantom to show you the size of the 32" Falcon
    3 points
  40. Hi Kev You raise an interesting point. All of the nations listed in the 'Welcome and Rules' post have been re-confirmed by their builders within the last 4 weeks and so one has to assume that the vast majority of these will be started at some point (I know some will be late starters). I genuinely think that the number of non-starters will be very small, but of course life can get in the way and so there may be a few. Not all builds are likely to be finished within the GB timetable, but that's normal and fine. I would not want participants to feel under particular pressure to 'complete' in
    3 points
  41. Thank you chaps :-) Hopefully today I'll get some paint on the three crew and finish off the details on the tank itself. Not much left to do in terms of construction for the Chieftain but I do want to display it on a base So that will add time to the build. I'll break open my homemade static grass applicator once more and see what I can rustle up. This was the last attempt, Dan
    3 points
  42. Hi everyone Epic failure I'm afraid, left it too late to start and then too much to do at the end, finally realised it wasn't going to happen when I superglued my fingers to the front wheel of the undercarriage, net result broken front suspension and a few layers of skin less. The masking wasn't the best either, the canopy looks like I've done it by hand and then finally as if I hadn't got the message, I tried to apply the cockpit instruments decal, only for it to slip down under the pilot never to be seen again ! So enoughs enough, photos of current shambles below, I will finish it so it d
    3 points
  43. The flight deck bulkhead could now be detailed. The flight deck side of the bulkhead was detailed as per the previous Dominie build because it didn't alter between pre- and post-DAU aircraft. This shot explains what's what on the vestibule side of the bulkhead – yet to be added is the fold down supernumerary seat on the port side of the flight deck access portal.
    3 points
  44. Why anyone reads this paper I don't know. It's garbage and just one step up from the Sun etc.
    3 points
  45. Yes, indeed, a lot of variation. I learned one thing from studying the photos. In many cases the war time censors have removed the under-wing antennae - you can sometimes still see traces of it or the supports. Quite a few of the photos that show the fuselage aerials but not the under-wing antennae have been censored. But there are still quite a few that are exactly like you say. Good luck on your build! The kit goes together quite well, and there are some schemes that don't require all the photoetch. One comment you hear quite often is that the canopy is too wide - I fou
    3 points
  46. Lightning F.3 XP737/L, 23 Squadron, RAF Leuchars, 1965 Kit: Airfix 1/72 Lightning F.6 Aftermarket: Alley Cat Lightning F1/3 conversion set. Decals: Xtradecal 72097 Build thread: http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/234968481-stripy-lightning/
    3 points
  47. Lightning F.1A XM194/A, 111 Squadron, RAF Wattisham, 1963 Kit: Airfix 1/72 Lightning F.2A Aftermarket: Alley Cat Lightning F1/3 conversion set. Decals: Xtradecal 72088 Build thread: http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/234968481-stripy-lightning/
    3 points
  48. Lightning F.2 XN768/S, 92 Squadron, RAF Gütersloh, 1972 Kit: Airfix 1/72 "Snap 'n' Glue", a version of the original kit from the 1960s. Decals: Taken from the new Airfix 1/72 F2A kit and adapted slightly with serials and codes from general sheets. Build thread: http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/234969092-ok-lightning/
    3 points
  49. Thanks Nimrod. Sadly, this isn't going to quite make the cut-off. I've been detail painting and all that, but there's no way I can get her decalled and finished in time - real life is just not going to allow it (and the paint is still soft...). Oh well. I'll post photos when I do get her completed, warts and all. Probably later in the week. If I'd had the 2 1/2 days I missed due to work, all would be done. Never mind, it's not the end of the world. On with the Lesser Built Air Forces GB, I have months and months left on that one!
    3 points
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