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  1. Airfix 1/72 Hawk almost OOB with an LED in the nose, Painted with Humbrol 238 Red Arrows red. Stand is an acylic rod finished in Alclad and the base was painted with Humbrol gloss black and houses the battery. Only aftermarket is a Master Models pitot probe. Work in progress thread Thanks for looking CT
    25 points
  2. Here is my first take on the Airfix Spitfire Mk.1. WIP here: 1 by jongwinnett, on Flickr 2 by jongwinnett, on Flickr 3 by jongwinnett, on Flickr 4 by jongwinnett, on Flickr 5 by jongwinnett, on Flickr 6 by jongwinnett, on Flickr 7 by jongwinnett, on Flickr 8 by jongwinnett, on Flickr 9 by jongwinnett, on Flickr 10 by jongwinnett, on Flickr 11 by jongwinnett, on Flickr
    16 points
  3. Fokker F.27, Air Anglia Welsh Models 1:144 Vacform The F.27 was Fokkers very successful entry to the twin turboprop regional airliner market, first flying in 1955. Very few remain in service,, but it had a long and varied career with a wide range of operators The Welsh Models vacform is one of my favourite kits, this one being my third to be completed. The Air Angliadecals come with the kit and are designed & produced by Twosix decals and performed beautifully. There is no white printing on them so the 'Air Anglia' titles are clear printed in the black area. The bottom of the fuse
    15 points
  4. After a long slow-down in my modelling activity due to other pressures my lovely wife gave me this kit, Special Hobby's re-boxing of the Classic Airframes kit, for Christmas. Inspired by a Grumman Duck build article in SAM last summer, I decided to try my hand at a diorama for the first time. After all, a seaplane sat on wheels always looks a little odd, in my opinion... The kit is well described elsewhere and the tribulations of the struts and rigging severely tested my patience! That said, I'm pretty pleased with how it turned out. I used shade variations to try to get a slightly worn look
    15 points
  5. Sorry for the late replies guys, just catching up with the thread.....yes I know I started it lol! Great pictures, thanks for those. I caught up with Glenn at Huddersfield last weekend and he has intentions to do the larger dome and also the rear turret too. Having faffed about with the Falcon vac part, I may just use the kit part for now and replaced it when these become available (It's got a good tolerance fit, so won't need gluing). So that's good news for anyone wanting to do a variant with the larger dome, especially as Glenn also has some lovely decals to suit these too (I'll take some
    13 points
  6. Hello Here is one of my builds, finished in 2014. Wing folding I finished both wing folds! It was painfully long. Do not try to repeat it . P.S. This was a HobbyBoss kit with Vector correction and Aires wing folds Hope you like it
    12 points
  7. Westland Wyvern S.4 No. 830 Squadron FAA H.M.S Eagle, Suez Campaign 1956, Operation Buccaneer Frog 1/72 kit (~45 years old) Built pretty much OOB, sanded off and rescribed most of the raised panel lines, drilled out the exhausts and replaced with modified "drinking straws, boxed in the undercart openings. Drilled out the fuselage "camera ports" (?) and created windows with Klearfix. Overall fit was excellent, and original decals performed flawlessly, although had to double up the wing roundels as they were somewhat translucent. Painted entirely with Humbrol paints (Sky, EDSG) and final Valle
    10 points
  8. Finishing off that Typhoon a couple of weeks ago reminded me that I had a completed Academy Tempest sitting somewhere at the back of the garage. I dug it out and gave it a clean (and stuck the few bits that had fallen off). Actually built it about 8 or 9 years ago. I think it was one of the first models I completed with brush painted Tamiya acrylics. Completed out of the box as the aircraft of Wing Commander E.D. Mackie, OC 122 Wing, Fassberg, May 1945. Thanks for looking.
    10 points
  9. This is Roseplane's resin kit of a Spad A.2 with quite a bit replaced or enhanced by parts from the excellent PART photoetch set made for the Airmodel kit. I chose the markings carried by "S-31" which was the only French machine known to have downed an enemy aircraft when it was flown by Corporals Sabatier and Funk-Brentano on May 17, 1916, while on the strength of N-73 Squadron. Thanks for looking! -Dan
    10 points
  10. Is the first time that i'm with you and i want to show you one of my last works waiting to do something new. Thise model was painted and shadowed with Gunze color and hel of watercolor pencils, I dont use oil or pre-shading technique. The roundel insigna ald code NL-L are painted by using mash maded by a friend of my.
    9 points
  11. A busy little diorama in 1:350 scale, inspired mainly from reading through my copy of Osprey's 'Corsair aces of world war 2' along with other books and videos of the Solomons and other South Pacific campaigns. This was partly a bit of practice with 1:350 aircraft and vehicles for ship modelling, but I'm also a big diorama fan, so enjoyed making this little one up to add a bit of variety, and to try to capture a bit of the feel of the South Pacific campaign. Six Corsairs, 3 x GMC 2.5 ton trucks (truck, water and fuel tanker), 2 x 3/4 ton Dodges, 2 x Jeeps, a Diamaond T Wrecker, and a Ford an
    9 points
  12. Here is my Italeri Stirling Theres a build thread here http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/234965440-italeri-stirling/ Its taken a few months to build it but some of that was Xmas, waiting for decals and building other things, so I m not worried about the delay! The Bushwacker is a not well known but not unknown subject either. A profile based on a photo exists and, even better, some pictures and some history /] Glider towing and parachute dropping Stirlings had a secondary role as bombers, retaining their wing bomb cells and at least some fuselage racks. it
    8 points
  13. Having seen Fatboydim's RFI post of the Tamiya Meteor and Doodlebug I recently became fetishistic about a 1:72 flying bomb / Spitfire tipping pair, documented here. I had very little luck finding a 1:72 V1 until, at the Fleet Air Arm model show yesterday I found this: When I suggested doing a WIP Procopius posted "I hope you do, especially if you build the Spitfire XIV; it's one of those kits that "everyone knows", so we never see it being built.". So here you go. A few starter photos to edit in Photobucket while listening to the Arcers omnibus so I'll post this and come back soon.
    8 points
  14. Finally its done. That was probably the most demanding build I ever did so far. A lot of correction work was needed to turn this piece of plastic into at least a half decent airliner model.Way out of proportions like the too short fuselage and the way too big wingspan and other size discrepancies as well as a very brittle plastic gave me more than once nightmares. The tail is also very badly warped.I couldn't correct it,but if its looked from the side its not noticeable. The instruction sheet was no help to the build,so if there are errors I appologize. I added some details to make it mor
    8 points
  15. Hiya everyone. I was still putting the finishing touches on this representation of the Gladiator at 9pm Friday evening ready for the Yeovilton show on the Saturday morning; hence the finished photo's not appearing till today. A bit of an oddity this one as it is wearing the later Day Fighter Scheme of Ocean Grey/Dark Green over Medium Sea Grey. Painted as usual by brush but using Tamiya acrylic Ocean Grey as I couldn't locate my tinlet of Humbrol 106 (looks like my carpet monster's appetite has grown again :shock: ) Markings were from a combination of a Revell sheet for the Hurricane IIc for
    8 points
  16. Ah thanks Duncan, I thought that looked exceptionally nice to have simply come out of a bottle like that - funnily enough I recently ordered some of the lacquer Mr Colors from Hong Kong for the Eduard Avia B.534 (which requires "Khaki Green" for the uppersurfaces, a name so vague that I thought I ought to get their recommended paint for it rather than try to imagine what in my collection of paints might match it - and of course you can't just order one bottle of paint...) Anyway as a corollary to that I have now ordered some of the Mr Hobby Aqueous RLM acrylics from Models R Go so I hope t
    8 points
  17. I built 2 or 3 of these man many moons ago, so since getting back into modelling I fancied another go. I remember now what was so frustrating about it. I always struggled to get the ratlines not to look too saggy, I thought I'd come up with a solution this time, it worked to a certain extent, but not 100% to my liking. The other problem this time was the locating points of the masts snapping off rather too easily resulting in them not quite sitting right. I also lost a few bits along the way, not least of which is the rudder!!! The rigging also doesn't lie in a realistic way, but hey ho.
    7 points
  18. Quick update before dinner time. This was my masking set up for the fin: Looking much better with a new coat of black: Masking removed and gloss applied: I got the decals on the main gear doors: I then continued with the decals on the main craft. This was one decal but I thought it was better split: This is the current state of affairs:
    7 points
  19. This is the 1.144 Revell kit and 8A Decals. The kit is superb, the decals are great too - they look crisp and they go on really nicely, but the red/white/green stripe seems to have been wrongly sized which eventually puts doors and windows in the wrong place. If you start decalling from the back (as I did), the stripe doesn't meet at the nose as a continuous all-round line. However, if you start at the front, the wide stripe goes up the fuselage to meet the fin far too early. That's my experience anyway, but then I might have simply done the whole thing wrong. Oh well; it looks nice anyhow.
    6 points
  20. So here is my second finished kit after 25 years out, Tamiya's 1/48th P-51B dressed as Don Gentile's "Shangri-La"; there are PE seatbelts in there plus replacement exhausts again, and another Eagle Cal set for the markings as the Tammy ones disintegrated into a zillion pieces - probably just as well as their red was too dark and the chequerboard was inverted - red squares where there should be white, and vice versa. There are a couple of other issues if you are building this kit: the propeller should be the paddle-bladed type, not the cuffed as supplied (and used, I wasn't too bothered!), and
    6 points
  21. Hasegawa 1/72 F-16B and F-16CJ (the HTS pods being converted into a Pave Penny Pod). The AGM-65 Mavericks are the excellent resin offerings from modern-hobbies.com. Aircraft and weapon decals sourced mainly from the excellent Wolfpak decal range http://millcreekconsultants.com/WP72-13.html).... Cheers, Haydn.
    6 points
  22. Hello all. It has been a very disjointed session of building this last fortnight. I was stuck with the mainmast platform. No matter how I fitted and trimmed it, it would not sit straight and true. I ended up with this: The platform is a bit nose up, port side down, but I fitted the upper mainmast true - at least according to plumb bob and steel rule it is true anyway. I eventually used Glu'N'Glaze to fit the platform, then CA to fix it for good. I am still not sure where the problem was, but I think it was with the etch starfish supports and the angled legs. I apologise for the quality
    6 points
  23. In truth, it's much easier to get the lacquers here than it is the acrylics. You forgot Rule 1 of the United States, it's always easier to get something that's bad for you.
    6 points
  24. A couple other pics of a recent finisher. Hasegawa P-40E. Build etc in the Curtiss P-40 GB.
    6 points
  25. Hello Friends, greetings again from Argentina. I wanted to share with you two models of Me-109s (an F2 and G6) which recently ended. What is special is that they are painted with new acrylic paints which produces a Chilean colleague (Richard Ordenes Gomez), the quality is outstanding. The name of the paintings is K4. They are particularly suitable for airbrush and can be used directly from the container (similar to Vallejo). Personally I think they are as good as Tamiya and Vallejo. This friend also produces all types of complements (pigments, fixer for decals, effects, washes, etc.). If you
    5 points
  26. Latest of the bench is a bit different for me. Saw this kit at a show and thought ..... that's different. Any way it's the RS Models offereing in 1/48. A very basic kit, a bit like a very early CA. It fits where it touches and just loves filler. Only 2 were ever made. It would have been interesting to see how it would have developed. Comments are always welcome. Thanks for looking Dick
    5 points
  27. Hello Folks, I've been busy building the Peterborough Scale Model Clubs website, and now this is up and running, I can now make some models again. Please be kind, and no its not a helicopter!
    5 points
  28. This small classic pre-war fighter model was partially assembled a long time ago, patiently waiting to be finished in my "forgotten affairs locker". So finally it is completed. Model was built almost out of the box, - I only have added motor valves pushing rods (almost invisible), drilled out manifold inlets (barely visible) and made suporting rods for wheels fenders. As painting scheme was choosed 1st Sentai commander Toshio Kato craft during Khalkhin-Gol (Nomonhan) incident, with its funny fat non-standard wheels to fight muddy condition of Khalkhin-Gol area frontline airfields. I've deci
    5 points
  29. Presumably there must have been some way of lowering them separately (i.e. independently) for maintenance; lowering the outer flaps with the wings folded would have resulted in an expensive crumpling noise. But I take your point; same with the main undercarriage doors; they closed up again after the main wheels had lowered, but could be lowered on deck to provide access to the undercarriage bays. Like lots of aircraft, the doors also drooped when hydraulic pressure bled off; the FAW2 at the FAA Museum has its main doors tied up with rope! (I checked yesterday - I assume there has been no hy
    5 points
  30. When I bought this kit, I purchased the Eduard "Big Ed" set, which contains masks, cockpit stuff and other detailing PE. One of the sets is called "Sea Vixen folded wing, landing flaps". Without really thinking about it, because of the title, I guess I must have assumed it only had details for the flaps if the wing was folded... and I am building this aircraft with spread wings. But that's nonsense, if you give it more than a nano-second of thought; the Vixen, like most Naval aircraft, had some pretty major flap action going on in order to try to get the landing speed as low as possible -
    5 points
  31. A little update. Following advice about dry fitting, I have spent a bit of time over the weekend tidying up after cutting out the flaps, ailerons and gun covers. Fit of the flap inserts is pretty good, but notice the gap for the ailerons is being forced open by the resin flap inserts. The rear of the flap insert has a block which I thought was there to aid alignment, but looks like i'll have to cut/file that off. The resin gun bay fits nicely (to my inexperienced eyes!), but I have to decide how to clean the area up. Do I file away the resin block itself, so I can push the resin g
    5 points
  32. Patience mon brave. (See sprue shots below) Back of the box: The first picture in this thread shows that the box was sealed in what looked like the original plastic - good news. Notice the '3-40' in pencil here on the left, written through a tear in the cover. Doesn't match the £9 sticker on the back - bad news. But this is a 'rare' kit and I had to have it (see V1 fetish notes above). Not very happy with the 'colour painting guide', especially for the V1. Found a useful link on BM (of course) here so I may need some help choosing the right colours. Or I can just use the guide that came
    5 points
  33. Not sure if anyone's read post 1 so I won't edit it... don't want you to miss any of this drivel. First the now obligatory pics of my 'workspace'. it's actually a room in the house we used to call 'the Office'. I have a small business and work from home so a mixed environment. Zoom in on the build station. You can see here how the last year or so has progressed and that the shopping (and BM browsing) has probably taken more of my time than the actual modelling. Lots of stuff here: - Swann Morton scalpels, two size 3 retractables with 10a (general slicing) and No 6 blades (canopy maskin
    5 points
  34. Hello All, In an exercise in sheer perversity, here's the old tool Airfix Gladiator from 1957, upgraded a bit and using the spare canopy from the new tool Airfix Gladiator. I only bought this kit to get the 72 Squadron decals, but then got waylaid into building this as "Hope": It was quite fun, but ultimately you know that there is a much better kit out there (next to this one on my bench!) and so it's ultimately an exercise in frustration. Now to finish the new one! Thanks for looking, Adrian
    4 points
  35. P-47D-3 Thunderbolt 42-22637/38 "Daring Dottie III", 348 Fighter Group, 341 Fighter Squadron USAAF, Finschhafen, New Guinea, march 1944. Pilot: Capt. John T. Moore (7 victories). Kit: Tamiya (1/72). Decals: AviPrint.
    4 points
  36. The last day of our trip to Japan took us to Hyakuri - the weather was kind, and it was a nice way to finish. Hope you like the pics and thanks for looking in.
    4 points
  37. Curtiss P-40B American Volunteer Group 'Flying Tigers' 3rd Pursuit Squadron 'Hells Angels' White 68 P1069 flow by Flt Ldr Charles Older, Burma 1942 Kit: Airfix 1:72 Pain:t Valajo, Weathering: Tamiya, Decals: Mix of kit and Kits World Build: HERE
    4 points
  38. Hello modellers, Second post today with some older aircraft from the Korean war era. Both models were made in 1997 when Airfix re-released the old Shooting Star. This kit was well known to me - being one of the first ever finished models from my childhood days. Although not as great as I had in memory, the parts went together well and the decals made no problems. Built the P-80C out of the box but sanded the landing gear doors thinner, improved the air brakes and added some gun barrels from sprue. The Hasegawa F-9 Panther is completely out of the box. Found it a very nice little kit but unfor
    4 points
  39. I've been at this boaty thing for nearly a year and have finally finished it, no thanks to work commitments. Not a maritime modeller at all and more into the tracked vehicles but Inspired by other posts in this section, absolutely love them now…… However I'm no maritime expert and have taken a lot of time and viewed other models to finish this one. I have based the colour scheme on the 9th u-foltille out of Hamburg (please correct me if I'm wrong) but haven't based it on any particular boat. ​loved this model as the weathering was very challenging and loved every minute of it. ​Will try an
    4 points
  40. We stand hesitantly before the precipice, gentle reader! (Other readers available.) All of the aircraft have their cockpits closed up (complete with gunsights, which I almost invariably forget, your Sauron-like eyes have made me a more conscientious modeller) and masked. I painted the head armor for all three with Tamiya Red Brown, as the Finemolds instructions suggest using Gunze Red Brown with RLM 66 center padding or whatever it is. The profiles on the Xtradecal sheet omit the radio masts on the F-4 and E-7, and in my innocence, I almost believed them. Amazingly, I actually own some 109 re
    4 points
  41. I wouldn't worry too much about the decals. It's been my experience, having once had to try to train a former U.S. Marine, that (1) they can't read very well, (2) don't much understand what they can read, and (3) don't much appreciate your efforts in trying to help.
    4 points
  42. Ah, OK. All Brits - the one you're querying is a Airfix Short Stirling (A07002). My US area is yet to be started. Another look (full details in my scalemates here): From the left - Trumpeter Wellington. Trying to instal the Eduard PE bomb bay in this nearly finished off my modelling career, document here. - Airfix Victoria Cross set (Hamden, Hurricane, Fairy Battle and Blenheim) with a 'vintage' Lizzie underneath. This had awful decals and trying to make new ones drove me mad. - Airfix Spit Mk1 (new tool) - lovely build - The Stirling - Airfix BBMF (A50116 old set); my first three mode
    4 points
  43. You know the warning "Beware of Blast" should always be in lo vis, lo contrast markings; helps reduce the marine population by only keeping the ones smart enough to know they should stay away from the business end of a turbo prop. This build is looking so good, I think it has even surpassed my eggplane build of the Osprey!!
    4 points
  44. Curtiss P-40E/ Kittyhawk Mk1A, AK759/ FZ-R of 94 Squadron. Pilot: Sgt. 'Eddie' Edwards RCAF, Gasr el Arid, Libya, March 1942. Eddie Edwards was the third highest ranking Ace on the P-40 with 12 kills, and several shared and probables. The red /white checks led the Germans to believe that they were in combat with Polish Curtiss fighters! Hasegawa 1/72nd scale kit, Sky Models decals, various acrylic materials for the finish. Reference used, Osprey Aircraft of the Aces No.38: Tomahawk and Kittyhawk Aces of the RAF and Commonwealth. Build thread: http:/
    4 points
  45. This is one I picked up from Huddersfield show my son to build. Only cost £3, and IMO Matchbox kits are still hard to beat in terms of ease of build vs. realism, especially for a 7 year old. I must have built most of the Matchbox range in a previous life, but never this one. Also got him some Revell Aqua acrylics and some cheap brushes: Started by cutting the parts off the sprues: and sanding the gates smooth: He has enjoyed building a few models in the past, but this one he wants to be more realistic, and wants to enter it in a model competition. I think he likes the look of the
    3 points
  46. Latest of the bench is the Tamiya 1/48 Fairey Swordfish Mk ll. 819 NAS based at RAF Manston in June 1944. I saw a picture of this aircraft in the Swordfish, From the cockpit book and as Manston is just up the road from me I thought it would be rude not to model it. The kit is a dream and the decals are from the xtra decal / MDC sheet. And yes there is a cover from the engine cowling to the oil cooler, a mod used on the Arctic convoys. Hope you like her, please feel free to comment etc. Thanks for looking Dick
    3 points
  47. You have a good one there Aaron, look after her well. With the blades complete, rotor assembly could commence, the first thing to do was to insert these little vinyl retention bushes: The rest are surplus and can go in the spares box. The assembly was an absolute doddle TBH and only took about ten minutes: Once finished I could not resist trying them on the engines: They just need the odd paint touch up, some weathering and a coat of varnish and they are done. I think I'll get the decals on the engines next.
    3 points
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