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  1. 15 points
    Hi guys, heres my first RFI on Britmodeller which I finished a few months ago.Its the old 1/72nd KP Models kit depicting a Polish Air Force machine I saw outside the "car park" area of the Polish Aviation Museum in Krakow a couple of years ago.Raised panel lines were removed & rescribed,riveted in parts.Airbrakes cut out & replaced by scratch thin metal/plastic/Milliput & Albian Alloys tube.Cockpit detailed a bit with scratch bits & canopy fogged by accident but restored to reasonable visability for the scene & inside has a thin coat of Tamiya Smoke.All gear doors replaced by scratched plastic sheet & nosedoors by thin metal sheet.Doors detailed with copper wire & a tyre punctured & shaped with Mr. Surfacer.Droptanks modified with milliput & reshaped a little.Canon made from Milliput worm.Pitot tube replaced by brass tube.Painted using Tamiya acrylics except for a little Humbrol Metalcote on a bit of the canon.I tried a few new techniques to me like salt weathering on the tops of wings & tailplanes (a little overdone) & hairspray technique on the fuselage,fin & droptanks.Insignia & codes were painted & hairspray tech. used again. The base was scratchbuilt using plastic sheet.Halfords grey undercoat spray & pastels.Weeds are made with static grass,paper & real moss.Chock made from paper. Cheers for looking, Jimbob.
  2. 8 points
    Hi! Here is my latest build completed in just two months. It is the Hobbyboss 1/48th offering. Despite shape inaccuracies, the kit is still enjoyable to build. Few parts, good fit. I reworked some points: - File down bumps forward the engine fairing on the upper side - rescribe the too thin panel line - add riveting Paints are Gunze and varnishes are Microscale. Decals from Caracal to depict the real PAV2 prototype, while kit decals are "what if". Some pics: Hope you will like it! Cheers Romain
  3. 8 points
    This is The Savoia S.21 Seaplane from the cartoon film Porco Rosso. The kit is 1/48th scale made by FineMolds. The WIP link is here. http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/234979607-porco-rossos-savoia-s21-seaplane/ Thank you for looking, Joe
  4. 8 points
    Most recent build, and my God what a pain this one was!!! Redux Models rebox of the Trumpy 1/32 P-47D. Helluva lot of poor fit issues with this kit. In the end, I kinda rushed it through to get it out of the way! White is Halfords Primer, underside sprayed with Humbrol 165, topside camo hand brushed with Revell Aquacolours.
  5. 7 points
    Thanks Van. I know what you mean but then this is still delicious, even if it is a trois feuille really Found some masking mojo tonight: Tamiya tape for the demarcation lines, Blu Tack for the bendy bits then fill in the gaps with cheap masking tape. I still have the engines to do and I'm tending towards templates as, once I've got the shape right, I can cut four at once... bending tack is driving me mad!!
  6. 6 points
  7. 6 points
    Hi All, After quite a battle (mainly with the gun covers - anyone building this will know what I mean!) that left me with a mojo shortfall I took advantage of my wife being away for a few days to finally get to grips with it. It's a pretty challenging build but I think the outcome is something that looks like a Dora. The Eduard kit I chose had markings for quite a few aircraft and I chose this one as it was based near Celle - a special place for me as that's where I did my PO's visit so many years ago. All OOB (it was the Profi kit so it came with some nice PE anyway) and finished with a variety of paints - Tamiya, Humbrol and Vallejo Model Air. I couldn't find an explanation of the patches of underwing NMF anywhere. I read plausible explanations of full wing or half wing NMF but the colour call-out for this particular aircraft had this strange scheme that doesn't even follow panel lines. By this time I was happy to throw in the towel and hope that Eduard's researchers could be trusted! Weathering was with a selection of washes, silver pencil, Tamiya Smoke and pastels. I'm still not totally convinced about the RLM 81 on this model (I used Humbrol 251) but, again, I was happy to have the mojo sparking from my fingertips at this point in the build! I used Winsor & Newton's matt varnish for the first time and love it. I find it gives a nice control of the depth of matt-ness all the way from quite a shiny satin through to proper, powdery matt. Enough chat and on to the pictures. I hope you enjoy them and please do feel free to pass comment and constructive criticism. Up next - a break with Dragon's 1/144 X-15. Something that small has to be easy, right?! Cheers all, Roger
  8. 6 points
    Hi folks, this is Special Hobby kit built with CMK resin sets as 800.squadron's machine that took part in aerial operations during Korean war. The full build report will appear in coming Valiant Wings Airframe Extra publication. Cheers Libor
  9. 6 points
    Not really got back to them Guy They've been mostly losing the competition for leisure time with other things at the mo'. We've been trying to get out into the Dales or the Moors on the bikes as much as possible when the weather's been fine - what's the point of living in 'God's own Country' unless you make the most of it? Also I've been trying to brush up the rusty skiing skills at snozone in Castelford (30 years rusty!) - hoping to go skiing in the New Year with some old RAF chums and its V V important not to be too embarrassingly awful....... So - one way or t'other the poor old boy's been a bit kn*ckered in the evenings...... I have been fingering the plastic a little tho'. Enough to find the surface detail on the Hawks rather disappointing. After the old chippie and JP5 mouldings I was hoping that the much more recent Hawk tooling wouldn't need much work on stuff like panel lines and moulded detail. Wrong..... There are some pretty awful trenches moulded in, and some curious recessed sections on the spin and underneath of the fuselage (possibly due to wear on the moulds?): So I've put some thought in to what to do. Keen to avoid 2 x rescribes if at all possible I'm using one of the 2 Hawks as a test bed. I've filled the curious and inaccurate recessed details on top and bottom with sprue dissolved in liquid poly (as recently discussed on Tom's Hunter thread IIRC) - the aim being to leave a consistent surface for any scribing that I need to do later: Sanded down and polished up OK And I'm trying to reduce the trench like panel lines - without filling and rescribing them - by masking and spraying with Halfords Filler Primer and cutting it back. Hear after one coat: And here a second coat before cutting back: If I don't get nice neat panel lines I may have to revert to the dissolved sprue - which I've just discovered with testing on a scrap fuselage can quite neatly be applied along panel lines with a hypodermic needle Sorry for the lack of progress chaps.....
  10. 5 points
    Hi, Almost 10 years ago (in past dark times ) only Airfix and Matchbox/Revell (old) models of Halifax were on the market in 1/72 scale. Both were far from perfectly of shape, what one can learn from this forum as well. Airfix kit has for example wings shifted for about 6 mm. But it has more or less correct shape of assymetry in front fuselage and canopy. The Matchbox (old Revell) has to small assymetry of front of fuselage and canopy). There are problems with position of hatch, size of engines, etc... I wanted to do two Halifax models (with Bristol and RR engines) with improved shapes. After study of plans and models I decided to do both models... from Airfix kits! I have to shift wings and do a lot of conversion with radial machine (I have used some resin copies of Matchbox parts as basis for improvmets). I made such decission because I wanted them to be different only as orginal machines were, not be affected by mistakes in kitl shapes. Since I wanted to make models of as different as possible I decided to do as RR driven one as the AMkV, serial DG396, QQ of 295 Sq RAF, Holmsley in June-September 1943. This machine was attacked by a group of Ju88C over Bay of Biscay while it was transporting Horsa glider to Africa. The Horsa released herself and set on Ocean (people survived) but Halifax was fighting with Junkerses and aurvived, shoting down one of Ju-88. It has striking feature - the outer engines are with four blades propellers. And it has dowty u/c. The second is BMkVii, with rounded-ends wings (larger wing span), This is PN230 EQ.V, "Vicky, the Vicious Virgin" from 408 Sq RCAF Linton-on-Ouse. The nose-art decals are hand painted by myself. Sorry for one mistake I know and I did not corrected yet - i think that the u/c doors should be black (night) from inside... I hope you enjoy them Regards Jerzy-Wojtek AMk V And BMkVii Edit - I mixed up photos with bulb light and with sun light during Edit in 1Aug 2017.
  11. 5 points
    Nice, no fuss, quickie little build. Cracking little kit, hand brushed with Revell Aquacolours, and HB pencil used for all those wee squiggles! Oh, And I haven't gone goth. That's just primer on me thumb nail!
  12. 5 points
    I've finally finished a model of my own for the year, although I could have picked a better kit to start with. I bought this for about 9 bucks years ago when it was about the only Mirage III you could buy in the scale. I had visions of converting it into a Mirage V Dagger, but with the coming of the new Kinetic kits, I don't need to do that anymore. There isn't much to say about the plastic, apart from; it's a poorly detailed, ill-fitting, obsolete relic. A Britmodeller member was kind enough to send me his leftover decals from the Eduard kit and these were really nice to use. If you have this in the stash, just buy the Eduard kit. I did get the pink a little dark, but it'll do.
  13. 5 points
    I was lucky enough to have befriended Merv for the last few years of his life. I knew of him on here but first met him at the animal sanctuary he was volunteering at. He had a soft spot for the feral cats, whom the centre manager didn't have much time for, and he got me and the wife involved too in the ferals, just to pee the manager off! He treated them like his own though, he had a very loving heart for cats. I was also with him the day he was diagnosed with leukaemia. The wife sorted him out with his benefits, as he had been living in near poverty when we met him. The extra money at least gave him a bit of comfort towards the end of his life as it meant he could feed and heat Daisy without worry. One thing I am particularly glad to have done though is help him find his Mum's grave. We used to drive a van loaded with dogs from NI to Kenilworth in Warwickshire to the Dogs Trust there. These were dogs who would have been destroyed here but fulfilled the demand for pets in England. Merv made many of these trips, and with a vanload of 20 dogs on average, he saved hundreds of dogs in his time. Anyway, on one of these trips he said he wanted to try to find his Mum's grave in a cemetry in Solihul, where he was originally from. Armed only with a 20 year old photo, I managed to work out where it was for him. I'm good like that I'm just glad he found it, it was his last trip with the dogs, just before the leukaemia. The wife and I drove him to and from hospital and looked after Daisy when he had to stay in. To show how big hearted he was, he even cried in front of us when he thought of leaving Daisy for a few days in hospital. He beat the leukaemia the first time, but unfortunately it came back stronger. I'm just happy to have been a friend even for such a short period. He was one of the good guys, the type who dies far too young. RIP mate.
  14. 4 points
    Hi, So I thought I'd just post up a couple of quick snaps of the first Gnat now I've finished the Decals over the weekend. I can't decide on if I should weather her or not as they're so tiny in this scale. The canopy isn't actually fixed in place at the moment as I still need to pop a couple coats of Klear on to seal the decals, which is why theres a bit of a gap. It's a pity the orange bleeds through the roundels a bit and theres one or two other things I'm not happy with but on the whole it came out ok. Still at least I should be able to fix the things bugging me on the 2nd one's build! Any advise on weathering would be greatly appreciated Edit: I just noticed I haven't fitted the aerials on the spine LoL - oh well I will get that done tonight I suppose! Edit Edited: Antenna fitted, photos switched to new ones LoL Thanks for looking! Mark
  15. 4 points
    Hi folks I didn" t have time to post any news for a couple of months because ........ the F4U-1 birdcage Tamiya 1/32 scale OBB ........now finish paint , gunze and tamiya , AK interactive wash , pigment AK interactive and tamiya , watercolor pencils , resin parachute true details , decals barracuda "MARINES DREAM" Bougainville 1943 First , I didn't plan on punting the shark mouth , actually half of it, as I didnt know anything about this half noz art on VMF 214 and VMF 222 Corsair. Second, I wasnt able to see any picture that could have prooved it, but the other side. At the end, I ordered the two volumes of Aircraft Picturial, based on Corsair. Volume 1 page 27, you can find a Marines Dream's picture with the wanted side , of the shark, on which you can clearly see the eye and the inscription, placed under the cockpit. At that time I could have it fixed in adding the noz art. I hope you like it .. Best regards Pascal
  16. 4 points
    I had long wanted an Air Rhodesia Boeing 720 in my collection, and was inspired by Mitchem here ( thank you Mike ) but was not going to take on another vacuform, and neither could I make my own decals. Enter Roden, with their 1/144 720, and F-Rsin with their beautifully performing, whisper thin, decals, and off I went. The Air Rhodesia Boeing story is straight out of the pages of "Boys Own World", depicting the derring-do of the Empire-Building type chaps. With U.N. sanctions prohibiting the purchase of aircraft, three crews go through the United Airlines Boeing 720 conversion course in Denver CO - saying they are part of a new low cost South African airline that is being formed. A Front Co. in Paraguay, an unlisted Liechtenstein finance company, fake flight plans to South America, and in 1973, the triplets, three Booeing 720's arrive in Rhodesia. All jolly exciting stuff! Sadly, my modelling, and photogarphy, skills still need some honing, so YP-YNL Matabeleland is not quite the tribute I was going for - but here she is. Cheers, Mike
  17. 4 points
    Hi mates, lets now facing part two of my "Meatball Series" Today you will get an captured B-339D, ex Netherland Airforce. This plane was tested by the japanese in 1942 at Java. The Kit is Hasegawa, the new sternpart and tailwheel is quickboost, Decals are "Flying Papa". Hope you like it.
  18. 4 points
    Here's my latest. Rather new Modelsvit's Su-17M in 72 scale. The model went together rather pleasantly, and apart from some headscratching moments with the landing gear the build was trouble free. No filler was used all along. The model was painted in tamiya acrylics, the gun plates were created from precut aluminium foil, and glued using future. Decals from the kit, and behaved impeccably, just a touch of Mr.Setter to get them all snuggly in the shallow panel lines. Weaponry in the kit was rather bad, so replaced the weapon load with the Ash.32 missiles from the Jak-38 Revell kit, with scratch built pylon. Pitot had some vanes added from scraps of PE. All in all enjoyable build. Thanks for looking. Cheers,
  19. 4 points
    The phinal of my three 1/48th McDonnell-Douglas Phantom builds, this is the ubiquitous Revell F-4C/D kit built as F-4C serial 64-0776 operated by the 142nd FIG out of Portland, OR by the Oregon Air National Guard in June 1989. she was named 'Miss Piggy' and was a triple Mig killer. This is the fifth 'Revellogram' 1/48th F-4 that I have built and I still love this kit. On the downside it has raised panel lines and a couple of small issues but in general the kit goes together really well and the end result has that essential 'Phantomness' that I have loved since I saw my first Phantom air display at RNAS Yeovilton in 1970. This is my first Hill Gray painted Phantom. The paints are standard Humbrol enamels with Metal Cote applied to the jet exhaust areas. I have finally lost patience with my Harder & Steenbeck Ultra airbrush - it is almost totally bunged up and I can't unbung it - so I reverted to my ancient Badger 200 airbrush and it gave me really good results. The masking went well too and the result is a very clean looking Hill Gray Phantom The decals are from Speed Hunter Graphics 'USAF Phantom MiG Killers - Part 1'. Speed Hunter Graphics is a offshoot of Reid Air Publishing and is run by one Jake Melampy who is a superb aviation photographer and has published several books for military jet modellers in the USA. Hopefully the photos give an idea of the quality of these decals, they apply very easily and they are very detailed. The Oregon eagle on the tail fin below is a three part decal: Even the plain side looks good: 64-0776 is quite unique in that she is the only Phantom to have used each of its three weapons systems to destroy a Mig. I was keen to reflect this in the weapons loaded and I raided the new Academy F-4B kit which contains sprues with multiple versions of Sidewinders, Sparrows and a gun pod. This ANG F-4C carries 4 x AIM-4J Sidewinders, 4 x AIM-7F Sparrows and an SUU-23A 20mm gun pod. The decals and paints were sealed with a spray of Humbrol enamel matt varnish. I decided not to add weathering to this Phantom, the majority of ANG Phantoms of this time period were kept in very clean condition and from photos I have seen posted elsewhere 'Miss Piggy' was no exception. What would I do better next time? I lost patience with the gap behind the rear cockpit canopy, next time I will use filler here (as another Phantom modeller has shown here recently). i also didn't really pay full attention to the application of the decals and a couple of them have silvered. So that is the last of my three Phantoms, I really enjoyed building this one. Think I need to take a break from Phantoms for a while now! Comments and critiques very welcome Michael
  20. 4 points
    Hi all This is my recently completed Academy 1/48 P-47D. I've used a Mustang model cockpit (which came with the kit) and engine from Quickboost. Finished with Bare Metal Foil Matt Aluminium and SuperScale decals depicting a 353rd FG Jug from the 350th FS, piloted by Lt. Col. Ken Gallup.
  21. 4 points
    You lot! The like quota (I had to look it up - looks like a standard setting) is 50 for Members, and 75 for Gold Members. I presume I can like as much as I want, but unless I was taking the rise out of Dads203, I doubt I'd even breach 50... Does that make me an old curmugeon?
  22. 4 points
    Thanks All, The first stairway is installed! This is a small attempt at first. To install this little stairway was very stressful. I had to custom fit the handrail riser and custom cut the handrails to fit between the installed walkways. trying to do this while the walkways are hanging there and not messing any previous work already accomplished was very tricky. It took about 1.5 hours to get all just right for fitting. Around the corner and the next set of walkways and stairways are next. Be back shortly. Thanks All.
  23. 3 points
    Su-25, Peruvian Air Force 2005, no. 071 in 1/48. Made from an old OEZ Letohrad (Czechoslovakia) kit. I used photoetched parts from Eduard and Part. The rest is self-made (for example flaps, slots, airbrakes etc.). Decals are from Authentic Decals 4847 set. Miss of stencils is not a mistake in this case.
  24. 3 points
    Another recent build. The Airfix Bf109E-3 Club Edition. Went together very nicely, this one. Much fun. Hand brushed with Revell Aquacolours (y)
  25. 3 points
    Thanks for all the kind words everyone, it's much appreciated. Now, for the long overdue update. As was inevitable, after doing the basic cutting, layout and initial fitting real life got in the way and progress has slowed significantly. Most of the work since then has been the little fiddly stuff for all the detail parts. Here's what's been done so far: The resin nose has been glued first using thick superglue then, after adding a couple of plasticard strips, some epoxy adhesive to overcoat the joint: The fairings over the forward Sparrow wells were added, these still need to be faired in with filller The cockpit: I did paint the etched instrument panel faces but wasn't happy with the result so was stripped back ready for another go. This is the front IP as it is now: Here's the work that's gone into the jet pipes. Instead of painting them black inside I thought I'd have a go at recreating a more representative look. The J79 had a coating on the exhaust liner which gave it a green colour, so I airbrushed some Humbrol 120 on the inside. The turbine was sprayed with some Alclad Burnt Iron and after this was dry some red-brown acrylic was dry-brushed on. The etched flame holder was sprayed black. Finally the cans were sprayed with a combination of Alclad Stainless Steel and Jet Exhaust with a very dark grey interior. The turbine and flameholder One of the jet pipes : The cockpit is now fully glued into the fuselage and I've added some strips on the lower section to support the upper fuselage and the inevitable filler once the two are joined. That's it for now. Hopefully now that I've got past the big hurdle of the cockpit the build will pick up speed. I just have to decide when to install the intakes in order to best tackle cleaning up the various seams. Jonathan
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