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  1. Attached are photos of my just completed Vixen! Built with the addition of Eduard seat belts and shortly some Model Master Pitots (When they arrive). Painted with Tamiya and Mr Hobby. Lovely model to build, only a couple of areas that need attention the upper Ailerons, the lower side of the booms where the flaps join and the air intakes. One thing I'm not happy with is the paint around the canopies but I can't do anything about it now, not the best brush painter! Kept the weathering to a minimum, tried to keep it as true to a duty Vixen as I could! Thank you to the Gents who kept my motivat
    34 points
  2. I have just completed the Airfix Engligh Electric Lightning F6. I made this on the back of my recent Lightning F2.A, which I thoroughly enjoyed. The F6 build was fairly similar to my previous build, however there were a few issues. The parts were covered with flash, there were a lot of huge ejection pin marks and some of the parts had sink marks where the plastic hadn't flowed into the mold correctly. You would like to think that some basic quality control measures would have spotted this and rejected the kit, it really was not up to the standard that anyone would expect of a modern kit. Whe
    19 points
  3. A superb piece of writing. Just a shame that the media is not taking the same line: James is a professional writer and reporter on global vintage aviation, and has been writing for over a quarter-century. Well done that man.
    17 points
  4. PS888 - the aircraft who had flown the last operational of a RAF Spitfire on April 1, 1954. 81 Sqn, RAF Seletar, Singapore. Pilot: S/Ldr W. P. Swaby. After the last flight the aircraft was decorated with famous "The Last!". Later on the PS888 was transfered to Royal Thai Air Force. Nowadays PS915 can be seen flying with camouflage and markings (except for serial number) of "The Last!". Kit: Airfix (1/72). Exhaust tubes and upper roundels from Spitfire F.22 (Airfix). The model is made by my 8-years old son Gustaw with my little assistance.
    16 points
  5. Here we have Airfix's 1/48 Supermarine Seafire F.XVII. It's my first time building a Spitfire or seafire. I chose the No. 800 Naval Air Squadron, HMS Triumph, 1947 scheme as i liked the full upper surface as the Extra Dark Sea Grey. Kit Manufacture: Airfix (A06102). Scale: 1/48. Type: Supermarine Seafire F.XVII. Extras used: OOB + scratch seat belts. Paints and colours used: Upper surface is My Hobby Aqueous H333, Extra Dark sea Grey. Lower is Tamiya XF-21 Sky. Cockpit was 50/50 of Tamiya XF-69 Nato Black and XF-71 Cockpit Green. The exhausts stacks were Tamiya XF-84 dark
    15 points
  6. Hello,Friends - The Canberra Kid and I have donated a number of scale models to the Warton Aviation Heritage Group for their future display.These photos show mine and I plan on replacing them with 1/48 builds for my own collection.('POISED TO STRIKE - KING COBRA!') being the first.I wanted to share these photos with you and thank you for viewing.All the best,Paul. The TSR2 and Canberra are Airfix.56 Sqn.and 19 Sqn.Lightnings are Trumpeter.The 111 Sqn.Lightning is Hasegawa and I built this well over twenty years ago.
    12 points
  7. Hi All, This is number 9 so far this year, it's the New 1/72nd scale Academy F-4J "Showtime 100". Built from the box the only addition being the ejector seat face curtain handles made from wire (a little thick), took a bit longer than I would have expected. Just a couple of teaser shots as this is to appear in a future issue of SAM. Comments welcome as always Thanks for looking Rick G
    12 points
  8. Probably one the best helicopter kit out there. Great fit, nice details, impressive once build, Eduard Big Ed set is great and adds a lot of nice details on the inside and on the outside, a lot can be add with a bit of scratch build... The only downside it's the lack of rivets on the fuselage...none! And the real machine is covered in rivets...I found out about aftermarket rivets only after I finished the build... I have decided to go for the folded rotor option as the kit is already big. And with the blades open is something like 50cm diameter! I used some wire to reinforce where the blad
    12 points
  9. Tim's Airfix 1/72 Boulton Paul Defiant (new release). Build thread http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/234985667-tims-defiant/
    12 points
  10. Never a truer word spoken. And when the hysterical, hand wringing "airshows should banned because of the danger to public safety" brigade start their usual media ranting, I would just like to mention four words to them - Ibrox, Heysel, Bradford, Sheffield. With numbers of dead and injured well into the hundreds at these four events, I wonder if the "ban them" brigade would be equally eager to ban all outdoor football and other sporting events on "public safety" grounds? No, I am not even trying to make light of the accident. I just hope (possibly in vain?) that a sense of perspective prevails.
    11 points
  11. This is my first attempt at helicopter. It is Wessex HU-5 No 847 Squadron Royal Nvy Malaysia 1896. Built oob, no extras and brush painted. All comments good and bad welcome, but hope you all like.
    10 points
  12. Hi, everyone! You can not always be serious))). This is my next model.
    10 points
  13. The AFV AH-1W is basically the re-boxed Academy AH-1W NTS Update with a resin and metal turret gun. Excellent kit but is coming with Taiwanese Army decals was the only one that I found at the time. It's a really rare kit, a bit like the Dragon AH-6J... For this build I have used the TwoBobs decal set. They are really good but the instruction are so small that I scanned them and then try to zoom as much as possible to read something... Not my best build. The colour is too dark and, even if the marking don't have to come out to much, are kind of disappearing (live looks better tough...). The
    10 points
  14. Another great kit to build. Full of details, perfect fit...the only problem that I had was the terrible decals. The orange bits are been painted as the decals just disintegrated... Hope you like
    10 points
  15. Hi everyone, Thought I`d show some photo`s of my just completed Eduard, Weekend Edition 1/48 Spitfire Mk IX Completed to represent a French Airforce Mk IX of: GC 1/4 `Dauphine`, Nha Trang, Indochina, 1947 Not quite OOB this time as after some research it became apparent that most French Spitfires in the theatre..... had `E` wings fitted and not `C`s as the decal instructions suggested. So had to modify the wings to suit which was a pain as I`d already 3/4 built the kit. The decals were from Berna Decals Sheet, BD 48-18 Othe
    9 points
  16. Here are some photographs of the completed MKI Hurricane by Airfix in 1/72nd Scale. First of all I need to thank Mitch K for sending me a spare canopy after mine met with disaster through my own stupidity, so once again thank you kindly. I know the Brown colour is incorrect but I liked how it looked when it had dried so I left it instead of re-painting, I did have a couple of issues during the build (other than me being stupid) but I am happy enough with the end result. Painted using a mix of Tamiya and Revell Acrylics and Varnished with Windsor and Newton Matt on the top side of the aircraft
    9 points
  17. Hi everyone, Here is my latest attempt at the very old Airfix Vulcan. This particular aircraft is now residing at the IWM Duxford, just up the road from me. Build thread should be here if anyones interested: http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/234975800-airfix-172-vulcan/ I wanted to build one with it's bomb bay open so the only option was to scratch build it which was a first for me at this level of complexity but I'm happy with the outcome. I also sanded off all the raised panel lines and rescribed... a very laborious job! I used the Freightdog 202 jet pipes and Fundeka
    8 points
  18. Good one Rob Here's some pics of the mottling now they're on their feet: Wick's 109 Machold's 109 I'll go over the cowling on this one with a bit of blue. The brush slipped a bit.. There's a bit of touching up to do on the wing/fuselage join, and then decals. Sean
    8 points
  19. Hi Everyone, I have rethought my post and have limited it to just the picture of XH558 that I took yesterday. I have deleted the Facebook album from my profile and will be deleting the photos with the exception of the one below from my photobucket account as well. This photo shows the last time I will ever see Vulcan XH558 flying where she belongs : IN THE AIR. I asked the staff at the Vulcan Village to pass along my thanks to the crew for doing this flypast. I will miss the sight of this aircraft flying and will never forget her. All the best, Rick
    7 points
  20. Airfix 1/72 Spitfire Mk1a 603 squadron August 1940, Basil Stapleton Build thread: http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/234987026-spitfire-mk1a-l-xt/
    7 points
  21. First... the Avon oil drains (or whatever they are) with their aerodynamic end bits fitted: And then a moment that I have been working towards for a very long time... Yes! The first coat of primer:
    7 points
  22. Here are my crab cakes: It was a small portion, more of a starter really. I had a cream cake on standby. I wanted to add some red stripes inside the nose gear doors, I found this in the spares box and trimmed it narrower: Here they are in place along with a label on the gear leg taken from the ever useful Mike Grant cockpit instruments sheet: As a reminder, this is what I was trying to reproduce: I masked up the lower door ready for some 308 grey which I am getting very low on: This is the last job for it so there should be enough. Then I noticed this strange white bloom on th
    7 points
  23. Here she is hot of the production line, Airfix 1/48 Lightning F.1 "Demonstrator" WG331 Strait out of the box except the home made markings and resin seat. I hope you like her. Thanks for looking John
    6 points
  24. To be featured in the October Airfix Model World (out two weeks from today), my recently completed Trumpeter Delta Dart with a few aftermarket upgrades - Caracal decals, True Details seat, Master Model pitot, and Royale Resin wheels. The latter were intended for the Monogram kit but with minor modifications fit Trumpeter's just fine. Cheers, Eriic
    6 points
  25. Hi All, Been a while since I have posted, but I am still practising skills for my first ever group build, which is Eastern Front - so I had better do something Russian I suppose to practice their colour schemes, lol. Anyway here are some photos of the Spitfire MkIIa I have just finished, I am aware the Revell kit is not 100% accurate, but I am not much of a rivet counter so that doesn't bother me too much. Kit build oob apart from Eduard Brassin wheels, Barracuda corrected seat and Eduard photo etch in the cockpit. Appreciate any and all comments and tips to help me improve, now I jus
    6 points
  26. Finished in one of the French schemes supplied, and given, what I hope, is a wash and dry brush to make it look like a machine used in Algeria Thanks for looking. Nigel
    6 points
  27. Here are some of my recent builds. I just recently got back into scale models after a long break. In the 70s and 80s I hand brushed all my builds until I bought an airbrush, my results were better but set up, clean up and masking turned me off after a few years and a pile of unfinished builds. Over the years I have collected numerous aircrafts from the 70s and 80s I'll like to build. I am now back to hand brushing and having fun. Out of all the forums I like this one the most because there is a lot of quality hand brushers here. My builds are simple OOB minimal details and keep it simple. I
    6 points
  28. I erased that horrible photo (that came from the telegraph article) from my post, it wasn't my intention to hurt anyone. My apology
    6 points
  29. Just finished, yesterday; this is the rather elderly Tamiya F-15J kit which I have built as a JASDF 60th anniversary aircraft (72-8960, 306sqn) from 2014. It is built OOB apart from Aries resin jet nozzles and Hasegawa after-market decals. I prefer the Hasegawa and Fujimi 1/48 F-15's to this Tamiya one in terms of build, but it looks pretty good built up. The aftermarket decals were superb - easy to use and bed into the model really well without any setting solution. Anyway; here's the model. Hope you approve.
    6 points
  30. Please can I say how strongly I object to the use of the picture showing the flames and cars at the actual crash site on the A27. I was at the airshow very close to the crash site and saw it all happen. That pictures shows the death throes of 7 individuals that’s not something to be “gawked” at or speculated over. Sorry that’s just how I feel and I suspect many locals share my reservations (Yes I know it’s all over the news and I hope the sod that sold it to them burns in hell!!)
    6 points
  31. Spot on Chris, The media are in a frenzy about it and it brings out the very worst in a flawed industry in my opinion, all major online news services have featured this downunder and if you think the bloke who got a suntan riled you well your lucky you didnt see our hopeless morons giving expert opinions, I turned my t.v off or it would not be in one piece at the moment, a very sad and tragic day that deserves respect and compassion something the media in general lack, it makes me feel so sad for the families and friends and those that witnessed it, God Bless all the emergency services invo
    6 points
  32. Here is a What-if model I have been working on for a while. Still not completely done but wanted to basically test out a homebullt light box I built. So here are some shots of how it turned out after several editing in Infranview photo editor. Still not perfect but better than anything I have done. Again, the inspiration for this model was put into reality after seeing Igor Sobolevsky wonderful 3D art station work called 'Axiom Racing'. His 3d version is to 'die for'. Still need some touch ups in some areas and needs a stand, on a wooden base, when done. Hope you all like this build. -
    5 points
  33. I'm glad he's still alive, but I guess that he'll have burns and other injuries to cope with, as well as survivor's guilt, so he's got a long haul ahead of him. Here's hoping he pulls through. (I'm not a religious man, but you get my drift).
    5 points
  34. RAF 99 Squadron VTOL Transport aircraft, 2066 Imai Thunderbird 2 kit, RAF Hercules decals from Airdecal RAF Transport is Go! Build thread here
    5 points
  35. I would have posted this earlier, but I had to temper my feelings otherwise I think I would have been asked to leave BM. I made the mistake of switching on the BBC breakfast news this morning. At around 07:10 they introduced their "aviation expert", a Mr Hair, who writes for one of the airliner magazines and who happened to be at the event when the accident happened. During his five minutes of fame, he offered his "expertise" on the crowds at displays wanting to see "stunts and barrel rolls" at air displays. However the part of his interview that I found really offensive was when they were
    5 points
  36. Nothing comes to mind. While if I could go to any time, it would have to be 1940, I would choose the 1980s if I had to live day to day in an era other than my own. What an amazing, uncertain time, I feel that living as an adult in the 1980s would be the closest one could get to the delicious uncertainty and hope of adolescence. Got a little more done. Now it's mostly on to filling and sanding until the canopies and other bits go on. Also, I may have a small Vietnam problem:
    5 points
  37. Not a problem, glad they arrived safely and looking forward to what you do with the kit - hint hint Anyway the big news today - apart from the amazing mini-heatwave (and other sadder events ) is that the RAF has now acquired a new transport vehicle... RAF Transport is Go! (Note the serial number )
    5 points
  38. Ok - those involved in that little spat need to wind their necks in now. Any continuation of this behaviour will result in suspensions. Show some respect for those affected!
    5 points
  39. Well fellow modellers, it is with great pleasure I present to you my finished F-15A Streak Eagle, it has been a challenging build in a lot of ways with a fair amount of research to try and get the right result. I am sure there is still further detail to find but this is the best I could do with the information I have to hand, overall I am pretty pleased that is for sure. I have attached my modification list at the bottom of the post, I am sure in time this will be further added to. I have tried to capture the change in shades and the composite features as well as give a realistic metallic effe
    4 points
  40. Hello! I show to you one of my last builds: the 1961 F1 World Champion, i.e the 156 Ferrari better known as "sharknose" . After seven years with the 2500 cc atmospheric engines or 7,1961 was the first season with the new technical rules (1500 cc atmospheric engines), and the English teams (Cooper, Lotus, BRM) suffered the lack of a good engine for these new rules. Thus, Ferrari, that had already an excellent engine for the new formula (the 1500 cc Formula 2 V6 engine, named "Dino" as it was designed by the first Ferrari's son before dying by a muscular dystrophy) dominated the season. Phil H
    4 points
  41. Hi, Promised few days ago and just finished - second one radial Audax, this time with 9-cylinder Bristol, next of my "Hawker Hart Family mass production" - the Hawker Persian Audax. Model was scratch converted and detailed from AZ Hart B4 kit. Markings are following the Profile Publication scheme with small differences based on speculations or photos In Interwar section I tried to discuss confusion I have with details http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/234986512-persian-audax-1941-confusion/ - many thanks for most of all John Aero for his comments, whi
    4 points
  42. once again built oob longer ago StuG.Abt. 1708, 708. Volks Grenadier Division, France 1944
    4 points
  43. Finally got something to post after a long time. A brief interlude before my Tirpitz build resumes shortly.Took advantage of a window of blue sky today for the outside shots but yes it's raining again. Not show stoppers but I quite liked the builds. Just used various grey paints and washes and pastels. Tried a bit of a camo scheme on the Seehund for a bit of variation. Anyway, here they are, like 'em or loathe 'em I'm not fussed I'm going to play convoys and wolf packs on my bedroom floor
    4 points
  44. These parts received the interior grey: Apart from the final coat of varnish I think that is the last of the airbrushing for this model. I placed some masking tape in my flat jawed pliers in an attempt to protect the paint finish while scraping off the superglue residue from the blade aerials: I glued all four of them on, this was probably the one that came out best: Next on went the pitot tubes: Now the door was dry I set about painting the handle yellow and adding some decals from the spares box as well as giving it a light wash: For reference, this is what it should look lik
    4 points
  45. Thanks for your help snapper, slowly coming together in my head Not had a lot of time of late due to work but slowly prep/painting parts & experimenting with ideas for non slip finish. Had a look at the figures and I've got to say I'm well impressed with the Bravo 6 figures Couple of shots in primer. The figure on the left is Tamiya, good enough considering how much will be visible. The right hand figure is playing a mouth organ, Thanks for looking in Kev
    4 points
  46. Take a deep breath Andy, and go and make a Mach 2 Valiant instead. The Swift will be a doddle after that.
    4 points
  47. Well....my new Hurricane turned up yesterday, and I thought I'd get a start on the old girl today, but.. I was working yesterday, and then out last night playing pool with my brother in law, and quite a bit of Harp Ice was consumed. So the worst for wear most of the day, I finally came around this afternoon and took a look at the kit. This one is from 1979, and has a fair amount of rivets, especially on the wings, and this boxing being from 1990 has a small amount of flash, although nothing major. So while it was out I got a sprue shot: I think I last made this about 15 years ago. Sin
    4 points
  48. Work continues apace. I forgot to sand down the gear wells of the AZ Spitfire, so the wing needed some encouragement to go on: Both wings needed a little help, in the end. I also managed to get some liquid cement to pool around the claw holding the wing to the fuselage on one of the Airfix Spitfires, a new variant on the classic glue fingerprint. Mr Surfacer 1000 is coming to my aid.
    4 points
  49. I saw it happen right in front of me. We were at the very far end of the airfield and it landed about 100 yards or so from us. It looked to me as if it stalled in the loop - strangely there was no roar of an engine from a pilot in trouble and it actually struck the ground in the field adjacent to the road slightly tail first, before careering over the A27 and into the scrub on the airfield boundary. As you can imagine I was terribly shaken by the whole thing - you just don't expect that sort of thing to happen. I can't begin to imagine the pain of the families who've lost loved ones today. M
    4 points
  50. I started today by getting the last remaining parts ready for an airbrushing session: The PE parts first with some grey primer: That allowed me to check them over and do some tidying up (mainly picking off bits of fluff). Next the parts for 308 grey and matt black: Here are the black parts done (the loose blade ariel is one of the first ones I made and I painted it up as a spare): Next I got some pale burnt metal Alclad on the pitot tubes and side door stays. The idea behind the latter is that the real parts are wire rope with what looks like a yellow zinc chromate finish which I t
    4 points
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