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  1. 23 points
    My Monogram B17G has been sitting in my stash for about ten years, but after getting Robert Stitt’s superb book on the Coastal Command B17 Fortress it inspired me to have a go at the conversion to a version as used in Britain. New props and nose glazing, surgery to the nose section as well as various scratch built radar aerials, plus other bits and pieces completed the change to a Fortress IIA. The Temperate Sea scheme finish on the upper surface was slightly faded and weathered because these aircraft were subject to severe weather conditions on ops over the North Sea. The model represents a 206 Sqn. machine with British-designed Yagi homing aerials in the nose and wings and American-designed search aerials on the rear fuselage. It was based at Benbecula, Outer Hebrides from late 1942. Cheers.
  2. 14 points
    Hi everyone I know it's a bit of a 'what if' really, but it was very ,very nearly built, in fact I spoke to a chap who worked for EE under Petter and his team ( I move in exalted circles don't you know ) and he told me it was a lot nearer being built than has previously been mentioned !! .Sorry 'bout this , but it's going to be a long one , here's my first attempt at a full blown scratch-build using only a toilet roll, brown paper , sticky back plastic, some beads and a bottle of Copydex !!. Actually this is hopefully the first of many experimental aircraft that I hope to build over the coming year representing types that only got as far as the planning stage.This first one is the English Electric study EAG.3280 , known as the P42. The idea was for a hypersonic aircraft capable of flying at around Mach 4.5 using conventional engines , Spey RB 168's in fact and employing compression lift as a means of attaining these speeds for short periods of time. No ramjets for this little baby ! (bear in mind this was the mid 50's a good 10 years before the XB-70 flew !!). The main problem was obviously one of kinetic heating so some pretty exotic materials were to be used in it's construction , including gold , titanium and a special thermally enhanced magnesium, all of which had to be developed at enormous cost to the British taxpayer. Due to cost and much other work going on at EE ( Lightning mostly), the idea was shelved , though it did appear once again in the early 60's , this time as the basis of a low orbit satellite launcher (with a widened fuselage to take the new payload). Onto the model then, I based it on drawings found in Tony Buttlers fantastic' British Secret Projects' , Hypersonics book. These were scaled up to 72nd and transferred to litho for use as templates. I also used the fantastic art work of Josef Gatial as inspiration and have based it mainly on his interpretation of this awesome if somewhat ungainly monster. The model is built mainly of the following , Body and engines and tail, 5 sizes of Evergreen Plasticard, plastic rod, brass rod and white metal, Cockpit , ICM MIG 31 foxhound , cockpit area Revell X15, Undercarriage , white metal TSR 2, Wheels True Detail 1/48th P80 ( nose) and 1/48th Skyraider ( main), and the afterburners also come from the ICM MIG 31 Foxhound. Cockpit glazing courtesy of Humbrol Clear fix. Construction started with the wings which were built up from 2 ply of Plasticard with a strengthening triangle section inside , then sanded to shape and scribed ( as was the whole airframe ,this was a royal pain in the ar #$ !!!!). Next came the fuselage /engine sides ,same again only this time one layer of card leading edges were all shaped. Room had to be made for the engine bays and U/C and variable air inlet ramps constructed. Engine turbine faces were used from a spare Academy SU27 ( though you can hardly see these !!).the pictures show it better than I can explain so I'll cut the waffle . The cockpit was tricky but in the end I opted for the ICM MIG 31 as the profile fitted perfectly and as luck would have it I had one knocking around , so I butchered it .!!.After filling the top side I needed a whole new cockpit , looking at the pics myself and Geoff B ( Thorvic ) decided that the Revell X-15 kit would be a suitable dionor , and guess what , I happened to have an old one in the loft !!. After quite bit of fiddling I got it to fit , all I had to do now was add new side windows with my Dremel. The undercarriage was also a bit of a poser , in the end the obvious choice was TSR-2 but I couldn't bring myself to use the Airfix ones , fortune smiled on me and Chris ( Falcon) kindly gave me a set of white metal ones he had at the Coventry show .I didn't use much filler as I knew it would have a NMF so I kept that down to a minimum ( thus doubling the build time !!!) The wheels were courtesy of Hannants (True Detail sets for P80 shooting star and Skyraider, low pressure filled with nitrogen was envisaged). The whole thing was primed in Alclad gloss black and airbrushed with EVERY shade of Alcad 2 I had ( which was pretty much the whole range !!!). The decals were from a number of sources , mainly Modeldecal , Xtradecal, and silver, dark grey stripes and solid block. The serial XJ220 was chosen from a cancelled Swift order , the date being correct for the estimated time frame Hopefully the model will have an appropriate diorama base ready for Telford Anyway if you've stayed with me this far , and have not yet lost the will to live and you're eyes haven't glazed over , I thank you and hope you like it , it was fun ( in a sort of put your hand in a Bunson burner kind of way !!).!!!! Thanks again to Thorvic and Falcon for their invaluable help. .................. .Right Matron's coming with a nice cup of steaming hot cocoa, a gag and a bullwhip ,!! off to the front ....Tallyho............................... The pictures ( finally ), This was the inspiration, the plans The build. cockpit took some work The final product , took a bit of work but I got there , what's next ??!!
  3. 11 points
    Just finished another project. Polikarpov I-152 (I-15bis) from Special Hobby in 1/48 scale. Building process and more pictures you can see here: https://goo.gl/photos/EWb28Anj2Hx8CUZ77 The model is not for beginners. There were some difficulties, but overall positive experience. The result - one box became less Hope you like it Regards Ivan.
  4. 11 points
    Here is my next venture into 1/48 scale, the Hasegawa Bf109F painted up as Eberhard von Boremski's F4. The kit was very easy to make, I added the external stiffeners to the rear fuselage as I was originally going to be making another aircraft but had a paint issue so changed my plans quite late on. The photos I saw of this aircraft indicate that it might not have had the external stiffeners but they are there now. Painted with my usual Mr Hobby paints. I used decals by EagleCals and Montex masks for the Balkan crosses. I used the photos in the Luftwaffe Colours Vol. 3 Sec. 4 for inspiration although I didn't follow them exactly as the demarcation between colours should have had a slightly softer edge to them in reality. Only light weathering (except for the prop as I got a bit carried away with that!) as the photos were taken while the Unit was re-equiping onto these aircraft although the wing roots did have a lot of mud and dust visible. Duncan B
  5. 8 points
    After what seems like a long time (because it has been) I've completed my ICM Bf109 F4 as a Jabo of JG53 using Montex Masks and decals, painted using Mr Hobby acrylics. The kit includes an engine however I didn't have a lot of luck getting it to all line up so made it closed up. I used a colour profile in Kagero's Monograph Series Bf109F Vol 2 as the basis for the paint job. My first attempt at using Montex masks for the Balkan crosses, I didn't fancy using the supplied Swastikas though. I'm not sure I'd bother with the masks if I was to do it again. I replaced the kit's wheels with spares from an Eduard bf109 and that supplied the bomb and rack too. I hope you like it. Duncan B
  6. 8 points
    Me 262 HG 111 Kick Arsch Nachtjager , Predannack , Cornwall September 1946 Build thred http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/234989335-trimaster-me-262-hg-111-nachtjager/
  7. 7 points
    Hi More jets from my growing 56 Sqn collection. All thoughts, especially negative/constructive ones are much appreciated, fixes for them would be even better. Without criticism Ill never improve, so please, dont be shy, Im a big boy and I dont cry easily. Im aware of plenty of faults, I dont mind at all for more to be pointed out. Thanks for looking. Sweaty
  8. 7 points
    Not sure if she'll wear Nos 1 or 4 Sqn markings, but aiming at a late 70s finish. I managed to get the spraying done today and off with all that Blu tack! A little tidying to do and a coat or two of Klear before masking off the Aden pods and spraying those next.
  9. 6 points
    Revell French Rafale M with GBU racks. Added Eduard small PE.
  10. 6 points
    Hello! This is one of my tribute builds to salute "The Few" and one man who's story that never fails to touch my heart and inspire me. This is my build of Flying Officer Geoffrey Wellum's Spitfire Mk.Ia, K9998. For those of you who might not know, Geoffrey Wellum DFC was the youngest fighter pilot in the RAF during the Battle of Britain. He was eighteen years old. He flew all the way through the battle and then onto the siege of Malta in 1942. He published his memoir "First Light" when he was 80 years old and it has widely become known as one of the must-read accounts of the battle. I have wanted to build Geoff's 92 Sqn Mk.I a for ages! With the 75th anniversary this year, it seems quite appropriate to dust off Revell's 1/32 Spitfire. M.II. I did a little backdating and a lot of research and I think I have got this one right. (Still not sure though....) We all have our views about this kit, for me it's wonderful. It's a model of a Spitfire! That's all I need! With the kit, I also used Barracuda resin, Eduard PE and Xtradecal codes to make K9998 as there is no sheet with these markings currently available. I used Mr. Hobby RAF Earth/ RAF Dark Green for upper surfaces and Tamiya Sky for the under surfaces. I enjoyed this build immensely and will certainly build another one of these kits in the future, I think they are great! I hope you enjoy my tribute to the "The Few". Geoff Wellum once said: "If you remember one of us, then you must remember all of us"
  11. 5 points
    Hello again, This is my second post for today, So here it is a (straight OOB build) new Revell Jas-39C Gripen. (Note all the clear parts were just placed for the photo shoot, they are not-glued, including hud and wind shield - I will add a pilot in the future...) If You like to see video build here is the link: Thanks for looking! All the best! Dusan.
  12. 5 points
    Ok, so I have got a lot done since my last post and the model is now 90% finished. All that remains to be done is to paint and attach the undercarriage, propellers, doors, ladders, wheels and make a radio antenna. I will then finish it up with some final detail painting and weathering. I have taken some not particularly good pictures this evening and I will try to take some better ones in day light. Just waiting for it stop raining so I can take it back to the workshop. Matt.
  13. 4 points
    Seeing Kinetic's gorgeous FRS1 recently got the Harrier juices flowing, but not being available as yet, and realising that inevitably Kinetic would be releasing a GR3 within the next couple of years, I decided the next best thing was to get stuck into a project thats been on the cards for some time. Brief history lesson - The Airfix GR3 is rubbish the Monogram although dated, isn't so as many before me have done, bang em togther. Components inc Airfix Nose section & Tail All raised detail removed and a complete re-scribe Neomega FRS1 set (will unashamedly use this as a GR3 pit) Heritage intakes although I decided against these and used the Monogram parts with home made blow doors The Monogram glazing doesnt fit the Airfix nose section, but thankfully the Airfix part looks ok anyway - replaced the pathetic pitot tube set up The kits sausaged/Maskolled up ready for spraying today - my favourite part
  14. 4 points
    A full build article is to be featured in the next Airfix Model World, which will be out in a couple weeks, but in the mean time, here's a sneak peak at my Pilot Replicas J21. After the issue hits the stands, I'll be happy to answer any questions and post additional photos. Cheers, Eric
  15. 4 points
    As promised here Is my 1/48 Twin seater Eurofighter made by Revell.The kit went together very well with some minor fit issues(gear well wiring is homemade)Its by far the best kit I've ever made in my 2 years of modelling. For the build I used Revell's contacta professional and Tamiya extra thin cement.Painted it with Tamiya spray cans and Revell enamels(yes,that's right,Revell enamels). And I apologise for bad image quality,I'm getting a new camera for my birthday in 2 months time.
  16. 4 points
    Hello everyone, my name is Oliver, 35 years old and this is my first post here on BM. May i present you my Revell 1:32 RAF-Typhoon. Build with Eduard Interior, Eduard Exterior, RBF and Seatbelts. Colors with Revell spraycans (i have no airbrush) After long time studing the walkways i build the Eurofighter in about 3 months hard work. This is my first build after a break of nearly 20 years, please go easy There where lots of problems with this kit (intake, apu, speedbreak...) But finally, i managed it. Now, its almost done (APU, cleaning and a glasbox for the aircraft) and my next build i started yesterday will be a Revell 1:32 BAe Hawk. Please feel free to critise as everyone learns from there mistakes. Enjoy the pics. Oliver
  17. 4 points
    Hello and thanks for your interest! This is my latest model, the 1/72 Airfix Hawker Typhoon, dressed as "F-3A 'Diane'", serial number MN716, flown by Pilot Officer R.G. Fox in November 1944. The model was built from the box, the only addition was photo-etch seatbelts from CMK. Decals are from the Aviaeology sheet "RCAF Hawker Typhoon Mk.IB 1944 to Bodenplatte" (https://www.hannants.co.uk/product/AOD72008). The Squadrons covered are No 438, 439 and 440 Sqns during 1944 through to operation Bodenplatte. The series covers nine different subject aircraft including one car door version and eight bubble canopy versions. Aviaeology include an exclusive on the two sizes of the early “type B” upper wing roundels. Aviaelogy supply far more than your average aftermarket decal sheet, in fact it is a multi-page b/w booklet with background info and b/w pictures of some of the aircraft featured. A colour PDF version of the colour scheme is available for free though registering on the Aviaeology Web Site. The decals are of highest quality and perform flawlessly. However I did manage to break up the correct "F3" codes for this particular machine by mishandling them; I had to fall back to another "F3" code that has a slightly different font. I guess you would not have noticed unless you're an expert on 2.TAF aircraft (or you work for Aviaeology). Former squadron codes ("5V") were overpainted; I copied this by spraying the "5V" codes with dark grey through a paper mask before applying the "F3" codes over it. If you look closely, you will notice that the "F3" codes look brighter then the code letter "A" - this is intentional as I believe only the "5V/F3" code was changed. I tried to replicate the tatty appearance of the invasion stripes on the lower fuselage. The model was painted with Gunze acrylics. Photographs by Wolfgang Rabel, IGM Cars & Bikes.
  18. 4 points
    Hope you like, open to comments. Mark
  19. 4 points
    Thanks guys, appreciate the comments. Lighting time is some way off (might try and get the wired at the weekend), been busy with work etc., but managed to get the base roughed out and just about started on the type 23 escort (separate WIP). Cheers Nick
  20. 4 points
    Thanks all! Nice to have you on board. Much of my recent work on the Vulcan has been on the interior. Now, I realise that the Vulcan's interior is largely black, you can't pose the canopy open, and the windows are tiny, and therefore that it's a bit pointless trying to build much of any of it. However, I want to have the crew door open, and there's a reasonable amount of detail under the rear crew members' floor which is pretty visible through the aperture. This is a mix of structural bits holding up the floor above, the two jump seats which carry "spare" crew such as mechanics on overseas deployments, electric and hydraulic lines, and various esoteric black equipment boxes. So I've been busy tinkering with these bits as you see below. This superb walkaround of the interior on BM has been invaluable. Thanks, Fmk.6John! I've also been making a start on the exhausts. Now, my subject XM605 is an Olympus 301-engined machine, so I haven't bought resin replacement jetpipes - they just don't seem to exist. Instead, I'm going to represent them with brass tube. The plastic jetpipes need thinning to a wafer thickness in order to accommodate the pipes, so I purchased a full-sized, DIY-style rasp file and set about them. You know it's a proper model when DIY tools are involved! The sharp edges of the pipes themselves also make an excellent planing tool when pushed vigorously through the hole (innuendo fully intended). First photo shows the unmodified kit exhausts, while the second is the modified side, although only the leftmost pipe is basically finished. That's all for now folks
  21. 3 points
    With apologies for the finger trouble which caused the post to go up half-cocked, here's the lovely little Airfix Spitfire 22, almost out of the box, but with the following tweaks for a 24: starboard rear fuselage hatch moved forward as for a Mk 24 rear fuselage fuel filler added shortened gun barrels for a late 24 undercarriage doors changed to Seafire type for a late 24 (I think this is correct for this aircraft - VN496, the last Spitfire, had them but it's not an exact science for earlier airframes) bomb racks and rocket rails adapted from Special Hobby items drilled out exhaust pipes added separation hooks for fuselage sipper tank decals from the spares box This great photo (found at http://www.talkmorga...n_veteran_air_)was the inspiration: And here's the model:
  22. 3 points
    I've just finished my latest model of a P-51D of the 359th FG. I have seen hardly any 1/72 (or any scale for that matter) depictions of Ray S. Wetmore's "Daddy's Girl" Mustang, depite being the aircraft of the leading ace of the 359th FG, as well as one of the highest scoring American aces in Europe! It also wears some pleasing colours on the nose and rudder. This is the best picture I have of the subject, and I found 3 more b&w pictures, as well as a WWII colour photo of the plane before bearing the "Daddy's Girl" writing. To build the model I have used the new tool Airfix kit, with decals from the old tool P-51D Daddy's Girl Mustang starter set. I've used the cockpit, seatbelts and part of the landing gear suspension mechanism of a Smer P-51 kit and then I scratch built the rear view mirror. So...not really an OOB build. I've appropriately filled the panel lines on the upper and lower surfaces of the main wings, which I think gives it a more realistic look, although the other panel lines are very deep, as I am sure many a modeller have complained about before me. Another thing about the Airfix new tool kit that is pretty annoying is the aerial mast. It's not clean at all and covered in flash and very flimsy. I broke one in the process of seperating it from the sprue. I had a spare, but this one also broke - even though I was super careful - when I slipped while sanding it smooth. I ended up using the mast from the old tool Airfix kit. Although I don't think this plane was ever very dirty (maybe after a sortie, but kept pretty clean otherwise), I have made use of dry pastels, oils and dry brushing to emulate a plane that isn't super clean. Initially I thought I overdid it, but I think the end result is acceptable. Something I only realised when I was almost finished is the kill markings decal for the port side of the canopy is marked with crosses, and not swastikas like the real subject! I really hope this does not detract too much off the end result... Anyway, enough talk. Please look at the pictures below, and I hope you can enjoy it. Cheers J
  23. 3 points
    Hi Sean - good luck with the Gunze Yes, I do sleep, but us old 'uns don't need as much and, since my daughters were babies, I've been trained out of 'lie ins'. Sadly Two days of dithering... testing the paint indeed, it's just a couple of small stripes for goodness sake! I tested the H24 decanted from the rattle can and it covers well so on with the masks; Tamiya tape carefully around the stripe and cheap masking tape to protect from 'overspray', blasted with the paint at close quarters: Untitled by Ced Bufton, on Flickr Bit of 'overspray' go through the mask: Untitled by Ced Bufton, on Flickr Strange that the stripes are a different size on the two marks - what are those strips for?? Anyway, I'm happy with the damn things now and the tail band on the F1, although the F3 is too narrow: Tail bands by Ced Bufton, on Flickr
  24. 3 points
    US M113 Tamiya 1/35 Build Thread - http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/234988935-m113-tamiya-135/page-4
  25. 3 points
    I have the top engine cover painted . I also highlighted couple panels on the wing I really think this is turning out good .The kit is a very nice , that may help out a lot Enjoy Rick
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