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  1. Hello all, Here is my recently finished Eduard (Academy) F-4B Phantom, in the markings of VMFA-542 'Bengals', Da Nang, 1965. Built for the Vietnam GB, the build thread is here Along with the Eduard refinements of etch and resin, I added Quickboost FOD covers, Hypersonic Martin Baker MK5 ejection seats, and True Details MK77 Napalm canisters. The MK82's are Hasegawa as the kit ones appear misshapen and have odd looking fuses. The twin shot Zuni rockets are from a Hasegawa Crusader and the AIM-7's are from the kit. Marine CAS, 1965 and 2005: Thanks for look
    20 points
  2. Quick, a few days work ... Enjoy !!
    20 points
  3. The Monogram kit was re-scribed, the Airfix kit donated the Nose and tail sections only, resin cockpit, Flightpath CLB pod and decals are Sky. The 330 Gal ferry tanks were made by converting F-111 tanks and all paints are Tamiya Acrylics. The WiP thread id here http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/234992202-harrier-gr3-merging-monogram-airfix-kits-148/
    17 points
  4. Hi All, Just managed to catch a bit of brightish weather and took some photo`s of my latest completion My attempt at Hobby Bosses 1/48 MiG-17F Finished to represent an aircraft of: 921st Fighter Regiment, NVAF, Sao Do around 1968 Built pretty much from what`s in the box, minus the engine to try and make it sit on the nose wheel a bit easier Still took a fair bit of weight though ( might have to reinforce the shelf ) Decals are from `L Decals Studio` sheet LDS 48007, `MiGs over North Vietnam part 2` Had to try this scheme wh
    16 points
  5. Time for a quick update - first, of course, my weekend in Toronto. We rented a nice condo (through Airbnb) on the 38th floor of a building right on Yonge Street. What a beautiful view - and a very nice condo as well. The concert (the last of three shows in Toronto) was what I expected. In other words, not like any King Crimson concert I had seen in the past. Mr. Fripp is incredibly innovative, and the current 7 man line-up is amazing. Three drummers in front, with two guitars, bass/stick/cello, and woodwinds across the back. All in black suit and tie I might add! The show ran well over two hou
    16 points
  6. Finished this a few weeks ago but only just got arounbd to uploading pics. Not quite the correct grey (which was totally my fault) but still looks ok. An enjoyable build, so much so that i have also bought the F version.
    12 points
  7. Calling this one finished. Lots of things I could improve on, but that's what this game's about! Tamiya kit, xtracrylix paints, Flory light dirt wash 'cos it's the only one I have. Thanks to Tony O'Toole for the wingtip help & Workinprogress and Housesparrow for the advice on painting.
    12 points
  8. In my growing collection of FAA planes the Sea Fury is a must-have, of course. The Trumpy model is for sure one of the worst kits from this company in respect of accuracy and fit. A little bid of help comes from Flightpath. This correction set was designed for Hobbycraft, but fits nice to Trumpy as well. Additionally I used some Eduard for the cockpit and decals from Printscale. The Trumpy decals are useless in shape and colour, but the (good looking) Printscale had (nearly) ruined my model! The totally disintegrated in hunderts of pieces after contact with water :-(
    11 points
  9. Hi folks, I finished a proper (not a 28mm figure) model - I think the first since we moved! It's a Bandai Gundam kit from the low-end HG (High Grade) line - cheap and cheerful compared to newer models or Master Grade kits, but with good fit and very crisp mouldings. The only real complains about construction were that the feet and body were both split in two by vertical seams. The feet were OK to clean up, but the body was a pain as the seam went through the fins on the top surface - they would have been better as add-on parts I think. I filled and cleaned it all up, but it's a bit r
    9 points
  10. Greetings, It's been a while since I built a Tomcat, so here we go. I'm also a rather slow builder these days, so progress will be slow, if you will bear with me. First off, some work on the Office. The kit seats are modified with a new seat pan and launch tube from styrene. New cushions and parachute packing are made from Tamiya epoxy putty, and belts are from Tamiya tape with the buckles from styrene. Kit tub and panels are used with a scratch built throttle for the pilot and new fabric on the coaming from epoxy putty. Primary colors were airbrushed Tamiya and Gunze acrylics, with detail p
    8 points
  11. I've just finished the review of this here new kit, and you can have a read of it here if you're interested in what I thought of it before I started building. it's hot off the press & barely cooled down, and I've been snipping a few parts off the sprues already The first job is building and painting the engines. The parts are all clipped off & tidied up, and I've done a quick test fit in the lower fuselage to orient myself on how it all goes together. It fits beautifully so far, and most of the seams are hidden away in the long trunking. Can't be bad! I just applied the first b
    7 points
  12. This is a monster kit. Absolutely huge. I thought I'd do a really weather-beaten bird in OD. I spent hours fading various panels only to spray the beast with Humbrol matt varnish from a can and see it frost before my eyes. I'll probably respray with Future and then a semi-gloss finish. Hopefully he detail will come through. I must get a grip of my camera as these shots are pretty awful.
    7 points
  13. And all through the skies, Not a creature was stirring not even the flies. The ammo was stacked by the cannons with care, In hope that the Englanders soon would be there. Hey all After my brief bout of insanity, during which I constructed a car model (see http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/234991043-deuces-wild/) I have returned to the side of light and reason with yet another aircraft Today I present Revell's 1/48 Bf 110G-4 finished as the example flown by Obst. Hans-Joachim Jabs of NJG 1 in the spring of 1945. Enjoy... So the Revell/Promodeller Bf
    7 points
  14. First thing was to strip out the molded formers cobra vs edwood some of the gubbins cardboard formers to make farsands of em There is a deliberate mistake in this shot. My knowledge of these is limited to lst being in one 20 odd years ago! Making a start on the loading bay alu rod early attempt at lining This is what I used for the lining. Really light weight cobra seats live resin M60s or edwood Here is where
    7 points
  15. Mig-31 BM/BSM Foxhound 1:48 AvantGarde Model Kits (AMK) At the height of the Cold War, the West was terrified of the Mig-25 Foxbat, which was touted as a formidable aircraft that was capable of all manner of things, which was probably part propaganda on the Soviet's part, and part scare-mongering from those wishing to further fighter development in the West. As it turned out, the Foxbat was a big compromise, and was only really good in a straight line as an interceptor. A dog-fighter, it was not, and its handling at low level and low speed was also a little scary. In the mid-70s these fail
    6 points
  16. Those heavily weathered Danes from the mid-seventies are really hard to resist! There are a number of additions, see also the WIP-thread. But in short are they the following: Aires cockpit, Quickboost seat, Eduard photo-etch in the wheel wells, Aires air-brakes, Maestro ladder and fuel tanks and Master pitot tubes. The rest of the additions are scratch-built. Decals are from Stoppel and Maestro. The small practise bombs bombs are scratch-built, based on Atoll missiles from Eduard's 1/144 MiG-21. And scratch-build radar warning recievers: The fin numbers are from Hasegawa's
    6 points
  17. I hadn't noticed that, but it's an interesting point - you would think with carrier-borne aircraft the designer's attitude to flaps would translate to approximately 'the more the merrier'. Presumably this didn't happen by accident, I wonder if the flaps were simply more efficient (albeit more complicated) or if it was just that the flaps provided were adequate for their purpose and didn't need to be any bigger? I got the canopy masked - Airfix provide a choice of parts for a fully-closed-up, closed-up-with-open-gunner's-canopy or fully-opened-up arrangement - I went with the second; I was tem
    6 points
  18. Almost there with the 1022 array now - just have to fit the wave guide (the long thing with slots) to the front of the aerial. Kit part shown to illustrate why all this PE work is necessary! ..and the rear of the aerial:
    6 points
  19. Hi everyone, Bit of a different rfi post,i posted pictures of my 1/48 cabinet before but since then i have completed the rather large b-17 and b-24 amongst others so this is where i am now.On the bench now is a an old monogram c47 skytrain picked up from second hand store which means the cabinet is going to be pretty much full.
    5 points
  20. I'm calling this done. The Hobby Boss F4F3 is a bit of an oddity: the F4F3 is supposed to have fixed wings and a four gun armament, but the kit has neither. Filling and re-scribing deals with these issues fairly easily. The biggest problem is that the panel lines don't match up (or didn't for me) on the upper and lower fuselage sections. This was a lot more work to remediate. I built a new cockpit, altered the nose and cowling, added intercooler inlets, brake pipes and exhausts and re-jigged the cooling flaps on the rear of the cowling. The tailwheel is a larger diameter version (for land u
    5 points
  21. 1/48 Eduard F-4B Phantom VMFA-542, Bengals, USMC. Da Nang, 1965. Dave
    5 points
  22. From this perspective my stash is quite reasonable...
    5 points
  23. Hi again, This one has been on hold since mid-May. I got stuck in doing the seatbelts with masking tape and, then, other builds got in the way. Anyway, at the time I did mark the seatbelts on tape and even painted them, but they stood on the cutting mat till now. I also had prepared some electric wire and painted it silver, to do the buckles, as shown here: IMAG2009 IMAG2014 During the last weekend, I finally got to finish the seatbelts. Here they are, near the seat and rear bulkhead: IMAG2978 First, I applied the seat
    5 points
  24. Here's my latest, the Kittyhawk 1/48 UH-1Y Venom, coming soon to a SAMI near you!
    4 points
  25. Hello,Friends - My thanks to John(Canberra Kid) for originally posting this build on my behalf when I was even less competent with a computer than I am now.I've added some more photos and wish to share them with you.Hoping you enjoy viewing.All the very best,Paul.
    4 points
  26. It's all very close.....Hopefully the wide scope of this GB willl allow it to prevail. Airliners.....WTF?
    4 points
  27. First of my double build completed. Canadair CF-5A, 116715 of 419 Moose Squadron, Canada 1995(?) ESCI kit and finished with Leading Edge Decals. No improvements carried out.
    4 points
  28. #37/2015 The newest roll-out and one of my dad´s rare excursions to USN subjects. Used the classic Monogram kit, white box 1974 edition, mostly oob. Decals were taken from the GWH "Wake Island" kit. One of the "T"s was missing the horizontal bar, luckily my dad found a suiting decal piece in the spares box. Seatbelts added, aerials with EZ Line, Gunze and Tamiya acrylics. BTW, forgot to remove the masks on the little fuselage side windows...
    4 points
  29. My F-14 has been 100% shelved with the announcement that AMK are making one tbh! Same as me selling my KH MiG-25! No point fighting a kit when there's going to be a better one along shortly and I've got plenty of other kits to build in the mean time.
    4 points
  30. A bit more work done on the front decks. Some pipework added, drivers hatch and I've started on the headlight guards. Cheers for looking Dan
    4 points
  31. Finished.... Might add a few RBF tags and take pics when the Sun comes out........ Its been fun
    4 points
  32. Steve, I'm posting these pictures on behalf of Silvano (Phantom61), as he couldn't do that from his phone; the kit is the Italeri 1:72 Hawk Silvano says that the way he's done them is this: cut a hole larger than the duct, put two thin stripes of Styrene (shaped accordingly), glue with CA from inside and cut/sand the outside level with the fuselage; then another Styrene strip from inside, to make the "bottom" of the duct. I hope this makes sense to you (sounds very similar to what Jessica described). Silvano says he can provide a better SBS, if needed. HTH Ciao
    4 points
  33. Well, he will fit with minor foot surgery so the flash was removed: Flash removed by Ced Bufton, on Flickr then the mask was removed, the headphones fashioned to ear like things and the life vest converted to a coat. Hat has been fashioned with Green stuff: Your hat Sir by Ced Bufton, on Flickr and the cabin prepared for occupation: Those ejector marks will be covered by the figures, obviously.
    4 points
  34. Kit: 1/72 Airfix RAF Red Arrows Gnat Subject: Gnat T1 'Aggressor' XR977 '51', 74 Sqn, RAF, RAF Alconbury, 1979 Details: Modelled as per initial stand up of the squadron Misc: Mr Color, Vallejo, Humbrol Paints, Klear floor polish, Floreys dark dirt wash, Windsor and Newton artists oils, decals a mix of kit and spare decals 1/144 MiG Eduard kits 1/72 Sword Lightning T5, and Revell 1/48 F4D (Mig Kills!) WIP Link: WIP Here
    4 points
  35. This is my completed First Order Tie Fighter from Revell. It is not the build and play version with the sounds, but the skill level 2 version. It claims to be about 1/35 in scale. It is an impressive size as it sits alongside my other builds. I repainted the exterior and gave it a wash of light grey gouache before sealing it all in Humbrol satin varnish. I also repainted the silver engines(on the back) and painted the guns in gunmetal. I have included a couple of shots of it alongside of the easypocket build, and a 1/35 German figure to give you a sense of scale. Hope you like it.
    3 points
  36. An extra view or two of a recent build for the STGB. Xtracrylics used for main paintwork. For build see : http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/234991596-a-single-and-a-double-double/
    3 points
  37. It's proving to be a fun experience, and the fit is almost perfect so far. I've just clipped together the left gear bay with no glue, and it stays there without any help. There's a small bulkhead at the front that if you follow the instructions you'll have to fill two ejector pin marks, unless you swap identical parts G11 and G12 round to hide them away. There are a couple of pin marks showing on the back of G4 too, so if you fill those before you install the part, life will be easier. Look at that detail!
    3 points
  38. Here is a short interim post about the detailing that I have added to the main gun turret whilst I get to grips with manufacturing the base. Not that the gun needs much work doing to it. I added etched brass maintenance access ladders and added the canvas cover that protects the gun trunion as can be seen in the image below. The canvas cover was added to all Mark 8 guns in the late 90s and Somerset was no exception, I am not sure why this was done although I suspect it was to reduce the impact of seawater ingress into the turret as it coincided with a change in the hydraulic fluid used in
    3 points
  39. Hi everyone. She is finished, and what a kit she was. Kit is completely OOB as we have no aftermarket available yet, I plan to build more shacks, as I have 2 more of these and a Revell one due soon. I used Tamiya XF-2 for the white and a 50/50 mix of XF-82 ocean gray and XF-77 IJN gray with a couple of drops of X-4 blue to give it a hint of blue. I'm not a fan of using enamels and could not get hold of 44 pastel blue for the prop spinners so I mixed Tamiya X-14 sky blue with some white and used that as a substitute. Glossed in Tamiya X-22 clear and sealed in with X-35 semi gloss. I pretty
    3 points
  40. Thanks guys I'm passing on it, unless they do officially release it in Europe. Something around £150 I could (just about) live with, but I can't justify more than that on one model (even if it is the Falcon). I guess there's an outside chance that Bandai may scale theirs up, but I won't hold my breath. I'm sure that was the idea with Rey. Luke was a girl at one point in the development of Star Wars, so I guess they're resurrecting that idea for the new film. Speaking of which, I'm really hoping that Bandai will release Rey's speeder. It's a brilliant design, and looks like it's come stra
    3 points
  41. A link to an Italian modelling club walkaround section. Among a number of other aircrafts, there are 3 F-5s covered quite well http://www.drivefly.it/walkaround.php While not related to the F-5, a look at the gallery will show some impressive works, some of which have appeared on a number of magazines. The Beaufort, the B-26 and the F-102 are some of my favourite ever
    3 points
  42. Thanks guys, I have adapted the cockpit frames to sit on the Aires lower part and done so more painting. I also want to use the etched instrument panel from the same Aires set, but I have bonded it so well to the resin frame that I think it will bend if I try to prise it off, so I will have to sand it off instead.Progress has been slowed somewhat by a flooded kitchen on Tuesday cause by the washing machine, I didn't know they could hold so much water! Hopefully I should get back on track today and have the main airframe parts together by the weekend when I'll post an update. Cheers John
    3 points
  43. I toyed with a few ideas on getting seat harnesses into this build: painted masking tape with metal bits attached, sneaking PE belts from another different kit, or just trying to dress up the existing kit decal harnesses. Finally, I settled on just painting up the existing kit decals. These were left on the backing paper, with that being painted brick red to cover the light blue paper and offsetting the harness. A tap of dull aluminum here and there to suggest buckles. It didn't go as well as I wanted, but, it's done: I'm not quite embarrased at the effort, yet. Must say, though, it w
    3 points
  44. good bit of drilling to do with the trusty dremel These are for the seats which will go in here Its a single seat that goes on the end though 6 of these to do for the seats that are lowered. I decided to raise the seats in the loading bay These are the supports that sit under the seats One side complete. Needs to nail the other side them I can spray, paint and assemble Should give you the idea The straps in front of the windows need bending behind the seats as the windows act as emergency exits
    3 points
  45. So here is where I picked up the seats. 90 of these to individually bend. Nightmare you get the idea. 15 a night, which is one set of seats. 10 seats, and 2 single seats. Horrible
    3 points
  46. Ah good ole' Mig Eater, I took these photos at Mildenhall back in the nineties. Had an interesting chat with these two and then got them to stand next to the old beast..... John Peters was quietly interesting but John Nichol kept butting in with his rather loud, contrary opinion......(was very tempted to say that I wanted to speak to the driver..not the talking luggage !, but thought better of it).... Now here's a spot of weathering !...... Cheers Shaun...certainly will do, (it's just a tad overdue )..
    3 points
  47. Progress !!........following the mayhem that is Telford I thought it about time I got on with this one as it's been a while now.. I've managed to add tonal variation to various panels on the DSG so all panels are now both high and low lit, (by adding progressively more Gull Grey to each pass and EDSG to the panel outer edges). The Dark Green will be added next and the same thing applied to that. Once all thoroughly dry a filter will be added to blend everything together... The studio strobe flashes wash everything out of course and the effect is more subtle in natural light....but you get th
    3 points
  48. Not half Rob, I think it is one of the pre-war Dutch Air Force blues, I need to have a thorough sort-out and re-grouping of my paints as I think I may have lost control of the paint-stash at this point Absolutely Ced, the forum is a godsend to those of us who don't have, or are unable to attend, a model club nearby... but it doesn't quite have the back-and-forth spontaneity of 'live' conversation. One can't replace the other, but it is nice to have both Mindful of my experience of poking the Wildcat's observation window in, I fitted and masked the Kate's windows before glueing the wing-
    3 points
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