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  1. Here is my interpretation of F-111E serial 67-0120, 20th Fighter Wing USAF, Incirlik AB (Turkey), January 1991, Operation "Desert Storm". 1/48 Italeri kit (rebox of Academy); Eduard`s ZOOM PE set (for HobbyBoss kit) in cockpit; Master`s pitot tube; ALQ-131 ECM from Kinetic`s F-16 kit under fuselage. Lot of scratch work (esp. slats and flaps, canopy, changed gear bay cover etc.). Camo is painted with Lifecolors. Decals are from the box, but I`ve changed some things, because I wanted my "120" in "Desert Storm" scheme, without all those colorful additions that this aircraft usually had (and h
    35 points
  2. Hello all, Here is my Swordfish MK-I from Tamiya it was build many years ago. I build straight from the box with the exception of seatbelts. I think that they are from Tekniks. I painted it with the Aeromaster acrylic paint. I hope that you will like it Rob
    28 points
  3. Hi all, I finished my Hurricane last night and took some photos... The WIP thread is here: http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/234993484-airfix-148-hurricane-mki/ It's the new tool Airfix kit, with Brassin exhausts and wheels. I used the kit decals for the 501 Sqn. option. Airfix 1/48 Hurricane Mk.I by Phil Jones, on Flickr Airfix 1/48 Hurricane Mk.I by Phil Jones, on Flickr Airfix 1/48 Hurricane Mk.I by Phil Jones, on Flickr Airfix 1/48 Hurricane Mk.I by Phil Jones, on Flickr Airfix 1/48 Hurricane Mk.I by Phil Jones, on Flickr Airfix 1/48 Hurricane Mk.I by Ph
    27 points
  4. Hello everyone Here is my first post in the RFI gallery on this forum. It's Academy PBY-5A Catalina in 1/72 scale. A fine model, not too accurate though . Still, It's my favorite of the flying boats, and I always wanted one on the shelf. Now i find that one is not enough The colors are my mix, using the Mk 1. eyeball to determine the right shade from the available pictures, taking into account the scorching pacific sun. It represents one of the early airframes, so I wanted to give the impression that she was in theatre a long time. Thanks for looking
    18 points
  5. My first completed build in 2016, another Focke Wulf Fw-190 from Eduard's Profi Pack. Added photo etch landing gear covers from Eduard Set and decals from Aeromaster (Butcher Birds #72001). Photo of the original aircraft here: http://www.jg300.de/fw-190a-gelbe-1-7-oder-17.html Gun barrels from Master Model. Painted with acrylics from Gunze/Mr.Hobby. Photographs: Wolfgang Rabel, IGM Cars & Bikes Cheers!
    15 points
  6. This one nearly made it before the end of 2015 but real life got in the way. The Special Hobby kit is a bit of a nightmare, the fuselage is a couple of mm out in all dimensions and the wings lack aerofoil, there is none of the neccessary detail to allow for an open cockpit and the etched brass vortex generators are fiendish puzzle devised by a sadist but it is the only game in town. The Italain option on the nicely done decal sheet is for the perserved machine in the Italian Air Force Museum but I wanted to portray it as it might have looked in service. The 23o Gruppo was the longest ser
    13 points
  7. As announced my Mike today in the Announcements section HERE I'm stepping down from moderating the Group Builds. Here, paraphrased is Mike's announcement I'll be around till Enzo has picked up all the skills of herding cats and I might even find time to build for a few GBs I would like to publicly thank all you GB'ers for your support, kindness and help over the past six, nearly seven years. I have made lots of friends, seen some great builds and enjoyed just about every minute of the job I have one request of Enzo, it's been a sort of tradition that I host the KUTA GB every year. I wou
    12 points
  8. Hello All, As part of my garage clearing and stash organising (260-odd, if you are wondering), I came across some old-old models of my Dad's, from WWII. Here's a "Grace Airplanes" kit, including "everything you need to build the model", including paint, bamboo, and pins: You even get spare wood! Here's a Hudson: I also have an "Airlines" kit. This seems to be a bit more basic, shown here next to the new Airfix Defiant to show that things have progressed a leetle bit: Not a scrap of balsa in sight! Presumably it was all going into 1:1 Mosquitoes at the time. Paint of the day was
    12 points
  9. Happy New Year all! Last year I completed the illustrations for Osprey's Aircraft of the Aces #114 on Ki-61 and Ki-100 Aces, written by Nicholas Millman of http://www.aviationofjapan.com. Since the book has meanwhile been published, I'd like to show you a few samples. Research by Nick and myself. All images © Osprey Publishing. Ki-61-I Otsu of the 78th Sentai: Ki-61-I Tei of the 244th Sentai Detail of the score board: This graphic gives you an idea of the amount of research that goes into each profile: Ki-61-I Hei of the 56th Sentai: Colourful Ki-100-I Otsu of Akeno's 111th Senta
    11 points
  10. Hello friends Happy new 2016. I would like to thank you all that share your works here, thank you for your nice comments on my works, truly appreciate that :-) So this is the first post here in 2016, the first of many i hope. 2015 was a bad year for me so i really hope that 2016 can be much better. This is one of those kits to build... once, at least for me! I hope you like it kind regards Vitor Costa
    9 points
  11. This is a Polar Lights 1/87 scale model of the Bates Mansion from the 1960 film Psycho. This was a good build and really enjoyed putting this one together. Si:)
    9 points
  12. So, I finally got my Beau finished over the Christmas holidays. I'm quite pleased with how it came out. I now just need a white / EDSG / DSG / white camo'd one! regards, Martin
    9 points
  13. Hi folk's second German utility vehicle finished,Revell,s quite new kit built along with Italeri's Kubelwagen,great fun build with no vices and some beautiful molding's.Background to the build's here. http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/234993049-wehrmacht-runnerounds-beetle-kubelwagen/ Thank's for looking in.
    9 points
  14. Ah. Well I cheated actually Giorgio - Sorry.......... I got my Hawks when they were on a half price deal and so I bought a couple of extras. I used a scrap fuselage that I've been using as a test mule for things various - and simply cut a cross section out of it at the point I wanted the bulkhead. I then taped it to some 1mm plastic card (so it wouldn't move about) and use it as a template to scribe a perfect bulkhead profile: Very simple - but rather extravagant and wasteful use of a kit unless, like here, the fuselage is essentially already scrap. Now these sound like 'proper' t
    9 points
  15. Hello all, I've been a member of Britmodeller for a while but haven't been very active, just an odd comment here and there, so I thought it was time I changed that and stepped things up a gear by offering up my first RFI for your perusal and comments?! I have been modelling for most of my 56 years and often thought of trying the now quite old method for achieving a more realistic NMF finish which is to use ordinary kitchen foil and adhesive as opposed to the more modern method of using Alclad type metallic paints? What you see below is my first attempt at the method and I found it great f
    8 points
  16. Here is the MPM 1/72nd Gnat F1. This is the Finish version. I'll put the second in a separate post. These are very nice little kits, simple to build, but size makes it interesting :-) Tim
    8 points
  17. What about a bit of colour to kick off 2016 in the manner I want to continue! Built over the Christmas break, this is Revell's rather simple Do228 kit, updated to reflect one of the Dutch Coastguard's current coastal patrol variant with added lumps, bumps and other antennae/sensors. The kit itself is a straightforward build with remarkably good fit, although Revell seem to have missed out some key features of the aircraft, like the prominent landing lights and inexplicably want you to stretch sprue for some important (and IMHO, entirely mouldable) key
    8 points
  18. Ah. Well. You see trying to shape milliput would be problematical cos there's the wheel bays to cover/hide: I do believe however I have made my simple/compromise solution work. Here's the 0.2mm plastic card - cut to shape from the paper template - glued in place. I used cyano rather than Tamiya green cap or similar so as not to risk melting or distorting the thin plastic: It curved nicely (with modest persuasion) to fit the kit at the Airfix intake join: [/url] And it all fits ok over the wheel bays. Actually I had to cheat a bit to make it fit over the wheel bays by making th
    8 points
  19. This is a very late refugee from the long-finished What-If III Groupbuild, but only just finished today. The build and very long, but I hope entertaining, backstory thread is HERE It was built from the Heller 1/400 Richelieu kit with Atlantic Models photoetch for the Frog/Novo 1/415 HMS Tiger, plus lots of scrap PE, scrap parts, and scratchbuilding. It depicts the RN Battleship HMS Bellerophon in 1982, just before she led the Falklands task Force as flagship. All the best, Al
    7 points
  20. I also have the old Heller 1/50th scale Gazelle. I must dig it out and see how it compares. Today the 0.5 and 0.7mm clear PETG arrived: With the protective film removed it is optically pretty perfect, I readied two discs of both thicknesses: However, after forming the canopies the 0.7mm was not great optically and the 0.5mm had this crease in it: I decided to concentrate on using just the 0.5mm as it was easier to work with but then got these bubbles: I won't, bore you with the subsequent attempts but twelve more later I got one that was free from gross defects but still not as go
    7 points
  21. So it all ends well in the end I've done a little spot masking this avo and added a base for the streaking that is found underneath any in-service Foxhound that hasn't been cleaned or re-painted recently. The last panel line is always the most sooted up, and then underneath the muck diminishes as you get closer to the weapons stations. I always use Tamiya Smoke for this job, but find it works better with a dot of NATO black in to reduce the pureness of the grey. Thin it well with some Ultimate thinners, and off we go! After doing the aftmost one, I used bits of tape to draw back a bit of the
    7 points
  22. Hi All, This one's been in the stash for around 30 years since, with the eternal optimism of youth, I purchased this from a local model railway shop thinking it'd be a nice project. It's the Wills Finecast (Now South Eastern Finecast) LNER A4 Locomotive. No.4468 "Mallard" still holds the world record as the fastest steam driven locomotive in the world at 126mph. I guess as it's still in ts box it turned out to be beyond my perceived abilities at the time. Here's the instructions... Now I'm not much of a railway modeller these days although my Dad makes up for that big time, being a sc
    6 points
  23. Hello and welcome to 2016! My last build from 2015, the first to be presented in the new year. Sword 1/72 Spitfire XVIe with photo etch from Brengun, Vacu canopy from Squadron and Decals from Xtradecals. Represents SM309/AU-H, “Panama Bound” of 421(Royal Canadian Air Force) Squadron in 1945. Flown by Flt.Lt. Richard “Hap” Beal. Painted with acrylics from Gunze/Mr.Hobby. Main Inspiration for this build was the model by Mr. Jekl, as seen on Britmodeller: http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/234949348-supermarine-spitfire-mkxvi-172-sword/ Pictures by Wolfgang Rabel of IGM Ca
    6 points
  24. Quite a few vac kits in the mix, I really enjoy those. Revell F-101B Airfix Tiger Moth Roseplane Spad A.2 Airfix Defiant Joystick Albatros C.1 Joystick Halberstadt CL. IV 12 Squared Loening Racer Italeri OH-58D Hobby Boss EZ Build F4F-3 (with Quickboost F4F-3 wings) Joystick Avro Bison Broplan Potez XXV Airfix A4B Skyhawk Heller Nieuport-Delage 622 Esoteric Nieuport 29 Thanks for looking! -Dan
    6 points
  25. G'day David, I don't think you will regret getting one. Apart from the few quibbles already mentioned, it is a really nice kit which seems to fut together pretty nicely, and given all the stores options included, seems good value as well. I would have preferred a decent 1/72 kit myself, but apart from a very expensive limited run kit, there are few options. G'day people, I have been busy painting the stores today. Whilst all that lot is drying, I turned my attention to the forward missile troughs (or lack of them!) This is how SW would have you 'install' the forward missiles Rubbish!!
    6 points
  26. It's a very soggy day in Aberdeenshire today and therefore one purpose made for model making indoors! It has taken me far too long to get around to having a more formalised presence here on Britmodeller and hope to share some of what we're doing both in the UK and internationally. 13 months ago I read on Facebook that White Ensign Models were to cease trading. This came as a shock and huge disappointment. I've been making models since I was a child with both my father and grandfather but had only fairly recently got back in to it properly after a break where starting careers and family got i
    5 points
  27. Hi everybody, time for an update. Last couple of things added to the tub, also to hide a bit that huge gap remaining between the pilot's IP sides and the coaming: I've glued a styrene strip behind the IP, painted and weathered accordingly to the rest and used as a backing support for the arresting hook control handle (right) and the landing gear control handle (left): I've also glued in the control sticks: One more shot: I toned down the red knobs of the two control handles, as they seemed way too bright (I simply went over them with a dark wash) One of the last things to do before
    5 points
  28. I have put this here, rather than in the what-if section, as it is more a what will be (probably) Kittyhawk 1/48 Lockheed F-35B Lightning II 809 Sqn FAA Lightning FRS.1. aboard HMS Queen Elizabeth Eduard colour cockpit etch panels. Decals from spares. All else as per kit. Unfortunately, the wash didn't go to plan, so it looks a bit "used". It's not completely finished yet, as I still have weapons to fit (when I get them) and a few odds and sods to do to it. 809 are slated to be the first operational FAA sqn to use F-35B
    5 points
  29. Thanks Karl Hi Cookie. Ink? Thanks John! I've used the cut-off brush method before (see below) for the 'fuzzy edge' mottling and it's easier IMHO - this one's sort of blobs, hence the attempts at the 'new' method. Just in case you thought I was taking a distance shot to hide the mess, here's a close up (of the mess) just for you Untitled by Ced Bufton, on Flickr You probably need to squint a bit to get the full effect! Thanks Tony, very kind I already have their friends on the ceiling... got the step ladder out just for you (but had to take down the 163 to get a decent shot)
    5 points
  30. Another milestone reached today! I got the last two scratchbuilt parts done - the windscreen and bullet deflectors, and fitted the engine and wings. Tomorrow I'll get some rigging on them to give them a little much-needed support! Ian
    5 points
  31. Wow, thanks for all the support and help so far folks. Cheers Stevehnz, very helpful. And Nigel, thanks again. I was going to ask you about this one as I knew you use to work at Landrover / Jaguar. Right; update. I was round and my parents house yesterday so took this, a few tools, some liquid cement and set to work. This continued this evening when I came back home. The wheel base has been cut (shortened) and glued back together. The panels, base have also seen some hacking/ cutting. Photos are poor as I was at the kitchen table rather than my modelling room, sorry about that.
    5 points
  32. I started today by gluing the glazing into the door frames using extra thin superglue and extreme caution: I did one side at a time, let that set and then finished off in the remainder, capillary action did most of the work and it went better than I expected. The glazing also seams to have added a lot of strength. Next I got some decals from the spares box on the missile tubes: They were then glued onto the side mountings, here they are compared to what's left of the kit originals: Now the doors were set I started masking the outer frame, the top has a slight curve and I using this
    5 points
  33. Hello Here are some pics of my last build: http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/234967490-b1-b-bone-lancer-148-revell-finish-line/ It was a very demanding build who last 7 months. I added scratched details in the bays and the engines. I also used Eduard PE, Cutting Edge exhausts and Fox One decals. Et voilà! Hope you like it ;^) Romain
    4 points
  34. I finally got around to taking some RFI pics of my long time project, a Wessex of 28 Sqn which I worked on back in the early 80's. The project isn't fully completed yet as I am also building a diorama for the Wessex which will eventually sit in a display case. The houchin and fire extinguisher trolley are currently underway. Scale is 1/48 I also realized after taking these photo's just how poor a photographer I am, but you'll just have to make do. The WIP thread can be found here... http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/234971153-wessex-hc2-a-dauphins-stablemate-nurse-the-oper
    4 points
  35. I've been after one of these for ages and my wish finally came true when I saw Ali62 offering one for sale... a few days later the kit arrived beautifully packaged and ready for operations! I do have a couple of Sanger's vacs in this stash, but this one looks a little more straightforward so I'm going to get stuck in right away. I've heard, seen and read some real horror stories about this model but having tackled numerous 'challenging' kits (some not really worthy of the title 'kit'!) I'm quietly confident that this will be beaten into submission with no more than a whimper - famous last wor
    4 points
  36. Here's my final model completion for 2015 - the new tool Airfix Shackleton finished as an AEW2. "Why not wait for the Revell kit?" I hear you cry... well I had a spare radome for a PB-1W (B-17) and impatience got the better of me so I decided to buy Xtradecal's Shackleton sheet and took the plunge. The conversion itself was very simple - the bomb bay was shortened and a new plastic card bulkhead added to the rear of the forward sealed section of the bomb bay. I then needed to adjust the shape of radome where it meets the fuselage slightly, stuck it on, and blended it all in with Milliput. W
    4 points
  37. Now that I've got your attention I'll explain what I intend to be building for this GB. I am going to attempt my first double build having seen it done on a few other GB's as it seems to make a lot of sense, they are both the same aircraft (more or less) with the same interior colours and the same overall colour scheme (probably). I lay most of the blame for this at David's (MirageIV's) feet for his continued prolific high quality builds of pairs (or more) of aircraft in the time it takes me to build one, so hopefully I can burn through the stash more quickly. Anyway onto the kits.... Any
    4 points
  38. Hey guys, i would like to show you my first at 2016 and the very first figure I have always loved Warhammer (does not matter if "classic" or 40k) and these 28mm figures are quite cute little gems (the cast is amazingly well done by Citadel). And because i love wolves, my favourite unit are the Space Wolves Well, here is the first of them - i have not used any Warhammer rules for painting, just painted it as i like (speaking about colour scheme and weapon chose) So here is the grey hunter, armed with plasma pistol and bolt pistol. I have tried some new techniques to me and obviously have
    4 points
  39. Hi all, I finally took some pictures of this thing, it's not straightforward as it's too big for my piece of paper and is very reflective. Instead of trying to document it like a model I've opted to make it look silly/pretty/instagrammy, with soft focus etc. It's Riff Raff's laser from the Rocky Horror Picture Show, as a full-size prop. I doubt very much that it's made the same way as the original but the shape and size feel about right. I put it together over a week of lunchtimes before we went to a screening last year. The main ingredient is two sets of 15mm knitting needles. I c
    4 points
  40. Big thanks to Scott Hemsley for all his help with this one. It's the Italeri UH-1D kit converted to represent a CH-118 as assigned to the Base Rescue Flight, CFB Chatham in the early '80s. Modifications include the addition of the auxiliary fuel bladder in the cabin, stowage boxes, rescue hoist and "bear paws" on the skids. Main cabin doors are from Fireball Modelworks and the bubble windows were vac-formed by me. Hope you like it, I sure enjoyed every minute of it! -Dan
    4 points
  41. Ta chaps, I've done the other half now and I'm quite pleased with the result: One thing tho'. I'm not sure what colour the trunking should be. I know there is a wrap around of the external colour - 6" or 12" (I've seen both quoted) but I'm not sure if the rest of the trunking is white or grey. One photo of a black Hawk I've seen suggests white - but elsewhere it's been said to be light grey. More googling required.....
    4 points
  42. Beautiful build Mike. Just jaw dropping, we knew you would do it justice. May I just say this: We have updated the manual as I promised we would. Various changes have been made following on from feedback here. The new updated manual is available for download on our FaceBook site. Here is a link to page 4 which was the one I think you actually mentioned, changing parts G12 and G11 over. Thank you. 10402612_554916041339894_1727248188745468448_n.jpg
    4 points
  43. Thanks for the compliments. Gloss coated with Testors Gloss Coat and decals applied. This is the first time I have used CE decals and they are very thin and somewhat fragile. This resulted in tearing the inner forward arm of the X on the underside. I will mask and touch up after another protective gloss coat: The rest turned out fine: Thanks for following and regards,
    4 points
  44. I think AMK will squeeze in the blue painted 31 with the next release to add to its appeal. At last one aircraft which has some colour on it and not just the usual grey version. The response of the aftermarkets was interesting. I have been in contact with one major manufacture to do a detail photoetch set for the cockpit and the outside of the aircraft and there was a categorical No, saying that the subject is not so interesting. All this before the kit was released in December and so they did not see any sales figures then. On the other hand Begemote was out with a very comprehensive d
    4 points
  45. For better or worse, this was the final product. I think its looks more right. Steve.
    4 points
  46. Hi Everyone, I've just completed the old Heller kit, using Print Scale decals to finish it as a Nord Pinguin for my project of German types in French Service. I chose to paint the rudder flashes and had to replace the serial on one side with a home made decal as I stuffed the original. I hope you like it. Cheers Tony
    4 points
  47. Here ya are. Sold only at the Hogwarts Hobby Shop, along with Nigel's book Modelling for Muggles.
    4 points
  48. Like lots of us, I am going back to work in the morning - in my case after almost a month, because I was ill for a while leading up to Xmas. So it seems a good time to put up a few pictures taking stock of where I have got to. Pure self-indulgence (but you can't really make whoosh and dakkadakka noises with a ship, so at least I don't feel like a 5-year-old). I have also removed the protective tape from the fo'c's'le, which has been there for what feels like a lifetime; I'd almost forgotten what its looked like underneath. So anyway, here we are as at 3 January 2016 (1022 radar and Sea Dar
    4 points
  49. So a little progress today. Have found a lot of flash on the kit parts & as i bought the parts from ebay, some pieces have been removed from the sprue rather ruffly!! (Throw him to the floor Centurion, Ruffly!!)
    4 points
  50. Welcome to Part 2! Had to eat my dinner and rather than risk losing it all I saved it. Next up I glued the antenna to the base.. Then I laminated together two parts of the stanchions to form one thicker one and glued them in place.. To date, three have been knocked off.. Remember what I said about sticky uppy things? Then a coat of paint.. And that was put aside to be attached to the deck later. Next up was the lantern part of the radar. Two flat pieces of etch trimmed and soldered together to form the inner and outer parts.. As it turned out the outer would not even go close t
    4 points
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