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  1. 22 points
    Meet Miss B Havin, my newest completion. Built completely OOB including kit decals. After getting ready to post this, I realize I forgot to paint the navigation lights. In the meantime, enjoy the pics. This is a great kit. The fit is superb. The only things I noticed was that the interior is sparse on detail, and the gear doors are rather thick for the scale. The lack of interior detail is not much of a gripe though, given the scale and the fact that hardly any of it can be seen.
  2. 19 points
    Lt Col Ronnie Hay RM Corsair II Tamiya 1/48 [/url] SLt W Atkinson RCNVR Hellcat MkII Eduard 1/48. S/Lt Atkinson achieved a rare distinction on the night of July 25. Four Hellcats were scrambled on a night combat air patrol. These were conventional Hellcat II's [F6F-5s] without radar, but their pilots had been trained in night flying. Shortly after assuming patrol, incoming Japanese aircraft were detected. Two Hellcats were forced to return to the carrier unserviceable. Slt Atkinson flying X/119 (1844 det'd flight in Formidable 7/45 to 8/45") assumed the lead of the remaining two Hellcats and was vectored out on an intercepting course. Under a full moon, Atkinson identified the bandits as big, single engine "Grace" torpedo planes and took his New Zealand wingman, Sub-Lieutenant R.F. Mackie, into the attack. Atkinson latched on a pair of Graces and shot them both into the water while Mackie dumped the third. Then, in routing the other bandits, a fourth Grace was damaged and the enemy attack was completely broken up. Atkinson was credited with shooting down three Grace Torpedo bombers, with Mackie claiming the fourth. Atkinson thereby established himself as the second Canadian "Naval Ace" of the Pacific war. [/url] Lt Dickie Cork 880 NAS - Operation Pedestal (the controversial one)... 1/48 italeri [/url] And a couple of random pictures... Fairey Swordfish MkI Revell 1/72 [/url] Supermarine Walrus 1/72 (I think this is Revel as well)... [/url] Lastly and completely randomly.... Airfix 1/72 an afternoon of madness.. [/url]
  3. 17 points
    The first reveal of a mediocre builder. My builds tend to move at snails pace. I wanted to take part in last years BoB GB but I arrived late and build slowly so have only now completed the series I was building. All these models are Airfix New Tool 1/48. Here is my contribution... As you know 58 pilots were temporarily seconded to the RAF for the Battle. 4 became Aces 242 Sqn RAF Hurricane Ib P2884 Sub Lieutenant Jimmy Gardner August / September 1940 [/url] 242 Sqn RAF Hurricane Ib PP2831 LE*K Sub Lieutenant Dickie Cork August / September 1940 5 Victories [/url] 19 Sqn RAF Spitfire Ib R6991/QV*? (I've guessed at Y) Sub Lieutenant Arthur Blake September 1940 5 Victories [/url] 64 Sqn RAF Spitfire Ib L1035/SD*H Sub Lieutenant Francis Dawson Paul July 1940 7 Victories [/url] 64 Sqn Scramble [/url] Thanks for looking
  4. 15 points
    I'm calling this one complete, my 1/48 Hobbyboss FW-190D-9 of II/JG6 in May 1945. using Ultracast's seat and exhaust, Aeromaster decals,and some scratchbuilt detailing. Paint is Tamiya acrylics with oils and pastel weathering. Hope you like, Colin Link to build: http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/234996206-148-fw-190d-9-and-d-11-double-build-hobbyboss-re-painted-yet-again-march-18th/ Thanks for looking, Colin
  5. 14 points
    Here is my go at this excellent old kit. If you want to see the build its at http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/234998810-132-airfix-crusader-mkiii/
  6. 8 points
    well after having this kit sat in the corner and starting it a while ago I have finally finished it..... this wasn't my normal scale but picked it up for a fiver as it had had the pit and fuselage done but unknown to me till get home it also had the nose across the rear of pit behind the seat snapped off!!!!! but put me out my comfort zone on both size and having to get the detail/weathering right..... I purchased a microscale decal sheet and a resin seat prior to starting the build. starting with the pit I managed to hack the kit seat out and replaced it with the a/m one. after which I was able to fix the nose back on luck it was a clean snap sand just about got it matched up. I had in mind that wanted to give the finish a heavy used and dirty look but knew would be a challenge and I would have to learn a few new things and tweek a few things I have done before, the first step after assembly was to do the white and grey for which I used the Ak US modem paint set which sprayed on nicely with no issues !!! then on with the decals and this went tits up as the kit decals as soon as hit water just fell apart so had to go on the prowl and thankfully managed to get some, the a/m decals for the scheme I thought would be ok but had problems with them few the big ones broke so had to do a jigsaw on the model lol... for the weathering and after putting up a post in the same folder I got the info I was after and made a start not knowing if it would work out as this would be a big test for me. for the weathering I did it in stages which did take some pics of if needed and carried on as set out:: 1. using the grey I added some white and started to fill in between the panel lines I did this 2-3 times each time adding more white.then I masked up the flaps and some the lines on the hump with some thin tape and sprayed over this with some heavily thinned Tamiya smoke just so gives a more used look and some depth... 2. using both sea salt and some normal salt so get a good variation I scattered it on to the model after spraying it with some water. 3. using a slightly darker grey heavy thinned a sprayed it all over the top sections, next I sprayed a layer of flory grime followed by flory dark wash then left it to dry. 4.once dried using a stiff dry brush I removed the salt then with an old t-shirt damped wiped away the wash and salt residue in the direction of the airframe 5.i put on all the other parts and any parts not weathered were done so, then with a small brush and water I went back over the paint work and feathered the wash etc just so looked more natural instead just long wipe marks going from nose to tail... then was finished well to the best of my ability and don't think looks to bad there are few spots were did slip up but will learn for next time, left the canopy down as cant decide if to have up or down at the moment??? but did enjoy the build and have learned from it and least its not sat in the corner any more!!!!
  7. 7 points
    Hi all, I thought I would share photos of some of my older builds, all taken in natural light. This is done by using a Fuji camera and a base painted to look like concrete that measures approx. 3’x3’. I use the local airport as the back ground. In my opinion, there is nothing quite like the sun showing the work. When taking the photos, I try to envision the angles that I would be taking of real aircraft. scales are 72, 48, 35 and 32. Hope you enjoy the pics. NEW: got rid of photobucket.
  8. 7 points
    Good day, gentlemen. Let me present you my next model. Photos of the construction process, you can watch here: http://www.greenmats.club/topic/1647-lockheed-pv-1-ventura/?page=1
  9. 6 points
    As a Fokker Dr.I popped up last week on RFI, I thought I'd add a couple more, together with an E.V and a Sopwith Pup ... Fokker Dr.I (serial unknown) flown by Staffelfuhrer August Raben, Jasta 18, 1918. Revell 1/48th scale. Brush painted acrylics, home-made decals. Fokker Dr.I, 546/17, Jasta 11, early 1918. Eduard 1/48th scale weekend edition, OOB build with kit decals. Brush painted acrylics. Fokker E.V (aka D.VIII) flown by Theodor Osterkamp, Eduard Weekend Edition, 1/48th scale. Brush painted acrylics. Sopwith "Navy" Pup, Flashback Limited Edition, 1/48th scale. Brushed acrylics, kit / home-made decals. B2192, attributed to Capt Foote and Capt. H. H. Balfour at the Gosport School of Special Flying, 1917. For more photos (gluttons for punishment) and details of builds, follow links in signature to web site / club site respectively. All feedback welcome, as ever.
  10. 5 points
    with some delay here my recent Meteor build, just in time before the new Airfix kit that I wanna do in some different middle eastern scheme... Gloster Meteor MK.7 Classic Airframes 1/48 Royal Egyptian Airforce, late 1950ies Build thread here Build thread here hope you like it! thanks for comments!
  11. 5 points
  12. 5 points
    Hi, here my latest build: Bf 109 E-3 just OOB of the limited Edition "Legion Condor", Eduard offers together with the Roden He 51. Build 6-123 of the 3.J/88 flown by Hans Schmoller-Haldy in 1938. Hope you like it! And some in Retro-Style
  13. 5 points
    thanks chaps why thank you - I only had one made so it is more expensive than a batch run - this one was about 50quid but worth every penny for an A4 sized fret and all the work it will save me - if anyone wanted one they can PM me... so onto the butchery seminar... ..as the nose was cut wide open, I thought I better open out the exhaust areas and fix something to mount the exhaust pipes to later. There will be no engine so this is a bit of fakery.. I folded up some litho and slotted it to represent the framework that surrounds the pipes - the slots are not where the pipes will go, but rather a structural feature below them... the flat mounting areas are at the angle of the Griffon cylinder banks.. ..then I could fix the lower cowl shape matrix thingy into place as a basis for forming the new nose.. lots of CA and bits of shim to lock it in tight.. ..then sprayed it all black so as to hide the lack of engine... --I needed some thick plastic to fill the gaps and my inner hoarder paid off... I had saved a bit of a roller blind I threw out - it's a plastic weight that holds the blind in shape and as it was a sort of aerofoil shape I thought I would keep it about 3 years ago.. well it made for some nice thick and best of all curved sheet panels.. ..lots of them fitted in all the gaps... ..and sanded to the black lines of the shape structure below... ..with a quick shot of primer, I think I am getting there - good job I don't need a flawless surface as this will all be covered in metal.. ..having a ball with this one as you can probably tell... TTFN Peter
  14. 5 points
    Another view of Jimmy Gardner's "England Expects" Hurricane.. [/url]
  15. 5 points
    That's a very nice Hurricane, I did a Royal Navy subject as part of the BoB GB last year. 145 Sqn P3155 flown by Sub. Lt Kestin The Spitfires look fantastic.
  16. 4 points
    Stars are now sorted out with a blast of Olive Drab base, Further weathering will sort out any rough areas. Cheers Dan
  17. 4 points
    Hello, Been a while since I last posted (flu, work, more flu,etc) and apologies for the lack of WIP for this one. It all happened so fast... I got this for a tenner at the Huddersfield Show, remembering a rather fine build of this by Mike Grant I'd seen. Not saying I've approached that level here, but was inspired to break a habit and actually do a biplane - and have a go at rigging too! This is a great kit, simple, well-designed and sharply detailed. I matched a mix of Revell acrylics to an old Tamiya IJAAF light grey pot, kit decals (good, but a bit thick) and elastic thread and light swearing for the rigging. Not as hard as I thought it might be after all. The base is part of the stand that comes with the 1/32 Revell FW-190 (another steal at the Hudds Show), and various scatters and grass clumps. Dusty, isn't it, I've just realised! Welcome all constructive comments, Take care, Matt
  18. 4 points
    Thanks again for your support guys - it is appreciated Rodders, to be honest I haven't even thought about the engine yet but I'll probably try to add some extra detail to the Airfix parts (rather than starting again from scratch). The PE fret will be of no help as it contains no parts for the engine, nor the rotorhead. Should be fun though. Big fanfares now as I have fixed the vacformed canopy in place It was surprisingly easy in fact. Fortunately, the cabin's rear bulkhead 'spoons' very nicely into the curves of the canopy, so as a first stage I stuck the two parts together using 5-minute epoxy (thanks to Nigel's build thread for reminding me that this is really useful stuff!). I scratched the canopy surface first, to help the bond. The part of the canopy that I have glued, is in reality metal and so will be painted over in due course. Once the glue had hardened, I glued the bulkhead into the fuselage (again using a blob of epoxy), and voila! The canopy is firmly fixed to the fuselage without any need to try to glue its edge down. I will need to seal the canopy edge (I'll run some thinned PVA into the joint), but this is not required to provide any strength. Result! Cheers Cliff
  19. 4 points
    Thanks Cookie - that worked for me too! Thanks for the tip (see below) Thanks Chris, I think you're right (of course). I recommend the Lifecolor - non-smelly, great coverage straight out of the pot and the colours look right... why wouldn't you? Up early this morning so had a bit of time to Micromesh the glossy bits and spray the effected areas with another coat of thinned varnish. Good enough for me! Treated myself by ripping off the masking and fitting the props: Untitled by Ced Bufton, on Flickr Italeri: Untitled by Ced Bufton, on Flickr Airfix: Untitled by Ced Bufton, on Flickr I just need to fit the rear view mirrors and the bottom and spine lights. And the nav lights. I'm going to try the Kristal Klear for those and don't want to rush it so it'll have to wait until I'm back from Cornwall.
  20. 3 points
    hope you enjoy these Andy
  21. 3 points
    Hopefully this is not too much of a stretch, but it IS a Corsair Single Type Group Build, and it IS April Fool's Day so I thought that someone might enjoy this seldom seen Corsair variants. The Corsair produced by PZL under license. Zygmunt Pulawski directed "many improvements" to be made to the basic Corsair design. The Corsair "Assender", influenced by the Curtiss response to USAAC Proposal R-40C. And finally the "GeeBee" Corsair as built by Zatford Granville during his (very brief) stay at Vought. Happy April Fool's Day! Greg in OK
  22. 3 points
    Hi there, this is my brandnew 1/72nd scale Dornier Do 217 K-1 + DFS 228 Mistel. Kits: Do 217 K-1: The Do 217 family of Italeri goes back to the mid-70s and is almost 40 years old. Almost no cockpit- and undercarriagedetails, narrow-chested engines, a too narrow rear fuselage and raised and false engravings featuring this model. Positiv to mention are the thick but still perfectly transparent clear parts. 2011 Italeri revised the carriage and cockpit parts with a so called "historic upgrade". DFS 228: Huma is an unfortunately no longer existing German manufacturer of plastic models. The DFS 228 belonged to the late kits of Huma. Besides the good shape reproducing the fine cockpit details are remarkable. This model: It shows a Dornier Do 217 K-1 and a DFS 228 as ready to take off mistletoe. The Dornier carrier is the third prototype of the Dornier K series: "K-3". This aircraft was not used in combat, but rather as a carrier for experimental aircraft. In this role, the Do 217 carrying the DFS 228 and Me 328 - both photographically known - and possibly more experimental aircraft and bodies. The Deutsche Forschungsanstalt für Segelflug - DFS (German Research Institute for Gliding) had received the mandate from RLM to develop a rocket-propelled high altitude reconnaissance aircraft. The DFS 228 should reach a height of about 23,000 meters, having previously placed from the Do 217 carrier aircraft at approximately 8,000 m and clicked out there. The rest did the built in Walter rocket engine (identical to the Me 163 engine). Thereafter, the DFS 228 flew in soaring to a height of about 16,000 meters and was brought back to 23,000 m by the rocket engine. With changing pushing and gliding phases, the DFS 228 should have about 2,000 km range. In the misteltoe configuration with the Dornier Do 217 K-1, some original images of the piggyback aircraft standing and rolling are obtained. The DFS 228 was also flown, but probably only as glider without the rocket engine. Construction: In addition to two BMW 801 from a Hasegawa Ju 88, I use the Italeri historic upgrade Do 217 M-1 kit for this model. Scratch were built: - recessed engravings and cockpit back armor - widened rear fuselage - landing light and pitot tube - position lights - several antennae - opened Cockpitdoor - DFS 228 carring frame and many other small parts. Painting and Weathering: The kit was painted with Gunze Colors. RLM 72/73 (Dornier top) and RLM 05 (DFS 228) were homemade mixtures. Weathering in brief: Preshading, lightened base color, Gunze mud on exposed areas with airbrush, Tamiya Smoke for traces of oil and gas plume, various oil colors for dirt and wear. Dornier Cockpit Parts: Dornier Do 217 K-1 Flugversuchsträger: DFS 228 Höhenaufklärer: Dornier Do 217 K-1 + DFS 228 Mistel: Hope you like this model. Criticism, notes, and comments are gladly welcome. Best regards. Kai
  23. 3 points
    Sopwith 2F1 Camel, Tondern Raid 1918 - Eduard 1/48 I bought this kit last March, and it sat on the shelf until September when I decided to assemble the Bentley engine. After I assembled the engine I put the contents back in the box and the kit sat on the shelf for another 4 months while I worked on the Meng M2A3. This January I pulled the kit out again and decided to finish it. This was my first biplane so I wasn't quite sure what to expect...it ended up being one of the most challenging modeling projects I've ever undertaken. The kit is well detailed and the most accurate of the 1/48 Camels, but there are some major fit issues with the cowl and struts. The decals included with the kit provide some beautiful marking options...albeit the checkers of Captain Bernard Arthur Smart's aircraft are tricky to apply to say the least. There is lots of photo etch and a few resin parts included in the kit so no aftermarket should be required. I started by assembling the cockpit. There is a nice photo etch seat and seat belts. The decals for the gauges on the panel went down nicely with some Micro Sol. If you desire, you can add some rigging in the cockpit. Unfortunately, almost all cockpit detail will be hidden once you seal it up and secure the top wing. After cementing the fuselage halves and filling the seams, I painted, decaled, and futured the cowl. The wooden part of the fuselage was created with enamel Model Master Burnt Sienna over Tamiya Wooden Deck Tan. Burnt sienna was applied by streaking it with a brush to make it look like the red brown wood described in the Windock Sopwith 2F1 Datafile. This was sealed in Tamiya Clear Orange to impart a varnished look. Then the tedious part began: drilling holes for rigging. I studied the Windsock datafile for a few weeks and the brought out the #80 drill bit. I then broke the #80 drill bit...and broke another #80 drill bit. Three drill bits later I had drilled all of the holes. The upped wing surfaces and fuselage were painted in Mr. Color Lacquer 121 thinned with Tamiya lacquer thinner. The paint went down smoothly but I wouldn't use lacquers again...the fumes made me a little high. The lower surfaces were painted in Mr. Hobby H-85 Sail Color (I'm more of a Tamiya acrylic person but these paints were the the right mix out of the bottle) The most difficult problem was aligning the top wing...the stage of the build where many modeler's Camels have ended up in the trash can. Thankfully I had read some reviews and knew about the reversed cabane strut instruction error. But this knowledge still didn't spare me the pain of trying to do a job that would give an octopus trouble. After the top was secured and was strait enough to be passable, I started the rigging. I used some Americana quilting thread that I "found" in a cabinet. Once the wing rigging was done I smoothed out the entry and exit holes and touched up on the paint. The areas that would be decaled were were sprayed with future to prevent silvering and the decals went down without a fuss...although I did use quite a bit of micro sol on the rudder and elevator decals. The tail surfaces were rigged, (no stretched sprue for me) and I began work on the bomb rack. The bombs are resin and photo etch and each fin had to be glued individually. The bombs were painted Tamiya Dark Yellow and Model Master flat black. The wheel rims were painted using the Eduard express mask included and weathered with oil paints. After the final control surface rigging was secure the model was finished. Overall its a good kit and I'm pleased with how it turned out...but I think I'm done with biplanes for a while.
  24. 3 points
    Heaven fforbid, had the Blues at that time actually tried to fly one of these...ahem...aircraft they would be with real angels wearing and or flying in white...with real wings, imagine them doing the 270 degree roll inverted to upright,,,some spectator on the ground would have been served two very large flapjacks for breakfast, or lunch as the case may have been. Ya know there is a possibility that some of these actually had some test flights and had been mistaken for UFO..think about it, they're close enough and odd shaped aircraft were seen all that often .
  25. 3 points
    Cheers Guys, One last pass with this one just over the high points. Its Olive Drab Shine A.Mig929 is the code. Totally love this paint, no thinning and it brush paints like a dream.. Chuffed to NAAFI Breaks with it. I'm going to run it through the C-MC next. And some ancillary items. The good old combat bucket (VC,MM, MBE, DFC) And the Civi POL can. Regards Dan
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