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  1. Hello all, I've just joined the forum, and so instead of doing individual posts on each plane, I thought I'd treat them as the one topic, as they all belong to the same shelf at home, and they were all built in a sequence over the last year. 1/72 Noorduyn Norseman (Matchbox kit). The kit was ancient and the decals unusable, so I made up my own paint scheme based on a photo I found of one on Google Images. 1/72 Antonov An-2 (Italeri Kit) I love the An-2. Single engine, 14 passengers, super-slow stall speed, with a production run of 18,000 units, obviously they were a success. There
    19 points
  2. Hey folks, as mentioned, my follow-up to the F-8 Crusader from a couple of weeks back is another USN subject. One of the quickest (a month-and-a-day), easiest and most relaxing builds I've ever done. The old Monogram F9F-2 Panther updated in 2009 by RoG to an F9F-5P. Only addition to the build was a Pavla resin seat everything else including the 'stickers' are straight from the box. Kit - Revell (nee Monogram). Paint - Tamiya acrylics, Xtracolour enamels. Decals - Kit. Extras - Pavla resin seat. Grumman F9F-5KD Panther VU-1, NAS Barbers Point Hawaii 1959.
    18 points
  3. Hi Everybody! Excuse the gap in posts, I've been letting the paint harden off fully on the body work. Next the wheels which are 14", but need to be 15" ! I got My abacus out and worked out that 1" in 1/24 scale is .... 1/24th off an inch! ..... which is roughly (abacuses (abacusi?) are only good to 3 decimal places...) about 1mm, so I took some 0.5 styrene seet and wrapped to rim with it,cleaned up the joint and cut the width down to suit the tyres (crossplies are skinnier),then painted them :- When I fit the tyres, if the rim seems too bulky, I will run a black paint marker round t
    11 points
  4. Hi Folks it's cooked. mainly OOB with gunze paints......airscale many thanks to Peter and the seat belts....set... kit fitting is quite good.....decals were great......instruction was poor at best......overall ....enjoyed the painting process....the best as always.....will put the tanks on soon.....just wanted the base to look a bit full....anyone got relevant 1/24 figures pls let me know....can't seem to locate any..... pics sorry for poor quality....weather not very good in my part of the world today thanks a lot folks and a special thanks to Peter from airscale for the panel....
    9 points
  5. Those who have read my RFI threads in the past will know that I enjoy renovating old kits. In this case both kits are conversions by jaw and they came my way for a bit of TLC. So my weapon of choice is Fairy Power Spray and it did a pretty good job of removing the old finish. I then cleaned everything up and started the rebuild. This involved re-touching the cockpit and then fitting a set of Eduard colour etch belts - which I don't think you can beat in this scale and I dread the new 'steel' ones!! Next was the glazing, which I replaced with bits from the Falcon Spitfire set. The PR glazing wa
    9 points
  6. Thought it might be worth giving you a swift update. The process of filling Hasegawa's dents is ongoing, and really not worth boring you with any more photographs. However, it's time I showed you where we are going. This is the starboard side of the tail pylon. It is now finished, but I have chosen this picture because it illustrates the process better. Applying these HGW rivets is a bit of a knack, but once you have it the results are most pleasing; they are significantly more subtle than Archers (which are, after all, designed mainly for railway rolling stock). The sampler set I ha
    9 points
  7. Continuing my effort to find things to do which will prevent me from firing up the airbrush, I decided it was time to fit the tail planes. Since I was trying to stick bits of plastic, brass rod, and resin together, I chose the safe option and went with two part epoxy glue. I didn't have a lot of surface area to fix things with so I used a piece of wire to drip glue down inside the mounting slots before the tail planes went on, hoping that it would all run together and make at least a half decent bond. Then just to make sure, I dribbled some more inside once the tail planes were on. Things
    9 points
  8. Hi all, Here is my recently finished Trumpeter 1/48 MiG-21F-13. The decals are Begemot and the wheels are Eduard Brassin. The finish is Mr Color Silver/Steel/Gun Chrome. A full write up can be found at https://jonbryon.com/trumpeter-148-mikoyan-gurevich-mig-21f-13-fishbed-c/. Comments welcome Cheers Jon
    8 points
  9. This evenings work: After many hours fettling the resin intakes, they finally fitted the aperture. I've added a brass tube spar to add a little more strength. Dry fitting with the original kit wing parts... not a bad fit. I've also tried to correct the wing angle which is too low at the trailing edge, causing the carrot fairings and the wing tips to angle down ((I believe they should be parallel to the ground). To do this I dipped them in very hot water and tweaked and flexed them until they looked right. Finally a dry fitting of all the wing parts. Looking much better but I might g
    8 points
  10. evening my friends & thanks for stopping by so, a small bit to add to the WIP today - I started the tailwheel bay - once I have this cracked then it is most of the build work done where I need to hack the airframe about - then I can start skinning it (you are right PR!) ..first step was to cut away a section that the bay will slot into... ...as the tailwheel carries quite a bit of weight, I had to think how best to spread the load and remove points of failure - I decided a brass sheet construction lined with litho - here top left is the top and front formers in brass with holes for
    8 points
  11. Hi All This is my fourth build since returning to kits after many years and I'm really enjoying it, very relaxing and therapeutic! Well this one is the Hobby Boss M4 High speed Tractor which I just fancied the look of to be honest. It was a great kit, excellent value with the included PE, chains, paint masks, colour chart etc. great value. This is my first play with PE, god it's fiddly isn't it! I still have a lot to learn with regards to weathering especially rust effects which I tried, binned and gave up un but practice makes perfect? Overall I'm reasonably happy for a fourth attempt. It w
    7 points
  12. Having recently joined the forum, I thought I'd show you a diorama I made fairly recently. The subject matter is the "Around Australia" car rallies of the 1950s, which were a major event back then. The first one was in 1953, the last one in 1958, and for all that time the entrants were ordinary family cars: Holdens, Fords, Volkswagens, Peugeots, Vanguards, Morris Minors, etc. There was even one nice old Grandma and her son who completed several rallies in her Rolls Royce. The first scene here is from the first Rally, the "Redex" rally of 1953, won by a Peugeot 203 driven by Ken Tubman, a chem
    7 points
  13. Hi I’ve just joined the forum, and so far I’ve posted something in the aircraft section and the diorama section, and here I am in the ships section, posting about the third broad “category” of models that interest me. In my case, it’s mostly civilian ships. I’ve been looking at the model ships here and the standard of the builds are incredibly good, so that helped me make up my mind to show you, in a single posting, the four ships I have built since I took up the hobby three years ago. My first effort was this pair of 1/700 scale models of the Hikawa Maru (kits by Hasegawa). One is of the
    7 points
  14. Thanks Simon Getting close... but seams do need to be addressed first. One of the nice things about the kit is that the top seam, behind the canopy, is covered so no effort there. Thanks Bill - very punny, I like it Thanks Steve and Giorgio, very kind and especially appreciated coming from you two! Thanks John I think you might need to take a bit more care at that scale but I hope the parts are better... I've stuck on some of the tiny bits and blobbed some Tamiya clear green on the gun sight thingy after seeing a great photo which I can't find again (doh): That photo made me
    7 points
  15. Places like that are awfully browsable ain't they? Really sharp chisels are one of the most useful tools for modelling IMHO. Much better and more controllable than a craft knife for removing unwanted bits of protruding plastic such as poorly moulded rib details etc., great for making or enlarging or reshaping holes such as intakes or vents and even useful as a scraper to square off edges etc. in deep or tight fighting spots. I've got a 1mm and a 2mm chisel and my only issues at the mo is how to resharpen them to get them back into as-new condition. If I can't get them razor sharp again
    7 points
  16. Dear Fellow Modellers Stimulated once more by the wartime film of Lancasters based at RAF Hemswell being prepared for a raid, I decided to try and bring the Airfix Matador Refueller up to scratch. Cue much time sanding down over thick mudguards and returning tread to the tyres. Steering wheel from Hauler and driver, wing mirrors and bridge weight marker from Dan Taylor modelworks. Am pleased to say that the Matador is still a nice kit given a bit of love and care, hope you agree? Hope you are enjoying your bank holiday? I spent part of mine working on the Airfix C-47 which st
    6 points
  17. Hello everyone I'd like to present my latest model Kit Tamiya PE Eduard Zoom Gun barrel Master painted with enamel MM and Humbrol and Mr Hobby decal Tamiya and old MSAP a few photos of the finished model: enjoy the photos.
    6 points
  18. Martin, Crisp, Steve: Jury struts it is at all times from now on. I'm assuming an RBF tag is nothing to do with Bears then? I realize that previously I'd been referring to the wing fences as 'strakes' as well for some reason.... Last time I left you was with a dry-fit of the wing-fold to check for angles. It's surprisingly easy to get either the vertical or horizontal angles of the two wing-sections wrong in relation to each other when scatch-building this part of the aircraft, so I've been paranoiacally checking at every alteration. The detailing and supports of the wing-fold are now (t
    6 points
  19. Hi All I have been doing this for a while now after seeing the excellent Dual Meatbox build diaries by the Baron and Spadgent. I picked this up fairly cheap on Ebay and have enjoyed putting it together, it has been built mainly OOB with some seatbelts, boxed in undercarriage bays, U/C front door modification to include the landing light cover and two lights added to the front U/C leg. Some filler was necessary although it was not too bad. I sanded off the subtle raised panel lines,I was going to pencil them in once the Matt varnish had dried but it was slightly tacky still after a number o
    6 points
  20. As I walked past the bench I thought I have some patience... so I used the 'Steve scraper' to sort out the airbrake problem mentioned by Chris in post #101. Untitled by Ced Bufton, on Flickr That (and the seat problem) probably confirms this is the same design as the 1/48. The problem with the airbrake is that it's a tight fit laterally and the vertical 'hole' has flash around it and possibly isn't deep enough? The ninja scraper is great - just stroke it up the join and you can see the plastic shaving off. Press too hard and you'll dig in. You also need to be careful that the other 'arms'
    6 points
  21. This is my contribution to the recent 80's NATO Europe vs Warsaw Pact GB. It’s the Italeri 1/72 Harrier GR.3 No. 1 Squadron, Norway, Winter 1986. The build thread is here: http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/235001709-arctic-harrier-putting-the-cold-into-cold-war-italeri-172-harrier-gr3-no-1-squadron-norway-winter-1986 There’s some great builds in the GB across all scales and subjects, something for everyone. As for the kit. Well it’s a kit of two halves really: nice details and fine panel lines in parts, flaws and imperfections, and noticeable details lacking in other areas s
    5 points
  22. Hi Folks This is my recently finished Swiss AF F-18C made from the new 1/48 Kinetic kit. This was a tester build for me to gauge the new kits strengths and weaknesses so it was primarily OOB. The only thing I added was the Pilot from the spares box and the sensor for the JHMCS helmet, an MV lense behind the clear part for the spotlight and a couple of minor missing lumps and bumps. The decals are from the kit and worked pretty well. The mount was something that came to me while researching pics of the Swiss hornets in action. The twin ALE dispensers under the intakes were done with spar
    5 points
  23. Hi Guy, thanks for your comment! I think this color is the best i can do without an airbrush - also it´s easy to spray on I have a few pics of the Airpower16 in Zeltweg/Austria for you: If you are interrested, there are about 200 pics of the Airpower16 on my Facebook page Oliver Petrosino / facebook Oliver
    5 points
  24. As a 17 year old, you would be surprised to hear how many youngsters are picking up the hobby Kind regards, Sam
    5 points
  25. thanks guys for all the lovely comments. The food festival was wonderful, lots of nice real ale, cheese and pickle was scoffed. As for the prowler we are nearly done, a quick Update tonight and I think she will be finished tomorrow. Any hoo, we has wheels! Front, with flaps and the like. And side. And all together. Excuse the dark shots but it's getting darker earlier. I have been thinking about adding those "remove before flight" tags. I knocked some up in Photoshop dinner time, printed em out onto some paper, cut em out at the bench tonigh
    5 points
  26. This is the new Tamiya AMX-13 French Light Tank. The model was built straight out of the box, the only additions were the aerials. Painted with Tamiya paints, weathered with a Flory wash and a Tamiya weathering set. Thanks for looking. Here is the link for the WIP
    4 points
  27. Hi There! My name is Pete Mortlock,I come from the town of Burton-on-Trent in Staffordshire England,and this is My first WIP on Britmodeller! As to the topic title, those in the know will see where I'm coming from, for those who don't it's -- --- .-. ... . , which spells out M-O-R-S-E....... Yes, I'm doing a Tamiya Mk.2 Jaguar in what must be the best known one around, in memory off the Late,Great John Thaw, who left Us (Unbelievably) 12 Years ago, and sadly missed. Modifications to the kit will include:- Vinyl roof ,created with semi-gloss black paint Steel wheels, modifi
    4 points
  28. I had this old airfix kit of the hunter hanging around and decied that as the decals were out of register I would cobble togeather the markings for the Raspberry ripple aircraft XE601. This is not a faithfull reproduction of the aircraft there large gun casing mouldings are still there and I have not modified the kit in any way except to put in a white metal mk4 martin baker seat that I found in the kit. this is the first time I have used acrylics and enamals on the same kit and it seems to have worked ok. Normal 5ft viewing distance please Many thanks for looking Rodders
    4 points
  29. Finished this morning. Massive fun too build and greatly recommended as a kit. For the full build see here: http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/234994592-vought-xf5u-1-flying-flapjack/
    4 points
  30. This is my Olifant Mk1A constructed using the AFV club Centurion and a conversion set put together by a good friend of mine in South Africa. was a lengthy build but I'm pretty happy with the end result.
    4 points
  31. Hobbyboss 1/48 plus resin wheelwells, MER, bombs, zoom in cockpit. Camo - Cpt Vic Vizcarria - Thailand 1966 - Takhli AFB
    4 points
  32. Hello, My last model : Special Hobby 1/72 Mirage F-1CZ Decals : Xtradecals and some stencils from Albatross Paint : Gunze (Mix) and Alclad Accessories, Pitot tub from master, and Resin ejection Seat. Great kit, I simply applied Mr Surfacer on the panel line to decrease engraving. Hope you enjoy this kit too Ivan
    4 points
  33. the plan is to put another 3-4 coats on. What's happening is the whole thing is raising. Once I've got another 3-4 coats on, I'll leave it til the weekend to harden then I plan to peel off everything apart from the 2 templates. Once there, I will sand them back down to the tape, before peeling it off. Hopefully that will work. Hopefully.......
    4 points
  34. Airfix Tomahawk IIB 1/72 Built OOB as AK402 112Sqn 1941 flown by Neville Duke, paints also supplied by Xtracrylix, finished with W&N Matt WIP: http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/235008280-finished-pbs-tomahawk/
    4 points
  35. Bill: "I keep buying clever stuff other people recommend" is an easy habit to pick up. I mean, one only has to search for "HiQ Parts carving guide tape", just out of interest you know, and before you know it you find that lots of people have it, including places like ModelsRGo for under £6 where you can buy other stuff that might some in handy like seam scrapers and, oooh look "Airwaves - 1:72 Luftwaffe Mottle Masks" and clamps and paint and scribers and....
    4 points
  36. Long overdue an update on this build.......................................... The decals are complete, the stencil decals provided with the Authentic Decal set are not 100% accurate but after some head scratching I decided they're was no other option and they'd have to do. After this I'll be adding the various air inlets and the countermeasures dispensers on the engine nacelles. I'll be working on this again so should see some progress.
    4 points
  37. You have to watch out for that seam monster of Simon's Ced, this looks a far more complex model than I will be tackling any other day But of course CedB will breeze through it eventually, usually with a Beaufort Strength 8 or 9 breeze (I hope y'all seen wot I dun there, it were base punnery of the rankest kind. I do not want to have to do it again later for any that missed it)* Glad a truncated driver can fit too, the canopy driver interface had me a bit worritted nice work amigo *Look no, I mean listen, he's just done a Beaufort so I slipped it in Gently as a weak pun Oh no, never mi
    4 points
  38. Thanks Rob (PM me if you really need the cubes!) Thanks Tony It is growing on me... quite pretty really, and the wing shape... Thanks Chris It is going together quickly... or perhaps I'm not bothering too much? I hope it's the former! Hi John Missed the nap for an air display? Fair enough... Thanks Giorgio Thanks John Thanks Leon Thanks Benedikt I don't know if it's downscaled... Biggles seems to think it is? Thanks Jaime, very kind Very little progress today as I'm faced with lots of fiddly little bits and need to fill my patience tank. I did fit the pilot a
    4 points
  39. No.230873, Second Subaltern Elizabeth Windsor, No.1 Beaufort Company, Auxiliary Territorial Service, March 1945. Tamiya 1/35 Tilly, SKP Models Princess Elizabeth.
    4 points
  40. I managed to finish off this vignette yesterday so here are a few pics of the finished article, more in the completed builds thread. I had a bit of a nightmare trying to fit the side windows so eventually I used some very thin plastic sheet to make my own and put them in the lowest position - much easier!
    4 points
  41. Things are finally getting back to normal - family gone back over the pond, work piling up and more trips on the horizon, but sneaky old me managed to find some time for muddling, sorry modeling. Not a great deal, but some... I had been plodding about with the tail planes and the issue I had was that the resin parts were designed for the Eduard/Gavia kit and I had the good old Hawk version. The locating tabs for the tail planes were different. The Hawk kit had great big thick locators and the resin parts had two thin locators offset from each other - I guess they fitted one on top of the o
    4 points
  42. Continuing my mojo relieving builds I have recently completed the Italeri 1:35 PT-109, just added the Italeri crew set to the standard kit. Had a few problems with the paint bubbling in areas, but I'm quite pleased with the end result. The kit was reviewed way back in 2013, HERE, better late than never.
    3 points
  43. Er, thanks Giorgio, Jeffers and Leon, there will be beatings as promised! Thanks Benedikt - I think you might be right... just do the edges and shout 'everything is closed up on the seams' Jeffers: "I relish the challenge to placing all the tiny stencils with sweat on brow and bomb-tech patience." There are thousands of the little blighters, including (presumably because of the new Health and Safety rules) forty odd, yes FORTY, 'No Step' stencils. What's wrong with these people? Don't they know you can't dance on aircraft? I have masked the canopies and painted the black inside: Forum
    3 points
  44. Got the HAS and the Fod covered Jag outside today & took some pics. Hope you like
    3 points
  45. Oh and I forgot three sets of Hasegawa aircraft Anyway,on with the build.I have drilled out the portholes in the hull halves.Concentrating on one side at the time,I have subjected the moulding to a weight loss program with the Proxxon and a rotary burr.All areas where there is an open edge,e.g.portholes doors and exposed plating edges have been thinned right down.I still have more work to do on this side,notably at the stern where the boat hanger is.The small square hatches have also been cut out to be replaced with photoetch. All the moulded detail has nearly been removed and also the mou
    3 points
  46. Hi all and here's the latest from me - finished for the KUTA group build here. I always wanted to model an F-14 getting ready to launch with dropped flaps etc so decided to take a knife to the original Revell kit a couple of years back...and then lost all interest. She has been in stuffed away in a box on the shelf of doom for ages and I finally got the finger out and finished it for the GB. Not my finest build and some inaccuracies here and there but I had a lot of fun and am really happy to have it finished at last. The full build log is here but in summary... Kit: 04195 Revell 1/72 F-14D
    3 points
  47. Hi to all, I was out of my PC until today, so I had to read very interesting posts. Here presented wish lists, I have to confirm, that some of the proposed types are in our list of kits to be done. There was big discussion on Luft ´46 kits. I understand that it is not a cup of tea for everybody. But we have to look at our products also from the point of sales. And, our new Me 1106B went into distribution on Thursday last week and after 4 days including weekend we have sold out status on all three boxes and have to make the new batch..... And thanks to these projects then we can make something
    3 points
  48. Well, the corrective work required some corrective work, so the first decals went on tonight. Tail fin flashes first. They were nice. Then I tried my hand at those funny thin red line "No paso" markings on the control surfaces. Holy twit. Some sadist at Xtradecal decided to relieve us of the risk of silvering by removing any carrier film from the interior areas. So they are really just thin red lines that tangle. With each other, with anything used to try to untangle them. Two of those is enough for my nerves for one night. The first one, on the flappy thing, that wasn't too bad. But the one t
    3 points
  49. Here's the best photo I could find. The fill piece is just barely visible above the tail of the lower tank where the streaks on the flap suddenly stop. Also note the general grubbiness of an operational Hunter; you're going to have to dirty up that pristine Alclad...
    3 points
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