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  1. Almost oob model, I used only Eduard's masks, FOD's and UB-32 pods.
    31 points
  2. Here is my "Red Arrows`" Hawk in 1/32 scale. Built with Revell 04284 kit, Eduard`s interior PE parts, Master`s Pitot tube and some "scratch" work (mainly flaps). I thought it will be easy and relaxing work, but it wasn`t. I don`t expect miracles from 1/32 kit which costs about 20 GBP, but Revell`s Hawk has some annoying errors and too many simplifications as for 1/32, not so old (2010) model kit. First of all it`s designed to show in flight position (it has movable ailerons and rudder with retracted flaps, while on ground flaps should be extended with ailerons and rudder in neutral
    22 points
  3. I finished this quite a number of years ago now (in fact not long after it was issued by Airfix) but don't think I ever got around to posting pictures - with a couple of builds going on the WIP forum they inspired me to get the old girl out and take a few shots. This kit gets a really bad press, but with some careful planning and thought it actually goes together fairly well - far better than the reviewers will have you believe The only tip I would give is to join the fuselage in complete lengths first, (i.e. add the nose and tail sections to the centre section of each
    17 points
  4. Hi guys im new to posting on here so here goes, Here is my last off the bench its the Italeri F-16DG/DJ in 1/48 it was a suprisingly good kit to build and didnt take much fettling . Paints used were life colour and xtracrylix, sealed with pledge klear, weathered with tamiya pastels, and washed with Flory washes (dark dirt) finally sealed in with xtracrylix matt coat and then all oil stains/leaks gone over with klear for the oily look, And base was from coastal kits. hope you enjoy
    15 points
  5. Howdy everyone, Just finished my latest `Secret War` build, so I thought I`d show you some picks of my attempt at building an `Air America` ( read CIA ) Hughes 500P, dubbed `The Quiet One` from the Academy CHiP`s boxing Specially designed for laying Telephone Cable `Wire Taps` on to North Vietnamese Army communications on the Ho Chi Minh Trail towards the end of the `Secret War` in Laos Could only find 4 photo`s to work from: one prototype, two demonstrators and one `in service` to work from so had to guess quite a bit as to final configuration Modificati
    12 points
  6. Sorry for the radio silence. On Monday, the New York Times printed an extremely unflattering and, if I do say so myself, incomplete, incendiary and rather biased piece about my employer. As a result, a lot of people said nasty things about us on social media, and I was very busy. Of course, it's always easy to bravely call people cowards, or say they have no testicles, or whatever, if you're in the public echo chamber of Twitter, safe from having to have the courage to directly address the people you blame, but within easy reach of low-level employees who have to stay up until odd hours and sk
    11 points
  7. I have just completed this new kit from Airfix, I think that Airfix has done a very good job on this kit and it fits very well. I chosen to convert it to a Z-7 nightfighter using the OWL conversion set. I have used a lot of time on researching the camoflage scheme, first I contacted Owl asking for a reference photo documentation that the scheme in the decals offering was correct, but did give a weak answer that they could publish photo bla.bla. My own research had give me the conclution that the overall black scheme I quistionable, base on the photo published in Luftwaffe im F
    10 points
  8. guess wot I been up to today then ???? Yup, painting. And to be honest, I'm not so sure it was a good thing. I had ordered some RAF Dark Green at the same time I got the Dark Earth, and I had never opened the bottle until today. It was certainly a different shade from the dark green I had used before - this time it had a distinct grey tinge about it. I got out the dark green I had used before and true to form, there was not enough in the bottle to do the job. So I had a choice.... order some more and wait another week or so before I could spray, or use the new stuff and see what
    10 points
  9. Quisque Tenax - Each Tenacious In between working on my mammoth Alberts build, I was asked by a RAFA friend if I would build a Wellington representing that flown by his uncle with 99 Sqn during the summer of 1940, although I must confess to being no expert on Bomber Command aircraft (unlike Melchie or Woody). At that time 99 Sqn (who were the first to operate the Wellington) were parented by RAF Mildenhall but had moved to RAF Newmarket Heath during the previous September; the 'Rowley Mile' at Newmarket being the longest grass strip in the country and the only place
    9 points
  10. Here are the missing pics about the front wheel bay details: On a different subject: I've been scratching my head on how to reproduce the boarding step, which is always deployed when the canopy is in the open position. This one: Apart form the step itself, my concerns are about its housing in the lower fuselage: I'll have to carve out some plastic in that area, and I was trying to figure out to what extent - meaning if this would involve also the air intake piece, hence having to decide if I'm going to use the kit plastic part or the PAVL
    9 points
  11. I thought this deserves it own post ..particularly on a UK site because its very interesting I found this on a website of a UK Injection Moulding company today... was this the hold up?.. so much for the issues being shipping Airfix went with a new uk vender to do the molding?..(And I highly commend Airfix bring job back to their home country.. may this kit be a big seller) =================================================================================================================Curtiss P-40B Warhawk – Ready to Fly! We are the proud manufacturers for Airfix of the new
    9 points
  12. The Orange box from cyber-hobby in scale 1/35 (Isu 152) with 3 different guns and included some figures.(build in 2013) Kv2 from trumpter with 2 kind of tracks.(build in 2012) Kv-2
    8 points
  13. Well after lots of self imposed permitted indulgences A few nights at Canary Wharf, trip to Cutty Sark (if you havent, I recommend it) and the Tower Of Beefeaters, or grandchildren visiting (if you havent...) and beginning to rebuild the port side sill on the Midget I'm getting back on board Small updates, as I does, beginning with the undercart It might be injudicious to ask how Alan W Hall managed to get his hands on FOUR Hudson tailwheels but that was the source of the legs and wheels he used in his venerable and quite famous Wasp from a Scout conversion
    8 points
  14. Hail to the good folks of Britmodeller Land, thought I'd post this johnny here for your perusal, it's the test shot of the Airfix Whitley V in its BOAC civvy hauler guise as worn by 15 former Mk V bombers leased to the airline in 1942, and was built for last months issue of Airfix Model World magazine. Twelve were converted using streamlined fairings in place of the FN16 nose and FN4A rear turrets, additional fuel tanks in the bomb bays to extend the range and the interior modified to take freight, (two still had their turrets fitted). Some of these aircraft flew a particularly hazardous route
    7 points
  15. This is Eduard's lovely Mk IX Spit finished in the colours of a 316 Sqn aircraft. Built from the box (will use Barracuda's cowling top next time). Decals are from Kagero's Polish Spitfires book. Painted using Tamiya acrylics, weathered with oils, Mig pigments & a silver pencil. Any comments or criticisms welcome. Thanks for looking. Pete
    7 points
  16. Hello everyone. This is one of the three models I've done since my last WIP. I really like this jet because it shows how Israel was so willing to have jets that they made them themselves. The body was painted with Mr Color Lacquer paints well diluted and mixed with retarder. The camouflage was painted with the assistance of liquid latex. I only had a few mistakes, most noticeably the left number decal on the fin and a few few bubbles on the bottom. The front antennae broke in two parts when the model slid off my hand while holding it too gently w/o gloves.
    7 points
  17. Hi all First post here, I've been building armor for the last 10 years but after having my eyes opened to the turn around from airfix in recent years I have bought a whole load of planes that I forgot I loved and with that have found a new fondness for the application of decals, in some cases I've spent two days applying decals to a 1/72 plane! (a nice change from 3 crosses and two turret numbers!) I've also found that I can get models finished in good time and don't seem to get bogged down with the inaccuracies of a kit (due to lack of knowledge). Not to mention kits are £5 each n
    7 points
  18. The last of the gift kits. Built OOB and painted with MM non-buffing aluminum and Aeromaster blue. All markings are from the kits. Quick easy builds. Thanks Rick for the opportunity.
    6 points
  19. Just got of the work bench, build oob. Very nice kit with good fit. with a interresting story http://www.worcestershireregiment.com/wr.php?main=inc/vc_w_l_robinson_page6 cheers Jes
    6 points
  20. Hi to all What to do when you get as a gift cheep, simple, not exactly accurate kit...of course built it. So that happened with this Yak 3 from Hobby Boss. Kit is accurate in side view outline, fuselage behind the cockpit is much too narrow, cannon bulges on the upper cowling are very wrongly shaped, radiator housing is too flat in profile view, spinner blades too narrow and too pointed, and so on.... So i started from cockpit, putting something in as it is totally empty, Colors used were Hataka for VVS planes, mat Vallejo varnish, some
    5 points
  21. #30/2016 Corsario numero dos terminado. After the FAS Corsair my dad has finished the opposing Corsair too. Hasegawa kit with Aztec decals, seatbelts added, scratchbuild parts for the armament switches on top of the instrument board, brake lines and antenna wire with EZ Line. The kit includes a 1000lb bomb but the biggest ones the FAH had were 500lb bombs. This one, together with the smaller clamps were taken from a Hasegawa P-51 kit. The "T" antenna on the rear belly was taken from Hasegawa´s ancient F4U-4 kit. Painted with Gunze H54 Navy Blue. The flags were painted too, only the
    5 points
  22. This has been languishing on my shelf for that last couple of months just waiting for that final push to completion. Every time I looked at it something would fall off and it drove me mad in the end but eventually I managed to summon the courage (and gentleness) to finally wrap it up. The phots have come out alright but to my eye she looks a bit untidy and messy, I don't know if that is because of all the ancilliary things hanging off it. I am now a bit tired of helo's, having all those dangly breakable bits has really turned me off........apart from the Wessy (X3) GB starting next week(ish),
    5 points
  23. This is great news, and for me makes the cost of the final kit a bit more justifiable, if indeed it brings better quality control and plastic. As an example, the Shackleton kit suffers from horribly soft plastic, lots of sink marks, and trench like surface detail. The cheaper Revell altenative was of far higher Japanese quality. It felt to me that the design dept was let down by production standards. Having said that the older Javelin and Sea Vixen kits were very nice quality and I guess they molded were overseas. My point is, if Airfix are going to ask £60 for a 1:72 ki
    5 points
  24. There might well not be any unused brackets;, depending on what weapon station configuration I eventually opt for - but one option is to go for the full monty, as in with weapon carrier and all weapon electrics rigged:
    5 points
  25. Sadly, while the Interweb is a wonderful communication tool which gives access to all sorts of otherwise hard to come by information, things like Faceache and Twatter do rather allow the broadast of idiot opinions by cretinous morons who probably should have been euthanised at birth (or at least gagged, blindfolded and tied up in a darkened room).
    5 points
  26. Build Thread can be found at Started this back in march. I used turned brass gun barrels, the eduard interior and exterior photoetch sets and the eduard mask set which was a lifesaver with all the glazing. First couple of pics show the extra wiring added to the gun turret 20160410_152207 by Richard Page, on Flickr 20160821_162728 (2) by Richard Page, on Flickr 20160821_162738 (2) by Richard Page, on Flickr 20161022_104233 by Richard Page, on Flickr 20161022_104354 by Richard Page, on Flickr 20161022_104401 by Richard Page, on Flickr
    5 points
  27. Remembering that I am on Maritime Volunteer Service duty in Portsmouth Dockyard tomorrow, I thought it best that I do my update for you all now. I am pretty happy that the practice bomb dispenser is in the correct place. If it is not to foul the nose gear, it pretty much has to be. It also lines the store nicely with the tip of the intake cones. Assuming that the store is mounted evenly on it's pylon, then the pylon must be in the right place. My only doubt now is whether the pylon is long enough. However should a good picture of the pylon itself not materialise, I am not going to
    5 points
  28. Thanks Tony and Alex I've looked at laser printing setups and a ) they were too dear and b ) they were rubbish. As prices come down and quality goes up they'll be even more tempting... Hi Nigel and welcome, glad to have you aboard You used to work at Airbus? Lucky... I'm going to try filler on the visor as I think the missing bit is painted anyway. Wish me luck! Thanks Leon You have missed a Spitfire build, hidden in the MTO GB. Enjoyed it! I agree we've gone backwards in some ways in lots of areas... I guess capitalism has its down side. Thanks Sailorboy
    5 points
  29. Hello again This isn't my first attempt at a D50 ... in fact it's not my second, third or even fourth!! Yep, fifth. This was one of my very first scratch builds back in 2002 when I first started this hobby. Not knowing any better I carved it in balsa and quickly found that doesn’t accept detailing. I was also experimenting with silicon molds so I cast it in urethane because that does take better detailing. Soon realized the model was too small (6" long) so I’ll make a bigger one! By this time (2003
    4 points
  30. Hi everyone, thought i would show this build as it has a bit of family history attached, the kit was bought by my brother in law way back in the early eighties when he was a teenager, however it never got built as obviously more attractive distractions came along and he passed the kit on to me for my collection, fast forward 35 years and i decided to dig it out of the cupboard and see what I could do with it. I am planning to give it to him as a surprise as he Is now a highly accomplished engineer who has become the family go to man when anything needs making or repairing, especially with our
    4 points
  31. Been a very long time since I have posted any work but here is a recently finished PCM Hurricane, loved building this one and have a rag wing version I am wanting to start very soon........... brilliant kit to What a great kit to build but I did add a few extra's which were well worth the effort, particularly the raised rivet detail on the upper and lower wing. Regards. Andy
    4 points
  32. Hello everyone, this is the third of the three models I did since my last WIP. Actually, I had started this one long ago but because I was brush painting it with gloss acrylic white, it was taking ages to get the coats to cover the model properly. And having had great success with lacquer paints, I decided to remove the paint from it and re-paint with gloss lacquer. The drying time is amazing. Despite being gloss and giving it at times thick layers, I could rub it with a 600 grit in less than an hour. Later, though, I realized it needed more and more thinner and retarder for it to
    4 points
  33. Thanks for the encouragement gents. Much appreciated. This next installment is a diversion of sorts. I sometimes like to put the larger parts aside and get into fabricating some of the more intricate details. The steering wheel. This should be a 3 part piece ... aluminium core with separate wood rims on either side. I mentioned above (I think ... maybe not) that I recently purchased a hobbyist machine lathe so it was easy to turn a disk down to the outer diameter needed. Here it's glued to a block of scrap for that purpose.
    4 points
  34. It's amazing where the mere suggestion of the turbo-prop Spearfish / Gannet missing link can take one!
    4 points
  35. after quite some time of vacation, work and other things that kept me from my hobby, there is finally some progress worthy of mentioning. Having now completed the almost biblical task of creating my own decals for the Hawkeye and 3 newly acquired F/A-18C Hornets, I have created a laser print on the right scale, with the right colors: I scanned a decal sheet of VFA-131 Wildcats as they were flying from the G. Washington (thanks mr Twobobs), then changed them here and there to match the scheme when the squadron was flying from the Eisenhower in 2010. Let's see how thes
    4 points
  36. Francis next time your in the opticians ask for your reading glass prescription at x 4 magnification. Great for modelling and you can use them with an optivisor for a boost Taking so many steps I'm running........ Thought while I'm on a roll I'll do all the ladders/steps for the boat Including two inclined at 10'. Cut the inner inserts at the angle, hopefully you can see the difference Next up is a crate on deck for ropes, towing wires, fenders etc,,,, Thought I'd show you how I jig up to ensure all square. As per usual a
    4 points
  37. I think the great man recommends Mr Hobby Olive Drab - at least as a specific recommendation for the cold war era dark green - I remember this cos I immediately got myself some...... It is. The whole triptych is a delight. One of the panels has this beauty: Which I did think about posting on Crisp's ( @Ex-FAAWAFU ) thread with a comment as to the colour that a Sea King really ought to be seen in - but thought better of it It did, however, bring back memories of Sea Survival drills and sitting inside a one man dinghy floating on the oggin and w
    4 points
  38. Thanks for the great comments everybody Figures were my nemesis for years, I would rarely use them a few years ago as I felt that my painting was not up to the mark, they detracted from my builds to much. I'm self taught 100%, I've stripped and repainted so many times before I became happy with the quality and even now I feel I can do much better at it. A few years ago I made the decision to really give them a go and started to seriously paint them, not stopping until the figures would complement the tank or vehicle that I was displaying. Several books purchased
    4 points
  39. Hi All, Just a quick update about this project, tonight I finally applied tamiya XF86 to her and the look really changed! I'm really happy with the final result with this model and probably try to build it again. Here some pictures, I'll later post better ones on Ready for Inspection. And big Thanks everyone for your kind words and tips J
    4 points
  40. Hi Kev, my Argosy will be at Telford on our Bridlington and Wolds stand. Mr MACH 2 Didier wants to see it too............
    4 points
  41. NOOooooooooh!!!!!!!!!!! please say it isn't true! I think AIRFIX must come out with a Cold War Bomber Re-Supply set once the new tool Vulcan and Victor bomber versions arrive... that Blue Steel missile will be buried in the Victor belly and cannot impress the pedestrians - we need to display the missile on its special purpose transport lorry to effect or - a tractor with trolley at the very least (and look at that lovely Land Rover.... and Bloodhound missile out of sight in my imagination...
    4 points
  42. So here's my first finished banana plant - much less hassle than coconut palms although I've incorporated a lot of the lessons learned from trying to make those: It's 80% masking tape, 20% wire I popped the tree and the cycads onto the board (because it's foam you can just poke holes) and I think I have a good template to follow now - just need to make more. I think the glossy leaves make a big difference to the overall scene - it definitely feels more tropical than it did. Cheers, WIll
    4 points
  43. Tamiya's P-51 built straight out of the box. Very straightforward kit to build with only the most minor of fitting issues. I tried weathering with my airbrush and found my aim to be slightly off, but all part of the learning process. Started a few months too early for the group build, however I've airfix's new tool Spitfire Mk. Vb to start next. Comments and tips always welcome http://s1353.photobucket.com/user/gnh1241/media/3B414F48-8A73-403D-82E7-0983D6C0FE9E_zps4aq1jddl.jpg.html][/URL http://s1353.photobucket.com/user/gnh1241/media
    4 points
  44. Here are the wire-and-tape cycad-analogues, I really like them. Still need to paint some details on the leaves and trunk. I've also started a production line for banana trees, since they look jungly and don't need so many cuts in the leaves. Same techniques as the plants, I think they look quite promising and I'm looking forward to trimming and joining up the fronds. Cheers, Will
    4 points
  45. The painting is done now, decals have started. The Whitley will be finished as T4134 GE-T of 58 Sqn lost on a mission to Bremen in September 1940. The decals are the Xtradecal ones for GE-B and some generic letters to make up the difference. I've abandoned Photobucket after two days of trying to get on to upload a picture, patience has run out! The aircraft came down intact and the crew became POW's, photo's of the real aircraft below... Courtesy of Aircrewremembered.com The Hampden is progressing at the same rate, al
    4 points
  46. 1/144 Hasegawa NAMC YS-11 straight from the box with Liveries Unlimited Olympic decals. Painted with Tamiya White Surface Primer, Humbrol Polished Aluminium + Alclad Aluminium, finished with Johnson's Kleer and Xtracrylix matt. Some antennas and beacons added for interest. Build thread here http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/235006462-1144-namc-ys-11-olympic-airways/ Thanks for looking! Fabio
    4 points
  47. She looks terrific under some paint hendie. I was in London over the weekend and stayed in the RAF club on Piccadilly. I saw this painting by Anthony Cowland, part of an RAF Search and Rescue triptych, with a Lysander displaying her small bomb container and I thought of you:
    4 points
  48. Monday, time for an update Most of my WE modelling time went into detailing the front and central wheel bays; there's quite an intricate plumbing in both of them, and I only tried to reproduce the main features. Before that, I masked off the cockpit area: One interesting bit in the front bay is the actuators for the bay doors: dry fit of the door to determine the correct position and actuators scratch built from suitable brass pipe and steel rod Another interesting feature is a sort of canvas c
    4 points
  49. I have thought about it many times, but sticking to a RAF one now, maybe in the future. Not really no, I just get on with it regardless of how bad it is, it just takes me a lot longer than anyone else! I got lucky I think, Didier was cutting off Mil parts in the Civvie boxing, and visa versa at Telford but maybe he missed a few! You should! Thanks too! Thanks Kev, this won't be a patch on something you do, but hoping for a fairly good finish.. Looking a bit rough around the edges at the moment. I'll have a
    4 points
  50. Well after what has been a long day, that has included a visit to the LMS to get some things to finalise my entry for the Vignette GB and a trip to the cinema, I have finally got the opportunity to post some snaps of todays work airbrushing the fuselage and engine bodies. The colour doesn't appear to show up to well on the fuselage but can be clearly seen on the engines, I managed to get a couple of coats over the fuselage before I ran out of thinned colour. The two areas where I tidied the canopy up could do with a little more paint, so I will mix up some more tomorrow to finish things off.
    3 points
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