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  1. Hello and welcome to another edition of, "We're Never Happy!" It's a bumper crop of the usual comments today and almost all the usual boxes are already ticked within the first 12 hours. Racing in at number one is, "It's not in the right scale! " A close second at number two is, "How dare they pick this subject over my favourite! " Bets are still being taken as to what will come in third; will it be, "That price is a rip-off! ", or can, "What boring decal options! " pip it to the podium as more details are released? But wait, what's this shock revelation? In breaking news
    30 points
  2. OOB plus Eduard PE. Camo - VNAF 522 Sq. 23 TFW - 1969
    22 points
  3. #31/2016 My dad has finished his next Latin American project. This time one of the Mustangs the FAG used for anti-guerilla fighting in the 60ies and early 70ies before the a/c were succeeded by the A-37 Dragonfly. Hasegawa kit, Aztec decals, Mk.82 bombs from a Hasegawa weapon set, Gunze and Tamiya acrylics used.
    17 points
  4. OOB model except some old seat belts.
    17 points
  5. Just wanted to show the fruits of my labour with the AIM72 Vickers B.2 Valiant conversion. It was a surprisingly simple conversion with all of the parts fitting easily and really producing a nice rendition of the 'Black Bomber'. The white metal undercarriage builds up into nicely detailed units, and certainly weighty. XVTonker
    16 points
  6. Italeri kit, with resin exhausts, I added rivets lines.
    16 points
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  8. Eduard weekend edition kit upgraded with resin cockpit. East German markings.
    13 points
  9. Hi Everyone, `Popped` my Classic Airframes cherry at last with my attempt at their 1/48 Fiat BR-20 kit. Finished to represent an aircraft used by the Japanese Air Force during the war against China just proir to WW II Built pretty much from the box contents, I added some radio gear in the fuselage but you can`t see it Other additions included some structure in the nose, that you can barely see and some imagineered walls in the wheel wells Stuff you can see includes wiring harness and push rods on the engine cylinder, some dodgy seat belts and t
    13 points
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  11. Hello! Here are the photos of one of the latest model i´ve built. It is the Kinetic 1/48 Mirage IIIE kit, and despite some shortcomings the "bang for the buck" on this kit is very good. This was also my first serious job with Alclad2 lacquers, and i know i still have a learning curve in front of me. This model was featured on the November 2016 issue of the Airfix Model World magazine. Here are the build and final photos! The complete photostory of this build is present on my blog: http://josepiresmodelismo.blogspot.pt/ Hope you like it
    12 points
  12. All, I was kindly given this kit (an original 1970's kit minus the original box and decals) together with an electric motor by another member of my local model club. Although there were no decals, I had built this one last year in the Romanian markings so still had the German markings left over. I therefore decided to build OOB without engine using the electric motor (tested as working before fitting) in it's place on the stand gear up as 'in flight' display. Unfortunately, after fitting, I cannot get the motor to work which was a bit disappointing............ Brush painted as always and
    10 points
  13. As part of my club's table for Telford, I undertook this massive build back in in June. It is finally complete! The water surface down to the sea bed is all scratch built and I've extensively weathered the platform and added some 1:200 scale figures to populate it. The whole thing is probably the biggest model I've ever built - 20£ wide, 10" deep and over 3 foot tall. Build thread here: http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/235004743-1200-revell-north-cormorant-oil-rig/ I have no idea where I will put this after Telford, I don't have a shelf big eno
    9 points
  14. Hello gang, Still in my Mirage sery, this one is the Eduard kit. It's an harder built than the Hobby Boss kit of my last effort, fit is ranging from bad to terrible, especially around the windshield area. Another noticeable flaw of the kit is that it's very long legged. Measurements were taken on a museum machine, with no engine, hence the oleo were fully extended. I had to cut a good 3,5 mm from the main legs and close the angle of the front LG wheel arm. Still, the plan is still having a high sit, with rear-up stance. Paints are Gunze acryls, which a re a bit too light,
    9 points
  15. Today's fun and games. Having drilled all those holes, I started to set about plugging them again, but as I got up close & personal with the Optivisor on, as so often I saw the true state of the surface; not very pretty! It's not surprising, since it has had approximately 50 transfers added to it (including some emergency cutting in place) since it was last seen with a pristine white primed gleam. On the basis that one thing my lovely quilted Sea King will definitely NOT stand is a full-on Micromesh session (or even a half-arsed one), I decided to tackle the worst bits before I proceed
    9 points
  16. I just managed to reinstall Harpoon Classic, and it's eating up a lot of my time. Most of Chicago's crime is concentrated in the underfunded and underdeveloped South Side of the city. Chicago, despite being a northern city, is intensely segregated, and so this means that its black and latino population are disproportionate sufferers of the city's shooting crisis. Most crime is, in any case, intensely personal and bound up in the city's gang feuds and drug underworld. A lot of other people, wholly innocent (not that anything warrants summary execution) in that part of tow
    9 points
  17. A couple more pictures of the passenger door, simply because I am really pleased with it - the Flightpath design is superb. This is what it looks like the right way up (the top step is missing because it is effectively a hinged extension of the cabin floor, but since this will be upside down it matters not): And this is where it will end up:
    8 points
  18. I avoided it. Like De Gaulle and France, I have had a certain idea of Arthur Dent since I was a child. Also, for some reason, I always imagined Marvin to look like Maximillian from The Black Hole: I can't explain why, I just do. Anyway, I crept back downstairs. The grotto has a bit of a smoky odour to it, thanks to the spilled wash. 20161104_230102 by Edward IX, on Flickr I'm getting the sense that the fit of the kit is rather precise -- the slight torsion on the nose has affected the fit elsewhere.There's a slight gap on one side onl
    8 points
  19. What sticks in my throat is the idea that we have in this country that we should be embarassed by excellence, whether academic or professional, yet we laud sports people and z list celebrities. Bonkers!
    8 points
  20. This was meant to be a quick mojo boosting build back in February, however fate intervened. I had got to this point: Then came back to the hobby desk a few (sunny) days later to this: Probably caused by too close a proximity to a magnifying lens. Cue witticisms about vampires not be able to survive direct sunshine....... Eventually I plucked up the courage to fill, sand, fill, sand, fill...... followed by some rescribing. My original intent had to be to complete her has a silver aircraft, instead I went with the ot
    7 points
  21. I must confess to a lingering sense of disappointment as to how little Chicago resembles the musical I saw up in London's West End once. The absence of bob-cuts, jazz-hands and men in sheer tops means yet another cultural illusion cruelly broken on the wheel of reality.
    7 points
  22. No, it was worse. Much worse. In fact it was so bad it didn't happen. Much like the first 3 Star Wars Movies, the fans insist that it was an unfilm. It never happened and we shall never speak of it again.
    7 points
  23. A series of minor disasters tonight. I alcladded the exhaust pipes and tail sections what needed it, then managed to Have the Alclad bottle fall off the airbrush (luckily it didn't break) splattering some parts with Pale Burnt Aluminium Lost the tube of the little cap that allows me to airbrush straight from the Alclad bottle into a cannister of lacquer thinner Which I had to pour into a spare cannister and saw open to retrieve said part Now quite loopy, I then knocked over a brand new open bottle of Blue Black enamel wash and spilled about 90% of it, all over
    7 points
  24. Hi Everyone, This is my first post on this forum, so I thought that I would post my latest build, the 1/48 scale, Hasegawa F-104C Starfighter. The cockpit was detailed using Eduard photo etched parts. Unfortunately, the Eduard parts are for a later, upward firing, ejection seat. The 104C still used the downward firing seat. The entire fuselage and wings are covered in Bare Metal foil. After the kit was finished I learned that the wings of the real plane were painted to protect the metal. Oh well. better luck next time. If you want to see how I use Bare Metal Foil, you can visit my
    6 points
  25. Morning folk's built for the Airliner GB I thought I would get in touch with my civil side for a change,the kit is a little beauty and with care build's well, and at the risk of upsetting many Personally I think she is more elegant and a fair bit larger than Concorde,despite the sad crash and loss of life at the Paris air show it was lack of suitable routes and commercial sales which spelled the end of this beautiful aircraft.Many thanks for looking in.
    6 points
  26. The Matchbox Messerschmitt bf-110 kit built using the Russian front, winter 1941-2, staffel 4 ZG1 decal option. I built this kit for the recent Great Patriotic War group build. a few missing parts were botched together with bits from the spares box and a bit of time was spent with making a few enhancements but it was mostly built straight from the box.
    6 points
  27. Thanks for all the feedback guys, post bonfire night morning the fam we're having a lie in which meant only one thing. "Secret lemonade" time. off I sneaked to the bench with my striped Jim jams in place. First port of call was to fit the up part of this builds name sake. The strengthening scratch parts got painted and glued in place. The wing slid right on and that got glued too. Here's one from the other side. The light was so nice this morning I went a tad snap Happy. The sprew holders worked really well and the fit is pretty good. T
    6 points
  28. That would be Boystown. Some filling done, atypically for me using lines of Tamiya tape as guides: 20161105_133928 by Edward IX, on Flickr 20161105_133942 by Edward IX, on Flickr I also added some noseweight to the nose, before I forgot.
    6 points
  29. Got the replacement canopy this morning from TonyOT, thanks a lot mate I've ordered some Eduard masks, so waiting for them to come before I finish it off. Also waiting for the new nozzle and needle for the airbrush so I can add the exhaust stains. The Hampden is not far off the finish line now. I replaced the landing lights on both with the Little Car lenses and selotape for the cover rather than kit transparencies. Just need to crash mould a new canopy hood, add a few bits n pieces and the Hamden is finished...
    6 points
  30. Sorry to hear you are unwell Tony. However, I have a cunning plan that cannot fail! An ex French Navy friend of mine told me of a remedy that was in common use during his time in the service: Apparently you go to bed with three bottles of whiskey and, very importantly, a hat. Before getting into bed you must place the hat on the end of the bedpost. You then proceed to drink the first bottle of whisky, then you stop and count the number of hats you can see. If the number is less than three you carry on consuming whisky until the number of hats reaches three. No more and
    6 points
  31. The Airfix business plan for 2017 is very simple............................................. Make Jenko bankrupt
    6 points
  32. Thanks guys Yes, that makes sense. Why add the production cost of colouring the plastic when you don't need too. No, there's no need to thin it. It's airbrush ready strait from the jar. It's about the same consistency as Alclad, but it's enamel based rather than lacquer. If you're thinking of trying it, I'd say go ahead. It sprays well and the finish is as good as Alclad, but cleaning the airbrush is much easier with Xtreme Metal. Another option is Vallejo Metal Color, which I think is equally good and has the advantage of being water based. I did a
    6 points
  33. Here's my 1/72 Airfix Chipmunk. Built as WG479 'K' of the Flying Selection Squadron at RAF Swinderby in March 1982. It just happens to be the first aircraft I flew in the RAF. Here's what I did with the kit. And had a lot of fun along the way. - Sanded off all of the rivets for which the kit is famous (notorious?). - Scribed the major panel lines (possibly a little bit over done - I'll try and be more subtle in future). - Drilled out the large air vent at the front of the cowling and added a basic representation of the front of the engine. - Drilled out the small circular intake at the
    5 points
  34. This is my second built of this kit from Round2/MPC and I've thrown the book at it, with more lighting int he cockpit, landing lights on the front leg pods, red and green flashing navigation lights, plus added greeblie detail on the walkways, extra decals and a paint job with lots of weathering... The build thread is here http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/235005434-22-mpcround-2-eagle-transporter-2/
    5 points
  35. Airfix 1:24 Messerschmitt Bf 109E (12002) Yellow 1, Staffelkapitan Josel “Pips” Priller 6/JG 51 October 1940 I first bought the Airfix 1:24 109 when it first came out and it was well beyond my abilities at the time, it didn’t help that I was unaware of the fit of the engine cowls on the prototype though. After sitting unfinished for many months my mother binned it. I bought it again about 20 years ago, similar situation and this time my wife binned it. So with the third time I was determined to at least finish it. So here we are, not perfect by any stretch as I made two mistakes. I should
    5 points
  36. Now that Airfix have released their B -17 I thought the time might be right to bring something to everyones attention that has bothered me for years in order to see what others think. I have been modelling for 50 years give or take and absorbing any and all information on the aircraft I model but never have I ever seen this point raised or even mentioned by anybody. My point is this, we all know a B-17 or B-24 carried 13 or 10 machine guns for defence, sounds good doesn't it. But it was only when I analysed things in a bit more detail that my respect for the crews of these planes, which w
    5 points
  37. Eduards lovely little 1/144 MiG 15/Mig 15bis. they build up really nicely, though you have to be careful as they are very small, no filling and only a little cleaning up required. painted in my usual mix of tamiya, vallejo and xtraylics. the kits maskes fit well and the decals are really nice. the base is a mark 1 warsaw pact base which i extended a little and used some 'grass'. i am on a roll, finished 3 models in 2 weeks!!!! thanks for looking.
    5 points
  38. Matchbox's 1979 Lancaster, No 9 Squadron the Tallboy option. My shot at this old kit, includes newly scribed panel lines, scrap parts from an old Airfix Lancaster and other little scratch bits like fuselage escape hatches. One of the things I like most about Matchbox kits is that they are an excellent blank canvas that allow me the freedom to depart from the instruction sheet and use my imagination. The kit was nice to build but we could still do with a new Tallboy Lancaster if you are reading this Mr Airfix. /I
    5 points
  39. If anyone thinks that binning RAFAT would result in a saving of £10 million they are living in cloud cuckoo land - the personnel will still need to be paid. Even if it did save £10 million, anyone who thinks that saving would be fed back into the Defence Budget is living in a different universe.
    5 points
  40. Back on track. The decals arrived pretty quickly, but only just had a chance to get them on. All of one side and half of the other done. Should be finished soon. BCal VC10 WIP by Julian Griffiths, on Flickr
    5 points
  41. With Photobucket returning to normal services, (for now anyway....!?!), it`s time for an update. Wings/engines/props are pretty much completed and dry fitted for the purposes of the update. The fuselage needs a fair bit of remedial work done on it but nothing drastic. I`ve added the flight crew in the cockpit, but that taped up for now with the glazing to be added later. I`ve also added two loadmasters(?) in the back as well as a bit more detail in the shape of boxes attached to the rear bulkheads. As always and I`ll say it
    5 points
  42. Ahmed was apparently despatched yesterday. Once he arrives and has had his appointment with the paintbrush, he'll be travelling westwards across the Atlantic. Another illegal for DT to get his panties in a bunch about...
    5 points
  43. It certainly is. The red arrows are the shop window of the RAF, the home page if you like. The grey jets go relatively unseen on a daily basis, which is probably as it should be. We still have some RAF open days and all eyes still turn skywards as they perform. I live not far from Scampton, I still look skywards and I see vehicles stopped on the A15 as the occupants watch practice flights. They also have been used as promotional tools at international airshows to great effect, as was said above. Fast jet pilots aspire to get onto the tea
    5 points
  44. ...or too much imagination! My analyst said this would happen one day Not so much an update as a backdate, to announce that 'flu has struck Baron Acres, hence I'm running the plague flag up the mainmast and apologising about the lack of progress. I'd hoped to at least show some sketches about ideas for a stable engine installation, but if I told you I'd just spent five minutes trying to remember what I'd called this thread in order to post this, you'll have some idea of my diminished thought processes at present. In time-honoured male tradition I am suffering
    5 points
  45. Thanks Graham - hopefully Santa will be good to you! So, fitting the beast as promised. I'll just show you the results and then have a rest so you can comment if you wish: Nose and tail I was worried about the steps between the tail and the fuselage at the bottom: but it actually spaces the wing join: I'm categorising those joins as 'not too bad with a bit of care'. Tomorrow is Saturday so I get a calm morning listening to 'Saturday Live'. There may be some
    5 points
  46. Another small update. I had to sort an ABS / DSC fault on one of our old cars so we could use it for winter so that took most of the day. I've beeb a little sloppy in my rush and have some touchups to do, but all in all it's not too bad.
    4 points
  47. Right - try again now that PB is working. Carbs sorted and fitted but won't add the trumpets until much later - too fragile. Engine checked for fit and all ok. It's meant to be canted at 17 degrees from vertical so it isn't accidentally wonky... I need to add more of the plumbing etc to the chassis before the lump goes in though. Roy.
    4 points
  48. Back at the RIAT (I think it was still IAT at that time) in 1983 there was an SR-71 and U-2. For me they were the true stars of the show! They were still operational at the time and as real as you can get it. Both of them were as black as it could be! Dusty, very matt black on top surface and glossy black on the bottom from the fuel leaking from the airframe. Still shades of grey could be distinguished on the top surface making individual panels identifiable. On the kit one is trying to replicate somehow the real thing or to be more precise what you see of it. On the real
    4 points
  49. I am in no longer ownership. When the Spit stared to suffer from the dreaded tin worm I sold her to a fellow racer who wanted the bits for his GT6 Racer. I subsequently owned a raft of expensive sports cars including a DeTomaso Pantera, a Lotus Elan SE and and a Ginetta G33 (aside from a Ginetta G15R racer in which I won a major race championship). Its no wonder I have no savings having spent all my money on fast cars when I was in the RAF. Currently I owm an MGTF that runs some 275bhp on Nitrous Oxide.
    4 points
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