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  1. 25 points
    Fairey Swordfish Mk.1 1:72 Airfix Every now and then I like to go into a mdel shop and just pick up something on a whim. The new tool Airfix kits, particularly the 1:72 kits, often appeal as the are small enough to be realtively quick builds while I am working on bigger projects, and also reasonably priced. I've always liked the Swordfish, and it needs no introduction other than to say it is an 824 Sqn machine from the Taranto raid. So here it is, a random choice bought and built just for the pure fun of it like when I was a kid! the kit comes with a torpedo handling trolley. And finally, a 'With something else' shot for comparison. A Tiggie, also 1:72 Airfix, which helps show how big the Swordfish was. Thanks for looking John
  2. 21 points
    Another outstanding year on Britmodeller! With amazing builds and WIPS being shared in this great community. So heres the culmination of my efforts this year. With a message to you all:- Have a safe and happy Christmas and heres lookiong to an even better 2017! Jan 2016:- 1:48 Hasegawa Spitfire MKIX T (with Brigade Models twin cockpit conversion). Double build! April 2016 1:48 Hasegawa Curtiss P40 Kittyhawk May 2016 1:48 Revell Eurofighter Typhoon FGR4 with custom decals. June 2016 1:48 Airfix Spitfire MkVa July 2016. 1:48 Airfix Spitfire Vb with custom decals August 2016 1:48 Airfix Buccaneer S2B (PE, resin and scratch building): the reason i havent built many kits this year! and something started in 2016 but, wil most definatley continue into 2017! You can follow WIP on Britmodeller or on my FB site: Richard Spreckley Scale Models!
  3. 16 points
    Almost certainly my last completed build of the year... dragged from the shelf of doom and finished over the last week is my Kawanishi N1K1 Rex. Built completely OOB, painted with Tamiya acrylics and weathered with AK washes. Not perfect by a long chalk, but it's finished at last
  4. 12 points
    Hi mates, I started this build nearly four years ago, but it was one of those builds that kept being stuck back up on the shelf of doom. The Tigercat was a beautiful, elegant twin engined design from Grumman's Iron Works that was just too late for WWII, but saw combat in Korea at the hands of the US Marines. Most missions were recon, close air support and ground attack, but the Tigercat managed to knock a couple of biplanes out of the sky. I always wanted a Tigercat in my 1:72 collection, but I got tired of waiting for someone to produce a modern tooling. Therefore, I pulled out the old Monogram kit from the mid 60s and decided to tart it up a bit. Since the Monogram kit has raised panel lines, this meant a complete re-scribing. And, since it lacked detail in the cockpit, wheel wells, and engine departments, it meant I would be visiting the aftermarket section of my favourite hobby dealer. I settled on the Aires "Super Detail" set (read about it and weep over at the WIP), the Starfighter wheel well set, some Quickboost props, Aires tyres and wheels, and some Brengun wheel chocks that help keep her on her nose wheel. I ran into a lot of issues with the Aires detail set, but I finally decided enough was enough - let's just finish the thing! So here it is - all the fun details of the WIP can be found here, and if you read between the lines you'll see why I kept losing my mojo trying to finish it. But perseverance pays off...eventually. Project: Grumman F7F-3 Tigercat Kit: Monogram F7F-3 Tigercat (kit numbers 6062 and 6813) Scale: 1:72 (but a surprisingly large model nonetheless) Decals: Representing HEDRON One at Marine Corps Air Station El Toro in 1950. Stencils from the kit, national insignia, squadron modex and other markings from the Island of Misfit Stickers Photoetch: From the Aires detail set, and an occasional bit from the Drawer of Fiddly Stuff Resin: Aires Detail Set 7018, Aires tyres/wheels 7208, Quickboost Propellers 72381, Starfighter wheel wells 7212, Brengun wheel chocks 72093 Vacuform: Squadron Tigercat canopy 9118 Paint: Model Master 1717 FS15042 Dark Sea Blue, 1169 Flat Yellow; Gunze H58 Interior Green, H90 Clear Red, H93 Clear Blue, H92 Clear Orange, H94 Clear Green, H12 Flat Black, H11 Flat White, H47 Red Brown; Alclad 101 Aluminum, 111 Magnesium, 115 Stainless Steel, 314 Klear Kote Flat; Floquil 110015 Flat Finish Improvements/Corrections Detailed nacelles with resin engines and photoetch parts such as the ignition harness and plug wires. Port exhausts from Aires set did not fit, so new ones were scratchbuilt. Over 26 grams of weight in the nose, but it was just barely enough - sometimes she sits nice, sometimes not. Wheel chocks prevent any propensity for tail-sitting. Cut open the kit canopy, and used only the windscreen. The sliding canopy and fixed rear portion came from the Squadron vacuform. Detailed cockpit with Aires resin and photoetched instrument panel and seat harnesses. Resin propellers and hubs Starfighter resin wheel wells with oil and glycol tanks Resin wheels/tyres - all landing gear received photoetched scissors links Used scrap pieces of clear plastic to make new navigation lights and lenses Oil cooler vents opened up on top of wings 5" High Velocity rockets from Hasegawa F9F Panther kits Added communication antennae with 0.005" diameter Nitinol wire Build thread: Link - anyone wishing to use the Aires Super Detail Set please have a look at the WIP. It may help you when you get to the tricky parts. So on with the pictures! And some family shots: I think that last shot shows you just how big the Tigercat was. That's an appropriate picture, too, since the F7F was originally supposed to be called the Tomcat. At the time, the US Navy brass rejected the name because it promoted "female promiscuity." I guess that wasn't a problem later on after "The Summer of Love!" Cheers, Bill
  5. 11 points
    and now for something completely different... A different project, and a request from the wife... Happy Holidays to all the plastic community!
  6. 11 points
    Houps... I forget a shot Sorry, 2 photos. Have a nice day. Corsaircorp.
  7. 9 points
    Hello dears, I like accuracy in my kits, but my main point of interest is historical accuracy. And every brand wich have issued a birdcage corsair did represent a birdcage from the VF-17 Jolly Rogers Sqdn shooting at a japanese Aircraft? That's definirely wrong, they never did so ! And there is no birdcage from VF-17 with any Victory markings. Obviously, the Blackburn irregulars have used the birdcage but CONUS only and for training purpose. They also were about the first to try to carqual the F4U-1 with a relative success. They have tested the différents type of oleo struts, the shape of the hook and so on.. So I represent the F4U-1 of Cdr John Thomas Blackburn, I admire the man and I've been Lucky enough to exchange some letters with him before he passed away. And I will make every kind of Aircraft used by the Jolly Rogers. (I get every one of them) So here's the F4U-1 Birdcage, The engine and interior has been modified or replaced, the tailwheel is the short one. And yes ... they are intended to carry bombs from the beggining on. The ones used here are from an accurate miniature kit. The weathering has been kept very light since the Aircraft were brand new at the time. Except for the belly of the Aircraft, since the first PW 2800 were a little oily spitters and the oleo struts since they fail very oftenly. Photo from USNI I know that my kits will be more attractive with a nice background, but I no longer have a good camera, all this is made with my cell phone. And moreover, Knowing myself has I know me, I will use a different and related background for every kit. But whatever, I make my mind about it. Photo from Tailhook association. Hope that you will enjoy the thread. Thank for watching. Corsaircorp
  8. 9 points
    Airfix Spitfire Mk1a 1/72 This is my final build of 2016. I wanted a quick and easy build with a back to basics feel to round of the year. This kit certainly fell into that bracket, it practically fell together with very little filler or sanding needed. I am not a fanatic of the Spitfire like many (slander I hear you say) but I really did enjoy building this one. Thanks for looking and I welcome any comment or questions you may have about the build.
  9. 8 points
    Season Greeting, De Havilland Tiger Moth DH.82 in Indian Air force color, Tail number Hu 784, kits arifix 1:72 scale my only criticism for the kits was the plastic was very soft other than that a way cool kits, Hope by built is okay. Thank you for the peek and time. Cheers
  10. 8 points
    OOB, Kits World decals. this was a Ploesti raider, but sadly perished in a midair before reaching its target. The crew reportedly survived.
  11. 8 points
    Okay, so it seems that the GS Hypo stuff has worked. I have actually been at home this week but have avoided the Lysander because there was a major operation lying in wait fro me and I did not want to begin the operation without plenty of time ahead for me to finish said operation. She has wings ! Well, bigger ones that the stub wings she already has. Real wings, wiv slats 'n' stuff Sine I had set the entire day aside to work on getting the wings in place, and anticipated a bit of a battle, the wings went on in a few minutes with absolutely no problem whatsoever. Looks reasonable doesn't it ? That said, when I state "with absolutely no problem whatsoever." I am of course referring to the modelers idiom, sorry, downright lie... in that we have what could be considered a bit of a teeny weeny problem ... anybody spot a slight issue here ? (and no - I'm not referring to the fact that I haven't added the solid panel in the greenhouse for the fuel filler access!) [note to self... add that later!] No ? Okay then what about here.... ? Yes, I thought you would get there eventually. We have what is commonly known as an "ohcrap'n'buggrit" We have spaces. What's worse is that we have spaces where airframe structure should be. Though if I am being honest, I had pretty much expected that this was going to be the case given all the cutting, shutting, and butchering I have subjected this little bunch of plastic pieces to. - And if that the worst issues I have to deal with, it's not really that bad is it?. As she sits, there's a little bit of misalignment of the wings though you have to look for it (but once you know it's there....). I may be able to straighten that out a touch more as I wrangle to get the final pieces in place. We'll see what happens I think milliput will be coming to the rescue for filling those gaps although I may just add a touch of epoxy glue to beef up the area first. Then once I have the wings properly secured and faired in, I can get on with the last of the canopies. There's going to be a reasonable amount of touching up but that's unavoidable because of the way I chose to build the kit. Still, for a kit that's mot much younger than me, I'm pretty happy with it.
  12. 7 points
    yes... Here is another Shackleton, this time from a Swedish workbench. This was a pretty quick build, about four weeks, almost entirely OOB. The build was surprisingly fast (among other things thanks to Eduard's masks for the myriad of windows!), and I did not bother to correct the small issues. To me this looks very much like a Shackleton, and that is enough for me. Although, there are few more suitable objects for rivet-counting... However, I added seatbelts and a number of missing antennas. Painted with Gunze acrylics. I replaced the roundels, the rest is from the kit's decal sheet. If I would do another build of this, I would probably use aftermarket decals. The rivets are no problem for me, I like them. This is why i decided to go for Revell instead of Airfix. They may be over-sized, but so are most panel lines on almost every 1/72 kit. However, there are pretty difficult to restore after sanding. Another problem is that they are of different size on the kit, for instance they are much deeper on the engine nacelles than on the body. But this is no major problem IMO. I decided to go for a semi-gloss finish. I know that the original was more glossy, but to me this would create a toy-like finish. So it might be a bit incorrect, but I think that it looks far better this way. Apart from some difficulties with the landing gear (which might be my own fault, I decided to assemble them before painting), this was a very easy build. I really recommend this kit. Do I like masking propellers? No, I don't. Next kit will be a jet aircraft, I promise! Thanks for watching!
  13. 7 points
    I'm going to make a little base for this and whilst I might still play about a bit with the weathering, I'm calling it done-ish. I won't pretend I'm completely satisfied with it, but then again, I never am. I've built worse. It's the Airfix new tool kit A05129 built more-or-less out of the box with the exception of a replacement resin seat c/w seatbelts and armoured backplate (48019), main wheels (48076) and exhausts (48043) from Ultracast. I stuck to my trusty Squadron green filler and the paints are all from Colourcoats (probably obviously, because accidently buying a 28,000 tin personal stash was really how this business started). Lastly, the antenna was added using the elasticated Infini Model rigging line. I use that for all my models now and every stretched sprue antenna that has been broken this year taking models to various shows (that would be all of them, actually) has been replaced with this stuff which is idiot proof and therefore ideal for me! I intend to take more photos outdoors on its sandy base with a real blue sky but the base doesn't yet exist and the blue sky requires me to not be at my day job on a day the sky isn't Ocean Grey - so it may be some time until the "proper" RFI photos if I don't post these.
  14. 7 points
    yay, got a little bench time this morning. This is the part that gets attention next. there are a few things I'd like to do. Off the bat I need to reinstate the wells and probably the gun area too. The curved leg tunnel section looks like the biggest chore. I think the main section should be ok, something like this. then cut to shape. I need to think about this. I've seen a few others approach this in different ways. I'll have a ponder. Next and hopefully the final major hurdle will be the wing flaps. The ones on the outer wing are deprecate already. but the inner ones are solid. I've seen the inner ones made from a few sections and possibly in one section too? I was going to leave well alone but I know I'll kick myself if I don't add and lower the closer flaps. The plastic is quite thin and fingers crossed it should go quite smoothly, the hinges won't work on the other flaps but I think the overall look of the final build will benefit. i finished off some of the last parts of the pit while thinking about the wings and wells. the seat got a lick of paint. As did the other bits and bobs. if you look closely you can see the scratched glass section of the sight (nerf packet) the machine gun section got added and the messy guns got a dry fit. For this build the Carpet Monster is in no way feared as all the bits are mahoosive. But as you will see a new foe raised it's ugly head. while super gluing the seat pad to the chair I fumbled and the pad when flying off into the Carpety ones lair, no worries thought I as I when to find it with not a bead of sweat on my brow. Nowhere to be found was the little padded swine, I moved boxes, the bin, the compressor, alas nothing. convinced it had entered the twilight zone I sat on the bed to take the whole room in to see the area from a different angle when I noticed....... yes there it was super glued to my left sock. The cheek of it. Prising said item from my stripy left foot I stuck it in place and did a bit of a dry fit. looks pretty good. The IP started to get glued in but I'll leave that for tomorrow's update. Now belts or wings for Sundays secret lemonade drinker? Thanks for dropping by for a cuppa. Hope you're all having a lovely weekend. Happy moddeling chaps. Johnny sock
  15. 6 points
    Time to start a new project; 1/350 HMS Dreadnought with White Ensign & Eduard PE and some resin detail from North Star; and Master barrels; Replacement resin guns from North star; And 24" searchlight for the fore mast, the kit provides a 36" which is incorrect; Made a start, first bit is to correct the port holes and hatches on the port bow area; Add these 2 port holes; Remove this hatch and add another pothole below the hatch on the upper deck; And add a new hatch in the correct position - hopefully a more accurate depiction of the real thing; Name on the stern from the WEM PE before joining the hull halves. There are photos of the ship with the name originally below the upper line of port holes captioned as 1905 and later,1908 above, I'm not sure when the name was moved but went for above the port holes; 1905 1908 Thanks for looking Cheers Nick
  16. 6 points
    Supermarine Seafire FR.46 Airfix 1/48 Hi Guys Airfix's classic Seafire, build March 2014. I got this as a present from my cousin so, as it didn't cost me anything, I decided to splash out on a few AM accessories to tart it up a bit. so in no particular order. Quickboost resin seat Quickboost resin exhaust Barracuda resin wheels Rob Taurus vac canopy Montex paint masks (only used for the roundels) The Taurus canopy was pretty much essential as the kit part doesn't fit in the open position and mine was badly fogged anyway. The Barracuda wheels were fantastic, I'll definitely be using their stuff again. I was expecting a nightmare with the Montex masks but in the end they worked really well although it was a little nerve wracking pulling them off at the end, hoping that everything was in register. The only other additions were a few scratched details in the cockpit (which you can't see) and some brass tubing for the gun barrels. Hope you enjoy the shots Thanks for looking Andy
  17. 6 points
    HK Models 1/32nd scale Boeing B-17G Flying Fortress This model represents ‘Skipper’; a Douglas-built B-17G 42-238129 assigned to the 367th Bomb Squadron, 306th Bomb Group, based at Thurleigh. This aircraft was one of 234 built by Douglas that had both staggered waist gun positions as well as the factory-fitted Cheyenne tail turret, and were delivered in camouflage finish. This particular aircraft entered service on 25th February 1944, and was still on strength with the 306th on VE-Day. The replacement natural metal starboard stabiliser, fin centre-section, both elevators and tail turret were necessary after the bomber was rammed from behind in a taxiing accident at Thurleigh in November 1944. After repair, ‘Skipper’ went on to complete over 100 missions. After hostilities ended, this veteran was transferred to the 398th BG at Nuthampsted on 28th May 1945, before flying back ‘across the pond’ in January 1945 where it resided at Kingman before succumbing to scrap man’s torch on 28th December of the same year. This model has been built more or less out of the box, with only very minor additions. I made the small 'ice windows' on the pilots' windscreens from careful masking and Archer rivets. Aftermarket seat-belts came from Eduard, and a few additional details were added here and there from Evergreen strip where I felt them necessary, such as under the flightdeck floor. I used Eduard’s exterior set which provided some vents and grills omitted by HK, as well as more detailed fuel filler caps. I didn’t use any interior sets, as I felt that the kit parts were perfectly adequate when painted up, and Eduard have used ‘standard’ US interior green on components rather than ‘bronze green’ used on the B-17. I sprayed on the bomb group markings myself, and used the kit decals for the ‘stars and bars’ etc. The ‘Skipper’ name was printed for me, and I used KitWorld’s excellent stencil set. All paints were from Hannants’ Xtracolour range. All in all a very straightforward and enjoyable build… although it’s an expensive model, if you’re a fan of the B-17 it’s a ‘must have’ kit. Was it worth the money? Roll on the B-17F version would be my answer to that! More detail pictures to follow...
  18. 6 points
    Hi everybody, This is my latest built...Italeri Kit from the box all détails are hands made no aftermarket! I hope You will like it. Wish you the best for this end of year. Thierry
  19. 6 points
    FINISHED As you can see this thread started at the beginning of Feb, so this build has been a big part of my year. I know I haven't spent every spare minute on it, but I've racked the hours up. The Vulcan is my all time favourite aircraft. In the early 70's we moved to Pontefract, Yorkshire and I remember the daily flights of Finningley's Vulcans over the town. Then there was the Vulcan scramble I witnessed at the 1977 Finningley air display to mark the queens Silver Jubilee. Anyone who has seen a Vulcan scramble will remember the sound waves travelling through your body and the ground shaking beneath your feet. The Vulcan was and still is, awesome in the truest meaning. I last saw XH558 flying at the Yorkshire air show at Churchfenton last year. I admit now that I had a tear in my eye as I watched it fly away for the last time until it was out of sight. So as you can appreciate I really wanted to do this kit justice, abs make it as accurate as I could as my own personal tribute. Hopefully I've achieved that. I will I'll take some proper pictures later for the RFI section, but for now here's a few to be going on with. Thanks again to to everyone who has followed and commented on this build thread. Your help and assistance is hugely appreciated.
  20. 6 points
    All feedback, both good and bad, gladly received Tom
  21. 5 points
    Sukhoi Su-34 Fullback Italeri 1/72 This is a bit of a blast from the (not to distant) past. It's the first model I built on getting back into the hobby in early 2012. At the time I hadn't really built a model in 20+ years apart from a couple of AMT Star Trek kits in the mid 90's and this build marked a number of firsts for me. 1st time using an airbrush, 1st time using acrylic paints (Vallejo in this case), 1st use of Alclad and 1st time using an after market etch set (although in the end, I hardly used any of it). I was aware that there were a few issues with the kit but I didn't want to get bogged down with trying to make corrections when this was the first aircraft I'd done in 22 years, I just wanted to get it done without making a complete pigs ear out of it. In the end I did make a few additions, mainly the door in the rear cockpit bulkhead and a crude attempt at the boarding ladder on the nose gear. The colours are pretty much approximations and far from accurate but at least it looked like a Fullback (just about) and the main thing was I enjoyed the build immensely and it hooked me back on modelling. I'd like to think I'd improved a little since then and I'd certainly do some things different if I built another but it's still one of my favorite builds and sits right in the middle of my display cabinet Hope you enjoy the shots Thanks for looking Andy
  22. 5 points
    Hi all Here are a few shots of my take on Cresswell's P-40E. I performed the following to the kit. Fuselage - kit seat replaced with Ultracast resin seat - antenna wire made from stretched sprue - kit exhaust replaced with Quick Boost resin exhaust - recognition light replaced with MV Products lens - photo-etched ring sight added Wings - wing gun barrels drilled out - landing light replaced with MV Products lens - kit wheels replaced with Ultracast smooth tread resin wheels Paint and Decals - airframe painted with Xtracolor X391 Vert Fonce, X101 Dark Earth FS10118 and X138 ADC Grey FS16473 - all markings are from Cutting Edge Pyn-up PYND48025 Curtiss Cuties Part 2 - model is weathered with chalk pastels References - Kagero Monograph No. 36 Curtiss P-40 Volume 1 - Kagero Monograph No. 40 Curtiss P-40 Volume 2 - Kagero Monograph No. 43 Curtiss P-40 Volume 3 - Detail and Scale Vol. 62 P-40 Warhawk Part 2 - Squadron Walk Around No. 8 P-40 Warhawk - MBI Books Curtiss P-40 - Kookaburra RAAF Camouflage & Markings 1939-45 Vol. 1 Cheers Randy
  23. 5 points
    And before that it was fine point black technical pen panel lines. It looked incredibly crisp, but utterly unrealistic.
  24. 5 points
    Remember hearing about that, along with just about everybody else in the British military I think, later that evening. "Oh look, the ultra-expensive invisible stealth bomber isn't invisible, just ultra-expensive" So long as that hapless hamlet isn't in Turkey... I'm with you there fella. Stopped buying magazines when the black panel line wash became officialy The Only Way To Finish A Model since I hate the jigsaw puzzle look it gave them. Keep up the good and subtle work PC. This one is looking grand.
  25. 5 points
    Thank you both Gentlemen The sand arrived this morning. I have zero experience in diaphragmas excepting the obligatory crashed Bf109 I built as a kid (and yes, it was terrible) so my efforts were limited to randomly throwing sand at a piece of plywood. It's relatively clear here today, but that does not mean there's a north African-esque sunshire or Azure sky, but nevertheless anything I build stands a reasonable chance of total destruction thanks to cats / visiting children who behave like Tazmanian devils etc so I decided to photograph again using artificial light just incase this one gets wrecked by tomorrow lunchtime, so please forgive the self-indulgent photographs! And just to prove I did rivet the wings (not that it's visible in any other photographs - but perhaps that's for the best)
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