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  1. Hi all, Here is one of three Eduard MiG-21s I've just finished. This is their 1/48 MiG-21bis kit with Begemot stencils and main decals and finished in Mr Color 8 Silver. This was from the Weekend boxing with a Cold War Studio resin nose added. Full write up at https://jonbryon.com/eduard-148-mikoyan-gurevich-mig-21bis-fishbed-l/. Comments welcome, and thanks for looking. Jon
    14 points
  2. Berwick Law. 32 feet to 1 inch (1:384) - Scrathbuilt. Bob
    14 points
  3. Hi all, Here is one of three Eduard MiG-21s I've just finished. This is their 1/48 kit with Begemot decals and finished in Mr Color 8 Silver. This was from the ProfiPak boxing, although there's a lot of PE I did not use. Full write up at https://jonbryon.com/eduard-148-mikoyan-gurevich-mig-21sm-fishbed-j/. Comments welcome, and thanks for looking. Jon
    14 points
  4. Doing this model I experienced mild disappointment Hasegawa. The model is a nice fit, but when it came to the red cabin, I realized that is not the best cast. On the windscreen are not nice Bases were defined, and the whole cabin was slightly twisted. Therefore I had a big problem that I install properly. Better than I could. The plane on the shelf looks quite correctly, while the camera shows the error. Here's the picture:
    13 points
  5. To follow on from me MB2, I give the assembled ladies and gentlemen my in service Bristol 135. Magna kit straight from the box and decals from the spares box. I honestly can't remember what squadron she's with, but then again, she's a 2007 build.
    13 points
  6. Hi there, this is my old 1/72 F-5A from Italeri. I opened the gun bay and scratched build the M39 from hypodermic needles and small pieces of plastic. I also used a resin seat to add realism to the cockpit. Base is from Coastal Kits. Many thanks for looking.
    13 points
  7. Hi Everyone, Thought I`d show you some pic`s of my very latest effort, yet another attempt at making Matchbox`s finest into something resembling a `Fat Faced Spad` Finished to represent an A-1E of the 602nd Air Commando Squadron, based at Bien Hoa Air Base, South Vietnam in the early/mid 1960`s Made quite a few improvements, including: widening the propeller blades, reshaping the cowl front, ignition harness, vent on the fin leading edge, wing fences at the wing trailing edge,...... steps on the fuselage, static whips on the rudder, much work on the under
    12 points
  8. Hi all, Here is one of three Eduard MiG-21s I've just finished. This is their 1/48 MiG-21R kit with Begemot stencil decals, homemade bort numbers and finished in Mr Color 8 Silver. This was from the Weekend boxing. Full write up at https://jonbryon.com/eduard-148-mikoyan-gurevich-mig-21r-fishbed-h/. Comments welcome, and thanks for looking. Jon
    12 points
  9. Hi This is my last kit from Special Hobby. This B-18 was quite easy to build except around the engine cowlings which are different depending of the chosen type. As a pre-war era aircraft this one is clean. She is from 7th Bombardment Group, Hamilton Field, California 1938. She should be published in Model Airplane International. Patrick
    11 points
  10. I had started this build some time ago and it is a combination of the Special Hobby best bits from a PP Aeroparts multi media kit that I have burried away. As I wanted to do the Target Tug Mk6 version I have also stolen the tug winch and various other relevant bits which are included in the very comprehensive PP kit. One of the first things that I noticed was that the Special Hobby prop blades and spinner, I don’t believe they are the correct shape. Those in the PP kit are cast resin and white metal blades and in my opinion a much better representation of the real aircraft. A
    11 points
  11. When in July of 1937 China's Nationalist Party government resolved on war in the face of Japanese military action near Peking, the Curtiss Hawk III was the chief fighter plane of the Chinese air force. The first Chinese fighter pilot to shoot down a Japanese aircraft, Colonel Kao Chi-hang, did so from the cockpit of a Curtiss Hawk III biplane. How the Curtiss Hawk III came into being, and came to its prominent position in Nationalist China's air service, is a strange and tangled tale. In the late nineteen twenties, Curtiss modified the Arm
    9 points
  12. Hi Guys, here is one of my latest build, finished a few weeks ago, The Azur Caudron 714. It's a nice kit, quite easy to build allowing spectacular painting schemes. The plane was excellent as a racer but was a poor fighter even though it performed in the hand of brave polish pilots. (and they needed courage to face Bf 109 E in that kind of plane). Thanks for watching, Cheers, Manu.
    9 points
  13. Hi all, after I built the Kinetic Super Etendard here the Etendard IVP by Kitty Hawk. Out of the box with some Decals and trop tanks from the old Heller Kit.
    9 points
  14. I actually go to work to get away from the stress of modelling.
    9 points
  15. Hi all, Here is my Tempest Number 3. All colors Mr.Paint
    9 points
  16. I had a desultory fiddle last with the gentle scribing technique that Keith had suggested for getting circular masks smaller than that possible with the compass cutter: Not perfect, but enough that I was prepared to give it a whirl to see what results it could give. The two outer circles in the photo were done with the compass cutter at 6mm and 5.5mm radii respectively. The inner circle is 2.7mm radii and about the limit of what i found possible with the Verlinden template and a pin: For the fuselage roundel I'll have to resort to the decal red dot from the kit sheet, the
    9 points
  17. Thanks Giorgio - great tool! I have the straight one and use it a lot, good stuff Go on Pin, you know you want to (and get the straight one too!) Boring scraping, filing and sanding this morning to get rid of high spots and (small) steps: Untitled by Ced Bufton, on Flickr Note the riffler files - also a Fritag recommendation and great for (gently) removing steps on round areas. Then, unusually, I felt like some masking so I started on the canopy. The main one fits well after cutting out the bits at the back bottom (??!):
    8 points
  18. I bet you all thought I had been sat around doing sweet F-A?! well you are.... wrong! So this work has been done over the last few days so not all tonight... I'm not that productive! first up was two coats of citadel's runefang steel Untitled by robert mulvey, on Flickr followed by another coat once dry Untitled by robert mulvey, on Flickr Untitled by robert mulvey, on Flickr Untitled by robert mulvey, on Flickr its gone on ok, but i dont think its as good as my other attempts, time for a new pot i
    8 points
  19. This is the old Airfix Lightning F1A warhorse done as Lightning F1 XM141/D, 74 Squadron, RAF Coltishall, June 1960. The only mods/details are: removed cable ducts, reamed out exhaust fairings and added afterburners, shortened the overlong stabilizers, repositioned the gun ports, sharpened the radome and replaced the wimpy Afx Firestreak launch rails and the bent pitot. Paint is Testors spray can silver with some panels buffed a bit by hand. The decals are a mix of old Modeldecal and Esci! There's a few things I goofed up along the way but I am happy with the o
    7 points
  20. Whilst doing what any self respecting modeller would do when in foreign climes, I stumbled across this old bird, looking pretty good, under cover in Jakarta.
    7 points
  21. After my last naval based aircraft was made I thought, I start with another naval aircraft and there were three option, the F-18 hornet and super hornet and su-27 B2 Italeri kits. I decided to do the Hasegawa kits f-18C Dambuster, when I opened the kits I loved it, Hasegawa did a fine job or maybe I am not fussy about kits :). It was truly an enjoyable build and Dambuster name was even awesome. Here may I present you my Dambuster Hasegawa F-18c VFA-195, Hope it has turned out ok thank for you time and peek cheers I did a quick compariso
    7 points
  22. Thanks Simon - hopefully the masks will fit! Thanks Giorgio - 'a rounded scraping gizmo'? A tool I don't have? What! I must get one immediately so please do send some details Thanks TT - Keith has very kindly sent me some other pilots and they'll be appearing soon, but I think I want to mould some copies later so this one is going to have to make do with just the pilot. It'll be fine - that's one more than the kit provides! I've just checked my Airfix Ju52 in the stash in case there were some candidates there and look who's supplied: Hey, they're not Luftwa
    7 points
  23. I havent seen this version finished so I thought I would put mine up. I do like the yellow RAF rescue helicopters as the last picture wll testify. This is a superb kit and the interior detail is very good shame a lot cant seen if the doors are shut. I have however opened the aircraft up I did the kit version but have just notice that i missed off the directional spot at the rear of the fusalage. Too late now. I had a spare air filter from a revell kit so I used that instead and when the airfix decals went on and the microset had done its job I was rather pleased with the result. Otherwis
    6 points
  24. Final bit of SACRU gubbins in position (& the crossbars also added since I last photographed this): And the beast sitting for the first time on her makeshift undercarriage: I don't plan to use this very often, because it lacks the strength that will come with the diagonal shock struts. But it's always a good moment (even if it does look rather too Junglie-esque for comfort), and will at least allow me to fit the remaining aerials. A domani Crisp
    6 points
  25. Thanks Keith, John and Ozzy - I did have the wrong one (see below) and the other fits just fine, but thanks for the ideas Thanks TT - the 111 earlies do look like interesting subjects but I'm not looking for any more problems kits than I already have - yet. I almost added one to my Scalemates wish list but thought better of it until I've done some more research! Thanks Benedikt - kind of you Disciplining myself to (gradually) mask up the canopies. Future builders - watch the masks for the nose; if you get the wrong one, they almost fit and you'll spend ages trying to
    6 points
  26. Thanks for that Cookie. I see a whole new vista filled with circular opportunities opening up before me now... You've very kind Rob. I've always been rather stubborn and tend to plug away at things until I sense I can't get them any better than I have. This compensates for the part of me the rushes in and does daft things like folding Barras and Milliput Maureens. In such ways is the karma of the universe kept in equilibrium. Ta v. much James. I'm rather lucky in 1) Mrs. B is an understanding soul who knows an obsession when she sees it, 2) Both our boys are teenagers now so no
    6 points
  27. They are excellent - though, as you say, trying to drill them is... uhhh... fun. That joy will return when I get back to the rotor head. But for now, at least, we have a tail wheel and two stub wings. Leaving it all to dry overnight; we're out for the evening. Pip pip Crisp
    6 points
  28. The answer lies in Eduard's large pieces of PE for the strengthening bands added to the tail later in the Sea King's life, but which were not present in my era - lots of nice chunky rivets and industrial metalwork! And fitted, seen from below: ...and above: All good progress. C
    6 points
  29. What a fantastic job you`ve made of this kit Patrick,.... another stunner to add to your collection. In case it is of interest,....I built the Canadian Digby version in 2014 and loved it so much that I have another to build in the earlier colour scheme,...here is my model wearing the later `coastal' colours; Cheers Tony
    6 points
  30. I had intended to post this last week but wanted to hang on till after 'uddersfield so as not to spoil any possible surprise! It's the Merlin kit! Yep, I know, Merlin kits were abysmal but this was one of his least worst efforts - I hesitate to use the words "good" or "better" when applied to Merlin! The fuselage is too slim and the canopy is both thick and optically unclear. Other than assemble it, I did some detailing in the cockpit with plestic strip, etc, to make it look a bit better although probably inaccurate anyway. The prop is a De Havilland three blader fr
    6 points
  31. I'm going to build a Beaufighter TF.X soon, and am frankly sick of fiddly details (so that's the entire 1/72 scale helicopter, Fiesler Storch and Hellcat engine on pause) and wanted to hack and chop away at plastic. The later TF.X Beaus were built with a new tailplane and elevators assembly which reduced the area of the tailplanes and increased the aerodynamic balance of the elevators ahead of the hinge line. This assembly was available from Bristol as a retrofit for older aircraft. The Beaufighters I have in mind had this later tail fitted in the time period I am aiming to build a
    5 points
  32. Hi Mates, today, i would likt to show, one of my last builds. I got the strong feeling to build "something from Matchbox" It should be something i did not have done during the last 40 years. Tha amount of this was`nt big. So i decieded to do this ugly bird. I got the Version fron Revell, done several years ago, containing no other parts/decals, as Matchbox did, during their release. Doing this build i felt more and more in love with this early ugly bomber. I changed the guns into whitemetal ones from Aires, no more change done. I used Xtra Colour: British Nivo, done, as allways, by b
    5 points
  33. Here's one i did earlier, its the venerable Heller Illustrious built as HMS Victorious in her early war years, actually not a lot of the original kit survived, there is probably more (St) Peter Hall (White Ensign phot etch set) than Heller in the result, as the kit only bears a passing resemblance to the actual class of ships, lets hope someone comes up with a decent 1/350 kit, as I do think they were very attractive carriers. Aircraft and crew were L'Arsenal, the crew were cut down a bit from thier 1/350 figures (there are about 160 of the little blighters), the rest is bits and bobs of plast
    5 points
  34. Hi, I have completed the build of an F1M2 Seaplane from Hasegawa, pictures of the build are in the In progress section here Here are a few pictures. The ground is done with foam board, carved with an X Acto knife. The sand beach is done with tile grout (already colored in a beige color). Some shades are added by airbrushing thin coats of Tamiya XF 59 Desert Yellow and XF 57 Buff. The water is two parts acrylic resin, poured in three layers. The bottom was airbrushed with various shades of blue, as the intermediate layers of resin.
    5 points
  35. Frog/Novo 1/72 hotspur glider where it really began many many years ago. I first built this kit about 35 years ago, my dad had given it to me. i had built kits before this but they where put together in an afternoon and then used to attack the troops in the flower bed. I wanted to finish this one properly, made over 2 days , painted it with thick humbrol enamel paint and put the decals on over the still sticky paint, i was very proud of it. Found this kit on a well know 2 hand model website and just had to build it. the fit was fine, but the sink marks n
    5 points
  36. Hi all, I'm a long time admirer of the work displayed here & have taken ALOT of inspiration from the astonishing work posted. I've only ever built 1:20 F1 Cars & "thought" that an Aircraft would be pretty similar........I was wrong! Pre-shading, Post-shading, Weathering all things I'd never had to deal with before, so I'm very grateful to have had your work to refer to. I'd wanted to build a Spitfire for a while & thought that G-ILDA would make a good subject. I started by using the 1:48 Brigade TR-9 Resin kit but felt that the Hasegawa Kit it was designed for seemed a l
    5 points
  37. 1/48 Scale. This is only my second and third builds roughly a 45 yr absence so please be gentle with me First up is a Messerschmitt Bf 109E-7 flown by Joachim Muncheberg 7./JG26 " Schlagerter" Gela Sicily Spring 1941. Second up, Supermarine SpitfireMk Vb No 229 Squadron Royal Air force Qrendi Malta December 1942. And this is my first attempt at weathering a model. Both together. Thanks for viewing. All
    5 points
  38. Just finished up this little gem of a kit, the new CSM Dolphin. Easily on par with the best of Eduard, Roden, etc. A few minor tweaks to make it my own, most notably the painted markings for No.1 Canadian Air Force Squadron, Ca. early 1919. Full build review to appear in an upcoming issue of Military Illustrated Modeller magazine.
    5 points
  39. Actually I started the first just before Christmas and finished the last on Groundhog Day, but they are mostly January. First is the Academy F-22. I like Academy kits, but hate their decals. These went on fairly well but still required work to fix all the silvering. Only issue is that they really want you to open the weapons bay doors, so the fit is bad when closed. I used the Eduard interior and it came out nicely Next is the Italeri X-32. pretty much out of the box. Finally the Italeri X-35. I did
    5 points
  40. We are now coming to the point where I want to start adding protrusions to the underside of the airframe, but that gives me a problem with risk of damage - unless, of course, I fit some undercarriage. I don't plan to fit the entire u/c, but enough to keep the assorted aerials off the ground. So, first up, the stub wings. They have no aerodynamic purpose (as far as I am aware - though they do have an aerofoil shape) - their main raison d'être being bracing the sponsons (and thus the main wheels) away from the fuselage and providing somewhere under which to hang weapons. None the
    5 points
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  42. They are both still there Mr Ridgerunner- interesting museum with some rarely seen exhibits. Great city too!
    5 points
  43. So I've been doing a few jobs here and there on the MFH such as adding matt clear lacquer to the framework to protect it. And then today I was having a look at how the wiring would go and one thing led to another and I started actually wiring it. So... right side wires going in. Fuel assembly is also now fitted to the engine. And the first 6 wires through their respective clips and back over into the distributor Seen here with the fan housing and the tiny clips that will eventually hold the fuel lines.
    5 points
  44. Thanks Mart. they were great fun to put together. Oh ye of little faith. The seat goes in without hitch. Also the eagle eyed of you will notice that the head rest has gone in to. Just need to build some shims to fit to to the frame. that was last night. Tonight while the kids were at gym I managed to build and fit the canopy safety wire and head rest shims. the grab handles. Aaaaand the rudder wires. all this while gluing my tweezers to my own hand. The prop is on and this is where she stands tonight. So close I can taste it. I
    5 points
  45. Seems I went wondering in the wrong field picking mushrooms The vents I have depicted earlier were on later boats. Why do you always find the pic you don't want after you finished? The good thing is I've found a new technique. I wasn't really happy with the thickness of the deck plates before but I'd run out of skin on my fingertips. Been playing around today and came up with this Drill a hole to suit your rod in a sheet material the thickness you want. In this case 2mm rod into 0.2mm brass. Check the end of your rod is square and hold in hole
    5 points
  46. This is my contribution to the group build. I will be building Mossie Mk IV DK290/G, the Highball development aircraft. For those who don't know, Highball was a Barnes Wallis designed bouncing bomb for use against shipping. The kit is obviously Tamiya's and I will be using the Paragon Designs conversion set. Mick
    4 points
  47. The joy of building these kits has not subsided one bit. I had yet to see one lighted, so I just had to change that.
    4 points
  48. To be frank, I am not sure what business the state of my keyboard is to the BM community. But if it makes you feel better: Oh, by the way; top tip. If you want to get in the good books of a helicopter pilot, don't make disparaging remarks about his aircraft. It flies. In what sense on Planet Kirk does that not constitute an aircraft? Harrumph. [Sorry - on re-reading this it comes across as rather more snotty than joking, which was not the idea. Absolutely no offence intended.]
    4 points
  49. For all at sea from steves mig 21 thread ,this is the matt finish ,iv used on previous models to good effect with no problems over tamiya paints, vallejo washes,and pledge,future, and decals, wipe the model down with a damp cloth and leave to dry ,and mist a couple of coats on ,
    4 points
  50. Thanks P! I'm ok with actually doing the rigging, it's drilling all the bloody holes I'm not looking forward to! I added all the support wires to the tanks using 1.5lb monofilament... (yes, it is there!) then attached them to the side panels. After that there was only one thing to do...attach the assemblies to the fuselage and finish them off. That meant adding the support braces under the tanks, attaching the support wires, and rigging the centre section. For that I used 2lb mono as it is a little thicker. The rigging on the real thing consisted of single wires, and d
    4 points
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