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  1. Blimey, it HAS been a while, hasn't it..? Ok folks, after a long wait, here's my FG.1 in naval uniform. Kit by Revell (Hasegawa re-pop), intakes by Aires, cockpit by Eduard, weapons by Hasegawa, paint by Gunze, decals by Model Alliance, patience by me... Scene setter first: Then the walk around shots: A couple of close up detail shots: And a couple of overhead shots: Standing alone on the tarmac, ready to get going... Hope you like it, Dean
    23 points
  2. Hi everyone, Thought I would share a couple of photos of my ICM 1/48 JU-88 A-4 in a winter scheme. The kit is due to potentially go into a magazine soon so I have to keep photos and details of the build secret for now so i've taken a couple of quick snaps to share.
    22 points
  3. Here is the latest completion. This was rescued by a colleague who for some weird reason planned to paint this green and blue, and the paint chosen was CANVAS paint, well that is what he said!!!! So no idea what it was exactly but it was NOT easy to remove and was about 1mm thick in places. Anyway I said I would build it for him as long as I could do it in the correct scheme, been building it on and off between other things, nice little kit but when I do one for myself I will take a little more time and refine a few things. Always liked the scheme, and glad I tried it out on a small kit, will one day do one in 1/48 scale, yes I know I will have to mod the wings, but I have made a start making some fabric wings just need to get them completed. First picture shows the original state of the painted parts second 2 show cleaned down and then the rest are as it is now. cheers Ali
    19 points
  4. Hello everybody; This is the S79 from classic Airframe using a lot of goodies, home made resin parts and elbow grease to convert a basically good model into a more detailed and accurate rendition. This plane has a special story as it was last seen attacking a British convoy, then lost its bearing to end in the Lybian desert where she was found in the late 60's. The remains of the wreck are now in the Italian museum of Vigna di Valle! best regards.
    18 points
  5. Hi mates, For my latest project I wanted to do justice to the amazing English Electric Canberra, one of the most versatile and long-lived military aircraft ever built. I chose XH134, a Canberra PR.9 chosen to wear the retirement scheme that truly marked the "End of an Era." Ashley Keates, who designed the stunning scheme, even stopped by the WIP thread for a visit. I decided to use the much-maligned "new tool" Airfix PR.9 kit and correct the major deficiencies along the way. I thought at first that I might do a bit of a kitbash with the Xtrakit model, but eventually I decided to save that kit for another day. Here is my usual executive summary: Project: English Electric Canberra PR.9 "End of an Era" Kit: Airfix (kit number A05039) Scale: 1:72 (you know me by now!) Decals: Model Alliance 729032 representing XH134, 39 PRU, RAF Marham 2006; Model Alliance 72146 PR.9 Canberras Part II, and Model Alliance 729018 Canberra Stencil Set (thanks John!), even a few stickers from the kit! Photoetch: Eduard SS352 primarily for the cockpit consoles and controls, ejection seat details, mirror Resin: Pavla cockpit C72087; Pavla wheel bays and gear doors U72-113; CMK 7181 PR.9 Landing Flaps 72118; CMK Q72121 PR.9 Wheels; SBS 72005 Canberra Correct Rudder Scratchbuilt: not much, just the navigator's desk and the pilot's reading pleasure Paint: Gunze H339 Engine Grey, H336 Hemp, H332 Light Aircraft Grey, H311 FS36622, H417 RLM76, H11 Flat White, H12 Flat Black, H77 Tyre Black, H335 Medium Sea Grey, H309 FS34079, H28 Metal Black, H95 Smoke Grey, H90 Clear Red, H94 Clear Green, H17 Cocoa Brown, H37 Wood Brown; Alclad 101 Aluminum, 111 Magnesium, 314 Klear Kote Flat Weathering: Post shading, some panel line work with pencil. Improvements/Corrections Fixed the fillet radius at the bottom of the vertical fin leading edge Filled and re-scribed most of the fuselage panel lines All that aftermarket stuff Shortened the landing gear struts to achieve a more proper "set" of the aircraft Removed the incorrect tailplane roots and extended the inner edge of the tailplanes to meet the fuselage correctly Added all of the crash strips to the lower fuselage Added the bomb bay rain channels Added a copy of Zoo magazine to the cockpit, as seen at Fairford 2006 Opened up both intake exhaust vents and added mesh guards 26 g of ballast to prevent tail setting Filled incorrect strengthening plate engraved lines; added separate strengthening plates from 0.005" styrene sheet Added forward fuel tank hold-down straps and brackets Added the SEM/CAN/232 RWR wingtip modifications Made new wing leading edge landing lights from clear plastic, sanded and polished to shape Added vent to forward edge of windscreen on port side Added small satellite antennae on fuselage spine Added wingtip formation lights Added aerial wire Added air conditioning exhaust vents on the underside of the inner wing Fixed a bunch of other stuff I can't remember! Build thread: Link Pictures! To give you a better idea of what's inside the cockpit/navigator's area, here is an in-process picture (note that the periscope eye guard hasn't been opened up yet): And a better shot of the navigator's fold-up desk: How long would you stay in there? Hard to see, but the pilot has left his reading material on the seat: All told, a fun build and a great time was had by everyone. Special thanks to @canberra kid and @71chally for their expertise and guidance as I navigated the Canberra landscape. I know I learned a lot! Cheers, Bill
    16 points
  6. The old Frog F-3 Hornet kit sprayed in alclad and re-etched.
    14 points
  7. This is a really nice kit which goes together very easily for such a spindly biplane. I borrowed some techniques that I've seen on the forums to replicate the translucent nature of the clear-doped wings and I'm happy with how that turned out. Markings are for a 16 Squadron machine which carried the legend "St. Catherines Ontario" on the forward fuselage. I made decals for that and the tail code on my laser printer, the roundels are from the kit. I rigged the control runs with EZ-Line and the rest of the rigging was done with Nitinol wire. I kept track of how much went into it this time and was amazed to find that I fully used 55" of wire! Hope you like the old bus! -Dan
    11 points
  8. As promised, some (sort of) better pictures of the transparencies in place. Martian
    10 points
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  10. I seem my reputation (or is that ill-repute?) precedes me. Pull up a shooting-stick old top and take the weight off. The National Air & Space Museum in the US have one on display here: https://www.si.edu/object/nasm_A19610100001?width=85%&height=85%&iframe=true&destination=spotlight/national-security-space Great for detail, but almost unbelievably unhelpfully they give the dimensions of it when folded up in the display case! I must say the US taxpayer is scandalously ill-served in this instance. Being the less-glamorous side of this system I can find no reference to parachute diameters when opened for descent in any of the declassified docs and official histories in my paws. At present I'm looking at having to make a comparative estimate from photos, based on the fact that the known length of the retrieval poles (34ft) gives a datum for an educated guess. I suspect there's probably something very specific about this parachute system tucked away in NASA technical histories under the Discoverer series - such NASA reports tend to be very through on aeronautical history. I've only got hardcopies of their solar system mission for the likes of Voyager, Viking and Pioneer etc though and there's no mention I can see regarding the dimensions of the Discover series parachutes on NASA's main sites. Unless anything concrete turns up it will be (not for the first ime on this build) a resort to guesstimation. Oooh. That summer in 1980 I spent up a tree in the garden of the flats where we lived reading Carl Sagan's Cosmos finally comes in useful. I knew my family were wrong about me. That's a very (planetary) elliptical statement Tomo! . Did you ever read his Somnium btw? A staggering piece of conjecture for the early 17th century... Ok-dokes. Some work. Over a slosh of East Kenya's finest dark leaves a bit of closer-scrutiny revealed the pole mounts to be considerably more complex than first anticipated: When I look at the amount of detail sketched-out here, I have to seriously wonder how much I consciously see in photos sometimes, and how much detail I unconsciously repress to avoid sensing insurmountable tasks and running away. By my count there's a minimum of 16 separate sections (8 a side) to be fabricated here. More than I thought! Here's some horizontals cut to size from 0.4mm tubing and ready for use: Some of these will need trimming for the port side I fancy but we'll wait until test fitting later to avoid lopping too much off in advance. I was delayed considerably in these undertakings earlier by fiddling endlessly with getting both the lights I have over the desk positioned in order to avoid casting shadows; it's irked me considerably of late at how I always seemed to have a shadow on the edge of the ruler whenever I was measuring something, but this arrangement seems better: A feng-shui master's nightmare! My jade corner is creating false energies in relation to apricot blossoms in Spain, as you've already noticed for yourselves. Anyway, that done it was down to some soldering, Blu-tak and damp tissue heat-barriers giving every impression of a sheep after a visit from the Beast of Bodmin: A play of the blowtorch over some 140° lead solder and: Part of the starboard mounting done. After a nervous baptism of fire on the Barracuda cantilever previously, I'm relishing getting back to soldering again now that I've ditched the iron (which I'm useless with) and gone over to using a mini-blowtorch. I find something childishly and wonderfully alchemical about turning metal into liquid to make shapes in space. Ok. It's a plus it doesn't look like it'll fall apart any time soon, but how does it look in situ? Seeing this at first I thought I'd gotten way out on my measurements, seeing extent of the spaces between the horizontals there. On checking using the same viewing angle as the reference photos though: ...the foreshortening reveals the spacing to be about right, so no errors! A good lesson in not getting tunnel vision on measurements alone but also in confirming against visual references of the real thing as often as possible. Ok. same thing again with the port pole mounts in a kind of wet-tissue sheep-ouroborus: Hey. I made some 'L' s: Yep. a bit off the horizontals I think to meet the wall correctly: I reckon also that I'll need to redo the rear one of that port pair as I haven't made it tall enough to give an elevated enough angle up towards front of the aircraft; aside from that though, today's efforts seem to go pretty smoothly once I'd made sure I had a clear sketch of what went where and what sequence to start putting it together in. They are both quite singular Byzantine structures for these poles and I have to stop myself rushing and remember that although they're both holding those poles in the same orientation, it is with quite different arrangements of parts.... Buenas tardes! Don Baronio
    10 points
  11. Haul..... woot. Thanks for even more birthday wishes. I'm off to get lunch and a pint. have a great weekend guys. Johnny Parts.
    10 points
  12. Looks like. Today while in line to order food at a restaurant, he gently fondled the buttocks of a middle-aged lady in front of him. A precious memory that will live forever, I'm sure. Today I ran 6.5 miles (that's 213,500 kilometers), helped move a sofa and then another sofa, carried a bird cage in and out of my house, and changed the world's smelliest diaper. Those of you who peruse the "What have you last purchased" threads may have noticed a corresponding uptick in purchases as a result. I also, believe it or not, did some modelling. To prove I'm a True Modeller, who does things needlessly because I'll know it's there later (I won't; I forget things), I drilled out all of the lightening holes in the cockpit floor, just because I could. 20170408_210128 by Edward IX, on Flickr Trust me, it looks better in person, and you won't be able to see it at all once we close up the fuselage. I also repainted the instrument panel Mr Color Red-Brown, mixed with tiny amount of my old foe Russet, sprayed the grey portions of the fuselage sides (Testor's Light Ghost Grey, IIRC), primed the one-piece prop and spinner with Alclad White primer, and used some spraycan Mr Resin Primer on the engine, which is a Bristol Mercury, as also seen on the Blenheim. 20170408_210121 by Edward IX, on Flickr The two fuselage sections are meant to trap the resin engine's pour stub (somewhat cut down to fit) betwixt themselves, so I'll probably have to paint the engine next and figure out the interior colour for the cowling, and probably at least paint the collector ring, if not the entire cowl, before I can attach it and close things up. Surely one of you has a better idea than poor old Edward?
    10 points
  13. My turn for this now, a Hasegawa F-16C from the 64th Aggressor Squadron from Nellis Airbase. Decals from the Two Bobs Blizzard Bad Guys sheet with the number rearranged to become 86-299. Build thread. 'scuse the crappy lighting, I really need a light box, these are a bit washed out. Steve.
    9 points
  14. 8 points
  15. Primed: Untitled by Ced Bufton, on Flickr We're off on a 'Wine Arts Trail' this morning so it's probably best if I don't do any modelling on our return!
    8 points
  16. Airfix 1/72 Vampire T.11 - Vampire Preservation Society, North Weald Build Thread Built out of the box except for adding ejector seat pull cords and new pitot tube (because I broke and lost the original!).
    8 points
  17. Thanks Stix, Benedikt and Johnny - not long to wait now: Untitled by Ced Bufton, on Flickr
    8 points
  18. so here is the promised update, i hope it was worth the wait... but first, the weather has been ok round these parts of late...start of the walk with the kids... Untitled by robert mulvey, on Flickr and it was on this walk that a revelation happened... my wife and kids live next to farm lands mostly orchard for cider apples but also a few big fields for sheep. in one of these fields, just up the road form their house, is a huge green metal barn which i assumed was for farm equipment.... until today... while walking I hear engine noise in the barn and out taxi's a light aircraft! it rolls to the end of the field then gives it some throttle and takes off straight up and then dissapears round the hill in the sunshine.... gone... in its place are sheep that return to the field after it took off! i have investigated with the neighbours this evening and it turns out everyone knows its there and its owned by the farmer! i have lived there fr 3 years and seen lots of low flying aircraft but we get a lot of that round our neck of the woods so didn't think anything of it! so the plan is to make firends with the farmer and see if he will take me and the kids up some time, wish me luck (and no i didn't get a single photo...idiot!) a few pics i did get from the walk Untitled by robert mulvey, on Flickr Untitled by robert mulvey, on Flickr hop kilns in the distance, you know your in ale country anyway here is the sunset from Frome Hill Herefordshire.... its basically a pic of my commute. Untitled by robert mulvey, on Flickr and here is a pic of the 'old house' in hereford town centre where i work, really like the randomness of this old building smack in the centre of the high street. Untitled by robert mulvey, on Flickr oh yes models! so the mkia and iia both got a good sand and polish followed by a few coats of Dark Brown Untitled by robert mulvey, on Flickr thats two coats, they then got a third after a micromesh this was followed by the Dark Green disruptive pattern which after an over night dry get a really good rub down with 8000 grit Untitled by robert mulvey, on Flickr and then sky applied Untitled by robert mulvey, on Flickr and the figther band revelled... oh and the mk iia had its canopy blended and painted... Untitled by robert mulvey, on Flickr and after another micromesh and a tounch up here they are with the rest of the canopy masked on both, yes the airfix went on after a sand with a satisfying click... Untitled by robert mulvey, on Flickr Untitled by robert mulvey, on Flickr Untitled by robert mulvey, on Flickr as always painted with a good flat brush and thinned paint. the other two have had their landing gear popped on ready for wheels touch ups and a sidge of weathering... Untitled by robert mulvey, on Flickr Untitled by robert mulvey, on Flickr Untitled by robert mulvey, on Flickr Untitled by robert mulvey, on Flickr quite a few touch ups... that's about it for now chaps so here is a family pic with labels! Untitled by robert mulvey, on Flickr hope you all have a lovely weekend... i will be at work... i am now going to watch band of brothers and drink southern comfort...night Rob
    8 points
  19. F-16D 08-8024, Royal Moroccan Air Force, 2012 Kit: Kinetic 1/72 Sufa Decals: Caracal CD72019 Build thread: http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/235015468-moroccan-f-16d/
    8 points
  20. F-16CM Have Glass 5 93-0391, 157 FS, 169 FW South Carolina ANG December 2015 Kit: Revell 1/72 Decals: Wolfpak 72-091 Build thread: http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/235015069-you-wait-ages-then-three-come-along-together/
    8 points
  21. I'm calling this one done. It's the now aging Trumpeter 1/350 kit #05302. The kit does need a bit of work but it's the only game in town for Britain's favourite warship and is therefore worth the effort. The turrets were replaced with Flyhawk HMS Hood Super Upgrade Set FH350099 which also came with range finders, UP launchers, blast bags and search light platforms. I started off detailing it with Flyhawk 350098 which whilst nice where it's nice, is also lacking in many ways in terms of the parts themselves. The instructions were poor by current standards. Happily White Ensign Models found a new owner before I got too far in so set PE3514 for HMS Hood was also used instead of Flyhawk in most areas, although the Flyhawk Pom Poms were nicer with turned barrels etc. The Vickers quad 0.5in guns on Hood were represented with 2-dimensional photo etching by both White Ensign and Flyhawk, and the plastic kit parts are vaguely shaped blobs. Happily, I met Park Yong-Joo who owns Tetra Modelworks at Telford last year and was so impressed with his little Vickers gun sets SA-35010 complete with turned barrels for the full 3-dimensional look that I left with some in my pocket as trade samples which are now fitted to Hood (I had to check the quality ). The wooden deck is Pontos Model 35020WD1 which as usual comes with anchor chain and dry transfer draft markings. The rigging is all made from Infini Model Super Fine Black Lycra Rigging (40 denier - or 0.068mm diameter) with the exception of the main crane which I ruined the PE cables for and used the 110denier version of the Infini Line to re-rig instead. All paints are (I'd hope obviously!) Sovereign Hobbies Colourcoats enamels. The primary shades used are RN02 - 507B, RN19 - WW2 RN Anti-fouling red although this was heavily distressed for a weathered look rather than a builder's model, RN24 - Corticene, RN01 - 507A, C02 - Matt Black, C03 - Matt White.
    7 points
  22. hi, Here are a few shots from Frisian Flag this year - taken during week two, when conditions were a bit variable. Hope you like them, and thanks for looking in, cheers,
    7 points
  23. Hello everyone , I present the 72nd scale kit by Az model of the Oxford finished as an Indian Air Force airplane . The highlight of this model is the Ashoka Chakra roundel which was used for a brief period of 1-2 year after independence before we adopted the present 3 tone roundel . The Ashoka Chakra , named after Samrat ( ruler/king ) Ashoka , depicts the Buddhist Dharmachakra and is also found on our National flag and emblem ; Samrat Ashoka ruled over a vast expanse of present day India between 268 to 232 BC . The chakra is not a mere decoration but symbolic of core Buddhist teaching and values . The Az model kit is difficult to build and required heavy application of putty along every joint and seam ; the paint is Vallejo acrylic metal colour white aluminium shade . The decals are by printscale and they are very good . PS : You will find the black paint on the canopy frame has chipped to expose the nmf paint - this was due to the paint lifting off with the mask . I don't mind the chipped appearance and I let it be because painting it black again with a fine brush is not fun . Lets call it inadvertent weathering Thanks for checking out the model
    7 points
  24. Hello All, I've been plodding along with the old Airfix Blenheim here. Changes included: modified fin and rudder, modified nacelles, re-scribed bomb bay and ailerons, scratchbuilt cockpit, Falcon cockpit glazing, spare new Airfix turret, spare MPM turret guns, crew from the spares box, hand-painted markings, and lots of other odds and ends. I've just finished weathering it and took some pictures this afternoon. Blowing the propellers round whilst trying to take pictures at the same time is surprisingly hard... Full desert (well, South London anyway) sunlight: And a couple of shady ones: Thanks for looking, Adrian
    7 points
  25. Fellow plastic companions ... Just finished the Academy 1/72 - P-47D Bubbletop Thunderbolt. I think its a little nice model, but the decals are so bad...especially the big front ones, they re thick and they simply do not "glue" or adhere to the model. Next time i ll just buy other decals. I was my first "metal finish" model and i really learned a lot, i conquered my fear of the metal paint and next one will be better. I just could nt control myself with the weathering, i though of a light weathered model...but in the end it came out a bit beaten, i simply prefer a weathered model, even if its not historically realistic. Final photos: I think it doesn t look awful in the shelf, maybe ill do a little base later to go with the weathering. Regards, João Mendes
    7 points
  26. F-16C Block 25 85-418 57th ATG , Nellis AFB Kit : Tamiya 1/48 F-16C Block 25 Decals :TwoBobs 48-254 "F-16C WA, WA, WA Vipers" Aftermarket : Master Model probes Crossdelta strengthening plates Painted using Advanced Modelling Product masks.
    7 points
  27. Hiya Folks,.....here I am again,.......this time I`ve got the decals on and also got most of the ancilliary items painted up ready including a slipper tank from a Tamiya kit and Barracuda resin treaded tyres (although I`m still waiting for the set that I ordered plus a resin side door to arrive from Hannants!); I`ve also added the Barracuda resin seat with its plastic card armour plating and an MDC `Q Type etched harness; And I`ll be bombing the model up too;
    7 points
  28. 1/72 FROG DH F-3 HORNET 19 SQUADRON RAF CHURCH FENTON LATE 1940'S The trusty old 1970's Frog kit rubbed down and scribed. Painted in Alcad II semi-matt aluminium over grey and gloss primers giving a slightly different finish around the leading edges and other areas. Alclad II light burnt metal was used on the exhausts with Alclad II chrome on the spinners. One or two bits from the spares bin were added as was a little scratch building such as the fuselage strap but built with nearly all original Frog stock parts.
    7 points
  29. F-16C "Arctic Bandit" 86-305, 18 TFS, Eielson AFB April 2008 Kit: Revell 1/72 Decals: Two Bobs 72-100 "Blizzard Bad Guys" Build thread: http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/235015069-you-wait-ages-then-three-come-along-together/
    7 points
  30. At least you're tubing wasn't drooping like mine.... Wotcha Tomo. Perpetual motion device? I already have one of those - it's called 'my youngest son'... They are bloody strong for their size (I think they're also used in things like electric cars and microphones and the like due to their power to size ratio). Even those little 1mm pellet jobs you saw me playing with above slide over each other like a pair of eels due to the strength of the repulsion involved. Aaahhh. We're straying onto matters of faith here Brother Tomo: A busy day today as my youngest perpetual motion machine not only had a birthday, but was graduating at the local university from a Saturday course he'd been doing for the last couple of months in designing cameras. It's a great idea to introduce school children to the idea of university life and very sweet to see them all going up to get their parchments from the President. Afterwards out to a nearby pizzeria for a birthday lunch and then the last part of the afternoon spent taking ease in the sun in the garden. Just to keep the thread warm this evening I have a minor update to tuck you in with, namely sorting an accurate angle to build the retrieval pole mountings: This is there or thereabouts when seen from the same height as the actual reference photos that show this view, and from the side, the relative heights now look reasonable as well: As you can see I've taken care to make sure that the lower end at the rear is at the approximately correct height for mounting into the hydraulic arms at the rear of the aircraft door. Having established correct levels at either end, what is that angle between deck and pole? Who knows? I'm a dunce at this stuff mathematically when it comes to subtending and such like, but I am a visual person so let's do it with shadows: Probably the Aynchunt Egyptians devised this kind of thing, or who was that Greek who cleverly worked out the circumference of the Earth from the angles of shadows at separate points on the Earth's surface. Eratosthenes I think? Anyway, uncommon deep old files they were (as Jack Aubrey would say): I'm just paddling in the shallows but this should work out to be: 9°. In your face Ancient Civilization! Right, after a pint or two of tea tomorrow, some hot pole dancing action on the aircraft floor. Bring a hankie to mop yer brows... Night all. Tony
    7 points
  31. You see, Martian, that's what happens when you take pictures in Earth's atmosphere and not in the methane infused soup in your saucer. It is looking rather nice though.
    6 points
  32. 9/4 update. Slowly building up the yellow layer of paint. Letting this dry until tomorrow when I'll add the final touches to the yellow. My order from Germany should arrive tomorrow as well so I'll be able to use the Panzer Putty for masking the finer details and masking tape for the bigger areas. Lots of pics here: Achtung! Spitfire: (well, have to build something while the paint is drying on HD Judy )
    6 points
  33. Cheers Simon, hopefully you will like the trio coming next as your help with them has been invaluable! Its really worth a visit, beautiful any time of year... in my opinion... Really chuffed with Zak's work, like I said it defeated me. Cheers for the kind comment Mine was a twin of some sort, then mum and dad bought me a 1/48 harrier where I had to build the engine to do by myself! Could be why I stuck with 1/72... you are correct its not labled correctly, bugger... I will pay attention next time! I will need a bigger table for further group pics! Indeed all masked by my own fair hand with a clean blade and wilkinsons masking tape, it's not that bad and rather flexible and inexpensive. Cheers stew! He's done a cracking job to be fair. I said I would provide him with something easier if he wants to carry on... Lol yeah I don't think modelling as an Elizabethan would be a cunning plan! There are tonnes of really nice old buildings in and around Hereford. That could be a great way to display them all in a deep frame with pins through the cockpit and typewriter style Latin name tags underneath! I would love that. I could spend hours in natural history museums staring into the frames, and the stuffed animals, captivating... and a little morbid... if I owned my abode it would be full of botanical prints, natural history frame and aircraft, all done very tastefully of course. I intend to get their transfers finished and up on their leg before starting at least 2 mk vb's and the mkix/vc conversion with merlin engine on display and hopefully detailed. I have bought a number of wires in different thickness and finish, plastic sheet and rod... it could be interesting, even if it's a failure. Rob
    6 points
  34. The next step with the Triplane was to reskin the cockpit sides and turtle deck To do this, I stuck a piece of masking tape on the area I was working on and cut it to size. That was then stuck on a sheet of .005" card and cut out. The ribs/longerons were marked onto the back side with a ballpoint pen, with enough pressure to leave a mark on the outside face. It worked out ok for the Pup and the cockpit sides, but the rear decking on the Triplane was not the best.... I really wasn't happy with the Triplane decking so off it came. I then realised that the rear of the fuselage was too narrow, so added some pieces of .010" card to the sides to thicken it. A little filler, some sanding, a little more filler, a little more sanding etc, etc, and the fuselage was thick enough and ready for reskinning.. Two more attempts were made at the rear decking before I was happy with it, and then I applied another coat of white to see what else might need attention.... There are still some small areas which need a little more filler and sanding, but I'm happy with the overall result, and after taking care of those tomorrow I can move on! Thanks for looking in! Ian
    6 points
  35. oh and i forgot this, my mate at work has been showing her boy pics of my work and he was inspired to build this lovely little dauntless! further than i bloody got! Untitled by robert mulvey, on Flickr Untitled by robert mulvey, on Flickr look Ced, its wheels up, i hope it gets put on a ceiling Rob
    6 points
  36. F-16B 78-0096, 34 TFS Hill AFB 1979 Kit: Revell 1/72 Decals: Caracal Models CD72031 Build Thread:
    6 points
  37. ROKAF KF-16C in pre-2005 markings Academy 1/72 kit built from box. Decals from the box. Build thread here: http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/235016984-academy-172-kf-16-finished/&
    6 points
  38. G'day people, Unfortunately, I was unable to finish my F-16 STGB entries due to work commitments dragging me away. Hopefully I will have better luck with this GB. My subject fort this STGB will be an RAAF F-111C, specifically A8-132. This airframe was used as a test bed aircraft for F-111C related stores and issues. It was also used to trial new weapons on occasion during the time she was attached to the Australian Research and Development Unit (ARDU). Following the attachmentent to ARDU, this airframe then when on to become the first RAAF F-111C to undergo the Avionics Update Programme (AUP). A8-132 wore a special test scheme while atatched to ARDI consisting of the standard SEA camouflage upper surfaces with the lower black surfaces replaced with white. In addition, several reference markings were added along the aircraft waterline and under wing area to indicate wing sweep angle. As A8-132 was a test aircraft, she was fitted with additional electrical equipment and instrumentation. Any non-standard equipment was painted bright orange to identify it as such. The aircraft had several external painted orange. Finally, to record weapons separation and other data, the jet could be fitted with external cameras. Onto the plastic, I will be using this kit as the basis of the build, it is old and has a few small issues, but I only paid $15 for it! I will also be chucking in some aftermarket as the mood takes me. I plan on building this one in flight, as this overcomes most of the kit shortfalls as well as making for a speedier build.Academy re-tooled their venerable F-111kit old kit a few years ago (probably in anticipation of the HB monstrosity) which corrected some of the shortcomings like the incorrect and too shallow nose gear bay and their very simplified and pre-AUP instrument panel. They also managed to include some very nice Cartograph decals. If you want to build an accurate 1/48 F-111, this is the kit to use. I have made a small start by adding some missing details such as the AoA indicators and LCOSS detail to the instrument coaming I have also painted up a couple of Hasegawa figures to represent the crew I wanted to make a good job of these as once installed, little of the cockpit will be visible (a good thing as the cockpit detail is a little sparse OOB), but the drivers will be very prominent, cheers Pappy
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  39. Hello All. I've had a few laidback months modelling wise and have been slowly chipping away at Airfix's HE 111 which has suffered a series of setbacks, namely a warped canopy straight from the box, which means I cannot continue until hopefully Airfix kindly send me a replacement... Nevermind! After seeing @The Spadgent getting stuck into his P-38 I thought I'd shelve the Heinkel and start a WIP with an MPM P-38 in 1/72, which has been in the drawer for months: When I bought this, I grabbed a set of War Birds decals which contained Col. Olds Scat II: Col. Olds is a legend and started his combat career in WW2 where he flew P-38's and P-51's and I've always wanted to pay homage to this incredible man. A particular story which has always stuck with me was where Olds shot down an enemy fighter whilst in a glide. This excerpt from Wikipedia details the story: "On an escort mission to Wismar on August 25 1944, his flight was on the far left of the group's line abreast formation and encountered 40-50 Messerschmitt Bf 109s near Wittenberge, flying north at the same 28,000 ft (8,500 m) altitude in a loose formation of three large vees. Olds turned his flight left and began a ten-minute pursuit in which they climbed to altitude above and behind the Germans. Over Bützow, undetected by the Germans, Olds and his wingman jettisoned their fuel drop tanks and attacked, although the second element of the flight had been unable to keep up during the climb. Just as Olds began firing, both engines of his P-38 quit from fuel exhaustion; in the excitement of the attack he had neglected to switch to his internal fuel tanks. He continued attacking in "dead-stick mode", hitting his target in the fuselage and shooting off part of its engine cowling. After fatally damaging the Bf 109 he dived away and restarted his engines. Despite battle damage to his own plane, including loss of a side window of its canopy, Olds shot down two during the dogfight and another on the way home to become the first ace of the 479th FG." Anyway, let's get stuck in! I started with the office, cleaning the parts and preparing them for my own mix of US interior green, Tamiya XF-71 and FX-4 at a 2:1 ratio: I then painted the radio sets and various controls with a matt black: Dry-brushed grey and silver then picked out the various knobs and pipes: Assembling begins with the seat onto the cockpit floor and I made some harnesses with Tamiya masking tape and sandwich bag ties stripped and bent to make buckles and harness fittings: These were then painted: Fitting the cockpit walls and test fitting into the main fuselage completed the work for today: Sadly that'll probably it until next weekend as the working week beckons. Hope you've enjoyed! JB
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  40. Hi folk's it's great seeing some older photo's as well as the newer ones here so as I was digging around the box of family photos I came across a few surviving Milldenhall photo's from my first ever air show I think 1994(sadly it took me till age 34) Well Durham has always been an airshow wasteland till the revival of the Sunderland one in recent year.s but you can't get this close.Sorry for the poor quality but this was pre-digital and a mate lent me a camera which I had no idea how to use! I've simply photographed the photo's on the table which doesn't help. I may have a few other's that survived if I find them I'll add them to this few.
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  41. Another one finished for the year and that already makes 3 more than last year. I fancied another go at a WW1 kit and the Eduard Fokker D.VII got my interest, another lovely little kit. I built it straight out of the box apart from some rigging, which there isn't a lot of. The paint, again not much, came from Gunze or Vallejo. I didn't add any weathering on this one as I didn't want to mess around with it much, clumsy fingers and fragile kit don't mix too well. Here it is though and on to the next. Comments and critique welcome Pete
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  42. I am starting on some scratch-build projects in 1/72 scale. All of them feature un-cowled motors. So I am treating the motors as a sort of stand-alone sub-project, and mean to get them done and out of the way first. I am starting off with preparing two Armstrong-Siddeley Jaguar radials. I have done radials in the past, but it has been a while, and only one had seven cylinders. I have never done a full twin-row radial. Nine cylinder radials are a bit easier on the eyes than seven cylinder ones, it is easier to comprehend the alignments of nine cylinders than of seven. After some false starts, this is what I have finally set to.... This is greatly enlarged, obviously. The 'crankcase' is made from two circles of 2mm sheet, and measures a hair over 6mm in diameter. Sections of 2.4mm tube have been applied to represent the rings into which the cylinders were screwed down, and will serve as the seat for the cylinders themselves. Because of the over-lap in the rings, the alignment of just one run of rings on each crankcase effectively dictates the placement of the second run of rings, and ensures it will be in pretty good relation to the first. To get the initial alignments, I prepared a pattern with a protractor and straight edge (51.4 degrees between each cylinder is the goal), and made a simple template in plastic from this, with which to mark where the cylinders should go. Here are the crankcases with the 'rings' sanded down, ready to receive the cylinders. I smudged them up with a pencil to make things a little clearer. Here is the early going on assembling cylinders to the crankcases. This one has seven of its fourteen attached. The cylinders are cut from tube approximately 2.75mm in diameter. The 2.4mm was too thin, the 3.1mm was too thick, so I took a good length of the 3.1mm and sanded it down till it looked about midway between the two stock sizes. Each cylinder was made as follows. At the current end of the tube, a line 1/16" was marked back from the end. Taper was sanded in to this line. A line was marked a bit over 1/8" back from the end. Everything was scored around the tube with a needle in a pin-vise (to represent finning), and then the cylinder piece cut from the tube with an Exacto knife, on or about the 1/8" line. This was repeated for each cylinder as the business proceeded. Here are the two motors with all cylinders attached. The one on the left has been sanded down to final measurement, the one on the right is 'raw', just as the cylinders came from the knife. This is the 'raw' piece above, with just a little sanding, fitting roughly into a circle template. The actual diameter of the hole is about 1/64 or so greater than the stated diameter; these are designed as drawing aids, and make some allowance for the thickness of the pencil or pen drawing the circle. Here is the finished piece above, fitting tightly into a circle almost a sixteenth of an inch smaller than when it began. This circle accords well with the diameter of the motor (excluding valves and lifters) in a Grainger drawing I am using as a guide. Once both motors fit tightly into the 9/16ths hole, I put some shape to the cylinder heads. There is some fine-tuning to be done, but not much of it. In the course of finishing these, I had to shift the position of a cylinder or two on each, and had to replace one cylinder that I damaged in shaping the head. Next step on these will be adding the crankcase fronts, after which valves, etc., can be put on....
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  43. Hello all. So I've called it a day on the J-10B I was building. I didn't do a build thread - I completely forgot. If you want to know more about the kit itself and my single dry-build photo then read that on my article here. Otherwise, please enjoy some pictures below. Still learning to take pictures/edit them so they're not amazing. I'm pretty happy with the model itself though. My first Trumpeter kit, safe to say I'm massively impressed.
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  44. ... that includes a couple down from the shelf of doom , a very rough repaint and one from the DH GB. But first off: DH 82 Tiger Moth. Featured in the current DH GB. Next above and below, a very old build of the Heller DH89. It never was comoleted properly. Finished in silver with reg G-AIDL as the one I flew in but messed up the kit build a bit. Then I was going to finish it as one of the Kings Flight Rapides using aftermarket decals but the repaint ednded up being a mess too!! So recently , with the DH GB I dug it out of the box of damaged builds, repaired the minor damage it suffered, a slight rub down, struggled removing the very old application of Maskol and hand painted it today in the finish you see here and the decals from the Airfix issue of the kit which are all badly out of register. But I used them regardless and this model will end up among 20 others up for disposal! Then below we have.... This one. Original old tool Airfix Concorde. I got this 2nd Hand with no decals and some of the u/c missing. So it ended up as a wheels up on a stand(I think from the 1/72 B-29) Decals are left over options from the Revell kit. The red cheat line a little too long but I made them all fit. This one has been cluttering space in my shed but now its done and literally dusted it too is up for disposal.
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  45. Hi everyone I have some paint on the old girl. I've literally just removed the masking tape and blutac and all in all its gone pretty well. There are a few touch ups needed especially around the wind deflectors on the gunners positions and on the black that I've managed to catch with my finger nail removing the tape but I'm happy. Tomorrow I'll carry out said touch ups and then put her to one side to cure for a couple of days. In the mean time I'll work on the engines and my Hawker Tempest. Cheers all Iain
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  46. Hi folk's just an update of the last few days work,I,ve primed all four in gray and started on the three dark blue aircraft's paintwork here's the three painted,it's not really obvious but Eduards night fighter is a darker blue than the rest I used Tamiya sea blue as my main colour and lightened it for shading of the highlighted areas and did a few quick passed with the airbrush to break up the solid colour, looks strange but trust me as the glossing progresses it blends smoothly,anyway here's all three. Eduards 5N. And one of the Hobbyboss kit's which will be a French navy machine.
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  47. Some paint the, would you like? Let's start with Xtracrylix Azure Blue on the Academy Hawk The blackbasing is just showing through, just as intended. I might hit the fabric covered surfaces with some darker shade, just to get a little more variation in it. Comments on that please? The Airfix Hawk will be in the Curtiss delivery colors so here it's Dupont 71-021 which I interpreted as Gunze H311, which is also known as FS-36622 My camera and photo setup is far from ideal, and the fool using it is no better, so that's why the pictures suck! Lets try the cellphone camera instead, and different lighting: Right! Now it looks a lot more like real life! Anyway, time to add a clear coat because next step will be masking!
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  48. And so, construction commences. It's been a weekend day with the weather doing this (and getting worse), so progress has been quick! Firstly, I glued together the pieces for the cockpit. I also cut away the access door on the port side, and sanded it down to reduce the thickness. I also carved away a bit of the fuselage under where it will attach to further reduce the apparent thickness. The cockpit parts were then given their main colours using an airbrush. The silver is Tamiya XF-16 Flat Aluminium, and the green is a 50:50 mix of XF-2 White and XF 65 Field Grey (which despite the name, is green). Smaller details were then painted witha brush or a toothpick, and a dark wash applied. The guns were also attached. There's not a lot of detail on the breeches, but they won't be very visible once it's done. Before sticking the fuselage together, I found and old set of Eduard seat belts and decided to add them. They claim to be American style, but I think they're good enough. The instrument panel decal wen on without hassle. The fuselage went together fairly easily. A small amount of sanding was needed to get rid of the seam, but no filler. However, a patch of filler was needed to remove a step after adding the upper section of the nose. Other areas needing filler were small gaps at the aft end of the wing-body join. The wing guns have been added before painting, since the main pods will be the same underside colour as the wings. While the main work on the fuselage progressed, I also started surgery on the pilot to correct his posture. He won't be in the cockpit, but I'll probably have him sitting beside the aircraft. He's green because I had some left in the airbrush and wanted to spray something. Finally for today, I cut the ends of the elevators and scored them along the hinge lines, allowing me to bend them into the drooped position without having to actually separate them entirely from the horizontal stabilizers. Back to work tomorrow, so slower progress to be expected.
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  49. 1/72 Hasegawa General Dynamics F-15CJ Fighting Falcon 35th FW, PACAF Misawa AB, Japan Build thread: http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/235014800-172-hasegawa-f-16/
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  50. Last few bits on: the HUD was glued in the cockpit and its frame painted, the AoA probe was replaced with a bit of shaped sprue and the pitot tube was glued on the right side. Then while I was gluing the outer pylons I realised two things: I had totally forgotten the underwing roundel and the ventral pylon ! The roundel required a gloss coat first, followed by the decal and then another satin coat. As the area affected was small enough I simply used a brush. The pylon was primed, quickly painted and then glued in place. The paint is unfortunately slightly different but hopefully this is not too noticeable.. in any case pylons with slightly different paint can be seen on real aircrafts too With the missing bits sorted and the tanks glued on the inner pylons, it was time to call this one finished ! So it is that with a day and a few hours before the end of the GB I managed to complete the Korean F-16 ! Actually it's not completely finished as I couldn't glue the Sidewinders... but tomorrow I have to be away from home and I know I wouldn't be able to finish the missiles in time. Besides, I realised I don't have stencils for all 4 so I have to first find the stencils. As the missiles are not crucial, here's my model: I struggled with the pictures, for some reason they all had a very strong blue cast and I had to resort to some software trick to try and reproduce the correct colours. I'm not sure I've succeeded in all of them, in any case I hope you like them and like the model. Final comments: I love this camouflage scheme and it's a pity that the paint reacted badly and the finish is not the best. In any case the model looks good from a few feet away. I made a few small mistakes in the assembley but fortunately these didn't have too much of an impact on the finished model. Did I enjoy this kit ? Well, yes and no... the Academy kit could have been so much better! Accuracy apart, that is not its strong point, this kit is well detailed but the fit can be fiddly. The instructions are also not the clearest, particularly when it comes to the landing gear doors and their actuators. Some parts really need work to fit properly and I wasn't very happy with the problems in the landing gear alignment. On the plus side the box includes several options and I'm now left with a a few spare parts that can be used on other F-16s. Now after these comments it may sound strange that I just ordered another Academy KF-16 from an Ebay shop that had this kit for sale. Sure, there are better F-16 kits out there, but for less than a tenner delivery included I couldn't pass this on Will build this one as a Polish aircraft while the decals will be kept for a future build of another ROKAF machine in the newer markings with AG ordnance Thanks to everyone who looked at this thread and to those who left their comments, much appreciated. Thanks in particular to the hosts for making this STGB such a great success ! I have to apologise to all the other modellers taking part as I couldn't really look at all threads with the attention they deserved, let me say that I've seen a lot of great looking F-16 models here !
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