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  1. 14 points
    rhank you folks it was like Christmas this morning when I peeled all the tape off... ..apart from the wingtips, the skinning is complete... ..however, the reason it is kept in tape and will be wrapped again can can be clearly seen when it is sat on my tiny and very messy workbench... dinks are bound to happen.. so an important step is pretty much complete, and next on the block is the canopy - I have some great drawings in the Montforton book but the thing I need to know is if the XVI canopy in there is the same as a Mk XIV - can anyone tell me?
  2. 11 points
  3. 11 points
    Latest off the bench is the Airfix Club Spitfire. Straight out of the box, but did add the black stripe under the length of the fuselage. Hope you like. Please feel free to comment etc. Thanks for looking Dick
  4. 10 points
    This is Bandai's latest addition to their ever growing Star Wars range, and probably their best one yet. They've done an incredible job both with the moulding, and with the engineering, meaning the kit has some stunning detail, and will slot together perfectly. The only thing they need to do is make it BIGGER. The original studio models famously featured a raft of parts from various classic Tamiya, Revell and Airfix kits, and Bandai have faithfully reproduced all of these, the most obvious one being the German Sd.Kfz 222 Armoured Car that sits on the back of the AT-AT's hull. For this build I've gone with a non-movie dark colour scheme, which was based on some profile artwork I produced for the project. You could see it as a special forces version, or anything at all really. I'm leaving it open to interpretation. The full build is here The original artwork that was used for inspiration And the build itself And some scale comparisons, first with the proverbial paint pot With Bandai's 1/144 Y-Wing... (at this point @Gekko_1 will be thinking up plans for a AT-TC (All Terrain - TIE Carrier)) And, obviously, with a Nigel top hat Thanks for looking Andy
  5. 10 points
    Hi, everyone! I present you my next model - French heavy fighter prototype of WWII. It's full resin kit with vacuumformed canopy.
  6. 9 points
    Hi mates! Allready finished Flying Flapjack (KH 1/48) WIP link - Edited July 09 - all picture links changed from photobucket to onedrive
  7. 7 points
    I have finally finished. This kit gave a few problems being fit issues on nearly everything but I have really enjoyed doing it as it gave me a chance to try a few new things. I am really pleased with the result and after reading references on the Pucara I can see why people loved it. Anyway here are the photo's and I am sorry there are a few. Before I forget thanks to everyone for their advice and support through the build which can be found at http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/235018470-172-airfix-pucara/
  8. 7 points
    Hi all. The old Tamiya updated with some goodies, not bad for a 35 years old kit!
  9. 6 points
    Hello, on Friday I finished the latest project, which started beginning of this year. And after the great feedback for my D.H.2 Stripdown I like to show the latest here too. This Pup was created from a very old Eduard short run kit, a 80PS Le Rhone form Small Stuff replaced the kit engine, real wood was used again for struts, air screw, gear, top of fuselage. The seat belts are the new steel from Eduard too and the decals come from Pheon. Painting was done with colors from Alclad, Gunze and Oils. The etch parts of the kits were fantastic, but the Vickers was added from "Parts". A lof of brass was added for the terminals of the "RAF-Wires" and other details. Have fun - I hope you will like it too, Frank Looks really like a Pup. Please note the open coolings of the Vickers: Please note the open tail with a wooden skid with scratched metal parts: I like the engine: And finally the view from below: In the open cooling vent the cylinders are visible: The end.
  10. 6 points
    I built this a couple of years ago, number three in my list of Cromwells and Centaurs. It's basically the Tamiya Centaur kit with a few modifications, most notable being the substitution of Tamiya Cromwell wheels for the Centaur perforated tyres. I rebuilt a lot of the rear of the tank. The rear of the air box had a first aid box moulded onto it, but I was fairly sure that this tanks didn't have one. I could have just cut it off and filled the resulting hole, but I like to do things the hard way. So I made a new rear for the air box from thick card and detailed it with bolt heads from Calibre 35. I also replaced the rear track guards with ones from Aber. Many Cromwells had parts if not all of the sand shields ripped away, so I replicated this using the kit parts but thinned down by scraping with a blade. I used the Normandy Cowl from the kit, but replaced the sides with ones made from thin card. The lids on the stowage bins were replaced with ones made from thin pewter sheet. Stowage was a combination of Accurate Armour and Black Dog and the etched brass was curtesy of Aber. The base colour was sprayed on using Tamiya paints for the SCC15 and the disruptive cammo pattern was brush painted on with Vallejo acrylics. The tank that I was depicting belonged to the Czech Independent Armoured Brigade and this unit spent most of it's time after D Day keeping the German garrison in Ostend penned in, and the 95mm howitzers of the Mk.Vl's were used to shell the port. The decals I used were the rub down variety from SKP. The 95mm shell boxes came from Accurate Armour and the empty cardboard shell tubes I made from plastic tube. The figures are Miniart with Hornet heads. The base was built up using balsa wood onto a photo frame from Wilkinsons. Thanks for looking. John.
  11. 6 points
    Hello, since I have finished the only 1/48 Stripdown from Eduard and shown it here already with a fantastic feedback, I like to show my first built Stripdown model too. This one is the Fokker Dr.I in 1/72 from the new re-edition kit which also includes some resin parts. The PE is soldered and the model was painted with Gunze, Alclad and oils. This is a really fantastic kit, but the result is a damn small plane! This plane is built out of the box, at that time the engines from Small Stuff were not yet available and a wooden propeller as now on my 1/48 kits is a bit hard to be done in 1/72. The complete Eduard Stripdown series is in my stash, but I have not yet built all of them. Have fun with the pictures (the macro is merciless) and I hope you will like that model too! Frank That is a real 1 Euro Cent! And finally the view from below: As detail picture I like to show a soldered aileron:
  12. 6 points
  13. 6 points
    Hi Greg The resin is some of the best iv used ,hardly any clean up needed , no air bubbles and super fit .As for the markings im thinking of useing masks and maybe hand painting the unit shields. I havenot decided yet which aircraft to do ,so will watch film again this week to help in final decision . Yes the nose looks sweet . here it is ccompaired to a revell G6 with Alleycat improvement set Thanks BerndM a much rasier build than the Revell kit .Probably the best thing about the revell is the price, I have been cracking on with the build and should have posted some pics sooner during assembly but i got on a roll . Wings and tail are on and iv done severall tweeks to bring it towards Bof B spec 1) tail struts made from plastic card and super glue . 2) wing tips cliped 3)Engine cowl guns made from plastic sprue and brass tube The resin section beneth the cockpit is a little short so i attached a plastic card tab to rear and filled with some evergreen strip Have used my fav mix of superglue and talk from a puncture repaie kit . So this is where im at now Next thing to do is a cleanup and a coat of primer .
  14. 5 points
    Hi Folks. Here is my interpretation of a 1/72 TF-86 Sabre Trainer, build here: http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/235003834-172-tf-86f-sabre-trainer/ This build consisted of the Falcon Vacuform Conversion that uses the Heller Sabre as the donor but I also used the Hobbycraft kit for mainly the wings which had to be converted back. Painted using Humbrol Metalcote. Kit decals were used but serials had to be DIY as none exist in this scale. Came out better than I thought after a few setbacks and their is always room for improvement. Hope you like. Stuart
  15. 5 points
    The second one of the two finished models this year beside my Sopwith Pup is also a 1/48 kit Dual-Profipack of Eduard: Pfalz D.IIIa For me it was a "speed build" in exactly one month (I cannot understand, that someone is able build a Weekend Edition on a weekend). As usual I added details made from brass, Gaspatch turnbuckles for the rigging, HGW/Eduard fabric seatbelts and a wooden air screw. I added another PE set of Eduard and used the LMG 08/15 of Master. The painting was done with Gunze and Alclad, the wings are done in semi matt alu, and oils. The marking is a bit speculative, but damn cool! The Cartograf-decals are provided with the kit. Have fun with the pictures! Frank
  16. 5 points
    Well, I got some shed time this weekend, The Breech of the 120mm got a shot of primer after I`d fabricated the final pieces of the Co-Ax feed tray. On the whole, considering the only "off the shelf" parts are some meng nuts and bolts and the .30 cal from the FCT I think this sub assembly has turned out ok! I restarted work on the FCT, I have tightened the "cone" shape slightly, and fitted the firing handle for the Commanders .30 cal, I have used the one that came with the kit as the Co-Ax, however I have another superior example to use on the roof! Firing handle on the left! And a quick "taster of the FCT in situ! Now that the FCT is the desired shape I started remaking the turntable base, this should be a conical shape as well, so I cut some thin plasticard and secured it in place with a rubber band, then went to work with some extra thin around the opposite end to the join! When this has gone off I can trim the cone to the base, tidy up the join at the back, complete the seam 100% of the way round and then carefully trim it to the correct height with a scribing tool! Here is the cone trimmed before it is finished off on the sanding flat With the scribing blade fixed at 6mm all I have to do is rotate the FCT until the excess material is cut away, "Simples" as the eponymous talking CGI meerkat might say! the Turret Turntable Driving Bracket is complete, just filler to sand off, the hinge at the top works as you can see from the Fots, I decided to do it this way because I am still not 100% sure of the final angle of the bracket to the turntable or the attachment point angle on the turret ring. And here is a quick shot of the intended target! The 3 O`Clock point on the turntable. The Turntable is quite small in relation to the turret ring, however there is also a lot of kit to fit in here, there are ready rounds all the way around the sides and engine bulkhead end, front right is the battery box, front centre is a locker, the air cleaners go in the rear corners left and right on the engine bulkhead, on the turntable are the beginnings of the bottom end of the Mollins gear, this is where the spent case should be deflected to prior to its cigarette vending machine derived extraction journey outside! On the turntable forward of the Mollins gear there is more of the recuperation system, plus ready rounds and cases! Beats me where the crew were supposed to fit in! Plodding on with the drivers compartment, here is where the height adjustment ratchet quadrants will go! this is the second spare, the carpet monster has munched the others! Air cleaner bodies are coming on nicely! And finally for today, I had to disassemble the top end to the Mollins gear! It`s original angle was too shallow, but in my defence I had not intended to build beyond this point, once I built the turret turntable it became clear that the angle would need to be steepened to reach the centre of the rear of the turret turntable. I have also plated over the interior for the case ejection hatch, this is so that the top end of the mollins gear has a firm attachment point. So there we have it, a fruitful weekends work! Ta for lookin` no "G" Granto
  17. 5 points
    Afternoon gents. As I sit here a few hours before I head off to see the MIGHTY Iron Maiden beer in hand I'm contemplating nearing the end of this my first Acadamy build and my most third party stuff build evah. i really thought I'd get it today but due to a few slight hiccups I think it's one maybe two posts away from completion. Let's begin with this mornings secret lemonade drinker mission. first off the tyre treads looked so ace I thought I'd pick rack one out with German grey. took a while. nice initial base though. Then the canopies got unmasked. Spot the error? As I had spotted it before glossing thanks to @Vadim's pics I didn't gloss that hump bit. A few swipes with Mr Collour thinners and. Blammo! There is the side panel to. The nose got a pre shade and a blast of red. and done. The tyres got a pigment pass. then toned down and assembled. the anti glare panels got Matt coated. All the bits got painted. Even the prop tips. Now this is where all my builds seem to falter. I dread removing the canopy masking due to unknown CrAzY and this build is no exception. Taking off the tape the inside had some blotchiness so I cotton budded it. Big mistake, I pinged off the target sight, lost the glass part and also pinged off the steering wheel. but to be fair she looked pretty good on it. I managed to make a new glass sight and glue all the bits back on again. So no worries. Phew!. fitting the wheels bought up the (oh hell the peg doesn't fit the hole) problem. So 20 mins later and lots of very careful scraping the wheels are on. we are here and here she stays for another night. thank you all for following my little build. I'm off on my holibobs the week after next so this will be my last until I come back. I'll contemplate my build while away although I have an idea. take care Y'all and happy Modelling. Eddie says hi. up the irons etc. Johnny.
  18. 5 points
    .....decals are on.....washing done......matt clear done.....now the wethering.....
  19. 5 points
    Little update before the weekend. More work on the C202 wings; a bit of primer showed that the spent shell cases ejection apertures needed more attention: More CA applied, than again sanding and polishing. Here they are, together with the wing top parts I did cut away the wing guns and sanded flat; all the hatches had been filled in with PPP, using a spatula; after a few minutes, I removed the excess with a moist microfiber towel, and used a nail polishing stick to refine them. Little enhancement in the wheel bay area: the two triangular plates were drilled out according to ref pics: Tail wheel front fairing: I ended up using Tamiya Tape for curves to complete it, cutting a thin strip and running it around the fairing. I think I'll mark the riveting once the primer is on. I decided to leave the back fairing as it is, as I have no conclusive pictures showing any sort of lips. Still thinking what to do with the plumbing/cabling in the main wheel well, although @Giorgio N instilled this crazy idea in me of a fake engine back part .... Anyway, while thinking of that, I worked on the supercharger intake, which in this early production type had no sand filter; so I glued the two kit parts with Tamiya Green Cap which left some work to do on the join. I drilled a hole inside the intake, to give some depth Then with the following tools and material (plastic strip from yogurt cup ) I did cut out a small disc, to represent the intake shutter which will be positioned this way After some sanding and polishing of the front part of the intake, I glued it in position with Tamiya Green Cap Left there to set overnight. That's all for the day; any comments welcome. Happy WE everybody! Ciao
  20. 4 points
    Dear fellow Britmodellers, here's my 1/72 Airfix Mustang P-51D (Kit #A01004A) built straight from the box. Decals represent the mount of Lt. Eugene W. James, 352nd FG, 328th FS, Bodney/Norfolk, England 1944. Painted with acrylics from Gunze/Mr.Hobby and Alclad II. This kit is cheap, easy to build and has very good surface detail. The plastic used by Airfix is quite soft, which resulted in some broken or bent parts. I broke the control column and the blade antenna when trying to remove it from the sprues. (I scratch-built a new control stick and replaced the kit's antenna with a photoetch item.) One of the undercarriage legs was badly bent. Due to the softness of the plastic, the model is in a "wobbly" state, when you touch it, it rocks from side to side! This is the only weak point of the whole model kit. If I build another one, I will invest in a metal undercarriage from Scale Aircraft Conversions. Ok, here's the pictures ... as usual, taken by Mr. Wolfgang Rabel of IGM Cars & Bikes. Best wishes from Vienna! Thanks for your interest! Roman
  21. 4 points
    My first build after long hiatus (explained more in my Heller 109K thread) the Hawker Hunter MkI. Completed this a couple months ago, just getting around to posting it. Actually used the Eastern Star reissue, but it's the original 1959 Frog tool. Built box stock with the exception of blanking off the intakes and I decided to give scribing recessed panel lines a go. Painted with Tamiya acrylics. Oh...I also used a piece of the sprue to carve the little bullet fairing at the back of the horizontal stabs. Yes...that's a pilot's head molded into the solidly blanked off cockpit...and the wheel well outlines are simply scribed into the bottom...it was 1959, after all. Still, builds a nice looking model of a beautiful jet IMHO.
  22. 4 points
    After it looks like, that not only one person here like my style of modeling I like to show a Fokker E.V, which I finished a year ago. Again in 1/48, again a great kit of Eduard, enhanced by my usual wooden air screw, Oberursel rotary engine mad by Small Stuff, LMG 08/15 from Master, HGW fabric seatbelts and some Gaspatch turnbuckles. The painting was done with Gunze and Alclad and oils, especially the wing. Happy modelling! Frank The darkest wood is Black Cherry: And finally a size comparison against an 1 Euro Cent coin:
  23. 4 points
    Be gentle, first time I've ever posted a RFI and my first contribution that isn't an aircraft! But got to say, love this kit. Easy build, used Tamiya spray can too (I still consider myself a newbie at all this!) and aftermarket decals from SpotModel, which in my opinion are a complete game changer to the stock decals which miss the sponsors. Few pics to share... Thanks for looking
  24. 4 points
    Latest progress pics.... As you can see i have assembled the main airframe, and have started to lay down some paint. I am as usual brush painting using Hannant's Xraclour Acrylics for the main colours and humbrol acrylics for the rest. The Hannant's stuff has a good glossy surface so this should help the transfers go down well. Next step is attaching the front and rear cockpit transparancies then its on with the Sand upper surfaces. So far so good. The front end has no engine block, i managed to align all the components without too much fuss. The exhausts will be added after the sand paint goes on as will the tropical filter. Thanks for looking, Greg
  25. 3 points
    Hi Here is my last build with this Italeri 1/72 Short Stirling B. Mk I N6103 of No 149 Squadron in 1941. Nearly from the box : I've just added some curtains, modified the bottom of the engine nacelles and put the main under-carriage at the end. Soon to be published in Tamiya Model Magazine French Edition. Patrick
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