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  1. 28 points
    Hi all, this is the first time I've posted a model in RFI so please be gentle! It's been a long time since I built a model aircraft, but really enjoyed the process. Jack Cleland was my great-uncle, and he spent several months seconded to the USAAF in 1944. This is my interpretation of his P51D, Isabel III. It was built from two Academy kits (a C and D) to create an early D without the tail fillet. I masked and painted the invasion stripes and the red/yellow chequers on the nose. The rest of the markings and codes came from a number of different decal sheets, mixing and matching numbers to create the aircraft serials. The name was (a bit obviously) hand painted, but in my defence the original wasn't exactly pristine either! I airbrushed Mr Color lacquers throughout thinned with Mr Levelling thinner. There is a resin seat with belts inside, but everything else came from the Academy boxes. The C was a much nicer kit than the D, but only contributed the tail (grafted to the D fuselage) and the exhausts. Cheers Tania
  2. 18 points
    Accurate Miniatures kits. I picked up these beautiful kits at IPMS shows for a total of $10 for all 3!! Pictured are the A-36, P-51A and P-51B.
  3. 15 points
    Hi Everyone, Finally finished my latest addition to my Indochina collection, My attempt at Czech Models 1/48 Grumman Goose kit Finished to represent an aircraft of Esc. de Servitude 8S, Cat Lai, Indochina, 1952 Built mostly from the box contents, additions being: Pitot Tube, Antenna Mast and Aerial Wire, Anti Collision Light, Window Blinds and Ignition Harness. Replaced some of the fiddley and weak resin items such as seat legs with more robust materials, especially as you can`t see them anyway Decals from Berna Decals set BD 48-81 Hope you enjoy, Thanks for looking Cheers Russ
  4. 13 points
    Hobby Boss 1/48th F-111C Paint: Mr Hobby and Tamiya acrylics, Model Master Metalizer Lacquers Extras; Eduard BigSin F-111C set Eduard – F-111A Interior set Novascale – F-111C RAAF 1 & 6 Squadron decals OzMods – F-111 Afterburner Cans Ozmods – F-111C Wheels & Tires Ozmods – F-111C Long Range Fuel tanks Custom made and cast Recon Pallet. build link This was built as part of the F-111 STGB. I had always wanted to build an F-111 having worked on them in them in the 80’s with the RAAF, so though this would be the perfect opportunity. For something a bit different I’d build one of the Recon versions which I worked on, sounded simple…… My first mistake was the model, the Hobby Boss model for those who don’t know is an absolute dog of a model! Everything fits really well and is a joy to build, but not if you want an F-111 that’s accurate. If you want a F-111C forget it, and if you want a Pre-Pave Tack or Recon bird good luck!! This was going to be an uphill build right from the start plus I ended up being away for over 8 weeks of the build. The real hard part of the build was the Recon door, nobody turns out a 1/48th conversion kit, and the only conversion kit available anywhere is an old rough one in 1/72nd. I ended up using this for some of the design work. Actual detailed draws are just about non-existent as well (though someone here is bound to have some). So I had to make the door from scratch then cast it, for something so small there’s around 40 hours work in it. That part was easy! The rest of the build was such a pain in the a#*e! Anyone following could attest to my constant ranting about the model. If Hobby Boos had just spent 30 minutes of research on the internet they could have fixed the majority of issues with the model! Unfortunately in the end I just fell out of love with this build and the model, a bit heartbreaking actually for something I had really wanted to do. I ended up just going through the motions to finish her and get her off the bench! It was a hard build and definitely not some of my best work…though the Recon door did turn out quite nicely. Please Tamiya release a good 1/48th scale one….I now have a door for it!!!!! Thanks for looking and please enjoy, comments welcome, you can be a savage as you wish!
  5. 10 points
    I finally finished something, and it's not even vacation time yet! This model was started a long time ago, and back then it was the first short run kit that I've ever attempted. Due to reasons it stalled at 25% done, but after all work on a Beaufighter during the autumn I got the mojo back to do something about this one. I had a fun time with the gun throughs and the cooling fans, but in the end they do look quite nice! Not so much with the rocket rails though :-( Anyway, here are the pictures (yes I wil cut of the radiowires a little more. I just need to have a steady one first or time the cutting to my heartbeats) Onwards and upwards. One finished is worth two new on the bench and five in the stash right? Here is a link to the WIP: (pictures from photobucket are blocked, but I might put them over to flickr if need be)
  6. 8 points
    Today I finished this 1/72nd Airfix TBD Devastator. I've built it box stock with two exceptions, the addition of masking tape seat belts and a set of Tech Mod aftermarket decals. It's finished as the Battle Of Midway aircraft of Lieutenant Commander John C. Waldron, Torpedo Squadron 8, from the USS Hornet. If you're not familiar with the story of the ill fated VT-8 you can read about it here. https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/VT-8 With some care and careful fitting it went together quite well. I paid special attention to the folding wing joints, prepping them for a good fit that would not require filling or sanding when done. By removing the locating pins I was able to build them first in top and bottom halves, taping them to a mirror to maintain perfect flatness and focus solely on getting the wing fold joints as I wanted. I decided to leave the raised rivet detail on the fuselage because I thought it both homage and emphasis of the anachronism that was the Devastator at the beginning of the war. I used Vallejo acrylics for the overall camouflage and Tamiya acrylics for the rest.
  7. 8 points
    Thanks Simon - much appreciated Thanks Alex - I think you're right. Rats A full Blitz required! Thanks VV - and Bill and Keith. I have some of that; Silicon and resin and the Silligum. Bill and Keith will remember my attempts back in January (once I jog their memory). It was during the, er, I have it here somewhere... aha! The Spitfire F. XIV starting here. I've avoided the silicone on this one because it's long and skinny but the silicon stuff might be worth a try - I'll have a go soon. In other news I've done some more on the internals, actually using some glue! (Page 10 and he's just started using glue? Pathetic!) Untitled by Ced Bufton, on Flickr I've just dry fitted the internals in the fuselage to make sure the bits are in the right position while it dries. Tight fit? I should say so. All the paint got scraped off the spars: and is now built up inside: Nice effect, but I'd better pull it out and clean up or the fuselage might not join. More tomorrow, hopefully.
  8. 7 points
    Some time ago I've decided to make models of all helicopters from the "Crow" program. Here is AH-64 Apache. Set is Academy, scale 1/48. I'll never buy Academykit again. An extremely vague instruction, tragic decals, form marks everywhere. Fit is not better. I'd be better buying a Italeri set. Polish markings, of course. Painting is Mr. Hobby and Tamiya. Weathering was dome using AK and Tamiya fluids.
  9. 6 points
    Hi, I've had this on the go for a while and finally got it finished today, it's the MPM kit of the PR10. Nothing wrong with the kit to cause a slow build just work getting in the way of good modelling time. The PR10 was a hybrid Meteor as it had an F8 fuselage but an F4 tail, with a long span wing and of course the camera nose. VS975 served only with 541 Squadron based in Germany from 1951 until it was scrapped in 1958. It was originally camouflaged and had the earlier part metal canopy. That makes 23 Meteors completed now. Thanks for looking. Steve
  10. 5 points
    First model with interior. Lots of work, and mods inside as interior isn't the Grant one, just Lee. I fitted the metal barrels and Bronco tracks.
  11. 5 points
    Hi all! It's been an absolute age since I last built a model kit, but finally finished this: Let me know what you guys think! I'm not 100% sure I mixed the matt varnish properly as the finish seems to be a bit too glossy for my liking . . but overall i'm happy with it. Thanks for looking!
  12. 5 points
    Only additions are Brassin' bang seat, wheels & Aires VT nozzles. Really good kit, no build issues, definitely will build another one, only dirtier with replaced RAM patches. John
  13. 5 points
    Howdy Folks… After starting a thread a few months back entitled – ‘wheels up or down – what’s your opinion’? I decided it was time to have a go at a ‘wheels up’ aircraft – silly me… This was also a test for a lot of ‘newby’ questions I have been asking – so thanks to all the members that have chipped in along the way with useful suggestions about all the products and techniques used… Airfix – 1/48 Hurricane MKl Halfords Grey Undercoat Aerosol Fillers - Mr Dissolved Putty / Cyano and talc Vallejo Model Air Paints Humbrol Acrylic Gloss Varnish – hand brushed Decals from the Airfix ‘Ready for Battle’ kit Microsol / Microset Tamiya weathering powder set – snow white and soot Winsor and Newton Galleria Matt Varnish – airbrushed When it came to displaying the finished piece I really struggled for a solution – other than hanging it from the ceiling in the office. So I started another thread called – ‘wheels up aircraft - display inspiration PLEASE’ - thanks for all the ideas here too. The base is made from 18mm MDF for weight and the image on the top is a cloudscape that came from an internet wallpaper site. The ‘British Lion’ appeared almost by magic after a google search and seemed so appropriate. I wondered about adding some text and then it came to me - the Churchill quote – what could be better – I just wish I’d remembered to add 1940 to the dateline – DOH… I’m still very much a beginner – so any constructive comments would be appreciated. It has been fun and a brilliant learning experience – so here she is… Thanks for taking the time to have a look - Steve
  14. 4 points
    Hi guys, I'm not usually an aircraft builder however I decided to incorporate a diorama into this build and have a go at adding an electric motor to one of the engines, also this is my first attempt at modelling a grass base. I wanted a patchy and worn looking effect where a lot of work seems to have been carried out under the plane and the grass has suffered for it. I hope you like the results.
  15. 4 points
    A brief history of the aircraft: On August 29, 1961, the DTIA ordered the design and development of two Mirage III V vertical take-off prototypes to be produced conjointly by Dassault Aviation and Sud-Aviation. The Mirage III V, a Mach 2 aircraft heavier than the Balzac, prefigured the operational version. It had eight Rolls-Royce RB 162-1 lift jets and a Snecma TF 106 with afterburner, the French version of the Pratt&Whitney JTF 10 turbofan. Mirage III V 01, equipped with a TF 104 b turbofan (63.7 kN of thrust with reheat) made its first stationary flight at Melun-Villaroche on February 12, 1965, piloted by René Bigand. A new version of the engine, the TF 106 A3, was mounted in December 19685, for the 15th sortie. The authorities realized that the chosen configuration was more complex and cumbersome than they had expected. At the end of 1965, the Air Force general staff drew up operational requirements for a Mirage III V called 1970 as they foresaw the need by 1970 for a nuclear vehicle to replace the tactical air units’ F 100s and Mirage III Es in cas of a hostile first strike. The aircraft’s first transition from stationary to horizontal flight was made by Jean-Marie Saget on March 24, 1966. Disappointingly, the lateral behavior of the aircraft during the transition phase proved more problematic than on the Balzac. On March 28, 1966, for technical and financial reasons, the Defense Ministry halted the production program, though allowing tests to continue. In June of 1966 NATO in turn abandoned its vertical take-off supersonic aircraft program. Mirage III V 02 fitted with a Snecma TF 306 turbofan made its first flight on June 22, 1966 piloted by Jean-Marie Saget. It was equipped with new air intakes over the lift jets. During its 11th sortie on September 12 it reached Mach 2.03 in level flight. It is the only VTOL aircraft in the world to have broken Mach 2. But on November 28, 1966, at Istres, it was accidentally destroyed during crabbing flight tests, and the program was definitely abandoned. WIP Link: This is the 1/72 Modelsvit Mirage IIIV-01. This is the first time that I have attempted a short run kit and experienced the challenges that this brings. It has been the hardest, most complex and difficult kit that I have ever done. The fact that it was a commission build is the only reason that it was even started let alone finished...!! Every part of the build was a challenge with barely any parts fitting properly - I sometime thought whether it would of been easier to whittle the aircraft out out of a solid block of plastic!! Anyway, it's all done and dusted now and will be heading off to its owner this week. The model has been airbrushed using Vallejo paints, aluminium for the fuselage, various shades of grey for the rest. The decals were superb and went down a treat. No weathering as such was applied as this is a test airframe. All sealed in with Alclad Gloss. I want to dedicate this to my best mate who passed away in March, he too was a keen model maker and aviation enthusiast. He was looking forward to seeing this build completed but I wasn't able to finish it in time. Cheers guys, Phil Thanks for looking, Phil
  16. 4 points
    Postman dropped this off at the weekend from Destiny Models, 1:4 scale Dewey from Silent Running. Had chance to have a quick look through and the casting is very nice, only a few small holes to fill. Edit: Photobucket finally got me so moved to Imgur
  17. 4 points
    Here's a couple of snaps I've just taken of my last remaining one She needs a little TLC.
  18. 4 points
    Hi Folk's 109G10 from the 1/32 Revell kit,based near Prague in 1945
  19. 4 points
    I've had these on the back burner for a while - they're good tinkering projects while main pre-occupations like the Grumman OA-12A Duck I'm building on KG144 as part of a group build and other biggies are drying (or being otherwise uncooperative). The North American T-6G Texan is Valom's kit. Pretty nasty really, I'm afraid. Poor to non-existent fit, shape issues and thick, clunky detail. Compared to the Platz/F-Toys kit (of which I have quite a few) it pales very rapidly in fit, surface detail and everything except decals. BUT it remains cheap, readily available and actually very, very good fun. I also think you can get it to look ballpark like a Texan if you totally ignore the panel lines scribed onto the canopy (which would have you create square side windows that look very off). Pretty much out of the box except for a bit of cockpit detail and the undercarriage doors which are plasticard. Valom's decals are excellent, however. Good, interesting schemes, thin and well behaved - can't ask for more and really raise the kit up a notch. I did mine in markings for aircraft No.74 of the Ecole de Pilotage de l'Armee de l'Air, based at Cognac (Base aérienne 709 Cognac-Châteaubernard) in 1964. I'm happy with it and feel I gave it my best shot without getting out the scriber. I have another in the works, again on the back burner. The Miles M.14 Magister is a conversion from the Anigrand Trailing Wing bonus kit that comes with the Short Shetland (another Titan on my workbench at the moment - more of that soon, I hope). The basic resin kit is quite, er, basic. I filled in the slots in the wing which on the trailing wing aircraft take the booms. I decided quite early on that I wanted to do one of the yellow pre-war ones with an incredibly polished cowling and the glam spats. I thought that could look marvellous in this scale. I sprayed the aircraft with Halfords white primer and then airbrushed with vallejo yellow, then when I was happy with the tone I painted the cowling glossy black. Over this I brushed AK Interactive True Metal, which I know can give a superb natural metal finish. I polished this with a cotton bud. It took several applications but I'm happy with it. I added the IFR hood behind the rear cockpit using small gauge lead wire bent to shape, with the canvas being vallejo filler built up in layers backwards to give the wrinkled effect (not really visible in photos), then painted green, before washing in a darker green to bring out said wrinkles. I also added the curious two-pronged pitot and an exhaust pipe (using more lead wire). This was an absolute joy to build, I have to say. One of those kits where you really look forward to every little bit and every step, no matter how small is somehow hugely satisfying. If I win the lottery, I may buy more Shetlands simply to build more Magisters. I've done it in markings for L8338 of No.30 Elementary and Reserve Flying Training School based at RAF Burnaston in 1939. I think. I don't really know but that's my guess based on serial numbers. Doesn't matter hugely - they all got moved around a bit. Decals all spares and Mark1 for the pre-war serials. Thanks for looking!
  20. 3 points
    Here, finally, are the pics of my finished Short 184. But first a little potted history of this aircraft: The Short 184 was the first aircraft designed specifically to carry and deliver a torpedo. The prototype, (no 184 strangely enough!) was put aboard HMS Riviera on May 3rd 1915, then joined HMS Ben-my-Chree on May 21st. No. 842 was the second production machine and joined HMS Ben-my-Chree on August 10th, in the Aegean Sea. On August 12th at 0455hrs, Flight Commander CHK Edmonds took off in 842, without an observer, and with only 45 minutes fuel - all he could carry to get the aircraft airborne with an 810lb torpedo! He got up to the dizzying height of 1,500 feet and crossed over to the Sea of Marmora. His target was spotted near the north shore, where an earlier reconnaissance flight had reported it to be, and he dropped to 15 feet, launching his torpedo at a range of about 800 yards. The ship was struck abreast the mainmast. It was later discovered that this particular ship had earlier been torpedoed by a submarine, which was given credit for its sinking. However, on August 17th, both 184, flown by Flight Commander GB Dacre, and 842, again flown by Flt Cmdr CHK Edmonds, launched to attack enemy ships at Ak Bashi Liman, on the Gallipoli Peninsula. Edmonds torpedoed the middle of 3 ships which caught fire and was later taken to Constantinople. Dacre had engine trouble and landed in the straits. His engine recovered enough for him to taxi towards False Bay where he fired his torpedo at a large steam tug, which he hit and sank. He then taxied 2 miles before managing to get 184 airborne again, crossed Bulair at around 200 feet, and was within gliding distance of Ben-my-Chree in Xeros Bay when his engine finally failed completely! This made 842 the first aircraft ever to torpedo a ship....the rest, as they say, is history....... This build is in tribute to those brave and relatively unknown fliers, who faced challenges that modern pilots would deem ridiculous - and succeeded! For those interested in the build thread, it's here. Thanks to all for your support and constructive criticism throughout the build! Ian
  21. 3 points
    SAAB B-17C, Danish Army Air Corps (Hærens Flyvertropper), Marivox 1/72 Made this one back in 2012
  22. 3 points
    I first noticed my photos disappearing from forums on Saturday NZ time. Yesterday I downloaded most of my albums, containing 5000 or so photos, from the PB account I started on 9 May 2005 and reuploaded them all to Flickr. I found that sometimes I had trouble downloading an album, then I saw it was Private and changed to Public. Downloaded no sweat. To be honest I didn't check to see if any Private ones were still on the forums, I just wanted to retrieve everything just in case I lost it all. Word on the street is that they're going through profile by profile and as long as you haven't shared to a third-party site you're spared The Treatment. I decided to do what someone somewhere suggested to show my disappointment: remove all my photos and leave only one particular file in there, meaning my Photobucket profile now looks like this:
  23. 3 points
    My choices, all in 1/72nd scale:- Venom / Sea Venom Anson C.19 Meteor NF. 11 - 14 Valetta Twin Pioneer Whirlwind Helicopter ( All Marks ) Javelin family Lightning Trainer versions Hornet Canberra Wessex HAS.1 / HC.2 Beverley Varsity Steve.
  24. 3 points
    Encouraged by the success of my previous Sea King re-build (http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/234986213-172-revell-sea-king-aew2-849-nas-1993/) I decided to press on with another one, this time using one of two German Mk.41s also acquired a while ago via Ebay as part of a job lot of built helicopters. With some spare and redundant items from ongoing and yet-to-do builds, and homecast resin stub wings and undercarriage fairings, this one was destined to become a Mk.4X and serve as a prototype for the two HC.4s on my list. Along with the Mk.4X modifications, the model also needed some repair work - the previous owner had gouged a crude hole in the underside (apparently to accommodate a stand), and whilst dismantling, removal of the radome had caused some damage to the spine and upper fuselage. The former was easily sorted by cutting out the affected sections from each fuselage half and inserting pieces of plastic card; the latter was fortunately in exactly the right place to be completely covered by a larger Sea Searcher radome - hence the decision to produce a Mk.4X, as operated by RAE Farnborough during the late 1980s. As per the AEW.2, rather than describe all the various details in one go here, I've appropriately captioned some of the following photos..... The cockpit features re-framed seats with sheepskin pads made from cotton wool cleansing pads. The upper windows are tinted with my 'Sea Green' mix, and between them a fairing has been fitted. Added to the nose panel are two aerials and their mountings directly in front of the pilots' windscreens, whilst on the centreline underneath is a mounting bracket. My homemade decals for the various intake grilles show up far more effectively on the white finish here than they did on the Dark Sea Grey of the AEW.2! Also seen is the main rotor head assembly re-seated to lower it, along with blade roots cut back to the old metal type. The winch unit has been modified - in retrospect, I've decided that the struts are slightly too short; subsequent builds will therefore feature complete replacements rather than adaptation of the kit parts. The winch is deliberately 'dirty'! The RAE's two Mk.4Xs were unique amongst British Sea Kings in having the starboard fuel filler point further aft (the same location as the Qatari Commando Mk.3) - the moulded kit area was cut out and swapped with the corresponding fuselage part. When test-fitting the dorsal radome, something had struck me as not being quite right (with the AEW.2 radome it had been that it did not sit perpendicular) - it initially appeared too narrow, but comparison against scaled photos soon revealed it was actually too tall. Cutting at the moulded horizontal line, removing six scale inches from the upper section and re-attaching solved the problem. Also just visible here is the SACRU underneath the fuselage, made from short lengths of wire and a homecast resin hook. This further view of the starboard rear fuselage also shows the box-type upper and lower fairings and homemade 'Commando Step', along with the small spotlight over the door and 'grab bar' fitted under the winch. Along with the upper and lower rear fuselage fairings, and one under the crew entry door, another was required for the port side aerial array, which represents the installation carried when the aircraft appeared at the 1986 Farnborough Air Show (at the 1988 event it had an additional blade aerial under the rear fuselage). The aft window opening was enlarged before being glazed with a flat panel slightly bigger than the kit's bubble window. Also of note here is the 'exposed' version of the flotation gear's inflation 'bottle'. The model was finished as the second Mk.4X, ZB507, based at Farnborough from early 1983 (the first, ZB506, was based at RAE Bedford), and which led the Emergency Services vehicles 'parade' at both the 1986 and 1988 Air Shows as mentioned above. An old tin of Precision Paints 'Fleet Air Arm Rescue Helicopter Red' was used for the Signal Red rear fuselage and stripe, and an equally old tin of their FS15050 'Blue Angels Blue' was a perfect match for the Oxford Blue lower surfaces. The decals are NOT from the recent Xtradecals sheet, but came from various Modeldecal sheets, apart from the Day-Glo Pterodactyl, a homemade decal outline of which was hand-painted. The black step and exhaust areas were also homemade. Unfortunately, despite having applied white half-discs before the roundels, bleed-through of the red stripe is still apparent....
  25. 3 points
    Panoz, Sorry- I didn't see your post until after I had submitted my comments; in my defense, I didn't say a Mk 1 wasn't in service or in those markings after 1945- I just commented that I hadn't seen a photo of one. Your post is one of the reasons why BM is such a godsend to modelers- there is always somebody out there who has better or more information or references, as the photo you attached proves. Thanks for sharing it. Mike.
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