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  1. 13 points
    Hi lads, Finally finished another Sherman. I really enjoyed building this model. Now it's time to see what you think about it.
  2. 13 points
    While the forum was flooded with beautiful Tamiya Tomcats I was finishing the Hobby Boss F-14A. Goal was to make a accurate Persian Tomcat, so the choice was the Hobby Boss one. Added with Eduard Sidewinder Niner Juliets to represent the Iranian operated Pappa's variant the job was done. Besides the Sidewinders some other Eduard add-ons were used, Aires exhausts, Wheelliant weighed wheels, and Hi-Decal, well, decals. Hope you like!
  3. 11 points
    Hi all. Here's another kit I recently finished. This time it's the Revell Tornado kit. Very nice details in the kit but quite some work to build. Almost all parts need cleaning up and some carefull fitting is needed in places. Decals from the Italeri kit were used and were not bad at all for their age. Gunze Aqueous over Alclad black primer was used. Weathering was dome with Mig Productions wash and pastel powders. Thanks for watching. René
  4. 10 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
  5. 9 points
    New models of AMG. Bf.109B & Bf.109D
  6. 8 points
    I really enjoyed the small Airfix kit. No issues during assembly. The decals are from the portuguese maker BlackCat decals.
  7. 7 points
    Just finished this - reasonably happy with it. It is a nice, straightforward build - not too much filling and sanding, great fun, a nice subject. Mostly out of the box, I used Hataka acrylic paints, gloss seal coats by Pledge, decals ( 501 Squadron, RAF Filton) by Xtradecal. Top semi matt finish by Model Master acrylic, with some very light panel washes using Flory washes. Metallic finish was using Vallejo acrylic metal aluminum colour. I didn't go attempting multi metal shades, since the actual aircraft were painted high speed silver, rather than left as bare metal. I attempted "black basing" for some shading / tone variation. It didn't quite come out as I wanted, but I still feel it made a positive difference. Build thread:
  8. 6 points
    Hi all, tis is my last model. The plane has been riveted and AK product used for chipping. The plane is the mount of Major Saito commander of the 85th Sentaï. Cheers. DSC_0005 by jean Barby, sur Flickr DSC_0003 by jean Barby, sur Flickr DSC_0004 by jean Barby, sur Flickr DSC_0002 by jean Barby, sur Flickr DSC_0001 by jean Barby, sur Flickr
  9. 6 points
    G'day All, I'm calling this one as of now done. It's my take on the aircraft "flung" off HMAS Sydney between July - October 1918. Built OOB and rigged with Ez-Line. It's my third WNW kit. I experienced a bit of trouble with the decals cracking but other than that, any other dramas were of my own making. Apologies for the picture quality....one day I'll learn to take better ones....and today isn't it! Devo P.S. Rigging that little bullet fairing in the last pic was.......interesting
  10. 5 points
    An imagined interception of a Miyashishev Bison, somewhere over the North Sea in the '60's Both planes and sea are modelled in Modo with a little postwork in Photoshop..
  11. 5 points
    SAAB B-17C, Danish Army Air Corps (Hærens Flyvertropper), Marivox 1/72 Made this one back in 2012
  12. 5 points
    Yesterday was a holiday here in the States (out of respect for the British hosting this site, I won't go any further than that). I had hoped to some get time in for building but events conspired against me. I was only able to get a couple of things done. Trumpeter would have you place the engine exhaust much too deep in the fuselage, the nozzle should be even with where the airbrake petals attach. I put it in the correct location but with the lack of a forward attachment point, I had to improvise some bracing to keep it from wobbling around. I also added wiring details to the landing gear. This is part of the Eduard PE set, which saved some effort but it was still quite a fiddly job and took longer than I would have liked. I'm just about at the point where I can close up the fuselage. Although none of the reviews or builds I've seen online have mentioned need for nose weight, I believe I'll add some anyway just to be on the safe side. On a side note, I found that there is a local chapter of IPMS in my city (Huntsville, Alabama) and attended my first meeting a couple days ago. They're hosting a show & contest on August 26 -- that gives me about 7 weeks to finish my Thud (less, actually... I will be on business travel for the better part of a week in mid-August). Better get cracking!
  13. 5 points
    Right. I plucked up patience to complete the build tonight. Turns out the title of my opening post who doesn't like a shark mouth is slightly ironic. I actually dont. Ha ha Anyway, here's a few pics of the finished product. It's definitely not the best and its not winning any awards. It was a nightmare but it's done and I'm proud of myself for finishing it. The left undercarriage leg is refusing to stick properly so I'm going to have to be super careful with it. On to the pics.
  14. 4 points
    Hi all! My latest two completions, a pair of RAF highback Mustangs. First up is the Accurate Miniatures Kit converted to a Mk.1 using the Ultracast conversion. Wing panel lines filled to simulate the putty used by NAA. Eduard Seatbelts, prop and exhaust stolen from an Eduard P-39 kit. Tamiya paints including a home-made 'Mixed Grey' from Tamiya MSG and Black. Decals from the Spares box to represent and aircraft of 26 Squadron. AM148 later became a test aircraft for Rolls-Royce. I'm sure this is a lovely kit however my butchery to fit the Ultracast conversion didn't help!!! Second is the Tamiya P-51B built as Mk.III. Wing panel lines filled again, Eduard seatbelts, Rob Taurus vac canopy. Tamiya paints and Techmod decals to represent the aircraft of Sqn Ldr Bohdan Arct of 316 (Polish) Squadron. He bailed out of this aircraft and was captured in September 1944 after an engine failure. Not much else to say about the Tamiya kit, it's an absolute beauty! As with the Fw190 thread, apologies for the out of focus pictures. It's 50 degrees outside and I don't want to go back outside to take new ones! Thanks for looking, Chris
  15. 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.
  16. 4 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
  17. 4 points
    Thanks to everyone for the kind support over the past few weeks, it's been greatly appreciated. I've re instated some of my threads but this will be an ongoing process for a while. Anyway enough of that! We has some bench time. not a lot but some. I figured the internal cloth would be kind of dirty white as all pics are BW but look that way do I pre shaded in a lighter brown. then using a Tamiya mix of deck tan and white we arrived here. looks wonderful to me not because it's particularly good but because it's a model, and I'm painting it. feels like it's been an age. Any road the wooden parts got a coat with a hairy friend. im going to add some grain to the front and back black up the ammo in the pouches then gloss coat ready for the first dark wash. before that I dry fitted the fuel tanks. all looking good. As I said not much but it's great to be back at it. Thank you so much for sticking with me and popping in to have a little look. Going through all my old pics and popping them on Flickr has really lit my Modelling fire again. Looking forward to more of this beauty. Take care guys and as always, happy modelling. Johnny's back!
  18. 4 points
    The Saab 36 Nidhögg Sweden's nuclear weapon programme was started after World War II and the American atomic bombing of the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. In the early years after the war Sweden made a decision to become a neutral power that could defend itself militarily against any invading power. The biggest threats to Sweden were identified as being Soviet nuclear capabilities and in the late 1940s and 1950s much research was made into nuclear weapons to act as a deterrence to them. In 1948 the first solid plans on how to create an atomic weapon was presented to the FOA ("Försvarets forskningsanstalt", Swedish Defence Research Agency). Plans were established to run a civilian nuclear power programme in parallel, using domestic uranium resources as nuclear fuel. The Ågesta and Marviken reactors were to be used to produce plutonium for the weapons, while also producing energy. Plans were created to develop initially aircraft to deliver these nuclear weapons, and later on, submarine launched missiles as a means of delivery as well. All of the nuclear development activities took place at the FOA. The plan was to produce 100 warheads in a timespan of ten years. During the 1960s the programme rapidly progressed. The turning point was on 18 August 1968 when a 10 Kiloton device was detonated deep underground in Northern Sweden. The explosion registered on seismographs around the world but was dismissed as a "minor earth tremor" by the Swedes. The Soviets and the United States were uncertain whether it had been an earth tremor or not. Scandinavia and in particular, Northern Sweden, is a seismically active region. For the Swedes, the event proved to them that they now had a successful design which could be weaponised. This test was followed by several more, all in the tens of kilotons and finally in a much larger warhead in the 50-60 Kiloton range, 18 months later. By this time, suspicions were aroused amongst observers. The Swedes though, again announced that more earthquakes had occurred. Both superpowers though, started to watch seismic events much more closely in Scandinavia. The Swedes never conducted another test, having proved the design and it's scaleability. Officially, all plans for nuclear weapons were scrapped in 1969. Unofficially, the Nuclear Programme continued in deepest secrecy. The first weapon produced was a free-fall bomb, with an estimated yeild in the 100 Kilotonne class. While the Nuclear Programme had come to fruitition, Saab, the Swedish aircraft manufacture had been designing and building the means to carry it. Several designs were proposed, some more exotic than others. In the end, taking a leaf from the book of French designer, Marcel Dassault, the decision was taken to simply scale up the Saab 35 Draken fighter. Utilising the aerodynamic data accumulated from the design and testing of this fighter meant that the design and testing process for the new strike version would be decreased. The result was the Saab 36 Nidhögg. Powered by twin license produced Rolls Royce Spey engines, the Nidhögg was capable of Mach 2.5 at altitude. It could carry a payload of 4,000 lbs, 2,000 nautical miles in it's internal weapons bay. It had a crew of two. Initially armed with nuclear free-fall bombs, later in it's career it was able to carry the RB-09 "Mjölnir" Nuclear Attack missile which allowed it to attack targets over 400 miles distant. It was able from bases in Sweden to reach all major targets in the Baltic and even as far afield as Moscow and Murmansk. The Saab Nidhögg were stationed on remote airfields with hangars built inside tunnels under many meters of granite. Through out it's service life, the aircraft received several upgrades. Perhaps the most important were the addition of canards during it's development and the addition of an attack missile late in it's life. Intended to improve controllability at lower speeds and high angles of attack duing the approach, particularly onto the roadway emergency airfields that the Swedish Air Force expected to be the only ones which were likely to survive a Soviet Nuclear attack, the canards earnt the aircraft it's nickname amongst some of its crew who resisted the Swedish Air Force's official discouragement of such frippery - "Puckelrygg" - "Hunchback" in Swedish. The RB-09 "Mjölnir" nuclear attack missile enabled the Nidhögg to be able to attack from outside the Soviet SAM defences. Named after the hammer used by the Thundergod, Thor, it had a range of over 400 miles. Powered by a ramjet, the missile flew at Mach 3 and could be pre-programmed to fly a dog-leg course and attack from either low or high altitude. It carried a 100 Kilotonne warhead. The Nidhögg carried one missile semi-recessed into its weapons bay under the fuselage. Nidhögg was deliberately chosen as the name of this remarkable aircraft. It reflected it's role, as the weapon of last resort. Nidhögg was of course the "dragon who gnaws at a root of the World Tree, Yggdrasill," in Norse mythology. Nidhögg is said to have been controlled by only one person, the Norse goddess named Hel (Goddess of the underworld for which the Christian realm of Hell is named after). When Nidhögg was released, Ragnarök - the end of the world - would occur. The Swedish high command recognised that if there was a need for Nidhögg and it's weapons, then the end of the world had arrived. The existence of both the Swedish Nuclear weapons and the Saab Nidhögg strike aircraft was not publicly revealed until 1993, when the Swedish Government officially announced that as the Cold War was over and the Soviet Union had collapsed, their need was ended. Throughout the career of the Saab Nidhögg, neither superpower had been able to detect it's existence. The Swedes had taken special care to only fly the aircraft at night and made sure that it was never left stationed next to a standard Saab 35 Draken fighter, so it's considerably larger size could not be easily ascertained from satellite photos. Keeping them inside the hangar caves kept them out of view as well. The revelation came as a surprise to the world. While the Soviets and the United States had both had their suspicions, they had never been able to confirm them. Sweden, with South Africa were the only two nuclear powers to unilaterally relinquish Nuclear weapons of massed destruction. Today, one Saab 36 Nidhögg resides in the Swedish Air Force Museum at Malmen Airbase in Malmslätt, just outside of Linköping, Sweden. Where it is displayed next to an RB-09 "Mjölnir" missile. A remarkable aircraft that thankfully, never flew an operational mission. The Model The model is a combination of a venerable Lindberg Saab Draken and a Heller TF-104 forward fuselage. Despite it's age and its several toylike features, the Lindberg kit had little flash and fitted remarkably well. The TF-104 nose went on extremely well as well, almost as if it was designed to. The undercarriage comes from a spare Mirage IV set I had in the spares box as do the drop tanks. The tail cones are Maestro Draken ones. Along with quite a bit of Milliput, PSR and effort, the aircraft has been painted in a combination of Vallejo and Tamiya acrylics by hand. The bang seats are Pavla ones. The missile is scratch built from spares in the spares box (couple of pods/fuel tanks and some plasticard for fins). The cart it's posed on is a modified Bloodhound one. The markings were supplied by Pellson (thanks very much!) after I discovered my stock of Swedish roundels had all perished. I originally wanted to paint it in splinter but then found out only two Drakens ever wore splinter so decided to go with the green/dark blue scheme. This fitted well with the subterfuge contained in the story.
  19. 4 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!
  20. 3 points
    Dora Wings is to release 1/72nd & 1/48th Percival Proctor Mk.I/II/III & Vega Gull kits. Source: https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=2005654616331772&id=1929101897320378 V.P.
  21. 3 points
    Spotted this kit for sale on BM, and thought it would be something different for me to build. Owned by A.L.E in Stafford, so a local connection. I saw one of these a few years ago, real heavy haulage! DSC_0001 by richellis1978, on Flickr DSC_0003 by richellis1978, on Flickr DSC_0008 by richellis1978, on Flickr Thats 2 models so far this year! Shall be in Truck Model World Magazine in due course
  22. 3 points
    Good evening. My rendition of the X-wing flown by Poe Dameron from Star Wars: The Force Awakens, one of the most beautiful sci-fi craft ever designed (in my opinion). This is the Bandai kit with the annoying multi-coloured plastic parts moulded in the colour scheme, making painting both a tad easier and more complicated. I had to glue the wings in the combat deployment to stop me from closing them in temptation and accidentally chip off the paint. The stand is also glued as I broke it while trying to change its position. This was easily the most irritatingly fiddly paint scheme to mask, but it came out 'OK' in the end. It was also my first time using MIG Ammo washes (brown for German yellow on the orange and grey, and stone grey for black on the black); I will now almost exclusively use these due to their quality. I'm still getting used to my new camera, and I can't seem to work out how to get the whole model in the picture to not get blurry. Enjoy!
  23. 3 points
    And now back to the MiniArt kit itself and its poorly designed parts... I was going to have a little rant about their stupidity in designing the railings for the front steps, but I was half way through a paragraph and lost the will to live. Needless to say that once again, extra work had to be done to get the parts to fit together, and yet again the so called instruction sheet was as useful as a chocolate Sabot Round. Anyway, I've fitted the sloping railings together and have fitted the two sets of square railings for the platform at the top. That's 4 parts in total. They come on 4 separate sprues........................ Wooooohoooo!... I was just interrupted by a low flying Herc! And when I say low flying, I mean I could have hit it with a well aimed stone! It would have taken off from RAF Lyneham where they were once based. Nowadays they are an uncommon sight, but they always seem to practice their low-level manoeuvres when they do pay a visit., right over the top of our house and banking sharply over the wooded valley. Great sight! Where was I? Ah yes. 4 sprues, with 42 parts between them, 38 parts of which are not used in this kit. Talk about a waste of plastic. (Only of course, I will be using the extra parts in other dioramas.) So, I gave the parts their undercoat. Guess which colour? Yep, Brussel Sprout Green. Simply because I had some left in the airbrush. I will of course paint them the same blue as all the other blue things. No photos, because I bet you're all bored stiff of seeing green things, even if they are Brussel Sprout Green as opposed to Lime Green. I may be going fossil hunting tomorrow, in which case no progress will take place until the evening. It will be quite rapid progress though... with the railing to paint and fit, and then the exterior wall lanterns. (I'm going to make two as I have a spare or four) TFR, (Thanks for reading) Badder.
  24. 3 points
  25. 3 points
    Hi folk's,put a wash in the detail just to add a little depth to the finish.