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  1. Finally finished it! Quite an awful kit which requires lots of extra work and some aftermarket goodies - Eduard PE's and Matra Magic II missiles, Master pitot tube, L'Arsenal resin Raphael SLAR pod and Colorado decals. But in the end it's a great looking jet Best regards from Czech and happy New Year to everyone. Andrew
    18 points
  2. Hi All, this is my last off the bench for 2017; Heller's 1/72 Me-163 Komet with Scheuch-Schlepper. The Komet seat is a resin addition originally for an Fw-190 and the pitot is Albion Alloys tube. In other respects it is as Heller intended. Paints are Lifecolor finished with Xtracrylix satin varnish and the decals are the kit's own, with the exception of the swastikas. Happy modelling.
    18 points
  3. Evening All, This was my contribution to the Flying Boats GB which will run out on 7th January 2018: the build thread can be found there if you are interested. I am posting these photos her plus some notes on the type as it is generally little known: I did not know about this type until I came across it by chance about 15 months ago. It is completely scratch built from wood, brass rod, plastic sheet, rod and strip, and is rigged with rolled copper wire. I apologise for the backgrounds but the weather and light are very poor at the moment. I will take more pictures in better light w
    17 points
  4. This is one of my favorite sections on Britmodeller, I love to see everyone's collections all together. I had a slower year than usual, but still managed nine completions - all in 1/72. Recently, I've been on a kick of trying to match an inspiring reference pic with my builds, it's an enjoyable way to go. My first 2017 completion was the new Eduard Spitfire XVI. REFERENCE PIC LINK 1/72 effort Next up is a Spitfire FR18 modified from the new Sword Mk XIV kit. REFERENCE PIC 1/
    14 points
  5. Hi all! As a break from cramming detail into Matchbox biplanes, I embarked on one of my Telford buys, the AZ Chipmunk - on the suggestion that I needed a bit of a rest and a mojo restorer! It's quite a nice kit, with very delicate surface detail and a well-detailed interior. It's rather lacking in some of the finer details however- I added tie-down rings, actuator jacks for the flaps, pitot probe, catches for the sliding portion of the canopy, two blade aerials, a scoop on the cowling, the little strakes on the wing leading edges, brake lines, etc, plus drilling out the exhaust and all
    13 points
  6. I have always had a soft spot for the Lightning, built my first from Frog-Hasegawa when I was a teenager. Not really a beautiful aircraft, but it transmits a sense of brute force... very much like a MiG-25 or an A-10. Then the Trumpeter kit came, and I decided to build it. Then the Airfix kit came, and being more accurate in shape, I decided to build it. Then the Sword trainer came, and... why not? So here they are. The Trumpeter F.6. With Aires cockpit, Aires corrected exhausts, Xtradecal decals and Master pitot.
    13 points
  7. Merry Christmas to all! here my last build in 2017: Eduard`s nice MiG-21bis. Add a metal pitot by Master and some PE´s by Eduard. Decals for are Croatian AF MiG-21bis D are out of the box.
    12 points
  8. For the first two years after I returned to the plastic mangling in 2015, I was averaging one completed build every two weeks, but then I got more into improving on what I found in the box, concentrating more on quality rather than quantity. I also tried my hand at some reasonably ambitious scratch building, so the completed kit count this year has been significantly reduced. First off: Italeri Ju-87 G-2 Stuka 1/48. An excellent kit (with a couple of issues) and a very enjoyable build. MIM (Mojo Intensity Measure) = 9/10 http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic
    10 points
  9. Evening All, Here is my completed contribution to the GB: the Zeppelin Lindau (Dornier) Rs II late in its career. I apologise now for the photo backgrounds but as I explained in the build thread the light and weather at the moment are very poor and I have had problems taking pictures. The size of the model does not help either! I have not included my usual notes on the type - I will do so when I post photos in the RFI section of this site, so if you want to know more about this aircraft I refer you to there. In the meantime I hope that these are not too many pictures.....
    10 points
  10. Your more than welcome Johnny. Roight up then. Hope you all had a great Christmas. Having taken a brief interlude from the merriment (alas not necessarily a good idea to mix alcohol, sharp knives and toxic chemicals), I’ve got back to the bench. Before sorting out the canopy I had a little task to sort out which is the padded leather lip on the cockpit. As you can see top right in the piccie below courtesy of Wings Over Europe.com, it is quite distinctive. This is redolent of most references I’ve seen. It may not have been the same colour or quite as luxurious originally, but a padded lip arou
    9 points
  11. Thanks chaps! I did actually find the missing part the next day - on the floor beneath my chair, where I had looked exhaustively. It was definitely NOT there at the time, so I have no idea where it had been hiding, and how it got there! Today's work started with finishing the gunner's seat. A couple of pieces of .010" brass rod were added to what I already had, and, apart from the sling itself, I'm calling this complete and ready for paint. I should probably have soldered it, but don't yet have any flux. If it falls apart I shall buy some...........
    9 points
  12. Hello I decided to blow the Christmas cobwebs away with a visit to Duxford, hoping for some interesting images due to the recent snow. I'm pleased to say that the museum was reasonably busy (primarily with menfolk of different generations!) In my opinion, the shop is a shadow of its former self, with fewer aviation-related objects, and more kitchen-related items! The last time I visited, there was still a reasonable selection of Airfix and Revell model kits, but today, there was nothing more than a handful of Airfix Starter Kits. I wonder who the product buy
    8 points
  13. The fourth one this year, a record for me! It's the Tamiya 1/48 Skyraider in a French Air Force scheme with MDC update set & decals. They were used in the Counter Insurgency role in Algeria. This particular aircraft was operated by EC2/20 "Ouarsenis" from Boufarik in 1961. The MDC set includes resin aerials, rockets & rocket rails as well as brass fins for the rockets. These were individual, 4 for each rocket x 12 rockets = 48 fins. I made such a town halls of the first one that I gave up. The kit itself goes together without any problems, as you'd expect with Tamiya.
    8 points
  14. More done just before we take the dog on a walk up wychbury. tail fins tidied up. wings look about right now at this angle. the gap at the root had to be filled. I used PPP. then a damp cotton bud and voila. The dashboard type bit got added with the new view finder radar thing. looks ok in there now. all the black bits got a gloss coat so I can weather later. This had to dry so I added a few more pipes to the wells and brake lines and mounting joints to the legs. heres a dry fit with the wheel. busy enough for me. Just the other side to do no
    8 points
  15. Hello all Im going to start my thread here for the Group build. This will be a Number of firsts for me. It will be my First Group build ever, also my first ever 1/48th armor build. From what im seeing of the quality it wont be my last. Ok lets start with the obligatory photos. Box cover first The Artwork for the kits markings. Finally the contents of said box, as you can see its all in plastic so 0% work done at this point. And the second of the content photos. I have no etch im going for a straight up build. However im not so sure about the ma
    7 points
  16. Hi all, not much from me this year - a mere 2 completed builds - for a whole host of reasons, but I can honestly say I am very proud of what I've built and blogged on here. 1. AZModel 1:72 Morane-Saulnier Type 'G', as flown by Staff Captain Pjotr Nesterov of the Imperial Russian Air Service, WW1 For the full threads, click on the links: WIP RFI 2. Alam Halfa Diorama (1:35) featuring: Academy M3 Grant 'El Alamein 1942' kit, plus several modified figures
    7 points
  17. This has taken the better part of 2017, in between going back to work and a nice long summer trip to the Nats in Omaha. This is the progress so far, I'm on the home stretch now;
    7 points
  18. Found the construction of this kit a chore, but it really came to life for me during the weathering stage.
    7 points
  19. 2017, 6 builds, one every 2 months ... not so bad! in order: - Hellcat eduard 1/48 - Typhoon hasegawa 1/48 - Typhoon eduard 1/48 - spitfire LF.IXe tamiya 1/32 (my first) - P-47 D-40 tamiya 1/48 and the last one f4u-4 corsair hobby boss, a real s**** this model, everything is wrong! I hated this building, not had the courage to make the changes!!! (only one photo ... not proud of the result)
    7 points
  20. No.2 is finished; I'll do more glamour photos for the gallery tomorrow
    7 points
  21. Now where was I ? Oh... buried way back in the depths of page 8 after my vacationary jaunt back to the motherland. It was pretty much as I remembered it. Cold. Wet. Miserable. Wet. Cold. Wet. It only rained twice but the ground was wet the entire time I was there, and it was cold and wet! Now I remembered one of the reasons I headed over here. But, modeling... 'tis after all what we are here for is it not? Well, I have hardly been anywhere near the basement in the last few weeks except to grab a few tools to carry out SWMBO's honeydoo list. Sadly, today she got called i
    7 points
  22. Back to work on the Fang. Gradually getting the geometry of the undercarriage to look a bit more realistic: And fairing Trumpeter roots into the Barracudacast resin tails - elevators and rudder dry fitted, but the whole ensemble is a considerable improvement on the rather lifeless original: Still have to add a small section at the bottom of the rudder, above the tail hook assembly. More soon Crisp
    6 points
  23. Simon & Lady R., Jaime, Keith & Johnny: festive felicitations right back at ye - I hope you've had a satisfying few days? Thanks Tomo. As to the lunch: hairs, chest, put, etc. I can report that there has been some pigmentation started at this end. Even the fervent and faithful amongst you may have harboured doubts about that ever happening before the New Year. All masked-up and ready to rock the booth: Handles added to the doors: ...and added to all the other bits clustered together on the basis of shared colour: Putting
    6 points
  24. Greetings Sherman Fans. My entry for this GB will be this Photo for discussion only from the excellent walk round HERE. I may also make an instructor figure as this is a driver instructor in the Israeli Army.... After that I assure you things will go downhill.... This is what I'll be starting with My big box of unloved Sherman bits left from several stalled and abandoned builds. Fortunately there are enough bits to build this vehicle but I will be replacing the horrible HB tracks with THESE from OKB Grigorov and usi
    5 points
  25. The last completed work this year in scale 1/144.
    5 points
  26. My entry for this GB is Italeri's M-32 Recovery Vehicle. Undecided at to build it with the lifting arm raised or stowed. Would like to build it raised but need to check if it will fit in my display case. So what's in the box? Also have AFV Clubs M-10 in the stash, but saving that one of the Britmodeller 10th Anniversary GB.
    5 points
  27. Unlikely to get any of the F-4J builds completed before the year is out so it seems like a good time to give the annual run down now. In no particular order; 1. South Atlantic Shoot Down 2. Testing Times for the TSR2 3. A-6 SEA Experimental Scheme Bomb Drop (Try saying that quickly after a few beers.....) 4. 15th September 1940 5. Taking the Barrier 6. High Speed, Low Level TSR2
    5 points
  28. Not one of my most productive years, but I did get the following four models done this year: Revell's 1/32nd scale Spitfire MkIIa: Revell's 1/32nd MiG-29G: Revell's 1/32nd Spitfire MkIXc: ...and finally Airfix's classic 1/24th Hurricane MkI: My 1/32nd scratchbuilt Avro Shackleton project has also continued, albeit at a rather glacial pace, but it's getting there: Have a great 2018 whe
    5 points
  29. Hi, here’s my recently completed Zvezda 109F-2. Nice kit with plenty of details but a bit of a bugger to complete if wanting the cowling closed! Special thanks to Modelling Minion for the gratis Aeromaster decals, cheers mate. Anyway don’t overlook this kit now Eduard have theirs available as it can be built in to something much nicer than what I present below!
    5 points
  30. At the persistent request of my partner in modelling crime @BIG X (i'm in no way saying his models are criminal - some of mines certainly are) i present a LONG project. the old but pretty nice monogram (believe now re-boxed as a revell) he111. there aren't that many parts to this and the instructions are at points to say the least vague. Oh and whoever designed the way the main landing gear attaches - kudos for coming up with the most ridiculous way to attach something that has to bear any weight. got it primed (after having to get the wings un-superglued)
    5 points
  31. Back at it today after a little break over Christmas (although last night I did begin building Tamyia's Rc Big Wig kit), and I was mega excited to test the fabulous presents santa had left me. Namely a Neo, Iwata airbrush and larger compressor. So I set to work, masking up the grey areas with paper and tape, then mixing the Humbrol 30. Having been caught out with the grey, I only used half the amount of thinner than usual and a few drops of flow improver. Ready to test, I set the compressor to 30psi and sprayed my trusty Chinnook. The result was good, so I put the Typhoo
    5 points
  32. 28/12 update, rather picture heavy today. Base coat of Nato green added. The gator is turning out to be a very enjoyable build and is looking very nice so far. Wine time
    5 points
  33. I had hope for more in 2017, but I only managed four finished and two more started. Again it's my 1/1 scale car projects that are mostly to blame, but still I'm quite happy with what I actually did finish. Let's see what we have then; The first model was started in December 2016 and finished only a few days into 2017, the special Citroen 16 cylindres Hot Rod, built for the somewhat local competition/group build called "Johnny's Christmas Jam". It's based on Heller's 1/24 Citroen 15CV Traction Avant. You can see and read a little more of the thing and the event here. To my surprise
    5 points
  34. Hawker Tempest F.2, 33 Sqd, Butterworth, Malaya c. May/June 1951, Operation Firedog
    5 points
  35. No.2 Hawker Tempest F.2, 33 Sqd, Butterworth, Malaya c. May/June 1951, Operation Firedog
    5 points
  36. No less than with Steve's work in this area I want to thank-you hendie for taking the time during a fraught process to document and rationalize the procedures and results for the rest of us to follow. A second Scottish Enlightenment no less. My definition of technique: Techne:Ancient Greek, meaning 'art' or 'craft'. que? :Manuel from Fawlty Towers, meaning 'what'. Technique = 'What? You mean there's an art to this?' Keep going! Tony
    5 points
  37. Well, Christmas turned out to be surprisingly constructive. I pre-cooked some elements of the Christmas dinner this year, which meant that we had enough pans to go round for a change. Back to work! Sanded off the front of the nacelles to get the brass tubing in for the intakes: Cut off the rear of the nacelles to take the paper ring exhausts: Well, everyone just knows that the front of a Bristol nacelle should be brass colour: Start marking out for those bloomin' inlet doors: Ten evenly-spaced holes... ...fully marked out...
    5 points
  38. Good morning! I went to bed late, but I woke up early, as I had some work to do !!! First I glued a couple of square rods to act as a guide for a vertical plate made of pastic card. It's too long as I want to use it as a hande.There isn't much room to hold the back plate with my tiny fingers!!!I'll cut it later. Then I shaped the back plate to be inserted at the front of the middle wing section. I added some rods to replicate the cylinder and the lever. Then I shaped, drilled and filed the front plate
    5 points
  39. Its been a difficult year, with various elements of "Real Life" in the form of work, family and health interfering badly with modelling. But here we are at the end of the year, all is well in "Real Life" and although I don't think it has been my best modelling year by far, under the circumstances I am quite pleased with my output: The year started ambitiously as I scratch converted a 1/72 James Bond Italeri AW-1010 into a Royal Navy HC3A: Then the somewhat smaller 1/72 Italeri Bell Sioux appeared in Royal Marines markings:
    5 points
  40. Mirage P 11c, oob, built a few years ago not a bad build considering if I recall right. Don't remember many pitfalls all mistakes are thanks to me!
    5 points
  41. Hiya Lee, I know the book you have read mate and they were wrong to say Whitley`s,...there were other mistakes too,.....the main aircraft used were Halifax`s..... as these were the only ones which could drop the Jeeps and they came from 38 Group. Some Stirling`s from 38 Group could also have been used for personnel drops and supply drops. The main Op. Loyton personnel took off from RAF Fairford, which was a 38 Group airfield. These pics might help pal; jeepriggedrolledtohalifax by Tony OToole, on Flickr jeep-and-6pdr-heavy-drop-trial (1) by Tony OT
    5 points
  42. Hi guys, as I announced earlier, tonight I started working on the wings' middle section. I started from the outer folding system . I glued the plates at the wings' exit and cut the hinges female housings.( I'm sure they've got proper names, but I don't know them, thus....please forgive my ignorance and possiblyhelp me to improve my knowledge!!!) Here are some pictures: That's it for tonight. Nignt night!!!
    5 points
  43. Progress slow but steady! Now with decals, the rest of the struts and exhausts: The fin stripes need touching up. Part 21, one of the centre fuselage-wing struts was broken as I believe is traditional. And I think I'm going to do something about the exhausts, they're a bit... orange?
    5 points
  44. Good stuff. I started from zero with my first kits in 30 odd years. Here they are in something like chronological order. Some are rubbish, some I'm proud of. All were part of the learning process. My lad's PRXIX
    5 points
  45. Thanks John Well, that was a quiet couple of days on BM - I hope you all had a great Christmas and Boxing day? We did. I was lucky again - the girls, usually stuck for something to buy me, were very naughty and forked out for an Amazon Echo. I've not been an advocate for this sort of thing but I'm grateful for their gift and I'll give it a go... let's play my favourite radio programme: "Alexa, open the BBC" "The BBC. This is the BBC. Which radio station or podcast would you like to play?" "I'm sorry I haven't clue" "Hmm, I can't find that one...
    5 points
  46. At long last, what feels like months after effectively finishing, I've reattached the odd tiny part that fell off and taken some pictures. Finding somewhere to get natural light at this time of year is hard in this house, hence the thoroughly un-sealike backdrop! This was my first ever float- or sea-plane build, so thanks to the wonderful GB hosts for both inspiration and encouragement! Aeronavale Dornier-24T of Flotille 9F, based at Karouba, Tunisia, 1946. Italeri 1/72, painted mainly with (lots of) Vallejo light green. W
    5 points
  47. Yep, I'm going for: TAMIYA'S 1/35th SHERMAN M4A3E8 with my first serious attempt at Photo-Etch. And why not go for a diorama while I'm at it? EASY PEASY!!!! EDIT: Now that work has started, I have decided to model my Easy 8 on a photo supplied by @Sgt.Squarehead. That photo shows a Sherman with additional armour plate added to the front of the tank. I thought that was something my limited skills could handle. Subsequent closer inspections shows that the uppermost armour 'plate' is actually an entire glacis, cut from another (presumably destroyed) Sher
    4 points
  48. Thanks Giorgio, Johnny, Bill and Cookie Some masking mojo tonight that has to be taken advantage of. You remember we discussed masking props and whether to do the yellow first? You remember I recently had trouble with 'overspray' well outside the masked area? I'm taking no chances: Yellow first is easier, methinks, unless you're very sure you won't get overspray (which I'm not). LE masked with tape for curves: Sorry about the blurry shot. Then overspray protection applied: No airbrushing
    4 points
  49. "Alexa, please embed photos of the Cedfire into Britmodeller from my Flickr account." Alexa explodes. That is one cool paint job Ced!
    4 points
  50. Wow! So much discussion on the Black Widow's fuselage shape. I am always amazed at how great a resource exists in the members of this site. Shifting gears back to my build progress... My paint strategy is this: Using the black basing method, first paint the undersides, then add the invasion stripes. Mask off the stripes and lower surfaces, and paint the base green coat for the upper surfaces. Remove the masking from the upper parts of the invasion stripes and spray those with a light coat of base green, allowing the stripes to show through faintly. Finish off with vario
    4 points
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