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  1. Hello, being a new member on this forum, I like to share some of my past work. Please. Feel free to comment! First an oldy :Horten nightfighter! (1/48 Dragon) Blohm und Voss 212 (1/48 Fonderies Miniatures) TA 152 from the comics by Hugault (1/48 Italeri) A quickbuild : The Airfix members special 1/48 Me 109 And the special edition by Eduard of the Roden Gladiator
    31 points
  2. Before Christmas I decided on a quick "out of the box" twin build of the Airfix 1:72 scale Mk I Hurricane. It all went well until I hit the canopies - which I made a complete hash of and had to strip and start again. They are still not terribly good - not sure what went wrong. Just out of practice I guess. Brush painted with Tamiya acrylics, with the white and aluminium undersides coming from Tamiya rattle cans.I tried a wash with oil paints rather than my usual water colour wash, and I finished with a matt coat from a rattle can (Tamiya Clear Matt). Pretty happy with how that worked out - alt
    31 points
  3. Hmm, Trumpeters Wellington goes for about £32, the MPM one £26 ( or £29 for the italeri rebox). The Lanc at £30 sits between revells £20 and hasegawas daft £55. AMG's Sea Fury - about £40, Trumpeter's crap effort £36- Airfix £25. Meng Mustang £35, Hasegawa or Italeris rebox £28-£30. Airfix £20 ( about the same as Tamiya's). Airfixs new Hunter £36 - well you can find the italeri rebox of the totally crap Academy kit for between £20 & £35. I know which I will opt for. I'd say Airfix arent excessive overall - though the Shack I admit is a puzzler ( perhaps they just thi
    20 points
  4. Just finished the A&A Models EWR VJ-101C-X2 German VTOL fighter testbed.... The main engines are in VTOL mode - with the translating intakes extended and the front lift engines intake and exhaust doors open. The main engines horizontal in CTOL mode (when the translating intakes would be retracted and the forward engine doors closed) CTOL..... VTOL. Build and finished model photos here..... Ken
    15 points
  5. I made the rigging with EZ Line. It was my first and last time. In general, the model has really drowned me. Kit - old Matchbox, decals Yellow Wings.
    15 points
  6. I can’t belive the amount of negative comments that these threads about Airfix generate. For years, I wished they retooled some of their classic kits....and they are doing. They’re also bringing out some fantastic new kits that were needed for years (Whitley, hunter as examples). These are the golden years for me, I just wish I could build quick enough to keep up with their releases, keep up the great work Airfix
    15 points
  7. Today was several brainless hours highlighted by dwindling eyesight, photoetch that goes zing, knocked over bottles of decal solvent, subtle cursing...in other words, a typical day in Navy Birdland working on 1:72 scale cockpit stuff. Why do they make it so small?? Anything accomplished? Here's a couple of shillings worth - first, the ejection seats, back to back because they won't stand up by themselves, and only posed this way so I could show off the metallic green tubes on the back side. Which are really there, by the way, I got the photos that say so. Once the seats are install
    15 points
  8. Hi, Considering that this Aurora kit is almost 50 years old it is not that poor IMO. Since I built the Monogram reissue more than 20 years ago my memories have more or less faded but I still remember three major problems: In those early days kits with opening doors, bonnets and even boot lids were rather popular even if their usually poor fit spoilt the appearance of the model when closed. This applies to the Aurora kit, too. Making equal gaps and gluing these movable parts shut flush with the rest of the body was rather laborious. The optically extrem
    14 points
  9. This kept me occupied over Christmas and New Year. All I can say is...... Micro-sol!!!! Unbelievably brilliant stuff!!! (Oh and the windows in the side doors have been put back the right way round since these photos were taken)
    13 points
  10. Hello mates! I like tigers and cats made in USA. One can see. F9F-2 Panther of ATU-206 at NAS Pensacola ca. 1956. Hasegawa 1:72. I built this 2001. Hase didn't provide a number 53 for the rudder. The AC in front have them. There are differences in colors and sizes of insignia, not all have the same standard, AC in front grey flaps. 30 and 60 have big insignia. 53 with a small one is not in this common licensed pic. But there are, a very nice clean 53 in formation too, there are white flaps.... Cheers, Thomas
    12 points
  11. Thanks Gorby, some more.... the Horten flies on a metal pin: And one of the shelf queens: enjoy!
    11 points
  12. Hi, I enjoyed this build, really has a presence in my cabinet. One of my favorite WWll aircraft. Cheers Jim
    10 points
  13. Thanks Giorgio - noted! Touched up. No more close ups, right? Oh OK, just one then. I fixed the code letters with a tiny brush: Not perfect but it looks fine from normal distance. Prop fitted, she's now being left overnight: I'll satin varnish in the morning and then fit some gun covers and rip off the canopy masks. Yay!
    10 points
  14. Well, here's my second effort, a Revell Focke-Wulf 190 A8. I was going to make the R11 nightfighter version but Dot gold hold on one of the sprues and the radar aerials were a bit nibbled so I was left with the A8! The overall scheme is RLM 76 but to be honest the colour I was recommended, Vallejo 70.961 Sky blue looked very bright after I had painted it. I had been recommended a series of vids by a young lad by a kind soul on this forum which were very instructive and it is where I got the pencil idea from. After a bit of scratching around on pa
    9 points
  15. Short S.23 Empire C Flying Boat 1:144 vacform by Welsh Models Paints: Vallejo Model Air Decals: from kit except some homemade to replace damaged decals WiP here Some doors, hatches and wing platforms opened for future diorama setting. Starboard outer engine cowling opened, with scratchbuilt engine; plus cowling case on wing.
    9 points
  16. Hi All, This is my reveal for the Airfix 1/72 P51 D mustang which I built alongside a Tamiya 1/72 one as a side by side build. This was built during this years Mustang STGB. Build Summary The Airfix 1/72 Mustang. A gem of a kit. Went together really well. I painted it using Tamiya Enamels and Humbrol Enamels. I did not give it a wash since the panel lines just highlighted very well after I applied the paint so I left them as is. The decals went on phenomenally well too. Build Thread http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/235014643-17
    9 points
  17. de Havilland DH 60G Gypsy Moth Coupe The British Arctic Air Route Expedition 1/72 Avis (AModel) This is my latest completion for the Flying Boats and Float Planes Group Build, in the main it was built OOB with a few detail refinements and rigged with Uschi's rigging thread. A late decision to add the flying control cables meant that I had to leave off the rudder cables, I found it difficult juggling the model, tweezers and rigging thread with my arthritic fingers. In hindsight I should have added these cables when carrying out the main rigging work. I hope tha
    8 points
  18. Hello all! I just signed on today after browsing the site for a couple of years. For the last couple of years my models have been almost exclusively 1/48 aircraft flown by my old USAF squadron - the 23rd TFS "Fighting Hawks". Hence my avatar (also since it was one of the few photos/graphics small enough to meet the restriction). I was an F-4E backseater at Spangdahlem AB from Mar 1984 to Feb 1987. While there we had a squadron exchange with the Danish RF-35 Draken squadron at Karup and the 617 Sqd Dambusters at RAF Marham. We deployed to Zaragoza AB, Spain twice a year for bombing practi
    8 points
  19. Arguing over whether a kit is expensive or not is a totally pointless row. What's cheap to one man could be a fortune to another, so it's totally irrelevant. We don't need eachother's circumstances, whether that person is on a limited income or independently wealthy, or whether they're just a tightwad or not. Let's not get bent out of shape over it though, eh? It's ok to have different opinions, but it's NOT ok to come to blows over something that is subjective.
    8 points
  20. Not content with the lack of new tools by some they now moan about the cost of the kits!! Look at how much Italeri kits have gone up to let alone some of the eastern European ones an far eastern kits. I still think Airfix are a lot cheaper than most others in Europe Come on .... reallly!!!
    8 points
  21. Hifolk's got an hour in this morning started the assembly of the bogie's seems to worked as far as ease of painting is concerned
    7 points
  22. I felt a little embarrassed that my completed builds for last year were less than half of those of the previous few years, one thing I have realised is that as long as I keep building kits I keep a fairly steady rate of completions up but if I stop for any length of time I tend to find it hard to get started on the next build, for all the usual reasons - laziness, pub, laziness and pub. Also laziness and the pub might have been a factor. Anyway in an attempt to avoid a repetition of the vague feelings of shame that stirred when I assessed last year's output, I shall try not to stop this year,
    6 points
  23. Hi there ! I want to share with You my recently finished project - Tamiya 1:48 P-47d "Smokepole" flown by Lt. Hal Dunning and Lt. Doug Towner on Saipan in 1944. I added rivets and some details on engine. Decals used: SuperScale 48-1099. For national insignia I used diy masks. Paints used on this bird: Gunze H-52, C-12, C-22, SM01, Tamiya XF-4, XF-53, cockpit colur is a mix XF-5 with XF-50. Weathering done with use of oil paints. Feel free to coment.
    6 points
  24. Here is my Moebius Space Clipper finished. Unfortunately something went astray with my LED strip wiring inside the fuselage and only half of them are lit. You cannot tell that the interior is lit unless it is in complete darkness. Oh well, not much I can do now. I decided to finish her like a modern airliner all clean ans sparkly in pristine condition.
    6 points
  25. Hi, this is one of my last works... The kit is a classical Trumpeter, divided in too many pieces but very simply to build... Here's a few pictures That's all folks !
    6 points
  26. Hi All, second mustang from last year. Still could not get the checkered nose decal to play ball. Bit happier with this one and again another superb Tamiya kit. Cheers Jim
    6 points
  27. Once upon a time, well, in 2016 anyway, there was the Airliners III group build...... Despite never having built an airliner before, I decided this was going to be my first group build contribution. In a triumph of enthusiasm, naivety and recklessness, I entered late on with an Eastern Express Boeing 737-300. The group build archive documents my attempts to force the warped fuselage and wings into reasonable shapes, but it was inevitable that I would eventually run out of time. For the past year the model and I have had occasional interactions, with long periods of rest
    6 points
  28. Lightning T55 55-714 RSAF (ZF595) BAe Warton. c/n B1/95027 Built 1/2/68 as 6-27-73. 22/3/68 Coltishall coded D/212 it was delivered to the Royal Saudi Air Force Jeddah 11/7/69
    6 points
  29. Hi All, I completed this effort a few months ago. Superb kit to build and 1/32 is my favorite scale that suits my eye site and shaky old hands. I stuffed up the decaling so any advice with applying decals to the nose area. It was supposed to have a checkered band behind the spinner, I just could not get them on without them breaking. Jim
    6 points
  30. Latest of the bench and the first of the new year. It's the Tamiya 1/32 Birdcage Corsair in the makings of 738 NAS. at Lewiston, Maine, USA April 1944 Markings are from Eaglecals and the only other addition is the seat harness from HGW. These kit are proper plastic engineering. Hope you like. Please feel free to comment Cheers Dick
    6 points
  31. Dear Lord me nerves is shredded on another bumper high-wire act of Cedulacious proportions! Your good spirits never fail to shine through Ced. Offering no advice as still finding my way with masking & homebrewing decals - which makes me empathize all the more with such tribulations. Grace under pressure. As they once said about the hydraulically-operated Grace Darling exhibit at the Bamburgh Visitor's Centre. Dreadful mess during the opening night - too much hydraulic fluid in the system and both oars shot off taking Lord Mayor Clive May's trouse
    6 points
  32. Previously on Bette Midler Britmodeller.... As Ced suggested, it makes sense to remind both of us where things stood at the end of the summer, so let's see if I can remember what all these blooming bits are again: Rollers for front and rear of cable deck. Cockpit window masked inside and out. Fuselage ceiling, inc. rebuilt rear section to fit expanded J-variant end section. Fuselage fuel tank covers. Cable tray. Oxygen cylinders for roof. Cable deck. Cable drum and support. Recovery poles. Aircraft floor. Recov
    6 points
  33. Sorry, but no. Nineteen quid for a 1/72 Me 262 is insane! If Eduard can do a really good Spitfire or Fw 190 for around a tenner, and Avant Garde a stunning Kfir for eleven quid, one has to wonder why Airfix, a company that mostly relies on impulse/pocket money sales, can't or won't compete. Chucking an extra set of stickers into a series 1 kit and bumping the price by three quid is, at best, a cynical marketing ploy. Want more people to buy your kits? I know, keep whacking the prices up. That'll work! People are quick to point out that Airfix aren't a charity. By the same token
    6 points
  34. Thanks Ian - overspray? Where? It will be removed! Thanks Bill - ah, the old 'I'm here now so there must be something I need' conundrum. Frome have actually moved their counter to block off the tool racks, presumably to deter the light fingered. For me this has significantly reduced my spend as I now have to ask for exactly what I want. I mentioned this to the nice lady that runs the place but I guess their extra 'impulse' sales didn't match the pilfering. Sad really. Thanks John - sadly the port side seems to be my favourite viewing angle and my plan is to have this,
    6 points
  35. And finished! Amazing how long the final little bits takes. The wheels were a bit tricky, I eventually used superglue gel to allow me the time to get the "flats" appropriately positioned. The canopy was glued on with some white glue (which is still wet in these pictures). More photos to follow in RFI once everything has dried!. A bit frustrating at times, but I am pretty happy with how it turned out and I have learned a few useful skills along the way. Thank for following.
    6 points
  36. I love that Airfix has now claimed one undeniable prize... ... most expensive major European model company. Seriously, in what planet does Airfix thinks it exists that models are worth costing 50-75% more than an equivalently-sized Revell model... and still well below in surface detail/fit? It's absolutely bonkers. £30 for a Welly, £45 for a Shackleton when a Revell Lanc or B-17 is £20.
    6 points
  37. Hi all, This is my final reveal for the Italeri 1/72 Wessex UH 5 Helicopter. This kit came in a 2 in 1 with a 1/72 Harrier as part of the Italeri Falklands War Anniversary set. Build Summary I had a lot of fun with this one. It has been painted using Humbrol and Tamiya Enamels. Weathering is done in the form of preshading with highlighting the panel lines with a Copic Marker and minor dirt marks using Tamiya Panel Line Accent. I did scribe in a few panel lines and details as well. No scratch building was done. Some silvering occured on on one of the decals with the
    6 points
  38. Today I finally had all the things I needed to do the soldering. In the finest traditions of 'my' modelling this hurdle has caused me to stop any other forward movement, I could have had the wheels primed and painted! Anyway, I needed a soldering iron with a bit of oomph, the 30watt couldn't deliver enough heat (and such a small bit of brass as well!). Today the 40 watt iron was collected and that has a broad tip which I used to tin both pieces of brass with a very fine layer of normal solder: In the photo above, I have positioned the 2 pieces together rea
    6 points
  39. Hi, everyone! Happy New Year! It's my first model in this year. All photos here: https://karopka.ru/community/user/9868/?MODEL=503116
    5 points
  40. Hi everyone, made this kit last year and was pleased with the outcome. Starting to get the hang of things especially the airbrush. Feel free to comment. Cheers Jim
    5 points
  41. I have had a first bash at the port wing fold tonight Here the second hinge and the retraction pivot added to the basic wing plug And the holes for the blown air ducts, them retraction point is not yet trimmed, getting these lengths and locations right has been a bear but I think I am close now the hole between the two hinges is for the cable runs into the wing, any idea how I'm going to show runs of cable tied wiring in 72th Me neither I couldnt get this close without a play could I? Of course the plug wants to pull out but it'
    5 points
  42. Rule one should always be stick close to your references. Of course I’ve failed to heed my own advice, and not looked back at the photo of the 107 Squadron IV that I am building. A belated rush of commons sense saw me realise among other things that the elevators were dropped, but nothing else. So I’ve bent mangled fixed the tail of mine to match, and then noticed that, unexpectedly (to me at least) the cooling gills (is that what they are?) round the engines appear to be open, Fortunately Airfix offer both options in the kit. So we have, bomb bay doors, flaps (none of the prob
    5 points
  43. Thanks for the reference link good stuff also noted that FOE has the star the wrong way round on the right side wounder if there was a reason for this Been working on the 25 PDR very good detail so far a little bit fiddly shields to fit and paint next beefy
    5 points
  44. Started this kit last year. Nice kit. Goes together fairly well. Had an accident the week before christmas (fell off my pushbike in a park and ride carpark and managed to fracture one arm and badly bruise the other). I managed to finish this kit off over the past week as my arms have been getting stronger) I didnt want to do it in boring grey so I chose The NSAWC 'Sukoi Blue' Colour scheme P1090058 by Richard Page, on Flickr P1090057 by Richard Page, on Flickr P1090056 by Richard Page, on Flickr P1090051 by Richard Page, on Flickr DSC_0060 by Ric
    5 points
  45. Hi Gav, think what occa's getting at is the quantity of negative comments re Airfix, some may be justified, many are just sour grapes, for whateven reason. Remembering also, that English isn't occa's first language, his command of it is better than my command of Austrian, you know the place, North of Italy, South of Germany! Trumpeter and Hobbyboss could do FAR better than they do, it appears with them it's a case of 'get the moulds cut, get the plastic boxed, get it out and sold' accuracy HAS taken a back seat. BUT that finger can be pointed at all LARGE m
    5 points
  46. THE SSV NORMANDY REMEMBRANCE FLIGHT (link here for what this is.) Urdnot Wrex: Bristol Beaufighter ARMAX ARSENAL AFTER SERVICE REPORT Substantial repairs needed after the SSV Normandy Remembrance flight did its scheduled show on Tuchanka. As de facto leader of the Krogan people, Urdnot Wrex was invited to take a flight in the aircraft he chose and designed. Eyewitness reports state that the aircraft returned a short time later filthy, dust-scarred and full of bullet holes. When asked for a comment on how the aircraft could end up with damage from weapons unseen in combat
    5 points
  47. Not twenty minutes ago I had "I thought you were only spending five pounds..." Humbrol Filler, Couple rolls Tamiya tape and a 2mm curvy line Tamiya tape, Tamiya TS80 Spray and a bottle Tam Ex Thin other odds and sods Over thirty quid... and what was SHE doing delving in my wallet Its only a game
    5 points
  48. I did a bit on the hinges tonight but most of my time was spent organising where the hinge line needs to be for the front hinges which run with the main spar There are secondary hinges toward the rear spar area but the beefy ones at the front seem to be the ones taking the load There's to be a latching wedge in there too but first it needs to set in place for carving This is being done under the 'no stinky stuff' rule too so glues get used under very strict timetables first part on the blanking units Checking against the hinge cut outs on the upper wings
    5 points
  49. The Revell 1:48th Dassault Rafale M kit (85-5842) first released in 2000 has been on the modeling scene for close to ten years now and it's becoming harder to find at the LHS. Also in 2000 Revell of Germany released the Rafale B kit (04549-0689) the two seat version and now with the RoG new tooled Rafale B (4610-0389) in Tiger Meet markings it’s now in the modelers stash. This kit is awesome, upon opening the box you will find excellent surface detail, fine recessed panel lines, tough landing gear, and highly detailed exhaust that are comparable to resin aftermarket sets. I built this kit b
    5 points
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