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  1. 36 points
    Just last February I returned to this hobby after a very, very long absence. To refresh my skills, and learn some new ones, I began by taking on this old kit: and, after a few trials and tribulations, managed to achieve a pretty satisfying result: The Phantom is by far my favorite aircraft, and having finished a few other projects over the past year, I was in the mood to build another Rhino. This time, though, with a more modern kit! The particular aircraft I chose to model is a MiG killer from VF-114, the Aardvarks: WIP here: http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/235031821-academy-172-f-4j-phantom-ii/ Enough jabbering! Time for the pics: That's all folks!
  2. 24 points
    My 1/72 Sword Spitfire Mk Vc Trop is completed. Markings are for MA292 flown by F/O Lawrence Weggery RNZAF of 615 Squadron RAF at Dohazari, India, Jan 1944. The markings are from the kit. I added IFF "cheese cutter" antennas from Uschi Superfine Thread. Prop and spinner are Quickboost. Also added some Eduard seatbelts and a resin dorsal ID light. Paints are from MRP and weathered with pastels and silver artists pencil.
  3. 21 points
    The inspiration for this build was taken from a fantastic book showing the history of the famous Tangmere Airfield in West Sussex.Renowned for its role in WWII this historic airfield was built in 1917 and became operational in 1918. This build is based on a photograph showing a Ltd E Wilson 92Sqn stood next to a newly delivered Sopwith Dolphin waiting to be ferried across to France. It is so new that it doesn't have any squadron identification. Luckily for me Copper State Models have recently released a superb 1:48 scale Dolphin. I was able to buy the premium edition, which came with resin engine, photo etch and also metal cast exhausts. This kit is sublime, It is my first WWII subject and I thourghly enjoyed building it using my trust vallejo paints and ED Line for the rigging. I also purchased Copper States RAF airman to represent Ltd E Wilson along with Eduard Lewis guns (which is the only thing missing from the kit). The model is going to be part of my clubs build this year :101 (101 years of Tangmere Airfield).
  4. 14 points
    Latest build done with craft paints. Mark DSCN3028 (2) by mwsfly9, on Flickr https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4722/25398718507_8d7cddbed4_k.jpg]DSCN3040 (2) by mwsfly9, on FlickrDSCN3041 (2) by mwsfly9, on Flickr tps://flic.kr/p/24hxDw9][/url]DSCN3038 (2) by mwsfly9, on Flickr 2/https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4756/40225008012_40c88ff26f_k.jpg]DSCN3039 (2) by mwsfly9, on Flickr 224993172_345ab7389c_k.jpg[/img][/url]DSCN3037 (2) by mwsfly9, on Flickr c.kr/p/22ZbjrF][/url]DSCN3030 (3) by mwsfly9, on Flickr 39372096115_430f89736c_k.jpg[/img][/url]DSCN3034 (3) by mwsfly9, on Flickr 2Zbhtn]DSCN3029 (2)[/url] by mwsflyDSCN3035 (3) by mwsfly9, on Flickr 9, on Flickr https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4752/39372113735_0e5aa77ca1_k.jpg]DSCN3032 (3) by mwsfly9, on Flickr a8_k.jpg[/img][/url]DSCN3031 (3) by DSCN3033 (3) by mwsfly9, on Flickr ://www.flickr.com/photos/90631911@N03/]mwsfly9[/url], on Flickr
  5. 12 points
    Hi Lee, My advice, stay away from the Sky Model decals 48 - 043, wrong colours, wrong everything. Sky Model Decals 48-043 RNZAF F4U-1(A/D) Corsairs were never light grey, dark grey etc etc. RNZAF F4U-1 A and early D's were stock standard Corsairs delivered in USN 3 or 4 tone (which ever side of the street you choose). The only thing different were the RNZAF Pacific Roundel painted over the US Star. as per attached photo RNZAF Official - Used for Illustration purposes only What I'm a bout to say is probably going to wrinkle a few noses out of joint, but really I'm past caring There is a lot of stuff on the internet about WWII RNZAF aircraft, Corsairs in particular, which is just plain rubbish. This has either been started by some person or SAGE (Self Appointed Guru) that has read or heard some comment and "Chinese Whispers" later it become Gospel Truth" and perpetuated by all and sundry Point in case in the colours of the RNZAF Corsair Sky decals. I have modern colour photos (not mine) of What RNZAF "Faded" Roundels look like some 70 years later, and they look nothing like the Sky Models or even Ventura Sheet V4880. The Artistic rendition in your post is wrong also, colour of Roundels, as is the markings aft of the "Angry Donald Duck motif on NZ5277 - never existed. Continuing with my comments, as I have told folks on the Internet previous (especially those from a certain Geographical area who like to tell we Kiwi's what our Air Force did or did not look like) that not everything about the RNZAF is on the Internet either. I could write a long narrative on the Idiotic things I have read on the Internet which includes "Supposed" Know it all's who don't know it all Also People wanting their 15 seconds of fame by supplying wrong info to Decal manufactures (don't get me started). As far as finishes go please note the following for RNZAF Corsairs: F4U-1(a) US Navy 3 or 4 tone - some repainted after assembly in overall GSB Early F4U-1D - US Navy 3 or 4 Tone Later F4U-1D Overall GSB FG-1D Overall GSB Later Some F4u-1's (certainly A's) received an upper repaint such as these two F4U-1's in either Non Spec Sea Blue or GSB Incidentally NZ5350 -"Struggle Buggy" (F4U-1A) below is the subject of one of my Corsair builds RNZAF Official - Used for Illustration purposes The RNZAF Operated two fleets of Corsairs, one in the Forward areas of the Islands, the others in New Zealand as trainers. Obviously those that stayed in New Zealand F4U-1(A/D's) didn't weather as much The RNZAF Aircraft that flew off the forward areas, again weathered much more so - These aircraft flew off the same airstrips as US Navy and Marine Corps aircraft - so weathered much the same Below is a well weathered Corsair (F4U-1A), but note the Roundel - appears freshly painted/redone Dave Homewood (ex RNZAF) wrote in a conversation we had a bout RNZAF Roundels in the Pacific, that the SU (Servicing Unit) personnel would repaint the Roundels, as they were proud of their country markings, plus if the Roundels were fresh/redone, smaller chance of one of our erstwhile allies shooting at our aircraft/pilots as they did on occasion. Now the RNZAF Pacific Roundel was painted in paint made by BALM here in New Zealand, it was prone to fade or wear, and when it did, it looked like this Note the US Star underneath - I have yet to see an decal manufacture even show that on RNZAF Corsair markings. Posted above by Tony are the Ventura Decals. As a Kiwi I am ashamed to admit one of our own got it wrong - V4880, having said that we too have those in the Antipodes who get it wrong...... The other Ventura Sheet V4897, Pete Mossong who I consider the Kiwi expert on the RNZAF Corsair worked with Ventura to get it right - I would go with that. And in finishing, to stop the naysayers" From the RNZAF Museum, the colours of the RNZAF Pacific Roundel on NS Spec Sea Blue and Intermediate Blue - Stores Ref: 33b/164, B.A.L.M. Ref: S13-044, Description: Matt Blue Iden Colour Correct RNZAF Roundel colour Now a Caveat - I realize modellers can build what they like. To be honest if some one built a Kiwi Corsair with pink and red polka Dots and said that was "Their Take" on it, I would not be fussed. It's those who try to make out they know something about it and paint/mark their Corsairs like they have spent 20 years at the Rukuhia Graveyard, as being what our Corsairs really did look like - that gets me annoyed Thank you for asking, and I Hope the above helps Regards Alan
  6. 9 points
    Well I've been lurking on here for nearly three years only occasionally sticking my head above the parapet, so it's high time I contributed a bit more. For my first WIP I'm going back forty years or so to the first kit I built with Dad's help, or was I hindering him building it? Said kit was the venerable Airfix Wellington. I've no idea what happened to that model, nor another Wellington I made on my own a couple of years later. For most of the intervening years I've pottered around in the model railway world not really achieving that much. Three years ago though I fell off my bike and broke the top of my leg. Unable to direct my wife to the railway kits and bits in the shed down the garden I remembered how good a friend had said the new Airfix Spitfire was. Well it wasn't just the one Spitfire that was liberated from the LHS and my wallet has felt feint ever since. Coming up to date I purchased from an auction site a Wellington of similar vintage to the original one and with the upcoming release of a new version I thought it about time I got cracking with it. The intention is not to build a super realistic Wellington but hopefully have a reasonably competent bash at assembling the kit well. Opening the box showed that the plastic bag was still intact which was very pleasing to find. So with a bit of a James May moment I slashed my way into it. And it's still got its stand :-) That's where the initial joy ended. There are sink marks and flash all over the place. A degree of fettling will be required to get bits to fit, but that's part of the fun. The two biggest problems are probably going to be that the upper part of the port flap is slightly short shot and the port fuselage just in front of the bomb aimer's window is also. I'm not sure what I'm going to do with the ribbing yet. It's a quite pronounced but vague in where it's going. Hopefully the sink mark remedial work won't obliterate it and I'll be to gently calm it down. I've seen some builds where it appears the ribbing has been removed and it doesn't look right. Airfix have provided some crew, though I'm not sure that Tie fighter pilots were acting as gunners during WWII The crew have all been cleaned up and had spears shoved up their ... ready for painting Much of the work over the last couple of days has been cleaning up the fuselage, turrets and glazing and then carrying out dry fits. The cockpit fitted relatively well and only needed lifting a bit on one side (it'll need plenty of filler though!). The bomb aimer's window and the front turret were both a bit wide so strips of plasticard have been added on one fuselage edge. I've also assembled the cockpit such as it is. Starting with this horror Thanks Airfix! And there's only one of them. Wimpey's seem to have been dual control. Cleaned up and looking a bit more like the real thing. With the jam jar glass of the cockpit not a lot will be visible anyway. And assembled The pilots and cockpit glass will hopefully hide much of the seat horror, though I must dust the filings off before taking future photos. Thanks for looking, comments are welcome - are the photos too large?
  7. 9 points
    This is the Tamiya 1/48 F-4U Corsair finished in RNZAF colours from Xtradecal's RNZAF Corsair sheet. I was looking for something other than the kit scheme & I noticed this one. The pilot named it after my wife AND she's got blue eyes so the ideal Valentine's day gift. Weathered with oils, Flory washes & Mig pigments. (The kit, not the missus). Any comments, observations or criticisms welcome as always. Pete Thanks for looking.
  8. 9 points
    My latest build - Forder`s Camel built OOB for a friend of mine. I`ve used elastic thread to imitate RFC wires. It was a pure joy apart from the cowling.
  9. 8 points
    Hi Gents. This is the superb Ki-61-Tei from Tamiya in 1/48th in the colors of the 19th Sentaï, an emergency unit swallowed by the God of War in the Philippines in 44. I have used pictures of real aircrafts of this unit to create the paint job, using the hair spray technic. All markings are mask made, and the tail markings touch up with a brush to simulate the hand paint job. Best regards. DSC_0001 by jean Barby, sur Flickr DSC_0002 by jean Barby, sur Flickr DSC_0003 by jean Barby, sur Flickr DSC_0004 by jean Barby, sur Flickr DSC_0005 by jean Barby, sur Flickr DSC_0001 by jean Barby, sur Flickr DSC_0002 by jean Barby, sur Flickr 1280px-Kawasaki_Ki-61_Hien_with_drop_tank by jean Barby, sur Flickr
  10. 7 points
    Hiya Folks, After speaking to a few people at recent model shows I was asked to post my progress on the new Airfix Sea Fury,..... but I`m already at the painting stages so it isn`t a full build,...sorry! It is a beautiful kit with great detail but the thing which got me was the poor fitting cowling doors,....... they are narrower than the front and rear rings resulting in a step between them! I tried to compensate by leaving the joint between the upper and lower halves slightly more open than they should,.....filling in the resulting gap,....and sanding the front and rear rings to match,..... I was surprised at having to do this and hopefully some resin manufacturer will be along soon with a complete engine bay with opened doors. There has been a lot made about problems inthe tail area but I must have been lucky as all I discovered was a sink mark or two,..... although the part rivetted horizontal tailplanes did make me scratch my head,..... I`ll be sanding these down in a future build! Anyway,....here is the model so far,.....I`ll be finishing it in Royal Canadian Navy markings using decals from Mike Grant; DSCF2443 by Tony OToole, on Flickr DSCF2444 by Tony OToole, on Flickr DSCF2446 by Tony OToole, on Flickr Although it looks like I`ve glued the spinner sections together,....they have been dry fitted together,....sanded and then painted,.....I`ll be cracking them open again to fit the prop once I`ve added another coat of yellow to the prop tips. Cheers for now, Tony
  11. 7 points
    Hi peeps This is my quick build of the Fujimi 1/72 Mig 21MF (Corrected SMT). I decided to look at my stash and build the kit that had been in it the longest and this was it. Built in 8 days using Tamiya acrylics.
  12. 7 points
    All part of being a member of the Britmodeller family
  13. 6 points
    This one is going to be right down to the wire... I will TRY to get 'er done.
  14. 6 points
    Obviously you don't want unwanted pigments in a white finish Whisky will certainly add a little Jenny Say Kwah to a darker finish The younger generation, what are they like huh?
  15. 6 points
    Yes it's a bit on the pale side. It started out too yellow but I think I overcompensated and took it too far the other way. It's better like this though since, like you say, I can warm it up with a few filters. I've started that process now and given the whole thing a light filter of ochre oil paint, together with a few pin washes of various AMMO and AK enamel washes. Before that I did some chipping with olive drab over the sand camo, and a bit of heavier chipping with dark brown on the crane and some of the damaged areas I'd added to the fenders. I'll let all this dry for a day or two then give it a light matt coat before doing any more weathering Andy
  16. 6 points
    Hi guys, Valentine day was booked for my Treasure and thus no time for modelling tonight!!! Anyway as I got home from work, I found the Ark Family had grown!!! This one arrived this afternoon! Decals shouldn't be a problem, what surprises me a bit is the instrument panel's size which doesn't look like being the same scale on both sheets!!! Family shot! Only the Phantoms are missing. Good night!
  17. 6 points
    The bolt blends in well with the background. The whole thing is very close to the big reveal in the frame, but I think you can all wait another day for that!! ;-)
  18. 6 points
    Perds can be seen in this image, surmounting a shoulder. Which shoulder, I leave it for you to decide.
  19. 5 points
  20. 5 points
    Well, I was supposed to build the Italeri F-21A AKA Kfir C1 kit next, and I started it, but I was unhappy with the way the build was going and then there was a tragic solvent spill and all I was able to salvage was the interior: So I had to order another one and while I was at it I ordered DNModels' painting mask and canopy mask and while the new kit has arrived the masks won't get here until late January. In the mean time I decided to do a few quick builds. The first one is the Anigrand M2-F2 lifting body. I had previously build the HL-10, X24A and B, and the M2-F3 and since the differences between the M2-F2 and the M2-F3 are minor I figured that was enough. But the competist in my said I really had to do the M2-F2. The M2-F2 was what the designer, R. Dale Reed, called and "angry machine" and it had stability issues that lead to it crashing on landing, made famous by the Six Million Dollar Man TV show. In the real crash the pilot survived with the loss of an eye due to infection. There were no major issues with the kit. It has a nice interior, but since the Anigrand canopy is translucent at best with a lot of internal bubble, I didn't spend a lot of time on it. The body is divided into a top and bottom half and the top half is just a little too short in the rear, but that was fixed with a strip or styrene. The decals were excellent. From start to finish was 8 days. And here it is; Next I am going to be working on the Platz RQ-4B Global Hawk drone which has no canopy or interior to mess up Enjoy.
  21. 5 points
    I'm glad I was a little shook the community (I hope Navy Bird does not mind). Of course, acrylic is better to dilute X-20A, but vodka is also suitable, especially since we have a lot of it! )))
  22. 5 points
    VEB PLASTICART - DDR , Ilyushin IL-18 1:100 , restoring project. First one in 2018. WIP here :
  23. 5 points
    And a few of the lovely lamented Vulcan... 50 by jongwinnett, on Flickr 51 by jongwinnett, on Flickr 52 by jongwinnett, on Flickr Untitled by jongwinnett, on Flickr Untitled by jongwinnett, on Flickr
  24. 5 points
    Thanks Keith Thanks Roger - very kind Thanks Will, you are a star! I've just checked the stash and sure enough, there are the Eduard 'half wheels' and also some Airfix 'wheels up' parts kindly donated by other BMers. Sadly I've only just read this after fighting with the parts for an hour or so. I'll try to remember next time. I am an idiot. In my single minded 'fix the KP' mode I thought 'get the doors flush, then fit the wheels underneath' I found I needed to remove the wheel bay detail: ... and still one door wasn't the right shape: Out with the sanders and I now have two flush doors: ... with gaps that will need to be filled, sanded and re-scribed: Half wheels. Airfix wheels up parts. What's wrong with my memory? Single minded, process driven idiot
  25. 5 points
    The mounting bolt length was calculated and cut, and it was then painted white and yellow to blend with the background picture. It was glued into the Triplane with cyano and a white nut used to space the model from the backscene. The kennel and the Triplane mounted. We were getting excited now, the end was in sight!
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