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  1. Hi folks! This is mas last completion, the really good Airfix Hurricane Mk.I in 1/72. Straight from the box. The only modification is that I vacuformed the sliding canopy. I hope you like it, althought I made several mistakes and it´s not my best kit. Best regards from Uruguay! Ignacio
    26 points
  2. Finally pushed this one onto the ramp! Hope you like it.
    24 points
  3. This is the most recent Airfix Hawker Typhoon release in 1/72 scale. I think this is the first time since returning to the hobby about 5 years ago that I was able to achieve a worn paint look to my liking. The model was a joy to put together with terrific detail and very little seam filling required. The only seam work that was necessary were the wing roots. I elected not to fill these in because I was in a time crunch because I was trying a new paint technique for my dad, who was coming to my house to work on his monogram 1/48 typhoon the following weekend. The paint
    23 points
  4. I had previously posted this model several years ago, but as I was using Photobucket to upload my images, they were unable to be seen, so as there is a forthcoming Welshmodels 1/72 kit on its way I thought I would share some of the photos on here again
    20 points
  5. Hi mates, I've wanted a nice model of the TSR.2 in my collection for quite some time. I picked up one of the 1:72 scale Airfix kits (the one with the Stratos 4 Japanese sci-fi theme) and started collecting some aftermarket pieces. The kit, as moulded, is quite nice - but there were some areas that I felt could use some additional detail. Most of the aftermarket was from CMK, but I also used some photoetch from Eduard and a turned brass pitot from Master. As I found out, several of the CMK resin pieces could have used some aftermarket of their own, as I encountered some size and sha
    16 points
  6. I am (very slowly) building a collection of the aircraft of various Royal Navy Aces (based on the Osprey book). This model represents Vought Corsair MkII JT537/P136. 1836 NAS, HMS Victorious, Operation Iceberg May 1945. On 4th May 1945 SLt DJ Sheppard (RCN) used this aircraft to destroy a D4Y Judy. SLt DJ Sheppard was the first Royal Canadian Navy Ace of WWII. The kit is the Tamiya F4U-1D kit. Throw it in the air and it assembles itself, except it has the rather excellent MCD MkII conversion set with new cockpit sidewalls, seat with harness, CO ve
    14 points
  7. Hello fellow BM's. Here she is, my latest attempt at the hobby we all cannot get enough of! May I present one North American P-51D Mustang, by Airfix and in 1/72 scale. Flown by Lt. Eugene W James. 328th Fighter Squadron. I enjoyed the plastic on this one, but I was plagued by the demons of painting NMF, whom kept me on my toes throughout the entire process. She's built out of the box with some scratch built cockpit detail around the radio equipment and wine bottle foil used for harnesses. For paint, I reached for the trusty Tamiya and my stash of AK Extreme Metals
    13 points
  8. Another model from my favourite experiments category, this time Westland Lysander with tandem wing (Delanne concept). Some historical backgroud you can find here I built it in 2009 as submission to Matchbox madness group build on ARC (WIP thread is here). It consisted of normal Lysander kit by Matchbox and vacformed conversion set by Airmodel. My other builds: Northrop X-4 Bantam A-37 Dragonfly D558 Skystreak XF5U Flying Flapjack
    13 points
  9. Hello everyone , this model was built from the short run MPM kit that goes together without much trouble and has nice details . The airplane itself , while attractive , had the unfortunate reputation of being one of the worst from that era. It is said the Italians found them more useful as airfield decoy than in the air . Regards , Basu Roy
    12 points
  10. Hmm...camera angle I guess, or some other localised disturbance in the space-time continuum. It's also possible that, while I wasn't looking, wifey put the model into her Chunk-a-gator Foreshortener machine. Here, let me have a tug on it and see if I can stretch it back... Better? While I was building this, I compared the parts to the 1:72 scale drawings in McLelland's book and as far as I can tell they matched quite well. Oh! I remember what I forgot - the fuel vents on the outboard trailing edge of each wing. They should have been drilled out, but they'
    12 points
  11. OK to bring this evening of welcome thaw to a gentle close Wait no longer Steely rings added and jetpipes inserted where they will do the most...er? Good? Here endeth plan A Now (tomorrow) I can get mixing with the Milliput and inserting some intakes Nightol
    11 points
  12. Hi Folks, May I present you my Fujimi FG.1 007 This is not the Airfix kit, rather the old Fujimi one, I really like the kit tho there were some fiddly parts and some parts need a lot of sanding and filling but overall a good kit. The kit decals were ruined however was saved by a good friend Mark Davey (Thank you) he sent a one. For paint, I used a mix of Mr.color and Tamiya Japanese grey. Hope it has turned out satisfactory. Thank you. with the American Cosuin.
    10 points
  13. Hi all, built this one out of the box, except for the Eduard cockpit instruments. i came across an article on using aluminum foil instead of painting and i was quite intrigued by it , so i decided to give it a go at it. hope you like it.
    10 points
  14. I picked this up as an impulse buy a few years ago as I really fancied the silver SEAC aircraft. Several times during the build I wished I hadn't. Horrible fit, trenchlike engraving on the newer parts. I actually set it aside for over 2 years before doing a "quick finish over the last couple of week so by no means my best work at all, very much a view from a distance model. Build thread can be found here. For all that though, it still looks pretty attractive. The markings are for an aircraft of 648 Squadron in India, 1945. Thanks for looking.
    9 points
  15. Hi Everyone, At last I`ve finished my attempt at Eduards 1/48 MiG-21 and managed to get some pic`s whilst the weather cleared briefly. Built from the PFM Profipack boxing and finished to represent an aircraft of: 927th `Lam Son`, NVAF, piloted by Le Thanh Dao, 10th May 1972 Really well detailed kit that seemed to fight me right up until the end, too many almost microscopic parts for my liking which often pinged away into some other reality or were impossible to hold and file down..... ...and ended up being replaced with bits of wire and scraps of plasti
    9 points
  16. Hi folks, I've had a bit of a gap in the middle owing to family holiday, work, etc. but I've finally finished the skeletons I started at the very end of January. They're Games Workshop 28mm models, and they're a bit long in the tooth now. There's nothing really wrong with them but they don't have quite the poses and detail of the newer stuff. The biggest issue is that as they're designed to rank up on square bases they have rather restricted poses, so they're not a very diverse unit. I've tried to build in a bit of variety with the various optional parts, a
    9 points
  17. First Roden kit I have ever built must say not impressed with the mouldings, the tyres needed a lot of work. It's an unusual subject though and always interested me. I think after reading Wilbur Smith's, Cry Wolf, I got interested in them. Can anyone suggest a technique regarding headlamp glass? The kit does not come with clear headlamps, I tried with a spare lamp using super glue, but wasn't pleased with the result.
    9 points
  18. I really enjoyed this build, I have another and intend to improve the front grab handles may use staples and shape them. Also intend to leave hatch open and add a commander can anyone suggest a good quality detailed figure manufacturer that would suit??
    9 points
  19. The latest refugee is Special Hobby's Boulton Paul Balliol basic trainer, a subject that I was very pleased to hear was being released. I wasted no time in getting one when it came out and, true to form, it spent the next couple of years sitting in the stash until I got round to it. Oh, the fickleness of the modelmaker. Balliol T.2 1 by Martin Schofield, on Flickr The kit lies in between the older SH short-run models and the likes of their Gnat and Mirage F.1, still a little chunky but with much more refined detail. There were no locating pins, but slots and tabs for th
    9 points
  20. Thanks Bill Out of whack indeed... another weird phrase that the internet doesn't really help with, especially regarding the film. I said I wouldn't look at Steve's thread during my kit bash but, when you're up against the wall bulkhead, consulting the Oracle is often the best way. I thought I'd tracked it down here on page 12, just above the picture of the handsome young aviator (and further down the page, his even better looking passenger) but no, that's just where he improves the vents. The modified part gets fitted on page 54 here and there's some of the usual perfec
    9 points
  21. The pants are opened at the bottom to slide the wheels in: The Aeroclub Wasp Junior is a perfect fit to the cowl:
    9 points
  22. The tail surfaces have to be thinly sanded, without excesses. The two parts on the left still need some thinning down: Correct sanding is the clue to any vacuum-formed model: Pants are separated: Using a contour gauge the bulkheads are made from the scrap plastic. Some of the halves are glued together. Demarcation of windows and doors begins: } Separation lines for all control surfaces will have now to be engraved. The tail has a complex assembly, and that will have to be taken care of too.
    9 points
  23. The sun shining down on these green fields of France The warm wind blows gently and the red poppies dance The trenches have vanished long under the plow No gas, no barbed wire, no guns firing now But here in this graveyard that's still no man's land The countless white crosses in mute witness stand To man's blind indifference to his fellow man And a whole generation werebutchered and damned The song of Dropick Murphy, "The green fieleds of France" was my Inspiration for the first work on theme WWI. The models which I'm used for this di
    8 points
  24. Hi everybody; very little time for modelling last WE (almost none, in fact ) The little I had was devoted again to the refueling receptacle; I wasn't happy with the way the initial scribing turned out, so i filled in the seams with CA+talc mix, sanded back to a flat surface and rescribed using Dymo tape as guide The same went for the inner lines, so that now I have the outer frame of the receptacle all scribed You can see some fresh Tamiya Green Cap in the last pic, which I (as usual) made flow in the scribed lines to clean them up properly. T
    8 points
  25. Here is a 1/72 Eduard Indomitable Hellcat completed as part of my ongoing project of building late-war Pacific subjects, and the Hellcat portion starts about here. The kit lived up to its fine reputation and I'm looking forward to building the many (many) Eduard Hellcats in the stash. I'd been hemming and hawing about getting one of those computer controlled vinyl cutters, and inspired by @CedB's decisiveness in doing the same, I acquired a Silhouette Portrait. So this is the first use of the Portrait to make my own paint masks. It worked! (with
    7 points
  26. Never come across this make of model before, but went together very well with no flash or fit issues. I have gone for a weathered battle worn look. The weathering I used crushed artists pastels mixed with a drop of washing up liquid. The tank has not been attached, I know gives me the option of putting the bomb underneath at a later date.
    7 points
  27. First go with Flikr hope this works.. All comments welcome positive or negative.
    7 points
  28. Hi, guys! First, my F-35B retro painted as an A6M2 of the Kaga Air Group took Bronze at the IPMS contest at Madison, Wisconsin, this weekend against some very stiff competition! But that's not the mystery. A vendor at the contest showed me something very special from WWII Japan. I'm not sure this is the correct forum, but with all you smart guys from around the world might help me figure this out, and what it is that I possess. What I know...These kits were brought home by a GI from occupied Japan after WWII. They were put in a closet for 70 years and rediscovered. They were listed as p
    7 points
  29. Moving along...yes, things do look better with paint, I must say, especially if it is a snazzy camo/trainer-yellow combo! I started with some basic masking and airbrushed the first, darker brown coat on the upper fuselage and the top wing (Vallejo Model Air Camo. Light Brown). After drying, I masked the brown bits with sticky tack (after masking other parts with tape) and airbrushed on the top layer of green (VMA Olive Green). The instructions guided me to paint the topside of the lower wings different shades of brown/green so I then airbrushed the lower wing (VMA Sand Yellow) an
    7 points
  30. Thanks Bill - filler on its way (see below) and 'Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid' added to my watchlist Thanks Roger - primer will be on soon. I'm still thinking (OOB) whether I should use white primer (OOB!) and mask the white stripes (for goodness sake OOB!), especially considering the warning Bill gave about the transfers. Thanks Andy There two are not really 'my theme' so they're not getting as much love as they may deserve... You 'have a certain number'? Is it nine by any chance? I thought I'd share some clean up tips but then I had the dressing changed
    7 points
  31. Tamiya P-51B Mustang. The kit was actually the Mustang Mk III boxing but I'm doing a collection of 8th AF models, so decided to make it as a USAAF P-51B. The aircraft is modelled as a P-51B from the 336th FS, 4th FG, the famous Debden Eagles. The pilot was Capt Don Gentile, who was the first 8th AF pilot to match Eddie Rickenbacker's score from WW1. Gentile previously flew Spitfires in the RAF but transferred to the USAAF whent he 8th AF was established in England. His Mustang was named 'Shangri La' and was written off when Gentile crashed it, while performing stunts over Debden airfield on Ap
    6 points
  32. ...Sometimes the world tries to knock it out of you...but I believe in Spitfire the way that some people believe in fairy tales... Sorry August Rush...I just had to correct you...Spitfire is one and only... This is Airfix 1/24 Spitfire Mk Vb...holy grail of my childhood and reason of huge row with parents ("You don't need it!"). I made this model about 10 years ago and I just had to do it again. This time with use of airbrush, Tamiya paints instead of Humbrols etc. I've used Master Hispano barrels and Eduard seat belts. And MIG oilbrushers, Tamiya paneliners and pigment
    6 points
  33. Hi Everyone, helicopters are not really my thing but this one came as a 2 for £20 from Asda just before Christmas (in fact I got 3 for £30 but thats a long story). Having said that I really enjoyed the build and it went together quite easily. The only real problem I had was with all the glazing, not my favourite part of any build and its one of the areas where I need to try other methods, consequently I don't think this is one of my best. Painted with Tamiya acrylics, yellow with just a touch of red. Apologies to the purist out there I know some of the details aren't correct, I'm blaming
    6 points
  34. A bit of a disaster this one. The AFV kit goes together very well with excellent detail and fit. The instructions are clear on which bits needed to be painted red and which bits were white. When it came to decal placement I could not get them to settle over the curves, no amount Microsol was helping and the decals ended up disintegrating. So it sat on the shelf of doom for a few weeks while I sourced decals courtesy of an OH models sheet. With hindsight I should have masked and painted the underside cross as it was less than successful. I think my radome colour is too dark as well. Anyway here
    6 points
  35. The Kinetic Harrier T2/4/8 is a lovely model, and builds to a very nice representation of the ugliest of the Harrier family. However, it is not perfect, and benefits from some tweaks. This was the second one I built, after I suffered a bad reaction between the oil paint thinners I used for weathering and the Alclad varnish on the first. As I had had several problems with the paint, I decided to start again. The second time I spent more time checking fit, and got a much better build much faster.
    6 points
  36. Thanks Andy - have a look at Steve's thread, linked to above but here again. He's a proper modeller and is using the kit as a 'basis'. The fitting of the coaming (and ALL the other problems) are being addressed there, I'm just bashing the kit. Talking of which, more nice wheels up bits: ... which completes the attachment of non-sticky-out bits so both are now ready for filling and sanding: Ready for filling and sanding by Ced Bufton, on Flickr Just need some mojo then.
    6 points
  37. Hasegawa´s Fw 190A-5/U7 kit 09976 built as Hermann Graf´s regular A-5 because I didn´t dare to use the resins included. I managed to remove a chunk of the wing early on the build, break the right side´s lightning bolt and part of the white trim on one of the tulips. While building the kit, I thought the only difference between Graf´s regular A-5 and his later U7 was only the cowling, painted entirely in yellow with the high altitude intakes, but it turned out that the A-5 didn´t have the outer cannons, and these were added to the kit. I was so fucused on the paint scheme that I didn
    6 points
  38. T-55A Early Mod 1965 Interior Kit (37016) 1:35 MiniArt via Creative Models Ltd. The T-54's gestation and transformation into the T-55 was long-winded and complicated by constant changes to an as yet unsatisfactory performing vehicle, which began at early as the end of WWII. Production of the T-54-1 was halted due to production and quality issues, and recommenced as the re-designed T-54-2, with the turret design changed to closer resemble the eventual domed shape of the T-55. The -2 didn't last all that long before the -3 replaced it, and the requirement for survi
    5 points
  39. Further to my first AFV RFI (M41DK) which I posted earlier this week, this is my 1/35 SIG 33 from the kit by Alan models. I finished this one a year ago, and it was the first AFV kit I had completed after almost 30 years. It was a challenging model to build, certainly not up to the standard of Tamiya, AFV club et al, but I persevered as a way of practicing the many finishing techniques that have now become commonplace, but which due to the long gap away from modelling (life intervened), I needed to have a crack at! I replaced the kit barrel with some aluminium tube, but
    5 points
  40. Built this over the Christmas holidays present from my wife, also got a Universal Carrier Mk 2 that is presently under construction. Not very good with figure faces and still got a long way to go. I've tried to make the figure slightly different and put the binoculars around his neck. I tried adding a sling to the MP 40, but it didn't look right. This is a very old kit by Tamiya, but still satisfying to make. The PC brigade got to this kit, as the Africa Corps decals had been cut out of the decal sheet. So opted for the Grossdeutschland version 1943ish ...
    5 points
  41. Hi Guys, This is my completed M113 to go with the Centurion I recently finished. The level of detail in this kit is amazing and some of tiny parts really tests your fine motor skills Fit was great, however the removal of flash and joins from the finer parts was a challenge. I have based my model on a Aussie M113A1 circa 1967-8 with the Resin APC crew from Firestorm models. I have ordered the RAAC M113 conversion which will add some stores and ammo crates top side in preparation for the FSB Coral diaroma. Still very novice at weathering but I am happy with my fine grey splatter to simulate c
    5 points
  42. They're looking great Ced, the Gnat is tiny. Yes, masking the stripes will be much easier than using decals. OK GUYS, I THINK HE BELIEVES US! Ooops, I said the loud part quiet and the quiet part loud. No, really it probably would be easier Ced, I'd just worry a little about painting the red over a white primer.
    5 points
  43. A couple more... The Sabre has a fair few boilerplate rivets on it, it's not only the Shackleton that carries the curse. One of the nicest Frog boxtops has to be this version of their Hunter. Another rivet carrier as well! Here's the first issue... ... posted elsewhere on the forum before, I can't remember posting it in this thread though. Apologies if I've repeated a post, it looks nice whatever!
    5 points
  44. Still working on this. I removed all the ridge and furrow from the wings and then built back the framing positions with rod and filler, plus taped joints over each rib, still thinking about further shading. I assume the prop is one piece of wood, too early for laminate so had a go at wood effect. Never done this before so quietly pleased with the outcome. Rigging...aah... The frames are very thin but need micro drilling frequently. And then fishing line threaded in and superglued. Lots more rigging to do, particularly as
    5 points
  45. Yep indeed, started and being off work with the recent snow, a bit more done! Not much to see in the cockpit, being OOB. The seat is drying and will be added later. Again, just the kit seat with some belts added. Esci_AV8A_Harrier_cockpit by Dermot Moriarty, on Flickr Then started to bodge the intake doors.. Esci_AV8A_Harrier_intake_2 by Dermot Moriarty, on Flickr Some tidying up still needed but a little better.. Esci_AV8A_Harrier_intake_3 by Dermot Moriarty, on Flickr Top wing parts glued together...
    5 points
  46. Not going to get drawn in to yet another off-topic Whirlwind discussion
    5 points
  47. The year that Bryan Adams 'Got his first real six string' .
    5 points
  48. Thankyou for all the lovely comments guys. It warms the soul knowing you are all out there. A little more lancaster based action over the past day or two. I didn’t get snowed out of work Friday, I powered through and made it to the darkest depths of Digbeth. huzzah! Although we only had a skeleton crew as most were snowed in. We were allowed to flee at 1:00. So at least I got some bench time. I began by sticking on the coloured PE parts that I left out before painting. Here’s the radio table. I’ll make a little map and a few bits and bobs for the pockets too. Pre weathering
    5 points
  49. In Burke's book, he states that the two wing flap sections were joined by a "spigot," which in my neck of the woods means a faucet. Perhaps it means something more appropriate in the mother tongue? **** So, I've done it again. I've run out of parts. I think I've actually used them all, as opposed to Memsahib hoovering them up. I had to resort to the bomb bay doors that came with the kit as I did a superb job (if I do say so myself) of breaking the resin ones. So here is how she stands today: Try as I did, I was unsuccessful in replicating a bit
    5 points
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