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  1. 20 points
    I started the Academy B-19 about 20 years ago as a KB-19 tanker, and then about 15 or more years ago decided to use my Cutting Edge Modelworks Kong Jiang-1 Chinese AWACS conversion: I didn't do much to it until mid-2016 when I picked it up again, and then put it to one side until the past few weeks. It's rough and ready, but at least it's now done.
  2. 16 points
    De Havilland DH.104 Sea Devon C Mk.20 - 718 Sqn Fleet Air Arm - Amodel 1/72 My attempt to build at least one of everything in Ray Sturtivant's Aircraft of the Fleet Air Arm takes another step forward with this relatively obscure aircraft. The RN's Sea Devons were ex-civil machines used as VIP and light transport aircraft, based out of RNAS Culdrose in Cornwall. Definitely a short run kit, this one is very nicely formed, but needs a little care in building. The cabin windows caused me a lot of angst, but it was worth it. FredT
  3. 15 points
    More from the 64th Fighter Weapons Squadron at Nellis. S/n 74-1511, April 1981. 74-1514, April 1981. New Ghost 2 scheme. 74-1515, April 1981. Old Ghost scheme. 74-1519, April 1981. Old Ghost scheme. 74-1519, July 1984. New Ghost 1 scheme. 74-1528, April 1981. Old Lizard scheme. 74-1528, November 1981. Grey 1 scheme. 74-1531, February 1981. Grape scheme. 74-1537, May 1981. Grey 2 scheme. 74-1537, February 1984. Looks like a variation of the old Blue scheme? 74-1539, February 1981. It's grey - I don't know which one it's supposed to be! 74-1540, October 1981. Old Ghost scheme. 74-1541, April 1981. Old Ghost scheme. Thanks for looking, Sven
  4. 13 points
    Hello Everyone, This is my latest completed model of the Hellcat Mk.I in Royal Navy colours in 48th scale by Eduard. This is also my first submission on the RFI forum so I hope you like it.
  5. 11 points
    "Report back........not bring it back!!" M4A1 vignette This was my project for the M3/M4 Sherman, Single Type Group Build down in the Group Build Section. On 9th June 1944 M4A1 Sherman Tank 'Goldie' was part of the 66th Armoured Regiment that landed at Normandy. During the landing it was fitted with wading gear but this was removed shortly after it arrived. A week after arriving the 66th was part of the 2nd Armoured Regiment and took part in the 'Battle of Bloody Gulch' which took place near Carentan. The German forces in the battle were made up from the 17th SS Panzergrenadier Division and 6th Fallschirmjäger Regiment. American forces consisted of the 501st, 502nd and 506th, Parachute Infantry Regiments of the U.S. 101st Airborne Division, reinforced by the U.S. 2nd Armored Division of which 'Goldie' was a part. The German forces were decisively defeated during the battle and the American victory led to the linkup of forces from Utah and Omaha beaches, creating a secure lodgement area for further American operations. The headquarters of the German forces during the battle was a manor house in the area and the American soldiers nicknamed the road running past the manor "Bloody Gulch" after a place mentioned in a popular western movie. I have modelled my version on how 'Goldie' may have looked travelling across the countryside on it's way towards Carentan. The Vignette - One of the things that bugged me while I was making this project was that the tank commander figure seemed to be smiling - it just didn't seem to fit with the idea I originally had. So I tried to think of things that might have made him smile on the way to battle over the fields near Carentan. I have made scenes before where I have used road signs to indicate the location and then it dawned on me I could make the scene as if one of the crew had been sent to check out what the road sign on the other side of the fence said - but, rather than reading it and reporting back, he's broken it off and is carrying it back. In my head the crew member next to the Sherman is saying "He said report back...not bring it back!!...." .....anyway........ Kit: 1/35 Eduard/Tasca Paints: Humbrol, Revell, Citadel and Railmatch Acrylics all applied by brush. Extras: Tank figures set from Dragon , stowage items from AFV CLUB, Tamiya and Dragon, plus Towing Cable wire kindly supplied by @modelling minion Base: MDF, filler, Woodlands Scenics mixed turf and various tufts from Army Painter. The fencing was made from wooden coffee stirrers and the signs are from Matho Models. The puddles were made from layers of Humbrol Enamel Gloss Varnish. WIP: Here More photos of just the Sherman and base, without the background, can be found here: in the RFI section These photos below were taken on my Spitfire display base which has a sky backboard: A couple of the above in black & white: ...and finally a photo of the base before the Sherman and figures were added: This was a thoroughly enjoyable project made in a great GB. It was the first all Armour GB on Britmodeller and the hosts @Sgt.Squarehead and @Ozzy were very attentive and supportive. Thanks must also go to everyone who took the time to comment or offer advice in my thread. Kind regards, Stix
  6. 11 points
  7. 10 points
    With Italeri releasing the new Chinook boxing with the correct RAF bits and my son buying me one for my birthday I decided to finish the 47D I had stated with the Eduard resin and etch set to HC.2 standard using some of the specific antenna and other bits from the new kit (it will probably be finished as a CH-47F using the decals in the kit). It has been finished using CJ Aerosols NATO green with various panels picked out in the same colour by Hataka, decals are from the Model Alliance set finishing it as "Bravo November" IMG_4842 by Tony Osborne, on Flickr IMG_4840 by Tony Osborne, on Flickr IMG_4837 by Tony Osborne, on Flickr IMG_4836 by Tony Osborne, on Flickr IMG_4835 by Tony Osborne, on Flickr
  8. 9 points
    This is one I've been building for a chap who asked if my local model club could build him some aeroplanes he flew in as a teenager back at the end of the 1950s and early 1960s. I volunteered for the task. He'd already bought the kits so I had to make use of the models he provided.As you can see, the version of the Airfix Chipmunk he provided is a recent boxing and comes with markings for one of the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight examples. However, he wanted his to be specific to the one in which he flew, WK621, so I had to cobble together the markings using an aftermarket RAF roundel set and a laser printer.The kit is festooned with unrealistic and far too prominent rivets so these were all sanded away. Other than that, the kit is essentially out of the box.The real Chipmunk still survives in airworthy condition and is now flying in New Zealand.
  9. 8 points
    Finished up my Tamiya Dora. Fantastic little kit! I added Eduard seatbelts, metal tubing for cannons, Eagle Cal decals and used MRP paint. I liked this scheme as I wanted to do something colorful that wasn't from JV44. Also included a couple pix of my FW-190 family. Thanks for looking!
  10. 7 points
    Hi all, I have pleasure (with a liberal admixture of trepidation) in revealing this my next little project... Well I'd heard about the reputation of aModel kits for being a bit 'challenging'... The first sprue, comprising wings, tail etc: not too bad - not massively blessed with detail, a bit of flash, but it's a short run production so no great surprises there: Second sprue, comprising fuselage halves, pulpit halves, a few as yet unidentified blobs: hmmm: Third sprue, comprising... well, not entirely sure! There's the wheels, I think there's also something there vaguely reminiscent of a rotary engine block, and I'm sure one of those blobs is the prop: And finally, a clear sprue: what the... Decals? You can have any configuration you like as long as it's IRAS: At least the instructions are clear... oh, wait: So, lots of fun in store... I just haven't worked out who for, yet! Wish me luck - or just laugh insanely like I did!
  11. 7 points
    So guys it's done, my first 72nd aircraft since my teen years and the first build for over a year. Its the Airfix HAR3 converted into a RN HU5, paints are almost all MRP and I'm well and truly converted to these now. I think I've put a bit to much of a bend the Perspex rod but I quite like the angle it's at Not a bad effort for an Ex Pongo who builds AFV's Enjoy the pictures, I'll try and get more done with a better background tomorrow. Cheers for looking and commenting on the build guys It all started here http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/235023572-westland-sea-king-hu5/& Ta all Dan
  12. 7 points
    Afternoon all. So here's the Sea Fury from Aunty Airfix. A few problems fixed - like the short shot fin, daft rivets, the lack of gunsight, the solid underwing lamp apertures, fuselage foot step opened up and the headrest. But apart from some tape seat belts its "straight from the box". Decals a mix of kit and old Aeromaster to give an Aussie Sea Fury. Paints are Gunze and Tamiya acrylics for the main scheme and a 'Heinz 57' of acrylics for the details. It's a great kit, fits really well in the main and totally looks the part when done. My second is destined for a PAF scheme. All comments welcome as ever. Cheers Jonners
  13. 7 points
    Hello mates, This is the shiny second light conversion of the KP Model . Built 1995. I made the NMF with rub´n buff and Mr. Metalizer. Derived from J-6 alias MiG-19S . 3171 defected to Taiwan. Featured in one of my Koku Fan Magazines. Camera compartment and decals from scratch. Last picture is old on film. I hope you like it! Cheers, Thomas
  14. 7 points
    I managed to finish a litte dio after a long time, a G-91R/3 Luftwaffe LeKG 43 in 1969. The Meng model is not without problems, the main one is the shape of the characteristic "nose", more other things here and there. Also the model had the small tanks supplied, I replaced them with a bit of cad work and printed with my 3d printer, these are the convenience when you do this job. The decals supplied with the kit unfortunately proved bad, at least those in my box, having no other valid available I had to use the very old ones Modeldecal from the 80s, although slightly off-register and bad appearance it worked well with microsol.
  15. 7 points
    Thanks Massimo - one of each is enough for me! Thanks Giorgio Thanks Bill Er, don't understand your banter there old boy... what? Thanks John - I hope I do as well on the other side Thanks Rob Last visit to the surgeon this morning so (good news) no more ripping of the dressings but (bad news) no more free tools. Still a bit sore but definitely on the mend, at last! Well enough to finish the transfers on the Gnat - have a look at the bottom! Getting those serials not quite in line was a pain but that's what it says on the box! I guess you want me to do another gloss coat now eh? Spray with thinned Klear or with Aqua Gloss do you think?
  16. 6 points
    M4A1 Sherman - “Goldie” 3rd Battalion, 66th Armoured Regiment, 2nd Armoured Regiment Normandy 1944 This was my project for the M3/M4 Sherman, Single Type Group Build down in the Group Build Section. On 9th June 1944 M4A1 Sherman Tank 'Goldie' was part of the 66th Armoured Regiment that landed at Normandy. During the landing it was fitted with wading gear but this was removed shortly after it arrived. A week after arriving the 66th was part of the 2nd Armoured Regiment and took part in the 'Battle of Bloody Gulch' which took place near Carentan. The German forces in the battle were made up from the 17th SS Panzergrenadier Division and 6th Fallschirmjäger Regiment. American forces consisted of the 501st, 502nd and 506th, Parachute Infantry Regiments of the U.S. 101st Airborne Division, reinforced by the U.S. 2nd Armored Division of which 'Goldie' was a part. The German forces were decisively defeated during the battle and the American victory led to the linkup of forces from Utah and Omaha beaches, creating a secure area for further American operations. The headquarters of the German forces during the battle was a manor house in the area and the American soldiers nicknamed the road running past the manor "Bloody Gulch" after a place mentioned in a popular western movie. I have modelled my version on how 'Goldie' may have looked travelling across the countryside on it's way towards Carentan. Kit: 1/35 Eduard/Tasca Paints: Humbrol, Revell, Citadel and Railmatch Acrylics all applied by brush Extras: Tank figures set from Dragon , stowage items from AFV CLUB, Tamiya and Dragon, plus Towing Cable wire kindly supplied by @modelling minion Base: MDF, filler, Woodlands Scenics mixed turf and various tufts from Army Painter. The fencing was made from wooden coffee stirrers and the signs are from Matho Models WIP: Here Vignette photos: Here Edit: The idea behind the scene: One of the things that bugged me while I was making this project was that the tank commander figure seemed to be smiling - it just didn't seem to fit with the idea I originally had. So I tried to think of things that might have made him smile on the way to battle over the fields near Carentan. I have made scenes before where I have used road signs to indicate the location and then it dawned on me I could make the scene as if one of the crew had been sent to check out what the road sign on the other side of the fence said - but, rather than reading it and reporting back, he's broken it off and is carrying it back. In my head the crew member next to the Sherman is saying "He said report back...not bring it back!!...." This was a thoroughly enjoyable project made in a great GB. It was the first all Armour GB on Britmodeller and the hosts @Sgt.Squarehead and @Ozzy were very attentive and supportive. Thanks must also go to everyone who took the time to comment or offer advice in my thread. Kind regards, Stix
  17. 6 points
    Hello, So here she is, nothing fancy I know. The most boring scheme ever, I know. The most boring aircraft of the Great War, I KNOW but still wanted to have one... Painted with Tamiya XF7 and artistic oils etc.
  18. 6 points
    Thanks Johnny Thanks Bill Ah, I thought you might mean the panel lines. They were sort of there after the MicroSol but not obvious enough. I've dobbed some Daco strong on them. Oh, I do have a new toy to help with drawing / tracing / messing about. One of these: My magic mouse rechargeable battery started playing up and these are only £10 more than a new magic mouse so I'm hoping it will help when drawing / tracing templates and masks. I just need to retrain my brain and muscles for pen rather than mouse. Old dog, new tricks.
  19. 5 points
    Hiya Folks, Rescued from the shelf of doom,...... I`ve finally finished this one as a Liberator GR.III from 160 Sqn based in Ceylon and India during 1944. Used mostly for long range Photo Reconnaissance, many of the units aircraft had the rear bomb bay doors modified with a pair of camera apertures, as seen on the model. These aircraft had British Boulton Paul rear turrets mounting 4 x .303in Brownings and I used the turret from the Pavla RAF Liberator conversion set. Also the gun window from the front left part of the nose was filled over and the pitots were re mounted on toe side of the nose...... but probably the hardest conversion was to try and replicate the waist gun positions by cutting up the kits waist gun covers, adding clear plastic for windows and framework behind from plastic rod,...... here is a partial WIP; The model received quite a few coats of white using a rattle can and then the Temperate Sea Scheme upper surfaces were brush painted using Polly Scale acrylic Dark Slate Grey and Humbrol enamel 123 Exta Dark Sea Grey. As some of the units Liberator`s had their rubber de icing boots overpainted with camouflage, which appears to be badly flaking away, I sought to replicate this on the model too,..... by applying Humbrol acrylic black and then sanding sections away. The model was given a brushed on coat of Polly Scale matt varnish followed by a iwatercolour wash, with exhaust staining using MiG pigment powders. Decals came from DK Decals RAF & Commonwealth Liberators sheet. Here is the model; DSCF2689 by Tony OToole, on Flickr DSCF2687 by Tony OToole, on Flickr DSCF2645 by Tony OToole, on Flickr DSCF2675 by Tony OToole, on Flickr DSCF2685 by Tony OToole, on Flickr DSCF2688 by Tony OToole, on Flickr DSCF2683 by Tony OToole, on Flickr DSCF2682 by Tony OToole, on Flickr DSCF2665 by Tony OToole, on Flickr DSCF2654 by Tony OToole, on Flickr DSCF2647 (2) by Tony OToole, on Flickr DSCF2645 by Tony OToole, on Flickr DSCF2632 by Tony OToole, on Flickr Cheers Tony
  20. 5 points
    Hi I attended Dunsfold Park today for the Brooklands Museum VC10 Open Day. 18 guests were allowed on board at a time and were given a briefing of the history of the airframe by volunteers, followed by a cockpit tour hosted by a former East African Airways Captain. Visitors were then permitted to explore the former passenger cabin, which still has the additional fuel tanks installed. A slow taxi run followed, using the full length of the Dunsfold runway, culminating with a couple of brakes-on high power engine runs. All in all, exceptional value for the £10 ticket! I do have some more detail shots, if anyone is interested. Thanks for looking.
  21. 5 points
    Hello there, My first publication goes for the recently finished Sophwith Camel, in 1/72th scale from Revell Models. I had added some Ammo Rigging (Uschi) for upgrade the detail... Thanks for watching! Ricardo
  22. 5 points
    Using the 1/48 Kinetic Dassault Mirage IIIE kit, this model depicts a Royal Australian Air Force Mirage IIIO. Decals came from Caracal. Andrew
  23. 5 points
    Did this a few months ago, the 1/48 Hasegawa F-104J formed the basis of this build. The model depicts a Canadian Air Force CF-104 belonging to 441 Squadron, 1980. Decals were a mix of Belcher and Canuck. Andrew
  24. 4 points
    This is a companion to my Typhoon build posted last week. The Typhoon was the first successful attempt at salt weathering. This spitfire was the first unsuccessful attempt and was built just before the typhoon (finished Christmas Eve 2017). This is a bit of an unusual build as it is a "Rebuild". That is, I originally built this in High School and decided the kit was worthy enough to strip all the paint off, tear apart as much as I could without breaking it, and then rebuilding and repainting it. Every once in a while I will do that if the kit is nice enough, or if I need some bare plastic to practice a new technique on. The subject is Sqn. Ldr. Jan Zumbach's Spitfire Mk. Vb, 303 Sqdn. RAF in the summer of 1942. The original Airfix kit decals were Jan Zumbach's Mk. Vb from May of 1942, except with some lurid green squadron letter codes. To get the paint off, I soaked the model in Simple Green. Then I re-assembled it and filled/cleaned up seams. I black based the paint using Mr. Surfacer Black 1500. Using blue tack and tamiya paint for masking, I marbled Mr. color 309 (the equivalent to RAF dark green) for the green part of the camouflage and marbled on 331 (Dark sea gray) lightened with a little 306 (FS36270) for the gray parts of the camo. The bottom was marbled with 335 (Medium sea gray). I then went over most of the panel lines with 339 engine gray. I also marbled light gray on areas I expected to be sun weathered. Then, I applied water and sprinkled ground sea salt as randomly as I could on the surfaces and misted the green parts with a light coat of Mr. Color 303 (FS34102). I washed off the salt and repeated the process with 319 (light green) and repeated the process once more with Mr. Color 309. I did the same 3 mist coats on the gray with darker and lighter 331 (by adding white and black). I felt that this salt weathering really didn't work because I couldn't see the effects of the salt. Likely because my top coat was too heavy. With the Typhoon, I applied the different tones of green and gray in different regions of the aircraft in the marble coat and then just did a couple salt weather coats using the straight RAF dark green/ocean grey. To my eye, this made a more convincing look and the salt weathering was more evident. I gloss coated the entire model with Alclad Aqua Gloss Clear applied with a hand brush. I then put on the decals (great decals from Techmod), followed by another coat of aqua gloss. I then mixed up some wash by using black oil paint in paint thinner. This was applied in the engraved lines and in various parts on the wing and fuselage. I airbrushed the entire model with decanted Testors dull cote through an airbrush and applied tamiya weathering pastels for the exhaust and gun smoke stains. I used Testors Chrome bottle paint and a fine brush to apply paint chipping to the ammunition access panels on the wing, along the panels covering the engine, the leading edges of the wings, the leading edges of the prop and of course the walkways on the wing roots. A couple other notable things I tried and that turned out well: The exhaust stacks were painted with gloss black primer, followed by Alclad Stainless steel and a thin coat of Alclad steel. I then applied the salt weathering technique with very finely ground sea salt and sprayed a very fine coat of Testors enamel rust. I did this 2 or 3 times and it looked very convincing. The roundels on the top were also salt weathered, and I just did one coat of Testors insignia blue lightened with a drop or two of white: I masked wings so that only the roundels were showing and did the salt mask and paint. I did this after the Acrylic clear coat so if it went all wrong I could wipe it off with thinner. It took a couple of tries to get the paint thin enough so the effect wasn't too overpowering. There are two things I don't like about this build. First, the wash in the aileron and elevator seams is too dark! It seemed to darken when I sprayed the dull coat on it, so I will need to do some experimenting to see if this is a consistent effect. Second, the gas stains in front of the cockpit came out too red and don't look like they've run down the side. They're just smudgy. Just for grins, here's the model before I stripped the paint off of it. I wasn't very good at airbrushing when I was 17, so the overspray is out of control .
  25. 4 points
    Hey All, It's been awhile since my last report. I ran into a bit of a nightmare with installing the windows and had a heck of a time trying to get things under control. I shot myself in the foot so bad, I had thoughts of abandoning this build! The windows should have been installed while I was building the cab interior and installed before I attached the outside skin, before the roof went on. I had an easy enough time with installing the window seals, but when it came time to installing the glass, I just about through the whole thing in the trash. What happened... I just had no room to install the glass. You know the drill. One broken item leads to another and another and another... A week and a half later, and I have managed to get the glass installed, but just. I'm afraid that if I breath on this thing to hard it will fall apart. The rest of the interior has been put back together. But Wait....that's not all. After all that, now the doors don't fit so well anymore. More to work on. However, at least the photos look like I had a good time. I used some clear plastic from some pastry container for the glass... I tried to get a shot with a good reflexsion... I really want to put a nice dirty mess on the windows, I just don't want them to fall out again. I'll work on it. Getting ready to close up the front of the frame, last looks... The new cab get bolted down for good in the morning... I have plenty more to do, be back later..........
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