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  1. 15 points
    G'day, Havent put anything up in a while. House moving, settling in, Life etc. Anyway this is a Tamiya 190A-8 'converted'to the A-7. more or less. I actually built it to paint stage back in 2015 and then packed it away over the Queensland summer. At the endof summer we sold up and moved. So I eventually this year dragged the box out from a much diminished stash and decided to finish it. It represents a 190A7 of 2/JG 1 early 1944. decals were from an old Aeromaster sheet plus nose stripes from elsewhere. Sundry references were consulted. For those interested it was sprayed in Vallejo/Italeri RLM 76 with a mix of Tamiya and some Gunze acrylics for the rest. I do like Vallejo paints but I always have a hard time using them one way or another. The brush used was an Iwata HP-CS with fine tip. Final weathering and varnish (Pledge Floor shine ..the Future down under) with an old Badger! It was a lot of fun and I was pleased with the outcome and not too many cock ups (well for me anyway) So the first photo is of it primed and pre-shading added. Second is with the finished colour coats applied and masking removed and varnish sprayed ready for decalling. The rest is the finished article. cheers JH
  2. 14 points
    So, I had a spare F-16C kit, and I always wondered what a stealth F-16C would have been like had the USAF gone down that route. It was a challenge, but a fun one. If you think HaveGlass V is hard to paint, try the stealth coating of an F-22/F-35 on a F-16 when you have zero reference material. Anyway, here it is: ...... I hope you like, and sorry if you didn't find it funny
  3. 9 points
    Hi guys, the Colombian Army modified a small number of M8s to carry a quad .50 caliber machine gun mount. So, after a long pause I decided to build this interesting modernized version, with a beautiful camouflage scheme, and I will use as a base one M8 Greyhound from Tamiya, code 35228, and one Quad Gun Trayler M55 from Dragon, code 6421. Necessary changes: raise the engine covers; change the position of the exhaust pipe; scratchbuild the air brake system on the rear axle, front mirrors, quad gun base and headlights, and others small things. No details inside due to lack of references... The vehicle and your amazing camouflage scheme. No markings visibles in some vehicles: Rear view (see the different exhaust muffler and new air brakes): Steps 1, 2 and 3 from Tamiya instructions ready...an easy and fast assembly: Some simple little modification: the raised "diesel" engine deck and new exhaust muffler: Now, I adapted the base of the quad on the upper structure of the hull: New progress...new exhaust muffler on place: A gasoline engine power driven charger and the battery located in the rear of the mount...I'm added some little details in scratch (but in the photos above the general power charger group appears to have been removed (????) - I do not know when and why) : A little more progress... That's all for now...
  4. 9 points
    In the real world of military vehicle collectors, the "Holy Grail" would be to find an original Jeep in its shipping crate. Of course, other than those at the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean in the holds of sunken ships, it's very unlikely anyone will ever find one. The whole "Jeep in a crate for $50" idea came from a post war scam, trying to con people out of their money. However, there are a number of photos around the net showing Jeeps in crates, although how they were packed and how disassembled they were seems to vary from picture to picture. This model was built for a friend, with the hood number matching his Jeep. The Jeep is from the Italeri kit with a scratch built crate from ramin strip wood and 1/32 birch plywood. The metal tie down straps are black painted paper, with painted wire over paper holding the wheels into the tub. It is presented in an A4 box frame.
  5. 7 points
    This is another model from my past, the 1/72 Heller SAAB J-21A. It was beautifully moulded in an olive green coloured plastic and had plenty of very fine scale detail, especially the undercarriage. It had a well equipped cockpit with a detailed representation of the early ejector seat fitted to this aircraft. An ejector seat was very necessary for obvious reasons ................. Surface panel lines detail were of the raised line type because of the kit's vintage. The bulged cockpit canopy sides were cleverly accomplished by Heller by splitting the canopy into two halves with the join running down the canopy hinge line. My boxing was similar to this one. The model was completely brush painted with Humbrol enamels ( they worked back then, not like now ). I had an attempt at the soft demarcation line between the green and blue by stippling the edges of the green paint before it had dried with a brush which was wet with White Spirit . The only thing I needed to add to the model was a pilot from my spares. This is the only photograph I have of this model. regards, adey
  6. 7 points
    Paddling pool! Maybe we should get Mols one... when Mrs B took her for a walk yesterday she reported her shooting across a field and diving into a water trough... bit like this old picture: It's the webbed feet I guess - she looks more like a seal when wet
  7. 6 points
    Hi Guys, Nice little kit from Tamiya, it was little tricky to assemble but fit well. I decided to do a natural metal finish (nmf). I used mr.color silver and added a pinch of black or mixed of different colors for modulations of different shades, don't know how much I have achieved tho. I might add Hinomaru later. Please, any suggestion or advice is welcome, thank you for your time. Cheers
  8. 6 points
    Messerschmitt Bf109E-3 – III./JG 51, France 1940. Oblt Werner Pichon-Kalau Von Hofe. Another lovely little kit from Airfix. When I was beginning to acquire various kits for my 1940 obsession, I realised I could save myself some time and money by purchasing the boxed set Airfix released for the Battle of Britain 75th anniversary. It contained an He111, Spitfire, Hurricane and the Emil. As far as I could make out, they were all new tools, too. The paints went into a drawer, though. The model went together well. I lost the gunsight, and the windscreen transparency had been slightly short shot. I filled the small hole near the base with some PVA. I wasn't going to lose any sleep over it. I did destroy the infinitesimally small aileron balance weights, but you don't know that. Having opted to "lose" the box set paints, I had to check my research materials for the proper colours for the camouflage. Xtracrylics were used throughout, airbrushed, aside from some details like tyres and cockpit interior where I brushed Humbrol enamels. It was enormous fun - not! - masking up this little model. It's always a nail-biter when removing masking tape as it reveals where bleed, or worse paint is lifted off. Happily, I got away with a relatively clean job. The kit decals were used, which went on quite well, despite being from the same sheet as the ghastly Spitfire ones that I didn't get on with at all. I know have three Emils in my collection. Two older ones were constructed many years ago from Academy kits and were destined for a dispersal diorama I have yet to make! Of the three, I think this Airfix one is my preferred choice. The temptation now is to buy many more so I can cover the Heinz 57 varieties of Luftwaffe colours and markings of the Battle of Britain period!
  9. 5 points
    Howdy folks! Bubba's the name.....Just got my wings and itching to see my new steed. Apparently it's a super long range high altitude escort, so I'm counting on it being one of those P-51 Mustangs..... Aww shoot!
  10. 5 points
    P-47D 'Tipsy' 42-76520 510th FS, 405th FG Pilot Lt Harris S. Boyse. Decals Kitsworld - 1/72 Scale Decal Sheet P-47 Thunderbolts - KW172070. Kit Academy, engine replaced by the parts from Tamiya kit
  11. 5 points
    - The comments about MARS are in WIP by mistake
  12. 5 points
    One sandwich side and then the other are added: Once the glue is set the streamlining will begin:
  13. 5 points
    I completely overlooked the fact that I tell you really Italeri donated a part to go in there: The reality is a little more complex (as you might have surmised) with deep ducting that splits inside the wing into two directions for carburettor filters and de-icing vents and all sorts of malarkey. Part d43 up there is intended I think to be some kind of baffle or screen which although barely discernible in one or two reference photos it isn't shown in the parts manual and so I'm going to leave off here and concentrate on building ducting because ducting... There was one there I believe Keith but I recall reading somewhere that there was a fatal crash involving it. Whilst the lads were up I got chatting to another fellow airfieldee who was waiting for a powered glider to come and pick him up for a swoop over Purbeck; he told me the previous week he'd been for a flight in the oldest flying Tiger Moth - based somewhere over in Kent, iirc. Were they not a bit of a menace with the rudder pedals Keith? Thanks on both counts Roger! Any more of this enviable stuff and I'll be turning as permanently-green as a Martian modeller Terry.... Practicing to invade Love Island no doubt - quite the thing with the RAF these days I believe: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5931987/RAF-crews-break-bombing-targets-Syria-watch-Love-Island.html Thanks Terry & Giorgio: saves time and eminently carvable/sandable when cured... Ever have one of those days when you change your mind fifteen times an hour about what you're going to build next? Actually Benedikt it has to be the Anson next 'cos the boxing of it I've got is the same one I built as a lad in Somerset in about 1975 and it fills me with nostalgia just seeing that pert little nose and Thomas the Tank Engine nacelles on each wing. I've also managed to source maintenance manual for this aircraft, which has become one of my touchstones for commencing a build now. I don't suppose anyone knows theserial number of the Y-Service Anson that successfully detected the Knickebein beams? As you say though hendie, the rotary world cannot be denied forever and as I'm getting FAA withdrawl symptoms I've a nice little Airways vacform Westland Dragonfly that might provide some decent sport post-Anson. Bridport'd do me Bill. Forever 'n ever... None to keen on the prospect myself but after consulting the parts manual it seemed possible to build the ducting without surgery - thin plasticard curved and glued for the sides of the intakes: Flat inserts added top and bottom to complete the boxing-in: You can probably just make out a bit of Milluputtery on the outboard intake in the photo above? When I was gluing the top of the ducting inside on that part last night, the TET seemed to react quite vigorously with the leading edge of the wing in that region, leaving it all a bit: I resorted to cutting out said doughy bit and pressing some Welshpaste on, carving the required profile back-in this afternoon. As another delaying tactic to put off building the flap actuators (I know, I know....) I reprised the foil/Silhouette method for the outer wing fairings. That metal make-up tool you see below is a superb yoke for smoothing Washi tape into corners and around changing curves: Marked out in three-dimensions: A Silhouette test-cut applied: Due to the interacting curves and corners involved his is a really necessary stage to make sure that you've caught the essential outline correctly - I never get it right the first time so this test-fit lets you iron out any discrepancies before committing to more expensive adhesive foil: Not every aircraft needs this of course: I reckon with the Alclad Primer & Microfiller being applied later, that these should blend in very nicely to enhance the overall visual interest of the aircraft: These sets took a lot longer to do than the inboard ones did previously, for a rather idiosyncratic reason that took me a while to work out. Despite the blade of the Silhouette cutter being freshly-cleaned it had a tendency to rip some of the corners when cutting out those long strips for the fairings - an annoying occurrence that I eventually narrowed down to the fact that the current humidity and heat were making the adhesive of the foil much more tacky and causing it to foul the blade. As soon as I touched the adhesive with a fingertip, fine strands of it would stick to it in a way it hadn't previously when cutting a few weeks back in cooler conditions. Heat affecting adhesive properties - not always an issue until you go to cut complex shapes from it... Move over Monty Don, Stevie Wonder's doing the garden now... Tony
  14. 5 points
    Blimey, the biggest flypast over London...both the RAF and the Luftwaffe managed bigger than that @78 years ago !!
  15. 4 points
    My latest model tank, the Chinese/Taiwanese Type 64. The model kit is Tamiya's 1/35 scale M41 Walker Bulldog, which was originally released in 1975 as a remote control toy & has been in production ever since. It can be bought really cheap & is recommended to any beginners because of its simple & easy construction. Because of how common this kit is I decided to do something a bit different & convert it into the rather obscure Type 64. Which was an upgraded version of the M41 developed in Taiwan in 1964, it featured a new engine, extra armour bolted onto the turret sides & new side-skirts. Only two prototypes were built, one was destroyed on a firing range & the other is currently displayed in a museum. The extra turret armour was made with plastic card that was warmed up & bent into shape, the side-skirts are made from aluminium cut from a drinks can & the ROC insignia I printed myself. As this kit was originally a motorised toy it is full of holes for the electronics which I filled in & sanded smooth. I also scratch-built several extra parts that aren't included in this kit, such as the third exhaust, support bars over the fenders & all of the vision ports were drilled out & replaced with new clear parts. When I started this build I thought it would be quick & simple but it turned into a bit of a chore & I felt rather drained after. So much so that it's taken me two months to get around to taking pictures of it. Note: There are actually two different tanks called Type 64, the other (& better known) Type 64 was a hybrid of an M42 Duster hull & a M18 Hellcat turret. This "hybrid" Type 64 was build as a stop-gap design after development of this Type 64 was cancelled.
  16. 4 points
    Hello folks, 2018 - Celebrating 100years RAF and looking forward to our local show where we will have a dedicated table about that topic. So this is my first contribution to it: short wip sum-up Kit: Airfix Scale: 1/72 Aftermarket: Exhausts from Quickboost & Masks from Eduard Colors: Ocean Gray (The Color of Eagles (Aircraft Colors) Medium Sea Gray (The Color of Eagles (Aircraft Colors) Dark Green (The Color of Eagles (Aircraft Colors) Sky (for Spinner) (The Color of Eagles (Aircraft Colors) Engine Cover Red (for the fuselage band) MRP Colors Weathering: Oil Colors
  17. 4 points
    Hi All Having sulked on the unfairness of the modelling Gods (I shall call them Phil and Sandy), I rifled through my kit box with a glass of Shiraz and the urge to cut, paint and glue without endangering my other builds, and happened upon this water damaged stowaway. Less than an hour later I had brush painted the interior with Warpaints colours named by Tolkien, had closed up the fuselage, and had a punnet of parts freshly sawn from the sprue (did I mention how much I love my saw ?) I shall clean the flash and gates from them later... This isn't going to be a special (or even accurate!) build, and it might end up being one of those experiments that never gets to see the light of day, but hey, no worries. Comments and suggestions welcome Cheers Steve
  18. 4 points
    In anticipation of travelling to London on July 10th for the mass flypast I checked the RAF 100 Years website for further details (it's at 1pm) and found the following statement: "The pinnacle of RAF100 celebrations – the flypast. Taking place on The Mall and over Buckingham Palace, the flypast will feature 100 aircraft (and - this word is missing on the website) will be the biggest ever undertaken by the Royal Air Force. Come down and join us to see what will be a once in a lifetime event." https://www.raf.mod.uk/raf100/whats-on/flypast/ That is simply a wrong statement. Some 300 aircraft (yes, some of them were probably FAA - I haven't checked) flew over London as part of the victory celebrations in 1945 while at RAF Odiham on July 15th 1953 640 aircraft mounted a flypast for the Coronation. I was fortunate to watch the 50th anniversary of the Battle of Britain flypast at RAF Abingdon as the formations flew over the airfield on their way from London and there were nigh on 170 aircraft in the flypast. I may be a pedant and yes, life is too short, but I find it pretty depressing that whoever in the RAF/MoD is responsible for making such statements can't be bothered to do a bit of basic fact checking in relation to the Service's 100th anniversary celebrations not to mention actually writing the sentence incorrectly by missing out the word "and".
  19. 4 points
  20. 4 points
    A recent thread by @adey m raised the valid question regarding timescale for Sabre markings, notably the date when the prominent ‘U.S. AIR FORCE’ markings were placed on the fuselage sides; and also when the ‘FU-‘ buzz number was moved from the nose on F-86Ds to the tail. Photos below NAA and USAF official unless stated. Well first of all, the initial F-86D deliveries from North American’s Inglewood plant looked like this: serial number on the vertical tail fin, with small ‘U.S.AIR FORCE’ placed above it; buzz number on aft fuselage, ‘USAF’ placed above the stbd/RH wing and below the port/LH wing. Note the slight misalignment in the fuselage star and bar where a replacement aft fuselage has been fitted: 50-456 was used as an NAA testbed for various aft fuselage configurations, hence the replacement item. It was delivered in June 1951. And this is 50-458, delivered September 1951 and still in the same scheme. However the next aircraft, 50-459, was not delivered until July 1952 and was the first numerically to have the buzz number on the nose: It should be pointed out however that chronologically the next aircraft delivered after 50-458 was 50-471, delivered at the end of October 1951, and also with the buzz number on the forward fuselage. So this provides a nice Sep/Oct 51 date for that change. And there things rested until partway through the final F-86D-60 series, the last few in the ’50-459’ scheme being 53-837 (delivered to 432nd FIS on 24 March 1955 – photo via Collect Air): And though the ‘U.S.AIR FORCE’ on the fin is obscured by the squadron markings on this 520th FIS Dog also shows the earlier scheme (photo via Dave Menard): 53-866 was delivered on 6 April 1955. Next, the following F-86D shows the factory-applied ‘U.S.AIR FORCE’ on the forward fuselage, but retaining the buzz number in that location. NAA font was a rounded type, and distinct from the squared-off Amarillo font used by USAF overhaul units. 53-900 was delivered on 18 April 1955 – again showing the rough date where the factory-applied schemes changed (photos via Isham). Finally, the last F-86Ds delivered by NAA were also delivered in this ‘final’ scheme with the buzz number on the forward fuselage. Aircraft here (photo Bruce Robertson) are 53-4018, 53-4039, 53-4043, 53-4048 and 53-5056: So what’s going on here? 52-3876 with rounded NAA font ‘U.S.AIR FORCE’ on the fuselage, when it shouldn’t be there (not factory-applied until circa 53-900)? Well as ever, there are always exceptions, and in this case (and others that don’t fit in with the factory-applied schemes detailed above), it’s down to where an aircraft was overhauled: in the case of 52-3876, it began life as an F-86D-40 (no drag chute etc) and was converted to an F-86D-41 (with drag chute etc, as shown above), by North American at Fresno, which applied the NAA font during Pull-Out conversion and delivered it to 519th FIS on 24 May 1955. Photo below shows the same aircraft as-delivered, as an F-86D-40 (no drag chute), with 62nd FIS and without the fuselage script. In-service the changes were haphazard and took a while to standardize. I’ll cover some permutations in the next post.
  21. 4 points
    Messerschmitt Bf110C-1 – M8+DH, 1st Staffel, ZG 76, Lt Helmut Lent, Oslo, Norway, 1940 Another Airfix new tool, albeit one now dating from about 2010 or thereabouts. Compared to some of the really new kits, this one was a little basic. Very little cockpit detail, for example. I enhanced it a bit with some PE I had got to super detail an Italeri Zerstörer about 20 years ago. That kit got thrown away as being not worth the effort, although I had hoped I might salvage the multi-part transparencies to fit on this Airfix one. Alas, it was not to be. The "towel rail" antenna under the rear fuselage also came from the PE set. Painted using Xtracrylics colours. I airbrushed the basic RML65, and a coat of RLM70, but chickened out on masking for the splinter camo and brush painted the RLM71. After a couple of coats of Humbrol Clear, the aftermarket decals went on like a dream, followed by an airbrushed coat of satin varnish. I'm always wary of overdoing weathering, but I applied a fair amount of chipping around the bits where boots scuffed things while climbing in and out of the plane. I just dry-brushed aluminium enamel, old school. I'm yet to attempt any of the modern techniques to replicate chipping effects.
  22. 4 points
    If there's one thing we Battle of Britain followers desire it's a good modern kit for the Ju88A-1. There's any number of kits for the later variants, particularly the A-4, but the A-1 seems to be sorely neglected. In fact, it's quite hard to find a mid-1940 period A-5 in kit form. Junkers Ju88A-5 – B3+EH, 1st Staffel, Kampfgeschwader 54 “Tötenkopf”, Evreux, France, August 1940. So, what does any self-respecting BoB modeller do, in lieu of a decent A-1? Why, get an A-4 kit, a PE conversion kit to make an A-5, some resin bulged wheels and decent decals, of course. The 1990s Italeri Ju88A-4 was probably one of the best Ju88 kits around at the time. Yes, it has raised panel lines, the cockpit is a bit sparse, the cockpit greenhouse is a bit very lacking in frame lines, but it looks the part. The biggest changes required are for the engines. For those that don't know, the Ju88 development history is a bit convoluted. Let's just say the A-1 was a good plane, but had some issues. The next production iteration, the A-4, had problems with the new engines, so the A-1 engines were used on A-4 airframes giving the A-5. I think that's right. Anyway, some surgery on the kit was required to remove the oil cooler bulges below the engines, PE parts were added to the radiator cowlings, and some styrene bits and bobs fitted to detail around the exhausts. The PE set was also used to detail the cockpit a bit more. I chose to rescribe the raised panel lines, which became more of an issue as various joins were filled and sanded. Painting, again, by Xtracrylics, initially airbrushed for the base colours, then brush painted for the splinter pattern. The decals came from an aftermarket set, the provenance of which eludes me as they were acquired over twenty years ago now! The end result is an adequate representation of an A-5, which sits nicely alongside the other Luftwaffe bombers in the collection. Here's hoping someone makes an A-1 sometime.
  23. 4 points
    Nope. I start out with a piece of card the right width and then I chop off triangles on the corners and see if it fits. At first it doesn’t fit but as you get closer to a good fit guessing the right size of next triangle to take off gets easier. Then when I’m happy I can make a mirror image for the other half/side. I do have a very old profile gauge but I find it more trouble than it’s worth! I’ve not seen the older version in the flesh (although the old header art was fab) but this kit is indeed very nice. I can see why - it’s great fun to build! Must be the smallest twin they do too, apart from the DH88, and that’s not going to be anyone’s favourite until Hell freezes over! Regards, Adrian
  24. 4 points
    One or two fella, one or two: And those pictures are like, so last week.....It's grown by at least a dozen since they were taken!
  25. 4 points
    Thank you, EVERY one for your kind encouragement. I've gotten the upper fuselage white painted, allowing it to cure for a few days before masking it for the Alclad black base coat on the bottom and wings. I did discover a major blunder while painting...that the left outboard engine nacelle was cut unevenly (by me) when removing the original kit flashing. Left as is would result in the left outboard engine drooping when mounted, so the preliminary thought for a fix will be to add a small shim to the nacelle before painting to lift it, thereby making it even and level with the inboard. I'm planning to use leftover PE brass cut to fit. I'm nearly positive it won't be noticed at all, and won't be seen when painted. Upper fuselage painted with Tamiya TS-26. Also finished the engines with attaching the cowl flaps in the slightly opened position.