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  1. Ready for your inspection is my 1:72 Revell B-17G Flying Fortress. This is a straight from the box build, competed in the colours of 'Little Miss Mischief'. It has been pretty straight forward with little drama really (which is always a bonus!) The kit went together well, and it didn't take too long to get on to painting the exterior. As the real aircraft was crashed and patched up several times, so the kit's paintwork reflects real life (with bare metal front and wings and camo tail section. The challenge came with masking, airbrushing, masking and airbrushing to get the desired effects. That
    34 points
  2. This has been my first completely OOB build for a long time, and I have quite enjoyed it. The kit itself does steer that largely - I wouldn't enjoy making an OOB model from something with glaring omissions like seatbelts! Build thread here: Not much else needs to be said about this really. It is essentially a glorified paint mule to try out some ideas I had for natural metal finishes before getting to that stage of two somewhat larger and rather expensive models (both in money and my time to get to that stage). That said, I'm content with how it turned out alth
    31 points
  3. Here are some shots of my recent Hurricane conversion. The base kit was a clear-moulded 1/144 Mk I from Sweet with lengthened nose, and scratchbuilt prop, spinner, canopy, cannons and later style exhausts etc etc. Painting is with Mr Color lacquers and weathered with oils and Pergamino .5mm pale grey pencil. Hope you like it!
    27 points
  4. Hi everyone, This is a 1/48 F-104C Starfighter built as the rather colourful 'Really George' aircraft from the 479 TFW at George AFB. The kit is the nicely detailed Hasegawa version with 2 exquisite Aim-9Bs added from Eduard. This was my first attempt at a NMF finish so I went with Alclad paints which behaved very well over a gloss black finish. You do have to be very pedantic about the surface finish though as blemishes are difficult to hide. I toned down the rivet detail on the wings a bit and then decided to make things really easy by adding some internal lighting. This was quite a cha
    27 points
  5. Quick build, just 10 days start to finish. OOB and painted as an aircraft of 204 Kokutai based at Rabaul airbase 1943. Tamiya acrylics paints used. A nice simple kit, mostly together after 2 days and the rest of the time spent was painting. Used as an airbrush exercise in free hand mottling and line painting so no pre or post shading. IMGA0449 by neil Connor, on Flickr IMGA0450 by neil Connor, on Flickr IMGA0452 by neil Connor, on Flickr IMGA0453 by neil Connor, on Flickr IMGA0448 by neil Connor, on Flickr IMGA0447 by neil Connor, on Flickr IMGA0451 by neil C
    23 points
  6. Hi, everyone! I present you my next model from Poland manufacturer.
    20 points
  7. Recently finished these two after a bit of inspiration reading Valiant Wings North Africa campaign book. No issues with either build, all OOB and painted with Vallejo model air. Kittyhawk from Special Hobby was a joy to build, first Special Hobby kit and it was great.
    20 points
  8. Hello, modelers. I present you my new model. This is my first model in the 1/48 scale and the first Japanese. On this model I learned to perform scratches and new weathering effects. Enjoy watching Several photos taken with natural sunlight.
    18 points
  9. Well, I've beaten another one into submission, this time Italeri's 1/72 Warthog, Kit No. 1376. I've been fancying a Hog for a while, it's the baddest looking thing in the air, so nasty it makes a Lancaster look like VIckers Viscount. As usual, my dedication to scale, accuracy and detail is spot-on completely absent but what I lack in skill, I make up for in incompetence. The camo was brushed on freehand, attempting to follow the pattern (Pattern? You mean it's not just random splotches?) but inevitably it's slightly inaccurate quite a bit off not even close but it looks like ca
    16 points
  10. Hi Guys, My latest build, a simple Hasegawa 1:72 F-16c USAF 86th TFW 512nd TFS. Cheers
    16 points
  11. Latest Build. Mark DSCN3208 (3) by mwsfly9, on Flickr DSCN3209 (3) by mwsfly9, on Flickr DSCN3210 (3) by mwsfly9, on Flickr DSCN3211 (3) by mwsfly9, on Flickr DSCN3212 (3) by mwsfly9, on Flickr DSCN3213 (3) by mwsfly9, on Flickr DSCN3214 (3) by mwsfly9, on Flickr DSCN3215 (3) by mwsfly9, on Flickr DSCN3216 (3) by mwsfly9, on Flickr DSCN3217 (3) by mwsfly9, on Flickr https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1960/45135647401_380472750e_k.jpg]DSCN3220 (3) by mwsfly9, on Flickr f458_k.jpg[/img][/url]DSCN3218 (2) by mwsfly9, on FlickrDSCN3221 (
    15 points
  12. Hi folks. Ever since gawping open mouthed at Mike Grant's lovely DH-2, in a prior issue of Airfix Model World, I've nursed an ambition to have a go at the trompe l'oeil effect Mike expertly rendered, giving the illusion of a semi translucent wing, revealing some sight of the structures within. The superb taube from Wingnut seemed a perfect foil to try a little French 'slight of airbrush'. First thing that whacks you in the kisser, when you lift the lid is the amazing moulding achievements in the wings. Backlighting here reveals the wafer thin flexing 'ailero
    14 points
  13. My first exhibit for Britmodeller is a Boeing P-26A of the 17th Pursuit Group's headquarter section, possibly the personal mount of the Deputy Group Commander, based at March Field, CA in the spring of 1935, shortly before the Peashooters were handed over to the 20th PG and the group became the 17th Attack Group. I decided to do a little upgrading on the otherwise fairly good Hobbycraft kit. Besides installing a Vector R-1340 engine and cockpit detail parts from Eduard (48 265) and Starfighter Decals (4001), I replaced the prop blades (too short), the whee
    13 points
  14. This is my 1/72 Planet Models Grumman XF10F-1 Jaguar. The Jaguar was the first attempt to build a practical swing wing fighter and while it was a good first try, wile most such things it was not a success. I used these 2 links, both members here, as inspiration http://tailhooktopics.blogspot.com/2012/06/xf10f-pictures.html and Including using the Obscureco F9F pather seat and cutting a hole in what would have been the wing butt joint and inserting the part of the wing that was to be cut off if the wings were to be mounted in the swept-forward position which is how I decided to display i
    13 points
  15. I've retired! Lots of time to indulge my hobbies, so I've just thrown this one together...it's the Hasegawa 1/48 Zero built completely out of the box with the exception of seatbelts and an antenna wire. The whole airframe was painted in AK Xtreme Metal dark Aluminium, and then the top colours were painstakingly scratched either thin or through with an abrasive brush from Halfords. Hope you like it,
    12 points
  16. Apparently, I cannot pull myself away from Czech short run kits. Even in the midst of building the superb 1:32 Tamiya Spitfire, where the parts actually fit together (sometimes without the need for glue - engineered molecular adhesion perhaps?), I find myself yearning for those halcyon days of putty and sandpaper and razor saws and bandages and cursing. Oh, and beer. So here we have the AZ Model kit of the Supermarine Attacker in glorious braille scale. For those obsessed with such things, I have personally verified that this entire kit has fewer parts than the big Tamiya Spitfire
    11 points
  17. Afternoon All The Panther/M10 was part of an attempted ruse by the German Panzer Brigade 150 during the Ardennes Offensive, later known as the Battle of the Bulge. Unfortunately for them it was unsuccessful and the Panther/M10's were knocked out. Private Francis Currey of the US 120th regiment received the Congressional Medal of Honor after he managed to knock one of the tanks out with a Bazooka. This is dragons 1/72 Panther/M10 hybrid. Not a lot of parts involved really as the M10 'shell' covers a lot of the normal panther parts. Kit was built OOB apart from the below
    11 points
  18. Thanks Giorgio - I thought it was you, thanks for the tip Thanks Ben I'm not sure how much will be visible when the canopies are on - we shall see. Thanks John Little done today as last night we had a family get together and there was wine… I did get the i/p in: I committed to the floor location, knowing that I'm going to have to shave something off to get the fuselage closed. Here's another awful close up:
    11 points
  19. Hello, I'm new here! I had the good fortune to discover Britmodeller recently and have been reading my way through all the fantastic builds, reviews and discussions presented here. I've been so impressed and inspired by all your talent, humour, enthusiasm, insights and cups of tea that I thought I'd sign up perhaps try to take part in some small way. I didn't want to show up to the party empty handed however, so I thought I'd show some of what I'm working on at the moment. I should probably come out with it straight away and say that I'm rather into 1/144 - for bette
    10 points
  20. Hi everyone, Just finished this kit after a very slow build. It was Revell's GR4 boxing but I decided to back date it to a GR1 in my favourite grey/ green camo rather than the rather bland grey of a modern machine. Generally it went together reasonably well although it was a bit fiddly in places, particularly the flap assemblies. this was mainly due to the very unclear instructions... lots of dry fitting recommended! I went a bit mad on the extras on this kit, I used Xtradecal decals, the Eduard photo-etch cockpit set and seat belts, resin seats from CMK, jet pipes
    10 points
  21. Thanks Bill. Having to weave things in and around other jobs and duties today, but notheless pleased to say that the resin engine and cowling now fit: Oof! Look at all that resin-dust needs cleaning-off. The reverse-angle - which of course won't be seen in the final knockings: Before anyone starts commenting on the fact that my skin has become somewhat elephantine, that's an old leather-bound hotel register that I picked up from a charity shop in Lyme Regis back in the summer. It not only makes an incomparable surface for writing on but also gives a nice 30
    10 points
  22. Do you know I reckon if that cowling had been about 1.5mm shallower in depth then that approach might have worked, but there you go. Thanks Martian. The glue should have cured in an hour or so so I'm going back to exactly that. I'm not sure how easy home metal-casting is Benedikt - or indeed perhaps the advisability of it with domestic facilities. It does however appear to involve the use of one of the thrusters of of our dear Martian's spacecraft: The same thought had indeed occurred to me Giorgio - if I'm going to be doing such smaller-scale or complex shap
    10 points
  23. This has to be my favorite tank by far. It's been in my heart since I was a wee Tempest reading the inspiring stories in Commando Comics. GOD they were so cool, they still are. Tiger Shoot was No. 2234 and revolved around a Churchill AVRE called Bessie Two. Commanded by Lt Jack Greywith, Pvt Fred Smith his Gunner, Cpl Harry Roberts his driver and Pvt Bill Stacey his radio op. Caught behind an advancing enemy attack during the Ardennes Offensive, they are forced to set up an ambush against a Tiger I which they eventually take out with a well placed 40 pound petard shot. Kit is from
    10 points
  24. Hello all, Here is another recently completed group build entry this time for the P-47 GB; Tamiya's quite excellent OOB 1/48 Republic P-47D Thunderbolt "Bubbletop" the only additions I made were with some Eduard PE cockpit details and general placards, some additional detail to the engine and a scratch built bomb lift trolley. The model is built using the kit decals and represents an aircraft of the 78th Fighter Group's 84th (WZ) Fighter squadron based at Duxford in 1944. In the end I decided I didn't want to ruin the NMF which I was quite pleased with by varnishing the who
    10 points
  25. Hi I'm planning to start a Battle light bomber kit made by MPM. Battle is most misjudged RAF bomber, in history. Mainly used in France 1940. It took heavy losses, because RAF at the time don't had any conception how to use light bombers. Plan was simple to send Battle on missions in enemy territory with out any fighter protection, count on its speed and maneuverability, as we all know it wasn't enough. Moreover, Battle wasn't equipped with self sealing fuel tanks and protection armor, made it very vulnerable even for infantry bullets. After French campaign Battle was turned in to n
    9 points
  26. Whew! Finished, in the nick of time... Airfix 03021 SA330 Puma, with Rotor Craft composite rotors, a light/lantern from an Airfix Sea King HC4 and a few scratch-built 'lumps and bumps. Main colours are Xtracolor RAF Dark Green and Lichen Green overcoated with Humbrol Matt Varnish, various other Humbrol and Revell enamels used for other details (Humbrol 163 for the Rotor blades to give some contrast with the Xtracolor shade, for instance). The only decals I used from the kit were the red lines around the door, home-made decals for the 'Danger' markings on the tale and the RAF logo on the d
    9 points
  27. Hello everyone, my latest build of Eduard 1/48 Bell X-1 Mach buster. Eduard Profipack kit, scratch build nose pitot tube and wing tubes, minor scratchbuilding in wheel wells. Painted with Tamiya and Gunze acrylics, AK Interactive Extrememetall and Florymodels washes Pretty basic kit with no general fit issues. Only problem were decals which are very thin and I damaged one on tail. Fortunately Eduard support was great and they send me a spare decal sheet, free of charge . Also decided to cut flaps and put them on lower position as seen on reference photos. For every build I
    9 points
  28. I began weathering by gently airbrushing some exhaust stains to the underside of the wings, this is the first time I have airbrushed these and I was pretty happy with the results. Once dry I mixed up some black and rust weathering powder with a little decal fix and water, and ran a pin wash down the panel lines. I only wanted to lightly weather the build, I am aware she is a battle scarred beast but I didn't want to go ott. Once dry I added the guns, and antenna before satin varnishing the paintwork (I have left the bare metal gloss). So the build is complete, it has been an epic journey, lots
    9 points
  29. I totally forgot to give an update on this: http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/235024842-scrambled-eggs/ Three models that started as the short nosed FW190A Right now I'm trying to finish 12 Hasegawa eggplanes.
    9 points
  30. Thanks so much! I do love the scale. 1/144 has an unfortunate reputation as being an unbuildable novelty. However when things come together well the effect can be quite wonderful. Its like a small, heavily armed butterfly just landed on your desk. Here's some more. The WOP/AG position and area forward into the bomb aimer's spot were detailed a bit further with parachute and seat. The wireless equipment was added to the rear as well, although this is only barely visible in the sealed fuselage. To get the correctly sized interior fittings to locate a
    9 points
  31. Well, I went to look through my tape stash and realized I don't have any 4mm tape to do the 12" stripes; I have 3mm tape, if I wanted to do 9" stripes, but I'm sure that's not right, so I've ordered several candidates, which should start arriving Monday. Until then, can't really paint and mask the stripes. I did the sky band, though: 20181006_152347 by Edward IX, on Flickr And the spinner: 20181006_152511 by Edward IX, on Flickr And promptly walked my airbrush hose into the spinner, marring the paint. Rrrrgh. Will have to see how bad
    9 points
  32. Dry fitting for close up. Hmmm. The instructions would have you mount the floor sort of under the frame, a bit like this: Flickr …but then I don't think it will stay there on closing up: Front and back cockpits there. Doesn't look as though the extra frame bits join up either. Hmmm. I'd better stick the radio table on before I go much further: I'm getting used to the quick setting TET. If you hold the parts together, apply the cement and press a little you can see the stuff flash off almost immediately and it
    9 points
  33. Su-9 Fishpot 16 Red PVO Soviet Air Defence Force Trumpeter 1/48 Eduard Brassin Seat Master Pitot Wolfpack Exhaust Decals: kit numbers,. Iliad Design Stars Eduard plastic RS-2US missiles/ decals (MiG-21 series kits ) lots of BM help WIP to be found in the fantastic 60s NATO v Warsaw Pact in Europe group build! and with its contemporary smaller cousin: some more color soon! cheers, Werner
    8 points
  34. Fuselage Thanks Head in the Clouds - that looks like a good tip. Think I will look into that. For now though it's back to malarkey with wood. The fuselage of this aircraft has some subtle but important shapes that, at this scale, must be modelled. For example the vertical sidewalls of the fuselage aren't vertical at all, they have distinctive ridges running along the length of the fuselage where the longerons support the fabric. =As a result the upright fuselage sidewalls consist of three 'faceted' shapes that terminate on the longeron. This photo from a few months ag
    8 points
  35. Afternoon all, Here is my recently completed entry for the ongoing, very enjoyable and massively well supported Airfix the Golden Years Group Build. Kudos to @Rabbit Leader and co hosts for organising such a successful GB. Anyway my first completion for the GB is Airfix's 1975 M.R.C.A Multi Role Combat Aircraft Tornado in the guise of the German P.01 D9591 shown on it's first flight on August 14th 1974 from Manching Air Base, Germany. I have built the kit with an approximation of dropped flaps/slats. I had to modify the head boxes of the ejections seats, 'cos
    8 points
  36. Hiya Folks,.... another update,...... I`ve got the decals on and next stage is to tidy up the invasion stripes; Cheers, Tony
    8 points
  37. Tried both hendie but with mixed results (see below).... They did Giorgio. As they're just a 'skin'of residue that gets caught in the crannies, a few minutes soaking in some isopropyl alcohol and a scrub with a toothbrush removes the remaining gunk. A troubleshooting day rather than a massive step forwards but valuable experience nonetheless. A large chunk of time went initially on cleaning up the kit cowling as both sides had a pronounced 'lip' that had to be removed not just from the ring but from all those blooming blisters as well: I only need one for th
    8 points
  38. My next 'large' build is Airfix's 1:72 Avro Shackleton AEW.2. Having just finished a B-17G and previously a Dornier, I thought it time to embark upon another RAF classic. I have only seen one Shackleton in the flesh as it were, at Long Marsdon airfield. Once part of a museum the aircraft has been left to decay, it is both a sorry yet haunting spectical and I feel a beautiful aircraft. The large box contains a set of detailed instructions, a colour scheme sheet, and seperate decal sheet. There are 6 detailed grey sprues (with little to no flash), and a small clear sprue. With 424 p
    7 points
  39. Two tone with Mercury bumpers...............................
    7 points
  40. Hi everyone,had a break from the whole model thing for a month or two but threw this together to keep my hand in. Revell 1/48 a6m5 zero built out of the box,brush painted with enamels. Kit was ok,what you would expect from a cheap kit.
    7 points
  41. Well. I have several Seafire kits in this stash, just none built yet. So I guess that means I'm not a freak? Although Mrs. Bird would beg to differ. Now let's see...Sea Hornet - check, have the Special Hobby kit in the stash. Firebrand - check, got the CMR resin kit. Sea Venom - check, been there, done that with the CMR kit: A twin Seafang? Twin like two engines, or twin like two fuselages, ala F-82? Bliss is not normally the word I use to describe these short run kits... Behaving is not required during any Navy Bi
    7 points
  42. Hello mates, here something brand new. This is my little swallow i fell in love with at Nuremberg Toy Fair. Tamiya 1:72. Started on July 05, 2018, finished on September 30, 2018. There are wheels, some etch, masks and exhausts from eduard, as well as the extra separate decals from the house. This was pure fun to build! Cheers, Tom
    7 points
  43. Moving on to the last few details. Some of the doors have ribs, some don’t, and those that do have some ribs missing because of ejector pins. So I’m using stretched sprue to add them all: Thanks for looking, Adrian
    7 points
  44. More of a point, what kind of freak doesn’t have a Seafire? Mind you, if you’re filling the slot between Seafire & Scimitar, there are a couple of doozies to add: Sea Hornet (sublime), Firebrand (dog), Sea Venom... Got me, too.
    7 points
  45. Finished at last. Vertol 107-11
    7 points
  46. At last I've got one finished, definitely behind the drag curve! there are certainly some prolific modellers in this GB!! Anyway here is the 1975 Airfix MRCA Prototonka in the guise of the German P.01 D9591 shown on it's first flight on August 14th 1974 from Manching Air Base, Germany. I have built the kit with an approximation of dropped flaps/slats. I had to modify the head boxes of the ejections seats, 'cos they just looked silly! The decals are partly the kit supplied and my own home print. The undercarriage has been extended to represent the in-flight relaxed pos
    7 points
  47. A bit of a turret upgrade... Thanks for looking, Adrian
    6 points
  48. I am hoping to get this finished today, yes I know famous last words !
    6 points
  49. I've started replacing the photobucket pics but there is a long way to go ……. bitter sweet seeing the comments from Julian, Needed to start some modelling. As its been a while I thought I'd just place the fittings around so I can see what's next I reckon the worst of the scratch building is over, so it's downhill from here LOL Watch this space Kev
    6 points
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