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  1. 29 points
    Hi all, here some photos of my latest model: Edurad`s P-39 "Bella" wich was released some weeks ago. It is a nice "Profipack", so I built it OOB
  2. 25 points
    I have always liked the Defiant and had started this Airfix 1/72 Defiant Mk I and then put it back in the box. Well, now its finished! I added Eduard Zoom to the interior, Quickboost gun barrels, exhaust and pitot/antenna masts. Aires resin for ventral ID light. Clear sprue for wingtip lights and last but not least the excellent Barracuda wheelset. Antenna was rigged with Uschi Superfine thread and model was painted with MRP paints. Weathering was kept to a bare minimum as these were not in the fight for long and my photos suggested little weathering. Markings are from Extradecal and depict a aircraft from 264 Squadron. Great kit with excellent fit!
  3. 15 points
    When choosing a subject for the Classic Airfix Group Build, I wanted something a little unusual and outside my normal fighter/bomber related build themes. Looking over Airfix's extensive back catalogue of kits a couple of 'different' aircraft sprang to mind - the Short Skyvan of 1974 and the DHC Beaver first kitted way back in 1971. The Skyvan proved to be an elusive kit to find (since addressed), however the Beaver happened to fall into my hands at a local swap meet I attended about two weeks before this GB started. So finally, here is my completed and slightly modified Beaver kit. It took me longer than planned and there are some bits that I'm not exactly happy with, however it's another finished kit thanks to BM's fantastic Group Build programme and the many supporting members that take part. Now for those of you that have not participated in a BM GB as yet, I cannot encourage you all enough to just have a go and get involved. I'm one of those procrastinating modellers that really struggled to get any kit finished, however can now boast six completed kits this year and hopefully another two to go before this year is out. Anyway, here is a link to the full WIP thread and a few progress and final photos added for your viewing below. Cheers and thanks.. Dave (p.s - aren't we glad that this ugly 'Standing Roo' roundel was soon replaced with the more familiar hopping Roo!!). .... and the real A95-201.
  4. 15 points
    Hi folks, this is my recent build of the Airfix kit updated to a 404.sq (RCAF) machine as operated in the summer 1944 using Aviaeology gorgeous decal sheet. We have a new book on this hard-hitting twin coming soon, see HERE. Cheers Libor
  5. 14 points
    Dear fellow Britmodellers, may I present my latest work, AZ Model's Bf-109 K4, built with addition of Brengun photo etch and Master Model pitot tube. Decals from the box, representing an aircraft of 9./JG53, based in Reichenbach/Saxony, in May 1945. I painted according to kit instructions, using Gunze/Mr.Hobby acrylics. All photographs by Wolfgang Rabel (of IGM Cars & Bikes). The AZ Model Bf-109s have received some criticism regarding the shape of the nose. In case you are interested, please have a look here: I built without modifications, and in my humble opinion, the kit does look like a Bf-109. Here's the only orginal photograph of "White 16" that I found: Wing colors are speculative as they are missing on the original picture. I followed AZ Model's instructions and painted the upper sides RLM 75/83 and the lower sides natural metal. This is a scheme common to JG53 aircraft of that period. The cockpit section was painted RLM66. Fuel lines from stretched sprue added to the starboard console. All photo-etch pieces from brengun. The spinner spiral is not included on the kit's decal sheet. I bough an aftermarket add-on from AZ Model, containing various styles of spirals. It's a challenge to get them to conform to the curvature of the spinner. Brengun photo-etch flaps add a little realism to small scale, as does the photo-etch DF loop and morane mast. For weathering, I used Winsor & Newton artist oils. Thanks for your interest, best greetings from Vienna!
  6. 13 points
    Finally I can post this build. The Eduard Ltd Edition Harrier GR 7 using the Hasegawa moulds and a spot of Eduard magic makes this kit one of my all time favourites: and I am honoured the build made it into November's issue of Airfix Model World. Here are a few more pics that didn't make it into the publication..
  7. 13 points
    This was a fabulous kit to make, all the parts fitted really well and with good instructions, as well as a nice array of stores. My first 1/48 kit. I think I left the wing strakes a bit too long, and I haven't got the skill to fashion the three tiny canopy mirrors, plus she's a bit too satin not matt, but I hope she captures the essence of a Jag from the days when it was so much fun to hang out at the end of Coltishall's runway, or see them screaming low over Norfolk! All comments welcome ...
  8. 13 points
    In Fourteen Hundred and Ninety-Two, Columbus sailed the ocean blue....! These little ditties were drummed into us at school and it worked! I decided to take on the Santa Maria to make sure we had a kit in the GB from 1954. The kit went together very well and I added in standing and running rigging to hopefully enhance the model. If I had more time, I would have a go at creating a small 'seascape' for the hull to sit in, like the very first tooling of this kit. The rudder is an omission from the kit so I added one in but the hull is very well detailed and the masts a solid fit. I enjoyed building it and the build thread is here. Thanks again to all you BM Modellers who checked in and provided tips and encouragement during the build - made it an absolute pleasure.
  9. 12 points
    This is my Spitfire Vb built from the Hobbyboss kit, I know many complain about it for a few reasons, but to me it looks like a Spitfire...…...and that's good enough for me lol! Its was built out of the box and MRP paints were used. Hope you like it, but here is a bit about the man in the machine first. Squadron Leader 'Buck' Casson, who has died aged 88, escaped from France in May 1940 to fly Spitfires over south-eastern England during the Battle of Britain; later he was a flight commander in Wing Commander Douglas Bader's "Tangmere Wing" before being shot down over northern France in August 1941. Casson was one of the original three trainee pilots to join the newly formed 616 (South Yorkshire) Auxiliary Air Force Squadron at Doncaster in early 1939. Training at weekends and during the annual summer camps, he qualified as a pilot in early 1940 before being sent to France as a reinforcement to 501 Squadron. But, before he could join them, the train on which he was travelling was bombed outside Amiens and he lost all his belongings. Casson managed to escape by boat back to England from Cherbourg. After a brief spell flying Hurricanes with 79 Squadron at Biggin Hill, he rejoined 616 at Leconfield, Yorkshire, just as the Battle of Britain gathered momentum. At lunchtime on August 15, the fighter squadrons based in north-east England were scrambled to face the Luftwaffe's most concentrated attack against industrial targets in Scotland and the north of England. Casson flew one of the 12 Spitfires which met the enemy as they crossed the Yorkshire coast. Within minutes, 616 Squadron had accounted for six of the unescorted bombers, with similar results achieved by other northern-based squadrons. A few days later, 616 flew south to Kenley where the squadron was involved in some of the fiercest fighting of the battle as part of Air Vice-Marshal Keith Park's No 11 Group. Once 616 became fully operational again in early 1941, it was transferred and came under the command of the new Wing Leader, the legless pilot Douglas Bader, at Tangmere. The squadron boasted a glittering array of outstanding pilots, including "Johnnie" Johnson and "Cocky" Dundas. With his steadying and mature influence, allied to the experience gained during the hectic summer days of 1940, Casson became a section leader. On May 5, he shared in the destruction of a Junkers 88, but was hit by return fire, and was forced to bale out over Chichester harbour. On August 9, the "Bader" Wing took off for another sweep over France. During a hectic fight in which German fighters surprised them from above, Bader was shot down, and the Wing was forced to scatter. Casson had accounted for an Me 109 when he went to the aid of a lone Spitfire, but before he could join up he was engaged by a German fighter. Cannon shells damaged his aircraft's engine, forcing him to crash near St Omer, where he was captured. Shortly after his arrival at Stalag Luft III at Sagan, it was announced that Casson had been awarded the DFC. (The Telegraph)
  10. 12 points
    Didya think I had gone away? Huh? No I've been pottering about on this'n'that and over the weekend I had the birthday I may have mentioned in reference to THIS Tucked away in the card from The Son was a stash of cash which was a: unexpected and b: enough to pay half of the price of this little delight So on Sunday I followed the link The Doc put up on Pistonheads and ordered this from Paul at Modelling Tools It arrived very quickly and is a thing of delight to handle Today I shall be practising with it, having spent time watching the H&S DVD that came with it Fantastic service thank you Paul I intend practising on the nether regions of this, now I think she'll do OK that's me in to play, see you later folks
  11. 12 points
    Having fitted the doors successfully I glued the wing halves together, not bothering to include the internals but making sure that the wing roots lined up - they're angled and a butt join: Flickr Checking the instructions I realised I'd missed the divider 'roof' on the cockpit. It was much too big and needed trimming, making sure that the rear canopy part would fit over the top: The seam's had it's sanding too - need to check but hopefully it's OK(ish). We had a tour around the BBC Bristol studios yesterday - interesting! I knew that it's the "World Centre" for nature filming (Blue Planet etc) but hadn't realised that Antiques Roadshow and Countryfile was also based there, as well as DIY SOS and a few other 'day time' programmes. Great nostalgia around 'Animal Magic' and Morph from 'Take Hart'. Ah, nostalgia's not what it used to be…
  12. 11 points
    This is my Spitfire Vb built from the Hobbyboss kit, I know many complain about it for a few reasons, but to me it looks like a Spitfire...…...and that's good enough for me lol! Its was built out of the box and MRP paints were used. Hope you like it, but here is a bit about the man in the machine first. The son of Polish-born Swiss parents, Zumbach was registered as a Swiss citizen and hid his nationality in order to join the Polish army in 1934. He served as an infantryman until 1936 when he transferred to the Polish Air Force. After graduating from flying training in 1938 he was posted to 111 Eskadra Mysliwska. Zumbach did not fly during the German invasion of Poland due to a broken leg as a result of a flying accident during the summer of 1939. He returned to his unit only to be evacuated to France via Romania. While in France, Zumbach flew the Morane 406 and Curtiss Hawk 75 with GCII/55. On 10 June, he was one of several pilots shot down by Bf 109s, but escaped unscathed. On 18 June 1940, he traveled to England by boat and on 2 August was posted as one of the founding members of the newly formed No. 303 Polish Fighter Squadron. During the Battle of Britain, Zumbach scored eight confirmed kills and one probable, mostly against Messerschmitt Bf 109 fighters. Zumbach was shot down by a JG 3 Bf 109 over Dover on 9 May 1941 when returning from a mission, but he was able to bail out unharmed. Zumbach became one of the first Allied pilots to engage in combat with the German Focke-Wulf Fw 190 when he damaged, and in return, his aircraft was damaged by a "single radial-engined fighter" on 13 October 1941. In December 1941, Zumbach was posted to 58 OTU, and in March 1942 returned to 303 Sqn as a flight commander. In May, he was promoted to Squadron Leader and took command of the squadron, a post Zumbach held from 19 May 1942 until 30 November 1943 During this period, Zumbach flew three Supermarine Spitfire VBs, carrying the serial numbers BM144, EP594 and EN951. All these aircraft carried the same code, RF-D, ("RF" being the squadron code for 303 Sqn) and "D" being the individual aircraft code. All three aircraft carried a cartoon of Donald Duck on the port side of the fuselage, slightly forward of the cockpit. Zumbach's victory tally was marked with German crosses under the cockpit on the port side; confirmed kills were outlined in white, probable kills in red, and damaged aircraft with no outline. After handing over command of 303 Sqn to Sqn Ldr Bieńkowski, Zumbach spent a year in staff appointments, including the Polish Air Force Staff College. He returned to flying duties as the commander of the 2nd Polish Air Wing, No 133 Wing. On 25 September 1944, he scored his final victory of the war, a probable kill over a JG 26 Fw 190 over Arnhem. On 30 January 1945, Zumbach was posted to HQ, No. 84 Group. While flying an Auster that was used to visit units under the Group's command, he made a navigational error and ran out of fuel. He force-landed in enemy territory and spent the final month of the war as a prisoner of war. Zumbach's final victory tally was 12 (and 2 shared) confirmed kills, five probables and one damaged.
  13. 11 points
    Well, I can tick the Savoia Marchetti SM79off the build list now. A build out of nowhere really. I started it, more in hope than expectation, a week or so before I thought the GB was due to end. A weeks extension to the Group Build suddenly made this one a possibility for inclusion. An almost out the box build, it got a Falcon canopy added and I'm very happy with the fit and finish of it. The clear part lined up against the Airfix fuselage perfectly. All brush painted, necessary once I had wimped out of trying out my airbrush on it. I'm happy enough with the fictitious result, it looks the part to me. As usual, I've added a few period bits and bobs for some of the Gallery shots along with the plane taking centre stage as well. All in all, a highly enjoyable build. I'll have a go at another at some point for sure. Over to the pictures...
  14. 10 points
    Hi Folks A quick build not from the shelf of doom. The Hobbycraft kit is quite simple to build and reminds me of Matchbox kits, nice fairly thick plastic to work with and with no warping. Otter's were frequent visitors to Prestwick Airport in the mid sixties in the main US Army ones but a few Canadian ones wrapped up in UN markings also appeared. Painted with Tamiya acrylics and Xtracolor paints, decals from the spares box. Cheers Ian
  15. 9 points
    I started this kit two years ago and for the best part of last year it was just sitting collecting dust,I just didn't feel like doing any work on it.I finally decided to get it done this month and here it is.No it didn't turn out as good as I hoped it would (I still got a lot of learining and improving ahead of me) but it could have been worse. Took these pics real quick with my phone hence the bad quality.
  16. 9 points
    My guess is a 1/24 Bristol Brexit. A relatively unknown type, it was ordered in a surprise move but then repeatedly delayed as they fiddled with the design. The finished product eventually lumbered into the air, but so big were the changes that it failed to live up to expectations and was quietly scrapped. Maybe...
  17. 9 points
    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!
  18. 9 points
    For those that missed the misplacement ________________________________________________
  19. 8 points
    Sources: https://www.facebook.com/yoav.efrati.5/posts/2106969939323433 https://www.facebook.com/specialhobby/posts/1969027376525450 V.P.
  20. 8 points
    Hi everybody; last night I completed the masks design with Inkscape, here's a screenshot (literally ) Not very defined, I know, but I thin kit shows what I prepared: walkway bands, insignia, codes, serials (only the biggest ones, the smallest are far too small) and the three MARINES writings. Then I did more dry fitting: cockpit/IP/coaming, on top of the frotn wheel well The fit here is really good Also when tested with the front fuselage halves Canopy and windshield are a great fit too The canopy doesn't fit open, though; I think I'll have to shave some of its thickness off from the back Last thing, I test fitted the tail fin Good (and solid) fit here too. I'm gonna have to get started on the cockpit and seat now, while I also think about the seamless intakes... Comments welcome Ciao
  21. 8 points
    Handlebars and exhausts on the Honda CB450 together with all the foot operated levers - I tried to angle these as per the instructions but probably went astray on a few of them. Front mudguard is on and I'm sure the Instructions say to mount the struts inside the mudguard but images of the real thing, plus the boxart, show them outside. I found part 18, actuator mounted on the rear wheel, loose in the box and drilled a hole in my scratch hub to mount that. The headlight and rear light lenses were missing so a piece of Lego was modified for the rear and a suitable button was filed down for the headlight lens. I also found a couple of pieces of thick thread in the box so used these as cables to the brake levers on the handlebars. A couple of bits of thinner elastic thread to the actuators on the wheelhubs. Decals are actually cut outs from the Instructions so number plates on and it is finished. I'll put more pics in the Gallery tomorrow - it's getting late! Good to see this one finished - very finely moulded and delicate kit.
  22. 7 points
    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 and wheels from Aires, wing seals from Shaun (available on this site) and my own turned pitot tube. Xtracolor enamel paints were used along with Alclads metallics and finished with Alclad semi matt clear cote. Hope you like it, gazza l
  23. 7 points
    Good Afternoon, Hope you are all well... apologies for taking a while to sort this out - but with silly season just around the corner and a pregnant wife (due in 1 week!), things are pretty hectic for me at Jadlam HQ! So first of all I would like to thank you all for entering, I hope you enjoyed yourselves! I have certainly enjoyed having a flick through the build threads to see what you guys can do with an Airfix Starter Set! I really like the format where everybody builds the same kit as it makes people think out of the box and limits entries to mainly new builds. As for prizes/winners, Its very difficult to choose an actual "winner". So, its merely a case of choosing a favourite. Myself and Will (he's a top office bod at Jadlam) spent about an hour going through all the entries and both shortlisted our favourite 3 models. When comparing lists we had actually both written down 4 (its really hard!), and believe it or not of the 4 we had both chosen 3 the same!! So, without further ado our favourite Model is: Capt. "Chuck" Weaver's P-51D 44-72199 'Passion Wagon' - built by MarkSH. I think you'll all agree that he has done a fantastic job and wins a Brand new REVELL 1:48 Bristol Beaufighter TF.X 03943! FYI the other two entries that made our favourite 3 are that of Beggsy & TorBjorn, with uncle tommy's Yellow racer getting a lot of attention also! It doesn't end there however, I would like to offer all entrants a £5 credit for use on our website, which can be spent on your next order. (To claim this please pop an email through to nikki@jadlamracing.com with the email address associated to your online account and your forum user name. We'll then stick £5 on your account which will be automatically deducted from your next order.) Also MarkSH, make sure you pop me a message so I can organise your prize. I would like to extend my thanks to Enzo Matrix & thepureness for pulling it all together - its much appreciated. Again, thanks for your entries - What do you want to do next? (as I have said before I am willing to do this as often as you want to do it and will always support with a discount on the kit and a prize to add that competitive edge.) Have a great day guys...
  24. 7 points
  25. 7 points
    The clues are all there as always, if you look closely enough. Telford is on the M54. 5 and 4 make nine, so it's a Mk IX. Telford is 308 miles from Le Fresne Camilly airfield via Ouistreham and country lanes. 308 was the Polish Squadron that flew Type IX Spits from there. Telford is a new town like Milton Keynes (MK). Nearby roads are the A442, A464. Added together, that's 906. Take the nearby B4373, minus 43 from 73 giving you 30. Add the A5, making 941. Take off the 1 in respect to this being a 'big one' and you get... MK940, Type IX Spit of 308 Sqn. See.....it's so obvious really.
  26. 6 points
    The JS-7 was a 68-tonne monster with a 130mm main gun, no less than eight machine guns (most probably superfluous) and phenomenal armour thickness from all sides. Obviously impractical due to its weight, it was nevertheless well powered for its time (just after WW2). See link for more details: http://www.tanks-encyclopedia.com/coldwar/USSR/is-7-object-260 This is the Trumpeter 1/72 scale kit. I scratch-built the cage-like headlight guards, and added after-market two-ropes and made their tensioners. I also drilled out the 40 holes in th3 muzzle-brake, as well those in the tow rope shackles and mg muzzles. Solidly moulded handles were replaced with wire. My build-log is over on Missin Lynx: https://www.tapatalk.com/groups/missinglynx/home-front-gb-js-7-t316760.html I decided this being a prototype was a good excuse to finish it "factory-fresh". I've put it on a quickly-made tank biscuit as I may yet give the same treatment to a JS-4 and possibly a JS-3 and have the three parked and lined up, as if ready to take part in a comparative evaluation. Here are images of the finished model, except it has just dawned on me that I forgot to paint the exhaust outlets (doh!). Something I'll obviously fix.
  27. 6 points
    A 90 min film made by Peter Jackson, commissioned by the Imperial war museum was announced yesterday. It is to be shown in cinemas and a copy is to be given to every secondary school, to mark the centenary of the Armistice. Taken from original film of the time, which has been processed in such a way to not only produce a true colour, but bring the men's faces to life. Gone are the old grainy, silent images we usually see, the men's faces and voices are brought back to life. The footage released is so astounding, it made the hair stand on the back of my neck.
  28. 6 points
    And as an added bonus, there is a rumour going round that a model is going to get built as well; my cup runneth over! Martian
  29. 6 points
    Evening all, The Mosquito is finally finished I took a quick photo this evening but I done run out of daylight! so I'll get some better piccies for the gallery at the weekend. Really enjoyed making this kit, it very much is a blank canvas on which to add your own take on the aircraft, great GB, superbly organized by @Rabbit Leader very well done and thanks. I've really got to get some suitable figures for these vignettes, I was trying to think of an appropriate title for it and the usual sort of stuff came to mind 'Mossie Maintenance' etc but I then thought how about having some 'erk disappearing into the crew hatch and another on the step ladder and call it (to be said in the best possible West country accent) 'ere Blanco where's me free ates'. As I said more pictures at the weekend. Cheers, Mark.
  30. 6 points
    True fact. Which, as I understand it, is more powerful than a regular fact in a court of law. Go figure. Agreed. This is why the FOD cover on that Scimitar picture I posted has a cut-out for the bulge. In any event, the bulges are going to be added today. Let alone the quips, sallies, ripostes, wisecracks, badinage, and raillery. And an occasional rejoinder. Cheers, Bill
  31. 6 points
    I was asked by the local air museum to built a radar equipped fighter as part of their Radar exhibition. An all black Beaufighter festooned with radar aerials seemed like a good fit. Pretty much out of the box with Ultracast seats and exhausts. I'm not convinced that the codes should b red but I was on a tight deadline so went with the it supplied ones. It'll get battered Once its there so I'm not worrying too much The overall finish is Tamiya black with patches of NATO Black and Panzer Grey but the flash has evened out the tones. The kit was a pleasure to built, it is a bit simplified but That worked in my favour. Thanks for looking
  32. 6 points
    Whoah, this was way back in the one-and-nines Can't have that can we? I have been pottering away quietly on these as well as the Vixen, just trying gently, to de-blemish them for proper paint finishing This one has just been readied for an overall coat of Humbrol, this seems to work quite nicely without making a too thick coat Test painting today I think and this other one is a leetle bit further along
  33. 5 points
    Hi guys latest dio depicting a panther about to flatten a Russian machine gun post. the wall was made from foam sheet with bricks inscribed in .
  34. 5 points
    May I present my 1/48 Academy MiG-29AS. Built OOb no extras, as usual all comments welcome. DSCF9339 by john dann, on Flickr DSCF9340 by john dann, on Flickr DSCF9351 by john dann, on Flickr DSCF9342 by john dann, on Flickr DSCF9343 by john dann, on Flickr
  35. 5 points
    Hey, I'm making a model here. I'm not making much of one yet, but here's a couple of new things. First, the little bumps on the boundary layer plates. I just used a simple arc-shaped piece of styrene card as it's not going to be real visible. No use trying to contour the edges. Hopefully you can see them here, what with white-on-white and all that. The leading edge of the intakes are moulded as separate pieces, and there is quite a bit of wonkiness on the inside corners. (Note the two big chunks of gunk on the top and bottom of the intake lip. These might look like sprue attachment points, but they're not. Just chunks of gunk.) You can see it here on the left, whilst the one on the right has been victimized by some indiscriminate filing. Presumably, if I do some fine sanding on this, it will look a bit better, but at least the wonkiness has been de-wonkyized. I wonder what AZ was thinking on that one? I think the entire area where the arresting hook goes will need to be cut out and rebuilt from scratch. Luckily, I still have some white plastic card stock and a razor saw or two. Oh, and some bandages. Cheers, Bill
  36. 5 points
    Here by all accounts, I did say it was only a rumour though! Martian
  37. 5 points
    For the record: My one-liners are just that: gags intended to evoke a giggle, a snicker, and occasionally the spitting out of coffee while drinking. Never intended to be malicious or ill-willed. -d-
  38. 5 points
    Hi all..... Please, let me introduce this old beauty wich, much to my lack of interest, have been lurking in the shelf of doom for a long time. It's been built OOB, except for some scratch built cockpit detail, and rigging made from steel guitar string...The decals were a little bit difficult to handle, but finally managed to set them. These old kit have something special around the, call it nostalgia, call it fond memories...but can't remember enjoying it half as much while building the Roden kit. I hope you'll like it. Best regards from Tenerife....!!! IMGP0049 by Arturo Navarro, en Flickr IMGP0047 by Arturo Navarro, en Flickr IMGP0048 by Arturo Navarro, en Flickr IMGP0046 by Arturo Navarro, en Flickr IMGP0045 by Arturo Navarro, en Flickr
  39. 5 points
    hi folks so, to what's been going on... actually quite a bit of rework.. ..it started with adding the power panel - this is the canvas enclosed thing here on the back of the 'A' frame - it is a metal plate with some bits added, sheathed in a material bag cut from the original template with added fasteners and some wiring poking out... ..the reworking was adjusting the height & width of the fuel tank - I don't know if I misread the plans but it was too narrow at the top, so I slid it to the side and added anothe section below the brown radio... I also had to cut the end off this radio as I made it too long so the fuel gauge would not sit where it should.. after a lot of chopping & changing I got all the bits in as they can be seen in the reference pics I have... ..you can see the big wadge of tank added here, and how it was raised as well.. fortunately all the messing about will be hidden.. ..I wanted to get the armour plate & seat fitted, so had to fabricate these air vents before they could be added.. ..I found the drawing, scaled it and started to fashion it from plastic.. ..and with paint & pipes... ..then the armour plate was painted & the seat - the pics I have show the seat a different green so did this too.. ..then all the parts were added together to the sub-assembly... ..and a dry fit to make sure it all sits right with the walls... ..will be doing the elevator & rudder trim pedestal next... TTFN Peter
  40. 5 points
    A fun project from beginning to end, only watered down because the weights in the nose got lose. It was brush painted in RLM 79/70/65. I still have to come up with an interesting Luft 46 story.
  41. 5 points
    Finally updated all the broken links, thanks to Photobucket! The model is off to competition this weekend. Because of that, I've decided not to bother about the additional sensors or crew, I'm calling this one done. Just have to finish the base. The base. The base/display case is Trumpeter item no. 09807 which fits the AT-ST perfectly. Even with the additional sensors, I have about 2mm to spare! I'll take some proper studio photos after the comp. Richard.
  42. 5 points
    Great to see you on this Tim, to be honest as far as large conversions go it's not a particularly difficult job, (I've also recently acquired another set to convert the Airfix kit when I find a bit of time to squeeze it in). Good job on the wings, that's probably the hardest bit! I wouldn't worry too much about the rear seats, besides not being able to see them the early B1s had fixed ones, the swivel style only coming along later in its career. A couple of things to note about the B1, the ailerons extend to the ends of the wingtips unlike the later B.2 so remember to scribe the lines, I replaced the ailerons with scratch built resin items. The artificial feel intake on the nose is a single tube type, not twin tube as with the later Mk.2s, (retrofit B2's and SR.2, the larger one above was for the ILS system). I think a white metal item was included in some Flightpath boxings, but not all. The Matchbox/Revell offering is way oversized anyway and best binned. I know I've shown these a few times now but I'll post them again anyway, hopefully, they'll give you an idea as to what it'll look like when assembled.....unfortunately, mine's looked like this for 4 years now! The replacement tailplanes came from my friend Terry Grey and the more pointed Orange Putter tailcone was scratched from a piece of scrap resin. I didn't use any strengthening tubes when fixing the wings to the fuselage as the intakes go back quite some way, as do the exhaust pipes once they've been drilled out... but I did use Two-Part Epoxy, the thing's as solid as a rock. Anything you need to know, just ask away...
  43. 5 points
    I've seen wet paper bags with sharper outlines. -d-
  44. 5 points
    This is Trumpeter's 1/72 scale Type 61 tank on the live-firing range. It was built for a "Home Front" group build on the Braille Scale discussion group over on Missing Lynx. I scratch-built the mantlet's canvas dust-cover, headlight-guards, tow-rope and smoke-grenade launchers. The kit is quite well detailed but suffers from very thin and flexible hull and turret, plus the vinyl tracks are thick, poorly detailed and crammed in under the track-guards. My build log is linked to here: https://www.tapatalk.com/groups/missinglynx/home-front-gb-japanese-type-61-t316653.html
  45. 5 points
    Stuart at 1mm for each link I think my sanity would have gone out the window before I had finished doing every single one Small update added the floats /rafts and used some painted masking tape to act as the holding straps to achieve the width of the strap I wanted i used 2 blades taped together to get an even strip of tape And started making up the 20 mm and the quad Vickers not happy with how flat they look so added some plastic rod to the base will have a think about the Vickers don't like any of the kit or PE options so might go for the Tetra models version beefy
  46. 4 points
    Wouldn't have a problem and just built it OOB Cockpit seems to go together well, can't improve that much could you Stuart
  47. 4 points
    Thanks Bill, I appreciate that. I have decided that if I didn't go to the show, the individual concerned would have won so I will be there. Martian
  48. 4 points
    Yes Timmas, as @perdu suggests this could be instructive for you ............ and perhaps you need to get out more .... Terry
  49. 4 points
    The rest of the running rigging is on and the flags are flying! I put the flags on a length of thread rather than wrap round the mastheads. I did try a dry brush of the hull sides with 'Oak' and not sure if that brought out any more detail. Painted the stand in a couple of Luftwaffe greens and the Santa Maria is finished. Sails ended up dirtier than intended and the rigging does add a little something to the model but again practice will make perfect - every time I pick it up, one of the lines gets hit and slackens off. Thanks to all you BM Modellers for the encouragement and tips along the way - it's off to the Gallery with this one.
  50. 4 points
    Thanks mates! I appreciate the enthusiasm. I have discovered, though, that the boundary layer control has an arc shaped lump on the forward edge. You can see it quite clearly in this photo (although the vanes seem to be in shadow): I assume this was a way to condition or shape the airflow, and it should be quite easy to replicate with card. I have a question, though - is this in all production Attackers, or was it introduced sometime after the aircraft went into service? Also, does anyone have a good photo of the arresting hook and its bay? I know that the hook was on a v-shaped arm, and presumably was partially retracted into a bay of some sort on the underside of the fuselage. AZ have attempted to mould this bay - no, wait, that's not right. AZ didn't bother to clean the mould prior to injecting the molten styrene that ended up as my kit. Consequently, what was the arresting hook bay on my model is now a 1:1 duplicate of a copious collection of clag that accumulated in the nooks and crannies of AZ's mould. In modelling, as in life, cleanliness is next to Godliness. A lesson the chief AZ styrene injector man should never forget! @Martian Hale “Men have called me mad; but the question is not yet settled, whether madness is or is not the loftiest intelligence – whether much that is glorious – whether all that is profound – does not spring from disease of thought – from moods of mind exalted at the expense of the general intellect.” One of my favourite Edgar Allan Poe quotes. This is why there is so much insanity here. I've been exalting at the expense of my general intellect for years. Cheers, Bill
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