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  1. 18 points
    Latest build. Mark DSCN3271 (2) by mwsfly9, on Flickr DSCN3272 (3) by mwsfly9, on Flickr DSCN3273 (3) by mwsfly9, on Flickr DSCN3274 (3) by mwsfly9, on Flickr DSCN3276 (4) by mwsfly9, on Flickr DSCN3277 (3) by mwsfly9, on Flickr DSCN3278 (3) by mwsfly9, on Flickr DSCN3280 (3) by mwsfly9, on Flickrjk6T]DSCN3279 (3)[/url] by mwsfly9, on Flickr DSCN3281 (3) by mwsfly9, on Flickr DSCN3282 (3) by mwsfly9, on Flickr DSCN3283 (3) by mwsfly9, on Flickr DSCN3287 (3) by mwsfly9, on Flickr Thanks for looking. Mark
  2. 17 points
    Hello, I have a pleasure to present a collection of planes from the period of the fights for Polish independence, made by the participants of the Modeling Studio MDK Świdnica, that is Jakub Gotfried, Arkadiusz Walerowicz, Mateusz Zapotoczny, Szymon Mazur and Mateusz Grzelak. All models are made of Eduard's sets with various additions in the form of decals, machine guns or turnbuckles in a 1:48 scale. The collection was made in connection with the celebrations of the 100th anniversary of Poland's independence, and the work on it took a year. As you can see, it is composed of machines used on both sides during World War I, because immediately after the war Poland needed every plane, tank or rifle in order to hold its independence. I hope you will enjoy these models Photo of the collection with authors: Collection in museum: Fokker E.V, 183/18, captain pilot Stefana Bastyr, 7th Air Escadrille, Lwów 1919 Fokker D.VII (Alb), 502/18, personal aircraft of the commander of III Dyonu, cpt. pil. Stefan Bastyr, Lwów 1920 Albatros D.III(Oef) 253.218, captain Merian Cooper, 7th Air Escadrille , Kijów, May 1920 Albatros D.III(OAW) 2586/17, instructor Adam Haber-Włyński, Flight Academy in Ławica, 1919 Albatros D.Va(OAW), Lt. pil. Adolf Stępkowski, Naval Aviation base in Puck, 1921 SPAD XIII, 24.25, 19th Air Escadrille, Lithuanian-Belarusian Front, 1920
  3. 16 points
    Ok. Another Spitfire. Airfix, with markings for Squadron Leader Brian Lane. Hope you like. Please feel free to comment etc. Thanks for looking Dick
  4. 10 points
    Figures are various from Tamiya from my spares box. The chaplain was built using various parts from my spares. The wall is scratch built using a form u lay mould to cast the wall. Various scenic materials used and the tree scratch built, boxes, crates, pamphlets etc. along with the animals are all from my spares box Inspired from the book with the same title by Rev Tom Wilson I have tried to represent a scene showing a short service by the padre, just behind the front line 1/35 scale I I
  5. 9 points
    I’ve been really busy with work and private life lately, but things have settled down a bit so I finally managed to find some time to finish this model. My latest build is the A320-200 from Zvezda in the colours of Amsterdam Airlines. This short-lived Dutch airline operated from 2008 until 2011. As most of you know this model kit is really great, although I struggled a bit to get the engines attached in a straight way. Also the red is a bit too dark (I used gray primer, but should have used white instead) and the windows on the left side are a bit too low. Other than that I'm pleased with the way she turned out. Decals are from Flevo Decals. Cockpit, window and door outlines decals are from Authentic Airliner Decals. Corogard and cargo door decals from 8A Decs. The display bases are all 80 x 80 cm and made by myself. My next build will be the 1:144 PS-84 / Li-2 in Aeroflot colours from Eastern Express, which (just as my DC-2) is part of a Dutch Group Build effort. Anyway, thanks for looking and see you next time!
  6. 9 points
    I've started surgery on the crew this morning: Here's a close up showing the last of the PJ civilian pilots (ooh look Keith, Ray Bans!) that I think I'll use to keep Keith happy. Or at least amused. The kit pilot has had some work to remove his bone dome: Getting there. Heads are a weird shape aren't they, but of course they vary from person to person... Note the pathetic attempt to prepare for a disappointing result later. I'm nothing if not devious…
  7. 8 points
    @woody37 - Neil good to catch up on the Saturday, shame I could only be there 40-50 minutes... but that's life. I was there Sunday most of the day, left around 1500.. I came over to the BC table twice and no one was about so I just grabbed the one photo of the Manchester and Stirling. Are you doing Bolton? Be good to see both again and have a proper look and photo them! From what I saw, they are absolutely stunning. Hats off to you!
  8. 7 points
    A build from 6 years ago. You youngsters have it easy now, with new 1/72 and 1/48 Ryan NYPs at you disposal. We used to have to distill petroleum, make our own plastic, build our own presses, fabricate our own tools, and build a kit in a life time, IF WE WERE LUCKY! After much debate, it is still undetermined when the first 1/72 kit of the Ryan NYP was issued. Although the later incarnations are known, in the form of kits from Frog, Hawk, Airlines, Novo, and the like, the first fossil kits clearly show up in the Cambrian strata, together with trilobites and algae, before even the most primitive dinosaur dared to show its ugly snout. Some scholars go as far as placing them as contemporaries of the first stromatolites. We may never know; but what we do know is that they survived al the cataclysmic extinction events that wiped out other kits, and we know too that in these, our times, the kit re-popped under the Testors brand. I hear you, in all those eons the kit did NOT evolve: the same recessed engraved lettering, the same chunky engine, the same strange prop blades, the recessed ribbing on all surfaces, the even more mysterious interior filled with the horror of nothingness... BUT, is there any other, more evolved 1/72 kit specimen around? Nope. There is no other contemporary kit in the market of one of the most iconic planes of all times. The scholars found out that most of the kit manufacturers are too busy churning out infinite versions of the same warplanes. Talk about dinosaurs... The kit: you will need only your fingers to count the kit’s parts. Scale-Master decals are included, as well as a clear base, which is something like your appendix, still there after all those millennia, just in case, but of no real use. Attached to the clear base, by the way, are the not-so-transparent transparencies. The word “HAWK” in tiny font can still be seen under the base. One of the photos shows an obscure statement engraved inside the fuselage sides: "Made in USA". Archeologists and paleontologists are still debating about what that could possibly mean. So, what do you do with your Testors kit? Well, it is long list. First, forget about that tail skid and the anemometer post protruding from the fuselage halves, they will be inexorably obliterated anyway during construction when you try to smooth the fuselage joint. Second, get out the putty and cover that hideous, unsightly recessed lettering –and the ejector pin marks under the wing since you are at it-. Third, get another, better engine, chop the cylinders and replace the kit’s ones. Fourth, figure a way to produce a credible fuselage and flying surfaces ribbing. You may replace the sort of chunky tail feathers if you feel like. Fifth: hey, scratch some interior. Not much can be seen of it, but you can cut and pose the door open to help with that. Do not fill the recessed lines on the nose when you deal with the lettering there, those are panel lines and are sort of OK. And, did you know that a second machine (Ryan NYP-2) was built and sold to Japan? Aha. It was registered J-BACC and went through a few color changes. There, another option for your frozen-in-time, primeval Testors kit. Now, a confession. Long, long time ago when I was young-er, naive and inexperienced, I built the thing, out of the box, in all its tragic crudity. I know. So as said before the stringers and ribbing effects were dealt with, a nice interior fabricated for it to show through the open door and windows, and a few external details prepared for later addition. The engine was replaced by an Aeroclub white metal item and the kit's "engine" reworked and used as a master for a vacuformed part . Holes were drilled for the control cables, fuselage handles and stab struts (all missing in the kit). Other details that may be added are the fairings of the wheel hubs, the carburetor intake, a better representation of the anemometer, control horns and cables, the periscope, etc. Different shades of metal paint were used, and a combination of home-made and the kit's decals applied. Beware -to add insult to injury- that the kit's decals' instructions have the position of the rudder ones (3 and 4) reversed. Besides the other mentioned details, the kit is missing a diagonal brace strut that bridges the rear leg attachment of the LG to the fuselage and the top of the suspension mechanism. So, can you build a decent, accurate replica from this kit? only if you commit a great deal of time to research and fabrication, and you become a Shaolin modeling monk.. Can a 10 year old have fun with this simple kit without any kind of accuracy concerns? you betcha. But if you are a serious modeler, you know what you are up for. I would not hesitate to scratch-build this one, since the time involved should be actually less than the time I employed here in accurization and detailing. As long as the results are good, then is all fun.
  9. 7 points
    Another one of those builds making it over from the the 11th Hour GB. From what I understand, these third series of cars where specifically built for Russia - though that does not aid in the matters of trying to determine what colour they were finished in. This particular build represents a vehicle captured by the Austro-Hungarians. Their plan was to utilize a mixed platoon of vehicles collected from both captured and their own designs, and to be utilized in the breakthrough created on the Italian front. Time ran out though for the chance to finally realize the potential of the armoured car. regards, Jack
  10. 7 points
  11. 6 points
    This is Meng's M747 trailer, which is the first half of their M911 C-HET and trailer combo. I've finished it as an army surplus unit in private hands, and in a rather dilapidated state. The kit's very nice, although the size of the thing (about 14 ½ inches long) makes it a little unwieldy while painting and weathering. The only real weak parts are the rubber tyres. They're not terrible, but the fit on the rims isn't great. It's finished in a heavily faded NATO green using AK real color lacquers. The M911 itself is currently on the bench, and will hopefully be finished before the end of the year. Thanks for looking Andy
  12. 6 points
    Here's my 1/72 scale David type torpedo boat from the War of Northern Aggression. She's based on the old Lone Star Models vacuform kit. I promptly destroyed the vac hull and replaced it with the fuel tank from a B-58 from the spares box. I hope you enjoy. As always any and all comments are most welcomed and appreciated. Highest Regards, Gregory Jouette
  13. 6 points
    Hi y'all! Here are some pics of my build. Sorry, I don't feel like commenting them tonight, but if you have any questions concerning the built, please feel free to ask... Ciao Iwik
  14. 6 points
    This build has been blogged over on WIP here. This is Medium A Whippet A347 "Gofasta" from the Takom kit with various after-market parts as shown and described in the build blog. The name is stenciled with a DN Models vinyl mask. At least, I believe A347 was "Gofasta". DN provide no guide to using the stencils and were unable to confirm the name-number match "as they no longer had the research material". And you can't see the number in any photo I found. I chose that tank because it had the red/white engine cover and front markings I wanted. The kit instructions suggest that "Golikell", for which they give decals, had exactly the same markings, but photos I found suggested otherwise. And I thought a different name would be, well, different. My avatar is a black sheep after all.......... Whippets were only really used after most of the muddy fighting had ended, in the final pursuit of the retreating German army. So rather than lots of mud I just stuck with some dust and dry mud around the tracks. All flavours of comment appreciated.
  15. 6 points
    Hello everyone. This is my recently finished MiG-31 Foxhound, 1/48 scale from Hobby Boss. Didn't encounter major problems throughout the build. Hope you like it.
  16. 6 points
    Hawker Hunter F6 56 Squadron 1960 Built for the 60s NATO vs Warsaw pact GB It is the Academy 1/48 kit built OOB except for the SBS cockpit set as the kit one is totally wrong in size and scale etc. and it also has a metal pitot tube of an F6 Lightning as the kit plastic one was way too flimsy. Paints are Tamiya with MR Super clear coats, gloss for decalling then a satin mist to dull it down a bit with the gloss still showing as they would have been fairly clean and shiny.
  17. 6 points
  18. 5 points
    Hi, My first armored vehicle in 1/72 scale, it was pleasure to build this ... pure imagination.
  19. 5 points
    A vac from 4 years ago, for a special occasion. This 1/72 scale model was commissioned for the 85th Anniversary of Hawaiian Airlines, to be presented to the owner, being Inter Island Airways the direct predecessor from which Hawaiian Airlines came to be, and this Bellanca the very first plane Inter Islands used. There is an actual flying restoration of this plane, which due to technical aspects had some changes and slightly departs from the original plane in a few aspects. This model is an exact replica of the original, historical plane. It was made from a Khee-Kha Art Products vacuum-formed kit, with some additions and home-made decals. I had a good time researching even further and building this commission, and it helped that I had built another model of this very same plane some time ago (NE: soon to be also re-posted here at BM) I truly enjoy going to Hawaii on vacations, and I was happy to honor part of its past.
  20. 5 points
    I have realised that all my photos of the finished article were from the port side and therefore there isn't a decent shot of the buddy pod. So here's a couple to rectify it.
  21. 5 points
    A deep conversion from 5 years ago, backdating the kit to the first machine. A Staggering Endeavor The Prolific and unusual family of Beech Staggerwing aircraft evolved through several incarnations. Its elegant and unorthodox lines have the unmistakable appeal of the Golden Age of aviation. Less known, though, are the first pre-production machines, which differed from the production design and ulterior developments quite a lot. The Kit: Good news: we have a kit of the Staggerwing released in two boxings by two manufacturers, even with a floaty version. Not so good news: it is not the version I want to model. Even less good news: being a fairly decent kit with many pros, it is not the best technology around (short run, meaning some butt-joins, somewhat thick parts, you know already, you have built some of those). The two things that gave me a lot of headaches and produced a lot of frustration were the two-part windshield and the struts. The struts as molded have tiny locating protrusions which you are at risk to confuse with the leftovers of the gates, a couple millimeters apart. If you have managed to spot that with a “phew!”, you are not yet off the hook. The curve of the upper part of the strut will not match that of the upper wing which it supports, nor will the little pip align with the faint hole in the said wing. Good luck with that. I did not have any. The early Staggs –just to start with- had more span and less length, so you will have to slice and splice one set of wings. The upper –longer- wing panels in your kit number one will do now as lower wing panels for your prototype model. The lower wing panels of both kits will have to be hacked and re-hashed as the upper wings. Afraid of loosing detail? Don’t be, for two reasons: the upper wing in the early machines had no ailerons (fill the engraved aileron line and the seam where you attached the extension since you are at it) and the prototype used a slimmer airfoil, so some little sanding-down won’t hurt. Now your “new” lower wing (former upper wing of your kit) will need its aileron line continued to the edge (root) fill and scribe accordingly. Confused? And we are just getting started. Get the right engine from another kit or as an after market item; you need a Wright Whirlwind instead of the P&W R985 in your kits. To help you sorting out, here some pointers about the prototype 17R compared to your kit (which is a D-17): Had larger span Had two doors Bump underneath aileron hinge No upper wing ailerons Different engine The rudder split open and acted as an airbrake Had fixed LG (will have to glue all retractable gear parts closed, smooth out the area, scratchbuild the wheel pants) The fuselage was shorter and the aft shape concurrently varied The tail feathers were different (larger horizontal stab and differently-contoured vertical stab) The baggage door was on the other side (right) It had landing lights Tail wheel wasn’t retractable Had slightly more dihedral –even more on lower panel- Different nose and surface details AND of course some other details. Elated already? So am I. With another stagg in pants, soon to be posted as a separate RFI:
  22. 5 points
    Today’s focus was the main landing gear. I had heard that the kit wheels and tires would be better off if replaced by a resin set (the ones I saw online did look FANTASTIC) but I wanted to give the kit parts a chance before ordering anything extra. Glad I did. By nipping off the alignment pins I was able to sand the mating parts nice and smooth and was actually very satisfied with the results. The tread looks OK to me, or at least passable considering they do not require an extra outlay of funds. I added a bit of thin insulated wire from an old computer cable and a few lengths of very thin brass wire to represent the various hydraulic lines that are visible along the main gear. The wheels have only been placed on the gear legs (the fit is snug) so I can still remove them if needed. - My only regret on the legs is that I splashed on a little AK oil before doing the normal thinned black wash… The places that didn’t get “oil” looked so different that I ended up pretty much coating the legs to avoid having bare spots. My ground crew chief would not be happy with Ol' Scrapiron's condition if she were due for a mission tomorrow. Worse than that, the black wash wouldn’t bite into the slick oil-covered areas. Lesson learned: do things in the correct order!!! - - Anyway, I’m pleased with the overall look (even if a wee bit oily) of the legs and tires. I’m holding off on mounting the tailwheel to the fuselage until I decide if that area needs to get some special love. The kit part is definitely on the basic side… but does look sturdy. Still thinking about it.
  23. 5 points
    I bought this one as a treat for myself around Christmas 2016 I think; recently I was working on it in the 737 group build but for various reasons didn't get it finished. A while back I did get around to finishing it off - pretty quickly in the end as it is really just one colour and pretty simple decals. Apologies for the photos. Something about white balance, blah blah. It's a good kit though - I recommend it if you like this type. I don't know how it stacks up for accuracy but in 1/200 I think it probably meets the needs of most people. The only thing I don't like is the windscreen decal - seems a bit blue for me particularly against some of my other 737s in the same scale. Anyway, here it is:
  24. 4 points
    I`ve just received the brand new and still hot, pre-production test shot parts of a true beast - Handley Page 0/400 in 1/48 scale. It will be released in near future by Copper State Models produced by CSM partnership company Melius Manu. The kit is a full multimedia kit, with 1kg (sic.) of resin parts, PE fret, instructions and decals. It will be available for pre-order at Telford 2018. Judging on the parts I`ve got it is going to build into a truly stunning miniature. What is evident already, the manufacturer took care to eliminate the shortcomings of the resin - by reinforcing the whole structure of wings and struts with wire, which is crucial for a biplane model with a wingspan exceeding over 60 centimetres. Without further ado, it`s time to get the beast started. I`ll post the progress pics soon.
  25. 4 points
    #25/2018 Besides the recently posted Swiss G-6, my dad also built a Swiss E-3. Switzerland purchased 80 E-3 in 1939 and built 8 further aircraft as a licence version which were delivered in 1944. The aircrafts stayed in service until December 1949. Tamiya kit, crosses and stripes painted (Montex masks for the crosses), Eduard seatbelts, EZ line for aerials. brake lines and landing gear indicators with plastic rods. Gunze and Tamiya acrylics used, aircraft number and rest of decals from Cutting Edge and Tamiya. The Swiss Emils differed slightly from the German originals. All differences are mentioned in this Hyperscale feature from Randy Lutz http://hsfeatures.com/features04/bf109e3swissrl_1.htm My dad made not all changes. He removed the fuselage MG bulges and added new ones with plastic pieces, he made a new seatbelt arrangement, used a spadegrip control stick from an I-16 kit, changed the cowl panel lines and used 2cm wing guns from a Hasegawa A6M7 kit for the Oerlikon wing guns. Build thread here https://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/235041244-alpine-schmitt148-messerschmitt-bf109e-3-swiss-airforce/ DSC_0004 by Reinhard Spreitzhofer, auf Flickr DSC_0001 by Reinhard Spreitzhofer, auf Flickr DSC_0003 by Reinhard Spreitzhofer, auf Flickr DSC_0004 by Reinhard Spreitzhofer, auf Flickr DSC_0005 by Reinhard Spreitzhofer, auf Flickr DSC_0006 by Reinhard Spreitzhofer, auf Flickr DSC_0007 by Reinhard Spreitzhofer, auf Flickr DSC_0008 by Reinhard Spreitzhofer, auf Flickr DSC_0009 by Reinhard Spreitzhofer, auf Flickr DSC_0010 by Reinhard Spreitzhofer, auf Flickr DSC_0011 by Reinhard Spreitzhofer, auf Flickr DSC_0012 by Reinhard Spreitzhofer, auf Flickr DSC_0013 by Reinhard Spreitzhofer, auf Flickr DSC_0014 by Reinhard Spreitzhofer, auf Flickr DSC_0015 by Reinhard Spreitzhofer, auf Flickr DSC_0023 by Reinhard Spreitzhofer, auf Flickr DSC_0016 by Reinhard Spreitzhofer, auf Flickr DSC_0017 by Reinhard Spreitzhofer, auf Flickr DSC_0018 by Reinhard Spreitzhofer, auf Flickr DSC_0002 by Reinhard Spreitzhofer, auf Flickr DSC_0020 by Reinhard Spreitzhofer, auf Flickr DSC_0021 by Reinhard Spreitzhofer, auf Flickr DSC_0022 by Reinhard Spreitzhofer, auf Flickr