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  1. 38 points
    Hi all, This is the first build that I've posted on these forums. It took nearly two years to complete; I only know this because of the dates I posted questions here regarding the Stirling generally and this kit specifically, all of which were very patiently and completely answered. I obtained much of my inspiration in completing this model from the others that were posted here, specifically general merchett's who utilized the same markings. Just don't compare his outstanding build to mine! That being said, although there are a number of things that I wish in hindsight I had done differently or improved upon, all-in-all I'm happy with how mine turned out, especially that it's actually finished! Thanks for looking, and any comments or constructive criticism is much appreciated. Cheers, Mark
  2. 31 points
    Good day, dear colleagues, I present to you my next work. Models were made simultaneously. Tropical is made from the Airfix kit, and in winter camouflage from the Russian Zvezda. Both sets used etched parts from Eduard, resin chairs of Quickbust, dashboards from YMA and decals from Eagle decals.
  3. 29 points
    Hi Folks, Something I have been working on over this past year. After reading 'A Midhurst Flying Field' by local author Tania Pons I was inspired to build Walrus MkII, W3085. She lived at RNAS Cowdray Park just outside of Midhurst in West Sussex. The airfield was used as a storage facility for many FAA types including Albacore, Swordfish, Walrus. Other aircraft including Proctors, Sharks, and Ansons came through here too. John Moffat of Bismarck fame operated out of here and flew many an Air Cadet around the local airfield in Swordfish or Proctors. Over this coming year I am building some of these types to be displayed at our local museum So the kit is the Airfix with Eduard belts and exterior set, resin wheels and Ez-line/Bobs buckles for the rigging. Painted with Hataka top surfaces and Lifecolor RAAF sky blue undersides. She has an engine in sky. This was discussed in another thread: https://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/235043918-some-colour-questions-of-walrus-w3085/ Inside the aircraft I used some wooden decals for the Nav table. On top of them sits a chart of the Sakishima Gunto and 'Flight Deck' magazine Jan 1945 edition for a little light reading for the crew. https://flic.kr/p/2cUHFFu Here she is on the IWM site with the BPF: Note the RAAF roundels which have been converted to a quasi-BPF roundel. I opted for this on the fuselage but a more standard BPF roundel on the top wing. So W3085 has an interesting history. She was built as a MkII and so has a wooden hull (all rivets sanded off) and flew with the RAAF after leaving Midhurst. Whilst in Australia, W3085 had the water rudder fitted which MkII's did not normally have from the factory. She went on to join the BPF in 1945 and was flown by a RAAF Flt. Lt named Bruce Ada who carried out operations from HMS Victorious. An extract from his logbook can be found here: https://www.tapatalk.com/groups/airfixtributeforum/supermarine-walrus-w3085-darby-hms-victorious-t22562.html An article from the BBC on his story can be found here: https://www.bbc.co.uk/history/ww2peopleswar/stories/54/a6132854.shtml Sadly W3085 was destroyed by Naval gunfire after suffering an engine failure and left to a watery grave. Many thanks to those who contributed to this being built especially @iang and @Magpie22 who provided me with the servicing documents from Darby's time in Australia. Cheers Nick
  4. 21 points
    Hi guys, this was a reasonably expeditious build for me of one of my favourite WWII era aircraft. I wanted to do an 85 Sqn version but just haven't come across any photos (if any exist) as they only had them for a month or so and used them on three occasions. So, I went for the box decals of this Defiant which is quite well known; N3328 of 151 Sqn, RAF Wittering. Sadly the aircraft was destroyed in a hailstorm along with it's pilot Sgt JL Coulter in Oct 1942. Several pilots flew this aircraft and had claims in it including Sgt Bodien and Ft. Lt Edmiston. Painted in Xtracrylix with some medium grey added for interest. Resin wheels, Brass barrels and a Yahu instrument panel.
  5. 21 points
    Hello Dear Friends, here is my last construction In 2013 Venezuelan F-16 completed 30 Years of operation in the FAV (Venezuelan Air Force), and for its commemoration, the 30th Anniversary insignia of the Dragons Fighter Group was placed on the rudder of F-16A serial No.1041. Although currently, Venezuelan F-16s are still active, it is unknown how many of them are still operational, due to the seizure of spare parts made by the US Government. The base model used to build the F-16 A No.1041, is the F-16DJ / DG of the USAF, from Kinetic, scale 1/48, which I transformed to F-16A, using some parts (pilot cockpit and the vertical stabilizer) of the F-16A A / B of Kinetic.. Also, I use "after marketing" parts: the wheels are from Eduard, the nozzle is from a F-16B Hasegawa. Many pieces were made at home (scratch build), such as the antenna of the nose, lights, internal parts in the wheel bays and others. The armament: MK-82 bombs are from the Hasegawa armament set, the Python 4 are from Paragon resin. Most all decals were made at home, including the 30th Anniversary insignia presented in the rudder. The paintings used are acrylics from Model Master (Testor). Thank You, RSK48
  6. 18 points
    May i present my latest completion. It is an 1/72 Airfix Draken, bought for about 6Euro with no decals or instructions. Sourced decals online. At alst it is done, probably a bit rough around the edges, but I built it oob or packet. All comments welcome DSCF9460 by john dann, on Flickr DSCF9459 by john dann, on Flickr DSCF9458 by john dann, on Flickr DSCF9456 by john dann, on Flickr DSCF9453 by john dann, on Flickr
  7. 18 points
    For a change, something without a jet drive. The model and more precisely the plane is very unusual for me because my passion is modern aviation. Avro Lancaster B Mk.I 300 Sqd. RAF The model is an old and good Tamiya model made straight from the box. Techmod decals.
  8. 17 points
    Morning all, I've finished one! This is the Sword Spitfire XIV in 1/72. It took longer than I would have liked but came out OK in the end. The only modifications were to take the tail off and add about 1mm in length at the fuselage/tail join (not sure it was worth it to be honest), and tinker with the rear cockpit section to place the line between the glazing and the fuselage at the correct height (the kit has it too low). I also added the separation hooks for the slipper tank, and nabbed some spare exhausts from an old Special Hobby kit - the Sword ones are a bit messy. The main colours are Xtracrylix, with masking using the blu-tack sausages method. Fiddly but works well. The decals are a mixture of the kit's (roundels and stencils) and Xtradecals. In researching the subject I found the instructions by Aviaology for their 1/48 decals very useful, in that they have a photo which highlights the faded original serial number and the small repainted one at the base of the fin. So I replicated that with decals from the spares box. The model represents the 402 (Canadian) Squadron aircraft flown by Flt Lt Brian MacConnell in March 1945. I quite like the late 2nd TAF scheme with type C1 roundels all round, overpainted Sky fuselage band and black spinner. Anyway, some pictures: Justin
  9. 16 points
    Received this from my 15 year old grand daughter who likes to wind me up, also received a voucher for a deep fried Mars bar and and a deep fried Easter egg. Being a Scot I think this is a great piece of fun,I did get my own back though, we took her to the Leeds German market where they were selling deep fried Orio biscuits, watching her trying not to vomit was good payback.
  10. 16 points
    Hi everyone! I finished ths Henschel Hs-129 This is the Italeri 1/72 kit OOB except for the Eduard PE cockpit (which is completely hidden). I used Gunze Mr. Hobby paints and the swastikas came from an Extradecal sheet (the kit has none). Hope you like it! Marco
  11. 16 points
    1/72 Trumpeter North American RA-5C - Vigilante, RVAH-13. USS Enterprise 1972. Task Force 77. With the increasing U.S. military involvement in Vietnam after 1964, RVAH-13 was added to the mix of RVAH squadrons participating in combat operations in Southeast Asia. In conducting pre- and post-strike reconnaissance, the RA-5C would incur the highest loss rate of any U.S. Navy combat aircraft during the Vietnam War, and RVAH-13's experience would more than reflect this. On 28 December 1972, during Operation Linebacker II, RA-5C BuNo 156633 was lost in combat when it was shot down by a Vietnam People's Air Force MiG-21. The pilot, LCDR Al Agnew, successfully ejected, was captured by the North Vietnamese as a POW and repatriated to the United States on 29 March 1973. The RAN, LT Mike Haifley was listed as MIA until his remains were returned to the United States in August 1985. Here is my 1/72 Trumpeter RA-5C using Print Scale decals. The only thing I've added is the prominent brake lines on the landing gear. A very nice kit, overdone rivet and panel lines for some but I dont mind them. A slight wash really springs this to life for me. Airbrushed using Vallejo Model Air, Flory Dark and Grime Wash and sealed using Xtracrylix Satin Varnish. A massive and impressive looking aircraft, very pleased that I have added one to the collection. Phil. Thanks for looking. Phil
  12. 15 points
    This is my recently completed 1/72 Hasegawa Spitfire Mk VIII. I added a Eduard Zoom set in the cockpit little of which you can see. Exhaust are from Quickboost. Markings are from DK decals and depict a aircraft from 452 Sqn RAAF, Morotai 1944. The model was painted with MRP paints.
  13. 14 points
    I've read and seen so many horror stories about Eastern Express kits and the irregularities in their moulding processes, so that when I bought this kit a few years back, I was prepared for the worst and assumed my kit's box contents were not going to turn out to be one of the lucky kits that had no fit or moulding issues. EE did not disappoint, the kit fuselage halves were different lengths by 2-3mm and the rear bulkhead section was narrower that the width of the forward fuselage that it joined to - many pieces were different thickness plastic amongst many other issues too many to list. Needless to say, I worked around the problems and have ended up with this having discarded to EE KLM decals in favour for 26 Decals American Airlines. Nothing special but enjoyable to build despite the assembly irritations Limited by poor light and the choice of background colour to use here when photographing, I have been left with some pretty gloomy looking pictures Thanks for dropping in for a butchers... John
  14. 12 points
    Poor lighting and a limited choice of background colour has left this build looking like a flight on a dark and gloomy overcast rainy day. This is the Zvezda -9 kit with 26 Decals and some top-up details from a F-Decal detail set. Nothing amazing but great fun to build with Zvezda's superb part fitting. Other than the change in decal livery, this was built straight from the both with no 3rd party resin / correction parts used. Thanks for dropping in for a look around John
  15. 12 points
    Poor lighting and a limited choice of background colour has left this build looking like a flight on a gloomy overcast rainy day. This is the Revell -8 kit with 26 Decals. Nothing amazing but great fun to build with Zvezda's superb part fitting. No 3rd party resin / correction parts used. The World's Favourite Airline Thanks for dropping in for a look around John
  16. 11 points
    I pre-ordered this and have been waiting for the right time, having perfected my white painting technique on my Shackleton and Valiant I gave my Victor a go as part of the 1960's Warsaw Pact vs Nato Group Build. Built OOB apart from the decals which came from Xtra Decal as I wanted my Victor not to be a Blue Steel version, to retain the clean lines of the Victor. Enjoy:
  17. 11 points
    Hello chaps I finished this one last week for the recent NATO/Warsaw Pact 60's GB so thought i'd post it up here. It's Hasegawa's 1/48 scale F-104J kit built as a G model from 350 squadron Belgian Air Force based at Beauvechain in 1964. An Eduard etch set was used in the Cockpit and also Eduard resin C2 bang seat. Daco products replacement wings and tail plane. The ladder is also from the same improvement set. The missiles on the wing tips are from a Hasegawa weapons set. Decals from Armycast and stencils a mixture of the kits and other leftovers. NMF paints are from the AK Xtreme metal range and other colours from Gunze and Xtracrylics. Wash from Flory models. Master pitot. Cant think of anything else! The original. Questions and comments welcome. If you haven't already done so head over to the GB area and check out the gallery. There's plenty of cold war heavy metal 1960's style! Thanks for looking, James
  18. 10 points
    This is the 500th model I have completed since I restarted the hobby in 1985. It falls neatly into one of my favorite categories: counterfactual aircraft. Though the aircraft was partially assembled at the end of WW2, it never flew. But I'm not doctrinaire - unless it comes to building only in 1:72 scale! - when it comes to aircraft types. This is a beautiful kit, which goes together well with little putty. The decals were not satisfactory though. It was as though there was insufficient adhesive on the decal. It actually would not conform to the curves on the twin booms. Presumably it was a one-off issue; I've never had the problem with Meng decals. So off they came, to be replaced by some markings from an elderly Aeromaster sheet from two decades ago. They were end-of-war suicide bombers, so I thought the squadron markings would be appropriate. I'm fairly happy with this one. It has not escaped my notice that the two best models I've produced in 2018 were both from Meng. Next up comes the F-106. At 62, I don't imagine I have another 500 in me, but I'll keep producing until I no longer can. This is completed aircraft #500 (17 aircraft, 1 ordnance, 5 vehicles for the year 2018), finished in November of 2018.
  19. 10 points
    I've discovered that I'm a transfinancial. I'm a rich person in a poor persons body. By all means fly your rainbow flag. But WITH the national flag, please.
  20. 10 points
    Hands up if you remember the time when everyone just got on, did their own thing, believed what they wanted to believe in and we all had just a smashing time... Mad Steve
  21. 10 points
    Hi. He 51 C, Legion Condor 3/J88, Adolf Galland, Calamocha, Spain, spring 1938. Classic Airframes 1/48
  22. 9 points
    Another finish from my Therapy Build Thread, 11th one for the year! Sweet little Airfix new tool, WIP here. Some fit issues but easily overcome, painted with Halfords Peugeot Cherry Red/Mr Leveling thinner. Kit decals behaved beautifully with solid whites, tail flashes a bit thick and with a made up colour that may or may not be Humbrol 25, not any version of BS110 roundel blue. Nose light was Eduard landing light with 10 sec uv glue/resin built up, then added a 0.3mmtube/0.1mm rod pitot to test my sanity (failed). If you've got one or more in the stash, get one out for a fun quick build, its tiny cute little plane as shown with the brute of an F-15C for comparison. Now take cover, this fella is comin' in low....
  23. 9 points
    Whilst I am against all forms of oppression/racism/sexism and any other ism you care to name,I sometimes feel that there is a bit of a bandwagon going on with people creating empires out of what should be serious matters. As far as life goes I'm in the @MAD STEVE camp..just let's all get on with living. If I can help I will. If I can't I'll try and find somebody who can. Just before I packed in the training world,the council issued an edict that we were no longer to use the term 'Flip Chart' in case it caused offence to persons of Philippine nationality. I pointed out that 'Flip Chart' was printed on the front having been printed by the manufacturer. I was told to remove the front cover. I thought to myself that that is where my hard earned Council Tax is going. From personal experience of working with colleagues and clients who were gay/lesbian/trans/mixed race and other nationalities,they too just wanted to get on with their lives and jobs without all the fuss.
  24. 9 points
    Don't worry , you're not alone....they do exactly the same here in Tenerife, but in public admnistration buildings, such as the City Hall.....wich leads me to think.."Isn't that forbidden? Isn't that illegal?" Some people have walked the line, in the name of political correctness. It is legally established that the flags have to wave in the next order, from left to right: European Union, Spain, Canary Islands, Tenerife. You can add a fifth flag when, for example, there's a foreign dignitary or they're celebrating any special date. It's quite common here to display a french flag on july, 14th. Taking down a national flag to show that "rainbow" is surely illegal and reportable, but by doing so you'd become an intolerant fascist and a retrograde homophobe. This is the modern world, said Paul Weller. .Terrible, to say the least.
  25. 9 points
    Thanks Hendie and BW - you jokers! Sorry John. I know what you mean though - I used to hate the job using my B&D 'Garden Vac'. That broke and I invested in a Bosch ALS 2500 which this de-boxing video describes as "A Lazy Man's Dream" - perfect for me then! Blow all the leaves into a pile(s), swap the tool from blow to suck (takes a while, including fitting the bag) and you're done in minutes. Chops up the leaves too. Nice Thanks Ben - I hope the reservoir fills up soon Typo. Doh! I really should check my posts Darker blue and fluffy? Flickr First time I've used the thick paint coat and sponge technique: Now to remove the control columns… more thick connectors: Soon nano-sawed off, cleaned up and painted. They'll be on here when dry: Some progress, at last.
  26. 9 points
    How about a couple more pictures? First, to prove I wasn't fibbing about the gunsight, here it is with its reflector glass mounted on the shelf below the windscreen: When I cut out the tiny reflector glass from the film, I left the black border, as it makes it much easier to see that something is there. I added some spare blobs of plastic to represent the air intakes on the top of the fuselage. I wonder if these were cooling intakes for something? My cutaway drawing doesn't show them. As you can see, the starboard wing has successfully negotiated a trip to the maintenance shop below deck. A much better outcome than pushing her over the side! And you can see that the wingtips have disappeared. While I was waiting for some putty to dry, I painted the sliding portion of the canopy with a coat or two of my favourite colour - Extra Dark Sea Grey. You may recall that the canopy included with this kit was the one for the prototype and early production models, but I decided to fake the production framework just by masking. I like it. My cutaway drawing doesn't show a rear view mirror in the cockpit, but I suspect there was one. I'll look through the Bartles book again and see if he mentions one. That's it for now - I have to go and work on the engine for the big Spitfire. I can hear that Merlin growl already. Cheers, Bill
  27. 8 points
    3DBlitz kit of the Pilatus PC-21 in the new colour scheme of the Empire Test Pilots School (ETPS) based at Boscombe Down. The kit is very nicely engineered and fits together well with only a bit of filler needed. It's finished with homemade decals and Xtracolour Oxford Blue and Signal Red over Halfords Appliance White. Scratchbuilt pitot with yaw/pitch vanes Thanks for looking. Steve
  28. 8 points
    It’s been a busy few days but I have managed a little bench time. Here goes then. Everything got a well earned pre shade. nice! Them using the Tamiya wild cat as colour reference I mixed XF-19 and XF2 2:1 for the undersides. I’m happy with that , now masking time. Just to build up some Mojo (tm) I painted and glued the engine. Rrrright then where did I put that masking tape and sponge? Oh and the cowl went on too. The internal wing parts got masked, a right pain. Then painted green Tamiya XF-71 Then mmoorree mmassskkiinngg. nearly ready for the blue! and there it had to be left until next I manage to grab a few golden moments. Thanks for tagging along with the cat. She appreciates it. all the best and Happy Modelling. Johnny.
  29. 8 points
    I was with No.1 (F) Sqn from 1972 until 1982 except for a couple of years on the turn of the 80's. I can't remember now off the top of my head (1976) the exact date of this Sqn detachment. Anyway, we did a weeks detachment to Dijon Longvic, taking 4 Harrier GR's and one T bird to be hosted by the Guynemer wing who were equipped with Mirage III.E's. and whose engineering hangar we shared. We had an enjoyable stay and visited the usual cultural spots such as the vineyards. It was traditional for us to Zap the aircraft of our hosts and I had somehow become the unofficial Sqn artist. I had previously put the 1.(F) Sqn badge on such as Fiat G.91's and included large Clockwork Keys made from cardboard tubes sticking out of the G.91's cartridge starter hatches. I also painted the large 1 Sqn badge which might even still be found on the dispersal wall at our gunnery station, Decimomannu in Sardinia. The emblem of the French wing was the Hispano Stork which had been adopted by the great WW.1 French Ace Georges Guynemer (over 50 kills) until his own death near Langemark in Belgium in 1917. This was still carried on the fins of the Escadron 1/2 III E's. The Stork has several versions but E 1/2 version is depicted in flight with it's wings beating down. I had previously sketched a droopy winged, smiley mouthed, cartoon Harrier called' Happy Harrier' with which I had embellished the letters home, to my children. This seemed an ideal match to do a "Fly united" version onto the Stork. I hinted at this to the French mechanics who quickly supplied the paint. The deed was quickly carried out, just in time for the official photograph to be taken of a Harrier flanked by two Mirages. It caused great amusement amongst the rank and file of the two air forces. As we were leaving the next day, that night our hosts threw a very boozy party for us at the Mess, where we were billeted outside the main camp. The next morning, and somewhat worse for wear we boarded the military bus to take us to the flight line, in preparation to our leaving Dijon. Instead of entering the camp and turning right down to the hangars, we proceeded straight into the admin area of the camp. as we came abreast of the Parade square, someone remarked "what is the Hawker Siddeley demonstrator doing here". What we were looking at was our T bird which had been painted in a coat of white emulsion and on the front fuselage and wings, red had been mixed into it to produce a pale Pink. The drop tanks were White with Red spirals and the nose tipped with Red and Red 'eyelashes' were put around the 1 Sqn 'Winged One' diamond badge on the nose. It was an utter mess. Departure time loomed and our Hercules was inbound and we just had no time to clean it. Our young jockeys all vied for the job of flying it back. It was a miserable grey morning and as the T bird taxied out onto the runway flanked by two pairs of GR's it stood out like a sore thumb. After take off they formed up in Vic and did a low flypast over the base with everybody out to watch. It actually looked amazing. We duly boarded our Herk and arrived back at Wittering some hours later. Un be known to us when the Harriers arrived back at base, our colleagues had purchased French Bread batons, and putting their berets on backward, they formed a Guard of honour as the flight did a flypast. That's when the merde really hit the fan. The Station Commander arrived to welcome the aircrew home and on seeing the T bird he marched straight back to his car, leaving only the instruction "no one will leave this station until that aircraft is returned to Royal Air Force service". When we arrived back we found all the aircrew regardless of rank, armed with scrubbing brushes and buckets of Teepol (a detergent), trying to remove the paint. They actually got most of it off. Everyone took it in good spirits except for one S/Leader. "Nothing to do wiv me guv.." The T bird did have to go for a re-paint. I happened to meet the French officer who led the revenge party some years later at a model show at le Bourget and he too was in the model industry.. Small world. So chapter and verse as promised. John
  30. 8 points
    Cheers Stix, thanks! I did have a very good WE, although with very little time for modelling. Most of said time went into preparing all the bits for priming; I slightly improved the main gear struts (adding holes and brake lines) other bits In fact, a lot of time went into removing seam lines from the payload. Still the canopy to sort, then I'm ready for primer Comments welcome Ciao
  31. 8 points
    Pardon me whilst I stuff a lunchtime sandwich down my gullet at work and spray crumbs at you over the keyboard.... Will do Bill and thanks. I won't say that things are taking me towards the 'sunlit uplands' - which always seem to remain at the same finite distance anyway - but there is much satisfaction and personal growth to be had in current undertakings. Now, if I could only find some way to get brass to be part of the process.... A modelling nation at ease with itself then.... Installments there will be CC, though not of the regularity and depth I would wish. How's yer Christmas shopping going? I must have been absent that day and missed it Pete. Just let me hide the advocat and twiglets first. I know you lot.... Oh I say that's just brutal Crisp - I must respectfully demur! Having mis-spent part of my student days in Glasgow in the 80s (weirdly squatting part of the time in a professional golfer's flat with a Tartan-themed bar - I kid you not) I can confirm that after a night on the 'heavy', only Irnbru laced with brandy & black pepper was able to return me to the living the next morning. That and haggis fried up with a slice of fruit cake... One endeavours to provide satisfaction sir. Delighted you think so Terry - as a Babe in Steamland I'm still scratching around for references, though yet to find anything remotely resembling plans. By coincidence I was having lunch over in Howth yesterday with an aunt of mine who has custody of TBMB ('the big metal box') full of family photographs. She's reckons there are photos of Driver Edwards and his other engines in there somewhere so must have a rummage next time I'm back in Blighty. Pay no heed to the doubters CC, it is a refreshingly sweet elixir, not unlike drinking a sunset. Much obliged for those pearls Chris! The SR D1 looks most pukka over at the Finecast site, though pricewise I may have a prolonged internal debate... That's why you see cars driving around here with 'N' plates on them Pete. English people readily fall for the lie that it is to indicate 'novice' drivers who have reacently passed their test but are still on probation, when in fact it stands for 'Not Goat', thus avoiding what had once been a huge goat/car recognition issue. They breed 'em tough in Lincs.... What's wrong with Brasso I ask you? Filtered through a slice of white bread it complements a burnt sausage wonderfully. I wasn't ware that young Steve was one for drinking from rusty tins tbh Keith. The Uk Brass Manufacturer's Guild had better up output, I'm bring an artic.... This of course was why the Soviet lunar program utlimately foundered on the rock of cosmonaut constipation. Well spoken sir. Defend the Cumbernauld Decoction to the last breath.
  32. 8 points
    Finished one! First one in nearly a year. Build thread: Finished article. I tried some new (to me) painting and weathering techniques. Mostly happy with them - some improvements needed, but hey isn't that the way? I think if every model I built was perfect in my eyes (actually none of them are), I'd get bored. Still - quite happy. Need to work on my photography too. I think I'm going to ditch my rubbish light tent and just get a roll of white paper. Kit is Airfix 1:48 Lightning F6 Decals are mostly Airfix, from two different F6 kits because one of them was old and breaking up. Paints are Gunze Mr Color, clear coat is Mr Paint clear gloss. Cockpit is just the kit, supplemented with masking tape belts. Metals are Alclad II - nose ring is the Alclad chrome Weathering effects are AK interactive enamels, with the darker stuff being AK "smoke" pigment drawn across with a brush moistened in mineral spirits. Thanks for looking.
  33. 7 points
    It's a handy supply of compressed air for your airbrush. Think of the positives, man!
  34. 7 points
    Personally I was born to be one of the idle-rich. Problem is I'm only half way there...
  35. 7 points
    Transfinancial Ha! Me too! Did anyone catch the reports about the Belgian chap who was trying to get his age turned back twenty years under equality laws as it made it difficult to find suitable women and job opportunities. I'm a 70 year old man trapped in a 46 year old man's body!
  36. 7 points
    Revell 72nd scale MiG-21 F-13 East German Air Force Not my most enjoyable kit but finished and in the cabinet with all its minor faults.
  37. 7 points
    The Golden Arches have been around a lot longer in some towns. Cumae, Campania, Naples district. 8th century BC. Just think how much litter it has generated over the millennia. Probably dumped in the crater of Vesuvius to be burnt.
  38. 7 points
    Cheers Bill! I don't know the answer to that question and I must admit this surely must rank as one of the most nostalgic of early war RAF aircraft, due to the huge sacrifice of their crews rather than the success of the aircraft. Having said that, I do hope a 1:72 offering is not "just around the corner" - purely for selfish reasons! Thanks! I'm looking forward to seeing that Dennis! Tonight's efforts centred around the gun cone. I decided to try plunge moulding, but instead of the paintbrush handle I sanded a buck out of a piece of balsa. This is what I ended up with. The buck CA'd onto a toothpick, and a hole drilled and opened out with a round file to just a little bigger than the buck, hopefully enough to allow for the thickness of the plastic sheet. I used .010" sheet and the first effort gave me this That looked pretty hopeful so I trimmed it out and ended up with a traffic cone! A little more trimming and sanding, and it seems to fit pretty well! I think I can live with that! A little more refinement, and some detailing and it should be ok. My other efforts focused on the interior, specifically the radios. For some reason I had neglected to add anything, so a piece of plastic rod painted black, and some spare PE from the cockpit set gave me a little "interest" to add. I have no idea what the PE is supposed to represent in the Hurricane cockpit, certainly not radios, but at least it looks better than nothing! Next up we'll see if that gun cone works, and can be trimmed well enough.... Thanks for looking in! Ian
  39. 6 points
    Ok, so aside from the dangers to our wallets and relationships that scale modelling poses, just how dangerous is it to our health? I'm asking because I read a comment on here yesterday with reference to VOC's and a gloss coat and the quip was something like "if you don't use it with the necessary precautions" please leave me the remainder of your bottle in your will". I have to confess that I then had to go and Google VOC's and what I read was enough to put me off painting anything. (They're apparently being released out of the paintwork in our homes and slowly poisoning us all!) In addition to VOC's I was already scared to death of resin aftermarket parts which a lot of us rely on to improve cockpit detail and rectify some of the glaring errors that the kit manufacturers make. Then there was the time I bought a tube of that green filler that I used to see smeared all over plastic in work in progress threads (interestingly I don't see that used much nowadays) and I never even opened mine after reading of the ghastly effects if could have on anyone standing in the same county. So, whilst this is kind of meant to be a 'hobby' I'm increasingly feeling like I should be getting paid danger money and get my will and testament sorted before I consider starting my next Airfix model plane. Does anyone else have the same fear that a relaxing hobby is practically a suicide attempt (or even attempted murder of your family?) or is it no more dangerous than walking down your local high street and breathing in car fumes etc? Has anyone ever heard of someone having died prematurely or suffering ill health due to the effects of scale modelling? Anyone heard of birth defects being the result of an Airfix fanatic parent? I do have a face mask and an extractor fan, but regrettably I have often not bothered with either when just quickly painting a couple of antenna or a piece of undercarriage - especially if it is freezing outside and I feel opening the window and letting all the heat out is a waste of money. I think that from now on I'll open the window and stick the extractor fan on and shove the pipe out the window for absolutely anything that involves taking the top off a jar of paint, thinners, adhesive or filler. And I'll continue to work with my hands a foot below the water surface when doing anything with resin.
  40. 6 points
    Hello Britmodellers! This is my Dassault Rafale B Catwoman in scale 1:72. I started in January 2015 and finished it in November. I changed a lot and so i spent 140 hrs on that build. The decals were bad, so i airbrushed nearly everything except sweet Hally and the typo on the tanks. Cheers, Tom
  41. 6 points
    Hello all, Here is my recently completed 1/48 Great Wall Hobby Su-35S in the markings of 'Red 06' operating out of Hmeymim Air Base in Syria during 2016. The build thread is here The only extras I used were a set of Master brass static wicks, Galaxy models mask set and FOD covers (Quickboost F-14 examples, trimmed to fit). Paint is Akan and the camouflage pattern was applied freehand. I lost a bit of interest toward the end and so the finish is not as good as it could have been but I just wanted it off the bench. Beside my Hobbyboss Su-34: More pictures of the Su-34 here for anyone interested! Comments welcome, thanks for looking. Dave
  42. 6 points
    Very true Scimitar. So many people are now going to extraordinary lengths to avoid the risk of litigation. Funny thing is that some things seem to escape scrutiny. take for example the little black ram adverts for Volkswagon where the oh so cool little black ram is 'cock o' the walk' until he comes up against the great white Volkswagen beast and has to step aside. While I am sure that Volkswagen had no intention of creating an advert that could be construed as racist I am very surprised that no-one has taken this oversight up as an excuse to sue Volkswagen or, at least, blacken their name in the press.
  43. 6 points
    When was that then? It must have been a particularly vivid dream. Stop that right now!
  44. 6 points
    You're very welcome Keith. Different sponges give different 'textures' of course, and you have to make sure the paint doesn't 'self level' afterwards - not a problem with Humbrol acrylic! Thanks Roger Nice one Bjorn - she's a beauty It's occurred to me that my lack of mojo may not be too much of a problem as I'll have to wait for the bomb bay and windscreen. Relax then. I have applied the i/p decal: Still wet. I had trimmed the transfer a bit but if I was doing it again I'd go around the edges with a blade. It's a tight fit. Crew are progressing too: Big decision next - what colour to do their hair. Oh, and making some earphones. Maybe.
  45. 6 points
    Been there. Done that. It is a true struggle - but it is really worth it! It is a huge bird, and a real showstopper! I am following this with great interest - some day I will build another one. I think...
  46. 6 points
    Hanriot HD 1 7501 Unit Unknown Italian Service, 1918 This was a late entry for the Eleventh Hour GB which ended on Saturday, I didn't finish it for the deadline, but managed to complete it a few days later. I chose this version of the kit markings because I thought that it would make an interesting challenge in trying to achieve some tonal difference between the fabric and metal areas of the aircraft, and you can't beat having a green dragon painted down the side. by John L, on Flickr by John L, on Flickr by John L, on Flickr by John L, on Flickr by John L, on Flickr by John L, on Flickr by John L, on Flickr
  47. 6 points
    This is Eduard's little Spitfire XVI. I built this a few weeks ago as a break from the more involved long-term builds I've been wrapped up in. The kit is easy to build, fits great, and features fantastic detail. I built mine in the markings of a 601 squadron participant in the 1949 Cooper Race. Paints are Mr. Color acrylic lacquers thinned with Mr. Leveling Thinner. A very cursory weathering with oils. The whole project took about 2 weeks. \ And I had not realized that I did this, but the squadron is the same as that of the Special Hobby Vampire, I built earlier this year.
  48. 6 points
    Oh yes, those parking machines.. I was in the UK for a while recently with a rental car. These days you get the rental agreement etc. emailed to you, and Avis just provide a key (no tag with the car rego like you used to get). So i find a car park in York, drive past hundreds of empty "reserved" spaces until I'm about 5 floors up. Gratefully find the first available park and dump the car. Go shopping, go to the paystation at the other end from where I'm parked: do I know the rego? Do I eckerslyke! (appropriate for York, I think). So I walk back to the car, have the idea that maybe I should take a photo of the numberplate on my phone, and walk back to the paystation... Incidentally the rental was a Mokka GT Elite or something. Anything that wasn't bolted down had been removed - spare tyre, jack, wheelbrace, floor mats, handbook.... The handbook would have been useful. Seat adjustment took a day to work out, and it was only after 2 weeks that I found that the GPS has a setting so it aligns with the direction of travel, rather than north. Mind you it had already sent us to the wrong address twice, so I was using my TomTom... I also managed to call GM assist while trying to find the interior light switch in pitch black. I wouldn't recommend one. The wet grip and aquaplaning was dreadful (Continental tyres) and the ride excessively bumpy. Also as a six speed manual the gearlever gate is far too narrow. We did manage to put 3500 miles on it though. Serves it right.
  49. 6 points
    Hi mates, I've been working on the engine as my next stage, or mini-project, and I've encountered something I didn't expect. First, I knew that Tamiya did not provide valve covers with the "Rolls Royce" name on them. Accordingly, since I would like this on the model, I bought the replacement valve covers from Barracuda when I went on my big honking Spitfire buying spree. But the Barracuda resin parts are too short! It's only a bit over 1 mm, which doesn't sound like a lot but it works out to 1.25 scale inches and it's quite noticeable. Plus, if you look closely enough, you can see that the Rolls Royce logo is not aligned with the valve cover, it's tipped a bit. No need to despair, as it turns out that Eduard provide this nameplate in photoetch in their exterior detail set and I have that ready to go. When I bought the Barracuda resin covers, I didn't know that Ed gave you the nameplate, otherwise I probably wouldn't have bought the resin. Got to pay more attention up front I guess, but I'm still a bit disappointed in Barracuda. They are normally very reliable - I'll send them a note and see if I can get a replacement for a future project. Wait, did he say a future project? Another 1:32 Spitfire perhaps or some other Merlin powered master of the sky? Methinks the man is mad! Cheers, Bill PS. Photos of engine stuff coming up!
  50. 6 points
    Declaring completion. And a passing spyplane shot.
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