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  1. 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 do
    38 points
  2. 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.
    31 points
  3. 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 buildi
    29 points
  4. 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 Xtra
    21 points
  5. 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, u
    21 points
  6. 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
    18 points
  7. 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.
    18 points
  8. 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 c
    17 points
  9. 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
    16 points
  10. 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
    16 points
  11. 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.
    15 points
  12. 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. Needle
    14 points
  13. 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
    12 points
  14. 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
    12 points
  15. 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:
    11 points
  16. 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 paint
    11 points
  17. 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 on
    10 points
  18. Hi. He 51 C, Legion Condor 3/J88, Adolf Galland, Calamocha, Spain, spring 1938. Classic Airframes 1/48
    10 points
  19. 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 qui
    9 points
  20. 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 b
    9 points
  21. 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 negotiat
    9 points
  22. 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
    8 points
  23. 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. nea
    8 points
  24. 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 a
    8 points
  25. 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
    8 points
  26. 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
    8 points
  27. 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
    8 points
  28. 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.
    7 points
  29. 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 wi
    7 points
  30. 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
    6 points
  31. Stumbled upon this while looking for RAF Ventura information for another topic; beats me why this came up, except maybe because one of the aircraft pictured was a Ventura! Search engines are really unpredictable sometimes. It has always fascinated me how the only genuine Me-262b night fighter ended up in South Africa! I hope many of you will enjoy looking at these photos. Mike http://silverhawkauthor.com/warplanes-of-the-second-world-war-preserved-in-south-africa_467.html
    6 points
  32. 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 ti
    6 points
  33. 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...
    6 points
  34. 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 Fl
    6 points
  35. 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
    6 points
  36. Belated update #3 Apologies for the massive time lapse between GB build updates. Work has been a little hectic (probably can’t say the words I’d like to use!) and family life has been extremely busy - two combinations that would put a severe dent in anyone’s modelling. Anyway, I’ve been slowly working away on one of my P-40’s but didn’t think it was too much to report on. Everyone’s surperb builds and progress has perked me up a bit so I’ll show you what I’ve got. Here’s some build photos and I’ll take a few more when the sun rises again tomorrow morning. My ‘44 days’
    6 points
  37. Nice image of operational Hornets with Mk56??? Type air dropped sea mine (Practise ordnance denoted by white and red for easy recovery on the sea floor) image from www.aircraftslides.com
    6 points
  38. 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 clo
    6 points
  39. Declaring completion. And a passing spyplane shot.
    6 points
  40. Recieved this a few days ago: Having dreamt of a modern 1/72 Viggen since I started building again ten years ago, I started building immediately. The breakdown of parts is almost identical to the 1/48 Viggen by Tarangus/Special Hobby. And details are similar, it feels like a shrinked 1/48 model in many ways - which means great detailing! Panel lines are crisp and fine, the RAT generator is included and almost all errors from the first 1/48 edition are corrected. Fit is good so far except for some difficulties with the JA insert part just behind the RAT:
    5 points
  41. Percival Proctor Mk.III (72014) 1:72 Dora Wings The Proctor was developed by Percival from their Vega Gull in response to an Air Ministry Specification for a radio trainer and communications aircraft. Percival made the fuselage 6 inches longer and incorporated larger rear windows. Modifications also had to be made to the seats in order that parachutes could be worn. The prototype first flew in October 1939 and was put into production fairly quickly. Over 1000 aircraft were built, the original 222 by Proctors, with the remainder by F Hill & Sons of Manchester. T
    5 points
  42. Hello Modellers Here is first thread about Arma Hobby model kits in Manufacturers area in Britmodeller. See Rumouranger thread on topic here Today's news are test shots photos and report on armahobbynews.pl. Here are some sneak peek: Your comments and questions are welcome. More information you can find also here
    5 points
  43. Well I have difficulty finding Cravats! Thank you all for your kind words Somewhat embarrassingly I actually just stumbled on this thread. I have always worn cravats from when I had my very first open car. I still drive one today. I was probably influenced by the film The Fast Lady which was also the name of my first car a pre-war nineteen canteen open two seater Morris. The Tiger Moth drawings in the conversation was not for Dora wings by the way, which is what I wanted to say. My, work in progress, Wapiti / Wallace drawings, were on view on Dora Wings stan
    5 points
  44. Agreed! There are some of us particularly talented at that sort of thing! Come on Fritag you evil child you can't hide forever. Martian
    5 points
  45. Ready for inspection is my Ki-61 Hien Tony. I received this kit as a birthday present and was looking forward to attempting the infamous camo pattern. Although relatively simple the kit is an old tool, therefore there was a lot of flash and mole hills for rivet detail. Once built, I tackled the camo pattern free hand and was pleased with the way the Vallejo green sat on the silver. I have fashioned a stand for the aircraft (details of this are in my WIP thread). All in all it has been a nice challenging build, and I'm more than happy with the result. Thanks for looking.
    5 points
  46. That is very kind Thom! I'd bought the Eduard harness set before I knew I was going to have Ginger in place, but still wanted to use at least some of it! Added the linkage I had seen in various source pics... I had already filed off the moulded in harness, glued these on top...I'll certainly add some wash etc to these, as they are far to clean and flat! With that - I glued the two halves together... I can still reach what I need to reach at final touch-up stage. Fitt
    5 points
  47. I started a series of Italian planes. The first one is over. Macchi MC.205 Veltro, Italeri model, all of you familiar. Here's a picture. Enjoy.
    5 points
  48. nice plunging Ian. I've no idea what a 'gun cone' looks like, but stick a flake in that and you're off to the races.
    5 points
  49. Well, you learn something new every day don't you. I've been modeling for a couple of years now and I never realized that white paint was noisier to spray than other colors.
    5 points
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