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  1. 1/72 HobbyBoss A-7E Corsair II, VA-27, USS Enterprise 1973. Yankee Station. I know that there are shape issues with this kit but it's something that I can live with. The kit has loads of detail and is very easy to build. Decals were from Print Scale. Little bit of etch used. The Starboard TER is loaded as to not interfere with the Shrike. Shown here with an asymmetric load for an Iron Hand mission. The Combat Workshop blog planted the 'SEAD' for this build and loadout. Check out the site, some great info on there: http://thecomba
    25 points
  2. Here's my Airfix 1:72 Hannover CL.IIIa 3879, operated by an unknown Schlachtstaffeln (Battle Squadron) of the German army aviation, in the Western Front, 1918 which I built in 2001. This was a 1970s/1980s issue of the kit and I built it OOB. I believe this kit was re-issued a few years ago. The kit was completely painted by brush with only the varnish being airbrushed. Fortunately, the wing lozenge patterns were to scale in the paint guide of the back of the box so I could trace it on to the kit itself. I'm well aware the colours used may not be accurate since I went with the co
    23 points
  3. I present you my favorite combat jet the Su-27. The model shows the Su-27 with the side number 23 RED. As always, the model built straight from the box. Set: Trumpeter 1:32 Painted: Sikkens Auto Wave II Decals: Trumpeter
    22 points
  4. Here’s the Amodel Shavrov Sh-2 built for a forthcoming club display (and because I like VVS planes, even though, strictly speaking, this isn’t one!). This kit is one of Amodel’s earlier efforts and is believed to be from the early 1990’s. It looks pretty crude in the box. However once cleaned up the parts go together okay but nothing fits with precision. There are decent review and build articles here http://modelingmadness.com/review/preww2/russia/bakersh2.htm http://www.swannysmodels.com/Sh2.html and a search on Britmodeller will find more builds from @JWM and @Colin1967
    18 points
  5. Hi, everybody! It's my next model.
    17 points
  6. Hallo again The EF-111 is the 1/48 kit from HB. I used the etched parts from Eduard and I think this was all. The a/c is for me interesting in the navigation aids, as terrain following and stellar navigation. The kit is not so difficult; the aerodynamic of the open wing was for me the most exiting feature. Happy modelling
    16 points
  7. Eduard's great MIG-21 kit all build OOB. Thanks Jason Brewer for the pictures! Thank you for checking out my build. Thanks!
    16 points
  8. This has not been a good year for me in any respect with the death of my mum, followed quickly by a major leg injury that needed two significant operations to fix. However, once again, modelling has proved to be a therapeutic hobby. Although builds from the early and middle part of the year were mostly built whilst lying on a sofa, or sitting on the floor (getting back up on the sofa required external assistance), I'm relatively pleased with my output and it definitely helped me to get back on my feet.... literally. As always, all kits were 1/72, hand brushed using Humbrol and Re
    14 points
  9. this is the old tool hasegawa A6M5c with the metal cowl and undercarriage .....it's an old kit but still builds up well...the markings are for a plane flown by Saburo Sakai in 1945. the kit is out of box other that a set of stunning Eduard wheels...and it's my first serious attempt at weathering....pretty happy with the results. 48189145_891007654427941_8537467885692387328_o by paul sabin, on Flickr 48237114_891007591094614_2427286469388271616_o by paul sabin, on Flickr 47680111_891007794427927_1391688894189142016_o by paul sabin, on Flickr 47681468_891007687761271_870
    14 points
  10. Hello Everybody, one day I saw a picture of probably the most beautiful plane in the history of aviation - XB-70 Valkyrie. It was "in flight" with wings folded: That moment I decide I must build one in exactly same position - in flight with wings-fold. So here it is: At the beginnig I planned clean plane as for experimental one then I saw picutres that showed it used to be really tired at a time: So this is my final build. The kit is infamous 1/72 Italeri kit (ERTL one before). This is tr
    13 points
  11. My latest project is this Special Hobby Vildebeest. I was initially drawn to the model by the excellent box art on the new release but after researching the somewhat controversial thoughts on the camouflage scheme (ie, whether it should be Brown and Green or Blue and Green and black underneath or sky etc, etc) I opted for a basic silver and grey one. Built pretty much straight from the box except for the modified rear gunners compartment to replace the (again, apparently?) incorrect scarf ring arrangement with the Fairey High Speed version. Too late now as I'm not changing it back!
    12 points
  12. Hi, Within the STGB devoted to B-17, after pernission from other colluegues I constructed a passanger modification of B-17, the Boeing 307 in his appareance as C-75, after beeing impossed to Army. The construction thread is here You may found there some challenges and problems which one can meet on construcing this model. BYT - this is a kit made by Russian Maquette company in which a late war or post war variant of Model 307/C-75 is presented. In fact this is a ex-Frog B-17E with new fuselage and few more new parts. The Boeing Model 307 was produced in short series of 10 mac
    11 points
  13. Morning Chaps and Chapesess Well, there it was, gone! It wasn't until I started getting all the pictures together that I realised how much I had actually built this year.... 22! So, Are you all sitting comfortably? Then I shall begin. Tamiya Kawasaki H2R The best Tamiya bike I have ever built. The detail is incredible, the fit is fantastic, just a pity that there is no fork set for it really. If you've built the 1199 Panigale, this is better Took me 18 months to finally build it, but fantastic! Added the Studio 27 carbon decals, which is why it
    11 points
  14. My first helicopter, I did a lot of mistakes, but at the end i’m satisfied also because the kit is not the easiest on the market (thank to S&M for giving us a kit of this interesting subject) I used some etched, built new landing gear with Albion alloy tubes, open 2 doors and folded rotor blades Colours are from Gunze Sorry for the low quality of the photos
    11 points
  15. Airfix P51D new tool kit built OOB to go with my previous P51 build - Drop tanks in this kit do not have the characteristic seam line so the were made from 0.3mm Plastruct square rod. - One tank corrected so both have the filling point on the left. - 0.3mm round rod used as the actuator in the radiator cooling duct. - Tamiya tape harness. - Arial in the kit was so badly moulded it was replace with one made with plastic strip. - Upper engine access panel centre line was scribed with its screws marked in. - Painted in Humbrol enamel with the paint numb
    11 points
  16. I find that sometimes some modellers are so fixated on the minutiae of minor detail on a kit that hasn't reached the shops yet, that they fail to see the bigger picture, or indeed the massive effort involved to bring you this new kit. The team at Airfix are a dedicated and first class bunch who have, like the rest of us to fit in with budgetary restraints, deadlines and resources. Also they want to do their best but they can't be experts on every aircraft or other vehicle, they want to produce, or indeed have unlimited research time. So they also talk to other people who by virtue of thei
    11 points
  17. Hi again all, Back in August I was asked to build the all-new 1/48th Airfix Hunter F6 to feature in the December issue of Airfix Model World and the Key Publishing Combat Machines special on the Hunter, released in time for the Telford show. It's a very straightforward kit, easy to assemble with no fit problems or issues worth mentioning, (although I did have a problem with the nose cone being slightly too large and needing sanding to shape, however after having a word with the Airfix guys at SMW they assured me that the production kits part fit perfectly, so I'd put this down to the pre-produ
    10 points
  18. Well it's been a busy modelling 2018 but I seem to have produced fewer models than in recent years. I have to say though, that these have been some of my favourite builds so far. All the builds have been made in GBs which I find excellent for encouraging me to try different things. First project of the year was built as part of the M3/M4 Sherman STGB. The kit was from Eduard who had re-used Asuka's rather lovely M4A1 kit. The result was a vignette called "Report back........not bring it back!" The WIP can be found here. More photos of the scene can be found here.
    10 points
  19. For a long time i have avoided Airfix kits, only building the odd one of there older ones. But i have ben gathering a collection of their new tooled kits ove rthe last couple of years and finally got round to building one. The Phantom was a really nice kit, there were a couple of fit issues which i think were self inflicted. The only really down side with the kit was the decals, mainly the stencils. The 250+ took me 6 days to apply. I added an Eduard Big Ed set, resin wheels and metal pitot tube. The tractor is from F4 models and the base from Coastal kits. Its not completly finished as i am a
    10 points
  20. My favorite MiG 29 SMT version is often called "humpbacked". This is quite interesting versions especially in terms of painting. First, camouflage cut sharply The second is quite interesting colors made with not the best quality paints. This causes quick changes on the surface. Model as always straight from the box. Set: MiG-29SMT G.W.H 1:48 Painted: Sikkens Auto Wave II Decals: GWH set.
    10 points
  21. I seem to be on a theme of RAF jets lately and I've had this one in the stash for a couple of years so finally got round to building it. To be honest, it isn't one og my best builds - I think I've got the dark grey too dark. Its also a very old kit and it shows in the fit. I used the Eduard PE set for the GR1 and replaced the ejector seat with a resin Martin Baker Mk 9 from PJ Productions. The decals were from the Model Alliance Jaguar GR3 RAF Special Schemes 2005 Part 1.
    10 points
  22. The first aircraft is an Italeri re-box of the Hasegawa kit and the second is the Hasegawa in 1:48. The first aircraft is also my first attempt at mottling. I would love to say the second aircraft was my first attempt at smoke rings but Italeri provided these as decals and if you look closely you can see the spray pattern. Well done Italeri.
    10 points
  23. I have been harbouring a guilty secret. My turret vacform wasn’t fully formed. Because of webbing I had cut away a big piece at the back. So today I tried vacforming it on a little balsa platform. The idea is that the plastic folds in on itself to make the webbing at the bottom of the platform and then snuggles up nicely to the turret shape. It worked. Twice: With vacforming into a cavity like the Falcon canopies you don’t get this problem because the plastic is always stretching. Anyhow, here’s the new one against the old one, showing how the old one was missing
    10 points
  24. Pretty sure I`m not going to have to explain the inspiration for my latest in-flight diorama......! (Prop blur courtesy of Flickr photo editing) Thanks for looking.
    9 points
  25. Hallo again This is the Trumpeter 1/48 kit. I used etched parts from Eduard and stencils from Bregnun. The Su-24 was for me a challenge. I never saw this a/c in real. Yes, most a/c I know in reality, also the old birds. This one not at all. So I had to use just the web and my own feeling. A new and in this case the very first experience to me. No literature I could rely on. Yes, sometimes it is fun, just to guess. Well, finally you may find out if my guess was good or false. Happy modelling
    9 points
  26. I recently finished my first Amusing Hobby kit, the Pz VII Löwe and what a great kit it was. I did add some extras, resin exhausts, metal barrel and some parts from the spares box. But most of this was to bring it to 1945 standard rather than 1943 as originally designed. Crew figures are Mini Art, Infantry Dragon.
    9 points
  27. My eighth Meteor build since I restarted modelling in January is a conversion: the MPM F.8 combined with the Alley Cat resin conversion for a U.16 or U.21. This has been my first resin conversion and was most impressed with the quality of Alley Cat's product. When it came to the decals, they were superb, very detailed, thin but not fragile and adhered well. This is a comparatively simple conversion, requiring replacement of the nose and wingtips, neither a 'biggie'. I went for a model of WK800, now in the Old Sarum collection and famously long-lived as the last U.16
    9 points
  28. This was my build for the Gumman GB and I used Airfix's relatively new tool 1/72 kit. It was a nice kit to build and I made it as the aircraft of Capt. Marion E. Carl, VMF-223, United States Marine Corps, Henderson Field, Guadalcanal, September 1942. I had originally thought of doing the model with it's wings folded but decided I'd prefer to display it in flight over water. I haven't modelled water before and I have an idea for a project next year which may include scenic water - so I took the opportunity to try out some ideas. I think it worked okay. I didn't have time to motorise this aircra
    8 points
  29. Hallo again The Mitsubishi F-1 in 1/48 from Hasegawa was the basic for this model. The model is equipped with training weapons. The colorful air-ship rocket is the eye catcher. Since much of the F-1 fleet is stationed in the very north at Hokkaido, the surrounding is very different from central Japan. Here we are at the same northern position as Vladivostok i.e. Sapporo. The northern part is very close to Sakhalin and the eastern part faces the Kuril Islands. This F-1 are always in close contact with the Russian air force.
    8 points
  30. Here is one of the kits I have completed this year. It's Mark I's 1:144 Arado Ar 96B-1 White 16 (KK+CW), W.Nr. 0122, of JFS 3, Luftwaffe, at Stolp-Reitz airfield, Germany, in autumn 1940. I added belts from tape and sticks from stretched sprue in the cockpit. There were issues with the wing/fuselage join which needed some work to get a decent join, and the exhausts which are unclear in their positioning and stick out too much if glued as suggested. I solved the latter by opening holes in the dimples on the engine cover where you are supposed to glue them, to insert them into and thus get
    7 points
  31. Hello I am Chinese. I live in BeiJing. I like build models, that is fun.
    7 points
  32. Done! My 3rd 109G and definitely not my last one! I really enjoy these kits. And I really enjoy SBS decals, they work great. This is Eduard's 1/48 109G-6 Late boxing built OOB with SBS decals. Paint are Vallejo Model air for the camo and a variety of Tamiya and Vallejo paints for all the rest. MT505 of PLeLv 41 Based out of Luonetjärvi around summer 1950 Photo cred goes to Jason Brewer of Brewer Models! Thanks! Thanks for looking
    7 points
  33. I'll start the thread off, then, as I'm still a relative newcomer round here! Everything is 1/72nd scale, apart from the road and rail stuff which is 1/76th. We had a lot of fun in the summer with the "Airfix - the Golden Years" Group Build. My first group build with this forum, and I enjoyed it immensely. The Rotodyne was supposed to be my only entry, but the bug got me! A couple of Battle of Britain kits fell off my stash for the Group Build, too. In fact, most of my 2018 builds occurred during the GB, which tells yo
    7 points
  34. Evening folks, Built this 1:32 scale Revell Spitfire as a commission build for a mate who wanted a mk 1 or mk II Spitfire for his WW2 memorabilia collection. He wanted it to resemble "XTD" which is the fibreglass gate gaurd now on display at Edinburgh Airport. The replica its has " Blue Peter " written on the side and has a four blade prop and a bright red nose cone. The kit itself went together with no real issues and was build OOB with the only addition being harness straps made from tape placed into the cockpit. I just used the cockpit decals provided with the kit. As usual, I w
    7 points
  35. Hi, This is my work this year. I builded without big accessories, only clean box with small accessories. I only used HGW safety belts and a back seat from the old jeans. Bleached car spray - acrylic paint and at the end 4 layers of Polish lacquer with UV filter.
    7 points
  36. Here is my Matchbox 1:72 Bristol Beaufighter TF.X which I built back in 2008. It represents RD147/PL-U of No. 144 Sqn RAF based at Dallachy, Scotland in spring 1945. I added the Aires cockpit set and some parts from an Airwaves etched set. The thimble nose and the tail fin extension were both from Quickboost. The rear canopy came from an old Airfix kit and I added a machine gun. I added the strike camera, various aerials and probes, wingtip lights. Improvements were made to the engines and various intakes as well as the rockets and their pylons. And more... but I can't list it a
    7 points
  37. Some more progress. I made some 5-spoke wheel hubs with Milliput using an Oyumaru mould from the old Airfix Blenheim hubs. Looks a bit rough close to but a lick of paint should help: And some Vickers K guns from card, rod and stretched sprue/runner. I need two. Given that I have to add the turret before closing the fuselage, cleaning up, and re-doing the wing fillet, I’m not betting against some fine language later in the build! Thanks for looking, Adrian
    7 points
  38. Hello Everyone This project took a little more time than i expected. A very known model from 70's, model I am extremely fond of, because it was the first model which my father made for me and introduced me to this hobby. I decided that I will do the same version, without any additional details in same colors and markings, just for him. I decided and ..... after almost 40 years I finished it...but in different way: Engraved, a complete cabin with instruments made (known only to me and impossible to see), completed made landing gear bay, replaced propeller with one from hobby boss, used It
    7 points
  39. Here is what became the first of a run of 1:144 MiG-21s, mostly from Eduard, that I built back in 2011-2012. This is Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-21MF "Fishbed J" 5121, flown by Pham Tuan, of the 921st Fighter Regiment 'Sao Do', Vietnam People's Air Force, during the Vietnam War in the early 1970s. This is the Eduard kit built straight out of the box. It was completely painted by brush. Thanks for looking. Miguel
    7 points
  40. I concur with John’s comments whole heartedly. I get very upset when I see on here some so called subject experts spouting off on here about certain aspects of a model not even released yet. Most have never even worked on these lovely subjects but are able pontificate to the Enith degree about this rivet or that panel line. Most of the time they don’t get the right picture. I take a case to show you what I mean. Sea Fury 1/48 someone was saying that the rivets on an oval panel on the side of the tail was wrong in some way. Well although I have never worked on such an interesting subject
    7 points
  41. Some bits of photoetch this afternoon - the rocket pylons and pitot probe thingies for the nose. The forward probe under the nose always looks odd to me, but the probe tube itself has to be in line with the airflow I guess. You can see it (and the rocket pylons) in this photo of may gal's sister ship: AZ provided injected parts for these nose probes, but they seemed to be too big in diameter and rather clunky. The Airwaves photoetch, on the other hand, is too thin, being two-dimensional. But I decided to use it since most folks won't be looking straight down the axis o
    7 points
  42. now, if only I knew how to use it properly! you won't regret it. I don't use mine that often, but when I need to - it's invaluable and as it is sayeth, so it is done... sort of... I hadn't planned on making a posting so soon as I wanted to get more accomplished but since I am heading orff on my travels again this week, I thought I would throw something out there to keep this thread moving. However, before we continue, I'd like to express my sincere thanks for keeping this thread (at least
    6 points
  43. OK...finito...Time to get cracking on something else, namely the Duck over in the Maritime Patrol GB. I might also start another Bf-109 and/or Spitfire. Although, now that I have begun work in the darkroom with my winter group (23 of them)...no, I will build as much as I can, when I can. This was a fun kit, if a little nerve-wracking at times and it is good to see it done and out of the stash. Some of the plastic is so thinly moulded that it threatens to break; some of the exhaust pipes needed are not supplied; some of the plastic parts are as small as photo-etch...But it built
    6 points
  44. After a long build which took most of this year, my 1/48 scale Do 217E-1 is complete. The plane I have chosen is F8-DM. This was a late 1940 KG40 plane so would have been quite new at the time, as a result I haven’t heavily weathered it. I have not used drop tanks as this would have been used against England during the Blitz period on night bombing raids. The build was straight forward except for the Canopy which isn’t the best of fits. It is a fraction too narrow and needs some putty work to get it to look right. The model was built out of the box with handmade masks. I have used after
    5 points
  45. It's been a quiet year's modelling for me. First kit finished was a 1/700 SMS Derfflinger (Flyhawk), with deck, brass guns and etch also by Flyhawk. It's is displayed here on a flat printed base, which isn't nearly as amazing as the handmade waterscapes that many modellers make, but it saved me time and space; you can get them at Starling Models. It's too bad one of the rigging cables broke during transport and I didn't notice till uploading the photographs. 1/700 HMS Hood 1931
    5 points
  46. I bought this little fellow from Mr Lee's Minis at SMW Telford and couldn't delay painting him. He's 'The Passionate Ringmaster', part 1 of the 'Strange Love' duo. I think the title has lost something is translation because, whatever he resembles, he doesn't remind me of a traditional ringmaster. It matters not; he's fun to paint. He stands 54mm tall but his head is more like 75mm. Painted in Vallejo acylics, a quick and simple exercise in painting directional light & shade. I have something in mind for the groundwork, maybe I'll complete it at a later date....
    5 points
  47. Hi Folks Number 7 from the shelf of doom the Revell H19 kit. This is one built by Sikorsky and sold to the Royal Navy while Westland were tooling up to produce their version. The photo I worked from shows it to be lacking the winch which was a bonus as the one in the kit bears no relation to real real thing. The only things I did to it were some home made seats, mesh over the openings above the engine and rubbed down the rivets. It's time someone did this as new moulding considering it was probably the first useful helicopter available to many armed forces.
    5 points
  48. Good evening gents. I finally managed to finish this ''girl'' and I give you some pics of her(taking photos is not my strong point!!) I would like to thank you for your company and especially Christian for the info he provided to me!!! Mery holly days and health and happiness to all!! John
    5 points
  49. It's cold and rainy all weekend, so I've stayed home and continued experimenting on building the control horns I will need. This evening I explored using styrene strip for the larger control horns beneath the cockpit. Here's my "best effort" thus far for the elevator horn: I also used styrene strip for the rudder control horn on the nose. The below pic shows both nose horns dry-fitted to the fuselage: Not too shabby, although I had to make the rudder control horn wider than its real-life counterpart so that I could drill a hole
    5 points
  50. Thanks everyone. It's great to see the level of interest in the period I'm covering, and I hope I can keep some kind of momentum up. I tend to reward myself with some aeroplane modelling when I feel I've earned it from sufficient wrestling with client models in the railway side of things. I often feel a bit guilty about snatching some quality time with a plastic kit, though why that should be I don't know. Anyway, all that to say this thread might be a bit protracted, but then that doesn't seem to be particularly unusual for Britmodeller! To keep some level of anticipat
    5 points
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