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  1. The subjects for my models are often the result of coming across a story which catches my interest. This is one of those. In late 1941 / early 1942 there was a need for something (anything) to lift morale. The victories in North Africa that marked a turning point were still months away and Europe was shrouded in gloom. An SOE specialist undercover in Paris had noted in September 1941 that the German army paraded daily at midday along the Champs-Élysées. He suggested that the RAF could mount an attack on the parade as a morale boost for both Britain and occupied France.
    38 points
  2. This is HB981, a Republic P-47D-22-RE Thunderbolt attached to 135 Sq. RAF in Burma during 1945. At 04:45 on 2nd May 1945 it was taking off from Akyab Main to provide "cab rank" support for the Operation Dracula landings at Rangoon, when it lost power and ground-looped off the end of the runway, tearing off both wings in the process. Its relevance to me is that the aircraft contained my father at the time it performed this unplanned evolution. After the aircraft had come to rest, he popped out of the cockpit unharmed, then popped back in again to retrieve his parachute, since
    36 points
  3. Hi all, My last build for 2018 is a Revell 1/72 Boeing B-17F which I have finished as an RAF Fortress Mk.II operated by 206 Squadron in June 1943, in fact on 11th June whilst flown by Wing Commander R.B. Thomson she attacked and sank U-417 South East of Iceland but was herself brought down by return fire from the U-boat. All the crrew of the B-17 were rescued 3 days later by an RAF Catalina after a US Catalina crashed trying to rescue them, the US crew were rescued a few days later. The Revell kit is excellent and has great interior detail from the box but I have had to
    34 points
  4. Hi Guys first off a happy new year to you all, hope there are not too many soar heads!! let me introduce you to the 1/32 Revell GR4 Tornado, I used Aires ejector seats and cockpit, and pilots from PJ Productions, with the decals from fantasy workshop, the rest is OTB. The kit goes together ok, but you need to be patient with it , I used HATAKA acrylics which are turning out to be my favoured brand, enjoy.
    24 points
  5. I got some shots of my Pup taken this afternoon. Here are some to show the completed model. Here you can see the split axle method of adding to some 'suspension' to the undercarriage. There would normally be some bungee cord over the top of the axle and under the faired strut below, pulling the wheel down. I stupidly forgot to add these parts and it proved impossible to rectify. Happy New Year everyone!
    23 points
  6. Just about managed to get this one finished and photographed before 2018 is done. The scheme is taken from the Xtradecal BoB decal sheet and represents "Black 8" flown by Ofw Bernhard Lempskemper. The airfix kit went together very well along with some Eduard etch for the cockpit, wheel wells and air intakes. I tried to replace the slightly sorry looking moulded guns on top of the nose by scratch building some out of thin stainless tube - not sure there's much improvement though in the end... The aerial wire is from stretched sprue with little coiled bits of wire to add interest. I airbrushed
    23 points
  7. Hi all, This is the Heller Mirage 2000N modified to get a D version. As usual with Heller, lot of work to get a decent model. Happy new year
    17 points
  8. This started off as a hairspray chipping experiment, but I decided to push on and finish the model before the end of the year. I don't "do" New Year so have used the time today finishing this off. There's a replacement bomb on the way for it and I will improve the bomb cradle and add them both later - but this is it for now. I hope you like it. I gathered a lot of photos of beaten up USMC operated F4U-1s and 1As in the Pacific and have tried to take inspiration from a number of them. The 100 mission markings on the particular aircraft here indicates that it was quite a well-used machine and in
    16 points
  9. Hi Guys! Here is my finished Matchbox Victor, XM715 - Teasin' Tina displayed in her "final flight" during Bruntingthorpe's cold war jets day in 2009. The kit was built straight out of the box, then finished in Humbrol paints and flightpath decals. Slight mistake as at the time of the flight, the Meldrew nose art had been removed for its re paint, so its a mix of then and what was on there last Saturday ( im lucky enough to volunteer at Brunty) For future reference if anyone wants to build hernas she is now- she no longer has any stencilling, just the nose art, eje
    15 points
  10. My dear modeller friends, a lot of time passed before I could finish this work. But I've just finished!! It was my intention to finish the diorama for the anniversary of the Pearl Harbour attack, but personal problem took me out of my intentions. Anyway, let me present you my last work, my first 1/700 model and, last but not least, my first maritime diorama. I never tried to work on a so little model, as I was afraid for the very little pieces and difficulty on working with them, but after seeing a lot of your works, I tried. I bought the 1/700 Dragon USS Arizona winning an
    14 points
  11. Keep building. Mark DSCN3017 (2) by mwsfly9, on Flickr DSCN3032 (3) by mwsfly9, on Flickr DSCN3046 (2) by mwsfly9, on Flickr DSCN3060 (2) by mwsfly9, on Flickr DSCN3095 (2) by mwsfly9, on Flickr DSCN3122 (2) by mwsfly9, on Flickr DSCN3146 (2) by mwsfly9, on Flickr DSCN3185 (2) by mwsfly9, on Flickr DSCN3212 (3) by mwsfly9, on Flickr DSCN3236 (2) by mwsfly9, on Flickr DSCN3288 (2) by mwsfly9, on Flickr DSCN3306 (2) by mwsfly9, on Flickr DSCN3326 (2) by mwsfly9, on Flickr
    13 points
  12. Happy new year to the modelling world and builders!! This is my 1/32 Trumpeter P-47D Razorback with the Kits-world War Birds decals used. This kit went together well, even though there a few minor instruction issues, but nothing major to overcome. Painted with MRP paints...……….which are highly recommended! Built out of the box other than the decals. A bit about the man:- 2Lt Paul Ellison who was shot down by flak on 17th July 1944 while flying "Tipsy". After taking off from Picauville he was hit by flak just after bombing the bridge at Conde-sur-Vire. Bits of t
    13 points
  13. About 20 years a go I build a DHC 3 Otter in green Vietnam colors, six years a go I refurbished it in ''Artic Red'' and placed decals from ''MAX Decal'' of the British Artic Survey from end '50. It is a nice set with different Artic Otters such as Argentinian, belgian, US and British examples. I have still a few in the stash, for some arctic examples. Gerhard
    13 points
  14. More "building up" was done today.... Thanks Massimo! As mentioned above, I spent a couple of hours mulling further the problem of the bomb bays. Namely how to get the framework in the right place (along the spars, nit at the edges of the cutouts) and how do I thin the remaining panels to be realistic. The answer, it may not surprise you, was to remove more plastic. You can see here the thickness of the plastic which needed thinning, and the locating peg which hinders the task. More drilling and joining of dots followed, and the p
    11 points
  15. Hello Please allow me to show my Airfix Ariel Arrow to 1/16 scale. Once again, built to support the Car and Motorcycle SIG at Telford and just slipping in for 2018 due to lack of pics. As finished for the SIG stand it was lacking the screen - I've managed to get that on now so more or less done. Another model that's been in the stash for far too long. Bought by housemates as a birthday present back in 1982 and part assembled. I tried to "chrome" the exhausts using cigarette packet foils which worked quite well - then I realised I stood not a cat's chance of doing the wheels in t
    10 points
  16. Good afternoon to you all, hope you've all had a good Christmas! I thought I would share my latest builds that were finished yesterday. Earlier in the year I picked up this for a good price and felt the need to build them straight away: Both went together without any effort. They were both OOB builds and the only deviation I made was to leave the nose caps off the fuselage until after painting was finished in order that I could pop the exhausts in at the end rather than having to do a lot of masking. Mr Paint was used for the RLM 78 and 79 with all other col
    10 points
  17. Latest Build. Added aftermarket interior and decals. Painted with craft paint. Mark DSCN3326 (2) by mwsfly9, on Flickr DSCN3324 (2) by mwsfly9, on Flickr DSCN3325 (2) by mwsfly9, on Flickr DSCN3327 (2) by mwsfly9, on Flickr DSCN3328 (2) by mwsfly9, on Flickr DSCN3DSCN3330 (2) by mwsfly9, on Flickr329 (2) by mwsfly9, on Flickr DSCN3331 (2) by mwsfly9, on Flickr DSCN3332 (2) by mwsfly9, on Flickr DSCN3333 (2) by mwsfly9, on Flickr DSCN3336 (2) by mwsfly9, on FlickrDSCN3337 (2) by mwsfly9, on Flickr DSCN3339 (2) by mwsfly9, on Flickr
    9 points
  18. No messing about... I'm going to try to make this build fairly prompt as I'm aiming for a May deadline. I reckon today has been a productive day and I'm hoping for another update tomorrow evening. Not much to say really, most of today's efforts have been very simple. Just cutting out various geometrical shapes of different sizes and shapes. I've been using the bandsaw... a jeweller's saw... and the disk sander quite a bit today. In addition I've had to cut out a couple of thin sheets of
    9 points
  19. Happy New Year everyone. Have managed to get some stuff done, including painting, over the festive period in between food and drink consumption. What seemed like an eternity, I finished off the masking. This is a “one I did earlier” midway through shot where I’m just beginning to mask the side windows. I then got the front turret settled in after giving it a coat of black. The cowl did not fit right and was a proper faff requiring me to add a slim piece of strip below to close the gap. It took a lot of persuasion to hold it in place while the glu
    9 points
  20. Although she never bothers with my modelling, Merry can't resist my wife's jigsaws Happy New Year to cat lovers everywhere. Dave G
    9 points
  21. Just an old fashioned Stirling With old fashioned ways A fuselage tattered and torn. Four Hercules engines keep chugging away She's flying from midnight to dawn. Though she don't go so fast, No great height does she claim, Sure there's something that makes her divine When she flies there on high She's the Queen of the sky She's that old fashioned Stirling of mine Taken from Stirling Wings by Jonathan Falconer - song often sung in the sergeants mess at Lakenheath where 149 Sqn were based in 1943 After 10 months of sloggi
    8 points
  22. Hi, The last my build from 2018 (Nos 27&28!): Curtiss SO3C-1 Seamew by Sword and Curtiss SC-1 Seahawk by Antares (known also from many reboxes) 1. The SOC-3 (photos with flash, it was too dark to do photo without flash at 3 PM today in Krakow...) - from USS Santa Fe, summer 1943, I think somwhere close to Aleutian Archipelago. Decals by Techmod, number self printed 2. Curtiss SC 1 Seahawk, USS Alaska, Iwo Jima battle, 1945: Comments welcome Regards Jerzy-Woj
    8 points
  23. My first for 2019 Farman F.70 ”Aero” Komunikacja Powietrzna S.A. (Polish Airlines) 1925-28. Sorry for the quality but I used my smartphone.
    8 points
  24. Made a few years a go a new tool Harrier Gr.1 in a ''Belize'' Harrier GR3, XV787 ''Hot to trot''. This one is without the ''Sharkmouth'', that was only for three days. It was to aggressive according a high officer with a lack of humor. Scheme was the new '' wrap a round camouflage'' the gun pods are light grey, and the fuel tanks where also in the old colour Not my best effort, had some problems with the masking so I had to paint the green camo. Also problems with the dull cote, so next time a better Harrier..... Gerhard
    8 points
  25. I've got the first painting job done, the light grey wingtips which are made of glass fiber on the real aircraft, this serves a double purpose, it makes for a cheap replacement should the wing tip get damaged on landing and it is also the position for a large radar antenna which was part of the Pee Wee III ELINT suite. I've also re-scribed the few remaining panel lines lost during filling. John
    8 points
  26. Kind of you as ever Roger, and the very best to you and yours for a peaceful year also! And the same to yourself and family Benedikt: Prosit Neujahr! Just as well I suppose given what follows.... Most kind hendie. May all your greetings cards be in German and may all your pigs smoke cigars.... Thanks for thoise kind words - and the very same best wishes to yourself and famille! Holy gnashers BatGiorgio! And to thou Brother Ian of the Desert Sands! Or rivets..... 'All is quiet on New Year's Day', sang the Bono Dog Do
    8 points
  27. Hi all and forgot about posting this one here from earlier in the year. Built for the Carriers GB here on Britmodeller. Mostly OOB but with some corrections to make accurate for the type - full build thread if you're interested is here ! Cyber Hobby SH-3D Helo 66 (1) by Dermot Moriarty, on Flickr Cyber Hobby SH-3D Helo 66 (2) by Dermot Moriarty, on Flickr Cyber Hobby SH-3D Helo 66 (4) by Dermot Moriarty, on Flickr Cyber Hobby SH-3D Helo 66 (7) by Dermot Moriarty, on Flickr Cyber Hobby SH-3D Helo 66 (14) by Dermot Moriarty, on Fli
    8 points
  28. Fortified by Anil's sage advice, a glass of champagne, and a half-litre of Dr Pepper (my first caffeinated soda in almost two years, more on the reason why in a jiff), I tried again for my first modelling of 2019. Greetings to all of you already firmly ensconced in the far-future year of 2019. Can it be worse than 2018? One would hope not, but the last few years have certainly seemed to indicate that the arc of human history bends downwards on a pretty much permanent basis these days. Sometimes, of course, things must get worse that they might grow better, but cold comf
    8 points
  29. well, this is klasic short rur . And very nice fighter. I feel the smelth of Corcair ,-)
    7 points
  30. I like this fighter. Generally, fighters from 20-30 May something.
    7 points
  31. Happy New Year all! I hope you had a good evening and here's to a happy and prosperous 2019! We walked to a nearby pub/restaurant and were treated to one of our local characters playing 'Scotland the Brave' on his bagpipes while everyone sang 'Auld Lang Syne'. He's English. Very eccentric, but he's part of the character of the area. Castleated house and all. Yes, he'd been fuelled up. 10 pints apparently. No I didn't match him. More Nimrod to come but I'll bet it won't be later in the morning...
    7 points
  32. Almost 20 years ago I build a Bandai Thunderbird 1, scale unknown but smaller than 1/72. I think around 1/82. I have scratch build the landing gear from copper wire and plastic rod. I airbrushed it with different metallic airbrush paint from Testors, It was my first TB I have build. Gerhard And refurbished a Matchbox (I think, scale about 1/72)) toy thunderbird to something you can look at. it was a good case to test the metallic paints( Testors), the letters are from ''dry transfers'' (lot of work to do i
    6 points
  33. My DWI Wellington now completed, great feeling finishing a model for a change. Conversion made by myself available at Aerocraft Models. http://www.aerocraftmodels.com Decals are from DK decals, excellent decals. see http://www.dkdecals.cz the ones used here are on sheet 72069, another DWI is on sheet 72063, however tail turret cover is slightly different, but the rest of the conversion is the same. I issue a warning though if you purchase one of these or both as I did of these decal sheets I know like me, you will be tempted to purchase more kits as there are some great options to be
    6 points
  34. I loved building this as part of my model clubs group build: T101 (101 years of Tangmere Airfield). XV408 is currently resident at Tangmere Military Aircraft Museum, which is home to my club: Tangmere Sector Modellers IPMS. It is being lovingly restored to its most famous 'blue' scheme that 92Sqn had done in homage to the blue Hunters that the Squadron used for their display team. This is the Hasegawa 'blue special' kit with Aires resin cockpit, Radar, electronics bay, allycat seamless intakes, scratch built parachute compartment (and other bits). Painted with Vallejo Model Air ins
    6 points
  35. Last one for 2018. The depended all Hasegawa Phantom FGR2 in 74Sqn scheme. Built for the backseat of this particular aircraft. Extras included eduard photo etch and armament. Paint is Vallejo Air. Happy New Year and look forward to seeing more outstanding builds in '19.
    6 points
  36. .HAPPY NEW YEAR ALL. I still have a couple of rail related builds left to post so will start off the year with wat is left. a ,1 72 scale destroyed bridge and scout car now calling it over the edge you can see why. , as you can see its a german armoured scout car (train ) and not noticed the bridge is out is just about to go over the edge / tottering on edge, and that crew member wants to get off in a hurry. Rocks were a first for me and dont look to bad they were made by pressing a crumpled then straitened piece of cooking foil, then pressed on to soft plaster and left to dry. The b
    6 points
  37. Hi All, Here is my build of Takom's 1/35 Panhard AML-90 in a simple diorama with some Blackdog figures, showing a scene outside Port Stanley in 1982. The base is from an off the shelf mat cut and shaped to give some contour and a few grasses and flowers added. I used Crossdelta DPM decals for the Marines - painstaking but with my painting skills they were essential! I'm only just getting in to figure painting so I'm really pleased with these. I'm aware my AFV weathering skills leave room for improvement as well, but I really enjoyed doing this one. (And I have spotted the way
    6 points
  38. And let's kick off the new year with some masking for my two tone hotrod, laid down a very iridescent Tamiya light metallic blue first, And then the Mica blue, ooh fifties baby! (Silver rectangle is for the Rolls Royce logo). Finally, primed the prop with a 50/50 mix of Mr Surfacer black and GX112 super gloss, I'm going for a see-your-own-reflection vibe when I hit it with the Alclad chrome, Some last minute touch ups done, gloss coating and wacky WHIF fifties race decals tomorrow, it looks l
    6 points
  39. I've said it before and will say it again. Weathering always causes me the shivers. When a build has lasted so long there's that awful feeling of mucking it up in the final furlong So no better time to try out the Mig Ammo "Oilbrusher " in Starship filth. I use very small amounts and effectively dry brush it on building up in small areas at a time. I also try to "embed" all the deck furniture by dry-brushing around the bases which leaves them "sitting" more realistically ( To my mind anyway). The whole deck took about 3 hours!! Original
    6 points
  40. That's quite right Ian - on the actual aircraft that cross brace marks the point where there's a kind of extended vertical triangular bracket directly above and inline with it on either side, into the apex of which the locking gear for the oleos are mounted. As even I'm not daft enough to try building a double-hinged locking-gear at this scale I've snipped the cross brace out now as although it is there on the design of bearer frame, there's no safe way of cutting it down and fixing it directly between the two bits of brass tubing that the oleos are going to be mounted in on that side.
    6 points
  41. Happy New Year ladies & gentlemen! And thanks guys for your kind words, always much appreciated... Today, around the radiator. Of course, nobody will see them in a few... month (!), but it's there and I know that! First steps... What a puzzle! Dan.
    6 points
  42. Here's how that deck malarkey turned out. It turns out that W&N acrylic gloss clear is no barrier at all to enamel thinners so I managed to damage the surface just ahead of the turret barbette. That's getting remedial work now. I had intended to ask if the BM populace considers this deck painting to be ok or if it needs redone, but these images are not scaling well at all and the automatic resizing keeps applying its own patterns to the deck that are not present in real life. I guess I'll just need to go with my own opinion on the matter here
    6 points
  43. OK to follow on in the vein of wall lining I have been doing a bit to this (And no I aint forgetting the Sea Beastie, that is in hand too) Here is ALL that is going to happen inside the Merlin My Tamiya tape layers will hide the oddball interior that results from the way Italeri made the front fuselage, no doubt, though I havent seen the HC1 so that the different window arrangements could be accommodated The transparencies must be used for all versions because they gave me more windows than the MH1 has but as many as the HC3 Which was useful becau
    6 points
  44. So the last model of the year. Just finished this one build oob. It was kind of an experiment as i tried for the first time the Hataka acrylic paint Orange serie for brush painting. It turned out quite good. Morlot was killed on the 15/5/40 by either Lt Bock or Uffz. Vollmer from 3./JG 3. Cheers Jes
    6 points
  45. Don't worry Ben - with current politics in Britain even the geology is confused now.... So. Last post of 2018! Did that seem like an exceptionally quick year for you lot as well? I spent a large chunk of today unexpectedly having to help my youngest with installing a new gfx card in his PC - he's an able lad at such things but the damn thing refuses to act as the primary display despite the OS recognizing it and all drivers and BIOS assignments being sorted according to manufacturer's instructions. We'll have anbother roll of the dice tomorrow, otherwise it's
    6 points
  46. RMS Carpathia In 1912 Harold Thomas Cottam was the RMS Carpathia's wireless operator. Early in the morning of 15th of April, whilst Carpathia was Eastbound in the North Atlantic, he was about to retire to bed following a long but entirely routine shift. Instead of going to bed however, purely on an impulse, he decided to send a courtesy message to Titanic regarding some undelivered commercial messages that he intended to relay on his next shift. Instead of receiving a polite nod of thanks from Titanic - he received this... 'Come at once. We have struck a berg. It's a CQ
    5 points
  47. Works were a bit curtailed today, and it wasn't until the afternoon when I got to the bench. Obviously I didn't pay quite enough attention to the alignment of the top of the nose as I thought I did. Ho-hum. A smear or three of PPP to fill some small gaps here and there. The rear of these little planes was fabric over stringers, much like the contemporary Hurricane fuselage. Consequently, it took a little time to clean the joint up under the rear of the wings. More filler around the tail fin and wing roots. The tail a
    5 points
  48. First finish of 2019: I had a bit of a modelling frenzy yesterday and today, so in-progress pictures are a bit sparse! I’m very pleased with how the wing joint disappeared with Milliput and filing and the old Airfix Phantom decal sheet provided exactly the right “3” for the cowling. I will try to take some proper pictures for RFI. Regards, Adrian
    5 points
  49. OK so starting to get back to normal (if you can call this hobby normal) after the Christmas/wife's birthday/sons birthday and New year celebrations Slowly building up the water on the base not happy with the beach effect so will be adding some mig pigments as my fine sand looks like boulders in this scale trying to get the right color for the pacific Islands water needs to be lighter I think HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALL beefy
    5 points
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