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  1. 13 points
    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 the wing started to fall away and Ellison bailed out at about 1000ft. He evaded capture and returned to military control on 2nd August. Now the machine......well, my version of it Hope you like it, id like some feedback on the prop as I tried for the first time, the salt weathering technique it simulate some weathering on the prop. Thanks for looking, all comment are welcome
  2. 8 points
    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.
  3. 6 points
    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 like the first finish of 2019 is imminent! Happy New Year to All Anil
  4. 4 points
    I'll start by wishing all Britmodellers a very happy 2019 So... a new year means a new project. I've had this ID Models' 1/32nd Sunderland MkI/II vacuform in the stash for a few years now, and decided that it was time to give it a go. The inspiration is in fact a multi-engine group-build that's going on over at Large Scale Planes for the duration of this year, and I thought this fitted the bill perfectly. I'm hoping to get this completed by the end 2019 - the fact that there's no landing gear/undercarriage bays or bomb bays to worry about having to scratch-build should mean this is doable providing the motivation remains. I'm planning on a fully-detailed flightdeck as well as opening up the bomb hatches on the sides of the fuselage. This thing is massive - the plans below are laid out on our kitchen table. The cutting mat is in fact A3 sized! IMG_0639 by Thomas Probert, on Flickr I'm busily rubbing down fuselage halves and opening various portholes etc. at the moment, so a pictorial update will be coming in the next couple of days. Until then, happy modelling! Tom
  5. 3 points
    Well, once again it's time for the year-end ritual of tallying up the builds. I have more completed than actually built this year, as I dug in and finished a couple from the Shelf Of Doom along the way. Some are unusual subjects or even conversions; some are almost out of the box. In some cases, I had to develop my own artwork, which I have included in the build threads for any who may be interested. And now, the ledger: First off, a Shelf of Doom completion, the Nostalgic Plastic resin rendition of Anigrand.'s 1/72 YF-102A prototype: This was done for a Shelf Of Doom type group build over on ARC: YF-102A Build Next up is the 1/72 Matchbox RF-101A, with some much-needed refinements: This was done on BritModeler for a Matchbox Group Build: RF-101A Build Next, the aged 1/72 Monogram P-36 kit, done up as a P-36A: This was also a model started years ago, but completed only this year: P-36A RFI Next we have the brand new (at the time) 1/72 Hasegawa F-35B in Marine Corps markings, with a couple of tweaks: This was sort of a kit review, with a few small mods for realism: F-35B Build Then the 1/72 Maintrack XF-88 vacuform kit done up as the rarely-seen XF-88B: There were more than a few challenges with this one! XF-88B Build Now, as another years-old project, we have the conversion of the Tamiya F-84G to an F-84E, this time in the most colorful livery of the several F-84E's flown by George E. Laven: The actual mods to convert from a "G" to an "E" model are covered in the build thread. As you might imagine, the extensive decals were the hard part here! F-84E RFI It was about here that I realized that I had become a George Laven groupie, and that I'd just have to do all his major models! Next up, the Muroc Models conversion of the Academy F-8E Crusader in 1/72, backdated to an F08A (F8U-1 in old Navy-speak): The Build and RFI are combined here: F8U-1 Build & RFI Back to George Laven again, this time for his most colorful 1/72 Revell F-104C: He had a couple of other renditions of the F-104, but I thought this one was the "bees knees": F-104C Build Then, another Laven aircraft, this time his First P-38E #76, from the RS 1/72 P-38E kit: Build thread for this one is here: #76 P-38E Build And now for the second less-known of Laven's aircraft, the F-84B, "Itsy-Bitsy III", this time a conversion of the Heller 1/72 F-84G: There were several steps to the conversion, as well as the custom artwork. All are to be seen here: F-84B Build Another of Laven's birds, this time the 1/72 Hobby Boss P-38L-5-LO done up as "Itsy-Bitsy II": The arrow in the pic, and other mods are explained in the build thread, found here: P-38L-5-LO Build Next, the least-known of Laven's aircraft, this time a modified Trumpeter 1/72 F-100D kit done up as the aircraft which Laven flew, leading the first F-100 mission into the north, during the Vietnam War: The tiny white stripes between the colored stripes probably did not exist in real life, but as the only known photo of this aircraft known to exist is terrible, I took the liberty. Anyway, here's the build thread: F-100D Build Now something a little different, this time Anigrands 1/72 resin XF-84H Thunderscreech: This was another "Shelf Queen" and as such, not a lot of build to show, but here's the RFI: XF-84H Done And finally, to round up the year, an addition to my Wild Weasels collection, a 1/72 Monogram rendition of Thorenson's Medol-Of-Honor mission F-105F Thunderchief: This was just about "out-of-the-box" with some aftermarket decals and weapons: F-105F WW Build I hope you enjoy these models as much as I did researching and building them, and a Happy New Year for your modeling efforts!!! Ed
  6. 3 points
    Just ate 20 Kinder eggs. Not what you would expect someone my age to do...... I am full of surprises.
  7. 3 points
    Thanks to these glorious photos, WE know also, to our great satisfaction. Documenting work such as this is vital as an extension of the accomplishment. I see my Rolls daily in its case but frequently go into my photo records to enjoy what is now unseen and inaccessible. Brings back the joy immediately. I often think, ' I did that???"
  8. 3 points
    As in "Strewth, that's effin bloody fast mate, I'm going for a drink or three, wake me up next Tuesday..."
  9. 3 points
    Very nice indeed,..... and isn`t it great story too! Seeing as I have been called out above,...as I wasn`t going to say anything,........ all I will say is that the spoked wheel hub section should be outboard on each wheel,..... an easy 1 minute fix,..... and you might want to double check the air intakes above the engine with photos of the real aircraft,........ but they are just teeny snags on what is a very,..very nice model indeed,...... well done. Cheers Tony
  10. 3 points
    Not too much to get wild about yet. Just a lot of filling and sanding at the moment. Looks a mess. And it's being more of a bear than I'd thought to get the wing roots clean, but I'm not giving up on it. Beginning to wonder if I took the right approach with the wings - I haven't read about anyone else having this level of filling. Still, this is where it is, and a I'll get through it.
  11. 3 points
  12. 3 points
    "Approximately seven minutes after the attack had begun, I noticed a single Spitfire arriving over the base at 2000 feet height in a port turn. Three Fw 190s were just coming in to strafe. The Spitfire, marked ZF-P [and] piloted by F/Lt. Chojnacki [of 308 (Polish) Squadron] noticed these enemy aircraft and while still in the turn fired at the rearmost from about 800 yards range, [shooting the Fw 190 down almost instantly]..." --Sgt Strobel, 308 (Polish) Squadron, recounting events of January 1 1945. Flight Lieutenant Waclaw Chojnacki proceeded to engage four more Fw 190s at once, drawing them away from the airfield, but lost his life doing so. Shortly after Chojnacki was shot down, 308 (City of Krakow), and 317 (City of Wilno) squadrons returned to the airfield from their fighter sweep and shot down twenty-six more Fw190s, effectively annihilating II/JG1. Chojnacki is buried in Grave IC1 in the Polish War Cemetery in Lommel, Belgium, a thousand kilometers from home. http://www.polishwargraves.nl/lom/0575.htm
  13. 2 points
    This is the first batch from this years output, you'd never guess I was mainly a maritime modeller, all the ships I started seem to stall at one point or another. Still not a bad number of builds, none of which are actually finished as I have plans for dioramas for most of them, except the big guns which need crew, which, I have been told, may appear in 2019. Takom 30.5cm WW1 mortar, on a ground base of AMMO dark earth acrylic paste Trumpeter Grille30-30.5cm (Grw) L/16 Morser 'BAR' (Bear) SPG Takom 420mm howitzer, "Big Bertha" once again using the AMMO dark earth acrylic paste. Trumpeter StugE100, out of the box, and I've just seen needing some attention on the left track join. This was a mojo lifter when I had a slipped disc back in November. Takom General Lee late, Straight out of the box, really enjoyed this one. Dragon Maus super heavy tank, with ET models etch set and Metal barrel set from Aber. The camera seems to have picked up some strange patterning on the hull which isn't visible in real life. Trumpeter TOS-1 Heavy Flamethrower for something a bit more modern.
  14. 2 points
    Out of box, old-school nostalgia style , with only few details painted , NPF (Natural Plastic Finish) , built in just four hours. WIP HERE;
  15. 2 points
    I'm back on the build after the Christmas break, and looking back at my posts I can see quite a lot has happened since. With the engines built, I secured them to the wings of the aircraft. This went smoothly, and I then placed the undercarriage doors on (in closed position as she will be flying), and filled around any gaps. I then secured all the glass sections in place (excluding the turrets, these I will add once the aircraft is painted). The glass sections (although they had their fair share of flash), seemed to fit together nicely, and after adding a little filler to ensure all gaps were eliminated. Then I attempted a dry fit with the wings, if they fitted cleanly with no gaps, I may have airbrushed the build and added the wings later. However, there were a few tiny gaps, so I secured the wings in place and filled any gaps. After a coat of primer, I masked the black sections up and set to work on preshading. I find preshading exhausting, and the concentration, precision, but I know it will be worth it in the end. I plan to preshade the black underside using white as a highlight. So far I'm fairly happy.
  16. 2 points
    Thanks, AW. She's up on her feet now; getting closer. IMG_6965 by Barry Numerick, on Flickr IMG_6969 by Barry Numerick, on Flickr IMG_6967 by Barry Numerick, on Flickr I'm also starting to add the final fiddly bits, including the inboard lower flaps and rudder trim tab control arm. Working on the canopy now, and the final items in the cockpit. Word came last night via The Rumor Monger in Britmodeler that Tamiya will scale down their 109 G-6 to 1/72 scale this year. Certainly it will be an excellent model; their 1/48 scale kit is. But I have a shelf-full of Fine Molds kits and really like the looks of their 109 series. Hmm, we'll have to see. One can never have too many 109 options.
  17. 2 points
    Seeing as her bears live on the foot of the bed, I think I would have noticed if she had. Martian
  18. 2 points
  19. 2 points
    Thanks to Anil the Gentleman, the 'hawk has main wheels: Wheels by Jon Gwinnett, on Flickr Unfortunately thanks to 06/24 the disorganised and stupid and clumsy it no longer has a tail wheel. I don't care lalala... I've got a bit bogged down with too many things in the bench, so am tidying up and will aim to start 2019 tomorrow with something fresh. Happy New Year all!
  20. 2 points
    I have followed what I have seen online...I made an unfortunate error with the scribing tool and scratched the top of the wing near the leading edge...twice. I guess I'll have to fill it in, sand it down, and re-scribe. John
  21. 2 points
    They'll be calling him Barnacle Bill after this!
  22. 2 points
    Much better Edward, I feel for your travails re the parents , however my mother loves me like a son, granted not like one of hers, but close enough...
  23. 2 points
    I do not know what Hobbycraft decals look like but blue of Chinese H.81 national markings, at least those on top surfaces, did pale rather quickly. Cheers Jure
  24. 2 points
    Nah, Continue as you are and I suspect you'll be finishing 1st or 2nd in this one. My Nashorn just can't compete with your shlepper. Personally, I like OTT weathering on occasion. Rearguards, Badder
  25. 2 points
    As soon as I got home, I ran off a test of the updated pattern. The Cricut machine doesn't currently have enough control to actually get the panel lines engraved along with the cuts, so instead I use one of the pens to have the machine draw them, and then I scribe them by hand with a ruler laid over the lines drawn by the machine. Wiping the ink off results in impromptu panel lining. The pile of tiny parts: Some of the smallest slots and tabs aren't working - they'll need some tweaking so the tabs fit into the slots - cutting them exactly the same size doesn't work when you're talking about 1/2mm styrene, as it's just not strong enough to force in for a tight friction fit. The most critical part works, however - the slots for angling the wings. Now the biggest challenge is patience while I wait two weeks for Shapeways - there probably won't be an update until the greeble prints arrive. In the meantime, I'm starting to model some other parts I've wanted for a while for additional concept-drawing inspired models.
  26. 2 points
    Nope 12 points is correct sir. looks like its a mess up at the decal design stage ?
  27. 2 points
    Hi Enzo Dragon did a Panzer IV Ausf C, and they also went OTT on the parts count, even down to including sprocket rims and separate bolts? But it’s better than the old Tamiya ausf D/E, it has much fewer parts count but the sprockets and track are too wide, in fact the track is the late type with solid horns and ice cleats. I know I have one and I bought the Miniart early Panzer IV tracks to improve its appearance, 5 sprue attachments to each track link, 101 links per side all held together with plastic pins! After all that you then have to find some early sprockets of the correct width! I really should take up something more relaxing like brain surgery. Anyhow you look as though you have the little blighter under control, the fun part will come soon, so I have been told. Bob
  28. 1 point
    Happy New Year everyone. Not a bad year for me with 15 completed. Airfix Tornado F3 converted to an F2 with Modeldecal ETPS markings AModel Jetstream 31 with home made Birmingham Executive decals - built for a friend who used to work for them AModel Jetstream T2 with home made DERA markings First Meteor to fly, CyberHobby with scratchbuilt large nacelles and home made decals With the second Meteor to fly to show the different engine nacelle sizes Special Hobby speed record Meteor 'Yellow Peril' Matchbox/Xtrakit Metoer NF14 with home made decals Matchbox/Xtrakit Metoer NF14 with home made decals Hobby Boss Sea Hawk OOB apart from painted Suez stripes Zvezda A321 with decals from @RICHW for Monarch Revell A320 with decals from @RICHW for Monarch Amodel CMC Leopard 1 with home made canopy and decals Amodel CMC Leopard 2 with home made canopy 3D Blitz Pilatus PC-21 with home made decals for QinetiQ/ETPS A&A Models AA-60 Kiev airport aircraft rescue and firefighting truck Combat Kits BAe 146 QinetiQ ETPS Thanks for looking Steve
  29. 1 point
    Woohoo, so thats wot those roundy things do...
  30. 1 point
    Its about to get "Reno-ed" now that I've found some suitable fifties racer decals...Last time I clear coated a tamiya paint, I got crazy paving, I think I'll err on the side of caution and use Alclad aqua gloss, its the most benign of the gloss coats I have and there's no way I'm masking those lightning bolts again
  31. 1 point
    OK @Lawzer here we go... The only big of horsing around I've done is drilling through the solid 'hooking points' on the very front of the lower hull - other than that it's just OOB. Hope that helps mate - Steve
  32. 1 point
  33. 1 point
    Excellent progress Steve despite the instructions not being particularly clear. Kind regards, Stix
  34. 1 point
    Always been fascinated with the things concerning the Titanic. I actually spoke with a survivor many years ago. I am VERY surprised that there isnt a kit of this heroic vessel that dashed to help but I suppose thats down to other reasons. I look forward to seeing how this develops. Best of luck with the build Skipper Ian
  35. 1 point
    Lots of useful stuff for you Arjan. Figures are looking good. Looking for the kit arrival and you cracking on. Stuart
  36. 1 point
    Hello, Very nice model and great story. Too bad for the time change that would certainly have enlighted the parisians' day .
  37. 1 point
    Well damp me down, roll me in breadcrumbs and call me Brenda.... After the very real struggle to get these kits at sensible money, I have a sabbatical only to return to find Revell go and do a rotten thing like this! £22? Somewhere around what we paid for each of that initial batch isnt it? @At Sea Leaves me trying to think of an excuse/markings to buy another one if for no other reason than to give two fingers up to the ridiculous prices these and, more so, the Hasegawa boxings have been getting stuck on them.
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  40. 1 point
    A Fortress with roundels, definitely seeing the old year out on a high. Pete
  41. 1 point
    Great to see you in with another build Enzo. It'll be interesting seeing your's and Fatfingers' builds of the same kit going together at the same time. Looking very good so far! Kind regards, Stix
  42. 1 point
    Hi Jerzy, Woah! A beautifully built biplane, and made by Broplan,no less! As if a vacform kit was not tricky enough, you choose one of these big machines Broplan seems very fond of!!! Congrats for your bravery!!!! And congrats for a fantastic biplane nightmare! JR
  43. 1 point
    Like it! Is that guy going to make it?
  44. 1 point
  45. 1 point
    Superb finish, well done.
  46. 1 point
  47. 1 point
    WOW! And WOW! Just the thing for the garden pond, where else could you display it? Looks like 2019 is going to be an interesting year
  48. 1 point
    WOW that is a BIG baby . . . . Good luck Tom, I shall be following
  49. 1 point
    Maybe, I have a few city houses in the pipeline, and I like to make a bloc of city houses in Dutch style. And I like to build these houses I can use several technics for weathering, mostly with pastel powder. I also do a lot of scratch building with some subjects, If I drive around in the neighborhood I look every time to the houses in cities en country, very inspiring.... Gerhard
  50. 1 point
    Very nice model and story! I'm no Beau authority- just a fan, but before @tonyot logs on, I'll take a stab at your "mistake." Possibly you left off the housing and port in the nose for the gun camera? A model to be proud of, for sure! Mike
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