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  1. 38 points
    Good day, ladies and gentlemen. Let me present to you my first model in this year.
  2. 18 points
    All the build The build: Le montage : Regards.
  3. 18 points
    Dear Friends Christmas was good for progressing my Focke Wulf projects. This is the Tamiya 1/72 kit with Resi-cast PE And Brassin wheels Oh and brass MGs and cannon from Master I think? Markings are for JG6 who I think were ex-bomber pilots hastily converted to fighters Hope you like it? Andrew
  4. 14 points
    On January 25, 1985, VMA-331 became the first fully operational AV-8B Harrier II squadron in Marine Corps service. The squadron deployed on the USS Nassau (LHA-4) to the Persian Gulf and eventually flew 243 sorties, dropping 256 tons of ordnance, and became the first Marine Attack Squadron to conduct combat operations from a Landing Helicopter Assault ship. While supporting Operation Desert Storm, an AV-8B Harrier II from the squadron was shot down by an SA-7 over Safwan, Iraq. This build was a passion for the aircraft a turning point in aviation technology as the AV-8B second generation refined the V/STOL ability paving the way for the F-35B. The low visibility paint sheme I first noticed in that great cameo in "True lies" Click on photos to enlarge l
  5. 13 points
    KIT: Eduard ‘weekend’ Spitfire Mk.IXe PILOT: JP productions RAF pilot MARKINGS: Montex PAINTS: Alkan, Mr Color, Tamiya, UMP/Stynylrez primer, vallejo This is my version of Wing Commander Rolf Arne Berg’s Mk.IX Spitfire that he had painted with the Norwegian stripes replacing the RAF wing roundels The build log can be found here… https://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/235047405-148-spitfire-mkix-rolf-arne-berg/ until next time as always, any suggestions, recommendations or comments will be gratefully received. rgds John(shortCummins)
  6. 12 points
    A build from 5 years ago with the original text, as usual: Ah, the irresistible attraction of an out-of-the-beaten-path subject, obscure, arcane, esoteric...and why not irrevocably weird. Your odd model though will most likely not be destined to resemble the ones already populating the shelves and modeling contest tables, and, best of all, will bring to 3D life a subject that until then was never appreciated. That's a good feeling, isn't it? to bring to life a piece of aviation history that wasn't there before, the designs and hopes of sometimes ignored individuals, the shapes and configurations created by daring minds. Of course, you may get the occasional blank stare. That is perhaps unavoidable, and can actually be construed as a compliment: "Whozzat?" translated into proper language means "I see something new". But, who am i to judge, I have sinned in my youth too. There is a more difficult side in dealing with odd balls, though: you are almost surely bound not to find a kit to adapt or convert, or even a plan, or abundant photographic references. Research will take a little time, but man, will it be rewarding. So your little creation will grow from almost nothing to something, in your caring hands and brain. I must say, though, that in this particular case, I did find a 3view, although in some obscure crag in the Net, containing the pertinent issue of the French journal "Les Ailes", together with all the additional stats needed. The plan had to be corrected and refined, but it was a very good starting point. Considering the year when this creature was born, 1922, one can immediately see its pioneering solutions: cantilever low wing, sport -private- market orientation, a canopy to insulate the crew from the inclement elements, simplicity of design and -for the time- dashing appearance. A precursor no doubt of many other Farman future endeavors. Of the very few images I managed to find, a couple show the plane without the canopy, in a configuration that may suggest one occupant instead of the standard canopied two. This type should not be confused with a later model that also got the "F.200" denomination, a few years after. Contrary to the blurbs that are found on the Net regarding its performance (given as pour) at least one contemporary article speaks about many successful flights and good maneuverability. The deceivingly common appearance of this cantilevered low-wing beauty should not make you oblivious to the fact that it was built in 1922!, way before this configuration was widely spread and accepted. I'd like to thank some friends for their input: the Canadian Twins Malain & Alain, Mr. Xtmoxchs P. of Florida, Mr. Jaime Irregularis of Pugetland, Lars Abominable Snowman of Alaska and finally Helga, who stole valuable information from the vaults at the Volkano lair of the Zoenke Evil Empire Aktiengesellschaft. Accessories are from Aeroclub's stock. A flight magazine photo of it (lower half page): https://www.flightglobal.com/pdfarchive/view/1923/1923 - 0007.html?search=farman tourisme An Aerophile photo of it (upper half page: https://gallica.bnf.fr/ark:/12148/bpt6k6555017m/f19.item
  7. 11 points
    Refueling F-16XL #2, 75-0747, assigned to the F-16XL Combined Test Force (CTF), 6510th Test Wing, Air Force Flight Test Center, Edwards AFB. The KC-10A was out of March AFB. This event taking place at dusk over the Sierra Nevada foothills, March 1983. XL-2 in pre-contact position, waiting for clearance from the "boomer". I can still hear the boomer softly singing "Boom Operator" to the tune of "Smooth Operator" during this event. Taking fuel, couldn't see the boom from my position in the boom operator's station. This image was used in the CTF to emphasize the "C" stood for "Combined". The pilots wear the patches of AF Systems Command and Tactical Air Command. Other players in the CTF were AF Operational Test Center, General Dynamics, Pratt & Whitney, and General Electric. Disconnect from the boom as the sun gets lower. Thanks for looking, Sven
  8. 11 points
    As promised, here is the update as to where I have got with the build over the past 24 hours. I finally managed to finish off the structure that sits on top of the main fuselage frame at the rear half of the fuselage. This was very frustrating as I kept having to wait for things to set before I could proceed further. However, the sub-structure is now in place and a start has been made on what should be the start of the stringers. Once these are finished I think I will finish off the framework for the bomb bay and take a look at what needs to be done to the ventral gondola. Any work in this area will be vey apparent through the open access door. I have tried to get a shot of the view through the door but the picture I have posted is about as good as my camera can do. The amount of detail isI far more apparent to the naked eye. Thanks for looking. Martian
  9. 10 points
    Right. I'm new here, hi. This is the first scale model I've done in what feels like forever - probably since 2011 or even longer? Who knows My significant other gave me this kit at Christmas... Which was a lovely surprise and being completely honest not without a little dread. She knew I used to do scale modelling long before we met, little did she know she catalysed my interest in modelling and reignited my dormant O̶b̶s̶e̶s̶s̶i̶o̶n̶ passion. So on boxing day I ordered the CMK and Quickboost interior, exterior, control surfaces and wheels... And paints... And a few tools Next step - reorganise all my kits, sundries and etc. into something resembling neat. This meant taking an entire room apart which was being used for laundry, sewing, art and keeping my two racing bikes safe and dry (Scott Plasma III and Ridley Noah SL both on Ultegra Di2 for those interested!) Finally organised (gutted) the room, kit still sat unstarted on the shelf which brings us to fig. 1 A tidy workspace. As you can see there's various art media for various projects. Most tools are in that ugly plastic set of 3x3 drawers which I'll eventually replace with a nice wooden machinist's chest. Now that's sorted (legit, two weeks later of clearing and tidying) I can make a start. Fig. 2 the box art Nice. Going with the Leeds gloss Black livery as I already have the paint and I think it looks cool. Where to begin but the cockpit. Fig. 3 a comparison between the OOB and the very finely detailed CMK interior set. Fig. 4 the whole set from CMK The instrument panels were fun to work on - the resin gets filed quite thin and the part feels very fragile. Good result though. Fig. 5 shows the first pitfall I've made so far in that I wish I'd mounted the nose cone onto the rest of the model before putting the props on or at least removed it from the part tree first! Anyway, cockpit assembled and painted as well as engine put together. Fig. 6 Beautiful, fine control surfaces. My only gripe is that I feel like the packing of these delicate parts could be improved to stop or reduce damage in transit as I have quite a few fine details knocked off parts. Fig. 7 Probably hard to see, but after sawing off the moulded on flaps, the edges must be skimmed down on the inside in order for a decent fit. The result is beautiful though and worth the effort. I took the edge down to around 0.15mm or so. Fig. 8 Fuselage together with a bit of thinning down the inside to fit the cockpit. Sadly, I think the extra bulk of the cockpit, the softness of the plastic and my not skimming the fuselage wall thickness down enough resulted in a slightly skewed glue up with the tail out of center ever so slightly. Lots of filing and sanding to get the shape nice but I'll have to rescribe quite a few lines. Also I mistakenly removed part of the fuselage. 10 points if you can see what I've done. I'll replace it with something scratch built. Fig. 9 Wings on, engine, exhausts, prop, cargo bay all on. The fit of the wings is quite poor so its on the filler list for later on. Coming together nicely but I need to get some filler soonish as I don't have much more to add to the fuselage before I need to fill, sand and prime. Thanks for looking! Jered
  10. 10 points
    Hello Dears, In 2017, I started a Airfix Seafire 17, I've got a freightdod model decal sheet with post war Griffon Spitfire and feel the urge to make one of these ladies !! Bugger !! The one I choosed is a Seafire FR 17 !! Then with the help of @Miggers (you're missed man !) I started to learn about Seafire wings Then came our Dear @Troy Smith with a full load of pertinent informations !! And it induce me in building not one but 2 Seafires 17 !! At first I wanted one with unfolded wings and the other with folded wings BUT !! My already distorted mind started another funny thing…. Why not building an OOB Seafire and modify the second one to REALLY conform the plans ?? So it's done now ! It is up to you to decide if the difference is Worth the difficulties…. Whatever I took a lot of pleasure, experienced some new swearing sometimes… But all in all, it's a good experience !! Note to the rivet counters !! There is 2 things that have been modified on both aircrafts 1st The propeler blades…. I cannot even think about letting the Airfix thingies !! 2nd The seats, I put my own resin seats on all the Seafire !! Do not take account of the modification to turn her into a FR17 ! That's another game and this is not the point here !! The question is which one of the 2 ladies is now conform to the plans and measurements ??? Okay, Wilco for everyone ?? Let me introduce you to the dames, here's the first one ! Seafire 17 from 800th Sqdn aboard HMS Triumph circa 1947 AND partially based at Hal Far, Malta I read somewhere that inert or exercise rockets have their heads painted in blue ! so !
  11. 9 points
    Now, the second Lady ! I really loved that paint sceme !! I choosed to put the wing fuel tanks in sky to add at bit of colour ! This is a FR 17 from 728th FRU Sqdn at Hal Far, Malta… Did I have some fixation with Hal Far ??? This aircraft was flown until the '50s so they were a bit tired and stained but well maintained !! I seriously prefer my own resin seat, do you see what I mean ?? Note for my friend @The Spadgent these 2 have their doors open…
  12. 8 points
    Sea Vixen - Airfix 1/48 plus PE, resin, vacu, some scratch etc
  13. 8 points
    Hi everybody, getting there ... Last night I removed the windshield masking and put the seat in place: I've probably already said that, but that Alclad Aqua Gloss I used to dip the clear parts in really is some great stuff! And guess who talked me into that? @CedB of course, no wonder I also glued in the gear struts and wheels: This is probably the only real downside of this kit, since the front brackets of the main struts don't really fit into their slots, and I had to shave a bit on the side of the triangular sections to actually pose them in correctly. No big deal, though. Look, she's on her legs! I also painted the exhaust nozzle and turbine face (it's one piece, really): I airbrushed a base coat of Tamiya Flat Black, followed by Tamiya Gun Metal. Then a drybrush with Lifecolor Natural Metal and a black tempera wash Then I inserted it in place (snug fit, no need for glue), but as I wasn't happy with the contrast with the surrounding area, I dirtied it up using Italeri Flat Black applied with the sponge technique Not so visible, but that's the best I could do That's it for the day, comments welcome Ciao
  14. 7 points
    I get a lot of enjoyment out of playing around with a 1/48 Monogram plane. Sure there's issues with their style of kit production that clash with modern methods, but the amount of style they cram into what is really quite a simple parts breakdown keeps me happy and building. Trouble with firing up your mojo....? Get one of these! Now, I've been bashing away for a few weeks already, and to be honest I wasn't planning on putting up a WIP--- but there's a couple of things have come about at the later stages that I'm..... Well, happy about! One of them is tackling drab military colours. And the other is kind of a fulfillment of a long held idea, or a little ambition. So, I'm definitely not starting at the start here--- and I haven't been taking pictures as I built. So, what's the point? Let me show you this... Can you see what it is yet...!? Well, I've liked this picture a lot, for years.... ....and the little monkey guy just finishes the scene for me. I know there's issues with the type of P40, markings and so on. Not even sure if I can do the little fella. But THAT'S what I'm trying to create here. Think of it as an impression of the scene. That's what I'm doing!
  15. 6 points
    I finished this model ages ago, but it took a long time to get around to taking studio photos of it. The new animated show "Star Wars: Resistance" is a mixed bag, IMO. I love the animation style (I grew up watching Robotech, the US-import version of the Macross Saga, so I love the anime style applied to Star Wars) and some of the ship designs are quite cool, while some of the characters are.....anyway. I fell in love with the main hero ship, the constantly-in-need-of-repair Fireball, which came about from one of Lucasfilm's showrunners wondering what an X-wing designed around the F4U Corsair would look like. While the actual ship doesn't directly share any parts with the T-65 X-wing or the F4U Corsair, you can get pretty close my mashing the two together, which is what I did with a Bandai Vehicle Model T-65 X-Wing, and an AFV Club 1:144 scale F4U. The AFV club model was very nice to work with, with plastic that's compatible with Tamiya extra fine cement. I had to do a lot of chopping, filing, and repositioning of various parts, as well as replacing the X-wing wing cannons with music wire and aluminum tubing, since they predictably broke off in all the handling. The paint job took ages - SO much masking. There are 4 base colors, and quite a few odd panels. I'm very pleased with how it turned out. I didn't really keep a build log outside of Instagram, but there are a bunch of WIP and primered photos in a flickr album.
  16. 6 points
    In that case sir, I have only one thing to say to you... Great work on the structure Martian...looks more like a cowshed then ever!
  17. 6 points
    If you ever think your job is boring and pointless, spare a thought for the poor bloke that fits bmw indicators in the factory, doing that all day knowing they will never be used
  18. 6 points
    Are you scratch-building a pack of Polos for the pilot Bill? Cheers, Stew
  19. 6 points
    The List has arrived. Small details are starting to be dealt with: painting the leather coaming, the exhausts, the control horns, etc. The fuel trolley is now completed as per one image from the Net, I believe from the Polish NAC: The plane I am modeling did not have the additional fuel tank on the center wing, but the trolley was used surely to fuel it to
  20. 6 points
    My day (and night) job is as a flight attendant with British Airways , now in my 15th year. I fly on the 747/777/787 and A380. I also spent 7 years on the 767. Best part of my job is that I work with different people every flight and I've been to some amazing places (39 countries so far) over the years. My job has allowed me to stand on the top of Sydney Harbour bridge in the dark, visit Tiananmen Square and The Alamo among others. On the modelling front it has also allowed me to run amok in the Hong Kong model shops.
  21. 6 points
    So I should also have a fixation with the 800th Sqdn …. And HMS Triumph… Since… Both 800th Sqdn, both aboard HMS Triumph… But 1947 in Mediteranea… And 1950 In Korea !! And as usual a family shot ??? The Seafire family is growin'up ! Okay, I'll be back later, open to comments as usual !! Have a great modelling time !! Sincerely. CC
  22. 5 points
    Hi folks, The AW Wolf was one of those often slightly bizarre-looking interwar British prototypes built in response to the Air Ministry’s frequent specifications, in this case Spec 08/23 which called for a dedicated reconnaissance type. Six prototypes were built, three of which were converted with dual-controls and placed on the civilian register. The first prototype, J6921 (pictured above), was tested at Martlesham Heath but no Air Ministry order was forthcoming. It remained at Martlesham for over 2 years and was used to test individual items of equipment. My efforts to replicate this machine in 1:144 are detailed in the WiP thread here: Thanks to all those BM’ers who offered top tips through the build, which (IMHO) doesn’t come close to some of the masterpieces of scratchbuilding that are frequently showcased here. Purists will have to hold their peace at the scale infidelities that they will find, but it’s a learning process and I haven’t enjoyed my modelling this much in ages! Anyway, here are some pics: (The prop isn’t really this garish; the desk light just makes it look that way in this pic.) And, as will become usual, one last pic ‘for luck’: Thanks for taking the trouble to have a look. Now to start on planning the next obscure subject! Jon
  23. 5 points
    Source: ICM leaflet B-26B-50 Invader - box art + test model V.P.
  24. 5 points
    I've neglected this project for months but luckily I got some time off work to catch up. I did the wings a while back but a recently give the leading edge a nice few coats of xtreme metal chrome (i have no polished aluminium, but this is close enough). I'm ready to ditch alclad metals as a finished coat can rub off easily with your finger where as xtreme metals can even withstand some buffing with similar quality finishes. Revell 371 grey satin looks perfect for the wings as its a very light grey the only issue i have with the engines is a issue that I find a lot with regard to revell kits have, the indentation marking the forward part of the engine including the lip probably shouldn't be there but it's not obvious that it needs blended into the rest of the engine. There is also parts of the belly fairing where panels look separate but in fact the gaps don't exist probably the best engine fit I've known. The wings are a beautiful fit too, i could have probably got away with not gluing them this model is a whole combination of different decals for different airliners! the doors (white ones on top of actual a350 doors) are from the dreamliner. The Skyteam decals are for the 777. The pilot escape hatch is from the tristar I think!....god knows which one. This is before i cleaned up the fuselage as it had just been neglected for months and built up dust. I actually had vietnam airlines titles in my stash but then I realized that they are actually blue not white on the skyteam livery. these are not available so I'm going to attempt to print them off my own printer on decal paper, I've done it before with half decent results with a bit work on photoshop. The a359 and what its succeeded, the a340-600 (or is it the a35X that has succeeded it??) The a340-600 is long but the a359 really holds it own next to it. another thing I regretted was adding the silver window outlines as it looks like it has shrunk their size, it seemed like a good idea on top of the giant blue skyteam logo at the rear to make the windows stand out but I wish I'd left them off the rest of the fuselage next i need to 1. finish off the horizontal stabs and put them in place 2. add all antennas 3. print out and add vietnam titles 4. add all reg's and vietnam flags plus various minor decals
  25. 5 points
    And now let's compare… Even if we both know that Nothing dcompare to us It's now up to you Chaps !! Let me know what you think about the Mods !! Which one has received surgeries ??? CC