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  1. Hi guys, some photos of my SWIFT FR5, Airfix 1/72 built for my friend... box model with added Eduard photo-etched dedicated. ciao Silvano
    40 points
  2. Built for the upcoming 50th Harrier Event at NAM, some may remember I made the same in-flight dio a few years back, albeit a little cruder. Hopefully I`ve improved it a tad in this reincarnation. For those new, the story goes like this. Squadron Leader Bob Iveson left HMS Hermes as part of of a strike force against the Goose Green area in East Falkland. He completed two attack runs over Argentine positions and then decided to make a third. His Harrier was hit by 35 mm shells which knocked out his controls and started a fire in the cockpit. He immediately pulled the ej
    39 points
  3. Hi Everyone, Just finished my latest `49er` P-40 Warhawk ( I`ve got a thing about Warhawks ) Built from Hasegawas 1/48 P-40N kit and finished to represent an aircraft of the 49th Fighter Group, New Guinea,South West Pacific Theatre in 1943-44 Wanted to do this one for a while as it had nose art on both sides of the nose which was a fairly common practice in the 49th Built mostly from the box contents..... with the usual additions of brake pipes and dodgy home made seatbelts The decals came from SuperScale set MS48-903
    28 points
  4. Just added the finishing touches to Airfix's 1/24th Hawker Typhoon MkIb this week: a project I've had on the bench for the last 6 months or so. Admittedly I've picked it up and put it down as and when I've felt like it, but regardless this kit is most definitely a long-term investment in regard to time and effort. I found it an absolute joy to build and thoroughly enjoyed every minute. Fit was exceptional but you must follow the instructions to the letter, especially where the engine and its piping is concerned, as tolerances are very tight. The only after-market was a set of Edua
    23 points
  5. Hi all, here some pics of my GasPatch Hs 123. Just a nice kit I built nearly OOB. Just add some Eduard PE`s for some cockpit details 3
    22 points
  6. I present my next model. Vickers Wellesley from the Polish Aeronautical Technical School for Minors in Heliopolis (Egypt). At that time, it was already a flightless, serving only to learn cadets, and got the number 4723M, which was generally painted "traditionally" M4723. The plane was repainted from the night bomber (apparently it was L2657), the lower black surfaces were repainted in yellow. Kit is the old Matchbox with Aeroclub Bristol Pegasus, propeller from spare and vacu canopy from Falcon, painted with Xctrarylics paints.
    19 points
  7. Hi everybody, here's my latest off the workbench; I bought this kit last summer, at the gift shop of The Flying Leatherneck museum in Miramar, San Diego. I was there for vacation with all my family, and my youngest daughter in particular enjoyed so much that visit that she asked me to buy this kit and if she could help me building it. She did help during the first phases of the build, in fact; then, when things became more complicated for her, she just checked for progress She said she's happy about the final result, so ... It took me a little more than 3 months to build this kit
    18 points
  8. Flight over the North Atlantic. Pilot Beryl Markham.
    18 points
  9. Here is my Revell 1:72 Focke-Wulf Fw 190F-8 which I built back in 2013. It represents "White 11" of I./SG4, Luftwaffe, based at Picenza, Italy, in May 1944. The kit was built mostly OOB adding etched belts from Eduard and replacing the nose ring with a correct replacement part from Quickboost. The kit was painted by brush except for the mottling and varnish which were done by airbrush. The white underwing tips were made from white decal sheet. One thing of note was the lack of swastikas. Revell never includes them but in this case it was correct as, together with the
    17 points
  10. The model I made a long time ago, at the beginning of my modeling adventure, so I apologize in advance for the quality of the model and the terrible quality of the pictures. However, I wanted to show you this model because I am a big fan of this combat plane. BAC Lightning F.6 Trumpeter 1:32 Model straight from the box, and the other I try not to build.
    16 points
  11. Hi Folks My first of the year! This is a classic Trumpeter kit, i.e. 3/4 good, 1/4 poor/bizarre: the front end and wheel spats are wrong in shape and size, a detailed engine is provided which is too small and can't be seen anyway, a 1000kg bomb is included which is 4 times bigger than the Stuka ever carried, the wing mounted guns and gun blisters are included but absent from the instructions etc. etc... I've used the Brian Fawcett resin AM set to correct the front end forward of the engine firewall and undercarriage and I've robbed a 250kg bomb from my Revell Ju88. The 'Jerich
    15 points
  12. A few to remind me what I was a doing of The Vixen and I would like to thank you all for your help, without which she would never have been built THANK YOU FRIENDS FOR EVERYTHING RFI LATER THIS WEEK
    15 points
  13. Hasegawa/Eduard kit straight out of the box, except additional Eduard PE set, and some correction of the few kit parts were made by hand. Thank you for the looking any comments are welcome.
    14 points
  14. My first “big” build after i started making model planes about a year ago... Thinks this is the sixth model i have made so far... The 1/48 C-47 “Honey bun III”, Italian, Normandy, Holland and Bastogne veteran! Hope to improve my weathering techniques in the future... Please let me know what you think, i can only learn and hope my next plane will be better
    13 points
  15. Wow, it's been a while since I updated this, hasn't it? My apologies. On Thursday, which thank heavens is my work from home day, Grant fell backwards down the entirety of our second-floor staircase, which is narrow and steep. I was moving over to get him when he fell, because he was sitting at the edge of the staircase, and so I found myself running after a baby bouncing down step after step and always just out of reach. I'd love to say I remained calm and collected, but Mrs P informs me I was screaming "No! No! No!" desperately over and over again. It's no exaggeration to say the experience w
    12 points
  16. A few snaps here of the interior before most of it disappears forever! Brown oil wash was applied in the cabin and a few nicks and scratches added with silver paint and fine brush. The cockpit has also been weathered with the same approach, black oil and silver highlights - I'm quite happy with the results, the Eduard bits and pieces definitely help and hopefully will be able to see some of it through the canopy. Fuselage halves and bottom part of wing all fit pretty well, a few seams to tidy up but not too bad. Similarly the three-part greenhouse on the front went together surprisingly easily
    11 points
  17. I Know exactly what these Merlin kits are: an attempt of Kaos to disrupt the modeling world, to sow utter confusion among unsuspected modelers, to drive Control mad trying to build unbuildable, amorphous lumps of plastic in a vain, futile effort to obtain a model! This "kit" should be a prominent character in one of Poe's or Nathaniel Hawthorne's scary stories, or be in one of H.P. Lovecraft's Cthulhu myths... Oh, the horror... If you have the strength of heart, and can bear it, you may consult the step-by-step Modeling Noire genre story here: Yes, after all
    10 points
  18. Well calling this done it is my interpretation of the Revell 1/144 scale LSM used by the US navy during the later part of the Pacific war to Island hop large amounts of men and armour The build was inspired buy a model from Julian Swallows(Gremlin 56) who sadly is no longer building with us but I hope he is looking down thinking not bad BUT? The only concern I had with the kit was the stanchions I had to replace because my clumsy hammer hands broke most of them trying to remove from the sprue I added the crew using the Shapeways 3D printed figures good but
    10 points
  19. Hello you, and a belated welcome to 2019. Here is a quicky I did in the post Christmas blues, a Mozzie carved from wood and camouflaged with wood stain. Its a bit of a mishmash, its supposed to be the cannon armed fighter, but the cockpit and exhaust blisters are from the MkIV bomber and the Brownings are too high in the nose. Still, it kept me out of the wife's way for a couple of weeks so it's all good. Enjoy.
    9 points
  20. They're the original prototype for 'Beats by Dre' headphones: 'Syncopation Anunciators by Dr. Andrew Young, FRS.' Just keeping the seat warm for you old boy! (Until you're able to rejoin the throng.) Sincerely hope that 'busy' means 'fulfilling busy' so that there is a plus somewhere to being denied your company Crisp. A Stormbringer perhaps! Thanks on all counts Chris. Cockpit fitting continues and in the wake of @galgos's kind donation of those superb seating closeups, metal was cut: I used the original PE back as
    9 points
  21. Finally completed, here is the iconic racer in its green, incredible hulk aspect. Again congratulations to KP (Kovozávody Prostějov) for their increasing line of very appealing civil subjects, in this case a classic that deserved re-edition. As you can see, the kit can be turned into a nice replica, if with some (normal modeling) work. Without wanting to get into a lengthy exchange regarding this, I deem it a giant step upwards and forwards from the two very old Airfix and Novo-Frog ones. The price is convenient, and I believe you get a fair quality/price ratio. Still, I believe
    8 points
  22. OOB, I did one! It was a bit of suffering to get it together, but it looks good from far, but far from good. I do realize the goof on the serials... I was thinking about it and telling myself not to for hours, but still goofed... I like it, I MAY build a second one later if I find a nice 111 Sqn RAF scheme, we shall see. I also have Academy's offering in both scales to play with...
    8 points
  23. Hello everybody ... Sorry for my slight delay in joining the fun, there was a family medical emergency on Friday. I haven't been idle though, First the obligatory sprue shots. Im planning on building this with the pilot. Reason being is i will be mounting the Mk.7 Device on the port wing. I doubt even for drills they would have a practice device on a plane, without a pilot on board. So for my first day i built up the cockpit. I did mount the office to the starboard fuselage side. Currently its drying and i will photograph it tomorrow. The ej
    8 points
  24. greetings once again dear fellows. It feels like it's been forever since I last posted whereas in reality it has only been around two weeks since I last updated this thread. I've had to reread my last update to try and remember where I was and where I was heading.. to no avail. So let's bash on regardless. The lathe came out of hibernation and I turned down some aluminum rod to make the three hydraulic caps, actually about 7 in this instance - they kept flying off into the ether when I was using the cut-off tool to remove them from the rod. I show this sh
    8 points
  25. The model I made a long time ago, This is a model from the "OLD SCHOOL" category. Model Hawker Hunter Revell 1:32 Model straight from the box, and the other I try not to build.
    7 points
  26. This is my build last spring. F/A-18E/F Super Hornet is so popular that I decided to build it with an alternative way. That's the very reason i put it up on a brass rod, and have its landing gears modified as without ground load. Hope you enjoy it...
    7 points
  27. I love Savioa Trimotors (my newest fetish), especially the civil types, this is the Supermodel SM81 Pipistrello converted to an SM73 using an Italian kits / SEM models conversion set. It will set next to its relative the SM75 I built a while back.
    7 points
  28. Reading through what some of you have had to endure makes me realize how lucky i have been so far! I left school at 16 and walked into my working life 6 days later. Dream job was aircraft engineer in the RAF, but i have to say i enjoyed most of my time as an aircraft engineer at the local airport. After 10 years i was moved 20 miles up the road, and although i really did enjoy that, including the added excitement of low CAT aviation fire fighting, the draw of a return to my "home" became too much and just over 19 years later, i am a fire fighter at the local airport, where my caree
    7 points
  29. I was forced into early retirement back in 2015 due to ill health. At that point, I ended my career as a Catering Manager with a national contract catering company. I began my career in 1971 as a commis Chef in a couple of local restaurants owned by Scottish and Newcastle Breweries. Then in 1972 I managed to get a job in a 5 star hotel in Lucerne, Switzerland and stayed there for 6 months until being attracted back to the UK by my old Head Chef who had moved to a new restaurant and offered me a job as a Chef de Partie in charge of the pastry and confectionery section. In 1975,
    7 points
  30. Thanks very much gents, a little knowledge of the potential pitfalls is very useful So as we are cleared to go, here are the parts - the sprue specifically for the MiG-15: It takes a bit of finding if you have the Royal Class box set, but there is a serial stamped on the sprue (just above the starboard fuselage half in the picture above) which differentiates this sprue from those of the MiG-15bis. The sprues with the wings and small parts are identical for both of the single-seat Mig-15 kits. The pre-painted etched p
    7 points
  31. Seatbelts on and another close up of the cockpit:
    7 points
  32. This Hawk comes from Hobbyboss. The model was bulit almost straight out of box, except for modifications on wings. I removed the small wing fences that were intended for model Hawk 51, Hawk 60, Hawk 65 and Hawk 67, and added stall strips on the leading edge of wings. The model was painted with white and yellow primers, then painted with Super Italian Red. All paints used were from Gunze. Decals are thin and soft. Several layers of Gunze GX100 clear coats were applied before polishing and applying decals. A few layers of Gunze GX100 clear coats were applied over the decal before final pol
    6 points
  33. Here is my contribution to this group build. The latest boxing of Airfix`s classic Supermarine Spitfire Mk22/24. The intention is to build a Royal Auxillary Air Force Mk22 from the late 1940s so hopefully qualifies for this GB. Opened up the box this morning to find some sweets included! My plan is to use a Xtradecal sheet for an appropriate aircraft. Just a picture of the sealed contents as no doubt this is a well known kit...…. https://www.hannants.co.uk/product/X48091 The intention is to do PK613 LA H for 603 County of Durham Squadron R.Aux.A.F at Oulston in 1
    6 points
  34. Here is the completed model of this attractive and widely produced parasol monoplane in its colorful civil guise, that started over the Holidays at the in-laws under extremely harsh conditions (British food and unintelligible language). My thanks again to friend and fellow modeler Sönke Schulz, the kind donor of the kit from his Zekret Vaultz at the Volkano Lair. The aftermarket photoetched set and decals were a nice complement to the kit, that in spite of its age can still be made into a nice model. I have two more kits of this charming little thing, that I look forward to turn
    6 points
  35. Thanks for the kind comments Jade, pleasure to give you encouragement … and erm … and some mistakes for you to avoid … purely for demonstration purpose of course I've got all the stickers on. Where possible I cut away as much carrier film as possible to prevent any silvering. It worked fine, but getting the wing stencils to line up straight was a proper faff. Of course it didn’t help when I put a couple of them on the wrong way round, had to remove and re-apply. It seems I am a right proper bozo after all! My biggest gripe is that the instructions are in colour. Nice yo
    6 points
  36. I'm trying to be patient and let the paint harden before I do any more work on it. The very slight residual blemishes are only visible from certain angles, so I'm considering whether trying to improve might be a retrograde step. The perfect is the enemy of the good, as they say. Well "good enough" in this case. Untitled by Jon Gwinnett, on Flickr Untitled by Jon Gwinnett, on Flickr
    6 points
  37. Hi ladies gentlemen and thanks! You are right Thierry... Maybe not the good one! Today, carburetors's side, the challenge: And the beginning: Three pics, but a lot of work... Dan.
    6 points
  38. Well Maidstone as it happens, to assist in real ale disposal at a friend's 70th birthday bash. Nice one Bill. I shall of course make a note to return the compliment at an appropriate juncture. Thanks for your Teutonic support Bbudde. Trouble is, a leopard can't change his spots but a Martian can! The fashion police have already investigated and decided that there were no grounds for a prosecution to be brought. They did however caution me that I was not showing enough tentacles and grow some more. This is in hand. Mars' Epit
    6 points
  39. With Steve's sensible advice whistling about in the empty space between my ears, today I have: Masked Masked and primed by Jon Gwinnett, on Flickr Primed Masked and primed by Jon Gwinnett, on Flickr Painted Untitled by Jon Gwinnett, on Flickr
    6 points
  40. Thank you gents The jet-pipe inside was called out in the instructions as 'Dark Iron', I used the Tamiya paint of the same name and it looks a little excessively burnt to me, but then the colour call-outs refer to Gunze colours, not Tamiya so that might explain it - also I really don't have any idea what the inside of a jet-pipe looks like so it could conceivably look like that... In any case once the parts are assembled you can't see in there anyway: I'll hopefully remember to paint the outside of the pipe aluminium before I fit i
    6 points
  41. Well I should have done this a long time ago: The Airfix Beaufighter wings have really deep panel lines, even under two coats of brushed dark sea grey, so I’ve smeared some PPP into them to calm them down. I lost a fuel vent and the underside landing aerial in the process due to having too many thumbs... Thanks for looking, Adrian
    6 points
  42. Time to put the GR5 up on RFI. It’s a kit bash of a Monogram AV-8B with new Sky Models decals and a Pavla resin Martin Baker seat. Nice kit to build in the basic form thanks for looking
    6 points
  43. This is a very simple, early Airfix kit. No internal detail, Hence here's the pilot again, with a plane around him now. Wings fitted properly.
    6 points
  44. Wow, I hadn't realised it had been this long since an update! I lost interest in this one for a while (due to the huge amount of filling, sanding and scribing to do across the two aircraft), then Christmas happened, then resuming work..... But eventually, I realised I needed to bite the bullet and get into it. A week later, here's where we're at: Tamiya: - Joined wings, fuselage and horizontal stabiliser - Filled all panel lines and the location of the radiator - Removing the radiator is actually the answer to the propeller question! In it's final
    6 points
  45. Steady progress has been made on the engine decks. I opted to make a 'base layer' from 30 thou styrene, then plank it with 10 thou. This made it easier to fit the mesh, and also meant that the thicker material would provide strength, while the thinner stuff made for easier cutting and shaping of the apertures. Then the postman brought a small parcel from Peters Spares - some model railway carriage door handles which despite being to 00 gauge are close enough to represent the engine deck catches in 1/35th. I did not fancy scratching 38 of these, and once again railway part
    6 points
  46. I imagine Tony's voice is richer, deeper, more imbued with the indicators of manliness than my squeaky midwestern twang.
    6 points
  47. Some more small but significant progress, I've added the canopy sun shades and fitted the new radar nose cone that was turned by a friend in the USA. I've also added a few small airframe details. not too far from the paint shop now! John
    6 points
  48. Impressive. Hopefully you'll get access to some plastic kits once you get liberated from the POW camp...
    6 points
  49. Little adjustment to the tops: Funnel caps bit cartoonish, but I want some of it show from under the soot, that will land there further along the road to finish
    5 points
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