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  1. 9 points
  2. 7 points
    *This model was finished during January, but I made myself to take pictures of it only now... The mechanic took a week to make (Tamiya + Vallejo colours). After 5 years I declare this model FINISHED! The history of this build starts at the Heritage Aviation Models Ltd stand at the Scale Model World Telford in 2014. I bought the most expensive kit to that day (£40) there and I was so excited that I started building it at our autumn traditional model club weekend right after the show. There, I made the biggest mistake (due to really bad advice) and dipped the whole wing in to the Surfacer. I DO NOT know why I did that, bud it gave me a really hard time with sanding and mostly recreating the corrugated iron on the leading edges of the wings (more in the building thread). Due to this, the Supermarine was very often put back in to the stash for rest and, mostly, to forgot the mistake I had made on the most expensive model (I was 17 then...). Year after year I tried to continue and some minor progress was always made, but nothing serious. But, the last September, I found that poor box in my stash again and I pushed myself to finish it once and for all. And it was a successful attempt. I DO love Spitfire, I really do. And this is a part of it´s story, which was my motivation. I would also like to create the line of 1/48 Spitfires starting with S.6b, "224", K5054, K5054 (blue), first productional Spit, Speed Spitfire and so on... I really enjoyed the last term of modelling on this model. I tried many new things (NMF surface, HGW rivets - which can not be seen there , some scratched parts...) and mainly - this build kicked me into the serious modelling again after a long time. My friend Pavel helepd me with the masks (roundels and letters/numbers and Dunlop decal) and also with the figure of the mechanic (he painted the face ). I also added the base of the Southampton Supermarine factory together with the ladder and the airscrew cone. I used all the photos which I could found, from all over the internet, available books (The Spitfire Bible helped me the most) and the model portrays the K2890 before the RAF Pageant at Hendon at 30th June 1934. There are the most photos of the K2890 in this state and also I like the number "2" on the fuselage. You can see one error in the photos which is the hanging aerial, which changed its position due to the transport in cold weather. I hope it will not spoil your impression much. I hope you'll like the first Spitfire and do not worry to ask anything related to this kit/airplane/photos, I will gladly help with anything. Cheers, Andrew S. And now the model only:
  3. 6 points
    A build from 5 years ago, posted as always with its original text. (At that time I didn't know a couple tricks to photograph the models in a convincing snowy environment, so these images will have to do for now): The somewhat strange lines of the Fairchild Super 71 bushplane seem to suggest an exercise on making a fuselage out of beer cans. The whole appearance is further enhanced by the shinny finish and the presence of a pair of floats/skis that any bush plane deserving its worth should be able to wear. The Execuform vacuformed kit is a simple approach to the matter, providing the basic shapes, a plan, resin parts that make for the stub wings where struts attach and a vacuformed clear canopy. As usual you will have to get the engine, prop, decals and detail bits by yourself. In the photos you can see the Aeroclub engine, the scratched interior and home-made decals. The Super 71 that has been restored and is exhibited at a museum shows servo tabs on the rudder. I wasn’t able to find anything like that on the photos I have of the original machine; but again, I was able to find about a dozen images, all not great in quality. In the museum the external sections of the wing are separated by a gap, in the original a metal strip fairing covered that gap. There was a time when the Super 71 was on skis. Since I have been posting here numerous articles dealing with the building of vacuformed models, all there is to be said has been already said, so I’ll keep this one short, but there are a few points to be considered nevertheless. The wings are molded as entire sections, upper and lower. The wing has an inverted gull dihedral which is portrayed in the kit parts. The wing halves, in order to have that dihedral, have been located in the backing sheet on a pedestal. It is advisable to mark and cut the wings from the “inside”, the other side of the backing sheet, not the side where you usually cut –see images- since the dividing line is more visible on that side. Be very careful with the slips of the cutter, since there is almost no guide line. Do not hurt yourself. Cut a tad further out from the actual dividing line; that will give you some slack to refine and sand later on. There are two front cowl parts, one depicts the more usual “cover-all” cowl, and the other represents one that looks more like a NACA cowl and accompanied in the original an engine shield. Study your reference material. The original stub wings were partially corrugated, so I decided to scratch them instead of using the resin ones provided. For that I made a pattern and joined part plain styrene sheet and part “corrugated” styrene sheet. The teardrop tips were made from long forgotten kit bombs, I am always happy finding other uses for them. The polished metal surfaces (fuselage) and the silver doped, fabric-covered flying surfaces should be painted accordingly to differentiate them. I went for the ski version (although it is not depicted or catered-for in the kit) for several reasons: a) Because I have a tendency to depart from the standards b) It requires a bit less struts (so they are limited to only 28 c) It adds a color note (wood) to the otherwise overall metal finish d) It makes the display of the model easier (no water, no dolly) e) When I am pretending to fly the model in the house I no longer have to take off and land in the sink or bathtub, but can use the freezer instead. I would like to thank another vacuformed kit maker, Lars Opland of Khee-Kha Art Products, for his help with data about the original plane. While waiting for some parts to dry I worked on the decals and got them ready to be home-printed. A new stabilizer was made from scratch in order to be able to show the ribbing of the original. Same for the rudder. For the abundant struts on this model brass “Strutz” were used, and a very big “thank you” goes to Andrew Nickeas. of the lands of Nottingham, since -due to the shutdown of the Aeroclub Internet store- without his help no “Strutz” would be now among my scratchbuilding supplies. The Super 71 was used mostly as a cargo plane, so I depicted the interior with bulkheads, cockpit and floor. A few battens –gas tank area reinforcements- were added to the lower wing, as well as gas caps on the upper wing. Aileron cable leads and balances were fabricated too. There were two ducts that run parallel on the upper fuselage from behind the engine to the canopy; those were also represented on the model. Exhausts were made from styrene tube and solder. A little bit laborious but worth every hour of dedication. As the song goes, it never rains in Southern California -and much less snows- but we live in hope.
  4. 5 points
    Hi everyone, This is my first completion of 2019, it's the Italeri's boxing of the Academy kit. Stunning moulding, full of interior detail and some excellent panel line and rivet detail on the external surfaces. On the down side the instructions were terrible, very vague requiring a certain amount of guesswork. Also the decals were unusable, they were very thick and did not conform so I replaced these with a Tecmod set. For this build I gave MRP acrylic paints a go and was pleasantly surprised, they sprayed excellently with a lovely smooth satin finish... I think these will be my paints of choice from now on. Any C&C welcome. Thanks for looking, gazza
  5. 5 points
    They were usually referred to as split brains. And a lot seemed to be just used for one trade when they eventually got to a real RAF station, as opposed to the fairy tale that was training. They needed retraining at this point and were usually given an SAC* to show them what to do. I was just a plain Rigger (SAC). I'd done about 4 1/2 years when I went on my Fitters course. Most of the rest of my course were from 18 Sqn Wessex in Germany. Between us we'd done a bit. The Civilian head of training welcomed us to the course, he explained that we would now be trained in various skills, and would learn to use power tools on Aircraft. He was puzzled & a little upset when we all burst out laughing. Been there, done that. *They were Junior technicians and the SAC (Senior Aircraftsman) was a lower rank but had experience of the Aircraft. Anyway. It occurred to me that us ex military types use terms and phrases that others may not understand. so, here is another little mystery explained; the Pip pin. The Pip pin is/was used as a quick release device in a number of places on Aircraft. Notably on Helicopter opening panels that might need frequent removal instead of a nut and bolt. Pull or push the ring at left and the ball bearings at right (one each side) loosen up and will retract, allowing removal of the Pip pin. Another version has a T piece in place of the ring, with a button to depress for fitting/removal. Various lengths and diameters were available depending on their point of use. And yes, this one is ex Wessex. Also ex Wessex are the screws seen in the picture above. These are typical mushroom headed screws in various sizes and were used throughout the Aircraft. Next week, how the Wessex broke the sound barrier.
  6. 4 points
    If you've got all those bits Pete then..ummm...isn't there a Wessex somewhere..
  7. 3 points
    Now if you are thinking this I like your style, however, what I have in mind is this I think mine is the original Frog one but it's lost its box Cheers Pat
  8. 3 points
    Well ............ (turret is loose) It's not as bad as I had expected to be honest. There's a bit of overspray / spatter and a couple of awkward joins between colours (turret roof for example). I would also have preferred the lines to be a bit thinner to get more definition between the colours. Having said that I am not unpleased with the result, considering this is genuinely the first time I have ever airbrushed anything other than a single colour finish. My plan is to leave it now tonight then tomorrow go back over it with the dunkelgelb and tidy it up a bit. Hopefully then, after it's been weathered it'll look how I want it. Thanks for looking in Ben
  9. 3 points
    I can neither confirm nor deny the existence of a Wessex buried in my back garden. This stuff probably came out of a gash box. Damn, now I'll have to explain that. During servicing various bits need replacing. So you'd demand a bag of screws, say. You only need ten but the bag holds twenty. The spare ten and any used screws that are okay go into a gash box. Same with rivets, need twenty but the bag holds 50 or more. All the servicing teams used to have these and they contained all sorts of stuff, Lockers held panels and seals for instance. BUT, back in my day (not sure if it's the same now) we had an annual inspection of the base by the Air Officer Commanding (AOC). He and his minions would look into how the place was run, if it was all shiny, and correct practices were being carried out. So we'd spend time cleaning and painting and, because gash boxes etc weren't authorised, hiding/ditching stuff. Wasteful, yes, but rules were rules. I shall now plead insanity (or unsanitary) and throw myself on the mercy of the court.
  10. 3 points
    I don't think there's an exterior joint on this that I haven't had to fill. Untitled by Jon Gwinnett, on Flickr Untitled by Jon Gwinnett, on Flickr Untitled by Jon Gwinnett, on Flickr Untitled by Jon Gwinnett, on Flickr
  11. 3 points
    Very nicely done. I have two of these kits not built yet. One will be AUJ, the other will be one of the two RCAF ones. I assisted with the restoration of this plane during the mid to late ninties. I helped work on the wings and did a lot of the rivet bucking in the floats. I got busy with life and then saw it finished a few years ago, was quite something to see in person finished. The model looks quite correct, just need the Canadian Airways logo, although it may have not had it when new, not sure on that. The Royal Air Museum, formerly WCAM is now closed. They were so eager to get out of the existing building and were going to build a new one. They didn't raise enough money in time even though they have big name corporate sponsors(not plundering companies) and now the collection is scattered around the airport and hopefully the wood aircraft are inside someplace.
  12. 3 points
  13. 3 points
    It's a bit like Topsy, Jim The marching group. IR22 Pirch IR46 Thile All together now Please forgive the background, this is a production area
  14. 2 points
    Hello, As promised over on the build thread HERE below are the pictures of the old 1/72 Hasegawa boxing of the F-110A (Navy F-4B) Spectre, one of the first two loaned by the Navy to the Air Force for evaluation: I was originally going to make up an F-110A using an old Fujimi F-4B and homemade decals, but since I tracked this kit down, I just took the easy way out. This is an old kit, worth building, but the directions are attrocious, as far as best build order of lots of small details. The build article pointed to above shows several decal and paint marking details probably not readily available to reviewers and builders of this kit years ago. Thanks for looking, Ed
  15. 2 points
    Finally have my 1970 Kenworth K100 restoration done. Here's a link to the WIP. https://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/235047370-1970-kenworth-k100-restoration/& Have the sun out today and it's cold, so I didn't spend much time taking pictures. I parked the rig on my 1/72 tarmac. The snow is 1/1, a bit overscale for 1/25 but show be convincing. Yes I will straighten out the driver's antenna.
  16. 2 points
    Here is my FoxOne resin 1:144 Hawker Siddeley Harrier GR.1 which I completed last year together with the T.2 I have posted recently. It represents XV778/S of No. 1 Sqn RAF, at Wittering, UK, in 1970. As with the T.2, the tail section was corrected. The mating surfaces needed some sanding so that the tail didn't sit with a slight upward pitch. The nose section has some inacurracies of shape. I just fixed the nose tip section because getting the rest right would have been too much work. This kit was already a lot of work in itself! The kit was completely painted and varnished by brush. Thanks for looking and, as always, all comments are welcome Miguel
  17. 2 points
    Thanks mate. It's not quite what I wanted truth be told but I think I was expecting a little too much for a first time. Just had another good look at it and it really isn't too bad. Sadly my compressor shut itself off (temperature cut off) before I could do the last bit of red brown so there'll be a second session in the spray booth (hopefully tomorrow). All the best Ben
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    Over the years there has been a lot of guesswork applied to these schemes based on the surviving colour photographs, but when Ken Merrick was allowed to see the surviving parts of one of these aircraft, he described seeing what looked like the prewar colour 62 green, with other areas of 61 and 79. The undersurface colour was indeed 76. He came to the conclusion that the RLM were experimenting with new colours 81/82/83 based on the prewar colours 61/62/64 and were using JG54 to do this. This aircraft crashed in July 1943: the new colours 81 and 82 were ready for introduction into production in August 1943. Source' Classic "Luftwaffe Colours and Markings 1933-45 vol.1.
  20. 2 points
    Well now I have slats I decided to paint them. And while I was at it, I settled on the colour scheme too. Here's a teaser. I'll leave you all to guess it. No clues, no prizes. I'm going to keep you guessing unless anyone gets it!
  21. 2 points
    Hi Guys, new air intakes ... replicated the pieces of the neo-omega, and placed in position the difference with the kit is visible checking with the drawings ... they are not correct we will correct this too ... ciao Silvano
  22. 2 points
    For me, it was this kit. Chris
  23. 2 points
    HMS Ambuscade - we went south from Ascension in company with Antelope but had to slow down after heavy weather forced Ambuscade to delay a refueling but Antelope had already topped up and went on ahead and was sent to San Carlos. Exeter passed us around that stage.
  24. 2 points
    fingers and toes are crossed for a great result - loving it mate
  25. 2 points
    That's a real beauty! Canadian content is always appreciated. Up here, it's the law. Chris
  26. 2 points
    My deepest condolences on your loss. We lost our weebit, Sushi, two years ago and we're still not quite over it. As for pets becoming as much loved as family members, I loved Sushi way more than I do some of my family. Wife and 3 daughters excluded from that list. Chris
  27. 2 points
    Hi Franco You might be interested in a photo of HMS Exeter I took in May 1982 a couple of days before arriving in the Falklands area. The weather was a bit murky but it shows how the RN Type 42 destroyers were given a black identity stripe on the funnel to distinguish them from the two Argentine ones and also how other markings were painted out. I seem to remember that Exeter also had a bright blue lower hull rather than black or dark red at that time - there is just a hint of that at the waterline under the forward 1022 radar. Sorry to have missed showing this earlier - I have only recently looked at this thread!
  28. 2 points
    Well it's been a while since I posted as work and playing trains has got in the way The cockpit is finished and the engines are in and painted. As you can see on both sides, the wing/fuselage fit isn't the greatest and the panels for the gun bays, 1 fitted lovely and the other one didn't
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  31. 1 point
    Well, apart from the plywood bits
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    RLM 76 varies, and late war, a lot... both the underside colours here are are RLM 76 the greeny shade is the one that has been nicknamed "RLM 84" Fw 190 A-8 Gefr Walter Wagener 5 Sturm JG4 Saint Trond 01-01-1945 JEC 07075 by Jeffrey Ethell Collection, on Flickr there are a bunch of ww2 original colour shots in the Flickr the above is from, as is this it can appear near white, note the Fw 190 wreck and the Bf109 tail underside colour Fw 190 JEC 02425 by Jeffrey Ethell Collection, on Flickr
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    THAT is a thing of absolute beauty Truly stunning Congratulations
  36. 1 point
    It was a fun time, learned a lot, back then I wanted to become an aircraft mechanic, couldn't afford pilot training. Learned a lot from the older guys there, some of whom worked for Canadian Airways during the '30s '40s. Went to work for Air Manitoba for a short time before they closed up(there C-46s are at Buffalo now) Went to Aero Recip who rebuilds radial engines for a month when they were busy. I got out of it then, nopt competirive enopugh and not nomadic. At that time in Winnipeg, there wasn't much for aviation jobs until you went someplace else for training, now there is, but I'm a bit on the older side and they want young kids who won't ask questions.
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    An Open post to AMK. AMK you need to get some professional advice on how to run your social media and marketing in a western / global context. Whoever is giving you your current advice I is giving you bad advice or does not understand effective marketing and brand strategy. I make that comment in a professional context. The issue you have is not just about the current F-14 project. You need to think beyond this current project and in the wider context of what you want your brand to represent and the values it has and how it is perceived in future in the market. Right now the way you are communicating with the wider market is from a marketing perspective just damaging your brand. If I could give you some professional advice. 1. Communicate the latest update to the whole market. 2. Share updates to the whole market on a regular basis even if they are minor between now and the final release of the kit. 3. Comment on quality feedback from the market. Even if it’s just to say thanks for the feedback. You do not have to act on feedback given. But you should acknowledge it. Do the above via Facebook on an open page. You will have the ability to filter and edit out extremely adverse commentary. Regards... Plasto.
  39. 1 point
    This is a stunner - lovely work - love this scheme
  40. 1 point
    Live Mk7 on an F-100D: I think some versions had the radome on the front, and others didn't; the B43 was that way. The one at the Air Force Museum looks to be accurate; although, I'm not sure about the yellow stripes. U.S. nuclear weapons generally don't carry stripes, presumably as a security measure, so live weapons can't be distinguished from inert ones except up close. Regards, Murph
  41. 1 point
    From what I’ve read the blue topping was trialled until it’s refit post the conflict when it was reverted to standard finish. Also applies to the fitting of the Phalanx midships by the funnel as well as shown in the photo? Mike
  42. 1 point
    Another beautifully finished model russ, eye candy that
  43. 1 point
    Crackin' job so far Jeroen. Everything looks so neat and clean.....hat's off mate....it's not easy . Cheers, H
  44. 1 point
    I remember the sky blue boot topping on the Exeter, I wouldn't like to put a date on it though.
  45. 1 point
    Very nice dude. On a slightly different note, have you got this months Airfix Model World? (Issue 100), if you look on page 39 where the builder is making a Gloster Meteor. A finish of yellow and silver is required. His choice of primer for the yellow looks very familiar. Just saying
  46. 1 point
    Cheers chaps! Off to go and play with the next colour in a min All the best Ben
  47. 1 point
    Great Heinkel ... Good to see these build up well. I have one coming up in a group build in a few months.
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