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  1. Finally finished this one after ignoring at it on my bench for 5(!) years. The photo-etch rigging totally owned me and I cried mercy before getting it all on there. Would love any tutorial references you may have for photo-etch rigging techniques, though don't know if I'll be attempting it again any time soon, haha. Overall a fun build, but definitely challenged me a good deal. Flickr Album
    27 points
  2. Just getting the hang of Village Photos after the Photobucket debacle. As requested by @CedB here is the Condor in all its glory. The original decals were toast so Ced kindly did a trick for me and scanned the orginal decals before putting them through his CNC cutter. The resulting masks allowed me to produce the engine masking and curve around the nose. Thanks Ced, much appreciated! I sprayed the model black, masked off then applied the Vallejo chrome from their metallic range. Other decals were from LF as seen here https://www.hannants.co.uk/product/LFMC72198 The aircraft depicte
    20 points
  3. The brief: Take the cheap Italeri Merlin HM1 I picked up at one of the stalls at the Birmingham IPMS Show a couple of years ago and attempt the heavily varied colour effects seen on most of the Royal Navy's Merlin fleet after nigh on twenty years in service The aircraft entered service in the Medium Sea Grey scheme and over the years various panels have needed repairs or replacement which resulted in a large number of versions of the Grey all over them Much of the variation might be down to issued touch up and respray paints having various property changes in serv
    19 points
  4. Hello All. This is is my first “go” at posting photos and one of my models here, so hope it works Bear with me if not! A bit of a back story first. I returned to building model aircraft last summer after a long break since school days. Most of the time in between has been occupied with Model Railways but that is another story. This Airfix Mk IX was the second kit I bought. It came from the model shop in Barmouth last July while on holiday in Fairbourne. Since starting up again, a small but growing group of Spitfires and Hurricanes have appeared mostly Airfix but also
    18 points
  5. Vampire F.1 5 Squadron, Chivenor 1949 CMR resin kit - 1990s vintage And with something of similar vintage i.e. late 1940s - Airfix P-80 converted from P-80C to P-80B: Heller / Revell Vampire F.3: Frog Vampire FB.9: Frog Venom NF.3 converted from Sea Venom: CMR resin Vampire T.11: Aeroclub Vampire T.11: Frog Sea Vixen FAW.1 conversion: Frog Sea Vixen FAW.2:
    18 points
  6. A while ago I bought a job lot from evilbay as it included some decals I wanted, and it was cheap Included in the bundle were 3 Airfix GR1 Tornados (original 1983 moulds). The quality of the moulding and detail was awful, and the kit decals had pretty much disintegrated. So I thought what to do? I already had the revell 1/72 made in 16Sqn black colours, so I thought I'd make the others and give them to my 4 Grandsons, each one painted up in RAF Laarbruch squadron markings (That is where their mum was born after all), so 15,16 and 2 Sqn decals were chosen. Paint colours represent
    18 points
  7. Here was a mojo restoration build! It's the Italeri boxing of the An-2 Colt. I really enjoyed seeing the Estonian airforce Colt fly over to RIAT (must have taken a few days to get over here!) and wanted to build the model. It's a bit of a composite of the few they still fly. A very basic set of decals were all that was available, so it's near enough. There's a small sheet of photoetch in there which I picked up from Hannants. Most is useable but an aerial and a few other bits were flung to the carpet monster by way of a sacrificial offering. Canopy was a two part affair, it went to
    17 points
  8. Hi everyone. Haven't posted here in a while, so here you go - I just built a 1/72 Heller Mirage 2000 twin seater and finished it in the colors of an Indian Air Force bird commemorate the 20th anniversary of the limited, but well-publicized Kargil war with Pakistan. The Mirage played a key role in turning the tide in India's favor with several sorties including some dropping LGBs at extreme altitudes. The war clearly cemented IAF's love affair with the aircraft and it has since then been it's go-to jet for tough jobs. I picked an unusual color scheme for an Indian Mirage, a two ton
    15 points
  9. Finally finished my first Spitfire. Thanks for looking. Stephen
    15 points
  10. Finally - what feels like forever I have something to post. I seem to have been constantly doing bits and pieces in the background but haven't managed to get anything completed for months. The model I've managed to get finished is Revell's 1/72 P-47 D-30 Thunderbolt. There were 2 options in the box so I opted for P-47 - 28 - RE GC II/5 Lafayette, Armee de L'air, Amberien, France 1944 - I thought it would be good to do something a bit different from the usual American schemes. The model itself was excellent and went together without any hassles - the only real issue be
    15 points
  11. This is it! Finished last night. Airfix kit from a poly bag issue(see WIP) Falcon Vac canopy with decal striping for the framing in silver and yellow, scratch made exhaust and pitot, cockpit interior from Pavla resin set and decals by Ventura. Xtracrylix paint for the red and light grey. Almost forgot, I also replaced the wheels as I lost one of the original kit wheels but found a suitable matching pair. Might need to overlay the yellow framing with another set of yellow decal stripes... currently they look a bit dull. W
    15 points
  12. I attach a few pictures of completed in October 2018 model of Convair B-58 "Hustler" from the recently reissued Italeri offering - probably the only one in 1/72 scale. I have used the following aftermarket upgrading: Airwaves PE set, Eduard PE inspection panels and 'Remove before Flight' steel flyers, Aires resin exhaust, metal MasterModel Pitot tube and electrostatic dischargers. I have reworked the crew compartment hatches, crew seats (to the early type) and landing gear. I have used the Caracal decals. The model has been painted with Tamiya acrylic and finished with Gunze and Alcl
    14 points
  13. After an enjoyable 6 Months work on this project I am happy to say that she has now joined my Fleet. Am very happy how she turned out.....Cheers mark
    13 points
  14. So here it is my RAF Phantom. I used the F4B kit and therefore it's definately not accurate I'd say however I personally can't tell so it's good enough to me. I wanted it on a stand as it appears now as I just think it looks better in flight. Anyway I hope ypu guys like it and all constructive criticism is welcome.
    11 points
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  16. Started this just after Christmas as a relaxing, no-stress build. I bought 3 different MPM boxing's of Hasegawa's Beaufighter when a seller on E-bay had them at a fairly cheap price, each one has several different marking options, Montex masks and PUR exhausts. The kit instructions cover ALL the decal options and are the same in each box, with colour Markings instructions with the variants in each boxing. This is from the RAAF box and covers Mk I, Mk VI and Mk21 in RAAF service. Each kit includes all parts to do early and late tail-planes, long and short intakes, tailwheels, AI aerials,
    10 points
  17. This is a 1 72 scale dio of a german 10.5 cm gun on a B E F chassis left at Dunkirk ( U M kit) coming across a massive Russian K V 2 tank that's hit a mine . tracks were that rubber stuff that's a pain to shape and glue, figs are Ceaser
    9 points
  18. I continue to find models to post from a seemingly inexhaustible modeling well. This is from six years ago and was done more or less at the same time that the 230, posted here at BM: Yet another Morane Saulnier plane used by Michel Detroyat, this time the M.S.225, modified for its use as a racer and aerobatic machine. It was painted in an attractive red/black/silver scheme, and demonstrated its capabilities –and of course those of its pilot- to a great extent. Again an old good Heller kit provides the canvas for this project, the parts being a tad chunkier than the M.S.2
    9 points
  19. But if you have this kit in your stash, give it a go: the build is really straightforward, and it's totally enjoyable Sorry for the lack of updates, everybody; last week was a very busy one and I was away for the WE, so I managed very little bench time. Which went into brush painting some of the odd bits, like the Venturi tail wheel (apologies for the blurry pic, and I'm afraid it's not the only one) this "thing" that goes under the belly, in the wings area main wheels, with a bit of dirtying up using the spon
    9 points
  20. .... in white! This build was done in secret alongside the Harvard I just completed. Must have had a rush to the head as it took next to no time to complete. BAsic current 1/72nd Airfix Mustang kit with gun ports removed, waste shell slots underwing filled and resin replacement prop blades by Pavla to get the post war square tipped HS prop. All decals from the limited run Ventura set(fairly expensive here (£11.99)for such a small set but I had to have it and use them! I didn't do anything different in the cockpit because I have no idea what it looked like and being it was an ex RNZAF
    8 points
  21. Boeing 737-400 Thai. 1:144. Siam Scale Decals. This is the Daco/Skyline Boeing 737-400 in the previous livery of Thai Airways, which I think is one of the best ever. It looks lovely on all aircraft it has ever been applied to, it is a shame they replaced with a new livery. My Thai friends very kindly obtained the decals for me from Siam Scale, and I collected them on my last visit to Thailand. They look to be screen printed on moderate thickness carrier film, (rather like those in many Tamiya kits). The colours are spot on, and they go on to the model with no trou
    8 points
  22. Afternoon All. This is my latest finished model the Tamiya 1/72 A6m3 Hamp. This is a really nice kit that goes together really well. I can't think of any problem areas at all. The only issues were a self-inflicted decal disaster which ended up needing a complete strip-down and repaint. I always have at least one DOH! moment per kit. Anyways here are some pics.
    8 points
  23. Thought this deserved it’s own thread. This arrived today, designed for the Airfix kit. Early tail booms, fixed seats, brass pitot and x2 vac early canopies plus decals. Mine came from Freightdog, who do it either on it’s own or with the Airfix kit.
    8 points
  24. Hi All You know what it is, occasionally a blinding flash of "YES! EXCELLENT! WHY WOULD IT BE ANY OTHER WAY!?!" comes along, and it all make sense. Brilliant, thanks! And then, to crown it all Looking with renewed purpose through t'Interweb photos, I can now see the blurred grainy pattern appearing. I missed them all first time around, @71chally frood and no mistake! I used to have a bright yellow one of those for the steering wheel on my Fiat 126 as an Anti-Theft Device. One night someone broke in and stole it, left the
    8 points
  25. Hi all There are a number of 'firsts' here: Posting to Ready for Inspection Model in more than 20 years 1:32 scale model Attempt at airbrushing Attempt at weathering This is a straight OOB build; it was difficult enough without adding more firsts. The kit wasn't difficult but I need to think about the order that I do the construction and painting. I have learnt a lot from this project that I will be able to use in my future builds. Thanks for
    7 points
  26. Oi! Keith and Bob - that's one thing that winds me up about modern 'clinicians' in General Practice; they seem to have general opinions that are often not backed up by any facts. Like them telling me that my cholesterol was 'above average' - I'm always above average and, if I took their stay-on-them-for-life drugs my level would go down but then so would the average! Lose/lose (except for the drug companies) Thanks Simon and well done on the weight loss Thanks Bill and Giorgio - great tip Thanks Jont The masking
    7 points
  27. This is the Kits for Cash model of the Angel Interceptor from Gerry Anderson's "Captain Scarlet & the Mysterons". It is studio scale and is a hefty piece of resin! This is it alongside the Airfix kit of the Angel. Thanks for looking Angelo.
    6 points
  28. Arr mateys, it be such a great story I wanted to capture it in 1/350! Shortly after midnight on April 1, 2010, the Oliver Hazard Perry-class frigate USS Nicholas came under fire from Somali pirates while deployed in the waters off East Africa near the Seychelles on anti-piracy operations. The pirates mistakenly attempted to hijack the Nicholas, believing her to be an unarmed freighter. Nicholas immediately returned fire and pursued the pirate skiff, disabling it and subsequently seized the pirates, several AK assault rifles, ammunition and an RPG rocket launcher. The Nicholas sank
    6 points
  29. Last one (probably) built for a 1/32 automobiles Classic British Kits Group Build elsewhere... The kit I picked up for £5 on eBay was a bit tired, but its actually not a bad starting point, with plenty of detail parts for the engine and running gear. With the parts cleaned up, the fit is pretty impressive: the lengthy exhaust pipe was a snap fit between the end of the header pipes and the silencer, for example. The engine is detailed a bit and wired for plugs e
    6 points
  30. Just resurrecting this thread now my Photobucket images have reappeared. Moved to Village Photos for new pics though. Concorde was going to go in a café on an airfield but the display area was moved and no long suitable. Here's the basic diorama components just tacked into place temporarily.
    6 points
  31. so how exactly is the doggie going to use that? I'm all ears.....
    5 points
  32. Hi guys, Well i finally got this caddy finished. There are things i woul go back and change but i will learn from those mistakes and improve upon them in the next model. This was a Revell 1/24 VW Golf GTI, with a C1 Models Transkit to a Cadddy. The engine was swapped out for a VW DOHC 16v Turbo engine from Clearly Scale and the rims were upgraded to a set of 14" Equip Short-Rims from Aoshima. It was a challenging model for me as it was my first Trans Kit. A few things to highlight before the masses do, there are some body panel gaps, there are n
    5 points
  33. Another first for this build courtesy Dan / Cosford a ' Grassinator ' plus static grass Pleased with the effect. Not so pleased with the belt I got, not once but twice Doooh! I still can't believe the jolt I got from two AA batteries. Next new discipline rust . . . . One galvanised roof aged and rack dressed and overall with bits just resting in place Thanks for stopping by, hope you like it . . . Kev
    5 points
  34. Me too Keith! Though as we had a colour TV I wonder were the BBC screening a cheaper black & white copy.... Given the complexity of the turret framing Adrian I suspect it will end up being a combination of the digital and the handmade.... There's a beautiful photograph here by Herbet Nott that in its sunlit metal seems to sum up flight and skies: https://media.gettyimages.com/photos/all-20000-in-canadas-great-aerial-army-will-be-thoroughly-trained-picture-id499310855?s=2048x2048 Thanks Johnny. NIce to find where you'd got to in the garage with the Torino las
    5 points
  35. Thanks chaps! Bell209 and Wanthony, I decided to fill the windows with Micro Krystal Klear and it worked a treat. In fact some were dried so clear I did wonder if they were actually filled, a gentle prod with a cocktail stick proved they were. Filled windows... Light positions were painted silver and got eh Krystal Klear treatment to make a 'lens', the wing root lights had a photoetch ring to help outline them and the MKK can be seen curing. It should flatten a little on drying. The ones in the gear doors got a later dollop of MKK.
    5 points
  36. I’ve recently completed my 1/72 scale 80’ Elco PT boat, United States Navy hull number 620. A short history of PT 620: PT 620 was one of the last group of 22 Elco 80' PT boats to be laid down & launched in 1945. She had a full complement of weaponry - four 21 inch torpedoes, a 37mm canon, a 20mm Oerlikon, a 40mm Bofors, four .50 cal machine guns, & two rocket launchers. She did not see action as WWII hostilities had ended. 620 was one of four boats that remained in service after WWII, under the USN's Operational Development Force, and were the last W
    4 points
  37. This is something i scratchbuilt a few years ago using free magazine plans: Not sure of scale or if its accurate or not but its about 13inches in length, built from wood plank on frame in clinker style. The cannon barrels were made using rods of P38 car body filler resin moulded in tubes and turned. It could be displayed as it is or with mast raised and bowsprit fitted, but i didn't fancy rigging it at the time. Overall it took about 8 months to complete
    4 points
  38. I’ve been following BritModeller for a while, but having seen a couple of Hudson WIP builds, I felt I had to contribute something of my own. This is my version of the Revell 1/72 Lockheed Hudson, which started life as a limited run by MPM, then was picked up by Italieri, before finding its final resting place in Revell’s back catalogue. I was lucky enough to find one in my local model shop in Saint Paul, MN. I chose to make P5120 of No. 206 Squadron, a Mk. I variant from 1940, based at Bircham Newton. The Hudson played an important role in coastal defenses
    4 points
  39. 4 points
  40. Hi John, cheers for that mate.......although I have to admit I was pondering on a feint camo' on her....but held off the urge.... Here's where she stands (no camo'..... ) Got a filter on her. I used an AK for NATO tanks. Thinned slightly. Warmed up dark yellow nicely....... Then some panel lining with a touch of the NATO filter again. Didn't want an abrupt difference in colour. Finally some pigments here and there for shadow and some odd rust lines from well used lug's and shackle mounts. Gave it a quick, very W&N mat varnish (50/50 with alcohol). I'm switch away fora bit, just
    4 points
  41. On joining this Forum nearly two years ago, after getting back into modelling after a long while, I did a few Group Builds, some successful, others not so. After giving up on my M3/M4 build a week or two ago I scanned my stash for a bit of inspiration and decided to start one of the WnW kits I have collected this last 8 months or so. Now, I'm not generally into WW1 subjects, not that I don't find them interesting, it's just all that rigging, but still, somehow, have ended up with 1/2 a dozen of these fine kits. Not having read a bad review of any of them, and the quality of the engineering be
    4 points
  42. First release expected in June 2019 - ref. SH48170 - Siebel Si 204D 'German Transport and Trainer Plane' Source: http://www.specialhobby.info/2019/04/news-from-special-hobby-052019.html V.P.
    4 points
  43. So the PE work went on. Including things like trying to match these platforms with this railing. I the end I chopped off a small part for each long side, put a pillar in each other outer corners, and then tried to glue a small bit of brass across at the top at the outer end. Hopefully no one will look at that bit all too closely... Then it was time for the masts and, well, here's the bits (with em having doodled a bit as part of the identification process). The flank parts on the left block are just there to protect the rest, good thinking
    4 points
  44. The first thing to ensure when using Milliput is that you’ve got it nice and warm - I usually mix it in my hands for a good 10mins and this makes it very soft and malleable and therefore it doesn’t need to be thinned. When I’ve got the approximate shape needed, I remove the majority of the excess by using water and smoothing everything out with my hands - like you would sculpt clay. This will drastically reduce the amount of sanding needed. When it comes to sanding, I initially use a fairly course paper with lots of water, which stops the paper clogging. I gradually progress throu
    4 points
  45. She is finally finished. I replaced the broken antenna mast with a gun barrel super glued in placed, it is not very strong so there is no antenna wire. The Hasegawa stencil decals didn't adhere very well and some have fallen off. RFI here Thanks for looking. Stephen
    4 points
  46. One last shot in virtual water (with the crew this time ). John
    4 points
  47. Yes, what could possibly go wrong....??!! WIth Telford being between Ireland and Holland Tony, surely you can get the private jet to divert into Birmingham on the way? K
    4 points
  48. Little 'un is saying to Molly - 'look at the mess he's made of that canopy masking....!!' K
    4 points
  49. Thanks John Not that well, although I suppose as expected. Here's the results so far… The pens come 'clean': and need a good shake and pump but then the fluid itself is nicely runny. So runny that it pools: but it goes on much easier than the (thicker) bottled stuff I have from Humbrol and Mr Hobby. I've sprayed it with primer and we'll see what happens later. I did see a video on YouTube where the guy removed it (from paint) using a damp cotton bud. Fingers crossed. T
    4 points
  50. THE EQUIPMENT BENEATH THE RADIO OPS DESK Hi to all! Here is the next episode to this never ending saga! Before I start I want to say that I do realize that this scratch build is not 100% accurate.The interior colours I have chosen are a mish mash taken from hundreds of photos I have collected.The other problem is that it seems that The Flying Fortress's interior used different equipment and placed them in different areas of the aircraft....for example the Tokyo shut off valves. I have placed them on my model beneath the Radio ops desk ...which some of the G
    4 points
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