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  1. During the mid-afternoon of 30 April 1943, P-40Fs of the 316th FS from the 324th FG, along with the three P-40 squadrons of the 79th FG and a top cover of Spitfires from 92 Sqn, were flying an anti-shipping patrol off of Cap Bon when they were attacked by Macchi fighters, likely MC.202s from151 Gruppo and MC.205s from 1 Stormo. Although both sides made multiple claims, the only apparent loss was the MC. 205 flown by M. IIo Luigi Caroli of 88 Sq., 6 Gr., 1 Stormo. Caroli was listed as MIA, possibly shot down by Lts. Kim Bolack and Malcom McNall of the 79th fG, who shared in claiming a Macchi
    30 points
  2. The third of my Japanese aircraft, an Airfix Mitsubishi Zero. Built OOB with H models decals for an aircraft captured by US Marines in June 1944 on Saipan Island. Tamiya painta nd quick oil wash for panel lines. IMGA0795 by neil Connor, on Flickr IMGA0796 by neil Connor, on Flickr IMGA0797 by neil Connor, on Flickr IMGA0798 by neil Connor, on Flickr IMGA0799 by neil Connor, on Flickr
    20 points
  3. This is Meng's new Rolls Royce armoured car, which can be built in either the 1914 Pattern WWI version or, as seen here, a 1920 Pattern in WWII desert configuration. It's a decent kit, albeit one with a few iffy areas that you wouldn't expect from a Meng kit. Despite that, it's still lightyears ahead of the old Roden kit and builds into a very nice model. The caunter was painted with a mix of AK's Real Color shades and some Tamiya mixes, mainly for the Silver Grey as the AK version didn't look very convincing. The full build can be found here
    17 points
  4. After a run of difficult models, I fancied doing something simple for a change, at least that was the plan! So here is Airfix's 1974 model of the Spitfire Vb, which has been released and re-boxed several times. It is a reasonably accurate kit, although much simpler than today's CAD generated models. EN821, 243 Sqdn, Ouston, July 1942 (2) w by Philip Pain, on Flickr EN821, 243 Sqdn, Ouston, July 1942 (5) w by Philip Pain, on Flickr EN821, 243 Sqdn, Ouston, July 1942 (12) w by Philip Pain, on Flickr EN821, 243 Sqdn, Ouston, July 1942 (14) w by Philip Pain, on Flickr EN82
    13 points
  5. For those who have endured the WIP for this, it needs no introduction, so let me introduce my 1/48 100% scratch-built A7V tank and base (I may have got a little carried away with the 'basic' base which is also 100% scratch-built and cost me £0.00). It would have been nice to use some figures (preferably in 'running away' poses), but of course none are available in this scale. Thanks to anyone who has offered help and encouragement during the build
    13 points
  6. This is my Lockheed AP-2H Neptune using the Hasegawa P2V-7 kit and the Blackbird conversion set and decals. The AP-2H's were 4 P-2H (P2V-7) Neptunes converted to a Gunship configuration and used in Viet Nam. They were equipped with a Forward Looking IR (FLIR)sensor and Low Light TV (LLTV) in a pod in the nose, replacement radar, tail turret, fuselage mounted grenade launchers, downwards firing wing mounted miniguns and Side Looking Airborne Radar (SLAR). Bombs and napalm could also be carried on under wing pylons. In addition both the piston and jet engines where equipped with sound dampeners.
    12 points
  7. Finished at last, just in time for the Milton Keynes Modelkraft show at the weekend, so will take it there for display on the club stand. Been wanting to have a completed model of this aircraft for a long time, pleased that I have now eventually finished it. In Progress build link is below, highlighting the modifications, paintwork, scratchbuilding, home-made decals, my own resin engines etc etc: Of course, the model was carefully assembled with a "Whole Lotta Love" .... (sorry, I know, I just had to say it ...... ).
    10 points
  8. Final one for now, built this at the start of the year, excellent kit, built OOB. Airfix Dakota C4, Middle East Communications Squadron circa 1967. Again photographs taken using my ipad.
    10 points
  9. This is my first post in 'Ready for Inspection'. I'm still thinking about the right format. I believe the bulk of the images of the finished model should reside with the build log and I do not want to replicate the effort too much. Here's a teaser image for his build: The build itself, its background, stages, modifications, paintwork, scratch building and a lot of images can be found over at 'Work in Progress': Comments are welcomed here or in the build post. Thanks Ran
    10 points
  10. 15 Squadron Buccaneer S.2Bs at Red Flag, Nellis AFB, January 1983. I think they were there to support the Jaguars, designating targets. XX891 XX899 Thanks for looking, Sven
    9 points
  11. Our model club has an annual Krap Kit Kris Kringle each Christmas – less politely known as a Build-a-Bitch – where you can get rid of what you consider a surplus, rubbish or otherwise unwanted kit and build someone else’s version of the same. I have learned to pick the smallest box within reason and scored a Revell 1/72 Fokker D’VII last time – not a bad result Last year it was a Revell Ki-61. I find it hard to believe that Revell could keep issuing this ancient (1963) piece of crap – it was released in 2013 and I have seen them in shops recently. There’s a review here Julia
    9 points
  12. Thank you so much everybody. It is really a relief to know its in the right ballpark. I used two apps which I have on my phone, that are designed for colour blind people. While mixing, one told me it was brown. The other said it was dull, dark green... so I figured I must be somewhere close! I think I'm through with Mr Tamiya and his acrylics from now on however. I tried an experimental panel line wash in oils thinned with turpentine to an area behind the pilot's cockpit, but the Tamiya paint soaked up the wash and soon went tacky. I found I had to respray the area (again) a
    9 points
  13. Hi There, Right Forum this time..... This has been built as a surprise present for Innis when he comes back from his holiday. I picked it up from those wonderful people at Creative Models when they had it as one of their special weekly offers. I wanted to try using the AK Extreme Metals and Gauzy Intermediate to see how they looked together. The paints used were Ultimate Primer, Vallejo Model Air and Extreme Metals Aluminium and Polished Aluminium. I was trying to do this as quickly as possible between Innis going away and work. I realise now that I need to get
    8 points
  14. As I'm on a role, here's my Airfix Chinook HC1, 78 Sqn at RAF Mount Pleasant from circa 1987. As all my kits, 1/72, built OOB with after market decals. Not great photo's as they were taken on my ipad.
    8 points
  15. Not my usual subject so I may have made some mistakes along the way, but I couldn't resist building one of these . I think it just looks right.... Basic kit is of course the Revell one and the decals are the new ones from Two Six. I was hoping to add the real aircraft to my flight log on a couple of recent trips but no luck yet.. Thanks for looking. 20190425_133329[/url 20190425_133206 20190425_133219
    8 points
  16. Good day, ladies and gentlemen! It's my next model from Ukrainian manufacturer - AMP. It's typical 'shortrun' with good detailing.
    8 points
  17. Typhon FGR.4 in markings of the 3rd RAF Squadron and in the weapons configuration for the Ellamy operation - hits on selected Kaddafi targets in 2011. Revell model (in the box looks nice but in practice not so much) with a few added my little things and Eduard PE zoom, Lithening II CMK, GBU-24 Eduard, nozzles - OlimpResin (very bad - I failed on this product). I invite:
    8 points
  18. Spongy in damp conditions. One imagines. ...and this tells us that you will fit in very well here on the forum Anthony. For anything up to 2mm⌀ I've come to rely on this punch set: http://www.rptoolz.com/?p=196 Probably the most expensive bench tool I've bought (excl. the airbrush) but for the scales I work at, irrreplacable for both brass and plastic. Over 2mm⌀ thankfully there are much cheaper sets available, such as this one I used for the magazine drum: https://www.ebay.ie/itm/14-ROUND-CIRCULAR-DISC-CUTTER-CUTTING-TOOL-CRAFT-JEWELLERY-METAL-WORKING-TOOL-
    8 points
  19. I finished the interior and it looks like I can start assembling the main parts now. Airfix' detail is lovely but I added some aftermarket. Some Eduard PE and the Vickers machine gun is from Miniworld. I ended up removing the gun sight before I painted and installed it into the front turret. There was only one really big problem with the Eduard set and that is that the interior green of the pre-painted parts is very blue (almost the colour of Soviet jets). I repainted these components as well as I could with Tamiya XF71. I painted the interior ba
    8 points
  20. On 5 May 1942 an advance party arrived at Chelveston from the Air Forces Experimental Establishment Detachment from Ringway in connection with the carrying out of specified work on the development of towing troop-carrying gliders. The remainder of the party arrived – according to official records – whenever the weather was fit for flying. On 3 June a Lockheed Hudson was towing two Hotspurs when one disintegrated in mid-air north of Raunds. Fortunately, both the crew survived. The AFEE left Chelveston on 31 August 1942.
    7 points
  21. I have been on a mission to complete some of my half built kits. And this is my first victim short on parts but a half decent kit but I am pleased with the results.
    7 points
  22. Just finished, owned by a friends company, would have preferred to do one of his ERFs but as I cane get any I settled for his Scania. Italeri with resin and etch parts DSC_0004 by richellis1978, on Flickr DSC_0007 by richellis1978, on Flickr The real one DSC_0001 by richellis1978, on Flickr
    6 points
  23. Hi all Finished F-5 F from Italeri, nice old kit with new decals. Not as good as ESCI mold but i like it. Always wanted to make MIG 28 but as there is no model of it in 1:72 i done this one instead TO be serious, nice model with some small issues, did not wanted to engrave panel lines just wanted it OOB. I had some issues with gloss varnish...but managed to keep it acceptable at the end. Decals are very thick..look nice but even after a 5 or 6 layers of varnish still thick... At the end i have this black aggressor...and i am happy I hope you will like it too Best reg
    6 points
  24. Hi guys, Having been just released, the early type version of the excellent Gaspatch Hs 123 A-1 in Legion Condor colours proved too tempting to discourage me for building this kit for a 3rd time in a row! 1st and 2nd builds are here:
    6 points
  25. I added a bit of shadow to the canopy... ...although I seem to have not taken any pictures of that! I bought one of those plywood frames to hold the plane while I work on it - a bit flimsy, but I recommend it - saves damage from fingers etc, especially when working on the underside. At this point I was touching up chips etc where paint had fallen off some PE bits... It can be adjusted for different sized models... Props were next - I had left them as I did not want to damage th
    6 points
  26. Managed to get a bit more done last night. Doesn't feel like I did much but actually it's really moved forward now. After completing the cockpit including the oil washes it was time for a dry fit in the fuselage. These fit great and the fuselage halves fit together so it was glue time. The control and gun sight for the rear guns was an absolute nightmare to get in. It had to be fed under the top panel and held in whilst the glue set. But it didn't want to set and kept dropping out. I was racing the carpet monster on a fe
    6 points
  27. Since my last post I have laid down a coat of Vallejo silver and sanded it back lightly in places. Then I went on to airbrush a coat of Aluminium, intentionally going for a mottled look in places. I am pretty happy with the results, and have sealed it in with gloss varnish. Now to move onto preshading the top of the aircraft, and the camo print job.
    6 points
  28. A JN-4H at Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome NY, June 1984. Painted as Air Service 38278. N3918 is powered by a Hispano-Suiza rather than a Curtiss OX-5 engine. She has since been repainted in US Navy colors. Thanks for looking, Sven
    5 points
  29. Hi Guys I have just started production on some new sets for the Airfix Hunter First is a new undercarriage set in brass and a new nose wheel in resin. https://aerocraftmodels.bigcartel.com/product/hawker-hunter-brass-undercarriage-set-airfix second set is Ailerons, Flaps and Air Brake, note although not easily seen the trim tab is added to the one aileron https://aerocraftmodels.bigcartel.com/product/hawker-hunter-ailerons-flaps-and-air-brake-set-airfix third set is new inboard and outboard stores pylons, note new parts shown with kit
    5 points
  30. One from last year, Lightning F3 of 5 Sqn, RAF Binbrook circa 1969. Built OOB, I found the Trumpeter kit excellent so will be building the F1 soon. Slight fogging on the windscreen but have now learnt how to overcome that particular problem.
    5 points
  31. Built for a 'Silly Egg' group build on another forum, I decided to give the old Hasegawa 'Egg' Hornet kit a Canadian flavor. (Insert all jokes about side-orders of back bacon here.) Since the kit itself is fairly simple, I juiced it with a few basic details. Even an 'egg' F-18 looks wrong without the black bulk of the ejection seat behind the pilot. A suitably-painted wedge-shaped block of styrene just fit between the pilot figure and the canopy. The pilot figure itself received straps for his oxygen mask and spare p-e buckles for his harness. An etched HUD frame left over from ano
    5 points
  32. Here's my Su-30MKI based on the Academy kit. I used Sol, A.M.U.R Reaver, Neomega, Fairy Hobby, Eduard, Begemot, Aires, AKAN paints, Metallic Details and various other Flanker bits. It was quite a fight to get it all together but I'm glad I finally managed, it's a Flanker I always wanted on the shelf. The AKAN paints for this particular Su-30MKI Bort 01 and the second prototype 06 were excellent and Begemot had both the demonstrator's decals, I think there's something to be said for companies that produce such niche items for kits that don't really exist without some aftermarket and elbow
    5 points
  33. The last couple of days have seen the basic interior colour applied to the model and the tubular structure of the fuselage getting highlighted. I have yet to decide whether to highlight the stringers of not yet. I am off to Oxford for a couple of days and will think about that while I am away. Thanks for looking Martian
    5 points
  34. A bit further on tidying and highlighting.
    5 points
  35. I was perusing another modelling site - (is that a hanging offense? I can plead insanity and get off though) and read that "Glow2B Germany" who originated from “Heller Deutschland” will be forming a new Heller company. This appears to be their Press Release on the matter:- "To all those interested in the development of Heller and Glow2B Germany. For more than 60 years the construction kits of the Heller brand were developed and produced in Normandy, France by experienced staff. The Heller brand and its over 400 products were acquired by Glow2B Germany. Glow2
    4 points
  36. Hi Guys Here are some progress pictures on the T.7 set. The set is taking longer than anticipated, but I am trying to get it as good as possible. I am hoping to release it end of June, but there are still quite a few things still to get done. NO PRICE confirmed as yet. Proposed two box offerings to be released initially a RAF and a RN set, see decal options, the decals will be going to the printers in the next week or so. Note seats are only basic at present so I can get an idea for fit etc. Also other details still to be added or changed. Note it is a SMALL bo
    4 points
  37. This GB is nearly at the half way mark and I haven't joined in yet - time to do something about that. I had various options but felt drawn to the Kitty Hawk F-101B kit and the RF-101B option. I feel the need to build something big and this fits the bill. There's also a bit of nostalgia involved - I remember building the Matchbox Voodoo as an RF-101B when I must have been about 8 or 9. Here's the KH kit. I've also got an Eduard zoom set for the cockpit and Eduard steel seatbelts. Apart from these and a couple of simple corrections it'll be more or less OOB. A lot has been said about
    4 points
  38. My next build, a 1/48 Tarangus JA-37 Viggen. Plenty of aftermarket, to build a research and development version. This will also be my first proper commission build, which I am very pleased to have been offered. Untitled by ian gaskell, on Flickr Untitled by ian gaskell, on Flickr Untitled by ian gaskell, on Flickr Untitled by ian gaskell, on Flickr Untitled by ian gaskell, on Flickr Untitled by ian gaskell, on Flickr
    4 points
  39. My first post in this section and my first successful water effect. I read a book a number of years ago called the Bedford Boys, for those who have not read it. It's about a group of national Guardsmen from Bedford, Virginia, they were part of the 116 Infantry Regiment 29th Infantry Division. They were also the first wave on Dog Green Sector Omaha beach June 6th 1944, on a visit to Normandy last year I went to Omaha beach for the first time. While the rest of my group were in a cafe, I went down on the beach to get some 100% genuine Omaha beach sand for a build I had started the ye
    4 points
  40. Well - this time I'll try to follow suite and post most of the finished model pictures here. You can follow the build here: Comments are welcomed Ran
    4 points
  41. Here is my recently completed Kaman Seasprite, an enjoyable build of an old kit. I decided to push myself and build a detailed interior, which as it turns very little can be seen. Airbrushed in acrylics, mainly Gunze and Tamiya with some Lifecolour also. This is only my second airbrushed model. The scratch built interior: Thanks for looking AW
    4 points
  42. Friends, This is the Fujimi F1M Pete floatplane. I built this kit a number of years ago. While this is the only biplane that I have ever built, I found the kit and subject to enjoyable and interesting. I used E-Z Line for rigging which by now is much too thick for 72nd scale aircraft and has since been supplanted by other types such as Uschi and Infiniti brands. I built this Pete straight out of the box and weathered and detailed it with pencils, paint, and pastels. I decided to be a bit creative with the display base which I use for other WWII Japanese Navy types. I`m guessi
    4 points
  43. Thanks mate. Re-sprayed the black areas of the cockpit and added the HUD: Windshield has been added, masked up and left to set. I'll mask off the rest of the cockpit tomorrow before getting a lick of primer on. Dave
    4 points
  44. Hi . I’m following your build project and thought you might like to see these pictures I took today at Mintex Rally Yorkshire. It was a non competitive classic car run around classic Yorkshire venues . These were taken at Harewood Hillclimb . The Escort is , I believe , a genuine car and seeing it close up , I really noticed all the detail changes you are incorporating into your build . Gary .
    4 points
  45. Thanks Alexandra, that's really encouraging to hear. We have a saying at work... if you're not making mistakes, you're not trying hard enough. in a lot of cases that's very true, especially in model making. Trying new skills and new techniques is all part of the game. I still have a long way to go on this build so I'm sure there will be plenty more mistakes for everyone to enjoy. That's only 'cos I swept everything on to the floor just prior to taking those shots! Well, this week is a bit of a pig... incredibly busy at work, and have to work today a
    4 points
  46. Cheers gents - I've left it alone for a week and decided to carry on with her even though she will be in a different guise..... I decided that because the model still seemed to be tacky (even after a week) I would handle it using the wings as hand holds and when I fitted them I found this boo boo.. ..the decals were about 2 mm too far forward so as you can see the R was partially obscured behind the wing trailing edge grrrrrr...so they had to come off! Out came the MIcro Set, the masking tape and sand paper and after 10 minutes I was back to this..
    4 points
  47. Rummaging through drawers was doing my head in so last weekend I made this. The thickness is probably a bit of an overkill but it stands up on my bench no worries without having to screw to the wall. While I'm definitely no carpenter, I'm very happy I can find my paint easily now
    4 points
  48. Yes, there's some more on now. I was waiting until I'd got the stowage on to finish off the weathering. And the last bits of stowage are now on. The jerry cans are roped around the running board bracket, which seemed the easiest way of attaching them and presumably what the crews would have done on the real things. On the other side, I've added a couple of P.O.W. canisters. You get one with the kit, but it's not very detailed so I've used a couple from a Bronco accessory set. The kit one is meant to be mounted in front of the stowage locker on the rear fende
    4 points
  49. English Electric Canberra PR.3 Prototype 1/96 Lincoln International kit (1957) Painted using "Crawford & Black" acrylic artist's paint (Cerulean Blue), with a satin varnish top coat. The build thread is here. Cheers Cliff
    4 points
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