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  1. 30 points
    Hello modellers. My last model is done. Modest model and some hard work in the fittings parts. An old traditional Hasegawa 1/72 model. I used Eduard photo etch interior and masks. Tamiya acrilic mixes. I choose JE+HK 2/KG.6 version, found in Melsbroek, Belgium1944. I hope you enjoy it. Cheers!
  2. 25 points
    I want to post a few pics of my most recent aircraft models. I build in 1/48 only and usually try to photograph them in natural light and surroundings when possible. I've been a bit dormant recently though and haven't built a plane in three years I guess. The last two, the A-6E and Hurricane, were both completed in that period after languishing in production "limbo" for a while. All of them are done in either Model Master or Humbrol enamels with my old Paasche Model H. Here are my last few finished aircraft builds: Hobbycraft Hawker Hurricane IIC Revell Grumman A6-E Intruder Tamiya Douglas F4D-1 Skyray Hobby Boss Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-17F Tamiya Grumman F4F-4 Wildcat Monogram Republic F-84F Thunderstreak Whew! Thanks for bearing with me, and for having a look at the planes!
  3. 22 points
    I’d like to show you a few new pictures of my model B-17G-40-DL ”Flying Fortress” A/C # 44-6117, LG-Q 'no name' from 322BS / 91BG, depicted as it may have looked during its fifth and last mission on 21st June 1944. The bomber crashed on 21st June 1944 in the lake at Castle Stolzenburg (Stolsko), nt Politz (Police), ca 14 miles NW of the place where I live in Szczecin. The wreckage remains in the lake until today. I dedicate these pictures to the family of one of the airmen onboard the aircraft during the fatal flight - TTG and flight engineer - SSgt Irvin H. Lewis. The pictures of the model from the previous session here on Britmodeller.com brought SSgt I.H. Lewis’s relatives to finding a story about the plane in Lake Stolsko. And this has been totally unexpected but very valuable outcome of my modelling passion. The pictures are deliberately dark - just think about the original plane in the dark waters of the lake - mysterious, isn't it? Thanks guys for watching.
  4. 18 points
    So I really wanted a Flogger in my collection. The Academy kit was pretty much all I could get my hands on but, knowing the issues with fit and low level of detail, I was hesitant. Ended up biting the bullet after all and steeled myself to expect very little from the build. As expected, the cockpit detail was sparse (and that's being generous) so I stuck a pilot in there after having raised the seat to a more reasonable height, and closed up the canopy. The intakes on both sides of the fuselage had the most horrible fit; these needed large amounts of putty and coarse-grit sanding to shape and smooth the step/join. The main landing gear proved a tricky affair as well, being complex but poorly described in the instructions. I consider it a minor accomplishment achieving good alignment so the model sits evenly on its gear. Being a cheap kit I saw no point to putting in any aftermarket - so this is a completely OOB build. Please excuse the overall grey scheme, it is rather plain. Thanks for looking
  5. 18 points
  6. 16 points
    Hi all. Here is my Tamiya 1/32 F4U-1a Corsair. I chose No.18 'Brat III' flown by Capt; Dean S. Hartley Jr. of VMF-225, Guam, August 1944. Thanks for looking.
  7. 15 points
    Just finished this one, Italeri's 1/72 SR-71. Built OOB with PJ Production French High Altitude Flight Crew which are excellent, even used the kit decals for the most part worked well. The kit had raised panel lines which I have rescribed, a first for me but went quite well. As its built in flight it only has 38 parts, very low for such a large aircraft. Finished in Tamiya paints. IMGA0825 by neil Connor, on Flickr IMGA0823 by neil Connor, on Flickr IMGA0822 by neil Connor, on Flickr IMGA0821 by neil Connor, on Flickr IMGA0820 by neil Connor, on Flickr IMGA0819 by neil Connor, on Flickr IMGA0818 by neil Connor, on Flickr IMGA0817 by neil Connor, on Flickr As usual any comment are welcome.
  8. 10 points
    Hello fellow modelers, I just joined the forum here and thought I would post a few pics of the only two armor models I've built thus far. Primarily, I've been an aircraft builder in the past thirty years or so but I do find armored vehicles somewhat easier to build. Being rougher in nature than airplanes, mistakes and flaws are easier to hide, and there are no damned canopies to mask! One is the venerable old Tamiya Panther Pzkpfw. V Ausf. A and the other is the Italeri M24 Chaffee light tank. Both are 1/35 scale. The M24 was built first and a couple years later, I added the Panther. These pics were made out at my farm a few years ago. Please excuse my crude attempt to create a cool diorama base for them. I threw the base together in about 10 minutes or so, and it was really just an experiment I guess. I did manage to get a few photos that weren’t too bad. After I had taken about 5 pics the damned battery played out on the camera and I left the card table and base in the pasture and drove back to town to recharge. When I returned a couple hours later, some calves had over-turned the table and messed it up and I had to start over, lol. I did add a few scratch-built details such as the Schurzen plates and mounting hangers on the Panther, jack block on the Panther, the tarps on both tanks, tow cables on both and a fire extinguisher on the Panther. I added engine deck screens on the Panther and drilled out the exhausts as well as adding a bit of battle damage here and there. Please excuse my very amateurish paint work on the Panther’s figures. I debated about adding them or not and probably should have left them off. They do lend a bit of scale to the tank though. So, please just “squint” a bit when viewing them. Gary M-24 Chaffee Pzkpfw. V Ausf. A Panther Thanks for having a look! Hopefully, I'll soon have another to show.
  9. 8 points
    The model was built straight from the box, except for pitot tubes which are made with Albion alloy tubes. I airbrushed a first coat of Alclad Primer, then a soft preshading and different coats of white. All colours are Gunze expect metallic parts After decals and a coat of clear I did a washing for panel lines, and some filters for weathering with oil colours. The white camouflage was more difficult than I thought! The results is a little bit “orange skin” Decals are from XTradecals sheet Before take photos I forgot to remove the masking tape from underside cockpit windows..... sorry for the background.....
  10. 8 points
    Not posted for a while due to family issues which are in other threads. This model is on I finished early this year and is one of the 'might have beens' of British military aviation in the late 50's. The P.177 was developed in response to a desire to have a fast climbing fighter that was capable of intercepting transonic Soviet bombers then thought to be under development. It was thought that as bombers flew faster and higher a conventional jet fighter lacked the climb performance to intercept a nuclear armed bomber before it released its weapons and so an aircraft that had to have a climb rate well in excess of any jet. Post war, a lot of studies had been carried out on rocket propelled fighter, probably influenced by the Me163, a number of which had been studied in the UK along with their engines. The problem with pure rocket fighters was although they had rapid climb and high top speeds, they lacked endurance. Saunders Roe carried out studies into these aircraft (perhaps as work dried up when it was realised the Princess flying boat was a dead end) and came up with the idea of using a rocket motor as the means to achieve high speed and climb rates and use a jet as a means of extending range and facilitating a safe return to base as in the SR53. In the P177 , this idea was taken further by the use of a powerful jet engine to sustain performance and allow a carriage of more weapons, radar and fuel. In 1955 prototypes and preproduction aircraft were ordered for the RAF and Royal Navy and interest was shown abroad, particularly from West Germany. Metal was cut and production was underway when Duncan Sandys unleashed his 1957 Defence White Paper that scrapped most manned combat aircraft in favour of guided missiles. The P177 lingered for a while as a purely Naval project and the hope that the Germans might buy it, but was cancelled in early 1958 and the prototypes scrapped. The Germans bought the F104 Starfighter instead. The kit is the original issue from Freightdog with castings by Anigrand. It was reissued last year with new masters and looks a lot cleaner. The kit is all in resin apart from in my issue a vacformed canopy (some kits have resin canopies). A decal sheet with some nice 'what if' schemes are provided. As can be seen below, the resin is tan, cleanly moulded and has a few air bubbles. My main references were 'Project Cancelled' and 'British Experimental Jet Aircraft' The latter has 1/72nd plans that I am pretty sure were used to design the kit Building the model produced a few issues. The interior was pretty much devoid of detail, apart from an ejector seat and stick. Some consoles were on the fuselage sides, but it was left to the modeller to work out where stuff went. Fortunately the canopy is heavily framed so not that much is visible. the fuselage halves were a little bowed, but clamping and two part epoxy resin cured this and the clean up was fairly straightforward. Incidentally, the exterior detail was quite well done with recessed panel lines and intakes. The faring for the rocket motor was a separate piece and required faring in. Both the movable intake (modelled here in ground position) and the jet exhaust needed some work to get them to fit properly. The diameter of the hole in the fuselage for the exhaust was too small and the intake needed cutting back to match the drawings. The wings and fin had locations pins in resin that were replaced by brass rod and horizontal tail slotted on to the fin with little trouble. The canopy more or less fitted after some careful trimming, but bizarrely the frame lines were moulded inside the canopy, which made painting fun (not) . The undercarriage was in the same resin as everything else and so was drilled through and brass rod added as I do not trust ordinary resin to take the weight. The Red Top missiles were replaced by aftermarket Freightdog ones as the originals had some serious airholes that made them well nigh impossible to clean up. After clean up and priming Xtracyrlix Dark Green and Dark Sea Grey were applied to the upper surfaces and Vallejo white Aluminium was applied to the undersurfaces. Kit decals were applied with no problems before a coat of semigloss Vallejo clear varnish was applied. The markings are of 56 Squadron and various probes and aerials were added from plastic strip and thin brass rod . Hope you like
  11. 8 points
    My latest effort, a Meng 1/48 P-51 built as Mustang IVA KH774, 112 Squadron in early 1945. First off I will be the first to admit it is not my finest work! I wanted a quick, easy build after a couple of tough ones and off court problems and distractions. I built an Airfix Tomahawk a while back and this was a later war companion for it in my collection. The kit was generally excellent - good fit in the main and nice details. I filled the wing rivets, added a few wires in the cockpit and replaced the gunsight and IP decals. The only problem I had during construction was due to the push fit nature of the kit - when you test fit, particularly smaller parts such as U/C parts, it is a devil of a job to get them apart again! As is typical with my modelling, I made a few assumptions - and errors! The only reliable picture of this aircraft which I could find showed a light coloured spinner - possibly sky? I assumed that this was a replacement/temporary and I used the theatre red spinner colour. I also left off an antenna wire since I could find no evidence one way or another whether they were used in Italy. I used decals donated from an Italeri kit and this is where it all started to go wrong. I blindly followed the Italeri instructions for the camouflage pattern only to find - far too late - that this is probably wrong for the so called "Firewall" scheme which it was trying to depict. The colours are, I think, correct but the pattern is not. Ho hum! Also, the shark mouth markings were way too long when compared to the picture so they were modified and touched up as best I could to make them look a little better. The final problem was noticed only when I was taking pictures - I don't know how but I hadn't noticed the small light just behind the arial mast - not sure if they were even carried on wartime machines but on my version, it was painted over (Ho hum again!). Anyway some pictures Cheers Malcolm
  12. 8 points
    Hi guys very basic and rudimental kit with a few fit issues but is a good kit to practice on and who doesn't like a Skyhawk. painted with enamels and used the decal sheet from Afterburner decals. thanks for looking.
  13. 7 points
    I had previously posted this model several years ago, but as I was using Photobucket to upload my images, they were unable to be seen, so as there is a forthcoming Welshmodels 1/72 kit on its way I thought I would share some of the photos on here again
  14. 7 points
    Decals on and Flat coated. Decals were from the kit except for the fuselage roundels (these had a weird bit of printing on the yellow ring) . Apart from that, the kit decals performed really well conforming to the detail with an application of Micro Sol. Flat coat was SMS
  15. 6 points
    After the bombing of the Air Force, the Israeli army immediately entered Lebanon. A new Merkava tank was parked on a small basketball court. The tank crews chatted in the shadow of the tank and waited for the next order. After a while, two children came, and the red boy pointed at the basketball stand and yelled at the tank crew: "This is our basketball court!!!” The little boy behind him clung to his "weapons" - an steel stick, trying to show a strong look. The older soldiers were not worried about this. He was still sweating with a handkerchief, while the other was curiously watching the two little boys do the next step. Finally, the young soldiers responded loudly: " go away!!!!!” 1/35 diorama Merkava mk1 In the process of making this Merkava, I have been thinking about how to make a diorama. I have always disliked the scene of fighting, so I decided to make this non-combat scene but also the scene of conflict between the two sides. I chose children because only children can get close to Israeli soldiers. I didn't hesitate too much in the choice of location, I loved sports when I was a child, but I was very thin,our basketball court was often occupied by adults. At the beginning, I planned to build a football field, but then I thought that the football goal frame was not tall enough, so I changed to a basketball court. The forward-facing basket was in front of the tank and seemed to be blocking the advancement of the tank. The steel stick in the hands of the children contrasted with the huge new tank, just like 20 years ago when I was standing next to a strong adult on the court.... Thanks for watching and thanks to Google Translate. Shi Zheng END
  16. 6 points
    When I was making inroads into my stash I had a few large helicopter models to make so I made the thread 'over there' about it This included the Italeri Merlin HM1 and the Airfix CH-53 and I have taken the opportunity to pop out some other helicopters during the build Anyway I cannot remember ever putting an RFI for the CH-53 which I finished as a US Marines 'copter of HMH-262 The Ugly Angels in the Middle East This machine used engine jet pipe blanks with images of the delightful Betty Boop which gave me much amusement replicating inside a tiny-ish hole I scratch built the countermeasures gear and every one of the airframe markings was home printed Finished in a mix of Tamiya Acrylics here she be: Cold light of day images, very chilly for a May morning... But 'nuff of pollytics And on The large fuel tanks were aftermarket because the Airfix kit ones were for skinnier early tanks Betty is visible on the jet pipe blanks here Rotor blade marks were no fun at all but add nicely to the overall look Not great pictures but typical of my poor 'tography abilities sorry I hope you like this Thanks for looking
  17. 6 points
  18. 6 points
    Hi Comrades! Here is my recently finished Heinkel-111. It's old but good Monogram kit (Revell boxing) with Eduard brass, mix of Kagero and Peddinghaus decals, national insignia painted with Montex masks. The main issue of the Monogram kit is inappropriate gondola configuration with blind forward end. I ignored it, sorry. After completing the model, I ordered ICM kit of H-20 and found a great additional clear part for the gondola - so sad for me... Unneeded Lofte gunsight window was faired over, some other modifications made to the undercarriage. I was unable to find the photo of the prototype, but always wanted this one - now I have it! Here are some pictures of interior (brass+scratch) And the complete model Hope You like it and thanks for looking!
  19. 6 points
    Well the construction phase of this one is complete so I just had to hang all the bits onto it for a photo shoot! Will have quite a bit of assembly to do after painting, but for now the scratching can stop! The final job was the headlight brush guards, which I initially intended to be brass, but after a couple of tries I decided to just go with styrene. Hope I dont knock them off while painting. So heres a final pre-paint look at the beast.
  20. 5 points
    It is my last built: an Airfix Dornier Do17Z - 3U+FU Libya 1941. This kit has some difficulty and wrong panel lines. I adjusted some points and rivet all skin. I used Tamiya mixes. Cheers!
  21. 5 points
    Hello Folks. I Want introduce my new model and first completed model this year. This model was built under the impression from book about Roland De la Poype the French pilot & the hero of the Soviet Union . Best regards. Michael.
  22. 5 points
    Ahhh, I see now. Gold foil. Heat blanket for the engine bay
  23. 5 points
    I like this kit, it fits together really well, particularly after that Airfix Tornado. I like the softer style plastic too, nicer to work with. Despite the engine intake contraption inside, the wings fit pretty well, as long as you squeeze them in and press the fuselage down on top you don't really see much of a gap. Nice detail in the wheel bays too. I certainly don't need to spend £35 on the Airfix one. I'm sure it's better but this was only about £14 on ebay! It's just a shame they made the tailcone and bullet fairing too long and I had to cut them up. I'm hoping once painted they'll look better.
  24. 4 points
    Hi guys a lovely little kit to make but a bit basic, then again it is over 40 years old. As usual painted with enamels an lightly weathered until i decide what setting to put it into in the diorama in the future. thanks very much for looking.
  25. 4 points
    Finished this MiG-25 Interceptor today after about three months. Built oob except Eduard photo etched seat belts. I airbrushed (0.2 and 0.4 mm) it with Vallejo and MiG acrylics and weathered etc. with oil colors. I enjoyed building a lot, even if there were some small problems re a few subassemblies which did not fit as they should. So I also needed some putty. Overall this is a nice kit which is not as tricky to put together as one might think. Thanks a lot for looking!
  26. 4 points
    Ive been building this as a review build for Truck Model World magazine, its a new resin cab kit by Modelers Resource in 1:24. The Chassis is scratch built using parts from Modellers Resource again. Ill pop a list of all this bits I used when its finished. It is built as a FF tractor unit for 5th wheel trailers and is based on a Liverpool lorry. linky to parts Untitled by richellis1978, on Flickr Untitled by richellis1978, on Flickr Untitled by richellis1978, on Flickr
  27. 4 points
    Nice work on the pedals Giemme, The Lady Rose found out that you were building a Typhoon. So she got me this one. Not so many parts, no painting nor decals either. Simon.
  28. 4 points
    This photo appeared in Typhoon and Tempest, F.K.Mason. The caption claimed that F3-T burst a tyre, u/c collapsed, bomb dropped off and exploded killing two ground crew and destroying the aircraft. Such a major incident would leave a strong 'footprint' in official archives ... but there is not a trace in 438 Sqn's or the Wing's ORBs, no mention of casualties. F3-T can be identified as RB207 and there is no trace of an accident on its Form 78 record card (which you would expect). Nor is there an 'accident card' which would have been raised to cover this. RB207 in fact survived the war and carried an impressively large 'bomb log' on the starboard side. It is, incidentally, one of the decal options in a recent Eduard 1/48 kit. Just visible on the 'chin' is an inscription which always used to be claimed as 'Tess'. It was in fact 'Tirez le doigt' - which translates as 'Pull your finger (out)'. The caption looks to me like an entry in a 'What happened next?' competition. CT
  29. 4 points
    My daughter's hamster wanted to know if it was now ok to eat Freddie Starr....
  30. 4 points
    A young lad said to his new girlfriend, "I want to be a millionaire like my Dad". She said: "Wow, your dad's a millionaire?" "No - he wants to be".
  31. 4 points
    Bought this 1:1 scale Mondeo so that I can tow my caravan again, as my Chevrolet Cruze doesn't have the umph to do so.
  32. 3 points
    Here is my completed MPC / ERTL - C3-P0 As with R2-D2, this was a blast from the past, getting to have another go at building a kit I first did in the late 1970's was good fun. As I had two kits in the box, I used an extra arm and gave it the option of being able to have the 'red arm' as seen in the later films. The red colour is a mixture of Humbrol 100 (Red Brown) and 19 (Bright Red) painted over the black undercoat. Again, I've kept C3-P0 fairly clean, but not too bright to make it toy like. The eyes were painted yellow with black pupils, and the wiring on the midriff picked out in various colours. And the 'Red Arm': Ad with his buddy, R2-D2: Thanks for looking
  33. 3 points
    Finally the task of masking the windows inside and out for painting is on:
  34. 3 points
    I knew I was getting this gift, so to speak, but first grandson Zac arrived 3 weeks early and took us all by surprise !! I'm sure if his eyes were open he'd be frightened to death at the old f*rt holding him!
  35. 3 points
    BAe SeaHarrier FRS1. 899 R.N.A.S.
  36. 3 points
    Some progress today, I sprayed the undersides BS626 satin light a/c grey, then once dry masked up the whole underside ready to spray Tamiya AS-30 dark green all over the upper surface. Once this is properly dry tomorrow I'll start making the blu-tack worms and cut up carrier bag combo ready for spraying the satin dark sea grey. I just hope there's no bubbling when I spray on the grey. Since the issues with the Canberra I've sprayed the green first and it was ok on my Harrier.
  37. 3 points
    Just before the Bedford goes away, I thought I'd take a photo with its siblings. I used Mike Starmer mixes for the G3/G4 and Scc15 and I think they look pretty good.
  38. 3 points
    Added the forward set of railings today to “HMS Legion”. They took a bit longer than planned as I didn’t line up the 1st set, but anyway they are now on and the plan for tomorrow is a bit of touch painting. The ship is already looking a bit weather beaten atm with paint peeling off the f’wd area and around the waterline as well.
  39. 3 points
    I'm guessing I'm going to need one of these. Steve.
  40. 3 points
  41. 3 points
    The mind boggles ............. Terry
  42. 3 points
    Hi Greg, you are right maybe i should post it as progress 2,5. I am masking the canopy currently and hope to spray paint on it and the cockpit quite soon. Have a great start into the weekend mate it is Right at the doorstep. btw: i have a new airbrush Cheers Bernd
  43. 3 points
    The nacelles are glued to the wings. The fit was extremely good, as with all other parts of this little kit. More surprisingly, not a single sinkhole, even in the parts that are "solid" (like the wings, rendered in one piece). Furthermore: one single ejector tower. ONE. In a totally inconspicuous place. Can anyone explain this to me? Is this "Lustrex" plastic magical? Or the manufacturer knew then something they don't know now? Hum... The exhausts were drilled, and later on sections of metal tube will be added after the model is painted. I am actually surprised at myself for deciding to build this little kit. In first place it is in an odd scale which drives me crazy and makes me want to wash my hands repeatedly after touching it. In second place it is a "modern" plane, a species I never touch not even with a pole save in extremely rare occasions. In third place I don't even like the subject, it's too normal for my taste, too "airplaneish", and I would have been much happier -given the case- building for example a Britten Islander or even better a Trislander (like this one, from the net): All that been said, the surprise continues as I see that the build sparked some interest, more interest notably than many other models I posted here, that to my belief deserve much more attention than a simple twin-engine a-hum affair. My fellow modelers never cease to amaze me. Which is a good thing. P/S: preemptive strike: I know that there are a couple of esoteric kits for the Trislander, I am not touching them. But thanks for thinking of it.
  44. 3 points
    The Hasegawa kit with SuperScale decals. Nickname: Rat Poison, 553rd Bomb Squadron, 386th Bomb Group, US Army Air Force, WWII, European Theater.
  45. 3 points
    Hi all, well time for another short update. I did say that I don't work too quickly on any of these - but spare time can be limited and there's plenty to spend it on. However, I've done some work and though it might be of interest. So... After playing around with the cockpit tub, I did a few trial fits in the fuselage halves. Hmmm.... the fit was not quite what I'd expected. I couldn't initially see that the fit was anything to do with the detailing, and in the end opted to remove some of the moulded cockpit details on the port-side fuselage inside. This seemed to solve the problem and the fit seemed good. Have others had this problem ? I wondered as I'd seen some report that joining the fuselage halves can be tight. The bits I removed can be seen (unpainted) and they're hidden so it doesn't matter. IMG_20190503_182758503 by Jonathan Hughes, on Flickr Moving on, I decided to try a further dry fit and used the complete canopy section to test fit around the cockpit top. This was gappy too... especially around the front. IMG_20190503_182450882 by Jonathan Hughes, on Flickr I tried a few trial areas and eventually found that the glareshield coaming was fouling at the front edge... so a little sanding down and reprofiling removed the foul points; the edges of the bulkhead corners were a documented foul (in magazine articles published that I've seen) and these were taken down too. Eventually the canopy sat properly. The unpainted bits were the removed areas.... a repaint sorted that out (and a little filler on the fuselage side where I was cack-handed with the small sanding stick IMG_20190503_182521452 by Jonathan Hughes, on Flickr The next stage is to add the intake ducts and splitter plates. To make up for the missing details, on the splitter plates, I'd opted to use the aerocraft parts (as others have done) but I found the instructions and the mag articles a little contradictory as to how to marry these up and fit them square .... so I opted to take it slowly and only cut away what I needed to.. bit by bit. To not over-cut the kit parts, I cut the ducts over the edge of the back of the splitter plate, and then slowly filed/sanded them back to the right dimension IMG_20190507_184008945 by Jonathan Hughes, on Flickr I hope I'm posting these pictures correctly!!!! I cut the small slot at the top of the plate to locate the duct (0.55mm drill and sharp blade) and then pared back the lower lip of the splitter plate interface so that it held the underside of the duct in the right position . IMG_20190507_210138181_HDR by Jonathan Hughes, on Flickr Hopefully this picture shows how much I cut away... using the flat edge of a small long rectangular file... almost like a chisel to slowly "gouge out" the material in a concave form to accept the duct outer edge. This was the done one - and the next to be done one. IMG_20190508_174718707 by Jonathan Hughes, on Flickr The eventual fit was good. The first side took me a couple of hours; the second side, the following evening, less than half of that (I'd worked out what to do) IMG_20190507_210558191 by Jonathan Hughes, on Flickr I note that some articles suggest painting the insides before assembly. Yea, nice idea if straight from the box... but with fettling, I ended up with a thin flat brush giving them a coat of thin matt white (humbrol enamel) and later I'll go over this with the airbrush with another coat and then a satin or gloss coat before they're fitted to the fuselage. I cut of the spey front compressor fan piece too - primed with halfords grey, and I'll paint that by hand silver/gunmetal or steel mix on the blades and a lighter spinner once I'm happy with what the colour should have been when on the aircraft were at sea. I opted to weight the nose using liquid gravity. To add a compartment for this, I used one of the nose-open parts as a mask to cut a circle of plastic card to form a bulkhead that I then cut in half and added to each side with superglue. IMG_20190509_183543474 by Jonathan Hughes, on Flickr and cut and fitted in place: IMG_20190509_185501689 by Jonathan Hughes, on Flickr From the above image you'll see I've added the refuelling probe door - it was actually a tight fit that needed fettling but is nice and flush now. When I added the liquid gravity, i wanted to get as much in as possible, and I think I over did it in the end - as the nose wouldn't go together (damn - serves me right for trying to get it done before dinner !) I therefore filed the small balls down (as can be seen by the shiny surfaces) and eventually (after only a little cussing) I managed to get the two halves flush (lesson learnt - don't overdo them) Anyway... nose is weighty now and it'll hopefully do the job. I never did find out how much weight was needed in the nose on these things (why doesn't anyone right it down???) fingers crossed, this is enough IMG_20190509_205119744 by Jonathan Hughes, on Flickr And the stuff used - and the recommended glue too IMG_20190509_205315311 by Jonathan Hughes, on Flickr Anyway... that's all for now. It's nice to be back with a kit - and even if I am ending up building bits out of sequence, it's still fun. cheers Jon
  46. 3 points
    Beautiful Victor ! ... I know im going to get smacked for this. I think these are the best looking of the “V” bombers. There i said it now its time to go take cover.
  47. 3 points
    the 13 Rudder stripes are painted, there are still some areas that must be corrected with the blue paint but most of the work is done
  48. 3 points
    Control column painted; its another piece of finely detailed sculpting and moulding,its a shame but wont be seen once installed into the cockpit; Boots painted and lightly weathered, just a bit of mud from running to his Spitfire.
  49. 3 points
    Thanks, Terry! Then look: It was a lot of paper, paint and foam - so I can’t resist to unmask her after some hours... Some things are unexpectedly well and some things are unexpectedly bad: I think, it’s not so bad for a first airbrush camouflage painting. The wrong move was to apply the tan color as a base, I think it would be nice to spray an overall fuselage green to save the time and tape. Anyway, what’s done is done.
  50. 3 points
    Thank you, I'll do my best, shifts permitting! Quick update, I'm getting her up on her legs: Thanks for all the comments and compliments, greatly appreciated Angelo
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