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  1. Hi all; I've just completed an Airfix Mustang. I'm really enjoying these "new" Airfix kits, there's more in the pipeline. I know I buggered up the D-Day stripes... doh. Comments and advice welcome though. The full story of the build and my reasoning on some of the markings is in the build article here: Making-History.ca Cheers; Mark.
    34 points
  2. As a tribute to my recent trip to Seymour Johnson, and all the personnel past and present from there. I present to you a Hun from the 333rd, 9th FW, circa 1958. OOB, Super Scale decals.
    23 points
  3. Hi Everyone Managed to finish this last week after a long nerve-wracking slog My attempt at Special Hobby`s 1/48 Loire 130 Cl `Colonial` kit Built 99.9% from the box with just the pitot`s on top of the mast replaced with a home made item as my sausage fingers couldn`t handle the little resin bit Finished to represent an aircraft of: Section d`Hydroavions de la Marine, Cat Lai, Saigon, Cochin China, French Indochina late 1940 Apparently a few of these were still in use in 1949-50 so it fits in with my Indochina collection although I couldn`t cobble together any later decals. With it being a flying boat with no undercarriage I was a bit stuck on how to display it...... .. so I came up with it having temporary repairs away from base Decals were from the kit Hope you enjoy, thanks for looking Cheers Russ
    21 points
  4. This project was started in May 2018, just over a year ago! Those that have followed the build thread will know it well, and the sorry story that happened around November last year. It was declared "finished" ready for Telford 2018 and indeed took part in its original form. On returning from Telford, I decided to refine the model by the addition of some subtle pin washes to accentuate some of the NMF panel detail. The idea was fine, but the execution was a big blunder. Me, the reasonably experienced modeller managed to completely ruin around 40% of the rather neat looking Alclad finish by not properly sealing it with Acrylic varnish, and then using an oil/enamel based pin wash. The result upon clean off was large parts of the Alclad finish being wiped away! Well, since that time, I have threatened the model with the dustbin, sworn at it, vowed never to build another NMF aircraft, and certainly never another sabre. Between those moments I have spent some background time carefully cleaning up and restoring many of the damaged panels. The result is declared finally finished. The model is the Airfix Sabre with modified positioning of wing fences and pylons, and a totally scratch built cockpit interior. I chose an early RAF Sabre 4 as it would have appeared after the early delivery flights with the red conspicuity markings applied for the occasion. Alclad shades were used to give differing panel effects and the red used was Xtracrylics RAF Red Arrows Red with a touch of a deeper red. Much technical assistance came from @Sabrejet and @Tony Edmundson plus others on here too numerous to mention. Also very grateful to @Courageous, @perdu, @Martian Hale, @TheBaron, @RidgeRunner, @opus999 and many more who encouraged me to press on when the disaster happened! Original RFI is here, for those who like to see a long build with a nightmare towards the end! Thank you all. A few close up shots, which can be a bit cruel on the modeller! This one shows just some of Airfix's magnificent stencilling decals. And finally, she is in good company. A head to head shot each with an Avon Sabre and an F-86H And all three together: Other projects to crack on with now, but there will be another Sabre build quite soon. Thanks for looking Terry
    19 points
  5. This time something smaller A-1 Skyraider model from Tamiya scale 1:48 The model is very easy to build. The model as always folded without additives straight from the box.
    17 points
  6. This is the starter set kit that was being sold in Aldi, painted with Mr Hobby paints. It's been a little project to tinker with while doing other stuff and waiting for paint/glue to dry etc. consequently it's taken awhile to complete but all in all an enjoyable little build.
    15 points
  7. Another one for the shiny corner: The lovely Revell 1/72 Jug. Finished in Alclad and Mr Hobby as usual with decals from a Skys Models sheet. A quickish build with no issues, maybe 3-4 hours total at a gentle pace. The pilot came from the excellent Revell RAF pilots set. Got a really mean angle on the stand and looky, for all those folks who keep making the same comments about drones, a pilot! And not because of your complaining either, next batch of paid for builds all requested pilots so its market forces Most pleased with how "box art" this looks- each to his own but, boy, do overweathered planes squatting forlornly on their wheels look boring to me, what is the point of making a fast, sleek (ish) airplane and turning it into a three wheeled ground vehicle? I suppose it's mostly to do with the fact I'm up in something two or three times a week these days and parked planes excite me as much as parked tricycles WIP: And onto the beauty shots... 2019 is shaping up nicely with 8 builds done. Well back to the bench, its getting an equally shiny P-51D playmate that isn't going to build itself. Cheery byes Anil
    15 points
  8. My latest build is the Airfix Halifax Biii. This is a re boxed old kit and it shows with minimal detail and questionable fit. Painted in a mix of Tamiya and humbrol Paints and using the Box decals which silvered on the Coding I have built the Halifax as a Royal Australian Air Force 436 squadron B Mkiii- Lilly of the Lamplight. This particular aircraft MZ296, was lost on the 15 October 1944 while returning from a raid on Duisburg, after sustaining flak damage. It was reported are all crew got out. With a few German fighters in my stash, I decided on a scenario where it had a close call with a Fw190. This was a nice little kit and was painted using the German range of Humbrol enamels. First time attempting battle damage, so I kept it fairly light with a bit of an oil fire and a fuel leak... Im happy to say it limped home on this occasion Loads of pictures sorry, thanks for looking! _DSC0419 by matt wellington, on Flickr IMG_20190601_222426 by matt wellington, on Flickr _DSC0421 by matt wellington, on Flickr _DSC0415 by matt wellington, on Flickr IMG_20190601_222258 by matt wellington, on Flickr _DSC0427 by matt wellington, on Flickr IMG_20190601_175550 by matt wellington, on Flickr _DSC0420 by matt wellington, on Flickr IMG_20190601_222403 by matt wellington, on Flickr IMG_20190601_222457 by matt wellington, on Flickr IMG_20190601_222339 by matt wellington, on Flickr IMG_20190601_222139 by matt wellington, on Flickr _DSC0416 by matt wellington, on Flickr IMG_20190601_222316 by matt wellington, on Flickr _DSC0426 by matt wellington, on Flickr
    15 points
  9. This is the latest in my BA Negus fleet. It's the Authentic Airliners kit with 26 Decals livery and AA cabin and cockpit windows decals. Halfords Appliance White and Racking Grey also a mix of Tamiya X3 Royal Blue and X16 Purple for the belly. Bare metal areas are Mr Metal Color Aluminium. Although not a difficult kit by any means this one has taken a long time mainly due to my procrastination and having too many other projects on the go at the same time! I have displayed it on the apron attended to by a couple of engineers due to problems starting the engines. The passengers and crew have all boarded and are ready to go. Hopefully they can get the problem sorted or the flight might miss it's slot! And here are a few 'with something else' shots! Thanks for looking and I hope you like it. As ever I look forward to any comments and criticisms. Cheers, Ian
    14 points
  10. Here's my 1/48 HS-129 by Esci (not the newest or best, but it was a 'wear and weathering' experiment) Hope you like ... Build and weathering found here ... https://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/235055393-kursk-warrior-hs-129-panzerknacker-latest-photos-june-03-finished/ Thanks for looking, Colin
    14 points
  11. After getting back into scale model circa 1988 or so, I started buying kits. Remember, this is pre-internet days and I had never even seen a Finescale Modeler magazine at this point. I simply bought model kits that caught my eye (or my budget ). A nearby Michael's (think "Hobby Lobby" type store) was closing and all their models were reduced in price. I bought several, including the ancient Lindberg F-100. A few months later, I was introduced to FSM magazine and came across a letter from a gentleman critiquing a recent article on the F-100 Super Sabre. He had flown the type in Vietnam. The letter had his name and city and so I called him up via directory assistance. I had a lot of questions about the Hun and he said he would send me some info! In a couple months, a big box arrived and it contained a very nice note from retired Air Force Major Don Schmenk along with a Monogram 1/48 F-100D. Major Schmenk said in his note that the model was the plane he had flown in Vietnam. Upon closer inspection, it turned out that the kit's decals did replicate the same exact plane he had flown, down to his name of the plane's sill. He included spare parts and instructions needed to convert the kit's drop tanks to the correct size that he had used in service. I had that kit in my model stash for many years, until it finally saw the light of day around 2006 or '07. After finishing the model, I sent pics to Major Schmenk, receiving some very nice, gracious comments in return; a real gentleman he is! This is the venerable Monogram 1/48th North American F-100. The plane has the markings of the Hun that Schmenk flew in Vietnam. The kit is challenging to say the least, and required much fitting and sanding and filling. I added the bombs (found somewhere...) and did a lot of detailing in the main gear bays that is for all purposes unseen now, and also detached and refitted the horizontal stabs. Otherwise, it's mostly OTB. That was good experience but also a lesson learned about spending valuable modeling time on things never seen! The paint used was Model Master and Humbrol enamels, weathered with an over spray of Floquil Dust, all through the Paasche H. The heat-weathering on the engine area is sort of a toss-up. I think the color looks good but the paint seems much too thick and out of scale...oh, well, that's how it goes sometimes! Thanks for stopping by and taking a look. Comments always welcomed. I hope you enjoy!
    13 points
  12. The crew were: Pilot: Flying Officer Keith Alan M Foottit Flight Engineer: Sergeant Raymond Charlton Navigator: Flight Sergeant Alistair Chisholm Goodwin Air Bomber: Flying Officer James Hunter Wireless Operator: Sergeant Arthur Melvyn Roberts Air Gunner: Sergeant James Currie Air Gunner: Sergeant Albert Edward Grant In the late afternoon of 20th January 1944 they flew Halifax Mk V LK725 KN - B, along with 18 others from 77 Squadron, on a mission to Berlin. Having taken off from RAF Elvington at 16.17 they returned at 23.52. Along with a mixed load of bombs they also carried 'nickels'. They had dropped leaflets as well as bombs. Less than twenty hours later on Friday 21st January 1944 the same crew took off again, in Halifax V LK730 KN – G, with 9 others, on a mission to Magdeburg – again deep into Germany. They took off at 19.32 but this time they didn't return. Three other 77 sqn Halifaxes also didn't return from that mission. That night Bomber Command had suffered the heaviest losses of any night so far: 57 aircraft were lost; 35 Halifaxes and 22 Lancasters, representing 8.8 per cent of the force. The Halifax loss rate was 15.6 per cent and almost double that of the Lancasters but 77 squadron's loss rate on this mission was 40 per cent (ten planes sent and only six returned). The RAF noted that many night fighters were in the bomber stream before it had crossed the German coast; they believed that the night fighters had accounted for about three quarters of the losses. The crew of LK730 are buried in graves, side by side, in the Berlin 1939-45 War Cemetary. One month later, because of the continuing high loss rates, ACM Sir Arthur Harris withdrew Halifax II and V aircraft from operations against German targets. On to the model and my attempt at LK730. This is my build thread if that's of interest: This is the Revell 1/72 Halifax Mk I / II boxing. I had originally thought LK730 was a Mk II as the squadron's Operations Record Book for January 1944 lists it as such. The ORB shows all the Mk Vs as Mk IIs - not sure why. However after some great help in the WW2 sub forum it was clear that LK730 was in fact a Mk V built by Fairey Aviation. The Revell Mk I / II boxing has parts which are suitable for the Mk V but not mentioned as such in the instructions. This meant using saxaphone style exhausts, rectangular tail fins, the clear nose and the Dowty undercarriage (marked not for use). Overall the kit is well engineered with good fit, some nice detail and plenty of options. However it is badly let down by inaccuracies, particularly the nacelles, propellers, spinners and wheels, and also by poor instructions. So, in addition to very nice Revell (Eduard manufactured) photo-etch, the extras were AML resin replacement radiators, propellers and spinners and AML main wheels. With all those windows I just had to have some Eduard masks. I opened the bomb bay which required some minor surgery. The inner doors are molded as one piece but the instructions show where to cut. The outer doors are molded as part of the fuselage halves, again with lines showing where to cut, although this is not mentioned in the instructions. Pictures of the Halifax with bomb bay open clearly show these two sets of doors. I'm pleased with the end result and she seems to be a fair approximation of a Halifax – at least to my very untrained eye. So here's some pics starting with a couple of WIP ones. The bombs and trolleys are from the Airfix Bomber re-supply set. Comments appreciated All the best Mark
    12 points
  13. Hi fellow modellers, this is my recent attempt at the rather old and not very accurate Hasegawa kit, which needed quite some work and aftermarkets to get the best of it; like Part, Eduard or Rob Taurus to name the few. Cheers Libor
    12 points
  14. Left to my own devices all day has been great, another one completed. Hellcat flown by Lt. Alexander Vraciu, VF-6 USS Intrepid, February 1944.
    11 points
  15. Airfix 1/72, a mixture of homemade and Scale Aircraft Modelling 1984 decals. Otherwise pretty much oob.
    10 points
  16. Following up on my F6F-5 which I have also just posted on this forum, here's a F6F-3. The kit comes with a story... I wanted to do one of the USS Princeton shark mouths but then I realized that the original Eduard kit was discontinued. By a stroke of luck I found one on eBay at a great price so proceeded to build it. Unfortunately, in my eagerness to finish it, I was doing decal work late into the night and decided to go to sleep... only to see major wrinkling on some of the decals including the shark mouths and some of the national markings, which unfortunately had no way of being corrected. So the kit had to be binned... ... however, I decided to salvage the cockpit, engine, and canopy masks including the necessary photo-etch parts and I got myself the cheaper Weekend edition. But rather than do another Princeton bird, I noticed the Weekend kit had markings for an aircraft in the Battle of Leyte Gulf flown by Lt. A. Singer with kill markings and a small cartoon ghost. So I decided to do those instead. Thankfully the new boxings include stencils which is a plus so no need to buy new ones. The decals seem a bit lower quality than in other boxings and I noticed that the wing insignia were the same size as the fuselage ones, which from my limited knowledge of Hellcats, the wings markings should be slightly smaller. Oh well. Compared to the botched kit, the newer Weekend edition "felt different". I wonder if Eduard did some subtle retooling because the wings fit so much better than before. Since I already had the cockpit and engines done, building this one was a breeze. Paints start with Vallejo interior green for the cockpit. The Insignia White was AK Real Color, which covers very well (better than Gunze's). Intermediate Blue was Gunze H56 lightened with white in a 2:1 ratio as it's a bit too dark out of the bottle. The topside color was Gunze H55 Navy Blue. Humbrol Blue Gray was used for the panel wash, hard pastels for the exhaust and gun stains, and a final matt coat. Some subtle paint chipping was done with a silver pencil though not sure if it came out in the photos). Enjoy!
    10 points
  17. Evening all, just finnished my first ship (usually aircraft). During the build i got inspiration and tips from the site which helped me alot. I have 'in progress pics' which ill post later so others dont have to learn the hard way like me lol and might find some of the info helpfull. alot of the painting was airbrushed and the decks were coloured using a wash (which i stole off Youtube). The PE was Eduard off ebay for 15 quid. Some bits i would do different but we learn as we go!!
    9 points
  18. 1/72 Airfx A-4B Skyhawk, VA-95 Green Lizards, USS Intrepid, 1966 The lovely little Airfix Skyhawk, not without it's faults but builds up quickly and looks decent enough on display. I binned the awful kit supplied ordnance and added a couple of TER's to make it a bit more interesting. I have a few of these in the stash and was able to use a spare Lizard decal for the centreline drop tank. Cheers all, Phil
    9 points
  19. I have just competed my first ever WW1 biplane (as an adult at any rate). The build process was nerve wracking at times and also somewhat different than I'm used to but I did enjoy myself in the end. Painted using Mr Hobby for the main colours and various other acrylics for the details. It's OOB with rigging added. I suppose I'd better build the Spad XIII that also comes in the box! Duncan B
    8 points
  20. After a weekend away, I'm giving myself a day off to recover from surviving the successful navigation round the eastern edge of London. What better way to recuperate than to get the laundry on, make friends with the cat again, and start this build? First, I gathered some reference materials. After comparing the kit with the references, I put the latter back on the shelf and conceded this build is going to be pretty much out of the box with no added extras. As a kit, it's very much of its time. The original Ju88, according to Scalemates at least, dates from 1964 and carried the catalogue number F160. The F292 boxing, with Spin-A-Prop additions, dates from 1971. I don't expect much, if I'm honest! I should add that I'm not expecting this to become a display cabinet example. I already have a Ju88A-5 that fulfils part of my 1940 obsession. Therefore, I'm not going to spend a lot of time on this build. There's no interior detail, for example, and from the thickness of the transparencies you'd be hard put to see inside anyway. I'll try and make a decent fist of it, but it's going to be wheels up, on the stand, with the kit decals. Once finished, it'll probably end up on the dusty shelf as a bit of fun. Just for fun, I've selected the option II/KG 54 Totenkopf Geschwader, Russia 1942 as my build. So, what did I get in the still-sealed poly bag? Tatty sprue trees of hard light grey plastic. Signs of wear and tear with flash in evidence, but nothing too serious. Sinkholes and other odd issues, but this can be turned into a Ju88 without too much effort I reckon. The transfers come from my spare kit issue, which is a little younger than the Spin-A-Prop one I'm building. The original set - visible in the first photo above - would probably work, but they had yellowed considerably. The back of the instruction sheet, which is big enough to spread out on the kitchen table to act as a building mat, is certainly evocative. There are some techniques here I still use today. I mean, who doesn't have a massive collection of elastic bands on hand, or isn't happy about chopping down a brush so you can stipple painted camouflage? Mmm, hot knife action! Now, I know I said I was doing this OOB. I'm afraid the identical triplets provided by Rovex-Triang for the crew failed to pass muster. I raided my spares box, and turned up three likely suspects that might add a mild hint of realism under the greenhouse. They won't have anything to do, with no controls and only a couple of pop guns to play with, but still. The crew's seating arrangements required a little TLC. At least there's a floor for them to go on. The substitute crew, however, required some life-changing injuries in order to sit comfortably on their seats. Like the good old days, I'm going to splash some paint on them after I've glued them down. I may well paint the interior matt black, as there's nothing to see in there. Reading the instructions, it seems the undercarriage was designed so it might be retractable. As I'm not using the wheels, I investigated the door. You might have noticed none of the parts in this kit has numbers. How does one work out where the undercarriage flappery should go? Well, follow the codes moulded inside the doors, of course. Port and Starboard, Inner and Outer. What could be simpler? I plan to fit the doors to the nacelles before they are attached to the wings. I expect some extra styrene strip will be required to fill gaps and provide fixings. I also expect it'll all be sanded smooth before I'm done. Before very long, I had this assortment of sub-assemblies done. Once the cement has dried, I'll set to sanding seam lines and getting some paint on things. I was going to spray this model, but it's beginning to look like I might have more fun brush-painting. I'll rummage in my paintbox and see if I can find a light grey that might do service for the "winter camouflage".
    8 points
  21. Apparently the chassis originated from a Fordson 7V 15cwt truck and was simply reversed with the Ford V8 engine, not certain about the gearbox. And the Brass is definitely fiddly Positively large compared to 1/72 you know whats I think it's a very tidy kit Rob. The tracks are link and length and whilst small went together reasonably happily With the tracks completed - the trackguards, seats and sidewalls are worked on next Thanks for looking Rob
    8 points
  22. On a roll here, posting some of the year's builds so far. This is Tamiya's superb 1/72 P-47D Thunderbolt painted in Maj Glenn Eagleston's famous skull and bones. What can I say about this kit that has not been said already: it is one of the best kits in 1/72 that I have ever had the pleasure working on. Fit is near perfect, the interior is amazing, there is absolutely nothing to fault. An absolute masterpiece of plastic engineering and I struggle to think anyone would dare make another kit of this aircraft when this is the competition. The interior was painted Vallejo Dark Dull Green as this is believed to be the interior color used on Republic Thunderbolts (can of worms...). It is exquisite, with console and side panel detail amazingly done. The fuselage was primed with Gunze gloss black before a coat of decanted Tamiya AS-12 for the natural metal finish: the wing gun/ammo panels were sprayed with a slightly darkened mix for contrast. I'm a huge fan of decanted AS-12 as it is very forgiving, dries hard as a rock (though it is still a bit fragile in the first 30-60 minutes), and gives a semi-gloss sheen that I think is more suitable for a warplane (only museum pieces should be shiny and chrome!). Other paints included Gunze H329 for the yellow (preceded by Tamiya yellow which has better coverage), H78 for the Olive drab anti-glare parts. The black stripes were painted individually since Eagleston's aircraft had white edges on them. Wheel wells were painted Tamiya XF-4, a very good match for Zinc Chromate. The Eagleston markings came from a Skymodels set. There is some controversy over whether this particular aircraft had skull and bones on both sides of the cowling; seems like it did but Skymodels only provides one so that is that. All other markings including stencils came from the kit decals. For those wary of using Tamiya decals on NMF, remember to use VERY hot water to melt the glue, you'll find they're actually quite thin if applied that way. A wash of Humbrol Dark Gray was given in the end, with hard pastels for exhaust and gun stains. I must say again, what a lovely kit and can't wait to build another one!
    7 points
  23. Hello, This is my T-33 in the colors of the 1/14 Aviation Group, Canoas AFB, Brazilian Air Force. They were replaced by F-5E in the early seventies. Kit was just fine, no issues at all, although it could have more details. Everything OOB, except for the decals from FCM. Cheers!
    7 points
  24. It's cute, it's weird, It's finished
    7 points
  25. Hello guys! I am happy with our Normal One and Liverpool! But now for the serious things: 1:72 Model Monogram built 1996, so 25 years old, nearly Oldtimer! Verlinden Cockpit, Microscale, a lot of scratch. hope you like it... Cheers, Tom
    7 points
  26. Oh you! You sent me on a mad scramble to check my references It looks like I should be okay with keeping them as they are. I will give the hinge line a wash of oils to shade them later, but thankfully won't have to cut them. The Fees that I as able to check had the cockades painted even in the vertical face of the hinge line. Phew! I have to wait until this coming Sunday to give the upper wing a protective squirt of clear. In the meantime I nervously added the first four struts to the lower wing and offered up the top wing for a test run. To my relief, three out of four struts settled into their location holes with ease, and the last one just required a nudge with the edge of my tweezers to drop into place. I've rehearsed that in my mind so many times over the last 18 months, I cant believe it finally happened. Wobbly handheld shots...
    7 points
  27. Hi All. This build will be the Eduard Spitfire Mk. IX as flown by Jerry Billing on the 7th of June 1944. On that day Jerry shot down a Ju88, damaged two Fw 190s and was himself shot down by AA fire. He was helped back to allied lines by French locals and went on to a post war career in flying. The kit is clearly more than 25% complete, but the hosts are kindly allowing me to complete the build here - however there will no photos in the Gallery. I want to build a little vignette for this and one for the Fw 190 I'm building - a kind of not Dogfighting Double. Dave.
    6 points
  28. I've had these bits sitting around for some time now and I though it best to just get on with it. 1/48 scale Hauler German field kitchen ( Gulaschkanone ) and some cobbled together figures. I tried out some thin cork for the stonework and messed about with the tree. I'd like to add some more details but might just wait awhile and see what I think. Just need to get some more work to a 'finished' state. If seems all I do is noodle about with stuff and never have much to show for all my work. Thanks for looking in.
    6 points
  29. Update #1 - Thankfully I found some time today to make a small start on one of my builds. First things first, the wife and son where sent away to work and the daughter driven to school. When I got home the two cats were lurking, so out they went too! That's better a little bit of piece and quiet to get things started. Now as things go, this Canberra kit is a little on the basic side (as @stevej60 has already eluded too), however in my opinion it measures up quite well and looks to be a decent platform for one to add a little bit of personal flair. In real life, the Canberra is a very smooth looking aircraft so using this Frog kit with its minimal external detail will 'hopefully' end up being a good representation of the real thing. I first tackled the nose wheel bay. Frog provide a horrid looking piece of thick plastic that sits snug inside the fuselage cut-out. I sanded down the inside of the doors and used plastic card and strip to make up a box like structure. This will illuminate the see through appearance should one like to flip their model over and look underneath - something I seem to always do!. Original piece Modified piece. Next I tackled the engine intakes. A while back I purchased a set of High Plane Models resin engine starters. You get two types of starters in each pack, the short ones for earlier Canberra B.2's and these longer ones that are more appropriate for the B.6 and later versions. The Frog parts are OK, however these resin bits are much better. Some surgery is required to fit them so I hollowed out the inner section by drilling and sanding until I was happy with the end result. In the lower photo you can see the the modified engine front on the left and the original Frog piece on the right. The internal fuselage glazing was added and the fit here was what I suspected, not exactly great but nothing that a good dose of wet 'n dry and micro mesh can't fix! Here's a couple of photos showing the parts prior and post all the sanding and polishing. The end result is not bad but much better than leaving them as is. That's it for today's update and hopefully I can boot the family out the door again tomorrow to get another good dose of bench time. Cheers.. Dave
    6 points
  30. Hi comrades! Finished! (Minus antenna wire and drying Micro Kristal Klear glue on navigation lights) Better photos will be posted in "Ready for Inspection" section in a couple of days. Thanks for looking!
    6 points
  31. Apologies for not having made a start on this one yet, I'm trying to finish my Trainers GB build. I have now opened the bags, well most of them and here is the kit; The kit looks really nice, so I'm looking forward to starting. I do hope everyone is enjoying this GB as much as I am ! cheers Pat
    6 points
  32. Tonight i boxed the main gear bays in. It will look better when I've added some plumbing and its painted. Tomorrow i will start on the nose gear bay ? I need to study some photo's first, to see where the nose gear leg is positioned. Its not exactly clear from the instructions ? Questions, comments, or thoughts ? Dennis
    6 points
  33. When I finished this diorama, I cried.so sad.
    5 points
  34. A recent build over the past few months. Built OOB and using a mix of kit and aftermarket decals. I saw the last few months of these FGR2's flying from Wattisham in 1991-92. Awesome machine! Thanks for looking.
    5 points
  35. Done in the Atlantic scheme using Techmod decals. The KMC conversion was used but not the cowl or engine that came with it. I cut the front off of the Tamiya cowl and put on the front cowl ring off the Sword FM-2 kit. I used a Vector engine, the KMC engine was not very accurate. brass tubing was used for the exhaust stubs.
    5 points
  36. Hi, everyone! It's my next model from new Tamiya's kit. It's excellent to build.
    5 points
  37. A bit more work done over the last couple of evenings. I’m trying to work out the best way to build it so that I can paint it easily. Kits like this can be tricky for me because I don’t have an airbrush and have to rely on rattle cans and brush painting. So at this point none of the superstructure has been fixed to the deck. Sean
    5 points
  38. While I ponder over paint colours for the tank I have made a start on the base. I picked up a bit of Kingspan from some local builders the other so thought I might as well put it to use. I have orded 2 1/35 odd looking resin figure in gasmasks and overall as well as some blue and purple static grass. The plan is either a red or black ground over with blue grass clumps and a black and purple tree/Bush. The only thing to sort out in my head is the painting of the tank so if you have any suggestions please let's here them, no army green or grey allowed. Cheers Brian.
    5 points
  39. Well I painted it up and used Xtradecal decals instead of the kit ones: Serial number, aerial, DF loop/bubble, pitot tube, weathering and varnish to go. But first I need to finish the test document I was meant to be writing this afternoon! Thanks for looking, Adrian
    5 points
  40. Big masking plus interior green plus more filling around the edges: I will do the front frames one by one after big painting. Now, where did I put the brown and green? Thanks for looking, Adrian
    5 points
  41. Hello all, long time no post a finished build (mostly out of laziness) so here goes my recently completed 1/72 Eduard F6F-5 Hellcat. The Eduard kit is lovely, I bought it in its Profipak edition which included photo-etch and canopy masks. I am not a huge fan of photo-etch to be honest but I used them for the cockpit details, the engine wires, and seat belts. I left out some of the really smaller ones for the cockpit as they are quite annoying to work with in that size. The fuel tank also requires photo etch for the holding straps which I think was not ideal: photo-etch should be used to enhance a model, not as required parts (if you build the Weekend edition you will not have these). Construction is relatively smooth, though the wings are tough to push into place fully. It is not Tamigawa in terms of fit, but close. Surface detail is outstanding, with very subtle panel lines and rivets. The Hellcat's subtle overlapping fuselage panels are brilliantly reproduced too. One annoyance with this kit is that the wings already have large, square holes for the rockets. Given that a lot of early F6F-5s were still primarily used for fighter duties, this means you have to fill these spaces which will likely ruin a lot of the surrounding detail. Why didn't Eduard just include drillable holes? Who knows, but it was a stupid engineering decision. A lot of F6F-5s kept the rocket stubs and I tried to reproduce this by cutting them off the rocket parts but this did not look good so I removed them and just left the holes there. I will add rockets at some point in the future perhaps just to cover them up. The aircraft was finished with the markings of David McCampbell's famous "Minsi III", arguably the most famous of all Hellcats. All decals were OOB except the stencils which were bought separately. Unfortunately Eduard did not provide its first boxings with any stencils which is also annoying. And at £6.60 they are not cheap, which brings the total cost of the kit to over £20. The stencils are dated 2017 and thankfully the more recent Hellcat boxings come with stencils included. Having said that, the decals were perfect, though I wish the yellows (for the 'Minsi III') were less translucent, which thankfully was not so much of a problem with the whites. Paints were: Vallejo Black-gray and Interior Green for the cockpits (F6F-5s had black cockpits above the instrument panel line), and Gunze H55 Midnight Blue. Black basing was used although the photos don't do it justice. Humbrol Blue Gray wash was used for the panel lines, and hard pastels were used for the exhaust stains. Thanks for looking!
    5 points
  42. As expected there has been a bit of “bleed” under the masking tape but it is not too bad – as my late father in law would say “a blind man would be glad to see it”. I will paint on the black anti-dazzle panel near the end and I will anyway need to touch the grey and white up later after I have joined the fuselage and scribed the various hatches. There are no less than 20 ejector pin marks in each fuselage but fortunately they are not too bad and I have been able to scrape down the 3 or 4 that might just be visible. Having seen Adrian's excellent close ups in his Proctor build I thought I would see what my camera would do. One thing which intrigues me is the pair of locating sockets in the nose which would be in an ideal place to mount the 20mm cannon, but neither they nor anything else is provided to use these holes! I will now stick in the bomb bay floor and ditto wheel well. I will have to remember to trap the opening bay doors when I do it.
    5 points
  43. This photo is quite interesting. Especially the aileron on the lower starboard wing. The white portion of the underwing roundel carries up the rear face of the wing spar, and the upper aileron shows up as fully white even at full deflection. Nice punches by the way Marklo!
    5 points
  44. Canopy has been trimmed and dipped in Klear. And I bought some of this fabled glue at SMW last year. Time to see if it measures up to its reputation: Thanks for looking, Adrian
    5 points
  45. not a bad kit to build only problems are the instructions are wrong in one or 2 places. . as usual painted with Testors and Humbrol enamels and the old kit decals. thanks for looking
    5 points
  46. I cut the red and yellow stripes from this old decal sheet (inherited from an old modeller friend). I have used it many times for such purposes as you can see, it behaves quite predictably with setting solutions although it can be a little bit brittle: Green, and indeed a quite dark green proved to be quite a rare colour in my decal collection but I did find this sheet given away for free by Scale Aircraft Modelling in August 1982 for the Zimbabwe Air Force which looked pretty much ideal: It, contrary to expectations, behaved impeccably - flexible and settling down well, by far the best decals used on the whole project. So here are all the blade colour identification stripes applied: I really do like some of the stripes sitting under the plumbing, accentuating it. Now I'm going to have a lie down and a have a well earned forty winks. Bye for now, Nigel
    5 points
  47. Nothing like bank holiday weekend FINAL version of water, after some tweaking here and there.. Sry for the amount of pictures, I get carried away sometimes Cheers Mick
    5 points
  48. Back from our half term break, I have been working on both builds. Firstly assembling the props for the Whitley. These fitted together easily and were nice and snug when attached . Next I began building the undercarriage. There are very few pieces to this, however once the main wheel struts are in, the bracing strut fits diagonally from the wheels into an area that is hidden from the eye. A lot of fiddling around and a cocktail stick to push it in to place was required, but finally she sat on her wheels. With the major parts of the build complete, I added the pitot tubes and antenna and finally it is ready for the final coat of satin varnish. I plan to add the open doors and ladders once the varnish is dry. Almost done.
    5 points
  49. Not far to go now. I still need to add the radio antennae, I'm hoping to find some suitable rigging wire on Sunday at the Northern Model Show.
    4 points
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