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  1. Evening all, I'd been suffering from a serious case of modeller's block and had ground to a halt on all my projects and just couldn't get restarted. I'd actually built this kit on and off a while back, and all it needed was painting and decalling so in an effort to restart the mojo I splashed some Halfords and Tamiya paints on and just went for it. It's far from perfect but has got me back in the groove and keen to get going on some of the other kits I have on the go so its purpose was well-served. The decals actually represent a B-36B rather than the Mongram kit's RB-3
    34 points
  2. My first F-14 on a 1/144 scale. I used the following add-ons Shelf Oddity – photoetched metal plate Res-im – resin elements Master – pitot tube
    21 points
  3. DH.2 'Lanoe Hawker' 1:32 Wingnut Wings The DH.2 entered service in February 1916, putting an end to the 'Fokker Scourge' of Eindekkers that had been dominating the Western Front with their synchronized machine guns firing trough the propeller arc. Highly maneuverable, the DH.2 was a good fighter despite it's fragile looks. Lanoe Hawker was already an experienced ace and Victoria Cross holder when he took command of 24 Squadron, and led them to France in 1916. On 23 November 196, flying 5964 (the subject of this model) with 'A' flight, Hawker encountered Ja
    20 points
  4. Gah! Where am I? What am I doing here? Who are you people? It's been a long time, hasn't it, folks? Sorry for my lengthy absence, so much has happened since I last posted. Not with the model, of course. Nothing was done there. Grant turned two, Mrs P got a metal detector, Winston has nine (!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!) cavities, which will cost me two thousand five hundred American dollars to repair and which have necessitated the selling off of a not insignificant portion of the stash and will further require a payment plan (literally the MONTH we'll have fin
    20 points
  5. Hi all. Wanted to post this Avia S-99 from Eduard in 1:48 scale. As most of you can see its a Bf109G10, the Czechs had a fully functioning aircraft factory left behind by the Germans and decided to continue producing after the war. The markings is actually for a police force plane. Police fighter planes are not so common anymore I guess. Have been at this one since Christmas (was a present from my lovely wife and kids) and finally calling it done. The kit did fit together quite well, but was a lot more complex than the Airfix kits I have built before. Tried my hands at photo etch for
    15 points
  6. Just finished - the Modelsvit kit of the record-breaking MiG E-166...... It's really a MiG-152M............. ....... .but the designation was changed for the FAI record-breaking flights - to fool the west. The three stars representing the record-breaking flights...... It is a typical Modelsvit kit - highly detailed, but with large spue gates and every part had to be 'fettled' to clean them up. The decal sheet is superb
    15 points
  7. P-40M Warhawk "Ruth Marie", 90th FS, 80th FG, Moran, Assam, India, April 1944 I finished this on 9/21/2019. It is the Hobby Boss easy assembly kit. The P-40 was, for some reason, my favorite US plane when I was a kid. I don't know if it was the mystique of the Flying Tigers, or the fact that the first kit I finished by myself was a Revell snap-together P-40E. More recently I started learning about all the different P-40 variants and how to tell them apart and decided I'd like to do a kit of each of the "major" variants (no 'D' or 'G' models for me).
    14 points
  8. My take on Amodel's Sud Aviation Caravelle III finished off in the markings of VIASA. I enjoyed the build although the undercarriage was an absolute nightmare to put together. Wings fences were made from thin plastic sheet as this boxing didn't come with photo-etched parts. (Luckily I had Amodel's 10-R version to hand, so their parts were used as templates). Classic Airlines decal sheet (CA144-419) was used and it will come as no surprise that they were beautifully printed and performed flawlessly. (It does give you the option to paint the tail and this is the route I t
    14 points
  9. Here is my Dragon 1:72 Heinkel He 162A-2 which I built in 2005. It represents 'White 11', Wk.Nr. 120074, flown by Oberleutnant Emil Demuth, Staffelkapitän 3./JG1, at Leck, Germany, in May 1945. I used an Eduard etched set to add/improve details and added some wires to the engine. Thanks for looking Miguel
    12 points
  10. #22/2019 Tamiya kit with decals from H-Models, AK Real Color Russian AMT-7 Blue, Russian AMT-4 Green, Tamiya XF-10 Brown and a selfmixed tan for the camo, EZ Line for the antenna wire. Build thread here https://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/235058173-soviets-in-disguise148-mikoyan-gurevich-mig-15-north-korean-airforce/ As you may know, many Soviet pilots flew North Korean MiGs . They only were allowed to operate over North Korean territory so they wouldn´t be captured by US/UN troops in case of being shot down. The model shows the aircraft of Major S
    11 points
  11. I hope not Bill - I'm trying to take all Fly's fantasy and make it look more like a Wessex ta muchly Steve of course it is you guys - it's a Wessex! Or at least, a bit of one thanks Crisp. (and it doesn't even float y'know) thanks Colin. I aim to please thanks Phil Thanks Ian, I hadn't realized that. Hmmnn, my 1/48 build took me two years... Now ((1/48)/(1/32)) x ((731days/#leapyears)/Number of parts), carry the 1... I think I'm still gonna be here a whil
    11 points
  12. Here is my second vehicle for my diorama posted under dioramas " Battle of Fallujah-operation Phantom Furry" another great Academy kit I wont bore you with too many construction photos. You can also see the Meng Bradley on this forum. I did add allot of Live Resin armaments I have seen some funky weapons configurations for the SAG save -a-gunner turret. Live Resin parts arrived excited to get building! So pros of the live resin is great detail as advertised, cons are no instructions and the type of plastic used to cast the
    10 points
  13. Hi Guys Spitfire Mk VIII very quick built, I started Friday evening and I wanted to complete it yesterday but rain was spoiling my mood however since it has stopped since morning I complete and took some pictures before rain arrive, This is the NH 631 of the IAF with number 65, the number 65 is painted and it is not a decal. The kit was Arii one so it is very basic and easy to build. there are some problems with fit and need some dry fit. I use Tamiya silver and gunze for silver paint. I kept a very subtle weathering as I wanted to highlight more of the metal parts. I will be building this
    10 points
  14. Somewhere in the Soviet Union... This started as a build of an old Tamiya T-34 kit to test the hairspray technique. The model was left for two years before I found the inspiration to complete it again a couple of months ago. Figures are Miniart.
    9 points
  15. To improve my skills I purchased this inexpensive Academy Hellcat kit. It is my first ever 1/72 scale kit and I was pleasantly surprised by the detail. I put my Spitfire builds on hold, and worked solely on the Hellcat, which has become my first completed build in over 15 years. I tested new paints, weathering pastels/enamels, decal solutions and glues. It was a great learning experience and I enjoyed every step of the way. Thanks to everyone here for answering my Hellcat specific questions. Feel free to comment (I am anticipating dings for too much weathering!). I w
    9 points
  16. Here's my Novo 1/72 Herald, just finished in the Frog Squad GB. More or less out of the box, ignoring any inaccuracies and the lack of detail (check out the 10cm scale thickness nose gear doors!), built as G-APWJ of Air UK (now preserved at Duxford). Decals were bodged together from the 26 sheets for a BIA Herald and Air UK F-27. Build thread is here thanks for looking Julian
    8 points
  17. Frog kit no. 229 Bristol Beaufort in the colours of L9967 of 32 OTU RCAF, Canada 1942. Scratchbuilt interior. Aftermarket canopies, engines, and decals from Tasman Models, Propellers from spares. WIP is below:
    8 points
  18. Well I’m back and painting has resumed... Thanks for looking, Adrian
    7 points
  19. ...and he drove the most flamboyant beer lorry in the East... Spot on Bill. Plus I've enough shots of Tom's neck now to begin making a brass replica.... It involves significant neurolinguistic programming AW. Impress upon the mind the fact that the words 'necessary' and 'visible to the viewer' are now redundant terms. Train the gaze to ignore kit instructions and only to focus upon detailed engineering drawings. Repeat steps 1 & 2 until you have acquired sufficient tools to equip an actual aerodrome. Why dear boy - just curl a lan
    7 points
  20. Ok that's a weird one. Chickens sorted and boys laptop borrowed. the cut and paste seems to work on PC but still not on my phone so I'll post from here. First up the hurri gets set up in my expensive painting booth. ( a wellie box on a stool ) I have sanded the gun bay covers and gators gripped them in place ( only a little blob ) so I can pop them off later on. first blast of primer on. All looking good. after drying the top half got some action. that was left to dry. Here she is ready to pre shade. I will pre shade the main line
    7 points
  21. Good day, ladies and gentlemen! 10 years I have been making model of airplanes. But recently, I wanted to make figures. And I liked it. This is my fourth job.
    7 points
  22. Miscellaneous Bits We are getting closer and closer to painting but there seem to be innumerable little bits and pieces that need to be sorted out before any paint goes on. Here's a few of them. There's a panel on each side of the engine bay (if that's the correct term). It looks like it probably opens allowing access to the fuel system, instrumentation and whatever else is directly behind the engine's firewall. I have chosen to model it using the 'half-laminating' method - it's a favourite of mine. For a full description on how this works have a look at
    7 points
  23. well, things did not go quite as planned. I mentioned last time around that these appear to be more difficult to apply than standard waterslides. I'll correct that - they are a LOT more difficult to apply than the standard waterslides I am accustomed to. A lot more. I gave the test samples a coat of clear gloss and left that to dry overnight. What isn't clear from this shot is that you can still clearly see the carrier film. what you can't really see in this shot is that I managed to get a whole bunch of wrinkles in several of the transfers and that wasn't very obvious the other
    7 points
  24. Hi. Please entertain me if you will in this post documenting my first attempt at a scale model. Hopefully other beginners may read this and see what challenges await them (things the more experienced may not even think about anymore). For my first build I finally settled on the Airfix Triumph Herald Starter Kit. This is a car I really like, and the kit meant I wouldn't have to go shell out extra for paints. Having read many a post about building, and watched lots of videos, I decided to buy two more things. Tamiya Cement and some thinner for the paint. I pulled some s
    6 points
  25. Hello Dears !! For the ones who know me, if something is weird... I feel irrestibly attracted... So years ago, when I see it... I knew for sure that I will make one..... One of these day !! This day is today !! Soooo !! My first viet Nam serie Aircraft is a U.S Navy one !!! Yiiihaaaa !! The tamiya kit is a good and decent one, the best for a late Skyraider in fact But... The interior has been improved with resin parts from an Aires Kit ! and I also added some scratched parts that are missing even in Aires kit ! On the 20th
    6 points
  26. Hi guys, I am new and hope I am in the right topic section for this one. I Got back to modelling a few months ago after 20y break. This is my Tamiya 1/72 F4U-1, number 13 flown by Ken Walsh from VMF 124. I know I overdid chipping on the right side of the fuselage but didn't want to make it worse by attempting to fix it, so there it is. Also, I accidentally damaged the pitot tube and the antenna tail attachment point during the photo shoot. It is my second model using airbrush and I am looking for some honest feedback from you bigger fish out there, hoping
    6 points
  27. I was fortunate to be able to attend the Ex Cobra Warrior Media Day last week and here's a selection of images from the day. The heat haze and change of runway mid morning made shooting challenging, but enough of my excuses...! By way of background, Ex Cobra Warrior is a tactical training event that took place over the period 1-20 September 2019 with RAF Waddington acting as the main operational hub, with aircraft and crews present from the UK, Germany, Italy and Israel. Elsewhere there was also participation from Canada and the USA. Ex Cobra Warrior usually occurs twice per yea
    6 points
  28. Hello all This past weekend was the annual NATO Day show in Ostrava, Czech Republic. We had great weather, sunny but not too hot and a decent variety of stuff on display. Here's a taste of what was on hand when I visitred the show on Saturday: Romania was the special guest host nation and they brought in a good selection of air and land gear. Their aircraft contribution included MiG-21s, IAR 99 Soim trainers, IAR 330 SOCAT helicopters and a C-27 Spartan transport: For the first time, Italy brought a Tornado and a pair of A
    6 points
  29. A little more progress. So far the nacelle is looking like it might do. Next are the radiators, exhaust stubs and the struts. I’ll be finishing this as #6, which didn’t actually complete the course. Red hull and wings and silver nacell and struts. I prefer it to the scheme on #7, which appears to be all silver. Thanks for looking Dennis
    6 points
  30. Sunderland story. When I joined ATC as a callow youth there were still meany ex-aircrew in the job. One such was a jovial chap named Harry Shepherd who had been on Sunderland’s in the 1950s and was involved in the Malaya ‘ emergency ‘. While he was there they had a visit from Gilbert Harding, a journalist and radio/TV presenter for the BBC and Harry’s crew were selected to take him on a trip with them. Part of the sortie was to drop some small anti-personnel bombs on a suspected rebel encampment in the jungle, and as they approached the area and the bombs were loaded onto the racks ready
    6 points
  31. Hi, This is the very pleasant to build (and underrated) Italeri kit. Everything comes from the box except for the very efficient dual barrel MG81Z specific to the A-5 version, handmade seat belts and other details. The top RLM73 comes from the Real Color range. Quite a good range but it stinks and I find it maybe more fragile than the Gunze range. Thanks heaps for looking ! Antoine
    6 points
  32. Thanks Bill I’ve ordered some tube for the windows and am pondering how to make them look right. We shall see... Ced my friend I am not so worried (nor should you) about the openable portholes Hendon's has many of them open, many shut and when shut a scribed circle will more than suffice I rather refer to the panel lines Here a Sunderland, in the museum I know these show some linear distortion and hence visibility but these are the result of a very hard life in service AND a blooming hard time at t
    6 points
  33. Oh good grief... the bar has been raised again! How am I going to reach my wine now?
    6 points
  34. Evocative shot Benedikt. Can hear the faint whistle of wingtips from here... Yesterday evening. Last light before the Equinoxe. About a fortnight either side of the spring and autumn equinoxes the sun has moved south along the horizon enough at sunset that it hits the disco ball on the upstairs landing (don't ask) and turns it into a prismatic field of lights across ceiling, wall and floor: Drives the cats made when you turn it! Came across a great troll line on Twitter the other night from someone I presume of Goth predelictions:
    6 points
  35. Thanks Greg Yes some more progress has been made . Thefloats are now completed and have had the photo etch added and then a coat of halfords primer . P1030214 by Alistair Pearce, on Flickr I have also masked ,inside and out all the transparences. This took almost as long as the float construction .Thank god i used the mask set as there is a lot of glazing on this bird. P1030213 by Alistair Pearce, on Flickr P1030212 by Alistair Pearce, on Flickr Now these two steps are completed its time to move on to the fuselage . let more
    6 points
  36. As stated previously, I made a start on a door yesterday and the first job was to tape the clear part in place and outline the door opening with more tape. I then cut out a door shape from a small piece of thin plastic sheet and added some framing to the back of this using 10 thou plastic strip. The window openings were cut to a rough shape before further refinement, leaving a small lip to support some clear acetate once the part has been painted. The door outline on the clear part has been taped up by John L, on Flickr The door after some initial fine
    6 points
  37. Wooo, quite impressed so far, a little box with lots of stuff. 5 sprues, two sets of transfers, P.E. and a cockpit canopy!
    5 points
  38. Hi all. Quack's back....... This is my second build on BM. I had initially hoped to work through a WIP and started it here.. Unfortunately my brain self destructed and I forgot how to post pics (or summat changed in the land of Flickr) and I found I couldn't continue. Having redicovered the means to post pics again it is clearly time once more to inflict damage on everybody's precious retinas...... The source is a Revell repop of the Airfix 1/48 Jaguar and the plan was to finish it as a Granby kite This was my second build and I used t
    5 points
  39. Hi I'm unable to attend the show this weekend, so spent a fantastic day at Duxford today instead. I apologise for the quality of these images, but the lovely sun was in my face all day, which made photography challenging, to say the least! I hope that those of you who go to the show have a great time.
    5 points
  40. After completing two large bomber projects, both with natural metal finish, I felt a need for something simpler and, most importantly, lacking anything having to do with a metallic finish. Looking through my stash, I settled on Special Hobby's 1/72 Fairy Barracuda Mk.II and decided to do it as a well-weathered aircraft, in the markings shown on the box top. This particular aircraft operated out of Ceylon in 1946. The entire build was completed in three weeks, a near record for me. I did run into a few snags along the way, the most serious being when I crack
    5 points
  41. A-72 Péronne Airfield on December 23, 1944 0715h - Checks completed ... starting engines It was in 2000 when I stumbled over this Monogram kit in my stash which I had long put off because I had no idea of how to make the rather big model more exciting. And to be exciting it deserved. I have liked the Marauder since my early days because it looks very smart, probably the smartest of all US medium and heavy bombers. Somehow I had the inspiration that this model would lend itself to electrification. The spacious bomb bay, the large engine nacelles and the
    5 points
  42. I often tell her that her infiltration of the human race isn't going as smoothly as she seems to think it is. She's wanted a metal detector to look for coins (she loves old wheat pennies, and likes the idea of digging them up) for a while, and it turns out a basic model can be had fairly cheaply, it costs about two Profipacks or $50 USD with tax (given sterling's current trajectory, this is probably several wheelbarrows' worth of pound notes), and so I got her one, along with a ring she wanted, shortly before she turned us into paupers with the boy's party, because if I knew then w
    5 points
  43. We think that Italeri got their surface detail inspiration from Waters/Gilmour/Mason/Wright: I had a lot of similar issues on the engine tower of the Do-18 Ced (bloody great trenches) and found the best approach then to be using a Stanley blade held twixt thumb and forefinger as a spreader for Humbrol filler. Small amounts each time scraped at 45° across the lines and there was very little excess to sand away afterward. At this size I reckon hendie's pencil lining technique is a winner for scale effect subsequently. Never trust anything that's yellow and
    5 points
  44. Little, Little! As small as this brandy bottle called cognac here: and of course, small in comparison with this homemade jelly cake. Alas, sometimes you have to be distracted from modeling, on alcohol & eat .... family holidays - nothing can be done! B.R. Serge
    5 points
  45. Today’s update shows the control panel (apologies if that isn’t the correct name) and the firebox door (not really visible in the first picture) on the black panel below. Then there are a couple of pictures of this assembly mounted on the footplate area.
    5 points
  46. Hiya Folks, This old Academy kit has been on the shelf of doom for ages,....... and it was modified using the Daco Products resin conversion set, comprising of a more accurate nose, propeller, radiators and rudder. I eventually got around to finishing it off in the post war desert scheme adopted by 208 Sqn at Fayid in Egypt during 1949 following aggressive action by Israeli and Egyptian Spitfire Mk.IX`s which were camouflaged in the same grey and green scheme that the RAF was also using. The post war desert scheme was Dark Earth and Light Slate Grey and the colours for t
    5 points
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