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  1. Have been on a bit of a Corsair spree this year, building all three of Tamiya's stupendous 1/72 kits (and one FAA one too). This is my first attempt at a Birdcage, my least favorite aesthetically wise but I actually loved how this model came out, more than the others. The aircraft represents Gus's Gopher, flown by 1st Lt Wilbur J Thomas of VMF-213 at Guadalcanal. I used AK Real Colors for the M-485 blue' gray and M-495 light gray paints of early war USN aircraft. I think M-485 is too light, looks great for a faded aircraft though and since most aircraft faded considerably in the Pa
    26 points
  2. Hi, everyone! I present you my next model. This is typical "shortrun" model, not easy to assembly.
    25 points
  3. hi all, After finishing my Mitsubishi F-2, i fancied something more simple, so i started the 1/48 Great Wall Hobby T-33 kit about three weeks ago. As you can see, it doesn't take a lot to get it finished, as the detail and fit of parts is excellent. Everything you see is straight from the box apart from Eduard steel seatbelts and decals from Platz. The only issues i had with the plastic were a gap on the top of the intakes and the nose cone being too narrow, both of which needed filler to correct. Unfortunately, the panel lines are so fine, they are easily eradicated, b
    21 points
  4. Recently finished project. Like the one offs and weird ones. Prototype Fw 190V18 High-Altitude fighter. Goes together easy peasy. Used AK's new Real colors RLM 02 and a few of their metal shades for the bare metal areas. Some discrepancy on the colours of certain panels of the Hirth turbo supercharger underneath from different sites but I just couldn't be bothered and left it in RLM 02. Additions: Rivets to the panels underneath cockpit as per pics of the real thing Ultracast Fw 190 A-F resin seat with seatbelts Fuse w
    18 points
  5. Hopefully I'll get it right someday! I've had some computer issues lately, so I'll just briefly cover the progress of the last two nights. Escape hatch windows on, pigments in their final state: Replacement side windows masked: And painted. (Green goes on later.) Old side windows popped out: And that awful glue smear scraped out with a toothpick. Mid-upper dullcoated and unmasked: Gear doors on: Tyres painted Colourcoats Night Bomber
    15 points
  6. As part of my club's "Hollywood" group build, I put together this Hornet to represent the aircraft flown by Capt Steven Hiller, played by Will Smith, in the movie "Independence Day'(1996). A great kit and I used aftermarket VMFA-314 decals, MRP paint, and Harpoon missiles from a Hasegawa weapons set. Also printed his name on decal paper. Thanks for looking!
    14 points
  7. I finished to set the decals. I spray the glanz varnish with a little part of mat varnish. It's also the time to unmask all parts protected THis time, I do the pics with white support and with a format slighty bigger
    13 points
  8. This is the ancient Airfix kit (1963) so pretty basic - but reasonably accurate in outline. It was from a 2008 boxing so the decals looked OK. However, I chose to use an Xtradecal set which included an 88 Squadron Boston based at RAF Hartford Bridge (Blackbushe) in and around D-Day. On D-Day itself, some of these Bostons were used to lay down smokescreens along the beach landing areas to try and hinder the German shore batteries. They were also used extensively before and after D-Day in the intensive bombing campaign waged against the German defenses and transport infrastructure. T
    12 points
  9. I present my Zvezda A321 in the delightful Egyptair livery SU-GBT. It’s a simple, yet sophisticated looking livery that they adopted in 2008. The build was OOB, with the aftermarket decals supplied by Ray at 26Decals and Authentic Airliner Cockpit and Cabin Decals. One thing I do like with the Zvezda Airbus kits is that they have the correct scale for the winglets, which saves having to make your own or purchase some from Braz. As with my other Zvezda kits the fit is excellent and only minimal filling is required, it even comes with the clear windows which are ok, but are incredibl
    12 points
  10. Hi Everyone, Glad so say I`ve finally finished my attempt at building a `Sonia` from Wingsy Kits 1/48 kit Finished to represent an aircraft of the 27th Hikosentai, Burma, 1942 ( Oh why did I chose _that scheme and _that armament ! ) Built almost entirely from the box contents, the only additions being the aerial wires I found the kit to be a bit of a struggle and, because of Wingsy`s `why make a part out of one piece when you can make it out of five` approach, a bit of a chore too The fit of the parts is great and the level of detail is very h
    12 points
  11. Good evening to all This is my latest finished model. An A-10A Thunderbolt II during the Desert Storm It started for the Britmodellr 10th anniversary Group Build
    11 points
  12. Hello, I just have complete this nice kit, it was a short run made by Sword in 1/72. The kit is not to bad for a short run, picky model builders might say that an interior needs more detailing. Inside instruction, sheet you can find some minor mistakes in part for the interior assembly. Better is to crosscheck outside historical reference. The details on wings and fuselage are very good and accurate. That makes this kit so nice, but I added a resin engine because one form the kit didn't look like one. It was so nice that I couldn't force my self to covet it. That is why I made it open
    11 points
  13. Why men don’t make good agony aunts: Geoff: Dear Brian, I’m at a loss, I don’t what to do, I hope you can help me. Last Tuesday I set off to work as normal, I’d had only gone about a mile when the car spluttered and came to a stop and no matter what I tried I could not get it to start. I realised I had left my phone at home so I decided to walk back to my house to call into work and let them know. When I got into the house I heard giggling coming from upstairs. Thinking that was strange,I walked to the stairs and noticed a trail of clothing up the stairs. Very odd, so I follow
    11 points
  14. Hi friends, here you have my last build, a big project: the King Tiger from Takom. Tanks are not my preferred subject, but this one I think turns out quite well. I like specially the interior of the model. It's been difficult to me to ensemble the tracks, since this are separated and I don't know how to calculate how much of each goes for each side. I added some rifles and an MP40 in the interior and three used munitions. I'm think in sell this model... Thanks Ricardo https://flic.kr/s/aHsmHGoht5
    10 points
  15. Another build from the recent past. The Hobbyboss Easy Assembly kits are great for a quick mojo restorer or paint experimentation. This was made to test out my airbrush mottle and fading patterns. Unfortunately some visible decal film lets it down a bit. Decals were from the spares box, paint was Vallejo. Thanks for looking.
    10 points
  16. Hi there. This is my 20th model I have completed since the beginning of this year, after I restarted this hobby after putting it on hold all those years ago. And I've had a blast ever since. I've been building mostly cold war jets in 1/72 scale. So about the model: Model: Eduard MiG-21MF (Royal Class Combo, No. R0017) Scale: 1/72 Paints: Vallejo Model & Air Aftermarket: None (kit was supplied with resin & etch parts) Weathering: Vallejo Weathering Effects, Flory Models Wash Decals: Techmod TM72070 Eduard kit is si
    10 points
  17. The 1:72 Eduard kit of the early MiG-15 built in Czechoslovak markings using the kit decals. This kit was given to me second jand in a partially built state. No real issues encountered. Overall Tamiya XF-16 Aluminium. Kit decals used, They were ok until one of the wing walk decals moved and when I realized this, tried to move it and it started to break. MiG-15-53 by Ryan Hothersall, on Flickr MiG-15-54 by Ryan Hothersall, on Flickr MiG-15-55 by Ryan Hothersall, on Flickr MiG-15-56 by Ryan Hothersall, on
    10 points
  18. Does anyone else find they have a feeling of calmness and slowed time when reading Steve's updates? The sense of purpose and insight into the making of structure(s) here beguiles every time. I mean, I know this is page 124 and there are shorter novels but really. I mean to say. Quite zen.
    10 points
  19. It would be seem there has been sufficient momentum given to RAF Transport types after the announcement of the VC10 release and considering that BM members endorse my aircraft projects, I feel I have an obligation to provide them with their so called 'wish list', after all I would not be able stay in business if modellers here did not support me. So in the new year, I will set about work on the following: 1/72 RAF Voyager MRTT Airbus; 1/72 RAF Short Belfast and 1/72 RAF Tristar. I have the masters for the Voyager and Belfast but the Tristar will be a new project, altogether. For those of you w
    9 points
  20. Hi all, I've had this kit in my stash for a while and I was really looking forward to building it. An aunt and uncle owned one of these back in the '70's / early '80's and we all just loved riding in it. They had bolted 2 custom made wooden chairs to the floor of the cargo area (yep, you could do that back then) and we went in through the back doors to ride along. For this project, I didn't make the chairs as I wanted to do a relatively quick out of box build. I did try to match the colour, I think it came out nicely. For the license plates I used the ones from Paris that came with the kit to
    9 points
  21. Westland - Aerospatiale WG.13 Lynx l'Aeronavale Prototype FZKCV (ex XX911) Merignac, France 1974 F256 Frog 1/72 by John L, on Flickr by John L, on Flickr by John L, on Flickr by John L, on Flickr by John L, on Flickr
    9 points
  22. Exactement mon frère. Dear boy that was the modelling equivalent of both a bag of grapes and Lucozade! Unable to locate the Laura Ashley fabrics Steve so had to make do with the folding lap table: We've had that yoke for years and yet I can't for the life of me recollect where we got it from; guess you reach that stage of life where posessions assume a life entirely their own. The paranoid mind of Phil K. Dick would no doubt have constructed a story of how it was in fact a lander probe from an alien civilization (No - not that one. Stand down Irrascible of Poole..
    9 points
  23. The initial photogerappery is in (post image) and available Badly lit, posed and executed but does at least show wheels and legs on As I mentioned there is tidying to do but I feel it's oke to relax now A bit... Need to lose some more of the Airfix white carrier round the thirty or more year old transfer but not too awkward And oh yes, the galloper is seated better than he did Makes him look too old I'm told, can't do much about it short of pasting a pic of Killian across his mush, so I won't
    9 points
  24. Thanks everyone! Are you ready for this? Drum roll.... The starboard side scuttles are all in place - the final 37 added this evening. ...and here is the whole side - it has to be taken from a fair distance away because (lest we forget) this is not a small model. Next up, to add the assorted ladders on this side. But also to move elsewhere! More soon Crisp
    9 points
  25. Leftenant Aluminium here with my Airfix 1/72 scale Harrier GR.3. The strength of this kit is, in my view, that it can be built by a comparative novice, who will obtain a good result, yet an expert will achieve a model of ‘museum’ quality — even without any of the extra additions available. See Enigmatic 1970s attack fighter on my web site. I am a comparatively rough-and-ready plastic modeller. I use a brush (several brushes really) not an airbrush. Maybe it is my computer programming background, but I have a heightened sense of doing too much w
    8 points
  26. What the sub-title says really. The decals fought me to the bitter end. The cheat lines needed a bit of chopping about. This is fair enough as they are designed for the Italerii kit and I expected this and I made any shortfall up with assorted width of black decal strip. What really threw me though was that they steadfastly refused to react to any of five brands of solvent that I tried on them. I finally got somewhere by using the low setting on a hair dryer. I used some of the chrome sheet you get with the decals to do the natural metal rear of the collector rings and am pretty c
    8 points
  27. I have also been known to use sun screen and moisturiser.............. ... And I never did, and still do not, know how the aeroplanes worked......
    8 points
  28. 1979 - Luftwaffe Tornado IDS, Holloman AFB 1/72 Revell kit, entirely OOB. Paints: Gunze.
    8 points
  29. So all the major sub assemblies done fantastic breakdown , will get the major components together tonight Am hoping the fit is good enough so I can leave the intakes off so I can chrome them with Alcald without any masking ??
    7 points
  30. New essential modelling aid, Barons for the use of...... Ikea Bed Tray £8 I'm sure that something more traditional - perhaps with a cushion stuck on the bottom of the tray and a nice floral tea towel - is also available. One exists only to serve one's fellow modellers in their time of need don't ya know
    7 points
  31. There are only three real certainties in this world, and they are sunrise, sunset and Southend Utd losing at home! John.
    7 points
  32. It was 'Bake Off' last night; so even when one has time to do modelling, one can't be expected to have done much modelling can one? But I did continue to flirt with disaster bringing the razor saw into intimate contact with the wings. One done. The fences are just test fitted at the mo. I think I'll prime them before gluing them in place. Probably with cyano. One marked up and initial cuts made. I've found that the danger time is always the second Hawk. A bit of complacency and carelessness sometimes slips in when I'm repeating steps......
    7 points
  33. Thanks guys - this scheme is quite popular and no wonder - blue on metallic silver - forget about it:) Thanks Christer:) As you know, the cockpit on P51's is quite big and open so well worth the time to spruce it up as much as possible I think - Chipping on the seat was all dry brushing and painted on chips - it's okay - I meant to hair spray it but forgot - most of the dodgy chipping will be covered by the seatbelts so I'm not too bothered Do it Thom - get that Mustang you won't regret it - I promise I have a wee update on work I did last night -
    7 points
  34. We don't present the F-15 eagle It is certainely a most know warplane in the world. This plane serve in many air force specialy in the JASDF The Japan acquire the licence to build the domestic version of this plane : the J It is normal that a major kit maker like Hasegawa to propose to the builder some box of this plane. At the 1/72 scale, Hasegawa has two molds. The firt mold was completed by a new one "new tools" in the late 80th. Hasegawa has many boxes and in japan when a plane receive a special scheme don't hesitate to commercialise a new box.
    6 points
  35. I've been building a few Bf-109s to include a couple odd variants. This Buchon stood out and I really like it! Some might consider it ugly but something about it is attractive to me. Built OOB which included resin exhausts and wing cannons and finished with MRP paints. Nice kit but being "short-run", it does require a bit more attention while fitting parts. Probably got the positioning of the radiator flaps wrong...but thoroughly enjoyable build!
    6 points
  36. Tail assembly built while the cockpit is in the paint shop, this kit really is infectious Not going to drill out any detail for speed will use washes on this one Underside detail will want some highlighting in EDSG getting tempting to do a white underside A/C to pick up all that detail with a dark wash The airbrakes are a work of art in themselves vey solid assembly . Can we hazard how long it is before this gets upscaled to 48th ? and clicked into place
    6 points
  37. thanks Silenoz that's good advice on building the frame sidings rgds John The kit gives you the option of showing the engine covered or uncovered, this is fortunate for me as I’ll use the covered versions for the booms and an uncovered engine for the centre/fuselage one. I followed the Airfix instructions to build up the covered engines. Once again I wanted to get an idea of how everything looks… next I’ll be trying to fit the outer engine nacelles.
    6 points
  38. Remember, he was a pilot, NOT roughy toughy groundcrew
    6 points
  39. Funny isn't it how persons of our age group regularly have Blackadder and THGTTG as cultural touchstones. Almost like we're members of a cult . Life? Don't talk to me about life.... Oooh me gobberwarts! Ta Ced, Chris, Giorgio, Terry: it's merely awkward rather than dire but limits activity to a slow Victorian heroine set of gliding movements around the house. Hopefully only for a few days or I'll need to invest in a crinoline dress and fan...
    6 points
  40. Box art - ref. SH72360 - Armstrong Whitworth Meteor NF Mk.12 Source: https://www.facebook.com/specialhobby/photos/a.579303855843312/756982304742132/ V.P.
    6 points
  41. Is now a good moment to point out that there are (deliberately) actually two different sizes of scuttle involved? [God, I worry myself sometimes...] Special applause to anyone who can find all 19 of the smaller ones... The thing about this rivet / scuttle / whatever mania is that I never set out with that intention. In both cases, I reached a certain point in the build and compared what I had with what the real thing looked like... and wasn’t satisfied. In the Hasegawa Sea King case, to my eyes it looked unrealistically smooth; in Ark 3, Merit had missed an en
    6 points
  42. Surely seventy or eighty pages left to go yet Roland, chill man Lots of time to catch up...
    6 points
  43. 6 points
  44. General thought on panel lines, not necessarily related to this kit only: we often talk about overly deep panel lines when mentioning certain manufacturers or certain kits, but in reality the problem is not much the depth but rather the width of the panel lines... Ideally the best panel lines are indeed deep but are also narrow and sharply moulded. This allows surface detail to survive several layers of paint, possibly also some sanding during the assembly process, and still look good when the model is completed. Really what sets the "Japanese" style of recessed panel lines is their sharpness
    6 points
  45. Hi again. I've just finished putting the final touches to this 2 year tweenie. This has been my first resin kit and it's been a bit of an experience, not all bad.....I mean, it's finished isn't it ! It's a three-footer, I had to do a bit of scratchbuilding and also raid the spares box for a couple of the decals. So, here's my interpretation of XR810 as it might have looked sometime in in the mid 90s. 810 was the first VC10 Major Servicing I worked on in '97. I hope you like it......I do. Cheers Gaz P.S. Come on Airfix, I've done my bit, it's your turn now. I'd still like to build ZA
    6 points
  46. Slow progress here I'm afraid as real life is getting in the way... most of the work I've done has focused on the engines and getting them tidied up. The fit here isn't as good as the fuselage so I've used a combination of sand paper and filler to tidy seam lines across the top of the cowling and around the front. Doing this I've discovered a few things: tamiya sponge sandpaper is ace, use the razor saw to start off rescribing (i did a bit on top of the engines near the wing), rosie rivetting needs practice and finally, the mr surfacer and levelling thinner is like nectar from heaven for prim
    6 points
  47. Hiya Folks,...... another short update,..... I`ve got the decals and fins on,.....although one of the tailplane parts fell off again during photography,....it is back on now!! ...... I did want to build V1767, V8-N `Now Or Never' but I couldn`t replicate the name as nose art,... so went for the kit option V1823, P5-S of 297 Sqn based at my old home at RAF Brize Norton as it is probably the most photographed Albemarle so reference was good and it towed a Horsa into Normandy during Operation Tonga in the early hours of 6th
    6 points
  48. Hi all, Finally, I have the next one wheeled out of the paint shop. I had some delay because the white star decals I needed went out-of-stock. She is an F-86F-30 with the -40 wing, as supplied to Venezuela from US stocks in the late 1950s. You will have seen an earlier iteration of this machine when I built her around five years. I chose to build her again as I like the markings. These markings are of the earlier type, i.e. without the “wings” on the roundels. These gradually changed from 1958 following the January 1958 attempted Military coup. She is “8C36” in the old
    5 points
  49. Missed out the underside shot
    5 points
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