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  1. Dear members, Like many other modellers, I admired John's Aero diarama of Stackton Aerodrome. I thought this was a good opportunity to add an old model, when I just started to build in scratch. I did some homework, because it is a long time ago I build this model. Of course in pre- internet days, we had only books and magazines. From a Scale Models Magazine, October 1980 , I used the 3-view drawings as starting point, further I used Profile Nr.144. As times literally flies... To revive the old times, here, I hope you like the phot
    44 points
  2. Hello, it has been a long time since my last post on this great forum, but life is sometimes just too hectic to build models. But I've managed to finish this one off in under 7 months. Tamiya F-16C block 25/32 kit, with some extras: Aires F-16C/D wheel bays 4439, F-16C cockpit set 4364 and F-16c block 25/32 exhaust nozzle. Wheels are resin ones from wheeliant, armament and bombs are brassin items. I added Master pitot tube and angle of attack probes and HGW RBF tags. Model was painted with MRPaint colors, weathered with ammo products. Enough blabbering, here are the photos
    20 points
  3. hi all, Here are some of my many images from the recent 4Aviation tour of Japanese fighter bases, during which we managed sunny days at every site along with lots of flying activity. Hope you like them And yes, i know the first ones aren't fighters.................. Andy
    19 points
  4. Hi there, This is my Trumpeter 1/48 Mig 3, apparently an early version. I say that because I had no real knowledge of it until I built it. What can I say, this is my first Trumpeter kit and frankly I was impressed. Straightforward build other than a slightly complex nose to handle the side air intakes. I drilled out the various nose scoops and replaced the guns and pitot with hollow tube. Tyres were flatted and then Tamiya and Mr Hobby pointed in its general direction. There is some shading going on and a bit of chipping where appropriate. I know Trumpeter kits get a bad p
    18 points
  5. Hawker Siddeley Kestrel FGA.1 Tripartite Evaluation Squadron, West Raynham, 1964 This is another one that was finished many years ago but has recently seen the light of day again. It was based on the original Airfix 1/72 Harrier GR.1 kit with parts from a Heritage Resin conversion. I didn’t actually use any resin but the white metal nozzles were needed. The Tripartite decals were also from this source. Canopy and cockpit interior were from scratch – I think the seat was a spare from the Skybirds 86 Scimitar kit given to me by Mike Eacock many years ago. Nowadays I don’t think
    18 points
  6. Here with my recently finished Italeri 1/32 F-104G - it was finished just in time for display at Telford. The kit went together reasonably well, with the usual Italeri foibles here and there. I found that the airbrakes and the ailerons were both undersize and were enlarged with plastic strips. I pored over numerous pictures regarding the upper surface colours, including some of my own, and asked Giorgio for his opinion. Unfortunately I struggled to spray the suggested Lifecolour paints. After much deliberation and test spraying, I settled on Humbrol Enamel Hu 156 for the grey and a
    17 points
  7. These have been on the bench for a while, mojo lost and regained a few times. I am now calling them finished. First up is an Idea F/A-18B (early Italeri knock off) started for the Asian Arms of the 80s GB, It had some features of the prototype like the LEX slots and dog tooth wing. The kit fuel tanks were a terrible shape and were replaced with Hasegawa items. Decals are a mix of Aussie Decal and Hawkeye. It represents A21-109 early in its service, 1986 Next up is an Esci F-4E, started for the F-4 Phantom STGB. A nice kit where I a
    17 points
  8. My Scratchbuilt 1/350 HMS Prince of Wales - R09 This model will be displayed permanently at the Hornby Hobbies Visitor Centre in Margate. If anybody is interested in seeing an Airfix kit of the QE Class aircraft carrier, let them know at pr@hornby.com Dave
    16 points
  9. This is a bit special for me, the kit is a gift from my 13 year old son for Fathers Day. He dragged his mother off to our LHS and chose and paid for it himself. Mum suggested cheaper kits but he said that "he knew what Dad likes" It is the current Airfix kit with added seat belts and decals from the stash. It represents one of 485 Squadrons non presentation marked machines as I had no tiny letters suitable. Most of the early machines were so marked and were Dark Green/Dark Earth so this is a bit of a compromise on my part. He's never been in
    16 points
  10. Hi My model finished. A pleasant kit to build with no major problem. A global view And another photos at this address F-15J "Mont Fuji"
    16 points
  11. This is the Arma Hobby PZL P.11c Expert Set. The Expert title means it comes with photoetch and masks. The basic kit goes together quite well and appears to be accurate. Some of the photoetch is tiny and the masks are a bit too sticky but the concept that you can have varying levels of features works well. Like most people I think @Wojtek Bulhak from Arma is doing a pretty good job with these kits. Having built a Revell kit as a schoolkid, this was my second P.11c and I’m pleased to report it is an advance of the Revell one from 1966, although the 1988 PZW Siedlce one I am building in par
    15 points
  12. Hi, Bought this ages ago, started it, fought with it, gave up, started again, fought again and now am calling it done!! Had some real fitting issues, and was gutted to find out i had to paint the propeller ends myself( the airfix one has decals!!) It did however prompt me to build a little diarame/backscene thing! Finished as No.8 Squadrons WL756 as seen by me at the 1988 RAF Chivenor Airshow Revell 1.72 Shackleton AEW2 WL756-8 by Jonathan Francis, on Flickr Revell 1.72 Shackleton AEW2 WL756-6 by Jonathan Francis, on Flickr Revell 1.72
    15 points
  13. Just for the record, here's our final (completed) itinerary… Fri, 1 Nov 2019 BA 1541 arrives 22:40 Sat, 2 Nov 2019 Leisurely breakfast Tour of Bath and Helicopter Museum Aerospace Bristol Visit to the Local Pub Sun, 3 Nov 2019 Boscombe Collection with Crisp and Avereda Army Air Museum with Avereda and Aeronut (thanks Alastair for the tour) Overnight The Kings Arms, Sandy, Beds Mon, 4 Nov 2019 Shuttleworth Collection Old Buckenham Airfield - we'll be posting something later to help Jim, the chap who runs it,
    15 points
  14. Latest build. 'OLD SHAKY' Mark DSCN3544 (2) by mwsfly9, on Flickr DSCN3545 (2) by mwsfly9, on Flickr DSCN3546 (2) by mwsfly9, on Flickr DSCN3548 (2) by mwsfly9, on Flickr DSCN3549 (2) by mwsfly9, on Flickr DSCN3550 (2) by mwsfly9, on Flickr DSCN3551 (2) by mwsfly9, on Flickr DSCN3552 (2) by mwsfly9, on Flickr DSCN3553 (2) by mwsfly9, on Flickr DSCN3554 by mwsfly9, on Flickr
    13 points
  15. Greetings all! Ive decided to dig out my collection of various 1:72 kits that I have completed over the last few months. While non are really worthy of their own RFI im quite happy with most to show them off, so here they are! First up is an Esci (later Italeri) Sea Harrier, built straight OOB with the exception of a Quickboost seat. She represents 801 NAS on their way to the Falklands. Paints are from Model Master and kit decals were used. I did attempt to make some blanks for the intakes, not great but will do! I also cut out the intake auxiliary doors and droop the upper on
    13 points
  16. This is the lovely Airfix 1/48 Hurricane which I thoroughly enjoyed building - it went together like a dream and is criminally underrated IMHO.... Part of the BOB film was shot at Sywell and I knew I wanted to do a Hurricane for a display at Sywell Aviation Museum but I wanted the viewer to realise it was 'set' in 1968 not 1940 hence the use of the Kodak van! I had to add 'Suzannah York' too - courtesy of the Revell/ICM set.... ATB TT 12747974_10153326251925976_89420073086534765_o by Ben Brown, on Flickr
    11 points
  17. Hi all, This is the first time I've ever shared any of my dio's outside Facebook but I thought I'd chuck one up- be gentle! I dont know whether to post several pics of the same dio or multiple of several on the same thread...! Anyway, I build mainly for our Museum at Sywell so they are normally related to our airfield. - I finished this the other year. Airfix C-47 with S&M decals IIRC. 12006557_10153045182290976_1729944269997067717_o by Ben Brown, on Flickr ATB TT
    11 points
  18. I made a Matchbox ZERO and painted it with Humbrol 129 and AGAMA black satins coated with acrylic satin varnish to withstand the weathering, simple brush strokes. Its glass cockpit is broken and repaired as I could, but the fixing does nt disappeared. The yellow lips are made with yellow tape. And the decals because the model did not exist, are the upper wings from a Japanese RF-4 1/48 and the lower and fuselage made with red tape cut with a diabhete cutter. The color of the glass cockpit needs further corrections but I stuck it out first so I could work it because it divided again in two piec
    11 points
  19. I present my Revell Boeing 747-436 G-BYGC in the retro livery BOAC to commemorate 100 Years of British Airways. I have always had a soft spot for the 744, ever since I went to LHR as a child and watched them fizz over my head on the approach to 27R... she is an awesome piece of engineering to see up close. The kit was OOB, with the decals from Ray at 26Decals and Authentic Airlines for the windows and cockpit decals. The RR engines were kindly given to me by a fellow modeller on this forum, for which I am very grateful for . It was the ‘Iron Maiden’ version of the kit
    10 points
  20. In truth I love helos and have a fair few kits in the stash; I'm hoping to find some decals to do my newly-bought Sycamore as a Suez Crisis one, as Suez, Malayan Emergency, and Confrontation helos are all areas of interest for me. Though seeing the Merlins at Yeovilton...phwoar! No, but they probably need an extra big pocket to hold all the money they extracted from me for the second checked bag, the so-and-sos. Total weight of checked baggage was 37 kilogrammes, and then there were the two (flagrantly out of limits) pieces of carry on luggage I brought aboard. Happily, this air
    10 points
  21. Hello Gents !! As a foreword, I will here thank @Martian Hale and @Heather Kay for the achievement of this project !! It's always the same with the so called "Usual suspects" gang, It has started as a joke !! BUT !! Friday night at SMW 2019 see the first landings ! Then came up the third one on saturday morning !! 3 X 1/48 Rocs is already stunning !! There are some celebrations !! Tasting is also important... @Terry1954 and the alien are explaining a lot... Very convincingly !! @Courageous was also involved !! And then, on
    9 points
  22. The Bristol M.1 monoplane was an advanced concept for its time, perhaps not appreciated as it should have been (suffering the curse of the monoplane fear of early times). Once its bang-bing-poom-paff role was over, Bristol sought to re-introduce it as a sports machine. Part of their strategy was having it compete as a racer, a role in which it was quite successful. Very happy to see that Avis released this spunky racer as an alternate boxing to their Bristol M.1 monoplane variants. Another civil, privately owned machine (Spanish M-AFAA) is also an alternative scheme in their box
    9 points
  23. I think for prop jobs the static props on a 'flying' model can look unnatural and some of the 'prop blur' accessories aren't very 'lifelike' either. This may put some people off, but for me - if I'm going 'wheels up' I simply chop the props off and fill the holes. There is no right or wrong - just what you fancy. I make my own stands and use clear rods with a tiny needle in the end - leaving the hole in the base of the aircraft virtually invisible. At the end of the day - it's just a bit of fun - so whichever way you go - just en
    9 points
  24. Here a first post from one I made a while back. A Neptune P2V-7B with resin nose and aftermarket flaps. Just checking if my first post is displaying correctly. Hope you like it.
    8 points
  25. Hello guys... Here is my work, done for my great friend, Renzo Bortolotto, dedicated to my favorite airplane... UK obviously I used a Fujimi 1/72 box and OOB builds Cheers for looking ciao Silvano
    8 points
  26. Praise indeed from someone working at the other end of the spectrum and doing some serious modelling extremely well When the Telford Season is over Only 359 days until the next one It was good to catch up with you all and see your masterpieces in the flesh. . . . I left for Telford not happy with the display of my 'Bare Bones'RM So I've been playing with ideas Was going to be cleaned up and painted wood The idea was to continue and make it rock like But it wasn't floating my boat/sin
    8 points
  27. The last four models from Avis' kits -to whom I have no relation whatsoever (other than being a happy customer for their recent civil releases)
    8 points
  28. I've got to be quick with this build as its going to be a christmas gift for the brother in laws garden bar, I was just going to build it all closed up paint it, decal it , and job done, but I've got carried away, I should still make the christmas morning deadline if i don't do too much more faffing about ,i started it monday after finally getting the decals for it from @mbdesignart at telford on sunday,(last sheet) I've had the kit for a while,actually since mark built his fourgon van in the Guinness livery a couple of years ago, and wanted one for myself, but just building it
    7 points
  29. Hi All, As I havent been thrown off yet for sharing my dios for the first time here's another.... Airfix Tiger, scratched oil cart. I love the fact that the Air Ministry commanded EFTS aircraft to be camouflaged but the then CAA commanded they must still wear their registration, completely defeating the object... In a new technique for me I copied the original photo onto decal paper (from Mr Decal Paper off ebay) to add to the base. 48046794_10155949520090976_7126370880401178624_n by Ben Brown, on Flickr ATB TT
    7 points
  30. ok guys, it's my pleasure to show you my last job. it's the Jaguar E-Type 1 series for me one of the most beautiful cars of all time ... link w.ip: http://www.modellismo.net/forum/statico-work-progress/129432-jaguar-e-type-1963-1-8-scale-dea.html
    7 points
  31. This is the Italeri F-5N as an ex-Swiss Air Force Tiger now serving as a USN Adversary. To be honest, there’s not too much to say about this nice little kit: it goes together really quickly and, other than the addition of an Eduard Zoom set, a Pavla ejection seat and a bit of work to give some sort of representation of the complex canopy opening mechanism, it is pretty much from the box including the decals, which also include some nice Swiss and Austrian markings.
    7 points
  32. Duxford Battle of Britain Airshow, 2025. Put it in your date book, fellas.
    7 points
  33. In my absence she bought a new house on contingency that costs nearly three times what our current one did, so she doesn't have a lot of searoom on this one.
    7 points
  34. Ced I think I am thanking you for all of us for looking after our friends so well Sir Ced, hero host to intrepid hero visitors What a hell of an itinerary, proper job Ced Proper job mate
    7 points
  35. @Kirk, not actually pictured on the shelf of doom itself, but this is pretty much where Ark 5 is now: I am particularly proud of the masking; only the numbers (10 spots plus the distance to run marks on the runway) are transfer - all the lines are painted. Currently sitting in a box at home carefully wrapped in tissue paper.
    7 points
  36. Modellers are obsessed with detail. Undercarriages, and bays are full of detail. Aeroplane modellers always moan that they can't paint figures * sweeping generalizations *
    7 points
  37. A few years back my Dad had a flight experience to fly alongside a Spitfire at Duxford. The aircraft he flew alongside was Spitfire HF Mk.lXe TA805 'Spirit of Kent'. During the briefing I had the opportunity to take a load of up close pictures of the aircraft with the intention of building him a kit of it as a gift. I ended up using the Revell 1:48 Spitfire lXc/XVl (4554) kit. This was in the days before I realised that Eduards kits were far superior and included PE but it's a decent enough kit. The only changes I had to make were to swop the gun covers around to convert the ki
    7 points
  38. Airfix 1:72 Grumman Duck J2F6 (1968 Release)
    7 points
  39. Well calling this done my take on the old kit from FROG / NOVO 1/ 325 scale with the addition of Atlantic Models PE and replacement forward guns and torpedo tubes from Shapeways. this is not completely accurate I know there are mistakes the torpedo tubes should be the quadruple launchers and the main range finder is wrong may replace that later but when you think of the age of the original kit the PE and guns do raise the detail levels to a more acceptable level and I have another kit to try and make a better attempt in the future I hope. So here she is my version of HMS Tra
    6 points
  40. Hallo again Now I finished my Stahltaube from WNW. Actually it was not an easy kit. My first small fault was a front bulkhead, which was misaligned. Here I had to do some restoration work at the front part of the fuselage. Well, after this my next challenge was the filling process. I usually worked with Surfacer. Here, it did not work at all. So I went on with super glue, as my husband told me to try. This worked perfect. So, after all this, the paint job was next. Here I was in the wonderful situation, to have close examined a replica of the Etrich Taube, some years ago. So I could adapt
    6 points
  41. Thankyou, Ced, for hosting / looking after our North American friends. I had hoped to meet you all at Duxford on Tuesday. Unfortunately, life matters got in the way and I couldn’t get there. I hope PC pens one of his very well written accounts of the trip. I really wanted to meet him in person to thank him for his always beautifully crafted accounts of progress with his current model(s) with the occasional snippet of family / everyday news. OK, perhaps not this year but possibly another. Thanks again, best wishes to PC, NavyBird, & Cookie, and a safe arri
    6 points
  42. I think I speak for many when I say that I await the epic diorama build of Castle Bromwich roundabout with scarcely ‘bated breath. A great trip; you’ve seen a couple of Museums that I have yet to visit, and I’ve lived here on & off for almost 60 years. Loud and prolonged applause to @CedB, who has contributed well beyond the call of duty. Twas a real pleasure to meet you, chaps. Come again!
    6 points
  43. All packed: Small trunk my bottom T-Roc. They all went in except PC’s third bag of kits and books: Quick visit to Runnymede Memorial: Then off to Heathrow. Safe flight guys! And yes, this time I got out of the airport in one go
    6 points
  44. Again, my thanks gentlemen! Clearly someone first discovered the advantages white aircraft had when used against the U-Boat. Somewhere in the record, a first report must exist - "Sirs, our squadron recently discovered...." While I don't need the info for my own project, I'd be fascinated to know where the credit belongs. I appreciate the votes of confidence on my RAF colours book, but I afraid I'll never be the one to write it. A book like this needs years of primary research, and the commute from Arlington, Virginia, to London is a bit more than I can handle. There
    6 points
  45. Thanks Marklo,Skyraider looks on course to be the first finished I was lucky that @Pete in Lincs and @Alex Gordon both send sets as I had to use bits of each to get this far so thanks again guys,I placed the NK a touch too low so couldn't get the serial right under but I'm sure I did some blunders back the first time I built it which incidentally I remember well,summer of 1976 built on the coffee table while the Olympic games were on and we had the then unknown Phenomenon of late night telly!
    6 points
  46. Ed, very nice build of P11C in scheme of Polish Korpus Ochrony Pogranicza (KOP - the border protection forces in free translation). They stund up against Soviet invasion after 17 September 1939. Regarding colours (as I also wrote you in PM previousely) among Polish aviation history fans and profesionalists the option of brown interpretation of Polish Kaki colour, however it is nit so clear since likely different series of P11 (and earlier P7) could be painted with different shades of olive green or brown. What can be interesting to all after recent strong repair of Krakow museum P11
    6 points
  47. Going by the photos, I suspect the airline that they fly back with will need to attach a trailer, for all the extra baggage!
    6 points
  48. Never thought of that, do have a few of those kicking around thanks and thanks for looking in Been planking the cabin each plank is tapered Last plank to go in and then a light sanding Now onto the cabin skylight, started with this but made the angle wrong So made a slight change Then looking at a picture of the Bluenose cabin, date not to sure I see the glass goes on top and bars are underneath, so made a step on each side to hold window
    6 points
  49. Had to paint the background disc for the toned down national markings on my subject. The kit only has the white discs. Also added the main gear, brass wing guns and brass/resin pitot tube. Had to scratch one of the small doors on the main gear. While thinning them to get a proper fit, one launched itself into the ether. I still haven't heard it land. Next up is a gloss coat before putting on the few decals. Cheers, Rich
    6 points
  50. I found one on my own phone, go figure And enjoy A Condor it seems, got me types muddled maybe A deserving champ I avow
    6 points
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