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  1. Hello! This is my new kit. I wanted to assemble a model with custom color. Therefore, the choice fell on the option that Lifelike Decals offers. I used PE, a resin hood, metal racks from Eduard and copper exhaust pipes from Rexxx. T Paints Tamiya ,HATAKA gloss varnish and gray washes.
    29 points
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  3. Definitely one of the most challanging projects ever. The hardest part was keeping the dihedral of the upper wing and the proper geometry. Anyway, I`m extremely happy it`s finished.
    21 points
  4. After a tolerable parent-teacher conference for Winston (the gist of which is that he is undisciplined, defiant, and emotionally needy, but also beloved by all his girl classmates and his teacher for his sweetness and his articulateness -- Mrs P helpfully explained to them that Win is profoundly gifted, and then unhelpfully added "and so wass Edward" and everyone in the room looked at me the way one might examine an unusually and possibly alarmingly large sea monkey undulating in its tank, which was maybe sort of true for a few years in junior high school when I skipped two grades, but like homecoming kings and college football stars, I peaked early), and the welcome news that the house we want to buy very much (which we've agreed to call The Disco Palace, since it was built in 1978 and retains all of its original fixtures) has dropped in price $15,000 and its property taxes are lower than feared, I managed to creep down into the grotto and watch two excellent episodes of Magnum PI and mask both Spitfires for the uppersurfaces camo. I used my standard go-to of Spitfire paper masks, one of the greatest free modelling resources out there, re-sized to 1/72. Unusually, one of the aircraft I'm doing has the "B" scheme, so I get to do two aircraft that are effectively mirror images of each other. A quick spray with some Colourcoats, and... And then, time for my very favourite part of modelling, unmasking. One these dry, it'll be time for the upper surface markings. More chances for things to go wrong!
    21 points
  5. Other than the Voyager etch grills and RB Barrel, this is straight from the [Tamiya] box. Only the second German AFV I've completed in forty-nine years and eleven months of modelling ! - as ever please feel free to ask questions, make comments or hurl criticism. All the best from the Land of the Long White Cloud. Ian.
    16 points
  6. This was going to be my first GB entry in the Year that I was born group build. Time ran away with me and I never managed to finish on time, but here it is at last. This is my fourth model since returning to modelling after a gap of thirty odd years. I really enjoyed making this and found the kit a very nice build. It is my first attempt with an airbrush, first all metal finish and first go at using a Flory wash. The kit is straight from the box, added detail to the seat using wire and foil from a wine cap. Thank you to Paul J for the 111 Sqn Decals Lots of lessons learnt and a very enjoyable experience. Cheers Kev
    16 points
  7. 1/32 Wingnut Wings Shorts Felixstowe F.2A early. Great Yarmouth, 1918. So... here we go. It started as a thread where Mark and myself were supposed to be joint building. Mark never started his, I started mine, I continued the build thread for a while but in the end the commitment of a build thread was too much for a build at this level for me, so it fell by the way side a bit. However... 8 months later. 4 bottles of whisky. 80 metres of monofilament fishing line. 300 Bobs Buckles. Around 50000 swear words (wish I'd put £1 in the jar each time I'd said one!), 8 sheets of Aviattic CDL Decals, 2 sheets of Aviattic Woodgrain decals and one incident where I left the radiator on whilst I had the flu and came back to find all the rigging had come out. But I've finished it. Absolutely delighted to have finished it. It was an incredibly enjoyable and rewarding build from the start - but ultimately challenging. It's a true reflection of the skills of the team at Wingnut Wings though. Kit is mainly out of the box with the addition of Bobs Buckles for the rigging, 5 Gaspatch Vickers RNAS Guns, an HGW seatbelt set and a lot of Aviattic decals. The display box arrives next week and this will be firmly stored away - but as of now, I can relax and build a few smaller ones for a change. Time to rest and have a beer! Chris
    15 points
  8. Last month included a dream trip to England and with the Mighty @Procopius and @Navy Bird, hosted by the ever generous @CedB, where one of the many highlights was a visit to Scale Model World in Telford, where we got to meet many fellow Britmodellers, some of the finest folks on the planet. While at Telford @rob85 gave me this little gem: This isn't any normal Revell Mustang box, for it magically contained: 1/72 Airfix Mustang sprues along with the Revell "Cookie" decals. Now, I haven't tried putting any other Revell sprues in the box to see if they magically turn into Airfix sprues, but I assume that would have to be the case. Think of the possibilities, thanks Rob!
    15 points
  9. I have not posted in a while, so here is my Revell 1/72 F-14D Tomcat, my first attempt at weathering a jet, so all comments and hints welcome.
    15 points
  10. This is Mini Art’s new 1/35 Cierva C.30a kit (41006). It’s a re-boxing of their Avro 671 Rota Mk.1 (41008) released a couple of months back with new decals for four civilian schemes including this Czechoslovakian example. This particular aircraft (c/n 739) was delivered to shoe manufacturer Bat’a in Oct 1934 for publicity purposes - just what every shoe manufacturer needs! The aircraft was last recorded at the Belgrade International Aeronautical Exhibition in 1938 and is thought to have been destroyed when Germany invaded Czechoslovakia in 1939. Not a lot to say about the kit really other than it’s an exquisite kit, loved the build and I’ve stashed a shed load away doubled up in their boxes so the Mrs won’t know how many I’ve bought! I do have a few question marks over Mini Arts colour/serial references. I would love to know where they got the colour references for the green from as a number of mine show OK-ATS wearing standard overall ‘Cierva’ blue. Which is correct? - the problem of course is there aren’t any colour photographs to confirm the colours. I do however love the green scheme. Secondly for anyone contemplating the original Avro 671 Rota issue note that the DR623 option is in-fact a Cierva C.30a rather than a true Avro Rota. DR623 was originally a civilian airframe pressed into military service hence the C.30a designation. Thats probably just being a little picky but a second option on the decal sheet is AP516 which was in-fact a Hurricane 11B! Looking at references AP510 is probably what it should have been though once again this was an impressed civilian C.30a. Whatever the problems with colours etc it’s still one lovely kit and I've got another two on the bench at the moment. Now, any chance of a Cierva C.6a or C.6d in 1/35 - thought not! Hope it’s of interest.
    14 points
  11. While chompin' at the bit, waiting for the Mustang GB to begin Dec 14th, so I can jump in with the Piper Enforcer, and as we are approaching the end of another year, I thought it might be a good time to take another trip in the Wayback Machine, back to a time when the now old and venerable F-16 family were just getting started. All these models were built decades ago, and I forget some of the details. Also, the blankety-blank Microscale Clear enamel topcoats have yellowed, and there's a little dust, but here goes anyway. First up, the F-16A, in an early scheme: Next, the two-seat version, the F-16B: These were both made from the same kit (can't remember which one) that allowed you to build either an A or B models. The decals were from an early Microscale offering which provided the tons of light grey stripes needed. Also, the same type of kit was used to help mod the next offerings, the F-16XL family: Busy little bugger on the bottom side, isn't it. These F-16XL's are of course the Monogram kits much modded, according to an old article in one of the IPMS USA mags. Still have it kicking around somewhere. I think I could find it if anyone needs a scanned copy... The model has to have the intake moved further back under the fuselage, a hump added to the top, the rear end kicked up a few degrees, and a few other things. Even more fun is the F-16XL #2, done up in the Ferris-Heatly "as above, so below" type paint scheme: Note the dot on the nose gear door, to spoof the image of the rear-seater's helmet, as well as the upside-down star and bar on the fuse near the rear Sparrow missile on both sides, not to mention the black and white shadings on the rear fuse, to spoof looking at the vertical stabilizer upside down. A very unusual scheme and a variant rarely seen! Up you enjoyed our little journey back in time, and any comments or questions are always welcome; as well as are any criticisms (other than those about yellowing or dust!). Ed
    13 points
  12. Thanks Heather - I hope my efforts help you with yours You're right Keith, they are expensive, but if it lasts 50 years? I have three of four of the cheap ones and they've all broken in some way. And they don't have really cool uppy downy wheel things on the stands. I suspect it's going to be an heirloom Hang on, hang on, I just remembered why I bought these: TWO bottles, must have been for something big, like a Sunderland? Will it look right? Who knows (yet). Mask the bombs first: Before: Too clean and too white. After: Still drying and it does seem to dry less 'cream' but we shall see.
    12 points
  13. Hi all, As the title suggests, this is a follow-on build of Bolivian F-51D Mustang “FAB-511”. My previous write-up as part of the earlier RFI tells her story. Now she is depicted later in life and in the colour scheme adopted up to the time of her retirement and eventual sale to Canada, to become C-GXUP. She went on to be a racer in the USA and eventually her sad demise came in 1996. I believe (if you believe some reports) that some of her parts went on to other machines. In these colours, albeit a bit ragged by this time, she returned to the North and looked as follows: Photo: public domain I think this was taken at Great Falls, Montana. These Bolivians arrived back in North America en masse at that time. All (I think) were initially Canadian registered and since then have gone on to be warbirds in many parts of North America. You'll see that I've gone for a more "in service" look. I had a few issues with her, not least of which was my shock when I removed the canopy mask yesterday and found a mass of green spray inside the windscreen! It meant disturbing my fairly neat settling of the windscreen (with Krital Klear) and polishing out the offending paint with Tamiya Polishing Compound. I also lost the ventral cover for the cooling system and had to rob one from a donor Airfix kit. I also wrestled for a fair while with the Uschi line. A word of warning - the DrawDecal decals are not fit for purpose really. They are way too pixelated. What did I do/use? It should be noted that ArmyCast recently included this machine in a recent decal release. The sheet contains a wide range of Mustangs but care should be taken. Not all the decals and/or colour profiles are correct. See my next Guatemalan Mustang RFI. Kit – Tamiya F-51D Mustang 1/72 (54). The dropped flaps are from an Airfix F-51D. Decals – ArmyCast flag (ACD 72 034) and serial, the kit stencils and warning markings, sharksmouth from the DrawDecal sheet for Cavalier F-51D C-GMUS (72s-P51-82). The Unit badge is home printed. Paint – Colourcoats Dark Green (ACUS20 ), Vietnam Mid Green FS24102 (ACUS19), Vietnam Tan (ACUS18 ) and Vietnam Gray FS36622 (ACUS17). Humbrol Scarlet (60), Black (33). Additionally, I used a variety of paints for the interior, lights, prop etc. Final coat of Humbrol Satincote. Uschi line for the aerial Weathering/Panel lines – Flory Dirt, Tamiya Weathering powders, Prismacolor Silver pencil and stippled Humbrol Silver (11) for some chipping/wear I hope you like her. On to the next one ...... Martin
    11 points
  14. Dear fellow Britmodellers, here's the new 1/72 Zvezda Pe-2 in markings of 34th Guards Bomber Regiment, Leningrad, December 1944. I built from the box with addition of Mini Art defense guns. Painted with Gunze/Mr.Hobby acrylics. Photographs by Wolfgang Rabel. The new Zvezda kit is excellent in detail and fit, comparable to Tamiya offerings. Alternative parts enable you to build aircraft of different production batches. 5 attractive color options are included, 4 Russian, 1 Polish post-war. The kit decals perform exceptionally well. I really enjoyed building this model kit and can recommend it to all modelers with an interest in Russian WW2 aircraft. Thank you for your interest in this topic. Best greetings from Vienna!
    11 points
  15. HI, Finished this Draken a week or so ago, lovely kit, went together really nicely. Replaced the chunky pitot tube for a model master one, rest is pretty much oob, finished as 35604 of the Swedish Air Force. Such a shame theyre not the easiest of kits to get hold of!! Hasegawa 1.72 J-35F Draken 35604-3 by Jonathan Francis, on Flickr Hasegawa 1.72 J-35F Draken 35604-8 by Jonathan Francis, on Flickr Hasegawa 1.72 J-35F Draken 35604-4 by Jonathan Francis, on Flickr Hasegawa 1.72 J-35F Draken 35604-7 by Jonathan Francis, on Flickr Hasegawa 1.72 J-35F Draken 35604-6 by Jonathan Francis, on Flickr Hasegawa 1.72 J-35F Draken 35604 by Jonathan Francis, on Flickr Hasegawa 1.72 J-35F Draken 35604-1 by Jonathan Francis, on Flickr Thanks for looking Jon
    11 points
  16. Hello everyone! Here is my latest kit, completed this past weekend. It's AZ Model's 1:72 Messerschmitt P.1106T - the navalized carrier variant. I thought the concept so crazy and absurd that I couldn't resist getting it! I believe it's a first in Luft46 kits since I don't recall anyone releasing carrier-borne aircraft in this field. The instructions that came with the kit were for the B variants (the other two boxings), I'm not sure if by mistake or that's how they come with this kit. I had to refer to the boxart for the variant-specific parts (arrestor hook, underwing fuel tanks and gun pods. The build wasn't easy. The parts were a bit crude and with flash and needed plenty of cleaning up, reminding me of earlier Special Hobby and MPM kits. I built it mostly OOB only adding belts from Tamiya tape and replacing the wing pitot tube with one made from stretched sprue. I opened up the holes at the tip of the gunpod barrels. To get it to sit on its legs, I packed weight inside the engine and in the nose area above it. I made a forward u/c bay bulkhead to hold/hide the lead weights. I managed to get a reasonably good join of the wings to the fuselage but the other joins needed plenty of filling and sanding. The canopy was a poor fit and I only managed to get it in place after plenty of trimming and at the third attempt when I resorted to CA gel to hold it in place. The kit was fully painted and varnished with brush. I didn't like the options proposed by AZ Model so I made my own scheme. I used the decals from option 3 plus the anchors of option 2, all placed as I saw fit. The decals behaved well and reacted to Micro Set and Sol. Despite the difficult build, I enjoyed it and am glad I decided to build this "flying fish"! Thank you for looking and all comments are welcome as always Miguel
    10 points
  17. My mother in law is sleeping on the futon just outside my study, and I'm scared that if I go out to go up to bed or brush my teeth, she'll yell at me.
    10 points
  18. I've not made as many models as I usually do but I have had fun making all the ones I have made. As usual all of these builds have been completed in GBs and all have been painted with brushes. Pz.Kpfw.IV Ausf.D and crew Kit: 1/35 Dragon/Platz Pz.Kpfw.IV Ausf.D Paints: Humbrol, Revell, Citadel and Railmatch Acrylic paints all applied by brushes Figures: MiniArt Special Edition German Tank Crew Base: 3mm MDF, Wilko picture frame, Household Filler, Vallejo European Mud, Woodlands Scenics Blended and other turfs, Army Painter tufts and grasses WIP: Here Lots more photos of the Pz.IV and crew: Here Vignette style photos: Here Panzer IV Ausf. J Sd.Kfz.161/2 1 SS Pz. Div. 723 Normandy 1944 Kit: Tamiya 1/48 Paints: Humbrol, Revell, Citadel and Railmatch acrylics all applied by brush Extras: Tamiya Zimmerit stickers (the set for the H version - which fit fine), Vallejo European Thick Mud Build thread: Here Ready For Inspection photos: Here T26E4 Super Pershing Pilot #1 - HobbyBoss 1/35 Kit: HobbyBoss 1/35 T26E4 Super Pershing Pilot #1 Paints: Humbrol, Revell, Citadel and Railmatch - all applied by brush Extras: Tamiya Tank Crew, Italeri Tools, Slater's Plasticard, Academy ammo crate and jerrycan. WIP: Here RFI: Here Vignette photos: Here King Tiger - Porsche Turret - s.Pz.Abt.506 Arnhem 1944 Toon Version Kit: Meng Toon Kit (no scale given) Paints: Humbrol, Revell, Citadel and Railmatch Acrylics applied by brush Extras: No More Nails Zimmerit (thank you to @MarkSH for the idea), lead wire and Vallejo Mud products WIP: Here RFI: Here Tiger 1 Ausf.E (Late Production) Turret Number 313 of 3./s.Pz.Abt. 503 (3rd Company 503rd Heavy Tank Battalion) This is the Tiger 1 that would become famous as the one which was overturned at Manneville during the Allied heavy bombing at the start of Operation 'Goodwood' on the 18 July 1944. Three of the crew actually survived that bombing. My version is modelled before that date while the detachment was still fighting against Allied tank forces during the battles around Caen. My finished kit will be seen in action next against a Typhoon Mk.1b in the D-Day STGB. Kit: 1/48 Skybow Tiger 1 Ausf.E (Late Production) Paints; Humbrol, Revell, Citadel and Railmatch Acrylics all applied by brush Extras: Stetched Sprue arial and Vallejo Mud The W.I.P. can be found: Here Hawker Typhoon Mk.Ib - 1/48 Hasegawa/Italeri - motorised prop ZY-Y - 247 Sqn. France, June 1944 This was part of my project for the D-Day GB. The kit is by Hasegawa but re-boxed by Italeri with new decals. There are some fit issues with the kit in a couple of places but other than those it was a fun build. As can be seen from the photos I decided, as it was going to be part of a small diorama, that I would have the prop motorised. The motor I used was from Airfix. I also used the PE set for this kit from Eduard. Kit: 1/48 Italeri/Hasegawa Hawker Typhoon Mk.Ib Paints: Humbrol, Revell, Citadel and Railmatch Acrylics all applied by brush Extras: Eduard PE set, Airfix motor and Airfix pilot The WIP can be found: Here The RFI can be found: Here The two previous builds were built to be part of the vignette below: All the photos of the above scene can be found: Here Thank you to everyone who has taken the time to comment or make suggestions in my build threads - it’s the support from fellow modellers that have helped make my models what they are. There may be one more build to go into this Yearbook if I get it finished before the end of the year. Comments and suggestions welcome. Kind regards, Stix
    9 points
  19. As usual, my 2019 started with a couple of hangovers from Group Builds started towards the end of 2018 and this Grumman F3F-2 was the first model finished in 2019. by John L, on Flickr by John L, on Flickr by John L, on Flickr The next one across the line was this Typhoon FGR.4 using Revell's 1/144 kit for the KUTA XI build, which had been hanging around the on the 'Shelf of Doom' for a while. by John L, on Flickr by John L, on Flickr At the end of February I wrapped up another Grumman GB entry by finishing this EA-6B in Patriots guise. by John L, on Flickr by John L, on Flickr I had another bash at a Blitzbuild over the Bank Holiday weekend, but I failed to complete this Mark1-1/144 Mossie by the deadline, finishing it a day or two after the weekend. by John L, on Flickr by John L, on Flickr That was followed in early June by a couple of completed builds for the Trainers GB starting with this Spitfire T.9 in a Remembrance Day scheme... by John L, on Flickr by John L, on Flickr and this was followed a few days later by this Swiss Airforce Pilatus PC-21. by John L, on Flickr by John L, on Flickr by John L, on Flickr By July I had finished my first build in the FROG Squad GB adding this 1/72 Sea Vixen to the years tally. by John L, on Flickr by John L, on Flickr This was followed with another two completions for this Group Build, the first being this model of Spirit of St Louis. by John L, on Flickr by John L, on Flickr And the second was this Westland Lynx, with @Rabbit Leader, the GB host, challenging me to open a door or two. In the end I opened a single door, which meant that I had to add some detail to the cockpit and seats, as well as a scratch build door. by John L, on Flickr by John L, on Flickr Having recently completed this 1/144 Hawker Hunter F.4 for the Year I was Born Group Build, I am up to date with my finished models so far this year. by John L, on Flickr by John L, on Flickr There are still a couple on the go at the present that I hope to finish before next weekend, a Hawker Hunter F.6 that didn't make the deadline for the same Group Build, and a Fairey Seafox for the Flying Boats and Floatplanes GB. I also started this Revell 1/72 Tiger I Ausf.E for the Panzer VI GB, but after a few issues, my enthusiasm for the build waned somewhat, and at present it stands like this - consigned to the SHELF. A possible candidate for this years KUTA??? by John L, on Flickr by John L, on Flickr
    9 points
  20. Hello Everyone... Welcome to my 2019 Build yearbook. My busiest year since i was a teenager. I make it 30 builds as of right now which may increase by one if i can finish another build that is underway. I have included WIP links where there is one. Some were built offline with no build logs. I hope they meet your expectations and if needed will add a few more RFI links if needed. B-18A Bolo Neutrality patrol Puerto Rico 1940. https://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/235047060-bolo/ F-84F Thunderstreak 92nd F.I.S., 81st T.F.W.. Stationed at R.A.F. Manston, Shepherds grove, & Bentwaters in 1955. https://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/235049416-a-streaker-from-republic/ Rebel captured AT-ST Modified for Long range recon patrol in Temperate scheme. https://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/235048885-resistance-walker/ 69 Squadron Malta Hurricane MK.I 1942. https://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/235051881-i’ve-got-the-maltese-blues/ Mk.Vb Spitfire 249 Squadron Malta George “Buzz” Buerling. 1942. https://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/235051923-them-maltese-blues-again/ Mk.18 Spitfire 208 Squadron 1949. https://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/235052248-spitfire-turns-18/ Mk.VI Tempest 6 Squadron 1949. https://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/235052250-a-desert-tempest/ My Grandfathers M3a1 Lee Ft.Knox Ky. 1942. https://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/235051488-m3-lee-at-school/ Heinkel 219A-0 1943 early combat use. https://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/235052300-der-weise-nachtjäger/ Finnish Mersu (Bf.109G6) 1950. https://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/235052872-my-finnish-“mersu-”/ M48a3 Patton Tank “Death” USMC Vietnam 1970. https://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/235053009-vietnam-patton/A-7D Thailand 1973 “Molar Mauler”. https://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/235054895-corsair-ii-aka-junior/ F8F-2P NATTU Pensacola 1949. A link to the build. https://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/235055521-this-sure-isnt-a-stutz/ F-94B NACA Cleveland 1957 https://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/235053665-shooting-starfire/ Tempest Mk.V series 1 3Squadron June 8th 1944. https://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/235056066-at-this-hour-lie-at-my-mercy-all-mine-enemies/ 237 OCU/12 Squadron Buccaneer S2A 1977. https://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/235055705-f-238-blackburn-buccaneer-the-flying-pirate/ F-4C Phantom 122nd TFS USAFRES. Red flag March 1983. https://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/235057122-ole-smokey/ 306th Hikotai TFS Komatsu Japan 1980 “Aggressor scheme”. https://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/235057424-nihon-no-fantomu-or-japanese-phantom/ Bf.109E7 Josef Pips Priller spring 1941 this was the first of 10 Priller builds. P-47D 201st Squadron Mexican Air force Phillipines 1945. https://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/235058018-flying-jug-of-to-kill-ya/ 401 Squadron RCAF August 1940 B.o.B. Fw.190A3 Josef Pips Priller spring 1942. P-40 Tomahawk 3 Squadron RAAF Palestine 1941. WIP link. https://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/235059575-tomahawk/ AV-8A Harrier USMC First use 1971. https://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/235058667-1971-bae-av-8a-harrier-usmc-gets-a-shiny-new-toy/ Fw.190A5 Josef Pips Priller 1943. a completed look at the first three builds of the Priller build. https://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/235058411-pips-build-log/ Bf.109G10 fall/winter 1944. https://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/235060720-der-adler/ “Blue Four” From the movie Rogue 1. “Green 12” Battle of Endor. https://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/235061108-a-little-blue-and-green/ “Red Two” Wedge Antilles’ Battles of Yavin & Endor. https://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/235061107-red-two/ Stearman Pt 17 Kaydet from the film “Charley Varrick”. https://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/235061109-varrick’s-stearman/ The only thing left with the Varrick Stearman is serial number’s. Which are ready to go so will be done before the end of the year. Questions, comments, and or thoughts ? Dennis
    9 points
  21. I continue to struggle with motivation and enthusiasm, combined with a lack of workbench time. This has contributed to a below par year for output - only 6 completions so far, though I'm hoping to get another couple of review kits done before year's end. Anyways, here's what I did get done. 1. Airfix 1/48 Mustang IV - 19 Sqn RAF: MustangIV-01 by paulbradley109, on Flickr 2. Italeri 1/48 F-16A - Belgian Air Force: 72286905_915953875447224_4778997379976134656_o by paulbradley109, on Flickr 3. Special Hobby 1/32 Tempest IV - 3 Sqn RAF: 30 by paulbradley109, on Flickr 4. Hasegawa 1/48 Spitfire VIII - 152 Sqn RAF: 007 by paulbradley109, on Flickr 5. Italeri 1/48 OH-58D - Croatian Air Force: 005 (2) by paulbradley109, on Flickr 6. Hasegawa 1/48 P-47D - 146 Sqn RAF 001 by paulbradley109, on Flickr I've signed up for a bunch of group builds in 2020 in the hope that I can kindle some enthusiasm - there are some of my 'Top 100 Kits That I Really Want to Build' in there, so I'm hoping this will be the year I can really get back into modelling!
    8 points
  22. We're getting closer to the end of 2019, so does work on some of kits in progress... Latest addition to my collection of 'mini' braillescale is very nice Revell edition of French Navy Dassault Rafale - prototype M02 to be precise. Painted with Gunze acrylics, wash done with artistic oils. French roundels are oversprayed with camo colour as they have to be toned down... On to the photos! Closeups... And one with my favourite reference object Thanks for the attention and please, do comment/suggest/critique... Cheers, S.
    8 points
  23. Sorry Kirk......... but seeing as I detect overtones of irony in that statement; I’m not that sorry..... No. But it’s not a bad idea............ You'd be the winner.... Ciao As for you two...... Hooray - see; someone appreciates the use of good ol’ fashioned plastic card [Thanks Bill ] Small plastic aircraft as reliquary - who else could hatch such a thought...... As it ‘appens I have been active; been cleaning up the outsides in optimistic preparation for painting. But cleaning out and tidying up/re-doing scribed lines and polishing primer, whilst time consuming is not very photogenic.... I’ve also been working in the cockpit. Time to try and marry up the pre-coloured etch instrument panels with the cockpits. Them with long memories for trivia may remember that the (otherwise lovely) IPs were the wrong background colour; and so I hand painted around the Instruments to match the rest of the cockpit. They were also made for the Revell hawks and so were the wrong shape - and so have to be filed to fit the cockpit and coamings....... The idea was to stick the etch IPs to a backing structure made up of modified kit instrument panels fixed to the home-brew resin tubs. But when it came to it, I found that the etch IPs didn’t fully cover the backing structure and it looked a bit messy with bits of it visible around the IPs. The solution was to remove the outer edges of the backing structure - where it was glued to the side panels, leaving just the freestanding centre bit, which would be entirely hidden behind the etch IPs. Clear? Structural rigidity would be regained by gluing the edges of the etch IPs to the side panels/cockpit sides. Careful use of a 1mm micro-chisel - a bit of repainting and a lot of swearing and the job was done (on just the Valley hawk so far). This photo sort of shows what I did. Look at the front IP and you can see the etch IP glues to just a small square of residual backing structure, which is hidden from the front. I have to say that Gator’s Grip thin blend was absolutely brilliant for the job. So I am now a belated convert....... Anyways. Who cares what it looks like from behind. It’s the front wot matters innit... I couldn’t get both IPs in focus at once......So here’s the front in focus: And the back in focus. If you look closely - and you know what you’re looking for - you can tell this is the Valley (advanced flying training) hawk and not the Chivenor (TWU) hawk cos the IPs don’t have the weapons panels. I ‘spect you’ll have to trust me on that one Clever stuff this coloured etch. No way you could hand paint those dials and emergency panels (the red/orange rectangular panel) in 1/72 scale. Next step is to continue fettling the tops and sides of the IPs to get the best fit with the coamings. The front coaming is there or thereabouts (couldn’t resist popping a seat in there for a look-see): And with one of my home-brew vac windscreens; which also needs a touch more fettling; but is nice and clear: The rear coaming doesn’t quite fit right yet. Bit more trimming of the IP required. And then the TWU hawk....... See? I been doing something at least. Holiday.........harumph......
    8 points
  24. Power off again today Ced (but not for long) - the villains must have done over the sweet shop this time... Immaculate as always John - my thanks! I hope you're not of a nervous disposition Terry. Don't say I didn't warn ye! 😁 Spare the plane, spoil the child.... Stranger things Rob.... I made a mental note at the time when you mentioned that point in the preparatory thread for this build. The FAW.1 GA is indeed dead ropey but the plan view in FAW.2 manual matches the Warpaint drawing quite well (GA outline = white): (Apologies all for small size of some of these refs but I'm trying to tiptoe around publication copyright by not posting printable content) Between the outline taken from your photographs and the FAW.2 GA overhead plan view, that's now two independent votes of confidence in the Warpaint drawings - in broad outline anyway. (The side view in the GA though is not accurate in outline against your ref. photo however...) Valuable info Crisp: thanks! Those shots are amazing James - I can't thank you enough for sharing this material! So much so that I've had to add a @71chally section to the infinite Sea Vixen mosiac now.... 😁 So far anyway (and against my usual instincts for drawings in books) I've got a growing confidence in the fidelity of the Warpaint designs as a basis for getting the general outline of the aircraft as correct as possible in this build. Overlaying side and plan views of the FAW.1 from the WP volume indicates these match up in two different dimensions also: Time to check out the kit against the drawings. To avoid any lens distortion from photography in reproducing plan views of the kit fuselages, I put the kits parts on the scanner. Frog first: Aside from what we know about the front of the nose - the conjunction of drawing and kit outlines look pretty good. High Planes next: Aside from all the yucky flash, again not bad but interestingly the trailing edge of the wing seems to become increasingly too narrow towards the wing tip (in relation to the WP drawing), giving it too great an inward curve radius. It does however seem to match the wing tip shape in the GA drawing (the white outline discussed above), so I need to think some more about this issue: there's no rush on a decision yet. Comparisons on booms and tailplanes will keep for another day - that's enough for tonight. Tony
    8 points
  25. Crikey! At this rate I’ll have to include this model in my 2019 yearbook post! The horizontal tail surfaces from the Revell kit are slightly slimmer than the Airfix version. The fuselage fore and aft of the slot needed filing, sanding and filling to match. Once I was happy, I stuck the vertical stabilisers on. The question is now whether I am in the mood to tackle the Falcon vac transparencies, or to think about fitting the engines and undercarriage.
    8 points
  26. Place holder. I'm not one of those gifted people who can knock out half a dozen masterpieces in a year. I am a moderately good modeller who, by sheer determindness and an ability to do, re-do, re-re-do and re-re-re-do a thing until I'm happy with it, can just about knock 1 or 2 good models a year, that, aside from all my faffing about with a pair of dioramas which may take another 2yrs to complete! So, forgive me for the high number of photos to bulk out what would otherwise be a very short yearbook! First off, my Nashorn, which started life in the PzIII STGB back in late 2018. This was my second attempt at a Nashorn, my first, which having been completed, had the cheek to fall apart in my hands, and fell further apart thereafter having met repeatedly with the kitchen tap under which I had been rinsing off some bi-carb snow. Upgraded Tamiya 88mm King Tigrer brass shells and Friulmodel Winterketten tracks, the latter being a joy to put together because they raise the 'beastliness' of the Nashorn by a factor of ten. Tamiya acrylic 3-colour camo scheme with winter whitewash over the top, Whitewash, chipping and all other weathering effects were achieved using Daler Rowney Acrylic Inks. ## Next, Tamiya's classic Tiger I early. (fruhe) which I decided to open up to display a scratch-built HL210 Mayback engine. Upgraded further with Friulmodel tracks. I can't imagine building tracked vehicles with anything other than Friul's now. Battle damage. And finally, some work on my dioramas, with improvements to the building in my Ever Evolvin' Dio, including a repaint of the whitewashed rear wall, and the addition of carefully selected specimens of REAL moss to represent plants, and the replacement of the entire rear wall of the building in my Pit Stop diorama. And the rear wall, BEFORE: And AFTER: PIT STOP DIORAMA. Here are two thirds of the rear wall, consisting of a type of foamboard, left, and plaster cast walls to the right. I wasn't happy with any of that so replaced the entire length with the FTINFBISS (Foamboard that is not Foamboard but is something similar) Here is the replacement single-piece wall made from FTINFBISS after the mortar gaps have been impressed into the board. And at the mid-stage of painting and weathering: And after further work. THIS POST IS STILL IN THE PROCESS OF BEING EDITED, BUT ANY COMMENTS, CRITICISMS, QUESTIONS ETC ARE MOST WELCOME. TFL Badder
    7 points
  27. I didn't think I'd been all that active on the plastic modelling front, but I was quite surprised at my output for 2019. Let's see... You can click through to my Flickr stream to see further details of each type, plus, of course a detour to the WIP threads if I can find them! Everything is 1/72nd scale. My 1940 obsession saw me taking a serious look at the French Air Force, and the single-seat fighters in particular. Morane-Saulnier MS-406 C.1, from the Azur kit. HobbyBoss provided a decent Dewoitine D.520 C.1. Marcel Bloch MB-152 C.1 from RS Models. The Curtiss H-75A-2 was from AZ Model. The diminutive Caudron Renault CR.714 "Cyclone" finished the set, from RS Models. You can find my French Fancies WIP thread is below, where you can expect further builds to appear in the coming years. Two Group Builds over the year gave me things to do to expand my 1940 collection. Have I mentioned I am a little obsessed? I had lots of plans for the Trainers GB, but sadly got rather bogged down with a single build in the end. Airspeed Oxford MkI, from the Pavla kit. Plenty of filler on this one, some scratched up interior fittings, and reworked nacelles under the wings. I ended up scratching new undercarriage to correct the plane's attitude on the ground, and added some scratched detail for the turret gun mounting. Painting rather let me down, and I was getting utterly fed up with the thing by the end, but it looks like an Oxford, and sits nicely on the shelf. WIP here: For the Frog Classic GB, I worked on another pair of trainers. A fellow BMer kindly donated an original Frog Miles Magister, and I hacked about an Eastern Express repop of a Master. With the aid of a scrap Frog Blenheim, I managed to convincingly convert the EE MkIII to MkII configuration. As with most of our builds, lots of help and encouragement came my way from the BM gang, for which I am eternally grateful. Maggie's WIP is here: And the Master is here: A bit of a hiatus followed the Frog Classic GB, but the itch needed scratching. Technically, I built the Caudron at this point, but I'm not trying to be completely chronological with this review. The Airfix Bristol Blenheim MkIV, which just leaves the Fairey Battle missing on my Bomber Command shelf. WIP, as ever, here: The final completed build was something entirely different. The only Belgian designed and built aircraft to see action against the invading German forces in 1940. The Renard R-31, from Azur-Ffrom, was a relatively simple build, with some very tiny PE details. A nice model of an unusual and rarely seen type. The WIP thread will eventually see other aircraft appear, though sadly no more Belgian types, unless you count the licence-built Fairey Battle and Hawker Hurricane. So, that was my 2019. I have surprised myself, since I really didn't think I had built so many over the year. Thank you all for following, showing an interest, passing on knowledge and references, and just being Britmodellers!
    7 points
  28. The model is the Monogram 1/48 Dassault Mirage 2000, the instructions are dated 1986. I built the kit somewhere between ’93 and ’95. It was years later that I finally took some photos of the model. When it was built way back then, I had very little experience with weathering and wear on aircraft and most attempts were not that good. As my meager skills in that part of the art grew, I felt better about newer builds and sort of looked down on my old efforts. After I started using digital cameras to record my planes, some older builds never got any consideration. I realized that was a bit unfair to those older builds and then saw them as "documentation" of my modeling abilities at that moment. They were then taken out to the airport for their turn before the lens. The paint was Model Master camouflage gray and a custom-mixed blue (tried to match a blue I’d seen in pics somewhere), both enamels, done back then with my Paasche H and an ancient, pulsing ol’ compressor that made an horrendous noise. Originally it carried two Exocets but I robbed one for my CSAF Mirage F-1 and used the kit-supplied drop tank in it’s place. I did add some gee-gaws to the cockpit that look okay still. I notice a bit of silvering, and some discoloration around a few decals. That’s happened in the last 10 or 12 years, but hey, they were laid down a long time ago. 😉 All in all, she turned out better in pics than in person. I think she’s passed the test of time pretty well and looks okay in the airport setting, posed in front of new hangars out there. Thanks to all for stopping by and taking a look at the model. Please feel free to leave comments if you'd like! Gary
    7 points
  29. Tonight I fought a small battle with the headlights. The attachment points are really ridiculously small. The parts are connected more by faith than glue. I think that If I open a window everything falls apart. However, it all does look very true to life. The rod on which the lamps are mounted is under quite a bit of strain, but luckily it's holding. There are minute pins on the rod which fit the equally minute holes in the fender. For the part that connects the lamp to the side of the radiator, there's not really an attachment point at all on the side of the lamp, not in the form of pin and hole in any case. You just push the parts together with a bit of glue in between and hope they like eachother. The same is true for the connection between the lamp and the rod it's on. I'll have to be careful when painting this contraption.
    7 points
  30. Thanks Keith and Ben I remembered to paint the aerials: Next job is to mask up. Oooh look, it has wavy lines down the side. Deep joy
    7 points
  31. No Airifx here! Here are a few pictures of 1:48 Sea Fury FB MK 51 Hobbycraft+ Flighpath FB 11 detail set I recently finished. This thing weighs a ton as there is a lot of white metal and photo etch and resin inside. The model is finished as F-46 VSQ 860 MLD/ Royal Neth. Naval Air Service, NAS Valkenburg 1953 flown bij ltZV1 R. Izerda then a member of the MLD's demoteam "The Aerobats". Decals by Dutch Decals and me. This model was a homage to a modelling article I read when I first came back to the hobby in 1995; Scale Aviation Modeller Volume 1 Issue 4 April 1995 by Jonathon Mock's build of the same model with the same detail kit ( back then PP Aeroparts). It blew me away with the detail and the Sea Fury is a beautiful aircraft. I am also working on another homage piece based on another article from the same issue; Gary Madgwick's article on the Aeroclub 1;72 MB.339 in Kiwi colours. Anyways hope you like it, Regards
    7 points
  32. Martin Baker Sea Baker MB5 AZ Models 'What if' of the prototype. Built OOB and finished in a Pacific Fleet livery of 1843 Squadron NAS. Build thread is here
    7 points
  33. Well, someone needs to do a Viggen with that lovely splinter camo 😎 Perhaps the photo-recon SF37 with a camerapods for extra splinter-ness? After all, it's the only version that has splinter on the nose too, since it lacked radar.
    7 points
  34. As the festive season fast approaches - it's time to take stock of my output for the year. It's been a 'slack' year for me & I do intend to improve for 2020. The year started with a big spray can of Rustoleum Bronze paint and a load of 1/72 aircraft that were building up in the cupboard. So may I present 2 of each - 1 on the ground and 1 in flight... 2 Airfix 1/72 Spitfire MK1's 2 Airfix 1/72 Hurricane MK1's 2 Airfix 1/72 Defiants 2 Airfix 1/72 Bf109E's So the year started with 8 very fast builds - which helped to slim the stash - but it's not 'real' modelling. Next came the May Blitzbuild and I'm always up for a bit of fun with a less than perfect kit that might never see the light of day - unless finished in record time. So may I present the... Armourfast 1/72 Jagdpanther I was actually quite pleased with this and it got me in the mood for the Panzer IV STGB - where I went a bit nuts - with this lot... 2 PSC 1/72 Panzer IV's 2 Armourfast 1/72 Panzer IV's 1 Italeri 1/72 Panzer IV 1 Revell 1/72 Panzer IV The August Blizbuild saw my trusty old computer die on me and nipping out to buy a new one left me little time to participate - but I did knock up this in super quick time... Hasegawa 1/72 Humber Armoured Car At this point I made a DRAMATIC turn - by attempting my first ever 1/35 kit in the Tiger STGB - it was a lot of fun... Tamiya 1/35 King Tiger Happy Christmas Everyone / Happy 2020 for when it come - but most importantly Happy Modelling Folks!!! Steve
    6 points
  35. This is my first completion in almost two years; a 1/200 China Airlines Hasegawa 747-400 for a friend at work who has started a collection. He wanted a ready built one (like the MD-11 and 767 in the background) but couldn't find one, so I volunteered to build it for him. I couldn't find any transfers for a China Airlines 747 so used some made for an MD-11 for the lettering and masked the stripes and markings myself. The windows have been filled with crystal clear and maybe a shade or two have been closed by sleepy passengers using plasticard glued from the inside. I think it'll be happy with its new friends - jumbos, they grow up so fast.
    6 points
  36. Hi every body, this will be my last post for ´19. Its the Fw190A-4 Würger of Anton Döbele, one member of Walter Nowotnys Devils Chain "Teufelskette". Hope you will enjoy!
    6 points
  37. There may be a good reason for that. I think the poor chap's exhausted! I think our Ced needs a beer or two to relax! Ian
    6 points
  38. God knows I've tried, but I can't seem to do daily updates on my progress. I'm either in a modelly mood, or a writing mood, or a 'I'm just going to crawl into a shallow depression in the ground and think 'occupying a shallow depression in the ground thoughts'' sort of mood. As per usual the last updates will be in the format know as 'rushed'. Here we go….. Failing spectacularly to find a single piece of coal (it looks like I'm going to freeze when the nuclear winter arrives) I was forced to improvise. I knew this alcoholism would come in useful one day. Turned out quite passable if I do say so myself: I've found that one of the things about scratch-building is that you need to keep a lookout for stuff that may possibly be useful, and if you're convinced your grandmothers false teeth are going to come in useful for a project, then sorry granny, it's for a greater good. The steering wheel stumped me to start with but then I found a small metal key-ring thingy that was the perfect size. Admittedly solder would have been the 'look at me, I'm a proper modeller' thing. Super glue was this wimps cop-out, but it worked fine. Sticking with the steering, one of the probs was that I needed a worm gear for my fetish gear collection. I could have sawn a bit off a wood screw – it's not as if I can't spare one, I've got thousands. In the spirit of making life as difficult as I can, I wanted to make one. First off, draw a spiral on a a piece of plastic tube. Very, very carefully saw down the line. It took three attempts but I finally manage to produce something passable. Insert plastic rod, space out and clamp either end then a few dabs of Extra Thin. Finally file into something a bit better. Not perfect but this is three times as long as I need – I just used the best third. Now doing its job: Thanks for the comments and likes and stuff.
    6 points
  39. After about an hour of file clogging and wet'n'dry action, things are looking quite promising. One dodgy area that’s exercising my patience is the tiny bit behind the upper cupola. The Revell wing sits higher, with a slight hump, and even the Milliput didn’t quite work. From the other direction. A technique I often use on the railway models, where I’m trying to match joints or level up surfaces, is to use a black marker pen scribbled over the area I’m working on. Like using a squirt of primer, but less smelly and messy, sanding reveals low points because the marker isn’t sanded away. Underneath, things aren’t too bad. A slight complication is raised moulded fuel tanks on the Revell wing. I think I’ve managed to retain most of the feature. One of those serendipitous moments occurred, as I was using a scalpel blade to scrape back the putty. A Swann Morton No 10 - the big curved one - was almost exactly the right shape for the fuselage to wing curvature. Anyway, a bit more sanding and I think I’ll be happy with the outcome.
    6 points
  40. Quick pic of the spools that attach to the cradle... Guy
    6 points
  41. She is Giorgio, she is! I've just checked and she just about fits in my spray booth. I'd better change the filters and get the extract hose out the window. Brrrr! Don't worry Keith, I'm sure she'll get rescued before take off. Again Thanks Johnny, Giorgio and Keith I think you're right to ask… normally, especially with biplanes, people paint wings off the model and I think that's the right method 'cos you can't mask over rigging. With this one there's no camo on the bottom (of course) so I wanted to get the mess (including the PE) done before the paint. If when I eventually get on to my WNW Camel I'll have to be more careful with the holes and glue… Thanks Tony Hadn't noticed that… it's my beloved 'Jack Dyson CSYS desk light'. It has eight LEDs in the head so I guess that's where the multiple shadows come from. I was a bit shocked to see that it's no longer available (except from shop stock) and has been replaced by a new one that adjusts depending on the the natural / background light available, or via an app! It still has the cool uppy downy stand though. Mine is supposed to last 50 years so I think it'll probably see me out… Thanks Cookie Cosmic significance eh? Coooo… Some of my models are definitely on a different planet (or should be) but otherwise I think it's pretty Earthy, especially when the Anglo-Saxon starts! Thanks John Oooh, a Stranraer eh? Interesting… bit early for me and, having checked Phil's recent completion I think it's a bit too tricky… but it does have a certain 'je ne sais quoi' doesn't it? More sticky out bits to go on this morning (maybe), then some masking… I've been dithering about this for a bit… The lazy normal way would be to do the white first; I'm going to go over the Stynylrez with Colourcoats matt white and see what it looks like. Then mask that and do the camo. That way I can also leave off the top aerials while I have her upside down (oooer Missus) Sounds like a plan? I'm doing the RAF version of course (461 Sqdn. 1942) and the fin is white too except for a silly little bit on the bottom. I've also just noticed the ?anti-icing black bits on the leading edges. Mustn't forget those…
    6 points
  42. I grabbed a few minutes this evening to sort out the nose. I had lightly glued the windscreen in place and ensured there was as flush a fitting as possible. Next thing to do was to paint the inside of the windscreen black, so retaining the glazed look from the outside. Next thing to do was to put some weight in there so as to try and prevent a tail sitter. A lump of Greenstuff was then wedged in and some heavy screws embedded. I think that’ll do the trick! Next up, glue the nose and blend it all in. More soonish...... Trevor
    6 points
  43. Another pretty good year, with a typically-short-attention-span variety of subjects, scales and manufacturers. Please enjoy...and Happy New Year to All!
    5 points
  44. A quite year in terms of the number of models made but numbers do not tell the whole story of my output for 2019. Early part of the year I was knocking out some classic Airfix kits then priority had to be given to a rather big scratchbuild. A conversion of the Airfix 1/76 AEC Matador & 5.5 Inch Gun (A01314) to a 6x6 AEC Coles Crane: This was a more complicated build than it looks as I converted the chassis from a 4x4 to a 6x6. The compressor, crane cab and jib are 100% scratchbuilt. It would have been much easier to use the Refuelling Set Matador and the Recovery Set Coles Crane but where is the fun in taking the easy route? Tools came from the spares box. Airfix 1/72 North American OV-10A Bronco (265) Airfix 1/72 Cessna 0-2A (01053-7) Airfix 1/32 1905 Rolls Royce (02447-1) Built OOB apart from a pair of "wobbly eyes" on the headlamps! Scratchbuilt 1/350 HMS Prince of Wales (R09) This build was commissioned by Airfix for display at SMW 2019 and then onto the Hornby Hobbies Visitor Centre in Margate. You can read about the build here. More pictures in the Ready For Inspection Forum here That is all for this year. Dave
    5 points
  45. A little 'alternative history'.... Following the decisive success of the U.S. Coast Guard's once-classified armed interdiction helicopter program, the Guard's Office of Aviation Forces (CG-711) was directed to formulate a proposal to expand that interdiction capability to the possible use of fixed-wing aircraft. Tasked with an ever-larger share of Homeland Security responsibilities...and facing increasingly-sophisticated threats from narco-traffickers equipped with high-tech gear (including armored fast-boats, high-powered weapons and even submarines)...the Guard's planners studied a wide range of existing fixed-wing platforms as an economical basis to upgrade that airborne capability. The ideal candidate would be a proven and reliable twin-engine aircraft with a large and adaptable payload capacity (sufficient for more 'enhanced' offensive options), excellent low-speed and low-altitude functionality, and acceptable range and loiter-time to undertake both interdiction and the Guard's ever-present search and rescue missions. A more indefinable (but highly desirable) quality would be the ability to get 'down and dirty': to go toe-to-toe with potential and ever-expanding threats, to maintain the enforcement mission with which the Coast Guard has always been proudly tasked. The new concept -- labeled the 'Augmented Interdiction Asset' (AIA) Program -- was given a fast-track and a tentative priority funding, and high-level discussions were initiated between the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Defense. Options were studied, resource-allocations fiercely debated -- and perhaps a few arms twisted -- and at length a deal was struck...with a truly 'outside the box' solution having been found. In an all-too-rare example of inter-service procurement, ten of the Air Force's perennially-unloved A-10C Thunderbolt II aircraft -- fresh from the fleet-wide Enhanced Wing Assembly upgrade (designed to potentially extend service life to 2040 and beyond) -- were flown directly from Hill AF Base's Ogden Air Logistics Complex, to the sprawling Grumman Aerospace Systems facility at Palmdale, California. There, they would be modified to the Coast Guard's newly-created 'MA-10J' standard. Structural changes needed for the new mark were purposely kept to a minimum. Because the Guard's aircraft don't typically operate in a 'battlefield' combat-threat environment, the spaces occupied by the Air Force Warthog's many active radar-warning and counter-measure systems could effectively be re-purposed for integrated sensors more suited to the new marine search and interdiction roles. To increase range over water, the A-10's original single 'wet' centerline pylon (designed mainly for ferry flights) was augmented with two fully-plumbed wing pylons, capable of mounting standard external fuel tanks. A minor computer software upgrade would maximize the already-existing A-10C all-glass cockpit to the new USCG mission profile. The longer 'view' required for those missions would be supplied by what came, during development, to be somewhat whimsically referred to as the 'Three Magic Beans': three self-contained, pod-mounted systems --specially 'hardened' against the challenging marine environment -- chosen to provide long-range search/reconnaissance, targeting, and communications functions. 'Bean 1' would equip the radar-lacking A-10 with the An/ASQ-236 'Dragon's Eye' synthetic aperture radar pod -- already field-tested and optimized for use on the Air Force's fleet of combat-capable 'Hogs. 'Bean 2' would supply enhanced mission-specific search and targeting capabilities through a pod containing the groundbreaking new ViDAR™ Optical Radar system -- providing up to 80x greater ocean search coverage than existing EO/IR sensor suites, with enhanced small-object-at-sea-surface resolution. [This pod -- only slightly larger than the A-10's original 'Pave Penny' pod -- was adapted to fit on the same pylon as that now-redundant sensor, with only a slight modification needed to the existing mount structure.] 'Bean 3' would house the critical communications link: a purpose-developed full-spectrum 'Communication and Navigation Integrated System' (CaNIS) pod, with datalinks to tie the aircraft's systems to standard marine, civil and military nets, as well as the Coast Guard's own C41SR 'Rescue 21' advanced command, control and communications system. The offensive 'one-two punch' for the newly-designated MA-10J 'Seabolt' -- known, perhaps inevitably, to her affectionate crews as the JayHawg -- would be provided by ordnance already tried and tested as primary weapons throughout the Air Force Warthog's long and distinguished career. The signature GAU-8 rotary cannon would be retained without modification, for its decisive stopping power against fast-moving narcotics smugglers and potential terrorist threats. Further offensive capability would come in the form of the familiar Maverick EO/IR guided missile...specifically the AGM-65F, the Navy's version specially-optimized for the anti-shipping role. No need for air-to-air missile armament was anticipated. To support the Coast Guard's other fundamental role -- their core search-and-rescue mission -- the A-10's generous load-carrying ability and numerous pylons would be utilized for rescue-specific stores: air-droppable life rafts for at-risk mariners, and similar droppable modular CSS (Containerized Survival Store) canisters carrying medical supplies, rations and communications equipment which might be needed in critical rescue and survival situations. The (10) MA-10J JayHawgs were commissioned into service in June 2018 to great acclaim...and an already-heavy waiting workload. They are organized as the provisional FITRON (Fixed-wing Interdiction Tactical Squadron) 10, with administrative H.Q. -- shared with the armed-helicopter HITRON interdiction squadron -- at Jacksonville, Florida. In practice, small numbers of the aircraft are regularly deployed on a rotating basis as needed, with principle operating sites being the Coast Guard Air Stations at Clearwater Florida, Corpus Christi Texas, and the joint-services Naval Base Ventura County (formerly NAS Point Mugu) in Port Hueneme, California. Postscript: While the technology mentioned above is (mostly) very real, the rest is...quite obviously...insanely untrue. (But it makes a grand excuse to dress up the old 'Hog in striking Coast Guard colors...and to use up but a few of a large cache of suitable decals in my vast 'spares' collection.) Kit is the solid 1/72 Academy A-10A, built mostly OOB with 'pods' and stores scratched up from spare drop tanks, styrene stock and bits of sprue. Decals from assorted commercial sheets, with nose art homemade. Hope you enjoy the 'What if.' And on a very personal note: this build is fondly dedicated to the memory of my childhood friend John Chindblom, who went on to serve proudly and with great distinction as a Chief Petty Officer in the United States Coast Guard. John passed away in 2001, at the all-too-tender age of 44, after a valiant battle with cancer. Johnny...I hope this would bring you a grin.
    5 points
  46. Decided to leave the boats alone for a day or two & get back to the island. I have almost completed the reconstruction of the wind deflectors on the front of the compass platform, and also started on the separate section with the 8-barrelled pom-pom immediately abaft the island. This is quite complex, because it has distinctive deck markings, curves upwards towards the stern and has numerous support brackets on the underside; the hydraulic cylinders for the crash barrier were under here (which will need some scratch building), as well as the meteorological balloon gas-filling station and a partial shelter for the “roof rats”. Tetra add a plate on top (seen here dry fitted) and a second one underneath (not fitted yet) to which the brackets will be soldered. Scope for ill-fitting parts and frustrating fettling of delicate brass, you might think, but my confidence grows with each week that Tetra’s designers really know what they are doing, since everything seems to fit really well. Island thus seen here from port fwd. ...here from starboard aft: ...and here from above More soon Crisp
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  47. I've been playing around with the cockpit transparencies this evening and fiddly little blighters they are. The rear piece is separate from the forwards piece and very thin too so it's going to be difficult to get them neatly aligned due to flex. I'm going to have a bash at making a former for a single piece section out of thicker plastic. It's not the easiest shape due to the differing side heights but all part of the fun. My plan is to make a frame out of plastic then fill it with P38 and sand to final shape. If successful, I may do the nose cone the same way. And in other news, the brass rods supporting the tail feathers... Hopefully I'll get the former knocked up this weekend Cheers
    5 points
  48. Tiran 4 SLA, Negev desert, early 80's Kit: Takom paint: Lifecolor/ tamiya extra's: Metal barrel and Metal tracks Cheers,
    5 points
  49. Little bit more progress... I had to build the cradle to get the dimensions for the aircraft fittings before I could proceed further with the Hurricane. The alignment of the parts has to be pretty spot on so the aircraft sits level. The cradle is quite fiddly and involved but it all fits ok with careful clean up and a bit of TLC! It will be susceptible to any knocks so I’ll have to somehow protect it from my usual cock ups along the line... So here’s where I’m at: Thanks for looking in.. Guy
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