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  1. Hi all! This model is from Special Hobby in the 1/72 scale. It was my 2019 last model. I find this plane one of the most beautiful WW II German planes. It was planned to operate in high altitude and this version is for photo-reconnaissance purposes. It´s not a easy construction job , because it´s a "short run" model : Vacuum formed canopy Photoetcheds Resin parts, and No reference pins/ holes for the assembly. The canopy is very yellowish due to the age... by removing the acetate excess and painting the frames this yellowish ton will
    45 points
  2. ************************* H A P P Y – N E W Y E A R ! ************************* ************* 2 0 2 0 **************** Dear Modellers, I thought, let me start the new year with a big piece of alu-mongery This time no scratch !........... So I like to show my model, which I build many years ago , yes, in pre- Internet-days. I had a Squadron/Signal In Action Publication Nr. 31, which includ
    30 points
  3. Hey All, This is my third aircraft since getting back into the hobby, though I've done many tanks. I've been, frankly, afraid of planes, as the care needed to address seams and re-scribing when sanding off details has been beyond my capabilities. I think it still is, but I'm trying to learn. I'm far more of an 'assembler' than a 'modeler', but I'm trying. I really like the Eduard planes, and this is the third of three thus far (the Spitfire VIII, and FW-190A-4 were the first two). Feel free to comment and bash as appropriate...I won't get better without critique. By the way,
    30 points
  4. Happy New year to you all. This is my rendition of one of the 9 Bloch 151 sold by France to Greece in 40 and operating with the 24 Mira against the Italians with some success indeed. A very good short run kit of an important French fighter. CDFFE0EF-EDFF-42F2-9BEB-5A6A637F9117_1_201_a by jean Barby, sur Flickr 1957799D-3F70-4B0A-B5A9-EBA680723832_1_201_a by jean Barby, sur Flickr 05C8C687-0069-43C1-BDE9-3D2F6AE53F9C_1_201_a by jean Barby, sur Flickr 3C5A9E7B-EC54-4053-9AF9-44C43BB236AD_1_201_a by jean Barby, sur Flickr EF195E8F-369D-41F6-B853-BF94F93262E9 by jean Barby
    29 points
  5. Basically from the box, Vector engines, Master barrels added. A little riveting on metal elements. Colors - my interpretation. Model ... very well fitted for a shortrun
    27 points
  6. This was an impulse buy - which I pretty much regretted as soon as I opened the box. Not such a modern kit, with a few fit issues. It was not the easiest to make and I kept breaking bits off as I completed it - which is why it spent several months at the back of the shelf of doom. But I was so close so I pushed on. White is from a Tamiya rattle can, the red is brush painted Tamiya acrylic - which was gruesome to paint. Finished with a bit of slight weathering (most of which was from my grubby fingers), and a brushed on coat of Tamiya semi-gloss clear. Completed out of the box as XW871 of 705 N
    18 points
  7. This is part of a pair that I am doing This aircraft was flown by Flight Lieutenant Carter and Flight Sergeant Noaks of 93 Squadron RAAF based at Morotai Island, north of Borneo 1945. Kit is Tamiya decals are by Xtra decal WIP is here Please feel free to comment etc Thanks for looking Dick
    17 points
  8. Thanks John Yes, I have the Vallejo cleaner and thinner; Paul at Modelling Tools (my airbrush guru) recommended branded cleaner as it was formulated to clean out that specific paint and it does, er, OK IMHO. I also follow Giorgio's IPA/Windex/IPA clean out routine for end-of-session cleans so I think I'm quite clean. Thanks Keith Colourful indeed! I usually keep paint I've used on the bench for touch-ups - look at this lot! Not the Vallejo White, obviously - that's in the bin! Thanks guys - I'll have a shop around Do you need
    16 points
  9. Model of modern Russian multifunctional aircraft Su-30SM. Kit from Zvezda, Microdesign photoetched , Elf wheels, Pitot tube Master, Advanced Modelling and Eduard Brassin weapons. Regards, Alex.
    15 points
  10. Deliberately so, I believe. If memory serves, the rather inept enthusiasts who reactivate their past-their-prime spies from the wartime era are deliberately modelled on SOE by Le Carre, who was of course an SIS man. The photo was supplied to me (back in 2015, this build has been one I've wanted to do for a while) under the condition that I not share it further. I've started on the kit tonight in earnest. The Lysander III had a Bristol Mercury XX engine; interestingly, the first Mercury-series engine, the Mercury I, was used to power Shorts' 1927 Schneider Trophy com
    15 points
  11. This was my project for the T-55 Single Type Group Build down in the Britmodeller Group Build section. The Tamiya kit was a joy to build although I had a couple of fit issues early on - which surprised me for a Tamiya kit. Nothing major - just a few wishy-washy connection points/areas. Of course it could have just been me that was the issue! Early on I decided to replace the band tracks with some individual track links from MiniArt and didn't want to use the mesh provided by Tamiya so got the relevant grill set from Eduard. For this project I decided to try some slightly more restrained w
    14 points
  12. 7...6...5...4...3...2...1... Make or break. I started this model on 1 April 2018. This means that I have been working on this for 21 months now - although it's actually 17 months because I put this aside four while building RMS Carpathia. Either way it's a damned long time to spend building a stupid model, and for much of that time I have been worried about whether or not I'm going to wreck the thing when I put the upper wing on. Despite what the legions of hardened WW1 aircraft scratch builders say; 'It's easy you just use a jig! there's plenty that can
    14 points
  13. This was built for a special GB. To see if the builder could build a kit within a 'Saturday Afternoon' in the way we did as young 'uns. Basic tools, no aftermarket bits were allowed. Not even alternate decals unless they were in with the kit. Time scale was limited to 'after lunch' to 'tea time' - approx 5 hours max Tools I used were; a Stanley knife ( my original one from about 1971-ish! I had to put a new blade in it for this tho ), a file (also one of my original tools but with a handle on it now), some w&d paper, tube
    13 points
  14. A very clean Pony Plane...Swiss Mustang, very much OOB, from AZ Models. I like the kit very much and recommend it highly. The decals, on the other hand, were problematic. Painfully thin, as I like them, but oh so fragile. And, as you can see, the white crosses are not as opaque as they should be. Best to paint crosses next time! Still, I am very happy with this build and it certainly stands out as not being Allied or Axis! I have a few days until the Stuka GB begins so I will take a break from the GB pile and work on some Migs (17 & 21) I have going. I will return to t
    12 points
  15. I know what I have to do. One day I'll be awarded a medal for this. It's already gleaming deep inside me. -- Timothée de Fombelle, Captain Rosalie (trans. Sam Gordon) Noor-un-nisa, your Father’s pride, Modest, gentle and qualified. Graceful in manner, fair of face, Worthiest daughter by Allah’s grace. -- Pirani Ameena Begum, "Graduation Day", c. 1927 "Oh beautiful one," he exclaimed, "what has brought you to this stone of pain? Did you not know I ordered you must never be killed?" -- Noor Inayat Khan (1 January 191
    11 points
  16. First one for a while as work has meant little time at the model desk. Trumpeter English Electric F1 of the Air Fighting Development Squadron, RAF Coltishall, 1961. AFDS was the first Lightning unit and was used to understand how to use the Lightning in RAF service.
    11 points
  17. First, i wish you all the best in New 2020, good health, happiness and enough time to enjoy in our beautiful hobby. First model finished in this year, not very colorful one, HobbyBoss A-10 N/AW prototype. Good model, easy to build, good fit, but i think with little deep panel lines so i tried to make it not so much pronounced with careful panel wash. Added resin ejection seats and details in cockpit. Collors Gunze and slightly weathering with pastels. I hope you will like it, Best regards And images at the end:
    11 points
  18. Happy New Year to you all! After doing a number of complex builds in 2019 (the Richelieu 1:350 is still work-in-progress...), I wanted to do some simpler kits just to keep my interest going over the holidays. I think I was getting more satisfaction completing a kit rather than the experience building. In the local model store, I saw these two starter kits and thought a dual build would be a bit of fun. I remember building a Tornado years and years ago. I never got to finish it before someone "tidied it away"... The Typhoon was a firs
    10 points
  19. Hi everyone, My latest 2019 project over the last few months has been to work on a series of "one-stop" guides to color and camouflage, the idea being to summarize what we know about the most important schemes and list all the appropriate model paints for those colors. At first I thought this would be a quick, couple-days-work kind of thing until I realized 1) what a minefield things like the right shade of Olive Drab or Malta Spitfires are 2) how little I actually knew about it! (I'm almost embarrassed to say that before writing this I assumed all US interior cockpits were in ANA
    9 points
  20. Happy New Year to one and all. Here's my years builds... 1/48 Academy/Eduard boxing of the F4. 1/35 Skycrane. Airfix 1/48 Merlin with Belcher Bits conversion. Academy 1/35 M1151 with Live Resin turret, DEF model wheels, Legend Mine Roller and Rhino. Astrokit, 1/48 Jet Ranger. The best kit of the decade for me, Tamiya 1/48 F-14A Tamiya F-14D with Steel Beach B conv
    9 points
  21. This is rare model of the Soviet helicopter by the brilliant designer Nikolai Kamov. Resin and vacu parts. Decal developed independently Regards, Alex
    9 points
  22. I like them. I mean there is a place for oil washes and such - but atleast I find Flory washes quite easy to work with. You really can't mess up your model with it if you are not happy with the end result - real easy to apply again or to get rid of. Personal preference, of course What I find fun in modelling that there is no one correct way of doing things. - - - - - - - - - Here we go, one of the most fun part of modelling is the actual finishing. I like weathering and it's always fun to see model come to alive. I tested Vallejo Liquid Mask for canopy maski
    9 points
  23. W. Nr. 2187, flown by Ofw. Fritz Hartmann, 9./JG 2, Poix, France, Fall 1942 Eduard Weekend Edition OOB, Painted with Mr Color Laquer paints, Weathered with oils and pigments. Overall pretty happy with it, but a bit miffed that the W&N Galleria matt varnish has 'spotted' a bit, and a few of the stencil decals have silvered a little. Varnish is probably my fault. Peter
    9 points
  24. Cheers fellas its nearly ready for a blow over with some shiny silver, prep work ls nearly done ,I'll have to prime it to look for any more flaws ,lets be honest its no tamiya kit so some surface detail is lacking too, i cut off the gun sights thick plastic screen and used a bit of acetate instead , cockpit is nearly done just the colonel to drop in, his body is done bar a wash and a satin coat ,I'm on the head now, im using a head out of the icm raf pilots boxing as i dont like the resin one it came with, nearly ready to go, maskol on the canopy and the air inlet covers which i had forgot t
    9 points
  25. Hi folks, My first completed model in quite too long a time. The WIP is there: Kit: Revell Tornado IDS Decals: Mission Mark Decals Italian Tornado before turning grey HARM from Kinetic F/A-18C kit The belts were made using a sandwich of kabuki-ish tape and aluminum wrap. Here we go: May the Year of the Condescending Carp be good for you and yours, Cheers, S.
    9 points
  26. Straight from the box, Tamiya's Subaru BRZ 'Street Custom' - Started about eight months ago and finished over the last ten days. Paints are all Tamiya, TS-21 Gold stripes & X-5 Dark Green. I sprayed a light coat of TS-65 Pearl Clear, then decalled the body and sealed all that in with two light coats of TS-13 Clear. The interior is NATO Black, Dark Yellow and Flat Earth. Feel free to make any comments or ask any questions. Best to all h
    8 points
  27. so this arrived today! Wasn’t expecting it so soon, probably needed that £40 to stay in the bank account Rob
    8 points
  28. Some new Marabu British landing lights - I was getting low: The new ones come with shiny reflectors already but I guess they still need 'denting'. Of course Hannants won't ship small stuff so I added one of these to the order: Helicopters? Who got me interested in those I wonder?
    8 points
  29. Hello Dears !! 2019 was a Telford trip year !! I elected to go up there every 2 years with my friend BS 103 ! I plan to make a trip next august with wifey and kids, we will see !! Now;, my 2019 productions has been essentially Aeroplanes, and for the biggest part, I'll say Aeroplanes that use to land on boat....Aka, the real aviation ! And it start with this one !! Seafire .17 at Hal Far Malta On the same way, My dogs family grew a bit, When I say a bit... It's a kind of sarcasm... Have a look... We rescued this Huuuge beast, Irish Wolfhound,
    7 points
  30. For a modeling competition last year, I thought about building a Hawker Siddeley Kestrel FGA.1 myself. Because there's nothing on the market that one can buy. If you're interested, I'd be happy to republish the building process here.
    7 points
  31. Oh dear. Oh deary, deary me. Temporarily plugging the hole in my Bomber Command 1940 shelf, plus the chance of a Belgian Battle. I know the rather long shortcomings, there are rivets in places you can sand wood with, but until a decent new tool Battle arrives (it will one day, it must, because I’ve bought these two now) these will have to fill the gap. Tempted to throw one together out of the box, just for sh!ts and giggles. I know. I’m sad.
    7 points
  32. So having recently started a 1:32 Spitfire, I've decided to also do this little Hurricane kit which is a lot less daunting for a newbie and will be good to practice stuff on, especially applying decals and filling seams in the fuselage. Spent hours yesterday just painting the tiny cockpit parts, I can barely see the little buggers, and now that the two halves of the fuselage are together, all that detail is largely hidden. Oh well, at least I know it's there
    6 points
  33. I really enjoyed the first P-51 STGB and also loved the second, so when a third round of Mustang builds was announced I knew I had to take part ! Really I'm not a Mustang expert, being mostly a Spitfire fan when it comes to WW2 fighters. Said that, the aviation enthusiast in me has a great respect for the Mustang while the engineer actually rates this as even superior to my beloved Spitfire. And the modeller can't overlook the great variety of colour schemes and markings that Mustangs carried during their very long career, so in the end this aircraft features in good numbers in my stash a
    6 points
  34. Hi, images from the Italian military aviation museum on the shore of Lake Bracchiano, north of Rome. Although in the region of the village of Vigna di Valle, it is located on the lake shore and is equidistant in the opposite direction to the town of Bracchiano. This site is quite historic and was one of the first landing grounds in Italy, for airships and balloons, becoming a seaplane base as well, where, during WW2 this enormous crane was used to hoist flying boats and floatplanes out of the lake. Grumman Albatri were based here for SAR duties. HU-16 Crane
    6 points
  35. Hi all. Today I'd like to show another recently finished model. This time it's the Azur 1/48 Latecoere 298 floatplane. The trolley is a resin kit made by Sinifer. The fit of the kit if quite good but the struts are a flimsy. I had to put brass pins on the ends of them to to make a solid construction.. I used Gunze Aqueous paints over Alclad black primer. Weathering was done with Abteilung oil paint and pastel powders. On the trolley I used real wooden strips instead of painting the molded planks. Thank you for watching.
    6 points
  36. Thanks craig , glad yo like it so far, great story isnt it, the colonel now has a head ,i may darken his hat though to a very dark black brown, he'll dry off now and have a wash,and any touch ups i can spot zoomed in on , also i given lou a light coat of halfords aluminium out of the tin , and onto the bare plastic as a sort of pre primer, it'll allow me to see more closley how the bmf will end up, most of this coat will be wet sanded away There's a couple of areas that need seeing too first . Cheers all
    6 points
  37. An update has been released today and I've just installed it. Works for me, and I'd be interested to hear whether you're all fixed on your disparate devices and locations too
    6 points
  38. Mustangs on d-day taking off from bottisham , no od or blue to be seen yet, so any painting at all must have taken place over a very short time span, the spotter, mr bowyer ,saw blue mustangs up close on the ground on 9th july, the famous bottisham 4 photographs were taken on the 26th july, and then by the 12th of august ,the colonel and lou iv were lost
    6 points
  39. My friend, Otto Korrector, tends to kick in. Never bring a bum or bun to a gunfight.
    6 points
  40. This year was quite strange modelling wise as I thought I spent significantly less time on modelling. Still manage to build a couple. 7 resin kits, 1 short run, 1 mass production injection moulded. 7 experimental/prototypes, (including 1 incomplete/never flown), 1 fictional/movie, 1 production
    6 points
  41. Not induction piping. It's the exhaust collector that formed the forward part of the cowling. Some Merc engines: I must say that I'm not impressed by the way Dora have done the cowling, exhaust collector ring and the exhaust pipe. The front ring and exhaust pipe should have been separate parts, like Airfix did with their 1/72 Gladiator and Blenheim. Chris
    6 points
  42. I think I can claim a win on the squirrels, the 'print on white paper then lose the background' method seems to have worked reasonably Port side on dark sea grey Time and applied distressing will make the colours come together methinks, around the little beastie and even on this side too, starboard on dark green And I can now declare that Wokka and I are no longer an item, frankly I just dont like it... AGAIN! I tried too hard to correct things that maybe only I saw as problems and although I will finish it there is no way
    6 points
  43. Happy New Year, everyone. I am back up to London tomorrow, so will only really pick things up again then - but I have managed a tiny bit of work today. I’ve already paid tribute to @foeth’s stunning work on his scratch built flag lockers [mind you, if you really want your mind blown, take a look at his latest efforts: soldering 1/350 anchor cable link by link is beautifully insane!]. I suspect that Flyhawk also had their interest piqued by his efforts, because they included a number of flag lockers in their FH350107 “WWII British Navy Sundry Box” PE set (which also has useful upper
    6 points
  44. This was my project for the T-55 Single Type Group Build down in the Britmodeller Group Build section. For this project I decided to try some slightly more restrained weathering on the tank than I sometimes do - I didn't use any weathering products such as Mig Muds (or their sand equivalent?) which I often use. I had oriinally planned on making a much more complex base which better represented the Negev Desert but the 3 month time constraint of the STGB meant I wasn't going to have the time to build the idea I had. I have used some simplified versions of some of the original ideas I
    5 points
  45. Can't seem to find my other few completions for 2019, which started out well then fizzled out for a number of reasons. Here's the only one I can find right now, but I might find and add some others later. Bandai Shadow Trooper in 1:12 - snap-fit glueless kit, although I did use some glue and.... shocker! a little paint.
    5 points
  46. Kit: Accurate Miniatures P-51A Mustang (No. 3402) Model: North American P-51A Mustang, Burma 1944 (USAAF) Scale: 1/48 Aftermarket: None Paints: Vallejo Model, Air & Metal Color Weathering: Oil paints, Flory Models Wash, MIG Streaking Effects, Vallejo Weathering Effects, pigments Build thread: Fun build, good details and things fell apart mostly fine. Had lots of fun with weathering. Here are some pics:
    5 points
  47. It’s great value for money! You can build the seafires or use a few of the other kits to build different models (e.g. mk vc as both bodies are supplied) they all come with resin exhausts and a little booklet, see below. Lovely detail on the kits but I imagine they won’t fall together. and a lovely big decal sheet! Rob
    5 points
  48. Hi all, looking at my completed models I was a bit suprised at the number of kits I was actually able to finish this year. There were 7 of them, on a total of 10 completed kits since my return to this lovely hobby. I've been working on two more but they have not been completed yet so will hopefully get done this year. I started with a Fiat 500 conversion to a "C", as a gift for my sister. It was quite a bit of work to get it to the more or less correct state but it was well worth the effort and my sister loves it. Downside: it's at my sister's house so I don't get to look at it to
    5 points
  49. The ejector marks are hidden below a cushion: The "upgrade" parts on the Encore kit that don't upgrade anything at all are discarded: Some components of the Encore kit are glued together: The resin props are assembled. To the right what I did first, that is drilling the blade to insert a metal pin, but (to the left) I decided later to just drill a socket on the cuff and glue the blades in: No significant difference, but you get two spare props:
    5 points
  50. I got a new lens for my DSLR for Christmas. I managed to give it a whirl yesterday and I was impressed. Sean
    5 points
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