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  1. First finished work in Rat Year, during past several weeks at home because of the coronusvirus which prohibited going out and extension of Lunar New Year holidays in China. In Chinese culture, red means celebration so I hope the special moment could be settled down ASAP. Kit: Airifx: front fuselage+windshield+canopy, Italeri: other parts. Aftermarket: Master 1/48 metal pitot tube Reedoak 3D scan 1/48 camera man
    29 points
  2. Hi all! One of the first projects to be completed this year...the Kolibri from Miniart in the 1/35 scale...a fantastic model, super detailed, hope you like it! Till the next! Luiz.
    29 points
  3. Hi Everyone, finished this one last week and have finally got a `none grey day` with a strange yellow thing in the sky, to take some pic`s My second attempt at building Hasegawa`s 1/48 A-4C Skyhawk kit Finished in the markings of VA-94, `Mighty Shrikes`, USS Ranger, around 1964-65 Built mostly as Mr Hasegawa intended with just some seat belts added The bombs even came from a Hasegawa weapons set and depict an aircraft fitted out for `Bridge Busting` Decals came from AOA Decals set 48-010 `Battle Scooters (3)` Made the mistake of
    26 points
  4. Hi all, another new-release Airfix test shot, this one built for last months issue of Airfix Model World magazine. This time, a bit of a tiddler in the form of the newly released 1/72nd Me-262A-2a 'Sturmvogel', the third version of the iconic aircraft released by the company. The aircraft chosen here was actually an Me-262A-1a, fitted with wing mounted wooden racks of R4M 'Orkan' stabilised, unguided rockets. It's a rather nice little kit, although it suffers from fairly deep panel lines and is a tad basic in areas such as the engine nacelles, undercarriage bays and cockpit. For the price poin
    22 points
  5. Some work in progress pictures recorded by my cell phone, if you are interested. Thanks for looking.
    22 points
  6. G'day people, (It is aircraft related but If this is in the wrong forum apologies to the folder mod(s) in advance) This is my just completed 1/48 Airfix Albion 3-Point aircraft fueller. I have been working on this little guy on and off for about a year whilst waiting for kit parts to dry and in between models as the mood took me. I expect that you could build it in a couple of evenings if you just wanted to get it done. I built it AOOB (Almost Out Of the Box!) as I couldn't resist adding a few small touches such as the steel helmet and gas mask
    19 points
  7. So, here are the last two refreshed latinas from 2016. FAS Corsair: Tamiya kit with Aztec decals, Tamiya and Gunze paints, EZ Line for brake lines, plastic rod for antenna. According to fellow Hyperscaler/Britmodeller Marco, the wheel wells and landing gear were also painted in camo. Got that info too late so my dad kept them the way they were. The model shows one of the five El Salvadorian Corsairs that took part in the 100 Hours War or Soccer War between El Salvador and Honduras from 14th to 18th July 1969, the last time Corsairs went into battle. FAH Corsair: Hasegawa kit with
    19 points
  8. My first finished kit this year. It is a P-400 from 347th FS, 350th FG after emergence landed in Portugal 15/01/1943. I only added EDUARD seat belts and from AL tubes made new gun barrels. Colors are GUNZE and TAMIYA.
    17 points
  9. Hi everybody, here's my latest off the bench: first completion for the year but actually started in May 2019 ... yeah, I know, I'm a quick builder... A quick summary of this project KIT: Revell 1:72 EUROFIGHTER TYPHOON AIRFRAME: EUROFIGHTER TYPHOON M.M.7278, 4° Stormo, 9° Gruppo, as seen in Grosseto in 2006. This A/C underwent various upgrades during its operational career, and was eventually assigned to the REPARTO SPERIMENTALE VOLO; it crashed in the Italian sea during an airshow near Terracina in 2017. Sadly, the pilot, Captain Gabriele Orlandi, didn't survive.
    16 points
  10. Capt. Claude J. Crenshaw, 369th FS, 359th FG, 8th AF, East Wretham, United Kingdom, September 1944 Eduard Kit, OOB. Painted with Ammo Acrylic Silver and Gunze Super Metallic SM01,weathered with pigments and oils. It's a really nice kit, with a couple of niggly bits, and just watch the parts off the sprue. I had a few parts that had fallen off the G sprue, and all the canopies had fallen off, and had to contact Eduard who sent the missing part quickly (i completed the model by borrowing from another kit, but the replacements have arrived so Kudos to Eduard).
    16 points
  11. Hi, Thanks to great help of @Ed Russell(who provided me with key photos - Ed, I appreciete this help very much) recently I fnished Supermarine Sea Otter in colours of 292 Squadron RAF. Machine is from CBI theather, namely from Ceylon in summer of 1945. I appreciete also advices and answeres of BM fellows in the thread Small modification are introduced following photos, Decals from drawer. Riging with EZ. Comments welcome Regards Jerzy Wojtek
    16 points
  12. First attempt at this scale, 1/32. I used Vallejo Aluminium Dope to paint it, which was ok but very delicate. And as for the 'Risque Tout' decal, that was the most delicate decal I have ever had to apply. I still don't know how I did it. Going to have a rest from Biplanes, and do a Spitfire next.
    14 points
  13. Here are two Mustangs built for the P-51 STGB, a Hasegawa kit as Big Beautiful Doll and Tamiya as Nooky Booky IV. Thanks for looking. AW
    14 points
  14. Bronco’s A13 Mk I in France after the battle in 1940. I modeled this after a photograph that caught my attention/imagination-a British tank knocked out or abandoned then tagged by the Germans.
    13 points
  15. Finns are bit behind swedes on number when it comes to WIP projects - but let's keep them ahead on the finished models Folland Gnat F.I, Finnish Air Force 1971 Kit: Special Hobby Folland Gnat F.I Finnish and Yugoslav Service (No. SH72137) Scale: 1/72 Paints: Vallejo Model, Air & Metal Color Weathering: Flory Models Wash, Vallejo Weathering Effects Lovely little kit that came together nicely. Mostly out of box - apart from some tiny additions in the cockpit and the pitot tube. WIP thread:
    13 points
  16. Complete the Mirage III C in the French EC/2/10 'Seine' scheme. It was a nice build and I did try some pre-shading, it's really difficult to know how to do this, depending on the finish made a difference to what you could see. I did intend to go with the open cockpit, but the interior was not up to scratch. Also had a canopy fit problem, I am not sure why? I wanted to build this as it was something that you don't see that often. Colour wise, it should be a little more grey than this. Again, thanks to all that helped with some reference photos and info. Really appreciate it.
    12 points
  17. If anyone feels the urge to look up my tailpipe then they get what's coming to them. Been following your skeeter build avidly Ced even tho' I don't always have the time to post. Oh, and your spitfire build. And the ME410 build. And Sunderland. FW190. Heinkel, Whitely, Dambusters. Dammit man, you need a forum all to yourself. I just can't keep up. Ta Roger Yes Ghost. Thanks for the correction Jason. It's got a bit lighter since I last posted so we should be good going forward Thanks Giemme - I hope it pro
    12 points
  18. Afternoon all... It's been a while since an update on this monster - work and a lack of mojo conspiring against any significant progress. However, I have made some in-roads into the cockpit transparencies, which are vital in capturing the look of the BUFF. You only get one canopy with the kit so there's no room for error - definitely a case of measure thrice and cut once. When the cockpit glazing had been trimmed to the correct shape, it became apparent that it was quite significantly wider than the fuselage. This is because as the fuselage immediately below the cockpit
    11 points
  19. Thanks gents! Today’s mission is to produce a 1936 patented Shorts reclining chair in the one true scale: The sides, seat and back have just been tacked together with cockpit glue. I am going to disassemble them and try to get some moulding done, because I don’t fancy scratch building another 14! Regards, Adrian
    11 points
  20. I wanted to try it out before I go to the gym (closes at 6) so here are a couple of Oyumaru moulds and the first two really quick and careless casts with using car body filler: “Production”ones will be better because I will take more care!
    10 points
  21. Oh sorry, I have removed the top 'tube' ready for repositioning further up (as per General's orders): I used to say 'WWND' quite a lot (What Would Nigel Do) and now I think I need another abbreviation… What Would General Melchett Do - WWGMD. Not rude is it? No? Good. This has just arrived: I need to read the instructions, of course. Oh no, wait! Oh, don't panic, turn the sheet over and you get the 'English' version: How's your nether frame? No, don't answer that… What about
    10 points
  22. Thanks Giorgio I will be pushing my boundaries (oooer Missus) in several directions; wish me luck! Thanks Bill Please DO chip in whenever you think I'm going astray; I'll definitely need help. Thanks Simon Ahem, thanks Bell (Fnaar resisted) Thanks chaps! Not much more done as purchases arrived!± This from Mrs B: Crikey! Do I need goggles do you think? If that's not bad enough: "Use in a well ventilated room"? What could it be I h
    9 points
  23. It is an incredibly rich shape environment James! One of the reasons for my geological speed is the sheer amount of observation and (re)appraisal of the constant shifts in contour and X-section across the airframe. -It's not too fanciful at this stage to refer to it as much as a landscape as an aircraft! (At this rate Robert Macfarlane will be bringing out a book on the Sea Vixen...) Agreed. Both that aspect and the bulges for the Microcells won't feature at all in the first phase of the process as I want to get all main profiles integrated as a convincing whole. Subsequently
    9 points
  24. I am really enjoying this GB, but then as a Yorkshireman I suppose I might just have some "Nordic" blood myself! A DNA survey a few years back showed that nearly 25% of people from my home county had the so called "Viking Gene" which is perhaps not too surprising as Jorvik (York) was capital of the area settled by the "Norsemen" for quite some years. Of course it might just mean that our Great Grandmothers or other female ancestors had a one night stand with a Nordic crewman off a boat docked in Hull, but I guess some families may go back to the original settlers - might explain my mad urge to
    9 points
  25. P-51K “Nooky Booky IV”, Maj. Leonard K “Kit” Carson, 362nd FS, 357th FG, Leiston, May 1945: Tamiya 1/72 with Hasegawa prop and spinner. Vallejo Metal Colour Acrylics. AW
    9 points
  26. P-51D “Big Beautiful Doll”, Col. John D Landers, 78 Fighter a Group, Duxford, April 1945: Hasegawa 1/72 kit with dropped flaps from Airfix kit. Vallejo Metal Colour Acrylic. AW
    9 points
  27. Thanks, Giorgio - and everyone. It’s a lot of tiny work - and so far I’ve only done 2 which will end up on the finished model (the two LR tank cabs), so have 13 more to do. But it’s surprisingly satisfying as an exercise in what’s possible (but also a lesson in how much difference even a small change makes in this scale). As I have said before, I think, the real point of spending so much time and effort on Stringbags with a wingspan of only 40mm is the fact that they are really the focal point of the entire scene that I have in my head. Models - particularly dioramas, and this is
    9 points
  28. ICM's new and excellent 1/32nd scale Gladiator Mk 1: Please note, K8000 certainly was a 56 squadron Gladiator but there is no documentary evidence that she, nor any other 56 squadron Gladiator sported the famous chequerboard scheme. This is wishful thinking on my behalf. Max
    8 points
  29. My first post to this site... My January project... Built mostly OOB with the Academy 1/72 f/A-18C in the VFC-12 adversary colors. I have not found the proper decals in this scale for this aircraft so used a few from my spares box. Hopefully, we'll see a set soon so I can complete this project. I have been experimenting with various weathering techniques and pretty happy with these results. Onto USAF aggressors next...
    8 points
  30. A bit of colour ,and some decals, Lots to do yet
    8 points
  31. I am willing to provide a translation for, in your case, a reduced fee. it say BE VELLY AFLAYED* *It is not need to worry all will be well honored custodian Use balls, do not cut self with axes
    8 points
  32. Chapter 10 - Ready for take-off - added to the topic
    8 points
  33. Welcome Steve Soon be back to normal John - see below. Although I think it's going all Viking Thanks Jont Don't tempt me AW, don't tempt me! There is a rotor head to… no, STOP! With orders for vac forming stuff confirmed, although the machine is due today the PET and plaster won't be here until Wednesday, probably. Plenty to do before then. Here's where we are: I've had a clean up on the rotor head: Now then, I have to decide how much of a 'close up model' this is going to be.
    8 points
  34. Plenty of room here Dennis, but stay away from the fire eh? Thanks Bill - good idea to strengthen the kit part while moulding Thanks Michael - I think there may be two versions of the canopy and, as I'm modelling the HAAF Skeeter i'll take Alastair's word for it! Thanks Alastair Thanks Marklo But… Thanks Keith - that sounds like a nice safe option. No heat from spring resin and easy to polish - ordered! I know Johnny, I've had it on my wishlist for a while and just couldn't hold out any longer
    8 points
  35. On February 14th 1945, a cold and overcast morning, the Duty Controller at RAF Hibaldstow instructed that ‘rough weather’ procedures should be observed by all, on account of strong winds. As such, a member of the Women’s Auxiliary Air force (WAAF), Margaret Ida Horton, assisted the pilot of AB910, Flight Lieutenant Neil Cox DFC, by sitting on the plane’s tail while he taxied to take-off position. This was common practice in order to prevent the aircraft ground looping in the gusty conditions. The pilot dutifully carried out all necessary checks and – having forgotten Margaret was sitting on th
    7 points
  36. Recovery Given everything that's going on in world in the moment it's probably a bit rich that I headed up my last post as 'Disaster'. Upon reflection it seems unlikely that ending up with some wonky roundels on a 1/32 scale biplane constitutes such a big problem - especially since it turns out that I've already fixed it. Start by sanding back the dreadful mess. Re-spray the white. Carefully measure off and cut out the outer limits of the roundel. Mask off the full disk. Spray some home-made PC10 o
    7 points
  37. Update #1 - Construction begins (briefly?) My, how this great GB is motoring along after only a few short weeks! There seems to be a number of great build threads and detailed updates popping up daily. I'm quite surprised at its overall popularity however think that we might be all getting a little tired of building Spitfires and 109's that when something like this comes along it's a welcome breath of fresh air. Anyway, not a lot to mention, however a couple of photos have been added to show where I'm at. Like many kits of the day (and still a common practice today) t
    7 points
  38. Clearly preparation for some sort of Open Day or Air Display. Do you reckon they got away with the photo propped up under the nose claiming it’s an Apache, or did people notice?
    7 points
  39. Thanks all. I have some cockpit work to show you today. Another omission from the kit is the bulkhead behind the pilot seat. Whether the cockpit is posed open or not, this is an important feature that would easily be seen so I set about making one from scratch. Work started by cutting out a piece of styrene card and shaping one side until it fit properly against the contour of the inner cockpit wall. Once the shape was correct, the centerline was drawn on the bulkhead. I did this by measuring the distance from the fuselage seam to the inner cockpit wall along th
    7 points
  40. I agree with Terry; particularly unusual to see the extended flaps from beneath with no underwing tank to get in the way. Gold dust.
    6 points
  41. I've been quietly following this epic build, mostly dumbstruck at the bleeding edge approach you are taking in pursuit of achieving small scale Sea Vixen perfection, but I have to comment on that superb picture above. Probably one of the sharpest underside shots I've seen of this aircraft. A beauty indeed and lots of weathering/detail there which would enhance any model, assuming it could be replicated. I watch in wonder! Terry
    6 points
  42. Hello everyone! This was my attempt back in 2013 at correcting the awful Trumpeter 1:144 Chengdu F-7-II, Chinese derivative of the early MiG-21F-13. It represents Chengdu F-7-IIN "701", of No 5 "Arrow" Sqn, Air Force of Zimbabwe, based at Thornhill-Gweru AB, in late 1980s. I ended up using parts from a scrapped Revell MiG-21PF to correct the major flaws. The tailfin was wrong for an F-7-II being more like an F-7-III (similar to MiG-21MF). The underfuselage fin was wrong too, being too short in height. The tailplanes looked like inflated cushions and even sanding them flat was
    6 points
  43. Milestone reached: the leaf springs and rear axle are fixed to the chassis! The jig was very helpful there. I used 0.4 mm brass rod to simulate the attachment of the springs to the rear axle. I'm now working on the mounts. On the real thing the mount is a little bit wider but I think it's fine like this. I'll punch some bolt heads and glue them to the piece of card that's on the chassis. In the meantime, some cleanup of kit parts that I'm using. This is an air brake chamber, slightly, but only slightly, misalligned.
    6 points
  44. Update #6 - Dayglo prep Looks like this little 1/72 Safir is going to get swamped by a few of its 1/48 bigger brothers, so I'd better progress it some more and bring it closer to the finishing line. The silver undersurface is nice and dry so the Dayglo areas were masked off ready for the first layers of paint. Dayglo paints are by their nature quite thin and transparent and I have no idea how some modellers get away with hand brushing them. My tried and trusted way is to paint a solid white base first and then numerous thin coats of the Dayglo paint all applied with an airbrush.
    6 points
  45. Finished the cockpit (though I repainted the bulkhead (lime), tank and radio rack (black) in the meanwhile). I added extra details to the battery, tank and radio, to make the area look more interesting.
    6 points
  46. Am I the only person who is going to comment on the use of the (new to me, at least) word “cattywumpus”? And as definitions of 1950s UK aircraft design go, “a mixed load-out of imperial bravado and disillusionment” is genius. Though perhaps a small auxiliary pylon of “good training” might be conceded; the further I get away from my flying days - not to mention the longer I spend in the civilian workplace - the more I realise how very, very well trained we were.
    6 points
  47. Vacforming, brass, next you’ll be using CAD and 3D printing and your transfer to the dark side will be complete. AW
    6 points
  48. Painted some chipping. I thought I would do it before washes so it would be toned down and blended in a little better. I also used light grey instead of silver- which I think works better especially with darker camo. And the fuel tanks. Smaller external stuff got their details highlighted with Tamiya Panel Liners.... ... while majority of the plane got a Flory Models wash. It's a clay based wash that dries very quickly and is very easy to remove. Here's the main weathering d
    6 points
  49. Brilliant work, not sure what the chap lying downs dreaming of though
    6 points
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