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  1. I've finally finished my 1/48 Classic Airframes Bristol Blenheim Mk IV.f. While it's not a "Tamigawa", or Eduards kit, it's a good solid 'short run' kit that gives a lot to work with, and is a fun and rewarding build. Mine is finished as a 404 Squadron, RCAF, aircraft flown by Wing Commander Woodruff, and F/S Sims on 18 December, 1941, when they scored this units first air-to-air victory, a JU-88, operating out of Sumburgh, Shetland Islands. I hope you like, and thanks for looking, Colin
    38 points
  2. Here's my Lancaster B.II, just finished in the Lancaster STGB. Build thread is here. It's the Airfix kit, built as LL735, which was the testbed for the Metrovick F.2/4 engine (which went on to power the Saunders Roe SR.A/1 and was ultimately developed into the Armstrong Siddeley Sapphire) in the early postwar years. Conversion parts were 3D printed, and it's mostly finished with AK Extreme Metal (I think the only exception is the high speed silver where the spars were over-painted). This was my first go at 3D printing - the CAD for some of the complex shapes was a bit tricky, but i
    37 points
  3. Hi all, This is the first aircraft model I have completed in about 25 years. Given away free with the Daily Mail newspaper a while back, and I had just read Geoffrey Wellum's biography "First light" so had to do it as a 92nd squadron machine. I could vaguely remember watching the BBC dramatization of the book years ago so tracked down a DVD copy of that as well. Xtradecals, and xtracrylix for the paints. Thanks Alan
    28 points
  4. Finished, or as finished as it is going to get. I think I'd need to build two or three of these to get one I'm happy with. W.Nr.2831, 2N+GN, 5./ZG 1, flown by Fw.Manfred Dähne, Bordfunker Ogfr. Herbert Klinke.
    26 points
  5. My 2nd work of 2020 is this little gem. Hope everyone's safe staying at home to build your kits! Kit: Zvezda 1/48 4821 Accessories: Micro Design photo etching part Advanced Modelling 1/48 KAB-500L bombs Advanced Modelling 1/48 KAB-500Kr bombs Master 1/72 F-14A pitot tube(early style) Master 1/48 Sukhoi type static dischargers A very well researched and designed kit by Zvezda. Fitting is also fantastic. But the surface is a bit too simple, only with some raised rivets and recessed panel lines a bit too wide.
    25 points
  6. Here's one of my entries for the 'In the Navy' GB still ongoing just now. The conversion from the new tool Airfix kit was a breeze, the Alleycat parts fitting superbly, even for a hamfisted numpty like myself! I've ordered another to do a MkII NF which I have markings for. The Airfix kit even has the early teardrop canopy to use for this build, signs of a MkI or MkVI on the way maybe? The decals were from High Planes and worked smoothly using the 'wetting on with the Johnsons Klear' technique described variously on this forum. I do very little weathering to my models, to wo
    24 points
  7. Hi everyone ! My latest completion . A-7E painted as a Hellenic Air Force fighter - bomber . The Italeri kit is an old one but it's nice to build . OOB except for the AIRES ejection seat . Hope you like it
    22 points
  8. Hi all, since years I planed to build the old 1/48 Revell/Hasegawa British Phantom kit. Now I did it! Add Eduard PE´s, Master angle of attack, Brassin seats, Reskit wheels and AirDoc decals for a No 92 Sqn aircraft. Nice eyecatcher on XV490 was a grey painted nose instead the black one.
    20 points
  9. Didn't enjoy this challenging build, the new Airfix kit can't come soon enough! Finished as the Duxford-displayed XJ824 for a work colleague who flew it into Duxford on its last ever flight. I added Freightdog Olympus 201 exhausts and scratchbuilt the cockpit, crew entrance area and entry ladder along with extra detailing in the wheelwells and gear doors. Decals were a mixture but the 101 Sqn badge and serial were provided by @Darth Vader. Paints were Gunze Mr Color lacquer for the camouflage colours and MRP lacquer mix for the Light Aircraft Grey
    20 points
  10. AIRFIX 1/48 JUNKERS Ju.87B-1 Afternoon all, Here is my entry into the Ju.87 Single Type Group Build which is currently ongoing. Airfix's very enjoyable and easy to build 1/48 Ju.87B-1 (#A07114) I have built the kit mainly out of the box with the exception of replacement seats as the kit pilot seat was damaged on arrival plus the pitot was replaced with brass tube. The big downside of the kit is the clear parts and the way they fit or rather don't fit especially the 'Gunner's' rear sliding part which should 'drape' over the fuselage, it really just doesn't look righ
    20 points
  11. Hi all. I'm new to this community and this is only my second thread, the first being on the intros section, but thought I'd jump straight in with a completed build. I was half way through this when I joined up and the build was being documented elsewehere and I thought I'd post here for your amusement and / or pleasure. Hope you like it. If I can get to grips with this photo hosting I'll see if I can't share a build or two.
    19 points
  12. Finally finished this kit! It had a lot of challenges, and beat me for almost two years. A couple problems were self imposed - lost parts, too much man-handling, But quite a few issues were the kit itself - warped fuselage and short shots on the sprue, along with a few very serious gaps. But in the end... LOL. Anyway, on to the pics I always notice a few oops, after I publ
    18 points
  13. Howdy everyone, hope you don`t mind me showing some pic`s of my latest completion Attempt number two at Special Hobby`s 1/48 Firefly kit Finished to represent a Firefly Mk I of 1771 Squadron, British Pacific Fleet Flown from HMS Implacable towards the end of WWII As usual built mostly from the box... only additions being an etched set of seatbelts I found in the spares box, rear view mirror and aerial wires Decals are the kits too The carrier base is an Eduard item Hope you enjoy the photo`s, thanks for loo
    18 points
  14. Finished today, my contribution to our clubs group build (Southern Maryland Scale Modelers club....great bunch of guys). This is a OOB Tamiya 1/48 P-51B. Older Pro Mod decals. The nose checkers decals just didn't work, even with a decal clear coat so out came the Tamiya tape and the paint. Wasn't as bad as I thought using the original decals as a trace to make a mask. Overall, just love building this kit (my third), highly recommended for a fun COVID build. Seatbelts stay in the OOB swimlane, made with wine bottle foil. I puttied up my wings.
    17 points
  15. Hi all. In March 2019, I visited the Boneyard at Davis Monthan. Right next to the airbase is a plot full of Grumman Trackers lying on their bellies with folded wings. The sight of these beauties was the inspiration for this model. The kit is from Kinetic in 1/48 scale. I used a Vector radial engine, an Eduard pe set for some of the exterior deatils and Wolfpack's wingfold set. All other changes to the kit are scratch built using plastic card, strips and rods as well as brass tubes and copper wire. AK's Real Color paints were used over a black primer from Alclad. Abte
    17 points
  16. Evening all, First of many build posts here I hope. Putting the finishing touches to this Italeri 1/72 Horsa Glider. A nice kit to build, despite the vintage of the tooling. A few mistakes made along the way... usual for me. One of which was neglecting to add weight in the nose. Doh! Good job I left the forward door open.
    17 points
  17. 1/72 Revell He 177 Greif, KG40 - Nuclear Torpedo Bomber - Luft '46 He 177, GP+RH, Kampfgeschwader 40 - Fliegerführer Atlantik (Flyer Command Atlantic) Imagine, if you will, that Germany, during the dying days of World War II, was the first to discover the atomic bomb. With the threat of submarine deployed nuclear suicide strikes off the coast of American cities, the War in Europe was brought to a swift and terrifying stalemate. This allowed Germany to rebuild and re-arm itself. Here we have the Heinkel He 177 long range nuclear capable maritime patrol bomber.
    17 points
  18. Tamiyas super 1/35 Achilles, been finished for a week or two now hopefully find the wip here: Pretty much oob except for an aftermarket aerial set and the stowage which is an assortment of spare bits etc I've collected. With this current situation I seem to have lost the old mojo, at least busy with work for now, work alone and outside with very little human interaction (Paints a really appealing sociable picture of self doesn't it!). Any-how got around to taking a "few" pics of the finished article, indoors and out. Not sure why but some of the indoor ones ap
    16 points
  19. I have an ongoing, long-term project to build a model of an aircraft from each of the current and former European “flag carrier” airlines. Here are the latest additions - the Revell E190 and BPK CRJ-100 representing Bulgaria Air and Adria (Slovenia) respectively. Bulgaria Air Embraer E190 This is my first build of the Revell kit. It didn’t give me any major problems although I had to straighten the warped winglets (hairdryer and care) and fill a few sink marks particularly inside the engine cowlings. Strangely the right engine was a perfect fit to the wing but the left one was
    16 points
  20. Hi All, it's been quite a while since I posted anything on BM. I've finally sorted out a new photo hosting source after the PB debacle (thanks to the very useful articles posted elsewhere on BM) and thought I'd share a few things I've been working on. This is the old 1/35 Dragon Sherman Firefly VC Kit no. 6182. It's built OOB apart from the decals which came from a Bison set. The kit was ok apart from those tracks! They turned out ok in the end but with 3 pieces per link I was almost losing the will to live by the time I'd finished them. Never again! Hope y
    16 points
  21. #10/2020 As you may have noticed over the past years, my dad is a 109 aficionado. Like many others he waited sooooo long for a 1/48 Erla G-10 and was exited when Eduard anounced theirs. After opening the box and starting to build it my dad was disappointed. Well, it looks like an Erla but Eduard got the specific details (slightly) wrong. The lower cowl looks like an early G-model, it should be more boxy and voluminous, more straight forward and not with such an upwards angle. The front fuselage, seen from above, is slightly asymmetric but it shold be way more. The vertical panel line on
    14 points
  22. Hello all, just put the steps on work in progress if anyone is about to build this kit. Im more used to 1/32 so this was new for me! Thanks for looking all!!
    13 points
  23. Mini-rant time (sorry) I work as an HGV driver (key worker) for a major delivery company (damn, key worker twice over!) so we are all working at the moment. Our parcel numbers are now back at peak (christmas) levels and we're trying to run a service with less staff and couriers than we need due to self-isolating. I actually delivered some customer parcels last week to help out. I was subject to quite a lot of verbal from a woman because she had been waiting so long for her parcel. It was clothing..... Where was she going to wear it? a party? the Grand National?
    13 points
  24. Hi everybody. I hope everyone is keeping well. This was a project that I finished a month or so back but, with what's been happening with the current circumstances, I have found it difficult to find much time for modelling or getting onto Britmodeller. I'm trying to make up for that a bit today as this is the first day for a few weeks that I haven't been constantly trying to do my job remotely from home. This was a project that I began right at the start of the year as a stop gap between GBs. I wanted something relatively quick to make and, as I had made another modern 1/48 armo
    12 points
  25. At the start of the year I decided to build these two in a side by side build. As the colour schemes were the same I thought they would be a nice quick build. Wrong. I’ve thankfully managed to finish them in the last week during lockdown. Both kits are Airfix 1/72 scale and are now quite long in the tooth. The mouldings have raised panel lines and all the control surfaces are able to be moved, so if built straight out of the box looked quite toy like. Worst of all were the clear parts, hardly any indication as to where the framework goes, totally smooth and poorly fitting. I rescribe
    12 points
  26. Hi All, So I was drumming my fingers waiting for the new Airfix Tiger, already done the Albion Refueller for it and knew it would be here shortly so didnt want to do anything too complicated till it arrived (it has now - hurrah!) so I rummaged in the stash and found one of these little airliner kits which were free gifts in Kelloggs Cornflake packets in the 80s - I think they were tooled by Rosebud or Rareplanes, anyway I'd already done the Short Empire and the AW Atalanta so I thought I'd do their TriStar but convert it to an RAF K.1 Tanker. Went together nicely with
    12 points
  27. Well so much for plans... This morning my intentions were to finish the canopy masking on this one, then do the undersurface masking on the FE8. I spent all afternoon plus a bit finishing this one, so the FE8 will have to wait. There is definitely a good case here for something like a silhouette cutter but I don't have one so it was trial and error for the remaining masking. The lower panels on the gunner's compartment were relatively simple but did show up the fact that I hadn't paid attention on the starboard side when masking the "greenhouse". The straight line that should run fore and
    12 points
  28. Hi All, Kaman SH-2G(NZ) Super Seasprite. KittyHawk 1/48 Here is my model of '01, an SH-2G NZ, one of 5 new build Helicopters which served with the NZ Navy for 10 years from 2001 to 2015 before being replaced with a newer version. Model built from a Kittyhawk Kit with some additional details including an interior for the cabin. Meanwhile on the Cantabury Plains.... More pictures in the build thread here Super Seasprite Build Thread Thanks as ever to the mods Rob85, Hew
    12 points
  29. Another one I finished some time ago: The (very) old Dragon Pz III M/N kit no. 9015. This one is finished as an Ausf.M at the time of the Battle of Kursk. German armour is not really my thing but I've always liked the look of the Pz III's and IV's with the Schurzen fitted. As ever, hope you like it and all comments/criticism welcome. Bandit 1250
    11 points
  30. Douglas DC-10-30 Finnair, 1990s Airfix 1/144 kit + FDcals + Nazca details Another one for the Douglas Commercials line up. Anyone who has built this kit will know that if you build it OOB the engines hang so low that they touch the ground, so the pylon attachments were removed from the wings and the pylons themselves reduced in size. I also added some stiffeners inside the wings before assembly as the whole thing is too flimsy otherwise. Wing surface details are of the very fine raised line type, which had to be completely removed because
    11 points
  31. Thanks Ian - easier on the other one, I'd practiced Cheers Cookie - you're very welcome! Thanks Giorgio True - as always, I need to think ahead Now you tell me Thanks Mike References eh? Even the walkarounds in the links at the bottom of this page don't focus on the area I wanted, but done now (I hope). Thanks Johnny No worries on the spelling - predictive text is a pain sometimes isn't it? Please don't feel guilty Simon - I really appreciate the kindness and I'm over that hurdle now! But a Ventura Spitfire? I've just sea
    11 points
  32. Bristol Beaufighter MK II, 789 Sqn, FAA, South Africa. 1945 Built using the Airfix 1/72nd new tool TFX with the Alleycat MkII late conversion. Vallejo ModelAir paints. Decals are from High Planes and were 'wetted' on with Johnsons Klear, finished with Vallejo Matt Varnish.
    10 points
  33. Thank you to everyone for the nice comments, but any one of you could do this - you really could. The real praise should be aimed at Tetra’s engineers, because if you do what they say, this fits together perfectly. Take your time, use an Optivisor & really good tweezers, don’t try to do too much in one session... A lot of this build (the Swordfish, for instance) has taxed my problem-solving & lateral thinking - often the bits of modelling that give me the most satisfaction. But these wee guns, though they do undeniably look fabulous... they’re careful assembly, no
    10 points
  34. The Arma Hurricane Mk I has had lots of good publicity and is the subject of several builds here, notably by @Procopius, who did an excellent triple build. So, let’s find a subject a little different to what’s on the box. This one came up in the search for an interesting scheme. It is reputed to have directed the guns of a Royal Artillery battery to sink an Italian merchantman in Bardia Harbour in January 1942. The pilot was an Australian from Adelaide FO Raymond Goldberg DFC flying in 451 Sqn. The story is available here https://vwma.org.au/explore/people/511695
    9 points
  35. Hi guys, So here is my 2nd build since I've come back to the hobby, my 1st Corona build loll I chose the Raptor because it's my favorite jet and I wanted to have one on my stash And I went with the Hasegawa because of the reviews I saw on the net. Altough it's just my 2nd serious build, I have to say this kit is absolutely unbelievable! The fit is absolutely great and it needed almost no filler at all, I was really impressed by the ingineering, really unbelievable!! The only down side are the decals, they were an absolute pain to apply and some are really not applied
    9 points
  36. The first of last week's "isolation" projects completed is Su-25, the Peruvian Air Force. About the model itself I will not waste the words, quite poor but easy to assemble and does not require some major waste of time. They said aftermarket, everything else out of the box. Here's the picture. Regards to the next project, probably tomorrow.
    9 points
  37. Hi all This is another model I finished last year. It represents the Bf 109E-3 flown by Oberleutnant Hans Schmoller-Haldy of 3/Jagdgruppe 88, in Spain during March 1939. I keeping with my minimalist approach to modelling, I did the following to the kit. Fuselage - kit seat replaced with Ultracast seat - antenna wire made from stretched sprue - upper cowl intake opened - cowl gun barrels replaced with Master brass barrels - engine starter crank opening and l
    9 points
  38. I’m still undecided about the glazing. Instead, I elected to attempt a coat of RLM 65. I reckoned I could still make adjustments to the glazing stuff after some paint. Well, that was good. Yes, I’m using Humbrol acrylic. Let’s call it an experiment. What I discovered was interesting. Thinning the paint with the maker's thinners does work, as you’d expect. Quantities and ratios aren’t that critical, but getting the overall consistency to roughly like milk is important. Next, getting my airbrush to squirt at a pressure that worked best was interesting. Full chat
    9 points
  39. Finished this last year. Thought I'd post it today.
    9 points
  40. OK - the next bit is actually where the sub-assemblies start to come together; the frame on which everything hangs is folded: There is an unfeasibly tiny channel thing to fit in those slots at the front: You then fit the block into the middle, so it starts to resemble a Pom-Pom mounting, like this: Back to the ammo feeds. I’ve part-built the set for the opposite end of the mounting (seen on the left). The circular plate is what holds the ammo feed trays in position - you can see the near-side one fitted. At the moment I have left the upper
    9 points
  41. Airfix 1/72 Blackburn Buccaneer S2C. 736 Squadron, RNAS Lossiemouth The build thread can be found here 1/72 Airfix Blackburn Buccaneer S2C by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr 1/72 Airfix Blackburn Buccaneer S2C by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr 1/72 Airfix Blackburn Buccaneer S2C by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr 1/72 Airfix Blackburn Buccaneer S2C by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr 1/72 Airfix Blackburn Buccaneer S2C by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr
    9 points
  42. After one from 1999, I made this one. It is also a very nice Tamiya kit painted with Zero Paints World Rally Blue (Subaru 02C) color and finished with 2k gloss coat. There is also Scale Motorsport PE and carbon fiber and MFH seat belts.
    8 points
  43. That's better. More agitation of the can rather than me. Some minor imperfections to deal with, and I’m still thinking about the transparencies. They’re only stuck on with Kristal Klear, so can be pinged off fairly easily. Having looked at my paint mule, where I tested the Humbrol stuff, I think that might be worth persisting with. Some experimentation is called for, I think.
    8 points
  44. F-16A in Royal Danish Air Force anniversary scheme. 1/72 from an Esci kit
    8 points
  45. Another example of the perils of macro photography. They look fine to my naked eye Thank goodness it’s a biplane!
    8 points
  46. Here's my Lancaster B.II, LL735, the Metrovick F.2 testbed. Airfix kit with 3D printed conversion parts. Build thread is here. thanks for looking Julian
    8 points
  47. Good morning you all. Hope you're all ok. Another week has come to an end and we're still confined at home. Following the end of the Wessex build, I needed some mental rest , even if my wife says my brains are always at rest!!! My motivation was alsolow because I wasn't so happy to face the Airfix Phantom build. Differently from the other three kits already built in this project,this one is a new generation one and thus most of the features I like to detail from scratch... are already detailed. When I started this build, nearly two years ago, I wasn't so happy about big quantity
    8 points
  48. OK, got the masking paint work cleanup done and started adding the fabric to the coaming with some tissue paper. I noticed that the reference pic I've been using shows that the area under the cowl flaps was bare metal, so masked it up and hoped for the best. Oh, and painted the fabric. It worked! Nearly there now.
    8 points
  49. I would imagine you have the best part of a year if not more left on this. I'm trying to complete it in under a decade if at all possible! Isn't he a fistful of swarf type of guy? Thanks Ced. She plays nice every now and again, but always be prepared... Remember guys this is the redesigned Circa 2000 version - just about the time they were banning ciggies everywhere. This is all G&T's and a sherbet dib dab to dip in the caviar if you're lucky Over the last few days I've been fettling the window frame
    8 points
  50. Well I finally managed to push the work laptop to one side and get some hobby time. I thought it was my civic duty to ignore the good weather and stay inside today! So I’ve detailed the engine and made some replacement guns: I know Spandau cooling jackets are hollow but you can’t see the damn things under the wing...
    8 points
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