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  1. Finished at last (well, 99.9% of it). The vintage 1/72 Airfix Heron kit, updated with my own resin conversion components, namely replacement engines, props, undercarriage, flaps, interior seating etc. Full In-Progress build is here, in the link:
    37 points
  2. Here are the photos of my Airfix 1/72 Lancaster that I just finished. The build thread is here: Lancaster W4308 UV-C made a crash landing just outside the village where I grew up in January 1943. The wreck was stored for a while on a little parking lot just behind the house that I grew up in. The pilot, Squadron Leader Osborn, tells the story: "This was our sixth trip flying Lancasters. The target was Dusseldorf on the western edge of the Ruhr industrial area of Germany. I was on my second tour of operations with a total of forty-seven trips completed over
    37 points
  3. I've recently completed the conversion of an AMT KC-135 into an RAF Airseeker/Rivet Joint. I used the Combat Conversions resin set which provides new CFM-56 engines, new nose, cheek blisters and the various aerials and sensors that adorn the aircraft. The decals were from the Hannants' Xtradecal range. Paints were a mixture of Revell and Xtracolour enamels. Regards, Rob
    34 points
  4. G’day all. I’ve just completed the Airfix Phantom FGR.2 this afternoon (Easter Monday). An annoying start followed by a pleasant build for the most part, I’m happy to say that this was an enjoyable project. The kit is built as XV466 ‘D’ Desperation while assigned to 1435 flight at RAF Mount Pleasant in 1991. The most annoying issues with the kit are the fit of the lower wing to the underside of the intake trunks and the fir of the forward canopy section to the nose fuselage. Some judicious plastic removal and fettling had the parts slip into place. Gaps were addressed w
    31 points
  5. Another build finally completed ... I started this as part of the D-Day GB last year ... then work , life etc took over !! , but now its complete, it joins my 1/72nd collection of USAF aircraft based in Essex during WW2 , As with every kit, its a learning curve and a relaxing hobby, constructive comments always welcome One day I will build a photo booth / base to make pictures more interesting !! Aircraft s/n 43-10208 5D-S : ‘ Es for Sugar’. 644th Bomb Squadron part of 410th Bomb Group based at RAF Gosfield (near Braintree) with secondary runway at RAF Birch
    27 points
  6. I completed this huge model a few months ago - it's the stunning HK Models 1/32nd Lancaster combined with Iconic Air's Dambuster Conversion. The conversion set provides the modified bomb bay set up, the bomb itself, as well as a decal sheet for the 617 Squadron aircraft. I have chosen Maltby's aircraft, coded AJ-J. Paints were from Hannants' Xtracolour range of enamels. Regards, Rob
    27 points
  7. Hiya Folks, We`ve all heard of Lend Lease but many people are unaware that it went the other way too with US Forces being equipped with British equipment and one aircraft types that the 8th AF based in the UK made use of was the DH. Mosquito which was used as a reconnaissance aircraft, Master Bomber, Weather Reconnaissance and a chaff dropper which preceded the main heavy bomber formations,... as well as for Special Forces `Red Stocking' missions too, for which they had gloss black painted undersides (another cool scheme I intend to model some day!). The 35th Bomb Group (
    26 points
  8. I have just completed this Desert Stuka base a plan that was in Libya in 1941. I first saw it in a profile in the Topwings 54 Ju 87B book by Maciej Noszczak. The profile was painted by Arkadiusz Wrobel Then when I had almost finished it I found this image of it crashed on takeoff. So I used the Airfix 1/48 kit and put together the decals from several sources. The model isn't prefect by any means. I had a lot of trouble with Airfix's open canopy parts. Also the plastic for these clear parts are rather soft, so the old toothpick method of removin
    26 points
  9. I managed to take off the tape from the engines, without also detaching the engines at the same time. Here is, as the title suggests, the Revell Airbus A380 in the new livery of Lufthansa, which, personally, I like a lot. For those who haven't seen, the WIP is here: I built the kit right out of the box, with no additions or modifications, other than some modifications to the body gear doors to close them (the instructions tell you to install the doors in the ope
    23 points
  10. Hi, everybody! It's my next model from "stay at home" serie.
    21 points
  11. Just completed this one, not a bad kit at all..went together really well. The major letdown is with the instructions which are a bit vague at times, incorrect part number call outs and no paint or decal instructions for the weapons. Provided you have some reference material then you'll be fine. Paints are Vallejo Model air and Tamiya with the camo airbrushed freehand... altho it would have been a lot less stressful had I gone with masks! I also confess to missing a few of the tedious stencil decals off as I got bored! Anyway here she is, always loved the look of the beefed up F16s from
    17 points
  12. Hello all...been a while since I posted here. I was building quite a lot up until about 13 months ago, and then life, work, travel, and other hobbies took me away from the bench. I've been itching to get back to building for a few months now, so what better excuse than being stuck at home for the forseeable future?? Here are my builds over the past 4 weeks. I like building in the "What If?" genre, and over the past 10 years that has been most of my building, but in the past couple of years it's been a bit more balanced, as these four builds show...50/50 split. I'm
    16 points
  13. Here is P-51D, "Bad Angel". Flown by L.E. Curdes. Lt. Col. Curdes flew in the ETO and PTO. He is noted for having downed German, Italian, Japanese, and, um, an American aircraft. This model was started in the P-51/Mustang STGB, but finished just now. This is the Airfix 1/48 F-51D boxing, CAM's Thoroughbred Mustang decals, and Eduard's Brassin exhaust stack for the Airfix kit. Paint is Mr Color with Alclad for some details. Here's Wikipdeia's description of the event leading to the American kill marking. And here's a photo of Curdes and his bride, Svetlana Valeria Shos
    14 points
  14. I have just finished the RS Models 1/72 Airspeed Envoy, but wanted to do it as G-AEXX of the King's Flight as used by King Edward VIII between 1937-39. The RS Models kit comes is several difference boxings with different engines and the version modelled is the one with Cheetah engines, which come in resin form. The kit goes together very well with some very fine details and a full cabin interior. The very nice good quality decal sheet is for all military versions - RAF, Spanish and Republic of China Air Forces, but strangely there are no decals for the King's Flight aircraft, which is well
    13 points
  15. Well this is my second lockdown completion, which is two more than I finished in 2019! It's Karaya's lovely 1/48 Martinsyde Buzzard, finished 100% OOB. On the basis of this one being exactly the kind of kit I love (lots of resin and PE), I've purchased another Karaya kit for the stash. So this is what you get: And this is it finished: Hope you like it! Be safe out there.
    13 points
  16. Hi all, hope you all are ok and safe... This is my first completed model during my quarantine here in Spain (started several months ago). I bought this one because of the color scheme, without knowing anything about the sprues or reviews, etc. so it was a surprise when I opened the box. Airfix did a strange thing with this product, I don't mean it's a bad thing, but at least strange. Half of the sprues are from the '70s and half are modern ones, designed for this D-Day edition... I think it had been better to design completely a new one model, if you plan to design the half
    13 points
  17. Hi folks, first for a while... Thanks for looking, J.A.
    13 points
  18. Hi All; Here's my recently completed P-47. I was quite happy with how it turned out though I did bugger up a couple of things, and to be honest I lost my nerve in the end on going all out on the weathering. Critiques are always welcome, cheers; Mark.
    12 points
  19. Hi...Cruelly weak model, I have a profi version plus a large set from BrenGun. As for 48, it's even weak with additions. The surface have engraved panel lines, but poor. The middle cockpit is empty. So far, I have been reveted whole model and played with the interior ..... It will be from Operation Tungsten (I think, because Asian kamo blinks seductively), the first and basically the only effective attack on Tirpitz for me.
    11 points
  20. #11/2020 After the Fw190 with the Hagelkorn gliding bomb, my dad has finished another subject of the Special Weapons And Tactics category. Hasegawa kit (limited), added Eduard seatbelts, Antenna wire with EZ Line and fishing line, yellow fuel line in the cockpit and brake lines with plastic rods and lead wire. "Spears" of the wing tanks with plastic rods. As a G-1 the aircraft had a pressurized cockpit. Removed the side airscoop from the windshield and added a sealed canopy back wall with an Eduard part found in the sparesbox. The little airscoop on the font fuselage was a Fw190 part ta
    11 points
  21. Hi, I've built Mengs A7V in 1:35th scale. It depicts "Schnuck", and it belonged to Abt.2 in Northern France during autumn 1918. the model is painted using Tamiya acrylics, and weathered with Mig and AK products. Hope you enjoy :) Best regards Rune, Norway
    11 points
  22. Good Morning and Happy Easter to all Grumman (F6F-3) Hellcat Mk.I 800 SQN FAA Aboard the escort carrier HMS Emperor in July 1944 - Operation Dragoon Eduard 1/48 Built for "in the Navy" GB
    11 points
  23. Thanks Simon, you and Lady Rose too Thanks Marklo Cheers Keith - anti-static wristbands? They sound shocking Small bag shortage eh? Time to panic buy??!! Thanks Giorgio Actually, with the internals fitted (watch all that PE - and the control stick!) the joins aren't bad: That seat and i/p are from the other one, now also glued. We'll see what they're dry.
    11 points
  24. Jet Provost T.3 1:72 Airfix As a former JP T.3 student once said to me, it had 'Fixed thrust with variable noise!' This is the new tool 1:72nd Airfix kit, and very nice it is too. The fit is superb and it is a very easy build. The decals were not so easy though, there is an extensive amount of day-glo orange to fit on and the sections that wrap around the leading edge of the wings was tricky as it did not want to fold. I got there in the end, but not without it fracturing and splitting a bit, so there is a small amount of touched in paint using Revell 25. Ap
    11 points
  25. Hi all First boat in a long time. I had this finished OOB until I started trawling the site (pun intended) for painting inspiration and came across General Melchett's model of a few years ago. I put right what I could, so thanks to him and everyone else who contributed their knowledge in pointing out the kit's errors. The nameplate is homemade after I messed up the kit's. I'll make a proper base for it once I'm allowed out again, the piece of decking (garden variety) was all I had lying around...
    10 points
  26. Hi, mates! I present to your attention my next finished model started about 6 years ago and finally completed due to me staying home for most of the time Well, this one took a toll on my nerves... Multiple fitting issues that plagued me to the very end! You know the drill - a LOT of filling, sanding, correcting, dry fitting again and again and still there are certain places that could look better. And finally the NMF... Oh, not to forget the blue decals on the wingtip tanks... I had to completely cut their noses off as they do not conform at all with the tanks' geometry and
    10 points
  27. Just my latest kit. Nice, easy build and I had a lot of fun making it. I hope you like it. If I get the urge I'll add some figures and a few more details but for now I'm off to tackle a few more in the stash. Thanks for looking in. Dan
    10 points
  28. Hullo chaps, I awoke at 6 AM to Mrs P shouting at Winston for waking up and methodically moving through the house, locating as many plastic eggs as he could find, extracting and eating the contents, and, since like the Huns riding out to sack Chalons in 451 AD, he is illiterate, discarding her painstakingly written rhyming clue cards enclosed along with the goodies in each egg, somewhat complicating efforts to find all of them. Eventually the situation was retrieved. Since I spent most of yesterday in blissful, relaxing slumber, Mrs P was dead set against me doing so again (fair en
    10 points
  29. So after emptying the shelves for yeast (Norway), toilet paper (UK), marihuana (Netherland), guns & ammo (USA); the next thing to hoard are WNW kits?
    10 points
  30. Hi there, so I had to wait a while for new decals for this kit but they arrived eventually and now it's finished. No problems with this kit (other than the decals) another nice kit from hasegawa. Time to start the next one thanks for viewing and I hope you like it Back soon
    9 points
  31. Hi All, Happy Easter to one and all! Here is my 1:48 Airfix Supermarine Walrus, built as KF*A of No. 5 Communications Flight RAAF, based in New Guinea, 1943. Finished mostly OOB with the addition of Eduard cockpit set and harnesses, and Montex mask set. This build was notable for me for a number of reasons: 1. First Seaplane 2. First Biplane and therefore rigging attempt 3. First use of masks for insignia and national markings What could possibly go wrong?! There are not too many photos of RAAF Walrus' from this period, but here's a few (copyright
    9 points
  32. Hello, all - This C virus crises is certainly freeing up much more model time so one plus side to all the doom and gloom at present I suppose ........... Completed in three weeks and built entirely out of box. Brush painted as always and used artist oils to try and simulate the extensive caster oil staining seen in period photographs along fuselage. I have previously built a couple of years ago WNW's EII version of this kit was a complete joy to build and probably one of the easiest (once you figure out the cluttered rigging diagram) kits to put together. This pa
    9 points
  33. During the 'lock down' we have been eating a lot more healthily than usual - Madame X has had more time to prepare menus with the cook (yeh right) - but seriously - she has had a lot more time to whip up some tasty meals - full of your five a day. Sadly there have been none of her world famous Jumbo 'pigs in blankets'... ...like we saw during the Christmas Blitzen Build - it's all been good healthy stuff. BUT TONIGHT!!! ….junk food at last - Heaven!!!
    9 points
  34. The He111 has a real challenging Cockpit! Here some pictures of my 1/72 Revell/Hasegawa Heinkel He 111 Bomber which crashed from 2 m height. The Cockpit broke in to parts - now repaired. Hope you like! Instead of masking the Cockpit (which is very difficult for me) I used painted decals. Look at TOPIC "forget masking cockpits" Cheers! Andreas
    9 points
  35. Afternoon all, I'm enjoying this bit: The very nicely molded decking has been brush painted with an uneven 'wood' colour using wet in wet Tamiya Dark Yellow/Buff/Wooden Deck Tan and was then washed with Tamiya Brown panel line accent wash. I then covered that with that with a couple of equally uneven coats of thin dark grey/brown mix, the instructions would have you use a dark grey but when I thought of waterproofed wood I immediately thought of railway sleepers so thought I'd give it a go colour wise and apparently it did weather to brown. Next was a couple o
    9 points
  36. Here is my entry into the ongoing Nordic Group Build; Built with the addition of a correct profile nose (Questionable decision) and pitot set by Maestro models, plus an Eduard wheel set and the Neomega resin cockpit set (both very good decisions) I eventually also purchased a pre-cut splinter camouflage masking set also by maestro models. The decals were from the excellent Moose Republic Decals set. I have scratched some other details such as the speed brake actuators, thrust reverser petals and FOD guards as there is no detailing in the kit intakes. the model is weathe
    8 points
  37. Hello guys, here are some photos of my most recently completed model, Hasegawa's 1:72 N1K2-J Shiden.
    8 points
  38. Hello, It has been a while without posting some of our series. I will try to catch up with it. Here is the latest series made by my father. 1) Westland Welking Mk II PF370 2) Westland Welkin Prototype DG558/G - November 1942 3) Wesltand Welkin prototype tested 200 lmp gal drop tanks. 4) Westland Welkin Mk I DX318 5) Westland Welkin Mk I DX340 carried out trials powered by two Merlin RM16SM engines with chin radiators Cheers Santiago
    8 points
  39. Another ‘lockdown’ project completed. This time it’s Airfix’s 1/72 FW109A which is quite an easy kit to build even if some parts don’t fit properly, but then I suppose that’s modelling. It’s built straight out of the box apart from some PE seatbelts, a scratch built foot step and the two aerials under the rear fuselage. Topside aerial wires are Uschi Van Der Rosten thread with paint blobs for the insulators and I drilled out all six gun barrels and lower exhaust outlets for a better look. Paints are Tamiya acrylics and Winsor Newton oils all sealed with Humbrol clear lacquers. Any useful po
    8 points
  40. Hello Here's my Italeri Stirling IV, done as LJ849 QS-E of 620 Squadron, which was shot down on D-Day on its second Op of the day. It had left Fairford at 22.50 on June 5th with a complement of paratroopers on board (including actor Richard Todd), landing back at Fairford at 01.45 on D-Day itself. They then took a glider across on the afternoon of D-Day, and after releasing the glider were shot down by German flak. The pilot, Gordon Thring R.C.A.F., managed to crash-land with no major injuries to the crew. Unfortuntately they were taken prisoner after mistaking a German patrol for
    8 points
  41. Hello, this is my humble interpretation of Toyota Hilux Pickup, which is one of the most popular vehicles preferred by the militants of the civil wars in Middle East and Africa. Nice kit with good fit and quality. regards, salih
    8 points
  42. So, time for another update, The tracks are going together very well, I'm surprised on how strong they are. They hold up really well and are probably on par with the Model Kasten tracks. The detail is very well done and the parts only require a small amount of clean up, well done Meng. One more side to get done and we are done with the running gear. They fit the Takom sprocket very well. They are very well detailed tracks, one of the best I have seen for a while. I'll give the track pad
    8 points
  43. Airfix (Esci) 1/48 AJ-37 Viggen Here is my entry into the GB; Built with the addition of a correct profile nose (Questionable decision) and pitot set by Maestro models, plus an Eduard wheel set and the Neomega resin cockpit set (both very goo decisions) I eventually also purchased a pre-cut splinter camouflage masking set also by maestro models. The decals were from the excellent Moose Republic Decals set. I have scratched some other details such as the speed brake actuators, thrust reverser petals and FOD guards as there is no detailing in the kit intakes.
    8 points
  44. Thanks again for the kind words Gent's This is just a small update for and main masts have been secured and about 2/3rd of the rigging and all 24 oerlikons beefy
    8 points
  45. Thanks Heather - very sensible. But then others always issue a challenge… Told you Interesting article from The Grocer here. All sorts of things going on eh, including toe rags stealing eggs and chickens! More people baking/cooking at home too - even I can cook an egg. If pushed Some mojo this morning so challenges accepted! Two tiny PE levers stuck on to the gunsights. You asked for it. Lots of thoughts going through my head while I was doing that, some of them printable. Like "This was supposed to
    8 points
  46. Wonderfully fascinating aircraft, mixed propulsion. Standard piston engine connected to and drove essentially a jet engine lacking a turbine. First flew just as Germany was surrendering, too late for the war. One year after its first flight the pure jet MiG-9 overtook it, and then one more year after that the vastly superior MiG-15. Production version equipped one small squadron in the Baltic Naval units very briefly. Omega resin, done in two weeks. Modifications include: - Altered tail to make a "true" MiG-13 (as opposed to the I-250 prototypes) - scratchbuilt
    8 points
  47. Here are my two Jaguars that were worked side by side. The Revell Disbandment 'Spotty' Jaguar GR3A of 6 Sqn, XX119 from 2007 and a Hasegawa Jaguar GR3A of 41 Sqn, XZ103 from 2005 which was the display aircraft for that year. The 'Spotty' Jag was built OOB, the decals were hard work and took a lot of Micro-Sol and touching after afterwards to fill the gaps. Despite the reservations of attempting this, it's not turned out too bad. The 41 Sqn Jaguar was also built OOB apart from the correct aerial behind the cockpit and has Model Alliance decals applied. Both were painted mainly us
    8 points
  48. Good Morning and Happy Easter to all Grumman (F6F-3) Hellcat Mk.I 800 SQN FAA Aboard the escort carrier HMS Emperor in July 1944 - Operation Dragoon Eduard 1/48
    8 points
  49. Hey guys. Hope you’re having a lovely relaxed bank holiday. I had planned on RFI pics today but looking at what our alien friend @Martian Hale had been up to last night, scratching up Some wonderful innards and getting lost in the joy of it all. I got a little jealous and sitting at the bench this morning I felt the seat was headed in the wrong direction. Not too wrong but a little. I didn’t know what to glue where and was getting mixed up with different reference pics. All very frustrating. Then I looked at what @triumphfan had done with his seats and I decided to look for one ref pic
    7 points
  50. JU 87 B-2 "Picchiatello" Regia Aeronautica 236a Squadriglia Comiso, Italy, September 1940 Click [Here] for the WIP
    7 points
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