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  1. This is part of a double build for the Spitfire STGB, but more importantly is was a build I wanted to have finished for ANZAC Day here in Aust, 25th April. The model is from Eduard's lovely Aussie Eight Combo, the 1/48th version and actually the first Spitfire I've built in near 50 years of modelling! The model is really nicely done, but there are in my opinion a couple of things that really let it down.....the worst being the decals! These are printed by Cartograf, while looking really nice and perfectly in register, they are super thick and just about refuse to settle
    29 points
  2. This is the second part of my Spitfire double build for the Spitfire STGB and ANZAC Day. She's from the Eduard Aussie Eight release, this time an RAF aircraft, but flown by an Australian pilot, F/O Larry Cronin, from Canterbury in Victoria. I chose this one because I loved the scheme and the extended wing looks so different, and to me I like it. Again the model actually went together without any real issues, the fit is really nice. But again it was let down with these truly horrible decals! please enjoy. Model: Eduard 1/48th Aussie Eight Combo
    27 points
  3. Canada and Scotland have strong historic connections and air links between the two countries have existed for almost as long as transatlantic flying itself. In May 2015 Westjet began seasonal flights between Halifax and Glasgow which was their first UK destination. The inaugural flight was by C-GQWJ, an ETOPS 737-7CT, which acquired a unique tartan fin for the occasion. She carried the tartan for about six months before reverting to the standard livery. The Zvezda kit was a straightforward and enjoyable build and I was aware of its few minor issues from my previous build of the 738
    25 points
  4. Hi this is my first RFI for a while - I did not get around to doing a WIP - the Kinetic Super Etendard SEM was built mainly from the box with the exception of fitting the Aires resin cockpit set and a couple of small scratch built items. The resin cockpit took a lot of work to get it to fit into the fuselage and involved removing quite a bit of resin from the cockpit sides under a running tap to stop the resin dust. The back of the casting also had to be cut away to fit over the nose wheel bay and the front needed tapering to fit in. As mentioned in other modellers posts
    23 points
  5. Hi all This is my most recently completed model. It had been languishing in a painted state for a couple of years, so it feels good to get it out of the way. Like my other Tamiya 109s, I only did the following to the model. 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 lift points drilled out -
    19 points
  6. Evening folk's,built for the Spitfire GB is an original boxing of Airfix's first attempt at a quarter scale Spitfire.The decal's were shot which is a shame as where possible I like to use them hence the new Identity.Brush painted with Tamiya paints a very enjoyable build all being well I'm going to build another in the box desert scheme.Many thank's for taking a look and yes I may have made a mistake with the layout of the starboard codes so apologies to the RAF fans.
    17 points
  7. Grabbed this kit to practice my airbrushing. Made up markings for a late war 219. Earlier Tamiya mold from the mid-90's...good kit with just a few little areas to watch out for. Fun build of a cool looking aircraft that was before it's time. Cheers Collin
    15 points
  8. Hi There, This was being built in parallel to the Firefox but this one is for the wee man's roof, so wheels up. When I started I thought that the dihedral fix wouldn't make that much of a difference so decided not to bother.....Wrong! Primed with UMP Grey Painted with the magnificent Colourcoats Dark Earth, Dark Green and Night Bomber Black. These are fantastic paints, utterly bombproof and so easy to spray on........ Thanks Jamie. Finished with W&N Galeria Matt varnish Aerials with Uschi Fine Rigging line. Had a bit of a slip
    15 points
  9. A long time ago in the fair country behind the iron curtain was country, Poland. A place where I grew up. Plastic modeling hobby was limited to a variety of kits you can buy on the market. One domestic manufacturer has made only 6-7 types of models. They are still made today. The quality of molds was low, decals were even worst. Hobby paint was something you never heard about. WW2 Greman models were forbidden by the state. A great leader knows witch kit is good for you. Nevertheless, my father was traveling to a decadent and rotten western Europe. He always brought me a nice souvenir, the M
    13 points
  10. I finished this for 'In The Navy GB' so all the build details are there, so just some finished photo's. Its rigged with 0.122mm wire. If anyone has questions I'm more than happy to answer them Stay Safe out there as this virus is a real killer. Cheers Joe M Stick & String Rule O.K. IMG_20200421_221339 by Joseph Moran, on Flickr IMG_20200421_221430 by Joseph Moran, on Flickr IMG_20200421_221323 by Joseph Moran, on Flickr IMG_20200421_221315 by Joseph Moran, on Flickr IMG_20200421_221302 by Joseph Moran, on Flickr IMG_20200421_221249 by Josep
    13 points
  11. I've been working on this on and off for the last few months and have finished it off this week. I've used the classic Revell 1/48th B-17F kit and coupled it with Koster's vacformed beautiful early Fortress conversion set. This comprises a new rear fuselage with the distinctive 'shark fin', a new early nose and cockpit transparency as well as other various vacformed clear parts, along with some additional air intakes for the early oil cooler set up - all in all a very comprehensive conversion set. You have to undertake other mods to the Revell kit such as shortening the nose (the
    12 points
  12. Hello everyone! Here is one of my two latest kits, finished last weekend. It's Mark I Models brand new 1:144 Messerschmitt Bf 109K-4 which I started building the day I received it about 4 weeks ago. It represents White 1, W. Nr. 330204, of 9./JG77, Luftwaffe, at Neuruppin airfield, Germany, in November 1944. It was built mostly OOB adding belts from Tamiya tape and the armoured headrest (a bit of a fiasco that) in the cockpit as well as the missing tail mast for the radio wires and the FuG 25a IFF aerial under the fuselage. I opened up the supercharger intake which wa
    12 points
  13. Hi everyone, This is my first post here on the forum, even though I have been a member for a little more than a year now. About two weeks ago, I finished building Hasegawa's P-47D in 1/48. A great kit, which I built OOB, with the exception of the decals: these come from Aztec Models 'Juicy Jugs' decal sheet. The plane depicted here is a P-47D-30 which was used by the Fuerza Aerea Colombiana. I used Vallejo Metal colors in various shades for the main fuselage. The model is far from perfect, but I am quite pleased with the result and I am looking forward to your feedback.
    12 points
  14. ….and she/they’re done!!! I actually didn’t have too much to do, just some time consuming final wee things……..no boring photos! At the end of the day I did enjoy building them, they are really nice model, just spoiled by some minor stuff which should never been allowed to happen. I decided in the end to not go too excessive with the weathering, even though photo’s do show these aircraft to be quite weathered. I’ll post all the proper photos in the gallery and RFI. These are just to show sometimes even we get sunny days in Sydney!
    12 points
  15. F-4Es of the 68th Tac Fighter Squadron, 347th Tac Fighter Wing out of Moody AFB participating in the Red Flag 84-2 large-force exercise, Nellis AFB, February 1984. 68-0328 68-0363 68-0367 68-0373 A very blurry 68-0395 68-0495 68-0515 Thanks for looking, Sven
    11 points
  16. Hello, Here is my recently completed model, the HB 1/48 Mirage IIICJ. I started the model about 6 years ago, and managed to complete it today. I hope you will like it. Thanks for watching.
    11 points
  17. Thank you. Coming from such a master, that is praise indeed. Basic brushed aluminium coat everywhere. It’s hard to tell from the two photos of the plane I’m (not quite) building, but the belly tank could be a darker colour. Then again, it may as well be shadows at play, so I’ve gone with aluminium. The wing struts do appear to be a different colour, though, and my interpretation is a blue like the registration code. That reminds me I need to get some clear transfer sheet in so I can have a play at printing my own registration for this model.
    11 points
  18. Cheers chaps! Lego has been deployed. Starboard wing and struts glued - I hope. As you can also see, the port struts didn’t survive extraction. I think there was actually a tiny mould flaw that gave rise to a weakness where it broke. Walking away now to avoid the temptation of fiddling before the glue has set.
    11 points
  19. Slow progress. The instructions section on installing the canopy and undercarriage. Note the requirement to scratch build struts for the main legs? Ten millimetres, eh? Would you be at all surprised to discover that’s a great deal too short? Before I got there, the canopy was fixed in place. Don’t forget, the wings are butt-jointed directly to the glazing, so I hope it stays in place. Oh, and the rather lovely Peewit masks went on, too. Quite apart from not having any plastic rod of small enough diameter, I couldn't help fee
    11 points
  20. Yesterday the new parts arrived from the 3D-printer. This was done at Shapeways as usual. Lately the parts have been quite well cleaned upon arrival from them, but this time I had to rinse and wash away a fair amount of glop. The parts came out well though. Test fitting the exhausts after some minor adjustments. I have been painting all the parts during the week in what little time I have found. The painting of the centre section of the wheel caps is a bit of compromise as they aren't perfectly accurate in shape, but it will do OK
    10 points
  21. My 3rd work finished in 2020 is this little diorama, a corner of late 80s airport in China. Kit: Daco Skyline 1/144 737-300 Accessories: Extratech 1/144 737-300 photo-etching part Extratech 1/144 airport luggage traitor photo-etching part Preiser 1/144 airport crew Preiser 1/144 bicycles Authentic Airliners 1/144 737 3D window decal Authentic Airliners 1/144 737 vortex generator Mixture of several CAAC decals Thanks f
    10 points
  22. I didn’t really get as much done yesterday as I had hoped. The seam along the bottom was filled and sanded. I then spent a while trying to work out the shape of the extended range belly tank. In the end, I guesstimated it, and sanded something from a block cut from 2.5mm thick styrene sheet. From various comments I found on the interwebs, the tanks appear to have been made by Bert in the metalworking shop to fit the plane at the time, so there was some variation and no real series production. There is some evidence of straps or reinforcement that ran longitudinally, so
    10 points
  23. I now have a Silver Spitfire. The AK Xtreme Metal was a delight. I was trying to decide whether to put down "Aluminium" first and then highlight panels with their "Polished Aluminium" and "Flat Aluminium". The LHS made the decision for me as they had no "Aluminium" so I went with Polished first up and I am glad I did. This has given me a nice base to vary texture and colour with some of the panels. I shot it at 20 psi preferring to stand off from the model 6"-8" and get good atomisation and not have drying before it was on the surface. Seemed to work.
    10 points
  24. Spitfire Mk.VIII – F/L George Scrimgeour, 457Sqn, Labuan, Borneo June 1945 Model: Eduard 1/48th Aussie Eight Combo Paint: MRP & SMS Lacquers and Tamiya & Mr Hobby Acrylics, Model Master Metalizer Lacquer Extras: none .......lest we forget. ANZAC Day 2020
    10 points
  25. I would like to present my MPM 1/48 Faily Fulmar in the markings of Stan Orr, the leading fighter pilot for the FAA during WW11. This represents N1884 - 6K from 806 Squadron, HMS Illustrious, Eastern Mediterranian in late 1940. This is 'modified' from the kit by folding the wings, this is not a standard 'option'. No aftermarket was used, only some brass rod to support the wing folds and plastic card & rod to close in the fuel cells and provide detail. The fold is not difficult and is helped a lot by the FAA museum example having folded wings. Serials were home printed. The wing fold i
    10 points
  26. Hi all and what a great idea for a Group Build! Like so many of us, Airfix and Matchbox kits (and the odd Esci) in the 70s & early 80s were my gateway to the hobby. Built with great enthusiasm at the kitchen table, my choice of kits were inspired by the comics I read and the movies I watched. I also remember 'The World At War' TV documentary, I think on Sunday afternoons. It was probably the first time I saw real footage of WW2 and especially film of the war in the air. So this will be my build, bought on auction a few years back in a moment of mad-nostalgia f
    9 points
  27. It must have been the very late 1960's, probably 1969. I was 9 and my brother 11. For Christmas that year I got a Revell H-110 Phantom, the "Diamond Backs" one with the great Brian Knight artwork. Anyway, my brother "convinced me" that it was far too difficult for me to build properly, so he decided he would be building it as "it would turn out better". You've never seen such a pile of glue-bombed cr*p in your life, and I didn't speak to him for weeks. Fast forward to Christmas 1975, and my brother, now having left school, in a full time job and earning proper money, surprised me w
    9 points
  28. I chose this kit as I remember it was my favourite build as a kid. I bought it in Anerley, south London at my favourite shop. It was only small and mainly sold sweets and boring newspaper - but occasionally would have a Matchbox kit in the window. I always remember the box and have bought a P12E of the same vintage. As a result of the current situation I am living with my girlfriend and her ten year old son. I've got him in to modelling and he likes to build kits quickly. So did I as a kid but remember painting this one properly. My aim is to start and finish th
    9 points
  29. Hi Guys, due to the lockdown in France, I had to look at the bottom of my stash to find something exotic to build. I had bought the Roden kit of the Rolls-Royce armored car many years ago, but I was always frightened by the number of parts and low quality of the molding of some pieces. I usually build 1/48 scale aicraft, so this was quite a big change for me. I found a build by Andy Moore on this forum of the Meng rendition, which I tried to follow regarding the colors. Since I did not have access to AK real colors because of lockdown, I used custom m
    9 points
  30. This was my surprise present form my son last Christmas. Never having made a resin kit before the very thought of it terrified me because it was a present and if I made a mess of it I wasn't just disappointing myself. So, after doing some interneting to get hints, tips and help I stuck my courage to the sticking place two weeks ago and decided to get on with it. No real problems with the build, a fair bit of filler and sanding especially on the bits that had shrunk. The only real problem was that the canopy didn't fit at all. Some hot water later a reasonable fit
    9 points
  31. I built this Manchester MkI using various sources - the old-tool Airfix Lancaster, Planet Models as well as Paragon Designs. Decals came form the spares box. Regards, Rob
    9 points
  32. Hey. Not loads done today but all progress is good progress right. The blank side wall got a rough approximation of what is there. Similar fashion with the other side. The smaller wheel was replaced then removed as it stopped the whole thing coming together. the larger wheel was sanded away and will be replaced with a scratch one. I’ll also add a few levers after painting. Here’s the wheel. This will get added after painting too. The IP I have seen done in lots of different ways. Some sand it off completely some add new dials some just paint it. Although it’s
    9 points
  33. Thanks Simon. Ear fungus? You should get that seen to!! Thanks John, always glad to know I'm not alone and thanks for the tips To be honest I'm blaming the paint. At a few points it went very well… and then the nozzle dried. I think I'll try it again but next time with Colourcoats (or LifeColor). Thanks Giorgio - sausages, got it! There are some things I could do while the paint dried. Cowling insides: Untitled by Ced Bufton, on Flickr Props: Limp and floppy. I know how that feels at the m
    9 points
  34. Slightly older completion but finally got around to some photography. Zvezda's 1/72 Su-33 out of the box... almost. I cut up the inboard leading edge slats and the horizontal stabilisers to pose them more realistically. I also opened up some holes not mentioned in the instructions and used the spare/optional pylons for the inboard wing stations. These are pretty unrealistic as they are rarely used due to take-off weight considerations, but I'll be damned if it doesn't look imposing with 12 missles hanging off it! This is my largest and most complex aircraft project to date, the dec
    9 points
  35. Thanks P. They are indeed, and unfortunately I hadn't finished with them! Corrected. A little closer to final paint after today... Thanks Tony, all done! Cheers Ced! Thanks Keith! Cheers Richie. They are definitely small and fiddly, but well worth spending time on them. Thanks Martian! Thanks Adrian! Unfortunately you have even less chance of getting away with that when you ARE one of the instructors! Sounds interesting. When is it due to be released?
    9 points
  36. Fuselage with the various fixtures and fittings fitted. First coat of Humbrol Dark Slate Grey has been brush painted on. Wings with engines and undercarriage attached. Struts attached only to upper wing at this point with it all just resting on lower wing ................ a tribute to the Matchbox engineering. Had to replace the struts running from the engines to the fuselage with more suitable items from my spares as kit ones are too thin. Note the wing mounted wind-driven generators which were only fitted to the Mark 1
    9 points
  37. Spitfire Mk.VIII – F/O Larry Cronin, 81Sqn RAF, Patel, India March 1944 Model: Eduard 1/48th Aussie Eight Combo Paint: Mr Paint Lacquers and Tamiya & Mr Hobby Acrylics, Model Master Metalizer Lacquer Extras: none .....lest we forget. ANZAC Day 2020
    9 points
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  39. All finished bar the K69 markings - waiting on masks but they’re taking ages due the crisis I guess so have given up and I’m posting anyway! Great base kit, but it really needs an upgrade pack - I went for the Pontos set which is exemplary. It’s notionally HMCS Heather, but I accept it’s a fairly generic Corvette. My first ship build - I’ve had a go at a couple in the past but never finished as I always had a PE disaster! Anyway, see what you think. Guy
    8 points
  40. 1/48 HobbyBoss Mirage III Armee De L air, Dijon-Longivc, 1970. Vallejo acrylics and wash, Testors Gloss coat, aftermarket Neo resin cockpit and MB Mk 4 Seat and Eduard RBFT. A pair of shaky hands and weak eyes!!!!
    8 points
  41. Second completed lockdown build and this one i'm pretty happy with. A nice kit which went together alright although there were a few fit issues with the top of the air intakes. Unfortunately the primer gave it a horrible grainy texture which is accentuated by the light in these pictures but it looks alright in person. I'm not sure if Black Mike ever actually carried armament, let along black drop tanks, after being repainted, but I just thought it looked good.
    8 points
  42. Hi RGL I have a "Cornwall" set on order fro WEM and the "Kent" set designed by Peter Hall will be some time coming. This build is a bit stuck at the moment awaiting deliveries all slowed up by Covid from WEM, Micromaster and Northstar. I had a minor epiphany looking through the Northstar "shop" when i stumbled across this ..... North Star Models - Engraved plate - 1mm Diamond Here's a screen grab showing the very same on Kent in 1939 And lo and behold whilst searching for 1/144 railings (don't ask) I stumbled across this 1mm
    8 points
  43. And now, decals schemes: FM-2 Wildcat Expert Set decals
    8 points
  44. A place I used to work at had a mad lab technician (aren't they all?). We had a fairly large collection of chemicals. in bottles ranging from 200ml to 10 litres. They were arranged in the cupboard in alphabetical order, but he thought it looked messy with various sizes of bottles all interspersed (and especially, the biggest bottle - Acetone - on the top shelf). So like the library cleaner, he arranged them in size order, small bottles on the top shelf down to the big ones at the bottom. Chaos. We all used the cupboard and it took ages to find anything. When asked how we could easily find st
    8 points
  45. Thanks for kit origin discussion and info PC and Peter. I have to say that this kit already looks way better than my previous hybrid attempts, thanks PC! Alright, elevators drooped. And attached. You may notice the very temporary 4 cannon arrangement. The Sword outboard stubs are terrible, so I used some spare Eduard cannons and will cut down the Sword cannons in to stubs. The belly of the beast. You may also notice that I've invested in some water based MRP paints, but not in any form of storage for them.
    8 points
  46. It’s only got twelve parts. Well, a few more, but it’s not an Airfix Wellington. For @AdrianMF... I sanded the frame down a little, but the canopy fits quite snugly over it. It fits so well, I could fail to glue it on, only the wings attach to it and the model could fall apart!
    8 points
  47. Trump’s comments have led to the first official death as a clergyman in Oregon dies after his wife injected him with disinfectant. A Police spokesperson issued a statement that they had attended a domestos incident, and recorded the death as a bleach of the priest. Simon.
    7 points
  48. Hi Giorgio, excellent progress! Just one small suggestion, if I may, before you attach wings. Since the Sword wings have so little surface to stick to, when I did my T. Mk.5, I inserted two metal rods made from paper clip on one wing and drilled corresponding holes in the other. This allowed me to adjust the dihedral before gluing the wings to the final position, since the paper clip metal can be bent easily. Cheers from Davide
    7 points
  49. Fairly Fulmar now finished and in the gallery. Here are a few more pictures for those interested. Here are a few pictures of the diorama on HMS Illustrious. Many thanks to @Grey Beema for the necessary information on Stan Orr's machine Cheers Colin
    7 points
  50. The suggestion that we should just crack on, take the hit and lose a few from our population to preserve the economy and way of life, overlooks those people who don't actually make a full recovery. The stats I read suggested that the death rate is 3-4% and 80% make a full recovery, leaving 16-17% with long-term damage. Bearing in mind that, extrapolating from the current death figures and assuming that "the curve" is symmetrical, adds up to about 150,000 people with a lasting problem and that there are still about 64 million who haven't had it yet, it seems a little rash. Not much good for the
    7 points
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