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  1. Hiya Folks, I have always wanted to add a Sunderland Mk.5 to my collection and thanks to Special Hobby,..... I have finally got one and I am very happy with it! My model represents PP117, 4X-W of 230 Sqn around the time of the Berlin Airlift, 1948-49,.... while it still wore its basic wartime scheme of White and Exta Dark Sea Grey and before the upper surfaces were re painted in Medium Sea Grey with D Type roundels on the fuselage, as depicted in the kit. For the white I used Rattle Can spray but the rest was brush painted with Pigment Powders and with a fine brush.
    50 points
  2. Hello my friends; I finished my last model in this weekend. It's is a new simple Airfix mold. I did modifications including a lot of adds: - CMK engine; - Seat, wheels, control surfaces, exhaust by resins Aires and Quickboost; - PE interior and flaps by Brengun; - Master Pl cannons and; - Tail wheel scratched. I built a simple base too. I had doubt about the insignias diameters (upper wing surfaces), but even so I ended up using the Airfix decals. I had no options here. The mark is No. 266 Squadron, 2nd Tactical Air Force, Holland and
    30 points
  3. Hi all, only me with another build I finished recently, featured in last months issue of Airfix Model World. This time it's the soon to be reissued 1/48th Defiant Mk.1 by Airfix which really only combines the earlier Mk.1 and NF.1 kits with new decals including markings for one of each type, nothing else has changed in the box. Unfortunately the new decals weren't ready in time so I opted to use the earlier NF.1 markings for the sharmouthed N3328 of 151 squadron which, to be honest, looks more interesting than those of the newer offering (264 squadrons N1801, 'Coimbatore II') It's a lovely l
    18 points
  4. But not at the same time! (apologies if you were expecting Spitfires in USAAF service) Some time ago I found an Eduard 1/72 Spitfire Mk IX "The Longest Day" dual combo in a local bookstore that also deals some kits. I snapped it up since I knew these Eduard kits were fantastic and I didn't have any Mk IXs in my collection. I really wanted a D-Day striped Spitfire, but also dreaded the masking and painting. I knew for sure I couldn't stomach two, so I scrounged up some spare decals and built one straight away as a IXe in Soviet service. It's slightly fictitious, in that the number
    18 points
  5. The Junkers F.13 was the first all-metal, passenger-carrying plane... in 1919!!! As I expressed in the building post, we also have to consider that it was a modern cantilevered monoplane, in an era when the standards were clumsy biplanes (and even triplanes) of wood and fabric, with lots and lots of wires. For a discussion of the hits and misses of the Revell kit please visit the step-by-step construction article. Although I am very grateful for this civil kit of an iconic plane, there are some things that Revell missed: That I know of, there only two photos of the intended sub
    17 points
  6. Hi Folks, This is the Trumpeter Fairey Firefly MkI, of 1770 Sqn, HMS Indefatigable, August 1945. I’ll give a rough rundown and provide some more thoughts below the photos. Airbrushed with Colourcoats it has resin wheel wells, wheels, radiator, prop and spinner and seat. Rockets and the fixings are from the Special Hobby Kit as are the decals. This represents the aircraft flown by Sub-Lt Maclaren and his observer W. Richard who carried out strikes over Honshu, in August 1945. On one particular flight they had a dust up with some flak causing large damage to the a
    16 points
  7. Hello Britmodellers! Here's one of my lockdown builds, made for the In The Navy groupbuild. It's the Kinetic 1/32 kit (reboxed Academy) and one of the best jet models you can get. This one's mostly out of the box except the cockpit (Avionix), seats (Aires), chaff buckets (F4dable Models) and armament, which is a mix of Wolfpack (GBU-38) and Trumpeter (GBU-12). It's a really attractive two-sided scheme with the flag on the airbrake, excellent decals by Flying Leathernecks. I used Xtracrylix paint for the main scheme and Colourcoats
    16 points
  8. Hiya Folks,..... Well its is finished! Thanks for all your encouragement along the way and I hope you like the finished model, Cheers and all the best, Tony PS,...Here is the RFI;
    16 points
  9. Hi all, Just finished having fun with Airfix's Tiger moth in 1.48 scale. Always fancied having a go at rigging and using Uschi 0.05mm thread made it almost effortless, no more monofilament for me. Was going to have two pilots standing next to the frame discussing the next sortie, but could only find one pilot that kinda worked So have gone for a pilot climbing in for his first solo flight being watched over by a member of ground crew. Not sure who is more concerned, pilot for his first trip into the wild blue yonder, or the engineer for the pilots first solo landing!! Hope you l
    14 points
  10. Some may recall me posting in the Discussion section a photo of a Gatsby Mobility Scooter, well as part of the Beyond The Box SIG it sparked anotherr mad idea and resulting fun build. Wallace is from the Airfix Motorbike & Sidecar kit, the wheels are off ebay for RC trucks with the remainder being scratch built. I hope you like it. No WIP I was laughing too much to take photos.
    13 points
  11. I don't normally build bisplanes as I hate rigging them. I sometimes make an exception and a set of etched rigging from SBS and a fabulous model posted hear earlier by Jenko enabled me to finish this stalled build. I finished it as an aircraft of the New Zealand Division of the Royal Navy in 1936-38 attached to HMNZS Achilles, using a set of Print Scale decals. Four Walruses( Walrii?) were part of that establishment coded Z! to Z4, though the machine I represented, K5774, was landed back in the UK in mid 1938. Walrus K5774 4 The kit is a joy to build, eve
    13 points
  12. That was quite a bump and I know what ya’ll are thinking, and I’m here to tell you it wasn’t the airline’s fault, it wasn’t the pilot’s fault, it wasn’t the flight attendants’ fault…..it was the asphalt! Ladies and Gentlemen, please remain in your seats until Captain Crash and the Crew have brought the aircraft to a screeching halt up against the gate. At no time in history has a passenger beaten a plane to the gate. So please don’t even try. And, once the tire smoke has cleared and the warning bells are silence, we’ll open the door and you can pick your way t hrough the wreckage t
    13 points
  13. All done, on to Saburo Sakai's A6M2 Model 21 V-103 in Bali next.---John
    13 points
  14. One of the most enjoyable builds I have done. It just fits together so well. I don't know why Tamiya recommend using their Dark Green it's much too dark as you can see. Next time I'll be using Nato Green for camo. I had some problems with the decals, I really must start gloss coating and using microsol. All comments and criticisms welcome. Thanks for looking.
    12 points
  15. Thanks Stix Weathering has commenced, see below I beg to differ .... Thanks Erwin, much appreciated OK, time for some pin wash. I started with a mid grey tempera panel lines wash, very subtle so subtle that in fact you need to look at the panel lines from the right angle to actually see the wash, like this (here you can see the difference between the belly tank panel lines, for which I used a black marker, and the panels immediately aft, where the grey temepera wash was applied) and this
    12 points
  16. Another Su I just made, this time was in Navy camouflage scheme. And again, lots of time in the exhaust. Each Su i tried different technique to achieve the burning metal result. Enjoy guys.
    11 points
  17. Airfix 1/72 SH-3D Sea King 'Old 66' in Apollo 11 recovery markings
    11 points
  18. With my Nautilus sub project mostly done (waiting on the post to deliver decals from Finland, just like this build) I had some time today to take care of various bits and bobs on the Electra. First, the sticky-down things.... Wheels & tires are installed: Pitot tubes under the nose: More sticky-down things under the fuselage. On the actual aircraft, cables ran between the pitot tube mounts and these posts. Counter-balances for the elevators: I also added a couple of sticky-up items. DF ant
    11 points
  19. How do chaps, Fresh from the tank shed we have the excellent Tamiya M3A1 Scout Car. Build thread below for those so inclined to have a look. Apologies for the pics as I need to sort out a decent place to take photos with a suitable neutral backdrop. Regards, Steve
    10 points
  20. Finish no8 for the year is the Special Hobby AH1G Cobra with M35 Cannon in 1/72 scale. First Special Hobby kit I've done and very impressed, no filler, minimal sanding, fine panel and rivet detail, canopy which fitted even though it was 5 parts, multiple weapon options and nice decals. First helicopter since returning to modelling but I thinks they'll be more to come, Dream Model's AH1Z looks nice. I went for a well used aircraft with a dusty appearance and based the rocket and gun pods on photo of Vietnamese based Cobra's. Built OOB painted with Tamiya acrylics and weathered with MIG Ammo pow
    10 points
  21. Hi All. Here my RaupenSchlepperOst (RSO) from Italeri converted in ambulance. It was an hard job as Italeri kit was nice but terrible to work! The rear compartment was completely built from Evergreen plastic foils. Interior cab was scratched using some kit parts and Eduard pe. Tracks from Friul, side red cross are decals while top red cross was painted with airbrush and stencils. Anyway, I'm happy for results. I'd like to built another RSO using Dragon kit but its cost is absolutely too high (+/- 50 GBpounds)! Hope you like. Ciao Filippo
    10 points
  22. Hi all, This is a model that has been a long time in the making, not so much the kit but the research. My dad never recorded the full details of any of the Thunderbolts he flew in Burma,(or any others for that matter) which ment making an accurate model a very tricky prospect, but I've now got copys of the ORB's and Sqn records of 79 and 34 Sqn's for the time he was with them. I now have full details of all but one of his T-Bolts, the one missing is the last one he flew out of Burma, all I know is it was coded 'B'. Any way back to this one, I was trying to decide which one to build, so I
    10 points
  23. This is my second attempt at Eduard´s fantastic Mig-21. One of my favorite kits of all time. I built it with the canopy closed, but I was not satisfied because the really nice cockpit was nearly invisible. Eduard supplies two clear parts, one for the closed, one for the open option. I also decided to give it a try to paint canopy seals. If I messed ony canopy up, there wpuld still be the second one. So I removed the canopy, painted the seals and put it back in open position. I painted both canopies, unfortunately the one that was meant for the closed position came out better. So I decided to u
    9 points
  24. Hawker Hurricane Mk I, AK-E of No. 213 (Ceylon) Squadron, RAF Wittering, 3/9/39-9/6/40. Hawker Hurricane Mk I, P3395 JX-B of No. 1 Squadron flown by A. V. Clowes, RAF Wittering (relief landing ground, Collyweston), 9/9/40-15/12/40.
    9 points
  25. Good Afternoon Having fancied a tank for a while I got myself a AFV Club Churchill III (The springs! The springs!) while my Dad got me the Tamiya Sherman for my Birthday after many many subtle hints such as "I quite fancy doing a Sherman". Whilst waiting for a delivery of more dark yellow for the Churchill I decided to have a look at the Sherman and one thing led to another and it's now sat on my bookcase as complete as I feel I can get it. Since it was the first Armour I've done other than the Airfix Warrior many years ago I'm quite chuffed with how it turned out. All brush
    9 points
  26. One of my bigger lockdown builds. This turned out to be more of a problematic build than I had expected. The starboard hull was short shot on the lower bow which was fun to fill and shape. Used Eduards etch set for it and also the Eduard German ensign. The length of the hull made it a real problem when sanding and painting. Otherwise a surprisingly fun build once the hull was sorted.
    9 points
  27. Afternoon all. The thought. Perish it.... (Bought yonks back when I actually believed I was going to build a Vixen out of kits....) Plus there's the Palouste for those who have trouble getting started..... I hadn't mentioned it thus far G but am intending to go with vacforming (partly as I miss doing it!). At some point I need to sit down and examine the canopy differences between FAW.1s & 2s in this respect. I think he did the plumbing on our house..... Nein - I bought the jumpsuit there but waited until I got home to Belf
    9 points
  28. Revell P-39 Airacobra, 1964 John
    9 points
  29. Airfix Gloster Gladiator, 1956. John
    9 points
  30. Hi all, I've been super excited about this group build for a while, and even more excited when I saw that the rules were going to allow Bomber Command aircraft on anti-invasion operations! So, inspired by Larry Donnelly's excellent book "The Other Few", my plan for my first entry in this group build is to build an Airfix Blenheim as one from the many Blenheim squadrons that made nightly raids on the "invasion ports" - the ports on the French coast in which large numbers of barges were building as the Germans prepared for Operation Sealion, the invasion of Britain. Her
    8 points
  31. Old kits are sometimes such a pleasant surprise. Even with their limitations, some of them are well above what it's being produced today by certain brands. Exaggerated flying surfaces' ribbing and inaccurate floats aside, this kit is very nice, has reasonable detail, and even detail again that many contemporary kits lack. And that's why I keep building old kits, together with new ones that offer civil schemes and uses. As explained in the step-by-step posting, I just wanted a pair of floats to adapt for a DH89 conversion project, and somehow ended up building this kit that
    8 points
  32. 1 Gruppe/1 Schlachtgeschwader, Orel, Soviet Union, July 1943.
    8 points
  33. Latest build. Mark DSCN3745 (2) by mwsfly9, on Flickr DSCN3746 (2) by mwsfly9, on Flickr DSCN3747 (2) by mwsfly9, on Flickr DSCN3749 (2) by mwsfly9, on Flickr DSCN3750 by mwsfly9, on Flickr DSCN3754 (2) by mwsfly9, on Flickr DSCN3757 (2) by mwsfly9, on Flickr DSCN3759 by mwsfly9, on Flickr DSCN3761 by mwsfly9, on Flickr DSCN3762 by mwsfly9, on Flickr
    8 points
  34. Hi everyone This is my 1/72 Merlin HC.3 by Italeri. This was a beautifully detailed kit of a beautiful aircraft. The panel line where nice and it had realistic raised rivets covering most of the model apart from the underside. It had a Very nice fit and required barely any filler. The inside was lacking detail, so I created the texture on the walls out of an old metal takeaway container. I created the texture by running the back of the hobby knife to create small lines. I painted it in RC027 Forest green. The decals conformed well to details and where nice and thin. I decided
    8 points
  35. Thanks John and Giorgio Taxing it is… I thought I was having a break too hendie but 'twas not to be Addiction? I hope not! True Bill, aha ha ha ha… Thanks Simon, really fiddly I know Keith, I'm having to be very careful to point something at the PE once cut so that, when I take my eyes away from it to charge the GG Thin brush, I can find the bloomin' thing again! Thanks Richie I think that's probably wise. I bet none of it will be visible after close up, let alone when it's on the ceiling! I did think about having this one
    8 points
  36. This might have been spotted anywhere between Essex and my place via the M40 . . . Happy Birthday to myself!!
    8 points
  37. Paint applied on the Gamma, Arctic Decals masks lifted, good results. Notice the size comparison between the Gamma and the Dragon, not very different:
    8 points
  38. This build was inspired by a good friend and Army colleague of 25 years + (he is actually serving, still must be in his 36th year!). He posted that PO Crelin Bodie was his childhood hero, turns out he was my mates Bob's mothers cousin. I decide to look into his story, which was quite interesting. He was a Suffolk lad, so has a local connection too. He became an ace and was gazetted for the DFC on 8 Nov 1940. He has a chapter in 10 Fighter Boys by Jimmy Corbin. Apparently he had a habit of belly landings....hence I plan to model Spitfire X4321 Coded LZ-F, 66 Sqn RAF, bas
    7 points
  39. back to planes ! I am initially an airplane kit builder. When I resumed modeling 4 years ago, it was with this F4 C and i discovered the forums and their members who are not ultimately that big perverts ... (apart from Basket, whom i met then, but I would have the opportunity to come back to it) Anyway, time for pics : the entire montage, wich took me five months (a lot of scratch was done), is here :http://fighters.forumactif.com/t78359-f-4c-phantom-ii-nam
    7 points
  40. Hi All, My next project is Airfix' 1:72 Wellington GR MkVIII. I've previously successfully (mostly!) built the MkIA, so hopefully the kit won't spring any nasty surprises. Here's the box art: I'll be modelling the aircraft depicted, which is HX379 of 172 Sqn, operating from RAF Chivenor in 1942. Here's the scheme in more detail: Here's a link to a photo of the actual aircraft: https://www.asisbiz.com/il2/Wellington/Vickers-Wellington/pages/Vickers-Wellington-GRMkVIII-RAF-172Sqn-WN-A-on-patrol-over-the-Western-Approaches-
    7 points
  41. What a lovely kit, insanely beautiful engineering. Still a challenge in places but only in so much as the order of things needs a little thought. You will not believe how well the booms, the tail bits and all the gear bits and doors go together! Doesn't need glue.
    7 points
  42. So the latest update on this build and it doesn't seem a lot for a couple of days work. The interior is finished and I tried to add some interest to the seats by adding the silver details a time consuming job but worth it I think. The wheels are done I painted the spokes burnt iron which doesn't show up very well in the pic but actually looks ok in real light. The replacement decals should be here tomorrow so I can move on and get the shell finished. Here are the latest pics of the build So I'm getting there steadily and happy with progress so far.
    7 points
  43. Thanks a lot Andy, you are most kind. Painting of the body shell was finished off with a wash in the panel shut lines. Decals should be next, usually one of the more enjoyable works. We'll see how it goes this time. The interior is also finished. The roll cage padding is made from heat shrink tubing. When shrunk around a similar diameter rod as the cage I then cut it and move it to the cage, placing the cuts so they aren't visible when assembled. Belts were made from a Modeler's set.
    7 points
  44. Just finished this one. Very enjoyable kit. Its not at all over complicated and builds into a very good looking model. Fun to paint and the kit decals exceeded my expectations with a little help from micro sol and micro set. Big Tomcat next.....?
    7 points
  45. Went into our local record store and said, "Do you have anything by the Doors?" Bloke said, "Yes, a bucket of sand and a fire extinguisher."
    7 points
  46. My coauthor and I are working on an accident analysis. The F7U’s was worse than average in the beginning relative to jets that had been around longer (there is a learning curve) but it may not have been much worse than experienced with other swept-wing jets during their introduction (Google Cougar College), certainly not than the F8U’s and the Crusader never flew from axial-deck carriers. Another aspect of the accident rate is that it would appear that more than average were caused by maintenance errors, in part because the F7U was more systems intensive than its contemporaries. It was also o
    7 points
  47. Calling this one finished. The model is remarkably heavy! In summary: Airfix 1956 tool. Parts from Type 3 bagged kit and 2004 90 Years of Fighters collection. Upper camouflage 163 Dark Green, 29 Dark Earth, 86 Light Olive, 84 Mid Stone Underside 33 Matt Black, 34 Matt White Collector and exhausts 171 Antique Bronze Engine 53 Gun Metal Tyres 33 Matt Black Prop 87 Steel Grey Decals - Roundels from Airfix 2008 boxing, serial from Type 3 bag. Top Coat Humbrol Matt Cote John
    7 points
  48. Hi folk's,build number one for the Helicopter GB now ongoing Hobbyboss Mi-8 as stated in the colour's of the PLAAF.I do like HB's chopper kit's they seem to put a lot of detailing into what are really cheap offering's,many thank's for looking in.
    6 points
  49. You don't have to go to the cinema to see the invisible man, you can see him anywhere... Look, there he his... And over there. (duff joke but someones got to do it). Incidentally, how would you know if the invisible man was socially distancing?
    6 points
  50. Small update. Due to having to clean, prime and paint this: plus it being the holiday weekend, not much has been done, building wise. I did notice a few areas on the Corsair that needed filling or attention, so proceeded to fill with Tamiya putty, and scrape/sand where needed. There were also a couple of panel lines that had to be reinstated: It will get another coat of primer tomorrow after work. I'm also hoping the the thing that's died in the garage is small, and will cease smelling enough by then for me to find its poor little
    6 points
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