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  1. I don't often post finished builds in RFI if they're part of an ongoing group build. In this case, for a change, I'm really chuffed at how they came out, and wanted to share them further. As you know, as if I haven't mentioned it one or three times, I have an obsession about 1940. It sprang from an interest in the Battle of Britain itself, and a desire to try and build an example of every aircraft that took part in that epic struggle. Good histories of the Battle mention the part played by the Italian Air Force. More often, the Corpo Aereo Italiano is conveniently forgotten, or sim
    31 points
  2. Enjoyable kit. Straight OOB but added a few details to the cockpit and added my own stand using a wine cork, acrylic rod and MDF base. Full build here Enjoy ...
    21 points
  3. The Airspeed Horsa assault glider could carry 28 troops (including the two pilots who were also trained as fighting soldiers), or cargo such as a Jeep towing an anti-tank gun. It was made entirely of wood, with a wingspan of 88 feet and a length of 67 feet. 3,793 Horsas were built in total. Some aircraft were built by Airspeed at Christchurch, but the majority were assembled at RAF stations from sections produced by a large number of sub-contractors, including furniture manufacturers, motor works and railway workshops. About 1,400 Horsas were used on operations, chiefly at Norma
    17 points
  4. Well, I think I might have finished this. I could add some (a lot of?) damp mud to the lower hull, suspension, and tracks, and some rain-staining to the upper surfaces, but right now, I'm fairly happy with it 'as is'. It needs a figure, because otherwise the diminutive size isn't apparent, but I don't like the poses of the kit figures. I think I've seen the figure I want to use (with a bit of green-stuff to mod one or two areas), but haven't purchased it yet.
    17 points
  5. I finished this yesterday afternoon for the Buccaneer STGB. I used the old Airfix S.2B boxing and decided to improve the cockpit, wheel bays and intakes with with Neomega resin sets that I had bought several years ago. I also removed the raised panel lines and rescribed the kit, added etch details from an Airwaves set to the airbrakes, and replaced the pitot with a Master brass item. The decals are from a Kits World Buccaneer Trials Aircraft set and the scheme is based on a photograph that I found in Wings of Fame Vol.14, Pg.100. Buccaneer S.2 XN975 RAE and RRE Trials Aircraft
    16 points
  6. Hello, I had a long journey with that kit - it's easier than mk.I, however my low skills caused several problems on various steps. I cannot wait for 1/48 kit which should look as 1/24 in the box.
    16 points
  7. Just finished RNLI Severn Class & RAF Rescue on sea with stretcher rescue. Great kit but decals to thin on the lines. Had to cut templates and hand paint.
    14 points
  8. Hi Guys, Will keep it short, May I present you Dassault Ouragan/Toofani in 1/72 scale, wanted to put a black archer sq marking sadly no decals, will put in the future. Thanks for watching regards
    14 points
  9. Were do i star. I went little wild on modifications and scratch building that almost took the fun out of the build. Seats scratchbuild, cockpit mods suing some Eduard photoetch, wing gloves scratch made by necessity, slats, spoilers flaps aaanddd speed brakes. There are a lot of flaws , the list is long so ill let you look for them, being the obvious the mix up with the top colors, i managed to apply them reversed. Well, this is my very personal interpretation of a Lutwaffe TornadoECR.
    14 points
  10. Case VAI Tractor Thunder Models 1/35 I've had this little Case tractor sitting on the shelf, built up and in primer, for a couple of years, but I've never seemed to find the time to get it finished. I've currently got a short gap between bigger projects, so I thought it was high time I got it out of the box and done. Another reason for the long delay in getting it done was that I wasn't sure what to do with it. I'd originally primed it in rust with the view to finishing it as rusted out wreck, but when it came to it I decided to go for a heavily worn but still working machine
    14 points
  11. Hello everyone, I had some time to spare while waiting for the posty so I thought I would repaint an older model as practice for a build I plan to do in the future. Just a bit of fun and paint practice. Here's the original in part strip down. And her new assignment with Jg300 Thanks for coming by.
    13 points
  12. Here is my RFI of my Corsair STGB entry. Built completely OOB, the stripes on the rudder and the black/yellow stripes were painted. All paints Vallejo, mostly airbrushed with odd details brushed. Its not perfect, some areas to improve but I've learnt some extra skill to try and get better at so not all bad. WiP thread Thanks for looking, constructive criticism always welcome, otherwise how will things get better Paul
    13 points
  13. Hi all Here is Tamiya’s 1/35 M41 “Walker Bulldog”, which I originally built 8 years ago (and recently made into a diorama) to represent a vehicle operated by the IV Army of the Republic of Vietnam (ARVN) Armour School, Thu Duc, South Vietnam 1971. In 1964 the M41 light tank was selected to replace the Army of the Republic of Vietnam (ARVN) M24 Chaffe light tank, which they had inherited from the French (who originally got them from the U.S.) The first M41A3s arrived in January 1965, equipping five ARVN squadrons by the end of the year. Apparently the M41 was an instant success with S
    13 points
  14. Fiat BR.20M Cicogna, 4 Squadriglia, 11° Gruppo, 13° Stormo, Corpo Aereo Italiano, Melsbroek, Belgium, September 1940. 1/72nd scale Italeri with Eduard PE interior and exterior details, LF Models resin wheels, painted with ColourCoats enamels, Humbrol acrylics and enamels for detail work. The Fiat BR.20M Cicogna was the mainstay of the Italian bomber fleet at the outset of World War 2. The first all-metal bomber to enter Italian service in 1936, it was already becoming obsolescent by 1940. That said, the ty
    13 points
  15. I think that’s a wrap for this build thread. The Fiat triplets pose for the official photographer. The BR.20M gallery entry will be posted once I’ve edited the images. Thanks to everyone for the help and encouragement through my Italian adventure. It has been something of a learning curve as far as painting these models, which I think was worth the effort. There will be a pause for medical and work things to take precedence for a while. I shall return for a further out-of-the-ordinary Battle of Britain build soon.
    13 points
  16. Hi this is the second eduard bf 109 g-6, I have built this year. This time its eduard weekend bf 109 g-6 Erla kit. The markings are Hptm Heinrich Erla. Alakurtti Finland 1943. This aircraft was one of the first batch of bf 109 g-6 s built by Erla w. Nr 15206 - 16000 built between 03. 43 - 08.43. Heinrich received this aircraft June 43. He was scapegoated for the lose of the Turpitz. He was courtmartialled and was strip of his command & 3 years Festungshaft ( honorable imprisonment). This was later commuted and his rank rescinded. He was killed on 04/04/45 aged 27, after r
    13 points
  17. Satin coat goes on. Note the paint mule at the back. It’s an old Frog Blenheim, which is doing sterling work as I try new ideas out. This time, it was testing Humbrol acrylic Satin Cote through my airbrush. It actually did what it said on the bottle, so a swift coat has been applied to the Fiat. Things still to do: paint and fit the auxiliary generator fit a gun sight to the nose gun extract the glazing masks (not a fan of the P-mask stuff: it’s very recalcitrant to come off the glazing after a few days being stuck on) fit a wireless aerial ch
    12 points
  18. Continued work on the base.... Acrylic gel slapped on the lumps will be formed into the larger waqves 8-10 colours/shades and I'm happy with the base colour and the lifeboats in their natural enviroment I have now slapped a further coat of transparent acrylic gel over the whole. I can then begin to further enhance the colours, spray/foam and waves ..... I hope you like it Stay safe Kev
    11 points
  19. After the detailed (and it must be said enjoyable) build which was the Fiesta, time for something a little simpler. Or a lot simpler to be exact - as I understand it Tamiya's Porsche 961 started life as a radio-controlled car before becoming this snap-fit model. Probably simpler that I would buy nowadays, but this one left the shop and was originally built by my younger self somewhere in the very early '90s or possibly very late '80s. The car itself is the one which ran at Le Mans in (if memory serves correctly) 1986, and has one of the simplest racing liveries you're likely to come across on
    9 points
  20. Hi There, I bought this at Scale Scotland Murrayfield last year and have been scared stiff to cut the wings ever since. I finally stuck my courage to the sticking place and got on with it. This one is a little personal as the home base for 809 NAS was HMS Fulmar and as it's close to Dingwall this makes her one of mine. Primed with UMP Grey Painted with Colourcoats Extra Dark Sea Grey, Light Aircraft Grey and Light Admiralty Grey, AK Xtreme Metals Aluminium, Lifecolor Dark Admiralty Grey, Tamiya Rubber Black and Desert Yellow. Washed with Citad
    9 points
  21. Well, I think it's done: I'll put some more pictures in the Gallery.
    9 points
  22. Another Golden Oldie joins the Gallery, that's the kit, although the builder falls under the same category This is the Airfix World War II, Aircraft of the Aces Hawker Hurricane Mark 1 flown by Squadron Leader, R.R. Stanford Tuck DSO, DFC at 257 Squadron in 1940, he finished his service with a total of 28 combat victories. Paintwork corrected to be applicable to the Battle of Britain, I hope you like it. Cheers Pat
    9 points
  23. This is truer than anyone will ever know..... Good, the plan worked, if I can catch the villainous martian totally orf guard then we can go on to win the greatest victory since the Earth Eleven beat Mars, twelve sore tentacles to one... I had something similar happen to me at the last regimental Highland Games although that was more a case of receiving an Ecclefechan in the neeps and tatties... Ahem....Pot, kettle...kettle, pot..
    9 points
  24. Yay! Progress at last: The Max Decals arrived today, and jolly fine decals they are too! None of the problems that I had with the Print Scale ones. They are a bit thicker and behave themselves properly when you put them onto the model. So here is where we are now: I put Microsol on them and will let that dry till tomorrow, then I'll give it a coat of semi-gloss varnish. Matt will look too dull I think. After that just some bits and bobs to add, a bit of panel line wash, and we might see a completed heli
    9 points
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  26. Background: Japanese 4 door saloons are one of my favourite sub-genres and the chance to build a Tamiya one is too good to pass up. Eventually one came up on Ebay at a price I was happy with, I built it within a month of it arriving in the post. It's an unusual choice for Tamiya - by this point they'd almost stopped doing JDM-only vehicles (more's the pity). I do wonder if the impetus for this kit came about because like the real car - the kit shares it's entire chassis/suspension parts and door mirrors with the Celica 165, an earlier Tamiya model - so saving on tooling costs. Pros: T
    8 points
  27. Here's my rendition of VMF-512 White 21 "Brooklyn Butcher" using the 1/48 Tamiya F4U-1D kit with Montex masks and decals, Brengun wheels and bomb and Eduard HVAR's. I had a lot of fun trying to replicate a late war faded Glossy Sea Blue using Gunze H55 "Midnight Blue" as the base colour. This is what I was trying to achieve. And this is the result: I've added some photos taken in natural light to try and ca
    8 points
  28. Final checks... … and the official photographer will be wheeled in shortly.
    8 points
  29. Well seeing as I'm co-hosting I thought I had better declare my intention build wise for what promises to be another very popular and very enjoyable GB. As I mentioned in Dennis' ( @Corsairfoxfouruncle ) Bird Dog thread I have had an interest in the secret war in Laos ever since reading a truly fantastic book called "The Ravens" by Christoper Robbins which tells the tale of a group of American airmen and CIA operators who fought against overwhelming odds to support the local Hmong population in their struggle against the Pathet Lao and the North Vietnamese using nothing more than light aircraf
    7 points
  30. Gday All Only my second completed build for the year. The infamous Revell 48 scale Tornado. I followed Nathan Robinson's suggested build sequence in his series of videos and the build seemed to progress relatively trouble free apart from the known trouble spots like the intakes. I used Eduard PE seat belts and wheels Shaun's resin wing seals F4Dable Models BOL rails Eduard ASRAAMs Xtradecals I cut the cogged sections off the wings so I could fit them after painting, although I think Ive added too much anhedral. I also need to glue that canopy dow
    7 points
  31. That's it, keep up with the suggestions Cheers Ced. Looking into it along with the latest idea, an old but full bottle of Tamiya Flat Brown in which the entire contents have settled out with the brown tinted carrier at the top and the heavy pigments all settled to the bottom. This bottle came into my possession the first year Tamiya Acrylics hit the British shelves, seventies some time and has never been opened for painting since it did my old horse in the Collecting The Empties diorama back then-a-day.
    7 points
  32. The landing gear is being readied, the water tank in the cabane added, reinforcement rods to the nose glued on, vertical rigging masts on the wing in position, and decals to represent stitching on the fuselage side applied:
    7 points
  33. Progress has been slow, but transfers went on without any problems. They’ve even settled nicely over the rivets. I really should have carved off the control levers on the flying surfaces, since Eduard had provided etched replacements. Let’s just say I was lazy. It would have been beneficial on the rudders when it came to fitting the national marking… Still, some judicious sharp blade action, a fair splash of setting solution, followed by a dab or two of white paint and it doesn’t look too bad. If my brain had been in gear, I would also have removed them from the model
    7 points
  34. Seeing some of these great kits that are going to be built in this gb shortly has spurred me on to participate, I'll be building the roden 1/144 ac-119 k stinger , i have the gunships raining fire decal sheet from aoa decals ,and a little mask set,no othe bits as i aim to mount it in flight wheels up,
    6 points
  35. PK553 of No. 607 (County of Durham) Squadron, Royal Auxiliary Air Force, RAF Ouston, 1948. From the Airfix website: Spitfire PK553 was produced at the Castle Bromwich factory as part of contract B981687/39 and issued to No.607 Squadron, Royal Auxiliary Air Force. The RAuxAF was a force of paid volunteers who acted as a reinforcement reserve force for the Royal Air Force, giving up their evenings, weekends and holidays to train and serve in this essential force, following the end of the Second World War. RAF No 607 Squadron reformed on 10th May 1946 as a RAuxAF day fighter squadron
    6 points
  36. Hiya Folks, Another VJ Day build,....... this one represents the Aussies! The RAAF`s 77 Sqn would undoubtedly have taken part in the invasion of Japan, having re equipped from the P-40N Kittyhawk to the long range P-51D and indeed after peace was declared the unit was moved to Iwakuni in Japan to form part of the The British Commonwealth Occupation Force (BCOF) comprising of British, Australian, New Zealand & Indian forces which were responsible for the western prefectures of Shimani, Yamaguchi, Tottori, Okayama, Hiroshima, and Shikoku Island. BCOF headquarters were l
    6 points
  37. At the requests made in one of the threads, here are some images of the models (all 1/72nd) I still have with me. I am not very fond of doing this, because handling such an amount of models (three tables full) unavoidably produces mishaps. Needless to say, some way or another, I damaged several models: a wheel here, a tailskid there, a Pitot somewhere, many an antenna and so on and so forth. Darn! These are the images of those three tables, from different sides. TABLE ONE: TABLE TWO:
    6 points
  38. Author Carl Vincent has sent me some photos of Hampdens, from 32 OTU. They were used for torpedo dropping training. The first six: Chris
    6 points
  39. Considering its age, the fit has not been bad so far. There is a little flash, and the soft grey plastic is easily damaged - one fuselage half "fell off" the sprue on its own, leaving a scar I had to fill. Anyway. the fuselage is closed up and filled and I have made a start on the tail unit. The good old Airfix moveable control surfaces are as ever a poor fit so I will have to reduce the gaps a little with filler. The undercarriage is on and painted and can be swung partially up out of the way but the legs are actually too wide to go all the way into the nacelles without a bit of w
    6 points
  40. There's almost as much modelling going on in this thread as on my workbench at the moment
    6 points
  41. Hello, I would like to share with you the short serie of captured Heinkel He111 in british markings (1/72 scale). My father has finished two models out of three. 1) 2) Cheers Santiago
    6 points
  42. Hi all. Here's my latest excursion - Airfix's venerable Morris 'Bullnose' Cowley. To be more precise, it's their 1926 Cowley (Airfix also did a 1923 version, with same chassis but a different body). I built it pretty much straight out of the bag, with just a few additions like glazing and some stays for the dickey seat. I particularly enjoyed the old 'locate and cement' written instructions! I used Humbrol enamels for the glossy bits and Alclad for the metallics. Cheers
    6 points
  43. A quote from a test pilot I came across recently about the Seamew just about sums it up. ”Access to the cockpit is difficult. It should be made impossible.” XE179 507/FD is one of the aircraft with 700 Sqn.
    6 points
  44. That what has been seen, cannot be unseen! As an observer at Telford last year....... Pete M.
    6 points
  45. Well it turns out I was worrying too much. With another couple of blasts from the rattle can the green has almost disappeard and I decided to leave it. Unpeeling the masks showed that it was mostly good with only a few tiny specks to be touched up. Here I put the thing together for fitting, wing and engine are still loose. It is very shiny so I will tone it down with some semi-gloss varnish before final fitment. I primed the stand gloss black because I may apply Vallejo aluminium colour but perhaps I'll leave it black as it is. I said earlier t
    6 points
  46. Got the fuselage masked up this evening, thank god for Eduard masks! They save so much time. I'm going to paint it using MRP lacquers so got several colours that I can experiment mixing with the olive green to see what works. This is one of those colours that's difficult to get right due to the fading so it's a but of an experiment.
    6 points
  47. Wow... Fishamatician that's not so good mate. White metal has a lower melting point than most solders depending on the amounts of alloys used so a heat gun is nothing that I would let near a set of tracks fella, which burnishing fluid did you use as I'm not aware of any that require heat to dry off the tracks mate? Been a while since my last up date chaps, so sorry for the delay. I've managed a bit more, this scratch building is taking some time and I'm not rushing this one. So I've been working on the welds on the roof around the armoured boxes and I've started on the
    6 points
  48. Good evening Today I prepared the seat and glued it on the left half fuselage I placed the PE parts and decals on a support (I keep the kit part for latter ) And I glued the 2 half wings together Patrice
    6 points
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