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  1. Hello all, I never knew there was a WW1 Manchester, the original lineage of the Lancaster! The now defunct Ardpol - It’s a beautiful little resin kit, my first all resin and I learnt a lot along the way. Nearly had a disaster with the top wing and struts - my Achilles heel! Other Ardpol kits seem to have PE - this didnt, and the instructions showed turret rings and Lewis guns, but nothing supplied in the kit - again my two other Ardpol kits do have these, so whether they were missing from my kit or just not included I don’t know. The real aircraft was unlikely to have
    34 points
  2. Hi everyone, Not been posting RFIs for a while for various reasons. No time to take photoes, no sunny weather to take good photoes, no time to write articles... Now it's time to change things so I'm presenting here the photoes of my latest model I just finished this week. This is a very well known Jet Provost, but not an Airfix kit which has been invading RFI section recently. I've gone the other way and challenged Sword kit of T.5. Not much aftermarket or scratchbuilding applied. I had Pavla MB mk.4 seats, Reskit wheels (main wheels only as their front w
    30 points
  3. Hi All, This is my attempt at the Chesapeake, as the SB2U-2 Vindicator was called in FAA service. A batch of 50 Vindicators was originally earmarked for the French Navy, but following the fall of France the order was diverted to the FAA. The Chesapeake was modified to FAA standards, including an extra fuel tank, armour for both crew and 4 wing-mounted 0.303 machine guns. The aircraft were delivered to 811 Sqn at RNAS Lee-on-Solent in July 1941, where it quickly became apparent that the modifications to the aircraft had made it even more underpowered for their planned role of anti-s
    27 points
  4. Last weekend I decided to build something "fresh". I've just received a parcel with model of Agusta-Bell 47J with SAR markings so choice was quite easy Very shortly appeared that idea to build something Out-of-the-box is impossible if I'm thinking about something similar to real helicopter... At the end after eight days of work and making many mistakes I can present to you my newest model
    27 points
  5. Hello all. Here's the 1:72 Kunkadlo I managed to put together: It was fun.....but TINY!!! My eyes need a rest!
    24 points
  6. Latest one just finished today. One of my all time favourite aircraft. I was a bit too young to see them in their prime but thankfully did manage to see the blue and white Flight Systems aircraft before they were retired. That 'boom' as the afterburner kicked in was something else! I always see this as the American version of the EE Lightning despite only having a single engine. Something about the shape perhaps. This is the old Esci kit which still holds up well even by today's standards. Fine engraved panel lines and pretty good fit all round. The instructions are a
    19 points
  7. Hi all, Here's the 1/48 Airfix Gnat with the markings from the rereleased kit. It was built for the September issue of Airfix Model World magazine, and incorporates aftermarket resin cockpit and seats, wheel wells, and electronics bay. Paint was AK Xtreme Metal Aluminium and Vallejo Fluorescent Fire Orange for the tanks. First, some walk around shots: And a few shots from the magazine article:
    19 points
  8. Hi there, the second Nighthawk in this BB. While I had even less parts to put together than @Dave_R I had sime challenging decals to place though.
    19 points
  9. Academy 1/72 P-47D. Sixteen hours ten minutes, Scottish option (had to let the decals dry thoroughly). WIP is here. I’m calling it a score draw with the tail check decals! And thanks to @Enzo Matrix for running a super GB!
    18 points
  10. Airfix boxing of Cromwell and King Tiger Paints a mix of Mr. Hobby, Tamiya and Vallejo.
    18 points
  11. Well, this is not easy, at all, and the results are ok, but not perfect. It's an ok job for the shelf, but very close inspection reveals little things here and there. I am satisfied enough to let it be, in spite of having two more wings I could have resorted to as back ups or second and third tries. I think this solution is adequate, though, for those liveries that have a painted (black or red) leading edge, as it will be the perfect separation line, effectively hiding the step.
    18 points
  12. Updated photos. The updated photos were taken in daylight when I had time to set up the camera and get some proper shots. Two immediate errors leap out at me. I have not 'worn' the track links where they would have run on the ground and I forgot to fill the hole in the wooden jack block on the rear, but in the spirit of the Blitzbuild these are uncorrected and the model is as it was completed for the GB. The last photo shows it on the base I did for the Jagdpanther, just to give it scale and context. Revell rebox of Matchbox's 1/72 Stug IV. Inaccurate in many places, but it's
    17 points
  13. 1/72 Academy A-37B Dragonfly - Supertweet USAF, 8th SOS, 14th SOW, Bien Hoa AB, Vietnam 1970 The fantastic, yet tiny, A-37B from Academy is a cracking build. Loads of fine detail, ordnance options but let down by the lousy decals that Academy own brand are famous for.... Airbrushed using Tamiya colours, little bit of etch thrown in for good measure and some stretched sprue for the wiggly bits. From what I have read, troops in contact loved the Supertweet during CAS missions. Cheers all, Phil
    15 points
  14. Well as a mojo-sapping trial this kit was scoring very high on the whydon'tIjustchuckyouinthebinO'Meter, I had originally planned it as a nice shiny NMF Tengah example. Unfortunately my lack of experience and ham-fistedness with Vallejo and AK metallics caused such a mess that I needed a complete re-strip. Unfortunately the paint-stripper as well as removing the errant paintwork also ate the home-brewed resin cockpit, wheel wells and most of the nose cone in the process. The paint-stripper also made the plastic very brittle, and left a few breaks and cracks on the wings and forwa
    15 points
  15. Revell 1/76 Chaffee - nice little kit from the Matchbox moulds. I took 11:25 + 7:16 + 4:25 = 23:06, and so snuck in using the 'Scottish Option'. Cheers!
    15 points
  16. Kit: Airfix DH.88 Comet Took the 2 x 12hr option. Finished with less than 10 minutes to spare. Painted with Tamiya Red rattlecan. Kit is 1950's. Decals 2010's. Decals by far the best part of the kit! Actually really nice decals that would go well with a new tool DH.88!
    14 points
  17. H Builds an RAF C17, Meng models version of the C17, RAF decals,
    14 points
  18. Mark1 models 1/144 Hawker Hunter, painted as an Oman Air Force jet in 1979, this particular one having previously been XG255 with the RAF. The RAF one is from the previous blitzbuild
    14 points
  19. LOCKHEED F-117 NIGHTHAWK 37th TFW, Tonopah AFB, 1990 Italeri 1/72
    14 points
  20. The small matter of detailing the inside of the nose cone on the T4 has been nagging away in the background ever since a certain muppet of this parish decided that it would be a cunning plan to cut the nose off of the model and display it open. Today I decided that it was time to deal with this issue. After some deliberation, I decided on the following plan of action. I began by marking and very carefully cutting the nose cone into three parts. You can see what I mean here: Next up I glued three frames to the sections of the nose. This was done by cementing
    14 points
  21. https://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/235079047-m151a2-tow-tamiya-135/
    14 points
  22. 1/48 Revell Phantom FGR.2 British legends Kit (reboxed Hasegawa). Pretty much out of the box build extras are just the sidewinders which are spares from a Tamiya f-16 Kit. Stencils are from the box and markings are from Xtradecal. The only modification I made was the navigators periscope. I tried to find something similar in shape to what i have seen in pictures and videos. This piece came with the kit, I think it was the bottom of a strut for the landing gear which I cut and glued into place prior to painting. I think it works well. This is my second of these kits and I am looking forwa
    13 points
  23. I got a couple of this series released by Aurora back in the 60's (63 to be exact for this one) and decided to do it as a nice desk model. It doesn't come with any landing gear, so that was actually and easy decision. Of course, in 1/175 this was a very basic kit with rather large trenches for panel lines. I filled all those and sanded everything smooth.The finish is Alclad polished aluminum. The decal were a total loss, so I just cobbled some together from my spares. I dressed up the base a bit in the hopes that it will be a bit more stable as it's pretty wobbly on it's own. I included a sho
    13 points
  24. Almost completely out of the box. The build thread is here... That was fun. Thanks Mods! I think I built this in a little over 4 hours building time...using the Scottish Method. --John
    13 points
  25. Hi all - This is the old Eduard La-7 in 1/48 - I struggled a fair bit with this one - I think it's been my longest build to date, not helped by my attempted modifications - adding extended landing flaps and few others additions. I had a few fitting problems which required many hours of filling and sanding, especially around the wing roots. I attempted to create a fabric wing effect with paint and weathering which I'm more or less happy with. I also needed to grind down the sides of the canopy to allow an open cockpit which I'd never attempted before - this came out quite nicely I think. I als
    12 points
  26. Hi all - this is the Eduard E-3 - a very nice kit if a little tricky in places - I did make a few little little mistakes during the construction but nothing I wasn't able to sand and fill my way out of. I replaced the gun barrels with some turned brass aftermarket but otherwise it was all out of the box - though being a profipack, it came with masks and some PE. Painted with Mr Color Lacquers and weathered with Mig Washes and Oil paint - it was an enjoyable build. Battle of Britain scheme. This build kind of
    12 points
  27. The Eduard Bristol Fighter F2b was started over a year ago before two house moves. It really dragged as a build nothing wrong with the kit, in fact I would do it again minus some of the mistakes. The rigging instructions weren't' that good using WnW website for more detail. The Airfix Fury was started to get my model making mojo up and running. The kit was none too good massively raised detail and the top engine cowling was hideous to try and fit with out an obvious join. I like my kits with pilots so I purchased a Model Cellar Productions WW1 airman and pilot for the Bristol and u
    12 points
  28. 1/72 Airfix Zero Here is the lovely little Zero kit from Airfix. A very quick build as I was building wheels up for display alongside an F-14. This is a gentlemanly nod towards the movie The Final Countdown which had such an impact on me as a young lad. The F-14 is actually die-cast metal by Century Wings. Airbrushed using Tamiya white as a base and then Tamiya deck tan as the main colour. Up until I built this I thought that early Zero's were actually white all over....!! I also used the Eduard canopy mask due to the very complex framing on the kit. A
    12 points
  29. H Builds Meteor Mk4 Tamiya rattle cans gloss aluminium and silver leaf.
    12 points
  30. Hi It is my first build (of planned four) done within STGB Heinkel He 111. Model presents variant E-3, kit by Roden, scheme almost from box (V4+BH instead of V4+AB). Machine was from I./KG 1 Hindenburg, used in invasion on Poland in September 1939. It is exactly 81 years ago... Comments welcome Regards Jerzy-Wojtek
    11 points
  31. Hi All As I eventually realised from t'Interweb, this kit offers an almost unlimited opportunity for improvement, and the Airwaves etch only adds another dimension of approximation. These are more mugshots than portraits. Fun while it lasted! WIP here Comments and suggestions welcome Cheers Steve
    11 points
  32. BlitzBuilding Little H Style
    11 points
  33. Triumph TR2 finished in approx 17 hours and a very enjoyable kit to build
    11 points
  34. First things, first. I'd like to thank Andreas Rousounelis for inspiring me with his many awesome frame dioramas. He is a master with these kinds of dioramas. Giving this is my first try, I decided to go with another loading bay theme for trucks. It was the simplest idea, since I like trucks, and had built a similar scene before. The scale is 1/24 using scratch built materials. -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    10 points
  35. Hellos, This hot Summer has been the occasion to assemble a... naked aircraft. Here is my build of a 1:72 scale Messerchmitt Bf-109 E-4 from Jasmine Models of China. This is a full photo etched and resin kit which only displays the frame and structure. No covering, no decals, no weathering. Two years ago I did a 1:48 scale Hellcat from this brand: And 22 years ago I'd made a 1:72 Eduard Fokker D-VIII the same style: So I wanted to try another 1:72 build. The kit includes a single large stainless photoetch sheet with about 60
    10 points
  36. Dear All, Britmodeller is basically me, an individual, plus a couple of lovely willing helpers that assist when they can. We're not a corporation, a limited company or any kind of official body. We asked for help to keep the forum online because it has grown so much that it was costing a fortune to keep it running. I'm not a rich man, neither are the others; so we put out the cap asking for assistance, that generous members have provided in spades, and for which we're eternally grateful and are mindful of what we have been entrusted with. Thanks to those donations we've
    10 points
  37. Bean counter man: "We need more parts in order to justify the price." Resin kit design engineer: "Split the tiny practice bombs in two." Marketing dude (with certificate!): "Raise the difficulty level! Raise the price!" I mean, really, why would you do such a thing? Cheers, Bill
    10 points
  38. My early Monogram P40N is as done as it's going to be, the transfers put up a fight, but I beat them into submission in the end. Here's the model... Tony.
    10 points
  39. Plans and Boats Something I forgot to mention in my previous post 'A Trip to Albany' is that Ross very kindly lent four books to me that are proving absolutely invaluable. Here are they are... Steam Coasters and Short Sea Traders, by Charles Waine - excellent general arrangement drawings throughout and rich in technical detail. British Steam Tugs by PN Thomas - again excellent technical drawings and lots of surprisingly pertinent material, especially since the earliest steam tugs were not highly specialized vessels and shared many features common to smaller coast
    9 points
  40. And yet more pulleys and more rigging: May be tomorrow it will be the landing gear and nose rigging.
    9 points
  41. Stop that clock - finished! 16 hours 10 minutes. Quite long but I’ve done everything I want to do to this model, even if I had a month, so I’m happy. Gallery tomorrow, I have an He-70 to build! Thanks everyone for the support along the way.
    9 points
  42. Hello everybody In full knowledge that there are plenty of these Arma 1:72 Hurricanes milling about I wanted to add my own humble contribution. Its from the Mk. 1 Expert Set in the kit scheme of Josef Frantisek of 303 Squadron. I finished it last week and am posting now because we are at the 80th Anniversary of the formal establishment of 303 Squadron and completely co-incidentally, as I was applying the last touches, the Historic Aircraft Collection were kind enough to also reveal the public certification flight of a 1:1 scale edition ;-) from Duxford. In
    8 points
  43. Best-ever explanation of how a jet engine works as far as I'm concerned Giorgio! Kind of your Chris (as always). I always have to keep reminding myself that although the renders can look handsome enough onscreen, the real test comes when it gets turned into a physical object. Michael - my thanks for that. From the shape and proportions I suspect that to be a different mark of Avon than that used by the Sea Vixen - poss. one from a Canberra, but wiser heads than mine will know for sure... Or is it Luna 9.... I love such optical illusions Benedikt! The
    8 points
  44. More rigging added. It seems endless! The engine is glued in place, as well as the engine front, and the decals that simulate the air vents in the nose: Some more rigging, the prop, and we may be done:
    8 points
  45. Hello everyone that participated in the build. I along with @modelling minion And @Col. would like to thank you for joining us here in the Vought giggling academy. I will get the poll up and running in a day or two so please be patient with me on that. Dennis
    8 points
  46. Design of the size and shape can be done in a few days with simple calculations which a relative amateur can do nowadays. Some of the aerodynamic refinements are worth a bit more effort, but the fact remains that over 90% of the design effort is designing where to put material, how thick the material needs to be to carry the stresses and how to attach the components together. To prepare for manufacture Mosquitos needed fuselage moulds and various jigs. Metal aircraft need lots of jigs plus lots of forms and stamps for all the components. The Mosquito's monocoque fuselage would have been an abs
    8 points
  47. And after fitting the decals and swearing at the undercarriage, the Comet is finished, just in time! I'll add pictures to the gallery when I can take some photo's in daylight.
    8 points
  48. I'm really only putting this in the gallery to obey the rules about having a build thread and placing pictures in the gallery
    8 points
  49. Ryan BQM-34A Firebee Kit: plusmodel 1/72 PMAL7035 Build thread: https://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/235079071-ryan-bqm-34a-firebee/
    8 points
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