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  1. Hello everyone... This is the first of many tributes to minority pilots that flew for the allies. Flight Sergeant James Joseph Hyde flew with 132 Squadron flying Spitfires. First with Mk.V’s and eventually Mk.IX’s shown here with his squadron’s mascot “Dingo”. Here is the clip about his service from the Caribbean aircrew website. https://www.caribbeanaircrew-ww2.com/ Sadly J.J.Hyde lost his life on September the 25th 1944, seventy six years ago tomorrow. He was flying air support over the Arnhem area around Nijmegen for the trapped British Para’s. H
    50 points
  2. Hello all. Like the real aircraft, my attempt at Revell's 1/72 Heinkel He 177 had a protracted and difficult development. It's not the kit's fault - apart from some poor clear parts and a few fit issues it's a cracker, but I managed to make a right meal of it and almost gave up after losing various parts and cocking up the paint. Anyway, I was pleased to finally get the beast finished and present it here for inspection. It's marked as a 2./KG 40 aircraft, in standard RLM 70/71/65 with RLM 76 'clouds' over the darker blue, and carrying two Fritz X anti-ship glide bombs. I left off the third as
    48 points
  3. Hiya Folks, As many of you will know I am an ex paratrooper and as such I have a long lasting love of the C-130 Hercules,.....especially the stretched Hercules C.3 from which 90 of us used to jump plus equipment, 45 from each side door. I have wanted to model the C.3 variant for a long time and I eventually bit the bullet by using the Italeri 1/72nd C-130H kit plus the resin fuselage inserts from Flightpath, to which I added the the new resin engine nacelles and propellers from Attack Model/Arma Hobby. Here is my WIP if anybody is interested, it also includes lots of ref
    33 points
  4. Sopwith Pup "Gnome" Wingnut Wings 1/32 This is WnW's Gnome engined version of the Sopwith Pup, and it's the first kit of theirs that I've built and way out of my comfort zone, being an AFV and Sci-Fi modeller generally. The kit went together without any real issues, although handling it become more difficult as the build went on and a few repairs were needed along the way. The single biggest job was the masking for the stripes, although I simplified it as much as possible by breaking the painting down into stages, rather than trying to mask and spray the whole th
    31 points
  5. Hello Friends, Presenting the Sa315B of the Indian Army. The kit is from Heller and is of the SA313 in 1/48 size. This was modified into the Sa315B. The Model is 100% Brush Painted using locally available acrylics. Stretched Sprue was made using discarded pieces of the kit sprues and was used extensively for the detail and scratch-building. The rear fuselage skeleton was chucked away as it was too thick for this scale. This was made with stretched sprue. More detail was added to this using the same stretched sprue. Cockpit was bare with littl
    24 points
  6. Just to further complicate the build, I decided to try to add the guides and sliding windshield panels. Very thin clear plastic (of the type that comes with the printed instruments for the PE panels) and very thin wire are used to make the panels. Not sure how this will work, tomorrow we may know: Also added the two smaller antenna masts on the wing, that will have the wires from the main mast (at this point not mounted until decals are on):
    18 points
  7. Well then,...... I`ve only gone and got it across the line and finished it!!! Props repaired and fitted,..... same with the refuelling probe and I have filled in the small windows under the windscreen with Cristal Cleer,..... having stoved the plastic ones in to allow access to the flightdeck with a small hose to blow out the plastic and filler dust, using compressed air! So here it is; Thank you to everybody for your support and for adding to this rather long build thread,...... I`ve really enjoyed it, s
    16 points
  8. HMS BULOLO was originally built in 1938 by Clyde shipbuilders Barclay, Curle & Company Limited as MV BULOLO for the Philp Burns Line, a passenger/cargo/mail vessel operating between Sydney, Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands. She was taken up from trade in the weeks immediately following the outbreak of WW2 and converted to an Armed Merchant cruiser equipped with 6 inch and 3 inch guns plus a depth charges and a wide range of close range AA weapons. From January 1940 to March 1942 she operated on convoy protection duties between South Africa, South America and UK, based mainly out
    15 points
  9. Hello all. I have just finished this little beauty of a kit, the Airfix 1/72 Tiger Moth. It is the second of these new toolings that I have finished, and I have enjoyed both! The kit itself is delightfully moulded, but there were some mould blemishes on one of the interplane struts, along with some flash but neither were a problem to sort out. I needed some filler between the cockpit openings but that was pretty much that. The only parts I really had problems with were the main undercarriage parts, and that is only because of my ham-fistedness. I decided to add the wheels right at
    15 points
  10. Hi, This is my third Heinkel He 111 build withn STGB devoted to that airplane. After E-3 and G-3 now it is H-3 from 2 KG 100, based in North France and used for night bombardments of Great Britain in a late phase of BoB or just after it. The kit was rebox by Revell of Hasegawa kit of the H6 variant. My conversion was in small chord metal propellers and smaller spinners (taken from Roden kit), dorsal gunner canopy without lobster tail rear part, some appropriate modification in ventral gondola (blind front and different rear). Decals from drawer. Here she is:
    13 points
  11. First post here, I reckon since I moved to the UK, I should start contributing to the local scale modeling forums HEMTT M983A2 tractor by Model collect, with PE set by Tetra models, in 1:72 scale As this was my first modern vehicle model (and first model with tires and windshields), I'd be curious about some feedback, especially on things like: tires weathering - not really 100% with this, went with pigments and by the time I didn't like it, it was too late to go back windshield dust effect - I don't find the final effect particularly realistic looking,
    12 points
  12. And a Defiant, a childhood favourite. The model depicts L7021 of 264 squadron, flown by different crews. After inital succeses against bombers, it eventually succumbed while engaged by JG26 (thanks to AndyL for this and the following information). At the time it was flown by Squadron Leader George Garvin and Flight Lieutenant Robert Ash. The llane was set alight, and although both managed to bail, Ash was found dead in his parachute. This happened August 28, 1940. The kit used was the new Airfix 1/72, with a vac-form canopy and turret, plus QB barrels. Build here
    12 points
  13. Looking like it fell out of the ugly tree and hitting every branch on the way down, ladies and gentlemen I introduce the Amiot 143. This is the Smer boxing of the original Heller, which appealed as you only need 2 paint colours H98 Chocolate and H56 Aluminium (presumably that's the foil wrapping) Painting guide All the parts still sealed in the bag meaning I haven't lost anything yet ! Instructions are nice and simple Finally the decals look in good condition
    11 points
  14. Hi to all, This is my last job Soviet SU-122 tank destroyer, Zvezda, scale 1/35 with winter camouflage. It was painted with MIG acrylic and weathered with oils and pigments. Sorry for the quality of the photos, but I made them using mobile phone Thanks for looking
    11 points
  15. And a last contribution from me, one of the invaders: an Me piloted by Heinz Bär. Bär had a modest background and joined the airforce to gain enough experience to become a Lufthansa pilot, having not enough means to take the easier route. He had bad timing and instead ended up flying combat missions from the beginning to the end of the war. He was shot or forced down multiple times, and while flying this particular plane he was shot down by Spitfires and ended up swimming in the Channel. ICM 1/72 Bf 109E-3, straightforward out of the box, build here:
    11 points
  16. One more Hurricane, V6605 of No. 1 squadron RCAF. It was temporarily flown by 303 squadron pilot Zdzislaw Henneberg before returned and used by the Canadians for the rest of the Battle, surviving until a fatal training mission in september 1941, killing pilot Edward Locke. Henneberg, with 8 victoriea during the battle, was not destined to survive 1941 either: he disappeared over the Channel after being hit by AA over France in September that year. The kit is OOB from Arma’s popular 1/72 Hurricane Mk.I, build here:
    11 points
  17. Thanks hendie and Ben - I'm back! Aerial posts and pitots fitted: Exhausts given an iron base: Three posts, three aerial posts AND exhausts painted in one session? The man's a machine. Not.
    10 points
  18. Yo listen up! Here's the story about a little kit that lives in a blue world. And all day and all night and everything he sees is just blue. Like him, inside and outside. Told ya!
    9 points
  19. To round up my (hopefully) first batch of models in this GB, here is the Heller ANF Les Mureaux 117. This was a light reconnaisance bomber which entered service in 1935. The kit is from 1967 but this boxing is from 1996. As it is one of the later boxings, the decals look like they will behave themselves. Two marking schemes are provided; the wartime camouflage and the pre-war overall green. I think I'll go for the pre-war scheme.
    9 points
  20. A test build in progress - Part I https://vk.com/zvezdamodels?w=wall-29859496_2604007 V.P.
    9 points
  21. Hello Everyone. . . A Mig-29SMT from trumpeter in 1/72 scale. I had built this model a while back. Now I decided to put this on a base, thus the Snow Diorama. This was my first time doing a diorama, its a small one where I just had to build a Base and merely modifying the MIG I built. The modifications are : 1. Missile covers done by Paper. For the R27s and the RVVs, the paper was rolled into a cone and superglued to the missile. Thereafter it was sanded to the desired shape. For the R73s a small square was cut and just pushed on the Nose of the missile giving t
    9 points
  22. Another brief update while I take a quick break from work. I'm not sure if I mentioned before, but I opened up a couple of holes on the nose - at some point in the future there will need to be rigging affixed here - still haven't figured out exactly how yet though. There are also two scoops fitted on the nose of the Audax. AMG provide these little blocks - not the greatest, but sufficient. I was going to replace them with brass, but didn't have anything suitable, so plastic it will be. I hollowed out the scoop using the scribers I showe
    9 points
  23. A classic Heller kit, if ever there was one. I built one of these back in the day and have always intended to build another. Now is the time. A nice simple kit in the usual Heller style with very fine raised panel lines. The kit was originally issued in 1978 but this is a later boxing from 1996. The decals seem to be holding up well. There are two marking schemes available, the wartime camouflage shown on the box-art and a pre-war overall silver scheme with the Grim Reaper on the fuselage si
    8 points
  24. There were four different types of seat fitted, for both pilot and obs, that's eight types over the service period of the FAW.1. The principle differences were to do with the Personal Equipment Connectors, oxygen supply systems, air supply for the underwater escape system and the canopies and seats interaction systems, and command ejection. The curved back shield seems to be a retro fit, and to my knowledge didn't result in a new designation. The big straight, Lightingesque shield seat was a new designation. The seat raising thing would have been coincidental
    8 points
  25. CC in Charge....... Ministers of Grace Defend us.....--------------------->This way to the Anderson Shelter.
    8 points
  26. Just over 2 years after I started this in the Pacific War GB and 21 months late, I'm finally declaring BULOLO finished. The final task today was adding a few Gold Medal Models ship's company scattered around the upper deck. I didn't go overboard (no pun intended) because the poses are pretty awful and although I did contemplate having Lord Louis inspecting a division of sailors fallen in on the quarterdeck, I thought better of it! A couple do tasters here, more over in RFI though not overly happy with the quality of the photos. Tried taking them in natural light in a conservatory but the l
    8 points
  27. My stash of Heller kits has tripled in the last few days and with thanks to a good mate @Rob S yesterday, I was lucky enough to add a sealed edition of this great Heller kit. When I got home from work I couldn’t rip it open fast enough although I did stop to pause for a slight moment to think what a shame to disturb these untouched parts after something like 35 years? .... So 2 milliseconds later these crisp Dark Green sprues appeared as well as a nice clear canopy to top off a great modelling package. The decals are a bit meh!, but that’s ok I’ll find something suitable.
    7 points
  28. Knowing I am bound to get stuck with Auntie at some point, I’m throwing another Mureaux into the ring. I won’t go into detail, as other builders have already shown what’s in the box. Speaking of which... … this one converts into a tray. This is a fairly recent boxing of this kit, with even the transfers still protected by their paper cover, but it’s been on my shelf for a while now. What better excuse needed than a classic GB to build it? Somewhere I found some reference material to improve things. I’ll see if I’m up for some serious r
    7 points
  29. Ok, here is another update, sorry they are few and far between! The Veltro is finished and i am now on to the Folgore. The builds have both been very enjoyable and easy. The Italieri 1/72 kits are quite nice if you can get them these days. Pictures... TFL Greg
    7 points
  30. Nice job - the kit is a good one too. Used to have one myself until I got hold of the Special Hobby/MPM one in the one true scale (1:48)... I'll just be hiding over here while everyone disagrees with me about the scale
    7 points
  31. Nerve racking stuff! Fuselage halves marked and cut out. The wall thickness in some areas, mainly the front, is quite thin and I'm not confident that I can apply enough pressure during the sanding process without doing some damage... Canopy section needs to be removed The rear fuselage doesn't taper like 'normal' prop jobs, oh no, this is a cooling outlet and another area to be removed. Adding insult to injury, this also needs to be removed as this is the radiator inlet. Fun and games here. Stuart
    7 points
  32. Ok ok chill.....i got ya...not a big update but this part of the weathering does take time and for once having shaky hands is a bonus .....the chipping is nearly done just some light touches of rust to do.
    7 points
  33. Thanks Nick! You are right, it's the same method. Choice of this material, the reason why... First weight, of course. Second, foundry parts needs to be only with "soft shapes". Once painted, you can't differentiate plastic and metal. I hope! Sometimes, metal is needed, stamping: Now, cylinders heads, two, it's a twin cam engine... Same method, but we have now to thinking about exhaust and carburetors. Exhaust side: You can see here the cutout of two soldered pieces... They will be t
    7 points
  34. I'd run for the hills, but I have all this beer to deliver......What to do?........... @Martian and @general melchett enjoy yourselves, and don't worry about us for a second. We know where your spare keys are. Plus, the goat is feeling better now and isn't throwing up quite so often.
    7 points
  35. Crystal Pete. Thanks. That makes an awful lot of sense now. As a definition of 'ground truth' that is well nigh unbeatable James! 'X number of @71chally fingers' now becomes a default unit of measurement on this thread. I bought a set of PNs for a FAW.1 online last night James as I wanted some decent (labelled) photographic refs. of the various instrument panels and there was some interesting reading to be had. Regarding seats it has sections on both the Mk.4D (on early production models and the Mk.4DS on later FAW.1s. The only differrences between the two it lists
    7 points
  36. After a quick re-shuffle away from my intended Heller GB launch kits, I decided upon this little beauty. A fine effort from Heller methinks, and I'm really looking forward to getting cracking on this one... It just had to be a classic Heller "black box" for me. These were the boxes in which I discovered the Heller magic back in 1982. Crisply moulded, nice detail, no flash and lots of French panache. What's not to like? Typical Heller instructions, the predictable yellowed decals and a very mummified looking green bottle
    6 points
  37. Having barely completed my last build in the Battle of Britain 80th group build, here I am again! These group build things are addictive! You must all know by now I have a bit of an obsession about 1940. You will be very much not surprised to learn there are quite a few Heller boxes in the stash now, of some rather ungainly French bombers of the late 1930s. If I have time, one or two of them might make an appearance here. When I was trying to find a good kit of the ubiquitous German transport plane, the Heller one came high up the list of recommendations. First issued i
    6 points
  38. Hi all, after those months of waiting, this keenly expected GB has finally arrived! I shall enter it with one of my favorite French Navy aircraft: the Etendard IV M. This beautiful kit is a Christmas present (with a few other gems) from our Scottish Father Christmas Pat, aka @JOCKNEY Here are a few photos of the box and sprues: All in all, it looks like a lovely kit! I have to finish my Me 109 for the BoB GB first and then try and make some serious progress on the Huey. But I am looking forward to this
    6 points
  39. Hi all, Hot off the bench, very nice kit - but the Meng additions are average - Instructions/ Decals. The wings were bent, but easily reformed with hot water and brute force! All insignia masked and painted. Work in Progress here: https://forum.ww1aircraftmodels.com/index.php?topic=11486.0 Guy
    6 points
  40. Didn't take long (by my standards at least) to get this one completed. As suggested by the restoration tag, this one is a restoration of a build first done about 30 years ago back when I was barely a teenager. The kit itself is a snap together (Snap-Loc in Tamiyaspeak), and I understand is based on a radio-controlled model. That would certainly explain the way that it only has about 20 pieces excluding the motor, and half of those are in the wheels and axles! So not a challenge then, perfect for a younger builder building up kits quickly. The real thing ran in this livery at Le Ma
    6 points
  41. Hi all one more excursion to Armour field, not my basic build practice, so the result is ......expected I like this small old revell kit, no issues during build and in general final look is quite good. Colors are Gunze, weathering done with everything i found on the table. As i build one tank per year.....i hope it looks near as it should to be acceptable. Honestly i am happy with it . Best regards, Djordje
    6 points
  42. Westland Whirlwind Mk.1 - 263 Squadron RAF - 1941 Classic Airframes model with EduardPE (for Trumpeter), some scratch in whellbays, cockpit, full riveting. Invite...
    6 points
  43. Evening all......thought I'd post an update on progress and post the interior before she's buttoned up. All the interior is finished except for a small seat yet to paint and pop in at the rear of the fighting compartment. Hopefully will have the upper hull fitted by the end of the weekend and primer on ready for main base colour and camo. Night all.. Simon.
    6 points
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  45. Hello Dears... Hey Martian and @general melchett have a good time away , Rest and recreations !! That's the right way !! Nice job on the tail martian... Sooo it is the... Hey @Pete in Lincs The goat is at your home ?? I'm looking for the welsh sheeps of the previous pages... Are the the general and the martian on Holls together ?? That's a fine idea... Sooo I'm in charge Hold my beer !! Huh ! No, I'll finish it before... CC
    6 points
  46. It is my COVID-built 34-th. Nice kit from IBG. P.11b was built for Romania and was used only in Romania. P.11b version was made befor P.11a for Polisch Air Force. This P.11b is wit the long version of Towned, the short version will come next year. Windshield is from ARMA HOBBY P.7a, khaki paint HATAKA Dark Polish Khaki, blue grey RLM 65 from Gunze.
    6 points
  47. Wow! Talk about excellent customer service. The replacement fuselage halves arrived today from S.B.S. All the way from Hungary to New York in a mere 7 days. And, more importantly, the new parts look great. Now no excuses for getting back to the workbench! Cheers, Bill
    6 points
  48. I am off on holiday for a couple of weeks from tomorrow but I am sure you call all amuse yourselves in my absence. @general melchett is in charge! Martian
    6 points
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