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  1. Here is the Roden Boeing 720B finished as G-BCBA, a former American Airlines aircraft operated by Invicta International in the summer of 1974. G-BCBA seems to have been the only jet to carry Invicta’s full red and black livery. The model was inspired by reading “Take Off to Touchdown” by Malcolm Finnis, a fascinating book highly recommended to anyone with an interest in second-level British airlines and the lives of those who worked for them. To digress for a moment, the book also contains a thorough debunking of the official report into the 1973 Basel Vanguard crash which blamed
    25 points
  2. Great little Tamiya kit with excellent fit but without much surface detail, so I've added the rivets. Cheers, Jorge
    24 points
  3. Here is my finished Revell Airbus A320-251N(SL) in the livery of British Airways registration G-TTNH. This has been my first build for nearly 5 months due to personal reasons, and my skills were a bit rusty. The build was a simple OOB although I had to change the engines as BA use the Leap 1A engines and luckily I had previously built the Revell A321 Neo kit which had both engines with it. I do like the new Revell airbus kit, it is well detailed and the only thing I don’t like is the fact that the A320 Neo kit doesn’t come with the landing gear. However, this wasn’t a problem for
    19 points
  4. Hello all; Here's my just completed Helldiver. There's a story to the paint scheme which is too long to relate here; there's a WIP thread which has most of the story and the rest can be found on my site if you're interested. The short version is that I reckon this to be a repaint of an airframe that was originally finished in the four-colour scheme. I must admit, the WIP itself is a bit light on detail, I need to up my game in that department! I added a fair bit of aftermarket on this one, most notably of course the wing fold. Almost all of it was a waste o
    19 points
  5. I'm continuing my flooding the forum with Bf109's. Another 1/48 Hasegawa Bf109. This had been one of my longest reigning shelf queen, being left half-built since 2001. It started out as a G14 but, with tiny bits modification, now finished as a G6 in the color and markings of one of Hartmann's machines. Nanond
    18 points
  6. 1/72 Academy F-100D Super Sabre, "Pretty Penny", 481 TFS, Tan Son Nhut AFB, Vietnam, 1965 This was another build that was sitting on the SOD waiting for some inspiration to finish it. The poor fitting insert in the belly for the cannon led to its stay at the SOD Hotel.... Flown by Lt Lt Peter Vanderhoef and Lt Jerry Sloame, Pretty Penny was named after Sloames Wife. Other than the cannon insert, the kit goes together very well. Not many parts to throw glue at and you have a decent Super Sabre for your collection. Airbrushed using Tamiya paints a
    17 points
  7. The Blohm and Voss 138 Sea Dragon AKA the 'Flying Clog' entered Luftwaffe service in the early '40s in a maritime patrol and reconnaissance role. I was surprised to see it was powered by Jumo diesel engines. I don't know how common it was to use this type of engine and wonder what life was like for the exposed upper gunner behind three of them. This is a Revell boxing, but from Scalemates time line it appears to be a reboxed Supermodel from 1977 and did present some challenges.
    15 points
  8. This is the F-8E Crusader from the F-Toys US Navy Collection Volume 2. These are pre-painted Gashopon trading kits from Japan - apparently you can buy these in vending machines. Oh how I long to live in a country where I could pick up a kit in a vending machine! I stripped and repainted it completely. Well worth picking up if you want a few evenings worth of fun. More familiar in this scale is the Platz F-8, though that is an earlier mark. For a gashopon, this is among the nicest I have built in terms of fit and details. I'd quite forgotten how good
    14 points
  9. Afternoon, Hope you're all well - thought Id jump in here. - Just a heads up, that we're not in this for the money. i.e we're not going to retire on 20 kit sales. I'm here as I love seeing these builds! So, when we manage to decide on a kit I am more than happy to check our pricing and supply the kits to you all at cost plus P&P. Id also extend this to a kit of any value, so if you fancy building something a little more exotic/expensive Id of course be happy to apply the same level of discount. So, no need to be concerned about getting hold of the kit, we're make
    13 points
  10. The last summer has been a productive one for me. I took 3 Hasegawa Bf109's down from the shelf of doom and finished them all (plus 4 others!). This Bf109F-4/R1 was the newest among the 3, being on the SOD since just 2014. Nanond N.
    12 points
  11. I had built an Italeri RF-4 once before, so when one came up boxless & cheap on eBay I thought that I could either use it to convert the nose to a later batch rounded nose US RF-4C in Euro One camo, or keep the chisel nose and go Luftwaffe splinter camo. Then I built an Alpha Jet in splinter camo & the decision was made. So here she is. No aftermarket, but I did rescribe it to remove the raised panel lines, and scratch improved the cockpit area. The flaps were detached and lowered, making it look more in line with the pricier kits that usually come with separate flaps.
    11 points
  12. This is my Mirage 3E in 1/48 scale. This is a rebox of the quite old ESCI kit, but it captures the general shape of the Mirage 3 quite well I think. It has raised panel lines, which I accented by slightly polishing the paint off the panel lines with a very fine nailbuffer. I am not completely happy about the way the NMF turned out, but it was a good project to learn from. Most of the paints are Vallejo and Mig acrylics. Kind regards, Gerben
    11 points
  13. Here's my second completion of the Group Build and the year: the 1/72 Arma Hobby Hurricane I. This model represents P3039 RE-D of 229 Squadron in September 1940, flown by the Belgian Pilot Officer Victor Marcel Maurice Ortmans. A potted biography of 'Vicky' Ortmans is here. The Arma Hobby kit was mostly a pleasure to build, there are some really nice features and a couple of traps for the unwary, but thanks to the groundbreaking builds of @Procopius and @lasermonkey I largely avoided them except where I clearly hadn't
    11 points
  14. Well kudos to you as well, if you hadn't put me onto the 1/200 aircraft fraternity I would still have a big problem, and thanks again for the Seahawk ! As for the carrier, its the Heller (well actually very little of it survived) 1/400 Illustrious, built, (predictably enough) as Victorious in 1941.....you can probably spot a theme here !! I did post some pictures of it on here several years ago but I think that they have been "photobucketed" before anyone says anything, I know the colours are not strictly correct !
    11 points
  15. 1/72 Airfix EE Lightning F.6, XR761, 56 Squadron, RAF Akrotiri, Cyprus, 1975 Flown by Wing Commander A L Blakely. The Airfix Lightning and indeed the Lightning itself need no introduction. Here is my representation using Tamiya paints and decals by Xtradecal. A Flory dark grey wash was used to highlight the panel lines and you can imagine that a Wing Commanders aircraft would be kept pristine! I have added etch ejector handles and also the twin whip aerials using sprue. With so many lovely schemes available for the Lightning you coul
    10 points
  16. Hi guys. Want to show you my second Viggen. Early this year I built the Sk 37 from the Special Hobby Duo Pack, now the AJ 37 followed. Some extras were a pilot from PJ Production, pitot tubes from Master and the m/70 rocket pods from Maestro. I used the nice vinyl masks from DN Models for the paint scheme.
    10 points
  17. Having had a wee lull I finally managed to finish this 1/72 Micro-Mir Canberra T17. I ended up finishing as a 360 Sqn aircraft from RAF Wyton in 1985, mainly because the decals with the kit were incorrect. Built OOB using the Modeldecal 85 set and addition of the HF aerial using fishing line. Was looking forward to building this when it came out but probably used not far off as much filler as there is plastic and it fought me all the way. Got the weighting in the nose wrong but the trick with the wire in the wheels worked a treat. Apologies for the poor photographs but
    10 points
  18. When I was growing up there were three choices, if one wished to build a P-6E. There was the Monogram 1/72 scale offering and two 1/48 scale kits, the Aurora Models example and one produced by Crown Models. I built the Monogram example a few times and the Aurora kit, I remember that the Aurora kit cam molded in a metallic green color and, as was typical for them, it had the markings molded on the parts, in addition to having decals. I suppose it so one could paint the markings in lieu of the decals. I do not recall ever seeing the Crown Models example on the shelves of any store I frequented,
    9 points
  19. Hello I have finished the 1/72 Zvezda Sukhoï Su-57 kit. I have chosen No 511 prototype as it has likely operated form Russian bases in Syria and I have found a couple of pictures of her. The build is easy as with every new aircraft kits form Zvezda. On the other hand there is nothing for the pixelated camouflage except a wrong scheme on the instruction sheet. So I used my Silhouette Portrait to make masks and get a better camouflage scheme. Both colors came from the Tamiya Lacquer Paint range and how I saw them on the available pictures.. Patric
    9 points
  20. Heir to the CAUDRON RENAULT line of aircraft designed by the engineer Marcel RIFFART (victor of the DEUTSCH de la MEURTHE cups), the CAUDRON SIMOUN made its first appearance during the XIV Paris Air Show in 1934. Baptized the C 620, it was the first passenger aircraft to fly at more than 300 km/h. It was an instant success and attracted many orders. The French Air Force alone ordered 490 SIMOUN C 635s.In addition to its military missions, the SIMOUN was the star of many expeditions and many pilots - of whom St EXUPERY, Maryse BASTIE, Marcel DORET are the most famous - used it for their pre-war
    8 points
  21. Hi there, this is my first post in britmodeller so I hope you guys like it. A couple of months ago I came back to the hobby after a long seven years without modelling anything… Since I got into model making I always wanted to build the Bismarck. 13 years ago I purchased Revell’s 1/350 scale kit, back then the best and most complete kit you could it have. Unfortunately soon after I moved across the world to Sydney and I couldn’t bring it with me. Then years later I got Trumpeter’s 1/700 with a bunch of aftermarket detailed sets but then again, after my daughter was born
    8 points
  22. Special Hobby 1/72nd de Havilland DH.98 Mosquito project is no dead! Evidence here in a recent (27/09/2020) SH blog publication: https://www.specialhobby.net/2020/09/poznate-na-cem-pracujeme.html A NF. Mk.XV? V.P.
    8 points
  23. A new update folks, the next few stages deal with the outside of the turret, Miniart provide PE for the tie down brackets, but they are flat and don't look right, so i decided to make new ones myself. The instructions also show that there are small cut outs for these brackets to go into. But there is nothing on the actual model so i had to eyeball these on using some reference photo's, they seem about right. I also stretched some sprue and added to the side of each bracket to try to simulate weld. The large handles always look better in copper rather than the plastic, I just used the Miniart b
    8 points
  24. Thank you gents 'Vicky' Ortmans' Hurricane is in the Gallery here Now to get on finishing 'Widge' Gleed's... Cheers, Stew
    7 points
  25. Ta-daa! Blimey, all tbose strut ends look rough...
    7 points
  26. Thanks Jabba First one finished: I'll take the 'glamour' shots for the Gallery later when the light is better. The wing lights fitted fine but I did take the precaution of clearing the areas they fit into of any paint that might prevent a good fit; it was still pretty tight. I used Infini Fine White Lycra thread for the aerial wire, it's almost invisible which I think is fine for the scale. I used ground-up blackish grey, dark brown and light grey hard pastels for the exhaust and gun ejector port staining, and some Nuln Oil and Agrax Earthshade mixed up wa
    7 points
  27. Hello everyone, sorry it has been a while--I feel like I have let a few of you down with my lengthy delay--especially @giemme , @The Spadgent to name a few. That said, on to the build. So this was a big airbrush re-learn/education for me--I can hear Martin @RidgeRunner telling me to thin my paint--especially Tamiya acrylics. The first series of photos is the initial paint job. As you can see, I believe the primer, pre-shading and neutral grey went on fine. The issue was a really old bottle of Tamiya Olive Drab that was not thinned--it had the consistency of sand paper. (I a
    7 points
  28. 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
  29. Build #1 - 1/72 MiG-21 Fishbed Original tool/boxing. I forget how I ended up with this one, but it is the oldest kit in the stash...both in terms of possession and outright age. The only kit I've had longer is the Academy F-8...which is currently next to the bench technically in work, therefore I don't consider it part of the stash. There has been a little painting started...however it's incorrect for the early F-13s so it will all need to be repainted anyways. I've got a couple little bits to dress it up, though I'm not certain on the decals yet. I'll have to size them up, as
    6 points
  30. Dear fellow Britmodellers, I built Brengun's Yak-1 "Aces" boxing with markings for Mikhail Dmitrievich Baranov's "Red 1", flown in summer 1942 with 183.IAP. The kit is a multi-media affair, with plastic, etch and resin parts. Painted with Gunze/Mr.Hobby acrylics, weathered with artists oils from Winsor & Newton. Photographs by Wolfgang Rabel. #
    6 points
  31. 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
    6 points
  32. Hello everyone! This is P-42 (former T-10-15 Su-27 demonstrator modified to set time to climb records) in 1/144 scale. Base kit is Trumpeter, with some chopping done to align with the original airframe. Anything that was not essential to the very basic purpose of flight - including paint finish - was removed. Tips of vertical stabilizers, ventral fins, IR dome, tail sting - are all gone, so are most of antennas. In 1986-7 the P-42, equipped with uprated engines which along with other modifications gave thrust to weight ratio of ~2.0, set series of time-to-climb records, beating those set
    6 points
  33. I've sure Jadlam can put a little note in the box that says "congratulations on your competition win, here is your prize"
    6 points
  34. Cheers folks for the feed back and the likes. Slow progress again I'm afraid, just sorted the Browning out tonight, was going to use the Tasca version but decided to use the kit body with the RBM barrel set, this comes with nice turned grips and a cocking handle along with the sights. The mount is a little wobbly at the moment and its nose heavy so it doesn't sit level, again its one of those items that will be added last. Cocking handle and the spade grips were soldered just to made them a bit more robust.
    6 points
  35. This is Voiio's newish (I think it was released last summer) M1 Abrams with the SEP V2 upgrades. It's Voiio's first, and so far only, release, but they seem to have hit the ground running as it's a really well engineered kit with some very nice detailing. The tracks are rubber bands although, to my mind, don't really suffer for it as most of the track run is hidden behind the skirts anyway. Fit was very good and it looks to be accurate for the most part. Construction is also pretty rapid as they've kept the parts count to a sensible level. Probably the best bit is the inclusion of a full set o
    6 points
  36. Bf-109E-3 | Hasegawa | 1/72 Lt. Waldemar Wubke, Germany, 9/JG54 Finished this on 9/27/2020. This was a pretty straightforward build of the early 90's Hasegawa Bf-109E-3. I chose Waldemar Wubke's aircraft because I love the impromptu camouflage stripes applied at the unit level. Other units at that time had "X's and other different schemes to break up the light blue on the sides of the aircraft. The kit was pretty basic, so even taking my time the build was only about one week. The decals didn't look very sharp, so I only used the stencils and the "1
    6 points
  37. Day off today, as yesterday was SWMBO’s and my birthday, and we’ve been out for a nice lunch time meal. Couldn’t go yesterday because most restaurants in France are closed on a Monday. Yeah! I know. Mad!! Home straight now. The first job was to paint the tracks with a 50/50 mix of Tamiya black and brown, and then give the steel chevrons a light dry brushing of Xtracolour’s Oily Steel. They’ll be weathered later. On the box cover, the Easy 8 Sherman is depicted with T66 tracks, but fortunately, what is included is actually T80 steel chevron tracks. They are a bit of a tight stretch to get
    6 points
  38. There's is probably no need for new legislation. What is required is for magistrates/judges to actually enforce the law by passing appropriate sentences. There are so many instances where this hasn't been done. One example is the law regarding causing death by dangerous driving. I believe the maximum was upped to 15 years. So why was a truck driver only given 5 years when he wiped out a woman and three children, because he was changing the music on his I phone? Why was he not given the maximum sentence? Is four deaths not enough to qualify? John.
    6 points
  39. I need therapy. It's not even 9am and I've just bought a Smer rebox of the LeO 451 for eleven quid inclusive on ebay. Help, Adrian When I start looking at Amiots I will be checking myself in at the Priory...
    6 points
  40. Here's what I have been up to in recent months. Pretty crummy compared to what everyone else manages to achieve, but they have kept me busy!
    6 points
  41. As I have worked my way through Cold War 1/48 military model aircraft kits it has become apparent to me that a chunk of aircraft modelled in 1/72 just don’t have a kit in 1/48. I think the size puts manufacturers off, and there probably isn’t the demand to make tooling up worth it. So as a result the non front line aircraft tend to get patchy or no representation. Think about it - no Dominie, no Jetstream, no Varsity or Valletta, no light transport - F-27, C-160. Occasionally kits appear - I believe there was once a DHC Buffalo, although I have never seen one, a you can buy a 3D printed An
    5 points
  42. Great old Dakota called in the UK a Dakmaster. First aircraft I ever flew in & it was to live in Jersey for 1 year. Now 58 years. You got in 7 had to clim a hill to your seat. They gave out boiled sweets to get you to swallow as they were not pressurized while landing. Ate my sweet before landing stupid. Wow did the ears hut. Diorama so far 8 aircraft to go. The PE is for the departure steps http:// http://
    5 points
  43. Cracking on: Another short length of track assembled, don't worry this hasn't boiled down to a length by length wip! Along with the afore mentioned track: Bulk of hull assembled, the detail is excellent, even down to fuel filler caps beneath the outer cap and teeth for the turret drive. Speaking of fuel fillers, comes with the drain holes too btw! I'd guess judging by the detail provided, gun breech, hull bulkhead, radiators that an interior version must at least be being considered... Meng do supply a small etch fret covering the l
    5 points
  44. Almost finished, & to keep @nimrod54 happy, some brass rod has been used to replace the out of scale pitot
    5 points
  45. Afternoon all....just a quick update. The upper hull is one and all shell's/rockets are in. I decided to leave one out......to show the rack system better..... I can't say it was easy to get them in......in the end I had to cut off the detail at the end of the hidden/centre divider rod between the rounds....otherwise, pretty much impossible to load them up without doing this. Next is to do final touch up and some personal gear in areas you can see. .....also some final chipping and weathering on the interior of the rear inner wall....I couldn't
    5 points
  46. Things got interesting at the wing. The upper wing has quite a large gap between it and the wing root. The wing is also about 0.25 mm thicker than the root. Sanding the flare at the end of the top wing as well as sanding along the joining surface, has flattened it sufficiently. Some styrene shimming should help it fit the root. We'll see of the other wing has the same problem. This being an SH kit, I'll wager the other wing has an entirely unique fit issue The upper wing has not been glued on yet, in this photo.
    5 points
  47. Thank you all again for your kind words ! Actually I am blessed with a decent garage which does help, but is mostly full of oily bits of old car so I have to be a bit careful with cross hobby contamination, its probably going to have to live in the garage, unless it finds its way to the office like everything else, though I think it may be a bit too large ! It will be 1961 when my father served on her, but I haven't decided on an exact date yet, but the airgroup will be FAW 1 Vixens, Scimitars, AEW Gannets (plus a COD Gannet) and HAS 7 Whirlwinds, which leads m
    5 points
  48. Nearly there: I'm feeling quietly chuffed with how it's looking so far, considering that it started out as flat plastic sheet and is by far my most adventurous modelling project! Jon
    5 points
  49. So, there I was at the breakfast table this morning with Mrs Romeo and Mike junior, and I mentioned that I wanted to do some modelling today (ie get some more decals on my Eduard Tempest, if you must know). No problem with that. Then, a pregnant pause, followed by, "Mike, please don't buy any more models . . . I think you may have a problem." A problem? A problem! OK, so the boarded part of the loft is chocker with unmade kits, and the study / my modelling room has another stack of kits almost touching the ceiling, but my actual problem is not having at least 3 of ev
    5 points
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