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  1. My first completion of 2021 is the venerable Italerei 1/72 Henschel Hs-126 which I decided to build as a homage to all those Saturday afternoon pocket money builds of my childhood. Built over several Saturday afternoons. Grandstand is no longer broadcast on the TV so listening to the football on the radio had to do instead and I used a cutting mat instead of Newspaper! I made no attempt to correct or update the kit other than to add a small block of resin to replicate the tropical air filter and some masking tape seatbelts. Painted using Colourcoats Enamels and the kit decals were used. N
    39 points
  2. Hiya Folks, Well here I am with some more Airfix Spitfire Mk.Vc`s,...... this time from Australia, depicting an early arrival still in its desert finish from 54 Sqn RAF before they flew up to Darwin for operations,.... and a 452 Sqn RAAF aircraft from early 1944 based at Strauss, Northern Territory. For these models I reprofiled the DH spinners, cut out the side entrance door and sourced new wheels from the spares box, especially as the 452 Sqn aircraft had wheel hub covers. Thi model also sports an Eduard canopy hood while the 54 Sqn one has a vacuformed hood and bot
    37 points
  3. Hi everyone, this is my Airfix 1/48 Hurricane MkI. It was flown by a FAA pilot, Richard ‘Jimmy’ Gardner of 242 Sqn. Based at RAF Duxford in August, he served alongside Dickie Cork and Douglas Bader. The kit was rivetted and I sanded down all of the proud fasteners around the cowling and nose. I then used a jewellery tool to better create the dzus fastener. it was masked and sprayed all over with the serial from the spares and the Nelsonian flags underneath the cockpit (England Expects that Every Man...) came from Xtradecals set. Sadly they used the wrong codes (T) and
    32 points
  4. Hi Folks, apologies for the posts today, I’m playing catch up. This is the Merit 1/48 kit. It has its foibles but it goes together okay if slightly basic in detail. It represents an a/c flown by Flt Lt L.G. Schwab in Paramythia, Greece, 1941. After a holiday in this area I knew I had to model some of the aircraft that operated out of this beautiful valley. I have a Blenheim and a Swordfish to add to this. Sprayed with Colourcoats and Maketar custom mask. If anyone knows the serial, please let me know and I will gladly add it. If it was sprayed out then happy
    32 points
  5. Trying to just have fun with these Airfix kits. This is their PR XIX done up with Xtradecal X48-118 for RM643/Z. The only non-OOB part is the exhaust stacks. Clear glue still drying on the camera ports. Marbled on a PRU Blue color from SMS....great paint. Xtradecals....great as well. Kudo's to Airfix for allowing in-flight builds....they give you the parts to build gear up which I really appreciate (wish all kits did this). The issue I have is the pilot figures. I painted the kit pilot up and it really looked great. To get him to fit in the cockpit...I ended u
    31 points
  6. Original FROG Canberra PR.7 kit bought and made in 1960. Consigned to 'spares' box by late 1970s, but slowly worked on for next 10 years and fully restored and improved by 1995. The 'flat' mainwheels were cut off and Matchbox B-25 Mitchell wheels added, all raised rivets and panel lines removed, and hinge lines scored in. A 'collar' was added to the rear of the canopy. The original FROG engine cowlings are too bulbous, but have been retained. They are closer to the one-off Sapphire engined experimental version. The colour scheme was chosen to be close to and a tribute to the origina
    30 points
  7. Here is my recently completed Kitty Hawk 1/48 FJ-2 Fury. The markings are from Caracal's second FJ-2 sheet. Paints are MRP International Orange 232, Gunze Mr Color Insignia White 316 and Insignia Red 327. From Hypersonic Models I used their ejection seat and cockpit details and nose gear. I used CAT4 resin wheels.
    28 points
  8. After spending a considerable amount of time under the workbench this old kit has finally seen the light of day. I had been put off making it for two reasons. The rigging and the non availability of NIVO in acrylic. I finally bit the bullet and using 'Prym' elasticated thread and mixing the paint to as near as I could to NIVO finally finished it. The Heyford was the RAF's main bomber during the 1930s and retired from front line service in 1939 although some were kept into the early 1940s for use as glider tugs and bomber crew training.
    27 points
  9. #3/2021 And my dad has finished his first 109 in 2021. Hasegawa kit, bomb rack and 50kg bombs from Zvezda, Eduard seatbelts, EZ Line for antenna wires, plastic rods and lead wire for the brake lines. RLM74/75/76 painted with AK Real Color. Shortened the legs to get a more realistic look. Build thread here https://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/235084867-stranded-jabomesserschmitt-bf109f-4b-10jg53/ On March 27th 1942, Unteroffizier Felix Sauer, serving with 10.(Jabo)/JG53, had to make an emergency landing on the beach of Sicily due to an engine failure
    20 points
  10. Hi all. Several years ago I started building Eduard's 1/48 P-38 kit but never finished it. Recentely I decided to pick up this kit again. A cockpit set by Pavla and an engine from Quickboost were used for this build. Some cutting has to be done to accomodate the engine. I also made a support to make sure the engine wouldn't move after the fuselage was closed. The model was painted with Mr Hobby paints over Alclad black primer. The walkways and red and white stripes were masked and painted on. The kit decals were used and weathering was done with Abteilung 502 oilpain
    19 points
  11. Hi folks Another couple of models finished over the weekend. First up is the Italeri F-5F in 1/72 scale. The Italeri kit is an old mould with raised panel lines but goes together quite well and seems to have a nice accurate shape. Decals were straight from the box for a VFC-111 machine in 3 greys. Paints were Mr Hobby Aqueous. Has to be one of the most attractive colour schemes...... Apologies for the quality of the photos, struggling to get enough light in the workroom at the moment.
    18 points
  12. Found this kit at the back of the stash. Never done a dual combo before and I must say that I'm impressed. One of Eduard's earlier offerings. You can see the leaps they have made in the quality of moulding (I'm also doing a Tempest at the moment). Now regarding paint colours......... I know there has been "some" discussion regarding this.... BUT.... this is my take working with what I have in stock during a lockdown. Markings are for Col. Anton D. Yakimenko commander of 151GIAP (red nose) and Maj.Sergei S. Shthirow 267 IAP Please feel free to comment etc
    18 points
  13. This is roughly complete, I'm still working on the details and placement. Been re-arranging the placement of the vehicles more and more to find the perfect spot. Working on painting figures, which are not the best in details or features. Trying to find other figures, that will look much better than the ones I'm working on presently. Slowly but surely things are hopefully falling into position. Got to add the hydraulic spillage and more weathering here and there before calling it quits. The scale I'm working on is 1/35. The theme is simple and is part of usual transport method, in certain count
    17 points
  14. This is my first complete build of 2021. I'm currently on a phase of the older Airfix airliners, and this one dates from 1961 with a 2015 re-release. It's a very simple kit with few parts, but it builds into a striking aircraft with an equally striking colour scheme. The paint scheme was tricky in parts to get right, especially the red upper wings with the wing fence interfering with the masking, and the tight curves between the inner engines and fuselage sides. The Olympic Airways livery is much simpler, but not as visually appealing in my opinion. I had
    17 points
  15. "There is no other help for us, no stronger wall to ward off disaster, no city with its ramparts to hide inside, no other army to turn the flow of battle. Here on the plains of Troy are we, our backs to the sea facing the mail-clad Trojans, far from our native land. So in the strength of our own hands is our salvation, and there can be no surrender in this fight." -- Homer, The Iliad, XV (trans. A S Kline) "Only fully experienced pilots must come here. It is no place for beginners." --Hugh Pughe Lloyd, AOC Malta, to Arthur Tedder, 25 April 1942
    15 points
  16. Hi Folks, Normally I’m a FAA kind of guy but I do like the odd Soviet a/c. This is one I made last year. This is the Zvezda boxing of the AM kit. I used some Eduard belts and a mixture of the kit and Eduards kit decals. Sprayed with Mig Ammos Soviet set. Let me know what you think about the colours on this colourful bird. Cheers
    15 points
  17. 261 - Saab J 21A, 1/72 My number six, and Saab's first fighter. Whether this was a good construction or not is debated, but you cannot deny that it is a odd and cool aircraft, The sharkmouth was painted on this very aircraft only, and just for a short while. Swedish Air Force leader, General Nordenskiöld went "mad as hell" when he saw it, and it was immediately overpainted. A pity, since it looks really good with it! Additions: - Re-scribed panel lines - Ejection seat detailed - A few more details added: In the cockpit, on the landing gears, and landing lights+g
    15 points
  18. Thanks Adrian Thanks Bill - definitely on the bottom then (fnaar!) Not to worry John, I've slowed down a bit (see below) Thanks Giorgio It is a nice kit Ben, few problems so far Yep, that's it… autopilot engaged! Little progress as I address this mojo killer: You can see I've done the wings and, maybe, have the stripes in the same place on both… although the bit sticking up near the ailerons may give me away. I've put some 4mm tape on top of the fuselage to guid
    14 points
  19. Tuesday lunchtime and I've decided to take a few hours off: we're in the middle of yet another flood warning as A. Ocean assembles itself in kit form on top of the landscape. Hard to concentrate on anything meaningful with the eaves getting all elemental so thought I'd inflict some of me blather on the assembled -armed with a mug of the fizziest instant coffee I've ever come across (you pour water on it and it goes off like sodium..) Bill first then: Funny how what's good in a modelling forum can be legally problematic in a convent.... Agreed Simon - and some prime
    14 points
  20. The first one over the line for this year is the Hasegawa F-15A Eagle 'ASAT'. It might be an old kit compared to some modern tooling's but it's still a lovely kit to build. On September 13th 1985 an F-15A piloted by Maj. Wilbert Pearson took off from Edwards Air Force base and climbed to 35,000 feet before launching a missile which carried on upwards before hitting and destroying a satellite in orbit. I’ve tried to build ‘Celestial Eagle’ as it was on that day complete with a live ASAT missile instead of the usual inert one. This one comes with a lot of ext
    13 points
  21. Happy New Year all... currently on sale is the February edition of Airfix Model World magazine with my Lockheed Vega on the front cover. Here's a couple of teasers... Cheers, Dean
    13 points
  22. Hi all, Thought I'd show off my first build of 2021, an Airfix MiG-15 in 1/72nd scale. I've had this kit in my pile of shame for the best part of ten years, so finally getting round to it at long last. Always loved MiGs, and this one came out around when I started hobbying back in 2009. Have to say, reading up on the kit meant seeing the wide ranging problems with the kit; not to scale, panel lines too deep, poor fitting parts, the works. Not a bad kit if you aren't overly concerned about a few mm here and there, and I think it tidies up nicely. C&C is appreciated, not only is
    13 points
  23. In the first months of T-60 production, Soviet factories were disrupted severely by the German advance. Factory No.264 outside of Stalingrad, which would end up as the second highest producer of T-60 tanks, took a while getting up to speed and was assembling T-60s from components coming from other factories that had been packed up and sent deeper into the country as they were getting overrun. I converted a Miniart early Plant No.237 into a screened (uparmoured) early Factory 264 T-60. The unique armour plates (rounded at the bottom) of the particular vehicle I was modeling are not inclu
    12 points
  24. A HAWK plated U-2A. 1/48 scale. I brushed the chrome finish to calm it down a bit...
    12 points
  25. Armour build number 5 complete and i thourghly enjoyed myself again with this one. I decided to use this build as a sort of weathering mule so this certainly isn't a factory fresh Tiger infact it's probably way OTT but it gave me a great opportunity to learn about the weathering products I've purchased recently for future builds. The kit itself well it's Tamiya so no issues there and it's detailed enough for what i intended it for. Here's the pic's of the finished build So another one finished time to s
    12 points
  26. Hi all First finished build of the year but started last year- i'm not that quick! I went for ICM's Lagg-3 kit as my first ever Soviet aircraft- always had a soft spot for the Lagg-3 and enjoyed the build. It went together ok but a bit of work was needed to get the gun bulge inserts to fix into the engine cowling piece properly. I really enjoyed the painting and weathering. I knew I wanted to have a go at a winter scheme and went for number 64 of 3.Gv.IAP flown by Georgy Kostylev who named the plane his "Columbine Tale" (I confess I have no idea to what that refers to!
    12 points
  27. The instructions say it's a MD 450B Ouragan EC 3/4 «Flandre» Patrouille de France, Bremgarten 1956. Modeldecal sheet 68 was used for a couple of stencils, and the correct orientation of the Diables rouges and Petits Poucets emblems. All in all a nice little kit of this forerunner of so many famous Dassault designs.
    12 points
  28. This was a build for the Interceptor GB and my first experience with an AMK model. I had been in awe with this model, especially with the reviews it had received. Building it……… ……..well it’s a nice model and probably one of the better ones to come from China, but there is a very good reason why Tamiya are so good. For a model that promised so much, and is quite expensive… the reality is it doesn’t quite live up to the hype, “slide moulding” is super trick, but if the detail from it isn’t as good as traditional moulding. There are/were lots of little things that really
    11 points
  29. This is the only car i have built, and was made in my first period of modelling about 15 years ago. Recently found the pictures tucked away on an old hard drive. One thing sticks out in my mind about the build and that was that i really enjoyed doing the CF decaling.
    11 points
  30. So far, so good. This is the 1/35 Hitachi Vibratory Combined Roller ZC50C-5 from Hasegawa. Almost done with it. I still have to add the side amber lights to the unit.
    11 points
  31. So the final update for the Tiger I've gone as far as I think is necessary and I'm happy with the results. Here's a couple of pics I will post more in the rfi section later on
    11 points
  32. Not outstanding build,but the camo perhaps made for it... Thanks for visiting! Marcus
    10 points
  33. Hi My first finished kit for the 2021 year I started this kit in 2019 but didn't have the motivation to finish it Some others pics at this link Hawker Tempest MkV
    10 points
  34. Calling it done on this year long project. Kit is Tamiya's magnificent (dare I say the best scale aircraft model ever released) Mossie, with a boatload of scratch built details (I think I put over 200 extra items into the weapons bay alone), Barracuda cockpit decals and other bits, AIMS 100 gal slipper tanks and Avieology decals for No. 333 (Norwegian) Squadron. Thanks to everyone on this site who patiently answered my hundreds of questions and provided additional information. A special thanks to Crimea River for all of his help. Here's the real thing, it matches up very well
    10 points
  35. Hi all, My first build from this year completed, the very nice 1/48th Tempest V by Eduard Superb fit and surface detail, only let down by terrible decals, which were thick, wouldn't conform and some even failed to adhere completely, I had to source most of them from my spare sheets. My only addition to the kit was a set of Eduard resin wheel. Painted with MRP lacquer paints, and sealed with MRP clear matt cote... which is impressively matt. Weathered with oil washes, pastels and a silver pencil for the chipped areas Thanks for looking, gazza l
    10 points
  36. So I got a little started tonight. The kit seems pretty clearly inspired by the Eduard Spitfires in terms of engineering, especially in the cockpit. The plastic seems weirdly soft and...crumbly? I used my micro-chisel to poke out the hole in the seat armour for a seatbelt, and a chunk of plastic just flaked off, as if it were puff pastry. Detail seems very soft on the heels of the Arma kit, but of course it's a great improvement on their Spitfire I, so I reckon I ought not to complain too much.
    10 points
  37. It is a rough old kit, I painted it Humbrol 87 a blue ish grey following a post from a modeller in Spain! Some nice interior detail.. The Buchon was a kit I built in 1985 (?) using parts from an Airfix 109E and a Frog or Heller 109F and various scratch parts... The kit lacks wing fences and cannons... The single part canopy is massively thick!! But I decided to separate tha canopy in to the open position. The wheels are wrong the replacements were donated by a friend from a late model AZ 109.. I also ma
    9 points
  38. This is Heller #241 the 1/72 Arado Ar-196A, a kit I had to get into the GB as it was the first ever Heller kit that I built as a 13 year old. That was also the last time I built this particular kit and it was great fun, and a little nostalgic, to be able to revisit it again. Still a great kit out of the box, I think this Arado typifies Heller at their peak in the late 1970s. Well detailed and easy to assemble, although warped float struts in my kit did cause me some headaches and a breakage which can be seen in the photos I think (yet to be repaired!). I used the Kora "Finnish Lease" decal she
    9 points
  39. John, Quoted the truth! Well said. I saw on BBC WORLD NEWS(Here in Fiji) that Djokovich and few others have complained that the rules have not been relaxed for them in order to go out and practice. He's already contracted the disease when he flaunted the rules with several other of his "mates" last year. These sportsmen abd sportswomen with such high salaries thinking they are above law, footballers kissing, hugging , touching should remember that Coronavirus is a deadly virulent disease and shows no mercy .. it doesn't know you are a fo
    8 points
  40. I first became aware of the Northrop BT-1 after watching the 1941 Warner Bros / Errol Flynn movie ‘Dive Bomber’ in the 1980s (and made a fuzzy VHS recording of it which I played back many times). The film was the last in a series of 1930s Hollywood movies with a naval aviation theme (mostly with a screenplay written by ex-naval aviator Cmdr. Frank ‘Spig’ Wead) and the only one in glorious Technicolor. As ever in aviation movies, the true stars were the aircraft. The BT-1s don’t have a big role in the film, but form a backdrop to some of the final sequences. It was the only type in the film wit
    7 points
  41. I was very sad to hear of the passing of Chuck Yeager on 7th December 2020. Of course Chuck was the first man to break the sound barrier in level flight (although many others had come close in dives), but he was also a consultant on Electronic Arts 1991 'Chuck Yeager's Air Combat' on which I (mis)spent many happy hours. There's a great video of the flight here and Chuck's Wiki entry is here. In his memory I've built Tamiya's X-1. RIP Chuck, you had the right stuff. My first 'see through' model…
    7 points
  42. There has been some E Type discussion but in the 1/43 area there's no shortage of choices of new and older kits. Here are two cars that raced in the U.S. The white one with green is quite well known - Group 44 racing team,driver is,was Bob Tullius,I saw this car in real life at the National Motor Museum the other year which was a nice surprise. It's a Provence Moulage resin kit. The white one is famous for being the last E Type to win any race in 1980. Won races in the SCCA series,despite a few dirty tricks by the other teams! Must have been one the fastest E types ever. Oh,the team was
    7 points
  43. I think the Wyvern is beautiful. Now this is an ugly plane But I still love it.
    7 points
  44. Good afternoon mates, first of all I'd like to thank you for the nice comments and the pictures. They're all very useful! As you’ll have seen from my last update, the cockpit is done and glued into place. The stick and the ejection seat will be left for a later stage, to avoid breaking them ,so now I can proceed with the operator’s pit. As for the cockpit, I’ll build it from scratch and it’ll be a slow process , but I’ll have to be inspired!!! Luckily thefuselage section is circular, so the bulkhead separating the cockpit and the operator’s pit’s been cut fro
    7 points
  45. It's coming, not nicely but it's coming! Dan.
    7 points
  46. This is Heller kit #156, the 1/72 Dewoitine D.500/501. This is yet another kit I built as a teenager, and was probably the second or third Heller kit I bought. I think I was taken by the subject which was something I wasn't familiar with at the time. A nice little kit, adequately detailed and fits together nicely and didn't cause any problems during construction. WIP here... No matter how hard I tried, I couldn't get any half decent photos of this one, and all it did was highlight my ham fisted mess ups. The Aftermarket decals were very thin, not easy to work with and very
    7 points
  47. I had another web chat with an HMRC advisor yesterday, my sixth in total! This time the advisor really made an effort, she seemed to understand the difficulty of the situation and tried to get the right information, taking a long time between lines written, apologising for taking so long... But, she ultimately failed. She had to escalate the problem to a higher level of customer support and I was booked in for a phone appointment in February (they will call me, hopefully). She said there are so many strands of information and updates and the issue of selling from abroad to the UK tou
    7 points
  48. Well, here she is, just the pennant numbers to put on when the masks arrive. Made a 'posher' base for her to sit on, much better than the supplied plastic one and better than the old one I cobbled together from scrap stuff that I have been using for building her. Lighting in the shed ain't so great, will try a few more in proper daylight tomorrow. Still undecided on whether to make some of the rigging black as per Nialls info a little earlier, anyone got an opinion on that? Anyways, here she is after a few months of work. She was definitely a challenge, but I am immensely proud of my firs
    7 points
  49. I’ve continued on with the turret and left the hull for now. I’m not convinced the cheek armour was on the particular Firefly on the Star decals sheet, but it looks good... Now I’ve got some etch to add as well as a little bit of scratch building for the brackets on the turret bin. Then it’ll be back to the hull. Sean
    7 points
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