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  1. Venerable Hasegawa kit, Aires cockpit and exhausts, Eduard missiles. The decals are from the Italeri kit. Finished on Sunday January 17, on the Gulf War 30th anniversary. Cheers! Andrew
    29 points
  2. 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
    27 points
  3. Hi guys. I have finished Airfix 1:48 Stuka project - Junkers Ju-87 R-2 Stuka Stab II.StG2 (T6+AC). This Stuka was from the Mediterranean theatre in 1941 and was flown by Major Walter Enneccerus, the Knight's Cross holder and eventual Gruppenkommandeur of the II./Sturzkampfgeschwader 2 "Immelmann". Below a few shots. To read about painting, weathering and to see better quality photos follow the link
    26 points
  4. After having finished up 2020 with a couple of "boom-boom" military planes, I felt a need to offer penance to the modeling gods with a civil aircraft or two. A couple months ago, Bangseat posted pics of a 3D model he had printed and built. It was of a Socata TB9 "Tampico", a general aviation aircraft commonly used for flight training. The Tampico has a special place in my heart, as it was the plane in which I earned my private pilot license way back in October, 2011. I contacted Harry (Bangseat), who graciously sent me one of his prototype kits with my promise to do a test build and report back any problems. For details on my build, the WIP can be found here: This was my first time building a 3D-printed kit, and it was a learning experience for me. Harry's kit is a gem, and I finished it up in just two weeks' time. I could have done it much quicker, but I'm OCD about details and added quite a few to better model the particular airplane I trained in. With that introduction, let's get on with the pics! A good pre-flight inspection should always start with a walk-around: Now for some detail shots: I added an exhaust pipe, engine cooling vents, nose gear scissors, and blade antenna on the belly: I modified the cockpit to match the Tampico I trained in. This is as clear as I could make the transparent piece. Next time I do a 3D-printed kit, I might try vacu-forming the clear parts. Here's what is mostly hidden in the interior: All of the decals are home made, and my favorite is the "No Step" marking (for people who don't speak French). You can also see the steps, modified wheel hub, and brake line I added to the main gear. Pitot tube and flap actuators were added under the wing: Landing/taxi lights and wingtip position lights: White lights on the wingtips and tail were made from a small drop of UV-activated clear acrylic gel: Various antenna were added to the rear fuselage and fin: And, that about wraps it up. Oh, by the way, did I mention how tiny this plane is? Many, many thanks to Bangseat Harry for producing this gem of a kit! He did a great job with it and I'm thrilled to finally have a model of the plane I learned to fly in! Thanks also to everyone who followed this build and provided helpful encouragement & suggestions along the way. So, what's next? Well, here is a pic of the plane I earned my instrument rating in: and, look what the postman just delivered: Another tiny GA airplane, and me with old eyes and fat fingers! But, at least this one is made from honest styrene
    22 points
  5. 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 original FROG markings. WH778, 31 Sqdn, Laarbruch Germany, c 1956 (11) by Philip Pain, on Flickr WH778, 31 Sqdn Laarbruch Germany, c 1956 (10) by Philip Pain, on Flickr WH778, 31 Sqdn Laarbruch Germany, c 1956 (6) by Philip Pain, on Flickr WH778, 31 Sqdn Laarbruch Germany, c 1956 (4) by Philip Pain, on Flickr WH778, 31 Sqdn Laarbruch Germany, c 1956 (2) by Philip Pain, on Flickr Thanks for looking.
    21 points
  6. Hello my Friends. This is my latest. From the instruction sheet. BuNo 111794 I-BC. US Marines VMF-122, Marine Corps Air Station,Cherry Point. 1947-49.Most likely flown by Lt Col Marion E Carl, CO of VMF 122. All the best. Ralph.
    21 points
  7. 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 up cutting away about 2/3rd's of him to get him to fit (legs gone...backside...gone, lower back...gone). Very frustrating...but it's a Spitfire cockpit...can't see anything anyway. LESSON LEARNED: I will never build another in-flight kit and attach the canopy BEFORE I paint and finish. This is the second or third build I have had fogging on the inside of the clear parts after I thought all the glue had set and off-gassed. This could also be paint and overcoat fumes sneaking in during the painting process. Regardless...I will improved my builds by adding the canopies as one of the last steps of the build. Lesson learned. So off to the work desk she goes....to keep my two Mosquitos company. Cheers Collin
    21 points
  8. 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 both have had rear view mirrors bodged and added. Decals came mostly from DK Decals,..... Both were brush painted; 1- 54 Sqn, RAF,..... BR544/A as seen flying in the Sydney area in January 1943 prior to moving to Northern Australia for operations, still wearing its desert delivery colours. This aircraft was used by Flt. Lt. R.K.C. Norwood to shoot down a Zero while Plt. Off. W.H. Appleton also scored a kill in it and both men also claimed 2 probables and 3 damaged in it too. Here is the real aircraft, seen in the middle of the three; And a line up of Spits in Australia, prior to heading north; The model was painted using Polly Scale Middle Stone and Pactra Dark Earth with the last of my Aeromaster Azure Blue on the undersides. 2-452 Sqn, RAAF, A58-236, QY-G Which was based at Sattler Strip near Darwin. Australia April 1944,..... flown by Plt. Off. `Junior' Beaton,...... with the desert finish `converted' by adding RAAF Foliage Green to the Middle Stone painted areas. Here is the real thing, care of Peter Malone who posted it on Hyperscale years ago; And possibly the QY-G which A58-236 replaced following an accident in 1944; Being a later delivery, A58-236, QY-G may have had the narrow cannon bulges, but as the kit only provides the bulged type,...I can live with it if these are wrong, they were removable items after all . As it had previously served with 54 Sqn RAF who were known to reduce the size of their roundels and fin flashes while based up around Darwin,... (and there are traces of the original larger RAF roundel being painted out under the wings too) it may have retined these,.... however in the the available reference photo the fin flash is full sized and does not match the smaller 54 Sqn style,....so it appears to me that 452 Sqn must have re painted the RAAF roundels full size to match the other squadron aircraft,..... and this is how I chose to portray it. The model was painted using a base coat of Humbrol 29 Earth Brown, Polly Scale RAAF Foliage Green and Aeromaster Azure Blue. I`ve now started another pair,......another Aussie machine from 79 Sqn and possibly a USAAF one if I can cobble the decals together! Here is the Aussie option that I am thinking of; Cheers Tony
    19 points
  9. Hi all Here's some pics of my latest build- Revell's 1/48 Typhoon single seater... Cheers Shaun
    18 points
  10. My first completed airliners in 2021. I started them somewhere last year and worked on them on and off between other projects. The main problem was to get decals for them as Heller airliners come in the odd scale of 1/125 and their 737 kit is long out of production. I found some nice liveries on f-dcal,which even arrived in an acceptable time. I have now 3 of Heller's Boeing 737,the first one was built in Lufthansa colors,mostly airbrushed and completed with decals from my spares box. Its a pity that Heller never reissued this kit as they did with most of their other airliners. Its a very nice model with good shape and the fit is, for its age, quite good. I always liked the old Luxair livery,and because I had been to Luxemburg a few times as a kid,I should have an aircraft of Luxair in my collection. I also have some old Heller Airbus A300 kits,one of which I also plan to build in these colors. The RAM 737s were frequent visitors to our swiss airports,together with their 727s. So when I saw this decal set available for rescale,the decision was easy. Paints are Gunze gloss white and for the engines and slats I used Super metallic Chrome from Gunze,with a gloss black base coat,and different metallic shades for the inlet and exhausts. Grey is Testors aircraft grey. Sealed again with Gunze Premium Gloss varnish. Sadly,I had to find out that Gunze stopped production of this great varnish for whatever reason,so I picked up all remaining stocks in my local hobbyshop☺...cost me a fortune,but its worth it. Enough text,on with the photos Alex And with one of my critics...he seemed to be in the mood again today
    16 points
  11. Evening All, The Seimens-Schuckert company produced a number of odd designs during the period 1914-1918, some of which were relatively successful. The DDr1 was a product of the "triplane craze" of 1917: the introduction of the Sopwith Ttriplane earlier that year had caused something of a sensation among pilots on account of the extreme agility of the type. It could easily out-turn all other types in service and although it was not particularly fast, in dogfights its pilots had a distinct advantage. Many companies tried to either design new types or modify existing ones which could replicate the success of the Sopwith. The Seimens Schuckert design was one of the less successful attempts, but it is interesting nonetheless because of a novel feature - it had two engines. The machine had a fairly conventional structure - a stubby nacelle which was covered in fabric with metal cowlings, and tubular booms supporting twin rudders and a single elevator at the rear. It was armed with two machine guns. The power was supplied by two Siemens-Halske Sh 1a 120 hp rotary engines, one mounted in the nose driving a two blade propellor, and one at the rear driving a four blade propellor. The engines were unusual because while the cylinders rotated in one direction, gearing caused the propellors to turn in the opposite direction. The shape of the arircraft meant that it was quickly dubbed the "flying egg". the design was submitted for approval in the summer of 1917 and a prototype ordered which was ready for testing in November of that year. The radical design proved to be too much: the machine lacked stability and the engines were difficult to control, with the result that the machine crashed on the first flight and was not rebuilt. A second design with more powerful engines was not proceeded with. Spin models make one of these in resin in 1/48 scale but there are two problems with that for me. 1st it is in the wrong scale and 2nd I do not like resin kits, so it left me with no option but to scratch build one in the True Scale. The nacelle, spinner and cowlings were push moulded and the booms were florists wire. The wheels are discs cut from plastic card with rod for tyres, the engines are rod and card, and the remainder was made from plastic card. It is rigged with rolled copper wire. Another oddball type to add to my growing collection! Thanks for looking. P
    16 points
  12. 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 oilpaints and pastel powders. Thank you for watching. René
    16 points
  13. I bought the new tool Defiant from Airfix to build an ASR plane but just had to build the old one to compare them. There are some small things that I didn't like with the kit. The plastic is much too soft. One antenna broke when I was cutting it off the sprue, but that didn't matter as it had to be cut down anyway when gear is down.The other antenna broke while trying to mount it, and the pitot tube also was damaged.The other thing I didn't like was that the gun barrels wasn't separate pieces that could be attached at the end of the build. Now they went on early and bent while handling the model and finally one broke off. For smoke bombs I used bombs from the Bristol Bulldog on this one like I did on the Spitfire and my P-47. I needed to build streamlined covers at the ends of the dinghy packs as they seems to be on a Defiant. The carpet monster nicked my finished smoke bombs, so I had to come up with new ones. Not correct but they'll do. But in the end, I am happy to have built it.
    15 points
  14. Yes, that's quite apt. It does at least have the advantage of not leaving a bloody great divot no matter how carefully one clips it off the sprue, however. So that's something. Today was a busy day. My work had a pointless all-hands-on-deck Zoom meeting today, where we learned that, once again, the organization is slashing budgets to stay afloat, as it has been for the past thirteen of the fifteen years I've worked there. Then Mrs P was troubled by what the Victorians might euphemistically call a "feminine complaint" and retired to the guest bedroom, where I assured her that if she died, I would marry her younger sister Agatha* so that the boys still had a mother. When I returned, I found Winston had deployed what he called a "hot dog army", slices of same slathered in mustard and arrayed on the tabletop in battle formation, and it was time for the boys to go to bed, immediately. Then it was time to join my Bad Movie Club on Zoom to watch Tango and Cash, the last buddy cop action movie of the 1980s (it went into limited release on December 22, 1989), and then, finally, to the grotto. I only got a little bit done tonight; I just painted the silver bits and started assembling the cockpit. I honestly like the quality of the fit here. It may be a bit chonky, but Airfix has ensured a very positive fit, which should keep this from being absolutely infuriating for new modellers or drunk but more experienced modellers. The painting guide says to paint the...seat...of the seat that weird red-brown colour, and then black everywhere else. I'd seen green before, but this was new to me. But as you know, I'm automaton, I fecklessly obey instructions. I also painted the wheel well parts silver and assembled them. For the seatbelts, I'm thinking of using the injection-molded ones from Fine Molds, mainly because (1) I have some and they were pricey for what you get, and (2), I've never ever seen anyone use them in a build. A thought that's occurred to me is that the parts breakdown of this is such that I reckon Airfix could potentially tool a new MkI from this. They won't, of course, but they could. Work also continues apace on Winston's Tempest. He is using Testor's acrylics for the uppersurfaces, rather than Xtracrylics, and it's really clear from this how much Xtracrylics kinda suck. A five year old can get a fairly nice finish with a brush and a bottle of Testors. Jesus Christ -- who, to be fair, was not a frequent IPMS contest winner -- would struggle to achieve the same with Xtracrylics. * Mrs P does not have a sister.
    15 points
  15. The Soviet M1931 was a 203 mm howitzer, firing a 98.5 kg (217 lb) grenade and was a particularly effective weapon when used against fixed targets, such as large buildings used by Germans as defensive positions. Efficient weapon from the Russian arsenal for the type of urban combat, from Stalingrad to Berlin. It is not the model's diorama. I put it here just to show that the model in a scenario, improves more realism .... This kit is from Alan on the 1/35 scale. It was painted in Russian Army Green with acrylics and finished in the usual way, with oils and enamel for Whashing, Drybrushing, Rust .... pigments mixed with sieved sand, were applied to the lower parts of the model to simulate the accumulation of mud and splashes of soil. We must be generous in the application, so as not to overload it too much ... Thanks for watching! Fábio.
    14 points
  16. This is the 'notorious' Unimodel kit - and I can understand why it gets bad reviews - I'm happy to enlarge on that if anyone is interested, but for now I'll stick more generally to the RFI. It does go together, but not particularly well in some areas. The decals provide for 'Red 11' WNr 460425 - except that 460425 seems actually to have been 'yellow 11', not red. Some of the balkenkreuze markings supplied are also incorrect for that WNr as well. So after a visit to the spares box (for decals and wheels - the kit wheels were horrible), we have (hopefully) a slightly more accurate representation of 'yellow 11' of III/JG76, discovered in a 'stripped-down' condition by the advancing allies at Athis/Bisseuil in September 1944. Anyway, it's done, so I can cross it off the list and we can move on..
    14 points
  17. Hello everyone, I'd like to share another one of my builds, early P-38 Added PE set for cockpit even with closed canopy, cockpit from the kit does not look very good. Tried to do some panel color variations but it turned out too subtle to see it on the photos About the kit it self, its bad. The fit is horrible, had to repair multiple panel lines, lots of flash everywere. I know its a short run but still. Decals were good So here it is: One from the build, its the best fit I was able to get. Pretty much all joints had steps or holes to some degree
    13 points
  18. In the very top North-West corner of Northern Ireland is a peninsula called Magilligan Point. Its home to an Army firing range, a HM Prison, a Martello Fort and a ferry across the Foyle to Greencastle in ROI, aka Eire, a distance of under 2 miles. Way back in about 1967 when I was up at Magilligan, on holiday, I first came across the ferry service there for passengers only using two WW2 DUKWS. They operated until at least about 1974-ish. The last I saw of the DUKWS was about 6 years ago, one was partially buried under a sand dune, within the military area so it was impossible to get close to it. The DUKWs were, afair, painted a dark blue on the sides and either white, yellow or orange on the top decking. The rear load area was fitted out with seats for passengers and small sized cargo. One day when I was on another passenger had coops with hens, ducks and geese, another passenger had collie dogs, which didn't like the birds, one man had a couple of young lambs, one chap fished as we crossed the Foyle. It was like something out of an Ealing comedy film. To get on board you had to climb a short ladder which was fixed to the side, near the rear wheels. There was no dock or pier. Then the DUKW just drove down the beach into the water and across the Foyle. At Greencastle there was boat slip-way which it drove up then you got off via that ladder, everyone helping each other. afair the fare was about 2d or 3d one way. I used the venerable Airfix 1/76 DUKW for this
    13 points
  19. This is the older but still pretty good Hasegawa Ki 43. The wing to fuselage joint is about the only real issue with the kid that requires some attention, also it seems pretty difficult to have the flaps in the retracted position. Decals come from Dying Sun III sheet which are very nice to use. This aircraft was one of several discovered in the Hollandia area that hosted several airfields. Between May and November 1944 the 5th Air Force, 317th Troop Carrier Group, 41st Troop Carrier Squadron recovered and restored this machine to airworthy status. When the 41st moved on, the aircraft was left. Sometime after it suffered a landing accident and was towed out to the dump where it was probably buried or burned at wars end. This was also my first crack at Alcald. I used airframe aluminium over a Revell gloss black. Pretty good stuff, although I would give more attention to surface and undercoat preparation next time. I was also not expecting the amount needed, this using 3/4 of a small bottle. At 10 bucks per bottle it's rather expensive, but the finish is really nice. Thanks for looking.
    13 points
  20. My first build of 2021 and first Tamiya model. For my first tamiya I have to say some very nice detail and fits. Found the decals a little weak especially the intake hazard decals too many folds. And not a fan of the colours only available as a spray making it very hard to convert to a tin or to humbrol etc. If anybody has a good cross reference site for tamiya AS paints let me know please.
    12 points
  21. Couple of quick shots on the bench (paint still wet and its going dark) of the latest build - Airfix’s lovely Meteor FR.9 done as the boxed 2 Squadron option. Extras used include the Eduard cockpit and seatbelt sets and a replacement pitot from Master. I’ve wanted to do this scheme ever since the kit was first released but have hung back mainly due to a lack of references. Luckily I recently stumbled across a paragraph in Roger Lindsay’s three volume masterpiece ‘Cold War Shield’. In it (Volume 1, Meteor FR.9, 2 Sqn chapter) he makes a particular reference to WX978 whilst serving with 2 Squadron noting it seen wearing the ‘old Slate Grey/Medium Sea Grey uppers and PRU Blue’ scheme. He also adds the aircraft was coded X complete with a blue tip to the fin bullet and of particular interest “still fitted with the old style framed canopy”. That swung it, I had to start the build. That’s two models finished in one week. Hope it’s of interest.
    12 points
  22. 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 days! https://flic.kr/p/2ktENUJ
    11 points
  23. Dear all, Greetings from Italy. Finally, after two years of forced stop I'm back to modelling. A new start in a new home, with much more space to build and show my airplanes (with wife blessing of course). This kit is the very nice Tamiya P-47 M, 63rd FS, 65th FG, 8th AF, England 1945 built practically OOB just with some little extra scratchbuilt details on the engine and in the cockpit. To paint it I used Tamya primer, Tamiya acrylics (with airbrush) and Tamiya spray finishing just with a slight homemade oil wash for weathering. Not 100% perfect but I would say a decent re-start. Enjoy pictures and please feel free to comment. Any suggestion to improve is more than welcome. Cheers, Andy
    11 points
  24. Hello everyone, I got this kit from a friend for the holidays and it was a joy to build. Here it is built as Israeli Kfir C7 in service around 1990, this kit has many great schemes OOB so one day I might make another one. I would definitely recommend this for a really nice kit. I really enjoyed painting the camouflage, it was a nice break from painting low vis US aircraft. I tried to make a dot filter with brown and white oil paint and I'm not sure how noticeable it is on camera. Any comments or critiques are welcome, thanks for looking!
    11 points
  25. Hi There, This was a holdover from 2020 as I was awaiting Euro Decals GR.4 Stencils to arrive as the kit ones were Bi-lingual in places. The conversion kit came from Freightdog, The Decals were Xtradecal X72216 RAF 2014 Update (I've got a Tucano with these in mind too) Primed in UMP Primer. Painted with Mr. Hobby Gloss Black, Colourcoats Medium Sea Grey and Light Aircraft Grey, Tamiya Nato Black, Neutral Grey, Matt White, Rubber Black, Clear Green and Clear Red. Vallejo Silver and Aluminium, Xtreme Metals Aluminium, Steel, Burnt Metal and Jet Exhaust. Clear coated with Windsor and Newton Matt and Gloss. The Fin caused me a few issues when it came to the final coat. I hit it with two lightly misted coats of Mr. Color Super Clear then a wet coat and it was like I'd put a crackle glaze on. I admit to user error here as the wet coat must have been too wet. I micro-meshed it back very lightly when fully dry and then coated with Windsor and Newton. Just about got away with it. Looks OK from 3 feet. Of course I only noticed that I hadn't filled the port cannon port up after I had placed the Squadron decals. Fixing that called for some very ginger filling, sanding, masking and painting. There is a slight dent still visible but again good from 3 feet. I then found that I'd fitted the outer pylons the wrong way round, which were then fixed but they don't fit quite horizontally. Anyway, enough waffle, Thanks for looking and as always comments and criticism are welcome. Cheers, Alistair
    11 points
  26. I spoke to Jan last week, said he is recovering well and is back to work soon. Colin
    11 points
  27. "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 "I thought my last minute had come and decided to sell my life dearly. I flew straight at the nearest machine with the intention of ramming it. I did not fire a shot, but the Macchi pilot, suddenly realising that his number might be up too, took violent evasive action, stalled, and crashed into the sea." -- Ioannis Agorastos "John" Plagis, on 11 May 1942 Born to Greek parents in Hartley in what was then Southern Rhodesia in 1919, Johnny Plagis was still a Greek citizen at the start of the Second World War, though he had lived in Rhodesia all his life, and it was under the birth nationality of his parents that he served in the RAF. Plagis went to Malta on 6 March 1942 off HMS Eagle with the first sixteen Spitfires sent to that beleaguered island. On 20 March 1942, Plagis's close friend and fellow Rhodesian, Pilot Officer "Douggie" Leggo, was shot down and killed by either the experte Hermann Neuhoff (who would himself be shot down by Canadian Hurricane pilot F/Sgt Garth Horricks DFM of 185 Squadron and taken captive on 10 May 1942), or Ernst Klager (taken prisoner on 3 July 1942 at El Alamein after being shot down on a frie jagd by a SAAF Kittyhawk Ia flown by Lt Sydney "Moose" Reinders). It appears that a 109 then either fired into Leggo as he dangled in his parachute, or deliberately or by accident (the attack took place at only 50 yards range) collapsed his parachute as it flew past him. Regardless of what had transpired, the results for the Luftwaffe were very nearly as catastrophic as the killing of Patroclus had been for the Trojans. In his diary that night, Plagis wrote "Swear to shoot down ten for Doug -- I will, too, if it takes me a lifetime." In fact, it took him only until 7 June, a little less than three months. Among those he shot down was the 13-claim ace Fw Hans Schade on 1 April, one of four aircraft he brought down that day. Plagis went on to be a Wing Commander in northwest Europe and flew Meteors with the RAF postwar, before returning to Rhodesia, where he involved himself in several deeply regrettable ventures, including a business partnership with Scientologist huckster L Ron Hubbard which ended when the latter was expelled from Rhodesia, and more seriously, Ian Smith's Rhodesian Front. In 1974, apparently unable to adjust to civilian life, Plagis died by suicide. He was married and had four children, but in the tumult of Rhodesia's subsequent collapse and reformation as Zimbabwe, they seem to have not surfaced anywhere to provide a more comprehensive biography of his life. In what is now Harare, a street is still named John Plagis Avenue after him. So not a very happy story behind the model we'll be building today, which is why my leading quote for this build, is perhaps apropos: Telamonian Ajax defended the Greek ships from the assault of Hector and the Trojans almost single-handedly, but was bested by Odysseus in a contest of skill with the armour of Great Achilles as a prize. Ovid writes in Metamorphoses that Ajax, "who so often when alone, stood firm against great Hector and the sword, and flames and Jove, stood not against a single passion, wrath. The unconquerable was conquered by his grief. He drew his sword, and said...'I must use this against myself...lest any man but Ajax vanquish Ajax.'" As for the kit, it's of course the new Airfix Spitfire Vc, which I'm pretty excited about. I'm planning on using the DK Decals Aces of Malta sheet, which has markings for GL-J/BR321, which Plagis apparently flew after transferring to 249 Squadron in June of 1942. Naturally I can't find any photos of it in Cauchi's Malta Spitfire Vs, so if you have or know of one, I'd appreciate it!
    9 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 bugged me with this model, but in the end the decals were the biggest let down…. for the premium you pay for this model…..they were ! It sort of sums up the whole model, it promises so much (and the reviews build it up) but in the end it sort of lets you down. I blame all the hype by the reviewers, it’s an amazing model, and one of the best aircraft models from a Chinese company for some time, and quite expensive too, but in the end, you just know Tamiya (or Zoukei-Mura) could have done it soooooo much better and cheaper too. Would I build this model again……. let’s put it this way I have an AMG F-14D in the stash, but I just bought another Tamiya F-14D ( have built an F-14D and have F-14A in the stash already), and will probably buy a couple more as well! AS for the Quinta Studio 3D Decals......... they have to be the best product out there by a million miles....an absolutely stunning product you just have to buy!! Please enjoy, as usual there is a link to the build. Model: AMK 1/48th MiG-31B/BS Paint: Mr Paint and Tamiya Acrylics, Model Master Metalizer Lacquer Extras: Amigo Models – Nozzle set – still missing!!!!!!! AMK – Die-Cast Landing Gear set Eduard – PE Detail set Quinta Studio – Interior 3D d Master – Pitot Tube set ResKit – MiG-31 Resin Wheel set
    9 points
  29. Dear Community I needed three kits for this model. The first one I assembled partially wrong (yes, I can read) and then the turpentine-bandai-devil showed up... The second one fell victim to a priming attempt with OneshotPrimer. Git really two left hands and little patience, but painting I like to do. No crew in the model at present and the stand is home made. Colors are from Tamiya and Gunze, chalk mixed with matte clearcoat from Lascaux for rust effects. Thanks for viewing Nicolas
    9 points
  30. I just wanted to say how much I appreciate sharing this great hobby with the Britmodeller Forum, and how much help you have given me in my modelling and history of the most exciting and interesting era of warplanes. This Forum has helped me make more accurate models and made me feel good about the kits I can make (I am getting better and faster at building)... I grew up on these WW2 planes and am trying to build all my favorites in 1/48... Thanks so very much to all you who make this forum go and filled with enjoyment! Thanks Guys! Bob from USA...
    9 points
  31. This is Cromwell’s diminutive 1/76 scale Wehrmacht VW staff car. The kit depicts a KdF Type 60 Volkswagen from 1943, but I built it up as a later Bundeswehr vehicle of the 1960s.
    9 points
  32. They sure are Giorgio, I have given them a swipe of PPP, if that fails C/A and Talc. Thanks @AliGauld and @bbudde. Right, onto some colour again, good old XF 1 this time. The front end of the cockpit got a second coat. As well as the underside and bulkheads. The U/C got some paint too. And the flight-deck was given a coat (after looking at @Tomoshenko`s Build). (Bleedin Airfix colour call outs). The insides of the nacelles were painted too. The pilots seat got a splash of interior green XF 71. The main U/C legs tops got a coat. And the ammo box for the front turret was given a splash. Coffee break next then I don`t know what. All comments welcome. Simon.
    9 points
  33. Assembly of the turret is now pretty much done, just the .50 cal and antenna bases to add later. I’ve added some weld lines that appear to be missing from the kit using some plastic rod flooded with glue and then shaped with a blunt scalpel blade. I’ve also added the brackets to the turret bustle. Tomorrow I’ll turn my attention back to the hull. Sean
    9 points
  34. 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 start the next one thanks for looking back soon
    8 points
  35. This is a test run to see if I have managed to work out the Imgur hosting web site as Picture Trail is closing at the end of February. The kit is an early Pegasus without any white metal or strut material. I replaced the cowling with one from the Eduard Nieuport 23 combo kit and made a new lower wing from an Airfix Camel upper wing. The kit wings are too thick and didn't look right. A fun build that is typical of its day but the HR kit will be the route to go nowadays particularly as they seem to go for the same price. Second attempt.
    8 points
  36. The lower fuselage on this will be NMF so I'm hoping the Millput will work it's magic. The surface isn't too bad on this so I don't think filler-primer will be needed, but a good dousing in the grey stuff will most definitely be needed. Indeed I think you are correct - most pictures show them to be aluminium so I may have a go with some foil for these parts. You're too kind - I can assure you though that a camera can work wonders in hiding various faux pas on my part! Good to have you along, Ray! It's really not that bad a kit actually - not Tamiya by any stretch but nothing too strenuous thus far... I've begun working on the engines - here they are in their raw form: Untitled by Thomas Probert, on Flickr It's useful to have the intakes as single pieces which means you don't need to worry about hiding an unsightly join. The pylons have been assembled and added to the wings - fit isn't great but filler will do it's stuf: Untitled by Thomas Probert, on Flickr Untitled by Thomas Probert, on Flickr The engines themselves were assembled without issue: Untitled by Thomas Probert, on Flickr The chin intakes will need a bit of blending with filler, but are a reasonable starting point: Untitled by Thomas Probert, on Flickr More filling and sanding ahead, but it's all good fun! Tom
    8 points
  37. Hello all, getting used to inserting pictures now. So, I thought I would share another scratch-build. HMS Campbeltown as she appeared after being converted from USS Buchanan. This is made from paper with some fittings from the Mirage kit.
    8 points
  38. This 30 yr old kit was built out of the box, with the exception of the Rigging. I enjoy the Revell kits because of their simplicity - one can concentrate on the painting and detailing of these wonderful kits...
    8 points
  39. Continuing with my scratch-builds to 400 scale in paper. This is HMS Campbeltown converted for the raid on St. Nazaire. Again some bits-and-bobs from the Mirage kit and Oerlikons from Blackcat models. Railings, ladders, etc. are from generic laser sets from JSC.
    7 points
  40. So for my next build I've chosen the M26 Pershing from Tamiya and so far the kit is going together really well. Lower hull and suspension are complete and the main hull is 99 % finished so just the turret remaining to be built and then I can move onto paint. Here's a few pic's of today's progress Thanks for looking back soon
    7 points
  41. #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. The pane wasn´t damaged much during the landing but most probably because of the saltwater damage it was declared a 90% loss. DSC_0001 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0002 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0003 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0004 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0005 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0006 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0007 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0008 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0009 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0010 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0011 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0012 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0013 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0014 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0015 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0016 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0017 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0018 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0019 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0001 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0002 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr
    7 points
  42. Catch up pics from progress over Xmas, mostly etch detail on the turret; Hopefully the etch wipers will stay in place for painting and the periscope will slot in behind And now to a problem (of my own making). The builds been stalled for a while and in the interim the room's been decorated, tidied etc.................and I've lost the gun mask! Made a 'stop' for the barrel Tissue paper and diluted PVA for the canvas cover with 1mm tube for the coax barrel shroud Looks a bit rough close up but should be ok under a coat of paint More work on the barrel to replace the moulded on straps, then tracks. Thanks for looking Cheers Nick
    7 points
  43. Gidday All, the commissioning of the 16 gun HMS Belfast is in sight now. Today I fitted all the guns to the ship, plus some other fittings. Below is a photo of where I'm up to. All guns are attached, although the main turrets are removable. I've fitted both main DCTs and the boat cranes. The three HA directors, radar lantern and four pompom directors are done but not fitted just yet. I've also fitted the two signaling lamps on the upper bridge and two boats (whalers, gigs ?) on skids abreast the aft superstructure. When I fitted the 20mm Oerlikons into their tubs on the catapult deck I realized I had made a mistake with the five midship Carley floats, when one of them obscured the third Oerlikon. They should be stowed horizontal, not vertical as I have them. I didn't think they looked right when I glued them on. Oh well, I'm not changing them now. I'll invoke the 'Whif Clause' and blame dockyard fitters without any sense of gun firing arcs. I've started painting the masts and the screws prior to fitting them to the model. Once that's done and the aforementioned directors are added the model will just need a bit of busying up. The decks around the fwd turrets are a bit bland, and I haven't fitted paravanes or booms yet. (Actually, I forgot them). Well, that's it for now. Thank you for your interest. Stay safe, and regards to all, Jeff.
    7 points
  44. Started with fighting compartment walls.
    7 points
  45. Nice idea with the valve stems Pete!! Thanks All for Watching.... The cage build continues, and I cant believe how much stuff there is to build, to get the engines wrapped. I have finished with the Radiators build. When everything was finished, these were a good size to fit into this space... I had built the fire wall earlier, just to see how things would match together.... I also stiffened this part with a back wall that separates the Engine Compartment, from the Fuel Tanks, from the Cab. The space directly behind this firewall is the space for the fuel tanks. I have good references for the fuel tank system, however the fuel tanks are so wedged and buried between the Engine Compartment and the Passenger Compartment that the only visible evidence that they exist are the fill necks on top. I built only a "place holder" for the fuel tanks just to help support the details on the top side. I cleaned these up a bit and fit them into place. Once I had the three tanks fit and tight, it was off to the details... And next here you can see, Ladies and Gentlemen, the first "External Skin" part applied to the bones...all hiding the Fuel Tanks, primered and ready for painting. This is why I didn't go to far with the fuel tanks detailing. The next thing to do was to apply all these little parts to the 3rd wall of the cage. All forward on the Firewall and Fuel Tanks. After all the parts were installed, it was time to get dirty........ These are the four "walls" of the Engine Surround so far. I can build the cage and install these three walls before I build the Top. The three walls fit like this... And with the top part of the cage, close to where it is to be placed... You can see I have just set these parts close to there install positions... My photo references show a bit more detail to cram into this space. I need to get the cage secured and square onto the frame before I can finish the connections between the engines and the radiators. I'm not totally sure how to proceed, if I should fit the skin before I finish the cage or try to get it all to fit in separate parts onto a finished fragile cage. I'll let ya know what happens. Until next time.
    7 points
  46. Primed And with a general base coat before I start details
    7 points
  47. Evening you lot. Thanks for all the lovely comments. just a quick update to show @VT Red Sox Fan what I was wittering about on his thread about a white boost on my pre shade. basically it’s a little bit more that 1:1 thinned Tamiya white airbrushed in the centre and high points in a bit of a flamboyant squiggle fashion. Better on this shot. As these things are usually well worn I’m going to go full tilt. You can use this to accentuate some of the panels you might have been a bit too harsh with on the black pass. See the top panels. You can really see the mottles here. This will (he says) form a solid worn base for the top coat. I’ll let that dry for now but I did prime the other Hind. ahhhhh. Paint everywhere. Hope your week’s going well. More soon. Johnny.
    7 points
  48. Cheers guys, Slow progress lately as things have been hectic in the Dads household and I've like to of been a bit further on with this build. Rob @robgizlu Saw your figures last night mate, great work bud and good to see you back on this side of the forum So, added the canvas cover poles to the turret rear and made a start on the stowage, not much else but the painting up of the webbing back packs has warmed me up for my figures now. Spare wheels need some dust yet. Crew seats are getting some love, they will be stowed upright , these are going in last after the ready rounds are fitted into the turret. Just some of the stowage, the two packs took a couple of hours getting the colours and tomes just right, good practice for the crew. And this piece that I got from Amazon for 3 quid, thought is was worth a punt and it's not bad, it did come with another tarp which I might use on the rear deck. Enjoy
    7 points
  49. 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 translucent and this can be seen where the cockerel decal is placed over the fuselage tricolour stripe. That's going to bug me like crazy so I might have to try and rectify that. I tried drilling holes for the exhausts with the idea of adding some very fine metal tubing for the exhaust stubs. Well, I got them all wonky and subsequently forgot to add the tubing. Typical me! Am I happy with this build? No, not really, but it has encouraged me to have a crack at another one. On a positive note, the Games Workshop Methril Silver that I used for the paint job was excellent and gave a great finish. So, in summary, a great little gem of a kit from Heller suitably messed up by me! [/url Thanks for looking; Steve
    7 points
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