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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 wi
    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 origina
    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 u
    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 bot
    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 a
    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
    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 oilpain
    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
    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 sh
    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 e
    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
    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 muc
    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 clos
    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.
    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 Squadr
    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
    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 sa
    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 co
    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.
    11 points
  26. I spoke to Jan last week, said he is recovering well and is back to work soon. Colin
    11 points
  27. 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
    9 points
  28. 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
  29. "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
    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
    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 s
    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 ki
    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. #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
    7 points
  41. 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 b
    7 points
  42. Good day everyone. here is my rendition of the French Navy Corsair from the old Hasegawa kit. Many improvements were done on detail are the one in the kit are crude or wrong. The model is riveted and 85% of the markings are painted. A dark solid color like the Midnight blue is not the easiest one to work with, and the weathering had to be decent because on a carrier planes are well maintained. The plane is from the 14F aboard the "Arromanches" ex HMS Colosus. The Aires cockpit was used but it also has mistakes which is a pity considering the doc available, wheels are from Ultracast, rockets an
    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 dec
    7 points
  44. Thanks @Pete in Lincs, @cobraleader, @bbudde, @giemme, @Tomoshenko, @elger, @CedB, @Dr. Quack, @AliGauld and @rob85. Well folks a little bit more done over the last few days. U/C cleaned up and primed. Still more work needed on the nacelle. The other one is fine though. The pilots seat got some primer too. Again sorry for the blurred pic. And finally the flight engineer`s seat got a splash too. Time for brunch. Stay safe.
    7 points
  45. Started with fighting compartment walls.
    7 points
  46. Primed And with a general base coat before I start details
    7 points
  47. Thanks, guys! @Spiny the valve springs are very lightly drybrushed with some Citadel silver, just to bring out the casting detail. The body is under way... I glued the back to the sides first in a U-shape. The mating faces are very well-shaped, once you clean off the moulding pips and small amount of flash. The fit is such that when it's flush, the joint is at 90 degrees. After that had set (I used gel super glue) I put in the front floor. It you're doing one of these yourself, note that the floors sit on top of the moulded ridges
    7 points
  48. 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 th
    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
    7 points
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