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  1. Hi everyone, here is my recent completion for the Interceptors group build. It’s a Danish CF-104D made from kinetic’s 1/48 release and is OOB except for some (rubbish) decals that all silvered badly. Starboard side is going through a process of fixing that issue but Port side is shown here, with lesser but still present silvering and all. here’s the build thread: and it’s based on this airframe... And here with her older sister-
    53 points
  2. Well after a year of sitting in the stash, I finally built my Airfix Buccaneer. It is a really nice kit, just with a few spots which you need to watch to get them to fit right. I know there's a lot of details that take should be removed for an S2C in 1971, but this isn't a Vulcan so I just left them on to simplify the build. This is the build thread: Anyway, despite a few setbacks and an unintentional flight, here's the result: The wings have been left detachable, less chance of breaking the joints if it takes another unintentional flight.
    36 points
  3. Evening all, Recently completed Academy's new tool 1/144 B-1B, a truly superb rendition of this impressive bomber. The kits almost a snap fit build with beautiful surface detailing, lovely decals, canopy masks and the finished article looks every inch a B-1B. Finished straight from the box with Tamiya and Vallejo paints. If you're limited for space this is a beautiful way to still have a B-1 in the collection. GWH's 1/144 B-52H's up next on the bench. All comments most welcome, Hope you like her, fits on my shelf better than a Revell 1/48 one would. Eng
    28 points
  4. I don`t want to bore anyone but here are a Brit more... Thanks for looking. Keith.
    25 points
  5. Hi, It’s been a while since I last posted so I’d like share with you some photos of my recently completed Ju88 A-5. It’s built from the ICM 1:48 kit. This is the first of their range of Luftwaffe bombers I have built and I am very impressed. Excellent detail, great fit and all at a bargain price. I wanted to finish this model a little differently and chose a winter camo scheme – something like this aircraft would have seen in service on the Eastern Front. The pattern is based on giraffe skin (!) and was masked (slowly) using the blu-tak sausage method. Although probably not historically accurate I’m pleased with the way it came out and I feel it looks the part. The kit also comes with a pair of well detailed Jumo engines which I thought would be wasted under the cowlings so I opened the engine covers on one and completely removed the cowling panels on the other (a little surgery required here) to show them off. A bit of dry brushing and added plumbing and there we have it. Construction was without any major problems. Well detailed cockpit, detailed and sturdy landing gear, some nice engineering on the lower wing hides any joins under the engine nacelles. And the decals are OK too. ( I recently built an ICM Spitfire MkXVI whose decals were useless) For the glazing I used liquid mask, as some of the very small panes in the nose would be impossible to mask otherwise. All painting done with Gunze Acrylics and finished with a Flory Models wash. So, all in all, a very enjoyable build and I would thoroughly recommend this ICM kit. ( I also have their Do 215 – hope it’s as good.) Thanks for looking, Bob
    24 points
  6. F-4D Phantom II, Capt. Steve Ritchie, 555th, Udorn RTAFB, Thailand 1972. Kit: Italeri 1/72 F-4 C/D/J Phantom II Aces (#1373) Scale: 1/72 Paints: Vallejo Model Air, Vallejo Metal Colour Aftermarket: Hasegawa Sidewinders Weathering: Flory Models Wash, Oil paints The old ESCI kit was a positive surprise, rather nice to put together and ended up looking like a Phantom, more or less. Built for Vietnam GB - but missed the deadline. Partial WIP thread can be found here:
    23 points
  7. In my attempt to get back into 1/32 modelling I recently completed these two 1/48 Trainers. Airfix's Tiger Moth and Revell's Boeing Stearman. Both kits offered challenges of differing kinds which kept me busy. Airfix, As is the norm these days Airfix used their flour and water mix plastic, which is so weak all of the parts like the fuselage halves are quite thick and gave real problems getting the seams to close properly. The registration of may sprues was out, making much extra cleaning up of very fragile parts. The wings went together well and the geometry is correct, but the struts are joined with a bar at the top which is very difficult to clean up afterwards. In all it looks like a Tiger although I still think the fuselage is too fat. Not as bad as the 1/72 one though Built OOB with Airfix's decals. The yellow bands are too short for the wings. Revell, Revell use some actual plastic which is light and springy. This model nearly fell together with plenty of internal detail. The major problem is the bottom wing which should have 3 degrees of dihedral, but the struts are too long and the fuselage wing joint needs work to get this right. Again built OOB, but with aftermarket decals to represent a specific aircraft. The fuselage is also slightly out of shape in the height and cross section departments, but this is minimal. Just my two cents. Steve
    22 points
  8. Beechcraft King Air 200 45 (Reserve) Squadron, RAF Cranwell, 2021 Mach 2 kit as marketed by Two Six Models I picked this one up from Models For Sale a few months ago, mainly because it included a really nice set of decals for the current RAF training version. The kit was typically Mach 2 – lots of flash, nearly unusable transparencies, wings at odd angles if you assemble it straight from the sprue, brittle plastic, etc. Ironically the cabin windows were moulded quite well and would have been usable, but alas the windows were too small and had to be drilled out a bit (there was also a window missing which had to be added) so in the end I used Humbrol Clearfix. I had to find another nosewheel as the kit provides 5 identical wheels but the nosewheel should be bigger than the mains. My replacement is a tad on the large size but there were so many compromises on this one that I just wanted it finished. The props were completely unusable and I replaced them with a set modified from the Airfix F27 Friendship, including cutting off the blades and resetting then in feathered pitch. All undercarriage doors were replaced. Numerous coats of Halfords grey then white primer, followed by Appliance White, reasonably covered the huge expanses of Milliput. Undersides were Xtracolour Roundel Blue. The decals were nice and I got there in the end. None of the above was a surprise – I’ve made enough Mach 2 kits to know what to expect now – and actually it’s good old fashioned enjoyable modelling.
    19 points
  9. Here are some pictures of my Tamiya Spitfire Mk XVI in 32nd scale. I've made the big mistake of using the Aires cockpit in this build, which just complicated things unnecessarily, as the improvement in detail is marginal. As a result, the model was put aside and sat in the "shelf of the doom" for about a year, until I've decided to continue building it. The kit's engine lacks many details, so since I was planning to keep the nose side panels removable, I've basically scratchbuilt all the cables and tubes that were missing forward from the firewall. A lot of time was spent researching the engine area, as there many versions of the Merlin, and each one look a bit different. I gave up detailing the top of the engine, as the cowling would not close if I did that. The bottom also does not have many things to had. So I've just glued the top and bottom panels closed. All markings, except for the squadron shield on the nose, were painted using masks made in Corel Draw and cut in a Silhouette Portrait. Model and markings were painted using Gunze Enamels and Tamiya acrylics (roundels). Cheers, Ivan
    18 points
  10. Bristol Beaufighter Mk.VI Kit: Tamiya Bristol Beaufighter Mk.VI (#61053) Scale: 1/48 Paints: Vallejo Model Air, Vallejo Metal Colour Weathering: Flory Models Wash, oil paints, Mig & Tamiya weathering products, A superb kit by Tamiya, a pleasure to build. I went quite heavy with the weathering, with chipping and oil paints. This plane represents those that flew anti-ship missions from Malta - which might have worn coastal command topside colours instead of desert colours, but with azure blue undersides. Images show the colours bit more blue as they are in real life and the colours shifted quite far from the original paint colours due to heavy oil paint weathering. But this was more of a product of having fun rather than trying to acquire 100% historical accuracy. I had fun with it, so mission succesful I suppose? Built for MTO GB - but missed the deadline. Feel free to comment & offer constructive criticism. Partial WIP thread can be found here:
    17 points
  11. Hi all I don't do much in the way of Modern Jets however the gorgeous lines of the Tiffie Tempted me back when it was released and for £15 it is a bargain considering the amount of plastic you get. I started this a few years ago and the loft conversion meant it got packed away. I dug it out recently and just added the finishing touches. Built OOB apar from the second set of Asraams from a kind BMer whom, i am embarrassed to say cannot recall, sorry and a big thank you and launchers courtesy of @peterairfix and the 3 Sqadron decals (after I had an incident with the originals) courtesy of @Stephen. Thanks to all of you who came to my rescue. The airintakes were smoothed out as per the article in the Tamiya model Magazine of the time. Hope you enjoy and hanks for looking. Chris
    17 points
  12. My first completion of 2021. Revel 1/72 Sopwith Triplane (mainly) OOB. Rigged with EZline.. Really enjoyed this little kit as a departure from my main theme of Royal Navy Aces (ooops)... Sopwith Triplane N5493 8 Squadron Royal Naval Air Service Saint Eloi, Nord Pas De Calais July 1917 Flight Lieutenant Robert A Little Thanks for looking in
    16 points
  13. F9F-5P Panther, US Marines, September 1956 - MCAS El Toro, CA Kit: Revell F9F-5P Panther (Recon) (#04582) Scale: 1/48 Paints: Vallejo Model Air, Vallejo Metal Colour Weathering: Flory Models Wash, Mig weathering Products Revell Recon Panther based on the 90's Monogram kit. No big issues with the kit, even if it feels/looks a tad dated. Decals were bit problematic at first but finally they conformed to the surface.
    15 points
  14. thanks guys a bit more done... the sidewalls were finished prior to the huge step of closing the fuselage - now is the time to check and re-check references and all the little bits I had made.. ..plus there were a lot of bits on the cockpit structure that needed to be finished / fixed / added.. ..but soon it was time and the fuselage was cemented closed for all this stuff to never be seen again.. I added filler and tried to sort the join out.. ..also taped up lots of holes to try and stop dust getting inside.. ..once the joins were sorted and primed, I started re-marking all the stringer positions - for a radius like the turtledeck, I take a bit of tape so I know the actual length, mark the midpoint and then create some jig strips on the computer that tell me where things are spaced equi-distant.. ..I made a lockdown click & collect trip to SMC (essential right?) to get some 0.4mm brass rod to add as stringers as I thought thread or plastic would not hold their shape for what I had planned to represent the stringers.. ..these were then measured and cut one by one with each end being rounded - I just taped them to the lines and wicked thin CA to hold them.. ..gaps were left for the big access panel and soon they were all on.. ..the alcorn book says do this with thread and build up with filler, but after two thick coats it became clear this would not only take forever, but likely 10 cans of primer. I have also had experiences with this where the primer is soft for weeks so a new plan was needed.. ..I toyed with diluting milliput and washing it on, but in the end after a test underneath, fell back on my old favourite of P38 filler, so this was applied all over and rough sanded back.. ..then used a curved blade to scratch / scrape out the web cateneries (is that even the right description?) ..even after the first treatment I was well happy with the results - this still needs a lot of refinement, but for something I was pretty worried about I think it worked out just fine.. ..the white scar is where the tubular frame inside is pushing against the skin.. ..still loads to do, but it's getting there TTFN Peter
    15 points
  15. This little project started last summer with all good intentions,however we know that does not always pan out don`t we. Roden`s 1-144th Britannia answered all my hopes when it came out and I have been working through a list of Britannia`s that I had an involvement in whilst working at Manston in the second half of the 1970`s. G-AOVF was part of our two aircraft fleet , G-ANCF being the other. So using the excuse to model those aircraft through the years in the liveries of previous operators gave me a good excuse to cover a few schemes that I may not have seen at Manston. IAS where regular visitors and some times required attention from our engineering department ( me amongst others). Here goes, hope you like something. I might just say as I am on the subject of multiple liveries a nice Vanguard would be nice. Thanks should also be given to Ray at 26 Decals as some of these projects would not be possible without his ever expanding range. Victor Fox and Charlie Fox. Both aircraft preserved thankfully . I hope these fire some of you up to build a Brit or two as there are plenty of options out there. Keith
    15 points
  16. Finally finished. Thanks to those who followed the build and your comments. WIP thread is here https://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/235081818-classic-british-14-ton-pickup-124/&tab=comments#comment-4017254
    14 points
  17. Ready for inspection is my latest build. This is my first time posting a RFI on here so I welcome any comments and suggestions for improvement. But please note figure painting is not my forte. This is Tamiya’s excellent 1/35 Cromwell with added eduard photo etch where it was relevant. The build was seamless and the fit was excellent. Built as a Cromwell from the 5th RTR of the 7th armoured brigade on their way to Villers-Bocage on the evening of 12/06/1944.
    13 points
  18. 1/72 KP MiG-19S 'Farmer C', 6032 of Nguyen Hong Son, 925th Fighter Regiment, May 1972 I started this way back in the middle of last year and it has been sat on the SOD until this weekend. Finally put it to the top of the 'to finish' pile. It was a bit tricky building with the gear up (I wish more manufacturers would give seperate closed doors as an option). All of the engine cooling scoops are individually attached, fun... Once I had it primed it was a breeze to finish. All one colour, 8 decals, wash, clean and varnish. I am quite pleased with how it has turned out and it now gives my MiG-17 a wing man and something else for my Yankee Air Pirates to tangle with with. I have just noticed that the cannon barrels need a bit of TLC - back to the bench....! I have an Eduard MiG-21 in the stash that keeps looking at me.....!! Cheers all, Phil
    13 points
  19. Time for a long over-due update on this build which has had some attention of late... The landing gear has been painted and installed: I still need to add some of the retraction struts, but these will be done at a later date. I've also made a start on the flight deck painting. It's had its first coat of grey, and I've also sprayed the inside of the cockpit transparency having masked off the windows beforehand. I've also scratched the instrument panel and coaming ready for further detailing later: I see lots of interior detailing in my immediate future... Until next time, Tom
    12 points
  20. Here's a couple of P-40 Kittyhawk's I did for the current ANZAC GB. Both OOB SH kits, apart from Xtradecal markings used for Kittyhawk IV. Both beautifully produced kits which went together with no problems apart from the open canopy on the Mk.1A which didn't fit well, I managed to split it as it's that thinly moulded but that's to do with my cack-handedness. Vallejo ModelAir paint used throughout with, for the first time, Humbrol Decal setting solution which worked really well. 'Klear' Gloss coat and Vallejo Matt varnish airbrushed to finish. Very minimal weathering as usual for me. Comments and critique welcome. Davey. Kittyhawk Mk.1A, 'Orace', 75 Sqn. RAAF, 1943, New Guinea. I lost most of the port side 'Orace' decal! So painted in the rest. For some reason took less photo's as well Kittyhawk Mk.IV, 450 Sqn. RAAF, Italy, 1944.
    11 points
  21. This must be at least the fourth iteration of this project, using a series of different figures to flesh it out. These latest photos will wrap it up though as the dungeon scenic is now looking awful weary and has been retired to the top of a wardrobe. All figures are nominal 75mm from Pegaso, Meirce Miniatures, Phoenix Follies, Chronos and Draconia Miniatures. The bronze Statue was a gift from "Old Uncle Ho" -- a member of the Wife's extended family. It's Conan and his latest squeeze, Valleria, the Thief of Zamora. Through the smoke and flame... ...appears Utter Horror... Summoned from the Cosmic Wastes by the Stygian Witch, Sybil. But wait -- something's going on behind the mighty Cimmerian and his Girlfriend. It's the Vampire Queen and her two Undead Acolytes. Along with Thulsa Doom and his evil little Hench-Lady. Looks like a bit of a sticky situation... But I'm willing to bet on who the winners will be -- and they'll free the captive Princess Jasmine of Koth while they're at it. It's all in a days work for your average Barbarian Hero...
    11 points
  22. #7/2021 Here´s my dad´s fourth and last seaplane for a while. Italeri kit oob, fit is mostly only mediocre. The gunsight is molded onto the instrument board but was in the way of the windshield. So my dad cut it off and replaced it with a part from the sparesbox. The additinal thin struts in the float area were done with plastic rods. Painted with AK Real Color RLM 72/73/65. Build thread here https://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/235087469-disguised-aquatic-eyes-in-the-sky148-arado-ar196a-handelsstörkreuzer-3-widder/ The model shows a seaplane that was stationed on board of the German auxiliary cruiser "Widder", Handelsstörkreuzer HSK-3. This was a civil ship that was converted for military use as a disguised raider. Therefore the seaplane received fake French markings to fool the enemy. Here´s the history of the ship https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/German_auxiliary_cruiser_Widder There are decals from Printscale for the same scheme, suggesting probably the auxiliary cruiser "Komet", HSK-7, which was sunk in 1942. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/German_auxiliary_cruiser_Komet 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_0020 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0021 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0026 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0001 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0002 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0004 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0005 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr
    11 points
  23. Thanks John, Chris, to be honest I think you could only fit the landing gear wrong deliberately, as it clearly doesn't fit the wrong way and given the fit of everything else in the kit - so far at least - that would be enough to tip you off that you were doing something wrong My workbench generally starts off tidy and becomes more chaotic as the build progresses, but you know how they say a tidy workspace is evidence of a tidy mind? Well I wanted to see if it worked the other way round: would a tidy mind follow if the workspace was kept tidy? (Spoiler alert: NO.) I think I might have figured out the issue with the aileron connectors ; you need to measure the spacing back from the rear strut, not forward from the trailing edge of the ailerons or each side of the aileron hinge line - I think that's it anyway, we'll see when it's all together I got a bit adrift between progress and pictures over the weekend, but all the work I did was on the Belgian Gladiator; the lower wing was attached and only required a very little fairing in at the rear join. The fit of the parts is good enough that I will spray the upper halves of the wings separately here are the parts ready for the Aluminium undersides: The Belgian Gladiators strutwork is all black, with the 'boots' either in Alluminium (at the top) or Khaki (at the bottoms): ... and once the Aluminium was sprayed, the upper surfaces were masked ready for a coat of Khaki: Annoyingly my spray booth extractor which had been suffering a 'fit of the vapours' for some time chose the weekend to shuffle off this electrical coil completely. I can go ahead without it, still a bit chilly to be opening the windows for spray-painting to be honest but needs must until a replacement arrives Cheers, Stew
    11 points
  24. hello! I bought this kit in 2019 when I was making my first steps into modelling. I bought it inside a Tamiya official shop in hong kong. the kit iself is good and fun to build. Now I'm watching some videos on how to make a static grass applicator. If I succed in making one , I will try to make a vignette for this little tank. here's the pics
    10 points
  25. Now my two have just arrived, boxes slightly crushed due to poor packaging, however I got these for less than half normal retail price from an eBay seller who obviously doesn’t know his craft. First impressions are very favourable and I’m happy to say the panel lines are very fine and IMO true to scale. The surface plastic is smooth and I like the way that Airfix have designed the sprues with these large shields to protect the sharp wing root fillets. They work quite well, however mine were still slightly damaged due to other sprues rubbing against this one. A seperate bag for each sprue might have done the trick a little better. Cheers (a very impressed).. Dave
    10 points
  26. This started life in 2014 just before I relocated home and the build work was finally completed in 2017 when I had a permanent bench to go to. Since then, it has been primered, the base coat laid down, satin coat varnished, decals added, and pin washed. I have just started the first stage of weathering with oils and started Sabre models 80T six axle platform https://www.sabremodel.com/index.php?route=product/product&product_id=53 which it will sit on. This is unquestionably a Dragon kit produced when they were at the top of their game. Detail is excellent as is the engineering. There is a huge amount of photoetch with the option to build the fenders in PE. Fantastic for adding a little damage. The kit individual links are also good, but I had already purchased a set of Masterclub tracks (MTL35004) which really add to the build. It's been a while but fairly sure the tow cables are from Eureka Some progress pics so far
    9 points
  27. The latest addition to my Mirage family. This is the AMK Kfir C2. A lovely kit with excellent detail and fit. Finished in Vallejo acrylics, Gunship grey, dark gull grey and light compass grey in the markings of ATAC aircraft N401AX. aa20210307_165453 by Derek N.Ferguson, on Flickr aa20210307_165442 by Derek N.Ferguson, on Flickr aa20210307_165438 by Derek N.Ferguson, on Flickr aa20210307_165432 by Derek N.Ferguson, on Flickr aa20210307_165423 by Derek N.Ferguson, on Flickr aa20210307_165415 by Derek N.Ferguson, on Flickr aa20210307_165409 by Derek N.Ferguson, on Flickr
    9 points
  28. Hi folks, I am calling this TB-2 build done. However, it probably will finish up in the docking bay diorama when I get round to it. It was a fairly straight forward build, apart from the decals which were well past there sell-by date! I had to spray them with GX 100 clear to stop them from breaking up. They took about 30 minutes to start to come away from the backing paper and that was only because I teased them off with the help of a scalpel blade, sliding it under the decal a bit at a time. Then they left a huge amount of carrier film around them, they look worse in the photos than they do in person. I decided in the end to fill the windows with UV resin, as in this scale they just looked odd without them. The rear exhausts are covered in a wraparound sticker that the kit provided, I used it as the colours looked accurate and it would have been fiddly to paint all the stripes and get a better colour match. Also, the wide stripe over the back of the cockpit was a kit sticker, but it was yellow which looked too bright, so I painted it over with a cream birch colour, which I believe is more accurate to the filming model. The number 3 Elevator car was used in the Fireflash episode; it malfunctioned and was replaced by car number 2 if memory serves me right. FAB everyone! Paints used 1500 black surface primer / rapid thinner Super Metallic iron 2 Aqueous H6 Green / h16 yellow green / rapid thinner Scalecolor Birch / Iroko Starship Filth enamel wash AK Dust effect wash Mig Metal Slag pigment Hataka Matt clear / Rapid thinner Gundam Marker gun metal GM22
    9 points
  29. Hello modeler friends! Managed to finish this big Russian bird during Second-time-stay-at-home-restriction due to COVID-19 pandemic. 1/48 scale 'Fullback' from Kitty Hawk, has a great exterior details, nicely engraved rivets and panel lines as well as a piece of photo-etched fret and a set of Al-31 engine nozzles. No big problem found during the build despite some minor mistakes and inaccuracies. The real problem comes with the choice of weapons. There are weapon frets as many as the part frets for the aircraft itself and more then half of the given weapons are useless. I have encountered this same problem in the previous Kitty Hawk kits like Su-22 and the Yak-130. I think they put in the same weapon set for every Russian Aircraft they produce. Even if they do, the Instructions should describe clearly which weapon to use as well as which pylon to match with. Some of the bombs I used are not described which pylon to use and in some cased, the attachment points has to be scratch-built. So it may be inaccurate but I tried my best to make it look good. Decals are thick and had to use a lot of decal solutions as well. Painted with TRANSFORM Water Based Acrylics and the color accuracy is very good. Used a set of resin wheels from Tempmodels and the level of detail is top notch. NOTE: This is a re-posting of a previous thread because the Images didn't appear due to some error.
    8 points
  30. Hi Guys, I Will keep it short, It was built from Zvezda Su-30Sm, a great kit but some inaccuracy and some of the multiple-piece canopies were a big headache, plastic was a bit soft other than it was a really nice kit. For making the Indian one, I removed some antennas from the tail section and sand them. Also, the spine antenna was along on the kit but the Indian one was quite short, can't use much of the stencils of the SM i borrowed from other kits. Painted using local paints and Tamiya, silver was mr.color but modulations was done using multiple colors adding to it. Thank you for watching cheers
    8 points
  31. Vickers 432 high altitude interceptor. 1/72 Kora resin kit. Out of the box with various aftermarket decals . The 432 was designed as a high altitude interceptor to combat the intruding Luftwaffe high altitude reconnaissance and bomber aircraft such as the diesel engined Junkers 86s. The prototype aircraft, which was to be pressurised, had various problems with both stability and engines. Vickers had a lot on their plate at this time in both production and development and decided not to pursue the project. The Kora kit was reasonable with the usual drawbacks of resin manufacture. A struggle, but an enjoyable struggle
    8 points
  32. This is Revell's AN-225 kit "light" It has no interior and no landing gear. Compared to the original release,it also features the old paint scheme. When I saw that kit in my local modelshop,I had the idea of building it together with the Buran,as the AN-225 was origially planned for. Ark Models recently released with the Buran their first own tooling and as its also in 1/144,I ordered it right away. The second issue features a large decal sheet with all markings and the distinctive paneldesign. I can highly recommend this kit. The parts are crispily molded,no signs of flash or sinkmarks. The fit is absolutely perfect. It offers 2 cargo door options,open (2 parts) or closed (1 part). I slightly modified the latter part to be removable to offer a view into the Shuttle. I build the whole Buran in just one evening...painting and decalling it was another matter though. The decals are superbly printed as well and are great to work with and fit perfectly on the model. The only downturn of the otherwise top notch kit are the decal and paint instructions. No hints on colors on the instructions make painting the model correctly a tricky task. The decal placement is also not shown clearly and some decals have to be guessed where they belong. Thats the only criticism I have on an otherwise great kit. The build of the giant AN-225 was also pretty straight forward. Fit is good,the only problem is the construction of the model. Revell's way of designing the kit makes a segmented build impossible. Except the engines,the whole aircraft has to be build completely before painting,otherwise seams and gaps would be visible. Due to the dimensions,it was impossible for me to paint it with the airbrush as it doesnt fit in my paint cabin at all. Here I used Revell gloss white from rattle cans for the all white fuselage,sprayed on my balcony.It was equally challenging... The engines are airbrushed with Revell gloss white 04.Metallic parts are Gunze metallics. As I wanted to mount the Buran on top of the AN-225,I had to scratchbuild the suporting mounts. Search for decent pictures was not easy and required a lot of time. I used leftover parts from a Revell 747 SCA and Evergreen plasic tubes strenghtened with wire. As the AN-225 wore CCCP registry and the USSR flag back in 1989,I had to raid my decal and kit stash to find those bits and pieces to create the Combo as it appeared at the Paris Airshow in 89. Revell's decal set offer the old livery but with new ukranian flag and registration. It was a time consuming build,also my first scratch build experience,but also interesting and fun. The next problem is finding a place for it...Its just huge ! Cheers Alex
    7 points
  33. Minature sets for the "Another Glourious Day in the Corp" game,figure sets can be bought seperatly,sets range from about £20.00 down to about £12.00,so pretty good value I think,scale about 1/48th ish,human figures about 3.5cm,Aliens about 4cm,queen about 7cm and powerloader comes in at 6cm.My first serious crack at minature painting so learning as I go along. The Hive Still got a few more to do,will bung them in this thread when done Cheers
    7 points
  34. Another Dassault delta. This time Revell's take on the Rafale M. Pretty decent kit overall. Finished with excellent Syhart decals as the kit decals were a bit old. aa20210307_165336 by Derek N.Ferguson, on Flickr aa20210307_165325 by Derek N.Ferguson, on Flickr aa20210307_165321 by Derek N.Ferguson, on Flickr aa20210307_165315 by Derek N.Ferguson, on Flickr aa20210307_165247 by Derek N.Ferguson, on Flickr aa20210307_165244 by Derek N.Ferguson, on Flickr a20210307_165344 by Derek N.Ferguson, on Flickr
    7 points
  35. 1/72 Hasegawa A6M5c Type 52 Hei 1993 tool. 2002 rebox #289 '303 Fighter Squadron' I started this as a WIP but rapidly came to the conclusion my ambitions outran my abilities. So I lowered my sights and consequently here is the RFI. My thoughts: 1. Box and contents shown below. It's a typical 3rd generation Hasegawa with excellent mouldings and surface detail. The cockpit is as basic as Hasegawa does with no sidewall detail and, surprisingly, no gun sight. Instruments are decals. Fit was generally OK but there was a mismatch between the wing and fuselage fillet, the cowling fit was precarious and gives the impression of being v fragile and the undercarriage just doesn't look right. I'm still unsure if that was me or the kit. 2 decal options. No real options in the build itself so, for example, only a closed canopy is provided. 2. The particularities of the -5c seem well catered for including the single cockpit gun, armoured cockpit screen, underwing rocket points (but not the rockets themselves), seat armour plate and new seat design and the individual exhausts. The new wing shape is also there.The arrestor hook cavity has to be filled in (as is made clear in the instructions). The starboard gas port has to be drilled out and the port one filled (which isn't mentioned). 3. OOB save for Eduard seat belts and masks which I had in the man cave already ( I subsequently found the masks were for the Fujimi Zero and so were not precisely matched to my canopy) and Uschi thread. 4. As the late Zeros were made by Nakajima my colour scheme reflects that with Nakajima topside Green, the curved demarcation to the tail, the black turtle deck and the yellow green cockpit interior colour with Aotake for the wheel wells. All paints were Colour Coats. Tamiya Weathering Powders were also used. 5. As I refer to 'Mitsubishi Green' and 'Nakajima Green' I've posed the Raiden next to this kit to, hopefully, show the difference. The Nakajima colour is, to my eyes, a darker, blue-grey tinted green. Note also that, as per the kit instructions, the fuel tank is painted 'Mitsubishi Green' and the contrast between the greens may be easier to see if you just look at the fuel tank Right, after a week of almost daily postings you won't be hearing from me with anything new for a while as the next thing on my workbench is a 4 engined heavy. In the words of Titus Oates 'I may be some time'.
    7 points
  36. My primary modelling hobby is railways, specifically, Canadian National Railways in southwestern Ontario, Canada, in 1956. To this end, I am slowly and steadily building a layout in the basement of our home. After a couple of weeks of effort into finishing a relatively small scene, I was looking for a change of pace. Nothing big, mind you, just something to cleanse my modelling palate, so to speak. "I know," says I, "I'll build a model airplane (aeroplane ). It sounded like a quick and simple-ish thing. A nice 1:72, WWII fighter flown by a Canadian squadron. Where to start? Let's search the internet for decals for such a thing. I quickly landed on decals for Hawker Typhoons flown by the 438, 439 and 440 squadrons, and promptly ordered a set. And another set of airframe markings. And a Typhoon kit (Academy) Then the research bug hit. Oh-oh. I quickly discovered that the kit I had chosen was a reasonable representation of a Tiffie with a three-blade prop and the small tailplane. No problem, the decals include three options for one of those. But, now do I want to get another kit for a four-blade prop with the larger tailplane, finish both for the same squadron to display the contrast. We'll table that motion for future consideration. Now, I want to do a nice job on this, and I haven't built a plane in a good long while. I should build a practice kit first, methinks. I saw an Airfix Boulton Paul Defiant on sale and ordered it. I should explain that there are no local hobby shops in my area of the 'Great White North,' so even without a pandemic, popping in is not an option. Having ordered the Defiant, the voices in my head said, "did any RCAF squadrons fly them?" Yes, and yet another decal order - dull red squadron codes and serial numbers. Then I discovered scalemates.com and this lovely forum. ... and Eduard, and Arma and ... "That Eduard Spitfire Profipack looks tempting. That would be a nice one to do after I've finished the first two." I am so easily led astray, especially by myself. Before this gets too lengthy, rambling and pointless - ok, too late for the latter - there are now four kits waiting to be started (Arma Hurricane). Not to mention a serious addition to my stock of model paint. Why, in the name of all that's wonderful, would I decide to do four models in four different paint schemes? My wife is waiting for some custom bookshelves to arrive. Won't she be excited when I display these beauties, and a locomotive, and maybe that car kit that my brother bought and never built on them. A Mozzie and a Beaufighter?? STOP! Don't ask how many train-related models and projects are in my stash and queue. Cheers all. Happy Sunday! Chris
    7 points
  37. After a long struggle with this kit, it's finally completed and stored in its display case
    7 points
  38. Whilst waiting on paints to arrive for my Chinook build, i started on the Hobby Boss Land Rover, which due to how easy it was to put together, it didn’t take long! Which meant i could get on with the diorama setting. Having seen these vehicles in Afghanistan for myself (though not with ATGM’s) i really wanted a patrol meeting scene. Also in this build was a 1/35 scale Modern UK Infantrymen, present day by Masterbox, and they make up all the figures of the scene. Even though i have finished this build, having a bit more experiance with paints ect. I will go over the vehicle and figures in a Matt Varnish to take off the shine from them. So this one being my 3rd build, i am extremely happy with how it turned out. Though thinking back on it, it would have looked a bit better with fabric rolled up on the front light grills(for blackout) and some kind of lash down for the spare Milan Rocket.....maybe ill look into it in the future.
    7 points
  39. I finished Eduard's reboxing of Hasegawa's B-26 Marauder kit. Background and progress photos in this thread: I feel like I went a little bit too far with the weathering - tried to tone the chipping down with some OD but still looks quite heavy. Other than that, pretty pleased how this turned out. Finished with Spanish acrylics (various brands) and weathered with oil. The truck is from Airfix and the figures are from CMK sets. My interpretation of Dana Bell's colour research on the B-26 interior: The Eduard boxing comes with gorgeous resin engines: Thanks for looking - feedback and comments are welcome!
    7 points
  40. Hi all I have just finished this little kit, a nice kit but I didn't fancy the kit options so did one I liked from an image search on Google. The kit is quite a nice kit, although I had to add some bits of my own. The bracing between the struts and the wings, the mirror, the chin spoiler, landing light aerial mount, rear visible framework under the tailplane rudder actuators and aileron actuators. Red flashing beacon and mount and the Exhaust were also scratch built. Rigged with invisible thread and brush painted with Humbrol enamels, the black pinstripes are from the border around the Airfix SuperFreighter kit decals. I know the font for the codes is incorrect but it was the closest I could get hold of. Thanks for looking Chris
    7 points
  41. Look away all WW1 aircraft experts as these two are not for the perfectionist. Decals on the Camel great, but the Albatross worst I've encountered fell apart ... The crosses on top wing hand painted. Looking at some ref though the crosses have been painted over so not entirely a disaster. Oh well they look OK on the shelf in the summerhouse ...
    7 points
  42. Finished applying decals to the 75mm shells, I have to say that the decals provided in the kit are one of the very best I have tried! I applied decals to I think 21 HE shells, the remaining ones will be for the AP shells, and there sill be lots of shells that won't be used. I installed the first three shells in the racks under the floor, no issues at all, look nice! And added some lines (scratch built with wire) that go from the gearbox to the pipes on the right wall, they will be visible afterwards, when removing the turret. Instructions don't mention it, but don't forget to install the rear left ammo rack before installing the floor... All the other ones are easier to install afterwards. I finished assembling the vertical ammo racks, only HE projectiles are provided for the racks, I added one HE just for the sake of comparing colors and size, and left some openings, didn't like to see everything full with ammo. I finished the floor, weathered, and proceeded to install it, kind of tricky, but in the end the floor is level, glued in place. An finally I installed the ammo racks in place, some trimming was necessary on the back part of the front racks, after that, they fell in place easily. Marco
    7 points
  43. Got myself a HK Models 1/32 Dambuster Lancaster today (the version I wanted) knew it was gonna be a big box surprise, but when it arrived this morning, my jaw still dropped and wondered if I'd done the right thing? Had decided that when WNW announced their 1/32 Lancs and one was a Dambuster too, would have one of each despite the scale and my move to 1/48 ... rules were meant to be broken though, been doing a lot of reading about all aspects of the actually mission recently, live near RAF Lossiemouth that was until recently home of 617 with GR4 Tornado's, seen the replica bombs on base, ETC ... it was meant to be! We all know what happened to WNW, bought myself HK Models 1/32 Dambuster Lanc and it arrived today ... its perhaps not the perfect 1/32 Lanc, but its my 1/32 Lanc and its here. I'm over the moon.
    7 points
  44. The bomb bay doors variations. Source: https://www.specialhobby.net/2021/03/mosquito-s-dvoustupnovymi-kompresory.html V.P.
    7 points
  45. As a former Railways employee I can't approve this cat's doings. Be it me, he should get a fine for trying to travel without a valid railcard. And don't you try these velvet eyes with me! The rules apply to everyone, lad.
    7 points
  46. Thanks Mark, After an age of procrastination, I finally painted the figures yesterday. Perhaps the trousers should be leather rather than uniform blue but lets pretend it's a summer test flight and they've just stuck their jackets on! The pilots seat is just resting there at the moment, I'll glue it into place just before the canopy goes on. The Nav needed top be done before gluing the bomb bay floor in place so progress should speed up now that's done. I cut the navs legs down to get a better fit between the seat and his desk. Looks a bit weird here but you'll only be able to look vertically down on him once it's all together.
    7 points
  47. Hello Dennis, I hope you’re keeping well. The Beaufort is a subject I’ll claim to know little about even though we produced more than 700 of these aircraft Down Under. Airfix provide two types of rear turrets, a two part wide low riding version (as per kit schemes) and a smaller high riding type which I’m not familiar with. Each turret has its own rear fuselage plug, however neither of these fitted during my initial dry run. There is a high ridge of plastic on the forward mating surface and Airfix suggest this needs to be removed prior to the turret and fuse plug installation. So my question is, if neither of these two pieces fit the parts already provided, why does this ridge actually exist... is there another possible version yet to be announced?? As for cowlings, the engines, cowlings and engine nacelles are all on one common sprue which include propellers, bomb bay and some internal parts. I don’t think we’ll see any P & W powered versions from this base kit. Cheers.. Dave
    7 points
  48. I originally completed this Corsair in November 2015 (amazing how time flies). Since then it has sat on the bookshelf in my office and has gradually lost a propeller blade, 2 aerials, one undercarriage leg assy. and the engine has come loose inside the cowling. A few hours of fettling put right the worst for my first RFI (sort of) of the year. Corsair Repair by Gavin Edgerton, on Flickr Corsair Repair by Gavin Edgerton, on Flickr Untitled by Gavin Edgerton, on Flickr Untitled by Gavin Edgerton, on Flickr Edge Untitled by Gavin Edgerton, on Flickr
    7 points
  49. I managed to put some work in on this mostly detailing the upper hull - I added weld beads for the rear plate on the top and sides. The molded on "little plates" that reinforce the turret splash drain hole area were removed as they sit flush against the splash and should have some gap, replaced with Formations parts The tools were added. I left off the tools on the engine deck for now until I sort out stowage and placement. The rear lifting rings were added and cut down a couple of mm as they were too tall. Fuel cap covers added with retaining chains and rod. I cut and removed the molded on (and hollow) engine bay fire extinguisher pull panel and replaced with Formations. The kit external fire extinguishers were detailed with etch straps. The rearmost panel on the upper engine deck should be welded on and not have a seam like it is a removable panel, filled with putty. The hull ventilator was changed to a asymmetrical bolt type as it is a welded hull. The base for the lights on the glacis was removed and replaced with the commonly seen squashed type on M4A4's from TMD Much more to do. Thanks for looking!
    7 points
  50. No, this build won't include Browning machine guns, rotating number plates or an ejector seat. This is more about refining some of the details of this venerable kit, and taking a trip down memory lane as it is another kit I built back in my early teens. I've been working on this in the background of my other builds for a few weeks. This is the box art, which I think is slightly different from the version I built the first time around. I knew that the biggest issue would be the body, with a mix of flash and sink marks to correct. Here is the body straight out of the box and you might spot a little flash if you look carefully. What I wasn't expecting was the panel lines, I'm not sure if they were originally designed as raised edges or recesses, but over the years they have become both and neither at the same time. I decided I'd take the risk to try and scribe the panel lines myself. The front end is where the worst sink marks are found, and the bonnet scoop needs opening up. At the back Airfix simply didn't bother with half the boot shut line. Careful work with scriber and razor saw, I've tried to get the lines as steady as possible but they may be a little wobbly in places. Creating the bonnet panel gap was really tricky. The passenger side. Boot panel gap added, Not sure how accurate it is, but it's better than nothing. To try and get the tail lights fitting properly they were added to the body before any paint so that I could make good with filler. I've also had to scribe the fuel filler door. Front valance fitted and checking that the chassis fits. Pity about the gap at the edge of the floor, not sure there's much can be done with that. Starting to open up the bonnet vent. And cut open. Great gobs of filler! More filler on the valance. First coat of primer, just to see what further correction is necessary. Not quite sure about that face. Driver's side. At least the door gaps don't look too bad. Even the boot gap doesn't look too awful. Something I knew I'd need to address would be the kit wheels. As with the Airfix Jaguar E-type I built last summer I decided to go for some slot car wire wheels. First mock-up with the wheels just plonked in the arches. One handy thing is that you don't have to cut away any of the chassis to fit these wheels, the boss sticks out pretty much the same distance as the boss on the kit wheels. Sitting on the suspension, it looks better at something closer to the proper ride height. The suspension is not too badly represented, the rear assembly is quite fiddly with its separate coil springs and radius rods. It's probably not going to get much more than a quick spray with black paint. Plenty of rubbing down has happened (and camera lens was cleaned). That window line isn't right and needs improvement. That looks a bit more like the correct shape. Underside primed and rubbed down, Those stub axles need to be a little thicker for the wheels to sit better. Something else I noticed was the complete lack of detail for the sides of the interior, I'm not sure how much detail I'll add but I felt that some sort of representation would be better than nothing. You also get a weird gap where the rear seats and wheel arches don't quite meet. Adding some styrene to correct the gap, yes it needs trimming down. To keep this build well away from the best-known DB5 it isn't going to be silver or anything close. it will be burgundy with a black interior. I'm not usually a fan of black interiors but it feels right for this sort of Aston.
    6 points
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