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  1. Here is my latest "creation" - 1:72 BAe Sea Harrier FA.2 ZH803, 800 NAS - as seen on air shows in 2001 (with "dummy" AIM-9s and AIM-120s missiles and fuel tank in DSG). Airfix kit with a huge amount of fixes (really, REALLY huge!) + some scratch + Eduard PE set + Eduard PE UK RBFs + Aires resin nozzles + Aires resin outriggers + Hasegawa AMRAAMs + Pavla resin nose + Pavla resin ejection seat. Painted with Gunze Mr. Color (C series). Decals are mainly from the Airfix box with some adds from the spares. It took a lot of work, but I'm happy with the result. And now some photos: Thanks for watching!
    42 points
  2. Hi all! Rather than go for the usual blue Corsair, I decided to do something a bit different. Here is my FG-1D in El Salvadoran markings. I used PE seat belts, Aztec decals, and MRP paint (camo painted freehand with a Badger Sotar 20/20). Thanks for looking! Rich
    41 points
  3. Morning, Just finished off this diminutive Eduard kit of the Morane Saulnier. I just sprayed the markings but other than that OOB. Nice kit, but not as much fun as my vintage Matchbox Siskin! It’s a pretty little aircraft though Guy
    25 points
  4. Hi all ready for you comments are my my latest biplanes from Edward, really enjoyed these two more than the other builds but I'm putting that down to getting a bit experienced at building then. I'm not really an airplane builder I tend to stick to sci-fi stuff that I can build a paint in what ever colours and shades I like so sticking to the instructions is also a novelty for me. Anyway here are my efforts along with my the complete aircraft experience. Cheers Brian.
    24 points
  5. #10/2021 My dad´s latest completion. The not that bad Modelsvit kit which is basically the same as the AMG ones, same engineering and parts break down but a bit more detailed. Kit comes with some PE parts, masks for canopy and sharkmouth, although the masks aren´t really usable. My dad painted the red part of the mouth, the teeth are kit decals. Camo done with Gunze Aqueous RLM 70/71/65, brake lines added with plastic rods and lead wire, antenna wires with EZ Line. Build thread here https://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/235089748-shark-in-the-sky148-messerschmitt-bf109d-1-jgr-176/ Model shows a prewar bird of JGr. 176. DSC_0001 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr 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_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_0002 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0023 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr
    22 points
  6. This was my project for the Panzer III Group Build which also happens to be my first Group Build. This was a lot of fun not only for the building of my project, but also all of the encouragement and camaraderie that is exhibited to say nothing for watching all of the other impressive projects going on. Thanks for making my first GB NOT my last! The newer Dragon Panzer III series kits are quite good and while this was one of the first out and dates back to 2007, it is still state-of-the-art in my book. Now I want to build another Pz III...
    21 points
  7. I built the model of the Tupolev Tu-114 a couple of years ago. The history behind this turboprop airliner is truly unique. The plane was designed in the late 1950’s on the basis of the Soviet strategic bomber Tu-95 "Bear" . The specifications of the plane were massive: hight 15,5 m. length 53 m. and wing span 51 m. The four 14.800 hp turboprops drove eight counter rotating propellers and the diameter of these ”widmills” was 5,6 m. The max. speed was 870 km/h. The noise level inside the cabin could reach up to 110 db. The plane was operated by Aeroflot (and in co-operation with Japan airlines in the Moscow-Tokyo route). There was a restaurant and multiple sleeping compartments and downstairs a fully operational kitchen. I built the model out of a high quality 1/144 scaleresin kit of the Russian manufacturer RusAir. I added a DC-3 model of the same scale to one of the pictures to give a clue of the dimensions of the giant.
    19 points
  8. A really fun build. I'm very fond of Miniarts kits; odd subjects and easy to build, though they are highly detailed. This is also a test bed for my next project, which is this one: https://miniart-models.com/new-photos-of-kit-37028-sla-apc-t-54-w-dozer-blade-interior-kit/
    18 points
  9. One I’ve had on the shelf a while now the airfix vanguard. A somewhat simplistic model (though I think a rather old mould) that came out rather well. No real issues with decals or fit just a few minor adjustments to the paint based on pictures online eg the black outboard nacelle. Well worth adding to your collection if you see it available.
    17 points
  10. Something a little different is this new model from Dora Wings. As soon as I saw it advertised I knew exactly which one I wanted to do. Growing up around Booker in the 70's this was always flying around the house on finals so I couldn't resist building it as operated by Personal Plane Services and usually flown by Tony Bianchi. I was very often over there looking around the hangers and it was always one of my favourites. The model is very nice but also a little 'strange', if that's the right word. For the most part its very finely moulded in a dark grey plastic except for the wings and struts which are quite poorly moulded in white plastic and surrounded by flash. All is not lost tho' because the struts are also moulded very delicately again in the dark grey plastic. The wings however do take extra time to clean up and remove the flash. It's almost like the model was moulded by 2 different companies? Also, in my opinion, I think the cockpit flooring is too shallow .With not having any interior photos to hand but, I would have thought the pilots seats should have been pretty much on the bottom of the fuselage? Maybe there isn't even a floor as such if you see what I mean? The seats are also quite basic too. Fitting the struts is also quite challenging as there are no locating holes whatsoever, just 'butt joints'. I replaced the two round struts (pt. no C23 & C24) by drilling location holes and using some stainless steel rods. It then gives the whole assembly some rigidity. Anyway and interesting build and a touch of nostalgia for me in the process. I believe the aircraft went to the US for a while and now resides in France (with a much more interesting colour scheme). Thanks for looking. MS1 MS2 MS3 MS5 MS6 MS7 MS 1 (2)
    17 points
  11. Few days ago I finished another "long-term" project. It was my challenge since Apr. 2019. Small diorama with Boeing 747-8F in Cargolux Cutaway special livery on airfield fragment. The kit is mainly Revell, but, due to poor quality of some pcs. I took from Zvezda's 747 all the wheels (Revell's are to small), front landing bay and gear, engine's fans. Then I spent many hours scratching cargo compartment. At the end, to bring more 'life' to the diorama I ordered some, available online, stuff from ROCAST Models, which are superb. Naturally I had to add some photoetched parts - I bought Microdesign 144220, which has some issues, but most parts are ok. As usual, sorry for, probably too many, pictures. Cheers Piotr "Milczący"
    13 points
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  13. Hi All Another small bit of fun, and I do mean small, caused in part by 'Jab 1' no doubt. Having built Sywell Aviation Museum's Vampire cockpit XD599 the other month ( see behind) and Canberra TT18 Cockpit WH887 a few years ago (see below) I thought I'd do our Chipmunk cockpit - or 'Chippax' - WG419. When a complete aeroplane she was based here at Sywell in the 50s with 4BFTS and 6RFTS. Unfortunately any 'in service' photos have evaded us! So its the venerable Airfix Chippie I had spare (would I have chopped it up had I realised they are going for £20 on ebay? - PLEASE do a new tool one Airfix!) The cockpit consists of two sockets to plug the 'seats' - ie an L shaped piece of plastic - into per cockpit and two blob pilots. They had to go so I made a new floor, added two seats (I think ex Pavla Tiger Moth ones from the spares box) and surrounds (the Chippie's seats are 'rebated') sticks and two IP's made from scratch together with a rear bulkhead for each 'pit. Chopping the fuselage forward of the screen and aft of the canopy was easy as was adding bulkheads to each end. The kit wing contains the centre section and obviously there was a big wing shaped hole each side. I chopped the centre section out and glued it underneath then I used some good old fashioned Squadron Putty to fill the 'oles. I cant remember the last time I used that as nowadays I mainly use PPP or Mr Surfacer but its still a useful thing to have in your armoury! LOTS of filing and sanding to make the profile correct. Couple of plasticard stands per the original. Sprayed Rustoleum white plastic primer and Humbrol enamels. For a quick bit of fun it took a surprising amount of work! Decals from kit and spares box. Canopy masked with Tam tape. Of course the canopy is so damned thick you can't see anything of the interior detail 'but I know it's there'... Another one ticked of the list. Lord knows what I'll do after Jab 2. I do have the SH Eon Primary which is begging to be turned into the Museum's Grasshopper WZ820 but again it needs a fair amount of work to convert it... Hope it made you smile! ATB TT 4E50F330-5194-4246-83B9-A4085D007F82 by Ben Brown, on Flickr 2340E352-D404-47BA-9842-B72ADC80D50C by Ben Brown, on Flickr B855C00B-B7C5-44B9-8E55-9CCD951EA27B by Ben Brown, on Flickr WG419 today (c) Pete Clarke 23467278_10155011506920976_2834730514959218295_o by Ben Brown, on Flickr
    13 points
  14. Hiya Folks, Well we`ve all been waiting for this kit for yonks and what a beauty it is too! Thankfully Airfix include some parts to enable you to go part way to building a Mk.Ia version, including the clear DF Loop and the later Bristol turret,...... so I just had to find a set of Brownings for the turret, fit a pair of Vickers K Guns into the nose and add some ASV radar. I built mine along with Dave (RABBIT LEADER) on his excellent build post here,..... his methodical build of the kit is VERY highly commended; And here are the models; 22 Sqn, Ceylon, 1943-44,.... the ASV Antennae come from an old Encore Beaufort with mounting struts made from Aeroclub aerofoil strut,......; 16 Sqn, SAAF, N.Africa, 1943,...... this ex Blenheim Mk.V unit took over the aircraft of 47 Sqn RAF and used them for anti submarine and convoy protection duties,..... later converting onto the Beaufighter. 47 Sqn modified its Beaufort`s by mounting the antennae directly to the wing leading edges by bolting them onto the wing spars as part of a series of other modifications to increase their range and make them faster,..... and for the model the antennae came from a Special Hobby kit; A massive thank you to Airfix for releasing this kit and for doing such a good job on it,........ personally I`m over the moon with it and have quite a few more planned including at least a few Aussie aircraft,..... once the conversion sets become available,...... a few Malta aircraft are planned too including a Mk.II! Cheers, Tony
    12 points
  15. This is the Academy 1/48 scale Mig-21MF modified into the Mig-21 analog test aircraft for the Tupolev Tu-144.The wing are from a 1/144 scale Revell of Germany Concorde cut and sanded to the correct shape. Saluti Giampiero
    12 points
  16. Hello all, I saw one of these built at a model show a few years back and thought how sweet it looked - it went into my mental stash... If you want modelling nostalgia and therapy at the bench - get one! 1974 moulding but you’d never guess, really crisp, fine detail and nice fit too. Takes me right back to a wet and windy afternoon in 1978 sat at the kitchen table covered in glue and Humbrol I haven’t really added anything, just a little brass for the machine guns, basic seatbelts and that’s about it. Although I did have to ditch the 70’s decals and as I couldn’t find any aftermarket options for the Siskin, I used paint masks based on the original decal sheet. I’ve already bought the Matchbox Hawker Fury and have an Airfix Bulldog to add to this mini inter war collection. I’ve even got my eye on their Seafox. Any other Matchbox gems that spring to mind? I seem to recall a Boeing ‘Peashooter’? Anyway, without further ado - here she is - 29 Sqn, North Weald, 1928. Thanks for looking, Guy And alongside the old 50’s Airfix Hawker Demon, who said you need high tech kits and a ton of aftermarket to have fun modelling!
    11 points
  17. So this is the finished model straight OOB with no after market with the exception of cockpit decals for the dials the rest was painted with a microscope. I black based the model and mottled the grey in layers with browns to get a worn look. Person ally I'm happy with the result it's got to be my best effort to date. I used Flory Models wash for thr panel lines and kit drcals for the markings. I wanted to do an Israeli or Norwegian F-16 but I couldn't get the decals anywhere I looked on Google so I went with the kit decals I'm happy with them even if they are pretty thick. The gloss is Klear floor polish and I didn't do a great job on the Amraams or Harm missiles so I binned them and this is probably a more realistic load out anyway. It's not my favourite aircraft but it's definitely a great kit. Hope you guys like the photos!
    11 points
  18. Good afternoon, colleagues! North Amtrican F-82G Twin Mustang, a two-seat long-range fighter. Known as the last piston-engined fighter of the United States Air Force. A model from "Monogram" in 1973 with external stitching and a pleasant convergence of details. With its own advantages and disadvantages. Assembly "izkorobka". The embroidery was not cut. The embroidery that was damaged during the fitting of the parts was imitated with aluminum tape, having previously rolled up the "rivets". Decals from age tried to turn into puzzles, barely collected. The embroidery with a "dry" brush (aluminum) stood out. I smeared it with art oil. Chemistry from valegio. Enjoy your viewing. Sincerely, Mikhail
    11 points
  19. The fuselage and wings are now fully riveted, with the underside of the wing tips the final section (outer carrier film still in place here, hence shiny texture). Next steps a) do the same for the booms & tail; b) seal the work so far with a very thin coat of Tamiya lacquer. This photo neatly captures the HGW rivet system, which (as Hendie has observed) is widely misunderstood. In most lights and from any kind of distance they are basically invisible - just like rivets on real aircraft. But they are there and with careful work they allow some very realistic effects. They’re work, but then so is covering an entire airframe with wee holes from a riveting wheel.
    10 points
  20. Hi all. After an unfortunate incident with a 1/48 Bf-109 I start this Eduard kit driven by the desire to reproduce wood. The sides are painted with airbrush and masks. The chair and the rest of the pieces are made with the sponge and oil technique. At first the cockpit. Andrés S.
    9 points
  21. Tamiya LP-38 Flat Alumin(i)um in 3 misted coats: Can you still see them? Paging Bob the Builder... And the booms after their Mr Surfacing: Good progress (especially for me!) Crisp
    9 points
  22. Hi, I just finished this kit from 1989. I bought this kit from a hobby store that unfortunately, after 71 years in business, closed its doors in 2019. Also, this build is to commemorate 40 years of service of the amazing Panavia Tornado. I hope you like it. Thanks, Edwin
    9 points
  23. Morning all Been some time since I've had the time to come on the forum. I've only had time (and motivation) to trudge along on this Tiger. Getting close to finalising the main hull and turret. I intend to still ad some more Zim here and there in very small pieces still hanging , to break up the bare areas a little more. Had some issues with Voyager PE set. The PE parts for the resin gun cleaning rods were were longer and holes didn't match up for the bolt and wing nut. That was irritating. Well here's some shots.. There was no point in trying to carve off all the clamps etc on some of the tools, so it was a case of remaking in brass rod and tube. I still have some weld beads to do on some of the tool clamps....and try and get some wing nuts on line somewhere for replacement of the Voyager one's on some clamps. I have to say, she will be a pretty tired looking Tiger when done. I'm still planning what the paint job will look like. I might do it as though it received a quick Dunkelgelb over the lost Zimmerit areas, in contrast to it's original Dunkelgelb with three tone camo' scheme prior to it's last charge I still have to get some black into the rear grills before putting the screens on. ......and the rear turret storage box will be AWOL....interesting thing on this AFV Tiger is the turret escape hatch was wrong. It needed to be a flat piece of steel, where the kit provided a curved part. Well...off to do some chore's....and try and find some German wing nuts somewhere on the web..... cheers all..
    9 points
  24. Hiya Folks, As many my know I`ve built quite a few of the new 1/7nd Airfix Spitfire Mk.Vc kits and although a basically excellent kit,.....I have mentioned some of the shortcomings too,..... namely the wheels (poor hubs), propeller spinners (too large), Exhausts (ditto!) and a lack of a rear view mirror,... plus the fact that only the large cannon bay blister is catered for,..... well a new set by HPM has catered for all of these. At a UK cost of £10.49 some may say that it sounds expensive,....... however it also includes decals for three interesting and well researched RAAF options,...... how much does a decent decal sheet cost on its own these days,...... and the set includes two sets of wheels,.... one with hub detail and one with hub covers,..... and how much do people pay for wheel sets these days? These alone cater for the price,..... and you get the alterations to make the Airfix kit look much better to boot,..... so win win as far as I`m concerned! Here are the parts with the decals and comprehensive instructions,.... with a photo included for each decal option too! A closer view of the resin parts; This view shows the instructions for the other two decal options; And there is an excellent stencil placement guide too; I`m still waiting for my Airfix Spitfire kit to arrive,...... strangely the conversion set has arrived from overseas quicker than this kit from a UK retailer!!! But when it does arrive,.... I`ll crack on with this,..... I`,m torn between the silver scheme or Killer Caldwells machine,..... so I may end up building both! Cheers for now, Tony EDIT,.... If anybody is interested I`m also building a couple of KP Spitfire Mk.Vc`s here in RAAF markings,.... one of which should hopefully be using the decals for the silver 85 Sqn Spit from this set;
    8 points
  25. I received one of the Takom FV432 Bulldog kits for Christmas from one of my daughters. As I really like both build options I decided to buy another kit my self and build both. I built both kits from the box only adding Scorpion Miniature Models Bowman Antenna sets, AK Interactive Camo netting and some Tamiya sand bags together with some wiring to the IED Jammers. Version 1 with the Enforcer Remote Controlled Weapons System /w 12.7mm Heavy Machine Gun. While reading the Tankograd reference book "FV432 Variants" I seen that the 1st Battalion Scots Guards named their vehicles going to Iraq. These names included "Rob Roy", "Robert Bruce", "Hugh Swinton" and "Wallace". The Takom kit gives decals for "Rob Roy" & "Robert Bruce". I was very much interested in the "Wallace" version but couldn't find any other information online or on the Scots Guards website about the said vehicle. I wanted to know whether it was just "Wallace" or "William Wallace" In the end I decided to go with just "Wallace". I used a 1/32 scale German Aircraft Cross for the back ground and Archer Dry Transfers for the lettering. I tried to cut the AK Interactive Camo netting to size first and then soaked it in a solution of PVA glue and water. This dried hard overnight and I was able to trim it the following day with a new blade. Version 2 with Platt MR550 Shielded Ring Mount & 7.62mm General Purpose Machine Gun. A photo of the two together. I tried to use various shades of Tamiya colours to make it look like fade on some of the surfaces that would be exposed to the sun. The kit tracks are quite tricky even with the supplied jig for building them on. I have previously built 3 Takom FV432's and used Accurate Armour and Scorpion Miniature Models conversion kits together with Masterclubs Metal tracks. In hindsight I should have used them on these two also.
    8 points
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  27. Hi all This is my attempt on Ju88G-6 D5+AX, from 12/NJG3, which took part in 'Operation Gisela' on the night of 3/4 March, 1945. The idea behind Gisela was for the Luftwaffe nightfighter fleet to follow returning bombers back to their bases in the UK and attack them as they prepared to land. D5+AX, flown by Hptm Johann Dreher and his crew, attacked Halifax bombers of the French Air Force as they returned to Elvington, in Yorkshire. After his attacks on returning Halifaxes, Dreher continued to strafe the airfield and the surrounding area. While making a low, high speed turn for another pass, his aircraft apparently clipped trees (or may have been hit by flak - reports vary) before crashing into a farmhouse (tragically killing the occupants) and finishing up in an adjacent field. Hptm Dreher and his crew are buried at Cannock. One of the props from Dreher's Ju88 is on display at the air museum at Elvington. Dreher's Ju88 was the last Luftwaffe aircraft to crash on British soil before the war ended. Long intro, sorry, but I thought it was worth mentioning the context. Finally, a big thanks to @SafetyDad for his help with the research and the decals Anyway, here's the pics
    8 points
  28. Douglas A-4G Skyhawk N-13 155062, VF-805 HMAS Melbourne. Hasegawa with CTA decals. Thanks for looking. AW
    8 points
  29. Hello to all of you good people and fellow modellers.I present you my latest finished model.The great ESCI/ITALERI F-5A freedom fighter this time boxed as Hobbytime F-5A/RF-5A.A Turkish hobbyshop and brand that offers various turkish af themed scale models.This kit comes in a sturdy and great looking box.It has awesome decal set.I could not decide on which one to build for this one.I decided to do a F-5A 2000 upgrade of the original F-5A.I did some details in the cockpit and added a suprlus MK-10 ejection seat I had lying around.The paints used are gunze.If you would like to see the build process you can do that on the following youtube link. Enjoy the photos and video. Regards and stay Safe.
    8 points
  30. Some research has brought to my attention the racing exploits in these early times, and in particular the 1903 Gordon Bennett road race. This series of annual races was organised such that each team of 3 represented their country. The cars, the components, the drivers had to be of that country. The winner's nation then hosted the next year's race. The 1902 race, from Paris to Innsbruck...!.... came down to 2 cars left running, a French Panhard and a British Napier driven by a chap called Edge. The Panhard broke down just 30 miles short of the finish and it was left to Edge to take the first win for Britain. The English authorities had already set their face against road racing round their tranquil towns and villages. Ireland and the Isle of Man were options, some leading figures in Ireland saw the potential and got behind the project, and the 1903 Gordon Bennett race was held on the roads around 3 counties with the town of Athy as the main centre of activity. It was for this series of Nation V Nation racing that the cars were painted in national colours. The French were blue, German were white, USA were red, and the Belgians were already yellow. This really only left green as an option for the British cars, but they washed out anyway and the French took 2nd, 3rd and 4th. The win was to a chap called Jenatzy driving for Germany in a Mercedes Simplex 60 HP that bears considerable resemblance to the subject of my build. I've read some debate over precisely which Mercedes is Airfix trying to represent here, but I'm all for doing a few mods, overlooking a few details, and aim in the direction of the Athy winner. Those national racing colours (apart from Italy taking on the red,) endured through decades and 2 world wars until the sponsors like Gold Leaf, JPS and Marlboro took over. My tinkering for today includes the fuel tank and filler, And new, bigger, drilled out drive sprockets that are noticeable on the racing cars, and a metal shaft through the gearbox to take them.
    8 points
  31. Hi All, Originally I wasn't going to take part in this group build as I'm an injection only kind of modeller, but I was browsing this GB and came across the card models here and remembered I had this book in a cupboard somewhere. I've been a Terry Pratchett fan since I was at college in the mid-80's and many years ago (2006 according to the publication date) I found this book on the discount table at Books etc. and thought why not?. I quickly discovered it was way more complex than I thought it would be, so the book got shelved till now. There are eleven different builds to do and some look very complex, but I'll make a start and see how things go. Dave.
    7 points
  32. Magic sculp totally rocks........ Decided to give it a try on the zimmerit......oh it's soooo good. 1-mix the two parts together...duh 2- use a cut down chop stick with the end cut at 45 degree angle dipped in water then patted dry to spread putty till really thin(wood soaks up water so you don't make the putty soggy and the wood remains damp enough that the putty doesn't stick to it) 3-use soft brush to apply talcum powder over the putty 4- use made up plasticard tool with tip cut to right width and rounded at top to apply the texture 5- blow excess talc of and leave to dry bonus is you can do entire panels in one shot as the Magic sculp takes a while to set and blends beautifully. Result- Tools used
    7 points
  33. Picked this up from Glen at Blackbird models
    7 points
  34. My last project, Tornado GR.4 Italeri 1:32, as always, I made the model straight from the box.
    6 points
  35. Hello! I am Jared. Non-standard, sci-fi/what-if designs that look believable, intrigue me. Friends convinced me to turn this mech into usable model kit instead of keeping for myself just one copy. Months and months later here it is. A technical rescue machine 5DR code-named "Rescue Labor". It's a unit coming from alternative Soviet universe, which I hope will grow ;). 1/35 scale, 20cm height. 330 resin parts and 95 metal parts, decals and large assembly manual. Not a 3D print, parts have no artifacts or a need for sanding. Miniature of a mechanic is an integral part of the works. Hope you like it. It's a honor to be part of this forum. /Jared/
    6 points
  36. Pierre Clostermann camo model - autumn 1945. Markings and colors of NV724 selected after consultation with modelers from France and Belgium (thanks, gentlemen) Model - profipack from Eduard, almost OOB - added Master barrels.
    6 points
  37. While approaching the last stretch of my large Karl diorama, I really needed to do a small project to keep the mojo flowing. Hence I pulled out this MiniArt tractor kit, and together with the MK35 farmer which was gathering dust in the stash, I came to the following story... A famer, transporting two filled buckets of water suddenly sees this big, powerful and somewhat shiny tractor... His jaw drops open while he thinks:"If only I had one of those!!!" Hence the title: Wunschdenken. I found this small (30x24 cm) project very enjoyable and I tried some techniques which turned out out remarkably well... Thanks for watching and enjoy the pictures...
    6 points
  38. Good Afternoon This is my finished 1/48 AEW Skyraider by Italeri. According to Scalemates the kit was originally released by Esci in 1979. AEW was developed towards the end of WW2 in part to receive early warning of kamikaze style attacks. The sturdy Skyraider frame was adapted to the role by the addition of AN/APS-20 radar housed under the fuselage and 2 operators seated in the rear, beneath and behind the single pilot. Originally operated by the USN and the USMC, 50 examples were delivered in 1951 to the Royal Navy for use from British aircraft carriers until being replaced by AEW Gannets in the early 60's. With the demise of the RN's large carriers in the late 70's, the radars were transferred to RAF Shackletons and soldiered on until the early 90's This was an OOB build and has been finished in the Royal Navy scheme as flown by 849 SQN during the 1956 Suez campaign. The kit instructions state that this aircraft was flying from HMS Albion, although the 'J' tail code would suggest 'A' Flight from HMS Eagle. The first task was to remove and re-scribe the raised panel lines. Paints were Tamiya acrylics. I originally painted the Skyraider with X-3 Royal Blue which looked too dark to me. I mixed in XF-19 Sky Grey until I got a colour which seemed to match my references. Normally I would paint the stripes but the fuselage stripes, serial numbers and side numbers were combined in one decal. So the decals it was and they went on.quite easily. Weathering was limited to grey wash and Abteilung oils for exhaust stains. Italeri kits can be hit or miss and this one was closer to a hit except for raised panel lines. The fit was good with little filling and sanding required. I bought this kit to add to my Suez collection. I have an Airfix Hunter F4 in RAF Suez colours in the stash which will be my next addition. I would like a 1/48 Sea Venom but they're as rare as hen's teeth. Photos on a home made section of HMS Albion deck in 1956. The Suez collection so far Cheers
    6 points
  39. Dear All here is my combo F-8E crusader and UH-2A Seasprite Academy kit is wonderfull, no putty used! clear prop kit is a bit over-engineered, and needs putty , putty everywhere... paints are gunze acrylics figures from revell and fujimi kit carrier tow from fujimi
    6 points
  40. Carrying on with the build, I started to add bits and pieces to the body, photo showing some links on top of the fender with PE straps.... I started to add brackets for the external fuel tanks, the bar joining the brackets broke upon cutting from the sprue so it was easier to make out of copper wire... Some tanks added to the back plate, also storage at the bottom to accommodate jerry cans etc... Miniart seem to add far too many gates onto their ropes making it difficult to detach and clean without breaking so I decided to make my own and attach to the blocks. I'm not sure what these are used for, anyway I have temporally attached these hence the presence of maskol around the edges.. Next up is to start adding the wheels and external fuel tanks, I'll post when that is done.. all the best Ed
    6 points
  41. I have filed off the moulded frame from the lens of the light, and then polished it with different grades of emery, finishing with a polish of T-Cut. Quite pleased with the result. PE frame rolled and fitted. Then the walkway was removed from the light base and the PE replacement bent and fitted. Jon.
    6 points
  42. I hadn't realised it had been nearly a year since I looked at this! Having said that, I am not getting back into it properly just yet, but since I have no work at the moment and I'm waiting for supplies to continue with the Mercedes SSKL build, I decided to look again at the engine. There were a number of options open to me, including modifying the kit supplied part, but none were really up to it. I even started to scratchbuild one using 2mm plastic rod. That at least gave me an accurate piece to use for measurements. Since in the past year I have acquired a 3d printer, and I have more vac kits in the stash which will need a Benz Bz.II, I decided to use the opportunity to learn a little more about 3d design. Progress has been slow! I spent almost the entire day yesterday trying to figure out how to cut a 45 degree angle on half the cylinder for the inlet and exhaust! Finally this morning I found a way to do it and then progress was made! I now have the cylinder done. I'll either print that 6 times, or copy it and print the engine in one piece. Not sure yet on how I'll do that. Anyway, here is the result of the last 2 days banging my head on the desk..... I'm not sure if the springs will print or not - the entire thing excluding the springs is only 5.5mm tall However, if they do, I have some spare rockers from a Small Stuff engine that should work!! Thanks for looking in! Ian
    6 points
  43. A bit of a phoenix this One. The intension was to build the kit as G-AMCA of Air Atlantique. Having got to the decaling stage I found that the transfers I had would not fit the Airfix tooling. I was now left with a semi competed White Dakota with Grey wings and an astrodome. Not wishing to carry out a full re spray I made a cup of tea and considered the options. This is the result, The former TS423 as operated by Aces High in Ruskin Air Services livery for the Yorkshire Televisions series "Airline". The kit assembled reasonably well. I had some fettling to do to get the wings and spar to fit snugly. The Navigators window was opened out and an exit hatch added over the cockpit. The decals were home made by my late uncle about 25 Years ago hence the rather shiny backing.
    6 points
  44. Thanks for that @stevehnz, some good pics in there. As it happens, I’m not doing too much to the interior, only around the cargo doors. Here’s where I took it before clothe fuselage. Not much more than a simple wash, dry brush and chipping with a silver pencil. I’ll do more weathering around the entryway later. I took great heed to @TheyJammedKenny!‘s advice when joining the fuselage and achieved a nice dry-fit. There was a small gap at the top of the fuselage which closed with very little pressure. Below, note that the seam forward of the astrodome is glued and behind is not. I worked my way around the fuselage, gluing as I went. Because I absolutely suck at joining fuselage halves I still ended up with a step on the upper fuselage seam which took some effort to fix. Below, it’s almost done, the paint showed one last area to fix (the zinc chromate yellow happened to be the nearest colour to hand when I reached for a colour to spray-check the seam). Once I’ve re-scribed the missing panel lines the fuselage will be done for the time being and I’ll set it aside while I work on the wing assembly - I’m actually going to attach them before painting which is a bit unusual for me lately. I must say that I’m enjoying this one, the kit so far has been a pleasure to work with.
    6 points
  45. I don't think you'd need to bother . Just go round to the scrap yard, buy some random second-hand panels and bolt them on . Whatever colour they were , it couldn't look any more ridiculous than it does from the factory . Why anyone would want to drive round in a car which looks like it's been vandalised and repaired with second-hand panels they couldn't afford to paint is a complete mystery to me .
    6 points
  46. And this is the danger we face by going electronic for everything. People ask me if I use computer banking, and I say NO! Far too much to go wrong. 'Oh no' they say, 'it is so safe and easy, you need to come out of the stone age' Guess what, a piece of paper is safe and easy. Always was, always will be. And it is not susceptible to an EMP.
    6 points
  47. Now thats a tad nice mate That's going to be another stunner once done I'm still plugging away trying to get the Tamiya stuff to work, some gentle heat helps with softening up the putty . Rear end gets some Zim And earlier I managed to get the exhausts together. Enjoy
    5 points
  48. This girl is ready for inspection. Pix from the process dan be found here: In the photos it looks a tad bit grainy, but it's partly a trick of the light, partly that I finished it with Mission Models gloss varnish. I won't do that again on NMF. Till next time! Keep safe and healthyy! /Torbjörn
    5 points
  49. Evening All, Thanks for the advice Adrian: I usually try to build simple structures wherever possible, but for some reason I got it into my head that the whole of the nacelle should be moulded. It was not until I tried to do so that I realised my mistake. I glued the new nacelle top to the sides while the rear of the nacelle was blocked off with thick card and filed to shape. A liberal amount of filler was applied to the joint between the moulding on the top of the nacelle and the sides and rear where the fit was not perfect. The obligatory sanding and filling followed... The nose now has the sharp edge and corners similar to those I managed to achieve on the Voisin. I have opened up the apertures for the cockpit and engine compartment in the nacelle. I cut around the outline of the openings with a new scalpel and finished the edges by carefully scarping and filing. The latter was a bit delicate as I did not want to damage the interior of the cockpit, although the pilot's seat was not in place at the time: After fitting the pilot's seat I added some detail to the top of the engine: ie the part that will be just visible on the completed model. Basically I added the cam shaft from small pieces of rod between small cubes of card, the latter representing the housing for the valves on the top of the cylinders. Some thin pieces of rod on the side of the cylinders represent the carburretor intakes and I have drilled holes on the opposite side to take rod for the exhausts later. The engine was fixed into the rear of the nacelle so that I can now start painting. Thanks for looking. P.
    5 points
  50. Well it starts looking like a regular model kit. I guess the only difference is nuts and bolts and wires regather than glue and paint. Well for the first part anyway. The gear box comes in a single part This got dismantled and some sealed running bearings replaced the plastic bushes that came with the kit. I then added the rear wheel arms. It’s weird putting something together that needs moving parts. Quite fun actually. The wheelie bar and the rear diff parts then got greased and popped in place. next up the drive bars got added. The engineering on this is brilliant. The next steps get you sorting out the radio gear. It’s all digital these days compared to the old radio and crystals of the 80s. It’s pretty straight forward to set up but it’s best to get everything lined up at this stage other wise you’ll have a lot of unscrewing to do. Deffo a lot more chunky wires than your regular Aeroplane. The second / front part of the chassis gets constructed next allowing the steering servo to get added and the rods pushed into place with ma big pliers. ok more tomorrow. Take care and Happy Modelling chums. Johnny
    5 points
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