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  1. The kit is in 1/48 scale from Zvezda. Although surface details, are nice, the panel lines are a bit too shallow for me. Construction was easy and straight forward but the clear part need a bit of extra care. Especially when you choose for open canopy position, the overlapping front and rear canopies are moulded in one piece. So it was difficult for masking and painting but finally through patience, I managed to do so. Painted with Mr.Hobby lacquer paints and weathered using AK Products.
    32 points
  2. Hello, This is my rendition of Special Hobby's reboxing of MPM's Heinkel He 178 V1. This was the first jet aircraft to fly in the History of Aviation, in August 1939, a few days before the beginning of WWII. This kit is a short-run affair and presented all kinds of challenges. In fact, it fought me back in every step of the build. Anyway, I learned a few tricks but it isn't a "quick build", as I expected from the small number of parts. The WIP can be found here. Some notable points of the build: The kit comes with a small PE fret with the instrument panel and a few other external details but no seat belts I added seat belts from Eduard's WWII Luftwaffe Fighter seat belt PE set Panel lines had to be completely rescribed, as they weren't aligned when joining the two halves of the fuselage Metallic colours are Alclad's Aluminium, Polished Aluminium and Burnt Iron I used a black base technique (Alclad's Black Primer) and pre-shading with Gunze's Acrylic Sky The main colour is Gunze's Acrylic RLM02 Weathering was kept light: I used a dark brown acrylic wash and removed most of it (Vallejo's Greased Earth) Panel lines were enhanced using the same wash Here are the final pictures. IMAG7343 IMAG7344 IMAG7346 IMAG7347 IMAG7348 IMAG7354 IMAG7349 IMAG7350 IMAG7351 IMAG7352 IMAG7353 IMAG7355 IMAG7356 IMAG7357 IMAG7358 Thanks for looking. Jaime
    28 points
  3. Kit - Revell Paint - All Tamiya acrylics. Decals - Kit & HAD Extras - Yahu pre-painted IP, Eduard pre-painted harness. Various wiring, junction boxes etc from scratch. Been a couple of years since my last 1:32 build (a Trumpeter 109E), no particular reason just other shiny things grabbed my attention. Not going in to any detail at all about the history of this particular machine, it's very well documented, as for the build, erm.. it's a 'Curates Egg' of a kit - good points: well the undercarriage bays and gear detail are superb enough to keep most folks happy, but I added all sorts of wiring and junction boxes up inside which may never be seen but I know they're there. The cockpit is very good and didn't really need the Yahu IP that I added, purely because sausage fingers and middle-aged eyesight mean I can't get that sharpness that I once did by hand-painting. I expected the fit of the engine nacelles to be utterly horrid but I'm pleased to report that on my kit at least they were pretty close to perfect. Kit decals were put to one side except for all the stencils which worked fine for me. I'm not a fan of RoG Instructions but these were OK with only the one blunder which most builders will have heard about so not going to repeat it here. Bad points:- It may have been just my kit but I spent a shed-load of time, effort and putty blending the various nose sections together, the fit was very '1980's' if you get what I mean, most of the reviews out there don't mention this, but then most are of the earlier two-seater kit so maybe there's a difference in QC. The underside join between the front of the lower wing and forward fuselage still isn't right to my eye, but I was running out of patience at that point - so I admit to getting it to 'that'll do' as opposed to 'yeah that's spot-on'. Paint is all Tamiya acrylics mixed using the Mk.I eyeball method, aircraft specific decals are HAD, first time using this company and the quality, opacity and adhesion is simply astonishing. So that's it, there's a few 'user errors' in the build including having to scratch-build a new slat as the carpet monster got a hold of one, also I thinned the undercarriage pegs a little too much so it's prone to wobbling on it's legs, but I really like it, and it has a shed-load of presence sitting in my cabinet. Please feel free to ask any questions, make any comments or criticism. All the best from NZ. Ian.
    23 points
  4. Here's my attempt at the 1/72 Airfix GR.9A (recent tooling). I rather enjoyed building this one! For the most part it went together very nicely indeed and there's a superb range of options and extra parts in the kit - for example, 65% or 100% LERX, different moulded parts for flaps/ailerons up or down, air dam open or closed etc etc. In fact the only slightly odd omission was the main gear doors, which are either closed for flight or open (with gear down) - neither is appropriate to a parked Harrier so I had to tweak the closed ones a bit. I used a bit of aftermarket stuff: Pavla seat and cockpit, Brassin Paveway LGBs and a Sniper ATP pod [purists will spot they're not proper Paveway IVs as I'm still waiting for my set of them to arrive], Eduard 'Remove Before Flight' tags and the chocks are etched Flightline ones. Decals are the excellent 'Retirement Harriers' set by Xtradecal - enough stencils for at least two kits, plus markings for the entire farewell flight! I did stick with the kit nozzles, thinking I could get rid of the join lines, but I think I'll go back to the Pavla resin ones next time - those internal vanes are impossible to fix! Paints were Hataka Red Line acrylic (Dark Sea Grey over Dark Camouflage Grey) with a bit of pre- and post-shading, then a coat of Winsor and Newton Galeria gloss varnish. Weathering was with oils/white spirit and Flory's clay wash before a coat of W&N matt varnish. Thanks for taking a look, I know Harriers seem to be one of the most modelled aircraft around so there's nothing new here!!!
    21 points
  5. This is the Airfix 1/72 C-47, built with some slight modifications and painted to represent aircraft #2015 from the 1st Air Transport Squadron (“1º ETA”), of the Brazilian AF, circa 1973. The squadron was, and still is, based in Belém, state of Pará, in the Amazon, and provide aerial support for both military personnel and the civilian population living in the small towns and villages in the region. At that time, the squadron also operated PBY Catalinas. At present, I believe they fly Cessna Caravans. The squadron badge has a winged river turtle, know locally as "Tracajá", and the phrase “Devagar, mas chego lá!” in it, which translates roughly to “I'm slow, but I get there”. I've travelled from Manaus to Belém as a passenger on this plane around that time, with my late father as the pilot. So, the inspiration to build the model, as well as some references, came from a few old pictures that I have from that trip. The Airfix kit builds well and, as far as I know, is fairly accurate. However, my build was complicated a bit by my choice of having the cargo doors closed, and also because of some modifications that are necessary to make the model represent more accurately a Brazilian C-47. These were mainly the addition of: 1) small windows on both fuselage sides, just behind the cockpit; 2) shorter air intakes at the top of the engine nacelles; 3) red navigation light on the vertical fin and 4) a second ADF football antenna at the top of the fuselage. These were all scratchbuilt. The model was painted with decanted Tamiya AS-12 Bare Metal Silver and Gunze Enamels, and finished with Gunze semi-gloss clear applied over Future. I've kept weathering to a minimum, although these planes normally operated in small unpaved airfields in the region. The Brazilian AF insignias came from an FCM sheet and most of the lettering was painted using masks made in Corel Draw and cut in a Silhouette Portrait. The squadron badge on the fin was also made in Corel Draw and printed in a blank white decal sheet using an inkjet printer. The lettering just above the side windows were made in a laserjet printer. Hope you like it. Your comments are welcome. Ivan
    17 points
  6. Another one I recently wrapped up. The antenna were made from scratch because the only aftermarket options were 2D photoetch, unacceptable. Fw190A-6/R11 Neptun 6.JG 300 "Red 21" Le Bourget, France February 1944 BarracudaCast cockpit snapshot Rebuilt kit plastic instrument panel BarracudaCast exhaust Ultracast spinner/prop TMD wheels Scratch-built antennae Master gun barrels/pitot Tamiya canopy/headrest Montex masks for insignia EagleCals decals Enjoy!
    16 points
  7. Good evening. Finished work on time today which gave me an hour or so extra, which in turn meant I could spend a bit of time at the bench. So today’s story is all about gluing. The main intake got stuck together and gently added to a fuselage side. It’s a pretty good fit all in all. The front of the intake got glued with its little split fin. Andy hidden away never to be seen again. At least we know it’s in there. Right? All hidden in seam City. Next up I decided to pop the exhausts together. Now a word of warning if you’re going to build this kit don’t glue these bits first. No matter how right you think you have it. “You haven’t” a panicked ten minutes was spent prising those apart after I decided to do a dry fit of the rear block that holds them into the fuselage. What you want to do is glue these bits first. Then add the cover. And then paste the whole sun section into the fuselage. Luckily no harm was done to any shiny paint during the masking of this exhaust section. While that cited for a bit I stuck the rear fin together after chipping half out last night to see if it was short shot for @Nikola Topalov . I was In a gluing frenzy!!!! Controls next. Then I’m a complete moment of total madness I glued in the Office. It seemed to fit ok. Not wanting to miss an opportunity I slowly grabbed the other ‘arf without totally looking at it and trapped the blighter twixt the two fuselage bits. Pegs went on, tape came out and TET was sloshed. Every thing seemed to just kind of……. Fit. Not wanting to push my luck I ran some securing TET onto all mating surfaces and left her here too cure. Looking a little bit like an aeroplane. Next I’m looking forward to getting the wings on so I can get that wiring out of the way. More soon. Thanks for dropping by. Happy modelling chums. Johnny.
    14 points
  8. Another Eduard 109 wrapped up last weekend, many more to come! Bf109G-4 Trop "Yellow 8" 6./JG 27 Trapani, Italy, May 1943 MDC cockpit sidewall Yahu instrument panel Quickboost control column Quickboost seat Quickboost tropical filter BarracudaCast wheels Brassin exhaust Brassin ETC rack AK Real Colors Paints AK washes AK varnishes Montex masks Decals from the spares box Anyway, on to the pics!
    13 points
  9. In recognition of the 30th Anniversary of the Gulf War One earlier this year, I completed this in-flight diorama a day or so ago. Revell 1/48 scale kit, base from Coastal Kits. Thanks for looking.
    12 points
  10. Here are the final photos of my Ju 88C-6b from ICM in the markings of Luftwaffe nightfighter ace Prinz Heinrich zu Sayn Wittgenstein. The kit had great fit on most parts, except on the engine/nacelle assembly. I had to leave the engines off the model because they widened the centre of the nacelles and caused problems with the fit.
    12 points
  11. I completed the dream car F40, which I admired the most when I was young. I feel magnificent just by looking at the F40 logo on the back wing. The car is also famous for being the last car made by Enzo Ferrari himself. To reduce the weight of the vehicle, paint was also used at two-thirds of normal usage. After completing one of my favorite cars, I feel like I finished a homework. I hope you like it. Full build video is here.
    11 points
  12. Vintage Tamiya kits. Stowage scratch built and some parts enhanced. I did not correct the 3 handle of the jerry cans as wanted to just preserved the original kit's part and to avoid further spending on the kit. Enjoy!
    11 points
  13. 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.
    11 points
  14. Well other than a figure, that I'll do when I get the mood to do figure painting, I'm calling this one done. I'm pretty happy with the results. I don't know that I could do much better if I had done more to it. All I know is it was a fun build and looks pretty cool in the case. I hope you like it. Thanks for looking in. Dan
    11 points
  15. A productive evening - masked up the green areas before taking my son to football training and then a session with the airbrush. I decided to go with green on the tail plane as well - although the Eduard sheet doesn’t show any, there are other profiles that do. As photos of the actual aircraft seem inconclusive, I liked the added impact of the green on the tail. I’m happy with how it’s turned out - in particular the uneven edges on the patches of ‘new’ paint.
    10 points
  16. I recently finished up the new Border Model Crusader III. This is one of my favorite tanks and it was quite a fun build, plus it was quite a departure from all of the drab green vehicles that I've been painting lately. The tracks are Friulmodel and the stowage is from Legend Productions, Panzer Art, and Value Gear, along with scratch tarps. It was painted with a mix of Tamiya, AK Real Color, and MRP paints, and weathered with Mig Productions and Ammo by Mig enamels. Comments and criticism welcomed as always!
    9 points
  17. Hi All, I just finished my build of the Fine Molds Phantom, in this case the JASDF Kai version. What a beautiful kit, well moulded, superb detail and fitted together wonderfully. My copy came from Frome Model Centre and arrived very quickly. One issue I had was that I took the instructions advice to not use “surfaces primer” too literally and my Tamiya paint was easily scratched during later assembly. I now think they meant avoid sprays like MrSurfacer as the detailing is very fine, but a light waft of Halfords might have been okay. That said, after the joy of building a few modern kits such as this, I’m wondering whether to flog off the stash of “classic” kits, or to pull on that hair shirt and build some! Cheers Will
    9 points
  18. as a secondary hello from me here's a few pics of my 2021 completed builds so far, all builds are in 1/72. First up is an Academy Tempest Mk.V, a really nice kit to build and i'd definatley build another one of these at some point. Brush painted with Humbrol enamels Next is the Airfix Be2.c, another really nice kit to build, again brush painted with Humbrol enamels Then there's a Roden Camel TF.1 trenchfighter, brush painted with oil paint Lastly is a JN-4H from Olimp models, not a great fitting kit but the end result isn't too bad.
    9 points
  19. So another one for the collection and a kit I've been looking forward to building for a long time. Although I paid a bit more for the kit than I probably should have i did receive a kit in great condition considering it was pre owned. The shell was painted with zero paints Alpine Blue and cleared with zero paints 2K clear and I think the final colour is pretty much spot on. The build was pretty straightforward though fitting the shell to the chassis was a bit of a challenge because the fitment is very tight indeed. Here's a few pic's of the finished build So time to start the next one. Thanks for looking back soon
    9 points
  20. Hi everyone Here then is the Cheyenne turret finished to the best of my abilities! The canopy for the turret wasn't as simple as I thought it might have been! A few months back I had made the canopy to fit over the turret detail but when I looked at it more closely I noticed that the small window apertures behind the main front perspex were way to small!....and so started the re designing of the frame....after a few attempts of dry fitting to the fuselage I think I cracked it! So the first 2 photos we have the modified canopy frame............ To make the perspex (glass) I raided my box of used food packaging and found a nice little piece that once covered a shaving stick package!.....it wasn't too thick luckily as I had to bend a piece around the front!....I cut them to the correct shape and then super glued the front wrap around piece first. DISASTER!.....when the glue set I noticed it warped the frame!...aaaggghh!.....the plastic was too thick after all and so I had to take it off and find some thinner plastic that would do the job!....this time the thinner plastic worked and I placed the remaining pieces on the frame. I then glued the entire frame over the turret and on to the fuselage. When it was set I placed a few of the aluminum pieces on parts of the frames as you can see in these next photos..... All I had to do now ...(which normally takes a couple of days)... place the rest of the Aluminum around the frame. Of course I have to do the entire rear fuselage section but I have to wait until the top and bottom halves are on! This now completes the Cheyenne turret at long last! This is what she looks like at the blunt end of the fuselage!!! I think my next task is to do the elevator connection detail....so that will be my next post! I can now definitely see the light at the end of the tunnel ...after 10 long years!...you must all be sick of the the sight of it!! ...I know I'm beginning to!.. ha ha! Thanks once again for looking in... Cheers Fozzy
    9 points
  21. So next up on the bench is this kit from amt. My first impressions of this kit are .....well.....the fitment of the parts to make up the shell are a little hit and miss shall we say . Also the instructions would have you leave the front and rear panels off until later in the build. This imo isn't a realistic option because of the work involved in trying to line up all the various parts. So I've done my best to make the shell look reasonably well put together and hopefully with a little more fettling it should look ok. Whether or not i can fit the body and chassis together building it this way I'm not sure but I have dry fitted the chassis in position and it seems to fit ok. As for body colour well I was going for black but my son mentioned the metallic grey used on the Eleanor car and now I'm not sure so what do you guys suggest . Anyway here's a few pic's of the shell in primer like I say not perfect but should be ok when finished So now I just need to settle on the final body colour any suggestions would be most welcome. Thanks for looking back soon
    8 points
  22. RFI now published and here: So this will be the close down thread. Summary Trumpeter C Class Cruiser 1/350 I really liked this kit - fit was near perfect apart from a slightly deformed rear superstructure that the blog covers. Hull, deck, superstructure and fittings were super. The guns and boats represent the limits that can be realistically acheived in injection moulding (Flyhawk excepted!). They are adequate but fall far short of the detail now available from 3D printing. The only additions were blast screens on all 4" guns that were easily formed from styrene strip and were fitted to most C class wartime vessels. Curiously the only real omission is deck railings though superstructure railings are included - fit perfectly and frankly do the job. The bow shear is slighly problematic and the only really appropriate railings I could source to deal with the slight angular raise were Flyhawk, that aren't that readily available. I'm looking forwards to seeing Trumpeter's HMS Colombo due later this year which represents a later configuration of this venerable WW1 vintage cruiser. Highly recommended Hunter wood deck Fits perfectly and to my eye with a light wash of Mig neutral grey - looks acceptable for weathered teak and is more effective than painting. Highly recommended Micromaster What more is there to say. For me personally Micromaster and Black Cat Models have transformed building in 1/350 (and no doubt 1/700) with a level of detail that really brings these larger scales alive. Thanks to Simon Percival and Ben Druel for "Services to modelling" - Take a bow fellas . Micromaster parts used included 4" guns and lockers, HACS Mk 3+, 27ft whalers and 32 fot cutters (the motorized one is from Micromaster Shapeways and not currently available from Micromaster.co.nz), 0.5" quad guns and 36" searchlights. Exquisite detail all Black Cat Models With a alevel of detail equalling Micromaster, the range is some ways complimentary. The octuple 2 pdr "Pom pom" is a thing of beauty. The liferings also add that little bit more detail. Painting and Weathering Soveregn colourcoats paints - what else!! Love the coverage, vibrancy, ease of use, safe in the near certain knowledge that they represent the closest we are ever going to get to authentic colour matches for the originals. Weathering is mostly with oils and I now restrict my pallette to no more than 4. Chipping etc was kept to a minimum as I suspect that these vessels were kept well and painted often in the Eastern Med. Rigging Infini 40 and 70 dernier making extensive use of "Bob's buckles". Lets show that man a hand Ladies and Gents Railings Flyhawk 1/350 railing set - as they provide 2 sets of upward curving railings that allow for the bow shear so prominent on the Cairo class Seascape Styrofoam base carved and sanded - with Liquitex Gel medium and varnish "ripples", painted and then rather inexpertly finished with cotton wool foam augmented with AK "water foam" after Chris Flodberg. I need to improve the cotton wool technique. Chris says to gloss over with Liquitex "High Gloss Varnish along withthe rest of the base but you seem to lose something - I'll continue to experiment Name plate http://www.nameitplates.co.uk/ Paul and Julie provide such excellent plates - couldn't be more helpful when ordering. Highly recommended Thanks for looking - supporting commenting and being such Excellent folk!!! That's Calcutta .......Out Rob
    8 points
  23. Yep! That's what happens when you grow old.
    8 points
  24. Morning all, A few more images from me from my first visit to LHR on Sunday. Had a great day at Myrtle Avenue catching AF1 and the supporting cast for the first time, just a shame the helicopters cut their approach short, meaning the only shots I'll ever get of them are in poor light... Boeing VC-25A | 82-8000 | US Air Force | London Heathrow | 13/06/21 by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr Boeing VC-25A | 82-8000 | US Air Force | London Heathrow | 13/06/21 by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr Boeing VC-25A | 82-8000 | US Air Force | London Heathrow | 13/06/21 by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr Boeing VC-25A | 82-8000 | US Air Force | London Heathrow | 13/06/21 by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr Boeing C-32A | 09-0016 | US Air Force | London Heathrow | 13/06/21 by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr Boeing C-32A | 09-0016 | US Air Force | London Heathrow | 13/06/21 by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr Boeing C-32A | 09-0016 | US Air Force | London Heathrow | 13/06/21 by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr Sikorsky VH-3D Sea King | 159354 | US Marine Corps | London Heathrow | 13/06/21 by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr Sikorsky VH-3D Sea King | 159354 | US Marine Corps | London Heathrow | 13/06/21 by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr Sikorsky VH-3D Sea King | 159356 | US Marine Corps | London Heathrow | 13/06/21 by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr Sikorsky VH-3D Sea King | 159356 | US Marine Corps | London Heathrow | 13/06/21 by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr Eurocopter AS365N Dauphin II | ZJ783 | Army Air Corps | London Heathrow | 13/06/21 by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr Thanks for looking, hope they're of interest Shaun
    7 points
  25. The perfect accoutrement for a airplane loving, model builder, such as myself. The upper "instrument" is a clock and the lower a thermometer, with indices for Fahrenheit and Celsius.
    7 points
  26. Thanks for wactching !
    7 points
  27. Dear friends good morning It is a long time since I entered the site, I have had a lot to do in these months tormented by Covid; no! I have not had it but the vaccination with Astrazeneca has left me small aftermaths resolved effectively, now I am waiting for the second vaccination. I am also sorry to have not kept the promises to work in the various GB of Britmodeller ..... and for this I apologize; However, my personal work has gone on in modeling, so I post three little things I have done in recent months: T-33, Greece, 342nd Mira 1/72 Platz Kit Sikorsky H-19, ALAT GH2, El Achouét, Algeria,1956 1/72 Italeri kit MiG-19S, Tactical No. 2921, United Arab Republic (Egyptian) Air Force, No. 29 Squadron, Fayid, Egypt, summer 1965 1/48 Eduard kit That's enough ! NOn I bore you anymore, see you soon !! Ettore
    7 points
  28. As I said plastic has been cut and some glue applied. I tried a dry fit of the fuselage halves and they went together beautifully. Whether it'll stay that way when the innards are put in is another question. Thanks to @Sandeha Lynch I checked the fit of the resin part and found it needed a little more sanding then a dry fit with the cowling. I'll take that. I drilled the oil coolers out a bit. The extra fuel tank may require some more work. Some PPP was applied to the elevators and wings. Just might need another round there. And finally, Some right fiddly bits stuck together. Thanks for looking, Cheers, Alistair
    7 points
  29. Thanks Greg, I don't do anything scientific, just stick the paint in the airbrush and hope for the best! I find the Vallejo ModelAir works fine out of the bottle mostly, most of the shades look Ok to me. Here we are with the decalling done. Just waiting to dry completely then another coat of Gloss ('Klear') before final Vallejo Matt Varnish. The decals went on well but they are very thin and don't like being moved much! The starboard fuselage roundel broke up but I managed to salvage it. Same couldn't be said of the same side rudder marking which broke up completely, I got most of it on and will touch in the rest with paint, along with a bit of the port one and the port fuselage flash. they were tricky to align properly and managed to poke holes in one with a cocktail stick! I also remembered to add the small antenna(?) fairing under the fuselage rear. More soon. Davey.
    7 points
  30. Hello Dears, I thank you all for the support and healing wishes @giemme, @Dunny, @Corsairfoxfouruncleand @bigbadbadge Wifey thank you too, Nokya is improving slowly... A bit groggy with all these drugs but... That's incredible, she's 6 and a half years old and she never saw a vet... And now in a mere 20 days, she has surgery, scanner and almost 10 differents vets.... That also delayed the fixing of my van, more to come soon on this front... And I received this from the mailman !! I used to have the old Airfix one, but a modeller friend was wearching for one.... I tell them to buy a Kinetic one but he wanted the Airfix one for sentimental reasons.... But then, I missed some opportunities to buy the Kinetic one for my collection... Until last week... Then I got this one for a bargain price.... It will look great beside the FA-18F that I will restart in 2022.... Stay safe Gents !! Sincerely. CC
    7 points
  31. Here we go with the lawyer-speak again. In my world those seams fall under the adjective IMPECCABLE ! The only flaw I can see is that you forgot to glue on the top half of the wings . Rookie mistake! Never mind, I'm sure you'll get the hang of it
    7 points
  32. Not a very ladylike pose. Our two enjoying winter, not that it was especially cold, just grey & cheerless & someone I know quite well thinks there is nothing like a nice cosy fire to cheer one up. Steve.
    7 points
  33. Hmm. You twos have form. I’m suspecting sarcasm - or possibly its less troublesome younger brother irony. But I s’pose I’d better give you the undeserved benefit of the doubt What? I’ve got to get it over the line to a RFI? I suspect Italian irony now Thanks guys Much appreciated. Are you allowed to quote yourself? Seems you are. Not sure it’s the done thing though…..But anyways; here - following the unorthodox gluing sequence- are the major joins, Nose. Rear upper fuselage: Wing fillet. These needed a bit of filling with black cyano: Underside: There was an appreciable gap at the back of the under wing fillet where - but I think that’s a known issue with the fit of the kit rather than anything to do with the sequence I did. I used cyano on one half and a thin strip of plastic card on the other. I’ve run some cyano along the seems in places where there were very fine visible lines and after micromeshing the seams look pretty good (until the primer reveal). Bit, but not too much rescribing to do next.
    7 points
  34. The radiator filters were given a coat of Xtreme Metal AK479 aluminium and then a wash of Tamiya black panel liner… …then glued in place… …and then hidden under the radiator fairing. Next the Montex roundels and aircraft code masks were removed. The upper wing roundels need a little touch-up as I misaligned the Montex mask allowing some of the white base to show through. I also removed the liquid mask to reveal the aluminium wing roots. Next I’ll be fixing the wing roundels and then starting on the weathering. until next time as always, any suggestions, criticisms or comments will be gratefully received. rgds John(shortCummins)
    7 points
  35. The most advanced fighter jet in the world - the Israeli Air Force F-35I Adir (which means Mighty One!) The F-35 is my favourite aircraft currently in existence - I bought this kit shortly after its appearance and have been waiting for an opportunity to crack into a decent build. The time has come! You don't see many of these so here's the full box tour: First of all - it's very big! that's an 18" wide mat the fuse halves are sitting on. There's some nice surface detail around the panels but the rest of the airframe is creamy smooth! Interior detail doesn't slouch either: Engine and full intake trunking with thinly cast guide vanes and engine detail - this will not be visible, of course There are two sprues of weapons, bay details and door hinges: The pylons are also included for Beast Mode, which I will of course be using! Again some nicely moulded details with a bit of flash clean up required. More interior: Weapons bays, doors and wheelwell interiors, no need for aftermarket here. While the details aren't superfine, they are interesting enough and should come up well under paint and washes. The stabilizers are much better engineered than the Kitty Hawk version (thank god!!) as are the tailfins below: Again the wings have some decent moulded details with a very smooth finish everywhere else. Clear parts are tinted and the canopy is seam free: Some PE parts are included along with some glossy masks for the RAM panel taping: Won't be needing those so much for painting but the taped areas are distinctly flatter in finish than the baked-on RAM coating. Instructions are clear and well-printed on an A4-sized landscape booklet: Decals are also nicely printed, include most stencils and knowing Italeri's recent releases, should go down very well. So that's what's in the box. Of course I had to get a few more bits to push the boat out a bit more...! Eduard Big Ed, not particularly expensive or overstuffed with details, but the cockpit looks very nice, if it was the right colour Also have a set of new resin wheels by Reskit and Eduard Brassin GBU-39 SDBs (new capability for the IAF's F-35s) Unfortunately I also spent a relative fortune (almost £30!) on these very disappointing decals - only stencils and serials for 140 Golden Eagles Sqn. I hoped it would have both squadrons included but astonishingly IsraDecal released the 116 Lions of the South Sqn set as a separate set for the same price. I was hoping to do the aircraft flown by 116 Sqn's deputy CO, 'Captain S.' (the only woman currently flying the F-35I): but they can get stuffed if they want another £30 out of me for the 4x lion decals alone Anyway...I'll be building this over a period of months, so it's a long-term project for me. While I know the aircraft isn't everyone's cup of tea, it certainly is mine and you're welcome to join in the fun! Cheers Alan
    6 points
  36. Hi There, This one has been in the pile for a wee while and I'm still certain that I probably don't have the skills to do it justice but I'm going for it anyway. Transfers will be applied from this set. Thanks for looking, Cheers, Alistair
    6 points
  37. Hiy Folks, Well it was eagerly awaited but worth the wait,..... the Arma Wildcat Mk.VI (FM-2) is a lovely little kit and really looks the part,..... I believe they also have an F4F-4 on the way,..... hopefully they will follow with some earlier variants too including the Martlet Mk.I. I built mine in the colours of 846 NAS, aboard HMS Trumpeter and shore based at Machrihannish, with the previous markings of 881 NAS painted over following a landing accident aboard HMS Pursuer. The model was brush painted; Cheers Tony
    6 points
  38. This is the old Frog XIV wings and canopy mated to the Aeroclub vacform fuselage for the F.XIV. I had the wings spare as that Frog fuselage was mated to Hawk F22 wings a few years ago to build a Seafire F.45! The bombs and carriers are from the old KP IX kit. The propblur on this is courtesy of James' (JamesP) templates and the Frog Skybase is courtesy of Mark (MarkyM607). I chose this particular Spitfire as it has clipped wings, an unusual camouflage with Medium Sea Grey undersides and the same grey on the topsides (instead of the usual, darker Ocean Grey) plus small 'A' type roundels. RN131 sadly overturned on landing and was written off in Japan in 1947. I know they are old but I still enjoy using John's excellent Aeroclub products! David
    6 points
  39. Hello, my modeler friends! Now that I have finished this long task at last. A vintage Soviet WW2 Bomber Tupolev Tu-2S in 1/48 Scale from a Chinese company called Xuntong Models. I have never heard of this company until I found this kit and bought it. I think this is quite a young company and has only got a handful of aircraft model kits. The Tu-2 is the medium high-speed bomber of the Soviets during the WW2 and had large internal bomb bay. It can also be used as a torpedo bomber and can even match the speed of some single-engined fighters. It played a major role in the final offensive of the Red Army. The build I experienced is a bit challenging and complicated. Includes many details but they are not crisp like the Eduard's Pe-2 or the Dragon's Bf-110 that I built before. I used many PE parts and scratch upgrades. The major modifications are_ riveting the entire aircraft, cutting out the plastic part and installing the PE Landing Flaps, PE and scratch-detailed engines, scratch detailed seat belts and bomb bay. These are my first to experience this much modification of the original plastic kit. So, of course made some mistakes. But at last, although not perfect, it seems beautiful and I feel satisfied. Hope you guys like it. Happy Modeling!
    6 points
  40. Ok so I didn't technically buy it but I got it for my birthday yesterday. And not a model but car related so please let me off, another birthday present Add to that the natural light led lamp that I asked for for modelling that means that for once my wife actually listened to me and got things off my list! . Normally I get a "your list is boring" comment. I do remind her it's for me and not her but that doesn't always work..
    6 points
  41. New addition to the family, Meet Daisy, a Border Collie pup to keep the "Flop Eared Loon" company..... IanJ
    6 points
  42. Hi All, May I present my Revell Sea King from HS-9 Sea Griffins as used in Desert Storm. I actually finished this a couple of months ago but have only gotten round to posting now. Being the old Hasegawa kit it goes together pretty well straight from the box, the only thing I added was a photo etch set from Eduard for the cockpit. To save space in the display cabinet the main rotor is folded and I made an attempt at some sort of tethers for this but this is mostly artistic license. Anyway, I hope you all like it.
    6 points
  43. fly me to the moon.... DSC_0004 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr
    6 points
  44. You fellows are indeed right and so I have decided to go back a couple of years to a familiar friend of Alan's and replicate this set up with five not three droopers. As far as I can tell the Whirlwind's droop stops are little different to the ones underneath Sea King rotor blades. Certainly the job's a good 'un for Government work. This will be the way forward methinks.
    6 points
  45. Thanks Chris, so glad to have you along! Thanks Stew, I guess plastic chopping is in my nature! Five years is a fine age for any modeling project Yellow!?!? What will they think of next? Looks like the Canberra Kid says the Frog kit is worthy though, yellow or no. Thanks Giorgio - I'm out of practice and got carried away in a couple places, but the places where it ran sanded out nicely today. New tooled Canberras would be a treat! Perhaps your new book will inspire some manufacturers. Yes, but they were his best troops. I think the same General was in charge of the masking tape, the walkways and anti-glare panels took forever: I think I'll throw on a couple shades of blue as an undercoat for the metal finish.
    6 points
  46. Next part of the wing construction completed so far no issues.
    6 points
  47. Hi again, This will be the last update of the WIP. The last step to complete the build was glueing the landing gear and tail wheel in place. This was a last hurdle, since there was no positive location points or tabs for the landing gear legs. On the other hand, the instructions suggested a location for the legs (top of the rectangular panels of the polished metal area) which would result in too much lateral spread for the legs. Therefore, I decided to locate the legs on the lower part of the rectangular panels. To allow for more adjustment time, I glued the legs with 5 minute-Araldite instead of CA. Here's what I got: IMAG7333 IMAG7334 IMAG7335 IMAG7336 As can be seen, the fit of the parts is deplorable. After allowing the Araldite to cure, I applied a drop o CA to reinforce the joins. The tail wheel was also glued in place: IMAG7337 Here's the model before the final step of glueing the main wheels: IMAG7338 The following pictures show the finalised model: IMAG7339 IMAG7340 I'll post better pictures in the RFI area. I'll post the link here later. Thanks for looking and for all the comments. Jaime EDIT: the RFI post can be found here.
    6 points
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