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  1. We had our first club meet for 18 months last weekend. I put this bad boy in. It's destined for the museum when we can find a case big enough.
    57 points
  2. Some years ago I built a model of the Royal Australian Navy's Fairey Gannet anti-submarine warfare plane. Gannet’s maiden flight took place in 1949 and the last one went out of service by 1978. In total 348 versions of Gannets were built during those years. The British aircraft industry have always been very talented in building sleek and elegant aircraft like the Spitfire. On the other hand they have also introduced some of the most odd looking flying objects. The Fairey Gannet anti-submarine warfare plane is definitely one of them. With the 2950 hp engine even this lump of metal could stay airborne Despite its plump looks the plane was very versatile. It could carry bombs, torpedoes, depth charges, missiles and sonar. The plane's crew consisted of three, a pilot, an aerial observer and an electronics operator. The power plant of the Gannet was the Double Mamba turbine engine that drew two counter rotating propellers. The benefit of that was for instance the elimination of torque when taking off from the aircraft carrier. Once airborne the other propeller could be switched off to diminish fuel consumption. In addition to the British Royal Navy the plane was operated by the West German Bundesmarine, the Indonesian Navy and the Royal Australian Navy who ordered a total of 36 Fairey Gannets. I built my model from quite a challenging Classic Airframes' 1/48 scale kit. In addition to the usual CA fit issues attaching the canopies and wings caused a lot of sweating, fixing and sanding. The model needed exceptionally lot of ballast in the nose to prevent it from being a tail sitter. I added many details to the model that I found in different sources on the net. To paint the model in RAN’s colours I used Xtracolor enamels but unfortunately I do not anymore remember the exact paint codes. For sealing the decals I used Johnson’s Pledge and Humbrol’s enamel matt cote.
    28 points
  3. Hi Folks So here is the final build and as I said in the build post Im not really that pleased with it (all my own doing). If you take a closer look you will see what I mean. Having said that it is a superb kit and I thoroughly enjoyed building it and looking at it now from a small distance brings back some very enjoyable memories, so not all bad for me. Thought I would give a couple of bits of info on this beautiful aircraft that you may be interested in. Single seat Hunters were started by a fuel system, two seat versions with a large cartridge, 3 in total, if the first failed there were two back ups (they were an absolute bugger to fit and remove). The liquid start for the single seater was a fuel called AVPIN (ISO Propyl Nitrate, as close as you can get to rocket fuel) & very volatile. This was a particularly nasty substance, being a mono fuel could burn without oxygen. If you got this in your eyes in any sort of quantity there would be a good chance of blindness. Ive had some in my eye and its painful & very uncomfortable. Also when the fuel is ignited it gives off a thick black acrid smoke containing Hydrocyanic Acid (I will leave that to your imagination). You will also notice on some of the pics on the underside an engine bay door open. Reason, when the aircraft had started and the black smoke had gone we had to go up into this bay to disperse any flames around the AVPIN pipe joints (common). Armed with just a large asbestos mitten we had to tap around the flames (could not put them out but just hoped that patting them would help it burn itself out). Had a very frightening experience with this but thats another story. White intakes you wonder. When I worked on these aircraft they were 30 odd years old then. From many hours of hard flying there was obviously a considerable amount of stress on the air-frame. Cracks appeared and rivetts became loose. An absolute disaster in an air intake. Anything ingested into the engine could be catastrophic. So they were all sprayed with a white rubberised paint to prevent this from happening, clever huh. I hope you have found this of interest and that Ive not bored the life out of you. I have really enjoyed this (which is the main purpose) but Im sure you will agree that some builds in the end you just cannot wait to put to bed. Next on the bench and unusual for me is going to be a two on the go job, Trumpeter 1/48 Wellington MkIII (one of my favourites) and a Tamiya 1/48 P51B Mustang (another of my favourites). I am going to be very focused on these builds because the Wellington was given to me with lots of AM stuff by a very dear friend who is very kind and generous Laurie Stewart. The P51B was given to me with AM stuff by Murfie from another forum, again a very kind & generous person. Thank you Laurie and thank you Murfie very much. You have stopped the men in the white coats from taking me away. I appreciate it very much. Take care and safe all Si
    27 points
  4. F-8E Crusader Trumpeter 1:32 The model is made, as always, straight from the box + self-made masks
    26 points
  5. Tamiya 1:72 Fw190A-3. Nanond
    26 points
  6. This one is an old and well known kit of this iconic aircraft.The kit itself is pretty rudimentary.I rescribed the panel lines and made the pittotube out of a hypodermic needle.I also replaced the ejection seat because the one in the kit did not resemble anything remote to a KM-1M.The paints used are tamiya and gunze and the decals came from the spares box. Enjoy the photos,Dragan
    25 points
  7. hi, I just finish this "beast", one of my favorites...
    21 points
  8. Hi folks. This is an old built of mine, my very first try with the Montex masks, resulting in no decals at all. I do remember that I have used the Cutting edge set for that plane! Thanks for watching! Plane is from the 182 sq. White nose markings and wings stripes. 03302174-AE5F-458A-8B07-AC6C3E04DAF4 by jean Barby, sur Flickr 906AC603-999E-4737-B9E0-C18315CB075F by jean Barby, sur Flickr 0760153F-FD68-4824-B28E-6C035B3A7526 by jean Barby, sur Flickr E6D3629B-8134-4BAA-B6FB-9BE22D451FD6 by jean Barby, sur Flickr 55EE239D-C7BD-459C-9C2D-0872959A5F60 by jean Barby, sur Flickr 2CF1EFB1-6EBB-43B2-90FB-93AC0DF8C0C7 by jean Barby, sur Flickr FBEF8CA4-C4D7-49C8-A75B-2E771502810B by jean Barby, sur Flickr AE20A844-0BFE-42D0-AA3D-40ADA80C7BDB by jean Barby, sur Flickr
    21 points
  9. Here is my finished Boeing 757-236 in 1/144 scale from Zvezda’s new B757 kit in the classic ‘Negus’ livery of British Airways registration G-BIKC “Edinburgh Castle”. This kit, quite literally, goes together seamlessly with very little sanding and filling required. It’s great that is has both engine options as well as having either the newer blended winglets or the classic wing tips. I’ve never built the Minicraft or EE kits but I absolutely can’t recommend this kit enough! The beautiful decals are from Ray at @26Decalsand the B757 detail sheet is from @nazca-decals. The registration I went for, G-BIKC, was fitted with the older style RB211 engines. But I love Edinburgh so I opted to go for an engine upgrade with my build and use the newer RB211 engines. Paints used were Halfords appliance white for the upper fuselage, Humbrol 15 Midnight Blue for the lower fuselage and Halfords Racking Grey for the wings, nacelles and stabilisers. Metals are a mix of Revells aqua range. The decals are excellent, though I did mess up the port side tail decal as they were designed for the Minicraft B757, but Ray kindly provided me with a replacement screen printed one. I am already looking forward to building my next B757 which will be either Thomas Cook or Continental. As always, all comments and feedback is greatly appreciated. Thank you for looking! Regards, Alistair
    20 points
  10. Hello! Latest project, another ‘109, always a nice model. This one from Eduard is very good, came with some resin, PE and canopy masks. I’ve tried to display a very weathered one, as I think it should be the case operating in north Africa those days. Decals went just fine. Hope you’ll enjoy! Cheers!
    17 points
  11. I’ve always been a fan of the Yak-28, so when Bobcat released their Yak-28PP I had to snap one up. Plastic looked good but the instructions were daunting, so it took some while to get going. Fit of parts was generally good, but I’m afraid that the engine nacelles were absolutely awful. Brute force, ignorance and 240 Grit won the day, and then it was onto the paint….. I found that the camouflage scheme in the instructions was impossible to interpret, so I resorted to letting the airbrush run free – at least until I put paint in it! I’m afraid that I struggled to get to grips with the AV Vallejo paints that I used, and I’ll be the first to admit that it was purely down to my technique – I didn’t have one. The upper surfaces were sprayed freehand, and then I made the mistake of spraying the underside with faded blue. At this point, the kit ended up being banished to the Shelf of Doom as this colour looked too dark to me. Fast forward ten months and I pulled out a tin of Colourcoats Light Grey, and hey presto – log-jam gone. Other bits and pieces used : · sections of the Eduard etch set for the interior of the Yak-28P Firebar · Eduard masking set for the clear bits on the Yak-28PP (an absolute must) · Quickboost Landing lights · Quickboost front-end fans · Quickboost Exhaust gondolas · Scale Aircraft Conversions Landing gear (only used for the outriggers because the kit parts come moulded with the wheels) · Aerobonus pilot figure · Coastal kits base Thanks for dropping by - hope you like it. mike
    16 points
  12. Here some pictures of my recently completed Airfix F-2H Banshee in 1/72. The model is effectively built straight out of the box as intended. It is actually a very neat little kit with some very fine detail on the landing gear for example. Only real changes I made was to re-scribe the fine raised panel lines (many a fine zoom meeting was spent re-scribing while listening to others’ need for self-aggrandizing bog….). Also I replaced the canopy with a Falcon vac-formed one as the original one had a rather obvious and severe crack in it. The model actually is a restored kit as it is one of the early kits that I built, when I got into this hobby just after starting school, hence there were some parts that needed a bit of re-building or replacing. Fortunately, I never applied the decals, and I still had them in perfect condition. From my research the fin tip should be light blue and, not red, as the instructions tell. Otherwise, the decals and instructions are really spot on. Some weathering was applied as carrier borne aircraft tend to weather fast, but I did not want to overdo it and rather have the model just feature the nice dark blue scheme with contrasting white markings. R
    14 points
  13. Hi everyone. This is my build of the Lindberg Sea Witch in 1:96 scale which was sent as a challenge from a great friend in the US and what a challenge it turned out to be. I watched my friend build this kit and managed to learn most of the shortfalls from him and that helped a great deal as it allowed me to approach things differently. This made it a lot easier and I changed a few things that just didn't seem right on a ship like this. One of the worse jobs to do was to drill out all of the holes for the blocks (ranging from 3 x 4 mm to 5 x 4 mm) and you will need a lot of spare thin drills on stand-by as well as plasters, antiseptic wipes and a cloth to wipe the tears. Be sure to remove the swear box if you have one otherwise you will end up living on the streets. Luckily I had a lot of blocks left over from previous builds and did not have to drill too many of the blocks. A GOOD REASON TO KEEP THOSE LEFT-OVERS AND SPARES! You also have to drill holes in the masts, hand rails and virtually everywhere else they should already be pre-drilled during moulding. For this you will need rubber drills because the angles you have to drill are just crazy! The next worse job for me was hand making all of the rat lines and was something I'd never done before. They are not brilliant but they will do for me. Overall, the actual ship itself, the masts, etc, are fairly straightforward but every part does have a mould join line so be prepared for a lot of cleaning throughout but assembly was good and the parts fitted well. I did like the way the masts are passed through the decks and locate into a section in the bottom of the hull to give then the correct angle and stability. My friend made his with furled sails and they looked really good so I had to give it a go. Most pictures I found of furled sails show them fairly loose and hanging a little but when I read up on it for that era it stated that when in port the sails were tided tightly and that is what I went for in the end. As a first attempt I don't think they look that bad. Anyway, on to the pics now which are shown below but for more pictures of this and my other builds just click HERE. Thanks for looking and showing an interest.
    12 points
  14. Having enjoyed building the old Airfix "rivet queen" Liberator, I thought I would glue some more rivets together. This time it is a Seventies boxing of the old-tool Airfix 1/72 Bristol Blenheim IV (02027-1): This was an OOB build and apart from spending an age trying to get the cockpit canopy to fit, I left it with all it's warts, including slightly off-register roundels. Dave
    11 points
  15. The reality is 80%+ of the people who will buy this kit will not be remotely aware of any of its 'defects' and probably wouldn't care too much anyway so in that sense Airfix probably have a success on their hands, and good if this means they can continue to enhance their range and bring out new kits. And if the more discerning modeler minority group jump all over it and complain about this and that but then still buy the kit anyway why should Airfix be too concerned and spend extra money/time for precious little benefit, or diminishing returns? An old friend of mine who served in the Navy once told me that if the old 'Ark Royal' carrier had only ever left port when there were no mechanical issues or problems it would never have left, ever. The point being nothing comes error or fault free if it is ever to see light of day and plastic model kits are no exception, it's just a case of how big the problem and how much effort it will take to fix it. As I said who knows why a trained eye wasn't used to give the final scans the OK (or maybe they were?) but the end result is a modern, well molded kit of a two stage Mosquito that folks have long been asking for so in that sense it's happy days, the Mosquito has now left port so as to speak. Just my take on things and I'm sure others will disagree but that's just part of the enduring appeal of our hobby. Regards Colin.
    11 points
  16. Hello all Another recruit to my rapidly increasing 'brail scale' air force, and this one means more than most as its my favourite aircraft of all time... the English Electric Lightning. This is the fairly old Revell 1/144 kit built completely OOB apart from some Tamiya tape for the seat belts and some brass rod for the pitot tube. Paints were a real mixture as I couldn't seem to get the correct shades I wanted from actual tinned colours. After much trial and error I settled on Xtracrylix 1136 for the medium sea grey (which is actually FS36375), Tamiya XF80 for the barley grey, and Gunze 51 for the light aircraft grey. The trouble with the later low viz Lightnings is that they were so heavily weathered that no two airframes seemed to look the same. Decals were a mix of the spares box and 144th.co.uk (who's Lightning decal sheet is mind blowing by the way) and then some pastels for the weathering. Hope you enjoy, comments much appreciated Inspiration was from this photo from Scale Modelling Now... And here....... https://www.flickr.com/photos/8531201@N04/4794416320/
    10 points
  17. My first ever Wildcat, I know this aircraft for a long time but never got the chance to buy and build it. Since I'm more fond of the Japanese side But looking at those details and rivet line out of the box. Make me think again and want to build it. The kit went well event it was released in 1999 or 1990 something. The only downside was the decal was very thick, and leave a lot of silver around it when applying. Thank you for watching I made a painting video on my Youtube Channel, feel free to check it out. And thank you for enjoying my work https://i.postimg.cc/2yt3F4vk/IMG-0772.jpg
    10 points
  18. The stork-like Henschel 126 as minted by Airfix in their old (1977 original release, according to Scalemates) 1/72 kit. OOB with no corrections (say, to the plank-thickness bomb fin ring), few additions other than tape harnesses and aerial lines from EZ-Line. I thought it looked good in the kit-suggested desert colors.
    9 points
  19. Here's my recently finished Grumman F9F Panther. Although the HobbyBoss box states it's a -3, it's actually an F9F re-engined to -2 standard. This beastie flew from USS Essex in 1952. Full build vid can be viewed here Cheers, Luka
    9 points
  20. Keeping up the momentum, this project finally is complete after many years of neglect. The model needed silver paint touch-up, repairs for broken horizontal stabilizers and other broken parts, removal of the adhesive residue from the canopy and many small kit parts added. And of course, all of this after the decals had been applied years ago. This OOB model will look fine lurking in the back of the display case. This model was begun was an easy, quick project. Soon as construction began, I did not like the engine cowl flaps and keel. Scrap kit with original keel. So, I could not help myself. Long ago, the model went in for surgery to fix the keel and the cowl flaps. After recovery, the kit was set aside and resided in a box for many years. Apologies for the blurry image below. Back to project #2, the Hellcat. Then on to abandoned project #4, a 1/72 Me-109G-10, the Hawkeye Designs resin kit. Don
    9 points
  21. Actually, I wouldn't mind one of those. I'm assuming it applies its own canopy mask? I hate doing that..
    9 points
  22. Alright gang......thanks for all the "likes". Had a GREAT time with my wife just out and about with absolutely no demands on our time. Life's been crazy this year with one thing to do after another and it was sure nice to take a break together. Now that we're back home, I am glad to be building on this project again. This mornings progress. Still need to paint the breather cap on the rocker cover and the alternator bracket is NOT correct BUT...... I needed to do something with it to keep it from becoming the "mysterious floating alternator". I added a bolt head to the front of the alternator to simulate a through bolt into the adjustment bracket. I'm actually good with this as it adds another touch to the engine. Ignition & charging system electrical wiring coming next.
    9 points
  23. Latest finished one. I've been working on this for some time. Lots of new stuff to play with, white wash finish, snow and modifying figures. All in all a lot of fun. I hope you like it. On to the next one! Thanks for looking in. Dan
    8 points
  24. Should I just call Airfix and tell them to pull this one and scrap the moulds?
    8 points
  25. I think we are over complicating the discussion / argument here. Airfix have marketed a new tooled Mosquito XVI and have effectively produced a TT.35 - nothing more, nothing less. If we are happy to accept these 'minor' issues why don't we just all go out and buy Tamiya's new F-4B, slap on some 'Black Mike' decals and call it a FGR.2.. it's still a Phantom isn't it? Yes this is a hobby, however some of us like to delve down the accuracy road when we go about our craft. I don't have thousands of dollars worth of books and reference material to make caricatures of the real thing. For what it's worth, I have one of these kits on order. I'm sure I'll be happy with it but would have been even happier if all the parts provided were of the version depicted. If you watch this video the kit's designer is happy to hear feedback from us 'the Customer'. As long as we keep this discussion civil, I see no harm in providing constructive criticism to highlight our justified concerns. Cheers.. Dave
    8 points
  26. I don’t disagree with anything said above but got to wondering a philosophical point over morning coffee while reading. Imagine a Wingnut Wings company on steroids actually produce the perfect kit. Impossible I know but as I said it’s philosophical. So it arrives. It comes with all the correct paints too and an infinite decal sheet. I mean that you just say what machine you want and the right decals magically appear. The fit is perfect. It falls together. No one can find a single problem or fault. Even a seven year old produces a competition winner! Now 1 does that still mean we are “modellers” or just assemblers? and 2. Where is the fun in that “Britassembler” ????? Nah
    8 points
  27. I daresay Airfix are a bit cheesed off with the mistake, but as has been said it won't affect sales to any great extent. The Blenheim got some flak for having features from the Bristol Bolingbroke, including the engine nacelles. I would never have known had I not been a member of Britmodeller. Ignorance is sometimes bliss!
    8 points
  28. It put up a good fight,but managed to finish this thing in th eend...tks for visiting!
    7 points
  29. Hi all, I’ve linked below pictures of my most recent armour completion, a 1/35 Rye Field Models Challenger 2 in Berlin brigade camouflage. I decided to keep weathering to a minimum as such a scheme has never been used in battle so could never get too dirty. Any critique would be welcome. I haven’t done many armour models so there’s still a lot of room for improvement. Thanks Luke
    7 points
  30. The kit The quality of this kit is quite good. The details are very good, cockpit detail is quite acceptable, it comes with photo-etch parts and indispensable paint masks (of excellent quality), and fittings are quite good, requiring just occasional fixes, and a minimal stress build. The major criticism I have is over the instructions, who are a little inaccurate on mask patterns, decal positions and numbers, and over the frail panel lines / rivets, which need to be enhanced or you can erase them by a primer layer. The build This is a very enjoyable kit to build, mostly due to how cute and chubby the R2 is, and how it starts to shape in. Most of the difficulty of this kit will derive from how small it is, in most ways smaller than average 1/72 kits. The biggest challenges will come from closing the fuselage with the cockpit inside, on smoothing the fuselage ribs to an acceptable height, and on wing rigging, which I prefer to use styrene instead of the provided metal parts. The red / white paint job is very unforgiving, so any masking mistakes or trapped dust will be hauting you forever, so don't stress too much on it, the overall result will always be stunning. Other than that, this kit looks great and it will be a very interesting addition to your collection, I recommend this kit if you are in the fence for it.
    7 points
  31. Off topic, but… We have a friend who owns a beautiful Cocker Spaniel. A few weeks ago one of her nipples became infected with something (eventually turned out to be a seed embedded in the skin) and it turned an odd colour. My friend’s 92-year-old Mum (who is something of a dab hand on the old iPad) wanted to help, so she put “Bitch with black nipple” into Google. Oh dear.
    7 points
  32. I need to pace myself as I'm prone to burnout - but hopefully I can keep a steady momentum up. I need some discipline! I agree I don't want models of dead and injured people lying about or anything like that. I'm thinking if I do this I'll model the ship after the Val divebomber attack had been cleaned up and either just after or some time after the Kate torpedo attack. The wreck shows some significant plating damage on the side above the boot topping, but the ship listed fairly quickly to 20 degrees then slowed but continued to list to 26 degrees before Captain Buckmaster conceded the situation and word was passed to abandon ship, and the photographs of Yorktown abandoned all place this plating damage well below the surface due to the list. I certainly don't want to model many figures but accept I may need some. After abandonment may be the simplest solution. It's important to use the correct nomenclature in all technical discussion I realised I forgot to actually share the photograph of Tom Cheek's Wildcat. He had shot down three Zekes during the Devastator attacks but his Wildcat was damaged in return. He missed the wires, hit the barrier and his F4F-3 flipped over onto its back. The deck crews lifted the plane onto a dolly and took it down to the hangar deck and left it there. It was still there when the ship was abandoned. This might be the most complete photograph of the big mural painted on the bulkhead also. If anyone's interested in Tom Cheek's combat and crash landing during the Battle of Midway, you can read it here: https://www.pacificwar.org.au/.../Tom.../Wildcat_V_Zero.html I've just been downstairs to see if I had any useful goodies left over from our 3rd party purge, and luckily I do!
    7 points
  33. As an 80+%er, I do feel sorry for* those who never get to build the models they want because none of the kits measure up to their expectations of accuracy but as you said, it's each individual's hobby to enjoy in their own way... *the modelled statement may not accurately reflect the actual feeling
    7 points
  34. Tetanus? Surely it would be rabies you'd get from a Vixen? Unless it was one of this lot of course (I did search for Rusty Vixen initially, but you probably don't want to do that on your work computer ) That sure is some fine boom ducting. A tail to behold. (... not drop!) Hendie - trying hard not to resort to mentioning old children's shows with a fox and lots of booms
    7 points
  35. Yes, it's the familiar tale of someone returning to the hobby after a 20-odd year gap. One dark and stormy night in late 2019 a curious thought sprang into my head out of nowhere: "I wonder if Airfix are still going these days?" A quick Google took me to their website and the main picture was of a FAA Buccaneer about to catch a wire on The Ark. That image stirred a long dormant interest in navy birds (lots of childhood visits to the FAA Museum) that hadn't been disturbed since the late 90s. Further scrolling revealed they had recently brought out the FG1 Phantom. You could say that just like the Bucc, I was hooked. It took a while for the idea of modelling again to gestate, but following a somewhat turbulent and traumatic year with some extensive upheaval in my life I returned to the hobby as a form of therapy. Because we all know how therapeutic faffing around with filler/masking tape/twisted decals can be, right? Almost a year on, I've decided it's high time that I say thanks to everyone on this forum for the inspiration and information I've absorbed from your wonderful models and experiences. It's been a steep learning curve and so much has changed in 20 years. My interests are mainly Cold War aircraft, though I have been seduced by Eduard's Tempests and those Arma Hurricanes are pretty tasty too. Current living arrangements mean that an airbrush is not feasible, so I'm a fully paid up member of The Guild of Hairy Stickmen. In time I hope to progress to using the Blowy Stick and definitely get around to building some cars (I may have already stashed a Revell Land Rover in preparation) and have a crack at some ships. So far I've completed a grand total of one kit, an Airfix 1/72 Vampire. Many others have been started and stalled for one reason or another. I've got an Airfix Lightning on the verge of completion, and another close behind. So much for navy birds! I did get the Bucc and the Toom, however I'm working developing my skills for now to do them justice. Once again, thanks for all the help and inspiration
    6 points
  36. 4th finish of 2021 is Revells SU25 Frogfoot, this is a rebox of the Art Model kit. I have been building this as part of a ground attack WIP. Unfortunately Revells instructions have a few mistakes with the parts numbering and colours, the kits fit is poor along the fuselage joins, the seat was replaced with Metallic Details KU36 resin seat as the kits was very poor, looking back I should have gone for the Zveda kit as this appears to be more accurate. Built OOB less the replacement seat as an Afghan based aircraft circa 1983 using Tamiya and Mr Colour acrylics. The kit decals went on fairly well but some have silvered. Now this one is done I can continue with the Beaufort and BR693. As usual all comments are welcome.
    6 points
  37. Hello All Just finished this one, literally hot and still wet from the shed (the kit, not me). Cracking kit to make, out of the box other than glue and paint. The resin detail and the vac form canopy are some of the best examples I’ve ever seen. Alas none of you will get to see the cockpit detail as it’s below the tiny cockpit aperture and is not visible. I did manage to get the photo etch torpedo propeller blades onto the torpedo, but I did need to lie down afterwards! It’s finished as an aircraft operated at RNAS Lee on Solent in the fifties. As usual I used Xtra Color paints and varnish with a little weathering and a Flory wash. Hope you like it. The kit comes with 2 canopies so I've a spare if anyone needs/wants one. I don't know of any other aircraft that tilts the torpedo to accommodate take off. Quite an innovative idea I feel. Yes, there is a prop blade on the end of my finger All 8 in place (ish) Thanks for looking Pete
    6 points
  38. I had not seen this footage before. Title of the video says 1944 but I'm also seeing early Forts, as well as footage that must be 1945 (food supplies to The Netherlands)
    6 points
  39. Thanks @Dandie Dinmont and @bigbadbadge! Been busy this afternoon... Barracuda nose fits very well! The leading edge inserts mentioned by John @Biggles87 needed a bit of shaving to fit correctly but no major surgery required. In fact the fit overall is excellent, not much filler required. I'd heard it was quite a tricky kit but it seems to have behaved itself. Even the underside fits very well, considering it's a multi-part juggling act. The internals of the radiator faces needed more drastic treatment, a good dremelling around the edges to fit the resin nose. Canopy rails and whatever that bit behind the seat is usually called (? why don't I know that ) Again the fit was nigh on perfect, the rear rail needed thinning a bit to fit in the slot. And finally the rudder went on: This is a great looking aeroplane, I can finally see why WW2 makes such popular subjects, rarely used to touch them until the lockdown, so that's one good thing that came out of covid Well, this has just fallen together, SH Tempest is going on my top ten kit list. Nothing not to like. Glad I got another one in last week (Mk VI) Cheers Craig, I'm still cracking along with that but there's a just a LOT of green at the moment and it's a wee bit monotonous! Update coming soon. Alan
    6 points
  40. As a fully paid up member of the same group, I totally agree. One might also suggest that if Airfix get their kits at least 80+% right then at least 80+% of customers will be happy. The kits will sell by the thousands , they'll turn a nice profit and then move on to the next subject(s). As for "never getting to build the kits they want", I must respectfully disagree. There's actually nothing physically stopping them building any kit. If there is any obstacle to doing so, then they put it there themselves by their own choice.. However, as you say, that's their prerogative. John
    6 points
  41. It's not a TT35 either, as despite it having the bomb doors and cutaway fairing incorporating target sleeve stowage, it's missing several features of this variant including the winch unit. Bottom line, it's neither fish nor fowl, but with a little bit of work and a few mods you should be able to build good representations of several different varieties of blood sucking insect from it.
    6 points
  42. And on a completely different subject. I just became a Grandfather.
    6 points
  43. By the way, something didn't reach me before. You guys are most likely not aware that there is an "Archive Revolution" channel on YouTube, on which leading Russian historians give lectures. Why did I write about this, these lectures provide the latest information that has not yet been published in books. The speeches are, of course, in Russian, but you can turn on subtitles with auto-translation, although it is clumsy but you can understand. At least I watch videos in Japanese and German like that. This is a cycle about attack aircrafts by Oleg Rastrenin, the videos are not numbered, but can be found by the author's name: This is a cycle about Lagg-3 by Gennady Serov: This is about the Yak-1 fighter by Sergey Kuznetsov: This is not an advertisement, although I am familiar with some authors, I have no personal interest in this channel or in the episodes, I just say it just in case. If you can survive the YouTube poo-poo autotranslation, you won't regret it, it's super content.
    6 points
  44. Mr. Arnaud wrote that they found three overpainted red stars related to wartime: 1- a factory plain red star 2- over it, a yellow star with silver outline, probably painted when the plane was in 18 IAP with the number 21 (related to some parade?); 3- a red star with a white border, when the plane was received by NN. I think that he was referring to the stars on the fuselage, I've asked to know more.
    6 points
  45. Nope. I might get him an old Airfix Tornado if I see one on a vendor table, but he can't have my Revell kit. He can live with raised panel lines. ***** Did I use the word "slog" when referring to this build? I always assumed that meant a spell of difficult and tiring work (when used as a noun). Well, it always pays to look in the dictionary. Its secondary definition (when used as a verb) is "hit forcibly and wildly." Huh. I wonder if Old Man Webster is trying to tell me something. Still filling and sanding away... Cheers, Bill
    6 points
  46. Just my opinion Graham - ( sorry I should have made clear I was in ironic mode... and my weak atempt at humour, still it amused me when I wrote it). Yep of course I've looked at it and contributed a few times. But at the end of the day unless something is substantiated by fact it remains an opinion. Not saying they are right or wrong just want to see some facts thanks not subjective views if someone is citing "defects" in a product. Its only fair really. So far I've heard its "chunky" - this a defect or fact? Its underscale, wait, oh no it isn't. The propellers are too small - oh wait, no they're not. The tail is the same as the Tamiya (a known error) so it must have been copied. Ah, wait a minute no its actually different and the right size against accurate measurements... I could go on but I think the point is made... Have no problem with opinions just as long they don't somehow then become cited as "known errors" and a "long list of defects"... Also I would be very interested to know where i have "turned a blind eye" to anything on this subject but thank you for the kind the offer. An objective review was my ask. Anyway as long as "others" don't offer unreasonable comment and criticism we'll all be happy I'm sure. Have a great evening. Rich
    6 points
  47. Not sure if it is really the spot of the day more like the spot of the minute! Have to admit I did like the "rust in peace" Nick
    6 points
  48. I finally got the nerve up to attempt the guns. The jigs for fitting are provided . Part of the system glued to the fuselage. Some RLM 66 flung about. Masking off Then some Gun Metal This was left to dry for a bit and then after I'd given the guns a light dry brush. And finally with the Jig removed Thanks for looking, Cheers, Alistair
    5 points
  49. The B-24 next is 1/48 scale.
    5 points
  50. This is the old Airfix 1/72 Petlyakov Pe-2. It may not be entirely accurate but it is a nice looking plane and built up pretty well OOB except for replacement decs kindly donated by Graham and a machine gun barrel on the Port side of the nose which Airfix missed. I have marked up up as the plane flown by Capt. Alesander Gdnedoy of 12th GvBAP of the Baltic Fleet Air Force in November 1944. The slogan reads "For Great Stalin". Along with the Il-2 the Pe-2 was one of the main Soviet ground attack planes and was built in considerable numbers. This is my final entry in what has been a very enjoyable GB so thanks to all involved. Pete
    5 points
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