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  1. Evening all, Tonight I've got the old FROG Blenheim I/1F on offer, finished as YX*N of the 54th OTU undergoing experiments and training with radar equipment. I find the old FROG builds up better than the new Airfix kit, but that may just be down to those blasted engine cowls and the annoyance of the bomb bay on the Airfix tooling. I used spare intake trumpets, aerials, and radar gear from the Airfix 1F boxing to add some life to the FROG kit, with decals coming from an Xtradecal sheet. I have all of their offerings for Blenheims and Bolongbrokes in 1/72, alongside sheets from AML, SBS, DK, and others. Needless to say, more Blenheims are on the way! Right, the pics Being all black, there's always some measure of visible dust... At some point I plan to go back and add a hint of chipping and wear, but for now it takes center stage on a shelf dedicated to Bristol Twins. Thanks in advance, Tweener
    28 points
  2. So for those of you who have followed this build, you'll be aware of all the issues I had with it. It was a model that I'd bought nearly 3 years ago as I liked the unusualness of the aircraft and I wanted some seaplanes! Only thing was it was quite a poor kit, it was VERY very basic but did come supplied with a load of resin parts for the cockpit areas, I glued them in and then realised there was nothing else inside the fuselage, no details at all and assuming I had fitted everything in the absolutely correct place, everything else would fall into place; it didnt. I had to add some pieces of plastic from the sprues to the inside for things to sit on so I could glue the interior onto. I didnt fit the interior and toyed with a multitude of ideas for this such as painting the inside of the clear parts with silver so nothing could be seen, or just not fitting anything inside and paint it all matt black in there... I put the model away in its box at the time thinking that 'one day' I would complete the model, somehow. The version I have decided to make is the US Navy version as flown from USS Denver January 1943, I have also added the name to this version that was supposed to go on the other version. For what was involved trying to paint the three colours on such a short fat little seaplane I felt it was easier just to paint the upper surfaces with Colourcoats Blue/grey and the undersides with light gull grey and this meant that the areas I'd already painted white had to be repainted in the gull grey, meaning there are 7 coats of paint on the underside! Not to worry; this model very nearly didnt get built at all so I am pleased to be able to display it in my Navy cabinet. I thank all involved who have encouraged me to carry on with this when light in the tunnel seemed to be a little dim at times, and for being able to explain certain things about the aircraft e.g. the offset fin and rudder, set that way to overcome engine torque, Its great to have so many informed and helpful people in this forum, Thanks to all. So, here it is; finished painting yesterday, beaching gear fitted last night, Decals on this morning and varnished this afternoon. At last its ready to see. The nice curve from the top of the engine cowling right to the tip of the propeller spinner was not apparent on this model but the picture on the box shows it; I decided to try and achieve that very look myself; I reckon it worked! It looks as if its not sitting level; its the angle I had my phone at when taking this picture. You can just see the inverted Ranger 12 cylinder engine! You can see the offset of the tail in this picture; it was a way of handling the engine torque. In the centre of the centre floaty bit you can see the little lug I added; it would have this for launching from a ship launcher; a BIG rubber band was hooked around it and the whole crew stretched it right back along the deck, and then just let go; launching the aeroplane! I'm pleased I have managed to complete this model, like it or loathe it, its a seaplane and for me its all that mattered. It will rightfully take its place in the cabinet next to my other seaplanes, and there are three more to be added; these I am going to build either now or in turn as a series of four!
    19 points
  3. Hello folks, it has been a while since my last topic posting. Here I'm back with the Silver Spitfire, Mk. IX kit from AZ Scale 1:72 Paints: AK Chrome, MRP Super Silver (for the rudders) The kit was so so, a bit a pain to build, especially the wing-fuselage joint - but I guess one gets spoiled after building Eduard's Mk.IX Decals also from the box, quite good. All in all happy how it turned out and to have it on display in my vitrina now Ready to move on to the next project - Airfix Victor! Hope you like it too Cheers Ben
    18 points
  4. Background: I am of that generation where the 328 GTS is the answer to the question "What does a Ferrari look like?". That and it's similarity to to the 308 (Magnum's car), the 512 BB , 365 BB and the 288 GTO makes you wonder if Ferrari could've got stuck in the same groove as Porsche - making every car look basically the same. Fortunatly not. I regard the 328 GTS as the ultimate development of the classic Ferrari shape. It's a beautiful car, a work of art. Pros: Great proportions, clean mouldings and little cleanup required. A full engine is included and the interior is nicely detailed as well. Also comes with a Photo-Etched fret for some of the more detailed parts and badges. The plated wheels look very good. Cons: Parts of it are fiddly to put together, especially the front and rear suspension and the exhaust system, the latter of which is a small 3D puzzle to get the parts into place. The instructions are only so-so, certain parts are not easy to follow and the assembly order isn't always logical. Some of the engine parts would have been easier to assemble if not plated. No Italian number plates included, only German ones which seems odd. The passenger side wiper does not conform to the shape of the windscreen at all, as it's entirely straight. Verdict: Very good. Builds into a beautiful model of the 328GTS. Build notes: I've added seatbelts and retainers, carpeting, plus quite a bit of extra detail to the engine bay by way of hoses, pipes and most noticeably, the oil filter on top. I also changed the rear number plate and swapped the useless passenger windscreen wiper for one from a Daihatsu Move CS kit. The side Ferrari shields are also aftermarket additions. Undercoated with Tamiya pink primer and painted in Tamiya TS-8 Italian red, with a TS-46 Light sand interior.
    14 points
  5. Hello! No WIP thread for this build unfortunately. I started this build earlier in the year and then abandoned it. Yesterday I had a burst of inspiration and I decided to finish it. By that I mean fully paint it and all the other stuff, In one day! Anyway, here she is, XA322: And here she is with my Bucc S.2C XV336 I had a lot of fun building this kit and I'm very happy with the result, hope you all enjoy it too!
    14 points
  6. Hi, In a time of massive development of drones it is interesting to recall, that already during WW2 drones started to pay important role in military applications. One of them was training of antiaircraft artillery. The pioneer country was US. Perhaps the most successful machine was Culver PQ 14, a deep modification of civil ligth machine Culver Cadet and earlier drone Culver PQ 8. The kit was from Pavla. I introduced some modifications, among them: 1. shortening of main u/c legs - they were shorted by 3.5 mm each, what made machine standing geometry closer to that seen on photos. 2. Enabling of prop rotation. The bearing is done from a piece of injection needle and a pin. 3. The same large injection needle was used to make the exhaust pipes. I follow this photo https://www.worldwarphotos.info/gallery/usa/aircrafts-2-3/pq-14/pq-14-and-b-24/ to use a particular serial number machine not provided by produced, but which uses all digits from the serial provided in decals (!). I apreciate help of BM fella for my questions on this machine - this was in this thread: Here is mine Culver: Culver PQ 14 is I think the smallest US machine in my collection, I put it on shelf in front of Boeing Clipper 314, the biggest US machine on shelves... Comments welcome Regards Jerzy-Wojtek
    14 points
  7. The Italian Air Force purchased F-20's in the late 1980's to replace the F-104 in the interceptor role, while the Tornado replaced them in the attack role. They would serve into the early 2010's when they were replaced by the EF-2000. In that two and a half decades, The AMI F-20's would defend NATO's southern flank, and gain a reputation as the fighter that any adversary would least like to get close to. I want to represent the F-20 as it appeared near the end of its career, and so I removed the wing tip missile rails and replaced them with more modern ones. I also drooped the flaps a tiny bit, just to add a little interest. Thanks @Corsairfoxfouruncle, Dennis, for putting this one together and sorry to keep copying your builds, but they're so cool I can't help it! @giemme, let me know if the title makes sense - I just used google.
    13 points
  8. Here is my version of the Valom B-45 in 1/72. Out of box and a great set of canopy masks from Hannants. "North-American B-45A/B-45C Tornado kabuki masks all windows and clear parts, wheels, antiglare shields (designed to be used with Valom VAL72120 and VAL72121 kits) Manufacturer:..New Ware" Unbelievable time saver ....PS Dust is photography, not model. Caracal decal and they were fantastic. Alclad over Tamiya Gloss Black. Natural metal over-coated with Alclad Aqua Gloss. This gloss is not happy with Solvaset residue. All decals must be wiped down before final coat of Aqua Gloss. This kit is a bit of a modeling challenge for seams and fit in many places. O well as our friends in Britain say "Couple swipes with a sanding stick ". Forgot to mention I did add bit of riveting to enhance overall surface panels. Happy Birthday USAF and Thanks for Looking Comments always welcome Cheers Bill D.
    13 points
  9. Hi fellow modellers, this is the new Clear Prop I built as a "test" build as there several others are waiting in my build plan. The kit is not aimed at inexperienced what the build proved, but I enjoyed a bit it anyway. The most important is careful alignment and trial fitting. The kit was finished in the markings of Chinese Air Force as flown in 1938, and painted with AK Real Colors. Cheers Libor
    12 points
  10. Gloster Meteor FR MK.9 MPM 1/72 (2002 edition). 117 Sqn. First Jet Israeli Defence Forces Air Force Ramat David 1955. At 1.9.55 Capt. Aharon Yoeli intercepted and shoot down two Egyptian DH Vampire. I started this build ca. 2002 with CMK resin parts, was disappointed from the quality and put it back to storage. Some weeks ago, I decided to finish it. Alfred Riedel helped me with decals from the new Special Hobby edition of this kit, so we are... Aftermarket parts from CMK: engine set :pleur4: cockpit, undercarriage set :rougefaché: pitot from MASTER :shock: .
    12 points
  11. This is my depiction of the plane flown by Col Neel Kearby, commander of the 348th FG in New Guinea around the end of 1943. I used the old Hasegawa 1/72 kit with some modifications to better look like a P-47D-2. Among other things, the wing pylons were removed, the fuselage belly was sanded, lower cowl flaps corrected and some improvements to the engine and cockpit.
    12 points
  12. This is one I built earlier this year, but it became somewhat side-lined whilst I built my Ukrainian MiG-29 and Mi-17. Having converted my previous Italeri Merlin HAS.1 into an HM.2 with Crowsnest ASACS/AEW fit, it seemed a good idea to build a replacement. This is the Revell issue, with all of the crucial parts that were missing from the initial Italeri kit (weapons, mirrors, and various lumps and bumps). As the other kit has the port crew door open, I wanted this one to have the main starboard door open, which required some scratch building of the rather bare rear cockpit. I added a lot inside, and although not entirely right, you have to peer in the door to see it, and IMHO its a good effort. Cabin interior (not quite finished when I took this): Cabin side lining/insulation from embossed silver foil: The kit comes with the grey tiger stripe decals for 814 Sqn's display aircraft, but disappointingly the stripes are not dark enough. Photos show them in various states of low or high contrast over the life of the aircraft, but I may yet decide to overpaint them in a darker grey. I took a slightly different timescale too, adding the 814 Tiger motif to the nose (from a Model Art sheet) for approximately the period when the aircraft deployed ashore from HMS ILLUSTRIOUS to Yeovilton to provide security for the 2012 Olympics. I now have 2 blade sets, one folded, one spread: Obviously, the training variant torpedoes were not relevant for this task, but I was determined to add weapons. Although you can't see it in the pictures, the Sting Rays have had their under fuselage cables attached. This is the 4th one of these Italeri/Revell kits I have built and I think I now understand its many idiosyncracies enough to try a fully up to date HM.2 in due course, preferably with HMS QUEEN ELIZABETH on its nose ! With the Crowsnest HM.2: And with the rest of the gang: FredT
    11 points
  13. Good afternoon, dear colleagues! Today I present to you my next model from the Ukrainian manufacturer "Modelsvit". The model is made in the version of the aircraft of the North Korean Air Force captured by the Americans. This is not exactly the same modification, but I am not ready for such a deep modernization. The original did not have a front radiator, had a transparent section on the tail boom, had other lights on the wingtips, had some bulges on the cowl and was almost all metal. My modification is earlier and refers to the end of the Second World War. But I gave my word not to make Soviet stars anymore ...
    11 points
  14. I try not to bring my private life into the forum Pete I'm glad it's finished, let's put it that way Neddy. It will go in the display cabinet but probably not in the front row. thanks Johnny. The last greeble has now been added and I'm calling it done I should probably give you a heads up that there's another vehicle coming along at the end of this though there may be a small interlude for the 504 most useful tip of this thread? Never buy this kit! how soon is sooner Giorgio? it's never too early to start another kit Italeri? I'd say this is on a par with a Fly kit Colin. You won't have to wait long until the end... it's at the end of this thread thanks Adrian. AS I was cleaning up the aftermath of the Piranha I came across the last greeble - a parachute pack. Actually, there were two - the parachute pack of a licence plate with the Man from UNCLE logo on it. I chose the parachute pack as I thought the men from UNCLE wouldn't go around advertising they were the men from UNCLE as that would be just plain silly. They might just have gotten away with the parachute pack, machine guns, rocket launchers, and bullet proof shield but the UNCLE logo would definitely give the game away. Can't have spies giving the game away now can we? Yesterdays supporting structures were removed carefully and surprisingly everything stayed in place. No dropping, drooping, or wilting. Success. The bench was cleaned up in preparation for the next build but before the new box was emptied onto the bench I took the opportunity to take a few more shots of the completed build. Looking back, a blue background for a bllue car was probably not the best of choices, but I only had two cards to use as a backdrop... one of those was blue, and the other was... blue. Parachute pack glued in place. just a bunch of photos from here on in machine guns at the ready the door fit ended up not being too bad. I'd say passable... just. I was quite pleased with the way the transparencies turned out as even with their defects they are still way better than the kit offerings. the steering wheel was a worthwhile addition and I feel is much more appropriate than the kit offering which I think was a leftover from the drag racing version No windscreen wipers on this. I did think about if but the reference shots I have of the UNCLE car don't have 'em so this ain't getting any you can almost see the armory in the back of the car and there we have it. The Man from UNCLE Piranha. Completed. It wasn't a terrible build but the model as a whole is let down by some very badly fitting parts, ill defined details and just plain bad parts. Even for a kit released in 1967 the quality was not great. On one hand I applaud Round2 for releasing the kit again after all these years but they could have spent a few dollars on the molds first. However I'm just glad I finally have one in the display now. What's next I hear you ask? Well, I really have to re-attack the 504 as it's been staring angrily at me from the corner of the bench throughout this build but the mojo isn't quite there yet. I do have my next build planned and almost ready to go but it's going to be another one of those what have I gotten myself into builds which is going to take some time and some major modification, 3D printing and scratch building to get to the end game. What is it then? Well, my plan is to take one of these very toy like snap-together kits and turn it into a replica of this, my old 1971 T2 Bay Window Given that the Revell offering is a 1972 (onwards) 2.0 Litre LHD European standard non-camper model and I want to turn it into a 1971 RHD 1600cc Devon Conversion complete with my own modifications... it may take a while but I'm really looking forward to starting on it. A quick glance over the kit tells me that the only part(s) that likely doesn't require replacement or modification of some kind are the tires. Happy days ahead then.
    11 points
  15. Thanks for the kind comments everyone! Phew, time to do some work on the Hurricane. I 'printed' a few sheets of stencils with my Silhouette Portrait - it took a few goes because I kept forgetting things and would have to print another. Oh well, plenty of spares! That may be a good thing as the 1/72 serial numbers seem to be about as small as the Portrait can go and the blade itself kind of left them in disarray. I decided to just work from outside in this time - so first off would be yellow on the fuselage roundels. And then blue White Finally, Red The big reveal As with any build, the seldom seen underside stencils turned out best.
    11 points
  16. my latest finished model of the ship "Batavia" from Revell, I used pulleys from Shipmodel - 340 pcs in total, I made the sails, sewed them at home, the rest is classic, oil paints, Tamiya paints, Tamiya pigments and figures. The model represents her last voyage, the ship did not reach its destination and crashed on the "Horning reef".
    10 points
  17. Roden's Albatros D.III in 1/72. Built as the red Baron's plane - Le Petit Rouge. I cut the cowling off and added some extra detail in the engine bay (fuel tank and the bulkheads). I spent a lot of time painting a wood finish (even varnishing it) so that I could then paint badly over the top of it to give it the patchy look that you see in photos of the real thing. Sorry the photo's arent that many or the best quality - I had to use my phone as my cameras all use film and I can't scan it! These are my favourite planes (I've built 7 now!) and am planning on building a DV soon. The Roden kits are excellent (as are Eduards and Smer).
    10 points
  18. Hi men here's my attempt at Italeri's 1/32 Tornado. A great kit in my opinion and very nice build with no issues on my build. Thank you for looking
    10 points
  19. Recently completed She now takes her place in my little nest of Zeppelins. Build thread and silliness here: https://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/235101938-zeppelin/page/38/#comment-4476375
    10 points
  20. I finally decided to tackle the biggest rigging Bug Bear of them all....a Royal Aircraft Factory DH.2. The Revell kit, though dated, works up into a pretty presentable model. This one I bought off eBay and was partially assembled (and broken). I had to scratch build one of the Booms, but had another kit that I was able to use as a template. So this is the first in a series of them I will be constructing. I am sure I missed some of the rigging lines - but rigged most of them! Also used a much better Lewis gun from another kit. So UGLY its Pretty.....
    9 points
  21. Yikes! Another Swordfish! There's lots being posted on here lately and of course, that was an influence. Hear me out - I visited my LHS (which is more of a board game/hobby store) and they had 2 Airfix kits on the shelves. One of them....was the stringbag. In my mind it was a sign. I don't typically build aircraft this small, as I find the bits and pieces so fiddly or easy to snap but hey, it's half the price of the 1/48! I'll be building the scheme straight from the box, flown by Lt-Cmdr Eugene Esmonde who was awarded the Victoria Cross for his bravery in leading an attack that sadly resulted in all aircraft (and almost all crews) lost. No extra bits and bobs for this one, it'll be straight OOB and I'll be trying some new paints on this. My skills are amateur at best so don't expect anything amazing, just a tribute to men who were certainly braver than I'll ever be. Lastly, I won't bother with any of the kit description since there are so many others out there, but a posting of the box is a necessity. I got a start on it right away, and was happy to see only one piece was broken upon opening. Just a small strut, easy to glue back together. I was definitely surprised to see the amount of flash on this kit, given what I've seen from newer Airfix kits over the years. Though I gather this was one of their earliest "new" releases so they were still working on things. Here's a few examples: I opted to live dangerously and assemble the entire cockpit tub before painting. I brush paint so it wasn't a huuuuuge bother. But also...my back was sore after spending so long hunched over trying to get it all perfect. Here's the before and after: You'll notice the picture of the painted cockpit tub is taken further away......I'm not trying to hide anything, I swear I brushed aluminum (XF-16) along the floor, used Tamiya XF-71 for the interior green (which is decent but not perfect), XF-60 for the seats (technically dark yellow, but once I add the black wash it darkens nicely), and of course flat black. Over top of everything, as mentioned above, I gave the entire thing a quick brush over with Vallejo black wash. Finishing the night here, with the fuselage assembled (and the engine/cowling which I didn't take a picture of). A little disappointed at such an obvious line along the side/bottom pieces but I'll see if that can be changed. That's all for now, I hope to get a decent amount done over the weekend. Jeff
    8 points
  22. I’ve been a WIP virgin until now so please go easy on me this time. First a bit of background. I’m an unashamed aircraft fan who doesn’t really care for grey Bunsen burners grey and green warplanes - it fact, its fair to say, civil is my strong preference. Within that I like the entire gamut, but if push comes to shove its piston- and turboprop-engined airliners that really light my fires. The classics of the ‘40s, ‘50s and ‘60s are the absolute peak to me, although within the genre its the operators and operations of the elderly pistons in their final years that fascinates me - and myself and my cameras have spent many days and pounds chasing them around the world. In the past I’ve done kits the Heller 1:72 DC-6 (Securite Civil, France), Heller 1:72 Super Connie, 1:72 Ju-52 (Hot Air, Switzerland), even a couple of Heller 1:72 707s, etc., etc. But chancing on a Revell 1:72 Douglas C-54 Skymaster on a Veteranus auction got me thinking - and reaching for the wallet. With the kit snapped up at a very good price, I started to think about what to do with it. I had no interest in doing it as a USAF C-54 (or any other military C-54 for that matter), so my attention turned to after Market decals that could turn it into an airline-operated C-54. There were a few options around but nothing struck a chord until I noticed Red Roo Models did a fire bomber tank for the C-54/DC-4. That was more like it, right up my street. While I paused before pulling the trigger, I had a quick ferret through the box and hit a bit of a snag… Sealed bags, but one of the prop blades was missing (top right). I pings off a message to a Revell - they couldn’t help, kit out of production, no spare parts left. I thought about trying to make one from scratch from sprue and discarded the idea as I felt it unlikely I’d get a perfect match with the other two blades on the hub. I also considered building the kit in an al fresco maintenance diorama with one engine exposed, cowls off, props off the hub and ladders near by. This seemed to have significant potential. But I also posted on here, asking which other types might have the most suitable Hamilton Standard props that I could buy aftermarket - B-17 and B-25 seemed to be the consensus. Coincidentally, @Ed Russell from Red Roo answered my BM query about blades, saying they did DC-4 conversions and he might have an odd spare hanging around. What a perfect alignment of the stars that proved to be, and so I placed an order for the fire bomber conversion. A week after I placed the order, the kit arrived from down under (remarkable service from Red Roo) with the promised blades also included (a set of three actually). Lovely, and thank you again to Ed. The Red Roo conversion includes not just a very nice tank and its fittings in resin, but also decals for a Buffalo Airways (Canada) C-54 fire bomber and a Conair (Canada) DC-6 fire bomber. Again, lovely stuff. So, if you’re still with me you’ll recall I have travelled the world in search of weary piston engined airliners, and one of the places I’ve visited is Yellowknife in the Northwest Territories of Canada. The remote town is hallowed ground for enthusiasts such as me, as it is home to the infamous Buffalo Airways and its irascible owner Joe McBryan, which came to much wider public attention six seasons of the TV reality show Ice Pilots NWT. I’ve seen and photographed the carrier’s C-46s and C-54s and had the privilege of a flight to Hay River in a C-47/DC-3 on the “Sched” - I’d even photographed some of their C-54s in their former lives as fire bombers with Aero Union in the USA. And so the stage is set. Revell’s 1:72 USAF C-54 Skymaster will become Buffalo AIrways C-FBAP / Tanker 15 in its striking red, white and black colour scheme. In the next instalment, work will have started. I might still do the diorama with one engine exposed and the cowls off - we’ll see - but thanks to Red Roo it’ll feature a fire bomber I’ve seen with a full set of blades. Thanks for your interest if you’ve stuck with me so far.
    8 points
  23. Hello, I have made this over the last few days, it's for a friend. I downloaded the dog and Teddy from CG trader, the collar and base I did in fusion 360. I'm actually really pleased with how this has turned out. Hope you all enjoy it Cheers, Andy.
    8 points
  24. Afternoon all, Covid has presented me with some unexpected spare time over the last week, and I've been able to get this little beauty from Arma Hobby finished... Not much to say that hasn't already been said, a delightful kit in every regard. Built completely from the box, not that anything else is really needed, and finished using Hataka Orange Line. Arma Hobby 1/72 North American P-51B Mustang by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr Arma Hobby 1/72 North American P-51B Mustang by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr Arma Hobby 1/72 North American P-51B Mustang by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr Arma Hobby 1/72 North American P-51B Mustang by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr Arma Hobby 1/72 North American P-51B Mustang by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr Thanks for looking, comments welcomed as always Cheers, Shaun
    8 points
  25. And again something from me. This time a Fokker E.V from Arma Hobby. A great kit, but not easy. The colors are mostly from AK this time. I hope you like the little one.
    8 points
  26. The pilot is painted, so I can add him and get the fuselage halves together: Then I can get back to the F-102!
    8 points
  27. Hi All, Some good progress on the Stringbag today! Much of this weekend has been spent painting the interiors of this and the Mk.XIVe, so not a great deal of construction occurred yesterday (hence very little point in updating ).Today I decided to press on with the Swordfish cockpit, so here's the first parts going together: There's a reasonable amount of detail for this scale. Here you can see the fuselage sides: Here's the finished assembly after an oil wash (you can see that I've added the pilot's harness using Tamiya tape): I then buttoned up the fuselage (the halves were quite flashy, so a fair bit of fettling was required to get rid of that): Not looking too bad though! The final act for the day was to add the empennage: This is shaping up to be quite an enjoyable build - not quite 1:48 Tamiya, but challenging enough in its own way! Thanks for looking, Roger
    8 points
  28. Afternoon All, This is my latest build, a 1/48 McDonnell Douglas F15C Eagle. An older kit from Tamiya but nonetheless the good quality we are used to. Built OOB and it went together without any significant issues. It was primed with XF-24 Dark Grey and pre-shaded with XF-1 black. The two camo colours are fairly light greys which were probably Dark & Light Ghost Grey. I followed the Tamiya instructions and used XF-66 Light Grey and XF-2 White mixed 1:3 and XF-19 Sky Grey and XF-2 White mixed 1:2 respectively. Tamiya X-32 Titanium Silver was used for the heat shield areas. Not too much weathering. Flory dark dirt wash to highlight panel lines and Abteilung oils. A very enjoyable build and I'm quite pleased with the result. Cheers, Steve
    7 points
  29. Fresh off the production line one thats taken me a little longer then normal (I blame the humbrol red 19 paint) Airfix 1:48 Canberra B(I)6 WT309 of A&AEE Boscombe Down as she was in about 1985. Unfortunately only the nose of the aircraft survice now preserved at Farnborough FAST museum. My thanks to @canberra kid for some help and insights with his vast canberra knowledge. A few homemade additions to the kit in the form of wing tip camera pods, pylons adjusted for position, size, and markings, upper and lower fuselage whip antenna, brake lines, wing pitot tube, ejector seat handles and harness. Tips for anybody making this kit in the future: The plastic is really thick and subsequently the bomb bay doors really dont fit well plenty of material to remove! The raspberry ripple box scheme dosen't show any of the standard markings so an hour+ looking at pics matching what can be seen on pics with whats on the standard scheme is required. And the pilot is very undersized! As always any comments, questions and tips greatfully received. And now the pics.
    7 points
  30. Little bit of a cruise here last night, mainly US stuff. Light wasnt great but I managed a few pics which you might enjoy. I will not embarass myself trying to caption them as I havent really looked at this scene for years so rather than be wrong I will write nowt. I do know this first one though, a stray Brit, Mk2 Escort. IMG_7726 by Matt Farmer, on Flickr IMG_7738 by Matt Farmer, on Flickr IMG_7734 by Matt Farmer, on Flickr IMG_7736 by Matt Farmer, on Flickr IMG_7739 by Matt Farmer, on Flickr IMG_7741 by Matt Farmer, on Flickr IMG_7744 by Matt Farmer, on Flickr IMG_7773 by Matt Farmer, on Flickr IMG_7786 by Matt Farmer, on Flickr IMG_7779 by Matt Farmer, on Flickr IMG_7812 by Matt Farmer, on Flickr IMG_7837 by Matt Farmer, on Flickr IMG_7858 by Matt Farmer, on Flickr IMG_7874 by Matt Farmer, on Flickr IMG_7882 by Matt Farmer, on Flickr There were many more, especially later on, Dixie horns and V8 burbling long into the night. Thankyou for looking, Matt
    7 points
  31. This is a 1/72 Tamiya Corsair I built for my uncle - hopefully it survives the journey to Los Angeles to give it to him intact. It's supposed to represent an F4U-1A that Greg Boyington flew - he was known for choosing the most beat up airframe available in order for the less experienced pilots to have more reliable rides, and this one appears to fit the bill as the ref pics seem to show that the left wing is a replacement from an old 'birdcage' model painted in light blue grey. Thanks for Looking!
    7 points
  32. I managed to get the undersides sprayed whilst doing other things this lunchtime. Not a stunning picture, and not particularly fascinating, but hey...: Cheers, JRK
    7 points
  33. Hobbyboss Swiss F5 Tiger II Mostly painted with Mr Color lacquers with aditional contributions from Vallejo, Tamiya, Alclad, Revell and Halfords Oopsie Build thread here Thanks to @Robert Stuart and @modelling minion for hosting duties and everyone for feedback, encouragement or just for looking. /P
    7 points
  34. Reini's aircraft factory has been mostly eating during the past month. Ribs! See how the meat starts to peel away from the bones, that's how you know you are done! Not sure what this is in english .... but maybe flank? Is that a piece of a pork? In any case, it was delicious! Well seasoned and glazed with sweet BBQ sauce - with some veggies on a stick. Burgers! With blue cheese, sweet red onions and bacon. Yummy! To be honest, modelling hasn't been on my mind lately as it has been unbearably hot - in general but especially in my modelling den. But I've really wanted to do some modelling so yesterday I took my stuff outside: Voodoo is in a pretty good place, actually. Cockpit is done and it didn't require too much sanding in order to fit, despite hearing horror stories about the resin cockpits. Fuselage is glued, wings are glued, most of the small bits are tidied up and majority of the sanding is done (not much was required anyway). So all I need to do is to clean up the landing gears, do some minor rescribing and I'm getting ready for paint!
    7 points
  35. Hi all, just completed Eduards new F4F-3 Wildcat in 1:48. Add some Brassin parts (cockpit, gun barrels, wheels and exhausts) and the Bronzin legs. It is just a fun-kit - hope you like it!
    6 points
  36. This will probably be the last post in the build thread. The undercarriage and other bits have been added, apart from the 20mm cannon barrels that are being replaced by some 0.9mm tube. The kit nose pitot has been replaced by some Albion Alloys slide fit tube. I really like their tube stuff, it is not badly priced and is very versatile. Some bit s of paint work need attending to, like aerials, but it should not take too long.
    6 points
  37. Good day! At the beginning of the Malta struggle, the Regia Aeronautica bore the main weight of the offensive, fighting hard against Gladiators then Hurricanes of the RAF. Italy's then best fighter was the Macchi 200 and the 90° and 91° Squadriglie from the 10° Gruppo of the 4th Stormo were heavily involved. Italeri MC 200 is looking OK but has so many errors that the model requires a lot of work to look like the original: - suppression of all the oversized rivets -replacing the interior with the Palva set -suppressed the separation of the wheels bay to built one more conform - complete and dress the engine arms and wheels bay with cables hoses etc., what the kit provides is pure fantasy - update the Fiat engine with oil lines and the propeller with the prop pitch - equip the landing legs with the break lines. - scratch build two pitot tubes using copper tubes and steel wire -scratch build navigation lights. -built the cockpit sides with plastic card and clear one for the side windows The paint job duplicates the Breda's factory one, base is Verde Mimetico 2, then blotches of Bruno Mimetico, then more dense blotches of Giallo Mimetico 4, underside is Grigio Mimetico. The plane is from the 90° squadriglia based in Gela, Sicily in November 41, right after the yellow nose band was suppressed. Best regards to you all. AD1EDA5B-B9E2-424B-9883-3502F0CD1D71_1_201_a by jean Barby, sur Flickr 8979A24B-2E10-4514-8E61-DDCB9FFE601D_1_201_a by jean Barby, sur Flickr 05421067-A27F-4CB7-B4F8-629112DEB193_1_201_a by jean Barby, sur Flickr B922CA09-1F61-4AD3-BAFB-22EFBDA033DE_1_201_a by jean Barby, sur Flickr 257392FE-289D-42F5-93B9-20E456F31ABB_1_201_a by jean Barby, sur Flickr 61C270E0-A047-435E-A30A-621DC2C98D77_1_201_a by jean Barby, sur Flickr 1661106C-095C-4AC9-A81F-0B4EF57BB855_1_201_a by jean Barby, sur Flickr
    6 points
  38. Allrighty I'm calling this one done. It's as good as I'm going to get it anyway It'll do for a quick, slap-together OOB build It also means I've one kit less in the stash and I'm a small step nearer to modelling perfection Thanks to @Robert Stuart and @modelling minion for hosting duties and everyone for feedback, encouragement or just for looking. More pics in the gallery soon(ish) /P
    6 points
  39. Thanks mate, they came out sufficiently almost perfect to look like a field mod. Strewth indeed, though that’s what the more polite Aussies might say, the rest of us are generally more blunt. I have splashed plenty of paint in the wrong direction to not try and mitigate my clutz-ness somehow. Thanks Adrian, it’s shaped up well this time. Reskit make great product, you’ll go well with it Colin, I’m sure. Thanks Chris, it’s the imperfections that sometimes make the overall effect gel. That’s what I tell myself. A cluttered background to misdirect the eye of the beholder Very kind Alistair, thanks. Even kinder, bordering on hyperbole but much appreciated nonetheless. A reminder of what the subject is… State of play; Today’s jobs were the the squadron codes, serial number and wing walk lines. The wing walk lines would have be a bit easier if I’d done them before the theatre markings and roundels - I needed to mask off for those under the expectation that they wouldn’t have been replaced when painted over. The observant reader will see I used pale blue for the codes. Looking at the reference photo I don’t think they are white, they’re clearly a different tone than the white on the fin for example. If not white, then grey or pale blue - I went with pale blue as it’s a little different, and I’ve read somewhere that it may well have been used. Converting the image to black and white... It’s a pickem for the grey or light blue, I like that the blue is just a bit different, it suits my approach. Next on my Spit is the stencil decals, contemporary pics tend to show them present and as this isn’t a repainted airframe it should be more or less factory spec for the stencils. That’ll do for my weekend’s Spitfirery, looking forward to seeing everyone else’s weekend progress. Cheers.
    6 points
  40. Removed the front grill surround, tail panel and wheel arch moldings. Engine wired and plumbed. Refinished in DuPont lacquer and TransStar clear.
    5 points
  41. Another 1:72 offering, this time the Airfix 1/72 Warhawk. Built straight out of the box using Humbrol enamels and the colour call out in the instructions. Made a bit of a botch when doing the decals, a) surface not smooth enough to avoid silvering and b) didn't put a thick enough protective coat when doing some post decal masking (tape peel of some decal) and maybe a bit more care on the transparencies. More lessons learnt. Neat little kit, and I enjoyed the build on the whole.
    5 points
  42. Now that the Sabre is ready for painting, and I'm struggling to work up the enthusiasm for the Buffalo (I'll get to it), it's time to start another build. This is the Minicraft DC-8 which I'll be building as a CP Air DC-8-53 using Two Six decals and Bra.Z resin engines. First job is to shorten the fuselage. The kit represents a DC-8-71 with a stretched fuselage, but there are engraved lines on the inside to help with shortening to both the original fuselage length and the slightly longer -62/72. So the job of cutting the fuselage up is fairly straightforward - here's what I've ended up with: I've not started reassembling the fuselage halves, that's the next job. More soon Julian
    5 points
  43. Started last year for the Bristol GB entered into KUTA and having been reminded that this is the Centenary of the founding of the Air Corp finished today.
    5 points
  44. This is the Hobby Boss kit. Ok I know a bit of a dogs dinner. But it goes together well and looks like a Corsair........ Ok from a few miles away. Straight out of the box with more bombs stolen from a Warthog kit. They drove me nuts!! It all fits no dramas and fills a hole in the collection. What more can you ask. Now what's the betting the next new jet Tamiya do will be one of these........ F14, Phantom......... Corsair. Enough said. On to the pics. Please feel free to comment etc. Thanks for looking. Dick
    5 points
  45. In latest time at the bench I did a little work on the prop: And then, in preparation for markings it was time to lay down a gloss coat. First off though, to get rid of the rough post paint surface, I wet sanded the entire model with a Tamiya 3000 grit sanding sponge. In some ways this negates the need for a gloss coat but I figured it best to err on the side of caution. I used a 40:60 mix of Tamiya X22 and Mr Hobby Self Levelling Thinner: You can see from the pictures that I also did some work on the undercarriage legs, including painting the chrome absorber. Next up will be the decals and markings. The latter I will need some help with I think... I've been thinking about getting a cutter and have been experimenting with both Silhouette Studio and Cricut Design Space. So far Silhouette Studio looks like a better choice to me. Thanks for looking.
    5 points
  46. Hello friends. I thought it would be natural after my Macchi 200, to present the legend of the Italian Air Force, the Macchi 202. In fact this model was done some times ago for a customer and I did recover the pictures only recently. I will not repeat myself for what has to be done to do a correct 202, WIPs are abundant enough on the web. This plane was the mount of Marquis de Briona when flying with the 74° Squadriglia, 23° Gruppo, 3° Stormo, wearing the "Angry wasp"unit emblem and the mid-production Breda elaborated branched out mottling. The superb SBS cockpit was used as the welcome Eduard's wheels bay to improve the poor parts of the kit. The individual code is inside the white triangle on the fin, an unusual feature. Best regards. 7B7CC310-DE12-4E95-9298-E5416380AF5D by jean Barby, sur Flickr 94073B4C-7CF2-4766-9E2F-B6F12DE4E63E by jean Barby, sur Flickr 4742F88B-28CD-464C-96A3-8A2219BB8227 by jean Barby, sur Flickr 2BD889C2-605D-4B3C-B823-736CA57B13AC by jean Barby, sur Flickr B147A827-77FF-4C0A-AEC5-14D1574C6974 by jean Barby, sur Flickr A23F2A26-EC79-438F-9129-8953DD9ED4FE by jean Barby, sur Flickr 25A30866-3316-4306-945F-6F6E349232F4 by jean Barby, sur Flickr 40E6F1EF-8680-400A-B932-FD7209FCC0C8 by jean Barby, sur Flickr
    5 points
  47. Managed to get the 2k clear on this morning. Let it harden off properly and hopefully assemble the front suspension on to the tub tomorrow after work.
    5 points
  48. Hi all, built this as part of the F-5 STGB in a what-if ROCAF scheme. Decals are from Xtradecal, they're low-vis and are unfortunately lost somewhat in the grey scheme but the kit itself is fantastic. No issues with fit whatsoever and a nice level of detail for a small 1/72 kit, the ladders especially are a nice feature. And a few with my old HB F-5E kit in a ROCAF scheme... Thanks for looking in & check out the GB there's some fantastic builds going on!
    5 points
  49. Did some research for the '8' Panzer II, when I was building it some time ago. It is definitely Ausf. C and it was most probably painted in RAL 8000. You can see my model here. The paint I used, Gunze Mr Hobby Aqueous Hobby Color H402, is considered very accurate representation of RAL 8000. As I remember, there is a chance that some Panzer IIs (mostly Fs) were painted in RAL 8020, later in this theater, during Tunisian campaign for example. Like this one. Revell 17 is considered nice representation of RAL 8020. MRP and Hataka version are both pretty accurate representations of RAL 8000 and RAL 8020. Cheers, Nenad
    5 points
  50. G'day all. Another finished in time for our annual show next weekend. It's the 1/48th Tamiya F4U-1A as an RNZAF machine with 1 Servicing Until while at Henderson Field at Guadalcanal in 1944. This one is an interesting one as it is a spliced airframe from two crashed aircraft, hence the different schemes fore and aft. A bit of aftermarket was used; Eduard belts, a Yahu instrument panel and markings from Xtradecal. I had to make a new pitot as the sprue it was on was thrown out thinking that it was empty...doh. There's lots pf layer of paint, oils and weathering effect to get it appearing as it did. In the reference photos I've found it appears that the forward half had a lot mor wear and tear than the rear. Certainly a subjective interpretation but there's lots of scope to weather it up. Cheers, Mick.
    5 points
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