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  1. Howdy Everyone, Just finished the latest addition to my CBI theme and thought you wouldn`t mind seeing a few photo`s My attempt at a Royal Navy FM-2 Wildcat Built from Eduard`s new 1/48 kit Built 99% from the box contents Only additions being: ignition harness and brake pipes from bits of wire... ....and the decals which came from Techmod Set 48052 `Grumman Wildcat Mk VI` First time I`ve used this brand and they worked beautifully. Kept the weathering light, as apparently, they didn`t actually see any action as the war was over before they got there. Hope you enjoy the pic`s, thanks for looking Cheers Russ
    26 points
  2. Greetings to everyone once again. Re.2000 in export version for the Hungarian Air Force, the Hungarian version of the name is Heja 1. The kit from SH contains a minimum of plastic, a lot of resin parts, a photo-etch board, a decal and two vacuum canopies. All the little things are shapeless pieces of plastic, so it was easier to make the small details yourself, the resin parts are also far from being of the best quality, and even the vacuum canopies had to be bathed in futura three times before they reached a relatively acceptable quality. And only the decal did not cause any complaints But not everything is so sad, I just had to work hard. So, in a nutshell, the following has been done: the rear support niche has been sawed out and made (the SH does not have one at all), and the support itself has also been made; the keel is cut and installed at the desired angle; The landing gear struts are made entirely from scrap materials, and the wheels are from Equipage; All deflectable surfaces of the wing and tail were cut off and rearranged, thick edges were ground off, and the ribs were restored; the antenna, radio equipment under a canopy, navigation lights, exhaust pipes along with fairings were made independently; a lot of different small things were added to the fuselage, pipes, breathers, air ducts, casings, etc. The jointing was restored anew. The engine deserves a separate description. The original one, although cast in resin and quite neat, looks like a toy. I turned to Vector products. Of what Vector has in 72nd scale, the most suitable for conversion is the French Gnome-Rhone GR-14. By replacing the gearbox housing, the GR-14 became a Piaggio P.XI, although the housing had to be slightly adjusted. The hood was cut and adjusted to accommodate the installation of the engine, which also made it possible to add more scale to its edges, make the necessary air channels under the cooling louvres, etc. Push rods, high-voltage wires were added, and at the final stage, three-beam supports for attaching the engine to the hood along the perimeter and a synchronizer were added rotation of the screw. The propeller spinner was also machined independently, because The shape of the standard one from the SH set does not correspond to the drawings. The model is riveted. Acrylic painting (Tamiya and Hobby Color). *Sorry for the automatic translation
    26 points
  3. Hi folks, built for a friend who admires a lot Gabresky.Just tried to reproduce as much as photos permit the intricate camo...excuse me for any mistakes. Hope you like it. All the best, Marcus
    25 points
  4. Evening Britmodellers, 2023 has been a barren modelling year in the Stickler house. This is the only kit that have managed to complete (I could bore you with the tale of my KP Seafire and the self-destructing decals but that is probably one for another post). Anyway, here is a NA Mustang P51B as flown by Captain Clarence "Bud" Anderson, 363rd FS, 357th FG in the Summer of 1944. Did I enjoy making the Arma kit (which has received universal praise)? If you'd have asked me early on in the build, my response would have been pretty negative. "What's with all these tiny parts? It's not 1/32 you know"! "That's not a decal, it's a microdot"! As the build went on, however, I grew to love it and, in the final analysis, it has to be the best 1/72 kit I've ever built. It is also my first Mustang and my first attempt invasion stripes (lots of measuring and masking tape and tricky with a brush). Will I make another Arma kit? Well if Santa has got the message their Mk1 Hurricane should be poking out of my stocking on Christmas morning. Enough rambling, thanks for taking the time to look and I wish you and yours a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Best regards Peter
    19 points
  5. Hello everybody … I am finishing builds that were started in 2022 before my health took a turn for the worse. I am presenting three spitfire’s today. The second will be the Mk.Vb flown by F/Ltn. John Waddy 92 Squadron November 1942. Please feel free to post comments or ask questions. Dennis
    17 points
  6. Hello everybody … I am finishing builds that were started in 2022 before my health took a turn for the worse. I am presenting three spitfire’s today. The first will be a Mk.Vb in the Markings of USN VCS-7 Spotting aircraft from Operation overlord on June 6th. Sadly I lost the landing gear and had to build this one in flight. I used a spare set of flying gear from the Airfix Mk.Vc that I had left over. My first such build in almost 40 years. Please feel free to post comments or ask questions. Dennis
    15 points
  7. This is the McDonnell XF-88B Voodoo experimental supersonic turboprop aircraft built using the Maintrack vacuformed nose and fuselage and the Anigrand wings, landing gear and horizontal tail. Since I also have the Ginter XF-88 book with Lloyd Jones drawing I tried to check the 2 kits for accuracy. What I found is that the Anigrand fuselage is a bit short It is a little hard to see in this picture but the nose is a bit too rounded on the bottom. It turns out that the Maintrack fuselage is also short The nose shape is a little better. Interestingly the Maintrack kit contains its own drawing and the fuselage is still too short. The maintrack kit has parts to build the XF-88, XF-88A and the XF-88B. To do this it includes a separate XF-88B turboprop nose. My original plan was to graft this nose onto the Anigrand rear fuselage. But when I compared the 2 I found that they were not a good match. The Anigrand fuselage is much wider and while it is hard to see the lower fuselage (circled area) of the Anigrand kit is squarish while the Maintrack one is rounder. So I went to plan B that was to use the the Maintrack fuselage and the Anigrand wings, landing gear and stabilizer. The arrows show where the Maintrack node and main fuselage join. I had as spare cockpit interior and nose gear well in my junk box that fit almost perfectly. The maintrack kit has a vac canopy that I found very easy to cut out and that fit very well. There were still 2 issues. The first is that the Maintrack white metal prop and spinner is notorious for shedding prob blades. In my case 3 of the 4 where broken off and no matter what I tried (pins, super glue, epoxy) I could not get them to stay on. To fix this I cut off the rear of a spare fuel take, cut down some spare prob blades and fabricated a replacement. The Maintrack one is on the left. The other issue is that the Anigrand wheel well are so deep that the upper wing surface is almost paper thin with the main gear mounting hole going clear through. Not difficult to fix but any stress on the main gear will will cause cause cracks to appear the top of the wings. This caused numerous redoes to the build. I also have a bad jar of Alclad aluminum that messed up a few attempts to get a smooth finish before I threw it out and used a new jar. I was once told that a work of art is never finished, it is given up in frustration. While I make no claim that this build is a work of art it was definitely not as perfect a build as I would have liked and was given up in frustration rather then perfected. But here is is in all its glory. Next up will be something completely different; a 1/1250 model of the USS Holland AS-32 Submarine tender for a former sailor. Enjoy
    14 points
  8. Greetings, dear colleagues! I would like to present to your attention a 72 times reduced model of Hellcat fighter by Grumman, in F6F-3K modification, it is an aircraft converted into a radio-controlled drone. On the model itself from Eduard impressions are the most positive, while this model in 72 scale is considered the best and I agree with it. Made a new tail support, it is in this modification is elongated. Imitated navigation lights from transparent polystyrene, rolled rivet. Antenna struts from scraps of etching. For colouring I used paint materials from MR. Hobby. Regards, Muteman
    13 points
  9. Thanks sir, looking at this kit at the moment it`s lucky it`s not in the bin. Apart from the wing folds there is issues elsewhere to. It looks like the decals are that poor quality that Airfix had for a while. Some serious moulding seams etc. But I am battling this one out. Thanks @Alex Gordon, @Hamden, @cobraleader, @Johnson, @Retired Bob, @2996 Victor, @corsaircorp, @franky boy, @AliGauld, and @Klaasdebouwer. As you can see, I am not really impressed with this kit but will carry on. Casper is in the bin. So are the IP decal too But splashed some paint around. And main wheels glued. Stay calm. Simon.
    12 points
  10. Humber Super Snipe This is the 1/32 Airfix 'Monty's Humber' kit, modified to better represent the vehicle currently on display the the Imperial War Museum, London. Cheers
    11 points
  11. WIP here: This RN LCT-5 is modified from the Black Cat Models kit with the following: 1) Ramp "Mulock" extensions 2) Raised Bridge 3) Attached mast Vehicles are from L'Arsenal and stowage is all Black Cat including the small mine-sweeping floats as these craft often served as Auxiliary Minesweepers Thanks for looking Rob
    10 points
  12. I was happily patiently waiting for this aircraft, got it still warm after release at Moson and after that followed more than 4 months of arduous work, trying to stick the parts together to look like something and got very close to binning it a few times. But I persevered and here she is.
    10 points
  13. Hello everybody … I am finishing builds that were started in 2022 before my health took a turn for the worse. I am presenting three spitfire’s today. The third will be the Mk.Vc flown by F/Ltn. John Plagis 185 Squadron Hal Far Malta June 1942. Please feel free to ask questions or post comments. Dennis
    10 points
  14. Airfix 1/72 - Curtiss Tomahawk IIB - PO Neville Duke, 112 Sqn, Libya 1941. George
    9 points
  15. Hi all More Beaufighter progress. Canopies fitted Small intakes hollowed out wingtip lights, landing lights and ailerons fitted. One coat of Colourcoats Sky blue painted underneath, thinned it out and impressed with the coverage for the first coat Seafire cockpit internals worked on Will get my Informal GB Beaufighter thread started tomorrow hopefully. Thanks for looking in Chris
    9 points
  16. Thanks @elger, @giemme, @AliGauld, @GREG DESTEC, @cobraleader, @Hamden, @Dr. Quack, and @Johnson. With the Seafire annoying me I got on with the Beau. Flaps on and "Bump". Rudder next. And an overall shot. My patience is a bit thin at the moment so will leave alone until tomorrow, Stay calm. Simon.
    8 points
  17. Some newly released books and the enforced opportunity to sit and read them From Amazon The F-100 Units of USAFE book , by Doug Gordon , pre-ordered new release from Fonthill Media , following on from last year’s USAFE Tactical Units in the United Kingdom in the Cold War release the author this time narrows the focus to one type expanded across US service in Europe including a look at French/Danish/Turkish use with 275 images of which 150 are in colour in 256 pages , wonder if he is planning to do the same with some of the other types covered in the earlier book. From the Aviation & Military Bookshop Latest two new releases in the ‘Duke Hawkins’ series from HMH Publications which arrived in the UK at the end of last week. Aircraft In Detail 30 – Fairchild A-10A/C Thunderbolt II (Flying With The United States Air Force book. Aircraft In Detail 31 - Saab 35 Draken (Flying With European Air Forces) book , although while there are some images of operational aircraft many are of preserved airframes and as regards operator coverage Finnish use is limited to one example in open-air museum storage. 178 and 144 pages respectively in the usual format with full aircraft and close-up images including weapons and others stores . hopefully another three titles (A-7 , Hawk and Hurricane) by the end of this year/very early next. From The NHS A Left Thyroid Lobectomy , went on the waiting list in September expecting operation during early Spring next year but phone call last Tuesday asking if I would accept 0700 Monday led to a bit of a panicked rush last week , but away at crack of dawn Monday and back home lunchtime Tuesday minus one half of my thyroid and looking as if I have had my throat cut during a drunken brawl in a dockside Marseilles bordello , still feeling a bit battered but getting by on Magnum Ice Creams , excellent care from all concerned and already back to a little light painting.
    8 points
  18. And here we are finished (you'll remember this is the IWM exhibit, so there's no weathering ). All in all, it's been quite a nice offering from Airfix . Thank you to all who have liked or commented, and especially to @Dansk and @modelling minion for hosting so well. Cheers .
    8 points
  19. Hi all A bit more Done to the Auster with the decals on, rigging on the tailplane, and wheels on. Wing stripes painted on the undersides, tried to make them slightly messy, that is planned honest. Exhausts added from brass tube I also started this after the Basset got finished, but having looked at @rob Lyttle s thread I decided to leave to one side until the informal GB for the Dallachy Beaufighter is finished as there is some plastic surgery to do on the undercarriage bays. Thanks for looking in Chris
    8 points
  20. Well, I managed to get the clear parts fitted and then I had a go at making the canvas tilt. Not perfect but I am happy with this first attempt. I messed up the side mirrors fitting the tilt but it is on an old model, so not a concern. On Sunday, the Helicopter Museum is having their Christmas Fun Day, with Santa flying in by helicopter. Our model club, the North Somerset Modelling Society, will have a presence there with a display of our built models. Although my Landy isn't perfect (they accept these limitations at my age ) I think that I shall take it along and place it in this setting. I shall paint the headlamps a suitable silvery colour and perhaps add some unit markings and make some track marks in the snow etc. Now that I know what to do, I shall have another go with the tilt and hope that it will be a better representation. If it is then I shall place it on my WiP Landy and continue with the build. cheers for now, Mike
    8 points
  21. This time still modern military, but changed from US to UK. An APC that UK keeps using since cold war. There has many variation to suit the needs in battlefield, e.g. command, ambulance, cargo, recovery, anti-tank, etc. btw, US's M1113 is very similar to F430 series. I painted this traditional APC in green-black camo. [APC] 1/72 FV432 Mk.2/1 Working Photos: Product Photos:
    7 points
  22. Here is my recently completed Tamiya Swordfish with Eduard details and a few additions. I used Colourcoat paints, with Tamiya panel line washes. AK weathering pencils and ground pastels for the weathering. The Tamiya bracing wires are awry in places, which I'll atend to before taking some photos in natural light. I like the mis-match of Type A and B roundels and full-width, full height national markings on the fin.
    7 points
  23. Dragon's 35th scale Hanomag Sd.Kfz.251/6. It is a typical Dragon kit, loads of unused parts, confusing instructions, but abundance of detail. I added a fair bit of stowage from the spares box and painted it in DAK colours using Tamiya acrylics. Weathered using the hairspray technique (to be honest I have tried this method a number of time and can never get the effect I desire). Loads of pigments to give it a very dusty finish. Thanks for looking Angelo
    7 points
  24. I'm not 100% sure I've done this wonderful kit justice with this build, but I tried my best. The engineering and quality behind it is amazing, any issues with the build were mostly of my own making. I found some of the instruction images a little unclear on alignment of components within the cockpit, but that could have been overcome with a bit more patience and dry fitting on my part. The control column was installed too far forward, so it conflicted with the instrument panel and compass a little, and then it also made the seat sit a little too far aft so it doesn't fit flush with the cockpit opening like it should. If I had realised that the tail end of the control column projected *through* the lower opening in the seat armour plating, this would have led to a better fit. The proper rear view mirror fell victim to my carpet monster, so I had to resort to the round item instead. Minor problem really.
    7 points
  25. Battlestar Galactica - Revell The build thread is here Thanks for looking /P
    7 points
  26. Just went into town to pick up some supplies (we have a good little shop in town), and before I knew it this was in the bag as well. I think this will be my entry for this year's BlitzenBuild, should be fun.
    7 points
  27. OK got rid of that Covid bug so first off thanks to everyone for your comments and good wishes, today I felt like going to the bench to familiarize myself as to the state of play I left this project at. Things soon came back to me and a small amount of progress has been made with the hull being given a coat of grey primer and the turret has had the sensor suite fitted as well as the hatches, should be ready for primer soon! Anyway here are a couple pics to show where we are That's it for now back soon with more Thanks for your time and I hope your projects are proceeding as you wish Stay safe Roger
    7 points
  28. This was meant to be a stop-gap build - a mild custom conversion in the style of a 1930s sedanca de ville or coupe de ville style town car - but it kind of took me over for a while! To quote from the WIP thread... "The thinking behind it (yes folks, there is some!) is out of sympathy for the humble subject of this kit. Imagine if you will the life of one of these old ladies, bustling around London day in day out, carrying every class of person from thieves and rogues down to estate agents, bankers, share traders and politicians. Dressed in sombre black and harried Cinderella-like, cut up and honked at, I imagine one of them would yearn for the day when they too could wear a posh frock and transport the nobility and gentry to and from the Albert Hall or Covent Garden Opera House, gliding elegantly through the traffic with a motorcycle escort and being admired on all sides. That is the premise behind this build, a mild makeover which will include a sedanca de ville style body conversion and an engine swap, the diesel lump giving way to a US V8. A tasteful two-tone paint job should complete the makeover." Apologies for the number of images, I tried two different light settings and these are the best of the two. The occasional blurred image is due to the limitations of a phone camera, I'm still looking at getting a decent camera! I hope you like it!
    6 points
  29. This model has just left my workbench. It is a nice kit with no flaws. The only thing I added, was the horseshoe-type antenna, which was a fiddly operation. Hope you like it! cheers, Norbert
    6 points
  30. Just completed this relatively simple build of the oldest car I now have in my display cabinet . It’s been a while since I built a Hasegawa kit which always seemed to slightly “ division 1 “ compared to Tamiya’s products . This one went together really well , with no build issues . The only Hasegawa ism being the wobbly wheels ! There’s a full WIP over on that section of the Forum . I love Safari rally cars as much as the Japanese manufacturers do ; it’s something to do with the Safari specific parts of which this Datsun has plenty . Here’s the finished car Thanks for looking Gary
    6 points
  31. Finish no6 of the year and probably the last one is Airfix's Hawker Tempest in 1/72, its a nice little kit that has some advantages over the earlier Typhoon but has the same fit issue around the nose area. Been slowly putting together along side the Blenhiem IV that was finished a few months ago and finally completed yesterday. Built straight out of box as an aircraft of N0486 sqn, Royal New Zealand Air Force, Castle Camp, Cambridge, Apr 1944. Painted with the usual Tamiya and Mr Hobby Colour acrylics with some oil paint washes and Florys Dark Dirt clay wash. I ended up painting the leading edge stripes as I couldn't get the decals to sit right and lost some of the smaller underside stencil data.
    6 points
  32. Almost entirely OOB - except for that I bought the wrong version regarding what I intended to build (I bought the early MiG-15 instead of the bis). Luckily, all necessary parts were in the box except for that I had to adjust (re-scribe) the shape of the airbrakes. I used aftermarket decals from Fliegerrevue - TOM. The insignia is the early NVA one that was used until 1956. A nice, but pretty basic kit. Cockpit is partly great, partly lacking lots of details. Maybe that is why the clear parts are far from clear, they can easily hide the lacking details when canopy is closed. I polished it and dipped it in Johnsons Pledge, but as you can see on the picture above, it is still rather foggy. Some details are rather crude, the whole kit feels more like an upscaled 1/72. For instance, the nose gear and wheel is just one single part. Shapes are nice, apart from the well-known mistake at the wing root which i did not bother to correct. To me it looks enough like a MiG-15 even with that small error. However, fit is OK (the locating pins/holes must be the largest ever seen on a non-snap-tite aircraft kit) and on the whole this is an easy and relaxing build. So if you want a correct MiG-15, wait for the Eduard release. If you want an easy way to build one that to most people look like this famous fighter, this one might be a better option than the Trumpeter release. Thanks for watching!
    6 points
  33. My Uncle had a bald head and he always had a comb with him. He could not part with it... Simon.
    6 points
  34. All brightwork now added. Wipers (they are in the right position believe it or not, I checked several online images to make sure) mirrors, bumpers, rear lights and a fair bit of BMF. I couldn't resist adding a pair of exhaust tailpipes (well, there IS a V8 under the bonnet!) made from aluminium tubing acquired for a previous build. As a final touch I re-purposed an attache case supplied with the Isetta kit built earlier in the year (I thought it looked a bit twee perched on the Isetta's boot-rack) and what was a 1/16 scale attache case now becomes a 1/24 scale luggage trunk which will sit alongside the driver. ...and that completes the model. The RFI thread is here, meantime I hope the two pics above will suffice for the time being. Thanks as always for your interest, comments and company during the build. It was a lot of fun and I can now relax and take a break from modelling while my eyes are operated on. I should be back in full fettle about the middle of March 2024, meantime I'll lurk and comment as and when I am able to.
    6 points
  35. I did mean your 2nd tooling Airfix kit which gave me excellent references for what the Mossie should look like! @AdrianMF also did a Molins version of that newer kit and it was @old thumper who built the first tooling in comparison. More of a Westland Whirlwind type nose on this artist's rendition but recognisable as a Mossie all the same! I'm hoping my Mk.VI can improve on 'Poh, Poh, Poh' with more of a Tacca, Tacca, Boom, Boom, Whoosh, Whoosh, Whoosh'! Many thanks, it's all good practice I'm telling myself! You're a hard man, @AdrianMF.... I think this kit has had enough sport with me for one build! You are right, of course, the nose does get ahead of the spinners a tad too much. I've made a sprint for the finish on the Airfix Mk.VI now and the Frog canopy has been grafted on and hopefully paint hides the worst of the scars. That nose remains just too long but at least it curves down from the canopy with a better profile. Transfers/decals went on beautifully as I used only tepid water and let the backing really soak - only the starboard side messed up due to the fuselage reinforcing strake and I had to source some more transfers for the squadron codes which I just applied on top. The serial number in blue has to remain to remind me that this is supposed to be a 'build the old kit' exercise! In looking at the nose, I twigged that the .303 m/g's had to be moved to below the centre line and the Frog ones do look much better than the Airfix originals. I left one of the original m/g ports above the nose open as the gun camera and put small cannon barrels (sections of hair brush prongs!) in the lower ports. The Frog rockets and rails look good to me and the pics remind me that there are lots of minor touch ups still required. I've coated with some Humbrol acrylic matt varnish and this needs a quick fly round the room and put down before I'm institutionalised! Now I really need to get on with the wingtip lights on the Frog Mk.IV. Some clear sprue from a 1/32 kit came in handy. The crew figures are tiny in this kit.
    6 points
  36. This is the Italeri boxing of the Tri-Master/Dragon kit. I nice straight forward and simple kit. It goes together with no real issues. Aftermarket was kept to a set of seat belts, and I replaced the gun barrels and pitot tube with hypodermic needles. I used Mr Color except for the good old RLM 81 Braun Violet. I mixed this myself as every paint manufacturer has their own variation on that theme! So it's my own take on the colour and I don't think I was too far off. Thanks for looking Angelo.
    6 points
  37. This Xmas is the 50th anniversary of my leaving home (at 16) to enlist in the RAF. The anniversary of the enlistment date sticks in my mind because was the beginning of the leave year so it was a date to be carefully administered each of my 23 years in the mob so that leave entitlements weren't lost (untaken leave could not always be carried over). I also think of that time as the 'official' end of my childhood and the start of my adult life. This year I began to collect my 'Old Age Pension' and I consider this to be the 'official' beginning of my retirement, despite self-funding a recent seven year holiday. 😀 I know that there's a First Kit Build GB in proposal for 2025 and I have plans for that one but that chatter tickled the little grey cells. I thought that it would be satisfying to build an old, but well remembered kit to connect Young Me to Old Me. I built most of the Airfix and Revell ranges in childhood with the occasional Matchbox, Monogram and even Tamiya kits too. I'm not bothered about which one was first; I can't actually recall the order of the builds, so any one would do. It happens that there a guy with a stall on our local market who has a box full of such oldies for sale right now, so things seem to be coming together rather well. My enlistment anniversary isn't exactly Xmas day but it is close enough that doing this little 'ceremony' on the Blitz build will be perfect. I first thought of building as I did as a child with no painting of interiors, badly painted exterior and decals mostly in the wrong place. That wouldn't take long but it wouldn't really satisfy me either. That was how I modelled when I was eight. By the time I left home though, I had improved considerably. I even had a spraygun of sorts; an external mix Badger powered by an over inflated car tyre. I have no idea what's in that box of oldies on the market, but I'll buy one today. I'll use skills acquired during adult life but try to build it as simply as I would have at sixteen. In brief, this means no aftermarket, decals as supplied, airbrush allowed but only with the biggest needle, no fancy painting but some simple weathering. Acrylic paint only will be used in the 'spraygun' for health reasons. And of course I'll build it in a single day. I read somewhere that no-one does the Superman option and I can't resist an implied dare like that - I'm 16 remember! It will be this year's excuse for refusing invitations to spend the day with family. Glue and paint smells so much better than people. 🤓
    6 points
  38. The Front Rear End In the case of spaceships ‘up and down’ and ‘front and back’ can be highly ambiguous terms. I’ve already made the rocket nozzle / bell, but now I’ve got to make the odd-shaped ‘square blob with rounded off corners’ that sits at the rear end of the CSM but the front end of Skylab. Presumably this is some sort of covering for the wiring and piping for the engine. Let’s call it the ‘protective cover’ for want of a better name. Photos of this area are surprisingly rare. Almost all photos of the CSM (both during the Apollo and Skylab phases) taken from the 'front' showing off the streamlined pointy end and not the 'rear' (which in this context is the 'front') showing off the engine details. The first job is to fill the large void that I left when I converted a reticulation sprinkler outlet to the CSM fuselage. To do this I’m using a piece of HIPS plastic cut to an appropriate circular profile and wedged / glued into the void. You might also note that I've added a piece of aluminum tube to the central knitting needle to provide a solid attachment point for the nozzle. I then cut a circular piece of aluminum lithoplate to form the basis of a disk sitting behind the ‘protective cover’. I love aluminum lithoplate, this stuff is so cheap, so easy to work with and gives such a good finish that I’m amazed more modelers don’t use it. Now cut out a square piece of 3mm MDF, round off the corners and drill a hole through the center. Then dress the whole thing up with a couple of appropriate looking tubes and a circular base and some etched structural ribs until you have something that looks like this. Subsequently, a little bit more detailing went onto this part; but you get the idea. 😱 Add a thin band to the exterior of the rocket nozzle... and dry-fit the whole assembly to check that it all goes together OK – which it does. That’s really the last major external component to be built except for the whole ‘gantry’ ‘scaffold’ thing that is holding the ATM in position. I can’t put that job off any longer. I’ve had a long time to think about this daunting job and have cobbled together a provisional plan of attack. I’m thinking it’s going to be a very tricky piece of work so stay tuned because it might just be a train crash, and everyone loves a train crash! ❤️ Best Regards, Bandsaw Steve
    6 points
  39. Good afternoon, dear ladies and gentlemen! I present to you another model from a Ukrainian manufacturer ICM. Additional kits from "Eduard", a metal pitot tube from "Master" and resin wheels from "Reskit" were used in the work.
    5 points
  40. Greetings. The model was assembled several years ago. The old kit from Special Hobby was not easy to assemble, the contents of the cockpit are not true, empty landing gear niches, empty air ducts that are saturated in the P-40, and so on. Some castings are unsuitable in detail. I couldn’t find any third-party add-ons for the set from Special Hobby. Therefore, the modification work was not easy - in addition to significant modifications of my own, I used a lot of etched and resin products for other sets that had to be adapted for Special Hobby. Acrylic painting. Bottom surfaces are Tamiya Neutral Gray. The upper surfaces were first painted with “Olive drab” from Gunze, and on top of it – “Tan” from the same Gunze, after which “shabbyness” was done to the bottom color using “Worn effects” liquid from AK. *Sorry for the automatic translation
    5 points
  41. Esci 1/72 AC-47 Spooky gunship, finished out of the box, except for a simple flare box I cobbled together so that something was visible through the open doorway. I was worried about how the decals might be, but @Planebuilder62 kindly sent me some spares. As it turned out, the Esci decals were absolutely fine, but I really like the Spooky nose art, so I have used a combination of both sets. Kit has generally gone together pretty well, although fitting the wings to the fuselage required a bit of fettling. Brush painted with Humbrol enamels, mostly 116, 117 and 118. Link to WIP; And here is the finished article, with a big thank you for the GB extension!
    5 points
  42. Then came masking the canopy using the kit-supplied yellow-tape masks and some additional Tamiya tape for the insides: 0-16 by Evan Bailly, on Flickr A spray of RML66: 0-17 by Evan Bailly, on Flickr Followed by RLM79. While this was drying, I too the time to paint the gunsight, still on the sprue: 0-18 by Evan Bailly, on Flickr And finally, the masks removed, the gunsight and canopy parts were glued in place: 0-19 by Evan Bailly, on Flickr Our pilot need only await aerials, navigation lights, and a few spots of touch-up before joining his steed in the diorama: 0-20 by Evan Bailly, on Flickr
    5 points
  43. And BTW Begemot goint to release enlarged Tu-95MS decal
    5 points
  44. Here you go (RNZAF Official - Air Force Museum of New Zealand - Used with permissions) The above tends more to look like she's wearing RAF TLS than RNZAF Pacific Scheme. Have to agree about NZ413 over New Plymouth photo, would make a very nice model. Regards Alan
    5 points
  45. Happy early birthday to me from my wife and kids 😁, I’ve been waiting for 2 years to have this kit! Boy am I glad I waited.
    5 points
  46. Yes that piece of etch was a real PITA. I was going to show a picture of it, but I have forgotten maybe later. Almost there. I still have a few aerials to fit in addition to refitting one of the twin ones on the spine. I did fit it vertical and left my modelling roon for a few hours, but when I came back later to see if all was alright I found that one had decided to lean intowards the otehr one. I did try straightening it right away, but it just kept going back to that position.
    5 points
  47. I know! I was not taking any chances! But really...once I decided to forego much of the instructions the aircraft seems to have come together quite easily. I have chosen rocket pods for my Libyan ground-attack/trainer. I have added the exhausts and the hard points for the rocket pods. These are neat little pods made up of 4 pieces each and required some delicate fettling to get them to look reasonably ok. I'll let that all set up overnight. I'll start in on the landing gear assembly tomorrow sometime and probably attach the canopy as well. So far I am not unhappy with this little kit, despite its shortcomings. --John
    5 points
  48. Yup they were too big so newer smaller damper reservoirs were put on instead Resulting in busy but not obtrusive, much more to my taste in scratchbuilding. Underneath, the (harmonic?) dampers and other control links are in place too. No that isnt the final colour of the blades but basically a discloser ready for finalising later The airframe has had a coat of RAF Dark Green ready for the Dark earth when it arrives, I'm giving Hataka paints a thorough test these days and so far I kinda like the stuff. The new RAF Dark Earth should arrive within a day or so Today I've been working on the tail rotor, just needs to be trimmed now and have the pitch change gear added. You possibly noticed, no engine! I decided to take it off rather than get paint all over it and it is only attached by the few pipe ends, engine throttle control rods and four mounting points so its easy to refit it.
    5 points
  49. Italeri 1/72 Junkers Ju 52, built as Where Eagles Dare.
    5 points
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