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  1. Hi all. I just completed the build of Kinetic's very nice Sea Harrier FA2 kit. I used a cockpit set from Aires, which is not so nice. To be able to wedge it into the fuselage, you need to remove a LOT of plastic and resin. In my opinion too much work for a bit of improvement. Just add a resin seat and maybe some pe parts and you're fine. I painted the model Mr Hobby H335, Medium Se Gray, over Alclad black primer. Weathering was done with Abteilung 502 oilpaints. Thank you for watching. René
    121 points
  2. Hey all, Here's my rendition of the excellent Airfix 1/72nd Bristol Beaufighter TF.X Built OOB with added rivets to fill up the large panels. I initially planned it wheels down on an airfield. I changed plans midway to depict a moment over the Channel just after the torpedo was dropped. Unfortunately mods like a head turn on the pilot, and various pitches in the control surface and the tail wheel in landing config were too late to change as I had already built and painted the model by then. Also my resident elf 'Sloppy' decided he wanted the tail gunner's machine g
    93 points
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  4. This one was personal. We used to get most of our AEF at Lossiemouth when I was in the Cadets and whilst this was mostly Chippie based, one glorious summer Sunday we got a long flight in this Grey Lady. Still one of the most memorable times I had in my youth. Some aftermarket added - Eduard Cockpit set and Brassin Resin Wheels. Xtradecal Shackleton Pt.1 Transfers The crew ladder was purloined form the Airfix MR.2 kit Primed with UMP Grey. Painted with Colourcoats Dark Sea Grey, Interior Green, Matt White, Light Aircraft Grey and Medium Sea Grey
    83 points
  5. BOAC Super VC10 Mid 1960s This is the Roden 1/144 kit with Two Six decals built from the box except for a bit of sanding around the nose to reduce the sharpness of the change in profile from parallel to tapered in plan view, and addition of the two small fences on each wing leading edge. I also emphasised the flaps, slats and spoilers slightly by some light scribing before highlighting with mid grey paint to get them to stand out a little more than the panel line engraving, which is nice but just a little heavy for this scale.
    78 points
  6. Afternoon all, This is the relatively new Airfix 1/72nd B-25 Mitchell built completely OOB as a mojo-restorer. An absolutely superb little kit, crammed with detail and the fit was excellent - paints were Xtracolour enamels with the kit decals used. Highly recommended to anyone wanting a fun, straightforward build of a model that even in this scale, still has some presence. Best wishes to all, Tom
    77 points
  7. Heinkel He111P-2, G1+AN, 5./KG 55 "Greif", Villacoublay, France, 1940. By the start of World War Two, the Luftwaffe's core bomber strength consisted of the Junkers Ju87 Stuka and Ju88, Dornier Do17Z and the Heinkel He111H and P series. The Heinkel was the most numerous bomber in the fleet, with the H series the most numerous variant, powered by a pair of Junkers Jumo 211 engines. The P series was identical, save for using Daimler-Benz DB601A engines. The history of the Heinkel bomber is fairly well known, so to save me typing it all out again, here's a lin
    75 points
  8. I started this build back in July but only completed it a couple of days ago, as my first finished build for 2021. This is from Academy's Silverplate boxing of their 1/72 B-29 kit. The subject is built up in the colors of the infamous "Enola Gay". Painted with Alclad Airframe Aluminum, Aqua Gloss, Tamiya acrylic and lacquer paints and primers from Gunze. To be honest, this was by no means an easy or smooth build. I hadn't attempted an NMF finish on this scale before, and in this case it turned out to look a little more dull than I wanted to
    72 points
  9. Finished a few days ago I've used original Revell GR.4 boxing with some goodies from Eduard, Aires, Quickboost and myself - Eduard PE sets - interier, exterier, gearbays - Eduard brassin seats - Eduard brassin Paveway II bombs and Sidewinders - Eduard BOZ and SkyShadow pods - Eduard decals - Aires cockpit - AIR4800 IDS early modified to GR.1 - Aires exhaust - Quickboost canon barels - Reskit wheels - selfdesigned 3D printed outer wing pylons, fuselage pylons, landing lights a crew ladder - selfdesigned mission marks decal and modifi
    71 points
  10. Hello all Built in parallel with the An-2 here is my latest out of the shed, the Valom B-45A Tornado made completely OOB. I grew up in a small village a few miles from RAF Sculthorpe so have always fancied making one of these. My dad talked about often seeing them in the circuit, including those with RAF markings. The plastic and resin mouldings are crisp and nicely detailed and there’s a nice little fret of etch for the finer detailed parts. I chose to finish it in the markings of the 84th BS (47th BG) circa 1952. (According to the kit instructions) Everything is fine until you
    69 points
  11. Hi, everybody! It's my next model.
    69 points
  12. Finished up the 1/72 Airfix MiG-17F. Careful fitting required around the nose but an overall enjoyable build. Added Eduard's PE set/wheels and Master Model guns/probes. Kit decals were used and settled in nicely with Mr Mark Setter underneath and Microsol on top. Shown with the rest of my MiG collection. Thanks for looking! Rich
    67 points
  13. Hi everyone, Third one off the bench this year and it was a nice quick simple build after my Eduard Mig 21. I had no real problems with this kit just a slightly twisted vertical fin which I corrected with a little hot water and some careful manipulation. I added a resin ejection seat, a Master pitot tube, and I replaced the refuelling probe and nozzle with brass rod and one of my aluminium turned parts. Painted with various shades Alclads and finished with semi gloss cote. Thanks for looking gazza l
    67 points
  14. For the few who've been following my WIP thread, here's the finished article, my reminder of a nice day out... And it's goodbye from me... Cheers, Dean
    67 points
  15. One i finished early January that i have only just gotten around to taking photos of. This build was out of the box, with no aftermarket additions with the exception of the FOD Covers and the 4 AIM 9L's which were taken from the Academy F4 Boxing. An enjoyable kit of my favourite subject, id definitely do another one. Decided to leave off the sharkmouth as wanted it a little different. Paints were Mr Hobby Barley Grey, FS16440 Light Gull Grey for the underside with weathering being Abteilung oils. Base was painted by me
    67 points
  16. Nothing on the TV worth watching and my workroom is freezing so l thought l would put up some pictures of some of my P51's. Built over the last 10 years,they form part of my collection of Mustangs, 16 in total in both 1/48 and 1/72. These are all 1/48 and are from Hasegawa, Tamiya and Eduard, have got some Airfix as well which l will post another time. Big beautiful doll by peter crossman, on Flickr Tamiya Fighting Lady by peter crossman, on Flickr Eduard Tallahassee lassie by peter crossman, on Flickr Tamiya Three of a kind by peter crossman, on Flickr
    67 points
  17. Chinese food with additives. Correct model, you only need to be careful around the main engine nozzles. Camo "83" obtain by Ukraine after the collapse of the USSR. Severny base, Kirovskoye, Crimea 1993. Earlier, the plane was tested by the Soviets in landings on the civilian container ship Nikolai Cherkasov and prepared for the service Tbilisi (Admiral Kuznetsov).
    66 points
  18. Second one across the finishing line this year albeit it was started a fair bit before that. I always liked the look of the two seat Jaguar and built a 1/72nd scale one many years ago, but always wanted to step up a scale and build one in this scale. I managed to pick up all of the Paragon resin parts that were needed and there they sat for too many years. Then last year the moment came and off I set. If you want to know how it came together then the build thread is here: https://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/235074101-airfix-148-jaguar-t2-conversion/ The Airfix GR.3
    66 points
  19. What a lovely, elegant old thing. This is one of Trumpeter’s earliest kits, and it shows. It’s no.13 in their range; I bought it in 2003. It has a number of good points, the most important being, it’s a Badger. There’s never been one since and the few that came before it in 1/72 were ropey old things. The kit breaks down intelligently and allows for variants with glazed or radar noses, and lurking on the runners and the PE fret are odd aerials that suggest some of the EW versions too. Not all are there, though - perhaps more will appear on smaller runners in a new boxing, as t
    65 points
  20. Dear fellow modelers, after regularly lurking at this board whenever I needed modeling inspiration (or a competent review of a certain kit), I want to give something back and hope to inspire others. I was pretty much indifferent to the MiG-21 throughout my modeling life until I saw a shot of a Croatian version over the Adriatic Sea by aviation photography legend Katsuhiko Tokunaga. The scheme is included in Eduard’s Profi Pack edition of the MiG-21bis, but after seeing the current rate for the kit at the bay of E (not keen for the PE extras, too), I decided to go for th
    65 points
  21. Hi. I always liked the delta wing configuration of the Mirage 2000 and wanted to build one. Been 1/72nd my preferred scale there are not many kits to choose from and they are all quite old. This Italeri one was released in 2016 for the 25th anniversary of the Gulf War, but is just a re-box of an old 1992 one and it really shows its age!. Besides the odd elongated shape (the actual aircraft is a bit shorter) it had many incorrect panel lines and missing detail. The main error was the lines in the radome, that I filled up and sanded. I've added some scratch details as well as the rivets. F
    64 points
  22. Hi folks, Have just completed this C27 Spartan 1/72 scale by Italeri. I will say that this fell under the 'cursed build' category. I am quite new to plastic kit building, this is my 6th and the largest one I have attempted. The kit itself is fine and went together well for the most part, but various 'events' happened during the build that meant it took almost a year on and off to get complete! The learning experiences were: - Never leave a partly-assembled kit balancing on the edge of a table, no matter how unlikely you think it is for someone to walk past and kno
    64 points
  23. Evening all, After a delay sourcing replacement decals, the next Century Series fighter is complete; Hasegawa's Starfighter, finished as an F-104G of the German Navy using Xtradecal for the main markings and Astra decals for the myriad of stencils. The Xtradecals were out of register, which is especially disappointing when you pay for aftermarket, and some of the stencils have silvered a bit, which is more my own fault, so overall a frustrating result of many hours applying them all! I also added a Pavla seat, which I think is intended for earlier version, plus there's a few other
    63 points
  24. Hello Friends This is my just completed Zvezda 1/48 Mi-24 Hind - finished as a Hind W of the Polish Air Force Circa 2002. I've been working on this kit since it landed on my bench. The fit is very good but the detail is quite basic. I used a fair chunk of aftermarket bits and pieces. -Montex Decals -Quinta Studios 3d cockpit decals -Eduard exterior photo etch -Eduard Brassin Resin UB-32 Rocket Pods -Eduard Brasssin resin Wheels -Eduard mask set -Master metal DUAS air probe and nose gun barrels I also added all the rivets and fas
    63 points
  25. Hi all. I just added the last parts on Revell's 1/48 Tornado kit. Quite some aftermarket parts were used: Aires cockpit and exhausts, Eduard wheels, TIALD pod and a pe set, Master pitot tube and Reskit Paveway LGB. The kit is nicely detailed but the fit is not optimal. By not following the instructions in every step, I managed to create a bit more room for some parts to fit a bit better. Still, some filler was needed in some areas. As usual, I used Mr Hobby paints over Alclad black primer. Washes were made from Abteilung 502 oilpaints. Thank you for watching.
    62 points
  26. Another one for my Falklands War collection - 1/72 Westland Wessex HU.5, XS486, 848. Naval Air Squadron, Flight A, RFA Regent,Operation Corporate, May-June 1982 r. Italeri kit + PE parts from Eduard. Wessex XS486 (produced 1964, serial WA160) served in the Falklands as a machine to transport equipment and people between ships and units on the islands. After the end of the war in June 1982, it took part in Operation Keyhole (aboard HMS Endurance), the purpose of which was to retake of the South Sandwich and South Georgia islands. Most of the XS486's fuselage has survived to this day
    62 points
  27. Howdy all, Just come to bother you with some photo`s of my latest completion My attempt at Special Hobby`s 1/48 MkIII Seafire kit Finished in the markings of an aircraft, probably 887 Sq, aboard HMS Indefatigable with the British Pacific Fleet Inspired by a photo I found on `Armoured Carriers` website, which when I saw the asymetrical markings on the wing, couldn`t resist attempting The kit is built straight OOB and went together quite well, I had a lot less trouble than I did with their Spitfire VC Just getting the cockpit to sit s
    61 points
  28. Hiya Folks,.... Another one from the Australia & New Zealand GB,...... and one which I often spoke about building with Andy (Silverfox) before his untimely and tragic death. I finally got around to starting and finishing this 1/72nd Academy PBY-5 Catalina as part of the GB in his memory , wearing the markings of 6 Sqn, RNZAF, based at Halavo Bay, Florida Island in the Solomons, 1944. On 4th February 1944, while flown by Flying Officer Beauchamp and crew, this aircraft, NZ4017 made a very risky mid ocean pick up of five survivors from a USAAF B-24, which was especially dangerous as their ra
    60 points
  29. Fresh off the bench is the Sword 1/72 F3H-2 Demon. This is my first completion for 2021, but I started it late 2020. This is a short-run kit, with resin seat and exhaust and some PE parts all included in the box. Installing the PE wing fences required hacking into the leading edge of both wings with a razor saw. The fit of the kit is a bit tight, with minimal locating tabs and just small nubs for the wings. The main landing gear is delicately butt welded with super glue, and I was surprised it has handled the weight of the model so far. The cockpit is built
    60 points
  30. Hi mates, 2020 was my "year of resin kits" - everything I built was resin. Since we all hope that 2021 will see a return to normalcy, I decided to return to my roots with injection moulded styrene. And what better way than an old gem from Airfix, complete with those funky square shaped sprues that remind me so much of my misspent youth? (I could have made something of myself, but no - I was social distancing in the basement building models.) Anyway, this is the 1:72 scale kit of the Shorts Tucano T.1 and by my guess her tooling is pushing 30 years old. I used a lot of a
    59 points
  31. Another classic airliner completed. This is the Airfix Boeing 707, which has tooling from 1963, and decals from 2015. There weren't really any issues with this build, other than the way the engines attach to the wing with little notches in the pylons that are designed to hook onto lugs in the wings. These lugs were too large, or the notches in the pylons were too small, but they didn't attach easily. I had to cut out the lugs and slot the pylons into the wings. Also, the wrap-around decals of the nose were difficult to apply because of the t
    57 points
  32. Hi Everyone, thia is my latest build. The Airfix 1/48 Sea Fury built as a Pakistan Air Force, Fury FB.60. Apparently the aircraft was originally delivered by Johnnie Johnson. It was built with Eduard belts, Aeroclub cowling and it suffered from the short shot tail. I riveted the aircraft and it was sprayed with Colourcoats enamels. I really enjoyed the build and despite being a massive FAA fan, decided the desert scheme was the one to go for on this aircraft. Decals are by Barracuda. Slightly annoying that Airfix didn't include a P-type compass and a gunsight but oh we
    57 points
  33. Morning all, Bringing my Century Series theme to 5/6 completion is Trumpeter's very nice 1/72 Thud. Finished as an F-105G Wild Weasel completely OOB, except for the stars and bars which were poorly printed and needed replacing with some spare ones. A very nice kit with no major fit issues at all. Research revealed that the suggested loadouts of twin AIM-54s on each outboard pylon was never carried, so I modified the launchers to carry a single Shrike and go for the more conventional WW loadout used- not 100% accurate but it passes! Painted with Hataka Orange Line and Alclad for the
    56 points
  34. One of the most capable Japanese plane of the the period, a successful reco Navy plane, the Myrt has range and speed to escape the deadly F6F from the CAP carriers. hasegawa has done a great job on that one, but I have used my masks policy as usual. Nakajima green has a very dark hue as one can see.Best regards fullsizeoutput_2260 by jean Barby, sur Flickr fullsizeoutput_2261 by jean Barby, sur Flickr fullsizeoutput_2262 by jean Barby, sur Flickr fullsizeoutput_2263 by jean Barby, sur Flickr fullsizeoutput_2264 by jean Barby, sur Flickr fullsizeoutput_2266 by jean
    56 points
  35. Hi everyone, I’d like to present another model made for FROG/NOVO competition — that’s American-Spanish version of the famous British Harrier. This is the old FROG pack reproduced by Donetsk Toy Factory. As usual, this work was made in “Out of box” nomination, which doesn’t allow any modifications in the original kit except the change of the pitot tube and set-up of antennas on the fuselage (which is how American-Spanish model differs from the British one). According to the rules of the contest I had to stay within the limits of the kit — rised panel lines, geometry inaccu
    56 points
  36. Thought some of you might enjoy this olde plastic. I'm sure most of you have seen or built this kit from 1967 or so. Mine came to me in a baggy missing the stand and with 2 sets of unusable decals. Although much maligned for being inaccurate, it really is not that far off from drawings and it doesn't seem THAT bad... I wanted to recreate this moment when F/O Collier became the first known pilot to down a V-1 Buzz bomb by tipping it over using his own wing.
    55 points
  37. Hello friends Some of you may have been following my build report. Now it's time to hire it here at the RFI. It was different and was a lot of fun. So I am satisfied. I am open to constructive criticism.
    55 points
  38. G'day people, This is my just completed EF-111A 'Spark Vark' "Mistress of Deception" completed for the Gulf War GB. The WIP is here: This is my Hasegawa EF-111A, AF66050 "Mistress of Deception" on strength with the 42nd ECS at Upper Heyford as she appeared in Feb'91 whilst deployed for Desert Shield/Storm. the Hasegawa kit is superb and as expected is crisply moulded and fits very well generally. The Hasegawa F-111 family of kits remain the most accurate F-111 kits in any scale. No aftermarket was harmed during the construction of the kit apart from the dec
    54 points
  39. Hiya Folks, As part of the Australian & New Zealand GB in memory of my friend Andy (Silver Fox), this is my first one across the finishing line,..... representing A52-505, coded NA-Q which is one of the British built Mosquito FB.VI`s used by 1 Sqn RAAF in the Pacific and one of two (the other was NA-E) used to escort RAAF Spitfires to the Pacific Islands, The new RAAF serial was applied on a patch of RAAF Foliage Green which covered the original RAF serial; At the time they were in use in the forward area wearing the originl RAF camouflag
    54 points
  40. Here's my finished entry to this the Australia and New Zealand GB. Unsurprisingly, it's a Vulcan. What else do I even build these days? Now it's not just any old Vulcan, that wouldn't have much of a link to NZ or Australia aside from quite a number of visits, this is XH562 which was the victim of a RNZAF practical joke in 1972. As recalled by Crew Chief Bill Pearsey: So here's my model, representing one aspect of the RNZAF's hospitality when it comes to hosting foreign guests. It's the 1:144 scale Great Wall Hobby Avro Vulcan B2, decals are from Printscale, Fündekal and some tha
    54 points
  41. Hi everyone, here is my recent completion for the Interceptors group build. It’s a Danish CF-104D made from kinetic’s 1/48 release and is OOB except for some (rubbish) decals that all silvered badly. Starboard side is going through a process of fixing that issue but Port side is shown here, with lesser but still present silvering and all. here’s the build thread: and it’s based on this airframe... And here with her older sister-
    52 points
  42. Hello, Here goes another little bird in 72nd F-5E Tiger II Adversary - VFC-13 Fighting Saints Fighter Squadron Composite (VFC-13) Saints is a US Navy fighter squadron that provides adversary training for U.S. Navy air wings at NAS Fallon, Nevada. The unit's mix of 23 F-5E, F-5F and F-5N aircraft are all painted in a variety of colorful adversary schemes of blue, gray, or brown camouflage. Fighter Squadron Composite (VFC-13) Saints is a US Navy fighter squadron that provides adversary training for U.S. Navy air wings at NAS Fallon, Nevada. The uni
    52 points
  43. Hi all, This is my first post here and I would like to start with the Tamiya 1/48 Mustang III in the colors of the second plane of this type used by S/L Eugenius Horbaczewski. For this build, I've used the True Details cockpit, the Yahu instrument panel, the Rob Taurus vacformed canopy, the Aires horizontal stabilizers and elevators, and the Aires wheel well. I had a hard time fitting the Aires wheel whell in place and ended up with a big step on the wing to fuselage joint. I had to sand and redo the whole area on both sides with Tamiya putty and then rescribe it. Apart
    51 points
  44. Hello, This is tenth Bf-109 in 1/72 in my collection. Hope you like it! Robert
    51 points
  45. I hope this is the right place to post this - I cannot see a What If section, and weird though this is it is not Sci-Fi! Please do move it if not. I don't post many of my builds on here but this is a bit of a rare kit and aircraft so I thought I'd share it (apart from anything else, despite searching the ends of the internet I can find no images of completed models of this aircraft in any scale so this might help the one other human on this planet who might want to build this kit!). This was a genuine but unbuilt anti-submarine patrol seaplane
    51 points
  46. Hi folks! Latest one off the bench for me, Tamiya's venerable P-47D Razorback. Unsurprisingly, this was a pleasure to build and I'm quite happy with the results. No73 OTU, RAF Fayid, Egypt, Autumn 1944 Fully riveted True Details cockpit Ultracast seat Yahu instrument panel Ultracast wheels Ultracast prop Miracle Paint Masks Freightdog decals for the nose art Various scratch details All AK Real Colors paints Anyway, on to the pics!
    50 points
  47. Hi all, Here is my latest model off the bench, Eduard's 1/48th Mig 21bis. A very nice kit, excellent fit overall with the usual Eduard's stunning surface detail, the only downside I found was that it was slightly complex in places and the instructions were a bit vague. this is partly due to the multiple build options all with slightly differing parts. Painted with Alclads and MRP lacquers, and then an oil wash. The only addition I made was Master pitot tube. Thanks for looking, gazza l
    50 points
  48. A kit I've wanted to build for years and I managed to find one reasonably priced on Ebay. Built with a few extras from Eduard; masks, interior etc. and decals from Xtradecal. An excellent kit despite its vintage with mostly great fit. Finished as EE136 "WS-R" Spirit of Russia of 9Sqn RAF with Hataka red range range acrylics. Now to find somewhere to put it... aa20210212_104413 by Derek N.Ferguson, on Flickr aa20210212_104409 by Derek N.Ferguson, on Flickr aa20210212_104353 by Derek N.Ferguson, on Flickr aa20210212_104332 by Derek N.Ferguson, on Flickr aa20
    50 points
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