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  1. Here are some pictures of the 1/32nd scale HPH SB2C-4 Helldiver, that I’ve finished earlier this year. This was a very complex and time consuming build, that took me about three years to complete, working mostly on weekends but with some other projetcs in between. Every step of it’s construction required some scratchbuilding, to add missing details, correcting the kit parts, adjusting parts so that they would fit and be aligned or a combination of them. The lack of comprehensive references for this version of the aircraft made the work much more difficult. Here are som
    100 points
  2. Hi all, Hope you're enjoying the bank holiday and incongruous good weather! Thanks to the days off and good conditions I was able to finish this beast of a conversion which had been sitting almost finished for about a month. This is the Revell 1/32 GR.1 kit (well, a mix of two or three Revell IDS/GR.1/ECR kits all donating various parts!) The F3 conversion was done using the Heritage conversion set plus a lot of scratchbuilding, extra details and plenty of filler and swearing! The build thread is here: The subject is ZE763/DG, one of two 11 Sqn F3s converte
    95 points
  3. By some strange stroke of luck, Airfix’s brand new tool Bristol Beaufort kit landed on Australian shores first. I therefore decided to take this rare opportunity to start a Work in Progress thread to help showcase what those clever folk at Margate have just offered us. The WIP (found here) is a little long winded, however I’ve tried to discuss what’s in the box and some of the issues that I came across whilst building this new kit. Most (if not all) of these issues were my own doing and I cannot stress enough how important it is to find and align the engine locating tabs in order to assemble t
    93 points
  4. Hi, Here’s my Revell Gannet, nice kit. Great subject! It’s quite a beast of an aircraft even in 1/72 scale. I have a soft spot for Royal Navy aircraft and a few more in the stash. I added an Eduard interior set but the only one I could find was for the trumpeter kit, but I just hacked at this one until it fitted . Decals from Xtradecal. Thanks for looking, Guy ps I broke the pilot's sliding canopy right at the end so have requested a replacement from Revell. Not sure if I’ll get one as they’re discontinued.. I’ve also j
    88 points
  5. Hi everyone, here is my Academy F-4J 1/48 scale, the kit was built almost straight out of the box. Thanks and have a great day.
    82 points
  6. Howdy everyone, Thought you wouldn`t mind if I showed you some pic`s of my latest effort Tamiya`s 1/48 F4U-1A kit which I`ve attempted to finish as a Royal Navy Corsair II ( Third attempt actually ) In the markings of 757 NAS from HMS Unicorn June 1944 Mostly from the box as usual with a few changes and details The obvious change is clipping the wing tips and this time I remembered to add the small air scoops midway down the fuselage side Additions include: ignition harness, brake pipes and aerial wires Decals are from Xt
    81 points
  7. My wife brought me this for my birthday, as I was off for the week I decided to set myself a birthday challenge and try to build and finish the kit within that week off. I am pleased to say I managed to do it. I started it last tuesday and put the matt coat on last night. It was nice to build a kit without adding any photoetch or resin etc and just enjoy what is in the kit itself. The only addition was a spare resin seat I had in the spares box (not the correct seat but looks ok under the closed canopy) and the air probe on the wing was broken in my boxing so I used a bit of brass wire.
    78 points
  8. I am really privileged to have been asked to build 'Night Fright' by the team restoring that aircraft back to flight. With quite a few extras the pressure is on as she will be displayed next to the real Mcoy! The Night Fright C-47 Restoration Project. Using Trumpeters new mould C47 with Eduard detail sets, scratch building and a friends 3d printer and with privileged access to the Night Fright teams archives and reference photos, this model depicts her as she would have been on the 5th June 1944.
    77 points
  9. Hiy Folks, Well it was eagerly awaited but worth the wait,..... the Arma Wildcat Mk.VI (FM-2) is a lovely little kit and really looks the part,..... I believe they also have an F4F-4 on the way,..... hopefully they will follow with some earlier variants too including the Martlet Mk.I. I built mine in the colours of 846 NAS, aboard HMS Trumpeter and shore based at Machrihannish, with the previous markings of 881 NAS painted over following a landing accident aboard HMS Pursuer. The model was brush painted;
    76 points
  10. Hi Guys, Here are a few pictures of a pair of Eduard Tempests that I have build this year. There is not much to say about the build, except that I followed some advice from Paul Budzik who has a couple of videos on some issues with the wings on his Youtube channel. I also sanded off the raised rivets on the rear fuselage, since I felt they were overscale. The kits are painted with Tamiya and Gunze acrylics. I had to repaint the codes to match the Sky color of the fuselage band, this was a bit of a nuisance. The first is SA D , a series II Mk V:
    73 points
  11. Here's my attempt at the 1/72 Airfix GR.9A (recent tooling). I rather enjoyed building this one! For the most part it went together very nicely indeed and there's a superb range of options and extra parts in the kit - for example, 65% or 100% LERX, different moulded parts for flaps/ailerons up or down, air dam open or closed etc etc. In fact the only slightly odd omission was the main gear doors, which are either closed for flight or open (with gear down) - neither is appropriate to a parked Harrier so I had to tweak the closed ones a bit. I used a bit of aftermarket stuff: Pavla s
    72 points
  12. This one has been on my to-do list for a while. I had been scared by some reports about problems with this kit and the sheer size. I found it difficult (the gear!) but definitely worth the effort. There are some fit problems but nothing unsurmountable. The kit is MPM 48058, but I wanted to build 6N+KM WNr 550045 of 4./KG100 like in MPM`s special edition kit 48060 because of the attractive camo scheme. I could use some of the kit decals and what was missing I replaced with sprayed markings using the Montex mask set. Apart from that I used Eduard`s masks and seat belts and the Condor missile set
    72 points
  13. I'm editing my original post with this warning: *** FRIENDLY WARNING TO ALL THE RIVET COUNTERS OUT THERE*** This aircraft serial number 86-0263 is an F-16C Block 30. I've decided to go ahead and use the Tamiya 1/72 block 50 (how dare you!!!) because: A- As far as I know there's no 1/72 Block 30 available. B- I consider the minor differences on a plane of this serial number IRRELEVANT C- I did not found and will not spend money in after market correction set. If you think I'm committing a sacrilege stop looking. If, on the other hand, y
    70 points
  14. Hello all Bit of a change from red stars I thought I’d try red roundels instead. This is the Special Hobby Vautour IIN, a chunky beast which has been in the stash a while. Its straight from the box and was a thoroughly enjoyable build. The only criticism I have is in the fitting of the undercarriage. If the instructions are followed the model sits parallel to the ground when it should have a pronounced nose up attitude. I achieved a nose up stance by drilling holes in the main legs, inserting brass rod and then dry fitted them into drilled holes in the fuselage allowing them to move
    68 points
  15. What a lovely kit, and the aircraft itself. Swift. However, not agile. Very pleasant to build, quite well fit of parts (except for the fuselage and wings joint at the underside). As for the extras, I only put a resin pilot seat from Pavla into the cockpit. The camouflage painted using paper masks cut from the enlarged manual, MRP paints on top, White Aluminum AK Extreme Metal on the bottom, wells and the inner sides of the covers and flaps are painted with acrylic Silver paint from AK. I hope you like it.
    68 points
  16. Hi all, As the magazine has just about finished selling now, I can show you some scenic photos of the Blenheim that appeared in this month's AMW. Fuelled up and tooled up, ready for ops in the Greek sunshine, 1941: More conventional magazine shots: Period style: Hope you like it, Dean
    68 points
  17. Well, what a pleasure to built a well thought and researched model! A big Eucharisto poli to the Gaspatch team for that. The level of detail is exquisite and the price is nothing but decent, so what else? Despite a great choice of decos, I went with mine, a plane from the 7/JG 400, picture can be find page 336 of jagdwaffe Vol 5 sect 4, at Nordholtz in April 45. The mottling of this plane is made of small dots of RLM 81/82 and is a lot of fun to do! Cheers 957A516A-7183-46D7-BCB6-770F58E553DD_1_201_a by jean Barby, sur Flickr CD07D90B-7126-4AAE-85C1-B9F8864E74AA_1_201_a by jean Barby
    68 points
  18. Hi all, Not such a long text this time I present the first of my builds to roll off the line as part of the Africa GB. It represents the sole MiG-17F acquired by the newly re-named Burkina Faso in 1984. Reports state that it was acquired from Algeria while the same source oddly suggests that she was “delivered” to Ouagadougou by a defecting Malian pilot. It seems unclear. What is known is that only one was received. At that time, and since, the long running feud between Burkina Faso and Mali over the Agacher Strip (https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Agacher_Strip_War) has
    64 points
  19. Cleansing the palette so to speak. Almost an OOB with only adding the open gun purge door, seat harness and triangle patches on top of the Horizontal Stabs. Note the blue paint on the Stabs did not match each other per references. The kit goes together well but carefully watch the spine fuselage top panel and how the front fuselage attaches. I had a problem with a main landing gear "toe in" look to it. The scribing is very fine and a looks all the part to me. Thanks to @Gene K for help with this and as always comments are welcome. The Motive
    61 points
  20. Hello, this is my Wingnut Albatros D.V. Lozenge decals are from Aviattic, while the figure comes from the Copper State range. Wood panels were painted with oils over an acrylic base.
    60 points
  21. Hello all, Here is my recently completed 1/48 Eduard Spitfire MK.IX 'early' marked as EN315 of the Polish Fighting/Combat Team in North Africa, early 1943. Nicknamed 'Skalski's Circus' after the Commanding officer Stanisław Skalski, DSO, DFC & two bars, the team comprised 15 pilots and 8 MK.IX Spitfires, claiming 25 destroyed, 3 probable and 9 damaged Axis aircraft during March - May 1943. After the German surrender in North Africa, the pilots joined various other squadrons, with Skalski being appointed CO of 601 Squadron. He ended the war with 18 confirmed victorie
    59 points
  22. Back to the Finnish Air Force which made such-a good use of so said obsolescent planes! And hard not to show the plane of one of the Ace of the Northen skies Eino Juutlainen twice decorated with the Mannerheim Cross. BW-364 is displayed with the temporary winter camo. The Classic Airframe kit wit a lot of resin and photo etch, also a commission built. Unit is 3/LLv.24 Kontupohja 1942.Best regards. DSC_0002-29 by jean Barby, sur Flickr DSC_0003-30 by jean Barby, sur Flickr DSC_0004-31 by jean Barby, sur Flickr DSC_0005-28 by jean Barby, sur Flickr DSC_0006-26 by jean B
    59 points
  23. 1/48 Revell/Hasegawa Royal Navy Phantom FG.1 892 Naval Air Squadron HMS Ark Royal / USS Saratoga. Took little break from from building as I am getting myself ready for a Master's Degree program. Here is my latest build. I was originally going to build this kit up as a later FGR.2 hence the navigator's periscope, but I decided to do this aircraft instead. I know early brit phantoms were not equipped with them. I love these markings and shows a pretty cool historical bond between the UK and US. The kit is OOB with Xtradecal markings combined with the stencils from the kit ( not sure if they
    58 points
  24. Hi This is my latest finished model : Wolfpack 1/72 North American T-2E Buckeye Hellenic Air Force 120th ATW, Kalamata Air Base, Greece, 2004
    58 points
  25. Junkers Ju 52/3mg7e of VII Fliegerkorps, Russia, winter 1943-4.
    57 points
  26. Here is my finished Zvezda Boeing 737-8 Max in 1/144 scale. This is in the ‘protective layer’ fresh from the production line and in British Airways livery, though they don’t actually operate this variant, it is used by Comair in South Africa under the BA livery (ZS-ZCA). It was a standard OOB the build with the detail sheet supplied by Authentic Airliner Decals. The kit is straight forward enough to build and is great for little details at the same time! As this was a build designed to show the aircraft in its post production state the paint used was Halfords Racking Grey all over.
    57 points
  27. This is my latest build. 1/48 Airfix Hawker Hunter F5 as flown by No.1 Squadron out of Cyprus during the 1956 Suez crisis. Built OOB. I painted the stripes in preference to using the kit's decals. The camo was air brushed free hand. This went together quite well as you would expect from recent Airfix offerings although the smaller pieces can be brittle. The main issue is the leading edge wing inserts which convert what is basically an F6 kit into the F4/F5. One side blended in quite well while the other gave me some grief. Painted with mainly Tamiya acrylics XF-54 Dark Sea
    56 points
  28. Another Eduard 109 wrapped up last weekend, many more to come! Bf109G-4 Trop "Yellow 8" 6./JG 27 Trapani, Italy, May 1943 MDC cockpit sidewall Yahu instrument panel Quickboost control column Quickboost seat Quickboost tropical filter BarracudaCast wheels Brassin exhaust Brassin ETC rack AK Real Colors Paints AK washes AK varnishes Montex masks Decals from the spares box Anyway, on to the pics!
    56 points
  29. Hi all, just finished the new GasPatch Me 163 Komet in 1:48. Just an amaizing kit, I built OOB.
    56 points
  30. G'day all; Here's my recently finished Airfix 1/72 Dakota finished as an aircraft belonging to No.233 Squadron, RAF. I chose this particular aircraft to build for a few reasons, not the least being that I've actually been inside it as it's housed in the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum in Hamilton, Ontario (not far from where I used to live). The build itself was inspired by the story of the "Flying Nightingales" and I built the model and wrote my piece around those remarkable, courageous and largely unsung women who risked their lives in these Air Ambulances; the aircraft weren
    56 points
  31. Hello! It's my new kit. In assembly it was easy. As additional I used few additional sets. Pilot tube from Master, cockpit from CMK, wheels and Matra-155 fom Reskit. I made a navigation lights from red and green clear plastic. Paintibg-MR. Color Weathering- oil dots washes and pigments. Decal- Xtradecal
    56 points
  32. Another one for my Gulf War collection - this the old Airfix Army Lynx kit as the base, with the Air Graphics set to create an AH1GT with TOW missiles and exhaust diffusers. There is not a huge amount left of the original kit with the upgrade set giving you new interior, upper fuselage, tail, nose and rotor head. Although I find these extensive conversions somewhat intimidating, this was actually a very well thought out and well fitting set - you definately got the feel that the mould designed would have actually completed one of his own creations whereas some conversio
    55 points
  33. Golden Age - Percival Vega Gull and DH 60T Moth Dora Wings and A-Model 1:72 As these two come from the same era of the 1930's I thought I'd combine them into a single post. The DH 60T kit was reviewed a few years ago here but I only recently got around to building it. (And I've just noticed I still need to fit the windscreens!) The Vega Gull is the new Dora Wings kit, which I could not resist due to the outstanding box art. I chose the 1:72 version (it is also available in 1:48) because I knew it would go with the DH 60T and the Airfix Tiger Moths I have alre
    55 points
  34. Transport aircraft design can throw up some of the most dreary and downright ugly aircraft but I think the dolphin-backed Constellation has to be the most elegant and graceful - even with a beer belly and shark fin! This is the naval version of the early-warning Connie, the WV-2 Warning Star. These aircraft ploughed up and down each American coastline for up to 20 hours at a time, usually below 6,000 feet (very much 'in the weather'), 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. This helped provide a radar barrier or 'picket line' to warn of incoming Soviet
    55 points
  35. Hello After nearly 10 months I have finished these couple of 1/72 Azur FRROM export Martin 139. These are not difficult to build but I built other kits in between and here they are. First the Martin 139 WH-2 #515 of ML-KNIL (Netherlands East Indies) at the end of 1939. The date is important as I chose to paint the orange rudder which was discarded later. Next the Martin 139 WAN of the Argentinian Navy Escuadrilla de Bombardeo #2B3 in 1940s. Here is th
    55 points
  36. WIP here: Thanks to all who contributed, commented and "liked" the WIP Rob
    54 points
  37. III/EJG2 was a training squadron created to help German pilots to master the new 262 jet. Based at Lechfeld, this machine carries the locally applied green 3 as the S for schule(school) under the horizontal surfaces. I created those markings with home made masks, including the serial. The camo is RLM83/75/76 and references are to be found in the Jagdwaffe volume dealing with the jets and rocket planes. The Hobby -Boss kit is pretty good but a step under the Tamiya's one, albeit for half the price. Colors are Mr Color lacquers, weathering was done with oils. Cheers and have a great WE! 7DB
    54 points
  38. Hi all, latest completion. SFTB plus Avalon decals for the markings. Hataka orange line for the gloss sea blue. Thanks for looking 20210530_183532 by bryn robinson, on Flickr 20210530_183525 by bryn robinson, on Flickr 20210530_183512 by bryn robinson, on Flickr 20210530_183505 by bryn robinson, on Flickr 20210530_183043 by bryn robinson, on Flickr 20210530_183006 by bryn robinson, on Flickr
    54 points
  39. Hello, Introducing my Mig-29 9-12s in 1/72nd scale. Story started a few years ago when I built my first Mig-29 in 1/72nd scale. At the time best choice was between the Italeri and Airfix models. I thought the Italeri kit was a better starting point and proceeded with my project. I actually was not very satisfied with that first try for 2 main reasons : I missed to correct the angled position of the main landing gears (Italeri gives them vertical…) I left the upper auxilliary intake doors open – they normally are closed when aircraft are parked and idle.
    54 points
  40. First builds for 50yrs starting to come to terms with modern methods and materials
    53 points
  41. The aircraft part of this build was completed for the Gulf War GB a couple of weeks ago, but I was unable to get the weapons loadout finished for the deadline. I wrapped up the three AGM-88's that I wanted to add yesterday, and fixed those and a pair of AIM-9's in place last night. With the A-7E gradually being retired when Iraq invaded Kuwait in early August 1990, I wanted to try and portray a tired looking aircraft on what would be a "Last Hurrah" for this aircraft type on its final deployment. To achieve that I sprayed patches of Lifecolor's FS36375 over an overall base of FS36320, th
    53 points
  42. Hi All, This is my attempt at Special Hobby's Airspeed Oxford "Commonwealth Service" boxing. I've chosen to model LW926 of No.1 SFTS, Point Cook, VIC in 1943. Here's a photo of the aircraft (at the rear of the formation): According to the Australian War Memorial website, this photo was taken during a flypast for a wings ceremony. The model was pretty much OOB, and painted with Tamiya Yellow, and Lifecolors Earth Brown and Foliage Green. The kit was typical SH fare - vague engineering and fits, but overall I don't think it turned out too badly. On to
    52 points
  43. Hi everybody, after more than one year (I did work on some other models in between) I finally finished the E. E. Canberra B.15: Photo taken with a kind of digital vintage-filter. The Dark Green actually looks like it does on 1960s shots, I think. Maybe I should polish the canopy more. Scratch-built pylon and Microcell rocket pod converted from a Revell Matra pod. Towards the end of their career, B.15s were equipped with additional hardpoints to carry AS.30 missiles. Special
    52 points
  44. Special Hobby 1/32nd scale Westland Whirlwind. This kit is an amazing piece of work by Special Hobby! An incredible level of detail. Special Hobby have produced a kit that has taken quite a leap forward than their earlier releases. It still has some issues getting a perfect fit in places, but it is generally a good fit. This is an out of the box build, all I added was a set of seat belts from Eduard, otherwise there is plenty of detail in the cockpit just OOB. Painted with Mr Color acrylics. A fun build.
    51 points
  45. Hello everyone, I wanted to build Hellcat for quite some time, but for some reason, this kit was in my stash for years. Finally I managed to build it. It's an AFV Club No. AF35015 kit, but it turned out to be a Frankenstein build. Many AM items were used: Royal Model detailing set and mufflers, Legend accessory set, Fruil tracks, many stowage bits and pieces from different AM kits (Miniart, Value Gear, Black Fog, etc.), leftovers from other kits and some amount of scratch building. I must say that it was not a very pleasant build. Mostly because of the fitting issues of
    51 points
  46. Hello all, first post so hope this works. Thought I'd share with you this recently completed build of a Tamiya 1/48 F14a Tomcat. Most of it is OOTB with only Eduard wheels & decals by FCM added. Painted by mostly Vallejo acrylics, with various enamel & oil washes/effects by AK & AMMO Mig. I've had a bit of a love/hate relationship with this one, as it has turned out a but different to what I originally planned. I've made a lot of mistakes, some of which will be fairly easy to spot, such as the decals on the missiles. It has ended up a lot more weathered, due in part to
    51 points
  47. Mozambique Air Force "MiG 21" Story goes Lt Adriano Bomba, a Portuguese speaking MiG pilot, was recruited to defect a MiG-21 to South Africa. What might have been a case of error in translation - on Wednesday, 8th of July 1981 it was not a MiG-21 that entered South African airspace but a MiG-17 with registration number "21". Lt Bomba was intercepted and escorted by two SAAF Mirage F1AZ's to a local air base where the "21" made a succesfull landing. SAAF did not really have a reason to evaluate MiG-17 but was test flown few times anyway before returned to Mozambi
    50 points
  48. The kit is in 1/48 scale from Zvezda. Although surface details, are nice, the panel lines are a bit too shallow for me. Construction was easy and straight forward but the clear part need a bit of extra care. Especially when you choose for open canopy position, the overlapping front and rear canopies are moulded in one piece. So it was difficult for masking and painting but finally through patience, I managed to do so. Painted with Mr.Hobby lacquer paints and weathered using AK Products.
    50 points
  49. Hi everyone, this is my newest finished model, new FineMolds F-4 EJ, in OOB markings. A word of warning, these FM decals have very thick carrier film, I will turn to aftermarket for my next FM Phantoms. And therre will be a few, as this is a lovely kit.
    50 points
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