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  1. 66 points
    Hi all, Here is my latest completed model, its Airfix's excellent new 1/72 B-25 C/D built as an aircraft operated by the 13th Guards Long Range Aviation Regiment and sporting a temporary Winter camo scheme applied over the standard Olive Drab over Neutral Grey that the aircraft was delivered in. Not much to say about the build as it was a very smooth process and I didn't have any issues at all and can heartily recommend this kit to anyone who has an interest in this aircraft, and I usually build in 1/48 scale. Anyway here are the pics, sorry but there are rather a lot of them as I got carried away in the sunshine! Sorry for all the pics. Here's a link to the WIP which was done as part of the B-25 STGB which you really should check out as there are some excellent builds. Thanks for looking and all comments and criticisms are gratefully received. Craig.
  2. 63 points
    I put-off building a Malta Spitfire for a long time, wary of the disagreement about the colours, markings and weathering related to the siege - as you are probably aware, apart from a few well known photos, hard evidence is hard to come by, and eye witness accounts can sometimes seem contradictory with the passage of time. However, having picked up a Hobby Boss kit on the cheap, i decided to go ahead and build a Mk.V in the markings attributed to George Beurling in the Osprey Malta Aces book. The plane used replacement panels in places from donor aircraft in desert camo to replace damage, and after time it has been noted that the blue paint applied at some point in transit began to fade, giving glimpses if the desert camo underneath. The model is OOB except for some Barracuda resin wheels to replace the rubber ones in the kit. Insignia and markings were applied using home made masks. Weathering is by oils, some sanding with micro mesh and pastels.
  3. 61 points
    Hi everyone! I've finally finished Modelsvit's 1:72 Mirage 4000.
  4. 60 points
    Howdy All, Just taken some pic`s of my latest effort so I hope you don`t mind me sharing them with you My attempt at Heller`s re-boxing of Smer`s 1/48 MiG-17 kit Completed to represent an aircraft of the 923rd Fighter Reg`, `Yen The` ( no, I don`t know what it means ) NVAF I`ve had the decals for ages but couldn`t find any pic`s or much info` on the particular airframe so just decided to give it my best shot The camouflage is described in the instruction as `used for missions at the sea` Decals from L Decals Studio LDS 48007, the kit is mostly from the box contents Hope you enjoy, thanks for looking Enjoy the sunshine, cheers Russ
  5. 57 points
    Hi all Hot on the heels of the lovely little AZ Model Airspeed Oxford, I am now calling this one done. This is the Academy 1/72 RAF Lockheed Ventura II modified to represent a GR-V of the RCAF, in a Temperate Sea Scheme known as a Saddleback Scheme. The Aircraft has been depicted as it would have appeared as part of Operation Polar Bear in February to March 1945. The scheme is a rather attractive scheme although the aircraft appeared to be very grubby in appearance and I have tried to represent this as best as I can. The Kit is fairly basic and I modified the Pilot's seat to include the rounded back and arm pads and seatbelts were made with Tamiya Masking Tape. The Nose glazing was removed and the nose rescribed a bit. The kit was then built out of the box with the American Turret for this type used. The only other additions being some structure in the U/C bays and the aerials which were invisible thread. There is a marker range aerial on the port bomb bay door also. The model is brush painted as usual using thinned Humbrol enamels. The Yellow high visible panels really stand out well against the scheme. The model is The decals were Aviology decals and went on very nicely. Weathering is a mix of Oil paint washes and weathering powders. I would like to thank those who offered encouragement during the build. I enjoyed this kit build immensely. I am now building a Ford Trimotor and Bristol Super freighter amongst others . I hope you enjoy Thanks for popping by. All the best Chris
  6. 55 points
    Hi mates, Ever have one of those projects that just doesn't want to be built? Here's my latest, and I'm happy to say that I won this battle - the model is finished! There were several times during this journey that I expected this to be a bin bunny - first, I left it where it could be reached by an inquiring two-year old. He decided to take the model for a test flight, resulting in a hard landing, ground loop, and breached fuselage. After a lengthy repair in the maintenance shed, it was determined that a foul-up in the orders resulted in an airframe fit for a turret - when the subject of this build clearly didn't have one. This necessitated another trip to the maintenance shed for a major fuselage modification - after the airframe had just received a bright new coat of RAF Trainer Yellow. During this modification, the canopy decided to pop off...and the list goes on. It just didn't want to be built. But as you'll see, it got built anyway. Aside from all that, this is the Special Hobby kit of the Avro Anson Mk.I decked out in a speculative paint scheme as worn when a member of RCAF No. 8 Service Flying Training School at Moncton, New Brunswick in Autumn of 1941. I say speculative because the only photo I could find of this aircraft doesn't show the top of the wings. If you have an aversion to yellow and black stripes - don't look! Here's my usual summary: Project: Avro Anson Mk.I Kit: Special Hobby Kit No. SH72074 Scale: 1:72 Decals: Xtradecal sheet X72143 Commonwealth Trainers - the stripes are painted on. Roundels were double stacked due to transparency of the white areas. Resin: From the kit, some of it unusable but also some very nice engines and cowlings Photoetch: Supplied with the kit and including very fiddly things like aileron actuators and flap hinges and gunsight... Paint: GSI Creos Mr. Hobby Aqueous Hobby Colors H329 Yellow, N12 Flat Black, H11 Flat White, Custom mix for RAF Interior Green, H77 Tire Black, H90 Clear Red, H94 Clear Green; Tamiya XF-69 NATO Black; Alclad Aluminum, Magnesium, Steel, Clear Flat Weathering: Very subtle via pastels Improvements/Corrections Primarily in the cockpit - the resin pieces for the interior framework were pretty wonky, so these were replaced with styrene rod. It was like building a roll cage for a race car. I added the aerial wire and tailplane braces using Nitinol (Nickel-Titanium) wire 0.005" in diameter. Also, the notch for the landing light was cut out of the port wing and photoetch used for the lights. WIP can be found here. Enjoy the lousy pictures! Here's a couple of shots of the cockpit framework - if you're wondering what the paperwork is in the navigator and radio operator stations, you'll have to check out the WIP! An in-process shot of the underside: Cheers, Bill
  7. 53 points
    Hi everyone, This is a project I did for a very good friend of mines' 50th. Well suffice to see it could also have been for his 51st as it took over a year on and off to complete! It's based on an early configuration F-15E from the 48FW at RAF Lakenheath which we have both visited many times. Happy birthday chap! PS: Build thread can be found here:
  8. 52 points
    Hi All In my spare time I help out with the air cadets. About a year ago I was asked by the wing Commander if we could get 100 1/72 RAF aircraft together for our wing field training day which was held today. Not wanting to let the wing Commander down I said it would be a big ask but I would see what we could do. So with the help of a few other cadet instructors and the cadets from our squadron model club we managed over the 100, there are a few obvious omissions but this is our efforts. I know there is a lot but I hope you enjoy them Regards Glenn.
  9. 48 points
    An out of the box build for the raf centenary gb. The fit was ok apart from the uc doors and air brakes, they needed a bit of a sanding to fit, the box decals went down on the gloss enamel xtracolor x032 raf desert pink quite well, but the rear id markings should be white, weathered with a dark dirt clay based wash, and pastels, the base is an off cut of oak and acrylic rods Cheers Glynn
  10. 48 points
    Here's one for our Antipodean members! This is my biggest model to date and one that I've been working on for quite a long time, it's another aircraft I used to see spotting at Heathrow in the late 70s and early 80s. The actual conversion isn't too difficult, I have used the Authentic Airliners Upper Deck Conversion and Bra.Z P&W engines and the rest is mainly cutting down the fuselage and chopping off the wingtips. The only tricky part is reshaping the wing leading edge/fuselage fairing. Most of my problems came from paint which badly crazed due, I think, to laying it on too thick. It's not the first time this has happened to me and is probably because I am often in too much of a rush to wait for the paint to dry between coats so just keep on spraying until it's nice and opaque. Of course in the long run it takes longer as I have to remove the paint or spend ages rubbing it back down. I might learn to take my time one of these days! The other possibilities are I didn't shake the can enough, it was Halfords White Primer, or it was too cold when I was spraying. My other paint related frustration came when I thought I'd use cling film to mask off the fuselage when I painted the wing leading edge. Big mistake as it reacted with the Klear on the white top and the NMF belly and left impressions of the creases in the cling film all over my nice smooth paintwork! As it happens this turned out to be a blessing in disguise because rather than redoing the NMF with paint I decided to use AA High Shine Metallic decal sheet which I'm very pleased with. I will be using this stuff for all my natural metal fuselage areas in the future! The cheatlines and tail are painted with the ochre being a mix of Humbrol 9 Tan and 69 Yellow. Wings are Halfords Racking Grey with Coroguard sprayed on clear decal sheet. Tail logos are from the old Microscale sheet. I was worried about them not being opaque enough so I doubled up with another sheet I bought off ebay. Considering these sheets were possibly 35+ years old they performed perfectly. I used the titles from the Microscale sheet too. Door outlines and other details like the 'City of Fremantle' titles and crest were laser printed. Cockpit and cabin windows and landing lights are, of course, from Authentic Airliners. I would like to build many more 747-200s and will definitely be converting the 747-8 again but will more than likely use the Revell Freighter as it already has the shorter upper deck. I could've built a 747-200 from the old Revell kit but I enjoy the challenge of converting kits and feel the Zvezda (and new Revell) 747-8s have the edge in shape, crispness and detail. Anyway here are some pics. Thanks for looking, hope you like it! Cheers, Ian
  11. 48 points
    Model: Collect-Aire 1/48th North American RA-5C Vigilante Paint: Mr Hobby (main) and Tamiya Acrylics, Model Master Metalizer Lacquers Decals: CtA “Welcome to the Jungle” USN Camo set Extras: Aires RA-5C Cockpit set Aires RA-5C Exhaust Nozzles set Aires RA-5C Wheel Bays SAC Undercarriage set This was a bit of a hard build in as much as the original model suffered from warping and I added to the work by fitting aftermarket bits that's were not designed for this model. For those that don't know this model it is a full resin model made around....well a long time ago. They're pretty rare now but they're still considered to be the most accurate model of the Vigilante available in 1/48th scale. There was a lot wrong with the model which I knew would require quite a bit of work, but for $40 USD for a Collect-Aire model, I figured how bad could it be. well quite bad actually, and I had considered leaving it on the shelf or selling it until I found the CtA decals. The scheme was part of a test carried out by the USN at the start of the Vietnam war on various USN carrier based aircraft. Some aircraft from RVAH-6 and RVAH-11 were painted in different test camouflage schemes to test their effectiveness. These schemes varied form aircraft to aircraft, RVAH-6 aircraft were painted in Green/Green and Green/Green/Grey schemes while RVAH-11 ones were painted in Green/Green/tan schemes. None of these schemes proved to be successful and were more trouble than they were worth. By the end of their deployments these schemes were removed and all aircraft went back to their normal USN colour schemes. She's not perfect by any means, but I managed to build her and she looks the part. I much rather see models like this shown and built than to be a shelf queen stuck forever in a box in some collection somewhere waiting for the price to go up! Thank you for looking. ...and with her Recon partner, though not quite the same era...an RF-111C
  12. 47 points
    “Hello,Friends” - Finally got this finished and great to be back ‘On Radar’.She’s finished in ‘Xtracolor Enamel’ and after decalling sealed overall with brush-applied ‘Klear/Pledge’. Hoping you enjoy viewing. All The Best,Paul.
  13. 47 points
    Hello all! I am continuing with my theme of building old model kits. This time it is the Novo (ex-Frog) Percival Proctor IV. I have built it out-of-the-bag, with the probably understandable exception of the transfers...I was going to save it for the potential Frog Group Build, but I was a bit impatient! I added seatbelts from tape, a piston in the engine louvre and drilled out one intake as the sum of improvements. The colour scheme is entirely fanciful, but if anyone says the serial is for a Shorts Tucano I will say 'You are right!' All the transfers came from the surplus left over from a Tucano, and I thought the blue cheat lines showed off the Proctor rather nicely. The paintwork is brush-painted, Revel 90 Acrylic Silver in the main, but the engine cowling is Mr Metalizer again brush 'painted' (i.e. read scrubbed on with an ancient brush then buffed with a cotton bud) and it gives a nice bit of contrast. I was very surprised at the fit of the components, I needed to use filler only on the wing-roots and the upper forward cabin roof. The transparencies could have been better, or I could have used the Falcon Vac-form set. I think I could also have dealt with some sink marks a bit better. The aerial wire was EZ-Line. Thanks for looking, all the best, Ray
  14. 46 points
    Xtracolor upper camouflage sprayed freehand with Paasche V.Jr. Xtradecals Tape belts.
  15. 45 points
    Hello This is my second attempt at the new-tool Airfix Fw 190 - the previous attempt was consigned to the bin after just about everything went wrong. No problems this time, except for the nose spiral decal. I gave up trying to get it to bed down and so hand-painted it instead. I used Mr Hobby paints on this occasion, which went down beautifully and gave a shiny enough surface for the decals so that no gloss coat was required. Weathering was carried out with pastels and pencils, and the whole thing sealed with W&N satin varnish. I look forward to any comments or criticisms. Best wishes Ian
  16. 44 points
    This is the third P-47 I've built, but the first Razorback. I liked the look of the P-47 in the RAF camouflage so it was a toss up between this scheme and the SEAC green, brown light grey scheme. Since my last P-47 was a SEAC camouflaged aircraft I decided to go with the RAF day fighter scheme. These aircraft were painted in the USA using colours "equivalent" to the RAF colours of Dark Green, Ocean Grey and Medium Sea Grey. The aircraft I've depicted is one operated by the No 73 Operational Training Unit (OTU) Roayal Air Force (RAF) based at RAF Fayid in Egypt in 1946. I wanted to go for a well weather dusty look as I figured the sand and sun would knock the aircraft around a bit. I'm pretty happy with the finish I achieved The Kit Tamiya 1/48 P-47D Razorback (Kit No 61086) The Tamiya P-47's are still IMHO the best fitting 1/48 prop kits out there. Aftermarket Ultracast Seat Ultracast Wheels Decals Freightdog 1/48 'Brits Abroad' Tamiya kit decals for the stencils. The set in my kit were the older style and were unusable but a mate came to rescue with the newer style which performed significantly better. Paint For Dark Green - Mr Color 12 "Olive Drab USAAF Aircraft For Ocean Grey - Mr Color 305 (FS36118) For Medium Sea Grey - Mr Color 315 (FS16440) For Sky - Mr Color Sky Other various Mr Color/Mr Hobby greens and greys for weathering Various Vallejo Acrylics for details Clear Coats Gloss - Gaianotes Clear Gloss Flat - Gaianotes Clear Flatt with a final coat of Testors Dullcoate Weathering Oil paints AK/Mig Filters Tamiya Weathering Sets The Base The surround is made from cheap skirting from Bunnings. I've made it so the ground section can be changed depending on the model. The sand is the stuff left over from one of those kids puzzle fossils they have to dig out. I originally was going to use this for the entire base but some research into where 73 OTU was based, RAF Fayid in Egypt, revealed that the base had extensive tarmac areas The tarmac is just a sheet of card painted with machinery grey spray paint
  17. 43 points
    After a longer break ,I am back with a few builds I finished since last november. First to start with the Concorde in the huge 1/72 scale,this was a re-release of the old Heller kit with new decals.The kit itself is unchanged. After reading a few reviews about the kit being not the best in terms of fitting,I hesitated for quite a while to start it and I left it on the shelf. But finally I thought I give it a go and see what I can achieve with it. Well,the issues are there but Revell provides very good instructions which show where the problem areas are. First I planned to go with the movable nose but the clear parts were very brittle,so I decided to glue it in. Being such a huge model,I thought the landing gear could use some extra details so I made hydraulic cables and binders out of copper wire. Also the flaps were installed in a slightly lowered angle,like they were when the Concorde was standing at the gate. Besides the nose,I experienced not much other issues,the kit went together quite well. Paints are my usual mix of Tamyia Pure White out of the spray can and other colors are Revell and Testors enamels . The decal sheet is enormous and provides marking options for all of BA's Concordes. Once finished its a huge model and I had some difficulties finding a decent space to place her,let alone getting some good pics... Hope you like her
  18. 43 points
    My latest build Kit from Hasegawa, very pleasure to build
  19. 43 points
    Kit manufacture: Airfix Kit N°: A02067 Scale: 1/72 Type: Hawker Hurricane Mk.I Extras used: A masking set for the camouflage from AML Paints and colours used: AK Black Primer & Microfiller; MRP-111 Cockpit Grey-Green; Tamiya Paints XF-1 Flat Black, XF-2 Flat White, XF-52 Flat Earth, XF-81 Dark Green (RAF); Vallejo Metal Colour 77.703 Dark Aluminium; Abteilung Oils; Tamiya Weathering Powders Other info: This was built for the #RAF100inscale group build ran on facebook at British Aviation In Scale, the full build can be see here on the forum Overall this was a very enjoyable build, still far from perfect there are some very apparent mistakes but I’m pretty happy with the result. I would highly recommend this kit, there are some known issues surrounding fit of the wings and the fuselage and also the thick trailing edge and the fabric effect behind the gun gun access panels which should be metallic. But in the scale I think this is the best Hurricane you can buy. Here are the final reveal photos: 1-72 Airfix Hawker Hurricane Mk.1 10 by Neal, on Flickr 1-72 Airfix Hawker Hurricane Mk.1 01 by Neal, on Flickr 1-72 Airfix Hawker Hurricane Mk.1 02 by Neal, on Flickr 1-72 Airfix Hawker Hurricane Mk.1 03 by Neal, on Flickr 1-72 Airfix Hawker Hurricane Mk.1 04 by Neal, on Flickr 1-72 Airfix Hawker Hurricane Mk.1 05 by Neal, on Flickr 1-72 Airfix Hawker Hurricane Mk.1 06 by Neal, on Flickr 1-72 Airfix Hawker Hurricane Mk.1 07 by Neal, on Flickr 1-72 Airfix Hawker Hurricane Mk.1 08 by Neal, on Flickr 1-72 Airfix Hawker Hurricane Mk.1 09 by Neal, on Flickr Thanks for looking and as always please do not hesitate with feedback it won’t be taken badly! Neal forum
  20. 42 points
    Kawasaki Ki-61-Id Tei, s/n 4424, flown by cpt. Teruhiko Kobayashi.
  21. 41 points
    This conversion is only my first build of 2018, it took a lot of effort to complete this build as my interest in it tended to lose its' way due to various non modelling factors! However I eventually managed to complete the build and I now would like to share the end result. The base kit for the AIMS conversion is the Dragon Junkers Ju88 family of kits, in my particular case I used a Ju88C-6 I had not yet got around to building. Basically one replaces the front fuselage with a resin replacement, removes the rear fuselage and again replaces with a resin replacement, a bulged bomb bay/recce pod also resin is added to the fuselage (see pics below). The wingtips were replaced with the extended resin ones supplied. Control surfaces, tailplanes, vertical tail surface, elevators, engine cowlings, props, spinners were all supplied in resin. A P/E sheet was also supplied with detail items to add to the conversion, also a excellent decal sheet and a cd with instructions plus excellent reference photos. Last but not least 2 vac form canopies which caused me an awful lot of grief which I won't bore you with!!! I leave you with some shots of the interior detail added:- One final note, model was finished using Mission Model paints in 82/83(81?)/76, the 83/81 colour was a mix of greens due to the awful colour Mission Models supply as RLM83 (if that is if RLM83 Green existed of course!). My aircraft is based on a photo appearing on the Ju388 site showing several machines abandoned on an unknown airfield at the end of the war. I have purposely weathered the upper surfaces of the aircraft as the elements would have had on these machines left out in the open and hardly flown due to lack of fuel and allied air superiority - that's my take anyway!!!! Cheers Andy
  22. 40 points
    Morning Folk's,here's Airfix's Heinke lH6 as a KG 26 machine based in Sicily built for the MTO GB,What a cracking kit build's beautifully if you get the instruction's right which I think I didn't as I had an issue with the engine nacelles early in the build,special praise to Airfix for the superb glazing and method of fitting the fuselage window's but also a dunces hat and ten minute's in the corner for the instruction's which have the starboard codes reversed I'll be joining them there as I blindly followed them and hence they're wrong here's the build https://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/235037622-airfix-heinkel-111finished/&page=1 And the build,thank's for looking in.
  23. 37 points
    Hello folks , this is the eduard profipack kit of the Mk.IX finished as an Israeli machine . Regards , Basu Roy
  24. 36 points
    Here is the fantastic 1/72 Academy F-8E Crusader of VMF (AW) 235 "Death Angels", Da Nang, South Vietnam, 1966. The kit goes together so well - an absolute pleasure to build. The only addition is PE seat belts. Have got another 4 in the stash!! I have added a fair bit of weathering as actual photos show that they could get quite dirty. Shown ready for a CAS mission with a mix of Zuni's and Snakeyes. Semper Fi. Shown with a Sundowners bird. Thanks for looking chaps, Phil
  25. 36 points
    My latest two completions, the Airfix Seafire FR.47 and the Special Hobby Seafire XV. The Airfix kit used the BarracudaCast propeller and seat, Squadron Canopy and Aeromaster decals for 800 Squadron in 1949. The Special Hobby kit was pretty much OOB with Aeromaster decals for 803 Squadron RCN in 1947. Vallejo paints used throughout. I've included shots of the Seafire 47 with the Spitfire I, the Seafire XV with its close relative the Spitfire XII and with its replacement in the RCN, the Sea Fury. As usual, please excuse the dust and the poor photography! Thanks for looking! Chris
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