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  1. Hello all, I saw one of these built at a model show a few years back and thought how sweet it looked - it went into my mental stash... If you want modelling nostalgia and therapy at the bench - get one! 1974 moulding but you’d never guess, really crisp, fine detail and nice fit too. Takes me right back to a wet and windy afternoon in 1978 sat at the kitchen table covered in glue and Humbrol I haven’t really added anything, just a little brass for the machine guns, basic seatbelts and that’s about it. Although I did have to ditch the 70’s decals and as I couldn’t find any aft
    128 points
  2. Hi all I've had this kit in my stash since it was first released in the early 90's but never quite got around to building it, I even contemplated binning it and buying the Kittyhawk kit instead but I plucked up some enthusiasm and just got on with it! The plastic had yellowed and was very brittle, the decals were shot so I replaced them with a new set from Revell spares department. I added a Neomega cockpit, a metal pitot tube and a set of Eduard BL755 (not sure if it is an accurate load). The engine cover blanks were scratch built, the cannon blast deflectors were drilled out
    95 points
  3. Hiya Folks, Well we`ve all been waiting for this kit for yonks and what a beauty it is too! Thankfully Airfix include some parts to enable you to go part way to building a Mk.Ia version, including the clear DF Loop and the later Bristol turret,...... so I just had to find a set of Brownings for the turret, fit a pair of Vickers K Guns into the nose and add some ASV radar. I built mine along with Dave (RABBIT LEADER) on his excellent build post here,..... his methodical build of the kit is VERY highly commended; And here are the models;
    90 points
  4. This has been my “Secret project” for the past two years. She started life as Special Hobby 1/48 scale Saab AJ37 Viggen and then I added a bunch custom parts. Mainly stretching her nose to give it more of a F-4G look. This project has the most decals I’ve ever put on a model. Her stenciling was a daunting task. I broke it up to different sections and it took about a week or so. I’m really excited about how she turned out. [/img] Thanks for looking, Steven
    87 points
  5. Hi folks, lately I'm on Luftwaffe nighfighters and this time I took on He 219; actually my third night bird in a short period. I built the original A-7 kit it as A-2 with couple of mods and added the Master radar antennas and Rescue Models wheels. The decals come from OWL for W.Nr. 290070 from 1./NJG 1, that was lost in February 1945 after shooting down a Lancaster (one of the gunner seemed to hit the Heinkel with return fire and the crew had to bail out). Airbrushed with Gunze Aqueous. Cheers Libor
    87 points
  6. When I was 6 my father took me to the RAF Coltishall Battle of Britain day in 1966. Two things I remember, the Vulcan and the Lightning, one Lightning I think came from behind and over the crowd and then went vertical. So for the first time in about 25 years I have finished a model. Thanks for looking
    84 points
  7. 1/72 Welsh Models P-8A Poseidon complete. The build consisted of scratch building the weapons bay, weapons mounting points onbthe wings and pylons, many of the ESM and AMS lumps and antennas. I also added various vent blow in doors and the sonobuoy tubes. I reshaped a lot of the kit supplied parts as well. Finally I added Harpoons from a Hasegawa weapons set and Mk48 Torpedoes from a Hasegawa P-3C Orion, they looked close enough to me to replicate the Mk54s the P-8 carries. Decals were from a custom sheet DekLs created by upsizing their 1/200 sheet and it was painted in mainly SMS lacquers. I
    84 points
  8. Hi all, the German Air Force will retire its very last C-160D in September this year. For me a good reason to build the nice 1:72 Revell kit in the Eloka version. Built it OOB, apart from the RBF (Eduard parts). Used Mr Hobby acrylics for painting. the original 50+55
    83 points
  9. Here is my latest "creation" - 1:72 BAe Sea Harrier FA.2 ZH803, 800 NAS - as seen on air shows in 2001 (with "dummy" AIM-9s and AIM-120s missiles and fuel tank in DSG). Airfix kit with a huge amount of fixes (really, REALLY huge!) + some scratch + Eduard PE set + Eduard PE UK RBFs + Aires resin nozzles + Aires resin outriggers + Hasegawa AMRAAMs + Pavla resin nose + Pavla resin ejection seat. Painted with Gunze Mr. Color (C series). Decals are mainly from the Airfix box with some adds from the spares. It took a lot of work, but I'm happy with the result. And now som
    82 points
  10. Howdy Everyone, just thought I`d bother you with some photo`s of my latest effort My attempt at Great Wall Hobby`s 1/48 Devastator kit Built from their `Wake Island` boxing Finished in the markings of VT-6 aboard the USS Enterprise, of Wake Island, Feb 1942. Built as usual mostly from the box with a few photo etched item replaced with less troublesome ( for me ) materials Such as: ignition harness for the engine ,the triangular fillets around the wingfold and the pronged pitot tube. Was going to open the canopy up but the ind
    82 points
  11. Hiya Folks, Another entry from the excellent Australian and New Zealand and my second Kiwi Catalina,..... this time I went for a later Boeing built PB2B-1s of 5 (FB) Squadron based at Segond Channel in 1944,.... in the lovely looking white and Sea Blue scheme,...... selecting NZ4033, PA-E and using Aeromaster decals as a basis for the decals,.... although the fuselage roundel was a bit of a hotch potch! Here is the real aeroplane; And here is the WIP,.... the model was finished with rattle can white and the Sea Blue was brush dfinished using A
    81 points
  12. After having read the fantastic book "BOAC and the golden age of flying" by Malcolm Turner I decided to build the Boeing 707 and the VickersSuper VC10 of BOAC in the Speedbird livery (IMHO the most elegant airline scheme of all times) The 707 is an Authentic Airliners kit in 1/144 scale and with 26Decals. The VC10 is a Roden kit with 26Decals.
    81 points
  13. Hi All I have been working in this for the last few months. I have always wanted to build a Target Tug . Being a brush painter made things interesting. I use Humbrol enamels and thin them slightly. The model is the Revell 1/48 Lockheed Ventura and I have made this as an RCAF GR-V TT from British Columbia. The scheme is very striking for obvious reasons and believe it was referred to as the Oxydol Special. The decals are from the excellent Aviaeology set and there is some fantastic information and photos, I do like their decal sets. I would also like to
    79 points
  14. This is the 1/48 Academy Dauntless. I chose to interpret an SBD-2 from VMSB-241, based on Midway Atoll in 1942 and, I assume, one of the planes used in the fabled attack on the Japanese fleer in June. Since it was first produced by Accurate Miniatures, this vintage kit has justifiably developed a reputation as the definitive kit of the Dauntless in this scale. It’s well engineered, with great fit and a level of detail that requires no after-market parts. However, having chosen to represent it in-flight, I had to invest in a gunner from PJ Productions and requisition a pilot from a
    71 points
  15. Hello everybody, here's my latest off the bench, Italeri's 1/48 Stuka in the markings of 239a Squadriglia of the Regia Aeronautica. A quick summary: KIT: Italeri 1/48 Junkers Ju-87 B2-R2, No. 2769 AIRFRAME: Junkers JU-87 B2, M.M. 7085, Captain Giuseppe Cenni's mount PAINTS: the camouflage was airbrushed using Tamiya (my own mix) for the underside RLM65, again Tamiya XF27 Black Green for RLM70, Lifecolor Dark Green for RLM71. Two different versions of home brewed RLM02 for the interiors, one using Lifecolor paints (more of a grey hue, I used it to paint the cockpit an
    70 points
  16. Hi all! Rather than go for the usual blue Corsair, I decided to do something a bit different. Here is my FG-1D in El Salvadoran markings. I used PE seat belts, Aztec decals, and MRP paint (camo painted freehand with a Badger Sotar 20/20). Thanks for looking! Rich
    69 points
  17. Recently completed the Eduard Tempest Mk.V series 2. A great kit however the AMS struck so I completed it with some aftermarket; PE flaps from Eduard, wheels, seat, radiator and exhausts from Barracuda studios. The squadron letters and serial are from Dutch Decal to represent the machine of Jan Linzel. This was a "Mayflyer" who managed to escape to the UK and flew with 33 squadron of the RAF. Approved by "Kitty" A fine cockpit OOB but not much can be seen when the fuselage is closed.
    69 points
  18. Hello all, I hope everyone is keeping well. This F-4J is built from the Tamiya kit, so there maybe a few inaccuracies in the final make up from the real thing, so apologies for that. It had been a 'thing' I have always wanted to build but sadly we don't have a good 1/32 F-4 that is suitable for the RAF except these of 74th Squadron that were directly imported from the US. Only add on were the smile lights that came from Eduard, painted with Gunze paints and all stores are fitted with magnets.
    68 points
  19. Good morning all. I registered because I follow the post of neil5208 and his Academy B24. I built the L version last December. The Academy model proposes an M version, but it seems easier to represent an L with a rear turret. I discovered that Consolidated A6B turrets had been retrofitted on the L. I wanted this model to wear the colors of a liberator from the Mighty Eight. I found pictures of the 93BG with this version of the B24. I didn't find a specific decoration, so I got part of the baptismal name on the decals sheet provided in the box, and the pin
    66 points
  20. Hello to all.here is one of my latest finished models. The 144 Zvezda Il-76.it is not the best kit out there. Too complicated and overengineered while having the shallowest of panels that wont hold more than one layer of paint.Other than that it is an ok kit I guess.With a bit of work it can be made into a nice representation of the il-76.Pinted in gunze acrylics. Regards,Dragan
    65 points
  21. I’ve wanted to make a grey Lightning for a while, and finally got round to doing so. This is the 1/48 Airfix kit, which went together pretty well apart from the left wing being a bit warped, which after some bending, filling, sanding and more bending hopefully doesn’t show too much. All comments and suggestions for improvements welcome! And a huge thank you to @bar side for the extra decals.
    65 points
  22. Dear fellow Britmodellers, here's my 1/72 Airfix Me-262 A2 "Blitzbomber", built with the addition of Eduard photo etch and resin wheels. Pitot tube from the spares box, brake lines from stretched sprue, and vacu canopy from Rob Taurus. Painted with Gunze/Mr.Hobby acrylics. Photographs by Wolfgang Rabel. The Airfix Me-262 kit is precise in shape and outlines and features an open landing gear bay (a detail other manufacturers have missed). Unfortunately, it suffers from fit problems with the engine/wing assembly. This is not difficult to co
    65 points
  23. Pierre Clostermann camo model - autumn 1945. Markings and colors of NV724 selected after consultation with modelers from France and Belgium (thanks, gentlemen) Model - profipack from Eduard, almost OOB - added Master barrels.
    65 points
  24. I'm sure most of us have seen this one before... Wherever possible, I used the kit part and tweaked it. I added a resin cockpit and substituted the kits radar antenna with aftermarket. These antennas were great and will use them again when the opportunity arises. I moved the kits drop tanks inboard to the correct position, lettered and dented. I vac formed the kit canopy and opened it up. Canopy frames done with decal str
    65 points
  25. My latest project is this new 1/48th Sabre from Airfix. Typical softish plastic along with some quite fine panel lines too. Detail is quite good but the cockpit and seat is fairly basic along with the gun bays and airbrakes. Built pretty much straight from the box except for a modified Quickboost seat (it was too big to fit the Airfix cockpit so I sanded the sides down) I was also going to use a modified Yahu instrument panel but that was too big as well and a totally different shape to the Airfix one. I assume there'll be a cockpit set and seat to follow from someone and scaled to fit the A
    64 points
  26. I have completed my build of the Dynavector Supermarine Scimitar kit which I started just on a year ago after being motivated to tackle a vacform by Martian & his Hawker Horsley vacform WIP. Subject aircraft of th is build is Supermarine Scimitar F1 XD248 195/R circa 1959/1960 ish. Kit type is a vacform which was surprisingly easy to put together although a lot of work was involved in preparation but satisfying when it started coming together. The Dynavector kit really captures the handsome lines of the Scimitar but I elected to make changes to reshape the fin, tailplane a
    64 points
  27. Few days ago I finished another "long-term" project. It was my challenge since Apr. 2019. Small diorama with Boeing 747-8F in Cargolux Cutaway special livery on airfield fragment. The kit is mainly Revell, but, due to poor quality of some pcs. I took from Zvezda's 747 all the wheels (Revell's are to small), front landing bay and gear, engine's fans. Then I spent many hours scratching cargo compartment. At the end, to bring more 'life' to the diorama I ordered some, available online, stuff from ROCAST Models, which are superb. Naturally I had to add some photoetched parts -
    64 points
  28. Hi all, First up, along with many people, I managed to pick up the new Airfix Beaufort early on through Jadlam on preorder. A brilliant kit from Airfix with some superb engineering. Kit is from the box with the exception of Eduard cockpit masks and replacement resin wheels to add a little extra detail. Build went together very well and especially pleased that the included schemes represented examples from St Eval, Cornwall - a location not far from me. Not my best build, I used a new brand of Gloss Varnish for me and ended up going on too thick, resulting in
    64 points
  29. Hi, everybody! Let me present you my next model. Here I use standard techniques, but there is one innovation - dowelled antenna made of mustache of my pet rabbit. The rabbit's tendril fell out by itself, I did not pull it out)).
    63 points
  30. Hi guys, I just finished this longer than usual project. Is the fantastic Fw190 A-4 Eduard 1/48th kit with some aftermarket details. Eduard's Advanced Brassin set which includes: resin engine & fuselage guns, resin wingroot gunbays, resin propeller and PE upgrade set. Master Models gun barrels, HGW Models fabric German fighter seatbelts and decals, Quinta Studio 3D decals cockpit set, and Aires resin inspection panel on the vertical stabilizer. For the colour scheme I wanted to do something different to the usual ones that we see in the Fw190 so I've opted for this
    63 points
  31. Hi everyone, I’m very pleased to present to you my latest build in the form of a MiG-21FL as operated by the TACDE from Adampur, India. I added the canopy actuators and cemented the canopy today and she was done! The inspiration for this was the images below. I had wanted to build a FL for many years and had settled my plans on an 8 Squadron camouflaged machine when I found an image of this one in the late Phil Camp’s excellent book on the Indian Air Force. This and some interesting research, supported faithfully by a number of BMers, led me to build this more colourful machine. Th
    62 points
  32. This is a deceptively difficult kit by Trumpeter. DO NOT use the Eduard photo etch cockpit interior as it does not fit, and cannot be seen. The canopy is too narrow, so you must build it in the open position. Trumpeter couldn't decide whether to have the kit split in two, in order to see the splendid turbojet, but no stand comes with it. If you want to close up the panels, for flight, PUT THEM IN FIRST, before sealing the fuselage up, and put in some weight. If you don't, you can sink the panel hatches too deep into the fuselage with no way to fix them in place. Finally, the most difficul
    60 points
  33. Finally completed what began as a fall project of building a pair of 727s; it stretched into winter, and just now finished in spring. This was a first for me…building two models at once. Proved to be quite a challenge that was not only time consuming, but pushed the limits on space! My workbench just isn’t large enough for more than one-at-a-time, so new rule…just one…finish it…start another. No more “two-fers.” Here’s some history and photos posed in the bright sun and “in the hangar.” First is the somewhat historic Northwest Airlines 727-51 (-100), N467US, that became infamous d
    60 points
  34. Dear fellow Britmodellers, here's my 1/72 Hasegawa He-111 H-16 in colors of 4./KG 53, flown by Staffelkapitän Oblt. Dietrich Kornblum. This particular aircraft participated in the "Poltawa Raid", an attack on the USAF airfield in the Ukraine, which was used for shuttle missions. I built the kit from the box, adding seatbelts from tape and resin wheels from True Details. Painted with Gunze/Mr.Color acrylics, weathered with artist oils. All photographs by Wolfgang Rabel. I would like to express my thanks to the following Britmodellers: @Sky
    60 points
  35. I built the model of the Tupolev Tu-114 a couple of years ago. The history behind this turboprop airliner is truly unique. The plane was designed in the late 1950’s on the basis of the Soviet strategic bomber Tu-95 "Bear" . The specifications of the plane were massive: hight 15,5 m. length 53 m. and wing span 51 m. The four 14.800 hp turboprops drove eight counter rotating propellers and the diameter of these ”widmills” was 5,6 m. The max. speed was 870 km/h. The noise level inside the cabin could reach up to 110 db. The plane was operated by Aeroflot (and in co-operation with Japan airlines i
    60 points
  36. This is my second Beaufort so I thought I'd build it slightly differently with the weapons bay doors closed and another colour scheme. In fact, I think I prefer it in these colors to the green/brown/sky variant. Built the same as my other one by using just some of the Eduard cockpit set, their wheels and of course the wonderfully useful canopy masks. Hopefully the next one will be a Mk.VII using one of Uncle Les's conversion sets from Australia as featured on Hyperscale during the past couple of days. Decals for this one came from the Kits World sheet. Thanks for looking ag
    59 points
  37. Like many folk, lockdowns signalled a return to modelling for first time in over 20 years. Unlike my teens where I would brush paint everything, I invested in an airbrush and spent time watching YouTube videos and trying to learn how to use it. I initially tried to build a Tamiya Porsche 911 Turbo without much success but used that as a paint mule to practice airbrushing on. I then decided to build a Tamiya F-14A after reading good things about the kit. 6 months or so later and I have finally finished (apart from needing to polish the canopy). Kit was painted with a mix of Tam
    58 points
  38. Hi all, The rather fun, pocket money Gladiator from Airfix. Out of the box pretty much and using the Airfix decals which are excellent. No vices, just a well designed kit. It’s the box art Battle of France version with a rather complicated 6 colour scheme! I got help there with the ‘Top Notch’ set of camouflage masks. Guy
    57 points
  39. Recently I've been working on Airfix's 1/72 Whitley Mk.V for the Unarmed Group Build, certainly one of my favourite builds. It's a joy to build, totally recommend it. I'll have to build another at some point, but probably with a bunch of etch in the cockpit. Only issues were one small missing part which I easily made a replacement for (easier than bothering with Airfix spares) and there were holes for the aerials missing. The instructions tell you to drill some for the coastal command version, but there's no instruction or semi hollowed out bit to drill for one of the aerials that is need
    56 points
  40. Hi all - here's my recently completed Typhoon in 1/48. The kit from Hasegawa is quite good despite it's age (1999) - though the fuselage inserts (allowing either car door or tear drop variants) are a pain to deal with - much sanding and rescribing is required to make the seams disappear. You also get large gaps at the top which require alot work to deal to. Big gaps in the wing roots too! Out side of those problems - the fit is actually pretty good. Eduard reboxed this kit and the fact that this is stil
    56 points
  41. Hi there, My first Russian aircraft and my fist model by G.W.H. Great kit, excellent detail and fantastic fit. Maybe my only criticism is the lack of weapons variety so I was force to use some from another kit... Even though the G.W.H kit is of a more advance variant I couldn't resist to do that awesome splinter camo of the 2nd prototype, so I'm ok with the minor inaccuracies... cheers and thanks for looking. Jorge
    55 points
  42. Hi All, this was my Christmas Holiday build, it took me a little longer though, finished it in February. It was built more or less from the box using Montex masks and Humbrol enamels. Thanks for dropping in!
    54 points
  43. this time something else a Arma Hobby Hurricane. I did a conversion to the PR version used by Polish 318 fighter reconnaissance squadron in it's training time in Palestine, in combat 318 sq. used Spitfire MK.V and IX. From aftermarket I used: Eduard seat belts and Yahu instrument panel, Quickboost propeller and exhaust pipes -both for Hasegawa kit. Decals custom made.
    54 points
  44. Hi all This is my attempt on Ju88G-6 D5+AX, from 12/NJG3, which took part in 'Operation Gisela' on the night of 3/4 March, 1945. The idea behind Gisela was for the Luftwaffe nightfighter fleet to follow returning bombers back to their bases in the UK and attack them as they prepared to land. D5+AX, flown by Hptm Johann Dreher and his crew, attacked Halifax bombers of the French Air Force as they returned to Elvington, in Yorkshire. After his attacks on returning Halifaxes, Dreher continued to strafe the airfield and the surrounding area. While making a low, high speed turn for
    54 points
  45. After the Harrier T.4 I built the Gr.3 from the Kinetic Gold series in 1:48. Add some Eduard PE´s, Master pitot and a mix of Kinetic and Sky model decals.
    53 points
  46. Greetings, Hope everyone is in good spirit and doing well. I had this Avro Lancaster 1/72 Revell kits but without the decals, I brought it from yard sales so no decals, however, I got a Matchbox decal but sadly it just cracked away. I was on the verge of giving up the model and started something new. But then decided I need to complete what I have started, a friend of mine send me a pair of wing roundels it was a tad small but I can live with it and I used decals from other kits. Working on the matchbox decals which I have no option to work on it was a really challenging bit
    53 points
  47. Reid and Sigrist (of instrument and camera fame) produced this RS-1 trainer prototype in the late 1930s. It was not taken up for production, but was flown for several years before being scrapped. This is a pretty obscure aeroplane, and I think there are fewer than two dozen photographs of it on the web. It was known as "Snargasher" in the works, and the name stuck! Its successor, the RS-3, was again not taken up for production, but after conversion to the RS-4 accommodating a prone cameraman, it continued flying through the 1970s and reportedly is still in storage today in a hangar in Leices
    53 points
  48. -This machine seldom seen in model is an old resin kit from Magna Models in 48 scale dating back to something around 2010
    53 points
  49. Built for a friend, XT905 take off diorama when serving back in her heyday with 228 OCU. 1/48 Revell kit, base from Coastal Kits. Thanks for looking.
    53 points
  50. This time in my opinion, a very interesting topic for people who like having fun with weathering. A-7E Hellenic Air Force Trumpeter 1:32 As always model straight from the box + mask to make Greek insignia. 1:1 A-7E Corsair II HAF Trumpeter 1:32
    52 points
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