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  1. This might be the first outing for this kit on the forums, god knows I built it fast enough! Apologies for the photos, it's just too big to get any decent pics There's a comprehensive build thread detailing the pros (loads!) and cons (relatively few!) of this very nice new kit by Revell. The BM community contributed loads of links, photos, insights and critiques to make it a decent reference for anyone else wanting to build this. The aircraft depicted represents Article #974, one of the most colourful and celebrated airframes. It was stuck on Midway Island in 1969 following a generator failure. During its enforced stay of over four days, it received a painted gear door art of the island's famous Gooney Birds courtesy of a naval officer's artist wife. In addition it had tail art of a '1' (for Det 1 at Kadena AFB in Okinawa) with the habu viper coiled around it and the word ICHI BAN (Number One in Japanese) This is a very good kit. The fit ranges from excellent at best to okay at worst. Surface detail is well-represented with fine panel lines. Also it's MASSIVE at 68cm long! I had been waiting for this kit since pre-ordering from Jumblies Models in Norwich in April, so when it arrived on 9 December I tore into it straightaway! I also got another one from Jadlam, both cost under £75 posted so I would say the kit is well worth the money. Well, there it is. Fit and accuracy are both good enough for most modellers, so if you want a big Blackbird for your display shelf, it's a no-brainer. Feel free to ask any questions but please don't be offended if I steer you towards the build thread, there's so much information there it should be your first stop. All the best and festive greetings EDIT: For completion's sake, here are the finished engines and stand: I went for boring grey for the stand to better contrast the engines and black airframe. This is built from the box, with no filler used at all. The bleed air pipes aren't even glued, they just slot snugly into place. The interior of the jetpipes is brush painted with Vallejo Model Color, everything else is various blends of two colours (AK Xtreme Metal Titanium and Burnt Metal) with a finish of Colourcoats Corticene to represent that heated titanium look. This is the ensemble, it's difficult to get a good photo! It looks a bit incongruous up on a stand with open canopies and compressed oleos, but at least it fits the shelf! Well anyway, that's the end of the odyssey...took exactly a month to build. This is a real gem in my collection, I may never part with it All the best, Alan
    121 points
  2. Happy New Year! I have only one resolution this year - to never build a kit like this again. It's not often that I dread going to the workbench, but it happened on several occasions with this project. Obviously, this is the old Matchbox PB4Y-2 Privateer re-boxed by Revell which is in itself not a bad kit except for its glaring errors. Specifically, the turrets, cowlings and props are a bit on the, er, wrong side. Being the fruitcake that I am (notice how I worked in some holiday cheer?) I decided to go rogue in the aftermarket store and procure the old Cobra resin correction set. This is where most of the problems came from. Read the WIP and WEEP, the link is below. Boy, am I relieved to get this one off the bench. Not my best work by a long shot, but I suppose it looks good enough to stick in the display case along with the old Revell PB4Y-1 that I built a few years ago. Project: Consolidated PB4Y-2 Privateer Kit: Revell Kit No. 04292 Scale: 1:72 (anything larger for this aircraft is a crime against nature) Decals: White Dog No. 721003 for "Ol' Blunderbuss" from VPB-121 Resin: Cobra Company PB4Y-2 Detail and Correction Set No. 72019 Resin: HPM Hobbies Corrected Cowling & Engine Set No. 72010 Resin: Quickboost PBY-5 Catalina propellers No. QB 72 006 Resin: Eduard M-2 Browning Guns No. 672092 Resin: True Details B-24/PB4Y Wheel Set No. 72016 Photoetch: From the Cobra and Eduard sets, as well as the spares box Vacuform: Squadron (Falcon) sets 9145 & 9146 for all the clear parts Paint: Mr. Hobby H11 Flat White, H12 Flat Black, H18 Steel, H54 Non-specular Sea Blue, H56 Intermediate Blue, H58 Interior Green; Tamiya XF-69 NATO Black, Alclad ALC-101 Aluminum, ALC-314 Klear Kote Flat Weathering: Post shading with various uncontrolled mixtures of the primary colours Cursing: So bad at times that the air raid sirens went off Improvements/Corrections Replaced all turrets with Cobra resin parts and Squadron vacuform clear parts Window framework on waist and tail turrets made with strips of 0.005 inch thick styrene Added bulletproof glass to bow and waist turret stations Replaced all guns with Eduard resin and photoetch Replaced cockpit with Cobra resin, detailed with CMK photoetch from the spares box Detailed the bombardier station, never to be seen again Replaced all fuselage windows with clear styrene Reshaped the kit's inaccurate vertical tail profile Replaced kit wheels with True Details resin Scratchbuilt a new nose gear mechanism and reshaped nose gear openings and doors Added various antennae and aerials Replaced kit nacelles, cowlings, and engines with resin from Cobra and HPM Replaced kit propellers with Quickboost resin The remaining errors were left in intentionally Click here for the WIP. It's a long, tragic tale and only for the stout of heart. Now, let's see this beast. Cheers, Bill EDIT: Here are some shots of the cockpit and scratchbuilt nose gear leg which you can't see in the photos above. A bit of putty here and there...
    110 points
  3. Hi all. I just finished my 3rd 1/48 Harrier of the year. After Kinetic's AV-8A and Hasegawa's AV-8B, I wanted to build the Kinetic RAF GR3 version. This kit is basically the same kit as the AV-8A, except for the decals. For this build I used Eduard's interior and exterior pe sets and a Master pitot tube. The kit has very nice surface details and the fit is very good. Only a few spots need some extra attention and a bit of filler. Nothing major though. The model was painted with Mr Hobby acrylics, colour numbers H330 and H331. This was airbrushed in thin coats over an Alclad black primer base. A wash was made from Abteilung 502 oilpaint and AK white spirit. The kit decals were used and they are very good. Printed by Cartograf and among the best I've ever used. Thank you for watching. René.
    107 points
  4. Hello all! I'm pleased to present my latest model, a 1/72 Coastal Command Liberator completed as BZ755 flown by F/O A. Cirko, No 10. Squadron RCAF around Autumn 1943. This is Eduard's "Riders in the Sky" reboxing of the Hasegawa kit with lots of extras including resin wheels and exhausts, etch cockpit and bomb bay and some scratch made details throughout the interior. The painting was done with airbrushed Mr Color and Tamiya paints weathered with oils and ground up pastel pigments. Overall I'm really happy with how it turned out: I enjoyed detailing the interior and I'm glad that the removable forward fuselage, held in place with magnets, allows some of this to be seen. I managed to stop it being a tail sitter by stashing away tungsten shot and weighted putty in every nook and cranny I could find, it weighs a tonne now but the undercarriage just about seems to be up to it... I was a bit worried about painting the white undersides but this turned out ok and I think I was able to stay on just the right side of the line with the weathering. Thanks to everyone who followed along for the last ten months on the WIP thread; your tips, encouragement and patience are really appreciated and I hope some useful bits and pieces were logged along the way, the link is here: Please enjoy the photos and let me know any thoughts, comments or questions and I'll get back to you below. Thanks for taking a look and Happy Christmas! Sam
    107 points
  5. Dear fellow modellers, this is my latest construction an RF-84F provided by TanModel in scale 1/48. It took me almost two years to finish it but I believe it worth the effort for the final result. This model represents an RF-84F in Hellenic Air Force duty which served from 1956 until 1991. Some of inspiration and ref pics below: For this construction I used: Airbrakes and Exterior photo etched metal parts for F/RF-84F provided by Extra Tech (EX 48045), for cockpit photo etched by Reheat Models (RHO96), cameras detail set by CMK (4333), part of engine for F-104G by CMK (Q 48029) and decals from ICARUS DECALS (48012) and of course I lot of scratch building on model sections as the rear part of fuselage trailer, the interior engine detail from the rear part of fuselage, part from the engine J65-W-3, ammo and gun bay on the wings, avionics bay and final I rebuild the interior from the cameras bay. All this construction step by step provided on this site: https://www.modelclub.gr/forums/index.php/topic,35695.0.html Thanks for viewing. Giannis Doxas
    97 points
  6. PK-601 Supermarine Stranraer by Mike, on Flickr This 40 year old Matchbox kit was fun to build. Previously attempted over 40 years ago when my eyes and manual dexterity were much better, but my modelling skills seriously lacking. There was no way nipper me could ever get those wings on, and it was binned. I've felt bad for badgering my poor mum to buy me the kit ever since, but in my defense who could resist that amazing Roy Huxley box art? PK-601 Supermarine Stranraer by Mike, on Flickr This particular flying boat, K7297 of 209 Sqn was sadly lost with all hands on August the 19th 1939, while patrolling over the North Sea in bad weather. I have represented her in the Munich Crisis markings she wore at the time of the crash. RMS Empress of Britain escorted by three Supermarine Stranraers by Mike, on Flickr "FLYING ACCIDENTS With reference to the disappearance on August 19 of an aircraft of No.209 Squadron, the Air Ministry announces with regret that, as extensive searches have failed to find the aircraft and its occupants, it must now be accepted that the following personnel lost their lives on that date:- F/O (Acting Flt Lt) Frederick Ernest Royston King; F/O Arthur Frederick Barber; L./AC Donald Fulcher; A/C.1 David George Poeten Ash; A/C.1 Walter Joseph Jeckells; A/C.2 Leslie Samuel Freshwater." <a href="http://aviation-safety.net/wikibase/208561" rel="noreferrer nofollow">aviation-safety.net/wikibase/208561</a> Like many basic Matchbox kits, there was room for extra detail to be added, especially to the empty hull interior, and the sparsely marked exteriors. I was very much aided by fellow Britmodellers builds in this respect. For those wanting to check the build thread out here is the link. And for those that just want to see some photos, scroll down now PK-601 Supermarine Stranraer by Mike, on Flickr PK-601 Supermarine Stranraer by Mike, on Flickr PK-601 Supermarine Stranraer by Mike, on Flickr PK-601 Supermarine Stranraer by Mike, on Flickr PK-601 Supermarine Stranraer by Mike, on Flickr PK-601 Supermarine Stranraer by Mike, on Flickr PK-601 Supermarine Stranraer by Mike, on Flickr PK-601 Supermarine Stranraer by Mike, on Flickr PK-601 Supermarine Stranraer by Mike, on Flickr PK-601 Supermarine Stranraer by Mike, on Flickr PK-601 Supermarine Stranraer by Mike, on Flickr PK-601 Supermarine Stranraer by Mike, on Flickr PK-601 Supermarine Stranraer by Mike, on Flickr
    92 points
  7. Hi all, Only 13 months after I started, I am finally calling this done. This is my build of the Airfix Shackleton MR2 to represent WR964 "204/Q" of 204 Squadron RAF based at RAF Ballykelly in c. 1963 just after its upgrade to Phase 2 configuration. For me this is the archetypal Shackleton "look" and role - hunting Russian subs for hours over the north-east Atlantic so I was keen to get it looking right. There's a WIP here but it rather peters out, I'm afraid. My work has been pretty well horrendous this year and it was quite enough of a mental struggle plodding through this build - it nearly stalled completely on several occasions. This build is relatively OOB for me: aware of the risk of burning out on such a large project and struggling to find any suitable references, I decided not to correct the AEW.2 interior fit to resemble the MR2. Since you can hardly see any of it through the tiny windows and the pre-Phase 3 interior was all black anyway, I feel like this was a good call. For the sake of sanity, I also didn't bother attempting to modify the kit's incorrect undercarriage bay sidewalls (they are identical in details for both sides whereas they should be handed!) Where I did go full AMS was making sure the exterior details matched the Phase 2 fit, as far as I could with less than perfect references. List of mods to base kit below: Filed off nearly all scoops/vents etc on nose and rear fuselage, as most of these are copied by Airfix from WR963 and are thus appropriate for Phase 3 and/or AEW.2 Added NACA intake and tiny round vent on upper starboard nose. Added small drain pipe and tiny vent on lower starboard nose Added small heat exchanger on lower port nose Added forward facing scoops/intakes on upper fuselage above port wing root, lower port rear fuselage and starboard rear fuselage just aft of wing root Replaced later radio masts with smaller, raked masts further forward on cabin roof Added four whip aerials per photos (with several coats of white these are a bit over thick now!) Added aerial or drain pipe on spine aft of ECM antenna. Added prominent object on port fuselage in front of wing root also seen on Lancasters (I think this is a trailing aerial chute?) Filled in forward galley window and amended position of aft window one to represent original configuration before the galley was modified at Phase 3 upgrade - unfortunately I manged this correctly on the port side but neglected to fill the forward window to starboard! Oh well... Added three prominent rod aerials under each wing tip Finished interior entirely in black. Fitted hydraulic actuator rams for radome forward of crew door, apart from replacing the throttle levers and adding seatbelts this is the only interior modification I made. Early-type exhausts and wheels are sets from Barracudacast Decals are a mix of kit stencils and Xtradecals. The yellow wing walk lines are not provided by Airfix, as the 205 Squadron Dark Sea Grey option has the FEAF white upperwing strips and corresponding red stencils in this area. I used a Modelcraft sheet for the Frog MR3 for these markings, but cut the over-wide yellow lines down with a scalpel and steel ruler! The end result looks OK under all that exhaust staining! It's finished in Mr Hobby Aqueous Dark Sea Grey (the white is Humbrol rattlecan). Humbrol have rudely stopped making no. 164 in acrylics so I tested a couple of other brands and this is what looked the best shade to me. It doesn't go on well with a hairy stick, but coincidentally @Cookenbacher extremely kindly gifted me a spare Iwata airbrush at abut the time I was scratching my head over paint colour. Now in 23 years of modelling I have never so much as picked an airbrush up, and this kit wasn't exactly cheap or simple, so it was with great trepidation I gave it a first-ever go. I have to say I am rather pleased - I have a way to go to get halfway competent (or halfway confident, for that matter) but I have learnt a lot and it certainly doesn't look any worse than I could have managed with a brush and more tractable paint. In addition to Cookenbacher I'd like to thank @alhenderson for some excellent photos of WR964 (check out his excellent build of the same aircraft!) and contributors to the WIP especially @amos brierley who provided a vast amount of detail info and useful images of the bomb bay. Here she is - hope you like the result as much as I do!
    90 points
  8. As I was building the Vulcan I decided to do a joint-build with the Victor in my stash aswell. Here are the results. Victor B2(BS) by Phillip Loughlin, on Flickr Victor B2(BS) by Phillip Loughlin, on Flickr Victor B2(BS) by Phillip Loughlin, on Flickr Victor B2(BS) by Phillip Loughlin, on Flickr Hope you like.
    86 points
  9. It's been a long time since I finished something so it's nice to be doing this, although had to re-remember how to set the camera up and tidy the pics up! I've always liked the Marauder since being a nipper, inspired by the fantastic Matchbox kit artwork by Roy Huxley. That was the last B-26 I built, so snapped up the Eduard 'Wine, Women & Song' kit when it became available. It started as a Christmas build with the goal of experimenting with the hair spray method of getting a badly worn look that the Marauders were famous for. Had the usual fight getting things how I wanted it, 2 steps forwards, 1 step back but wrestled it to something how I wanted it in the end. The base layer was MRP Super Silver with Tamiya olive drab over the top, chipped away using a toothbrush. The weathering is predominantly oils with some soft pastel over the top. Quite a fun build, especially the weathering. Thanks for looking, hopefully 2022 can be more productive than 2021! Neil
    85 points
  10. Here is the Kinetic kit built as the QinetiQ VAAC Harrier with the addition of the North Wing Model Craft FTI pods and Vingtor decals. Enjoyed this build with it being slightly different and masking the raspberry ripple scheme was fun. VAAC Harrier by Phillip Loughlin, on Flickr VAAC Harrier by Phillip Loughlin, on Flickr VAAC Harrier by Phillip Loughlin, on Flickr and one with my Hasegawa GR9 to show the differences in the 2 generations of Harrier. Harriers by Phillip Loughlin, on Flickr Hope you like.
    82 points
  11. Hello all, Here is my effort with the Tamiya F-14D. All I can say is that it is a superior kit. I added the Quinta cockpit set and Def model wheel set. I used model master paints. I found that that kit fits so good that I was screwing the build sometimes for using to much glue. Hope you enjoy the pictures. Rod This was just a fun build, I did not want to get bogged down with a lot of AM stuff. Thanks for looking. Rod
    82 points
  12. Dear fellow britmodellers, I thought I may share with you my recent build of the Arma Hobby kit. It was built out of box, mainly for review purpose and also to test how it goes together as I expect I'm not the only one who consider to add many of them to the collection. It seems to be finally the right one:-) Cheers, Libor
    81 points
  13. Hi all. Finished this kit a few weeks ago and is my last but one completion for 2021. It all went together pretty well despite the awful instructions. I added an Aires cockpit (hard work to fit) and some resin wheels from ResKit. Painted with MRP paints and weathered with oils and pastel chalks. Thanks for looking. gazza l
    78 points
  14. This build was part of the F-4 Phantom II STGB, which due to delays in acquiring the decals didn’t make the end in time. This build is part of my continuing VF-31 build, this using Tamiya’s awesome new F-4B. Enough has been said about this amazing model, For this build I needed to back-date the model, by fitting the plain fin top (I really don’t know why they just didn’t include this in the model), fitting earlier Ejection seats, fitting early style wing drop tanks, and removing some antenna. Replacement fin tops have been released by Flying Leathernecks, they are meant to be a drop in item, but they don’t, they are too short, and the rear profile is incorrect, I need to cut it in half and add a 3-4mm extension to get to fit correct. Hypersonic has recently new fin tips that are a perfect fit! Speaking of which I used their Ejection seats and Early Style wing drop tanks. They are beautifully mouldedl resin parts which I highly recommend for anyone doing an early version F-4B. To finish her off, the decals. A brand new release from Bullseye’s “Fleet Phantom” series for the F-4B’s, they are without doubt the best decals I have ever used! Super tough, super thin (they look painted on when dry), the decal film is nearly non-existent, and the stencilling is 100% legible (I know because I had to use a magnifying glass to read them!!). But there are a couple of things, they are frighteningly expensive to get here in Aust (over $90 USD inc postage!!!), and there is no numbering of the decals…… which is why I needed to read the stencilling to see where they went! But all in all a wonderful model to build and one I will definitely build again….. I have another set of these decals being baby-sat for me at the monet in the US! Thank you for looking I have added a link to the build, enjoy. Model: Tamiya 1/48th F-4B Phantom Paint: AK Interactive Real Color, and MRP, Tamiya Acrylics, Alclad & Model Master Metalizer Lacquers Extras: Bullseye Decals – Fleet Phantoms III Flying Leatherheads – F-4B Phantom II Early Fin Cap Hypersonic – Martin Baker Mk. H5 Ejection seats Hypersonic – 370 gal tanks (early) Quinta Studio – F-4B 3D Printed Decals .... plus some family photos,
    77 points
  15. I built this from the old RugRatResins HS Andover kit and finished it with home made decals for an ETPS aircraft in the high-visibility Raspberry Ripple scheme. The nose boom was scratchbuilt from brass rod and getting the angles and lengths right took some working out. Thanks for looking. Steve
    76 points
  16. I'd been waiting for a new tool Vulcan for a long time so snapped this up as soon as it came out and got it built. Here are some photos of the result. Vulcan B2 by Phillip Loughlin, on Flickr Vulcan B2 by Phillip Loughlin, on Flickr Vulcan B2 by Phillip Loughlin, on Flickr Vulcan B2 by Phillip Loughlin, on Flickr Vulcan B2 by Phillip Loughlin, on Flickr Hope you like it.
    75 points
  17. Not something I say as often as I’d like, however I’m happy to now call this Matchbox Wellington project DONE! Sincere thanks should firstly go to my good friend @Rob S who gave me this kit (among others) in exchange for some rather dubious kits from my own collection. I’d also like to thank my cousin in Melbourne Alf (non BM member), who kindly created and supplied the decal artwork to allow me to replicate HZ279 ‘YOUNG/ERS’ as best as my current skills will allow. Historical Notes: Being part of No. 4 Bomber Group, No. 466 (RAAF) Squadron was formed at RAF Driffield, Yorkshire on 10 October 1942 under Article XV of the Empire Air Training Scheme. After the squadron was equipped with Vickers Wellington Mk. X’s, it transferred to RAF Leconfield on 27 December 1942 and flew its first mission on 13 January 1943. Its main roles were strategic bombing over Germany and laying naval mines in the North Sea. Within weeks of forming, No. 466 played its part participating in most of the raids that become known as the ‘Battle of the Ruhr’ (5 March – 31 July1943). By this stage of the war the Wellington was being rapidly replaced by the newer four engine Heavy Bombers, however the old Wimpy still acquitted herself well and during the Ruhr campaign itself had a loss percentage rate superior to both the lower flying Stirling’s and Merlin engined Halifax’s. This model represents Vickers Wellington Mk. X, HZ279 coded HD:R. The "YOUNG/ERS" nose artwork depicts the character ‘Father William’ from Younger’s Brewery and its adoption was a play on the name of the aircraft's captain, Flg Off R.A.L Young RAFVR. Completed operational missions were recorded by beer tankards painted below the artwork. HZ279 took part in fourteen of No. 466’s twenty-one ‘Ruhr’ operations and was also sortied on the same Duisburg raid (8/9 April 1943) which Roy Huxley superbly portrays on the original 1975 Matchbox Wellington kit box art. The Matchbox Model: With three colour plastic sprues, clean flash free parts and that dramatic Roy Huxley box art, there’s a lot to like in this nostalgia filled box of plastic bits. Matchbox got a lot of things right with this simple kit, the geodetic lattice framework is beautifully represented and has hardly been surpassed to this very day. The kit's overall shape and dimensions are pretty good and the overall fit is just superb. leaving a lot of modern day kits to shame. Although the above was written with rose tinted glasses, all is not perfect with this original mid 70's issued kit. The main howler to my eye is the overlarge canopy which looks quite awful when compared to the latest Airfix Wimpy offering. The wheels are also too thin and undersize and there’s something amiss with those rear fuselage side windows – some are either too short in length or overly large in area. These are in need of some correction, so off to work we go! The Modifications : The imputes to attempt these small modifications came from the parts provided within the new Airfix kit. For some reason, Airfix provide three canopy pieces within each kit, so here was an opportunity to build both old Matchbox and new Airfix Wellingtons and display them side by side without highlighting the obvious canopy difference. There are many After Market Wellington wheels on offer. I purchased a set of CMK wheels and to my utter surprise these are smaller in diameter when compared to the lovely Airfix kit parts. I figured these later and heavier Wellington Mk.X's would have probably benefited by having larger wheels, so I opted to use the Airfix wheels on my Matchbox kit. Matchbox kinda mucked up all those fuselage side windows too. The foremost cabin window appears too short in comparison to wartime photographs and the rear triangular window is quite oversized. My specific Mk.X was only equipped with these beam gun windows so the rest would have to go. I filled and sanded these side windows flush, although lost some of the lovely fabric ribbing detail in the process. I decided to restore this ribbing with long lengths of fine stretched sprue, then sanded these down a little to blend them in with the rest of the kits surfaces. Matchbox's over thick machine guns were replaced with Quickboost parts and various other small details are just basic old school scratch modelling. That's enough waffle from me, so here are some additional photos and a few WIP ones thrown in as well. Oh, in case you didn't know, @JOCKNEY and I will be hosting the 50th Anniversary of Matchbox Group Build from this Saturday 08 January. If you haven't already done so, please go and raid that overflowing stash. If you find one of these classic Matchbox kits, please consider building it sometime between now and 05 June 2022. These kits are a lot of fun whether built straight OOB or however far your young at heart mind tells you to go! Cheers, thanks and kindest regards.. Dave
    75 points
  18. Hello to all of you guys and girls.I have finished the awesome 72 scale hasegawa CV-22 OSPREY.The fit is great so is the level of details.I had a blast with this one.The kit is painted wiht Gunze,Ak real colors, Ak interactive and tamiya acrylics.I have also made a full video build that you can watch on my Youtube channel DOCTOR MIG. Enjoy
    74 points
  19. Hi all In the latter part of last year I asked a question in tge Cold War section of the forum re the above aircraft and was very pleased with the results, I have always wanted to model one of these but been wary of all of the differences etc and could not find too much on t'internet etc, so was very thankful to @72modeler @mick b @Our Ned @Junchan @Seahawk @Harry Lime @Troy Smith and a special thanks to @71chally. Thanks guys you helped turn something I was scared I would not be able to do justice to, into a very enjoyable project. So armed with the info I needed I started the build. Thank you also to those who have supported and encouraged me on my build too. I really appreciate it. This is the Sword 1/72 Skyraider AEW kit and it is a really nice kit, it's a short run kit bit the fit is really nice. The Aircraft modelled is WV106 which was attached to HMS Centaur during the first 6 months of 1959, as part of 849 Squadron D flight. My Dad was aboard Centaur during this time and loved the look of these and would often mention them , hence why I wanted to build one really. I was fortunate enough to locate a Model decal sheet which contained the WV106/427 option so was able to complete. Some extras have been added to tge model such as Radome support braces, static Discharge Wicks, tail aerial from stretch plastic cotton bud tube over some .33mm brass rod, the underwing aerials are bristles from SWMBO's toothbrush , just checking she's not looking over my shoulder!!! Otherwise the rest is included with the kit. The model is brushpainted with Colourcoats and Humbrol enamels and chipping with a pencil and staining from tge exhaust is with powders. Anyway enough waffle from me here's some photos. Build thread is here part of a multiple build thread I apologise for the photos I even waited until it was sunny this morning to take them but they still came out this way. I hope you enjoyed them I certainly enjoyed this model. Thanks for looking in Chris
    73 points
  20. Finally finished the 892 build...This is the 1/48 Hasegawa Phantom FG.1 in the markings of 892 NAS, circa 1978. This particular aircraft, XT859, had participated in the record breaking trans Atlantic race in 1969. Used MRP paints throughout, weathered using oils, decals came from many sources - the side and wing codes were sprayed on. The crew access ladder came from Flightpath, seats were from Aires, cockpit details and chocks were scratchbuilt - plastic card., wire...
    73 points
  21. Hi everyone, Finally, I’m very pleased to be rolling out my latest Voodoo for your consideration, hoping that you will like her as much as I do. She has languished on the shelf half-done for about three years and so I thought I ought to finish her. Unfortunately I cant find my notes regarding paints. I show what I can remember. Those who have seen my previous Voodoo builds will know that I was on a Valom Voodoo “fix” for a while at that time and this will be the third, and last for the foreseeable future. This model depicts RF-101A-30-MC 54-1514 which was operated, until her sad demise, by the 363rd Tactical Reconnaissance Wing, based at Shaw AFB. She crashed, fatally, while operating near Franklin, North Carolina on the 16th March 1966. More specifically she is finished as she appeared as part of camouflage trials involving two Voodoos in the early to mid 1960s. Another is reported as being black overall (possibly 54-1512). The following is an extract from the Operational and Test Evaluation - Camouflage and Corrosion Control (RF-101) document issued in October 1963 (TAC-TR-63-8): “The two RF-101's were each painted differently; however, the color scheme chosen was one which provided good "cover" against a verdant terrain. One aircraft was painted a black first coat followed by a dull green mixed with a small quantity of black for the final coat. The second aircraft was painted two coats of the green and black mixture and, in an attempt to break up the silhouette and distort distinctive lines, irregular splotches of reddish-brown paint and alternate black were applied. In both cases the undersides of the aircraft ware similarly painted, as were the external fuel tanks.” Interestingly a further un-identified RF- Voodoo (at least one) was painted in a toned-down camouflage a little earlier, carrying toned-down black national insignia too. This was around the time of the Cuba Crisis and is illustrated in a couple of reference books. As shown, 54-1514 had additional green stripes around the rear end of the engine bay and on the wing tips, indicating its participation in the extensive exercise “Desert Strike” in the Spring of 1964. See her (I think) at 18 minutes 45 seconds in this video: At Ontario, Ca: I found other potiential shots of her during Desert Strike on YouTube: Some will also have seen other images of her with a strange and different mottled camouflage. A famous photograph shows her as a static air show exhibit (at St. Louis?) in that scheme. My challenge, apart from the kit itself, has been the decisions around the paint colours. The greater minds on the subject have suggested that these were a unique mix. Therefore, I have attempted to simply match what I see in the image above but using proprietary paints. They may not be 100% accurate but they are close. Later, of course, the RF-101As in SE Asia adopted a further scheme which was close to that on 54-1514. I have therefore used that in my decision-making process too. Sadly she doesn’t sit as a build I am most proud of. I made a number of mistakes along the way and now I have just been determined to get her done. Nevertheless, I think she deserves completion and illustrates well a potential alternative to the well known SEA camouflage. So, what did I do/use?. Here goes: Modifications from the kit: 1. Replaced the wing fences with Plasticard 2. Added nav lights etc behind canopy and on the wing tips with spare sprue and KristalKlear 3. Cut jet pipe housing back by c5mm and added 12.5mm stryrene tube 4. Used F-84F (Airfix) for the belly tanks (minus fins) 5. Used modified F-101B resin cockpit 6. Added under fuselage aerials/sensors Aftermarket and other materials used: 1. Kit – Valom McDonnell RF-101A Voodoo 1/72 (72092) 2. Aftermarket – a cut-up and adapted Aires F-101B cockpit, Armoury wheels 3. Paints – Colourcoats, Humbrol Sand, Black, Chrome (191), Silver (11), White, Interior Green (226), Red (60), Gull Grey (140). Finished with Humbrol Satincote. 4. Decals – Xtradecal national insignia, home drawn and printed serials, lettering etc, Xrtadecal red lining. Sadly I had some silvering of the home printed decals 5. Weathering/Wash – Flory 6. Jet pipe – 12mm styrene pipe I hope you like her Martin
    71 points
  22. Hello fellow modelers, This is my final kit for this year, and I wanted a really fine one. There’s nothing else to be said regarding Tamiya’s F-14A, so let’s just say it worths every dollar spent. Decided to do the Bounty Hunters because I’m a big fan of the colorful high-vis US Navy jets in the 70’s. I’ve used the Quinta 3D decals for the cockpit, which are really great and easy to set. Also, used Galaxy masks and they’re a big help for painting details with precision. Weathered as a mid cruise bird, not too much dirt, but not pristine either. The kit decals are typical Tamiya, i.e., slightly to the thick side, but Mr Softer dealt with them easily. Hope you enjoy and, of course….. Merry Xmas and a very good New Year!! Cheers! George
    71 points
  23. Hiya Folks, Well what can I say about this kit,.... but,..... WOW!!! I loved Arma`s Hurricane`s and Wildcat`s,...... and they have followed on with a brilliant early Merlin P-51B/C which simply blows the opposition out of the water!!! OK,.... at £20 plus is isn`t exactly cheap,...... but it is a modern, state of the art kit which does include optional parts inside the box for all variants of the P-51B/C including optional tail fins and even has parts for the F-6 Photo Recce version,.... and like other Arma kits, further boxings with less decal options (there are 6 in this kit) and without the additional etched brass harnesses and paint masks are also on the way which will be more affordable too. Although I liked all of the kit decal options and will build most of them over time,...... I had a 441 Sqn Mustang Mk.III in mind for my next P-51 kit and so chose this instead,..... here is the aircraft; Here is my WIP; And here is the model; I really enjoyed this kit and will ( hopefully!) be building many more of these as I have quite a lot of Mustang models planned for the future, Cheers Tony
    70 points
  24. About 20 years in the making (only somewhat literally), here is my first effort at the Academy kit of the B-29. Although a nice enough kit, some of the fit wasn't great. It is also a big model! I had to modify my display cabinet to get it to fit, and it also takes a lot of nose weight. Finished as Top Of The Mark, I wanted to model a Korean War B-29 after the introduction of black undersurfaces. Unfortunately, although I found a few different pictures of this particular plane they were all of the nose art area, so I had to make a best guess at the rest of the scheme. Some B-29s had the black go all the way up the rear fuselage and include the fin, but I found a photo of 28BS B-29s that showed just the lower half in black, so I went with that. This plane went through a few iterations of markings, from nude to covered nose art, then the black undersides, the latter with or without red stencilling on the nose gear doors. I used the Aeromaster sheet 72-129 from the 1990's, which had survived well but had an incorrect serial number, 44-61562, which actually belonged to Never Hoppen. Thanks to this helpful website, I discovered the correct serial number was 44-69763, and indeed one of the photos I used for reference showed the last three of this on the nose gear door. I raided my unstarted Korean War boxing for most of the decals, as they crucially include the red USAF text for the wing underside which I found to be otherwise extremely difficult to source! The Aeromaster sheet only offers the all-over natural metal with bikini-clad girl version, and no national insignia at all (a separate sheet was released for this, but only with black stencilling). I used various shades of Alclad to replicate the different tones visible in photos as best I could. Anyway, here are some pics. Due to the large size of the subject, it was hard to get the photos in focus! Thanks for looking. Mike
    65 points
  25. Hello, Here is my latest model. The second one since my recovery after 18 years of abstinence. It is the Fw 190 A8 of Josef Priller of the JG 26. Some particularities for a FW 190 A8: - No outer wing guns and no matching bumps. This is the first series of A8s lightened of the outer 20 mm guns. Later the A8 received the "universal" wing with bumps to accommodate the Mk 108. - The propeller, new on the pictures, has external balancing weights. The model is the Tamiya Fw 190 F8 that was lying in my huge stock. The interior features the Eduard photo etched for this model and the propeller, with external weights, comes from Ultracast. Paint: RLM 76 Aeromaster, RLM 75 and RLM 74 AK Real Color. Oil finish from Abteilung 502. Satin varnish VMS. Crosses, delimitations of the walking areas and part of the markings are made with a Silhouette. The real One Next my model
    64 points
  26. Here is another completed kit for my "Falklands War collection" - 1:48 English Electric Canberra B.62, B-105, Fuerza Aerea Argentina, Falklands War, May 1982. Airfix kit + Eduard PE set + some scratch. Painted with Gunze Mr. Hobby C series. Thanks for watching!
    64 points
  27. This was a bit of a speed build for me, 10 days. I had just finished an Italeri F-86 and then saw this Hunter on my shelf. It's from the same early-jet era and I realised that I have never built a Hunter before even though it is my favourite jet aesthetically. It is the newish 1-48 Airfix kit, out of the box, kit decals, Tamiya acrylics on top and Tamiya Gloss Aluminium on the undersides. The upper camo has freehand demarcations, perhaps they should be hard edged in this scale but the few photos I saw show they were sprayed full scale. Besides, I like the look and challenge of freehand airbrushing, it also saves time. The kit went together very well with excellent fit all around and no filler. Details look good to me except I think Airfix could have improved the tailpipe and the nose gear, which looks like it melted. The decals were very nicely printed and easy to apply but I still haven't figured out a good decal solution for these Airfix ones. Microset and Sol seem too weak and Mr Mark Softer a bit too strong- I wrecked an underside roundel and a placard on a fuel tank. - Any suggestions/recommendations would be appreciated. BTW I did not even try to apply all of the stencils, they looked like too many for me to enjoy and hey it's all about enjoying yourself isn't it? Again - any recommendations for a good decal solution would be appreciated. Cheers!
    63 points
  28. I have been using Bare Metal Foil to produce a Natural Metal Finish on my models for many years. All these models are 1/48 scale and I used a combination of Matt Aluminum and Chrome BMF to provide visual interest. I used 0000 steel wool to enhance the natural grain of the BMF ( just a single stroke is required). I added rivets and weathering to all of the models. I would like to share them with my fellow modelers. B-48. This was my first attempt using BMF. Note the two colors of BMF on the wings. P-51 P-38 Lightning. This a Hobby Boss kit. Very easy to build. Mig-15. I like the red tail of this model. I added a lot of weathering to this build. F-104. It was difficult to add foil to this aircraft. A lot of compound curved surfaces. I add very little weathering to this build. Most of these aircraft were kept very clean. B-25 Most of these aircraft were flown out of jungle airfields and were pretty dirty, so I added a lot weathering. B-24 In case you are wondering how long it took to finish this model in BMF, the answer is easy. A LONG TIME! Note the rivet detail on the main wing. It would be difficult to make that look good on a painted surface. Yes, that also took a long time. B-29 This is my absolute favorite looking model. It looks great in BMF. I used aluminum tubing for the exhaust pipes. B-58 This was a real P.I.T.A. to build. The engineering of this model stinks. It went on the Shelf of Doom for over a year. Ther final result was worth the effort.
    62 points
  29. Here’s my interpretation of the Boulton Paul Defiant Mk. I, N1801, “Coimbatore II”, from No.264 Squadron, Royal Air Force Duxford, flown by Flying Officer F. D. Hughes and Sergeant F. Gash (gunner). This is another excellent 1/48 kit by Airfix, built entirely out of the box, with a few exceptions; I added a pilot (no gunner, I’m afraid) and antenna wire, plus applied riveting to the surface to liven up the monochrome night fighter scheme. I also used Montex masks so I could weather the roundels, squadron codes etc.: they were good for this job but horrible for transparencies, peeling away almost instantly. I wanted the challenge of painting entirely in shades of black, hoping I could create enough variety to make something visually satisfying. Many of the images I used as reference indicate the night black paint the RAF used would chip and fade dramatically, and I imagine the color shifts would be similarly dramatic. Not sure I made that as clear as I hoped, but it was fun to use every chipping technique I could think of to convey the beating these poor, doomed aircraft went through. I used Mission Model paints over a coat of Tamiya lacquer silver, layering greys up to Nato black (with additional colours), chipping through to the layer beneath each time. Although Airfix might not achieve the miraculous engineering of Tamiya or the erudite detailing of Eduard, each kit I’ve built falls together with predictable ease and makes a satisfying canvas to paint on, which is where modeling comes alive for me. Thanks for your time!
    62 points
  30. Hi ho - here’s most likely my last completion for 2021 - the venerable Tamiya P-47. Had this in the stash for quite some time so great to finally knock it out. It’s an old enough kit but still top notch. Added HGW seat belts and raised rivets - both of which worked out quite well. I used Eduard’s “look” instrument panel drop in which didn’t impress tbh. Very plastic looking in spite of my attempts to flatten it with clear coats. Used resin wheels from eduard also which were very nice. Painted with Alclad and mr color paints. Weathering done mostly with oils - some enamel washes used.
    62 points
  31. Jetmads 1/32nd scale Viggen. What can I say? An impressive model. Very well engineered and very well presented! Resin is brittle, so careful handling required at all stages. Camouflage, it had to be done in fields and meadows! was achieved with Humbrol enamels and a lot of masking tape! I have always loved this aeroplane and now I have one in 1/32nd scale, well I am very, very happy. Thanks for looking Angelo
    60 points
  32. After the post on the general construction (https://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/235097968-messerschmitt-me-410-eduard-‘profipack’-fine-molds-172/&tab=comments#comment-4167868 ), here is the second of the three 'animals', which required some changes in the compartment for photographic equipment, with the addition of an R b50/30 (OWL R72047) and the transformation of that supplied by the kit (horrible) in a Rb 20/30. The aircraft shown is a Me 410 A-3, belonging to the 3.(F)/122, operating from Perugia (Italy) in April 1944. The model, totally brushpainted, is in the classic RLM 74/75/76 (mixes of Humbrol Enamels). Finally an image of the lower surfaces. Hope you like. Thanks for viewing. Criticisms and suggestions welcome. Giampiero Piva
    60 points
  33. Hiya Folks, W.Nr. 5763 flown by Sergente Bartolomasi of the 209 Squadriglia, 96 Gruppo Autonomo was one of eight Stuka pilots separated from their Bf 109 escorts (and each other) and was captured in September in 1941. This aircraft was latter used by the British and allies for fighter training and evaluation in added RAF markings,...... many others were also captured and used as squadron hacks. the national markings the “fasces” on the undersides of this aircraft have been applied facing backwards instead of forwards and are the same on both wings,..... which is incorrect,..... but well picked up by Airfix,... who provide options for the Italian markings only, or as above wearing its duel markings after capture. And here is the model,...... there is no WIP for this one, it was brush painted as usual; Featuring a different aircraft, from 208 Squadriglia,.... this is just nice pic to end on,..... the Ju 87 s quite a beast of an aeroplane,... Cheers Tony
    60 points
  34. I started this a while ago as a WIP but lack of motivation put it on hold for a bit. This is the #2 TF-86F as it appeared at the time of its first flight (it later gained an F-40 wing). Basic kit is Airfix's 1/48 Sabre 4, with extended forward fuselage (using a second kit), wings backdated to narrow-chord, slatted; wing moved forward (a TF-86F mod to re-establish CG); gun ports filled; seats by Pavla (front one modified to feature the folding headrest in its folded position); canopy from an old Maintrack F-100F conversion set (canopy is identical!); scratch-built speed brake bays; modified fin extension; 'F-86F'-type raised fuselage top vent/intake panel and the additional aft ventral strake. Decals are from Dek L's awesome reverse-printed sheet. Photography by Laurel & Hardy but there it is.
    59 points
  35. Having picked up a bit of an RAF Bug I decided to go rooting through the stash for my old Airfix Buccaneer. The kit was a gift from my Brother and much to my delight (or torture depending on how you look at it!) there were 2 whole kits in the box so I have a feeling an Early RN S.2 is on the books... This kit however was destined to be an RAF Brick from the outset. I used Pavla's nice little cockpit set to spruce up the interior and a lot of patience getting the rest to fit!! However, once victory was mine, I used Mr. Colour Acrylics to paint the aircraft, and employed pre-shading to vary the tone. Following this I mainly weathered with oils and picked out the details in Humbrol enamel. To finish the model off, I sprayed the aircraft in Xtracolour Enamel Matte Varnish in order to add to the weathered affect. Thanks for looking, Angelo
    59 points
  36. Hiya Folks, I am a sucker for RAF transports for obvious reasons and one aircraft that I have really wanted to build as an injection moulded kit (as opposed to the 1/72nd Airways and 144th Wesh Models vacuforms which I built, very badly, many moons ago!) ....... is the Handley Page Hastings! So although it wasn`t in 1/72nd scale as I`d really like..... when Mikr Mir added the Hastings to their ever expanding 1/144th scale RAF transport collection I just had to buy one and give it a go. Construction was pretty straightforward, although the tailplane took some work to fit and blend into the fuselage,.....this being because there us now a C.2/T.5 kit available which includes optional parts for the later lower mounted, larger horizontal tailplane fitted to this later variant,.... and of course the kit also includes a radar bulge below the fuselage for the radar training T.5. My model was finished using rattle can silver and white and as the blue in the kit roundels was too light I used Xtradecal roundels, fin flashes and blue stripes for the cheat lines instead. Now I`m not used to working in such a small scale and my eyes are struggling these days, so I missed a few details which now appear glaringly obvious in these large photos,... ah well! Despite this I`m still pleased with how the model turned out. I`d love to do a few more including at least one grey and white Coastal Command Met Recce aircraft,..... so if Xtradecal would like to do a sheet like they did for the 1/144th Beverley & Argosy,...... there are some great colour scheme variations out there for the Hastings, including the RNZAF ones too! Here is the kit box art; And here is the model; Cheers Tony
    58 points
  37. Hiya Folk`s,..... well it has been quite a year hasn`t it eh? On top of everything else,.... it turns out that I`m quite ill too,..... so lets all hope that 2022 proves to be a successful one eh? There were some great new kit releases and I got through a few of them,...... I may need to tweak and add to this post for a while,....... 1/72nd Airfix Beaufort; SEAC Beaufort Mk.Ia,.... with added nose guns and ASV antennae; 16 Sqn SAAF Beaufort Mk.Ia; Mk.I,.... almost straight from the box; Converted into an Aussie Mk.VIII; 1/72nd Airfix Mosquito`s,........some converted using Freightdog Models resin parts; There was a 45 Sqn theme going on too in 1/72nd scale; 1/72nd Valom Wellesley; 1/72nd Airfix Blenheim Mk.I; 1/72nd Valom Bristol Brigand B.1,.... shown for scale with a previously built Beaufighter; 1/72nd Valom Buckmaster T.1; 1/72nd KP Hornet; Airfix Vampire T.11; And a collection of some of the 45 Sqn `set',..... so far; And of course the Australian and New Zealand theme in memory of my friend Andy Scott who so sadly passed away in 2021, RIP; 1/72nd Tamiya Mosquito FB.VI and Hasegawa kit converted to a PR.40; Hasegawa Mossie converted to a PR.XVI; 1/72nd High Planes Beaufreighter,..... an old build repaired and repainted,..... it has surrender instructions for the defeated Japanese under the wings; 1/72nd Hasegawa Beaufighter,..... another old kit stripped and repaired/ repainted; 1/72nd Hasegawa Beaufighter; 1/72nd Minicraft B-34 Lexington/Ventura Mk.II, 13 Sqn RAAF with added ASV antennae,..... thanks for the kit Bill; 1/72nd Academy Corsair, 14 Sqn, RNZAF Japan 1946; 1/72nd SH Lodestar, RNZAF; 1/72nd Hasegawa Avenger target tug, post war RNZAF; 1/72nd Airfix Dakota, post war RNZAF,... thanks for the decals Steve; 2 X Academy Catalina`s, RNZAF; Some 1/72nd Spitfires; Airfix Spitfire Mk.Vc;; Eduard Mk.VIII, 607(County of Durham) Sqn, SEAC; Eduard Spitfire Mk.VIII;, 452 Sqn RAAF; Airfix Mk.Vc with High Planes update parts; KP Spitfire Mk.Vb; KP Spitfire Mk.Vc; Airfix Mk.Vc; Airfix Spitfire Mk.Vc; Airfix Spitfire Mk.Vc; Sword Spitfire Mk.Vc, USAAF, Italy; Airfix Spitfire Mk.Vc, 601 Sqn, Malta; Airfix Spitfire Mk.I; And some others,...... 1/72nd Arma Hurricane Mk.I, 249 Sqn, Nicholson VC`s aircraft; 1/72nd Arma Hurricane Mk.IIb, 605 (County of Warwick) Sqn, Malta; 1/72nd Minicraft Ventura Mk.II, 34 OTU based in Canada,... again, thanks for the kit Bill,.... you are a star; 1/72nd SH Hudson Mk.I, 161 (Special Duties) Sqn,...... thanks for the decals Alistair; 1/48th Tamiya Spitfire Mk.I, 222 Sqn, flown by Douglas Bader over Dunkirk; 1/72nd Airfix Mustang Mk.IV, 5 Sqn, SAAF, Italy 1945; 1/72nd Revell Mustang Mk.III with rockets converted from an Airfix Beaufighter; 1/72nd SH Skua; 1/48th AMP Sycamore, 118 Sqn, Northern Ireland; Got this one across the line in time,.... 1/48th Airfix Vampire built as an FB.9 of 8 Sqn; These have just not made it in time; ICM 1/32nd Sea Gladiator; 1/72nd Beaufort Mk.II conversion using High Planes conversion parts; 1/72nd Hasegawa Buffalo with Pavla update parts; 1/144th Hastings! I would LOVE a 1/72nd kit of this important aircraft 1/72nd Airfix Ju-87 and a SH Blenheim ,Mk.V; Another two 1/72nd Mossies,...... Hasegawa and Tamiya! Arma 1/72nd P-51B/C;
    57 points
  38. Hi all. This build was a bit out of my comfort zone. I usually build 1/48 jet aircraft. Someone who made several para jumps from this aircraft during a battle of Arnhem commemoration, asked me if I wanted to build this model for him. Since I like a challenge, I couldn't refuse. The model was mostly built straight from the box. After the model was assembled, I decided to add rivets to the fuselage and wings. In my opinion that was something this model really needed. The model was painted with MrHobby acrylic paints and weathered with Abteilung 502 oilpaint wash. The decals come from A Kits World set. Thanks for watching. René
    57 points
  39. HI All. This is my first of the year and my first time using 3D printed decals. Of course this is the Airfix 1/48 kit using Xtradecals decals and kits world 3Ddecals. Hope you like it.
    56 points
  40. Happy New Year everyone and Thanks for watching !
    56 points
  41. Hello All, My eighth and final completion for 2021 is Airfix's 1/48 Spitfire PR.19. Not the best kit, with some significant fit issues, poor quality moulding and rather over-emphasised panel lines, but pretty accurate by all accounts and a model of a great looking aircraft. My only additions were the whip aerial and the Rebecca Mk.II landing aid under the rear fuselage missed by Airfix. The scheme is from an Xtradecals sheet, but the serials are not quite right so in the end I only used the roundels, squadron crests and zeroes on the underwing serials. The tail flashes and prop stencils are from the kit and the serials are masked and airbrushed (the misalignment is intentional and somewhat neater than the real thing was). PRU Blue is from MRP and Medium Sea Grey from Mr Color. I've written a bit more about building the kit here: https://jonbryon.com/airfix-1-48-supermarine-spitfire-pr-19/ Comments very welcome Jon
    56 points
  42. Brought back from the Shelf O' Doom, I present you with A-Model's Tupolev Tu-134A, done up in custom decals to represent "Zagreb," as flown by Aviogenex in the 70's and 80's. This one fought me hard. The wings and horizontal stabilizers are butt-joined, and you need to take an educated guess at the wing anhedral. Lining up the landing gear is a minor adventure. The paint? Oh, the paint. All those fuselage stripes are painted, touched up with decal painted in the right colors, which was by far the hardest part. Hard to photograph, because it needs a lot of space, it's about the size of a Lockheed Constellation in the same scale, and quite heavy. Yes, there's a flight crew on board--three little Yugoslavs from PJ Productions! Why? Because Aviogenex is probably the only non-Soviet airline to voluntarily purchase the Tu-134 and put it in revenue service. Before they replaced them with 737s, Aviogenex flew the wings off of the Tupolevs for 20 years, with only a couple major (fatal) crashes in-between. They may even have made a healthy profit despite the plane's carrying 30 fewer passengers, and weighing seven tons more--empty--than a DC-9-30. Enjoy! I'm just relieved to have crossed the finish line with it.
    55 points
  43. Hello Folks, I finshed my Tonka and wanna show you the result. Building Thread Video: https://youtu.be/J1jg-gT6iOU Materials: Mr. Colour Mr. Paint Vallejo Model Air Tamiya Quick Setting Micro Set /Sol Vallejo Putty Kit:
    55 points
  44. Dear Friends, I present my second kit in this year. Tamiya's P-51D with Quickboost conversion set for F-6D and decals from KITS WORLD.
    54 points
  45. Just finished my latest addition to my collection of US Coast Guard aircraft in 1/72 scale. The patchwork finish is because they were war-weary planes converted by the Navy to land-based SAR duty. The old squadron markings were painted over with fresh Dark Sea Blue, and new insignia and markings were then applied. (Shows how much the original color had faded!). The USCG had three of them in San Diego, where they were used for rapid delivery of life rafts and provisions, and to evaluate their potential for post-war use. I must say, the Academy kit is really nice- the current boxing (Operation Iceberg) includes PE dive brakes, if you want to use them. (I didn’t.). The markings for a Rescue plane were only ever offered by Academy in the first Deluxe release of the kit- back in 2006. ( The first boxing that included PE dive brakes.). Fortunately, it wasn’t hard to come up with necessary markings. I used my Silhouette Cameo4 to make masks, and painted the “RESCUE”. This was my first attempt at really fading a plane painted in overall Dark Sea Blue. I really like how it came out- the “fresh paint” patches really stand out! The model was painted initially with Vallejo Dark Sea Blue. I then lightened the color by mixing in a little intermediate blue, and applied it heavily thinned. I did this several times, adding a little more of the lighter blue each time. Decals went on near the end- they were “new markings”. I also tried the Kits World “3D Seatbelt Decals”, and I like the way they look. I like them a lot better than PE belts in this scale!
    54 points
  46. Hello, Final build of the year, the Trumpeter 1/72 Tu-128 'Fiddler'. For its price, I found it quite mediocre. I added some Eduard PE in the cockpit, wheels and exhausts came from Reskit. I made the towel rack antenna on the side of the fuselage from some styrene strip and stretched sprue. Painted with Vallejo Metal Color, some GUnze Aqeous for the radome and Akan green for the wheels. Thanks for looking, and happy new year everyone. Pete
    54 points
  47. This is Airfix's Gnat which I purchased soon after finishing my Chipmunk (Found Here on RFI) and getting a taste for the training scheme. Overall this aircraft is a lovely kit, and went together nicely. The detail out of the box is superb and thus I kept this to an out of the box build for the most part. I painted her using Tamiya Acrylics, followed by a weathering down lightly using mainly oil paints. Finishing up, I went in with a Tamiya Semi-Gloss Varnish. Overall I highly enjoyed this build, and the Gnat makes a nice little stable mate for my Chippie, which may form part of what seems to be a collection of RAF trainers if I can get my hands on a Hawk! Many thanks for looking, Angelo
    54 points
  48. Hiya Folks, Well probably the last one for the year,.... but we`ll see! The new Airfix Vampire F.3 kit includes most of the parts needed to build an FB.5 or FB.9 too, apart from the wing tip light covers,...... so as I have wanted to make this 8 Sqn aircraft for some time,..... I used the decals from an Alleycat kit combined with Xtradecal to replicate WR259 with its large OC`s pennants on the rear booms. Here is the real aircraft; I enjoyed the build, but despite cramming in lead weight everywhere,.... including the wing tanks,.... it was still a tail sitter,.... so a section of clear sprue was used to prop it up! Here is the WIP, which was pretty painless,,,,,,, although the cockpit pod took some jiggling and some of the smaller flap parts were fiddly to locate,... that aide,.... this is an excellent kit; And here is the model; Cheers Tony
    53 points
  49. I have been detailing my current work in progress, RSAF Lightning F53, elsewhere on Britmodeller and thought I'd share a few pictures of my first Airfix 1 48 scale Lightning built c2010. It is a Lightning F6 XR763 ex 11 Sqn which was the first Lightning I worked on after being posted to ASF RAF Binbrook in 1982. I have another 11 Airfix Lightnings finished if anyone is interested in viewing them? "If a Lightning isn't leaking fuel, it's tanks are dry" Lightning Boy
    52 points
  50. Hi All, My first completion for 2022 is Special Hobby's 1:48 Blackburn Skua. The model was completed as L2963 of 803 Sqn FAA, pilot Lt C H Filmer, TAG Midn T A Mckee DSC, flying from HMS Ark Royal. The aircraft was shot down during the raid on the Scharnhorst on 13th July 1940, and force landed near Trondheim with both crew being taken as PoWs. The aircraft was recovered by German forces, and several good photos of the aircraft therefore exist (copyright Michael Balss - images used for discussion only and will be removed on request). There are a couple of notable things about the scheme: - The non-standard centre to the fuselage roundels - The interesting personal marking by the cockpit, which shows an arm in naval uniform firing a Luger at a wasp with a human Hitler head (of course) - The propeller is finished with an aluminium front and black rear Here's the scheme as presented by SH: I have replicated the non-standard fuselage roundels, but chose to use standard 'B' type roundels on the wings instead of the 'A' type provided, as I felt these would be more appropriate(due to their small size I used 1:72 wing roundels from a Wildcat, which were the perfect size ). I also retained the black & white underside, although there had been an Admiralty order around this time to overpaint the underside in Sky (invoking Modeller Rule #1 - it's my model and I shall do as I wish!) The kit as presented has a couple of inaccuracies, some of which I chose to correct (some of which I learned about too late!). In no particular order: - The underside cavity for the bomb is the wrong shape - it should be rectangular, rather than the 'lozenge' shape presented. - This aircraft should only have a landing light on the port wing, rather than both (this was serial number dependent) As I had applied primer before I was aware of these inaccuracies, I chose to let them lie. I did however make a number of additions which hopefully have improved the end result: - Scratch built the rear bulkhead in the TAG position - Boxed in the landing lights and added lamps - Added wingtip formation lights using clear sprue - Scratch built the distinctive bomb release crutch using plastic rod - Drilled wingtip hand holds - Modified the main undercarriage legs to emulate the distinctive vertical stance - Added non-slip walkways to both wing roots - Changed the a/c code letter on the tail from black to blue, as was standard FAA practice at this time Here's the WIP if anyone is interested: I've thoroughly enjoyed learning about this unusual type, and the quality of the build has been helped immensely by several contributors, including @iang, @mick b, @Grey Beema, and @Heather Kay - thank you all very much for your advice and contribution. Anyway, enough waffle and on with the photos! Finally (and just to illustrate scale, you understand ), I took a couple of shots with FAA contemporaries the Fairey Swordfish and Vought Chesapeake (one of which was a lumbering old dog, and the other was a Swordfish ): I've very much enjoyed building this most unusual of aircraft, and learning more about its significant contribution in the dark early days of the war. The desire to build a companion Blackburn Roc has significantly increased, as it would be rather rude not to! Thanks for looking, Roger
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