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  1. Hi all. I just completed the build of Kinetic's very nice Sea Harrier FA2 kit. I used a cockpit set from Aires, which is not so nice. To be able to wedge it into the fuselage, you need to remove a LOT of plastic and resin. In my opinion too much work for a bit of improvement. Just add a resin seat and maybe some pe parts and you're fine. I painted the model Mr Hobby H335, Medium Se Gray, over Alclad black primer. Weathering was done with Abteilung 502 oilpaints. Thank you for watching. René
    121 points
  2. This is a Heller 1/72 DC-6 converted to a DC-7C. I started the conversion in 2010 using a contrail resin conversion set. The less said about those expensive mishappen lumps of resin the better, the grotesquely mutilated base kit was further ravaged when I tore all the bits off to start again some 6 -7 years later I talked Neil Gaunt of Aircraft in Miniature in the UK to do some some engines for me and he ended up creating a full conversion set. This set whilst looking much much much nicer was still quite challenging for this hamfisted modeller to complete, made much more difficult because of a
    100 points
  3. Hey all, Here's my rendition of the excellent Airfix 1/72nd Bristol Beaufighter TF.X Built OOB with added rivets to fill up the large panels. I initially planned it wheels down on an airfield. I changed plans midway to depict a moment over the Channel just after the torpedo was dropped. Unfortunately mods like a head turn on the pilot, and various pitches in the control surface and the tail wheel in landing config were too late to change as I had already built and painted the model by then. Also my resident elf 'Sloppy' decided he wanted the tail gunner's machine g
    93 points
  4. Hi Everyone, hope you don`t mind if I bother you with some photo`s of my latest completion My attempt at making a USAF A-7D from Hasegawa`s 1/48 US Navy A-7E kit Finished to represent an A-7D based in Thailand during the SEA Conflict Apart from scratch building an Air Force style refuelling point, reshaping the fairing below the rudder and deleting a few aerials..... the kit`s mostly from the box. Cluster bombs are Hasegawa items from the spares box, usual dodgy home made seat belts....... ..and decals came from Furball`s `Man-
    87 points
  5. This one was personal. We used to get most of our AEF at Lossiemouth when I was in the Cadets and whilst this was mostly Chippie based, one glorious summer Sunday we got a long flight in this Grey Lady. Still one of the most memorable times I had in my youth. Some aftermarket added - Eduard Cockpit set and Brassin Resin Wheels. Xtradecal Shackleton Pt.1 Transfers The crew ladder was purloined form the Airfix MR.2 kit Primed with UMP Grey. Painted with Colourcoats Dark Sea Grey, Interior Green, Matt White, Light Aircraft Grey and Medium Sea Grey
    82 points
  6. Hi Everyone This is my first post on this website and it's the old Hasegawa 1/48 bubble-top Typhoon. I cut the flaps from the kit and made new ones from stock card, a couple of small mods were also made to the rockets other than that it's out-of-the-box. I can't count the amount of times I've dropped this kit but I got there in the end. Hope you like it. Trace
    78 points
  7. Afternoon all, This is the relatively new Airfix 1/72nd B-25 Mitchell built completely OOB as a mojo-restorer. An absolutely superb little kit, crammed with detail and the fit was excellent - paints were Xtracolour enamels with the kit decals used. Highly recommended to anyone wanting a fun, straightforward build of a model that even in this scale, still has some presence. Best wishes to all, Tom
    77 points
  8. Hello all, Here is my recently completed 1/48 Hasegawa Phantom FG.1, marked as XV571 of 43 Squadron based at RAF Leuchars in the 1970s. Built for the Interceptors GB, the build thread is here Extras used included Quickboost resin seats, Eduard etch, New Ware mask, Mastercasters FOD inserts, Top Notch camouflage mask and Xtradecals. The AIM-7 and AIM-9 are from a Tamiya F-14 kit. Paints are mostly from Mr Paint - Dark Gull Grey for the cockpit, Light Aircraft Grey for the undersides along with Dark Green and Dark Sea Grey for the upper surface colours. Weathe
    77 points
  9. Another Airfix Meteor, another lockdown build - 4 builds in a year, I'm on a roll! The kit is OK. It has its problems but nothing that can't be sorted. I regret posing the airbrakes open - I should of added jacks to them, and next time I'll leave the gun bays closed. My intent was a more weathered appearance but I didn't work the paint layers very hard. However, I'm very happy with the High-Speed Silver paint (like most RAF 'silver' aeroplanes, it's not meant to be polished bare metal). The colour was achieved by using Tamiya's LP-11 with a dash of white. Anyway, here you go... comm
    75 points
  10. Possibly the single loudest thing I've heard - a Lightning at the Bruntingthorpe fast taxi day in 2018. (although, I'm not sure my ears are well enough calibrated to differentiate between its 2 Avons or the 4 Conways that went steaming past a few minutes later...) ...but onto the model - an Airfix 1/72 EE Lightning F6, provided by my nephew for my birthday some 7 months ago. Built OOB, bar a nicer ejection seat and a brass pitot probe (which looks a lot more pleased with itself in the photos than it does in real life!). I read a few WIPs, which meant that I avoided most of th
    74 points
  11. I started this build back in July but only completed it a couple of days ago, as my first finished build for 2021. This is from Academy's Silverplate boxing of their 1/72 B-29 kit. The subject is built up in the colors of the infamous "Enola Gay". Painted with Alclad Airframe Aluminum, Aqua Gloss, Tamiya acrylic and lacquer paints and primers from Gunze. To be honest, this was by no means an easy or smooth build. I hadn't attempted an NMF finish on this scale before, and in this case it turned out to look a little more dull than I wanted to
    72 points
  12. Trumpeter's 1/48th scale SM79 "Sparviero", or The Dammed Hunch Back! A nice straight forward kit. Added some detail sets from Eduard and Yahu, and scratch built other stuff. Painted with Xtracolour enamels. Thanks for looking Angelo.
    72 points
  13. Hello all Built in parallel with the An-2 here is my latest out of the shed, the Valom B-45A Tornado made completely OOB. I grew up in a small village a few miles from RAF Sculthorpe so have always fancied making one of these. My dad talked about often seeing them in the circuit, including those with RAF markings. The plastic and resin mouldings are crisp and nicely detailed and there’s a nice little fret of etch for the finer detailed parts. I chose to finish it in the markings of the 84th BS (47th BG) circa 1952. (According to the kit instructions) Everything is fine until you
    69 points
  14. Hi, everybody! It's my next model.
    69 points
  15. One i finished early January that i have only just gotten around to taking photos of. This build was out of the box, with no aftermarket additions with the exception of the FOD Covers and the 4 AIM 9L's which were taken from the Academy F4 Boxing. An enjoyable kit of my favourite subject, id definitely do another one. Decided to leave off the sharkmouth as wanted it a little different. Paints were Mr Hobby Barley Grey, FS16440 Light Gull Grey for the underside with weathering being Abteilung oils. Base was painted by me
    67 points
  16. Nothing on the TV worth watching and my workroom is freezing so l thought l would put up some pictures of some of my P51's. Built over the last 10 years,they form part of my collection of Mustangs, 16 in total in both 1/48 and 1/72. These are all 1/48 and are from Hasegawa, Tamiya and Eduard, have got some Airfix as well which l will post another time. Big beautiful doll by peter crossman, on Flickr Tamiya Fighting Lady by peter crossman, on Flickr Eduard Tallahassee lassie by peter crossman, on Flickr Tamiya Three of a kind by peter crossman, on Flickr
    67 points
  17. For the few who've been following my WIP thread, here's the finished article, my reminder of a nice day out... And it's goodbye from me... Cheers, Dean
    66 points
  18. Second one across the finishing line this year albeit it was started a fair bit before that. I always liked the look of the two seat Jaguar and built a 1/72nd scale one many years ago, but always wanted to step up a scale and build one in this scale. I managed to pick up all of the Paragon resin parts that were needed and there they sat for too many years. Then last year the moment came and off I set. If you want to know how it came together then the build thread is here: https://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/235074101-airfix-148-jaguar-t2-conversion/ The Airfix GR.3
    66 points
  19. A few pics of my Revell F.3, finished in 11 Sqn livery and surrounded by assorted ground handling bits from etched/resin kits (Flightpath for the GPU and VideoAviation for the Schopf tug). Models very much a long way from perfect, in part as I've nowhere to run an airbrush! Backdrop is the Noy's Miniatures hangar, which just blew me away when I first saw it here a few months ago.
    66 points
  20. Dear fellow modelers, after regularly lurking at this board whenever I needed modeling inspiration (or a competent review of a certain kit), I want to give something back and hope to inspire others. I was pretty much indifferent to the MiG-21 throughout my modeling life until I saw a shot of a Croatian version over the Adriatic Sea by aviation photography legend Katsuhiko Tokunaga. The scheme is included in Eduard’s Profi Pack edition of the MiG-21bis, but after seeing the current rate for the kit at the bay of E (not keen for the PE extras, too), I decided to go for th
    65 points
  21. Chinese food with additives. Correct model, you only need to be careful around the main engine nozzles. Camo "83" obtain by Ukraine after the collapse of the USSR. Severny base, Kirovskoye, Crimea 1993. Earlier, the plane was tested by the Soviets in landings on the civilian container ship Nikolai Cherkasov and prepared for the service Tbilisi (Admiral Kuznetsov).
    64 points
  22. Hi. I always liked the delta wing configuration of the Mirage 2000 and wanted to build one. Been 1/72nd my preferred scale there are not many kits to choose from and they are all quite old. This Italeri one was released in 2016 for the 25th anniversary of the Gulf War, but is just a re-box of an old 1992 one and it really shows its age!. Besides the odd elongated shape (the actual aircraft is a bit shorter) it had many incorrect panel lines and missing detail. The main error was the lines in the radome, that I filled up and sanded. I've added some scratch details as well as the rivets. F
    64 points
  23. Hello everybody, now i will show you my sixth A-4 Skyhawk and my second A-4F. It's also from Fujimi. The Decals wasn't good (too much orange), so i bought me some from camdecals.com. also i used a Nozzle and Wheels from Aires.
    64 points
  24. Hi folks, Have just completed this C27 Spartan 1/72 scale by Italeri. I will say that this fell under the 'cursed build' category. I am quite new to plastic kit building, this is my 6th and the largest one I have attempted. The kit itself is fine and went together well for the most part, but various 'events' happened during the build that meant it took almost a year on and off to get complete! The learning experiences were: - Never leave a partly-assembled kit balancing on the edge of a table, no matter how unlikely you think it is for someone to walk past and kno
    64 points
  25. Evening all, After a delay sourcing replacement decals, the next Century Series fighter is complete; Hasegawa's Starfighter, finished as an F-104G of the German Navy using Xtradecal for the main markings and Astra decals for the myriad of stencils. The Xtradecals were out of register, which is especially disappointing when you pay for aftermarket, and some of the stencils have silvered a bit, which is more my own fault, so overall a frustrating result of many hours applying them all! I also added a Pavla seat, which I think is intended for earlier version, plus there's a few other
    63 points
  26. Hello Friends This is my just completed Zvezda 1/48 Mi-24 Hind - finished as a Hind W of the Polish Air Force Circa 2002. I've been working on this kit since it landed on my bench. The fit is very good but the detail is quite basic. I used a fair chunk of aftermarket bits and pieces. -Montex Decals -Quinta Studios 3d cockpit decals -Eduard exterior photo etch -Eduard Brassin Resin UB-32 Rocket Pods -Eduard Brasssin resin Wheels -Eduard mask set -Master metal DUAS air probe and nose gun barrels I also added all the rivets and fas
    63 points
  27. Hiya Folks, Some of you may remember the problems I had with the decals for this South African Mustang featured on a newly released Xtradecal sheet,.... mainly with the oversized upper wing roundels which were more suitable for a Beaufighter,.... and also the over large code letters; Well I cured the codes by cutting them down to size,..... the V and L were simple enough but the G was cut into quarters and then the sections were overlapped to reduce the size of the letter,.... the original kit decals for the other side are seen attached here, before they we
    63 points
  28. Hi everyone, Third one off the bench this year and it was a nice quick simple build after my Eduard Mig 21. I had no real problems with this kit just a slightly twisted vertical fin which I corrected with a little hot water and some careful manipulation. I added a resin ejection seat, a Master pitot tube, and I replaced the refuelling probe and nozzle with brass rod and one of my aluminium turned parts. Painted with various shades Alclads and finished with semi gloss cote. Thanks for looking gazza l
    62 points
  29. Another one for my Falklands War collection - 1/72 Westland Wessex HU.5, XS486, 848. Naval Air Squadron, Flight A, RFA Regent,Operation Corporate, May-June 1982 r. Italeri kit + PE parts from Eduard. Wessex XS486 (produced 1964, serial WA160) served in the Falklands as a machine to transport equipment and people between ships and units on the islands. After the end of the war in June 1982, it took part in Operation Keyhole (aboard HMS Endurance), the purpose of which was to retake of the South Sandwich and South Georgia islands. Most of the XS486's fuselage has survived to this day
    62 points
  30. Howdy all, Just come to bother you with some photo`s of my latest completion My attempt at Special Hobby`s 1/48 MkIII Seafire kit Finished in the markings of an aircraft, probably 887 Sq, aboard HMS Indefatigable with the British Pacific Fleet Inspired by a photo I found on `Armoured Carriers` website, which when I saw the asymetrical markings on the wing, couldn`t resist attempting The kit is built straight OOB and went together quite well, I had a lot less trouble than I did with their Spitfire VC Just getting the cockpit to sit s
    61 points
  31. Hi all. I just added the last parts on Revell's 1/48 Tornado kit. Quite some aftermarket parts were used: Aires cockpit and exhausts, Eduard wheels, TIALD pod and a pe set, Master pitot tube and Reskit Paveway LGB. The kit is nicely detailed but the fit is not optimal. By not following the instructions in every step, I managed to create a bit more room for some parts to fit a bit better. Still, some filler was needed in some areas. As usual, I used Mr Hobby paints over Alclad black primer. Washes were made from Abteilung 502 oilpaints. Thank you for watching.
    61 points
  32. Gidday All First model off the bench for 2021, and thats only because most of it was done in 2020 Anyway, the Kinetic 1/48 Hawkeye. Its a large chunk of plastic with the wings spread. One of Kinetics earlier releases, theres a few sink marks to fill and some of the panel lines are a bit in your face, but fit isn't too bad. Aside from using Authentic Decals for the decals and Royale Resin wheels the kit is done OOB. I had not heard of Authentic decals before. They are printed by Bergemot and performed excellently, which is more than I can say for the kit decals. Compar
    61 points
  33. Fresh off the bench is the Sword 1/72 F3H-2 Demon. This is my first completion for 2021, but I started it late 2020. This is a short-run kit, with resin seat and exhaust and some PE parts all included in the box. Installing the PE wing fences required hacking into the leading edge of both wings with a razor saw. The fit of the kit is a bit tight, with minimal locating tabs and just small nubs for the wings. The main landing gear is delicately butt welded with super glue, and I was surprised it has handled the weight of the model so far. The cockpit is built
    60 points
  34. Hi mates, 2020 was my "year of resin kits" - everything I built was resin. Since we all hope that 2021 will see a return to normalcy, I decided to return to my roots with injection moulded styrene. And what better way than an old gem from Airfix, complete with those funky square shaped sprues that remind me so much of my misspent youth? (I could have made something of myself, but no - I was social distancing in the basement building models.) Anyway, this is the 1:72 scale kit of the Shorts Tucano T.1 and by my guess her tooling is pushing 30 years old. I used a lot of a
    59 points
  35. What a lovely, elegant old thing. This is one of Trumpeter’s earliest kits, and it shows. It’s no.13 in their range; I bought it in 2003. It has a number of good points, the most important being, it’s a Badger. There’s never been one since and the few that came before it in 1/72 were ropey old things. The kit breaks down intelligently and allows for variants with glazed or radar noses, and lurking on the runners and the PE fret are odd aerials that suggest some of the EW versions too. Not all are there, though - perhaps more will appear on smaller runners in a new boxing, as t
    58 points
  36. 1/72 Trumpeter F-105D Markings as per the kit instructions have this as: F-105D, 61-0183, 334 TFS/4 TFW But a write up on Cybermodeler has it as: F-105D-25-RE, 61-0183, 6441 TFW, Sharkmouth, Takhli RTAFB, 1965 Anyway, added PE to the pit to dress it up a little, the rest is as it comes. Airbrushed using Tamiya acrylics. I did originally plan on doing this in the usual SEA scheme but changed my mind after I had primed it. It is only afterwards that I realised that I should have removed the strike camera in the nose area and not fitted the coolin
    58 points
  37. BOAC Super VC10 Mid 1960s This is the Roden 1/144 kit with Two Six decals built from the box except for a bit of sanding around the nose to reduce the sharpness of the change in profile from parallel to tapered in plan view, and addition of the two small fences on each wing leading edge. I also emphasised the flaps, slats and spoilers slightly by some light scribing before highlighting with mid grey paint to get them to stand out a little more than the panel line engraving, which is nice but just a little heavy for this scale.
    56 points
  38. One of the most capable Japanese plane of the the period, a successful reco Navy plane, the Myrt has range and speed to escape the deadly F6F from the CAP carriers. hasegawa has done a great job on that one, but I have used my masks policy as usual. Nakajima green has a very dark hue as one can see.Best regards fullsizeoutput_2260 by jean Barby, sur Flickr fullsizeoutput_2261 by jean Barby, sur Flickr fullsizeoutput_2262 by jean Barby, sur Flickr fullsizeoutput_2263 by jean Barby, sur Flickr fullsizeoutput_2264 by jean Barby, sur Flickr fullsizeoutput_2266 by jean
    56 points
  39. Hi everyone, I’d like to present another model made for FROG/NOVO competition — that’s American-Spanish version of the famous British Harrier. This is the old FROG pack reproduced by Donetsk Toy Factory. As usual, this work was made in “Out of box” nomination, which doesn’t allow any modifications in the original kit except the change of the pitot tube and set-up of antennas on the fuselage (which is how American-Spanish model differs from the British one). According to the rules of the contest I had to stay within the limits of the kit — rised panel lines, geometry inaccu
    56 points
  40. Hi Everyone, thia is my latest build. The Airfix 1/48 Sea Fury built as a Pakistan Air Force, Fury FB.60. Apparently the aircraft was originally delivered by Johnnie Johnson. It was built with Eduard belts, Aeroclub cowling and it suffered from the short shot tail. I riveted the aircraft and it was sprayed with Colourcoats enamels. I really enjoyed the build and despite being a massive FAA fan, decided the desert scheme was the one to go for on this aircraft. Decals are by Barracuda. Slightly annoying that Airfix didn't include a P-type compass and a gunsight but oh we
    55 points
  41. Morning all, Bringing my Century Series theme to 5/6 completion is Trumpeter's very nice 1/72 Thud. Finished as an F-105G Wild Weasel completely OOB, except for the stars and bars which were poorly printed and needed replacing with some spare ones. A very nice kit with no major fit issues at all. Research revealed that the suggested loadouts of twin AIM-54s on each outboard pylon was never carried, so I modified the launchers to carry a single Shrike and go for the more conventional WW loadout used- not 100% accurate but it passes! Painted with Hataka Orange Line and Alclad for the
    55 points
  42. Here's my finished entry to this the Australia and New Zealand GB. Unsurprisingly, it's a Vulcan. What else do I even build these days? Now it's not just any old Vulcan, that wouldn't have much of a link to NZ or Australia aside from quite a number of visits, this is XH562 which was the victim of a RNZAF practical joke in 1972. As recalled by Crew Chief Bill Pearsey: So here's my model, representing one aspect of the RNZAF's hospitality when it comes to hosting foreign guests. It's the 1:144 scale Great Wall Hobby Avro Vulcan B2, decals are from Printscale, Fündekal and some tha
    54 points
  43. G'day people, This is my just completed EF-111A 'Spark Vark' "Mistress of Deception" completed for the Gulf War GB. The WIP is here: This is my Hasegawa EF-111A, AF66050 "Mistress of Deception" on strength with the 42nd ECS at Upper Heyford as she appeared in Feb'91 whilst deployed for Desert Shield/Storm. the Hasegawa kit is superb and as expected is crisply moulded and fits very well generally. The Hasegawa F-111 family of kits remain the most accurate F-111 kits in any scale. No aftermarket was harmed during the construction of the kit apart from the dec
    53 points
  44. Finished up the 1/72 Airfix MiG-17F. Careful fitting required around the nose but an overall enjoyable build. Added Eduard's PE set/wheels and Master Model guns/probes. Kit decals were used and settled in nicely with Mr Mark Setter underneath and Microsol on top. Shown with the rest of my MiG collection. Thanks for looking! Rich
    52 points
  45. Hi all, This is my first post here and I would like to start with the Tamiya 1/48 Mustang III in the colors of the second plane of this type used by S/L Eugenius Horbaczewski. For this build, I've used the True Details cockpit, the Yahu instrument panel, the Rob Taurus vacformed canopy, the Aires horizontal stabilizers and elevators, and the Aires wheel well. I had a hard time fitting the Aires wheel whell in place and ended up with a big step on the wing to fuselage joint. I had to sand and redo the whole area on both sides with Tamiya putty and then rescribe it. Apart
    51 points
  46. Hello, This is tenth Bf-109 in 1/72 in my collection. Hope you like it! Robert
    51 points
  47. I hope this is the right place to post this - I cannot see a What If section, and weird though this is it is not Sci-Fi! Please do move it if not. I don't post many of my builds on here but this is a bit of a rare kit and aircraft so I thought I'd share it (apart from anything else, despite searching the ends of the internet I can find no images of completed models of this aircraft in any scale so this might help the one other human on this planet who might want to build this kit!). This was a genuine but unbuilt anti-submarine patrol seaplane
    51 points
  48. As every old modeler owes, I have a small collection of matchbox kits, planes, ships and tanks. At the beginning of 2020, I started this one, in order to make and paint it, as I did in the distant past, as a teenage modeler without a lot of resources, knowledge and experience. I made it from the box and painted it with a brush and without additives or aftermarket. Here is the result.
    51 points
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