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  1. 11 points
    Just finished Eduard's Bf- 109 E4 offering at 1:48. This is the first 1:48 aircraft I've attempted since returning to the hobby and I'm pretty pleased with it. The kit went together pretty well although I don't know what I messed up attaching the instrument panel to the fuselage as the front section of the cockpit wouldn't then fit- I had to lop off the glass on the gunsight for it to fit. Apart from that pretty straightforward and enjoyable build. I went for the box art scheme depicting Yellow 10 of JG.51 flown by Ofw.Fritz Beeck who was shot down on the 24th August 1940 near East Langdon (ha makes its sound like I've done my research which I haven't!). I mainly chose this scheme as the mottling looked achievable for my first attempt at this technique with the airbrush. I was slightly confused over the colours used on this scheme as the paintshceme reference in the instructions seemed to show the RLM02 to be more grey but the box art made it look slightly more green so I ended up using Tamiya's XF22 for the base with a 50:50 mix of XF22+XF63 for the splinter camo. The mottling was done out using two layers of these colours. Again I wasn't sure if this was right but I was pleased with how it looked. I kept the weathering light with an oil wash and then more oils on the panel lines and a few dots of various colours added to create a bit of variation of tone. Anyway here she is, onwards to the Airfix 1:48 Mk 1 Hurricane and Tamiya's new Spitfire Mk1.
  2. 11 points
    Douglas DC-7C, JA6301, 'City of San Francisco', operated on the intercontinental routes in the late 1950s by Japan Air Lines. This is the Roden kit in 1/144, built oob. It has lovely box art, and the fit was reasonable in most places. Just remember to use lots of nose weight! The decals take ages to soak and were prone to cracking, but not so bad that I couldn't slide together. I used spray cans for the two main colours and Humbrol 40 for the landing gear and wheel wells. I ran out of e-z line so only one wire done so far! Light weathering with Flory dark dirt wash.
  3. 11 points
    Bloody hell Gents, thank you. We were getting to the stage where Mike was going to be kitted out in something PVC and sent to prowl Liverpool Docks. Its a sacrifice the team was willing to make and may have generated a few bob here and there for him to pull his low cut top up and put some knicks on
  4. 10 points
    Hi folks, here is my latest completed effort. It is the very nice little 1:72 Hurricane Mk1 from Airfix. I thought I would do something a little different and give it an inflight pose, just after take off with the landing gear retracting. It’s airbrushed with Gunze and Tamiya acrylics and I used the kit decals. The inflight prop is made from thin clear acetate sheet sprayed black and yellow to suit – not totally convinced but it looks OK from certain angles! I do like this way of displaying a model as it adds a dynamic dimension to the subject – a bit of interest. Jets look quite good too – I’ve done a Vampire T11 and a Eurofighter Typhoon in a similar take off pose. I hope you like it. [/url]IMG_20200602_195418104 [/url]IMG_20200602_195718729 [/url]IMG_20200602_195658846 [/url]IMG_20200602_195645244 [/url]IMG_20200602_195555918 [/url]IMG_20200602_195533551 Cheers, Bob
  5. 10 points
    I thought someone here might be interested to see three different Buccaneer kits made up. The early Frog, 80's and recent Airfix models together in "flight" over the garden. Even with my lowly skills, you can see the massive jump in detail provided by the new Airfix version. The Frog decals were surprisingly mostly OK, wheras the early Airfix were just a struggle from start to end, leaving an odd waxy substance on top after drying.
  6. 10 points
    Good evening everyone... Ive been building so much lately and that my last four builds have all finished in the last week. This is build #16 it is an 1/72 Eduard Spitfire Mk.VIII in the markings of Group Captain R.Findlay Boyd. https://www.bbm.org.uk/airmen/BoydRF.htm This was his personal aircraft while in Command of 293 Group in SEAC. “December 1944: in Air Defence of Calcutta, EAC, with 69 (Beaufighter) and 615 (Spitfire) Sqns.” I hope it meets your expectations. This was the fourth of four Spitfires built for the Spitfire/Seafire STGB. Here are a couple of group photo’s of the four. A link to the build for those interested. https://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/235071807-boyd’s-mkviii/ Please feel free to ask questions, post comments, and or add thoughts. Dennis
  7. 7 points
    Hi folks, this my latest rendition of the well established Eduard kit built from the FAA Dual Combo kit. As usually with my builds, I implemented some aftermarkets that in my opinion improve certain details; this time I went for HGW raised rivets and Res-Im extented flaps. The kit was painted with Gunze Aqueous and AK Real Colors. The full build will be described, along with my other build, in already announced Valiant Wings book on the HELLCAT. Cheers Libor
  8. 7 points
    Morning folk's,another kit for the Kit you built as a kid GB is Airfix's old Italian tri-plane the SM 79.again in the spirit of my approach to the GB brush painted as per the Box art except for the Fasces badges stuck on the wrong cowlings(must learn to read the instructions Steve).Anyway it was a real trip down memory lane and if you fancy a crack at one it's due for re-release in the classic's range soon but check your references as they rarely carried two Torpedo's and the cowling's should have steel front's as per the Beaufighter and Blenheim.Many thank's for looking in. After the OOB Gallery shot's I did add the Radio wiring etc.
  9. 7 points
    Chewbacca, Terry - Thanks Progress has been slow - too much sun and cycling! (And belated Borgen!!!) Still nil from Micromaster.co.nz and Northstar (With the deck platiing!!) Postal services are clearly stretched. All a bit frustrating So here's whats new I did receive a shipment form Shapeways and in truth it'll probably be my last - the difference between the Micromaster Shapeways and Micromaster.co.nz is frankly irreconcilable.... However the (considerable) clean up is made easier by a Micromaster tip - namely .... Despite this - the surfaces are covered with a fine powdery layer that needs careful scaping off with a No 11 bade reverse side - utterly tedious. The good news is that the "Splinter bags" unavailable on Micromaster.co.nz were relatively "clean" and here they are... Work continues on the bridge superstructure components....I'm a slow worker I was dreading the compass level bridge windscreen but it turned out OK The Control director and type 284 radar in the WEM set is a little narrow in breadth. I tried fitting the kit part which is OK width wise but sits too high, so this will need to come off. C'est la vie, tant pis. And then to my lasting shame, I found myself doing this Friday night - a) Because i was supposed to be on one of these in June, b) I'd had too many evening beers to do any "serious" modelling and c) I'm using this to test some resin seascape bases. And the truth was it was just delightful to build something in 24 hours!!! More soon - hull painting imminent. Rob
  10. 6 points
    Hi, everybody! It's my next model from quarantine challenge))).
  11. 6 points
    This is an early Blenheim Mk.1, L1525, of 3 Radio Servicing Section 72 Wing at RAF Ouston, Northumberland in October 1940. The airfield was not officially opened until March 1941, but 3 RSS moved in far earlier and flew off the grass areas from 13th October 1940. L1525 didn't last long, and crashed on take-off from RAF Horsham St.Faith (now Norwich Airport) on 24th October 1940, the three crew were injured but safe. L1525, 3 RSS 72 Wing, Ouston, October 1940 (20) by Philip Pain, on Flickr L1525, 3 RSS 72 Wing, Ouston, October 1940 (34) by Philip Pain, on Flickr L1525, 3 RSS 72 Wing, Ouston, October 1940 (36) by Philip Pain, on Flickr L1525, 3 RSS 72 Wing, Ouston, October 1940 (42) by Philip Pain, on Flickr L1525, 3 RSS 72 Wing, Ouston, October 1940 (43) by Philip Pain, on Flickr L1525, 3 RSS 72 Wing, Ouston, October 1940 (50) by Philip Pain, on Flickr L1525, 3 RSS 72 Wing, Ouston, October 1940 (53) by Philip Pain, on Flickr L1525, 3 RSS 72 Wing, Ouston, October 1940 (58) by Philip Pain, on Flickr So what was L1525 doing down in Norfolk? This is what got me intrigued. There was little clue in its unit "3 RSS", nor in it reporting to 72 (Signals) Wing which was based at nearby Hallington Hall in Northumberland. But digging further revealed that 72 Wing was part of 60 Group, which is when it got interesting. RAF's 60 Group were entirely responsible for the construction, maintenance, and operation of the 'Chain Home' radar system thoughout the War, and 72 Wing was responsible for all the radar installations from the Firth of Forth right down to Suffolk, including on the West coast and the Isle of Man. So L1525 was actually a radar calibration aircraft and "3 RSS" was a spoof designation. There is no known photo or description of L1525, so I have drawn heavily on Michael Bowyer's two books on Bombing and Fighting Colours, Michael being a meticulous wartime spotter. My colour scheme for L1525 is consistent with the many Blenheims that he saw during the 1940 period of rapidly changing and inconsistent changes to official markings. Basically L1525 retains its pre-War top colours complete with the pre-War practice of displaying the serial on the rudder. As an 'odd' serial number it has the type B camouflage pattern. It was initially used by the makers Bristol for trials work, before joining 601 Squadron at Northolt, and this was a fighter unit, although there is no record of L1525 having had the extra gun pack of the Blenheim 1F fighter version. This was during the Battle of Britain period so L1525 would have had its undersides repainted in the 'half black / half white' recognition scheme. But that scheme was soon dispensed with, and 'sky' (duck egg green) undersides were mandated instead. At this time colours would be mixed locally and there was much confusion regarding what 'duck egg green' was supposed to look like, with local shades varying from blue to green. Bowyer describes the previous straight demarcation line frequently being overpainted in duck egg green with a wavy pattern. Also control surfaces were usually to be painted at Maintenance Units so as not to affect the delicate balance of the controls. With a 'local' paint job they would be left in their previous half black / half white colours. Bowyer describes how the supposedly plain underside scheme would frequently have prominent roundels added, where the aircraft was at risk from 'friendly fire'. In general the pre-War bright roundels were retained, but modified locally to add yellow rings, plus a tail flash on the previously bare fin. These locally applied markings rarely conformed to official standards. Finally, L1525 would have carried code letters with 601 Squadron, and these have been crudely painted over with fresher paint. I have assumed that L1525 would have retained its armament, given that the enemy was still very active in British skies, and its crash at Norwich confirms that the gun turret was occupied with a third crew member. My next one is the Airfix 1/72 Blenheim IV, also at RAF Ouston - another challenge colour wise!
  12. 6 points
    One of the dangers of having such an exhaustive reference for a subject is constantly finding new details to add (the book has three pages about the tyres). One thing I noticed in some of the reference pics is the retractable door cover for the step on the right side of the fuselage is missing, leaving a a nice Yellow Zinc Chromate indented step. So out with pin vise drill and hobby knife. I used tweezers to attach some plasticard backing inside the fuselage - would have been a lot easier to do before closing it up! And a little more work on the internals.
  13. 6 points
    I started this at the same time as my mossie and was building them both in stages, I am currently at the camo stage after putting down the grey over all then the RAF Green, just a few pics to start with.
  14. 6 points
    Sorry Cookie, missed a 'thanks' earlier - thanks matey! Thanks Mark. If there's a rash of them I think you're safe. It's when one of the master modellers is transforming plastic that I need to push things down the stash… Thanks hendie Thanks Bill Hard to photograph but how's this? The float supports are parallel and would hit the water 'straight' IMHO. Having tried water skiing once I can attest to what happens if things hit the water at an angle; pain! I've painted the outside/top of the floats for you and Ian too: The other one's just green. Boring. Thanks Jont I think I'll be back to the airbrush soon. I had the Humbrol for this one so thought I'd give it a try and use it up but two/three thin coats is easily beaten by a quick swoosh IMHO. Followed by a longer clean up, it has to be said, but YMMV!
  15. 6 points
    Nope. Ruined, oh well. In other news, I've painted the nose and tail pipe area to replace the decals that didn't really conform enough (for me now, though they were fine on the one back in the day). As you can (hopefully not) see I then had to do a load more masking to touch up the sides of the nose in aluminium and repaint the anti glare panel. Should get the rest of the decals on tomorrow, I put the ones on the lower wings as a test and they went on beautifully. It's a relief to just have a dozen or so transfers to apply, rather than the 100 plus microscopic stencils in progress on the L-39 Albatros I'm also working on. Cheers Will
  16. 5 points
    Here's my first COVID lockdown build . I have a peculiar affinity for the Whitley (perhaps I am a lumbering, oddly-shaped, relatively mediocre performer myself?) and was absolutely over the moon when Airfix brought out their kit a few years back - it knocks the Frog and Fly efforts out of the park and generally goes together very nicely with few fit problems. There is a bit of a step in the fuselage sides above the wing if you follow Airfix's complicated recommended assembly sequence - but as I discovered it is possible to construct the fuselage in its entirety before attaching to the wing/centre section, which makes it much easier to eliminate the step by clamping the sides as they dry (or inserting a spacer if you prefer). This is my attempt at representing my all-time favourite individual Whitley subject: T4131 EY-W of 78 Squadron, RAF based at Middleton St George in 1941. Aftermarket additions include the Eduard Zoom interior set (I know it's there...), resin 500lb bombs from CMK (I was feeling lazy), and the Xtradecals set. From the latter set I replaced the serials (the digit styles were not quite right), and the upperwing roundels, as I am led to believe that the supplied 75-inch variety are only correct for early Whitley Vs which came off the production line at Baginton with four-colour Type A1 roundels, which were then overpainted to Type B. I replaced with 84 inch roundels which better matches archive photos of later Whitleys. I am aware that T4131 had a non-standard proportion A1 type roundel on the fuselage (narrower yellow ring) - I would normally replicate this by overlaying different sizes of Type A and A1 but I couldn't think of how to do so while replicating the dulled-down grey centres, so I left it as is. I have literally just noticed that the real aircraft had the bomb tally in a continuous line not in groups of five bombs as Xtradecal would have it! Grrrrr.... I added a fair bit of internal scratchbuilding to the turrets, both to replicate extra details and to allow training and elevation of the guns. This is mostly because I am a 12-year old modeller trapped in a 30 year old modeller's body , but it turns out to have a valuable practical application - the Whitley fits inside my display cabinet with a gnat's hair to spare - but only with the rear turret trained sideways! I also added a few minor bits of external scratchbuilding which Airfix missed (two small vents/scoops on the port nacelle, a pole aerial under the rear fuselage and a vent on the spine aft of the DF loop acorn. Paint is Humbrol 33 from a rattlecan (although largely overpainted with Revell Aqua due to a varnish near-disaster), with an eye-balled mix for the leading edge de-icer paste (it's called "Kilfrost! How wonderful is that?!) I have attempted an artist's impression of the heavy exhaust staining seen on this machine but I have erred on the side of caution rather than overdo it. My thanks to @dogsbody for finding conclusive photographic evidence for black wheel bays and bomb bays, to @vildebeest for info on the roundel sizes, and @Rabbit Leader, @Graham Boak, @72modeler (among others) for entertaining discussion on the colour of Kilfrost here. Photos!
  17. 5 points
    Ha, any excuse! Actually, any pics of that? Asking for a friend....
  18. 5 points
    Not the easiest of builds, but from what I've heard, many were Friday afternoon moulds where as this one was pretty good as I didn't experience any bad warping or plastic delamination. That said, I approached it in a similar way as you would a vac form. The build is here.. So, why this particular aircraft? I wanted to do a Free French scheme, partly inspired by various trips to Elvington over the years and finding out more about the two squadrons based there, partly because it's a scheme that doesn't seem to get done in 48th scale despite the kit coming with decals and partly because I got to know Michel Darribehaude @GimmeAnF who's father Sgt Christian Darribehaude flew in 346 Sqn as a wireless operator. With this in mind, I wanted to do his fathers aircraft PN365 (H&-B), one of several 'B' codes aircraft thanks to Michel & @tonyot who did some research that they shared at the beginning of the build. Unfortunately there doesn't appear to be any photo's of this particular aircraft so some educated guessing had to be done for the markings. My thanks go to @crobinsonh for the kit that he'd done a great job of starting, @Cees Broere for the rear undercarriage and ongoing support from his knowledge of the aircraft and doing his own build and @tonyot for his supply of photo's and information to support the build too. Also to others who helped with advice on my first attempt at doing home made decals @perdu, @Antti_K & @Tail-Dragon The crew.. Fortunately all survived the war, however sadly, the last crew member Roger Foures who was the crews mid upper gunner passed away near the end of the build, so I'd like to also make this a tribute to him now that he's re-joined his crew once more Below are the crew photo's kindly supplied by Mike... Some Nostalgia After the war, Roger Foures became a gun smith. Sometime after the war, possibly the 1950's, he made a model of his aircraft from scratch using wood and what materials he had available. The crew names are listed in the bomb bay for posterity. Fortunately Mike managed to find some photo's of both this model and one mike built himself in the 70's. Limited research info means some of the features are slightly inaccurate but I'm sure his dad would of been proud of it. What does interest me is the types of roundels and 48" code layout on the right hand side and bomb markings along the nose of Rogers model. Could these offer an insight in to some differences in code/roundel layout or clues as to what artwork may of featured on the nose? I can count 28 bomb symbols on there with the Cross de Lorraine right at the front. Rogers scratch build: And a photo that Mike managed to find of his own The finished build Whilst I'm please with the result, I've been staring at it that long, I'm sick of seeing it now lol so here it is, just need to find a suitable way of packing it away now. Final thanks to everyone who's followed the build and through your participation has helped to keep the motivation up as I plodded along...and at times wanted to make it fly! Thanks for looking Neil
  19. 5 points
    Thanks for looking in everybody, just a little update today. Ah thanks Giorgio, it worked - see below. That's an insightful idea Rob, maybe Tamiya did it on purpose to fit an open canopy. I checked the kit canopy and it seems to fit OK in both the open and closed position with the new wider turtle deck, but I'll check more carefully when it's ready to attach for priming/painting. The seam by the headrest is pretty much gone (or better disguised anyway!). The gun sight is attached and the coaming painted. Oh, and I need to paint the headrest black, not brown.
  20. 5 points
    Ah neighbourhood kids, aren't they wonderful? My neighbours have been taking breakfast, lunch and dinner in their back garden with their two kids shouting, screaming, laughing crying non-stop from around 8am to 8pm. I am very happy that it Is now raining outside although that might mean that they simply erect their gazebo thingummy over their portable hot-tub thing, I have to say that I think the lockdown has never been strict enough to actually do anything other than, possibly, slow down the spread of the virus while the medical services got up to speed. As long as people had to obtain supplies and medicines, let alone go out to care for the sick and elderly there was no chance that the virus could have been stopped in it's tracks and it was always a question of how can we slow it's spread. To be honest I think that now, at this stage, the only reason that lockdown is still in place in any form is that the authorities don't want to enrage public opinion by giving the impression to the masses that the sacrifices people have made in locking themselves away for several months didn't really make a huge difference and may have cost a significant number of lives among those who would otherwise have sought and received medical treatments for non coronavirus related illnesses had the lockdown not been in place. I think the covid19 response will be picked over for years to come and we will probably never truly know whether lockdown was worthwhile or not.
  21. 5 points
    Correct CC, been there, done it, suffered the consequences. We have one of these gas-operated bang seat jonnies fitted in the memsahib’s en-suite dunny, as part of her recycling drive. Puts a big smile on her face of a morning. For goodness sake Martian, will you stop interrupting the flow of conversation with updates on your blasted model, it’s all very confusing...
  22. 5 points
    In a desperate attempt to drag this thread back to the actual plastic, I put in a really solid session at the bench today. I decided that it would be a good plan to assemble the main part of the gantry to see just how tall it needed to be. The Mini Art parts for this are extremely finely moulded, which makes for a very realistic assembly. The downside of this of course, is that it they are very easily damaged when cleaning them up. Therefore, full concentration is needed all the time, both in the cleaning up and assembly stages. When complete, we do end up with a quite a strong structure. I was at this for several hours and was utterly exhausted by the time I had got the main gantry finished hence the "four pint" subtitle. Mini Art give us sufficient parts for a shorter gantry as well in the box. I have yet to decide whether to use these parts or not as I do not want to overcrowd the diorama which has to fit within the confines of the base board you see in the pictures. This is one case where that dreadful phrase "Less is more" may actually be true. I guess the thing to do is to make up the second gantry and have a play around. Having changed direction and decided that the 1/35 model will be the diorama after all, I need to have a scratch around and see what is on the market as regards figures and diorama accessories that can be adapted for this part of the project. Thanks for looking and I can tell from some of the messages popping up while I have been typing up this post that the mayhem has already resumed before I have finished! Is this some sort of record? Martian
  23. 4 points
    Its been 45 years since I spent any time modelling so I thought I would start with a couple of the latest Airfix 1/72 Spitfires after all they should be quite easy, shouldn't they? I decided on a One up one Down for each of the Marks, and attempted my first open cockpit, All four are brush painted and finished with a Matte lacquer, I also used some Decal fix for the first time. I am sure I will look back on this post in many years to come and realise just how many mistakes and poor detailing I have made with these Spitfires and where I could have spent more time getting things right. The canopy fits are appalling! and I considered not posting the images because of that one poorly detailed item alone. However I look forward to your constructive criticism which can only improve my skills. Please be kind. My photo and posting skills I am sure will also improve as we go along. Appalling Canopy Fit! I think my Aerial wire is a bit thin! That black mark on the tail plane ia a complete mystery to me, only just noticed it when posting photos.
  24. 4 points
    I do things like this too, great idea! I'm building the Airfix, Curtiss Hawk 81 A 2 and there are two machine guns on the wings that are remoulded onto the wing assemblies so with my big clumsy ol' bits i have a peg on the wing protecting both sets! Funny how we took things like that in our stride as youngsters but now in our older dotage we have to be so careful not to cause damage, i think its called experience!
  25. 4 points
    Read the last few posts with interest, for I've been feeling like some outcast recently for my own views. (Some miserable old git making grudges up in their own mind; starting a fight in a lift by themselves because there's a mirror on the wall.) We've had for the past couple of weeks a notable number of older couples wearing backpacks for their 'one hour's exercise break' (?) and younger couples ostentatiously using the Google maps on their 'devices' as they walk around the village (??), and you know the one thing they have in common? A faintly contemptuous smirk as they survey the obvious 'locals'. Not quite as blatant as the family of four from Weston-Super-Mare who parked in the main drag and started complaining in loud voices about everything being closed and what would they do for the weekend, but getting close.
  26. 4 points
    Framed canopy - late last night. So this is where we're at now.
  27. 4 points
    Below are a few pictures of my 1/35 Tiger I Ausf DAK. The model was made from Tamiya #35227 kit some years ago, but received a small gallery recently. For construction I have used dedicated Aber PE set and a barrel plus resin workable tracks. The model is painted with Tamiya acrylics. Thanks for looking.
  28. 4 points
    This is my first vehicle build, I didn’t do a W.I.P. As I wasn’t sure how I was going to approach the kit. The kit is the new Revell Series 3 landy. I am not sure about anyone else but I have never seen a land rover with the roof top spare wheel and roof rack of the style provided in the kit. I decided to have my first go at some sc ratch building and would make a more traditional roof rack. I built the with my own choice of colours, I figured that there are very few combinations of paints that have been used on Land Rovers by now that whatever I chose would not be wrong. I then built the roof rack out of square section brass rod. I then decided that it looked a bit bare up top. So after hours of scouring eBay I located a Fujimi “car and tool” series kit with some roof top accessories. The set came with a selection of roof boxes, a mountain bike plus bike holder and some extra spot lights. The mountain bike was a bit crude, so I added brake lines and separated the forks and seat stays as they had been moulded as one lump. The jerry cans were also an eBay purchase and are 3D printed. Finally I built a rear ladder so that I could get up to the roof rack out of the kit supplied roof rack.
  29. 4 points
    Hello all. Here is my completed Airfix Vickers Valiant - my first big build. I have selected my Valiant as the one used for weapons research trials in Woomera, South Australia. I found it to be a little different to a normal Valiant. I used the excellent Model Alliance Decals - part 3 V-bombers. I hade a few problems, mainly with the paint. I used Humbrol 56 aerosol but after 3 coats, the finish was rubbish. So, with fine rubbing down, I hand painted over the top and so it all blended in and was smoother rather than the rough finish with the aerosol. I also had to take off the fin votex generators as I could not get the fin flash decal to sit correctly, but it's not that noticable. Enjoy.
  30. 4 points
    I grew up in So. California in the 50’s-60’s. One night in the early 60’s (63?) my dad (a tool & die maker) brought home A big box of Eldon slot car track pieces from his job. I believe he was making a die for the metal contact strips for Eldon. Mom & dad popped for a transformer, two controllers and two Eldon cars (an Impala and a C2 Corvette if I recall) from the local toy store and my two older brothers and I had a blast wearing this first slot car set out that year. A few years later I got into racing 1/24 Cox cars (a Chaparral and a Cheetah) at a neighborhood track and then graduated into scratch building my own chassis using soldered brass tubing, plate and vacuum form bodies. My last build was a Ford GT Mirage (1969?). Wonderful memories. Fast forward 40 years (2010) and after reading an article in Road & Track about contemporary Scalectrix cars & tracks, I directed my much better than my youth hobby budget on buying a Scalectrix starter set, expansion tracks and a few cars every years. It’s fun to assemble a race course in the living room about once a year and invite my much younger car buddy (56) over with our adult kids for a Holliday Grand Prix. If only my body and knees were as limber kneeling on the floor as it was last century!
  31. 4 points
    Right, I've saved the Sheppard decal markings to pdf form, and anyone that wants to download them can find them here: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1or8vlV2VcIbEBD4usNL4JSYG0L1iRihb/view?usp=sharing Again these are 1/72 scale, and included in the set is an extra pair of fin flashes with narrow white section, and four extra roundels in case you don't fancy the coloured surrounds. regards, Jack
  32. 4 points
    Hi. I thought I'd put up a tiny update. Whoever previously painted these flats wasn't too fussy about cleaning up the castings, and this has only become more obvious after stripping off the paint. So, I've been cleaning up the castings: On the left is un-cleaned-up and on the right is cleaned-up. I hope you can see the difference. If you can't, please don't let me know: I don't like people to see me crying. This is a bit of an English-language Flats-bible: In it Mike Taylor wrote: "figure cleaning is an exacting task...It...offers the painter time to dwell upon a single figure." I am here to tell you that he was not wrong! This is worse than a Zoukei-Moura piston block, previously my worst experience of clean-up. If I ever get to painting, I'll let you know. Alan
  33. 4 points
    It's those big Boys again..............
  34. 4 points
    There are other places on the internet!?!?
  35. 4 points
    626 got trapped by the Lockdown on her return from North Weald and only managed to be ground run for the first time this year last Friday. It also looks like due to lockdown causing the cancellation of most airshows she may not even fly this year. Anyone building a model of the Scout (or Beaver, Sioux, Auster AOP9, Chipmunk and Tiger Moth, which are the aircraft in the Historic Army Aircraft Flight) should look for the HAAF on social media. The flight's web master is a 'born again modeller' and photographer and has posted many inside and outside views of the aircraft both complete and stripped for maintenance. He even offers a bespoke detail photograph service.
  36. 4 points
    The fuselage is painted beige and decals are on! It was a real pleasure to work with them. There is white underlayer for the codes and Baťa logo. I also started with the wash on the wings and tail. The pace is steady! De Havilland Puss Moth Logo:
  37. 4 points
    Here's my finished Special Hobby 1/72 Boulton Paul Sea Balliol T.21. It was finished using Hataka acrylics for the fuselage colours and Vallejo and Humbrol acrylics for the interior and detail painting. The build thread can be found here; Thanks to everyone who dropped by my thread and I just wanted to say how inspired and impressed I have been by the builds on here, I've picked up plenty of tips and will be revisiting many of them again when I break out various kits from the stash. Well done all.
  38. 3 points
    Tasca Sherman Firefly IC Panda individual tracks Miniart British Tank Riders
  39. 3 points
    Right that,s my contribution I now reserve the right to flood the site with even more ancient kits
  40. 3 points
    Thanks Phil How did I miss that? First coat applied: The Hu32 covers really well but the 102 will need another coat, again. Thanks Ian It was the photo, honest - I had painted the whole side: Needs touching up though. Thanks Bill I didn't notice either! Problem of doing the model in two halves maybe? Thanks Clive - I think some of the photos and the painting might be post-war as she seems to have had an all white repaint at some point Here we are this morning: Little bubble is protecting the loop aerial I fitted when I thought I'd finished the wings To do list is now: Touch up top of floats Paint top of pitot Fit wings and struts Aerial wire Fit guns
  41. 3 points
    I can't believe there's nearly a year since I went to Duxford to assist with Daks over Normady. My good friend was asked to Co-pilot N147DC whilst at Duxford so I went with him to assist in the engineering side. I managed to get one flight on her whilst there. I then had to blag a way over to Normandy to meet up with my family. Luckily the D-Day Squadron assisted. So here are some of my personal highlights from the gathering of DC-3/C-47's at Duxford plus my epic early morning flight across the English Channel courtesy of the fantastic crew of D-Day Doll and the D-Day Squadron. The cockpit shots are from my mobile phone but the rest was taken with my Nikon D300. Regards, Neil.
  42. 3 points
    Last finished model. Spring 1946, 10/NJG11. (what if...)
  43. 3 points
    Thanks Col! Thanks MM. This is a good fundamental kit and begs for some additional parts. This is what i did last night... Then into the fuselage half it went... And a very easy job closing it up! No problems there. Next up...the wings! -John
  44. 3 points
    I'm pretty new, but am very happy to chip-in. Money well spent I should say. I would say, Mike, that in looking for donations, I would remind members of how much they spend on kits and equipment/material. As a show organiser, I am constantly surprised how many complaints we get about the measly £4 entry fee from people who think nothing of spending hundreds on stuff when they have got in. Alan
  45. 3 points
    #11 in my Vermont ANG collection. Only a few more. After this collection, I'm determined only to build subjects for which there are existing decals!! 1/72 Tamiya. Great kit except the canopy and windscreen...what were they thinking?? Quickboost propeller/spinner. PE seatbelts from spares. Decals scrounged from whatever I could find in addition to the kit decals. Yellow/black sunburst on the cowling was a combination of hand painting and strips of yellow decal. The Vermont Mustangs did not have all the postwar modifications, retaining their retractable tailwheels and not receiving the extra radio equipment behind the cockpit. They did, however, receive the matt aluminum paint treatment.
  46. 3 points
    The Fairey Delta 2 was designed and built at Hayes, under the direction of H E Chaplin and Robert Lickley. Both Richard Fairey and Chaplin were known as designers/engineers that didn't really like to put their work out there for others to take in. Really the only similarity with the aforementioned aircraft is that they are slender deltas, you could expand the discussion and say that Convair were influenced, or did influence. In fact the FD.2 was quite different, and unusual, in a way in that it was the only mid mounted wing design of these slender delta wing aircraft. The droop nose was also unique and shows how Fairey struggled to get the landing speed down, requiring a nose held high attitude for approaches. Most of these designs can be traced to late wartime German aerodynamic theories and designs. The FD.2, Mirage III, and the F-102 all had predecessors built within their own companies, with their own timelines. Aircraft designers were working to a common goal, with certain technologies and materials, and within the limited design parameters that were available to them at the time, they were bound to come up with some similar designs for the solutions of the problems thrown up by high performance flight.
  47. 3 points
    One thing is for certain and it's that the FD2 / BAC221 and the Mirage III are very visually appealing designs... Outside. I've sat in WG777's cockpit - I'm 11 stone and 5 ft 9'' and only just squeezed in! Sadly the only Mirage III I've seen is Elvington's example which, considering how many times I've been there I seem to have a knack of not photographing Cheers, WV908
  48. 3 points
    I think the whole thing has been a bust for some weeks now with a certain Mr C's actions putting a nail in the coffin of support. I've watched adult neighbours have their folks around, doing the 2m waltz between each other while having their kids mix it up like there was no such thing and CV-19. It's been a dreadful experience all around and for what? My friends and family on the front line to see pictures of the above and people being 'selective' with their interpretation. Like many others I've not just been cut off from family and friends. I've also been cut off from specific support I need for the past three months, and this continues to be the case, while many who never depended on such in the first place but who still have stable jobs and income have bemoaned the imposition of an enforced holiday on themselves and their kids, while those without have had to accommodate their neighbourhood creche. Recently I thought I was just the stand-alone neighbourhood grump until my response to a 'are our kids screaming for twelve hours a day disturbing you?' text with a simple 'yes' triggered a range in individual responses from others in the area clearly at the end of their own coping with others' failing to be considerate strategies. Nuff said. Really difficult week for me MH wise. The worst I've ever had. Needed GP intervention. Thank god my Group Build doesn't end until September.
  49. 3 points
    I'm at the stage now where I'm finally ready to call this one done and put it on the shelf. All the remaining parts have been added and a bit of final paint touch ups have done, particularly on the wingtip lights. Speaking of the lights, the wingtip ones were a perfect fit and went on easily enough, the mid wing spotlights were a different matter though and required a fair bit of fettling to get anywhere close to an acceptable fit. There were a couple of last pieces of P.E. that needed applying, the first of which is a pair of windscreen wipers that are no bigger than an eyelash, predictably one of them disappeared without trace almost instantly so I left them both off unfortunately. The second pieces of P.E were a pair of aerials that sit on the top and bottom of the fuselage, however, although they're shown in the instructions they don't appear on the paint guides for the aircraft or on the box art. They weren't shown on any photos of the Sea Balliol I could find either so I left them off. I found the following photo online of the exact aircraft I was modelling and used that as a guide for the final finishing of the model. https://www.airliners.net/photo/UK-Navy/Boulton-Paul-P-108-Sea-Balliol-T21/1641296/L With all the painting done and everything sealed I did a very, very small amount of weathering to get a similar finish to the aircraft shown. It looks like the photo was taken at an airshow so it's very clean which made the final weathering very easy! Overall, I have to say that this kit turned into a bit of a chore but I am really pleased with the finished result. It's a handsome little aircraft and looks particularly good in this bright colour scheme, in a lot of ways I think this kit deserved someone with better modelling skills than me. This was my first short run kit and the first time using resin parts though so it was definitely a learning experience for me, I do feel slightly more confident about tackling the Special Hobby Fulmar I have in the stash though so that's good. I would definitely recommend this kit to anyone who fancies building something a bit different and I can also highly recommend the Peewit masks, they fit perfectly and saved a huge amount of time with all the glazing on this kit. The Hataka paints I used were also excellent, I can't speak on the authenticity of the shades but they went down easily and the colours look really nice and crisp without obscuring any of the very fine panel line details, the orange is particularly bright and rich. I'll post some more of the finished pics in the gallery thread and thank you all for dropping in.
  50. 3 points
    Arado Ar.196 Royal Norwegian Navy Air Service, April 1940. 1/200 scale Trumpeter kit, with homemade decals. This aircraft has an interesting history, as outlined in the first post of my build thread. Cheers
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