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  1. Hiya Folks, As part of the Australian & New Zealand GB in memory of my friend Andy (Silver Fox), this is my first one across the finishing line,..... representing A52-505, coded NA-Q which is one of the British built Mosquito FB.VI`s used by 1 Sqn RAAF in the Pacific and one of two (the other was NA-E) used to escort RAAF Spitfires to the Pacific Islands, The new RAAF serial was applied on a patch of RAAF Foliage Green which covered the original RAF serial; At the time they were in use in the forward area wearing the originl RAF camouflag
    27 points
  2. G'Day all, tanks are rarely seen subjects on my bench, it's my second at all and the first in 5 years. I normally build planes but now and then i want to do something different. Starting point here was a picture depicting a deserted Mk.V in the last war days in Berlin of '45. I researched a bit and found out that there was a Mk.V which had been captured by the Germans in the Battle of Smolensk in 1941 which had been brought to Berlin and displayed since in Berlins ''Lustgarten'' a famous Square in Berlin, sitting there for 4 years caused a complete discolored & rusted state.
    23 points
  3. Hiya Folks,.... Another one from the Australia & New Zealand GB,...... and one which I often spoke about building with Andy (Silverfox) before his untimely and tragic death. I finally got around to starting and finishing this 1/72nd Academy PBY-5 Catalina as part of the GB in his memory , wearing the markings of 6 Sqn, RNZAF, based at Halavo Bay, Florida Island in the Solomons, 1944. On 4th February 1944, while flown by Flying Officer Beauchamp and crew, this aircraft, NZ4017 made a very risky mid ocean pick up of five survivors from a USAAF B-24, which was especially dangerous as their ra
    21 points
  4. Thought some of you might enjoy this olde plastic. I'm sure most of you have seen or built this kit from 1967 or so. Mine came to me in a baggy missing the stand and with 2 sets of unusable decals. Although much maligned for being inaccurate, it really is not that far off from drawings and it doesn't seem THAT bad... I wanted to recreate this moment when F/O Collier became the first known pilot to down a V-1 Buzz bomb by tipping it over using his own wing.
    21 points
  5. Hiya Folks, Another one from Andy`s Australian & New Zealand GB,...... this one is a 1/72nd Academy Corsair built as a FG-1D operated by 14 Sqn, RNZAF as part of the British Commonwealth Occupation Forces in Japan during the late 1940`s, the Kiwi contingent of which was often referred to as` J Force'. This particular aircraft, NZ5617 was maintained by Len Mossong who named it `Verna' after his fiancee and later wife,..... seen here. And before leaving New Zealand FOR Japan aboard HMS Glory in March 1946,... note the painted over wartime ro
    20 points
  6. Finished my first March build ! This very quick refurb of an older kit literally occurred to me on Sunday night, with most work done yesterday. It's a Matchbox Wessex, originally built by me in early 1988 when this kit first appeared. It's had a general spruce-up and repair, repaint of some inaccurate areas (like the blades, pilot, exhausts), wire aerials added and a new set of decals for an aircraft from HMS HERMES in 1974, evacuating British Nationals from the war-torn beaches of Kyrenia in Northern Cyprus. A fast but well worthwhile restoration of this old kit!
    17 points
  7. 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.
    17 points
  8. Couple of shots of the latest build (still a bit wet) the Airfix 1/48 Sea Fury done as the Deutsche Luftfahrt Beratungsdeinst’s’s (DLB) sole single seat target facilities FB Mk 50 D-CACY. The aircraft was formally in service with the Dutch Navy before being sold and pressed into the target facilities role by the DLB. Fairly straight forward build which included removal of the wing armament and tail hook. Extras used include Eduard’s Cockpit Set, Barracuda’s Gearbay, a new pitot from Master and decals from Fundekal. Folded wings take up less room in the cabinet! Hope it’s of interest.
    14 points
  9. 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
    13 points
  10. Definitely outside my comfort zone, but I'm very pleased with how it's turned out. The kit is exquisitely cast and detailed, and remarkably designed and engineered, considering it was all done on paper in the early 70s... Probably time for something a little simpler now! best, M.
    13 points
  11. Not my finest work but I think I’m done with this now. Hasegawa 1/48 A-7D Corsair II. mostly OOB but some details in the cockpit from Aires, Eduard. no ordnance in the kit other than the 2 AIM-9 Sidewinders you see here; the rest of the load from US Ordnance Set 1 by AMK. paints by AK Interactive. Decals by Furball Aero-Design, this is A-7D 71-0354 based at Korat RTAFB in June 1973 more here: https://imgur.com/gallery/jfwV8On don’t look too closely at the Mk82 bombs, I forgot to fill the holes b
    13 points
  12. Here are the finished photos of my most recent build, Tamiya's venerable He-219. Following the clear coat to protect the paintwork, an oil panel line wash of dark drown on the upper surfaces, and light brown on the underside was added. The excess was wiped off and the model was sealed with a semi-gloss coat prior to attaching the gear, props, fiddly parts. Chipping was added using grey paint and prismacolour pencil, and exhaust staining, fuel leaks etc were added using various Mig and Vallejo products. Finally the FuG radio masts and antennae rigging were attached and navigation lights added u
    11 points
  13. Hello to all of you guys and girls of this forum.I present you my 1:48 t-6 Texan II of the USAF.It is a quite nice kit to work on.Fits almost without any major problems.If you are interested in the build process follow the youtube link bellow. regards,Dragan
    11 points
  14. I like a challenge, but sometimes I think the PE manufacturers take the proverbial... but when it works... This is ludicrously tiny, so pleases me mightily: Admiral’s Barge with (Tetra brass) screws & rudders, with 0.2mm Albion Alloys nickel silver prop shafts We’re all mad, aren’t we?!
    11 points
  15. So here is my PAK 40 This is a really nice kit to build and includes PE for the shield and other small parts and a one piece ali barrel (also comes with rubber tires which I have to say Im not a big fan of). The only real problems I had (which are down to me really) is that the plastic bolts for the two PE shields are absolutely minute, would be much easier for someone who doesn’t have failing eyesight or a few dexterity problems. I ended up putting plastic rod through the holes and once dry snipped them off. However they do do a set of AF35073 Brass Shield Bolts, I fo
    10 points
  16. Now then, remember Heather's tip on writing the part numbers on the part trees? Don't forget the clear tree: …and certainly don't forget before you cut off the nose, otherwise you'll have no idea. Note how the diagram doesn't have the gate to the nose in it? I think it's the right way up and I think I can work it out but wait… Look at the diagram again - the windows go in from the OUTSIDE. Oh yes. All you have to do is gradually shave away the excess plastic like this stuff: … making sure you don't remove to
    10 points
  17. 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).
    9 points
  18. Hi All. Recently been on an RNZAF Building mission - Though this model was built a few years ago, but never posted in RFI Some may be aware that currently there is a Group Build celebrating Australia and New Zealand's contribution to the World, especially in the last Few Hundred years (yes, New Zealand is 200 Years old in 2040 and Australia 300 in 2088) We have been involved in wars/policing actions (my own family having served in the Boer war, WW I/WWII and actions post war in both ADF/NZDF) - Needless to say I'm quite proud of all that. Havin
    9 points
  19. I saw Mikromir have just shown this on their Facebook page, and I don't see a previous thread for the model on here. It should be a nice size in this scale, doubtless to the dismay of some who would like 1/72. Between this and the Trumpeter Xian H-6K, I should have some good opposition to my V Force. Edit: almost forgot to add a comment about it not being a vulcan b1 grump grump grump
    8 points
  20. Ravenscar Moor... As the Hogwart's express approaches Hogsmeade township it must pass through many long miles of damp, dire, swampy, territory. One of the darkest and most inhospitable stretches is 'Ravencar Moor' the scene of a fierce medieval battle between Rowena Ravescar and a band of dark wizards intent on capturing her students and taking them for ransom... True story. Here's where we started... the railway line crossing on a gently diagonal angle across the site of the ancient moor. Here Baby Bandsaw is scouring the MDF base
    8 points
  21. A little more progress today, I almost painted the cannon. Cheers, Vytautas
    8 points
  22. 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
    8 points
  23. 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
    8 points
  24. I forgot to add an all in wrestling pic it's big daddy and medium haystacks with two falls two submissions or a knockout. Why the names because thumper is nearly 7 and little one is only 8 months and quite able to take him on.
    8 points
  25. Ah, I see we are making assumptions about how overseas manufacturers set their pricing, how much we pay in taxes, how long stuff sits on shelves and how much markup UK businesses apply to imported model kits. To be completely blunt, until you've got the trade price list from the suppliers and worked the numbers, it's unsound to make remarks about markups. If you just don't like the price that's one thing but if you know how hard UK small businesses had to work, how hard they try and how little money there actually is in this crappy little industry. As such, remarks assuming big far
    7 points
  26. Just that naughty tail fin marking to do. That’s a bit tricksy, as it’s a two-parter, black with a white border. I’ll let the other stuff dry a bit more before I tackle it. As I found with the Bf109 from the same gift set, the black and white markings are quite thick and don’t really want to settle nicely into panel lines at all. They do give in eventually, but not without a lot of setting solutions and swearing. I’ve even managed to split the darned things while working them. There’s a lot to be said for making masks and painting the larger crosses. Anyway, fingers cro
    7 points
  27. Here's my scene of Eowyn and the Nazgul from the Lord of the Rings. It's an old 54 mm lead kit from the late 70s, made by Squadron/Rubin. I scratchbuilt the two shields and the witch king's mace. Did a bit of repositioning of everyone's limbs, and sculpted boots on all three figures. They are all painted with acrylics, the fell beast was mostly done with an airbrush. The base is yew wood, cut from an old weathered board, hence all the cracks and crevices. I used off-the-shelf grass tufts on the base. Very happy with them but they were not cheap! Then painted them with a brush to ge
    7 points
  28. After twelwe old Heller builds in the Heller Classic GB it is time for something different, And if the old Heller kits were familiar to me, this one is definitely not: American aircraft are seldom seen on my workbench, and the Phantom is no exception. I built the old Revell 1/32 kit when I was about 13 years old, but since then I have left this subject to other modellers. But this is a classic aircraft, and I do like the British versions. So last summer I bought this one. And after the old Hellers, where fit wasn' always perfect, I felt like building something pretty easy. Th
    7 points
  29. Most of this morning spent on getting the windows in. Note that some seem to be curved, like the fuselage: Like, but not the same Anyway, fit, shave, fit, shave and one side's done and thinned Canopy glue wicked* around the edges from both sides: What's that? You can see fingerprints on some? OF COURSE YOU CAN - they've all been handled about 3,452 times! Calm, calm… * By the way, the thinned glue was wicked, not wicked The result was wicked it has to be said. Has that messed with your he
    7 points
  30. Hello Steady progress has been made, only I forgot to take any photos - my bad. So far, I have added the top frame spar with coils which I scratch built as the kit ones were not how I remembered. Suffice to say, they are not visible and would have been easier to fit if I had kept the originals. More noticeable additions now include the following: rear mudguard, tacho cable with heat shield spring, rear swing arm/brake and chain. In the Hobby Design PE, they included a new chain, but as most of the chain is hidden I decided to keep the Hasegawa one and try some carvin
    7 points
  31. Dear fellow modellers, greetings from Italy. Here you are, just finished, my Special Hobby Re 2005 Sagittario. The kit is a bit tricky like all Special Hobby ones but a lot better compared to others from the same brand. This airplane has a beatufil design, one of my favourites, and it'a pity that there is only one camouflage applicable and very few decals options... unfortunately to few of them entered in service and for a very short time. The model is basically OOB. I've just added Eduard seatbelts, scrhatched some internal details and cut the control surfaces on
    7 points
  32. Hello, This will probably be an infrequent build blog as i tend to just rattle on and build without taking many photos lol One from the Stash, 1/35 Academy M4A3 Sherman Calliope, at this point (01/03/21) i am about 10-14 hours in the build. Overall really nice kit and this kit comes with a HELL of a lot for the bits box, which is good and will help with other allied builds on the cards. I do do alot of the builds out of the box and this came with PE so that was a welcome addition (i do add thin copper for handles as the carpet monster generally g
    7 points
  33. A Rack of Ribs (the hard bit) Now it's time to do the Grizzly big ribs, I wasn't looking forward to this bit to be honest, and I should say that back in 2012 when I started this build there were no options with regards to these big rib bogies, there were no resin parts available and no parts that could be stolen from another kit, I was flying blind and eye balling it from reference pictures, with no back up option, and that's not good. Thankfully these days there are some options, Resicast do some resin big rib bogies, with different return roller bracket configuratio
    7 points
  34. This is my completed model of the Chaparral 2D which was driven by Phil Hill and Jo Bonnier to first place in the 1000km race at the Nurburgring in 1966, the Chaparral team's first visit to Europe. It is based on the Provence Moulage kit, with lots of detail parts from the metal Marsh Models kit. The PM kit is nicely cast in resin and is supposed to represent the 2D as it appeared at the 'ring and at Le Mans. It most closely resembles the Le Mans configuration, so I back dated it to correctly portray the earlier 'ring car. This involved blanking off the n
    6 points
  35. XV778 was delivered to the RAF in April 1970 as a GR1. It was converted to GR3 standard in the early 70s when it received the updated Mk103 Pegasus engine, before receiving the laser nose and tail RWR by 1977. This Harrier served in Belize and later took part in exercises in Norway during its time with 1 Sqn at Wittering. The Kinetic kit is absolutely fantastic, fitting together well and with great detail and superb decals. I’ve depicted the Harrier as an early GR3 pre laser nose. Huge thanks to @NG899 for the brilliant and very helpful extra info on the kit and the Harri
    6 points
  36. I stock Flyhawk kits. Regarding mark up, you probably don't know that trade prices from Chinese suppliers are often higher than retail from Chinese sources. If you see what you think are high mark ups this is in fact nothing to do with UK or other retailers charging significantly more than usual, it is down to Chinese business practices. Also you forget that costs of shipping, import tax and operating a business in the UK are significantly higher than for those selling kits on ebay for example. So no, kits sold by UK retailers do not have 'ridiculous mark ups', if you want to try starting
    6 points
  37. I present my first model completely made this year. Airfix Defiant straight OOB, I only exchanged the barrels for metal from the Polish company Master and the codes and serial number from the decal also from Polish manufacturer Model Maker. Both products are of very good quality, although the "roundel blue" from the decal seems too dark, I used the RAF signs from the Airfix kit. Unfortunately, I don't have a plastic sense, so my attempts to differentiate the black body of the plane are hardly visible, and certainly not very attractive. Markings shows a plane from 307th Night Fighter Squ
    6 points
  38. 3D renders Source: https://vk.com/zvezdamodels?w=wall-29859496_2635755 V.P.
    6 points
  39. Cheers m'dear! Somewhere in that picture you can find eight 1/43rd scale Maunsell coach bogies that have had their outer parts - steady, Ced! - squirted with a layer of Hev's Patent Grot. That’s roughly 50:50 matt black and dark earth to you mortals. I managed to get that far before my pot of matt black enamel ran out. I’ve ordered fresh supplies, but that could be a while getting here. I think the makers ship it by canal and horse-drawn narrow boat... By rights, then, I should be getting on and constructing the rest of the final coach. However
    6 points
  40. Yes, a great deal of time saved too. I have a few more kits in the stash that I will be getting some P.C.M.`s for as well. Thanks @CedB, @elger, @Dr. Quack and @dogsbody. Well following on, I did the other side without any problems. Then it was the turn of the turrets. Front first. And then the rear. And the rear piece of the rear turret which did not have any framing marks but a quick look at the ref pics showed the positions. Just the main canopy and bomb a
    6 points
  41. Here's Dot. She's six years old and like all BT's a right handful! Seen here with my youngest son. In repose.
    6 points
  42. I'm not sure. Let me ask the voices in my head... I am not a maritime modeller, though I have thrown together a couple of 1/600 Airfix kits in my time. Nevertheless, I enjoy good modelling coupled with in-depth research, and so I have this thread on speed dial.
    6 points
  43. Hi everybody, apologies for being one day late on WE progress report - I went on till late last night at the work bench and I didn't feel like sorting pics and posting This update is all about painting - beware! Lots of pics to follow After airbrushing the underside, I sprayed a protective coat of Aqua gloss (forgot to take a pic ) and masked for the topside camouflage With all set and ready, I started airbrushing RLM71, using Lifecolor Dark Green through my trusty PROCON BOY, thinned with IPA. Something went wrong initially, though
    6 points
  44. That is complete and utter hogwash. as any fule no the ship was just outside Kowloon when it was attacked by Godzilla. possibly an Aurora one TT
    6 points
  45. Midlands Air Ambulance - G-OMAA EC-135 Revell 1:72 Afternoon all! This one has been on the bench for quite a while- although I finished it some months ago, a brief encounter with gravity sent it on a short downward flight (ending in multiple pieces). However, here it is! For this build I used the Revell 1:72 EC-135 kit, along with an abundance of plasticard and Blu-Tack to make up the details. The majority of the details and decals were provided courtesy of the fabulous Whirlybird models "EC-135 T-2 Bond" Midland Air Ambulance kit. I seem to
    5 points
  46. L-13 Blanik Planet Models resin 1/32 Custom printed decals, (home laser, Corel Draw and clear decal paper), cheatlines masked and airbrushed. Why YU-5326 ? My first solo in 1982 was on it.
    5 points
  47. My wife got really mad when I told her she had no sense of direction. She packed up her bags and right.
    5 points
  48. Ok , next step GLoss white. I'm doing this from a Tamiya rattle can, not really done much with gloss before. Bit od an issue at the 'wing' root. Possible caused by greasy plastic. Pretty weird, if I can't get rid of it I guess it'll be a weathering opportunity later. The finish is inconsistent, some rougher orange peel here and there, but also some nice smoother parts. I need more practice. One thing I am wary of is putting down too much paint, I don't want to fill in all the scribing detail. So, just to be sure I
    5 points
  49. It's interesting Tony how you tend to seek out the different the obscure indeed. Not in the aeroplane but in the subject. Your subjects are typical as often as not. The PBY is no back number. But that scheme is different. Same with your middle east subjects. I wonder how you come to your ideas. I read a lot but you must read extensively? I don't buy your ' I know nothing' defence. By the way. I really enjoy that many of your finished models have a back story. I like that because in my view every model is a little bit of history. Keep it up.
    5 points
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