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  1. Greetings from Greece, This is my 125th build, straight from the box of Gaspatch Models’ latest release – the Me-163B, yet another example of the high-quality products this firm is capable of producing. It was built within just 4 months -quite an achievement for me- and It depicts W/Nr. 191916 “Yellow 26” of JG400 at Brandis in April 1945 which is also in the box art. Keep modelling.
    12 points
  2. Hi everyone here is my 1/32 Mistel 3 W.Nr. 460065, Bernburg, Germany, April 1945. Paints were Mr Paint range - with their RLM 76 diluted with 50% white to achieve a late war cobalt reduced RLM 76. Conversion / decals - my AIMS 1/32 Mistel 3 conversion set Other AIMS products - Ju 88 A-1 Essential PE, Tail wheel Bay PE, Main Gear bay test shot PE, Ju 88 External Manufacturing Plates decals Non AIMS products - HGW Ju 88 seat belts Problems during build - Bad back, tennis elbow, carpal tunnel, Covid 19 and pneumonia - Oh sorry you mean with the build..... things needing filler only and if using what Mr Paint call an undocumented 'RLM 76 Grunblau' again I would give it a monotone RLM 02 undercoat to add strength / depth to this very weak colour regardless of what it truly is called or was in real life. During the build I purchased the Flugzug for the Mistel 2 from Luftachieve and saw the cable for the explosive charge on the back support rod was in a pale colour. When I did my Mistel 2 I had just said ok it must be yellow but this time I asked D.E Brown and he supplied me with the colour chart for the different voltages the Luftwaffe used. All I needed then was to see in the Flugzug that the fuse at the base and top of the rod was 24 volts and I had my answer - 'Violet'. If you have any questions I will do what I can to help. thanks again and best wishes, John
    9 points
  3. Hello, This is my first build since I was a child, even back then they were never painted or used decals and certainly never thought of a Diorama. I think the inspiration is well used:
    7 points
  4. Second one done Fujimi 1/48-ish Mirage IIIR I'm going to have to do some proper photography of my KUTA builds later on.
    5 points
  5. Hi again, time to present another model made in 2020. The Academy-kit is superb in terms of details, not so much in terms of decals. Luckily, Kits World Decals offers great aftermarket decals, so I decided to give it a go. I also like the subject a lot One thing I would do differently now would be to drill out the guns. Thanks for looking, comments & criticism always welcome!
    5 points
  6. Greetings Friends! My Luftwaffe Build continues with late war Jets and Rockets... This one is the Tamiya 1/48 He162A-2, such an excellent kit! I chose this scheme because there were (5) great photos of this original aircraft to study and help make the model as accurate as I could. 'White 4' was an early build He162 tail number 067 and some reference these early builds to have the fuselage painted in RLM71 and not in the standard RLM81/82/76 scheme. I studied the photos carefully and also other photos of aircraft painted in RLM82 and the White 4 appears to have a much darker color on the Fuselage. The other areas of White 4 are actually in an even darker color, assumed to be RLM 81. So photos seem to concur the RML81/71/76 on this particular He162, with the theory that Heinkel was using up stocks of RLM71 on hand. I found a photo of the White 4 in Kassel before it was scrapped, that clearly show the RLM76 painted up and over the Leading Edges of Wing and Stab, so I painted it like this. I used the Kit Pilot, Yahu Instrument Panel, and a Resin Wheel Set with flat spot tires... Decals are a mix of the excellent Tamiya kit decals, H Model Decals for He162 and H Model He162 Stencils. Paint is Gunsie Mr Color and the clear is Tamiya X35 Semi-Gloss for Luftwaffe planes. Things I would do different: Tamiya has an ugly seam line at the leading edge where the wing goes on and I left this unfilled as it is very tight. I wish I would have filled this now. I need to pop off canopy as there now appear scuffs inside it to polish out. I missed this when it was being built. Enjoy the photos and I highly recommend the Tamiya He162 kit! You also get a full engine to display on a stand and the kit can build with the Engine doors open or closed to show the engine in the plane, overall an excellent kit! Enjoy the photos!
    5 points
  7. This is Phantom FG1 XV569/013 of 892 Squadron, Royal Navy in autumn 1969. She bears the 'R' on the fin denoting she belongs with HMS Ark Royal but also the markings on her rear fuselage 'USS Saratoga'. That's because, before embarking on Ark Royal, XV569 was one of 4 RN Phantoms that spent time in the Med. on the Saratoga practicing deck landings and takeoffs. Apparently the extra power of the Spey engines, coupled with them being fitted with the exhausts pointing more downward, buckled Saratoga's deck! XV569 flew then in this configuration: no pylons except the centreline one carrying the large drop tank. There's video of this event on YouTube. This is the first release of the Matchbox kit modified with a resin radome cast from the, somewhat, corrected later release and a spare Fujimi canopy fitted. The exhaust cans are from the Aeroclub set for the Matchbox kit. The decals are a mix of Fujimi (their 'Royal Navy' decal was visibly too big), Matchbox and an ancient Almarks sheet. The small Rolls Royce badges are from a Liveries Unlimited sheet for airliner engines. The Fujimi were hardest to use and there's some silvering evident despite glossing and solvents! I didn't do the stencils - not my thing. If you look closely you may notice the '013' on the port nose is slightly too large. That came from the Almark sheet but was all I had to make up those numbers. The starboard one is from the Matchbox sheet but, sometime in the distant past, I had removed one of the sets of '013'. Hence the oversize Almarks on the port side. I've left her pretty glossy as she was less than a year old then and this was her first time shipboard. Comments and suggestions welcomed. David
    4 points
  8. My first kit completed this year - AV-8S (VA-1) Matador, 1:72 Italeri (ex-ESCI). My 5th Harrier so far! Built out of the box (except for Pitot tube from Master, resin ejection seat from Pavla and some scratch). Italeri's kit is old and needs some work, but I'm quite happy with a result. Thanks for watching!
    4 points
  9. First job to do before any painting and major assemblies go together is to get the True Details resin cockpit cleaned up and installed where needed. The set is designed to accompany the excellent Tamiya parts and as such many of the parts are a direct replacement or addition to the kit plastic. The only real work that needs to be done is the removal of the left and right side wall detail so the overlays can be placed. Now that these are in place I can get onto priming and then painting the lovely details. The most difficult part was removing the resin from the casting blocks, there is some fine detail that needs to remain. I managed to snap the centre instrument panel leg and a small corner of the left detail inlay. Nothing a bit of CA hasn't fixed. With regard to the panel, I'm leaning towards the Yahu item as the resin part as some very recessed instruments that will be hard to get paint into. I'll think I'll do up all three and see what looks the best; kit item with decals, resin with detail painting or Yahu drop replacement. Some actions shots below. Cheers, Mick The resin item here is the sanitary tank; very polite. I'm pretty sure this is a fairly old set though it's holding its age well.
    4 points
  10. Good evening, ladies and gentlemen! Let me present you my next model from Revell.
    4 points
  11. Well I'm calling this one done, it's a bit left field as subjects go, but that suits me, first Hungarian build and the first I hope of many in this GB, hope you like it Cheers Pat
    4 points
  12. Supermarine Sea Otter Mk.I, FAA, Maryborough, Australia, June 1945 Sea Otter was the successor to Walrus and entered service late in WW2. It was the last bi-plane type to enter service in RAF or FAA - but it still rescued airmen in the 1950 for example in the Korean war. Kit: Special Hobby 1/72 Supermarine Sea Otter Mk.I 'WWII Service' (SH72429) Scale: 1/72 Paints: Hataka Red Line Weathering: Flory Models, Vallejo, Tamiya & Ammo Mig Rewarding but challenging little kit by Special Hobby (originally Azur). Wing construction was the challenging part, other than that it was very nice kit - but packed with lots of tiny PE and resin bits which could be quite fiddly. I also added some details of my own like the railings and rope which are lead wire. Rigging (my first) done with rubber wire found from an undisclosed source. Painted with Hataka acrylics and weathered using Flory wash and different enamel and acrylic based weathering products. WIP:
    3 points
  13. Thanks again guys. Mother had her op last Friday, and is now recovering. Spoke to her yesterday and she seems as lucid as usual, don't know what her physical state is though but the nurse I spoke to told me the that "cardiac wise everything went well and she's OK in that area now". They just need to get her mobile again. Doesn't help that she's got Meniere's disease (it's a progressive inner ear problem that affects balance and hearing). Don't know how long she'll be in hospital, it's been a week since the op now, but the longer the better in my opinion (even though I can't get to the hospital to visit and pick up/drop stuff off, like clothes) because she'll need less care at home.
    3 points
  14. Please let it be a new tool 48th Me 262 with extended flaps and slats!
    3 points
  15. Delighted to have my He170 join such esteemed company in the gallery. This one is in Hungarian markings, yes a new one on me too ! Thanks to Scott aka @Jinxman for the replacement decals, as the existing ones were unusable. Also Jerzy @JWM my go to man on all things He170 , I hope you like it
    3 points
  16. 1/72 Aliens APC WIP and more pics: https://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/235105201-pins-kuta-4-172-aliens-apc
    3 points
  17. Small update. Started adding decals to it. I can now see just how rough the brushed on paint it. I'm definitely digging out the airbrush for the next model. I've also added the pilot, bombs and bomb bay doors. Saving the undercarriage doors for the end.
    3 points
  18. And here we are finished It's been a great little kit to build, with no particular vices. The running gear does seem quite fragile in places, but despite my ham-fistedness nothing broke. At the start of this thread, I did say that this would be my only Matchbox entry but, surprise surprise, I've changed my mind! There'll be more to follow. In the meantime, thank you once again to all who supported this build and especially to Dave and Pat for their outstanding commitment to this most excellent Group Build. Cheers
    3 points
  19. That sounds like a good idea Cliff, I’ll play around with the colours to see how it looks. I might wait until tomorrow however as we are about to kick off our backyard ‘Ash Barty party’, cheering on our home grown local hero in the Australian Open Women’s Final. Cheers and thanks for the suggestion… Dave
    2 points
  20. @Rabbit Leader, I'm sure that much of the success of the GB is down to the enthusiasm shown by you and Pat Now that the Gallery entries are starting to build up, may I suggest a possible change to master list please? Would you consider changing the colour of the kit name from red to green, once the first example of that kit is in the Gallery? I know that the builder's name is greened, but changing the kit name too would have greater visual impact. Cheers
    2 points
  21. https://www.naval-history.net/xGM-Chrono-04CV-Ark Royal.htm Here is a detailed operation history for HMS Ark Royal. You can find what air-group it carried at different times by Ctrl+F searching for keywords "Swordfish" and "Skuas"
    2 points
  22. The Bullcreek Aviation Museum has been donated a retired RAF Tornado GR4 which should arrive in March this year. Two Italeri kits were purchased by the museum to model the donated subject.. I took on one of the kits and after about 7 - 8 weeks of work this is the result. It would be nice to keep it. The stand is an Airfix example that came with 1/24 kits or the 1/72 Concorde kit, the model is nicely balanced on the ball joint and is positionable. So this is not my usual subject or scale, though I also did a 1/32 Hunter for the museum last year. No more model building for me this year, I am off to the UK in March.
    2 points
  23. thanks erk for the link , cheers beefy and faraway . started taking some deck furniture off of the deck , to accommodate the wooden sticker , the wood deck finally down . also got a bit more fiddly PE done .
    2 points
  24. I started on this kit on wednesday. Saw a build up video and thought it was a good kit to start getting back into aircraft modelling. I'm using this kit as practice using washes. Made some up using black enamel and white spirit. It definitely improves things. My builds from over a decade ago always looked a bit plain as any slightly raised detail just faded into the background.
    2 points
  25. IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT - We have just recorded 200 Matchbox Group Build 'Work In Progress' threads - well, 201 to be exact!! - can you honestly believe that? There's also been some great new additions nominated, so clearly you are all looking intensely at the Build List and trying to plugs these gaps wherever possible. This GB has surpassed Pat and my wildest dreams and each day I get up (sometimes way too early for my liking) there's another 4-5 new WIP threads to formally welcome along, truly unbelievable! The fun continues and we've only just started. (*Note - following data based on original Matchbox subjects unless noted) Total Matchbox Kits - 177 (Aircraft / AFV / Cars & Motorbikes / Ships ) Total Matchbox kit subjects chosen in this GB - 143 Percentage of Matchbox subjects covered in this GB - 80.8% Total Matchbox Aircraft kits - 120 Total Aircraft kits chosen in this GB - 101 Percentage of Aircraft kits covered in this GB - 84% Total Matchbox AFV kits - 27 Total AFV kits chosen in this GB - 22 Percentage of AFV kits covered in this GB - 81% Total Matchbox Cars & Motorbike kits - 18 Total Cars & Motorbike kits chosen in this GB - 14 Percentage of Cars & Motorbike kits covered in this GB - 78% Total Matchbox Ship kits - 12 Total Ship kits chosen in this GB - 6 Percentage of Ship kits covered in this GB - 50% Total overall Matchbox GB Builds - 201 (.i.e. - WIP threads including non-Matchbox designed kits) Total overall Matchbox GB Completions - 20 (0.099%) Cheers and regards.. Dave * Updated - 29 Jan 2022 // 02:08 UTC
    2 points
  26. Almost there with this one now. I completed the lining, added the cab and smokebox numbers, then added glazed areas to the cab and tender using a combination of clear packaging and Glue 'n' Glaze. After that I added the screw-link couplings, brake and vac pipes and added coal load to the tender. A tidy up of the yellow paint and some red stripes on the covers of the tender wheels should see this wrapped up tomorrow. I have chosen to base this on a preserved Class 4 2-6-0 No. 76084 currently running on the North Norfolk Railway - mainly because of its links to the North-West. The loco was built at Horwich and allocated the sheds at Lower Darwen in 1957, and after further re-allocations she ended her days at the Springs Branch in Wigan in June 1967 before being shipped off to Barry Island in December that year before being purchased by a preservation group. Following several changes of owner she was purchased by the 76084 Locomotive Company and moved to Morpeth where she was restored. Following a 16 year restoration programme, 76084 was returned to steam in May 2013, that July she was returned to traffic and there would be brief spell back here in the North-West in 2014 when she could be seen running along the East Lancs Railway tracks. by John L, on Flickr by John L, on Flickr
    2 points
  27. That's the spirit Tony... just crack open another one - although where I'm from that usually means another Tinny! (aka - can of Beer). Great idea with masking off the yellow plastic to act as a yellow primer, that so simple yet something I've never thought of. Oh - before I forget, this WIP thread is also our 200th Matchbox GB build, so well done Tony and well done to all the 199 others before this one. Cheers, welcome aboard and best of luck.. Dave
    2 points
  28. Hey, now that's looking really lovely and way better already than my meagre OOB efforts. That PE has certainly lifted a fairly sparse looking cockpit so this is well on its way to being a great enhanced Matchbox build. I've put mine down for a while to get a bit done on the Panther, however that's all very inspirational so far. Nice decal sheet too, lots of bright decals to lift that Dark Grey airframe. Cheers.. Dave
    2 points
  29. I measured the length discrepancy, and it comes to 2.5mm, which I think is definitely worth the effort. The error is all in the same place, between the leading edge of the wing and the trailing edge of the engine cowling, so it can be rectified quite simply with just one plug. My thickest plastic card is 120 thou, which is 3mm. When you factor in the .5mm taken out by the razor saw cut, that's perfect. So first, the vandalism: Then the rough plastic card plugs added: And after the front bits are re-attached, it gets smoothed down: And now it compares very closely to the plans: And now I've made my mind to definitely correct the depth issue. It's not just a matter of dimensions, it will also correct the shape in that area by making it a bit fatter. But the appropriate time to do it is after the fuselage halves are joined together and there's a lot to be done before that happens.
    2 points
  30. The YouTube clip was a tribute to the great man. The original Animal Magic series ran for 459 episodes 1962-84 and I am sure I watched at least half of them. Dave
    2 points
  31. The 6-wheell Tyrrell is an absolute cracker. I have build two of the them, one just recently. You're going to enjoy this one.
    2 points
  32. Had a bit of extra time so I thought I'd give my hose reel idea a shot. So obviously I've cut out the PE reel and found roughly what length of copper would be needed. I've nicked this fine bit of copper coil from a old robot from my workplace. It's so small I thought I'd make use of it in my modeling. Maybe it will be good for rigging in the future too. I've wrapped this coil onto a length of copper wire, I realised this would be a lot easier and faster for just cutting the length to size for other reels too. After a good few wraps I've cut the length of wire to size to fit the hose reel. That's one hose reel complete. Quite happy with it and to top it off I managed to get more railing done.
    2 points
  33. Spitfire LFVb of 64 Squadron flown by Johnny Plagis Coltishall 1943. This is the other half of the Airfix Dogfight Double boxing, from which the Me109 I finished earlier https://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/235103962-airfix-148-messerschmitt-bf-109-e-7/#comment-4284760 I decided to complete the Spitfire as one operated in the ETO rather than MED.
    2 points
  34. I've been working upwards. The upper hull is secured and a few bits and pieces have been added in the fighting compartment. The fighting compartment sides were only dry fitted in order to see how close we are to painting. I think, quite close. Time to get some paint inside before I render it inaccessible. Before I do that though, I'll assemble the gun and anything else that needs to go inside and then paint them all in one go. Most of this assembly is very straightforward and hardly needs to be mentioned. I found this bit interesting though. It's the bin into which the empty cases are ejected. Considering the weight of all that brass, and the speed it landed in the bin, I thought a few dents would be in order. That should dry-brush nicely.
    2 points
  35. Another one for my collection of special liveries. This particular 777 entered service with this livery in 2013 and will be repainted back to its standard scheme this year. EVA AIR's Hello Kitty aircrafts have proven to be vety popular among travelers,so they had many different Hello kitty planes in their fleet. The decals are from 8A decs and are very nicely printed allthough on a very thin carrierfilm,so application of the large segments has to be done very carefully. The kit is the well known Zvezda 777-300. The build was straight forward with no major issues.The installation of the landing gear and doors is the most tricky part. The fuselage was spray painted with Gunze white surface primer 1500,clear coated prior and after decalling with Gunze Premium Gloss. All other parts are also painted with Gunze paints. Light weathering and highlighting the slats and flaps was done with a sharp pen. Two more of this giant airliner are on the bench currently,both with special liveries as well. Stay tuned Cheers Alex
    2 points
  36. Hainan Airlines operated 4-5 Dreamliners in different Kung Fu Panda liveries. I found the golden one from PAS Decals. Windows are from Authentic Airliners,details come from the Zvezda and Revell decal sheets. The PAS decals have no white backing,but they come with a set of masks for the panda head shape. For the fuselage I used Gunze copper,as the gold paint would have been much too bright compared to photos of the original. After application of the panda head decal,I realized that the masks were a bit off in shape and size,so after clear coating,I had to correct and fill the gaps carefully,so that the panda would be embedded in the copper. The rest of the build and decaling was troublefree. The only problem are the door decals,as they stand out a bit on the metallic paint even though I gloss coated the whole fuselage prior to decal application Cheers Alex
    2 points
  37. V-1 Decals, Tamiya acrylics, a bit of bare metal foil and some Molotow chrome pen. A very nice kit and great distraction from life as it is today. Thank you for looking
    2 points
  38. Evening folk's,wheels fitted and left to dry for a couple of days,a black wash brings out the detail quite well.Just the canopy to fit properly and a little filler to add then an arial or two she'll be in the gallery soon.
    2 points
  39. Beautiful kit, went together with no problems. -Dan
    2 points
  40. Ha, did you think I'd forget the Friday update,eh? WRONG! here it comes! A bit of this and that The big boy next to a 1/48 scale brother HAppy news, I got a friend to make me a correct F4 wing shield and while waiting for the decals to arrive I set out to do some small stuff that still needs to be done. I´m not entirely sure what those plates are but they are painted and glued now. NO worries that they have a slightly different hue, they aren´t gloss coated like the rest of the kit A good time to finish the forward radar sensors... They are primed in flat black and I masked off the forward parts... ... To paint the rest gloss. Then I masked and painted the aluminium part.... And topped off the caps with a liquid chrome pen I put the sensors aside for now and sanded the gear bay doors.... darn layers! After repriming one looked good... While the other still needs work, demn it....well the thick primer coat has to cure before I can do anything. Well then, time to cut the cabbot from the block, fragile thing...hoping for the best! I somehow managed to not damage it...yay, good for me! It fits into the canopy like this and the hinges of the canopy are part of the cabbot I cleaned the cabbot and then I glued on the rear mirrors. Then a thick flat black primer coat and off to cure. Next I added the fins to the drop tank...incredibly thin and fragile....and full of printlines. I finish today's session with glueing on the radar sensors, they look really smart Hope I get the decals tomorrow then I can start with the decals this weekend. Cheers!
    2 points
  41. Aww, c'mon, we'll need a better clue that that! Aberjona River - Massachusetts Abiqua Creek - Oregon Abita River - Louisiana Acushnet River - Massachusetts Agawam River - Massachusetts Agua Fria River - Arizona Ahnapee River - Wisconsin Alabama River - Alabama Alafia River - Florida Alagnak River - Alaska Alameda Creek - California Alamo River - California Alamosa River - Colorado Alapaha River - Georgia, Florida Alatna River - Alaska Albion River - California Alcovy River - Georgia Alexander Creek - Alaska Aliso Creek (Los Angeles County) - California Aliso Creek (Orange County) - California Allagash River - Maine Allegheny River - Pennsylvania, New York Alligator River - North Carolina Alsea River - Oregon Alsek River - Alaska Altamaha River - Georgia Alum Creek - Ohio Am - An[edit] Amargosa River - California, Nevada American Fork - Utah American River - California American River - Washington Americano Creek - California Amite River - Mississippi, Louisiana Ammonoosuc River - New Hampshire Amnicon River - Wisconsin Anacostia River - Maryland, District of Columbia Anahulu River - Hawaii Anaktuvuk River - Alaska Anclote River - Florida Anderson River - Indiana Andreafsky River - Alaska Androscoggin River - New Hampshire, Maine Angelina River - Texas Aniak River - Alaska Aniakchak River - Alaska Animas River - Colorado, New Mexico Anna River - Michigan Annaquatucket River - Rhode Island Annisquam River - Massachusetts Antietam Creek - Pennsylvania, Maryland Antoine Creek - Louisiana Antoine River - Arkansas Anvik River - Alaska Apalachicola River - Florida Apple River - Wisconsin, Illinois Apple River - Wisconsin Applegate River - Oregon Appomattox River - Virginia Appoquinimink River - Delaware Aransas River - Texas Ararat River - Virginia, North Carolina Arikaree River - Colorado, Kansas, Nebraska Arkansas River - Colorado, Kansas, Oklahoma, Arkansas Armstrong Creek - Pennsylvania Armstrong Creek - West Virginia Arnold Creek - West Virginia Aroostook River - Maine Arrow Creek - Montana Arroyo de en Medio - California Arroyo Seco - California Arroyo Trabuco - California Artichoke River - Minnesota Ashaway River - Rhode Island Ashepoo River - South Carolina Ashippun River - Wisconsin Ashley River - South Carolina Ashtabula River - Ohio Ashuelot River - New Hampshire Assabet River - Massachusetts Assonet River - Massachusetts Atchafalaya River - Louisiana Au Sable River - Michigan Aucilla River - Florida Auglaize River - Ohio Ausable River - New York Awuna River - Alaska And that's just the good 'ole US of A
    2 points
  42. So a decent session at the bench today and I now have the wing halves joined together although some minor fettling will be required just to tidy up and smooth out the edges. Considering that there are very few location points on this kit i must say that so far I've been impressed with the parts fit it really is very good indeed. I've also managed some work on the engine covers and various other bits and pieces and I'm very happy with how things are progressing. Here's a few pic's of today's progress And that's where the build stands atm. Work will interfere with my bench time for the next few days but I'll crack on whenever I get the opportunity. Thanks for looking back soon
    2 points
  43. After the rear wheel and exhaust stacks were attached, I put the roundels and fin decals on Republic of Yugoslavia (AZ Mk IV). The fin flash is too large versus the photo, and the roundels seem to be missing some yellow if you look at the photo of the BF109 in the Belgrade museum, but I think they look pretty nice, and they are settling in well. @Supercuber says there were no upper wing decals, and I can't find any photographic evidence that would suggest otherwise, but AZ does provide them. I have been painting the rockets as well and was going to go with a single colour . . . . . . but I've decided the RAF museum's Typhoon's rockets make a good template for rockets in 1/72: So, I will leave the rocket heads with the XF-73 and use a darker, richer green (maybe XF-13) for the bodies.
    2 points
  44. Nice little palate cleanser after a few more complicated builds recently. Finished straight out of the box, with my interpretation of the Canadian camouflage scheme for Sicily in 1943. The markings are for a vehicle with the Carlton and York Regiment, 1st Canadian Infantry Division, Sicily, 1943. You can find an wartime image of this vehicle on this web page: https://captainstevens.com/military/mv/cmp-canadian-military-pattern-vehicles/ Brush painted with Vallejo and Tamiya acrylics. Build thread can be found here: Thanks for looking.
    1 point
  45. The thing about Tamiya is it could be something mainstream or completely out of left field; both are equally likely. I wouldn’t discount the possibility of a new 1/48th F-15E for example.
    1 point
  46. And we have a shiny happy Spitfire! That must mean it’s nearly…. Decal time…. In getting all the pingy bits ready last night, I remembered that EN398 has wheel covers fitted in the photo with Johnson. They aren’t supplied in this boxing (I don’t know if they are in any of the MkIX boxings?) so I raided one of the Eduard Spitfire Vb dual combo boxings that I have - which does have them. That saved a minor pause for aftermarket or a scratch build challenge for perfect discs! Steve
    1 point
  47. I finally got to add the top center section of the wing and started the process of filling in the seams. It's still going to need a lot of work getting the leading edge blending properly but I'm hoping I can get that done this weekend then once a warm break thats forecasted to arrive next week I hope to be able to go out side to give it a primer coat the see what needs tending to. So there you have it. One step closer to completion or a nervous breakdown, not sure which will arrive first but its a step closer none the less, So stay tuned for more exciting adventures. Our next episode will feature Engine nacelles and flaps! Won't that be exciting! But until then, Stay safe, stay healthy and keep on modelling!
    1 point
  48. Heller Mirage IV that didn't make the Heller GB last winter. Painted with Vallejo grey and Xtracrylix Green, finished with Winsor and Newton Matt.
    1 point
  49. Some progress has been happening, albeit not much to photograph. The weather has been brutal so any spraying was put on hold (may actually get above freezing this week, which would be a huge change from the -30 Cs we've been having!). I did get Mark Fit Super Strong to see if that would help the transparent film on the 105 decals on Ireland (Arma Mk I) settle in better. I don't think it worked as well as I was hoping, but I've gone ahead and applied Pledge over top and I think after a matt coat (waiting for warmer weather) things will be alright. Kingdom of Yugoslavia (Airfix Mk I) is still waiting for her final matt coat as well. In non-modeling news, I was down in Calgary this weekend and took my five year old to the Hawker Hurricane there. Actually, only found out it was there recently (and also recently found out there is another one even closer to where I live, so I'll need to make that drive soon too!). Five year old was more focused on the scavenger hunt they sent her on, and best beloved was waiting in the car, so things were rushed, but here are some quick snaps of pieces I found interesting. First, navigation lights--believe this coloured "glass" (forget the name of the material) is a restoration change? Pitot tube (above) was also interesting to me as I have done these as 100% underside colour, but also used bronze or aluminum on the tube itself. Port landing light-- Fuel tank and stencils-- I'm not even sure what this light is called on the rudder, but I found it interesting to see the black surrounding it as I've only ever dabbed some silver on this. Wheel well and UC: I noted the treaded tires, which I understand are not authentic either. Here is the rear wheel: Prop is off, and I don't believe there's a spinner. This is an Mk XII, btw... seems pretty much same as an Mk IIb although I'm sure some of you can tell me how I am wrong Because the engine is out you can see the housing nicely: Finally, I liked this shot for a few reasons, including the perspective on the spine.
    1 point
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