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  1. 14 points
    I think this may be my first completed aircraft of 2019! 1/48th Grumman Avenger from Hobby Boss and markings courtesy of Montex Masks
  2. 12 points
    I built this Airfix 1/72 Supermarine Spitfire PRXIX in Swedish markings inished in under 12 hours (even went to the cinema and deep cleaned my airbrush in the middle of that). Started this afternoon, finished about 1:30 am. Even got in the preshading... I love the simplicity of the early new Airfix kits where everything fits well enough with plenty of tolerance, and enough cockpit detail to look ok from a distance, and builds into a very nice looking model. Matt coat still drying here. I love the Swedish markings, it's my first model in those colours. Might have to do a Gripen, Viggen or Draken to go with it. All beautiful aircraft, and one of the best looking air forces of the cold war to modern era (after the RAF of the 50s to 80s/90s with the V Bombers of course).
  3. 9 points
    Sorry if this is in the wrong category, but it's definitely not Armour, and it's definitely not a Non-Military Vehicle, and it refuels Aircraft, so... here we are. Finished this weekend, and glad to get it off the bench. I have two more; one I'd like to build in Desert Cam, and one I'd like to use for dioramas - really detail the refueling gear. When I build the next two, a couple items will be on my build list; 1. Use slow setting glue and level weights to ensure the frame is perfectly straight. I ended up with slight warping on this one. 2. Add some interior detail - beautiful dash and console, but spartan everywhere else. 3. Spend more time on the wheels/tires. They were the "wheel insert/tire halves" design and not very convincing. 4. Get some aftermarket or print some decals. The kit decals laid down beautifully, and were super thin. Unfortunately, they were also out of register slightly, so white "peeked" from behind the red. 5. Add detail to the lights and windows. Hindsight what it is, I should have added a black frame to the windows before gluing them in, and added wipers to the windscreen. Despite all the above, this is a 1/48 Modern Fuel Truck! Great for Aircraft Dioramas and Airfields. Anyway, please enjoy. Comments/criticism always welcome, Mark
  4. 8 points
    I finished this last night, this is the Airfix Lancaster Dambuster from 2013 so the new tool. This isn’t my best effort and to be honest I couldn’t wait to get it off my bench; I didn’t enjoy building this at all but I see building a Lancaster as a rite of passage for a modeller. The base is scratch built with the vehicles from the RAF Bomber resupply set.
  5. 8 points
    Just finished Italeri's A10A/C in 1/72 for the Shark mouth GB but with warthog tusks rather than the usual shark mouth seen on most A10's. Used the HiDecal sheet no 72010, it has 2 experimental schemes for the A10, one with the Warthog Tusks. Built nearly OOB with just the Master Brass barrel set and I swapped the kits Sidewinder for an Airfix one, painted with Tamiya and Valejo acrylics. The kit has a few issues, seat is to tall for the canopy, engine nacelle fit, incorrect radar warning antennas for an early A10A but its still a pretty good. As usual all comment are welcome. WIP is below
  6. 7 points
    Hi everyone, Here's the latest model to be added to my collection - AZ Model's new 1/72 Bf 109G-10 (Erla) finished in the colours of the Aeronautica Nazionale Repubblicana. The model represents "Black 11" as flown by Sergente Maggiore Loris Baldi of 4ª Squadriglia, 2º Gruppo Caccia "Gigi Tre Osei" in early 1945. Paints are Humbrol and Xtracolor, the markings are from Skymodels' "German aircraft in Italian service" sheet with the kit providing the balkenkreuz and most of the stencils whilst the spinner spiral is by AZ Model themselves. I used "Camouflage and Markings of the Aeronautica Nazionale Repubblicana 1943-1945" by Ferdinando D'Amico and Gabriele Valentini as my primary reference with the instructions from Stormo Decals ITALIAN Bf.109 ACES - PART II as a secondary source. I went with Stormo's interpretation of the large wing bulges and broad tyres. It may have had the smaller bulges and narrow tyres but the only photo of this machine is from a bad angle so it's difficult to tell. The model itself isn't all that bad, but I'm afraid to say that it's another one of AZ's near misses as it has shape issues around about the nose which means it's not a good representation of an Erla built machine. The discussion over on the 72nd Scale Aircraft forum gives the lowdown: LINK. Now for the photos: Now that I've completed this model it means I now have a complete Schwarm of Small Axis 109G's! Comments welcome, Mike.
  7. 7 points
    The pics of my recent build and finisher. the new AVI Models kit. Overall I enjoyed this kit and look to building another. My thanks to Adrian Balch for the decals. Just for interest, I fitted the port side door in the open position. Below updated photos with the extra bits added to the model. You can just make out the jury struts added to the upper wing root by the fuel tank. Also the fuel fee from said tank to the motor. I added a piece of thin wire for thi. It was a bit tricky to fit... and it moved when I left it to set so it doesn't look too straight sadly but I'll have to live with it 'cos I am not going back to it... that only invites disaster...! Sadly AVI missed out the aileron actuators to the bottoms of lower wing. I might have a go at adding them when I feel the mojo to do so. With steps (came from the Haseg. B-25 kit!!) for punters. The decals are very thin and need great care in applying from the backing paper on to the model. I had a moment when the last two letters of 'MAIL' got folded over and as I tried to fix it, the decal broke. Sib Sibling Moths from Mandeville near Gore NZ. I loved working on this one and now need to try and rebuild my Aeroclub model. before I start on the next. Looking forward to future issue with UK civil markings... hopefully.
  8. 7 points
    I'm very happy to see that there is interest in this build. I'll try my best not to disappoint! Finishing up the wing's air cooling inlets... This tool came in very handy for sanding the inlets. I bought the Flex-I-File years ago and think I've used it exactly one time since then. After sanding to my satisfaction, I added the multitude of support struts to the inlets. Surprisingly, I've found only one photo showing details of the inlets and their supports. And, it's of the XB-35, an earlier version of the YB-35 I'm building: After adding the supports, I gave the inlets a shot of flat black, followed by some Xtreme Metal aluminum, just to see how everything looks: Good enough for me! I then began work opening up the wingtip leading edge slots. Jeff gave only a brief description of what he did, so I spent quite a while pondering the problem and reverse-engineering Jeff's method from the photos in his build log. Here's how I did it. First, using a scriber and Dymo tape, I cut off the leading edge panel on the underside of both wings. These pieces I saved for later use: Similarly, I opened the wingtip slot doors on the topside of the wings: I added 0.1-in quarter round to the front bottom edge of the top wing piece, and 0.06-in quarter round to the front of the lower wing where I had cut away the leading edge panel: The idea is to take the two leading edge pieces cut from the lower wing, swap left-for-right, flip them over, and attach them to the 0.06-in quarter round on the lower wings, like so: Viewed from above, you can see the panel pieces almost, but not quite, reach the rear edge of the upper wing door opening: Adding styrene strip to the rear edge of the panel pieces sorts that out: To keep the panel piece from dropping into the wing, I added tabs to the rear edge of the slot door: Last thing to do is to fill-in the backside of the upper wing leading edge forward of the slot door. I used Apoxie Scupt, and a wet finger was all I needed to make a concave curve for the inside of the slot: Easy enough! But, it took me nearly three-hours to do the first wing slot. The second I did in about 30-minutes. Then, disaster struck!!! (Hopefully, a minor one) As I was finishing the second wingtip slot, I reached for my bottle of Bondene (an excellent plastic adhesive, by the way),,, … and clumsy me knocked it over. Arrggghhhhh !!!!! A goodly amount spilt onto one of my wings, crazing the surface: This can probably be sanded & polished out, but it's not something I had planned for. If worse comes to worst, at least it's on the underside of the wing, not the top! One last thing before I sign off. In Jeff's build log (and repeated in his e-mail to me), he makes a big point of reinforcing the plastic to keep it from flexing. From my experience thus far, this will be vitally important. The kit plastic is very soft (which for plastic surgery is a good thing), and combined with the sheer size of this kit is trouble on the way. Take a look at how much the wing surface behind the wingtip slot flexes with only slight finger pressure: So, next up for me is adding wood and styrene supports to stiffen everything, then I'll see what I can do with the cockpit/interior. There's lots of detail in the latter that will never be seen... I'll try to restrain myself, there's only five weeks (minus one day) before the show!
  9. 6 points
    Hey All, I finished and photographed a couple models this weekend. A JB-2 Loon, R-11 Fuel Truck, and this little guy. Pretty easy kit, tiny parts count and great fit. If you want a quick build to restore some mojo, I highly recommend. Thanks for looking, Mark
  10. 5 points
    Just completed, build thread here; https://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/235053167-la-fauvette-steam-yacht/page/11/&tab=comments#comment-3400560 Martian (Stunning the Galaxy by actually completing a model)
  11. 5 points
    Hello my friends! I want to present another Bugatti 57G Le Mans 1937 that I built 4 years ago, the kit is very good, automotive paint, varnish 2k Mobihel. Photos in nature. Enjoy watching.
  12. 5 points
    Finally, the paint stuck on the energetically scrubbed surface of the resin: The minuscule lettering included in the decal set:
  13. 4 points
    This the old Revell kit, in the "Hunt for Red October" boxing, from 1990. I built it circa 2005-07 I'd guess. I did use an aftermarket decal set, the SuperScaleInternational set 48-346. It’s pretty much built OOB, with just a few added details. The paint was ModelMaster and Humbrol enamels, applied with my Paasche Model H. So, once again, another “four-footer” from Texas. Thank you for your interest, and thanks for looking in. Please leave comments, good or bad!
  14. 4 points
    CF-188 Hornet | 1/72 | Hasegawa Canada Armed Forces | Pilot Capt. W.W. Niemi | 410 Squadron Finished this on July 20th, 2019. WIP is here. I built this concurrently with my F/A-18 Hornet of VFA-25. That Hornet is the same scheme as one I did in High School. The Testors kit I did in High School, had 3 decal options and one was Canadian. That scheme fascinated me because of the slightly different colors they used and the false canopy on the bottom. But in the end the VFA-25 scheme won out because the lightning bolt and fist were just too dramatic to pass up. So, I decided to buy the Hasagawa kit and some aftermarket decals to finally do that CF-188! Unfortunately, the decals I got had incorrect roundels and flags (the old "Silver leaf"), so I had to buy new ones, but they were worth it because they were excellent decals! This particular plane had a sad history, according to http://www.rwrwalker.ca/CF18_detailed_part1.html, it was taken on strength 3 august 1983 and "With 410 Squadron when it crashed at Seibert Lake near CFB Cold Lake, Alberta on 11 January 1989, during an airlift support mission. Pilot Capt. W.W. Niemi killed." I'm not sure why the microscale decal set (with the incorrect maple leaf) chose this one, but I stuck with it when I got the Canuck decals (which allow you to choose any S/N you want). Finishing: Seams filled with CA (superglue) Paints: Mr. Surfacer 1500 black primer > MRP FS35237 (Top) > Mr. Color C308 (bottom) > various shades of Alclad (detailed in my WIP) Decals: Canuck Decals 002-72 Weathering/Wear: Panel lines were pin washed with black tube watercolor and some were drawn on with 0.3 mm pencil > oil staining and dirt streaks with Black and Burnt Umber watercolor Paints > Tamiya weathering pastels (black) And here it is next to it's sister build, the Testors F/A-18 of VFA-25: Build notes: The Canuck decals were supurb! The Hasagawa kit had excellent surface detail, but had a sparse cockpit. The seam between the top and bottom halves of the fuselage is terrible, however, requiring sanding to remove a step between the two, and rescribing the surface detail. Thanks for looking! Comments, questions, and constructive criticism always welcome!
  15. 4 points
    So as you can probably guess from my user name - my usual modelling territory is in the Aircraft section. However, I decided that I wanted to have a go at something a bit different and having been inspired by all the fantastic military vehicle builds on the BM forum I decided to give one a go. So whilst having a nosy around the Monk Bar Model Shop in York on a recent weekend away - I decided to pick up this kit: There's just something about the Kubelwagen that I like - probably it's simplicity and functional aesthetic. As this was a Tamiya kit, I knew I'd be in safe hands building this as my very first military vehicle. As you'd expect the kit went together with hardly any effort whatsoever and was one of the most enjoyable builds I've done for a while - I think sometimes it does you good to get away from your comfort zone. The kit also comes with a figure which you can have perched half in and half out of the drivers door which I decided to use so I could add a bit of interest to the model. I decided to go with the German Grey scheme (24th Panzer Division - Eastern Front 1943-44) rather than the other 2 schemes (both camouflage schemes like the box art). I liked the idea of completing the kit in the German Grey as I think nothing says WW2 German vehicle more than seeing one in this colour. So enough waffling from me - here's some pics of the model. As always please feel free to offer any feedback or comments - especially as this is my first vehicle and all advice is good advice. Thanks Kris
  16. 4 points
    I spent a great day yesterday at RIAT at RAF Fairford, and one of the star exhibits in the static display (at least for me) was this fine specimen of USAF heavy metal: IMG_1319 by Thomas Probert, on Flickr As well as taking lots of reference shots for the current aerial fit and other various lumps and bumps, what really struck me was the state of the thing. I'm used to seeing pictures of the current BUFF fleet in reasonably good condition in terms of paint finish, but this one was really heavily weathered and was showing lots of zinc-chromate primer. It looks like it had flown through a heavy hail storm or the like, as it almost has sand-blasted effect on the leading edges. It was a mess! IMG_1325 by Thomas Probert, on Flickr IMG_1309 by Thomas Probert, on Flickr IMG_1311 by Thomas Probert, on Flickr IMG_1305 by Thomas Probert, on Flickr It looks like I can get creative with my paint job when the time comes, and although heavily-weathered finishes are not my thing, it'd certainly add some interest to an otherwise rather bland all over grey if I go down that route. Now - back to the bench... Tom
  17. 4 points
    Dear modellers, I like to mention an importent day in Dutch aviation history ; today it is 100 years ago Anthony Fokker founded the Fokker Company in Amsterdam. To commemorate this day, I think, it is fitting to show you the first Fokker passager aircraft, which flew to the Dutch Indies on 1 oktober 1924. No mean feat in those years ! I hope you enjoy the pictures. With kind regards, JohnHaa
  18. 4 points
    I did get a bit done on the Spits. Adding small parts. Be careful you don't drop the aerial mount down the hole when you're trying to position it or you'll need to replace it with filler: Then you can get the usual paranoia about getting the cannons in the right locations and wondering why they don't line up with the bumps: Hmmm. Ready for primer later.
  19. 4 points
    Next out of the gate for me is the early '90's boxing of the Hobbycraft F2H Banshee: I've had this kit in my stash since my mid-90's buying spree. I always liked the Banshee and it's older sibling the FH-1 Phantom. When I was in elementary school and my school library was selling "old" books they didn't want anymore, I snapped up 2 books about airplanes: one about transport planes and this one: My dad was a WWII airplane modeler and I had lots of them on my ceiling, so this was my first real taste of the jet-age, so to speak. Truth be told, I liked the FH-1 better than the F2H, but mostly because it's canopy looked more like what I would find on my beloved WWII aircraft. The Banshee's canopy seemed more "jet age". Actually, my favorite plane in that book was the F4D, but that is a model for another day... This kit starts off (like the B-57 I just finished) with decals that are incredibly out of register: The yellow is off by maybe a half inch from the white that is supposed to be underneath it. Since it only affects the yellow, and the scheme I'd chosen has yellow tail stripes, I thought maybe I'd paint the stripes on and use the other decals that didn't have yellow. But then I took a close look at the decals and they just seem... off. They have kind of rough edges and are very matte -- makes me wonder if they'd just break apart in water. Besides, the matte won't work real well with a gloss aircraft. I really wanted to do a dark blue Banshee, but all the after market decals I could find were for gull gray banshees. Lucky for me I was able to find a sheet from a later boxing of the same kit: As an added bonus, the instructions have no painting instructions. None. So I've had to rely on research for the cockpit colors and that has been a little bit of a puzzle. Some cockpit photos show the interior as black, some as gray and some modelers (and some model instructions I found at scalemates) show the cockpit as Zinc Chromate. It could be that all are true of different periods of time. In the end I went with gray, because that's what the Banshee at the Naval Aviation museum is. I started off by spraying the interior pieces with MRP FS35237: The instrument panels were painted black, with dry brushing of gunship gray, then dark ghost gray and finally steel. The instrument panels are not accurate, but I painted red switches about where they would be in the real thing: The seat has been a bit of a challenge as well because it is not molded accurately. It has the head rest of a Martin-Baker ejection seat from the Banshee, but the rest of it doesn't look like any Banshee seat I could find. In the end I painted it gray with a black head rest and painted the seat cushions Olive, which kind of matched a couple of the instructions I found. I'm not going to sweat it too much. I'm still working on it, so no pictures yet. The few pictures of the intakes I found seemed to be the same color as the body, so I painted these parts in preparation of putting the wings together: I used Testors rattle-can enamel Dark Sea Blue thinned with just a couple drops of Mr. Leveling thinner. Turned out quite glossy. That's all for now!
  20. 4 points
    Beautiful job Paul, she turned out fantastically! I really need to get one of these kits. It's nice to see builds coming out especially when they look this good. ADI is a very special aircraft, not just because she is our first airliner, but ten years ago I got to experience a little of what 1934 air travel was like: DSC_0621 by Zac Yates, on Flickr DSC_0548-1 by Zac Yates, on Flickr DSC_0566 by Zac Yates, on Flickr
  21. 4 points
    Talking of walls and Shackleton MR3s, here's how they deal with walls!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  22. 4 points
    On July 1st 2019 No 207 Sqn RAF reformed as the joint RN/RAF Lightning II Operational Conversion Unit. It's new home will at RAF Marham based alongside the first F-35 squadron - no 617 - which reformed last year. The rebirth of 207 Sqn as a squadron with RN ancestry and RAF Marham operational history is a good one. The squadron was formed on 1 April 1918 from the former 7 Sqn RNAS to become 201 Sqn RAF, and throughout the 1950s was based at RAF Marham where it operated the Lincoln, Canberra and Valiant bombers. It's most recent incarnation was as 207(R) Sqn at RAF Linton on Ouse - where alongside 72(R) Sqn it was tasked with training all future RN and RAF fast jet pilots. The nucleus of the new 207 Sqn has been based at Beaufort MCAS in South Carolina for the last couple of years where it has operated alongside VMFAT-501 training up UK and USMC F-35 pilots and engineers. However on 16 July, the first 6 jets for the new squadron were flown direct from Beaufort to their new home at RAF Marham after a 10 hour Atlantic crossing. Led by the Sqn OC- Wg Cdr Williams, the aircraft arrived in the early evening to be met by the crews wives and families and RAF and RN senior officers. It is good to see that most of the aircraft that arrived are now sporting a lightning bolt on the fin and the last 3 of the serials on their noses. It is understood that the lightning bolt will be rolled out to all UK F-35 aircraft in recognition of the Lightning Force. Although the markings lack colour at least it is better than nothing. Here's some shots I gathered during the arrival of these machines at Marham. My thanks are extended to the MCO Alison Childerhouse, Wg Cdr Eklund at Air Cmd, and the RAF Marham Station Commander - Gp Capt Townsend for making the visit possible. Thanks for looking, c&c always appreciated. Mark
  23. 4 points
    Masks off, still some touch-ups needed (there was some bleeding in certain spots) but on its way to completion: Still to do: tail rigging, undercarriage detail painting, antennas, gluing the cowls on, props, decals, nose light,
  24. 4 points
    Hi I spent a very enjoyable day at Fairford today. The weather wasn't good for photography, but at least it didn't rain. The USAF Viper Demo terminated early due to a reported control malfunction. You can see the reason for the malfunction in the third image below. Fortunately, the pilot landed safely. The damage to the right hand stabilator is clear. It is hard to believe that the Tucano retires from RAF service this year. Not quite the "BOAC" 747 and the Reds; or the Reds and the Patrouille de France! Harrier 01-914 Harrier 01-925 Thanks for looking. I'm back tomorrow for departures!
  25. 4 points
    Next up was to lay the fore deck waterway planks this consist of three planks the innermost one had to have a bevel on its inboard edge to meet deck planks, to represent sealant I used a 2B pencil on edges also at this stage I added the Great Beam and Deck beam Then added the waterway planks on aft deck, there was only one and the next one innermost is the nibbing strakes Once this was completed I added the knighthead & hawse timbers Next part was to add all the fake bulwark stanchions this was very time consuming because each stanchion had different angles Until next time Regards Richard
  26. 3 points
    Having just finished a long, not always pleasant build of a large, NMF bomber (B-58 Hustler), one might think I'd be looking for something completely different for my next project. Well, call me crazy but I just can't resist this: To be honest, I did manage to get in a couple of simple "relief valve" jobs as I was finishing up the Hustler project: This one is for a group build project my local IPMS chapter is doing for the Nats next month (more pics in the Diorama RFI forum): and this kit-bash (almost done) is in memory of one of our club members who recently passed away: Anyway, back to the Northrop flying wing. First thing to say is, this is a really, really big airplane! In 1/72 scale, it takes up almost all of my work area: My goal is to finish in time for our local club's annual show & contest, just five weeks from now. Did I say, "call me crazy?" BTW, I have to give a nod to Jeff "Inch High Guy" Groves, who has built what must be the best model of the YB-35 I've ever seen. Here it is completed: He has a three-part build log on his website, you can view it here: https://inchhighguy.wordpress.com/2019/05/24/1-72-scale-amt-ertl-x-yb-35-build-part-i/ I'll be unashamedly copying from Jeff as I do my build. I don't plan to do everything he did. Instead, I'll be focusing on the following: - Opening up and deepening the engine cooling inlets on the wing leading edge - Adding the warm air exhaust flaps between the engines at the rear of the wing - Opening up the wingtip leading edge slots - Adding guns to the YB-35's six turrets For markings, I'll do a hypothetical 1950's "in service" NMF scheme, probably with red Arctic markings to add some color (I'm sure Ridge Runner will approve) Enough talkie talk. Here's what I've done so far. Totally ignoring the instruction sheet (which starts off with the cockpit), I tackled the job of opening up the big leading edge cooling inlets. Before: After: I then deepened the inlets with styrene strip: The deeper inlets meant that I had to hack away at the kit's wing pieces to make room: Here's the wing and leading edge inlets, taped together for a fit check: Speaking of fit, this kit is notorious for the lack thereof. Here's an example: So, I'm collecting sprue for my new favorite gap-filling technique (stretched sprue plus sprue-gloop) Once I'm happy with the cooling inlets, I'll open up the wingtip leading edge slots. One thing I love about this hobby is how much I learn about the aircraft I'm modeling. The YB-35 wingtip slots are a good example. I was puzzled when looking at period photos that sometimes the slots were there, other times they were not. See for yourself: Slots present: Slots not present: What's going on here??? I was able to track down a YB-35 flight manual online, and learned that the slots had doors top and bottom. In normal flight, the doors were closed. At high lift coefficients the doors opened hydraulically to prevent wingtip stall. The doors were spring loaded to the open position, so the slots were open when cold & dark on the ground (as in the first picture above). First thing I'll need to do is cut away the closed door panel just behind the leading edge section outlined in pencil here: But, I'm getting ahead of myself.... Stay tuned for more.
  27. 3 points
    Now that the ‘base colour’ has been put down it’s time for some detail paint. Various panels were picked out with Alkan New Rubber Black-Grey or vallejo 71.065 steel and then dry-brushed. Lever handles and switches were picked out with red One of the pipes on the floor was painted Mr Metal Colour 215 copper, the other with 71.065 steel. Rear bulkhead, seat and support were highlighted/dry-brushed with 71.065 steel Next I’ll be weathering and assembling the cockpit. until next time as always, any suggestions, criticisms or comments will be gratefully received. rgds John(shortCummins)
  28. 3 points
    and here it is finished, in the end good good model very nice and relaxing to climb ... gunze paint and company, aging oil, pigments and daubs! Plane found near Kaufbergen (bavaria) April 1945, III./JG53 More photos on my facebook page French Frog Models (it works also for those who do not have an account ...)
  29. 3 points
    So here's my latest but probably one of my most memorable - my first build painted with an Airbrush. I've had an airbrush for a couple of years but never been brave enough to try it. So a couple of weekends ago, I decided to give it a lash. Practiced a few times on some old junk kits and took the plunge with this one. The build was for an RAF 100 GB over on the IPMS Ireland forum and the build thread is here but to recap: Kit: Airfix 1/72 Harrier GR3 kit A04055 Build: Out of box with tape for seatbelts Paints: Halfords primer, Revell Acrylics with an airbrush thinned with Tamiya X-20A; Klear, Flory Models Wash. Decals: From kit. For it's size, this is a super kit - lots of optional parts, lovely details, 2 decal schemes and a great fit overall. Airfix Harrier 1_72 GR3_Done (3) rs by Dermot Moriarty, on Flickr Airfix Harrier 1_72 GR3_Done (6) rs by Dermot Moriarty, on Flickr Airfix Harrier 1_72 GR3_Done (7) rs by Dermot Moriarty, on Flickr Airfix Harrier 1_72 GR3_Done (1) rs by Dermot Moriarty, on Flickr Airfix Harrier 1_72 GR3_Done (8) rs by Dermot Moriarty, on Flickr Paints used.. Airfix Harrier 1_72 GR3_Done (19) rs by Dermot Moriarty, on Flickr With the other Harriers I've done - Spanish AV-8A (Esci) and Royal Navy Sea Harrier (Italeri) Airfix Harrier 1_72 GR3_Done (15) rs by Dermot Moriarty, on Flickr Airfix Harrier 1_72 GR3_Done (10) rs by Dermot Moriarty, on Flickr Thanks for looking and can't wait to use the airbrush again! Any questions, happy to help if I can. Happy Modelling. Dermot
  30. 3 points
    Thanks John - pleased to hear I'm not the only one with lots of spare parts (fnaar!) I'm going to have to start using the box from this combo just for my Eduard Spitfire spares now. Thanks Simon Well, that explains it - the recreational use of fillers hadn't occurred to me before… Thanks Keith Some bits done over the weekend but restricted by taking les Filles (that's French Girls that is) for their Sunday trip. This week was Avebury and Stonehenge. Rockin' I haven't visited Stonehenge since they put the fence up. No, not the new one, I mean the original! After a memorable evening that extended into early morning a mate and I drove down there to watch the sunrise. Instead of being able to lie on the altar stone as the Sun came up we got shouted at by a security guard and told 'it's closed'. That was nearly fifty years ago. Nearly. Of course I've driven past a number of times but this was the first time I've seen the now closed off road (that I used to use as a short cut across the Plain) being used to bus people from the 'visitor centre': The English Heritage website suggests that a normal tour takes about 2 hours. It also says that if you want to extend your stay to a half-day you can walk to the henge by asking the bus driver to stop halfway. Hah! Presumably if you wanted to stay for longer you could just walk around the car park a few times… Still impressive though. Here's the sunrise line: Be nice when it's finished. The trip did raise a new challenge for me though - running the Photographers Gauntlet: You can see Mrs B and the girls on the left waiting for that guy in white to take his eighty-fifth photo… Not my favourite experience it has to be said. I'm not a fan of being herded (especially when there are real sheep about, bleating at each other) and they've got this down to an art. Including the usual 'Must Exit through the Gift Shop'. I'm surprised some revolutionary hasn't made a film about this sort of thing…
  31. 3 points
    I was going to strip this RCAF Sabre 5 and redo it as a Sabre 5 Golden Hawks. I just finished a Golden Hawks so I am going to use this as an F-86F during the Korean War. The kit came with decals for Major James Jabara's plane 52-4513 so that's what it will be. I have it stripped to the basic fuselage, wings, stabilizers and drop tanks. All the small bits and clear parts are off and saved. I removed and repainted the seat black and the gear on the rear deck was also repainted black. I removed the sugar scoops and started sanding some of the offending glue spots from removing said parts.---John
  32. 3 points
    Well they're finally ready to mount all i need to do is give them a few stripes each. Then i can wrap this build up. Questions or comments ? Dennis
  33. 3 points
    Latest off the bench is the Valom kit of the Islander, in the markings of HM Coastguard. The kit is along the lines of a Special Hobby offering. Needs a lot of work and the basic colour of the plastic (beige) does not help. The decals are from the kit and are "thin" to say the least. I did fill the nose with lead believe it or not but it seems happier dragging it's bum. please feel free to comment etc. Thanks for looking Dick
  34. 3 points
    I only met you in person last year yet you know me so well ! (Just for that I should start the BAC 3.11 Build Thread and torment you with yet another one to be added to the list never to be finished!) Well I handed over the A300B1 and 737 builds over to Greg and he promised me he'd have them finished by now so it's obvious he can't be relied upon to have the Lincoln done for Frog Squad V (sounds much catchier than III or IV and in flavour with the current waxing lyrical about the Saturn V) so maybe I'll have to convince Ray into taking the Lincoln on probably in KUTA XXX? P.S. I knew you would remember Greg. Sadly I just couldn't find on the other Forum where it occurred. P.P.S. If you are Ray, and then there is TOR on ACAM, and I see there is a Ray S on here then this Ray would either have to be TIR - The Imaginary Ray or TAR - The Accidental Ray?
  35. 3 points
    Hey All, Thought this was the best place to post this. It's a pretty straight forward conversion. Added few outer spars, reshaped the nose and the "pedestal" for the rocket. A few other small bits, and Voila! a Loon. I was after this; Zero weathering, as I don't think these things survived multiple launches. One and done. Critiques are always welcome. Mark
  36. 3 points
    From Spitfire I manual, june 1940 Generally, the formation lights had blue lenses to obtain a "lunar white" lighting.
  37. 3 points
    Almost certainly Novo plastic, the prop molded as one piece is a give away there as I understand it, I've a couple of Frogspawn kits & they both have one piece props. I made my last one of these 40+ years ago now, the multi piece prop went together well, to my mind a good way to do these as long as the wedgy bits that fit into the spinner are free of flash & burrs. Steve.
  38. 3 points
    Just a quick update... The interior is done (I think, I'm bound to have forgotten something! The "turret" is fitted, that wasn't an easy job at all! I had to end up using clamps and CA glue to get it to fit correctly, so it an't coming off again that's for sure! Then a couple of coats of Micro Filler/Primer. WOW, suddenly it all just seems to come together. The battered guards, which I though may have been a wee bit over done, look great and the Zimmerit....well looks like it been done by someone who knows what's they're doing....rather than me! The racks, well I ended up having to super glue them in place, fit as very ordinary! I have a rocket/shell already to stuff down the barrel once it's all been painted. I'll start painting her today, still 50/50 on whether to use the masks, will leave that to the last moment.
  39. 3 points
    Since I finally chose VH-AZU for this first model, the cowls I vacuformed and the engines I purchased will go to the second Anson, that will also benefit from some aftermarket perks. And yes, the whole remediation process will have to start again, commencing with sanding the ribs on the wings. Rolling up the sleeves, once more!, but at least this kit is not "pre-loved" by other modeler, like the previous one!:
  40. 3 points
    Sticking with supplied transfers for the moment but I might switch to earlier roundels down the line. Anyway the canopies are masked, took a bit of time with little strips and squares of Tamiya tape. It's time consuming but effective, especially for canopies with multiple small panes. Added to the aircraft and I'll paint the interior colour first then check for gaps. I usually use a PVA glue as filler as it can be painted in the interior colour so no lines of filler can be seen through the canopy once unmasked.
  41. 3 points
    And to think those chairs were new when you started......................
  42. 3 points
    With some nice weather - and a little spare time: Fill - sand - fill some more - sand - fill again - sand... Followed by another rinse cycle... You get the picture... Iain
  43. 3 points
    Sorry, not posted for a while, just been adding little finishing touches and it didn't seem to change much so little point. This weekend however, I cracked making Brodie helmets in 1:48th scale out of 5 thou copper sheet, after about 5 failed attempts that is. Heated to red heat to soften and beaten in a doming block, I made 5 in the end before I got bored, trimming the edge is a nightmare. 4 are now mounted on the bridge next to the vickers guns and 1 has been left on the ready use locker for the RR gun. I took this picture but it seems the rigging is in the way of the bridge, however, you can see the one on the locker .. I've also spent ages turning the base columns, bit large for my Unimat lathe, very slow job and cutting the stop chamfers on the oak board, to match the sister model. I was about to start french polishing when I watched a Youtube video that recommended dusting with 4F pumice as a grain filler. I've not had great success with french polishing before so I've ordered the pumice, maybe this is the magic ingredient, time will tell... The columns grip the keel sides and also slot a rod into a hole in the keel for stability so it appears to almost hover in space
  44. 3 points
    Hi all Managed to get a bit more done on the Shark All paints are Humbrol enamels and are brush painted. Thanks for looking All the best Chris
  45. 3 points
    Time for an update Wing assembly done, engines and undercarriage fitted, but filling required wing attached to fuselage, more filling required however Getting there cheers Pat
  46. 3 points
    Time to wrap this one up. The decals went down nicely, a mix of Xtradecal for the markings and Airfix for the stencils. These were followed by exhaust staining and a light flory wash. The masks were then removed and finals bits added. The D/F loop was sctarch built with a bit of wire as the P-2 was not fitted with this and so the kit didn't have one. The markings are a little confuseing. The unit badge and tail code 25 indicate KG 152, the E33 assigning it to the 3 Staffel, 3 Gruppe. But this Gruppe didn't operate the He 111. From what i can find, and according to the decal instructions, it belong to KG 255 and one source says it was one of a number loaned to 152 to make a properganda movie. Apparently this was called KG Lutzow, but from what i can find this was made in 1940. So maybe it was started in 38 and then finished off in 40 after the invasion of Poland, which is part of the movie. And of course, a properganda movie would not be complete without a camerman there to capture the brave crew about to head out, maybe discussing who's going to be the star of the show. Really pleased with how its turned out. A few fit issues, the canopy isn't perfect. But overall, a nice kit. And deffinetly a match for the more pricey Hase kits. Thanks for looking.
  47. 2 points
    Last of five Emils done. Eduard kit with Hasegawa decals, RLM71 from Gunze, RLM65 from AK Real Color, legs shortened about 2-3mm to make it look better and more realistic, plastic rods and lead wire for the brake lines, EZ Line and fishing line for the antenna. Build thread here https://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/235055626-carpathian-eagle148-messerschmitt-bf109e-3-romanian-airforce/ Adjutant Tiberiu Vinca, Grupul 7 Vanatoare, Stalingrad in the end of ´42 DSC_0001 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0001 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0002 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0003 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0004 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0005 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0006 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0007 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0008 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0009 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0010 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0011 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0012 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0013 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0014 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0015 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0016 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0017 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0004 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr
  48. 2 points
    The internal weapons bay was not used much since later in life the Pave Tack pod was installed and covered one of the doors. The weapons were always carried on the external pylons. The tanks were only carried on ferry flights and were not used when weapons were loaded. RAAF F-111Cs never saw any action as bombers, when Gulf War 1 came around the powers that be were worried about the limited self protection systems installed at the time and did not want to risk it. RAAF Hornets were used instead out of Diego Garcia as CAP aircraft. At least one RF-111C did see action over East Timor (in a recce role) during the unrest when it was breaking away from Indonesia to gain independence, A8-142 is now in the hands of the Australian War Memorial here in Canberra as it only collects equipment that has seen some sort of military 'action'.
  49. 2 points
    Thanks for all the comments and "likes". Today was a much better day, weather-wise. The Chinook went "tech"; the NATO E-3A didn't participate in the NATO flypast and PdF #8 developed a problem in flight, which meant the display was curtailed. I really enjoyed the special fly pasts, the Finnish Hornet, the MiG-21, the Su-27 and the Harrier pair. Thanks for looking. More to come from Sunday and Monday!
  50. 2 points
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