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  1. 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.
    9 points
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  3. Hi folk's a very brutal weekend was spent culling most of my old 1/72 build's sad to see so many binned but they really are just collecting dust now,One I really couldn't part with was a build from about five years ago of Airfix's little Tomahawk might have overdone the weathering a bit
    8 points
  4. 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
    7 points
  5. Hi all, here is my Spitfire TR9 G-CTIX (PT462) which I converted from the 1:48 ICM Mark IX kit. Critiques are obviously welcome, but don't be too harsh . This kit was just a distraction from all my school work the past few weeks so it's not perfect! Overall the kit went together well, brilliant abundance of parts from ICM. For £13 you get not only a full 1:48 Spitfire (that you can make several versions of!) with an engine, but also the ground crew with benches, ladders etc. A brilliant base kit for conversions. Here is a link to the build progress post
    6 points
  6. 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
    6 points
  7. Another daily boring update. The prop decals and underwing stencils yet unapplied - nacelle stencils applied, though - and detail painting done except the de-icer boots. Nacelles and fins still just pushed in place, like upper turret too. Some landing gear parts must be attached only after the nacelles are on. Propeller warning stripe was painted, not a decal. I just had to strip her of paint masks this early! Painted the nav and formation lights too. Oops - Bomb bay doors still need a wash! V-P
    5 points
  8. 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
    4 points
  9. Revell's old kit from the early 80s, rehabilitated with a modified Trumpeter cockpit and Wolfpack ejector seat, Reskit wheels and lots of scratchbuilt details. Painted with MRP lacquer paints (wasn't sure about the shades, but it looks better after the decals and gloss coat). The decals are all from the kit, Revell's recent releases have brilliant decals and take a lot of the fear factor out of that part of the build! The subject aircraft was a 20 Sqn wing commander's aircraft based at RAF Wildenrath in 1971. It was lost in an accident the same year. There's
    4 points
  10. good chap for Aussie Spitfire details are @Peter Roberts and @Magpie22, @gingerbob maybe able to add more. That should get the ball rolling. please see my Hurricane postings for the last few years. I'm still a bit upset about what I now know about the 1/24th Airfix kit, when I was 10 it was the most amazing kit ever. But maybe the reason even an old Beano or something else that was great as a child no longer does it, plenty of folks do enjoy the nostalgia fest though. I'm still wondering how I built over 100 kits in 1975 and 76 without any tools that I can recal
    4 points
  11. You just had to ask, didn't you? Sorry Kev, we can't take him anywhere: not even to apologise. Remooseful of Mars
    4 points
  12. The last of my five-strong Wehrmacht AFV collection is a tank, conceived as a medium-weight fast (30 mph) cruiser. However, the 37mm AT gun of the early variants (less than 700 built of Ausf. A, B, C, D, E and F) proved to be helpless against the armour of the British Matilda and the Soviet KV. So almost 2,000 next generation Pz.Kpfw. IIIs (Ausf.G, H, and early J) were fitted with a 50mm AT gun. However, it was not until the beginning of 1941 that the Ausf.J was upgunned with a long-barrel 50mm cannon, making it a dangerous enemy for most Allied tanks in North Africa.
    4 points
  13. 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
    4 points
  14. MikroMir is to release 1/48th de Havilland DH.112 Venom kits. Source: https://www.facebook.com/mikro.mir.dnepr/posts/3970369419707431 First 3D renders V.P.
    3 points
  15. 15-02-2021, 08:57 pm The topic title is my own dreamed-up mix of Icelandic and Norwegian, and approximately translates to "The Wolves of Odin"...I think... Cheers the Noo H
    3 points
  16. Being ever the optimist, and knowing that it had a reputation for snapping into myriad pieces just by being looked at, I resolved that I would be the first person ever to detach the control column from its sprue IN ONE PIECE. Oh, the arrogance! Oh, the pride! Oh, the folly! It started well enough: http:// Suitably emboldened and wondering what all the fuss was about, I proceeded to detach the column from its two gates. Et voila! http:// Serves. Me. Right. But I ought to earn a couple of brownie points for admitting to my folly, surely?
    3 points
  17. So you prepare for a GB. You identify the kit in your stash which fits the topic and start a thread on BM, just as I did with my Gripen, Maybe you even post some pictures of the sprues. And then a kit is release which tells such a compelling story that fits a GB topic so exceptionally well, that you just cannot help it, but have to slot it in. This is the case here: The kit itself is a repack of the well known Zvezda mould by a fairly unknown polish company called Akkura (at least I haven't heard abou them unitil a week ago or so).
    3 points
  18. Aidrian, I believe that you are correct re Spitfire MK.VIII. I have been unable to see that panel line on any of my photos. Either its not there or, as suggested by Ray, it is well and truly covered by filler. These photos cover the A/C used by the RAAF, so it may be possible that some of the very early JF series did have the panel line. The shot below shows Spits at the knacker's yard post war. They have been sitting there some time so paint is wearing off and panel lines can be seen. No visible panel line on the top cowling of A58-427,(LV652), in the foreground.
    3 points
  19. 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
    3 points
  20. 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!
    3 points
  21. "Bright blue his jacket is and his boots are yellow" Here's a 54 mm metal figure of Tom Bombadil from Lord of the Rings, made by Mithril Miniatures in Ireland in the 90s. Most of their range are 32 mm figures but they did a few 54 mm too. I primed him up and base coated. He will eventually be in a vignette with Goldberry and maybe a willow tree.
    3 points
  22. Airfix 1/72 Supermarine Swift FR.5 Yes, another Swift. Now that CedB has finished his marvellous build I can reveal my, very inferior, attempt at this kit. This is the 2015 moulding with soft plastic and good engraved detail. It was built OOB adding a Tamiya tape harness. 2 options, 79 Sqn or 2(AC) Sqn. I chose the former, box top, version, without the ventral tank as I like the clean lines that that omission gives, and also because in the 50 years I've been doing this I've never had a PRU Blue finish before. Paints were Xtracrylix for the Dark
    3 points
  23. I masked the Pavla windscreen and attached it to the Hobbycraft Sabre with canopy glue. I also applied a generous layer of watch cement (G-S Hypo Cement) along the front edge of the windscreen, thinking it would help fill in the gap where I had carved the fuselage. On the Matchbox build, I decided to try using Mr Surfacer 1000 along the edge of the windscreen to help fair it in with the fuselage. More than one application will probably be needed . . . I finally glued the wings on to the Matchbox fuselage. I taped 1-mm plastic r
    3 points
  24. Another Spitfire Mk lX in Desert Colours 145 Sqdn North Africa 1943. Had quite a few problems with this one, mainly trying to adapt the undercarriage to flight mode, the canopy not fitting well (big gap between the fuselage) and the decals breaking I think I should have taken a bit more time and care with it. I made my own stand from 3mm brass rod and a wooden plinth.
    3 points
  25. Hello all, Attached are some pics I took of the 1/72 Airfix Skyraider in a "what if" garb. Story goes that as war progressed past 1945, the FAA took in some lend lease Skyraiders to replace their Beaufighters on trial basis. Rugged, could take punishment, deliver ordinance, and could act as a fighter if needed. However pilots still preferred two engines than one for the long flights back home. The duck decal came from my Mustang spare decals. Markings from Matchbox Beaufighter. The kit was a mess. Outline and detail was way off. More suitable as a toy than a kit. The idea of a wh
    3 points
  26. Well that was a job... the kit has there little recesses each side of the fuselage, which the instructions says to just paint black. On your actual Alouette these are deep step holes cut into the fuselage, used to access the engine. The grab rails are hinted at in the moulding. I thought it would be more representative of the real thing to cut them out (or rather drill, dremel, cut and needle file them out - a quick whip round with Tamiya green top smoothed out the edges a bit but maybe a bit more tidying up tomorrow night), however the scale t
    3 points
  27. I don’t get it, all I can see is a small bag of metal... which to be fair is a marked improvement on what you started your current build with! oooohh is see, it’s clear plastic, all looks a bit to simple for you. @CedB nice work so far, and the kit looks pretty good! Shame the air screw is in the wrong place . Rob
    3 points
  28. Natural slate perhaps Or wriggly tin Free estimates Kev
    3 points
  29. more progress... no evidence that the floor was like that but decided they would have it raised to allow control cables/rods to run without interfering with the crew... Also started on the front- assume they are some sort of fire extinguisher. Next up, seats and VERY rough control levers....
    3 points
  30. Well thank you kindly Gent's First Aid Refresher course today so managed to skive off finish work early. So got some more of the base done and hope to get the bow wave done tomorrow after another early finish. Stay Safe beefy
    3 points
  31. Hello modellers. Here are some of the dioramas in 1:48 I have completed or modified during this year (lets face it, had nothing else to do). Decided to take some fresh photos showing them all as I had completed a P51 scene and got carried away with the camera. Apologies if you have seen some before. Thanks for looking. - - - - - - - - - - Close ups - - - - - - - - - -
    2 points
  32. It’s a nice little kit. I too balked at NMF
    2 points
  33. Hi Charlie, yes, its 1/72, and I think its supposed to be due later this year Their website shows the CAD renderings here, but it's not much more than a teaser, to be honest. There was an announcement on their faceache page a while ago, and there's a thread in the Rumourmonger as well. It looks really good, and if it's anything like their Hurricanes, it'll be a winner. Cheers, Mark
    2 points
  34. Here's my Iraqi Fitter. The WiP is here... --John
    2 points
  35. That's worthwhile work to upgrade the kit representation of the area Tony. You should become a GB moderator Mike
    2 points
  36. Oh Dear....Why am I enjoying this more than my own builds ? mike
    2 points
  37. Hey thanks for the comments fellas! Whilst looking for paint, I was interested in this racing white that tamiya do TS-7 I bought a can of it. Sort of bone white, not normally a color I'd consider, but I think if I get a god color to contrast it, it should work out. I am sort of wishing I hadn't assembled the whole thing, I could have left the engine off for example. I don't like adding layers of paint if I don't have to. Trying out some colors here, I thought I'd go for a pale blue, I do like Royal Blue X-3, so I tried mixing it with white,
    2 points
  38. Let's build some wheels tonight, I thought. It won't take too long, I thought. So here is the one wheel I finished...mmmkay? I'm not entirely sure what Minicraft's designer had in mind with the wheels. If you look at the inner faces, you can see a "male" and "female" half that go together. There's even a neat little tab to line them up. Cool! Nice super tight fit. But wait! We need an axle. When you insert said axle into the female half, it takes up the ent
    2 points
  39. 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
    2 points
  40. I have to admit I'd rather defer to Magpie22 on this one. I know he has studied Aussie Spitfires (ref the Eduard Mk VIII and accompanying masterpiece book) and the quirks of each place of manufacture. You certainly triggered some memories Troy and Aidrian. When I had enough pocket money, racing home with my latest Airfix kit, slamming it together (I think I took off the sprue nubs, but maybe not always!), slapping gloss enamel paint on while the glue dried, followed by decals on semi-dry paint!
    2 points
  41. Good news! My 6th grade math teacher was wrong and I am capable of learning things. Today I learned how to take detail picture of models that actually show detail. Gloss tint coat on whole sub. Makes the limber holes in the side black but not a huge contrast like paint would. Gives the rest a nice blotchy look. Next is a flat coat to subdue it all.
    2 points
  42. Just a bit more info: https://airandspace.si.edu/collection-objects/mercury-capsule-15b-freedom-7-ii/nasm_A19680241000 This links to the Smithsonian's data on its exhibit: as they say, it's the only complete, unflown Mercury, so it shows some of the bits which were jettisoned on the flown vehicles, and unscorched paint. The spacecraft wasn't flown because it was realised that there was something of a diminishing return in flying another Mercury when it would take effort away from the fast-developing Gemini program. Undoubtedly the right decision.
    2 points
  43. So here is Roger doing his stuff. Sorry should be Rodger. https://www.channel103.com/news/jersey-news/watch-rodger-the-shoplifting-seagull-is-on-the-loose/ Disregard the pictures scan down to the video. Laurie
    2 points
  44. One that I've sold that I wanted to post here before sending to its new home
    2 points
  45. We enjoy feeding the Red Kites in our back garden. Wonderful, majestic birds. And the slightly smaller ones, of course...
    2 points
  46. Hi guys, a new update on my T-34, have now managed to finish assembling the right hand side of the main body..... Photo showing the base and the two sides prior to assembly... The two sides added to the base plate, a really nice fit, the sides just clipped into position... Some general views around the interior, hopefully I will be able to show this off on the finished build, but will see later on as I assemble the outside...
    2 points
  47. Engines and glazing fitted.
    2 points
  48. Another daily build pic. All the former US presidential face mask colour is now brushed on twice and it's time to let everything dry and set before moving forward. While I had time I did some exhaust staining on the nacelles too. Couldn't resist adding the top turret for the pic! The rest of the remaining details can also be seen around the airframe. Ok, I couldn't resist dryfitting some components: Over and out, V-P
    2 points
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