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  1. 55 points
    Here is my first posting of one of my models. It took about 4 months to completion,, most of that was spent on the spots. The viewing cupola in place of the dorsal turret was cut of from the top of a spare Hasegawa B-24 turret. Enjoy the pictures. Regards Toby
  2. 54 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
  3. 54 points
    This is my 1/48 Hasegawa F/A-18 depicting one of VFC-12's well known splinter jets. My first and probably only build for the year.. I used Furball decals, an AIM-9 from a Kinetic kit, the seeker head cover was made with a cotton bud and some plasticard and the AN/ALQ-167 is from Wolfpack, generously donated by @Stephen - once again, thank you! The seat is from the kit, made a bit busier by adding belts made from foil off a wine bottle. Paints used were Tamiya and Mr.Hobby Aqueous for the main scheme and Mr.Hobby buffables for the metalwork. Weathering is a mix of oils and make up (matt eye shadow from the high street). Overall an enjoyable build, though I had to rescribe the kit due to shallow panel lines. A product of the kits age perhaps. It didn't give me much hassle beyond that so I'll forgive it.. I hope you enjoy the pics - comments and constructive crits welcome as always. Thanks for stopping by!
  4. 49 points
    Howdy everyone, Managed to finish this one before I start back work in a day or so, so I thought I`d show some pic`s Hasegawa`s 1/48 Warhawk kit finished to represent `Cleopatra`, an aircraft flown by Flg Off Geoff Atherton, 75 Sqn, Mine Bay, New Guinea, 1942 Copied from Osprey`s `Tomahawk and Kittyhawk Aces of the RAF and Commonwealth` book Got `some` of the decals from Italeri`s latest reissue of AMT`s P-40E kit....... ......which I bought to make a `K` version from. Unfortunately the more pictures I found of the aircraft the more differences I found with the kits instructions and decals. So I had to raid the stash for quite a few to get as near to photo`s as I could. The red dots on the underside roundels are as the photo`s Hope you enjoy the pic`s, thanks for looking Cheers Russ
  5. 44 points
    Hi everyone, This is John-the-lazy-modeler, a frequent travelling financial consultant from Chicago and who from time to time remembers he has a forgotten hobby of building aircraft kits. Below for your all-welcome comments is my latest work after a long time, an F-4J Phantom of my favorite squadron, the Jolly Rogers, in 1:32nd scale. Hope you enjoy how it all looks. John
  6. 39 points
    Hello, I just finished my latest build, XH558 in her MRR role days. Its a kit with a few issues, but you can get a nice model out of it. Hope you like it.
  7. 38 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
  8. 35 points
    A smashing little quick build, the hobbyboss mi-17 kit in 1/72 built in the 80s front line asia gb, It represents an afghan mi-17 from the soviet conflict, built oob exept for some old pe seatbelts from the spares box, btw, windscreen wipers to be painted when i get my new spectacles Cheers
  9. 33 points
    I found this particular kit on a Swiss auction platform for a very cheap price. The plane is actually quite ugly,but I very much liked the old boxart of this Airfix kit and just had to have it. I wanted to recreate the image from the box and planned it as a diorama build with the original British United markings. But,not surprisingly though,the decals were totally worn out and beyond use. The only decals I found after a long search on the internet was the MAC version,so I got this set and started the build. As I wanted to keep the character of the kit,I sticked stricktly to the parts provided in the box and no changes were made to the kit. The only thing I added was a cabinfloor because I wanted to place some cars inside and I wanted to prevent them for just "falling" into the fuselage. The build was ,as expected with such an ancient kit,not without some issues and some amount of filler and sandpaper was needed to get the parts together. Nonetheless,it was a fun build and the finished model is surprisingly big,bigger as I expected. Paints are my usual Revell enamels,the decals come from S&M decals. The cars and figures come from the train market.Just need to find some groundworkers now to add to the scene. Enjoy Here's the boxart that inspired me to do this project The result
  10. 31 points
    Hi all, Just finished this for the Lockheed GB, have been working on it for the last 3 months or so. Wanted to do something different with the F-117a, so not only did I do the two-tone Grey Dragon (trust me, there are two shades of grey on the model!) but I also found this pic: so I decided to try to recreate the black lines/panels as well. Of course, I shouldn't be showing you this pic, as you can then just compare it to the model and see everything I did wrong! Anyhow, it's a Tamiya kit, so an enjoyable build! Used some Eduard PE for the cockpit/canopy and TwoBob decals for the Grey Dragon scheme. Also made a little 'Ladder Guard' that I saw in a couple of pics. Hope you like it, but please do send any constructive criticism my way, it's the best way to learn. And sorry for posting so many pics. Thanks! Kit: Tamiya F-117a Nighthawk Scale: 1:48 Paint & Weathering: Airbrushed with Mr. Paint, Weathered with Pastels. Extras: Eduard PE, TwoBobs Decals, little bits of scratch building Build Log: Here
  11. 31 points
    Hi, Here are the shots of the finished model. Build log can be found here: https://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/235048283-lvt-4-water-buffalo/ And some closeups: Thanks for watching, Kristjan
  12. 30 points
    Hello everyone Here is my Matchbox 1:72 Junkers Ju 87D-3 Stuka "T6+BH", of 1/SG2 "Immelmann", Luftwaffe, in the eastern front, in winter 1943-44, which I built back in 2006. The Matchbox Stuka came with options to make a G or a D variant. My very first kit was one of these and, of course I built a hybrid putting both anti-tank guns and bombs! For my 200th kit I decided to have another but proper go at this kit which I had in the stash but clearly wanting to make the D variant in winter scheme. I soon discovered that the Matchbox kit is more of a G than a D! The kit was built mostly OOB with some details added. I scratchbuilt some extra details for the cockpit but not too many as much wouldn't be seen. Major modifications covered replacing the single rear gun for a twin gun and adding the wing guns. I also added the wing landing light (Matchbox had it indicated on the wrong wing!). Finally, I reshaped the spinner making it longer and more pointed as it came too bulbous and short. The kit was fully painted with brush with only the final flat varnish being airbrushed. I found a photo of this machine and the white mottling was painted using it as a reference. Thank you for looking and all comments are welcome as always Miguel
  13. 30 points
    Hello all, Here is my recently completed 1/48 Airfix Lightning F.1 in the markings of XM143 of 74 Squadron in 1962. This is from my 'RAF QRA through the years' project, the build thread for which can be seen here Extras used included a QMT FOD cover, Quickboost seat and New Ware masks. Had a few issues and mistakes with it - the cable ducts aft of the missile pylons should not be there for example, but it's my first ever Lightning in many years of modelling and I'm happy enough with how it's turned out. Apologies for the less than great pictures, struggled to get a good angle and light on the silver. Comments/criticisms welcome, thanks for looking. Dave
  14. 29 points
    Carl Jung regaled us (among many other things) with the concept of "significant coincidences", which he enveloped on the idea of "synchronicity". Little I knew, when I bought an affordable and vintage kit of the Percival Proctor to convert it -as I frequently do- into a civil machine, that the livery I would end up choosing (among a large number of candidates) will have a connection with my country or origin that I wasn't aware of. As I was building the kit and gathering data on the chosen registration, G-AHWW, I came across a website (The Aviation Forum) that provided information about its pilot, Arthur Bradshaw, and stated that he had worked, about 1947, as a pilot for the Argentinean airline FAMA (Flota Aérea Mercante Argentina, loosely translated: Argentinean Merchant Air Fleet). In 1950 Bradshaw returned to his natal New Zealand -from England- in the plane with his family. For the long flight he added an extra underbelly fuel tank. The "merchant" New Zealand flag was used on the rudder, which had a red background (Bradshaw, as I just wrote, was a merchant pilot, and was ferrying this plane to start a commercial endeavor). In the few images I could found, I can't see a reg. on the right wing (which is the case for some of those I studied, -and built), and can barely see an almost invisible trace of them under the left wing, in a non-contrasting color, so I went (just a provisional guess) for silver outlines regs. on alu paint/dope background. The building of this vintage kit was simple and straightforward, and I indulged in just a couple of additions, to keep the effort and time invested in line with the quality of the molds. My thanks once more go to Arctic Decals from whom I commissioned and purchased the decals used. At the time of this post Dora Wings issues, -among many other nice civil subjects- a Mark I and Mark III of this plane in 1/72, which of course are contemporary molds that offer a superior quality and detail. But I like the old dogs once in a while, gives you this warm feeling of having rescued a kit, as it was famously said: "Take a sad song and make it better". (The WiP is here:
  15. 28 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.
  16. 28 points
    After a gap of 6(!) years I finally finished a Frog Westland Wyvern, started in the Obselete Kits GB 2013, shelved because of a bad case of scribingophobia, and finished for the FROG Squad GB 2019. I scratched some cockpit and seat details, scribed it and used a Falcon vac canopy because I have that set and the kit was missing a canopy when I got it from Ebay. "Proper" pictures: And some phone camera pics after I remembered to paint on the wingtip nav lights! It's missing a whole lot of minor air scoops,and the tiny aerials on the fin and tailplane, but I will leave those to the Trumpeter and CMR kit builders, I have to say I prefer the WWII TSS scheme to the post war EDSG/Sky, but this one grew on me during the paint phase. Thanks for looking, Adrian
  17. 26 points
    Build Log here https://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/235056135-bronco-loyd-carrier/ Thanks for looking Rob
  18. 25 points
    Dear Member, In addition to ( Michael) Toryu's topic about the Ki-45 I like to show you my two other conversions of the same model-kit. After building this model OBB, I was so pleased with the result, that I bought two more for future conversions. At first I made an early version, with some modifications of the engines, shorter nose, and some minor details. The second conversion , the Ki-102 b, was more extensive, lowering the fuselage between de cockpits, new canopies, replacing the vertical tail and also some details on the engines. I hope you enjoy the pictures ! With kind greetings, JohnHaa Kawasaki Ki-45 Kai Toryu Kawasaki Ki-102 b Randy
  19. 25 points
    Dear Fellow-Modellers, let me present to you two Hurricane Is that I built in parallel: a very early Mk I (fabric-covered wing, 2-blade prop) from 85 Sqn in Lille-Seclin a late Mk I from 306 (Polish) Sqn One is the Airfix-kit more or less out of the box, , for the other one I used the Airfix kit and the Alley-Cat tin-wing resin conversion. Decals are Plastic Planer Club (for the 85 Sqn) and Techmod (for the 306 Sqn). Specials thanks go to the kind Britmodeller Beard who generously sent me the the 2-blade propeller! Thanks for watching!
  20. 24 points
    Here it is finally finished ... the paintings ak real are great to use ... a little rest and zou it will be necessary that I finish the other 109! A huge thank you to Vincent Kermorgan and jean-claude Mermet for their invaluable help! See more on my FB's page: https://www.facebook.com/125768474675320/posts/431152264136938/
  21. 24 points
    Nowadays it is common practice for Airlines to paint one of their Aircraft in a so called "Retro Look" to commemorate former successful times. In 1952 the Scandinavian Airlines System, short SAS, went another way. They painted one of their Aircraft, in this case a DC-3, in a future livery, . But when the new paint Job was shown to the bosses, they were not amused. They did not like it at all and ordered to repaint the Douglas immediately! As Michael J. Fox said in "Back to the Future, part 1": You guys are not ready for that, but your kids are gonna love it! So this Aircraft never flew in this beautiful livery, what a pity!
  22. 24 points
    Hi all here are a few fun photos I’ve taken of some of my builds grouped together with the appearance of one smaller pre build item for photography sake. Ive started to appreciate more diorama modelling and forced perspective photography. all these photos are on my coffee table in an area less that 1 ft square. B2 Bluesteel opens the taps in the background. left to right Vulcan B2 and 2 B1 aircraft. XA912 taxis. And turns in to the end of the run way. Then waits for clearence. B2 Xl321 lands and taxis off the runway. B2 XH533 trials aircraft taxis for takes off. Followed by B2 XH535 with the new larger ECM cone on display. Later on a B1 and B2 wait on a dispersal pad on the far side of the airfield. Two B1 Vulcans await their next flight. A valiant tanker lands and taxies these are getting to be a rare sight now. (Diecast shhh) This one is just a bonus a ficticious what if. Cosfords B1 XA900 waits to take off as XH558 rolls by having just done it’s display in an alternate timeline around 1999. Haha if only. And finally .. scramble ! cheers Rob
  23. 23 points
    This is my 1/48 Tamiya Bf109 G6 flown by Hans Langer, II/JG 51, Italy. This is another wonderful kit by Tamiya and it’s all oob except Eaglecal decals. Thanks for looking.
  24. 23 points
    Hi guys It's part 2 of I don't build jets. Apparently I do and have turned out another one. Enjoyed this one, but not as much as the Rafale. Out of box build with the exception of some Eduard belts. Pretty straight forward build which was nice. Model painted with Mr Surfacer 1000 thinned with self levelling thinners for the primer, and vallejo model air for the main colours. Weathering was left simple with a flory wash and a few areas polished so there wasn't an overall even finish as seen on real birds. Flat coat was tamiya clear again thinned with self levelling thinners. Hope you enjoy the photos. I am, as ever, open to any feedback but please be nice, remember I don't build jets...
  25. 23 points
    Hello guys, Here's my latest finished model: an Eduard Bf-110 G-2 1/72. Excellent model. No problem at all. Easy assembly in a few weeks. I only used the Master PL 37 mm cannon. Out of box. I used Mr Hobby colors. Hope you like it. Send reviews! Cheers,
  26. 23 points
    Dear fellow Britmodellers, here's my latest, another Erla Bf-109 G10 from AZ's new boxing. Photo etch from Brengun, pitot tube from Master, decals from Eagle Cals. Photographs by Wolfgang Rabel. Thanks for your interest. Best greetings from Vienna.
  27. 22 points
    It's been almost exactly three months since I began this project: and I'm finally ready to post this RFI For details on this build, the WIP can be found here: https://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/235053675-convair-b-58-hustler-172/ I've got lots to show, so grab your candy &popcorn from the lobby and settle into your seat! Aftermarket items include Caracel's excellent B-58 decal set; Aires afterburner cans and nozzles; photoetch sets from Airwaves and Eduard; and Master Model's B-58 nose probe & F-16 static discharge wicks. Paint is AK Interactive's "Xtreme Metal". I selected markings from the Caracel set for "Rapid Rabbit": Let's go! *** New photos added 14 July 2019 *** *** End of New Photos *** Selected details: Crew compartments were almost entirely scratchbuilt: Pilot's cockpit Navigator/Bombardier and Defensive Systems Operator stations: Unfortunately, not much is visible once installed: Extra detailing added to the kit's escape capsules: Hatch interior details: Panel shading on engine pods: Engine air intakes scratchbuilt: Aires provided the afterburner cans and nozzles: Nose landing gear details: Main landing gear details: Scratchbuilt Vulcan minigun: Position lights added to vertical stabilizer and wing leading edges: Astro-tracker dome added to top of fuselage: Static discharge wicks on wing trailing edge and vertical fin: Pigment powders were used to recreate the "striping" effect seen in photos of the B-58 upper fuselage: The Hustler's unique exhaust staining beneath the wing modeled using pigment powders and Tamiya smoke: That's it! A challenging build to be sure. But I learned a lot, not only about Convair's B-58, but also some new modeling techniques. Thanks to everyone who followed my build (nearly 14,000 views!!!) and for the many comments and suggestions received. Now, I must decide what my next project will be. Maybe an XB-35 flying wing? Forgot to put the nose weight in again, didn't you?
  28. 21 points
    XR751 was built in May 1965 and delivered to 226 OCU. It subsequently served with 29 and 5 squadrons before being assigned to the LTF at Binbrook in July 1982. Made completely oob, with the addition of the DA code (from a Tornado F3) to represent a mid-80s LTF jet. It's a great kit, highly recommended - fits together well with minimum filler required. WIP here: https://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/235056642-148-airfix-lightning/
  29. 21 points
    B-57B Canberra | 1/72 | Airfix United States Air Force -- 71st Bomb Squadron, 38th Bomb Wing, Laon air base France, 1957 Finished this on July 19th, 2019. This build is something I've wanted to do since High School. I'm finally making the B-57 I wanted to make when I got the Testor's kit for Christmas in High School. You see, the Testors decals were transparent, and while bright red on the sheet, turned a hard-to-see dark red on the model. I was terribly disappointed since I'd been looking forward to making that model for a while and the manufacturer let me down. So I have finally done it! I looked for decals to match the ones in the Testors kit from the 80's and had no luck for a long time. Finally, I started seeing a few B-57 builds with bright red lettering, and they all had the same scheme, which meant they all used the same decals. But no one was kind enough to say what they were!! Well, one person did, which is how I got them. So if any one is in the same predicament I was: it is Xtradecal X72103. Finishing: Seams filled with CA (superglue), recreated panel lines using Mr. Surfacer 500 (Technique detailed in my WIP). Paints: Tamiya TS-14 Black spray decanted into an airbrush and thinned with Mr. Leveling thinner > Tamiya X-22 clear thinned with Mr. Leveling thinner as an sealer coat (reacted bad with the decals) Decals: Xtradecal X72103 Weathering/Wear: Oil wash in the wheel wells. The landing gear wells didn't have any detail, so I added some using some half-round styrene: The nose gear did come with detail, however! And to show you how bad the original Testors kit was, here they are side by side: Build notes: The Airfix kit seems to be an adaptation of the BAC Canberra kit, which means the bombs were the wrong shape, so I scavenged the ones from my high school kit. Also, the pylons were to too far inboard for a US Canberra Tamiya X-22 thinned with Mr. Leveling thinner reacted badly with the decals, especially the red parts. They wrinkled badly and, while most smoothed back out, a couple didn't and appear to be permanent. Luckily, you have to get pretty close to see it, but it is still aggravating. Thanks for looking! Comments, questions and constructive criticism always welcome!
  30. 21 points
    Hello colleagues. Its me again. This time with the Vampire. A little history about the pilot: DH.100 Vampire Mk.I, TG/287, HF-L, Squadron Leader Frank J Howell DFC and Bar, No.54 Sqn RAF, based at Odiham, April 1948. In 1940, whilst with 609 (F) sqn, F/Lt Howell shot down several enemy’s aircraft, achieved the squadron’s 100th victory (a Ju 88 shared with P/O SJ Hill) and was awarded the DFC. In 1941 he formed and commanded 118 Sqn and also claimed its first victory, a He 111 on 8 July and was awarded a Bar to his DFC in November. In the winter of 1941-42, he commanded 243 Sqn at Kallang to defend Singapore and flying a Buffalo, he shot down a Ki-27/Type 97 fighter. Captured by the Japanese in February 1942 and released just after the Japanese surrender in August 1945. In January 1948, he took command of 54 Sqn at Odiham only to be killed on 9 May 1948 while making a cine film of the squadron’s Vampires, one of which struck him on the forehead with its wing tip.
  31. 21 points
    GRAMPY, CAN YOU MAKE A TUI ? MY GRANDSON HARRY ASKED ME WHILST ON A VISIT TO LUTON, SO HOW COULD I REFUSE A REQUEST LIKE THAT SO I CHOSE G-TUIB WHICH TOOK US ALL ON A FAMILY HOLIDAY TO SPAIN LAST YEAR,THE WINDOWS ON A 787 ARE GREAT FOR KEEPING CHILDREN AMUSED BY PRESSING THE BUTTON TO KEEP CHANGING THE TINT OF THE GLASS, THE BUILD WAS OOB WITH THE ADDITION OF A SET OF BRAZ FAN BLADES WHICH I THINK LOOK QUITE EFFECTIVE, THE DECALS ARE A COMBINATION FROM THE KIT AND 26 AND AA FOR THE WINDOWS. CHEERS MICHAEL. 20180903_110253 by michael hobday, on Flickr DSC01205 by michael hobday, on Flickr DSC01203 by michael hobday, on Flickr DSC01199 by michael hobday, on FlickrDSC01200 by michael hobday, on Flickr
  32. 20 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
  33. 20 points
    Crikey! 50 years ago today( it was a Monday back in 1969) I was on my ATC annual camp at Scampton. For the start of the weeks activities I went flying in Chipmunk WK577/V and was first aircraft movement of the week. Me, setting out for an early morning jaunt around the Lincolnshire countryside. Some low level over a couple ex bomber bases ( I don't recall which) and some aeros. About 30 minutes later back on the ground..... Note spinnerless prop. 50 years later my refurbed Airfix Chippie recently done as WK577:V The light aircraft grey is Xtracrylic and the dayglo from the Model Alliance set of dayglo sections designed for the the Canberra. Leading edge to wings were hand painted using Xtracolor enamel thinned and brush painted. The decals worked well but have the white background out of register so I will need to paint them out and add the separating stripe to the tailplanes somehow. All other markings from generic decals from my Modeldecal sets fast diminishing. Good thing is WK577 is still very much active in the UK and wearing an earlier scheme. WP970 with a fellow cadet emerging after his flight. No code but an interesting unit badge by the windshield. Also spinnerless. Does anyone know the unit? Note Glider towing hook visible at the tail. According to my log for the week, the other Chipmunks were: WG481, WP776,WP906. Taken on another day during the week, think it was a Wednesday during our sports afternoon. Rudderless B.1 maybe XH500 or 502 with resident B.2 overhead. There were two like this possibly for spares or crash training. not sure now. Logged just over 20 Vulcans on base. One memorable event during that afternoon was the impromptu display by a Victor in formation with a Vulcan, The Victor gave us a nice displey but the Vulcan was thrown around very briskly and half rolls and all! Sports activities stopped needless to say. Me by the Grand Slam and Tallboy to the right. The Lanc is R5868 now in Hendon but....... ........Wearing 83 Squadron codes here. Rubbish pic but sometime during the sunny week and in the evening me about to go off in a T.31 WT895 from Hemswell where we were billeted for the week up the road from Scampton. There were other T.31s and T.21s Plus local aeroclub Austers G-AJAS,JRE and OCP and Beagle 206 G-ATYW and Jodel G-AWIG. All the above monochrome pics taken on my Kodak Instamatic cartridge film type camera and scanned from negatives in more recent weeks. Meanwhile elsewhere in our universe a couple guys were doing there stuff on the Moon!!!
  34. 20 points
    My last finish is this 1/700 IJN Shimakaze from Tamiya. Good kit, it's been fun making her. A pre-painting shot first. Nanond N.
  35. 20 points
    The lower wings are glued in place, a somewhat tense operation as one half went in and was adjusted for angle of incidence and swept -while the fast-curing epoxy was setting-, and then the other matching the first. The overlapping portion was sanded from bellow, but there is some more filing, filling and sanding to be done to better blend the surfaces. All in all, satisfied that this went on without major crisis:
  36. 19 points
    After a few models of heavily tired aircraft. This time the model of the aircraft without strong weathering. Tempest Mk.V Special Hobby 1:32 Scale The model is not very easy to build, so I don't recommend it to less experienced modelers
  37. 19 points
    Dear modellers, I like to show you another airliner in the thirties; this time the Fokker F.XII. Ten aircraft were ordered by the KLM/KNILM for operations on the Amsterdam to Batavia route. The first service began in Amsterdam on 5 March 1931 and arrived on 14 March 1931. The aircraft was used regulary on the route, starting on the 1st of October 1931. In 1932 the KLM started to use the larger Fokker F.XVIIIs on the route and the F.XII were then used for European destinations. I found some nice videos, please have a look: http://in.beeldengeluid.nl/kanaal/1636-fokker/1640-opening-luchtlijn-amsterdam-hull http://www.amateurfilmplatform.nl/films/schiphol https://filmcentralen.dk/museum/danmark-paa-film/klip/propelfly-ved-kobenhavns-lufthav I think the last video is very interesting ! I hope you enjoy this topic With kind regards JohnHaa
  38. 19 points
    Hello everyone... straight from the D-Day group build i present this. It is a Hawker Mk.V series I Tempest of 3 Squadron June 8th 1944. I modified by adding the extensions to the barrel's as the kit represents a Mk.V Series II Tempest. There is some debate about the 3 Squadron crest on the vertical tail. I know its supposed to be a post war only thing. I have a photo from my research that appears to have the crest painted out. However i believe some aircraft had them. They were either painted over at the time or airbrushed out by censors during the war. I've had a couple of discussions about it and I'm going to leave the crest on as i believe they were there. Please feel free to Question, comment, tell some good stories, or pass on your thoughts. Dennis
  39. 19 points
    You'll not be surprised to read Ian that.... (see below) And then got more complicated again! 'Tis getting there Keith. That nose underside is a bit more complicated than it appears in many photographs (and causing me to puzzle it out in greater detail as a consequence), not only with the number of small windows concerned but equally to do with the way a series of variously curved, angular and flat surfaces come together in the for'ard most parts... It all looked so simple on the kit.... Never tell your wife you're heading into the workroom for a quick pull before bed. 30 years of living together and yet still I forget about context.... They say a prophet is always misunderstood in his own country Anthony I appear to have gone global. #profusionofconfusion On the subject of confusion Keith: first time driving my wife through your homeland in the late nineties she noted how many places there were named 'Gwasanaethau' on the various signs that we passed. Not wishing to admit my ignorance I muttered something vague about Welsh being an ancient and mysterious language. Later find out 'Gwasanaethau' is the Welsh word for 'Services' (as in petrol stations)... And I cheat at Scrabble. A friendly planet is a happy planet. You'll recall my earlier concerns about getting the windows as well as shapes in the forward nose section sorted. As on many occasions, careful study of photographs reveals this region to be more complex in close-up and so I had to take a critical decision to either approximate or express more faithfully. It wasn't really much of a choice as the latter is the only satisfactory route and so @limeypilots prescription came into play, to whit contour saws brandished and problematic sections removed: Looks brutal but there is a method behind this surgery. To explain requires pulling a second *transparent* version on the buck: Which is then turned into: in order to go into here: This solves two problems simultaneously. There's now a nice sharp change from planar to curved surface (as Ian prognosticated), plus the required areas of transparency front and side that can now be mask off to form the lower windows. Being pulled from 0.5mm transparency, this latter mould didn't quite fit the 1mm black stuff of course but since that shot above revealed this issue, I've been able to bend those front transparent edges nice and flush. Epoxy applied and taped down to cure: I suspect that the front part of that transparency may not be at the exact angle to meet a rebuilt front of the nose but it should be feasibly enough to slice at each corner and bend the top of that 'chin' forward as required to meet the inward slop of the nose in that region. Pleased with that solution as not getting them windows sorted would have bugged me no end. Thanks for looking. Tony
  40. 19 points
    Continuing to build all things Apollo. This time concentrated on what things could have been like if only Apollo had continued! Grumman proposed derivative LM Truck for extended 14 day missions and a favourite of mine of potential landing sites, Schroter's Valley. Didn't make it easy for myself picking that one! Had to cobble something together to represent the rille, by using the large diorama/mini photo set I built for it. Keith https://www.flickr.com/photos/spacemodelsphotography/48289340602/in/album-72157667646196676/
  41. 18 points
    Hello I spent a very wet day at Fairford today, with only three of the scheduled aircraft able to display due to the low cloud base. I can't tell you how frustrating it was to hear the MiG-21 being told by the tower to return to his parking spot because the cloud base was below 1000ft! That was pretty much the story for the rest of the day. The only full displays were by the Spanish Harrier (thankfully), the Chinook (always impressive) and the A400M (always entertaining.) Here is my record of the day, with the E-3A being the sole aircraft in the NATO flypast! Hopefully, the weather will be better tomorrow! Thanks for looking.
  42. 18 points
    A short run kit of a pretty obscure subject. A few little issues putting it together but I like the result. WIP here: For scale:
  43. 18 points
    50 years ago on July 20 1969, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin landed on the moon. Please find some pictures of my Dragon 1/72 Saturn V model I built a few years ago and it won a Bronze medal at the 2015 ScaleModelWorld competition. The kit was largely made OOB but some small changes were made: All stringer ends cut back and chamfered off LSA top section added to improve the fit between the LSA and the Service Module Gold and brass foil fitted the the Lunar Module Contact probes added to 3 of the Lunar Module landing pads Retro rockets fitted to the top of Stage 3 Separation rockets exhausts opened out on Stage 2 Umbilical interface between Stage 1 and Interstage New Ware decals used A large number of sink marks were filled in at all stages. Painting was done by airbrush as my first attempt with a spray can resulted in lots of paint runs. Now, on to the pictures. Work in progress: Complete for the first time on the kitchen table On the competition table at Telford, nothing got broken on the flight over BPC, Command Module and Service Module Lunar Module Stage 1 and 1/72 Airfix Concorde for scale comparison All together now
  44. 18 points
    Hi folks, this is latest addition to my collection of Iraqi AF. Built with few goodies like Quickboost air scoops, Master pitot and New Ware Advanced masks, which helped to airbrush the canopy sealing. Panted with Gunze H, Alclad II and Mr.Color SM for metallic areas. This was kinda test built as I plan to follow soon on with another versions with Soviet/Russian markings. Cheers Libor
  45. 18 points
    Morning folk's sorry to burden you with more modelling Archeology but here's another Frog GB build warts 'n all brush painted original decals! And just as a comparison with Revell's kit which is a good twenty years its junior.
  46. 18 points
    My second RAN Airfix Sea Fury. This one is a commission job. The aircraft depicted is that flown by LEUT (P) Keith Clarkson who was the first RAN FAA pilot lost in the Korean War (5 Nov 1951). As an aside the hockey field at HMAS Albatross, is named after him. Full build details at my blogbut here's some photos
  47. 18 points
    Lovely - Cornwall is great this time of year. We often holiday down there and have a blast. Enjoy! The BUFF has had some more work done on the engines - I've sanded and shaped the home-made upper, over-wing parts of the pylons and all look good under some primer: DSC_0186 by Thomas Probert, on Flickr DSC_0187 by Thomas Probert, on Flickr DSC_0190 by Thomas Probert, on Flickr Shaping the pylons on the underside was a lot more tricky as they are all molded identical, but of course the inner pylons have a very different shape due to the change in shape as you travel down the length of the wing: DSC_0201 by Thomas Probert, on Flickr I've also finished detailing the rear of the bypass sections: DSC_0195 by Thomas Probert, on Flickr DSC_0199 by Thomas Probert, on Flickr It was a bit of a faff opening these up but worth the effort. And we now have something really taking on the form of the venerable BUFF: DSC_0205 by Thomas Probert, on Flickr DSC_0192 by Thomas Probert, on Flickr As you can see, however, the tail feathers are conspicuous by their absence... better get sanding! Until next time, Tom
  48. 17 points
    Hi All, This post will have several first's in it for me. This is the first time I have completed a Zvezda kit and the first time I've used Vallejo model air paint. I thought this would make it an ideal model to be the first I share on a forum. The kit went together nicely with no major modification or extra parts used. I am however a little less happy with the Vallejo paint. I wanted to try them since they now offer a range of colours that match various flanker schemes nicely. I found however that they were harder to airbrush and get the thinning right. Often, they would feel slightly rubbery after drying. I thinned them very slightly with tap water which may have been the problem but if anyone else has experienced this or has any other tips on using Vallejo model air they would be greatly appreciated. What do you think of the finished model and do you have any tips on how it could be improved? (please excuse any subpar photography) Thanks br60066
  49. 17 points
    Hello friends, here are a few planes from the Pacific Warfare. The biggest objections on this model are decals, but it is up to the manufacturer. I did not want to, and I could not buy them anymore. I am generally pleased that the model has fallen out. Here's the picture, enjoy it.
  50. 17 points
    Trumpeter 1/32nd P-47D Kit with the Eduard Etch for the cockpit and seatbelts and Montex Masks for the markings (mix of decals). Really enjoyed this, second big Jug from trumpeter and it's a pretty good kit. The cockpit does need the help, and all the ducting is never seen again, but no major vices and ends up pretty nice. Painted with Mr Hobby Colour / Aqueous Color and Tamiya thinned with Mr Levelling thinner, and weathered with Oils and pigments. Peter
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