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  1. Hi all, here is the gallery of this Italeri kit representing the aircraft in force at the Royal Australian Air Force - 10 Sqn. W3999/RB-Y operating from the RAF base at Mount Batten, in the classic Dark Sea grey - RAF Light Green scheme. I hope you enjoy it. Click here for the WIP: by Rodolfo Masti, on Flickr by Rodolfo Masti, on Flickr by Rodolfo Masti, on Flickr by Rodolfo Masti, on Flickr by Rodolfo Masti, on Flickr by Rodolfo Masti, on Flickr by Rodolfo Masti, on Flickr by Rodolfo Masti, on Flickr by Rodolfo Masti, on Flickr by Rodolfo Masti, on Flickr
    87 points
  2. last build finished, custom nose art decal and masks for the lettering, hope you like it, history about this Mustang http://www.leteckabadatelna.cz/havarie-a.../detail/480/
    61 points
  3. Hi fellow modelers, this kit I built recently for a book project using the Hasegawa kit with some extras, e.g. Master brass radar dipoles or Quickboost stuff for gun barrels and engine intakes. The kit should represent Oblt. Werner Briegleb machine from 7./NJG2 in March 1945 known from two period photos I was able to find (e.g. Nachtjäger book from Classic). The kit was painted with Gunze acrylics in RLM75/76 colors with RLM81 mottles, while the decals came from AIMS decal sheet. Cheers Libor
    61 points
  4. Hi All, My latest completion is Tamiya's superb P38F/G, finished as an F-4-1 aircraft of No.1 PRU RAAF in 1943. A limited number of P38s were supplied to the RAAF for this capability, and they were converted by the RAAF to approximate F4 standard. This is my entry to the 'Forked-Tailed Devil: P38 Lightning STGB', which can be found here: https://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/forum/773-the-fork-tailed-devil-p-38-lightning-stgb/ Here's the WIP if anybody is interested: The kit itself is superb - state of the art in terms of fit and engineering. I used a Red Roo set for the conversion - this set is intended for the Academy kit, so there were a few fitment issues to be overcome. Despite this the conversion kit can be made to work (although you may judge differently for yourself!). The aircraft I have modelled is A55-2. Although I cannot find any photos of -2, here are a few photos of A55-3, a sister aircraft (copyright Australian War Memorial and RAAF - photos for discussion only and will be removed on request): These aircraft had their Neutral Grey undersides oversprayed with RAAF Sky Blue to remove the 'US ARMY' markings. A disruptive pattern of Foliage Green was then applied over the existing Olive Drab. I have chosen to colour the spinners black, as I felt there was sufficient contrast with the Foliage Green to warrant this. The interior was completed in Interior Grey Green, as there is evidence to suggest that earlier P38s used this shade in common with the Hudson, the only other contemporary military aircraft Lockheed was supplying to the RAF and RAAF. Anyway, on with the pictures! Finally, here's a couple of shots with some RAAF contemporaries showing the variation in camouflage schemes apparent at the time: Thanks to all that have offered kind words and encouragement along the way - it has been sincerely appreciated! I've also enjoyed my first GB, and it surely will not be the last! Thanks for looking, Roger
    59 points
  5. Hi all, Here's the latest in my Fleet Air Arm jet collection, Hasegawa's aging 1/48 Phantom FG1 with plenty of modifications. This build took six months and there were plenty of additions; Quickboost resin ejection seats, with the ejection handles made from 0.3mm wire Alleycat seamless intakes Master pitot tube and AoA indicator Eduard Brassin Sidewinders and Sparrows ResKit wheels Xtradecal Phantom FG1 decals and stencils The following improvements were made to the kit; Blemishes in the clear parts removed, polished and treated with Klear CAD modelled and 3D printed fuel tanks (the kit ones weren't great) Some minor detail added to the cockpit (gauges and wires) This was my first attempt at completely airbrushing a I used vallejo acrylic primer and Hataka red line Extra Dark Sea Grey for the top, beneath, I started off using Hataka red line white, but soon switched to Tamiya acrylics. The red and white tail decal was the wrong size, so that is airburshed too, the omega symbol was carefully cut out from the decal sheet and applied. Weathering was done using Mig Panel Line Wash as well as oils for some staining underneath. Varnished with Winsor & Newton Galleria Satin acrylic. Molotow liquid chrome was used for the chromed oleos, and this gives a much more realistic finish than using paint - the metallic paint to the aft of the fuselage is Mig's Bare Metal acrylic collection - very chuffed with these. I'm really pleased with this build, it was rather challenging and took quite a few months - I've learnt an awful lot about airbrushing and various weathering techniques - it really does look incredible in my display case with the rest of my Fleet Air Arm jets (Attacker, Sea Hawk, Sea Venom, Sea Vixen and Scimitar). I'm excited about having the Ark Royal Phantom and Buccaneer pairing complete in a few more months.... Thanks for looking, now on to my new Airfix Buccaneer Cheers Ben
    52 points
  6. Hello Everybody! Here is a kit that will please our fellow British modelers (I hope!) fan of the USAFE good ol' days: The Republic F-84F. The kit is a PJ production model, full resin, with some PE parts. Not an easy one, even if the shape and overall proportions are OK. Big caveat is the cockpit, very difficult to fit. So I elected to scratch it completely. Wheels are made of white metal but are too thin and were replaced. Other enhancements were landing gears details and air intake + exhaust. Thanks God documentation is plenty to correct the model. Painting was made with different shades of Alclad II. Not so much weathering, as photos from that era show pretty neat aircrafts. I chose a bird from the 92nd FBS/82 FBW based in Woodbrige-Bentwaters. because of the colorful markings. The little lightings are home made (not so easy!) as well as the squadron insignia. Microscale decal sheet 72-330 provided some they are but largely oversized, more for 1/48 than 1/72. Here are the photos: The real thing: Mine: ...and the little diorama: the Ford F2 pickup is from "F4 Models", all resin and very difficult to build (It takes me hours to have a correct result) and the MD-3 cart comes from "Videoaviation.com", very fine. For the grass, I haven't found the correct one for Bentwaters! That's it, enjoy the photos and as usual, critics most welcome!
    48 points
  7. I found the below photo back in February and it intrigued me enough to buy the Airfix 1/72 Hurricane to try and replicate it. I sometimes get bored with doing the same colour schemes all the time and liked the different look it gave the aircraft. I liked the idea of having the plane in the unfinished primer stage with just the under sides and top wings finished (although cannot tell from the photo if the roundels are in place, but I decided to add them to mine). Been off work for a few days this week due to covid so it was my little project to stop me getting too bored. It was different to finish a kit with no weathering (other than a panel like wash (not that there are many panel lines on this kit). I couldnt figure out from the photo if the tail and access panels were painted silver or white. I decided to go with white.
    47 points
  8. Good morning guys, my latest build. A project that i have been working on for about 7 years came to an end!!! I think the only 1/32nd scale A-7H ever made! (that means a lot of minor but distinguished differences from both A-7E and -D) My ''ride'' for almost 14 years, 2000 hours in her cockpit!! Dedicated to 345BSqn, my second ''family'' Hope you like it!! John
    46 points
  9. I got the idea for this project from Airdoc decals Ju88 Pt.4, a Ju 88 in "Mäander"-Camo with Hohentwiel radar and without bottom gondola. Very attractive, I thought. The information you find in the net goes as this: Ju88 A-6 originally were Balloon Cutters. After BoB, the remaining aircraft were sent home for refitting for the anti-shipping role. The balloon-cutting system and the bottom gondola were removed and FUG200 and 217 were installed. The aircraft were renamed Ju88A-6/U. Other sources claim that the A6/U never existed and they were simply converted A4 or A5s. We will probably never know, but there are photos of PN+MT which is a Stammkenzeichen. So we do not even know for sure the unit. Since there is litte more information available, I decided to follow the instructions from the Hasegawa kit for the same aircraft which they released in 1/72. I used the Dragon/Revell kit: The bottom gondola was not installed, night exhausts, FUG217 on upper wings and brake lines were scratch built and I used the Brengun FUG200 PE set. Hasegawa want the bomb pylons fitted, I was not sure about that either since there is no aiming system without the bottom gondola but I followed the instructions. Was it a bomber or a recce plane? During the build I ruined the model because I could not get the squiggles right. So I removed all the upper paint and did it again. Unfortunately all the decals were destroyed in progress. The Airdoc sheet contains all the necessary letters, but the Werknummer was lost forever. So it is missing. The second attempt was slightly better, I am not really pleased but I left it as it is now. In the cabinet it looks ok. Thanks for looking, Volker
    46 points
  10. Subtitle : The hunt for the Desert Pink. I am Happy with this Result (Otherwise I would not publish.) 1/144 DML wit Kits World decals I took a Photo with a grey card ,trying for color accuracy. Aftermarket resin for Interior(can't see), Wheel wells (Can't really see),Exhaust(can See) Landing gear (Can See) Master Brass Pitot. three moves and I haven't bent...YAY Vallejo "American Sand" how Ironic and USchi powders for Exhausts Thanks for Looking Comments Always Welcome Cheers Bill D.
    45 points
  11. Another kit finished this week This time this is a Gloster Meteor NF Mk14 from Special Hobby The kit is superb and without flaw. A special motion for the cockpit very detailled for the scale I added a photo of his little brother from Special Hobby too : the NF Mk12 Some other photos at this address Meteor NF Mk14
    44 points
  12. Hello guys and girls.I hope you are doing fine.I am here presenting my 1:72 AMP EE Canberra of the RAAF.I used the god but quite challenging AMP kit.its details are really nic but the fit is terible.In the end I managed to build it into a RAAF Canberra used in the vietnam war.Painted in tamiya acrylics.Decals are from the HPM decals sets.
    42 points
  13. Hi everyone, Thought I'd share with you some pictures of my 1/144th Hobbycraft GRB-36 Peacemaker with its RF-84 Ficon. Both are built OOB, and finish with Alclad II metals in varying shades and colour's to give the NMF. The kit also includes a little XF-85 Goblin and trailer as a bonus. To this I made a thinner vac canopy and posed it open. ( 'Gene' is added to show how big the aircraft were ) I really enjoyed the build and watched Strategic Air Command several times as 'research' to try and replicate the finish of the B-36. Also recommended is 'Magnesium Overcast' The story of the Convair B-36 by Dennis. R. Jenkins. Hope you like, comments, suggestions welcome. Thanks, Kevin I
    41 points
  14. Blackburn Buccaneer S.2D No. 809 Naval Air Squadron, HMS Ark Royal, August 1978.
    41 points
  15. This is the Roden 1/144th scale Douglas C-133A Cargomaster which was nicknamed the 'Oscar Mayer Weenie Wagon' due to its resemblance to a fleet of motor vehicles shaped like a hot dog on a bun, called "Wienermobile", which were used to promote and advertise Oscar Mayer products in the United States. The C-133A was at one point the largest strategic airlifter operated by the USAF and was powered by 4 × Pratt & Whitney T34-P-9W turboprop engines, 7,500 hp (5,600 kW) each with water injection. Of the 50 built 10 were destroyed in accidents and it was retired in 1971 with the introduction of the C-5A Galaxy. A fascinating aircraft, I never saw one in service however I have seen several in museums and when Roden released this kit I had to buy one! x20221002_172531 by Ghostbase, on Flickr The kit was built OOB with the kit decals replaced by a set from Caracal Models. I am a 1/48th scale modeller by heart and this is my first serious 1/144th scale build and I found it quite difficult at times being used to a much larger scale. The kit isn't complex and the plastic is quite robust so the construction of the major parts was relatively easy. I decided to build the wings separately with the engines and add them at a late stage. This made it much easier to apply the particular colour scheme which I had chosen. x20221002_172159 by Ghostbase, on Flickr Painting was a mixture of types. The aluminium on the fuselage and wings was Halfords Aluminium from a spray can, this went on well and I thought it suited this scale. The 'white top' was also a Halfords automotive spray can, this time Appliance White. The orange bands were Vallejo Orange Red applied by air brush and brushed with Klear, the dark aluminium wing walks were Lifecolor UA794 acrylics, also airbrushed. Matt black and other detail colours were Vallejo acrylics. I did a lot of masking for this model and generally it went well. x20221002_172443 by Ghostbase, on Flickr The kit decals are quite poor so I bought the Caracal Models CD144021 C-133 Cargomaster decal set which gives 12 marking options for C-133A and C-133B models in a variety of colour schemes. Of course I decided to go for a 'white top' with orange bands, being C-133A sn 54-0140 which was named "Spirit of Santa Monica Schools" (sadly this aircraft, then operated by the 1st ATS, 1607th ATW crashed Jan 11, 1965 at Wake Island during takeoff about 3 mi from the end of runway. All six onboard were killed). As always, the Caracal decals are well-researched and of very high quality and I recommend them highly. x20221002_172413 by Ghostbase, on Flickr However, I did have quite a few problems which sadly do show in these photos. The first is that not all the parts go together well. These include the rear fuselage and tail assembly and there is quite a pronounced and visible gap. I had the same problem with the wings however I spray painted some Tamiya masking tape and that hid the worst of the gap. Also, this model is a tail sitter! The worst issue that I had was the main undercarriage which the instructions say should be completely assembled and attached, then the sponsons should fit over them. Well, they don't! I had to break and detach two undercarriage assemblies, drastically trim them, then place them back inside the sponsons. Fortunately the wheels are barely visible once the u/c doors are attached. x20221002_172257 by Ghostbase, on Flickr The other problem lay with the markings. I chose the 'white top' version however I didn't make a template of the decals which contain quite complex curves especially around the rear fuselage. I 'guestimated' my masking and this caused problems when I applied the black line decals because I didn't get it quite right. This can be clearly seen in the photos above. Oh, and I applied the wrong windshield decal! The black lines should not go over the orange bands either. x20221002_172332 by Ghostbase, on Flickr So would I build this kit again? Absolutely yes! It was a challenge, I learned a lot, and despite all my mistakes she looks like that big old sixties era Cargomaster. I do have a Roden 1/144 C-141B Starlifter in the stash and it seems to be calling my name... Michael
    39 points
  16. ...the Dragon E3 kit mated with the old Cutting Edge conversion. All MRP paint with masks from a Silhouette cutter except a couple of decals in the cockpit. A few partial strips and redos so it took alot longer than I thot it would. Aiming for something along these lines, the early pre hostility 109s were quite varied in their details. Thanks for the look see, comments, critiques welcome.
    39 points
  17. I had to build this to go with my Airwolf model, theres no kit for this so it was all a bit of bashing, the stars are individual decals. Along with her sister.
    38 points
  18. Hi there, Finished this one two days ago. A very nice Tamiya kit, build without any problem No aftermarket needed here, I've only used some masks, and Hi Decal line decals. So, here's my interpretation of an Iranian F-84G. Hope you like it. I also want to thank Tom Cooper for all his help.
    38 points
  19. A comparison build in more ways than one. Both kits first appeared in the 1970s, and whilst not necessarily the first choice for a Gladiator nowadays, both are still pretty decent, The Heller version as repackaged by Humbrol, with rather uninspiring box art has some lovely surface detail, but is marred by the huge holes for the rigging and a cockpit that is very narrow to allow for the open canopy option. Matchbox biplanes were always some of their better efforts, and the Gladiator is still a worthy inclusion in Revell's range. It doesn't quite have the same surface finesse, but apart from the cowling the overall shape is probably better. Both built mostly OOB, the Heller has the somewhat pointless addition of the the Airwaves cockpit etch, and some of the displaced plastic has ended up in the Matchbox 'pit. The Heller uncovered wheels are a poor effort, so were replaced with ones from Pavla, whilst the underwing gun barrels were Quickboost. I've tried to show two aircraft from the same small batch at very different points in their careers. The Heller version represents an aircraft (N2313) of 605 Squadron just before the outbreak of the war, when 'nearly new', and was inspired by the superb aerial photo of the vic of three in the Wing Leader book. Decals from Kits-World, Alclad white aluminium undersurfaces with Mr Hobby aqueous dark earth (which is very light) and Tamiya dark green on the topside. In contrast, N2308 is represented as on the books of 247 Squadron in the Autumn of 1940 - from 605 Squadron, then to France with 615 Squadron, where it acquired the shadow compensating camouflage scheme, before being one of the few 615 Squadron Gladiators to return to England after the fall of France. At some point in time it was fitted with a Watts 2 bladed propeller. Xtradecal markings, Humbrol duck egg blue (23) for the undersurfaces, and the top surfaces in dark green, light earth (both Humbrol), light green (Colourcoats) and dark earth (Xtracolour). Jon
    38 points
  20. Hi Everyone, I have not posted a completed model in a bit. Inspired by pictures seen on the website Urban Ghosts Media I produced this 1/48 scale RAF Airfix Jaguar from 54 Squadron devoid of spares and ready for the scrap heap. The open sections, plumbing and wiring was made from scrap bits in the spares box. I hope people like it.
    37 points
  21. There have been quite a few builds of the new Vulcan kit recently, so apologies for the Vulcan overload. But many of you will probably know I mostly make 1:144 airliners, so for me, this is a bit of a change. I've had this Airfix kit sitting waiting to be built for the last 8 or so years. This is the old tooling of the Avro Vulcan in the "XH558 Vulcan to the Sky" red box edition. I only saw the Vulcan fly once, over Gloucestershire Airport in 2015 I think it was. I didn't get there in time, so I stopped on a bridge a mile or so away just in time to see it swooping low over the airfield. For this build, I used Humbrol 165 spray, which is mid sea grey. The instructions say 164 dark sea grey, but 164 isn't available in a spray. In any case, I think 165 works well with the camouflage. The green is Revell 68 dunkelgrün, brush-painted. I would like to build the new one just to compare. I've really enjoyed this build - it's given me something different to do, and for me at least, it's a nice subject to display alongside my airliners.
    37 points
  22. It did not turn out as I had hoped, but it's got other problems I elected not to fix having built the Modelsvit Tu-22 just before this one. I realised after taking the photos that the Kh-22 stand-off missile was drooping slightly as I only had it held in place with Blu-Tac, although it is now glued correctly in position. The thing I can't understand about Trumpeter is why they didn't compare their 3D digital model with the extant Modelsvit kit before producing their moulds. Had they done so, it would have prompted them to question why their digital Tu-22 had some significant differences from Modelsvit's kit (e.g. their thin fuselage spine and tall cockpit canopy or lack of ailerons), and have led to a re-check of plans or photos. Had they done so, along with matching numerous other minor details the Modelsvit kit correctly possesses, Trumpeter's Tu-22 would be the superior kit due to its much better parts fit. Finished 10 days ago, my Modelsvit Tu-22B 'Blinder-A' was converted from the Modelsvit Tu-22KD 'Blinder-B'. As mentioned already, the Kh-22 missile is drooping a lot in these photos (since fixed):
    35 points
  23. An old shelf king revived,hope you like it!
    34 points
  24. Here is my recently completed interpretation of MisterCraft's (KP) Piper L-4H Grasshopper on floats in 1/72. With so much glazing, I decided some extra detail was needed in the cockpit, not that there is much extra to put into it. From walkaround pics, the cockpit bracing needed correcting, belts and bits added and doors to be opened. IMHO the kit decals were overscale and replacements were obtained. Build log here: Thanks for looking. Stuart
    34 points
  25. #20/2022 After the 109 Emil, here´s my dad´s second Luftwaffe subject this year. Hasegawa kit, which comes with an early style and for this version wrongly shaped ETC, took a correct one from an older limited Hasegawa 190 kit. Also this kit has only the late style wheels, took spoked ones from the sparesbox. Eduard seatbelt used, EZ Line for the antenna wires. Fuselage decals are leftovers from the ProModeler 190G-2/3. The cross and triangle applied on the left side were slightly damaged, had to do some paint touch ups. Camo done with MRP RLM74/75/76. For my dad the RLM74 was too much greenish, therefore he mixed it with some more grey. Brake lines done with plastic rods and lead wire, landing gear retraction wire with fishing line. Build thread here https://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/235113852-mickey-mouse148-focke-wulf-fw190a-5u3-iisg1/ Model shows a 6.Staffel, II. Gruppe, Schlachtgeschwader 1, in Poland around January 1943. 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_0018 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0019 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0020 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0021 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0022 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr
    33 points
  26. This is 1/32 PCM Hawker Hurricane Mk.1 from 43 Sqd during Dunkirk evacuation. I saw the model built by Tony OToole on some model sites and was inspired for this project. Cockpit enhanched by seat and control stick from Grey Matter Aviation. Canopy replaced with Fly's vacuform product I have used Gunze Sangyo acrylics as usual. Grey fuselage code letters are from Xtradecal set. Happy modelling
    33 points
  27. I'm really an aircraft guy, who dabbles in armor occasionally, so please don't be too harsh! This is Dragon's M4A1 (76) Sherman commanded by S/Sgt Lafayette Pool, who is widely recognized as the US tank ace of aces, credited with 12 confirmed tank kills and 258 total armored vehicle and self-propelled gun kills, over 1,000 German soldiers killed and 250 more taken as prisoners of war, accomplished in only 81 days of action from June 27 to September 19, 1944, using three different Shermans. Built more or less 'out of box' and painted with Tamiya acrylics. Thanks for looking, Colin
    33 points
  28. Hi all well well well what a couple of years I’ve had in regards to modelling after I finished the airfix 1:48 Gloster Javelin in October 2020 and the 1:200 raf Poseidon in January 21 i totally lost my modelling mojo no matter what I did I just didn’t feel it so I took 6 months away from the bench. fast forward to summer 21 and the release of the new Airfix Vulcan I knew had to have it so I purchased it straight from airfix and was determined to get myself back into it so as soon as it arrived I got stuck in. I also had on my shelf of doom the trumpeter 1:144 Vulcan so decided to get that finished at same time. I throughly enjoyed the build of the airfix Vulcan from start to finish the trumpeter Vulcan was ok. I used top notch camo masks on both kits and used Tamiya and mr hobby paints throughout. The trumpeter Vulcan I finished as XH558 using the kit decals the Airfix Vulcan I finished in the markings of XH562 using aftermarket decals from xtradecal both models were completed in February 22 Thank you and Enjoy
    31 points
  29. While waiting for something to dry during a modeling session with a friend of mine, he threw this at me and told me to get busy. Well, I putzed with it just killing time really, but then had a brain cramp. Since the engines were the problem with this aircraft, I decided to give it new ones. I got a couple Merlin nacelles from the spares box and blended them into the ones on the kit. I know in reality that Merlins were in short supply and destined for Lancasters and Spits, but what if..? I’m sure other structural and aerodynamic changes would have been necessary for a variety of reasons, but I have no idea what those would have been, so we’ll just go with this for now, ok? Note that this is one the first versions of this kit released and it was pretty primitive and since it was just for a lark, I cut a few corners and wasn't as careful as I might normally have been. The decals were just cobbled together from spares.
    29 points
  30. Hi all Here is the kitty hawk 1:48 two seat Jaguar I brought this part built off a friend a couple of years ago (first picture) and decided to get it finished I decided early on that I wanted to finish it as a Nigerian Air Force Jaguar BN I already had Model Alliance Decals Sepcat Jaguar international sheet (48138) in my stash of decals I replaced the kit ejection seats with a resin set and the boarding ladders I purchased off eBay I used xtra colour enamel paints I’ve heard horror stories about kittyhawk kits and I totally agree this was a shocking kit with ill fitting parts and did test my patience ( probably not the best kit to build after loosing your modelling mojo) but I fought through it and got it done finished this in May 22 enjoy
    29 points
  31. Good evening peeps, Here’s my latest project which I’d like to share with you all. It the companion to XM607 which I posted a couple of months ago. Here is the Airfix offering. Not without its problems…and not the kit or the build…so purchased for the dreaded evil-bay to find out it’s missing 2 sprues, decals and instructions….. So purchase another but it was a B2 booking in a K2 box….aggghhhh. So with lots of help with the guys from my model club, it’s finally finished with aftermarket decals and lots from the spares box. The “dayglo” is all masked so I could try and replicate the faded look, as is the attempt to show the faded paint on the Victors stationed at Wideawake in ‘82. Anyway enough waffle, hope you enjoy. I loved building this kit, no filler, and intake vaines worked perfectly And here are the Vulcan and Victor next to each other. My tribute to the heroism and airmanship of the two crews 40 years ago. Many thanks for looking. Cheers Si
    29 points
  32. More masking in my modelling life this weekend; couldn’t put off doing the Valley Hawk for ever… So, as to the red. Using this, so that it’s the same colour as the JPs and Chippie. Weirdly thick paint; but thinned with Tamiya X20A at something like two-thirds or 75% thinner to paint, it airbrushes really nicely. It doesn’t cover well tho’, so the plan is to first lay down a light coat of Tamiya Red X-7 first. Masked (pain) and Tamiya’d. Revelled. Gorgeous colour. Next bit of unmasking is a bit nerve racking. Cue bleeds and paint lifts etc? I’ll take that. No bleeds. No lifts. Decent line; not exquisite but decent. Needs to harden and then fine scrutiny and any minor tidy up needed. Looks like a toy at the mo - that’ll need work.
    28 points
  33. Hi guys, I'm pleased to post my first RFI on Brimodeller the first model I've managed to finished since I restarted the hobby earlier this year. The Fujimi kit is well known kit and it's a probably the best F-86F kit in 1/72. Addons are Montex mask (wouldn't recommend, they left a ton of residue which was a pain to clean) Eduard Phototched SS139 Series Españolas SE672 decals. The air scoop on right side was removed as it is a feature found only on F86F-40. The pitot tube has been scratched built using brass tube (0.7mm + 0.3mm) In-progress pics to be found here
    27 points
  34. Back in the post-war era, it seemed that in terms of aviation, anything was possible. As a result, many off-the-wall projects made it into the hardware stage, and so it was with the Saunders-Roe SR.A1, a twin-jet flying boat fighter, three of which were made on the Isle of Wight. Even more amazing, a number of kits of this machine have been produced, with Xtrakit latest to offer it in 1/72 (note that Xtrakit calls it the 'SRA-1', but I think SR.A1 is the correct nomenclature). It's a nice little kit, which includes beaching gear, canopy masks (2 types of canopy), a small PE fret, decals for all three machines and a lovely 3D decal sheet for the instrument panels. I didn't mean this to be a WIP, but having spotted a few useful points already, I thought I'd start one now. So please forgive the lack of 'before' sprue shots, but here at least is the parts map: I aim to build the first prototype, TG263, which first appeared thus: It soon gained an 'acorn' fairing at the junction of the fin and tailplane (highlighted) and retained its clear-view canopy (arrowed): Later still, it gained a reinforced canopy, arrowed below: And also paraded in 'B Condition' marks as G-12-1: The second prototype (TG267) crashed and I can't find any photos of it, but this is the #3 machine, TG271: And this is the #1 SR.A1 when I saw it at Duxford a while back (I'd also seen it years ago at the Skyfame Museum): it's now at Solent Sky in Southampton. To the kit. Just a short intro. It's typical short-run, with a bit of flash on parts (no issues) but the engraved panel lines are really delicate and nicely done. Before starting I had a look at the parts and one area I wanted to tackle was the gun muzzles, which are quite shallow-cast on the kit (Part 10). I drilled them out: Also there are some prominent ejector pin marks, and those which occur on mating faces (fin-to-fin half; tailplane-to-tailplane half for example) will need to be sanded flat. There are also a few less obvious ones which need to be removed (not all do), including this one (arrowed), which I've removed as it will interfere with the installation of the intake assembly (instructions step 5):
    26 points
  35. Latest effort. The Italeri boxing of the Northrop YB-35. I've previously built the YB-49 so I knew what to expect. Overall the kit is OK and the decals are excellent. Finished in Vallejo steel and gunmetal. 20220927_085338 by Derek N.Ferguson, on Flickr 20220927_085353 by Derek N.Ferguson, on Flickr 20220927_085414 by Derek N.Ferguson, on Flickr 20220927_085419 by Derek N.Ferguson, on Flickr 20220927_085425(1) by Derek N.Ferguson, on Flickr
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  36. Hi all, I built this fir a friend that served with the 17th Sqd when they used these aircraft. And yes he loved it.
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  37. Howdy, Here is my latest armor build. This is Takom's M46 Patton done up in gaudy tiger markings, as seen on several USMC and US Army units during the Korean War. The kit is typical Takom in that fit is good, but it is touch over-engineered, and many parts required a good deal of cleanup. The stowage is mixed and matched from a few EXCELLENT Value Gear sets, some Tamiya, and some home made.Paint is Mr. Color, but the tiger stripes were done by hand with Vallejo black primer and off white colors. The paws, maw, and eyes are from Takom's amazing decal sheet. I kept the weathering very simple and organic on this one; just dark brown oil paint washes, with paint strategically moved around as it dried. This was followed by some very subtle dry brushing, and some paint chipping done with a dark brownish black color from Vallejo. A little bit of dark earth pigment on the undercarriage tied things together. Sometimes simple is the best. I'm very proud of this one. It isn't perfect, but its as close as I can probably manage. This is probably my favorite model I have ever built. I hope you enjoy the pictures. https://photos.smugmug.com/M46-Patton/i-BsDM2vN/1/2d8a84f0/XL/PXL_20221002_191217565-XL.jpg
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  38. Number 6, and maybe the last of this series. Ugandan COIN Gnat You want a story? I'll tell you a story; The RAF Red Arrows had been on a visit to South Africa. They were staging their return home through various African counties. One was Uganda. When one of the Gnat landed at Kampala two of its tyres punctured. The support team had no spare tyres left so it was decided that that one Gnat, its pilot and some ground crew would remain there. The support team would get the tyres and return. But in the meantime Idi Amin seized control of the country in a coup. On the advice of a friendly army officer the RAF personnel left Uganda by road very quickly. The Gnat was left behind. It was later written up that this one had crashed, to cover up its loss. The new administration fixed up the Gnat, fitted it with rocket pods and used it to supress opposition in COIN operations
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  39. A little more on the fly and a moral of “Time doesn’t always equal quality” . Is that a moral? More of a statement. 🥹 Here is a belated photo. Of the fixed tail fin. The glue line will vanish under paint. The wells got a Flory wash, top coat and left to dry. What is it with wheel wells and this hobby? We spend ages getting them just so, then point them at the floor for all eternity. Then they got pegged and glued as a very deliberate act of progression. Now here’s the thing. @Ex-FAAWAFU pointed out an inaccuracy in the chin oil cooler. The Trumpy kit has that one little PE part that’s a bit vague and a bit see through and as is seems a bit deeeeep. So What a to do ? Cutting a very long journey a little shorter to save you the pain after many attempts I found the best way to fix this was to firstly bung said hole with tin foil. Pack it in noice and toit. Then upon poking it out from tother end you can make a template using plasticard. the foil goes back in then card and now all you have to do is make a convincing vent. Imagine if you will the throaty tones of our very own Welsh gravel tin Bonnie Tyler, belting out “Holding out for a hero” while I rattle through what can only be described as a really dull montage spiced up by some classic Jim steinman. Here we go!!!! ”Where have all the good men gone And where are all the gods? Where's the streetwise Hercules To fight the rising odds?” lord knows but here’s a vent. I did say it was boring. Imagine siting doing it for well over an hour and this was the best of three. I looked at it for ages and from different angles but I just couldn’t get in with it. so I found a bit of old PE bomb bay I think cut it down with scissors spent 5 mins painting and weathering and bunged it up the chute. Much better. Always the way. As it stands you get to see my bunged tin foil from tother side which is a pain. And I’d cut the PE to use in the first vent. never mind. I had a spare, should look ok with a spot of paint. Ok so after the madness I’ll end on a bit of a fun little dry fit. The wells had dried and fit wonderfully. The wings seem to fit. All the other bits just seen to slot into place. Looks a bit like a firefly. On that note I’ve just seen the time so I’m headed off to the land of nod. Take care y’all. Johnny.
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  40. Hi Everyone, So as a bit of a laugh I bought a 1/48 scale Douglas F4D Skyray from the local dollar store for 4 Canadian dollars (about 2 Pounds). The kit was a mixed bag no cockpit tub only a poor preformed seat but it did have a reasonably detailed engine (for a Lindberg anyway). Being one to tinker I added a cockpit, tub, ejector seat, control stick and control panel. I also cut out and positioned the engine access doors in the down position and added detailed landing gear wells and wiring to the landing gear and engine. I also added Sidewinder missiles and sensor pod on the centre pylon. The kit came with prototype markings which I discarded in favour of aftermarket ones. The kit is no Tamiya but for a four dollar kit I think it turned out ok.
    24 points
  41. Good evening! Long, long time from my last post... So sending a few new pictures for fun just now!
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  42. Hello all. Finished last week this little kit took quite a lot of work to get together. The parts are moulded in soft grey plastic, all needing to be scraped and sanded to ensure a good fit. There is also a fair amount of etch to deal with, so the aged eyes and fingers had their work cut out for this one! The aircraft is the executive version of the Bell 47 and according to the LF instructions had the distinction of being the first helicopter to carry a President of the United States. It was used by many civil and military users, and I think it was the star of a TV show called Whirlybirds which I watched on a black and white TV many moons ago. The model is out of the (small) box other than the balances atop the rotor head which I made from old bits of etch and brass rod. I used Xtracolor enamels throughout and It’s finished as a Chilean Naval version from 1966. It was great fun to do, hope you like it. Most of the parts are inside, never to be seen again! Thanks for having a look. Pete
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  43. two-thirds to 75% thinner was a bit of a guesstimate James. I had to thin it in the pot before I could even use a pipette to transfer the paint to the little disposable test tubes I mix the paint in. And then I thinned it again by more than 50/50. Bill! (No - nice talc free blue nitrile) This is a very uncomfortable conversation. Not only of a certain age but lived in Norfolk at the relevant time. Ok so. I've done (hopefully) the most nerve racking bit of masking with the trainer scheme. The black upper nose. A few piccies: Tamiya Nato black thinned with Mr Color Levelling Thinner. It's sat hardening orf now, and I'll check it carefully in a bit. Looks like it might be ok.
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  44. Greetings Friends! I am feeling better and my models show it! Here is an EXCELLENT Hasegawa Plastic in a Hobby2000 Kit. I really love these Hobby2000 releases because they have cartograph decals and excellent color diagrams for the markings. This kit included the rare wing walk decals which really add to the authenticity. I had a blast building this and it went together flawlessly. I highly recommend! I chose a scheme (to be different) showcased in Luftwaffe Im Focus #25, of White H. I used the excellent Excito decals of this bird. I say White H because I carefully studied the photos and the expert Excito quotes saying this was WHITE not the light blue. I tend to agree after looking at photos even the reverse one provided Im Focus. This is built OOB except for Eduard Zoom seat belt kit and Squadron Resin weighted wheels (and Excito decals). I really liked this scheme because of the personal markings of the Bird and the kill markings on the tail. Enjoy this Can Opener! Let me know what you think... In my trademark way, I forgot to pull off the landing light masking tape! I did so now!
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  45. No. 781 Naval Air Squadron, R.N.A.S. Lee-on-Solent, Hampshire, 1961 Just completed this in an ATF GB.
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  46. Good day, ladies & gentlemen. Some facts: - This plane couldn't be in the air for more than 12 minutes due to limited fuel reserves. For the same reason, the Me-163s were flying directly in the routes of bombers (there were no other options to fly anywhere and behind anyone on their own). - The main requirement for the machine was a quick climb. - The aircraft made only a few sorties; While 11 aircraft were shot down, they were able to destroy only 9 American B-29s. - Due to the low amount of fuel, the aircraft could not re-approach the target. - Me-163 had a liquid propellant rocket engine, which was supplied with 80 percent hydrogen peroxide and a liquid catalyst. Accordingly - the letters "T" and "C" on the fuselage: Oxidizer, "composition T" - 80% hydrogen peroxide, is a transparent liquid without color and odor. Slightly toxic - when vapors entered the cockpit, it caused lacrimation in pilots. Causes burns on contact with skin and explodes with some organic compounds. The main danger of composition T is that it is not stable - in the presence of catalysts (for example, iron oxides) it rapidly decomposes, sometimes in the form of an explosion. It dissolves well in water. On Me-163 it served as an oxidizer to produce steam and gas for the rotation of the turbine and pumps. Fuel, "composition C" was a mixture of 30% hydrazine hydrate + 57-58% methanol, the rest is water. Colorless, oily liquid, with an ammonia-like odor. It's toxic, causes burns on contact with the skin, and explodes in the presence of iron oxides. Together with composition T, it forms a self-igniting fuel. In the combustion chamber, hydrogen peroxide decomposes with the formation of a large volume of superheated gas-vapor mixture, creating powerful jet thrust. - After takeoff, the plane dropped the landing gear and landed on a retractable ski. At the same time, it often turned over. - 3 groups were armed with such aircraft, however, due to lack of fuel, only one group was able to take part in hostilities.
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  47. I've had this kit in the stash for years but some inspiration back in August led me to pick it up from the stash and start building. Funny thing was, a week into the build and an email arrived to tell me that my pre-order for the Moebius Aries 1B, the moon shuttle from 2001 was ready! See that being build in another thread here: I decided to add some basic lighting to this, just a single red LED for the cockpit and a white one for the passenger compartment. I hid the batteries in the base and added wires up the stand to pins that connect to the model I had previously ordered a set of Pan Am decals from somewhere since they don't come with the kit as the people who now own the Pan Am logo want excessive fees for its use! Anyway after some serious filling and sanding to fix the joint between the two sides of the fuselage, this was the end result: The panel decals really make it work now and I was very pleased with the result. Cue the Blue Danube...
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  48. 1:48 Academy MIG-29 AS Fulcrum - Slovak Air Force Gday BM mates, I've finally caught up to my build posts !! This project is the 1:48 Academy MIG-29 AS Fulcrum, Slovak Air Force version with the digital aggressor scheme. Can't believe I was considering painting the scheme from scratch !! I added Eduard PE and PJ Productions Rafale pilot (MIG29 pilot was sold out ta the time). The kit was relatively painless to build however I learnt the following: Decals cover large areas so they either didn't fit certain areas such as the intake vents or just broke in areas, so I need to mix the right tone of black (tyre black and black) to touch up those areas - no problems . The lighter grey shade of the decal and the Ghost Grey required by the paint instructions are actually quite close so its a little harder to see the variation between these greys so you might consider changing the base grey a little to suit the decal grey. You would need to get a real even coat of varnish over the decals to even the surface between the decals and the base paint if you were doing a weathering wash. I chose to get a gritty finish however I didn't quite get this evenness of varnish so the was got caught around decal edges here and there and was difficult to get even wash finish over decal and non-decal areas. Tried to even up with panel line colouring. Some smaller parts and exhausts were brittle and broke so had to repair or replace, for struts, pins made good replacements. But overall I'm pretty happy as it was a harder kit to finish off and I learnt alot making it. WIP is here: Hope you like it. Cheers Jeremy Thanks for stopping by and checking it out. Cheers JJ
    23 points
  49. Hi everyone, Here's my diorama of the 101st Airborne, ready to embark on D-Day from Upottery in Devon in 1:72 scale. The C-47 Skytrain is from Italeri, paratrooper figures from 3djson and a Jeep from Oxford Diecast. I wanted to add some further interest so added some cockpit and interior LEDs and fitted 3v motors to the engines. The apron is printed concrete sheets and the rest is scatters and scenic grass. I made the base to house the cables and batteries underneath. I really enjoyed making this scene. At the start, this wasn't going to be anything but a change from building fighters and then things escalated! I hope you like it. Comments and criticisms welcome. Happy modelling folks! Engines on... Interior lights on and final kit checks...
    23 points
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