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  1. 82 points
    Hiya Folks, I have always wanted to add a Sunderland Mk.5 to my collection and thanks to Special Hobby,..... I have finally got one and I am very happy with it! My model represents PP117, 4X-W of 230 Sqn around the time of the Berlin Airlift, 1948-49,.... while it still wore its basic wartime scheme of White and Exta Dark Sea Grey and before the upper surfaces were re painted in Medium Sea Grey with D Type roundels on the fuselage, as depicted in the kit. For the white I used Rattle Can spray but the rest was brush painted with Pigment Powders and with a fine brush. Here is the aircraft wearing the earlier scheme; And with what looks like the later D Type roundel maybe? Here is the WIP; And here is the finished model; So I`ve finally got a Mk.V/5 and I have another to build, possibly as a Korean War aircraft and I am looking forward to the release of the Mk.III too,...... it is a challenging build in places but the surface detail is much superior to the Italeri kit and where else will you get a decent Mk.V these days? Here is some film of 230 Sqn Sunderland`s flying from the Havel Lake, Berlin during the Berlin Airlift; All the best Tony
  2. 63 points
    Hello my friends; I finished my last model in this weekend. It's is a new simple Airfix mold. I did modifications including a lot of adds: - CMK engine; - Seat, wheels, control surfaces, exhaust by resins Aires and Quickboost; - PE interior and flaps by Brengun; - Master Pl cannons and; - Tail wheel scratched. I built a simple base too. I had doubt about the insignias diameters (upper wing surfaces), but even so I ended up using the Airfix decals. I had no options here. The mark is No. 266 Squadron, 2nd Tactical Air Force, Holland and Germany April/May 1944. Cheers;
  3. 60 points
    Hello, this is an Italian Revell Tornado (1/32); it was converted into a "trainer" version modifying the Aires cockpit with scratchbuilt and 3d-printed parts... Decals come from Tauromodels range...
  4. 58 points
    back to planes ! I am initially an airplane kit builder. When I resumed modeling 4 years ago, it was with this F4 C and i discovered the forums and their members who are not ultimately that big perverts ... (apart from Basket, whom i met then, but I would have the opportunity to come back to it) Anyway, time for pics : the entire montage, wich took me five months (a lot of scratch was done), is here :http://fighters.forumactif.com/t78359-f-4c-phantom-ii-nam-1968-557th-tfs-12th-tfw-cam-rahn-bay-air-base See you! Fabrice
  5. 58 points
    Hiyas, Back with another freehand cammo, this time it is an Asia Minor scheme on an Imperial Iranian Sabre. When I saw that High Decal was releasing decals for a cammo Sabre I just had to do it! Converted a japanese Sabre with the long wings and dropped the slats with a set from Kasl other than that I threw in a cockpit from Aires and wheel wells from CMK. Here's some pics Cheers!
  6. 57 points
    That was quite a bump and I know what ya’ll are thinking, and I’m here to tell you it wasn’t the airline’s fault, it wasn’t the pilot’s fault, it wasn’t the flight attendants’ fault…..it was the asphalt! Ladies and Gentlemen, please remain in your seats until Captain Crash and the Crew have brought the aircraft to a screeching halt up against the gate. At no time in history has a passenger beaten a plane to the gate. So please don’t even try. And, once the tire smoke has cleared and the warning bells are silence, we’ll open the door and you can pick your way t hrough the wreckage to the terminal.As you exit the plane, please make sure to sure to gather all of your belongings. Anything left behind will be distributed evenly among the flight attendants. Please do not leave children or spouses. Also Please be careful opening the overhead bins because shift happens. We’d like to thank you folks for flying with us today. And, the next time you get the insane urge to go blasting through the skies in a pressurized metal tube, we hope you’ll think of us here at Disast Air. Ok now that we've landed from the WIP here we go.... A year ago last June I started on a little project THe is part1 of a 2 part series. HpH 1/48 B-36H. Resin /Fibreglass construction with resin and P/E for detail. I added numerous extra bits mostly in the Bomb bay and gunturrets You can find the build here: [ [ THis is no light weight to be sure. Weighing in at a svelte 4.6 kilos. Clad in a mixture of Bare metal Foils and AlcladII Metal paints. Some of the decals I changed from the kit as this is a representation of the aircraft from the Movie Strategic Air Command. Only difference, its later than the movie and before the Feather weight I,II,II programs commenced. I hope you enjoy my little offering And Thank you for viewing. As always If you have and comments questions or suggestions Don't hesitate to let me know. Right now I'm going to get something cold to drink so I can Cool off my hands. It's 34C outside and in the 15 min that I was out taking pictures. the aluminum Cladding on the model got VERY hot. Didn't expect that to happen. Have an Excellent day, For the Yanks in the bunch Happy 4th of July, or as I like to explain to the younger set, the day we Unfriended Good King George III.
  7. 55 points
    Hi, finished this after a good few months work. My first post as well so please be gentle. In short a fun and challenging build that generated every emotion known to man along the way. I find it best with these kits to complete sub assemblies before attempting to assemble the main parts as there is always a lot of dry fitting and sanding to be done. Also because of the size it all becomes a bit unwieldy in the old shed! It was re scribed where necessary to give the lining wash a bit more purchase. The rear windows are Crystal Clear. Landing lights are Little Lenses sealed in flush with Crystal Clear on the sides of the nose. The undercarriage was drilled and pinned with brass. Some aerials are photo etch and its finished in shades of my trusty Humbrol 27002 / 27003. Incidentally there's half a church roofs worth of lead in the front end to keep the nose down. Alas as I already have a Bear, Il-20 Coot and Madge completed with a Candid to do, I fear I may need a bigger shed. Hope you like it Cheers Pete To show the size of the beast
  8. 53 points
    Martin P6M-2 Seamaster Naval Air Station Harvey Point, North Carolina, 1959 1/72 Mach 2 kit Surely one of the coolest looking aeroplanes of all time, the Seamaster was just a step too far into the field of far-too-expensive-aeroplanes. In some ways it captures the spirit of 1950s military aviation in America in which anything was worth a try. I bought this Mach 2 kit at a good price (£40) last year but really never thought I would build it. Opening the box revealed the size of the beast, but also revealed huge amounts of flash and poorly moulded parts with rough surface finish. Once I had cleaned everything up though (which took a huge amount of time) it actually went together fairly quickly. Not having to bother with an undercarriage helped, but I did have to mould a new canopy because the kit canopy was very thick and completely the wrong shape. The kit included the complex beaching trolley, which is so necessary for flying boats. Cleaning up the parts for this was something else, but it went together OK in the end. Decals were just about usable, but the white parts had yellowed which looked awful against the painted white of the hull. Thankfully I managed to find enough letters and numbers from other sheets to replace them. The previous Mach 2 kit I built was the Valiant, some years before the Airfix release, and the experience was about the same as this, but I did get the same feeling of satisfaction to see it finished.
  9. 51 points
    I just put the finishing touches on this (such as it is) in the way of the shredded rudder on Charlies Boeing and the 109's antenna wire (courtesy of my wife's long blonde hair and black jiffy marker) I took pics in my garage because of the large size base/ models not fitting anywhere else to get a shot and it being too windy today to take the scene outside. I'll try for better pictures with sky behind another day. The base is a large piece of Douglass Fir painted with aerosols. The Boeing is (of course) HK Models E/F and the 109 is Revell with a few upgrades. Build thread can be seen (I think?) over on Modelers Alliance...somewhere Please excuse the poor photography, bad lighting, cruddy backdrop etc. etc.
  10. 48 points
    Airfix 1/72 Heinkel He.177A-5 'Greif' 6N+HN of 5./KG 100 1943 Here is another ceiling holding pattern nostalgia build from the 'Kit I built as a kid' Group Build, a kit originally released by Airfix in 1967 which I must have built around the mid 70s. I have built it mainly out of the box with the exception of some scratched extra detail in the typical for the time spartan interior plus a couple of additional parts around the rest of the model. All in all great fun to build and I really enjoyed having a go at mottling for the first time and creating my own masks for the markings (bar the '6N' and the tail marking), I had only a couple of dodgy reference photos and one profile to go on....yes I know never trust a profile! but for the purposes of this GB I was content enough to risk the wrath of the RLM posse. The build thread can be found below: Thanks for looking and as always comments and observations are welcome. Cheers, Mark.
  11. 47 points
    Hi all, Just finished having fun with Airfix's Tiger moth in 1.48 scale. Always fancied having a go at rigging and using Uschi 0.05mm thread made it almost effortless, no more monofilament for me. Was going to have two pilots standing next to the frame discussing the next sortie, but could only find one pilot that kinda worked So have gone for a pilot climbing in for his first solo flight being watched over by a member of ground crew. Not sure who is more concerned, pilot for his first trip into the wild blue yonder, or the engineer for the pilots first solo landing!! Hope you like how it has turned out. Matt
  12. 45 points
    It´s a Viper...but just not any Viper but a Viper that was part part of one of the USAFs attempts to replace the A-10 as the USAF main CAS plattform. It did not turn out well and the A-16 was not to be as it was a way to delicate for a powerful 30mm gatling gun. Nothing tells the story of the CAS Viper and the GAU-13 gun better than this article: https://foxtrotalpha.jalopnik.com/the-f-16-gun-pod-that-tried-to-shoot-down-the-a-10-wart-1597577525 A Viper in wraparound Euro-1 was simply irresistable so armed with a Tamyia F-16C block 25, Aires exhausts, seat and Caracals CAS Viper decal sheet, a GPU-5 gun pod from the hasegawa weapon set and Rockeyes, Sidewinders and Mavericks from Eduard, I set out to build a true CAS Viper! The first hurdle to overcome was the Pave Penny pod, the pylon attached to ithe air intake was no where to be seen until I found a resin set for a IAF Netz conversion from wolfpack. It is the only source for this Pave Penny pod needed for this build just so you know The second hurdle was that I got plagued by silvering on the Caracal decals...not their fault, somehow skimped on the surface work or something I tried fixing it but to no avail..the decals decided to stay silvered Other than that....Tamyia Vipers are fantastic to build, just so you know if you never tried one OKi here comes the picture avalanche Cheers!
  13. 45 points
    Hello Britmodellers! Here's one of my lockdown builds, made for the In The Navy groupbuild. It's the Kinetic 1/32 kit (reboxed Academy) and one of the best jet models you can get. This one's mostly out of the box except the cockpit (Avionix), seats (Aires), chaff buckets (F4dable Models) and armament, which is a mix of Wolfpack (GBU-38) and Trumpeter (GBU-12). It's a really attractive two-sided scheme with the flag on the airbrake, excellent decals by Flying Leathernecks. I used Xtracrylix paint for the main scheme and Colourcoats for the wear and tear effects. This aircraft was painted in Kuwait at the end of the deployment in 2007 but my main references were some excellent photos of it at Las Vegas shortly afterwards, so the degree of dirtiness is reasonable for a special scheme! The wings were depicted folded even though that's not normal for land-based Marine examples, because I think it's nice to show off an aircraft's unique features on a model! The two-sided scheme is also very attractive, commemorating all the units making up MAG-2 at the time. The cockpit was a Black Box/Avionix set from way back, but built up really well. The kit canopy was less fun to build...it's the biggest clear part I've seen on any model, and the attachment points were very flimsy to hold such a large cantilevered piece. Epoxy glue was the only solution. Unusually for me, I even painted up the underside (out of sight out of mind is my usual policy ) If anyone's still reading this, the build thread is here: All the best, stay safe and thanks for looking, Alan
  14. 45 points
    Hi there A few years ago I built the B-36 FIghter CONveyer using a Monogram B-36 and an Italeri Thunderflash. An interesting concept for lomg range reconnaissence that required the B-36 to transport the Thunderflash part of the way to the target, release it and then allow the Thuderflash to dock onto a trapeze sytem and be recovered. This was done afew times back in the 1950`s. When fully loaded there was 6’’ of ground clearance to the Thunderflash fuel tanks. The other clearance problem was resolved after take off by lowering the Thunderflash on its trapeze so the B-36 undercarriage could be retracted. The B-36 needed the bomb bay opening up in size and supports making. Various antenna were scratch built. The Thunderflash was bult out of the box with the stabilisers on the tails drooped to fit the bomb bay. A lot of Alclad was used for painting this. The B-36 was put on an office chair and rotated for painting because of its size. Warbird decals were used for the B-36. Here are the pictures. Regards Toby
  15. 44 points
    My latest completed.... Well I did actually finish this a couple of weeks ago but I'm terrible at pointing the camera at my models for some reason. Good at pointing the camera at real planes whenever I see them, funny that! German Air Force Alpha Jet 41+39 JBG43 NATO Tiger Meet - Kleine Brogel 1985 This is the Fujimi 1/72 kit. It has some nicely represented panel lines but in other areas comparable to old Matchbox kits. Extremely basic cockpit & very thick clear one piece canopy. I did have a Pavla vacform canopy intended for the Heller kit but in the end decided to use the kit canopy & took the razor saw to it & cut it up into sections. As I needed to reinforce where the canopies are attached, I drilled & attached brass rod to represent the telescopic canopy rams, this made for a secure support and attachment. I added side consoles from scrap plastic & used Pavla MBB Stencel ejection seats. The only thing I should have addressed was the arrestor hook which looks like a walking stick attached to the rear end, which I might sort out at a later date when I can be bothered! For decals I used a HaHen decal sheet (Thanks Harald if you're looking!) which provided the cockpit decals & fitted nicely. His German Air Force Alpha Jet decal sheet had everything I needed for this particular airframe which attended the 1985 Tiger Meet at Kleine Brogel. Photographic reference from; "The 25th Anniversary NATO Tiger Meet" Coen Van Den Heuvel & Jac Van Tuyn Osprey/Motorbooks International An obligatory Master brass pitot was used as well as some brass tubing for the Mauser gun. All paints used were from the Hataka paint range, Mig PLW wash & Xtracrylic matt. Thanks for looking
  16. 44 points
    Hi all Here's my latest completion- I only count the build fully complete when its been posted here . After my Bf 109 I turned next to something British, which turned out to be Airfix's offering of the Hawker Hurricane Mk1. It went together pretty well although a fair bit of sanding went into the thinning the leading edges and removing the poor join of the front part of the wing to the lower fuselage. Its all out of the box apart from a somewhat shoddy attempt at a diy harness made from kitchen foil and some spare PE from other builds: I ended up going for V6665 which was flow by Sgt. Tadeusz Andruszkow of 303 (Polish) Squadron who was sadly shot down and killed whilst on patrol over Horsham on the 27/09/40. I used masking putty for the camo and masked the red fuselage band instead of using the decal. I actually ended up painting this three times as I wasn't happy with the dark earth colour- I eventually settled on an 85% XF49/15%XF52 mix and then added a couple drops of yellow which I was happy with. I almost finished the model thinking it was my best to date and then disaster happened. I was removing the canopy masking only to realise that I hadn't masked the two side panels on the front piece- i'd masked the insides and must have taken a break and then forgotten to mask the front for some reason, but it looked masked because of the inside sheets! What a tool! I've scratched off the paint but the result is two scratched and foggy panes Anyway here are the pics:
  17. 43 points
    Hi Folks. This is my third and final installment of the F-14 Trilogy. Presented for your viewing entertainment, RENEGADE 200 from VF-24, sister squadron to VF-211 which was also based at NAS Miramar, CA. Compared to my VF-211 bird, building this model was a bit easier, the decals coming straight from the Furball Decals sheet, which performed brilliantly. Like most of my builds, the aftermarket stuff was kept to a minimum, the differences being this time i tried the Eduard BRASSIN Resin Cockpit set and the DEF Resins aftermarket wheels. i also used the Galaxy Models F-14 Painting Mask set, which is even more extensive than the increasingly hard- to- find NewWare mask set. I'm also a big fan of the MASTER models brass Angle of Attack sensors, since they can be added very late in construction. You can buy them in packs of 5, making them a bit more cost-efficient if you like to build F-4s, F-14s, -15s, and -16s. The hardest thing is manipulating them and getting them into position, without launching them into low earth orbit. The model was painted with Tamiya acrylics for the interior (which marks the final phasing-out of my enamels) and the exterior was painted with a base coat of Mr Base White, followed by Mr Color Insignia White, then a top coat of Mr Color Gloss Light Gull Gray. H315 has pretty much become my "Go-To" choice for Navy subject matter. The radome tan is also Mr Color. Metallic parts of the model were done with MM Metalizer, the exception being i used Mr Stainless on the intake lips and Mr Color H8 Silver on the metal parts of the "beaver tail" Some friends commented that the hot sections on the back end looked too bright, so i mopped them down with a wash of Tamiya Flat Black. I'm not really a fan of the Phoenix Missile system, despite it being the Tomcat's "Raison d'Etre". However, for my last F-14 i thought i'd do at least ONE with the Phoenix installation. Besides, the subject aircraft i was modelling showed the Phoenix pallets installed most of the time anyway. The Phoenix Missiles were rather tedious to finish, requiring a couple of re-painting iterations and re-decaling when i discovered i applied the stencils upside down! However, 2 AIM-54As combined with a single AIM-7 and a brace of AIM-9s makes for a well-rounded weapons compliment. Here's some photos taken against more of a contrasty background... RENEGADE 200 marks the end of my Tomcat project that started in 2017. For those who don't recall seeing my First Tomcat (GYPSY 203) here it is... Man cannot live on Tomcats alone (or Corsairs for that matter) so its time to get back to my F8U projects and finish out that trilogy as well. Thanks for shopping!
  18. 42 points
    Whilst I had the lightbox out I thought I would take some pictures of one of my last few builds, he He219 UHU. This was an absolute dream to build (as most of tamiya's stuff is) which allowed me to build it up in sub-assemblies to ease painting before it all came together for the camo. This was my first time doing such a complex camo scheme, and enjoyed and dreaded it with equal measure!! I think it came together fairly well in the end, few splotches as i was getting use to the airbrush and thinning ration for the paint, but it is nice to stretch oneself out the comfort zone every now and then and learn a few new skills. Working with the airbrush at this level certainly helped me when it came to mottling the Bf109, but that is for another thread. Oh well onwards to the pictures, hope you enjoy. Matt
  19. 40 points
    To keep myself entertained and away from the bar (as much!) I like to take a few kits away with me on deployment. After the success I had with the camouflage on the He219 I felt confident trying out some mottling camo and the Bf109 had some great use of mottling. So armed with Tamiya's new release of the Bf109 G6 I dove straight in. Tamiyas new release was an absolute dream to build, with their tolerances and clever solutions to some of the bigger problems on the 109 (undercarriage angle and strength) it fell together in no time. The added bonus of being able to switch between open and closed engine cowlings was a nice touch. I tried a new technique with the oils, tried out the dot wash, helped give a bit more depth and interest to the large areas of colour, still got a way to go to perfect the technique though. So onto the pictures, these were taken down route, so no lightbox to get great lighting as the last posts, but the sun did help. Any questions or comments please ask away. Cheeers Matt
  20. 40 points
    Hi Folks, This is the Trumpeter Fairey Firefly MkI, of 1770 Sqn, HMS Indefatigable, August 1945. I’ll give a rough rundown and provide some more thoughts below the photos. Airbrushed with Colourcoats it has resin wheel wells, wheels, radiator, prop and spinner and seat. Rockets and the fixings are from the Special Hobby Kit as are the decals. This represents the aircraft flown by Sub-Lt Maclaren and his observer W. Richard who carried out strikes over Honshu, in August 1945. On one particular flight they had a dust up with some flak causing large damage to the aircraft but they still made it back. Maclaren earned the DSC from this. The kit quite frankly is not worth the full price that some are charging for it. As I have said, I have replaced a lot with resin but there are still many things to be corrected: The kit comes with incorrect style of rockets, cannons, wheels are terrible, basic cockpit, incorrect rear cockpit, ghastly nose with a lack of intakes on the top. This gives the nose a long look which I sanded back a bit. No pitot, no mirrors, incorrect locstion of aerial mast, horrible riveting, canopy cannot be portrayed open, the elevators are bizarre and a pilot would be unable to use them if they were like that in real life. It needs the elevator horn attached to it as I have done. The rudder is portrayed as metal which is wrong and there is a lack of a trim tab. The addition of flaps is quite nice, however the Firefly has four flap settings and it would have been nice to have the landing flap setting which allows the flap to drop down and backwards providing a much larger wing area. I'm sure that people will know of many other faults in there. The long and the short of it is, go for Special Hobby and get one of their Fireflies. If you can get Trumpeters dirt cheap then give it a go, maybe! As an aside, I’d love to know what people make of the difference in TSS between the two kits. The SH firefly I did in Xtracrylics, compared to the Trumpeter in Colourcoats. Thanks for looking Nick
  21. 39 points
    I don't normally build bisplanes as I hate rigging them. I sometimes make an exception and a set of etched rigging from SBS and a fabulous model posted hear earlier by Jenko enabled me to finish this stalled build. I finished it as an aircraft of the New Zealand Division of the Royal Navy in 1936-38 attached to HMNZS Achilles, using a set of Print Scale decals. Four Walruses( Walrii?) were part of that establishment coded Z! to Z4, though the machine I represented, K5774, was landed back in the UK in mid 1938. Walrus K5774 4 The kit is a joy to build, everything fits nicely and I used very little filler. I did use a set of Eduard Brassin wheels with spoked hubs, Walrus K5774 2 The decals were nice and thin , conformed with very little help and were nicely opaque. Walrus K5774 1 by I'm not sure I will build another, as I have already nailed together a SMER kit of another RNZAF machine, but I would recommend it to anyone. I omitted the radio aeriaL wires as a practicality as this model will hopefully go to a number of shows Covid permitting. Walrus K5447 3 Thank you for looking
  22. 39 points
    Good day friends! I'd like to present to you my latest complete project - the belgium F-16 MLU in colorfull and very exciting anniversary livery. The kit is the Revell's, well known to many of you. It appear on the market in 2000 and up to now have 16 different issues, most of them in colorfull camouflages, like tigermeet airplanes and etc. The current livery is most exciting livery for my own. It was created by the Happy Design Studio for the 100tg anniversary of 1st squadron "Stingers". More for the kit and the plane you can read here: F-16 MLU kit and plane The painting process you can watch here: F-16 MLU painting Beutifully aranged colors and shapes and huge and pretty Scottish thistle on the fin. And their moto "Nemo me impune lacessit" (No one provokes me with impunity) on the external fuel tanks. The decals in the kit represent the color stripes and all painting on the fin very well, but from my own opinion the colors of the stripes are wrong. The original colors are actualy the standard F-16 camouflage colors. Compared with them, the Revell decals look darker and wrong. Ecpecially the yellow stripes are in difeerend, more warmer tone than the original. You can see the bright, lemon yellow in the video. Therefore I have decided to make the camo on my own using paints. After cockpit assembly, some rescribing and riveting to improve the panel lines I started with the yellow areas. After drying of the paint it was sanded down to remove sharp borders between colors and to blend it with the surounding surface. At the end the yellow was polished. The horizontal stabilizers were also painted, sanded and polished: After that with templates based on the original decals, I have positioned masks and covered the yellow zone. The front yellow stripes are masked with 0.7mm wide masking stripe. The all model was painted with undersurface color light gray. And then started with masking for the second middle gray color. And after painting with middle gray, masked for the black: I have used the great semi-gloss black of Mr. Hobby. From here on all remaing thing was easy. I have changed the original AIM-120 rockets with Eduard's resin ones. The fin decals are just perfectly sized and shaped. The just laid without any problem. The whole decals design work is stunning! Here is the result: Details: . As you can see all stripes are perfectly aligned. The yellow stripes on the horizontal stabilezers are aligned with the feuselage stripes. And few more pictures:
  23. 39 points
    Hi all, only me with another build I finished recently, featured in last months issue of Airfix Model World. This time it's the soon to be reissued 1/48th Defiant Mk.1 by Airfix which really only combines the earlier Mk.1 and NF.1 kits with new decals including markings for one of each type, nothing else has changed in the box. Unfortunately the new decals weren't ready in time so I opted to use the earlier NF.1 markings for the sharmouthed N3328 of 151 squadron which, to be honest, looks more interesting than those of the newer offering (264 squadrons N1801, 'Coimbatore II') It's a lovely little kit in its own right but as is often the case with Airfix, a tad basic when it comes to surface detail. I decided to fill most of the overly heavy panel lines, (especially those on the tail planes and fin) and lightly rescribed them to a more respectable level. At the same time I decided to rivet sections of the thing too which was pretty straightforward using SBS's neat 1/72nd rivetting tool. A fair bit of aftermarket was thrown at it, including CMK's resin Merlin III engine (with exhaust stacks and replacement engine covers), their resin cockpit and replacement Mk2D powered turret along with Eduard's PE cockpit interior, landing gear bay and landing flap set. The resin cockpit set was mixed with the pre-painted PE parts to produce a rather decent Defiant cockpit and the same went for the turret. The model was sprayed using MRP lacquer paints and weathered using a combination of AK, AMMO MIG and Wilder washes and pigment products and staining came courtesy of Abteilung 502 oils thinned using their Matt Effect Thinner. All in all, a quick fun build. Airfix did a pretty good job with this one at a very fair price although personally I would have liked to have seen more restrained panel lines and a bit more surface detail. Thanks for looking and hope you like it. Melchie
  24. 39 points
    Hi, everybody! I present you my next model.
  25. 38 points
    Hi all, Finished this very morning is the Trumpeter 1/32 P-38L Lightning, a truly beautiful aeroplane that has passed me by for years but I finally discovered it Build thread is here: Happy to answer any questions and feel free to comment, good bad or indifferent Cheers everyone and look after yourselves, Alan
  26. 37 points
    This is a recently completed build of the 1/72 Revell HH-3E I added some parts from a Airfix Sea King to spruce it up and scratch built the FOD deflector using a Fujimi part for reference, I also added some missing parts to the cockpit like collectives and control columns It is finished in markings from a Wolfpak sheet which also included some tips on correcting the kit and adding the missing parts mentioned above. I am not sure the red/orange sections are the correct shade as they changed over time according to the Wolfpak instructions but I am not going back now to change it .
  27. 37 points
    Hi ! I had promised you informations on my friend Basket... I take advantage of the opening of this topic to keep my word This dear friend lives therefore a small mediterranean village called Marseille. Rémy (his real name) is indeed a true anglophile, but of an anglophilia which makes useless the existence of the worst anglophobes. Let me explain This excellent friend draws most of his knowledge of England from the repeated vision of "Little Britain" and has identified himself surprisingly with Miss Howard (the Emily Howard her/himself), a curious and unique case of pathological bovarianism (this partly explaining its acute suceptibility). So he scrupulously adapted his lifestyle to his favorite character... The true problem is that, despite a much sought after outfit, his appearance is closer to that of a trans rugby player than that of a victorian lady and anyone who has suffered the spectacle of the dear Rémy bicycling down the narrow main street of his village (the Cannebière), screaming hysterically in a high-pitched voice “I am an English lady, yes, a real lady” will understand what I am talking about... But let get back to modelling with one of my last build, a M113 ACAV from AFV Club. The figurines are from Bravo6 and the water-buffalo from Mininature. The kit is a gem and an excellent base for detailling. I’ve scratched some internal details which remain visible when closed (so it’s not an exhaustive redetailling of the interior). The project and work in progress The pics below will show you stuffs i added on the interior. AFV done And the final result Complete buid here : http://fighters.forumactif.com/t94091-gb-vietnam-buffaloes-encounter-m113-acav-1st-squadron-10th-cavalry-4th-inf-division See you! Fabrice https://www.facebook.com/Fabrice-Simon-104518141316306
  28. 34 points
    In the churchyard of St Edmunds or St James, Blunham, Bedfordshire, is a heavily worn gravestone. These days it is barely legible but back in 2005, it was much easier to read. We were hosting an American friend in November of that year and she was eager to take some photos in the churchyard. She got to one gravestone and said, "Oh, he died in the war!" I looked, and amongst the many names on the stone was a Pilot Officer Alan Dunn Hopkin, who died on the 10th July 1940. I have to confess that it was several years later when I thought of the young man whose name was carved into the gravestone. I remembered the date. The first day of the Battle Of Britain. I wondered how he was lost. Research revealed that he was with No. 59 Squadron, flying Bristol Blenheims from Thorney Island, West Sussex. At 22.20 hrs on the night of the 9th July 1940, Hopkin, along with Sgt T.J Rowles (observer) and Sgt J.W. Falconer (WAG) took off on a Hach patrol (anti-invasion reconnaissance) to Cherbourg. Another Blenheim, R3881 left for a separate patrol a couple of hours later. For some reason, both aircraft appeared to get lost on the return journey, both being plotted by RDF but neither acknowledging the calls from the plotters. At 3am R3637 exploded over Cardiff. None of the bodies were recovered. It has been suggested that Hopkin and his crew may have been the victims of friendly AA fire. The other Blenheim, R3881, flew into an electricity pylon near Cleehill, Shropshire, with the loss of all on board. These six men must have been among the first to lose their lives during the Battle Of Britain. I decided that I had to build Hopkin's aircraft as a way of commemorating one of my Village's fallen sons. I had the serial number, but precious little else. It took several years of digging before I finally found the individual aircraft letter on the 59 Squadron website. Photos of contemporary 59 Sqn machines gave me a good idea of how the aircraft would most likely have looked like and study of photos revealed that R3637 almost certainly would have worn the B scheme. I chose the new Airfix 1/72 kit to represent R3637. Mine was the bomber boxing and this was moulded in the UK. Although the plastic "felt" a little strange, it was much, much nicer to work with than the awful, soft but still brittle, made in India plastic and the fit was markedly better than I anticipated. It was only the bomb bay area that really let the kit down. Otherwise, the build was straightforward. Paints were Colourcoats and Humbrol, whilst decals were a mixture of Xtradecal, Modeldecal and Aeromaster, plus a few of the kit's stencils. The code letters were from an Aeromaster sheet and were the only ones in my stash that replicated the style seen on other 59 Sqn machines at the time. I have to apologise for the quality of the photos but I only just finished the model in time. I am actually away from home at the moment and had to take the photos last Friday, the night before I left. My SLR is unserviceable at the moment, so I had to make do with my phone camera. So, my first completed build in years. I say completed, but it isn't *quite*. There's a not quite finished decal repair on the starboard side (hence no photos) and I haven't added the wireless aerial as yet either. Once done, I'll try to take some better pictures but otherwise, thanks for looking. Cheers, Mark. This model is humbly dedicated to P/O Hopkin, Sgt Rowles and Sgt Falconer.
  29. 33 points
    This one sat on the corner of the bench for at least a year semi completed. So after building the old Airfix AC47 and posting here someone noticed this one sitting forlornly in the background so as promised I decided to finish it off.
  30. 33 points
    My 1st completion of the year (one better than 2019 already!). This is the pretty well known new tool Airfix Beaufighter from the TF.10 boxing. There's quite a bit of Eduard etch (from the TF.X Big-Ed set), resin wheels from Barracuda, Quickboost fuel vents & Eduard resin exhausts. Painted in Xtracyrlix medium sea grey and night black, with some Tamiya blacks thown in for good measure. Exhaust and collector rings are no less than 7 different shades of Alclad including stainless steel, hot blue and red, exhaust manifold, jet exhaust and I can't recall the other 2! I tried to copy images of the markings on the rockets & failed miserably! my eyesight and hand skills aren't up to the job. Neither can I slice masking tape thin enough to mask a 0.2mm line! The fit of the kit is generally excellent, with the now familiar Airfix tight tolerances - watch for paint and mold lines on your joints. Speaking of mold lines, I felt there were a lot of them for a recently tooled kit, possibly I had a poor sample or perhaps the molds are slightly misaligned. Ether way I found myself cleaning most parts of unwanted plastic. The engines aren't too well detailed, but are almost invisible on the finished kit, so that's a forgivable. Some dedicated resin replacements (SBS are you listening?) would be a nice addition. Anyway on to some pics. Apologies for the poor quality - I'm toying with a pop-up light tent, poor side lamps for illumination and a camera too complex for my aging brain cells! Airfix Beaufighter TF.10 by Gavin Edgerton, on Flickr Airfix Beaufighter TF.10 by Gavin Edgerton, on Flickr Airfix Beaufighter TF.10 by Gavin Edgerton, on Flickr Edge
  31. 32 points
    So this is my second completed Trumpeter Vulcan B2. I painted this to represent XL386 as she was in 1976. Decals are from all sorts of things out of my spares box, the roundels are Trumpeter and went on well, fin flash from gwh, serials and sqn markings from Fündekal.... I think..... The only modification I made was to improve the jetpipes to make them look closer to Olympus 301s, which this Vulcan was refitted with (the kit ones are very poor)- and the IFR probe was Alongside my other Trumpeter Vulcan, painted as XH558 as she was when delivered to the RAF. I've posted that one on here before.
  32. 32 points
    Hi all. Here's my most recent finished model, Airfix's F.R. XIV done up in the kit scheme for "Lazy Lady V". The model was intended to be an OOB build which, for me, is pretty rare. I certainly didn't go to town adding detail but there were a few things that bothered me that I had to correct. The changes to the base Airfix kit are: 1. Discarded the wrong gun sight and scratch built a more appropriate gyro sight. 2. Drilled out the lightening holes in frame 11 3. Added shoulder harness support bar and seatbelts 4. Filled in the narrow collars on the cannon fairings 5. Gun camera port in starboard wing root drilled out. 6. Spinner fastener holes drilled out. 7. Fishtail exhausts were not used but rather the round ones were installed based on photo evidence. These were drilled out. 8. Added IFF spike antenna with scribed panel and also VHF whip aerial. From a paint scheme standpoint, I deviated from the Airfix instructions as follows: 1. Spinner was painted red, not yellow, based on my interpretation of photos of the actual aircraft 2. The canopy frames are only silver/bare metal on the lower frames so the upper framing was painted Dark Green 3. The five "Locked/Unlocked" decals for the spinner were not used. Paints are all Tamiya, applied with an Iwata HP-C Plus and an H&S Ultra. Weathering is virtually non-existent given the aircraft's newness in June 1945. And so with that, the final pics: Thanks for looking. All comments and criticisms welcome. Andy
  33. 32 points
    Hi all, This is a model that has been a long time in the making, not so much the kit but the research. My dad never recorded the full details of any of the Thunderbolts he flew in Burma,(or any others for that matter) which ment making an accurate model a very tricky prospect, but I've now got copys of the ORB's and Sqn records of 79 and 34 Sqn's for the time he was with them. I now have full details of all but one of his T-Bolts, the one missing is the last one he flew out of Burma, all I know is it was coded 'B'. Any way back to this one, I was trying to decide which one to build, so I plumped for this one, as you will see from the log book entry it's the one he was flying when V-J day was declared. It's the Tamiya kit, brush painted which was a bit of a chalang as I wanted to make it look well worn and tatty. Thanks for looking John
  34. 31 points
    A long time ago, I made one of the Revell Concorde kits with the Bra.Z windscreens for my office, and when I moved, I gave it to a coworker as a leaving gift. It was in the Chatham livery, which I like, but I have always found the Landor livery to suit Concorde perfectly. The Airfix kit in Landor was my most recent build of this jet, but the only representation is with the nose in the up position. I wanted a Landor Concorde with the nose down to hang from my ceiling with my other airliners. Now, Revell's kit is inaccurate with the nose in the down position, because it shows the windscreen to be flat, with a single pane of glass. The Bra.Z modification fixes that, with the addition of decals - in this case, I used the detail set from Draw Decals. Now my hands have stopped trembling from applying the red cheatline, I took some photos before it goes up on the ceiling. The last photo is the Revell and Airfix builds side by side.
  35. 31 points
    Hi folk's another for the kit you built as a kid GB,not my best moment in plastic it was a bit troublesome in places and the glazing very disappointing I was glad to get her finished but good practice for a couple of later mark's for the BoB GB next week,apologies to luftwaffe fan's the decals were shot so cobbled national insignia together for a pre=delivery aircraft and at the time of building was out of most paints so colours a bit iffy!
  36. 31 points
    Well not really! It’s actually Eastern Airlines 5th TriStar that was used for the 1972 summer world tour by the Lockheed Aircraft Company of California. The aircraft came to the U.K. to be demonstrated to the two British customers for the TriStar- Courtline Aviation, and BEA. Arriving at Luton airport the headquarters of Courtline, 305 was adorned with Court titles and logos in preparation for promo flights around various U.K. airports, ending with a flight to Palma, on the island of Mallorca-a typical destination for the airline. The next stop for 305 would be a short hop down to London Heathrow, where BEA titles and tail markings were hastily applied in preparation for further publicity flights and a residency at the ‘Farnborough 72’ trade show. Onto the model, this is the venerable but still very accurate Hasegawa example first rolled around 1980! Sadly these models are becoming rarer all the time and commanding extortionate prices on auction sites. The only mods I made were to add the early type thrust reverser jacks to the RB-211’s made out of plastic Rod, and the extendable tail skid (courtesy of a pin!) Paints used were Halfords appliance white, Xtracolour light aircraft grey, and Humbrol chrome silver from a rattle can. The only problem I encountered with the build was with the Classic Airlines decals. Although beautifully printed they did not seem to match the Hasegawa model, and required some trimming and touching up. One place where this is really noticeable is the Courtline titles on the aircrafts belly which do not represent how they appeared on the actual aircraft-and after referencing and re-referencing numerous photos of 305, it is not my painting skills at fault(!) Overall though I’m pleased with the finished result in this unusual hybrid livery. Any comments or feedback is much appreciated-Thanks for looking.
  37. 31 points
    Hi ! Another buid done in 2016, Eduard's "Vietnam scooter" edition of the old but still perfect hasegawa kit Complete buid here : http://fighters.forumactif.com/t79987-a-4e-skyhawk-nam-68-va-153-uss-coral-sea And with his A4-F brother from Haseg made in 2002 See you Fabrice https://www.facebook.com/Fabrice-Simon-104518141316306
  38. 31 points
    Hi everyone This is my 1/72 Merlin HC.3 by Italeri. This was a beautifully detailed kit of a beautiful aircraft. The panel line where nice and it had realistic raised rivets covering most of the model apart from the underside. It had a Very nice fit and required barely any filler. The inside was lacking detail, so I created the texture on the walls out of an old metal takeaway container. I created the texture by running the back of the hobby knife to create small lines. I painted it in RC027 Forest green. The decals conformed well to details and where nice and thin. I decided to buy AK panel liner and odourless thinner to try weathering with oil paints. This attempt went better than last time when my thinner removed the pain. I then sealed it in a matt varnish. Thanks for looking
  39. 30 points
    Old kits are sometimes such a pleasant surprise. Even with their limitations, some of them are well above what it's being produced today by certain brands. Exaggerated flying surfaces' ribbing and inaccurate floats aside, this kit is very nice, has reasonable detail, and even detail again that many contemporary kits lack. And that's why I keep building old kits, together with new ones that offer civil schemes and uses. As explained in the step-by-step posting, I just wanted a pair of floats to adapt for a DH89 conversion project, and somehow ended up building this kit that happened to provide them. I didn't regret that, having learned a bit about the type and enjoying the building process. I sanded the exaggerated rib detail, opened a side door, added an engine and prop, landing and navigation lights, new Pitot, whip and cable antennae, a cabin interior, tailwheel fairing, and other details to perk up the model. I build but finally did not install what looks like a cropdusting bar, unsure about what may have corresponded as associated equipment in the interior (tanks, pump, etc.). You can follow the step-by-step building sequence here: There are so many colorful civil users of this plane out there, that I was surprised that there are no good replacement resin floats for it. My heartfelt thanks to Arctic Decals for producing and selling the set that made this model possible. The chosen subject (a plane of the US Forest Service) is related to my admiration and respect for nature, in a time when obtuse rulers make everything in their power to destroy it, profusely helped by the usual orcs. What next... may be a Beaver?
  40. 30 points
    So for anyone attempting to actually build this kit, good luck! The fit in places is horrendous, the instructions are missing whole sections and have the wrong part numbers. Add to that missing parts that when contacting the manufacturer suggest if i buy another kit from them they will put the missing bits in with the new kit! overall I'm happy with the result, but far too much time dry fitting and reshaping bits that just do not line up. n other areas its an excellent kit, the pylons are incorrect fro a UK Jaguar and thanks to @TedAntonopoulos I managed to get a resin replacement set inc phimat, 2 x correct shape tanks and the ALE 101
  41. 30 points
    More paint I hear you say! ohh go on then. I peeled back the masking so I could do the nose. Ooooh lovely. Then literally taking a leaf from @giemme’s book I had ordered some post it notes for masking. Whooosh we are painted. 🕶 After unmasking and forgetting to take pics I masked again. to paint the tip tanks. Here I it looks like I have masked the whole tank. In the words of Captain Red Beard Rum. “That’s where you’re wrong” I have painted a yellow base to take the red. By the way, just for @CedB. What’s that up there? A dead one of these. *sorry Ok on with the Red. And off with the masks. Oh I’d painted the ends of the tanks too. she’s looking nice now. Glossed again as I also had done a bit of a light misted post shade. looks like it’s decal O’Clock 🕰 Thanks for all the help and feedback. It’s much appreciated. see Y’all next time. Johnny.
  42. 29 points
    Hi all, Here are the pictures of my recently (last month) finished Project. This is 1/32 PCM Spitfire Mk.14c with the markings of “RB159 DW-D” flown by Sq. Ldr R A Newbery from No 610 squadron in September 1944. This is built OOB except for Barracudacast cockpit door and wheels. I have used Gunze Sangyo acrylics . Happy modelling
  43. 29 points
    It's been a while since I built one of Airfix' newer releases. I was curious to see how far they'd come in recent years and I liked the kind of esoteric subject they'd picked, not too many MiG-17s on the market. It turned out to be a relatively quick build but the kit does have a few oddities. Best documented I think is the issues around the intake area; the intake ring diameter is too small which either results in a step around the whole circumference or a gap at the bottom. I opted to deal with the latter, which just needed a bit of plastic card to sort out. The splitter plate is also too small vertically, this I solved by filling the gaps top and bottom with Perfect Plastic Putty and wiping the excess off with cotton tips. There is also a bit of fettling and filling required to get the gun panel to fit correctly but nothing too serious. Don't forget to put in lead in the nose compartment as indicated in the instructions. You need to fill it to the brim, I did so on mine and it's still only a few milligrams away from being a tail sitter. Most problematic for me was the canopy, partly due to hamfistedness on my part. I cracked the windscreen while masking it, fortunately it doesn't show too much. Then I found the sliding section did not want to fit over the ejection seat; I couldn't find out why it would be too high so I cut it down slightly to get the canopy to fit. Then I used Perfect Plastic Putty to fair it in as there were still gaps all around. I opted to go for the more interesting North-Vietnamese option rather than the natural metal Soviet example. Humbrol Polished Aluminium for the underside of the wings, Gunze paints for the camouflage on top. I used the equivalent Gunze colors for the Humbrol codes provided by Airfix but found the darker green mottling too similar to the base green, I darkened it quite a bit to make it stand our more. Decalling was rather quick as I dispensed, at Airfix' instruction, with the stencils on the camouflaged parts of the plane. The '3020' on the nose had some trouble conforming to the compound curves in that area, even with setting solution they creased. I cut the creases with a sharp knife and most of them capitulated after applying more setting solution. Kudos to Airfix for the way they have engineered the airbrakes and landing gear parts; for the most part they are ensured a very solid fit at the right angles due to the way Airfix have moulded them. Very helpful. The gear and airbrake parts are the best part of this kit, very nicely detailed. The exception are the front gear doors; they are very thick and had I realized this earlier I would have thinned them quite a bit. Final job was to replace the cannon barrels with Albion Alloys tubing. There we are, a simple kit with nice colors that doesn't take up much space - slighty more than the Dragon MiG-15. Well done Airfix
  44. 29 points
    Here's one I completed a couple of weeks ago. Used Airwaves seats and decals from Starfighter decals as a Desert Storm machine. Cheers 20200630_144825 by bryn robinson, on Flickr 20200630_144831 by bryn robinson, on Flickr 20200630_145019 by bryn robinson, on Flickr 20200630_162409 by bryn robinson, on Flickr 20200630_144751 by bryn robinson, on Flickr 20200630_144713 by bryn robinson, on Flickr
  45. 29 points
    WIP is here :- Some pics of the finished model........ The contraprops came from an old Contrail vacform Tu-95, the number 21 was painted on using a cutout mask and the eagle emblem was made by a friend who scaled up the Revell 1/144 A-90 kit decal. My 1/72 scale Orlyonok at speed across my lounge carpet... Closeup of the cockpit glazing - note the rear view mirrors and simple 'artificial horizon'. The rough red outline is deliberate! Note the large anti-spray strakes... Scratchbuilt gun turret with 12.7mm barrels from suitable tubing. Rear engine and contraprops - note the APU exhaust and Russian Navy flag. NK-12MK turboprop showing the 'pen nib' exhaust fairing. Sequence showing the nose opening..... Note the cruise engine exhaust nozzle - note that I have got it wrong - it should be narrower to allow it to pivot to direct the thrust under the wings for takeoff and straight back for cruise. Almost fully open - note the front hydroski with its beaching wheel..... Loading ramps extended... The BTR-80 is a crude limited-run injection-moulded kit that I picked up in Moscow many years ago - long before the current crop of decent kits. Closeup of the sideways-opening nose... On display at Scalemodelworld 2014 - next to my Modelsvit An-124 and Flankers - to show scale. Closer view from Telford... The model was made long before I photgraphed the real thing - now on display on Khimki reservoir in Moscow... After being floated upriver on the Volga from Kasspiisk on the Caspian Sea, the A-90 'Orlyonok' ekranoplan - number 26 - is being prepared for display at Khimki reservoir in 2007. Note the cruise ships at the Moscow North River Terminal in the background. I'll post more of my pics later... Ken
  46. 29 points
    Latest finish. Revell (actually ACE boxing) 1/48 Dassault Rafale EQ with Qatari Emiri Air Force markings from Caracal Decals. I used a Wolfpack Design seat and the intake covers are scratchbuilt from kitchen foil. I also used some stencils from Syhart Decals. Paints are Mr Paint and Mr Hobby Color.
  47. 29 points
    Morning all, Just completed a fun build of the Hobbyboss Mi-4, in Aeroflot colours: An excellent kit, and highly recommended. Very well engineered, particularly the way the complex 2 storey interior fits together. I also used a bit of etch from Dream Model, but quite a bit of it was unusable and I would recommend going Eduard instead. I meant to make this a simple OOB build, but I went off on one and made an Mi-4P to justify the civilian scheme, this meant making square windows, civilianising the interior and making spatted wheels. The markings are not authentic. The decals are from a simple but well made sheet by C3D, these markings are actually for a medevac helicopter but are similar to this photo: This was my first helicopter and I take my hat off to rotary wing specialists, it can be challenging! I haven’t got the hang of blade droop, in fact I trashed the kit rotors trying to bend them with hot water and had to bodge from there. Also the undercarriage is very delicate, and I would advise only adding the front wheels at the very last moment. But hopefully the next heli will be a step up. The Lada is probably anachronistic being a 70s model, but I couldn’t resist! Thanks for stopping by, Harry
  48. 28 points
    My last bird, done during the lockdown. A one month project, according to this péculiar period, with limited scratch an corrections. The challenge was to paint it red and avoid a "toy" effect, Hope you’ll like it Complete buid here : http://fighters.forumactif.com/t93313-gb-oursin-vorace-f-104-starfighter-eiko-eduard-profipack-148 Fabrice https://www.facebook.com/Fabrice-Simon-104518141316306
  49. 28 points
    Latest build. Mark DSCN3745 (2) by mwsfly9, on Flickr DSCN3746 (2) by mwsfly9, on Flickr DSCN3747 (2) by mwsfly9, on Flickr DSCN3749 (2) by mwsfly9, on Flickr DSCN3750 by mwsfly9, on Flickr DSCN3754 (2) by mwsfly9, on Flickr DSCN3757 (2) by mwsfly9, on Flickr DSCN3759 by mwsfly9, on Flickr DSCN3761 by mwsfly9, on Flickr DSCN3762 by mwsfly9, on Flickr
  50. 28 points
    Hiya Folks,..... Well its is finished! Thanks for all your encouragement along the way and I hope you like the finished model, Cheers and all the best, Tony PS,...Here is the RFI;
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