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  1. Calling it done on this year long project. Kit is Tamiya's magnificent (dare I say the best scale aircraft model ever released) Mossie, with a boatload of scratch built details (I think I put over 200 extra items into the weapons bay alone), Barracuda cockpit decals and other bits, AIMS 100 gal slipper tanks and Avieology decals for No. 333 (Norwegian) Squadron. Thanks to everyone on this site who patiently answered my hundreds of questions and provided additional information. A special thanks to Crimea River for all of his help. Here's the real thing, it matches up very well
    93 points
  2. Hi All, My first completion for 2021 is Auntie's lovely Lancaster B.II. This mark of the Lancaster was a little different to the iconic Merlin-powered Lanc as it used the Bristol Hercules radial engine. The B.II was conceived as a backstop in case of production restrictions on the Merlin. This never eventuated, and the type was relatively short-lived due to inferior performance at normal operating altitudes. However, 300 or so were produced, and many ended up with RCAF squadrons until they were replaced by Halifaxes. There are 2 well-documented aircraft in the schemes
    86 points
  3. Happy New Year to all my modeler friends! Now the nearly two-month-long project has come to an end. Although is was planned to finish last December, I couldn't due to some issues. I have always wanted the F-4 Phantom in my collection and now that I have finally got one! It's the J version of F-4 from US Navy and the markings are Vf-102 Diamondbacks which you do not see often like the Jolly Rogers or the 3-tone Air Force Versions. The kit is from Academy in 1/48 scale. The quality of the fit and details are acceptable but I wanted a super detailed Phantom in my collection So I decided
    85 points
  4. Latest build off the bench is the Airfix 1/48 Javelin done as Boscombe Downs FAW.9 XH897 circa 1970 ‘ish’. Pretty rubbish weather today so for now at least its a few quick shots taken in the office. Fairly simple conversation. New nose with pitot, deletion of a few lumps and bumps on the wing leading edges, additional fairing on the port trailing edge and a mixture of kit and Alleycat decals. Seats are from the kit with some Eduard strapping. I also replaced the wing pitots with a set from Master. Toughest job was masking the scheme. Last Javelin in service albeit in a test and eva
    76 points
  5. I first became aware of the Northrop BT-1 after watching the 1941 Warner Bros / Errol Flynn movie ‘Dive Bomber’ in the 1980s (and made a fuzzy VHS recording of it which I played back many times). The film was the last in a series of 1930s Hollywood movies with a naval aviation theme (mostly with a screenplay written by ex-naval aviator Cmdr. Frank ‘Spig’ Wead) and the only one in glorious Technicolor. As ever in aviation movies, the true stars were the aircraft. The BT-1s don’t have a big role in the film, but form a backdrop to some of the final sequences. It was the only type in the film wit
    62 points
  6. The Panavia Tornado is a family of twin-engine, variable-sweep wing multirole combat aircraft, jointly developed and manufactured by Italy, the United Kingdom and West Germany. There are three primary Tornado variants: the Tornado IDS (interdictor/strike) fighter-bomber, the suppression of enemy air defences Tornado ECR (electronic combat/reconnaissance) and the Tornado ADV (air defence variant) interceptor aircraft. The Tornado was developed and built by Panavia Aircraft GmbH, a tri-national consortium consisting of British Aerospace (previously British Aircraft Corporation), MBB of West
    60 points
  7. After spending a considerable amount of time under the workbench this old kit has finally seen the light of day. I had been put off making it for two reasons. The rigging and the non availability of NIVO in acrylic. I finally bit the bullet and using 'Prym' elasticated thread and mixing the paint to as near as I could to NIVO finally finished it. The Heyford was the RAF's main bomber during the 1930s and retired from front line service in 1939 although some were kept into the early 1940s for use as glider tugs and bomber crew training.
    56 points
  8. Hiya Folks, Well here I am with some more Airfix Spitfire Mk.Vc`s,...... this time from Australia, depicting an early arrival still in its desert finish from 54 Sqn RAF before they flew up to Darwin for operations,.... and a 452 Sqn RAAF aircraft from early 1944 based at Strauss, Northern Territory. For these models I reprofiled the DH spinners, cut out the side entrance door and sourced new wheels from the spares box, especially as the 452 Sqn aircraft had wheel hub covers. Thi model also sports an Eduard canopy hood while the 54 Sqn one has a vacuformed hood and bot
    55 points
  9. Good day everyone. here is my rendition of the French Navy Corsair from the old Hasegawa kit. Many improvements were done on detail are the one in the kit are crude or wrong. The model is riveted and 85% of the markings are painted. A dark solid color like the Midnight blue is not the easiest one to work with, and the weathering had to be decent because on a carrier planes are well maintained. The plane is from the 14F aboard the "Arromanches" ex HMS Colosus. The Aires cockpit was used but it also has mistakes which is a pity considering the doc available, wheels are from Ultracast, rockets an
    55 points
  10. Every so often I get the urge to build something different, or take on an older kit. I decided to tackle the old Heller kit of the French transport aeroplane the Noratlas. It is a typical old kit of it's time, raised panel lines, sparse interior, simplified detail. To be fair the surface detail is fine and restrained, no shipyard rivets, and their is enough of an interior to start with. I added some extra detail in the cockpit, most of which can't be seen! The exterior required some work, there are a number of aerials, intakes, vents and other bits & bobs that were
    54 points
  11. Trying to just have fun with these Airfix kits. This is their PR XIX done up with Xtradecal X48-118 for RM643/Z. The only non-OOB part is the exhaust stacks. Clear glue still drying on the camera ports. Marbled on a PRU Blue color from SMS....great paint. Xtradecals....great as well. Kudo's to Airfix for allowing in-flight builds....they give you the parts to build gear up which I really appreciate (wish all kits did this). The issue I have is the pilot figures. I painted the kit pilot up and it really looked great. To get him to fit in the cockpit...I ended u
    52 points
  12. Original FROG Canberra PR.7 kit bought and made in 1960. Consigned to 'spares' box by late 1970s, but slowly worked on for next 10 years and fully restored and improved by 1995. The 'flat' mainwheels were cut off and Matchbox B-25 Mitchell wheels added, all raised rivets and panel lines removed, and hinge lines scored in. A 'collar' was added to the rear of the canopy. The original FROG engine cowlings are too bulbous, but have been retained. They are closer to the one-off Sapphire engined experimental version. The colour scheme was chosen to be close to and a tribute to the origina
    51 points
  13. Morning all, Another day, another completion. The next instalment in my Century Series theme, this is Revell's F-101B Voodoo. A decent kit with largely excellent fit, although I needed to do a bit of sanding and trimming to get the cockpit and nosegear bay to fit nicely. Otherwise, it was largely problem free. Finished completely OOB using Hataka Orange Line and Alclad lacquers. Revell 1/72 McDonnell F-101B Voodoo by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr Revell 1/72 McDonnell F-101B Voodoo by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr Revell 1/72 McDonnell F-101B Voodoo by
    50 points
  14. Couple of quick shots on the bench (paint still wet and its going dark) of the latest build - Airfix’s lovely Meteor FR.9 done as the boxed 2 Squadron option. Extras used include the Eduard cockpit and seatbelt sets and a replacement pitot from Master. I’ve wanted to do this scheme ever since the kit was first released but have hung back mainly due to a lack of references. Luckily I recently stumbled across a paragraph in Roger Lindsay’s three volume masterpiece ‘Cold War Shield’. In it (Volume 1, Meteor FR.9, 2 Sqn chapter) he makes a particular reference to WX978 whilst serving with 2 Squadr
    49 points
  15. This was a build for the Interceptor GB and my first experience with an AMK model. I had been in awe with this model, especially with the reviews it had received. Building it……… ……..well it’s a nice model and probably one of the better ones to come from China, but there is a very good reason why Tamiya are so good. For a model that promised so much, and is quite expensive… the reality is it doesn’t quite live up to the hype, “slide moulding” is super trick, but if the detail from it isn’t as good as traditional moulding. There are/were lots of little things that really
    48 points
  16. Here is my Airfix Curtiss Tomahawk IIB in 1/72nd scale. This particular aircraft, GA-F, was flown by P.O. Neville Duke with 112 Sq, Fort Maddalena, Libya in 1941. The Airfix kit box art:- The following items were used:- Kit is Airfix starter set A55101. Kit Decals used. MRP lacquer paints for main camouflage. Tamiya paints for primer et.al. Rub ’n Buff metal paste for the exhausts. Quickboost resin propellor set QB 72 364. SBS resin exhausts 72039. Scratch-built bullet-proof screen and gunsi
    48 points
  17. Gladych and Lanowski were formally members of the Polish Air Force in Great Britain, they took leave for fly at the invitation of Francis Gabreski in his unit. Gabreski had been friends with them since his practice in Polish fighter squadrons. Gladych: I make a mistake using the Techmod decals for serial, the right one is 223600 Decals a mix from Techmod and Tamiya, resin propeller from Quickboost, resin wheels Pavla - will replace it later with Eduard resin wheels, dashboard from Yahu, seat belts from Eduard. Lanowski: Decals from Techmod, resin propeller
    48 points
  18. Here is my recently completed Kitty Hawk 1/48 FJ-2 Fury. The markings are from Caracal's second FJ-2 sheet. Paints are MRP International Orange 232, Gunze Mr Color Insignia White 316 and Insignia Red 327. From Hypersonic Models I used their ejection seat and cockpit details and nose gear. I used CAT4 resin wheels.
    47 points
  19. Greetings! Finally this project has come to completion! No decals with kit, so I ended up brewing some on my steam powered inkjet printer. Beautiful flying machine and a nice change for me. Many thanks for having a look, your comments and questions are always welcome! Cheers, Bill Deep in Covid Country
    47 points
  20. Hello dear modellers This is F-5E Tiger II in 1/48th scale from AFV CLUB representing nose up take off configuration. (with extended nose gear) Colors are Mr.hobby with decals from Hi-decal Line. This model represents one of the famous Tigers from 2nd tactical fighter base in Iran during 8-year war with Iraq. 3-7059 is famous because has shot down several enemy fighters during war time. Col.Yadollah Javadpour who was one of the F-5 ace pilots of the war with 5 victories , shot down two enemy Su-20 jets in their own territory with his 3-7059 as a leader on a 2ship Kirkuk refinery b
    44 points
  21. 'White 2' was among the first 'Friedrichs' received by 1./JG 27 towards the end of 1941. This build was beyond my comfort zone. To participate in the Heller Classic groupbuild I retrieved this Messerschmitt from the stash, purchased in early 1972 when I was more accustomed to 1/72 models and Luftwaffe subjects than today. Not surprisingly this antique has its limitations. So I tried my best, which meant copious research and a considerable number of modifications. I'm rather happy with the result although Me 109 experts may still find many points that I overlooked.
    44 points
  22. Hi Folks, apologies for the posts today, I’m playing catch up. This is the Merit 1/48 kit. It has its foibles but it goes together okay if slightly basic in detail. It represents an a/c flown by Flt Lt L.G. Schwab in Paramythia, Greece, 1941. After a holiday in this area I knew I had to model some of the aircraft that operated out of this beautiful valley. I have a Blenheim and a Swordfish to add to this. Sprayed with Colourcoats and Maketar custom mask. If anyone knows the serial, please let me know and I will gladly add it. If it was sprayed out then happy
    43 points
  23. Hi all, My first build from this year completed, the very nice 1/48th Tempest V by Eduard Superb fit and surface detail, only let down by terrible decals, which were thick, wouldn't conform and some even failed to adhere completely, I had to source most of them from my spare sheets. My only addition to the kit was a set of Eduard resin wheel. Painted with MRP lacquer paints, and sealed with MRP clear matt cote... which is impressively matt. Weathered with oil washes, pastels and a silver pencil for the chipped areas Thanks for looking, gazza l
    43 points
  24. While I was stuck in the Heller GB, my wife finally held her promise to "someday build a model to see what you are doing all the time"... The only thing I had to do was to find a suitable model, and since we both are Wallace & Gromit fans, Gromit's aeroplane seemed to be a good choice. Not that it is easy to build (it is not!), but since it could be an inspiring build. She refused any help from me, only advices. And maybe that was the best she could do, I certainly couldn't have done this much better - especially not if it had been my first model ever! The plane was spray
    43 points
  25. This is my first complete build of 2021. I'm currently on a phase of the older Airfix airliners, and this one dates from 1961 with a 2015 re-release. It's a very simple kit with few parts, but it builds into a striking aircraft with an equally striking colour scheme. The paint scheme was tricky in parts to get right, especially the red upper wings with the wing fence interfering with the masking, and the tight curves between the inner engines and fuselage sides. The Olympic Airways livery is much simpler, but not as visually appealing in my opinion. I had
    42 points
  26. Hello all Here is my latest, the Trumpeter kit of the Su-15UM. It was completed using the Pavla replacement resin nose and decals from the Begemot Su-15 sheet. The kit seats were detailed with plastic card and harnesses from an Ace etch set. The paints used were my usual Humbrol 27002/3 metallics. I used Flory washes for the first time and found them easy to use and was very pleased with the result. I really enjoyed this one and can thoroughly recommend the kit, it’s one of Trumpeters best in my view. Hope you like the pics. Cheers Pete
    42 points
  27. Hi all First finished build of the year but started last year- i'm not that quick! I went for ICM's Lagg-3 kit as my first ever Soviet aircraft- always had a soft spot for the Lagg-3 and enjoyed the build. It went together ok but a bit of work was needed to get the gun bulge inserts to fix into the engine cowling piece properly. I really enjoyed the painting and weathering. I knew I wanted to have a go at a winter scheme and went for number 64 of 3.Gv.IAP flown by Georgy Kostylev who named the plane his "Columbine Tale" (I confess I have no idea to what that refers to!
    41 points
  28. Hi folks Another couple of models finished over the weekend. First up is the Italeri F-5F in 1/72 scale. The Italeri kit is an old mould with raised panel lines but goes together quite well and seems to have a nice accurate shape. Decals were straight from the box for a VFC-111 machine in 3 greys. Paints were Mr Hobby Aqueous. Has to be one of the most attractive colour schemes...... Apologies for the quality of the photos, struggling to get enough light in the workroom at the moment.
    39 points
  29. My first completion of 2021 is the venerable Italerei 1/72 Henschel Hs-126 which I decided to build as a homage to all those Saturday afternoon pocket money builds of my childhood. Built over several Saturday afternoons. Grandstand is no longer broadcast on the TV so listening to the football on the radio had to do instead and I used a cutting mat instead of Newspaper! I made no attempt to correct or update the kit other than to add a small block of resin to replicate the tropical air filter and some masking tape seatbelts. Painted using Colourcoats Enamels and the kit decals were used. N
    39 points
  30. Not outstanding build,but the camo perhaps made for it... Thanks for visiting! Marcus
    38 points
  31. Hi My first finished kit for the 2021 year I started this kit in 2019 but didn't have the motivation to finish it Some others pics at this link Hawker Tempest MkV
    36 points
  32. Dear all, My first build of the New Year and first one completed in lockdown - so I had time (for all the wrong reasons!) to devote to this one ............ This is WNW's last version (2nd release) of their Sopwith Pup fitted with the Gnome rotary engine. Great kit as always from WNW although if you have this kit, make sure you fit the cockpit structure precisely (and I mean precisely) into the fuselage halves before closing up. If you don't, it will throw fit out on lower wing, top deck and fuselage so important to take your time here. Having got this in right (af
    36 points
  33. 1/48 Airfix Supermarine Walrus Mk1 (A09183) No.5 CF Royal Australian Air force, Australia and New Guniea, early 1943. This was built OOB apart from p/e belts and was painted using vallejo and lifecolor acrylic paints. DSC_0704 by stuart burn, on Flickr DSC_0707 by stuart burn, on Flickr DSC_0708 by stuart burn, on Flickr DSC_0709 by stuart burn, on Flickr DSC_0710 by stuart burn, on Flickr DSC_0711 by stuart burn, on Flickr DSC_0712 by stuart burn, on Flickr
    36 points
  34. Hi all. Several years ago I started building Eduard's 1/48 P-38 kit but never finished it. Recentely I decided to pick up this kit again. A cockpit set by Pavla and an engine from Quickboost were used for this build. Some cutting has to be done to accomodate the engine. I also made a support to make sure the engine wouldn't move after the fuselage was closed. The model was painted with Mr Hobby paints over Alclad black primer. The walkways and red and white stripes were masked and painted on. The kit decals were used and weathering was done with Abteilung 502 oilpain
    35 points
  35. A HAWK plated U-2A. 1/48 scale. I brushed the chrome finish to calm it down a bit...
    34 points
  36. Operation Pedestal. Mediterranean Sea, August 1942. Sea Hurricane Mk IB HMS Victorious vs Savoia Marchetti S.79 278th Squadriglia. 1/48 scale, Sea Hurricane is Italeri's built out of the box while S.79 is Trumpeter's with lots of corrections and surgeries to correct everything.
    34 points
  37. Hi everyone, this is my Airfix 1/48 Hurricane MkI. It was flown by a FAA pilot, Richard ‘Jimmy’ Gardner of 242 Sqn. Based at RAF Duxford in August, he served alongside Dickie Cork and Douglas Bader. The kit was rivetted and I sanded down all of the proud fasteners around the cowling and nose. I then used a jewellery tool to better create the dzus fastener. it was masked and sprayed all over with the serial from the spares and the Nelsonian flags underneath the cockpit (England Expects that Every Man...) came from Xtradecals set. Sadly they used the wrong codes (T) and
    33 points
  38. Suwan Korea 1952, bomb dump. Airman holding a sledgehammer to another airman. “So, the recruiting officer told me I could train to work on nuclear weapons, good pay, I would spend most of my time stateside in school working with the latest technology.” “So I sign up.” “Next thing I know, I am sent here, handed a sledgehammer and told to flatten the bottom of old fuel tanks.” According to my military friends, it was ever thus..... In any case, here is my effort on the old Airfix kit not as good as hoped, but are they ever? I used the Airwaves detail set, a Falcon canopy and LF Model
    33 points
  39. This was my project for the MTO GB. It was a fun kit to build – as most of Tamiya’s 1/48 Armour kits seem to be. Pz.III No.04 was part of the 501st Heavy Panzer Battalion, which was part of the Afrika Korps in North Africa. Following the Allied landing in French North Africa the Battalion, with its 16 Panzer IIIs, arrived in Tunisia between November 1942 and January 1943. Initially only three Tiger Is of the 501st landed at Tunis on 23 November 1942. These first elements of the battalion, along with four Panzer IIIs, were organized with other units into Kampfgruppe Lueder. The
    32 points
  40. Hi all, my latest model is this F-6D by Eduard in 1:48. Add Brassin wheels, trop tanks as well as exhaust and used the box decals for a F-6D of the 67th TRG.
    32 points
  41. Lockdown has given me time enough to finish two build projects in a year. I have never built kits at this speed! This is a Bronco Jeep kit number 35163. Its a tiny kit but its size does not represent how well detailed it is out of the box. Its trailer might look like just a box on wheels. On the contrary, its full of small details like side hooks in minute photo etch, brake lining, full wooden slatted floor and even a wrench which has its own photo etch stowage! The instruction also has a wiring diagram for routing the brake light wires of the trailer. The kit has so
    32 points
  42. Morning all, Next off the production line is the delightful little Yak-1B from Arma Hobby. A really great little kit to put together with excellent details and zero fit issues. This is the expert boxing finished completely OOB using Hataka Orange Line lacquers as ever. Arma Hobby 1/72 Yakovlev Yak-1B by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr Arma Hobby 1/72 Yakovlev Yak-1B by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr Arma Hobby 1/72 Yakovlev Yak-1B by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr Arma Hobby 1/72 Yakovlev Yak-1B by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr Arma Hobby
    32 points
  43. The first one over the line for this year is the Hasegawa F-15A Eagle 'ASAT'. It might be an old kit compared to some modern tooling's but it's still a lovely kit to build. On September 13th 1985 an F-15A piloted by Maj. Wilbert Pearson took off from Edwards Air Force base and climbed to 35,000 feet before launching a missile which carried on upwards before hitting and destroying a satellite in orbit. I’ve tried to build ‘Celestial Eagle’ as it was on that day complete with a live ASAT missile instead of the usual inert one. This one comes with a lot of ext
    31 points
  44. Being a bit of a Francophile, I’ve always liked the look of the Mirage IV. This was an eBay purchase a while back & came with a Neomega cockpit & a rather nice set of Reskit replacement wheels (never heard of Reskit before!). I have no idea how old this kit is but I’m guessing maybe 40 years since it was first issued & it shows. Frankly a bit of a struggle with rather “iffy” fit throughout - especially the rear fuselage “pen-nib” around the jet nozzles where I had to apply more filler than I can ever remember with any other kit! My other major problem was the plastic itself whi
    31 points
  45. The zvezda kit is nice but a little bit tricky.Glad to see each part fits very well in such complex design.Auxiliary air intake is movable.so it needs to be assembled very carefully.
    31 points
  46. Not new model, but I still like it. I know, pink sholud be more gray and pink, am I wright? I have added extra gunsight from Quickboost, canopy hood with bubbles from Rob Taurus vacu and scratchbuilded rear mirror. Decals are mix of Pavla (I think letters are too light...) and Xtracolors roundels. Maybe she is too much weathered - but you know the name - "dicing" (with death) is such impressive for add some extra mementos of dogfight's somwhere over Brest ... Anyway, hope you like it.
    31 points
  47. Happy New Year all... currently on sale is the February edition of Airfix Model World magazine with my Lockheed Vega on the front cover. Here's a couple of teasers... Cheers, Dean
    30 points
  48. Calling this finished now AFV Club 1/35 scale gun truck with some extra armour added from plasticard. Decals are from Star (I know, this does not depict the actual Bounty Hunter truck). Figures are from Paracel and are excellent, ordered direct from them in Vietnam and arrived quickly and safely. Paint is Life Color, Tamiya and Vallejo acrylics and weathered using Mig Ammo mud effects pack and oil washes. Base is just made from a drawer front and foam board. All comments welcome
    29 points
  49. I tried the salt method to weather the hull the way Ark Royal was weathered near the end. It didn't come out perfect, and I learned things I could have done to make it better, but all in all I am pleased with the effect. One thing to note is that using the phone camera washes out the weathering effects. The deck and hull have much more weathering that you can't see in these pictures.
    29 points
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