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  1. Hi all, hope everyone's keeping safe, looking after themselves, friends and loved ones. This is a model I finished for Airfix Model World a few months ago that featured in the March edition of the magazine. It is, of course, Airfix's all new Vulcan B.Mk2. Early in the project I was asked by Airfix to provide research for the kit, in particular detail photography, aircraft history and to select colour schemes. Working with Chris Joy, the designer was both fun and informative. I have a fairly substantial library here on the V-Force as well as access to different archives, courtesy of many frien
    141 points
  2. Hi everyone! I used to do be an air modeler till teenage but now I haven't built anything for about 25 years. So, please, be understanding for imperfections. Recently, I decided to make my modelling dream come true: I built the Monogram B-52 in the SAC 50s livery. The model is built out of the box with just minor adds like the replacement of the rear gun machines with 4 "Mini World" Cal 50 machine gun barrels. The colors used are: Dull aluminium areas: "Tamiya flat aluminium - XF-16", lightly buffed (to reduce the glitter aspect) and then covered with "alclad Klear Ko
    141 points
  3. Hi everyone, here is my recent completion for the Interceptors group build. It’s a Danish CF-104D made from kinetic’s 1/48 release and is OOB except for some (rubbish) decals that all silvered badly. Starboard side is going through a process of fixing that issue but Port side is shown here, with lesser but still present silvering and all. here’s the build thread: and it’s based on this airframe... And here with her older sister-
    134 points
  4. Hi fellow modelers, This is my finally built resin behemoth, the Anigrand Lockheed C-5A Galaxy. Enjoy! I had it on my shelf for almost 10 years, never dared to build it. Just too big, I was kind a 'scared' of it. But finally last year I had the guts: I'm going to start it and finish it! This is the kit with box art: This is what you get, a lot of resin: Bags with resin parts, here are the engines / gear wheels and parts / flap hinges: Crisp details and panel lines (nice work Anigrand! I have seen worse kits fro
    130 points
  5. Hello fellow modellers, In my introduction round as a newbie here on Britmodeller.com, I have already shown two photos of my latest built model, a RAF F-4 Phantom FGR Mk.2 from the former RAF airbase Wildenrath Germany, 92 squadron.. Below the entire series of this beautiful kit from Revell which is actually a rebox of the Hasegawa kit. I used some extra's to build this kit, from Eduard the resin seats, cockpit PE and the AIM-9D Sidewinders. The resin FOD covers are from AMS. For the decals I used a set from Xtradecal. I hope you'll enjoy the pics...! Cheers, Jos
    125 points
  6. Hi all. I just completed the build of Kinetic's very nice Sea Harrier FA2 kit. I used a cockpit set from Aires, which is not so nice. To be able to wedge it into the fuselage, you need to remove a LOT of plastic and resin. In my opinion too much work for a bit of improvement. Just add a resin seat and maybe some pe parts and you're fine. I painted the model Mr Hobby H335, Medium Se Gray, over Alclad black primer. Weathering was done with Abteilung 502 oilpaints. Thank you for watching. René
    123 points
  7. 'The Swoose II' B-17G-30-BO 772 BS / 463rd Bomb Group The name Swoose originated from a B-17D that was one of 19 out of 35 Fortresses in the Philippine Islands that survived ground attacks from Japanese forces on the 8th Dec '41 shortly after the attack on Pearl Harbour. It was given it's name by Captain Weldon Smith following repairs undertook in Australia in January 1942 where the tail of another aircraft was grafted on, the name being derived from 'Half swan, half goose' inspired by a song at the time called 'Alexander the Swoose' about such a bird! T
    123 points
  8. Westland Whirlwind Mk.1 - 263 Squadron RAF - 1941 Classic Airframes model with EduardPE (for Trumpeter), some scratch in whellbays, cockpit, full riveting. Invite...
    117 points
  9. Hi all, here my fresh built C-130H by Zvezda in 1:72. Used Cracal decals for a 120th AW Montana ANG Hercules. The rest is OOB.
    112 points
  10. Hiya Folks, As many of you will know I am an ex paratrooper and as such I have a long lasting love of the C-130 Hercules,.....especially the stretched Hercules C.3 from which 90 of us used to jump plus equipment, 45 from each side door. I have wanted to model the C.3 variant for a long time and I eventually bit the bullet by using the Italeri 1/72nd C-130H kit plus the resin fuselage inserts from Flightpath, to which I added the the new resin engine nacelles and propellers from Attack Model/Arma Hobby. Here is my WIP if anybody is interested, it also includes lots of ref
    112 points
  11. Finally finished my A-4K . It's depicted as NZ6201 from No 75 Squadron RNZAF when it was passing through HMAS Albatross, NSW. Australia in 1993. At that time I was working on No 2. Sqn RNZAF and we (for reasons I can't remember) referred to 75 Sqn as the gumboot squadron. 75 Sqn's aircraft had stopped at Nowra for fuel on the way back to New Zealand. Whilst they were there some mates and I took the opportunity to alter the Squadron crest on a number of the aircraft. I tried to add a lot of the little details that were specific to the A-4K and I'm pretty happy with how that worked out
    110 points
  12. Hi all, here some pics of my latest model: Kitty Hawk`s 1:32 scale Mirage 2000C. For me the best Kit KH produced until now! Add some Eduard PE´s, Löök Panel and Berna Decals for the squadron markings.
    109 points
  13. Hi! The model represents the Vickers Vimy in October 1918. It is the fourth prototype of this aircraft and the first to have new Rolls-Royce Eagle engines. The tail section is still old, it only has two larger rudders. At the end of October of the same year, it was used in France. The model is made by Eastern Express, very old casting by Frog. There is almost nothing left of the set in the box, used parts are completely processed, all other parts are scratch-built. I show the construction from beginning to end so that at least a part of the work invested in the model can be seen. The
    107 points
  14. This time Lockheed F-104g from Danish Air force from Kinetic.
    107 points
  15. Hi all. Kinetic's AV-8A was released shortly after their Gr.1/3 kit, which is basically the same kit except for a few different parts to be used. The kit was built almost straight from the box. Some rivets were added, as were some details to the cockpit and seat. I used Mr Hobby paints over black primer from Alclad. Washes were made from Abteilung 502 oilpaints. Thank you for watching. René.
    106 points
  16. Hi guys, Here is the 1/72 Modelsvit Mirage IIIE converted to Mirage IIIS specification of the Swiss Airforce. For full details on the modifications done check this BM WIP IIIS thread here. The kit itself has some crazy details for this scale but can be a bit tricky to work with when modifying because everything is rather small, overall a nice one though. I used Alclad for the paints and required two attempts at it due to my daft ideas. I tried focusing on replicating the contrast between the varied panel tones and matt-ish finish of the wings compared to th
    105 points
  17. 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
    104 points
  18. Hi all , this is my poor interpretation of a downed 109. I used the figurine from D-day and some civilian from Masterbox. The 109 is from eduard. the scene is fictional, because the white 7 was missed in action incl. the pilot. But who cares . It stands for many downed planes. And the figurine from D-day cried out for a little scene! Hope you have fun with the pics. Have a nice Christmas and keep healthy! Cheers Andy. ️️️
    104 points
  19. 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
    103 points
  20. Hiya Folks, Another tribute to a very important operation which is very close to my heart,........ remembering the heroes who fought at Arnhem; Italeri 1/72nd Short Stirling Mk.V; Esci 1/72nd- C-47 Skytrain Valom 1/72nd- AW. Albemarle Matchbox 1/72nd- Halifax A.Mk.V Italeri 1/72nd- Airspeed Horsa Planet Hobby 1/72nd- Hamilcar (OK,....it has a Tetrarch tank, which was not used at Arnhem!)
    102 points
  21. Well, it's been a rollercoaster for the last 15 months or so. I never said I was quick... Presented for your delectation is HKM's Great Big Lancaster. Build log is here. I decided to do an approximation of R5868 as she is now in Hendon, so that means the groovy two-tone squadron codes, paddle blade propellers (handily, they come as an option with the kit) and some extra radar kit over and above what the version of R5868 the box builds is equipped with. Again, the parts are in the box; I augmented them by removing the moulded antennae and replaced them with wire. Thi
    102 points
  22. This is a Heller 1/72 DC-6 converted to a DC-7C. I started the conversion in 2010 using a contrail resin conversion set. The less said about those expensive mishappen lumps of resin the better, the grotesquely mutilated base kit was further ravaged when I tore all the bits off to start again some 6 -7 years later I talked Neil Gaunt of Aircraft in Miniature in the UK to do some some engines for me and he ended up creating a full conversion set. This set whilst looking much much much nicer was still quite challenging for this hamfisted modeller to complete, made much more difficult because of a
    100 points
  23. 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
    99 points
  24. Latest in-flight diorama of the production line depicting the last Lightning loss in service with the RAF. Flt Lt. Dick Coleman, an RAAF exchange pilot, ejected safely from Lightning F.6 XR769 into the North Sea on 11th April 1988 after an in-flight engine fire. The whole incident was captured in photos by Ian Black and is covered in his book Last of the Lightnings. (Thanks to Ian also for his assistance helping me out with this). Dick was picked up in good order and in good health. For those who love coincidences, it in interesting to note that Lightning F.6 XR769 ente
    99 points
  25. Another one to my "Falklands collection", this time 1:72 Mirage IIIEA, I-014, 1st Squadron, 8th Air Group Argentine Air Force, Rio Gallegos, May 1982. New Modelsvit kit, built "out of the box" except metal Pitot tube (Master) and squadron emblems decals on the fin (Condor Decals). Painted with Gunze Mr.Color C series. The Modelsvit kit itself is just great - extremely well detailed as for 1:72 scale, crispy molded, well fitted (although a bit complicated - definitely not for beginners). I think it was the best short-run kit I've ever assembled. "Work in progress" topic was on
    98 points
  26. 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
    97 points
  27. Hiya Folks, My lovely missus Alison bought me the new 1/48th Eduard Spitfire Mk.I double boxing for my recent 50th Birthday and what a lovely kit it is,... typical Eduard magic and it went together like a dream! I did discover something strange with the decals,..... as when I went to remove the codes from the model (they were too small!), after already varnishing over them,.. I noticed that the carrier film was on top and it simply peeled away leaving the decal fitting snugly onto the model as if it were painted on and removing the film also brought the colour out on the
    97 points
  28. Hiya Folks, I was so pleased to hear that Valom were releasing the Vickers Valetta as a 1/72nd scale kit and as soon as it was released I bought `a few'! The kit is lovely and I can very highly recommend it, although the instructions can be a bit obscure in places and photos of the real aircraft are a real bonus. The decal sheet is quite limited too as the roundels are the wrong size and there are no wing walk stripes, which were prominent on the real aircraft....... hopefully a decal manufacturer who specialises in post war RAF decals might help fill a void,...I have dro
    97 points
  29. Hiya Folks, Yes I`ve built yet another Airfix Spit Mk.Vc,..... this time representing BR187M G-2 of 603 Sqn which took off from USS Wasp on 20th April 1942 as part of Op Calendar. Like many of the Calendar Spitfire`s this aircraft did not last long as it was crash landed by Sgt J.W. Connell of 601 Sqn on 4th May 1942 and written off on the 6th,...... but during this short time it was flown extensively and was used by Flt. Lt. William Douglas to damage a Bf109 on the 3rd May. After delivery to RAF Abbotsinch in Dark Earth and Dark Green with Sky Blue undersides,.... t
    95 points
  30. Hi all, Here is my latest completion, the 1/72 scale Albatros D.Va from Airfix. This kit’s moulds date from 1957, making the mould around 63 years old! (that's 24 years older than I am...). This is the boxing from the early 2000s, picked up for $4 at a swap and sell. With this build, I wanted to re-kindle that child like feeling of building something for fun, with minimal modifications, and not a care for accuracy. To correct the ancient Airfix kit's flaws would be to scratch build an entire model. So, in the spirit of fun, I wanted to keep this one largely
    95 points
  31. 1/350 Trumpeter HMS Hood with; Eduard PE Flyhawk detail set which includes Pom Poms and brass main armament barrels, Various resin details form NorthStar including, 4" guns, quad Vickers, bridge equipment, searchlights, HACS, Pom Pom directors and crew. White Ensign resin main turrets Painted in ColourCoats enamels Sea painted in artists acrylics with clear gel medium top coat and cotton wool spray Rigging in Caenis 700 and Uschi line WIP here; Thanks to everyone who followed the WIP and gave advice and feedback Lot's
    95 points
  32. Hey all, Here's my rendition of the excellent Airfix 1/72nd Bristol Beaufighter TF.X Built OOB with added rivets to fill up the large panels. I initially planned it wheels down on an airfield. I changed plans midway to depict a moment over the Channel just after the torpedo was dropped. Unfortunately mods like a head turn on the pilot, and various pitches in the control surface and the tail wheel in landing config were too late to change as I had already built and painted the model by then. Also my resident elf 'Sloppy' decided he wanted the tail gunner's machine g
    93 points
  33. Nearing the end of a Battle of Britain fighters collection in 1/48, I picked up Airfix’s new tool Hurricane but could only get hold of the Tropical version. The kit allows you to build a Mk.1 but needed custom decals so bought an Xtradecals sheet. I chose VY-R from 85 Squadron as seen during the early phases of the Battle of Britain. Xtradecals had the scheme wrong and upon doing some research, the underside Sky colour should extend up the engine cowling further than usual, as well as up the wing leading edges. After consulting the internet greybeards and doing some colour sampling
    93 points
  34. Hiya Folks, Well what a lovely little kit this is and it deserves to sell well indeed,..... the new Airfix 1/48th scale Tiger Moth. I have to say that the fuselage struts are very weak and one of them had already snapped on the sprue, while another snapped during construction,....... in a similar manner to the interplane struts on my smaller 1/72nd kits,....almost as if they were all hollow inside! That bugbear aside,.... I loved it and have already started my second one,..... plus it allowed me to beat my mental block towards rigging which last lasted well over 2 years
    93 points
  35. Here my latest. It's Revell's 1/32 Tempest V. This is a re-box of the Special Hobby kit and is really quite nice. The moulding is just sublime with wonderful panel details and thousands of subtle rivets, which look just fantastic on the finished model. The fit of the parts can be challenging at times but care and a little test, dry-fit and adjust gets it done. I added Kamizukuri paper seat belts (the wong style I now realise - they should not be Sutton type), Master Brass gun barrel (SUPERB!) and the Barracudacast Nose Correction Set. They jury is out on the Barracudacast nose, it is a
    92 points
  36. Howdy Everyone Finished this one on my last day off work last week so thought you wouldn`t mind me sharing a few pic`s My attempt at ICM`s 1/48 Skymaster kit Built completely from the box with just seat belts and whip aerial added Trouble free build, used the kit decals which are a but thin and fiddley to move around and I`ve got the feeling are of a warbird as opposed to a `nam bird Not much else to say Hope you enjoy, thanks for looking Cheers Russ
    92 points
  37. Hello, my modeler friends! Now that I have finished this long task at last. A vintage Soviet WW2 Bomber Tupolev Tu-2S in 1/48 Scale from a Chinese company called Xuntong Models. I have never heard of this company until I found this kit and bought it. I think this is quite a young company and has only got a handful of aircraft model kits. The Tu-2 is the medium high-speed bomber of the Soviets during the WW2 and had large internal bomb bay. It can also be used as a torpedo bomber and can even match the speed of some single-engined fighters. It played a major role in the final offensive
    91 points
  38. I'm calling this done, after a long-ish pleasant build - with some problems entirely of my own making. The WIP is here ........ .......... and grateful thanks to everybody who looked in / liked / commented and contributed, particularly @Anthony in NZ @Spookytooth and @(ex)Sgtrafman who regularly commented and chivvied me along - especially as this was my first WIP. Special thanks to @(ex)Sgtrafman and @DaveJL for providing replacements for the decals I was clumsy enough to destroy. This was a build of the Revell 1/48 Phantom FGR.2 using Xtradecals for a 74 Squadron line je
    91 points
  39. Hello Britmodellers, here my Merry Christmas to you all! I love the picture i got via SG ETUO. Great Group which wants to make a Flugplatz Museum with mostly british AC. Ca. 1971: Quite fresh XV800 No. 20 Sq from Wildenrath Now on top new pictures of my changed (yesterday) R.A.F.P. corporal with "Snowdrop" cap and black/red R.A.F.P. armband on the left. A happier New Year to you all! Tom
    91 points
  40. Hiya Folks, Been a long old build this one as I started it when the Airfix Walrus kit was first released,.....and as I wanted to replicate a pre war silver aircraft I used decals left over from the old Classic Airframes,.... only for Airfix to then go and re release the kit with exactly the same markings!! I also bought the Neomega resin, white metal and brass etched catapult section kit to mount the model on and as some of the Walrus operating on the China Station like 714 Flights aircraft aboard HMS Cumberland had the amphibian undercarriage removed I decided to do this
    91 points
  41. Hi mates, This is my little presentation of my latest diorama in 1/32. the Revell kit is easy to build , the MPM resin parts are mostly scrap, except the engine. I added some cables and tubes to the engine. The b/w photography was the reference. hope you like it.. have a nice weekend Andy .
    91 points
  42. On the 13th January 1945 Liberator GR VI 'J' EW310 took off from RAF Leuchars at 09.23hrs for a patrol off the coast of Norway. They returned at 20.55 hrs. Piloted by F/O M.J. Frost there was a crew of 9 including air-gunner Sgt D.V. Harmsworth (my dad). The Operations Record Book states: “ . . . . nothing sighted”. That's a lot of flying to see nothing but that was not uncommon at this stage of the war as Coastal Command was hunting U-boats off the coast of Norway and into the Baltic. Dad died getting on for 30 years ago and we never really talked much about his wartim
    90 points
  43. BOAC Super VC10 Mid 1960s This is the Roden 1/144 kit with Two Six decals built from the box except for a bit of sanding around the nose to reduce the sharpness of the change in profile from parallel to tapered in plan view, and addition of the two small fences on each wing leading edge. I also emphasised the flaps, slats and spoilers slightly by some light scribing before highlighting with mid grey paint to get them to stand out a little more than the panel line engraving, which is nice but just a little heavy for this scale.
    90 points
  44. Hiya Folks, Well what a kit this is,....... one of the best I have ever built,......and I had the main airframe together in one day,.....so well done Airfix! This is my second, and it is finished as N3398, BA-A of 277 (Air Sea Rescue) Sqn based at Shoreham in 1942. This aircraft first served with 264 Sqn and went on to fly with 255, 409 and 153 Sqn`s before it reached 277 Sqn and it was SoC on 27.6.43. I don`t have an electronic photo to post,.....but it appears on page 9 of the Warpaint Defiant issue,....amongst others. EDIT,..... Dogsbody (thanks Chris!) kind
    90 points
  45. PK553 of No. 607 (County of Durham) Squadron, Royal Auxiliary Air Force, RAF Ouston, 1948. From the Airfix website: Spitfire PK553 was produced at the Castle Bromwich factory as part of contract B981687/39 and issued to No.607 Squadron, Royal Auxiliary Air Force. The RAuxAF was a force of paid volunteers who acted as a reinforcement reserve force for the Royal Air Force, giving up their evenings, weekends and holidays to train and serve in this essential force, following the end of the Second World War. RAF No 607 Squadron reformed on 10th May 1946 as a RAuxAF day fighter squadron
    90 points
  46. E-3D Sentry (AWACS) VIII Squadron RAF Anniversary scheme Airfix 1/72, Combat decals. This is a special build requested by a friend who flew the E-3D as a co-pilot. One of his colleagues recently passed away from cancer in his early 50's, leaving a wife and children behind. This model is for them, a tribute to a husband and father who flew the E-3D as Captain. ZH106 was apparently his favourite, and he shared the nickname 'Grumpy' with it. Enough words, this will be going to his family:
    89 points
  47. Hi everybody; here's my latest off the bench, after a lengthy build (what with COVID and lockdown and all? Incidentally, I got sick with it, albeit mildly, in mid march). Here's a summary of this project: KIT: Sword LIGHTNING T4/T5 AIRFRAME: EE Lightning T4, XM992, based at RAF Wattisham in the early 1960s MARKINGS: mostly kit decals, which are very thin and fragile. In fact, the yellow fin bands lost some fragments after I had applied and gloss coated them. Attempts to fix them with paint failed miserably, and I had to repaint the whole fin and rudder. Fellow BMers
    89 points
  48. Hi mates, It's been a while, but I'm still alive and kicking. Well, maybe not kicking but alive anyway. Here is my first model completed this year, and there is no excuse for that. Sure, I help babysit the grandkids, I did a special project for my old employer, I bought a new telescope to play with, and of course my usual spat of medical tests and biopsies - but no modelling? Curb your tongue, knave! So, I'm back in the resin groove. I really, really like resin kits - this may be the reason they make me sit in the corner at our model club meetings. Here is my usual summ
    89 points
  49. Hi there, This is my recent project, a nice Airfix kit. Not my usual scale, but this bird in 1/48 just won’t fit my space here. Except Eduard Masks, a must for all these clear parts, everything else OOB. Fitting is nice in general, except for the clear parts that build into the tail gun structure being too narrow for the fuselage, which causes a step. Also, after glueing the fuselage halves, I ended up with a gap right in front of the windshield. Despite this, the clear part for the “canopy” structure fitted well with the gap. So, instead of forcing the halves to join, I just
    88 points
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