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  1. 170 points
    Hello friends, A small little tabletop that still makes me happy, when I finished it after a long time. Model is from eduard 1/48 scale. Cheers Andy
  2. 139 points
    Just an old fashioned Stirling With old fashioned ways A fuselage tattered and torn. Four Hercules engines keep chugging away She's flying from midnight to dawn. Though she don't go so fast, No great height does she claim, Sure there's something that makes her divine When she flies there on high She's the Queen of the sky She's that old fashioned Stirling of mine Taken from Stirling Wings by Jonathan Falconer - song often sung in the sergeants mess at Lakenheath where 149 Sqn were based in 1943 After 10 months of slogging away the Stirling is finally done. By far, this has been my most challenging build to date, the first vac formed kit I've ever completed (first attempt ended up in the bin!), the first time I've vac formed my own canopies if crash moulding doesn't count and first time soldering parts! The overall shape of the Sanger kit is pretty good, however there are a few noticeable errors, the first being the wings formed upside down and the second being the squared off rear fuselage when it should match the profile of the FN20 turret. It's built as a dedication to Ron Middleton who was posthumously awarded a VC for his bravery on the night of 29th November 1942 when he sadly didn't return from his 29th mission to Turin. Hit by flak over the target, he lost his right eye but maintained control of the aircraft and managed to get it back to the coast of England. 5 members of the crew bailed out, two others remaining to help him fly the aircraft but it lost control and crashed in to the sea taking the three crew members with it. There are two build threads to this because it was started by @Mike way back in 2008. After several years of me pestering him to finish it, he sold it to me and I picked up the gauntlet to get it to Telford as part of the 1/48th Bomber Command SIG VC display this year. The build continued here. There's lots of people to thanks for their help in this build, John @12jaguar for his wealth of knowledge and reference photo's, Nick @SleeperService for sending me a Wellington nose turret of which was used for the basis on the front turret in the Stirling, Alain @corsaircorp for sending me some resin parts that got used in the cockpit including the instrument panel and Chris @stringbag for his 1-2-1 soldering lesson and incredible drawings that were critical to get the complicated wing and undercarriage structure aligned. I'd also like to thank Megas Tsonas for his truly amazing 1/48 Stirling build that you may of seen in air Modeller, however this also proved to be a demotivator because I could in no way achieve the results he did! My goal was to get it finished in 2018 (well actually it was to have it ready for Telford but didn't quite make that!!) and I've just about squeezed it in! It's by no means perfect Anyway, enough blurb, here's the piccies. Hope you like her. Thanks for looking Neil
  3. 124 points
    My usual take on two `Tigers` on a practice scramble circa 1970 from RAF Tengah. Airfix 1/72 kits. First picture was my inspiration for the build. Thanks for looking.
  4. 121 points
    Hi, After 3 months, I finished the model. In progress: http://www.pwm.org.pl/viewtopic.php?f=12&t=86108 22/5000 I invite You to watch.
  5. 116 points
    Model with added Eduard PE, Vector engines, VickersK/barrels - Gaspath and Master. The whole is riveting. Vokes were in frames. Painting - 30 SQ RAF - Meleme, Crete May 1941 - Roundels OOB, serials and coded - custom mask.
  6. 112 points
    Hi again all, Back in August I was asked to build the all-new 1/48th Airfix Hunter F6 to feature in the December issue of Airfix Model World and the Key Publishing Combat Machines special on the Hunter, released in time for the Telford show. It's a very straightforward kit, easy to assemble with no fit problems or issues worth mentioning, (although I did have a problem with the nose cone being slightly too large and needing sanding to shape, however after having a word with the Airfix guys at SMW they assured me that the production kits part fit perfectly, so I'd put this down to the pre-production nature of the kit. On offer are two tail cones, one plain one with parachute fairing, so an F6A can be modelled following references and a couple of Matra rocket packs, along with the smaller 100gal wing tanks used on this variant. I'm sure other versions will follow, including both straight wing and dog-tooth variants, though no trainers are to be expected. As usual, there were no decals included with the test-shot so an after-market sheet was provided instead. The editor decided he liked the look of the yellow marked Day Fighter Combat School aircraft based at West Raynham circa 1962 and so Xtradecals X48189 Hawker Hunter F.6 Pt1 was used in the build as these included them. Interestingly many colour palettes and model companies like Revell have the scheme depicting yellow tailplanes to go with the striking yellow spine and fin but noticed that Xtradecals portrayed them as being camouflaged. This piqued my interest and so I decided to research the scheme further and found very few colour images of XG204 online and these proved inconclusive. Luckily Martin Derry's excellent tome ‘Britain’s Military Aircraft In Colour, 1960-1970’ included two high-definition images and an excellent 4-view profile showing the aircraft taking part in an airshow at Finningley in 1962 and Lo and behold the tailplanes were indeed camouflaged. Although rocket rails and Aden gun muzzle deflectors were fitted by this time the editor wanted the model to be as out of the box as possible so these weren't added, (although I did add the two yellow DME Rebecca 8 aerial rods beneath the fuselage along with upper wing whip aerials, (apparently the aircraft didn't have the two spine-mounted or single under-fuselage whips often seen on F6s). The model was painted using MRP acrylic lacquers and due to the heavy usage by the DFCS at the time, weathering was applied using a mixture of Abteilung oils, MIG Oilbrushers and pastels and AK oil and kerosene stains. Once again thanks for looking, hope you like it and decide to buy a few...for those of you tempted, you won't be disappointed... Cheers Melchie
  7. 111 points
    This is the 1/72 scale Heller/Humbrol Super Constellation, completed as an L-1049H-82. This particular Constellation (Dutch registration PH-LKN) was entered into service in 1958 as one of 23 Super Constellations at KLM, and one of only three “H” model Connies in the fleet, configured as a “combi” for passenger and cargo carriage. She was christened the “Hermannus Boerhaave”, and could seat 112 when fully configured for passenger carriage. Sometime prior to her retirement from KLM in 1962, she underwent a livery design change, emerging in the later KLM Constellation livery of dark blue stripes over and under her windows. Following retirement, she flew for World Airways, then Flying Tiger Line. She was damaged beyond repair as a result of a fueling accident on Kingman, Arizona, and ended her useful life as a gate guard at the Mojave County Airport there in 1971. Sadly, as has been the finish for most of these beauties, she was broken into scrap in 1975. This model has been a long labor of more than a year, but nonetheless a joy and learning process to finally complete. Many thanks to my newly found Canadian friend “radioguy” for his much appreciated and treasured guidance, suggestions, and instructions from his own experience in Connie building…”school never stops!” To see the process of assembling this particular model, go here: Enjoy!
  8. 111 points
    Hello, dear friends and colleagues! Let me present my yet another model Blackburn Shark Mk.II by Eastern Express. This kit is the repack of the "old school" Frog model. The kit offers wide choice of varieties – with floats, on wheeled chassis, with folded wing or in-flight configuration – and leaves you rather pleasantly impressed. For its time the model seems quite respectable and can be transformed into a perfect replica if you give it a certain effort. As far as I know, this model of Shark aircraft hasn’t got any alternatives nowadays. The main drawbacks are the following: horrible engine which you must change undoubtedly, empty cockpit (though this feature is characteristic for all models of that time) and wrong number of ribs on the wings which can be seen while imitating the sagging of canvas. I managed to deal with the first two problems but the last one was resolved only partially – I didn’t have neither energy nor desire to remake the whole wing. The model has been made out of the box and materials at hand such as plastic sheets, wire of different gauge, fishing line, cotton buds tubes, hand-made sprues. From aftermarket I used only the Вrengun sight for the tail gun. The model was totally rejointed, riveted, remade the engine, added a cockpit interior, detailed the wings and fuselage. Cross-bracings and aerials are made of fishing line, guns – of wire and a drawn cotton buds tube, navigation lights – of drawn colourful party picks. All in all, the building produced positive impression and turned out to be useful experience for me. Colouring – enamel and acrylic paints Revell, Humbrol and Tamiya, lacquers Tamiya. I tried to highlight the sagging of canvas with paints and some graphite chips, so part of ribs and primary wing structures are merely hand-drawn. Accentuation of jointing – Tamiya panel line wash, oil paints. Toning – oil and water-color pencils. So, nothing out of the ordinary. Decals from the kit turned out to be of very high quality in spite of their age. I liked working with them, they are thin, very good to attach and don’t flake while masking. The result is the torpedo bomber 820 Naval Squadron K8471/652 from HMS Courageous air group as in 1937. Pleasant viewing! Thanks for watching!
  9. 111 points
    Hi all, here's another project I recently finished for Airfix Model World magazine and it's back to aircraft for a while, so I was asked to build an early test shot of Airfix's great new Victor K.2 tanker, another superb offering from the company. As you all know by now this one comes in two flavours, K.2 tanker and SR.2 reconnaissance aircraft. The editor specifically wanted this particular aircraft modelled to coincide with an article written for us by Mike Beer who was an AEO on 55 squadron posted to Ascension during the Falklands shindig, supporting several missions including Black Buck1. Interestingly Mike flew on Blue Steel BMk.2s, SR.2's and K.2s throughout his lengthy career so his knowledge and experience on the aircraft is most impressive. Any of you who've built the bomber version won't have any issues with this one, the only real differences here being the addition of the shorter wing tips, the centreline HDU and wing mounted Mk.20 pods. Just a couple of points about the info in the instruction sheet though, firstly the instrument panel should be painted medium grey, not coal Black as described and secondly XH669 had the tail mounted RWR fairings, front and back fitted during the Falklands campaign, (it also had all glass bomb aimers windows too though lost one which was duly replaced before the deployment as some aircraft were used for basic photo-reconnaissance duties). I also noticed that a few of the underside stencils, around the engine bays seemed to have the wrong orientation so take care when applying them. I used references from my collection to be doubly sure. With the SR.2 you get a well-detailed camera crate and two long-range fuel tanks to fit in the bomb bay, as well as 'air sniffer' nuclear test sampling nose cones to fit to the wing fuel tanks if required. All in all a very comprehensive package... Several aftermarket products were supplied for use with this build including Eduards PE Interior and Exterior, undercarriage and airbrake sets, while New Ware Expert provided the masks and finally the totally brilliant Brassin resin wheels were used to replace the basic kit wheels. The model was painted via an Iwata CM-C Plus V2 Custom Micron and a Mr Airbrush PS-770 in conjunction with MRP lacquer paints and Mr.Hobby acrylics. Weathered using AK Interactive washes, MIG pastels and Abteilung502 Oil paints. I've now accumulated quite a few Airfix Victors for our Bomber Command SIG table and the next up for me will be an early white Interim B2 'Yellow Sun' aircraft, a standard camouflaged Wittering Wing free-fall bomber followed by a 543 squadron recce bird...can't wait, the more the merrier, for anyone interested I'll post them up as soon as they are completed. For those of you who read the magazine, (and thanks for supporting it) I hope you also like the new Airfix Phantom FGR.2 I recently finished for this months issue, I'll post that up next month. Thanks for looking Melchie
  10. 109 points
    Sea Vixen - Airfix 1/48 plus PE, resin, vacu, some scratch etc
  11. 106 points
    Hi Everyone, Hope you don`t mind if I bother you with some photo`s of my latest effort My attempt at Tamiya`s 1/48 Sworfish Mk II kit Finished to represent an aircraft based in India and Ceylon for missions over the Indian Ocean 1944-45 Built mostly from the box, but with a few wire and thread embellishments: Made the engine cowling supports and ring, torpedo sight etc from copper wire the control cables for rudder and elevators from silver thread soaked in Johnsons Klear, The rigging was done with elastic thread in an attempt to find something that retained some tension better than the nylon thread I usually use Decals were from a Print+Scale set. Hope you enjoy, thanks for looking Cheers Russ
  12. 105 points
    Hi everyone, hope you're all well and behaving yourselves! Thought I'd post for your perusal, my third new Airfix release this year in the form of the mighty Phantom FGR.2 which should be available any time soon. I finished this one a few months ago in time for the November issue of AMW. The test shot arrived without decals which left the field wide open so we opted for the rather natty 6 squadron scheme of an FGR.2 based at Coningsby 1974, with Xtradecals providing the goodies along with their dedicated stencil set, which proved exhausting! With the editor being an ex-Phantom man he decided he wanted to tool the old thing up with a slightly unusual war load consisting of three Lepas flares and a pair of BL-755 cluster munitions duly purloined from various kits in his possession. The kit comes with four AIM-9's, four AIM-7Es, centreline SUU-23A gun pod, four 1,000lb bombs, strike camera and the EMI recon pod for anyone wanting to go down that route. Reference photos were provided from the Key publishing archive so things were as near realistic as possible, (in conjunction with a written account for the magazine by ex-Phantom driver Chris Bolton). As for the kit, well, if you've built Airfix's previous FG1 then you know what to expect. The fit of some parts was so-so, particularly the wing/fuselage joint and some details either missing or vague. I believe the decal sheet now carries representations of the missing louvres/vent details. Luckily my old mucka Ali Mclean came to the rescue by kindly sending a few of his lovely new Aeroscale upgrade sets designed for the kit. These included replacement intakes featuring the missing upper and lower louvres, new inserts for the reheat cooling vents, replacement wing pylons for the lacklustre kit parts and new correctly shaped Spey cans. The latter wasn't used though as Aires kindly provided a set of their sublime resin Spey cans which included an amazing amount of detail given the scale. Eduard also kindly provided the comprehensive PE sets for the cockpit, undercarriage bays, speed brakes/auxiliary air doors and nose gear doors. The model was painted using MRPs pre-thinned acrylic lacquers and weathered using AMMO of MIGs pastels and Abteilung, AK oil washes and UMP clay washes. A nice quick, and more importantly, fun build. For anyone interested the model will be on the Airfix stand at Telford at the weekend along with a few others I've finished for them this year, please pop over for a chat... Interestingly there's been a fair bit of speculation over the shape and width of the RWR fairing atop the fin on this kit. I've been assured by the design team that the kit part is accurate, taken using LIDAR of XV474 at Duxford. I haven't checked it myself but that's the info I received. Hope you like it Cheers Melchie
  13. 102 points
    Hi Everyone. Just taken some pic`s of my latest effort: Academy`s 1/48 F-4C Phantom kit, masquerading as a F-4D of the 432nd TFW whilst based at Udorn Thai AFB during the late 60`s early 70`s I originally intended to do it as a `D` with smart bombs and but then found out the subject I had markings for never carried them and was in fact....... .....for `Trapper` which had some fame as being the last MiG killer of the `Rolling Thunder` campaign in 1968.. After some deliberation I decided to give it an assymetrical bomb load which seems to have been fairly common at the time...... ....of 2 x CBU`s, 3 x Daisy Cutters and 6 x General Purpose bombs. Mostly from the box with just seat belts and rear view mirrors added, the `D` IR seeker was in the kit as was the ALQ-119 Jammer pod Hope you enjoy , thanks for looking, Cheers Russ
  14. 99 points
    Howdy Everyone, Just put the finishing touches on my latest effort so I thought I`d share some pic`s My attempt at Eduards boxing of Hasegawas 1/48 F-8 Crusader Kit Finished in the markings of `The Stinger` of VMF(AW)232, while based at Da Nang 1966-67 Chose this scheme to complement my `Red Devils` Phantom you might remember from a while back, as I was a bit disappointed with the selection that came with the kit The rest is pretty much from the box contents, just added some brake pipes from some wire, the MER`s and bombs came from a Has` A-7 Corsair kit and the RBF Tags from Revell Skyraider. Managed to use most of the Resin and Photo Etch, but kept the kit wheels as they painted up better and the resin nose wheel looked too small to my eyes Decals came from Microscale sheet AC48-0054 which are for a later incarnation of the same plane, only difference being the tip of the fin which I modified to suit These aircraft didn`t seem to be as dirty as the `Death Angels` airframes but a bit grubby nevertheless. Hope you enjoy, thanks for looking Cheers Russ
  15. 98 points
    Good day all. It is very unusual for me to post two builds in less than a week. In fact, it never happens, until today. Prior to to my 3 year break, there'd be a good month between posts. The timing of the photography session with my little 'warm up' Vampire post the other day, then finishing and photographing this one means it's ready to post. History: The last two Phantoms I made were a vintage Hasegawa IDF RF4E, and the wonderfully dodgy Matchbox F4K/M, built back when both they, and me, were nice and new. I think I build better than I did back then so there is something to be said for old age. This one is the Fujimi Fire Birds offering from 1989. It has been sitting in my stash since the mid 1990s bought secondhand when I toyed with the idea of restarting my modelling hobby. I didn't though, because restarting my hobby had to wait till 2013! With the release of the Airfix kit and following my recent build warm up, it was decided to finally get this one done. Still a nice kit of course and I don't feel the need to replace the Fujimi FG.1 in my stash with a newer Airfix one. I threw in some Quickboost resin seats, QMT resin wheels and those Master pitot tube sets just for the fun of it. The scheme is from Xtradecal sheet X72295 and represents a 92 Sqn FGR.2 on detachment to RAF Akrotiri, Cyprus, 1989. I also had a set of Airdoc stencils as well. I'm not sure when I bought them, but WHAT WAS I THINKING!! @##%%@ Phantom stencils! Where did my life go? Didn't I have better things to do? Anyway, here you go, thank you for your time. I feel I was still warming up a little as my current build is definitely going better than this Phantom did. Phantom-FGR2_02 by Jonathan Macauley, on Flickr Phantom-FGR2_01 by Jonathan Macauley, on Flickr Phantom-FGR2_03 by Jonathan Macauley, on Flickr Phantom-FGR2_05 by Jonathan Macauley, on Flickr Phantom-FGR2_06 by Jonathan Macauley, on Flickr Phantom-FGR2_07 by Jonathan Macauley, on Flickr Phantom-FGR2_08 by Jonathan Macauley, on Flickr Phantom-FGR2_09 by Jonathan Macauley, on Flickr
  16. 98 points
    Howdy All, Hope you don`t mind me sharing some photo`s of my very latest effort, which isn`t quite a `whiffer`, but more of a `might have looked like`...... My attempt at building Special Hobby`s 1/48 scale Fairey Albacore Completed to try and represent one of the handful of RN crated aircraft that were assembled and flown by 36 Squadron, RAF Seletar, Singapore, early 1942 I say above `might have looked like` as despite much searching and reading up I couldn`t find any pictures ( photo`s or otherwise ) of the subject, so once again just gave it my best shot Built mainly from the box contents but replaced some very fiddly bits with materials that my `sausage fingers` and eyes could deal with I did try to recreate some of the pipe work from the cylinders to the exhaust and collector ring but you can barely see it. Decals came from the stash and the kit, 250 lb bombs from Brengun. Main references were `Bloody Shamble` by Chris Shores and the replies to my post in BM some time ago. Hope you enjoy, thanks for looking and thanks to everyone who replied to my original query Cheers Russ
  17. 97 points
    One day in June 2017 we had a family get together. On the way back we stopped off at a model show and met up with our own @perdu. My sister and brother-in-law both agreed that he was a nice man. A very very nice man. While sitting in the cafe I noticed a Nimrod amongst the models hanging from the ceiling. "If you want one of those, I have one for you" said Bill. And so the story started... A challenge it was. Not just the longest build (four months!) but also one of the most, er, modified kits I've done. Helpful BMers kept telling stories of their time on Nimrods (you know who you are) and so, of course, I had to try to replicate their memories. There's a 40 odd page WiP here with lots of input on Nimrods. Oh, and sausages (don't ask). Here are some shots; I hope you like her. Airfix kit with Alleycat canopy and bomb bay. Colourcoats grey on Stynylrez white primer. W&N satin varnish. Xtradecal transfers and (gulp) kit stencils. Some detail shots from the WiP… Dirty bay doors: The crew, one with scratch built headset and mic: on Flickr
  18. 94 points
    Hi everybody, this the last model I completed. It's the Kinetic Harrier T4, loaded with Reskit rocket launchers. Figures come from the Eduard range and were slightly modified; everithing else was scratchbuilt...hope you like it...
  19. 92 points
    Hiya Folks,........ Something a little different, here is the Airfix 1/72nd Dakota built as the aircraft gifted to British Airborne Forces which resided in Aldershot for so long before it was moved with the Parachute Regiment to Colchester where it has recently been refurbished. During its RAF service this aircraft was a VIP transport and amongst the units which operated it was the RAF Coastal Command Communications Flight at RAF Bovingdon, Herts from 1958 until the 1960`s. I built it for the Patrol and Coastal Command GB and here is the WIP including photos of the real aircraft with one from my own collection showing it wearing its Coastal Command colours; And here is the model; Here is the real aircraft,......in 1958 wearing its Coastal Colours (from my own photo collection); And now as seen outside Merville Barracks in Colchester,.....home of 16 Air Assault Bde; Cheers, Tony
  20. 92 points
    Hi everyone! Finally I have got D-10 ready for RFI :). It has been a long slog, aggravated but various factors, including a lack of available modelling time across the past months. Overall it has been very enjoyable, but challenging. As many of you will now know from my WIP, she is F-105D-5-RE 58-1155 (c/n D-10) operated as a factory machine by Republic at Farmingdale between mid-1960 and mid-1961 for fatigue and structural integrity testing . Very few images of her exist, particularly in colour. I found two of the latter with the help of this forum and a couple of stateside contacts. B&W images are essentially all shown in Lou Drendel’s book “Thud”. I have therefore used a little “modeller’s licence” to create the build as almost all images show differences. I have combined these to produce the model. Here is an example of her in her testing days: Having then spent time at Eglin AFB on further evaluation programmes she still exists, following a service career with the District of Columbia Air National Guard at Andrews AFB until 1981, and is displayed fictitiously as “59-1771” in the USAF Armament Museum at Eglin AFB, Florida. She looks like this now: My WIP is here: I will take this moment to express thanks to, and heap praise on, Giorgio N on this forum for his help and skilled production of the vinyl masks with his cutter that enabled the painting of the fuselage flashes and the background NMF outlines of the lettering and numbers and the Star-and-bars. The images for these were then scanned and used to produce the black outline decals. She was NMF, rather than the later overall zinc finish, plus the painted flashes so I’ve opted for a light panel weathering with Flory and some Tamiya powders. This also fills and accentuates some of the deeper features, such as the NACA nose inlet. So what did I use? Trumpeter F-105D Thunderchief 1/72 Aires cockpit set Aires wheel set Decals were old Microscale Thud sets for stencilling, lifting points,warning marks, etc, Xtradecal black striping, Xtradecal Star-and-Bar and Ebay-purchased clear decal sheet (for numbering, lettering, outlining, etc) Paints were Humbrol 27002 Polished Aluminium metalcote, 27001 Flat Aluminium metalcote, 27003 Steel metalcote, 33 Matt Black, 99 Matt Lemon Yellow, 147 Matt Light Aircraft Grey, 34 Matt White, 226 Matt Interior Green, 66 Matt Olive Drab, XX Grey Wash, Glosscote, Satincote, Mattcote, Testors Model Master FS28915 Fluorescent Orange-Red, Hasegawa Weapons Set I for the LAU-3 pods Plastruct rod and a Master MIG-21UM for the pitot, plus some other plastic from a Trumpeter F-100 ladder. Flory Dirt and Tamiya Weathering Powders for weathering Tamiya thin cement, Squadron fillers and a lot of Tamiya tape! I hope you like her! Martin PS: in reality the Orange-Red is more orange and close to the coloured images of her. It just blew the sensor of my camera
  21. 91 points
    Hi all, I’m happy to report the roll out of my latest build, representing YF-104A Starfighter, 55-2969, depicted as she was when flown by the GE Engines test fleet in the late 1950s. The fleet operated a number of aircraft in very similar colour schemes, including a B-66, a T-38, an F-4A, an F-101A an F-102A. She eventually went to the QF-104 programme and was blown out of the sky in the late 1960s. This was a natural choice as my first Starfighter build since taking up the hobby again over the past few years. FYI (courtesy i-f-s): "This General Electric test aircraft had been returned to the USAF in August 1961 and directly transferred to Lockheed Palmdale in September. In February 1962 it was transported to Lockheed Burbank and in August 1962 it arrived at McClellen for IRAN overhaul but also QF-104A modifications and preparations. It was delivered to Eglin on June 11th, 1964. At Eglin it got nickname "Capt Sassey" due to the fact that it"s engine always made a "Sassling" sound. On July 1st, 8th and 14th, 1965, this QF-104A flew similar drone test missions at 35 MFT at a speed of MACH 1.8. All missions went as planned. On the 23rd that same month it repeated this tested mission followed by being a target for a missile shooting exercise. The missile pulled 25 G's while tracking the Starfighter. The Starfighter was avoided and the Starfighter could land again safely. 28 September 1968: QF-104A 55-2969 flew an unmanned mission. During the mission it was hit under its left wing by an AIM-9 missile fired by a USAF F-4. Gladly the aircraft could be brought/controlled back home and it landed ok. "Chuck", at the controls, encountered some trouble con-trolling the heading on landing. There was no other damage and could be repaired. 26 January 1971: A number of years passed without any loss but this day the QF-104A 55-2969 was killed during an unmanned mission by a AIM-4H missile by a USAF F-4E Phantom. It was said it had 24 missions logged." During her time as a GE test machine she flew in a number of variations of the basic scheme so I have taken the decision to build a compromise, including most of the earlier scheme features. She is depicted in some images with a test probe and in others without this. Early on the NMF and white surround to the star-and-bar and lettering was wider too. Later she had a little nose art as “Queenie”, but I chose not to include this. She is not shown anywhere with underwing tanks but to me she just had to have some. The base kit is the Hasegawa F-104G/S, and I used a spare Italeri as a donor kit for the wings (more detailed than the Hasegawa) and, importantly, the fin/rudder. Excellent advice from @Giorgio N. This meant keeping the better rear fuselage detail of the Hasegawa. Additionally, I used a little aftermarket (seat, probe, jet pipe, etc). I had to adapt the underwing pylons, canting them correctly and modifying the tanks accordingly. They’re not perfect but hey, ho! . Fortunately, the Hasegawa kit includes J-model items so I used the non-bulge undercart doors, wheels, etc. What did I use, specifically? Well: 1. Kit – Hasegawa F-104G/S Starfighter 1/72 (kit no. D17) 2. Donor kit – Italeri F-104C Starfighter 1/72 (kit no. 1359) 3. Aftermarket – Aires C-2 Seat (7316), Master pitot (7202), Aires F-104A/C jet pipe (7114) 4. Decals – Xtradecal national insignia, home drawn and printed serials using internet auction paper and Papilio fixer ( @TheRealMrEd recommendation), lettering, GE logo, etc, Armycast stencils (ACD 72 013), Xtradecal red lining 5. Paints – enamels – Humbrol Metalcote Polished Aluminium (27002), Steel (27003), Olive drab (155), Matt white (33), Matt black (34), Model Master International Red, and other little bits here and there. 6. Masks – USAF lettering etc skillfully produced by @Giorgio N, Canopy mask by Eduard. 7. Washes and weathering – Flory dirt and Tamiya Weathering powders. I hope you like her. Martin
  22. 91 points
    Hello, this is a model from three years back, took part at the 35th IPMS Greece Nationals and won a Silver in Masters Category. I have used Eduard's BIG ED and resin wheels, Aires's beautiful resin Junkers Jumo 213 engine, Quickboost's resin propellers & resin MG151 barrels and Master's excellent turned brass antennas. Other than that, I have scratch built some detail inside the main and tail wheel wells, cut open the cockpit windows, opened the access hatch, cut open the ejector chutes for the underside MG151s and opened and scratch built the port side engine access panels. Colours are all Gunze according to their RLM range. Hope you like it, comments are most welcome! Alex.
  23. 89 points
    This is my latest F-4EJ, using the 1/48 Hasegawa kit, it depicts an aircraft belonging to 306 squadron, 1982. Andrew
  24. 89 points
    Howdy All, Just finished my second attempt at Special Hobby`s 1/48 scale Barracuda, so thought I`d bother you with some pic`s Completed to represent an aircraft of 822, 1700 or 1709 Squadron depending on the time frame or what reference you use This is the standard boxing of the kit which doesn`t come with as much resin detail Made a slight improvement by opening the radiator cooling flap under the nose as most photo`s show it open Added some bomb racks and 250lb bombs left over from my recent Swordfish and the 500lb ones are Eduard Brassin items Added the small windows just below the windscreen and did open the fuselage at the forward wing root but you can barely see it All the decals came from the stash And thanks to Seahawk, EwenS and Tony O`Toole for there responses to my original questions on the subject Hope you enjoy, thanks for looking Cheers Russ
  25. 87 points
  26. 87 points
    After six month I have really finished the HKG b-17 1/32. I used aftermarket add-ons and a lot of scrathbuild details to render the interior of this very large plane. I had a lot fun (and sweat) building this, but it is less funny find a place for this at home. I used books, pics and a virtual tour to render this plane as real as possible, expecially in the interior parts. It was a real adventure but I liked it a lot and I hope you all will enjoy this too. Wingspan= 1 m A couple of movies can be found here https://flic.kr/p/2dsaa6g https://flic.kr/p/2dsaa6g
  27. 86 points
    I attach a few pictures of completed in October 2018 model of Convair B-58 "Hustler" from the recently reissued Italeri offering - probably the only one in 1/72 scale. I have used the following aftermarket upgrading: Airwaves PE set, Eduard PE inspection panels and 'Remove before Flight' steel flyers, Aires resin exhaust, metal MasterModel Pitot tube and electrostatic dischargers. I have reworked the crew compartment hatches, crew seats (to the early type) and landing gear. I have used the Caracal decals. The model has been painted with Tamiya acrylic and finished with Gunze and Alclad lacquers. Thanks for watching!
  28. 86 points
  29. 86 points
    Hi all, here my latest build: the new Revell Rafale C in 1:48. Built it completly OOB.
  30. 85 points
    1/32 Wingnut Wings Shorts Felixstowe F.2A early. Great Yarmouth, 1918. So... here we go. It started as a thread where Mark and myself were supposed to be joint building. Mark never started his, I started mine, I continued the build thread for a while but in the end the commitment of a build thread was too much for a build at this level for me, so it fell by the way side a bit. However... 8 months later. 4 bottles of whisky. 80 metres of monofilament fishing line. 300 Bobs Buckles. Around 50000 swear words (wish I'd put £1 in the jar each time I'd said one!), 8 sheets of Aviattic CDL Decals, 2 sheets of Aviattic Woodgrain decals and one incident where I left the radiator on whilst I had the flu and came back to find all the rigging had come out. But I've finished it. Absolutely delighted to have finished it. It was an incredibly enjoyable and rewarding build from the start - but ultimately challenging. It's a true reflection of the skills of the team at Wingnut Wings though. Kit is mainly out of the box with the addition of Bobs Buckles for the rigging, 5 Gaspatch Vickers RNAS Guns, an HGW seatbelt set and a lot of Aviattic decals. The display box arrives next week and this will be firmly stored away - but as of now, I can relax and build a few smaller ones for a change. Time to rest and have a beer! Chris
  31. 84 points
    From the Amodel kit. Build photos: Part 1 https://goo.gl/photos/fv9LJa4N9yaeSD7W9 Part 2 https://goo.gl/photos/rbRCrupfZrnjb3aL6 Part 3 (includes completed model photos) https://photos.app.goo.gl/TEbZ36CbWZzCwnQf6
  32. 83 points
    Dear Fellow Modellers Greetings to all! Please find enclosed my Airfix 1/72 B-17G. It is loaded with the Eduard PE and Quickboost resin guns and turbochargers. I did my own representation of riveting. The decals are for the 306th BG based at Thurleigh in England in 1944-45 from Kits World. This recent Airfix kit shows a more restrained panel line representation than previous kits. The transparencies are absolutely outstanding and shape looks spot on. Regards Andrew
  33. 83 points
    This is the one that's broken my slump (I Hope)... started just Before Christmas, and finished in time for this years Bolton show. Nice kit, but not without a few issues. Finished with MRP paints, which are a joy to use. So here's the pics..... All comments welcome, just waiting for traffic warden... cheers DaveH
  34. 83 points
    Hello everyone I will welcome you with the b-2 bomber model. A gluing, or rather a sculpturing, took me half a year. At the time when I stuck it, it was the only 1/72 scale model on the market. Tests are not impressive with quality, it is a model from the "gniot" series. The patches date 1991, convex lines, wyppaczane items, there are many shrinkage pits, you need to improve a lot and even more earn. I collected probably the majority of photos, videos and reports from the model building available on the Internet. Unfortunately, very few photos of B-2 details are still available today. For the construction I used Eduard's plaques and airesa armchairs, the only elements available on the market for this model, and still are not perfect. Cockpit, bomb chamber, chassis recesses, engines, leaning rudders and many other things done from scratch, engraved lines. I have not used so much putty in my life, even on Mach 2 models. Model painted mr. Color C (FS36118), H. The presentation of this copy (21066) took place on November 22, 1988 at the Palmdale Air Force Base, California. The first flight took place on July 17, 1989 from the Palmdale base to the Edwards base. greetings ,,,,,
  35. 83 points
    Hi everyone, Just finished this kit after a very slow build. It was Revell's GR4 boxing but I decided to back date it to a GR1 in my favourite grey/ green camo rather than the rather bland grey of a modern machine. Generally it went together reasonably well although it was a bit fiddly in places, particularly the flap assemblies. this was mainly due to the very unclear instructions... lots of dry fitting recommended! I went a bit mad on the extras on this kit, I used Xtradecal decals, the Eduard photo-etch cockpit set and seat belts, resin seats from CMK, jet pipes and wheels from Aires, wing seals from Shaun (available on this site) and my own turned pitot tube. Xtracolor enamel paints were used along with Alclads metallics and finished with Alclad semi matt clear cote. Hope you like it, gazza l
  36. 82 points
    Pretty sure I`m not going to have to explain the inspiration for my latest in-flight diorama......! (Prop blur courtesy of Flickr photo editing) Thanks for looking.
  37. 81 points
  38. 81 points
    Hello again, Another kit built a few years back. This is the Italeri boxing of the fabulous Acc Miniatures Avenger. IMHO one of the most buildable and rewarding kits ever. An Eduard mask set though is a no-brainier. As ever Gunze and Tamiya throughout. Oh and a dirty great Alclad torpedo! And then the pics.......
  39. 81 points
    OOB, except for the clear dome on the spine, which was scratchbuilt. Xtradecals.
  40. 81 points
    I have always been fascinated with the looks of this beast, and it was indeed a challenge to complete it. Ancient, outdated kit but with enough material to get it finished. A new softer, light gray plastic, made rear fuselage swung a bit, but I can live with it. Wings canvas structure looked cartoonish, it had to be almost sand off. Used 0.73mm fishing nylon for rigging, Front machine gun is Eduard’s excellent photoetch Scarff gun ring which sits prominently at the front of the plane and is good investment (thanks @warhawk). PC-10 green is Humbrol's Hu 163. A few in progress pics: A sofisticated 4o dihedral jig. It is quite big actually: Paper clips were use to keep rig lines tight during gluing.
  41. 79 points
    Here is my recent build. The venerable Lancaster bomber, the famous “Dambuster” as flown by Guy Gibson. The aircraft and mission need no introduction. The kit itself is the Airfix new tool, and for the most part is excellent and a good fit. I think my fuselage was slightly warped so it needed clamping and filling. The wings, tail, fins, undercarriage and transparencies are an excellent fit. Some fettling is needed in parts. Build thread is here: WIP Build Can’t really find many faults but a few quibbles. The transparencies are a little thick, so one could invest in vacform replacements. Also the forward turret guns cannot be fitted on last unlike the rear guns – yep you’ve guessed it, I ended up busting them off! If I had my time again I would cut them off and add them at the end, but if you’re going to that much trouble you may as well invest in some aftermarket replacements. I drilled out the muzzles but reckon the brass replacements would look much better. This was OOB, but I did add quite a lot of detail inside, unfortunately much cannot be seen, but I’m resorting to the usual cliché in that “I know it’s there”. I also added quite a lot of detail to the internals of both turrets; you get some glimpses of it here and there. Not much else, little lights for the Aldis lamps, aerial wire from fishing line, drilled out and added the escape hatches, drilled out the odd duct and intake. Added navigation lights to the wing tips, and improved the formation and landing lights. The wing roundels were painted on. Paint was Airfix enamels as per the kit instructions. I used Tamiya NATO black on the fuselage and wings so it didn’t look too black, the turrets and other bits were normal Humbrol matt black. Alclad aluminium on the undercarriage. I painted the upkeep mine in red oxide as I understand some were delivered fresh from the factory still in red oxide primer. Not sure if that was the case with Guy’s aircraft but it is plausible and offers a splash of colour against the black. Weathering was done using oil washes and pastels. Thanks for looking. You can just about see the wireless headset I added (sorry about the fuzziness)
  42. 79 points
    Hi guys. I stumbled upon this snippet of an article in Aviation Week and Space Technology of The Royal Norwegian Air Force's F-16 anti-ship capability and quite fancied replicating an F-16B equipped with some Penguin Mk.3s. Quite an interesting and unique capability among the four initial European Air Forces operating the F-16A/B models. (Pinterest linked image-I do not own this image) After a lot of work I finished it these last few days. F-16B '691' in 1989 when the Penguin Mk.3 missile became operational on 334th Squadron at Bodø just before the end of the Cold War. This one has a filter from iPhoto that took my fancy, The pictures are a mix of indoor and outdoor, the cold evening's low light level gave this iridescent look to the canopy, not so appropriate for this early B (more MLU/D) but I liked the way it looked! Thanks for looking and any input! Cheers, David.
  43. 79 points
    Hello all, Just finished the rather diminutive, but exquisite 1/72 Airfix Tiger Moth. I was very impressed with the kit! I added the Eduard PE set (which costs twice the price of the kit...). Decals from Xtradecal. Thanks for looking Guy
  44. 79 points
    Evening all, Special Hobby 1/72 Vickers Wildebeest - Singapore 1937. It’s a little gem of a kit with excellent photo etch, decals and resin. Few flaws, the cabane struts are way too long. I opened up the leading edge slats, replaced the struts with brass rod and separated the elevator and rudder. Although the kit out of the box would have an impressive level of detail for 1/72 scale. Thanks for looking, Guy
  45. 79 points
    I was building this one for the Brit`s Abroad GB but ran out of time! I did build a 346 Sqn Halifax many years ago using the Airfix kit (which was presented to the Yorkshire Air Museum at Elvington, but I`ve never seen it on display!) so I wanted to build another for myself, especially as my Son now lives in the neighbouring village of Heslington, only a few miles from Elvington airfield. There was a film made about the Free French at Elvington circa December 1944 and the star was Halifax Mk.III, LL553/ H7-Q `La Victoire', which I have attempted to reproduce in model form here,...... but only thanks to fellow BM`er Giorgio Nosenzo in Italy who was kind enough to offer to recreate the nose art in decal form for me,....... what a gentleman you are sir and thank you so much! I am unsure whether this aircraft had the original squared off wing tips or the later extended style,...... I elected for the latter but have a feeling from others in the same serial number range that I may be wrong,....... oh well! This is the aircraft; The model has Aeroclub white metal propellers and a Coastal Craft white metal Vickers K Gun in the nose with an old set of Airfix Halifax wheels from the spares box,......as usual the model is brush painted and here is the WIP; And here is the model; I bodged up the tail code `Q' on each fin and so may revisit it at a later date and have another go at painting these,..... but for now I`l calling it finished, Cheers Tony
  46. 79 points
    Hi folks, this is my recent build of the Airfix kit updated to a 404.sq (RCAF) machine as operated in the summer 1944 using Aviaeology gorgeous decal sheet. We have a new book on this hard-hitting twin coming soon, see HERE. Cheers Libor
  47. 78 points
    It is my last built: an Airfix Dornier Do17Z - 3U+FU Libya 1941. This kit has some difficulty and wrong panel lines. I adjusted some points and rivet all skin. I used Tamiya mixes. Cheers!
  48. 78 points
    Just added the finishing touches to Airfix's 1/24th Hawker Typhoon MkIb this week: a project I've had on the bench for the last 6 months or so. Admittedly I've picked it up and put it down as and when I've felt like it, but regardless this kit is most definitely a long-term investment in regard to time and effort. I found it an absolute joy to build and thoroughly enjoyed every minute. Fit was exceptional but you must follow the instructions to the letter, especially where the engine and its piping is concerned, as tolerances are very tight. The only after-market was a set of Eduard seat belts - everything else was OOB. PIC 9 by Thomas Probert, on Flickr PIC 8 by Thomas Probert, on Flickr PIC 7 by Thomas Probert, on Flickr PIC 6 by Thomas Probert, on Flickr PIC 5 by Thomas Probert, on Flickr PIC 4 by Thomas Probert, on Flickr PIC 3 by Thomas Probert, on Flickr PIC 2 by Thomas Probert, on Flickr PIC 1 by Thomas Probert, on Flickr PIC 10 by Thomas Probert, on Flickr I opted for the post-war scheme so other than some tonal variation to the paint, I kept the weathering restrained. Paints were Xtracolour enamels with Humbrol flat as a top coat. Decals were from the kit and were excellent, bedding down well over the recessed/raised details without any problems. All in all, a fantastic kit - roll on the big Hellcat! Best regards, Tom
  49. 78 points
    Hi Guys first off a happy new year to you all, hope there are not too many soar heads!! let me introduce you to the 1/32 Revell GR4 Tornado, I used Aires ejector seats and cockpit, and pilots from PJ Productions, with the decals from fantasy workshop, the rest is OTB. The kit goes together ok, but you need to be patient with it , I used HATAKA acrylics which are turning out to be my favoured brand, enjoy.
  50. 78 points
    Westland Sea King Mk.43 330 Squadron Royal Norwegian Air Force 1996 Airfix 1:72 Every now and then I like to build something outside of my usual interest and scale, for a complete change. The New tool Airfix sea King fits the bill perfectly! It is a fabulous kit that fits very well. The paint scheme was a bit complex though, I must have used yards of Tamiya tape with all the masking it required. A thoroughly good kit, light years away from the 'old 66' Airfix Seaking I built as a kid, with its box art showing an Apollo capsule recovery. Thanks for looking, John
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