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  1. 154 points
    Good evening. Below some photos of a forgotten MIG-21. I fully realize that there is no shortage of derelict MIG-21's to be found, in model-, photographic- and actual forms, as well I know excessive weathering is not everyone cuppa. But I find the topic fascinating, and a derelict MIG-21 had to be included in my collection at some point, along with the spitfire, swordfish and other "must haves" that we all have on our lists. Thanks for looking. CF
  2. 130 points
    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 from Anigrand..): Nylon, brass and stainless steel parts for a sturdy gear construction: The clear windshield part: Very nice detail and panel lines: And a very simple manual.. Doesnt matter, the placement of parts speak for themselves with this kit: I didn't want to make the dull grey MAC Galaxy, so I decided to buy a DrawDecal aftermarket decal set for camouflaged and grey Galaxies: This will be the end result: Source: airliners.net First I reinforced the 2-part resin upper deck and lower deck with aluminium strips and screws. This is really necessary as it's a very fragile construction..: Then I reinforced the slightly warped wing halves with aluminium tubing: I glued the 4 fuselage halves parts together: Here's a test fit of the fuselage halves with upper deck, with a 1:72 Piper Cub for scale comparison: I strengthened the upper and lower deck construction to one fuselage half with little N scale screws and polysterene edge strips for extra support: I constructed the tail parts together, in total 168 grams and the size of a 1:72 Fighter jet kit: This kit needs a lot of weight in the nose, it's a potential tail sitter.. So I experimented with adding weights until I reached a balance. In this case I drilled a hole in the lower deck, and made a construction of M13 bolts and nuts and washers. A lot of them ; ) : Measuring and drilling holes for better and sturdier fit of the wings to the fuselage. Only glue is not enough and not reliable.. after all it’s only resin. With a dry fuselage-wing fit I heared all kind of sounds like crackling etc. So I decided to give that construction more strength. The holes are for little bolts and nuts that will connect the wings trough the aluminium strips on the upper deck: Glued washers on the underside of the wing holes positions, so the nuts and bolts have better grip: Drilling the same holes in the upper deck on the same position as the holes in the wings: Constructing bolts and nuts trough the upper deck, upside down so the remaining part of the bolts can be used for the nuts from the wings: The advantage of this construction is that I can adjust the height of wing position by fastening or loosening the nuts: Then i glued the fuselage halves together, in parts as it's too much to glue at once: Then I started sanding, a lot of sanding. The length of the fuselage is 1 meter! I secured the tail to the fuselage by using fine steel rods as split pens. Now the tail can’t come loose anymore: The 1/72 figure is standing next to a hatch. I read somewhere that there’s a ladder in the tail to this hatch, for maintenance. C-5 crews sometimes sit on top of the tail during airshows to have ‘a nice view’. Well I believe they have some view up there! The construction I made for glueing the wings to the fuselage to keep everything level: After attachment of the wings to the fuselage there were some gaps between the joints. So I used pieces of plasticard to fill it up, after that cutting to size and sanding and filling the joints smooth: Securing the bolt positions by sealing them wit Loc-tite: Dryfitting the part that will cover the construction of the wings: Filling and sanding the upper plate: Preparing to spray the landing gear by attaching parts to sprues with a tiny droplet of superglue. The wheels are on fabricated axes: Spraying the gear: Constructing the gear parts together: Test fitting the gear. As you can see, the pile of M13 bolts and nuts as nose weight in the nose section prevent it successfully from tailsitting! Attaching the cockpit windows to the fuselage and filling and sanding again: I used Tamiya surface Primer (2 cans) to prepare the monster for the camo paintjob: Ready for a camo ‘jacket’! The sheer size of it.. unbelievable: Only the gear of a C-5 weighs about 25000 kilograms in total.. Underside airbrushing: Did the camo paint job with a friend of mine at his house. It was real teamwork; constantly refilling and diluting paint for the airbrush while the other one was paintbrushing, one holding the beast in certain positions so paint could be applied at more difficult places, holding a lamp for extra lighting etc. Paintjob ready! Applying Gloss varnish for the decals: An evening applying decals. Not easy I can tell you, carefully manoeuvring a 1x1meter model in different positions while trying to apply thin decals! Preparing the decals. DrawDecal prints its sheets in 1 piece, so you have to cut out every single decal: This one is from Altus AFB, 97th OG. The only Galaxies which flew with the camo scheme and later the grey scheme on this decal sheet. Finally, after 2 months struggling and scratchbuilding with resin, aluminium and a lot of superglue, may I present: A 1/72 scale totally resin Lockheed C-5A Galaxy! Never thought I would actually manage to finish this kit. A final coat of matte varnish to seal the decals and give it the dull look: I joined the Scale Model challenge 2019 in Veldhoven, The Netherlands with this model. Didn’t win a prize, but I didn’t expect that either.. the models at that show were outstanding quality, from international professional modelbuilders. Hope you enjoyed it, and feedback is welcome! Greetz Dick
  3. 130 points
    HI all, so the first completed kit for 2020 is a bit of a thrown together 1/72nd Airfix S2C Buccaneer. I started it just before Christmas, and it was wheeled over the finish line yesterday. The kit fits well, but one needs to take care cleaning up sprue removal nubs in some areas to ensure a good fit. It is also possible to modify the rear jet nozzle fairings so the exhausts can be added after painting too. The bombs and pylons are meant to go on the inner hard points where the tanks are, but it's easy to snip of the back location pin and use them outboard. Markings are for a 700B squadron machine in 1965, in the early colour scheme (which, I think, is also the nicest!). Back dating involved removing the raised fairings at the fuselage to intake mouth junction and reshaping the wing mounted threat warning antenna to the early pointy circular ones. I decided not to remove the airbrake strengthening plates (because I forgot). Paints used were Tamiya's newish lacquer white and their standard acrylics for a homebrew Extra Dark Sea grey. Most decals are from the kit, but the squadron markings and serials are from a 1980 Modeldecal sheet. The glue had gone lumpy on these so each was soaked off the backing sheet, flipped over onto my finger and a wet brush was used to remove the perished adhesive. Mr Mark Setter was then used as a new adhesive to apply the decals. Final finish is a mix of Mr Colour GX flat and gloss varnish thinned with Mr Colour rapid thinner. All comments are welcome as ever. Happy new year! Jonners
  4. 126 points
    The 30's. From the Golden Age of Aviation, its four engines lazily droning in the sky, comes this luxurious lumbering giant, arguably the epitome of traveling in style to mysterious and remote lands. Vast landscapes: arable land, coastlines, deserts, intricate cities of labyrinthine design, proud mountain ranges, all slowly slide by below, in changing colors and textures. By sunset the bright tints of the sky and the billowing clouds are reflected upon the surface of a sea. Passengers sedately recline on their ample seats, their legs comfortably extended, or are pensively sipping a cocktail in the plane's bar, or even enjoying a sophisticated full meal on a removable table, pampered by a staff of courteous attendants. The quality of the inlaid wood paneling, the exquisitely weaved upholstery, the tasteful curtains, the porcelain, the crystals, all glows with the aura of England at its highest. Romance, mystery, luxury, comfort, sophistication, are all just the visible flesh of a well-thought machine, that rendered an incredible number of years and miles of reliable service, with an unimpeachable safety record. The construction thread can be visited here: Not all, as we know, was rosy, since the "Empire" (and the other empires) were creating their own share of very serious issues. The pinnacle of England as a world power would be challenged, and soon, unbeknownst to most of those passengers, in a few years the country would have to face the storm that will set Europe, and the world, ablaze. Humanity has a peculiar talent for ignoring the consequences of choosing bloodshed, misery, death, hunger and suffering, over adventure, discovery, and peace. But the H.P.42 is not only a symbol of luxury, it's also a symbol of peacetime, progress, romance, and ultimately of humanity's better angels, of what we would like our world to be. My thanks again to John Eaton, who facilitated the acquisition of the kit, and to Arctic Decals for producing the set that greatly enhances the model and solved the issue of the window frames and the ruined decal sheet in the kit. Thanks also to the fellow modelers that made comments and gave "emotional support" during the long build, and last but not least to the Hidden Ones that maintain this place of encounter and sharing: BM. I hope this model operates a bit like a time machine, and takes you to an era of shimmering glamour -the Golden Age of Aviation- that has so much to offer, so much to say, so much beauty to share, so much charm to explore. Not in vain it's called "Golden".
  5. 124 points
    As the latest from my workshop, here is my interpretation of the famous B-26 marauder. Lots of work for such a small model, but a lot of time spent detailing the interior and painting ... Shame not to see more often mounted! Fb's page: French Frog Models
  6. 118 points
    Hi all. In March 2019, I visited the Boneyard at Davis Monthan. Right next to the airbase is a plot full of Grumman Trackers lying on their bellies with folded wings. The sight of these beauties was the inspiration for this model. The kit is from Kinetic in 1/48 scale. I used a Vector radial engine, an Eduard pe set for some of the exterior deatils and Wolfpack's wingfold set. All other changes to the kit are scratch built using plastic card, strips and rods as well as brass tubes and copper wire. AK's Real Color paints were used over a black primer from Alclad. Abteilung oilpaints, thinned with white spirit were used as a wash. The base was created using AK Terrains light earth and pastel powders to make color variations in the soil. Static grass ond tuffs were glued on the sand with white glue. The wooden pallets were also scratch built from wooden strips. Thank you for watching.
  7. 116 points
    .....the RED ARROWS would have had the phantom as there display aircraft, imaging the noise as they tore across the sky in formation. Just a bit of a fun build to use seasonal colours! BIG thanks to stevej60 who interupted his holiday to send me decals for the fin and RAF lettering, top man. Good kit, any mistakes down to me, main colour is Xtra color red arrows red with everything else either humrol or vallejo. Stencils all from the kit. Merry Christmas everybody!. Red Arrows what if! by peter crossman, on Flickr Red Arrows what if! by peter crossman, on Flickr Red Arrows what if! by peter crossman, on Flickr Red Arrows what if! by peter crossman, on Flickr Red Arrows what if! by peter crossman, on Flickr
  8. 111 points
    Finished at last (well, 99.9% of it). The vintage 1/72 Airfix Heron kit, updated with my own resin conversion components, namely replacement engines, props, undercarriage, flaps, interior seating etc. Full In-Progress build is here, in the link:
  9. 109 points
    Dear All It would be nice to know we have our own personal rescue helicopter standing by, I now have my own, albeit in 1/72 scale and unlikely to be able to winch me up! This is the Airfix HAR3 with Eduard PE and the Xtradecal markings for 202 squadron RAF Lossiemouth early 1990s. Perhaps some of you remember this Crab rescue bird? Looking at pictures on the internet, from heavy use some had exhaust streaking down their backs. I don't mind Airfix's heavy panel lines so much on a helicopter and I added my own rivets. The lights are lenses for Little Cars I filled the interior with lots of first aid bags made from putty! Like many Airfix kits I found the engineering ambitious but the fit not perfect Hope you like it? Andrew
  10. 106 points
    Hi folks My latest build is a model of a legendary fighter aircraft, McDonnell Douglas F-4E Phantom II in Iran Air Force color. Been flying for more than 40 years in my country, a hero of 8 years war with Iraq and still going strong! This model represents the early days of conflict when these Phantoms used to bomb Iraq with british made BL755 CBUs. The Hasegawa phantom is a straight forward kit to build. What else I used are: -Master pitot tube -Hataka and Gunze colors -Print scale (Mr.Khosravi) decals -Eduard stencils -WINGMAN BL755 cluster bomb units Sorry for non professional and low quality pictures. Hope you enjoy seeing this model. Regards Barzin With his mates... The real LOVE
  11. 104 points
    Hello all, I have been rather busy working of late but I have found time between working with real aircraft to finish my F-4D. Im sure many are aware that the Tamiya kit is a dream to build and goes together very well, I used Mr Colour paint which I believe are the best on the market at the moment, the colours I used were 303 (FS34102), 310 ((FS 30219) and 320 (Dark Green)……….and black for the bottom Sadly the decals were in a poor state and fragmented as soon as they hit the water, so I purchased the Warbirds Decals set (32009) which were superb and set well on the aircraft and into any details very well and recommended. I didn't like the fit of the intakes to the ducting, so I thought it a far better idea to use the Quickboost (QB 32089) set of intake covers. The seats are aftermarket, but I cant tell you who made them as they came free with the kit (from a certain auction site) All the weapon pylons are removable, this is done using small earth magnets in the wings and pylon locations. I hope you like it, it is certainly my best build so far. All comments are welcome, thanks for looking
  12. 101 points
    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 the more reflective fuselage and fin. I attempted to add some sort of wear and grain to the paint as the plain fresh Alclad looked a bit off by itself, it mostly looks ok in the flesh if a little overdone in bright sunlight. Still, it's no foil. I used Matterhorn decals which were very good, probably the most important aspect for me was that the film was super thin so it vanished into the NMF. I made 'J-2305', one of the very early Mirage IIIS deliveries and displayed it as was during the 60's before unit markings were applied on the fin. Unfortunately I managed to loose one my the Maestro Aim-26B missiles but I loaded the other anyways (lets pretend its awaiting the second missile :D) , I'm hoping Eduard Brassin comes to the rescue! The irony with this model is that whilst being the smallest one on my shelf, it took by far the most work! Thanks for looking and hope everyone is ok! David
  13. 101 points
    Hi all, here some pics of my new built Airfix Hunter F.6 in 1:48. Add some Eduard PE`s, pitot by Master and Xtradecals for a No 12 Sqn Hunter. Replaced the whole landing gear with those from the old Academy kit. From the same one I used the 4 fuel tanks.
  14. 100 points
    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
  15. 99 points
    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 entered service with 74 `Tiger` Squadron based at Tengah, Singapore and was lost on a day when it was it was carrying out practice intercepts against two Phantom F-4J(UK)s from 74. Ian who was on the sortie and took the aforementioned photos is the son of George Black who flew Lightnings with 74 in the 1960`s. It can be a funny old world. This is an Airfix 1/48 scale kit and built for fun to show a unique moment in time for both the EE Lightning and no doubt for Dick Coleman. Thanks for looking.
  16. 99 points
    Hi all, my first built in 2020 is the new Tamiya P-38F/G in 1:48. Add Eduard PE´s, Master MG´s and Decals by Sky Model for a well worn P-38 of the 1st FG.
  17. 98 points
    Dear all. I'd like to present my recent adventures with the character-full old Airfix kit of 'Faithful Annie'. I made a lot of changes - as you might have anticipated for a kit this old - but belly aside, I was impressed by how accurate Airfix caught the proportions and outline of both fuselage and wings. There was much scratch-building from brass & plastic, which I won't bore you by listing again as the cumulative list of tasks and rationales can be found over here: The aircraft is the one that famously discovered the Knickebein beams being used to guide the Luftwaffe to targets over Britain in 1940 - a list of historical refs. are given over on the build thread. Aside from the Hallicrafters set used to detect the beams and the need to alter the electricity supply of the aircraft in order to power it, any further detail regarding the installation of any different aerials &etc. seems now lost in historical mists. Not surprising given the jeopardy of that period in the war. I was lucky however to be in correspondence with the son of the pilot - Flight Lt. (as he then was) H. E. Bufton - who generously sent me copies of the pages from his father's log book for that night, confirming both the serial number of the aircraft and timings of the flight. Aside from log book entries, I was able to cross reference with a copy of BAT&DU (later 109 Sqn) Operations Record Book (AIR 27/852), obtained from the National Archives. I hope that Hal Bufton's son is pleased at how his father's aircraft has turned out. All camouflage and national marking are painted with Tamiya acrylics: detailed discussion over colour schemes and why there are no squadron codes on the fuselage are contained in the latter part of the WIP so I don't propose repeating these at length again here. Main technical reference for buildings and alterations (aside from contemporary IWM photographs) of the aircraft was the Anson parts & maintenance AP.1525A,D,E&F. A general walkaround first then: Some closer-ins.... The insides had a makeover too: I hope you like the results. It was a lovely kit to be working on and I was blessed - as always - with a kind and knowledgable bunch of companions on the 18 months it took. Tony
  18. 96 points
    Hi all, here some pics of my new Kinetic F-104G Starfighter. Pretty good Kit, I added some PEs (Eduard), Pitot (Master), Nozzle (Brassin), SUU-21 Bomb Dispancer (Daco) and Decals for an AMI aircraft of 6.Stormo (Sky Models and Tauro)
  19. 95 points
    After some trial and error I've managed to sort a few photos of my finished Airfix toom... my first proper 'plane kit in 30 years or so. Quite enjoyed the experience and there's a work in progress thread that I used to track my "build"... but this will do for now. One mistake I made at the end was to paint the flightpath etch steps in yellow (because that's what the instructions said to do) but these should instead be a dark red.... which they now are, and awaiting some gloss varnish to seal and give some gleam. I'll grab a few photos once that's all sorted. Anyway... crit welcome... and yes, its a bit clean underneath; it's just had a wash Phantom 2 by Jonathan Hughes, on Flickr Phantom 1 by Jonathan Hughes, on Flickr Phantom in profile by Jonathan Hughes, on Flickr Phantom 3 by Jonathan Hughes, on Flickr Airfix 1:72 Phantom upper and lower by Jonathan Hughes, on Flickr XT864 upper view by Jonathan Hughes, on Flickr XT864 Starboard front quarter by Jonathan Hughes, on Flickr Thanks also for all the comments and support that I received during the build. It's what these forums are for.... thanks one and all Jonathan
  20. 94 points
    The 1/48 Tamiya Fieseler Storch was a kit that I had avoided due to its price until I managed to pick one up at an estate sale fro a good price. Having now built it, I'd say that I would not regret paying the full price. Superb engineering and ingenious use of materials made this a fun and rewarding build indeed. The subject of the build is Storch SF+RL, a uniquely camouflaged plane used by 1./Wüstennotstaffel in the desert war, the one that adorns Tamiya's box. As a reference for the build, I got myself a copy of the the two part e-article by Air Publications which is a very interesting read. https://airwarpublications.com/earticles/unit-history-earticles/ It's evident, after reading the article, that Tamiya have misrepresented the camouflage scheme on their box art and paint instructions. Tamiya would like us to paint the aircraft with sand coloured uppers and then disrupt it with a light blue wave pattern. However, the authors of the AirWar publication state, more convincingly, that the Wellenmuster was in fact a disruptive pattern of RLM 79 Sandgelb over the standard continental 70/71/65 scheme. It makes much more sense to me that the latter would be the case as the standard desert scheme would have seen no benefit of being lightened with a blue wave pattern whereas the dark European scheme would have been very conspicuous against the desert sand without being toned down. As a result, I went with that scheme. Paints are all Tamiya applied with an Iwata HP-C Plus. Thanks for looking. For insomniacs, a full progress thread can be found here: https://ww2aircraft.net/forum/threads/done-gb-42-1-48-fieseler-fi156-storch-mto-ii.51142/
  21. 93 points
    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 myself in greyscale, it appears the spinner should be red with white stripes rather than black with light green. In any case, I made both but the red is the correct one IMHO. The IWM photo is slightly later in August 1940 when the squadron codes and main roundel had been made thicker whereas the ones used were on 85 Sqn aircraft until early July. The new tool Airfix Hurri is a lovely kit in most respects and goes together well enough, it’s just a shame about having to add the rivets myself. If Eduard can do it so well and cheaply, why can’t Airfix and Tamiya? Video build here: --www.youtube.com/watch?v=1VSjDotV87A--
  22. 93 points
    Hi all. British Phantoms were always one of my favorite aircraft but never built a kit of one. Finally, I decided the time was right for it. The kit is Revell's rerelease of the Hasegawa FGR.2 kit. For this build I used an Aires resin cokpit and Xtradecal decals to build a 41sqn aircraft. I used AIM-9 Sidewinders from the Meng weapons set and a SUU-23 gunpod from Hasegawa. 41sqn was mainly a recon and ground attck squadron nut, from what I understand, this configuration was used from time to time. I used Gunze Aqueous paints over a black primer from Alclad. Weathering was done with a wash made from Abteilung oilpaints. Thank you for watching.
  23. 93 points
    Canberra B.2 98 Squadron, RAF Watton, 1968 This is the S&M Canberra kit finished in classic 1960s silver-and-dayglo. Here is the original inspiration: This is or less OOB, though I did emphasise the control surface engraving so that it looked more definite than the surrounding panel lines. Having seen some photos of models finished from this kit I thought they had a little too much of a tail-up stance, so I shortened the main gear legs by about 1mm or so and gave the wheels some flats, and that seemed to give it a roughly level stance. If you make one of these don’t under-estimate the amount of nose weight needed. I packed the forward engine nacelles as well as every bit of space around the forward fuselage and still couldn’t prevent it tail sitting. In the end I added more lead weights on the bomb aimer’s floor which just balanced it – its all black in there anyway so you can’t see much of it. It’s worth mentioning the canopy on this one. The whole upper forward fuselage including the canopy is moulded clear and it works very well. An unexpected benefit of this is the minimal distortion around the canopy edges which means you can clearly see the cockpit detail, so it’s worth putting in the effort here. I made my own dayglo strip decals by spraying white, orange, red and dayglo orange in that order onto clear decal sheet, then cutting out the strips using a new knife blade. They were never going to bend around the leading edges so I sprayed those rather than use the decals. The decals were fairly thick, but then so was the original. I was pleased with the way it turned out though. Canberra wing walkways challenged me a bit. I think I’m right for this era by using black dashes to indicate walkway areas, in fact it looked to me that the small panels engraved in the kit upper surface in front of the flaps were not panels at all, but were in fact these walkway dashes, though I can’t be sure about that. Black lines didn’t seem right – I think they came in with the Light Aircraft Grey scheme, and certainly the later yellow/red stripes are not right for this era.
  24. 92 points
    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 and might have something to do with the 1/72nd Airfix Tiggie! My model represents an aircraft from 727 NAS based at RNAS Gosport in the early post war years....... in 1948 the unit changed to the post war standard Fleet Air Arm numerical unit codes 220+ with GJ station codes on the tail and the wartime C Type roundels eventually gave way to the post war style too. The model was painted with Humbrol 24 Trainer Yellow from a (now very rare!) rattle can,..... this colour has now been dropped from the Humbrol spray can range,...... but please bring it back as for modellers like myself who don`t airbrush,..... colours like this are impossible to paint well otherwise! Here is a WIP; And here is the Model; I`m lucky enough to have flown in one of these at Duxford,... and that was a fantastic treat, just like this kit! Cheers Tony
  25. 92 points
    Hi Here is my latest build done for the "In the Years I was born GB" 1975 - Operation Frequent Wind - First F-14 Cruise Grumman F-14A Tomcat Hasegawa 1/72nd with Verlinden cockpit
  26. 92 points
    Hi everyone, another new release Airfix build, this time it's the much anticipated 1/72nd Buccaneer S.2C. This is an early test shot that I built back in June and appeared in last months issue of Airfix Model World. A great little kit with excellent fit, good detail, easy assembly and an accurate overall shape, thanks mainly to LIDAR. Having said that there is a slight issue with the shape of the rear tailplane fairing which should be a smooth cone on the S.2C. The Buccaneer was fitted with three styles of rear tailcone fairing during it's life and unfortunately the kit part depicts the later 'stepped' version, fitted following the ARI 18228 RWR upgrade program (a simple matter of reshaping). Also, with regard to the decals, if you look at yellow hatching that runs around the canopy, there are way too many segments...there should be only five along the canopy sides (plus two 'L' shaped end pieces), four at the front and three at the rear. I just applied them and then carefully painted those out that weren't required. Minor issues. As no kit decals were available at the time of building I was sent Xtradecals sheet 'Buccaneer Collection Part 2' which, while excellent, didn't include any stencils. Fortunately Airfix managed to send me a test sheet just after I'd finished painting and decalling so I was able to add said stencils in time. Just as well as many of them, particularly the highly visible white ones, are unique to the Bucc. The model was painted using a mixture of Mr.Hobby H333 Extra Dark Sea Grey and MRP-113 Dark Sea Grey and highlighted using MRP-112 Medium Sea Grey. While Abteilung 502 oil washes, AK leaks and stains and AMMO MIG pastel powders were applied during the weathering process, everything was kept to a minimum as the Senior Service tended to keep these aircraft in tip top condition even in the rough conditions suffered aboard ship. Personally, I don't particularly like the look of the wing slipper tanks, so I modified the war load a little by replacing them with an extra pair of 2in rocket pods and moved the two 1,000 pounders into the weapons bay. Along with reshaping the rear RWR tailcone fairing I also drilled out the lightening holes on the faces of the airbrake petals, which adds a lot more to the look of the finished model. To me the only real disappointment was the cockpit which is really very basic, relying on decals, (though thankfully the seat off set is included. I did what I could with the seats and added seat-belts from Aizu tape and ejection seat firing handles from lead wire. I chose to use Mike Grant's British jet dial decals for the instrument panels and Airscale items for the side consoles. Just an aside, to get me in the mood (as if I needed any encouragement) and prepare for the kit I was lucky enough to be offered another back-seat ride in the real thing at this year's May Cold War Jets event, courtesy of the hard working folks of the The Buccaneer Aviation Group at Bruntingthorpe, (Thanks Colin and Mike!). This time in XX894, and although actually an S.2B, (the pregnant belly and nosegear light gives the game away) she's been appropriately repainted as an FAA machine...now this is what I call inspiration. If you're a fan of this great aircraft (and what decent upright British aviation nut isn't) then this is a must have purchase........now come on Airfix, you know you can reissue it in the proper scale! Hope you like it and thanks for looking. (now where's that 1/24th blighter hiding?) Cheers Melchie
  27. 91 points
    Good evening guys, after more than a year, I finally finished my Blackburn Buccaneer. I started it as part of a bigger project involving the types on board Ark Royal carrier during her last deployment in 1978. It took long, but it was real fun. I'm not sure I'll purchase the new tooling Airfix kit, as it would be a bit... sterile after the amount of work I carried out on this one. Should anyone be interested inthe making of this model, here below the link for the wip. The resin seats were courtesy of Perdu. He made a lovely master from scratch for his SA1 and sent me two copies of them. The decal sheet we was courtesy of Scimitar. and of course I had some great support by many I'd like to thank. Now some pictures: Scratch built cockpit. The seats were courtesy of @Perdu, who made them from scratch and sent me acoupleof resin copies. Another area detailled from scatch was the air braking system Wing fold and landing gears And now the finished model. Thanks for watching Ciao massimo
  28. 91 points
    Revells 1/72 Handley Page Halifax built as S-Sugar of 35. sqn. Shot down during an attack on Tirpitz over Norway. The aircraft force landed on Lake Hoklingen,and the crew survivied. All but one escaped to Sweden. The plane is now resting in Hendon museum. Read more here: http://www.archieraf.co.uk/archie/1048tls.html . Freightdog correction set for wheels, radiators and propellers used. The model was painted with Tamiya and Gunze colors. Best regards Rune Haugen
  29. 89 points
    Hi mates, During the height (depth?) of my chemotherapy back in 2015, a very fine gentleman from Australia sent me the fantastic 1:32 scale kit from Tamiya of the Supermarine Spitfire Mk.IXc. The generosity of this man was unbelievable and at the same time a beautiful gesture to someone going through a difficult time. I will forever be grateful to him. It took me a long time to start and finish the model, but at last she is finished. Although the Tamiya kit is amazing right out of the box, old Navy Bird never misses an opportunity to spend some of his children's inheritance on aftermarket goodies. These are detailed in my summary below. Project: Supermarine Spitfire Mk.IXc BS152 AE-W, 402 Squadron RCAF, flown by Lorne Cameron, DFC early 1943 Kit: Tamiya Kit No. 60319 Scale: 1:32, a major departure from the norm in Navy Birdland Decals: EagleCals 32-116; stencils and other miscellaneous decals from kit Resin: Barracuda - Spitfire Seat 32001, Cockpit Upgrade Set 32003, Rocker Covers 32004, Five Slot Main Wheels 32005, Starboard Cockpit Sidewall 32008, Cockpit Upgrade Part II 32011; Quickboost Fishtail Exhaust QB32-143 Photoetch: Frets included with kit; Eduard - Mk.IX Exterior 32249, Mk.IX Interior 32670, Seat Harnesses from LooK set 634005; Yahu Instrument Panel 3220 Turned Brass: Master Model Hispano Cannons AM32016 Masks: Eduard JX103; Montex 32105 Paint: Colourcoats - ACRN07 Ocean Grey, ACRN11 Dark Green, ACRN04 Medium Sea Grey, C03 White; Gunze H3 Red, H4 Yellow, H74 Sky, H77 Tire Black, H90 Clear Red, H94 Clear Green, H95 Smoke Gray, Interior Grey Green (mix), Gold MC217, Brass MC219; Tamiya XF-69 NATO Black; Alclad ALC314 Klear Kote Flat Weathering: Some colour modulation and a light panel line wash, a bit of pastels on the main tyres Improvements/Corrections Detailed the cockpit with Barracuda resin bits and Eduard photoetch, added hydraulic and pneumatic lines Drilled out lightening holes in bulkheads and seat frame Added canopy lock mechanism Detailed the engine with ignition harnesses, oil lines, coolant lines, hydraulic lines, etc. Added chafing strips to cowling framework with Eduard PE Added spout/breather to the oil tank below the engine Added scratchbuilt wing gun heater duct-work to rear of radiators Added "cheese cutter" IFF antennae from 0.008" Nitinol wire Probably something else that I forgot - hey, I'm old! Elapsed Time: Only two years and four months! Yikes. The build thread can be found here. I know, you want the pictures. OK, here they be. An in-process photo of the wing gun heaters: To get a better view of the cockpit, we need to see it before the fuselage was closed up: Really a great kit, and a pleasure to build. highly recommended. Cheers, Bill PS. And a really big Thank You to the gentleman from Australia!
  30. 89 points
    Following on from my build of the old Airfix Savoia-Marchetti SM.79, here are the pictures of the completed model. Build thread here: https://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/235048734-savoia-marchetti-sm79-lebanese-style/
  31. 87 points
    This is my 1/72 Airfix Nimrod MR.2. I used AM decals as the kit ones weren't great, I also put in some PE FOD covers for intakes/exhausts. The kit went together fairly well and was an enjoyable build for such a big model. I have always wanted a Nimrod in my collection. It silently served our nation so well during the Cold War, Falklands, The Gulf Wars, Afghanistan and UK SAR. I hope I have done it justice with my build. Thanks for looking and feel free to leave any comments you may have.
  32. 87 points
    Howdy everyone, hope you don`t mind me showing some pic`s of my latest completion Attempt number two at Special Hobby`s 1/48 Firefly kit Finished to represent a Firefly Mk I of 1771 Squadron, British Pacific Fleet Flown from HMS Implacable towards the end of WWII As usual built mostly from the box... only additions being an etched set of seatbelts I found in the spares box, rear view mirror and aerial wires Decals are the kits too The carrier base is an Eduard item Hope you enjoy the photo`s, thanks for looking Cheers Russ
  33. 85 points
    Hi folks, We're currently all living through something that's previously unheard of in anyone's lifetime. A pandemic and shut-down of many, many countries to prevent the spread of this nasty novel coronavirus. Last night the PM told us all to stay home for all but essential reasons that I won't bore you with now. If you're in the UK and haven't seen it already, I suggest you do, as I'm sure it won't be long before they're dishing out fines for people not doing as they're told. Governments like money, and for once I agree with them if it discourages people from going out. With this in mind, it's going to be difficult for anyone sending parcels to each other, and to discourage you from doing so we've made the Buy, Sell and Trade forums read-only as a temporary measure, as you're going to find it increasingly difficult to ship things, especially if you're using the Royal Mail where it's normal to front-up to the post office. It's also unwise to go out for non-essential trips, as well as likely to get you fined by the rozzers if they stop you with a bunch of parcels in the back. Do the sensible thing and stay home, and don't worry about trading on the forum until things settle down. If you're in the middle of a trade, please decide between you what is best and safest to do, and don't feel obliged to go out and risk infection. As long as you communicate with your buyer or seller, there should be no problems with waiting, as if we're honest we've all got plenty to go at in the stash We've not hidden the area to facilitate finishing off trades, but please resist the urge to engage in new trades until things are back to normal. Lastly, we'd like to wish you all well. Stay indoors and don't think about The Event. Oh no, hang on - wrong event. Don't be silly and go out into the company of people that aren't from your household, just stay at home and wait until the danger is past. We want you all to come out the other side of it, and the best way of achieving that is to self isolate. Rigorously. Please.
  34. 85 points
    Hello mates, she took a longer time, my little sweet "Nanette". Starting engines..... Liberator Mk.V, Riders in the Sky 1945, 1946 ,eduard 1:72 Coastal Command heavies: No good sight for any german U-Boot, those extra long range "Seekuh-Jäger". Cheers Tom
  35. 85 points
    Hi all, another new-release Airfix test shot, this one built for last months issue of Airfix Model World magazine. This time, a bit of a tiddler in the form of the newly released 1/72nd Me-262A-2a 'Sturmvogel', the third version of the iconic aircraft released by the company. The aircraft chosen here was actually an Me-262A-1a, fitted with wing mounted wooden racks of R4M 'Orkan' stabilised, unguided rockets. It's a rather nice little kit, although it suffers from fairly deep panel lines and is a tad basic in areas such as the engine nacelles, undercarriage bays and cockpit. For the price point though it certainly does the job and looks the part when finished. AMW provided a few aftermarket bits and bobs with the kit, in the form of Eduard's interior PE set, CMK 's resin wheels and partly exposed starboard engine and nacelle, (designed for the Revell kit) and these added a lot to the finished model. The resin nacelle needed a fair bit of reworking as it was a lot more finely detailed than the Airfix parts as well as being slightly smaller, (particularly regarding the intake cowling and Jumo bullet), so in the end I only used the exposed forward engine section grafted between the kit intake cowling and nacelle and scratch built the opened rear nacelle wing bulkhead with lightening holes. The decals proved a little problematic in that the rear blue/red waistband didn't really fit the fuselage contours even after a liberal coating of setting solution was applied. In the end I decided to airbrush the band colours which was pretty straightforward. Swastikas were added from the spares box as none are provided. All in all, good fun with no real build issues, except the engine nacelle to upper wing fit which was sorted out in minutes. Not a subject I'd normally tackle to be honest, but I'm really glad I did... Hope you like it and thanks for looking. Melchie
  36. 85 points
    Whilst searching for some of my daughters pictures I found a folder with these in. It was built for Display in GeeDee models in Nottingham , now sadly closed like so many Local model shops. This was built back in 2012 when first released, I remember laughing as my little girl had hold of it, when it was part finished ( 3and a half then) zooming it around the sky making jet noises. I stopped laughing as she 'landed ' it at what would of been about 30g if it was real and a ROD that snapped off all the U/C. Fortunately a quick call to Airfix had replacement parts on rout and it was repaired, painted and put on display before she got a second trial flight. Seam to remember it was as nice kit, about time for a re release as I understand they are fetching quite a bit, most of them stashed away no doubt. Finished in all over white courtesy of Xtracolor enamel. Would like to have got some shots with a better background but time was against me. With a just started Gnat for scale A bit of inspiration for Timmas I hope Paul
  37. 84 points
    Hi all, Just off my bench is the newish Revell MR3 Shackleton. Much like the AEW-2version I built a couple of years ago it went together really well with no fit issues, just a little flash to clean up on some of the parts. My only criticism was the poor quality of the clear sprues, particularly the canopy which took a lot of polishing to get an acceptable standard. I added Eduard resin wheels and a photo etch cockpit set. I also replaced the oversized aerials and gun barrels with micro tube. Painted with Xtracolor and MRP paints, weathered with oils and pastel chalks and finally sealed with Alclad satin cote. Thanks for looking, gazza l Finally a family photo with a Revell AEW 2
  38. 84 points
    My latest finished build is the Hasegawa 1/48 Royal Navy Sea King for a group build. Used: Eduard interior/exterior set UMP Primer MRP and Tamiya paints UMP and Tamiya washes Uschi van der Rosten rigging wire Thanks for looking
  39. 83 points
    Hi mates, Like most of you 1:72 folks, I've been waiting for Airfix to scale their beautiful 1:48 Gloster Javelin kit down to the gentleman's scale. Waiting...a long time. As it seems Airfix is busy with other projects, I decided to force the issue by building the OLD Airfix/Heller 1:72 Javelin, and along the way to try and make it a wee bit more modern. Surely this will cause the gears of fate to start meshing, and Airfix will get the idea. So you can thank me then! Since I have little common sense, I also thought it would be a good idea to build two of these old kits, one a T.3 (the Heller offering) and the other an FAW.9 (the Airfix re-tool). I also played with the idea of using either the ZTS Plastyk or Frog kits for the FAW.9, but upon inspection I donated those instead to my 3-year old grandson so he could practice using an entire tube of glue to add the seats to the pit. The T.3 is finished, and I duly present it here. The FAW.9 will appear sometime in 2020, unless those gears of fate turn too quickly and thermally disintegrate. Project: 1:72 Heller Gloster Javelin T.3 Kit: Heller (kit no. 346) Scale: 1:72 (back home again after that big Spitfire) Decals: Print Scale Sheet 72-371, representing XH436, No. 151 Squadron, RAF Leuchars, 1960 (please consult the WIP for the sordid details); roundels, stencils and walkway stripes from the Island of Misfit Stickers Photoetch: Airwaves AC72135 interior and exterior detail set; Airwaves AC72133 airbrake set Resin: Pavla Martin Baker Mk.3 ejection seats S72079; Armory weighted wheels AW72047 Turned metal: Master AM-72-079 wing pitot tube Scratchbuilt: Interior of the airbrake bays; interior exhausts tubes; front and rear engine faces (I cheated on those) Paint: Gunze H73 Dark Green, H75 Dark Sea Grey, H11 Flat White, H12 Flat Black, H77 Tyre Black, H18 Steel; Tamiya XF-16 Flat Aluminum; Floquil 10100 Old Silver, 110015 Flat Finish. Camouflage pattern was done freehand. Weathering: None, because at one time or another, this aircraft was fresh out of the shop. Plus, photos of it look clean, baby. Improvements/Corrections All raised panel lines removed and re-scribed Scratch built airbrake bays and noodled old pieces of PE for the actuators Detailed the cockpit Positioned the tailplanes and elevators in typical parked position Added antennae Build thread: Link Pictures! Before the canopy (and paint) went on: Stay tuned for Part 2: The FAW.9. It will be red and white, hint, hint. Cheers, Bill
  40. 83 points
    Good evening, ladies and gentlemen. I present you my next model. It's typical "shortrun" without any navigation and headlights.
  41. 82 points
    Hiya Folks,...... something a bit different,.....I`ve built the 1/72nd Academy B-17E kit as Fortress Mk.IIa(MET), FL455, Z9-A of 519 (Met) Sqn based at Wick, which crashed on the kills above the airfield on (depending on sources) 1st February 1945. Quite a lot of wreckage is still at the scene to this day. Although 5 men survived the crash, two of them died of their injuries in the days and weeks afterwards and four were killed in the crash itself. The aircraft snapped in half at the radio room and those who died had all been in that area, where the heater was and where they were to congregate ready for landing,..... there were three pilots aboard in the cockpit and two were strapped in with one stood behind them. The 3rd pilot was thrown about and received superficial injuries as a result. The skipper was Flt. Lt. F. Keith `Bluey' Humphries and he had been circling Wick trying to land in a snowstorm (which they had been flying in for 4 hrs of their 10 hr sortie) with his engines beginning to ice up when he just ran into a flat boggy area on top of a hill,...... bellying along and the aircraft snapped in half. Due to the risk of fire, the survivors took refuge in the tail section to sit out the storm overnight and next day a local crofter reached them, followed by the RAF Mountain Rescue Team. I first read the story of this aircraft as a kid, but for some reason always thought it was a Mk.II,....when in fact it was a Mk.IIa,........ and as you can see below it had huge red white and blue post war style roundels above the wings, this is one of a series of photos taken of the wreckage; Here is my WIP including a photo of the subject aircraft with `those' roundels!; And here is the model,...... rattle can white, the rest brush painted; Cheers Tony
  42. 82 points
    Hiya Folks, I have always wanted to add a Sunderland Mk.5 to my collection and thanks to Special Hobby,..... I have finally got one and I am very happy with it! My model represents PP117, 4X-W of 230 Sqn around the time of the Berlin Airlift, 1948-49,.... while it still wore its basic wartime scheme of White and Exta Dark Sea Grey and before the upper surfaces were re painted in Medium Sea Grey with D Type roundels on the fuselage, as depicted in the kit. For the white I used Rattle Can spray but the rest was brush painted with Pigment Powders and with a fine brush. Here is the aircraft wearing the earlier scheme; And with what looks like the later D Type roundel maybe? Here is the WIP; And here is the finished model; So I`ve finally got a Mk.V/5 and I have another to build, possibly as a Korean War aircraft and I am looking forward to the release of the Mk.III too,...... it is a challenging build in places but the surface detail is much superior to the Italeri kit and where else will you get a decent Mk.V these days? Here is some film of 230 Sqn Sunderland`s flying from the Havel Lake, Berlin during the Berlin Airlift; All the best Tony
  43. 82 points
    Hard to believe there isn't a newer 1/72 tooling of the S-3 than the 70s Hasegawa kit. It's still really nice though, and the fit was amazing. I added a little bit of cockpit detail, mainly replacing the kit seats with resin items, and re-scribed the model. The engine intakes looked a bit narrow compared to photos so I widened them a touch. Markings are a combination of masking/painting, kit, and home-made decals.
  44. 82 points
    Hi everyone, Just put the last few bits on my attempt at Kitty Hawks 1/48 RF-101C Voodoo kit Finished to represent `The Iron Eyeball` of the 45th TRS/460th TRW, `Polka Dots`, based at Tan Son Nhut, South Vietnam, around 1970 Carried out a few improvements to the base kit, mainly around the intakes as the ones in the kit are incorrect for this version...... and after all ready having built a Monogram/Koster conversion and not realising until after I posted it, thought I`d better try and get it right this time. Also tried to correct a circular `vent/intake` about halfway down the right hand side of the fuselage, but as its in a dark area of camo` you can`t see it much anyway. Another area that`s not right is the instrument panel so I `crow barred` the wallet open and invested in an Eduard cockpit set after much deliberation. The kits decals didn`t really inspire me, especially as Recce Voodoos often carried interesting nose art, so I also invested in Print Scales Polka Dots Sheet ( No 48-050 )..... .....and found a scheme with slime lights, so I didn`t have to sand them off. I had a struggle with these as they wouldn`t release from the backing paper and folded up as soon as you tried to move them. In the end only used a few and the remainder came from the kit which silvered really badly and I spent a lot of time painting the silvering out. Still, I`m glad to have a more modern one in the collection but was disappointed about the amount work to get there, on a not exactly cheap kit. Hope you enjoy, thanks for looking. Cheers Russ
  45. 82 points
    This is the first start / finish build of the year, better late than never. I started it earlier in the year but lost my mojo and it went back in the box. I started it again last month and flew through the remaining stages. A lovely kit although the clear parts fought back a bit. I've got decals for a Finnish aircraft on my next one. Done with the Xtradecals of 44 Sqn K7133 although the decal instructions are wrong going off photo's I founds in a book. It was built from the fighter kit and so I struggled with the location for the fuselage bomb racks and think the front one should be further forwards. OOB apart from seatbelts and the SBS riveter to add more interest. Cheers Neil
  46. 81 points
    Dear Colleagues Here is the founding father or is it the patron saint of Britmodeller, the EE Lightning! This is the Airfix kit boosted with Aires exhausts, Eduard PE, Quickboost air scoops, Pavla cockpit and Master pitot tube (which speared my finger on one occasion). Can't say it was an easy build regarding fit. The F2A was only to be found in 19 and 92 squadrons based in Germany and only 31 aircraft existed. They were operated by 19 squadron at RAF Gutersloh until 1976. I didn't want to do exactly the same aircraft as the Airfix markings so found a photo on the internet of this bird and used the Extradecal decal extras set for Lightnings The figure gives you an idea of the size of the beast Hope you like it? Andrew
  47. 81 points
    The Avro Shackleton Maritime Patrol aircraft is fairly well known and there have been recent kits of the MR2, AEW2 and MR3 in 1/72nd. alley Cat have filled the gaps with resin conversion kits of the MR1 and T.4 to cater for the blunt nose and tail of the earlier mark. My model represents VP262 of 120 Sqn in the early 1950s and is finished in the post war Medium Sea Grey and White Coastal command scheme. Build details are given here https://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/235062731-avro-shackelton-mr1-airfix-kit-and-alley-cat-conversion-17nd-scale/ Briefly, the main elements of the conversion are removing the MR2 nose and tail and replacing them with resin parts. The nose is cast in clear resin and was the only difficult bit as it was not a good fit being too narrow. This was remedied by the some extra fine Miliput to fair in the nose. The model is painted with Gunze Sangyo Medium, Sea Grey and White, both being from the Aqueous Hobby Color range. Decals are from the kit and the conversion. My main disappointment with the model was an issue when removing the masking which did not come away cleanly and so the transparencies had a couple of extra coats of Klear which has lessened the impact. Hope you like it. My next models are a bit smaller, including an MPM Hudson that is the sole occupant of my Shelf of Doom .
  48. 81 points
    My latest completed kit is the 1980s Airfix 1/72 Lancaster which my dad picked up for me at a car boot sale. She's pretty much built out of the box though I added a bit of detail in the cockpit with plasticard and scribed some extra panel lines on the wings. She goes together really well for a forty year old kit and very little filling or sanding was required so I managed to preserve most of the raised rivets. I decided to model her wheels up - there's not much detail on the undercarriage or wheel wells and I figure it's hard to beat a Lancaster in flight anyway! The stand isn't finished yet, I'll add a proper piece of threaded rod to the wooden base, rather than balancing on the m8 caphead which you'll see in the photos. The stand will screw into a nut glued into the bomb bay doors and the doors are held on the model using two small neodymium magnets at each end of the bomb bay. This allows the Lanc to be easily removed from the stand (without unscrewing anything) and also reveals the bombs. The paints are mostly Tamiya acrylics but I went for the Mr Color version of Dark Earth. The only real problem I had with the kit was trying to use the original decals. I ended up cutting away as much of the yellowed carrier film as possible and had to "glue" some of them on with Future, they also reacted oddly to the decal softener (with and without Future) so aren't settled down particularly well. One good decision I made was to mask and spray the thin black and red lines on the top and bottom of the wing so I didn't need decals for these. Finally, the weathering was a bit of an experiment. I did a mottled pre-shade between the rivet lines to get the tonal variation in the panels and I added to this with brown and black oil paints. The chips are done with Tamiya flat aluminium and a fine brush and the exhaust stains are a combination of sprayed and painted oils. Spraying thinned oil paints works really well and has the advantage of being very easy to clean off if things don't quite go to plan. Thanks to everyone who tagged along for the WIP, your reference photos, tips and encouragement kept this one going right to the end, even when the decals were driving me mad! The WIP is here if you're interested: Enjoy the photos! I hope you like, thanks for looking! Sam
  49. 81 points
  50. 81 points
    The first time that I saw photos of the Shackleton MR3 s was when I was at Primary School in the late 1960s. These were in aviation and RAF magazines that my father would bring home from the NCO's mess at RAF Bawdsey where my dad served. It was here that I also started building FROG models which I bought from the village Post Office, and I noticed that the Shackleton was illustrated on the side of the kit boxes as one of those made by FROG. The village Post Office did not sell the big kits, so it was during a shopping trip to Woodbridge that I first saw a FROG Shackleton on sale in a toy and model shop on the High Street. I so wanted one but for some reason it would be a few years before I did get one. The fabulous and exciting box front of the FROG Shackleton as I remember it. The Air-Sea Rescue title on the box always seemed a bit out of context considering what it has just done to that submarine. I suppose they would have needed rescueing after. My father took me to the air show and open day at USAF Bentwaters in 1970 and during the display it was announced that a Shackleton was on its way. I was so excited to see a Shackleton for real. Unfortunately it did one fly by at quite a height and that was it, the only time that I would ever see a Mark 3 flying. And this is the actual photo that my dad took. And here is a magazine I have kept from October 1970 still with the coffee stains from the Mess at RAF Bawdsey with a Mark 3 in beautiful colour on the front cover. Christmas 1973 and I asked my dad if I could have a FROG Shackleton. They were getting hard to find by then but he found me one with in a squashed box and a few broken parts inside. But I was so excited, at last I had one. And here I am on Christmas Day with my FROG Shackleton. I built it pretty quickly and not very well unfortunately. I left the wings and tailplanes unglued so they just slotted on and came off for storage. The rear of the box showing the typical FROG full colour painting guide for the two versions. A number of years later I decided to pull the fuselage apart, scratchbuild an interior and rebuild and repaint it. Here we have a drawing I made of the interior of my Shackleton before I closed it up. A photo taken sometime in the early 1990s. It depicts a Phase 1 aircraft armed with nose cannon. Hand painted fuselage lettering and numbers. On display in flying mode on our club table at Bridlington Spa. I made a stand from MDF that slotted into the open weapons bay. Then I repainted her in the overall sea grey scheme that she first entered service in at RAF Aldergrove in 1958. Scratchbuilt ground equipment. Depicted as a new aircraft in 1958. And as she is now after another repaint. On its dollies ready to be slid sideways into the T2 hangar for servicing. On display on our Club table in recent years She has appeared at many displays over the years. The sort of photo that inspired me, a Shackleton MR3 Phase 3 in its natural element. I hope you have enjoyed me sharing my 46 year old Shackleton with you. adey
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