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  1. 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!
  2. 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
  3. 78 points
    Here's my 1/72 Italeri/Wingman C-130J-30 Stretched Hercules operated by the RCAF. It started out as a Testors/Italeri AC-130a 'Spooky' with a lot of scratchbuilding and modifications. I'm very happy with how it turned out, hope you like ... Thanks for looking, Colin
  4. 78 points
    Here are the photos of my latest, the 1/72 Airfix He-111 modelled in a Battle of Britain scheme. The kit goes together pretty well and the only things to watch out for are the fit of the wheel bays in the intakes and the fuselage windows. It's got the Eduard interior extras which look lovely but unless you look closely they're pretty hard to see. I also riveted the whole aircraft (which I think was worth the effort) and re-built the wing Pitot from a blunted safety pin and bit of sprue. The paints are airbrushed Tamiya and Mr Color acrylics (I think the Mr Color RLM acrylics look great here) and I've used a combination of Xtradecal BoB and box transfers. The slightly weathered effect came mostly from preshading but I also added some streaks and stains with white, black and brown artists oils. Finally, the white-pink bars on the wing and tail are based on the photo at the end where it appears that the Luftwaffe were about as a good at masking carefully as I am! The RFI is here: Thanks to everyone who looked in and helped along the way, enjoy! Sam
  5. 73 points
    Hi dear folks This is my very first effort of bulding a model of F-5 from AFV CLUB.As many of you know the kit is superb and detail is brilliant. I used Martin-Baker IRQ-7A ejection seat that comes with AFV CLUB Saeqeh kit.(Iranian version of F-5E) Colors are mixture of CSI Creos Mr. HOBBY , Mr. COLOR and AKAN paints. Sorry for bad quality photos, I haven’t provided myself a photo booth yet!
  6. 72 points
    De Havilland Mosquito FB Mk.VI This particular version is modeled on one that took part in Operation Jericho, RNZAF, No 487 Squadron Finally - that took a while! My first aircraft kit (although I started and finished a Spitfire for a mate in between) and it is a cracker - I know it is expensive, but cannot fault this Tamiya kit. Although I used some Eduard detail kits (engines, guns etc) you certainly do not need these to make the kit amazing. I'm learning the weathering thing, and I know this is a little 'dirty' - but I thoroughly enjoyed it and learning what I did, having been inspired by the masterpieces elsewhere on this forum... ...sorry, I find it hard to edit the number of photos I want to do some more pics with a bit of photoshop play, backgrounds etc.... And finally - I posted the montage below on FB.... ...within minutes a friend sent me this. She made my day and it makes me smile each time I see it.... Build 'WIP' can be found here:
  7. 72 points
    Phantom FGR.2 XT911 228 OCU / 64 Sqn Coningsby, 1970 This is the 1/72 Fujimi kit with Modeldecal markings apart from the roundels, which are Xtradecal. I haven't built the Airfix Phantom yet, mainly because I have a fair stock of unbuilt Fujimis in the attic. I like this Fujimi kit - the panel lines are just about right and the shape and detail are good. I've gone back to the early days of the RAF Phantom with this one. I like the R/W/B roundels and glossy finish, and it now complements my Harrier GR.1 and Buccaneer S.2B in this scheme. Having looked at photos of the new Airfix kit, it seems to provide the tailplane with positive incidence - i.e. leading edge down. If you look at RAF Phantoms at rest the tailplane seems to come to rest the other way round - i.e. leading edge up - and this seems to make a big difference to the overall look. The Fujimi kit gives neutral incidence but I modified mine to give the at-rest look.
  8. 69 points
    Hello Folks Haven't had much bench time in the last few months but I just managed to get this one done. It is the truly horrible Roden issue of the Skymaster with extra parts to represent an aircraft operated by No. 4 Sqn Rhodesian Air Force during the Bush War. After embargoes were imposed on the regime at the time by the major powers, Rhodesia turned to French company REIMS who modified civilian Cessna 337 Skymasters. The added weapons capabilities in the form of 2 x 303 Browning machine guns mounted above the cabin and strengthened underwing hardpoints gave the Lynx a formidable close air support capacity in a stable and east to operate platform. The aircraft carried no national markings. The kit is pretty average all round but the worst parts are the clear parts and the decals. Despite a lot of polishing and buffing the windows are barely see through and the decals were rubbish. I used aftermarket brass landing gear legs I got from Ebay to help cope with the metric ton of lead in the nose and some Master metal 303 barrels improved the look of the gun pods. The landing lights under the nose are MV lenses. Here's some pics.
  9. 67 points
    Hi, everyone! I decide to continue the Suez theme. And now I present you Se Venom from "Ark Royal".
  10. 67 points
    Hi mates, In the midst of my build of the Tamiya 1:32 Spitfire, I decided to tackle a small side project, and one I've been wanting to do for some time. This is the 1:72 resin kit from Aki Products in Japan of the Hawker Sea Fury FB.11. There are a few articles and reviews on-line about this kit, and I can say one thing - believe what you read. This is an outstanding kit, and the best replica of the Sea Fury that can be had in 1:72 scale as of this writing. In fact, this kit surpasses many injection moulded kits in detail, quality, and fit. It's that good. Unfortunately, I don't think this kit is still in production, so the price (when you can find it) is a bit crazy. OK, a lot crazy. But I'm stupid, so I bought it. I chose the Royal Australian Navy display aircraft circa 1961 for the markings, and I made sure to go by actual period photographs and not from the restored warbirds that have worn this scheme at one time or another. The overall Oxford Blue scheme was too hard to pass up. As you look at the photos, you may notice that the flaps are down in some, up in others. This is because the flaps are hinged on the model, and can be posed where you like. The metal rods used as the axle of the flap hinges are actually cast into the resin - a clever bit of engineering and some nice quality control to pull it off. Special thanks to @NAVY870 and @Paul Bradley for their help in this build. Without their sage advice, old Navy Bird would have been naughty and done something silly on more than one occasion. Project: Royal Australian Navy Hawker Sea Fury FB.11 Kit: Aki Products Hawker Sea Fury FB.11 (kit no. A.P.4) Scale: 1:72 (If God had intended others he wouldn't have made my thumbs so big) Decals: Xtradecal Sheet No. X72074 depicting RAN WH589/115 724 NAS Nowra circa 1961 Paint: MRP 183 Oxford Blue; Gunze H11 Flat White, H12 Flat Black, H77 Tyre Black, H329 Yellow FS13538, H90 Clear Red, H94 Clear Green, 75% H34 Cream Yellow & 25% H11 White (for the Hawker Primer), MC219 Brass; Alclad 101 Aluminum, 115 Stainless Steel; Floquil 110015 Flat Finish; Tamiya XF-69 NATO Black, and a bunch I forgot about. Weathering: None. This was a display aircraft. Improvements/Corrections This was built pretty much out of the box, the only things I added were: Whip aerials (two under the wings and one on top of the vertical tail) Portion of engine mounts seen through the open cooling doors Interior ribbing on the engine access covers Open clasps on the lower access covers Support cables and rods to keep access covers open Posed the tailwheel turned a bit Build thread: Link Now, let's see some photos! Enjoy! Cheers, Bill
  11. 65 points
    This is Meng's new Rolls Royce armoured car, which can be built in either the 1914 Pattern WWI version or, as seen here, a 1920 Pattern in WWII desert configuration. It's a decent kit, albeit one with a few iffy areas that you wouldn't expect from a Meng kit. Despite that, it's still lightyears ahead of the old Roden kit and builds into a very nice model. The caunter was painted with a mix of AK's Real Color shades and some Tamiya mixes, mainly for the Silver Grey as the AK version didn't look very convincing. The full build can be found here Thanks for looking Andy
  12. 64 points
    Hi all Here is my Airfix 1:72 Avro Shackleton MR.2 ive finished it in the markings of WL737 of 220 SQD, Royal Air Force, based at RAF St Eval, 1953. using Model Alliance Decals, RAF Coastal Command, post war part 1 (MA-72210) The only extra detail I added was a PE instrument panel. tamiya paint use throughout apart from Halfords appliance white for the underside. This has been an enjoyable and frustrating build due to fit issues early on. thanks for looking Fit issues early on tested my patients to the limit I put it down walked away and went back to it a couple of weeks later and repaired my moment of madness And made good in the end
  13. 63 points
    This one proved a lot more difficult than I thought it would, but I reckon the end result is worth it. It's an old 1/72 Matchbox HS125 converted to become the Blue Vixen (Sea Harrier FA2) radar/weapons integration trials aircraft, using putty and elbow grease! The nose was cloned from an Airfix FA2, using silicon and Milliput, to give me:  New nose  Block unused cabin windows  Stbd Cockpit modifications (but only those that can be seen!)  Doppler altimeter fairing under fuselage  Wing Pylon  Various underwing strakes and flap operating fairings  Open up and fill landing lights  Open up and fill Nav Lights  Add new antennae FredT
  14. 63 points
    Hi.....this is the last born.....1\48 Gwh T-33A in Italian colorfull dressing.....
  15. 62 points
    This was built for the 2019 NSW Scale Model Shows "Airfix Cup" . I chose a aircraft operated by 808 Sqn Fleet Air Arm Royal Australian Navy during the Korean War. This particular aircraft was flown by a New Zealander Lieutenant Guy A Beange . You can read about him here. It damaged by Typhoon Ruth in 1951 and was ditched overboard. Markings are a combination or masks, kit decals , home made decals and from the Barracuda sheet. There's more on the build and what I thought of the kit along with more photos over at my blog for those interested. Otherwise here are some photos
  16. 62 points
    Hello It's not my main interest but I built something which hasn't got a propeller. Supposedly it flies model- Kinetic + Aires cokpit + exhaust nozzle Eduard-Sniper+ air brakes+ wheels+ GBU- 12 Master- Pitot tube &AOA probes+ static dischargers Decals Techmod Enamel Model Master Enjoy the photos
  17. 60 points
    Hiya Folks, I`ve been wanting to build a Wimpey torpedo bomber,...... also known as a `Fishington' for some time now and when I found photos of `Little Joe' of 458 Sqn RAAF I just knew it had to be that one, with a gun fitted in the nose! I used the nose turret blank from Alley Cat models, intended for the Trumpeter kit and also DK Decals,....here is the WIP if anybody is interested; This was my first experience of Hataka brush painting paints and they were among the best of the currently available acrylics in this medium. Although Wellington`s used in the torpedo bomber role had the rear bomb doors removed and a torpedo sight fitted in front of the cockpit, reference photos also show that when used for mine laying or bombing sorties the bomb doors were left in place and the sight removed and as this was the configuration seen in the reference photos I went for that. Here is the real aircraft; And a general view of a Wellington torpedo bomber (in this case a radar equipped MkVIII) in its natural environment at 50 feet above the sea,....... which was usually at night and without radar assisted altimeters! Here is the model; Cheers, Tony
  18. 59 points
    Just as Airfix announce the new Buccaneer kit, I finish the old kit in 16 Sqn colours, based at RAF Laarbruch. Bit of a dog of a kit, took lots of filling and finally just gave up when it started to look like a Buccaneer.
  19. 59 points
    I built this last year from the Hasegawa 74sqn version of the kit but I wanted a 23 Sqn/1435 Flt Phantom based at Stanley Airport in the Falkland Islands so used after market decals, resin seats, wheels, etched IP, intake blanks and Sidewinders from Eduard. My most enjoyable build so far and one that I think is probably the best I have produced. some photos were taken before the missiles were fitted.
  20. 59 points
    Hi Everyone, Just finished the third of my haul from Telford last November, so I thought I`d trouble you with some photo`s Czech Models 1/48 scale Curtiss A-12 Shrike kit Finished to represent an aircraft of No 26 Bomber Squadron, No 9 AG, Chinese Air Force, 1937-38 Which was an option in the kit Built mostly from the box with the exception of the fragile resin frames and flying control actuators which were broken into little bits in the bag and.... replaced with bits of wire, tube and plastic strip. Took three attempts at the rigging before I got it looking barely acceptable and can`t count the amount of times I broke the undercarriage struts. Suffice to say I`m glad it`s all over. Hope you enjoy the pic`s. Thanks for looking, Cheers Russ
  21. 59 points
    I’ve been following BritModeller for a while, but having seen a couple of Hudson WIP builds, I felt I had to contribute something of my own. This is my version of the Revell 1/72 Lockheed Hudson, which started life as a limited run by MPM, then was picked up by Italieri, before finding its final resting place in Revell’s back catalogue. I was lucky enough to find one in my local model shop in Saint Paul, MN. I chose to make P5120 of No. 206 Squadron, a Mk. I variant from 1940, based at Bircham Newton. The Hudson played an important role in coastal defenses during WWII. An American aircraft, it was adopted by the RAF after a series of hasty redesigns to meet their exacting specifications. Built in the US, one of the first shipments was dragged by mules over the Canadian border and put on a boat to Britain to be outfitted there as a patrol bomber. As reported by others, this kit is not an easy build. Its vintage engineering was a real challenge to my limited skills, requiring shimming, filling and sanding over numerous sessions. Despite this, seeing the iconic shape of the Hudson emerge over time was worth the effort. I wanted to depict it in flight, and as this was not a supplied option, I had to chop the wheels down to fit in the too shallow wheel wells. I added some detail to the cockpit and navigator's area - all completely invisible through those tiny windows! I also added a very nice pilot and navigator from PJ Productions, and used Montex Masks for roundels, windows and gun turret. To finish it off, I replaced the kit guns with Master .303 Browning barrels - tiny brass miracles. Not conventionally attractive, the Hudson’s bulbous silhouette nevertheless makes for a striking appearance. I remember my dad’s Airfix version, built in the 70’s and gathering dust for a couple of decades after. This build is a homage to that memory and all the pilots who mastered this bulldog of a plane.
  22. 57 points
    This is my first go at a 1/48 kit - I've always preferred 1/72 but my eyes are beginning to complain! It's an OOB build which is actually out of the box. Nothing added at all, which I now regret as the wonderfully detailed cockpit that Airfix supply is crying out for some etched seat belts. Oh well.. Happy Easter Hols! Ian
  23. 57 points
    Hello, I finished this early this morning, just added two small aerials to the nose and that was it. This is the High Planes kit, bought decades ago and restarted in 2016. I added two Airfix DC3 engines as replacements for the basic kit engines, scratch built the three aerials and mast, the set of photo-etched fuselage mounted aerials were liberated from the Encore kit (which was just a reboxing of the horrid Frog kit) and needed some alterations to make them suitable for the High Planes kit. The model was finished using Sovereign paints which I highly recommend, harder work than the Special Hobby kit but this is a more accurate kit than the Special Hobby offering!
  24. 57 points
    The Petlyakov Pe-2 was the Soviet light bomber used during World War II and considered as one of the best ground attack aircraft. Built over 11,000 units, it is also one of the most produced twin-engine attack aircraft. The Pe-2 was fast, maneuverable and durable and it was also successful as the roles of heavy fighter, reconnaissance and night fighter. The model replicates the aircraft flown by Senior Lieutenant E. Sedov, 40th Bomber Air Regiment, Soviet Navy Black Sea Fleet Aviation, August 1944. The kit is the Limited Edition from Eduard containing photo etch frets, resin parts and a set of canopy mask. It also includes 5 decal and paint options. It was fun building.
  25. 56 points
    Hello guys, here is my F-84G Thunderjet in Dutch colours. Except for the decals(from Dutch Decal), it was a completely OOB build. Sprayed with 4 shades of AK Extreme metal. And with it's successor; Erik
  26. 56 points
    Morning folk's,built as a pair for the Trainer's GB is Airfix's T11 in the Swedish Air Forces historic flight colour's,as this machine is kept pristine I've only ran a pin wash to bring out a bit of detail and no weathering.A great stress free build and nice to be back into 1/72 scale for this and a few other subject's to come,many thank's for looking in. #
  27. 55 points
    Hi guys I want share to you my recently work. This kit i bought few weeks ago in E-bay for just 11,00 Euros. My intention was to present an old abandoned rusty vehicle, which found anywhere in 1956. I built it OOB, but i thinned the plastic to show rusty holes, or rotten roof cover, also i cut out some tool box doors and i replaced it into open look with Evergreen sheet. The base coat i did with Mr. Surfacer 1500 Black, after that i paint it with Tamiya Hull Red in different shades, i also used the Rust&Dust set from LifecoIor, after im setting the Salt and hairspray i then paint it with Tamiya XF-60 mixed with Buff, the i remove mostly with wet brush. The ground is a mix as old used coffee, leaves, roots what i put in a coffee mill to shredder it.
  28. 54 points
    Eduard kit, in my opinion the best 1/48 kit ever produced(no affiliation to Eduard, or anyone for that matter) Xtradecal decals.... Woah, unflatteringly large photos there!! Cheers for looking.. Owen
  29. 54 points
    The brief: Take the cheap Italeri Merlin HM1 I picked up at one of the stalls at the Birmingham IPMS Show a couple of years ago and attempt the heavily varied colour effects seen on most of the Royal Navy's Merlin fleet after nigh on twenty years in service The aircraft entered service in the Medium Sea Grey scheme and over the years various panels have needed repairs or replacement which resulted in a large number of versions of the Grey all over them Much of the variation might be down to issued touch up and respray paints having various property changes in service, maybe some didn't get as mixed up as they should and maybe different manufacturers supplied 'off spec' paint Who knows? But the effects of the colour changes are visible all over the Merlin fleet, possibly on the Lynx/Wildcats too I have not looked into their colours Yet Any road up, this is what I was looking for... Pretty and intriguing for me So I present for your critical eyes, with much help from Scimitar and Pinky Coffeeboat and many other helpful friends ZH847 of 814 Sqn NAS The Un - Italeri details you can see dotted around are mostly thanks to kind efforts of Richard who sent me lots of pieces of etch and resin bits and later moulded alterations from redundant (I hope!) Revell kits which have far better detail added to the original Italeri mouldings The cabin interior has its sonobouy launcher and ready use racking inside and also the sonar winch assembly has been scratchbuilt and added The exterior Defensive suite has been scratchbuilt and popped onboard too as has the starboard side mounted FLIR Wescam Slight change of perspective More I hope you like it, I rather do Thanks for looking
  30. 53 points
    Another of my dioramas. Matchbox 1/32 Aston Martin Ulster in a scratch built autumnal setting.
  31. 53 points
    This is an excellent kit from Tamiya. The build went smoothly throughout. Only modifications made includes wiring/piping to the engine, metal pipe for gun barrels and pitot tube, and the navigation lights.
  32. 53 points
    The title says it all, and Photobucket seems to be behaving quite well today! Cheers, Matt
  33. 53 points
    Finally finished this one after ignoring at it on my bench for 5(!) years. The photo-etch rigging totally owned me and I cried mercy before getting it all on there. Would love any tutorial references you may have for photo-etch rigging techniques, though don't know if I'll be attempting it again any time soon, haha. Overall a fun build, but definitely challenged me a good deal. Flickr Album
  34. 53 points
    Hi, gentlemen, "Zvezda" has issued the most impressive model of the MiG-29 Fulcrum C in 1/72. It was powered by Aires resin (nozzles, cockpit) Eduard resin wheels, Part photoetched and Pavla canopy. And of course some details are from scretch. The main challenge is how to build in the Aires resin parts, which have been produced for the old Italery model. So, it is possible and for the Zvezda kit as well. With regards,
  35. 52 points
    RMS Carpathia - 1/500 Scale - Scratchbuilt I present for your viewing pleasure my recently completed model of RMS Carpathia. She is depicted as she may have appeared on the night of the 15 April 1912, the night that she sped to the rescue of the beleaguered survivors of the Titanic disaster. The model is constructed from wood, brass, plastic-sheet and various other bits and pieces. It is completely scratchbuilt except for the lifeboats that are 3D printed. The WIP thread that tracks the process of the construction of the model and the sea-scape can be found here: I am quite pleased with the result - especially as the project took less than 4 months from start to finish. The model will be on display at next weekend's WASMEx scale model exhibition at Cannington community hall in Perth Western Australia. Thanks to everyone in the Britmodeller community for showing interest in this project. All comments, criticisms and queries most welcome. Best Regards, Bandsaw Steve
  36. 52 points
    Hi comrades! Here one of my older projects. It's old but great DML kit with addition of Eduard brass. Because most of the available decals (OOB and AM) were for boring (IMHO) schemes - I choose more interesting scheme from attached photo (taken from Osprey book) - all markings were painted with help of Montex (insignia) and custom (individual codes) masks. So: Reference prototype photo: Cockpit stuffed with brass (the Eduard set is HUGE) And - completed model Thanks for looking!
  37. 52 points
    Hi All, This is a fairly recent completion - FREMS' 1/48 MB.339. I believe this is the only kit FREMS ever issued. It's very well done, with great details, lots of marking choices, and even turned brass gun barrels. I've completed it as A-115 as flown by Teniente de Navio Owen Crippa. On the morning of 21st May 1982 Argentinian troops around San Carlos Water reported they we watching British ships coming in to the Sound. It was decided to launch an armed recon mission and two MB.339s were briefed to take off from Port Stanley airfield. The aircraft of Crippa's wingman went unservicable so he took off alone. Along his route Crippa encountered HMS Argonaut and gainst heavy AA fire pressed home an attack with rockets and 30mm guns., damaging the ship and wounding several crew. Crippa had remain at low level to evade small arms, AA and SAM fire, but managing to take in enough detail to provide a detailed report, used as the basis for the ensuing FAA attacks. Teniente Crippa was awarded the Medalla al Heroico Valor en Combate. I've replaced the seats, added the Eduard cockpit details, and some of their PE to the exterior. Thanks for looking in, Gareth
  38. 51 points
    This diorama is complete~! In 1947, during the civil war in China, a professor was fleeing the city and passing a Japanese tank type 95 that was destroyed in the Second World War. END
  39. 51 points
    Not entirely sure where to post this, but I figure it was intended to be used as an Armored Personnel Carrier of sorts.... 1/35 scale, Trojan Rabbit from Monty Python and the Holy Grail. Built for a club theme: “Movie subjects”. (Still looking for a suitable “Arthur, King of the Britons” figure in 1/35...) Scratchbuilt model was scaled up from a 1/72 paper model. Inner frame of styrene and balsa. Logs are carefully selected sticks collected around the neighborhood. -Bill
  40. 51 points
    Not often posted as my modelling isn't up to most on this site but fairly happy with how this turned out. Hasegawa kit with aftermarket drop tanks, practice bombs, ladder and decals. 6 Sqn, RAF Coltishall, XX766 from 1992.
  41. 51 points
    Dear modellers, I like to show you, how I built most of my models in scratch, in scale 1/48. After building so many model kits, I wanted something different. I always wanted some Fokker models in my collection, pity for me, there are only a few kits. So I figured out a way, to build models in scratch. Of course it took some time, and much trial and error, but at last it worked right out for me. The materials I most use are 0,5mm – 2.0 mm plastic sheet, sometimes wood for the wings and to form difficult pieces with double curves. DVD boxes for clear parts and finally self-adhesive aluminium tape. At last I managed to print my the decals on my PC. Well, as the saying is, a few pictures tell more then many words, I hope you enjoy the photographs and maybe they offer some inspiration : And here the finished model: Happy Easter to everybody ! Greetings, JohnHaa
  42. 51 points
    Fairey Delta 2 WG774 SBAC Show Farnborough, 1956 Old Frog kit rescribed plus a few rivets. Replacement canopy. Added undercarriage details. SNJ metal finish. Hand painted markings as carried at Farnborough 1956
  43. 51 points
    Hi all, here's one I finished a few months ago that was published in last months issue of Airfix Model World. I didn't need much persuading to get back into one of my favourite aviation related modelling subjects, namely Cold War Soviet-era jets. This is Eduard's superb 1/72nd ProfiPack Edition of their MiG-21MF Fishbed J finished as a Polish Air Force machine, based at Mierzecice circa 1990. It's an excellent little kit, superbly moulded with crisp surface detail and high-quality Cartograf decals (including an impressively large sheet of stencils). It suffered a few anomalies though, such as a couple of panel lines that just seem to end suddenly, deformed RS-2US 'Iron Pig' missile centre bodies and a somewhat hybrid nose shape (somewhere between an MF and a bis) but these were easily dealt with. The editor wanted the kit built as OOB as possible although a couple of aftermarket parts I had in the stash, did manage to creep in. These were Armory's ARAW72049 resin wheels, which were certainly an improvement over the simple and treadless kit parts and Mini World's A7267A metal pitots (long PVD-7 and the smaller back-up probe) to replace the kit's somewhat chunky and accident-prone parts. Both were beautifully detailed with the PVD-7 having extremely thin blades which saved time trying to fit the tiny individual Eduard PE items. Talking of which Eduards own pre-painted PE set for the cockpit and seat parts speeded things up greatly. A few scratch built parts were also added in the form of replacement canopy supporting strut and additional lead wire main-gear hydraulic lines. The model was finished as usual using a mix of MRP lacquer paints and AK Interactive Xtreme Metals metallics with the limited weathering applied using heavily thinned Abteilung502 and Wilder oil paints, AMMO MIG pastel powders and ground graphite powder. All in all, a relatively simple, quick build, (five days) that was a lot of fun made easier by the excellent fit of the kit parts and some invaluable help from my good friend and MiG expert extraordinaire Gabor Szekers (Ya-Gabor). After finishing this one I'm now looking forward to getting hold of Modelsvit's F-13 variant... Cheers, thanks for looking and hope you like it... Melchie
  44. 51 points
    Hello all - Just finished my Airfix 110. Built pretty much OOB - added some Eduard seatbelts, some Mig rigging for the antenna and replaced the under side circular antenna with some wire. I attempted to improve the cockpit details with some scratch built elements. I used the kit scheme - Staffel II / Zerstorergeschwadar 1, Northern France 1940-1941. The scheme is very dark - RLM 70 / 71 so I attempted a very worn air frame look to try and make it a little more interesting - I think this was successful but I sacrificed colour accuracy in the process. The kit itself is far from an accurate representation so I wasn't too concerned. Still, I'm pretty happy with the result. Tried a bunch of new techniques and learned alot. I've got the Eduard version which is far more accurate so it will be interesting to see them side by side when that's completed. For the cost, this is a very nice kit and was fun to build. There were plenty of fit issues but not too bad - lots of sanding and some putty work will be required - quite typical for some airfix kits in this scale. Decals were very nice - I added swastikas from XtraDecal. The kit comes with a good selection of long distance fuel tanks and bombs - however I opted for a clean fit out as I love the lines on this aircraft. Painted with Tamiya Acrylics, different brands of oils and pigments for the weathering. I had difficulty photographing this model - the colours change quite dramatically depending on the light which is how it behaves in real life... so the photos do represent this. There's a wip here for anyone who's interested - with a bonus side thread on New Zealand beer Thanks for looking - comments and criticism is welcome. Cheers John
  45. 51 points
    The Kinetic Harrier is at long last complete. Kit has been fighting all the way, with fiddly assembly and confusing instructions, a good documentation is needed to avoid the version mix. Decals, however are a dream. But in the end it's a Harrier and certainly a gain over the old Airfix kit. Painted with Gunze acrylics, (H333 extra dark sea grey), been adding the Neomega cockpit, initially intended for the old Airfix kit. Complete photo album of the build can be found here : SHAR build photo Hope you'll like her. Best, Stef (#6)
  46. 50 points
    Vampire F.1 5 Squadron, Chivenor 1949 CMR resin kit - 1990s vintage And with something of similar vintage i.e. late 1940s - Airfix P-80 converted from P-80C to P-80B: Heller / Revell Vampire F.3: Frog Vampire FB.9: Frog Venom NF.3 converted from Sea Venom: CMR resin Vampire T.11: Aeroclub Vampire T.11: Frog Sea Vixen FAW.1 conversion: Frog Sea Vixen FAW.2:
  47. 50 points
    Kit - Hasegawa 1:48 Paint - All Tamiya acrylics Decals - Model Alliance 48-204 Extras - Ultracast resin rudder, KMC gun barrels, exhaust stubs, inner gear doors, seat. Hawker Typhoon 1B 198 Squadron, 2TAF Plumetot ALG July 1944 The Hasegawa kit came out in 1999, twenty years old and as fresh as if it was issued yesterday. Mostly it falls together (the rockets & rails are a bit of a chore), and from opening the box to this mornings' photo session took just a month. Not too much more to say other than it was the first time using the recent Tamiya WWII RAF colours, not too sure about them, still prefer the Jurassic era WEM enamels to be truthful but they may grow on me. Thanks for taking the time to look and as ever all comments, criticisms and questions are very welcome. Have a great weekend everyone, best from NZ. Ian.
  48. 50 points
    Latest in-flight diorama depicting 8th Air Force Bodney based Mustangs ditching tanks before breaking into the enemy. Airfix 1/72 scale Mustangs and `blurred` base from Coastal Kits. (Prop blur courtesy of Flickr photo editing). Thanks for looking.
  49. 50 points
    Hi all Finished this one recently , nice kit to build, built OOB apart from the seat harness. Brush painted with Humbrol Enamels and weathered using Oil paints and weathering powders. There is no Whip as there have been quite a few on the go and did not want to add another. Hope you like Thanks for looking All the best Chris
  50. 50 points
    Hi guys, here is my latest build, the D 520 from Tamiya in 1/48. The Luftwaffe used the D 520 to train their pilots. Free french forces get these planes back from German pilot school in late 1944 to use them against their former owners in the south west of France. Thanks for watching, Cheers, Manu.
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