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  1. Good morning all, I thought I'd share a recent model of mine that I've been working on for a while - a conversion of the Tamiya 1:32nd scale F-4J to a UK version with RR Speys. It's a conversion I have long wanted to do, and when I sourced a set of 3D printed Spey cans along with a decal set from Cutting Edge, I was good to go! The conversion is quite involved, and includes widening the intakes as well as dropping the back end a little to accommodate the larger Spey afterburners. I took a couple of pictures of the process when widening the front, but didn't get around to photographing the back end unfortunately! There was also the small doors on the rear fuselage to add, as moving the auxiliary doors on the lower fuselage forward. I also had to source some after market ejection seats the Brit Phantoms used a different seat to the US examples. And here's the finished model, painted as an FGR.2 of 41 Squadron based at RAF Conningsby in the early 1970s: I'm really pleased with how the conversion went and it's nice to now have a very rare model (in this scale!) in my collection. Best regards, Rob
  2. Afternoon all, Here's my latest completion - the LukGraph 1/32nd scale Hawker Nimrod MkI. This is a beautifully cast resin model with some 3D-pronted parts, and was built out of the box. Xtracolor and Humbrol enamel paints were used, along with the kit decals. The only extras was the rigging. Quite a complex but thoroughly enjoyable build! Best regards, Rob
  3. As soon as I had it in my grubby little mitts I got started. It's taken about three months from start to finish so not too bad in regard to the turnaround! Yes indeed - Mach 2 kits have a slightly dubious reputation, but with some forethought and careful planning they can be beaten into submission. I saw one once at a Greenham Common air show - so that's going back a bit! It's not the cheapest of models - when you consider the Britannia, then the conversion plus the decals, it did add up. In regard to the Swordfish badge - I am at the mercy of the decals there - but I won't tell anyone of the error if you don't... Yes it was far from straightforward, but I do like a challenge. I made my life a bit more difficult by adding the bomb bays which took a bit of head-scratching to get installed properly. Thank you for your kind words. Rob
  4. Good afternoon all, Another recent completion of mine is Tamiya's superb 1/32nd scale F-15C finished with Warbird Decals' commemorative scheme for the Oregon-based 173rd FW. The Tamiya kit just needs glue and a shake, but the Warbird Decals were quite tricky to apply being very thin and, in this scale, rather large! Paints were Xtracolur enamels. Regards, Rob
  5. Good afternoon everyone, Here is my recently completed 1/72nd scale Canadair Argus, converted from the Mach 2 Bristol Britannia using the recently-released Aircraft in Miniature conversion set. It was quite a challenging build with the base kit not being the best starting point, but I'm pleased with the end result. Decals came from Belcher and were superb. Regards to all, Rob
  6. Yes indeed - that exact sheet has been used on this build. Yes the landing gear all came from the Mach 2 Britannia. In terms of quality, they are not bad at all. What wonderful memories. I remember seeing one at a Greenham Common airshow back in the day but can't claim to have got inside one! Since the last time I updated this I've finished the model and it's come out well. Unfortunately it's not the weather for photographing it at the moment, although the current snowy conditions would make a realistic backdrop! Rob
  7. Afternoon all, I've been working on the recently released conversion of the Mach 2 Bristol Britannia to a Canadair Argus in 1/72nd scale. This is by Transport Wings and comprises of some hefty resin parts along with some 3D-printed detail parts. I've got the main construction completed now and am almost ready for the painting process to begin - the pictures below will give a good indication into the amount of work done and how little of the Mach 2 Britannia kit is actually used! The white sections are the Mach 2 parts, the grey sections are the resin conversion parts. You get new engines and nacelles with the option of open or closed cowl flaps. There are also new rear sections of the nacelles to replace the Britannia's exhaust system. Clear parts are resin - not completely blemish free but not too bad. The Britannia's windows all needed filling and new windows opened up for the Argus. The enormous MAD boom is well replicated. The Britannia's fin is also modified with a new fillet and leading edge, but the Britannia stabilisers are a drop-fit. I opted for the extra bomb-bay mod on mine. The doors are obviously yet to be fitted. The bays were a bit of a struggle to get integrated into the Britannia's lower fuselage but a dose of good old fashioned modelling and plastic card and filler soon had the problem solved. The Mach 2 main landing gear is used but new Argus nose-gear is supplied in the conversion. The conversion enables you to make a MkI or MkII with the various radar and aerial fits - I've gone for a MkI. Propellers will be added after painting. The conversion captures the look of this graceful aircraft really well and although it's been a lot of work to get to this stage I've really enjoyed it. I'll post some more pictures when it's had some paint applied. All the best, Rob
  8. Thank you - yes the scheme is the US Navy 3-tone version of grey, intermediate and dark blue. Many thanks. The resin looks stunning in the box and the mouldings are beautiful. However in true Anigrand style the fit was not the greatest and it took a lot of work to get together and the model in reasonable shape. I've built a few now and they've all been the same - their subject matter is great, though! Rob
  9. Hi all I hope you’re all keeping well? I thought I’d show you the latest model that has been keeping me amused through lockdown. It’s the Anigrand Craftworks 1/72nd scale Martin 130 Flying Boat. As usual with Anigrand kits it was not an easy build. Paints were from Xtracolor. Best regards to all, Rob
  10. No reverse flying for the Manchester. That was faux pas on my part.
  11. As explained above, these are basically A-Model kits. They are injection moulded but typically limited run. The fit and build wasn’t too bad. The biggest challenge was the fact the fuselage was moulded in four separate parts rather than the traditional two halves. It took a lot of care to get everything aligned properly, but other than that it went together ok. The windscreen took a bit of blending and careful sanding. There were masks provided which was very helpful. The windscreen is fairly large but helpfully a good cockpit interior is provided. These aren’t your typical Tamiya standard kits but shouldn’t pose any major problems to a modeller with a few under his / her belt.
  12. I built this Manchester MkI using various sources - the old-tool Airfix Lancaster, Planet Models as well as Paragon Designs. Decals came form the spares box. Regards, Rob
  13. A recent completion is Sava-M Models' 1/72nd scale Gulfstream 500 "J-Star" which is used by the USAF as a surveillance platform. Quite a nice kit, built straight from the box. Xtracolor enamels used throughout. Regards, Rob
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