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Rob Probert

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  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. No reverse flying for the Manchester. That was faux pas on my part.
  5. 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 you
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. Thank you. I found the tolerances very tight and you need to get everything lined up perfectly before joining the fuselage otherwise you'll hear a very unpleasant crunching sound... The engine cowlings again took a lot of careful alignment and are a tight fit to the wing. The transparencies are exceptional and some of the clearest I've seen. The last problem is the sheer size of it and it's a big model to wrestle with! Yes indeed it was - and thank you! The Spit remains on the to-do pile, Frank. I need to summon up the courage to tackle all that resin. Regards to al
  9. I didn't reinforce the wings and have just relied on the spars provided in the kit. Hopefully the resin engines won't cause it to sag over time. The AMT kit itself wasn't the best fitting model I've ever built, and the resin parts weren't flawless in terms of fit but nothing was unmanageable. The only real challenge was the fact the engines sat too low and I had to do some trimming of the pylons to get the correct ground clearance. It is indeed quite large. I have a purpose built out-building for my collection. All RAF RC-135s appear glossy and spotless, therefore high
  10. I completed this huge model a few months ago - it's the stunning HK Models 1/32nd Lancaster combined with Iconic Air's Dambuster Conversion. The conversion set provides the modified bomb bay set up, the bomb itself, as well as a decal sheet for the 617 Squadron aircraft. I have chosen Maltby's aircraft, coded AJ-J. Paints were from Hannants' Xtracolour range of enamels. Regards, Rob
  11. I've recently completed the conversion of an AMT KC-135 into an RAF Airseeker/Rivet Joint. I used the Combat Conversions resin set which provides new CFM-56 engines, new nose, cheek blisters and the various aerials and sensors that adorn the aircraft. The decals were from the Hannants' Xtradecal range. Paints were a mixture of Revell and Xtracolour enamels. Regards, Rob
  12. I've just completed converting the 1/32nd scale HK Models Meteor into a T7 using the Fisher conversion set. The conversion gives a new resin moulded nose section, forward intakes, full interior and of course a new canopy. The new resin parts didn't fit all that well in my experience of this build, but with some careful cutting, trimming and sanding it came together in the end. Paints were Xtracolur enamels and decals came with the kit. Thanks for looking, Rob
  13. I've finished battling with the 1/72nd scale BroPlan vacform kit of the S.E.161R Languedoc. The mouldings themselves were very nice, with crisp surface detail, but as with other kits from this manufacturer that I've built the plastic is just a smidge thicker than fag paper, and it's very easy to sand right through it. Therefore great care is needed with building these kits, and too much filling and sanding will only create a whole lot more! The decals were appalling and broke up and were lacking in colour density, so I used a mixture of ModelDecal and hand painted insignias such as the fin
  14. Many thanks, Flemming. Regarding a panel line wash - personally I can't stand them! When researching Meteor F.8s for this build, I looked at many pictures of the real thing and although there may have been some patchy paint here or there, you certainly cannot see the panel lines. I like my models to have a reasonable resemblance of the real thing, rather than looking like a computer-generated caricature of the actual aircraft. But as you say, each to their own. As long as you follow the instructions given by Fisher, it goes together without problems. The only slightly more tricky part was i
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