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  1. 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 o
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. No reverse flying for the Manchester. That was faux pas on my part.
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. 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
  14. 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
  15. 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
  16. 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
  17. 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
  18. 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
  19. I've just finished converting HK Models' Meteor F.4 to the F.8 version using the Fisher Conversion set. This involved removing the F.4 nose section just forward of the wing and fitting a new resin nose, chopping the tail section off and grafting on a new resin rear end, the forward sections of the intakes were also removed and resin replacements added. A fully detailed cockpit interior including ejection seat was also supplied in the kit, and I also installed a G-Factor brass undercarriage set due the extra weight with Brassin resin wheels. Decals came with the Fisher set, and I used Xtracolo
  20. I've been going through my models getting some ready for Telford, and realised I hadn't shared these completed builds with you. 1/72nd scale A-Model Mil Mi6: DSC_0110 by Thomas Probert, on Flickr DSC_0111 by Thomas Probert, on Flickr 1/72nd scale RVHP Beriev Be12: DSC_0134 by Thomas Probert, on Flickr DSC_0137 by Thomas Probert, on Flickr 1/72nd scale A-Model Ilyushin Il-18: DSC_0124 by Thomas Probert, on Flickr DSC_0130 by Thomas Probert, on Flickr and finally Academy's 1/72nd scale B-29 converted to a Tu-4 'Bull' - or more specifically the Chinese's first attempt at an AWACs aircr
  21. Hi Pat, If the sun's out in the next couple of weekends I'll add a Spit or something for scale. The real thing had a span of 200ft, so in 1/72nd scale that works out at roughly 33 inches, or a smidge under 3 feet. Rob
  22. A severe case of mistaken identity here General... it's Rob and not Tom... although I taught the boy all he knows And as for Radleigh - he'll have his work cut out but I'm sure is the man for the job!
  23. I am a big fan of flying boats, and here are a couple of large ones from my collection. The first is the Combat Models vacform 1/72nd scale Martin Mars, which I completed back in the mid-1990s. This was an absolute pig of a kit, with the cockpit having to be scratch-built, a comprehensive series of internal bulkheads and bracing needed to be installed to keep it rigid and give it some much needed strength, engines and props were 'borrowed' from a donor 1/72nd B-29, and the beaching gear was made from scratch. The decals came from the spares box and generic decal sheets available at the time.
  24. Many thanks - the conversion kit was very crisp, with finely moulded panel detail. Pouring blocks were small and easy to remove. Just a little light sanding here and there was all that was needed. Rob
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