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  1. PlaStix

    Another tamiya 'bubbletop'

    Great job on the rivitting. It will certainly add another level of detail. Kind regards, Stix
  2. I thoroughly enjoyed my build of Tamiya's 1/48 Bubbletop P-47 in the last STGB: so I thought I'd try the Razorback for this one. This is going to have to be a quick build as I have plans for other builds in other GBs. In fact this will be the first time for a while that I will have several builds on the go at the same time. I'm still finishing off Tiger 1 '131' in the MTO II GB at the moment. Box art: Typical Tamiya instructions: Sprues: Decals: And this is the one I'm going to make it as: .....partly because there are less complicated decals to apply and partly because I reckon there's probably less of this one built because it doesn't have any nice nose art. I will try and get something started on this today and, I have to say, I'm really looking forward to building another of Tamiya's lovely Thunderbolts. Kind regards, Stix
  3. These two will be my entry for this GB: I am happy to be corrected, but I think these types of tank never actually fought alongside each other and, from looking at a map of where these two were operational, they may not have ever have met - but I'm going to do a chance meeting while heading to battle (if that's okay with @Robert Stuart). I have found this one photo so far: but I think it's possibly post war as, to me, it looks like the armament is missing. I have some figures to go with my possible scene: I'm really looking forward to getting started on these. I haven't made any WW1 armour before so it's hopefully going to an interesting experience. Kind regards, Stix
  4. PlaStix

    'Jolly Rogers' F-4J Phantom (Revell 1:72)

    Hi Nigel. I’m well thank you hope you are too. That really is looking stunning! Keep going!! Hope you have a good Sunday and manage to get her finished! Kind regards, Stix
  5. Hi Pat. No, not fully decided yet, but a country road is a possibility and I must admit - I do like your idea of the argument! Thank you! Kind regards, Stix
  6. Hi Don and thank you very much for your very kind comments. The ICM Spitfire does take a bit of work but it does make up very well with a bit of patience. I thoroughly enjoyed building mine. I hope yours goes well when you start it. Be sure to let me know when you do as I will follow along. Kind regards, Stix
  7. A while ago, while browsing kits on Amazon, I came across Eduard's 1/48 MkIX Spitfire that seemed to come with additional bits and pieces (PE, masks, etc.). Checking on BM I realised that it seemed like a rather good kit. At the time, however, I hadn't made a plane kit for more than 20 years or more. So rather than risking spending £28 on something I may not be able to make a reasonable job of, I decided to try out my skills on some cheaper 1/72 Spitfires first. I ended up making 3 of them: I think these all turned out alright. However I am still kind of reluctant to risk trying a £28 kit when my 1/48 kit building skills are zero - I have never made a 1/48 plane kit. About 25 years ago I did make some larger plane kits but the results were not great! So the idea is to build the much cheaper (less than half the price) Revell MkXVI first. If this one turns out okay I'm going to order the 'late' Eduard version and then build it as part of the D-Day 70th Anniversary Group Build. Right enough waffle - obligatory box, sprue and decals photos first: Now, to me, the detailing looks pretty good in 1/48. I know there are issues with this kit, including sink marks and some problems with the fit of some parts but I'm rather looking forward to making it. For example the inside cockpit walls are a lot better detailed than the Italeri kit where I had to scratch everything These two photos show the Revell Spitfire's cockpit walls: These look like a good start to me and I have some ideas for some additional scratch built details - if anyone knows of any good photos of an actual MkXVI cockpit I'd be most grateful - the ones I've found aren't great. Also I have seen some poor photos of the actual engine used in this type of Spitfire and, as I intend to build a diorama for this kit with the engine on show I would ask If anyone could please point me in the direction of any good photos or diagrams so I can try and improve the one in the kit. Woody37 reviews this kit here: http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/234925990-revell-spitfire-mkxvi-148-04661/ With regards the diorama I also got hold of these: which I'm going to use for this kit and the Eduard one. I'd read before about the Revell MkXVI actually being an old ICM kit but I discovered (as you all probably know already) that these figures also seem to be from ICM as well. Anyway both look good to me. I'm hoping to get started tomorrow on this - I got all the parts washed in warm soapy water this morning. All comments and suggestions welcome. Kind regards, Stix
  8. PlaStix

    Focke Wulf Ta 152H

    Great job Hairtrigger. Your mottling and decals look great! Very well done. Kind regards, Stix
  9. Not a lot done on this project recently - been concentrating on my P-47 build. I did give the figures a base coat of thinned Revell Anthracite: I think I may do a bit of work on the base tomorrow and perhaps start painting the figures. Kind regards, Stix
  10. Really looking forward to this GB and the chance to build my first 1/35 Tiger I. And I figured, because this is my first 1/35 Tiger I, I ought to build the famous '131' Tiger I that was captured in North Africa. More details can be found here on Wikipedia, but here is a brief introduction from that page: It was shipped to Tunisia between 12 March and 16 April 1943. The tank was assigned to No. 3 Platoon in No. 1 Company of the 504th Schwere Heerespanzerabteilung during the North African Campaign. It was given the turret number 131 by which it Is now very well known and is now at The Tank Museum in Bovington. It is currently the only operational Tiger I in existence. The Germans were aware that the Allies were preparing a major push towards Tunis and so set up an attack on the night of 20th April 1943. Four points were attacked simultaneously, including a pass on the north side of a hill called Djebel Djaffa*. Two Tigers and several other Panzers advanced through this pass before dawn, and were gradually driven back during the day. Tiger 131 was hit by three shots from British Churchill tanks of A Squadron, 4 Troop of the 48th Royal Tank Regiment. A solid shot hit the Tiger's gun barrel and ricocheted into its turret ring, jamming its traverse, wounding the driver and front gunner and destroying the radio. A second shot hit the turret lifting lug, disabling the gun's elevation device. The third shot hit the loader's hatch, deflecting fragments into the turret. The German crew bailed out, taking their wounded with them and leaving the knocked-out (but still drivable and largely intact) tank behind. Their identity and fate are unknown. The tank was secured by the British as they captured Djebel Djaffa hill. * Photo after 131 had been captured: The photo is from http://ww2live.com/en/content/world-war-2-28-stunning-images-german-tanks-knocked-out-abandoned-and-captured-tunisa. I can remove this photo if there are any problems with having it here. The kit I'm going to use: Some details from the back of the box: I'm hoping to make a start over the Bank Holiday weekend but I also need to finish the Hurricane I'm building in the Hawker Siddeley GB. I've also got some figures to go with it so a small vignette might be a possibility. Can't wait to get started. Kind regards, Stix * Edit 11/07/18 - Djebel Djaffa hill - this location may now not be accurate More information can be found here:
  11. Only because Tbolt put me right earlier on in my thread!! It's a good job he doesn't mind sharing his knowledge! Today I got some bits and pieces done on this project. Fuselage sides glued together: Wings on: Wheel wells look okay: A little bit of filler was required here and there. I got the wiring sorted for the engine but in my enthusiasm I forgot to take any photos before fitting it inside the cowl - you can just about see them: Seeing as how this aircraft is basically only two colours I think I will do some pre-shading next to get a bit of variation. Comments and suggestions welcome. Kind regards, Stix
  12. PlaStix

    Razorback, silverlady

    Very impressive work on the engine there Glynn! It looks great inside the cowl. Kind regards, Stix
  13. WOW! Now you are just showing off! Awesome modelling! Don't know where you get the patience. Kind regards, Stix
  14. PlaStix

    'Egg' P-47 (Hasegawa)

    Hi Nigel. As yet I haven’t built an eggplane. I have made a Meng Toon Sherman, which was fun, so I will be following your build of this P-47 with great interest. Kind regards, Stix
  15. Absolutely agree with Cliff that a Camel is an aircraft which needs to be part of this GB. Looking forward to seeing your progress. Kind regards, Stix
  16. Thank you Mark. I have started to get the wiring glued in place as you can see from the photo below. Hope your's goes okay. Hi Giorgio and thank you. To be fair, where I can, I paint most things separately if possible. I'm pretty sure I would do so even if I had an airbrush. I love making tanks but most other tanks builders assemble just about everything and then paint everything including the smallest details. I like painting as much first, then assembling it. Thank you Tbolt. I think I'd find just gluing them on more difficult. Trying to get tiny bits of wire to stay in place while the glue sets - even if it’s a fairly quick setting one - I would find a nightmare! Having the holes drilled means I just get CA glue on one end of the wire and stick it in the hole. Job done! Only one photo. The wires are 0.2mm lead wires glued in place with CA: Just two more to add. Comments and suggestions welcome. Kind regards, Stix
  17. What a great idea for a project Ozzy. A real family connection. Wonderful. Looking forward to seeing this in progress. Kind regards, Stix
  18. Hi Cliff. Yes they are fascinating aren't they. To my shame I haven't paid much attention to WW1 tanks but did pick up the FT-17 a while back, when this GB was suggested, and have started to pay more attention to the developments of tank warfare of this period. I am seriously looking forward to getting started on these. Hi Ian and thank you for your observations about the kit. The lack of interior shouldn't be a problem and I have wondered before why this rivited version was less expensive than the other. Odd too that it's so cheap when they provide a display scene/base as well - not that I'm going to use it for this project. I will save it for another day. That's great Robert, thank you. Thank you very much CFFU - those photos are really helpful - excellent photography too! Well done. Thank you very much Steve but we'll wait and see. Thank Ozzy - me too! I will try and get these washed in warm soapy water this weekend and some photos of what's in the boxes taken. Kind regards, Stix
  19. PlaStix

    'Jolly Rogers' F-4J Phantom (Revell 1:72)

    Hi Nigel. Sorry - I've been a bit slow to keep up with your build. Looks like you have made excellent progress though! It is looking superb! The decals really bring it to life. Good luck with getting it finished!! Kind regards, Stix
  20. Great idea for a project Steve. Really looking forward to seeing this in progress. Kind regards, Stix
  21. That's a great looking Pz II! Very well done. Kind regards, Stix
  22. Thank you very much RJ. As I mentioned; I have been doing a few bits and pieces in the evenings but nothing really major. I have drilled out some holes in the wings and fitted a few parts together for the lower wing sections. The photos here show the wings with the upper and lower parts together but without glue: I cut the parts for the engine off the sprues but left bits on for me to hold while painting: And then the two larger sections here were given a couple of very thinned coats of Revell's Anthracite before being dry-brushed with Revell's Aluminium: Then a quick test fit: You might also be able to see that I have done a bit of drilling with a micro-drill - so I can add a bit of the wiring. Comments and suggestions welcome. Kind regards, Stix
  23. Great choice of aircraft Cliff. Will be very interested to follow your progress, especially with such a vintage kit! Kind regards, Stix
  24. Thank you very much Glynn. I have to say that Tamiya's lovely crisp moulding makes these a joy to paint and detail. Thank you Tbolt. Thank you very much Craig. Yes I'm hoping the fuselage will be together this weekend. I have been doing a bit of work on the wings and engine over a few nights this week and hope to have more progress with those soon. Hi Giogio and thank you. Thank you very much Joss. As I said above - I think a lot of the credit must go to Tamiya for their great moulding of this kit. Thank you very much John. Hi Daniel and thank you. Most kind. With regards the painting. I know what you mean about the lighter colours - they do tend to be more of a concern. I don't prime any of my kits (with this kit I even forgot to wash it in warm soapy water before I started making it!!!! But don't tell anyone! I was so keen to start making it I just got going!) If you get some time and have the inclination - you could try watching my painting video (for which there is a link at the bottom of my signature, at the bottom of this post). The painting on there is similar to what I do with all my painting although the colour is darker. Be warned that the video is a bit long though. You will see I thin my paints quite a lot with water and, in fact, with this yellow, it was almost like milk in consistency. The first coat actually looked foggy rather than solid colour. But, because it's thin, I can build up the layers without loosing the detail or making the paint too thick. Kind regards, Stix
  25. Hi Badder. Hope you are keeping well. Hope the teeth are okay!!!! I think that wooden dentures were invented in Japan sometime in the the early part 16th century and, as Graeme said - your capentry skills are very good.......................just a thought!! Your building work is looking amazing! Even at this early stage the floorboards/walls have a real world look to them! Awsome modelling! Kind regards, Stix