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  1. I feel ultimately if Airfix attempted to work in everything that has been suggested so far as potential corrections or fix potential errors, we would never get a buccaneer released let alone for the price!! They'd still be there trying to get it right... Ourselves as modellers have always been a hard bunch to please However, personally I am over the moon to have finally a buildable Buccaneer in a proper scale! I definitely will invest in one, and without taking the fun away from model-making by trying to calculate inflation costs etc. for the price I suppose we just have to accept it for what it is. The real fun here I think is just the burst of inspiration I got when i first saw it! It's definitely going to be fun to weather, I can't wait!
  2. That's a very nice looking Viggen! The weathering really offsets the camouflage well, looks like it's just been rolled out one of those iconic Swedish bunkers, the tail raised, and she's ready to go! Excellent work!
  3. Oh my word this looks extremely nice! https://uk.airfix.com/products/blackburn-buccaneer-s2-a12012
  4. Hiya, Again, working for the NHS mid-pandemic has its drawbacks, especially when trying to finish an apprenticeship whilst working frontline in the ambulance service!! Nonetheless I've managed to get 2 off the bench! Tamiya's 1/35 Cromwell with Blackdog Upgrades and Miniart Tankrider Figures Eduard's 1/48 P-51D out of the box Thanks for looking guys! Have a Healthy and Happy Christmas Sam
  5. Thanks for all your comments guys! Greatly appreciated!
  6. Hey all, Here's Eduard's 1/48 P-51D-5 from their profi-pack kit. Attracted to the colour schemes, I bought this kit a few months ago when it first came out but I've only just got round to it now. It was definitely hard to choose what colour scheme to do her in! Hence why I might've bought a few of Eduard's Overtrees to go with it... Overall it's a very nicely detailed kit and cleverly engineered, however it's still no Tamiya, as I found the fit lacking in a few areas and the tolerences didn't allow for much play with the parts, they had to be put in spot on otherwise the next bit wouldn't necessarily fit. Being this is my first attempt at an NMF, I tried to play it safe with Tamiya Laquers as they actually have quite a nice selection of metallic tones that have been released. I pre-shaded first in black then went in with the metallic colours. Handily, Eduard actually provide a guide to the various metallic finishes that Mustangs wore during their service, and denoted where the aircraft was lacquered or left bare-metal. The Tamiya laquers were also quite hardy so took the heavily weathered effect I was headed for without damaging the finish. Saying that though, I still varnished the bird with Tamiya Semi-Gloss to make it a bit more uniform in appearance. Thanks for looking guys! Sam
  7. Hey all, Here's my Tamiya Cromwell. I used Black Dog Models stowage set and hessian set along with Miniart's Tank Crew & Tank Rider's set. The Black dog set utilises an all new resin turret as well as a whole load of stowage. I used a figure from the Miniart Tank Crew set along with the original kit commander along with the tank riders that Miniart do as well. I painted the vehicle using Humbrol Enamels and I weathered it using a mix of oils, Ammo by MiG and pencils. Thanks for looking! Again, thanks for looking guys, Sam
  8. Definitely a spitfire Mk.IA, you can tell by the propeller afterburner
  9. Well working for the NHS Mid-pandemic does have its drawbacks when it comes to the hobby but nonetheless I think I got off pretty well with my completed projects this year! First off the bench and onto the shelf was Tamiya's 1/48 P-47 Razorback with Thunder-cal Decals Next is Tamiya's 1/48 Bf-109E-4 with techmod decals On the Battle of Britain theme is Airfix's 1/48 Hurricane Mk.I With a change of pace is Amusing Hobby's 1/35 Conqueror Mk.I And whilst I was at it I finished a shelf-queen with Dragon's 1/35 M60 Following the Cold-War theme next was Tamiya's 1/35 T-72M1 Then finally is Tamiya's T-55A in 1/35 Thanks for looking! I hope everyone has a safe and happy new year! Sam
  10. Hey all, Here's my latest on my Soviet armour spree. This is Tamiya's T-55A, which has for once more options in the box than a Dragon kit... The kit can be produced in either Czech, Polish, or Soviet markings with the neccessary parts to represent the relevant country's own production variations to a relatively accurate level. Now whilst this has nothing over the latest Miniart offerings, it is still an awesome kit! My example follows a generic Czech scheme painted using Mr. Hobby 012 Olive Drab (1). Though meant to represent USAAF Olive drab I feel it gives a reasonably accurate representation of Russian Green. The kit was built out of the box and weathered using pigments, graphite, and oil paints in various capacities. I'll admit now that the hatches are a bit bare at the mo, but I'm currently looking to fill them with some crew members to fill those gaps. Thanks for looking! Sam
  11. Hey all, Here's my T-72M1 from Tamiya. The kit was built OOB after spending a number of years in the stash. I painted the vehicle using Mr. Colour No.12 Olive Drab (1) and used Humbrol Enamels for the detail parts including the rubber skirts. Weathering was achieved using a mix of Raw Umber and Ochre oil paints thinned down to create a filter, followed by a pin wash using simply thinned raw umber. I used MiG Oil Brushers for more refined oil work. The model was finished using the kits rubber band tracks, which were painted Tamiya Rubber black, washed with thinned burnt sienna and raw umber washes, then finally rubbed with graphite powder to give a metallic look. Thanks for looking guys!! Sam
  12. The lights were made from using a pack of kids assorted plastic gemstone stickers I got from Hobbycraft Thanks for all of your interest guys! Sam
  13. Hey all, Here's my M60 Patton from Dragon. I picked this kit up from TANKFEST 2017, i think? It was a few years back now... I built the kit straight away and quite nearly finished it but the DS Tracks drove me off, so it sat in a dark corner of my desk for a few years... Until now! I got sick of looking at it so I took a deep breath and painted up the tracks, () and fitted them, then went ahead and plugged a few antennae in. The kits out of the box with all of its beautiful inaccuracies, such as the oversized DS Mantlet. The guard infront of the machine gun cupola was way overize too but I convieniently 'lost' that part so instead this vehicles backstory is that it had a bit of an argument with a tree somewhere in Germany... I painted her using Tamiya acrylics, namely XF-62 Olive Drab, which is ordinarily a bit dark for me but seems to work well on 50s/60s US armour (or should that be armor? ). Weathering was achieved through various uses of oil paints thinned to be used as washes or dot filters. I also used some airbrush effects on the exhaust. Finally, just to add, the less said about the stowage rack at the back, the better. It was incredibly flashy and fragile so as you can imagine cleanup was complicated to say the least. In the end I gave up and milliput came to the rescue and I created some 'canvas' covers which hid a lot of the absymal basket. Additional stowage was from Tamiya. Thanks for looking! Also, apologies for the questionable lighting, I've recently invested in new photobox and I'm still finessing the lighting kit supplied. Sam
  14. Hey all, Here's my rendition of the new Conqueror kit from Amusing Hobby. I picked this up from a recent pre-covid to the Tank Museum, Bovington after I kinda fell in the love with the real thing... What a beast! The kit is OOB except from the Aber gun barrel, because the original was a bit naff and basic. I also scratchbuilt a canvas mantlet cover out of milliput. I painted her using Tamiya Acrylics, namely XF-58 Olive Green, which may have looked a bit light but after a bit of weathering it created a good scale representiation. Weathering was with oil paints either thinned and used as washes or used as a dot filter. The tracks were plastic and click together, which were nice, but the joins weren't too strong as the tips of the plastic pins that were meant to snap into place snapped off instead. So fitting them to the model were fun... They were weathered with a burnt sienna & raw umber wash mixed 1:1 together. I then crushed up a pencil lead and rubbed it over the high points to create a metallic effect. Thanks for looking, and apologies for the lighting but i'm just settling in with a new photobox and I've yet to adjust the lights in my new setup Sam
  15. Thanks for all the comments guys! With the wingtip lights I noticed airfix hadn’t facilitated putting in the usual depression in the plastic that you could sit a drop of clear green/red in. In hindsight I could’ve drilled them myself but in the end, given the size of the part I painted them in the end
  16. Hey all, Having a bit of a Battle of Britain spree at the moment, just finished Airfix's new(ish) Hurricane with some aftermarket in the form of Eduard Brassin wheels, Quickboost exhausts, a Yahu instrument panel, Eduard seatbelts and some decals from Extradecal to represent Douglas Bader's aircraft. Painted with Mr. Hobby Acrylics and finished with Extracolour Enamel Matte Varnish The weathering was achieved through the use of both pre & post-shading, oil paints and a watercolour silver pencil for the chipping Thanks for looking guys! Sam
  17. That's really impressive detail for 1/72, I also like the two unusual colour schemes you've chosen, very original!
  18. That's a good looking 'Spit, made even more impressive by being your second in 20 years!
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