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  1. i cant choose.....  


    So to qualify the build a vote of 8 or more will pass the vote and make the winner.

    We also have a new  list to choose form:


    72nd scale,


    Sea King


    Chinook, Spec Ops



    Ardvark EF

    Hawk T1

    Hawk T2

    Typhoon T2

    Tornado IDS

    Avro Shack

    All of the V bombers

    DH Sea Vixen

    DH Sea Venom.




    48th scale, 


    Spitfire Mk 16 (ICM)

    BF109 (ICM)

    Spit Mk 5



    Tornado GR1-4

    Tornado F3

    Tornado IDS





    DH Sea Vixen




    8 votes gets the win, any ties then i will pick and independent to choose,

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  2. On 7/28/2021 at 7:10 PM, Deano353 said:

    One that's not mentioned I would recommend as you say you need a challenge it's Revells 1/144 Space Shuttle with Boosters. If ever there was a kit that did not want to go together it's that lol. I made it and pretty sure about 60% of the weight is filler but it's totally worth the effort it's a really good looking model once finished I used Warbird decals for the tiles on mine I'd recommend those for the kit of you're inclined to do a shuttle.spacer.png

    The kitchen roll gives you an idea of the size.

    Well i love your build i think ts fantastic and a credit to your talent, I do have this kit...it comes with the Launch pad facility from the Revell kit. I measured up the dimensions and i would need one hell of an area to display the shuttle and the launch tower. It has crossed my mind a few times to sell the kit and let someone else have the joy of a fantastic build and display, I just dont know about letting her go, price would need to be right and I also think the buyer has to be right aswell. I say this because the kit is rare, its a difficult build ( built 2 before) and it takes up alot of time and patience. A newbie may have the nack to build a good spitfire or hawk but this kit is for the big boys.

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  3. On 7/27/2021 at 8:17 PM, Graham Boak said:

    Interesting... I knew Neville Beckett in his time at Warton, when he was responsible for studying the current and forthcoming Soviet types using sources well above my security rating.  A very interesting and enthusiastic person to talk to, and very informative - within limits, of course.

    He certainly does have the clearence and pay grade on a level above most, he does have the fame within Air Inteligence (my role) for being a very eagle eyed chap.

    A humble gentleman, a good friend and a credit to the UK Aerospace Industry.

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  4. On 3/21/2021 at 7:27 PM, Head in the clouds. said:

    This is the 2nd of my trio Sea King WIP build celebrating the diverse test and development airframes based on various Sea King marks.


    ZB506 was purchased along with ZB507 as test and development airframes from the outset, being based on the Commando airframe but at first glance can seem confusing as they can sometimes have a HAS5/6 radome fitted making them look like this version. This was always the case and fits in with the type of work being carried out, look at any picture of these two airframes and any number of things could change from one pic to another, ZB506 was often seen with a NATO flange fitted to the nose, this allowing a multitude of sensor fits to be trialled.


    The focus of my build was taken from a picture I found in 'Farnborough,a Hundred years of British Aviation' as it had just been pulled out of it's hanger. It is fitted with two large horizontal pylons/sponsons at the end of which is mounted the Heli-Tel camera system. I believe the first iterations of this were fitted in the rear cabin of Army Scouts pointing out the port side in the early/mid seventies, later progressing onto Wessex and Puma in the form seen here, although the mounting is simpler on the Wessex and Puma.


    The Heli-Tel is an ultra long range system developed my Marconi and tested extensively by RAE at Farnborough, I believe the camera moves up and down while the 'U' shaped cradle rotates about it's axis to allow a full field of rotation. Beyond this I have not been able to find out much more.


    So what of the kit. Well, the base kit is the Airfix HC4 offering with a Eduard exterior PE set. This is a good kit to use as a base, being modern with good decals, few of which were used unfortunately, goes together well although a little care is needed on the cockpit glazing as it comes in several parts and needs careful alignment. Beyond that the kit was modified extensively, in brief;

    Windows blanked.

    Fuel point moved near cargo door.

    Addition of truncated dorsal dome.

    No light above cargo door.

    Scratch built Flotation devices.

    Scratch built side sponsons and Heli-Tel unit.

    Some aerials scratch built.


    The biggest thing to look out for with Raspberry Ripple Sea Kings is the addition or removal of various lumps, bumps and aerials as the fit can vary significantly from machine to machine..


    Paints used were predominately Tamiya Acrylics with some Humbrol for smaller items. Alclad Gloss was used for the top coat and Humbrol Matt varnish where needed. Humbrol black wash was used for limited weathering.

    Decals are from many various sheets as no one really does a complete sheet for RAE machines that includes stencil data. The only decals to give a problem were the rotor blade sling points, even though the surface was smooth they still silvered and I could not get rid of it, only a thin layer of paint subdued it then I lost my nerve, you can't win them all.

    The main sponsons are made from brass and the camera mount is made from Evergreen, the camera made from a wooden craft bead and filled with old PE to represent the internal gubbings.


    As there was much to document I shall not repeat it here but the WIP can be found here; https://www.britmodeller.com/forums/


    Hope you like it.





























    I recieved two kits both being AB212 from mistercraft. Both kits had a two piece round element and this "ball" sat in a "U" shaped cradle.

    The ball once built had a view finder moulded on to it. When i figure out how to upload pictures then I will add them to this post.

    The RAE and QinetiQ are very close to my hear and I am glad to see the Seakings getting thier moment of glory. The work and dedication i have seen so far in this few picrures are outstanding. 



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  5. Loooks fantastic, I have the honour of knowing the great Nevell Beckett who helped design the Bucc while he was at Blackburn and then he whent on to work heavily on the EAP and latterly the Typhoon. It was with his guidance and input that made me a great lover of the bucc and how such an aircraft can stir up the imagination of many a boy and grown man.


    What i like most about your build is the fact you didnt bin it, because id you had you wouldnt have a damn fine example of her to show to us all. 

    Brava that man and Ilook forward to seeing your next project.

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  6. Well chaps so far its between the SaturnV and the Concorde..... the final decsion will be made at 8pm this Friday.....so please keep them comming or even suggest one that isnt in the list and if I have it and it gets enough votes then its a winner.


    Thank you all....I look forward to the end result.

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  7. 10 hours ago, Paul821 said:

    @Specialbranch  You don't mention a few critical things such as your skill level and the space you have both to model and store the finished item.


    Looking at your only posts (all in 2015) you say the Sea King is a favourite of yours - unless you have already built one go for that.

    You are spot on SeaKing is one of my most enjoyable kits and helicopters,  in my stash i do have four of them 2 RAFRescue and 2 RMJunglies also have a German SAR version from the new release Revell SAR double kit, if anyone would like the boat let me know- comes complete with an already plumed in drive shaft for the brass prop and the markings and drawings of the bow thruster that was going to be placed into it by a chap who sadly died of Cancer this year.


  8. I have been on BM for many years, I have loved the work that so many of you have done.....That is why i trust my fellow modellers to make a choice for me.

    In my stash I have the Revell 48th GR4 and F3, also the Luftwaffe Test and Evaluation bird. I also have a good old Gloster Gladiator, the old Revell Blackwidow and the ever perfect Spitfire Mk5 all in 48th.


    I have Helicopters, Props, Jets, I even have a bllod long 72nd Concorde and a 72nd Saturn V.


    So my friends I ask as a humble model makers what aircraft shall I build, if one in the list doesnt sound good then suggest one mmodel and if ihave it then Ishall do it.


    I need a challenge, I need your inspiration boys and girls.......



    Thank you in adavance...... 913-274 Inspector, Special Branch, Moulded Plastics Division.

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