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  1. Evening all, I'm building the Airfix 1:48 Tiger Moth in a UK Civil Registration scheme - G-AIXJ (purely cos I like the burgundy colour scheme - hope it doesnt offend anyone here) in a "competition" with a friend from my club. I'm trying to recreate the circular inspection hatches (??) on the vertical stab & rudder, upper surface of upper mainplanes and lower surface of lower mainplanes iaw the Eduard aftermarket PE destructions. I've tried the ones from the Eduard PE set which are too thick and seem out of scale hence my desire to try a home cooked alternative. I then tried cir
  2. Here is my model of USS Lassen in 1:700 scale from the Hobby Boss kit. I started this on 23rd Dec and with some fits and starts finished it yesterday. It was an easy kit to build, however, I rather bodged the paintjob as I painted the deck first, then the superstructures and when time came to attach them found some gaps needed filling, resulting in too many layers caused by masking and re-masking using Liquid Mask. As a result the sharp details have become rather lost and the decals exhibit quite a bit of silvering despite liberal application of Daco decal solvent. it was also my f
  3. I am trying to create a diorama using the 1:48 Tiger Moth and put a car alongside it (probably something like a Morris Minor) - can anyone suggest if 1:43 or 1:50 would be ok as it seems there isnt too much choice in 1:48 scale car kits. thanks Neil
  4. Hello everybody In full knowledge that there are plenty of these Arma 1:72 Hurricanes milling about I wanted to add my own humble contribution. Its from the Mk. 1 Expert Set in the kit scheme of Josef Frantisek of 303 Squadron. I finished it last week and am posting now because we are at the 80th Anniversary of the formal establishment of 303 Squadron and completely co-incidentally, as I was applying the last touches, the Historic Aircraft Collection were kind enough to also reveal the public certification flight of a 1:1 scale edition ;-) from Duxford. In
  5. Hello everyone Whilst I am a couple of days adrift for the 6th June, I present my 1:72 F-16AM in the magnificent 75th Anniversary markings of FA-124 of 349 Squadron, Belgian Air Force. Kit was the Revell Stingers F-16, with of course Syhart decals which went down wonderfully. Paints were a mix of Italeri, AK Interactive for the exhaust (which was my best attempt yet) MiG and Vallejo. I scratch built the static dischargers from toothbrush bristles. I had the pleasure of going to the Belgian Airforce Day on 23rd June 2019 and saw this beast from about 2 metres away as it
  6. Here is my Arma Hobby Yak-1b finished as No 107 from the 1st Fighter Aviation Regiment, late 1945 subsequently in the given to the Polish Army Museum in Warsaw. OOB except for Tamiya tape seat belts and telephone wire buckles. Painted with AK Interactive Russian colours & W&N oil paint fading (Yellow Ochre, Burnt Sienna and Paynes Grey). In these challenging times where every distraction is welcome, this was a very enjoyable and generally straightforward build.
  7. This is my 1/72 Academy MCP F/A-18F Super Hornet done up as a line jet from VFA-122 Flying Eagles. This is a much delayed surprise Xmas gift for my brother, an aerospace journalist in London, who in 2012 was lucky enough to be taken up for 30 mins in the back at the Farnborough airshow. A blog about it can be found here - n.b. his pilot was actually from VFA-106 Gladiators. The Academy kit was simple to assemble, v well detailed and largely pain free apart from the forward fuselage join just below the windshield and the rear fuselage of which the top half is too wide -
  8. Hello everybody, here is the second oil painting I've ever completed. I based it on a photo of a Spitire at Flying Legends in July 2018 and added in the sky from my imagination. I'm aware that one or two aspects of the perspective & shape are not quite right but since my weak spot is tonal values I'm pleased with how it turned out. Paints used were Winsor and Newton Water Mixable Oils and it measures 18 x 14.5cm. It took me about three days. I'm gonna give this to my 11 year old nephew as a belated Christmas present.
  9. Thanks for the feedback everyone, fixed the light colour and aerial... .
  10. Thanks for the feedback! I read the wrong caption on the decals...I've edited the original post now Will also have a think about how to sort out the light and wire...
  11. Here are some photos of my recently completed Spitfire Mk II.a. of 315 Squadron, August 1941. Its based on the Airfix Mk.I. 1:48 kit, with a small scratch built Coffman starter. - Interior was Eduard pre-painted PE - I found the steel seatbelts much easier to work with than the brass as they seemed to be less springy. - Paints were a mixture of Vallejo and Tamiya, with Mig lucky gloss varnish and then Vallejo matt varnish. - Decals from the Polish Spitfires ModelMaker.pl sheet - Weathered with various MiG pigments and washes. - Radio and IFF antennae were Uschi
  12. Phil, I have one (in fact if you want the entire model) - feel free to PM me if you want it.
  13. Hobbyboss 1:48 BAe Hawk T.1 XX172 of RAF St Athan station Flight 2001 with ModelAlliance 'Dragon Hawk' limited edition decals. Overall I am satisfied with it but the glue failed on the seat belts after I fixed the canopy in place and the gloss is not as glossy as I would like...plus I should have taken more time with the transfers....but overall from a distance I'm happy....
  14. very nice indeed! does this exhibit the same problems with construction as the earlier Revell Typhoon - e.g. the airbrake fit?
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