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  1. Fresh off the bench is the Italeri 1/48 Grumman S-2G Tracker. This is built as a Royal Australian Navy aircraft, using the decals supplied with the kit. I also added Eduard's interior and exterior PE sets. This is a kit which nearly defeated me multiple times throughout the build. There was a litany of issues, both with the kit itself and self-induced. They really sapped my motivation, but I'm glad I managed to power through. The Eduard interior detail set really spruced up the cabin - but my clear parts all fogged up on the inside! I'm not sure what happened there (I always use white glue for clear parts etc). My first foray into 1/48 aircraft, and I found it quite time-consuming, and very bulky and unwieldy to handle and paint. I'm now all the more impressed with what the larger scale modelers achieve, but I think I'll stick to 1/72 for a while! Enjoy the pictures, and any critique/advice is always welcome.
  2. Fresh off the bench is Roden's 1/72 Albatros D.III Oeffag s.153 (late) This kit had a fair bit of flash, questionable fit, nothing more than dimples for the strut locating holes (in some locations, nothing!), and notoriously average decals. Despite the kit's issues, I really enjoyed this build. With 12 liveries to choose from, I can see a few more sneaking into the stash in future. It was painted in a 20:1 ratio of flat red to black, just to dull the brightness slowly, then weathered with oils. Unfortunately I couldn't get rid of the silvering on the decals. Rigged with Uschi 0.047mm thread. I've really enjoyed building the couple of WWI aircraft I've done so far, and am looking forward to the next one... once I've cleared the bench of my other projects! Thanks for looking, CC always welcome.
  3. Fresh off the bench is the Eduard 1/72 Spitfire Mk.VIII. This was one of Eduard's ProfiPACK kits, which includes a PE set and canopy mask. Kit was built OOB except for a few bits of PE gobbled up by the carpet monster. There were a few niggles during the build, but nothing a bit of putty and patience doesn't fix. I can definitely see why this kit is so highly praised - the end result definitely looks the part. Some off the decals were slightly offset, leaving an unsightly white edge around a section of each roundel. This was carefully touched up by hand with some dark blue. I hadn't been entirely pleased with the results of my previous builds, so I really tried to slow down and focus on each step as I went along. Rushing the weathering stage is the usual culprit, but here I've tried to add some chipping and oil rendering to give it a more weathered appearance. Overall I'm quite pleased with the result, and I hope the photo's give it justice. Critique and feedback welcome as always.
  4. Fresh off the bench is the Hasegawa 1/72 UH-60A Black Hawk. This was built as an Australian Army Black Hawk in operation by the RAAF's Aircraft Research and Development Unit (ARDU). Kit was built OOB with Hawkeye Decals for the ARDU livery. This model is not entirely accurate, as Australia apparently operates the S-70A-9 export version Black Hawk, which is more akin to a UH-60L. I'm a 'close enough is good enough' kind of model maker, and it looks like an Australian Black Hawk to me. Those that care can pretend it's a UH-60A on loan to Australia for user trials. This was my first time doing a helicopter, and won't be the last. I tried to add some tonal variation to the camouflage using pastels at the end of the build rather than during the painting phase. It mostly disappeared under the final protective dull coat, and is not noticeable at all in the photos. I'll stick to doing variation as part of the painting from now on. The Hawkeye decals included a full range of stencils, and really added some life to the sparse panels of the Hasegawa kit. Rotorblades were drooped using near-boiling water and bent to shape. I'm not a photographer, but I've tried to touch up my dodgy phone pictures with a bit of basic Photoshop as they were originally very dark. As always, CC welcome. Thanks!
  5. Fresh off the bench is the ICM 1/72 Pfalz E.IV It was a decent little kit, but there were definitely some fit issues. Most of those were overcome with copious amounts of super glue. The fuselage and wing tape is actually black electrical tape! Doesn't look too nice in the photos, but looks pretty good from arms length. The borders on the tail were done with a black sharpie, with mixed results. Rigging was done with 0.047mm elastic thread. Painted in acrylics, with oils used for wooden components. This is my 2nd WWI fighter, and was very easy to rig. Overall, a fun little kit to keep the mojo going. Thanks for viewing.
  6. Two for the price of one! Fresh off the bench are both kits from the Eduard 1/72 Hellcat Mk.I and Mk.II Dual Combo. The Eduard boxing comes with plenty of cockpit PE and a masking set, which worked fantastically. Both models were built OOB. I rushed the weathering just to get them finished. I really need to learn to slow down for this final phase, but the longer they stay on the bench the bigger the backlog gets. CC welcome. Thanks,
  7. Fresh off the bench is the Sword 1/72 F3H-2 Demon. This is my first completion for 2021, but I started it late 2020. This is a short-run kit, with resin seat and exhaust and some PE parts all included in the box. Installing the PE wing fences required hacking into the leading edge of both wings with a razor saw. The fit of the kit is a bit tight, with minimal locating tabs and just small nubs for the wings. The main landing gear is delicately butt welded with super glue, and I was surprised it has handled the weight of the model so far. The cockpit is built up first, with the fuselage halves then joined around this section. I did not align the cockpit very well in this process, which required some forceful manhandling to straighten it up, which left some significant gaps between the fuselage halves. This was treated with melted sprue and sanded back to remove (most) seamlines. The decals were excellent, and conformed well with the panel lines. I was going to do add an external tank and weapons load, but lost focus and just wanted to get it finished. Overall, despite being a slow and sometimes frustrating build, I quite enjoyed the process and am happy with the end results. Thanks for viewing, feedback/criticism always appreciated!
  8. With a couple of hours at the bench today, the cockpits have been completed. There's a fair bit of coloured PE involved, with 25 pieces for each cockpit. This includes individual levers, which at 1/72 scale they are almost microscopic. Thankfully I only lost 1 in the process. Tonight I'll hopefully have the fuselage halves buttoned up for both kits. Thanks for looking, these were the best macro shots I could manage with the camera on my phone.
  9. Tonight I got the airbrush out and base colour both cockpits with interior green over a black primer, as well as the fuselage halves, sidewalls and control panels. Still to follow: Detail painting Weathering Oil Wash Interior photoetch Final assembly and dull coat Hopefully start to chip away at the above over the next few nights.
  10. It's very rare that a new kit gets built straight away. I tend to buy 2 or 3 at a time, predominantly online. Once they arrive, I have a look at the contents and think "that will be cool to build one day...". The kits then get closed up and disappear into the ever expanding stash. I've currently been working on some intensive projects which have been a bit of a time-sink, so it's felt as though I've somewhat stagnated with my attempts to cull the backlog and was starting to lose my 'mojo'. So, yesterday, I did something I haven't done since I started the hobby 4 years ago: I went to the LHS, picked out a cool looking kit, and immediately started building. The kit: Eduard 1/72 Hellcat Mk. I / Mk. II Dual Combo As the name implies, the kit contains two complete models, including masks and photoetch for both. There are markings for 7 different aircraft. As stated, this kit has jumped to the front of the build queue, but will be progressed as a palate cleanser for when I need a break from the larger projects. As a result, they will both be built purely OOB. The kit provides parts to build a single example of a Mk.I and a Mk.II. I'll be building both at the same time, and have already chosen the below schemes: Hellcat Mk.I JV131, 800 Sqn. FAA, HMS Emperor, June 1944 Hellcat Mk.II JZ796, 808 Sqn. FAA, SubLt Oscar Lorenzo, HMS Khedive and HMS Trincomalee, Ceylon 1945 Besides a cursory attempt at a few progress shots during the current Heller GB, this will be my first proper WIP. Feel free to provide comment and critique along the way. I have already started to assemble both cockpits in preparation for painting. Once I get some colour down, I'll post another update. Cheers
  11. Latest off the bench is the Tasman Models 1/72 DH.89A Dragon Rapide/Dominie in RAAF livery of a dark earth / foliage green / sky blue camouflage scheme. This kit is a rebox of the 1979 Heller kit, and was built as part of the Heller GB. I would have liked to have done more weathering / painting to really highlight the ribbed wings and fuselage, however a few dramas with the build put a stop to those ideas. To be honest, it ended up a bit of a grind to get this one over the line. Hopefully you find the end result somewhat presentable. Rigged with 0.047 mm rubber thread, and the antenna wire with 0.15 mm EZ-Line. This was my second biplane in a row, both of which included rigging. Time to build some nice, simple monoplanes for a break. Thanks for looking. Build Log: https://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/235083122-raaf-dh89a-dragon-rapide-dominie-tasman-reboxing-finished/
  12. Presented here is the Tasman Models reboxing of the Heller 1/72 DH.89A Dragon Rapide in RAAF service. Feel free to provide comment or critique in the build log: https://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/235083122-raaf-dh89a-dragon-rapide-dominie-tasman-reboxing-finished/ Thanks!
  13. And finished, making it 10 for the year! Thanks for joining me on the ride, I'll add these photos to the Gallery too!
  14. Rigging - one wing done, one to go! It's not perfect, but it's getting done. Using 0.047mm rubber thread.
  15. This kit decided to throw up a couple of additional obstacles today: When tidying up the top wing, both fuselage roundel decals got unintentionally caught up in a piece of tape. I've touched up one but the other is a complete goner, but there is a spare on the decal sheet. I'll attach it at the end. Installing the struts, one snapped due to the tight fit. Glued it back together and trimmed it a bit to get it to fight. Top wing popped off, conveniently after I'd done all the repainting etc, and the fuselage halves started to crack open. I've mended it as best as I can be bothered, with touch up paint to follow. That said, all the struts are now fitted. There's plenty more I'd have liked to have done to the kit, but I'm starting to reach the end of the "enjoyment" part and it seems to be a fight to get the final pieces done. I'm going to put it away for a day or two and work on something else, and come back fresh to start the rigging. I'm still targeting to complete this by years end to make it a nice, even 10 completions for 2020. Obligatory happy snaps below:
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