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  1. The Alain Rivard's models are superb, I bought one of the 1:48 kits from him a while back and built it last year and you can see it here:
  2. Just discovered this thread, lovely stuff, I'm a sucker for a good bit of what-iffery, especially around my favourite Anderson show UFO My only complaint about it is its too dark and you can't see all the lovely details you added!! Looking forward to what's next!
  3. The main areas are airbrushed but I do hand paint small details as the airbrush is in the shed and in winter months I can't be bottomed going out there in the cold for small bits of painting
  4. The Hawker Tempest II build has now been posted here:
  5. Further update for the Hawker Tempest II for 1946-47: 280 Sqn ASR: Avro Anson here RFI here 81 Sqn: Spitfire Vc (Trop) here Spitfire IX here RFI here 5 Sqn: Hurricane IIc here Hurricane IIc Diorama 'Clang!' here Hurricane IId here RFI here Thunderbolt I here Thunderbolt II here Plus as associated builds for 5 Sqn outside of the period my Father was attached to them: 1942-43 Curtis Mohawk IV here 1946-47 Hawker Tempest II here 1950s Gloster Meteor NF 11 here 1960s Gloster Javelin here 1970s EE Lightning F6 here 1980s Tornado F.3 here
  6. A new entry to the long-running project I've been doing on and off over the last 10 years, namely Aircraft my Father Fixed. I started this project with this topic back in 2012: Aircraft my Father fixed! This is part of the side-project to build aircraft from the history of 5 Sqn outside of my Father being part of the squadron. In this instance it is the next step of the history of 5 Sqn after my Father was demobbed at the end of 1945. After the war against Japan, the squadron returned to India from Burma with the Thunderbolts they had been flying. In Early 1946 these were replaces with Hawker Tempest II which they flew until the squadron was disbanded in August 1947. This build ended up being the first one I've completed in quite some time, having had a bit of a mojo failure in the latter third of 2021. It the releativly new Eduard kit Its a perfectly decent kit, goes together without any fuss, so it was an enjoyable build even though my lack of mojo was fighting me all the way However I DID complete it and it also spurred me on to complete the AIrfix Sea Fury I started building at the start of last year that suffered from the mojo loss. I had to assemble the decals from the spares box as the kit didn't provide for any 5 Sqn aircraft but consulting various refrences including John Rawling's Fighter Squadrons of The RAF provided the appropriate detail. So here is the completed build Here you can see the underwing serial decals which needed careful cutting to fit on the undercarriage doors properly. The kit decals are already cut to do this, but to get this right I blue-tacced the doors closed when painting and decaling and then used a sharp scalpel-blade to cut them once settled down. You can see the hawker Sea Fury build here:
  7. So eight months later, I finally summon up the oomph to complete this build! Yayy me It must be said that in the meantime I've started about 5 or 6 builds that have gone nowhere until I finally finished one the last couple of weeks and since that was the Eduard Tempest II (will be posted later) it spurred me to get out the Sea Fury as it was the next step in the evolution of the Hawker single-seater fighter. Anyway, here are the completed photos: Probably not my best but its a completed model which has been sparse for me since last August so I'm calling that a win
  8. What a stunning transformation! I've never built a Sevans Dalek kit but have done a couple of Comet Miniatures and building the skirt to me is always the trickiest part of the job and especially with what you were dealing with, you've done a fantastic job!
  9. Looks great - I built mine as the white version and still haven't got round to building the alternate colour scheme! Are you aware that this year Round 2 are planning to release a large scale Hawk to match the scale of the 22" Eagle? Thats going to be a MUST BUY and BUILD
  10. Love the Raspbery ripple Harrier, good stuff!
  11. Thanks for the comments everyone, I should clarify in that the 'pathetic' refers to the number completed compared to the number started
  12. Just realised I forgot to add links!
  13. Just caught up after a while - 10 years, blimey Manfred, you have an amazing stamina and focus to keep working on this project for so long, hence why we are up to page 90 in this thread Keep it up, this continues to be a marvellous look into the intricate details of the shuttle and everything around it. Happy New Year!
  14. It would be nice if there was some scope available in the GB voting to allow some of the more unusual topics to grt covered rather than the same old same old each year, but then its a popularity contest so the same or similar ideas will always get the most votes
  15. That is a brilliant idea! I think the problem with Primrose yellow is there isn't a standard 'off the shelf' modelling paint that will match. I bought a small bottle of touch up paint from a specialist, but as soon as I opened the bottle and smelled the Xylene I knew I didn't want to use it on the model. Instead I paint it onto some scrap plastic and colour matched a custom mix of Tamiya paints to it and used that instead.
  16. yes that was me, I remember you - was great to speak to you there
  17. Just goes to show how weak my modelling mojo has been recently that I completely forgot about this annual ritual until just now! So lets wind the click back a year and see whet went on: First off was a kit I started just after Christmas, the Toyota Forklift Truck in 1:32 scale from Aoshima. Continuing one of my themes from 2020 was building the construction machines from Hasegawa and this fitted into the theme. It was a fun little kit Build here: Next up in March I continued with another ongoing theme of late which is Angel Interceptors from Captain Scarlet. This was was the pretty basic Imai kit from many many years ago. Like all the other Imai kits there were designed as toys you could build, so I didn't expect much and thats exactly what I got Very basic kit, not a great fit, but with a bit of effort it turned out okay. and here it is middle right with all the other Angel Interceptors RFI here: In March I started my most ambitious build of the year, a 3D printed 1:48 scale Starfury from Babylon 5 as part of the 'Anything but Injection' GB. It was a beautiful kit printed by Alain Riveard in Canada and I decided I'd build it in its launch gantry. The parts: After multiple trial and errors while scratch building the base and adding lighting, I finally finished it in June. Sadly the lighting doesn't work very well at all and I've given up even connecting it up nowadays. Its been to a few shows including Telford. here is it complete Build here: For my 60th birthday in February, my work colleagues had a whip round and bouth me two kits, one of which was this Land Rover Fire truck from Italeri which I decided to build back in July. Sadly its not a very good kits - its actually a rebox of an old Esci kit with the firefighting gear from another kit thrown in the box I can't say I did a great job on it and this won't be appearing on any show tables! RFI here: Then finally this year (yes you read that correctly!) I moved onto the new Revell Jaguar E-Type Roadster kit, the one with the very surreal box art featuring Sean bean, Diana Rigg and Lassie On the suggestion of Harriet and Allan, I decided to do a primrose Yellow version to avoid falling into the cliche of red or British Racing Green and boy was a I pleased I did! It was completed in August. Build here: RFI Here: I think it is fair to say that this is my most satisfying completed build of the year. it was also the last! Since then I've started numerous kits, Eduard Tempest II, another 22" Eagle, another Haswgawa construction machine and others, but my modelling mojo has collapsed and I can't find the 'oomph' to stick at anything these last few months. I guess it happens, we are in unprecedented times and I'm sure that has had a lot to do with it. Here's looking forward to 2022 and a rediscovered mojo!
  18. I watched the series and I thought it was much better than I expected. Having re-read the entire series a few years back I was impressed with how they modernised what is a quite a plodding set of stories in the books into a piece of spectacle TV. The original foundation series of books was Azimov's attempt to sci-fi up The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire by Edward Gibbon, so it wasn't going to be a rip-roaring adventure story and was always going to be spisodic considering the time span. It was also, naturally, very male dominated because it was written in the 1950s when 'a woman's place was in the home' and all that garbage. So the books as they are are essentially unfilmable for modern tastes and thank goodness for that, I would not want to see a TV series based exactly on those books. Sci Fi writers at the time were focussing on plot and ideas and characterisation came a distant third, which is why all the characters in the book are essentially interchangeable cyphers with different names, I think the concept of "A planet covered covered by metal buildings" is more of a metaphor - they do show Trantor as entirely built over except for the imperial palace gardens, butt hey there are probably multiple sub basements etc. It probably isn't even metal as such more like plastic and ceramics with a metal supporting framework, just like you built things today. Azimov wasn't an architect and what the TV show tries to convey remarkably well is the incredible complexity of something like that. The space elevator sub-plot was IMHO excellent. What they've done is create a lot more around the central core plot that introduces real character drama to allow us to empathise with the characters which you can't do in the books - well at least until you get into Foundation and Empire and you have Bayta Darell and the Mule. I like the introduction of the clone Emperors and the way they have shown significant personality differences between them. Excellent work by the two grown up' actors, Lee Pace and Terrence Mann. It looks like they are also showing us the creation of the Second Foundation rather then hiding it all as in the books. As for gender swapping some of the characters, frankly I couldn't give a damn - it makes sense as there are hardly any female characters in the novels which is just an artefact of the times they were written, fixing that for the modern age is a no-brainer. There are 'other' ways to watch TV series that require yet ANOTHER subscription... Just settling in to watch The Witcher series 2
  19. Sorry I was late to the party, I was one of those who voted yesterday and good to see that ONE of my choices is above the line! Carry on with the comed... er... jok... er posts - ahem
  20. Oh my word, how did I miss this for so long! Haven't built a Thunderbird kit in ages
  21. That sounds like a wonderful idea Look forward to seeing it!
  22. Old school scratch building, love it, not a 3D printer in sight! Keep up the good work and hope the move is/has gone well!
  23. This is a tricky one, I'm not sure I HAVE a comfort zone! I've built things in all manner of genres... except German Armour or WWII aircraft No I will NOT be going there for this GB, but I have a couple of figure kits, including one in vinyl that are very much off the beaten track. Oh and I've just remembered I've got a large resin figure of Jon Pertwee as Dr Who
  24. Nice find! Can you show the figures out of the packaging? I'm wondering if they are recasts of the AEF figures which make hens teeth look common! I finally got round to building mine last year using the AEF figures and with scratch built interior
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