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  1. I always like to build something different and what could be more so than a P-51D Mustang with the nose cut-off and a Rolls Royce Dart Turbo-Prop motor stuck on the front!!! Many years ago I build a 1/48th version using the Heritage Models Conversion kit, for a STGB way back in 2014. The conversion kit was pretty rough but I had to build it cause it just looked awesome. Fast forward 2024 and someone mentioned something about this company called Halberd Models, and that they did a conversion set for the Cavalier Turbo Mustang III and Piper Enforce in 1/48th and 1/32nd. Not long after a rather large sum of money was spent on the 1/32nd Cavalier Turbo Mustang III Conversion kit as well as a Tamiya F-51D. The build and the conversion kit has to be one of the best I've ever come across, the detail and quality of the resin bits have to be some of the best there are available. The fit between the resin conversion and the Tamiya donor are perfect, something I've never come across in a conversion kit over all the years I've been building models! I did have one slight issue with the nose cap and the fuselage, with the fuselage not being nice and round and maybe slightly shrunken. Not a big deal and simple to correct. I haven't read of this issue so it probably just a one-off with mine, but not an issue enough to upset my joy of building her. I think now I must add the Piper Enforcer as they will look great together. I have nothing to do with this company but truly recommend you go and check out their range of models/conversion kits they are a wee bit pricy (when inc the donor model) but they are just amazing and I think well worth the price....unfortunately they have sold out on the future release 1/32nd XP-72 Ultrabolt!!!! Thank you for looking and please enjoy the photos Model: Halberd Cavalier Turbo Mustang III Conversion Scheme: Factory Demonstrator Paint: AK Interactive Real Color, and MRP, Tamiya Acrylics, Gunze Mr Color Metallics Extras: Zoukei-Mura A-1 Skyraider Weapons Set.
  2. 1/32nd Cavalier Turbo Mustang III Model: Halberd Cavalier Turbo Mustang III Conversion Scheme: Factory Paint: AK Interactive Real Color, and MRP, Tamiya Acrylics, Gunze Mr Color Metallics Extras: Zoukei-Mura A-1 Skyraider Weapons Set.
  3. ok, not much to say other than she's done am I'm very happy with how she turned out! The stores are from the Zoukei-Mura weapons set for their Skyraider. The finish is nice and shiny as she appears in the few photos there are of her. The build was just so nice and straightforward, and I cannot say enough good things about the Halberd Conversion kit, easily some of the best resin there is out there in the market. The parts fit between the two kits is almost perfect. The entry price for this particular complete model is a bit on the pricy side, buy I think it is worth it.........now I just have to decide what to do with a big box of leftover Tamiya P-51D bits! Would I buy another Halberd Model kit/conversion....am currently looking for my next build buy them. Thank you for following, as usual additional photos will be in the gallery and RFI.
  4. wow a F-16 in SEA scheme!!!!! 😍 That's almost enough to make me rush out and buy that set! Your chosen scheme is also nice.....but not quite as nice!!
  5. ....and the 1/32nd version has sold out!!!!
  6. Really lovely work Alan, she's looking awesome! I should ban myself or refuse to be drawn in to this build thread!!!!!! As I know it's going to cost me........ I agree110% the the quality if the conversion set is unbelievable and it shows in just how well the two different model just go together seamlessly. Halberd Model conversions and complete models in my tiny opinion has to be some of if not the best out there at the moment, have seen the 32nd Curtis SC-1 Seahawk built, what an awesome looking model that we. I am seriously thinking about doing this conversion as well.....though the 1/48th P-38 on floats has my eye along with a 1/32nd XP-72 Ultrabolt!!!
  7. update.........now 99.999999% complete....finish tomorrow, pics the next day......posted photos......... before the end date......maybe!
  8. Ok, some pics, the model is of course the lovely Tamiya F-14D. 🥰 The only extras I have at the moment are some "Weighted" wheels from Wheelliant, haven't used these before, and Quinta Cockpit 3D decals...another of my fav's! I will add some resin Cans and Bang seats, that's all this model needs. The scheme I had a few choices but in the end I went with a bird doing its last PAC cruise aboard the USS John C. Stennis. Out of all the of the schemes i have for all the different VF-31 aircraft I'm building this was the hardest set to find! Two Bobs is/was the only manufacturer to release this particular scheme and of course as such is near impossible to find now.....I know as I spent well over 6 months trolling the net looking for a set, then only to find a fellow local IPMS member had a set which he amazingly gave me for free!!!!
  9. Thanks, it's now pretty my 99% done, just the stores and a couple of minor parts to do. She had a Rolls Royce Dart 510. I so loved the build and how she turned out I now have to buy an Enforcer to go with her!
  10. My VF-31 Tomcatters builds so far in chronological order; F4F-4 Wildcat USS Enterprise - (as VF-6 prior to becoming VF-3 in July 1943) F3H-2 Demon USS Saratoga F-4B Phantom II USS Saratoga F-4J Phantom II - "Mig Killer" F-14A Tomcat USS Kennedy F-14A Tomcat USS Kennedy (prior to embarking on the USS Forrestal and transferring from CVW-3 to CVW6) F-14D Tomcat USS Abraham Lincoln F/A-18E Super Hornet USS George W. Bush (redesigned VFA-31)
  11. Ok this will be a bookmark for now, just need to complete the Cavalier S’tang, she's 95% done so she should almost be done this weekend. Choice for build....well there isn’t any of course, it has to be a VF-31 Tomcat , the hard decision being which one! Why???? Well my plan is to build every aircraft they operated of every carrier they operated since their initial establishment as VF-3 back in July 1943 flying F6F Hellcats. I have done an earlier F4F-4 Hellcat from when they were VF-6. They operated 11 different aircraft off different carriers (though possibly more in the early days), have completed 7, 3 in progress, so 4 to go plus 2 extras, a “Last Launched” bird plus the “Any time Baby” scheme which was a VF-31 bird too. They are the 2nd oldest Squadron in the USN (VFA-14 “Tophatters” has that distinction), established as VF-1B in July 1935 flying Boeing F4B’s. They are also the only USN Squadron the has scored aerial victories in 3 wars: WWII, Korean and Vietnam. The model will of course be one of those lovely Tamiya F-14’s, with a few extra’s thrown in.....as usual. Scheme...well I have 1 F-14A to do to complete that series, but 5 F-14D’s to go for that series, so will probably be a D model. Plus being a Tamiya model, there is a destined chance I may start on a 2nd one as well....will see how we go......so stay tuned.
  12. ......coming up......... Ok I haven’t completely forgotten about this build....more like forgot or just haven’t had time to post any update, have way too many things going on. So par for the course for this build this will probably be my last update as you will no doubt see. Ok briefly next job was the wings, scary job as you only get one chance to get it right with CA cement. But the fit was just so good that the whole process was drama free. As can be seen the joins were perfect just a light going over with a sanding pad an there were done. The white stuff is just a bit of plastic and resin dust. The underside joins weren’t quite as good but again very little work was require, and that work was a result of my doing! Tip tanks were added next, just a smear of filler required for a nice join. The canopy fit was great, but I had to glue it twice as I stuffed it up the first time, I used Canopy glue for this job. I may have mentioned this earlier, but the front cowling just didn’t fit the fuselage properly so I had to shim the fuselage to get the correct profile/join (the fuselage was very slightly oval and not completely round like the nose cowling). So some careful filling was required. the top the underside This done she was ready for some paint.....well once I had spent 2 days going over and redoing every rivet around all the joins by hand one at a time.....but with the final result it was worth it. Next was the primer and she looked awesome.....except for the front canopy.....this is where I had to remove and refit it properly!!! Ok the rest of the photos look crap, my camera decided to be naughty, these photos look super grainy for some reason. Anyway you get the idea, Just 2 tiny spots to correct. There’s about 4 hours worth of Blu-tack sausages and masking required here! just 2 colours full SEA Ok so the underside grey needs to go on along with the “metal” nose and some red in those little intakes in the nose. The final finish will be a semi-gloss as the actual bird was quite shiny and looked to be kept nice and clean. ....and ok here are a couple of the model distractions I have going on in the background.... RF-111C Su-27UB soon to be in Digital scheme
  13. ....and yes I'm afraid Im still here!!! Been super busy, so not much time to spend here unfortunately, good thing I have @helios16v keeping an eye on things (I just noticed I'm not on the list!! )....... plus it is always nicer to have someone else poke @Enzo the Magnificent as he scares me! Thanks Enzo. Well thanks to those last lovely members we're in the annual Bumfight...one of the highlights of the year. So keep an eye out for the poll in November. So here are some photos of one (of way tooo many) of my current distractions.... She is or will be one of the rare Recon birds which I happened to have worked on in the 80's. She should be done in a few weeks I hope.............
  14. Would that be this one by any chance? The story behind this one is amazing, so glad the saved and restored her. This one is the super scary Kitty Hawk model....be very afraid!!!!
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