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Here is the Heller Airbus A300 kit in 1/125. Its the typical scale for Hellers airliner range and as such it doesnt fit in any other collections. As I have mostly all Heller airliners its not a problem. The kit is quite old and in some areas simple in design. The landing gear in particular is on most Heller kits very simplistic.The wheels have no detail at all. I replaced them with 747 wheels from a Revell kit. For my remaining 2 Heller A300s I might go with the "wheels up" option. The fit is decent and only the fuselage halves and engines needed a bit of filler. The little fences on the wing are also missing,I made them out of evergreen plastic. As my missus is from the Philippines,some PAL airliners are of course a must in my fleet. The decal set comes from f-dcal and had to be rescaled to fit the larger Heller Airbus. The quality is great but the reception of the f-decal orders is,at least for me and another fellow modeller,not always granted. It took several months and email requests to finally receive the set. Its a pitty that this guy is so unreliable,I would like to buy more from him but life is too short. My model depicts the first A300 delivered to the airline. For this occasion,Philippine Airlines decided to add the kissing mouth at the front and labeled it "LoveBus" Paints are Gunze white primer,gloss coated with Gunze Premium Clear,Revell grey 371 for the wings and my own mix of Revell grey 374 with a few drops of silver 90 for the coroguard panels. Leading edges are done with Bare Metal Foil. Engines are painted with Gunze metallics. Mabuhay (welcome) Alex
Please be very gentle with me as I haven't done any maritime modelling for years and I know this isn't very good. I picked this little Leander up on a whim at Telford this year and had great fun with her. Inspired by but not a patch on the great work by MollytheDog I give you HMNZS Canterbury. The pennant numbers are too big but all I had and I just couldn't paint the kiwi on the funnel small enough. Just need a 1/1250 scale Wasp. It is amazing that the lens has caught all the brush marks that are invisible to the naked eye! I'lll try for better photos under natural light
I am sure that most modellers of the Royal Navy already know this,but after the tremendous losses to the destroyer flotillas, particularly in the Med in 41/2,almost always to sustained land based air attack, the decision was finally taken to grapple the HA/LA and associated fire control problems,and a class of destroyer capable of shipping the required weapons. Suffice to say that the 1942 Battles were the result. I won't go into the history of these handsome ships-there are a few books out there that cover it adequately,though apart from the old Almark title by Hodges,no other is dedicated to this class. In plastic a similar situation,just the Frog Battle in 1/325 or something. Apparently never built Kriegsmarine is more sexy.... Notwithstanding ,I'll be building my own,as usual in my preferred scale of 1/1250,ans entirely scratchbuilt,with my own custom made etch. The usual materials, plastic card, Milliput and Green Stuff and Tamiya Extra Thin-Humbrol no longer make a plastic glue that works,due again to EC regulations..... The basic hull,roughed out. Battle a by plastichacker, on Flickr Battle b by plastichacker, on Flickr mtd