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  1. As a 16 year old apprentice I used to walk through the 748 Wing and Fuselage Major Assembly bays on my way into the Chadderton site training school. Having this in the kit pile and with an option for RAAF marked version, I thought that it would be a good opportunity to add a 748 to the collection and rekindle memories of some of the characters that I served my time with. Here are the usual box and contents shots. by John L, on Flickr by John L, on Flickr
  2. Hey, This is my first post and first model, please don´t be too hard to me. I will build a Beoing 777-300ER in the livery of Air India. My Camera is damaged , so picture will follow in future. Yesterday I mad my first airbrush layer, some mistakes included, but I think I will figure it out how to improve my airbrush skills. Decals: 26 Decals Kit: Boeing 777-300ER Zvezda Colours : Humbrol Gloss Ivory 41 Xtracolor Canadian Vodoo Grey x150 Red: I am still trying to find the best match
  3. BOAC Super VC10 Mid 1960s This is the Roden 1/144 kit with Two Six decals built from the box except for a bit of sanding around the nose to reduce the sharpness of the change in profile from parallel to tapered in plan view, and addition of the two small fences on each wing leading edge. I also emphasised the flaps, slats and spoilers slightly by some light scribing before highlighting with mid grey paint to get them to stand out a little more than the panel line engraving, which is nice but just a little heavy for this scale.
  4. Hawker Siddeley Trident 1C BEA late 1960s This is the old Airfix kit with a ‘standard set’ of modifications to make it look a bit more like a Trident. These are : Addition of wing root fairings Increased fin chord Sharpened tailplane / fin fairing Reprofiled wing chord Replaced wing fences Offset nose gear Reshaped radome Rescribed engine nacelles Decals are from TwoSix. In the photos the dark blue on the fin looks darker than the cheat line blue, but for some reason this isn’t noticeable in ‘real life’. The next
  5. My first build will be an L-100-20 Hercules in the colours of TAAG Angola Airlines in 1/144. I'll be using the Minicraft kit with a Welsh Models fuselage. I'll photograph it before I start but for now here's a link to a photo of the real thing: https://aviation-safety.net/photo/292/Lockheed-L-100-20-Hercules-D2-THA Can't wait to get started!
  6. Hello all. This will be my second entry into this GB. This one qualifies on two counts, it is for Air New Zealand, and it is Australian made by OzMods! This is what I am up against. On the whole, it looks to be a good package. It will need a fair bit of work, but should be fun! The box was nice and sturdy: The parts have a bit of flash and are also quite stained. I am not sure if it is discoloured plastic or releasing agent. I know the bits will get a bath before I start though. There is a nice selection of resin part
  7. There are so many reasons why I shouldn't enter this GB but as has been said, You can never capture Africa's heart, but it will capture yours; so he I go... Roden's Bristol Britannia with the markings for African Safari of Kenya; a short-lived operation that did flights between Europe and Nairobi Maintaining may usual standard for GBs I won't be starting for a week. Once I do though it'll be straight OOB, because my New Year's Resolution is to keep it simple. But that's not to say there can't be some sprue fondling first I'm not a fan of clear
  8. Hello All, A Kiwi company Micromaster produces these exquisite vehicles in 1/144. Happy Modelling All Ian
  9. Boeing 720-048 Aer Lingus early 1960s Roden 1/144 kit with Welsh Models resin engines (kit engines are far too big - a shame because they are nicely moulded) Classic-Airlines.com decals Paint finish - Halford's Appliance White + AK Polished Aluminium with Xtracrylic grey panels
  10. Well my take on this ship after a 4 month build period trying some new techniques grinding the hull to get the oil-canned effect some people said they thought I was mad going at it with a Dremel but I think it came out OK. Used the new Vallejo coloured water gel jury is still out on that one and used the Big Etch set from Eduard added some needed details I will be adding some figures later when I can get round to finding the ones I used on my LSM build from Shapeways but the prices looks like they have gone up a fair bit.
  11. Here's my finished entry to this the Australia and New Zealand GB. Unsurprisingly, it's a Vulcan. What else do I even build these days? Now it's not just any old Vulcan, that wouldn't have much of a link to NZ or Australia aside from quite a number of visits, this is XH562 which was the victim of a RNZAF practical joke in 1972. As recalled by Crew Chief Bill Pearsey: So here's my model, representing one aspect of the RNZAF's hospitality when it comes to hosting foreign guests. It's the 1:144 scale Great Wall Hobby Avro Vulcan B2, decals are from Printscale, Fündekal and some tha
  12. Hello, It will be my first model build. I am used to painting gaming miniatures and larger busts, but I would like to try something new. Millenium falcon starship always fascinated me. Since I was a little boy I always wanted to build it. I have chosen 1/144 scale because finished product is not gigantic and can nicely fit in the shelf, on the other hand, model details are still superb. I was lucky to get this one really cheap. I know that recent released version has some minor bugs fixed, but for me this already is supper cool (by the way, you can read more about it here: https://
  13. Following the confirmation late last night that British Airways intends to retire its entire fleet of Boeing 747-436's, I felt it was a fitting time to bring this kit to the workbench. I have flown the 747 since 2016, after a twelve year stint on the 757/767 fleet. My last flight on the aircraft was in March, just as lockdown was starting - maybe I will get the chance to operate one more flight as the aircraft are dispersed...? The kit is the Revell offering - here's the box: Rather than the "Landor" scheme provided, I shall be finishing the model in one o
  14. After over a year, I have finally finished "3 Kittens" i.e. 3 Tomcats in braillescale I had few bad moments unfortunately, some of them are visible, some are not until you see them in real. - white undercolor on both F-14As have gone to blueish hue, due to failed brush which I was using for thinning color - brush has blue handle, and that blue probably resolved under thinner and mixed with white... it was very painful trying process, end in the end it turned out a bit blueish - in vivo is not so visible, but on this white background for sure is - while glueing wh
  15. I've been meaning to post this ongoing build for ages, but sheesh! Its so hard to come up with a title sometimes. I wanted to kick it off with some cracking wordplay, but alas I can’t think of anything Perhaps its just best to rip the lid off and get on with it. These are a pair of Pfalz D.III and D.IIIa scouts that I've been doing from scratch over the past 18 months or so. Over the Christmas break I finally managed to get them out of the grey primer doldrums and into their top coats before all the fun stuff starts. Here's where one of them is at right now....
  16. British Midland DC-9-15, 26 Models 1/144. British Midland were the only UK operator of the DC-9, using both the short -15 and the longer -30 versions. This kit from 26 Models contains the plastic from the Fly Models DC-9, with 2 fuselages for the -15 and -30 for you to choose from. Also included is a set of 26 Decals own silk screen printed sheet, for the -15 and -30 in British Midland colours. I know there are some minor issues with the engine pylons being slightly too far back, and not wide enough. Well. I know now! But not when I started the build, so the
  17. I hope this is the right place to post this - I cannot see a What If section, and weird though this is it is not Sci-Fi! Please do move it if not. I don't post many of my builds on here but this is a bit of a rare kit and aircraft so I thought I'd share it (apart from anything else, despite searching the ends of the internet I can find no images of completed models of this aircraft in any scale so this might help the one other human on this planet who might want to build this kit!). This was a genuine but unbuilt anti-submarine patrol seaplane
  18. Hello all, I have just completed this lovely little kit for the Australian and New Zealand Group Build here on Britmodeller, the build log can be seen here if you are interested: I was lucky enough to find my way out to New Zealand in 2017, and had a flight in one of these from Christchurch to Nelson, and what a wonderful aircraft it is too! It was with some excitement that I found out last year that OzMods did a model of one with the white/black fern leaf design that I personally think looks a classic. Opening the box, I found out why it was 'for experienced mo
  19. As I mentioned,and as it can be read through a link in my WIP of the -SP,some negative critics were given,shortly after the kits release. Here the link to the WIP Well,for those of you,who did not follow my build,I can assure you that nothing of those mentioned problems showed up. I checked and cross-checked all 747 kits with drawings provided and it only showed that Eastern Express researched their subject very well. The 747SP kit is,in my humble opinion,probably the most accurate injection moulded 747 kit available in 1/144. How it compares to the resin count
  20. After more than 2 years from the start of construction, I finally finished work on the Boeing 787-9 PLL LOT SP-LSC in the occasional 'independent' painting, which was the reason for such a long duration of the project. The first decals I bought in 8A turned out to be extremely thin and curlable and I was unable to lay them down. Only the release by the Banzai S-F of its version of the decals, although not without errors, allowed to complete the project. The model has been slightly valorised: tread cuts in the main landing gear tires, deflection of the ailerons of the horizontal fins, "cabl
  21. This C-17A is another of one my builds after a 30 year gap in building models. This Charleston "T-tail" is from the 437 Air Mobility Wing, my last assignment after serving 30 years in the Air Force. It was a slightly challenging build, especially with me still learning to airbrush acrylics. The Revell kit is pretty basic which is why I added some extras plus I used DrawDecals that went on really smooth. In the last picture, I parked in next to a C-130, the kit I built just prior to the C-17. Next kit is a 1/144 Travis C-5M from Roden to complete my tour with Air Mobility Command.
  22. So we’re mete mojo restoring here as my PV Kitten pair ( over in the interceptor GB) is an antidote to the complexity of my PB31 (Also in the interceptor GB and coincidentally also dubbed the Nighthawk ) and other projects, as an even more straightforward mojo restorer I thought I’d dust off some if the little jets I bought last year. For the GB I’m going to do an F117a, a Tomcat and an Eagle, possibly a Hornet and an Apache too. So starting with the F117a Sprues. I’ve started painting the interior, more to follow. I think the challenge for this one will be
  23. Today I received the brand new Eastern Express Kit of the Boeing 747SP Taking a look at the sprues,all looks very nice and neat with fine engraved panellines. Detail is also quite high,it even features a full cockpit,although not much will be seen through the small windows. The windos are designed as section with part of the roof,so if the fit is well,I might consider not glueing that part on to offer a better look inside the cockpit. We will see if thats going to work. As it is the case with the new Eastern Express kits of late,detail,accuracy is very good and
  24. Hey folks, i'm back haha after finishing my easyjet 319, i'm now sharing with you a WIP of two A320s. One is a custom order from someone, the other one is for myself. The custom ordered one will be AerLingus and my own will be holiday airlines, an airline most of you probably haven't heard of. Basically my friend @Berko suggested to do something from turkey, which initially wasn't my preference, but then i remembered that i flew to turkey in '94 and in a split second the choice was made. Since i have a weird tendency to build rare birds or things that are neith
  25. Kit : Learjet 35 Brand : Stransky Scale : 1/144 Decals : Kit Decals I got this in Telford two years ago. It’s really small kit, so I’m hoping it will be a relatively quick build. The cabin windows are filled, you get decals to represent them, but they’re marked on the inside. I decided to drill them out because I think it will look strange if the cockpit is clear and the cabin windows are decals. It’s quite easy to drill out the windows but you have to be careful because you don't need to drill all of them.
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