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  1. Hi All. Here is my Airfix Dan-Air London Boeing 727-46 built OOB except for decals (26Decals) .
  2. RAF Hercules C1 1/144 Minicraft It was partly memories of the old Airfix kit that inspired me to build this one. You know, the one with the 'crud and custard' colours. with a Land Rover towing a bloodhound missile towards the loading ramp. I remember receiving this kit on Christmas, when it first came out. This is the Minicraft kit, recently re-released by S&M Models at a very reasonable price. Apparently it has some faults, I'm happy with it, it looks like a Herk and I have finished it in the colours of XV196, the one on the Airfix
  3. Hi everyone, I decided to stop lurking and become more participative with my very first WIP build... It was started 5 years ago but work, time and space didnt allow me to continue. Now with more time and proper space I decided to give it a try. The base model is the Thai Revell 330-300 which was cut to measure in order to convert it to a 330-200 The tail was also modified for the new rudder and actuator. The nose remains the same with minor reshaping as ordering the Braz replacement would take ages to arrive. The aircraft will be dis
  4. Here we go, my first in an occasional series of classic airliners, and the first 1/144 kit I've built since I was about 13! Thoroughly enjoyable to build, and took surprisingly longer than I was expecting given the apparent simplicity of the kit. I'd handpaint the silver and spray the grey next time, but it's lessons learned ready for the next one! All comments and advice welcome!
  5. I've fancied doing something a bit different for a while now, and having found these nice kits of classic airliners for decent value I thought I'd give them a go while I wait for decals for my yellow Whirlwind. Still waiting for the postie to bring a Roden DC-7 in JAL livery too. I'll make the Comet and Vanguard oob, including decals, but the 707 I'm planning to do as Pan Am. Just not sure which one to start first. I haven't made a 1/144 airliner since my teens.
  6. Good evening ladies and gentlemen! In this build I intend creating a somewhat different looking AT-AT from the canon version many of you are used to. Hopefully this won't upset too many of you! Those of you familiar with my crazy thinking know what's in store! Below are some examples of the type of thing I'm looking to achieve. My rational behind a scheme like this is that the Empire was looking to both improve the survivability of its mobile heavy assets and intimidate the enemy with an imposing scheme. With something as big as an AT-AT being difficult to hide in a desert envir
  7. Ju-88A-4 | 1/144 | Minicraft German Luftwaffe, 6.KG 3, Russia, 1943 Finished 4/20/2020. I love 1/144 bombers only because I have limited display space. I decided to get this kit because I'd made a Revell 1/144 Ju-88 when I was 13 or 14 and slapped it together over the course of a couple nights (they go together fast if you don't put the undercarriage on!). I really wanted to do a Ju-88 right, and the fact that this had a pre-painted canopy was a real bonus! (I've proven to myself that I can do 1/144 canopies with my Bf-110 build, I don't need to do it again! )
  8. I came across this Airfix Caravelle whilst looking for something else a couple of days ago and thought that, with some Scandinavian Airlines System (SAS) decals, it would be a nice subject for this group build. I have ordered a set of window and cockpit decals from Authenic Airliner Decals and this morning I placed an order with 26Decals for the SAS set. Being an early boxing of the kit, the box is priced at 3/6d making it pre-decimalisation, the parts are crisply moulded in silver plastic. It also has the original tube glue supplied with the boxed Airfix kits of the time and whilst the
  9. A quick build, took me one week and basically out of the box. Nothing special, but it was good fun to build it. All MRP paints! just a light weathering, it gets quickly unrealistic if you overdo it, i think and also it is probably a matter of taste. I will try some more on an F14A ... So dont hit me too hard, it was really a quicky and i didnt put too much effort into this cause it is rather new to me plus i wanted to get it done in a short time and gather some experience with fighter planes
  10. Hello good people I just finished this for a 1940 group build on Kampfgruppe 144 and thought I would also post here as I haven't seen that many finished examples of this kit. There's a WIP thread here if anyone is interested. It is the Mark1 Models Gloster Sea Gladiator. I used the Marabu Design etch set which was brilliant. The Mark1 kit needs a bit of work to correct some obvious accuracy issues. I haven't completely managed to sort everything, but it's as good a shot as I could manage. I have to say, I slightly surprised myself with this build - not only was it less
  11. I have many projects on the go, but at the moment paining is on the back burner as I’m awaiting to finish turning the loft into the shed of the sky, so have nowhere to spray/airbrush. Anywho, I thought I’d try my hand at the world of resin. I ordered a Authentic Airliners 757, with RR engines. I’ve started basic work on the tail. I must say I love the detail of resin. While looking into the scheme I plan on doing, I noticed I needed to change the engines, thankfully braz do the ones I needed, so ordered Braz RR RB211 535c. This may be a slow project as I’m new to resin any tips and advice be g
  12. God I do love the FE2. It's in my very top five of favourite British aircraft. It's more contrapted than constructed, and seems to have more in common with the age of sail than with aviation. It meets the challenge of practical aerodynamics like a drunken hooligan, charging a hedgerow. Head-on, arms outstretched. And it's ugly... It's so ugly. I love it. I've always wanted one. I absolutely ache to have an FE2b in my collection, but I'm cursed to follow the cult of 1/144. So what's a fella to do? I could order some lumpen bogey fro
  13. Here is my finished Zvezda Boeing 737-8MG(WL) in the Jet2Holidays livery with registration G-JZHK. I opted for this livery and registration as I flew on this particular aircraft back in 2017 and she was only about 4/5 months old at the time, you could still smell the newness. I’m also quite a fan of this livery, it’s effective and stands out just enough. It’s also identical to that of the American low cost carrier Allegiant and I tried to do some digging in to this. From what I gathered Jet2 leased 2 752s from Allegiant and they had just painted them, so Jet2 simply added th
  14. Douglas DC-10-30 Finnair, 1990s Airfix 1/144 kit + FDcals + Nazca details Another one for the Douglas Commercials line up. Anyone who has built this kit will know that if you build it OOB the engines hang so low that they touch the ground, so the pylon attachments were removed from the wings and the pylons themselves reduced in size. I also added some stiffeners inside the wings before assembly as the whole thing is too flimsy otherwise. Wing surface details are of the very fine raised line type, which had to be completely removed because
  15. I present my Revell Airbus A321neo in the Hawaiian livery N202HA. Pualani looks truly stunning on this striking livery, with a vibrant blend of colour, it truly is the ‘flower of the sky’. This lovely bird is powered by the Pratt & Whitney PurePower Geared Turbofan (GTF) engines, and with Airbus’s latest aerodynamics it makes the A321neo one of the most fuel efficient aircraft in the series. They are used on routes from the Hawaiian Islands to the West coast of the USA in a 2 class configuration with its ETOPS rating. The build was OOB with the decals coming from Jon at 8A De
  16. My first build of the Zvezda 777. Its a superb kit with lots of details.The only problem I had was some warped parts. No idea if this is a common problem with this kit or if I was just "lucky" to get a "monday kit"...I have another one in the stash and and a quick glance it seems ok. The build itself is pretty straight and the overall fit of the parts is good. Paints used for this bird are Tamyia Pure White from a spray can,Testors Voodoo Grey for the wings and engines,and Testors metallics.Sealed as usual with Testors metallic sealer and polished with Tamyia
  17. I just finished this for my brother's birthday. It's the 1/144 snowspeeder that comes with the 1/48 Bandai kit. I coated it with pledge and dullcoat, hopefully the Tamiya and Valleo paints don't peel off in the water. I got the snowglobe from Amazon and the glitter from Michaels. The snowglobe had some instructions for the adhesive to use to seal it.
  18. Three new 144th scale sets are available now. First being a PE set for Trumpeter's popular Su-27/Su-30 kits, second – a double PE set for the rather exquisite ClearProp Ki-51 Sonia kit and the third – FuG 202 Luftwaffe WW2 radar antennae set. Three new 1/700 scale sets also have reached our shelves: IJN Cable Reels, 20mm Oerlikon Single Machine Guns and USN Mark 38 and Mark 37 Directors for Fast Battleships. Our web store remains open, the orders can be placed, but please be aware that postal services are se
  19. I received a nice pack of decals from Rich W on Friday so I decided to bring forward my attempt at a B777-300 conversion from the Minicraft kit. I started this yesterday. I am using a fresh kit as well as one of my older builds to make the stretch. I started by chopping up both kits, the built up kit was cut up to make the extended forward and rear fuselage sections while the new kit was cut up to use the centre fuselage and wings. So the 777-3 is obviously longer, what to do with the discards? Perhaps a 777SP I used some pieces from my A330-200 c
  20. Not sure if this is the right place on the forum for this but seemed more appropriate here than in Science Fiction/Real Space. Though, I grant you, it does look pretty funky. The Vickers C Bomber was a paper project for a 75 ton long range heavy bomber to replace the Avro Lancaster. It was designed to carry large bomb loads to bomb the Ruhr. Several variations of this design were drawn up, with the third variant (hence the ‘C’) being the most bizarre and radical. Ultimately, however, the tradeoff between range, defensive armament and aerodynamic stability proved too much on paper a
  21. Trumpeter's 1/144 scale LCM(3)! Trumpeter included markings for both a dark blue Pacific LCM and a D-Day boat in grey. I airbrushed it Navy Blue 5-N for the Pacific boat, but I overdid the light grey streaks added for weathering so much that it ended up looking grey. Rather than redo things, I just went with it and added more grey and used the D-Day markings. The only changes I made to the kit were to add a sheet plastic door and handle (the doors weren’t flush-mounted as Trumpeter depicts) and semicircular mounts for the life ring
  22. Eduard’s MiG-15 is a “Dual Combo” kit with two kits in the box and markings for no less than six aircraft. The upper half of the airframe comes with the wings already attached complete with the slight anhedral characteristic of the MiG-15. Surface detail is dead sharp and amazingly delicate. The cockpit comes molded as a single tiny piece with a seat, consoles, panel and stick. Nice! The first step was to attach cockpit to the air intake splitter. There isn’t much room for ballast to keep the MiGs from being tail-s
  23. I'm having to take a break from modelling due to eye strain. (Yep, from modelling, yep that's what you get for doing 1/144 scale) I thought I would show what I've been working on for a while.
  24. Here is my finished Boeing 777-236(ER) which has been converted using the Revell B777-300(ER) kit. I opted for the British Airways livery and G-VIIB as it was a regular site for me when I used to work at LGW. I have converted this kit, and a full WIP can be found by following the link which is below. This was my first attempt at a conversion and when I had made the cuts and ended up with 3 pieces of fuselage I found it hard to imagine an end result. I followed some excellent advice given to me and persevered with it. The Revell kit is a nice build and goes together really well. The
  25. I just bought Trumpeter’s 1/144 scale LCM(3) as a bagged kit with no box on e-Bay for less than ten bucks - it looks to be a fun, quick build! The LCM was waiting for me on the porch when I got home from work yesterday. Tearing open the package after dinner, I was impressed with the quality of this little molding. The weld seams on the interior bulkhead shown here, for example. Nice. Assembly is so simple I’m going to try something different this time; having cancelled travel plans with the wife this weekend because of the COVID-19
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