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  1. Evening folks, in the post Brexit world it was decided by the UK government to procure a dedicated VIP transport to fly the flag for the PM and Royal family members around the world on business and goodwill visits.With the RAF operating Airbus aircraft the A350 was chosen to take on this role.Much about the aircraft is highly classified the rear fuselage has a full ECM and AWACS suite set around a new radar system designed by Northrop Grumman electronic systems and sensors.Other features rumoured are radar absorbent paint and the provision for a missile defence system,built for the film/speculative GB based on the excellent Revell kit.
  2. Hello I recently purchased some grey through to black pastels and weathering powders which I intend on having a go at grime and weathering effects on my Airliners. I’m not sure what’s the best technique to this. My other concern is how I ‘seal’ in the pastels and weathering once it’s in the finished model without it smudging or transferring to areas that I don’t intend it to. Any help or tips would be greatly appreciated. Regards, Alistair
  3. 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 tube has collapsed slightly its contents remain in a viscose state. Here are the box and contents shots, and with HMS Ajax near to being completed I hope to make a start on one of my builds soon. by John L, on Flickr by John L, on Flickr by John L, on Flickr
  4. I present my Zvezda Boeing 787-9 in Norwegian’s UNICEF livery G-CKLZ. I chose this livery as it’s a great show of support for the excellent work that UNICEF carry out all over the World and it’s great to see Norwegian, like many other airlines, supporting this great cause. The kit was OOB with aftermarket decals from Ascensio and the windows and cockpit decals from Authentic Airlines. The Satcom antenna comes as standard with this kit. It was straight forward to assemble with minimal filling required. The paints used were Halfords Appliance white, brush painted Humbrol acrylic Scarlett 60 for the red section. I wish I had sprayed the red section now though instead of brush painting it. I have a special livery Vietjet A321 to do in the future and will likely spray the red on that I think. The metals were various Revell Aqua colours. The decals are laser printed with additional white screen printed decals where they are required. They are easy to use and work well with Microset/Microsol. The only thing I did differently was paint the lower fuselage billboard red, as the decal supplied doesn’t match the actual aircraft livery after studying photos of the underside. I made the ice indicators myself for the wings using left over 777 decals and cut it to reflect the shape seen on the Norwegian 787, as it’s not common on all 787s that I’ve seen. As always an excellent product from Authentic Airlines, they really do bring a model to life. My next project to hit here in the future is likely to be my A321N in the Hawaiian Airlines livery. As always thank you for looking and any constructive feedback and comments are very much welcomed. Regards, Alistair
  5. A little late to the show I would like to join with the second of my Ju 87B's from Eduard's delightful 1/44 dual combo. I built the first one in desert colours for the MTO last year and enjoyed it a lot. This time round I am going to to the Condor Legion markings. I have a possible plan to build a Stuka in similar colours in 1/144, 1/72 and 1/48....not all for this GB though. The part count is, as expected, pretty low. If past experiences are to go by it will go together fairly easily...its the painting that tricky. Cheers Dave
  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 environment I decided to base this scheme(s) on the Dazzle camouflage as used on ships during World War One. Plus, it looks cool! Also, because of the sensitive nature of Bandai plastic I won't be using any enamel based weathering products. Instead I'll be using Derwent water colour pencils, Prismacolor pencils, Faber-Castell PITT artists pens, Vallejo Model Wash, Vallejo Retarder Medium 70597, Vallejo Glaze Medium 70596 and Matisse Drying Retarder to achieve all the weathering on this model. I'll explain all their uses along the way. But first, the boring stuff! Seams filled with Mr Hobby - Mr White Putty R, thinned with Mr Hobby - Mr Color Leveling Thinner 400. With regards to the top of the feet, I decided to remove the molded on detail provided on the kit part and just keep it plain and flat. The feet will get a lot of attention later on, as I will be showing the dirt/wear marks left by the compression of the feet (as illustrated below). The neck section received a lot of work to get rid of the join seam. This was achieved using files and Tamiya Extra Thin glue to help melt the plastic and hide the file marks. Next, with all the parts (except the legs) ready to go, the parts were sprayed Stynylrez Black thinned with Isopropyl alcohol. Don't forget the inside of the main body............................ ......................and the inside of the head. The red cockpit part (blue arrow) will be added later, after painting is finished. Next step will be to check over the primed parts and see if anything needs sanding etc. Then on to the painting! Cheers Richard.
  7. Here are is Anigrand Craftwork's 1:144 Focke-Wulf Fw 191 V1 which I built back in 2013. This came in a set of four resin kits covering the four proposals for the ill-fated Bomber-B programme and represents the first prototype in early 1942. Apart from adding some details in the cockpit I thinned the gun barrels and added missing ones for the nose from stretched sprue as well as the wing pitot tube and the radio mast, also from stretched sprue. The rear end of the underside gondola was moulded solid and is clear so I cut away the section and added a part made from a clear piece in my spares box (Airfix Do 17 I believe!). The u/c doors were thinned as usual. Internet references were needed to place them properly. The kit was fully painted with brush except for the final coats of satin varnish which were airbrushed. I ignored the colour call outs of the (minimal) instructions and painted the kit RLM02 overall with the propellers in RLM70 Schwarzgrün and placed the wing crosses in a more correct position. Due to the little use of the prototype I didn't apply any weathering and only highlighted the panel lines of moving surfaces. Thank you for looking and, as usual, all comments are welcome. Miguel
  8. I present my Revell Boeing 777-300ER in ANA’s Star Wars BB-8 livery JA789A. This is a really cool scheme, along with the other Star Wars adorned jets. I read that not only is the exterior painted to depict a particular character from the movie series, but it also continues the theme inside with items such as headrest covers and napkins portraying the characters. The build was a simple OOB, with the after market decals purchased from Jon at 8A Decals. The build was straight forward enough, and easy to complete. I have the Zvezda 773 also, which is going to go in to Eva Air’s ‘Hello Kitty’ scheme. The paints I used was Halfords Appliance White for the fuselage, Halfords Racking Grey for the wings and horizontal stabilisers and engine nacelles & pylons and various Revell Aqua colours for the metals and tyres. The decals were fun to apply... it was an intricate job, and I haven’t got it completely perfect, but like anything, it’s all a learning curve. I love how well the decals apply to the aircraft and conform to a ‘painted on’ look once set. Overall I enjoyed this build, and I am encouraged to build the 787 R2-D2 possibly in the future. I have a lot of exciting projects to do this year, I am currently working on a Norwegian Air B787-9. I look forward to sharing them with you in the future . As always, thank you for looking and any comments and constructive feedback is always welcomed. Regards, Alistair
  9. Hiya, I picked this pack up some time last year from Martin at Coastal Craft models (the best 1/144 seller on the show circuit!). I am going to build both planes in the box to form a small diorama at RAF Boxted in April 44, with one Malcolm Hooded example as AJ-A and the other with the standard canopy. Going to be a quick build as I am intending to display at the IPMS Bolton show on the 19th!
  10. Here is the second of the last two kits of 2019, both being Eduard's 1:144 Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-15UTI "Midget". This one represents 2832 of the AVRK (Royal Khmer Aviation), Cambodia, 1964 onwards. It was also built from an "overtrees" set with markings from JBr Decal's "Mighty Midgets" Part 1 sheet. Build notes are the same as for the other (Sri Lankan) MiG-15UTI so I won't repeat them. The kit was fully painted and varnished by brush and I made some weathering/painting experiments with pre and post shading with mixed results though I am pleased with it. I used RLM02 for the overall Grey-Green colour since I had nothing else and it seemed very much like the colour used on Cambodian MiG-17s. I did some pre-shading with black and post-shading with another green. Thank you for looking and all comments are welcome Miguel
  11. Scotsman07

    8A Decals

    Hello everyone, Happy New Year to you all! I wanted to ask for those of you that have used decals from 8a, are they easy to use and apply to the model? I have a set already for a 773 and am tempted to buy a couple of more sets but am sure of how good they are on the finished product. Thank you for any tips an advice. Alistair
  12. 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 grand! and yes in the background is a 1-11 I’m slowly working on, I’m a fan of old airliners and old kits.
  13. Eduards very nice little F5 F-6 hellcat. built as a post war drone, keeping with my mini theme of aircraft in strange markings. a lovely model. yes i know the prop is not painted correctly and is abit wonky, mr postie rammed the parcel through the letter box and the prop was badly damaged, so i have carefully glued it back together (after breaking it a few times) so i am not touching it!!! thank you for looking
  14. Ho ho ho! Three new sets hit our store shelves: First one - for the recent F-Toys MiG-17 featuring external bits such as wing fences, undercarriage doors, IFF probes - nothing out of the ordinary. However - nobody expects: Cameras & Tripods. A small set which may be useful when creating a diorama in our favourite scale. The last bit is our first take on Vickers Valiant. This time we focused on the engine accessories: turned brass jet cans and etched+turned compressor faces. A full size companion PE set will follow in the future. Kind regards, Marek
  15. Here's my third completed build from the excellent Flying Boats and Floatplanes II group build (if you haven't looked you should check it out - there are some excellent builds there) - this is the Eastern Express 1/144 Beriev Be-200 Altair. Build thread is here. Apologies for duplicated photos - can't seem to stop it! thanks for looking Julian
  16. I've been flying back and forward between Bristol and Amsterdam regularly in these little Embraer beauties over the last year and thus felt the need to model one. Jadlam's recent clearance sale of this kit was the catalyst required. They do remind me more of a sports car than an airliner, and indeed the pilots seem to fly them in a slightly more aggressive manner than the Airbuses. Plus, they are much more comfortable than Easyjet's A319s and A320s - and they feed & water you during the flight! Although I previously built a Revell E195 a few years back, this is their recent E-Jet issue, featuring the shorter fuselage of the 190. It comes with rather plain Lufthansa decals in the box, so for this one I used the superb 26 Decals KLM Cityhopper set and selected a serial for one I know flies out of Bristol. Mind you, literally minutes after I ordered these, I found another vendor in the US selling a set that included the current colourful KLM 100 yrs markings, but these still met the bill perfectly! The kit is a fairly easy build with no vices. I added a little weight in the nose and had to fill and sand a few blemishes on the top of the fuselage where the sprue didn't detach cleanly. Unlike my previous build, in this case I managed to keep the tiny antennae intact despite my sanding! My kit was crisply moulded with little flash, although I have heard this is not always the case. For the KLM blue I used Revell 50 gloss enamel. The wings are Humbrol US Medium grey, which in retrospect is a little dark, but it all depends on the lighting of course!!!! As always the kit was hand brush painted enamel, with Klear and Micro Satin acrylic top coats to finish. FredT
  17. Hi all! Now it’s been many years since I’ve modelled, I’m talking 10+ years when my grandmother was still alive, she’d often take me to model shops or I’d spend my time building old kits from her loft that my grandfather never build. As I became a teenager I stoped making models, and when my grandmother died I thought I’d never build them again. Fast forward to now, my other half gets me a 1/72 spitfire from hobbycraft and I’m back hooked. After a late night eBay mission memories came back and I find my self bidding on every old 1/144 airliner that I ever found in my grandmothers loft and built as a kid. Back story over. Now I’m older I find I’m a lot more OCD than I was as a kid, this old 727 kit from 1982 probably wasn’t the best choice to start with. A lot of filler needed and this is a new technique to building to me. First of the tail. I removed the harsh line where the engine sits, every reference picture I find seem to not have this, and most posts I read on here mention it. I filled all the windows, panel gaps I could and filed forever. This is my first experience of ever doing this as I built models as a kit they were thrown together, often never painted or painted poorly. After reading a lot on here I decided to try the decal options for the windows and doors. excuse the poor job. As I say this is the first airliner kit I’ve properly built since being a kid. Im note sure what livery to go with, I'm tempted by a BA Delftblue daybreak, as my plan is to build a lot of the old BA/BEA fleets. or an old Air Canada scheme I remember seeing once at Southend airport as a kid. I’ve seen the on the forum the Delftblue daybreak and I’m not sure if I could do it justice compared to FortyEighter’s build, that was a great read and gave a lot of tips and help. But I’ll get the primer on and decide. the tail mod wasn’t to hard, but I’m sure once the first coat of primer is on it will need more attention Im about ready for the first coat of primer, once I go over the model with a finer grain to clear some of my bodgery, once again this is a first painting properly, will start with Halfords primer then once im happy move onto appliance white (seems to be a forum favourite) then as for the rest of the paint I have no idea yet, never used an airbrush and my brush painting skills I need to get up a few more key stages :’) i am am starting to build a collection of kits so I’m sure I’ll be forever busy! Thankyou for the read and bear with me, as I say at a guess it’s probably been 10-15 years since I’ve built a 1/144 airliner and this time I plan to do it properly... ish :’)
  18. I'm just going to sneak this in here if I may.... Haven't done much painting in the past few months, but after finally finishing off a PR Mossie have been getting into the swing of things again. Decided to make a start on this in between tackling a Tamiya Corsair. As you'd expect, there's not many parts But with it being Bandai it's beautifully moulded and engineered. Although there's two in the box, I'll just be doing one of them to start with. Still toying with the paint scheme to go for, but I'm leaning towards something similar to the markings seen in Ralph McQuarries artwork Aaron
  19. I present my Revell Boeing 747-436 G-BYGC in the retro livery BOAC to commemorate 100 Years of British Airways. I have always had a soft spot for the 744, ever since I went to LHR as a child and watched them fizz over my head on the approach to 27R... she is an awesome piece of engineering to see up close. The kit was OOB, with the decals from Ray at 26Decals and Authentic Airlines for the windows and cockpit decals. The RR engines were kindly given to me by a fellow modeller on this forum, for which I am very grateful for . It was the ‘Iron Maiden’ version of the kit, which I wasn’t ever keen on making. The kit itself is very tired now, and the fit isn’t the best... it required an awful lot of filler particularly around the lower section of the fuselage and where the wing box section meets the fuselage. It’s such a shame as this lovely giant is slowly fading away as Airlines seek to replace her with more modern and eco efficient aircraft. The paints used for this model were Halfords appliance white for the upper fuselage, Halfords Racking Grey for the lower fuselage, wings and stabilisers. The coroguard sections is a lightened version of Revell 374, with various Revell Aqua acrylics making up the metals. The decals are absolutely stunning and really bring this model to life, complimented with the AA Windows. I have a few more projects on the go at the moment, and I just recently brought the Revell 773 kit to make ANA’s Star Wars BB-8 livery. I can only hope that I have done this lovely aircraft justice... as always thank you for looking and any constructive feedback and comments are always welcomed. Regards, Alistair
  20. Here's my Anigrand 1/144 Convair R3Y-1 Tradewind, just finished in the Flying Boats and Floatplanes II group build. My first resin kit and I enjoyed it - won't be my last. Build thread is here. thanks for looking Julian
  21. With my 1/144 Vulcan B1a conversion nearing the point where it will be painted, I'm looking for decals. I've decided on an antiflash scheme, although I'm not too bothered by which specific airframe as long as I can find pictures of it. I can't find any decal sets for anti flash roundels (54" and 84"), fin flashes (24" x 36") or serials (18") in 1/144. The B1a didn't have underwing serials so I don't need to worry about them. While I'm at it, does anyone know of any good sources for 1/200 decals for Vulcan B2s, antiflash and camouflaged. I'm thinking of building a number of the Dragon kit and it only comes with so many schemes.
  22. The ancient Crown/Revell/Minicraft kit, with old Microscale decals. Kit national insignia was useless, so modified some from an old 1/72 F-5A jet sheet. This is a rather crude kit, but the basic shape is OK. Modified the nose, reworked the awful props, tried to make something of the cowlings, added guitar string guns. Some have complained that the dihedral is too much... hard to correct though. I think it does look like a B-25 now though, especially from "far away." And in this size, just about everything is far away: that's a dime on the base. https://photos.app.goo.gl/PVgizkivE7hZwXbcA https://photos.app.goo.gl/5m8mYgHyC9NporJf9 https://photos.app.goo.gl/k2V9xzEoN2uk6Dpg9
  23. I wanted to ask if anyone has any special tips for putting decals around the nose of an Airliner, as I have the BOAC 744 and BEA A319 which both have wrap around nose decals... I wanted to ask what tips you could give me, as I don’t want to mess it up... Regards, Alistair
  24. This one has been in my stash since its original release back in 2013, and I admit to spending nearly 2 weeks trying to find it. This is the 2013 Pegasus Hobbies 'Artists Collection by Greg deSantis' conceptional release of Jules Verne's 'The Nautilus' moulded in a beautiful grey polystyrene plastic (main submarine kit) and grey vinyl (Squid, name disk and base). Prior to assembly, I primed the sprues down in Halfords Red/brown primer as a rusty base coat to work up from. I have not bothered with Para Graphix's additional photo-etch set as it does not really have enough on it to warrant the additional cost vs what you will actually see of it from outside looking in. I have enough spare bulbs and wire to produce my own internal lighting set and have put together a rather complicated lighting rig, only to later find out that what I have produced is actually available as a 3rd party lighting kit - again not worth the additional cost when you already have the necessary parts. I'll feed the power from the battery up to the sub along one of the Squids tentacles. It's a kit so of course it has its issues and niggles, but don't be put off by any online review negativities. Modellers overcome issues and this kit has few; so far I give the kit a well earned 99% for fit and well thought out assembly process. I have made a point of not using other online build references to aid in my own, I want this to be my own unique attempt. I've ordered a glass reptile type eye to replace the kit's squid eye and hope to present this on a miniature ocean floor diorama using the kits squid base and a backdrop of seabed ledges. The library windows - the kit provides a comprehensive mask set The side observation window lights fitted The side observation ribs - masked with Maskol Painted black inside to keep them light tight The lounge lighting You wont be able to see enough even when lit, so conventional dressed 1/144 figures were used as opposed to worrying about dressing them down to Victorian standards I used a defusing matt plastic to defuse the side and overhead LED lighting The organ pipes were added using 0.5mm plastic pipe Upper deck now fitted and side observation ribs fitted - here she is upside down
  25. I present my Zvezda Boeing 787-9 in the new rebranded livery of Air Canada. The build was OOB with the decals provided by Greg at DrawDecal. Like the rest of my Zvezda builds they go together very well... I am quite embarrassed and disappointed with this build as the quality is poor . I built this one a while ago but I wish I had waited to build it once I had learnt some of the skills and techniques I know now, but at the same time I love the scheme and wanted to share it with you. Maybe in the future I might rebuild it using AA decals. I do really like the new Air Canada scheme, I feel it looks very elegant and love the raccoon type cockpit design. The paints I used were Halfords Appliance White for the fuselage and wings, and Humbrol Gloss Black for the lower fuselage and engine nacelles. As always thank you for looking and constructive feedback and comments are always welcomed. I am keen to build another 787-9 in the future, just need to decide on a livery for it. Regards, Alistair
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