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  1. This (big) kit I've had in the stash for years. But the AM I bought for this GB. Danny Coreman's book I've used for some previous 1/48 builds. The dutch 'dusty' decal sheet i bought fairly recently, But I'm not sure if i'll go this way yet? I think the decals look hard edged compared to reference photos so if i do go this way I may create them manualy somehow. All the kit schemes are great too. I've always had a love of both the italian and Luftwaffe schemes.... hmmm. Here's the lovely extras: it's a big plane in 1/32... the reskit engine set is ace (and big) I'm looking forward to this!
  2. Hi all, When it comes to British cars, they don't come much bigger than a Roller - so that's exactly what I'm going to build . More particularly, I'll be building a 1934 Rolls Royce Phantom II Sedanca Coupe, using a 1/32 scale Pyro kit from 1967. Unfortunately, my second-hand example came without a box, but here's what it would have looked like (thanks to Scalemates). Pretty much all of the parts have been removed from their sprues by a previous owner, but thankfully they're all present and undamaged. They include some plated parts and rubber tyres. Just to reinforce this 7.7 litre beast's claim to 'bigness', here's a picture of its major parts arranged alongside my last car build (a Matchbox MG TC). If you compare the seats, you'll see that both cars are to the same scale . I'm looking forward to making a prompt start on the 5th! Cheers
  3. Hey everyone With my 1/48 Tempest build coming to an end and my Harrier coming along nicely, I’ve decided that to keep my interest (in the Harrier) from waining I’ll build another Tempest Mk.V as the one from Eduard has really wetted my appetite for this rugged but rather handsome airplane. This one will be the 1/32 Hi-Tech offering from Special Hobby. As I seem to have more money than sense I’ll be adding some after market in the way of… And.. And.. And.. And.. And for some reason.. Plus all the resin and etch that you get in the standard kit. As ever I’ll be creating and spraying all codes and markings (not sure which yet), hopefully once completed I should have a fine replica of the real thing. Cheers all Iain
  4. Two week's and here we go another 109 scheme to be decided on.
  5. Hi all, my entry will be a 1/32 scale 1952 Jaguar XK120, using an "Autocraft" kit from 1954. The kit was produced by a company called SMEC (which stood for Scale Model Equipment Company), who were based in Steyning in Sussex. It's a multi-media kit, using a mix of plastic, metal and card pieces. The one piece body shell is beautifully moulded in Old English White coloured plastic, which was intended not to require any painting. The floor pan and seating are diecast metal. There's then a bag of mixed bits made from various materials. My secondhand example is missing a few small pieces (for example the steering column), but hopefully nothing that can't be easily replaced. It also, unfortunately, lacks any of its original packaging. This has been sitting in my stash for a while now, so it's great to have an excuse to build it . Cheers
  6. Hi all you Britmodellers! Just finished this huge model by Revell. This kit was a new release late last year and I haven't seen many built so far... It's a total monster and very hard to photograph due to its massive size. The basic Revell kit was enhanced with Eduard interior and exterior and some scratchbuilt improvements in the cockpit and forward wheel well. The kit decals were used and were by far the best quality aspect of the kit, which was a bit of a struggle to put together. The landing gear was modified to simulate a landing configuration on final approach to the carrier. I tried very hard to match the wear and tear, used look and weathering of the original aircraft using a variety of post-paint techniques. Some of it is only apparent close-up. The nose end was the most weathered, in contrast with the glossy, clean finish of the special paint scheme. The underside has some characteristic 'Hornet' discolouration and streaks which I tried to replicate as well: The drop tank on the real aircraft was an absolute state, which I also tried to reproduce: The aircraft is mounted on an old broken lampstand, with a 5mm carbon fibre rod drilled into the underside. It was originally built for the Hornet STGB but I missed the deadline due to a combination of freezing weather and punishing work schedule messing up my modelling plans for the first quarter of the year. I spent a lot of time on the cockpit and getting the details and crew figures right: Used a lot of knobs and switches from Anyz (Tom Anyz does excellent cockpit accessories, find them at anyz.io ) Crew figures came from Academy and were modified to fit and posed correctly. Helmet decorations were hand-painted and took a bunch of go's! Can't see an awful lot of it with the canopy on but I'm really happy with the overall effort. Anyway - bit of a long post but it's been a long build! First finished model of 2022 and was worth the build. If you don't mind putting in a bit of work this is a very good value kit - massive plastic, excellent and huge decal sheet and plenty to occupy the modeller. Not as nice as the Academy Legacy Hornet and probably not as good as the Trumpeter kits, but half the price so worth it for me. All the best Alan
  7. This was posted in the WWI discussion thread by RichieW so I have to give him credit for the scoop but I thought it would be nice to get it on this thread. Copper State Model posted on their facebook page on April 2nd that they are to release a 1/32 Bristol Scout in 2021. Below is a link to their posting (should not need to be a FB member to see it). https://m.facebook.com/copperstatemodels/posts/2720441618244580
  8. Hi all I built this a while ago now, but as my hobby room is out of bounds for the foreseeable I thought I’d give it an airing. This was the original boxing from 2013. Regards J.A.
  9. This project has come about almost by default. When I completed the 1/32 de Haviland 1A scratch build : I put it in a purpose made perspex display box, only to find that I had made a measurement error and the box is only just big enough to hold the model! I bought a second larger box for the de Haviland and now have a spare box. What to put into it? The box restricts the size of the subject: I had thought of an RE 5 or RE 7 but both of these are too large to fit. Other smaller subjects either do not interest me, are available as kits or are going to be released in the future, so they were all crossed off the list. Then the idea came to me to build a Royal Aircraft Factory BE 2a, (the predecessor of the better known BE 2c), as this was my first "free-lance" conversion (ie. I did not use an article but built it myself using the Airfix DH 4 as a donor kit for the wings, wheels, prop and struts), and it is very unlikely that a kit manufacturer is going to issue one at any time soon. This is the model I built in 1978: When I made the above model I had originally wanted to build a BE 2c but detailed sources were limited and I could not find any drawings of the type. Therefore I built the BE 2a because I had a copy of Profile No 133: Building a model of an aeroplane in 1/32 scale means that a great deal more information is needed. Fortunately DataFile No 163 provides excellent 1/48 scale drawings and many photographs: There are also many photographs of replica machines at Point Cook in Australia and Montrose in Scotland, and there is a replica BE 2b in the RAF Museum at Hendon. Recently this fine volume has appeared on the type: This book is a mine of information on the type and a go-to source for information: there is a review in Cher Ami vol. 10 no 1. There was only one outstanding problem: I could not find enough information on the 70 hp Renault engine dimensions to be able to scratch build one, (there are no kits of this type available in this scale). In the meantime I continued with other True Scale projects until I had a breakthrough via RichieW of ww1aircraftmodels.com. He is scratch building a 1/32 BE 2c and has to make a 100 hp RAF 1A engine. He was discussing how to make the cylinders on that website when "Rookie" gave him the engine sprue of the WingnutWings RE 8 which had an RAF 4A engine. The RAF 4A engine was a 12 cylinder V which had been developed from the 8 cylinder RAF 1A. The latter was an upgraded version of the Renault 70 hp and as Richie only needed 8 cylinders for his model that left two spare cylinders which he kindly passed over to me. I now had a potential solution to my biggest problem - how to scratch the 70 hp Renault engine - because I could now calculate the critical dimensions and had sufficient information about specific details to make an attempt. If I can build the engine, I can build the remainder of the model. I intend to use as little aftermarket material as possible on this build, so I will only show it if I use any. Apart from the engine the other part that I was concerned about making was the 4 bladed propellor. I have made 2 bladed props in 1/32 scale, and 2 and 4 bladed props in the True Scale, but this would be my first 4 bladed prop in 1/32 so I started with this. I have a supply of hardwood strip, (I do not know what the wood is - I inherited it from my father many years ago), which I use to carve RFC and RNAS props. I cut two long strips and 4 shorter ones: The long strips were glued to make a cross and the 4 shorter pieces then glued to each of the 4 arms with Evostick wood glue to give me the correct thickness of wood to carve. This was pressed for 24 hours in my state-of-the-art press (a pile of books): The shape of the blades was drawn on to the surface of the cross and arrows drawn to indicate which way the blades needed to be filed: The shape of the individual blades and boss were cut and filed first. This ensures that each blade is the correct shape and size when looked at head-on. The next step was to shape one of the blades: this was done with files only - it is too easy to slip when using a knife and the wood does not always cut smoothly, so an accident is possible and much time and effort can be wasted in a second if a mishap occurs. Filing may take longer but errors are much less likely. The arrows indicated the slope of the blade face - each one has to be identical to its neighbour and mistakes can be easily made here too. Final shaping and smoothing was done with glass paper: The quantity of dust that filing and sanding one blade is shown here: This is the finished propellor waiting to be varnished: I will use a resin boss from Proper Plane, (an aftermarket product), as this will be in a very prominent position on the model and for once I am taking the quickest route! I will post more on the engine later because at present it consists of a lump of laminated plastic waiting to be filed to shape. Thanks for looking. p
  10. I was going to post this when I finished it last month, but I didn't want to clash with (or get unfavourably compared to !) HL-10's one. It's the ancient Revell 1/32 kit, (the original UK boxing) with its original price tag of 14s.9d! I bought it from eBay for a fair price from a poor chap whose eyesight is failing - he had already started the kit and was unable to continue. I hope I've done right by him Not many original parts left - replacements detailed as follows: Cobra Company: cockpit, 20mm cannon and turret (truly excellent pieces!) Fireball Modelworks: engine cowl and exhaust, rocket pods, decals (also very high quality) Werner's Wings: Extremely good vacform canopy, a must-have for this kit. CMK: crew figures Academy: Crew heads (from the 1/32 Hornet); turret miniguns (from 1/35 BlackHawk kit) Verlinden: helmets in the cockpit (from their detail set for the AH-64, wrong helmets for that kit, so very useful here!) Lots of aftermarket added on this! The excellent Cobra Company cockpit, which transforms the interior. The finished article in a simple diorama setting entitled, "Real Men Drink Kool-Aid"! (All pictures courtesy of IPMS Farnborough website, taken by Chris Bradley) The build was inspired by the book "Snake Pilot" by Randy Zahn, who flew 68-15068 "Cyndy Ann" as Aircraft Commander, callsign Cavalier 24. (The name was painted by crew chief Marshall "Bones" Maring, and was spelt differently from the real Cyndy, after whom the aircraft was named). This book is an absolute must-read if you like Vietnam-era aviation. Although a very simple diorama, Zahn mentions often that all they had to drink at the forward operating base at Phuoc Vinh was Kool-Aid, a fruit squash drink. I played on this for the diorama, and it meant I got to avoid the Vietnam diorama cliche of Coke cans! The XM-35 mod added a sawn-off 20mm Vulcan cannon to the underwing hardpoint on the left side. It was designed to enable stand-off engagements with the NVA .51 AA guns. The fitting of the cannon required extra wiring looms inside protective panels. The ammunition was carried in two sponsons on either side and fed through a crossfeed under the nose. All these additions are provided in the Cobra Company aftermarket set. Contrary to most online and book references (and even the decal instructions), 15068 had a left-mounted tail rotor. The diorama (if you could call it that) was a simple plywood base. It's based on a photo which shows C/1/9 Cav helicopters in the open on dirt parking without revetments. Suits the kind of simplicity I like! I added various vents, tail "stinger", and beacon mount/light from scratch, and extra details in the cockpit, rotors etc. I think for such an old kit, it's very well served with very high quality aftermarket items, and scrubs up nicely! I am happy to answer questions and offer any tips on the build process if anyone else is making one of these. All the best, Alan
  11. My 2nd big Mossie. 1st was the beautiful Tamiya, which I compromised with my clumsy 1st attempt with the magic scale modelling light & sound stuff. It recently crashed (from my bookcase) and I decided to rehouse it’s pilots in another mossie, and have another crack at motorising one. The HKM kit is much simpler & lends itself much better to the minor surgery needed to fit the electronics, but more importantly you can fit the motor in axis with the propeller; not possible with the Tamiya imo. The HKM kit does have what I’d call semi-detailed merlins, but only the side cowls are removable, and after building the Tamiya versions I decided these weren’t worth the effort so she’s sealed. The 2 standing resin figures were included with the kit- I nearly forgot them & wasn’t till I was about to throw the box away that I thought why not; I’m definitely no figure painter but I think they complement the scene quite well, even though they’re within inches of doom from the props… Apart from the electronics & most of the Tamiya cockpit & crew it’s out of the box(!) Painted with Tamiya acrylics. Thanks for looking. (not sure if the soundtrack carried over with the link but there is one) Just a bit of fun below; the iPhone filter “dramatic warm” gives them “WW2 in colour” vibe I feel edit: few more of the Mossie underside & cockpit for what it’s worth I forgot to mention I scratchbuilt those big coloured fisher-price activity centre knobs on the transmitter behind the navigator. The kit part had a flat front with etched circles I didn’t like. The receiver was recovered from the wreckage of the crew’s former ride, the Tamiya FB IV
  12. Hi all, Yes, starting another build...(shouldn't you be finishing those other GB subjects ) This time the recently released ICM HueyCobra in 1/32 scale, which is not the usual for this kind of subject...most modern helicopter releases are in 1/35. @Julien already did a very nice in-box review of this kit here so I'm not going to repeat his efforts: All I'll say is, very nice kit and a major upgrade of the fifty-year old Revell kit which was all we've had in this scale up to now. Very nice options, loads of armament, and both types of tail enable pretty much any AH-1G model to be built from the kit. I'll also be adding the Quinta cockpit decoration set, my first experience of these much-vaunted accessories. Looks very good so far. Includes instrument panels, crew harnesses and other cockpit accessories. Hope it lives up to the hype! I'll be building this alongside the MRC/Academy Whiskey Cobra for the GB, by way of a comparison of the development of this excellent and innovative airframe. All the best, Alan
  13. I have completed the Trumpeter 1/32 EA-18G Growler, my second scale model following my 1/24 Hawker Typhoon. This is a real beast of a model, 60 cm long and 40 cm wide. It was not without its issues in getting some parts to fit nicely, my build is a bit clumsy in places and I found painting the large real estate of this model a challenge, particularly the large build up of paint dust getting into the paint finish - I would appreciate some advice on that and also how to prevent cockpit 'fogging' after gluing a masked canopy to the fuselage prior to painting. Anyway, despite those issues I am still pretty pleased with the outcome, The Super Hornet has always been one of my favorite planes and this one really looks the part. I have added some fairly heavy weathering to simulate an extended voyage operating off a carrier. Comments welcomed, particularly on preventing canopy fogging and reducing spraying dust getting into the paint finish.
  14. So, Down in the depths of the vault I have found this ancient 1/32 Hasegawa Spitfire VI, missing most of the cockpit contents and without a canopy... Apart from the canopy, the circled items are missing... Also in in the vault, is this modern but flawed Revell 1/32 Spitfire Mk.IIa I was wondering whether I could use the Revell kit as an ~(imperfect but acceptable) donor of spare parts/sources for scratch building/vac-forming? My plan: 1. Build the Revell cockpit. 2. See if it fits with manageable fettling into the Hasegawa fuselage. It won't be 100% accurate, but as the Mk VI canopy is fixed close this probably won't matter. I will also add the Hasegawa pilot 3. If the cockpit does not fit, I will proceed with the Revell kit, having to accept the incorrect spinner and underwing air intake 4. If the cockpit fits, I will continue with the Hasegawa kit 5. I will then use the Revell canopy as the master to make some vac-form replicas 6. The replica will be needed as I try and work out how to modify the canopy to correspond to the Mk VI version. What could possibly go wrong? Either way, there be some sort of 1/32 Spitfire at the end of this Odyssey! Icarus
  15. Hi folk's, finished finally after 6 months due to mojo loss at the end of last year and the matchbox GB builds this year.I loved this kit not a single vice,to be honest I've deliberated about posting due to current event's but best not to judge previous generations by the action of today's leaders actions.hope you like and thanks for looking in.
  16. Hi everyone, it's Hornet Groupbuild time! I'm a big fan of the F-18 in its various guises, but an STGB calls for something special, right? This is a great scheme for the Super Bug, all the more for being really clean https://www.seaforces.org/usnair/VFA/VFA-154_DAT/VFA-154-Black-Knights-086.jpg (link to seaforces.org) The hi-viz, multi-coloured markings, glossy black spine and red cheatlines are really cool. Even better, this is the box art and main decal scheme in the Revell Super Bug kit. The 1/32 version is big, brash and a lot of hard work to be honest Lots in the very big box - the beautiful decal sheet which would set you back a good £15-20 if it was aftermarket. If it's anything like the previous issue, these decals will be superb. Very thick, well-produced A4 instruction booklet running to over 20 pages. The new Revell instruction style is a gigantic improvement over their previous efforts. The only aftermarket I'm using is the MasterCasters SJU-17 seats. Even these might be a bit of overkill as I plan to have pilots in the seats with the aircraft posed in flight. There's a nice selection of ordnance, which looks accurate and pretty well detailed. I might mix up the underwing load a bit with maybe goofy tanks and JSOWs, but who knows at this stage? Thanks to a spoilt canopy in the original kit issue, I ended up with three, courtesy of the retailer (Jumblies Models) and Revell's efficient spare parts dept. I'll be using the spoilt copy as a mask for painting. The original Revell 1/32 Superbug (F/A-18E) has a dire reputation which appears to be driven by an unfavourable early build review on Big'n'Tall Airplanes. In my opinion the reviewer gave up far too easily and seems to have expected Tamiya-like fit for a Revell price. I built the last one in two weeks during the 2020 lockdown and although it certainly had its challenges, most of it fit well, especially the one-piece top section, which is a huge piece of plastic. As you can see from the paint pot, this is a BIG kit when finished! This time around will definitely take a lot longer to build due to my crazy work schedule this winter (we have five possible daily shifts now operating 24H 0600-0600!) All the best with your builds folks! Alan
  17. Another kit that has sat, waiting for attention, for more than 20 years. Back in 1999 I was, as they say, between jobs, so I bought the then relatively new Revell kit. I've always had a fondness for the Hunter, since 111 Squadron performing as the Black Arrows at Farnborough Air Show. I got the main structure of the kit finished and bought a sheet of Xtradecal transfers, XD05-32. The new job started with house move and the kit, well it went into the same place as the others. I finished the Tomcat...so time to start. up the Hunter. This is where I am with the kit... There is quite a bit of surface work needed, the next stage is to prime and see how much more work is needed. I will finish her as XE552, with 54 Squadron at West Raynham in the early 1960s. Why? Because I want to model an aircraft with an aluminium underside!! The airframe had quite a long life of 25 years, first flying on 10 January 1956 and sadly ending with a write off on 23 February 1981 when with 2 TWU she dived, inexplicably, into the north sea 20 miles offshore from RAF Lossiemouth. The pilot was never found. More as it happens... sooner than later, I hope.
  18. Hi Folks 1st one posted for quite a while, there are lots of opinions all over the web about whether this kit represents value for money or not - IMO for all it's faults re accuracy (especially in & around the engine nancelles) it's good quality moulding, fits together well and builds into an imposing model when finished; not cheap for quite a low parts count but on the £-per-hour enjoyment scale I've no complaints. You do have to be creative though if you don't want to fork out for expensive conversion sets, and I found that those small soft plastic Humbrol paint tubs with the lids cut off fit exactly behind the intake rings to shield the lack of interior wall detail.... Decals are from Kitsworld, I don't know if the ones in the box are accurate or not but the light blue fluselage roundels just look wrong. Thanks for looking J.A.
  19. Hello everybody This will be a build of a Revell issue of Matchbox's DH Venom kit - there are two of these kits in the GB, @bigbadbadge is also building one (link). Hopefully, this one will be an Australian example ... The box has seen better days: The plastic looks sound The instructions and decals have gone AWOL ... Fortunately, Scalemates have a scan of the instructions, so taking a look at those shouldn't be too hard. The decals ... just before New Year, I ordered some decals. They are shipping from Aus, but I hope they'll be here by the end of the month
  20. Hi everyone, I'm not sure if I should be posting this topic here or in the Cold War section, so please indulge me a little if you feel I have posted it im the wrong place. I am looking for decals in 1/72, 1/32 and 1/24 for early Indian Air Force roundels, notably, the 'chakra' symbol of a blue spinning wheel on a white circle as seen in the centre of the Indian tricolour. Does anyone know of any decals out there that fit th bill? Cheers, and thank you all very much for any help and for taking the time to read this thread, Viv
  21. Grumman/BAC Tomcat FGR 1 The hypothesis behind the model was that the Tornado had proved to be a financial disaster and so had followed the TSR2 into the scrap heap because the German Government withdrew support. The UK Government, in something of a state of panic took up the Grumman F14D Super Tomcat 21 project and evolved it into the Grumman/BAC Tomcat FGR 1 which first flew in early 1980. Here we have, ready for inspection, my Grumman Tomcat FGR 1 resplendent in Desert Pink, Serial ZD 790 serving with 15 Squadron, RAF and based at Muharreq Airfield, Bahrain during the first Gulf War. She was delivered to the RAF in late 1983 and scrapped in 2003. The model shows a weapons kit that may be improbable, with 2 Paveway laser guided bombs, a TIALD laser marking pod, 2 AGM 65D Mavericks and 2 ALARM missiles, but who knows? This model is dedicated to the late Mike McEvoy’s and his love of “what if” models! From Behind.... The sharp end... With Wings forward... And from the underneath.... I was given the kit in the 1980s as a present, in those days children and career took most of my life: model making retreated. The kit sat, started, until 2018 when I started a pathway into retirement. This is the build story....
  22. Hello all. Now the February edition of AMW has finished selling, I can show you some shots of my Revell 1/32 Tempest built for that publication. It was a struggle of a kit, very little fitting properly, and made more awkward by the editor's instruction to include the exposed fuel/oil tanks ahead of the cockpit. That took a lot more surgery than you'd believe! Lots of resin and photoetched bits went into this, and the final result was done up as a 501 Squadron machine, which was my Dad's old unit. So, here is G for Gordon: Onwards and upwards, Dean
  23. Hi all, Here's my take on the very nice Revell 1/32 kit of this big ugly beast. It's actually a very good kit, the best large scale Revell kit I've ever made. Which is high praise indeed! I used the Flightpath detail set, Verlinden equipment bays and 30mm cannon, and scratch built loads of extra details. I received the kit for free, part built and without any instructions or decals. I got the instructions off the internet and made decals using my home computer. The subject is the flight leader's aircraft from A Company, 1st Battalion, 101st Aviation Regiment. The group was assigned as part of Task Force Normandy, which fired the first shot of Operation Desert Storm in the early hours of 17 January 1991. The mission was at the extreme range of the Apache, and each carried a long-range fuel tank which varies the loadout a bit. All following photos thanks very much to Chris Bradley of IPMS Farnborough. Cheers for looking
  24. So, finished at last. A pleasant build, love this aircraft. The only thong i'm not really satisfied with is the mud splashes. Should have been smaller specks, but I might give it another go or two. Happy modelling! /Torbjörn
  25. Evening all, This has been a real labour of love, I bought this kit on the 16th Aug 2003 from OTW designs, as it would happen life got in the way and coupled with a slightly warped hull I popped the build to one side and forgot about it. I spied the hull 82.7 inches of it in the loft and decided to have ago again. After years of storage and a few moves thrown in she suffered some slight damage to the brass work. I've repaired most of the broken bits and cleaned up some of the decking as after 11 years its tarnished a bit ... Link to Bob Dimmacks company who make the semi kit. http://www.otwdesigns.com/ The conning tower is a fibreglass molding with a PE deck, all the fitting are either accurate armour or scratch built. More to follow when it's light outside, the hull is 7ft long so quite difficult to get a good picture of. Dan
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