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  1. Right, here goes my second WIP ever. I've finally started with the Revell Hurricane Mk IIb, been working for about two weeks and hav neither finished the cockpit nor am I close. Admittedly I only have late evenings for modelling and have skipped some days completely for assembling 1/1 scale children's room's bed and 2 cupboards,and for diving into early 20's Birmingham with Peaky Blinders. But also I have never before took so much care with the little details of a cockpit, and much of the time is spent on looking at pictures in my copy of Haynes' Workshop manual and here on BM. Pictures are to follow, but right now I have a problem: WHERE do I fit the Hydraulic system's control box? (apologies for earlier strong words) The diagram and picture places it lower than the framework that holds the cockpit, but if I'm not much mistaken that space is taken by the main gear bay (and I stopped my looking for a coolant system duct when I realized it is the tube that is clearly visible looking inside that bay). Can anyone here help me with that? Btw if I have already committed errors please feel free to point them out, be they in planning or building part recognition. Thanks in advance, Johnny Tip
  2. I present for your inspection my just completed Beaufighter? This Beaufighter Mk VI(f), EW-Z, EL154 served with 307 Squadron at RAF Clyst Honiton, now Exeter Airport, between 7 Aug. 1942 and 13 Feb. 1943: "Z" was usually flown by the crew Damsz/Sylwestrowicz. The aircraft is finished in the then new night fighter colours of Medium Sea Grey overall, with Dark Green disruptive on the upper surfaces. Photographic evidence suggests the aircraft was in this finish by late winter 1942. No. 307 (City of Lwów) Polish Night Fighter Squadron was a night fighter squadron formed in Great Britain on 24 August 1940 following an agreement between the Polish Government in Exile and the United Kingdom. It was the only Polish night fighter squadron fighting alongside the Royal Air Force during World War II. 307 Squadron is named after the Polish city of Lwów, and nicknamed "Eagle Owls". This a/c, a Mk VI(f) was the 9th Beaufighter off the line at the Shadow factory just outside RAF Weston Super Mare. In total 1078 Mk Vis were built at Bristol, Weston and by Rootes. After service with 307 Squadron she transferred to No 488 (NZ) Squadron, reformed on 25 June 1942 at RAF Church Fenton, Yorkshire, as a night fighter 'intruder' unit equipped with Beaufighters. The squadron aircraft carried the code letters ME. I cannot find any information about her use with 488 Squadron, but as the Beaufighters were replaced by DH Mosquitos in late 1943 she was probably struck off and scrapped as a she would have been over 12 months old and the Mk IV radar obsolete. The Mosquito replacements had the much more capable Mk VII “centimetric” radar. The Build has been described in the "Work In Progress" board, where I detailed all the changes and modifications. The build went smoothly, I'm reasonably happy with the result, given the starting material. I've discovered errors that could have been corrected, but when discovered it was too late. Many thanks indeed to everyone who helped and answered questions as the work progressed. So, now from the front: From above: From the back And from underneath! This was my first attempt at airbrushing and at using washes to ad effect. Still a bit to learn, I feel! Comments, advice and suggestions most welcome...!!
  3. Since a couple of guys are working on Phantoms, including me, I thought I'd post some photos of my old Revell 1/32 F-4E. I completed this sometime around 1995, when I was living in Houston, Tx. A guy I met just before I moved from Sacramento, CA in 1990 gave the kit to me when I told him that I used to fly the Phantom. He had a garage full of the Revell 1/32nd kits, multiples of each. It's been sitting on my shelves, on display in all of my houses since then. It's a good 6 footer so it usually sits on a high shelf to avoid close inspection and little kids. The model depicts a jet from the 23rd TFS, 52nd TFW, Spangdahlem AB, Germany circa 1985. It carries a typical Wild Weasel training sortie loadout - 3 external tanks, the centerline being the old Royal Jet 600 Gal tank. We had only just started using the McDonnell-Douglas "F-15" tanks and usually reserved those for jets configured for air-to-air training missions. A Training AGM-45 Shrike on the right inboard and an empty TER on the left inboard. We always carried the Shrike on the right side to counter some of the weight of the ALQ-131 ECM pod hung from the left forward missile well. We didn't usually carry the AIM-9 rails on the inboard pylons for WW sorties, only for air-to-air, then maybe only one with a training AIM-9P, on the right pylon, inboard side. This was a raised panel line kit, most of which were erased by filling and sanding. (It was an old Revell kit.) I redrew the major ones back on with a pencil. I didn't know anything about rescribing back then. I probably wouldn't have tried to anyway. Again, it's a 6 footer. Both the 131 pod and the TAGM-45 are scratch built. I know the 45 was a shortened AIM-7. I think the body of the pod was balsa with thin sheet plastic panels. The end caps were probably missile bodies and the underside housing was some reshaped piece of plastic. I added the ARN-101 external modifications such as the doghouse antenna on the fuselage spine, as well as the TISEO housing on the left wing. (Another reason to carry the Shrike on the right side.) In the close ups of the forward fuselage I tried to show how the paint would wear off, first to primer, then bare metal, on the covers to the kick steps and the ladder steps. Also, the top edges of the left intake got worn down from the boot traffic. The right side hardly at all. All leading edges of the intakes, wings, pylons, and tanks were showing primer as the paint wore down from flying through rain and cloud. One other wear area was just in front of the Air Refueling Door, on the spine behind the cockpit. The door itself was usually pristine except for a little paint chipping on the leading edge. But the tanker boomers would routinely knock the probe onto the jet in front of the door when trying to stab the receptacle. We were on a night refueling once, it was a little rough (turbulence), and I could see sparks when the probe smacked the fuselage. When we landed I looked to see if there was any damage and that little rod antenna just behind the aft canopy was hanging by the wires. I don't remember what that antenna was for, but it didn't seem important. I made a stencil for the shark mouth and it was hand painted with a brush. The SP and tail numbers are from an old Micro Scale letters and numbers set. The white shadowing on the SP is cut from a white decal sheet. The 52nd TFW badge was drawn on with a sharpie pen. Stencils were from the kit decal sheet. Paints were probably Testors Model Master. Don't remember if spray cans, airbrush, or both. It's a big model in 1/32nd so I'm thinking it was spray can mostly. I did use Gunship Gray 36118, rather than the correct Euro 1 Gray 36081, because at the time I thought Gunship Gray was correct. It did look too light at the time, but age has darken it to look more correct. Anyway, I hope you like it. If you have any questions please ask.
  4. Hi all, Just received this huge new 1/32 Super Hornet today: It looks more or less the same as the E model with the same build progression and new parts for the F. Unfortunately when I had a look at the new canopy, something didn't look right... I thought the black/brown bits might be dust, but they didn't wipe off. then I thought it might be residue of some kind, but it didn't scratch off So I had a look under magnification and good light, and these bits are actually moulded into the canopy part This is bizarre. Anyone have any idea how this might have happened? And is this a job for the retailer to sort out, or do I need to go through Revell to get this replaced? Any advice or insight welcome, Alan
  5. Hi all, Hot off the bench, the superb Special Hobby Tempest V as boxed by Revell. A beautifully detailed, sharply cast beauty of a kit with virtually no vices. Loved building it. Even though the kit is fine as it is (slight nose/spinner inaccuracies aside) I used some aftermarket items to improve it. The Barracuda nose and propeller did improve the overall look of the nose, radiator and spinner. Worth the investment if such things bother you! Also used CMK's Seated Pilot set, with a finely cast pilot, although the face expression is a bit odd 🤔 The wheels were also CMK, perhaps need a bit of a wash to bring them up 🤨 The serial number and codes came from generic sets by Xtradecal to represent a 486 Sqn V-1 hunter from June 1944. 486 together with 3 Sqn RAF claimed over 500 V-1s shot down in the summer of 1944. The V-1 kill markings were home-printed on decal paper. I used Klear mixed with water as a setting agent for the decals, which worked perfectly. Thanks @stevehnz@bigbadbadge for this toppest of tips 👍 This is one of the nicest kits I've had the pleasure of building in ages. So much so, I bought two more, which is unusual for me (I don't keep multiples of kits in the stash, donations excepted!) And here's the build thread if you're interested, the cockpit construction is worth a look: Anyway, thanks for looking in on this, hope you had a pleasant weekend. Alan
  6. Hi All, Just thought I'd throw in a thread title which would get your blood pumping But seriously, I followed three excellent builds this year by Dennis @spitfire, Steve @stevej60 and Andy @Col Walter E Kurtz with their 1/32 Tempests (1 PCM and two Special Hobby between them) and as a result of their efforts the Revell boxing of the Special Hobby kit fought its way to the top of my build list! I'll be building this alongside the 1/24 Hellcat in the Hellcat STGB which is still ongoing. First job was to turn the box into a top-opener - I like Revell kits but those end opening boxes are not the best! Like all their reboxes, the sprues are just packed loose into one bag: It's the Special Hobby Tempest Mk V so it's well-documented as a beauty: Excellent surface detail all round. The interior is no slouch either. Some aftermarket - the Barracuda nose replacement, CMK pilot and early-style wheels, and HGW wet transfer stencils. The Barracuda nose isn't necessarily a must-have, but it corrects the overall shape of the forward fuselage and air intake as well as the spinner shape and size. I have a Mk VI in the stash as well, so the kit nose shape is slightly better for that variant but I might invest in another Barracuda set if it fits okay. I also have some paint masks - the camouflage ones are a generous hand-me-down from @spitfire who used them for his build. Lastly the instructions and decals: I'll be using the serials to try to replicate JN810 SA-P, an early Series 1 Mk V piloted by Flt Lt R J Cammock of 486 (NZ) Sqn in June 1944. He flew this aircraft shooting down four of his 20+1 V1 kills between 19 June and 23 August 1944. Looks like it'll be a fun build, when I have time to work on it! Alan
  7. Hi everyone, the glue's still drying on this but it's finished. 1/32 Revell Mosquito B.IV (the ancient 1970s kit) resurrected and converted to an FB.VI using Grey Matter nose conversion, AMS resin slipper tanks, Special Hobby RP-3 rockets, Master .303 guns, Quickboost exhaust pipes and decals from Aviaeology and Xtradecal. Paints were all Gunze Mr Color lacquers for the camouflage, interior mostly MRP lacquer. Base was built by me from some offcut wood and a carbon fibre rod. Spinning props were made from the kit spinners, clear acetate sectors cut using a rotary cutter and painted with thinned Colourcoats enamel. Canopy was adapted from the kit B.IV canopy using more of the same acetate sheet and Tamiya tape strips. The Grey Matter nose was a very nice piece and fit quite well. the gun camera port needed to be drilled with a Dremel. The kit stands up pretty well despite being older than me, it just needs some help It's just a beautiful aircraft - I've already got the HK Models B.XVI to build as a photo-recce, and I'm saving up for the Tamiya FB.VI because I need more Mossies in my life! Anyway, one more! Here's the build thread which might inspire anyone else to try this conversion: Hope you like viewing it as much as I enjoyed building it! All the best, Alan
  8. Hi all, All ready to move on to my next project - a conversion of the Revell 1/32 B Mk.IV Mosquito to an FB Mk.VI of the Banff Strike Wing. While I'd love to use the Tamiya kit for this, it's comfortably out of the price range and probably way too detailed for what i have in mind anyway. So step up Revell Mossie, this is your moment! There's obviously a fair bit of work to be done to achieve this, so here's the collection of parts so far... First of all, the kit! It's the most recent rebox of the very original Revell 1/32 Mk.IV (1971 vintage!) with its lumpy detail, sink marks and raised panel lines - all the things modern modellers love! I have the five-stack exhausts from eduard Brassin, (also have the round-pipe Quickboost ones); Aviaeology stencils and Barracuda radio sets to spruce up the otherwise sparse cockpit. I'll be making all the other adjustments to the cockpit by scratchbuilding bits and pieces. Top centre of the picture is the Grey Matter resin nose conversion for the Mk.VI/NF.II which will be required! Other bits include the (incomplete) Xtradecal set for the subject aircraft: RS838 EO-A of 404 Sqn RCAF in standard MSG/DG. The British 60lb rockets are from Special Hobby, AMS Resin 100-gal slipper tanks, and Master .303 machine gun barrels. This will be built as an anti-flak aircraft with double-stacked HE 60lb rockets, cannon and machine gun armament. The finished model will be posed in flight on its way to smash up the Kriegsmarine in a Norwegian fjord, something the Banff Wing was extremely good at in the early months of 1945. Hoping this will be a fun build - looking forward to a bit of scratchbuild detailing (don't expect too much though!) All the best, Alan
  9. Hi all, Very quick build log of a Revell Hunter FGA.9 that took a long shelf break after a weird accident with AK Extreme Metal paint. It's this kit, known and loved by Hunter fans worldwide! So what went wrong? I painted the underside with AK Extreme Metal Steel as it gave a favourable rendition of High Speed Silver lacquer. I left it for about a day, masked with Tamiya tape and then painted the topside with Xtracrylix Dark Green/Dark Sea Grey. When I removed the masking tape, this was the result. The adhesive from the tape seemed to have merged with the paint to create a sticky, lumpy mess that couldn't be removed with thinner or even sanding. All sanding did was spread it around and peel off sections of the paint. the primer (Tamiya Fine Surface Primer) was unaffected. The top side was okay, so I didn't want to strip it all down, especially as I'd detailed the cockpit already. So off to the shelf of doom it went. But today my Vulcan's Milliput was drying and I decided to rescue this off the shelf and see if it was salvageable. I went after the goo with cotton buds and cellulose thinner and it seems to have worked, although both paint and primer are now gone. Further progress will follow when I'm sure the plastic hasn't been affected... Alan
  10. Hello, I´ve finished my new kits. It´s my first 1/32 scale, Revell´s Bf 109 G-6. The kit was seen in Moson, week ago. Paints: Gunze, Tamiya, Vallejo, Humbrol Lacquers: Gunze, Future.
  11. Afternoon all, I've had this one in my stash for a few years now which I picked up from ebay for £12 from Northern Ireland. I wanted an A version rather than the later. The model itself had been started but I pulled it apart to start afresh. I used my reference books which proved invaluable and helped me correct the errors. I used a quick boost seat and front FOD guards and I had to purchase some decals as the original 1990 ones were shot. I scratch built the upper FOD guards from plasticard but I'm not 100% happy with the top angle but if I constructed them to be totally flat then the sidewalls would be way out of scale. I won't bore anybody with the changes I made but there were a few. I painted it by mixing those Revell blue pots rather than buy dedicated paints and I've gone for the worn look applying a very watery splash of light grey and the picked out the panels with a dirty wash. The exhaust cans are done with alclad and then weathered with pastels. Static whips are toothbrush hairs, wheels have been ironed. The canopy cover is paper mâché with tamiya tape. The rockets pods were a kind donation from Shaunb from another forum. I'm not particularly good at photography and I have even less interest!. You may notice the port wing is slightly bent and no amount of heat could straighten it. The RBF tags are all home made all taken from the Reference books. Hope you like it Steve.
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