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  1. Back in 1974 I attended an IPMS AGM at the RAF Museum in Hendon. There I bought the then new Revell 1/32 Beaufighter, made a desultory start and left it in its box...until now! This is the kit, laid out in all its glory... Notice the lack of decals... oh well, that means an after market set. As this kit has non dihedral tailplanes choice is limited, but I've ordered a sheet from Techmodel, and will do one from 307 Squadron RAF, Winter 1943 in the overall grey with dark green disruptive pattern on the upper surfaces. I couldn't face such a massive black model! There is a review of the kit from 2014 here: My initial impression is of a very simple kit, with limited detail and some major design simplifications, for example the wheel well liners are set so shallow that it would be impossible for the wheels to retract! There are some errors in the interior details, for example built from the box the radar operator would be unable to exit his position. As re-loading the 4 cannon was a part of his work on the early Beaus that represents a bit of a problem. More photos to follow: this will be mostly a "Build from the Box" with a few corrections and additions.
  2. Hi Guys Another little set that I have been playing with, although it is raised some fairly controversial discussion over on another site I am still thinking of proceeding with it. The controvesy is not with my parts, but the fact that these few parts do not fully make a late model 'D' Mustang. there are changes also required to the cockpit and a few other small items as well as some discussion about a slightly different canopy. I have taken a lot of the points on and for my sake I am not too fussed personally about the cockpit changes (instrumentation variation mainly) and I have studied the canopy carefully, mainly against the three canopies offered in the Tamiya kit. To be honest I think that the Revell canopy and that in the Tamiya kit that is offered to cater for the later 'D' Mustangs is very close, and are almost 100% interchangeable. So before I finalise a few minor tweaks on the pattern and make production moulds I would like to get a an idea if you guys would be interested at all. Prices are estimated as follows 4 parts of resin new tail parts and new elevators £7.50, shipping in UK £2.50, shipping elsewhere in the world £4.50. NOTE as can bee seen these are an exact replica of the kit parts, so are thin shells, and the kit tail wheel assembly fits as per the kit was designed. AND YES I KNOW Revell will release an updated kit at some time so this is not a set for the long term future, but does my needs until then. Here are some pictures parts sprayed silver one on left has a slight wash just to show detail is close to the Revell detail
  3. This model was purchased, and started, in the summer of 1973 from a model shop in Houston, Texas. I spent 7 months in Texas that year, working as an exchange student. In the latter part of 73 and in early 74 I painted the aircraft, including hand painting the RAF markings. Wind forward to the winter of 2017.. when I "returned" to modelling. It seemed a good idea to finish the kit. Is this a record?? It is a basic, not very well detailed kit and completing this one has caused me more problems than almost anything else I've ever made. You can read about some of my trials and tribulations here: Problems with paint incompatibility and colour changes over time mean that repainted much of the aircraft, all by hand, and added the Typhoon underwing stripes at a late stage. Why? Because the kit decals were not usable...so I had to change the final aircraft! The RAF markings are mine, the serial, squadron codes and other details from the TechMod Sheet. So, here it is for inspection. I'm not really satisfied with it, but enough is enough. I thought of adding weathering, but don't want any more issues. From the front.. Now from above.. The "Erks" eye view... it is a big brute. And finally, with the door open and window half down. I know there are faults and omissions...but waiting in the wings is the big 1/24 Airfix Typhoon. The instructions from that were helpful in identifying areas for improvement, including the inner U/C door retracting jack. Let me know what think!!
  4. Hi Guys Please see the website for the latest new product, brass undercarriage for the 1/32 scale Kitty Hawk OV-10 A/c or D kits. http://aerocraftmodels.bigcartel.com/product/ov-10a-c-bronco-brass-undercarriage-set cheers Ali
  5. Wingnut Wings 1/32 AEG G.IV This will be my 'Big winter project' for this year. It was a decision between the Gotha G.IV, the Flixstowe F.2a, or this. Of the 3 this one looks the simplest with comparitively straightforward rigging, and no natural wood areas to pant. The kit was originally reviewed here. I'm not particulary attracted to the 'sharkmouth' version depicetd on the box art, instead I will finish it as Option D. G.IV 574/18, ‘White IV’ Bogohl 8b, November 1918. Option D. G.IV 574/18, ‘White IV’ Bogohl 8b, November 1918. This aircraft is preserved at the Canadian Air and Space museum at Rockliffe (fantastic museum btw), and I was lucky enough to see it a few years ago when working in Ottawa. In my wildest dreams I would never have thought that a few years later I would be building a state of the art 1/32 injection moulded kit of it. So it really has to be 'White IV'. Link to museum AEG G.IV page And there is a Youtube of it here. Note that the engines are incorrect replacements as the originals went missing sometime in the 1930's/40's. I started by cutting out all the components mentioned in stages 1 & 2 of the instructions, covering most of the cockpit construction, gliung a few parts together where appropriate. The aim is to get everything ready fro priming and spraying in pale green. The balance is between getting as much as possble assembled before painting, thus avoiding getting glue marks on the paintwork, and not having so much assembled that it is awkward to paint the detail. I often start Wingnut kits with the engines, as they are great fun to build. I have both pepared both with items that are 'halves' joined up,and seams sanded off, and most other parts cut out ready for primer. Engines are now bagged up separately, and smaller cockpit parts kept in a small tuuerware tub with a lid, so as not to lose anything. Next up, Halfords grey plastic primer followed by airbrushing basic colours. Thanks for looking, John
  6. Finished today, Built OOB, painted with Mr Color Laquers. Liked this kit, fit mostly really good, the only real niggles the gun bay doors. Peter
  7. Hello all, I thought id try something a little ambitious on this 109 as I had three sets of decals for a Fliegerkompanie J-371 Bf-109 E-3, I guess I swung away from doing it before as the size of the decals was a little scary. So I painted it up ready for the decals knowing I had a degree of safety having three sets to get it right............hmmmmm! I gave up,and then broke out the masking tape for a masking marathon . In hindsight, it was the only way to get this scheme done and I am pretty happy with the overall result. All comments are welcome
  8. Good afternoon everyone and I hope nobody has had any bad issues with the weather lately, it has been quite bad round here. My WIP thread will be based on the 1/32 Trumpeter Lightning F.2A/F.6, a very subjective kit with many mixed reviews. I brought the kit from KingKit at a very reasonable price. It was my first purchase with them and I won't hesitate to return, so thanks KingKit for the fast delivery. There are many kit reviews and lots of information on the Lightning so I won't delve too much into that but I will however explain why I chose to model it. As you can see in the Picture I have received 'The Lightning Boys 2' from my OH for Christmas and I am nowabout 2/3 of the way through and find it fascinating! This along with a couple of other WIP threads I have been following especially The Spadgent's build has made me pluck the courage to finally get one. I have never really been that interested in them until I read a bit more about them and now I am fascinated by them. I have chose to model XS903 'AM' of 5 SQN RAF Binbrook due to the distinctive shark teeth also I prefer standard grey camouflage over the cold war style, just a preference of mine. I have also got a Quickboost Aires Ejection seat on the way, but I may decide against using this as I am thinking of modelling the jet just after take off with landing gear retracting. I also have some OOP Master casters resin engine nozzles on the way and my profound thanks to the BM BST section and Gary 'Redcap' I have a set of the OOP Xtradecal decals set to enable me to complete this. More than likely I will probably purchase more AM stuff as I need to go on if I need too and of course I have a PJ Productions pilot on order. So for now just a picture of the kit and of course the brilliant book titled 'The Lightning Boys 2' by Richard Pike. Also some of the actual aircraft. More to follow soon......... PS the 'Skyrocket' in the title was given by the pilots, Commonly described as 'Being saddled to a Skyrocket'.
  9. So I'm on here all the time admiring everyone else's work, insight, and good nature and humor, but never really contribute. So as I delve back into this hobby addiction, which is greatly needed, I am making myself grow and delve deeper into this art. So I will put out updates on this build of Trumpeter's 1/32 Late F4F-3 and welcome feedback, critique, criticism, or experience...jokes too. My head is thick, my hide is thicker and I like the camaraderie on this site. I'm newer and want to jump in...so thanks. I have also started a new topic asking for insight to lap belts prior to Midway/early WWII. Thanks! So here is the office. Not finished with detail and have not started weathering washes. First attempt at hair spray technique on seat, floor and rudder pedals. I am a black baser so all is primed in black first.
  10. andy wood

    Tiger Moth to Fox Moth

    I'm toying with the idea of converting the Revell/Matchbox Tiger Moth to a Fox Moth. Apart from the new fuselage. centre wing section and tweaked u/c legs, my research indicates that not much else needs changing. Does anyone have any other views to the contrary? Anyone have any scale plans?
  11. Hello Modellers, This is my first post in this forum. I would like to ask some advice regarding my first build a Tornado ECR TigerMeet 2014. Premise: I am realising now that building a 1:32 is a lot of work and is not suitable for the newbie. It is very likely to give up. But I have not bought this model myself. I received it as a gift from my wife last christmas. I had no idea of the existence of plastic models until December 2017 (shame on me) and now a whole new world is in front of me. I have read a lot of posts from the forum and seen a lot of videos. I enjoyed the Andyc build and now I am following the awesome TSR2 Build. I am doing small steps in becoming a little more proficient in plastic modelling. I also bought the tools scalpel, colours, airbrush, compressor, etc. When I started the build I had no idea literally where to begin. Back in January I had only 3 colours and 2 brushes. I will not show how the cockpit ended painted because it was the first part . The first advise that I am seeking for is the following: The Revell Tornado ECR main body colour is black gloss as per instructions. But to be honest I do not like it, I might be wrong but it is awful. I am planning at painting it as the first Tigermeet in grey silk matt (Revell email 371). Now I am wondering what will happen with the decals if I change the body colour. I am afraid it will become something more awful. Second advise is regarding the variable geometry of the wings. Since the model had that feature I wanted to build it as it was intended although many of the build I have seen have simply glued the wings in a fixed position. My problem is that I painted the wings before inserting them into the body since the inner part has a different colour like this. What happened is that when the wings move they friction in the rest of the body and the paint goes away (although they were painted like 3 days before). At this point I have no idea how to deal with that. I am posting a photo of the problem: You can see in the second photo I tried to cut the upper part of the body in order to create more room. I do not want to tear the model apart at this moment in order to sand the room for the wing. Any advise is highly appreciated. Thank you
  12. Thought I would share this here. This is my recently completed build from the Matchbox GB. My clear parts and decals were missing so the screen is scratch built using spare PE & some clear plastic. The engine was wired & spark plug caps made from Albion Alloys. Sprayed in Tamiya Aluminium from a rattle can. AKs metal paste Aluminium & gold was also used. The decal is from evil bay & it has been modelled after testing, hence no car numbers, engine and front cowlings off and the dirty lower sides. Enough waffle Thanks for looking. C&Cs welcomed.
  13. Hi folk's,hoping it's third time lucky after m issing the deadline on the last two GB,s I'm gonna have a go at Revell's re-pop of the Matchbox Spitfire. apologies for it not being an original but at just over a tenner at a recent sale it had to be worth a punt.I know I had a crack at this kit many moons ago when new and can guess at what would have been for the younger me an over complicated build never got far! So a nice relaxed OOB build on the card's don't care about the fault's or innaccuracies I need after a five week lay off a mojo kickstart,see you soon.
  14. Hello All, Just thought I’d post my last build - the Wingnut Wings Dolphin. I did some minor surgery to open up a couple of engine cowlings as it seemed a shame to hide the lovely detail. Will be making an appearance in ‘Scale Aviation Modeller’ shortly. Thanks for looking Guy
  15. Hi everyone After my Mosquito I have a real burning desire to build a large twin, I can’t justify spending the money on the Tamiya 1/32 Mosquito so this evening I was pottering around in the attic (as you do) and I found this.. ...I’d forgotten I bought it back in 2012 when it was first released (after a couple of sherries) and on seeing the size of it I packed it up and stored it away, until now. I intend for this to be my slow build for 2018,I am going to throw some AM at it such as brass guns, metal undercarriage, resin wheels and props, new seat harnesses, and Airscale instruments and placards and I’ll build it as an RAF example. I’m going to build it along side my FLY 1/32 Hurricane....wish me luck and why don’t you come along for the ride...it’s going to be a long one. Cheers all Iain.
  16. I wasn’t on the list but couldn’t pass up the opportunity of the GB. I’m going to have a crack at this badger And the sprue shots Got to love that chrome. On closer inspection, I’m missing the decals and the clear parts. Decals sourced online, screen to be bodged when the time comes. And while I was ordering stuff, I ordered some Albion Alloys tubing just to keep @nimrod54 happy. Plan to replace the exhausts with it. How do you get a clean cut with the metal? On a plus note the man cave is finished!
  17. I've been hassling people over in the Modern Aircraft forum, so I ought to show what I've been doing! Due to my recent knee operation and the startlingly good recovery I've been making, I've had plenty of opportunity to build, so I'm aiming to finish this and a 1/32 MiG-29 before I have to go back to work! Firstly I must say BIG thank yous to people on this forum: Canberra Fan for the astonishingly generous donation of the kit and all the aftermarket bits! (Yes he really did!) Stephen on this forum who has lent me the Lock-On and Squadron Walk Around books for the F-15C, which have proved invaluable. Thanks! The build is from the Tamiya 1/32 kit, with copious aftermarket items including Black Box cockpit, Cutting Edge seamless intakes, Eduard exterior, masks and placard set. As usual, I started in the cockpit: Usual stuff here, enamels mostly with acrylics and wash for the panels - obviously I used the Eduard main instrument panel for the sharp detail it provides. The early Eagles had the very fetching metallic green-blue primer in the avionics bay, for which Xtracolour conveniently do an exact match (X159), although it takes a good 48 hours to dry!! All the detail is acrylic hand painted and Eduard placards. Unfortunately, I can't get any decent shots down the intakes, which actually look excellent (the kit parts leave a massive seam down both sides of the duct. The afterburner ducts have exactly the same problem but can be mostly hidden by painting the scorch effects). Should have a whole day to devote to this very nice kit, hopefully it will have reached the point of major assembly by this time tomorrow! By the way, if anyone does have any F-15C-style wheels from the Revell kit they'd like to swap for the Tamiya E-type ones, please drop me a line
  18. Hi folks, I'm new here but I've been working on the new Mossie kits since they came out. I was fortunate enough to get the Tamiya kit in early July thanks to them arriving here in Canada so early. I have both kits well under way so the first couple of posts are bringing things up to date. Otherwise I don't build that quickly. Here's the obligatory box shot: This is the HK box on top of the Tamiya one. There is quite a size difference between the two.
  19. (ex)Sgtrafman

    Builds to date Pt.3

    Hello again Next up we have Tamiya, ones a Spifire and the other’s a Mustang both 1/32... Spitefire Mk XIVe 1/32, 301 Sqn (Polish) RAF.. RAF Mustang Mk IV, 3 Sqn RAAF.. Til next time Iain
  20. Well it's done - not sure what to make of this kit, it's full of 'niggles' and silly errors by Italeri but it does end up quite nice. If it was Revell pricing it would be great, but it's Tamiya pricing so feels overpriced for what you get, especially with the errors. Peter
  21. Hello All, I was riffling through a very old model box when I came across this: From 1976-ish, the Airfix 95th Rifles figure, re-posed with sisal grass, Plastic Padding mud and a real tree trunk. Humbrol enamels throughout. Thanks for looking, Adrian
  22. Hi folks While it's a pretty accurate shape with good surface texture the kit is very much 'short run' quality in terms of parts fit. It's ok, but surely a subject deserving of a first line manufacturer in 1/32. Merry Christmas to all Britmodellers! Regards J A.
  23. Just can't make this into the picture on the box. It has to end up green and grey!!!fe Here's a couple of bits started so far. The general idea in my head is to finish with something that may have been flying around my home patch of North Northants back in the 80's. So maybe something from Cottesmore Tornado Training to keep a tentative link with the luftwaffe version the box is supposed to be.
  24. Hi, Academy Sopwith Camel 1/32 OOB. The model is made for the customer. Cheers, Martin
  25. Hello, This is the old Matchbox/Revell 1/32 Spitfire 22/24. The cockpit, guns, wheels and decals are after-market parts. IMHO this kit is way too wrong to get a good Spitfire whitout a tremendous amount of work. The nose shape is wrong, the windscreen too, not sure about the propeller, panel lines... I regret having started it, anyway it is done, it is now displayed at the back my scalemodel showcase. cheers