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  1. Hello friends Some of you may have been following my build report. Now it's time to hire it here at the RFI. It was different and was a lot of fun. So I am satisfied. I am open to constructive criticism.
  2. My aircraft WIP started off with a couple of 1/48 RAF Phantoms I was building, but somewhere along the way I started putting together a background to photograph them with. This turned in to a hair-brained scheme to build a Hardened Aircraft Shelter (HAS). I live near Wattisham and have taken some photos while passing of the site, and using google maps I got started on some plans. A full size hanger in 1/48 would just be too big, so a single aircraft HAS seemed do-able. So this is what I was aiming for: Most of the build so far is on my other thread, so I won't
  3. For your viewing pleasure today I humbly submit Dynavector's 1/48 Douglas A2D-1 Skyshark, or as I like to think of it as the Skyraiders "Younger and Little" brother. 3-d printed the Cockpit, Dive brake, flaps and wheel wells. added extra ordinance pylons, along with separating the flaps ailerons, rudder and horizontal surfaces. And this is what I mean by "Little" You can check out the build here: Thanks for looking in and I hope you enjoy it. As always Stay Safe, Stay Healthy and keep on modelling.
  4. For my 1st GB of the year I will be building the HobbyBoss 1/48 A-4E .. and yes someone has to build a TopGun themed Skyhawk (it is to join the TigerMig I am also building) ... being crafty with the title I have left myself with the option of either the desert camo style or the 2 tone grey aircraft The build will be OOB , though I plan to make the flaps and slats droopy , Eduard PE cockpit and homemade decals , painted with Mr Hobby and Tamiya acrylics. The Box and Sprue shots
  5. Continuing with a local history lesson.... In days of yore before the widespread use of wireless telegraphy. Vessels sailing from far off parts would have instructions to make for Falmouth or Queenstown for orders. The cargo may well have changed hands many times on the long passage home. Out of this grew a fleet of service boats based at Falmouth Quay. They were traditionally yawl rigged with a low main mast and a high set gaff, to save them from fouling the rigging of the sailing boats they were going alongside..Not only did they pass sailing orders but transferred personel
  6. I've had Hasegawa's 1/48 Harrier GR.7 in the stash for a good few years now, just looking at me and wondering when it will get started. For an aircraft that I - as well as a lot of us on here I'm sure - have such an affection for, I feel bad that I haven't gotten around to it sooner. I feel one of the reasons I haven't started this kit sooner is that I had plans to throw lots of goodies at it in an attempt to get it looking as good as I can manage. I've been collecting AM bits and bobs for a while now, and feel that I have everything now that I need to build an a/c that I wi
  7. Now following on, Time for an episode Tales from Shelf Crypt of Doom. Be warned this build is not for the faint of heart, weak willed , or knobby kneed. If I can finish this it will be a tale you can tell your Grandchildren,... and mightily bored they'll be. But anywho, I started this 7-8 years ago and stopped almost immediately realized I couldn't figure out how to do some of the aspects of the aircraft that I wanted. After many sleepless nights, quaffing a lot of legal beverages, some cypherin', and a little bit of practice building vacs, though probably not enough I've decided to take
  8. My FW-190 I started this week has hit the point of IDGAF with some fixes I don't feel like doing right now, so onto the shelf of future inspiration it goes. So, will do a Sea Fury instead. I think by now it's old hat here, so no sprue shots are needed. However, have an Eduard PE set for it! #49878 for anyone curious. So. Will use box markings for the Korean War option, and will never know why they never included the one that shot down a MiG-15, that feat being so mundane and all. Anywho. Gonna start getting plastic shaved
  9. Once more into the breach for God and Country. Nothing like Winter weather, and waiting for enamel paint to dry along with waiting for parts to print to get antsy want to build something. I know I could have done something useful like shovel snow , break up ice and whatnot but I'll leave those for when it gets warmer. So for this afternoons enjoyment Dynavectors 1/48 Douglas A2D-1Skyshark. After doing a Sea Vixen recently I realized how good Dynavectors Vacs really are. Almost like building your typical Tamigawa plastic. Plus I need some extra practice time on Vacs for 3 1/2 builds on my shel
  10. Ahoy. I was trying to come up with some sort of pun title referencing The Song.... Best I could come up was: I bless the planes down in Africa I hear the Huns echoing tonight I then I got distracted again looking at the kit No surprise I'll be doing this scheme And as far as aftermarket stuff goes, managed to track these down in the attic Had these kicking around since I was in my teens, went through a Tamiya Luftwaffe phase. This'll be my first German plane build in a long time! I'm very excited to take a bash at th
  11. This was my first Hobby Boss kit. I started it in earnest in the fall of 2012 and hit the first “snag” soon after. I had to repaint the seat several times to get the effect I wanted and stopped construction for several weeks. Then I took up the gauntlet again. The plastic in this kit was sort of odd; in some places it seems quite soft but it also seemed very brittle at times too. I broke several parts just removing them from sprues, and this sure wasn’t my first rodeo. The fore and aft sections of the fuselage presented the next challenge. There was a terrible fit between the two sections. A
  12. Hey everyone I've been busy beavering away on my Revell (Hasagawa) Phantom F.4M (FGR.2) and I'm loving it, but as my work is starting to quieten down I've suddenly had the urge to build a Tornado. I have the Revell Tornado IDS in the stash and me being me I priced up the AM I want for it and it comes to over £60.00, I nearly pulled the trigger and bought it all, that was until I remembered that I have the Eduard (Revell) Tornado F.3 in the stash that comes with a load of AM as standard - so I'll hang fire on spending more money for now (I say for now coz I WILL get all the AM I can f
  13. XV778 was delivered to the RAF in April 1970 as a GR1. It was converted to GR3 standard in the early 70s when it received the updated Mk103 Pegasus engine, before receiving the laser nose and tail RWR by 1977. This Harrier served in Belize and later took part in exercises in Norway during its time with 1 Sqn at Wittering. The Kinetic kit is absolutely fantastic, fitting together well and with great detail and superb decals. I’ve depicted the Harrier as an early GR3 pre laser nose. Huge thanks to @NG899 for the brilliant and very helpful extra info on the kit and the Harri
  14. I've hit bit of a mental block with my HK B-17 after completing the cockpit so to help bust through it I decided to work on something smaller and less labor intensive so I decided to snag one of Tamiya's excellent P-38 kits. Hopefully working on more of a straightforward project will prevent me from taking the long breaks on the B-17 I've taken so far. Shot a quick coat of black stynlrez primer so I can get going on the wheel wells while I wait (possibly for awhile) on a few other bits and supplies to arrive in the mail. I'll be adding an Ultracast seat w/ harness and a few bit
  15. I have a thread over on The RPF, but I thought I'd start one here as well. Since Bandai never came out with a 1/48 Y-Wing, I have decided to make one on my own. I'm using my 3D printer (Elegoo Mars) to print these parts. The model is from CGTrader and I'm scaling it to the appropriate size, relative to the 1/48 X-Wing. So here we go! I'm going to use this thread to document my build. So here we go! Just pulled these two parts off the printer this morning. I waaaaaay overdid the supports on the canopy because it's a very delicate part, and because I didn't want it warpi
  16. For the few who've been following my WIP thread, here's the finished article, my reminder of a nice day out... And it's goodbye from me... Cheers, Dean
  17. Dear fellow modellers, greetings from Italy. Here you are, just finished, my Special Hobby Re 2005 Sagittario. The kit is a bit tricky like all Special Hobby ones but a lot better compared to others from the same brand. This airplane has a beatufil design, one of my favourites, and it'a pity that there is only one camouflage applicable and very few decals options... unfortunately to few of them entered in service and for a very short time. The model is basically OOB. I've just added Eduard seatbelts, scrhatched some internal details and cut the control surfaces on
  18. Conceived as an anti Zeppelin interceptor; The PB 31E was designed to carry a crew of 5 with two Lewis guns and a fixed 1 1/2 pounder gun, it was intended to be able to patrol for up to 18 hours and wait for passing airships. The PB is for Pemberton Billing the designer who sold his interests in the company to the other directors who promptly changed the name to Supermarine. So this is the first design by the company responsible for the Spitfire. The name Supermarine came from a wonderful piece of logic; if a ship that was under the water was a submarine then a plane that was on top
  19. Hello all! Up next is my all time fave aircraft - the F-15E. For this build, I`ll be doing a Lakenheath `mudhen` with nose art worn during operations against isis targets circa 2018. I will also build groundcrew, equipment & an R-11 fuel tanker to place around it.
  20. Hi all, First post and first model.... I have begun my adventure with the Eduard Tempest V. I began with the Brassin cockpit and after seeing how Eduard had depicted wires, I decided I had to do it myself.... So, here we have the cockpit framework with the oxygen and radio lines installed. The tails of the wiring is left to install to its final locations, behind the IP and aft of the bulkhead behind the pilot. These are the only ones I could add at this point as they don’t appear to run further forward from references. There is a lot of cleanup work to still be do
  21. Hallo This will be my 6th Ju-88 in scale 1/48. The former kits were Revell and Dragon. I thought that this present day kit by ICM would overrule all the old kits. Yes it does. But vice versa. The kit shows me a poor engineering of the basic airframe. The wing joint to the fuselage is a merry-go-round, with one pin. If you try to make a dry fit, nearly impossible. The fuselage is soft in the wing joint area, so you can squeeze it with easy. I built an additional bulkhead. The cockpit has a fresh air ventilation to the wing! Nice! The first
  22. My recent history with finishing group builds isn't good (think the low point was MTO III where I completed 2 models but never put them in the gallery). I do have a good record with Tamiya 1/48 armour though. I've managed to get a couple of them finished in Blitzbuilds. I have the Pz.III gun tank and a couple of StuGs in the stash, but since the latter are so well represented, I thought I'd stick with the original tank. I've built the Matchbox Ausf L at least three times so I have a fair idea of what it should look like with it's long gun and fancy spaced armour. The only thing I'm
  23. That's South East Asian, most Skyhawks were seaworthy out of the crate From wikipedia: Due to the declining relationship between Indonesia and the Soviet Union, there was a lack of spare parts for military hardware supplied by the Communist Bloc. Soon, most of them were scrapped. The Indonesian Air Force (TNI-AU) acquired A-4 Skyhawks to replace its Il-28 Beagles and Tu-16 Badgers in a covert operation with Israel... The A-4 served the Indonesian Air Force from 1982 until 2003. Take one Hobbyboss 1/48 A-4E, add in some Airies resin for the Israeli extended exhaust and
  24. Hi All, I'm ready to tackle this beast finally! I've wanted to do a flaps and slats down version for as long as I can remember. In fact, the white (yellowed) plastic in the pics are from Circa 1987/88 Anywho. I - very carefully - cut the flaps and slats with the intention of making an internal structure for the wings. And of course, the wing halves immediately pancaked. So I ordered a third model once Revell Germany re-released the kit. With the intention of making a "buck" of the inside of the wings, I reckoned I co
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