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  1. Happy Christmas, All! Trying to get a couple (read several) projects running during my winter break. I had pulled several longtime denizens of the stash down, one of them being the 1/48 N1K1 George, which I had done a little noodling on - cleaning parts etc. Started it in earnest when I discovered I had the Hasegawa kit of the same subject in the stash as well. So down the rabbit hole I go! Cockpit colors are my interpretation and I believe the instrument panels were actually black, but here's the action so far: Tamiya cockpit Hasegawa
  2. Hello Dears, I know, I should have waited tomorrow for having a good daylight pic ! But can't wait to share her with you !! I started her and decide, in the making, to dedicate her to a great militaria collector And an avid modeller, I mean the late Lemmy Kilmister ! As a great fan of the gentle peoples from Motorhead.... The kit is the Tamiya Focke Wulf 190F-8 with Eagle cals decals EC#10 Let's have a look at this unusual paint scheme for a german Aircraft ! Yes, she is left almost unpainted, the painting on the wing has been crudely applied with brush
  3. Like many I’ve been looking forward to this GB since I spotted it. As a child the “David and Goliath” aspect of the battle raised it above comparable events straight into mythical status, helped of course by the classic 1969 film, along with many others. The battle is up there with Rorkes Drift, Arnhem and Thermopylae, but has the added bonus that it was in the air. What made it stand out from those listed was the fact that the battle was using new types of planes, tactics and technology in a unique scenario, and on a scale and intensity not seen until then. I had no clear idea of what
  4. Here is my redo of the old Tamiya A6M2b Zero. I will be doing Saburo Sakai's V-103 plane from his time in the Dutch East Indies in early 1942. I am using the kit decals except I am replacing the blue stripe on the tail with a red one. I should be able to start painting tomorrow.---John
  5. Let me introduce you to Tilly. Tilly looks so cute, I didn't want to do a military version, so I've done it as something that a tradesman may have used in the 50's or 60's. 'Jack' was my dad. He didn't have a Tilly, but that's only in this imperfect reality. It isn't intended to be an actual representation of a real vehicle, it's more 'in the spirit of', in the memory of the army of tradesmen who put all the war scarred countries back together. I know there has been endless debate about whether or not there were any Austin Tillys in the RAF. Even if you are someone who spends
  6. I just received this yesterday and already have some cockpit detail painting done. I am going to do it as Gregg Boyington's 1A either side number 883 or the last plane he flew 915. I am hoping to get Fundekals but if not 915 will be easy as all I really need is some white numbers of the correct size and font. Easy to find and those planes did not have a lot of anything but the basic stars and bars and a few numbers. I don't think 915 had nose art or kill markings as the planes were usually shared by multiple pilots and squadrons.---John
  7. Sometimes a picture seeds an idea. I found this photo when I built my Marine Corsair, and it inspired me to try and model this gun carrier as a companion. Tamiya's 1/48 Jeep was the perfect kit for this task. I used the Eduard PE set and Verlinden wheels, and scratch-built a new radiator grille to represent the early front and a wooden box to hold the .5 cal Browning M2 machine guns. The box can be removed to have the Jeep perform other duties if needed. The picture below demonstrates the difference between the early radiator grille guard (vehi
  8. Hi all This is my most recently completed model. It had been languishing in a painted state for a couple of years, so it feels good to get it out of the way. Like my other Tamiya 109s, I only did the following to the model. Fuselage - kit seat replaced with Ultracast seat - antenna wire made from stretched sprue - upper cowl intake opened - cowl gun barrels replaced with Master brass barrels - engine starter crank opening and lift points drilled out -
  9. Hi all I would like to present yet another Emil. This model is a BF 109E-4/B flown by Leutnant Friedrich Wempe, of 6/Jagdgeschwader 77, in Russia, July 1941 If you have not figured it out by now, I really like the Tamiya 109E's. The following was done to the model. Fuselage - kit seat replaced with Ultracast seat - antenna wire made from stretched sprue - upper cowl intake opened - cowl gun barrels replaced with Master brass barrels - engine starter crank ope
  10. Hi all This is another model I finished last year. It represents the Bf 109E-3 flown by Oberleutnant Hans Schmoller-Haldy of 3/Jagdgruppe 88, in Spain during March 1939. I keeping with my minimalist approach to modelling, I did the following to the kit. Fuselage - kit seat replaced with Ultracast seat - antenna wire made from stretched sprue - upper cowl intake opened - cowl gun barrels replaced with Master brass barrels - engine starter crank opening and l
  11. Hi all Here is a 109 I finished last year It represents a 109E-4 of 1/Jagdgeschwader 51 while in Northern France of August 1940. As I usually do, I performed the following minor mods. Fuselage - kit seat replaced with Ultracast seat - KMC resin cockpit sidewalls installed - antenna wire made from stretched sprue - upper cowl intake opened - cowl gun barrels replaced with Master brass barrels - engine starter crank opening and lift points drilled out
  12. Hi all It has been a while since I posted anything, so I thought it time to share my latest finished project. This is an F-51D Mustang, based at Bowen Airfield, Port-au-Prince in the Republic of Haiti, circa 1963. I performed the following minor mods to the kit. Fuselage - perforated cowl vent panels drilled out - antennae wires made from stretched sprue - all lift points and vent holes drilled out - exhaust pipes drilled out - True Details resin
  13. Alright, I already have the Macchi MC.72 up on the board, but I've decided to start with this one first. It should be a pretty straight build. I'll be adding some Yahu PE for the 'pit and I will wire the engine a bit, but for the most part I'm going to stick to the instructions and go by the numbers. Doing this one first, I think will help the MC.72 as well as the S6B I'm already doing. There are the cuffs for the struts that I need to do for both, and rather than getting into plunge molding I'm going to try and cast resin copies of the ones on t
  14. I started this as the A6M2a is just about done and the A6M3 Hamp is about 3/4 done. I am doing it as a Mitsubishi built plane from the 332 Flying Group at Naruo Air Base in 1944. The colors will be Tamiya AS-21 IJN dark green over Tamiya AS-29 gray green. Here is the cockpit so far.---John
  15. Hi! Here's another one of my builds - a ww2 corsair, heavily used with exposure to sun, sand and salty water.
  16. Almost done. I just need to find the right decals for the tail code. I am doing Q-102 and Tamiya printed the tail code in black, I was shown a color picture from WWII and it should be red as Hasegawa did them. Any one have a set of Hasegawa Q-102 tail codes in 1/48th they want to sell? I also need to scrounge up the red wing walk warning stripes, none came with the kit.---John
  17. On 16 February 1945 US Navy Task Force 58 launched a strike against Japanese airfields in Chiba Prefecture. It was the combat début for the Hellcats of VF-12 and VBF-12 aboard USS Randolph (CV-15). Over the Kantō Plain, Mitsubishi J2M3 of the Imperial Japanese Navy's 302nd Kōkūtai intercepted the formation and claimed eight Hellcats destroyed. 302 Kū, a veteran IJN unit, was based at Yokosuka to defend the industrial region south of Tokyo. Difficult to handle for a rookie Mitsubishi's 'Thunderbolt' was a formidable foe in the hands of an experienced pilot. Fast-climbin
  18. Seems i have been working on this for ever .Resin seats ,and those decals that you stick on for the radio sets .I managed to scrape most of the backing paper off . The bomb bay ,could do with a bit of touching up .Notice the missing bit on the right hand `top bit of the fuselage
  19. I know I shouldn't participate in another GB, but how can I say NO to building the iconic Me 262 The aircraft I build is one of the two mounts from Major Rudolf Sinner, Gruppenkommandeur (CO), III./JG 7 in its attractive striped camouflage. All drawings of this aircraft show the stripes in a diagonal pattern across the whole aircraft. I couldn't find from where this originated, but based on the picture below, I paint the stripes in a V pattern With the exception of the nose, all other stripes do line up reasonably well. Of cou
  20. Hi guys, here is my latest built, the 1/48 Tamiya Do 335 two seater. An easy kit very fun to build and paint. I've been inspired by several WWII pics of that plane. by looking the pics, I've noticed that the main leg door is falling. I'll fix it later. Cheers, Manu
  21. Hi folks here's a corsair I have just completed for the group build. It is a Corsair MkIV (KD780) as flown by Lt. Henry Adlam, Senior Pilot of 1846 Sqn. They were based aboard HMS Colossus from 1945-1946 and in June 1945 joined the 14th Carrier Air Group to continue the fight against Japan. The Sqn. went to Australia but the war ended before the carrier and it's air group could take part in any operations. The Sqn. corsair were subsequently dumped at sea somewhere near Sydney. After ferrying many serviceman that had been POWs the carrier sailed for South Africa where the aircraft were temporar
  22. This is my Tamiya A-1 Skyraider “Midnight Cowboy” of the 1st Special Operations Squadron (SOS), 56th Special Operations Wing (SOW). I added a true details Yankee seat, used cutting edge decals and model master paints. This was a commission build and this particular load out was requested by my client. He wanted a weathered ship so I did my best to do that and give proper scale effect.Half way through taking the pictures my sunglasses fell off my head and hit the antenna. Could have been worse and lesson learned. The camera is set on auto setting, nothing special.Thanks for looking
  23. Hello there fellow modellers, I have been posting on here for some time in awe of the models produced, and in great appreciation of the support that Britodeller members give to fellow modellers. With that in mind I've decided t post my latest offering which at this stage I'm calling a practice until I develop my skills further. I also have to say that I also have had the encouragement from the members of my local club to get to this stage and for them who also lurk on here you have seen this before but not quite finished. So without further ado I give you my Dallachy /Banff Strike wing Beau
  24. Hello everybody, Finished as NZ5272 a RNZAF corsair that was made up from 2 damaged aircraft. Decals from Hannants own range Xtradecals. All the best... Gary
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