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  1. As I've been promising, here is the start of another scratch build, this time the enemy, an S-boot also at 1:48th scale. The s-boot is actually almost the same length as the Fairmile B so the two will make an interesting companion pair when finished. There seem to be basically 5 broad types of s-boots The early war low forecastle boats (Airfix do a kit of this type), a few sub-types The early (really interim) high forecastle type S 30 (or type 26, I'm confused) with an upsweep to the forecastle at the sides of the bridge The mid war type 38 The lat
  2. S309, Grey Fox was one of the 7 steam gunboats built to the Denny & Sons design. They were intended to counter the S-boot threat in the channel and were the smallest RN vessels equipped with steam turbines. They were 135 ft on the waterline, 23 ft 4 inches in breadth and had a draft of 3 ft 9 inches forward. Displacing 135 tons (initially) they could make 36 knots. Grey Fox was built by Yarrow and launched in September 1941, she survived the war and was sold in 1947 They bristled with guns, of various calibres', really being armed from whatever guns were availab
  3. While I was waiting for the decals for the Tiran 4 to arrive, and for the T-34 GB to start, I thought that I'd make a start on this one. The decals for this were ordered at the same time as the ones for the Tiran, so hopefully, they will arrive together. Ever since Tamiya released their first AFV in 1/48th, I’ve had a liking for this scale, and this will be the third tank in this scale that I’ve built this year. As is the norm for me, I don’t want to build it OOTB, and the tank that I’ve chosen to depict will mean that nothing is straight forward. A couple of years ago, I built an Israel
  4. Let me start by saying I love biplanes but I hate rigging so I tend to avoid them. The RNZAF and NZPAF did have a lot though and I feel I have to try, so buoyed by the mediocrity that was my Walrus I attempted the new Airfix Tiger Moth. It is an excellent kit, I used no filler whatsoever and every part literally clicked into place. 20200916_115858[1] I used the SBS etched rigging which is great but doesn't give you the control lines for elevators or rudder. It does give you a number of inspection panels which are post war fitting and as my machine was built in 1939 at Hatfield
  5. A fun build for a change, no issues with the fit very little filler needed and no self induced screw ups. I don't normally build planes with the wings folded but it takes the eye away from the too flat canopy. I used a Print Scale sheet for a MiG killer flown by Ensign Frederick Weber of VF-31 in 1`950. These conformed really well without much in the way of solvent. Thanks for looking.
  6. This is Tamiya’s excellent 1/48th T-55 kit, which I’ve backdated and converted into a Tiran 4. The complete build can be found here; I can see some more Tirans for the future. I just need to source a 105mm main gun though. Thanks for looking and all of the encouragement during the build. It's much appreciated. John.
  7. Three firsts for me on this one: First Eduard Spitfire that everyone tells me is the one to get First MK VIII I have ever built in any scale First with extended wings that so change the classic shape. VIII 4 by [url=https://www.flickr.com/photos/15218468 Well, I found it enjoyable to build though a bit fiddly in places and little things like having to put the exhaust stubs on before painting to be disappointing but yes it is the one to buy and I have plans for a couple more. url=https://flic.kr/p/2jCFMRe][/url]VIII 3 by [url=https://www.flickr.com/p
  8. Here we go with another kreiger kitbash using whatever I've got hanging around. A recent build in the Aircraft section was an Edgely Optica by @Hamiltonian. An unusual looking but useful thing, it inspired me to have a bash. A search through the scrapyard yielded a Revell 'MASH' Bell 47 Helicopter and a Testors (I think) Cessna O2 Forward Air Controller's (FAC) Aircraft. I dismantled the Bell, sanded off the decals and sawed the nose off of the Cessna. Well you would wouldn't you? A little blurred but it shows the general idea. I taped over the bubble to save it from
  9. After a couple of intricate or frankly awful kits I sought sanctuary in a Tamiya kit. This one is finished as NZ5566, of the Fighter Leaders School RNZAF, using Ventura decals. NZ5566 was shipped directly to New Zealand and assembled at Hobsonville in late 1944, she never went to the SW Pacific front and spent all her time in NZ, mainly at Ardmore. Because of this I kept weathing to a reasonab;e level as the climate is nowhere near as harsh as the Solomons and she was not operating from rushed coral airstrips. The flash seems to have washed out most of the weatheri
  10. Since the lockdown started, it seems to be the fashion to go with multiple builds, so I thought, why not. The M51 will continue as it's not far off finished, and I'll do some more on the Centurion, as and when. But as this dropped through my post box a couple of days ago, I decided that I wanted to make a start on the conversion. And this is what you get in the box. X2. It's certainly a very nice looking kit. Gone is the old Tamiya cast metal hull, and this one looks as though it assembles easily. Tamiya include two lengths of metal to give
  11. I don't normally build bisplanes as I hate rigging them. I sometimes make an exception and a set of etched rigging from SBS and a fabulous model posted hear earlier by Jenko enabled me to finish this stalled build. I finished it as an aircraft of the New Zealand Division of the Royal Navy in 1936-38 attached to HMNZS Achilles, using a set of Print Scale decals. Four Walruses( Walrii?) were part of that establishment coded Z! to Z4, though the machine I represented, K5774, was landed back in the UK in mid 1938. Walrus K5774 4 The kit is a joy to build, eve
  12. This is the old but brilliant Accurate Miniatures Avenger, as reboxed by Italeri. The Italeri instructions are just the pictures from the Accurate sheet without the helpful written instructions and the RNZAF Roundels are an appalling light blue and thus unusable. NZ2510 was one of the second batch of machines delivered to and assembled at Hobsonville in late 1943 as part of a total of 63 machines allocated to the RNZAF, though only 48 were actually delivered diverted from USN stocks. . Unusually they were delivered in the then standard USN Tri colour( actually four
  13. Well, it's *almost* done. It lacks the aerials as yet (I kept knocking them off), and the weathering is a bit rough in places, but it's OK. I need to slap the photographer as well, but he was the only one available. I'll do better photos when I think I can hide the worst offences in the weathering/finish. Gestation period of this model is approximately nine years. It had been shelved because I was really unhappy with the finish and the then-fashionable shading techniques were applied. This was from the Grumman F6F-5N Hellcat, 1/48th scale, Eduard Profipack kit, Tamiya,
  14. I finished this shelf sitter today. It was started at the Saturday modelling club in a local library which is sadly but understandably cancelled for the foreseeable future. It comes with masses if interior detail, most of which I decided to ignore as the fit of the upper and lower hull halves was poor. 20200512_143224[1] 20200512_143248[1] I have built the Tamiya T-34 which is some much simpler to put together, but I do like the later but pre-T34/85 turret 20200513_193525[1] 20200513_193509[1] Thank you
  15. This will be my next build for this GB, when I get the Hudson done! Can I take it that it is less than 25% started? Just two seats assembled and a bulkhead on the floor. Subject of this build.
  16. This is the 'late' boxing of the Great Wall Hobbys kit. One of my branch members and I had had a lockdown build of the T-33 he used the Academy kit with loads of resin and I used the GWH kit with just some metal seat belts. We did it via WhatsApp and took a fair number of photos. Both are now finished but I haven't his permission to show you his lovely Navy trainer. 20200507_194313[1] The cockpit is a little too wide at the front and unless shaved down it can distort the nose leading to fit issues with the nose cap. I also had problems with the fit of the wing to fus
  17. Here's one of my builds for the 'In the Navy' GB, Special Hobby's RN boxing of their Airspeed oxford in 1/48th. Built OOB largely not a bad build, see the thread here: Main 'problems' but typical of this type of kit were lack of positive locations for things like the cowlings and associated fixtures and fittings, also the undercarriage was a bit fiddly. I used Vallejo ModelAir Silver RLM 01 over Vallejo Grey Primer. Decals went on perfectly without glossing first and no setting solutions. Just did a random spray of Vallejo Satin Varnish to get a slight variance in the f
  18. Hi! This is my latest 109. I tried to make the paint work look like this picture that comes with the EagleCals decals for Fritz Ungar´s ride. I lightly riveted the surfaces. The paints were mixed using acrylics (a local art&crafts brand). The gloss varnish is PU car paint varnish (great stuff). And the final semi-gloss is Gunze Acrylics. Small scratches were made with Noris Club watercolour pencils. The aerial is 0,10mm fishing line passe
  19. This is the last of my Hasegawa Hurricanes from my stash It is finished as P3585, one of the third production batch and issued to 213 Squadron. On August 11th 1940 whilst being flown by Sgt E.G. Snowden, she was involved in combat with the Luftwaffe and after claiming a Bf 110, P3585 was hit and landed on Lulworth Tank Ranges. She was later repaired and issued to 303 Squadron. Snowden survived the war only to crash a civilian Anson after hitting the Chain Home towers at Ventnor 1947. The kit is straight from the box with the exception of the Propellor which came from my spares and s
  20. This one was a Christmas present from Mrs Fox, well I chose it but she paid. I built my first attempt at this kit whilst waiting for my daughter to be born, and she is now 20! It is one of the greats from Revell of that era, along with the F-86D, I think it is better engineered than the similarly aged Tamiya kit. Anyway enough of my wittering. Straight from the box apart from the seat belts. Painted with a series of rattle cans The decals are from my dwindling stock pf Aeromaster/Eagle Strike. this time to represent machine from the 79th FBS, 20th F
  21. I'm trying to find info on the F-84G photo recon mods done that the Danish and Yugoslav Air Forces used. From what I understand the tip tanks ( T-33 ones? ) were modded with cameras and there may have been a camera fitted in the fuselage. I found this old article here, but all the pictures are gone. This modeller made one using a MADS resin conversion. Anyone know anything about it? https://gramho.com/media/2165249952196738740 So does anyone have and details, photos or drawings of these mods or can point me to where there are any?
  22. Having had to bail out of an STGB (yet again, sorry about that Stix) due to a number of reasons such as lack of time and a domestic disaster, I started looking around for a new build. I haven’t built anything new in 1/48th for several years, even though I have something around a dozen kits. Whilst rummaging through the stash, I came across an M4A2 resin conversion from Formations. Reading the instructions, it says that it has been designed to be used with Tamiya’s M4A1, which fortunately, I had tucked away in the cupboard. Checking what other bits and pieces that I had to hand, I came across s
  23. This one has been hiding in the stash for quite a few years after I bought it last minute at Telford for £7.00. A bargain but I had no plans for it so it just sat there. I fancied a quick build over the Holiday period, not a blitzbuild as such but a brain cleanser to help with a couple of stalled builds. OOB except for some lead foil seatbelts and a layer of card in-between the wheel halves to beef them up. Of course on seeing the photos I realised I had not fitted the wingtip light covers, which has now been remedied. The markings are those included in various boxin
  24. Just wandering through the forum and came across this GB, what a great idea Seems like an ideal time to finish off the lightning I started in the Trainers GB which failed at the end due to a missing part I've got a Peugot 206 WRC to finish, then the Lightning should be a good project over Christmas to finish off Just got to remember where I put it safe now Shouldn't be too hard as it's not small Ian
  25. I didn't expect to finish this one, this side of New Year. It's the hopefully soon to be re-issued 1/48th Javelin. I had bought it when it first came out but put it to one side as it was just too big. Then last year I built a couple of F-102s, an F-101 and an F-106 so what was I scared of? Well the length is fine but it still has an enormous wing span. I normally use the pound coin to show how small my 1/144th stuff is but it seemed appropriate. It went together like a dream and all I added were some belts and a pair of Master pitots. Well worth the money IMHO.
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