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  1. Joining you with this Special Hobby 1/72 Martin Baltimore, The boxart option is 13 Squadron Royal Hellenic AF (Greek) operating from Gambut, Libya, with RAF Coastal Command. The kit cost me £13.50 from Hannants, in 2002.
  2. @bootneck.....Gotta build 'em some time (but like I said elsewhere, bear with me, it's been a while). Probably a couple of others. The wheels of these kits are singularly horrible IIRC, but given the sheer number of them that I have, resin replacements are not really an option.....Gonna have to get creative.
  3. With my Buccaneer finished and my F-111F coming along steadily, I thought I might start another build. I bought my first F.3 back in around 1987 from an excellent model shop at Monk Bar in York - it was the newly released Matchbox one. A couple of years later Hasegawa released theirs and this is one of a batch of half a dozen or so of their kits I bought in the early 1990's including the Aardvark I am currently building and the F-15C eagle in the Interceptors GB. Given the way the decs are beginning to deteriorate I thought it would be a good idea to get them built ASAP. The
  4. You may have noticed that there have been a number of threads recently about the Swift, specifically the Airfix 1/72 version. Some have compared it to its contemporary the Hawker Hunter. It occurred to me that I have made kits of both in the past few weeks so, as a bit of fun, I've posed them together by way of comparison (and it comes as a surprise to me to see just how big the Swift was...or was it just further away?) Anyhoo, here are the pictures and you will see from the hashtag that I intend this to be the first of a series as I have other comparisons
  5. All: does anyone know if a conversion set exists? I know that some of the aircraft's features can be duplicated with some off-the-shelf blisters, FLIR turret, and so forth, but has any manufacturer done/contemplated this mod?
  6. Hi everyone! Inspired by @AliGauld's and @Dandie Dinmont's concurrent builds, and being a perpetual starter, I decided I'd have a go at one of my newly arrived Airfix P-51D Mustangs. I remember, aged nine or ten, building the 1974 issue in the boxtop scheme "Cripes a' Mighty" at my dearly-departed Grandmother's flat one school summer holiday over forty years ago, and being incredibly proud of masking the blue nose (3M automotive masking tape blagged from my Dad ). I've just found one of these same kits, which is allegedly "mint condition", which I'll add to my nascent n
  7. Since I’ve already decided on a kit and a scheme I thought I’d start a thread early. Starting from here. I’ll be building one of these. Now I need to go and figure what’s different between the B and the E models
  8. Good evening everyone. The de Havilland Sea Vixen is an aircraft of singular appearance is it not? You notice it. The sweep and curve of its geometry. Formed not only from the requirements of naval aviation but (covertly, one suspects) from those1950s fantasies about how fast and silver a technological future would look. It was the kind of aircraft Captain Scarlet would have trained on and was capable, if required, of protecting the Earth from UFO invasion. At least I think so. I'm going to build two of them partly for the aforementioned reasons
  9. Notwithstanding some kits earmarked for GBs this is the last of the 1/72 aircraft on the stash, it’s also a fairly complex build and I have to admit although I’ve tried to build one in the past I don’t ever remember completing one. So for that reason I’m starting a new thread instead of adding it to my stash clearance one. An interesting fact I always thought the nickname was an allusion to the amount of rigging wires on the Swordfish however it isn’t. It’s a reference to the versatility of the plane that it was as useful as a stringbag. Still to decide on a colour sch
  10. Over lockdown I've been reading a lot of history books and stumbled across the story of Adrian Warburton via James Holland's excellent Fortress Malta. Without giving too much away to those who don't know, Warburton was a photo reconnaissance pilot based predominantly on Malta during WWII. To find out more you need to read up on him. He has a Wiki page, but that doesn't do the story justice. I've got an ancient Easter Express kit that I'm going to build in the re-badged French scheme that Warburton flew early on in his career. Sadly the aircraft didn't last long and pict
  11. Hi. i hope I can join in with this. As a lucky recipient of the new Airfix 1/72 Buccaneer S2B for my birthday and a phobia of paint jobs it would seem ideal that I at least try to actually finish a model for the first time in 4 years with an easy paint scheme (I hope). Some added nagging on here would be welcome if I seem to be slacking. The model has all the bits for the Gulf War missions but I'm not sure if the included grey scheme would back-date to the Gulf War scheme so I've just got a sheet of half a dozen schemes which should suffice, Pictures to fol
  12. Returning to the Japanese section of the stash I give you the, Hasegawa 1/72 Mitsubishi J2M3 'Raiden' #690 - '302nd Flying Group' From Scalemates, it's a 2004 rebox of a 1977 mould (and the only boxing without the lightning bolts painted on the fuselage (doh!)) Eduard etch and harness, Uschi thread, Colorcoats enamels and Tamiya Weathering Powders used The etch was a trial and the limits of my abilities became clear when trying to fix the canopy handles. I also didn't read the instructions when they said to cut away the undercarriage
  13. Rejoining with this Hasegawa Mosquito, costing me £6 at SMW2001. It has a camo option for 456 which is an RAAF squadron. And a Kangaroo roundel on the entry door.
  14. I am building this kit for a 34SQN (RAAF) 75th Anniversary display in November at our annual competition, using the Proteus CV440 with some nice Hawkeye Models Australia decals. Hoping it will turn out something like this Started earlier this year with the bulkheads and cockpit, the supplied resin floor piece was a bit thin/weak so it was replaced with plastic card, which also helped to secure it into the fuselage side. I don't get along with super glue for structural joints. Installed into the fuselage half Cockpit roof removed to fit clear
  15. I will be joining in with the much maligned Mach 2 Vickers Viscount. I will be converting the kit's -700 airframe to a -800 by way of the Hamilton Hobbies conversion set. It will be marked as one of two aircraft operated in the VIP role by 34 Squadron at RAAF Fairbairn during the 60s, decal from Hawkeye models Australia
  16. So, what do I mean by "when adequate has to be good enough"? Well, anyone who is an Allison P-51/A-36 fan knows that there is no good 1/72 A-36 model out there. I understand that the Academy P-51A is the best bet out there for P-51As, but A-36's just don't have a kit that checks all the boxes. Now... how much of that is rivet counting? I don't know as I'm just getting into Allison engined P-51s. However, a few years ago when looking for an A-36, the Condor offering was described in some places as being "adequate". Frankly, it was the only A-36 kit I could readily find at the time anyway,
  17. For my second entry I am building this Hobby Boss Eurocopter Tiger as an Australian Army armed reconnaissance helicopter. Ironically it has recently been announced that the Tigers will be replaced by AH-64E Apaches. The Tigers had a troubled history, lengthy maintenance requirements resulted in high operating costs and low availability. In addition there were problems with communication and data links. A look at the parts: The instructions are of the exploded diagram style:
  18. Hello, my first group build, I have a kit and I now have an image host for the first time ever, so lets post some pics. I picked up this Dragon 1/72 Pz.Kpfw III Ausf. M w/Schurzen a few months back from ebay while building out the stash, looks like a decent kit and even comes with some Photo Etch, I may add an after market barrel if I can get my hands on one. I've used the Dragon DS tracks before and they seem ok, plus the join can go behind the Schurzen, will see how it goes. Some pics before I get started. A goovy box some instructi
  19. The last of my five-strong Wehrmacht AFV collection is a tank, conceived as a medium-weight fast (30 mph) cruiser. However, the 37mm AT gun of the early variants (less than 700 built of Ausf. A, B, C, D, E and F) proved to be helpless against the armour of the British Matilda and the Soviet KV. So almost 2,000 next generation Pz.Kpfw. IIIs (Ausf.G, H, and early J) were fitted with a 50mm AT gun. However, it was not until the beginning of 1941 that the Ausf.J was upgunned with a long-barrel 50mm cannon, making it a dangerous enemy for most Allied tanks in North Africa.
  20. Another fine thoroughbred from the Hawker stable. I’m going back to 1/72 for this one, fancy something smaller to go with the Meteors, Javelin and Vampire on the shelf. Plus, I’d like to test out my new gloss green/grey spray before using it on 1/48 jets. Nice box art. Very simple sprues, especially after the Kinetic Harrier! The kit includes tailpipes for the F6 and an FGA9. I’ll be making the F6 version as on the box. Nice decal sheet, glad it includes instrument panels. I like the 66 Sqn markings with triangular roun
  21. Finished my first March build ! This very quick refurb of an older kit literally occurred to me on Sunday night, with most work done yesterday. It's a Matchbox Wessex, originally built by me in early 1988 when this kit first appeared. It's had a general spruce-up and repair, repaint of some inaccurate areas (like the blades, pilot, exhausts), wire aerials added and a new set of decals for an aircraft from HMS HERMES in 1974, evacuating British Nationals from the war-torn beaches of Kyrenia in Northern Cyprus. A fast but well worthwhile restoration of this old kit!
  22. In order to deal with the war in the Falklands again, I decided to build the Matchbox Westland Wessex. I found this kit at a low price in a second-hand shop. I started the construction by adding details inside, because the matchbox gives a simple kokpit and only the floor in the passenger compartment. The construction was made of plastic sheets and thin plastic rods.
  23. Ki-61-Id Hien (Tony) | 1/72 | Hasegawa 19th Air Group, Luzon, Philippines, 1945 This was one of the oldest kits in my stash. In my first or second year of college, my parents gave me almost all of the 1/72 Hasegawa Japenese fighter kits for Christmas. I built all but this and the Tojo. About a month ago, I decided I wanted to get started on it soon and posted a question here because the color callouts confused me. Luckily I did, because that's how I found out that the infamous "Shamrock" on the Hasegawa kit is open to considerable debate and likely didn't exis
  24. My second build(of recent times) is a MH47E SOA chinook in 1/72 scale and made by Italeri. I got this from my folks for Christmas(beats socks any day of the week) and after completing the Merkava i immediately got straight onto this. Finally after 14 days of hands on work, i had the chinook completed! Its not been the most enjoyable build i have done due to parts not lining up and parts easily broken or lost, but worst of all was cutting out a whole bottom section to replace with another, when the manufacturer could have just had it in the first place! It nearly kind of broke
  25. Hi folks, Thought I'd best get my contribution to this GB set up in readiness for making a start at the weekend when the firing pistol goes. My kit of choice from the stash (mainly because it's the only Scooter I have), is the 1/72 Airfix A-4B offering. However, as you can see from the obligatory box art shot - mine also has a friend in the form of a MiG-17 to keep them company: I bought this set after spotting it in the Chester Model Centre (back in the good old days before Covid-19 and you could still visit places). I had been wanting the new M
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