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  1. My placeholder for PACAF's contribution; 3rd TFW F-4E flying into theatre from Turkey. A small detachment of six planes which left theatre to the boneyard. Hasegawa special edition boxing of '91(?) moulding which was going cheap at LHS many years ago, AM decals, seats, pod, bombs and masks. I have plenty of references, some below, but none answer questions about pod; according to www.dstorm.eu they flew with AN/ALQ-131 in front left Sparrow well: Are pods O/D green or dark grey? How did they attach to Sparrow well in reality? How should I attach them on my model
  2. This is my personal interpretation of the Bf 109 G-10 called Rosemaire. It was a really dirty and weary G-10 U4. The Revell kit is good but uses some baffling shortcuts. Unreal rivets on the cowl, low details on the horizontal stabilizers, cockpit rear armor integral with the fuselage and more… As usual I used Gunze Sangyo Acrylic colors, RLM 76, 75, 83 and a mix of 76 and 75 for the lighter gray of the fuselage. Decals are from HAD, 72086 sheet. Cockpit interior is from Aires resin set. Weathering done with MIG powders and Carbhotello pastels. The colors of this aircraft h
  3. As part of a club GB where we are building old kits (the ACTSMS turns 50 next year) I pulled out this very old Airfix Halifax, first kitted in 1962, this boxing 1967. As I am also trying to get some RAAF subjects done for a club display at our comp in October I am trying to squeeze in as many of these builds for the remainder of the year. So on with the show! My kit is Craft Master boxing for the US market. Good old instruction sheet (no colour guide at all for internals so I will wing it) Decals from this Sky Models sheet
  4. XA897 of 230 Operational Conversion Unit circa 1956 at RAF Waddington.
  5. My next two builds for this GB will be two Eduard Profipack MiG-15's. This first one is the '15bis in Egyptian markings, straight out of the box, even using the PE I hope! Davey.
  6. I suppose given the nature of this GB it is not entirely surprising that there have been a few Canberras entered, though not quite as many yet as in the Vietnam GB where I built a B-57G, and a lot less than there are Mig-17's in the current Africa GB! Anyway I intend to enter another one. I could do it in the earlier Green/Grey scheme to avoid a clash with other modellers, but I do rather fancy the final Hemp/MSG scheme, and bought a tin of Xtracolour Hemp at the same time I bought the kit quite a few years ago, so I will probably go with that. I have to finish off entries in anoth
  7. It’s been a while since I’ve posted on here, but I’ve finally finished the Eduard Profi 1/72 Zlin 37A Čmelák I’ve been building of late. This particular registered aircraft was noted for smuggling a family from East to West Germany before the wall came down and they were placed into the cramped hopper compartment behind the cockpit for the journey. The conditions just don’t bear thinking about! The kit is really easy to build and well detailed for such a small scale, however, the instructions are incorrect on a couple of instances with regard to the decals. The ‘Z-37A’ decal should be applied
  8. Hi everyone, the A-4 Skyhawk GB is looming ever so close, and I have stupidly decided to finish this A-4B started eons ago. That is the plan no matter how silly it sounds. Silly because I am trying to finish my Etendard IV M from the Heller GB, and because I am entering another A-4B from Airfix in the A-4 GB... This one is being built almost OOB. I am using a Pavla Escapac seat. As the airframe I am modelling has the new type of rims, I have stolen the wheels from an Esci A-4E. And the underwing tanks a well, as they are better than the Airfix items. I jazzed up the
  9. Thread update, 26th April 2021 Originally, this thread started out as one for just the Arma kits in my stash, which miraculously seem to multiply all by themselves! But latterly one or two examples of Airfix's Mk.I fabric-wing Hurricane have crept in, and by some strange coincidence seem to be multiplying as well. The first two Arma models are about 3/4 completed, and unable to resist any longer I've finally dipped into my first Airfix ragwing, which first appears part-way down Page 7. No doubt the Arma and Airfix builds will become a confusing mish-mash, interspersed with photos of our c
  10. Rejoining with this, my final full VacForm kit. The initial sheet, having outlined the parts with an HB pencil. And after some removal from the backing sheet. This kit cost me £10 from Hannants in 1997. This kit had no decals, so I've acquired this decal-sheet. Going for that Coral Sea option. This build, in flight, no bumps and bulges. As simple as possible. The kit includes, but doesn't mention a blank canopy on the sheet, as well as two clear ones, so I'm thinking greyed-out. Comparison build, I'm building a Hasegawa Skywarri
  11. Hi, Now I have finished the builds in a couple of other GB I can get back to this one and get my "Monty's Caravan and Daimler Dingo" finished. However, a few weeks ago I swapped a few kits with Pat in Scotland and as a result acquired this beauty – thanks Pat! I don't know if this is true, but I have read that a couple of Italian brothers who were modellers, fed up with the lack of proprietary kits of Italian planes, decided to set up their own company to build them – Supermodel. The company produced an initial batch of kits in around 1973 of which this was one, the others b
  12. I'm embarking on a project with the goal of representing a Hawker Hurricane in the markings of each Allied country that did not use more-or-less standard UK markings. First stage of this goal will be to represent a Hurricane with markings from every continent. Probably as follows: Africa: Egypt; Asia: Iran; Australia; Europe: Yugoslavia; North America: USA (actually RN plane, but US markings in Operation Torch); South America: Argentina. Second stage will be to complete the rest (mostly other European markings--e.g., Soviet Union, Finland,
  13. 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
  14. 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
  15. Beautiful 3D printed kit from @One Man Model Toshihiko Shimizu The main challenge is to get rid of surface texture, especially on corrugated areas
  16. My contribution to the group build is a Royal Australian Navy Bristol Sycamore HR.51 in 1/72 scale. The kit is from UK manufacturer S&M Models "Specialists in forgotten or ignored British Aircraft, Airlines and Airliners". It is a lovely kit with very finely moulded details and markings for the two models shown on the box top below. The first 3 Sycamores (HR.50) arrived in Australia aboard HMAS Vengeance in 1951 with an additional 10 (HR.51) subsequently purchased. They initially served in a bare metal finish with 900 series side numbers but took on the two-tone white over Oxf
  17. I bought a resin kit of Hedi. It seemed Ok compared to pictures. It is clearly based on parts from Emhar's A7V kit wich suits me well. I had seen that there were a couple of things that needed to be fixed. The doors should actually be flush with the hull sides and I could have let it pass but the hinges are placed incorrectly on one side of the body. I was impressed by the handles at the doors though. However, I discovered that the "turrets" in the corners are too low and I felt that it was too much work to trying to fix that. It was time to bring
  18. Rejoining you with this Hasegawa 1/72 EKA-3B Skywarrior, costing me £10 from Hannants at SMW2002. Instructions and decals. Options and parts And boy is this a BIG model!
  19. I'm going to build a CA-28 Ceres. This was a development of the Wirraway, built using some Wirraway components (although not a lot was used without modification), and saw quite extensive use as a crop duster in Australia. I've been wanting to build one of these since I first saw the one at the Moorabbin air museum near Melbourne, finally got round to buying one - this is the LiftHere! resin kit in 1/72. Here's what you get in the box: Nicely cast resin, vacform canopy (and a spare), and a simple but good-looking decal sheet for the one option shown on the box.
  20. Next one from me will be this oldie; Looks to be a fairly straightforward build but the canopy is way too small and very brown and the decals are very basic so I'll have to sort those out. An Aeroclub ejection seat will help with the detail as well as a bit of extra weight up front. The kit has got a few of those new fangled injection moulded parts which will never catch on. I should get the parts separated from the sheet tonight. No idea of what markings this will end up with yet. Steve
  21. Morning again! I am declaring a third entrant for the GB. With the two Fresco-Cs being pretty much OOB I'm potentially going back to butchery with this build. With the very kind donation of a Bilek kit by Wez @Wez, and having a third Fresco-C kit on the shelf, I am going for one of the small batch of machines operated by this neighbour of Mali. Here is the only (as far as I know) photo of her: Credit: Tom Cooper's "African MiGs" Volume 1 The kit arrived today, together with the decals and Wez's generous inclusion of appropriate wheels
  22. 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
  23. Hi all, Originally want to join with F-4G, but scrap it sonce I don't have the correct marking. But I still have a Fujimi 1/72 A-4KU "Free Kuwait" although I can see the decal has already start yellowing... I will build it without any aftermarket, but will probably add some detail which I will simply scratchbuild along the way. As always, any comments are welcome. Cheers, Mario
  24. Hi all. Please see attached some photos of this Focke Wulf I finished some time ago. Built out of the box, bought it partly for the Norway-themed decals. This aircraft was stationed at Herdla outsider of Bergen at some time during the war. Makes me curious about who "Ingeborg" was (or still is), it's a common name in norwegian. The build was straight forward, some irritating issues that I didn't fix, such as thick trailing edges and some strange depresseions on the top side of the flaps, and inspection hatch on both sides of the vertical stab. Finished wi
  25. This is my personal interpretation of the Bf 109 G-10 called Rosemaire. It was a really dirty and weary G-10 U4. The Revell kit is good but uses some baffling shortcuts. Unreal rivets on the cowl, low details on the horizontal stabilizers, cockpit rear armor integral with the fuselage and more… As usual I used Gunze Sangyo Acrylic colors, RLM 76, 75, 83 and a mix of 76 and 75 for the lighter gray of the fuselage. Decals are from HAD, 72086 sheet. Cockpit interior is from Aires resin set. Weathering done with MIG powders and Carbhotello pastels. The colors of this aircraft h
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