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  1. My entry will be Emhar's 1/72 F-94C Starfire. From Wikipeadia. "The Lockheed F-94 Starfire was a first-generation jet aircraft of the United States Air Force. It was developed from the twin-seat Lockheed T-33 Shooting Star in the late 1940s as an all-weather, day/night interceptor. The aircraft reached operational service in May 1950 with Air Defense Command, replacing the piston-engined North American F-82 Twin Mustang in the all-weather interceptor role. The F-94 was the first operational USAF fighter equipped with an afterburner and was the first jet-powered all-weather fighter to enter combat during the Korean War in January 1953. It had a relatively brief operational life, being replaced in the mid-1950s by the Northrop F-89 Scorpion and North American F-86D Sabre." The kit Not a lot of plastic. Plan is to through a bit of aftermarket at it including a replacement cockpit tub.
  2. It's been a while since I posted any progress on modelling work, due mostly to six weeks contract work away from home in London, followed by just over three weeks vacation in Japan. On my return I contracted a chest infection and just felt yuk for a while!. I'm well on the mend now and although I have a handful of projects on the go, I decided I needed a small new project to get my mojo going again. Some constant nagging gentle encouragement from the member for Bury St Edmunds, aka @Courageous, also had a part to play .................. and you will be pleased to know Stuart, I have also done more work on the Vosper, but you'll have to wait a bit to see that! Some of you will have seen some questions I posted in the Interwar section a while back to obtain some information on the Gamecock. Responses were very helpful and encouraged me to start this one which had been sitting in the back of a cupboard for many years. The customary box top artwork, which when I dusted off the box, was in itself enough to get me cutting plastic! A start has now been made....... The cockpit consists of white metal floor and seat, to which I added some wire rudder pedals, which when closed up can't really be seen, but I know they are there......... All closed up with seat inside And the white metal I/P is in there painted up for effect: Lower wing will be next up, together with some work to clean up the white metal front and engine. More to come Terry
  3. If I may, this seems like a good time to build this. What do you mean, 'tidy your room'? That's time I could spend building. Nice bits. A fair bit for flash, some of it a bit thick, such as that around the fin. But, lovely resin wheel well and seat. Plastic is cut:
  4. Hello! My contribution for this GB will be the F100F Wild Weasel I. I've had the deepest respect for all crews involved in the SEAD/DEAD mission (or rather, I remember how tricky it was in the good old PC flight Sim EF2000 back in the 90:s) During the Vietnam war it was clear that something needed to be done about the SA-2 threat on a more permanent basis, and the Wild Weasel concept was born. A fast(ish) two seater was needed, and suitable modded to pick up and and locate the SA-2 radar. Once found, they would then mark the target to lead a bunch of strikers to take the site out. The aircraft chosen was the old (that that time) F-100F because they were available, not because they were the best choice. Equipment were different radar detectors and homing devices and to deal with the threat it was then attacked with cannon, rockets or napalm. Unfortunately the F-100F was slower than the strike team the were supposed to protect, and after less than a year it was replaced in theater by the much more capable EF-105F and the F-105G, which had the speed, equipment and weapons to be a better Weasel. This little picture sums it up best: There is a lot more to read up on the F-100F and its Wild Weasel missions on the net, and I might add that to the reference thread later on. Anyway, the plastic I've chosen is this: Trumpys model is lovely detailed and has plenty of parts which is always nice. I know about the fin having the wrong sweep angle, cockpit being way too long and its also missing all the stuff to make a Weasel out of it. I do not plan to change the cockpit nor the fin, but will make an effort to scratch all needed ECM and radio stuff. Just to show that I haven't started yet, here are the runners: Since I'm almost unable to build models without some AM stuff, I tried to keep my AMS in check and have only got this: LAU-3 and napalm canisters will be taken from the old Hasegawa weapon sets. I can already say that I have no idea of how to paint the rear fuselage with it's massive heat distorted paint/metal but I look forward to experiment on it!
  5. My build will be a Dart engined Dakota and i am going to use the following set.. http://www.aim72.co.uk/page159.html the decals won’t be used as i have a very nice screen printed set for this aircraft wich is more correct from liveries unlimited.. pictures will follow... cheers, Jan
  6. Finished towards the end of 2018, this was a kit that I'd had in my stash for close to 10 years. Had held off on building it telling myself "one day, when I get better at this hobby and won't make a mess of it". Finally got tired of waiting and just bit the bullet. As I recall, the build was relatively trouble-free and I really enjoyed seeing it come together. I built the Austrian Air Force scheme because it was the only one available from the box, I did not manage to source alternative decals in time. Since then I've managed to get my hands on the more recent boxing by Hasegawa, this time with Swedish markings - can't wait to build and paint that one! This is a completely OOB build, weathering was kept subtle as I read somewhere that the Austrians kept their jets pretty clean. As always, thanks for looking
  7. I'd like to join this GB with this kit. I intend to build a WWII SAAF Ventura with it. I have only done about 45 mins of research so far, but I think that I should be able build a SAAF Ventura from this kit, with relatively minor modifications. I do believe it was used for maritime patrol, so should fit nicely into the criteria of this GB. I'll post the mandatory sprue shots as well as some reference photos later. Cheers Jimmy
  8. I didn't realise until late last night that the build threads were getting going. So if I may just 'lay down a marker' for these bad boys... They have been sat in the cupboard stash for a few months - waiting for this GB to 'kick off'. I'll get some sprue shots before the weekend, but the vague idea is to do them as a 'matching' set. They will be strictly OOB and a 'just for fun' project - as my mojo has been a little lacking of late. Hopefully the 'team spirit' of a GB will give me the KUTA I need at the moment. See you at the weekend and good luck everyone, Steve
  9. As I wait for hopefully what will be my next big bird, I figured give a crack at a scale that I'm not anywhere near used to doing. I got this as a going-away present from my shop at Mildenhall (rather than the bog-standard cricket bat everyone gets) and now that I feel a little bit more able, I'm going to attempt to tackle this beastie. I'm also going to take a page from @clive_t for the bare metal, but instead of using plumber's tape, I'm thinking what would be better than something used on actual aircraft? And so, on the suggestion of a coworker, I'll be coating her in what we call in the maintenance world "speed tape!"
  10. I'm pretty excited about this next build because it's been in the making for 19 years. Bear with me... there's a little bit of story here. When I was 16, I got a Testor's F/A-18C for Christmas. I did the best job I could with the skills I had and was pretty proud of it. In college, my best friend gave me an earlier boxing of the same kit because he didn't have the patience to do it (he started it though...). A few years later I built it, but didn't finish it and it's been "mostly finished" for 19 years. So, why didn't I finish it? Well, back then, airbrushing was mostly luck for me because I was struggling with a Testors-branded Aztek airbrush and knew nothing about thinning, priming, etc. I spent more time cleaning the thing to keep the paint flowing than actually painting! In this instance, I was putting the Dark Ghost gray on, with the feathered border against the light gray, and I was doing the last half inch, when the airbrush spat out a big glob of gunk, then proceeded to spider all the thinned paint that was dammed up behind it. I figured I'd have to sand it, then repaint it. Frankly, airbrushing was so frustrating and tedious that I wasn't in a hurry to fix it, so I put it away to "cool off" before I fixed it. Then came kids, and grad school, etc. etc... and here we are. Actually, this isn't a bad thing because I've learned so much since returning to the hobby that I feel I can really do it justice. Plus, it's already assembled and filled and sanded! Here's the kit: I really wanted to do an '80's paint scheme because it's a little more interesting than the one they used in the 1990's onward. I really liked the one I did in high school -- VFA-25 "Fist of the Fleet": I looked and looked for 1980's era decals but everything seems to be from the 90's on. Probably because that's when they started to get more colorful. I liked the decals that came with the kit, but my experience with Testors decals of that era is not good. They seemed to have some sort of milky stuff on them that is hard to get off and turns yellow after only a couple of years (as you can see in the photo above -- although that build is a lot more than a couple of years old -- but you get the idea). So I really wanted after market decals. The scheme that came with the kit was the first operational Navy Hornet squadron in 1980: Those decals are in great shape. But I don't trust them. Well... I lucked out. Just last week I happened to think about this and went to ebay and sure enough found a set of '80's Hornet decals! What's more, they're for VFA-25!! I couldn't believe my luck! What's my plan? I'd originally planned to re-scribe the panel lines since I sanded most of them off, and the rest were so fine that they were hard to see. But I stink at scribing and it never comes out the way I want, so I'm going to use a fine (0.3mm) pencil to draw them on. I've tried the technique on some old models and it seems to work well if you're careful. Also, I have a huge collection of pictures of '80's Hornets and they were filthy! So, this will be my opportunity to make a dirty Hornet. I definitely plan to use salt weathering. So the first step is to sand all the old paint and panel lines off, and then primer it with Mr. Surfacer Black 1500. What's interesting about this build is it was the last one I did before my long break and it shows where my skills were at. If I hadn't had that paint accident, I would've put decals on (no gloss coat, because I didn't know any better) and dull coated it and that would've been the end of it. I really didn't know how to weather/wear jets, and was only really starting to learn how to do it on WWII a/c. What I had achieved at that point was the ability to putty and sand seams pretty well. So, because I'd done this kit in High School as well, it makes for an interesting display of how my skills had grown in 10 years: So, sorry for the long preamble. Hope this will be interesting and you'll want to follow along!
  11. Under the ship killer category - He 177A-5 with Fritz X guided missiles. In 1943 Fritz X missiles sunk the battleship Roma. I hope to do a couple more in the GB time allowing, but i will see how i get on with this one first. TFL Cheers Greg
  12. Thanks for accepting this late entry! This IS the Sharkmouth you were looking for! This is a super little kit. Really impressed by the quality and precision of the mouldings: Panels and rivet detail is a bit heavy but the detail just pops out. The detail in the rocket pods is really nice... The kit provides virtually every weapon the US Army Cobras used in the post-Vietnam era before the upgrade to the S-model, including the fearsome XM-35 cannon: The kit gives you options for different layouts, with and without XM-35, and offers both tail left and right rotor options: The clear parts are really well done, and give you the option of both canopy doors open or closed: The instruction sheet is nicely presented with full colour profiles of all the decal options: This is my choice for the groupbuild - obviously! On with the show... Alan
  13. This project has been running in the background of a number of other builds over the last couple of years. I'm afraid there are no pictures of the early stages of assembly, but we can pick things up now as I start to prepare and apply the paint. I've not done much modelling over the last few months due to work and other things, but I have some spare cycles now to finish the Sabre 4 (repair) and progress this and the Vosper. The IRIAF or the Islamic Republic Iranian Air Force, and prior to that the IIAF, or Imperial Iranian Airforce, has always fascinated me in terms of both aircraft that have served, and the style of camouflage. I seem to recall way back around the time the USAF began to apply the SEA two greens and tan camouflage, there was another "approved" American scheme referred to as Asia minor, which was brown, sand and green. I did once have the ability to reel off the FS numbers for these schemes, but right at this moment I confess I have a sheet of reference numbers giving Dark Green FS34079, Dark Brown FS 30140, Sand FS 30400 and Light Grey FS 36622. Anyway, the IRIAF scheme of that time derived form the Asia minor variety, and for some inexplicable reason, I love it! My desired "to do" list of aircraft in such a scheme includes F-5A's, B's, E's and F's, F-4D's and E's, and the good old F-14A. So this is my first example................ It's quite an old kit now, although not as old as the original F-5A "Freedom Fighter". I plan to use decals from the excellent Hi-Decal Line set no 72-052 for several Iranian F-5E/F's. I've also included an ejector seat from True details for the type. I've not quite decided on a load out, but certainly there will be a couple of "live" sidewinders on the wing tip rails, and a centre-line tank, with the wing pylons mounting either 4 x MK82SE bombs with Snakeye retarding fins, or possibly 4 BLU-27's. The story so far is best summed up in pictures I think: Those go back quite a few months when I was getting the surface undercoat to a good state. Then the real fun began with the application of the intricate 3 tone upper surface colours. I'm using Lifecolor acrylics UA 021, UA 001, UA 085 and UA 084 which reference the above mentioned FS numbers. As you can see, things start to get very interesting at this point: And then there is that moment of the great reveal! The keen eyed will notice that the blue tac has left some slight darker residue, but I have found this usually disappears under some Klear at a later stage. There is a fair bit of tidying up to do at the moment, but that's where we are at for now. More will come as things progress. Terry
  14. I was not supposed to start another kit.... But here I am. Again. Oh well, it's a sharkmouth group build and I HAVE to participate! No fancy Jukin Judy (a GWH P-61 will be built with that later on), nor a Grey Nurse (Spitfire VIII) or an Apache (A-36A!) this time but a rather more simple and "quick" build of an Airfix Mustang. I intend to model this little beauty: I have the newish Airfix-kit and some decals from Aztek so everything is ready to go.
  15. Hi, I'll join with this kit; It's Typical 90's Italeri kit, raised, and simple details, based on prototype of the Tiger. But, a good friend of mine gave me this kit, and what way to honor him better than to build it, right? The build is straight forward, and coming rather quickly. After the cockpit and few sub assemblies I thought.yhis going to be a quick build But a dry fitting session afterwards proof the otherwise This gonna be fun.. Cheers, Mario
  16. Slowly adding to my Lightning collection. This is Airfix's 2a with a few additions I've picked up over the years. CMK engine and electronics bay; Barracuda cockpit, wheels and exhausts; Master probe; Xtradecals markings. Think that's everything . Having said that the refuling probe may have come from a Sword kit. Tim
  17. Here's my 1/ 72 Gloster Javelin probably an ex-Frog/Novo Soviet kit boxed without a manufacturer's name or model name. The box top simply translates to “For Assembly, model aircraft, 1:72 scale”. The drawing indicated it was a Javelin and hence I threw in a Model Alliance decal sheet and laboured long nights to cope with clunky plastic and flash. Anyway here’s the result. I wanted to do an RAF 64 Sqn machine that visited India in 1963 for Exercise ‘Shiksha’ with IAF Hunters (along with USAF F-100s and RAAF Canberras). I used the reverse masking technique for the wing walk lines. I've posed it with its archrival the 1/72 A Model Yak 28 Firebar.
  18. I've made my choice, it's the cyber hobby 72nd scale aew. 2 Falklands Boxing, I've got eduard masks, and cockpit, and exterior pe for it, hopefully make a start some time over the weekend The box art Cheers Glynn
  19. Hi all I have been working on this little gem of a kit. This is a lovely kit to put together and looks the part. Slightly simplified without some scoops etc on the top of the fuselage but very pleased with it. Built OOB apart from a small whip aerial on the lower port forward fuselage and the headlights were drilled out with a round burr and painted and filled with lazer bond glue. Brush painted with Humbrol enamels. Great Value for money Kit from Airfix Hope you like Thanks for looking All the best Chris
  20. Hi all, How about this? One of the earliest Night Fighters courtesy of Airfix's 1/72 scale model - To be built OOB but as I'm a glutton for punishment it'll be rigged whilst we're at it. Kind regards IanJ
  21. This kit somehow found its way into my car when I was at Modelkraft Model Show at the weekend. I had never heard of this type but looks rather interesting. First some 'fluff'. The Russian Shavrov SH-2 was an amphibian aircraft in a sesquiplane design that was developed in the 1930's for use as a trainer, fishery protection, patrol and an ambulance. The SH-2 was made primarily of wood and was powered by Shvetsov M-11L 5-cylinder air-cooled radial engine, driving a 2-bladed propeller that was capable of producing 100 hp. Being an amphibian, the SH-2 was fitted with wheels that could be lifted by a hand crank that was fitted on the cockpit dashboard. The cockpit had seats for the pilot plus one other and in the ambulance roll, had room for a stretcher patient behind the seats. Over 700 were built when production started in 1934 and proved very popular with pilots, staying in service until 1964. The kit. The boxart, looks rather cute. 1 plastic sprue. Second sprue. Third sprue. Clear bits. Decals. This will be the first time that I have encountered an Amodel kit and I have few illusions of the work that will be needed with a limited-run kit. A quick inspection of the main sprues show the usual flash and the detail is a little lacking. The glazing is a little thick with a number of options available. Decals look good but only time will tell how well they will go. If anybody knows anything about this puppy that could be useful, chip in. Stuart
  22. My 1/72 Novo lightning with aftermarket decals, handpainted with home enamels. next to my Novo Hunter of the Chilean airforce.
  23. Aftermarket decals and RBFT and ladder!!
  24. Would grafting two Armstrong Siddeley Lynx engines together result in a reasonable Armstrong Siddeley Jaguar? It would require a certain amount of surgery - extending the rear of one engine, and then transplanting the seven individual cylinders from the second engine to achieve the staggered positioning. Armstrong Siddeley Lynx Armstrong Siddeley Jaguar regards, Jack
  25. Hello all, Placeholder for my specialist GB build, the Lockheed Martin SR-71 Blackbird from the Italeri kit: Cheers, Mark.
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