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  1. This was actually intended for Lockheed GB But one thing led to another, I missed the build deadline, and finished it several days ago... So here it is.. Hasegawa 1/72 CF-104, OOB beside wires for the ejection seat. I use mostly AK Interactive Xtreme Metal, Mr.Hobby Super Metallic, and Mr.Color paints. Cheers, Mario
  2. Next out of the gate for me is the early '90's boxing of the Hobbycraft F2H Banshee: I've had this kit in my stash since my mid-90's buying spree. I always liked the Banshee and it's older sibling the FH-1 Phantom. When I was in elementary school and my school library was selling "old" books they didn't want anymore, I snapped up 2 books about airplanes: one about transport planes and this one: My dad was a WWII airplane modeler and I had lots of them on my ceiling, so this was my first real taste of the jet-age, so to speak. Truth be told, I liked the FH-1 better than the F2H, but mostly because it's canopy looked more like what I would find on my beloved WWII aircraft. The Banshee's canopy seemed more "jet age". Actually, my favorite plane in that book was the F4D, but that is a model for another day... This kit starts off (like the B-57 I just finished) with decals that are incredibly out of register: The yellow is off by maybe a half inch from the white that is supposed to be underneath it. Since it only affects the yellow, and the scheme I'd chosen has yellow tail stripes, I thought maybe I'd paint the stripes on and use the other decals that didn't have yellow. But then I took a close look at the decals and they just seem... off. They have kind of rough edges and are very matte -- makes me wonder if they'd just break apart in water. Besides, the matte won't work real well with a gloss aircraft. I really wanted to do a dark blue Banshee, but all the after market decals I could find were for gull gray banshees. Lucky for me I was able to find a sheet from a later boxing of the same kit: As an added bonus, the instructions have no painting instructions. None. So I've had to rely on research for the cockpit colors and that has been a little bit of a puzzle. Some cockpit photos show the interior as black, some as gray and some modelers (and some model instructions I found at scalemates) show the cockpit as Zinc Chromate. It could be that all are true of different periods of time. In the end I went with gray, because that's what the Banshee at the Naval Aviation museum is. I started off by spraying the interior pieces with MRP FS35237: The instrument panels were painted black, with dry brushing of gunship gray, then dark ghost gray and finally steel. The instrument panels are not accurate, but I painted red switches about where they would be in the real thing: The seat has been a bit of a challenge as well because it is not molded accurately. It has the head rest of a Martin-Baker ejection seat from the Banshee, but the rest of it doesn't look like any Banshee seat I could find. In the end I painted it gray with a black head rest and painted the seat cushions Olive, which kind of matched a couple of the instructions I found. I'm not going to sweat it too much. I'm still working on it, so no pictures yet. The few pictures of the intakes I found seemed to be the same color as the body, so I painted these parts in preparation of putting the wings together: I used Testors rattle-can enamel Dark Sea Blue thinned with just a couple drops of Mr. Leveling thinner. Turned out quite glossy. That's all for now!
  3. Hi folk's,the madness continues over in the Frog GB,my latest efforts are the Hellcat and Corsair,usual script build'em like we used to back when they were the latest thing hopefully without fogged up canopies and fingerprints in the paintwork.The Corsair is 100% kosher including the original decals,Hellcat's hadn't worn well so replaced the roundels saved the codes.Many thanks for looking Oh and for our "younger" members Frog went bust way back in the seventies so these kits are all over 40 year old boxings!
  4. WW139 as aboard Ark Royal in the mid 1950s This Sea Venom was the second one delivered to the Royal Navy (the aircraft now preserved at the FAA Museum being the first) and served until 1961. The old Frog kit had its challenges but was a simple and enjoyable build. Just a few extras I added; the strakes in the intakes and some cockpit detail that you can barely see. I also used a vac-form canopy very kindly donated by @perdu that I cut to display open. I was pleasantly surprised by the decals, I thought they might break up but they were fine.
  5. I was going to do a zvezda mi-24 p hind but i had trouble sourcing suitable decals,if i manage to locate some i may build it aswell in this gb ,but I'm going to build the mi- 8mt/ mi-17 hobbyboss kit instead,it looks a smashing kit , i have a decal sheet on its way that i belive will offer a couple of options 1 being an afganistan mi-17 so I'll wait till i can get a good look at the sheet before i choose,i want to apply the finishing touches to my sea king first with the deadline for that gb looming and I'm struggling to find the time at the minute so that'll be close , The box
  6. Since the original post "1944 -- Having A Ball With Chain Lightning" somehow went T.U., I thought I'd try again, although this time, I'll add just a pic or two and see if the post "takes". If it does, I will edit the post and complete the original first installment! We'll see. Anyway, since I was born in 1944, and the Lockheed XP-58 Chain Lightning first flew that year, and since I've had the Planet Models offering in the stash forever, and this finally seems like a good reason to actually build it, here goes. First, the model: Above right, as is my custom, I immediately began the build in a non-standard manner (Instructions? Instructions? Real men don't need no instructions!). I began by gluing the cockpit side panels to their respective fuselage halves, taking care to position them so that the cockpit floor, etc. would fit later. I also glued the horizontal stabilizer/rudder to one of the two tail booms, assuring that the parts met at a 90 degree angle. Note that the lower fuselage half - the right side - had a bit of a slight warp to it. This influenced my descision to assemble the kit by NOT following the instructions. Now, we'll see if this post takes, before moving on. Ed
  7. Thanks to those of you who followed my WIP, although small in content, helped me with some inspiration to see this through. I was satisfied with the end result and there is much for me to ponder that I will try and improve on for my next build. Overcoming some challenges in the end made it a success for me. I am glad to share with you. Hasegawa F-4 long nose but some modification needed. Eduard cockpit photoetch set and TrueDetails seats. Most of the rest came from the normal parts included. Paint was a combination of Tamiya and Vallejo, most lightened slightly. Revell paints are not available here in Canada, that would have provided better matches. This is the inspiration for me project, the original photographer was kind to send me an original image for me to use here, thank you Mr Friedrich Becker. Thank you for viewing and appreciate any and all comments. Craig
  8. 1968 Simon's Sircus In an attempt to control the size of the stash, I have a rule that my groupbuild entries must come from the existing stash. So while researching 1968 I came across the Sea Vixen's of Simon's Sircus. Simon's Sircus was an aerobatic display team comprising six Sea Vixen FAW.2 aircraft from 892 Squadron. The team operated for a single season during the summer of 1968 and was named after 892 Squadron’s commanding officer, Lt Cdr Simon Idiens. The team's airplanes were painted in standard FAA colours of dark gray and white with yellow and black wolf's head badge on the fins. Simon's Sircus pilots had a real lioness for a mascot. Need to find a 1/72 lioness. They were based at RNAS Yeovilton and displayed at numerous RAF Airshows and Royal Navy Air Station Air Days during the 1968 season culminating at the Farnborough Airshow in the September. Towards the end of the season, they flew coordinated displays with the Buccaneers from 809 squadron Phoenix Five This was not the first time the Sea Vixen had been used in a aerobatic team, 766 squadron formed a team of five Sea Vixen FAW.1. Fred's Five displayed during 1962 & 1963. I believe that Simon Idiens was a member of this team I will be using Xtrakit's 1/72 Sea Vixen FAW.2 for this build. Decals will be from the Model Alliance sheet "Royal Navy Aerobatic Teams" This sheet also includes decals for a Buccaneer from the Pheonix Five, waiting for Airfix's new Buccaneer.
  9. Mach 2 1/72 with homemade decals otherwise straight from the box Steve
  10. Special Hobby 1/72 T7 straight from the box With the family..... Steve
  11. Airfix F3 1/72 with scratchbuilt rear cockpit, with homemade decals, this was used by Martin-Baker for the early ejection seat trials Steve
  12. G-ASLW served with the RAF as WS829 before being sold to Rolls-Royce in September 1963 for use as a photographic chase plane. It was sold in July 1969 and after it was attempted to illegally export the aircraft to the Biafran Air Force ran short of fuel and ditched in the sea off the Cape Verde Islands. This is the old Matchbox Meteor NF14 with home made decals. Thanks for looking. Steve
  13. Well, back again for another round! As stated at the end of my last build, I decided to dig out a decades old Shelf Queen. This was started with the old Paragon? 1/72 resin XB-40 conversion set and the old Hasegawa B-17F kit for "Hell's Angels": I had started this kit years ago, and had gotten this far: As you can see in the photo, there were a few problems with this kit. First off, it had the wrong windows set-up in the nose compared to the XB-40, which was based on a very early B-17F-1-BO. Also, the windows didn't fit very well, and while I had been able in years before this to glue in clear windows with CA and then sand and then polish them, it didn't work out very well this time around, particularly where the gun holes were already in the clear parts; they also turned out pretty hazy, rather than clear. The next photo shows the nose gun conversion, which later became standard on the B-17G: In the picture above, right, I even re-located the waist gun on that side forward, as the few pictures around at that time indicated. The waist gun windows were masked over from the inside using Scotch tape, which I figured could be fished out after painting -- a good idea at the time, not as good after the tape sat for more than 20 years! At this point, I become frustrated with the windows problem, and she became an official Shelf Queen, but I looked at her every few years, but didn't come up with a solution. Fast forward to this week, and seeking a project that for once had no natural metal, I decided to drag the old girl out for yet another look, having gleaned a few more photos on-line over the passing years. And that's when I realized.....I'd screwed up, as the following picture shows: The waist gun on the right side of the first XB-40, 41-24341, had NOT been moved forward! All my work moving it was a wasted effort. To be sure the gun position HAD been moved forward on the "Y"B-40, but not on the "X"! After pondering whether I could cut open the fuse and redo the waist gun, I decided to take a look the the Academy B-17E kit I had in the stash, awaiting birth as a Midway B-17; since the B-17E and B-17F are said to mostly be the same externally, except for the nose glazing, it seemed worth a shot: The very first thing I checked was the fit of the clear windows -- how much filling would be required. The two small ones I took off the trees and fit to the model fit perfectly. Also, they were almost entirely correct for the XB-40! So far, so good. Next, I noticed that the Academy B-17E kit had provisions for you to cut out the right side waist gun position that you preferred: So, I cut out the rear-most or non-staggered position. Again, so far, so good. Next thing was to make the cutouts for the rear top turret part of the conversion: The conversion part turned out to be 38 or 39mm in length after I used debonder to remove the part from the Hasegawa kit. It turned out to be 20-21 mm in width, which fortuitously happened to correspond to existing kit lines of the Academy B-17E kit. So, as is my custom these days, I used Dymo tape and a scriber to scribe very fine, precise lines to guide a very fine-bladed razor saw for the cut-ous: This method provides a very precise cut-out, as can be seen below: At this point, there was a very slight difference in height between the Academy kit and the resin part: This is taken care of by two strips of 40 thou card glued from the inside with liquid glue, and aligned carefully with the outside of the fuse, to reduce later sanding and filling: Above right, the bomb bay door were glued in place. Since this was a bomber escort, it's carrying capacity was for ammo, not bombs, so there wouldn't be much to see if the bay was left open. Contrary to remarks of another builder on-line, I found the doors to fit very well. I re-enforced them with small strips of card on the inside of the ends, and set the whole shebang aside to dry. Well, looks like I'm off to a good start -- praying for smooth sailing... See you soon, Ed
  14. A smashing little quick build, the hobbyboss mi-17 kit in 1/72 built in the 80s front line asia gb, It represents an afghan mi-17 from the soviet conflict, built oob exept for some old pe seatbelts from the spares box, btw, windscreen wipers to be painted when i get my new spectacles Cheers
  15. AMP 1/72 straight from the box Steve
  16. Aeroclub T7 1/72 with homemade decals. Converted from single-seater G-AIDC Steve
  17. This is the AMP kit in 1/72 with Classix Ford Thames ET6 (lengthened chassis and new flat-bed), both are with homemade decals Steve
  18. Hello all... Im going to be building a P-47D of the 201st Fighter Squadron Mexican Air Force. Stationed at Clark field April 1945. I will be using the Revell 1/72 P-47 kit for this. I will be using these Decals from Aztec models. Like my recent Bearcat build these decals are a gift from @RidgeRunner and are very much appreciated. While talking about the decals i presumed i was just going to get the ones for my plane. Nope he sent me the whole set minus the ones he needed. Needless to say i was very shocked when i saw them, however the benefit will result in a Cuban P-47 as well in the near future( just need to by another kit). This will be a slower build as I've currently got five builds on the go, and the other four are for group builds. This will be a fill in build while something is drying/setting in those builds. Questions, comments, good stories, and or thoughts are welcome. Dennis
  19. Hello all - I started this kit a few nights ago but have only got round to posting tonight - I’m going back to 1/72 land after a brief jaunt into 1/48 - which I thoroughly enjoyed but I have a large stash of aircraft in the smaller variety so I reckon I’ll try to get as many of those finished before buying any more kits - that’s the plan in any case . Here’s the kit - the new tooled Il-2 from tamiya - I bought this from a supplier in japan as I couldn’t find it anywhere else - took about 2 months to arrive but I was v happy when it did. I love Soviet warbirds - so utilitarian - brutish and gnarly. I want to build a load of them but this is the first on the hit list. Not much in the way of aftermarket- some resin wheels and a canopy mask. Starting this off - begining with the fuselage. This went together nicely as you would expect from a tamiya new tool... With that complete I got into the pit... which I’ve just about finished... sorry I neglected to take pictures. Forgot I was Wip ing I added some eduard seatbelts - after gluing into place they got a coat of tamiya panel line wash - brown. The instrument panel was quite nice - the decal went on nicely - I painted on some details and then put on another wash after a gloss coat. The fuel tank was painted black and then I dry brushed on aluminum- followed by a panel line wash. The rear section has some nice detail but is still pretty sparse. After the initial coat of tamiya xf22, I dry brushed a lighter colour - base coat with added white. Then picked out some details with a few more colours. There was a pretty big seam line on the floor of the back section- so I added some wire to cover this up... So a quick dry fit to make sure everything was on track... Fit is very good. I’m enjoying this immensely so far - hopefully things continue in this vain. More to follow shortly - thanks for looking in !
  20. Hi all, first work I'm posting on here. Relatively new modeler, this is probably my seventh completed build. Open to any critiques and constructive criticism! The model is of a YF-19 test jet/mecha (they call them variable fighters) from the anime Macross Plus. The story pits this conventionally controlled fighter against a neural-controlled YF-21 in test trials to see which would be the replacement for the current fleet fighter. The photos might hide some of the horrors, but from my own critical eye there's a noticeable amount of silvering in some decals, I butchered some areas I tried to re-scribe, and there are some joins that could have been puttied and sanded better. Also, I snapped apart one of the foot/engine nozzles, which is why they are uneven. I tried making my own stand for the first time, converting this to an in-flight model. This meant drilling a hole and plugging in a styrene tube to support a brass rod. It actually worked out pretty well, but it is very back heavy. I'm hoping the base I'm making for this will support it hah, but wanted to snap some photos first. In the stash is the 1/48 version of this plane, but I'm waiting for my skills to improve before I tackle it. Thinking a color closer to white for that one. This 1/72 version was good practice, and I will be building the YF-21 companion soon as well. Stynylrez grey primer Mission Model paints, Mission Model & Vallejo Metal Color for metals Molotow Liquid Chrome pen & Tamiya clears for the lights Mission Models gloss & Allclad Klear Kote Matte Mig enamel & mechanical pencil for panel lines (I generally like subtle panel line colors, but figured with an anime subject black was the right choice)
  21. Hi Folk's a mere 5 months after I came into this world, down at RAF Coltishall 74 Squadron became the first unit to fly the mighty Lightning. It's been a favourite of mine since I glued the old Airfix kit to my hand's,table and floor waaay back but over the years I've avoided them because of silver finishes.I've just had the pleasure though of finishing Airfix's F6 in the later Gray scheme and picked up another late schemed version back in June for a tenner at the Northern show so I'll reign in the mass building frenzy of the Frog GB and stick to one possibly two for this one. And here's the one just completed.
  22. Righty-ho, here's another completion for the year, KP's re-issue of the RV Aircraft 1/72 MiG-21UM in Cuban colours. Colours are a mixture of Humbrol and Xtracolor; an old tin of Humbrol Authentic HG10 German WW1 Blue combined with 117 US Light Green for the uppersurface and 65 Aircraft Blue for the underside. Xtracolor X629 Soviet Cockpit Green/Blue, X628 Eastern Bloc Wheel Hub Green, Revell 6 Tar Black and various Humbrol colours were used for the details. Decals are from Aztec Models' "Castro's Raiders" sheet. The model is semi-fictional as I went with the theory that MiG-21UM "Black 526" was probably initially camouflaged in the typical Green/Blue scheme and later repainted in to it's current Green/Sand/Brown one. I also used THIS image as a guide with some interpretation of other pictures of Cuban MiG-21's from THIS page and elsewhere. A little history culled from the 'net: The kit itself is OK, but is typical limited run offering in that plenty of test fitting and filler is needed. It comes with two canopy options - a single part one for display closed and a three piece one so you can display the canopy open. I cracked the single piece one and had to use the three part one instead. Surprisingly the multipart canopy was a better fit! I used NH Detail's MiG-21MF Exterior and Quickboost's MiG-21MF Air Scoop sets as the kit is missing a few items (namely the "Odd Rods" IFF antennas) and the kit air scoops are a bit "blobby"! Now for the photos: Comments welcome! Mike.
  23. Hi all Here is my new victim, the Bf109G6 from Airfix. Not a top notch kit, but not bad at all. Good kit for the buck! The kit presents three painting schemes: "MT-422" flown by SSgt. Bjore Hielm of 2/HLeLv 31, Suomen Ilmavoimat (Finnish Air Force), 1948. "Double Chevron and Bar" flown by Maj. Kurt Brandle of II./JG 3, Luftwaffe, 1943. "4-70" of 23 Gruppo, 3 Stormo, Regia Aeronautica, St. Cerveteri, August 1943. I like different painting schemes and the Italian was appealing, but the national insignia in the wings are wrong, so I decided for the Finnish version. It helped that a Finnish GB was formed in the Webkits website! Here are the photos for the instructions and decals, just in case someone needs it. Looking through the web the only profile I found was this one below: However, in various discussion forums such as: Webkits, Hyperscale, Britmodeller and ww2aircraft. I found that the shark mouth and the bat+moon emblem were never applied together. According to that sources the MT-422 ME109 was a G-6 allocated to 2/HLeLv 31 in Utti, Finland, with W.Nr. 411938, Stammkennzeichen RX+RX. Also, the MT-422 was one of the very few G-6 aircraft to be repainted in so called Finnish War scheme: Upper surface in Olive Green + Black and Underside in Light Blue Grey (DN-Grey). Source: http://ipmsstockholm.org/ It also states that SSgt Borje Hielm (later founder of the Finnish IPMS branch) painted the famous shark mouth on his plane (MT-422). That took place in February 1948. But the nose art was only for a short period due to the painting being ordered to be washed out before Air Force Day (06/03/1948). The Bat + Moon emblem was introduced to use from June 1948 onwards. Thereafter, most probably the shark mouth and bat+moon emblem was not painted at the same time, because they did not exist in the same period of time. Another interesting information is that the MT-422 was "normal' G-6, this meaning: heavy framed canopy, short tail and sometimes wing-gun gondolas were installed, but no guns inside the wing. Another interesting feature is the spinner in RLM70 (not black) with White tip. After saying that, I'll be doing my model as per the profile below, except for not using that weird green on the spinner. Here is the only photo of the real aircraft that apparently exists: That's it for while! Stay tuned!
  24. Hi all - here are a few pics from my current build. I am going 'full detail' on the excellent 1/72 Hind E kit from Zvezda. I have interior PE from North Star Models, exterior PE from Ace Models, resin wheels from Armory, the JakB-12.7 machine gun and Duas probe from Master, and the Hind stencil decals from Linden Hill. I'll be doing the kit decals option from Mahlwinkel, GDR in 1993 as I like the look of the 'classic' Hind clover-leaf camo. I'll be pushing my scratchbuilding skills to the limit as I have opened up the hydraulics block (see pics) and also aim to scratchbuild the APU and air conditioning piping below the pilots cockpit on the port side. All the kit compartment options will be built 'open' including the engine bays, main gearbox and troop cabin. I have 2 excellent books on the Hind (the 'Yellow Series' book by Jakob Fojtik and the HT Model book) to help me. Photos show progress so far, I'm aiming to detail up as many parts as possible before painting. Hope you like.
  25. Yep, its me again! My last Frog kit from the stash, a Revell boxing of the Ar 234 Blitz with options to make the B, C, C2 versions, one including a V1 doodlebug. Another great Frog kit from my childhood, and a VFM kit with all those options. At this point i am not sure which version to build. Preferences anybody??? Thanks for looking, Cheers Greg
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