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  1. A little late to the party, but I am starting on my Special Hobby Wirraway. The Wirraway was one of the many variants of the Harvard/Texan theme in this case the NA33 that was licence built by the Commonwealth Aircraft Corporation who modified the type in terms of its armament. When the type was ordered, there was some argument over ordering an American type, but given the need to rapidly expand Australian defence capability, there was little choice. It was to be used as a trainer and General Purpose type and survived in the former role until 1959. As a general purpose aircraft it was caught
  2. Here's the second MiG-15 I'm doing for this GB, an Algerian Trainer. Will be OOB hopefully using the nice PE supplied and hopefully should be a straight forward build. Doing this in tandem with the Egyptian one as explained in that thread. Davey.
  3. My first build for this GB is going to be the Magna 1/72nd scale Martin-Baker MB3 Fighter. The small Martin-Baker company had created some impression with their striking MB2 fighter, which although not selected for production had impressed those who tested it by its simplicity and how easy it was to maintain. When possible Spitfire Hurricane successors were being considered Specification F18/39 was issued to Martin-Baker for a new design that built on the experience of the MB2 but was to be more powerful. This was to be the MB3, originally to be powered by the Rolls-Royce Griffon, but this wa
  4. This is a placeholder for the first of my two builds. I'll be using the excellent Academy 1/72nd scale kit with the Berna Decals for the EALA3/1 option. I've got the LF resin bits and bobs to arm the beastie with but I'm in two minds about using them. Kit and gubbins References The eagle eyed amongst you will have spotted there's two kits in that box, well I haven't settled on my 2nd subject yet (and to be fair, I'm hoping Special Hobby get a wriggle on and release their Harvard kits).
  5. Hi all, First out of the blocks is this little Ausf-B, a magazine partwork picked up from WH Smiths a couple of years back. According to the reference material seen alongside, only 15 of this variant were constructed - The most notable difference between this and later versions being the suspension with 8 wheels rather than 6 each side. The plastic itself is produced by IBG and there is some good quality moulding going on here - Gun barrel, exhausts were already open, suspension seems to be slide moulded and nice chequer plate on th
  6. With the Supermarine 224 finished and the Dewotine D510 at the painting stage, I think I might have time for least another entry. So I have started an Amodel Hawker Fury that I have in the stash. This is a 'short run' kit that offers the wheel spats for the Mk II and nice surface detail, but is probably a harder build than the Matchbox kit I first built in the summer of 1973 after my First Year Uni exams. The Mark II Fury was an upgrade to the original Fury bought by the RAF. It had a more powerful Kestrel engine, wheel spats and increased fuel tankage which gave it a top speed of 22
  7. Also from last year, a build that may especially interest the British membership.} This Hart, as all harts do, loved to race. Purchased by Princess Margaret, she entered the plane in the King's Cup race of 1951 (that was cancelled), and after that in other competitions and events, some times in the company of the Hurricane seen also bellow (and that I will post after this one). The opportunity to build this racer came in the form of a set of high-quality decals produced and released by Arctic Decals. The Hawker Hart is from Amodel, and it's typical of their range: re
  8. I have finally finished my Lancaster. But before I present the photos I would like to make a couple of comments in regards to the Airfix Kit. I don’t think is news to anyone to say this kit is quite mediocre. Throughout the building, I’ve constantly find myself fighting to it rather than enjoining the process. From the get-go, there was something weird about it. As soon as I opened the box an awful stench came out of it! it really stinks. Not sure if all Airfix kits are like this or only my box, but it was so bad that I have to put it far from my workbench. Second, called me spoiled, but I’m u
  9. I decided that I did not have time to build another plane due to other committments, so I thought I would have a shot at this, I bought it about 10 years ago along with the Airfix Saladin and Saracen, but I never opened the box it seems, so I had a bit of a surprise just now. Clearly the one piece wheels and tracks are not normal for Airfix so I had a look on Scalemates and all was revealed. About 20 years ago I bought a couple of kits of the British Light Mk VI tank made by a British company called JB Models during the 1990's. Later, in around 2008 Airfix started selling the same
  10. This will be my entry to this GB, Special Hobby's lovely kit of the Meteor NF.12... The Kit ...I usually try and do something different than what's in the box, the kit provides markings for 25, 46 and 64 Sqns RAF, unfortunately the 25 Sqn markings are incorrect as Special Hobby show the bars as being silver and blue, not silver and black which is correct. For this build I'll be building a 264 Sqn jet stationed at RAF Middleton St George in 1957, these markings will come from Modeldecal sheet 93 and are the yellow and black bars... The stickers
  11. A model from 2 years ago. Civil aviation once had the very democratic dream of providing everyone with a personal plane, as it was happening then with cars. It didn't do it off the goodness of its heart, let's be frank, it wanted to create a market -already filled with home appliances and such-. The dream (sorry, can't help it) never "took off". But the trend spawned a legacy of "flivver", "personal" planes, though, that make the delights of some modelers (I have built a few). Besides the floppy beginnings of the aeronautic endeavors of the Ford company and the later
  12. As There is still a few weeks left to run in this group build I thought I would do another build. From the stash I have retrieved the 1/72nd Amodel kit of the Piasecki HUP Retriever. I am going to build it as one of the three Canadian helicopters of this type and using decals from Print Scale. The Retriever was designed to a USN requirement for a rescue and communication helicopter for use on aircraft carriers and ships. A prototype first flew in 1949 and entered service in 1951. There were four variants. The HUP1 had horizontal stabilisers on the tail, which were deleted on the HUP2
  13. My latest model finished the end of last week of a Lockheed Hudson I of P5143, 'VX-M' of 206 Sqn, Bircham Newton, May 1940. The Hudson was derived from the Lockheed Model 14 airliner to meet a RAF requirement for a General Reconnaissance (GR) aircraft or as a trainer. Buying a US aircraft for potentially operational duties caused a lot of comment at the time, as some believed the RAF should use only British aircraft. It was then decided,with the threat of war looming, to use the Hudson in its GR role as it offered better performance than the Avro Anson currently used. The Blackburn Botha w
  14. Morning all! This is my planned build for this GB using the gorgeous little Arma kit and Xtradecals 72-113 to make Hurricane IIc BP588 coded RS-X of 33 Sqn in Lybia during 1942. Here's the kit and decals... I have bucket loads of Hurricane references, I was a bit unsure of this option having some doubt about the markings but after getting clarification in this thread, I'm happy to go ahead with it. Initial progress will be slow as I have to finish off my final university project first but the end is in sight on that one, there's light at
  15. This will be my entry for this GB, I won't actually get started until after I finish my studies in September. The aircraft is BuAer No.89411, 3.F.10 of the Aeronavale's 3F based at Bach Maï during the battle for Dien Bien Phu in 1954. I'll be using the Special Hobby SB2C-5 kit which is itself based upon the Academy SB2C-4 kit with some extra goodies to make up for the differences in the two sub-types. While the kit has markings for an Indochina based aircraft I'll be using the Model Art decals for the unit markings and serials at least. Whilst the aircraft
  16. Today I was delving into the stash to look for something and I came across a couple of Academy 1/72nd Texans. Upon opening the box I found the kit was reasonably advanced, I decided to take pity on it and rescue it from the stash. You can see, I'd got the big bits buttoned up, this definitely exceeds the 25% that would exclude it from being a GB entrant! It's a bit very hard to see, but I'd put some circular grips on the top of the control column, that and the extended exhaust tells me I was originally making this as a Harvard IIb but as I have
  17. This is my other build so far for this Group Build. The basic kit is the current issue Mk I with the long defunct Airkit Enterprises PRIF conversion kit. The PR IF was one of the first of the long range PR Spitfires and based on the Mk I airframe. In addition to the camera installation, all the armament and gunsight were removed. An unarmoured windscreen and blisters on the canopy were also fitted . The aircraft carried extra fuel in a new fuselage tank behind the pilot and in two underwing blister. Extra oil was carried in a deepened tank under the nose. This gave the PR IF the range ,under
  18. Here's my recently completed build of MPM's Lockheed PBO-1 Hudson, complete with RAF Dk.Green/Dk.Earth/Sky finish in US Navy markings. I did this for the 'In the Navy' GB. Here's the build thread. It didn't go without it's problems and looking at it now I'm still not happy with the fit of the separate nose section. Also the port tailfin and main oleo leg are a bit scewed (heavy landing!). The decals were commendably thin but broke up just looking at them! Had to use bits of the spare decals for repairs. Used Vallejo ModelAir paints, Johnsons Klear gloss
  19. As a lot of you know, I wouldn't normally have time for modelling at this time of year due to my studies but we are living in interesting times and I'm finding I have some spare time and itchy fingers so I've decided to join this GB with the lovely little Airfix 1/72nd Spitfire F.22 released a few years ago. I don't normally like doing the scheme provided in the box because, well, anybody can do that, so I've been casting my gaze around for something different, I wanted to do something in the aluminium scheme. Poring over my references I'd found a couple of suita
  20. After much deliberation I went with the Airfix Biii special AJ/J piloted by David Maltby from 617 squadron. It was the 5th Lancaster to drop it's bomb and the one that caused the breach. Newer tool Airfix kit with Xtradecal X72093 617 (Dambusters) Squadron 1943-2008 History decals, the rest OOB So I guess I'll put my marker down for when we eventually start Ian
  21. Pretty late to the party, had a quiet 2019 modelling wise, ending with a major health scare a couple of weeks before Christmas, followed by major surgery which was successful, followed by a return to hospital because of an infection. (Deep breath!) So, while I've got a few months recovery, so no grandkids to childmind, and with SWMBO's permission , I'm gonna try and crack on with a few GB's these next few months. For this one I'm easing my way back into things with hopefully a nice straightforward build, Airfix's nice looking new tool Ju 87, in this case an R-2 from the Dog-F
  22. Hello Everybody ... Thought I would pop in and build Revell’s Hurricane IIB as a lend-lease to the Soviet Union. I plan on doing this one in winter distemper over the RAF colors. It should look like this if I succeed. The upper profile is something like what im going for. Though to be honest the Artillery spotting two seater is making me consider that option as well. Anyone have any info on the Two seater that might sway me ? Specifically looking for a line drawing or interior photos of the rear observers seat? Also Im looking for any info concerning the R
  23. Recently finished for the Stuka STGB, it was built using the kit and markings from the 'Dogfight Double' boxing,the one with a Gloster Gladiator. Easy to put together, with nice cockpit detail, I liked the option of the pilots seat with belts moulded in or not. I decided to give 'Hairy Stick' painting a go, for the first time since I got back into the hobby a few years ago. XtraAcylic upper colours with Vallejo ModelAir below. 'Klear' brushed on (which I normally do with Airbrushed models), then brushed on Vallejo water thinned Matt Varnish. I'm pleased with the overall ef
  24. Have just finished this as I wanted to take something to Telford.... also, shamelessly (considering the time I've been on BM), my first RFI on the forum too. Now, I just need more time to finish my other projects..... Finished He-111 1/72 Hasegawa by Totallyrad.co.uk, on Flickr Finished He-111 1/72 Hasegawa by Totallyrad.co.uk, on Flickr Finished He-111 1/72 Hasegawa by Totallyrad.co.uk, on Flickr Thanks for looking, any comments good or bad welcome
  25. Latest build finished. Cracking kit with no major problems, apart from getting the nose section to meet up with the fuselage ...a little tricky. Paints are a mixture of Vallejo and Tamiya and aftermarket decals from Xtradecal and the kit. I made a mistake in fitting the underwing night fighter aerial but it's too late to remove now so it will have to say put. Experimented with using a coastal kits background base set but unfortunately the 1/72nd scale one seems a bit too small for medium to large aircraft! Photos not the best as they're only off my phone. Thanks for looking
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