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  1. Kit - Tamiya 1:48 Paint - AK Xtreme Metal lacquers, Xtracolour enamels & Tamiya acrylics Decals - Eagle Strike 48-215 Extras - Rockets & bombs from Revell kits. F-84G Thunderjet 79th FBS, 20th FBW RAF Weathersfield 1952-54 Bought before we left UK off eBay and it came with some parts for the Revell F-84 in the box. Along with the 1:48 F4D Skyray, in my opinion this is one of Tamiya's most ov
  2. Hello everyone, I'm new here and my English is poor. In order not to bore me, I start with a workshop. This is not my first model, I have already built a few. I like Italian machines very much. Model MC.205 "Veltro" in 1:48 scale with a few accessories.
  3. This was a nice little project depicting the ride of P/O Handyside.
  4. I've been working away bit by bit on this since I finished the Chinook, but I thought that the time had come to start a WIP and get y'all caught up. So, what are we looking at? It's Kittyhawks GR.1 / GR.3 kit which I think will build up into a pretty good shape. There are some gotchas to be aware of though. The kit is really designed to be made with avionics and gun bay doors open and airbrakes too. It's not my usual style to build like that, but I've heard it's can be a struggle to build this kit with those parts closed. Also when I dry fit the two halves of the fuselage, they tou
  5. Conceived as an anti Zeppelin The PB 31E was designed to carry a crew of 5 with two Lewis guns and a fixed 1 1/2 pounder gun, it was intended to be able to patrol for up to 18 hours and wait for passing airships. The PB is for Pemberton Billing the designer who sold his interests in the company to the other directors who promptly changed the name to Supermarine. So this is the first design by the company responsible for the Spitfire. The name Supermarine came from a wonderful piece of logic; if a ship that was under the water was a submarine then a plane that was on top of the water
  6. Hello Britmodellers! I bought this little kit some time ago and while the plastic soldiers from the U.S. 1st Infantry Division are waiting for the diorama base and Vigilante - for the riveting - I decided to share the build with you. An attractive box art (that’s why it was picked up): The box content - it’s only 94 parts to build: Sprue A with a fuselage halves, rudder and engine shroud: Sprues B and E with a wings and canopy glazing: Sprue C with a cockpit, engine details and the rest of the par
  7. Hi all. After a series of frustrating days at work, I decided to do some retail therapy and purchased Tamiya's excellent P-38F. I also ordered some decals to build Capt. James Hagenback's plane he flew in late 1943 while commanding the 94th FS in Sardinia. This is probably as colorful as the P-38F gets, with the yellow wings and all. I'm not going to waste anybody's time (including my own with sprue shots and will just launch right into the build, shortly. But needles to say, the kit looks excellent!
  8. More than 20 years after finishing my last model I felt I wanted to try out some modelling again! Last time I was "active" was in 1999-2000 or so, when I moved out from my parents house. Out of my old builds nothing is left except for some photos, but I recall some fun builds like the revell F101-B Voodoo in 1:72 and the Airfix S A Bulldog in the same scale, and of course also the Airfix Bf109 in 1:24. So, after many years I want to get off where I left and as a start I will try out with something rather easy where I can focus on trying out some new techniques. This turned out to
  9. I've been waiting until now to reveal my third entry in this group build so I can once again say "on this day 80 years ago". Not to mention I didn't have the kit yet and wasn't sure how long it would take, with international post as it is right now. Fortunately it came today in the post. I've chosen this aircraft as it's a fitting tribute to the ground crews who helped keep the fighters of Fighter Command flying, as you'll see. Also the battle described below took place more or less over where I used to live in the New Forest region of Hampshire. This combat appears
  10. Supermarine Spitfire Vb Airfix 1:48 The Spitfire hardly needs an introduction, an iconic war machine and graceful lines satisfying the technical theory that ‘If it looks right, it flies right’! With around 6000 aircraft produced across the various sites, the Mk.V was the most produced version of the 20,000+ built. Coming in to service in 1941, it incorporated many of the improvements developed in the Mk.III, however instead of using the planned Mk.XX Merlin which was in short supply, the Mk.45 with a single stage single supercharger was used as it could easily be fitted to the standard f
  11. Hot on the heels of the MkI Blenheim RFI, is the belated Mk.I Spitfire that preceded it on the workbench, finished 6 months ago. Today's soft overcast light was ideal again, and all the tools I'd used for the Blenheim shoot were still handy. This conversion was mainly based on the 2010 mould of the 1:48 Mk.I Spitfire that I picked up cheap-ish second hand. (I was told the Mk.V Spit makes a better candidate for this conversion) The transfers were the Xtradecal ones. Again, this recent Airfix kit went together easily, great for a relative newbie to the hobby to cut
  12. Here is my Javelin FAW.9R XH766 of No. 60 Squadron. I hope You enjoy reading the short aircraft history and watching the photos. "Echo" was originally built by Gloster and upgraded to a FAW.9 in November 1959. From August 1960 XH766 served with No. 64 Squadron as "Echo" until a further modification to FAW.9R standard started in September 1962. She returned to RAF Duxford during November the same year and continued serving with No. 64 Squadron still carrying the letter "E". XH766 was then "shipped" (dates and method are not known) to the Far East and transferred to No. 60 Squadron. The exact
  13. This started as serious build, but when I put the plastic up against scale plans, absolutely nothing lined up and I wasn’t sure what Mark it was. Usually I’m not a rivet counter, but it was the rivets that threw me off. Bazillions of over-scale rivets(Notice the starboard roundel). Back in the box she went for a few years until I happened upon a photo-shop site that was having a contest “What if zebras were in charge of painting” Along side the zebra striped White House, Pyramids and such was a zebra striped spitfire. Once built and painted, my youngest daughter fell in love with it and wanted
  14. Hello again everyone! This time I bring you the mighty Skyraider! This is a kit I finished in 2018, and was built with the idea of trying new techniques, tools and paints, to see how far my skills would go. It's the venerable, but still good Monogram kit. This are the things I did during the built: 1.- First time using Acrylics and Lacquer paints (long time enamel painter). 2.- I completely rescribed the kit. 3.- I modified the nose to be able to fit the cowling, engine, and lower chin from a dead Tamiya kit. (Monogram is undersized). 4.- Modify a little
  15. Finished this a little while ago. Airfix 1:48 javelin. Really nice model to build fits nicely just let down by the decals. Fin flash too large, “port outboard gun” for the port and starboard side, and flap control on the aileron? Minor let downs on otherwise I really nice model.
  16. My latest build 1:48 harrier FA2. Nice model with lots of manufacturing defects (thus the very short body gear)
  17. Good evening. Finally completed and photographed, my take on the Revell 1:48 F4U. One of my favorite planes, providing endless inspiration for weathering, I am tempted to look into a 1:32 kit, tips and suggestions welcome. I build this essentially OOB. I had a bit of a fight with silvering of the decals on the port side and may revisit them on a rainy Sunday. In the meantime, thanks all for looking. CF CF
  18. Kit - Hasegawa PT6 Paint - All acrylics & AK Xtreme Metal lacquers Decals - Furball 48-045 & kit Extras - Aires resin seats, Eduard & Airwaves kit specific etch sets, cockpit & IP wiring, wheel bay plumbing using various gauged of wire and plastic card etc. F-4J Phantom II VF-102 'Diamondbacks' USS Independence 1973 / 74 One of the kits I brought out to NZ with me over eight years ago... I
  19. This is not a completely new thread. Rob started it back in May and let me tag along adding what I could to help with the conversion. I won’t be reposting all those build photos I posted but will pick up where we left off when the build(s) stalled somewhat when we encountered a problem and hadn’t decided on what to, or whether to, do about it. The thread is here if the subject interests you and you weren’t following to begin with. Quite a bit of scratch building experimentation and Rob’s handy work with aluminium sticky tape. This is the donor kit, Revell’s
  20. Hi All, My next project is Academy's 1:48 Chesapeake MkI, as the SB2U-2 Vindicator was called in FAA service. A batch of 50 Vindicators was originally earmarked for the French Navy, but following the fall of France the order was diverted to the FAA. The Chesapeake was modified to FAA standards, including an extra fuel tank, armour for both crew and 4 wing-mounted 0.303 machine guns. The aircraft were delivered to 811 Sqn at RNAS Lee-on-Solent in July 1941, where it quickly became apparent that the modifications to the aircraft had made it even more underpowered for their planned ro
  21. I offer another model for 'Ready For Inspection ! This was my first Tamiya kit and the first kit I used an airbrush on as well! I was chuffed with the initial finish so kind of bottled out of weathering it initially. It's sat on naughty shelf for a fair few weeks until last night. I decided I must bite the proverbial bullet and go for broke. Decals applied and a little more weathering applied. As A few people have remarked in forums recently.. Less is More.. ive been very pleased by and grateful for all the likes and positive comments this project has rec
  22. TAMIYA 1:48 Heinke He 219A-7 Uhu Uhu is just a cool looking plane, been waiting to build this one for a while now. Also, has couple things that will challenge me in the painting - black and rather complicated camo work on the top side. It's a very tail heavy plane with practically no space on the front - so it's great that Tamiya is giving (a rather heavy) nose weight which doubles as the cockpit floor & nose gear bay. It's decently sized model, so should be quite impressive looking
  23. Good Morning All! I seem to be having a good output lately and this was one of my latest, built as part of the 'In the Navy' group build elsewhere in BM. As that GB is now well and truly over (thanks mods!) I thought I would share my efforts here as well for those that don't frequent the GB section so much. This is my Grumman Avenger MKII, JZ525 of 849 NAS onboard HMS Illustrious as part of the British Pacific Fleet. Kit is the 1:48 Italeri version, which is a repop of the Accurate Miniatures kit. I used an Eduard internal etch, mainly for the seat harnesses and instrument panel. I t
  24. Picked this kit up about three years ago in a New year sale at my local (only) toy & hobby shop. This is the Italeri 1:48 Arado 196 as re-boxed by Tamiya, it's not a bad kit - surprisingly big tho' - similar in size to a Stuka or a P-47. I built it with no extras, just straight from the box and really enjoyed it. Details in the (very visible) cockpit are a little light and some details are a little 'chunky' but IMHO that's a small price to pay for having something just that little bit different in your cabinet. Paints are all acrylic, I didn't have any RLM 72 & 73 for the camo, so
  25. Welcome to my second project of this group build. This will be one with a personal connection, more on that shortly. Eighty years ago today marks what was once known as the start of the Battle of Britain. On this date the Luftwaffe's main target was Convoy PEEWIT, which attracted three sizable Stuka raids. The 24 ships had sailed from Southend in the early morning of 7th August 1940 and were first spotted by the Germans off Wissant that afternoon. The convoy was subjected to persistent and determined attacks, first by E-boats early in the morning of 8th August (in which three
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