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  1. MPM 1:72 Boulton Paul Defiant TT MK.I Defiant with turret removed and target towing equipment installed instead. MK.I's were converted planes, Mk.III were built brand new - almost 300 were built/converted all together. Couple of plastic sprues. Clear parts, including specific vacuform part for this version. Plenty of resin and PE to add a nice amount of details. Also most/all of the TT variant parts seem to be resin. The scheme I'll be
  2. Here's my first contribution to the GB. The strangely configured Beech Staggerwing which I'll be building as a Fleet Air Arm Traveller MkI. The boxing gives 4 options, an RAF, FAA (it does say RAF but the Royal Navy ID over the serial sort of gives it away), Finish and Chinese Nationalist options. Mine will be the FAA option in the US blues. Obligtaory sprue shot. Single sprue with minimal flash and most things reasonably well moulded but only time will tell. Nice transfer sheet and two tiny transparency sprues.
  3. I picked up this CMR Seafire a while ago when the only way to make a Seafire in 1:72 was to convert a Spitfire kit or one of CMR's resin kits. I've a few in the stash and some have been built but then Admiral, Sword and AZ Models all introduced injection moulded Seafires, and almost every Seafire Mark is available IM. So the resin kits have been left sitting in their bags. Which is a shame as they're accurate, nicely moulded and well engineered. And unlike some resin ranges they're not all that challenging to build. This build is therefore not something a bit esoteric like my Parn
  4. Hi all, having just rolled the Canuck out of the workshop onto the apron, my bench is now heaving a sigh of relief... but that relief is to be short-lived as I contemplate the next phase of my stash reduction plan. So, I've done a tandem-build before, where I did an Airfix Hawk and a MisterCraft P-40K on the same WIP thread a while back - which was moderately interesting. Over the weekend I was perusing what I had left to build (don't go there!) and pondering what subjects I'd not done before, and what subjects tend not to be so common on here. It occurred to me that I had no less
  5. I bough the this several years ago as I wanted to build a bundle of interwar FAA aircraft. I always left it as I was worried it was more difficult than I was able to build. I don't know why as I've built some Magna kits and this is a much more refined resin kit than anything Magna have made. The Plover was built to the same spec as the Flycatcher and although the Plover had better performance it was not as robust as the Flycatcher which went onto to be the Fleet fighter. Three Plover prototypes and 10 production aircraft were built and they served in 403 and 404 Flights of the FAA for a year o
  6. Here is my 1:72 Eurofighter Typhoon FGR.4, ZJ949 "H", No. 1435 Flight Royal Air Force, RAF Mount Pleasant, Falkland Islands, 2015. Hasegawa kit, which is a bit disappointing for the "best 1:72 Typhoon kit on the market" - yes, it's nice molded and quite accurate, but have some annoying fit issues and only "in-flight" configuration of engine nozzles. Nothing that you expect from 2012 Hasegawa kit priced about 30 GBP. Small Eduard brass for the cockpit, Reskit exhaust nozzles and Pavla MB Mk.16A ejection seat have been added. Painted mostly with Gunze C334 "Barley Grey". Decals are m
  7. Hello to all.I finished this model a week ago.It is one of the most interesting airframes I have seen in my life.And I really enjoyed it despite it being difficult to assemble and work with.I have also made a video so feel free to watch it if you are interested. Regards and stay safe.
  8. Kit: AZ Model Supermarine Attacker FB.2 (#AZ7599) Scale: 1/72 Paints: Vallejo Model Air, Vallejo Metal Colour, Tamiya spray Weathering: Flory Models Wash Quite simple kit but wasn't the easiest build. Wing attachment in particular was bit tricky and needed some fitting. Instructions were rubbish too, missing things and clear mistakes. Also the decal sheet and stencil placement details were all over the place, for example not enough of specific stencils were included in the sheet and so on. Decals themselves were quite thin and brittle with a lot of clear film around
  9. This is not my usual build, which is most of the time cold war jets with some 1:48 WW2 planes in the mix which I build for my dad. But I've been checking this kit out for a while now and I've been tempted to give it a go. Clearly not your most straightforward build but with patience I'm sure I can make it work. Good amount of resing and some PE parts in the mix - also a bi-plane which is a first for me. Rigging... well, we will see how it goes when I get there Model itself looks nice - even if bit low on details. I also picked up some Hataka paints - of which I've had really positive experien
  10. I decided that this year I would start to deal with an area in the stash known as the dust bowl where a number of almost completed kits and those needing some repair lie languishing simply accumulating dust. I've already finished an Aeroclub Fairey Flycatcher which will end up in the RFI section soon once I get the motivation for a photo shoot session. My next choice is this Airfix Vampire trainer which is one of two I started building as FAA Admiral's Barges. The second needs a bit more work as it needs some repairs to the undercarriage. This one has been built OOB apart from the colour schem
  11. Now here's a challenge first a Magna kit, and secondly yellow and black stripes underneath. The Sturgeon started as an anti submarine aircraft but became a sturdy land and carrier based target tug. A fairly substantial machine and served the Navy for a number of years in the 40s and 50s. A little bit about the aircraft later but here's the kit. The main parts are in Magna's familiar cream resin with fairly large chunky mould gates. But fairly well moulded and a basis, like most Magna machines, for a decent looking model. The smaller and detai
  12. I decided to try build something similiar to polish glider Bocian SZD-9 bis 1D. I will try not to write and only show progress
  13. A somewhat quick build for me and frustrating for the perfectionist in me. SB2C-1 kit with no decals. So I chose since I’ve found no examples anywhere else to make it a close as I can to that of the prototype after its crash modified with the larger fin. So I present the XSB2C-1 all hand painted including the roundels (unfortunately nothing in my stash I could use) made with lots of reference to http://axis-and-allies-paintworks.com/e107_plugins/forum/forum_viewtopic.php?523.post And yes I have tried to copy the angles from the production pics. And if anybody knows what c
  14. Special Hobby 1/72 CAC CA-9 Wirraway Wirraway is an Australian variant of the NA-16. Over 700 were built and it was used mainly as a trainer but also as a fighter. Kit: Special Hobby CAC CA-9 Wirraway (SH72194) Scale: 1/72 Paints: Vallejo Model Air, Vallejo Metal Colour, Hataka Red Line Weathering: Flory Models Wash, Tamiya & Ammo Mig weathering products Quite the trouble free build, done in a week. Camo colours were based on info on Special Hobby's instructions that this specific airframe could have been painted in sea camouglage -
  15. Special Hobby 1/72 CAC CA-9 Wirraway First, to set the mood here's a video about making Wirraways: Wirraway is an Australian variant of the NA-16. Over 700 were built and it was used mainly as a trainer but also as a fighter. The kit is Special Hobby 1:72. Couple of sprues. Looks decent, not too bad. Resin engine and cowling. I'm going with camo A. It says in the description that this particular plane might have ha
  16. For the 1/72 scale Starfighters the Hasegawa is the best one - not by a huge margin but still best all around kit with best details. Now, Hasegawa only does CF-104, F-104G and F-104S - and not the early A or C models. But there are several early Starfighters I would like to do - so I wanted to try that how viable it is to backdate a Hasegawa F-104. This is my starting point, a Hasegawa CF-104. The F-104G and F-104S packings are very similar but with few notable differences. This kit has the correct wheel well covers for both A and C and if you want to do a F-104C in So
  17. Here is my latest "creation" - 1:72 BAe Sea Harrier FA.2 ZH803, 800 NAS - as seen on air shows in 2001 (with "dummy" AIM-9s and AIM-120s missiles and fuel tank in DSG). Airfix kit with a huge amount of fixes (really, REALLY huge!) + some scratch + Eduard PE set + Eduard PE UK RBFs + Aires resin nozzles + Aires resin outriggers + Hasegawa AMRAAMs + Pavla resin nose + Pavla resin ejection seat. Painted with Gunze Mr. Color (C series). Decals are mainly from the Airfix box with some adds from the spares. It took a lot of work, but I'm happy with the result. And now som
  18. My fourth and final placeholder (for now!) is for a kit I recently completed as an Argentine Air Force A-4P, for which decals were erroneously included in early releases of the "starter" kit version, of which I bought four of on the cheap. This time around, I will be building the USN version. I will probably tinker with the weapons load. Maybe Bullpup missiles, maybe MERs w/Mk 81 "slicks", who knows?
  19. Hello to all of you good people and fellow modellers.I present you my latest finished model.The great ESCI/ITALERI F-5A freedom fighter this time boxed as Hobbytime F-5A/RF-5A.A Turkish hobbyshop and brand that offers various turkish af themed scale models.This kit comes in a sturdy and great looking box.It has awesome decal set.I could not decide on which one to build for this one.I decided to do a F-5A 2000 upgrade of the original F-5A.I did some details in the cockpit and added a suprlus MK-10 ejection seat I had lying around.The paints used are gunze.If you would like to see the build proc
  20. Picked this one up a few weeks ago after the fun I had with Masterboxes Austin Armoured Car. A pretty straight forward build (except for the very small piece at the front which ended up being eaten by the carpet monster). Painted to represent HMLS Kia-Ora which was involved in the Second Battle of Gaza in April 1917. More information on this action can be found here: https://tank100.com/training-combat/tanks-palestine-first-world-war/ The main colour scheme is brush painted Tamiya Acrylic (XF49 Khaki) with various oil and acrylic washes and some light dry brushing. The
  21. I have done a build thread in awhile, so with a week off over Easter I thought I would pull this one out of the stash. I was brought up on Salisbury Plain, and then later Germany so this was quite the nostalgia build. Completed as Chieftain of the Royal Scots Dragoon Guards, based in West Germany in the 1980s (which was when we were living there). Brush painted with Tamiya Acrylics. Build thread can be found here: Thanks for looking.
  22. I started this Magna, mainly resin, with a sprinkling of white metal and an enormous vac formed canopy in the Mediterranean Theatre of Operations GB in the latter half of last year. I got quite far along but stalled at the canopy mask stage and failed to finish it in time. It didn't go to the Shelf of Doom as although it's challenging by its nature it's not inherently a bad kit. It's down to my reluctance to attack the masking of a very complex canopy. I did start with strips of masking tape but there's not that many long straight lines of framing. It's like a greenhouse made out of glass offc
  23. Despite the challenges I've enjoyed making my Marmon Herrington so when I saw that Hannants had a number of other variants. One was the MFF variant of the MkII armed with two Vickers machine guns. This was widely used by South African forces and was the main Armour in the East African campaign. So I bought one which arrived earlier in the week.
  24. Douglas F4D-1 Skyray, VMF(AW)-115 Kit: Tamiya Douglas F4D-1 Skyray (#60741) Scale: 1/72 Paints: Vallejo Model Air, Vallejo Metal Colour Weathering: Flory Models Wash, oil paints, Vallejo weathering products, Ammo Mig weathering products First carrier-launched aircraft to hold the world's absolute speed record - and first US Navy/USMC to exceed mach 1 in level flight. Not a mean feat by such a little known jet. But what a beautiful lines and very nice kit by Tamiya. Even the decals worked fine, after enough applications of Tamiya Decal adhesiv
  25. The build was filled with enthusiasm from the start. I have a big heart for the Tornado and so many great schemes to choose. Things started to feel heavy though before the paint was applied. Anyone who has built this kit knows the pitfalls. Because of the shape of the aircraft, fuselage in particular, knows the moulding limitations in manufacturing the kit. Pressing on, little things seemed to go wrong for me but I wanted to continue and not leave it for that shelf of you know where. Vallejo Air paint and Eurodecals with India Ink accenting of the panel lines. A slight deviat
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