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  1. Here is a review of the CyberHobby 1:72 Vampire kit, including sprue shots: http://imodeler.com/2013/05/imodeler-review-cyberhobby-172-dehavilland-vampire-fb-5/ Sorry if this has been posted before, but I couldn't find anything. Sounds like CyberHobby has been up to its old tricks again - I can't believe that photo of the top/bottom forward fuselage seam. Ugh!! Is this really a new kit, or a re-box of something? Cheers, Bill
  2. Well the kit finally arrived from my good friend Lloyd in Arkansas, it took 20 days to get here, I guess it was held up by all the snow we had in the UK the other week. So no more dallying it's time to start. First the obligatory box top and sprue shots Lloyd had snipped a few parts from the sprue and put the wing halves together but she is well within the 25% limit. I'll be starting as per the instructions with the seat and cockpit
  3. Mig 15bis Red 36, Fuerza Aérea Revolucionaria After Raúl Castro, Fidel's brother, visited Moscow in June 1960 he returned home with an agreement for the USSR to provide Cuba with modern arms so that it may better defend itself from the USA. Soon after the first weapons began arriving. Amongst them was several Mig 15bis. One of which I have modelled here Red 36 show some years later looking very used and unkempt. Thanks for looking
  4. Airfix Salute Dambusters 70th Anniversary Tuesday 14th May 2013: Airfix (owned by Hornby Hobbies Ltd) has successfully launched two brand new Dambusters products. The first, a classic Airfix Avro Lancaster 'Dambusters' 1:72 (Image 1; A09007 RRP £29.99) set has sold out across the UK within days of its launch. Image 1: Airfix Avro Lancaster B.III (Special) The Dambusters 1:72 NEW TOOL (A09007 RRP £29.99) The Airfix team based in Margate, Kent launched the new Airfix Dambusters range in April this year to coincide with the 70th anniversary of the Dam Raid (Operation Chastise) on 17th
  5. The only thing I bought at the IPMS Seattle Spring Show was some new storage. I loaded it up with 1:72 Hawks (18 of them), Tornados, Eurofighters, and Hurricanes. A relatively small case, but it fits in the upstairs hobby room and provides some relief from the display case crisis out in the garage. Here are some shots.
  6. P-51B 'Old Crow' Clarence E. "Bud" Anderson This is Bud's first Mustang that he received upon arrival in the UK replacing the P-39s that the Group left behind in the US. You will notice the white nose and spinner. This was just before the 357th adopted the yellow and red checker-board and yellow and red striped spinner that was so characteristic of the Fighter Group. This is the 'Old Crow' boxing of the Academy kit, although I didn't use the kit decals as they was for a later 'Old Crow' Instead I used one of the options from one of Eagle Strikes 357th sets. Right on with
  7. What we have here is my fourth build since my thirty year break. There does seem to be quite a few of us like that. Must be the water. Or the pies more likely in my case. So, after fighting with my 1/72 SHAR build (and winning), and with time being at a bit of a premium, an OOB build of the very nice new Airfix F-51 Mustang was in order. It's a shame they weren't this good when I was at school. Even so, I like to try something new in these 'return to modelling' builds, so an NMF was just the ticket. I thought I'd try the Alclad2 stuff everyone bangs on about, so this is just a simple A
  8. My second posting here on britmodeller will be my model of the very fine molded Revell kit from 2005! After I was reading the amazing book "Small Scale Armour Modelling " from Alex Clark, I was surprised about the fragile work could be done in braille scale! It took more than 20 years of modelling that I explored this fine scale models! Because I finished this kit last year I will post here few WIP pictures! My decision concerned the ISAF contingent of the Bundeswehr in Afghanistan. Found some nice pictures of the true things in Tankograd Special No. 5031 "GECON-ISAF Desert Camo
  9. Some news from Valiant Wing's Resin folks: To coincide with the release of the new Airfix Typhoon kit, Valiant Wings Publishing are offering their extensive 1/72 Typhoon detailing set at only £8.50 (normal RRP £9.95) for one day only to all visitors to their stand at the Milton Keynes ModelKraft show on Sunday April 21st. (Prices quoted here include UK VAT). Details of the contents can be found by following this link. http://www.valiant-wings.co.uk/172-hawker-typhoon-detailing-set-20-p.asp
  10. USS Skipjack Revell 1:72 USS Skipjack (SSN-585), the lead ship of her class of nuclear-powered attack submarine, was the third ship of the United States Navy to be named after the Skipjack tuna. The other boats in the class were:- USS Scamp (SSN-588), launched 1960, decommissioned 1988 USS Scorpion (SSN-589), launched 1959, lost 1968 USS Sculpin (SSN-590), launched 1960, decommissioned 1990 USS Shark (SSN-591), launched 1960, decommissioned 1990 USS Snook (SSN-592), launched 1960, decommissioned 1988 Her keel was laid down on 29 May 1956 by the Electric Boat Division of the General D
  11. Hi all, This is my first real attempt at modelling for a while, half my life ago in fact. I posted an inbox review of this old kit on my youtube channel, when this thread and the 'Ishak' are finished, I shall post it on youtube as well. This was bought for me cheaply on Ebay a year and half ago by my wife, a great little find even though I have heard this particular kit slated for its inaccuracies but to me if it looks like a duck, sounds like a duck and tastess like a duck, it's a duck. It is made of hard(ish) plastic and has raised detail, also sadly there is no cockpit I wi
  12. Hello Mates, A couple of days ago I finished my Hurrycane in 1:72 scale. The Airfix kit was a joy to build, it only needs a small amout of putty at the Wing area. Decals were great. I used Revell and Vallejo paints to paint it. The camouflage is was applied freehand, my first freehand try by the way, and represents a Hurricane during the Battle of britain. The LKA was flown by Flight Lieutenant Ian Gleed, one of the most sucesfull british fighter Pilots. He ws shot down near Tunis in 1943. more information here. Enjoy the pictures. cookie
  13. In hindsight..... I don't think a Sea Harrier FRS1 was such a good choice for a third build since my 30 year modelling 'holiday'. Why? Because too many people around here know too much about them! So building one of these as a test of new to me materials and techniques possibly wasn't such a good idea. So.. You are all going to have to forgive me for using a little artistic licence when I built and painted this. Mostly based on and inspired by this aircraft ( http://www.abpic.co.uk/popup.php?q=1055311 ) on its return to the U.K. after the Falklands conflict (I was in my early teens at t
  14. Kit - Hobbyboss 1:72 Paint - Tamiya acrylics, Tamiya, Humbrol & Xtracolour enamels. Decals - Kit Extras - None Grumman F-14A Tomcat VF-41 'Black Aces' Photocall, NAS Oceana mid 1978. Not my best build by a long way, but very enjoyable none the less. IMHO a great little kit and well worth every penny. Good points - Price, excellent fit, good detail, you can build it as I have with the wings in the 'oversweep' position (not too many kits give you that option), very good decal choice and superbly packaged. Bad points, very soft plastic reminiscent of old Heller kits, panel li
  15. Hurricane Mk.IIc Kit: Revell Scale: 1:72 Paint: Xtracrylic, Citadel Extras: Tamiya weathering system, Flory dark wash As I'm still breaking into 1:72 following my decision to change from 1:48 I wanted to try a few techniques out so I selected this kit as a test bed. At 1:48 I have nearly always freehand airbrushed my camouflage, so I wanted to see if I could do it at 1:72, also I struggle with Xtrcrylic paints so again this was another test. Everything has sort of worked but there is a hand full of errors of my making so nowhere near the best quality I can produce, but if you dim the
  16. Search and Rescue Vessel Berlin Revell 1:72 The Seenotkreuser Berlin is a smaller, inshore/enclosed sea rescue vessel used by the DGzRs, the German equivalent of the RNLI. Revell have supported the organisation for over 25 years. Beginning with this kit of the Berlin, and continuing with the larger Hermann Marwede, over 100,000 Euros have been collected to date. The Berlin kit was originally released in 1988, with several re-releases since then with alternative decals, and this is one such kit. Used on the Baltic station the Berlin is constructed out of salt-water protected aluminiu
  17. I've always loved the odd byroads of aviation, especially when they produce an unusual airframe shape. I would think that the Rutan Voyager (like most of Burt Rutan's designs) would qualify. This is of course the AModel kit. It is one of the earlier ones, and therefore has some fit and finesse issues, but beyond sucking up a lot of filler and taking a while to sand, it wasn't a particularly difficult job. With so many very thin attachment points on the wings, those joints can be pretty weak as well, so be careful when hoisting the model around by its wings. It is great to finish a model f
  18. Argh.. Well.. The last model I made was thirty years ago when I was still at school. Thanks to a nostalgia fest last Christmas, when I received these couple of kits from my girlfriend, the 'hook' is back and will probably stay. Although I'm unlikely to have the time to develop the skills needed to produce the amazing work I see on these forums, the additional patience I've learnt since leaving school, as well as the wealth of information on forums like this does mean these first attempts ARE better than I used to make. Phew! Both straight out of the box builds of the Airfix 1/72 Folland Gna
  19. Hi mates, I did a few searches here, but didn't find any topics about this. Has anyone received the 2013 Airfix Club kit, and if so what can you tell us about the Hurricane IIb? Is this the recent IIc kit with alterations (I think the wing needs to be different)? Cheers, Bill
  20. North American P-51D Mustang 44-14722 'Temptation' 357th FG, 362nd FS Leiston Airfield November 1944 Pilot Lt. Matthew S Martin, 'Waddy' 414722 'Temptation was the mount of Lt. Matthew S Martin 'Waddy' of Kentucky. Sadly Lt Marting was to see out the end of the war from behind the wire of Stalag Luft 1 after he was shot down on 5th March 1944. Kit: Airfix A01004 Scale: 1:72 Paint: Gunze, Tamiya, Alcad. Extras: None Build thread: LINK Built for the Defence of the Reich Group Build
  21. Hi mates, I've just had a go through my stash, and found a 1:72 Academy Hawker Tempest V which I don't ever recall buying! It has a handwritten price tag of $5, so I must have picked it up at a show. Looks nice in the box, fine engraved panel lines and all, but is this a good kit? Let me know what you guys think of it. Thanks! Cheers, Bill
  22. http://www.hannants.co.uk/product/AMU03672
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  24. As my output of finished models is ludicrous I have decided it is time to kick myself in the behind. Hopefully a build threa(t)d will keep the pressure on and me focused. The victim of this endeavor will be the venerable Airfix Hannover which is not a bad kit for it's age but can be improved upon (fingers crossed). Don't expect a quick build as I am an extremely slow builder. It takes me more time to open the box than most of you need to finish it So here it goes. The mandatory box and sprue shots. Yes one nine six seven! Hmm.., seems like Airfix wants us to paint the lozeng
  25. War for the Malvinas / Falklands Part 1 Decals Aztec Models - 1:48 & 1:72 Following a long standing dispute over the sovereignty of the Malvinas / Falkland Islands, war officially broke out 30 years ago on 2nd April 1982 when Argentine forces invaded the Islands. In response the British sent a task force to counter the invasion and fight to recapture the territory. The battle that followed was a challenge for both sides. For the British, the challenge was deploying a force so far from home with limited land platforms to supply the effort. For the Argentineans, despite oc
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