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  1. Hi there, this is going to be my very first 'Work in Progress' article. And it's something a bit ununsual: converting Academy's C-97 Stratofreighter into an AEW bird. Sometimes you stumble across a subject, a thing or so and you say: "amazing!" That's what happened to me when I first came across Freightdog's conversion kit for a C-97 AWI / AEW aircraft, of which I never had seen anything before. Honestly, I think none will ever dare to question the beauty, elegance and grace of e.g. a Griffon-powered Spitfire. Well, the early-warning version of the Stratofreighter would
  2. You know what´s the current exchange rate of Airfix plastics to Academy plastics? Last spring it was four Airfix Lancaster propellers to one complete Academy Wildcat kit (and then some, but more about that someday in another GB far away...). You see, I sent @JOCKNEY the unnecessary to me paddle blade props from the PO*S Lanc build that he needed for the Grand Slam variant. Lo and behold, Pat sent me a complete Wildcat (+ a Typhoon...) in exchange. Thanks! I shall try to give it my best now! Once again the sprues (in the bag), instructions, Blackbird Models Op. Torch Martlet decals
  3. Academy is to release a 1/32nd McDD F-4E Phantom II kit - ref. 13132 Sprues/plastic from Revell. Source: https://www.academy.co.kr/6q/board_news_main.asp?pMenuId=BOARD00002&pCode=12213&pCategory=NEWS2 V.P.
  4. Dear fellow Britmodellers, here's my 1/72 Academy M3 Half Track with additional stowage from Blackdog. I painted with Gunze/Mr.Hobby acrylics and weathered with graphite pencil, artist oils and Tamiya pigments. Photographs by Wolfgang Rabel. The Academy kit of the M3 was released in 2004 and still holds up well today . The Blackdog set (T72016) is great value for money and adds plenty of interesting detail. The vehicle was airbrushed with Gunze H304 Olive Drab, while the stowage items were brush-painted using Vallejo paints.
  5. 3rd finish for year is Academy's Ju87G2 Kanonenvogel Stuka, First Stuka I have built since returning to modelling so at least 35 years after the Matchbox one. Built out of the box less the the Quick Boost resin propeller as the kits prop appears to be for the B2. For the price its a nice kit which builds easily with a small amount of filler, the cockpit has good detail for the scale as do the 37mm Bord kanone. The decals went on well with some microsol although the swastika's is from an Eduard sheet for Fw190. Painted primarily with Mr Colour and some Tamiya acrylics. Light oil panel line wash
  6. Hi guys, my new project here,using the Callsign conversion set I am going to do as the title says. Masterclub tracks and Master box figures are going to be included. I will be more than happy if you want to follow along. Cheers Ivan
  7. Academy is to release in 2019 2020 a new tool 1/48th Grumman F3F-2 "Flying Barrel" kit - ref. 12236 Source: https://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/235047967-academy-catalog-2019/&do=findComment&comment=3218079 V.P.
  8. MMZone from Korea, moxingfan & Model Bar from China report about a not yet officially announced 1/35th Boeing AH-64A Apache by Academy - ref.12129 Some reliable sources say it'll be just a rebox from the old Hapdong Tech/Kangnam/IMEX kit (link). Sources: http://mmzone.co.kr/mms_tool/mt_view.php?mms_db_name=mmz_forum&no=370385 http://www.moxingfans.com/new/news/2020/0327/7533.html https://tieba.baidu.com/p/6579272654 https://www.hobbyeasy.com/en/data/stkofi5ecsdmhaahtm1i.html https://www.hlj.com/1-35-scale-ah-64a-apache-south-carolina-ang-acd12129
  9. Well, having finished my first A model Tomcat using the Hobbyboss kit with some aftermarket and scratch added details, I’ve settled on what will be the next one, and have opened the box on an Academy kit. Plenty have already waded in on the aspects of this kit and I don’t want to repeat what’s already be said, so I’m going to share my thoughts, plans, tribulations, etc as I start, plan and progress this one. Choosing a model I’d had a number of boxes open, trying to decide which to start on next, a KA Models one, Hasegawa (I got the retool after ordering an old one by mistake first –
  10. I started this build back in July but only completed it a couple of days ago, as my first finished build for 2021. This is from Academy's Silverplate boxing of their 1/72 B-29 kit. The subject is built up in the colors of the infamous "Enola Gay". Painted with Alclad Airframe Aluminum, Aqua Gloss, Tamiya acrylic and lacquer paints and primers from Gunze. To be honest, this was by no means an easy or smooth build. I hadn't attempted an NMF finish on this scale before, and in this case it turned out to look a little more dull than I wanted to
  11. Academy is to release a new tool (AMT/Italeri or Mauve plastic?) 1/48th Curtiss P-40N Warhawk kit - ref. 12341 Source: https://academypm.cafe24.com/09_site/2021_academy_catalog.pdf Box art V.P.
  12. After the 2020 programme/newsletters (link) Here's the Academy 2021 - newsletter 1 Source: https://www.academy.co.kr/6q/board_news_main.asp?pMenuId=BOARD00002&pCode=12213&pCategory=NEWS2 The aircraft: V.P.
  13. After the F-35A (link) Academy is to release in 2020 a 1/72nd Lockheed-Martin F-35B Lightning II kit - ref. 12569 Source: http://academy.co.kr/1aden/site/01_academy_kor/notice/2020_catalog.pdf V.P.
  14. After the B-1(link) in 2019, Academy is to release in 2020 a new tool 1/144th Boeing B-52 (variant ?) Stratofortress kit - ref.12622 Source: http://academy.co.kr/1aden/site/01_academy_kor/notice/2020_catalog.pdf V.P.
  15. Hello again. For several years, I have been looking at the 1/72 XP-47J Sharkit Kit. Earlier this year, I decided to buy one, but could never get the site to let me order, and e-mails to the site were returned as undeliverable. Finally, a couple of weeks back, I found a link to Renaud, and inquired about buying one. He informed me that they were sold out, and he, at least, would not be casting any more, as he was retiring. I wish him well, but my heart was broken. Was I never to have an XP-47J for the collection of the P-47 family? After all, I had just done the XP-72, had done
  16. This the Academy 1/35 wonder kit of the AH-1Z Viper (everyone still calls it the Cobra!) This is quite simply one of the best model kits I've ever had the pleasure of building. The fact that it is ludicrously brilliant value as well just makes it all the better. The kit is built from the box with the exception of the squadron markings and FMV antennae, which are from the copious Flying Leathernecks decal set. I also added the anti-slip areas on the skids and stub wings from 2500 grit sandpaper The detail on the kit is superb, but it's the tooling which mak
  17. My entry will be a F-89J from the ANG in the late 60s in ADC gray. The kit comes with 6 wing pylons with 4 Falcon and 2 Genie missiles but I couldn't find any pictures of an ANG plane with all 6 pylons so I asked on the Cold War forum. It turns out for the ANG the USAF removed the Falcons and pylons (electrics too sensitive) leaving the Guard with nuclear rockets only. Reference material, sprue shot and decals; there are 3 Iowa ANG planes to choose from on decalsheet; photos of one are very common, so I will probably go with that. Need to finish my build in Vietnam GB now.
  18. M3 Grant Tank (A1370) 1:35 Airfix The US Army had been remarkably complacent with regard to tank development in the lead-up to WWII, and approached war with precious few tanks that were hopelessly outclassed. This realisation resulted in a frantic clamour to produce a modern tank that could hold its own in combat, with the M3 Lee coming into service as a stop-gap measure within a year of its first design while the M4 Sherman was in development. As a consequence of its rather rushed introduction, it was known to have a number of fairly serious flaws, but it also
  19. Six Oregon ANG Eagles visited and trained in Finland in 2016. Because of that, in January 2017 I bought this Academy boxing of their F-15C MSIP II #12506. I looked at the kit several times and as I couldn't find its propellers, I never started it. I even had it for sale at Scalemates for three years, but I must have asked too much as it's still here. Come the Desert Storm GB and a thread at modern aircraft modelling about MSIP Eagles at the Gulf War. My first TV war, it was. I was a fresh reservist and woke up every morning to view the allied press conferences. They really nailed them. So
  20. Returning for something that I've not done since this Meteoric build - the first ever on Britmodeller. Simultaneous multiple build of the same basic kit, in this case the Academy 1/72 Focke Wulf Fw190-D9. These two. Between the two, I've got enough crosses and decals, to build both Papagei Staffel options (if I paint, rather than decal, the white stripes). Here two sets of parts. To result in these stripes on each. I'm planning on masking and painting the stripes. To protect my earlier Me262s as they take-off and land.
  21. This was a straightforward build for a cancer research fundraising GB, with the only additions being the Kormoran 1 courtesy of Eduard, and a modified brass pitot for a Jaguar. This is the Academy kit from the 1985 boxing (I was able to utilize the original decals), based on 1970's tooling. Had I noticed when I was ordering the Kormorans that the package included one 1, and one 2, I would've ordered 2 packs to hang a pair of Kormoran 1s off the pylons. Oh well, so be it. I've always kinda liked asymmetrical load outs anyways. Or perhaps he has just fired one at a target.....
  22. AS promised over on the build thread HERE Here are a few photos of the completed beast: These inkjet-printed "X"47J" on the tail didn't turn out great on this side, but if I ever find and 1/72 scale 6" high stenciled letters, I may paint these over and re-do later. We'll see. I had fun building this from the Academy kit. Hope you enjoy the pics. See you on my next project, Ed
  23. Hi, I am presenting my last completed model. This is F-22 Raptor from Academy in 1/72 scale. Model painted with Tamiya, Gunze, AK Xtreme metalm MRP int paints and Vellejo and Model master with brush. A very enjoyable work, I didn't have much trouble.
  24. Good day! Recently, I was approached by a man with a request to paint his model. In addition to painting, it also had to be finalized. After almost complete disassembly of the model, improvements were made. Modified the cockpit, drilled machine guns, exhaust pipes. All identification marks, serial number and mouth are completely handmade paint mask. Prototype Complete model Azure blue - AKAN Dark earth - Gunze Middle stone - Tamiya Dull Red - AK Real Colour Roundal blue - AKAN Yellow - AKAN White - RealColour Interiour green - AKAN La
  25. Good afternoon, colleagues. Today I want to offer you a review of the long-known model from the company Academy-Bf-109 G-14. On improvements. I changed the inflows under the chassis to Italery ones from " stocks" I changed the propeller, tail wings, wheels and tank from AZ(remnants from the previous Assembly) Armament and Pitot tube from Master In the cockpit, the pilot from the Zvezda and the sight from the QB The prototype is Jacob Vogel's plane, which made an emergency landing on the British side of the front in the summer of 44. stencil from AZ, identification mark
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