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  1. Right, for the less-than-a-tenner group build I'd like to submit the Revell An-225 - wait, just kidding At the back of the stash I found this little beasty lurking : Bought it many years ago from the Big H for substantially less than a tenner.
  2. Hello guys I would like to show you my model F-15S National day 89 special livery the kit I use is Academy F-15K 1/72 the decal is custom made I hope you like it ˆ_ˆ real photo for the aircraft taking by me at king Abdulaziz International airport in jeddah city the model
  3. Kit - Academy. Paint - All Tamiya acrylics. Decals - Star 35 C 1149. Extras - Stowage from spares box. M7 Priest HMC 98th Field Regt. Italy, Summer 1943 Bought on impulse about eighteen months ago, not a huge fan of artillery builds but I had the decals already so I decided 'why not'. It's not one of Academys better kits, when this was issued, I'm guessing that the M3/M4 generic moulds were getting a little tired, no matter the lower hull builds quickly and easily, the interior is not 'the last word' but busy enough and the upper hull, well you need to be vigilant as you're bringing it together as there are gaps which can turn in to chasms if you're unlucky. Painting was a bit of a hike as I needed to get the fighting compartment base painting and fading done, then the dark green camo on the outside which was masked then the 'pink' for the outside sprayed and matched to the interior - probably created more work for m'self doing it that way around, I just didn't fancy cutting the camo masks to protect the 'pink'... much easier to protect the dark green. I didn't use 'exact' tones, I applied my favourite Mk.I eyeball method... on its own it looks perfectly fine but alongside my M3 Scout Car from last year it looks really pink !!. That said, GO 1650 of December '42 did specify - "The basic colour common to whole of MEF is designated 'Desert Pink' - the disruptive patterns will be in Dark Green (PF No.1)..." The directive 'officially' was recinded in April '43 ahead of the Italian invasion but it took time for all the vehicles to be re-painted in the new Light Mud & Blue/Black colours. So that's it, please feel free to ask any questions, hurl any abuse or make any comments. Next AFV on the bench will be an M3 Lee in late war SCC13 Jungle Green, and given the multi-faceted hull, I will probably go down the full-modulation route with the paint finish. All the best from New Zealand. Ian.
  4. Well this is my first monster build of the year and hopefully a real Mojo stimulus build…..as the old modelling mojo has taken a bit of a hit recently…….though it hasn’t stopped me from growing the stash! I have wanted to build a F-16I Sufa for quite sometime, though I’m not sure what possessed me to for this monster! This isn’t the first time I’ve built a 1/32nd beast, around 40 years ago I built the Hasegawa version….which I still have packed away somewhere…… a little bit worse for wear! The box is huge and packed solid with lots of lovely plastic as well as some PE and brass bits. There is a choice of 4 schemes, well squadrons to choose from, which one I haven’t quite decided on yet. You even get a lovely large poster as well, which on the back of is the painting/decal guide, not the easiest to handle. ….. and yes there are extra AM bits to go with her of course! The main one is Zactomodels resin F-16 NSI “Small Mouth Intake”. This is a beautifully cast seem-less replacement intake for this model and will certainly save all the hassle of sorting out intake seems! With the cockpit I resisted the urge to replace it with resin but will add Quinta Studio’s gorgeous 3D decals , the first time I’ve used these in 1/32nd. The detailing on them is stunning, even the knobs on the side panels even have a tiny white position marker on them! The kit exhaust is quite nicely done but a replacement resin one will look much nicer. Though they did suffer a wee bit of damage in transit, I will ResKit would use larger boxes! Same goes for the wheels, these resin replacements will look much better. And finally (for now) some Zactomodels AIM-120 ARMAAM’s, they are an improvement to the kit ones. I am looking forward to this build, it should be nice and straightforward (would like one for a change), I’ve done some test fits with the new resin intake and all looks good there. For sanity’s sake I may leave out the resin wheel wells….no one will be picking up this model!
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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 had some strengths that (at least in part) made up for them. Its high profile and sponson mounted main gun gave the enemy a large target, but when the 75mm main gun was brought to bear on a target, it was surprisingly powerful and effective, gaining a reputation in North Africa. A great many examples were exported to the British and Russian forces in the early stages of WWII, and after the majority of British armour was left on the beaches of Dunkerque, the need became even greater. The British stipulated some adaptations to improve the vehicle's performance, which most visibly included a new larger turret with a bustle to accommodate radio gear, and a cupola instead of the sub-turret with machine gun mount, which was named the Grant after general Lee's opponent. Due to the pressing need for suitable numbers however, the British did take a number of Lees, and the Soviet Union also took delivery of a substantial number of Lee variants, although some ended up at the bottom of the sea thanks to U-Boat action. The Soviets disliked the Lee intensely and gave it a wide berth wherever they could in favour of the more modern and capable T-34, the production of their own tanks ramping up substantially after the initial shock of Barbarossa, which led to the Lee/Grant's retirement from front-line service with them by 1943, while the other Allied continued to use them (mainly in Africa) until the end of the war. The Kit As you’ve probably already guessed, this is a reboxing of the Academy kit, which until not long ago was your best bet for a Grant/Lee, having its origins as recently as 2006. It arrives in the new red-themed top-opening box, and inside you will find eight sprues of sand-coloured styrene along with a lower hull part in the same colour, two lengths of black flexible track-runs, a small decal sheet and the instruction booklet with colour profiles for the decal options on the back pages. The Academy logo has been blanked out on each of the sprues, and on inspection it’s a detailed model with lots of raised rivets, some nice casting texture with casting codes in raised lettering, and restrained use of slide-moulding to fashion the barrels for the choice of two lengths of main gun and the smaller 37mm barrel in the turret. This is a British specification of the Lee, which discards the top machinegun turret in an effort to reduce the Grant’s high silhouette and remove a substantial weight into the bargain, which will have had a positive impact on MPG, albeit a small one. Construction begins with the vertical volute-sprung suspension (VVSS) units that are also seen on some Shermans, trapping two road-wheels between a bogie that is articulated centrally around the suspension unit with a return roller on the top. There are three units per side, so there is some repetition involved, and when they are complete they are cemented onto the mounts on the sides of the lower hull, with an idler wheel fitted to the rear of each side. Moving to the interior, which is included in the kit, the transmission is made up with the gearbox projecting into the centre of the cab, fitted to a sled-shaped interior insert, which has the drive-shaft and driver controls fixed in place, plus seats, treadplated footrests and foot-pedals. The lower hull is completed at the front with the rounded glacis plate, the large riveted support ribs and final drive housings that project to the sides and in front of the glacis. The drive-sprockets and towing eyes with shackles finish off that area, permitting the interior assembly to be slotted into place within, then adding a driver’s seat, radio gear for the left-seater, and a treadplated stowage box behind the driver. At the rear the aft bulkhead is built up from a myriad of exhaust parts, towing shackles and mudguards before it is fixed to the lower hull and an engine firewall placed at the rear of the fighting compartment. Ammo storage for the turret gun is added to the right sponson floor, a turret motor on the left, then the two front fenders are attached and decorated with lights, horn and the first of the pioneer tools, ready for the upper hull, which is next. The upper hull is an angular structure made up around the roof, with various facets and exterior strengthening beams fitted along with stowage boxes, vision ports, the upper glacis, side hatches and the curved splinter shield for the 75mm hull gun. It is flipped over to add the driver’s instrument panel, a twin-mounted bow .30cal machinegun mount, and a pair of rails that run down the side of the sponsons. The hull gun is next, and you have a choice of long or short barrel, so check your references if you aren’t sure. It is slide-moulded, so only needs its moulding seam removing with a scraper or curved blade. The longer barrel has a 2-part counter-balance around the muzzle to help the crew move it around and balance the centre-of-gravity of the longer gun. The recoil tubes, breech protection frame, seat and elevation/traverse controls are all fitted, and it is then dropped into the lower hull, rotating on a cup on the right internal sponson floor. A vision block is glued to the roof before the upper hull is mated with the lower, and the side-skirts are glued in place using the tabs moulded to the inside. It's turret time! The full turret basket is included, festooned with ready-rounds and having a treadplated floor that supports three simple seats, and an accessway to the rest of the interior. The 37mm cannon has a .30cal co-ax strapped to its side, and is inserted into the mantlet back plate, then the riveted front is offered up, and the two are joined by a set of caps that trap the axle in position. Elevation mechanisms are glued in, then the assembly is inserted into the turret from outside, with a lower part and turret ring installed, spare vision blocks on the sides, and clamshell doors on the hatch fitted before the basket is mated from below. The turret is added to the hull, some additional pioneer tools and a large riveted strip is added to the front, then it’s time to put the tracks on. Some modellers like individual links, some like flexible “rubber band” tracks, and some don’t mind either. Some folks will just get some metal tracks for every AFV kit they have, so there’s bound to be no pleasing some people with their choice of the flexible ones here. They are turned into a complete run by melting the pegs with a hot screwdriver, but please don’t use your best one as it’ll ruin it - also, don't burn yourself. There are some spare track links included to fit on the vehicle, and these are all individual links, but there are only nine of them with separate track spuds on the sides. You’ll need to place your tracks carefully on your Grant, as there are some inconvenient injection points with sink-marks around them on the main tracks, or you could smear them with some dirt to hide their appearance. Markings There are two decal options in the box, one from North Africa, the other serving in Australia’s defence, wearing desert camo and olive green respectively. The decals are printed anonymously for Hornby, and consist of unit badges, numbers and suchlike. From the box you can build one of the following: Robin Hood or Robin Hood II, HQ Squadron, Sherwood Rangers Yeomanry, 8th Armoured Brigade, 10th Armoured Division, North Africa, 1942 1st Armoured Division, Australian Military Forces, Puckapunyal Camp, Australia, 1942 Decals are in good register, colour density and sharpness, with the two schemes divided by a handy dotted line. Conclusion This is another welcome AFV model from Airfix, and it will find a ready market both in impulse purchases and from us “serious” modeller, as it’s a decent kit for a reasonable price. New tracks might be on the menu if you feel the need, but many a good model has a set of “rubber band” tracks on them. Highly recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  8. Joining you with this Academy 1/72 F-16C kit, Costing me £8 from an IPMS colleague. Bought 2016. Instructions. Parts. The only option is deciding which number aircraft.
  9. Here is my interpretation of F-111E serial 67-0120, 20th Fighter Wing USAF, Incirlik AB (Turkey), January 1991, Operation "Desert Storm". 1/48 Italeri kit (rebox of Academy); Eduard`s ZOOM PE set (for HobbyBoss kit) in cockpit; Master`s pitot tube; ALQ-131 ECM from Kinetic`s F-16 kit under fuselage. Lot of scratch work (esp. slats and flaps, canopy, changed gear bay cover etc.). Camo is painted with Lifecolors. Decals are from the box, but I`ve changed some things, because I wanted my "120" in "Desert Storm" scheme, without all those colorful additions that this aircraft usually had (and have now, because 67-0120 "The Chief" is preserved in Imperial War Museum, Duxford, UK). So here it is: Thanks for watching!
  10. Most of the build aspects of this were documented in my WIP thread that can be found here, but my F-14A 162603 HIP Killer Wichita 103 is now complete and ready for inspection. I’ve posted a number of photos to illustrate various aspects, views and details and I’ll happily take any questions. Overall, it’s a nice build; a well engineered kit that gives a good level of detail with crisp panel lines and not an overly complex build; it’s a good compromise. Gripes are few. I’m sure the nose leg still looks a little long and I do wonder if measurements were taken from either a very light weight aircraft or one with an over pressurised oleo. It doesn’t detract too much, but I think it’ll look odd if you hung 6 phoenix missiles from it. The horizontal stabilisers have a clever means of attachment – well, nearly. There’s a nice little bit of frame just inside the rear fuse to support the inner section of the stab pivot, but it’s on the lower half rather than the upper half, so there’s nothing to support the weight of the stab when it’s right way up. Did I forget anything? Not sure – take a look at the WIP if interested. Anyway... a first photo to illustrate what’s been tackled, and then some general views. F-14A Wichita 103 Academy 1/72 - details by Jonathan Hughes, on Flickr Overview to scale by Jonathan Hughes, on Flickr Wichita 103 and crew by Jonathan Hughes, on Flickr USNavy deck crew. Reedoak figures now painted by Jonathan Hughes, on Flickr Painted kit seats with painted Reedoak pilot and RIO (still awaiting helmet details) by Jonathan Hughes, on Flickr Underside by Jonathan Hughes, on Flickr Starboard nose close up by Jonathan Hughes, on Flickr The hot end by Jonathan Hughes, on Flickr Short range goodies by Jonathan Hughes, on Flickr Pointy end close up by Jonathan Hughes, on Flickr Cockpit detail by Jonathan Hughes, on Flickr Nose details by Jonathan Hughes, on Flickr Canopy rail detail by Jonathan Hughes, on Flickr Canopy details by Jonathan Hughes, on Flickr Nose colour variations by Jonathan Hughes, on Flickr Nose gear bay by Jonathan Hughes, on Flickr Main gear detail by Jonathan Hughes, on Flickr Rear fuselage/beaver tail detail by Jonathan Hughes, on Flickr Underside details by Jonathan Hughes, on Flickr Upper surfaces details by Jonathan Hughes, on Flickr Wing upper surfaces by Jonathan Hughes, on Flickr Wichita 103 nose profile by Jonathan Hughes, on Flickr No.1 intake by Jonathan Hughes, on Flickr F-14A Wichita 103, VF1 Wolfpack by Jonathan Hughes, on Flickr Wichita 103 by Jonathan Hughes, on Flickr Wichita 103 with crew by Jonathan Hughes, on Flickr Feel the need... the need for speed by Jonathan Hughes, on Flickr Thanks for reading... Jonathan
  11. I have been building a series of models representing aircraft of the Wisconsin Air National Guard, and my seventh entry is the Cessna OA-37B "Dragonfly", which the Wisconsin ANG flew for a mere two years (1979-81). For this build, I used Academy's excellent kit: supplemented with aftermarket and scratch-built details. My enhancements to the stock kit include: SBS resin cockpit Eduard photoetch ResKit wheels Scratch-built intake trunking w/compressor face Scratch-built exhaust Extended exhaust fairing at wing trailing edge Lowered flaps (slightly) and "drooped" the elevators Replaced kit underwing tanks with tanks from Hasegawa's A-37 kit Added nose light and wingtip navigation lights (CMK) Added small light to refueling probe assembly Replaced whip-antenna "bullets" on leading edge of horizontal stab with smaller, more-scale items I used Mr. Color paints for the camouflage, except for the tan (which was Hataka) Decals are a mix of kit stock, Print Scale, and a few handmade items The WIP can be found here: On to the pics! Some detail shots: The A-37s seem to have been passed from state to state, like a hot potato. Before joining the Wisconsin ANG, A/C 31062 flew with the New York ANG as evidenced by the painted-over text on the wingtip tanks: which I replicated on my model: (as an aside, Wisconsin's Dragonflies were handed down to the Pennsylvania ANG in 1981. Here's a photo of 31062 in its post-Wisconsin service: Academy's A-37 is a gem of a kit and made for a thoroughly enjoyable build and a fine addition to my Wisconsin ANG collection: Next up: the A-10A Thunderbold II (aka "Warthog"), which followed the Dragonfly in Wisconsin ANG service: Thanks for viewing, and special thanks to everyone who followed my build and offered suggestions/recommendations to help me along the way.
  12. 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 not have been among those aircraft if it really would have made it to become reality. But from almost the first moment on, I knew, I wanted to build this, well..., 'thing'. Unfortunately Freightdog's conversion kit is only available in 1/144 but not in 1/72 scale. Anyway... I bought it ... and then Academy's 1/72 C-97 Stratofreighter kit ... and then Minicraft's C-97 kit because the Freightdog conversion refers to panel lines of the 1/144 kit as points to measure from, e.g. for cutting the forward fuselage or glueing on the the radomes. Maybe you kown this feeling: "looks good, but I am not really sure...". Indeed there are differences and it is necessary to compare (and recalculate) the data given for the 1/144 kit with what they would be and where certain points would be on the 1/72 kit (simply doubling dimensions does not work!). I had already started some time ago to make friends with the 3D software 'Blender' so that I could finally use my 3D printer for my hobby. It soon became clear: this would be my first major 3D construction. So, here ist the result of many, many hours. Photos will follow (if linking them to flickr will finally work... sooner or later) To be continued! Cheers, The Red Baron
  13. 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.
  14. Hello everybody, in parallel with the IAR 80 recently posted, I managed to finish also this 1946 "what if". It has been nice to imagine something that could be and never happened. The Ta 183 Academy kit is quite basic but not too bad. I made some slight improvement to cockpit and landing gear bays plus cut away flaps, elevators and rudder to have a more realistic effect. I've painted the model with a late war eastern front typical scheme and some fantasy using Gunze acrylics and Tamiya spray finishing. Not perfect but another funny kit . Enjoy pictures and feel free to comment. Cheers Andy
  15. 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 – oops), a GWH one, Finemolds (First one I bought and now leaving that until later and maybe doing it with lots of panels open – if something can be done about the wing shape) but when I opened the Academy one, having read that many see it as a straightforward build, and then seeing the quality of the mouldings, with all the details in place that I’d had to add to the Hobbyboss ones... and with wing panels that look right (whereas Hobbyboss isn’t – nor are Hasegawa), I thought I’d give this one a go. It looks quite delightful. Academy F14 project kick off by Jonathan Hughes, on Flickr Choosing a subject Ok, this took some time. I wanted a subject that would grab me. I’d planned (and still do) at some point to do a VF84 A model in all over Light Gull Grey, so a popular scheme but with a slight variation... But maybe something less obvious. Pukin Dogs will probably be on the list at some point, but not yet; another Vf-111, no I want some variation and I haven’t measured the kit’s fin chords yet. I thought about several others such as a Pencil VF31 to accompany the Felix-Bug etched picture that a good freind had passed to me... and many hours were spent going back and forth through the D&S Pacific and Atlantic volumes looking for inspiration. VF1 is my friend’s focus on many discussions, especially the early scheme. Thus I’d ignored the later schemes but some pictures in the D&S books started to catch my eye given that their finish was unusual. The mid 80s onwards saw the move to low vis markings with the wolf on the fin (you don’t need me to cover this) and later on some red schemes re-emerged. But what stuck out was the shade of grey appearing in many photos. Whilst the schemes were described as overall Light Gull Grey (LGG) – Fed Std 595 (FS)16440, many images show the grey as very pale. Clearly, some of this will be down to photograph exposure and film stock (contrast variation) but it seemed that a number of photographers were capturing images of aircraft that looked very pale, almost white. I read Tony Oliver’s discussions regarding his Hobbyboss VF-111 aircraft that eventually went for a paler grey: Light Grey FS36495. I think that Tony made the comment that whilst this probably wasn’t applied, it did tend to take on the look of a pale/washed out LGG that might be seen on an aircraft at the end of a deployment. As I said, there are lots of photos in books, but I’m not reproducing these here due to copyright... but here’s a suitable link to another page – 6th photo depicts the pale finish (and period) quite well And My go-to paint at the moment is Mission Models, so I’ve some of this on its way; we’ll do a test and see how it compares. The Matt finish might support the “weathered” finish that would suit my wishes. So, a combination of the pale finish, some colourful but not overstated markings, big colourful star n bars and perhaps a not too often shown scheme appealed. Then it was time to choose a specific aircraft. Of course, once you start looking, you see them (and it) everywhere. There’s even a Hobbymaster model of it although the overall LGG just doesn't look realistic compared to photos of the aircraft.... so that’s not deterring me from Wichita 103, BuNo 162603 that claimed the single F-14 Air to Air during desert storm. As shown above. Markings will require some planning an sorting, but the main ones can (mostly) be acquired from the DXM set that I already have (using markings for Wichita 111, BuNo 162611, but some others will be needed. Markings wise, the most obvious omission from the DXM set is the markings that adorned the fuel tanks, but photos of the aircraft on operations seem to depict unmarked tanks in most cases, so we’ll cross that bridge when we come to it. The most popular photos show the aircraft back from ranger at Miramar in February 1991 (interestingly, as I’ve only just noticed, 4 days after I first met the lady that became the first Mrs Hughes). The photo depicts the “Hind” kill marking (although of course it was a Hip) Wolfpack flash adorned fuel tanks and Phoenix pallets (the aerodynamic fairing on the port side being Light Ghost rather than LGG). However, there’s evidence of the phoenix pallets not being carried in operation whilst on Ranger. So these could be omitted. Photos appear in the F-14 Haynes Manual, Tomcat Alley, and The Cutting edge (albeit from years earlier), and the VF1 facebook page is a useful resource too. Armament One further variation is that photos of the aircraft, and others from VF1 on Ranger at the time is that they carried four sidewinders rather than two of each of 9s and 7s; with Sparrows on the body positions; so this would give a variation on the usual equipage of the aircraft. The LAU-7 rail looks like it sits on an adapter under the wing root pylon, but details of that will no doubt follow after more research... and the photos in the original detail and scale book help in this regard. Kit – additional AM bits and fit issues Right , so I set out looking to see what bits I might need to adapt the kit or improve it. A search online suggested the Eduard Big Ed set, Aries exhaust, Aries seats, and a new product from CMK - wheels for this kit, Quickboost seamless intakes (which seemed like a good idea) and quickboost ECM/TCS chin pod. I know the kit has this provided, but the Quickboost one is nice (used last time) and I’d lost track of which options were in which kit when I’d been placing my order; I think the GWH just has the small one. Hey ho. These were ordered and have now arrived. Looking at the Big Ed set, I’m now wondering whether I’ll use much (or any) of it at all. Cockpit wise, I think the panel detail on the kit mouldings looks exquisite so these might suffice (with the kit decals and some careful painting perhaps). I think that the 3D print of companies like Quinta studios and Yahu are likely to end the end the Eduard colour photo etch... but time will tell how they migrate to 1/72. Externally, there’s a few bits that might be useful, but we’ll see. The kit nose undercarriage bay needs some detailing, but I did that from scratch on the hobbyboss, so maybe something similar will be attempted. As has been mentioned elsewhere, the kit noseleg needs some work, but that will be bits of plasticard and bits from other kits no doubt. Wheels. Ok, these went back to the big H as the resin castings had air holes in them. I wasn’t pleased. I have a spare set of Armoury wheels which are nicely flattened and i’ll use these for the mains and either use the same for the nose wheels or see if I can get some like those I used on Miss Molly which I think were True Details. Seats. Ok, so the Aries seats were my product of choice as what I used before. Painted and adorned with some of the Eduard PE they look quite nice. Horror! The seats don’t fit in the Academy cockpit tubs. Drat (or something like that) The seat themselves aren’t too bad detail wise; a bit basic but probably improvable with some PE... but they’re a bit thin, or perhaps I mean narrow. Time for some alternatives. I dug out the GWH kit and looked at those seats. Does it really need 5 pieces to make a seat(?) Anyway, these are slightly nicer and but lack the ejection handles top and bottom... I have those in the Eduard set, so no problems. I tacked one together and measured it against the Academy tub, and the Aries seats against the GWH tub: Academy cockpit tub base 7.4mm across; Academy seats base 6.9mm across; Aries seats base 7.89 mm across. GWH cockpit tub 8.3mm across; GWH seats at base 7.1mm across. So the plan is to save the Aries seats for the GWH kit and put the GWH seats in the Academy tub. Sorted. They’ll need some detailing and I wish I’d though about fettling and thinning the seat sides before assembly, but I’ll do what I can afterwards. They’re not as nice as the Aries ones, but they’re a better start point compared to the academy ones at least. Seat swapping. by Jonathan Hughes, on Flickr Exhausts Aries – as before, with one open and one closed nozzle (parked). The Academy kit has a very nice pair of locating pins in the rear fuselage to give a good solid build. The kit exhaust cans are quiet short. Hmmm... is this an issue. By putting one of the exhaust cowlings onto one of the two rear fuselage halfs, measuring the distance aft of the securing stud to the fuselage rear face – 14.41mm. The length of the exhaust cowling is 10.81mm. This is the key distance, because the Aries exhaust, which comprises the nozzle, tube and fan, will have the tube face flush with the opening of the cowl, onto which the exhaust nozzle will attach (just like the Hobbyboss one)... although the cowl inner diameter will need opening it to remove the securing lip. Aries exhaust tube is 24.36mm long, the fan has a lip height of 2.38mm. So, the kit clearance is about 25.2mm; the Aries exhaust is 26.7mm. So, whilst it not fitting is a little annoying for a part that’s marketed for the kit, I think that by shaving a little off the locating lug and the back of the fan piece, it will fit... just... but it’ll be close. But close, is good enough (I hope). Wings Now this has prompted some thought and discussion with a friend... and comparison with other kits. The attachment of the wings is great – onto those little stubs, wouldn’t it be nice to do dirty wings. Thoughts at the moment are whether the different wings could be adapted to fit on the same slot (cut a slot and add framing) so two sets could be made. Then whether another wing set could be adapted to fit the donor kit (possibly). Some thought and planning will go into this to see if it’s worth ending up with two wing sets for this one. The plan isn't finalised and will need some further thinking and considering... at the speed at which I build these, there's no rush. Other thoughts on the Academy kit, whilst I see that Tony O addressed it, the kit is supplied with two temp probes, the one that sits on the starboard side of the nose (aft of the smart probes) and one on the port side at the front of the cockpit section near the windscreen. This is only evident on early aircraft, so it’ll be ignored and the hole filled. This really ought to be highlighted somewhere. But overall, it looks crisp, shape's not bad at all - and it's not too complicated (although I seem to be making it so... such is my way eh!). So... that’s the plan. Academy F-14A as VF1 162603 on the squadron’s last cruise, on Ranger in the Gulf. Painted a lighter colour that LGG (which will give some variation to Miss Molly and other aircraft to follow) Anyway, let’s see how this goes... Thanks for reading Jonathan
  16. Hello friends, After a far too long of a delay, I have finally added my ( paltry ) third completed project for the year. This is the Academy P-38J Lightning. Here are the highlights of the kit………………… *Note: Italeri now has boxed the molds this wonderful kit 1. Paints / colors used : A. AK Interactive Extreme Matt Aluminum ( main airframe color ) B. AK Interactive Extreme White Aluminum ( highlight airframe color ) C. MRP Matt Black ( acrylic ) for the anti-glare panels D. Vallejo washes: 1) Dark Gray - panel lines 2) Oiled Earth - gear wells 3) European Dust - accent panel lines 4) Light Rust, White, & Black - various locations E. Tamiya : 1) Metallic Gray XF-56 2) Sky Blue X-14 3) Yellow Green XF-4 4) Clear Red X-27, Clear Blue X-23, Clear Green X-25, Gunze Clear Yellow H-91 F. Model Master Interior Green G. Mission Models Flat Finish 2. Super Scale Decals P-38J/L Lightnings #72-865 3. Eduard photo etched seat belts 4. Master gun barrels 5. Various chalk pastels 6. Eduard Canopy Mask 7. Uschi “fine” bobbin thread I built this kit a number of years ago and found it to be delightful. With the desire to build a natural metal / silver finish, I chose a higher quality kit due in large part the extra effort that is required for those types of finishes. The decals went without any issues and adhered nicely with setting solution. In fact, I cannot recall when or where I obtained them. I flatten the bottom of the tires to simulate the weight of the aircraft and to aid in a proper and more realistic appearance. This kit is outstanding to spend some time with. I highly recommend it for all skill levels. Thank you in advance!!!!! With much respect, Mike
  17. Not much to say here, this is one of two entries for the GB. I have several of these in the stash, and it's about time I built one. The Israeli aircraft has the distinctive 3-colour Israeli camouflage. I don't believe I've ever done this scheme before*, so time to remedy that. *Although I also have an F-16 waiting to be completed in the same basic scheme.
  18. A few days after the royal coup 23.Aug 1944 when Romania switched side, a plan was made how to arrange transport for the 1200 POW's still in Romania A Bf 109 G-6 (or G-14) W.Nr: 166 133 from Grupul 9 was repainted with a big US flag on the fuselage and pre-war wing markings. The radio compartment was emptied to make room for a passenger In 27.Aug 1944 piloted by Constantin "Bâzu" Cantacuzino and with the former POW Lt. Col. James A Gunn III in the radio compartment they made a 2 hour flight to Foggia Air base in Italy The kit is the Academy G-14 with a replacement Intech old tail rudder and decals from PropagTeam
  19. Hi everyone, here is my Academy F-4J 1/48 scale, the kit was built almost straight out of the box. Thanks and have a great day.
  20. This is the 1/48 Academy Dauntless. I chose to interpret an SBD-2 from VMSB-241, based on Midway Atoll in 1942 and, I assume, one of the planes used in the fabled attack on the Japanese fleer in June. Since it was first produced by Accurate Miniatures, this vintage kit has justifiably developed a reputation as the definitive kit of the Dauntless in this scale. It’s well engineered, with great fit and a level of detail that requires no after-market parts. However, having chosen to represent it in-flight, I had to invest in a gunner from PJ Productions and requisition a pilot from a Tamiya Corsair. Also - as one of the distinctive features of the Dauntless was its surface texture - I decided to cover the thing in raised rivets. I initially tried HGW wet transfers, but found these to be useless; all the rivets floated away from the backing film with every attempt. I landed on Archer rivets, which performed excellently. I couldn’t quite get every row with complete accuracy, but they give an impression of the bristling surface of the airframe and provided a good structure to paint and weather. The process of painting it was one of the main attractions of building this plane. Perhaps I went a little overboard given this specific variant, but I was inspired by the many beautiful shots of the Dauntless’ mottled, patched and damaged paintwork - a story in color and texture. I used mostly Mission Model paints; they layer well and lend themselves to subtle effects built over time. Although I recommend the kit wholeheartedly, I think the decals in the original Accurate Miniatures boxing might be better; the big roundels were all out of register.
  21. Hi folk's,unboxed,tidied and sadly had to bin a few 1/72 build's boxed up a few years ago,these three I was glad to be able to save as I love both the Revell and Academy offering's,thank's for looking.
  22. Despite the "New tooling" indication Academy is to rebox the Mauve 1/48th Curtiss P-40N Warhawk kit under - ref. 12341 Source: https://academypm.cafe24.com/09_site/2021_academy_catalog.pdf Box art V.P.
  23. Been a while since I posted photos of completed models to the site. It takes me over an hour to edit the photos and move them to Flickr, then post them up. Good thing that I'm retired I guess. Here's my Academy 1/48th F-4J in VF-84 Jolly Rogers markings. It is almost all out of the box, including decals. Only additions were the Furball cockpit decals that fit and look great. Sorry though, no photos. Trust me, they are good. I wasn't overly impressed with the Academy kit compared to the Hasegawa. Some parts are better, some not as much. In the end it looks like an F-4. I ran out of steam on this one before building up the missiles and bombs. Maybe I'll add them later...
  24. After asking the BM community for painting suggestions about two years ago, this Razorback is now done. Probably could have improved it a bit more, but I'm calling this one finished. Full build vid here; https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HDYCtyxT0Lo Enjoy! Luka
  25. Another Portuguese T-6 -this time the Academy kit which looks quite nice. The decals will be from LF Models - I'll be doing the one with the fluorescent orange tail below. Given my complete failure to achieve anything in the Panzer III GB, I will be building this pretty much out the box, probably just adding some seat belts. Cheers Pete
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