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  1. 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
  2. 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.
  3. 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
  4. 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 –
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. This'll be my first build report so be gentle with me Firstly a bit of background:I got back into modelling like many others I suspect, last year during lockdown here in Germany. Luckily we didn't have it as bad as some and a few shops were still open. I built a couple of WW2 trucks converted to civvy use based on what I see every day on the roads in Myanmar every winter. I also did the very good Revell 1:24 Land Rover which was loosely based on our old Landy. Anyway I got back into aircraft with the Trumpeter 1:48 Wyvern, mainly due to the fact it was based on o
  11. This is a placeholder for the first of my two builds. I'll be using the excellent Academy 1/72nd scale kit with the Berna Decals for the EALA3/1 option. I've got the LF resin bits and bobs to arm the beastie with but I'm in two minds about using them. Kit and gubbins References The eagle eyed amongst you will have spotted there's two kits in that box, well I haven't settled on my 2nd subject yet (and to be fair, I'm hoping Special Hobby get a wriggle on and release their Harvard kits).
  12. Hi, Finished this off at last,I was waiting on doing some figures but they will have to come at a later date. Academy kit was used along with Callsigns conversion kit and master club tracks! Beware using these tracks they are designed for the AFV kit and as such will need the drive sprockets widened and the teeth filed! Otherwise all went together quite well. Here are the pics hope you like them. WIP above thanks guys,as always any comments and suggestions welco
  13. 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
  14. Hi folk's,with a couple of stalled builds I've moved up to 1/48 scale with a kit I know well,picked up for a mere tenner just now I'll crack on with the Airfix kit first and start this one later in the GB. https://www.scalemates.com/kits/academy-minicraft-1658-ta-4f-skyhawk--181939
  15. 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.
  16. 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.
  17. 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
  18. 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.
  19. 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
  20. 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
  21. 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.
  22. 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
  23. 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
  24. 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.
  25. 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
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