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  1. *** Slightly better photos added Feb 2021 *** Still struggling to get really good snaps of this big bird but at least the lighting is a better in the photobox. Enjoy! Hi all, photos of my finished Academy 1/72 B-29, sorry for the distinctly mediocre picture quality, haven't really figured out how to photograph big models like this... The scheme is "Celestial Queen" with decals from warbirds and I also added the Eduard etch set. She's painted with various shades of Alclad -
  2. Last summer I bought Academy's 1/72 P-51B during a visit to Canada, and subsequently painted it before realizing I didn't really know what markings I wanted to put on it. Since then, it sat back in it's box. Over the past few weeks, I've started to go back through unfinished kits so that I can finally get them done. Using some Swedish roundels that came from a Microscale Texan sheet, I decided to finish the P51B as J-26 #26001, the first Mustang in Swedish service. The aircraft came into Swedish hands after an American pilot landed it there in the spring of 1944.
  3. Hi all, I haven't gone very far with this kit in the just finished P-40 GB, so if it is OK, I would like to join the KUTA XII GB to try and have it finished before February!!!! Here is what I achieved in the course of the P-40 GB. Very little, if truth be told. I have done bit more work on the kit since my last post in the GB, so I am quite confident I can finish it by February. Will post more photos in a day or two. Cheers. JR
  4. Hello every one. This is my latest build for a dear friend who is a Marine. These Academy kits are absolute jewels, fun to build, very little sanding and filling, and a wide range of options. I'm even thinking of taking a crack at Academy's Big 1/32 scale of this same jet. This is a war weary CAG Bird from its 2007 deployment to Afghanistan. The base is from Coastal Kits and represents Kandahar Air Base. Well, on to the pics! Semper Fi!
  5. When I was very young, building airplane kits using only tube glue and whatever decals were included in the kit (paint? who needs paint?), I remember reading in the newspaper about how the President had revealed the US was flying a super-secret, super-fast spy plane. Not long afterward, Revell released a model of the SR-71, which I bought from my local hobby store and quickly glued together. I built one or two others over the years, my last one probably some time in the 1970s. By then I had graduated to using putty and rattle-can paint, but that's about as far as my skills had prog
  6. Morning all, here is my entry to the B17 GB. It’s Academy’s SB 17 kit (with a box that opens correctly requiring no modification) As you can see I shall be improving the wheels with the assistance of Eduard and also using a slightly stronger undercarriage courtesy of Scale Aircraft Conversions, apart from that though it’ll be all Academy’s finest plastic. I’ll do some shots of that as I build it rather than one large one here. So what was the SB17 and who is Pop Pop? Firstly Academy sum up the SB17 quite nicely on the instructions Onto Pop Pop, well he is my W
  7. Hello All It has been a while since i post here something, so here it is..my recently finished F-84G Thunderjet of the Portuguese Air Force 1953 of the first 25 received via MDAP These Thunderjets formed the 20 squadron ,the first equipped with Jets..and many of them ended their lives fighting in Africa....but thats another story. It´s the Academy 1/72 kit painted with AK´s extreme metal ,used eduard´s photoetch and decals from various sources. Enjoy, regards from Portugal FBorges
  8. Hi all This is my latest model finished. P-40C 33RD PURSUIT SQUADRON USA, 1941 Model improved with full scratch built interior, add new wheels from my spare parts box. Added new machine guns and new pitot from syringe needles. Painted mostly using Tamiya and Gunze aqueous Hobby Colours acrylics. Camouflage: Undersurfaces Grey FS 36440 = Tamiya XF-80 overall plus added a few drops of white XF-2 for highlights. Upper-surfaces US Olive Drab FS 34087 = Gunze H52 overall plus added a few drops of white H1 for highlights. Decals:
  9. Good evening Today I started another Academy tempest and I will represent this one in the colours of the aircraft used by the famous french Ace Pierre Closterman during his short period with the 56 Squadon in April 1945 Some readings I placed the PE Eduard belts on the seat I also placed the Eduard Instrument panel on its support and placed it on the right fuselage half I painted the wheel whells , landing gear legs .. Patrice
  10. Good afternoon For my first build in this Gb I will build the Academy Hawker Tempest http://modelingmadness.com/review/allies/previews/acad/1669.htm I will represent one of the aircraft used by Regis Deleuze a young french pilot who scored 8 V1 kills whith the Sqn 501 between august 7 and december 18 1944 . Three days after arriving at 274 Squadron on february 22 1945 Flight Lieutenant Deleuze was shot down by the german Flak at Werkhoven near Bunnik, the Netherlands . Patrice
  11. The kit from the Academy, on the semi-trailer is the Churchil tank, as part of the US-GB support. It's an older kit and it was a lot of work.
  12. Good afternoon My 2nd build for this Gb is the T6G Academy http://www.internetmodeler.com/1999/june/first-looks/academy_t-6.htm I am going to use the Prinstcaledecals sheet https://www.scalemates.com/kits/951907-print-scale-72-151- to represent an aircraft used by the 6147 TCG in Korea in 1953 . I am replacing the seats by Pavla resin and the engine by a Radial Engines and Wheels one Some books This morning I started to work on the seats and engine And on the instrument panels Patrice
  13. To view my build please click on the links below - I don't use photo sharing sites. https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B0YTyzb37wqFSmRRZTBNdldubXRzLWJYOWZqSS1aUFZDblFn https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B0YTyzb37wqFZGpPclRpLURxS09fSW96WlF0bUN6UmI3RC1v The kit is built straight out of the box, I used the Kits World 1/72 OV-10 Bronco decal sheet, I lost the lettering and numbers - They curled and tore on removal from backing sheet, so had to make my own decal replacements. The canopy was probably the most difficult part of an otherwise and enjoyable build. Comments appreciated and
  14. Good afternoon, Can anyone help me? I am building an Academy 1/72 OV-10 Bronco kit and wish to use the Kits-World 1/72 decal sheet for it using the Indonesian decals option. Clarification sought: The decal sheets suggests a color scheme of field green and light gull gray, but, online sources show the 3 tone color scheme, which is correct please? Thanks all.
  15. Submitted for your inspection is Academy's 1/72 Fw190 A6/A8 kit, done up as Ltn. Karl-Heinz Koch's well-used 'Blue 9' of JG 5 'Eismeer,' Herdla, Norway, in the spring of 1945. Build was strictly out-of-box save for cannon barrels from brass tubing and aerial wire from stretched sprue. I liked the kit quite a bit, but there were a few minor annoyances: the fuselage cannon cowling is a bit too narrow for the fuselage, and some of the molded access cover latches are too prominently raised---I'll take them down a bit next time I do one. (I have sever
  16. Good morning My 2nd build for this Gb is the A37 Dragonfly https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cessna_A-37_Dragonfly Last Week end I started the Academy kit https://www.scalemates.com/kits/103896-academy-1663-a-37b-dragonfly I am using Pavla seats and an Eduard Zoom set to detail the cockpit I prepared the seats and instrument panel I also worked on some other parts : I painted the undecarriage and the well landing gear in white , the interior of the cockpit in grey etc.. Patrice
  17. Another GB? Oh, go on then. Herewith my entry. Academy's 1/72 Razorback to be built with the LPS Hobby 'Thunderbolts in SEAC' decals, which are printed by Microscale. The kit comes with only one each of two types of external fuel tank, for the centreline pylon, so I'll try and find a proper pair for the wing pylons. If not it will have to do without, but apart from that and decals (and shortening the over-long undercarriage) it should be OOB ish. I picked the kit up at the 2013 Scale ModelWorld for £6:50 and the decals about six months ago from evilbay. I actually opened the sealed bag
  18. Hi, Here is my Corsair in RNZAF markings. Thanks for looking Cheers Plasto
  19. Good afternoon all Let me present you another entry in this Gb : the Mustang in the recco version used by the Groupe de reconnaissance 2/33 Savoie during the last months of the war and until 1953 .. To replace the Spitfire of the GR 2/33 Savoie The Armée de l'air received in January 1945 from the Us depots in the Uk around 27 Mustang of various version B C D and even a K model , these aircraft were equipped with cameras for aerial reconnaissance hence the designation F6 but they were also equipped with guns in case they met german fighters .. The pilots said that the Mustang was the b
  20. Radleigh originally had Burma but he kindly passed it on due to other commitments. I hope the end result doesn't make him regret that decision. I bought the Aztec Sky Guardians 2 sheet a while ago in anticipation of the someday re-release of the Revell MiG-21F-13. There are a couple of schemes on the sheet for Chengdu F-7s, which are Chinese built export versions. Over Christmas I took a punt on a couple of the Academy MiG-21 (actually M-21 on the box) kits on the basis they're cheap as chips. They make a lousy MiG-21, but fortunately, the biggest flaws in them make them a great basis for an
  21. Good afternoon For this Gb I will build the Academy NA T6G used by the French Air Force Eala Escadrille d'Avions Legers d'Appui 03/010 Batna Algeria in 1961 with a Model art decal sheet Patrice
  22. Good evening my friends This We I started a new build the Spit Mk XIV c by Academy http://www.cybermodeler.com/hobby/kits/aca/kit_aca_12512.shtml I will represent the aircraft flown by the french ace Jean Maridor http://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jean_Maridor .. As usual I started by the cockpit , I added Pe seatbelts to the seat Patrice
  23. Good evening my friends This We I also starded the Typhoon , I will represent the aircraft flown by Wing Commander R Brooker http://en.ww2awards.com/person/42521 As usual I started by the cockpit and replaced the seat provided by Academy by a seat made by Pavla I Painted the interior of the cockpit in green and black with details in colors Patrice
  24. Good afternoon I would like to present you my last finished model P 38 Academy California Cuttie flown by Lt Loehnert of 55Fighter Squadron 20 Fighter Group in june 1944 I used Superscale decals , some parts of a Eduard set for detailling the cockpit and Humbrol paints ... Patrice
  25. Good afternoon Today I d like to present you my last built another Mustang this time the Academy P 51 B representing the aircraft flown by the 357 Fighter Group ace J ENGLAND http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_B._England I used a Eduard PE set for the cokpit Hope you like her .. Patrice
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