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  1. I'm not a big fan of low-viz grey schemes on modern jets. But when the USN celebrated their 100th anniversary back in 2011, they had the brilliant idea to paint a variety of their current aircraft in retro schemes from throughout their history. TwoBobs issued several decal sheets covering these schemes, and I really took a fancy to the three-tone scheme applied to one of the Hornets of VFA-122 "Flying Eagles." Does this scheme look familiar? It sure does to me, although I couldn't tell you which squadron in WWII used these markings. My brain tries to tell me it was on a He
  2. This little GB is guilty of a lot of things. Initially I had plans of joining up with just this with some decals from this set since I wasn't that much "into" Tornados but then Eduard released their Desert Babe boxing which _I just had to have. So then the plan changed.... But after a lot of chat with @Aigoreabout what kind of AM stuff to add to that one something strange happened. The German Tornado came back on track, since who cannot like a green mean machine? Yes, the Norm-83 wraparound colors does really scream Cold War doesn't it? But a
  3. Hi everyone After 10 months I finally managed to finish a model (ok I still need to add the Skyflash missiles and tail hook) the model in question is the Revell / Hasagawa 1/48 Phantom FGR.2. Brilliant kit, absolutely loved it OOB it would build into a very pleasing replica of the real thing but with a little bit of AM it really shines. For this one I added the Quickboost Martin Baker Mk.7 ejector seats, Aires wheels and Airways cockpit upgrade set. She was finished with Tamiya paints and the kit decals. I enjoyed it so much that I have bought another and I'm going to throw as much
  4. Time to start something new. Something a bit more demanding than those kits that I have been working on recently. So I have chosen Revell's fantastic 1/32 Tornado GR1 with lots of lovely aftermarket as follows:- Flightpath UK's Tornado Detail and Conversion Set, Flightpath UK's Flaps, Slats and Spoilers set, Aires resin Afterburners, Aires resin Cockpit, Flightpath's LGBs and AIM-9s, Master Probes, SAC's metal undercarriage, including the supplementary set, and Eduard's canopy mask set. So, without further ado, the obligatory box shot:- And the aftermarket:-
  5. Hello, it has been a long time since my last post on this great forum, but life is sometimes just too hectic to build models. But I've managed to finish this one off in under 7 months. Tamiya F-16C block 25/32 kit, with some extras: Aires F-16C/D wheel bays 4439, F-16C cockpit set 4364 and F-16c block 25/32 exhaust nozzle. Wheels are resin ones from wheeliant, armament and bombs are brassin items. I added Master pitot tube and angle of attack probes and HGW RBF tags. Model was painted with MRPaint colors, weathered with ammo products. Enough blabbering, here are the photos
  6. Latest effort - a car door Typhoon. I like the Typhoon, big ugly brute that it is, and for some reason the car door version really grabs me - don't know why - just like the idea of the car door complete with window wind down. I'm sure the pilots didn't like it much. Still - box Contents And a few extras I've decided to add to it. Starting with the cockpit I started by painting the cockpit internals black primer, and then sprayed individual areas
  7. Hello, Thought I'd start building something a bit more relaxing after the Flanker, so at the Moson show in Hungary I've bought this beautiful eduard's kit - with all the extras. I am planning to build it as opened as possible - engine, cockpit, radio, gunbays, misc. panels and so on. So, starting with the cutting, cleaning and thinning all the resin bits and pieces and dryfitting them over and over again. So, this is my Moson show loot, most of the parts here are for Spit. Too much of them really... So, brassin radio compartment with Aires cockpit test fitted... brassin parts just slot
  8. I loved building this as part of my model clubs group build: T101 (101 years of Tangmere Airfield). XV408 is currently resident at Tangmere Military Aircraft Museum, which is home to my club: Tangmere Sector Modellers IPMS. It is being lovingly restored to its most famous 'blue' scheme that 92Sqn had done in homage to the blue Hunters that the Squadron used for their display team. This is the Hasegawa 'blue special' kit with Aires resin cockpit, Radar, electronics bay, allycat seamless intakes, scratch built parachute compartment (and other bits). Painted with Vallejo Model Air ins
  9. Looking for more info based on a conversation at ARC. If the Academy kit nozzles fit onto the Monogram burner cans for the F-14A, would it be too far of a stretch to assume that the Aires set for Academy would fit the Monogram as well? Another ARC member figured out how to work it using the kit parts so I'm curious if any resin parts would work too.
  10. Hi all, I will join this GB with Italeri's MiG-29A. I'll do a super-detailed build using Aires' resin cockpit, exhaust nozzles and air-brakes, Arma Hobby's resin nose and closed upper air intakes, and Master's brass pitot tube and static dischargers. I have already all the items, except the static dischargers, which should arrive next week. I'll build a soviet machine from the 1980's as displayed in the Farnborough Air Show. I'll use the kit's decals. Here's the box: IMAG4776 The sprues: IMAG4777 IMAG4778
  11. Hi Guys, it´s time for a new project. I will build the famous P-51D in 1/48 and will use the old Hasegawa kit. Also the Aires wheel bay and the True details cockpit. I will not use the Kit decals..... but have not yet decided which decals I will use.... Maybe a blue nose? The True Details sidewalls fit perfect and are a 100% better than the Kit parts First steps of painting the interior. As always I use Revell Aqua Color. The Interior green is a mix of light green, sand and brown. The very nice detailed True Detail Seat,
  12. I'm just doing the Aires exhausts for the Revell 1/32 Tornado. Looking online for photo references prior to paining, images seem to show the burner much closer to the tail end than they are in the resin set. Is this just an optical illusion in the images because of the more end on angle of the shot? The resin set are certainly comparable in length to the kit plastic, but not sure that tells me much. Any further information much appreciated Simon
  13. very long awaited decals came out last week! :) so had to start a Mirage 2000 immediately! basic Heller kit with hopefully all the necessary updates it will be posed as in flight, with engine in military power, and slats deployed. I will have to find a solution on how to mount it to a base! - suggestions welcome!!! anyone able to guess the paint scheme??
  14. Ok as host of this GB I guess I had better build something! Well I had it all planned before I went on holidays and I had hoped to buy stuff while I was away but couldn't find what I wanted so just ordered online. My cunning plan fell to pieces once I got home and started looking at the references I had, I wanted to build a Latin American P-47D. The decals I got were for D-30s and higher, where as the model I was building was a D-25. I then though about modifying the model I had to suit (not a really hard mod to do) until I found the perfect decal set! So now I’m building Brazilian P-47D-25
  15. Hi there! I know You are all waiting for my flanker, but I've decided to get this build done after 4 years that spent in the box. So here we go. Aires c-pit still looks ok after 4 years... There was some extensive filling, sanding, regraving and riveting done, especially on the nose section. Tailbooms ready Wheelbays done. There are still some minor bits missing Almost ready for black primer.
  16. as I wrote myself into trouble accepting 2 different group-builds at more or less the same time here the other one I am working on in parallel.....; http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/234982350-s-75-dwina-sa-2-guideline-sam-egypt-148/ but as I liked the idea of a tribute Tornado build, breaking the gb calendar planing just as the reason for the gb came unplanned,,,, I will try to to my best keeping the deadlines... apart from that, the cause of the gb also help me in tackling this rather not up to date kit.... I will try to put in quite some Aftermarket designed for othe
  17. Hi everyone This was one of those projects stretched out to the max over the years. Back then there was no GWH 29s and the Academy MiG was the only game in town. To make it a 9-13 version - the humpback I used a Neomega conversion (cockpit and the spine). In terms of accuracy it is debatable as the hump is not quite correct. Well nevertheless it is OK imho.. If any of you did the Academy 29 you all know it's quite a pain. The kit itself is nice, but needs some add ons to look better (exhausts, nose cone, armament). I had to cut the original spine and replace it with the resin one. Tons of p
  18. F/A-18F Super Hornet Cockpit Set for Hasegawa Kit 1:72 Aires Hasegawa’s family of second generation F/A-18E/F/Gs are generally regarded as being at the top of the tree when it comes to 1:72 scale Hornets. Although the engineering of the kits is quite complex, they are generally very accurate in shape and the level of detail is very good. Whilst the cockpit is by no means as spartan as some of Hasegawa’s other kits, it can still be improved upon. Enter Aires, purveyors of resin finery from the Czech Republic, with a complete replacement cockpit. Inside the sturdy pla
  19. It just so happens I started in on a Phantom over the weekend, so I decided to join in here. OY 463 is an F-4D that was piloted by Steve Ritchie (the first U.S. Air Force ace of the Vietnam war) during his 1st and 5th kills. This particular airplane also shot down four other Migs during it's tour making it the most prolific Mig killer of the conflict. This is kinda my holy grail build. I've wanted to build this airframe in all out mode since I was a kid. I have a decal sheet from Microscale that I've been hoarding for several years waiting for both a new tooled F-4C/D kit and my skills to
  20. Hello everyone: group photos of my recently finished Egyptian MiG-17F and MiG-17PF Frescos: the MiG-17PF in natural metal is from around the 1967 war with Israel. Hobbyboss plastic (very good, hardly any problems) still in UARAF (United Arab Republic Air Force) markings, decals are sourced from various sources, the 31st squadron "bat crow" unit insignia was printed at home with the artwork provided by Tom Cooper, thanks!!, see in progress build KK-2 ejection seat is from Aires (a bit small!), 23mm cannons and pitots are from Master and very recommendable! the MiG-17F is from the closing s
  21. Hi Folks, I hope I'll have enough modelling mojo to finish this one and to get back to the Shackleton. Soooo... I bought that one second hand, and got in the box a Revell kit with resin intakes I strongly suspect are a quite illicit copy of aftermarket ones. Being honest only to a point, I decided to use them anyway. I bought Aires cockpit and as I wanted to do an Air Defence Phantom, I bought Airdoc RAFG Phantom decal sheet. And so it went. The cockpit, painted Gunze H306 and black, with white pen to highlight the buttons and switches and whatnot. I painted the radar screens clear red
  22. Hey gents, I'm currently turning my circles around the modelling forum world again, just trying to gather some intel and some impressions. I'm currently working on converting the Tamiya 1/32 Alpha Tomcat into a Delta and just fit the Aires Burners (please note, the ones explicitly for the Tamiya kit!!!) to the airframe and flamin' rod do I have to spend some proper load of putty to straighten everything out. Did I just hit a screwed kit or can it really be that the Aires cowls are somewhat too small? As said, I'm using the set specifically tailored for the Tamiya kit, at least that is state
  23. Good morning, just to show some progress of the Academy Crusader. I will add the aires cockpit set (the first I ever used), and the quickboost flaps. As you may know, if the wind is raised, the flaps/slats will automatically come down. It's something which academy has forgotten. For the decals, I will use the excellent sheet from Xtradecal. I started with the white parts, which are built into the fuselage. It's all gunze flat white acrylic, then a brush cote of the german "clear" (Erdal Glänzer), and some oil wash. Wheels are done with revell anthrazite, brush painted, after a drop of highly
  24. Evening all I started a new build. After much grinding and fitting it is beginning to look a little ok
  25. Hello and thanks for your interest, this is Hasegawa's 1/72 Bf-109 G14 with Resin engine and photo etch from Aires. The vacu canopy is from Rob Taurus. The pitot tube is a metal item from Fine Molds Accessories. Photographs by Mr. Wolfgang Rabel of IGM Cars & Bikes - a big THANK YOU! The model represents a machine of JG52, photographed after the end of hostilities in May 1945 at Neubiberg. Pictures suggest a quite faded camoflage, I tried to replicate this by adding a drop of White to each base colour. Painted with acryclics from the Gunze/Mr.Hobby range. Weathered with artist oils
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