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  1. Hello Dears, Did I've been a good guy in Telford ?? Have a look... To my point of view... Yes, I've been, but I'm not sure that SWMBO will agree... Will be curious to know how many of the 1/48 Walrus have been sold this year in SMW ??? And some trainer Harrier too..... And today, I started her Cleaning up the ejection pin This is really a great kit... I asked the Airfix guys about the next 1/48 kits... Seemingly we will not hav the Avro Bison or Blackburn Ripon next year !! What a lack of good taste.. But a Beaufort is possible in a
  2. Hello all; Here's my recently finished Mossie. The WIP explains a few of the decision points such as how I painted the D-Day stripes around the S/N, and the weathering choices I made along the way; I'm not going to claim this is my best work, it isn't. The pics aren't my best either - I just could not get the White Balance just right. But nonetheless here's the finished article. I built the kit more or less straight out of the box, the only real exception being the addition of seatbelts made from Tamiya Tape and foil. The paints I used were Tamiya for the D-
  3. Well having had a 'mare in the BoB GB by trying to rush to beat the deadline clock, I'm hoping to have more luck with a future succesor to that build's Spitfire in the RAF Interceptor role, the English Electric Lightning. The plan is to utilise the Aeroclub conversion set to make the Airfix 1/48 F.1 boxing into it's uglier twin (for those that disagree, Harry Hill has the only answer "there's only one way to find out......."), the two seat trainer version, the T.4. Now I also have an incomplete CMK conversion set for the same T-Bird marks which I am going to use for t
  4. This build came from one of those flashes of inspiration that results in a sudden urge to start a kit from scratch and see it through to the end in quick order, rather than languishing for a few years as per usual. Browsing through Airframe Extra No.7 'The Suez Crisis', I came upon a photo of a lineup of Meteor FR9s of No 208 Sqn at Hal Far, resplendent in Suez stripes! I had no idea this version wore these markings, only ever seeing them on NF13s before. I'd had this book a few years but never twigged, there's even a small version of the photo on the front cover, hiding in plain s
  5. I picked up these two second hand MkI Spitfires last year, after a long hankering to make a prewar two bladed prop version. I love the yellow bordered A1 style roundels the first batch delivered had, and I was a little disappointed the newest tool version I got first didn't have this option a couple of the earlier versions had. I was also gutted it didn't come with the original flat unblown canopy, just three very similar (to my eyes) blown canopies. The detail is amazing though. 2010 kit top 2015 kit bottom by Mike, on Flickr The second kit was the previous tooli
  6. Better get my Buccaneer build going before I run out of time. I'm using the Airfix 1/48 kit with a Neomega cockpit, resin wheels, Heritage Aviation intakes and Eduard exterior PE set: I'll be building it as XW987 of the A&AEE as it looked when I photographed it at RIAT '94: Better get cracking. I've started by cleaning up the cockpit parts and priming them. I'll start painting them tomorrow. thanks for looking Julian
  7. With my other build rapidly coming to a finish and still plenty of time in the STGB, barring some disaster, I decided to do another build. This time the Airfix 1/48 Spitfire Mk XIV in RAAF 451 squadron markings. I have found the two Australian squadrons 451 and 453 quite interesting. Both remained in the European Theatre as part of the Occupying Forces. Hence, my topic title "After Journey's End", alluding to a period after war's end and the VE-VJ Group Build that is just about to commence. The Mk XIV came into service with 451 and 453 at the end of 1945 with both squad
  8. Operational pause, maintenance checks underway. Return to operational status 14 Dec 0000 Zulu Cheers, Rich
  9. Well it had to be done. Everyone else has one. Don't you? Have to fish out the typhoon and tempest out the roof sometime for a family portrait. Just need a MkII tempest and I'd be a very happy camper. Enough has been said about the Airfix Sea Fury, so I wont repeat details. I enlarged the cowling by putting a 15 thou plastic card shim on each side. That just about makes it fit. I added a gun sight from an Eduard Spitfire that I had spare (not that you can really see it). The decals are from an AeroMaster sheet as I wanted one with the black and white stripe
  10. Hello Dears, At Least… This kit is a birthday gift from SWMBO in 2005, then it has stalled for month when we moved. Then the amount of sanding and adjustment send her (Not my lady of course) to the waiting room. I Added a KMC interior and a brass Master pitot All the NACA have been opened, the 30m/m guns are syringe needles... Paints are Xtracrylics as usual ! When I saw the pic, I got back to my cabinet, thinking the U/C leg is bowed… But NO Pfiuuu it's only a visual flaw I will make some better pics tomorrow on daylight, but I was to happy to share, si
  11. On the RN S2 Buccaneers was the ejection seat handle the D-type or the double pull ring. I have seen some pictures where the handle is the D-type but the Airfix 1/48 Buccaneer has the double pull ring. Was it a requirement of the RAF that it be changed to the double pull ring ? TIA Robert
  12. Hi Folks, Just a quick trawl for information; Does anyone know if decals for the title subject aircraft exist in 1/48? I have the Airfix kit and a superb promo glossy of ZJ100 in flight and always had designs on doing the kit in that particular scheme. I'd be grateful for any information. Failing the decal option; is obtaining, from my own artwork a custom printed sheet of decals (as there is a lot of white in the scheme) or alternatively an accurately cut set of stencils an option? Cheers, M.
  13. Hello Dears, Here I come back, Thanks to @AndyRM101 who shared a tip to post images from Flickr Here's my PR XIX I really enjoyed the kit, she's built almost OOB However I changed the seat for a resin one from my stash I used the excellent Barracuda cast propeller And I changed the Rocker cover, wich is not really necessary since the difference is really not noticeable The prop' is a real enhancement, glad to have used it ! The camera compartment has been detailled and the exhaust stacks are just bored and weathered !
  14. I was half contemplating cashing in on my Airfix Buccaneer before the Tanmodel arrives. Before I did, I went round it with clamps and tape and it actually lines up pretty well, must have a decent one. My question now I have it taped up where it should all line up, would a dunk in hot water then cold water change the memory of the plastic so it would put up less of a fight when I come to build it. Ive decided to keep it so wondering if it's worth a try Cheers Chris
  15. Hello folks, my latest attempt. Built OOB apart from a resin seat I somehow aquired.... Liked building this one. Painted with tamiya acrylics. (sorry for the quality of photos) and next to it's older brother - the tamiya vb....
  16. Hi everyone. Although this might not be the most original of choices, there's no denying that the English Electric/BAC Lightning was a proper Cold War icon of the 1970's and totally deserving of my attempt to replicate one. Despite the obvious difficulties involved in replicating a realistic scale nmf, I find myself drawn to the F.2A as the box top artwork..... ....but to minimise the stress, it will be gear-up, in an appropriately dramatic pose, finished with AK extreme metal paint.......possibly! Cheers for now,
  17. Hi folk,s I can't imagine many of the aircraft brigade here on BM not checking out the superb Battle of Britain GB but just in case here's my take on Priller's 109,the kit is Airfix;s newer tool with Eduard;s weekend edition decals.The kit comes a very creditable second to Eduard's in comparison with the glazing not quite as well molded and the awful sprue attachment's on the separate leading edge slat's letting it down.Colour,s are all Tamiya which I mixed from photo,s and profile,s.Many thank's for looking.http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/234984672-and-beware-the-hun-i
  18. No, not a Whif.... 85 Sqn operated Defiants for one whole month, in January 1941. They were assigned for use shortly after the squadron took up it's night fighter role, it's Hurricanes not being suitable for the job. Unfortunately, the Defiants that were given to the squadron were early mk1s and we're not fitted with AI radar, so relied on ground controlled interception. By February 1941, the squadron were re-equipping with American Havoc night fighters. No photos seem to exist of 85s Defiants, so I have used artistic licence with the finish of this kit. Built from Airfix's exc
  19. Hi folk's,playing it safe for the first completion of 2017,although I started her a month ago,Airfix 1/48 Mk1 Spitfire recently delivered to 19 Sqn. Duxford in 1938.I kept her in cleaner than usual condition due to the peacetime roll that was soon to end,many thank's for looking.
  20. New airfix's kit contains landing light and place to make a hole in right wing but "forget" about it at instruction. Do I think P-40B haven't it?
  21. Another pair of Spitfires. Firstly the new Airfix Vb with the Silver Cloud floatplane conversion. Finished with Xtracrylix and a brush. Next the new tool Airfix Mk.I. Lovely kit albeit a bit complex.
  22. This is my own tribute to Edgar, I will also join the GB but my record of finishing them is, to say the least, poor. The kit was built from the box except for an Eduard harness and a couple of pieces from an Aires cockpit set, and I have not made any attempt to correct any shape inaccuracies Like many others on BM and elsewhere, I have been grateful for all the knowledge ( and not only on Spitfires ) passed on by Edgar over many years, and will miss his contributions. I have really enjoyed building this kit and hope that you like the final result. John
  23. I finally got round to setting up my studio so I could show off better quality pics of my models. I found this a bit of a ballache in places, with bad fits, and the landing gear wouldn't glue in place properly, so I had to use super glue and leave it supported all night
  24. My first post on britmodeller and my second 1/48 scale model from Airfix. I'm going to be brush finishing this model with humbrol enamel paints and will be updating this topic a couple times a week I hope all of you enjoy and I look forward to some feedback from you guys thanks ! This the colour scheme I choose for the finish with the 24 yellow nose cone and 123 extra dark sea grey on top with a Number 90 beige green and 135 satin vanish mix for the underside of the model ">http:// I also have some Sprue pictures and a picture of the paints themselves ">http:// ">http:// paint
  25. So here`s the kit I`m entering for this Group Build...., .... and I was initially going to finish it in another unit`s scheme. I hate the fact that the swastika is sometimes missing from kits, although I do understand as to why if has to be. However in the case of `white 12` which crashed at Broom Hill, Strood, near Rochester, Kent on Monday 30th September 1940, it seems there was a very valid reason with a good story and a perfect option for another diorama build. I quote..., The following photos below of the downed aircraft on Broom Hill are shown with a soldier standing in front of th
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