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  1. Hi everyone. A miserable year in other respects, but quite an enjoyable one hobby-wise. One big project (Ark Royal) completed after a year of construction, another fairly big one (Airfix's Ready for Battle set) plus a few cleared from the shelf of doom. Ark Royal: More photos in the RFI thread here: https://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/235076648-ark-royal-circa-1587-finished-model/ Next up was Airfix's "Ready for Battle" set that I built in my first ever Group Build, this one being the Ba
  2. Does anyone have a list of serial numbers and codes of the Buccaneers operated by 809 Sqn on the last cruise of the Ark Royal in 1978? TIA!
  3. Can anyone confirm the correct colour scheme for this model and what would be the correct paints for using Sovereign Colourcoats Paints. .
  4. As I sit here waiting for the final bits of glue to dry on my 1/48 Gazelle, I have decided what the next project will be. I've gradually been assembling the bits I need, and I have a 4-5 week window without too much work, so can make a decent start as the Autumn draws on. If you follow aircraft WIPs, you might already know me from the Gazelle in the Helicopter 2 GB, and a long-running (and ongoing) 1/48 Barracuda III. But this will be my first ship since building the Airfix 1/600 Fearless about 45 years ago... This is going to be Ark Royal (5) as she was when I served in her in the l
  5. HMS Ark Royal 1:600 Airfix HMS Ark Royal was laid down in 1935 ans commissioned just before Christmas, 1938. Several famous squadrons embarked on the Ark during her fairly short service life, flying Swordfish, Skua, Roc, Fulmar and Albacore torpedo bombers. She was involved in the hunt for the Graf Spee and also hunted the Scharnhorst and Gneisenau, where she was damaged after a failed launch of a Swordfish resulted in the depth charges it was carrying exploding in close proximity to the ship' hull. After repairs she was involved in hunting the Bisma
  6. As far as I am aware, there are not many photographs of Ark Royal as she was at the time of the Bismarck action. There are, of course, quite a few taken of her in her death agony 6 months later, such as this well-known one [I only recently noticed the Bunting Tosser doing semaphore]. ...and this, perhaps less widely known, but which the IWM (whose photos they are, obvs) plausibly reckons is on the same Malta Club Run as the sinking: The topic of the apparent darker band close to the waterline has been discussed endlessly in many places (including o
  7. Does anyone have any info or photos of the tie downs on HMS Ark Royal IV circa 1982? I need to tie down my F-4 and can't find a good photo of what they look like. TIA, Graham
  8. Ok i started this build back in July and had to shelve it temporarily due to paint shortages through mid August. But Im going to consider this done with the exception of some Do not step decals and weathering. I should add these were the worst decals I’ve dealt with in 30 + years of model building. The glue was so thick everytime i worked with the decals it felt like my hands were covered in vaseline. Mind you i work with water in the 120+ degree range. I know how to work with Japanese decals. They were so slimy and did not want to work to well. I had two complete sets of original decals to wo
  9. Greetings from the Depths of the Old Cold War. Here is my planned build The recent Hannants re-release of the Gannet ASW complete with bags stuffed full of resin loveliness. Which I'm going to convert into a smart blue COD Bird with these Xtradecals offering which will need slight adjustment to get her to Ark Royals Bird. Luckily although there are no COD pods in 48th HERE is a cracking thread showing how @Derek B made the 72nd masters. Then HERE HERE and HERE are very useful threads on the other differences. My Thanks to
  10. White Ensign Models has released their 1/350 HMS Ark Royal III set for the Merit International kit: https://www.whiteensignmodels.com/p/WEM+1350+Ark+Royal+PE35181/25533/#.WKL6vZhviHs We've got some fresh in stock in the UK at Sovereign Hobbies ...
  11. Royal Navy Fleet Air Arm (FAA) Aircraft Set 1 (SA-35009 for Merit) 1:350 Tetra Model Works To accompany their stupendous set for the main kit, reviewed here, there is also a companion set available for the aircraft that are supplied with the kit, which will add a huge amount of detail to the eclectic complement supplied with the kit, which to recap is as follows: 5 x Fairey Swordfish 4 x Fairey Fulmar 4 x Blackburn Skua Supplied in a resealable foil bag, with a large fret of Photo-Etch (PE) brass taped in place on a piece of backin
  12. Hi all, a long term project of mine is building one of Ark Royal's Phantoms using the Hasegawa RAF FG.1 kit (P17) and an old Model Alliance decal set. Now what about the correct stencils? Hobbydecal did a dedicated set of dry transfers but despite their website showing plenty available they seem to have gone out of business long ago. Is it possible to use the black stencils from Revell's FGR.2 reissue? Are there differences compared to the FG.1 stencils I should take care of? On photos I did notice white stencilling on the FG.1's intake ramps and black walkway areas (?)
  13. Okay, I have not got the kit yet. I have lots to do at home as well as a 1/48 Phantom FG.1 and a 1/48 Sea Harrier to finish I have also a confession of shame that I bought the kit and never started it for the last rotary GB I joined which involved a Huey. However, given my 1/48 Phantom obsession, and my love of FAA subjects I am going to join this with the intended aim of producing a Plane Guard Wessex from Ark's Fleet. First helicopter since I was a kid, so no fancy bits, just as close as I can get to an OOB Wessex build. Any pointers on which kit an
  14. Sovereign Hobbies will be bringing Tetra Model Works products to the UK. Based in South Korea, Tetra Model Works produces comprehensive high quality detail sets for 1/35 armour subjects, 1/200, 1/350 and 1/700 naval subjects, 1/32 aircraft seat belts and some other products such as camouflage netting for dioramas and so on. I had been meaning to introduce the range to our business for a while, but seeing their detail-up set for the Merit International 1/350 HMS Ark Royal III kit (which I and I know many others have in their stash ) at Telford this year has been the kick needed to
  15. Hi everyone and while I'm a regular contributor to BM, this is my first post on this thread - a Royal Navy Tornado of 892 Naval Air Squadron, HMS Ark Royal, 1980 built for the GB here on Britmodeller. You can read the short build (and even shorter backstory) Here but in summary.... Kits: 1/72 Airfix Tornado (fuselage/undercarriage) & 1/72 Revell F-18A Hornet (wings, tails and stabilators) Decals: Matchbox F-4 Phantom donated by Tim Moff (cheers Tim!) and stencils from the Airfix kit. Paints: Revell Acrylics brush painted, White from a rattlecan, Klear, Flory Models Wash. Extras: Sto
  16. Hello all. Since starting this in late July, I must confess I had no idea this would turn into such a marathon build. Having only joined the forum back in the Spring, I feel in hindsight that this build quickly turned into some kind of an apprenticeship, given the range of new skills and techniques it required me to learn. It goes without saying that I've been lucky throughout to receive a constant stream of support, advice, and encouragement from more people than there is space to list here. Suffice it to say that they have my continuing gratitude - you can find out who they are in the W
  17. Hi all, In the process of building up a stash of FAA jets in 1:72 and noticed that Model Alliance have the ML48121 decal set for many of these types, for the Ark Royal air wing. It looks like an interesting project, but as it all hangs on these decals being correct, I just wanted to check that there were no errors with the set that anyone was aware of? Thanks for any advice, Tony
  18. Evening all, With some Royal Navy aircraft carriers being released recently, I wanted to learn more about what colour the flight decks were. The Asian company instructions recommend dark greys, whilst Airfix recommended Humbrol 30 which was more a forest green. Thanks to some contacts I have made through another forum, I have been able to draw upon the investigative skills of some methodical folks who have obtained a wealth of documentation from various archives detailing which colours the Royal Navy were to use and how they were to be made aboard the ship or in the dockyards. From 1933 unti
  19. Westland Wessex HAS.1 815 Sqn HMS ARK ROYAL 1965 My second build of 2016! This is the venerable Matchbox Wessex kit which first appeared in 1987 and gives options for a Mk5 or an Aussie Mk31. Since the HAS.1 and HAS. 31 are very similar, the kit is a fair starting point for use of the Wessex decals from the Xtradecal 815 Sqn set. The spares box was raided for some basic parts including a Mk.44 torpedo – not entirely accurate, but good enough for my purposes and a few other parts were scratched up, inclu
  20. Hi guys, I was wandering if anyone had any idea where I could purchase a 1/72nd F-4K in Royal Navy colours. I was thinking of making a diorama of the deck from HMS Ark Royal (R09). I have managed to find Wessex's, Buccaneers, Sea Kings and Fairey Gannet's but struggled to find a suitable F-4. I will put pictures of the completed build up when I have finished it. Thanks
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