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  1. Morning all, Just put the finishing touches on this one so thought I'd take a few quick pics of the finished model. A thoroughly enjoyable build from start to finish. And a quick group shot of how my BoB project is coming along... Not sure what to build next, but am half tempted to give a biplane a go with a Gladiator... Thanks for looking, comments welcomed. Cheers, Shaun
  2. Afternoon all, Inevitably, toiling with the Shar has begun to take it's toll, so before it killed my modelling enthusiasm completely, I've decided to put it to the side and resume my BoB project with this beauty. It's another wonderful kit from Eduard, almost as nice as their Hellcat, and progress has gone swimmingly so far, with the interior work complete. The wings have been assembled and are awaiting clean up, so this should come together pretty quickly from now on. Thanks for looking, comments welcomed, Shaun
  3. Mrs Loft-full tells me her friend, Helen Doe, has a biography of her father coming out on 15th May 2015. http://helendoe.co.uk/fighter-pilot-new-book/ Helen Doe is a professional historian and generally writes about maritime matters. On this occasion however she has applied her skills to write about her father W/Cdr Bob Doe. I'm very much looking forward to reading this book.
  4. Evening all, As promised in my WIP thread, here's the finished 109. A few niggles that I can't ignore, but a generally an enjoyable build. I'll be displaying her at Yeovilton along with the Spitfire. Thanks for looking, comments welcomed Shaun
  5. Whilst making the finishing touches to my Hellcat, I couldn't resist making a start on the next of my Battle of Britain builds, selecting the Tamiya E-3 boxing as the first of two 109s I have planned for my project. The build has progressed quickly as you'd expect of a Tamiya kit, with the interior complete. I've added some pre-painted belts from Eduard as finishing touch, but otherwise it's OOB. Expect progress to be pretty swift! Cheers, Shaun
  6. Hi folks,just thinking ahead to the BoB GB I want to portray a couple of Aircraft that served with my home county squadron,so need to think about sourcing 1/72 kits and serials,codes etc,there are a couple of sites giving their aircraft and bases during the battle but any further information,profiles photo,s etc would be greatly appreciated. regards Steve.
  7. Morning all, Just wrapped up the Spitfire, the first of my Battle of Britain builds. Had a lot of fun knocking this one together For those interested, the WIP thread can be found here: http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/234972713-172-airfix-baby-spit/ Without masks for my Do17 and a gun pack for my Blenheim, I might move onto something different until I've all I need to start the next BoB build Thanks for looking, comments welcomed Cheers Shaun
  8. Sean_M

    RAF Colours BOB

    I am sure this has been debated and delay with elsewhere and I recall some seeing colour pictures which show a more lighter red and blue for the Battle of Britain period for Spitfires and Hurricanes, However "Official Camo and Markings 1939-1945" indicates roundels to be painted in Red and Blue which if one compares the colour chart in the book is the darker colours. Kit manufacturers seem of little help when comparing decals. Was there indeed a lighter shade that was then later changed to the standard seen after 1941?
  9. I am after a good hurricane kit and set of battle of britain decals ideally a bbmf example
  10. Inspired by Alpha Delta 201's excellent rendition and kind encouragement, I decided to make my second Britmodeller build J.B. Nicolson VC's Mk1 Hawker Hurricane G-NA. The kit was Airfix's old-tool Mk.1, from their "V.C. Icons" boxing. GN-A was a significant aircraft, being the 'plane in which Flight Lieutenant Nicolson won the only Battle of Britain Victoria Cross and Fighter Command's only VC of the war, an exploit described in the following extract: Air Ministry, 15 November 1940. The KING has been graciously pleased to confer the Victoria Cross on the undermentioned officer in recognition of most conspicuous bravery : Flight Lieutenant James Brindley NICOLSON (39329) No. 249 Squadron. During an engagement with the enemy near Southampton on 16th August 1940, Flight Lieutenant Nicolson's aircraft was hit by four cannon shells, two of which wounded him whilst another set fire to the gravity tank. When about to abandon his aircraft owing to flames in the cockpit he sighted an enemy fighter. This he attacked and shot down, although as a result of staying in his burning aircraft he sustained serious burns to his hands, face, neck and legs. Flight Lieutenant Nicolson has always displayed great enthusiasm for air fighting and this incident shows that he possesses courage and determination of a high order. By continuing to engage the enemy after he had been wounded and his aircraft set on fire, he displayed exceptional gallantry and disregard for the safety of his own life. Unfortunately Wing Commander Nicolson did not survive the war. For more on his career see here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_Brindley_Nicolson As a build it was pleasant and uncomplicated and it came out looking quite like a Hurricane to my eyes, which is the main thing! Although not really a scratchbuilder by inclination, I was nonetheless moved to do some fairly rudimentary, impressionistic (and now completely invisible) cockpit detailing, put in a cockpit floor to fill the gaping void which would otherwise have been visible through the wheel-wells, and cobble together a pitot tube and a foot stirrup (the latter being made out of a twist of picture wire.) I also had another go at weathering with a combination of dark washes and silver paint on the leading edges, which were then overpainted with some gaps to simulate chipping/flaking. I also tried to do some exhaust staining, which I think was slightly more successful. My painting still leaves something to be desired, though, and I *very* swiftly regretted forgetting to mask-off the cockpit canopy before I sprayed-on the varnish...
  11. This is last model I finished. The aircraft modelled is the DW-O of the 610th RAF Squadron that operated from Biggin Hill in July 1940 during the Battle of Britain. It's my pride. For me, it's the best model I have build so far. The Tamiya kit is excellent with superb fit, great detail and very easy to build. It gave my no trouble at all. It was very relaxing and I enjoyed it very much. Here are some photos from the last stages of WIP with close ups. The exhausts are painted with a mix of Humbrol Metalcote Gun Metal, Metalcote Steel, Metallic Blue, Bronze and afterwards they were dry brushed with Metelcote Gun Metal και Rust. Here are the final photos. And some close-ups that I forgot to take while having the blue background... The model was awarded Bronze Medal at the 32nd IPMS Hellas Exhibition/Contest and I'm very proud of it!
  12. Here is my greek Fairey Battle, the last model I've made. I hope the chipping hasn't been too excessive! I think it is the most realistic 1/72 aircraft I've completed. I started this model by Christmas, but lack of paints delayed it's finishing until very recently. More pics and a full review here; http://toysoldierchest.blogspot.com/2013/09/airfix-fairey-battle-172-ao3032-raf.html
  13. JG63

    On Hurricanes

    Greetings All! Discovered this site recently and have a few queries. I've always been enamored with the Hawker Hurricane and after some research, it turns out a relative was actually a Hurricane pilot in the Battle of Britain! Though he was a Sergeant and certainly not an Ace, I'd like to honor his memory. I'm in the process of building his two Hurricanes and need some information. Here's what I know: Pilot - Albert Thomas Gooderham, RAF service # 742957 (Sergeant) Mounts - 46 Squadron (post Norway) Hurricane MK 1, serial V6789 shot down over the Thames Estuary 15 OCT 40 (survived) 615 Squadron Hurricane MK IIc, serial Z3841 shot down over Thames Estuary/Channel 02 NOV 41 (KIA) ATTENTION HURRICANE KNOWLEDGE GURUS! I know 46 squadron markings were "PO" during that time, anyone know which letter identifier V6789 carried? or if it was an "A" or "B" color scheme? I'm assuming it was Dark Earth, Green, Sky combo with possibly a black half wing scheme (?) please help. I know 615 markings were "KW" but by NOV 1941 may not have had squadron codes applied. Any ideas on what Hurricane Z3841 would have looked like on that day in November 1941. Any help, direction to historical websites, photos, or general knowledge would be MUCH appreciated! Cordially, SFC John Gooderham
  14. Easy 3 paint Sets Lifcolor Acrylics Lifecolor's release schedule seems rather busy of late, and the latest sets our of the gate are these four handy "Easy 3" sets that contain three bottle of paint suitable for their intended subjects. They are acrylic based, dilute and clean up with water, although their thinners is a much better solution which also helps them spray better. For more information on their use, visit one of the "Buy it Now" links where you'll find some tips on correct mixing and clean-up. Debris 1 & 2 Two sets of paints that help you with your diorama painting. It's not always easy to think what colours various parts of your diorama would be, and this set helps in that respect with descriptive colour names. Set 1Worn Brick (UA737), Deposited Dust (UA738), Broken Plaster (UA739) Set 2 Old Tile (UA740), Stone Wall (UA741), Lime Mortar (UA742) Leaking & Stains This 2 paint set covers the deposits often found on or around machinery and engines. Exhaust Oil Effect (UA261), Dirty Grease Effect (UA262), Grease Effect (UA263) RAF Battle of Britain A threesome of British early war camo colours in one handy box. The Dark Earth looks like a green when you pull it from the box, but a good shaking brings up the brown pigment, so don't be alarmed! Dark Earth (UA537), Dark Green (UA538), Sky (UA539) IDF Army Three shades of green for Israeli Defence Force uniforms. UA 437 Dark IDF Green, UA438 Medium IDF Green, UA439 Light IDF Green War on the Road Three base shades for different types of roads. UA473 Dirt Road, UA744 Middle Eastern Asphalt, UA745 European Asphalt Leaking & Stains - Grime Effects Three shades of goo. UA746 Lime Green, UA747 Dirty Green, UA748 Dirty Green Leaking & Stains - Damp Effects Three satin-gloss colours for dampness and mould. UA749 Vegetable Origin Damp Green, UA750 Vegetable Origin Damp Yellow, UA751 Dark Mould Conclusion Great sets that will broaden your paint palette nicely. I wish there were more instructions on how to use the paints however, as the Leaking & Stains set especially leaves me scratching my head a little. Clearly you're meant to dilute them to apply by brush (as splashes), or spray them to get the desired effect, but a little assistance wouldn't go amiss, even if it were just a link to a website that has some "how to" articles. The RAF set should give RAF modellers a nice handy pack for their BoB era kits as well as sparking a lively debate over the correct shade of the elusive and oft disputed RAF Sky, and the Debris & Rubble has some masterfully blended colours. I've seen broken plaster, and lime mortar on my travels, and they have captured the colours just right, with a subtle hint of pink to them. Recommended. Review sample courtesy of:
  15. Hi everyone! Allow me to introduce myself. My name is Denis and I'm from Ukraine. This is my first topic here, so I decided to start with my latest work I completed recently. Tamiya's Spitfire Mk 1. I decided to make a plane which belonged to Robert Doe of 234 squadron. I used Humbrol - Dark Earth, Gunze Mr. Color - Dark green and Revell - Sky for lower surfaces. I painted letter codes using masks and used decals from "Authentic Decals" and other models. I added antenna wire using stretched sprue and used it to imitate hydrolics on landing gears as well. I applied several coats of Valejo Gloss, added some weathering effects with dry brush using pigments and a pastel, made wash (pastels,water and washing liquid mixture) and applied the last coat of Satin Varnish. Well, I think that covers all the process. I hope you will enjoy my work. P.S. There is a one thing I'd like to ask about. I had enough information about the letter codes on the port side of the plane (D-AZ), but I didn't have reliable information on the starboard side. So I applied them in the same sequence, according to a skin for Il-2 I found in tne Net (I will attach it as well)Was it wrong?I DO think that was a mistake. I know that it is to late to change something, but still...I just want to know. So,if anyone has any information about this plane (especially the starboard) please, let me know. Thanks in advance. [/url] С1 by [/url] С2 by [/url] С3 by [/url] С4 by [/url] С5 by [/url] С6 by [/url] С7 by [/url] С8 by [/url] IL2-EM-MkI-RAF-234Sqn-AZ-D-Robert-Doe-X4036-Middle-Wallop-1940 by DenKhorosh, on Flickr
  16. Hi there Here is my new project, a Spitfire MK I, new tooling from Airfix 1/72. I've gathered some info (mostly here in this forum) but I'm still with a few doubts to depict the Dw-K from the 610Sq. Looking these photos: Does this aircraft have that Yellow lozenge o the upper left wing? Also, the wheel bay and back of the wheels covers are in the same colour as the underside? Do the helices have that small yellow dot at the base (manufacturer?) or just restored planes have it? It also seems that there is no registration on the fuselage. Sorry about so many questions! Cheers
  17. I have been wanting to visit the RAF Museum for a long time. Yesterday, despite the weather I convinced the wife to accompany me on a visit. I specifically wanted some close up picts of the Spitfire. I was so dissapointed. The lighting was terrible. It dull and gloomy. Never mind the poor conditions as far photography.
  18. Hello! Here is my 109 from Tamiya. No additional accessories were used. But I took the white scissors from the Kagero book "Jagdwaffe over England". The plane was painted with Gunze/Vallejo. Then a washing with thinned black and brown pastels was done. After decals a strechted Q-Tip antenna completed the model. If you have any question just ask! I hope you like it!! Greetings
  19. I'd like your help chaps and chapess's as well of course. I'm going to do a 109 E and I've chosen a 1940 JG 53 one this time. This is the one with largish green areas and patches of RLM 02. I've got several profile views but nothing even giving a hint of the wing paterns. Now I know I've seen a photo put up somewhere on the ' Interweb ' in the last few weeks but do you think I can find it ? If you can help me it will meen that much more precious modelling time for me. I'm also working on how to post pics. of my finished efforts. Thanks in advance to all my new found 'Mates' in advance for your guidance. Mike W.
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