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  1. This is my second kit for this GB: This was purchased from toy/newspaper/jigsaws stand - JH Poynton & Sons - in Derby Market Hall - probably about 5 years ago or so. Not reduced - just the price it cost at the time. I've made a couple of Zvezda's snap kits and they usually turn out quite nicely. But I will be using glue! Kind regards, Stix
  2. This is my first entry for this GB: If anyone knows Parabellum model shop, in Birmingham, then you may know that the 1/72 Dragon Armour kits are in the back left corner of the well stacked shop. I always make a beeline there when I'm finished looking around the rest of the kits - just in case there's any bargains like this. I bought it a few years ago. Looking forward to getting this started at the weekend. Kind regards, Stix
  3. This small scene was built as part of the D-Day GB. It features a Tiger 1 - Ausf.E (Late Production), Turret Number 313 of 3./s.Pz.Abt. 503 (3rd Company 503rd Heavy Tank Battalion) and a Hawker Typhoon Mk.Ib, ZY-Y of 247 Squadron. The Tiger - ‘313’ - would become famous as the one which was overturnd at Manneville during the Allied heavy bombing at the start of Operation 'Goodwood' on the 18 July 1944. Three of the crew actually survived that bombing. My version is modelled before that date while the detachment was still fighting against Allied tank forces during the battles around Caen. My scene depicts a close call during a rocket attack from the Typhoon. Kits: 1/48 Skybow Tiger 1 and 1/48 Italeri/Hasegawa Hawker Typhoon Mk.Ib Paints: Humbrol, Revell, Citadel and Railmatch Acrylics all applied by brush Extras: Typhoon - Eduard PE set, Airfix motor and Airfix pilot Extras: Tiger 1 - Hauler Grill set, Skybow track links, Stetched Sprue arial and Vallejo Mud Base: MDF, polystyrene, filler, Woodland Scenics Trees and Turf, Army Painter Tufts, pipe-cleaners, coffee stirrers and Tamiya figures The WIP can be found: Here The Typhoon RFI can be found: Here The Tiger 1 RFI can be found: Here Whole scene:
  4. This was my project for the Panzer III STGB and it was a most enjoyable build. The Dragon kit was a really nice kit, but the instructions left a bit to be desired in a few places. Kit: Dragon 1/35 No.6620 Paints: Humbrol, Revell, Citadel, Vallejo and Railmatch acrylic paints all applied by brush Extras: Vallejo European Mud, Tamiya and HobbyBoss/Tristar figures, Redog and Tamiya stowage, MDF, pizza box packing styrene, Pollyfilla Multi-Purpose filler, Guagemaster Blended Turf, Army Painter Tufts, twigs from the garden, fuse wire, small jewellery chain, medium thread and MiniArt signs. WIP: HERE Vignette RFI: HERE Just a couple of photos here to show how it looks on it’s base with a sky background: These photos show how the StuG looks on it’s own: This is how it looks on its base: ….and one on its final display frame: Comments and suggestions welcome. Kind regards, Stix
  5. Hi all, Here is my finished is-2 heavy tank, zvezda in 1/72. I really enjoyed this one. Trying more techniques and learning more now (finished tank no.4). The white lines are hand painted as I thought the decals were too clean looking and I wouldn't get them to line up correctly. Before I applied the polar bears/red star decals I used a hobby knife and sandpaper to scratch the back of them to give them a slight wear/chipping affect which I'm happy with. The mud is my usual sand/actual mud/polyfiller/paint solution (Don't think I could copy right that one!!! ha) I liked the outcome apart from the zvezda supplied tracks which are a tight fit and didn't have that typical sag in the middle. The aerial is a piece of plastic clothes tag. I used poly cement to errode/mottle the turret to enhance that cast turret effect of soviet armour. Lost count of the amount of times I broke the grab rails. Please ignore the hat tank riders in the later pics, I shouldn't have stuck them onto the tank, as wasn't really happy with them. The finished diorama which this features in is linked HERE All feedback, thoughts for improvement, tips and tricks welcome!!!
  6. Panther Mk.V - No. 445 - Pz.Abt. 51 'Operation Citadel' - Kursk - August 1943 This was my build for the Panther Mk.V STGB and will be my final completion for 2020. I have completed the actual build of a Pz.III in the MTO GB but I need to finish the base and figure(s) for it – which will probably take it into a week or so of January. I was planning on making a 1/35 kit for the Panther Mk.V STGB, but time was not on my side, so I decided to make a this 1/72nd snap kit from Zvezda instead. I have to say I really enjoyed the build. It was a relatively straight forward kit to make and I added a few extra bits and pieces - engine deck grills from some random PE mesh from the spares box, a stretched sprue aerial, fuse wire for the hatch handles and lead wire for the smoke launcher cables. My Panther is based on an actual Panther that took part in the fighting around Kursk and which was eventually knocked out by a mine and abandoned. As I was doing such a small kit (and many of the modellers taking part in the GB were doing incredible modelling - seriously impressive stuff – please go and check the GB out!) - I decided I had better add a simple base to mine. The WIP thread can be found HERE Kit: Zvezda 1/72 Snap Kit Paints: Humbrol, Revell and Railmatch acrylic paints all applied by brush Extras: Spares box PE grill, fuse wire, lead wire, stretched sprue, small Wilco’s picture frame, corrugated card for the base, Gaugemaster Grass Mat and various Army Painter tufts. The first set of photos were taken against the sky backdrop photo on my Spitfire Display base. There are a lot of photos but I blame the interesting changes in light quality! (I will thin them a bit when I get chance): These next photos show the Panther on its picture frame base: Finally, some of the Panther on its own against a white background: And just to show how small it actually is: If you are still here – thank you for looking. I thoroughly enjoyed this build. Thank you to Dennis @Corsairfoxfouruncle for hosting the GB and to everyone who took the time to comment and offer advice in my build thread. Don’t forget the Panzer III STGB starts on the 6th February – hopefully I will see you all there! Comments and suggestions welcome. Kind regards, Stix
  7. Hi all. This was a build to fill a gap of three weeks between my last GB projects and my hosting of the Panzer III Single Type Group which starts this Saturday - 6th February 2021. This was a bit of a rush job for me but it was a very straightforward project. These toon kits are great fun! Kit: Meng Toon Panzer III Paints: Acrylic Revell, Humbrol, Citadel and Railmatch all applied by brush Extras: Decals - crosses and numbers from the spares box, Vallejo Rust Texture and European Mud Thick texture WIP: Here The above photos were taken with it on some Gaugemaster 12mm Grass mat against my Spitfire base sky photo backdrop. Some photos against a white background: I also took a few without the Schurzen - just to prove I had painted and weathered behind it: As I mentioned - it was a fun project. Comments and suggestions welcome. Kind regards, Stix PS - please make sure you join us for the Panzer III STGB which starts this Saturday 6th February 2021 here: - https://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/forum/722-panzer-iii-stgb/
  8. This was my project for the Panzer III STGB and it was a most enjoyable build. The Dragon kit was a really nice kit, but the instructions left a bit to be desired in a few places. When I’d fitted the crew figure (port side) I thought his positioning made him look like he was looking at something just ahead of the front left fender. So, I wanted something just ahead of that area. I wanted something I didn’t have to buy specially, so when I got the Tamiya figures out of the stash – I thought the running, heavy machine gunner would be suitable – as if he’d just come off the embankment and was just dodging in front the of the StuG. Hopefully, he made it to the next village in one piece! The crew member thought is was a bit of a close call! Kit: Dragon 1/35 No.6620 Paints: Humbrol, Revell, Citadel, Vallejo and Railmatch acrylic paints all applied by brush Extras: Vallejo European Mud, Tamiya and HobbyBoss/Tristar figures, Redog and Tamiya stowage, MDF, pizza box packing styrene, Polyfilla Multi-Purpose filler, Guagemaster Blended Turf, Army Painter Tufts, twigs from the garden, fuse wire, small jewellery chain, medium thread and MiniArt signs. WIP: HERE StuG III RFI: HERE A few similar photos but without the sky background: ….and a couple on its frame display base: Comments and suggestions welcome. Kind regards, Stix
  9. 250 StuG.III Ausf. F/8s were produced from September to December 1942. The F/8 made use of an improved hull design similar to that used for the Panzer III Ausf. J/L and had improved rear armour. This was the 8th version of Panzer III hulls, hence the designation 'F/8'. The hull had towing hook holes extending from side walls. 30mm thick plates of additional armour were bolted on to speed up the production line from October 1942. From the F/8 onwards, the 7.5 cm StuK 40 L/48 gun was standard until the very last of the Ausf. G. I'm thinking of making this Dragon kit as one of the ones based in Sicily: Back of the box: I was very lucky when I found this kit, which was reduced in price, in the old Ian Allen bookshop in Birmingham before it closed down: I always used to enjoy hunting through the stack of reduced kits in that back kit section upstairs. I managed to get quite a few Dragon kits, including several Dragon Panzer IIIs as well. I was also lucky, in that this kit included Magic Tracks as well as the normal DS tracks usually included in this kit. Most versions of this kit only came with the DS tracks alone. The reviews I have seen only seem to have the DS tracks so I assume this boxing was a limited run: I will probably add a figure or two, some stowage and make a base for it. Can't wait to get started. Kind regards, Stix
  10. PK553 of No. 607 (County of Durham) Squadron, Royal Auxiliary Air Force, RAF Ouston, 1948. From the Airfix website: Spitfire PK553 was produced at the Castle Bromwich factory as part of contract B981687/39 and issued to No.607 Squadron, Royal Auxiliary Air Force. The RAuxAF was a force of paid volunteers who acted as a reinforcement reserve force for the Royal Air Force, giving up their evenings, weekends and holidays to train and serve in this essential force, following the end of the Second World War. RAF No 607 Squadron reformed on 10th May 1946 as a RAuxAF day fighter squadron at Ouston, in Northumberland, initially flying the Spitfire Mk.XIV and later the Mk.22, before eventually entering the jet age with the de Havilland Vampire. This was my build for the Spitfire/Seafire STGB. I originally bought the kit for £6.99 from a toyshop when I was in there and just wanted to buy a kit. If it hadn't been for me not having much time for the Spitfire GB, I probably wouldn't have made it for quite a while yet. When I saw the box in the stash I thought it would be a suitable kit - in that it would be very quick to build. But, when I opened the box, I realised I had forgotten that I had bought the Eduard etch set for it. This would obviously make it longer to build but I decided to go for it anyway - and I'm glad I did. I actually enjoyed the build despite a few 'operator error' issues!! I can certainly recommend it as a nice, cheap kit. I did originally plan on making it as the aircraft that took part in the Cooper Trophy Air Race in 1948. However, when I started looking online for information about it, I realised that most of the models from this kit were based on that version (with the big, white number 4s and red tailband) with others based on the all over silver version, from 603 Squadron. The silver version was going to be a lot harder for me to do as a brush painter but, luckily, Airfix does provide the decals in the box to make the 'vanilla' version of the aircraft which took part in the Cooper Air Race aircraft - I presume pre-race. I rather liked the idea of doing the less popular version. The photos of it can be found below. The WIP can be found: HERE Kit: Airfix A02033 1/72 Supermarine Spitfire F Mk.22 Extras: Eduard 73436 Photoetch set Paints: Humbrol, Revell, Citadel, Railmatch acrylics all applied by brush Hopefully you will be able to see some of the cockpit detail here - it's not easy to see into a 1/72 cockpit with an iPad camera! Same views as the first ones above, but with the Spitfire on my Spitfire display base. I also used a small cut-off section of slabbed area, from a previous base I had made, for it to sit on The background is a copyright free photo I found a long time ago on the internet. I really enjoy working on the cockpits of aircraft, but of course, a lot of the work gets hidden inside the fuselage once the model is complete. So here are a few photos of the cockpit before it was sealed away: A few in black and white: Thank you to everyone who commented and offered suggestions in my build thread. Thanks also to Patrice @TEMPESTMK5 for hosting the STGB so well. Comments and suggestions welcome. Kind regards, Stix
  11. This was my build for the Britmodeller, 2020, Battle of Britain Group Build. The Hurricane is from the Airfix 1/48, Ready for Battle Gift Set. The only things I added extra were the motor - to run the prop, the aerial wire and the pilot figure which is, I think, from the Airfix Seafire kit. I thoroughly enjoyed the build even though the kit has to be carefully assembled due to some tight tolerances. This Gift Set was a birthday present from a colleague at work a few years ago - so I would like to say a big thank you for the very thoughtful gift. Kit: Airfix 1/48 Ready For Battle Gift Set Paints: Humbrol, Revell, Citadel, Vallejo acrylics all applied by paint brush Extras: miniature motor and plasticard for supporting the motor plus a hair for the aerial wire. The WIP can be found HERE The vignette photos can be found HERE Please excuse the electrical wires in these first photos. The wires are for the motor and, as can be seen lower down, they pass through the base under the wheels once the aircraft is in place on the base. These were taken against a white background and without the prop working: [ The next set of photos are of the Hurricane with the prop motor running and with it on my Spitfire display base - which has a photographic sky background: Next a couple of photos of the Hurricane with some of the ground crew and smaller equipment from the set: More photos of the vignette can be found HERE Finally a big thank you must go to the fantastic hosts of the GB and to everyone who took the time to comment or offer advice in my WIP thread. Kind regards, Stix EDIT - 16/10/20: @Troy Smith, in a post further down this page, kindly posted one of my photos alongside a photo of the actual aircraft. The photo of the actual aircraft was this one: Apart from the angle being a little low, the photo of mine was pretty similar - except it was in colour........so: I figured I could also do the same with a similar view but with the ground crew around: ...and while I was about it I did a few others: Kind regards, Stix
  12. I have managed to drag a few over the finish line this past year despite life getting in the way at times. Every build was done in GBs. First one finished was mostly completed in 2019 in the T-55 STGB: Tamiya's 1/35 Tiran 5 The WIP can be found HERE The RFI can be found HERE The vignette photos can be found HERE Next was another tank - this time: Tamiya's 1/48 US Main Battle Tank M1A2 Abrams The WIP can be found HERE The RFI can be found HERE An aircraft build next in the In The Navy GB: Airfix's 1/72 Grumman Martlett Mk.IV The WIP can be found HERE The RFI can be found HERE The vignette photos can be found HERE Quick build in the summer Blitzbuild GB next - only project where I used rattlecan red paint: Revell 1/24 Easy-Click System Kit - Porsche Diesel Junior 108 Tractor The WIP can be found HERE The RFI can be found HERE Another aircraft this time built in the Spitfire/Seafire STGB: Airfix's 1/72 Supermarine Spitfire F Mk.22 The WIP can be found HERE The RFI can be found HERE Back to a tank in the T-34 STGB: Tamiya's 1/48 SU-122 Tank Destroyer The WIP can be found HERE The RFI can be found HERE The vignette photos can be found HERE For the Battle of Britain GB I decided to motorise the prop on a Hurricane and include a bit of a vignette: Airfix's 1/48 ‘Ready for Battle' Vignette - Hurricane P3522 - GZ-V - Biggin Hill, August 1940 - The WIP can be found HERE The RFI can be found HERE The vignette photos can be found HERE This project is still in progress but should be completed by the end of the year - the Pz.III is complete but I am going to add a base and a figure or two. I will update the photos once it is finished. Tamiya's 1/48 Pz.Kpfw.III Ausf.N - Tank No.04 Tunisia 1942 The WIP can be found HERE The 1/72 Panther Mk.V, which I had in progress in the Panther STGB, was actually finished yesterday (29/12/20). It's a Zvezda Snap Kit but I have added a few extra bits and bobs from the spares box plus some wire and mud products. Pz.Kpfw. V Panther Ausf. D - Panther Mk.V - No. 445 - Pz.Abt. 51 - 'Operation Citadel' - Kursk - August 1943 The WIP can be found HERE Lots more photos can be found in the RFI section HERE The Zvezda Snap Kit was a fun way to finish the year! A big thank you all the hosts of the GBs I have taken part in and all the fellow modellers who have taken the time to kindly offer advice or support in my threads. Without these interactions I know my builds wouldn't be what they are. Again - thank you. Comments and suggestions welcome. Kind regards, Stix PS Hopefully I'll see some of you in the Pz.III STGB in February and also in the Less Than A Tenner GB starting in May.
  13. I bought this kit a while back because it seemed like a lot of kit for £24! - and it is! It got a couple of good reviews and looked like a beast of a tank! The box seems full of plastic and you even get a bit of photoetch. The detail seems nice if a little soft in places. It even has individual track links as well as some rubber band ones. I cannot wait to get started next weekend! In the meantime I got the sprues washed in warm soapy water and some photos taken. Box art: I'll put the contents of the box photos in another post later on. Some information about the Super Pershing can be found here as well as some photos of this actual tank: http://www.tanks-encyclopedia.com/ww2/us/t26e4-super-pershing Kind regards, Stix
  14. This was my project for the MTO GB. It was a fun kit to build – as most of Tamiya’s 1/48 Armour kits seem to be. Pz.III No.04 was part of the 501st Heavy Panzer Battalion, which was part of the Afrika Korps in North Africa. Following the Allied landing in French North Africa the Battalion, with its 16 Panzer IIIs, arrived in Tunisia between November 1942 and January 1943. Initially only three Tiger Is of the 501st landed at Tunis on 23 November 1942. These first elements of the battalion, along with four Panzer IIIs, were organized with other units into Kampfgruppe Lueder. They were involved in fighting just over a week later during the Axis counterattack on 1 December, destroying nine US and two British tanks on the first day while relieving German forces. I have done my version as part of a small vignette with the crew using the radio to get their orders. The base was one of my slightly rushed simple ones, using a bit of 4mm MDF and some household filler. Kit: Tamiya 1/48 Paints: Humbrol, Revell, Citadel, Railmatch and Vajello acrylic paints – all applied by brushes Extras: Lead wire, fuse wire, splatter guard mesh, stretched sprue, styrene strip, plasticard, Redog Models and Tamiya stowage, Tamiya 1/48 figures, 4mm MDF, household filler, Army Painter grass tufts. The WIP can be found HERE The Pz.III on its own against a white background: On its base with the figures: I also took a set of photos against the desert photo backdrop I have: Thank you to everyone who commented and offered advice and encouragement in my build thread. Thank you also to Patrice @TEMPESTMK5 for hosting such an excellent GB. Looking forward to the next one! Kind regards, Stix PS. IF YOU LIKE MAKING Pz.IIIs - PLEASE JOIN US IN THE Pz.III STGB WHICH STARTS ON THE 6TH FEBRUARY!
  15. *Well quick for me!! Having finished my 1/72nd Panther and my 1/48 Pz.III a few weeks ago, I decided I wouldn't be able to fit in a proper full build before the much anticipated Panzer III Single Type Group Build starts on the 6th February. So I checked through the stash for something fairly quick to make and figured one of Meng's Toon kits fitted the criteria. As this is a toon kit of a Panzer III, I also figured it would make a good promotional project to promote the Panzer III STGB which starts on the 6th February. Oh, by the way - did I mention the Panzer III Single Type Group Build starts on the 6th February? I started work on this kit last week and my aim is to finish it before the Pz.III STGB starts on the 6th February. Please note - I am not intending for this kit to be part of the actual GB - it will be finished before the GB starts and will not appear in the gallery. So, this is the artwork on the box: Contents of the box: Sample of the instructions: I have made a start on the lower hull - doing some cleanup and assembly. I also got the wheels, return rollers, drive sprokets and (now) idler wheels ready for painting - you can probably see I have cut the teeth of two off the drive sprockets - there's usually only two drive sprockets - one each side - on a Pz.III - to create the idlers: First bit of paint on - Revell's Aqua (acrylic) Panzer/Tank Grey - which I applied with a Humbrol, medium flat brush: One of the reasons I decided to make this project was because I'm thinking of doing a grey Pz.III in the upcoming STGB - so it was a good oportunity to check the new pot of paint was okay. And it seemed to go on very well. I have also started to clean up and add some parts to the upper hull: More soon. Comments and suggestions welcome. I'm afraid this won't be much of a WIP thread as I'm just going to be adding stuff to it when I get time - and I am struggling a bit for time at the moment. Kind regards, Stix PS - Please don't forget the Panzer III Single Type Group Build starts on Saturday 6th February.
  16. I had originally planned to be part of this STGB right from the start, but, a combination of less modelling time generally and, as a result, my MTO GB Pz.III build taking longer than expected, has resulted in me starting with only about a month to go!!.......and part of that month includes Christmas, with all it's distractions! I had originally planned on building something in 1/35. I have some rather nice Dragon kits - some with Zimmerit. Then, as time went by, I thought I would do something in 1/48 - the Tamiya range in 1/48 usually produces some fine looking models. But a week or so ago I decided to drop to 1/72. I have a nice Dragon 1/72 Panther G kit, with Zimmerit, but I purchased a large set of PE to go with it - so far too much to be done in a month. So here I am with a Zvezda snap kit. I have made a Tiger I from the Zvezda snap kit range and it resulted in a rather nice model. I'm hoping this one will be okay too. There are a couple of known issues with the kit which I think I have a plan for sorting out - and I may see if I have some mesh of some kind for the grills on the rear deck I think I'm going to make it as Panther 445, a tank that was with the Pz.Abt. 51 during 'Operation Citadel' near Kursk in August of 1943. Kursk was the largest tank battle of WW2, Kursk was also the first time that the Panther tank was used in combat. So this is the kit I am going to use: A photo of 445 after it was knocked out This Panther received mine damage and was abandoned. You can see the damaged road wheel rim beside the crewmen. I may try and get this started this weekend alongside doing more work on my Pz.III. I'm not doing the knocked out version but a version of it before this and I may try and make a small base as well. Comments and suggestions welcome. Kind regards, Stix
  17. I am struggling for time for kit making at the moment, but I can't not take part in an MTO GB! So, unlike my previous projects in previous MTO GBs, this is going to have to be a one-off 1/48 Panzer III build. From Wikipedia - The 501st Heavy Panzer Battalion was part of the Afrika Korps in North Africa. Following the Allied landing in French North Africa the Battalion, with its 16 Panzer IIIs, arrived in Tunisia between November 1942 and January 1943. Initially only three Tiger Is of the 501st landed at Tunis on 23 November 1942. These first elements of the battalion, along with four Panzer IIIs, were organized with other units into Kampfgruppe Lueder. They were involved in fighting just over a week later during the Axis counterattack on 1 December, destroying nine US and two British tanks on the first day while relieving German forces. This is the box art for the kit I’m going to use: The version I'm going to make: If I have time I might make a base and if I have some figures I will include them as well. Kind regards, Stix
  18. Not sure how much time I'm going to have for this project with everything that’s going on, but it is THE Battle of Britain 80th Anniversary GB!! This was a birthday present from a colleague at work a few years ago: I'm going to at least try and get the Hurricane finished (hopefully with the prop motorised) and then see how many of the other bits and pieces I can complete before the finish. Really looking forward to the GB! Kind regards, Stix
  19. Republic P-47D Thunderbolt - WZ-P - No.226551 As flown by Lt.Col. Benjamin Mayo, 84th FS, 78th FG, Duxford Air Base, 1944 Kit: 1/48 Tamiya "Bubbletop" Paints: Citadel, Humbrol and Revell - all applied by brush. Built mostly OOB apart from a few bits of scratch-built plastic and wire in the cockpit and wheel wells. This was built as part of the Republic P-47 Thunderbolt STGB Work In Progress: Here This build represents a number of firsts for me. It's the first non-Spitfire aircraft build since getting back into making kits again a few years back (I'm not counting the Captain Scarlet Angel's Interceptor here!). I'm pretty sure I only made one American aircraft when I was a child which, I think, was a Hellcat. This is also the first time I have attempted a brush painted NMF on such a large area. With regards the NMF paint - I got a lot of advice from fellow Britmodellers, thank you, and did some practicing on some scrap bits before deciding to use Citadel's Runefang Steel - I've not really used much Citadel paint in the past either. I have to say I thoroughly enjoyed building this kit - it is a well detailed kit and the fit is excellent. Some photos: The detail in the cockpit was excellent but I couldn't get any decent photos yesterday so here are a few from during the build: Photos of the undersides added 04/04/16: Edit 04/04/16: I have now added some photos of the detail on the undersides (above). I'll also do some more B&W versions when I get chance. Edit - B&W photos added 09/04/16 As always: comments and suggestions welcome. Kind regards, Stix
  20. Well it's been a while since I’ve made any aircraft kits but two GBs have got me back into building 1/72nd aircraft. This build was for the ‘In the Navy’ GB that is still running down in the Group Build section. I have previously built Airfix’s 1/72nd Wildcat as if it were in flight so, when a colleague at work kindly got me this Martlet for a birthday a while back, I thought - rather than make it with the wings out, I would do them folded. The ‘In the Navy’ GB seemed the logical place to make it in this way and I had some ideas for how I would display it. This particular Mk.IV Martlet - FN142 - is modelled when it was based on HMS Formidable in November 1942. This is a photo of the actual aircraft: This certainly isn't a diorama - it barely qualifies as a vignette but, my intention from the start was to display it as if it were on the deck of HMS Formidable - although my idea changed a little as a couple of things became obvious. The first was that the plastic I had chosen for the deck was too thick for me to cut neatly enough in a curve. My original idea was to have the Martlet on one of the aircraft lifts but the ones I could see seemed, in photos of the actual deck, to have rounded corners. The other thing was that I was going to have it surrounded by mechanics working on it. I purchased a couple of boxes of the new 'Classic' 1/76 figures from Airfix. In my opinion they are terrible!! They look way too small and the material they are still made from is rubbery and really difficult to remove seams from! So there are only three figures in my small scene and they are away from the aircraft so it's harder to tell how small they are. Kit: Airfix 1/72 A02074 Extras: Plasticard, plastic rod, lead wire, Paints: Humbrol, Revell, Citadel and Railmatch acrylics all applied by brush. Base: Wilkos picture frame, Evergreen styrene sheet, Airfix 1/72nd figures and Academy stowage items. The GB WIP can be found: HERE The RFI for the Martlet itself can be found: HERE The title of my vignette comes from the idea that there must have been a discussion, at some point, about the name change - here it's an American commander and two RAF chaps. A few photos of the overall base: So a big thank you to my colleague at work for buying this Martlet for my birthday and thank you to everyone who took the time to comment and make suggestions in my build thread. Thank you also to @rob85 for being the fantastic host of the GB. Kind regards, Stix
  21. Hi all. I was intending to make something in 1/35 for this STGB but there are so many GBs I want to take part in over the next few months, that I have opted to do something in 1/48 instead. Luckily this kit arrived in the post last week. I have made one of these SU122s before and thoroughly enjoyed making it. Last time I did it in plain Russian green - this time I'm going to try doing a winter white-wash version - over Russian Green. I'm also going to try doing my first winter scene on the base. I've bought a variety of winter based scenery products over the years but haven't used them yet - well apart from the Vellejo snow product which I used on my Winter Pz.IV a couple of years back. So this is my collection so far for this project: I may add a few other bits and pieces as I go on. I have a GB starting in a month that I want to take part in as well, so I may end up with two GB projects running at the same time. I'm looking forward to getting started next weekend. Kind regards, Stix
  22. This was my project for the T-34 STGB. The GB is still going on so, if you are a fan of WW2 Russian armour, it's well worth checking out. The SU-122 was the first major variant of the T-34 chassis. Around 1,150 of them were built between 1942 and 1944. Weighing in at about 30 tons and with a crew of 4, the SU-122 was not originally designed as a tank destroyer but was supposed to be used against German fortified positions, strongholds and for ranged infantry support. After crew training, the first units of these were active in late 1942 and early 1943. The regiments they were part of were made up of two batches of four, older, SU-76s and four SU-122s, led by a SU-76 tank destroyer acting as the command vehicle. The idea was that the SU-122s were to be covered by the SU-76s. As the war progressed SU-122s did end up attacking German armour, including Tigers at Kursk during the summer of 1943. They used howitzer HE rounds to dislodge turrets and damage tracks - but this was only effective at close range. The version I have based mine on was a regimental, early production model, in December 1942 - operating on the Leningrad front in the Smierdny region. More information about the SU-122 and it's variants can be found online here: The Tanks Encyclopedia This is only the second time I have attempted a winter whitewash finish. To get the effect I did, I first painted the tank in the basic overall green colour, weathered it and then applied the whitewash using a stippling brush and very, very thinned Humbrol Matt White paint - built up in uneven layers very slowly. Once dry, I applied more weathering. More details about how I painted it can be found in my WIP thread. Kit: Tamiya 1/48 Paints: Humbrol, Revell, Citadel, Vallejo and Railmatch acrylic paints all applied by brush Extras: Vallejo Mud and Snow products, Tamiya figures, Tamiya Road Signs, Redog Resin Stowage, Aluminium foil, string, MDF, mounting board card, filler, Wilkos picture frame, Army painter tufts, twigs and fuse wire. The WIP can be found: HERE The photos of the basic scene can be found: HERE Here are a few photos of my SU-122 on it's snowy base. More photos of this scene can be found: HERE Big thanks must go to @SleeperService for a great GB and also to everyone who contributed to my build thread. Without everyone's input this project wouldn't be what it is. Thank you. Kind regards, Stix
  23. Well it's been a while since I’ve posted anything in this area, but two GBs have got me back into building 1/72nd aircraft. This build was for the ‘In the Navy’ GB that is still running down in the Group Build section. I have previously built Airfix’s 1/72nd Wildcat as if it were in flight so, when a colleague at work kindly got me this Martlet for a birthday a while back, I thought - rather than make it with the wings out, I would do them folded. The ‘In the Navy’ GB seemed the logical place to make it in this way and I had some ideas for how I would display it. This particular Mk.IV Martlet - FN142 - is modelled when it was based on HMS Formidable in November 1942. This is a photo of the actual aircraft: The build itself was enjoyable and the detail out of the box is pretty good. The only additional work I did was to add some extra detail at the wing joins (using bits of plastic and lead wire plus doing a bit of drilling) and introduced a droop to the elevators. Kit: Airfix 1/72 A02074 Extras: Plasticard, plastic rod, lead wire, Paints: Humbrol, Revell, Citadel and Railmatch acrylics all applied by brush. The WIP can be found: Here Some closer views - I'm not sure I should be doing this in 1/72 as it's brush painted! From the start of this build I wanted to display it as if it was on deck of HMS Formidable. Just a couple of photos here and the rest will be in the diorama/vignette RFI section. More photos of the deck vignette can be found: HERE So a big thank you to my colleague at work for buying this Martlet for my birthday and thank you to everyone who took the time to comment and make suggestions in my build thread. Thank you also to @rob85 for being the fantastic host of the GB. Kind regards, Stix
  24. So my 1 and only lockdown build. Being a key worker I am either at work or at home looking after my daughter. Here is the Tamiya Tiger 1, and Brush painted. First time I have done track links and have to say what a pain. Over all a fun build and enjoyed the painting. Regards daron
  25. I apologise for being a bit late to the party @TEMPESTMK5. It's a Spitfire STGB!! Can't miss out on one of these. I had intended to be more organised and build Eduard's 1/72 Mk.IXc Late ProfiPACK Version but it's a beautiful and quite complex kit and I have another GB I want to take part in which starts in a few weeks time. So, rather than building the Eduard kit in a rush, I have opted for Airfix's less complex kit that I picked up about seven years ago for the princely sum of £6.99! It was an impulse buy from Geoff's Toys in Loughborough - a shop that sadly no longer exists! The impulse I had was that I wanted to buy a kit!! However, when I was searching through the stash for something to build, other than the the Eduard kit, I found this Mk.22 kit and it already had, in the box, the Eduard PE set for this kit that I must have picked up for it at some point! So I will be building a slightly enhanced version of the Airfix kit. Actually I'm quite pleased to have a good reason to make this kit. There's a chance it would have otherwise sat in the stash for quite a while before I got around to making it. I'm intending to make it as the 607 (County of Durham) Sqn. PK553/RAN/4 Cooper Trophy Air version from Farnborough in July 1948. Edit - 03/05/20 - I may now make the standard version as the racing version seems a lot more common as finished models out there! We'll see...……. I'm hoping to get started tomorrow. A few photos - box art: Just to show where I purchased it from and how much I paid!: This is the Eduard set that was in the box when I opened it up. I had forgotten I had purchased any AM for this kit: And this is the actual PhotoEtch: Kind regards, Stix
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