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  1. Hi everyone Been praying for years that someone would release a `48th Beaufort and now they have, I thought I`d better show you my attempt at one So here it is, my go at ICM`s 1/48 Beaufort Mk I, Finished in markings of 16 Sq SAAF based in Madagascar `42, which loosely fits in to my CBI theme, as they were stationed there to patrol.... ....the Indian Ocean to watch out for Japanese attempting to land there. ( So I read ) Built OOB with a only a few additions: seat belts for the pilots seat and some detailing on the cockpit walls, as the kit only provides..... Instrument panel and centre console, made from chopped up PE from the stash and bits of wire. Also had a go at posing the Direction Finder antenna deployed which I improvised with a square thing I found in the stash and wire. Decals from Xtradecal`s Beaufort set X48219 Hope you enjoy the pic`s, thanks for looking Cheers Russ
  2. Howdy all, Finally getting round to replacing my collection of 1/48 Hobbycraft Hurricanes, thanks to Hobby 2000 reissuing the Hasegawa kits, so thought it only fair to bother you with some pic`s of my first effort. Finished to represent an aircraft of 17 Squadron, RAF, based in Burma, early `42 Built pretty much from the box contents, but with a tweak Firstly built up the bit of the spine of the fuselage that sits under the canopy so that I could pose the canopy open...... ...... and cut off the kit item from the windscreen and replaced with vac-form item, also drilled out the exhausts Additions were just usual dodgy seat belts, aerial wires and stiffening brace for the radiator scoop Decals were a mix of the kits and the spares box, replaced the normal Red/Blue upper wing roundels with Red, White and Blue, which was a Squadron modification, Presumably to prevent confusion with the Japanese marking. Tried to replicate the remains of the white ferry flight markings on the rear fuselage and upper tailplane that was evident in the only pic` I`ve seen Hope you enjoy the pic`s, thanks for looking Cheers Russ PS: I know they probably didn`t has PSP at the airfield in Burma, but it`s what I`d got to hand
  3. Hello, Here's my 1/72 Revell 1/72 P-51B. This one was started as a simple build when I was away from home for a week early this year. It then moved to the shelf of doom for a while, but got resurrected a few weeks ago. The kit is not the most accurate one and the clear parts are pretty bad, I even used a mask set on them which I normally never use. But overal a fun build, with nice surface detail. I used the kit decals, minus the famous yellow tail markings, which didn't seem to be present on this particular plane. Other Mustangs (26th FS) in the unit did have them. Painted with Mr. Hobby acrylics and some Revell Aqua on the spinner. Thanks for looking. Pete
  4. Hi Everyone Thought you wouldn`t mind if I subjected you to some photo`s of my latest completion My attempt at making a `Thimble Nosed` Beaufighter from Tamiya`s 1/48 TFX Kit As usual built mostly from the contents of the box With a few minor additions and improvements Additions include: making a gun camera housing for the top front fuselage from a spare intake from the kit, milliput, wire and crystal clear....... some extra antenna, wind screen wiper, engine cowl braces and what I presume is a `pee tube` near the rear stbd wing root Improvements including : moving the tail trim tab actuators to the underside, drilling out all the gun barrels and little venturii type things on the exhausts. Decals from Xdradecal set X48188 and some of the kits Hope you enjoy the pic`s, thanks for looking Cheers Russ
  5. Hi Everyone, Finished this one last week and managed to get some photo`s before the weather went down hill My latest attempt at Hasegawa`s 1/48 P-40 kit Built from the `M` boxing to represent an early P-40N Finished to represent `Lula Belle` of the `Burma Banshees` 89thFS/80th FG, 1944 This was the first of two `Lula Belle`s` flown by 1stLt Phillip Adair, the second being a later model `N` version The kit`s built OOB with just some brake pipes, seat belts and antenna added The decals came from a Skymodels sheet ( 48-047 ) and worked fine but........ ...after researching the aircraft found to be lacking certain details. So I had to add black mouth and red blood to the skull, whitewall the tyres and try to paint the bomb carrying buzzard to the wheel hubs by hand. Hope you enjoy the pic`s, thanks for looking Cheers Russ
  6. Howdy all, got some pic`s of my latest effort, so thought I`d subject you to a few........ My second go at Gavia`s 1/48 Lysander kit As usual 99.9% from the box contents Only additions being a scattering of antenna here and there Finished SEAC markings, used for special operations in Burma towards end of WW2 Used the kit decals which worked fine Hope you enjoy the pic`s, thanks for looking Cheers Russ
  7. Howdy all, thought you wouldn`t mind me bothering you with some pic`s of my latest effort My attempt at Italeri`s reboxing of AMT`s 1/48 Warhawk kit, which alleges to give you the option of a P-40E or K but actually contains parts to do a long or short tailed `K` Finished in the markings of `Dem Bums`, flown by 1st Lt Marvin Lubner, 78th FS/23rd FG, China, 1943 The kit is showing its age a bit now and made a few improvements, including: some shims to widen the nose a bit so it matches the prop` spinner diameter, fuel vent thing aft of the wings,.... ......brake pipes, under carriage retraction arms, ring and bead gunsight, clear piece on the main gunsight, modify the cockpit seat assy, and some canopy slide rails. The markings are not in the kit but were from an old Sky Decals set, although I was tempted by the Alaskan markings on the kit sheet with the Wolf head on the nose Lubner is believed to have flown the very last combat mission of WWII though not in this aircraft I imagine. Hope you enjoy the photo`s, thanks for looking Cheers Russ
  8. HI Everyone, thought you wouldn`t mind seeing a few pic`s of my latest completion My attempt at a Far East Theatre Mk VIII Spitfire from Eduards 1/48 Weekend Edition kit Finished to represent an aircraft of 615 Squadron, flown by Flying Officer Hank Costain and based at Palel, India around 1944 Built as usual almost completely from the box contents.... ...didn`t even have to make seat belts as I managed ( i think ) to get a good result from the kit decal ones Decals were from Xtradecal set X48-129 I was attracted to this scheme because of it`s unusually coloured code letters.... and simple nose art. Hope you enjoy the photo`s, thanks for looking Cheers Russ
  9. Howdy everyone, now the silly season and the first Shifts of the year are out of the way I managed to finish my latest effort: Freedom Models 1/48 scale Curtiss Hawk III kit Finished in the markings of 25 Sqn, RoCAF, based at Yangchow Airfield, China 1937 and flown by Pilot Mu Fei Chang. The script on the fwd fuselage ( which also appears under the wings ) reads Ningpo Special according to what I found on the web. As usual mostly from the kit contents, I did replace some of the etched stuff with bits of wire but managed to use the interplane rigging and engine harness Kit went together quite well apart from the cabane struts, which I partly replaced with plastic strip as the moulded parts didn`t match the locating holes in the wing The decals are the kits and were impervious to everything I tried except a very hot hair dryer and stiff brush Really glad to have one in the collection at last. Hope you enjoy the pic`s, thanks for looking Cheers Russ
  10. Hi Everyone, Glad so say I`ve finally finished my attempt at building a `Sonia` from Wingsy Kits 1/48 kit Finished to represent an aircraft of the 27th Hikosentai, Burma, 1942 ( Oh why did I chose _that scheme and _that armament ! ) Built almost entirely from the box contents, the only additions being the aerial wires I found the kit to be a bit of a struggle and, because of Wingsy`s `why make a part out of one piece when you can make it out of five` approach, a bit of a chore too The fit of the parts is great and the level of detail is very high......... ....but the plastic is very similar to Kitty Hawks `Twougar` kit and is hard to sand and doesn`t stick well ( I found Humbrol Liquid cement worked best ) The opening part of the pilots canopy isn`t a good fit either, it`s very thick and really needs a vac formed part. Still, got there in the end and am glad to have one in the collection. Hope you enjoy, thanks for looking Cheers Russ
  11. Hi Everyone, Here`s another one of my `leaps of faith` from my Far East collection My attempt at Airfix`s 1/48 Blenheim Fighter kit I originally intended to do a bomber version, but recalled reading that 27 Squadron used a few at the beginning of the conflict, so I started digging........ ...bought a few books but found very little ( apparently the Squadron didn`t last too long and seems to have been amalgamated into other Squadrons) Found a couple of old threads on this site but most of the pictures are gone. Also the more I looked at what photo`s I could see it became apparent that not all of the ...... ......aircraft were configured as fighters. So I configured the model as a `might have looked like` aircraft that set out on one of the first sorties which is described as a bombing and strafing mission. Markings are nearly all from the stash, and I tried to recreate the upper wing roundels as modified A1 type which were converted from four circles Y, B, W and R. To a smaller Blue and Red as seen in many photo`s of the time though I couldn`t find any in theatre above wing shots to prove it.. Anyway, hope you enjoy the pic`s, thanks for looking Cheers Russ
  12. Howdy everyone, Just put the finishing touches on my latest effort: HobbyBoss`s 1/48 FM-1 Wildcat kit, masquerading as a Martlet Mk V Finished to represent an aircraft with 733 NAS, Trincomalee, Ceylon, 1945 Built pretty much from the box contents, with only seat belts, engine wiring, brake pipes and aerials added Decals from Xtradecals set X48104 `Yanks with Roundels Part 2` Had to copy the camo` from pictures on the internet as the image on the instruction sheet was too dark to make out...... ...but I couldn`t find a photo of the actual aircraft. Apparently it was a non operational unit so didn`t weather it too much. Hope you enjoy, thanks for looking Cheers Russ
  13. Hi all, Thought I`d share some pic`s of my latest effort, which I finished a couple of weeks ago but, got my sausage fingers caught on the aerial wire and had a bit of repair work to do. My attempt at Fine Molds 1/48 C5M2 `Babs` Kit Finished to represent an aircraft of the 3rd Air Group, IJN and operated from Denpasar Air Base, on Bali Island Really well detailed and great fitting kit, the only bit I had a battle with was fitting the engine and cowling to the front fuselage, but I think......... ....that I squeezed the exhaust parts too close together when fitting the cowling ( there`s a lot of parts involving the engine and cowling in a quite small space ) The interior looks amazing when done and fits beautifully but then mostly disappears when you paint the top fuselage and fit the canopy Built almost entirely from the kits contents with just the usual dodgy seat belts and bits of wire for the ignition harness Hope you enjoy, thanks for looking Cheers Russ
  14. Hi Everyone, Just finished the third of my haul from Telford last November, so I thought I`d trouble you with some photo`s Czech Models 1/48 scale Curtiss A-12 Shrike kit Finished to represent an aircraft of No 26 Bomber Squadron, No 9 AG, Chinese Air Force, 1937-38 Which was an option in the kit Built mostly from the box with the exception of the fragile resin frames and flying control actuators which were broken into little bits in the bag and.... replaced with bits of wire, tube and plastic strip. Took three attempts at the rigging before I got it looking barely acceptable and can`t count the amount of times I broke the undercarriage struts. Suffice to say I`m glad it`s all over. Hope you enjoy the pic`s. Thanks for looking, Cheers Russ
  15. Howdy All, Just finished my second attempt at Special Hobby`s 1/48 scale Barracuda, so thought I`d bother you with some pic`s Completed to represent an aircraft of 822, 1700 or 1709 Squadron depending on the time frame or what reference you use This is the standard boxing of the kit which doesn`t come with as much resin detail Made a slight improvement by opening the radiator cooling flap under the nose as most photo`s show it open Added some bomb racks and 250lb bombs left over from my recent Swordfish and the 500lb ones are Eduard Brassin items Added the small windows just below the windscreen and did open the fuselage at the forward wing root but you can barely see it All the decals came from the stash And thanks to Seahawk, EwenS and Tony O`Toole for there responses to my original questions on the subject Hope you enjoy, thanks for looking Cheers Russ
  16. C-47A-25-DK 42-93292 Assam Air Lines Air Transport Command Sookerating India June 1945 C-47 by Jon Gwinnett, on Flickr C-47 by Jon Gwinnett, on Flickr C-47 by Jon Gwinnett, on Flickr C-47 by Jon Gwinnett, on Flickr C-47 by Jon Gwinnett, on Flickr C-47 by Jon Gwinnett, on Flickr Apologies for the harsh lighting in the outdoor shots – low winter sun. I’ve had this C-47/Dakota in the deep stash for years, and had a sudden urge to build it. I think seeing the Avalon decals fired my interest. I’ve long had a (distant) fascination with the air over "the Hump" in WW2. Until now, I’ve never really tried to replicate the CBI theatre in model form, with the exception of the two P40s I’ve built over the years. Airfix, largely OOB apart from exhausts (Quickboost), wheels (Brassin) and cockpit etch (Eduard). I scratch built the various aerial masts from florists wire, filed to shape, as the kit has a different fit and I thought plastic would be too vulnerable anyway. My first attempt at NMF (Halfords Aluminium from a spray can) and my first time using “knitting in elastic” for aerials. I thoroughly enjoyed the kit, although fitting the cockpit windows was a trial (and shows in my poor finish), and this makes it three completions for the year so far, compared with none(!) last year. And finally, I only know of one photo of this actual plane (US Government so should be ok to reproduce) Assam Air Lines by Jon Gwinnett, on Flickr And my attempt at a similar shot: Untitled by Jon Gwinnett, on Flickr
  17. Hi Everyone, Hope you don`t mind if I bother you with some photo`s of my latest effort My attempt at Tamiya`s 1/48 Sworfish Mk II kit Finished to represent an aircraft based in India and Ceylon for missions over the Indian Ocean 1944-45 Built mostly from the box, but with a few wire and thread embellishments: Made the engine cowling supports and ring, torpedo sight etc from copper wire the control cables for rudder and elevators from silver thread soaked in Johnsons Klear, The rigging was done with elastic thread in an attempt to find something that retained some tension better than the nylon thread I usually use Decals were from a Print+Scale set. Hope you enjoy, thanks for looking Cheers Russ
  18. Hi Everyone, Hope you don`t mind me sharing some pic`s of my most recent CBI build Tamiya`s 1/48 Buffalo MK I kit Completed to represent an aircraft used by 2-VI.GV, Netherlands East Indies Army Air Division, Java, March 1942.................... ......which was formerly used by 21 Squadron RAAF With the original national markings painted over with the later NEI markings but with the original codes and serial still showing Hence the British/Australian style aerial arrangement too Could only find one photo to work from so possibly one or two errors or maybe not? Apart from decals from the stash and brake pipes, built from the box contents. Hope you enjoy, thanks for looking. Cheers Russ
  19. Howdy All, Hope you don`t mind me sharing some photo`s of my very latest effort, which isn`t quite a `whiffer`, but more of a `might have looked like`...... My attempt at building Special Hobby`s 1/48 scale Fairey Albacore Completed to try and represent one of the handful of RN crated aircraft that were assembled and flown by 36 Squadron, RAF Seletar, Singapore, early 1942 I say above `might have looked like` as despite much searching and reading up I couldn`t find any pictures ( photo`s or otherwise ) of the subject, so once again just gave it my best shot Built mainly from the box contents but replaced some very fiddly bits with materials that my `sausage fingers` and eyes could deal with I did try to recreate some of the pipe work from the cylinders to the exhaust and collector ring but you can barely see it. Decals came from the stash and the kit, 250 lb bombs from Brengun. Main references were `Bloody Shamble` by Chris Shores and the replies to my post in BM some time ago. Hope you enjoy, thanks for looking and thanks to everyone who replied to my original query Cheers Russ
  20. Hi everyone, Just managed to get some photo`s of my latest effort, my attempt at building a CBI theatre Mk I Hurricane from the new Airfix 1/48 kit. Finished to represent an aircraft of the Royal Indian Air Force, based at Risalpur, India, Dec 1942 Which is my second attempt at the subject, the previous one being with the old Airfix Mk I Wing tanks are modified items from a Hobbycraft kit to more resemble the real thing, I had some saved from Special Hobby`s Firefly which looked perfect, but found they`re all of the same side... ....when I came to assemble them. The decals are some from the kit and some from the stash and other than those, seat belts and antenna wires the rest is from the box. Hope you enjoy, thanks for looking Cheers Russ
  21. Hi I am trying to find an interesting scheme for future build of C-87 Liberator Express. For example found this photo: But serial remains unknow. Any help will be welcome Regards Jerzy-Wojtek
  22. Hi Everyone, Just managed to get some photo`s of my very latest effort, which I hope you don`t mind me sharing Special Hobby`s 1/48 Airspeed Oxford built from their `Royal Navy` Boxing Finished in the second marking option from the box to represent an `Oxbox` of the Far East Indies Fleet and based at various locations including: .....Tambaram, India and Puttalam, Katukurunda in Ceylon ( according to the instruction leaflet ) Built 99% OOB with just ignition harness and aerial wires added........ ..although, after establishing that there was no way of seeing them, I did away with the fiddley photo-etched seat mounts and put them on little blocks of wood instead One of the easiest SH kits I`ve ever made with very little filling and sanding involved. Hope you enjoy, thanks for looking Cheers Russ
  23. Hi everyone, Just found time, so I hope you don`t mind seeing some shots of my latest effort My attempt at AZ`s 1/48 `Lily` Finished to represent an aircraft of: 8th Sentai, 3rd Chutai, Burma, 1942 Built mostly from the box contents except for the nose gun barrel which I lost somewhere along the road Added ignition harness from wire, aerials, seat belts and................. pitot tube. Wasn`t too bad a build, a big improvement over their Vengeance which was the last one of theirs I tried. Hope you enjoy,thanks for looking Cheers Russ
  24. Hi Everyone, Whilst I`ve been `painting my self into corners` with my current builds, I`ve revisited some older ones that I wasn`t quite happy with and gave them a once over Firstly Mosquito MK VI that you`ve not seen before Finished in the markings of 45 Squadron, Kumbhirgram, India, 1945 Mostly from the box, except the decals which are from: Eagle Strike Productions... ...Mosquito Best Sellers Part 2. Secondly Beaufighter TFX that I`ve posted before but with..... ...revamped camouflage and weathering The markings were from the stash and represent no particular Airframe or Squadron. Hope you enjoy, thanks for looking Cheers Russ
  25. Hi Everyone, `Popped` my Classic Airframes cherry at last with my attempt at their 1/48 Fiat BR-20 kit. Finished to represent an aircraft used by the Japanese Air Force during the war against China just proir to WW II Built pretty much from the box contents, I added some radio gear in the fuselage but you can`t see it Other additions included some structure in the nose, that you can barely see and some imagineered walls in the wheel wells Stuff you can see includes wiring harness and push rods on the engine cylinder, some dodgy seat belts and the usual antenna wires Quite a bit of filling and sanding and reinforced the fuselage join with tabs of card like you would with a `vacform` kit Overall not as bad as I thought it was going to be. Hope you enjoy, thanks for looking Cheers Russ
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