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  1. Hi all, Continuing my Fleet Air Arm jet aircraft build, I recently completed Classic Airframes 1/48 Sea Venom. I was very lucky to find this on ebay and I paid the price for the rare kit (most expensive kit I have ever bought...), however, its my favourite British jet of the 50's one of my favourite British aircraft. The kit was overall good in fit, although every part required some cleaning up. I replaced the (albeit rather nice) kit resin ejection seats with some even finer and more detailed resin seats. In addition, I CAD modelled and 3D printed the undercarriage as the kit parts weren't brilliant. Brush painted with hataka acrylics and weathered using Mig panel line wash plus some weathering powders. Decals were from the kit, I really like this striking scheme with suez stripes and tip tank stripes. All done, aside from a windscreen wiper and an aerial or two... Thanks for looking! Ben
  2. In my opinion one of the most iconic Finnish Air Force fighters of WWII was the Brewster-239. Finland ordered 44 of them from the US and they saw action against the red army from the summer 1942 onwards. The pilots liked the Brewster very much and they achieved an incredible number of 460 victories with that fighter type. The nickname the pilots gave to the stubby BW was "Pylly Waltteri" or "Bum Walter" One of the highest scoring aces of Finland during the whole war was major Eino Luukkanen. He scored a total of 56 victories. In his personal mount, the BW-393 he had a special way to mark the victories. He stuck a beer bottle label to the tail for each kill The Brewsters of his flight were painted in blue with white numbers. I built the 1/48 scale model of his plane from a very challenging Classic Airframes kit. The fit of the parts was poor and especially the clear parts of the cockpit caused a lot of trouble. After a long fight I managed to get them somehow in place. Building the kit was practically endless sanding and puttying. However, despite the difficulties I'm pretty satisfied with how the model turned out. Major Luukkanen with his BW-393 and 17 beer bottle labels to mark his victories
  3. Some years ago I decided to build the very interesting looking Westland Wyvern S.4 which was a British carrier-based multi-role strike aircraft. The plane saw active service during the Suez crisis in 1956 in the Anglo-French Operation Musketeer whose aim was to capture the Suez canal from Egypt (who had nationalized that vital sea route). The Wyverns engaged in 82 missions, both in fighter-bomber as well as reconnaissance roles and black- yellow identification stripes were painted to the planes during the crisis. The Wyverns were powered by a turboprop engine driving eight large counter rotating propellers. Only a total of 127 Wyverns were built. I built my model from a 1/48 scale Classic Airframes kit which in my opinion was the best quality CA kit I have so far come across. The fit was very good and for instance the engraved panel lines were very fine and accurate. The model depicts the Westland Wyvern of the 830 Naval Air Squadron that operated from HMS Eagle in 1956 during the Suez crisis. Unfortunately I don't anymore remember the number of the paints but the colours were Extra Dark Sea Grey, Sky and Maroon.
  4. Some years ago I built a model of the Royal Australian Navy's Fairey Gannet anti-submarine warfare plane. Gannet’s maiden flight took place in 1949 and the last one went out of service by 1978. In total 348 versions of Gannets were built during those years. The British aircraft industry have always been very talented in building sleek and elegant aircraft like the Spitfire. On the other hand they have also introduced some of the most odd looking flying objects. The Fairey Gannet anti-submarine warfare plane is definitely one of them. With the 2950 hp engine even this lump of metal could stay airborne Despite its plump looks the plane was very versatile. It could carry bombs, torpedoes, depth charges, missiles and sonar. The plane's crew consisted of three, a pilot, an aerial observer and an electronics operator. The power plant of the Gannet was the Double Mamba turbine engine that drew two counter rotating propellers. The benefit of that was for instance the elimination of torque when taking off from the aircraft carrier. Once airborne the other propeller could be switched off to diminish fuel consumption. In addition to the British Royal Navy the plane was operated by the West German Bundesmarine, the Indonesian Navy and the Royal Australian Navy who ordered a total of 36 Fairey Gannets. I built my model from quite a challenging Classic Airframes' 1/48 scale kit. In addition to the usual CA fit issues attaching the canopies and wings caused a lot of sweating, fixing and sanding. The model needed exceptionally lot of ballast in the nose to prevent it from being a tail sitter. I added many details to the model that I found in different sources on the net. To paint the model in RAN’s colours I used Xtracolor enamels but unfortunately I do not anymore remember the exact paint codes. For sealing the decals I used Johnson’s Pledge and Humbrol’s enamel matt cote.
  5. I thought I had it there for a moment. I did. I really thought I had it. Subject matter with extra added interest. Don’t you feel somehow diminished by all these hordes of modelers who manage to find subject matter with extraordinary background stories, exciting histories, and tales of derring do ? You know who you are mes amigos What do I get? Another mundane, dull, run of the mill, and oh so boring 28 Squadron aircraft. I must have picked the most boring Squadron in the whole of the RAF to choose as my modeling subject matter. Not even a fancy nickname. Boring. Those of you who follow my ramblings may remember some time back that I acquired this little bundle of joys. Two of those have since fallen off the top of the stash, somehow got assembled, and I'm now left with just the CA Vampire (with all its warts and carbuncle's) So anyways, as always, I've been amassing what few photos there are of 28 Squadron Vampires which I can pretty much count on the thumbs of both hands. Yes, 'twas that many. At some point in my google bashing I stumbled across this little beauty That was 2 years before I was born. I probably bought her a drink in Red Lips (which was akin to an initiation rite for those unsuspecting new arrivals destined for Sek Kong back in the 80's) sunk deep in the depths of Tsim Sha Tsui Ah, nostalgia. Enough of that. I won't mention that fact that the aircrew of 28 conned Hot Gossip into making a trip to Sek Kong for a little party when HG were in mid tour back in the early 80's. Just in case you were wondering, us groundcrew types didn't get within 100 meters of Sarah & Co as they were ushered off the pan surrounded by a bunch of salivating green flying suits, never to be seen again. Enough digression and back to the (boring) matter at hand. That one photo of a BOAC stewardess perched precariously atop a small portion of Vampire doesn't quite get the blood rushing to one's head does it? Then I happened across this little snapshot entitled "Sek Kong Vampire and Audrey." with Tai Mo Shan just visible in the background. Okay, we've got an aircraft with a 'Y' on its nose. A little better I suppose, but still not one of those Cor, this is really interesting moments forever carved in the squadrons stone tablets is it? Nope? I thought so. It was then that it happened. The thing. The thing that made me think I had it. Immortality At last. Following breadcrumbs and diving into worm holes I somehow stumbled across this rather intriguing shot That's interesting said I. Or maybe just words to that effect. Or along those lines. My interest was piqued further when I started chasing down the story and found this. Aha! That's not your typical runway I noted observantly. What happened here then? On further investigation I discovered that the pilot flew in from Singapore, somehow missed Hong Kong, ran out of fuel and had to perform an emergency landing on a strip of beach. That beach happened to belong to China. And a bunch of (Chinese) Pirates. It probably wasn't one of his better days, but it was for me as I stumbled across this shot. Wow! That's it!. That's the one. What a shot. Mystery. Intrigue. Tension. Suspense. It has it all. The Army, the Navy, the RAF. Interest in abundance. What an absolutely wonderful diorama that would make. Then I read all about the adventure here It wasn't 28 Sqn after all VG703 was part of the Vampire Trials Unit. Therefore, I'm afraid you are stuck with just another boring 28 boring Sqn boring aircraft, this time a Vampire. Not even Gothic. Gee up folks, it maybe not that bad - it's all relative, right? It begins: In the never ending quest for stash incrementation I appear to have purchased the Flightpath PE set Along with a nicely yellowed Sepia toned canopy from Aeroclub. That should add that nice vintage touch to the finished model. let's look on the bright side. It's not a biplane Plastic has been fettled. More to follow. if I can be interested.
  6. Hello All, This is going to be my first thread of a build here on this site. Its going to be this kit, its a classic one. I already started with this kit a little while agoo. I started with te resin cockpit. In addition there are some PE parts too. Some parts of the resin are very smell,en very brittle. Some of these parts i had to replace with some evergreen rods in different sizes. Also the PE had the tendency to fly as soon as it felt the tweezers. So the levers were made of evergreen rod also. After all this work, i started the painting. First a black primer, and after that i sprayed it in interiour green. Now i am gonna let it dry and next time i wil start the wheatering. This is where i am now. I hope u all like it, and please share your thoughts with me. I know its not going to be an easy build, so i am gonna need your support on this build.\ Greetzzz, André
  7. Maybe I'm just a glutten for punishment, but I'm starting a 1/48 Classic Airframes Lockheed Hudson III, to be finished as LM*L, 113(BR) Sqdn, RCAF, which scored the RCAF's first U-Boat kill. Right off the hop, I knew about the split elevator problem, instead of the correct one piece elevator. What I didn't know until now was that CA had molded ALL of the fight controls scalloped out as though they were fabric covered instead of the correct metal! Should be an interesting challenge! Aviaeology's excellent decals set "First kill Hudsons"
  8. Spured on with enthusiasm supplied by GREG DESTEC's superb desert camouflaged He 111 and then totaly being hooked by yet another Gregs entry in this G/B I have decided to do this aircraft useing the Classic Airframes kit { so i cant be accused of being a 100% plagiarist as Greg is useing the ICM kit . P1030499 by Alistair Pearce, on Flickr I got this kit off ebay years ago . this seems like a now or never time to build it . It comes with a good size bag of resin . I think first job will be to wash this off . Just occured to me that i hace never built a Classic Airframes kit . I,m guessing it will be a similar experience to a Special hobby kit which i love . P1030501 by Alistair Pearce, on Flickr The box has practicaly disintrgrated so sprues have been choped up and now secure in storage box P1030502 by Alistair Pearce, on Flickr Greg (NZ) gave me the lead on the peddinghaus decals . These are not cheap so after pressing the buy button there is no turning back . P1030503 by Alistair Pearce, on Flickr P1030504 by Alistair Pearce, on Flickr I have a little more work to finish my He 111 / Skua entry in the He111 STGB but will now make a slow start to satisfy my impatients. Here goes ...........................................................
  9. I bought this on ebay earlier this year as 'part built' - it had been started but I guess the builder was expecting a 'shake and bake' and had given up. It wasn't too bad to complete, but although it was the second release with the injected canopy it was evidently an early CA mould and a way from the Gosling and Hornet, the other CA models I've completed. It still went together OK with the usual test fitting and some filler, although the fit was generally quite good. It's mostly from the box with just a stretched sprue antenna and the aerial mast moved to the canopy to suit this early production example. I'm still puzzled how this worked - presumably when the canopy was opened, the antenna went slack. I haven't found any photos of the early arrangement with the canopy open and on most photos the antenna is barely visible anyway. The decals looked nice on the sheet but some of them broke up easily, not least the fin flashes. I managed to piece together the bits and then touch them up with paint. One of the upper wing roundels totally disintegrated so they are from the spares box. There is a little silvering even after a good coat or three of Kleer. It's brush painted with Humbrol enamel. Whirlwinds are some of the few aircraft regularly parked with their flaps down, presumably because the flaps and radiators were linked and the Peregrine engines suffered from overheating. Even with the flaps up, the cooling vents in the upper wing surface didn't completely close so there's plenty of scope for scratch builders to work on this area. That's a bit beyond my skill! There's a photo of P6969 in the Warbird monograph looking very tatty and captioned that it was towards the end of 263 Squadron's use of the type, which was January 1944. In fact it was lost on 8 February 1941 in a combat with an Ar 196.
  10. Hi comrades! Here my take on Classic Airframes kit. The kit was great, I liked it more than Tamiya (built simultaneously - see "family photos" and built/RFI thread somewhere here. The only thing I regret-is the leading edge lights - they are to close to/part of wheel wells, not to my recent skills to insert the clear plastic here . Otherwise-I'm happy with the result. The build is here: Thanks for looking!
  11. Good afternoon all, I’m working my way through a Classic Airframes Hudson and need some help with the turret. I’ve already given up with the one that comes with the kit and have pinched one from my Revell Ventura which is far better in profile. However, one thing they both have in common is the total lack of interior detail. Does anybody have any interior photos or diagrams they would be prepared to share? I’m aware there is a restored one at the Yorkshire Air Museum but a trip up there isn’t convenient at the moment. Best regards Howard
  12. Hi all I have a few on the go after I caught the gotastartalotofkititus virus . I have finally started my first Classic Airframes Kit. I bought the kit on BM as a Part started kit as below The Cockpit is the kits supplied resin one and really is very detailed The kit was missing the seat mounting frames and I will be making those shortly following some measurements from a fellow BMer. The rudder pedals were broken so I added a simple bar and pedals and two levers from brass rod Drilled the top Cannon mounts and added fairings to the lower ones made out of cut hollowed sprue as per Moa's method on one of his amazing builds. The cut out the tail area for the clear housing for the aerial wire and replaced with clear sprue I am also building a Special Hobby 72nd scale Sea Fury T20 at the mo but have not got anything worthy of photographing yet and I have started rigging my long term 32 scale Tiggie so have a few on the go now.. Thanks for looking Chris
  13. I'm working on Classic Airframes 1/48 Blenheim IV.f. I've vacuformed the blister side windows, and cut out and filled the triangle window in the center of the windscreen, and am working on the other details that make the 404 Squadron Coastal Command aircraft interesting. Here's some of the progress so far … The blister windows .. The cockpit (based on pilots handbook photo's) Lot's of scratchbuilding here, including the throttle quadrant (20 pieces in that!) The engines, props, and flame suppressing exhaust (Ultracast Beaufighter long exhaust, with a reprofiled bomb nose) ... and the twin Browning .303 upper turret (all scratch built) hope you like so far Colin
  14. Hi! I'm starting to build the classic Classic Airframes kit of Electronic Warfare Canberra. IMHO most brutally looking Canberra version. I will use: -Kit (more than 10 years in my stash) -Loon replacement wingtip tanks (resin) -Eduard interior etch set intended for Airfix B.20 kit -ResKit wheels (resin)-looks waaay better than in-box resin - compare the pictures below... The start is trivial - assembling the 1kg of resin interior parts and building the fuselage halves. Thanks for looking
  15. Hi comrades! Full build is here Model is fun to build, but it needs some modifications and more details to better represent the prototype. Modifications I made: -Third crew member station was added (and it's visible!!!) -Painted antennas inside the canopy -Antennas scratchbuilt -Navigation lights scratchbuilt -Landing light - Elf -Details on wheel doors-scrach -Wheels - replaced with ResKit -Brass In cockpit - Eduard -National insignia - painted (decals are wrong) -Stencils - partly painted, most from Model Alliance decals -Loon replacement wingtip tanks And great thanks to @canberra kid and @Lord Riot for the help and protecting me from making big mistakes!!! Thanks for looking!
  16. Classic Airframes is back! No, not with the injected 1/48th Fairey Gannet AEW... Sigh. But with a multimedia 1/48th Focke-Wulf Fw.190 V1 kit - ref. R8-009 Source: http://www.hyperscale.com/2019/reviews/kits/classicresinairframefw190v1preview_1.htm V.P.
  17. I am starting to work on the interior now of the 1/48 Anson using the Classic Airframes boxing of it. I really dislike the amount of resin used in these kits as they use it for many parts that don't need it eg the framing is poorly cast and chunks of it are going to be replaced with plastic rod. The interior green needs some more work and I have yet to paint some of the detail areas. At this stage I am tossing up between A4-6 of 22 SQN circa 1939 or No 1 Comms Flight circa 1941. Both are in overall aluminum and have their gun turrets. I have put in a bit more of the interior and plan to put in some wiring behind some of the dials, radios etc. The instrument panel was a pain to position as there are no location points visible and I can't find an image of the real Mk 1 to show me the positioning. Where it is here fits and the canopy goes over it when I do test fitting so it is a good a spot as any. I still have more additions for interior where I will be replacing poorly cast resin with plastic and building up a few extra bits and pieces. I am not going to get that excited as I don't think that much will be seen once it is done and closed up. The wings are not too bad when going together. The wheel well is a bit dodgy as there are no location markings to help you locate the internal bits. While the wing goes together well the engine nacelle needs some help as the profile of the front bit is different from the wing part. A bit of filler and some work with a file and wet and dry managed to get it looking ok. This isn't hard but it does take time.
  18. Well I wasn’t going to build another model for the GB as I have quite a few on the go already, but everything is where it should be, so why not. This is one I have wanted to build but haven’t found a build for her. She’s a bit of a rarity in RAAF service, we only had 8 of the Reconnaissance models , 4 B models and 4 D models, 6 arriving in August 1942 (2xB & 4xD). The only difference between the standard P-43A model and the B’s & D’s were the addition of side mounted cameras, the B’s were Ex-Lend-lease aircraft and the D’s were Ex USAAF stock. They were already considered “restricted for combat use” when the RAAF received them. They underwent extensive testing at 1AD and 1 PRU and for a while the D models were considered for ground attack aircraft and were fitted with wing pylons for tanks and bombs. But they suffered problems, besides being a bit underpowered and their brakes had a habit of failing. They were only in RAAF colours for less than a year after which the survivors were returned to the US in June 1943, they ended up being scrapped! The base model is a Classic Airframes model which is becoming very hard to find and expensive when and if you do. And it is Classic Airframes at their greatest.......or should I say worst! This is one to really scare the kids, and some adults as well! It’s quite basic... ...even has some niceish resin bits, though most of the small parts were broken off. The decals are toast, but I’m not using them, I’ll be using the leftovers from the P-39D. I’ll be doing her in a 1 PRU scheme of Olive Drab over Neutral Grey with blanks over the camera ports. Ok the issues...... I’ve seen less flash on some really nasty resin stuff! The moulds for this must well and truly be dead, but you can’t complain when it’s the only game in town! As you can see I’ve made a start on her cleaning up the parts. The U/c legs were really bad. The prop blades not much better. This should be a fairly quick build, I’ve been all over her and there doesn’t seem to be any nasty surprises, she’s just like a resin model, only just made in plastic instead.
  19. Avro Anson I 206 Squadron, Coastal Command, 1939 This is the Classic Airframes kit of the early version of the Anson with the longer sloping windscreen. The kit is a pretty straightforward build with no vices. The model was painted with a combination of Mr Paint, Mr Color and Tamiya paints then finished with a layer of Testor's Dullcote. The national markings were applied using Montex masks but the codes and serials came from the kit decals. More details of the build can be found here: Thanks for dropping by, Howard.
  20. I thought I would share my latest project with you all: I built the late version of this back in 2011 and really enjoyed it. At the time, I received some help from @galgos who has also built a couple of these. Here are the contents of that flimsy box, first the plastic bits: ...and some quite nice resin: ...and finally some etch and a nicely printed decal sheet: Not the biggest parts count for a model of this size. First job was to cut the fuselage halves off the sprues and clean up for a bit of test fitting. Being short run there are quite a few of these to deal with: I also cleaned up the resin side walls and test fitted with the floor: I have decided to bond these separately into the fuselage halves as I did with my previous build to ensure they align correctly. Here they are in situ and a trial run with the clear parts looks promising: More to follow shortly
  21. So now for a long awaited NON-GB build - it seems I've spent most of this year building things for GBs, so it made a bona change this week to have a vader at the bijou stashette. Now I have had a long-running project which involves building all the various aircraft my father .There is more about the project in this thread from 3 years ago: http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/234926820-long-term-project-the-aircraft-of-my-father/ So having built several things from Dad's 81 Sqn and 5 Sqn, I thought I'd turn my attention to the start of his career in the RAF when he was stationed at South Detling airfield, from Feb 1942 to June 1942, During this time there were visits from Mustang 1 equipped 239 Sqn and 280 Sqn an Air-Sea Rescue Squadron, newly equipped with the Avro Anson Mk 1. Research led me to this page which purports to show profiles of the 280 Sqn aircraft: http://www.rafweb.org/Squadrons/Sqn%20Markings/SqnMark271-299.htm#280 However as with all drawn profiles you need to take them with a pinch of salt. That said, with nothing else to suggest otherwise, I'm going to adopt the colour scheme shown here. Squadron codes for 280 Sqn were "YF" and I'm yet to find a photo of an Anson sporting a YF squadron code. This means finding a suitable serial number is going to be a bit of guess work... So research aside, lets look at the kit... This is an interesting kit - its mixed media so you have some Injection Molded plastic and some resin and some PE. I did forget to take the sprue shot before starting so this has had some pices assembled as you can see on the middle-right. I picked up the paint masks from Eduard some time ago as there is a lot of glazing in this kit - speaking of which... and here is a close up of most of the resin The two largest pieces of resin are already attached to the cockpit floor. So thats the kit. I may consider making a diorama to fit in with what I've done before on the larger 1:32 models so I can have a figure representing my Dad - I've got the new Airfix sets so I'm sure something can be arranged there
  22. Back in 2015 there was a Gloster Meteor STGB that I participated in but never completed with a 1:48 Classic Airframes kit of a Meteor NF 11 to be done as a 5 Sqn aircraft. You can see the original thread here However I will be pulling some material from that into this thread to keep it all together. This will be a side-project of the long running collection I've been working on for a few years called "Aircraft my Father fixed! which you can see here: This side project in intended to allow me to build aircraft from 5 Squadron, to which my father was attached in the latter years of WWII in India and Burma, particularly in the post war years. I've already done a Lightning Mk 6 and a Tornado F3, so now its the turn of a Meteor NF 11 which were flown by 5 Sqn from 1959. Box: Paint scheme for 5 Sqn Sprues: Now if you look in the middle of that photo you see one of the problem with this particular kit - there are two sets of the same sidewalls for the cockpit rather than having two different sets. I got this kit of eBay back in 2014 and only started it in 2015, so opps! The solution was to resort to scratch building - there were some photos on the net and a set of very nice illustrations in instructions to allow me to get a good idea and after I'd completed it @trickyrich posted a very handy pic that showed I'd got pretty close - whopeeeeeee! To be honest when I got the kit out of the stash on Sunday I didn't even realise I'd scratch built these parts as they'd been painted since that pic was taken and it was only when I saw the previous build thread that I realised what a nice job I'd made of them!!! That is pretty much as far as I'd got at the time, then I picked up a chest infection at the 2015 SMW which meant I wasn't able to complete in the time available for the STGB at that time, so the box got packed away into the stash until I finished the Scammell Diorama at the weekend and started looking through the stash to decide what to do next. I really didn't want to go back to sci-fi just yet, I'm quite enjoying building "real" things at present and there is an idea my club has had to celebrate the RAF centenary this year, so adding something to the RAF 5 Sqn roster seemed a good idea!
  23. Hello folks. I continue introduce my old models. Today this is Hawker Sea Hawk FGA.6 1\48 Classic Airframes. This model was built four years ago. Best regards. Michael.
  24. My dad started this a while ago, then it went to the shelf of doom, main problem for him is to get the struts and wings aligned, sadly with this kind of kit no locating pins, etc.. Now he decided to giv it a new try. Had some problems with the cockpit fit, so he still has to close somehow the gap between headrest and rear fuselage.
  25. Well this is a bit unexpected, I had planned to build another Macchi C.205 in 1/48th but it hasn’t arrived yet and I was a bit surprised to see only one SM.79 in the build! I have so wanted to build this one or the resin one for so long that I really couldn’t at least attempt it for this GB. This was the original choice when the GB was suggested, so it’s always been in the back of my mind. Ok the model is produced by Flashback and appears to be a re-boxing of the old Classic Airframes SM.79 but with an Eduard PE set and different decals, which are rather nice. The model has a full set of resin extras, in the way of a nice cockpit area, propellers/engine faces and guns etc. I’m adding a nice set of Sky decals, …..some additional resin bombs and main wheels, which I may or may not use, …plus some additional PE from Eduard that was to be for the resin version. I’ll be using some of this just for detailing up the model a bit. I’ve already made a bit of a start to it, I haven’t build a limited run plastic model for a while and had forgotten about ejector pins, there’s plenty to remove! I’ve glued and cleaned up the wings already…no photo’s that part is a bit boring. The main section of the fuselage is bare, unlike the cockpit that is fully detailed, so with having the main door open as well as the upper turret, I need to have some sort of detail for the interior. So using that was the first job, making up the exposed framework. I’m not to sure how far I’ll take the interior, a lot will depend on time and how much will actually be seen. I haven’t decided yet whether to build the bomber or torpedo version, the kit supplies the parts for both, the same with the colour scheme. For that I intend to be a bit adventurous with that one, as there are some really colourful ones to choose from. So I can’t promise to have the one finished by the end of the build, but I reckon I’ll be close and will try to have it done, even it I have to forget about the 1/48th C.205!
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