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  1. It was already evoked in another (Blenheim) topic but I open a dedicated one. Hannants has just reissued the Classic Airframe CR.42 1/48th kit - ref. CF4157 Source: http://www.hannants.co.uk/product/CF4157 Box art V.P.
  2. Greetings from the Depths of the Old Cold War. Here is my planned build The recent Hannants re-release of the Gannet ASW complete with bags stuffed full of resin loveliness. Which I'm going to convert into a smart blue COD Bird with these Xtradecals offering which will need slight adjustment to get her to Ark Royals Bird. Luckily although there are no COD pods in 48th HERE is a cracking thread showing how @Derek B made the 72nd masters. Then HERE HERE and HERE are very useful threads on the other differences. My Thanks to all those who contributed to these posts especially @DamienB for his point by point build. Most of what I achieve is because of their help and generosity providing information. There is also THIS and THIS in the very helpful walk round section here on BM, again my Thanks to those who shared information with us. I've got the 4+ Book and am borrowing Warpaint 23 on the Gannet is there anything else that's useful? Is there any sort of manual for the COD.4 especially showing the two seats apparently in the rear cockpit? See you later alligators
  3. #8/2017 Like the real ones also this model was puzzled together with old parts. In 1942 the Germans delivered three old Dora airframes and used Jumo engines to Hungary. In the end two Doras became airworthy. At some time "02" was equipped with a DB engine and received Hungarian flags on the tail, that way it appeared in 1943. As it seems at least one Hungarian Dora survived the war because it can be seen on a pic a Russian soldier made. The Hungarians applied their typical 3-tone camo with their own paints, no RLM paints used. My dad used Tamiya XF-82 RAF Ocean Gray, Tamiya XF-5 Green and Gunze H406 Chocolate Brown. For the model an old CA 109D kit was partly used in connection with parts from a new CA 109D kit from our "home hobby shop" Dad wanted to use HAD decals but they were oversized, especially the crosses. After an intensive search in our decal stash I luckily found the decals from the initial CA kit. Brake lines added with plastic rods and lead wire, EZ Line for aerials. Initially the model looked like this Due to the resin wheel wells and superglue use, one leg had a wrong angle in the end. My dad now couldn´t look at it anymore, tried to correct it but made it worse. Before trashing it, he had the idea of making this Lazarus project. For attaching the legs this time he removed parts of the resin wells and replaced it with plastic pieces. He removed the wings of the old model and attached new ones. In the end the new model looks like this
  4. Well it's done - truly horrible kit, nothing fits other than where it fits. The moulding on the some of the part's isn't great either, the undercarriage self destructed and was too short, soft plastic with sink marks.The Engines don't fit the nacelles without shimming. This is the second one i've done - this was the re-issue, it's a bit better but it still horrible to work on. However it's the only Blenheim available in 1/48th scale..... Painted with Mr Paint laquers, weathered with Oils / Oilbrushes and Pigments WIP available here Peter
  5. I actually started this a couple of months ago, but I hit a problem - my particular kit had been given 2 starboard cockpit sidewalls, and no port sidewall. So I send an email so special hobby, who sent me a replacement. Actually they sent me a full set of replacement resin parts, many thanks @petr@SpecialHobby. Unsurprisingly starts with the cockpit Wired the instruments Starboard Sidewall The lesser spotted Port sidewall Assembled the fuselage with the rear cockpit bulkhead Assembled the turret basket Constructed the turret fairing, filled and sanded back Filled and sanded the fuselage - it will need some rescribing later Finally dipped the clear parts - test fit seems reasonable, will need some filling at the bottom, but we'll see Peter
  6. Well, after starting the new AMG kit, my dad also tries to revive and save an older build of a Classic Airframes Dora. Initially it looked like this The superglue got soft in one landing gear strut attaching point, tried to fix the angle of the leg but didn´t get it done due to the resin wheel wells. Now it looks like this, gonna apply a new scheme and do a Hungarian D model with HAD decals and parts of a new CA kit from our stash.
  7. Source: http://www.network54.com/Forum/149674/message/1471298141/Special+Hobby+Buys+Classic+Airframes+Tooling+and+Production+Rights V.P.
  8. Is it just me or does the plastic in Classic Airframes kits simply will not glue together? I have been using super glue - Zap medium - Zap thin - contacta MEK etc etc. Even used zip kicker with the Zap and parts are still seperating with ease. All the plastic had been washed before building. Any two parts simply will not bond. I'm building up the locations for the undercarriage for one of their Westland Whirlwind fighters and need a strong location for the Undercarriage struts. I'm almost starting to lose the will keep going with this kit. I hope it's not just me and I've tried everything that most ordinary folks do. Martin
  9. with some delay here my recent Meteor build, just in time before the new Airfix kit that I wanna do in some different middle eastern scheme... Gloster Meteor MK.7 Classic Airframes 1/48 Royal Egyptian Airforce, late 1950ies Build thread here Build thread here hope you like it! thanks for comments!
  10. #5/2016 And my dad finished a second one today. Trumpeter kit with decals from the CA kit. Regarding the a/c number, the 8 has to be exchanged with a 9. Added the missing gunsight from the sparesbox and used a plastic rod for the missing headrest support strut. The Classic Airframes decals were a bit brittle and partly little pieces came off before sealing so some repainting was done. EZ Line for the aerials, painted with Gunze and Tamiya acrylics. Model shows an a/c that was used during the hoax invasion in Operation Starkey August/September 1943.
  11. want to do it in Egyptian markings I sourced from maybe the night-fighter kit.... so will be bare metal/ silver with green roundels small bore intakes? wht do you think? the kit only hase those as far as I can tell.... nice photo here: http://www.britishje...s/exports_egypt thanks for your help! here the obligatory box contents shot, the egyptian markings are on the nightfighter decalssheet main parts cleaend, some fry fit issues around the lower wing- fuselage joint, cockpit resin parts cleaned form casting blocks and painted off-black as base color:
  12. SF-5M AE.9 Ala 23 Talavera aIr base, Spanish Air Force Classic Airframes 1/48 Aztec Decals I am a bit late with my entry, because of too many things I am working on at the moment... nevertheless I promised to take part here as well, so here we come! I'm gonna use Aztec low viz decals as when I bought them those were the only ones available for a modern Spanish F-5M ( in the meantime Series-espanolas released a very comprehensive F-5 sheet... http://series-espanolas.com/en/35-se2148-casa-northrop-sf-5a-sf-5b-srf-5a.html the current F-5Ms are used for advanced training from Talavera airbase in the west of Span. they are modernized with glass cockpit, Hotas and very recently some got modern ejection seats. as time flies, only one month to go, I will probably only do the most necessary updates in the cockpit and use the old ejection seats! maybe I will add some ordnance though... many nice pictures here: http://www.portierramaryaire.com/foro/viewtopic.php?f=5&t=1603&st=0&sk=t&sd=a&start=75 Expal BR 250 and 500, MK82, practice bomb launcher, etc.... hope you like my idea! regards, Werner
  13. Hi guys, After a busy weekend (Telford) am I finally ready for this GB. I will build the Classic Airframes 1/48 F-5A. I will start this model very soon. pictures will follow later. The model will be build out of the box with the left over decals from the Kinetic kit. Cheers,
  14. Ok I had sort of forgotten about this GB as I had a few other projects on the go. But even though I have started two new big builds I have finished another GB project I was doing. So as usual for me I wanted to do something a bit different, plus something that would fit into my collection, so a nightfighter it would be! In this case an Israeli Meteor NF.13. The basis for this build will be a Classic Airframes NF. 11/13, which I must say was really hard to find at the time and took ages to get one until I ended up managing to get one from South Africa! The decals have been really painful to find as well and I will have to patch together some from various different sources. I know Isradecal did a special one just on the NF’s, but the proverbial “rocking house $#@&” would be easier to get! So this part of the build will be extra fun! The only extras at this moment will be some Barracuda Large Bore Intakes to replace the kit ones. Having checked out the kit one to the AM one it’s easy to see why you would replace them!!! I am actually looking forward to this GB as this build will fill two areas I am interested in, Nightfighters and Israeli aircraft. So let the fun begin! Oh and if anyone has some 1/48th Israeli NF.13 decals…….just PM me!
  15. My Classic Airframes Do17z-2 is finally finished. Marked as a Battle of Britain machine, 9/KG 76, Corneilles-en-Vexin, France, 1940 (Using Techmod 48009). Time to sit back and have a beer! Build info here: http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/234980710-classic-airframes148-do-17z-return-from-the-shelf-of-doom-new-update-june-20th-finished/ Enjoy the photo's! kjiuh78
  16. Hi there, I've bought a recent edition of Classics Airframes 1/48 Blenheim IV... but instructions were missing! Does anybody have a scan, jpeg of pdf? Any help will be appreciated. Also, do you know any instructions repository on line? Cheers.
  17. After many months, I've finally summoned the courage to rejoin battle with Classics Dornier 17Z. (my previous attempts are here http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/234959080-classic-airframes-dornier-do-17z/ ) I started by tackling the ailerons. The Dornier had Frise type ailerons which CA missed. They were cut out, rebuilt with sprue, profiled, trim tabs added, and reinstalled with brass wire hinge supports. then onto the tail, the Do-17 had a trimable horizontal stab, which was completely absent. The stab was assembled, then cut off, along with the mating surface on the fuselage. Brass wire provides the pivot point, and the center section hollowed out and attached. The elevators and balance tabs were cut of and repositioned, actuators made made for the tabs, and a subtle fabric effect scraped into the elevators, new lower covers fabricated from sheet plastic and milput, and everything positioned as seen in photo's. I've now started working on the chaotic cowl bracing that is so prominent (and missing) . It will be 14 separate pieces of brass wire fitted to each engine. Cheers for now, Colin
  18. Hi All, This was actually my last build of 2014 and is part of my Yellow Wings collection. I've always thought there's a great charm to this stubby little aircraft so building a colourful USN version was always going to happen. The CA kit is, in general, an enjoyable thing to build but does have a few things to look out for with regard to fit. Nothing that a bit of time spent studying the instructions and dry fitting doesn't sort out though. The markings were done using a combination of kit decals - mainly for the Felix emblem - and Montex masks for national insignia. I hope you all enjoy the photos. Cheers all, Roger
  19. As I seem to be on a Battle of Britain kick, I'm starting Classic Airframes Do-17Z (1/48). It's a typical CA kit, very ambitious but quite crude (in places) in execution. Heavy moldings, poor fit, and lots and lots of flash. Relatively thin, crisp transparencies that are slightly cloudy right now, but might clear up with Future. The cockpit has some very nice resin, but it fits in a blank forward fuselage with a truly horrible horizontal seam. I'm starting by adding all the missing interior structure - stringers, frames etc. When this is done, I'll scatchbuild the smaller, missing details, wiring the panel, etc. I'm hiding the seam by putting a .005" skin where visible, and putting the stringers on top of it. There's lots of glass, and I hope it will clear up enough to see the added details. Thanks for looking, Colin
  20. Well, I see from the WIP thread that it's been about a year since I started this one. Progress has been in fits and starts, but it's done now! Without banging on too much about accuracy, I think it compares quite favourably to the new Trumpeter offering. The Aircraft - P6987 was delivered to 263 Squadron in January 1941. She served with the squadron in two separate spells: Jan-Nov '41 and Jun-Dec '42. During her first stint with 263, she was flown on 19 operational sorties. These were mostly interception patrols and convoy patrols, with a couple of Mandolin (later known as Rhubarb) and Rodeo missions thrown in. I've modelled her as she might have appeared shortly after delivery to the squadron in early 1941, with the Night port wing underside and Sky spinners and tail band. This aircraft was eventually lost on 7th December 1942 during Roadstead 45: an attack on shipping near the Channel Islands. On this day the squadron lost two aircraft and their pilots. P6987 was flown by W/O Donald McPhail RCAF, who was killed when his aircraft crashed after being hit by flak. The CO of 263 Squadron, S/L R.S. Woodward, was also killed during the same attack. The Model - This the later issue of the Classic Airframes kit (with injected canopy). The only aftermarket is a pair of new wheels recently released from Barracuda Studios. Most of the panel lines were rescribed to get a consistent depth. Markings are a mixture of paint and decals. A few extra details were scratchbuilt: - new vac formed undercarriage doors - aerial mast from brass - canopy mirror - wingtip nav lights WIP here: http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/234944232-148-westland-whirlwind-classic-airframes/ Thanks for looking; any feedback welcome! Regards, Jason
  21. I am kind of new here And don't really know how to start - this post that is. Well, like many, I made my last kit around 30 plus years ago and I feel like making some kits again. But boy did thing change over 30 years! Not only are the kits so much more detailed, but there is such a large choice of stuff to build them! That goes from glue to filler to paint and much more. I did a lot of reading to see what is the best stuff to use and I quickly learned that the BEST stuff doesn't exist as people have a wide range of preferences. So I have to do it the hard way and find out by myself. So I thought it is maybe helpful showing my first build here in the hope to get some feedback and more important, some tips - and encouragement if things turn sour. As the heading says, I like to build the Classic Airframes 1/48 Fabric Wings Hawker Hurricane L1599 in the markings from Squadron Leader John Gillan, using the kit decals together with CMK five spoked wheels and the Aires Wheel Bay for the Hasegawa kit (of which the Classic Airframes kit is based on). This won't be an OOB build as I like to correct some of the errors with the Classic Airframes kit, of which several had been copied from the Hasegawa kit. But in addition, the wing is too short and the landing lights are at the wrong spot which I hope to correct too. No shortage in reference material. But nonetheless, I am sure that I will have lots of questions during the build of the kit. Unfortunately I have limited time, so my build won't be fast - so I better get started. Cheers, Peter
  22. I was fortunate enough to pick up a Classic Airframes Canberra B.2 for a song at a local show and I'v decided to dive in right away. Poking through On Target Profiles 7, I figure I'll do it up as a TT.18, serial no. WJ636: Not being anything close to an expert on the Canberra, I've got a few questions: 1. Aside from the winch pylons which should be fairly simple to scratch build (I'm going to forget about the Ruston winches themselves), are there any other obvious differences between the B.2 and the TT.18? 2. What is a good Tamiya or Gunze match/mix for Light Aircraft Grey? Are there any other acrylic brands that offer it out of the bottle? 3. I'm all set for serials & checkers, but does anyone know a decal source for the 100 Sqn skull & crossbones badge? Does anyone have one they could spare? TIA, Tony Bell
  23. Ok this is my 4th build on the go at once, must be totally mad!! I decided to bring a bit of to this group build and build RNZAF TA-4K done up in a special "one off" colour scheme to celebrate their 50th Anniversary in 1987 For the base I’m going to try and bash a Classic Airframes TA-4J into some sort of shape so as it at least looks like the RNZAF TA-4K. Not too many mods required to do this luckily so it will be pretty much out of the box build. This box looks like it's been through the wars! It even comes with resin bits! The only extra of course is the Model Alliance decals, which are execllent and now very rare so I'd better not stuff this one up!!! Special care though will be needed on the base finish as the gold is bound to show any minor blemishes. Should look pretty spectacular once it’s done, hopefully a nice quick simple build......maybe! Plus if there are any experts on the TA-4K that would like to help provide info on the mods required, they'd be gratetfully received. I have info but am always happy to receive expert advice.
  24. Gday All THought I might dive in at this late stage on a complete impulse after perusing my stash the other day, having been inspired by this GB. I have been neglecting my theme of RAAF a/c with recent builds, so thought "what the hell, lets have a go with the CA walrus, I mean, how hard can it be, what can possibly go wrong!!" Anyway, to start off, the obligatory box and contents shots I'm not a big one for WIP's as everyone gets to see your fails, but we'll see how we go. Stay tuned Bruce
  25. Hi all, as some of you have seen in the WIP pages, I have been building an Avro Anson Mk.1 in memory of my grandfather, as well as in honour of all of the unsung heroes of training command during WW2. they worked just as hard to train the air crews of the UK and Commonwealth to fly, navigate, bomb and stay alive. My grandfather was stationed at RAF Wigtown initially, followed by a spell at RAF Bishops Court in NI, as a radio engineer on the Ansons. So here it is- the premise being that when the aircrews got home, their day was done, but the groundcrews would work long into the night to get the planes ready for the next sorties (and often going up with the aircraft as a gunner during the day, in case it was needed). Thank you for looking!
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