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  1. Hi. My first completed model for a very, very long time and the first ever posted on line. I know its not perfect but I'm just grateful I had the patience to complete it and it didn't end up in the bin! Decided not to add the D-Day stripes to keep it simple. No idea if the aircraft ever actually existed in this form but I'm happy with it, I learnt a lot and that's all that counts. Just the aerial to add when my elastic thread arrives. Good kit with no real vices. Paints are Hataka, Vallejo and Tamiya acrylics. Weathering - maybe a bit too much - was mainly pastel powders. Chipping (Vallejo ste
  2. Hi All, Here is my effort at Airfix' excellent Wellington GR MkVIII. Here is the WIP if anybody is interested: The kit was built OOB with only Eduard masks for the glazing (a must for this build!). The aircraft was modelled as HX379 of 172 Sqn, based at RAF Chivenor in 1942. Here's a shot of the actual aircraft: It's far from my best build but I'm not unhappy with the final outcome. I'd highly recommend the kit and to my eyes this is a lovely scheme for the Wimpy! Here's a f
  3. Hi All, My next project is Airfix' 1:72 Wellington GR MkVIII. I've previously successfully (mostly!) built the MkIA, so hopefully the kit won't spring any nasty surprises. Here's the box art: I'll be modelling the aircraft depicted, which is HX379 of 172 Sqn, operating from RAF Chivenor in 1942. Here's the scheme in more detail: Here's a link to a photo of the actual aircraft: https://www.asisbiz.com/il2/Wellington/Vickers-Wellington/pages/Vickers-Wellington-GRMkVIII-RAF-172Sqn-WN-A-on-patrol-over-the-Western-Approaches-
  4. I got this kit as part of a spares / scrap joblot on Evilbay some time ago and despite some damage and a couple of missing parts thought it had potential so was worth rescuing. The aircraft is a B-17C Flying Fortress Mk1 with RAF Coastal Command, servings in Nuts Corner, Northern Ireland 1942. It was built for the recent B-17 Single Type Group Build here on BM, link below. Here it is finished, biggest kit I've built for a long time, let me know what you think cheers Pat
  5. This Academy kit came with a Scrap Job Lot off EvilBay. It looks complete apart from a missing Prop, and some flak damage to one wing. Thanks to @modelling minion aka Craig for providing the decal to allow me to build the Coastal Command version. I have treated myself to some of that green zinc chromate paint, pictures to follow once I finish my Frog Vultee Vengeance in the Pacific GB. cheers Pat
  6. Hi all, My last build for 2018 is a Revell 1/72 Boeing B-17F which I have finished as an RAF Fortress Mk.II operated by 206 Squadron in June 1943, in fact on 11th June whilst flown by Wing Commander R.B. Thomson she attacked and sank U-417 South East of Iceland but was herself brought down by return fire from the U-boat. All the crrew of the B-17 were rescued 3 days later by an RAF Catalina after a US Catalina crashed trying to rescue them, the US crew were rescued a few days later. The Revell kit is excellent and has great interior detail from the box but I have had to
  7. I would like the build the Academy B-17C in Coastal Command colours but wanted to know if these aircraft were covered in antennas like the Whitley and Sunderland ? The picture below (2nd one down) does show any and there are none in the kit. Any assistance greatly appreciated cheers Pat
  8. Resin and Photo Etch Detail Sets for Eduard/Hasegawa B-24 Liberator 1:72 Eduard Hasegawa's Liberator is easily the best kit of the type available in 1:72 scale. It is more modern and more precisely engineered than the ageing Minicraft/Academy kit and streets ahead of Airfix's venerable offering. It's selection by Eduard as the basis for their recent 'Riders in the Sky' limited edition Coastal Command release was very welcome indeed, particularly so given than Eduard's previous Liberator releases were based on the aforementioned Minicraft kit. Alongside t
  9. Liberator GR Mk.V BIGSIN SET (SIN67213) 1:72 Eduard BIGSIN for Eduard Kit Eduard now bring us a BIGSIN Set for the 1/72 B-24. These sets work out better for the wallet than buying all the sets as separates. Engine Set This set gives us complete one part engine castings with a PE wiring harness and other PE details Supercharger Set This is a set of drop in superchargers which are prominent on the aircraft. Some minor surgery is needed on the kit parts. Wheels Set This contain
  10. Well I'm calling this one finished. Its the Airfix 1/72 Whitly VII done in Coastal Command colours. Paints all Humbrol and sprayed on. Done out the box, kit decal etc. Only replaced the pitot tube on the wing with a piece of good old Albion Alloys finest. Apologies for the number of images. Could not decide which not to post :-) Comments welcome. Tim
  11. HR686 of 502 Sqn took off on the night of the 3rd October 1944 from RAF Stornoway for another routine operation looking for targets of opportunity in the sea off Norway. The Germans were moving men and equipment from Norway to Europe to reinforce their defences following the allied invasion. A typical cold dark & wet night in that part of the world with a low cloud base, the 9 crew went about their duties routinely. The aircraft was loaded with depth charges and enough fuel for 12 hours meaning that the fuselage bomb bay was laden with fuel leaving the wing cells to carry the depth charges
  12. Can anyone help me with this one? On 20th August 1942, Lancaster R5543 of 61 Squadron was shot down over Northern Spain by Ju88C's of the Zerstorer flight of KuFlGr106 (soon to become V/KG40). I would like to know the Lancaster's individual letter, please?
  13. Well the box from a well known online retailer arrived today and it makes me want to start right away!!! In any case I'm starting my thread in preparation. Very familiar box: Sprues: Extras: What you see here from the top are a brass fret with 3 bladed propblurs and a resin pilot from PJ Productions, with a second one underneath. I'll compare these with the ones that come with the kit and see which I prefer. Then on the second row, Montex masks and and Eduard Zoom cockpit set, finally the Coastal Command Decals. Can't w
  14. Hi all I usually, when time allows (which isn't very often due to having a young daughter) make 1/72 armour so this is my first aircraft in a very long time. When my grandfather passed away some years ago we found some of his old photos - this piqued my interest in modelling his actual aircraft not just a generic one. He was a flight engineer on Halifaxes with 58 Squadron (Coastal Command) and the aircraft in the photos is "N for Nuts!" (As he wrote on the back) These are the photos: So in preparation for this marathon task I started a bit of research: And so the shopping spree
  15. With my builds for the KUTA GB complete, if not photographed, and with my Dornier 17z build, an hang over from the BoB GB, also almost complete, thoughts turn to starting on a virgin kit for this GB. I had originally intended on going with Airfix's 1/72 Lightning F6, however as there are already a couple of Lightnings being built, I thought I would follow a slightly less well trodden path and do the Whitley sitting in my stash. Having just built a couple of Blenheims in dark earth and dark green, I fancied something a little different for the Whitley, and always having a soft spot for Coasta
  16. So, I finally got my Beau finished over the Christmas holidays. I'm quite pleased with how it came out. I now just need a white / EDSG / DSG / white camo'd one! regards, Martin
  17. Happy Christmas, folks! Another Airfix Beau from me (I really like this kit). Sorry there aren't any more build pics, but I got to this advanced stage and thought I'd take some pics. Model is essentially oob, although I did add an internal fuselage bulkhead and a heating pipe to the cockpit. There are also Little Light lenses (2.5mm diameter) sitting behind the fuselage landing light cover, and I used one of the options from the Xtradecal Beaufighter sheet. Quite pleased with the finish, although my enamel 'dot' streaking on the top camo is too subtle. regards, Martin
  18. Firstly apologies to anyone who came here hoping to see the new Airfix Whitley, this is a totally different kettle of fish! Not for me the accurate and finely detailed Airfix version but the horrible, how much flash can you get on a sprue, Frogspawn version that I bought on ebay about a week before the Airfix announcement. So curses on Airfix and their stash spoiling ways I built it anyway and all things considered it doesn't look too bad. There have been a few other Frog Whitley builds which taught me a lot and some of the tricks and tips have been used along with the Warpaint book. So a fe
  19. Hello gents, Here are my two Airfix Beaufighters from the recently-released new-tool kit; the first uses one of the kit-supplied markings schemes and the second uses markings from one of the Cutting Edge transfer sets which are, I think, long out of print. The kits went together extremely well; I used the Eduard masking set purely because I am lazy and will almost always take the path of least resistance even if it means shelling out several pounds for some pre-cut pieces of masking tape. The aircraft were painted in Phoenix Precision Paints Extra Dark Sea Grey over Sky, the invasion stripes
  20. JWM

    RAF Liberator Mk I

    Hi, I am considering conversion of Academy B24 into Liberator Mk I in Coastal Command markings. I know there is a lot to change, but this promises a lot of fun of modelling, isn't? . There are some interesting particular machine for consideration. For exampele there was and fameous "u boot killer" - AM929 while serving in 120 Sqn she sunk 5 u-boots. In profile published here: http://wp.scn.ru/en/ww2/b/327/9/2(which is taken from Polish monography of Liberator) this particular machine has no 4-canon instalation in front bomb bay. It is true? The all known remaining 120 Sqn (and all MK I CC)
  21. Hi folks, Just finished* the Airfix 1/48th DH Mosquito FB VI as a 235 Sqn Coastal Command machine, LR437 'T', based at Portreath in June '44. The ol' Airfix kit is not state of the art anymore but by jingo, it's a fun build with sufficient detail for me and good fit**. I was particularly happy with the way the cockpit scrubbed up. It was built for a 'Classic Airfix' GB on another forum and, as I've had this kit in the stash since the late '80s, I thought it was high time I built it. I used it to try out some weathering techniques I hadn't tried before on a 1/48th aircraft (I usually bui
  22. I don't know if this has been announced here previously but three 1:144 versions of the Beaufighter are due to be issued in June by Mark 1 Models. These should be a welcome addition for WW2 British aircraft modellers. Mike
  23. Hi, I am considering my next build and I am drawn to a Revell Lanc that I have in the stash. I quite fancy doing a Coastal Command a/c in the overall Dark Grey scheme, but cannot find much info so far via google. Can anyone point me in the right direction? As regard to the colour, would it be gloss or matt (or somewhere in between)? Also are there any major differences between the bomber and the Coastal Command variant? Any help appreciated. FF
  24. Italeri Sunderland After a month or so on the bench, it's finally, well almost complete bar the astrodone and arial wire. The main challenge initially was the heavy panel lines, but plenty of primer and regualr rubbing down has tones them down quite a bit, I'm certainly happy with them, although it will be personal taste I guess. These things suffered a lot of weathering, so I wanted to capture some of this to bring out it's character. As you can see from the picture above of the aircraft I modelled, I've been rather reserved on the paint chipping along the hull and leading edg
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