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  1. Hello all! I'm pleased to present my latest model, a 1/72 Coastal Command Liberator completed as BZ755 flown by F/O A. Cirko, No 10. Squadron RCAF around Autumn 1943. This is Eduard's "Riders in the Sky" reboxing of the Hasegawa kit with lots of extras including resin wheels and exhausts, etch cockpit and bomb bay and some scratch made details throughout the interior. The painting was done with airbrushed Mr Color and Tamiya paints weathered with oils and ground up pastel pigments. Overall I'm really happy with how it turned out: I enjoyed detailing the interior and I'm glad that the removable forward fuselage, held in place with magnets, allows some of this to be seen. I managed to stop it being a tail sitter by stashing away tungsten shot and weighted putty in every nook and cranny I could find, it weighs a tonne now but the undercarriage just about seems to be up to it... I was a bit worried about painting the white undersides but this turned out ok and I think I was able to stay on just the right side of the line with the weathering. Thanks to everyone who followed along for the last ten months on the WIP thread; your tips, encouragement and patience are really appreciated and I hope some useful bits and pieces were logged along the way, the link is here: Please enjoy the photos and let me know any thoughts, comments or questions and I'll get back to you below. Thanks for taking a look and Happy Christmas! Sam
  2. 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. Eventually a target was picked up on the ASV radar and the aircraft dropped down to investigate. Cloud cover was broken at just 800ft, where the contact appeared to be illuminated leading them to think it was a neutral vessel causing them to turn away and call off the attack. This was a tragic move as the illuminations were in fact gun fire from the ship Amisia. The inner port engine was hit along with other damage and there was no option for pilot F/O McManus but to prepare for a ditching. A successful ditching was made and its believed that all crew escaped alive, but the life raft that is located just behind the port inner was burned, hence useless. Fortunately, one of the inflated main wheels came to the rescue allowing them to stay afloat. Rescue was made at dawn break by the Amisia but unfortunately, only 5 of the crew had survived long enough. 3 of the crew were missing and were never recovered, the body of F/O La Palme was washed up on a beach in Norway. The 5 survivors became POW's and lived to tell the story, unlike many of their fellow squadron crews who simply went missing on these long and lonely missions, most of which became victims to their intended targets. Build HERE. The kit is the flawed Revell Mk.II. Fortunately, Aeroclub provide complete engine nacelle and propeller replacements. I'd wanted to do a Tollerton Z Nosed version for a while and was inspired by the reading of the Coastal Command missions in Merricks fantastic book 'Halifax - From Hell to Victory & Beyond'. This lead me to choosing HR686 as a basis using the Freightdog Z Nose and mid upper fairing. Whilst there is only one known photo of this aircraft, photo's of other aircraft in the white livery show them to be somewhat dirty with heavy oil streaks on the lower surfaces of the wings and engines. I wanted to replicate this effect, so it was a great excuse to get carried away with the pastels! On the whole, a pleasant build and the Aeroclub engines make a big difference to the look of the Revell kit. I also used a few bits from an Airfix Lanc that were left over from conversions; the main wheels (although Aeroclub provide these) and the Rebecca aerials due to being more refined. There were a few assumptions made, the first is that there is a gun protruding from the nose above which you would expect for anti ship & sub missions....I've just noticed I've located it too low, god knows how I made that mistake!! Also, I painted the fuel tanks in the bomb bay black, although there is a very good chance they were brick red. Anyway, enough blurb, here's the pics... Thanks for looking
  3. 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 steel and smoke) added using tweezers and a tiny piece of natural sponge. Peewit masks okay but not as good as Eduard IMHO. Winsor & Newton gloss and matt varnishes. Thanks for looking.
  4. 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 final shot with her Bomber Command stablemate: Thanks for looking, Roger
  5. 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-1942.html Auntie's scheme as presented looks to be pretty representative, so I'll go with that. Having said that the aircraft code looks to be in white rather than red as presented, so I shall see if I can be bothered to fix that... Here's the sprues: So, into the build! First some minor surgery to remove the turreted nose, to be replaced with the glazed version: At the same time all of the holes for the antennae were drilled out. Although Airfix helpfully inform you that much of the interior is invisible I've decided to go for the fully monty anyway - why not?! To replicate the doped fabric interior the fuselage was sprayed with a coat of Tamiya Red Brown, with the geodesic structure carefully brush painted in aluminium. The cockpit area was sprayed in interior green. Here's a work in progress shot: I decided that there was precisely zero chance of the rear fuselage being seen, so gave up on the frame highlights back there! Here's the state of play after a good day's work. I've still yet to add the IP, which will be adorned with the kit decals, and I'll add some belts using Tamiya tape (the build will be OOB otherwise, other than a set of Eduard masks). The wooden areas were brush painted with Mid-Stone and then over-coated with Abteilung Shadow Brown oil paint. I'm not 100% happy with it but it does kind've look like wood! Although it'll never be seen... Actually Airfix should be given credit for a comprehensive and detailed interior - I'm sure that more skilful modellers could make it shine, but I'm relatively happy with the (to be invisible) result! Thanks for looking, Roger
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. 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 scratch build the ASV aerials for the nose and under the wings from brass rod, they are not perfect but they look okay to me. I used decals by DK Decals which are excellent and went on with no issues at all, I just wish their instruction sheets were bigger! Anyway enough waffle here are the pics; I've built this as part of the ongoing (and excellent) B-17 STGB which you need to check out as there are some great builds going on there. For those of you interested here is a link to my build; Thanks for looking in and as usual all comments and criticisms are gratefully received. A Happy New Year to you all. Craig.
  9. 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
  10. 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 the kit, Eduard have released a predictably comprehensive range of resin and photo etched goodies to further enhance the superlative kit. B-24 Engines (672171) This set includes four Pratt & Whitney R-1830 Twin Wasp turbo-supercharged radial engines. Despite the imposingly large box, the engines themselves are very simple. Each unit comprises the 14 cylinder engine, plus a separately cast magneto, as well as photo etched details for the ignition wiring. The casting is up to the usual Eduard standard and the end result will be superior to anything that could be achieved with injection moulded plastic. B-24 Bomb Bay Rocket Projector (672177) This impressive set provides the 3 inch rockets used with some Coastal Command Liberators, as well as the associated projector racks. The structural parts, as well as the rockets themselves, are cast from resin while photo etched brass provides a supporting role in the form of additional details for the rocket exhausts, ignition wiring, cross-braces etc. The set isn't as complex as it first seems, but the rockets are very fragile and particular care will need to be taken when removing them from their casting blocks. B-24 Bomb Bay Doors (672183) This simple set includes replacement bomb bay doors, as well as cogs for the door open/close mechanism. The parts are well cast and will offer a modest upgrade over the plastic parts provided with the kit. This set makes a good companion to the rocket set detailed above, but would clearly be of no interest if you intend to finish your model with the bomb bay doors closed! British 250lb Depth Charges (672172) Another simple set, this one provides six Mark VIII 250lb depth charges of the type used by Coastal Command on the Liberator. Each depth charge is a solid resin part, which must simply be painted Dark Green and have the included decals applied. Once complete, they will add a nice finishing touch to your Coastal Command Liberator. B-24 Wheels (672170) This set is intended as a like-for-like swap for the kit wheels. A choice of two different nose wheels are provided, as well as main wheels with optional resin and photo etched wheel hubs. As is the norm for a set of this type from Eduard, pre-cut masks are also provided to aid painting. These wheels, with their realistic tyre treads, offer a significant upgrade over the kit parts. B-24 Turbochargers (672178) The Twin Wasp used in the Liberator employed a turbocharger to supply compressed air to a mechanical supercharger. These turbochargers are one-piece items that offer a simple enhancement to the kit parts. They are well cast and nicely detailed, but you will need to carve away the plastic equivalents, which in the case of the Hasegawa kit, are partly moulded into the middle section of the engine cowling. The end result should be worth it, however. Liberator GR Mk.V upgrade set(73627) The only non-resin set on offer, this package includes pre-painted details for the crew compartment and fills in some of the details on the flight deck that were not covered by the etch provided with the kit. Details are provided for radio and other electronic equipment, as well as rudder pedals, ammunition hoppers and belts for the machine guns, as well as cooling sleeves for the gun barrels. Conclusion Eduard can hardly be accused of shyness when it comes to providing aftermarket for one of their marquee releases of the past 12 months. While some might think the banquet of resin on offer to be rather over the top, one is not obliged to use the whole lot. Instead, one is free to pick and choose according to taste and the perceived value of each addition. Personally I would start with the excellent resin wheels and go from there. What cannot be denied is the quality of the items on offer, with each offering considerable enhancement over the plastic equivalents (where relevant). Recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  11. 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 contains a full set of replacement set of wheels and the mud guard on the front gear leg. Masks are included for painting (not shown). Bomb Bay Doors This contains a full set of open bomb bay doors. These were unique on the B-24 the way they slid up the fuselage. Depth Charges This is a set of 6 British 250lb depth charges, complete with a small sheet of decals. Bomb Bay Rocket Projector Unique to the Coastal Command Liberators was a set if 16 60lb rockets mounted in a projector which fitted into the bomb bay. This is a comprehensive set in resin & PE which includes all 16 rockets. This BIGSIN Set is recommended if you want to goto town on your Liberator. Review samples courtesy of
  12. 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
  13. 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?
  14. 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 wait to start but I really need to finish the 1:32 Hurricane IIc diorama first...
  15. 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 began: Thanks to 'Rossm' on here I also have the decal 'ingredients' to make the serial numbers and code letters up: I'm aware that the revell kit isn't the most accurate out there but it's a starting point - there are a few things that I have planned for this which mean getting hold of a few more things - at the moment I am hunting (unsuccessfully) for 4 bladed props as I understand the kit ones aren't good (if I can't find any I'll reshape these!) Anyway thanks for sticking with me, sure I will have lots of questions but at the moment and ideas/advice/help would be appreciated! Hoping to crack on this weekend, if the little one allows! Thanks Adam
  16. 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 Coastal Command camo schemes have decided to do this build as a MkV from 51 Squadron in 1942. So here is the obligatory set of pics of the box and contents.... ....all the clear parts look exactly that! And here's the kit decals alongside the pack I'm going to be using, as well as the very necessary Eduard masking set. I also picked up the Warpaint monograph on the Whitley, as it's a type I little about. All the parts have all been washed ready for construction to commence once the Dornier is complete. Karl
  17. 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
  18. 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
  19. 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 few things tackled include; -the lozenge windows are not cut out in the kit, not a fun task. -all transparent bits are Falcon apart from the front triangular window which I crushed so had to use the kit version. The front turret has also been crash moulded so it can be separated from the housing. -turret interiors have been scratch built -cockpit interior is photo etch -side aerials are stretched sprue -decals are Print Scene I could go on but to be honest I'm glad to draw a line under this one and move onto the next. It has been hard work and I nearly consigned it to the bin a number of times but it's finished and whilst not my proudest moment looks oK. All I need now is for Airfix to ruin my planned Encore Beaufort
  20. 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 were painted in various acrylic shades of light and dark grey to give a worn appearance. As the schemes were monocolour on the upper and lower surfaces I tried pre-shading the model and I'm quite pleased with how that came out (though it isn't really noticeable unless you know it is there) and I think it was probably worth the effort and the time it took. Anyway here are the models; first NE829 PLoJ of 144 Squadron RAF, which served in the famous Banff Strike Wing based in Aberdeenshire: ... and the second, NE548, UBoE of 455 Squadron RAAF which flew as part of the ANZAC Strike Wing based at RAF Langham in Norfolk from April 1944 before moving to RAF Dallachy in Aberdeenshire in October 1944: The first kit was built OOB and the second almost so, apart from the markings and the replacement of the 60lb rocket heads with the solid-shot semi-armour-piercing 25lb heads from a Tamiya Mosquito - I have read that the 60lb R/Ps were used for flak suppression so the kit-supplied ones are not necessarily incorrect but the 25lb version were more commonly used for anti-shipping raids. I also filled the cannon-ports on both aircraft and painted them with WEM Dull Roundel Red to represent the doped-fabric covers often seen on Beaus - mine representing the 'tidy' end of the scale, not all were so neatly applied... ... and finally, if you will permit me the indulgence, this is how I intended them to be displayed:
  21. 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) machines have it. Why this machine has not? It served later in 231 Sqn as transport machine (converted to C. Mk I) and crashed on 9th May '45 (http://www.rafcommands.com/forum/showthread.php?15568-Liberator-AM929-231-Sqn-9-April-1945) - so perhaps in these times she did not have those cannons, the whole pack was for sure romoved for transport purposes - but when she was a "U-boot killer" she should had them, why not? There is also a story about her: https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=692997334159191&id=340758036049791&comment_id=693570777435180&reply_comment_id=693662130759378&total_comments=2&comment_tracking=%7B%22tn%22%3A%22R1%22%7D How about the Leight light? Did CC Liberators Mk I have it? I have found photo in Net, but those details are not visible: http://www.ulsteraviationsociety.org/coastal-command-ni-ww2/4537284196(photo No 4) from photo here: http://ww2aircraft.net/forum/album/black-26-white-photos/p20054-consolidated-liberator-grmk1.html it seems that there was no such light - when it was installed on GRV it was moved a bit forward regarding the leading edge of wing and was visible from such angle. I hope some BM experts know the answers... EDIT: The another interesting mashine is AM924 http://www.revi.cz/images/covers/78/revi_78_26_27.jpg and AM923 Regards Jerzy-Wojtek
  22. 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 build in the gentleman's scale), and I think it turned out quite nicely. Hope you like it. regards, Martin * OK, so I lost the tailwheel and am awaiting the arrival of a replacement c/o Airfix spares department **Apart from the fit of the wings to the fuselage; that was appalling! They're none too robustly joined at all.
  23. 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
  24. 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
  25. 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 edges. Paints were Xtracrylics and Humbrol Aqua Colour matt varnish. Built mostly out of the box, I added some detail here and there such as the rear of the instruments on the panel as this is on show through the greenhouse. It's a good kit, most negative comments have been around the panel lines, but at least it doesn't need a rescribe Anyway, hope you like it... Thanks for looking, Neil
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