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  1. With all the recent talk of new 1/32nd British Phantoms on the horizon from HK Models, it got me thinking... 1/32nd scale is too small! So... here's a 1/24th scale rendition for you... I've gone for the Combat Models vacform, which I ordered in from the good old USA. The kit is somewhat basic (as with all Combat kits) but claims to provide the parts for every variant of F-4 built. The base kit looks like you can either build an F-4B or a F-4E, but I've decided to make life even more difficult for myself and being a patriotic Englishman, decided it'd be criminal not to have a go at a Rolls-Royce Spey powered variant. With the kit being not a lot more than basic shapes, converting it to a British version shouldn't be too challenging; after all about 75% of this build will have to be made from scratch anyway. So here's what you get: A large box crammed full of vacformed parts, and some comprehensive plans for the F-4B and F-4E variants: DSC_0005 by Thomas Probert, on Flickr Here's the fuselage, moulded in reasonably smooth but rather thin white plastic. The tape measure is set at 3ft - she's going to be a big girl: DSC_0011 by Thomas Probert, on Flickr Here's one fuselage half alongside the 1/48th Hasegawa kit that I'll be using as a guide throughout the build: DSC_0038 by Thomas Probert, on Flickr The quality of the mouldings isn't too bad at all, although it's devoid of all surface detail. This isn't a bad thing however, as I like to add my own anyway: DSC_0013 by Thomas Probert, on Flickr Here's the wings, tanks, fins, stabilisers, pylons etc: DSC_0016 by Thomas Probert, on Flickr Jet pipes, although these won't be used for a Spey version: DSC_0018 by Thomas Probert, on Flickr Intakes, splitter plates, gun pack two different nose cones, etc: DSC_0024 by Thomas Probert, on Flickr The cockpit tub is somewhat... basic: DSC_0020 by Thomas Probert, on Flickr Two beautifully clear canopies are provided, which is very handy in case of the dreaded knife-slip: DSC_0027 by Thomas Probert, on Flickr The kit also comes with a resin 'detail set' which provided some basics for the cockpits, landing gear, ejector seats, missiles etc... how useful these will be remains to be seen: DSC_0035 by Thomas Probert, on Flickr DSC_0033 by Thomas Probert, on Flickr I've started to gather some resources together, which includes a few books, some basic additional plans for the Spey aircraft, as well as the aforementioned 1/48th Hasegawa 1/48th FGR2 kit to use as a guide: DSC_0002 by Thomas Probert, on Flickr So... all that's left to do now is take a deep breath and dive on in! Until next time, Tom
  2. I started this back in November of 2014, and after 8 months of hard toil, I've got my big C-17 finished. Boeing C-17A Globemaster III, 99 Squadron, RAF Brize Norton. DSC_0042 by Thomas Probert, on Flickr There are two kits currently available in 1/72nd of the C-17: one being the Anigrand Craftworks resin kit, and the other is the Combat Models vacuform. I really wanted to add a C-17 to my collection, and with the fact that I don't get on with resin all that well I decided the easier option for me would be the Combat kit. I love a modelling challenge and knew what was in store having built a few Combat 'kits' in the past... previous experience didn't prepare me for what lay ahead though - this was a pig! I also knew that the Anigrand kit is poorly shaped, with the wing being too far forward and the nose and cockpit being completely off. I'm not bothered about accuracy all that much, but having seen the Anigrand kit before even I couldn't live with the obvious shape errors. Rumour has it that the Anigrand kit was based on the Combat one, so I knew that the shape errors were likely to be common to both kits, and reshaping vacform parts is a far easier task than sanding chunks of resin. I was proved right, and much work was ahead of me. The kit's fuselage as it comes: S1030063 by Thomas Probert, on Flickr The plastic is some of the thinnest I've ever come across in a kit, and the whole length of the fuselage had to be strengthened with bulkheads and bracing. The fuselage is together here - you can see the reprofiling of the nose as well as the wing having been moved back by 1": S1030301 by Thomas Probert, on Flickr The flightdeck had to be scratch-built, and the glazing was cut to shape from clear acetate and dropped into the apertures I'd cut: DSC_0031 by Thomas Probert, on Flickr The engines were very basic, and started out like this: S1030007 by Thomas Probert, on Flickr But with a lot of work with filler and much sanding, they came out alright in the end: DSC_0056 by Thomas Probert, on Flickr All the surface detail that you see had to be added by me - the kit's surface is devoid of all detail and both raised areas and the panel lines had to be added: DSC_0120 by Thomas Probert, on Flickr I sourced a set of undercarriage from Anigrand, but all the doors etc. needed to be scratch-built. The undercarriage took a lot of work to get installed - all mounts etc. had to be made from scratch: DSC_0109 by Thomas Probert, on Flickr DSC_0143 by Thomas Probert, on Flickr Part II to follow...
  3. I visited the USAF museum in Dayton, Ohio last summer, and came across a Northrop Raider sitting in the transport section of the museum and it intrigued me to say the least! There are no injection molded kits of this aircraft in existence, but I knew that Combat Models did a 'kit' of this aircraft. As soon as I got home I ordered one, and a few weeks later it arrived. Kits such as these are bumps in plastic, which give a good starting point to what is always a good modelling adventure. A resin 'detail' set was provided, which gave me the engines, propellers, undercarriage and intakes etc. Decals were not provided, so I had to raid the spares box. I painted the model using my trusty Badger 200 and paints were from Xtracolour and Humbrol enamel ranges. It has taken approximately three months to build. I would estimate that it's about 40% plastic and 60% filler! Here is a picture of the aircraft in flight - a total of 23 were built (picture used for illustrative purposes only): [ Combat Models 1/72nd scale Northrop YC-125B Raider Thanks for looking, Rob
  4. Now the dust has settled after my B-29 project I've succumbed to my love of 'challenges' and have settled on my next long term project - a 1/32nd scale Vickers Wellington from Combat Models... I'll start by showing you what you get 'in the box'. Here are the fuselage halves: Wings: Fin, stabilisers, intakes and the option to do a MkII with Merlins: I think this sheet gives me an H2S blister to do a Coastal Command machine, and what I presume are nacelles for radial engined variants: A set of transparencies which are beautifully clear (the first decent set I've come across from Combat!): The kit also comes with a basic 'detail set' which provides some interior parts, props and wheels. How much will be useable only time will tell. The lower two engines are two Bristol Hercules from Vector - I am leaning towards a MkIII: There is also some nice geodetic structure molded onto the wings: Lastly, and rather usefully, Combat provide three pages of extensive plans. This will be most useful for making bulkheads etc, because as is the norm with kits like this there is no interior supplied: When she's done, she'll hopefully look something like this (picture used for illustrative purposes only): I haven't decided on a particular aircraft yet, but I want to do a MkIII in standard Bomber Command colours of Dark Earth and Dark Green over Night Black. Decals are not provided so I will have to either make my own or spray them onto the model. Landing gear will have to be scratch-built, as will all the interior detail. I also plan to have an open bomb-bay too so this will put my scratch-building skills to the test I'll be cutting plastic soon, so will update you when there's something to show. Wish me luck! Tom
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