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  1. Hello, colleagues! I'd like to present another model from the FROG/NOVO contest - the british naval fighter McDonnell Douglas Phantom FG.1. It is the repack of the old FROG model F262 by Industrial Group "Mir" (Minsk). As usual I built this model in "Out of the box" nomination, so no modifications to the original kit were allowed. The only modification allowed to me by the contest administration was the extension of the nose landing gear. This gives the model more "british" look. The model is of poor quality and was difficult to build. According to the rules of the contest I had to stay within the limits of the kit - rised panel lines, geometry inaccuracies and so on. So, the result is before you. It is the naval fighter XT872 005/R, Naval Air Squadron 892, Royal Navy, HMS Ark Royal, 1973. Thanks for looking!
  2. Given that @mark.au, @bigbadbadge and @Dunny have succumbed to a common urge to build Spitfire XIVs, I was wondering if I could join in with another one? Of course, I insist on a kit with state of the art tooling: ... of which I seem to have two! If I'm allowed to join the happy throng, this will be in the 132 squadron SEAC scheme. There are photos in the IWM collection showing this very aeroplane as well as others from the squadron, so I'm happy with the colour scheme (and I am going to assume that the squadron codes are white). Accuracy?? Hmm, I'm sure there's lots to talk about here - for me, the two things that really stand out are the lack of a gull wing, which throws out the wing fairing something awful, and the too-small radiators. So I will have at those. I will also be detailing the cockpit from the plastic bits box, will add a full-size pilot, wheels up on a stand (probably an Airfix one out of sheer perversity). Awfully tempted by a what-if Japanese V1 but I think I'll lie down until that goes away. Well fingers crossed, I'll wait and see if I've been judged desperate enough to participate. Regards, Adrian
  3. As the WWII jets and rockets GB did not get through the bunfight I thought this might fit into this GB instead if I went for a prototype of either the B or C - I will decide which later. The kit comes with parts and markings for a production B-2 and C-2/3 but I can change them if needed. Pete
  4. This is my first post on this site - although I have coming here for several years now for references & guidance. Partly thanks to Covid lockdown, I have returned to the hobby after a break of around 40 years, I have had to learn new painting techniques with acrylics and an affordable airbrush kit from Hobbycraft (originally intended for decorating cakes) I have made a couple of small single engined WW2 fighters, now I wanted to turn my hand to some of the models I made as young lad, and improve on them. Currently I am making a collection of WW2 nightfighers - with limited space I am going to stay with 1/72 scale for the time being. I have made a Blenheim NF I with AI Mk III arrays, a Beaufighter NF II with AI MkIV arrays, and I am currently building a Heinkel He-219 Uhu and a Bf-110-G - all from vintage Frog kits. This has given me a lot to research, and I have made a few minor mistakes (for example finding out the radar operator in the early beaufighters squatted with a greatcoat under his knees behind the pilot in the Blenheim, and not in the navigators seat in the cockpit as I had assumed and depicted when I scratch built the interior of my glasshouse 1940 nightfighter. For my Bf-110G I splashed out on an Eduard Brassin cockpit interior kit, and I have also amassed a small collection of antenna kits for Fug 202, 212 in brass or plastic - so heavy surgery was needed in the fuselage as I rejected the marshmallow puppets of the kit to allow me to install a full cockpit, with guns & radar equipment, and crewed by figures from PJ Productions in Belgium It looks like I will have to set up a website where I can host my photos before I go any further, I will set something up in AWS & post a few photos of the first stages - starting from this The hideous "Mr Blobby" crew figures can be seen at the top right of the bag in this photo
  5. Back in 1974 I came across a new Frog kit in my then "LMS" in Chester. As ever it was somewhat "exotic" - a 2 seat Dornier 335. It was a nice enough kit but I later decided that I would have preferred a single seat A-1 version, and having seen a conversion, probably in Airfix magazine, I picked another up in 1991 but never got round to building it. By this time the moulds were with Revell and they released it in their own name initially, but this 1991 boxing is under the Matchbox label for some reason - I believe they later started releasing a Dragon kit of the 335 under their own label. Anyway, here it is! I have glued the spinners to the props a few years ago but done nothing since. The box art is pure fantasy as I doubt that the V10, as the first prototype of the A-6 two seat night fighter, ever saw action. The colour scheme is problematic as they suggest "Matchbox" paint references and I have no idea what they refer to but they seem to be green uppers and a blue/grey on the unders . I believe that the original Frog kit had a "3 greys" scheme of 74/75/76 which I painted in the old Humbrol Authentic colour range but I suspect had they been built the production versions would have been all over 76 with a mottle of 75 on the upper surface as was standard on night fighters at that stage in the war. Having said that I have read that by that stage some night fighters were getting day fighter camo uppers, presumably to make them less visible on the ground given the risk of strafing. Of course prototypes were not always painted in the current paint scheme anyway but I will go into that in my other entry! Pete
  6. Due to the hugely popular thread below Is there an appetite for a 2nd Frog GB ? Cheers Pat List of Fame 1. @JOCKNEY 2. @vppelt68 3. @Corsairfoxfouruncle 4. @stevehnz 5. @Ray S 6. @Romeo Alpha Yankee 7. @CliffB 8. @rafalbert 9. @AdrianMF 10. @bigbadbadge 11. @Adam Poultney 12. @klr 13. @Rabbit Leader 14. @nimrod54 15. @Rob S 16. @Retired Bob 17. @theplasticsurgeon 18. @Grandboof 19. @Mjwomack 20. @DaveyGair 21. @Toryu 22. @Doccur 23. @Johnson 24. @TimJ 25. @zebra 26. @jean 27. @Jinxman 28. @John Masters 29. @feoffee2 30. @Marklo 31. @Mjwomack 32. @Richard Humm 33. 34.
  7. I'm in the process of migrating old builds from Photobucket to Flickr and whilst I can find the WIP of these two builds back in 2013, I couldn't find an RFI so thought I'd post them here linked to the Flickr pics. Build thread: Here It's the Frog Mk.I and old Airfix Mk.IV kits with Falcon canopies and plenty of scratch building to bring them up to date. Fun builds from what I remember and pleased with the results. Frog: Airfix: Thanks for looking
  8. Hello, Some years ago I was given the Pete's Hangar (produced in Queensland Australia) cockpit interior, a nicely done resin set that is designed for use with the Frog kit, it will not fit the Special Hobby product. Sadly I did at one stage own a Frog Vengeance but chose to sell it, which I regret as I had to obtain a replacement Frog offering! At considerably higher price than I sold mine for, well at least plenty of them are still out there and unbuilt! I also did a swap with a fellow club member for his Pete's Hangar replacement cowling, propeller and undercarriage interior again only suitable for the Frog kit, the white metal prop is lovely but the replacement cowling is no better than the kit offering! So I modified it using the second Special Hobby cowling front! It is a bit of a Frankenstein modification but cleaned up should be an improvement!!! Thanks to a local guy here in Sydney I was able to obtain this issue of the kit.. You get two vacform canopies with the Pete;s Hangar set, nice and crisp mouldings.. This is the Frankenstien cowling with a good amount of Milliput slapped on it to cover the variations!! Resin replacement Pete's Hangar engine, remains of Pete's Hangar Cowling after removal of offending nose... and believe the plastic cowling front from the SH Vengeance kit. The Pete's Hangar (a VAST improvement of the basic Frog cockpit bits) resin and brass interior.. Unfortunately the replacement vacform canopy sits too low!! and a strip of card needed adding to the side walls of the Frog cockpit parts... easily done. The entire Frog parts have had the panel lines all rescribed including the missing ones... of which there are quite a few, I couldn't fins decent drawings of the type so I referred to the SH kit.. The Pete's Hangar cockpit interior replacements set... the seats and twin .30 are brass.. tough as old nails to file!!! Work in progress, the Frog kit in dark blue and the SH kit in light grey... I have modified the u/c legs slightly.... The wheel wells with the Pete's Hangar replacement resin parts which fitted absolutely perfectly!!
  9. Hello All, Well, I haven't quite got helicopters out of my system with the group build... At the Cosford model show I was rummaging in the bagged kits section on a stand and I came across a bagged Frog Wessex for £1.99. When I asked the man whether the boxed one was complete he said he didn't know and threw it in for free! So I now have two Wessexes for 99p each - seems rude not to build at least one. The boxed one is complete, so I decided to build the bagged one. There are some issues with it. The canopy is subtly short shot - the right hand side of the windscreen has shrivelled a bit and does not fit. Some of the windows were missing, but that's not big loss as they all needed replacing anyway. There is also a missing rotor plate (here replicated out of plastic card and rod), bulkhead (plastic card and scored wine bottle foil), and a missing seat (spares box). I knocked up a quick cockpit from the seats, balsa, card, rod and fuse wire. I also cut away the shrivelled side windscreen and located a Frog Blenheim turret as a donor for a replacement pane: Cockpit painted and fitted: Replacement pane cut from the turret: I made some replacement side window frames from card: And here are the parts for the windscreen taped together. I will file down the new pane and add a pillar to the edge: The bulged side window needed replacing so I made a quick balsa and superglue plunge mould: It fits! And I've hollowed out the exhausts: So I plan to use the decals from the boxed kit and go with the overall blue scheme. Two questions: Is it blue or blue-grey? Is there a source of white letters and numbers in Royal Navy font? I have a number of projects that are crying out for these (including a tasty orange and blue scheme for this one), but I can't find a suitable decal sheet. Thanks for looking, Adrian
  10. Now that I'm more or less done with some builds that took far longer than they ever should've, and appear to be on the near edge of done trying to figure out whether or not I owe my school or am owed for a term I'm already 90% of the way through, I broke into the old FROG Swordfish I had thrown in with a Blenheim and Firefly a while back. I've got the new Airfix Floatfish, but I don't dare tear into that just yet before I end up with another 4 month project. @bigbadbadge gets the credit for inspiring the topic. First, the boxart - It's quite honestly one of my favorite box tops, though I don't think much will ever pass the Matchbox Siskin or Fury. So far I've gotten most of the interior together and painted. By that, I mean I added both interior parts - Ok yes, there is still a gun mount and gun to attach, but otherwise it's a fairly plain. I may just have to paint up a few figures for once. The lower wing has also been assembled, though this was notably difficult as the tabs were somewhat smaller than necessary. With any luck the fuselage will be joined to it tomorrow morning. More soon, Tweener
  11. WIP can be found here... As I said, many days and nights I thought I would never be making this finished Ventura post, this was a real mojo test. And as I also said, if you want an enjoyable, care free build as FROG would have wanted you to, build the Academy/Minicraft kit, they started with these unfinished molds. Only aftermarket used were the Print-Scale decals. My own vac canopies, scratched cockpit and turret, I used original kit plastic whenever possible. Kit propellers reduced in chord and reshaped. All surface detail removed and replaced with .005 pen lines. I followed technical drawings to replicate the wing panel lines but when I saw what was ahead for me with the fuselage I said "not happening.." Fuselage lines are totally fictitious, I was just trying to get the feel of the real thing. Scratched together a Martin 250CE-13 turret with twin .50's. I used small plastic wire-ties for the twin ammo feeds. I'm glad I spent the time on the cockpit, I hadn't realized how much would be seen under the vac canopy. Brush painted canopy frames this time. Would I do it again? Probably. I didn't realize the full scope of this build when I started, I usually don't let plastic win or get the better of me and this one almost got binned a couple of times but I'm pleased with this finished build. Thanks all for struggling along with me. I think a nice little Me-163 with a parts count of 5 is in order for a little therapy.
  12. The FROG Ventura, kit F240. This was one of the last ever kits but didn't make it out except for 100 kits, see below. I know one lucky guy in North Carolina has an original FROG boxing of the kit, his boxing is shown below. I hope he builds it. My kit is the Eastern Express issue, still has the F240 imprint on the sprues. Armed with a Squadron Signal and aftermarket decals, I jumped in. Airfix should spend a couple of bucks on these, would save them a lot of headaches.... Since I'm changing over to acrylics, kicking and screaming, this build will be a good test mule for these. Major components fit together well. It does seem as though they rushed the molds. Poor detail and panel lines. I will sand all those off and do pencil or pen. Biggest problem are the engine nacelles. The crude engines don't fit into the cowling and the opening is too small and off-set to one side. This is what I have, and this is where I need to get. Um........cowling flaps?........ I have some Hercules engines I might try and use or re-create the cowling flaps from sheet styrene and enlarge the cowling opening. I will use the quartz parts as masters and vac my own canopy. If I can wrestle the engines and cowlings together the rest should go well. If that's the case I want to end up here with this a/c. So, the biggest part of this build was always going to be the the engines. If I can get past those, I figure I'm good. Starting with nasty out of round cowlings, I started carving with a #11, actually easier than I thought it was gong to be. Next, the engines were not even close. Then to get those to fit, A level of plastic on the cowlings had to be removed. And even then, when eveything was together, it sucked. That morning, I whacked the coffee filter too hard and broke it which gave me this screening that allowed me these niffty oil cooler intake screens. I'm pretty sure this is the most putty I have ever used on any one model. Worked out well, not perfect but good enough. Next was tackling the cooling flaps. 10thou. sheet styrene. I wanted something better but these will do. Never in my entire model building life have I spent so much time and so much effort just getting a model to the point I can close the fuselage halves. If you want to build the FROG Ventura the way FROG intended you to with all the warmth, joy and pleasure building we've enjoyed from FROG, get the Academy/Minicraft kit. I absolutely know this is in no way FROG's fault, just unfortunate timing. If they could have finished the molds they would have. The cockpit fit has all the same issues as the engine nacelles. Generic parts thrown on the parts sprues that don't fit together at all. Since these Venturas were originally built to RAF specs with only one pilot seat, when diverted to the US Navy on Attu, an island off Alaska, they were field modified with a second seat for the co-pilot. A second seat was sourced and second control column made. Throttle quadrant made from stretched sprue, seatbelts from yogurt foil and an instrument panel decal pinched from the Airfix Hudson. The main canopy got 10thou strip added for better fit and I will vac this for the finish. The rear gunner position was fixed with more 10thou plastic and lots of putty. I will use this quartz example on the finish build as it's hardly seen. I will vac and detail my own upper turret but now, finally, we are here... The only drama I know still waiting for me are the wheels/tires as they are badly misaligned. Honestly, there were days and nights that I thought this build would never, ever get to this point. My kicking and screaming journey from enamels to acrylics was abated a bit. I picked up this Vallejo set to try out on the Ventura. No color corrections or youtube tricks, just a straight out-of-box test. (...bottle) As I said, I really didn't think I had a chance of posting these pics but here they are... I'm pleased with the colors, easy to use, dries nice and smooth. They also passed the tape test as I masked off and sprayed the de-icer boots with no lifting problems at all. A coat of Future over all this. The a/c I'm doing is from VB-135, serial number 48891 as shown below. The markings for this a/c often included in kits show decorations on the rudder. I have found no photos of any 135 squadron a/c with these decorations. There was a photo shoot of 135 and 139 crews all posed in front of this one aircrafts tail. The a/c is from 139 squadron. So hear we are tonight with a coat of Future drying over the PrintScale decals. Grunge oil wash tomorrow.
  13. Hi, Thought I might try and slip in a quickie, though that depends somewhat on the weather in terms of painting. In 2019 I entered my first GB - the Frog one, and one of the other modellers Ash @Doccur built a really beautiful FD2 - here's the link to his build. I remember buying this kit which was originally released in 1957, but judging by the pics of the boxes on Scalemates mine was almost certainly the later 1965 reboxing. I just threw it together in a matter of minutes, the only extra detailing being to "glaze the small rectangular windows with some thin clear plastic, and slapped on a coat of silver paint, probably Humbrol Hu 11. By comparison with Ash's build it was very crude as he corrected the position of the windows and painted it in a stunning pink scheme, helped by the fact that he tracked down a supplier of decs in I think either the States or Canada. The chap had actually closed down his business but Ash persuaded him to run a set off for him, and it was certainly worth the effort. I thought I had thrown mine away years ago, but then a year or so ago I found it lurking in a box in my loft. I brought it down, stripped off the paint and partially dismantled it so I could get some weight in, and I contacted Ash and he kindly set me the undercarriage which he had not used. Since then it has been sitting around waiting for a KUTA! Amazingly I managed to find all the bits, few that they are - usually my refurbs end up going nowhere as I lose them. Won't take long to build I hope but then I have to spray it a nice shiny silver - polished aluminium probably. As to markings I will recreate the old Frog ones for WG774 unless somebody happens to have some viable spares. Cheers Pete
  14. I’ve had a FROG Katyushka in my stash for ages. One of those kits you get out periodically, take a look and put back again quickly! I do like the work tray box though - I wonder why they never caught on? ICM do an SB-2. I was struck by the kit engineering and bought one: The idea of this build is to make the ICM kit and see if I can’t salvage the FROG one alongside it. The ICM is one of their older kits - it isn’t as sharp as their Po-2 but it’s still very impressive. The wings and ailerons take a bit of work to get sorted (on the right): Here’s what made me get one. You start building the airframe with the centre section: Then add more bits: And suddenly you’ve got a detailed cockpit, bomb bay and wheel wells: Although I suspect that there are some throttles and other bits needed in the cockpit. The nose and tail follow the same pattern of building up separately before sticking it all together.
  15. Werknummer 494230, T6+HM seen below on downwind. I wanted to capture the dusty, weathered look of these aircraft at the front. The olde FROG kit from 1968, F-195. Looking at this kit in the stash over the years, I've always been impressed how cool this looked with the raised panel lines, the rivets, the overall shape, even the razor sharp trailing edges of the flying surfaces are all aspects FROG captured really well. I added aftermarket cannon barrels, a Falcon canopy and a resin cockpit. Old aftermarket decals for the markings, werknummer and codes are my own press-type on clear decal, the rest is out of box as I wanted it as much FROG as I could. This build was also a test mule for the MMP Luftwaffe colors. MMP paints were used exclusively, color coats, clear coats, all weathering. I had no problems, I'm pleased with the results and will continue using them. The cannons are such a big part of this aircraft, I detailed those to busy them up some. Not perfect but good. The Falcone canopy was extremely hard to work with because it is so thin. I spent a day framing and another whole just attaching it. All in all, I'm pleased with this. I wish I had paid closer attention and studied photos better. The yellow fuselage band is too wide, by about half, and I think the "HM" on the port side would all be on green. I was copying an artist illustration, not looking more closely at a photo. There is a lot of life left in this old FROG kit. With just some basic additions, the old kit cleans up well and looks pretty close to modern, more expensive issues of the Ju-87G. 1968, who would have thunk it....
  16. A build done for a GB with a deadline leaving me only three days to complete. I missed the deadline by 23.5 hours so this a four day SPEED BUILD !! With only three days, the first ever ejection seat was scratched together and I vac-formed my own canopy. No time for much else. The rest is out-of-box except for the decals as the kits sheet resembled the Magna Carta in appearance. First build with my new airbrush and I'm very pleased with the airbrush and the results. As the Hellcat build progressed, all my decades old Badgers seemed to collectively say, "enough is enough..." Used MMP paints right out of the bottle, very pleased with performance and color accuracy. I'm thinking this now my new go-to paint. Probably the most glaring omission is an empty hole in the front of the engine nacelle. I will go back and fill that so I can sleep at night. So many 162's are photographed covered with mud/dirt, I may go and add that as well. This silly 3-4 day speed build was great fun. I would do it again but not too often !!!
  17. This build was recently completed for 'Frog/Matchbox GB' on another site. Frog was first to kit a number of overlooked types, and their kit of the DXXI was the first many of us knew such a design had ever existed. Like Polikarpov's I-16 and Camm's Hurricane, the Fokker firm's Dr. Schatzki cast older construction techniques into new, modern configuration in the design of the DXXI. The fuselage was steel tube clad in bolted panels and fabric, the wings were wooden, with plasticized plywood covering. Like contemporary designers at Dewoitine in France, and at Mitsubishi and Nakajima in Japan, Dr. Schatzki decided the loss of speed from employing a fixed landing gear was worth avoiding the weight and complex maintenance required by hydraulic retraction, and the safety concerns of retraction by hand-crank. The DXXI was designed during 1935 with service in the Netherlands East Indies in mind, but the colony's military decided to base their aerial defense instead on 'battleplane' twin engined bombers. The metropolitan Army Aviation Branch (LVA) was not much interested in the type. Finland's decision to purchase the DXXI in quantity convinced the LVA to look again, and an order for three dozen was placed, with the first being received for trials in May, 1938. By the time of the Munich Crisis, four had been delivered, albeit without military equipment fitted. In that state, performance was quite good, rate of climb particularly. More than a usual share of teething troubles seems to have affected the DXXI, the installation of guns in the wings needed a good deal of work, rotation of the wheels in flight gave rise to flutter vibrations and pilots had to lock their brakes in flight. Even after Fokker delivered the last of the LVA order in March, 1939, the aircraft had to be stood down to replace their fuel tanks, the original light alloy tanks proving prone to leaks. While Dutch pilots flew the Fokker DXXI on neutrality patrols and interceptions from September 1939, Finnish pilots flew the type against the Soviets in the Winter War. They tried to avoid the more nimble Polikarpovs, and concentrate on bombers, which were frequently unescorted. When the Nazi blow fell on Holland and the rest in May of 1940, German air power was overwhelming. A DXXI could outmanouver a Messerschmidt, even match it for climb, but that mattered only to individual survivors, it could not shape a campaign. Along with the rest of Holland's armed forces, the Fokker DXXI was brushed aside. The Dutch themselves destroyed the last handful which had lasted all five days. The fourth Fokker DXXI delivered to the LVA was 215, which this model presents in its delivery scheme and equipment, as the machine appeared when one of those displayed for the cameras during the Munich Crisis. It would not have looked quite like this for long; from December 1938 the rudder stripes were overpainted in camouflage. 215 went first to the original Dutch fighter unit (JaVA) at Schiphole. It then went to a new unit, formed to cooperate in the air with the field army. When Germany invaded, this unit (1st Squadron, 2nd Air Regiment) was stationed at Ypenburg, by The Hague. This airfield was attacked by parachute troops at the opening of hostilities, and became the site of a pitched battle while the unit attempted to continue operations. 215 was flown on one sortie by Sgt Linzel, and on a second by his section leader, Lt Steen, after the guns of his DXXI jammed. Once aloft Lt. Steen was enaged by several German aircraft and forced to bring 215 down heavily on the beach, where it was set afire, whether by a Dutch naval vessel or a strafing German is not clear. Sgt. Linzel, the original pilot of 215 on May 10, took up the DXXI Lt. Steen had flown first, 246. He claimed a Bf110, was wounded, and bailed out. This vintage kit build up nicely with a little effort. It is amenable to detailing. It needs an exhaust pipe, and landing lights. I replaced the air filter because I dropped the kit piece, and replace the tailplane brace because I found the kit pieces a bit short. With a little shimming at the rear, the canopy went on nicely. Its frame is strips of painted decal film. Whether this kit is spot-on accurate regarding dimensions and such I haven't a clue. It's different from the PM kit, and I've never seen the Special Hobby offering. A modelling pal sent me from Australia decals for 215 in this Munich period delivery scheme. The colors employed are PS/MM 'Old Concrete' for the khaki, an old Pollyscale RLM dark green, and MM 'Burnt Sienna' cut with dark blue tube acrylic for the brown. Here is link to the WIP thread, over at the old HyperScale site: https://www.tapatalk.com/groups/hyperscale/fmgb-frog-fokker-d-xxi-t522778.html
  18. Ye Olde FROG Hellcat. Fun with old plastic. I'm sure we all know this classic..... It does need a little help to make look acceptable. Mainly fix the canopy, adjust wing dihedral, and lengthen the landing gear. I lengthened the sliding portion and shortened the windscreen. I enlarged the windows behind the sliding portion and will fill those with clear window maker. Wings were glued on at correct angle and filled. Rather than lengthen the struts that I have mostly had little success with, I just lowered the mounting holes with square styrene. Print-Scale Decals were used for Lt(jg) Alexander Vraciu of the USS Intrepid, February 1944. My own mixtures for the U.S. Navy colors using MMP paints that performed very well. All out-of-box except the canopy and decals...and the gun sight. I think I could have gone a little heavier with the weathering, they got fairly nasty out there on the carriers. Next to the several Spitfires on the shelf, this was genuinely a big aircraft. Thanks for following along this long.
  19. The Bristol Type 175 Britannia was a medium-to-long-range airliner built by the Bristol Aeroplane Company in 1952 to fly across the British Empire. During development two prototypes were lost and the turboprop engines proved susceptible to inlet icing, which delayed entry into service while solutions were sought. By the time development was completed, "pure" jet airliners from France, United Kingdom, and the United States were about to enter service, and consequently, only 85 aircraft were built before production of the Britannia ended in 1960. Nevertheless, it is considered one of the landmarks in turboprop-powered airliner design and was popular with passengers. It became known as "The Whispering Giant" for its quiet exterior noise and smooth flying, although the passenger interior remained less tranquil. XN392 ‘ACRUX’ The Royal Air Force Bristol 175 Britannia Fleet. G-APPE / XN392 SERIES 250 – VARIANT 252 / C.Mk 2 Constructors No. 13450 Built at Belfast – First flight 13/10/58 – C of A: 10/11/58 Built to contract 11804 for the Ministry of Supply, dated February 1955. Officially on Ministry of Supply charge from 09 November 1958 and delivered via Filton as G-APPE on 12 November 1958. On 13 March 1959 G-PE carried spare parts for the grounded BOAC 102 Britannia, G-ANBC at Rangoon, in what was then a record time for the route. Royal Air Force Transport Command colours were applied in late March 1959, serialled XN392 she was named ‘Acrux’. Evaluated by A&AEE at Boscombe Down until 24 May 1959, she was damaged by salt spray at Belfast causing her return to Filton for repairs to the underside of the fuselage and the wings. Delivered to Transport Command No.99 Squadron at RAF Lyneham on 18 September 1959 she was subsequently operated within Nos. 99 and 511 Squadrons’ Britannia pool at RAF Lyneham from March 1961. In December 1975 she was withdrawn from military service and stored at Baginton Airport , Coventry. XN392 had flown 12 652 hours and made 10 380 landings whilst in service with the RAF. She was purchased by Aer Turas on 18 December 1975 but only as a source for spares for their Britannia fleet and broken up and scrapped during April and May 1976 after a potential operation by City Airways fell through. Chrism sent this for me to build for the A&NVMSig. This kit was originally issued by Frog in 1957 and is 1/96 scale. Not surprisingly the kit is very basic and crude. The parts really show the kit’s age with pronounced ejector pin marks, steps where the mould has not properly aligned and gaps, presumably where the mould has been damaged. Flash is abundant and some sprue gates are very thick. The propeller spinners virtually needed carving from the runner, so heavy was the flash. Making a half presentable model was challenging to say the least. I made no attempt at fine detailing, I merely filled gaps in the joints and assembled as per the instructions. I added 20g of white metal castings (weighed out) and placed in the nose compartment as indicated on the instructions. The under-surfaces were primed with gloss black prior to airbrushing the natural metal finish. I used several shades to add variation and discolouration. I then masked off the under surfaces and primed with Vallejo Acrylic 74600 White Polyurethane Surface Primer shot through my Model Air Brush 116B. I also used this airbrush to spray Vallejo Model Air 71001 White mixed with a little Klear to make a white gloss finish. This was allowed to fully cure before I sprayed another coat of Klear as a foundation for the transfers. Some small areas of aluminium paint lifted when the masking was removed. These areas were blended in using AK Interactive AK456 True Metal Dark Aluminium. The transfers were applied using Microset & Microsol and then the windscreen was slotted into place and the frame marked with a ruling pen. This was all sealed under a protective coat of Klear. I fitted the undercarriage after a little fettling. Despite the nose weight added the model remains a tail-sitter, indicating that the 20g specified is insufficient. To counter this, I scratched a support rod, cut from clear plastic rod and stuck to a disc cut from clear plastic sheet. The last task was to paint the black anti-glare panel and nose. Painting Profile: Vallejo Acrylic 74602 Gloss Black Polyurethane Surface Primer AK Interactive AK479 Xtreme Metal Aluminium AK Interactive AK480 Xtreme Metal Dark Aluminium Alclad2 ACL-113 Jet Exhaust Alclad2 ACL-121 Burnt Iron Alclad2 ACL-112 Steel Alclad2 ACL-111 Magnesium AK Interactive AK456 True Metal Dark Aluminium Vallejo Acrylic 74600 White Polyurethane Surface Primer Vallejo Model Air 71001 White Klear Vallejo Model Color 70950 169 Black
  20. When will Airfix give us an new 1/72 Supermarine Scimitar? http://modelingmadness.com/review/korean/attardscim.htm Cheers / André
  21. Good evening all, Tonight I have for you the start of my first build for a GB! Originally I was planning on entering the Airfix 1/72 Blenheim, but I realized a number of others would be doing the same, and in any case, I managed to ruin the kit beyond redemption today while trying to install a CMK resin bomb-bay upgrade. (I was convinced this would happen and tried anyways. I should trust myself more often! As a backup, I have the Hawker Typhoon Bristol 138A! Maybe it's just me, but from the side, the fuselage looks quite similar to the later British fighter-bomber. This is the Airlines boxing of the FROG kit from the early 60's - a kit I am surprised exists, even understanding the range of kits produced by FROG and Matchbox in those days. Needless to say, it is simple, and mine is unfortunately covered in sink marks opposite of the alignment pegs. So far, I've added some detail to the cockpit - an extended floor, framing, control stick, instrument panel, and side console. Additionally, some detail was added to the radiator, though it's spurious at best. The engine is going to be replaced with one from an old Heller Gladiator that was never finished due to paint and gloss problems. Unfortunately, my new Camera seems entirely disinterested in making any attempt to focus on the parts of this kit, irrespective of lighting. For now, this is what I have - Shortly after these photos were taken, the insides were painted and the halves joined. Tomorrow, the tail surfaces and wings will be constructed, but not before I spray the final flat coat on a Hind, decal a P-26, and order a replacement Blenheim. After all, I have 2 decal sets, a mask set, and resin parts that need to be used. Does anyone know of any rare Bristol types that I may be able to pick up for the rest of this GB? Thanks all, Tweener
  22. Here's my place setter for this GB The Novo boxing of Frogs 1/72 Miles Master Fortunately I have alternative decals as the existing one are likely for display purposes only, not looking forward to doing all that yellow ! Cheers Pat
  23. I had a desire to make rare and little made airplanes, so this project is going in that direction. I made an old Frog model in an ARK Models box. For such an old model, everything fits very well, so I did not encounter any problems. Everything is OOB, the colors are standard Model Master, the decals are a mixture of Ark's and Airfix's. As for the model itself, it is a plane from the Pacific battlefield, the East India Squadron. Here are the pictures and greetings to the next model.
  24. This is my first post of a model I have built on this forum. I resumed building models about seven years ago and I have completed a few. I added a ClearVax canopy and added some interior details.
  25. I'm sure most of us have seen this one before... Wherever possible, I used the kit part and tweaked it. I added a resin cockpit and substituted the kits radar antenna with aftermarket. These antennas were great and will use them again when the opportunity arises. I moved the kits drop tanks inboard to the correct position, lettered and dented. I vac formed the kit canopy and opened it up. Canopy frames done with decal strips. The ubiquitous bottom shot. I am converting, (kicking and screaming,) to acrylics. In this case I'm using MMP paints and they performed very well with no problems. I wish I had done the camouflaged blotches better, my airbrush failing not the paints. Clear gloss, decals then dull coat and panel lines drawn on with a fine ink pen. Are there better 110's out there?, yes, but this was great fun reworking olde plastic.
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