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  1. Hi, Next very archive model from my shelvs. I made it 37 or even 38 years ago. I am not sure about it when it was exactly, but it was during my last school days.... Now I just wash it from a gathered (despite beeing in close cabinet) dust and put new cover of Vallejo matt varnish, to refresh it a bit. I found her still sexy in this French Vichy pyjama The model is in markings of Aeronaval, Vichy AF in Marocco. Comments welcome Jerzy-Wojtek
  2. Westland Wyvern S.4 No. 830 Squadron FAA H.M.S Eagle, Suez Campaign 1956, Operation Buccaneer Frog 1/72 kit (~45 years old) Built pretty much OOB, sanded off and rescribed most of the raised panel lines, drilled out the exhausts and replaced with modified "drinking straws, boxed in the undercart openings. Drilled out the fuselage "camera ports" (?) and created windows with Klearfix. Overall fit was excellent, and original decals performed flawlessly, although had to double up the wing roundels as they were somewhat translucent. Painted entirely with Humbrol paints (Sky, EDSG) and final Vallejo Model Air matt coat. Thoroughly enjoyable build.
  3. Evening each, This was an odd one - I had been given a partially completed Frog Jaguar about twenty years ago, and had been wondering what to do with it. As it had been started, I couldn't sell it, and it would have taken a lot of work to bring it up to modern standards, which would have been pointless in view of the availability of significantly more modern kits. So it was an obvious subject for conversion. After toying for a long time with the idea of converting it to a Jaguar M navalised prototype, I eventually had another idea. There was a rather extraordinary installation on display at the Tate Britain in the winter of 2010, consisting of a retired Jaguar GR.3A and Sea Harrier FA.2, stripped of engines, seats, armament and most equipment and arranged in the Duveen Galleries. My photos are here (public FB link): https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10150899333230471.756387.831430470&type=1&l=0c0068743d With the cockpit stripped bare, the engines entirely gone along with the arrester hook and most equipment that could be removed, I thought that it would make an ideal conversion subject, with most of the missing detail not required anyway. Of course, the Frog kit represents the A & E prototypes, so I acquired an old Airfix Jaguar from which I robbed the forward fuselage, canopy, fin and wings, grafting these onto the Frog fuselage, after engraving the panel lines throughout. One detailing job that I had to do was to add the frames to the engine bay, which was done with plastic strip. I also had to remove the tail antenna housing, but little else was needed. I polished the canopy, but refrained from treating it with Clear, as the original appeared to have been subtly treated to be slightly clouded. I also had to make the LRMTS windows from scratch - excavating the compartment, filling it with a length of clear plastic sprue and sanding it to shape, finishing with canopy polish and filling with Clearfix. My airbrush may have had a broken nozzle but it was still able to spray a surprisingly effective coat of Humbrol Silver Fox (the more so as the paint was a couple of decades old!). Here are a few pictures of the result: Hope you find it interesting
  4. The old Frog kit. I had intended to build a B-2, but one of the halves of the single engine nacelles was missing from the kit. I fancied the V-1 carrying C-2 more than the C-3
  5. Here I comeback to the forum after a long time with this kit. Although not a wartime aircraft, it is one of the closest things you can find that actually didn't fought but looks like if it would have had. The main thing that separes these kit from the usual is; modified pilot to resemble the actual pilot who achieved the records, with a white suit, resembling a pulp fiction astronaut, and I sculped with putty the wheel protections on the wheels, which I think gives a great style, besides the chroming of the nacelle. This has been a family build - built by my father, wheel protections and pilot made by my brother, and painted, chromed and decalled by myself. I have made also a full review; http://toysoldierchest.blogspot.com/2015/01/frog-novo-bristol-138-research-plane.html
  6. Hi, Continuing content of my shelves (now with US airplanes) - Grumman Bearcat (F8F1). This was an airplane which was already in fighter units in July or August 1945 on Faer East but did not took part in WWII, as far as I know it, at least (please correct me if I am wrong). My model is F8F1 converted from Frog (original, not Novo, 1/72) kit. The difference of early variants was in armament, so I had to remove bulbs on wings. I made it in 1993 - for sure it has low tail, but I am sure, if I cut it or the Frog kit has already low tail...The Monogram one had higher tail. The markings are of airplane of VF18 USS Langley (CV4) , August 1945 in Pacific. Photos are taken in two sessions, much bright colour is when flesh was used. Comments welcome Regards Jerzy-Wojtek
  7. Officially my last two builds of the year, both reflecting my 70th anniversaries build theme: First up, the Revell(ex-Matchbox) Supermarine Walrus from HMS VICTORIOUS, bearing the markings of the newly formed British Pacific Fleet. This is a most enjoyable little kit, confirming the excellent quality of Matchbox's biplanes. I added some basic interior detail, plus the radio masts to this one, but otherwise it is built as supplied. Areas to watch: aligning the wing and motor pod struts: Second, another build of my ancient FROG Stash, a Grumman Hellcat in British Eastern Fleet markings from 1839 Sqn in HMS INDOMITABLE. After my experience earlier in the year with the same kit, I have extended the undercarriage oleos on this one to a more realistic length: And finally the two together: FredT
  8. Hi, Here is my attempt to 'upgrade' the FROG Beaufighter 1, 6, 10 kit. I scratchbuilt a representative interior, gouged out a tailwheel bay and installed a Revell Flitzer nosegear, and gave the kit a pretty full rescribe. The mainwheel bays were walled to prevent see-through into the wing and the nacelles and oil coolers were increased in diameter with milliput. Aftermarket used included Aeroclub Hercules engines, cowlings and props, Falcon vacform canopies, a Yahu instrument panel (highly recommended!) and markings from one of the Xtradecal "Mediterranean Twins" sheets. Paints used were Xtracrylics throughout applied by brush. I'm happy with the results. Hope you like it too: regards, Martin
  9. I come a bit late to the build as I was saving up my project for my summer holiday, which started on 13 July and which I have only just come back from. With my very intermittent internet access I decided to save my updates until I got home, and here is the first of them... I took as my subject FR901, a P-51A Mustang (Mustang Mk II), used for long-range ferry tank trials. It is illustrated in "The North American P-51 Early Mustang" and on the web, including some very fine photographs on Pozefilms.de. The pictures date from July 1943. For my base kit I used two reboxings of the venerable Frog P-51A/Mustang MkII kit, one from the limited Novo release, and the other from an unidentified Eastern European manufacturer. I cross-kitted, using the main components from the no-name kit (which whilst softer in detail had fewer sink-marks than Novo) with the latter's markedly crisper detailed parts. To supplement this base I also purchased Quickboost exhausts (which I will not now be using as I do not think they are correct for this particular machine) a Pavla canopy and some paper instrument panels. The cockpit fittings came from MPM's P-51 kit, where they had been rendered superfluous by the resin cockpit parts provided. I had already built another iteration of the FROG/Novo kit as FR919 of No. 2 (Army Co-operation) Squadron, and retained and reused the instructions from this kit to support the build. I chose these kits as they were cheap and readily available and I knew that, although basic, they made-up well. The two base kits together cost around £8, and I got a CBI-theatre P-51A out of the remaining parts, plus leftover decals from when I made FR919. Aftermarket parts came to around £5.50 excluding postage. Having gathered the necessary parts, my first step was to annotate my instructions with the changes required, to write myself out a step-by-step illustrated build guide and to begin measuring-up the alterations required to the inboard wing leading edge to bring it to the correct profile. I also took the opportunity of researching the detail of the wheel wells.
  10. Not done a group build for ages, but it's quite timely with my intention to start these. I planned this last year, but only just getting round to starting them. Whilst the Frog kit is obsolete, the Airfix kit isn't, but it should be !! The plan - Make a Mk.I - probably in desert scheme, a Mk.IV in night scheme Modifications planned: Falcon canopies Barracuda wheels Various airframe corrections - copy best bits from each kit ! eg. Correct rear nacelles and tail on Airfix kit by copying Frog Possibly stick a bomb bay in the Mk.IV Some scratch building of the cockpits A ton of filler ! A ton of sanding ! Some blood sweat and tears ! A healthy feed for the carpet monster ! What I've got so far: Note, I don't have the box for the Frog kit as it came in a bag, so box images courtesy of the net Aftermarket bits (I need to dig out the decals, but will be using aftermarket Extradecal): Some comparison shots of the two kits - Frog in white The Airfix has some noticeable errors, the tail looks so wrong and the rear nacelles in the wing are too long. The intention is to use the Frog kit as a template to correct the Airfix tail and too literally cut out the offending nacelles, fill the holes in the wings and remake the nacelles out of Miliput. I did this with a Halifax last year and it worked OK. As normal I'm sure loads of other things will crop up as I start and learn so it's open to influence where I can. Cheers, Neil
  11. Hi all, I won a Shackleton in its Revell incarnation, but upon receiving the kit I found out that the surface detail is spoiled by what appears to be damage to the mould surface, possibly rust. Also the plastic 'feels' different than the usual Revell standard. I can post pictures if you wonder what I'm talking about. Those of you in possession of the Revell kit can tell me whether they have the same problem? I wonder whether I have been suckered into bidding for Gomix plastic with the Revell box and decals...
  12. Fairey Barracuda II - 810 Sqn Fleet air Arm, HMS ILLUSTRIOUS, British Eastern Fleet Aircraft flown by Lt Cdr AJB Forde RN, CO of no. 21 TBR Wing during the strikes on Sabang on 19 April 1944. Another WW2 70th Anniversary build! Frog's Barracuda is a truly ancient kit, first issued way back in 1964 so it celebrates its own anniversary this year, exactly 50 years old !. Mine is the more recent (!) 1974-76 issue (only 40 years then). 19 Apr 1944 - Operation Cockpit - A combined British, Australian, New Zealand, Dutch, French and US naval force of Barracudas, Corsairs, Hellcats, Dauntless' and Avengers attacks the Japanese naval facilities at Sabang in Sumatra. The Barracuda entered Fleet Air Arm service in January 1943 as a replacement for the Albacore and Swordfish. Designed initially as a torpedo bomber, its novel Fairey Youngman Flaps could be extended behind the wing and reversed to act as very effective dive brakes. It was in the Dive Bomber role that the Barracuda saw most success and proved most effective. Following their success against the Tirpitz in early April 1944, Barracudas were soon in action again with the Eastern Fleet and Operation Cockpit, the first joint UK-US operations against the Japanese, in what proved to be a precursor to the formation of the British Pacific Fleet. Operation Cockpit was a diversionary raid requested by the US to reduce pressure on their forces to the East. In return for the loan of HMS VICTORIOUS (as USS ROBIN) in 1943 to fill gaps in the US Carrier Fleet, the USS SARATOGA was assigned to the British Eastern Fleet for its first foray back into the Pacific Theatre. The successful raids were then followed up in May with Operation Transom, this time against Surabaya, Java, although for these raids, the Barracuda were replaced by Fleet Air Arm Grumman Avengers due to the Barracuda's marginal performance in the hot, humid and high environment over Java. This is my second build of this kit; the previous one was a Russian NovoExport re-issue in a horrible brown plastic. It had no decals, so I sourced a set of Techmod replacements for an Op Tungsten aircraft, but they also included this Eastern Fleet version. This is the original FROG version, which comes with some entirely passable decals for another Op Tungsten aircraft, plus a British Pacific Fleet aircraft. The FROG kit is reputed to have a number of "difficult to resolve" shape issues and suffers very badly from a lack of cockpit detail, not least the lack of any deck beneath that large canopy. In fact there is a general lack of detail throughout, but it goes together reasonably well and until fairly recently it was the only Barracuda kit available; for the vast majority of us it may still be the easiest and most practical way to add a "Barra" to our collections!. I have made a number of changes: most obviously the deck beneath the cockpit. I also added an arrestor hook (a strange omission), placed a metal gauze filter in front of the rather bare engine intakes, added the retractable manual deck handling frames below the wings and constructed the two Yagi array radar antenna for the wings (plastic strut and the bristles from a brush). The kit's torpedo armament was replaced by a full load of 5 bombs for the type's more normal dive bombing role. The white tape on the after deck is a strip of paper (although the Frog decals do suppy one)- these tapes were a local modification to allow the rear crew member to release the catch on the dinghy hatch before ditching, introduced after several incidents where fuselage distortion (and the fact it was underwater!) had prevented it happening afterward. This isn't really the best of kits, but hey..... it's 50 years old and it looks like a Barracuda to me FLY NAVY FredT
  13. Hello All, I got a really cheap Swordfish from Ebay without undercarriage or decals. I decided to do it on floats using the decals from the one I have in the stash. Here's the parts layout from the one that does have the undercarriage (well, I borrowed a tail wheel...): The kit has fine raised lines and fasteners/rivets to detail the metal areas. The fabric on the flying surfaces is represented by "hill and valley" construction, finely on the tail but quite heavy on the wings. The fabric parts of the fuselage are rounded in section with raised stringers, and had some sections of stringer either faint or missing - I would have preferred a polygonal cross-section, but I went with it as was. The kit provides basic accommodation for pilot and observers, but I cut out the observers coaming and scratched up a new cockpit interior with some foil belts: Progress was swift until I tried to get the upper wings on. I couldn't get the struts to line up and so I had to cut them all off and make some more. I chose some hardwood which I have in thin section, and made some templates (the white card thingeys) using the struts from my other kit, in order to line up the outer struts. Once I had made the plunge it wasn't too bad, apart from the pyramid in the centre section! When I did the old mould Airfix kit, which has a similar approach, I had no problems with the alignment, so I'm not sure what I did wrong this time. It did make cleaning up the bit between the struts easier! You can also see the engine and the gun, which both came up well after a lick of paint. I added a windscreen, control wire guides, control horns, wing hand holds and the catapult spool thingeys, and later I added the step too from a bent brass pin. I sprayed Humbrol acrylic primer followed by Metalcote polished aluminium over a Humbrol 25 blue band, masked off. The Cerrux grey is brushed Humbrol 129. The silver was brush coated with future to protect it, but wore off during construction, so I ended up extensively brush painting it again at the end. I thought the floats were going to be easy: they had moulded one-piece strut assemblies and some detail for the top. However, I realised that I had to sand off and replace the detail, and some struts were misaligned and some were short, so I had to re-align and extend them with some inset brass pins for strength. The diagonal struts then didn't fit so I had to make and fit some more wooden ones. I also replaced the rudders with much thinner card and added the rudder control yokes and cables. I used the kit decals for everything - they worked like a charm, even the warning lines on the floats! Rigging was done with some nylon invisible thread, which was finer than my previous batch and a bit too fine (it looks OK in the photos but in real life it's still a bit invisible). I drilled blind holes in the top wing and all the way through on the lower wing. I did the float rigging with elastic thread from Aeroclub, which was great, so I may just use that in future. I sanded down the raised panel lines and fasteners after painting. This exposed the dark plastic/primer and provides a realistic effect - photos of the real thing show plainly visible panel lines and fasteners. No stealth here! I took advantage of the unseasonable weather to grab some outdoor photos of the finished item: Here it is posed with the old Airfix kit, which I modified considerably about a year ago: Those of you that have the Putnam book on Fairey Aircraft will recognise this pose from the full-page plate: This is a much better representation than the old Airfix and Matchbox/Revell offerings, but it has its issues in the floatplane incarnation (and my floats are still a bit out). Surprisingly, although the old Airfix kit is quite chunky and lacking in detail, it is surprisingly sturdy and well engineered, and I enjoyed the build. I have all the old Swordfishes in my stash and I want to build one of each, so building the old ones works for me. But I also have the new Airfix kit (I have fondled the plastic but not built it) and it is far, far better than any of the old ones in accuracy, detail and engineering. Not only has the industry progressed in forty years, but I think the new Swordfish looks like the best Airfix kit ever. Of course, when I build it I reserve the right to change my opinion! Thanks for looking, Adrian
  14. Tomorrow sees the 70th Anniversary of massed raids on 3 April 1944 against the Tirpitz in Kaafjord, Norway by Fleet Air Arm Fairey Barracuda dive-bombers of 8 Carrier Air Wing and 52 Wing. Although the Tirpitz wasn't sunk, she was badly damaged and no longer able to interfere with the ongoing Arctic convoys or to tie down critical naval resources needed for the forthcoming D-Day landings. Tungsten was a key operation for the RN, not least because it immobilised the newly repaired Tirpitz, but also since it marked the first combat operation of a very different FAA from that which had fought the war up to that point. Newly equipped with modern British and US aircraft, conducting offensive massed multi carrier raids (86 aircraft participated in the operation from the carriers VICTORIOUS, FURIOUS, EMPEROR, FENCER, PURSUER & SEARCHER) in the style pioneered by the US Pacific Fleet, it marked a step change in operating tempo, capability and mode. The 163 Fleet Air Arm personnel in the attacking units included 28 New Zealanders, three Canadians and one South African. I already have an Op Tungsten Barracuda in the collection, but fighter cover and flak suppression for the raid was provided by Hellcat and Corsair fighters, the latter in its first ever combat operations with the RN. So, as is my want, I have built an example of both this month to add to my WW2 70th Anniversary theme, using the ancient FROG kit for the Hellcat (markings out the kit box), and the more modern Hobbyboss kit for the Corsair (markings out the spares box). The FROG kit hails from the early 1970s (FROG did a lot of OP Tungsten kits), and is typical FROG; OK but chunky and lacking in detail. That said, it looks reasonably convincing, although its undercarriage is far too short, giving it a strange squat look when finished. So much so that I removed it and rebuilt the kit in a wheels-up pose, the first time I have done this in over 20 years! I added the wire aerial and substituted the "alien blob" pilot for a more convincing Airfix one. Other than that, what you see is what you get in the box. The decals, for an 800 Sqn aircraft from HMS EMPEROR, must be over 40 years old but worked superbly, although the fuselage roundel was a little out of register, so I swapped it for a Modeldecal replacement. The second model was a far easier build of a modern kit, although not necessarily any more accurate. I've built one of these very low cost kits before (it was a good way of using up the 2nd decal option on a Hasegawa Corsair kit) and despite its simple assembly and very low parts count it, the end result is very pleasing. I messed around a bit with the cowling, and added the pilot (Airfix again) and a spare instrument panel decal. Trying to establish credible markings for Op Tungsten is very difficult as there are very few dateable pictures. In the end I went for an 1836 Sqn aircraft from HMS VICTORIOUS (although I'm not sure of the serial). The other Corsair squadron on VICTORIOUS was 1834, who carried "7" codes. Vought painted their aircraft in "substitute" British colours (as opposed to Grumman's "equivalent" colours, or should that be colors), but there is little agreement on how these should actually look in service, or indeed if they were repainted in the correct colours before use. I've gone for a more green olive drab in place of the dark slate grey and a lighter dark sea grey in place of the extra dark sea grey, the latter being perhaps not light enough based on some photographs, I'm not sure if I'm right (but I defy anyone to prove beyond doubt that I'm wrong in how it turned out!). Decals are from the spares box. I fitted both aerial masts, but with no wire rigged - this may be wrong as well, but photographic evidence I have found is inconclusive. To complete the set then, here are all my Op Tungsten aircraft together, including a Frog Barracuda of 831 Sqn from HMS FURIOUS (827, 829 and 830 also participated) an 881 Sqn WIldcat from HMS PURSUER, plus a Seafire (the latter not the correct squadron which should be 881 or 842). Swordfish from 824 sqn also participated: FLY NAVY FredT
  15. HMS Hero Detail Set 1/500 Atlantic Models Even though a model has been on the market for some considerable time, there is still a need for some to superdetail it. This is particularly so for the Frog/Novo 1/500 HMS Hero, which whilst it hasn’t been in production for some considerable time, I’d imagine there are a few snuck away in stashes across the globe. Well, now’s the time to dig them out and get building as Peter Hall has released this etched brass sheet of detail parts to bring it bang up to date with some super fine detail. Detail set ATEM 17: As stated above this detail set comes on a single sheet of etched brass that is somewhat sturdier than the miscellaneous sets reviewed here, yet still very fine and foldable. Relief etching has been used where necessary which helps give some depth to the parts. Along with the standard fittings, such as railings, vertical ladders, inclined ladders, and anchor chain, there are loads of more specific items on the sheet. Each gun turret receives a complete replacement shield plus B and X turrets can be fitted with the flare rocket rails. New quad machine gun mounts are included as are new depth charge throwers, which will require a piece of 20thou rod to be used to represent the depth charge. The AA gun platform has new supports for the side wings and the rear section and there is a replacement depth charge rack and TSDS stern gantry for the quarterdeck. Additional details for around the depth charge racks are the loading davits and TSDS winches. Also included are a new 4” AA gun and platform, Type 286 radar array, Type 285 Yagi array, bridge rangefinder platform, bridge wing support structures, semaphore arms, bridge windscreen and optional bridge canopy. The foremast receives new yard arms, whilst optional main masts are provided with additional supports and, in the case of the early fitment, a new HF/DF array. Not only do you get diagrams to show where parts are placed, but a very useful written narrative, showing how other items are scratchbuilt for the etched parts to be fitted to. The ships boats are fitted with a complete set of oars, thwarts/gunwales, and a new rudder, these can then be attached to the new davits which include downhauls. Finally there is a new accomodation ladder for those modellers that would like to build the ship in a diorama setting. Conclusion This is yet another brilliant and very useful sheet of etched brass. It doesn’t appear to be overly complex so should be good for a beginner to etch work, with the plus side of bringing an old model up to date with the sort of detail it deserves. Highly recommended Review sample courtesy of Peter Hall of
  16. First post on Britmodeller. Recently completed Blenheim 1F, purchased on ebay as a way back into the hobby after a 35 year break1 Thought this would be an easy one to start on but ended up replacing the nose glazing with a Falcon one having completely ruined the original, framing is decal strip. Tried my hand at weathering, wanted it to look well used, the paint finish has been sprayed using cans and then thinned with fine wire wool and top coated with weak black oil paint. Also my first attempt at a detailed cockpit interior. The finish depicts 25 Sq North Weald 1939 based on details from the Blenheim Warpaint book, still need to find a serial number to show L1257. Thanks for looking. http://s124.photobucket.com/user/neilh2/library/
  17. So it´s time to KUMyA and finish the Beaufort that didn´t make it in the Obsolete Kit GB. Started here. Nothing else happened but a promise to myself to finish it! Regards, V-P
  18. I'll try to finish up my Vimy The build log (in Russian) can be found here http://scalemodels.ru/modules/forum/viewtopic_t_41384_start_0.html Current state of things:
  19. Not done a group build for a long while, so the desire to get these two done fell timely with the Obsolete kit GB. Obviously, the Airfix kit is still in production, but it shouldn't be and as I found out last week, they're releasing a new one, which is just so damn typical after suffering blood sweat and tears with these !!!!! Still, I'm rather looking forwards to it as the old one has served it's time. Used the Falcon sets largely to replace the clear bits, but also has to resort to some creativity to overcome deficiencies. Also used the Barracuda excellent resin wheels and Extradecals. big thanks to Sean for helping me out after cocking one of the decals up Everything else that isn't standard was scratch built. Build thread here. hope you like them... Frog Mk.I Airfix Mk.IV Thanks for looking, Neil
  20. Hi all, I did this for the Obsolete GB and I must admit, not sorry to see the back of this, nothing major wrong with the kit, just some fit issues and my general weariness with old kits! Anyway, its done, you never know Father Christmas might bring me the new Airfix 1/48 kit (in my dreams lol!!!!!)
  21. Finally! I´ve been expecting this to start so thanks Mish, Enzo Matrix and Col! Here´s the opener - a little text but some pictures! Here´s what I got for this adventure! The main prize; a genuine Frog Beaufort kit! The second one is another Frog Beau, this time a -fighter. I will try to finish these two kits with the help of another pair of kits: The Beau from down under; the prettiest kit of these four but must donate it´s engines to the Beaufort :-( Another Beaufort, from... where? Former USSR? I bought this as the canopies of the original Frog kit were shot; actually these aren´t much better. Can you see the flash, by the way? An organ doner but this time the loss is minimal... Can you smell the age of this piece of paper? Actually, I can! Here´s the other side. I won´t scan the Encore `Fort or the Aussie Beaufighter instructions as I don´t intend to build those kits :-) The Beaufighter instructions were larger than my scanner could take but here´s a hint at what they look like. Now it´s time to finally get some sleep, it´s GMT +3 hours here so good night. I even managed to wear out our 12 weeks old kitten while adding these pics so I could really catch some sleep tonight! Been some short nights thanks to her! Regards, V-P
  22. T4284 joined 58 Sqn in November 1940 but its front line operational time was quite short. It suffered a landing accident on its return from a mission on the 23rd December of that year in poor visibility when it undershot on approach to Linton-On Ouse. Following repairs, it was moved to 10 OTU based at Abingdon and given the codes ZG-E as it is represented here. From there, it moved to 19 OTU based at Kinloss where it seen it's flying time out before becoming a ground instructional airframe. The only picture I've managed to find of it is this one (courtesy of www.luchtoorlog.be): I decided to build the Frog kit as oppose to the Fly one as neither have particularly good clear parts. As my skills making new transparancies is quite limited, the Falcon set for the Frog kit swung it for me. I've tried to make most of the corrections known, although I didn't touch the wing root trailing edges. Big thanks to John Aero for the replacement props and General Melchie (Andy) for the Revell Lancaster rear turret which was fettled to look like an FN4 found on the Whitley. Really enjoyed the build and whilst not perfect, I'm happy with what I've achieved. If you've not seen the build, you can see it HERE if you have the patience ! The decals are part of the Xtradecal set which whilst they went on well, the colours are somewhat suspect. The MSG codes were actually light grey so they had to be touched up. The white in the fuselage roundel should probably be darker too, I might tackle this with a black pastel brushing. Enough waffling, here's the pics ! Thanks for looking. Neil
  23. Wessex HAS1 815 Naval Air Squadron, HMS Ark Royal, 1962 Frog / Novo 1/72 kit This one was in the attic for more years than I can remember. What I can remember is buying the Frog kit when I was at school in the mid 60s and rushing home to built it. That one’s long gone now, and this build is based on the Novo version. This was almost an OOB type of build despite the age of the moulds – I decided not to re-scribe for once and to do a very limited interior re-furb. I added a bit of detail to the main and tail rotor hubs but that was about it really. Finish is Extracolour RAF Blue Grey and Humbrol Gloss Yellow over a Halfords white primer base, with a top coat of Humbrol satin varnish. Decals were based on a couple of old Modeldecal sheets, but roundels and ‘Royal Navy’ were replaced with more recent decals as the originals had yellowed just a bit too much to use.
  24. Hello All, I'm going to be building the Frog Westland Wyvern: The kit has side consoles, floor, seat (or throne?), stick, instrument panel, nice wheels and detail on the inside of the undercarriage doors - pretty fancy for a kit from 1970! However, Trumpeter did a newer and more detailed version recently and the rules is the rules... I am intending to detail the cockpit and wheel wells, do some light scribing and possibly drop the flaps. My main objective is to do a decent paint job and make the Sky/EDSG scheme look less slab-like than it normally does in my hands. The decals are a tad yellowed and I don't think I will see much full sunlight in the next few months, so I may re-print some of the letters and numbers. Well, can't sit here typing - there's modelling to do! Thanks for looking, Adrian
  25. Another work of mine, the latest by the way. This little kit was a gift for my 18th brithday, 1 year ago. At this time I just started with airbrushing so it is not at my current standart. I put it aside 1 year ago because I've lost a important part (wheel) and I lost the motivation. But this year a good friend of mine made a resin mould of the lost wheel and now I had two again and could finish the kit. This is not my favourite kit but a good indicator for me. I could have done more but I just wanted to finish this kit. The F-106, my 2nd airbrush painted kit MiG 17 from KP, my first serious kit 2 years ago. And in comparance with my latest kit the Spitfire. Here you can see the problems at the air intake I hope you like this little "relic" of mine, because I'm quite happy with it. cookie
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