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  1. Well I'm adding one last build to this GB. I have found my Tamiya kit. It allows me to build Australian Beaufighter. I already have the decals. It will be interesting to compare the the kits.
  2. I thought I should start a thread for this build. I decided I needed a more colourful Beaufighter. This is the 272nd Sqn Mk.VI based in Malta in 1942. It is the out of the box Tamiya 1/48 kit. Using kit decals. and Vallejo paints. This build is current to this GB. It was started well after my TF.X
  3. I noticed that Pat (Jockney) has already done an Airfix 1/72nd Buffalo, with RAF markings. Is there room for another one? I have a Matchbox kit that I bought a couple of years back from a certain Auction site. This was the original 1974 Matchbox kit PK-24, moulded in two colours. Here is the image of the box top - the actual kit came in a plastic bag (with no decals)! The original owner had done some work, removing items from the sprue, and done a little priming and painting of the interior, and had only done one piece of construction - adding the wheel well to one side of the fuselage. Here is the sprue, or what is left of it! The instructions are very simple indeed..... I have since purchased a set of decals for the kit, from Red Roo, which depicts a Buffalo that had been purchased by the Dutch from the US, and had been "diverted" to Australia following the fall of Java. It depicts a Buffalo in RAAF colours from 1942. The decals are Australian, having been produced by Red Roo in 2000. So my questions to the mods are:- 1. Does this one fall within the 25% rule? 2. Is there room for another Buffalo? If so, I would intend to do a fast "out of the box" type build. Thanks, Philip
  4. Seen as we have a long build period for this GB I'm going to do a RNZAF Corsair. This was flown by my Uncle in the Islands during the later part of the war and will complete my Pacific fighters collection.
  5. This is my backup project because the Ju 88 is rather a big project. it is a Bf 110D Dackelbauch which escorted the Heinkels in the Northern raids on August 15th. I might change the codes as I don't have evidence that this particular plane was on the raid.
  6. Now this allows my own thread I can do some images in the morning. I'm doing a Revell / Monogram Ju 88A-1. It will use several resin addons to convert it from an A4 to A1. It gets new ailerons, wingtips, engines and canopy from Aires. Eduard PE and some masks. Masters brass gun barrels. Maybe home made decals. This will be great fun as after doing the Ju 188A-1 I know the kit quite well.
  7. This is my He 111 H-4 project that I'm finishing here as approved. This won't go into the Galley, but there will be finished images in this thread. I have been working on this for maybe a year. There have been lots of ups and downs in the build. Here is the link to the WIP build thread. This is a model of a KG 26 plane that was in the 15th of August northern raids. It was shot down into the sea, but the crew survived. The plane is an H-4 which carried the torpedo's on external racks. To achieve this I have used the ICM He 111H-3 kit and taken the external bomb rack part from the H-6 torpedo bomber kit. I think there maybe a small miss match in doing this that needed quite a bit of filler to over come. I will leave the rest of the issues in the work in progress thread. A lot of them are most likely of my own making, But the engines issue I had is worth reading if you are going to build this model. This is where I'm at.
  8. Hi all,Picked up a few of these 28mm metal figures from Elite Miniatures(Australia),They are all Claymore Miniature Castings.It's slim pickings down here not much on the local market,and I'm not to sure about buying anything from overseas,I have a few of these figures from a earlier purchase,I was so impressed by them I had to have some more,the detailing in something so small is great,these are a real pleasure to paint,Some are primed,some base painted,and some are getting the fine detailing.All are being painted with Acrylics. Cheers Jim.
  9. The photos of the kit box and contents are in this post https://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/235070764-spitfire-prototype-cmr-and-spitfire-prif-airfixairkit-172nd-scale/ as TempestV asked me to separate my builds which is fair enough. limited progress has been made as I am trying to finish my Mach2 Avro York for the Lancaster Group Build. So far I have cleaned most of the parts up and primed them and made a start on the cockpit using the photo etch instrument panel and seat belts and they seemed to fit well. I bought some of the Mig Ammo Ultra Glue for photoetch and clear parts and I am quite pleased with it. It is a bit like Rocket Glue n' Glaze, but thicker and higher grab. The fuselage halves had a bit of an issue as they were warped, but have responded well to being attached to a steel rule with elastic bands and dunked in hot water for a couple of minutes. After much reading the interior colour is some Vallejo model Air 'Eau de Nil' 71009, supposedly matched to BS216. There seems to be a very similar colour in their 'standard' range named 70974 'Green Sky' The photo shows the interior parts before I added the seat belts last night. I hopefully will get on with this a bit more this week as most of the cupboards in the house have been cleaned out and the conservatory has been cleaned inside and out.
  10. Whilst working for ABRO/DSG in December 2007 I was asked if I would like to go to the British Army Training Unit at Suffield, Alberta, Canada for three months winter repair season. I left the UK on 2nd January 2008 on a 24 hour trip to Medicine Hat the nearest town to Suffield with an airport. We were put up in the Medicine Hat Lodge hotel as there was insufficiant housing on the camp and we travelled dailly, the journey taking about 3/4 of an hour each way. Towards the end of the three month deployment I was asked to stay on in Canada as part of the year round support to the BATUS training fleet which lead to me staying in Canada until October 2010. Anyway what has all this waffle got to do with modelling, well just before Christmas 2019 my daughter and son in law presented me with this saying I could make something to remind me of my time in Canada Well I worked on heavy A vehicles second line serviceing/repair and Challenger 1 tanks were not in UK service at this time, I very diplomatically said this to my daughter and son in law and was promptly told to open the box............................ OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOH Accurate Armours combi kit of the CRARRV that changed to out look to the build somewhat! This then was the original CRARRV replica so to update to the 2009/10 spec Challenger 2 track and sprocket carriers and later type road wheels were added to the mix, I also obtained a copy of the Tankograd BATUS by Carl Schulze which has pictures of a great deal of the BATUS fleet types during exercises on the training area, this book covers the 2007 year exercises when the vehicles were in green/sand colours as apposed to the single colour sand of the period that I was there. I will start this project in the near future but as @Dads203 asked what was next this is a sneak preview Thanks for stopping by Roger
  11. Told you .... I have three of them. Why you might ask......
  12. Colin W


    Hi Chaps, With great enthusiasm i plan to join this Saab Viggen STGB masquerading as the Scandinavian group build under the New Nordic title. Although i have an Airfix Viggen at the bottom of the stash, I shall endeavour to turn the Special Hobby Viggen into something approaching trickyrich's efforts in the Specialist GB last year. I bought this from Hannants in 2017 so was able able to compare it to the Tarangus kit which was significantly more expensive. Lucky I did because it is the same kit! Another great reason to support your local hobby shop. My last Special Hobby kit was the truly shocking R4 helicopter which hit the bin mid last year. Hoping for slightly better from this one. Since i live here on the outer rim, this will be a resin free build using only a set of 2 Bob's decals bought many years ago, some plans and Milliput. Oh and 200 pictures i took of the one in the Newark air museum. Scheme will be the splinter one. You know what the sprues look like by now. Colin
  13. My Academy Buchon has arrived. I will be doing it as one of the Battle of Britain Bf 109s. I'm still waiting for the decals to arrive. If I get time I will get a start on it soon. I'm deciding whether to get the G6 PE for it as the cockpit detail in the kit is a bit sparse. I will put up photos later today.
  14. Happy not quite Christmas from me to me. Don't really know what if any kits have been bought for me by family beyond an Airfix Victor (because I had to order it), so I got myself something suitable for the GB. Masking set also bought of course. I also may have just ordered a Tamiya 1/48 V1 on next day delivery because I needed a paint and well Amazon won't ship paints on their own and I may have needed airbrush cleaner, the local wargaming store stopped selling that and my trip there just to get some ended in 20 quid of other purchases...... A productive day for getting modelling supplies. I'll probably either do this on the 26th, 28th or 29th depending when I'm working. I'm hoping for a 12 hour total build time like with a previous build I did of a spitfire prxix because I woke up and wanted a new spitfire one day. This kit is somewhat bigger though....
  15. This will be my second attempt at doing this P 40-N RNZAF Gloria Lyons 1/48 model. Last time I got distracted by some Zero's. This time there is no distraction here. Hopefully I will get it done. It is a Hasegawa kit. I once had a RC plane I painted as it see below.
  16. Hi Chaps, I've been looking forward to the Night fighter Group build for a while. This kit was almost stated last year for the 1960 NATO GB and again it just missed the 1950 NATO GB in January. So 3rd attempt to start will commence when my 2 Hawks in the Training Group build are done. Not decided the scheme yet but I have plenty of choice. Colin W
  17. Hi Chaps Now for something completely different. How about one of these for your front line defence? I got this from Victoria Hobby centre in Melbourne Australia in January 2003 when I was there for the Avalon air show. It's been lurking in the stash for 15 years so this GB will be it's moment in the sun. The parts It looks pretty easy so the hard part might be the silver finish and the canopy. The canopy is currently taped to the window using the glorious Thailand sun to make it clear again. The canopy also has a dent and I found a fax ( remember those? ) in the box which I sent to the manufacturer in 2003 asking for a new one. After 15 years and no reply i don't think they are going to send me one. A challenge for later? Colin w
  18. I have decided to start a new thread for my Frog Blenheim Mk-1. I have removed images from the Typhoon tread and put them here. This is an old Frog Russian kit that was totally covered with flash. I spent a lot of time removing it and digging out the engines. This is the result. I have also used the Eduard PE in the cockpit. This was for the Airfix kit. There is also some resin parts in there too and a scratch built back wall. This is the main parts together with my first attempt of scribing. The first wing side was terrible the last side was ok. I learnt a few things along the way. The plastic is very hard, so it wasn't easy. Wings and tail are now attached. I had problems getting the left wing fitted because stupid me forgot I had added the cockpit rear wall. The wing tab was hitting it. After trimming the tab all was well. I had to fill some of the damage I caused to the wing joint.
  19. I intend to build this one more or less out of the box, I have an Accurate Armour resin crew to man it and I may or may not use the Bronco individual link tracks I have in the stash. Here are the obligatory box pictures I intend to build this along side a 1/72 Mosquito so this will be a slow build Thanks for looking more soon Roger
  20. As I have run out of time to do justice to Gloria I have decided to do the Oscar instead. This will be a faster build and at the same time give me a bit more experience before I do Gloria on the main forum. This plane operated in Burma so should fit in here. If it doesn't that is ok as I will build it anyway and just finish up my Zero and call it a day here. Rich could you let me know if it fits.
  21. Hi Chaps I think this won't be too unusual as there's at least 3 other builds of the Tamiya Tomcat on here already. The Tomcat has always been a favourite aircraft of mine so when this was announced I dropped the long term plan to build the 1/32 kit and decided to go this way. Not long after the GB was announced I saw the kit in M Workshop in Singapore so picked it up and managed to not build it yet. Here's the scheme I am planning to do. VF2 on the back of my USS Enterprise in 1977. The situation today Being a Tamiya kit I wasn't going to add any resin but then I saw these in Hannants and couldn't resist I hope to make a start soon. Colin
  22. I need something easy to do right now, so I thought I would do an Tamiya A6M3 Zero. 1/48 Scale. This will be out of the box with only PE seat belts. I thought I had started it , but it seems I haven't. I will have a go at doing a Solomons scheme with the green sprayed patches over it. I did an RC plane Like that. This should be the only challenge for this kit.
  23. Hi all I would like to know whether a P38 would be legible for this build I am on kind of a roll and have the academy kit no 2215 in the stash it has been glaring at me for ages.I plan to build it out of box with no aftermarket decals. Regards: Shaun
  24. Hi all.Having recently returned to the hobby I now find myself having dismally failed at my first attempt at a group build but it would seem that I have in the meantime shall we say re hit my stride and will gladly try my hand at this group build seeing as I have a bit under a month and that the Roden bristol is supposedly a good kit that goes together rather snazily(on Roden standards anyways). So if you guys would have me then well here is the kit and proof of incompleteness: I should get cracking by late tonight and failing that tomorrow morning. Regards: Shaun
  25. Next project so I have something to build while the MkIVs are in the paint and finishing phase. Expunging the WW1 bug, for now at least. I think I have a couple of armoured cars in me somewhere and I'm waiting to see how the after market for the CSM Lanchester develops. I believe some WW1 trucks are in the offing in plastic too, although I don't really "do" softskins. So this is a double build of the Meng riveted-turret FT17 and the HobbyBoss Schneider CA with additional armour. Limited after market parts here. I think the FT will be an MG version, French if I can find evidence for that configuration in French service or US if not. I have the ET etched brass set and the Blast stowage and update set. I looked at a couple of after market Hotchkiss M1914 barrels, but decided to stick with the kit barrel. I still have a pack of Zebrano resin barrels, which are nice but perhaps a little over-skinny and fragile: I might use one yet. I had a Magic brass barrel but the cooling ridges (they're really too thick to be fins) were all wrong: flat-topped rather than pointed. The diorama base won't be used, although I did invest in some etched barbed wire, metal pickets and real wood strip just in case. Painting-wise I did buy a J's Work masking set but have decided not to use it: seems like far more trouble than it's worth. The Schneider has the Blast Models upgrade for the sadly lacking kit running gear and their stowage set. I've had a Magic gun barrel set on order for months from Nordland Models, still only shown as "processing": fortunately not paid yet. But as noted above I have since found that their Hotchkiss MG barrel is not usable, and the 75mm BS gun doesn't really need to be replaced. So that will be getting cancelled. With the one-piece upper hull moulding this looks a relatively straightforward kit, but one weakness is the tracks. Each link is made of 3 pieces and the little spuds on each link are too fat. The Schneider used the same tracks as the FT as far as I can determine, so if anyone has any spare sets of Meng FT tracks I'd be very interested: I'd need 2 sets. I can't really justify a set of Friuls and life is far too short for the 8-piece-per-link Voyager etched brass links..........
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