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  1. Hi All Started this while letting the Comet varnish harden, very impressive good mouldings no flash, Just one small part missing rear towing lug. did not take too long to get this far which surprised me, when assembling suspension don’t follow the instructions fully, after the first part you have to then prise the bottom open to get the wheels in, I struggle with CA on the Pe parts get it everywhere!, bit of work needed to get the bogies to fit to hull it’s very tight. missing lug on right, I made a handle for the re
  2. Hi mates! Last August, I started a project for a "quick build" of the 1:72 Special Hobby kit of the Fairey Firefly FR.1. Naively I let my fellow Britmodellers talk me into doing a "dual build" since I also had the Special Hobby kit of the TT.4 in my stash. And then the final elbow - I succumbed to numerous requests to fold the wings on the TT.4. Dementia had finally shown its face. So here we are, six months later and the kits are finally done. You can read the whole sordid work in progress thread here. (It's really not so bad!) I don't think I need to provi
  3. Hi All, it's been quite a while since I posted anything on BM. I've finally sorted out a new photo hosting source after the PB debacle (thanks to the very useful articles posted elsewhere on BM) and thought I'd share a few things I've been working on. This is the old 1/35 Dragon Sherman Firefly VC Kit no. 6182. It's built OOB apart from the decals which came from a Bison set. The kit was ok apart from those tracks! They turned out ok in the end but with 3 pieces per link I was almost losing the will to live by the time I'd finished them. Never again! Hope y
  4. Hi Chaps I dislike individual tracks on kits. Could I use the tracks off the 1/35 italeri fury on the Dragon Firefly because as I see it they are both the extended length tracks. The Fury kit has 2 sets of tracks so both kits can be built if I rob one set for the Firefly. Many thanks in advance Rodders
  5. Spotted this one on Fcebook this morning, for December release apparently:
  6. Built to represent a Firefly of Glory's Korean War air wing in 1951. Despite its age, this was a nice kit to build and the decals took really well. I made it oob except for a slight change of serial number and codes and a bit of extra cockpit detailing. Colours are my usual FAA EDSG gloss spray and Humbrol 90 'beige green' matt spray (I can't find it in gloss!) which I then painted over with clear gloss, followed by a few strokes of dirt wash. As usual, all comments and constructive criticisms welcome and probably needed!
  7. With the varnish still drying, I'm calling this one done and photographing it. Aerials need to be fitted and, rather distressingly, I appear to have lost a small part that fits on the rear of the commander's hatch This is Dragon's Sherman Firefly 1c. I've had it in my stash for years, always meaning to build it , but put off by the individual track links. I haven't the patience to put them together, and bought AFV club's T62 Track for M4 VVSS. No idea if it correct for this Sherman, but I wasn't about to put those links together. Having boug
  8. Fairey Firefly F.I - Mission load out I am trying to figure out what would be the likely load-out configuration of a Fairey Firefly F.I on an ASR escort mission in April 1945. On the 12th April 1945 two Fireflys flew escort to a US Navy Mariner searching for a downed Pilot after raids by the Fleet Air Arm on Northern Formosa during Operation Iceberg Oolong. During the Escort mission the two Fireflies engaged with five Ki51s, shot down two each and shared the fifth. One of the two aircraft (DV119/S281) was piloted by S/Lt JP Stott with Lt B Ward as Observer, flying fro
  9. Fairey Firefly Mk.1 detail sets Eduard 1:48 Eduard don’t seem to mind if the kit they are releasing sets for isn’t, shall we say, the best out there, as such. they have released four etched sets and a set of masks. The etched parts are for the interior, seatbelts, exterior and a smaller zoom set for the cockpit. At least the modeller can’t say they don’t have a choice of what to use on his model, or how much they want to add. Interior Set (49-913) This set contains three sheets of PE, one is unpainted and is of etched brass, the other two are of the etc
  10. Fairey Firefly FR.1 Trumpeter 1:48 The Fairey Firefly was a British Second World War-era carrier-borne fighter aircraft and anti-submarine aircraft of the Fleet Air Arm (FAA). Designed to the contemporary FAA concept of a two-seat fleet reconnaissance/fighter, the pilot and navigator/weapons officer were housed in separate stations. It was superior in performance and firepower to its predecessor, the Fulmar, but entered operational service only towards the end of the war when it was no longer competitive as a fighter. The limitations of a single engine in a heavy
  11. Does anyone know of any post-WWII FAA prop types, such as the Firefly, Sea Fury or Seafire. Tried L'Arsenal and WEM and neither does anything suitable, even for conversion. Wanting to build both my Heller Illustrious and Colossus, but can't find anything to stick on the flight decks! Maybe I should just have a bunch of crew watching a boxing match..... http://northstarmodels.com/2014/02/new-items-for-ships-in-1350-scale-askold-line/ Honestly, you can buy a boxing match, but you can't buy proper aircraft......
  12. Trumpeter is to release in 2017-2018 a new tool 1/48th Fairey Firefly Mk.1 (image from Firefly Mk.VI...) - ref.05810 Source: https://www.facebook.com/TrumpeterModel/photos/pcb.718760784949184/718760511615878/?type=3&theater V.P.
  13. The December MPM newsletter evoke a future 1/48th Fairey Firefly family. A re-release of the AZ Model kits? That's the question. If it's a new family of kits I vote for the Mk.4/.5 and U.7/.8 versions. Source: http://www.cmkkits.c...wsletter-12-11/ V.P.
  14. Happy Friday everyone. It’s just 4 weeks to the Christmas break and I need something to take my mind off all the things I should be doing right about now. So – I’ve decided I want to build a tank. I’ve never built a tank – not even back in the day when I was a kid. I’ve recently taken my first baby steps in the AFV section of the forum and built myself a halftrack. It was a very simple build, but it was great fun too, so now I really want to build a Sherman Firefly. Why? Well simply because it has a VERY BIG GUN!!! I’m going down the simple route again, but I’
  15. Hello all, I would like to join with a Tamiya 1/48 British Sherman Ic Firefly. Should be mostly out of the box but some additions might find their way in. The originals were powered by a Wright (Continental) R975 9 Cylinder Radial. I hope to make a start over the next few days. Hope that's OK?! Simon
  16. Sherman Firefly Diorama; finished at last! Ever get one of those projects where you think you'll never end? Anyway, based on an incident from Ken Tout's book 'Tank!', (highly recommended), where three Germans who hadn't had rations for days surrendered on the promise of army biscuits; they must have been desperate. Bocage country, Normandy, July 1944. Not completely happy, but it was either this or my sanity.
  17. Sherman Firefly project. Figures finished. The Germans are captives, and so looking a bit glum. The Brits are captors, and so looking a bit smug. Base colours, (uniforms, equipment and flesh), were done with the Vallejo model colour series, highlights and shading done with oils. By the way; I know that one of the prisoners has a stick grenade tucked into his boot, and I know this would be immediately confiscated by his captors, but it looked way to cool to remove so I'm leaving it.
  18. Its important to let your models know whose boss, and nothing says 'obey me' like a head on a pole. ☺Nearly finished painting the faces for the Sherman Firefly project. Base colour was done with Vallejo flat flesh, highlights and shading done with oils. On now to do the bodies.
  19. Calling the vehicle done on the 1st. Northants Yeomanry Firefly project. On to the figures now, and then the diorama.
  20. Pics of the latest WIP. It's the Firefly IC Hybrid model from Asuka. I'm planning to do a diorama inspired by a scene from Ken Tout's book 'Tank'.
  21. I have a Special Hobby 1/48 Fairey Firefly Mk.I 'Home Fleet' kit, that I want to do in Royal Thai Navy markings. The aircraft I plan to do is carrying the underwing fuel tanks. Those parts are in the kit, bet there is no indication where exactly to mount them, including where to drill the mounting holes. Does anybody have any version of the Fairey Firefly (Special Hobby or AZ models) that shows where/how to mount the tanks? Could I get a scan of the relevant instruction page? You can send the scan to my email address of lengesath(AT)cox(DOT)net. Larry
  22. Recently unearthed from its hiding place, where it has been for so long, I had forgotten all about it ! Photos below, I really hope the decals work ok as the stripes will be a nightmare to do otherwise Update to follow soon. cheers Pat
  23. After the Firefly Mk.I http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/234909193-148th-fairey-firefly-mki-by-special-hobby-released/?hl=firefly[/size] The[/size][/size] Special Hobby 1/48th Firefly Mk.V - ref. SH48136 - is expected in 2 or 3 months! [/size] Source: [/size]http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/234939129-sh48136-firefly-mkv/[/size] Also here - Mk.IV/V - ref. SH48041[/size] http://www.cmkkits.com/en/aircraft/firefly-mk-iv/ [/size] [/size] [/size] V.P.
  24. AZ Model is to re-release its (ex-Grand Phoenix) 1/48th Fairey Firefly kit in two new boxing incl. the TT.1 variant. Source: http://www.modelarovo.cz/azmodel-novinky/ - ref. AZ4863 - Fairey Firefly Mk.1/F.1/FR.1 - ref. AZ4864 - Fairey Firefly TT.1 V.P
  25. Hi folks, here is Special Hobby's 1/48 Fairey Firefly in the markings of 1771 Sqn onboard HMS Implacable in 1945. The kit was finished with Xtracrylix and also I used Alclad for the first time as an underlayer for chipping. I found the kit quite challenging in some places notably the fit of the rear canopy to the fuselage and a fair bit of filler was required here and there. Cheers Nick
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