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  1. 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. 24. 25. 26. 27.
  2. When will Airfix give us an new 1/72 Supermarine Scimitar? http://modelingmadness.com/review/korean/attardscim.htm Cheers / André
  3. 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.
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. Hi all and another blast from the past finished for the recent Frog GB here. Build thread is here but to recap: Kit: Frog F-4K/M Phantom Scale: 1/72 Paints: Halfords plastic primer, Revell Acyrlics, Flory Models wash, Klear, W&N Satin varnish Build: Small panel line rescribe. Scratchbuilt engine doors. Seats, cockpit & canopy from Italeri F-4S Decals: From the kit with some extras from the spares With an equally ancient Airfix F-4 I built a couple of years back. Good fun and looks like a Phantom from across the room! Thanks for looking and happy modelling. Cheers, Dermot
  10. Hi folks This is my first post here so hello first of all. Since I found this site I’ve learned a ton of stuff and been inspired and intimidated in equal measure. Look forward to hopefully be a bit more of an active contributor as opposed to a lurker Reading around it sounds like I’m not the only one who has picked up a model for the first time in many moons due to the COVID-19 lockdown. I can’t actually remember the last time I built a model plane but it must be at least 45 years ago. I also wasn’t quite sure whether this was the right place to post this (apologies if it isn’t)? If I’d discovered this forum earlier I would have posted some work in progress shots but as it is I’ve nearly finished the plane but I don’t consider it ready for inspection as I want to build a trolley for it. I might even have a go at a diorama but not sure yet. I picked up this kit for a fiver I’ve attached a few pictures of where I’ve got to and would appreciate any critique of the current status and also any suggestions for anything I might have missed. Happy to provide any details about what I’ve done so far too. I made quite a few changes along the way as the kit wasn’t very accurate and I’m reasonably happy with it although it doesn’t stand up to really close inspection. I kept reading about things that I’d never come across before which sounded like a good idea (e.g. using foil to make the plane look like metal) but turned out to be blooming tricky. I only came across rescribing recently at which point I almost decided to bin it and start again but in the end I couldn’t face that and decided to carry on. I don’t think it looks too bad even thought the bodywork isn’t really much like the real thing. As I said though I’m keen to build a trolley next to display the plane and I found the plans for the pavla model which I am going to use but I’m a bit stumped as to how to make the wheels and was looking for some inspiration. I wondered if anyone had any tips for making tires in particular. I’ve worked out how to do the wire spokes but am not happy with my ideas so far for tyres... all tips gratefully appreciated. thanks Daryl P.S. The decals all fell apart when I put those on and I had to slide all the bits around on the surface of the plane and reassemble them all like a jigsaw puzzle. Luckily it’s not too noticeable but it was a real pain. Is there a trick to avoiding this happening? I’m assuming it’s because they were old (I actually used the ones from the airfix kit which someone sold me on eBay)
  11. Thought some of you might enjoy this olde plastic. I'm sure most of you have seen or built this kit from 1967 or so. Mine came to me in a baggy missing the stand and with 2 sets of unusable decals. Although much maligned for being inaccurate, it really is not that far off from drawings and it doesn't seem THAT bad... I wanted to recreate this moment when F/O Collier became the first known pilot to down a V-1 Buzz bomb by tipping it over using his own wing. I had no base with the kit so came up with my own. I roughed in the positions of the two a/c and then finished them up. I have no access to an airbrush so the spitfire was done with spray bomb. The V-1 did get airbrushed during a brief couple of hours in Connecticut. I inked in the panel lines on both a/c with a fine pen. I added a pilot from the Revell set, cut and turned his head, sanded and reshaped the nasty FROG canopy and vac-formed my own. All markings are from aftermarket generic sheets of roundels and RAF code letters. The serial numbers are press-type on clear decal. I thought about staining the wood base but decided not to. I printed a photo of the English countryside from the web and spray mounted that down instead. The flame I made from clear stretched sprue painted in different colors. I'm pleased with how this turned out and glad I didn't have a base with the kit. There is still much life to be had in old kits.
  12. Well after 2 previous failed attempts at starting this GB... Ladies and Gentlemen I give you the Donetsk Toys Factory Vultee Vengeance, aka the Frog one made in the USSR ! I have checked beforehand with Rich and this one is a goer, pictures below. Yes I know what you're thinking who needs a Tamiya kit when you can have quality like this ! Still sealed in the bag Looks complete But isn't as the decals aren't in the kit, which isn't surprising as they didn't work anyway. Fortunately a kind fellow member of BM has come to my rescue and let me have a spare set. The box also doesn't have a painting guide like the old Frog / Novo ones used to have so I will be building the Aussie aircraft below cheers Pat
  13. HI all and joining with this oldie, picked up at Duxford one year during the Flying Legends show.. Frog He_219_Box by Dermot Moriarty, on Flickr Here she is in all her blue plastic loveliness Frog He_219_contents by Dermot Moriarty, on Flickr For any who don't know about this aircraft, you can find out more here Plan is to build OOB but a little added detail in the cockpit Good luck with your builds! All the best, Dermot
  14. Hi everyone, I’d like to present another model made for FROG/NOVO competition — that’s American-Spanish version of the famous British Harrier. This is the old FROG pack reproduced by Donetsk Toy Factory. As usual, this work was made in “Out of box” nomination, which doesn’t allow any modifications in the original kit except the change of the pitot tube and set-up of antennas on the fuselage (which is how American-Spanish model differs from the British one). 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. The model represents 008-9 aircraft from the 8th squadron of Spain naval air forces Dedalo for 1982. Thanks for looking!
  15. For a change I thought I would not make a delta, though having said that I seem to recall at least one book/article I read where the author described the wing as being like a delta with a triangle cut out of the rear wingroot! Assuming it gets done, this will be the fourth Lightning I have built, the first being to original Airfix F1 from around 1963. This was followed by a Frog F6, though I can't recall if it was the reboxed Hasegawa one or not, and both of these builds have long gone, or at least I can't find them. A good few years back I build the Airfix F3, which I still have, and now I have this, bought at least 10 years ago, probably from e-Bay. Yes, it is the Donetsk version, ex Frog in a lovely Chocolate coloured plastic! I gather from Serge @Aardvark's comments in another build that the history of this kit is a bit complicated, in that it seems Frog had been considering making a kit themselves, but then found that when they teamed up with Hasegawa it was cheaper to just rebox their mould. However once the agreement ended, they once more set about making one, though it may well be that it is a modified copy of the Hasegawa one. Whatever the case, at some point they came to an agreement with Novo for it to be made in Russia, possibly whilst it was still being produced over here as well. This is one moulded by DFI in Donetsk I gather though it just says "Made In Russia" on the sprue, so whether they were making it on behalf of Novo or in their own right I do not know. It is of course a very basic kit so I will have to do some work on the interior, possily involving aftermarket bits and pieces, but more on that later. I have not yet decided on the markings so I will have to have a look though my stock of decs - I imagine the kit ones will be shot! More if and when I find time to start. Cheers Pete
  16. Hello all, Today I have the start of a build that I don't know why I am attempting, as frankly, it is vastly beyond my skill level. It is the FROG / MSD 1/72 Vickers Vimy Commercial / Vernon. So far, I have added some bulkheads to the (attempt) at a cockpit, as well as a few for the walls of the troop / medevac compartment. Tail surfaces and the upper wing have both been built, as well as the engines, one of which has been misplaced somewhere. So far, only a little filler has been needed at the joins of the wing sections and on the engine nacelles, but I suspect that far more will be needed once I actually glue the fuselage halves together. For now, here is the dry-fit fuselage and (part of) the tail surfaces: Next up will be finishing the engines, finding / scratching bench seats for the interior, and then completing the tail. Thanks all, Wish me luck, Tweener
  17. Original FROG Canberra PR.7 kit bought and made in 1960. Consigned to 'spares' box by late 1970s, but slowly worked on for next 10 years and fully restored and improved by 1995. The 'flat' mainwheels were cut off and Matchbox B-25 Mitchell wheels added, all raised rivets and panel lines removed, and hinge lines scored in. A 'collar' was added to the rear of the canopy. The original FROG engine cowlings are too bulbous, but have been retained. They are closer to the one-off Sapphire engined experimental version. The colour scheme was chosen to be close to and a tribute to the original FROG markings. WH778, 31 Sqdn, Laarbruch Germany, c 1956 (11) by Philip Pain, on Flickr WH778, 31 Sqdn Laarbruch Germany, c 1956 (10) by Philip Pain, on Flickr WH778, 31 Sqdn Laarbruch Germany, c 1956 (6) by Philip Pain, on Flickr WH778, 31 Sqdn Laarbruch Germany, c 1956 (4) by Philip Pain, on Flickr WH778, 31 Sqdn Laarbruch Germany, c 1956 (2) by Philip Pain, on Flickr Thanks for looking.
  18. Hi The very last two models which I did in 2020 are two Dewoitnes D 520. One is a OOB (except decals) from a Hasegawa kit, the second one has a complex history and is very important as a foundation myth (or foundation stone) of my modelling in some way - this is a Frog kit glued (but not painted) by my Father when he returned from a scholarship on Manchester University in 1961. In his youth (1950s) he was constructing some airplane or train engines large scale models out of the scratch and also paper airplane models. As a young astronomer preparing his PhD from a country behind iron curtain he got the scholarship for 3 months at the University of Manchester to verify his calculations using computer. Those days there was no computer at all in Poland. When he was on site he found out, that the scholarship is in fact founded by NATO, so was terrified to keep it in the deepest secret, to avoid being accused for espionage after return... He told this to us few years ago only. The reason of getting this scholarship was that his PhD was about the mass distribution on Moon (so called mascons, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mass_concentration_(astronomy) ) which results in a kind of oscillations of Moon, and those movements allows to do some mathematical calculations to get their distribution. Those objects could be dangerous for low-level orbiting over Moon, therefore the knowledge on them was so important at this time. An the observations of those oscillations were done 50 years earlier, in beginning of XX century by professor T.Banachiewicz, Polish astronomer (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tadeusz_Banachiewicz), when he worked in Kazan, Russia, before revolution. And this was the best (longest and most precise) set of data before the satellites era. Father got this set of data from Banachiewicz to work on this for his PhD, so to do those calculations. When Father was in UK he discovered model shops and whole world of modelling, not present in communist Polns these years, so he bought some of them like Airfix Caravelle, Comet and Vanguard in 1/144, Queen Elisabeth in 1/600 and in 1/72 F4U1D Corsair by Revell and Dewoitine 520 from Frog. In subsequent five years he did them for his children, so for me and my older Brother ( @KRK4m ). Two in 1/72 models were unpainted, since he bought only basic colors like white, black, red, brown - which enabled finishing the others. Here is a bit nostalgic photo from that era (~1963-4) of us posing with Caravelle and Comet (that is me): Then, within few years some models appeared in Poland, Father was introducing us to this hobby and within few years we started to do models by ourselves. I painted Dewoitine (ugh...- without thinner with glossy paints) and Brother did the same to Corsair, then after some time I repainted it already with mat colors and then (still some 45 year ago) third time. So it had a really thick cover of paints. Many times the prop and the legs were broken, since we were playing some children games with them before. All the time they were glued back so surprisingly the model survived 55 year with only Pitot tube lost. Some time ago I immersed it in NaOH solution for couple of weeks a removed all paint. The canopy looks terrible it was even a bit opaque due to glue, but I polished it and cover with gloss varnish. I have made some small fixes (like filling holes in cooler and main wheel bay), I shorted the u/c legs to match that of Hasegawa kit and painted. I used the decals from the ancient Esci set (for individual machine, the roundels are by Techmod), it presents machine No 105 from 2 Ecadrille of GC I/3 during 1940 defense of France: In parallel I completed the Hasegawa kit, also using mix of decals - main part come from box, but the Squadron emblem comes from the same Esci set. This is machine No 49 from Vichy AF, 2 Escadrille of GC II/6 based in Thies , Senegal in August 1941 An both together Comments welcome. Welcome also to my yearbook, the year score is 24 new plus two restored. Have a happy whole New, the 2021 year, back in normal free of epidemic fears and fully in health! Regards Jerzy-Wojtek
  19. Hello all, Today I have for inspection one of the old FROG / Chematic 1/72 Magisters, in the markings of an Irish Air Corps bird. Originally I had planned to build a RAAF in overall aluminum, but the included Techmod decals enticed me to build something a little more colorful. All in all, I'm glad I did. I started this kit in the same way as the MB Gladiators - by adding some conjectural interior framing, as seen here: Unlike the Gladiators, the final result is actually visible, and makes the interior looks much better in my opinion. Control sticks were also added. The final result looks like this: The eagle-eyed will observe that the front windscreen was sourced from a Revell 1/72 P-26 - the included piece wasn't fully molded, and so wasn't usable. Thankfully, the Revell piece more or less looks the part and fits well. Next is a 1/72 Spitfire Ia, followed by a DH.60G in Belgian markings and then a Mig 17 for a change of pace. Thanks for checking in, Stay safe, Tweener
  20. In progress now is the Chematic (FROG) 1/72 Miles M.14 Magister, which will be finished in the markings of the Irish Air Corps. With no internal detail outside of seats and a low parts count, I expect a quick build. Nonetheless, I added some conjectural internal framing from Evergreen .020 Strip and may yet add control sticks as well. One of the clear parts was short shot and is thus unusable, but I should have a suitable replacement somewhere. For now, this is how it looks: With any luck, the halves will be together tomorrow and then I will be able to add some of the tail surfaces. The wings will (most likely) be attached after painting to ensure a clean separation between the black fuselage and aluminum wings. Hopefully the decals, which are printed by Techmod, will fit well. If not, I have spares for a RAAF option as well. That's all for the moment, Stay safe, Tweener
  21. Hi everybody, this should be a quick finish. Almost finished and ready to add decal shortly. Here is the build thread from many moons ago: Cheers for now. JR
  22. Hi everyone, At long last I have finished this Morane Saulnier 406, started during a FROG GB eons ago. The KUTA XIII GB was a perfect excuse to finalize this kit. It is old FROG: 1963! As expected, a pretty basic collection of plastic bits and pieces. But if you do not look too closely at the details, it sure looks like a MS 406. The decals still look very usable, which after 57 years is quite amazing. The colors and proportions of the French roundels were nonetheless so off, that I decided to use after market roundels. I had no opportunity to obtain MS 406 decals, so I just painted a generic French Morane, not belonging to any specific unit. Lots of fun building this little kit, which was done entirely OOB, with all the shortcomings we can expect from such an antiquity. I even left the hole under the fuselage for the FROG stand! Here are a couple of pictures. Thank for watching. JR
  23. Just a placeholder for now but once I've progressed my builds in another two GBs a bit further I'm going to start on this - the Handley Page Dart Herald. I have a Novo boxing of this kit with BIA decals, which I won't be using. This will (probably) be Air UK, using decals intended for an F-27 (if they fit ok - if not I have BIA decals as a back-up). This is a bit of nostalgia for me as I remember a couple of flights in Air UK Heralds 38 or 39 years ago. When I was growing up we used to fly from Manchester to the Isle of Man two or three times a year to see my grandparents - until about 1980 this was with BA on Viscounts, when BA pulled out they were replaced by Air UK, initially with Heralds but pretty soon after with Friendships. Heralds can't have lasted long on the route as I only flew one return trip on them - no idea which particular airframes but one of them was still in BIA colours and the other was in full Air UK colours. As a 7- or 8-year old I loved watching the undercarriage retract! So this is one I've been wanting to build for a while.
  24. Hi all, I'd like to join this GB with a 1/72 Bristol Blenheim 1f. It's the Revell kit, which I believe was originally produced by Frog in 1969 - I built a few Frog kits back in my youth, but not this one, I think! It's a project I intended to do years ago but never got around to, with an Airwaves etch set to tart it up a bit and decals from an FCM set, depicting an aircraft from 25 Squadron in September 1940. Cheers, David
  25. Hi, Recently I refresher or repaired my old three builds. First is Martin Baltimore. This is a Frog kit in Stormo Baltimore Italian colors. I followed the color profile presented in the Blandfor publ. "Bombers 1939-45" book . I did this model in years 1975-77 so when I was a teenager in secondary school. Now I replaced decals (Italian insignia), washed it and applied a matt varnish Vallejo coat. I added a tail wheel lost to some reason in a span of last 45 years... It has an overpainted British markings and to frank I am surprised how precisely I was able to paint it without help of any masking! The all exploitation/weathering signs is also original Here she is: This blue my camera reproduces a bit strange, the look of exact hue of mine Azure Blue is closer to reality on previous photos, when some small areas covered with this color are seen. Second one is another Martin - the Marauder. This is an Airfix kit with hand painted nose arts. I did it in 1997, apparently I did not known that the same scheme since 1994 was in Revell box of Marauder... The kit is overloaded with lead, it weight 190 g, so in time the main u/c was sveral time broken. Yesterday i drilled it through an but steel wire inisde, I hope now it will stand witjout problems. Here she is Of course the nose arts were painted on decal, similar like the "Hard to get" names. Thisr oldi is my very old (1973-75) Bloch MB 152. Recently I cut the landing gear to make it shorter by perhaps 3 mm. Besides was I painted it with varnish. I was talkin with @AdrianMF recently about this model. It is not nice build like his recent build but i want to show it just to illustrate. Besides shorter legs it has also a hand painted amblems on both sides of tail, and this is the reason I like to keep it still Comments welcome Regards Jerzy-Wojtek
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