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  1. Still scared witless about uploading anything here. Ingredients: Reskit centreline MER pylon Master Pitot Probe Monogram ALQ-87 (From F-4C kit) Hasegawa MER + ordinance LP models 3D printed ladder Armory mainwheels Eduard photoetch set + RBF tags Quinta 3D cockpit Aires Ejection Seat Twobobs decals Was it worth it? Probably not. Enjoy folks Ben
  2. Hello guys! This is my very first post and I hope I'm doing it correctly. Few days ago I completed this project with the intention to release myself of the everyday stress and enjoy the building process of this fabulous scheme I wanted for long in my display. The kit is the Hobbyboss in scale 1/72, which is basic but provides crisped engraved panel lines, a clear cockpit with two options (open/closed) and an quick assembly of few and well moulded pieces. However, it has some drawbacks that many here already know: Extremely basic cockpit interior, no landing lights nor pitot tube, toy-like 20mm cannons, very basic building instructions and no rails for the rear section of the cockpit, which doesn't fit anyway. I used the Max Decals set and it behaved smoothly, but required a very shinny surface and a careful application to avoid tragedies. After some reseach, I decided to follow the thread of the splendid work of our friend Natter and his amazing Arma Hobby kit, mostly as a guide for the colors because there are still some differences in the sources and instructions I have found for this plane in Irish service during The Emergency period. The only modifications were the addition of a spare PE control panel, that is almost invisible now, the cable antenna and the resin wheels from the KORA. However, I should mention that the kit provides a gunsight that really helps to improve the view of the cockpit. I also need to work in improving the quality/lighting of the pictures. Thank you and hope to receive your feedback. Regards from Monterrey, México.
  3. My entry is the Hobby Boss 1/48 Grumman Avenger. My build for this groupbuild is the Hobby Boss 1/48 Grumman Avenger.The majority of my naval aviation builds are built wings folded, this is for two reasons , I like the engineering complexity of a wing fold and secondly I am running out of display space. The wingfold option is included in the kit so will be making use of it. Will post the sprue shots when I make a start.
  4. Here is my contribution to the group build, HobbyBoss's VK 45.02(P) "Vorne". The VK 45.02(P) was an improved version of Porsche's earlier VK 45.01(P) updating the hull with a new sloped armour layout and a new turret equipped with the larger 8.8cm L/71 gun. Development of the VK 45.02(P) didn't leave the drawing board and it was canceled in favor of Henschel's VK 45.03(H) design which went on to become the Tiger II. I had originally planed to 3D print a VK 45.02(H) for the group build but due to some technical problems I was unable design the 3D model in time. For now I'll build its brother/rival the VK 45.02(P) and the VK 45.02(H) can join it in the future. Here are the obligatory sprue shots The hull is made from two upper and lower parts and not much more... Four sprues for the running gear, along with the few tools and handles for the hull. Most of the plastic in the box is for the turret which comes with a fully detailed interior. The tracks are individual links with each sprue containing four tracks with six connection points each. They should keep me busy for a few days... The kit comes with some photo-etch for the engine grills and also includes a generic set of number decals. Curiously they suggest painting the tank in Dunkelgrau even tho it had been replaced with Dunkelgelb by the time development of the VK 45.02(P) had started. Looking at the kit there are a few issues that stand out. The weld seams are very messy and misaligned, the ones on the side of the hull are ridiculously over sized too so I'll need to fill and re-scribe them all. The tank is also missing fenders over the tracks, I'll try to scratch build some from metal but I might also design and 3D print them instead.
  5. Felt like doing rather straight forward out-of-the-box build and chose this as my subject - Hobby Boss F-5E. Decent looking plastic, but maybe bit thick looking panel lines. This is the paint scheme. I'm not entirely sure whether this is supposed to be SEA camo colours or not? In some pics it looks like it could, but then again, in other pics it shows to be very different - maybe due to paint weathering? Having done quite a few SEA planes, given the choice I would be drawn more towards the gray/green Brazilian camo but this comes with the box so I think I will roll with this one. I've already narrowed down possible colours for the scheme. Cockpit work in progress. Those two instrument panels on the right are for another build. Cockpit done. Not my best work but it will do. I did add belts from masking tape but other than that, straight from the box.
  6. HobbyBoss is to release a 1/48th Consolidated B-24J Liberator kit - ref. 81774 Source: https://tieba.baidu.com/p/8249037080 V.P.
  7. I’m currently fiddling around with a few projects at the same time – not like me, but it’s all in the name of procrastination regarding my 1/16 Italian tank crew which I’m STILL putting off. I’ve got an ancient SMER Alfa Romeo Racing car underway over in the vehicle section, and as a foil to that very old and basic kit, I thought I’d make a start on another birthday pressie – this one a HobbyBoss Beutepanzer oddity from my girlfriend. It’s a beauty – fantastic interior detail, crisp mouldings, a good PE fret and nice, hard plastic. My recent armour builds have all been vintage Tamiya; great kits, but not up to the level of detail included in a lot of more current offerings and I’d forgotten just how good many newer products are. That said, the cover art is a travesty, and doesn’t look much like the actual vehicle at all. As with the Alfa Romeo, I made a start with the engine. Both kits seem to devote around half their parts count to the engine, but where the Alfa engine comprises 12 parts, this one is at least 50! Actually, before I did tuck into this miniature feast, I concluded that it would be a crying shame to end up hiding it all, so I plan to have as many hatches open as possible. There are a few provided as separate hatches, but not the main engine cover, so the first job was to carefully cut it out, taking care to save the upper moulded louvre for later. The inside louvre was unsalvageable unfortunately, so there’ll be a bit of scratchbuilding to come for that. I found some good interior photos of the parent Renault R35 online and as a result added a line of bolt heads and strip to the internal “shelves”, whilst shaving off the moulded cables/wires etc. I should really have done this before fixing the tub together, but it wasn’t too tricky with a curved No. 10 blade. On reflection, the bolt heads are too big, so I’ll shave them off and redo with smaller versions. I’m not too sure about interior colours – the instructions indicate that the interior should mostly be Panzer grey, but whilst It’s sort-of open topped, there wouldn’t be much to see from outside, and I can’t see the German army bothering to repaint everything inside, though I could be wrong of course. Either way, I’m happy to go with the rather more colourful interior scheme that the original French tank carried. I glued together the gear lever and drive shaft construction and added a sprue “foot” that should be hidden to support it – I’m not confident that the PE legs will stand up to it otherwise. I annealed them to assist in bending and they’re pretty floppy as a result. Putting the engine together was great fun; good fit and amazing detail – it even comes with individual spark plugs, and this is a little engine; no V12 Tiger beast here, but more like a Renault 5 4 pot. I left a couple of parts off for now until the painting is done, but it’s mostly there. I painted the engine and other sub-assemblies with a highly thinned mix of Revell red-brown and silver rub’n buff. It’s a bit light for slightly corroded steel, but the subsequent oil washes etc. will darken it down and it’s only the lowest of undercoats – the engine will be painted green/black/steel and so on over a hairspray coat, so only a few glimpses of this base colour will eventually be visible.
  8. Hello all, For this build, I added some Eduard PE in the cockpit and scratch-built a few details/cables in the opened electronics bay. Cabin entry steps were drilled out and an early style boarding ladder was added. The outer wings were also separated from the main wings and the wing folding mechanisms were scratch-built. Fit was fairly good overall, but some filler was required on the typical spaces (wing joints, fuselage parts ..). Despite some known shape issues with HobbyBoss A-7 kits, I enjoyed building this one and it resembles a Corsair good enough for me. I used a combination of Printscale and Superscale decals, to represent an aircraft from VA-37 while on their second WestPac assignment to Vietnam, around 1972. Paints are Gunze and Tamiya acrylics, weathering was done with oils and pigments. Snakeyes are from Verlinden, the Bullpup is from Trumpeter's F-105 kit and the MER's originate from a Hasegawa weapons set. On the ordnance load-out: I came across some interesting pictures of the unit flying missions over Laos some 2 years earlier during their first WestPac tour, as per the last two photos on the seaforces website: https://www.seaforces.org/usnair/VA/Attack-Squadron-37.htm Thanks for looking and comments always welcome! Patrick Credits background picture: designed by Freepik, https://www.freepik.com/free-photo/beautiful-landscape-view-ocean_18896488.htm#query=sunset calm see&position=48&from_view=search&track=ais
  9. Hi folk's a stash raid for this one.Not a jet that immeadiately comes to mind in a NATO context but the first Shooting Stars arrived in Europe en masse in the year before NATO was formed stationed in what was then West Germany.This kit's been in the stash about a year it has the Korean War famed Saggin Dragon scheme but as I recently did the Airfix kit in that scheme I have a couple of others to choose from I'll make a start once the Sabre's done.
  10. HobbyBoss is to release 1/48th Messerschmitt Bf.109E Emil kits. - ref. 81791 - Messerschmitt Bf.109E-3 Emil - ref. 81793 - Messerschmitt Bf.109E-4/TROP Emil Source: https://tieba.baidu.com/p/8249037080 V.P.
  11. HobbyBoss is to release 1/48th TBD-1 Devastator kits - ref. 81783 - Douglas TBD-1 Devastator - ref. 81784 - Douglas TBD-1A Devastator Source: https://tieba.baidu.com/p/8249037080 V.P.
  12. HobbyBoss is to release a 1/48th Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-35 " Fulcrum-F" kit - ref. 81787 Source: https://tieba.baidu.com/p/8407857663 V.P.
  13. HobbyBoss is to release a 1/72nd Grumman TBM-3 Avenger kit - ref. 87274 Source: https://tieba.baidu.com/p/8249037080 V.P.
  14. Here is my take on the german Sd. Kfz. 222 scoutcar. A nice kit from hobbyboss. A lot of nice details, crisp moulding of the parts and overall a joy to build. The figures are from Warfront. All comments are welcome. Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to look.
  15. Hi all, With the Airfix Me-410 on hold whilst I wait for a delivery, I thought I'd crack open a quick, small project of an aircraft I love. Living very close to RAF Fairford, I've seen plenty of the current U-2S airframes fly in and out and so finally I'm building one - albeit, the earliest version. HobbyBoss released their 1:72 U-2A in 2021 with the U-2C following in 2022. The cockpit is straight forward with a fairly detailed multi-part ejection seat, however, I did add some left over Eduard SuperFabric seatbelts. They may not be 100% accurate but I plan on closing the cockpit and so very little will be seen from the inside. For this reason, I also wasn't too bothered by the lack of cockpit side wall decals. You get a main instrument panel decal, albeit basic, but nothing for the sides. Again, it will be closed up and not seen. All sub assemblies I could possibly do were carried out on the fuselage halves. This included the very good fitting engine intakes, closing the speed brakes and inserting the wheel wells. None were painted at this time apart from primer to help future processes. That's all for now, I'll do another update soon.
  16. Some time ago, I can't remember if it was spring of 2021 or earlier, I started a 'quick' project involving a few T-6 builds: I like this subject a lot and already have a few built to which I wanted to add more. Unfortunately, as it often happens, this transformed in a lenghty/stalled/frozen project, mainly due to building kits of three different makes which had different issues to solve. In the end I had to face this as three separate builds to make some progress and here I am hoping to complete the whole project. The first iteration is an Heller T-6 in the last 'Red Chequers' livery, it is actually complete but for some reason I stopped before applying the final satin coat. Will have to remember the (surely good) reasons for that before doing anything and finding later why it was a mistake! While waiting for my brain cells to work on that, I present the second build, which is an Academy T-6 with the earlier 'Red Chequers' livery in silver/dayglo red and fern leaf roundels, also courtesy of a Ventura decal sheet. The third one for the moment I won't tell, just say it will be based on the Hobbyboss easykit. Cheers Fabio
  17. Bf109F-4 of 8./JG 54 - Flown by Max-Hellmuth Ostermann. Kit is a Hobbyboss easy-assembly kit in 1/48, decals by Aims. Thanks for looking in!
  18. HobbyBoss is to release in late November 2022 a 1/48th Hawker Hurricane Mk.I kit - ref. 81777 Source: http://www.hobbyboss.com/index.php?g=home&m=article&a=show&id=216 Box art V.P.
  19. HobbyBoss is to release in 2024-2025 a 1/48th Lockheed-Martin F-35 Lightning II family. - ref. 85815 - Lockheed-Martin F-35A Lightning II - ref. 85816 - Lockheed-Martin F-35B Lightning II - ref. 85817 - Lockheed-Martin F-35C Lightning II Source: https://tieba.baidu.com/p/8854669690 V.P.
  20. The aircraft novelties in the HobbyBoss 2024-2025 catalogue Sources: https://tieba.baidu.com/p/8844047357 https://www.bilibili.com/video/BV1Ug4y1S7Sh/ New kits in this folder, I mean not previously announced in red: (previous catalogue - 2023-2024 - link) 1/48 - ref. 80385 - Chance-Vought F4U-2 Corsair - thread - announced since 2021 - ref. 80391 - Chance-Vought F4U-5N Corsair (late version) - thread - announced since 2021 - ref. 80394 - Chance-Vought Corsair Mk.I - - announced since 2021 - ref. 81761 - Sukhoi Su-33 "Flanker-D" - thread - announced since 2015 - ref. 81762 - Shenyang J-15 Flying Shark/"Flanker-X2" - thread - announced since 2023 - ref. 81775 - Consolidated B-24D Liberator - thread - ref. 81779 - Hawker Hurricane Mk.IIc/Trop - thread - announced since 2023 - ref. 81780 - Hawker Hurricane Mk.IId/Trop - thread - announced since 2023 - ref. 81781 - Focke-Wulf Fw.190A-6 Würger - thread - ref. 81782 - Focke-Wulf Fw.190A-8 Würger - thread - ref. 81784 - Douglas TBD-1A Devastator - thread - announced since 2023 - ref. 81785 - Lockheed U-2S Dragon Lady / Senior Span - thread - announced since 2023 - ref. 81787 - Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-35 " Fulcrum-F" - thread - announced since 2023 - ref. 81791 - Messerschmitt Bf.109E-3 Emil - thread - announced since 2023 - ref. 81792 - Messerschmitt Bf.109E-4 Emil - thread - ref. 81793 - Messerschmitt Bf.109E-4/TROP Emil - thread - announced since 2023 - ref. 81794 - Messerschmitt Bf.109E-7 Emil - thread - ref. 85810 - McDonnell Douglas F/A-18 Hornet - thread - announced since 2022 - ref. 85815 - Lockheed-Martin F-35A Lightning II - thread - ref. 85816 - Lockheed-Martin F-35B Lightning II - thread - ref. 85817 - Lockheed-Martin F-35C Lightning II - thread 1/72 - ref. 87265 - Douglas C-48C Skytrain - thread - announced sinc 2020 - ref. 87272 - Douglas TBD-1 Devastator - thread - announced since 2023 - ref. 87273 - Douglas TBD-1A Devastator - thread - announced since 2023 - ref. 87274 - Grumman TBM-3 Avenger - thread - announced since 2023 - ref. 87275 - Grumman TBM-3C Avenger - thread 1/144 - ref. 83901 - Antonov An-12 "Cub" - - announced since 2023 The targets and bins on tracks and wheels... V.P.
  21. Expected in late October in China, Hobby Boss is to release a 1/48th Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-29K Izdeliye 9.41 " Fulcrum-D" kit - ref. 81786 Source: http://www.hobbyboss.com/index.php?g=home&m=article&a=show&id=238 Box art At the All Japan Hobby Show 2023 Source: https://hobby.dengeki.com/event/2089974/ Source: https://www.facebook.com/gustav.jung.7/posts/pfbid02EXMhH4KzXBy114doAH9LkGqLL3vAE4BVcGT6FkWacTsFcK57HExvQxmZYpGYihnal V.P.
  22. The HobbyBoss Tiger II with decals from the old Italeri kit. A new vac canopy from Rob Taurus was installed, together with several other improvements. Thanks for watching! Luka
  23. Here are photos of HobbyBoss's Scammell Commander released about a year ago. I recently finished reviewing it for Finescale Modeler, a US model magazine. (https://finescale.com/product-info/kit-reviews/2023/11/workbench-review-hobbyboss-135-scale-scammell-commander-with-62-ton-crane-fruehauf-semi-trailer) This was the most ambitious and challenging kit I've completed in my 50+ years of building scale models. Per the review, the kit suffers from instructions with holes and engineering mistakes for PE parts. However, at the end of the day, I'm pleased with the result. For an excellent detailed walk-through of the build, I discovered Nigel's Modeling Bench on YouTube where he has a many-part video collection of his build. I highly recommend it if you're interested in building this kit. Thanks for looking and for your feedback! Sincerely, David
  24. Hi folk's looked at this kit on a good few occasions and the recent Creative models sell off meant a mere £9:75 free delivery spurred me on to have a go. being an easy kit it is simplified especially with no choice of open cabin doors etc but is nicely molded with a beautiful clear sprue. This is the 1/72 kit by Hobbyboss built a while ago.
  25. Hi folk's built for the KUTA GB this is one of a few Hobbyboss 1/48 easykits I have for quick build and paint practice.Brush painted in Vellejo matalics only using the airbrush to post shade it's been a joy to discover these paints after all these modelling year's this is the second kit brushed with them next one will be moving into the Jet age with Monograms venerable F-86 Sabre.Thanks for looking in. Here's the first effort using HB's 1/48 P-47.
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