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  1. My plan for 2023's builds is to tackle at least 5 of the many kits I pick up, turn over, look through and put back on the shelf for some reason of difficulty or work - be it masking, decals, kit reworking, amount of detail required/planned or whatever. I'm starting that trend with the Heller DS3, which I picked up last year at some higher-than-I'd-wish price online. From France. At least it came with the extra 2013 decals, a much much nicer livery that the Red Bull version (or Red Blob, according to the box art). That I yesterday discovered Heller are reissuing this kit, so it's price will be normal.. ah well. At least I got decals. Decals being one of the two pain points here, the other being the amount of holes that need opening in the front of the body. Anyhow, I think the DS3 is a great looking hatchback, and a great looking WRC car. The Red/Gold livery is one of my top 5 favourites for a rally car. Here's the Heller decal sheet in all it's glory. Noticeably better quality decals than the (also Heller) Red Bull one provided with the kit. Some free paints for the bin, and a brush I'll keep and use. All the plastic. Interior looks good, rollcage looks comprehensive. Chassis and suspension are super non-detailed, although at least this time Heller have made the wheels steer. And provided door cards. 5 holes to be opened in the front. Two on the bonnet, the main grille and the two small circular inlets. A long long long time later. The plastic in the largest hole is nearly 2mm thick. That's a lot of scribing.
  2. Hello everyone, what a busy start to 2023. Here's my little project. Don't know how old this kit is I just cut the shrink wrap off. All raised details but it's very well detailed. No particular jagdgeschwader as it's intended use will be for a Mistell. But it will be presented here on its own.
  3. Hello everybody, I'd like to join the GB with this subject: Base kit will be the old Heller multiversion Mirage IIIE / R / 5BA combined with Modeldecal sheet #92.
  4. Hi everyone First and foremost I want to wish all B'mers a peaceful and happy 2023, with a lot of modelling fun. I start the year with an unreasonable opening gambit: with all the builds that are mounting on an overflowing shelf of doom, I am starting a Breguet Br 693. In my eyes it is a very sexy aeroplane and I have some decent documentation, so why not. This was a Christmas 2021 surprise arrival from Pat, aka @JOCKNEY. Thanks again Pat! So it has been started on January 1st, a fitting date for such unreasonableness. This is a kit from the famed Heller Musee, that made the days of young kids throughout the French Empire throughout the seventies. This Breguet shows its age, as there is absolutely nothing inside: no cockpit at all, no engines, no nothing wherever one looks! So I have decided to improve the front and rear cockpit a little bit, even if nothing much will remain visible considering the quality of the clear parts. Likewise the outside will be engraved Here are a couple of photos showing the utter emptiness . The good thing is that there is the same amount of work whether one wishes to build a 691, 693 or 695. I will gently stick with the 693. The men piloting them in operations during the battle of France were insanely brave. Thanks for watching. JR
  5. The Heller Gmbh 2023 programme is presented by its boss, Heinz Engstfeld, on You Tube : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_5qG8llYFqY And is also available in the Heller homepage: https://www.heller.fr/en/categorie/only_coming_soon The complete aircraft programme 2023: V.P.
  6. Heller is back with a new tool aircraft kit! Announcement with 3D renders (Kinetic looking...) 1/72nd Grumman E-2C Hawkeye kits. Three boxings are already scheduled: US Navy, Japan/Taïwan and French Navy. Source 17.59' :https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_5qG8llYFqY First boxings - ref. 82300 & starter kit with paints - ref. 83300 - Grumman E-2C Hawkeye - US Navy Sources: https://www.glow2b.de/view.php?sku=1000823000 https://www.glow2b.de/view.php?sku=1000583000 V.P.
  7. Hi folk's time for another oldie,I have a soft spot for the F-84 just finished a pair of Airfix kits and while doing the rounds on E-bay saw this bigger kit for £10 took a punt and got it.All present and correct from a seller I often buy from the decals are showing their age but a few days on the windowsill should bleach out the white serials which were the only concern,at present I'm thinking the Belgian scheme. Here's the Airfix pair.
  8. Well, this model keeps coming back like a bad smell. It was kindly sent to me by @JOCKNEY two Christmas ago... It has already made two appearances on BM, and the worst of it is, that it is almost finished. Well, it would be finished if I knew what the acronym OOB meant... This is it: if I do not finish it this time I will go back to knitting. Here are a couple photos to show the advancement of this beautiful kit: Quite a bit of tidying up and some small details to add... That it is not yet finished is a disgrace! I will start it in the new year, when the other kits I am finishing will be on display. JR
  9. hello guys. here is my last ( painful ) work job. So many pieces to re built and replace. This kit is a mess...never buy it. It was a poisonous gift from my "best " friend... anyway i did it !. My reference pic : My model :
  10. A difficult base model, ill fitting, badly moulded and just plain incorrect in many parts and places. However, as usual, this gives great scope for the dedicated, or some might say foolhardy, modeller. The result is very gratifying even if It is not totally correct - there are some areas of the subject that there just isn't reference to and even common sense doesn't produce a completely satisfactory depiction; I've tried my best. Lesson learned - a complete and thorough dry fit is necessary, I nearly always find that something isn't square, but only at the very end! • Body colour - Tamiya TS 10 French Blue, over 26 Pure White - no clearcote • other components generally Halfords automotive spray cans - satin Black and weathered/toned with MIG dark wash • Chrome and other metal colours - Alklad • Seat cover is tissue worked with PVA glue, belt is inkjet printed on photoquality paper from my own artwork with resin cast hardware by Replicas and Miniatures Company of Maryland (Norm Veber, doesn't appear to produce any F1 items these days). The back (maybe a little whimsical) but one reference photo appears to show yellow carbon/kevlar • The Heller decals were useless not only because they were yellowed with age (and not even UV exposure treatment helped) but mainly they are incorrect - wrong typeface/sizes/poor definition. Bestbalsakits are by far the best for both quality and being comprehensive and the ONLY absolutely correct set. I also used BBK instrument/gauges decal sheet • I replaced every single rivet with PlusModel (Czech Republic) resin items • The air intake funnels and plug details, mesh etc of the DFV engine is Model Factory Hiro • Switches on the dashboard are by Decalcas • Surprisingly, the supplied Heller kit tyres - solid plastic, not vinyl - initially disappointing (their profiles are completely wrong), redeemed themselves with the 'hardness' of the plastic proving the perfect medium for detailing slightly worn formula one tyre texture • The Heller rear, inboard, brake calipers were... 'disappointing'. I replaced them with a pair of Italeri 1/12 Alfa Romeo 179 units (Italeri could not have been more helpful, for a cost, obviously) • The representation of the 'glass' (windscreen) in this model (and every vehicle model, especially at smaller scales) is woeful. Simple enough to re-cut it in thin acetate and, in this case, give it a very light coat of Tamiya TS71 Smoke • There are many small items that I have 'scratched' together - the roll over hoops are 2.5mm solder for instance
  11. Right, a Javelin Jambalaya, and not in the Cajun meaning of the word. I won't be making a stew for dinner. I have three kits of the Javelin (EDIT - four), the Heller T.3, the Airfix "FAW.9" (and that's in quotes for a reason as we will soon see), the Plastyk FAW.9, and the Novo/Frog FAW.9 all in glorious 1:72 scale. Thank the woman above that I don't need to add crazy detail like I did on that big Spitfire. So let's see what we have as raw materials - first, the Airfix "FAW.9" which I purchased at a model show swap meet, but was in its original package and still sealed. The Javelin Illuminati among us (they come out occasionally and are dreadfully frightening) will immediately notice that the grey sprues are in fact those from the Heller T.3 kit, with the tailcone removed from the sprue on the right in the second photo. However, the white and clear sprues are indeed from the Airfix FAW.9 version of the Javelin. Everyone knows that the original T.3 tooling was modified to produce the FAW.9, and it seems that Airfix have mistakenly packaged surplus T.3 sprues (but correctly snipping off the tailcone) in my kit. Oops. It would be rather difficult at this stage to make an FAW.9 out of this kit. But I also have this kit from Plastyk in Poland: I'm told that this kit is based on the second Frog tooling of the Javelin, but I don't have that so I can't compare. The sprue layout bears no resemblance to the Frog kit as seen here in the Frog Museum. I've seen a few very nice builds of this kit, but it is quite basic. So maybe. Now, I also have one of these babies, along with a Print Scale decal sheet to replace the nicely curled and yellowed one that was unearthed at some archaeological dig and packaged with the plastic: The sprues from the Heller kit look just like the Airfix sprues above, except they're in a yukky silver styrene and, of course, include the correct T.3 tailcone. Oh, right, aftermarket. I've assembled some, but maybe not enough. What to do? If I had another T.3 tailcone, I could build two T.3s and an FAW.9, but I really don't need to have three Javelins in my display case. Two sounds like a good number. I'll give this some thought and make a plan. The Airwaves airbrake PE set is designed for the Heller/Airfix kit, but might be useful for Plastyk. I will need another to make two models. The other Airwaves set is for the Airfix FAW.9, but could most likely be used on a T.3 and few would notice. I don't think there is a set for the T.3 like this, so I would need another of those too. More aftermarket tyres and pitot tubes will be easy to acquire. Oh, I suspect I will need to source some ejection seats. Martin-Baker Mk.3J for the FAW.9, but which mark for the T.3? The easiest route is to build a T.3 from the grey Airfix sprues (I hate that silver styrene in the Heller kit) and an FAW.9 from Plastyk. Easy is a relative term here, as the Plastyk kit looks like it need a lot of help, where the Heller kit maybe needs just "some" help. First, though, I want to find some layout drawings that are reasonably correct to see what I'm starting with. I have the stencil placement drawing that came with the Airfix 1:48 kit, and I suspect that is pretty good for an FAW.9. Drawings for the T.3 I'm still looking for. I'm not sure why I always make things difficult for myself, but I think this will be a fun project! Cheers, Bill PS. I do like the fancy paint job on that red and white FAW.9. I'm a stickler for that kind of stuff.
  12. Hello During the "special operation" in Algeria, the Amée de l'air needed a lot of planes to support the ground armed forces against the FLN rebels. From 1956 to 1959 they used the N.A. T-6G but this one had a very noisy and underpowered engine for close air support in the mountains. The Air Force HQ was therefore looking for another two-seater aircraft and chose the N.A T-28B as it was used in the US Navy at the time. But these were not being available, France bought 146 T-28A airframes from the US Air Force, 1300HP P&W R1820-56S engines (excess of B-17) and three-bladed propellers like the T-28B. The Fennec as it was called was assembled by Sud Aviation and equipped 4 units in Algeria from 1959 to 1962. These units were sister squadrons of units in France and the pilots were temporarily assigned to Algeria. The four points under the wings enabled to carry any combination of 2 elements among the following : - containers of 2 machine guns of 12.7 mm; - T10 shaped charge rockets; - a 7 x 68 mm rocket launcher; - a 36 x 37 mm rocket launcher; - 120 kg bombs. Here is one with this Heller kit of T-28 with some parts in resin given by a friend of mine (machine guns, rockets and cockpit parts). This is Fennec N°7 from EALA 3/9 Numidie in 1961. (Escadron d'Aviation Légère d'Appui) Patrick
  13. I have always liked the alpha-male looks of the turbo charged Bentley 4,5 L Blower. Somehow, it simply is so iconically British with the racing green colour and the Union Jack on the sides. The car took part in the 24 Heures du Mans in 1930 but had to abandon the race after 144 laps. There are still two specimens left of this legendary racer, one in the UK and the other one in the USA. I built the model from a Heller 1/24 scale kit. I must admit that generally I'm not a great fan of Heller kits. In the past I have encountered all kinds of problems with them, be it with the cryptic instructions or the poor fit and quality of the parts. Well, this kit was much better in many respects and with very careful reading of the instructions and with multiple dry-fittings of the parts the build was quite problem free. However, I must say that this is probably not a kit for new-beginners. I painted the dark green parts with Tamiya TS-9 British green and the other details with Vallejo acrylics and Revell enamels. Overall, the painting instructions had many discrepancies with the actual colours of the remaining cars. I tried to use the right colours and shades but here and there I have used artist's liberty in choosing them.
  14. Hello everybody , after roughly 20 years away from the hobby , I'm back in the business ! Considerring that I have everything to (re)learn and new technics to discover and apply, I' ve decided to start with a rather basic kit. It will be a french carrier born classic : The Etendard IV M. The model is the very single one available in this scale : the Heller one that I bought 30 years ago ! The general shape is very accurate, but most details are inexistent , to sum up what I'm expecting from this model : it will be no picnic ! Let's start with the "bang seat" a Martin Baker Mk4. Détails in scratch ( copper wire , an old toothpaste tube , platic card ). See you !
  15. Here's my WIP for the 1/24 Heller Renault Estafette. As you may notice it's more or less together and painted as I'm juggling several projects and time is precious and so I post when I have a spare minute. After a slightly heavy handed coat of rattle can lacquer [note to self don't used that again] I rubbed it down then went through the colour coat in a couple of places and so today it has been resprayed, a mix of Gravity Olde English White and Tamiya LP Flat Earth. I'm also convertimg it to a high roof using an aftermarket resin product from... oh I'm not allowed to say! This along with the wheels and bumpers have been sprayed Halford's Italian Racing Red, about the fastest thing on a 45PS powered van . However, the real thing has white bumpers but they looked a bit anaemic and so I've used artistic licence. This will be finished in another alcohol themed livery to add to my collection. I'm not sure how quickly this will progress from here as it's back onto something else this afternoon.
  16. I saw a couple of freshly painted Nigerian AF Jaguars in a hangar at Warton about 30 years ago and have always wanted to do a model of one. This is the Heller T2 kit with home made decals, I looked at using the Model Alliance decals but it was just as easy to draw and print my own. Thanks for looking. Steve
  17. Hello. First post here for me, I'm usually skulking around the aircraft section. And my first modelling post for a long while. (Aren't you lucky!) My workbench often gets neglected over the summer when the weather is more pleasant. A double hernia op two weeks ago gave me a good excuse to get some kit time in, while I was confined to barracks. Well, it's been on the bench for months. Started straight off the back of the excellent Matchbox GB and I'm already trying to banish it from my memory, this kit really sucked all the joy out of modelling for me, right from the get go. Can't really put my finger on what exactly it was on this 30 year old kit that I found so uninspiring. I didn't like the fact the 2CV's best feature, the roll back roof, was molded closed. The only part of the kit that was animated was the bonnet, which just sits in place, it's not hinged, allowing you to lift it off and see the engine. And that doesn't even fit. I'm getting angry again just typing this out! I'm the type of modeller who builds one kit at a time. I don't have a shelf of doom. I don't park a kit and start another. Once I start the kit gets done, regardless. Of course there are many flaws in this method! As I got near the end of the build and my already low enthusiasm waned, I made several schoolboy errors in the final push to get it over the line. Mistakes that would have broken my heart on other builds just got a lackadaisical shrug! Also I was having a major battle trying to airbrush on the orange paint. The thinned Tamiya acrylic needed so many coats I lost count, and still showed grey primer though it. Like I said, one of those builds plagued with mistakes! Anyway, I didn't deem it worthy of setting up decent studio shots, you just get a few slapdash phone pics! I'm just putting this out there in the forlorn hope it may exorcise whatever modelling gremlins currently plague me Heller 1/24 Citroen 2CV by Mike, on Flickr Heller 1/24 Citroen 2CV by Mike, on Flickr Heller 1/24 Citroen 2CV by Mike, on Flickr Heller 1/24 Citroen 2CV by Mike, on Flickr I have two other Heller Citroen in the stash, the Traction Avant, and the newish HY van. Two vehicles I love, but I may put a few aircraft through the workbench before tackling them!
  18. Hello happy campers, the time is nigh when I will try once more to finish a model I should have finished long ago. I have to finish the Heller Etendard IV M, not only because I feel bad towards @JOCKNEY who kindly sent it to the middle of nowhere, but also because it is a beautiful plane, like all aircraft designed by Marcel Dassault. This is now personal. Here is the original build thread, for those who my be interested: Have fun! JR
  19. Heller will put the La Seine Kit back in production! It is the best oiler model ever produced. I have build one and one in the stash. the first i bought for more than 100€, and then it was sold in package with a carrier and destroyer. I also bought this, but sold the carrier and destroyer again at the well-known auction site. Regards Andreas
  20. Dear fellow Britmodellers, here's my 1/72 Heller Sherman M4A2, built as a British Mk.III. Stowage from Milicast, figure, decals and photo-etch from Dan Taylor Modelworks. Painted with Mr.Hobby acrylics, pictures by Wolfgang Rabel. I'm primarily an aircraft builder, and not an expert on Sherman tanks. However I understand that "a Sherman is not a Sherman" and there's numerous differences between marks and operators. Studying my (limited) references and the Dan Taylor Modelworks decal instructions (27th Armoured Briagde Set 3, T-76007) I hope I got most details right. The brushguards and the antenna socket are photo-etch parts from Dan Taylor's selection. The antenna itself is a piece of stretched black sprue. Markings represent a mid-production vehicle of the Junior Regiment of C-Squadron, 27th Armoured Brigade in France, 1944. Thank you for your interest, all feedback and comments on possible errors is welcome! Greetings from Vienna Roman
  21. I've long wanted to convert Heller's classic 1:72nd DC-6 to a DC-7 so I recently took the plunge and ordered the Aircraft in Miniature conversion set from Hannants. A box soon arrived crammed full of nicely molded grey resin along with a comprehensive set of instructions. The conversion kit gives you fuselage plugs to extend the DC-6 fuse to the longer DC-7, a new wing centre section, a new taller and squarer fin, saddle tanks for the engines, new cowlings and cooling gills (open or closed) as well as white-metal 4-bladed props. All in all a very comprehensive set. Looking at the work ahead I have decided to tackle the wings and engines first as these look to be the most demanding parts of the conversion. My first job was to remove the DC-6 engine nacelle extensions that sit over the wing - the new saddle tanks will replace these in due course: Next I prepared the upper wings for mating to the new, extended wing centre-section by removing the inner section of the wing to fuselage fairing: I then added a false roof to the main gear bays as the surgery required to add the saddle tanks will undoubtedly be ugly, and then I offered the lower wings to the new wingbox. The original DC-6 centre-section gives a useful comparison: I've encountered a small issue in the fact the chord of the new resin wingbox is greater than that of the DC-6 wing, but a file should soon take care of that... More updates to follow as this project progresses - stay tuned! All the best, Tom
  22. North American T6 DG Texan is a US built single-engined aircraft, that was widely used in the WWII by the USAAF and the RAF to train fighter pilots. Texans were globally very popular and in addition to the main users these planes were also employed as trainers in sixty other nations. Nowadays you can still see Texans in air shows around the world. The French Air Force were one of the operators of Texans and in addition to pilot training these planes were also used in combat duties during the French-Algerian colonial war in 1954-62. I built the model some ten years ago from an old Heller 1/48 kit. It depicts the FAF Texan fighter that operated in the Algerian conflict from the Alger AFB. The kit was unfortunately a far cry from the excellent tamigawa products. There were all imaginable issues, the biggest being the lousy fit. At some point I was about to throw in the towel but at last won the long battle. If my memory serves me right I painted the model with Xtracolor trainer yellow X011 The decals that I used were from Aero Master.
  23. My second entry will be this 1/72 Heller SAAB Tunnan: Sprues: Some aftermarket goodies: The Aries wheels and paint masks set came sans paint masks . Print Scale decals, I will be doing the second one, with the black tail. Incidentally, and some of you will know this, the J-29 had no official name, “Tunnan” Swedish for barrel, was a nick name bestowed on the aircraft due to its, shall we say portly, appearance. Seems that SAAB were not impressed and all their subsequent fighters were given suitable names to avoid any repeats. Hopefully I can make a start on this tomorrow. AW
  24. My latest completion the Heller SA316 Alouette III Gendarmerie boxing finished as a Marine Nationale SA319B using some of the Brengun etched brass set and the Berna Decals Sheet BD 72-94 and a bit of scratch on the engine and for various aerials and other lumps and bumps, would have been finished a couple of months ago but when I removed the masking from the cockpit I found that I had manged to stick a bit on the inside so the all the glazing had to be removed which saw it on the shelf of doom for a while before I could get up the enthusiasm to rectify. anyway here it is. Aerospatiale SA319 Alouette III by Phillip Wilmshurst, on Flickr Aerospatiale SA319 Alouette III by Phillip Wilmshurst, on Flickr Aerospatiale SA319 Alouette III by Phillip Wilmshurst, on Flickr Aerospatiale SA319 Alouette III by Phillip Wilmshurst, on Flickr Enjoy, C and C Welcome Willy
  25. The second of my builds in the Nordic II Group Build, Heller’s old 1/72 Tunnan with Maestro PE, Aires resin main wheels, Master turned brass pitots. Finished with a Vallejo Metalcolour acrylics, Print Scale decals: and with its predecessor, the piston engined pusher J-21: Thanks for looking. AW
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