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  1. Trumpeter has just released in China a 1/32nd Lockheed-Martin F-35C Lightning II kit - ref. 03230 Source: http://www.trumpeter-china.com/index.php?g=home&m=product&a=show&id=3780&l=en V.P.
  2. P-38J Cockpit (648812 for Tamiya) 1:48 Eduard Brassin PRINT Tamiya’s new range of P-38s has been augmented by the new -J, which is a great kit, but you can always improve on injection-moulded perfection with resin, especially the new 3D printed sets that Eduard are now producing. Having used one of their cockpits in an F4F-3 I built recently, they are at the pinnacle of aftermarket technology, offering superb detail with a relatively low part count. As is now usual with Eduard's more complex resin sets, they arrive in a deep Brassin cardboard box, with the resin parts safely cocooned in bags, and the instructions folded around acting as padding, augmented by a pair of foam sheets top and bottom. Inside the box are three large bags containing twenty-two printed resin parts, a sheet of pre-printed, nickel-plated Photo-Etch (PE), a decal sheet, a slip of over-printed clear acetate, and the instruction booklet, which consists of three sheets of A4 printed on both sides and folded into an A5 booklet. There is a small amount of preparation to be done before you can start building, cutting off two rounded nubs from the rudder pedals if you are using the gun bay set in the nose (648790), and a section of the inside of the lower fuselage that would otherwise baulk the cockpit floor. Two more rods are removed from the rear of the cockpit opening in the upper fuselage later on too, so it’s as well to get it all done at outset. The parts are printed resin, attached to the base via thin tendril-like fingers that are easy to cut off and sand the little upstands away, leaving them ready for action. The build phase begins with the pilot’s seat, which is fitted to the head armour on a moulded-in frame that has another piece of equipment behind it. The PE seatbelts are all applied over the painted seat, including additional comfort pads beneath the buckles. The seat and its bulkhead are lowered into the floor along with a lever, and there are some more decals in addition to the detail painting to be done. The switch panel in front of the main panel is glued to a tab on the top of the rudder pedals, with decals applied to both visible faces, then it is inserted into the cockpit to be joined by the L-shaped control column and a choice of two instruments that fit into a slot in the top of the switch panel. The steering yoke slips into a hole in the end of the column, and a resin spacer is socketed in the front of the cockpit, leaving it out if you plan on using the gun pack (648790). The cockpit sidewall details are printed on a thin sidewall, with a choice of parts for the starboard side, and a PE adjustment wheel on the port, plus lots of detail painting and some decals again. The main instrument panel is a single printed part with a decal applied over the top before it too is inserted into the cockpit, which is inverted and glued to the upper fuselage half after cutting the afore mentioned rods from the rear. There is a choice of two styles of gun sight to consider for application into the windscreen after painting and adding the curved acetate glazing that is pre-printed on the sheet. A triple-layered PE roll-over hoop is made up with a pair of handles added for good measure, ending up glued into position at the open edge of the windscreen. There is a choice of two styles of radio rack at the rear of the cockpit, each of which is a single print that is painted up and has stencil decals applied to the sides, adding a roll-over bar over the top, and the more detailed option also has an equipment box fitted near the front, and some 0.35mm wire from your own stock, with the lengths called out to assist you. The decals are called out in scrap diagrams, and the more complex option also has more stencils applied once painted. The internal structure with the spar moulded into it needs the stiffening webs removed, and your choice of radio racks is dropped into the space behind the pilot. Conclusion There’s not much you can say about Eduard’s growing range of cockpit sets other than sublime, and get some. Very highly recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  3. News from All Japan Model and Hobby Show 2022, Tamiya is to release a new tool 1/48th Lockheed Martin F-35A Lightning II kit - nef. 61124 Sources: https://www.tamiyausa.com/blog/lockheed-f-35-lightning-ii/ https://www.facebook.com/TamiyaUSA/posts/pfbid0DsupchYkdFciHSQSSJ4ZDwo4vQymWPjsq8UmhVu8Jdp6Vz7QTGYLFXd8UK8dALnPl V.P.
  4. My last RFI of 2022. This project took 3 weeks, I'm pretty happy with the result. It's my fourth lightning, they go well together.
  5. Hello! Time for another lightning. As always I started with the interior. Seat always needs an upgrade. Pretty happy with this one. Going to be XS903 Any reference images would be greatly appreciated.
  6. Source: http://modelweb.modelforum.cz/2013/09/23/novinky-rs-models-na-rijen-2013/?lang=CS New RS Models 1/72nd Lockheed P-38D Lightning kit - ref.92154 V.P.
  7. After the F-35C (link), Trumpeter is to release a 1/32nd Lockheed-Martin F-35A Lightning II - ref. 03231 Source: http://www.trumpeter-china.com/index.php?g=home&m=article&a=show&id=243 box art V.P.
  8. I am a little bit surprised this this aircraft hasn't been brought up earlier for another STGB. I mean the first one way back in 2015 and even then I surprised there hadn't been an STGB for it already. She is a bit of a forgotten aircraft and is over shadowed by the Mustang & Thunderbolt, but it was a very important aircraft with over 10,000 being built. It did everything during the war with claims that 90% of all aerial film taken over Europe was from a P-38. But it was in the Pacific that it was most successful in the hands of America's top aces, Bong, McGuire and MacDonald. So why not build one....or 2 or 3 or be like Enzo and build a squadron! Plus with Tamiya's new jewel and possible/probable variants there's now no reason not to. ...and da list: 1, trickyrich - Host 2, TEMPESTMK5 3, Corsairfoxfouruncle 4, dnl42 5, gingerbob 6, JohnT 7, GREG DESTEC 8, stevehnz 9, franky boy 10, peterairfix 11, Arniec 12, Beazer 13, rafalbert 14, jrlx 15, torbjorn 16, grufsnik 17, John Masters 18, JOCKNEY 19, diases 20, almac 21, kir 22, Dansk 23, Andwil 24, Scargsy 25, alt-92 26, Hockeyboy7627, 27, wellzy 28, Ozzy 29, Alan P 30, AdrianMF 31, Wez 32, 33, 34, 35,
  9. Hello everybody, As said and already shown in the chat section, my entry for this STGB will be this Italeri 1/72 P-38J. A single look at the sprues clearly shows that it's the nice Academy kit and should someone have any doubt about the origin of the plastic, the box mentions "plastic parts made in South Korea". We have their now usual "super decals sheet" for 4 versions: 2 NMF, 1 OD over NG, an experimental "intruder" scheme with flight blue over black. Quite thin and no flaws, will look perfect after some polishing. But after a look at this glasshouse, this Eduard PE "zoom set" suddenly seems more useful. I'll try to use at least part of it. We'll see ..... as I prefer to paint details and the pit is - IMHO - more than decent: Except for the seat that looks armored like a Tiger MBT .... but wait, there is a seat on the PE fret. "Hurray!" My original choice went long ago for the Miss Ann box scheme, an "experimental" one on a 7 th FG plane. Still, I'm pondering about 2 of the 3 other options in the box or even something entirely different - surprise, surprise - if I'm able to produce decent self-made decals. Hope this pic can be useful to you @Christer A. Italeri instructions say FS35190 Flight Blue for the upper surfaces. I hope not to disappoint this time. Comments, as well as tips or even stop signs if I'm about to do something dumb are more than welcome. Pat. PS: be safe and be well AND keep being cautious. That virus finally caught up with my wife and me.
  10. Evening all, Here is my most recent completed build - the excellent 1/48 P-38G Lightning from Tamiya. This is a well known kit so I won't go into much detail about it, but suffice to say it is near perfect, and probably the best kit I've built. Tamiya have done an excellent job designing a kit which is easy to build, goes together well with no gaps, allows for strong location of landing gear/gear doors and has great detail. It's a shame that their decals are so thick. However, that is where Exito Decals come in with this: The set has been reviewed right here on Britmodeller already: Without repeating what Mike has already said, the Exito decals are well printed (by Cartograf! so expect good things) and offer some unique albeit racy marking options. I chose the 3rd option, Lt. Edgar L. Yarberrys P-38G of the 48th FS as used in Tunisia in June 1943. This allowed me to use the nose art in the decal set, and play around with some interesting weathering options given the desert conditions. Without further waffling, here's the build I think this is my best build so far (very few mistakes which is pretty good for me ) and I'm tempted to get another P-38 already, though I may wait for the almost inevitable P-38J or L from Tamiya. I used Gunze/Mr Color C304 for the OD, and MRP Neutral Grey for the...er, netural grey. Is C304 the right shade? I don't know - it seems a close match to the spray can Tamiya recommend in their instructions, and to some reference photos of restored P-38s I've seen, but is probably a little light for the OD used, but hey, maybe the Tunisian sun has bleached it? Aside from these, I used MRP signal red, MRP black, Tamiya flat yellow, Tamiya LP-11 silver, MRP interior green and Tamiya Nato black for the rest of the build. To give a sense of random fading/weathering, I pre-shaded the model prior to the base colours, and then used Abteilung 502 oils for further panel to panel variation. I used a few different sepia, umber, grey and sand shades to add some random fading similar to what is visible in period photos. Panel lining was done with Ammo blue-grey wash (over an X-22 gloss coat), but a lot of areas with heavy traffic were redone with Abt. 502 Starship filth thinned with VMS universal weathering carrier (standard). The exhaust staining is heavily thinned MRP tan and this is the only part I am not too happy with as it looks a little too light, but I can't change it now so it stays! The Exito decals went down well, yet again reaffirming my faith in anything printed by Cartograf! Speaking of, Exito don't provide all the stencils, and I didn't fancy using the Tamiya decals (I used one in the cockpit and it took some work to conform to a slight curve) so I used some stencil decals from Fundekals, also printed by Cartograf which were also excellent. Although the real P-38 (and Tamiyas decal placement guide) have a lot of stencils marked out on the underside, I didn't apply all of them because I'm lazy and not all would be visible. The Tamiya kit requires the gun barrels to be added early in the build, but I would almost certainly snap them off, so I used a Quickboost set which allows the barrels to be added later. The Quickboost set is well detailed, fits well (unlike a lot of resin replacements) and means no snapped barrels, so given it's low price it's a win for me! Also visible here are the Eduard resin wheels which I used because the Tamiya main wheels are supplied in 2 halves and I would ruin the tread cleaning them up. As a plus, the Eduard ones are bulged nicely. The weathering was done with oils over an X-22 gloss coat, and once that was sealed, watercolour pencils from AK and Faber-Castell. The "Babe" in question...Lt. Yarberry had nice taste This was the only decal where the carrier film didn't disappear that well and is still a little visible but not the end of the world. The trademark chipping on the wing roots was done with Tamiya LP-11 silver and AK heavy chipping fluid. The toughness of the Gunze C304 lacquer meant a lot of work was needed to chip it, but that just meant I had more control of where I was chipping. I sprayed, chipped and resprayed the wings a couple of times trying to get this right. The same method was used to chip the nose and engine covers especially at the panel lines where the crew would handle them during maintenance. The leading edge paint chips were done with Humbrol masking fluid applied with a sponge over the LP-11. Also visible here are the HGW belts - my first attempt at using them, and whilst they look excellent, I am not sure the effort is worth it in 1/48 - at least HGW provide enough spare buckles! The staining on the props/cowls was done with oils and pencils. The turbos were painted with a mix of Tamiya dark iron, silver and JGSDF brown, and weathered with thinned MRP lacquers and oils. Another look at the nose art The landing gear and bays were all done with LP-11, which is a great silver paint; it sprays extremely well and is very tough once try - must be why it's always out of stock in the UK. The tyres are Tamiya Nato black, and the weathering is again Abt. 502 oils, Ammo washes and pencils. I added radio wiring with Plusmodel 0.2mm lead wire to add some detail to the radio bay. Also visible is a bit of the Quinta studio 3D cockpit decals. Again these were something I used for the first time and they look excellent (although a little grainy), but in the case of the P-38 so little is visible once built that they aren't worth it - if the kit you're building is more visible then go for it though! Also visible are some of the Fundekals stencils. Something I struggle with is shiny oleo cylinders. Silver paints don't give the necessary shine, buffing a small area is difficult and although it was shiny, the Uschi chrome polishing powder seemed to lose it's lustre quickly. So I used a Molotow chrome marker refill, applied with a brush and this gives a very shiny, smooth finish. Given how hard it is to see the underside of the centre section, I didn't concentrate weathering here, focusing instead on the more visible areas. I applied some sand oils behind the gear as if it was thrown up by the wheels. The rest of the grey underside was weathered with oils again. The staining is again oils and pencils. The decals settled in very well over the surface detail That's it then - sorry for the rather large images, but I also upgraded my camera to the awesome Nikon D850 and whilst it's great the images are quite large! Anyway, thank you all for looking! Cheers,
  11. In September Sword (http://www.swordmodels.cz/) is to release new tool EE Lightning F.1/2 & F.3 kits - ref.72081 & 72082 Source: http://www.modelforum.cz/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=68170&start=4890 BAC/EE Lightning F.1/2 - ref.72081 TWO decals versions: F.1 - 74 Sq. RAF - XM137/D F.2 - 92 Sq. RAF - XN768/S Colored PE parts for cockpit interiors and details PUR parts of ejecton seat and jet exhaust Sources: http://www.hannants.co.uk/product/SW72081 http://www.aviationmegastore.com/bac-lightning-f12-sw72081-sword-859297772081-scale-modelling/product/?shopid=LM53c056b10982364d72a2bdddd0&action=prodinfo&parent_id=212&art=122811 BAC/EE Lightning F.3 - ref.72082 Two decals versions: F.3 - 111 Sq. RAF - XP740/J F.3 - 56 Sq. RAF - XR719/D Colored PE parts for cockpit interiors and details. PUR parts of ejecton seat and jet exhaust Sources: http://www.hannants.co.uk/product/SW72082 http://www.aviationmegastore.com/bac-lightning-f3-sw72082-sword-859297772082-scale-modelling/product/?shopid=LM53c056b10982364d72a2bdddd0&action=prodinfo&parent_id=212&art=122812 V.P.
  12. Italeri is to release a new tool 1/48th Lockheed-Martin F-35B Lightning II kit - ref. 2810 Not a bad news considering the only other available 1/48th F-35B kit is the Kitty Hawk one. Now we'll just need a better F-35C. Source: https://www.italeri.com/uploads/news/AY8p8Mc4VebT1GVJ5SVhR0wRFuvMlyG6nbu5dgSD.pdf Box art V.P.
  13. Hello again. Back this time with some finished pictures of a project I've been dragging along on for some time. Years ago, I bought this Anigrand XP-49 kit on-line, as a used kit. It had some problems. The boom halves were badly warped, the landing gear doors and nose gear leg were missing, as were the mass balancers for the elevator. So, I started slowly sawing, slicing, bending and scrounging replacements parts,in this case from the same old MPC P-38F kit that I scrounged other parts from for my XP-38 prototype build. Only the nose gear door had to be fashioned from an old fuel tank of the right diameter, as the one on the XP-49 was longer than on the P-38. This became one of those kits that were only worked on while paint or glue on other models in progress were being built, so I never shot pictures for a build thread. Other than the above-mentioned problems, this was just another simple resin kit, albeit, one of the older Anigrand offerings. Like most other resin vendors, Arnold has improved his techniques in later years, and are these days, his kits usually quite build-able. The Lockheed XP-49 was a later proposed variant of the P-38, with larger, more powerful engines and weapons, as well as a pressurized cockpit for higher altitude flight. The newer engines didn't pan out, and while the XP-49 was said to have "run circles" around the P-38's, the advent of the long-range P-51's made it not worth the effort, First flown in 1942, it was tested to destruction at Wright Field in 1946. In any event here are a few pics of the finished beast: And, for those interested, here is a shot of the Lockheed twin-boom brethren, from left to right, the XP-38, the XP-49, and the XP-58 "Chain Lightning", for comparison purposes. As always, I'm glad to add it to the collection. Thanks for looking, comments or questions always welcomed. Ed
  14. Hello! Not including much info on this build, one of my fastest yet (17 days) and I'm very happy with it. WIP thread: anyway, without further ado, here she is, EE Lightning F.2A XN793 92Sqn. RAF Gütersloh, ~1972: Here she is with my other two lightnings!
  15. Hello! WIP Thread Without any further ado, here she is: XN781 of 19 Sqn. RAF Gütersloh, flown by Wing Commander R.K. Barcilon, late 1974. Here she is with XS921. I had a lot of fun with this model, unfortunately the decals silvered a bit but not much I could do about it. I will be building another lightning soon, most likely XN793.
  16. Finished this a couple of weeks ago and was waiting for some sun to get some good pics (which promptly hid behind a big black cloud on the first pic!) Trumpeter 1:72 lightning F1A of 56 squadron 1960s. Acquired from a friend minus a seat so seat made up roughly just to fill the void and bloke unused from a Canuck model to hide the dodgy seat. OOB build otherwise and painted with humbrol and revell paint and trialed a can of silver for the NMF which really shows up the texture in the plastic I didn’t realise pre painting. Not a bad build except for the instructions/decals. They only supply enough decals for 1 missile of either type and the 56 squ decal instructions only show one side so lots of guess and cross refer to other schemes. Word of advice for anybody with this in the stash. Do not glue the jet pipes in till the end I hadn’t and glad I didn’t as it needed some nose weight which can be pushed down the rear fuselage to the nose. So here she is added to my 15yo F6 and with an F2A in the stash I think a lightning Air Force is likely.
  17. Hello everyone, I finally finished a model on Britmodeller! Here is the WIP post: I proudly present my 1:72 EE Lightning F.6 Overall, I am happy with how it turned out, took me a good year to finish it because it was an on and off project lol. Hope you guys enjoy it too.
  18. Time to make another WIP post I will probably forget about lol. I have a really old (for my standards, so like 4 years old) Lightning that really needs some TLC. Made it many years ago when I was still new to the hobby. My plan is to restore and convert it to F.6 XS903 I stripped the paint, I'm sure my neighbours were confused with what I was doing lol. The result was quite good. I then moved onto reworking the interior. I was looking forward to fixing the ejection seat, that was in a pretty sad state. Ready for scratchbuilding and details I am very happy with the result. Outdated photo but I have started putting everything back together, the fit is quite awful, as expected, and there will be a lot of gaps to fill. Expect more updates soon...
  19. Had this mostly built gathering dust on the shelf for a couple of years. If it wasn't for the fact that this was mostly built up, it was too advanced in build to enter into the Interceptors GB but since as I'd just done the MiG, I thought it was only right that I should complete its western counterpart Finally got it done & at last got to grips with Alclad as opposed to the Vallejo Metal Colour on the MiG. Added another pic of them both side by side for size comparison & comparison between the metal finishes. So this is the Sword kit which is a short run kit & should be treated as such. The seam lines on the underside were a pain to ensure that they didn't show up after priming. There was a lot of filling & priming involved but the underside join still faintly shows through. Sword provides a resin insert for the two Avon exhausts which are quite nice only once in, they're not a perfect fit. Either a fine shim inbetween the fuselage halves is needed, or a little bit of filler around the resin is needed. Talking about the resin exhaust, would have been good if they had produced a resin nose ring. The kit halves around the nose were short shot, so it would have taken some sprue filler to correct that, so I added the Quickboost resin nose ring for the Trumpeter kit which fitted exactly & improved on the overall length of the model. I also find that Sword kits in 1/72 have very shallow fine panel lines, so I usually give them a going over to slightly deepen them. Decals are a mix of the kit decals & used some stencil data from the Airfix F.6, only those that applied, similar to what went on the F.3. Thankfully the Sword tail fin markings actually fit the tail fin which was a bonus as a lot of the time with large dcals, they're not always exact in dimensions. Everything else is just out of the box. First success using Alclad over their gloss black base. Used some Vallejo Metal Colour for picking out some individual panels. Used Ammo Mig red for the spine, custom mix Klear gloss & Ammo PLW. English Electric Lightning F.3 XR719 D Wattisham Summer 1965 And a couple for size comparison. Thanks for looking! Martin
  20. BAC Lightning F3 53-692/L 13 Sqd RSAF, Tabuk 1977 Ok so just finished this today and rather pleased with the outcome! It is one of two Saudi Air Force machines they did in camouflage in 1977 - this being the one with the wrap around camo. The other one had a sky blue underside with camo top. It is the Airfix F6 kit and I used Model Alliance decals and some aftermarket for the bang seat. Paints are Tamiya and Gunze and Alclads and I am particuarly pleased with the nose ring as I must have re-done that 10 times to get it right! Chris ty pleased with the nose ring as I must have re-done that 10 times before I got it
  21. I have the Dmold corrected item, had a look at it and thought: "so nearly round" I want to try my hand at turning one in alu and 'deforming' it to the right shape (will be hard, as it Is and elusive non circle) does anybody have four view drawings of the ring (front, back, side, top)? it would help in determining if it would be worthwhile.
  22. Hobby 2000 from Poland is to rebox the Dragon/Cyberhobby 1/72nd Lockheed P-38 Lightning kit. - ref.72041 - Lockheed P-38J Lightning - Europe 1944 - Limited Edition https://ksmodel.pl/sklep/szczegoly/hobby-2000-72041-p-38j-lightning-europe-1944-limited-edition-1-72-24284/ - ref. 72042 - Lockheed P-38J Lightning - Pacific 1944 - Limited Edition https://ksmodel.pl/sklep/szczegoly/hobby-2000-72042-p-38j-lightning-pacific-1944-limited-edition-1-72-24285/ - ref. 72043 - Lockheed P-38M Night Lightning - Limited Edition https://ksmodel.pl/sklep/szczegoly/hobby-2000-72043-p-38m-night-lightning-limited-edition-1-72-24286/ V.P.
  23. Hello! I've actually almost finished this kit so most of this is just recap. It all started with a masking tape seatbelt and a dream about a year ago now... Aaaaand of course a model too... I was very much looking forward to making it as Lightnings are one of my favourite aircraft and I have only built one before it and that one turned out baaaad (pics of both together later). I decided to go for the Metallic RAF Luqa/Cyprus 1974 decal scheme So, as I was saying, I started with the seat, I added a bunch of stuff using card, bluetack (cursed ik, would do it differently in hindsight) and masking tape, I think it turned out good for 1:72! I would like to thank shortCummins for some excellent reference images on his wonderful 1:48 build I then built the aircraft (I don't have any pictures of the process or the cockpit but it was mundane anyway). There were some fit issues, especially at the bulge, but I will get to that later. I then brushpainted it using citadel stormhost silver Looks a bit nasty at this point it gets better later don't worry. I then neatened up the front I then thought, hey, it might be a cool idea to add panelling. So I did. here's a side view of it in-progress wings I then made the gear and other parts as sub-assemblies. I then started putting everything together and decalled the tanks. I somehow lost the "hud" so I scratchbuilt one. I think it turned out good. Here it is with and without tanks at that point. It's starting to take shape! Here it is next to aforementioned old lightning: I have a feeling this one will look much better I also fixed the fit issues on the "bulge" by puttying it and giving it a good sand. It's time for decals! And here it is now! I still have quite a lot to do... approx 30 stencils, some more paint (nose gear doors for example) and weathering. It's going well though, however I did cock up both front decals. Oh well, I tried to fix it. I don't know if I'll be able to update soon though, school is going to be really extreme after the Easter holidays. Hope you guys enjoyed it so far! See you later!
  24. I’ve wanted to make a grey Lightning for a while, and finally got round to doing so. This is the 1/48 Airfix kit, which went together pretty well apart from the left wing being a bit warped, which after some bending, filling, sanding and more bending hopefully doesn’t show too much. All comments and suggestions for improvements welcome! And a huge thank you to @bar side for the extra decals.
  25. Model Number 5 - best build by far - cannot express how good this kit is - it was a little expensive, but the reviews were right - easily the best fitting model so far, the detail is insane and you can barely see any seams between the panels, in-fact there was very little glue needed the fit was that good. Very clever how the kit is put together overall, Tamiya really seem to have thought about the method of construction - there was serious engineering put into this! an absolute joy to build. Not a bad effort, but overall I wasn't that happy with the finish - this is of course no detriment to Tamiya - the model is excellent, its my crappy paint job - just think i dint know when to stop, i may retouch this one at some-point.
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