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  1. The Handley Page HP88 was built to test the radical crescent wing for the Victor, unfortunately it crashed after only a few weeks of test flying. This started off as a Novo Attacker for the fuselage, I added scratchbuilt wings & tail, home made decals. Steve
  2. As Obi Wan Kenobe (would no doubt have) described these refined and shapely planes “An elegant weapon, for a more civilized age.” A couple of lockdown builds. I had grander, more detailed plans for things to do with these kits but needed something to occupy a couple of days of low hassle, low stress. These geriatric Novo kits fit the bill nicely. Made out of the box with a little bit of tidying up cockpit innards, pilots from spares. As the kit decals were missing (Canberra) or beyond use (Sea Hawk) and to try and add a little colour variety to my collection I tried to
  3. My slightly late entrance to the party! My plans to start this first thing this morning utterly failed, so this will mostly be done tomorrow i think! Starting nice and late in the day with hopefully a bit more done in the early hours. Obligatory start time shot quite a bit of flash! will have to get rid of this before i give it all a quick prime in the sunshine! Current thinking is to do this in either a Czechoslovakian or Soviet livery, with 3 bladed props and wheels (i have sneaky plans for the 2 bladed props on another l
  4. So... blitzbuilding then. Am going to try and cobble together this beast Starting at 11:43 on Sat the 23rd fuelled with a coffee and a stroopwaffle for sustenance Am planning on a couple of very minor mods along the way as far as time will allow
  5. Here's my Novo 1/72 Herald, just finished in the Frog Squad GB. More or less out of the box, ignoring any inaccuracies and the lack of detail (check out the 10cm scale thickness nose gear doors!), built as G-APWJ of Air UK (now preserved at Duxford). Decals were bodged together from the 26 sheets for a BIA Herald and Air UK F-27. Build thread is here thanks for looking Julian
  6. As per: Built as the ill fated WG236 using a donated 1/72 Novo FAW2 Sea Vixen revised by reshaping the cockpit, 3D printing a new nose, fuselage plug and parts of the booms. Few odds and sods of sanding, reshaping and scratching elsewhere. Decals cobbled together from spares
  7. When all is up in the air, concentrate on something familiar and re-assuring - like a quick build of a FROG Fairey Gannet model! The markings on this one come from Modeldecal (and were possibly the first after market set I ever bought - for a Sea Hawk IIRC, so at least 35 years old). The kit has seen some minor mods - the radar dustbin was removed and filled, some underwing tanks (or are they baggage carriers - not sure) were added along with the wire aerial arrangement. This is another kit that defies its age. OK so the pilots are moulded onto a flat
  8. Hi all This is my last product for the year. The model is an old Novo boxing of the Frog Hunter - Ground Attack Fighter dating from about 1979. While it is basically a OOB build, I have used Xtradecal sheet 72-063, International Hawker Hunter, to depict a Hawker Hunter FGA Mk 78 of the Qatar Emiri Air Force. In 1971 Qatar acquired a combat capability for the Qatar Public Security Forces Air Wing when it received 3 Hawker Hunter jet fighters. The Air Wing was renamed the Qatar Emiri Air Force in 1974. The Hunters were ex Royal Netherlands Air Force F6s built in 1957
  9. I have split open the bag for my build and it sired some memories from a childhood build. I will build OOB as I need something to get the mojo back. The parts in a lovely brown plastic Instructions and washed out decals And the decals I will use for the build Not sure if I will build as a 816SQN Mk1 or an shore based 724SQN T Mk2
  10. Hi! So, I decided! The status of this kit can be seen in the photo in this my posting: Firstly, I have only "nude" mold without box, instructions & decal. With decal we will invent something! I am very grateful @PeterB for trying to help: but I'm afraid he will not be able to help me....as I think. About this model. I know its disadvantages: Naturally I will not correct these shortcomings. But something I still decided to do: What do I think to do next? Probably something must be done with the cockpit inter
  11. FROG SPARE PARTS   As you know we currently have a "Spare Frog Decals" thread running, which has proved hugely successful in allowing many kits with missing or unusable decals to be included in this Group Build @Rob S suggested we could have an additional thread for Frog Spare Parts. Therefore if you have a Frog kit that is missing any parts or a "Spawn" kit that has brittle, warped, or malformed parts or conversely you have a kit that has extra parts or you have already relegated a kit to a "Spares" kit then here is the Thread to list what you want or what is a
  12. A warm and heartfelt welcome to yet another Classic kit Britmodeller Group Build. This time we are honouring one of histories true legends of Plastic kit construction - FROG (Flies Right Off the Ground). This Group build will be running for just over four months (01 June to 20 October), so there’s plenty of time to jump onboard and build that classic Frog kit thats been lurking in your stash for ages. Here’s a quick note on the GB rules, however as always - if in doubt, check with the GB hosts first! What is eligible: 1. Any kit that was o
  13. I have decided, possibly against my better judgement, or my incipient madness, after seeing the comments of @Rabbit Leader and @Redstaff to have a go at this one. According to Scalemates the Novo boxing is from 1977 but Frog originally released the Sea. Hawk in 1955. That makes it exactly the same age as me. Looking at the box contents, despite 50 years of playing rugby and associated celebrations and commiserations, I have worn considerably better than this kit. There are 22 parts in the box and one transparency, along with a fair amount of flash, no undercarriage w
  14. This Attacker was part of the HMS Eagle air wing in the early 1950s. The type had a fairly brief career with the Royal Navy, withdrawing from front line units in 1954, however RN Reserve squadrons continued to fly it until 1957. The Attacker was unique among British jet fighters in having a tail wheel, which made it difficult to operate from carriers. Huge thanks to @perdu for the canopy and decals. I also used some extra decals and added a few aerials, etc, and scoo
  15. So, before the CMR Wapiti was released the only way to build the Wapiti, The Indian Air forces first mount was to modify the Frog/Novo Wallace or the merlin models plastic and White metal Wapiti. The less said about both the better!! I used the Merlin fuselage and undercarriage, Wallace wings and empennage, Aeroclub white metal Jupiter engine, a paper clip for the Lewis mount and a small brass Russian cottage lewis gun. Vallejo paints and sprue rigging with spare decals. A basic no-nonsense build with no bells and whistles that ill keep for the CMR kit!! The aircraft is from the IAF's No 1 Sq
  16. An old Novo 1/72 Beaufighter with aftermarket decals finished as a Coastal Command Torpedo and rocket armed aircraft. the panel lines are pencil and chalk. All hand painted with Tamiya acrylics. Figure and jeep are Airfix, the truck is an old unnamed metal kit. The grass is some Czhek ready made mat and hangar printed off the net!! the base is mine!!
  17. My 1/72 Novo lightning with aftermarket decals, handpainted with home enamels. next to my Novo Hunter of the Chilean airforce.
  18. Joining you with this nightfighter from Novo. . Acquired from a colleague who trades in toys for £2.50, I get first dibs at the models. This in my Nightfighter offering, with an intent to try a tank killer, and ship killer specialists, if I have time.
  19. On 5 May 1942 an advance party arrived at Chelveston from the Air Forces Experimental Establishment Detachment from Ringway in connection with the carrying out of specified work on the development of towing troop-carrying gliders. The remainder of the party arrived – according to official records – whenever the weather was fit for flying. On 3 June a Lockheed Hudson was towing two Hotspurs when one disintegrated in mid-air north of Raunds. Fortunately, both the crew survived. The AFEE left Chelveston on 31 August 1942.
  20. Vickers Vimy IV, 502 (Ulster) Squadron, RAF Aldergrove, Co. Antrim, circa 1928 - 29 Converted from the Frog Trans-Atlantic 'Trail Blazers' Alcock & Brown kit Not a show winner by any means, but not too bad from 6ft
  21. Hello all! I am continuing with my theme of building old model kits. This time it is the Novo (ex-Frog) Percival Proctor IV. I have built it out-of-the-bag, with the probably understandable exception of the transfers...I was going to save it for the potential Frog Group Build, but I was a bit impatient! I added seatbelts from tape, a piston in the engine louvre and drilled out one intake as the sum of improvements. The colour scheme is entirely fanciful, but if anyone says the serial is for a Shorts Tucano I will say 'You are right!' All the transfers came from the surp
  22. Having entered service just too late for WW2, the Hornet featured a similar wooden construction to the Mosquito, and served predominantly with the RAF in the Far East. It saw service during the Malayan campaign, flying with 33, 45, 64 and 80 squadrons, before being withdrawn and retired in 1956. As well as the Far East, the Hornet also equipped three squadrons in the UK, numbers 19, 41 and 65 sqns at Church Fenton, flying firstly in the long range fighter role then converting to ground attack as more Meteors became available. No. 19 sqn operated Hornets from October 1946 until Janu
  23. Yes, this is going to be just like the old days, back from the shops and built over the weekend Terrified of desolving Decals but really looking forward to this cheers Pat
  24. Another ancient Novo kit, courtesy of ebay! Hopefully I can bash it into a shape resembling an early 1950s Hornet. This is probably my last one until after we move house, then I can start on more Vulcans and Victors! Looks like the usual thick Novo plastic, but the overall shape seems nice. I'm far from a rivet-counter so as long as you get the feeling of early 50s piston fighters when you look at the model that's good enough for me. I might need some new/extra decals though, these look like they may break up. The serials look a bit 'heavy' too, I might use the Xtradecal letters in
  25. Hi all Amongst quite a few other projects I have been beavering away on this for a while. This is a lovely little kit and goes together well apart from some fettling on the Canopy which was a bit of a so and so. The interior is as per the kit apart from an IP and painted on seatbelts . I have re secribed the very few panel lines. The Dome for the ring ariel is from an AZ Models Airspeed Oxford and the ring ariel is made of 5 amp fuse wire. The antenna wire is invisible thread with Cyano isolators. The prop is from a PM models Beech C45 Expeditor as the Kit one was missing. The
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