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  1. I'm hoping that someone can answer some I have questions about the following Quickboost resin sets for the Tamiya Bf.109G-6 kit: 1) Quickboost #72 617 - Messerschmitt Bf-109G-6 gun barrels: is there something that I am missing on this set? One of the 2 looks like the gun barrels need to be added, the other piece in this set, looks the same as what comes in the kit. Is there some subtle detail that I am not picking up on? 2) Quickboost #72 618 - Messerschmitt Bf-109G-6 undercarriage covers: this set looks identical to the kit parts. Is it more detailed on one side or just thinner? 3) Quickboost #72 625 - Messerschmitt Bf-109G-6 piston rods with undercarriage legs locks: straight up, what the heck are these? I am not able to find a similar piece in the kit. Thanks in advance for any answers.
  2. Dear fellow Britmodellers, this is my 1/72 Italeri A-26B Invader in markings of 416th Bomb Group in 1944/45. I added Kitsworld decals, True Details wheels, parts of the Eduard exterior set, Scale Aircraft Conversions landing gear, Quickboost gun barrels and self-made "clamshell style" canopy doors to represent a late production aircraft. Painted with Tamiya, Mr.Hobby and Alclad lacquers. Photos by Wolfgang Rabel. A full build review will appear in an upcoming edition of Phoenix Aviation Modelling magazine. Best greetings from Austria, Roman
  3. Dear fellow Britmodellers, here's my 1/72 Hasegawa B-26B Marauder "Big Hairy Bird" of 599th Bomb Squadron, 397th Bomb Group. Photographs by Wolfgang Rabel. I added CMK landing gear doors, Quickboost gun packs, True Details wheels and Scale Aircraft Conversions metal landing gear. The colorful nose art is provided as a large-scale decal, but I opted to paint the yellow area. The eyes, mouth, nose and horns were cut from the decal sheet and applied seperately. I also painted the yellow stripe on the fin. The markings are a mix of kit's own and Airfix (A04015A), which are better printed. I used Tamiya, Mr.Hobby and Alclad lacquers for the surface colors. Thank you for your interest! Roman
  4. Good day to you all. I have done this kit some times ago but it is not very often seen on the Forum. This German seaplane was a real winner during the first years of the war and was more than a match for his opponents. The model is the Italeri's one which is a very good base, with some mistakes easy to rectify, but cries for details, and details are manies on a seaplane. The Quickboost engine cover was of great help, and the Volume 1 of Lela presse on the German seaplanes helped me throughout the building process. Colors are RLM72/73 for a Seaplane from Flg.Erg.Gr, operating in the Aegean sea in 41. Markings were done with masks. The pics were taken without the MG17, since then the weapon is in place. AA8874DF-E68E-4A88-93F0-1A8CF45732A7_1_201_a by jean Barby, sur Flickr B092EEA3-EF55-4462-BE05-05CD0FA25222_1_201_a by jean Barby, sur Flickr 8F159D8B-79A8-4322-A7F6-AB2E516312A7_1_201_a by jean Barby, sur Flickr 9CFAF84C-ED82-4175-8C33-7D56F3EEACFA_1_201_a by jean Barby, sur Flickr BD04BA39-FFE7-4732-9CE2-1D5078613C46_1_201_a by jean Barby, sur Flickr 00512FE9-6593-443D-BB37-EDEE71372FA6_1_201_a by jean Barby, sur Flickr A6B8F85D-957D-4D4E-A7B4-19B4CB414DB2_1_201_a by jean Barby, sur Flickr FB7C4A31-DE18-4EBD-931B-428EE58CA7DC_1_201_a by jean Barby, sur Flickr
  5. I'm not a big fan of low-viz grey schemes on modern jets. But when the USN celebrated their 100th anniversary back in 2011, they had the brilliant idea to paint a variety of their current aircraft in retro schemes from throughout their history. TwoBobs issued several decal sheets covering these schemes, and I really took a fancy to the three-tone scheme applied to one of the Hornets of VFA-122 "Flying Eagles." Does this scheme look familiar? It sure does to me, although I couldn't tell you which squadron in WWII used these markings. My brain tries to tell me it was on a Hellcat, but it could have been a Corsair. Or something else, I'm afraid my brain is a bit addled. Looking through my stash, it seems I have enough stuff to model this baby. First, the Hasegawa F/A-18C Hornet: I'm sure you are all familiar with this venerable kit. If not, here are the sprues: The "Chippy Ho" scheme, even though there seems to be an eagle on the tail, is actually on a bird from VFA-195 "Dambusters." It's even a bit too gaudy for me! Now, it wouldn't be a Navy Bird build if I didn't leave well enough alone and try to finagle a bunch of aftermarket stuff into the model. Let's see, I have a resin, photoetch, and film cockpit from Aires: And some highly detailed gear bays, also from Aires (lots of pipes in there!): Quickboost provide new intakes and jet engine faces. Of course, the trunking is nowhere near long enough to properly represent the Hornet's intakes, but it's better than what Hasegawa provide. The real intake trunks have to slither their way around the main gear bays - I probably should try harder to find seamless intakes from XMM, but my initial search was fruitless. Ah, what the heck I have these parts from Quickboost so let's use them. And, of course, the decal sheet from TwoBobs printed by Microscale (hey, I remember those guys! Krasel Industries, anyone?). If I recall correctly, TwoBobs put all of their USN Centennial decal sheets into one package, along with a CD full of photos, so you could make all of these cool retro schemes. Too bad the USN had already retired the Tomcat as I think it would have looked very cool in overall Glossy Sea Blue. Or even better, in Blue Angel regalia. I still need to determine if the vertical tails had the reinforcements and the stiffener plates. I believe I have these in the stash, I just don't know if I need to use them. And there is always the possibility that I may want to pose flaps, slats, and elevators. There may be more resin in my future! I've started removing the resin bits from their casting blocks. I have to remove Hasegawa's gear bays, and getting the nose gear bay out of there looks like it will be a bit tricky. Wish me luck! So that's my new project. Unless someone changes my other mind, then it will be something else. Cheers, Bill
  6. Hi everyone After 10 months I finally managed to finish a model (ok I still need to add the Skyflash missiles and tail hook) the model in question is the Revell / Hasagawa 1/48 Phantom FGR.2. Brilliant kit, absolutely loved it OOB it would build into a very pleasing replica of the real thing but with a little bit of AM it really shines. For this one I added the Quickboost Martin Baker Mk.7 ejector seats, Aires wheels and Airways cockpit upgrade set. She was finished with Tamiya paints and the kit decals. I enjoyed it so much that I have bought another and I'm going to throw as much AM at it as I can find (which by the way is quite a-lot - I'd appreciate it if you didn't tell the wife!) WIP can be found here So here she is, as ever any thoughts, observations (good or bad) are welcome. Iain.
  7. Dear fellow Britmodellers, this is my 1/72 Tamiya P-51D converted to F-6D, using Quickboost resin lenses (QB 72234). Painted with Gunze acrylics and Alclad II lacquers. Markings from Aeromaster, with special thanks to @Sky Keg who provided the decal sheet. Represents an aircraft of 10th TRG, 12th TRS, based in Italy in 1944/45. Wheels from CMK. All photographs by Wolfgang Rabel. Thank you very much for your interest. Greetings from Vienna! Roman
  8. Dear Fellow Modellers, This is my rendition of Revell's 1/72 Ju 88A-4, in the scheme used in Sicily, in 1941. It was my entry to the Ju 88 STGB. Unfortunately I didn't managed to finish it in time, even after an additional week was given to finish the GB. The WIP thread is here. Anyway, it was finished last night and here are a few notes, before the pictures: It's my first two-engined bomber model and my most complex model until now It was super-detailed using Eduard's BIG PE set, with details for the interior, exterior and surface panels The kit's engine exhausts were replaced by Quickboost's resin exhausts, much better detailed I scratch built the inner ribbing structure of the tail section, using strips of plasticard, and the instrument boxes and wiring on the back of the instrument panel, using pieces of plasticard rods and very thin copper wire Masking of the transparent parts was done using the pre-cut masks in Eduard's BIG set The kit has a few important fit problems: the join of cockpit underside and top parts, the join of the front fuselage and nose glazing, the join of the wing tips with the rest of the wings, the insertion of wings in the fuselage and the join of the the wings' leading edges and fuselage Painting was done mainly with Gunze acrylics and a few Tamiya, all airbrushed. Alclad Aluminium was used for a few NMF parts Alclad's Aqua Gloss was used as clear coat before decaling and the wash, and Alclad's Flat Klear was used as finishing coat Weathering was done with Vallejo's washes and pigments using period photos as references Now, the pictures of the finished model. 1. General views IMAG4282 IMAG4283 IMAG4284 IMAG4285 IMAG4286 IMAG4287 IMAG4288 IMAG4289 IMAG4290 IMAG4291 IMAG4292 IMAG4297 2. Engine detail IMAG4293 3. Kill markings and aerial IMAG4278 4..Cockpit and canopy views IMAG4294 IMAG4295 IMAG4296 5. Cockpit before being closed IMAG3971 IMAG3975 IMAG4001 IMAG4060 6. Instrument panel and the detailing of its back IMAG3979 IMAG3978 7. Installation of machine guns and ammo belts IMAG4045 IMAG4051 8. Internal ribbing of the tail section IMAG3815 IMAG3816 IMAG3817 IMAG3818 9. Details of bombs and access hatch IMAG4298 10. Landing gear: IMAG4299 IMAG4300 11. Oil, fuel and exhaust stains on the wing IMAG4301 12. With the other German "cousins" in the display shelf. IMAG4302 Thanks for looking. All comments, suggestions and criticism are welcome. Cheers Jaime EDIT: picture of kill markings and aerial added
  9. It's been a while since I did a WIP (mainly due to only having time for sporadic modelling) but here's my latest challenge: Should be an easy build. No wait.... That come later. This is going to be pretty much OOB, but with these additions: So lets make a start. Cockpit bits assembled. I've removed the ejection marks from the cockpit floor. And then everything necessary received a coat of Tamiya XF-69 Nato Black, followed by X-22 Clear. Now to leave it alone for a bit to allow the varnish to harden, then a little detail painting followed by a little weathering.
  10. Dear fellow Britmodellers, after a long time in-the-making (half a year, actually) my 1/72 Revell Lancaster B.III is finished. I added Aires resin wheels, Quickboost gun barrels and Eduard exterior set. Only few parts of the Eduard set were used, like the antennas. The model was painted with Gunze acrylics, decals are from the box, representing a machine of 100.Squadron in 1945. Main wings were cut on the upper sides for corrected dihedral. The Revell kit allows you to display the inner engines in an "open" position. To my disappointment, I made a series of mistakes, that spoil the results somehow. First, some dust residue from sanding has contaminated the inside of the canopy. Then, I only partially masked the front turret, forgetting the middle section (I still have no clue how I did this...) which is now Black instead of Clear. Also, the decal code letters on the fuselage side show some unpleasant 'silvering'. Well, we all know, sometimes you succeed, sometimes not! Even if this is not the best I ever presented in this forum, I hope you find my Lancaster acceptable. All photographs taken by Wolfgang Rabel of IGM Cars & Bikes. Exhaust stains created with Gunze H95 Smoke + H12 Black (outside lines) and Gunze Sand for the inner streaks Nose art - and the masking error on the front turret. Note the silvering of the individual code "Z". On the above image, you can see there's some dust settled inside the canopy. And the following image reveals silvering on the fuselage side decals: Left side engine displayed open, as provided by Revell. A very nice feature! Fully equipped bomb bay. Thanks for your interest, best greetings from Vienna! Roman
  11. Well seeing as my wee F-15E made it to the finish line, I felt adventurous: A nice 1/72 Hasegawa eagle dressed in Aggressor Camo to complement my F-5E from last year. I got the HB as a freebie from a friend whose AMS it had offended and the Hase was a HLJ bargain at under £10 delivered so no big bucks here. A quick peruse of the decal sheet and instructions had me howling with laughter, I was not going through micro modelling again. So plan B, a quick build of the Hokeyboss. So on to the sprues, simple and crude as ever... A little light aftermarket as per my F-5E build should liven things up in the front room: Great camo but not sure about the garish colours, I'll be mixing up my patented Mr El Cheapo paints for this: It should be a nice therapeutic second build, need to make some FOD covers as Hokeybozz simply blank off the intakes and thoughtfully don't provide a the blanking plate for the avionics bay behind the pilot. That said , I'm looking forward to my Blue Eagle! A
  12. Well, having finally sorted myself out & found all the bits I thought I had, but couldn't find, here's my entry for my first GB: It's the well known Airfix kit, with 3D Kits Mk.II LR conversion, to which I hope to add the Quickboost seat & Pavla improved parts. I may leave off the Pavla vacform canopies as I've only once tried to use one of these & it didn't end well!
  13. I came across a forthcoming set from Quickboost for a set of resin seats for the DH Mosquito: They are listed as being for a DH Mosquito Mk.IV/Mk.VI or Mk.XIII. While these look very nice, they sure do not appear to resemble anything that comes with the intended kit (Tamiya) or any pictures that I have come across. I'd say that they look like they belong to another aircraft type. Can anyone comment on these?
  14. Dear Fellow Modellers, Finally I'm starting my thread on this much anticipated GB. I'm building Revell's 1/72 A-4 version and will be using Quickboost's resin exhausts and Eduard's BIGED PE and mask set. I'll be building scheme A, as shown in the box, for an aircraft based in Sicily, Italy, June 1941: As usual, here are pictures of the sprues. The clear parts are good, very transparent, without defects: The plastic is beautifully detailed, neither too soft nor too hard: This is the decal sheet, which looks good: I'll have to use swastikas from an xtradecal sheet. There's a total of 125 parts. But I just can't build anything out of the box, so here are the resin exhausts: The following are the several PE sets that come in the BIGED set. The interior PE parts (2 frets): The exterior PE set: The surface panels set: And the canopy masks, which are a must for these German bombers: Building starts with the cockpit. This is the first part: The moulded detail was removed, to be latter replaced by PE: The second part: The levers on the left hand side were also removed, as they will be replaced by metal levers: The two parts were glued together. Fit is very good: These two parts, complete the cockpit base. The level of detail out of the box is superb: The cockpit base was assembled: The control column was also removed from the sprue: It will be glued in place after painting. Now starts the PE odyssey. First, I assembled the levers. This metal part, already bent, will hold one of them: Here are the levers, ready for installation: The levers were glued in place of the plastic ones that had been removed: The next step is building the pedals, their mechanisms and supporting beams: However, all plastic in this step will be replaced by PE, as shown in the PE instructions: I started with the supporting beams. Here we can see one ready and the other just removed from the fret: The same here for the mechanisms: These parts were glued together: For comparison, here are the replaced plastic parts: The enhanced level of detail provided by the PE parts is readily apparent. Here we can see the pedals: one ready, the other just out of the fret: For comparison, here is a plastic pedal and a PE pedal, side by side: I think the increased effort of preparing and assembling the PE parts is fully compensated by the enhanced realism achieved. Moving on to the cockpit walls, here is the port wall: Some detail was removed, to be latter replaced by pre-painted PE, and the unpainted PE detail was glued in place: The starboard side wall. The moulded detail is superb: but some must be removed: I'll post more progress tomorrow, as this post is quite big already. Thanks for looking. Cheers Jaime
  15. For this GB I will be doing something a little bit different for me, I’ll be building two identical models! By pure chance on evilbay I came across 2 1/48th OEZ Su-7’s for about $10 US! One model was missing the canopies and decals, but the kind sole threw in a VacForm aftermarket one. This wasn’t really needed as the kit supplies both open and closed canopy sets. So I intend to build a Czech Air Force and Soviet Su-7BKL, though right towards the end of their lives they were still frontline attack aircraft in the early 80’s (they were still some in service in the very early 90’s!). The model/s are really nice and have been used by Eduard with extra bits added (that said I now have 2 of the Limited Edition Su-17/22M3’s in the stash with full AM accessories as well!!!). The instructions are……interesting!! Will be using a set from the Eduard Su-7. Because they were so cheap I’ll be throwing heaps of AM stuff, this is just some of the stuff, still need more! So far; Eduard – Internal & External sets, BKL (BMK not needed) Wheel Well Doors QuickBoost – Intake Scoops (need another set) Aries – Cockpit set Wolfpack – Engine nozzle set Pavla – Ejection set The open canopy version will have the AM cockpit set, the closed will have the Eduard added bit. Colours scheme have yet to be finalised and I may switch the Soviet one to a Polish one yet. I can’t wait for this GB!!!!
  16. Heelo, I have bought a correction set for Revell's 1/72 Fw-190A-8 (Quickboost set No. 72161) I have compared it to the kit forward cowling ring (which has received some criticism for its shape), and there is no discernible difference (?) Even the radius of the opening is almost the same (the difference is less than 0.5mm) Img Source: Quickboost So, given that there is no difference between the two (visible to the naked eye), my question is - what does this replacement actually correct?
  17. Good morning, just to show some progress of the Academy Crusader. I will add the aires cockpit set (the first I ever used), and the quickboost flaps. As you may know, if the wind is raised, the flaps/slats will automatically come down. It's something which academy has forgotten. For the decals, I will use the excellent sheet from Xtradecal. I started with the white parts, which are built into the fuselage. It's all gunze flat white acrylic, then a brush cote of the german "clear" (Erdal Glänzer), and some oil wash. Wheels are done with revell anthrazite, brush painted, after a drop of highly diluted oil colour where the tire meets the rim. That give a sharp edge. Airbrake is shown without washing, to show the difference. A detail photo of the main gear bay. The lowered slats. Since the parts are already separate, I just needed to sand the edges down, and fill the gap with some sheet. On the underside, I filled the gap with some stretched sprue, glued with extra thin cement. right hand side already filled, left side to go. The cockpit. Nice details, however I prefer seats with moulded harness. A coat of primer, then DSG, some drybrushing, and detailling with revell acrylics. The dashboard looks also better than the kit part. HUD will be added later, just before the windscreen. Thanks for attention! Alex
  18. Encouraged by all the great comments I received for my Komet I'd now like to show you the Ta152c I completed at the back end of last year. Its the Hobbyboss kit, which my mate Parabat kindly bought me so I really wanted to do it justice. The kit as anyone knows who is interested is not with out it's faults but luckily all of these can be addressed with various after market sets, and these are what I used, Quickboost exhausts, Quickboost prop and spinner, Quickboost corrected cowling, Eduard BigEd which included the flaps, Ultracast seat, Ultracast wheels, The lower wing as the wrong inspection flaps so these were filled and re scribed in the correct position, I gave it a full rivet job, split and turned the tail wheel and dropped the rear control surfaces, filled in the gaps that the kit as where the upper wing wheel wells meet the fuse and made up a rear bulk head so you can't see into the cockpit! made up the barrels and pitot out of brass tube. All the markings are done with Mal's Masks, and the weathering done with oils. The prominent chipping on the under side of the engine cowl as seen in the many photos of this particular aircraft, was done with AK worn effects, as was the wear on the wings. The one thing I did forget to add was the tail wheel retraction wire on the starboard u/c leg. Hope you like it. A few in progress pics, Tim.
  19. Finished today, this is the Tamiya 1/32nd Spitfire VIII kit with extras from Barracuda, Eduard, Master, Quickboost and Radub. Constructed as one of 152 Sqdn's mounts from Burma in late 1944. Painted mainly with Gunze Aqueous paints, and weathered with pastels and oils. Mostly loved this kit, but the Engine cowlings are a pain ( might be due to the AM rocker covers), and some of the swappable parts are basically pointless. Also you are left with holes to fit the slipper tank. I am happy how it's turned out though. Build Thread is available here Peter
  20. The lovely Accurate Minatures kit, and i am building it as the cover version 'Dirty Dora', a very weather beaten and worn Mitchell I have a couple of extras for it - Quickboost engines And Truedetails wheels Work starts with the Cockpit ( just for a change ), Sprayed dark green , with the back of the bulkhead interior green, and the bomb aimer's access tunnel aluminium Then painted and weathered down the instrument panel. Painted the instruments from the back, then the front black, leaving the instruments, then some of MIG's Clear in the dials. Used the provided decals for the belts, mainly as once it's closed up it will be almost impossible to see. Picked out some of the switches and throttle levers with artist's gouache paints. Next the bomb bay and navigator's position - assembled and glued in position, using the fuselage side to help align everything. Painted with Interior Green and then picked out the details, and an oil wash Finally for today, sprayed the inside of the bomb bay Alclad aluminium Peter
  21. The personal mount of Col. Paul Douglas, commander of 388 TFW, "Arkansas Traveller II", complete with his 8 kills from WWII. This is the Tamiya 1/32nd F-4E Early, with Rhinomodel Seamless intakes, Avionix Cockpit, Eduard Placards and Stencil Masks, Master Pitot tubes, Quickboost FOD covers and finally the CAM Decals. Homemade RBF Tags (thanks Mish!) I have to say this is one of the few builds with Aftermarket where everything was worth while - I especially liked the stencil masks rather than using decals for the stencils as they look better, and are way more fun to do than decals. The Avionix pit is also very nice, and unlike a Aires resin actually gives good fitting instructions too. The only negative is the fuselage had a slight twist, probably from the hacking about to get the seamless intakes to fit, but it throws off the stabilators slightly. Painted with Gunze throughout apart from the metalwork which is just about every shade of Alclad. Weathered lightly with oils, as the photo looks pretty clean. Build thread is available here for those who are interested Peter
  22. F-15C Eagle Electronics Boxes 1:72 Quickboost by Aires If building your F-15C with the canopy open, the large avionics bay behind the cockpit is quite visible. To help improve this area Quickboost have brought us the electronics boxes which sit on the left of this area. They are molded as one part which should just drop in. The quality of the molding is excellent and they should do a good job on enhancing this area. They are recommended for the Hasegawa kit, but should kit all 1:72 F-15C Eagles. Highly recommended. Review samples courtesy of distributed in the UK by Hannants Ltd.
  23. F-14D Tomcat Front Undercarriage Covers 1:72 Quickboost by Aires In 1:72 scale undercarriage doors are one item which can look overthick. If you are building a 1:72 F-14D Tomcat then Quickboost are here to help with their resin replacement set for the front gear. These are direct replacements for kit parts and should look the part on your finished model. These are listed for a D model Tomcat, but Quickboost do another set listed for the A model. While they say they are recommended for the Hobby Boss kit, I see no reason they will not fit any 1:72 scale kit. Highly recommended. Review samples courtesy of distributed in the UK by Hannants Ltd.
  24. A-4 Skyhawk Ejection Seat with safety belts 1:72 Quickboost by Aires A decent ejection Seat can help tremendously with the look of many models. No doubt thanks to the new tool kits which have emerged Quickboost have brought us a very well moulded A-4 Seat in 1.72 scale. This is the ESCAPAC seat designed by Douglas. The seat comes as one part complete with molded in seat belts (for those of us who lothe PE!. A very small seat firing handle and a very fine top of the seat firing handle are also on the casting block, though I struggle to see how the last part will be removed without breaking it, its that fine! While for the A-4 with a little bit of work this could be used for many of the aircraft which were fitted with this seat. Highly recommended. Review samples courtesy of distributed in the UK by Hannants Ltd.
  25. 0.50cal Gun Barrels for B-17G (for HK Models) 1:32 Quickboost by Aires No-one likes scraping seams off cylindrical parts, and perhaps you're also less than keen on drilling out the barrels to give the muzzles that hollow look. It's easy to get them off-centre, as anyone that has done it before can probably attest. That's where this update set from Aires' Quickboost range comes in. Arriving in their customary flat package, it contains two moulding blocks of barrels, with protective strips running up each side. Each block contains six barrels, giving a total of twelve (in case counting isn't your strong point) highly detailed and most importantly, straight barrels that just slot straight into the breeches of the guns within the aircraft. If you already have the kit or have read my review here, you might know that you can install the kit barrels after construction and painting is complete, reducing the risk of damaging them due to handling. The same is also true of these resin replacements, with all the reduction in preparation that comes with them. They are more affordable than brass alternatives (£4.50 at Hannants at time of writing), so it won't break the bank to upgrade what is already a fairly heftily priced kit. Highly recommended. Review samples courtesy of distributed in the UK by Hannants Ltd.
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