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  1. 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 He
  2. 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
  3. 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.
  4. 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 exha
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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...
  8. 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!
  9. 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?
  10. 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
  11. 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 mo
  12. 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?
  13. 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
  14. 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 in
  15. 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 a
  16. 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 prov
  17. 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
  18. 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
  19. 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.
  20. 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 breaki
  21. 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 i
  22. Just a reminder that we have a clearance section with kits and accessories at a marked down price, that we need to clear! At the moment we everything is in 1/72 and it's priced so low we barely break even. The current kits on there are the Academy F-16C, Valom Dassualt Ouragan, Minicraft Ventura and 3 different types of Fine Molds' excellent Kawasaki Ki-61 kit, we've actually just dropped the prices of the Ki-61's a bit more too! We've just added a selection of Quickboost 1/48 resin parts and we'll be adding more over the coming week or so. So there will be plenty of bargains to look out for
  23. Supermarine Spitfire MkIX and MkXIV Quickboost 1:48 Here we have another set of add-on parts from Quickboost who seem to be on a bit of a mission lately. Two of these sets are for the Eduard Spitfire MkIX and the third is for the Academy Spitfire MkXIV. Each part is a direct replacement for the kit parts giving a finer level of detail to the finished model. Each is packed in the standard poly sleeves and are relatively well protected by projections from the casting blocks. Spitfire MkIX Bulkheads (QB 48 528), or armoured plates are extremely thin and look quite fragile. They are simp
  24. QB72 412/415/415/417 Meng F-102 Update sets 1:72 Quickboost by Aires With the release of the new tool F-102 Delta Dagger by Meng models it was only to be expected that the aftermarket would come forward with some parts for it. QB72 412 Correct Nose Now on seeing this item I got one of my Meng F-102's out of the stash and had a good look at the nose. I could not see anything wrong with it. Talking around it seems there is a very small issue with the centring of the nose pitot hole in the Meng kit. I can't see it and wonder if this might be a part too far? In saying that there are
  25. QB72 409 Lockheed F-104C Starfighter Ejection Seat 1:72 Quickboost by Aires The F-104 Starfighter had a bot of a chequered history with ejection seats. These were made initially by Stanley Aviation. The C-1 seat initially fitted was a downward firing seat due to the Starfighter being a high level interceptor. This presented problems with low altitude ejection and 21 USAF pilots died due to this. The C-2 seat was then developed which fired upwards. However the aircraft still had to have a forward speed of over 104mph to work correctly. Many export Starfighters were fitted with Martin Bake
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