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  1. Hi All, Whilst my Sunderland build is still chuntering along, I fancied a bit of light relief after marathon sanding and scribing sessions (I also thought it would be polite to give @AliGauld a bit of clear air, as our builds appear to be converging to alarmingly similar stages, and he started first!). Anyways, I've had ICM's lovely Gladiator Mk.II sitting in the stash for at least a couple of months, so I thought I'd run both builds in parallel (what could possibly go wrong?!). Here's the box art: This is my first ICM kit, and initial impressions are certainly favourable. A nice sturdy box, and some jolly nice artwork to boot! Here's the sprue shots: Detail and quality look to be superb. Here's the decals, which also look lovely: I've got a couple of extras for this build - Yahu instrument panel and Eduard harness: I also had some of these sent over from the UK after I'd seen them used to great effect on other builds: I've also invested in a set of Montex masks, which allow for 2 schemes: Now I'd had my heart set on a DE/DG/LE/LG colour scheme, and was surprised when the Montex scheme showed up as DE/DG over B/W, and looked... well, rather dull! Nevertheless, I started to do a little due diligence on the scheme, N5581 of 615 Sqn RAF, which Montex have based at RAF Kenley in August 1939. A quick trawl of t'internet has the same aircraft: This time based at RAF Ford in the same month - hmmmm. Imagine my further confusion when searching on 615 (County of Surrey) Sqn (as noted in the above pic), there appears a completely different squadron code ('KW' as opposed to 'RR'), with one of the box schemes being the former based at St Inglevert (Northern France) in April 1940. Without digging into the history of 615, I am guessing that they vacated St Inglevert in a hurry in May 1940, and presumably remustered in England shortly after? Anyway, here's the box scheme of the France-based aircraft: It does have the 4-colour upper camo, which ticks a box - some rather fetching red hubs too . Also, I did find this: So, the top scheme is the Montex one, the second is the box scheme (although this time in December 1939), and 3 & 4 are also strong contenders for unusual camo!! Here's a photo I found of the bottom aircraft, which is in standard DFS colours of DG/OG over MSG. Here's a photo I found of said aircraft: I haven't seen a Gladiator modelled in that scheme before, so some marks for originality! I now don't know whether I'm Arthur or Martha as far as the schemes go, so I think I'll just go and throw some primer around and not worry about it for now! Thanks for looking, Roger
  2. LukGraph resin is to release a 1/32nd Royal Aircraft Factory B.E.2c resin kit - ref. 32-038 Source: https://www.facebook.com/LukGraph/posts/4654986227918038 V.P.
  3. On December 29, 2021, I contacted a friend and fellow model builder Jack Geratic in Ontario, Canada regarding my desire to build a Consolidated PBY-5 Catalina. From experience on previous projects, I knew that Jack was very good at research and knew his way around scale modeling better than I did. At the time we found there were only a few Monogram #5609 and Revell #04520 kits in 1/48 scale on eBay. The kits were introduced in 1996 and had been out of production for some time. The kit was reintroduced by Revell as late as 2014 but in PBY-5A format which is the amphibious version. My thinking was if I use an amphibious version which was readily available it would require major body work to cover the retractable landing gear on the side of the hull. What we found out later in reviews is the Monogram and Revell kits had a design issue called 'tail bloat', the tail section was not to scale. It was 9.5mm (3/8-inch) too wide at the point where the vertical stabilizer begins which negatively affected its overall appearance. However, there was a solution, Belcher Bits in Canada offered a resin tail conversion kit that required removing the entire tail section of the model. With hindsight, we should have gone with a PBY-5A. When you see the finished tail conversion below, I think you will agree it looks right. In my opinion the Belcher Bits solution was a lot of work, but Mike Belcher captured in resin the graceful elegance of the Catalina tail. And by the way the name Catalina was given to the Consolidated PBY by RAF, RCAF and RAAF crews because it was manufactured in California. The name was adopted by Consolidated and used for the remaining production years.
  4. I am contributing this one. I had decided to do it a couple weeks ago but dragged the chain finding it in the stash, so we now have two 125s in the mix. I will be using the Model Alliance sheet to mark mine up. It includes three schemes (as well as a number of Dominies). Looks like the previous owner of the kit did some test fitting and the kit decals also look to be in good nick. I had built one of these back in 2005 as a RAAF what if, It left my collection soon after but I now have it back. It needs a refurb as that kit did not include clear parts so I had to use clear cement for all the cabin and cockpit transparencies and the clear coat has cracked over time. So I will be also remarking it as a RAF machine from the MA sheet.
  5. Dear fellow Britmodellers, here's my 1/72 Airfix P-51D Mustang, converted to RAF standards, using Freightdog resin conversion (FDR72013). Painted with Mr.Hobby acrylics, photos by Wolfgang Rabel. Markings from Xtradecals (X72131), representing an aircraft of RAF 19. Squadron, based in Peterhead, early 1945. I added metal gear legs from Scale Aircraft Conversions for better stability. The kit's antenna was covered in flesh, so I replaced it with a piece from my spares box. Painting the yelow-black stripes on the nose was a challenge, because masking tape does not work well on small diameters. I had to touch-up the lines by brush. Thank you for your interest, best greetings from Vienna! Roman
  6. Hi All, My latest completion is a pair of Tamiya Spitfire Mk.Vbs, both of which took part in the Malta campaign. This is a lovely little kit which I built in my pre-Britmodeller days, so there were few surprises. They were built mostly OOB, with the addition of Eduard harnesses and masks, and a set of DK Decals' ' Spitfire Vb Aces - Malta and MTO'. This set allows you to model 12 schemes: The schemes I chose to model are both aircraft from 229 Sqn: Here's a link to the WIP if anyone is interested: The first aircraft, EP716 was flown by Squadron Leader Thomas Smart DFC* RAF. Smart had been shot down over Dunkirk in 1940, but survived this crash and went on to lead 229 Squadron in Malta, until his aircraft suffered an engine failure on 12th April 1943 20 miles south of Pozzallo, following a bombing raid on Sicily. Smart bailed out but drowned before he could be rescued. I can find no photographs of EP716, but as you can see it is depicted in Dark Mediterranean Blue over Azure. I had never used this scheme before so the DMB had a bit of a learning curve, and I hope that I've broken up the single dark colour by way of a combination of modulation, pigments and washes. The second scheme is EP691, which was flown by P/O Colin Parkinson DFC RAAF, who ended the Malta campaign with 10.5 kills and 2 probables, and went on to survive the war. Here is a photo of EP691: This combination of Dark Earth and Extra Dark Sea Grey over Azure is quite unusual. You can see from the photo what a beating these airframes took, which I've attempted to replicate. Anyways, on with the photos - EP716 first: You can see that I had my first go at figure painting in a loooong time - I wasn't too displeased with the result: And here's the finished result: Next EP691: Here's a couple of both together: Finally, here's a couple of shots with a Mk.I from 611 (West Lancashire) Sqn from the outbreak of war, to show the difference between the delicate lines of the Mk.I against the street-brawling brutishness of the Mk.Vb: I've very much enjoyed this build, and have added a couple of the less-modelled Spit Mk.Vb schemes to the collection. Thanks to all who have added words of encouragement along the way - they have been much appreciated. Thanks for looking, Roger
  7. Hi All, Although I haven't yet wrapped up my Albacore build, I'm working up the testicular fortitude to tackle the rigging so I thought that would be a bit 'hurry up & wait'. I therefore decided to start this project which is very much intended as a bit of a palate cleanser after two challenging builds in the Applecore and Stirling! I've therefore had these couple of beauties sat in the stash for such an occasion: I built this kit in my pre-Britmodeller days, so there are few surprises. It's straightforward Tamiya fare, and I'll be building mostly OOB. Here's a shot of the sprues: I have however got hold of a set of DK Decals' "Spitfire Mk.Vb Aces - Malta and MTO", which allows one to build no less than 12 yes12 schemes! Here's a closer look - you'll know who to ask nicely if you want to build any of the other 10! Here's a closer look (the right way up!): I've decided to model these two schemes: As you can see both aircraft have the Vokes filter - both also have clipped wings. I've long fancied doing a Mediterranean blue Spit, and I have rarely seen the DE/EDSG/Azure combination done before, which I think is rather spiffing. I'm making the presumption that both would have been finished in the standard desert scheme of Mid-Stone/DE/Azure prior to delivery to Malta and then repainted with whatever was available locally. It's a well-known fact that these airframes saw a very hard life, so I may try to effect some of the underlying scheme showing through. Here's a photo of EP691: This aircraft was flown by P/O Colin Parkinson DFC RAAF, who ended the Malta campaign with 10.5 kills and 2 probables. I cannot find any photos of EP716, which was flown by Squadron Leader Thomas Smart DFC* RAF. Smart had been shot down over Dunkirk in 1940, but survived this crash and went on to lead 229 Squadron in Malta, until his aircraft suffered an engine failure on 12th April 1943 20 miles south of Pozzallo, following a bombing raid on Sicily. Smart bailed out but drowned before he could be rescued. Anyway, that's where we're at - I do also have the option of throwing this into the mix: Not sure yet - I might just keep this simple! Thanks for looking, Roger
  8. Another kit that has sat, waiting for attention, for more than 20 years. Back in 1999 I was, as they say, between jobs, so I bought the then relatively new Revell kit. I've always had a fondness for the Hunter, since 111 Squadron performing as the Black Arrows at Farnborough Air Show. I got the main structure of the kit finished and bought a sheet of Xtradecal transfers, XD05-32. The new job started with house move and the kit, well it went into the same place as the others. I finished the Tomcat...so time to start. up the Hunter. This is where I am with the kit... There is quite a bit of surface work needed, the next stage is to prime and see how much more work is needed. I will finish her as XE552, with 54 Squadron at West Raynham in the early 1960s. Why? Because I want to model an aircraft with an aluminium underside!! The airframe had quite a long life of 25 years, first flying on 10 January 1956 and sadly ending with a write off on 23 February 1981 when with 2 TWU she dived, inexplicably, into the north sea 20 miles offshore from RAF Lossiemouth. The pilot was never found. More as it happens... sooner than later, I hope.
  9. I've just bought a copy of the MENG 1/32 Komet, mainly because it was flown in RAF markings and will fit into my RAFWaffe build plan. The kit includes markings for ME 163, RAF serial VF 241, Builders CN 191060, as flown in England in 1946 and 1947. BUT... the kit calls for the underside to be in trainer yellow. There are many representations of the ME 163 in these, striking, colours, along with solid black green upper surfaces and fin, but not rudder. Some research brings this into question. Photos in Kenneth S West's book The Captured Luftwaffe show a clear difference in tone between the "P" in a circle marking, unquestionably in trainer yellow and the under side. Then I found more photos in ME 163 Part 2 by Ransom and Camenann that suggest the undersurface was a light blue colour. Their photos also show the dark fin and other bits on the fuselage overpainted, but another suggesting the upper surface was not a solid dark green, but a more usual two green splinter pattern. There is a colour profile showing all this. My understanding was that Luftwaffe A/C in RAF markings had yellow under surfaces early in the war, this was not maintained in later years. What are the Luftwaffe experts thoughts on this?
  10. Grumman/BAC Tomcat FGR 1 The hypothesis behind the model was that the Tornado had proved to be a financial disaster and so had followed the TSR2 into the scrap heap because the German Government withdrew support. The UK Government, in something of a state of panic took up the Grumman F14D Super Tomcat 21 project and evolved it into the Grumman/BAC Tomcat FGR 1 which first flew in early 1980. Here we have, ready for inspection, my Grumman Tomcat FGR 1 resplendent in Desert Pink, Serial ZD 790 serving with 15 Squadron, RAF and based at Muharreq Airfield, Bahrain during the first Gulf War. She was delivered to the RAF in late 1983 and scrapped in 2003. The model shows a weapons kit that may be improbable, with 2 Paveway laser guided bombs, a TIALD laser marking pod, 2 AGM 65D Mavericks and 2 ALARM missiles, but who knows? This model is dedicated to the late Mike McEvoy’s and his love of “what if” models! From Behind.... The sharp end... With Wings forward... And from the underneath.... I was given the kit in the 1980s as a present, in those days children and career took most of my life: model making retreated. The kit sat, started, until 2018 when I started a pathway into retirement. This is the build story....
  11. Hello all, new on this forum so here goes.......... Hope this works ! This is a 4/5 year project which is still ongoing just need the time to complete, this is one of my longest builds funny enough Airfix Bucc in 48th along with Flightpath set, Neomega pit and some eduard thrown in for good measure. Not sure on the final markings but I think a RAF green grey jobbie might just be the one, I have the MA decal sheets RAF and RN so it might change ! Cheers Dan
  12. This is HobbyBoss' 1/48 Hawk. Overall this was a very enjoyable kit to build and well engineered. This fit was good throughout and though I am definitely no Hawk expert, it looks right to me! I built the kit OOB and having seen the rather unusal ETPS scheme I was instantly made-up on what markings my hawk would be in! Painted with a mix of Tamiya Acrylics and Humbrol enamels, I weathered the model using oils and washes. Thanks for looking! Angelo
  13. A new Work in Progress thread, picking up on the construction of the Tamiya F14, released many moons ago and a project I started soon after the kit was released. Over on the What-If Forum I suggested that rather than scrap this part built kit because it didn't fit my RAF Focus I could finish it as a Gulf War model, in RAF Desert Pink, as per the Jaguar, etc. The hypothesis was that if the Tornado had proved to be a disaster, or had followed the TSR2 into the scrap heap then we could have seen the F14 in RAF service. As others have posted, and I've discovered researching this magnificent airframe, it is not as fanciful an idea as one might think. The USN used the F14 as an air superiority fighter, but the Tomcat 21 program was developed as an option instead of the F18. Politics killed it. There are even a few people speculating that the Tomcat could be resurrected to replace the disastrous F35 project...!! To the kit. Whilst the model has the sort of fine detailing one might expect from Tamiya the fit between parts is generally poor. The first two photos show the amount of filler needed on the centre section. I've test fitted the front cockpit section to the centre section and there is a bad step on the underside: the joint will need quite a bit off work and possibly the use of epoxy as the contact area isn't that large. The wing section needs is screwed to the centre section. I've part finished some of the sub assemblies, but other than the Sidewinder missiles and external fuel tanks the load has to be gulf war RAF. So, I've ordered from David J Parkins the following: 2 RAF ALARM missiles. One of these will go with a Sidewinder on the port inner wing pylon, the other on the rear centreline mount. 2 1000lb Paveway II bombs, these will go on the front under centre section mounts, wher the US Navy Phoenix missiles would have been, 1 TILAD Pod, this will go on the starboard inner wing pylon, tofether with a Sidewinder. As work progresses I'll report. All comments, suggestions, etc welcome!
  14. Hi All, It's January, so it must be time for a heavy! This time last year I completed my Lancaster B.II, so I figured it was about time I got another 4 engine beast on the go. Italeri's Stirling is oft-built on this site, and it is well-known for its cavernous panel lines. I actually started this kit about 4 years ago, so it's a long-time shelf-sitter - the WIP is a way of motivating myself to get on with it. Here's the box art: And here's where the build is at the moment, and probably the reason it stalled: It's not that clear from the photo, but the interior grey green is a most peculiar hue of my own concoction, before I settled on my 'go to' IGG, which is Vallejo 71.305. So I'm going to start it again, and do it properly this time! When I first started the kit I'd intended to complete it as the boxart scheme, 'McRobert's Reply', but the boxing also has decals included to complete as BF372 of 149 Sqn RAF, based at RAF Mildenhall in 1942. This aircraft was flown by RAAF Flt Sgt (later P/O) Rawden 'Roy' Middleton VC. On 28th November 1942 his aircraft was badly damaged on a raid to the Fiat aircraft works at Turin. Despite suffering multiple grievous injuries, including the loss of his right eye, Middleton managed to complete a 4 hour flight to bring the stricken aircraft back to the English coast. Five of his seven crew then baled out (the front gunner and flight engineer remained aboard to try and persuade Middleton to carry out a forced landing). Following his refusal to do so, the remaining crew baled out but did not survive the night in the English Channel. Middleton stayed with the aircraft, which ditched into the Channel, his body not washing ashore until February 1943. Middleton was posthumously awarded the Victoria Cross and promoted to Pilot Officer. Here's a picture of Middleton during his flying training: And here's the scheme as presented: I feel compelled to complete this scheme now it has an RAAF connection. Now I know that this aircraft has been modelled before, including this lovely 1:48 Sanger vac form by @woody37: I will be delighted if mine turns out half as well as this, but I'm not holding my breath! At this stage it will be mostly OOB, albeit with the addition of an Eduard mask set. I'll see how I go with the infamous panel lines - watch this space! I have not yet found any photos of BF372, but there are a number of other 149 Sqn aircraft which are relatively well photographed. Wish me luck! Thanks for looking, Roger
  15. Modern Royal Air Force Aircraft Acrylic Colours (AK11755) AK Interactive It had been a while since we’d reviewed any products from Spanish Paint & Weathering company AK Interactive, but they hadn’t been sat idly twiddling their thumbs. They’d been working on a new range of acrylic paints, which they refer to as third generation acrylics, aiming for excellent coverage, what they describe as awesome grip, and a promise of no clogging of your airbrush if you use one. They also state that they’re great for use with a paint brush undiluted, but they should be diluted with water or their own thinners if using with an airbrush, which I’ve successfully tested with my usual vague “semi-skimmed milk thickness” goal for the thinned paint, and using Ultimate Thinners as my thinners of choice. Each pot arrives in a 17ml dropper bottle with sharp contours at the shoulder and a cruciform profile to the white screw-top cap, which is also knurled near the bottom to improve grip further. The labels wrap around the body of the bottle giving general information about the new range, plus its name and product code near the top, with a bar code along one short edge. Overall, it’s a nice look, but that’s not why we’re here. The set arrives in a cardboard box with a clear plastic inner tray containing eight bottles of paint to which I’m probably going to add glass beads, as I feel that they make paint mixing quicker and easier. The design of the packaging is simple and based on an overall white theme, with a slightly retro font on the front that is a little hard to read. The usual orange AK logo with the negative silhouette of an AK-47 in the centre is prominently displayed, as well as the Air Series logo that refers to the fact that this is an aviation set, not an airbrush specific set. That’s something that could be clearer, and could confuse new users. The 3G Acrylics brand logo is also present, with the product code above and the strapline “Scale Reduction Factor” below. This refers to scale colour, which can be a divisive theme, although I’m personally OK with that. Essentially, it refers to the perceived lightening of a colour applied to a scale model, as if seeing it through “scale air”, or aerial perspective, which reduces the saturation of any colour over distance, a well-known technique used in art, especially to depict the effects of distance in scenery and other distant objects. Some folks may not subscribe to it however, and that’s ok too. For example, would the “scale reduction factor” be the same for a 1:72 and a 1:24 aircraft? Would the difference be visible? So many questions, so little inclination on my part to answer them. This set is packed full of British RAF colours for your modern aircraft, not that we’ve got many, or many different types left! Surprisingly, the term modern incorporates a lot of post WWII and Cold War shades, as the examples on the back of the box show, with an old Vampire next to more modern options. The set includes the following colours: AK11840 RAF Dark Green AK11843 RAF Medium Sea Grey BS381C/637 AK11851 RAF Dark Sea Grey NS381C/638 AK11852 RAF RAF PRU Blue BS381C/636 AK11853 RAF Light Aircraft Grey BS381C/627 AK11854 RAF Camouflage (Barley) Grey BS381C/626 AK11855 RAF Dark Camouflage Grey BS381C/629 AK11856 RAF Camouflage Beige (Help) BS381C/389 These paints are just as easy to apply by airbrush or paint brush, and once dry they are very tough as acrylics go, especially if you key the surface beforehand with a buffing-type sanding stick. A primed and buffed surface is slightly ahead in terms of adhesion, but not by much so it’s good news all round whether you’re a modeller that primes religiously or not. In addition to airbrushing well without clogging, the paint goes on well with a paintbrush, needing one or sometimes two coats depending on the colour, and brushing out well with very little in the way of brush marks if you use a broad filbert brush. I’m not normally a brush-painter, and was really pleasantly surprised at how well the paint went down despite my lack of experience. Conclusion I like these paints and their bottles are practical and attractive, although I’m not massively keen on the fonts used on the box artwork, but that’s just my personal taste. This set gives you plenty of (mostly grey) shades for the modern RAF, and once you add some white and black for colour modulation, they’ll be very useful for the RAF modeller. The recently reviewed RAF Coastal Command & RN FAA includes a black and a white bottle, if that’s convenient or appealing. There’s a whole range of these colours available both individually and in sets for aircraft, AFV and other modelling genres, some that we’ve now reviewed, and the rest we’ll be getting to soon. Highly recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  16. Hello chaps, Decided to stretch my legs and get busy with new techniques and weathering practises, im currently on Elementary Flying Training at RAF Cranwell and part of my daily routine is driving past a Jet Provost sat proudly opposite a Dominie. This got me thinking and of course i went and picked up Airfix's 1/72 JP in 1 FTS markings, I decided to model it after the one here (not in terms of markings or model, the one at Cranwell is a T.5 and im making a T.3 for starters but focusing on the wear and tear) then a friend from instagram sent me pictures of a rather dilapidated JP sat in a farmers field somewhere down south... and suddenly the plan went from a mildly dirty gate guardian to a "my god how have you managed to let it get to this state phil" and a few weeks later here we are at the final stages of weathering and now im debating doing another one but nice and clean because its almost heart breaking seeing such a lovely aircraft with green and brown where there really shouldn't be... https://drive.google.com/file/d/1RAZnCrz9wCBXJdXisMPOQKivabRJtY_0/view?usp=sharing
  17. After trying to build two Typhoons simultaneously a few years ago, and failing, I decided it would be easier to build four(!) at the same time. One of the four is the left-over from the first attempt, see this thread on Aeroscale: Tale of Two Tiffies . I am using three different kits: the Pavla car-door, the Brengun bubble-top, and two of the Airfix late-war version with 4 blade prop and Tempest tail planes. The schemes I have chosen are: (Top two profiles by Chris Davey from Osprey's Typhoon and Tempest Aces of World War 2 by Chris Thomas; bottom two profiles by Chris Thomas from 2nd Tactical Airforce Vol. 4 by Shores and Thomas) I have spent several days already on getting the parts to fit together, which for the Pavla kit has been a considerable hassle! The wings and fin have had to be thinned considerably, as have the cockpit areas (and still the resin cockpit doesn't fit as intended). Both the Airfix and Brengun kits mainly need the height of the wheel wells reduced to allow the wings to close properly. In the case of the Brengun, the tops surfaces were sanded to translucency, as well as the bottom edges coming up too. The Brengun has the edge over the Airfix wheel wells, and in detail and accuracy in general, but every part needed some clean-up. The Airfix open gun panels inspired me to open one wing on the Brengun kit, originally intending to use the Airfix parts in the wing. However, on closer inspection 1) they weren't a good fit, and 2) are not accurate enough. So I'll have to scratch build something. All the parts needing silver painting were stuck to sticks and airbrushed, then given a brown wash. I'm onto the cockpit painting now (black above the tubular framework, dry brushed with grey, grey-green below). The Airfix instrument panel transfers look OK, and for this scale, and considering it is really hard to see into the cockpit of the Typhoon, they will be fine.
  18. Hi All, My latest completion (possibly the last of the year? ) is Airfix' lovely 1:48 Hurricane Mk.I Tropical. I have built two previous versions of this kit (of which more later), and I know that it is a lovely kit, viceless to build. I've chosen to complete as P2638 of 274 Sqn RAF, flown by Sgt F H Dean from Sidi Barrani, Egypt, 1941. I'm currently reading 'The Desert Air War' by Richard Townsend Bickers, and it's been an eye-opener to the imbalance and shifting nature of that conflict, as well as the pivotal role played by the Hurricanes of 274: Here's a photo of the aircraft (and Sgt Dean): The model was completed mostly OOB, apart from the addition of a Yahu instrument panel, and Eduard harness and canopy masks. Inspired by the photo I've chosen to open up the wing gun ports to add a little interest - I've also tried to replicate the level of wear apparent on the airframe, as well as the locally applied 'spaghetti' camouflage. Anyway, on with the photos: Here's a shot with a Desert Air Force compatriot - a P40 from 112 Sqn: Finally, I couldn't resist a group shot with Dickie Cork's Sea Hurricane from Operation Torch, along with a BoB example: I've very much enjoyed this build, and I'll add it to my 2021 yearbook, which is here if anyone is interested: Thanks for looking, Roger
  19. Hi All, I thought I'd add a second build thread along with my current Skua WIP, as I've got a sneaking feeling I might need some light relief from that build , so I'll see how I go with 2 separate WIPs for the moment! This will be my 3rd build of an Airfix Hurricane (the others being a BoB Mk.I, and Dickie Cork's Sea Hurricane), so the kit holds few surprises (which is part of the attraction!). Here's the box art: Here's the sprue shots: Both transparencies and decals look nice: I've got a Yahu instrument panel, masks and Eduard seat belts: I'm going to complete as the box scheme, which is P2638, flown by Sgt F H Dean of 274 Sqn, based in Sidi Barrani, Egypt 1941: Here's a photo of the aircraft, along with Sgt Dean: The spaghetti scheme will add an extra level of interest to the colour scheme, so I hope I can do it justice - there's also some lovely detail in the photo showing wear and tear, which I shall do my best to replicate. Inspired by the photo, I'm also going to open up the panels on the port wing to show off the provided machine guns. I've already made the cut, which you can see here: Here's the finished article, which looks acceptable to my eye. After a very busy few weeks it's nice to be back at the bench, so I'll be working on this and the Skua today and tomorrow - wish me luck! Thanks for looking, Roger
  20. Hello guys, welcome to another of my WIPs. This time, it's the turn for the Revell (Hasegawa) Spitfire Mk.IX. I will be picking up the kit tomorrow from Hobbies Morón (Buenos Aires), but I'll be starting it next year when I come back from my holidays. The model is new, with all the sprues inside their bag. Boxart photo from the seller: I'll be painting this model as a BoB Spitfire (I know, not real, but I know I'll enjoy it). Decals will come from several sources, Airfix and Xtradecals. This build will be an interim one until I manage to get a Tamiya Me 262A-1a (anyone fancy an Argentinian 262 painted as Gloster Meteor C-027 with the yellow and blue wing bands?). And maybe a Hasegawa Fw 190D-9 in 32nd. The men at Gastovic asked me to contact them after New Year, because they're covered with work as of now due to Christmas.
  21. This kit was brought on impulse from the works, having randomly seen it. It effectively flew together - this is my second airfix Provost and they are incredibly good mojo builds. The only problem I had was getting paints. It required humbrol 165, but could only get it in enamel, and couldn't get a good match. I ended up using humbrol 64 which is too dark, but I don't particularly mind. Thanks for looking Images are here :)
  22. Hi All, My latest completion is Airfix' Spitfire Mk.I, finished as FY*Q of 611 (West Lancashire) Sqn, based at RAF Duxford in Autumn 1939. Here's a photo of the aircraft: There are a few unusual elements to this scheme: - The lighter blue of the fuselage roundels - On the starboard side, the tail of the 'Q' is truncated (presumably painted over) - There is a lighter panel (again, probably freshly painted at MU) - The lack of an a/c serial This is a Mk.I right at the start of the conflict, so it does not have any seat armour, has the early armoured windscreen, 'pole' antenna and no IFF wires. This was originally part of a dual build, along with a Mk.XV Seafire, to show the evolution of the aircraft across WW2 (the Seafire was from July 1945 - geddit?). Sadly the Seafire did not make it, as every single one of the decals practically exploded on contact with water . Here's the last photo of both together before its sad demise: The scheme was completed using Tamiya (DG), AK Interactive (DE & White), Vallejo Nato Black & Aluminium. I had an Eduard etch set for the cockpit, and a set of Eduard masks. I finished the gun port covers using my now favoured method of painted Tamiya tape, and the wing walk markings were masked and sprayed. Anyway, on with the photos! Although I've never been a particular fan of early Spitfire schemes I've actually grown quite fond of it over the build, and it makes for a slightly less-seen version than the ubiquitous BoB schemes. I may have to repeat the Seafire build, and I'm certainly going to extend the Spitfire types in the collection! Thanks for looking, Roger *EDIT* Hi All, As there was some commentary over the appearance of the finished scheme, I couldn't resist taking some photos under natural light to try and offer another perspective. As a comment was also made that the Spit looked as if it were wearing a desert scheme, I thought it would be rude not to include a desert scheme to compare and contrast (the same Dark Earth paint is used on both Desert scheme and TLS - please excuse the missing antenna wire on the Tomahawk). I hope that this provides a better representation of the finished model - I also slipped in a Defiant as another early war RAF comparator, just for sh*ts and giggles! Here's the photos: Thanks for looking, Roger
  23. Back in 1974 I attended an IPMS AGM at the RAF Museum in Hendon. There I bought the then new Revell 1/32 Beaufighter, made a desultory start and left it in its box...until now! This is the kit, laid out in all its glory... Notice the lack of decals... oh well, that means an after market set. As this kit has non dihedral tailplanes choice is limited, but I've ordered a sheet from Techmodel, and will do one from 307 Squadron RAF, Winter 1943 in the overall grey with dark green disruptive pattern on the upper surfaces. I couldn't face such a massive black model! There is a review of the kit from 2014 here: My initial impression is of a very simple kit, with limited detail and some major design simplifications, for example the wheel well liners are set so shallow that it would be impossible for the wheels to retract! There are some errors in the interior details, for example built from the box the radar operator would be unable to exit his position. As re-loading the 4 cannon was a part of his work on the early Beaus that represents a bit of a problem. More photos to follow: this will be mostly a "Build from the Box" with a few corrections and additions.
  24. Inspired by an A-4F Skyhawk 'What If' profile by Damian, I thought to myself, why don't I try something similar but base my profile on a scheme that could be easily modeled with easy to get hold of decals too! So what I've come up with is an A-4F Skyhawk in RAF colours of Dark Green and Dark Sea Grey in a wrap around pattern using markings from a Lightning F.6 of 74 Squadron based in RAF Tengah in Singapore in 1970. We all know the scheme of a silver Lightning with a black fin. I'm not going to bother with a backstory for it. It is, as they say, what it is! Cheers Richard.
  25. I like the music of Cole Porter, and one day maybe a week ago the words "Night and day..." lead in my mind to a Group Build idea. But to the point: Night and Day GB. The Allied combined bombardment campaign to defeat the Axis and its industrial heart and logistic veins. Why not bleed their air force white too, conveniently along the way. Achieve this with British by night, Americans by day, hammering the enemy Night and Day. Adding Little Friends as they came along, from the early Spitfire escort reaching the Netherlands to Mustangs all the way to Berlin and back. Not forgetting the photo recon Mosquitos, Lightnings and Spitfires that brought back valuable information about the effects of the bombing. Assembly ships and Pathfinders too, of course. And the Dambusters! On the other side of the table, Jagdwaffe, with anything they ever could send up in the air to defend Das Reich. Night and Day. The wild boars and the tame ones. Rocket firing dayfighters to break them up and ones with antitank guns to do havoc in a tight combat box formation. The Schräge Musik, btw, that's jazz. A lot of metal in the air too, known as the notorious Flak, so the German AAA and ground radar equipment are eligible if that's your interest. And the night fighters chasing other night fighters, the choices are endless...less...less... So how'd this sound for 2022? 1) V-P the host 2) MarkSH 3) Col. the co-host 4) Antoine 5) Corsairfoxfouruncle 6) Rabbit Leader 7) Arniec 8. trickyrich 9) Ol' Scrapiron 10) CliffB 11) Silenoz 12) Wez 13) TEMPESTMK5 14) Mottlemaster 15) Hockeyboy76 16) JOCKNEY 17) specky 18) Peter Lloyd 19) Valkyrie 20) Muddyf 21) Redstaff 22) BerndM 23) PhantomBigStu 24) Paul821 25) alt-92 26) franky boy 27) Greg Destec 28) modelling minion 29) Tim R-T-C 30) Stefan Buysse ... thank you all! 31) Work In Progress 32) Davey Gair 33) wimbledon99 34) Bill Davis 35) Richard Tucker 36) Rafwaffe 37) ...
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