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  1. Hi All, My latest completion is Tamiya's lovely Mustang III. El Mojo has been somewhat depleted of late, so I was looking for a straightforward build - I didn't bother with a WIP for this one (for the aforementioned reason). I chose to model this as GA*Q of 112 Sqn, based in Italy in 1944. Here's a photo of the aircraft: This aircraft was a little unusual in that the Sky identification band was painted out (except around the serial number), and it did not have the usual yellow leading edge stripes. Although there is much speculation around the camouflage co
  2. I have a 1/48 Tamiya P-51B that I plan to build as an RAF Mustang Mk.III with Malcolm hood, although since I haven't actually built this kit yet I could just as easily build it with the standard P-51B cockpit canopy (the Tamiya kit provides both options). However, it must be an RAF or Commonwealth air forces bird. I'm looking for recommendations for after market RAF decals. I also have the option of buying a set of used original Tamiya Mustang Mk.III decals, but I have read these are very thick.
  3. RAF 1000LB Bombs (Free fall & Retarded tails) (209432 & 209532) 1:32 VideoAviation.com The RAF Have used the 1000Lb bomb for a while, the standard bomb body can be fitted with a variety of Fuzes and tails, including paveway guided bomb kits. The Bombs They arrive in videoaviation's standard clear clam-shell box with an insert showing the bombs. Like the real bombs they are split into the bomb body and the tail units. There are a couple of resin runners which hold the tail fuse vanes and the carry lugs. There is also 2 small decal sheets
  4. Hi folks,just thinking ahead to the BoB GB I want to portray a couple of Aircraft that served with my home county squadron,so need to think about sourcing 1/72 kits and serials,codes etc,there are a couple of sites giving their aircraft and bases during the battle but any further information,profiles photo,s etc would be greatly appreciated. regards Steve.
  5. Hi all, I've been working on this project for approximately 4 months now and have finally gotten round to finishing her off. Started back in October 20 and have had a 2 month deployment sandwiched in-between. Throughout the decalling process I noticed there were not enough 'NO STEP' decals so the drop tank fins haven't been marked up after all the fuselage decals were placed. I also need to work on my abilities not to snap off pylons, to that end, the model has to be displayed with the wings swept forward. I went with that position due to displaying the model with the airbrakes and AA
  6. 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 forget
  7. Hi All, My next build will be Tamiya's 1:48 Beaufighter. This subject has been done to death, but here's a shot of the box: I won't bother showing the sprues, as everybody's seen them a thousand times!! I'm not going to model the subjects provided by Tamiya, but have obtained a set of Montex masks as below: You can see I've also picked up a rather nice set of resin exhausts for the Hercules. The reason I'm using masks is I'd like a break from decals - any of you who may have seen my recent efforts on the Lancaster B.II may understan
  8. Hi Guys, I'm new to this Forum so wanted to get some suggestions. Ive recently built; 1/32 Revell Harrier GR.1 1/72 Revell Spitfire Mk.Vb 1/72 Airfix Hawk T1 1.72 Airfix Lightning F.2a 1/72 Airfix Hurricane Mk.1 1/72 Revell Typhoon Bearing in mind I'm relatively new to the hobby (and on a student budget) do you have any recommendations on what to build ? I only really want to build RAF operated aircraft. Thanks in advance, Matt
  9. Hi Everyone, For the last few years, I’ve been researching my grandfather’s Cierva C.30a autogiro and I would really like your help to model it accurately. During the time it took to set up my Britmodeller account, I’ve enjoyed reading the forum archives and it seems that @petetasker is a bit of a C.30/Rota expert – so it would be great to get your thoughts. I am full of admiration for @pierre Giustiniani's model of G-ACUU as HM580 – it was fantastic to see. And another incredible find was @Fastcat's story of sneaking into Elmdon hangar to see G-ACUU in the 60s. Wonderf
  10. Hi All, I've had a pretty reasonable year in terms of output - 12 models completed in all, so an average of once per month. It's not been that consistent really - I had a purple patch when I lost a job, and have slowed down since I got a new one! I hope you all enjoy, and let's hope that 2021 is a little less interesting! Anyway, down to business. First cab off the rank was Airfix' lovely 1:48 Boulton Paul Defiant, built as PS*V of 264 Sqn RAF, Martlesham Heath, June 1940: Next was an Airfix Sea Hurricane MkIB of 880 Sqn FAA, as flown by
  11. Hi all, after some trouble I finished making this "old" but always interesting kit ... I hope you enjoy my work The WIP can be found here: by Rodolfo Masti, su Flickr by Rodolfo Masti, su Flickr by Rodolfo Masti, su Flickr by Rodolfo Masti, su Flickr by Rodolfo Masti, su Flickr by Rodolfo Masti, su Flickr by Rodolfo Masti, su Flickr by Rodolfo Masti, su Flickr by Rodolfo Masti, su Flickr by Rodolfo Masti, su Flickr
  12. 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 researchin
  13. Hello all, Today I have the Matchbox 1/72 Hawker Fury in progress. Like most MB kits, the build process is quick, and I had this much done after a few hours of on / off modeling last weekend - In the days that followed, paint was quick and easy thanks to Testors enamel spraypaints and MM Insignia Red, and decals went down over the course of yesterday and today. At first I had lost one of the upper roundels, but it was found this evening and applied. The red on the tail is not accurate, as K 1933 should have it and not 19
  14. The model was built straight from the box, except for pitot tubes which are made with Albion alloy tubes. I airbrushed a first coat of Alclad Primer, then a soft preshading and different coats of white. All colours are Gunze expect metallic parts After decals and a coat of clear I did a washing for panel lines, and some filters for weathering with oil colours. The white camouflage was more difficult than I thought! The results is a little bit “orange skin” Decals are from XTradecals sheet Before take photos I forgot to remove the masking tape from underside cockpit win
  15. Hi gang, I have tried AK Real colors and I am satisfied with their easy airbrushing. But as usually, are colors rather correct ? Or out of any range ? I believe that RAF/FAA/USAF and Japanese are okay, since Nick Millmann was involved, I guess that also RLM shades are okay due to Jurgen Kiroff. But what about others ? Russian, modern an other nations ? If not, are there any generally acceptable paints in general for particular nations ? Thanks for your inputs...
  16. I bought this kit a few months ago my local model shop in Ashby De La Zouch. I haven't built a Valom kit before and hadn't built a Bristol Bombay as a kid so I thought this would be an interesting plane to do. Other kits have since got in the way but this one is perfect for this MTO GB. Here are some photos of what you get in the box Instructions Nice colour painting instructions The instructions are quite full on... Lots of parts and not much showing you how they go together The ba
  17. I have been blogging this build. This is the Hasegawa 1/48 kit, with some modifications.
  18. I'd like to offer my latest completed kit for inspection: the Hawker Hurricane Mk1 flown by P/O Paul Ritchie, No 1 Squadron. First, the man and his aircraft: It was reading his book "Fighter Pilot" that inspired this build.... in 1969.....!! His aircraft, Hurricane L1697 was one of the first production batch, built by Hawkers at either Kingston upon Thames or at Brooklands in 1939 and was the 150th Hurricane built. As with all the first order, she was built with a 2 blade Watts propeller and fabric wings: the first 430 Hurricanes were so assemb
  19. Just wondered if anyone had noted the good news on er...the news about the Hijacked ship incident which was swiftly concluded in a positive and professional manner by SB .....delivered by Junglies supported by WMF and the RAF ....well they have Chinook ....kinda useful. BZ to all
  20. Hallo Some years ago, this kits ware on sale. I had at this time no clue what a resin kit really is. So, this is my first one! This model is the Do-22 in Abukir, flown from Yugoslavia after the German invasion. The land version I also built. Happy modelling
  21. This is my 1/48 scale Revell Mustang MKIII, which is actually the ICM Mustang. I built it OOB and used Vallejo and Mig acrylics for the paintjob. It was an enjoyable build, I think Mustangs are some of the nicer subjects to build.. even as a plastic model, it just looks and feels right. Hope you like the pictures. Kind regards, Gerben
  22. Hi All, Here is my attempt at Eduard's 1:48 Lysander. This is a reboxing of the Gavia kit circa 2001, and I had the 'Lysander in British & Finnish Service' boxing. Here's the WIP if anyone is interested: I chose to model as V9289 of 357 Sqn RAF, which saw service in Burma in 1945. Here's a photo of the actual aircraft (image copyright World War Photos): You may note that there's a fair bit of wear around the cowling and spats. I made my first attempt at using the 'hairspray' technique to replicate this wear. I made a few other improv
  23. Hi All, My next project is Eduard's 1:48 Westland Lysander. I have read much about this kit, not all good! I picked up the 'Limited Edition - RAF & Finnish Service' edition. Here's the box art: On opening the box you are presented with 4 sprues in Eduard's hard, light grey plastic and one transparent sprue: There are also three comprehensive (and very fiddly looking) PE frets: There are five marking options, four RAF and two Finnish (including skis, mark you ). Here's the very
  24. The Supermarine Spitfire requires no introduction. In my opinion, together with the Messerschmitt Bf 109 and the Mitsubishi A6M "Zero", is probably the most famous and recognisable plane of WW2, and certainly the most beloved one. I'm presenting the Mk. IXe variant. The Kit from Eduard is fantastic with great fit and detail for the scale probably one of the best I've done and I totally recommend it!. As you can see in some photos the canopy is broken on the starboard but I have already contacted Eduard and they've organised a replacement which is on its way. I'll take that opportu
  25. Concurrent with Operation Vittles (the Berlin Airlift) was the RAF's "Operation Knicker," or "Plane Fare," which helped immeasurably to keep the people of Western Berlin reassured of the West's commitment to them. Unlike the USAF, the RAF was extremely strapped for resources from its worldwide imperial commitments. Its war-weary C-47s soon were joined by Yorks, Hastings, Tudors, and a hodgepodge of civil aircraft under short-term contract. Fortunately, Ernest Bevin, Britain's best foreign minister of the postwar period (in my opinion) had the strategic foresight to give this operation the h
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