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  1. This is Shark 20 as she would likely have been during the Sydney-Hobart yacht race rescues in December 1998. Built under the Sea King Group Build but completed too late to include in the gallery. This is the most complex buld to date during my middle-aged modelling renaissance and I think at times I bit off more than I could reasonably chew. I failed to finish off some of the details but have done enough for me to call her done and move onto a (hopefully) simpler build. Painted in Gunze H307 (FS 36320) with some light panel line detailing and exhaust staining around the rear of the fuselage.
  2. Hi All While looking for the promised Barracuda I found this. Will try to finish it and end the woeful streak this year . Bag still sealed so everything should still be there. Martin H
  3. Well the “HMAS Vendetta” build is finally finished and I only lost decal, a very small Pennant number down around the stern. Dammed the convicts for adopting the US Navy pennant number system unlike the Kiwis who still used the proper numbering system aka the RN for Commonwealth Navies. Paints used were, Tamiya Fine Surface Primer (light Grey), Humbrol Acrylic Spray Grey 64 both were in a rattle can. Humbrol Emamel Matt Black, Matt White and Humbrol Acrylic 64 which I think I’ll throw out in the end. Sovereign Colourcoats RN16 (old stock). Aftermaket parts from Shapewa
  4. Hi mates, Having just finished one folded wing project (my Fairey Firefly TT.4), and having not learned any lessons by doing so, I decided to jump head first into another! And in resin to boot! This time it's the de Havilland Sea Venom in fabulous 1:72 scale. The build consisted of the basic Sea Venom kit, plus the optional folding wing set, both from those master craftsmen in the Czech Republic, CMR. I love CMR kits - the level of detail is astounding. This project is a tribute to Steve Long (NAVY870) from the Camden Museum of Aviation in Australia. Steve was such a bi
  5. For my next build I’m trying something a little different, a WW1 biplane, but still keeping with my Australian Fleet Air Arm theme. I’ll be building the Rodin 1/72 Sopwith 2F1 “Ship’s Camel” and the subject will be N-6823 from HMAS Sydney, 1918. I find the use of these aircraft quite intriguing as by all accounts they were single use, taking off from a short runway on top of a gun turret and then ditching beside the ship for recovery. The first step is to make the end-opening box into top-opening! Then here’s the contents. And the current state
  6. It's been about 6 months since I've posted anything in here, been building lots of stuff for other projects but not quite finishing them.........the same old story. Well this was built for the Hawker (Siddeley) GB. The model is Fisher Model & Pattern's 1/32nd resin Sea Fury. I was very lucky to win this one on my favourite website for a ridiculously cheap price as normally they're quite frightening price wish. There was an option in the schemes for an all-over blue RAN aircraft but I wanted to do one in the earlier colour scheme, lucky enough Novascale do a nice set of decals f
  7. These are the Trumpeter and Hobbycraft 1/48 kits being done up as two aircraft that were involved in an embarrassing (for the RAAF especially) incident where an Auster took off without a pilot and several RAAF aircraft tried to shoot it down and failed so the RAN sent up two Sea Fury's to finally shoot it down. One of the aircraft had rocket rails on it so I hacked off the crap rockets from the Trumpeter rockets leaving just the rails.
  8. Hi all, Inspired by Paul's Portsmouth thread I thought I'd post a couple from the Aussie visit: A-4F Skyhawk Wessex Mk31 S-2F Tracker Sorry about the scratches!!!! Martin
  9. Hi Everyone, I'm ready to go with a Royal Australian Navy UH-1B Iroquois. I started the kit a few years back but didn't get very far as the photos below show. Now is a good time to pick up where I left off and learn a lot about Hueys in this group build. I'll be modelling N9-882 (857) which served with 723 Squadron from 1964 to 1989. This airframe is now in the Fleet Air Arm Museum, Nowra. Components are the Italeri 1/72 UH-1B, Eduard UH-1B etch and Hawkeye's RAN-03 decal set.The Italeri rotors are said to be under-sized and will need lengthening to 48'. I'll also need to scratch-build a
  10. This is the Trumpeter kit in 1/72, with Red Roo Decals. I cut out the radome from the lower fuselage and filled it with plastic card as the T2's didn't have this fitted. The instructions also have you put the flaps down, but I glued them in the up position. As usual, fit of the parts was hit and miss, with the major sections fitting nicely, but the smaller parts left a bit to be desired. Unfortunately I screwed up the paint job the first time around and it has sat in my cabinet half finished since January, but with Wings Model Show coming up I pulled it out, sanded down the rough as guts p
  11. Here is the latest in my RAN 1/72 Fleet Air Arm project, the Airfix Vampire built as a T.22 at HMAS Albatross, Nowra in the mid-late 60's. I remember walking past the hanger containing these aircraft as a young boy on the way to the weekend base cinema and being intrigued by their twin boom design. Although I don't remember 808 specifically, it was no doubt one of the marvelous little jets I admired. This was supposed to be a quick build and so I never got around to a WIP, but alas I proceeded at my usual snail's pace and it took quite a while in the end. The kit was rather straightforward
  12. Pictures of my recently completed model of HMAS Launceston, a Royal Australian Navy Armidale Class Patrol Boat. The model is 1:700 scale a straight out of the box build of the Dodo Models kit with minor enhancements for rigging and antennae. A detailed build log can be found here: http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/234999281-dodo-models-1700-royal-australian-navy-armidale-class-patrol-boat/ and pictures: I hope you enjoy.
  13. Since my return to the hobby 3 or 4 years ago I've focussed solely on fleet airm aircraft, but building an Australian light fleet carrier has always been lurking in the back of my mind. Wandering around the hobby shop yesterday looking for a tube of putty, I spotted a Heller 1/400 Colossus / Arromanches for a nice price and it didn't take long for me to reason I needed a break from aircraft. Now in the cold hard light of another day I'm starting to realise how much out of my depth I now feel. Lucky I've got Britmodeller for inspiration and some helpful assistance! I've settled on HMAS Vengea
  14. Hi Everyone, I might have missed the cut for the Tiger Moth Group Build, but I did finally finish this really nice little kit. Markings are for the Royal Australian Navy Naval Air Station at Nowra in the mid-1950's. Decals are from Southern Sky models and the kit is of course the new-ish Airfix 1/72. I had my usual bumps and scrapes in the build process but I enjoyed it very much, especially my first attempt at biplane rigging which was done with invisible thread and superglue. (I gave up attempting the elevator rigging!) For the photographically-minded, it was my first attempt at using the
  15. Built mainly OOB except for scratch built LAU-7 launcher mounts and Tamiya AIM-9Bs. Decals from Hawkeye Models Australia. Also repositioned landing gear and dropped flaps.
  16. Here is the subject of my entry in the group build - a Royal Australian Navy trainer from 1954 - one of only three DH.82's operated by the Fleet Airm Arm at HMAS Albatross, Nowra. It had only a short naval career, being retired in 1958 and transferred to a private aeroclub. The silver and trainer yellow scheme looks quite fancy! This will be built essentially out-of-the-box with no etch or resin but possibly a little scratch-building where needed. Decals are from southern sky models. I've never built a biplane so have started practising my rigging before i get too far into the build. In th
  17. One year and 2 days from my first WIP post, I can finally call this one done! Bristol Sycamore HR.51 in Royal Australian Navy guise, circa mid-1950's. This was never meant to be a long build, but as it progressed I kept seeing things I just needed to tidy up. The rotor fold, blade cradle, winch, steps, cockpit interior, tail rotor, port side under carraige and front starboard door are all scratch built. And although not 100% accurate and authentic, it looks pretty much like a Sycamore to me. Maybe one day I'll be tempted by the CMR resin kit, although there's lots more to build yet in my stas
  18. Following on from comment in my A-4G Skyhook thread, here's some photos of number 2 in my RAN collection - one of the two dark blue Sea Furies based at HMAS Albatross in the fifties / sixties. This is my first "modern" build after returning to the hobby in 2011. It's made up from the Airfix 1/72 kit and was a test build to see if I could still manage to stick plastic together. The real target of the exercise (a Trumpeter Sea Fury) still lies in my stash waiting to be built. I bought the Airfix kit primarily for the extensive stencils and the better-shaped spinner which were both reserved for
  19. Just finished a few weeks back, my RAN A4-G Skyhawk. I'm a slow modeller and only finish a few kits a year but I eventually get there. This Skyhawk is from HMAS Melbourne and is no.5 in my quest to build a near complete fleet of 1/72 scale RAN aircraft (below). A short build thread can be found here: http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/234957298-a4-g-skyhawk/
  20. Continuing in my Royal Australian Navy Fleet Air Arm theme, here's the latest progress on my A4-G Skyhawk. It's the Fujimi kit in 1/72 scale. I nearly didn't get this far as I was having a lot of doubt about my being able to do the camouflage. Some very helpful advice from fellow member Mumbles (Thank you Sam), who built the same scheme late last year, gave me the confidence to try out the blue tac sausages and tape method. In fact I used UHU white tac. I masked it free hand using an enlarged printout of the scheme as reference. Now if I did this again (and no doubt I will as I have a 1/48 T
  21. What would people recommend as a base kit for the above. I'd be interested in both 1/72 and 1/48 scale. It would be built as an RAN unit. I've googled like crazy but nothing really jumps out. Cheers, Andrew
  22. New Digital releases Australian MRH90 1/72 and 1/144 Newly released in Digital range (previously only available as Inkjet) RNZAF Hudson NZ theatre 1942 1/48 and 1/72 RNZAF Hudson Fiji/Pacific 1942 1/48 and 1/72 RNZAF Catalinas 6 Sqn 1943-44 1/48, 1/72 and 1/144 RNZAF Catalinas 6 Sqn 1944-45 1/48, 1/72 and 1/144 RNZAF Catalinas 5 Sqn – 3 OTU 1944-45 1/48, 1/72 and 1/144 RNZAF Catalinas 5 Sqn Post WWII 1/48, 1/72 and 1/144 RNZAF NH90 in 1/144 As always these are available through my website www.oldmodelsdecals.com and through TradeMe (for NZ customers). Please note that the Australian
  23. It's been a long time in the making, but here at last is my 1/72 Wessex Mk. 31B. She is built as a tribute to my father, who served aboard the carrier HMAS Melbourne and at the Naval Air Station Nowra, and would no doubt have encountered her at times during his career. The rotor fold and tail fold are both scratch-built with varying degrees of success and frustration from plastic card. Primary paints used are Mr Hobby H1 (white) and H 328 (Blue) which appear to be quite a good match for the original. I wasn't as impressed with the aftermarket RAN decals, in particular the yellows and blues we
  24. http://www.panoramio.com/user/7396952?comment_page=1&photo_page=1 9 Pages of RAN, RAAF, RAF, RN, RMAF. Something for everyone. I found the link on hyperscale.com. Enjoy Pete
  25. From the A-4 GB, the Fujimi 1/72 E/F kit built as an A-4G in the hybrid scheme that appeared when the RAN Skyhawks crossed the ditch and entered RNZAF service in mid 1984. There were a few variations on this but this is what 877/NZ6218 looked like for it's ferry flight and the immediate period afterward before the full complement of RNZAF markings were applied. Apart from the roundels the scheme is RAN, with an RNZAF SEA schemed tank on the centreline station. The roundels and rescue markings are slightly oversize, but they are the closest ones I had in my stash. The rest of the markings are f
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