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  1. Hi All, My first completion for 2021 is Auntie's lovely Lancaster B.II. This mark of the Lancaster was a little different to the iconic Merlin-powered Lanc as it used the Bristol Hercules radial engine. The B.II was conceived as a backstop in case of production restrictions on the Merlin. This never eventuated, and the type was relatively short-lived due to inferior performance at normal operating altitudes. However, 300 or so were produced, and many ended up with RCAF squadrons until they were replaced by Halifaxes. There are 2 well-documented aircraft in the schemes
  2. Hi All, A switch of scale for my next build - the first of 2021, although it might get started (just) in 2020! I'm going to build Airfix' Avro Lancaster B.II, which as you are all no doubt aware was the variant which used the radial Bristol Hercules in place of the ubiquitous Merlin. The B.II was conceived as a backstop in case of production restrictions on the Merlin. This never eventuated, and the type was relatively short-lived due to inferior performance at normal operating altitudes. However, 300 or so were produced, and many ended up with RCAF squadrons until they were replac
  3. Hi all This is a stalled build that j picked up again along with my other stalled builds during this crazy year. I have been fortunate enough to keep working through the year although working from home which has it's advantages in fuel and travel time. This kit is quite nice and I stopped it due to fears over fitting the top wing however after completing the Amodel DH60 I decided I would give it another go and found it really easy as this one coul be placed on the wing upside down on the workbench and left to dry. Brilliant. The kit is out of the box . The mass balances o
  4. I finished my Deltas and am not happy with the result, they will be done again at a later date. The doctor said I have depression. I can't seem to concentrate on one thing for long, this build will be an attempt to clear my head of weird scenes and get myself back on track and hopefully finish my other WIPs. Enough of the sad stuff and get on with it. Sometime ago Navy Bird did a yellow and black stripped Anson. Love black and yellow strips. I didn't want to build an Anson and found this little Northrop. Love a Northrop. Some pics.
  5. Here are some images for the kit and scheme I’ll be building. This will straight from the box and I’ll be finishing it in the markings of 443 Squadron RCAF. This is the machine on the box art and I’m looking forwards to getting started Steve
  6. Hi, The Stranraer (original Matchbox production) was a kit waiting for many years in my stash. It is about 30 years now. The main reason was the complicate riging and some conversion needed to do as the kit is reproducing some post war changes. I decided to do her in RCAF livery (and machine of Canadian build), and I am very grateful to all BM fellows who took part in a topic providing many useful information on those differences. First of all I thanks Chris ( @dogsbody ). This thread is here: So, the list of modificarions are: 1. removing of carago doors on right sid
  7. Just finished this line of aircrafts, all build out of box. From the new Airfix line and a joy to build fit is exelent. Decals fra Aviaeology, super decals, with all the reference material that you can dream for. Cheers Jes
  8. Here's my Airfix 1/48 Spitfire FR XIVe, completed as a 402 Squadron (RCAF) machine, March, 1945. As I understand it, 402 was one of two Squadron's to operate the "bubbletop" before the end of the war in Europe. I found the Airfix kit to be good, but required careful assembly and a fair amount of shimming. The paints I used are Tamiya acrylic, weathering with Humbrol enamels and pastels, and the decals are a mix of XtraDecal codes, Aviaeology serials, and Barracuda stencils. I'm quite happy with the result, and I hope you like, Colin
  9. Here's my 1/48 Spitfire Mk XIVe highback completed as 'Blackie' MacConnell's mount at the end of the war. I believe he was flying this aircraft when he downed an Arado AR-234 in April, 1945. It started life as an Airfix PR XIX, and was modified extensively to become a Mk XIVe. Decals are from XtraDecal, and Aviaeology stencils. Paints are Tamiya acrylic's, with weathering using Humbrol enamels and pastel chalk. Hope you like, Colin
  10. Here's my 1/72 Italeri/Wingman C-130J-30 Stretched Hercules operated by the RCAF. It started out as a Testors/Italeri AC-130a 'Spooky' with a lot of scratchbuilding and modifications. I'm very happy with how it turned out, hope you like ... Thanks for looking, Colin
  11. Hi all My entry will be a Eduard Spitfire MK.XIe in 1:48 (84138) with a few after market items ie cockpit Wheels cannons engine ? decals I will be using Xtradecal set X48172 Using markings for MK304 Y2K Flown by Flight Lieutenant Arnold “Rosy” Roseland of 442 (RCAF) Squadron based at St. Croix Sur Mer France July 1944
  12. I've built a small squadron of the of the old Minicraft DC-3's over the years, but this was my first of the newer Roden offering. I must say, it's a lovely kit, correcting several of the former kit's more notable weaknesses, such as the short fin/rudder height and the engine spacing. Mods for the RCAF version were minimal, chiefly cutting off the tail cone of the civil version (which Roden left on this C-47 issue) and slight alterations to the antenna layout. Paints were Tamiya acrylics on the 'topside' and MM grey acrylic primer on the undersides. I used a little thinned enamel wa
  13. Encouraged by warm reception (Thanks for All !) of my Wallace, Wapiti and Wellingtons I would like to share with next old Frog/Novo kit - Blackburn Shark. I converted it to Mk III. This is No 546 RCAF, operated by Sq. 7, RCAF Station Prince Rupert BC Dec. 41 to 1943. It was use for anti submarine patrols.Conversion was also scratch ("free hand"). Best regards Jerzy- Wojtek
  14. Hi, Recently finished my RCAF Canadair Sabre from 427 Sqdn. I used the Academy F-86F-30 kit OOB except for the Aires seat and True Details wheels. The Leading Edge decals turns it into a Hard Wing F-86-30 style from Zweibrücken, Germany in 1957. The tail markings is from the Weapons Meet Cazaux, France. Unfortunately the decals had a tendency of silvering. Painted with Mr.Paint and weathered with Ammo of Mig products. Thanks for looking //Fred
  15. Hi all As well as the Oxford I have been working on a couple of other aircraft a 72nd scale Novo Percival proctor and this, the academy Lockheed Ventura II. Although I have decided to model a RCAF Western Air Command machine during Operation polar Bear in 1944/45. They were standard Venturas in the US Navy scheme and some were repainted in a scheme known as the Saddleback scheme with some yellow panels on the tail plane vertical surfaces and the tops of the outer main wings. The scheme looks particularly attractive I think. The model I am making s of a GR.V serial 2189 with code letter
  16. With your indulgence...another 'golden oldie' dredged up from old Photobucket files. This is the simplified 'easy build' Hobby Boss F/A-18A Hornet, from the 'Blue Angels' boxing...dressed up with the excellent Leading Edge Canadian Hornet 2006 Demo markings. I spruced-up the very basic kit with added LEX fences on the wing roots, and a tail hook and assorted sensors and antennae from rod & strip stock. As a Canadian bird of that era, it also needed the characteristic nose-mounted searchlight, so I drilled a shallow hole and added a disc from clear acetate. The featu
  17. I hope someone here can help me with this. I am sure that at one time, someone (Leading Edge, Arrow Graphics, ???) offered a 1/72 decal sheet of Post War - 1950s black code letters. I have a few sheets of numbers, but can not locate a corresponding sheet of letters. Does anyone know who or if such a decal sheet ever existed? and, if so, who made? Thanks!
  18. Hi folks. This is my interpretation of my recently completed Canadair Sabre Mk.2 in 1/72 Not much to say really. Life started by using the Hobbycraft kit that had its wings backdated to pre 6-3, wing pylons moved inboard and the gun-sight replaced with an older type. Model finished using Humbrol Metalcote 'Polished Aluminium' paint, Model Alliance decals, MA-72120. Markings for aircraft '19241' of 421 Squadron, 2 Wing, RCAF, Grostenquin, France, 1954. Stuart
  19. Good morning (or afternoon depending on what side of the Atlantic you're on) everyone, This will be my first model, along with my first thread on model making online! There will be many questions, and possibly something worthwhile looking at in the end. I have chosen to make a model based off of my nation's primary multirole fighter. I recently purchased a Canucks Models CF-188 special edition with the Battle of Britain decals. Plans are to order Canada's FIB Decal kit from Canuck models and base the model off of a CF-188 that participated in Operation Mobile.
  20. I've got a bunch of Pavla kits in my stash. Every time I feel like a long, slow, arduous and excruciatingly painful building process I pull one out and take a good long time to build it. *LOL* This one took me, off and on, about 2 years - even though I still have to drop the aerial on the top of the fuselage I am calling it "DONE" - what a royal pain these kits are (at least for me) - BUT the good part is you learn a lot about modeling and what skills you need to work on and practice and you also learn a lot about patience :grin: Lots of issues with this one - the landing/wing light clear c
  21. Time to throw my hat into the ring and actually make a decision as to what to build! I am going to build a Hasegawa F-104G as a CF-104 of the 1st Canadian Air Group which was based at Baden Sollingen in Germany. The aircraft I will be building is 104806 as it was painted during the NATO Tactical Air Meet at Ramstein from 20th June until 3rd July 1980, during this exercise the aircraft had a large letter C painted on the tail, and even more interesting colour wise the aircraft had a replacement starboard wing which was painted in a different camo scheme from the rest of the airframe (overall g
  22. I've had this one sitting around half finished for much too long. Finally I took the bit in my teeth, knuckled down and finished it. It's the Welsh Models kit straight out of the bag. The fuselage is the basic standard Welsh Convair 440/540 fuselage so the door outlines don't match the decals. I found that out too late. It's something I'll have to keep in mind when I do the 1/72 kit later on.
  23. Good Day All, i'm calling this "done" Started this project back in March and took my time at it but now she's finally complete. The DH.82c Tiger as she may have appeared in 1942 after rolling off the production line at DeHavilland Canada in Downsview (now part of Toronto) Ontario, Canada. She stayed in Canada her whole life (including some 25 years in storage) and is currently flying with/at The Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum in Hamilton, Ontario Canada. Here's what was done to get it as close as I could to a DH.82c: Canopy (vac formed), prop (metal), and engine (metal) are via Jo
  24. This is likely my first or second post here on Britmodeller, and it concerns an F-5 model that is already being built by a number of fine hobbyist's in this campaign. None-the-less, this is the most peaceful, relaxing, and enjoyable hobby I can think of, and I don't feel the duplication should bother anyone. I'm doing mine in the CAF lizard scheme as shown on the boxtop. I have a reference with a pair of decent color photos of that exact aircraft. So mine will be built OOB using the kit decals. Here the prerequsite photos: I'm starting the model this evening, so progress photos shou
  25. Hey all I happened across a rather striking paint scheme on a CH-124 Sea King.... This dates from 1999 when the RCAF was celebrating its 75th Anniversary. This seems to be the only picture available of this particular Sea King. Does anyone know if there's ever been a decal sheet for these markings? Likewise, does anyone know of any other pictures? Regards ANS
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