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  1. Hello all, Here is my entry for this GB - Tamiya's 1/48 A-1H Skyraider marked as BuNo 139768 of VA-25 'Fist of the Fleet', flying off the USS Midway during the Vietnam war in 1965. Delivered to the Navy in 1956, this Skyraider served with VA-42 and VA-122 prior to being transferred to VA-25 in July 1964. On the 20th June 1965, this aircraft was piloted by Lt Clint Johnson and was credited with downing a North Vietnamese MIG-17 along with Lt Charlie Hartman. 139768 was passed to VA-115 in 1966 and forced to ditch in the Gulf of Tonkin due to battle damage in March 1967. Kit: Extras: I'll be adding a Quinta cockpit set, Quickboost resin cockpit piece, New Ware masks and Aeromaster decals. I've seen a few images of Spads carrying MK.81 250lb bombs, so I retrieved a few old Hasegawa examples from the spares and will add these to some the kit supplied ordnance (of which there is a lot!) Reference: Been wanting to do this one for a while so looking forward to getting started (need to get that Catalina under way first though!). Dave
  2. Hi all, Here is my Tamiya 1/72 Thunderbolt Razorback, a kit that requires little introduction I guess: great fit, with lovely detail all around. I just added a few details (PE seat belts in the cockpit, brake lines on the main landing gear, vacform canopy, brass gun barrels and DF loop antenna on the spine). The drop tank is from a Pavla armament set. The model represents an aircraft from the 1st ACG, that provided close air support and resupply operations to British troops (the so-called "Chindits") that were dropped behind Japanese front lines in Burma. For this "Operation Thursday" aircraft, I used the DP Casper decal sheet. The sheet provides fuselage stripes and theater bands in both dark blue and black. Reading through Squadron's "Thunderbolt in the Pacific Theater", the fuselage stripes are described as dark blue and the bands on wings and tail surfaces in black, so I settled for this combination. First time I used DP Casper's decals: these are very thin and break easily, so care is needed in handling them but they give a nice result. For the NMF I used a few Alclad shades, other paints are mostly Tamiya acrylics. Weathering was done with oils and pigments. Here is a Wikemedia picture of the real thing: United States Army Air Forces, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons Credits background picture: freepik, https://www.freepik.com/free-photo/beautiful-scenery-green-tree-forest-cloudy-sky_9185373.htm Hope you enjoy the pictures, thanks for looking! Best regards, Patrick
  3. Lets see how this goes........ The kit does not have the side camera window... i am wondering if i'm brave enough to drill a hole and give it a go ..... Anyway started ... with a few other things... lights under the wing. painted silver apart from the centre. Filled that with ""Looks like Glass" ..seems to look like a bulb a drop of "Looks like Glass" on the front. Part II soon......
  4. My second entry from my three-build challenge is going to be a very well-known Tamiya kit that I plan to do as a Yugoslavian aircraft. Here is what I have: Not huge amount of aftermarket bits. However that box of resin is really full of goodies - I'll show its content later in this thread. Decal provides markings for a very non-standard Yugoslavian camouflage scheme of grey aircraft with dark green spots. I do not really like it to be honest. My intention is to make a natural metal bird with red arctic tail and tanks - I have references to at least two such aircraft with Yugoslavian serials 10600 and 10620 which had the same large size roundels (normally F-84G at that period had smaller sized roundels). I'll need to source serials and large nose numbers which I do not think should be a problem because at early stage of F-84G career with RV i PVO they were of typical USAF font. Eduard masks hopefully will save me an hour or so for masking the canopy.
  5. #9/2024 After a longer pause, my dad finished another race car. Tamiya kit, first released in 1978, this is the 2010 edition with Cartograf decals. Sadly they didn´t perform as used to, so painted all the gold on the main body with Gunze H9 Gold. For the blue my dad used Mr Paint Sea Blue. Didn´t add much detail, only some lead wire for tubing and wiring in the engine area. Well, the kit shows its age regarding engineering, molding and fit and my dad didn´t finish it glitch-free. Build thread here https://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/235136624-fast-canis-lupus120-wolf-wr-1-1977/ Walter Wolf Racing, a British-Canadian team with roots in the Williams team, active from 1976 to 1979, lead by Austrian-Canadian businessman Walter Wolf Japan GP 1977 (therefore the Tamiya add on the engine cover), piloted by South African Jody Scheckter DSC_0001 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0002 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0003 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0004 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0005 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0006 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0007 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0008 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0009 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0010 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0012 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0013 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0014 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr
  6. Tamiya is to release a new tool (?) 1/72nd Lockheed Martin F-35A Lightning II kit. Source: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=615777313890734&set=pb.100063754112187.-2207520000.&type=3 V.P.
  7. Hi Guys here we go. This is why Im building the F16 RIAT July 2017. Happy days Wellzy
  8. Hi Guy`s here`s No two . other decal sheet only half used , P51B ,363FS 357FG .RAF Leiston 1944 Well that`s my second U.S.8th A.f. Build .Cheers Wellzy.
  9. I would have swore I started a post on this but could not find it to save my life. This is Tamiya's 1/48th P-47 I'm planning to use Cutting Edge decal sheet. I've been wanting to do a P-47 marked as Eileen since seeing the Academy box art years and years ago on the store shelves. Doing the checkered nose had been giving me anxiety so in a rush of inspiration, I paused another build to tackle them back in June 2022. The Cutting Edge sheet provided the checkers but so did Tamiya and I felt I was going to have better luck with Tami's decals. They were in three parts compared to CE's 2 piece. I started out painting the cowl gloss white as a base. Then came the moment of truth.... There's some wrinkles but I got them mostly out with a healthy dose of Solvaset. Not too shabby, and I like that some of the black squares "chipped" as I'm sure they wouldn't have stayed perfect with use. From there, I started in the normal spot, the cockpit. Paints are Model Master, the green is Euro Green which I like as a match for "P-47 cockpit green". The black is just MM black. I did lay down a base of Alclad aluminum before the green for the chipping effects. I used the kit decals for the instruments and I'm very happy with the way it looks. They conform really well considering Tamiya's decals reputation for being thick, same with the cowl checks. There's some wrinkles but they're really only visible in this photo. I also added some aftermarket cockpit stencils which aren't really visible in these shots. I used a resin seat with molded belts from a company whose name escapes me, but I didn't manage to get a shot of it. 🫤 That's all for now, more to come.
  10. Hi all, With the hope of getting a more simple and swifter build under my belt before tackling a SH F-84F I have embarked on another Tamiya Mustang! Many of you have built them and so I wont labour it with repetitive posts but I will post things that are particular to this build. My subject is a post-WW2 machine that served with the Nevada ANG while detached to Iceland in 1952-53. It is the second in this row - '474482' seemingly called "Nancy". So far the build has been pretty much standard fare for a Tamiya Mustang kit, particularly the flaps. This time around, though, I am using a set of Armycast resin items. Other aftermarket will be the canopy (Falcon), although if it ends up looking wrong, as I am no good at vac form stuff, I will revert to the kit parts. Also I will use resin exhausts, PE seat belts and a Yahu IP. The cockpit needs a bit of modification to accomodate what I believe to be an ARC-3 radio set up behind the cockpit. However, while my drawings show these as fitted horizontally these seem to be vertical. My efforts are a bit of guesswork but I think it will look okay 🤞. You can see this a little better in the following image: Today I am at the fuselage half mating stage. The following are some build shots: The internal parts painted Dry fitting I'm feeling better already! Martin
  11. Hi everybody, calling all Corsair maniacs experts for this build, such as @corsaircorp and @Corsairfoxfouruncle just to name the two I'm more familiar with I always loved the Corsair, but know very little about it, so any help, hints, tips, references and pointers will be greatly appreciated This is more of a bookmark than an actual start, I still need to study some proper documentation about the subject, anyway here are a few pics. The kit: It's the well known Tamiya 1/48 box - I don't think there's much to say about it, anyway here are the sprues: The second pilot figure, in the "jumping on board" pose, is very tempting... Clear parts Decals (as usual, I plan to use very few of them ) and the scheme I want to reproduce, Jolly Rogers' BIG HOG Actual works to start soon-ish, I may venture into a foray in another field of modelling before/along this, we'll see. Meanwhile, I'm all ears Ciao Edit: I almost forgot to add that my friend @corsaircorp had sent me some resin bits to tart up this build: I'm not sure if I'll be using the whole engine or just replace the crankcase of the kit with the resin one - definitely going to use the resin seat, though
  12. This is the Tamiya 1/48 P-51D Mustang, marked as John C. Meyer's "Petie 2nd". Typical of Tamiya, easy assembly and a nice fit. The only weak points are the wheel well not going back to the spar, and a prop that is too wide and tapered at the cuff (easy to correct). I used an Ultracast seat, and the sliding canopy is a spare from an Airfix kit (suitably reshaped). Wheel well was opened to the aft spar, brake lines added, and the radio, battery and drop tanks wired, and plumbed. Decals are the kits (works well with VERY hot water), and the paints are all Tamiya acrylic. Thanks for looking, Colin
  13. This Tamiya 109 is my latest build, and I have to say one of the nicest kits I have ever built; the fit is perfect and no modifications or putty were needed. This was also my first time doing mottling, I had to redo it at least 3 times but, I am pleased with the result. I used Ak real colors acrylics. The only aftermarket items used were Eduard Photo-etched in the cockpit, a master pitot tube and cannons, and Decals from Aeromaster, Eduard and Italeri. The sand filter, which wasn't included in the kit was taken from an Eduard 109. I used Abteilung 502 oils to wash the model and Tamiya weathering powders for the exhausts. Happy modelling! Anna
  14. After some pause, my dad started another F1 car. this time a Wolf WR1 from the British-Canadian team, owned by the Austrian-Canadian Walter Wolf. It´s the 2010 kit edition, including decals by Cartograf, PE and metal parts. DSC_0008 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr engine block painted with Tamiya XF-16 Flat Aluminium DSC_0009 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0010 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0011 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0012 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr
  15. Hey all, This is Tamiya's P-47D 'Razorback', an instant classic from the early 2000s. Like many others, I've had a strong affinity towards this aircraft for a long time. Somehow, the brutal look of the aircraft is met with some amazing lines, to create what in my eyes is a true thoroughbred aircraft. I've always had an interest in the Eighth Air Force during the Second World War as I live in East Anglia and have a number of former airbases right on my doorstep. Additionally, with my job I'm constantly all over the six traditional counties that make up the East of England. To be able to step out of my door and be right in the history has always driven an obsession interest with the 'Mighty Eighth'. The aircraft I've depicted is from the 355th Fighter Group, based at RAF Steeple Morden, which is just on the outskirts of Royston, sort of close to the borders of Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire but in fact in Cambridgeshire. The air base was originally a satellite for RAF Bassingbourne before being handed over the the USAAC in mid-1943. The kit fell together, as do Tamiya kits, so no need to cover already well documented ground. The only thing i did add was an Eduard LooK set which includes a drop in resin instrument panel and seatbelts, the only two additions really needed IMO. I painted the aircraft with Mr. Colour Acrylics, and weathered with oils. The decals are from Furball Aero-design, of which their 'Colors and Markings of P-47s Part 1' includes 20 different schemes for the P-47 in the ETO and MTO, and though the stencils are included, I used the kits stencils and national insignia. This means I can use the decals again for later projects! Thanks for looking, Sam
  16. Hi all I've just started to build the Tamiya 1:48 Vought F4U-1a Corsair #61070. Among the list of suggested Tamiya paints are: AS-8 Navy Blue (US Navy); AS-19 Intermediate Blue (US Navy); and AS-20 Insignia White (US Navy). As I don't use spray cans for painting, I'm trying to find the equivalent paints as either acrylic or enamel. So far, I've come up with Tamiya XF-17 (Sea Blue), Tamiya XF-18 (Medium Blue) and Tamiya XF-2 (Flat White) respectively. AK do an Insignia White, AK1101(FS37875) -(a comparison chart gives Tamiya XF-2 as a 'suitable' alternative to this). Is there an actual comparison chart anywhere of Tamiya AS Paints to Acrylic/Enamel (for future use), or has anyone done their own comparison chart or can give me alternatives to AS-8 and AS-19? Thanks in advance.
  17. Hi, I would like to start and share my new build of a De Havilland Mosquito 1:48 scale. The kit is the old, but still very nice Tamiya of the FB Mk VI. I believe that neither a presentation of this aircraft nor of the kit is necessary. Since long, I wanted to build a model of this aircraft because of its fame and because of its remarkable design. For me, this is the first mosquito build as a grown up modeller if I exclude the ancient Revell 1/32 kit that I built when I was a kid. To start my build, I followed to the letter the Tamiya instructions which called the engine nacelles as a first step: I just thickened the frames for added 3-D effect and added few interior details. The white panel shown on the inside of the walls is an artistic license of mine having used a piece of thin styrene to hide annoying ejection pin marks which I didn't want to fill and sand. In the following, the nacelles are shown completed: Finally, they are test fitted with the wings and the main undercarriage struts to check that no interferences with the new parts are present: That is all for this first instalment, I hope you will enjoy following it. Best regards, Dan
  18. This is my build of Tamiya’s very nice Mazda MX-5 ND RF kit (#24353). This kit has the larger option wheels and has been painted Tamiya TS-49 Bright Red to match my NA to ND series. The model was enjoyable to build and nicely completes my collection. Grant. With its “standard” convertible sibling The collection of MX-5s
  19. Hello, Finally, I managed to finish Wildcat from Tamiya in marking from Guadalcanal. It was quite ok build, Tamiya kit has some years but still good in details. I used Gunze H and AK RC colours and Tamiya varnishes. I struggled with signs and numbers decals on fuselage and I rather used homemade masks. Weathering is done by Abteilung 502 oil paints and chalks. I hope you’ll like it. Petr
  20. At approximately 1230 hrs on 12th June 1942 a single Beaufighter Ic, crewed by Flt Lt. Ken Gatward at the controls and guided there by his navigator Sgt. Gilbert Fern, roared along the Champs-Elysees at rooftop height to drop a French flag over the Arc de Triomphe and then flew to the Place de la Concorde where they strafed the Kreigsmarine headquarters with 20mm cannon fire and dropped a second French flag over it. This event, the express purpose of which was to raise morale of the French people and remind them they had not been forgotten, was Operation Squabble. Ever since I read about the event I've wanted to model the 236 Sqn. Bristol Beaufighter Ic that took part. Although it is known to be coded ND-C there is some speculation if it carried the serial T4800 as shown in a photograph of a Beaufighter carrying the code letters taken a month or so later. Since nobody can confirm with any certainty whether or not this was the case or otherwise let's go with it as best guess for the purposes of this project. Tamiya's 48th scale kit provides a decent basis to backdate from the Mk. VI and was the only option in 48th when I started this one a few years ago. The wings have been assembled and some minor corrections to the panel lines done then a bit of detail added inside the fuselage, still more to do there, the crew figures are the kit parts slightly modified but with hindsight they still need oxygen masks fitted across their faces. The stalling point had been at the engines so I've returned there and got the cowlings cleaned up. One of standard kit parts in the background with the two modified parts for comparison. Removed the small bulges, tidied up the mold lines, and removed the intakes from the front of each exhaust pipe. A section of plastic strip to cover the inside of that exhaust molding finishes the cowl for now. Engines next and trying to recreate to individual exhaust pipes from each cylinder.
  21. Hello to all, Some time ago I decided to switch from 1/72 scale to 1/48, I sold the whole collection (around 80 kits) and start to build a new one. My goal is to build collection of main types of US NAVY and USMC planes from WWII until now. I am faster in buying models than building them, so my stash contains around 60 boxes (you can check my Scalemates profile), but so far I finished just one Another 3 are in WIP, all of them from Tamiya, A-1H, F4D and F4F. A-1H Skyraider, VA-25, 577 - I am after basic wash, semigloss varnish and final weathering is in front of me. Gunze H and Tamiya Acrylic colours were used and I used mask for main marking, the rest are decals from the box. F4D Skyray, VMF-114, 3 - Final semigloss varnish applied and I will start final weathering. Gunze H and Tamiya Acrylic colours were used and I used mask to airbrush main marking, the rest are decals from the box. F4F-4 Wildcat, VMF-223, 28 - Gunze H used on bottom surface and AK RC on top. I struggle with decals on sides of fuselage. Tamiya and Techmod didn’t work, so I tried Eduard from their F4F-4 Profipack but didn’t work as well. I will remove the decals, repaint fuselage and use mask to airbrush the signs. This is where I struggle.
  22. Having become bored with my more elaborate builds, I thought it might recharge my modeling mojo to take on a simple Japanese destroyer – and perhaps actually finish it! Tamiya’s of the 1/350 scale IJN Kagero seems like a perfect choice. If it lives up to the Tamiya reputation of great fitting parts, assembly should be a snap. Just to keep things interesting I picked up the Infini brass upgrade set for it too. I’m hoping to complete this one fairly quickly with a minimum of the scratchbuilding which tends to bog down my projects. We’ll see, but this should be a fun, straightforward build! True to form, Tamiya’s Kagero hull parts fit beautifully and the hull went together quickly. My only quibble here is the split hull design. While the waterline/full hull option here is nice, molding the lower hull separately builds in a bit of extra effort to integrate the lower and upper portions. I definitely prefer the simpler single hull approach of their earlier USS Fletcher kit. That said, the join was pretty good and only a little Mr. Surfacer 1200 was needed to blend things.
  23. After a few months of it dusting away in my spray booth, finally got around to finishing it up. Did end up being a lot simpler compared to my previous T-72m1 also from tamiya, but still fairly happy with the results Everything aside from the tracks came with the kit itself out of the box with the tracks themselves being the ones from MENG
  24. My first GB of the year, looking for a nice easy build. My entry is Tamiya’s 1/72 F-84G, plan is to finish it in the scheme shown on the box art.
  25. After a longer quarter scale vehicle abstinence, it´s time for my dad to start a new one. DSC_0008 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr didn´t have enough AK RC SCC15 left, so used AK RC Forrest Green instead, it´s more or less the same green tone. DSC_0009 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0010 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr
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