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  1. This model was started in the Mediterranean Theatre GB but stalled after a decal disaster which can be found here https://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/235079643-23-squadron-mosquito-fb-mk-vi/ In July 1943 23 Squadron was based at Luqa in Malta with a mix of Mosquito Mk II and Mosquito FB Mk VI. One of the latter was HJ675 (code YP-V) which for a short time was regularly flown by Flt Lt (later Sqn Ldr) Paul Rabone who went on to become a WWII "Ace" before losing his life in July 1944. Several of the squadron's aircraft were used for long distance
  2. Hi All, I haven't lurked in this part of the forum for ages...good to be back! Due to a recent house move, I have a much-reduced modelling space, with no room for an airbrushing station. Therefore I decided dabble again in figure painting with brushes. I had an idea a while back about converting one of the Tamiya 1/16 figures to represent a modern US Navy carrier deck crewman, as US Naval aviation is a strong interest of mine. I liked the look of the brown-shirted 'chock and chain/plane captain' crewmen: So I bought the Tamiya Bundeswehr Tank Crewman fig
  3. I blame @Procopius and @Cookenbacher. And @CedB In what feels like a very different world, c.2 years ago, 2 young(-ish) Americans well known to this community came to visit the UK. They visited a truly epic number of air museums in a short time, met many of us at Telford and/or some of the museums, and generally appeared to have a blast. As far as I am aware there was no direct evidence of their being over-sexed, but they lived admirably up to the example of their ancestors 75 years ago by being over-paid and over here. One of the museums they visited was at Old Buck
  4. The Horch Type 1a was one of the heavy passenger cars introduced as the ehrmacht tried to standardise it's motorised equipment at the end of the 1930s. The 80hp V8 engine-powered vehicle could hold 8, and was a highly maneuverable piece of machinery thanks to its combination of 4-wheel drive and 4-wheel steering. Other notable features were the large radiator - installed with the hot climes of North Africa in mind - and the gas tank, which was split into distinct left and right halves in an attempt to add stability on rough terrain. From Europe to the Russian steppes, and into North Africa, th
  5. Happy Friday BMers Hope you're all keeping well and getting plenty of bench time in. So here goes - this is my first ever StuG III build and only my third armour/military vehicle build to date. For anyone who'd like to take a look - these are the links to my first two builds: The Bucket Car and Tamiya 1/35 Panzer II I'm getting more in to armour builds as well as continuing with my usual aircraft builds - such as my Airfix Wellington which is progressing along nicely - so what better way to become even more acquainted than to join this GB along with all the other fel
  6. My entry for this GB will be the Tamiya Mosquito FB Mk VI, finished as HJ675 "YP-V" of 23 Squadron. This squadron was posted to Luqa (Malta) in December 1942 with Mosquito NF II aircraft but transitioned to the FB Mk VI shortly before moving from there to Sigonella (Sicily) in September 1943. One flight of the squadron was also at Pomigliano (near Naples) for most of the same period before 23 Sqn moved to Alghero (Sardinia) in December 1943, staying there until May 1944 when they moved back to England at Little Snoring. Apart from an Eduard cockpit etch this will be buil
  7. Calling this one done. I was inspired by Night Shift's video where he stripped and repainted an old Panzer II model. I was never happy with how the paint job came out when I first started mine, so I took it back down to the plastic and tried again. Much happier now Kevin
  8. A bit of background to start with; I normally work in Myanmar every winter and get to see 'real' life there. After WW2 a lot of vehicles and equipment was just abandoned there for which the locals were very grateful! When I started working there nearly twenty years ago it was very common to see allied trucks and vehicles 'repurposed' as buses(buscars in local parlance), trucks and village transport. We ourselves have 7 buses converted from Chevy and Ford CMP C60 trucks, and every village has or had, an allied vehicle of some sort to transport villagers to town for shopping, charging house batt
  9. In addition to the kit (Tamiya 1/700, waterline), which is not detailed, having as a guide internet photos, I also use Eduards photo etched parts for rails, scales, shutters, lifebuoys and spools, with additions of plastic tubes and sheets to create this ship. It is my first try to make artifisial sea.
  10. After a bit of research (Wikipedia) I decided to do something more on the modern end and use the Walker Bulldog from my stash. New Zealand acquired 10 in 1960 and they were used up till the early 1980s. The kit is the old Tamiya kit, which has roots back to 1964, so almost as old as the NZ service of the vehicle and pre-dates me! This will be the second time I've built this kit, the first was in my youth and it was the first 1/35 armour kit I built and I remember it going together quickly and impressively, lets see what 30 years of rose tinted glasses does! Even bac
  11. Here is the Tamiya 1/72 IL-2 Sturmovik. As might be expected from Tamiya, a beautifully engineered kit which goes together well. However there is no margin for error given the tight tolerances of the kit, so careful prep of the parts is essential before applying glue! This is pretty much OOB except a) I decided to open the cockpit canopy with careful cutting, sanding and polishing - always a slightly nerve wracking exercise ... the thinned down canopy is very fragile. Given the detail Tamiya provide inside the cockpit, why on earth don't the offer an open cockpit option? b) gun barre
  12. This isn't my usual scale, but I am honoured to have built this for a friend who's father flew this aircraft (amongst others). The Tamiya kit is sublime and as usual I have used MRP paints for this. This particular aircraft is depicted as pretty much brand new, on delivery.
  13. The workbench has had a few things grace it over the last few months, but modellers block has got in the way. This has been on there for about a month now and I made some progress on it today. I've started with the wings using the Belcher engines and there will be interior etch going in to spruce up the cockpit and turrets. I wanted to do an early Lanc so decided to do Admiral Prune, Guy Gibsons W4118. I couldn't find any decals so will be using generic decals and made my own nose art using an image I found on the webpage below as a starting point so the credit needs to go to them:
  14. Time to start a new project, enough of the winter blues, to be different I decided to build something from the stash! Some classic Tamiya plastic: M60A1ERA 1 by phil da greek, on Flickr There’s no drama in this box, no hidden messages in the instructions it’s just classic Tamiya. I already have a bit of sand in the display cabinet so I think it’s going to be out of the box in NATO three colour camouflage. After a couple of two hour sessions most of the main construction is done, requiring clean up & a good looking at tomorrow before I get some paint on.
  15. Douglas F4D-1 Skyray, VMF(AW)-115 Kit: Tamiya Douglas F4D-1 Skyray (#60741) Scale: 1/72 Paints: Vallejo Model Air, Vallejo Metal Colour Weathering: Flory Models Wash, oil paints, Vallejo weathering products, Ammo Mig weathering products First carrier-launched aircraft to hold the world's absolute speed record - and first US Navy/USMC to exceed mach 1 in level flight. Not a mean feat by such a little known jet. But what a beautiful lines and very nice kit by Tamiya. Even the decals worked fine, after enough applications of Tamiya Decal adhesiv
  16. Hi All, I've had a couple of false starts in recent times, in part due to a serious slump in mojo. With my Beaufighter and Fulmar temporarily consigned to the 'meh' pile, I needed a serious motivational boost. I've been lusting after Tamiya's Swordfish for many a moon, so a couple of months back bagged the PE set, without having the kit itself! Then last week I received an email to say that the kit was back in stock at my (not very) LHS. Quicker than you can say 'Carrier-based Fleet Air Arm Biplane' I wielded my credit card details, and a nicely packed box arrived a short couple o
  17. ....... well, go on then, l don't mind because l'm sat here eating a large slice of humble pie! I build aircraft with all that cockpit detail, super smooth joint lines, intricate paint jobs with lots of masking of canopies and camoflage schemes to say nothing of the thousands of decals that need applying and to be honest l had got bored. So l thought why not build a Tank, easy-peasy, slap it together, does'nt matter about bad fit or joint lines showing( battle damage), easy freehand paint job ( no masking) and next to no decals, whats not to like! Well for a start
  18. 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
  19. This kit is my first official post of 2021( I have finished a bunch of 1/48 vehicles and figures, but this is my first wing thing) I should call it Lazarus as this thing has been resurrected from the dead multiple times. It started as a Thunderbirds livery, but the white paint started cracking to the point I had to strip it completely. Then something clouded the canopy and I had to refinish/polish it back to something barely acceptable. Then a barn cat found its way in the house and the pitot, landing gear and tail had to be repaired. On and on and on. I have a rule that I never leave a book o
  20. Ahoy. I was trying to come up with some sort of pun title referencing The Song.... Best I could come up was: I bless the planes down in Africa I hear the Huns echoing tonight I then I got distracted again looking at the kit No surprise I'll be doing this scheme And as far as aftermarket stuff goes, managed to track these down in the attic Had these kicking around since I was in my teens, went through a Tamiya Luftwaffe phase. This'll be my first German plane build in a long time! I'm very excited to take a bash at th
  21. So, to start with: I'm not after accuracy, I only build and paint for the sheer fun of it. This Spit has been in my stash for a while, waiting for a suitable paint scheme to present itself. Then I saw the Silver Spitfire, and thought now, there's an idea! Unfortunately I can't find any decals for that machine. Then I came across this one: https://allspitfirepilots.org/aircraft/RN201 Not the same aircraft, I know, it's an FRXIVe, but that I have to live with. I love the paint scheme. Some pics of the "office" to begin with. I couldn't resist putting in some cables and then some. And s
  22. So, time for a new little armour project. Gonna build Tamiya´s nice Protze. To avoid the standard grey my dad will do a Hungarian version using instructions from a Bronco kit as template. DSC_0004 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0007 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0008 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr
  23. I know I have to complete the models I started first. But because I have a very strong will, I have managed to defeat myself, and I continue to expand my collection of started and unfinished models. This time it’s Tamiya Marder I (35370) that I found under the Christmas tree. It's a very interesting vehicle - on thecaptured French Lorrain 37L, a fighting compartment was mounted with the best anti-tank 75-mm Pak 40 cannon at that time. All details fit perfectly. Excellent, easy to sand plastic, semi-assembled tracks. If assembled directly from the box, the model can be glued in
  24. Hi everyone, One of my latest builds, well known Grim Reaper. Build is oob, its tamiya so no problem there. camo colors are Humbrol enamels, rest are AK lacquers. weathering with oil paints And I forgot to do inside framing of the canopy.. well, poo-poo happens
  25. Hi and welcome to my next project this is my second model kit build and first bike. I am a big Honda fan but i don't know much about there bikes but i liked the look of this one and thought i would try it. I have nearly finished the corvette i have been working on. Just got the rear glass to tint and a cut polish and wax of the clearcoat and final assembly on that to do so while i wait for the paint for the glass and the clear coat to cure i thought i would make a start. so far i have built most of the engine removed any seam lines and mold lines. It was quite a simple fun experience and
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