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  1. My next quarantine build is Tamiya's Beaufighter TFX. I'm starting to add some details, and corrections ... The engines with the exhaust pipes, cowl braces, cleaning up the exhaust ring and the flame damper exhaust with the cabin heater pipes (a detail that seems to get missed) Correcting the balance and trim tab linkage, and dropping the elevators ... Adding some detail, brake lines, axle pillow blocks and pivots to the gear. Also flattening the tires and drilling for axles. Rescribing and correcting th
  2. 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.
  3. Hi all. As I have got rather busy these days, I decided to make a small kit. I found this kit on Amazon at a reasonable rate and present it to you guys. It has 2 options, US Army and USMC. After the scientific decision making process that is heads or tails, I decided I will make the US army version. The box art. This shows the Marine Corps version. The sprues and instructions. And because nobody asked, a picture of my workspace.
  4. This little adventure started on Boxing day, when @Brad worked wonders in the Christmas ‘Blitzenbuild’ – with his Tamiya Volkswagen Kübelwagen. I was so impressed with the result I shamelessly decided to copy his lead and have a go myself. I’m sure it isn’t as easy as he made it look, but nothing ventured – nothing gained as they say. Now – if it’s OK with everyone I’m going to drop the umlaut (ü) from here on in – as I struggle with the windows ‘character map’ at the best of times. Anyway - after a bit of trawling round the tinterwebs I found the kit on Amazon for a nice price
  5. Hi all. This here is a culmination of a Bradley kit I got years ago, probably early 2000s, that sat on a shelf as a relatively simple job for the best part of ten years. I sprayed it over with the Tamiya sand can back in the day, added the decals without gloss, and painted the odd bit of detail. No weathering at all. Instead of buying a new kit, I repurposed it. I removed the flaking decals, fully repainted with a more accurate colour. Glossed, applied decals from the original sheet that I retained, sealed and weathered. Crew were repainted, and additional figures from Trumpeter and Masterbox
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. I've hit bit of a mental block with my HK B-17 after completing the cockpit so to help bust through it I decided to work on something smaller and less labor intensive so I decided to snag one of Tamiya's excellent P-38 kits. Hopefully working on more of a straightforward project will prevent me from taking the long breaks on the B-17 I've taken so far. Shot a quick coat of black stynlrez primer so I can get going on the wheel wells while I wait (possibly for awhile) on a few other bits and supplies to arrive in the mail. I'll be adding an Ultracast seat w/ harness and a few bit
  9. I think this is ready for inspection... This is the first model I've completed since my youth nearly 20-years-ago. I've found that as I've reentered modeling as an adult I'm never exactly sure when I'm done with a project. Please let me know if there are any aspects I can improve or add on. This is an older Tamiya "Early Production" kit I've had for nearly two-decades. The decals required quite a bit of softening to properly adhere. Perhaps taking the easy route, I chose not to recreate a specific Tiger; just a three-color camo pattern with no unit markings other than the tank's nu
  10. Over the last couple of years I have been modelling various vehicles that were used by the British 11th Armoured Division on their journey from Normandy to Lubeck. Somewhere down the line I was googling & stumbled across this picture... later I found the official description of the picture... The men doing the painting are... Men of 23rd Hussars 11th Armoured Division painting divisional and arm of service markings on a German Schwimmwagen captured from 12th SS Panzer Division (HitlerJugend) 6 July 1944 So we have a
  11. 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:
  12. Now I may be predominantly an aircraft builder but I do have a soft spot for certain pieces of armour that I think of as classic designs such as the Panzer IV, Panther, T-34, Pattons and of course the Panzer III. To my eyes the best looking versions of the III are those with the long barreled 50mm main gun, and the iconic images of them to me are those of the Afrika Korp as they went first one way and then the other across the battlefields of North Africa whilst under the command of Field Marshal Rommel. So when I signed up for this GB I had a pretty good idea of what I was going to build, but
  13. Hallo This Spitfire is nearly without decals. Just stencils. I used Montex masks for all markings. Happy modelling
  14. Late to the party, but let's see what I can do. I'll be building the Tamiya 1/48 P-38G Lightning in the kit markings for Miss Virginia, the aircraft flown by Lt. Rex Barber when he shot down the G4M1 carrying Adm. Isoroku Yamomoto on 18 April, 1943. Here are my start photos: I've been planning on making doing this aircraft for years (and the G4M1) and have had the Mustang International decal sheet. But along comes Tamiya and I think their decals are actually more accurate. So the only thing I plan to add to this build is a set of Eduard seat belts. We'll s
  15. Here is the next model to cross my workbench. Or rather, here are the next models. One of the joys of returning to the hobby after a long absence is that I keep discovering cars I like that were produced in 1:24 kit form (which is my preferred scale). The Tamiya Fiat Abarth 695 "esse esse" was one such happy discovery last year and I should have known that there would also be a standard Fiat 500 kit out there; I found two of the Fiat kits for sale on eBay recently (you wait ages for a rare kit to turn up, etc. etc.). I knew the Abarth was complete, the Fiat was sold as complete but with so
  16. (I hope i have posted this in the right place, if not please Mods, remove it) Hello Everybody, first time posting pictures of my Model Dioramas here, and looking at what everybody else has posted i feel a bit intimidated netherless here we go Bit of background first, ive done some basic modelling in the past but this was the first time i had bought and built a model tank with a setting in mind. Looking at the real life tank online after purchasing it on a whim, i saw that it was in a desert environment, and i wanted to replicate it. In the end i have it in a diorama
  17. 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
  18. HI all my last one : this F5-A . the base is the beautiful Tamiya kit P-38G with the CMK resin. well....it was really difficult to adjust this resin to the fuselage but i succeed. Her are the pics : at the end : decals are from CMK but they need some microscale liquid decal film to avoid some BIG trouble. Fortunetaly i tried with the roundels before, wich i could replace easily. ho
  19. Group builds are a bit like Wehrmacht supply lines - unless you're massively overextended and teetering on the brink, where's the fun? With that in mind, it's time to throw my hat into the ring with a second build. I fancied an early StuG from the days when they were pure infantry support and Uncle Tamiya heard my pleas and had just the thing. Box contents. The decal sheet is slightly unusual in that it carries full markings for three units plus a couple of extra numbers and badges so you can model a choice of sub unit or vehicle within the unit.
  20. Hoping not to bore you all with some more Mustangs, these are the bulk of my 1/72 models of the type, again built over several years and from different manufacturers. Probably won't build any more in this scale, enjoy and can cope with the larger scales better these days (apologies to the gentlemen amongst you). P 51c by peter crossman, on Flickr Pattie Ann P51b/c by peter crossman, on Flickr Flying Scot P51 by peter crossman, on Flickr BBD P51b by peter crossman, on Flickr Checker Tail Little friends by peter crossman, on Flickr P51 by pe
  21. Starting a new build from the stash - this one courtesy of my good lady of the Christmas list! This time it's an old kit, the Tamiya 1/35 M3 Grant I'm aiming to build this as T-24210, as indicated below The OOB decals provide for this, however the above picture does not appear to show any squadron markings on the turret. Anyway, the running gear went together very easily and the rear panel I'll keep ya posted on developments!
  22. 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.
  23. 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
  24. At IPMS Farnborough Modelfest at the weekend I picked up a cheap Tamiya Challenger I Mk 3 kit so since my Avro Anson build has ground to a halt, I'd do something with the CrARRV conversion I've had in the stash for about 3 years! it makes a change from bloody Thunderbirds! So this is the starting point: and after all the resin has been washed in soapy water The Tamiya kit only contributes the lower hull, road wheels and tracks, the rest is discarded - which is why I've been reluctant to build this conversion up until now as I don't like the idea of throwing away most of a £30 kit! Howev
  25. Hi there, well, here I am starting a third workbench thread! However, being something of a dilettante and changing my priorities at least as often as my socks, I thought it might be an idea to revise my idea so that each is devoted to a particular type. So this will be my first Japanese thread, and where better to start than with Mitsubishi's legendary A6M Type 0? This is Tamiya's 1/72 scale kit of the A6M2b Model 21 from their Warbird Collection, which depicts the type that saw action over Pearl Harbour and which built for itself a mystique bordering on inv
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