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  1. I don't normally like making more than 1 model at a time, because for me its a recipe to not complete anything. However the Alpine is suitably near completion (as long as I do not screw up reducing the paint run) that I know it will be completed and with 2 more weeks until the clear is suitable cured to be sanded I have started on a 7. I have not done much, just enough to show the direction I am going. I have often wondered how I could manage to make one with an aluminium body and painted wings. It would be nigh on impossible to mask. It is very easy to remove the wings, but the trick is
  2. Need something to mess around with whilst waiting for a GB to start, pulled this classic off the shelf. Not sure what to add. It's Tamiya so that should cover the moulding questions. Two grey and one clear sprue is all there is. However got this somewhere, a really old Microscale decal sheet (for the Airfix kit...). Still looks good. Not sure which version I want, VF-74 with the red rudder bar or VF-213 with the Blue & White checkered tail. Will see what strikes me when I get to decals.
  3. My recent history with finishing group builds isn't good (think the low point was MTO III where I completed 2 models but never put them in the gallery). I do have a good record with Tamiya 1/48 armour though. I've managed to get a couple of them finished in Blitzbuilds. I have the Pz.III gun tank and a couple of StuGs in the stash, but since the latter are so well represented, I thought I'd stick with the original tank. I've built the Matchbox Ausf L at least three times so I have a fair idea of what it should look like with it's long gun and fancy spaced armour. The only thing I'm
  4. Hello Everyone, This is my first work in process post i have done so i hope its format is correct. Theres a lot to describe up to the point i am right now so ill try and be brief as much as i can. Unfortunately i joined this community after i had done most of the initial build of the hull and turret and i don't have the pictures of it in its creation unfortunately. So first up is the Hull. The initial build took around 3 days give or take 2 mins and probably could have been done a bit faster had it not been for work and homelife commitments and
  5. Here is my recently completed Tamiya Stug III G, which I have depicted with a well-worn whitewash. Unfortunately, I was a little too far advanced with it to join the current group build. It was painted with acrylics and weathered with oils and pigments. I used the kit rubber band tracks, which I think turned out ok. I used little bits of sponge to push the tracks down to create sag, then super glued them in place before removing the sponge pieces. I also lost the fire extinguisher and will try to make one soon. Thanks for looking, Greg
  6. Hi All, My latest completion is Tamiya's lovely Mustang III. El Mojo has been somewhat depleted of late, so I was looking for a straightforward build - I didn't bother with a WIP for this one (for the aforementioned reason). I chose to model this as GA*Q of 112 Sqn, based in Italy in 1944. Here's a photo of the aircraft: This aircraft was a little unusual in that the Sky identification band was painted out (except around the serial number), and it did not have the usual yellow leading edge stripes. Although there is much speculation around the camouflage co
  7. Here is my recently completed Tamiya 1/35 Cromwell. It was painted with acrylics and weathered with oils and pigments. Chain, mg, and stowage were from spares box. Thanks for looking. Cheers, Greg With shelf mate...
  8. Dear all, Greetings from Italy. Finally, after two years of forced stop I'm back to modelling. A new start in a new home, with much more space to build and show my airplanes (with wife blessing of course). This kit is the very nice Tamiya P-47 M, 63rd FS, 65th FG, 8th AF, England 1945 built practically OOB just with some little extra scratchbuilt details on the engine and in the cockpit. To paint it I used Tamya primer, Tamiya acrylics (with airbrush) and Tamiya spray finishing just with a slight homemade oil wash for weathering. Not 100% perfect but I would sa
  9. Well I've finally made it to my first RFI, thanks for all the encouragement along the way - Andy
  10. Hi, This is my first post on this forum, however I have been building models on and off for several years. Most of my recent builds turn have been a reasonable standard, but some certainly have a better side. This kit is not a bad kit, but it it certainly not with the normal tamiya fitment and a lot of the builds I have seen online have a poor fitting engine cover (I never know which is the boot or bonnet on a rear engined car). So I have spent a lot more time than usual fettling with the chassis and floorpan before spraying the body. Sprayed all the both the floo
  11. I can't remember exactly when I bought this kit, but it could easily be fifteen to twenty years ago. Thanks to a messed up paint job it ended up being shoved into storage but I found it when sorting out my loft during lock down and decided it was high time for one last rescue attempt. Thanks to people on here for tips on stripping and repainting and for replacement decals. This is the thread covering the rebuild. I started it so long ago there are no photos of the early stage of the build. Anyway, I set up my "photo studio" to take some pretty pictures.
  12. My entry in this group build will be the Night Fighter version of the Mosquito. I will be using this kit by Tamiya, in 1/72nd:- According to the short history provided with the kit, Operation Steinbock involved Luftwaffe blitz raids on London in 1944 using Ju 88's, He 177's and Do 217's. To counteract them, the existing Mosquito fighters were modified with a rather bulbous nose, containing radar, and a four cannon armament in the nose, to intercept the raiders. The result was the NF Mark XIII, and later the Mk XVII. I will be doing the former.
  13. Hello, This is my Corsair, a well known and excellent kit from Tamiya. Everything OOB except for the masks for the canopy. No issues at all and the decals were really good. Hope you enjoy. Cheers!
  14. Hi, finally got finished both of my early StuG's. Buld log can be found here: https://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/235058462-stug-iii-ausfb-both-of-them/ These are depicted as they were used at the end of the summer 1941 at Estonian area. Both of them belonged to the 2. battery of StuG.Abt 185,
  15. Hello, My next thread will be StuG III Ausf.B. I have chosen Tamiya kit for this one and since I have few leftovers from Dragon's Panzer III family kits I've built before, I use them wherever I can. I have few Aber upgrade sets also to use and aftermarket decals, as I'm going to one of the StuG Abt. 185 vehicles. I'm not very happy with the Tamiya kit, but there are not many options when building Ausf.B. Bolts are rounded and need to be replaced, weld seams are often missing and need to be reproduced, fit is loose
  16. Hi comrades! This is my build of Tamiya Buffalo. Old kit, relatively simple. I will made my life more interesting by scratch detailing of the "empty" areas (wheels-motor compartment, cockpit, main u/c legs) and riveting. I'll use some aftermarket details and decals. The painting guide is for general idea only - my project is of different prototype (but the same unit/section). Also, to make the things even more interesting - in parallel I'll build the Classic Airframes counterpart - Brewster Type 239 of Finnish Air Force (will be in different thread)
  17. This will be my first build shared on this site, so happy to share. This is from the 1:48 Tamiya F4U Birdcage Corsair kit. It was a fun and easy kit to put together and gives a great result. Paints for the tri-color scheme were mostly Ammo by Mig for the blues. Kit was built out of box with aftermarket decals from Eagle Strike. Markings represent a plane located in Munda, Solomon Islands in 1943.
  18. As a relative new comer to Britmodeller I have been seriously impressed by the standard, especially skills with an airbrush. I decided it was time to try out some of the methods and techniques I have seen from looking through the amazing examples on this site. My guinea pig is a Tamiya F-15 Eagle that was part built some time ago and has been doing nothing apart from gathering dust. A quick wash and a coat of primer and we'll see what happens from here. Any tips and guidance gratefully received.
  19. This is the last of my long-term builds; started over ten years ago and stalled due to house moves and other priorities. This is the WIP topic: As a Tamiya kit it goes together pretty well, except for the front bumper, which needed a lot of hacking about to make it fit and it's still not quite right. Although I started the build before I'd even heard of this forum, I picked up a few tips and ideas that encouraged me to add a few extra details as a result of reading the forum. The main thing was going find pictures of real Preludes and trying to replicate what I saw.
  20. This has been sitting in an unfinished state for many years since I messed up the paint on the body. I chose yellow for the body and picked up a can of Humbrol enamel spray from the model shop when I bought the kit. Unfortunately it went on so thick that it looked like I'd used household gloss paint. At least I can check out paint stripping on the sprue before attacking the main body. In the past I've tried sanding back and respraying but it probably needs stripping back to the plastic. There is also a crack in the windscreen pilla
  21. Hi fellows, Let me show my Spitfire Mk. IXc. I've included some pics during built. I found some issues, but were due to my inexperience!! The kit is the well known Tamiya 1/32, no aftermarket, and all the paints were also Tamiya (only some oils were used for weathering). I hope you enjoy it, and wait for your comments. Thanks!
  22. Latest one off the bench, Tamiya's classic P-51B Mustang with a good bit of work thrown at it. 1/48 Tamiya P-51B Mustang Capt William J Shackleford 375 FS / 361 FG Bottisham, England August 1944 - Aires cockpit - BarracudaCals cockpit placards - Ultracast spinner, prop, exhaust, flaps, and wheels - Squadron vac canopy - Gun barrels replaced with Albion Alloys tubing - Fuselage riveted - Wing panel lines filled - Custom paint masks for all major markings - AMDG decals for "Queen Jean" script and playing cards Anyways, on to the pics!
  23. Sat in the shed, idly scanning the shelves, looking for something different, I happen upon these ageing beauties................... Flak 9 by phil da greek, on Flickr Flak 8 by phil da greek, on Flickr But what to do with them? Something different.................flicking through Wikipedia later I come upon a couple of pictures of a huge flak barge. Using a little artistic licence this then is a flak barge from the back end of the war, anchored perhaps on the Rhine somewhere, a welded steel plate barge built to mount the two guns on with a little accomodatio
  24. Help ... Im running an experiment trying to mix up a Dark earth I'm satisfied with ? Most are to tan to my eye so im looking to add a bit more brown. I have Mr.Color Dark earth bottle #22 and I have Tamiya XF-60 Dark yellow. I have always read that you can mix Gunze and Tamiya as they are both Lacquer acrylics. So I mixed three bottle caps with varying amounts of each when i did i got a snotty goo ? So i dipped my brush into Tamiya Lacquer thinner and the colors turned snow white and even more gloopy ? Yet when i cleaned my brush in the Tamiya Lacquer thinner it came out clean as a whistle loo
  25. After taking a look at these two links: I've decided to contribute to the late Luftawaffe club with my own version of Rudolf Sinner's Me 262. I'll paint it in RLM 70/71/76. The kit is the excellent Tamiya model, which has decals for four versions.
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