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  1. Don't know if anyone is interested in this one? I acquired this Trumpeter 1/35 Challenger 2 from that well known auction site part started very cheaply and the intention is to display it in the BATUS heavy A workshop during winter repair/servicing c2008. The plan is to show the vehicle with pack and gue removed and track tensioner and hydro gas suspension unit being replaced as well as the front RH fuel bag tank. The time frame allows me to paint it in ether two colour green/sand yellow or desert sand brown as it was around then that the colour scheme was changed. I have made a start on this so will let the pics: do the talking I am aware that this kit has short comings but they will hopefully be negated by the way I'm planning to finish/display the model. If anyone has any photographs of the empty pack compartment they would be willing to share I would be very grateful as I am working mainly by memory. Thanks for looking in Stay safe Roger
  2. Good Evening Comrades Not exactly armoured but still brutal in its way, the Zil-131 Soviet truck from Trumpeter. Very nice kit but with resin Miniart wheels and scratch improved engine. I believe its petrol V-8 returned about 5 mpg if you were thinking of buying one! This 1960s truck is still in use around the world And in its early days Hope you like it? Andrew
  3. Hi, I'm looking to do a collection of 1/700 ships and i see that the Missouri exist by many companies (Tamiya, Meng, Trumpeter, VEE ...) Who's the best in 1/700 ? Scalemates proposed lot of kits and accessories. Thanks for your answer. SPang
  4. Hi there, The Yak-3 being nearly (99%) finished, it's time to tackle another box. Choice is made for an 1/72 Trumpeter kit, the twin seater F-106B. A very nice kit in my opinion. You can have a look at what's inside the box if you click here. I've not much books and documentation about the 106, but it doesn't really matter, as nearly everything I need is on this webpage. Here we go!
  5. Hello all, Happy New year and thank lordy 2021 has right done one...Lets hope 2022 is a lot, lot better for us all. This was started in 2021 so i cant really claim this to be a 2022 build, but one that rolled over into 2022. The Trumpeter P-47D kits seem to be a little hit and miss as i've built a few and this one was a real tricky customer which need a fair amount of filler, sanding and re-scribing (replacing panels that was destroyed in the sanding exercise) to look half decent. I'm working on a few more weathering processes to make my aircraft look more realistic, so if there are any comments on the weathering that may need improvement please leave a comment as all comment are welcome. This aircraft is: P-47D-30-RE Sno 44-20344 #54 ‘Norma/Little Bunny/Helen and flown by Lt. William "Willy" Lyke and shared with Lt. Brad Muhl. The Aircraft is finished in RAF Green upper surfaces and Medium Sea Grey lower surfaces. The aircraft has the Leading edge of the nose cowl finished in red while the tail and wings have yellow identification stripes. the aircraft was an ex-Brazilian aircraft that was turned over to the 57th FG who painted over some of the markings resulting in a patchwork Olive Drab/RAF green finish. The name Norma was added by Lt. Brad Muhl and this was to impress his girlfriend who was a nurse in Pisa, Italy. Paint: I tend to stick with Gunze as much as i can and went for 303 for the cockpit interior. 27 for the wheel bays, the main paints were 13 (medium grey) and 23 (RAF Drab) with 38 (US tank Drab) for the camo scheme. Aftermarket: Only added Master 32004 1/32 Gun Barrels, Brassin Wheels and Eagle Cal's EC#104 set. As ever Eagle Cal do a great job on their decals but i wish they included the prop markings in this set. Seat belt are scratch built with tape and spare buckles. As i said, please comment on the weathering is there is anywhere i can improve on this. Keep safe folks.
  6. Not in the new Trumpeter's catalogue but in the IPMS Philippines homepage. Trumpeter is to release in 2016 2020 a 1/48th Chengdu J-20 kit - ref 05811 To put alongside the Hobby Boss 1/48th YF-23 kit, I suppose? http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/234934034-148-northrop-yf-23-black-widow-by-hobby-boss-released Source: http://ipmsphilippines.com/test-shots/testshot-trumpeter-148th-chinese-stealth-jet-j-20/ V.P.
  7. Good day and Happy New Year to all, I managed to squeeze one final kit in before year`s end. This is the Trumpeter J-10 or as known on the box as the “Chinese New Fighter”. References were all over the place with colors, patterns, and details. I went with what looked about right for a version I saw via the internet. I built the jet completely out of the box and only added Tamiya tape for the seat belts. I have mixed feelings on this kit. Some sections go together well and there is good to excellent detail within the gear wells, landing gear, and cockpit however some sections, notably the engine air intake, that require major surgery to get to fit right. All in all, it`s a decent kit but it does require a bit more experience to construct. Weathered with washes, paint, and pastels. I hope you all enjoy it. I would like to wish all of my friends here at BritModeller a safe and prosperous new year for 2022. I thank you for your continuing friendships. Thank you in advance and with much respect, Mike
  8. Dear Fellow Modellers I finally completed the Graf Spee. The Panzerschiff Admiral Graf Spee needs no introduction in the community of Naval historians, nevertheless the inter-war Panzerschiff concept remains one of the most radical of the pre-war period. . The design was extraordinarily radical with two battleship turrets carried aboard a light cruiser hull and powered by 8 MAN diesel engines. The design was so tough on weight that the ships were slightly underweight and needed ballast. MAN wished they could have been allowed more weight to have produced heavier, more robust diesels. The result was a ship with extraordinary range potential, and with the help of auxiliary supply ships, to operate distant ‘cruiser warfare’. In the new era of radio direction finding, signals intelligence, aircraft reconnaissance and radar, cruiser warfare turned out to be not viable. The Trumpeter 1/700 kit is now rather old and shows its age. This model has 3-D printed turrets from Micromaster, barrels from Master, ships boats, searchlights, light AA, paravanes, reels all from Flyhawk. The characteristic shuttered scuttles on the upper deck have been laboriously added from a Lion Roar set. The masts are all scratch built brass Hope you like it? Andrew
  9. Hello all, Bit of a late entry but hoping I can get this done in time. Was inspired by @Bertie Psmith 1/35 build that he started.. Trumpeter_ Strv_103C_ (1) by Dermot Moriarty, on Flickr I haven't built 1/72 armour in a long time so this will be interesting! Kit was a recent purchase from fellow modeller Glen Phelan. Trumpeter_ Strv_103C_ (2) by Dermot Moriarty, on Flickr Four sprues, tracks, decals.. Trumpeter_ Strv_103C_ (3) by Dermot Moriarty, on Flickr And what's this lurking in the corner of the box? Trumpeter_ Strv_103C_ (4) by Dermot Moriarty, on Flickr Why it's a tiny S-tank! Trumpeter_ Strv_103C_ (5) by Dermot Moriarty, on Flickr Build will be OOB and I'm really drawn to this scheme... Trumpeter_ Strv_103C_ (6) by Dermot Moriarty, on Flickr Thanks for looking and good luck with your builds. Cheers, Dermot
  10. Happy New Year, guys! Inspired by the work of the esteemed Rob, I began to build my version of the heavy cruiser HMS "Berwick" based on Trumpeter's "Cornwall". Doing Berwick for November 1940, before the battle at Cape Spartivento. I would like to make a stormy sea typical for this time of year. Like my previous projects, I plan to use a mini aftermarket details and everything that I can modify myself (I have nowhere to rush!). I also want to make my own crew figures. I think it will not be as difficult as it seems - firstly, in fresh weather there should not be many sailors on deck. Secondly, the figures in storm jackets are not very difficult to make.) Gentlemen! I would be very grateful if someone shares a photo of Berwick. Photos from 1940 are especially interesting. For my part, I share what I managed to find: https://mega.nz/folder/E5cFXArQ#eznRe1pyYHcTpIfYdcBSwg
  11. After the Zvezda's kits, Trumpeter pulled a hind out of his hat! Trumpeter is to release in late July 2021 a 1/48th Mil Mi-24D "Hind-D" kit - ref. 05812 We can just hope it'll be a new tool kit and not just a Mini-Hobby kit variant/re-edition under the Trumpeter label. Wait and see : https://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/235019038-148-mi-24v-hind-coming-from-trumpeter/ Source: http://www.trumpeter-china.com/index.php?g=home&m=article&a=show&id=207&l=en Box art Mi-24V "Hind-E" - ref.0??? https://www.1999.co.jp/eng/10798299 V.P.
  12. German Pz.Kpfw IV Ausf J Medium Tank Trumpeter 1:16 History The Panzerkampfwagen IV Ausf J was the last version of the Panzer IV medium tank to enter production before the end of the Second World War. By the time it entered production in the summer of 1944 the Panzer IV had declined in importance as a battle tank, and so of the three factories that had produced the Ausf H only Nibelungenwerke produced the Ausf J, while Krupp concentrated on the StuG IV and Vomag on the JadgPanzer IV. Despite this a total of 1,758 Panzer IV Ausf Js were produced, along with 278 chassis for the Panzer IV/70(A) and 142 for the Brummbär. The main change made to the Ausf J was the removal of the electric turret traverse and its associated auxiliary engine. To compensate for this a dual speed hand-traverse was installed. The space saved was used to fit an auxiliary fuel tank, which added 30 miles to the Panzer IV’s cross country range. The Ausf J also saw the addition of a Nahverteidigungswaffe (Close defence weapon), capable of firing either smoke or high explosive grenades to defend the tank against very short range infantry attacks. During the production run of the Ausf J the pistol ports were removed from the turret rear and side doors, thicker armour was added to the turret and superstructure roof, on some tanks wire-mesh skirting replaced the solid armour skirts on the sides of the tank (to save weight), and in December 1944 the number of return rollers was reduced from four to three (to speed up production). By the time the Ausf J entered production the Panzer IV had passed its heyday. The Panther had replaced it as the best German medium tank, and Nibelungenwerke’s production of the Panzer IV Ausf J was not enough to replace combat losses. As a result in November 1944 the number of Panzer IVs in each company was cut down to 17, 14 or even to 10. By the end of the year the eight panzer divisions involved in the Ardennes offensive had 259 Panzer IVs but 399 Panthers. Despite this the Panzer IV fought on to the end of the war. The Model Naturally, being a 1:16 scale kit, you’d expect it to come in quite a big box, and although not quite as big as Trumpeters King Tiger of the same scale, the box is still the size of medium suitcase, complete with carrying handle. Inside the hinged lid you’ll come across four other boxes, each one filled with sprues of styrene and other media. In total, (including all the smaller sprues), there are seventy five sprues, plus the separate inner floor, upper hull, lower hull, turret, turret side screens and bustle storage bin, all of medium grey styrene, three of which have aluminium panels integral to the moulded parts, one sprue of clear styrene, five sheets of etched brass, four metal springs, two metal axles, a turned aluminium barrel a length of brass wire, 228 individual track links and two quite large decal sheets. The large number of sprues, and consequently, the number of parts is due to the fact that this kit includes a full, and I mean FULL interior. The mouldings are superb, with crisp, clear detail throughout, no sign of flash or other imperfections, but there are a lot of moulding pips which will impede cleaning the parts up a bit. There doesn’t appear to be much that the aftermarket can add, unless they can find a kitchen sink to throw at it. In fact the only parts I can see that do need to be added are the ancillary drive belt and the pipework around the engine bay. The idea of the aluminium mesh for the Schürzen being added to the moulds so that their frames are moulded to the metal parts is genius and really looks the part. Even with a cursory eye, this looks like it will be a superb kit to while away the winter months, it may take you that long just to go through all the parts, (did I say that there is a lot in this kit?). So, where the heck do you start with one of these monster kits, well, in this case it’s with the engine. The block, which is moulded in two halves is joined together, and then fitted out with the two heads, each of which is made up from eight parts, followed by several brackets and fittings. The three piece supercharger is fitted to the right hand side whilst on the left is the generator unit also made up from three parts, followed by the two piece magneto fitted to the top of the engine along with a hoisting eye. There as a toothed flywheel attached to the rear of the engine, and fitted with a universal joint. The three piece air inlet is fitted to the top of the engine and connected by a pipe to the supercharger. The ancillary drives are then attached followed by the eight piece exhaust manifold. Before the gearbox assembly can begin, the fuel tank is built up from the base section, which is moulded such that includes the front and rear faces, to which the end plates, top plate and two support brackets are fitted. The gear box is moulded in two halves, which when joined together is fitted with the gear links, end plate and cooling fan. Now this is where my knowledge of tank engine systems comes unstuck, to the end of the gearbox, a six piece unit that looks like a turbocharger and includes a long pipe is fitted. The gearbox assembly is then fitted out with the instrument box, with the instrument supplied as a decal, the gear stick, front end plate, which has a two piece fan unit attached and finished off with a small bracket at the front. The single piece floor is fitted with the box like turret base unit on which the turret pinion and chequer plate floor is attached. The batteries fit onto the floor, in the cut-out section of the box structure. The rear cross beam is then fitted, followed by the drivers steering columns and three ammunition lockers. Each locker consists of a single piece section, which is moulded to include the back, base and sides of the locker. Into this part three shelves of PE are fitted, each with their edges bent to shape. There is a full complement of shells included and each shell/cartridge is moulded as a single part, onto which the PE base is glued. Each locker contains eight shells, which when fitted the locker lid and front are attached, although these may be left off or open to show off the shells. The firewall between the fighting compartment and the engine bay is fitted out with a number of brackets and fittings before being glued into place. The drivers and front machine gunners seats, each made from three parts are glued to the front cross beam, whilst the drivers pedals are also glued into their respective positions. Behind them a low end plate is glued to the turret mounting structure, followed by the fuel tank assembly to the left hand side of the engine bay. The engine assembly can now be fitted to the engine bay, whilst the gearbox assembly is fitted to the front of the vehicle, between the driver and machine gunner via to support rails. The engine and gearbox are then connected by the drive shaft which needs to be slid through the turret support structure. Before fitting the floor assembly to the lower hull, the then tabs on the top of the hull sides need to be trimmed off and the floor glued into place. Work now begins on the idler wheels and their fittings with each of the four wheels being fitted with their inner rims. Each of their axles are made up from five parts before the inner wheel is attached, along with its associated hub cap and outer wheel. The completed assembly is then attached to the separate rear hull panel. The two exhausts are then assembled, each from five styrene parts and one PE part. These are then also attached to the rear panel along with two cross plates the five piece towing hitch, and two angled brackets. The completed rear plate is then attached to the lower hull, followed by three return roller axles per side. Returning to the interior for a bit, the two brake drums for the sprocket wheels are assembled. Each brake drum consists of seventeen parts which includes the pads, drive shafts, cooling ducts and control levers. Back to the external parts, on the left hand side, either side of the middle return roller, the two small refuelling hatches are glued into place. There are four bump stops fitted to each side, each unit consisting of four parts. The build then turns to the road wheels, with each of the sixteen wheels made up from inner and outer hubs and a separate tyre, the completed wheels are then paired up. Each of the twin axles are made up from eight parts, after which they are fitted with two of the road wheels and their central hubs, making eight units in total. The completed units are then attached to the lower hull. Whilst another ammunition locker, made up from six styrene parts and two PE parts, not including the twenty three styrene shells and their PE bases, and fitted to the interior just aft of the drivers seat. And the build goes on. The inner section of the drive wheel is fitted to the gear box cover via a centrally mounted pin, after which the outer sprocket is attached. With two of these assembled the can be fitted to the front of the lower hull. The front upper glacis plate is fitted with three hatches, plus their associated hinges and handles from the outside, whilst inside there are the drive and gunner hatch locking levers and the three piece accelerator pedal. The plate is then attached to the lower hull and fitted with seven spare track links, their connecting pins, plus the lockdown brackets and pins. The front plate that is sited beneath the glacis is also assembled, with two locking bars, latches and handle internally, whilst on the outside there is a support bar for another length of spare track, this time ten links long. When complete this is also added to the hull, followed by the three two part return rollers and the idler wheel mud scrapers. The main tracks can then be assembled, each of ninety-nine links and their connecting pins, and fitted to the model. We now move the track guards. The right hand guard is fitted with the front and rear mud flaps, the front one being fitted with one of the metal springs included in the kit, a support bracket, an axe, with PE clamps, a long pry bar, what looks like a starting handle, also with PE straps, four wing nuts and two five piece ammunition lockers, complete with three rounds apiece. These will actually be on the inside of the tank once the upper hull has been fitted over them. The large jack is assembled from eight parts and fitted to the guard with two clamps, whilst the large nut wrench is glued to the rear of the track guard, along with a larger spring which is affixed to the rear mudguard. Two more ammunition lockers are now assembled, each of five parts and filled with nine rounds each. These are then fitted to the left hand track guard, which is also fitted out with front and rear mud flaps and their associated springs, the wire cutters, plus its clamps, four piece fire extinguisher, two track clamps and their support cage, plus the six piece headlight. Each track guard is also fitted with six Schürzen brackets and a grab handle. The completed guards are then attached to the lower hull assembly. The large radiator unit is fitted to the engine bay and fitted with its filler cap, before construction moves to the upper front panels, (inner and outer), which includes the machine gun ball and outer cover, drivers three piece viewing port and the 12 piece MG-34 machine gun and mount. This is put to one side whilst the build moves to the engine cooling fan unit. The fan support structure is made up from five parts, whilst each of the fans consists of three parts. The two fans, one fitted to their support are joined by two multi part shafts. The front plate and fan unit are then fitted to the upper hull, along with the gun cleaning rods with their PE brackets, aerial base on the left rear quarter and a storage box, with its bracket and handle to the front left quarter. The two metal shafts in the kit are used to mount three spare track links each. These are then joined together vertically by to brackets. The radio sub-assemblies are then constructed, and these include plenty of PE and styrene parts to construct the frames before the three radio sets are added and finished off with a comprehensive set of decals. The upper hull section is now kitted out with the drivers and gunners hatches, complete with separate locking mechanisms, followed by the engine deck hatches, rear panel, completed with brass wire tow rope and associated clamps, a shovel, side lights, and the spare track links made earlier. Inside the upper hull the radio sub-assembly is fitted to the machine gunners side whilst at the rear, over what will be the engine bay, the two large vent structures are fitted along with their access doors. The upper hull can now be joined to the lower hull and it’s finally beginning to look like a tank. The outside of the hull is finished off with the fitting of the aerial, spare wheel rack, complete with two spare road wheels, which are made in the same way as the others constructed earlier in the build. The Schürzen support poles and associated braces are glued into position, followed by the Schürzen plates, (made in a similar fashion as the track guards), themselves, once they have been separated and fitted with their fixtures and fittings. The panels that fill the gaps between the large vertical panels and the hull are then attached. The hull assembly can be put to one side whilst the build moves onto the turret. The turret consists of a single piece upper section which is kitted out with the various lifting eyes, bracket plates, side hatches, their hinges and internal frame, grab handles, and internally mounted vent. The 75mm main gun can either be built using the styrene halves or the turned aluminium barrel Trumpeter have kindly provided. The barrel is fitted to the nine piece breech and slide through the three piece trunnion mount and two piece front plate. The breech is then further detailed with the fitting of the breech guard elevation arms and gears, plus the cartridge basket. The three piece mantlet is then slid over the barrel and glued to the internal section of the trunnion mount, followed by the four piece muzzle brake. Alongside the main gun is seven piece machine gun mounted co-axially on the right hand side, whilst on the left the four piece sight is attached. The lower turret section is the then fitted with the turret ring and both this and the gun sub-assembly is put to one side whilst construction moves to the turret floor. The turret floor is fitted with the three four piece support frames, one with the gunners seat, one with the loaders seat and one with the commanders seat. Three equipment boxes, a ready use ammunition box, made entirely form PE parts, and filled with four shells, are also fitted to the floor along with an odd pump like unit. The floor structure is then fitted to the lower turret section, whilst the gun assembly is fitted to the upper turret. Before joining the two, the turret rotating gear box, made up from eight parts, a secondary turret rotating unit, complete with handle, commanders upper seat, ranging instrument unit and two spare machine gun magazines need to be fitted around the turret ring. The outside of the turret is then fitted with the rear bustle stowage box, with two part lid, Schürzen support brackets, Schürzen panels, outer vent mushroom, and cupola ring are attached. The large commanders cupola is then assembled from upper and lower sections, five, two piece outer viewing ports and five six piece inner viewing ports, plus two head pads. The cupola is finished off with the fitting of the hatch surround, hatch and another MG34 complete with five piece mount, before being attached to the turret roof, after which the Schürzen doors, cupola mounted armour plate and turret mounted periscope are fitted , before the finished turret can be mounted onto the hull, completing the build. Decals The two, moderately sized decal sheets, one for the vehicle markings and one for the placards, instruments and stencils for both inside and outside of the vehicle plus the ammunition. They are very nicely printed. They appear to be in register, with good colour density and whilst the carrier film is respectably thin, you will need to prepare the surface well especially for the vehicle identification numbers. The colour chart provides schemes for four vehicles, three in standard dark green, red brown and sandy brown paint, whilst the fourth would have been the same before it was whitewashed. Unfortunately Trumpeter don’t give and information on which unit and where these vehicles fought, but I guess with a little bit of research the modeller should be able to find out. As it si the vehicle identification numbers are:- Black 615 Red 515 White 433 White 431 Conclusion Well, what can I say? This is a an amazing kit, with so much detail it will take many weeks if not months to build in a fashion it deserves. Now, being a premium kit, it does command a premium price, but if you break it down to pounds per hour, then I’m sure you will be getting your monies worth. I admit to not being an expert on the Panzer IV, but with the rather limited research I’ve done it does appear to be pretty accurate, although there are bound to be some more knowledgeable modeller out there who would be able to point out the finer faults. To me though it really looks the business and with a nice paint job, will look fantastic in any collection. Very highly recommended. Review sample courtesy of UK Distributors for
  13. The box has been sat on the floor of my office taunting me for a week or so now whilst I've worked on the Harrier, but as that's basically done I can now start contemplating this monster The decks have been cleared( or at least as clear as it's likely to get) so tomorrow is a new day and a new build...
  14. OK, well it's finished. Taking the pics has shown up a few areas that need finishing and tidying up but this is basically it for now... It's been a bit of a marathon due to work getting in the way, but on the whole it's been quite fun and if it wasn't for the sheer size I'd probably start on another quite soon. The parts fit however in some places is pretty horrendous especially around the cockpit glazing/fuselage join, the rear clamshell doors and the two halves of the fuselage. The lack of interior detail is also disappointing; I did have a go at making some seats etc., but it didn't go well really but I was quite pleased with the cockpit area(most of which can't be seen!) Some parts have disappeared or just didn't make it to the final assembly due to their sheer fiddlyness and my monkey paws, such as the windscreen wipers(I really can't get on with PE parts) but as it's not going on public display it'll sit on a shelf and remind me what could be done better next time... Talking of sitting on a shelf, this has proved a slight problem when taking pics. This thing is huuuge! I bought some white card to act as a background for the pics but it proved way too small and I just don't have anywhere at the moment to take decent pics so apologies for the quality Anyway, any comments gratefully received; I think I already know where things could be improved on or done better but happy to hear any criticism... For starters, here's a linky to the WIP thread: This is what it should look like: It is/was the CZ AF main display Mi-17 so at shows it's cleaned up, but other pics of it in general day to day use show it quite grubby with exhaust soot etc., Pic was taken by me at Pardubice(CZ) in 2013. ...And here is my version of it...
  15. Hi all Here is another shelf of doom build, which has been ongoing for a while. The kit is not too bad overall but there are some areas that need correcting. After seeing Basilisks excellent WIP on the same. I have shortened the nose shortened the front U/C bay behind the front wheel leg, added the vents just in front of the cockpit and corrected the air intake vanes. The Cannon ports are at an odd angle as they come so they have been altered. The main U/C bay is a Pavla item as is the ejector seat. The rest is out of the box. Model is brush painted using Humbrol and Revell enamel paints and decals are from the Kit to represent a Machine from 801 Squadron on HMS Centaur in 1959, which is the same year my Dad joined the ship. Hope you enjoy Thanks for looking in Chris
  16. Good day everyone! Recently have finished the notorious Trumpeter's Tribal-class destroyer kit with a few addings of Micromaster (4.7 inch., 4 inch. HA, Wickers MG), Black Cat Models (general kit for the class), specially ordered decals and others. Besides that I had to slightly raise the bow part of the ship with plastic sheet. 3D kits are amazing, they helped so much in kit's improvement. It's a great pity that we can't afford Micromaster in Russia because of delivery issues... The model is depicting HMS Tartar during her participation in escorting Northern convoy PQ-18 in September of 1942 as a part of Fighting Destroyer Escort. I'm very glad to add my ship to this forum's fleet
  17. I will finish a GB, I will finish a GB, I will finish a GB.... Work has been manic and the mojo has been lacking. Covid in September didn't help either. I may still finish my French Fancy Mirage but will need to find some replacement parts after the carpet monster ate a few. Anyway didn't have anything in the stash for this one but a quick order to Hannants produced this: Looks very nice. A little flash but nothing serious and the engraving is very fine. Relatively low parts count (well it is 1/144) so hopefully will go together quickly. The above photos were taken at about 9am yesterday (Saturday). I decided to treat this a little like a blitzbuild and managed to set aside about 4 hours on Saturday and Sunday to do this. That's as far as I have got tonight. I have really enjoyed the build so far. Unfortunately I discovered on Saturday that I don't have quite the right paint colours to hand and so another order has been placed. As a result it will be a few days before the next update. As always all comments welcome. Cheers Dave
  18. Hello fellows, Let me show you my new project. The Trumpeter P-47 Thunderbolt, bubbletop, "2 Big and too Heavy", in 1/32 scale. As you know, this Tumpeter's model has a lot of interior details, which I'll try to made visible...(at least some of them). And here some pics...; this is the real bird, and the Trumpeter art box. As usual, I've started with the cockpit: As aftermarket, I only bought the Yahu Instrument panel. In my opinion It's worthy, and improves a lot. Most of the ducting and piping, wont be visible after the model is assembled... I'd like this part be visible, so I've added some hoses and wires... As also I did, behind the instrument panel: Prior cutting the fuselage, I did a fit test... My idea is gluing the two cut parts of fuselage, so they be easily to put and remove, in order to show the interior (the water tank, fuses added, etc..) And this is the way I hope the model will be seen (removing the parts): Note: the rear part of fuselage, won't be removable. Alhough I think is interesting, also.... So now, after putting AK putty for filling the gaps, the two halfs are drying... And finally, a last pic of the model.... I hope you enjoy it, and I would appreciate your comments! Thanks for watching.
  19. Hello, This is my last project, the F-100D piloted by Capt Allen Lewis and based at Tuy Hoa, circa 1969-70, with the classic “Snake and Nape” configuration. I am a big fan of the type and era, so I was quite motivated by this build. This is the very enjoyable to build 1/48 kit from Trumpeter with many modifications I made myself especially in the cockpit, canopy frame, landing gear bays & legs, extended 335 gal. fuel tanks, modified pylons, new refuelling probe made from brass, refuelling light and much more. I also used some aftermarket goodies such as a correct nose (Renaissance), tyres (ResKit, the one of the kits are horrible), exhaust and seat from Aires, pitot from Master, Eduard’s Mk82 and BLU-27, and a nice but fragile ladder from LP Models. Decals are from Caracal. I hope that you like it as much as I enjoyed this project. Antoine
  20. A glimpse into the Trumpeter catalogue 2022-2023. For the aircraft programme, nothing really new compared to the previous edition - 2020-2021 (link) - except the future 1/48th Harbin Z-19 helicopter kit. A dedicated thread here: link Source: https://tieba.baidu.com/p/7598881472 V.P.
  21. Hi all, Hopefully this is the right forum for this- the Trumpeter 1/3 scale M-16A1 rifle. It's always been a favourite design of mine, and I've been meaning to get round to this one for a while. I was going to do a WIP thread on it, but this: ...turned into this so quickly, I didn't have chance: It was painted in three types of Tamiya black- Semigloss black for the plastic grips and stock, NATO Black for the action and the barrel and Matt black buffed up for the magazine. It's a bout a foot long, and might not be to everyone's taste, but I rather like it... Cheers, Dean
  22. Hi Comrades, I am calling this build done. My OCD was telling me that showing the engine would look a bit out of place without a good excuse for it, so a split radiator hose looked like as good an excuse as any! This meant getting hold of a couple of resin figures, at 1/35 scale they were a challenge for me to paint, my late 50's eye sight and patience is not what it used to be. I also added some metal chain links to bring a bit more real world life to the model. Overall, I found this 2003 Trumpeter kit went together quite well, and I hope you agree it builds into a nice representation of a Surface to Air missile and vehicle of the Soviet era. Happy modelling. Finally, if you want to see the work in progress of this build, click the link below. Built mostly out of the box, with some Eduard photo etch for the Zil 157 truck. Tamiya, Mr Color paints, AK/Flory models pigments and washes. Abteilung oils. Alclad matt clearcoat.
  23. SoftScience

    Rooikat

    Hello, I'm very excited by this GB, and my first entry will be Trumpeter's Rooikat AFV in South African service. The vehicles are used for reconnaissance and in the tank destroyer role. They entered service around 1990 and took part in the South African and Botswanan 1998 intervention in Lesotho. About 250 of these decidedly strange looking vehicles are still active. The Trumpeter kit looks pretty nice, but these tie downs on the turret could use replacement...or at least some kind of camouflage netting to conceal their solidness. Im not looking forward to drilling 88 little holes and bending 44 tiny cleats, but I guess I have a few days to figure it out before the build starts.
  24. Trumpeter is to release in 2022-2023 a 1/48th Harbin Z-19 kit - ref. 05819 Source: https://tieba.baidu.com/p/7598881472 V.P.
  25. Hi all, I’ve started this new project about a month ago and here is the work in progress so far. Here are a few pictures showing the Zil 157 SA truck build so far. It's an early Trumpeter kit, so I did expect a few issues along the way, but so far not too bad. The biggest issue has been the intermediate gearbox installation, the gearbox lower case fouled the chassis, I had to shave a few millimetres off to get it and the driveshaft’s to sort of line up. Once primed with Mr Surfacer 1500 grey primer, I used a 50/50 mix of MRP grey-green 165 with Aqueous H52 olive drab, thinned with Rapid thinners. This gave me a nice smooth finish that looked very close to the kit sprue colour. Also, to add fading and sun bleaching effect later, I mixed a 50/50 mix of MRP 10 brown green with H52 olive drab. The Eduard PE set is being used, but only about 50%. I have bent the engine bonnet hoods into shape, but I am not sure if I will use them yet, as the kit parts look good. Once I have completed the truck, I can move on to the Missile trailer.
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