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  1. After the Graf Spee, what else could I assemble but the HMS Exeter. I got the kit several months ago, and have been adding some aftermarkets for a better experience, like: 1. Eduard Big Ed PE, 2. Infini models Brass Masts, 3. Scale Chain 4. Master Model 8" barrels 5. Master Model 4" barrels 6. Wooden base (same as used for the Graf Spee) it will be a waterline model The length of the HMS Exeter vs the Graf Spee surprised me, it does not seem too much shorter. Marco
  2. Making a spot for the start of this build HMS York heavy cruiser got the kit for a bargain at the last show Bolton I managed to get to before everything fell apart. 😷 Since then I have acquired a few extras ( The BIG BOY'S came around honest ) to go with it mostly for her sister ship Exeter but sure I can make them fit and very inspired by @Jamie @ Sovereign Hobbies and @robgizlu builds I will be attempting the same camouflage as the box art a bit like Rob's HMS Berwick build light grey and dark grey 507C and 507B I think I have that right. And there should be another parcel on it's way soon to help add a bit more. Stay Safe beefy
  3. I hadn't put my name down on the list, but hoping I can sneak in with this project I've been meaning to do for a while. Trumpeter Wellington III in 1/72. I'm planning to build it in markings of an aircraft flying out of No.12 Operational Training Unit, Chipping Warden: Z1732, FQ-S. My late father was stationed there as groundcrew during the last couple of years of WWII, and this is as close as I've been able to get to an actual aircraft that he might well have known and even worked on.
  4. Good morning all. I have decided to join the fray with a Trumpeter De Havilland Vampire FB5 which I have glued a few pieces together, but not much, Will using some decals from Xtradecal X48124 for an FB5 from 71 Eagle Squadron, RAF Gutersloh, West Germany, `1951. I also have a Pavla resin seat and Peewit masking set. I think the hardest part of building a Vampire is getting enough weight in the nose and cutting the underwing serials over the undercarriage doors! A couple of pics,,,,, Grahame
  5. Another Apache this time by Trumpeter: 1/35th Boeing AH-64A Apache Source: https://www.facebook.com/groups/400134982296666/posts/633284202315075/ V.P.
  6. 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.
  7. After the F-35A (link) and F-35C (link) here's the Trumpeter's 1/32nd Lockheed-Martin F-35B Lightning II - ref. 03232 Release expected in China in late June 2023. Source: http://www.hobbyboss.com/index.php?g=home&m=article&a=show&id=230 Box art V.P.
  8. In 2024-2025 Trumpeter is to release a 1/32nd Lockheed S-3B Viking kit - ref. 03236 Source: https://www.bilibili.com/video/BV1Ug4y1S7Sh/ V.P.
  9. Hi, I've decided to start Trumpeter HMS Eskimo in 1/350 scale.: . . I use WEM photoetching... and Black Cat models set. Chris
  10. Having completed my builds for the P-47 STGB, I am now down to two ongoing projects! I have not had so few ongoing projects since I returned to the hobby twenty years ago!!! To keep me amused for the next couple of weeks before the 2024 GB madness kicks off, I really fancy building this: the brand new Trumpeter 1/72 Grumman A-6A Intruder. It's really quite exciting. I have never built an A-6 before but have always wanted to. As you will see, the kit provides the options of building it with wings folded or wings extended with everything dropped: flaps, slats, spoilers - you name it. If it sticks out of the wing, this kit lets you build it deployed! I think I will build it as ready for a mission: lots of ordnance, flaps, slats, airbrakes and boarding ladders deployed but spoilers retracted. I have commented on this kit in the relevant Rumourmonger thread, so I will repeat what I said here. There is a lot of plastic in the box, which was smaller than I expected. This means that the sprues are packed very tightly. Some of them are wrapped with extra protection. Sometimes that doesn't help because everythng is so tightly packed. An example is the Trumpeter Mig-29, where the canopy was broken despite being carefully packed. . The A-6 canopy seems intact however. There are some odd choices with the ordnance. There are two MERs (despite four being shown on the box art). There are enough bombs to fill one with MK 82s and the other with MK 81s. Very odd. There are eight MK 20 CBUs and two M177s. There are also two GBU-8s but the less said about them, the better. They are vastly underscale. In 1/72 they should be 50mm long. They are actually 33mm long making them about 1/90 scale. The disappointing ordnance seems to be a recurring motif with Trumpyboss kits but it's not the end of the world. Extra MERs and MK 82s aren't exactly difficult to find. The ordnance issues notwithstanding, the actual aicraft parts look very good indeed with the notable exception of the fin cap. This is the same incorrect shape as that of the 1/32 kit. However.... a couple of minutes with a file or a sanding stick should rectify the situation.
  11. I had originally started this build in the 109 group build, but was sabotaged by Photobucket and some personal things that didn't allow me to complete it in time. Here is the link to the first part of the build. Gunther Rall 109 group build I hope to have all the photos replaced shortly and will update what's been done since the Phorobucket fiasco.
  12. Hello, after a long hiatus, I came back to modelling and chose the KV-2 from Trumpeter being the beast of choice to tackle. Over the course of years, I have bought some aftermarket stuff (with varying levels of usability, to be honest). Here is the lineup of the accessories - well DEFINITELY NOT all of them were really of any value. And I am speaking speaking specifically about YOU -> FC Model Trend! And here is the current status - still before the final small stuff to be added. Also, I am pretty sure that the next "surfacer-phase" will bring some new challenges (i.e. consequences of my two-left-hands) to tackle :-) I added acetylene-torch marks on all major armor-plates, both on hull as well as the turret. Although the kit brings some nice and subtle welds, they were missing at the aft curved armour. There I made use of my old stock of the Archer dry transfers to replicate the weld beads. The tracks in the kit were hammered with ejector pin-marks, which I wasn't really willing to sand, so opted for the Friulmodel ATL-10 link-to-link tracks instead. IMHO they really look better than the Trumpeter-tracks, but they also add the "extra heft" to the model (which for some reason I like 😉 ) The gun barrel from ABER 35L-44 is in my opinion a "must-have". It is perfectly turned, but also has that "hidden detail" of barrel thread, which, considering the size of the 152 mm howitzer, is really visible on the model. I opted for the FC Model Trend screens and exhausts. Honestly speaking - only the screens were so-so usable. The exhaust stacks were marred by crude print-marks and I am not sure, they added any value over the kit exhausts... The large Eduard 35825 PE sheet contains some useful details, but overall the detail of kit is really remarkable. For example - I did opt for kit´s real deflector, since the kit part IMHO represents the structure of the part better than PE replacement. Still, the Eduard set contains a lot of details for further KV-1 tanks, so they will find use at future projects. I added also some cabling behind the horn and light, based on pictures from surviving museum exhibits. There is still some work to be done - like MGs, towing-cable holders, etc. Next step would be to spray the kit with Surfacer 1200 and repair a plethora of issues I expect to find. Wish me luck!
  13. I built this massive Trumpeter U-boat (1/48) and although I’d always planned putting it on a nice wooden plynth, I had this mad idea about putting it “in the sea”. I’ve never worked with any kind of diorama before, and especially resin, but I was wondering what your thoughts were. As the boat is clear and lit one side below the waterline I thought it’d be cool to “float” the whole ship in tinted resin, with sea texture on top, so top-down looks like she’s a normal solid ship, but a side view from starboard would show the illuminated interior. Anyone ever seen anything like this before? I think I can make her watertight to keep the resin out, but fag packet calculation suggests I’d need about 40L of resin which might kill the project as I’d be looking at £00’s at hobby shop prices, but whether it’d be possible to texture the sea on top once she’s set in the resin without damaging the boat. I’d also have to find a way of minimising the appearance of the wires protruding from the keel as well, but that’s minor compared to the above. Any thoughts appreciated.
  14. Source: https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=2925044454214488&id=736521713066784 V.P.
  15. Hi all, Latest one off the production line is Trumpeter's 1/48 F-100F Super Sabre finished as an aircraft flown by the Air Force Flight Test Center at Edwards AFB as she was seen when used as a chase aircraft in the X-15 program. Now I know its a Trumpeter kit so it will no doubt be plagued by inaccuracies but I have to say that I really enjoyed building it, the only additions I made were a pair of aftermarket seats and I added some pieces of old credit card between the two halves of the main wheels as they are way too thin as they come. Paints used were Vallejo metallics and Revell Aqua Color which performed very nicely and the decals are a mix of Furball (all the stencils and national markings), kit decals (USAF markings) and Hypersonic for the ARDC and AFFTC markings. Anyway enough waffle from me here are the pics of the finished model; I built this as part of the ongoing an excellent Century Series Group Build which is well worth a visit as it has some truly great builds going on of what is probably the most important series of post war fighter aircraft, my build log can be found here; Thanks for looking in and as usual all comments and criticisms are gratefully received. Craig. 🇺🇦
  16. Hello everyone.👋 Trumpeter's late version Tiger I in 1/35 scale is ready to be primed. I can only recommend this kit. For reasonable money it offers a lot of details including zimmerit which is easy to work with because it is made of thin plastic sheets. Its perfect regularity and thickness are targets of criticism, but I chose the kit precisely because of it (really easy to work with). Figures are from HobbyBoss. The loader and commander have aftermarket heads from Alpine Miniatures (faithful copies from AliExpress 💶). : Some inspiration:
  17. Hi all Here is my 1:48 L-39ZA by Trumpeter (05805) l started this back in September 2023 and finished it on New Year’s Day! I should of had it finished back in November 23 but had an disaster with the canopies which resulted in me having to order replacements. Anyway as with all my builds of 2023 this was another kit that was picked out of the stash by my wife for me to build. I brought a few aftermarket items for this build, Eduard cockpit photo etch set (FE920) Eduard seatbelts (FE921) Eduard TFace canopy masks (EX612) Quickboost L-39ZA Gun Pod (QB48 858) Quickboost L-39ZA Pylons (QB48 855) Reskit L-39 Wheel set (RS48-0210) Master pitot tubes (AM-48-106). I decided on aftermarket decals from Model Maker Decals (L-39ZA 30 Years in Bulgarian Service (MMD-D48109) I used Life colour paints for the first time on this build and can’t say I was overly impressed with them. Tamiya paints also used Thanks for looking and Happy Modelling
  18. Wuhan type 033G submarine, OOB with all flood holes opened out, glazing added to sail and scratch built handrail to main deck. Hairystick painted in Humbrol enamels. All the best Chris
  19. Trumpeter is to release a 1/48th Fairey Fulmar Mk.I kit - ref. 05822 Source: https://tieba.baidu.com/p/8249037080 V.P.
  20. Next up is the story of Moritz. Better known as Sturer Emil or Selbstfahrlafette auf VK 30.01(H) Moritz was one of two Sturer Emils that were build and saw combat on the eastern front during the offensive to Stalingrad. Moritz claimed 22 kills before he was left behind by it's crew. The Russians claimed the vehicle and it exists to this day in the Kubinka tank museum. i bought the Trumpeter kit. The sprue count is low. Parts look crisp, little to no flash visible. I ordered 2 figures from Alpine to add to the model. Mainly to show the size of the Tank. This time i made shure i ordered the real ones 😉 So, i think this will be a fun project. No diorama this time. Maybe a simple base but nothing too fancy. Well, that's all the info and progress for now. If you want to tag along, go ahead. The more, the merrier. Cheers guys! 🍻🍻🍻
  21. Trumpeter is to release a 1/48th Fairey Battle Mk.I kit - ref. 05831 Source: https://tieba.baidu.com/p/8249037080 V.P.
  22. The aircraft novelties in the Trumpeter 2024-2025 catalogue Sources: https://tieba.baidu.com/p/8844047357 https://www.bilibili.com/video/BV1Ug4y1S7Sh/ New kits in this folder/catalogue, I mean not previously announced in red: (previous catalogue 2023-2024 - link) 1/24 - ref. 02419 - Focke-Wulf Fw.190A-8 Würger - (the 1/24th Fw.190 family is announced since 2006...) - ref. 02426 - Focke-Wulf Fw.190A-8 Würger - (the 1/24th Fw.190 family is announced since 2006...) - ref. 02427 - Republic P-47D Thunderbolt Razorback - thread - ref. 02428 - Republic P-47D Thunderbolt Bubbletop - thread - ref. 02428 - Republic P-47D Thunderbolt dorsal fin - thread - ref. 02428 - Republic P-47N Thunderbolt - thread 1/32 - ref. 03234 - Focke-Wulf Fw.190A-6 Würger - thread - ref. 03235 - Focke-Wulf Fw.190A-8 Würger - thread - ref. 03236 - Lockheed S-3B Viking - thread 1/48 - ref. 05823 - Fairey Fulmar Mk.II - thread - ref. 05831 - Fairey Battle Mk.I - thread - announced since 2023 - ref. 05832 - Ilyushin Il-2 Sturmovik - thread - announced since 2023 - ref. 05836 - Sukhoi Su-25 "Frogfoot-A" - thread - announced since 2023 1/72 - ref. 01641 - Grumman A-6E Intruder - thread - announced since 2013... - ref. 01642 - Grumman A-6E TRAM Intruder - thread - announced since 2013... - ref. 01643 - Grumman EA-6B Prowler - thread - announced since 2013... - ref. 01647 - Mikoyan Gurevich MiG-19PM "Farmer-E" - thread - announced since 2008... - ref. 01653 - Lockheed S-3B Viking - thread - announced since 2023 V.P.
  23. Trumpeter is to release 1/24th Republic P-47 Thunderbolt kits: - ref. 02427 - Republic P-47D Thunderbolt Razorback - ref. 02428 - Republic P-47D Thunderbolt Bubbletop - ref. 02428 - Republic P-47D Thunderbolt dorsal fin - ref. 02428 - Republic P-47N Thunderbolt Source: https://www.bilibili.com/video/BV1Ug4y1S7Sh/ V.P.
  24. Trumpeter is to release a 1/48th two seats MiG-21UM "Mongol-B" kit - ref. 02865 Source: http://tieba.baidu.com/p/2804557302 V.P.
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