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  1. Howdy all, Just come to bother you with some photo`s of my latest completion My attempt at Special Hobby`s 1/48 MkIII Seafire kit Finished in the markings of an aircraft, probably 887 Sq, aboard HMS Indefatigable with the British Pacific Fleet Inspired by a photo I found on `Armoured Carriers` website, which when I saw the asymetrical markings on the wing, couldn`t resist attempting The kit is built straight OOB and went together quite well, I had a lot less trouble than I did with their Spitfire VC Just getting the cockpit to sit s
  2. Hi everyone, Thought you wouldn`t mind me bothering you with some photo`s of my latest effort My attempt at Tamiya`s 1/48 Ki-61 Tony Not a lot to say, straight forward build OOB apart from decals, with brake pipes and aerial wires added Decals from Rising Decals set RD48027, which has some great schemes but the ones that caught my eye were for the short nosed version Doh! So chose this one as it`s in some markings I`d not seen before. Hope you enjoy, thanks for looking Cheers Russ
  3. Howdy Everyone, Just finished my latest effort, My attempt at Great Wall Hobbies 1/48 Black Widow, built from the `Last Shootdown` boxing This was intended to by my Halloween post but it over ran a bit Mostly from the box but with a few items replaced due to breakages ( why do they mould tiny aerials to the main parts? )..... and parts like the engine harness which I decided weren`t worth wrestling with esp` as you can barely see them. So: engine harness, `T` shaped aerials, pitot, fuselage side antenna all replaced with wire and pla
  4. Howdy Everyone, Finished this one last week, so thought I`d bother you with some pic`s My attempt at Special Hobby`s 1/48 Wirraway kit I`d recently been re-reading Mark Johnstones book ` Whispering Death ` which gave me the inspiration to add one to the collection...... .....although not entirely successful as a fighter or dive bomber, they excelled at artillery spotting, search and rescue and forward air control type missions Built almost completely from the box contents with only: Brake pipes, engine pushrods and ignition harness
  5. Howdy all, Just finished my latest BPF subject to replace my yellowing earlier attempt I did a long time ago. Built from Hobby Boss`s 1/48 Avenger MK I kit, that you can`t actually build a Mk I from Finished as a MK II of 849 NAS, HMS Victorious, British Pacific Fleet, 1945 Built mainly from the box contents with a very few alterations and additions, including: ....cutting off the protruding gun barrels, adding some brake pipes and extra aerials and antenna. managed to dig some Yagi aerials and bubble observers/gunners rear windows f
  6. Howdy Everyone, Finally managed to finish this one after a bit of a Boo-Boo on my part My latest attempt at Eduards 1/48 Airacobra kit Built from their New Guinea Dual-Combo boxing but with some different markings to the ones in the box I`d already done `Papuan Panic` a while ago but just couldn`t get inspired by the other options and this one is actually on the front page of the booklet provided but not on the sheet... Luckily I`d got an old sheet with it on and used those instead. The marking represent a P-39K, flown by Lt Willia
  7. Hi everyone, here`s my first ( and most recent) completion from my haul from the Hinckley Show in March. Tamiyas 1/48 Bristol Beaufighter VI completed as an Australian built Mk21 Representing an aircraft of No 93 Sqn RAAF known as the `Green Ghosts` Apart from the decals all the parts were in the box, only extra work was deletion of two wing guns, some antenna, seat belts and a small fillet ahead of the observers station the decals were from an old Eagle Strike set also I thought I`d show you an earlier build This time a Mk X,
  8. Howdy everyone, hope you don`t mind me showing some pic`s of my latest completion Attempt number two at Special Hobby`s 1/48 Firefly kit Finished to represent a Firefly Mk I of 1771 Squadron, British Pacific Fleet Flown from HMS Implacable towards the end of WWII As usual built mostly from the box... only additions being an etched set of seatbelts I found in the spares box, rear view mirror and aerial wires Decals are the kits too The carrier base is an Eduard item Hope you enjoy the photo`s, thanks for loo
  9. Hi everyone, Thought I`d bother you with some photo`s of my latest completion My attempt at Tamiya`s 1/48 early George kit Finished in the markings of 341st Naval Fighter Group of the 402nd Fighter Squadron As usual, done almost completely OOB with just a few improvements here and there, including............ seat belts, engine harness, drilled the lightening holes out in the seat and opened up the gun barrels Decals are the kits and I resisted the temptation to go really overboard with the weathering as I figured....... .
  10. Howdy Everyone, Just finished my attempt at building my second Dutch B-25 Strafer from Monogram`s 1/48 B-25J kit Finished in the markings of `Lienke` of the ML-KNIL/RNIEAAF, No 18 Squadron, Based at Batchelor Field, Australia, 1944-45...... ... to complement my earlier B-25C I built a little while ago. Incorporated a few modification to the kit, the main one being that Dutch `J`s only had two nose guns as opposed to the four guns fitted to US examples....... ......to make room for a bomb sight I believe. The only other mod`s were the position
  11. Howdy everyone, Managed to finish this one before I start back work in a day or so, so I thought I`d show some pic`s Hasegawa`s 1/48 Warhawk kit finished to represent `Cleopatra`, an aircraft flown by Flg Off Geoff Atherton, 75 Sqn, Mine Bay, New Guinea, 1942 Copied from Osprey`s `Tomahawk and Kittyhawk Aces of the RAF and Commonwealth` book Got `some` of the decals from Italeri`s latest reissue of AMT`s P-40E kit....... ......which I bought to make a `K` version from. Unfortunately the more pictures I found of the aircraft the more
  12. Hi Everyone, Just finished my latest `49er` P-40 Warhawk ( I`ve got a thing about Warhawks ) Built from Hasegawas 1/48 P-40N kit and finished to represent an aircraft of the 49th Fighter Group, New Guinea,South West Pacific Theatre in 1943-44 Wanted to do this one for a while as it had nose art on both sides of the nose which was a fairly common practice in the 49th Built mostly from the box contents..... with the usual additions of brake pipes and dodgy home made seatbelts The decals came from SuperScale set MS48-903
  13. Howdy Everyone, Just finished my attempt at Special Hobbies 1/48 Spitfire Vc kit from the RAAF Service boxing Finished to represent a Vc flown by Sqn Ldr Eric Gibbs, No1 Fighter Wing, 54 Sqn, RAF, Winnellie, Northern Territory, Australia, 1943 Actually built 100% OOB for a change Although I nearly made the mistake of adding aerial wire to the mast...... ...luckily I found out they didn`t have them just in time. Probably the easiest SH kit I`ve built to date with only the wing roots needing some attention ( chop loads of material off
  14. Hi Everyone, Hope you don`t mind me sharing some photo`s of my latest effort My second attempt at Hasegawa`s 1/48 Nakajima Ki-84 Hayate kit Finished to represent a `Frank` of the 58th Shimbu-Tai, Kyushu, Japan 1945 Built mostly OOB, with just some brake pipes, seat belts and aerial wires added the decals are a mix of the kits and the tail makings came from the old Tamiya kit I know they didn`t usually have the flaps deployed on the ground......... so imagine that this ones undergoing maintenance Hope you enjo
  15. Howdy All, Just finished my RAAF Boston Strafer that I was building alongside my recent RNZAF Dauntless you may remember Built from Italeri`s re-issue of AMT`s 1/48 Boston kit Finished to try and represent one of the few A-20C`s used by 22 Squadron RAAF I was originally going to do it as an earlier one with the RAF style camouflage and four .303 guns in the nose, but when I came across a photo of a `C`.................... ....with the less well known 5 X 0.5 guns, I had to give it a try I couldn`t find much info` or photo`s on Google
  16. Hi Everyone, Managed to get a brief sunny spell today and took some pic`s of my latest completion: My attempt at Italeri`s reboxing of Accurate Minatures 1/48 Dauntless kit Finished to represent an Aircraft of 25 Squadron, RNZAF, 1944-45 I don`t bother usually about colours but could not bring myself to use the powder blue decals supplied with the kit....... ...so I bought a RNZAF Corsair sheet to replace them. Then shortly after I`d got them a specific decal sheet was issued by Ventura ( V48100 )which had some great options so got
  17. Hi Everyone, Hope you don`t mind me sharing some pic`s of my most recent CBI build Tamiya`s 1/48 Buffalo MK I kit Completed to represent an aircraft used by 2-VI.GV, Netherlands East Indies Army Air Division, Java, March 1942.................... ......which was formerly used by 21 Squadron RAAF With the original national markings painted over with the later NEI markings but with the original codes and serial still showing Hence the British/Australian style aerial arrangement too Could only find one photo to work from so p
  18. Howdy All, Hope you don`t mind me sharing some photo`s of my very latest effort, which isn`t quite a `whiffer`, but more of a `might have looked like`...... My attempt at building Special Hobby`s 1/48 scale Fairey Albacore Completed to try and represent one of the handful of RN crated aircraft that were assembled and flown by 36 Squadron, RAF Seletar, Singapore, early 1942 I say above `might have looked like` as despite much searching and reading up I couldn`t find any pictures ( photo`s or otherwise ) of the subject, so once again just gave it my best sh
  19. Hi all,just finished Hasegawas 1/48 P-40e, which I`ve done as 1st Lt, Richard Vodras `Squirlbate` used in the South West Pacific Theatre Decals came from a Superscale sheet which depicts a P-40n as the aircraft but from what i can find out Vodras `N` was O/D N/G scheme with the chequered tail other wise it`s pretty much OOB with just seatbelts, brake pipes, fuel tank breather and antenna added Got to do some more Hasegawa `49ers to replace my dodgy Revell ones as there a really wide variety of schemes and markings. thought whils
  20. Hi Everyone, At last ! after several hours of Windows 10 updates, I`m able to show some pic`s of my effort: My latest attempt at Hasegawa`s 1/48 `E`version, Warhawk kit Completed to represent an aircraft of the 49th Fighter Group, `Skeeter`, flown by 2Lt John D Landers based at Darwin, Australia in 1942. I`ve been hooked on `49er` Warhawks since getting a book `Protect and Avenge` years ago and have been replacing my old Revell P-40 `49er collection with the Has` kit. Apart from the dodgy seat belts, aerial wires, brake pipes and the `bead` gu
  21. Howdy Everyone, Just managed to get some pic`s before the rain started of my latest effort: Academy`s reissue of Accurate Minatures 1/48 B-25 Mitchell kit. Completed to represent a Dutch B-25D Strafer, N5-143, based in Australia at Batchelor Air Base, July-Oct 1943 Used the Sharkmouth B-25G boxing as a start ( I already new most of the parts were in the box to do a `C` or `D` version from my `Little Joe` build ) Mostly from the box but had to use the earlier style exhausts and modify the engine cowlings to remove the separate exhaust stubs and fill the di
  22. Hi Everyone, Just broke my Tamiya 1/48 Thunderbolt cherry so I thought I`d share some photo`s Finished to represent a Razorback of the Pineapple Air Force ( so called because of their time spent stationed at Hawaii before they eventually got sent to the war zone ) Done as `Big Squaw` which was assigned to Capt John Vogt, 19th FS, 318 FG, based at Aslito Field, Saipan, 1944 Each Pineapple marking below the cockpit represents time spent with the group rather than a kill or mission completed Mostly built from what`s in the box but with some slight
  23. Hi Everyone, Hope you don`t mind me sharing some pic`s of my latest effort, Hasegawas 1/48 scale C6N1 Saiun or Myrt Completed as the second option in the box, an aircraft of: 4th Recon Squadron, 343rd Naval Flying Group Which I chose because it hasn`t got the black cowl and nose that you usually see. Built 99% OOB, with just some seat belts, brake pipes and aerial wire added The base is an Eduard Japanese Carrier Section, that you just paint up and add the lights to Hope you enjoy, thanks for looking Cheers Russ
  24. Hi everyone, Thought I`d show you some photo`s of my attempt at Special Hobby`s 1/48 Seafire Mk XV Completed to represent an aircraft of No 806 FAA Squadron, 16th Carrier Air Group, aboard HMS Glory circa 1946 Built 99.99% OOB With just the whip aerial replaced with a bit of wire This has got to be the best, easiest to build, Special Hobby/MPM kit I`ve built since my Fulmar some time back With only a bit of filler and work at the wing roots Hope you enjoy, thanks for looking Cheers Russ
  25. Hi Everyone, Just got some photo`s of my latest effort: Special Hobby`s 1/48 Il-10 to add to my `August Storm` mini theme I couldn`t find any photo`s or pictures in any books or on-line depicting Il-10`s in the Soviet invasion of Manchuria at the very end of WWII but I came across...... ...some images from a Flight/Combat Sim called `Shturmoviks over Manchuria and thought, in the absence of any thing else, one of those schemes would do. The build itself is mostly from the box, with just some wire brake pipes and a few bits of photo etch replaced with more
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