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  1. I've not been overly active on modelling for a few months, but last week I got some mojo back and joined in the Nordic Group build (C-47 WIP there). That has spurred me on to get more modelling done in general and so I finally got round to producing this RFI which is one of two 1/72 Mustangs I built for Telford 2019 as part of our "animal theme" club display. The second build is a Swedish J-26, shown here: The model represents an Italian Airforce F-51D of the Aeronautica Militare, based in Italy in 1952. The excellent Xtradecal sheet 72270 was used for the main marking, but
  2. Here's a build I did over on the 'Africa' GB if you care to have look. It was bit tougher than expected, I really think Airfix should do a re-tool like they did with their excellent B-25, I'm sure it would be a winner as the Hasegawa one seems impossible to obtain and expensive when you can! Lots of mould mark removal, lots of test fitting and lots of sanding was the order of the day. I started to lose interest and perhaps could have spent a bit more time on finishing the joins, etc, but I think I got a reasonable result. I was told about the elevators being too big but didn't b
  3. My entry for this GB will be the Tamiya Mosquito FB Mk VI, finished as HJ675 "YP-V" of 23 Squadron. This squadron was posted to Luqa (Malta) in December 1942 with Mosquito NF II aircraft but transitioned to the FB Mk VI shortly before moving from there to Sigonella (Sicily) in September 1943. One flight of the squadron was also at Pomigliano (near Naples) for most of the same period before 23 Sqn moved to Alghero (Sardinia) in December 1943, staying there until May 1944 when they moved back to England at Little Snoring. Apart from an Eduard cockpit etch this will be buil
  4. Here's the third Kittyhawk I built for the ANZAC GB currently running. This is the Smer kit with spare bits from Special Hobby kits (cockpit parts, exhausts and drop-tank). Not a great fitting kit but nowt a bit of modelling didn't solve. The canopy was far too narrow to fit, I scraped some plastic from the fuselage and the canopy but you would end up with a step in from the sides so just glued it on with tube cement and taped it down to stop it from springing off. Not my best effort, got fed up with it and I just wanted to get it done, so rushed at the end, but I think it looks a fa
  5. My entry for this GB will be an Airfix 1/48 Gloster Javelin FAW Mk9R - as flown by the CO Wing Commander A.J. Owen circa 1962 I've got some Eduard etch that was being sold at the Driffield show a few years back - it was half price! I'll certainly use the cockpit set and being black there is no need to worry about matching Eduard's colour. Not sure about the wheel well and air brake etches but will decide when I look at the plastic in detail. The only online picture I can find of this airframe (XH889) is from 1961 and has the code letter "L" - perhaps the WingCo cha
  6. Good evening, checking my Xtradecal 72314 Starfighter collection sheet, I noticed it is quite out of register - i.e., the white border around the black German iron crosses, numerals and "MARINE" markings is about twice as big on the right side as on the left. This is not the quality I would expect from Xtradecal. When browsing the Hannants website, I can only see a sales@hannants.co.uk mail address. Is this the correct one, or is there a seperate one for customer service? Cheers, Andre
  7. My entry will be ZE967, a Tornado F3 of 23 Squadron, based at RAF Leeming. This Hobbyboss kit was purchased at least five years ago and it's time it was built: The Xtradecal sheet covers this airframe, Mosquito FB Mk VI (Mediterranean Theatre GB), Lightning F6 (Interceptor GB?) and two Phantoms (RAF Leeming and Falkland Islands) - the latter are part of my own KUTA build. The Tornado won't get started for a couple of weeks at least as I'm also building two Phantoms for the Vietnam GB.
  8. I've recently completed the conversion of an AMT KC-135 into an RAF Airseeker/Rivet Joint. I used the Combat Conversions resin set which provides new CFM-56 engines, new nose, cheek blisters and the various aerials and sensors that adorn the aircraft. The decals were from the Hannants' Xtradecal range. Paints were a mixture of Revell and Xtracolour enamels. Regards, Rob
  9. Morning all, Xtradecal sheet 72-113 is for Hurricane IIc's, one of the options is BP588 coded RS-X of 33 Sqn RAF, at Benina, Lybia in late 1942. The aircraft is in the standard desert scheme except for the codes and the spinner. The codes are given in black, which is unusual but is there anything to substantiate this? Secondly, the spinner is shown as red for the forward half and black for the rear half, again this is unusual but is it substantiated anywhere? I've tried Googling for images of the aircraft and I get a lot of pictures of built mod
  10. Well, here is my first participation in a group build! Having been "Furloughed" by my employer, the "Leg Iron" decided there was alternative employment available "around the house", thankfully, the council has closed the tip and all non essential shops have also put the shutters up, which left little to do but show her the email from work which stated "You are not to carry out any work"! Awesome! So here she is, my entry in the Group Build! The venerable Revell Lancaster! I`ll only be using the stencils from this decal sheet. Lots of nice grey plastic, I have an Airfi
  11. Well, as I was damn fool enough to suggest this GB, I suppose I better step to the fore! This is a placeholder for my build which will proceed at a glacial pace whilst I continue my studies. My subject is Spitfire XVIe, TB702, GW-Y of 340 (French) Sqn RAF/GC4/2 "Île de France" whilst stationed at Linge-Drope in Germany in April/May 1945 (although one source says as late as July 1945). I'll be using the 1/72nd scale Eduard XVIe Early Overtrees, decals courtesy of Xtradecal. Pictures to follow when I have time. Have fun and welcome ever
  12. Rather that return my pile of Storch bits to the garage, I thought I might as well see if I can get another finished model out of them. I think there's a complete kit left: I also have the Xtradecal sheet, which includes a nice Finnish example: It should make a nice companion piece for the Norwegian example. John
  13. This is the second of two 1/72 Mustangs built for our club theme build this year, and was built specifically for Telford 2019. The other was the Airfix F-51D, RFI here: Building both together was quite an interesting opportunity to compare, and certainly I was able to use the Airfix internal detail as a guide to scratch building similar for the Italeri model, which lacks any real internal detail, except a rather good I/P. I did take some pictures of the additional detail I added at the time, but can't seem to locate them at the moment. If I do find them, I will share.
  14. I finished this model some time ago and only now got around to taking pictures. It’s the Airfix 1/72 rag-wing Hurricane in markings of 73 Sqn in France, May 1940 from the Xtradecal sheet.
  15. Evening all. Here is my Airfix A-4b in 1/72. I used decals from Xtradecal x72151 representing a Skyhawk from VA-106 Gladiators. This one has been 90% finished for months so I’m pleased to finally get it done. This is my first Skyhawk and I’ve got several Fujimi A-4s in the stash. The Fujimi ones look nicer in the box but I’ll see when I get round to building one. Cheers Allan
  16. Early on in the Eclipse project someone said he wasn’t sure you could aero-tow a delta wing. Mark Stucky spoke up. “I know you can because I’ve done it.” He explained that he had aero-towed in hang gliders many times. See Forger’s F-106 in 1/72nd scale.
  17. A group build on A FB page got me started looking at the stash & eyeing a TR-1 kit I picked up a while back. I saw a U-2R take off & display at Mildenhall in the 80s (could well be 85) so I needed to make her a serial number who had at least visited the UK, even if they were never officially assigned to RAF Alconbury. Just to prove a point a U-2S visited a Mildenhall today. Anyway I got the HAS out at the weekend and tried to get some shots as the sun went down & cast long shadows. Hope you like them.
  18. Been given the go ahead to do my abandoned Phantom I started in last years '60's NATO/Warsaw Pact' GB. Got as far as assembling the main wing (doing an 'in-flight' aircraft, not done this since I was a kid!), and some cockpit bits. I obtained a set of pilots by PJ Products and a pack of Eduard AIM-9D's. I'm aware the RAF used G's around this period and that the D's are externally similar. Also the subject is an often seen photo of XV574 shadowing a Soviet 'Bear', using Xtradecal, erm….. decals. The main thing I have to do is shave off the Electronics whatsit's fairing fr
  19. Joining you with this Hasegawa T-33 Shooting Star kit. Costing me £2.50 from Kit Rescue at IPMS Avon model show in 2014. The kit has decals for the Thunderbirds demonstration team - not going that way. This Heller model from 1995 is the reason why not. Edited 19 April 2019, now has pilots. Today Hepster gave me two very tempting decal sheets. Xtradecal X72-120 and X72-121 which are far more interesting. I'm very torn, between the option with hi-vis red panels, And the two-tone grey option.
  20. Having built the Academy Hunter last year, I've been looking forward to getting the Airfix new release so pre-ordered a couple of kits which arrived in January. I'd also picked up the Xtradecal sheet Pt 3 which has some excellent coulourful schemes on, so decided I had to do one of these, in particular the Tactical Weapons Unit based at RAF Brawdy in 1979. Now it turns out that Xtradecal have the serial number on this one wrong. They claim it is XG223 but in fact it is XG225 - there are several photos of it out there in the net in this scheme to prove it. By the way this airframe now resides a
  21. One of two builds that I completed over the weekend. This one had been sitting on the shelf of shame for a little while and was one of my entries for the KUTA GB in November. It has been brush painted with both enamels and acrylic paints and I used the Xtradecal RAF Update 2013 - 2015 set for the scheme. Eurofighter Typhoon FGR.4 ZK353/BQ, RAF 29(F) Squadron, RAF Coningsby flown by Flight Lieutenant Jonny Dowen by John L, on Flickr by John L, on Flickr by John L, on Flickr by John L, on Flickr
  22. Here is my contribution to this group build. The latest boxing of Airfix`s classic Supermarine Spitfire Mk22/24. The intention is to build a Royal Auxillary Air Force Mk22 from the late 1940s so hopefully qualifies for this GB. Opened up the box this morning to find some sweets included! My plan is to use a Xtradecal sheet for an appropriate aircraft. Just a picture of the sealed contents as no doubt this is a well known kit...…. https://www.hannants.co.uk/product/X48091 The intention is to do PK613 LA H for 603 County of Durham Squadron R.Aux.A.F at Oulston in 1
  23. Finally back from my jolly holidays, I guess I'll need to pull my finger out and post my entry for this GB. My plan was to do Special Hobby's super little 1/72nd HAL Ajeet however, looking at the list of aircraft submissions there's a couple of startling omissions which have served the GB well in the export market notably the EE Canberra and Hawker's beautiful Hunter. I've decided to correct this omission with a Billy Bunter as it was referred to in the RAF in the 1980's, I'll be using Revell's great 1/72nd FGA.9 in its export guise as a Singaporean AF FGA.76B. I'll b
  24. Here's my 1/48 MV-22 Osprey, Italeri is the only one in this scale but I always thought with a little work it could be made into an operational aircraft. I found some photos of USMC aircraft in theatre that were very dirty and that was what made me put it on the workbench. A little work here and there became a lot more. I reshaped the hump on the wing center, dropped flaps, moved the rudders, improved the cockpit, added seat belts, built bulkheads, life raft, chaff/flare dispensers, hand holds, opened the side door, and remade the windscreen wipers to name a few. Xtrade
  25. I was thinking how nice it would be if XtraDecal made a sheet of early F.2 and F.3 schemes including the very fetching prototype to go with the 1/48 Tornado ADV kits out there. Their 1/48 RAF Part 1 and Part 2 Tornado sheets and Tornado Stencil sheets are great. So if anyone wants one let it be known here and I will email a link to this thread and hopefully get us noticed. Cheers. F.2 Prototype, 229OCU F.3 229 OCU, 25, 29, 43, 111 Squadrons. Thank you.
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