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  1. MMZone from Korea, moxingfan & Model Bar from China report about a not yet officially announced 1/35th Boeing AH-64A Apache by Academy - ref.12129 Some reliable sources say it'll be just a rebox from the old Hapdong Tech/Kangnam/IMEX kit (link). Sources: http://mmzone.co.kr/mms_tool/mt_view.php?mms_db_name=mmz_forum&no=370385 http://www.moxingfans.com/new/news/2020/0327/7533.html https://tieba.baidu.com/p/6579272654 https://www.hobbyeasy.com/en/data/stkofi5ecsdmhaahtm1i.html https://www.hlj.com/1-35-scale-ah-64a-apache-south-carolina-ang-acd12129 V.P.
  2. After the F-35A (link) Academy is to release in 2020 a 1/72nd Lockheed-Martin F-35B Lightning II kit - ref. 12569 Source: http://academy.co.kr/1aden/site/01_academy_kor/notice/2020_catalog.pdf V.P.
  3. Hello again. For several years, I have been looking at the 1/72 XP-47J Sharkit Kit. Earlier this year, I decided to buy one, but could never get the site to let me order, and e-mails to the site were returned as undeliverable. Finally, a couple of weeks back, I found a link to Renaud, and inquired about buying one. He informed me that they were sold out, and he, at least, would not be casting any more, as he was retiring. I wish him well, but my heart was broken. Was I never to have an XP-47J for the collection of the P-47 family? After all, I had just done the XP-72, had done an XP-47H conversion years ago, and more recently, the XP-47B prototype, With how to make a B and C version figured out, and the "Double Twister" seemingly figured out, an "N" model built, and an "M" in the stash, nothing left but the two-seater and the "J" to go. Anyway, after studying some pictures, and my kit stash, I decided that maybe I get get to a "J" model with some good old-fashioned kit-bashing, plus a little scratch-building -- so, here goes, another model I THINK I can build. As always, we'll see. The critter looks like this: I found this picture, as well as a .gif set of drawings: Which for me, printed at 48% of actual size worked out exactly to 1/72 scale size. Actual length of the real aircraft (excluding the spinner!) was 33' 3", and the wingspan was right at 40 feet. As with my XP-47B Prototype build, I'll be using the Academy P-47D razorback kit (because it's cheaper than Tamiya's), and the True Detail P-47 cockpit set: I figured the toughest part of the build will be the modified cowl area, so I'll start there. First off, some tape was used to mark off the cutting lines on both sides of the P-47D cowl. Since I had some old Hasegawa P-47D kit parts left over from the XP-72 build -- the the Hasegawa kit contributed it's wings, landing gear and gear doors -- I have the fuselage parts to play with. Luckily they are exactly the same size as the Academy parts, so I'll use the Hasegawa cowl to experiment with, saving the Academy one against future need. First off, some tape was used to mark off the cutting lines on both sides of the P-47D cowl : Above right, you can see the P-47D cowl cut in half, leaving a top and bottom half. You can also see from the "X", where I screwed up even this simple task, cutting one side on the wrong line. The first picture actually was the saved Academy cowl, while I chopped up the Hasegawa cowl. No matter, I'll shim it up later. On the right end of the picture is the section of an old Airfix P-61 cowling that I used the remainder of years ago, on my build of the P2V-3 Neptune. As I told you guys before, and you can now see why -- I NEVER throw anything modeling-related away. No parts, decals, or even sprue. (Occasionally, I will toss out an old model box, which some might try to sell on E-Bay...). Next I cut a few strips of old plastic sheet (I'd guess around 30 thou), into some strips 2 - 3 times wider than the P-47D cowl plastic is thick: Above right, the strips are then glued with liquid cement to the cowling top. Note that one side has an extra strip, to shim up my earlier cutting mistake, and even up the cowl top. When dry, these are sanded down to whatever thickness needed to assure that when the P-61 section of cowl is glued on, the front end of the cowling opening will be as circular as possible: Above right, the sawn edges of the lower P-47D cowling part are sanded at an angle, to assure that the front "scoop" on the lower part of the P-47D cowl will be raked at the correct angle when glued to the top section, as per the drawings. Not shown, the rear part of the lower P-47D cowling, being glued on further back, is cut flush with the top part on the rear end after they are glued together, to make the whole new cowling the same overall length as the original cowling: Above right, the front opening edges are shaved and sanded to needed shapes and thicknesses. Next, the XP-47J had a huge cooling fan installed right at the front of the cowl opening, and right behind the rather large prop spinner. I scrounged around in the stash and found that the fan blades from an Esci AV-8A would work just fine, once trimmed to size. Those from an A-10 would work as well. I decided to cast a resin copy as I optimistically hope to build the AV-8A one day. So, I dug out a years-old supply of 5-minute silicone molding putty that I got from Micro Mark. I mixed up a lump of Part "A" and an equal lump of Part "B", and mixed them together into a ball, which I then flattened onto a desk top. Then, I pushed the fan side of the Harrier part into the putty and left dry: The putty was supposed to dry in 5 minutes, but as I said, it's old (like me), and not as fast as it usta was... I let it set for half an hour, then gave it a little touch up with a blow dryer on medium heat for around 30 seconds, being careful not to melt anything, then popped the part out of the putty. As you might be able to see, there are a couple of bubbles in the mold, which really doesn't matter, as all but the very edges of the fan will be covered by the propeller spinner. If the part had needed to be dead accurate, I would have used the pressure casting method, as usual (No more vacuum casting...yay!). It should be mentioned here, that in all my casting materials -- the silicone jars/jugs, the resin jars/jugs as well as this putty, I help preserve with a squirt or two of Nitrogen, like the same canned stuff used to preserve opened bottles of wine, etc. I use the cheapest I can find. This time, it happened to be Bloxygen, which as you might infer, blocks any oxygen from touching the top of the preserved material (when stored upright!). By the way, this gas is lighter than air, so you won't be able to shake the can to see how much is left. You just gotta use it 'til it runs out, and trust that you were given full measure! Anyway, I now have to go out into a cold, un-heated garage and cast a resin copy. Due to the cold and thinness of the cast, I'll give it a couple of days in the pressure caster, rather than the usual (for the resin I use) 16 hours. While all that's going on, it's a great time to take a break here. I'll be back when there's more to report. As usual, all comments, questions, or general kibitzing are welcome. Ed
  4. This the Academy 1/35 wonder kit of the AH-1Z Viper (everyone still calls it the Cobra!) This is quite simply one of the best model kits I've ever had the pleasure of building. The fact that it is ludicrously brilliant value as well just makes it all the better. The kit is built from the box with the exception of the squadron markings and FMV antennae, which are from the copious Flying Leathernecks decal set. I also added the anti-slip areas on the skids and stub wings from 2500 grit sandpaper The detail on the kit is superb, but it's the tooling which makes it really special - the tail boom, rocket pods and exhausts are all hollow one-piece mouldings with both recessed and raised fine rivet details of superb definition. If you haven't had a look at this kit before, you really should. The skids, Hellfires and stub wings are also supplied as one-piece mouldings with excellent detail all around. There's also a PE fret for all the vents and grilles, plus a full masking set for the canopy and sensor optics. The model was painted with MRP Light Ghost Gray and Navy Blue-Gray and weathered with Colourcoats enamels I made it look like an end-of-det state just to see what I could do with it - I'll definitely be making another one or two or three of these, (it's a definite wonder kit that falls together and incredibly good value for money) so I'll make the next one nice and clean! My final verdict on this kit is unsurprisingly and overwhelmingly positive. Incredibly detailed out of the box with excellent decals; full weapons options (only missing the extended range fuel tank); big shelf appeal; one of the coolest aircraft flying today; presented in a diorama friendly 1/35 scale; and all for an MSRP under £50. Can't fault it and will definitely be building more. Cheers and all the best, Alan
  5. My entry will be a F-89J from the ANG in the late 60s in ADC gray. The kit comes with 6 wing pylons with 4 Falcon and 2 Genie missiles but I couldn't find any pictures of an ANG plane with all 6 pylons so I asked on the Cold War forum. It turns out for the ANG the USAF removed the Falcons and pylons (electrics too sensitive) leaving the Guard with nuclear rockets only. Reference material, sprue shot and decals; there are 3 Iowa ANG planes to choose from on decalsheet; photos of one are very common, so I will probably go with that. Need to finish my build in Vietnam GB now. Chris
  6. Six Oregon ANG Eagles visited and trained in Finland in 2016. Because of that, in January 2017 I bought this Academy boxing of their F-15C MSIP II #12506. I looked at the kit several times and as I couldn't find its propellers, I never started it. I even had it for sale at Scalemates for three years, but I must have asked too much as it's still here. Come the Desert Storm GB and a thread at modern aircraft modelling about MSIP Eagles at the Gulf War. My first TV war, it was. I was a fresh reservist and woke up every morning to view the allied press conferences. They really nailed them. So despite my Eagle lacks its propellers I'm about to start building it. I thank already @Jabba and @Jakub Cikhart for helping and encouraging me to go forward with this daunting new propulsion technology. I will have to ask more for your help later on! So far I have not yet acquired any Gulf War decals, but I have a lot to do before I'll need more than the kit supplied decals. The AIM 120:s are a no-no but what about the -9x:s? I'll have to check what type was used in -91 and what was not... Otherwise the build should be ok out of the box, eh? I have downloaded Academy "F-15C proper" instructions from early -90's and compare them to my kit, too. Anyways, here is the boxart, sprue (all still in unopened bags), decal and instruction pic - wish me luck . V-P
  7. Returning for something that I've not done since this Meteoric build - the first ever on Britmodeller. Simultaneous multiple build of the same basic kit, in this case the Academy 1/72 Focke Wulf Fw190-D9. These two. Between the two, I've got enough crosses and decals, to build both Papagei Staffel options (if I paint, rather than decal, the white stripes). Here two sets of parts. To result in these stripes on each. I'm planning on masking and painting the stripes. To protect my earlier Me262s as they take-off and land.
  8. This was a straightforward build for a cancer research fundraising GB, with the only additions being the Kormoran 1 courtesy of Eduard, and a modified brass pitot for a Jaguar. This is the Academy kit from the 1985 boxing (I was able to utilize the original decals), based on 1970's tooling. Had I noticed when I was ordering the Kormorans that the package included one 1, and one 2, I would've ordered 2 packs to hang a pair of Kormoran 1s off the pylons. Oh well, so be it. I've always kinda liked asymmetrical load outs anyways. Or perhaps he has just fired one at a target..... On to the pics, because I know that's the only reason anyone is looking.
  9. AS promised over on the build thread HERE Here are a few photos of the completed beast: These inkjet-printed "X"47J" on the tail didn't turn out great on this side, but if I ever find and 1/72 scale 6" high stenciled letters, I may paint these over and re-do later. We'll see. I had fun building this from the Academy kit. Hope you enjoy the pics. See you on my next project, Ed
  10. Hi, I am presenting my last completed model. This is F-22 Raptor from Academy in 1/72 scale. Model painted with Tamiya, Gunze, AK Xtreme metalm MRP int paints and Vellejo and Model master with brush. A very enjoyable work, I didn't have much trouble.
  11. Good day! Recently, I was approached by a man with a request to paint his model. In addition to painting, it also had to be finalized. After almost complete disassembly of the model, improvements were made. Modified the cockpit, drilled machine guns, exhaust pipes. All identification marks, serial number and mouth are completely handmade paint mask. Prototype Complete model Azure blue - AKAN Dark earth - Gunze Middle stone - Tamiya Dull Red - AK Real Colour Roundal blue - AKAN Yellow - AKAN White - RealColour Interiour green - AKAN Lacquer - Alcad II Wash - AK
  12. Good afternoon, colleagues. Today I want to offer you a review of the long-known model from the company Academy-Bf-109 G-14. On improvements. I changed the inflows under the chassis to Italery ones from " stocks" I changed the propeller, tail wings, wheels and tank from AZ(remnants from the previous Assembly) Armament and Pitot tube from Master In the cockpit, the pilot from the Zvezda and the sight from the QB The prototype is Jacob Vogel's plane, which made an emergency landing on the British side of the front in the summer of 44. stencil from AZ, identification marks homemade paint mask Color : RLM 74+RLM 75 Akan, RLM76,RLM02,RLM70 - Gunze The Alcad II lacquer Oil from AK Thank you for your attention, have a nice viewing.
  13. Academy is to release in 2019 a new tool 1/72nd Grumman F-14A Tomcat "VF-143 Punkin Dogs" kit in the MCP (Multi Color Parts) serie - ref. 12563 Source: https://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/235047967-academy-catalog-2019/&do=findComment&comment=3218086 Box art V.P.
  14. A blast from the past! After the Revell F-86D (link), Mono Chrome is to repop, in early 2021, the vintage (1992!) Academy 1/48th Lockheed T-33A Shooting Star kit with JASDF markings under ref. MCT502. Source: https://www.1999.co.jp/eng/10744892 Having as target the Japanese market, this vintage kit can't obviously compete - except maybe for the price - with the more recent Great Wall Hobby (GWH) 1/48th T-33 kits - link V.P.
  15. This kit, very similar to this Israeli Eagle, which I built in 2017 This kit from Kit Rescue at IPMS Avon2018 show. Halh of a double-deal with this Italeri EF-111A Raven, negotiated down to £15 for the pair. For which I have ideas to contrast the grey camo. But approach with caution, as the decals on that linked Academy were VERY fragile. And a view of the parts. This kit has raised surface detail.
  16. Another Cold War USAFE jet, the mighty air superiority fighter the F-15 Eagle. This particular aircraft was based at Bitburg during the 1980s, including stints holding fully armed 'Zulu Alert' status, waiting for the klaxon to sound ordering a scramble. Could it be swarms of MiGs, or just a lost civvie straying too close with the wrong flight plan? Fortunately it was almost always the latter, and 84-019 is now based at Lakenheath with the 493rd FS. Here she is from those halcyon days for aircraft spotters in full 53rd TFS 'Tigers' markings. Built oob apart from the Eduard etched cockpit and Furball decals. It goes together quite nicely with minimum filler. Colours were Tamiya spray cans, AS-25 and AS-26.
  17. I'm itching to build something and I don't want to wait until Saturday for the Interceptors GB to start, so here's a side project. I've really been enjoying Academy's 1/72 F-14A kit with the newer tooling, and I figured I'd give one of their other kits a try. Decals from Twobobs, as I wanted a non-gray color scheme, and I think for this one I'll go for the desert tan scheme. I'll be working this one off and on as time allows. The Flanker I'm building for the Interceptors GB will take priority, so I've got a few days to make some good progress on this, and I'll keep it on the side for the times that I'm waiting for things like primer, paint, and clear coat to cure. So... let's get started.
  18. I've been reading Mark Bowden's book Hue 1968 recently, and one of the things the USMC brought into Hue to turn it into a big pile of rubble, was the M50 Ontos. This was a US Army hand-me-down small tracked vehicle with 6 recoilles rifles mounted on top of it. These proved quite usuable in blasting holes in walls, allowing infantry to go through buildings and walls, rather than use the streets where they an easy target for snipers. I'm using the Academy kit, which was first released about 10 years ago, so it's quite a decent modern kit. It comes with some PE for things like fender braces, light covers and perforated exhaust covers. The tracks are the rubber band type, which is actually much like the real thing. I haven't build any armor in years, so stuff like weathering will be a nice challenge. I've completed the lower hull: And added many parts to the upper hull: Next up will be the turret with the rifles.
  19. This is where I re-enlist for a second tour, with the Academy 1/72 F-4J Phantom - same kit as Enzo. I had this kit earmarked for Aces, but that's not getting to the bunfight. This kit was an Amazon purchase in 2015, for £22.95. An unusual kit in that it can be built snapfit, without cement, AND with stickers as well as decals. Aimed at the toy market - lets see about the model market then. Decals for Showtime 100, the US Navy's only Ace crew - Lieutenant Randall H. Cunningham (pilot) Lieutenant William P. Driscoll (RIO) This aircraft, this F-4J callsign Showtime 100, brought their third, fourth and fifth kills during a mission on 10 May 1972. The aircraft was shot down by a SAM, Cunningham and Driscoll reaching the sea before ejecting, and subsequent rescue. All disected in graphic detail on History Channels Dogfights (S1:E12) pilot episode, very exciting stuff. And a look at the parts, they're superb quality.
  20. Hi! A few days ago I finished the F-15E from the Academy. Easy construction, very good detail. I just changed the nozzles to Aires. Main color painted FS36118 from AK RC. I also used Tamiya, Gunze, Vallejo and AK Xtreme metal paints.
  21. Hello guys! Here's a model I had never posted in here, my second Ta 183 from Academy with markings for Erich Hartmann's aircraft.
  22. Hello guys, I finished my Super Etendard yesterday. I used Revell acrylics and a brush to paint the model.
  23. My first Academy 1/48th F-4B Phantom, I started this kit three years ago however she went on the shelf of suspended doom when I started to get frustrated with airbrushing with acrylic paints. I re-started her a few weeks ago, to be quite honest it was a 'just get it finished' job and it remained that way until I started to apply the decals. Somehow the ugly duckling turned into a swan, or at least something approaching that. This is the end result: 20201018_124319 (2) by Ghostbase, on Flickr This was my first build of the Academy Phantom. I am used to the ESCI/Italeri and Revell/Monogram kits, have also put together a couple of Hasegawa kits over the years, and I was impressed with the Academy offering. I liked the one piece upper body section, the separate rear section, the way the kit went together, and the wide variety of missiles included in the box. Very little filling or sanding was required. Definitely a thumbs up! I do have a couple of the Eduard boxings in the stash and I would love to start one soon to see what difference the additional goodies make 20201018_124333 (2) by Ghostbase, on Flickr This next photo does show one major problem. I built and painted the rear section aft of the jet exhausts complete with the tail planes/elevators, dry fitted it and all was fine, however it sort of went wrong when I cemented the section on. Not too sure what went wrong! The other side was fine so no harm done I guess. 20201018_124354 (2) by Ghostbase, on Flickr I prepared all the spues with Halfords primer, grey on top and white underside, then rattle-canned Halfords appliance white to the under surfaces as well as the top of the ailerons and the rudder. This went on well. I then applied light gull grey top sides using an acrylic paint 'configured for the air brush' and it was a disaster! The airbrush sprayed for about five seconds, clogged up, then spattered thick drops all over the fuselage and wings. Trust me, it was a very sudden and short journey to the shelf of doom. It took me a long time to learn how to apply acrylic paint with the airbrush and several coats of light gull grey managed to hide the appalling first coat. The metallic areas were painted using Humbrol metal-cotes which I always find to be reliable. 20201018_124427 (2) by Ghostbase, on Flickr This build was saved by the decals which represent F-4B BuNo 152965 as 'AA-100' operated by VF-11 'Red Rippers' off the USS Forrestal in 1973. These were from the Furball Decals F-4B/N Phantom II Air Wing All Stars Part II set (now OOP). Stencils and standard markings were from the Academy kit. The Furball decals went on really well indeed. Unfortunately I broke one of the red stripes that should have met behind the cockpit canopy so they had to be truncated. 20201018_124457 (2) by Ghostbase, on Flickr One thing I did do reasonably well was the weapons load. I added four AIM-7 Sparrows in the wells under the fuselage, four AIM-9 Sidewinders on the pylons, and three bombs (I can't remember which ones they were) on a TER on each pylon. The kit yellow stripe decals for the bombs refused to settle down so I left them off. I also added three 'gas bags' or fuel tanks. The Academy instructions suggest that this was a valid loadout for a mission but to be honest I am not sure about that. 20201018_124514 (2) by Ghostbase, on Flickr My last photo, which has to be the colourful markings on the tail section of this showy Phantom, so well depicted by the excellent Furball decals. I am glad I decided to persevere with this stalled build, the end result isn't anywhere near perfect but it came out a lot better than I expected and I am happy with that. When can I start the next one? Michael 20201018_124606 (2) by Ghostbase, on Flickr
  24. Introducing this kit, that cost me £2.50 at FAAM show in 2003. The boxart option is 1941, thus ineligable for this GB. Parts. this kit was borrowed by another IPMS club member for some measurements, hence the fuselage parts are taped together. These are the two options applicable for this GB - I'm currently undecided.
  25. Re-enlisting with the Navy, with this Academy Helldiver Bought in 2006 for £10.99. Parts Building an overall blue option
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