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RCAF Lockheed Ventura GR-V Target Tug
bigbadbadge posted a topic in Ready for Inspection - AircraftHi All I have been working in this for the last few months. I have always wanted to build a Target Tug . Being a brush painter made things interesting. I use Humbrol enamels and thin them slightly. The model is the Revell 1/48 Lockheed Ventura and I have made this as an RCAF GR-V TT from British Columbia. The scheme is very striking for obvious reasons and believe it was referred to as the Oxydol Special. The decals are from the excellent Aviaeology set and there is some fantastic information and photos, I do like their decal sets. I would also like to say thank you to Tonyot and Ed Russell who were very helpful with some images. The Kit is very nice and the fit is very nice indeed. The only area which wasn't as good was the Bomb bay doors. The areas requiring change from the kit is the second seat in the cockpit and there is now second control stick and the Radio Op area was added with scratch built radios and seat. The Navigator desk was added too before I realised that you cannot see inside. I also added a higher cabin floor and added some details to the main spar. Curtain for the Radio operator area is a painted piece of Rizzla paper. Aerial wires are from invisible thread. The guns have been removed and the appetures were plated over and just removed from the turret. The Ventral gun position has been altered to be as like a Target Tug as I could make it as there is no ref pics that I could find for one of these machines so I used an image from an SAAF machine. The last addition is the observers blister window on the Port side and yes it is the right way round !!! Engines were by Quickboost and I added brass rod pushrod and ignition harness from very thin wire from Little Cars. The cowlings and Props are from Quickboost too and are very nice indeed. This is a link to the WIP Thanks for the support along the way Sorry for the waffle here's some picks. I am now doing an all over yellow FAA Avro Anson Mk1. Thanks for looking Chris
After doing two consecutive builds ti finish on time before a competition where both models were rushed to the finish line I've had enough of deadlines for a while. From now on, or rather until august atleast I will not bother with time schedules but just doing things whenever I feel like it, in any order and on any kit. But, in order to reduce the stash a little I will off course start another kit, instead of carry on with another one at full focus. Not to worry, the Sea vixen WILL get a little more love before soon. Anyway, what do we have here then? Well, a Tamiya Mossie from the 90:s is not the most difficult of kits, so I need to complicate things a little bit more. Hence, a light load of aftermarket candy: Turned gun barrels, some resin for the cockpit (more about that later) and some rather tasty decals from Aviaeology. Only thing missing is off course some quickboost exhausts, but that will come in due time. 333Sqn seems to have been a rather busy bunch, venturing up and down the Norwegian coast looking for prey for the rest of the Banff Strike Wing to obliterate. I have not yet decided which one to do, but I have in my mind a dirty, beaten up old warhorse in Extra Dark Sea grey over Sky, with suitable amount of repaint here and there. It's oh so clear in my mind, i just need to make that happen in the meatspace... The Tamiya plastic sure is fine though! Ok, where to start then? Digging for references might be a good idea, and then prepare the cockpit for the resin pieces I guess. But for now, I need to head off to the office instead and do work. Too bad
Edge posted a topic in Maritime Patrol and Coastal Command GBMy belated entry to the group build is a 1/72 Academy PBY-5, which I intend to finish as an RAF/RCAF Catalina/Canso. I've not decided on which aircraft as yet, but am working through the Aviaeology decal sets to find a favourite - presently W8427/QL-G looks likely. Due to work pressure and family/festive commitments I've only just dug out the box so it's highly likely that I'll not meet the deadline, but here goes anyway! Pic of what I have so far: RIMG0895 by edge957, on Flickr Edge
Hello and thanks for your interest! This is my latest model, the 1/72 Airfix Hawker Typhoon, dressed as "F-3A 'Diane'", serial number MN716, flown by Pilot Officer R.G. Fox in November 1944. The model was built from the box, the only addition was photo-etch seatbelts from CMK. Decals are from the Aviaeology sheet "RCAF Hawker Typhoon Mk.IB 1944 to Bodenplatte" (https://www.hannants.co.uk/product/AOD72008). The Squadrons covered are No 438, 439 and 440 Sqns during 1944 through to operation Bodenplatte. The series covers nine different subject aircraft including one car door version and eight bubble canopy versions. Aviaeology include an exclusive on the two sizes of the early “type B” upper wing roundels. Aviaelogy supply far more than your average aftermarket decal sheet, in fact it is a multi-page b/w booklet with background info and b/w pictures of some of the aircraft featured. A colour PDF version of the colour scheme is available for free though registering on the Aviaeology Web Site. The decals are of highest quality and perform flawlessly. However I did manage to break up the correct "F3" codes for this particular machine by mishandling them; I had to fall back to another "F3" code that has a slightly different font. I guess you would not have noticed unless you're an expert on 2.TAF aircraft (or you work for Aviaeology). Former squadron codes ("5V") were overpainted; I copied this by spraying the "5V" codes with dark grey through a paper mask before applying the "F3" codes over it. If you look closely, you will notice that the "F3" codes look brighter then the code letter "A" - this is intentional as I believe only the "5V/F3" code was changed. I tried to replicate the tatty appearance of the invasion stripes on the lower fuselage. The model was painted with Gunze acrylics. Photographs by Wolfgang Rabel, IGM Cars & Bikes.
Venturas in Canada 4 1:48 & 1:72 Aviaeology by Skygrid Studio This decal set is for post war Venturas used in Canada for Bombing & gunnery training, as well as Target Tugs. The sheet features marking for two B&G trainers, and two Target Tugs. As usual with sets from Aviaeology there are copious instructions. To be honest for me they are in very small print on photocopied pages which are not the best to read. Different styles of national markings are provided given the changes at this time in the RCAF. Full details of these are provided in the text. The decals are printed on a pale blue background with a slightly mottled patina, and are of good quality as you'd expect. Registration, colour density and sharpness are up to snuff, just as you'd expect and the clear carrier film is pretty tight to the edges of the printing. Conclusion If you are a fan of all aviation things Canadian, want something a little different, or you are a big fan of stripes then these decals are for you. Recommended. 1:72 1:72 Review sample courtesy of
Aviaeology RCAF Mosquitoes 1:24
Mike posted a topic in Decals & MasksRCAF Mosquitoes 1:24 Aviaeology It's a while since Airfix gave us the first of their new "super kits" in the shape of the delightful Mosquito, but as they are in the process of re-releasing the kit with some new decals, Aviaeology have re-released this set with some additions and changes to reflect new information. It arrives in a flat ziploc bag with copious instructions to the front, and five sheets of decals of various sizes in the rear. The instructions are printed in grey-scale and are double-sided on A4 paper, with photos and scrap diagrams interspersed between the text. From the bag you can depict one of the following airframes: FB.VI (Series I) HJ719 as aircraft TH@U "Moonbeam McSwine" of 418 squadron RCAF, RAF ADGB Holmset South, early-mid 1944. Dark green over medium sea grey upper camo, over smooth night (black) undersides. Stylised lady hunter with pipe on a yellow backdrop nose art. FB.VI HR147 TH@Z "Hairless Joe" of 418 squadron RCAF RAF ADGB Hunsdon, late 1944. Old man nose art with three choices of colouring. Dark green upper camo over medium sea grey. Later seen with no nose art, fuselage bands on underside, Canadian motif on crew hatch and three options for the rudder colour. FB.VI NS850 as aircraft TH@M "Black Rufe" of 418 squadron RCAF RAF ADGB Holmsey South, mid 1944. Dark green upper camo over medium sea grey. Hunter with a gun and swastika kill-marks nose art. FB.VI SZ976 as aircraft TH@V of 418 squadron RCAF RAF 2nd Tactical Air Force (TAF) B.71 (Coxyde, Belgium) spring 1945. Dark green upper camo over medium sea grey. Optional Amigo Panchito nose art. There are four decal options included on the sheet(s), and each one is given either a full A4 (landscape) page or half of one that gives the modeller profile views of the fuselage, plus the necessary scrap diagrams of the nose that is invisible from the side on a complete profile. There are also markings options within the sections, which caters for differences seen on the airframes, or alternative interpretations of old photos. Additionally, there is a page and a half devoted to general Mosquito modelling notes on colour, placement or presence of stencils and so forth, all of which can be used to add accuracy to your depiction. Finally, a half page is devoted to the bomb loads carried by the Mossie, their correct colours and markings. As already mentioned, the decals have been spread over five sheets to ease the colour choices and reduce printing costs to an acceptable level, with a total area of around A4 size. The printing is anonymous, but up to the high standards expected from modern decals, with good registration, colour density and sharpness. The lighter coloured artwork is provided with a white backdrop decal to ensure no colours show through the "weaker" colours such as yellow and white. Colours look just right, and each decal is covered with a very thin and closely cropped carrier film, which will be welcomed when layering some of the nose artwork to keep the thickness down. Conclusion Good quality decals, highly detailed instructions that show you options where definitive answers aren't available, and background information to the airframes demonstrated Aviaeology's dedication to their work. Furthermore, if you buy direct or email them after your purchase, you can obtain a free colour PDF of the decal instructions that will be most useful. Highly recommended to anyone wanting to go "off-piste" with the decals for their big Mossie. Currently showing as sold out - check back later. Review sample courtesy of
Aviaeology Mosquito Airframe Stencils
Mike posted a topic in Decals & MasksMosquito Airframe Stencils 1:24 Aviaeology by Skygrid Studio This decal set is designed for the Airfix kit of the same scale, providing an accurate and complete set of stencils for this monster of a kit, including many not provided on the kit decal sheet. As usual with sets from Aviaeology there are copious instructions that include the basics of decal use (always handy for the novice), plus a lot of information that will be useful in deciding which decals to use, such as whether they were overpainted or not, missing completely, or just partially present. The decals are printed on a pale blue background with a slightly mottled patina, and are of good quality as you'd expect. Registration, colour density and sharpness are up to snuff, and all the stencils are legible, just as you'd expect and the clear carrier film is pretty tight to the edges of the printing. Unlike most other Mosquito decals, the big red Keep Off markings over the radiators have cut-outs in the triangular spaces to reduce the chances of silvering that is a worry on even the shiny surfaces we decal onto these days. No need to cut them out, which is a few minutes saved. There is a mild warning about decal solutions, which more and more of us are using these days. They suggest that you use a milder one such as MicroSet, rather than the more aggressive ones that are available. In this case less is more. Conclusion Stencils are an important part of adding realism to a model, and having them all in place and authentic has got to be a good thing. The additional info is very welcome too, and makes them a must-have item IMHO. Review sample courtesy of