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  1. Gidday All, Earlier this year for the Falklands 40th Anniversary GB I commenced a model of HMS Glamorgan, converting an Airfix HMS Devonshire kit to do so. But as the GB is now well and truly over I've decided to continue the build here. But firstly I wish to say a big THANK YOU to @Enzo Matrix for running the Group Build. I won't repeat the trials and tribulations of the build to date, the build thread up to this point is below if you wish to see it:- https://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/235108448-hms-glamorgan/ Here is the state of the model now. With the exception of the turret and the large Type 901 radar mounted at the rear of the aft superstructure everything on the model is now fixed. About the only items I haven't modified or replaced are the rudders, the Exocet tubes, the whaleboat and that small radar scanner next to it. I scratch built the entire forward superstructure (except the fwd funnel) and modified the aft superstructure. On the wood block in the foreground I modified the three launches and davits (there's eight in total) and I scratch built everything else - the Exocet blast deflectors, bridge wings, foremast, double bedstead radar, SCOT domes, the gunnery and Seacat directors, the screws and quite a bit of extra stuff already on the model. I've still got to make the two 20mm Oerlikons, two Seacat launchers, two Corvus chaff chuckers, bollards and fairleads, the Seaslug launcher, finish the masts and busy her up a bit. Still quite a bit to do. So that's it for now. Stay safe, and regards to all, Jeff.
  2. So I happened to be reading a book on wwi German aircraft last night and came accords the first Fokker DR1 prototype V4, remembering that I had two Dr1s in the stash (1/72 & 1/48) I decided I’d convert the 1/72 one to V4. The kit (s) were gifted to me by a fellow Britmodeller who had to give up the hobby owing to failing eyesight. There’s no significance in the red and grey, when I built the previous DR1 I couldn’t find the stories for the kit so I did a mix and match build. V4 had equal span mid and lower wings so a little surgery needed. It also had a curved ( very Albatross) tail, so I’ve scratched one from sheet styrene. A bit of assembly. Assuming I can find all the parts this will be almost a blitzbuild. Still missing a sprue mind…
  3. Sorry to be mysterious- I feel honor-bound to speak up, but as of this moment have NO idea what kit or subject I've got in mind. Maybe, just maybe, an early model in Army Maneuvers temporary markings? 48th, unless I foolishly decide to throw my 32nd Revell into the ring...
  4. The RAAF is replacing their AP-3C(EW)s in the next year or so with a new fit-for-purpose ELINT platform based on the Gulfstream G550, a number of air arms operate EW and AEW variants based on the G550 including Israel, Italy, and Singapore. I am slowly modifying a Sova M Shavit kit as an MC-55A, it is the kit that is closest in configuration to the proposed MC-55A So on to the build, I started with some quick assembly of the wing and rear fuselage Some mocking up with my yet-to-be-finished GIV I moved on to sorting out the tail area and cockpit, I wasn't sure how to tackle it and then decided Milliput was the way to go. A few sessions refining the shape then occurred. Initially, it was too long and it was shortened by about 5mm, and the shape of the tip refined. It still needs some filling and possible further refinement. The cockpit was straightforward with some nice detail. The paint stage has now commenced on the cockpit as well. And how it looks taped up with the new tail section.
  5. I've not done historical models for a long time, mainly doing fantasy and sci-fi stuff for various RPGs and table-tops over the past 25 years. But recently I've decided to do a naval diorama, you can see my thread on that here : I need a merchant ship for this, but there's not many kits available. So I need to convert the Trumpeter 1/350 liberty ship to the older "Sunderland Steamer" class, this was the design used as the basis for the much more numerous and famous Liberty, Victory and Park classes mass produced during the war. As a pre-war merchant vessel "class" there's no real single design for these. Four holds, central boiler and turbines. Super structures varied but mainly had the bridge forward of the funnel and passenger accommodation. I've decided this will be an unspecified vessel of the Blue Funnel line in late '41, she's seen multiple North Atlantic convoys and is now en-route to the Pacific. She has been DEMS armed but not fully re-painted from her line colours, this seems to have been not un-common for lines that had colours which pretty matched the Admiralty rules for north Atlantic convoys. You can see my research and decisions in the thread above.
  6. I forgot to post this in RFI so thought I would squeeze it in before 2017 runs out. The build is HERE so I'm not going to go in to detail but thoroughly enjoyed hacking all that plastic up and sticking great wedges of resin in to stretch the Tamiya Lanc into a Lincoln. Huge thanks go to Chris ( #cngaero) who sold me the set for a very reasonable price. I hope I've done it justice for you It's painted and decalled as RA679 of 12 Sqn based at Binbrook. In 1951, when attempting a 3 engine landing, it overshot the runway and mounted a bank causing the undercarriage to collapse. Happy new year to you all Thanks for looking Neil
  7. I acquired the PM Model Spitfire Floatplane kit and planned to build it. That decision didn't survive the first hour... the kit is crude and lacks any detail, it also looks undersized when compared to a completed 1/72 scale Spitfire in my collection. My first thought was to use the new Airfix Vc as a basis, then looking at my books I realised that the only Mk IX version, MJ892, might be more interesting. I will use the floats and rudder / under fin from the PM kit, the rest will be the Airfix Mk IX. Colours will be standard grey/green as the aircraft flew in 1944, but the question is the undersurface. There are few photos, but IWM HU 1675 shows the aircraft clearly with a yellow P in a circle between roundel and tailplane, and the tone of the P matches the underside colour on the lower fuselage. So I'm going for Yellow.... More as it happens...
  8. Although I love building German aircraft I try not to do Swastikas so in looking for a suitable scheme I came up with various Do17Ka’s or A Hungarian Do 215. Both require a conversion. So I’ve decided to go for the Ka-1, which only needs the main canopy and nose changed. First off a comparison to scale plans. Actually pretty good, the leading edges of the horizontal tail needs reshaping but other than the new nose a good match. Next up a little surgery
  9. Well, time for the usual year-end roundup. 2021 has been an odd year, but I got some more done: First up, the 1/72 F4H-1 Phantom Prototype conversion, using no aftermarket parts: A few challenges, but worth it. For those interested, more pics HERE which will then link to the build thread proper. Same process will be repeated for all the models... Next up, the Curtiss A-18 Shrike resin build: More pics HERE Next, the F3H-1N DEMON conversion: More pics HERE Next, the Lockheed YF-97/YF-94C kitbash/conversion: More pics HERE Next up, the diminutive XF-85 Goblin: Build thread HERE Next, Lt Guy Bordelon's F4U-5N Corsair night fighter, all gussied up with aftermarket goodies: More pics h Next, LF Model P-30 resin kit: More pics HERE Next the P-26 Peashooter, also all gussied up with aftermarket: More pics HERE Next up the Lockheed YF-94D conversion, my personal favorite: More pics HERE Next, the Lockheed T-33 Twin-Tail conversion, also called the TV-2: Build thread HERE Next the Platz Shiny T-33 squadron hack: ore pics HERE Next up, the resin Consolidated TBY-2 Sea Wolf: More pics HERE And finally, the last and most difficult of the year, the Lockheed XP-80 conversion in the garb of it's initial flight: More pics HERE All in all, a challenging but rewarding year, whittling down the bucket list a bit! Thanks for looking and a great New Year to everyone! Ed
  10. Having gotten the Titanic for Christmas and not being too keen on modelling a subject that so many lost their lives on ( generally I don’t like to model subjects where I know someone died). I’m going to convert the kit to the Olympic, the only one of the White star trio to have a long career before being scrapped in the thirties. With the added distinction of having sunk a German submarine. I’m going for the Dazzle camouflage the Olympic wore while serving as a troop transport. Sprues. Even with the small scale it’s a fairly large kit. Step one will be to figure out the best way to modify the A Deck ( the most obvious difference between the two ships) then get a proper handle on the rest of the modifications needed.
  11. I managed to pick up Resicast’s Sherman BARV conversion for Tasca’s sherman III. While i have the base kit needed in the stash, I dont want to sacrifice a great kit for this build if necessary due to minimal use of parts. A quesion for the shermanholics out there, can I use Tamiya’s M4 Sherman Early Production kit 35190 as a base donor kit? No engine hatches or the rear deck/hull will be exposed as seen in the images below. https://www.ultracast.ca/Resicast-351126-Sherman-BARV-Conversion-for-TASC-p/res35.1126.htm
  12. Hello fellow modellers. I have a plan, to build a breakdown lorry for a 1960s garage; in a rural or edge of town diorama that I am constructing. Having done some searches, as to what kits could match a British breakdown lorry for this setting, this ex-WD Chevrolet CMP vehicle came up, although, this version might be better suited. source photo: @richellis I have managed to source this kit, which is by IBG Models, as it looks fairly close to the vehicle I wish to build. Obviously, there would be a fair amount of conversion work to be done here and, as I know next to nothing about vehicles, this is going to be quite a challenge. Now, for a little apology. I was so keen to get started on this that I forgot to take any startup photos. By the time I had realised, the chassis was fairly advanced in construction. I hope to provide better updates in future! I have a query, as I could do with some help with the crane unit for the back of the vehicle. Does anyone have the Emhar 1:24 scale Bedford recovery truck kit? I could do with getting measurements of the crane that comes with the kit, in order that I could scratchbuild one to 1:35 scale for this build. Can anyone help please? cheers, Mike
  13. https://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/profile/31456-maartenschonfeld/ Belgian modeller Maarten is converting the MikroMir 1/350 scale HMS Resolution SSBN kit into a Churchill Class SSN. As he has no means of posting WIP photos on Britmodeller, I offered to post them for him.... Over to you Maarten........ Ken
  14. An update with figures included and additional pre-diorama weathering... Just completed a Horch conversion to depict Rommel's Kfz. 21 used in North Africa. It was based on an Italeri Horch. I used the Plus Model conversion but this needed converting itself as Rommel's car had some differences to the interior and exterior. The only other example I have seen of this conversion is in Landscapes of War, Vol. II, but this vehicle is incorrect in some areas, such as the jerry can position on each side. The original vehicle was found and has been restored. This link tells the story - https://www.erwinrommel.info/headquarter-vehicles Here are a few of the references I used... The model, which is for a diorama with figures under construction...
  15. Time to make another WIP post I will probably forget about lol. I have a really old (for my standards, so like 4 years old) Lightning that really needs some TLC. Made it many years ago when I was still new to the hobby. My plan is to restore and convert it to F.6 XS903 I stripped the paint, I'm sure my neighbours were confused with what I was doing lol. The result was quite good. I then moved onto reworking the interior. I was looking forward to fixing the ejection seat, that was in a pretty sad state. Ready for scratchbuilding and details I am very happy with the result. Outdated photo but I have started putting everything back together, the fit is quite awful, as expected, and there will be a lot of gaps to fill. Expect more updates soon...
  16. My second build in this GB is the Airfix 1/144 BAC 1-11. I built one of these when I was about 8 or 9, didn't paint it, but used the British Caledonian decals. This time it's going to be converted to a 1-11-500 and painted as G-AVMR of British Airways - this is a significant aircraft for me as it was the first jet I flew on, aged 7 - I'd flown on plenty of Viscounts at that age, but a jet flight was exciting for 7-year old me. Here's the kit: Not a lot of parts, and (as always seems to be the case) smaller than I remember. The Airfix kit is based on the prototype and will need a few changes to make it a 500: The main modifications are to add 18mm to the forward fuselage and 10.5mm to the rear fuselage, and 5mm to each wingtip. It also needs the nose cone reprofiling (it needs to be pointier), the wing fences need to be moved, and an APU exhaust needs to be added to the tail cone. And probably a couple of other mods. Started yesterday by cutting the fuselage up: Then put some rolled-up plastic card in the gaps and applied suplerglue. Then I realised I'd made possibly the most ridiculous modelling mistake ever: That's right, it's the BACwards 1-11! Cut apart again, centre section turned the right way around, stuck together and milliputed and here's how it looks now: Also filled the windows. I'm sure there were windows in the kit 30 odd years ago, but not in this boxing. I'll do the nose job next, then on to the wings. more tomorrow Julian
  17. Well guys, I'm breaking one of my own self imposed rules, which is to start a new project before the current project is done. My other project is nearly done, it's a dio, but it still has lots of small steps to go, but they are more about painting and so on, than actually building anything. So, a guy decided it was time to get going on something new. Some of you might remember this rig, as I posted it in the "spot of the day" section a few months ago, it's a 1941 Chevrolet Canopy Express, and as I have come to learn, it's something of a rarity: Quite an interesting truck, which I was otherwise not aware of - my dad told me that as a kid in San Francisco, he remembers produce men traveling through his neighborhood in these, selling produce, and, that scavengers would come by in them calling for "bottles cans and rags!" - remember this was wartime. But this truck is parked in my nhood. In order to learn more, I did some research and found: I discovered that while not common, this was a rig you could buy from a dealer. I also figured out that these were built over the course of several years - note the headlights, with older versions mounted on top of the fenders, and newer integrated into the fender, which as it turns out, my local version has. And, my interest is to build and modify this somehow - specifically into an off-road capable truck: None of the above are what I want to build - If I wanted the LRDG version I'd get the Tamiya 1/35 version, and the regular 4x4 conversion doesn't interest me - as I've built these before. So, looking for a new challenge, I decided on a rock crawler, with a Chevy LS3 engine, inspired by these (note the Corvair Station wagon conversion): What's not easy to discern about these trucks is how the suspension works. Some of them have traditional leaf springs (you can see U bolts in some pictures), while others have front and rear four link systems, which is what I will build. The four link system allows for quite a lot of vertical travel on the axles, while the frame sits relatively flat, and you won't have leaf springs to invert or pull off the chassis. Now, on to the model: Of course, I could find a 1941 Chevy pickup, but only a 1940 Ford Sedan Delivery - so for starters, merge the two and make a Canopy Express truck: Of course, that's easier said than done. While much of the geometry is similar, much of it isn't. The biggest problem being where the roof (s) come together, as illustrated in the area with the red dashed circle. The roof on the pickup truck cab, curves downward toward the rear, where the panel sweeps from the windshield toward the rear. So, I decided to notch the two together, first tho the two kits: Again, some things appear to match, others don't. The plan was to cut behind the yellow tape on the cab, then once to the roof, cut forward and over to accept the Ford body. So, a guy took out the razor saw and knife, and went about the conversion: At first glance, this looks a bit horrific - note the less than perfect shape of the "shoulders" of the two bodies and gaps. So, in went some evergreen plastic, and lots of filing followed: For relative brevity, above you can see three key steps to this. On the lower right plastic plus putty, the lower left, adding primer and more putty, and the upper right, starting the rework of the rear fenders. Oh - a couple of other key points, obviously, the Canopy Express opening is added, and importantly, various strips of body trim and drip line - added before the putty work began. I did this so that I could get the the pieces to attach firmly, before the sanding, filing and so on associated with the body work. Still plenty to do, but the toughest parts are almost behind me. This work is slow going, so while I was waiting for glue and putty to dry, I began thinking more about the suspension and engine: The photos above (screen shots from the Fab Rats youtube channel) illustrate what I want to do with this project. Staring in the upper right you can see he added a Chevrolet LS engine to a Toyota FJ 45 - and the rest you can see the front and rear four link setup. To be clear, these are not big monster trucks - and are purpose built 4x4s. I admire this guy's work, so much so that it inspired me to give it a go. I'm only at very early stages with the suspension and running gear. I will cut down a Ford Longbed F100 chassis, add the LS3 engine, and build the suspension. For now only a truss added to a Dana 44 front axle: That axle has a long long way to go. The peripheral photos represent what is still to come. I'll add mounting tabs for the links, towers for Ori struts, and workable (posable) steering knuckles and links. And on we go..... So, thanks for having a look - I'm looking forward to this project - Cheers Nick
  18. So for my first (kind of) build since I moved to uni accommodation and started using my much reduced models setup here, it'll be a Vulcan B1 of course. If you've seen my Mk1 Vulcan threads before you'll probably know that there is no available kit of any Mk1 Vulcan, only 1950s kits that are long since OOP and not remotely accurate, so the only option is to convert. Despite it being my favourite variant, the standard Vulcan B1 is one of the few missing from my collection (I do have a couple of vintage Frog kits but neither are completed). Of the 45 Mk1 Vulcans, 40 were initially built as standard B1s with the Phase 2 kinked wing (the first 5 were initially fitted with the original pure delta and at least three of those were refitted with the Phase 2 wing's leading edge). It is this variant which I will be building. It'll be quite an extensive task to convert this 1/200 scale Cyberhobby Vulcan B2 to a B1, but I'm confident I can manage it. I made a model of the prototype B1a (an ecm upgrade on the B1) a few months ago, now one of my favourite models in my collection. This will be a fairly similar conversion with the main difference being in the tail, I'll have to remove the ECM tail and build a new one, which also means I need to extend the rudder, but I'll get to that later. Anyway, I started with just marking out where I need to cut the wing to hack out the rough shape of the Phase 2 wing from the B2's larger Phase 2C wing. You can see just how much is to be removed. Chop! Now we have a much slimmer Vulcan Chop! More bits chopped off... and half a Blue Steel Missile? A surprisingly useful basis around which to build a new tailcone. By cutting off the fins and most of one half of the missile, it fits perfectly in the inside of the upper half once the ECM tail has been removed. Milliput will be used to make the new original tailcone. But first I'll need to work on refining the shape of the wing. I will be painting this in the original white scheme with full shade markings, possibly as XH481 which carried very few if any Sqn markings at one point. A list of tasks to do in this conversion: Cut wing shape - done Refine wing shape and smooth out leading edge - Remove all B2 specific panel lines - Rescribe control surfaces - Maybe rescribe wing panel lines (probably not) - Build new tailcone - in progress Extend rudder - Remove TFR from nose - Shorten jetpipes - Replace landing gear (unlikely, probably going gear up) - Remove air scoops from under the engines - Add air scoop for bomb bay cooling Fill the holes meant for attaching pitots and other aerials - Make the intakes narrower - not worth it in this scale
  19. So the second of my bookends a G series converted to a Buchon the last 109 variant to be manufactured as late as 1954. Haven’t decided on my intended victim yet, it’ll either be an italeri or a Hasegawa G-6 or possibly a mistercraft G2 or if they turn up a KP S199 which are in the post. More to follow.
  20. I came across an interesting paper project in a book I was reading last week on German supersonic research. Apparently In 1943 the RLM asked Messerschmitt if a single jet engined me 109 was feasible, some discussion must have taken place but Messerschmitt chose not to pursue it favouring the P1101 instead. Focke Wulf pursued the idea as the Project I but it was eventually canned as the Technisce Amt didn’t think the concept was practical, ironically the Soviets used it in the Yak 15. So basically a 109G6 with a 262 nacelle ( I happen to have two in the spares box) a new nose and wing centre section. As it would have been a 1943/44 project I’ll base it in a Hasegaea G6. More to follow.
  21. Let’s start at the very beginning ( hmm sounds like a cheesy song) I have eleven 1/72 109s to build for the GB so I’ve decided to build two bookends so to speak, V1 the first 109 and a Buchon the last to be built and operated by an airforce. I’ll be basing this on an Airfix E ( the closest airframe in the stash) it’ll need a new nose, canopy and sometimes mods to the oil coolers and small detail. More to follow.
  22. All: finally over to RFI! Here's a kit-bash for you. I reverted the JB Models tactical aircraft refueler to its original civilian status with some drastic alterations, and used bits from both of Airfix's WWII airfield refuelers to fashion the trailer. To get the tires to be in scale, I used ROCO's 1/87 heavy rig wheel/tire set.
  23. The Nene Meteor was one of the most highly modified of all the test and trials aircraft as it had an F4 style nose, F8 style tail and in addition to the PR10 style long span wings, an increase in the span inboard of the huge nacelles, giving it the longest span of all Meteors. The Nene engines were mounted forward of the wing and modified to enable some thrust to be diverted downwards through a separate jetpipe under the nacelle. It was used for trials into reducing the stalling speed., with only a 10 knot reduction being the best achieved. The model was produced using left over parts from some of my other Meteor conversions and consists of a Frog F4 fuselage, Matchbox NF11 fin/tailplane and wings, together with scratchbuilt nacelles and additional fins. The markings are home printed. Thanks for looking. Steve
  24. Hi All, I haven't lurked in this part of the forum for ages...good to be back! Due to a recent house move, I have a much-reduced modelling space, with no room for an airbrushing station. Therefore I decided dabble again in figure painting with brushes. I had an idea a while back about converting one of the Tamiya 1/16 figures to represent a modern US Navy carrier deck crewman, as US Naval aviation is a strong interest of mine. I liked the look of the brown-shirted 'chock and chain/plane captain' crewmen: So I bought the Tamiya Bundeswehr Tank Crewman figure set below, as they wear a similar-style helmet to the US Navy crewman. They also come with goggles, and as a bonus, there is a second figure in the box (though he has no legs!) The photo below shows the figure head with the tank crewman's helmet detail sanded down, and the other moulded details on the helmet removed. My plan is to convert the head and torso and sculpt new arms. I have not tried this before so it's a step into the unknown. Any help from experienced sculptors would be appreciated!
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