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  1. Kit - Hasegawa 1:48 JT152. Paint - All enamels, Humbrol & Xtracolour. Decals - Almark roundels & kit. Extras - Falcon vac-form canopy. Quickboost drop-tanks, gun barrels. Ultracast seat, exhausts. Eduard etch 'Zoom' set. Hawker Hurricane IIc. 34 Squadron SEAC India/Burma border Mid 1944. This (and a Hasegawa Spit IX) were the first aircraft kits that I started after arriving here in NZ two years ago... Quite a sizeable time in the 'Pending' pile , but I'm fairly pleased with it, and it's only the second Hurricane I've ever completed in over forty years of modelling !! As ever, thanks for taking the time to look and/or comment. All questions, criticism and comments are welcome. Ian
  2. I am bound and determined to get through my shelf of doom kits and clear off some builds. This is the third Ready for Inspection I posted today. This is the Hasegawa 1/32 Kawasaki Ki-61-1 Otsu (Tony) Shinten Seikutai. The build thread is here http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/234963835-ki-61-hien;-done/. The kit was a delight to put together. There was just enough detail to make it look good, but nothing overboard that would never be seen. The only issue I had was self-induced when somehow, I lost one of the main landing gear struts. How I did this I don’t know, but SAC metal undercarriage came to the rescue. It looks exactly the same as the kit strut and fits in exactly the same manner. I did this kit to practice/learn to airbrush. (A black and terrible art that is fighting me every step of the way. Once I take a baby step forward, and I am then thrown down to the ground and pushed back a yard by the demons that control air brushing and scoff at my learning this evil, mystical voodoo.) Although for this kit, the paint went down well, even the silver under belly. I just barely weathered this plane to give it a not factory fresh, but not that far from it. I gave it some scraps and scratches, and a coat of dirt, but not the extreme weathering seen on some Japanese planes. That I will reserve for the ZM Raiden that is still being built. Here is the finished product. And here it is in its new resting place. As always, all comments welcome.
  3. And she's finished! As usually click on the photo for more!
  4. This is another kit that is being sacrificed so I can learn to airbrush. I started it as I am waiting for my latest airbrush disaster (Neptune Build) to finish drying so I can attempt to fix/repair the damage I have done through means I am not sure of. So, another fatted calf off to my painting slaughter house. It is the 1/32 Hasegawa Kawasaki Ki-61-1 Otsu (Tony) Shinten Seikutai. Whew, try and say that quickly. I chose this kit as it should be an easy build and it will be an experiment with Japanese camo schemes before I attack my ZM Raiden that is patiently waiting to be painted. If I can get the scheme I am doing down right, I will tackle the Raiden next. If you check some of my more recent WIPs you will find I consider airbrushing a dark art that is always trying to defeat me (and it succeeds most of the time) This will be an OOB as the main point is to get to the airbrush camo stage. So here goes. . . I gave the cockpit parts a base coat of interior paint. While that dried, I painted the various interior detail parts while still on the sprue. When the base coat had dried, I glued the main instrument panel to the front bulkhead and applied the decal for the instruments. This photo reflects the decal is resisting conforming to the panel surface and I am coaxing into compliance. Resistance is futile. Next up, I install all the little pieces where they should go in the main cockpit parts to get ready to do the detail painting and weathering. I have also coaxed all the decals for instruments to conform to their respective surfaces. (Not a great talent I have, just Micro Set and Sol make me look like I know what I am doing.) I am going to let this dry overnight before I get down to detailing and weathering. As always, all comments welcome.
  5. Time sure flies, when you're having fun. So here today - 5 days before 'take-off' I present my topic for this Group Build. Hasegawa's 1/48 P-38J w/Eduard etc and Kagero decals: I'll be starting this on friday the 6'th of june and I be having 'The Longest Day' on the telly as further inspiration! I'm really looking forward to this! Cheers - and may your glue never dry out! Hans J
  6. This is the hasegawa kit. Liveries Unlimited Decals. Model represents Emirates' second 777-200, A6-EME, delivered in 1996 and still in the fleet. 1 by Billy Wilt بيلي الذبول, on Flickr 2 by Billy Wilt بيلي الذبول, on Flickr 3 by Billy Wilt بيلي الذبول, on Flickr 4 by Billy Wilt بيلي الذبول, on Flickr 5 by Billy Wilt بيلي الذبول, on Flickr 6 by Billy Wilt بيلي الذبول, on Flickr 7 by Billy Wilt بيلي الذبول, on Flickr 8 by Billy Wilt بيلي الذبول, on Flickr 9 by Billy Wilt بيلي الذبول, on Flickr 10 by Billy Wilt بيلي الذبول, on Flickr 11 by Billy Wilt بيلي الذبول, on Flickr
  7. Hi guys are the weapon sets well molded etc? I'm building a couple 1/72 models including a Airfix Buccaneer and it especially needs a better ordnance load. Was thinking of some resin replacements, but there's quite a bit in those H boxes for not too dissimilar cost... cheers
  8. Kawasaki Ki-61 Type I-TEI, #5262, Chofu, April 1945, Pilot: 244th Senai commander Capt. Teruhiko Kobayashi (reserve a/c) Kit: Hasegawa (in the meantime clearly superseded by Fine Molds and RS Models) Photo-etched parts: Eduard Wheels with rubber tires: Equipage Decals: Life Like Decals “244th Sentai Pt.2” Built in 1997 and finished initially as that dubious "Shamrock Tony" much discussed around 2000. Partially repainted and completely re-decalled in 2004. Although the level of painting and weathering leaves something to be desired being obviously below that of my more recent models presented here and the exact colours might remain somewhat controversial, lot of corrections and extra detail (wheel wells,ventral radiator, drop tanks - just to mention a few...) were done and so I dare to present it to your attention...
  9. Hi all, I have a question for the F-104 experts out there. What are the differences between the cockpits of the TF-104 and the F-104DJ? The reason I ask is because I'm thinking of using Aires' TF-104 1/48 cockpit in my Hasegawa F-104DJ. Any insight would be very much appreciated. Many thanks in advance!
  10. Hasegawa 1/48th recycling... - ref. HSP324 Source: http://www.amerang.co.uk/model-kits?product_id=48642#.VCwtOT9xmUm V.P.
  11. This is one of my earlier builds finished as early as 1999. The level of painting and weathering leaves something to be desired being obviously below that of my more recent models presented here and the colours might be somewhat controversial in the light of new information, which became available since then. Nevertheless, as it seems not to be really a lot of NL-KNIL B-339 builds around and I was pretty busy doing all that extra detail, I still dare to present it to your attention: Brewster Model 339C B-3110, 2-VLG-V, ML-KNIL, Singapore, January 1942, flown by Kapt. J.P. Van Helsdingen Kit: 1/72 Hasegawa F2A-2 Buffalo "U.S. Navy" Afermarket sets : Eduard #72-233 photo-etched detail set Hobby Plus navigation lights, wire Decals: Aeromaster # 72- 146 "Buffalo Collection Part II" Modifications to convert F2A-2 to a Dutch B-339C: the tail fuselage cone with arresting hook was replaced with the longer and more pointed one (without a hook ) featured on land-based a/c; a fixed tailwheel mounting with a larger wheel was installed instead of the retractable one with a small wheel; cuffs were removed from the Curtiss Electric propeller blades (although the kit does provide the uncuffed blades as well, but these are Hamilton Standard referred to be used with a B-239 and therefore don’t fit to the Dutch version, being first of all just too short); the area behind the cockpit under the canopy was simplified as the navy equipment (liferaft, RDF loop etc.) used on F2A-2 wasn’t installed on B-339 the straight pitot tube on the starboard wing was replaced by an ‘L’ shaped pitot tube. Other corrections/additions/replacements: wing panel lines were not very accurate and were so filled in with superglue and then rescribed according to the available photos; only one landing light (on the port wing undersurface) is required on this version of Buffalo, so the second one provided in the kit was just mounted in place, the seam was filled and then everything was sanded and polished to be later just painted off; wing, rudder and elevator trailing edges were thinned the wheel wells were corrected and extra detailed as they should look like on the real a/c; the fuselage interior seen through the wheel wells was almost totally empty in the kit, so a lot of details were added there; air intakes at the top and bottom of the engine cowling were represented as just holes und had therefore to be deepened by cementing plastic pieces behind that holes followed by drilling them and scribing the correct tunnels. navigation&formation lights were replaced with transparent ones. the machine gun barrels were made of hypodermic needles.
  12. VF-11 F2H-2 over Wonsan (courtesy of Wikikmedia.) So I'm going to have two sets of builds going. This one will be a bit more fun compared to the more serious RB-26 effort. I've built almost all of the US Navy's Post-WWII fighter types in 1/72; the Panther, Banshee, Demon and Fury are the only ones I have left to do. This GB is a great excuse to build the two earliest ones. Its also a period (Even outside of the Korean war) I'm really interested in. Naval aviation was undergoing a massive shifts during this period. Technology is the most obvious: the transition to jets offered much promise as well as challenges. However there was also a major debate about what was the role of the Navy, particularly in light of nuclear weapons development. Its an interesting time, and maybe I'll post some more about it, and the fighters later. So... the kits. F2H Banshee from Sword. I've been eagerly awaiting this kit. I purchased mine from Rob at West Coast Hobbys, in anticipation of this group build. He's been awesome retailer for me over the years, and its worth the effort to buy from there. The kit itself looks fantastic: Hasegawa F9F-2 Panther So I've had this kit for awhile and been meaning to built it, but never got around to it. Now, of course this kit is going to need some help to get it looking good. The eduard set is pretty exciting, but I also got some other help The Obscureco seat is a pretty nice addition. I've used their stuff on a number of my kits, and have never been disappointed. The most recent one was an Academy F2H-4 Banshee... which really made the model shine. This set comes with two seats and a great instruction set. Pretty awesome. Finally, I needed a new set of decals, as I had cannibalized the kit's original set for another kit. So, I also ordered a set of Blackbird decals from West Coast Hobbys: I think I'll chose the VF-111 scheme, as I recently finished a F11 tiger in the squadron's markings. So that's that for now. This one will be a bit of a faster build, hopefully I can complete it in less than a month. Thanks for looking!
  13. Dewoitine D.520C1 n° 277, GC III/6 5ème escadrille l'armée de l'Air, Rayack (Syria), June 1941, flown by Sous-lieutenant Pierre Le Gloan Kit: 1/72 Hasegawa Dewoitine D.520 "French Air Force" Afermarket parts : Eduard #72-254 photo-etched detail set (selected parts only) Falcon vac formed canopy (from the set #26 “France WWII”) Corrections & additions made on the kit: The nose air intakes were originally the wrong shape being too narrow at their forward end. This was corrected with plastic inserts and re-shaping. The louvers were added to the intakes as it can be seen on the photos. The under-belly cooler was too narrow and also not curved enough in outline. It was re-shaped by making two cuts in its rear part, repositioning the rear ends of the cooler sides outward and filling the gaps with Mr.Surfacer. The cooler interior (area covered by the cooler) was completely re-worked by cutting out the flat plastic fragment of the lower wing part and making an appropriate niche instead, as it was on the real thing. Therefore, the etched cooler grills by Eduard (designed to fit the kit parts) became just useless and the replacement parts were finally scratch built. The wing area where the cooler is attached was also modified according to the reference photos. The main wheel wells (too shallow and represented totally wrong on the kit) were completely re-worked, in particular, the niches for the landing gear legs. For the wheel well “ceilings” the Eduard parts were used, with some additions though. The kit parts for the landing gear covers were thinned down and modified for correct appearance. This way they still look much better than the flat etched pieces. The incorrect curved representation of the area under the rear view windows behind the cockpit (à la P-40) was removed and replaced by the flat panels at it was the case with the real thing. Some panel lines were added and some were corrected according to the reference photos. The rear view windows (unfortunately, not present with the Falcon set and too thick as kit parts) were therma-formed using the kit-parts as templates. The main wheels were flattened using the surface of the electric cooker. The etched parts for the gun sight were still too big and this one was eventually scratch built as well. I decided to add the ring gun sight as well, since it can be clearly seen on one of the photos showing this a/c. The kit decals were modified according to the reference photos.
  14. Here a very old model of an italian starfighter: out of the Hasegawa boy with spare (at least partly correct , Paolo, please ignore the details ) decals hope you still like it!
  15. It seems I just can't get away from those invasion stripes. The latest addition to my collection is this Hasegawa Hellcat built as supplied in the box, wearing the markings of 800 Sqn, flying from HMS EMPEROR 70 years ago today (15 Aug 1944), during the second D-Day - the Allied invasion of Southern France, Operation Dragoon. The forces landed in the Nice/Hyeres area during Dragoon were almost entirely US and French, however the immediate air cover came from Allied Task Force 88, the air component of which was almost entirely provided by the RN's Escort Carrier force. Dragoon was immensely successful, building on the experience of Normandy to conduct a textbook (partly) opposed amphibious landing. Within a month the Axis defences had collapsed and the southern French ports were in Allied hands, receiving much needed supplies directly from the US (making up for the problems capturing the port of Cherbourg in the North). There isn't much you can say about the Hasegawa kit; OK so it has lightly raised panel lines and the wheels have some awkward ejector pin indentations, but in all other respects this was one of the kits that earned Hasegawa their superb reputation for precision and buildability. As with pretty well every WW2 Fleet Air Arm aircraft, the markings are open to some discussion; in theory the invasion stripes should have gone by August, but it has been suggested 800 kept them to avoid the Hellcats (not used before in the Mediterranean) being mistaken for Fw-190s. The red cowling was a Mediterranean Theatre recognition marking (think red spinners on Spitfires, Hurricanes and Mustangs), but not seen on all aircraft. Hasegawa have also chosen to model this aircraft as she appears in a well known photo thought to have been taken in the Aegean a month or so later, with part of the stbd side invasion stripes painted over by what looks like a repair job. In this photo she appears well weathered, but most of the pictures of Dragoon show the aircraft in remarkably pristine condition - in light of the partial stbd invasion stripes I chose to reflect the well weathered look. I also painted behind the Royal Navy titles and serial numbers; as per the photo. FredT
  16. Nothing screams raw, pure, outlandish masculinity like a bright, pink, aircraft covered in multi-colored flowers with Japanese Anime cartoon figures on it. (I promise after this post, I am putting on my boots, riding my horse, punching a few cows, eating very raw steak and telling SWMBO that I really don’t care what she thinks about my purchase of 3 1/24 Airfix Typhoons!! And then, I will take a blanket and find refuge outside with the dogs where I will be sleeping for a few nights.) This fine kit is Hasegawa’s 1/48 F-22 all doled out in the IdolM@ster markings. IdolM@ster started out as a video game and then expanded into books, magazines, TV shows and a movie. The F-22 IdolM@ster centers on Haruka Amami. And, that, folks is about all the knowledge I have regarding its background. If you need more, that’s what the internet is about. While feeding my slight obsession for Tiger Meet Aircraft, I came across one of these kits (there are several aircraft in the IdolM@ster series) and got hooked. This is my second with 5 more to go. The kits are somewhat decal intensive to say the least. It is the standard Hasegawa F-22 Raptor kit, albeit molded in bright pink and dark grey sprues. The trick to these kits is a very careful study of how to put on the 200 plus decals and then using a shockingly huge amount of decal setting solution to make the decals behave. With patience, the decals will settle into the kit decal as if they were painted on. To me it is an enjoyable build, different looking, and just an escape. The build thread is here. http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/234964072-the-idolmster-f-22-raptor/ I am going to finish a few more conventional builds before I tackle the next kit in this series. The last picture is the kit in its new home next to the other IdolM@ster kit and some of its Tiger Meet cousins. As always, all comments welcome. Must make mental note; really, really need to fix that wheel!!
  17. Hi again, a big old silver bruiser for the WWII guys... This 'limited edition' F-7A Liberator kit is based on the superb 'standard' B-24J with new tooled parts for the camera bomb bay. Big kit though...
  18. As the title says, RAF Tornado GR.4 with 2014 special markings for 12 Squadron. Markings for the 'flashy tail' and a standard scheme will be included. New tooled parts include the FLIR/Laser fairing thing under the nose and a few other small parts. Also included are a set of sprues from the new NATO Weapons set that also featured in the Hasegawa Eurofighter Typhoon kits.
  19. Hey guys, as i m waiting for decals and few more aftermarket pieces for swordfish, i thought i would build some other plane. After a bit of deciding and chosing (ok, took me few days of moving boxes in and out of stash...) the choice was done - it ll be P-51B. I got P-51B D-Day marking combo boxing of hasegawa kit, straight from HLJ (big sales there for the dual combo boxings these days if anyone is interested). At first i wanted to make just one of them in D-Day marking and other as "Shangri-la" or "ill wind", but as i was browsing through photos of the D-Day mustangs, i fall in love with the marking and i ll make both for this gb if you dont mind The first one ll be "The Iowa Beaut" as the following : And i see first "problem" already I thought the top side of wings/fuselage, over the white/black stripes were repainted with fresh OD - it looks like that on the first two pics. The paint is more dark and somehow glossy. But on the third image... you can see on the right wing hard weathering right where the fresh paint should be and it does not look like white under it O.o well, it has time, it has time ) The second one ll be probably "The Flying Scot" (to make one with malcolm hood and one with classic B canopy), but i cannt find any photo for this one.. Anyway, i ll not build both at once, i started to work on the iowa beaut already mostly scratchbuilding interior, have plans for making new wheel wells, flaps down (ll use spare flaps from cute airfix´s D, after a bit of touching here and there they ll fit good ). So far used just few bits of Eduards Zoom (i simply love the PE instrument panels, mainly in the low scale they still look better to me than just decal). For the second one i ordered Part PE set (i was interested in the canopy framing and nice seat), so the second one i ll start to build as soon as the PE gets to here. For now, the first cockpit got first layers of paint and i ll start to paint details, i ll post photos later tonight, have to save postimage storage room
  20. Grumman F4F-4 Wildcat BuNo 5093, Lt. Cdr. John S. Thatch, Officer Commanding VF-3, USS Yorktown, Midway, 1942-06-04 Kit: 1/72 Hasegawa F4F-4 Wildcat Afermarket parts: True Details #72455 resin cockpit and wheel well detail set Squadron #9105 vacu canopy Decals: Aeromaster #72-093C F4F-4 Wildcat Aces Pt.1 The following improvements made to this kit were: Inner surfaces of wing halves and rear fuselage halves (rudder) were thinned down to obtain sharp trailing edges. Some panel lines were filled and some added according to reference photos. In addition, the overlapping panels (for example, on the rudder) were represented using thin metal foil. The cockpit was replaced by the True Details resin parts. The canopy was replaced by the Squadron vacu formed item. Since the Squadron canopy is designed to fit the Academy kit, some adjustment work was required for mounting it on the model. The canopy replacement forced widening the fairing above the control panel in the cockpit, which have originally had rather wide margins for placing the thicker kit canopy. This fairing was also thinned down for correct scale representation. The most serious flaw with this kit is just an empty space where the landing gear bay should be. This problem is partially solved by inserting the True Details tub, however some extra work was still required. For instance, the recesses to accommodate the main wheel are just repeated in full size on the resin tub and, since it is designed to fit the kit fuselage having rather thick plastic, these recesses turned out to be much deeper than they should be. Some filling and re-scribing was required to fix this problem. Some additional detail was also added to the rear bulkhead and to the engine compartment interior partially visible in front of the wheel bay. In addition, the fuselage walls around the front of the wheel bay were partially thinned down for the correct skin representation. The air intakes in the forward engine cowling ring were deepened and thinned down to scale. Some detail was added to the rather basic kit parts for the reasonable representation of the Wildcat’s complicated landing gear. The aileron, elevator and rudder hinges molded as solid pieces were improved by cutting out their inner areas. The missing central elements were also added to the fairings covering the hinges of the landing flaps. Too shallow kit exhaust stacks were replaced by scratch built parts and the fuselage panel around them was also somewhat refined by making extra steps, holes etc. A new rounded propeller hub and the visible part of the arrester hook were made from scratch. A larger pneumatic tail wheel provided with the kit was replaced by the solid smaller one which is correct for this particular a/c. The replacement wheel was the part left unused after building the F2A-2 kit as a Dutch Brewster Model 339C. Some further minor improvements made on the model can clearly be seen on the photos.
  21. Well, I realise it's a bit late in the day to start a WIP on this one, but technically it's not finished yet, so here goes. I picked up this kit quite cheaply from Creative Models and I am quite pleased with it. 1/200 is not a scale I've built in before, but for aircraft of this size it still gives a fairly sizable model. On the whole, this is a good kit - fit is generally very good, with a couple of minor exceptions (wing halves). It looks pretty accurate to me, and unlike the Zvezda/Revell version includes separate parts for the Trent 1000 and GEnX engines (although to be honest the differences are quite subtle). The only error I have noted is the APU intake being moulded on the wrong side of the fin. Panel lines are a little on the heavy side, particularly on the fuselage. I had originally planned this as a LOT Polish Airlines aircraft, but having got two sets of decals (both laser printed) wasn't really all that happy with the resolution (being particularly picky really), so I've gone with the kit decals. Coincidentally, I also saw this aircraft when it visited the Farnborough Airshow back in 2010 when it did a flypast with two Spitfires (http://www.airliners.net/photo/Boeing/Boeing-787-8-Dreamliner/1745320/L/&sid=a9351297298616bba1b5f732614e8323). This is meant to be a quick (for me) build, so I've dispensed with the landing gear and done it in flight. It's painted in Tamiya acrylic spray and Alclad laquers for the leading edges/APU exhaust. Engines and stabilisers are still to be done, and it's still awaiting a clear gloss coat of some description: Untitled by Caution Wake Turbulence, on Flickr Untitled by Caution Wake Turbulence, on Flickr Untitled by Caution Wake Turbulence, on Flickr Untitled by Caution Wake Turbulence, on Flickr I still need to tidy up the tail decals a little. The kit decals are alright, if a little thick and on the matt side. Hope you like it! Cheers, Andrew
  22. Ladies and Gents, After a failed attempt at a NMF with a brush and an almost total collapse in my enthusiasm for the hobby, a post by rs2man selling some of his stash caught my eye. A quick PM and exchanging of funds found this little lady on my doorstep: I figured after the success I had with my Hasegawa HE-111 that maybe another one of their kits in Olive Drab was what I needed to create a bit of interest and self-belief again. With the box opened and the sprues examined, I was pretty happy that this was a kit that I could do business with. The moulding is superb, the kit decals involve not a scrap of NMF and I figured that my challenge for this build would be my first nose sitter (I need to find some weight somewhere) and my first go at external photo etch. PE and I don't get along, but I have some etch primer and a desire to make this bird fly so you never know. The obligatory sprue shots are here: So I'm pretty much ready to get things underway. I'm off to Flying Legends on Sunday with a camera in hand to see if I can photograph anything useful and then I'm probably good to go. I am still looking for two things. Firstly a good set of technical drawings for a solid nose mitchell seem a lot harder to find than I thought they might be so if anyone has any or can point me in the direction of a good set it would be appreciated. And then secondly, I'm wondering if anyone out there has built the Hasegawa version of this kit (or the glass nose version) or has it in their stash and would mind scanning the instructions for me? I have the Revell instructions, but Revell kits and I have a history of falling out because of their frankly appalling diagrams and I quite fancied taking a look at what the Hase guys did with the same kit. As always, all support and encouragement is greatly appreciated. If I fail at this one, I'm giving up and buying die cast in the future. :-) Cheers, Richard
  23. Hi, Here's my latest completion, the venerable Hasegawa kit dressed up with an Aries resin cockpit, Master Model turned brass pitot and Xtradecals. Special thanks for Windy here who supplied the HARM (I only used 1 in the end Matt). Anyway hope it's of interest. ff
  24. I have been wanting to do this kit for along time. The Hasegawa GR7 is supposed to be one of the better kits around for the Harrier GR7. I have the Eduard PE set for the aircraft along with fightpath ordanance to beef up the otherwise sparse pylons.... I am dissapointed with the clear parts, I now the shpae of the canopy is difficult to replicate, but the plastic is extremly brittle and there is such a deep scratch on the main windshield that I cannot sand it out......
  25. Hi Folks I have just started a Hasegawa Bf109F2 and have noticed that the fuselage has the fuel filler and gas filler points of the later marks on the fuselage. The kit instructions point out to fill the fuel filler on the port spine but they don't mention the additional filler further aft on the stbd side nor the gas filler point (cannon charging point?) lower down on the aft stbd side. I have a feeling that these are for later marks but don't have my references with me can anyone confirm they should be filled? Thanks Duncan B
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