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  1. The next Italian kit pulled from the stash is this. Initially designed as an anti aircraft gun, like the Flak88 it was also used as an anti tank weapon. This is is a simple kit comprising of a single sprue of not many pieces. The plastic is softish, not quite as soft as the old Airfix polythene figures, and it does sand, albeit it needing a fair bit of heft. And it is crisply detailed but I do worry about whether solvent will glue it together. And another sprue with 8 crew. Same plastic and it's just as well it sands as there are seams and moulding pips aplenty. Simple instructions on the back of the box, although the painting details for the figures are nice. It shouldnt take take long to build but it'll be good practice for another Italeri dragged from the stash.
  2. Although I've got a few aircraft that would be suitable for this build, Martlet, Swordfish, Seafire, Sea Hurricane, Maryland, Albacore, Fulmar, I've already built a few of them in the past few months, apart from the Maryland and Albacore. The Maryland is a taxing build and my Albacore is a Magna Models resin kit that will need loads of work. So I've had a look at my AFV stash and found a fair few of different kits, especially some Italeri Italian armour. So here is a first one.
  3. And here´s my dad´s next project. After the Hungarians recieved D Stukas, the B models were used for training and transitioning. DSC_0005 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0014 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0015 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr
  4. Good evening, This has to be my best completed kit to date. Italeri's 1/72 Short Stirling Mk.1, purchased for 30£ a few years back from a hardware store in Cornwall. A kit I've wanted to completed for some time but slightly deterred by it's complex appearance in the box. Finished out of the box, using Tamiya Acylic paints, I have tried to replicate the build as best as possible using the limited information available on this aircraft type and in an appearance that represents a well worn and used example. An extra few coats of Halfords Primer were applied in order to reduce the heavy panel line detailing, and aside from the obvious mistake of failing to paint the edge on either side of the canopy the corresponding color, the fit was generally good. I attempted to install the engines to the cowlings after paint, but ended up butchering the engines in order to fit, which has also resulted in some of the photo etch bending. The instructions on the kit is also missing placement locations for some photo etch and part numbers. Faults aside, this is a brilliant kit of an aircraft sadly no longer in existence, yet played an equally valuable role along side it's better known successors of the Halifax, Lancaster etc...
  5. SR-71 Blackbird Jet Nozzles (MDR4859) 1:48 Metallic Details We were treated to a 1:48 SR-71 in 1982 thanks to Italeri, and it has been rereleased over the years in many boxes from a number of manufacturers, most notably Testors and Italeri, but also Tamiya as one of their cooperative ventures. Its age makes it ripe for detail upgrades, and there have been many, but this new jet exhaust set from Metallic Details is quite special, utilising the most modern mastering technology we have – 3D Printing. The set arrives in a card box, and inside are eight resin parts in separate bags, plus some clear foil to keep things safe during transit. Each exhaust is made up from four parts of exquisitely detailed resin parts that have such fine detail and tight tolerances that the two parts that arrive slotted together appear as one until you pull them apart. If you applied too much glue or paint, you may spoil the fit. The forwardmost part of the assembly depicts the rear of the engine face and the afterburner ring, which are deeply recessed and finely cast. That slides inside the exhaust trunk, which mates tightly with the next part, together making the inlets that partly surround the trunk, and it is these two parts that are handed due to the arrangement of the inlets. The final part is the exhaust nozzle, which is deeply ribbed inside and each petal is finely riveted, another masterpiece of design work. Each set of parts makes up one trunk, and care must be taken to ensure that the Left and Right marked parts are correctly positioned for accuracy’s sake. Careful painting in metallic shades will show off the detail, and let’s be honest – the detail is fabulous, as can be seen below in the detail shots. Conclusion Metallic Details continue to excel, and every time I open one of their sets to review, I’m astonished by the level of detail, finesse and fit that is included in the box. Mind-boggling stuff. Extremely highly recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  6. Hello (Again) Everybody, this is my F35A, another gift ( I had a good birthday this year ) and this one was much closer to my normal taste. This was going to be a quick bash together and paint as a distraction from the intricacies of the Arado. I tried everywhere I knew to obtain paint masks for the RAM panels but to know avail. I decided that painting them without masks was beyond my patience and skill levels, so I have completed this one as 'representative' as an operational version. My apologies to the purists out there. Built straight out of the box and painted with Tamiya acrylics. As usual all comments and criticisms are welcome. Thanks for looking.
  7. I wasn’t going to do a WIP for this one as the plan is for a fairly simple out of the box build of an elderly kit. But after another thread discussing US recce phantoms, I thought it might be an idea to share the way that the Italeri kit goes together. This is my second build of this kit - the first was an Alconbury RF-4C in wraparound SEA camo and a chisel nose. Anyway, this is the box, with my current fleet of spooks in attendance It isn’t as nice as the more modern a Phantom kits like the Revell / Hasegawa FGR2 - more in line with the old ESCI kits. Quite brittle silver plastic but the finished kit will fit in fine with the fleet. The cockpit is a little narrow compared to the others. You can’t swap the canopies between the kits. So there is a limit to what after market designed for other kits would even fit. First big job is to rescribe the panel lines. This is still underway. And the raised lines need to be taken off. Rescribing is down to everyone’s personal preference. I never used to do it but have started to recently. This kit will need some filler & sanding so much of the surface detail would be lost anyway. The cockpit detail is far from the worst I have seen. I usually like a resin seat, but I will stick with the kit here & just paint and add seat straps. The side panels are raised on the kit and come with decals so will look ok. The rear cockpit bulkhead needs some scratch bits adding though. This is the Aires set And this is what you get in the kit So finish the rescribe & work on that pit. The plan is for a splinter camo Luftwaffe jet, with the kit decals. So 35+43. I know that is 35+77 but you get the idea
  8. Here is my Wessex built for the Helicopter, Autogyro and STOVL group build. Italeri 1/72 kit representing RAN Fleet Air Arm 817 Squadron no. 813 operated from HMAS Melbourne. Decals from CtA set no 7 “Aussies over the Seas”. Scratch built cargo sling, Doppler radar and weapons carrier pylon, fuel tank modified from a suitable sized tank from the spares box. Tail rotor blades were cut off and reattached the right way around as Italeri have them back to front! Thanks for looking. AW
  9. Ok, maybe too late to finish in time, but I was so kindly invited I did't want to ignore it completely… As I just finished my latest project I can start with some very tiny. I'll try to convert this: into this: The famous MD 500 from the eighties TV series "Magnum, P.I."
  10. As you will see from the photos below this build is over the 25% rule so I have asked for permission to add it to this Group Build for a special reason. This kit used to belong to a fellow kit Modeller called Donald John MacKay, who lived locally in Oban and was a good mate of @Scimitar . Donald passed away recently leaving his family with an extensive stash of both books and models from a lifetime of collecting and @Scimitar real name Richard was a great help to the family in enabling them to get proper value for the items. This kit and others Donald never finished were rescued from the rubbish bin as the family were clearing the house. I have asked Arnold @Arniec for special permission to join this GB with this kit to finish it as a tribute to Donald. Arnold has been kind enough to allow the kit to join the GB, for which I am especially grateful. Many thank Pat
  11. My entry for this group build, the Martin B-57B Canberra operated by the 8th Bomb Squadron out of Bien Hoa AB and then Da Nang AB in 1964/65. It didn't take the Canberra long to become well-known on the tactical scene and they picked up the call sign 'Yellow Bird' based upon the squadron colours (the sister13th BS were 'Red Bird'). I am building the 1/72nd Italeri B-57B Canberra OOB and it will be finished in aluminium. I will be using the decals from the kit. I will also 'ghost' build a second B-57B which will be in the later SEA camouflage scheme coded as 'PQ'. I am looking for a straight forward build of these kits which I have had in the stash for many years now. Michael. Canberras2 by Ghostbase, on Flickr
  12. This is my first go in the comprehensive italeri truck kits! Colour is tamiya TS58,pearl light blue. I like the scale,things aren't too small!,plus my hands aren't as steady as they once were! Good detail,some flash on some of the parts. Ive lost a few parts,by accident, and my workstation isn't the tidyist!,so finding them,a bit tricky!. I used tamiya aerosols,and some airbrushing, mainly the cab interior. I used AK pigments and washes, i did like the engine,came up quite good. One thing,quite a few parts were a tight fit,especially if been painted, so i was doing a lot of scalpel work!,the cab roof especially...theres a gap on the passenger side where the roof meets the top of the door section. I didn't want too squeeze parts together too hard,....its plastic after all! Lol! Currently searching for the sun visor!,yet to fit small lights on the roof section, a square part on the bottom rear drivers side and some clear parts,painted clear orange,which im going to use for the indicator repeaters.(i lost one!) Bit of glue on the a pillar,and the air snorkel on the cab doesn't line up! ( the instructions didn't really give you a reference when you fitted the air filter assembly,where it sould be to line up with the snorkel assembly!)..maybe sort those later!
  13. My next project is complete, the unsung hero of Britain (and the answer to your initiation question), Italeri's 1/48 Hawker Hurricane Mk.I (Battle of Britain Edition). This kit was okay, the detail was adequate, a simpler build compared to what i've done lately but every now and then we need an easier kit.
  14. Hi I somehow lost a front landing gear door for a italeri 1/48 Saab jas 39 A Gripen anyone know were I can find a replacement
  15. Good Morning All! I seem to be having a good output lately and this was one of my latest, built as part of the 'In the Navy' group build elsewhere in BM. As that GB is now well and truly over (thanks mods!) I thought I would share my efforts here as well for those that don't frequent the GB section so much. This is my Grumman Avenger MKII, JZ525 of 849 NAS onboard HMS Illustrious as part of the British Pacific Fleet. Kit is the 1:48 Italeri version, which is a repop of the Accurate Miniatures kit. I used an Eduard internal etch, mainly for the seat harnesses and instrument panel. I totally remodelled the centre cockpit based on all available information and a bit of good old imagination. The decals are from an old Aeromaster decal set, they weren't in a very good condition but I managed to adapt and overcome with a bit of imaginative repairing. The internal paints were from the Mig Ammo range and externals were from the ModelMaster Acryl range. Not sure about the weapon load or Yagi aerials being correct but hey ho I chucked them in any way. I deliberately left her unweathered as I didn't want to screw up the paint work I had been eyeing this up in my stash for what seemed like ages, must be over 15 years now. It felt good to finally get it done! Onto the phots! Internal detail is quite hard to see so here are a few in progress shots And if you want to follow the trials and tribulations here is the build thread. Cheers now Bob
  16. Picked this kit up about three years ago in a New year sale at my local (only) toy & hobby shop. This is the Italeri 1:48 Arado 196 as re-boxed by Tamiya, it's not a bad kit - surprisingly big tho' - similar in size to a Stuka or a P-47. I built it with no extras, just straight from the box and really enjoyed it. Details in the (very visible) cockpit are a little light and some details are a little 'chunky' but IMHO that's a small price to pay for having something just that little bit different in your cabinet. Paints are all acrylic, I didn't have any RLM 72 & 73 for the camo, so went and looked at what others have done for the Fw200's etc and mixed-up a couple of tones that looked OK'ish. The purists out there (but probably not here on Britmodeller) may disapprove, but I can live with it . Please feel free to make any comment or criticism or suggestion. Next will be a return to a stalled (jet) project - have a great week all. Best from New Zealand. Ian.
  17. I've been thinking of doing some USAFE stuff in 1/48 for a while now, and after a recent holiday to Suffolk, including a rather hot walk in Rendlesham Forest right up to the old fence at Woodbridge (and the obligatory trip to LN!) what better way to start than with the legendary A-10 Warthog. After some excellent advice on this site, I decided on the Italeri one. I'm sure all the kits have their pros and cons, but this seemed the best for my subject. Of course I'll need to find the right decals as this Hog will be a Bentwaters bird from circa 1986/87. WR tailcodes a must! Nice box art, and some decent looking stuff on the sprues. Euro 1 colour scheme. All major camo colours I'll use rattle cans for. Overall grey first, then the greens ... Big decal sheet with plenty of detail and stencils! I'm always pleased to see cockpit instrument decals too, much better than my hamfisted painting attempts.
  18. I was very impressed with the Italeri kit, nice detail and apart from the radome it fitted together really well. Colours all from Tamiya rattle cans; AS-7, AS-26 and AS-27. I made the Sidewinder training rounds simply by cutting off the fins and sanding the stumps down. It's definitely made me want to make more F-16s!
  19. Hi there I bought this a few years ago and I am hoping for some advice here on BM for alternative colour scheme for this build. A few years ago I built a Zwilling, the panel lines were scribed and very thin masking tape was put on the spinners to make the rough spirals. On with the pictures. Regards Toby
  20. I only started taking the photos after making a start on this, but it's a familiar type and kit so nothing new really. No aftermarket parts needed, I'm actually really impressed with this old Italeri kit, it seems a good shape and it's a nice fit with minimum filler required. So here's where I'm at now, main airframe sprayed. Colours are Tamiya AS-7, AS-26 and AS-27. I'm really pleased how this demarcation turned out! Speaking of F-16s, does anyone know if the Italeri F-16C is good for a Bentwaters 527th AS Block 32 F-16? I got the decals but no kit for one yet!
  21. Hi all and here's a tribute to those great days of 1980s TV. Built for the Helicopters/Vertical Lift/Autogyro GB here on the forum. The short build thread is here but to recap: Kit: Italeri 017 AH-6 Night Fox built as a civilian MD-500 Build: OOB with seat belts from Tamiya tape and rear seat bench from plasticard. Paints: Halfords grey primer, Tamiya Pink primer, Revell Acrylics with an airbrush. Klear and a small wash Extras: 3g weight in the floor, part of the tail boom replaced with sprue after glue damage. Main rotor blades pinned with wire for a stronger fit. Was a fun build and makes a change from grey or camo schemes. But wow, is a tiny kit! Italeri AH-6 T.Cs Chopper_(3) by Dermot Moriarty, on Flickr Italeri AH-6 T.Cs Chopper_(4) by Dermot Moriarty, on Flickr Italeri AH-6 T.Cs Chopper_(6) by Dermot Moriarty, on Flickr Italeri AH-6 T.Cs Chopper_ (7) by Dermot Moriarty, on Flickr Italeri AH-6 T.Cs Chopper_(16) by Dermot Moriarty, on Flickr Italeri AH-6 T.Cs Chopper_(19) by Dermot Moriarty, on Flickr Italeri AH-6 T.Cs Chopper_(18) by Dermot Moriarty, on Flickr Cue the theme music! Thanks for looking. Dermot
  22. Hi there Here is my model of Puff the Magic Dragon in its original colour scheme of white over natural metal. The decals came from from an old Microscale sheet for Vietnam Gunships. The NMF was Alclad. Regards Toby
  23. I've had this kit in the stash for about 20 years and never really gave it much attention. Recently though I had a second look at it and despite a few parts suffering some sink marks, it didn't look too bad. Construction is actually pretty good, I used little in the way of filler, the turret required the most clean up but it is not beyond the most basic modelling skills. The driving lights suffered badly with sink marks, thus I pinched one from my spares box and re positioned it from the front armour to the top of the hull. I also left off the top bar securing the spare track links to the front of the hull, I guess crews left this off as it's 6 less bolts to remove when you need to change some track out quickly. I did like the separate track links in the kit as they supplied the flat straight pieces for top and bottom as a single bit, making building the track easier. One issue I did encounter is Italeri have left out the bottom pieces of the spare track mounts around the turret, thus I just left the top mounts on without any track mounted. Decals came from the spares box along with the two figures and the flag. Camouflage represents a generic Tiger sometime around Operation Zitadelle.
  24. Hi there A few years ago I built the B-36 FIghter CONveyer using a Monogram B-36 and an Italeri Thunderflash. An interesting concept for lomg range reconnaissence that required the B-36 to transport the Thunderflash part of the way to the target, release it and then allow the Thuderflash to dock onto a trapeze sytem and be recovered. This was done afew times back in the 1950`s. When fully loaded there was 6’’ of ground clearance to the Thunderflash fuel tanks. The other clearance problem was resolved after take off by lowering the Thunderflash on its trapeze so the B-36 undercarriage could be retracted. The B-36 needed the bomb bay opening up in size and supports making. Various antenna were scratch built. The Thunderflash was bult out of the box with the stabilisers on the tails drooped to fit the bomb bay. A lot of Alclad was used for painting this. The B-36 was put on an office chair and rotated for painting because of its size. Warbird decals were used for the B-36. Here are the pictures. Regards Toby
  25. Well, after totally ruining my 3 month build of the Italeri Alfa Romeo 8C 2300 Monza (see below), it's got hidden away in a box until I can pluck up the courage to look at it again without crying. I've decided instead to have a go at spoiling a different Alfa kit I have in my stash instead, an Alfa Romeo 179C. This next build will probably be of the 179C that was driven by either Mario Andretti or Bruno Giacomelli back in 1981. My original plan was to have an Alfa Romeo racing car from the early days and one from nearer to today. Unfortunately, due to my ham fistedness with an airbrush and unfortunate accident with a Q-tip (do NOT ask!), its now just going to be the later car! As per usual, I'll be totally ignoring the order of build as advised in the instructions and so will probably end up with lots of containers all awaiting detail painting! I'll be using Zero Paints to apply the finishing colours but first a lot of research has to be done as I'll probably be adding and amending parts as I go along if the 8C was anything to go by! Build progress photos to follow - when I actually do make some progress!
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