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  1. So after some genuine Scotland Yard style investigatory work about the mystery of B-25G's in RAF colours, which can be found here, The mystery of what I think was unanimously decided as 2 the B-25G's that were given to the RAF and painted in their livery now solved, one of the pair being this ship: I plan to paint the olive drab to emulate one of the B-25's in the film Pearl Harbour, obviously with roundels instead of stars. I figured a worn out, bust up, hand-me-down B-25 would probably look something similar! Now onto the build, the kit: Nothing impressive, a tooling probably at least as twice as old as I am. I had planned to build this OOB but something about the empty cockpit bothered me so I roughed a couple bits up, all just sat in place... A few bits need tidied up, seat belts and a coat of spray filler to prime the pilot's office for some paint! I was planning on making the kit quickly, to focus on the worn paintwork. That's all for now, hopefully get the two halves joined up together tomorrow, then I can start on fixing the raised surface detail. Has anyone got any advice for this kit? Cheers!
  2. Latest one finished is Italeri's Henschel HS129 B2 in R1 weapons fit. Nice little kit which looks like a scaled down version of Hasegawa's HS129, built OOB as a Romanian aircraft of the 41st assault group, Genichesk, 1943. The Romanian aircraft were never given the 30mm belly cannon so just had the 4 50kg bombs. I used Humbrol maskol for the layout the snow camo as an experiment as I did'nt fancy hand painting or using tape to mask up, I think it worked pretty well. The engine nacelles are a poor fit and needed additional work to get on straight. Painted with Tamiya and Xtracylic paints and no weathering as I didn't want to mess up the snow camo. As usual all comments welcome. And with the 1/48 Revell one I made 3 years ago
  3. Next kit I be doing is the Italeri Hs129B2, the Luftwaffe's dedicated close air support aircraft. I picked this up from the big on line market for a measly £7 last week just after completing Revell's Hurricane as a IId and Italeri's A10 Thunderbolt, so CAS aircraft are a bit of theme ATM. Will be built OOB and as quickly as I can as my "stash" box has exceed SWMBO's limits and I'm not permitted to add to until its been run down. Heres the box and sprues. Didn't realise it was out of focus when I took it last night So straight into construction a very basic cockpit, sprayed already and will add some seat belts later. Wing section is made up and engine cowls assembled will be sprayed green later today. Test fit the the fuselage revealed some gaps to be filled. The Hs129 is a small aircraft for a twin engine, quick comparison against the Beaufighter I have on the go. So far 25mins construction time.
  4. LOCKHEED F-104G, Belgian Air Force, 1971. 'SLIVERS' aerobatic display team. Kit: Italeri Lockheed F-104 Starfighter G/S (2514) Scale: 1/32 Paints: Vallejo Model Air & Vallejo Metal Color Weathering: Flory Models Wash, MIG Streaking Effects, Vallejo Weathering Effects Build thread: One of the last years last models I did. I liked the kit overall - it's good (but not great) in many parts, like the fit was mostly really good. Some things could be bit more sharper and more detailed - so aftermarket stuff can really enhance this kit. But it's not a cheap kit so I built it out of box, with some little DIY details added. I cracked the main canopy, the clear parts are real brittle with this kit. So I masked the canopy a bit with a tarp, if it starts to bother me I'll have to order a replacement part from Italeri later on. Actually I broke the forward canopy too - but mirageiv was awesome to send me a replacement part for that. Anyway, to the kit. Bit of a challenge to photograph, I tried to do it outside as it was nice day today.
  5. Italeri is to release in 2020 a new tool 1/48th Supermarine Spitfire Mk.I - ref. 2792 Source: https://www.italeri.com/uploads/news/b9oyS352gqHmhEzkjSqwDK80IVvs09sLuqzoPqmR.pdf V.P.
  6. Hello, Here's my just finished 1/72 Italeri SF-5B. I was looking through the stash after my previous build, a grey Harrier GR.7, and thought this would be a nice colourful change. The kit does offer a Spanish version out of the box, but the decals didn't look right to me, so I ordered an aftermarket sheet from Series Españolas. These were much better, and worked very well. I painted the model with Vallejo Metal Color and some Tamiya black. Overall, it was a fun build, with only the canopy actuators being a bit fiddly. Thanks for looking, I hope you like it.
  7. This is gonna be my dad´s first 1/35 build since over 20 years. He will try to recreate one of the GMC trucks he drove during his conscript time in the Austrian Army in 1966. Our Jimmys had steel beds, so the Tamiya kit wasn´t an option. Between the Italeri and the Heller kit, my dad chose the latter one because it includes a canvas for the rear. DSC_0009 by Reinhard Spreitzhofer, auf Flickr Here´s my dad back then Scannen0004 by Reinhard Spreitzhofer, auf Flickr Scannen0003 by Reinhard Spreitzhofer, auf Flickr
  8. The Air Fighting Development Unit & No. 787 RNAS Squadron flew the Mustang I at RAF Wittering between 25th March 1943 – 17th January 1945. As part of my 'Northamptonshire Project' I bought this kit on 28-10-08 and it has sat in my stash ever since. I don't have details like serial number(s) of the aircraft that flew from Wittering (any help appreciated), and I'm guessing that by 1943 they would be painted OG/DG over Barley Grey or even Trainer Yellow. The kit is packed in an end-opening box. The parts are moulded in light grey plastic on two sprues. Detail is crisp with engraved panel lines and no flash in evidence. The assembly is illustrated in five stages with two finish options illustrated. The decals are sharp and in register. My References: From the decal file:
  9. Hi Folks this is my latest build, not very much to say about it other than it was built straight out of the box, the only additions being a couple of Revell pilots. A bit of flash on some of the mouldings but once that was dealt with it all fitted together nicely with minimal filling. Only two disappointments, it was raised panel lines (I really don't like raised panel lines) and I managed to lose the '300' serial number that should have been either side of the nose. Anyway here it is, as always all comments and criticisms are welcome . Thanks for looking, I hope you all have a fantastic Christmas and a brilliant New Year.
  10. Hi Pals, I think I can finish this upgrade / "face wash" of this model. It has not been, let's say, very aggressive, because there is no metal element on it, of each and every one that can be added, only empty shells on top, although they are not attached. The fear to ruin the kit, has been able this time more, because the plastic is not too good (if to that we add the time that I have since it was built in the factory). Still, the products used to add, more than to simulate as before, the weathering, I think they have fulfilled their function. I would like to put it on a base, and add some figure, but for now, I can not, for lack of technique and space, maybe later ... Thanks for the comments about how to improve the finish. IHMO, I think it has deserved the effort, more than anything to see if at this time, I improved my technique somewhat, maybe, although I still have to continue persevering ... Thanks as usual for watch and comment, cheers mates Black background... With some picture effects...aka old pcitures or news images of the time Until next model....
  11. Italeris new tooling F-35B in 1/72 is due to arrive Monday 9/12/19! We are now taking pre-orders for this exciting new release. https://www.wonderlandmodels.com/products/italeri-172-f35b-lightning-ii-model-kit/
  12. Hello folks, inspired by my friend Francis who recently built an M47 Patton, I decided to present the Croatian Balkan War version called “AZDAJA”, that means “DRAGON”. Look the real tank...these are the only two photos about AZDAJA that I found. Note that the tank does not have the headlights: and have the T80E1 links.... For this project I will use the M47 Patton from Italeri, kit number 6447, and I will added a set of photo-etched and resin parts from DEF Model, code 35024, plus the set of metal tracks T80E1 type from Fruilmodel, code ATL-145, and decals from Star Decals 35-C 1085 M47 Patton Balkan War and Peace. I agree with the others modellers that despite its age, this M47 is one of the best kit produced by Italeri, and it is a great platform for improvements. Well, first I assembled the bottom of the hull, the rolling train, I added some missing bolts (only 68) in the most notorious parts of the supports of the oscillating arms: Then, I added casting detail and foundry numbers in the hull and turret, and I replaced the support for the .50 machine gun and added rear lubrication points too: After that, I scratchbuild seven triangular hooks and added more 4 bolts over the rear plate, plus I made corrections in the gun lock: That's all for now...
  13. Kit - Italeri 1:35 (re-tool). Paint - All acrylics. Decals - Kit & Star Decals Extras - Verlinden & Voyager resin stowage, lead foil, Jordi Rubio turned aluminium barrel. M24 Chaffee 3rd Armd Div Esch-sur-Alzette, Luxembourg February 1945. Started two-and-a-half years ago, then parked on the 'Shelf of Forgetfulness' until about four weeks ago. Kit is the old but still OK'ish' Italeri kit - but the later re-box with the WWII tracks. It went together fairly well, but the suspension arms are surprisingly delicate and don't stand-up well to rough handling and the tracks are waaaayyy too thick and generally un-co-operative, if I ever build another I will definitely be investing in a set of AM tracks. Two 'firsts' on this - First time using MIG's US WWII OD set - but only the base tone and the first lighter one, and first time attempt at the Rinaldi hairspray chipping method. BECAUSE it's my first time using this technique, I'm sincerely asking for feedback, because it's the only way I will get better, right ?. So that's pretty much it, as ever thanks for taking the time and effort to comment or criticize, have the rest of a great weekend, folks. Best from NZ Ian.
  14. Hi All, I hope I can build this subject this year. There are couple others before in pipeline and I have some questions related to topic. D-AFFT was quite special plane. It was operated by Hansa Luftbild and this was basically unit to get intel information outside Germany before war. This plane crashed in Helsinki Malmi airport 1.10.1939 and crashed plane was returned quietly back to Germany. My first question is: Was this plane carrying cameras and if so where those were located? Second is: Should I use Revell kit as a starting point or Kora conversion set? Scan is from Suomen ilmailuhistoriallinen Lehti 2/1996
  15. These are a few recent builds of 1/72 scale Typhoons. All carrying Centenary celebration schemes. 29(R) Squadron Centenary Typhoon FRG.4 ZK353. ZK353 was marked with Typhoon Display Team corporate logos as well as commemorating 100 years of 29(R) Squadron. The aircraft was flown throughout the 2015 display season 6 Squadron Centenary Typhoon FGR.4 ZK342. In 2015 ZK342 recieved a scheme to commemorate the centenary anniversary of 6 Squadron. The tail and spine were covered in a desert camo scheme representative of that worn by the unit when operating Hurricanes during WWll Xl(F) Squadron Centenary Typhoon FGR.4 ZJ925 In 2015 ZJ925 was painted in a scheme to commemorate the Centenary of XI(F) Squadron. The tail and spine was black with gold squadron Crest and carried the code DXI. The aircraft was used on normal operations and also deployed on exercise to Kenya and Turkey
  16. I purchased the 2014 rebox of the '72 scale Italeri F-5N Tiger ll as I think the aircraft looks great in aggressor colours. The box schemes also give an option for a Swiss F-5 which are also use for dissimilar air combat training. Buried away I had an old Airfix F-5E kit that I'd made years ago. I cleaned this up and repainted it in the Swiss scheme. F-5N Tiger ll US Nvy VFC-13 "Saints" NAS Fallon Nevada 2012 F-5N Tiger ll Swiss Air Force Fliegerstaffel 19 2008
  17. Two Seat Harriers TAV-8B and Harrier T.2 Both of these were built in the early 1990s. Both are 1/72 scale. The TAV-8B is the Italeri kit built to represent Bu No 162747 coded SD 626 of the US Naval Air Test Centre which took part in the 1988 Farnborough show. The RAF machine is the Heller / Humbrol 'Bobcat' kit with quite a few modifications to represent XW267 / T of 233 OCU based at Wittering in the early 1980s
  18. Be gentle with me. First model built in over 20 years. Baby footsteps up to the stirrups at the momentn let alone getting back in the saddle. Look forward to your input. Colours not perfect. Be it in reality or through the camera lens.
  19. Hi Pals, al last I finished the model, and IHMO, I think it has been to my liking. I was pleasantly surprised, to see that even being such an ancient mold, still has a very good level of quality (I think even better than some models Tamiya of the time, and that time, were twice as expensive or so. ..) Once finished, you see a pretty powerful tank, a whole "Heavy metal", precursor of the "beasts" that would follow. On the other hand, the kit has a fairly simple assembly, no major problems to solve, if you want to OOB, although I have had two delicate enough, the hull and turret were twisted,and it was difficult to bring them together, and the tracks that are degraded by the passage of time and broke. Perhaps now come of better plastic quality. Here is a link to the WIP section, in case you want to see it. http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/235004000-the-olde-general-m47-patton-135-italeri-item265/ Thanks to all who have followed the assembly and finishing kit, and have supported and encouraged me with your suggestions and comments. Regards to all Pals And some shots on detail....
  20. A group build on A FB page got me started looking at the stash & eyeing a TR-1 kit I picked up a while back. I saw a U-2R take off & display at Mildenhall in the 80s (could well be 85) so I needed to make her a serial number who had at least visited the UK, even if they were never officially assigned to RAF Alconbury. Just to prove a point a U-2S visited a Mildenhall today. Anyway I got the HAS out at the weekend and tried to get some shots as the sun went down & cast long shadows. Hope you like them. And a couple on her own
  21. C-130J Engine Nacelles (BRL48123 for Italeri) 1:48 Brengun The large scale Hercules from Italeri has been around in many guises over the years, with the C-130J having popped up this side of the new millennium and most recently in 2014. It's a kit that is of a certain age now, but as there's fat chance of anyone issuing a new one in 1:48 scale, we have to take it as it comes with some elements that are less accurate than others. The J is the latest model of the Herc, and the only one still in production with upgraded Rolls-Royce turboprop engines and sabre-like Dowty props differentiating it from the previous marks externally. Those aren't the only upgrades, as the whole avionics package has been updated with new cockpit and countermeasures, plus improved range and performance. The J in kitform has a few challenges, one of which is the engine nacelles. This set is designed to address that, with resin parts that can far exceed the capabilities of plastic in terms of finesse and detail. The set arrives in a cardboard box that is sealed by its label and inside are found twelve large parts in grey resin, plus another twelve small parts in groups of three on the same pouring block. It's a Herk. In 1:48. So it's large. The parts are large too as you'd expect, and each nacelle comes in two parts with the front separate from the body so that a very crisp and thin leading edge lip can be achieved on the upper intake as well as the lower chin-scoop. The parts have a little engraved line where you should cut, and the front slides inside the lip of the nacelle, with the new prop boss slotting neatly into the front, allowing you to choose your preferred orientation. You'll notice that there are no blades included with the set, as Brengun consider the 6 blades on each engine to be up to the task – that's 32 - no 24 blades in total Chris (in-joke). The remaining parts are two antennae for under each nacelle, and a small cooling vent for the rear of the lower intake, which conveniently hides the blanked off exit. To install the engines on the wing, just remove 2.25mm from the inner nacelle roots and glue them in place with CA or epoxy glue as you see fit. Incidentally, you may notice the smaller parts have little extensions at the top of each high-point. These are bubble "traps" that should be cut off before you apply the parts, and are used to avoid inconvenient bubbles in delicate parts. Conclusion Well cast with only one or two bubbles in trailing edges, but these are easy to fix with some styrene rod or filler. The low part count is a boon, and everything fits together neatly, as you can see from the example above, which is only held together with a piece of Blutak behind the spinner. Very highly recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  22. This is quite a basic kit by Italeri with custom masks made for the current aircraft that flies out of Goodwood in West Sussex, UK. I did quite a lot of scratch building inside the cockpit, and the overall finish reflects the tiredness of the current scheme, including the crazed and opaque windows panels. She is due a new scheme over the winter months which should quite striking.
  23. Hi, This is the very pleasant to build (and underrated) Italeri kit. Everything comes from the box except for the very efficient dual barrel MG81Z specific to the A-5 version, handmade seat belts and other details. The top RLM73 comes from the Real Color range. Quite a good range but it stinks and I find it maybe more fragile than the Gunze range. Thanks heaps for looking ! Antoine
  24. Joining you with this Italeri RF-4 Phantom. Which I'm intending to build as the Luftwaffe Splinter camp option. This kit cost me £8, at Gloucester model show earlier this year.
  25. G'day All, Another one done to hang from the ceiling. Had this one in the stash since about 2004, 1/48 Italeri kit #2634. (Shock, horror, raised panel lines) I lost the cockpit somewhere over the years, hence the black canopy treatment. Its all OOB (except the pitot, I busted that, so a sewing needle was used). All hairy sticked using Humbrol paints. The pictures I took are a bit ordinary.....but you get that. Regards, Devo
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