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  1. Here's my take on the Tamiya CB 750 with some extra detailing and respoked wheels using stainless locking wire. All the chrome work was stripped and redone using Alclad Chrome. Paint was Ford Sovereign Gold from a Halfords rattlecan suitably lacquered after decal application. I really enjoyed making this one ! Hope you like it ! MODeller
  2. Ok its probably the boredom speaking here but how about an all 1950’s aircraft group build ? Im thinking any aircraft built or operated between January 1st 1950 to December 31st 1959. This could include military, civilian airliners, any prototypes, and any modified aircraft would be acceptable. The biggest rule for this build is the aircraft must have had at least one flight. Accidental flight like the spruce goose’s taxi run/flight is an example and would qualify if it was within the dates. 1. CorsairFoxFourUncle 2. Chrisj2003 3. The Rat 4. Marklo 5. modelling minion 6. LorenSharp 7. bianfuxia 8. zebra 9. UberDaveToo 10. Adam Poultney 11. ModelingEdmontonian 12. John Masters 12a. dnl42 14. franky boy 15. Mjwomack 16. 81-er 17. Mr T 18. Ray S 19. Colin W 20. TonyW 21. drdjp11 22. CliffB 23. JOCKNEY 24. 25. 26. 27. 28. 29. 🏴‍☠️30. 31. 32. 33. 34. 35.
  3. Hi I started this kit way back in 2018 but Mojo loss helped stall this build for a long time but I have been finishing some stalled builds this year and got the Mojo back for this one. The Kit needed to be modified due to the fuselage spine being too rounded and a wanted add for some canopy bits and some kind gestures by @Nick Belbin and @fightersweepre canopy parts and a generous trade with @trickydicky210 netted a Revell MkII for donor parts. Thank you guys. I also need to thank you guys on the questions about Spitfires thread especially @303sqn who provided some cracking photos. Thanks also must go to @Dunny and @Biggles87without who'm this build would have stopped completely so thanks guys. If I have forgotten anyone then sorry , I am getting old !!! The fuselage was modified with square section plastic rid and the Revell rear canopy fitted perfectly. The cockpit interior is part scratch and part revell donor and cross kitting with the HB kit as they have squashed their cockpit internals and it looks weird. Quickboost details and seat and Eduard belts were also used along with various sized lead wire and fuse wire were used for wiring and plumbing. U/C bays were modified with some plastic rid and the legs and doors were spruced up with some home made extras. The Revell tail wheel was also used as the kit one was just wrong. Aluminium cannon muzzles and fairings were used and a grey matters prop and spinner purchased. The spinner was squewed and attempts to correct broke it and another set was just tge same so Spinner taken from a Hasegawa kit that I am converting into a Prototype model was used instead. Painted by brush using Humbrol enamels and weathered with oil washes and silver pencils . The mirror on this one us very unique and the mount was scratchbuilt using the kit mirror. Anyway enough waffle here are some pics. Thanks to those who have offered support and encouragement along this long long journey. I hope you like it. Merry Christmas Chris
  4. HMS Iron Duke was Admiral Jellicoe's flagship at the Battle of Jutland on 31st May 1916. Her gunnery during the battle was reportedly very accurate, hitting her adversary several times. This model is my only WWI vintage warship (to date) and depicts the ship at the time of the battle. The kit is Airfix 04210 in 1/600, and highly modified by me to depict the ship as at the Battle of Jutland. I did this model five years ago but have not posted it here before. I have decided to do so now as others intending to do this kit might wish to know a couple of the pitfalls and inaccuracies with it. Despite that last comment I think it is a good kit that I enjoyed doing. The modifications I did were very numerous, including rebuilt (scratch) tripod mast, spotting top and top mast, lowered the bridge structure, scratch building new searchlight platforms on the second funnel, replacing twelve 6-inch and two 3-inch guns with scratch built, omitting those guns and boats provided but not carried in May 1916, removal of the chin plate at the forefoot, removal of the external range finders on the turrets. This was the last model I did in 2017, only 101 years late! I thoroughly enjoyed it, and although it is not perfect I think I came close and am quite happy with the result. This was also before I'd joined modeling forums such as Britmodeller (or even heard of them) so I was totally on my own when I did this. As I said I did this kit five years ago so my comments here are from memory. A few issues with the kit:- 1. I think the locating pins between the two hull halves are out by 0.5mm. This is not a major issue and easily rectified but I thought I'd mention it. 2. I don't think the chinplate was fitted to the forefoot in May 1916 so I filed it off. 3. When complete the bridge was too high. This is easily fixed before assembly if you reduce the heights of parts 49, 50, 54 and 55. Unfortunately for me I didn't know this at the beginning but I had a second kit and hence raided it for the replacement parts. (The parts I'd originally used I refurbished for a later model of HMS Benbow if memory serves). 4. There are fourteen secondary 6-inch guns supplied but the ship only carried twelve. Originally the ships of the class had a pair of casemate 6-inch guns below the quarterdeck abreast of 'Y' turret (one either side, kit parts 1 & 4) but they proved to be too wet in a seaway so they were repositioned at the rear of the foc'sle deck (kit parts 133 & 134) but the kit has guns in BOTH locations. The new position of the gun had the same firing arcs as in it's original position (ie aft) but the kit allows it to fire directly fwd. I simply added a working chamber fwd of the casemate. And in actual fact I replaced the kit guns and casemates with some I scratch built from styrene tube and rod anyway. 5. The heavy spotting top above the tripod starfish wasn't added until later so I made my own smaller spotting top. Neither did I use parts 62 and 64 (above the bridge/compass platform). I also scratch built my own tripod mast, and the topmast above it with four yards, not three. According to photos I think I'm correct. 6. The searchlight platforms attached to the second funnel weren't that type in May 1916 so I scratch built my own. 7. The main turrets didn't have those external rangefinders in 1916. I again raided the other kit for some of the turrets but the holes and slots in the kit turrets could be plugged, filled and sanded if required, if you don't have a second kit. 8. All the extra small guns weren't fitted in 1916 AFAIK except two 3-inch AA guns on the aft superstructure. I made my own using two of the unused kit 6-inch guns. 9. I altered or omitted some boats, davits and booms as per photos I was able to find on the net. In particular I omitted the boats on davits abreast the aft superstructure. A well known photo of Adm Jellicoe about to ascend a ladder shows that part of the ship in the background - no boats were there. I also added funnels to the steam pinnaces with styrene rod. 10. Another source of info regarding the area around 'Q' turret is a photo I found of Lord Kitchener with Adm Jellicoe just before he boarded HMS Hampshire. Anyway, enough of me rattling on. Here's my efforts at HMS Iron Duke as at the Battle of Jutland, 31st May 1916. Some of the photos are a little blurred in places. I was still getting used to the camera, with lighting and depth-of-field issues. Thank you for your interest. Stay safe, and regards, Jeff.
  5. Hi all Here is another shelf of doom build, which has been ongoing for a while. The kit is not too bad overall but there are some areas that need correcting. After seeing Basilisks excellent WIP on the same. I have shortened the nose shortened the front U/C bay behind the front wheel leg, added the vents just in front of the cockpit and corrected the air intake vanes. The Cannon ports are at an odd angle as they come so they have been altered. The main U/C bay is a Pavla item as is the ejector seat. The rest is out of the box. Model is brush painted using Humbrol and Revell enamel paints and decals are from the Kit to represent a Machine from 801 Squadron on HMS Centaur in 1959, which is the same year my Dad joined the ship. Hope you enjoy Thanks for looking in Chris
  6. Hello everyone! I am a newbie, but I've finally found the "courage" to post my work for you to see 😄 I would like to share with you my building process of the HobbyBoss 1/48 F6F-5 Hellcat. A small introduction: I have been told on this forum that this kit has some rather serious scale issues. At first, I decided to put it aside, and got the Eduard 1/48 F6F-3 Profipack kit. However, when I started building the Eduard's kit, I realized that such a plane would require some good weathering techniques, e.g. the smoke stains on the fuselage and wings. This will be my first propeller aircraft kit since I got my airbrush, so I have no experience in using it for weathering. Also, I have only built 1/72 jet planes with no or very little weathering. To remedy this, I've decided to build the Hobby Boss kit and use it as a test bench to try such techniques before using them on the Eduard's kit. Having said that: I've decided to build the aircraft in the closed wings position. When looking at the instructions, I noticed that many internal parts, particularly behind the firewall, are modeled but are completely unaccessible after closing the fuselage. Therefore, I've decided to modify the kit and build it in a "maintenance" state, with some panels removed. This is also a first for me 😄 Following the instructions, I've started by building the cockpit: I've decided to try some paint chipping. I've used the hairspray technique, decanting the hairspray and applying it with the airbrush. I've found it to be very easy to use, and I'm satisfied with the result on the seat. Probably the chipping is excessive (I have not found reference of such worn planes) but it was a test I some points I applied to much force and got down to the bare plastic. Luckily it's not too visible. I had an accident while applying the instrument's panel decal: I started using Revell Decal Soft to conform the decal to the slightly recessed instrument holes, but it was not strong enough. So I used Tamiya's Mark Fit Strong, which in turn melted the decal 🙄 I have stripped everything away and hand painted the instruments, using some PVA glue for the "glass" effect. I have painted the instruments using "F6F Hellcat in detail and scale", as well as pictures from the Web, as reference. As a small modification, I have added the metal tube above the seat, and I have fabricated the seatbelts using 0.5mm aluminum wire and masking tape, painted in khaki. Having decided to "open up" the fuselage a bit, the engine required some additional work. I have added ignition wires for all (36 🥴) spark plugs using the same 0.5mm wire as before. I've also used some 2mm wire to build the intake and exhaust manifolds. I've used the instructions for the 1/24 Airfix F6F as a reference to understand how the manifolds are arranged, but I have not been able to replicate them perfectly as they would not fit in the available space. I have used some Tamiya accent line black to higlight some details, but I still have to remove the excess, as well as giving a flat clear coating (those exhausts are way too shiny). I still have to paint the "bell" in the front of the engine and do some minor touch-ups. This is where I am now. I would be very grateful if you had any comment or suggestions, I know I still have to improve a lot! Thank you! Kind regards, Davide
  7. This cute little plane was an adaptation of the Camel used as a personal transport that later got civilized and eventually sired the Swallow. KP must be congratulated on the release of yet another civil beauty of interesting lines and good detail. But this will require some work as the Scooter differed from the KP kit (common sprues with the Swallow) in some regards. This conversation was actually started at the Rumormonger section because many of us loved this kit. My thanks to @Patrik who brought the attention to the fact that the kit needs some tweaks to properly represent a Scooter. I was about to immerse myself in the build blindly, so happy and grateful I was warned beforehand. Other websites and modelers already mentioned some changes that are needed. I went to my folder on the Scooter and what do you know, they were right. But do not follow me on this mods to the letter, I am comparing with photos and literature and making the changes I think are needed, but that is just my personal take. Comparing the kit with references (by the way, freely and easily accessible on the Net) the differences are frankly quite obvious, even at a first glance. I really like this little kit, and will build it without hesitation, but I am a bit ticked that a new kit would miss the obvious differences when photos are just a click away. The reinforcements of the central ribs have to go, and the rib tape detail is a a bit out of scale. It is unlikely that the instrument had the cut-outs for the guns.The wing needs a shorter span (the area for the wing is given as smaller than the Swallow for the Scooter) and a new trailing edge cut-out, plus a slight change in the angle (seen in planform) of the wing tips. The cowl needs the vent hollowed. More as the build develops. I strongly support KP in their efforts to provided very attractive civil alternatives of such interesting planes. Fortunately for them this time the corrections needed are easy, but it would be great if more research was carried out before committing to the production of masters. I am buying another because I deem this an uncomplicated build (my subjective impression, please note), and I can't decide between the two colorful schemes! The parts that belong to the Swallow are marked in the instructions for dismissal: The discarded parts go the spares bin: The cockpit deck that belongs to the Scooter, the location of the aft struts is marked as pips: The cowl vent is hollowed. To me it looks smaller in the later (civil registered) version of the Scooter than on the earlier: The wing cut-out is lined, since it was rounder in the Scooter than in the Swallow: This much needs to be removed, but that's my take, so do not follow and then blame me! The shortened and re-contoured wing and ailerons. Prominent ejector pin marks were removed from one fuselage side (that has some structure depicted), and will have to filled in the other, but ultimately nothing will really be seen: Not much left on the sprue, this is a simple kit and I think it will build well:
  8. It's ALIVE!! Finally this monster build, combining the 1/24 Revell Audi R8 with the 1/24 Revell VW Samba Bus to create a sleeper..... ala, R8 Samba "Sleepah", is over! I have tried new things, rust, seriously modding a car kit & scratch building seat belts. There are faults, but overall I am more than satisfied with my efforts at a mega car mod. side 2 by Gavin Snowdon, on Flickr side by Gavin Snowdon, on Flickr top by Gavin Snowdon, on Flickr front quart by Gavin Snowdon, on Flickr Rear quart by Gavin Snowdon, on Flickr Thanks for looking and sharing the experience with me. 🍻
  9. Greetings everyone! Along with my Airfix Spitfire Prototype, I've recently finished this model of the High Speed Spitfire. I've chosen to model it in it's later form, with the radiator removed and the DeHavilland propeller (mainly because that was the easiest way). The modifications are: - Filled panel lines except on the cowling. - Landing gear legs from the Airfix Mk.I kit (since I needed the Tamiya legs, which don't have gear doors attached, for the Airfix one) - Shortened and rounded wingtips (a suprisingly small amount given how different they look) - Removed radiator and filled the hole - Added fairings at the propeller blade tips from styrene sheet - Canopy from Falcon set - Omitted radio mast - Scratch built tail skid - Masked and painted tail number and stripe The WIP is here, shared with the Airfix kit: And now, here it is! The propeller hub was painted using a Moltow chrome pen. It would be tricky to do a much larger area without getting pen strokes in it, but wow am I happy with how shiny this turned out!!! The distinctive short wings: I'm still tempted to polish the surface again for a more uniform shine and to remove spots. The Airfix gear was very easy to attach, once I thinned down the attachment plug slightly. Thanks for taking a look, I hope you like it. Beggsy.
  10. A build from 4 years ago: (the WiP is here: This is a good kit of a nice, classic passenger plane, and a relevant one as aviation history goes. I am really glad that some manufacturers are venturing now into the realm of civil planes. They have a particular charm and usually interesting careers, and in more than one occasion their contribution to aviation and history was truly remarkable. This particular machine was an "agitation" plane, that is a propaganda plane and without doubt it may have provided with rides to people that usually may have never been able to have access to such an experience as flight. It was an elegant plane of sound construction that deserved to be kitted. Looking forward to other Amodel releases of civilian planes, a line they have contributed to with several kits already. For many more!
  11. A build from 4 years ago as a reference for the already posted completed model: The completed model is here: We are not really familiar with Russian aviation, therefore few of us may have heard about the Kalinin K-5. If you thought that I'll tell you its story, achievements, performance, etc., you are sorely mistaken. Do an Internet search, go to your local library, and find out for yourself, watch less TV. Amodel is by now a well-known kit manufacturer. I have built quite a number of their kits and I am fairly satisfied with them. They are accessible and they are mostly OK, if not really refined, with somewhat thick sprues and parts' attachments. Their transparencies are not pristine, their decals are quite so-so, their instructions are not thrilling. And that goes as well for about 80% of the manufacturers, so it is not a big deal for me. Thus I was pleasantly surprised when I opened the box of this Kalinin K-5, which I got thanks to the good offices of Mr. Malabamba (he wishes to remain anonymous, hoping not to be associated by anyone with me). This is clearly a much better kit than the previous (years ago) Amodel releases that I have built so far. The part count is high, the molds are more refined (not totally sharp as in much expensive brands), the transparencies a vast improvement on what I have seen before, and no doubt better decals, although my sample had a bad area (shown in the photos bellows). But, before nitpicking: CONGRATULATIONS AMODEL FOR RELEASING A NICE CIVILIAN PLANE KIT!!!!! Oopsie-poopsie: I replaced the prop with a home-made laminated wood one: The plastic is soft and there are some mold lines around the parts, so they have to be cleaned-up. Here we see a few of the parts that had sink holes and needed putty and sanding: As you can see the engine cylinders are provided with some detail; unfortunately these parts are mostly "tubes" as you can see in the sprue. The problem is that if you want to use them, you will have to clean them, due to the mold seam lines. And they are tiny. AND they are many. I am thinking of replacing all of them with soldering wire: The passenger cabin door is cut out and a new one made to pose it open:
  12. Hi, My next model finished today. This is Kochyeigin-Yatsenko Di-6 Sh. You have not heared about it? Do not worry, I've learnt about this plane when I saw in a model shop Phantom in Krakow this kit by A-model and I immediately bought it . It was likely in 1996-1998. It is likely that I never saw it again in a shop.... This is a short run kit, I would say nicely done as for early A-model. This is a "heavy" escort and aground atacl fighter (not very much bigger then I-153 in fact) and looking a bit as a two seater development of Polikarpovs I-15 series (152,153). The machine was designed in 1934 and then produced in three variants (Di-6 with 3 MGs, Di-6 Sh with 5 MGs and lowered tailplane as well as trainer with fixed u/c). Total production which lasted I think till 1939 ended with 222 or 223 items (by different sources). Some 60 of them were the variant Di-6 Sh. "Sh" is for "Sturmovik" - attack plane. More about this airplane one can find here https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kochyerigin_DI-6. It was not a very sucessfull construction. For some reasons was not offert to Republican Spain and therefore remainde very unpopular. In past some sources informed that she was used during Khalkin-go war with Japan in summer 1939 and even in Winter War with Finland in winter 1939-40. But it was then denided. It looks that the only conflict where Di-6s were used was Soviet invasion on Poland (17th September-2nd October 1939) - this attack was an allied attack to support German invasion on 1st September 1939 and declaration of war by UK and France on 3rd September. In Molotov-Ribentrop pact (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Molotov–Ribbentrop_Pact) Soviet Union declared such support within 14 days from starting support for Poland by western countries and it happend. Polish record are not quoting meeting thoses machines since they were not recognized likely misidentified with Polikarpov biplanes. It is said officially theat Di-6 were finally withdrawn from VVS in summer 1942 but no record of their active use against German in GPW starting in 22 June 1941. There are photos of abandoned those machines from airfields captured by Germans but it is probale that they played role of dummies targets exposed to atract Luftwaffe. The scheme I painted presents machine from 14 ShAP in September 1939 and was given by @Dimmy (many thanks!!!) in this thread: As the alternation to this scheme I only painted caban struts green, not light blue since on all photos they are dark. I added front pannel in engine and made few more modifications in engine detaiils and in u/c - this was done following photos. Here she is: And two full sun takes: Comments welcome Regards Jerzy-Wojtek
  13. Hello fine folk of Britmodellerland, If I may, I'd like to share my latest model? I've been tinkering away merrily with the old Airfix dh-88 Comet racer for about three months or there abouts. The old girl needs a bit of TLC to get the best from her so I did some work on the kit in an attempt to model "Grosvenor House" as she appears today. Thanks in large part to some fine images by Alpha Delta 210 (see here: http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/234968762-de-havilland-dh88-comet-grosvenor-house/ ) and others in the Aviation Photography forum plus the walkaround here on BM http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/234954337-de-havilland-dh88-comet/ I had plenty of reference material to work from. For those who have n't seen it, there is a WIP thread detailling the specifics of what was tackled here: http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/234967804-airfix-72nd-scale-dh-88-comet-new-release-ancient-molding/ I'm not as used to photographing the smaller scales as I am the larger scales so I apologise if the images are n't too clear. Anyhoo, I hope you enjoy them anyway. These next few are a bit closer in an attempt to show some details. Lastly, a couple of shots in front of a scenic backdrop. A big thankyou and two thumbs up to everyone who helped me along during the build. Now, what to build next? Cheers for now.
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