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  1. Well now, I've been desperate to get started on my Miniart Panzer III Ausf B for weeks, so I'm really pleased to finally be starting this little Opel Kadett car. I don't know what happened either! I think @Phil1960 and his Citroen are to blame, alongside my fear of tackling any of the 'full interior' tank kits that I can't resist buying. So my first 'full interior' will be a few seats, a steering wheel, and a few pedals. It looks to be a fun little thing to build, let's hope I get to step 20 - glueing the roof on and sealing up the interior - without too much anguish It doesn't look very sporty. 129 parts according to the box. Some of it looks very fragile, and lots of potential crookedness if the panels don't go together well. There's a nice little engine that I might need to show off. The front axle looks too narrow on this picture. We shall see! I hate rubber tyres, so I've got these. They're meant for an ICM kit but I'm hoping that they fit OK.
  2. I'm really not sure what made me buy this one to be honest. I'm not a huge VW van fan so I can only presume that I had an idea it would be fun to take onh the challenge of a multi-part body. Then I got it, saw that it's going to be a bear to spray and had second thoughts. But, all challenges must be faced and it's time to face this one. First thing to note is that I am just following the box art van, so it is being done in the Jagermeister green and orange colour scheme. The alternative plain blue scheme would be much easier to paint, but this kit comes with a lot of nice looking decals and it would be a shame to waste them. I got a bit of a start during autumn last year with some Halfords satin black on the underbody, then it was a case of masking off to get the engine bay done in the same Tamiya British Green as the body. Aftr that I gave the dark green a clear coat with Humbrol Gloss Clear Varnish... which went well - I hadn't appreciated quite how sensitive this stuff is to temperature and especially humidity so suffered an attack of blooming on the wheel arches in particular: Fortunately another coat on a better day significantly reduced the bloom and it should be acceptable now, especially as it will be hidden in the engine bay. The other bit of work I tried at the end of last year was filling in the VW badge recess on the front. For that I used the Vallejo white filler which seems to suffer from severe shrinkage, even worse if you try and wet sand it. This was after the second fill, a third fill still didn't sort things out as it continued to shrink back over winter. Following Jeroen's advice I got some Humbrol grey filler which appears to have worked much better, it hasn't had any primer on it yet so that will be the acid test I guess. Fast forwarding to this year and I finally got the main body parts off the sprue so thought I'd have a rough build to see how it looks. I will definitely need to drill out the holes in the roof and/or scrape paint of the pegs, but overall impressions are that this may well go together better than initially feared. This is far and away the worst angle (which could be improved very easily with some masking tape holding things together better) so I'm cautiously optimistic. So that's the introduction. I have a feeling this one is going to be a bit of a long haul, but the good weather at the weekend meant I got some important early bits primed so it felt like a bit of momentum was coming back into this, although obviously I will have a certain brown sports car to finish first
  3. For a year and a half I've been working on my "Hawker Hurricanes around the world" project in which I am modeling Hawker Hurricanes in the markings of all the air forces with non-RAF insignia (it's a long list!). In all my research I kept coming across this beautiful royal blue Hurricane that participated in the King's Cup Air Race at least a few times, including in 1950. It is the last Hurricane ever built, an Mk IIc, which Hawker kept and (I believe) continues to own (although it looks nothing like the above photo today!). G-AMAU does not perfectly fit with my Hawker Hurricanes around the world theme, but last year I did a "civilian interlude" and built another Hawker-owned Hurricane, G-AFKX: This GB gives me a good excuse for a second civilian interlude! One goal of my project was to build a variety of 1/72 Hurricane kits, and while my wife joined the project and used the Revell Mk IIc kit to build Greece, I myself haven't actually built the Revell kit, so I picked up another one which will serve me nicely for this build. The kit is cheap and you get what you pay for (lots of flash, for example), and I considered buying an Arma Mk IIc, which are vastly superior, albeit much more expensive, but the deciding point was that the cannons are removed on G-AMAU, and Revell's wings are already molded without the cannon fairings so will be easy to modify. It would feel sacrilegious to me to cut up an Arma wing... I ordered the Lifelike decals from a shop down under, and they arrived this week: Besides the fact that the cannons are removed, another modification to be made is this racing Hurricane carried Spitfire-style exhaust stacks, and I think I have a spare set from an Eduard Spitfire kit that I can use (will need to test fit to be sure). Otherwise I think #41 will be largely OOB. I have to confess, I already began cleaning up some pieces and assembling the wings, but should be able to resist getting much further before start date... looking forward to this GB, I expect lots of interesting subjects in the gallery!
  4. Straight off the back of the Meng F102 Delta Dagger I'm starting another century series aircraft, Revell's F101B Voodoo from 1991. This was purchased from Rob at my local model club last month for the princely sum of £5, I'm pretty sure this is from 1991 as the original price tag of £6.95 was still on the box and the instructions are dated 1991. Apart from the decals looking a bit yellow the parts look good moulded in very 1970's "airfix" like soft silver plastic and were all still on the sprue. I have ordered a set of Almark decals from Hannants which has the choice of US and Canadian aircraft as I haven't decided on air superiority grey or NFM. Sprue shots first and then work started on cockpit.
  5. Hi Everybody, this is my latest submission. Built entirely out of the box and painted with a mixture of Tamiya and Revell acrylics. A very enjoyable project that went together really well. Nothing more to say really other than as usual all comments and criticisms are welcome. Thanks for looking.
  6. Hello all, this will be my entry into this Group Build: The instructions say it was copyright Revell 1959, but there is a date stamp on the moulding which says 1988. This was a re-issue from about 2008/9 when Revell were celebrating 50 Years. I will post photographs of the box contents later, that will give you time to locate some sunglasses for the very bright green plastic most of it is moulded in! I bought this from Kingkit quite a long time ago as I was going through a bit of a nostalgia trip. A long time ago, I lived in Aden and as a youngster I had a lot of Corgi, Dinky and Matchbox cars. One of those was a Ford Fairlane and it was amazing, because if you pressed down on the front left or right on the bonnet, the wheels turned in that direction! It is incredible what pleases a 7-year-old mind! Anyway, back to the then present. At my local Model Club we had a member who was into his car models and was always bringing them along, and that prompted me to see if I could do a car too. I checked online and found two Fairlanes, one was a '64, and the other was this '59. I ended up buying both! The '64 got built quite some time ago (I will see if I have a picture) but this one was reduced to the stash. I had bought some Halfords sprays ready for this, I wonder if they will still work... I always find Group Builds to be a great inspiration, and nearly always leave my more important builds (or challenging ones) to the GB's as there is always that extra spur to get them done. This build could quite easily have gone into the 'Not My Comfort Zone' GB. Anyway, enough of that, I am really looking forward to the start of this. Al the best everyone with your builds, Ray
  7. I am in the process of scratchbuilding the fire-fighting section for a Land Rover TACR1, using the Revell 1:35 kit as a basis. I have the main details for the side and rear, with the help from Mick Bell plans, but I am having difficulty working out how the top looks. I've done searches on dozens of images but they are mainly quarter-angled side views. Does anyone have top down photos and details of how the roof area looks please? cheers, Mike
  8. This is my latest finished model, the Revell kit of the Arado Ar E 555 in 1/72. The kit is a lot of fun to build and very well detailed. I designed the paintjob myself with the idea that this would be a night bomber, hence the black underside and the RLM 74/RLM 75/RLM 76 splinter pattern. Modifications made were: Modified the front undercarriage strut and made it so it could be added later on in the build Added some detailing in the undercarriage bays 3D printed seatbelts Replaced all the gun barrels and the pitot with brass tube Modified the top turret so it could be painted separately and added later Added weighted effect to the wheels using heat Added wire brake lines Modified the exhausts so they could be painted separately to the main engine pack and added later Strut to support the open hatch made from brass wire Home made decals incorporating my initials into the aircraft code on the fins The WIP is here https://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/235108808-172-revell-arado-are555-finished/ Photos: And a couple of the cockpit before it was closed up: James
  9. With one Luft ’46 project out of the way, I fancied digging another one out of my extensive pile of them on Tuesday night. My chosen victim was this: Not a massive amount on the sprues, but nicely moulded. The clear parts are also nice & clear, but I may give them a dip before they make it onto the model even so: Decals aren’t looking bad considering they’re 25 years old: I managed to get a lot of parts off the sprues quite quickly. And even glued the halves of the wing sections (all three of them!) together: And a load of parts mounted ready for painintg: And the rudder pedals glued on. I’ve actually installed these upside down to the instructions, because they just looked wrong the “correct” way up: As that was the end of Tuesday’s work, I’m going to break the post here and do another for yesterday’s work. James
  10. Here is my latest completed project, I say project but in truth these subs are so small they could be knocked out pretty quickly. This is the Revell version, overall pretty easy to build and quite detailed really, even if the edges are a bit soft. I've taken an age with it as its essentially a keep your sanity project whilst working on my two carriers which have been slowly stalling. So finishing this off has also been a mojo restarter thankfully. I added eduard etch set for it which is basically railing and a couple of small details and a little bit of rigging aside that its out the box. She's pained by brush with humbrol and colour coats, then tried a pin wash on top of windsor and newton galleria gloss coat - didn't go well so it because a general all over wash, maybe it needed more gloss to work better. I matt coated it using W+N galleria again, I find it doesn't brush on well so I'll airbrush it next time. Overall its come out okay I guess, might do another one at some point, Thanks for looking Sam
  11. I built one of these a few years ago and painted it in Swiss post-war livery. I'll post a photo or two of that as well, but for now I have decided to go with a less esoteric set of marking and built this OOB and as the famous ace's aircraft--as soon as I have some bench space to do so. I checked on Scalemates and this one goes all the way back to the mid-60s, so I think it qualifies. Here's the Swiss... --John
  12. This is the kit, almost a shame not to use the kit scheme, but tbh I almost always prefer to model something a little different. And here is its provenance; a photo with the Queen kindly suggested by @Enzo Matrix I don’t do that many modern subjects and even less in 1/72 so it’ll be a nice change from my usual fare. I’m looking at that decal sheet and have decided it’s a total waste not to use it. So instead I’ll be building this in the 25 years scheme. Trust me you won’t even notice the difference after a while
  13. Those who have followed my recent builds will know of my affinity with the 747. Whilst my current 747-436 tribute build is stalled (I'm still waiting for replacement decals), I thought I would turn my attention to some more modern 747 kits. Hopefully they will be far less hassle and go together much more easily than the venerable Revell 747-400! The only modern version of the 747 is the -800 variant. Both Revell and Zvezda have 1/144 versions of this aircraft, but which is best? There's only one way to find out - build them both! To start, here are the two boxes: First impressions - the packaging on the Revell box is superior, as are the decals. The quality of the sprues looks pretty comparable - time will tell as the build progresses... More on that later! Regarding the schemes, I am going to venture into the world of custom decals and build these two as 'what ifs'. Both models will be finished in a 'Utopia' or 'World Image' livery, used by British Airways at the turn of the century and then dropped in favour of the current 'Union Flag' scheme. It was a bit marmite(!), but I quite liked it and thought it would be an interesting side project to design something completely different and previously unseen on a 747. One model will be finished in the 'Youm al-Suq' design, representing Saudi Arabia. This scheme was only ever used on two aircraft - an Embraer 145 (G-EMBJ) and a 737 (G-GBTA). Images of these two aircraft can be seen on the artist's website: https://www.shadiaalem.com/british-airways-utopia-project I purchased some decals designed for the 737 and set to work on photoshop, amending the design to fit a 747. Here's the original decal: Then after many, many hours of work, I created something 747 sized: The other airframe will receive a variation of the 'Colum' livery used on my tribute build. This design was quite well received and there were several different versions of this design in use. I am basing my decal on G-BGDR, a 737-236. I bought these decals earlier in the week and have a few hours of work ahead of me... Here's how they look, compared with the 747: Obviously they need enlarging and I will have to make a few modifications and additions along the way! I hope to turn my attention to these two models soon - I need a break from the endless round of filling/sanding/priming which seems to be happening with all my other projects at the moment! Just gluing plastic together will make a pleasant change...
  14. The Revell new tool, easy click, 1/32nd Messerschmitt Bf.109G-6 Gustav - ref. 3653 - is on approach This kit was first announced in 1/48th scale (link) and is now reported 1/32nd scale in the Revell homepage ! Sources: https://www.revell.de/en/products/novelties/model-set-messerschmitt-bf109g-6-easy-click-system.html https://1999.co.jp/eng/10919805 (still announced in the 1/48th scale kits as in most of the hobbyshops) box art V.P.
  15. I’ve been a WIP virgin until now so please go easy on me this time. First a bit of background. I’m an unashamed aircraft fan who doesn’t really care for grey Bunsen burners grey and green warplanes - it fact, its fair to say, civil is my strong preference. Within that I like the entire gamut, but if push comes to shove its piston- and turboprop-engined airliners that really light my fires. The classics of the ‘40s, ‘50s and ‘60s are the absolute peak to me, although within the genre its the operators and operations of the elderly pistons in their final years that fascinates me - and myself and my cameras have spent many days and pounds chasing them around the world. In the past I’ve done kits the Heller 1:72 DC-6 (Securite Civil, France), Heller 1:72 Super Connie, 1:72 Ju-52 (Hot Air, Switzerland), even a couple of Heller 1:72 707s, etc., etc. But chancing on a Revell 1:72 Douglas C-54 Skymaster on a Veteranus auction got me thinking - and reaching for the wallet. With the kit snapped up at a very good price, I started to think about what to do with it. I had no interest in doing it as a USAF C-54 (or any other military C-54 for that matter), so my attention turned to after Market decals that could turn it into an airline-operated C-54. There were a few options around but nothing struck a chord until I noticed Red Roo Models did a fire bomber tank for the C-54/DC-4. That was more like it, right up my street. While I paused before pulling the trigger, I had a quick ferret through the box and hit a bit of a snag… Sealed bags, but one of the prop blades was missing (top right). I pings off a message to a Revell - they couldn’t help, kit out of production, no spare parts left. I thought about trying to make one from scratch from sprue and discarded the idea as I felt it unlikely I’d get a perfect match with the other two blades on the hub. I also considered building the kit in an al fresco maintenance diorama with one engine exposed, cowls off, props off the hub and ladders near by. This seemed to have significant potential. But I also posted on here, asking which other types might have the most suitable Hamilton Standard props that I could buy aftermarket - B-17 and B-25 seemed to be the consensus. Coincidentally, @Ed Russell from Red Roo answered my BM query about blades, saying they did DC-4 conversions and he might have an odd spare hanging around. What a perfect alignment of the stars that proved to be, and so I placed an order for the fire bomber conversion. A week after I placed the order, the kit arrived from down under (remarkable service from Red Roo) with the promised blades also included (a set of three actually). Lovely, and thank you again to Ed. The Red Roo conversion includes not just a very nice tank and its fittings in resin, but also decals for a Buffalo Airways (Canada) C-54 fire bomber and a Conair (Canada) DC-6 fire bomber. Again, lovely stuff. So, if you’re still with me you’ll recall I have travelled the world in search of weary piston engined airliners, and one of the places I’ve visited is Yellowknife in the Northwest Territories of Canada. The remote town is hallowed ground for enthusiasts such as me, as it is home to the infamous Buffalo Airways and its irascible owner Joe McBryan, which came to much wider public attention six seasons of the TV reality show Ice Pilots NWT. I’ve seen and photographed the carrier’s C-46s and C-54s and had the privilege of a flight to Hay River in a C-47/DC-3 on the “Sched” - I’d even photographed some of their C-54s in their former lives as fire bombers with Aero Union in the USA. And so the stage is set. Revell’s 1:72 USAF C-54 Skymaster will become Buffalo AIrways C-FBAP / Tanker 15 in its striking red, white and black colour scheme. In the next instalment, work will have started. I might still do the diorama with one engine exposed and the cowls off - we’ll see - but thanks to Red Roo it’ll feature a fire bomber I’ve seen with a full set of blades. Thanks for your interest if you’ve stuck with me so far.
  16. Hello all, Here is my entry for this GB - Revell's recently released 1/48 SR-71A Blackbird, which will be marked as 61-17972 which holds 3 individual speed records: 1st September 1974: New York to London in 1 hour, 54 minutes, 56.4 seconds (Average speed of 1806 mph). 13th September 1974: London to Los Angeles in 3 hours, 47 minutes, 35.8 seconds. 6th March 1990: Palmdale California to Dulles in 1 hour, 8 minutes, 17 seconds (flew at a max cruise speed of Mach 3.3). Staggering numbers I think you'll agree! 972 first flew on 12th December 1966 and during 23.5 years of operations, it flew for 2801.1 hours. 972 became the 'Skunk Works' test Aircraft before being flown to the Udvar-Hazy Museum, at Dulles International Airport. I had the pleasure of visiting the museum way back in 2013 (when my camera wasn't great ) Now, to the kit: Extras: I'll be using Caracal decals, Quinta cockpit set, New Ware masks and I've ordered a set of ejection seats from Hypersonic models and will most likely order a set of exhaust nozzles from BAM. Some essential references: And some online sources: https://www.sr-71.org/photogallery/blackbird/17972/ http://www.habu.org/sr-71/17972.html I'll take some hints and tips from both @Alan P's and @Serkan Sen's builds. Stay safe Dave
  17. With 3 aircraft builds on the go I felt it was time to spice up my workbench with some wheely goodness, so I'll be building this... The kit has its origins in a Monogram 1971 Plymouth Satellite kit (first released in 1984). I'm not exactly a big officionado on US muscle cars but apparently the kit isn't a great representation of the movie car (I think the actual car in the movie had different rear bumper sections from a later model, and the side skirt detail removed, etc.), I'm not planning on going overboard with the accuracy though - just going to pretty much do an OOB build, with the addition of the resin bloke as hopefully a fun build. Here's what greets you inside the side opening box... So the body section is heat sealed into a sub compartment thankfull to stop it getting box-rash, but the other half contains another poly bag? Inside that there are sub-bags for various parts - chrome tree, clears and wheels (though they may have been stuffed into the body shell). Here's all the bit laid out... Kit instructions are the new style Revell colour booklet and the decals seem reasonable, nothing too intense to worry about other than those bonnet stripes. Here's the contents of the aftermarket figure, just some scant instructions on how to form the shotgun trigger from the PE, I might leave that out, the resin looks fine for me. Nothing too stressful looking in terms of the kit parts count, though I need to figure out how much of the bodywork I can assemble pre-paint. I had a bit of a test fit of the body and chassis rails and it's tight without the interior tub and engine getting in the way. I might be able to get the rear sections attached and front grill but the front lower bumper would need to be added separately which is a bit annoying (looks like there'll be a seam line). Maybe I can 'cut and shut' the lower chassis later then drop the engine in through the hood opening? Something to ponder as I cleanup the parts. I'm also wondering about the chrome parts - I'll need to de-chrome with some bleach but I wonder if I could put a bit of liquid mask into the light openings to keep those bits chrome?
  18. I built this British Airways Concorde in the elegant "Union Jack / Chatham dockyard" scheme some time ago. For me as an enthusiast of vintage airliners having a model of the Concorde on my shelf was a must. The last flight of the Concorde took place in October 2003, so almost 20 years ago. So, IMHO we can call her a vintage airliner. The terrible crash after the take-off at Paris CDG airport was, of course, one of the reasons for the termination of Concorde's era but the consumption of fuel according to present standards was also astronomical, about 10 times the amount per passenger than in today's airliners. This is a Revell 1/144 scale kit with aftermarket parts from Draw decals and Metal detail's photoetches. The kit was quite ok, the only problem being the cockpit windows. As usual in Revell's airliner kits the cockpit and cabin windows are clear parts. Since the cockpit window frames of the Concorde are very thin I simply wasn't able to paint them accurately enough to the somewhat thick clear plastic part of the kit. Thus, I decided instead to order a Concorde details decal set with cockpit windows from Draw Decals. It really beats me that the excellent decal sheet of the kit doesn't include a decal for the cockpit windows.
  19. AIMS 1/32 Spitfire PR 1G conversion for Revell MK II kit - with Barracuda & Eduard details - finished! Hi folks yes it is finished and what a journey - my first Spitfire in 20 plus years. I must acknowledge my debt to a Mr Thierry Laurant whose library and vast knowledge of the subject matter made the project possible - as did the SAM Datafile book on the Merlin Powered Spitfire's by Robert Humphreys . I will not bore you with a list of my woes and the parts of the model I wish i had spent more time on - I am just glad to have finished it. Upon getting the camera out I was delighted to remember one of my favorite albums from my teenage years 'A taste of Pink' by a British band called 'The Prisoners.' If you like 60's bands like the Small Faces give them a try - anyway i thought the album was perfect for the Spitfire model haha. One more thing you will note that in only one photo I have the Main gear down indicators on the model - I just forgot about them until after seeing the photos that I took! O well there are on it now. The last photo is not really a ready for inspection photo but none of my detail photos really show off the lower surface work. Ask any questions you like but for now here is a list of the products involved AIMS 1/32 Spitfire PV IV/IG conversion AIMS MK II upper cowl AIMS De Havilland spinner and props AIMS Monotone Spitfires decal sheet Barracuda Studios Cockpit interior Barracuda Studios Main wheels Barracuda Studios Deeper radiator Barracuda Studios Early ailerons Eduard MK II canopy mask set Eduard Sutton Harness seat belts Eduard Mk II Exterior Details Thanks John
  20. I'm so glad I discovered this GB. This website is so vast and filled with all sorts of excellent topics there are so many I miss. Perhaps a good thing I discovered this late, I have dozens I could have submitted, especially all those old Revell fighters... As an indication of the madness, I have 64 images like this in my album,....insane... Anyway, after a couple of days with this GB simmering on the back burner and poking around the stash to listen to what would be calling me I remembered this old kit in a bag. After just completing the Monogram SE5a, I was looking for an excuse to build this and here you are. I'm sure there are others here but it occurred to me this kit answers to all three companies in the GB, Aurora, Revell and Monogram all made this kit. In the spirit of the GB building older kits, I will not go crazy on this as I did the SE5a, no real need to anyway. I will tweak it a little here and there however. I've always wanted to do Brown's aircraft in the generally excepted scheme it wore when he engaged Richthofen on his last flight. Thanks for this GB !!!
  21. After building 3 of Bandai's excellent Star Wars kits I'm back to aircraft and finish No8 for the year is the Revell DeHavilland Sea Vixen FAW2, I say Revell but its the 2021 rebox of the Cyber Hobby kit release in 2011 with Revell's own decals. Built OOB as an aircraft of 890NAS based at RNAS Yeovilton 1971. The kit is quite good fit wise, only need some filling and sanding on the fuselage seam below the cockpit area otherwise everything thing went together as per the instructions which have a few areas that are a bit vague. Painted with Tamiya acrylics only on this one, the kit decals went on well. Revell seems to have improved these a lot recently. And I just noticed I haven't unmasked the radar ops side window. I didn't realise how big the Sea Vixen was for a 1/72 kit, it only just fits in my display case.
  22. Looking for something else I came across this in the stash. The inside of the fuselage says 1981 but I am sure it's a lot older as I recall making one of these as a kid in the late 60s. I could find it in Scalemates as my navigation wasn't working well. There are two buff coloured sprues and the fuselage halves separate, and the moulding although nice, the detail says 1960s to me and certainly not 1980s. However, it is within the 1989 cut off so I'm assuming it'll be good to go. The transfers are for a single aircraft of 111 Squadron RFC in Palestine and are definitely of a much more recent era. Straghtforward Revell instructions and although not on these two pages the usual set of Revell paint mixes.
  23. I have had a very bad record this year for GBs...I blame work...or any one of the million other things it seems I am meant to be doing at any one time other than modelling. Anyway I appreciate that I am late to the party but please may I join this this one: Picked up from Jadlam expressly for this GB. I mention this because when the package arrived it didn't have a kit in it just a tube of Revell Contacta glue. An obviously picking error. A quick email to the nice people at Jadlam and the kit arrived a few days later. I even got the keep the glue. Excellent customer service. I choose this kit because of (a) I like the German schemes, (b) it is a relatively modern kit and will hopefully go together fairly easily and (c) low parts count means I may get it finished!!! Schemes in the kit: And the sprues. Will be building OOB for mojo reasons. Cheers Dave
  24. Building this as part of the Bomber Command sig in prep for the 70th anniversary events that are happening in May. AJ-Z was flown by SL Henry Maudslay and was part of the first wave sent to attack the Eder Dam. He attacked between 01.30 and 2am, having two failed attempts before dropping his upkeep. The bomb bounced over the damn exploding on the otherside which is believed to have damaged the aircraft. Sadly, on the return leg, their Lanc was shot down over Emmerich at 02.35 with the loss of all on board. This is my tribute to that crew. The plan.. Largely out of the box, there will be a few aftermarket replacements, namely the wheels and gun barrels which are not great in the Revell kit. I'm also using the mask set which I've come to like very much !! I'm also going to see if I can get the Falcon front turret (designed for the Airfix kit) to fit to improve the look of the nose area too unless anyone else has already tried and failed ???? Well documented is the issue with the dihedral on the wings being too low, so following a tip I've seen somewhere, the wings were assembled and the main gear bay spars inserted for strength. A slit in the lower wing was then made with the razor saw and a plastic shim added which 'forces' the wing into the correct dihedral... The unmodified wing (apologies for the poor pics, I've not got my stuff set up properly) The corrections to the starboard wing using 0.5mm plastic shim... Cheers, Neil
  25. On display in the Revell stand at the Nurnberg Toy Fair 2020. Revell is to release a new tool 1/48th Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird kit in 2021 (or later as Revell is not famous for the respect of such deadlines). Source: http://www.greenmats.club/forums/topic/6758-revell-1-sr-71-засветился-в-нюрнберге/ Source: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=2805402012855804&set=pb.100001580974587.-2207520000..&type=3&theater V.P.
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