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  1. trickyrich

    1/48th Dornier Do-215B-2

    Ok sometimes I can’t help myself….. I’ve decided to do a third build, although I’m not 100% sure I’ll be able to complete them all I really wanted to make a start on this one. Plus the other two builds are progressing better than I had hoped.. I’m a big fan of night fighters so this sort of had to come into the collection, plus I got it at a super cheap price! I do have the original box as Revell do like to use ridiculously large boxes for their models! But as can be seen she pretty much untouched other than remove her bits from nags and getting rid of excess sprue. I will be adding some AM stuff to her, Eduard’s Big ED set is a must for her. Plus some nice Quickboost bits as well. I’ll be using this supplied scheme as I’m a bit lazy but may look for another. This should be a nice simple and quick OOB build (sort of), got bogged down in some horrible AFV builds so I need this to get the Mojo going again. There’s a very good chance I’ll complete all three builds but if not at least this one is finally underway.
  2. I’ve been a BM member for about a year now and this is my first WIP. I feel slightly apprehensive about this because: (a) I’m a comparative novice. having only just come back to the hobby last year after an absence of half a century; (b) I’m assembling a kit under the critical gaze of fellow Britmodellers many of whom are extraordinarily talented and experienced and; (c) carrying out the conversion is going to be complex. I bought the Revell Victor before the Airfix one came out as it was the only one available, and I wanted it to accompany the Airfix Vulcan which was my ‘first’ build last year (and blimey that was challenging). I've since added a couple of the new Airfix Victors to my modest stash, but they're B2 and K2 variants, so I decided to convert the Revell one into a B1 as I think it's the most 'pure' in shape and form. I have no idea how long this will take but I hope I’m up to the task. Please do give advice, point out errors and comment generally! So, here goes: I started with the cockpit. The Flightpath set contains some nice photo-etch for the instrument panel but as there is nothing for the rear crew’s panel I thought I’d make one. It’s not based on reality but I’m fairly pleased with the way it turned out, even if it is a touch over-scale. I made a mistake on the crews’ seats. I’ve seen the Airfix model features swivel seats but the Revell one doesn’t, so I decided to add interest into the rear of the cockpit by showing them turned. I then discovered that this wasn’t a feature on the early Victors because the seats were fixed. But having cut and glued them in place I decided to leave them as they were. My initial plan was to include the three crew members, so I decided not to paint the seat pads, just the backs and sides. I also made a table for the rear crew. Crikey, the camera doesn’t lie does it. They look terrible... I’ve dry-fitted the cockpit into the fuselage halves to see how it fits, and how much is likely to be visible. No-one is ever going to see anything of the crew other than the pilot and co pilot... At this point I thought I’d dry fit the resin intakes to see how they fit. They’re really very nice and hopefully won’t need too much filler (at least on the top). The underside is going to need a bit of filler though... They don’t seem to quite fill the slots in the fuselage on either side... Having done that I set about chopping the kit’s wings. Gulp. Not having done this before, I measured once, twice and three times before cutting but they didn’t fit the resin particularly well (and I didn’t take a photo). So I cut again, but this time along the wrong panel line and with a dry fit look as though they will go together quite nicely. I'm hoping no-one will notice that they're roughly 1.5mm shorter than they should be!.. I’m puzzled by the shallowness of the rear jet exhaust ends though. They have very little depth, so I’ve decided to deepen them a bit. I’m scared stiff of wrecking the resin parts so I’ve been really careful, and held the drill bits in my fingers and turned by hand.It’s going to be a slow job. This is where I am with that so far... As a diversion from drilling resin I thought I’d take a look at the wing assemblies and slice some carrots. What bothered me was glueing the sections together so that they all joined at the correct angle. So I enlisted the help of a couple of flexible steel rules to act like spllnts... That seemed to work. I’ve also added the metal wingtips... At this point I thought I’d attend to the pilot and co pilot. I have no idea why I’ve turned both their heads slightly towards port, but I have. I’ve added some very simple detailing with strips of masking tape to their seats, and added the photo-etched pull handles... They’re now sitting in the cockpit. Incidentally the blunt nose pitot thngy was broken in the box. I'll be replacing it eventually... And so far she looks like this. Still dry-fitted apart from the cockpit and the plastic parts of the wings. I've filled the joints with plasticard and a touch of filler. There's still an awful long way to go. I might have it finished by Christmas 2019 ! All comments welcome.
  3. Hi All, I don't normally build in this scale but this is an Aircraft I have always liked, and I have never done Work in Progress either so I thought I would combine the two. I'm really sorry but don't know how to create a link (it would be great if somebody could tell me). I did a WIP so that I could use it as a learning experience and wow did I learn. I wont ramble on about the build as those who are interested can check it out. All I can say is that I nearly lost the will to live with this one and more than once it nearly ended up in the bin of doom. Anyway here's the finished product. Thanks for looking, all comments and criticisms are welcome.
  4. Here is the first of three Revell 1:144 Hawker Hunters I built back in 2007 using decals from the Xtradecal sheet. It is Hunter FR.71A 734 (ex-RAF XF317), of Grupo 8, Fuerza Aérea de Chile, Antofagasta, Chile, in early 1990s. Apart from flattening the nose tip for the camera port and adding the aerials specific for Chilean Hunters, the rest was built OOB. The kit was painted by brush and varnished with airbrush. Thank you for looking and all comments are welcome Miguel
  5. OK, we've got an Airfix Hunter currently on its way to Chez FC courtesy of eBay, however as I'm chomping at the bit to start another build now that my Blenheim WIP is coming to an end, my thoughts have turned to it's immediate predecessor, the Canadair Sabre Mk F.4, which served with the RAF as an interim solution until the Hunter entered service. Let's have a look at what we've got then. Here are the box and sprue shots: ....... and as a teaser was showing in the first photo here's the full package showing most of what we are going to add to Revell's offering (I say most as I have also used my eBay Plane TokensTM - AKA my wages! - to buy a couple of Quickboost resin seats which should arrive in the next couple of days) The Red Roo early slatted wings is a drop in replacement for the kit parts so shouldn't offer up too many difficulties, and are needed as all the three options in the EagleStrike decals sheet have these wings specified rather than the 6-3 wing that was later fitted to the RAF machines (see note below re the 4 Sqn option as it may be that Eagle Strike made a boo boo with that one, but I'm no expert so can't say for 100% either way). Small moan, I bought them from an Australian eBay trader (international Plane Tokens needed for that one) and I got nabbed by the Royal Thieving Mail with their wonderful silver card that informed me that I was to be extorted £8.00 for them to be able to collect the £3.57 of tax/duty on my behalf. I believe a de-minimis limit should apply of at least a 50-50 split between charges and duty before collection is enforced as charging someone the best part of three times what is collected does lead to a fair bit of resentment to our lovely posties. The plan is to make the middle option, a 93 Squadron machine serialled XB829 'D', based at RAFG Jever in 1955 for no other reason than I like the arrow Squadron bars, and that I can find a photo of this airframe that supports it having the slatted wings, unlike the other option I fancied doing, the 4 Sqn one! The RAF Jever website for 4 Sqn says that 4 Sqn only flew the Hard Edged version (in keeping with their reputation) and there is a photo of XB931 in a slightly different marking scheme that appears to have the 6-3 wing as evidenced by the wing fence. I quite like the way they referred to other units using the biplane version when referring to their slatted-wing airframes. Perhaps I will build one of my Academy or Italeri 6-3 Sabres as this one. Having previously built the Hasegawa RAF Sabre boxing I can confirm that all the sprues bar the wings are the same as that boxing. The Revell boxing has the longer span 6-3 slatted wings which is no good for our chosen airframe, or any other RAF scheme as far as I know. The Hasegawa boxing had the unslatted 6-3 wing suited to the modified RAF machines. Onto the build. Well since opening the box I have had the Rocky Horror's "Let's do the Time Warp" ear-worming its merry way across my consciousness, as the metallic silver styrene is like a step back in time to the 70's as it looks just like the Airfix plastic of that era that I cut my modelling teeth on. Luckilly under a coat of Halford's primer it looks OK, I've checked that as a matter of utmost importance! First step was to glue the airbrakes in the closed position. One side fitted perfectly and the other, shall we just say, didn't. As I'm doing a camouflaged rather than natural metal finish I think we'll get away with only a bit of remedial action and still look OK. Found a couple of small sub assemblies to be going on with, i.e. the fuel tanks and main wheels, and although unphotographed I gave all the cockpit and engine parts a coat of Halford's finest. I mentioned the earlier Hasegawa RAF build. That has been sitting on my Shelf of Doom for quite a few years now as the "Muck Up Fairies" managed to pull off sizeable chunks of the decals when removing some Tamiya Masking Tape whilst doing some touch ups, so if anyone has a spare set of decals from this kit (even just the 112 Sqn sharkmouth scheme decals) I would happilly relieve your spares box of their burden in return for the odd beer token or two. I will put a proper request for this in the Wanted section at some point in the build now that my memory has been jogged. OK so until the next one.... Chris
  6. Revell Eurofighter in 3 Squadron anniversary scheme. Kit built OOB and not the easiest of kits to build. The decals were from Xtradecal and were an Ebay win, but they turned into a nightmare to apply due to them breaking up, presumably from age or poor storage. To cover the terrible transfers i dirtied the plane up a little using crushed pencil graphite.
  7. So after an 11 year break, this was my first model that I had a go at and luckily it got me back into modelling, but I made so many mistakes whilst making it. My biggest problem is rushing near the end of completion and not letting things dry, but I have learned my lesson and on my last model which was the Pirelli Golf it turned out really well. I was really pleased with the paintwork on this, but I reckon by the time I had finished its had 2 full rattle cans on it, but it had a lovely shine once I polished it up, and the decals sat pretty nicely on it. So this is not perfect by a long way, but it made me fool in love with a hobby that I had been doing on and off for over 40 years.
  8. I have had this kit for sometime and then I spotted 3D lightboats that were designed after the Titanic .Britannic and Titanic were closer in appearance than their sister ship Olympic which had the long career into the 1930,s.All I had to do is add an extra deck on the quarter deck,reposition the life boats and add a few small extra accommodation blocks on the deck.Gone mad with extra parts.Always start going to build for the box,never turns out like that. List so far Kit Revell RMS Titanic 1/700 Wooden deck for Titanic by Hunter Master Models 1/700 RMS Titanic (Olympic, Britannic) Masts set,Must get. P.E. set for the Academy Model kit 1/700 RMS Titanic,I can't use the bridge part,however the davits and windows and other part will get used. Green strips for the hull. 3D lifeboats which start this build,should have seen the size of the box,they came in. and you get the Red Cross signs between the funnels.
  9. Deanflyer

    Hawk Trainer

    Hi all, If you've been following my WIP thread on this, you'll know the trials and tribulations I've gone through to get this finished. The cockpit walls had to be detailed, the flaps lowered and scratchbuilt, a new windscreen home made after the original disintegrated, problems getting the gloss coat to set, decals which wrinkled and refused to respond to MicroSol...you name it. Anyway, here it is after 67 hours work, in the best trainer scheme the Hawk ever wore in my opinion. Excuse the photography, natural light has been hard to come by today... Now, what's next..? Cheers, Dean
  10. Hi All Here’s my latest completion, the Revell 1/48 Chinook HC.Mk.1 depicting ZA671 with artwork celebrating the 75th anniversary of 7 Sqn back in 1989. This one was chosen from the stash by sister who was visiting from the UK and who is well used to the sound of these things whomping away in the distance back home…..thanks Sis ! After the marathon of the two SEAC B-24s of last year, I was hoping that this one would be a little quicker and easier. But while the kit itself didn’t present too many problems, it did still take me about 4 months to complete. Years before I bought the kit, I’d snapped up the Italeri detail set at a pretty good 90% off; I used the relevant parts of this with much of it invisible in the cockpit unfortunately. I added a couple of bits of wire to the searchlight, hoists and hooks, and weathering is pretty much restricted to replicating a dusty floors, tyres and steps. I didn’t get around to fitting the rear ramp actuators, and that suits me fine because I prefer it with the ramp door poised semi closed to show the Chinook shape off a bit better. So, here it is, comments good bad or indifferent welcome as usual. Cheers Gaz Thanks for looking in
  11. Hi all, Here's my place holder for the GB. I'll be doing the Matchbox or Revell 1/72 Supermarine Stranraer. As I mentioned previously I've got both versions......well nearly, so as they say 'pick the bones out of that!' which is what I'll have to do!: and to quote Wikipedia: "The Supermarine Stranraer was a 1930s flying boat designed and built by the British Supermarine Aviation Works company principally for the Royal Air Force. It entered operations in 1937 and many were in service at the outbreak of the Second World War undertaking anti-submarine and convoy escort patrols." The only work completed so far is to replicate (vac form) the lower wings from one kit (Revell) to enable me to build the second (Matchbox) kit: So the question is will I do one or two examples of the 'whistling Sh!£house' Cheers, Mark.
  12. As previously mentioned, I bought the IDS version of the Tornado before the GR4 was released. I stupidly bought the Airfix kit several years ago, so anything the IDS boxing is missing I'll steal from the Airfix kit. I don't think I'll need much other than tanks and pods? I'm following General Melchett's build closely ut have started conventionally with the seats and cockpit using the Eduard detail sets. I'll be using the CMK wheel bays, too. Not sure how much butchery is required for that...
  13. The 109 build continues. Firstly the old Revell Bf109G-10. Nice simple kit but goes together quickly and easily. Finished with Xtracrylix RLM 74,75, 76 and with Model Alliance decals from sheet ML489028 1. 2. 3. 4. Next, a Hasegawa Bf109K-4. Very nice kit. Finished in RLM 76, 75 and 82 and with the it decals. 1. 2. 3. 4.
  14. Hi Guys, this is my first attempt at a Work in Progress. I thought would give it a shot not because I have anything to offer by way of modelling skills, but hopefully some of you more experienced builders may be able to give me some tips along the way. This is not the scale I normally build in I prefer 1/72, I always feel that when things go wrong in this scale the fault tends to be magnified. So this is the beast I intend building. I have acquired. a fondness for jets with recent builds and picked this one up at a bargain price at my local Hobbycraft. I had already made a start before I decided to do a Work in Progress. I normally like to display my aircraft models in flight but this one will sit on its wheels for a couple of reasons one being its too big to display in flight, and the other being I don't have a suitable pilot to put in it. So a little more detail was required with cockpit and this is where we at. Straight out of the box with the addition of some Tamiya tape seat belts. Some preparation paint work on the fuselage halves. Now came the fun bit attaching the completed cockpit to the fuselage halve. Well its in but it wasn't pretty, I initially tried to fit it to the other side but there was no way it was going to sit in there with the back of the tub lined up at the back, and the console lined up at the front. So out it came with a lot of cussing and swearing, this was not a good start. I looked at Lord Riot's build thread and found that he and other modelers had encountered the same problem, I believe it was because the base that the tub sits on is bent. Any it became a step by step gluing process and with a lot of patience it is in! Now all that I have to do is glue the two sides together, after quite a lot of test fitting I came to the conclusion that this was not going to be straight forward, very little lined up and the plastic in some places was quite flimsy. So I decide a little assistance would be necessary. In this and the previous image you can see that I have added some additional tabs to try and give it some structural stability. Well the fuselage halves are together and I can already see that there is going to be quite a lot of filling and sanding in my future, it took a long time to get them anything like lined up and without the additional support I put in I think it would have been a lot worse. Now, the ironic thing is I started this thread so I could throw out questions like is it tail sitter? and guess what i forgot to put any weight in the nose at all so it might just end up in flight after all! Watch this space .
  15. GREG DESTEC

    Good Greif it's an Einkle

    Under the ship killer category - He 177A-5 with Fritz X guided missiles. In 1943 Fritz X missiles sunk the battleship Roma. I hope to do a couple more in the GB time allowing, but i will see how i get on with this one first. TFL Cheers Greg
  16. With the broadening of the criteria for eligible countries one of my favourites has now become possible to build and that is Yugoslavia. I have been interested in the Yugoslav Air Force for a while, not least because of it's very interesting mix of aircraft it has operated from a variety of different sources including Western countries such as the UK and USA and also the USSR, not to mention aircraft which were captured by partisans from the Germans and then used against them. Another source was aircraft given to them as a form of war reparations payment and the example I'm going to build falls into that category. The individual aircraft has had a very interesting life as werk number 610937 was originally built as a G-14 but was then re-built as a G-10 and was used by either the Luftwaffe or Hungarian Air Force from Austria at the end of the war where she was found abandoned at Zeltweg and was ferried to Bulgaria along with a lot of other 109's by Bulgarian Air Force pilots to be used by the Bulgarians to equip some of their squadrons. It did not remain in Bulgaria long as in 1947 she was sent to Yugoslavia along with quite a few others and became part of the Yugoslav Air Force where she was flown by either the 83rd or 172nd Fighter Wing based at Cerkje airfield and may well have taken part in defensive patrols during the dispute with Ital over Trieste. After 3 years service she was retired (with only 35 hours 15 mins on the clock) and sent to a technical school in Belgrade. She then went to Yugoslav Aviation Museum in 1978 but was then sold to Doug Arnold in the UK in 1984 and then sold again to Evergreen ventures in Florida where her old skin was removed and scrapped (!!!!!!) and re-skinned and re=painted as an aircraft flown by Eric Hartman and she is on display in the USA, whew, what a journey! I will be using Revell's old (but still good) 1/48 Bf-109 G-10 which has come in various boxes over the years including being boxed as a K-4 which is the boxing I will be using; I bought this kit second hand a few years ago and a lot of the parts are off the sprues and some painting has been done to the cockpit area but nothing has been glued together, yet! Here are a couple of pics of all the bits as they stand at the minute; And the all important decal sheet from Lift Here of Serbia; And the options that can be built from the sheet; If you couldn't tell, as all the other options on the sheet are not G-10's, I will be building the 3rd option down which happens to sport a very nice and unusual colour scheme which is correct as I have seen pictures of the aircraft before it was butchered in America. I'm really looking forward to this build and this GB . Thanks for looking in. Craig.
  17. Paul A H

    OV-10A Bronco - 1:72

    OV-10A Bronco 1:72 Revell The Bronco was conceived as a light attack, long loiter aircraft of modest size, enabling it to operate from roads close to the combat zone. As so often seems the case, the final design turned out to be much larger and heavier due to the requirements of the avionics and ejection seats, thus limiting its use to conventional airfields. The twin boom aircraft first flew in 1965 and was destined to serve with the US Navy, Airforce and Marines as a replacement for the Cessna O-1 & O-2. The Marines were the first to take the OV-10 into service as a forward air controller operating in both night and day missions. Whilst the Bronco is best known for its operations in Vietnam, it also served in later conflicts as late on as the Gulf war before being retired in 1995. The USAF received Broncos in 1968 and deployed the aircraft in the forward air control role, using smoke laying methods as well as later using laser target designators. Eventually it carried its own ground attack armament including rockets, machine guns and bombs. Seven export contracts were signed, including Germany, Columbia and Indonesia. Eagle eyed readers will no doubt have already spotted that this is not (thankfully) the original Revell kit from the 1970s. It's the much more modern Academy kit, originally released in 1999 and now repackaged in one of Revell's familiar large-but-flimsy boxvelopes. The kit features clean, crisp mouldings, fully engraved surface details and a respectable level of detail. All together there are 115 parts spread across four frames of grey plastic and a single frame of clear plastic. Two decal options are included. Assembly begins with the tandem cockpit. The seats are not brilliant compared with the most modern kits, but they could easily be swapped out for aftermarket items or jazzed up with some photo etched harnesses. Remaining details include the pilot's control column and instrument panels. Decals are provided for the instrument panels. Once complete, the crew compartment can be sealed up inside the fuselage pod. The nose cone is moulded separately and Revell recommend 8 grams of weight. This seems a little conservative for what looks to be a natural tail-sitter, so I'd be tempted to cram in a bit more. The slab-like wing is next, and it contains no surprises such as separate ailerons. Each of the engine pods includes structures for the main landing gear bays, both of which have some structural detail moulded in place. The rudders are moulded in place too. The propellers and engine faces are pretty basic but good enough, while the undercarriage is similarly complete but not overly well detailed. The canopy provides what is possibly the greatest challenge in building the kit, with no fewer than four parts being required to capture accurately the shape. A decent selection of ordnance is included: 2 x LAU-10 5 inch rocket pods; 2 x LAU-3 2.75 inch rocket pods; 2 x AIM-9 Sidewinders air-to-air missiles; 4 x Mk.82 Bombs; and 1 x 150 gallon fuel tanks Two different options are provides for on the decal sheet. The first is for a Bronco of VAL-4, US Navy, Binh Thuy, South Vietnam, 1969. This aircraft is finished in olive drab over grey. The second aircraft is a US Air Force Bronco of 19 TASS, Bien Hoa, South Vietnam, 1971. This aircraft is finished in overall tactical grey. The decals themselves are nicely printed and include a fair smattering of stencils. Conclusion Academy's Bronco is a solid kit which, although starting to show its age, is still capable of being built into a faithful and convincing replica. It's not as detailed as many of the modern kits we are used to today, but it has recessed panel lines and just about enough detail to pass muster where it counts. Overall this should be a straightforward kit to build. Recommended. Revell model kits are available from all good toy and model retailers. For further information visit or
  18. So... The project AIRBUS A300-600ST BELUGA that was started in Sep'16 is completed now. Original body: Airbus A300-600ST BELUGA Model: Revell 04206 Scale: 1/144 Aftermarket parts: no Livery: Airbus Beluga first roll-out and flight color scheme It was challenging project, but not all things I kept in mind was realized here. Anyway, to be honest, I like the result . Initially, it was quite old mid-quality Revell kit and ordinary livery in the box (as for me). Of course, white modern Airbus home livery is good but do not expect you'll get bright model on your shelf after completion... Looking for detailed photos of Beluga, I've found some interesting pics of first roll-out and flight and finally decided to make my model with this painting scheme! I've collected almost all photos of Beluga from that time period. At least, all available in inet . It is just 8 pics, +2 videos. That is all I had for start... Link to build (WIP):
  19. I am far from an expert on Tornadoes, and I've found in my stash the Airfix GR.4/GR.4A kit. This has some pretty old looking parts for the majority of the airframe, and what is clearly a couple of sprues of newer parts to add on to make the GR4/4A version. From everything I have read, the Revell GR1 is by far the best option for a Tornado in 1/72, so my question is... Is it a viable option to use the newer Airfix parts to convert the Revell GR1 to a GR4? Is there any advice anyone can offer on things to look out for if I go down this route? Are there are any other changes I'd need to make to the Revell kit, besides adding the various parts from the Airfix kit? The other option is to simply build the Revell kit as is, possibly as an Op Granby aircraft, but I'd quite like to convert it to a GR4 and use a Model Alliance Op Telic decal sheet I seem to have acquired years ago and forgot all about.
  20. And for my first post I give you something you've all probably seen a million times over A bit of background, I got the modelling bug when I was about 8, received my first kits, an F-5 and an ME262, both Airfix, back then I produced some pretty nasty pieces of work, although it's to be expected at that age. I then stopped for a bit after the age of 11, dabbled with certain kits at certain times as and when I felt like it, and the bug came back to me when I was 16, just over a year ago. The particular kit I am about to show you is one which I have had for most of this time, and I'm thankful that I did. because I don't think I could look back on such a model, but enough drivel about the past, lets get on with the kit, and the project: I am intending to create a lineup of at least 3 F-16 models, I only have one for the moment, however I will get more when the time comes, hopefully the gap between each build isn't too long, however I suppose you never know until it happens... The first of the models is this one: It's Revell's boxing of the F-16AM, in Tigermeet 09 livery, which I've always been too scared to touch because I want it to be perfect, however it seemed the perfect model to practice airbrushing with as the paintjob itself is pretty simple, the rest is just decals. The boxart is quite nice... Obligatory sprue shot, note the bent decal sheet as they didn't actually fit in the box... (You're going to have to excuse the sideways shot there) Unfortunately it had some loose parts too: I started building with the tail, seems like a good place to start, What got me was how where the small pointy bits were (If anyone could shed some light as to what they are that would be wonderful), there were, what appeared to be scratches which looked slightly like lightning... Only on one side however... The instructions stated to put this bit in where the L shape is inside the chute pit (I'm really bad with the whole terminology thing you're going to have to excuse me here), however I found that putting it above the L shape made it more accurate, otherwise it would seem too low: And the final picture for today, the main gear well has been constructed, fun times. (The flash exposed the ejector pin marks, I shall clean them up in just a bit) That's all for today, hopefully I've got everything right with regards to forum standards and everything Any comments, criticisms, advice, you name it, is welcome, and I look forward to getting involved with this forum. Thanks for reading.
  21. GREG DESTEC

    Big Jim's Bird

    VF-17 "Jolly Rogers" F4U-1A White 3 - Lt Frederick "Big Jim" Streig Bougainville 1944. This is the Revell kit brush painted OOTB. At 1/72 scale it provides a lot of nice detail at a low price. A few fit issues were overcome during the build, and it was an enjoyable project. TFL Cheers Greg
  22. Deanflyer

    BAe Hawk

    Hello all, Laid low with the lurgy at the moment, so I thought I'd get round to updating you on my latest build...the Revell 1/32 Hawk: Note the Argos stock label on it - like many of us probably, I hot footed it down to the local Argos when these first came out as I believe they were one of the only places stocking it. Then it's sat in the stash ever since. That was 2010! About time I made one... I'd also splashed out on the Xtradecal stencil sheet, and their squadron markings sheet, as I didn't want to build a Red Arrows jet: I've always had a fancy for the late seventies RAF trainer scheme, ever since it first appeared in the Airfix catalogue when I was a kid, so I'll be doing this scheme: One difference - the nose ID number 164 will be in white, not black, as I prefer it that way. Luckily I found a photo of this airframe with the number in white, so it will still be accurate. The cockpit is reasonably well detailed, and the instrument decals do their job well enough, settling down well over the raised bezels: The only place the cockpit falls down is on the sidewalls, which are devoid of ANY detail whatsoever. All of this had to be added from scratch: Adding a couple of resin seats completes the ensemble: I'd ordered the early style headboxes on the seats, as you can't get much earlier in the Hawk's career than this! Then it was on to the notorious short-shot undercarriage. I added various bits and pieces to replace the missing compression struts, and also added brake lines and tie wraps: I filed flats onto the tyres, and painted everything up. The wheel centre caps have still to be added here, and according to some references the main wheel rims were painted yellow so I'm still deciding whether to do that with mine: The wheel wells were well detailed OOB, so I just used a wash to highlight things: One notable problem with the kit is that there is no facility to have the flaps dropped, which is how Hawks are ALWAYS parked. I sliced off the flaps from the wings, scratch built them to an aerofoil section, and added the intermediate strip and supports using the mk1 eyeball and much poring over of reference photos. I'm hoping it'll work out ok: Before the fuselage halves could be joined, there was the little matter of all the glaring ports in the fuselage which would open onto the bare plastic interior. There are about five of them, which all had to be dealt with using a short length of tube glued to the inside of the fuselage to give depth, and then blanked off. So, ready to close the fuselage - oops, no, the forward cockpit bulkhead is a completely different shape to the interior of the fuselage at that point! It left a gap of about an eighth of an inch between the halves, which no amount of filler would solve. I had to file off quite a bit of the bulkhead sides to get the fuselage to close: The rest of the seams weren't too bad, apart from the ones on the inside of the intakes - which due to the engineering of the kit means they CAN'T be assembled before adding them to the airframe, and makes sanding inside them that much more difficult... More when I've sorted out the photos, Dean
  23. Built a couple of years ago and a foray into 1/32 scale, here is my Revell Fw 190 F-8. I used an Eduard cockpit picked up cheap at a show, Eduard wheels and HGW belts. The kit was a bit of a disappointment after all the excitement of a new large scale Wurger - details are a bit heavy handed and the fit around the cowl was difficult. All in all though, an enjoyable kit. I preferred not to show the engine which, although quite well detailed, was a little heavy handed. The aircraft modelled was found abandoned in Southern Germany at the end of the war. It had originally been built as an A-8 but converted, possibly after battle damage, as an F-8. A couple of photographs exist of the machine with no canopy and, since I prefer the old style canopy and taut antenna wire, I used artistic license and surmised that the canopy was an old style one scavenged from another wreck. Markings were from EagleCals and the RLM 76/75/83 colours were courtesy of Gunge Mr aqueous hobby colour. As can be seen from the photographs, I didn't quite get the circular swirls quite right on the nose. Cheers Malcolm
  24. MarkSH

    Mark's Stearman PT-17 Kaydet

    Afternoon all, My second effort for the GB will be Revell's 1/48 Stearman PT-17 Kaydet: The contents and the colour plan for my intended victim As you can see the contents are moulded in bright yellow shiny plastic and although there is some very nice fine detail currently its almost impossible to see: I can't wait to get some boring grey primer on this baby! Cheers, Mark.
  25. Davek72

    Wirbelwind (the little one)

    Here’s my first entry... Looks like a neat little kit. Hope to make start later. Dave
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