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  1. Really nice kit and perfect decal as you can see.A little trouble in cockpit fitting,hatch door is 0.5mm wider.The rest of the kit is fine.
  2. This is the first finish of 2020, a Revell 1/72 Tornado GR1 finished in 1998 17 Sqn colours from Bruggen. Built OOB except for the ubiquitous PJ Productions resin crew mates. Painted with Hataka modern RAF paints. The decals are the stock ones and didn't want to sit very well even on a very glossy surface and with lashings of microsol/microset. However not too displeased with the finished result Base is made from a beechwood kitchen draw front.
  3. Revell´s Ho 229 was my firts decalled model, it´s nice to have build a new one after so much time. I don´t remember my first Ho 229 having such a bad fit on the canopy though.
  4. I had this one haunting the shelf of doom for some time and decided to get it finished. It is the Revell FW-200B in 1/72. Far from perfect with a lot of self induced paint issues I couldn't decide on a scheme until last week, so here it is, and you may have guessed a bit of a What-If
  5. So, after quite a few ups and down and some shocking fit issues and terrible instructions here is my tribute to the loss of a modern legend. The kit is the Revell 1/48 GR4 with Eduard cockpit and UK RBF tags, CMK seats, Master pitot tubes and Scratch built TARDIS display and AIM-132 asraams. Also a shout out to Pete Tasker who provided me with some stunning shots of her on her last low level sortie through the lakes as a reference! edit_C2A1086 by Rob Jones, on Flickr edit_C2A1079 by Rob Jones, on Flickr edit_C2A1064 by Rob Jones, on Flickr edit_C2A1065 by Rob Jones, on Flickr edit_C2A1066 by Rob Jones, on Flickr edit_C2A1074 by Rob Jones, on Flickr edit_C2A1076 by Rob Jones, on Flickr
  6. My son found this languishing in the back of a drawer. It was constructed, of sorts, but painting had not been started and the decal sheet was lost. I re-glued the seams and painted it in a scheme from the Print Scale 144-011 decal sheet. I have not built a combat aircraft in 1/144 before, and I don't think that I will again. Too fiddly for my big fingers and aging eyesight. Only four pics. The colours have not reproduced very well in the images. Thanks for looking. Graeme
  7. Vought F4U-1A Corsair 1:72 Revell The legendary Chance Vought Corsair was one of the most effective combat aircraft to see service during the Second World War. Famous for its 11:1 kill ratio in the hands of US Navy pilots, the Corsair was also notable for achieving a longer production run than any other piston-engined fighter in US history. For best performance, the Corsair was given the largest engine then available: the Pratt & Whitney Double Wasp. This 18-cylinder, 46 litre monster drove a huge three-bladed prop that was almost 14 feet across. In order to ensure the prop didn't strike the ground on take-off or landing, the wings had to be given their characteristic inverted gull shape. Initial trials of the aircraft revealed an unpleasant stall characteristic that would lead to one wing dropping suddenly. This had to be fixed with a small root mounted stall strip. The set-back cockpit, required due to the fuel tanks fitted in the forward fuselage, gave poor forward visibility on landing and take-off, with oil from the engine further obscuring the view. The top cowling flaps were replaced with a fixed panel, and the landing gear struts re-tuned, but this delayed its use as a carrier borne fighter until 1944. Despite these set-backs, the Corsair was used successfully as a land-based fighter and was used in large numbers by the US Marines. A number of aces got their kills in the Corsair, and many Japanese pilots considered it to be the most capable US-built fighter of the War. Due to its excellent low-level performance, the Corsair was also used for ground attack, firing unguided rockets and bombs from its wing pylons. The Royal Navy also used the Corsair from 1943, and despite its unforgiving deck handling characteristics it found favour with pilots. After WWII it went on to serve in many conflicts, with the production line finally closing in 1953, more than 10 years after it opened. As a testament to its longevity and usefulness, some foreign operators still had Corsairs in service in the 1970s. I think Revell's new Corsair is the first all-new 1:72 Aircraft from the home of the end-opening box since the Ju-88 hit the shelves a couple of years ago. Inside the small blue box are four sprues of white plastic, a single sprue of clear parts and the usual decal sheet and instructions. The colour of the plastic will be off-putting for some, but you can't deny that Revell have a rich history of using any colour other than grey if they can get away with it. If only they applied the same policy to the printing of their instruction books! Notwithstanding the dazzling albedo of the plastic, the parts are crisply moulded with very fine, engraved panel lines and plenty of detail. In common with other recent kits from Revell, there are tiny touches of flash here and there, but nothing too much to worry about. The layout of the sprues suggests that this kit has been designed to allow a number of different versions to be squeezed from the basic moulds. Although I dont know which other versions Revell are planning at this point in time, a birdcage canopy and an FAA clipped wing version are both possibilities. As usual, construction starts with the cockpit, where things get off to a good, well-detailed start. evell have laid on a real treat here. No fewer than ten parts make up this sub-assembly and each one is beautifully moulded. Detail on parts such as the side consoles and instrument panel is exquisite. The control column and rudder pedals are also nicely represented, as is the pilot's seat. A set of decals is provided to represent the seat harnesses too. The breakdown of the fuselage is quite complex, so a little care will have to be taken to make sure that everything lines up nicely and there arent any unsightly gaps or smudges of glue to spoil things. The wings are also quite complex, with separately moulded wingtips and fairings for the .50 cal machine guns and the supercharger intercooler intakes. The lower wing is moulded as a single span though, so achieving the characteristic anhedral angle won't be a problem. Landing flaps and ailerons are moulded as part of the upper wing. The tail planes and elevators are moulded as solid parts too, while the rudder is moulded separately. The engine is very nicely represented, with the two rows of cylinders moulded separately for maximum detail. The hydraulically operated cowling can be fitted in closed or open positions too. The fixed parts of the cowling have been moulded in three parts, which adds to the complexity but allows for a higher degree of accuracy. The exhaust pipes are also moulded separately, and although they look rather excellent for injection moulded items, I'm sure some even more excellent resin replacements will be available at some point. Once the major parts of the airframe have been assembled, attention turns to the undercarriage. The detail-fest continues here, with structures moulded into both the main and tail landing gear bays and complex and accurate landing gear legs. The inner hubs are moulded separately to the tyres, which means the spoked wheels have accurate depth (as well as being a little bit easier to paint). The landing gear bay doors are paper-thin, with nice moulded detail on the inner surfaces. They are moulded in the closed position, which is great if you want to build your model gear-up, but must be split if you wish to build it gear-down. Underwing ordnance is limited to a couple of drop tanks. The transparent parts are thin and clear, but there is a fair bit of distortion present. I've seen a lot worse in this scale, but I've also seen better (including from Revell themselves) Marking options are included for two aircraft: Vought F4U-1A Corsair, VMF-214 Squadron, US Marine Corps, Vella Lavella, Solomon Islands, December 1943; and Vought F4U-1A Corsair, VMF-17 Squadron, US Navy, Bougainville, Solomon Islands, February 1944; and The decals themselves have been produced to a high standard. They appear to be perfectly in register, detail is very sharp and they look nice and thin on the sheet. A selection of stencils is included too. Conclusion Although we already have a number of decent kits of the Corsair available in this scale, this is still a very welcome kit. It has been produced to a high standard, and although the breakdown of parts is fairly complex, it should be possible to build a very detailed kit straight from the box. The kit has clearly been designed to allow other variants to be produced from the same basic sprues, and hopefully it won't be long before we see one or more of these appear. Recommended. Revell model kits are available from all good toy and model retailers. For further information visit or
  8. Phantom FG1 XV586 was delivered to the Fleet Air Arm in June 1969, serving with 892 NAS aboard Ark Royal until its transfer to the RAF in December 1978. It flew with the famous 'Fighting Cocks' throughout its RAF service, being repainted in light grey in March 1986 following repairs after the nosewheel collapsed. Built mostly oob, although I used Hypersonic slotted tailplanes from 48ers.com and Xtradecals for the 43 Sqn checks and tail badge. Also massive thanks to @iainpeden for donating the serial numbers! I like this Revell kit, it makes a nice Phantom. I'll probably attempt another grey one at some point, possibly an XT serialled 29 Sqn jet. It's tempting to have about ten! All comments welcome ...
  9. Panavia Tornado Wheel Set (3230) 1:32 Halberd Models Halberd Models’ recent flexible resin tyre sets require a slightly different method of construction to standard resin wheels, so I’ll refer you back to my initial review in 2019 here, which explains the process and design ethos in more detail. It also has a link to a video that shows the process fully, so if you’re unsure about how to use flexible resin tyres it’s worth a read. The assemblies are a drop-in replacement for the kit parts, so they should glue straight onto the landing gear axles, but it's always wise to test and adjust as necessary, as you'll be using either epoxy or super-glue to attach them because resin doesn't adhere with styrene glue. The tyres will deform slightly under weight, just enough to give them a more realistic look, but not so much that they'll look in dire need of more air before the next mission. This set is designed for the big Revell kit, which has been re-released more than a few times under different marks, but the wheels shouldn’t differ so only one set is needed. Arriving in the by now familiar box, there are ten resin hub parts on two casting blocks, plus four tyres – two larger main and two nose wheels. Construction involves liberating the resin from their undercut base either with a razor saw or motor tool, then cutting the spoked centres out of the tyres and smoothing the inner face with a burr chucked into a motor tool. Each main wheel has a thick rear part with brake-detail added inside the rim, and a thinner front hub face, while the two nose wheels each have two hub parts as you’d expect. They’re best glued with super glue (CA), and the wheels can be painted with latex based acrylic paints if necessary. Detail is excellent both on the hubs and tyres, and with sympathetic painting they should far outstrip that of the kit parts. Highly recommended. They’re currently being sold direct to customers via their Facebook page and through their distributors worldwide. Review sample courtesy of
  10. Hi everybody; here's my new project, the 1/72 Revell Eurofighter Typhoon This type entered into Italian Air Force service (AMI, Aeronautica Militare Italiana) in 2004, and it's currently deployed in three different bases: Grosseto (4° Stormo), Gioia del Colle (36° Stormo) and Trapani Birgi (37° Stormo). The kit supplied decals allow to build six different versions: two Germans, one Austrian, one British, one Spanish and one Italian, which is the one I'm doing. Typical Revell instruction sheet, with basically useless color table - it only refers to Revell paints The airframe I'm going to reproduce and the sprues (there's many of them ) The clear parts: the windshield shows some bubbles While the canopy has an annoying moulding seam going all along mid-line I'm planning to use the AM cockpit set from PAVLA More later, now I need to take care of my lawn. Ciao
  11. Bf109G-10 (Erla) set is intended for Revell 1/32 kit. The kit allows to solve major nose section shape problems such as slim, narrow appearance, incorrect spacing between MG troughs, strange “dent” under supercharger intake, oil cooler fairing shape and other small details visible on nose surface. Basic set RC3214 consist of four resin details and will be available also in bundle as RP3214 with our PE sets (exhaust pipes shrouds and steel oil cooler meshes). RC3214 parts list: Cowling for Bf109G-10 – 2 pieces Supercharger intake – 1 piece Oil cooler – 1 piece. RP3214 parts list: Cowling for Bf109G-10 – 2 pieces Supercharger intake – 1 piece Oil cooler – 1 piece PE parts fret – 2 piece.
  12. I'm going to attempt to make the second of the three of these in my stash as an FG1. The only major issue is those slotted tailplanes, but I'll worry about those later. It might be a case of cutting into them, or just leaving them and pretend slats aren't a thing on FG1s! However, I'll do my best on the rest of it, including these extra decals I bought especially a while ago (before I came on here and learned of those damned slats!). So she'll be camo, and my usual everything hanging out and down or open, regardless of the realities of hydraulics, etc, just because I think they look cooler like that. The box, familiar to millions: Extra decals! I'll need to add the red/blue roundel over the red/white/blue as I'm doing her to represent the early 80s colours. Furniture assembled and painted. Added my usual masking tape straps. I'd forgotten that Revell didn't include cockpit decals. Ok for some of you on here with your fancy painting skills, but I need decals! Did my best with a black biro anyway.
  13. Bell OH-58 Kiowa (03871) 1:35 Revell Based upon the successful Bell 206A Jetranger civilian helicopter, the Kiowa was an observation and fire support helo made for the US Army that served from the late 60s until 2017 when it was replaced by the much more attack focused AH-64 Apache. It was also used by some foreign operators, some of which are still in service. Its role began as a scout helo, but through successive upgrades the focus expanded to a more combative remit. The OH-58D was the variant that introduced a more powerful engine with a four-bladed rotor that was much quieter than the old 2-bladed unit, and this was topped by the new Mast Mounted Sight (MMS) that allowed the operator to sneak a peak over terrain without exposing the entire aircraft to enemy fire. The cockpit was also updated with Multi-Functional Displays (MFDs), although the old analogue instruments were retained for backup purposes. Later upgrades added two hardpoints for weapons carriage, one on each side of the airframe that could be fitted with modular Hellfire racks, .50cal machineguns, rocket pods or Stinger missiles. This is referred to as a Kiowa Warrior and has an unofficial designation of AH-58D. An upgrade programme was begun for the successor F model with substantial sensor and avionics upgrades, but this was cancelled in 2017 as the Army was trying to reduce the number of types in service in order to save costs. The Kit This is a re-release of a reboxed MRC/Academy tooling that dates from around 1995, and the MRC logo is still to be found on the sprues. Despite its age the detail is good, and the tooling hasn’t suffered from any noticeable wear over the years either. The kit arrives in the usual Revell end-opening box (yay!) and has a painting of a Desert Storm airframe passing over an Allied convoy near a town. Inside the box are four sprues in a greenish grey styrene, a clear sprue, a black flexible part for the gun pod, large decal sheet and instruction booklet with colour painting guide on the rear pages. Construction begins predictably with the cockpit with dual controls for the pilots, and showing the upgraded glass screens of the improved instruments. They both have rudder pedals, collective and cyclic sticks, with a decal for the instrument panel and centre console, plus a large equipment rack directly behind their seats that makes other helicopters look spacious. There are a couple of pilot figures included, and they’re made up from separate legs, torsos, arms and heads, with different poses for each of them and their hands on the controls. This should allow you some leeway to customise them as you see fit. The engine compartment is also built up with a number of parts portraying the basics, but as always with these things there will be more needed if you’re going to go for accuracy. With the two main internal assemblies complete, the fuselage will need painting with colours suggested in the instructions, after which you can close the fuselage, remembering to drill the holes for the additional sensors carried by the KFOR decal option. Doors for the crew and equipment access are added next with clear parts provided for the crew, and more holes for sensors needed for the KFOR option, then the main canopy is painted internally, has a centre roof console added, and is fixed in place with some suitable glue to enclose the cockpit. The clear roof panels will need to be tinted with a green shade beforehand, but that’s easily done with some clear green acrylic. The last glazed panel is the lower ground-view windows under the nose with a decal added at the front. Inside the fuselage are access panels to more equipment racks on the port side, which can be left open or closed, and the engine compartments that can be propped open using the supplied stays, and at this stage the skids are also added to the underside and the stabilising winglets are applied to the tail boom around the half way mark. The tail fin, two-blade tail rotor, IR detection turret, various antennae, cable cutters, lights and probes are fitted around the airframe, plus the sensors previously drilled out for the KFOR option if appropriate, then the rotor is made up. This begins with the rotor-head, which has a pass-through axle, actuators for pitch control, vibration reduction, then the four blades, on top of which the MMS with two clear lenses is fitted on a tapered base. With the majority of the airframe complete if not assembled, the weapons pods are begun, starting with the mounting brackets that take up a good number of parts for each side. Two twin launch rails are constructed with four hellfire missiles that have clear seeker heads, and the .50cal machinegun with its framework pod and large ammo canister are also built. Both options are shown on the port station, with the ammo box mounted on the side of the airframe and linked to the gun by the black flexible ammo guide. With these in place the rotor and MMS are installed to complete the build. Markings There are two decal options in the box with different schemes. The Desert Storm option is of course painted in Sand with the inverted V worn by Allied forces on each side, plus a Knight chess piece on the side doors. The KFOR option is painted Bronze Green with a white KFOR logo on its sides. Each airframe has a substantial number of stencils dotted over its exterior, all of which adds to the visual interest. The instrument decals consist of white details plus green for the MFDs that each pilot has in front of him. Decals are by Cartograf, which is a guarantee of good registration, sharpness and colour density, with a thin matt/gloss carrier film cut close to the printed areas. Conclusion This may be an older kit, but it still holds up against modern standards pretty well with nice raised and engraved detail on the fuselage, plenty of parts devoted to the interior and decent clear parts. Highly recommended. Revell model kits are available from all good toy and model retailers. For further information visit or
  14. This one was a Christmas present from Mrs Fox, well I chose it but she paid. I built my first attempt at this kit whilst waiting for my daughter to be born, and she is now 20! It is one of the greats from Revell of that era, along with the F-86D, I think it is better engineered than the similarly aged Tamiya kit. Anyway enough of my wittering. Straight from the box apart from the seat belts. Painted with a series of rattle cans The decals are from my dwindling stock pf Aeromaster/Eagle Strike. this time to represent machine from the 79th FBS, 20th FBW at RAF Weathersfield in 1955. The machine was 51-965 which only survived until it crashed on Belgium on the 1st October 1955, sadly killing the pilot. The greatest worry with the kit is that the nose gear leg is so fine that it isn't strong enough to hold the weight ot the rest of the model. The kit is getting hard to find and it's F-84E cousin has never been released in Europe, I hope the new Revell owners realise what a gem they have in their line up Thanks as always for looking.
  15. OK here's my KUTA build. Started at the beginning of the year and flew as a build but has been languishing ever since, mainly due to a couple of reasons. firstly being tail heavy - which the kit warns about and says to weight the nose - I did (by gluing some ball bearings in and also some just behind the cockpit) but obviously not enough. This means I'm going to have to make her 'in flight' which will be a pain. Secondly there's an awful join just behind the cockpit area, which I'm not entirely sure how to fill - given there will be the multi-piece clear parts to attach. There's also a hole behind the rear seat - I'm not sure if that needs filling too. Anyhow let's attack it and see what I can do, better to try than leave the kit languishing.
  16. Revell is to release in November 2016 a new tool 1/32nd Boeing F/A-18E Super Hornet kit - ref.04994 What's wrong with the Trumpeter's 1/32nd Super Hornet? Followed or not in 2017-2018 by two seats 1/32nd Boeing F/A-18F Super Hornet and EA-18G Growler? Source: http://www.plastik-modellbau.org/blog/revell-neuheiten-2016/2016/ V.P.
  17. So here we have Revell's 1/390 747-200 in Air Canada livery. Originally released as a Matchbox kit with BA (Landor?) & Air Canada livery in 1990 it was re-released by Revell in '97 with just the updated Air Canada livery. It Has the registration C-FTOC which was infact a 747-100 built in '71 and scrapped in 1999. And here she is.... Not perfect but for £5 and a lick of paint i'm happy with it. 20200130_094006v2 by MikeGBlues, on Flickr 20200130_093943v2 by MikeGBlues, on Flickr 20200130_093914v2 by MikeGBlues, on Flickr 20200130_093841v2 by MikeGBlues, on Flickr 20200130_093807v2 by MikeGBlues, on Flickr 20200130_093745v2 by MikeGBlues, on Flickr 20200130_093731v2 by MikeGBlues, on Flickr 20200130_093649v2 by MikeGBlues, on Flickr Thanks for looking!
  18. So far i've built a 144th scale and 2 of the 72nd scale This happens to be my 4th overall build ever...First of 48th Scale ...and am still learning... I went for the #32 French Rafale M instructions from the box Since I have to use locally sourced resources...like student/fabric acrylic colours instead of pro grade airbrush paints, I had to experiment a looooooot right from making DIY thinner to using inks for transparent parts to using clear epoxy glue as glass on GBU sensor tips I also had to learn how to use soft pastels as weathering powder...that was fun It's mostly OTB, but I call the build custom ...because the reffernce of #32 rafale m was clean and I wanted to throw in as many learning opportunities in this build as I could... that includes some differently coloured panels (which also serve as excuse to cover up scratches i accidentally caused ) The cockpit has mostly a standard build because I wanted a closed canopy but added some scratch-built details on the Seat like belts and pipes, mirrors on canopy etc (see build log image) Added some wires and stuff to landing gear detail Obviously there are mistakes and errors ..tons of them...some mine...some resource limitations...and some revell's doing (Light on the right is supposed to be green but the instructions said blue...and i was sleepy )... Colours are all mixed from standard Six pack of student acrylic colours so i'll take creative freedom on colour accuracy but tried my best Find my Full Album (45 images) on Flickr Here --->
  19. Hello. Here is my F-15E Strike Eagle in 1/48.
  20. After the German IDS boxing, Revell is to release in 2015 a 1/48th MRCA Tornado GR.Mk.4 kit - ref.04924 Source: http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/234973128-revell-172-shackelton-aew-2/ V.P.
  21. Evening folks, in the post Brexit world it was decided by the UK government to procure a dedicated VIP transport to fly the flag for the PM and Royal family members around the world on business and goodwill visits.With the RAF operating Airbus aircraft the A350 was chosen to take on this role.Much about the aircraft is highly classified the rear fuselage has a full ECM and AWACS suite set around a new radar system designed by Northrop Grumman electronic systems and sensors.Other features rumoured are radar absorbent paint and the provision for a missile defence system,built for the film/speculative GB based on the excellent Revell kit.
  22. Ok,folk's here's the premise,operational commitments meant that the dedicated VIP Voyager was needed for it's original tanking role,it was decided that due to the new trading partnerships being forged around the globe government ministers and Royal family members needed to fly the flag in a manner akin to the US Presidents Air Force one so a new a-550 was ordered for this role.Making and winning the case was Airbus as compatibility with the current RAF fleet meant costs were by far the most competitive.No drab gray aircraft for this one full hi viz marking's are the order of the day
  23. Resistance A-Wing Fighter (06770) 1:44 Revell Star Wars has given us tons of memorable space ships to add to the annals of cool designs, and one that made its debut as a bit player in Return of the Jedi is the Kuat Systems A-Wing. It has been in various other Star Wars universe shows since and has been seen in the new trilogy too, although I’m yet to see the Rise of Skywalker, so no spoilers. The Kit This is a re-release and has been timed to coincide with the new film but has no Rise of Skywalker branding, just the generic Star Wars branding with Darth Vader in the top right corner of the box, which is end-opening, and has twenty five parts either suspended between two clear inserts, or in small bags to prevent loss and chaffing. The kit is in brick red and what I call “Star Wars Grey” overpaint, plus some of the innards in a darker grey. The interior of the hull contains the light and sound unit in dark grey with the batteries preinstalled, but isolated with a small clear pull-away tab, with the two yellow LEDs projecting down the exhausts to provide some illumination to the cut-away outer exhaust ports. The clear parts are painted with light grey framing, and a four-colour pilot figure is included with an olive-drab jumpsuit and red/white helmet, which would benefit greatly from a dark wash to bring out the details even if you’re not planning on detail painting. Everything snaps together as per the instructions, and detail is really quite good for the target audience, with lots of visual interest, plus a clear canopy that can be opened or closed and a pair of light diffuser inserts for the engines. Construction is fast, taking less than five minutes once I figured out that numbers AND letters were included on each part (more haste less speed), and everything clips together pretty firmly without the need for glue, although I’d recommend some for the more delicate parts such as the wingtip weapons. The landing gear is supplied and can be retracted in a rudimentary fashion by pivoting the legs into the open bays that would whistle terribly in atmosphere. The wingtip weapons have a key on their attachment pin, but be sure to mount them with the hollow “anti-sink-mark” cut-outs facing downward, or fill them and repaint. As usual with these kits there’s a grille for the speaker to render its tune, which in this case is limited to two sounds activated by a button on the right to the side of the cockpit rear. On first press it plays a take-off and shooting noise, with a similar swooping and shooting noise, repeating each one in turn on subsequent presses. As you press the button the yellow LEDs light and stay on until the sound effect has completed, which should give little Johnny or Jemima adequate time to complete their manoeuvres before going dark. Conclusion This is intended to be a toy that gets a pounding from a child of 6 or over, so it’s made of stronger plastic than your average model for longevity. It does have a good level of detail for a toy though, and at 1:44 scale it’s a good size. If you decide to give it to a child they’ll be very happy with it (if they like Star Wars), and if you build it as a model, there’s plenty of scope for repainting it and adding some details. The canopy isn’t the clearest in the world, but that’s probably due to the flexible plastic is has been moulded in that is unlikely to maim the child if it breaks during rough play. You can get the same kit in blue if you’d prefer, or you could repaint it to a scheme that suits you. Highly recommended. Revell model kits are available from all good toy and model retailers. For further information visit or
  24. Hello all, This is a recently completed build for the Film, Fictional and Speculative Group Build, Revell's 1/25 Dodge Charge RT built as the baddie's car from one of my favourite movies Bullitt. It's also my first genuine attempt at scale auto paintwork. The wheels and hubs are a compromise solution (bodge) as the correct combination wasn't in the kit, the paint finish is achieved with Humbrol rattle can Gloss black with Tamiya rattle can clear coat. The white wall tyres were done by priming the tyre in white and masking off a ring and spraying the rest with Tamiya rubber black. The only thing I've added is the radio aerial. The chrome trim was an absolute killer but was done with a Molotow liquid chrome marker. WIP: Cheers, Mark.
  25. Hi all, Part 2 of my Bullitt themed build: Lt. Frank Bullitt's '68 Ford Mustang GT Fastback. Again no real work done except the same stripping, cleaning, mold removal and dulling of plastic in readiness of the primer. The caveat to these two builds is that they represent my first efforts with what seem to be quite decent and detailed kits of cars. I have previously made a kit of a Ford Capri 1600 GT for my Dad as a gift and painted up as his favourite motor but the kit itself left a lot to be desired as did my paintwork, so an improvement on that finish is my goal for these two models, but having researched I am amazed at the results some guy's can achieve, however I won't be able to use some of the noxious paints and clear coats they do, so we'll see. Anyway, I love this car too, if I ever win the lottery...it'll be a hard choice....maybe both! Cheers, Mark.
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