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  1. Finished after A bit of repair work after coming home and finding the nose wheel snapped off, but no matter. For your viewing pleasure today I humbly submit Revell's 1/48 F-86D Sabre Dog. 512th FIS,405th FIW Sembach AB Germany 1956. F-86D-NA, 52-10110 Col. M.J. Quirk CO. Corrected historical information thanks to Sabrejet. This was pretty much OOB with the exception of a panel in front of the instruments to add Counter weights to keep from being a tail sitter. AlcladII in various shades for the bare metal effect and an acrylic wash to highlight the panel lines. One noticeable correction I did make, again thanks to sabrejet was to add the fighters crew cheif back on the canopy where it belongs. THe kit supplied decals had the pilots name on both sides. I scanned the decals in and substituted the names then printed out on decal paper. Not a big deal for tying to make it accurate, besides it makes up for using the wrong intakes on the fuselage..OOPS... A face only a Mother could love It's been an enjoyable little romp. I hope you enjoy the pictures. Here's the link to the build. All comments, critiques and observations welcome. So until next time ,stay tuned for more, same bat time, same bat channel.
  2. I have chosen this kit as, i think, it was the first non 1/72 model i ever built. I had always liked the bigger scale stuff after my Dad built me a 1/24 Airfix Spitfire kit, which had the motor for the prop. I could never save up enough for the 1/24 Airfix Hurricane so the Revell one was what i got. I remember back in the early 70's Revell had a large range of 1/32 scale aircraft kits - i always wanted the Beaufughter, and they all had great boxtop art. My Hurri graced my childhood bedroom ceiling for yeras until it got lost when we moved house in 1975. I recon the removal guys dropped the box and quietly hid the evidence rather than nicked it! I remember this model well as i had painted it only using dark earth for the upper camo due to the plastic being green (i won't do that this time) it probably looked a right state. So jump forward 20 odd years and Revell reissued the kit as part of their Classics range. I HAD to have one. Imagine my dissapointment when i found out it was a re-tooled one not the original as promised on the box! My plan is to do a OOTB build with a better paint job. Thees only one decal option and less than 50 parts so i should be finished by this time next week!! TFL Cheers Greg
  3. This will be my second build, it has been started with only interior painting and cockpit assembly commenced.
  4. Finally finished my Hunter T7 in 1/72. It's the well-known Revell FGA9 mated to a PJ Productions nose and tailpipe. Not an inconsiderable amount of work but enjoyable for the most part. A moment of slight frustration came when I dropped it whilst priming, and the port wing came off as well as the tailpipe. But no harm done and it went back together OK. I thought that the PJ Productions nose was a tad short so I lenghthened it a by about 1.5mm, which added to the workload. The hardest bit was getting the windscreen to fit but it looks OK I think. This was helped by raising the sill line around the cockpit a touch as I felt it looked too low in profile. Other chores included changing the vents in the fuselage to F4/T7 standard, and doing the same with the airbrake. One error that you might see in the photos: the script below the cockpit canopy "cut here for emergency rescue" was a three line stencil on the single seaters but only two lines for the T-bird. So I sliced up the Revell decal and reassembled it. I was quite proud of that, but only after it had dried did I notice that the word "emergency" is upside down. My eyesight must be failing...! I wanted to depict a Brawdy T7 from the early 1980s as I have fond memories of spending a week on the base in the last summer of Hunter operations, 1984. XL595 had the 79 Sqn markings which I remember well from that time, so I chose that as my reference. Some nice photos of the original can be found at: https://forums.airshows.co.uk/viewtopic.php?f=40&t=19868 Hope you like it: And here she is with her sister, my recently completed FR10: Justin
  5. This is Revell's 1/72 F/A18c Hornet. Built with no extras, though I did describe the panel lines. Painted with Vallejo Model Air. The kit went together really well with very little filler needed. I really enjoyed this build and would recommend it to anyone wanting a nice easy build of this particular aircraft. Look out for a Border Collie in one of the pictures.
  6. Some nearly finished kits that I had lying around for ages, waiting for those final details to be added. I call them completed, for now.. Enjoy! Cheers, Luka
  7. This is not the first kit I build. There were kit before this one. There are kits I build with my father, kits of Sukhois, airliners and flying boats of east german origin. I recall a mighty Tu-2 on my shelf. I reach back in my memory and remember a silver J-35 as the first kit I ever got in touch with I remember Polish Łoś bombers, Czapla reconaissance aircraft and badly designed Yak fighter kits. I remember a Matchbox Hawker Fury, the fist "western" kit i came in touch with. I am not even sure if I build all those kits or I let my father build them for me for the better part. I remember the first kits I build on my own during a stay in Canada : the Monogram SR-71, the Italeri F-15. I would love to rebuild them both, however these are not the stories to be told here. The story told here is that of Lady Jessie and the Rhino. Lady Jessie was the kit my dad got me as a gift after our familiy got reunited after a year of separation due to work assignments of my parents. This coincided with relocation to Germany where I could at last pursue the hobby "properly" and paint the aircraft using paints from the whole Revell range. Lady Jessie an A-4F Skyhawk from Revell was the kit I decided would be my first serious build. I was actually quite proud of the build at that time brushed with shiny enamel colours fully decaled it was my whole pride. And while the front wheel broke of several time and the strut got shorter and shorter each time the model is still with me (found not so long ago in the attic). Sice the tooth of time nagged on the build, with fading decals, and apparent shortcomings of my build at the age of ca. 14/15 I intended to rebuild Lady Jessie as soon as I returned to the hobby. Sadly I could not find any modern kits in this livery in my 1:72 scale. And then this GB comes along. With the sipulation to use the same, or closest kit. I knew what I had to do. Take a trip to the e-bay, and lo and behold there was ONE auction where my Lady Jessie was offered. Boxed as I rememberd it from 1990. I shall build a new Lady Jessie as I did then OOB. However I shall improve the build as best as I can I want to give the Lady the attention he deserves and let her beauty shine. And then there is the Rhino, the Phantom the second model i build after Lady Jessie As far as I remember (I was fixated on carrier borne aircraft then) This one I also found in the attic in a surprisingly good shape and while I didn't find the exact same kit I found something even better from Revell (Isn't it funny most British modellers started out with Airfix kits, German modellers with Revell, french Heller I guess and italian probably with Italeri). They recently reissued the same mold, but with an even more striking livery. So this will make my shelf. I hold this kit in the highest regards, as it allows a myriad of options not found on most of the other kits in this scale: Lowered flaps, open cockpit, extended (well, slightly) speed brakes. And while the panel lines are raised (and I am NOT rescribing), this is still the best 1:72 Phantom for me. And here a group picture of the beauty and the beast.
  8. Hey everyone In conjunction with my Gladiator build and hot on the heals of my 1/48 Eduard Spitfire (with a bit of resin thrown in) I will make a start on this... I have wanted to build a Phantom since I came back to modelling 10 years ago. Its aggressive lines are awesome and painted as an RAF bird I think they look particularly cool. I have a little AM in the way of quick boost Martin Baker Mk.7's and some resin rear view mirrors for the canopy's. I'll make a start on her a little later on today. Cheers Iain
  9. "WINTER 1983 - RECON" MiG-21F-13, Finnish Air Force, TiedLLv Kit: Revell MiG-21F-13 Fishbed C (#04346) Scale: 1/72 Aftermarket: Master pitot, Kuivalainen photo etch, Aires wheels, Quickboost nose intake, Galdecal recce pods, unknown decals (FaF roundels) Paints: Vallejo Model Color, Model Air & Metal Color Weathering: Flory Models Wash, Mig weathering Products Decent kit with some flaws & problem areas. Most can be corrected/improved but replacement wheels are a must, kit wheels don't even look like wheels. Scratch built display base. Built for Nordic GB. Build thread: Thanks for looking! Comments & constructive criticism welcomed
  10. Iron Maiden Aces High Spitfire Mk.II (07047) 1:32 Revell The Spitfire II was created when the early mark I Spitfire was fitted with the new 1,175 HP Merlin XII engine, but enough about that! In 1984 Iron Maiden released their fifth studio album "Powerslave". Track one on this album was "Aces High" with the lyrics being written from the view point of an RAF Battle Of Britain Pilot. The art work for this song features the bands mascot "Eddie the Head" in the cockpit of a Spitfire. Aces High would go on to be one of the bands most popular songs and would often feature as the opening song for concerts. The Kit This is a re-release of Revell's 2014 new tool kit with a new spure containing two "Eddie" figures and a new decal sheet. If building the kit with the seated "Eddie" at the controls then the first thing for the modeller to do is build that figure. Next up the cockpit for him to sit in is built up. and said Eddie can be placed in. After a few extra parts are included in the fuselage sides, and the tail wheel is added; the cockpit can be placed inside the fuselage and it closed up. Next up the wing are made up. There is one single lower, and left/right uppers. The main wheel wells must be placed inside the wings before the go together. They can now be added to the fuselage. The tailplanes and their control surfaces are now made up, and along with the rudder can be added to the fuselage. The ailerons are also added to the wings at this time., with the wing tips going on also. On the underside of the fuselage the underside part of the engine cowling completes that. Flaps can then be added either in the open or closed positions. On the underside of the wings the oil cooler and main radiator are added along with the centre line carb intake. The engine exhausts can then go on as well. Next up the main landing gear is constructed and added to the aircraft. The cockpit door goes on either open, or closed and the canopy is attached. Last up the prop is made up and placed on the front. Revell have also supplied a standing Eddie figure if you don't want to use the sitting one, or if you want to use both! Markings There are markings for the aircraft in the video and the aircraft for the stage show. These are printing in Italy by Cartograf so should pose no problems. Conclusion It's always good to see a Spitfire kit, even more so this one. Very Highly recommended if you are an Iron Maiden fan. Revell model kits are available from all good toy and model retailers. For further information visit or
  11. I decided to join on the 11th hour, and since there is not so much time left I will be doing a double build of a Czech JAS-39 C and D with some interesting livery.
  12. I've decided to take stock and finish some of the long term projects that I never got around to finishing. This will be the first, as it's almost there. It didn't work out quite the way I intended, because I had some paint mixed from the 1969 paint reference, which was supposed to be T5 Copper. I think it's a bit dark and closer to T7 Bronze, but I decided to stick with it. It was shelved when I came to apply the foil and the scalpel slipped, at which point I lost heart and put it away. Where it all went wrong. Those are the old pictures, from something like 15 years ago. I'll dig it out tomorrow and see how bad it looks.
  13. This is a genuine blast from the past and as CP30 in the first Star Wars film said, "I have a feeling I am going to regret this!" A Revell 2009 rebox of a very old kit, I plan to build it in flight with the rotor and props motorised to give that real prop blur look. I am going to keep it fairly simple, tinting out the windows and front glazing, so that I can concentrate and fitting the power system. Battery will be housed in the fuselage and will be accessed via the rear opening clam shell doors. I will be using brushless rc micro helicopter motors to power the beast, installation will be "make it up as I go along" sort of plan. So I will not be following the instructions which means I don't have to paint those crappy passenger figures! Wish me luck on this one guys I am going to need it.
  14. Tornado GR.1 "Gulf War" (03892) 1:32 Revell After the debacle that was the cancellation of the TSR.2, the European nations aligned (for once) in the common need for a new Multi-Role fighter, and partnerships began forming an dissolving, resulting in the joining of British Aerospace (now BAe), Aeritalia and MBB of Italy and Germany, who formed the Panavia company with a view to creating a Multi-Role Combat Aircraft (MRCA). The basic design was a swing-wing airframe to provide good handling at high and low speeds, but with the usual problem of goal-posts being moved, layering additional requirements upon the project that resulted in a larger airframe. The MRCA first flew in the early 70s, powered by two Rolls Royce RB199 engines, and looking very much like a Tornado, replete with the two seats that were a bone of contention at one point. By the late 70s there were initial airframes with the British and German air forces, and training was undertaken at a joint base at Cottesmore, which stayed open until the beginning of the end of the Tornado in British service. During service in the RAF it fought in almost all conflicts, except for the Falklands, where the tried and trusted Vulcans were dragged from the brink of retirement, rather than use an as-yet untested airframe so far away from home. The Gulf War, the Kosovo war and subsequent peace-keeping duties, and Kuwait were amongst the most well-known operations the GR.1 was present for. In the 1990s the original GR.1s and 1As were upgraded to GR.4/4A standard, which involved many changes to the avionics and a broadening of the weapons it could carry. The GR.4 saw the RAF to the end of service, with the EF2000 Typhoon, another collaboration with European companies taking its place. The Kit This is of course a reboxing of the pre-millennial tooling from Revell with new decals for the Gulf War aircraft, which are probably the most popular options for a Tonka with many folks for their own reasons. The original kit is around 20 years old now, and is a very good product of its day, with engraved panel lines, a decent level of detail, and a wide range of aftermarket now available. Where it does suffer is the intakes, which are hollow, but have no internal trunking, leaving interior and the wing-swing mechanism visible if you don't cover them with FOD guards. The kit arrives in one of Revell's preferred top opening boxes with seven large sprues in light blue-grey styrene (one cut in half), two of clear parts, the instruction booklet and a colourful decal sheet. It's been a while since I've perused the sprues of this kit, and I was pleasantly surprised at how modern it looks, with fine engraved panel lines and raised details, a full set of fuel tanks and weaponry, and some good interior detail that will suffice for many, or act as a jumping-off point for detail hounds. This boxing has the additional parts for the GR.1, which also includes the small clear additional sprue, and while not new it does give the modeller a more accurate finished result. Construction begins with the two Martin-Baker seats, which are provided with slightly anaemic moulded-in seatbelts that could do with replacing after being scraped off with a sharp blade. The instrument panels are decent, and with the addition of the rather nice instrument panel decals, they should please a lot of builders. This carries over to the side consoles that are moulded into the cockpit tub, which is topped and tailed with bulkheads, panels, control columns and rudder pedals before the seats are added, and the single-part nose gear bay is attached underneath. This part suffers a little from mould-damage inside, with some scuffing in between the ribbing on the bay roof. Whether this will ever be seen is moot, but it is worth knowing about in advance. The completed assembly is then trapped between the two nose halves, the extra equipment and coaming between the two crew is added, and the HUD on the pilot's coaming is also constructed from two half ramps and a clear part. The nose cone is separate, and a basic representation of the radar is provided, with nose-weight of 55g suggested to prevent having a tail-sitter on your hands. Leaving the nose cone closed gives you a lot more space further toward the front of the airframe, losing out on only a little detail and preserving the lines of the aircraft. The nose cone is moulded as a single part, with an additional ring that attaches to the rear, and either hinges open to reveal the radar, or is fitted shut as already mentioned. The Tornado is a variable-geometry fighter, with wings that can swing back and forth, requiring the weapons pylons to also be able to rotate to follow the line of flight. Revell's engineers have managed to mimic the wing swing in styrene, but you will need to be careful with the glue and paint if you want to retain that past the build stage. The pylons are built up first, and have pivots and cams moulded into the tops, which will allow you to move the pylons manually later, while the wings have a sector cog on their roots, which mesh together, and permit their synchronised pivoting once they are in the fuselage. They are formed into an assembly by the addition of a rail top and bottom, and are then set to the side while the elevators and main fuselage are made up. The lower fuselage has the main gear bays fitted to the apertures, the wing-root gloves added to the sides, and a bulkhead with simple engine faces moulded into the front. The inflatable bags that seal the wing against the fuselage during pivoting are simple plastic, which might not suit modellers looking for accuracy, as their shape changes with the angle of the wing. There are aftermarket parts to help out here if you don't feel up to the task of adapting them yourself, but if you want to leave the wings able to pivot, you'll have to leave the parts as standard. The wings and elevators are then fitted into the lower half and the upper section is dropped on top, with a pair of holes drilled in the spine for the later fitting of a couple of blade antennae. One of the Tornado's nicknames (of unknown origin) is the Fin, due to the massive tail fin that makes it easy to see across a busy airfield. It has two main parts, plus an electronics lump on the leading edge, a hollow intake at the root, and a pen-nib fairing at the bottom of the moulded-in rudder. The twin exhausts are moulded with their trunking integrally, and these two parts drop into the rear fairing, which has much of the thrust-reversing bucket structure moulded-in, with two small parts between the exhausts added to depict the mechanism, and a pair of exhaust petals that finish off the area. With this last subassembly completed, the nose, fuselage, tail and exhausts are brought together, and joined by the two substantial intake ramps that fix to the fuselage sides via two pegs, and should stand proud of the upper fuselage by a fraction by design. The internal ramps inside the intake are separate to the main parts, but the trunking finishes there, which is why you'll see a lot of Tornados with FOD guards in place at model shows. At the rear the two air-brakes are separate, with an actuator jack each to set them to the correct angle, but they are equally at home flush with the fuselage to retain the clean lines of the aircraft. The tricycle landing gear of the Tonka is well-depicted, with a single strut at the nose, with twin wheels that have a flat-spot to depict weight. The bay doors all attach to the edges by small tabs, which are cut off if you plan on modelling your Tornado wheels up. The main gear struts are similarly detailed, with the forest of hoses moulded-in and the retraction mechanism shown in detail. Each leg has one larger tyre, which are also weighted for realism, and the same bay doors can be used in-flight as well as with the gear down. The nose of the Tornado is festooned with aerials and the distinctive FLIR pod with its clear window are supplied, plus various other aerials around the airframe. The rather "scabbed-on" refuelling probe runs down the cockpit side, and can be posed opened or closed next to the canopy, which is moulded in windscreen and canopy parts, with a support included to prop the canopy open. Apart from some small parts on the tail, the airframe is now complete, and it's a case of choosing a weapons load-out, which Revell have been proactive about, and have supplied three different options for you to choose from. You can of course go your own way too, but having three actual loads to choose from is a good start. The first item are the centreline rails, which need some holes drilling according to a diagram. They are detailed with cleats and shackles, then all three are glued to the flat underside of the fuselage ready for your chosen load. Included in the box are the following: 2 x 1,500L tank 1 x BOZ 101 chaff and flare pod AIM-7L Sidewinder A2A missile 1 x Sky Shadow ECM pod 2 x 2,250L tank 2 x 1,000lb LGB 4 x 1,000lb iron bomb Markings There are two options in the box, and you'd be right if you guessed that they were both painted in desert pink. From the box you can build one of the following: "Foxy Killer" RAF detatchment, Tabuk AB, Saudi Arabia 1991 "Nikki" RAF detatchment, Muharraq AB, Bahrain 1991 The decals are printed in Italy for Revell by Zannetti, in good registration, sharpness and colour density, with a thin matt/gloss carrier film cut close to the printed areas. The weapons are shown on the last page of the markings guide, with stencils provided on the sheet. Conclusion If you want a 1:32 Tornado, then this is the one. It's an older model, but it checks out with a few caveats mentioned above. It's still a good kit, decent value, and boy does it look smart once built up. Highly recommended. Revell model kits are available from all good toy and model retailers. For further information visit or
  15. This is the Revell F-14D Super Tomcat 1/72 kit. I've been waiting to do an F-14 since I got back into modelling a few years ago. The last one I built was the Airfix one in the late 1970's, I remember it was white plastic and was one of the first models I actually painted with the intentions of it being a model for displaying rather than a toy. This kit had a lot to live up to as it was competing with fond childhood memories of a kit that by todays standards, would probably not be nearly as good as I remember it being. Revell have nothing to worry about as far as the build goes. It went together very nicely, and although I'm not an F-14 expert, it was accurate enough for my liking. It was completed straight from the box using the kit decals and painted with Vallejo Model Air paints (which I'm now used to after the switch from Humbrol enamels and love). I managed to get some outside photo's the other day, hope you enjoy.
  16. Hi Folks, this is my first completed Lockdown Build. Nothing remarkable about it, built straight out of the box. painted with Velejo and Tamiya acrylics and thereby hangs a tail. has anybody else noticed that many of the online model and modelling suppliers have hiked up their prices, nearly doubling them in some cases on the basis that they want to discourage people ordering and overwhelming them. I live in Stafford and I want to do a shout out for 'Salter Street Toys and Models', they have had to close to comply with Government instructions but on a Wednesday a sales assistant goes in for a few hours, takes orders and then delivers them at a minimal cost, not only that everything they are sending out is discounted by 15%. Well done them, i know where I will be going in the future for my modelling supplies! Anyway rant over, here's my Flanker, not sure I got the colours quite right and I have used a little bit of artistic licence. As usual all comments and criticisms welcome. Thanks for looking, stay safe.
  17. Hi everyone, I decided to stop lurking and become more participative with my very first WIP build... It was started 5 years ago but work, time and space didnt allow me to continue. Now with more time and proper space I decided to give it a try. The base model is the Thai Revell 330-300 which was cut to measure in order to convert it to a 330-200 The tail was also modified for the new rudder and actuator. The nose remains the same with minor reshaping as ordering the Braz replacement would take ages to arrive. The aircraft will be displayed in the landing configuration, Flaps, Slats, Spoilers deployed as well as Thrust Reversers. I am trying to add as much detail as my workmanship and available materials permit. Any suggestions and Critiques are MOST WELCOMED Cristian ENGINES Reversers cut Reversers grill scratch made Extensions of the turbine cowling were scratched for better detail from behind and also for support of the reverser grills The grills with the support and some basic reverser flaps where scribed on the back This is the finished semi engine. I am planning on gluing everything like this and then join both halves MAIN AND NOSE LANDING GEAR Main gear with some minor detailing Major Hydraulic lines were added , some retraction brace springs and the covers for the gear bolts and brake fan exhaust to be added at the end after painting Nose Gear wit minor improvements. Some lines and some extra components. The springs are oversized. Taxi lights to be painted and properly fitted at the end as well as turn off lights added at the end VERTICAL STABILIZER and ACTUATOR FAIRING Tail modification and rescribing. There are 2 methods around the internet, but this was the easiest if you are willing to re scribe everything after. Major panels rescribed The new big fairings for the rudder actuator. Some people use miliput or epoxy putty but I was more comfortable with a mix of plastic and miliput APU, APU INTAKE and EXHAUST Some panel lines as guides ALWAYS check your decals first.... I spend a good amount of times researching photos and factory drawings and after I finished all the scribing I found out that the decals for the APU doors and intake are provided.... Apu Intake The tail of most Airliners are the only heavy riveted areas that would still be highlighted so I tried to show it. The riveting was a Rosie the riveter 0.65, wish I had at least 0.55 to make it more realistic. The APU exhaust was completely scratch as the one in the model is not very accurate. Tubing added for the interior. The navigation light will be added at the end. NOSE GEAR DOOR I added some thin black styrene to fill the gap. The revell instructions request to finish the nose gear with all items in the first steps of the build, due to its fragility I added some support and the gear will be added at the end after painting. Also more weight has to be added to compensate for the shortened fuselage. WINGS All flight control surfaces cut from each semi wing half. On the left wing I glued both halves and then proceeded to cut the surfaces but I found it a lot easier to do each half before gluing, which I did on the right wing Thinning of the trailing edges for what comes next Since all the surfaces are going to be deployed, all the area under the spoilers will be visible...so I had to fill it up somehow. I glued support beams to the upper half and all the hydraulic lines, flap lines, seals will be on the lower half for ease of painting. Wish I had the knowledge and materials to do photoetching... this could have been a lot easier than working with plastic. Basic spoilers. The actuator attachment is very complicated for the scale so I came up with a basic one. New wing navigation lights The wing root area has to be cut for the flaps to fit. FUSELAGE The seams were filled with a mix of CA glue and Rust pigment for easier visualization. Black pigments were used to find out which panel lines needed re scribing Panel liner from Tamiya was a great help to help position the nose and center fuselage, pigments would do the work as well Round styrene tubing helps with the positioning as it easily rotates until finding the perfect fit. And the fuselage is all glued. Center part was left open for easier access for reinforcing the joints with a mix of CA Glue and Polymers powder. HOPE YOU ENJOYED SO FAR
  18. Note: New decals applied further down the page.
  19. This model was completed on Sunday, Jan.1 2017. It was started in mid-July 2013! It is one of my last two completed builds. At some point, it was relegated to a safe spot and more or less abandoned. I would dust her off from time to time, always thinking I’d get back to work on the kit but again, time would soon find her back on the shelf. Not long before the holiday season just past, I started yet again and with a new resolve to finish her and move on to other builds. The model represents aircraft number 501(build number 161685) of Navy squadron VM-85. It took part in the Navy’s attacks on Libyan patrol boats in the Gulf of Sidra, March 1986. The aircraft carries two AGM-84 Harpoon anti-ship missiles and three drop-tanks. I am not sure that that is the exact load-out for 501 on any actions there but it’s close enough for me. The paint is Model Master enamel; dark ghost gray on top, light ghost gray underneath. The decals are from “The Intruder’s Sandbox” set by AOA decals. I had a couple fairly good reference photos of this aircraft and that helped as I tried to replicate the worn, patchy appearance of those Intruders. The ochre colored anti-erosion tape seen on the leading edges is clear decal film sprayed with Humbrol trainer yellow. That idea saved me a lot of masking and time. The rod for the flak curtains is fine wire, secured to a tiny length of aluminum tubing in front and into a hole in the canopy bulkhead. (and as I looked at the pics, the thought occurred to me...wouldn't the right side have a flak curtain as well? Oh well. Good luck to the right-seater!!). I ground and carved away at the kit exhaust as they looked pretty bad. The exhausts now seen are sections cut from old ballpoint pens. I used my Paasche Model H for the spraying and used various shades of gray, rectangular and square cut-out “stencils”, file card as a straight edge, Flory washes and some pastel chalks to weather her. A mechanical pencil with the point sanded down quite finely and pieces of old vacuum cleaner belt was used to draw the panel lines. The drop tanks were done the same way and then I used a cotton bud to blur the pencil lines a bit. I think that technique gives a good result with raised lines. The kit went to together fairly well and the worst ordeal was attaching the tanks and ordnance. The attachment points were poorly engineered and seemed way too fiddly to me. Oh, and she's a big-time "tail-sitter" too. Even with two 115 gr 9mm bullets epoxied into the nose cone, she'll rock back on her heels like a cheap whore at the slightest provocation. Like moving the canopy too far back. The slight wind at the airport made it really frustrating to get pics because the model was constantly tilting back. I was not greatly impressed by the AOA decals either. Some resisted adhesion and none seemed overly rugged but rather too fragile. But after much gnashing of teeth and entirely too much time, she is finished and already in the display cabinet. But before that could happen, I had to get some pics. Here are some taken inside on Jan. 1 after everything was finished, and a few from next day at the Cameron airport too. January 2 was a lovely day out there and I had a nice interaction with two local police officers. They were very cool! As usual, thanks for taking time to look and comments welcomed!
  20. All hello! I will build Jagdhfnzer 38 "Hetzer" of infantry division "Scharnhorst". To the west of Berlin, May 1945. Here content of box. The old plastic of Italeri lies in the box of Revell. Some details of set I plan to replace or improve. Volodimir
  21. Flakpanzer III "Ostwind" (3,7cm Flak 43) 03286 1:72 Revell The origins of the Flakpanzer can be traced back to the North African campaign, when large numbers of Wehrmacht vehicles were decimated by fighter bombers of the RAF Desert Air Force. A number of temporary solutions were put in place, generally involving converting a range of vehicles to carry single flak guns. As the German military situation deteriorated, particularly on the Eastern Front, it became clear that a more permanent solution was required. A number of solutions were tried and tested until the first true Flakpanzers appeared in the shape of the Wirbelwind and the Ostwind. The Wirbelwind was fitted with the quadruple 2cm Flak 38, while the Ostwind was fitted with a single 3.7cm Flak 43. Both vehicles were based on the Panzer IV chassis, so I can only assume that Revell's Panzer III version represents some form of prototype. Most of the completed Ostwinds were deployed to Normandy in the wake of the Allied invasion. They didnt fare particularly well in combat though, with most being destroyed, captured or abandoned. As seems to be the case with most relatively obscure Wehrmacht types, the Ostwind has been relatively well-served by model manufacturers over the years. This particular effort from Revell is effectively a reboxing of the MACO kit released in 2013, which in turn is based on the Revell Panzer III but with new parts for the anti-aircraft gun and turret. Inside the compact end-opening box are six sprues of grey plastic, a white metal turret ring and decals. The sprues are well laid out and the mouldings are free from flash. Surface detail is clean and crisp, and first impressions are very favourable. As with most Revell kits, no shortcuts have been taken with the detail and the thing builds just like a miniature 1:35 scale model. While the axles and suspension units are moulded onto the side of the hull, the road wheels, drive sprokets and idlers are proper two-part jobbies. Take it from me, however, that painting the tyres on twenty-four individual wheels will drive you bonkers. The tracks are of the link and length variety and have been very nicely moulded. Once the running gear is in place, construction moves on to the upper hull. In keeping with the rest of the model, this is nicely detailed and extra parts such as spare wheels, tracks and pioneer tools are all present and correct. The Flak 43 mounting is a separate sub-assembly which replaces the kit's original turret. Revell/MACO have done a good job with this part of the kit, and the high part count points to a very good overall level of detail. You will need to drill out the barrel of the 3.7cm cannon, but that is no hardship. Lots of additional details such as spare ammunition is provided . The kit is calling out for some crew figures, but sadly none are included. Two different options are provides for on the tiny decal sheet. The first is a prototype Ostwind with sand/green camouglage, while the second is a prototype painted in overall green. The decal sheet is small but nicely printed. Conclusion When I first saw this kit, I assumed it was based on Revell's Panzer IV chassis, just like their relatively recent Wirbelwind. It's slightly surprising to see that Revell have chosen instead to release a kit of the prototype Ostwind, based on the Panzer III chassis, but perhaps this was logical given the availability of the MACO kit. Revell and MACO have done a really nice job with the conversion parts and the result is by far the best and most detailed Ostwind available in this scale. Highly recommended. Revell model kits are available from all good toy and model retailers. For further information visit or
  22. Revell U-Wing with custom base. From Star Wars Rogue One
  23. I recently had a request to build 3 specific Belgian Air Force aircraft for a customer. This has been a great project to pass the hours during lockdown and I hope he is pleased with the results when he receives them :) Spitfire is Eduard , painted using Vallejo metal colour acrylic paint. (The prop is only attached loosely to make shipping easier, so I know it appears slightly crooked) F-104 is a Revell item painted using Hataka acrylics F-16 is again Revell and painted using AK Real Colors Lacquer based acrylics (Which I would hesitate to use again!) All 2 use Daco decals and were weathered using oils and Tamiya master powders. All mounted on Beech wood bases using brass rod.
  24. Hi all, Worked on Revells 1/72 Sea King HAS.6 along side my recently completed Shorts Sunderland. Completely out of the box build with the exception of Hannants remove before flight tags for detail, some decals from an Airfix kit and canopy masks from Eduard. A really nice kit, the panel line work is not to everyones taste but a more enjoyable build (I found) than the Airfix new tool. Finished off as XV675 which is currently used as an instructional airframe at HMS Sultan and one I've recently seen. Weathered to depict an aircraft in active service, rotors folded using just the kit blades chopped and superglued (I'm tight on space in my cabinet!) I may eventually add the relevant tie downs and straps, but for the time being, I have used some invisible thread to simulate the blades held in place. Pictured on combat kit display bases photographed on white card along with another recent completion of the Airfix new tool Sea King in conjunction with the Whirlybird HU.5 conversion set and CMK engine set.
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    1/72 B-17F advice

    Maybe a simple question to ask, but I just can't figure out by reading some of the online reviews; which is the best B-17F in 1/72? The obvious candidates are Academy, Hasegawa and Revell. Any Britmodellers out there that have some good pointers for me?
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