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  1. Connecto Brass Tubing Connectors (C-08) Albion Alloys Modelling has a root in our creative urges, and we’re always looking for new ways to make things better, quicker and easier. If you’ve ever tinkered with brass tubing, you’ll know that it can be tricky to form shapes from the material with any reproducible regularity in shape or angle, thanks to the vagaries of our human fallibility and judging angles, lengths etc. Connecto is a new(ish) system from Albion Alloys that makes it almost as easy as making things from Lego or its rival Kinex. It is a Photo-Etch
  2. Hi guys, welcome to my proposed build for 2021, after I have finished my tug that is. As the title says, this will be a scratch build of the Japanese steam ship, Fushimi Maru. She was laid in 1913, launched in 1914 and her first voyage in 1915. Built primarily for the NYK’s European Routes with a typical routing in the 1920s were Yokohama, Kobe, Moji, Shanghai, Hong Kong, Singapore, Malacca, Penang, Colombo, Aden, Suez, Port Said, Naples, Marseilles, Gibraltar and London. Why may ask, why this ship? It’s a family history connection where sometime after WW1, a Span
  3. In a world of social media and texting, abbreviations and initials are common place, but unless you're a youngish girl, 'MLP' probably doesn't mean much to you! If you are a young girl, you probably know that 'MLP' is short for "My Little Pony"; popular toys for many years and an animated TV series. I can hear the murmurs of confusion echoing around the internet, so what does all this have to do with modelling? WELL!! If you're looking for aeroplanes, armour, warships etc, you've come to the wrong page. If you want to see something a bit different, with lots of scratch building and
  4. Evening All, “It is a truth universally acknowledged, that every serious aircraft modeller makes pusher biplanes, either from kits, vacuforms, conversions or scratch builds: they are landplanes, floatplanes or flying boats, and can have a combination of tractor and pusher engines. Ideally they should be in God’s Own Scale, but other scales are permitted. When the modeller has built up a suitable collection in the Proper Scale, it is quite appropriate for them to turn to a larger scale and build them in strip-down form.” Making Real Model Aeroplanes by Pheonix, Idontgoto Univer
  5. After almost a year, FPV Jura is finally ready for inspection. Unfortunately I can't give her to my friend David due to Covid-19. She was his first command as a sea Captain. Build thread is here: Night shot, the LEDs and Fibre Optics worked well: Hope you like her.
  6. Hi all, some pics of my recent project, nearly finished - a few ammo boxes missing Cheers Macki
  7. Bloody Mary is a hillclimber, built in the UK by John and Richard Bolster in 1929, when they were both schoolboys. It has a wooden (ash) chassis and was originally powered by a single J.A.P. V-twin of 750cc. Through the years, pre-war, it was refitted with bigger engines and ended up with two 1000cc J.A.P. KTOR V-twins, mounted in tandem. It competed until 1959, when it was put on display at the Montagu Motor Museum - and it's still there. It appears these days at events like Goodwood - the picture below is a from recent visit.
  8. MAYBACH HL210 P45 ENGINE FOR TAMIYA 1/35th TIGER I EARLY (Frühe) MM Series Kit no. 216 SCRATCH BUILD HAND TOOLS ONLY Sorry, but I just can't resist the temptation! Besides, this may fail disastrously and it's better to fail HERE and now than during the Pz VI (Tiger) STGB itself. So, I bought this Tiger a while back now, specifically for the forthcoming Pz VI Tiger STGB, which just won't come quickly enough! It's a very old, but good kit, and in my opinion it depicts the best looking Tiger I of all. The S-mine dischargers, high comm
  9. Evening All, I have been through a complete loss of mojo recently: after completing the Dornier Rs II and base I was looking for a similar challenge and I had tried to continue with a 1/72 scratch build of an FE 2d, (an FE 2 with a Rolls Royce Eagle engine instead of a Beardmore), which I have been working on for about a year, but when I found that I will probably have to make a new nacelle I simply baulked at the idea: no particular reason why, just the thought was enough to put me off. I then floundered around with several different ideas and decided that perhaps a change in scal
  10. Show us an image, or just describe in words, a diorama you would like to see built. Please do NOT post pictures of dioramas already built. This is just a thread for inspiration for those who like to build dioramas. Here is one I would like to build: The painting scene is quite dramatic, especially with all the lights.
  11. I've been struggling with motivation lately so I thought I'd try something different......... I've long been inspired by the work Bob Wilson aka ShipbuilderMN Latest post http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/235016920-berwick-law-steel-barque/ Plus Ray S & now Murdo entering the arena I have long had it in my mind to build a series of British Coastal Trading/Fishing craft. Being realistic I'm not going to live long enough to build in what I would normally call a reasonable scale. At this stage I've also got it in my head that I want to
  12. I was very impressed with the very classy wee scratch built "SS Ophir Steam Coaster" built by Ray S. Then of course, there's the shockingly brilliant scratch built models that Bob aka ShipbuilderMN produces (hate him... ) Sooooooo... Taking my daft ego in my hands I decided to see what ship I could scratch build. My uncle had a trawler back in the 1960's & 70's and I've always been rather fascinated by the Armed Trawlers used in WW1 & 2. I really wanted to build one of these wee boats so found some "plans" on Tinterweb and using some of the ideas
  13. I am posting these pictures following a request for them and information on the build in the WW1 aircraft section of this site. I am also including pictures of the scratch built Beardmore engine as this has featured as part of the discussion. There is a full build log for this model on Airfix Tribute Forum under conversion corner, and ww1aircraftmodels.com in the under construction section if anyone is interested. I have also included some notes on the type for those modellers who are not familiar with this aircraft. In the build logs referred to I used wings from the
  14. Hello all! I have just finished a scratch build of a steam coaster which I did for the Made In Britain Group Build here on BM, and thought you might like a look. This was my first 'proper' scratch build of a ship, I had done one some time ago but it was a plastic version of a paper model. This one I had to work out myself, and largely succeeded, but I am aware of a number of mistakes, misinterpretations and areas I could improve. I still need to give her the name plates, and pop her on a sea base. There is a build thread: http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/234994334-ss-ophir
  15. I decided to have go at doing one of these using some spare bits I have now accumulated from my other QLs Its will be a Bedford QLC 'Cockatrice' Flame Thrower truck, This is being built on a left over chassis from an old Airfix Tanker, spare wheels. litteraly, from my other QLs and all the body work will have to be scratch built.... Already done is adapting the the wheels to fit the old kit axles, including brake drums, also I made the axle dampers as these will be totally visable on at least 3 of the wheels.... To the pics of it so far.....
  16. Hello all, This is my first WIP thread but is my second 1/48 model to hit my workbench. I have been really looking forward to getting into this bad boy. I will be using the Eduard "Danger Zone" Hobby Boss F-14 reboxing. The kit is absolutely beautiful and even with some dry fitting everything just clicks together and even has a lack of release pin markers that plagued their F/a-18d. For this built I will be pulling out all the stops as well as all the ports that the kit comes with...and some! Still undecided as to weather I will fix the wings extended with all the flaps and slates showing
  17. Welcome to my latest posting- I'm going to win no prizes for speed modelling but I'm having fun so who cares! I'm working on a big long term airfield diorama project but it'll take me months/years to get all the components done so I'll post 'em as I do 'em. Here's the finished article (read down for WIP & more finished pics). I was inspired by an article by Richard Langford in Airfix Model World magazine, Jan 14 issue. The moulding is pretty ancient (I built one as a kid, it hasn't changed and I'm pretty ancient as well!) so I thought I'd have some fun su
  18. Hello and welcome to my build of a 1/48 Munitions Handling Trailer. I'll be using the Skunkmodels Workshop Missile Cart for USAF/NATO as the base for this build. That's all for now. After I have observed the ritual tradition of the sprue bath, I'll be back with some sprue shots.
  19. Hi all! I just want to share with you the things I have been doing to a 1/72 Heller F-16 A/B old issue, I got this kit to tinker with it and learn well... everything! I haven't done any aircraft modelling in a really long time and last time it was just a gluey mess with pieces of plastic attached to it. So I decided to go for a cheap kit and learn all the basic and try some advance stuff as well. This kit has raised panel lines which I decided to sand down and scribe them with a tamiya pea cutter I am also doing the riveting bit by bit using a small 0.3mm drill bit. I will get some pics w
  20. Wanted to build the Boxer IFV, with the 30mm Lance turret in 1/35. The base kit is the Revell Boxer which will be OOB, less the wheels. So, having being pointed in the direction of the Y-Modelle 1/87 kit (thanks H-.H), I used the turret to scratch build a turret in 1/35. The base of the 30mm cannon is heavily modified from the Revell Puma kit. Still got a ways to go, but the basic shell is complete.
  21. all, Needed a change from wheeled things (too lazy to scratch any tyres), so decided to try building a crawler. Being too tight to by Trumpeters version (plus it's the wrong scale) it was a case of doing some research and pestering overseas contacts but finally I had enough info to start the hack'n'slash . First off, better show where I hope to head i.e. 1:1 plan, GA view - So know we know what/how it's meant to look, next up it's time to make some flat plastic sheet look similar . Till the next installment _ _ _ _
  22. Ive started Re doing or Giving myself something to do well ive got this far today , your tips and comments please
  23. Royal Navy cruisers have long been an interest of mine, great looking ships with busy careers, but almost completely ignored in kit form. So in a challenge to the manufacturers to release a kit just before I finish the scratch build... ...I've started work on the Fiji-Class Cruiser HMS Jamaica. The real ship spent much of her war escorting Arctic Convoys and was at both Battles of the Barents Sea and North Cape so fits nicely with the HMS Sheffield I built a couple of years ago. Here's a couple of quick shots of the current status: Still a long way to go, but the basic shapes are comin
  24. A few pictures of my Chengdu F-7, in the colours of the Namibian Air Force for your perusal. This is the first model I build in quite a number of years. Also took me more than a year to complete. The model is loosely based on the Academy MiG 21 PF in 1/72 scale. I say loosely, because it involved quite a bit of plastic surgery to bring it to scale. Work in Progress here Comments and criticism welcome. And lastly, together with a Fujimi Mig 21 of the Angolan Air Force. that specific MiG 21 was the first of the type to set foot on Namibian soil when it executed a forced landin
  25. Morning all, I'm (slowly) working on a1/72 airfield diorama to house my Lanc BIII Dambusters Special which will include a control tower amongst other things. Does anyone know of a source of reasonably realistic generic maps that work roughly in 1/72 or 1/76 that can be printed off. I want them to go on the walls of control tower and on desks. Google's failed me so far, but I'm sure Britmodeller will come up with the goods! Thanks Andrew
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