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  1. Hello to all, Even if my endless Ford Mustang 1964 1/2 Convertible at 1/16 scale is not over: https://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/235040668-ford-mustang-1964-12-convertible-116-from-the-coupe-amt-kit-the-indy-500-pace-car/page/75/&failedReply=1 I begin a new build and thread dedicated to the 2014 Honda Repsol 213V Tamiya at 1/12. Even if this awesome GP motorbike will require a lot of care, it should be more simple than the Mustang, for which a lot of scratch was and still is necessary considering the quite poor AMT kit and the fact that I made a conversion from a Coupe to a Convertible. As my Mustang project is the priority, this Honda build will go on very slowly first (that is why I hesitated to open a new thread now). Here are below the first pics I made, engine build: N.B: I painted the clutch but in fact, I should not use the Tamiya part, that is not very realistic. I ordered a Top Studio detail set in which a more convincing PE/ resin clutch is provided. But I should not get this set before several weeks... Talking about detail sets, I will certainly order also the Tamiya detail set (front fork ref. 12667), waiting the latter to be in stock again on Passion 132. Cheers, O
  2. Hello fellow modellers, (where have I heard that phrase before?) For this GB I'm going to build last year's Tamiya F-4B Phantom II as used by the United States Navy to make many a large hole in South East Asia back in the day.
  3. Hi all, I am calling this done, it was a fun subject to start the New Year. I scratch built the part that dropped off the car when Charlie drove it back home. Thanks for looking in on this build guys. Finally, if you want to see the work in progress of this build, click the link below.
  4. Something I’ve wanted to do for a while, a “civvy” jeep converted to a small town fire truck. Using the Tamiya jeep & Black Dog conversion. CJ2A 2 by phil da greek, on Flickr CJ2A 1 by phil da greek, on Flickr The Tamiya kit is superb, almost snap fit no glue needed. The Black Dog set is, well, disappointing. Lots of snapped parts, rough casting & air bubbles where you don’t need them. CJ2A 4 by phil da greek, on Flickr CJ2A 11 by phil da greek, on Flickr in the next couple of photos the dark green is Tamiya, the light grey is Black Dog resin & the white is plastic card that should be light grey resin. CJ2A 8 by phil da greek, on Flickr CJ2A 9 by phil da greek, on Flickr You get the idea, a fairly straightforward conversion became a bit of a chew, the resin ladder was so rotten that even after filling, sanding, glueing & painting I felt it necessary to hide it. Here’s the finished piece, the ladder rack ended up not square but I was past caring at that point. CJ2A 14 by phil da greek, on Flickr CJ2A 17 by phil da greek, on Flickr CJ2A 21 by phil da greek, on Flickr CJ2A 15 by phil da greek, on Flickr CJ2A 20 by phil da greek, on Flickr CJ2A 18 by phil da greek, on Flickr CJ2A 19 by phil da greek, on Flickr CJ2A 16 by phil da greek, on Flickr There we are, not my best but it’s on the shelf, a project I may revisit one day. Thanks for looking.
  5. First of the two kits Jim sent me for the 453rd Museum build it's the well known Tamiya 1/48 P-51D I wasn't part of the group that visited the Museum but I'm friend with many of them, and I hope I'll be able to join them soon for a proper visit Jim asked me to build the boxart aircraft, which by coincidence is my favourite Mustang scheme Let's see what's in the box: a total of four sprues, including the transparents So a relatively low parts number, and the kit isn't like the most recent Tamaiya issues. Still it's a Tamiya, with some great detail all over Jim also included an Eduard PE set for the cockpit I started with a quick dryfit of the fuselage halves an the cockpit tub bottom view Typical good Tamiya fit, but it will need some work along the seam line, because of the metallic finish of this aircraft. The sidewall detail is amazing: I don't think I'll entirely replace it with the provided PE parts; I'll probably go with an integration, and some scratch building too Surface detail is also great: Alright, this should be fun! All comments welcome Ciao
  6. As the title suggests, I have decided to venture over to the Dark Side. My interest has always been aircraft but the projects I've been working on the last couple years are long terms ones and I had trouble keeping interest so I've decided to shelve my aircraft projects for the time being and decided to try out armorsince tanks tend to build up a bit faster than 2 or 4 engine bombers. Having committed to the M3/M4 Sherman Group Build in a few months, I figured I'd get a couple other builds done first so I don't embarrass myself. So, I've started a couple of the 1/48 Tamiya kits in my stash that I'm using as stepping stones before moving to 1/35 in the future. First up is the excellent little M10 (along with the T26E3 in the background but that will be a different thread). The M10 has always been one of my favorite AFVs and this kit has been a joy to build so far. I'm waiting on a couple packages of paint to arrive before I start that so I've done a quick mockup to show my work so far. The bogeys it is sitting on were "rescued" from a M4 that turned into a paint mule and test build for cast texture techniques so those are not the ones I will be using....last night was spent cleaning up all the suspension pieces I will be using. I decided to add a Legend stowage set (not cemented yet) which is looking really good. I'm also using metal main gun and .50 cal barrels from RB Model and some photoetch bits from Hauler (most of which have yet to be applied). And then the rest of the improvements I decided to try my hand at were shaving off the hatch handles and replacing with wire, stippling Ammo extra thin cement with a stiff brush to create cast metal texture on the transmission cover, gun mantlet and turret counterweights, and then adding an Archer casting number to the mantlet. I'm liking the results so far and can't wait to start getting some paint on it! (also, nevermind the glue marks on the hull....I glued on the grouser racks before remembering I'll need to apply decals before attaching them, so that will get cleaned up)
  7. OK, I'm in. Here's a Tamiya 1/48 Corsair, which was started several years ago. I bought this boxing in part because I liked the pirate flag badge on the nose (OK, I'm shallow, I know!), but then at some point thought I would do it as a FAA aircraft, so chopped the wingtips off. When I came back to it recently, I thought I'd rather just go back to my original plan and use the box decals for 'Big Hog', so I've rebuilt the wingtips with plastic card. In theory there now shouldn't be a lot of work before I can start getting paint on. It was always going to be a more or less OOB build, so I haven't done anything fancy in the cockpit. Have just been filling some ejector pin marks in the main gear legs.
  8. Hi fellow model fanatics, this is just a fun quick build to start the New Year. I used the engine from this kit last year to put into my Mad Max 2 Gyrocopter diorama. So, this is my way of using up the remaining kit parts. I found the figure on eBay; it needed the girl's hair lengthening to look more like the movie actress. She will be sitting on the Beetle, in a beach scene.
  9. Hello all, Here is my first of (hopefully) two entries for this GB - Tamiya's simply wonderful F-14D, which will be backdated and marked as an F-14B of VF-102 'Diamondbacks' during their Operation Enduring Freedom cruise from October 2001 to June 2002. BuNo 163225 was built in early 1989 and delivered to VF-124, before being assigned to VF-101 and VF-103 before eventually serving with VF-102 from 1998 until May 2002, when it was transferred to VF-101 and finally disposed of in August 2004. During OEF, VF-102 would drop a total of 450,000lbs of ordnance while logging 5000+ hours of flight time over Afghanistan. Squadron aircrew were awarded a number of Distinguished Flying Crosses for their actions during the cruise. The Tamiya kit doesn't need much introduction, so I'll summarise. It's the best kit ever Aftermarket: I'll be using the Phase Hangar Resin B conversion set (which includes seats, correct instrument panels, HUD etc), Master pitot tube, Quickboost TCS, New Ware masks and Fightertown decals. Scheme: References: She'll be loaded up for the predominant Close Air Support (CAS) role with either 4x GBU-12 or 2x GBU-12 and 2x MK.83. To be decided! Cheers and stay safe Dave
  10. I don't think I've ever built a Tomcat before, not even in my youth, so it's about time to do something about it. In three weeks time I get access to our newly built house that comes unfinished on the inside, so guess what I need to do? Yes, starting this kit off course? What could possibly go wrong with that approach? As a serial kit-starter i need to break out a new box now and then. Said box does look nice, but the contents are probably even better! Last year I started another swinger for the Tonka GB. That one was filled with so much resin that only @trickyrich can handle, but it sort of went quite well. "Well" as in it now painted, but no decals or kabloey stuff to hang on it. This time I'll just use the bare minimum: I managed to acquire an Areomaster sheet, so that I can do a nice sharkmouthed F-14. It's not sized 100% to Tamiya but I've checked the sunburst fin decal and that is a decent match to the fin so it might turn out fine. My plan for attack will be to start with the three bits that always is a hurdle when I do something modern. Weapons, landing gear and ejection seats. We'll see how that goes...
  11. So to give @nimrod54 's rally build some company in the GB I'm going with this Tamiya kit but modified with some aftermarket Studio27 decals (for the 1995 Swedish Rally), this particular car (17) was driven by a couple of Finns: Grönholm Marcus and Silander Voitto, however it had to retire due to gearbox issues. Plenty of Celica's did finish however - the newer 205 model (round headlights) coming in 3rd, 4th, 5th and 9th, another of this model (185 with the pop-up lights) coming in 8th. Pretty good year for Toyota you might think, however this is the season they got caught out for being naughty using illegal turbo restrictors on the new model so got a year ban for 96 and Kankkunen, Auriol and Schwarz (that's the 3rd, 4th and 9th wins in Sweden) were stripped of points in the championship in 95. The reason I went for these decals is the main sponsorship (Castrol) pattern swishes are identical to the Tamiya kit (1993 Monte Carlo) so I'll have some backups if it all goes horribly wrong when trying to get them to conform around the very curvatious body! I've also got some Reji Model snow wheels and tyres, since the kit supplied ones are rather wide looking slicks. I think I've also got some window masks somewhere for this kit, if I can dig them out. Parts shots, etc. once I get around to starting it.
  12. ' Hi Folks. Figured I'd best introduce myself, after arriving here. Started building my first AIRFIX kits around a full-year before the Beatles released their 1968 "White Album" By the time Jimi Hendrix had passed, I'd built pretty much the full AIRFIX range (all scales) Revell's (H-285) 1/48th B.25 Mitchell was a 1968 release that I bought & built brand new, too I can remember that, as I'd built it before we even got/had our first pet-dog (a beautiful Boxer !) As a kid, couldn't fathom as to "why" my new O/D "Doolittle" B.25 was so vast/huge when compared to my regular fayre kits & "why" THAT newsagent carried weird stock (FROG He.219) Some more embarrasing strong recollections which give away my age... I was building an Airfix Ki-46 Dinah, whilst watching an original transmission of "Peyton Place" Glueing fuselage-halves on the Airfix Short Sunderland, when a young Barry Norman came on BBC, saying "And now we'll show some excerpts from the forthcoming U/A film "Battle of Britain" Down went the Sunderland (on the carpet) & "Help yourself everbody, there's no fighter-escort" was heard, uttered for the very first time (for me) by the late, great Christopher Plummer. Saw the film at the cinema a few months later, twice, on initial release & the queues outside were Biblical ! I gave up building around 1976 (FROG's demise, too) - Girls, Exams, Girls, Guitars, Girls, M/cycles, Girls ! Two kits alone kept my (kit) interest on life-support - Heller dH-Vampire & a 1/32 Revell P.51-B Latter, as my Church nagged me to build a kit "Below £2.50" for the forthcoming Eisteddfod competition Never understood "how" I won 1st-prize with my Essex based"Shangri-La", as a guy had built a superb HMS Victory (large Airfix), complete with rigging & super-paint, yet only came 2nd, which frankly, baffled me, as he'd put a lot of work in. Then, aside from THAT brief blip on the radar, it was back to Girls, Guitars, Girls & M/cycles (& Girls !) but NO kits Casting back a mo'..... By 1971, I'd already built my 2nd Airfix Short Stirling, a plane I was literally obsessed with (then & since) 14-years later (summer 1985) the pretty-wife & I had a fortnight away (2 locations) in Cornwall Then, "Palitoy" had Airfix in their 'death-grip' & the "Buy one get one free" era was in (but I wuz still "off kits") By chance, whilst out riding, we stopped for Diet Coke's & Cornish Ice-creams (both) at some shop or other. Walked in & the place was "wall to wall" with Airfix & this (hitherto) unheard of B.O.G.O.F crazy deal. Guy was triple-scooping Cornish ice, whilst wife groaned "Bloody Airfix $hit", with me, cast back in mists of time Alpha in me kicked-in & asked - "Do you by ANY chance have the series.7 Short Stirling ?" "It's on the shelves somewhere" - "No it's NOT, I've looked twice already", followed by him saying.... "Hang on, I'll go upstairs & check the stockroom" (which, given 100-kits on sale downstairs, gave hope) "Yes. Here it is. Last one in stock" - "Great, I'll have it" - "Erm NO, YOU WON'T" (with me saying "Why not ?") "No. You have to buy one first, off the shelves - I can't let you have it, unless you buy one. That's the deal" Exasperated to the max (with both him & 'Palitoy's rules), I got rattled & said.... "Listen Guy !" "I've got a Kawasaki Z.1000 outside, NO LUGGAGE SPACE & I don't wanna be saddled with dross I don't need" But he, the newsagent/large shopkeeper 'stuck to his Palitoy guideline sheet' (Jobsworth) & was adamant. Losing my rag, I went... "Alright, I'll buy THIS ($hit) but I don't want it AT ALL" - picking-up an RAF 1/44th VC.10 "Now can I have the Short Stirling & you can put THIS unwanted dross (VC.10) back, as I've got no room for it" He burst out laughing (embarrassed) & said, "God, you must want that kit badly". (Like, does a bear soil the woods ?) Nostalgia does funny things to people... We lugged that bloody Stirling kit around for the rest of the fortnight. Awkward, as we did an additional 1,000+ miles To add insult to injury, when we got back (chalet), it had TWO sets of wings & NO tailplanes - (Jeeez = Trun, France !) 1988, started going to the "Southern-Expo" at my namesake, then joined the Hornchurch IPMS for 10-years. Built-up a crazy sized vast kit-collection & kept buying & selling, over the years, upgrading etc Didn't help remotely that the Wife's Dad (a Police officer) had a lovely 'holiday-home' at Pakefield, near Lowestoft Practically "lived" at the Hannant's Trafalgar St warehouse, (before Oulton) & spent a shedload between 1986-1995 there. Attended ALL the IPMS shows (whilst a club-member), plus airshows & touring European battlefields (same Kawasaki, w/mates) Went to many airshows, i.e "Fighter Meet" (North Weald) with Carmel.Z - (some of you will know him from Colindale, Hendon ?) Had kids, moved away - Still had the kids & things went very quiet, as I live in a fairly remote area, now Lurked on here for around 9-10 years - Finally took the plunge & registered on the 30th Dec' - (came thru today, 1st-Jan'22) Mainly been in 'hoarder mode' up till recently, as family members & 1/48th made up kits tend to clash ! Mainly into Bombers & large Transport a/c, but mostly Bombers, with B.26 Marauders & Short Stirlings being my faves. Do have quite a few armour kits - mostly 1990's & 2000's Tamiya 1/35th & a few trucks, too. Lastly - Happy New Year folks ('Hawny') P.S ; Went to "the dark-side" (diecast) from around 2004-2015, but prices (on good stuff) got silly. A few of my elderly kits, ageing just like me ! Hornchurch_Aerodrome, on Flickr Hornchurch_Aerodrome, on Flickr
  13. Here I have my build of the Tamiya P-47D Thunderbolt in 1/48th scale. I used exclusively Tamiya paints on this build and I must say the went down a treat. I thinned my paints with Mr Colour self levelling thinner with a mixture of ratios depending what area of the aircraft I was spraying. I choose to attempt this entire model free hand and I love the way it turned out. The kit itself was a treat to assemble and require no filler or sanding for that matter. I went with the "Little Chief" paint scheme, with is an Olive drab and Neutral Grey scheme. This aircraft was flown by Lieutenant Frank Kibbe, of the 56th FG. The only real downside of this kit was the Tamiya decals. They are extremely thick and only with the assistance of Tamiya Mark Fit Super Strong was I able to get them into a presentable state. I would more than appreciate the criticism and critique any of you guys may have as I'm very new to this great hobby. Regards
  14. Never built a floatplane before, and think I built a Zero once upon a time in the dim, dark age known as the 1990's so been wanting to build something Japanese from WW2 for a few months now, so got this for a good price recently. Score! Sexy sprue shots ahead! Box art in the usual Tamiya style. These planes were supposed to launch from those redonkulous I-400 class subs (3 per sub) and go off and bomb the Panama Canal I believe, but the surrender happened before they went ahead with the plan. Crazy. 2 sprues for the wings and fuselage. Looks pretty detailed OOB. Floats and launch dolly sprues. Comes with a metal weight in the box to include in either float. It's like a second kit almost! This is going to be interesting to make it look good. Clear parts look good, but canopy comes as 1 piece so no displaying it open unless you have the testicular fortitude (which I lack) to cut it apart or maybe get an aftermarket one? Eh. I'm fine with it closed, masking it is going to be fun though... Decals look okay, but their made by the same crowd who made my D.520 decals so I'm a bit skeptical on their quality. This might be a razor blade in the candy floss of life. Need to check up on the exterior paints and see what I need to get. Some pics I've seen of the only plane around seem to show a dark green cockpit colour, so it looks like Mitsubishi Interior Green from Mr Color (C126) is a good choice? Answers here please. And time to try chipping fluid or use good old abrasion on the paintjob to show some heavy wear the IJN/IJA craft seem to be known for in the later years of the war. Have some chipping fluid (Vallejo), but airbrushing it once or twice hasn't filled me with good feelings... Anyway, updates to follow!
  15. I have to make a confession first, I never finished a scale model of the Bf 109 So time to change this. As I had the three new kits in my stash, why not to do a "comparative" build of them. They are from largest to smallest box - Eduard, Tamiya and Zvezda. Upon opening the boxes, the Eduard box looks rather empty. The Tamiya box looks to have more in it. And the Zvezda box is full up to the rim! But this is a bit misleading as several frames are from the older F model. There are plenty online reviews of the three kits and they are all reasonably favorable. According to them, the Zvezda kit which is based on their F model lacks in details and looks rushed. Eduards Mk.II kit is now in 1/48 at last, but still has some shape issues. And Tamiya with the latest addition looks to be another shake the box kit to build it. So lets start the comparison with the wings. As can be seen, there is a slight variation in wing span. The Zvezda wing is actually a bit shorter still as it isn't casted with the dihedral in place. Here a close-up of the two bulges and the difference in shapes And here the a picture how these two bulges do look. Lets move to the top of the wing. Here the length diffrence is now more visible, with the Zvezda wing about 1mm too short. And the comparison of the undercarriage bulge. To compare the fuselage is a bit tricky due to the construction of the engine covers. The Eduard fuselage is maybe placed a bit too forward. Considering this, they are equal in length. Also note the different shapes and sizes of the bulge under the horizontal stabilizers. And these bulges on the real aircraft. It looks there was a bit of variation on the real aircraft too. But there are differences in the representation of maintenance panels. The res circle show the missing panels. I believe Tamiya has one too many, Eduard is correct and Zvezda has some missing. The Tamiya instructions have this to say about the panels above and the bulges below. And here the other side. The two bulges are very noticable on the Tamiya kit, very tiny on the Eduard kit and none existent on the Zvezda kit. Here a close up. One known issue with the Eduard kit is the fuselage height. In comparison with the Zvezda kit, it is 0.6mm too high. Comparing the Zvezda and Tamiya fuselage results in a perfect match. I am sure that all three kits will result in very nice models of the Bf 109 G-6. The Tamiya kit looks to be the easiest build. Eduard has some nice details and Zvezda needs a bit of work. My goal is to have the three models built in similar finishes prior painting. That means that I will rivet the Zveda and Tamiya kit. I may use after market parts for the wheel and exhaust which would also correct the other problem on the Eduard kit, the too wide opening for the exhaust. My next update will be a comparison of the cockpits ready for painting. I won't use the Eduard PE parts in the cockpit to have a fairer comparison. Thanks for stopping by. Cheers, Peter
  16. Just managed to get this finished before the end of the year. Normally an armour modeller but this was my first proper plane. I really enjoyed building this although the paint job and decals fought me all the way! Great kit I’ve now got a bunch more aircraft kits in the stash.
  17. With reference to the Harrier GR1/GR3 and the Sea Harrier FRS1 - is the wheelbase between the nose u/c and main u/c the same? ( Or the distance between the two undercarriage leg mounting points?) Doing some research into a potential kit bash between an ancient Tamiya FRS1 and the unused FA2 parts in the Kinetic GR3 and have discovered that the Tamiya nose wheel bay appears to be ~5mm too far back. (Compared to the Kinetic GR 3 fuselage.) Can anyone confirm that the two should be the same? Peter
  18. The title says it all apart from the actual choice of airframe The top decal pack allows for three different aircraft but having already built a Hobbyboss kit as "101" (the middle scheme) it will either be the CAG "100" with the black fins or the retro finish grey / white "103" Mike
  19. Hey folks Have finally finished this Tamiya kit and thought I would post some pics. Have had this sat on the pile of shame for some time as Abe was one of my favourite riders as a teenager, and I was afraid I wouldn't be able to do the kit justice (so had to build up some nerve to get going with it!) I haven't built a bike in some time and I had forgotten how awkward they can be: build, paint, build, paint etc. It was a lot more time consuming than the 1/72 aircraft and miniature painting I am used to. But, I did enjoy building it, despite the age of the kit it fitted together beautifully, and just a couple of the decals had started to get a bit dry (thankfully none of the major ones!) Anyway here she is. The observant will notice a couple of bits missing (I am going to say he crashed a bit too often!) and for the exhaust I was experimenting with some metallic colour-shift paints, so again not really analogous to real life. Any C&C very welcome!
  20. Hi all, been a while since I have been on here, moved house, rebuilt my motorcycle, started 2 more to build, started a business building said motorcycles, and yet to finish the last 2 WIP's : Aussie sabre and reppu "Sam" both 1/72 fighter planes. I'm doing this build as a gift to my missus father who i have yet to meet overseas. Kind of a break the ice type gift. He's a massive Yamaha fan, and a motorcycle mechanic himself so i thought this would be fitting. I initially wanted to do a 50th anniversary, or failing that a Rossi version but the prices!!! So this was the other option, and as well as the kit i all upspeced it with a Tamiya detail up kit for the forks and a Top Studio resin kit. My first resin kit i have used so bear with me. This being a gift, i have 4 months to build it so unlike my previous 2 builds, this one NEEDS to be done. Started with the engine, normal Tamiya step one https://www.flickr.com/photos/191561787@N07/51752151409/in/dateposted-public Test fitted the exhaust to allow for the oxygen sensors fitted This is Mandatory as the alignment is very important to not fowl on anything
  21. This was an enjoyable reboxed version of Eduard Hawker Tempest MkV as one of their limited editions. As I was going to do Sqn Ldr Roland Beaumont's aircraft it was fitting to also build Tamiya's sublime V, which Beaumont became a multiple ace in 'killing over 30 V1's in this particular aircraft. And side by side side with its older brother the Hawker Typhoon MkIb
  22. Hello guys, Welcome to what may be my third build of 2022. Looking on Google, I stumbled upon some profiles of the Me 262 in Argentinian service. I then remembered Argentina had received several Gloster Meteor Mk.4s from Britain after WW2, so I decided to make a what if Me 262 in Argentinian markings, based on the Meteors. Colour scheme will be of Gloster Meteor Mk.4 C-027 with yellow and blue wing bands and empennage. Decals will come from some spares I have from Condor Decals (numerals) and roundels (Dukel Hobbies). The victim: The profiles: The aircraft I'll attempt doing: The painting instructions from HKM's 1:32 Meteor: The decals for the numerals (other insignia aren't shown): I'm eager on starting this project once I get the model (I already paid for it). Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
  23. #28/2021 So, here´s my dad´s last model for this year. The new Tamiya P-38 kit is one of the best my dad has built so far regarding fit and engineering. Already posted it two days ago but deleted it again because I realized that my dad and I have overseen, that the "E" model had the pitot tube under the nose and not under the wing. Corrected the mistake by stealing a suiting tube from a Hasegawa kit, the Tamiya kit has none such tube. Painted with Tamiya XF-53 Neutral Grey and a mix of Gunze H78 Olive Drab 2 and H309 FS34079 for the olive. Added Eduard seabelts and Brassing MGs, EZ Line for the antenna. Main markings from Kits World Decals and the stencils from the kit. Build thread here https://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/235100879-aleutian-forktail148-lockheed-p-38e-lightning-54th-fs343rd-fg-usaaf/ Aircraft was flown by Lt. John S. Mackey, 54th FS/343rd FG, stationed on Attu, one of the Aleutian Islands in 1943/44. DSC_0001 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0002 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0003 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0004 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0005 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0006 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0007 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0001 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0009 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0010 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0011 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0012 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0013 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0014 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0015 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0016 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0017 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0018 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0019 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0020 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0021 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0022 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0023 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0024 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0025 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0026 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0027 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0001 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr
  24. Morning all, This is another fugitive from the recent Phantom STGB, to go with the parade of Phantoms we've had this month! As everybody knows, you can't have too many Phantoms This is the (in)famous Tamiya 1/32 kit from 2001(?) It's okay but nowhere near modern day Tamiya in terms of fit or accuracy. Its weaknesses are well known and documented but I haven't corrected anything, so weird patches, wrong dihedral, misshapen rear fuselage and grossly undersized nozzles are all there. I used Eduard interior set to improve the cockpit, seats and canopies, which would be otherwise completely devoid of detail. The surface details are good, and the smaller components fit beautifully. Pretty much everything else needed filler and the top wing joint with the fuselage is actually held together with masking tape, as there's literally no contact with the fuselage Now the good bits... paint used was MRP Israeli FS colours and boy, are those good paints! Used AK Gauzy Intermediate as a gloss coat and Xtracrylix Flat to finish. Decals were a mix of Warbird stencils and Sky's Decal for the insignia and squadron markings/serial numbers. They all behaved beautifully despite numbering into the hundreds. The aircraft represented is Kurnass 116 of Squadron 201 'The One'. It is based on a documented mission flown on 12 October 1973 to strike Damascus Airport, codenamed RAM. The four-ship strike package (Panther flight) all carried mixed bombloads: three with five Mk117s and three Mk83s, and one with 5xMk117s and three CBU-54 cluster munitions. The resin bombs came from Videoaviation in Italy and they are very highly recommended! The aircraft also carries two Deker (AIM-9D Sidewinder) and two Lavid (AIM-7E Sparrow). 116 confirmed one MiG-21 kill with a Lavid during this mission after Panther flight was bounced by two flights of four MiG-21s egressing the target area. Overall this was not the easy build I was expecting. 2001 Tamiya (the original mould was mid-90s) is not 2021 Tamiya! I really pity anyone who paid the eye-watering £125 RRP for this kit as it's barely better than the Revell kit which retailed at about £45. But you pays your money, etc! It still builds up into this huge and impressive result. As you can see from the bits in the background, this is a very big model! Anyway... It's finished! If you like Phantoms, go and give the STGB some love, I don't think I've seen such a high standard in a group build, which is amazing considering it's time-limited. This build thread is here, in case you're interested in the triumphs and failings of both kit and modeller! Cheers Alan
  25. Newest project my dad is about to start, Tamiya P-38 kit with Kits-World Decals, for backup we have also the individual markings from Kagero DSC_0011 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0012 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0013 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0014 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr
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