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  1. Dear fellow Britmodellers, here's my 1/72 Tamiya Mosquito Mk.XVII night fighter. I built from the box, with the addition of True Details resin wheels, Master metal pitot tube, and Albion Alloys steel wire to replace the wing antennas. Painted with Gunze/Mr Hobby acrylics, pictures by Wolfgang Rabel. Both Airfix and Special Hobby have announced the release of new 1/72 Mosquito variants in 2021. Time to clear my stash in order to make room for the upcoming kits!
  2. Good day, colleagues. I present to you for review the conversion of the BT-7 from Tamiya with the use of the tower from the КомплектЗип - BT-7A artillery support tank. Out of box build with small cosmetic modifications and a pickled anti-aircraft turret from a microdesign There is no prototype, it turned out to be a collective image of the tank. The tanker is assembled according to the principle "I made it out of what was there" Coloring - Gunze and everything Oils and Pigments-AK and Co. Enjoy your viewing, thank you for your attention!
  3. Finally.... only took me two months but serious illness in the family took me out of things for 6 weeks and was nearly finished then. Fairly pleased with this as a follow on from the old-skool tamiya Panther I built in March. Some of the decals are not quite right but something that I like on the shelf is more important than accuracy for me. Going contemporary with next build.... RFM Challenger 2 or Trumpeter T-14 Armata are waiting, but they might not get done until after summer when outdoors hopefully beckons. Straight out of box, no changes, painted with Vallejo acryli
  4. All done, typically good Tamiya kit presenting no problems at all. As always, brush painted with Humbrol enamels & finished off using Winsor & Newton Galleria acrylic varnish. The extra bits came from a separate Tamiya modern American set. The commander is a USMC tank crew from Mini Art. Photos below with a couple in black & white. M60A1ERA 44 by phil da greek, on Flickr M60A1ERA 42 by phil da greek, on Flickr M60A1ERA 41 by phil da greek, on Flickr M60A1ERA 40 by phil da greek, on Flickr M60A1ERA 39 by phil da g
  5. Hi All, I haven't lurked in this part of the forum for ages...good to be back! Due to a recent house move, I have a much-reduced modelling space, with no room for an airbrushing station. Therefore I decided dabble again in figure painting with brushes. I had an idea a while back about converting one of the Tamiya 1/16 figures to represent a modern US Navy carrier deck crewman, as US Naval aviation is a strong interest of mine. I liked the look of the brown-shirted 'chock and chain/plane captain' crewmen: So I bought the Tamiya Bundeswehr Tank Crewman fig
  6. I know I have to complete the models I started first. But because I have a very strong will, I have managed to defeat myself, and I continue to expand my collection of started and unfinished models. This time it’s Tamiya Marder I (35370) that I found under the Christmas tree. It's a very interesting vehicle - on thecaptured French Lorrain 37L, a fighting compartment was mounted with the best anti-tank 75-mm Pak 40 cannon at that time. All details fit perfectly. Excellent, easy to sand plastic, semi-assembled tracks. If assembled directly from the box, the model can be glued in
  7. This is my model of the iconic Austin Mini Cooper S. The Tamiya 1/24 scale kit is truly an oldie and has long ago been discontinued. Inside the kit there was the marking 1983. I was able to order mine on the net. The quality and the fit of the parts was good but not of the current Tamiya level. To emphasize the British origin of the car I asked my friend to print the Union Jack decal for the roof. I sprayed the red areas with Tamiya TS-8 Italian red. Inside the car I painted the seats and other parts with Humbrol and Vallejo colours and the floor was covered with dark red flock. T
  8. I blame @Procopius and @Cookenbacher. And @CedB In what feels like a very different world, c.2 years ago, 2 young(-ish) Americans well known to this community came to visit the UK. They visited a truly epic number of air museums in a short time, met many of us at Telford and/or some of the museums, and generally appeared to have a blast. As far as I am aware there was no direct evidence of their being over-sexed, but they lived admirably up to the example of their ancestors 75 years ago by being over-paid and over here. One of the museums they visited was at Old Buck
  9. Hi all, this is my first post here and was hoping for some help. I'm nearing completion of my 1/35 Tamiya Type 82 Afrika Korps Kubelwagen and have had an absolute mare with the decals and ruined a couple of them. I was wondering if anyone knew where I might I get replacements (I've emailed the Tamiya UK supplier with no reply) or if someone has completed this kit and still has the decals they didn't use they'd be willing to donate them? I'd be willing to pay postage. I am building the AA scheme in the instructions (the one with the palm trees). Apologies if this is the
  10. Got this finished last month. I used the Vector wheel bays, P-47 upgrade set and M/N prop. Wheels are Ultracast ones and the 75 gallon drop tank is from Edaurd's Brassin range. K-14 gunsight from Aires. Painted with Alclad II for the NMF and Humbrol enamels for the rest. Decals are from Zotz, with the Insignias and stencils from the kit and a few Eduard stencils. I changed the seat near the end of the build to an Ultracast square type as I had incorrectly used the earlier type from the kit. (Click on the photos for a larger image).
  11. Like many folk, lockdowns signalled a return to modelling for first time in over 20 years. Unlike my teens where I would brush paint everything, I invested in an airbrush and spent time watching YouTube videos and trying to learn how to use it. I initially tried to build a Tamiya Porsche 911 Turbo without much success but used that as a paint mule to practice airbrushing on. I then decided to build a Tamiya F-14A after reading good things about the kit. 6 months or so later and I have finally finished (apart from needing to polish the canopy). Kit was painted with a mix of Tam
  12. Model Number 5 - best build by far - cannot express how good this kit is - it was a little expensive, but the reviews were right - easily the best fitting model so far, the detail is insane and you can barely see any seams between the panels, in-fact there was very little glue needed the fit was that good. Very clever how the kit is put together overall, Tamiya really seem to have thought about the method of construction - there was serious engineering put into this! an absolute joy to build. Not a bad effort, but overall I wasn't that happy with the finish - this is of course no d
  13. Forgot to add photos to my other post... I picked up this kit for cheap a few weeks ago. It's officially the "WWII U.S. Infantry at Rest" kit No. 52, with several figures in various poses. The "Light Vehicle" kit is a bonus. It also includes several gas cans, barrels, and soft stowage items that I can hang on the tanks or in the Jeep. I haven't painted the figures or stowage items up yet. It is a nice little kit. Fun to build and paint. Photos with and without flash. With flash highlights some of the "mud" splashed on it. I just finished re-reading Steven Ambrose's "Citiz
  14. I have been collecting some of the Tamiya 1/48th armor kits to go with my 48th aircraft kits. I finally finished a couple of them. They are a nice break from aircraft since they go together so much easier, I don't have to worry as much about filling seams, and weathering is whatever you feel like doing. There's no such thing as too dirty when it comes to armor. I built the Sherman M4A3E8 first, then the M4A1. These are the first armor kits that I've built in over 40 years. First, the Easy 8, M4A3E8 Here's the M4A1 Why I
  15. #11/2021 Next one finished. One of my dad´s excursions to the 1/48 armour world. To avoid the usual single grey look, I searched for something different. Came across the 1/35 Bronco kit wich included a 3-tone prewar and a 3-tone Hungarian scheme. Proposed that to my dad and he chose the Hungarian one. Brought the paint instructions to 1/48 size, printed them and cut out the Hungarian licence plates and the unit insignia on the vehicle rear and glued them onto the model. Painted with Tamiya XF-58 Olive Green, XF-78 Wooden Deck Tan and XF-64 Red Brown. Build thread here https:
  16. ....... well, go on then, l don't mind because l'm sat here eating a large slice of humble pie! I build aircraft with all that cockpit detail, super smooth joint lines, intricate paint jobs with lots of masking of canopies and camoflage schemes to say nothing of the thousands of decals that need applying and to be honest l had got bored. So l thought why not build a Tank, easy-peasy, slap it together, does'nt matter about bad fit or joint lines showing( battle damage), easy freehand paint job ( no masking) and next to no decals, whats not to like! Well for a start
  17. I have had this stash lurker for a while now,had painted the base,but the beasties remained in primed condition,having had a look at Gimme shelters and Mrs Plastiks builds gave me the required KUTA to get one finished,its a lovely little model and i may just get on with the Rex and Triceratops....................may. Went for a Impala,red deer paint scheme for the adult with flashes of electric blue for the adult. For the youngster went for a fawn countershade look. Tried to create a moment when the young dino has supried a nest building Hypsilophodont
  18. So, time for a new little armour project. Gonna build Tamiya´s nice Protze. To avoid the standard grey my dad will do a Hungarian version using instructions from a Bronco kit as template. DSC_0004 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0007 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0008 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr
  19. The Horch Type 1a was one of the heavy passenger cars introduced as the Wehrmacht tried to standardise it's motorised equipment at the end of the 1930s. The 80hp V8 engine-powered vehicle could hold 8, and was a highly maneuverable piece of machinery thanks to its combination of 4-wheel drive and 4-wheel steering. Other notable features were the large radiator - installed with the hot climes of North Africa in mind - and the gas tank, which was split into distinct left and right halves in an attempt to add stability on rough terrain. From Europe to the Russian steppes, and into North Africa, t
  20. This is my model of the legendary gull wing Mercedes-Benz 300SL from the 1950's. I built the beauty a couple of months ago from an excellent Tamiya 1/24 scale kit. It's probably the best kit I have ever encountered during my 30 years of serious fine scale modelling. The fit of the parts was excellent and the detailling excellent. I can fully recommend the kit to any colleague interested in this legendary sports car.
  21. Ahoy. I was trying to come up with some sort of pun title referencing The Song.... Best I could come up was: I bless the planes down in Africa I hear the Huns echoing tonight I then I got distracted again looking at the kit No surprise I'll be doing this scheme And as far as aftermarket stuff goes, managed to track these down in the attic Had these kicking around since I was in my teens, went through a Tamiya Luftwaffe phase. This'll be my first German plane build in a long time! I'm very excited to take a bash at th
  22. This girl is ready for inspection. Pix from the process dan be found here: In the photos it looks a tad bit grainy, but it's partly a trick of the light, partly that I finished it with Mission Models gloss varnish. I won't do that again on NMF. Till next time! Keep safe and healthyy! /Torbjörn
  23. Time to start a new project, enough of the winter blues, to be different I decided to build something from the stash! Some classic Tamiya plastic: M60A1ERA 1 by phil da greek, on Flickr There’s no drama in this box, no hidden messages in the instructions it’s just classic Tamiya. I already have a bit of sand in the display cabinet so I think it’s going to be out of the box in NATO three colour camouflage. After a couple of two hour sessions most of the main construction is done, requiring clean up & a good looking at tomorrow before I get some paint on.
  24. This model was started in the Mediterranean Theatre GB but stalled after a decal disaster which can be found here https://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/235079643-23-squadron-mosquito-fb-mk-vi/ In July 1943 23 Squadron was based at Luqa in Malta with a mix of Mosquito Mk II and Mosquito FB Mk VI. One of the latter was HJ675 (code YP-V) which for a short time was regularly flown by Flt Lt (later Sqn Ldr) Paul Rabone who went on to become a WWII "Ace" before losing his life in July 1944. Several of the squadron's aircraft were used for long distance
  25. My first post on here after lurking for sometime. Having not built a car model for many years, I've recently got back into it and this my latest effort. It's the Tamiya kit built pretty much straight from the box with just a few bits of additional piping/cabling in the engine bay. It's an older release of the kit that I think I must have had in my stash for around 20 years, so it didn't have all the additional etched detailed and turned aluminium parts of the latest version. Finish is Zero Paints BRG and AK Extreme Metal Aluminium with MR Colour Super Clear on top. I found the kit to be tricki
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