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  1. Bless my soul it’s a Fairey Firefly in 1/48 by Trumpeter Hello and welcome to my next aeroplane build. This kit Was sat at Ian Allen in Birmingham city Center since it’s release in 2018. Collecting dust. She was just out of reach price wise but When the 75% off closing down sale occurred I snapped it up along with a few other choice kits. ( Double edged sword of joy and sadness. I was excited to have it and looked forward to making her. As she wriggled her way to the top of the stash I began to look for builds on line. Lots of “special hobby” Fireflys but no Trumpeter. Then I start reading the reviews. It seems there is a lot of hate for this kit. The more I read the more disappointed I got. The more disappointed I got the more I read and the more I looked at the kit. She looks like a firefly, smells like a firefly, heck it even has firefly written on the box. I was well on the side of the under Dog. Yes there seem to be some issues and I’m not looking to build this under the eye of Sauron or anyone for that matter. I’m just here to have a good time. The issues that are most relevant to me I think I can fix with some old school modelling work / 3D printing and a rather lovely big dollop of enthusiasm. I’ve opened the box now so there’s no going back. 🫣🫠 Join me if you will in another adventure, I’d be glad for the support. Pawing through the various bashings this poor kit has had I have picked out a few things I’ll definitely be fixing along the way. And probably more as the build unfolds. They are: A new tail rudder. Cloth instead of metal. New wheels. Deeper and more details New wheel wells. Squared and detailed. Detailed cockpit. Just a little more. Nose vent things. You know if you know. Cockpit mirror. Yeah that. 🪩 That’ll do for starters. I’m confident I’ll get a lovely looking firefly at the end of this but one can never tell. I might just spoon it. Regardless if you’ve ever wanted to build this or ever wondered who on earth would then now’s your chance. Tag along and watch what happens after I open the box. Welcome friends. Johnny.
  2. Hi, First post, recently I got into modelling (1 SMS Viribus Unitis so far). I decided to build Trumpeters 1/350 HMS Roberts - an Abercrombie type monitor with 1 2x15 inch gun turret. I've pre-painted the base of the hull (if this is the right phrase?) in black, then overlaid a red for the main hull. Now I've assembled the super structure to paint as one in camouflage then to add in the detail parts/ final PE parts that are probably too fragile to be handled frequently. It is a beautiful kit with the brass parts built in to the design so no having to scrape things off. only extra PE is brass barrels from a Hood upgrade set (I wanted elevated here)
  3. Hi all this is my latest build having finished it at the weekend. It’s the Trumpeter GR.7 kit and modified to a GR.5 with an adjusted instrument panel and a new nose from Miliput. The camera pod casings are made from the kit weapons by cutting and extending them to the correct length of CBLS2000 which were the base for the camera pods. The cameras and mounts were scratch built using plasticard and 0.2mm lead wire. The engine face has a clear disk which I roughed up to give the impression of engine running, including all the blow in doors open. The strobe light are backed with that sticky foil as their base. This particular colour scheme is one of the first 3 Development Batch which was then additionally painted blue and white for rough ground trials at Boscombe. This meant that it got plastered in earth. So for the first time I’ve done this and watched a few videos on YouTube from the Armour modellers on how to mud up your kit. I sprayed away with light coats and then with dried out garden earth added to the paint and dabbed it on with a flat brush. The black & white squares on the nose are one decal but the larger item on the fin is 2 black & 2 white positioned together. If you look at the fin one checker is over the formation strip and the other side has the strip going through the checker. This actually on the real thing. The pilot is a PJ item and cut to fit. The camera gun pods had the 3 windows cut out and the protrusion muzzles as such were modified rocket heads that were reshaped. The camera position markings on the pylons are cut in half squares from Fantasy I think. MDC was done with a white pen after micromeshing away the seem line right down the centre of the canopy. My thanks to Nick from the Harrier SiG for all his help on this unique project. As usual my photography is not the best and it looks way better in the plastic as such. Thanks for looking. Steve.
  4. Hi, On my shelf for a while now is trumpeters UH-34. I am not a helicopter expert, but I believe this is the same as an S-58. I gather you should be able to build this as an S-58 as used by the Netherlands Navy. At the time I tried to get the “DutchDecals” sheet, but it had sold out. Did find a set from a company previously unknown to me by the name of Heli Scale. I also ordered a rotor folding set from Scale warships Ltd. designed for use on the Italeri kit. It is actually for the Wessex and I am not sure if they share the same rotor head as on the S-58. However, hopefully I can make it work. The trumpeter kit does allow to fold the tail rotor at first glance, so I hope to display it as shown in the National Military Museum in Soesterberg, The Netherlands. Also plenty of reference material on the IPMS NL website: https://ipms.nl/artikelen/nedmil-luchtvaart/vliegtuigen-s/vliegtuigen-s-sikorsky-s58 That’s all, thanks for watching. Rgds, Rob
  5. After finishing my Tamiya Archer spg I have decided to come more up to date vehicle so enter the 1/35 Trumpeter AS90 self propelled gun. I found on that well known auction site this Trumpeter AS90 advertised as having been water damaged but complete so having decided to take a chance made a silly offer which was accepted. As the pictures show the box and instruction sheet are water damaged but functional, the parts are still in there bags as was the decal sheet to there shouldn't be any problems. Hoping to scratch the interior as in the past as I was involved with the base overhaul of the AS90 so time will tell if my memory is still any good. If you have an interest please feel free to tag along, this will not be a fast build and as always comments and information welcomed Thanks for stopping by your time is appreciated Stay safe Roger
  6. Alongside the future 1/72nd MiG-29UB (9.51) "Fulcrum-B" (http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/234969496-172-mig-29ub-951-fulcrum-b-by-trumpeter-test-build) and MiG-29SMT (9.19) "Fulcrum-F" http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/234969502-172-mig-29smt-919-fulcrum-f-by-trumpeter-test-shot Trumpeter is also to release a classic Mikoyan Gurevich MiG-29 (9.12) "Fulcrum-A" kit - ref. 01674 Source: http://www.modelforum.cz/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=68170&start=5475 V.P.
  7. Something really new in quarter scale as unexpected ! Trumpeter is to release in late June a 1/48th Mil Mi-4 "Hound" kit - ref. 05816 Source: http://www.trumpeter-china.com/index.php?g=home&m=article&a=show&id=232&l=en Box art V.P.
  8. After the Graf Spee, what else could I assemble but the HMS Exeter. I got the kit several months ago, and have been adding some aftermarkets for a better experience, like: 1. Eduard Big Ed PE, 2. Infini models Brass Masts, 3. Scale Chain 4. Master Model 8" barrels 5. Master Model 4" barrels 6. Wooden base (same as used for the Graf Spee) it will be a waterline model The length of the HMS Exeter vs the Graf Spee surprised me, it does not seem too much shorter. Marco
  9. The MiG-21F-13 was taken into use in the Finnish Air Force in the spring of 1963. This was the period when diplomatic balancing was very important viz-a-viz the USSR. Since the previous figthers had been western built Finland had to choose this time a Russian one for the next fighter. Well anyway, the MiG-21 was a state-of-the-art, sleek and stylish silver-coloured fighter. A total of 22 of this fighter were in use in the FAF till 1986. I built the plane from Trumpeter's high-quality kit, for which I also got Eduard's photoetches and painting masks for the cockpit. There were no problems with the construction, and the instructions were good. I primed the fighter with Tamiya gloss black spray, TS-14, and covered it with Alclad polished aluminum. I also used Humbrol and Vallejo paints for the details. Building the MiG was overall relaxing, and once in a while it's really nice to make models that go together easily, and with which you don't have to fight all the time. This MiG is a distant and a somewhat sour memory of the period when Soviet built fighters formed the bulk of the FAF fleet. These times can now be forgotten in the roar of the FAF Hornets and the future F-35’s!
  10. Hi all, for my first entry into this GB I'll be building the J-20 Mighty Dragon kit by Trumpeter in 1/72. This kit is of the first prototype of the J-20, aircraft '2001'. Trumpeter also have the second stage prototype (aircraft '2011') which I plan on building after this kit. Source: SinoDefence The kit looks pretty nice and fairly simple, and a big size for a 1/72- a reflection of how big the J-20 is as an aircraft. Looking forward to this build and catching up with what everyone else has been working on. Thanks for looking in!
  11. Hi all well well well what a couple of years I’ve had in regards to modelling after I finished the airfix 1:48 Gloster Javelin in October 2020 and the 1:200 raf Poseidon in January 21 i totally lost my modelling mojo no matter what I did I just didn’t feel it so I took 6 months away from the bench. fast forward to summer 21 and the release of the new Airfix Vulcan I knew had to have it so I purchased it straight from airfix and was determined to get myself back into it so as soon as it arrived I got stuck in. I also had on my shelf of doom the trumpeter 1:144 Vulcan so decided to get that finished at same time. I throughly enjoyed the build of the airfix Vulcan from start to finish the trumpeter Vulcan was ok. I used top notch camo masks on both kits and used Tamiya and mr hobby paints throughout. The trumpeter Vulcan I finished as XH558 using the kit decals the Airfix Vulcan I finished in the markings of XH562 using aftermarket decals from xtradecal both models were completed in February 22 Thank you and Enjoy
  12. HobbyBoss is working on a 1/32nd Douglas A-26 Invader family. Sources: https://www.facebook.com/groups/767571186705677/permalink/2111108359018613/ https://forum.largescaleplanes.com/index.php?/topic/81228-132-douglas-a-26-invader-from-trumpeterhobbyboss/ V.P.
  13. Hi guys! After 6 months break and 2 months build, finally this kit comes to an end. Not a top-quality kit for sure with some fit issues and shallow panel lines but fun to build. It is built straight out of the box without any upgrade parts. I applied moderate weathering which I think is appropriate for an aged aircraft. The aircraft is a copy-built version of the Russian MiG-21 used by Chinese Air Force. A number of aircrafts of this type were exported to Burmese Junta Air Force in the 1990s as the F-7II. Hope you guys like my creation. Enjoy!
  14. German III Assault Gun Type G Late Type (2 in 1) Scale: 1/16 Number: 00947 http://www.trumpeter-china.com/index.php?g=home&m=article&a=show&id=243 https://hobbyzero.com/news/trumpeter-december-2022-4-new-products/
  15. After the F-35C (link), Trumpeter is to release a 1/32nd Lockheed-Martin F-35A Lightning II - ref. 03231 Source: http://www.trumpeter-china.com/index.php?g=home&m=article&a=show&id=243 box art V.P.
  16. Making a spot for the start of this build HMS York heavy cruiser got the kit for a bargain at the last show Bolton I managed to get to before everything fell apart. Since then I have acquired a few extras ( The BIG BOY'S came around honest ) to go with it mostly for her sister ship Exeter but sure I can make them fit and very inspired by @Jamie @ Sovereign Hobbies and @robgizlu builds I will be attempting the same camouflage as the box art a bit like Rob's HMS Berwick build light grey and dark grey 507C and 507B I think I have that right. And there should be another parcel on it's way soon to help add a bit more. Stay Safe beefy
  17. Trumpeter is to release a 1/32nd Douglas TBD-1 Devastator kit in 2016-2017 - ref..02226 Source: http://www.themodellingnews.com/2015/12/trumpeter-catalogue-2016-2017-lets-see.html#more V.P.
  18. In late September 2022 Trumpeter is to release a 1/35th - Kamov Ka-29 "Helix-B" kit - ref. 05110 Source: http://www.trumpeter-china.com/index.php?g=home&m=article&a=show&id=238 Box art V.P.
  19. This is my latest completion, the Trumpeter MiG-17F in 1/32 scale. The model represents an Egyptian Air Force aircraft No.2115 from the October War/Yom Kippur War in 1973: I did build the kit OOB as far as possible, but the bomb-racks really did need to be added and one damn thing led to another and in the end I probably spent triple the cost of the kit - which, in fairness, I got delivered for a shade over £20 - but i regret nothing Changes or additions I made: Replaced the kit's pilot figure with a PJ Productions NATO pilot 1960's Light on intake splitter filled and painted over, landing light relocated to lower port wing Nose-mounted pitot, ventral fin and tailfin flare dispenser from ProModeller set Afterburner nozzle from Eduard set (not sure it should poke out that much, but it didn't want to go any further and as I'd spent a fairly traumatic half-hour trying to bend it into shape did not push the point, for fear of it collapsing on itself) Wheels from the Armory set Gun barrels and pitot tubes from the Master set Bombs from Trumpeter Russian weapons set, bomb racks made from laminated and shaped plastic card, sway braces from spares box Drop tanks moved inboard (a considerable amount) There may have been more, it's just a hazy memory now... The model is wearing (an approximation of) the Nile Valley camouflage scheme – I say an approximation as the colour bands on the original uppersurface generally seem to sweep more smoothly than mine which meander a little too much but I'm still happy with how it turned out. The colours used were Colourcoats ACRA01 - Giallo Mimetico 1, an unlabelled grey-green similar to RAF Interior Grey-green, ACRA09 - Verde Oliva Scuro 2 and an unlabelled tin of pale blue grey for the undersides. Were these the correct colours to use? Almost certainly not The pattern was painted freehand with my Badger Renegade. The Egyptian Airforce roundels and fin-stripes as well as the Arabic numbers on the nose were painted with masks done on a Silhouette Cutter by @Jamie @ Sovereign Hobbies with the 'Saladin Eagles' on the tail marking provided as a decal – both worked much better than I had dared hope... thanks very much for doing that for me mate Ed Okun's build from 2014 provided a lot of useful pictures and information including a photo of 2115 which appears not to be carrying the outboard racks for the Sakr air-to-ground rockets and thereby gave me the excuse not to have to try making and fitting them which would have probably been enough to put me off completely Cheers, Stew
  20. Well seeing as how I'm co-hosting I think its about time that I got my build thread up and running. For a while I have had an interest in the aircraft used at Edwards AFB at the AFFTC and have a few previous builds in the markings of aircraft based there. This one will be one of the F-100F's used as a chase plane in the X-15 program sporting a polished metal finish with very generous helpings of dayglo orange, lovely! The kit I am using is Trumpeter's 1/48 F-100F; The box is quite full; Or rather it was quite full, as I have made a start. With this build, my Dornier Do 17 and the upcoming F-5 STGB (also co-hosting) there was/is a very good chance of not finishing anything at all without taking advantage of the 25% rule so that is exactly what I have done. Unusually enough I made a start with the cockpit and got the two instrument panels taken care of; And the actual cockpit tub itself; I added the two IP's and the joysticks and then fitted the cockpit to the assembled intake trunking; The kit seats were not the best (certainly not the worst I have seen either though) so I have replaced them with a pair by Quickboost which have been painted but not fitted yet; And that is how she stands at the minute, hopefully over the weekend I shall be able to get the fuselage joined together and also find a picture of the bird I am going to build. Thanks for looking in and as usual all comments and criticisms are gratefully received. Craig.
  21. Hello I managed to finalize one of my biggest project. Enjoy. Cheers
  22. Hi all and I'm going to take the plunge with this one. Trumpeter_172_F107_Box_top by Dermot Moriarty, on Flickr I love how they put a sticker 'a' on the box to fix the spelling of 'Ultre' (I peeled it off) Quick look inside. Trumpeter_172_F107_contents by Dermot Moriarty, on Flickr I've read a couple of other build threads on this one so know what to expect - build will be OOB so! You can read more about this fascinating aircraft here. Thanks for looking and good luck with your builds! Happy modelling, Dermot
  23. Hi gents Here's my latest completion, the Trumpeter MiG-15bis in 1/32 - my birthday present from my Dad: Thanks Dad, if you manage to work the link when I send it to you It's not accurately painted for reasons I'll try to explain after the pictures: The kit itself has some innaccuracies, I read that they existed but did not seek any further information about what they are beyond that the cockpit canopy is not right (the reviewer mentioned this as being amongst or in addition to seven other faults with the kit so I couldn't help but see that one) but if you want a 1/32 MiG-15 bis you aren't exactly spoiled for choice anyway and if you are comparatively ignorant of the finer points of the design, as I am, it will be more than adequate for your needs. It did require a fair bit of filling and sanding - even then the seam of the fuselage join came back to haunt me when I could have sworn I obliterated it. That said it was a fun build, and took me about a month doing at most a couple of hours work most days. I built pretty much OOB but I did drill out the cannon barrels and the muzzle brake for the big gun, added a disc of Aluminium tape for the nose-mounted landling light (on the intake splitter, you can't see it and the landing light may have been moved to under the right wing by this time) and I used the Eduard mask set on the transparencies. The paint scheme is innaccurate - I can state that with certainty, as from what little research I did it seems that standard colours were not used on the Russian MiGs that flew with the North Korean forces, they were sent basic colours like black, white, red, yellow, blue and grey and advised to mix colours that suited the local terrain. I did not do this I used Colourcoats paints, an unlabelled tin of pale blue grey for the undersides (similar to RLM76 but a little darker and slightly less blue) AR101 Israeli Sand Grey, ARUS10 VVS Earth Red and ACF01 French Vert for the top surfaces. Given that a healthy human eye can allegedly distinguish one million different colours the chances I picked the right one for any of mine are literally one million to one, and for all four colours to be correct I think the odds should be about sixteen million to one (I'm not great at maths,it must be said). So with odds like that it's probably more likely that I would win the Lottery and in view of that I really hope I did not waste my luck on getting a camouflage scheme - that no-one else can verify - correct. The IFF and RT aerials were painted a light blue, and the Radio Altimeters under the wings a darker blue, I have seen these on preserved aircraft and I have no idea if they are appropriate for the aircraft I was representing but at that point... well you know, what the heck. I rubbed the paintwork down with 6000-grit Micromesh to give a worn, slightly patchy look, like a poor, frozen, bored ground crewman had been told to get the whole squadron painted by morning. The markings came from the HAD Models set 32064 and I used the markings for '263' apparently flown by Capt. N M Zameskin of the 878 IAP based at Tatung-Kao in February 1953. The aircraft carries five victory stars just aft of the cockpit on the left-hand side - I have to say that the HAD transfers were superb, really lovely to use and very thin, but I did crumple the victory stars when applying them so one of them is a bit wonky - don't judge I left the upperwing stars off as I read that the Russian aircraft, in line with Soviet camouflage doctrine of the time, did not carry them. HAD also provides star/roundel national markings without the white background, I used the ones with the white just because I liked the look of them better. I used some Citadel spray varnish and it worked well. I may be the only person still reading at this point, but if not, apologies for the rambling and thanks for your patient attention Cheers, Stew
  24. Hello friends! Just looked at the @Alan P‘s resurrected thread and decided to post some pictures of my Vigilante. I bought this kit some time ago for my friend and feel no rush to build it - just putting some bits together from time to time... The box is large and sturdy: And all the details are well-packed there: The Runner A contains the two fuselage halves (very big, I must say): The wings and protected intakes are on a Runner B: The Runner C with control surfaces: And D with a pylons: The Runner E contains wheel wells and the cockpit details: And the two Runners G is for the engines and some other parts: The clear Runner H, the tail and ventral canoe are packed in a separate plastic bags within a separate cardboard box: An instruction and the painting sheets with a protected decals is also here: The top box cover is already employed by my Wool Companion: And some parts are off the trees: I want to make as much little subassemblies as possible to speed up the build... As you can see, the seats are already glued and wheels already dry-fitted: The plastic is very good and the fit is well, too. Thanks for looking!
  25. 同志们好!Sticking with the Chinese theme here's my next 1/48 kit, the Chengdu J-10S Vigorous Dragon (NATO reporting name: Firebird). This aircraft is the two-seater variant of the J-10A- the easiest way to tell a J-10A from later models is the old-style intake reminiscent of a Eurofighter intake, as opposed to the divertless supersonic inlet used on later variants. The kit looks good, a nice level of detail and nice recessed panel lines. It has a simple grey scheme, dark on top, light on the bottom. I'm also having a go at using a PE detailing set, this will hopefully help the cockpit look better as cockpits are my weakness. The set is by Dream Model and features lovely crisp instrument panels, added detail for the ejection seats and even some external sensors. Looking forward to starting this, though maybe once it cools down a little more. Thanks for looking in!
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