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  1. My first surface ship and first go at an ocean. I'll be doing more, a nice break from a lifetime of aircraft. White Ensign PE set. Inspiration for ocean and technique credit to "Studio Blue Ocean" of Youtube Things I have leaned from this project 1) rigging is hard 2) I still hate photoetch 3) creating the sea was as satisfying as the ship, but I unsealed her, ripped her out and repainted the hull and the entire sea 3 times before I was happy. I know she is supposed to fly a black flag from the rear mast but I forgot. I will get around to it! Shot against white card outside with sun dipping in & out of cloud, the white balance was doing odd things but you get the gist. Thanks for looking!
  2. At the moment, I'm planning to go with Trumpeters 1/700 USS Yorktown CV-5 kit. This was a new tooling over the disastrous CV-8 kit, which had the hull of a tanker. While not perfect, this kit is significantly improved. Im a massive fan of the Yorktown class, so its a great opportunity to get this kit out of the stash More later
  3. Time for a new project. This is my first commissioned build. It's also my first attempt at building a modern AFV so this will be fun. I recieved this model: the T-72B1 with KTM-6 from Trumpeter. It's a huge box and the model consists of about 1250 parts ( those include tracklinks and spaced armorblocks ) a lot of PE is also included. I started building about a week ago and from the get go i understood that this build will require a lot of time and patience to build. It consists of many ( tiny ) subassemblies and Trumpeter did not hold back on the details. The parts are crisp and well molded with some flash here and there but nothing too complicated to clean. As with every build i started with the lower hull, swingarms, weels and running gear. Yup, those are 15 tiny PE parts... on each side. All the swingarms are dryfitted to check how the model will stand. One thing worth mentioning is that the polycaps are a bit too high to fit in the drivesprocket. I had to cut a bit of and that solved the problem. Also the hole in the breakdisk (?) was too shallow so i had to make some corrections there to make shure the disk was alligned. All roadweels assembled. I gave them some wear and tear wich is common on modern tanks that use rubber roadweels. Here you can see something of that great detail that Trumpeter put in this model. That's it for now. Feel free to tag along and watch this thin progress.
  4. 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
  5. RA-5C Vigilante Fuselage Brace (48-801) 1:48 Nautilus Models Back when Trumpeter first released their 1:48 kit of the massive Vigi in 2005, there were some problems with the top seam of the fuselage, which wasn’t strong enough to stay flat, or stand up to any seam hiding activities such as sanding, resulting in cracking of seams and probably quite a lot of foul language. This was a problem that Trumpeter didn’t address, but along came Nautilus Models with their wooden brace kit. It’s a brilliantly simple solution, and arrives in a sealed plastic bag with a set of instructions within. After slicing open the package, out slides a single sheet of basswood with all the parts laser cut into it, held in place by short lengths at that ends that are only partially cut through. A few slices with a new blade liberates all the parts, and any burrs can be removed with a few strokes of a sanding stick. The instructions show you how to put the parts together, and they fit snugly without any glue (as you can see below) but should be glued and left to dry within the fuselage using some strong PVA wood glue, securing it with clamps, tape or elastic bands to keep things in place. Once the glue is dry it can be fixed into one side of the fuselage and later there are some instructions for fitting Aires exhausts cans should you have a set ready for use. From the many kits that have been built over the years it seems that this bracing kit is both the easiest and most cost-effective way of ensuring a happy conclusion to your fuselage closing ceremony. Every Vigi should have one. The set is available from their website as below, but if you have any trouble with ordering (as I did, ordering from the UK), just drop them an email and they’ll soon reply. Conclusion According to James from Nautilus this set and its smaller 1:72 stablemate have been consistent sellers ever since the kit was released, and you’ll be please to know that the kit is still available in both scales to go around this excellent structural helper. Many thanks to James for the review sample Extremely highly recommended, bordering on mandatory. Review sample courtesy of
  6. Well as a bit of a MOJO restorer I am making a start on this one with York nearing completion hopefully by next week for Perth Scot Nat's and Great Western having some fit issues also other things from real life I need to get back at the bench but in short bursts with a puppy to train and not much time on my hands for now. I know @Faraway built this kit a couple of years back when it first came out and I liked the look of it, so it has been in the stash for only a little while now and it looks like a short build one (Famous Last Words) So made up the hull and some of the superstructure parts and the main guns for now we will see how far I can get with this out of the box. Thinking of going with the green lower hull colour rather than the red oxide one. Stay Safe beefy
  7. I'll say that I've built worse kits, but I've also built a lot of better ones. I found that the fit of the prop, the upper cowlings and windscreen were troublesome. I also found the photo etch fret difficult to use due to how thick it was. Decals are ok, as long as you don't need to put them over any bumps or around any curves (there are significant paint touch ups on the shark mouth). I also found that the 2 fuselage roundels were glued to the backing paper somehow, so these were replaced with spares from a Tamiya Spitfire (hence the slightly different yellow and red). I used Gunze Middle Stone and Dark Earth over SMS Paints azure blue. Weathering was done wish washes and dry pigment. 'K' was the regular mount of P/O and later Squadron Leader Jack Bartle, an Australian pilot flying with 112 Squadron RAF in Egypt, 1941. Bartle would do 2 operational tours of duty and 2 non operational tours, eventually commanding No 1 Air Ambulance Unit and 450 Squadron RAAF. Bartle survived the war with 6.5 victories. 'K' however was not so lucky. On December 12 1941, while being flown by P/O RJD Jeffries, was posted missing in action.
  8. I´m doing afv not that often, but from time to time some topics come to my mind and bring a kit on my bench. This time all started on our way to Euro Model Expo in Lingen when we passes a convoy from German Army with some TPz Fuchs and Fenneks. If you see this vehicle from the lowered position of your co driver seat, it's just impressive. So the next day three of us purchased the 1/72 Trumpi kit.😂 And here we go... I´m doing the Netherlands version as mentioned in the titel. It will get it´s standard Nato camouflage and will find it´s place on an small base at the end. At the beginning the major parts for the interior were put together and some details as the seatbelts were added. The windscreen has some massive connections between the front and side windows. When dry fitting they were clearly visible from the outside and I´m not sure the outer frames will hide them at the end. So I cut the windscreen into three and sanded and polished it again to get rid of these problem. I used green for the interior but I´m not sure if it´s right at all. Most pics i found on the net shows German Fenneks and the looks overal green but on some pics from Dutch Fenneks it seems there are also a lot of white or light grey. Anyway, in that small scale you will not see that much at the end and I´m not even sure if I will open or close the doors at the end. All put together with some dirt added looks quite okay for me. So far for now, I hope your interested in the little fox.
  9. Thanks New Tool ! After the Albacore, Fulmar and Battle, Trumpeter is to release a 1/48th Fairey Barracuda Mk.II - ref. 05825 - and family of Fulmar ? Sources (Seen at Model World Live at the NEC) : https://postimg.cc/HchNBPws https://m.facebook.com/story.php?id=860166877731077&story_fbid=1986379885109765 V.P.
  10. Source: https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=2925044454214488&id=736521713066784 V.P.
  11. Trumpeter is to release a 1/48th Fairey Battle Mk.I kit - ref. 05831 Source: https://tieba.baidu.com/p/8249037080 V.P.
  12. Trumpeter is to release 1/35th UH-1 Huey kits. - ref. 05111 - Bell UH-1B Huey - ref. 05112 - Bell UH-1B Huey - gunship Source: https://tieba.baidu.com/p/8249037080 V.P.
  13. After the Zvezda's kits, Trumpeter pulled a hind out of his hat! Trumpeter is to release in late July 2021 a 1/48th Mil Mi-24D "Hind-D" kit - ref. 05812 We can just hope it'll be a new tool kit and not just a Mini-Hobby kit variant/re-edition under the Trumpeter label. Wait and see : https://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/235019038-148-mi-24v-hind-coming-from-trumpeter/ Source: http://www.trumpeter-china.com/index.php?g=home&m=article&a=show&id=207&l=en Box art Mi-24V "Hind-E" - ref.0??? https://www.1999.co.jp/eng/10798299 V.P.
  14. I hadn't put my name down on the list, but hoping I can sneak in with this project I've been meaning to do for a while. Trumpeter Wellington III in 1/72. I'm planning to build it in markings of an aircraft flying out of No.12 Operational Training Unit, Chipping Warden: Z1732, FQ-S. My late father was stationed there as groundcrew during the last couple of years of WWII, and this is as close as I've been able to get to an actual aircraft that he might well have known and even worked on.
  15. Hi Everyone, Here is a model I finished in the end of 2023. As sunny spring days started - now it becomes easier to make photosessions so I'll try to catch up with some more models completed in 2023. No surprise - it is a classical Trumpeter 1/72 kit of a venerable USAF aircraft that saw super extensive use in the war in Vietnam - naturally in its classical SEA camo scheme. What I've chosen as a prototype - is a fairly well known F-105D of 354th TFS/355th TFW stationed at Takhli airbase in Thailand in circa 1967. This particular aircraft was decorated with a 'Honeypot II' nick name and had one MiG interception marking. Main duty of 355th Fighter Wing in Vietnam was carrying bombing missions from Thailand to various targets across North Vietnam. Something 355th TFW was doing for five long years between 1966 and 1970. I've long been thinking of more unusual bombload options but after all stopped with a very classical option of 6 mk.82 bombs on the fuselage MER, a Sidewinder on a starboard wing and a jamming pod on the port wing. Trumpeter kit is fairly simple and straightforward if built out of the box. However I did not look for easy paths and brought some aftermarket stuff and scratch built mods. First of all I obtained and used Aires cockpit set. It worked quite finely. It did require cleaning and thinning fuselage sides but at the end sat properly into right place. Cockpit set had enough photoetch parts to get even nicer result with detailed instrument panel, seat harness, etc. Other aftermarket mods included Quickboost afterburner air intakes, ventral fin, coloured wing tips, Master pitot tube, Reskit wheels. All worked finely except for wing tips which turned out to be thinner than the wing and I spent quite a lot of time sanding and puttying the joint line. Hand-made mods included some decorations in main gear bays, new centerline pylon and reinforcement stripes for MER, new pylon for Sidewinder, some minor additions such as internal side of speed brake behind the tail, correct positioning of engine pipe (Trumpeter suggests to put it too deeply), couple of antennae. I used Hasegawa weapon sets to get MER, mk.82 bombs, jamming pod and a Sidewinder. Paints are typical Hobby Color for SEA camo. Brown colour is heavily whitened H310. H303 and H309 for greens. H311 for FS36622. Undercarriage bays are vallejo green zinc chromate. Jamming pod and AIM-9 are painted Vallejo white. Decals are from PrintScale. I was very cautious about using them but in fact they turned out quite okay. Thin, strong - did not break apart. Despite experience of other modellers, they did not tend to wrap around themselves. So I was positively impressed. Printscale set also had necessary stencils so I do not think I used any original Trumpeter decals. Some final touches were made with Tamiya pigments to add a little dirty look especially on the undersides. And some close up photoes: Thanks for watching! Kind regards, Dennis
  16. OK making a space for a long term build (Yes another one) but with a difference a sort of WHIF or WTF if you prefer. I,ll be using the Trumpeter 1/350 PETER STRASSER Aircraft carrier kit but going to bling it up with the INFINI detail upset for the Graf Zeppelin hence the title now Zeppelin was launched and used as target practice and evaluation by the Russians after the end of WW2 So this will just be my imagination going wild for some reason while doing a bit of research on this I found a build by Hyun Soo Kim based on the world of warships game and camouflage scheme bit like the dazzle scheme that Tirpitz wore at some point So it will be a slow one and a learning one for me but if anyone wants to join in with some help or just entertainment please do so. here we go with some box and bits shots the detail set is quite full 😱 Even has a flying saucer kit too 🤔 can you guess where I got these from Like I said it will be slow Stay Safe beefy
  17. 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
  18. Trumpeter is to release a 1/48th Fairey Fulmar Mk.I kit - ref. 05822 Source: https://tieba.baidu.com/p/8249037080 V.P.
  19. I’ve finally beaten this into some sort of submission, it’s the Magnifier nee Trumpeter US Sports Car issue. It has several well-known detail short comings, mainly in the chassis, engine, suspension areas but having built it I can see why the designers did it this way, for despite my detailing those areas are pretty much invisible on the completed model. The consensus is that the body shape is pretty much spot on but the separate panels don’t fit together very well, this was my experience too. So despite spending quite a bit of time during assembly to try and get a snug fit they still refuse to fit very well. My builds all reflect drivers or cars that I’ve seen race and although I never saw the Ford race in anger I did see Mario drive several times during the Seventies and Eighties so his number 6 car from Le Mans 1966 lets me include the model in the collection. Mario’s car was chassis number 1031 and was one of three cars prepared by Holman Moody for Fords push to win Le Mans. These cars differed in details from the three prepared by Shelby Racing and certainly different to the car in the kit which is a mish mash of MKII & MKIIB cars along with a good pinch of Trumpeter imagination. The colour scheme is also a change to all those Ken Miles and Bruce Mclaren finished models. Unfortunately, the car retired after 6 hours with a blown engine cutting short Mario’s first visit to La Sarthe. Anyway, here’s a couple of pictures of the real thing and one of Mario as a young gun, 26 years old fresh to Le Mans after success in USAC stock cars. The model is finished in an approximation of Ford Night Mist Blue using Halfords rattle can Nissan Indigo Blue, in retrospect it’s a bit light. The dayglo yellow race markings are again Halfords rattle can and do glow in the dark! The markings and paint masks are from Indycal and were fine but the roundels aren’t pure white and show grey printing lines in them under close examination. I used parts from a 3D printed 427 engine but again, the extra detail isn’t really visible. The spare wheel is from Renaissance with a homemade bungee cord! Now onto Gunnar Nilsson's Lotus 78. Dave
  20. Hello everyone, My first post to the armour forum and the first armour model I had done. I completed this Trumpeter KV-2 in the summer of 2022, so it's a couple of years out of date. Nevertheless, I figured I'll start from the beginning. These were taken before I was putting much thought into getting multiple angles in my photos, so I apologize for the lack of any rear views. This being my first tank model, I wasn't entirely sure what to expect. Having made several more now, I'm glad I started with a Trumpeter build. The fit of the pieces was all good, but the treads did snap on me at the time (I still have terrible luck with the single-piece rubber treads; any advice on fitting these would be much appreciated). This little guy was painted in Tamiya's German Grey and given a quick dry brush of silver to simulate some wear and tear. I've since moved onto more sophisticated and time-consuming weathering techniques, but I still think the results are decent for such a quick go-over. This was made before I discovered filters, chipping, washes or really anything outside of an initial acrylic paint layer. I believe this was made shortly after I bought my first airbrush (and that was revolutionary enough!). Any feedback or advice is welcome! I'm still fairly new to armour modelling, so while I have improved since this build, I'm still open to any suggestions. Stan
  21. Good morning all. I have decided to join the fray with a Trumpeter De Havilland Vampire FB5 which I have glued a few pieces together, but not much, Will using some decals from Xtradecal X48124 for an FB5 from 71 Eagle Squadron, RAF Gutersloh, West Germany, `1951. I also have a Pavla resin seat and Peewit masking set. I think the hardest part of building a Vampire is getting enough weight in the nose and cutting the underwing serials over the undercarriage doors! A couple of pics,,,,, Grahame
  22. Another Apache this time by Trumpeter: 1/35th Boeing AH-64A Apache Source: https://www.facebook.com/groups/400134982296666/posts/633284202315075/ V.P.
  23. After the F-35A (link) and F-35C (link) here's the Trumpeter's 1/32nd Lockheed-Martin F-35B Lightning II - ref. 03232 Release expected in China in late June 2023. Source: http://www.hobbyboss.com/index.php?g=home&m=article&a=show&id=230 Box art V.P.
  24. In 2024-2025 Trumpeter is to release a 1/32nd Lockheed S-3B Viking kit - ref. 03236 Source: https://www.bilibili.com/video/BV1Ug4y1S7Sh/ V.P.
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