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  1. While waiting to see if my Rolls Royce Armoured Car is big enough I have decided to start with this one. The AS 90 is big, with a big gun (155 mm) and was made in Britain, by Vickers in Barrow in Furnace, for the British Army. They are still in service. I picked up this kit some years ago on a visit to the Tank Museum in Bovington and it's sat in the stash since. Nice sprues, six of them in a grey plastic, with crisp detail and minimal flash. There are three large parts for the hull and turret separate. The instructions are nice and clear but no colour call outs but as there isn't much in the way of none base colour parts that should be fine. Transfers and colour scheme for a couple of tanks but there are loads of number plates for variety. Colours given as Gunze so will have to look up and see if I've got a decent match in the stash.
  2. Not in the new Trumpeter's catalogue but in the IPMS Philippines homepage. Trumpeter is to release in 2016 2020 a 1/48th Chengdu J-20 kit - ref 05811 To put alongside the Hobby Boss 1/48th YF-23 kit, I suppose? http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/234934034-148-northrop-yf-23-black-widow-by-hobby-boss-released Source: http://ipmsphilippines.com/test-shots/testshot-trumpeter-148th-chinese-stealth-jet-j-20/ V.P.
  3. Hello I managed to finalize one of my biggest project. Enjoy. Cheers
  4. My second build in this GB will be the Trumpeter F-106B two seat Delta Dart. It's currently the only injection moulded 1/72nd twin stick F-106, Trumpeter also make one in 1/48th. It looks a nice kit, when it arrived I clipped the main parts off the sprues to check against a set of plans that I had, you never know with a Trumpy kit if you are getting a race horse or a donkey. While it is not as detailed as the Meng single seat Dart, the basics are there and it appears to fit together well. Here is the kit with the main parts loose, the rest are still in their plastic bags, I also have a Master brass pitot tube, this and a set of resin wheels from Reskit are the only AM available, not even a canopy masking set is listed to help make this kit. Decals will come from the same Caracal decal sheet that I'm using on my single seat Dart build, with extra codes, national markings and stencils from the Fundekals sheet. The 49th FIS markings are the stylised eagle seen on the tail of the lower image on the Caracal cover sheet. I started off by painting the cockpit parts and the exhaust components so that I can get the fuselage assembled, all straight forward, no problems so far, I just had to make some seat straps from Tamiya masking tape, I've just got to add the kit decals to the instrument panels and the office will be ready. I thought that building 1/72nd Darts instead of my normal scale of 1/48th would be quicker, I didn't anticipate keep having to get down and find the little parts that keep falling to the floor, it's the time to get up again that's taking the time! The wings are a simple assembly without any separate control surfaces and a one piece insert for the main undercarriage bay, so after painting the u/c bay interior green with a bit of dry brushing to highlight the details, the wing parts were assembled, again, everything fitted very well. The cockpit tub just clicks into the fuselage and with the exhaust pipe parts ready for assembly it will not be long before I can get the fuselage glued together and the wings fitted. Thanks for looking, any comments or questions are welcome.
  5. 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.
  6. We;;, here I go again. I usually don't have much luck on these Group Builds, as something always seems to come up to get in the way. However, this time, it's one of those that I've been wanting in the collection, so we'll see. I seem to recall that Linbergh or someone had done one of these in a larger scale, back in the late 50's, but I'm not certain. I was originally intending to build a YF-100, but then I ran into JohnR's beautiful build HERE and I was a little bit intimidated. So, I decided instead to build another seldom-seen model, the short-tailed version of the first few F-100A's. The YF-100 had a taller tail, but when the F-100A went into production, they thought that shortening the height of the tail would enable it to go faster. Don't know how that worked out, but they created deadly handling problems! Eventually, the tall tail was brought back, and one foot of extra length was added to each wing tip. This solved the handling problem, and became standard on the later "A" models, as well as the rest of the later F-100's. As usual, I decided to use the Trumpeter kit, in this case the "C" model. Accompanying the kit will be a Rob Taurus F-100D canopy, intended for the Italieri kit, plus an Aires F-100D cockpit set: As with my other F-100 builds, there will be a lot of kit carving and grinding, so here goes! First up, the proverbial incorrect nose. Laying the model atop the drawing in the "F-100 Super Sabre In Detail and Scale Part 1", by Bert Kinzey, I determined where to cut the kit so that adding my resin copy of the Esci F-100 nose would end up leaving the model at the correct length. I then made the cut(s): First the nose, then the tail: *** EDIT *** Further down this build article, I discovered that I cut off the top of the tail on my model, way too much. The correct dimension should be measured along rear edge of the rudder/vertical stabilizer, and should be 28mm overall. You can see where I added the length back with plastic card: Remember, it should be 28mm ALONG the read edge, NOT vertically as shown here. (Couldn't figure out how to get Photoshop to dimension along the angled line!) Therefore, the next several pictures that show the tail end will feature the incorrect, way-to-short vertical stab. They will be corrected later in the article. *** END EDIT *** Don't get relaxed yet folks -- the carnage is far from over! Next up, a few more things on the fuselage: The "L" depicts a piece of lead added to the nose, perhaps a quarter ounce. Next, the arrow on the left shows the area on the cockpit side that has to be thinned, to get the Aires cockpit to tuck in under the sill. The next arrow, simply reminds one to select the air brake innards with the narrower gap. The one in the kit with the wider opening was used on later variants, when they added a center-line bomb rack. The arrow at the back end shows where I removed the rearmost molded ring, designed to hold the jet exhaust assembly into place, but removing this ring now allows the entire assembly to be added later, a great boon to painting! Now, I'll separate the Rob Taurus canopy from it's backing, using a scriber first, then a few thin cuts with a number #11 X-Acto blade. I find the PE parts scissors very useful on canopies sometimes, because the blades are thicker and don't deflect as much. The very thin razor saw also make life easier: The sides are best scored and the flexed back and forth to remove, while the waste between the front windscreen and the rear canopy is best sawn apart. This canopy was designed to be built opened, so you don't have much choice! Next, the sanding block is carefully removed from the Aires cockpit tub, after which the tub is assembled, up through adding the instrument panel back piece, and the cockpit sides. The "X"'s show where the cockpit tub has to be sanded to fit the fuselage, as well as slide under the canopy sills: Care must be taken not to over-sand here however, as the ultimate goal is to precisely make the taped-together fuselage halves the exact same width as the Rob Taurus windscreen (windscreen show here slightly askew for the purpose of illustration). The arrow (above right), shows where the cockpit tub fits under the cockpit sill. The width at the rear of the cockpit will be address later. Also note, above left, the the instrument panel back piece sits BEHIND the vertical wall edges on the tub, and atop the center console. The instructions are not real clear here. Well, that's enough for a start. More mayhem to follow, anon... Ed
  7. Finally done, after 2,5 year ... what a relief. Thanks to everyone who watched this soap WIP Thanks again for watching and supporting my efforts. Cheers Mick
  8. After the J-10/A/B/S and AY, Trumpeter is reported working on a 1/48th Chengdu J-10C Vigorous Dragon kit - ref. 05826 Source: https://www.modellbau-koenig.de/Flugzeuge/Flugzeuge-1-48/Moderne-Flugzeuge-ab-1945-1-48/sonstige-Flugzeuge-ab-1945-1-48/PLAAF-J-10C-Vigorous-Dragon V.P
  9. Trumpeter is to release in 2022-2023 a 1/48th Harbin Z-19 kit - ref. 05819 Sources: https://tieba.baidu.com/p/7598881472 https://www.hobbyeasy.com/en/data/2jjdgiglus1svypcqgo8.html V.P.
  10. 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.
  11. 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
  12. 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), 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 and classic MiG-29 (9.12) "Fulcrum-A" ( http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/234971313-172-mig-29-912-fulcrum-a-by-trumpeter-release-in-2015/?hl=fulcrum), Trumpeter is also to release a MiG-29 (9.13) "Fulcrum-C" kit - ref. 01675 Source: https://www.facebook.com/TrumpeterModel/photos/a.220979711393963.1073741904.103526326472636/455446497947282/?type=1&theater Box art V.P.
  13. Hi all, so this is my first post here and first go at a 1/48 scale model. It's the Trumpeter JF-17 Thunder/FC-1 Xiaolong kit in the Pakistan Air Force scheme (no way I was trying the green/red scheme ). It's carrying 3 fuel tanks, 2 x PL-12s and 2 x PL-5s. Pretty good kit, no major issues- though I'm never a fan of creating my own holes for hardpoints and I'm still not completely used to using the photoetched parts. But nevertheless happy with the result and my 7th model complete. Thanks!
  14. 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
  15. Morning all, My third completion of the year, Trumpeter's MiG-31. I finished this model back in March shortly after Russia's invasion of Ukraine, and thought it prudent to hold it back given the timing and sensitivities around the war. Hopefully I've not jumped the gun even now in that respect... The kit itself is pretty nice, although it became a bit of a slog, with lots of mistakes along the way, including snapping one of the fins off during decalling.... The decals themselves were largely useless, so I ended up purchasing a Begemot sheet to use in their place, otherwise what you see is how it comes from the box. Finished using MRP for the main grey with the details picked out in Hataka Orange Line and Alclad as usual. Trumpeter 1/72 MiG-31 Foxhound by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr Trumpeter 1/72 MiG-31 Foxhound by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr Trumpeter 1/72 MiG-31 Foxhound by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr Trumpeter 1/72 MiG-31 Foxhound by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr Trumpeter 1/72 MiG-31 Foxhound by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr Thanks for looking, comments welcomed Shaun
  16. My entry for this GB. Box art: Sprues still sealed. Lots of rivets on the surface though, but I'm probably going to leave them and save myself some annoyance. Not a whole heap of AM stuff, at 1/72 I generally don't go all in. Probably going for an aluminum lacquer finish I *think* is correct for the time frame. Will do the SEA camo when/if I ever end up with the "G" Thud in my paws.
  17. Tu-128 'Fiddler' Kit: Trumpeter Tu-128M Fiddler (#01687) Scale: 1/72 Paints: Vallejo Model Air, Metal Color & Model Color Aftermarket: Eduard PE- parts, CMK figure, DIY base with Noch & Vallejo basing materials Weathering: Oil paints, Flory Models, Vallejo, Tamiya & Ammo Mig Trumpeters huge Tu-128 'Fiddler' had a little accident - it didn't like the enamel thinner I used to remove Tamiya panel liner. I've found out that Ammo Mig enamel thinner is much more gentle, Revell makes the paint surface all flat and has a risk of removing paint. And of course I picked up the wrong bottle. But it was a happy accident as it goes - I decided not to waste all the hard work I've made with the model - I had a moment of inspiration to go all in with the weathering and tell a s tory of a neglected museum bird. The guy with the bucket and cloth seems to be woefully unprepared for the cleaning task at hand! Tu-128, the largest and heaviest fighter ever in service was purpose built by Soviets to defend the 5000km long northern air front. Huge size meant it could fit huge fuel tanks which led to over 3 hour endurance and 1500km range. Armed with four heavy R-4 missiles, usually a mix of radar guided and IR versions. Tu-128 was a two seater plane, radar operator sitting in the back. Despite being a 'fighter' - or interceptor to be more precise - 'Fiddler' flew like a bomber. It was certainly not meant for manouvering but to engage targets at a distance and turn away. Maximum G-limit while loaded with missiles was only 2.5G's. Tu-128 came operational in the late 60's and remained in service until 1990. I'm not quite sure where one draws a line between a display base and a diorama - but I hope this is in the right place. If not, moderators feel free to pop this in the right place Anyway, here's the model with the base - hope you like it!
  18. Let the whistle blow on this build - I've been accumulating pieces for some months. There's still not a dedicated etch set though White Ensign Models have heavily hinted. There are however, sets for HMS Cornwall that she shared most characteristics with. This Family of 13 Cruisers were built in the 1920's under the limits of The Washington Naval Treaty 1922, with an upper weight limit of 10,000 tons. HMS Kent was launched in 1926 and spent the pre war years largely on the China Station. She diiffered from others such as HMS Berwick and Cornwall with never having a seaplane hangar built due to weight limitation. A major refi tin 1937/8 saw her fitted with a Walrus capable Catapult and Trumpeter present her largely in this guise with a minor upgrade seeing 6-7 20mm Oerlikons fitted in 1941, being encompassed. 1941/2 saw her operate out of Scapa Flow and largely take part in Arctic convoy duties. She is well represented in photographs from that time period - largely from the Imperial war Musuem Collection, and is portrayed in Camouflage typical of that period. References will include the following - but if anyone can direct me to further - I'd be indebted The kit box features attracive cover art and is suitably voluminous. Aftermarket goodies iclude most of the following with more to come (Sadly Micromaster.co.nz operatiosn are currently suspended due to CV19 Lockdown) Kit instructions are B&W line drawn With an attractive and broadly helpful Colour profile though I'm well aware of Trumpeter's lack of accuracy with suggested colour schemes! There is an excellent on line resource WW2 Cruisers and Battleships with some extremely attractive Colour profiles from Mr Eric Leon. I have permsiion from Mike at the site to share the 1941 profile. Please check the site out for other very interesting schemes including those for HMS Kent before and after 1941. I am very grateful to the site and Mr Leon I'm broadly happy that she is painted in 507c (very light) with MS1 (darkest) mid hull patches that that are themselves surrounded by B5/15 (lightish in some of the original photos). She has unequicovally dark painted decks that I take to be the Sovereign equivalent of NARN 2 The only real issue for me is what colour is portrayed at bow and stern. It's darker than the B15 but lighter than deck or MS1. This leaves MS2, 507A or possibly MS3? Mr Leon opts for MS2 though this has very little contrast with MS1 Any thoughts Jamie or Richard? Here are the original pictures...all gratefully attributed to and with sincere Thanks to the Imperial War Museum Collection And aren't they beautiful pictures! My feeling is that bow and stern is Not MS2 but most likely 507C and possibly MS3 which would give the greatest contrast with the mid hull MS1/B5. So here's what the Hull looks like I applaud the protective wrapping that Trumpeter use And to get an idea of size there's little HMS Anchusa next to it (Still 1/350) The model will be mounted on plinths - and I anticipate no obvious build problems or need to scratch along the way. The Micromaster parts will suitably "pimp" it up. Weathering will be light to moderate. The Hull painting will come first which is why I'm keen to get a paint plan in my mind. As ever thanks for looking Rob
  19. 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
  20. Time for a new project; The 1/350 HMS Hood with some aftermarket add-ons; Artworx wooden deck; Flyhawk PE and Trumpeter after market set (mainly for the barrels; Eduard PE along with Northstar secondary guns mounts, Vickers MGs, searchlights and bridge equipment and White Ensign replacement turrets; It's going to be a long project and it's a bit hard to know where to start really - so started on the hull; Removed the moulded degausing cable and drilled the scuttles to give a bit more depth - some where filled and replaced using various photos as references along with the hawse pipe hull openings; Scrapped away the moulded chain and drilled the deck hawse pipe openings; Fore deck fitted with the bow full of filler - when it's dry I'll try and drill the hawse pipes to connect hull and deck openings. Never tried it before but if it doesn't work the anchors and gratings will cover it, so worth a go; Thanks for looking. Cheers Nick
  21. 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.
  22. Seems like everyone's building modern and Ukrainian armor these days, right? Did I have this model in my stash for ages? Not really, just had to hop on the bandwagon. Plus I've just recently finished Trumpeter's Stryker and absolutely loved it and had to build more Trumpeter kits. So here we go, T-64BM Bulat OOTB. I wanted something Ukrainian, I was looking at this one and the T-84BM Oplot and in the end it was this little detail in the instructions that caught my eye. 125 super tiny PE discs that go onto the turret? I absolutely have to do that! Bottom part of the hull is a walk in the park, the suspension arms fit perfectly, so aligning them is no trouble at all. Funny thing with the upper part of the hull, where the instructions indicate only certain holes are to be drilled - however that is not the case and you will need all of them. Putting the two halves together - again no issues and suddenly you have a tank in front of you! Afterwards the first PE comes into play - the usual engine covers. Noteworthy thing here at the back of the hull - the rubbery skirts or whatever they are - the third one should be heavily twisted to allow placement of one of the fuel drums, however even after applying a lot of brute force I was not able to twist it sufficiently so I opted to cut it a bit instead... The fenders and side skirts - so far the only mishap of my build where I've glued one of the sideskirts "holders" in a wrong position, but luckily noticed this before the glue has set and I was able to correct it. Tracks are a mix of straight pieces and individual links and again, it's just about patience here. However as I wasn't really thinking here, the fact that I've glued the sideskirts to the fenders I will have an issue with how the tracks will be put on after painting. The Current plan is to not glue the fenders with side skirts, paint the model with them attached and only after all the painting and weathering will be done, attach the tracks and fenders as last. Onto the turret then!
  23. Hi all, I don't normally build AFVs but gave this one a go for the Ground Attack GB here on the forum. The build thread is here but to recap: Kit: Trumpeter 07221 AS-90 SPG Scale: 1/72 Build: Out of box Paints: Halfords plastic primer, Tamiya & Revell acrylics, Klear, Flory Models Wash, Oils, W&N Matt Varnish Extras: Value Gear Details stowage bits donated by good friend Pat. It's a super little kit packed with detail and I think the stowage really helps bring it to life. The only downside are the individual link tracks made out of some kind of soft plastic - there's not enough of them to make up two full tracks so there are gaps hidden by the side skirts. But had lots of fun and great to try out new genres that aren't planes or rotors. 1_72_Trumpeter_AS-90_Done_ (9) by Dermot Moriarty, on Flickr 1_72_Trumpeter_AS-90_Done_ (14) by Dermot Moriarty, on Flickr 1_72_Trumpeter_AS-90_Done_ (13) by Dermot Moriarty, on Flickr 1_72_Trumpeter_AS-90_Done_ (8) by Dermot Moriarty, on Flickr 1_72_Trumpeter_AS-90_Done_ (12) by Dermot Moriarty, on Flickr 1_72_Trumpeter_AS-90_Done_ (10) by Dermot Moriarty, on Flickr Thanks for looking and happy modelling. All the best, Dermot
  24. Hi folk's, finished finally after 6 months due to mojo loss at the end of last year and the matchbox GB builds this year.I loved this kit not a single vice,to be honest I've deliberated about posting due to current event's but best not to judge previous generations by the action of today's leaders actions.hope you like and thanks for looking in.
  25. Well a bit later than planned its time to get my thread up and running and also to make an overdue start on my build. The Mig-21 has long been a favourite of mine and I have a few Eduard kits in the stash but thought I would do something different and build a 2 seater from the Trumpeter 1/48 Mig-21UM Mongol B kit. It looks to be quite a nice kit and Glynn ( @Hewy ) is already showing what is possible with his excellent build of the same kit, like Glynn I had planned on replacing the kit seats with some aftermarket ones but as he has shown that the do not fit the Trumpeter cockpit I shall have to either use a mix of kit and aftermarket bits for the seats or just use the kit ones, I have yet to decide which route to take. Shall we start with the obligatory box top and contents shots then? Pretty decent box art from Trumpeter and I remember seeing both the aircraft featured on it air shows in the UK. The contents; All present and correct, although as you can see I did some pre-emptive spraying of the cockpit colour a few years ago, in fact I sprayed all the cockpits of my Mig-21's at the same time, for which I used Akan's Soviet cockpit colour which is a good match for a lot of the cockpits of Mig's that I have seen, though there have been a lot of variations. Next up are the options available from the kit (not including the aircraft on the box art); Some quite nice options there, but I also have these to choose from on a HAD decal sheet that I have got; Some more very nice options to choose from there, I won't be doing the Croatian one in red and white (Glynn has that covered) and don't fancy the post WARPAC Hungarian or Bulgarian ones or the Vietnamese (wrongly called Chinese on the instructions) one so that leaves the WARPAC era Hungarian and Soviet options. I do like the Soviet one and also the Soviet one on the kit decal sheet but don't know how I feel about building one in their markings at the minute, now if I could find some pictures of ex-Soviet ones in Ukranian markings other than ones in a museum then I know exactly what I would do! Right then, best go off and make a start hadn't I. Thanks for looking in and as usual all comments and criticisms are always welcome, especially as far as the markings of this one go. Craig.
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