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  1. A group build on A FB page got me started looking at the stash & eyeing a TR-1 kit I picked up a while back. I saw a U-2R take off & display at Mildenhall in the 80s (could well be 85) so I needed to make her a serial number who had at least visited the UK, even if they were never officially assigned to RAF Alconbury. Just to prove a point a U-2S visited a Mildenhall today. Anyway I got the HAS out at the weekend and tried to get some shots as the sun went down & cast long shadows. Hope you like them. And a couple on her own
  2. Early on in the Eclipse project someone said he wasn’t sure you could aero-tow a delta wing. Mark Stucky spoke up. “I know you can because I’ve done it.” He explained that he had aero-towed in hang gliders many times. See Forger’s F-106 in 1/72nd scale.
  3. Been given the go ahead to do my abandoned Phantom I started in last years '60's NATO/Warsaw Pact' GB. Got as far as assembling the main wing (doing an 'in-flight' aircraft, not done this since I was a kid!), and some cockpit bits. I obtained a set of pilots by PJ Products and a pack of Eduard AIM-9D's. I'm aware the RAF used G's around this period and that the D's are externally similar. Also the subject is an often seen photo of XV574 shadowing a Soviet 'Bear', using Xtradecal, erm….. decals. The main thing I have to do is shave off the Electronics whatsit's fairing from the tail-fin, hopefully it'll turn out OK. Hopefully will get on with this in the next week or so, last few things to finish off to our house extension we've just had done, carpet going in next week and bringing the rest of the household 'wares' down from upstairs! The last shot is a bit blurred, the auto-focus on my camera is knackered! Davey.
  4. Joining you with this Hasegawa T-33 Shooting Star kit. Costing me £2.50 from Kit Rescue at IPMS Avon model show in 2014. The kit has decals for the Thunderbirds demonstration team - not going that way. This Heller model from 1995 is the reason why not. Edited 19 April 2019, now has pilots. Today Hepster gave me two very tempting decal sheets. Xtradecal X72-120 and X72-121 which are far more interesting. I'm very torn, between the option with hi-vis red panels, And the two-tone grey option.
  5. Having built the Academy Hunter last year, I've been looking forward to getting the Airfix new release so pre-ordered a couple of kits which arrived in January. I'd also picked up the Xtradecal sheet Pt 3 which has some excellent coulourful schemes on, so decided I had to do one of these, in particular the Tactical Weapons Unit based at RAF Brawdy in 1979. Now it turns out that Xtradecal have the serial number on this one wrong. They claim it is XG223 but in fact it is XG225 - there are several photos of it out there in the net in this scheme to prove it. By the way this airframe now resides at the entrance to the museum at RAF Cosford, sadly not not in this colour scheme The kit itself is a lovely example of modern engineering. The only addition I made was to replace the Martin Baker Mk 4 ejector seat with one I'd already painted up for another build but didn't use. As to the photos, I've been experimenting lately with different lighting set ups to try to improve the quality of the photos with different backdrops and camera settings. I have another kit to build sometime in the future - might try the raspberry ripple scheme from the same decal set... Edit: I've replaced the photos as I realised I had the wrong white-balance setting on the camera when taking them, so the colours were all muddy.
  6. One of two builds that I completed over the weekend. This one had been sitting on the shelf of shame for a little while and was one of my entries for the KUTA GB in November. It has been brush painted with both enamels and acrylic paints and I used the Xtradecal RAF Update 2013 - 2015 set for the scheme. Eurofighter Typhoon FGR.4 ZK353/BQ, RAF 29(F) Squadron, RAF Coningsby flown by Flight Lieutenant Jonny Dowen by John L, on Flickr by John L, on Flickr by John L, on Flickr by John L, on Flickr by John L, on Flickr by John L, on Flickr by John L, on Flickr
  7. Here is my contribution to this group build. The latest boxing of Airfix`s classic Supermarine Spitfire Mk22/24. The intention is to build a Royal Auxillary Air Force Mk22 from the late 1940s so hopefully qualifies for this GB. Opened up the box this morning to find some sweets included! My plan is to use a Xtradecal sheet for an appropriate aircraft. Just a picture of the sealed contents as no doubt this is a well known kit...…. https://www.hannants.co.uk/product/X48091 The intention is to do PK613 LA H for 603 County of Durham Squadron R.Aux.A.F at Oulston in 1949. Regards Grahame.
  8. Finally back from my jolly holidays, I guess I'll need to pull my finger out and post my entry for this GB. My plan was to do Special Hobby's super little 1/72nd HAL Ajeet however, looking at the list of aircraft submissions there's a couple of startling omissions which have served the GB well in the export market notably the EE Canberra and Hawker's beautiful Hunter. I've decided to correct this omission with a Billy Bunter as it was referred to in the RAF in the 1980's, I'll be using Revell's great 1/72nd FGA.9 in its export guise as a Singaporean AF FGA.76B. I'll be using the Xtradecal sheet 72-063 to make No.521 of 140 Sqn in the high vis insignia scheme from 1991 as seen here. I've got an old copy of the IPMS magazine from the 1980's which details the differences and where to place the Sidewinder rails. Pictures will be posted at the weekend once I've got myself sorted out and dug out my references.
  9. Here's my 1/48 MV-22 Osprey, Italeri is the only one in this scale but I always thought with a little work it could be made into an operational aircraft. I found some photos of USMC aircraft in theatre that were very dirty and that was what made me put it on the workbench. A little work here and there became a lot more. I reshaped the hump on the wing center, dropped flaps, moved the rudders, improved the cockpit, added seat belts, built bulkheads, life raft, chaff/flare dispensers, hand holds, opened the side door, and remade the windscreen wipers to name a few. Xtradecals make a couple of decal sheets that were essential, tons of stenciling, vents and things with some nice schemes. I was starting to make the rear door gun mount but think I'll get the Black Dog CV-22 set which includes it and also some nice dropped flaps that I'll replace my crudely cut ones with. I can't believe it will be long before a new 1/48 Osprey comes out and wanted to relieve my stash of this big box before that time comes. I had a lot of issues that didn't quite go right so it's one of my models that 'looks better at a distance'. I'm glad I did it and it looks great next to my F-18F and AV-8B on the shelf.
  10. I was thinking how nice it would be if XtraDecal made a sheet of early F.2 and F.3 schemes including the very fetching prototype to go with the 1/48 Tornado ADV kits out there. Their 1/48 RAF Part 1 and Part 2 Tornado sheets and Tornado Stencil sheets are great. So if anyone wants one let it be known here and I will email a link to this thread and hopefully get us noticed. Cheers. F.2 Prototype, 229OCU F.3 229 OCU, 25, 29, 43, 111 Squadrons. Thank you.
  11. Evening chaps hope you are all well! Im having some issues with with decalling up my airfix spitfire mk1a.. I cant get the little devils to suck into the panel lines/trenches! I am using Hannants xtradecal battle of britian sheets and revell decal soft as my setting fluid, the kit has been brush painted in humbrol enamels, then coated with lakeland quickshine (note i had the same issue using astonish!) Im thinking that the revell decal softener isn't compatible with xtradecals? ive used revells decal soft on cartograf and airfix decals and i had no issues?! Seen as i now have a kit with silvered decals that are layed down quite poorly whats my best option please chaps? Buy some micro sol? could i slice the decals with a fresh stanley blade then apply clear? These are the.. Ahem, offenders! Apologies for the slipper and dog eaten carpet in shot! and apologies for my rambling on! Thanks and all the best!
  12. Here is my entry for the RAF Centenary GB. Academy Spitfire FR.XIVe, certainly not the most accurate Spitfire on the planet, but is nicely moulded and a fairly hassle free build. I am certainly on a Spitfire roll on the moment and doing a Far Eastern machine in SEAC colours is slightly different. Looks the business with that big red spinner. Using a smart set of Xtradecal. I won’t be starting for a week or so as have a trip away planned for this week. Some photos. Thank for looking.
  13. Here she is, in her full 1950's glory. The bright decals make it better I think. Not as simple to make as I was expecting, as the Mistercraft kit needs a bit of cutting and sanding to make an F.6, but in the end I thought I'd use one of the Xtradecal options to brighten her up.
  14. Done this commission build over the past two months. Going to the same guy I did the 1/72 He-111 for. Didn't do a WIP for this what with all I've got going on - tomcat & spitfire saga's and then a car & GPMG gun kit... So onto this - not a bad kit. Would be nice to have plastic tires though. I like the IP - was a clear part so I maskol'd the dials and sprayed it in RLM 66 like the rest of the pit. The decal was then sandwiched between the IP and bulkhead behind it. Perfect dials with a nice depth. Kit comes with a fret of etch for some grills & seatbelts/pedals as well as some canopy parts. The only thing I had to add to the kit was a fuel line, scratched from stretched clear sprue and tape strips. Primed in black stynylrez for black basing, then painted entirely in Vallejo - model & metal colour. One or two air shades as well. Yellow done first, masked off then the 76/70/02 all done freehand in that order. Sprayed with a 0.3mm and thinned with Vallejo airbrush cleaner to get the fine demarcation. All the other detail shades - eg primary's in cockpit etc are Vallejo model colour too. Bare metal foil on suspension struts. Decals are xtradecal for the squadron stuff, crosses and stencils from the kit. Xtracrylix Flat for final sheen. It was then weathered with mig ammo stuff. Panel line washes and then oil brushers for fading. Chipping fluid for prop blades. Should all be fairly self explanatory which colours are which but any questions please ask. For scale: Here it is, sorry the pics aren't in any particular order... Hope you like it!
  15. Folks I'm doing the Trumpeter 1/32 Lightning with the Whirlybird conversion. I'm at the decalling stage but Trumpeter's serials are bigger than the supplied Xtradecal sheet. Can somebody please tell me what size the serials would be in 1/1 scale for fuselage & underwing, so I can scale down. thanks Steve.
  16. Hey guys, So i'm working up to a build here for when I get back, I'm gonna do the Revellgawa 1/72 He-111 H6. I wanted to do something a bit different so I got the Xtradecal set for it, annoyingly, for the scheme I want to do there's no paint guides and I can't find anything online. I was wondering if you guys could give help? That is the old kite I want to do. I am totally fine just winging it with some artistic license on the top surfaces of the wings but if anyone knows of any decent reference photos I would really appreciate the help! Cheers
  17. Hawker Tempest II 26 Sqn, Zeltweg, Austria, 1947 I was recently sorting some old kits and found a half-finished Matchbox Tempest in a Heller Tempest box, so I decided to get on with it. This has most of the Matchbox trenches filled with Milliput (though I must admit I got a bit lazy when it came to the engine cowling area) and panel lines/fasteners drawn in with pencil, which was then sealed with Klear. Markings are from Xtradecal. I found illustrations of this aircraft with a red spinner and also a blue / white spinner, but I went with the Xtradecal illustration. Satisfying to have rescued it after all these years.
  18. Hi Folks here is another of my occasional forays into 1/48, the Airfix Gloster Javelin FAW9. I have been wanting to do this particular aircraft for quite some time as it was the only operational Javelin to have a natural metal finish (for the last few years of it's career at any rate) and a Javelin was the first ever aircraft I can remember seeing flying over Brechin when I was a nipper. XH898 was the personal mount of 228 OCU's CO, Sqn Ldr George Beaton, when based at RAF Leuchars in the mid 1960's. The kit is without a doubt the best Airfix kit I've ever made, it almost fell together and the engineering of the kit is quite amazing. It does have some areas that are tricky to assemble, I had a bit of trouble getting the front fuselage to line up properly with the aft section so ended up with a step and I would liked to have left the exhaust cans off until after the painting was completed to save a bit of masking. I added some seatbelts made out of foil and a pair of Master pitot probes as I broke the kit ones but other than that it's OOB. I was going to add the aerials that Airfix didn't provide but couldn't confirm which ones were fitted so left them off for now. Paint is AK Interactive's Extreme Metal paints and the roundels are from an Xtradecal sheet as the Airfix ones were very thick and wouldn't play nicely. Airfix got the colour of the canopy framing wrong on the instructions as they say it should be black when the colour photos of XH898 show it to be Dark Green with the same colour band around the rear of the radome. This is by far the biggest kit I've built since returning to the hobby (how the guys that build 1/32 B17s etc do it I don't know!) and found it quite a handful during the build as the space I have for modelling is really geared up for building 1/72 Bf109s and suchlike. I also found taking the photos a challenge and Mrs B is suitably unimpressed with it taking up a lot of room in the display cabinet too. I hope you like her. And one for the Lineys, there's always one joker! Duncan B
  19. Another one finished. This is the new tool Airfix kit that i paid the princely sum of 5.00 for before xmas. and I wanted to do something different. so with the help of Sean_M and his Top Notch brand i acquired some of his Vinyl masks for a pattern b Mk Vb convinced i had a Pat b set of decals at home for them only to find....... no they were all pattern A so I got this sheet from the big H and this has a spitfire that was flown off HMS Eagle in March 1942 most of which were destroyed on the ground when they landed. having spoke to others they confirmed what i thought that the undercarriage looked weak so in flight it was. the build was for me with Airfix straightforward as its the first one i have had of the new tools with no quality issues. and it fits together a dream. the paint was Hataka and TBH I won't use them again the azure blue was lovely but the mid stone and dark earth were terrible and all of the various thinners i used just turned the paint to glue for some reason. This brings me to the masks supplied by Top Notch and they worked a dream going down smoothly and with no bleed under and fitted the kit really well there are also mask options for wing leading edges and rear fuselage bands. also in the pack are demarcation masks along the lower fuselage line and lower cowling line. as well as different cowl and forward fuselage options on the shape. instructions are clear but a word of caution. buy the right masks for your model, most post mid 41 spits are generally in the pattern a shape (with some variations) there is the odd converted mk 1/ii to VB with pattern b but the majority is pattern a. as Sean clearly states on his instructions (my mistake) in short I will be buying more of the masks My be even for my 1/24th Hurricane that is currently stalled
  20. Hello Gentlemen, this will be my entry to the F4U Corsair STGB. Tamiya 1/72 scale Bird Cage Corsair The model sprues. Xtradecal Set X72140 Yanks with Roundels Part 1 The Decal Sheet. Eduard Zoom Set SS270 Thanks for looking, Joe
  21. Hello and welcome to 2016! My last build from 2015, the first to be presented in the new year. Sword 1/72 Spitfire XVIe with photo etch from Brengun, Vacu canopy from Squadron and Decals from Xtradecals. Represents SM309/AU-H, “Panama Bound” of 421(Royal Canadian Air Force) Squadron in 1945. Flown by Flt.Lt. Richard “Hap” Beal. Painted with acrylics from Gunze/Mr.Hobby. Main Inspiration for this build was the model by Mr. Jekl, as seen on Britmodeller: http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/234949348-supermarine-spitfire-mkxvi-172-sword/ Pictures by Wolfgang Rabel of IGM Cars & Bikes. Thanks for your interest, have a good start into the new year! Cheers from Vienna Roman
  22. Q: How do you eat an elephant? A: One spoonful at a time. Okily dokily, lets pick a spoonful: This marking option stood out: unusually small under wing roundels and an accomplished pilot with 4 kills during the Battle of Britain. He survived and rose to Wing Commander no less. Nothing added except belts and I have to scrounge an instrument panel which was sacrificed pointlessly to the 'orrble Airfix 1/72 IX many moons ago. (Edit) Found this reference shot of the actual plane courtesy of the interweb (public domain picture). Now I know which aerial mast and canopy to use, wonder if thats Sgt Jennings in the cockpit? Anil
  23. Hello! I'm doing a Harrier GR.3 using Xtradecal X72186 to do XV778 during the exercise Cold Winter in 1979. I got a little confused by the painting instructions for the sheet since the side views show Light Aircraft grey underside, but the top/bottom views shows wraparound grey/white distemper over green. I've painted the underside Light aircraft Grey and masked everything when the I started to doubt the entire thing... Should I repaint the underside in wraparound grey green or not? BR //Christer
  24. Here's my latest completed build Its the Hobbyboss Hellcat F6F-5 built as a Fleet Air Arm Gannet Mk.II of 804 NAS aboard HMS Ameer in December 1944 The kit is straight OOB with decals from Xtradecal Enjoy ScottC
  25. Good morning, just to show some progress of the Academy Crusader. I will add the aires cockpit set (the first I ever used), and the quickboost flaps. As you may know, if the wind is raised, the flaps/slats will automatically come down. It's something which academy has forgotten. For the decals, I will use the excellent sheet from Xtradecal. I started with the white parts, which are built into the fuselage. It's all gunze flat white acrylic, then a brush cote of the german "clear" (Erdal Glänzer), and some oil wash. Wheels are done with revell anthrazite, brush painted, after a drop of highly diluted oil colour where the tire meets the rim. That give a sharp edge. Airbrake is shown without washing, to show the difference. A detail photo of the main gear bay. The lowered slats. Since the parts are already separate, I just needed to sand the edges down, and fill the gap with some sheet. On the underside, I filled the gap with some stretched sprue, glued with extra thin cement. right hand side already filled, left side to go. The cockpit. Nice details, however I prefer seats with moulded harness. A coat of primer, then DSG, some drybrushing, and detailling with revell acrylics. The dashboard looks also better than the kit part. HUD will be added later, just before the windscreen. Thanks for attention! Alex
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