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  1. I present my recently completed 1/144 scale Roden C-47, in the markings of the aircraft used by 335 squadron RNAF to transport the King of Norway, during the early 1960's. The model was built as part of the Nordic GB, but missed the deadline due to some last minute issues with the decals, which were rectified very promptly by Vingtor.. The full WIP can be seen here Having built several DC-3's in this scale before (both minicraft), I think the Roden offering has the edge, in terms of looks and accuracy. Wheel wells were fully detailed internally using scrap card and rod, aerials and under fuselage radar bumps were scratch built. Paints used included Alclad Hi-shine plus Aluminium, Alclad White, MRP Luminous Orange, black and yellow. The dark blue trim on both engines and the fuselage cheatline were airbrushed using Revell Lufthansa Blue enamel. Decals are from Vingtor sheet 144-124. Although this sheet does give the cheatline, on my initial set, I experienced some cracking due to me having one of a small number of a bad batch. Vingtor were able to help me subsequently, but by that time I had already reverted to airbrushing the cheatline. I'm very pleased with the way the cheatline has come out however! And finally, here she is with her older stablemates: Thanks to all those who followed the GB, and special thanks to @trickyrich, @Col. and @Vingtor for their support and help! Comments and questions welcome Thanks for looking. Terry
  2. Next classic airliner on the bench is the graceful DC-7 from Roden, with beautiful box art! The plane looks quite nice too. The sprues. Lots of propellor blades, including some square-tipped ones I won't need. Nice smart decals, and good to see the cheatline means I won't need to get a perfectly straight demarcation. The model depicts an airliner from just before the intercontinental jet age ... Where else to start but the cockpit? I made a couple of basic crew seats from cut up sprue labels. The kit has clear cockpit windows so I thought I'd spruce the interior up a bit, despite the minuscule size.
  3. Once I decided to build The Trident and bought old Airfix kit on eBay, but it happened to be incomplete. After I contacted the seller he sent me another, this time complete kit so I ended up with 1.1/2 kits of Trident. I have started building it as per https://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/235016958-1144-airfix-hawker-siddley-trident-hs-dh but it ended on the shelf of doom. Recently I rediscovered the box with parts, sanding here, rescribing there and all of a sudden I found myself in full steam ahead Trident building mode again, so the pictures will soon follow in the thread mentioned. I thought 'what could I do with remaining half of the kit, I have a body but no wings, engines or stabiliser. So the idea came up that immediately started to being realised. The legend so far, I will polish it later: during the development of Trident 3 there was an attempt to avoid installing of boost engine, one of possible ways to solve the problem was forward swept wing configuration that allowed higher takeoff angles of attack. One of Trident 1Cs was modified and took to the sky. The results of trials were very promising until 12th flight when the test article crashed during landing (no fatalities). The investigation has shown that the reason of the crash was torsional fatigue of the wing roots. the problem that was not solvable that time. Eventually 4th 'boost' engine was installed to what eventually become Trident 3.
  4. Time to start another Navy build. I'd been planning on a Skyhawk next (I should still get to that) but somehow the inspiration to build the unique EC-24A struck me. Here's the 1/1 scale version: The EC-24A was operated by McDonnell Douglas for the Fleet Electronic Warfare Support Group as an electronic aggressor - its role was to simulate attacks on the US Navy surface fleet. It was converted from a DC-8-54CF acquired from United Airlines in 1984, supplementing two NKC-135As in the same role. I'll be using the Minicraft 1/144 DC-8 kit, which includes suitable engines for a CFM-56 powered 70-series aircraft or for a DC-8-62 or -63 with the later style of nacelle for the JT3Ds, but not the earlier JT3D nacelle of the -50 series. So I'm using resin engines from Bra.Z. The various fairings and antennae will be scratch built, including some 3D printing, and I'll print my own decals. Here are the sprue and resin engines: First job is to shorten the fuselage. Minicraft kindly give us engraved lines inside the fuselage halves to guide the necessary cuts so this was pretty straightforward: and it's gone together quite nicely, with some scrap sprue used to reinforce the joints: So, off to a good start. I'm hoping to move it along quite quickly so as to get time for that Skyhawk. cheers Julian
  5. Here my entry for this weekends Blitzbuild, no complicated camouflage scheme or Bi-Plane rigging, just a simple two colour build with a single aftermarket item. Oh! and definitely no silly challenges from the wings like 'Why not build both' I'm looking at you @Enzo Matrix and @Hockeyboy76, that way I hope to finally finish something for a Blitzbuild. 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
  6. Just about finished, a few pics of the 1/144 C-74 Globemaster, as painted in fictitious Chinese markings for the film 'The Italian Job'. In progress build in link below:
  7. Probably my favourite airliner, to me the Pan Am 707s represent a cool Americana image, and the American dream. Station wagons on the drive of 50s dream homes, neat gardens and pastel yellow cardigans, glamorous stewardesses and all the retro cool of that era. For this model I used the Airfix British Airways 707, pretty much out of the box but with the superb 26 Decals so kindly donated by @stringbag.
  8. Following the BEA Comet, the next arrival will be what I consider the most iconic classic airliner of all time, the Pan Am Boeing 707. It exudes cool, 60's Americana; I can imagine the glamorous stewardesses and a mix of 'Madmen'-style execs on their way to a business meeting and suburban all-American families off on holiday to Yellowstone. Anyway, this is the look I'm aiming for ... And the kit I'll be using, a bargain from Kingkit: I'll need to choose a Pan Am one that had those ribbed jetpipes. Am I correct to think that would be a 707-331? I'll be using these lovely decals, courtesy of the fantastic generosity of @stringbag! Plenty of serials to choose from. I won't need to worry about masking all those cabin windows either!
  9. Hi all. Finally got myself an airbrush and opened up a new exciting world of pain and thinners and mixing paints and trying to wash the paint off the pants, haha. This has been a very random build, because I came across the Tu-134 as a cheapest kit available and I instantly thought I always wanted one. The build was quite an easy one except for the canopy fit, probably. I missed the fact that rudder is put between the two halves of the fuselage, which is an unusual feat. Eventually had to force it in place and do some repairs. The navigator glasshouse does not fit at all (which I was aware of). I tried to keep the two halves of the fuselage unglued forward of the nose gear bay and cockpit windshield, fit the the navigators canopy and fill the gap, but it didn't work quite as expected. Still maybe this is the way around for someone with a rather better skill and patience than me. There is a huge rant over at the russian model community side about the inflight stabilizer angle being -1.5 or something degrees down as a must do. Well I got it slightly nose down and that's about it. Once again, airbrush is a great excitement for me, being a trained painter I know a thing or two about colour mixing. First time tried and oil wash (with the terror and relief!). Didn't bother to glue back an underside antenna because it won't stay. And yeah, right side 'soviet bird' logo somehow slid after applying, don't know when Enjoy I've decided to paint fancy lemon yellow spinners My cat in 1:1 scale
  10. I bought this recently and thought that it would have made a nice subject for the Anything but Injection group build, but because that didn't make the cut for this years group builds I am going to build it here. The box and its contents are shown below, I have quite a busy schedule at the moment but I hope to start soon. by John L, on Flickr by John L, on Flickr
  11. I've just bought an Airfix Boeing 707 from Kingkit for the very reasonable price of £15 as I've wanted to make some classic airliners for a while now. What could be more classic than the 1960s Pan Am livery? However, what would be the best decals for this kit, and is the Airfix kit (old Skyking series with British Airways livery) suitable, or is it completely the wrong version of 707? I don't know much about airliners really so any help and info appreciated! Trying to get a TWA Constellation at some point too, having recently bought the Airfix Comet and Vanguard. Maybe need a DC-7 and DC-8 too, but I hadn't realised how expensive most of these airliner kits are! Especially Tridents and VC-10s.
  12. Hi All. Here is my Airfix Dan-Air London Boeing 727-46 built OOB except for decals (26Decals) .
  13. I'd been modelling for about 5 years When i built the revell shuttle with boosters ,a christmas present in 1980 or 1981 ,i loved sci-fi and space back then and it was a temporary distraction from aircraft ,it wasn't my best or one of my most favourite builds but i remember it lasted amongst the longest on my shelf ,and i was always moving it around to accommodate the next best model,usually a ww2 fighter or a light bomber in 72nd scale, i always wanted to have a go at refurbishing it,but its long gone now ,broken down for a kit bash i remember(badly). So I'll have another go at building it now around 40 years later,
  14. RAF Hercules C1 1/144 Minicraft It was partly memories of the old Airfix kit that inspired me to build this one. You know, the one with the 'crud and custard' colours. with a Land Rover towing a bloodhound missile towards the loading ramp. I remember receiving this kit on Christmas, when it first came out. This is the Minicraft kit, recently re-released by S&M Models at a very reasonable price. Apparently it has some faults, I'm happy with it, it looks like a Herk and I have finished it in the colours of XV196, the one on the Airfix box art. I even found a little Land Rover! My usual 'with something else' shot T'aint that big! Thanks for looking John
  15. Hi everyone, I decided to stop lurking and become more participative with my very first WIP build... It was started 5 years ago but work, time and space didnt allow me to continue. Now with more time and proper space I decided to give it a try. The base model is the Thai Revell 330-300 which was cut to measure in order to convert it to a 330-200 The tail was also modified for the new rudder and actuator. The nose remains the same with minor reshaping as ordering the Braz replacement would take ages to arrive. The aircraft will be displayed in the landing configuration, Flaps, Slats, Spoilers deployed as well as Thrust Reversers. I am trying to add as much detail as my workmanship and available materials permit. Any suggestions and Critiques are MOST WELCOMED Cristian ENGINES Reversers cut Reversers grill scratch made Extensions of the turbine cowling were scratched for better detail from behind and also for support of the reverser grills The grills with the support and some basic reverser flaps where scribed on the back This is the finished semi engine. I am planning on gluing everything like this and then join both halves MAIN AND NOSE LANDING GEAR Main gear with some minor detailing Major Hydraulic lines were added , some retraction brace springs and the covers for the gear bolts and brake fan exhaust to be added at the end after painting Nose Gear wit minor improvements. Some lines and some extra components. The springs are oversized. Taxi lights to be painted and properly fitted at the end as well as turn off lights added at the end VERTICAL STABILIZER and ACTUATOR FAIRING Tail modification and rescribing. There are 2 methods around the internet, but this was the easiest if you are willing to re scribe everything after. Major panels rescribed The new big fairings for the rudder actuator. Some people use miliput or epoxy putty but I was more comfortable with a mix of plastic and miliput APU, APU INTAKE and EXHAUST Some panel lines as guides ALWAYS check your decals first.... I spend a good amount of times researching photos and factory drawings and after I finished all the scribing I found out that the decals for the APU doors and intake are provided.... Apu Intake The tail of most Airliners are the only heavy riveted areas that would still be highlighted so I tried to show it. The riveting was a Rosie the riveter 0.65, wish I had at least 0.55 to make it more realistic. The APU exhaust was completely scratch as the one in the model is not very accurate. Tubing added for the interior. The navigation light will be added at the end. NOSE GEAR DOOR I added some thin black styrene to fill the gap. The revell instructions request to finish the nose gear with all items in the first steps of the build, due to its fragility I added some support and the gear will be added at the end after painting. Also more weight has to be added to compensate for the shortened fuselage. WINGS All flight control surfaces cut from each semi wing half. On the left wing I glued both halves and then proceeded to cut the surfaces but I found it a lot easier to do each half before gluing, which I did on the right wing Thinning of the trailing edges for what comes next Since all the surfaces are going to be deployed, all the area under the spoilers will be visible...so I had to fill it up somehow. I glued support beams to the upper half and all the hydraulic lines, flap lines, seals will be on the lower half for ease of painting. Wish I had the knowledge and materials to do photoetching... this could have been a lot easier than working with plastic. Basic spoilers. The actuator attachment is very complicated for the scale so I came up with a basic one. New wing navigation lights The wing root area has to be cut for the flaps to fit. FUSELAGE The seams were filled with a mix of CA glue and Rust pigment for easier visualization. Black pigments were used to find out which panel lines needed re scribing Panel liner from Tamiya was a great help to help position the nose and center fuselage, pigments would do the work as well Round styrene tubing helps with the positioning as it easily rotates until finding the perfect fit. And the fuselage is all glued. Center part was left open for easier access for reinforcing the joints with a mix of CA Glue and Polymers powder. HOPE YOU ENJOYED SO FAR
  16. Here we go, my first in an occasional series of classic airliners, and the first 1/144 kit I've built since I was about 13! Thoroughly enjoyable to build, and took surprisingly longer than I was expecting given the apparent simplicity of the kit. I'd handpaint the silver and spray the grey next time, but it's lessons learned ready for the next one! All comments and advice welcome!
  17. I've fancied doing something a bit different for a while now, and having found these nice kits of classic airliners for decent value I thought I'd give them a go while I wait for decals for my yellow Whirlwind. Still waiting for the postie to bring a Roden DC-7 in JAL livery too. I'll make the Comet and Vanguard oob, including decals, but the 707 I'm planning to do as Pan Am. Just not sure which one to start first. I haven't made a 1/144 airliner since my teens.
  18. With the RUFE done and humming with its motor driven propeller its time for the next time. I had a chance to drive to the storage and pick a couple of kits. The A-90 was not on my list but did catch my eyes when looking for something that can be built quick but also can be complicated/AMS'd to a diorama. I don't have any water/gel materials - this will have to wait till they lift the lock-down and the financial situation will be a bit more clear (no shopping as of now) - so it will be a kit only venture at this stage.
  19. Good evening ladies and gentlemen! In this build I intend creating a somewhat different looking AT-AT from the canon version many of you are used to. Hopefully this won't upset too many of you! Those of you familiar with my crazy thinking know what's in store! Below are some examples of the type of thing I'm looking to achieve. My rational behind a scheme like this is that the Empire was looking to both improve the survivability of its mobile heavy assets and intimidate the enemy with an imposing scheme. With something as big as an AT-AT being difficult to hide in a desert environment I decided to base this scheme(s) on the Dazzle camouflage as used on ships during World War One. Plus, it looks cool! Also, because of the sensitive nature of Bandai plastic I won't be using any enamel based weathering products. Instead I'll be using Derwent water colour pencils, Prismacolor pencils, Faber-Castell PITT artists pens, Vallejo Model Wash, Vallejo Retarder Medium 70597, Vallejo Glaze Medium 70596 and Matisse Drying Retarder to achieve all the weathering on this model. I'll explain all their uses along the way. But first, the boring stuff! Seams filled with Mr Hobby - Mr White Putty R, thinned with Mr Hobby - Mr Color Leveling Thinner 400. With regards to the top of the feet, I decided to remove the molded on detail provided on the kit part and just keep it plain and flat. The feet will get a lot of attention later on, as I will be showing the dirt/wear marks left by the compression of the feet (as illustrated below). The neck section received a lot of work to get rid of the join seam. This was achieved using files and Tamiya Extra Thin glue to help melt the plastic and hide the file marks. Next, with all the parts (except the legs) ready to go, the parts were sprayed Stynylrez Black thinned with Isopropyl alcohol. Don't forget the inside of the main body............................ ......................and the inside of the head. The red cockpit part (blue arrow) will be added later, after painting is finished. Next step will be to check over the primed parts and see if anything needs sanding etc. Then on to the painting! Cheers Richard.
  20. Ju-88A-4 | 1/144 | Minicraft German Luftwaffe, 6.KG 3, Russia, 1943 Finished 4/20/2020. I love 1/144 bombers only because I have limited display space. I decided to get this kit because I'd made a Revell 1/144 Ju-88 when I was 13 or 14 and slapped it together over the course of a couple nights (they go together fast if you don't put the undercarriage on!). I really wanted to do a Ju-88 right, and the fact that this had a pre-painted canopy was a real bonus! (I've proven to myself that I can do 1/144 canopies with my Bf-110 build, I don't need to do it again! ). As with the other Minicraft 1/144 kits I've done, there are major fit issues. I usually have to do a lot of sanding and filling to get them looking right. In this case, I had to use epoxy putty on the engine nacelles on the trailing edges of the wings (pictures follow). I also had to fill the enormous hole they provided for the horizontal stabilizer. I also crafted my own guns from 0.5 mm styrene rod because the ones in the kit were cone-shaped. It turns out that this kit is from the same mold as the Ju-88 I did as a kid (and is on my son's ceiling), so that was fun. No WIP for this build. Finishing: Seam filling with super glue, some reshaping and filling with epoxy putty Paints: Mr. Surfacer 1500 black > Hataka RLM 70 and 71 on top > Hataka RLM 65 on bottom > Hataka RLM 04 for spinners, and theater markings > Alclad Aqua Gloss clear coat > Testors spray dull coat (Decanted) for final coat Weathering/Wear: Tamiya weathering pastels for exhaust stains and a few random dirty spots. Here's a couple of my scratch-built guns: The cockpit was uneven, so I had to fill one side with epoxy putty so it would be even for the decal they gave you to put there: The fit of the nacelles at the trailing edge of the wings was hideous: But I was able to patch them up with epoxy putty: Thanks for looking! Hope you enjoy. Comments and questions always welcomed!
  21. I came across this Airfix Caravelle whilst looking for something else a couple of days ago and thought that, with some Scandinavian Airlines System (SAS) decals, it would be a nice subject for this group build. I have ordered a set of window and cockpit decals from Authenic Airliner Decals and this morning I placed an order with 26Decals for the SAS set. Being an early boxing of the kit, the box is priced at 3/6d making it pre-decimalisation, the parts are crisply moulded in silver plastic. It also has the original tube glue supplied with the boxed Airfix kits of the time and whilst the tube has collapsed slightly its contents remain in a viscose state. Here are the box and contents shots, and with HMS Ajax near to being completed I hope to make a start on one of my builds soon. by John L, on Flickr by John L, on Flickr by John L, on Flickr
  22. A quick build, took me one week and basically out of the box. Nothing special, but it was good fun to build it. All MRP paints! just a light weathering, it gets quickly unrealistic if you overdo it, i think and also it is probably a matter of taste. I will try some more on an F14A ... So dont hit me too hard, it was really a quicky and i didnt put too much effort into this cause it is rather new to me plus i wanted to get it done in a short time and gather some experience with fighter planes
  23. Hello good people I just finished this for a 1940 group build on Kampfgruppe 144 and thought I would also post here as I haven't seen that many finished examples of this kit. There's a WIP thread here if anyone is interested. It is the Mark1 Models Gloster Sea Gladiator. I used the Marabu Design etch set which was brilliant. The Mark1 kit needs a bit of work to correct some obvious accuracy issues. I haven't completely managed to sort everything, but it's as good a shot as I could manage. I have to say, I slightly surprised myself with this build - not only was it less arduous than I'd imagined (I think Marabu do most to the work for you) but it was also quite enjoyable. A complete contrast to my previous Gladiator build which was - on the face of it - much simpler, being an out of the box build. I took a gamble doing the rigging with the top wing temporarily off which worked really quite nicely. I may try this approach more often with 144 biplanes. I will confess that I'm really rather happy with the outcome with this. Yes it is not a perfect Gladiator and there are some shape issues from the Mark1 kit that still could be addressed (the cowling is too bulbous and I think the forward fuselage is also a bit too shallow and too long, but I'd need to check against drawings). But overall I think it is pretty Gladiatorsome. And to finish, one of the smallest allied single engined fighters with the largest. Thanks very much for looking! Angus
  24. I have many projects on the go, but at the moment paining is on the back burner as I’m awaiting to finish turning the loft into the shed of the sky, so have nowhere to spray/airbrush. Anywho, I thought I’d try my hand at the world of resin. I ordered a Authentic Airliners 757, with RR engines. I’ve started basic work on the tail. I must say I love the detail of resin. While looking into the scheme I plan on doing, I noticed I needed to change the engines, thankfully braz do the ones I needed, so ordered Braz RR RB211 535c. This may be a slow project as I’m new to resin any tips and advice be grand! and yes in the background is a 1-11 I’m slowly working on, I’m a fan of old airliners and old kits.
  25. God I do love the FE2. It's in my very top five of favourite British aircraft. It's more contrapted than constructed, and seems to have more in common with the age of sail than with aviation. It meets the challenge of practical aerodynamics like a drunken hooligan, charging a hedgerow. Head-on, arms outstretched. And it's ugly... It's so ugly. I love it. I've always wanted one. I absolutely ache to have an FE2b in my collection, but I'm cursed to follow the cult of 1/144. So what's a fella to do? I could order some lumpen bogey from Shapeways perhaps. Maybe buy a gigantic 1/32 kit from Wingnut Wings, only to fondle the sprues and never actually build the thing. Or I could try and scratchbuild one... Nah! That would be bonkers. It cant be done. It can't. I leaned back in my rickety chair and took another sip of my favourite Islay single malt. I imagined the empty space in my tiny display cabinet, filled with a trophy-sized replica of the Royal Aircraft Factory's finest... Not a chance! It's too damn small in 1/144. I grabbed my trusty Windsock Datafile and measured off the size of the nacelle and transferred it to a bit of styrene. "See" I said to myself. "It's not even 30mm long. It's impossible!" I looked at the little piece of styrene, sitting forlorn on my cutting mat. I grabbed my scalpel: Just round the front off a bit... I thought to myself. ***************************************************************************************************************** That was back in January of this year. I'm committed now, or probably should be. Here's some shots of how things have gone so far. I'll try and get things up to speed as quick as possible. First up was the main body of the fuselage nacelle. This was the fateful bit of styrene that started me off. I marked out the plan view onto a piece of 1mm Evergreen strip and trimmed it to size. Sidewalls were added from .25mm styrene and laminated pieces of 3mm were prepared for the upper works and forward nacelle. Some trimming may have occurred... And some more. But eventually I got here... Once the main components were made I used dental burs to hollow out the insides. It took several sessions of this until I got them suitably thinned. After that I cut some strips of 1mm acrylic sheet and scraped the under-camber into them with the sharpened end of a steel ruler, then sanded the upper surfaces to get the finished aerofoil sections. Couldn't resist a bit of RFC product placement I also made the main wheels, as there was nothing remotely similar available in the spares box. Steaming some styrene rod around a drill bit proved to be the best method. Much better than metal, as I wouldn't have a problem with pain adhesion later on. The bally Hun provided the period coinage for the next shot: And I made a seat from sterling silver That will do for now. It's getting late here, so I'll add more of the build soon. Cheers!
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