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  1. With my 1/144 Vulcan B1a conversion nearing the point where it will be painted, I'm looking for decals. I've decided on an antiflash scheme, although I'm not too bothered by which specific airframe as long as I can find pictures of it. I can't find any decal sets for anti flash roundels (54" and 84"), fin flashes (24" x 36") or serials (18") in 1/144. The B1a didn't have underwing serials so I don't need to worry about them. While I'm at it, does anyone know of any good sources for 1/200 decals for Vulcan B2s, antiflash and camouflaged. I'm thinking of building a number of the Dragon kit and it only comes with so many schemes.
  2. Hi Everybody! Seasons greetings to All! New Year,New project, first on the Martime Build Forum. I've been modelling for a good while,but this is My first major warship build,and My first intensive use of photo etch,and I would like to share the step-by step triumphs and tribulations in a full build log to show My attempts and welcome constructive remarks on. First step is to constuct a base to work on the model,that will be the eventual core of the display case. Mounting hardware consists of metal pedestals,spacers,bolts and captive nuts (to allow the model to be removed once the decks are fitted):- Base cut to size from 15mm Contiboard,hull and board drilled,and mounting blocks and nuts fitted and hull bolted to base:- Deck beams fitted,and decks test fitted-all good! :- As this will be a fairly lengthy project,I decided to construct a dust-cover 'tent',which will be also used to finalise the size of the final dislay case (cover made over-height as a do not know the finished height of the model):- That's all for now! Keep Sticking! Cheers, Pete
  3. Taking a little break from my current Hornet builds (in various stages of completion), I decided to try a quick build of something different for me. (Apologies for the camera phone pics in advance) I recently picked up a 1/200 Airliner kit. And when I popped open the box, found a bonus set of decals that peeked my interest. The kit went together fairly easily. Doing a quick search on the web showed most airline builders fill the windows and use decals instead so that's the way I went. Allowing for putty drying time and sanding, paint was done and dusted within a day and a half. Time for the the difficult part....the DECALS. These are all separate sections and takes a lot of care and patience. That's one side done and dusted. Pretty happy with 2 days work. Hopefully I'll get the other side next weekend. Cheers Jurgen
  4. I discovered The Sopranos just a few years ago and got hooked on the box set. One of the iconic features of the series is its opening title sequence, which shows Tony Soprano driving home through the suburbs of New York. At about 40 seconds in, there's a fleeting glimpse of an Amercian Airlines Boeing 727-200 climbing out of Newark Airport. Every time I see this (and it's been dozens of times), I think 'how cool' . So I've decided to make this aircraft the subject of my GB entry - built 'wheels up' of course! I'll be using a 1/200 scale Hasegawa kit. I've got several boxings in my stash, but not their American Airlines version. Separately though, I managed to get a set of AA decals and instructions via eBay. I'm really looking forward to this build, but it unfortunately it will be November before I can make a start. I'll see you then! Cheers Cliff
  5. This one is a 'What If' and just for fun. Intended really to put a smile on the faces of the true wide body tri-jet fans that loved the DC-10 series. Had she been kept by the airline, from this..... to possibly this (albeit a very tired and old aircraft and probably only good for dog food tins now), I bring you G-MULL Rock on the old days of cheap bucket seats. Pack 'em in at Gatwick and ship the family straight over to Florida ! A good fun build using Nazca, and F-Decals sets with the tail fin airbrushed and masked by hand Thanks for dropping in John
  6. An all-time original from Hasegawa's original Love Liner 200 1/200 Civil Aircraft range back from 1980 - the British Airways 737 200 (Super). The kit first hit the shelves in 1980 ahead of BA putting their fleet into the skies in the December of 1981. This is the registration of the carriers very first delivery from Boeing's 737 production line. Perhaps not built so well as some of my previous 1/200 civil builds, but intended to compliment the Negus & Negus L1011 I recently knocked out from the same range and scale, The decals were not as forgiving with their age as hoped for, loosing the starboard sides 737X decal and the main tail top decal had to be airbrushed. A nifty little tiddler from the days when I could travel on the centre jump seat of these looking forward over my dad's right shoulder before he went long haul for the airline.
  7. Here is my finished Boeing 767-200 in 1/200 made from the original Hasegawa American Airlines boxed variant that for those that can remember them, the series went on and fell off the back end of the original Hasegawa Love Liner200 Series. If my memory serves me as well as I hope it does, Hasegawa were quick off the mark to model their original 767 kit when Boeing first released the same. I've got some of the ANA, JAL and Delta original kits but their decals are now pretty much throw-aways as these old 1/200 kits seem to have only ever been stored in damp garages or attic's by their original owners on the basis that the kit looked good at the time of original release but the owner never got around to building it due to being a civil and less interesting subject perhaps...? So this really is the ROO McCoy, or should I say Real McCoy. Using some recently sourced very old Qantas Decals printed in the 90's by ROO-DECALS, lovingly printed in Australia. Shame Qantas retired their 767-200 Boeings as I think this simple livery looks good on a 767. Here's Kanger and Roo for you.... I hope you enjoy the finished article as much as I did so modelling it John
  8. The original kit is the old Hasegawa 1/200 American Airlines 767-200 kit from the 1990's. Bought for £8 from my local model shop in West Drayton (Aviation Hobbies) a few months ago, I have saved this in time for my Farnborough IPMS club's February Antipodean competition next month. Appropriately, I purchased the intended Qantas decals from Australia which only took 2 weeks to arrive by post - and they are the genuine down-under "ROO-DECAL" product! I think the seller must have been having a clear out as I received 3 sets of decals for the price of the advertised single set. Started last night in-between floating the last of the decals onto my last 777 on the bench, the kit has immediately gone together with all the ease and great engineering that Japanese kit manufacturers are well known for. Up against a 777-300 in the same 1/200 scale, the 767-200 looks rather inferior Thanks for looking in John
  9. ANA invited elementary and Junior school children to design a theme to celebrate ANA carrying their 500th Millionth customers (that's a big milestone number) which was won by Ms Yukie Ogaki from North Tokyo. Her winning theme represented a large Blue Whale as the main theme with several fish and other aquatic creatures swimming alongside. The livery was a one-off them and flew from 1993 on ANA's domestic routes with a capacity of 570 passengers fully loaded. Now over 25 years old, the decals for this kit proved virtually unusable which resulted in the majority of the kit being painted and hand decaled. This was a one-off design for ANA back in 1993 for their short range internal operations around Japan. Hasegawa released this kit moulded in blue (for those that don't like painting and was their first 747-400 model. Although very old, it was only the decals that were a pain and cost me weeks of extra time and pin stripe hand decaling challenges but I am pleased with the end result given the problems I encountered. It was also a good reminder of the fun I had back in the 80's and 90's when I used to focus on the Hasegawa Love Liner 200 series and has prompted me back in that direction once again. The photo below of the box contents shows the decals I could not use due to them being cracked and crazed, so I had to hand paint and improvise. Thanks for looking in, it may be small in 1/200 but these kits are great fun John
  10. This is the 2012 edition of Hasegawa's 1/200 A320 which was released in the Japanese Peach Air carriers livery - I purchased Draw Decals 1/200 easyJet decals new release of the airline's 200th A320 delivery celebration colour scheme in an overall orange paint scheme. With all the outstanding Japanese engineering, the kit went together without any issue and the digital silk decals were a delight to work with, The kit is almost complete so this is pretty much a complete A-Z run through of a WIP for you here, needing only a final coat of gloss clear coating tonight. ********************************** Starting life as a Peach short haul carrier with Draw's 2018 celebratory decal set: The kit contents: Work started 2 weeks ago I have never worked in orange before and like yellow, it turns out to be a very unforgiving colour. After some testing, I used a lower toned undercoat orange under the intended top colour coats A bit blurry, The top coat is Tamiya's X6 Orange which turned out to be spot on for squeezy jet With the wings lower grey shade on, this is the corroguard masking process and the tail plane leading edge masking masking out the flap runners and then... Decal work starting A massive issue here. Draw's decal is 4 mm longer than the door recess (below). I had to trim this back and use one of the kits door decals to rectify this issue later on and now with the starboard side front door decal sorted and corrected Its a nifty little kit and I am pleased with Draw's decals. Thanks for dropping in for a look. I will put some photos of the completed model up on the RFI pages soon cheers - John
  11. Between my renovation projects and other builds, I decided to do something easy. Hasegawas 1/200 LoveLiners are a perfect diversion from nerve shredding projects... Built straight out of the box,Hasegawa's Boeing 727 kit is still one of the best ones there is. Despite being in the tiny 1/200 scale, its probably the most accurate representation of this famous classic that is available as a plastic moulded kit. The fit is also perfect and adds for a fun and quick build. Painted with Revell and Testors enamels. Hope you like it For better viewing,Hasegawa provides a display stand,this way its also possible to place more models in the vitrine....
  12. Hasegawas LoveLiner Series was quite popular back in the 80s and 90s and they still are today. Sadly Hasegawa has limited their range significantly with only a few airliners remain. The older ones,such as the Airbus A300 have become collector's items and some LL200 airliners change hands a rather silly prices. My stash of Hasegawa airliners grew a lot when I was able to obtain many of those from a colletor who was selling his stocks. Among those kits were a bigger number of A300s,two of which came now off the assambly line. The Thai Airways version is straight out of the box while for the Air Jamaica version I used the excellent decal set from Liveries Unlimited.The coroguard panels are from Liveries Unlimited as well. I had this sheet for many years,but I was never brave enough to use them.I was always unsure if these decals would conform without issues around all curves on the model. But to my surprise they worked superbly.Except the yellow roof,all other colors are decals The builds,like with all Hasegawa airliners,is straight forward without issues.They are nice build for in-between. Hope you like 'em
  13. Hi All, I'm taking a bit of a break from my Thunderbirds project to work on a new game I just received in the mail (ordered last September)! I now have as the titles says 27 very small aircraft to paint, and this is a scale unlike anything I have ever attempted before. I began by giving them all a nice hot bath as some of the aircraft had slightly misshapen wings. The soak soon sorted that with very little effort. I took the opportunity to give them a ll a bit of a wash as well, to make sure there was no residual mould release agent or other chemicals. Once dry, I cleaned up the surprisingly few mould lines, took some time to admire the details and then got them under the airbrush for a coat of light grey primer. Here are the Spitfire mkII and BF-109E after their primer was applied. and the Boulton Paul Defiant MkI Apologies for the photo quality. I then flipped them all upside down and gave the RAF aircraft a coat of Vallejo RAF Sky, and the Luftwaffe got a RLM76 I've now masked the undersides of all the RAF aircraft in preparation for a coat of RAF Dark Earth. This is where your help comes in, please! I know very little about Luftwaffe camo schemes, and even less about year specific patterns. I have begun researching, but my goodness the rabbit hole appears to be extremely deep, and wide, and oh so very dark! So any diagrams/patterns etc that are simple to follow would be appreciated. In addition to this, I want to get a standard camo pattern across the Spitfires as I do know enough about them to know they ran either the Pattern A camo or Pattern B camo, applied using rubber mats as stencils. My research here seems to suggest that the same pattern was rolled out across multiple squadrons at the same time, so the chances of my aircraft sporting different patterns seems to be slim. Is that correct? If so, does anyone have any tip, tricks, advice or suggestion on the best way to do this? I was unable to find masks in the correct scale, which leaves me either attempting to make 13 of my own using tamiya masking tape, or finding another method, perhaps brush painting would be the best way forward? If it is of any help, the markings I will be using are: Spitfire Squadrons 19 and 609 and BF109 Schwarm Gruppe I, II, III and IV All help and suggestions are greatly appreciated and needed.
  14. My recently finished builds are mostly Hasegawa 1/200 kits,and these are the first that came off the assembly line. This was one of Hasegawa's 2in1 kit releases and offers to build 3 ANA versions to be build,although you have to decide which one of the Triton Blue version you want to build. The bare metal underbelly or the all grey underbelly, like the TriStar was before retirement in 1995. I opted for the very first TriStar in the "Mohican" scheme as they were delivered in 1973 and the "Triton Blue" last flight livery with the all grey underbelly As for all Hasegawa LL200 airliner kits,the build is straight forward with no issues at all. I really love those kits as they offer easy,fun builds with quick results. The only thing I changed were the engine exhausts on the Triton version,which had to be shortened to match the later version engines. The Mohican version was left with the longer exhausts as offered in the kit. Painted entirely by airbrush using Revell and Testors enamels and coted with my Media Range Color protection spray. The windows were filled with Krystal Klear.The cockpit windows were painted inside black as the empty cockpit looked a bit off through the clear cockpit windows. Thanks for looking.... And group shots of the 2 TriStars...
  15. The last of the Hasegawa bunch off my production line for the moment... This 747 sat on the shelf of doom very long.Actually planned as British Caledonian 747-200 with General Electric engines,it ended up back in the box when I realized that the Caledonian decals were impossible to apply. A few months ago I found the nice Liveries Unlimited decal set for the Air China 747 fleet,so I decided to save the Jumbo and redo it as a Cargo 747. In my spare part box I had a complete set of Pratt&Whitney engines and so the project was on. I repainted the fuselage and put all the pre-build parts together,decals on and the refurbished 747 will now find its place as a frighter version in my collection. Unfortunately,Liveries Unlimited missed to include the side cargo door on their decal sheet,so I had to find one in my spares.Help came in the shape of an 1/144 DC-10 cargo door which fits surprisingly well... Hasegawa's Boeing 747s are very nice and detailed. They produced the 747-100/200,747-300 and the 747-400 and also added individual engines depending on the airline markings they had included. I still have a larger number of Hasegawa 747s in my stash waiting to be built. Cheers,
  16. I've been struggling with motivation lately so I thought I'd try something different......... I've long been inspired by the work Bob Wilson aka ShipbuilderMN Latest post http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/235016920-berwick-law-steel-barque/ Plus Ray S & now Murdo entering the arena I have long had it in my mind to build a series of British Coastal Trading/Fishing craft. Being realistic I'm not going to live long enough to build in what I would normally call a reasonable scale. At this stage I've also got it in my head that I want to build showing the full hull to demonstrate the many varied hull shapes. So the chosen starting point is the 'Clyde Puffer' a more basic shape I can't imagine.... but good to learn the ropes in this scale. I photocopied the plan and stuck it on plastic card 'bread & butter' style Brass sheet was cut out and let in for keel Bulwarks planted on outside, to be faired in, supports added on inside and the signature picture of the Parker pen That's it for now Kev
  17. This was a sideproject that I had built on and off between other builds for over a year. The Hasegawa LL200 airliner series contained many popular airliners such as the Boeing 747 in almost every version,DC-10,MD-11,DC-9 and among many others,the Boeing 767. Sadly,most of these airliners from this famous series are no longer produced by Hasegawa and also the 767-200 is unlikely to appear again as Hasegawa modified the molds for the 767-300 which is still available. These models are very accurate and easy to build and in their 1/200 scale also not too big and vitrine friendly. My Hasegawa 767-200 kit was actually the Japan Airlines issue,but I once bought a larger number of decal sets for Hasegawa airliners on ebay,among them this nice Delta Airlines set. It was in pretty good condition despite its age,research showed that the original Delta 767-200 kit was released back in 1982. Some small details such as the cockpit windows come from a newer Boeing 777 Hasegawa set and the coroguard panels are from a detail set.Apart from that its completely OOB built. Paints are the usual Revell and Testors enamels,the whole model was then sealed with MicroScale Gloss clear. The Boeing 767-200 in the depicted "Spirit of Delta" scheme can be seen at the Delta heritage museum in Atlanta where it is preserved. Enjoy
  18. My entry for the group build is going to be an OOB build of the Cyber-Hobby's Vulcan based at RAF Scampton in 1970 and here are the box and contents shots. I am looking forward to starting this soon and I hope that this will be the build that lifts the modelling mojo. I should have done this earlier, but I will check references to make sure that the subject falls within the scope of the group build.
  19. Avro Vulcan B.2 Scampton Wing 1970's This is the 1/200 CyberHobby 'Blue Steel' boxing of the Vulcan B.2, recently completed for the 70's NATO v Warsaw Pact Group Build. There was a small amount of scratch building to make some bomb bay doors to turn it back from Blue Steel to a Free Fall B.2, but apart from that it was built OOB. I hope that you like it. This was the conversion work carried out to switch back to a more conventional role. And a final shot to give some idea of the size.
  20. Another airliner off my production line is the very nice Hasegawa Boeing 777. As with all of Hasegawa's LL200 Airliners, they are easy to build and very acurate in shape. I really like those kits and I have quite a number of different types in my stash. Sadly that Hasegawa seem to reduce their range every year,now only a small number of types are still in their catalogue. This kit I bought around 20 years ago...how the time flies...and it sat in my stash ever since.End of last year I finally decided to get it started and now here we are. Built straight from the box,no changes made. The decals were still in very good condition,which is a surprise as one never knows with Hasegawa kits.This is in fact the only fault,at least with airliner kits of them,that the decal sets vary greatly in quality.Some are pristine after many years while others seem to become unusable only after a short time already. In this case everything was fine and they went on beautifully and matched the model perfect. All paints are Revell and Testors enamels applied with my airbrush. The old Thai livery is one of my favourite ones and it really suits the 777. One of my cats lurking in the background...
  21. Friends, After hitting a rough patch with my 777 I wanted to hammer out a quick build to get some mojo back and try out a few new ideas related to paint and finishing. I have a dozen or so 1/200 Hasegawa kits ready for paint, so I grabbed this 737-800 and a set of appropriate decals. The paint job wasn't much of a challenge, I admit, but I've been wanting to practice polishing my clear coat to get a really deep, smooth gloss finish so it was preferable to keep it simple. Also, I had never used Rib Hobby decals before, but I was very impressed with how well they went on the model... Anyway, I just applied a coat of Future to seal the model, and I will attempt to polish the finish once the clear cures. So, for now, I'm not ready to call it finished... Thanks for taking a look!
  22. This is the only thing I finished in 2016. I had a very slow year. I’ve always wanted to build a CP Air 747, I just think the colours look cool. It just catches the eye. And that is why I like building airliners. I have to say I think the Hasegawa kit is a nice kit. It does not need too much work done to it. I rescribed the panel lines and replaced to apu exhaust with some metal tubing. I planned to have a chrome finish. That plan changed. I had applied gloss black and chrome alclad but I could not find any way to seal the chrome Alclad with out dulling it down. I wanted to seal it so I could mask off for the orange. I decided chrome was going to look too much and was not going to work. So I went back to my way of doing things. I sprayed the orange and grey, then masked off for the alclad silver using the orange & grey as a base coat. (Rules are made to be broken). After the decals were applied I hand painted Winsor & Newton Gloss Varnish to seal everything. I prefer to hand paint gloss varnish. I get a better finish. I know some people think everything has to sprayed, but I can get a really good finish hand painting. I have been building airliners for years and before the airbrush I had to hand paint, so you learned how to paint without leaving brush marks. The decals are from TwoSix Decals. As always they are good. Work first time. Thank you for any comments. Regards Ken
  23. Just started my latest big Project: Trumpeter 1/200 Bismarck, before was the infamous Trumpeter 1/16 KT. I've wanted to build this model as it's a masterpiece in this scale and I've been very inspired by the impressive Bismarck and her history. Lots of people have already done some very nice builds. But here goes..... My first attempt at Naval, as everything before has been AFV, SCi-FI and Aircraft. Dry fit only....fit of parts is fantastic. More to come shortly.............
  24. This particular Hasegawa kit was bought by me as a youngster back in 1995 when I started on building it right away. During these days I still handpainted my models.Sometimes more,sometimes less successful. This kit belonged to the latter,so I stopped working on it and put it back to its box where it stayed ever since. As I really like the MD-11 and these Hasegawa kits became rarer with time,I never managed to bin it.I kept looking on the pre-painted parts and thought of a way to clean them a re-start the whole build. So,earlier this year I took it out of the shelf of doom and gave it a go. First most of the paint was carefully sanded away with a 2000grid sand paper,then all parts where washed with soap and cleaned as good as possible with a sponge. Before reassembly and the first coat of primer was applied,I rescribed the panellines and flaps on the fuselage and wings. When everything looked as desired,the new paint was put on by using Tamyia rattlecans.(Light blue and pure white).Wings were repainted with Revell enamels using my airbrush. The kits decals had yellowed over time,so I decided to buy a new set from draw decal.This also provided all the windows which were an improvement over the kits decals. After everything was put back together and all decals were on,two coats of Testors metallic sealer where sprayed on to give it its final finish. 21 years after its initial start,the MD-11 is finally done and improved. Korean Air's MD-11s didn't last long in passenger service.After roughly 4 years,all 5 aircraft where withdrawn from regular service and converted to freighters. Cheers,
  25. Another Hasegawa airliner from their famous "Love Liner" Series. Well a good 30 years old,this kit ,and most surprisingly the decals as well,where still in good condition. Thats not always the case with Hasegawa decals. I worked on this kit on and of for some years and last week I finally finished it.Its a complete out of the box build,except for the cabin windows.They come from a Hasegawa KLM 747 kit. I had to use those as back in the 80s,Hasegawa airliners usually came without separate window decals.The ANA decal set provided only windows where the blue lines went over the windows.The rest would have been holes only.This would have looked odd and also I was not able to source an aftermarket ANA decal set for this aircraft,and I had to use what I had. I really like those Hasegawa kits.They are easy to build and the scale allows them to be placed in vitrines.The optional display stand that is provided with every kit makes it easy to put more models in the same place. Painted with my usual mix of Tamya spray cans and enamels from Testors and Revell. This model represents an All Nippon Airways 747-100SR that was used by ANA as well as Japan Airlines on their high density routes in Japan. Boeing especially developed these short-haul 747s for the japanese domestic marked and they had a all econmy class layout with 550-600+ seats. Later also Boeing 747-300SR and -400D versions where produced and put into service by these 2 carriers. The kittens where busy having dinner during the photoshoot,but on the last pic the lady kitten made a brief appearance... Enjoy,
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