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  1. Since I seem to have hit some leaves on the rails over in my Pullman Car build and have been stymied by my nemesis, the unassuming but terrifying nightmare otherwise known as... the paint job, I thought I should try and refresh my batteries by trying a diversion - namely, starting self flagellation another build. I've had this one in the stash for a while, and my interest was sparked by @HL-10's very nice Fly 1:32 Wessex build (sorry, don't know how to add that nice little box thingie with the preview) so I thought what the heck, let's give it a go. What's the worst that can happen ? Well, let's get some things straight before we start... this will not be a quick build. I just can't do quick builds. Also, as my slightly battered psyche joyrides on the sinusoidal monorail that is mojo, I will probably switch back and forth between this build and the Pullman Car to keep things (namely me) interested. Scratchbuilding? Well it goes without saying - yes, there will be lots of scratch building. There may even be some 3D printed parts or some resin parts cast up. Let's wait and see shall we? So what are we dealing with here ? Well, here's a couple of bits of 1/32 Wessex taped up and sitting in front of my 1/32 Pullman Car (yes, it's just the chassis so far, and yes, it's upside down). I never realized just how close they were in size to each other before. I'm going to need a bigger display case. and we're off! I actually glued two parts together 'scuse the 1:1 feet photobombing the picture. As this thread continues, I'll try and (constructively) review the kit. So far there are some nice aspects, and some not so nice aspects that I have come across. The most immediately apparent is the lack of any alignment features which is proving troublesome, particularly as the parts also have different wall thickness - you can't just go and glue a tab on the back of one part as the surfaces then end up at different heights. Then, part edges aren't square - tale a look at the gap on the reverse face here. (That will be dealt with later after the glue has cured) So, a short post to start the proceedings, but more to follow as mojo is rising
  2. Hi Steve Long or any other ex RAN Skyhawk maintainers - I'm embarking on a long term restoration of an old 1/32 Hasegawa A4 Skyhawk of mine that ended up on the SOD - just wondering if I can get some guidance on the cockpit colours - I've seen some colour photos and it looks basically a mix of light greys & black instruments - ejection seat and parachute packs colours too - specifically looking for RAN A4G colours for the cockpit which I assume might be standard USN? - I am in the process of fitting an Avionics resin cockpit set. CJP
  3. Apologies to all for my silence of late. Partly I’ve just been ludicrously busy. But I’ve also encountered a problem: I can’t paint in the flat I stay in during the week. [My mate’s flat: my mate’s rules] But since I started this job 90% of my modelling time has been on weekday evenings. So I’ve had a rethink. Dido has been (very carefully - & successfully) transported home, since she now needs paint before she can go any further. The Seaking is too fragile to risk SouthWest Trains, and other stalled builds (Walrus, Seafire 47) are also at the paint stage. So I have decided to start a new build, on the grounds that I can do building stuff during the week & paint at weekends. I’m typing this on a phone in a cafe, which isn’t ideal, so more later when I have something more user-friendly to hand. But for now, a sneak preview, which I’m sure you can work out easily enough. I actually plan to build 3 of these fairly simultaneously, 2 in 1/48 (my “normal” aircraft scale) & the other in 1/32 with some major detailing. I foresee much scratch building in my near future... [This is from the 1/32 beastie] More soon, including a bit more info about what I’m planning. Crisp
  4. Hello, No sooner do I put my Special Hobby Tempest to bed, than the largest model box I have yet to see lands on my doorstep. My goal is a medium-weathered, semi-see through, Lancaster B Mk 1. I fully expect someone to come up with vinyl masks for R5868 at some point, and when they do, I shall strike! Failing that, I I'm sure Mal's Miracle Masks (or similar) can be induced to create something appropriate. I can do sprue shots if you *really* want but you all know what it looks like. Back to work for now. Emerson, Lake and Palmer to keep me sane...
  5. Bf109G-10 (Erla) set is intended for Revell 1/32 kit. The kit allows to solve major nose section shape problems such as slim, narrow appearance, incorrect spacing between MG troughs, strange “dent” under supercharger intake, oil cooler fairing shape and other small details visible on nose surface. Basic set RC3214 consist of four resin details and will be available also in bundle as RP3214 with our PE sets (exhaust pipes shrouds and steel oil cooler meshes). RC3214 parts list: Cowling for Bf109G-10 – 2 pieces Supercharger intake – 1 piece Oil cooler – 1 piece. RP3214 parts list: Cowling for Bf109G-10 – 2 pieces Supercharger intake – 1 piece Oil cooler – 1 piece PE parts fret – 2 piece.
  6. I have been making threatening noises about this build for some time now - and now it's time for me to make a start. I have been gathering materials and resources over the last few months - still a few critical items to lay my hands on but I think I have enough to make a start. A bit of history: A few years back I was lucky enough to be given the job of redesigning an original Pullman carriage. The owner wanted it to run on the tracks again and after a spate of rail crashes in the UK, rail regulations were tightened considerably. This carriage was originally a wooden bodied carriage so there was no way the authorities were going to let that back on the tracks without some serious modifications. My job was to survey the carriage and come up with a design (in steel) that would allow it back on the tracks. I was lucky in that many original features were still contained in that wooden shell, which we were able to reuse. In short, we brought the carriage up to Edinburgh, removed (or rather, smashed) the wooden structure until we were left with just the chassis. The carriage was then rebuilt (in steel) as close to the original design as we could, while being very sympathetic to the original styling. Since then I have always wanted to build a scale model of the carriage - I still have all the drawings I made during that two year stint, and my model is going to be based on those, at 1/32 scale. I have some idea of how I am going to tackle some of the build, but mainly no idea about most of it. I just know that I am going to have to scratch just about everything. Here's a few shots of the drawings I am working with. First up, the chassis and sideframe structure.... (just an overview) The vestibule ends - which gave us a lot of trouble to design, as structurally, they take the brunt of any collision forces. Incidentally, my name, along with others on the project team, has been stamped on the shear plate in the vestibule ceiling. Lastly, here's what the carriage should end up looking like. This particular carriage was important as it was the last of it's type ever constructed, way back in 1951. Unusually, it has square windows at the kitchen and toilet areas - these were usually oval on Pullmans. I believe this is running today and can be booked for private charters - a bit more expensive than your standard BR ticket though. As always with my builds, this is not going to be a quick one - I reckon on about two years or more to build this one, but I have to make a start somewhere! So, to begin, the chassis plans printed out to 1/32 scale Some bits and bobs ready to begin. As you can see, this is going to end up around 600mm or so in length The first cuts begin.... oops did I mention that I am building the chassis in brass ? I should also mention that I am going to try and stay as true as possible to the original chassis structure/design. What on earth am I doing here??? Too late - I've started..... now I just need to learn how to solder lumps of brass together btw I placed this thread in the vehicles section as it seems to get a lot more traffic than the trains forum. Mods feel free to move it if I have broken any laws
  7. After completing the second of the two P-47D, I couldnt help myself with the title of this post This aircraft is 42-75242 which was flown by Capt Michael Quirk flying for 62nd FS/56th FG, Halesworth. Now the two Jug's together...... Jug #2 can be seen @ https://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/235048871-132-p-47d-razorback/&tab=comments#comment-3234006
  8. Been wanting to build one of these for a long time. I love the shape and the whole concept behind the bent wing bird. Just adds that bit extra. Last year I finally set to work as part of a Pacific build off with some others. Took longer than I expected. The Tamiya kit was excellent other than fitting the engine cowl around the engine. Spent a fair amount of time rebuilding the cockpit and adding more detail. I didn't want to weather this bird but rather have it in, shall we say, museum condition, all lovingly polished.
  9. johnny akes

    Junkers Ju 87B

    Hi Folks My first of the year! This is a classic Trumpeter kit, i.e. 3/4 good, 1/4 poor/bizarre: the front end and wheel spats are wrong in shape and size, a detailed engine is provided which is too small and can't be seen anyway, a 1000kg bomb is included which is 4 times bigger than the Stuka ever carried, the wing mounted guns and gun blisters are included but absent from the instructions etc. etc... I've used the Brian Fawcett resin AM set to correct the front end forward of the engine firewall and undercarriage and I've robbed a 250kg bomb from my Revell Ju88. The 'Jericho Trumpet' is scratch built. Regards J A.
  10. S5 modeller

    Gloster meteor f.4

    Hi chaps. This is going to be my entry into the group build. Hk models 1/32 meteor f.4. I picked this kit up last month, whilst on holiday in briddlington, from croppers models. I've been itching to start it since, and this group build has given me the perfect excuse. Everything comes nicely packaged in a sturdy top opening box. Comes with a massive 1 piece lower wing! 2 individual upper wings. Notice the open engine hatches on the nacelles. I think they might have been intending to supply engine details, but none are included in the kit. There are a couple of really good aftermarket engines, but they are too expensive for my liking. The transparencies are nice and clear, a nice touch is the tape over the main canopy, to protect it from scratches. Nose weight is included too. Decals look nice, although there aren't many of them. As an added bonus, there is a 1/144 meteor kit included, with a little stand, but no decals. Looks to be a nice kit overall, but for a kit this size the parts count is lower than I expected. Matt
  11. No build thread for this one, just made it over the course of the last couple of weeks. Having been away from the bench for a year or so, I decided to break out the starter set to re-hone my abilities. I am fairly happy with the result. The kit is small and fiddly and both the chassis and body were warped. A trying build but definitely a good one to get my hand back in. I have a kit that is half done and I really want to do it justice. Any how, enough waffle, enjoy the photos and as ever, C&C welcomed. Thanks in advance for looking. (and yes, I do have a Registration decals to apply, but that can wait)
  12. Hello all, I just noticed, that I have no instructions of my 1/32 Hawker Hunter from Revell (04703), first edition. Unfortunately, Revell offers only the instructions of the re-edition as download. The first edition from 1998 has more decal options and the numbering of the stencils is completely different. Maybe some of you could provide a scan, or could mail me the instructions. This is the box art of which I need the instructions: Thanks, Thomas
  13. Just finished this one today. Not a bad kit considering it's 40 year age!! All that was required was a quick rescribe. Not much filler either which was a pleasant surprise! Paint used was Hataka in the main with Alclad Kleer Kote Flat to finish. Hope you like it!
  14. Hey guys, pretty long long time since i was making wip build here on BM - finaly i might have a bit more time, so i m happy to be back A lot of things changed, most of it for good I have got married this summer, so you can imagine, siting by the work bench for whole evening is not anymore an option Anyway, when i saw this GB i was thinking about building the Tamiya 1/72 or 1/48 kit.. Then Meng and Airfix announced new 1/48s and i know Eduard is going to release their 1/48 D in not so far future too.. sooo.. i was thinking what to do.. then saw this kit in a sale.. well, long storry short, here i m with the amazing Tamiya 1/32 Mustang And i would like to begin with a little bit of begging If anyone has some good references for Korean Mustangs, mainly about the 45th TRS "Polka dot squadron" and their RF-51D, it would be great! I would need everything - from cockpit colour scheme, wheel wells colours, camouflage details.. If there are some aftermarket decals/masks and such.. All i know from my previous F-51D build is, the Korean mustangs had usualy cockpits repainted in black, wheel wells along with whole airframe (so not only wings but fuselage too) repainted by silver laquer. But that is quite all i know Another option could be some pacific theatre Mustang (as there are decals for it ) or some OD top side mustang, if i got some decals.. Well, thats it for now, i have a bit of free time so hurry up !
  15. Long ago, probably 1978, I purchased the new Matchbox 1/32 Spitfire mark 22/24 I made a start, but quickly shelved the kit. put off by the way everything seemed to fit where they touch, sort of, the trench like panel lines and the feeling that the cowl/spinner were not right. this is what the kit looks like, taped together. In 2010 I came across a review of the Revell re-boxing of this kit. https://modelingmadness.com/review/korean/cleaver/gb/tmcspit24.htm It confirmed what I'd feared and added to it. The radiators and wheels are wrong, as is the complete nose, canopy and cannons.... I made a start. The interior is largely a fantasy, with indeterminate "things that don't really fit anywhere. Trying to line up the bits that are needed and work out what goes where is a nightmare: the instrument panel is a clear part that is also the fireproof bulkhead. The propellor has no obvious positive location for the blades.... Worse, the blades seem to be shaped for a RR Merlin rotation: the Griffin rotates the other way! There is flash on all edges and the plastic is hard and difficult to sand. So, What to do? Greymatter Figures offer a correction set..designed to improve some areas of the 1/32 Matchbox and Revell kits. The kit includes: IFF aerial, radiators, props, spinner and backplate, 3 spoke wheels, tail wheel and door, carb intake, nose, cannon barrels and vacformed sliding hood. It costs £37.80. That seems quite a lot, but the rest of the kit is quire good Also there are no other 1/32 scale F22 Spitfire kits. So, I've ordered the correction kit and will carry on the story when the parts arrive....!!
  16. That was my 3-year-old's reaction when I showed him a picture of the Sopwith Triplane so it seemed an ideal thread title.. I picked this up in JohnT's sale. So I thought I'd get on with it. Plenty builds of this already posted on here so I'll forgo the pics of the box and contents and all that. It's well documented that the Roden fuselage is too short for the production tripe but OK for the prototype. Ideally, John's sale came with the Novascale decals for Flt. Cmdr. R Dallas, who flew the prototype in service ("Brown Bread"). Tail plane's the wrong size and shape, I believe but I can live with that I also got these HGW belts, for a laugh, erm I mean to improve my PE/detailing skills... I've made a start whilst I was waiting for the Dove's paint to dry and all that. Here we go then... W-D
  17. Evening all, I think I'll get my metaphorical towel laid down and get a WIP thread started now After spotting a Trumpeter GR7 going pretty cheaply on eBay, I had the inspiration to condense a few different project ideas into one airframe. My dream for many years was to end up flying 4 Squadron Harriers. Since the Harriers have now been retired, 4 Sqn has been relegated to the training role and a variety of issues meant the RAF was no longer to be an option for me, the dream has had to end. So I've decided to put it into model form - rather immodestly with my name on the canopy and a little bit of noseart. I'll be supporting the build with the Aires (or maybe Wolfpack) cockpit, possibly Aires/Eduard extras, as well as Piero's nose if it's still available (has anyone got a means of contacting him? He's been off BM for a while), all supported with a healthy dose of scratch. I'm undecided at this point whether to stick with the kit's 65% LERX or do a version with the 100% LERX. Finally, as a little test of this forum's demographic, I'll tell you this bird is going to be named "Keelah Se'lai" Watch this space - good stuff coming soon Tim
  18. I returned to this hobby after a seven year hiatus. I have been lurking this forum for many years and decided to join. This forum is very active with a myriad of spectacular builds, and the crowd alway seems friendly, civil and helpful. Plus I have a soft-spot for the Brits I have already completed an HK Models 1/32 Gloster Meteor F.4 (also in Dutch colours). It was quite the comeback with old lessons learned all over again, but also a lot of recognition. When I went shopping in Eindhoven I saw the box of this 1/32 TF-104G and just could not resist, this a/c has always had great appeal to me, two-seaters are just much more sexy than their single seat counterparts. I am amazed at the diversity of new kits these days, I any scale....but I digress. First impressions: It's no HK Meteor in terms of surface detail (which was superb), but still quite nice and a step up from what I am used to with Italeri kist. Parts details is also high enough and leaves room for scratch- and aftermarket, but it is not needed persé at all. Fit so far has been good also, but again, not as good as the HK Meteor (which for now is my only reference). The decal sheet is....wow. It seems every stencil is there. I will comment on how the decals perform at the end of this build. The engineering is also nice, even when overdone in some areas. The instructions are sketchy in a few spots, but very good overall (the cockpit side walls for example are shown as glued in to the retainer instead of behind it. Luckily it looked goofed up when I dry fitted and I found out in time. The real-deal: I don't have much to show for yet, some sub-assemblies going on: One of the tanks: Italeri's colour callout, wrong! Dutch (camouflaged) Starfighters were light grey underneath, not aluminium like the German ones. I have sprayed the tank underside in the colour suggested in many places: RAL7001 Silbergrau fro Xtracolor, but this is way too dark. I found the the base coat of Surfacer I primed it with is much much closer, so I will be using that instead. Currently working on the nice engine, which I will present next time. Cheers!
  19. Hallo again This is my Me-109 E-3. 1/32 Kit is Eduard. All painting, insignia, and stencils are as explained in: Stencils are wet transfer from HGW. Happy modelling
  20. Hallo again, This kit is a joy! Really. If anybody wants to know how to do the rigging, just ask. I will explain it! There is nothing to say, as the kit is perfect. Happy modeling
  21. This is the reveal of my Eduard 1/32 Messerschmitt bf 109 D using the Alley Cat Conversion. A tricky build in places but overall very enjoyable. I have linked my full video build for this one below if you’d like a more detailed look at the build. I used Kora Decals for the Prop blades, not totally accurate as they should be slightly different but a good attempt, I also added an Eduard etch set and Quickboost gunsight as well as the Conversion kit.
  22. Hello everyone, In the following days I will join this group build with not one but two Type B buses. One will be done following Airfix instructions, but the second one I will try to transform into pigeon-of-war mobile loft. Britain used over 100.000 pigeons during the Great war, and they were vital channel of communication. What is more interesting in for us modellers is that these mobile lofts were all patterned and camouflaged differently. It will be interesting to guess which colours were used on this one Anyhow, here are the obligatory pictures of the kit and I hope to start this week, and I will try to inform you on the progress on regular basis.
  23. For this group build I'd like to have a go at the Wingnut Wings Sopwith Snipe (Early) which was a gift from my friends and evil overlords at Sovereign Hobbies, Gill and Jamie I've not built a Wingnut Wings kit before but the unanimous opinion of the BM Hive Mind and beyond indicates I should have an enjoyable build as long as I don't make a total hash of it through some gross stupidity or carelessness of my own (and let's not rule that out until I am finished). Forgive the quality (or lack thereof) of the pictures, the light is pretty poor here at the moment but I didn't want to use the flash... here's the (very sturdy) box: The instructions and the large sheet of transfers - there is a little etched fret in with the transfers too, mostly seatbelt details and gun parts: The fuselage sprue: Wings: Mostly internal parts: Engine parts, clear parts and various ancillaries and a card showing it was purchased from BlackMike Models : ... and finally something I bought just to see how it looks, the HGW fabric seatbelt set designed for this kit. As the open cockpit will give a lot away I thought I might need all the help I can get Cheers, Stew
  24. Glad to get this one out of the way to be honest - not the kit's fault of course, but I made such a hash of fitting the top wing that I ended up having to replace the cabane struts with metal pieces cut from one of those big thick paper clips. I think it was pride more than anything else that forced me to finish it, although I've just noticed I haven't braced the landing gear yet.... Regards, J A.
  25. Well this is the first plane I've build since I was about 11. Its supposed to get me back into the Wokka. Its Pacific Fleet, and they got hammered by the elements. Cant decide if I overdid it, but here you go
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