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  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. Greetings chaps, First attempt at a wingy thing for many years and first attempt at a work in progress so forgive me any mistakes. First one being I've already done quite abit of the build before I've plucked up courage to post ! Interior and engine are assembled, painted and fitted, body is sealed and any gaps sealed, thought I'd give it a blast of primer next and see how it looks ?. Not sure if I should attach the supports or photo etch struts to the wings before painting ? Need to mask the lights off on the wings too before I prime the wings ! Really enjoying the build so far, and the kit does not seem to be fighting me too much, just nervous of starting painting it !, let alone weathering it....gulp ! Any hints tips or suggestions greatly received ! Thanks, Alan
  4. 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
  5. As I mentioned in Chat, I've decided to get off'f my derriere and actually build something for a change. Not only that, I intend to finish this one! I have to do this because there is absolutely no room left in the Cupboard of Shame. I've half made up my mind to commit to entering a build in every remaining GB this year, which will be quite a feat for me. I considered the one I've chosen for this GB for the Gollden Years GB but as it is such a good fit here I felt I might as well do it now (as Arnie would say). Besides, it's not like I don't have anything else for the GYGB . Given the time limit this will be OOB and only lightly weathered - no Spanish School here. So, to start with, here is the obligatory sprue shot Not much flash considering its vintage (1975) although there are lots of seam lines and the sprue gates look horrendous in places. Obviously, detail is a bit soft by modern standards but I imagine this was quite a well received kit in its day. Time to get stuck in. The first session produced this The driver was held in place by a blue-tac cushion whle I sorted his arms out. I was pleasantly surprised by the quality of the fit. The layout of the parts on the sprues, by contrast, is an absolute dog's breakfast - plenty of picking them up and putting them down as I hunt for the right part. Another session later gave this Ready for some paint! TTFN Andy M.
  6. my last built : not a easy kit voila voila
  7. This aircraft was built from the Eduard premium kit with supplied brass etch and masks, only addition I made was the map in the cockpit. Painted with Mr Colour lacquer paints used with 400 leveller thinners. This interesting camouflage schemes were rendered on the aircraft of JG 54 by the unit’s ground personnel in the summer of 1940. They applied vertical to diagonal lines of RLM 71 in an attempt to darken the light blue fuselage sides. The standard scheme of 02/71/65 was applied, along with the quick identification attributes. The period scheme was applied to Yellow ‘13’, with which, on August 12, 1940, Lt. Josef Eberle managed to cross the Channel and belly land in France despite personal injury. The wingtips and fin of Eberle’s aircraft were painted RLM 27 Yellow, lighter than RLM 04 that the spinner, tactical number and background of the III./JG 54 emblem were painted. The bottom wing color RLM 65 extended marginally to the upper surface. Some sources erroneously identify this aircraft as an E-3. Despite having tempted fate once over the Channel, he was not as successful on October 9, 1940, when he lost his life in combat with RAF fighters. Thanks for looking
  8. Announced (sort of) on their FB page. https://www.facebook.com/Hong-Kong-Models-Co-Ltd-1375731456009809/timeline/ Cheers, Andrew
  9. Just got back from overseas to join the fun. I know I still have lots of unfinished stuff to complete, but I just can't resist in not participating in this historic GB. I will tackle my first Wingnut Wings kit, but chickened out from rigging by choosing the Junkers D.1 A latecomer in the Great War with only 40 built, it was a revolutionary design for its time. The aircraft I am building was one of five abandoned at Hombeek in Belgium and discovered by the Allied inspection team in January 1919. It is speculated that this aircraft did see action before the Armistice. The Wingnut Wing kit looks very nice and I hope I will do it justice. But as I am a bit of a resin junky, I will use some detailing sets. Mainly to enhance the engine as I intend to keep the side panels open. I keep my fingers crossed to finish this build within the 16 weeks. Cheers, Peter
  10. johnny akes

    P51D

    OOB, paint scheme from Barracuda Decals although the checkerboard nose was painted as the decals didn't fit properly. Regards J A
  11. Williams bros 1/32 Caudron renault C.450. Airframe no. 6910, As flown by Helene Boucher, before the 1934 paris airshow. Lovely kit, Detailed the cockpit, rescribed the plane, painted with vallejo french blue acrylic. Coated the decals with liquid decal film, but the red, white and blue bands broke up. left the canopy loose. hint for anyone building this, the under fuselage joint is long and very weak, so you need to reinforce it. thanks for looking'
  12. my last built , enjoy : voila voila
  13. Dads203

    Das Boot

    Evening all, This has been a real labour of love, I bought this kit on the 16th Aug 2003 from OTW designs, as it would happen life got in the way and coupled with a slightly warped hull I popped the build to one side and forgot about it. I spied the hull 82.7 inches of it in the loft and decided to have ago again. After years of storage and a few moves thrown in she suffered some slight damage to the brass work. I've repaired most of the broken bits and cleaned up some of the decking as after 11 years its tarnished a bit ... Link to Bob Dimmacks company who make the semi kit. http://www.otwdesigns.com/ The conning tower is a fibreglass molding with a PE deck, all the fitting are either accurate armour or scratch built. More to follow when it's light outside, the hull is 7ft long so quite difficult to get a good picture of. Dan
  14. Even more than usual with my builds, purists look away now! For those of you still here, welcome to pure sentimentality. My dad (1926-2001) had been with 73 squadron in Malta and when the Matchbox kit came out he brought it but never got round to building it. Then somewhere along the line it got lost/ thrown out when he moved into warden-controlled housing. The Christmas before he died (2000), my wife and I made and painted the Airfix 1:48 version as a 73 sun plane, which he was thrilled about and could even remember working on the original plane. But it's very faded now, so this GB gives me the chance to pay my respects to my dad and build a replacement. I know the Matchbox kit has lots of flaws but I've decided that my dad would've built it OOB, and so will I. And if the rumours about Revell are for the worse it might yet turn into a Revell tribute build as well. And so to the kit etc. Not the Matchbox boxing, but figured it won't matter once it's made up! now to the contents I remember the long thin Matchbox packaging so was taken by surprise at how compact it all is in the Revell version. Alas, no three colour plastic. I was amused that Revell talk of this as a classic mould and admit that it's ex-Matchbox; seriously I think that's a very honest thing today, nowadays with Airfix I don't know if I'm paying for a repop or a smart new moulding. First up will be the engine etc. I'll leave as much exposed as I can- what with dad having been an engineer it does seem most appropriate. Haven't decided if there's any place for the jolly good sport of a pilot that's provided but probably not as I get bored painting them! Also, there'll be a friendly email to Revell as the decals have got some water-damage and I don't fancy lining a super thin black band. I won't be starting promptly at 00:01, but hopefully before next weekend something will have happened.
  15. Hi everyone It seems like an age since I have done anything vaguely model related. My Lysander build stalled so I started a 1/48 Eduard Mk IXe Spitfire (lovely kit and should prove to be a mojo restorer), that also stalled, I looked at starting the 1/48 Airfix Mustang to be built as a MK IV, that didn't even get off the ground (pun not intended)...ummmmm what to do? I've changed job roles at work so now not only do I get paid more but I work less hours...Happy days! The knock on from that is I have a new vigour for modelling. So I had a tidy up in the work shop and had a think about what I wanted to build, I didn't fancy resuming any of my stalled kits (they have all been packed away nice and safe), and I spied the 1/32 Revell Spitfire Mk IIa on the shelf and on opening the box I found that I had bought all of the Barracudacast bits and bobs to correct some of the kits short falls. The kit itself looks to be ok, the fuselage detail might be a little heavy for some but I quite like it and with a little work I think that it will build up into a pleasing model. As ever I have made a start on the cockpit, to be precise the instrument panel, now this is still very much a work in progress but I think that that once detailed and painted it should look ok. I started by drilling out the instruments and thinning the IP panel, my original intention was to create a new back for the IP with circles of plastic punched out to try and replicate more realistically the instruments as they are set into the IP, it looked ok in principle but the Airscale decals didn't like adhering to it so I gave it up as a lost cause... ..Next up I created another IP back plate but this time I stuck the Airscale decals straight onto the plastic and this seemed to work much better... ..and here it is placed behind the Revell IP (which is a beauty).. ..Well that's that for now. Thanks for looking in and catch you all soon. Iain
  16. Has anyone had any experience with the MDC Spitfire I spinner for the recentish Revell Spitfire IIa 1.32 kit? I read somewhere that one person found it a trifle too small for the spinner hub, and I was hoping that was an isolated incident, but I thought it would be more fun to find out before buying it. Any information you have is most appreciated!
  17. Tony Whittingham

    Diamond Hunter

    Hello all, I've been away a long time, and this is the first time this Hunter has seen the light of day on Britmodeller. This is a 1/32 Revell Hunter F.6, with the Xtradecal Black Arrows roundels applied, and hand cut cheat lines to get S/L Brian Mercer's first mount as a Blue Diamond. Paint used was Testors Blue Angels Blue, the closest I could get to the specified colour. I used the squadron emblem from the kit, as I could not find one with a green cobra that fit. as soon as I find one, I will replace it. Next one up to complete a set of aerobatic team Large Bore (Avon 200) Hunters is the Swiss Team. looking for ward to your thoughts on the build. TW
  18. This aircraft is built for the 1/32 Eduard kit straight out of the box, only personal addition is the map in the cockpit and a set of Air Masters canons. The Messerschmitt Bf 109E fighter of Franz von Werra, shot down over England, where he was taken prisoner in January 1941. Von Werra was sent with other German prisoners to Canada, where possibly he became the only German airman to make his escape from there, returning to Germany via the still neutral U.S.A. Von Werra was also a skilled fighter pilot, although his results weren’t anywhere near those of the Luftwaffe’s top guns. He most frequently flew as a wingman of Hauptmann Erich von Selle, the commanding officer of his unit. In this role, he scored four victories during the Battle of France – a Hurrricane, two Breguet 693s and a Morane MS.406. Despite this initial success, von Werra’s tally did not advance any further during June, July and larger part of August, despite the fact that operations against the RAF were being flown almost daily. Then suddenly, on 28 August, von Werra returned from a mission claiming 9 aircraft destroyed. According to his report, he first shot down a Spitfire during a general melée, then became detached from his unit, spotted three Hurricanes on a landing circuit and destroyed them one after another. Lastly, he zoomed low over the airfield, setting additional five Hurricanes on fire. Then came the day of 5 September, when von Werra was shot down. On that occasion, II./JG 3 was flying as an escort to a bombing raid on Croydon. On the return leg of the raid the bombers were attacked by a swarm of RAF fighters. Hauptmann Von Selle, leading the thirty escorting Messerschmitts, gave the order to attack. At the exact moment when Selle rolled his aircraft to starboard to initiate a dive, another gaggle of Spitfires jumped them from behind, their guns blazing. Von Selle’s aircraft avoided the bullets. His wingman, Franz von Werra, did not have such luck; a well-placed burst damaged the engine of his Bf 109 and knocked off his radio. Without engine power, the German pilot was unable to shake off the attacker, which followed him in a dive, squirting the Messerschmitt with a series of short bursts. Ultimately, von Werra had no choice but to make a crash-landing. This he did, putting down his aircraft wheels-up but otherwise intact on a field at Loves Farm, Marden, Kent. The identity of the victorious British pilot remains the subject of debate until this day. Some researchers claim that the pilot who was responsible for the shooting was F/Lt John Terence Webster of No. 31 Squadron. Others believe it to be a shared victory by P/O George Bennions of No. 41 Squadron and P/O Basil Gerald Stapleton of No. 603 Squadron. Yet others have attributed the same achievement to F/Lt Paterson Clarence Hughes, an ace of No. 234 Squadron with a victory tally of 14. Officially, the credit originally went to ‘Stapme’ Stapleton, but Hughes final DFC citation in the London Gazette of 22 October 1940 awarded him a half credit for the same. (The spitfire site n.d.)
  19. johnny akes

    Fw190 F-8

    This last one is a side-by-side with my earlier Hasegawa A-8: Regards J.A.
  20. Hi, Here is my latest build. I decided to renovate my "old" Flanker built in 2007 In progress here: http://forum.largescaleplanes.com/index.php?showtopic=44533&st=0&p=464100 Nose: Zactomodels Pitot: Master Models Exhausts: Aires PE for bangseat: Eduard Decals: Linden Hill Windshield: Scratch Air Intakes: Scratch It is still far from perfect. But I find it better than the previous one. Thanks for watching! Comments are welcome ;^) Rom
  21. 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
  22. Hello gents, I do at times wonder what guides us in the choices we make with regard to the kits that we build; I don't generally step outside the boundaries of the proper scale for model aircraft - 1/72 of course - and yet somehow I have found myself in possession of the Hasgawa 1/32 J2M3 Raiden as well as the Tamiya A6M2 Zero in the same scale. I do have a fondness for both aircraft obviously or else I shouldn't have bought them in the first place, I like the elegant lines of the Zero and the slightly stubby but powerful terrier-like look of the Raiden - in addition its Allied reporting name was 'Jack', the same as my own terrier (his name I mean, he was not involved in the Second World War and had no Allied code-name; also I like to think that if he had been involved he would at least have been on 'our' side but sometimes his behaviour does lead me to wonder...) Anyway as they say, we are where we are, and thanks to a scandalously low-price offer from Tiger Hobbies I am now the proud but perhaps a little bemused owner of this: ... and the box contains the following; instructions and transfers: ... and the following sprues: Some points of interest from my initial cursory look include several optional parts including a different set of propellers, a really nice pilot figure with three optional heads and a choice of arms, a one-piece slide-moulded forward cowling and optional open or closed canopy parts. I didn't really have anything in the way of references but fortunately Nick Millman's Aviation of Japan blog has a .pdf available of colour notes for the Raiden which is done in his usual exactingly thorough way and will, I have no doubt, prove invaluable. It's on the right-hand side of the webpage, scroll down a bit if you are interested in obtaining a copy. I'll have a peruse of that and work out what paints I need to use. Cheers, Stew
  23. Greg in OK

    A BIG Typhoon coming

    I have already announced my intent to do two 1/72 Hurricanes but I figured I might as well tell you part 2. I will try to build the Revell, 1/32 Typhoon. Ordered some replacement decals (noticed the damage on the ones I have) and I will give this beast a try as my second Group Build kit. Greg in OK
  24. I Made this 1/32 italian Air Force F-104s maintenance diorama starting from the Italeri model, I added a lot of detail using commercial add-ons but also a lot of scratchbuilt ones, expecially inside the plane. All was made using real pictures and books as reference. You will find the RAT, and the fuel pipes on the back of the plane and many other all around the plane you can find in the detail pic. I've made new carts and ladders and other details around the diorama. The scenery was made using photo-paint and printer.
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