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  1. Surprisingly, it didn’t take very long to get this ready for RFI. I didn’t finish everything (never did get around to adding the small piece of houseboat frame), but I’m reasonably happy with it. I made a small base from polyurethane foam and balsa wood and covered it with a surface to resemble something like a hot, dry Italian scene. I added some stones and some tufts of grass before gluing the tank in place. The figure is one of Tim Perry’s 1/48th items, painted with Vallejo acrylics. The WIP for the build can be found here; Thanks to all those who followed the WIP and thanks again for all of the encouraging comments. John.
  2. The Airfix 1/48th scale Folland Gnat T.1 will be my entry for The Year I Was Born Group Build. 1955 was the year Airfix released their first scale model which was the, Supermarine Spitfire. Other events in this year were as follows. The aircraft carrier HMS Ark Royal (R09) was commissioned. The USS Nautilus (SSN-571) made her maiden voyage. Bill Gates was born and, Albert Einstein died in 1955. Ruth Ellis was the last woman to be hanged in the UK. This was also the year Winston Churchill resigned as the British Prime Minister. The Dam Busters and, The Ladykillers were both released in this year. The first edition of The Guinness Book of Records was published as was, Ian Fleming Moonraker during 1955. Finally, on the 18th July 1955, the Folland Gnat made its first flight. Folland Gnat T Mk1 XM693. The Gate Guardian of the former Folland site at Hamble which is now part of GE Aviation. This aircraft was manufactured at the Hamble site in 1960.
  3. Pheon Decals produces many WWI decals in 1/48th and 1/32nd scale. However, many of their great 1/32nd scale subjects are not available in 1/48th scale. If you would like to see these made in 1/48th scale please send an email to Rowan at pheon@pheondecals.com It would be an excellent idea to order some decals to show your support. They have an excellent website.
  4. Hi everyone, This is my first completion of 2019, it's the Italeri's boxing of the Academy kit. Stunning moulding, full of interior detail and some excellent panel line and rivet detail on the external surfaces. On the down side the instructions were terrible, very vague requiring a certain amount of guesswork. Also the decals were unusable, they were very thick and did not conform so I replaced these with a Tecmod set. For this build I gave MRP acrylic paints a go and was pleasantly surprised, they sprayed excellently with a lovely smooth satin finish... I think these will be my paints of choice from now on. Any C&C welcome. Thanks for looking, gazza
  5. I'm going to join the party with Monogram's classic 1/48th B-17G: DSC_0002 by Thomas Probert, on Flickr I've built many of these over the years, and despite it's age it builds into a lovely rendition of the Fortress. In fact, when you look at a real B-17, the raised detail is more accurate than modern recessed toolings so I'm going to do my best to preserve all of the raised panel lines, etc. I also think that the new Airfix 1/72nd scale kit aside, this is the most accurate of the available B-17 models. This will be built more or less out of the box, with the exception of some aftermarket wheels and decals. I have a sheet for 'Swamp Fire' - a veteran of well over 100 missions with the 397th BG out of Kimbolton, or alternatively I have an old MicroScale sheet covering the Bassingborne-based 91st BG's aircraft 'Out House Mouse', 'Little Miss Mischief', and 'Nine-O-Nine', as well as 'Joker' from the 463rd BG, 15th Air Force. I'm undecided as to which aircraft to go for yet, but I'll make my mind up as I progress. DSC_0004 by Thomas Probert, on Flickr So, it's time to dive in and get cracking! Tom
  6. I was asked by the local air museum to built a radar equipped fighter as part of their Radar exhibition. An all black Beaufighter festooned with radar aerials seemed like a good fit. Pretty much out of the box with Ultracast seats and exhausts. I'm not convinced that the codes should b red but I was on a tight deadline so went with the it supplied ones. It'll get battered Once its there so I'm not worrying too much The overall finish is Tamiya black with patches of NATO Black and Panzer Grey but the flash has evened out the tones. The kit was a pleasure to built, it is a bit simplified but That worked in my favour. Thanks for looking
  7. Hello gentlemen, This is my entry for the Flying Boats and Float Planes GB. Tamiya 1/48th scale. Aichi M6A1 Seiran. Kit Number 61054. This kit was first released in June 1997 (20 years old at the time of writing). There are 65 parts to the aircraft. This includes 2 crew members, 2 different windscreens and 2 different gunsights depending on which one you select. There is also another 18 parts for the trolley. The decals are by Invisa-clear. Tamiya went through a stage of putting these high quality decals with their kits around this time. I've used them before, and found them to be very good. The only draw back was, when I used a set which were about ten years old, they stuck like glue to the backing paper, and could not be used. I'm hoping this was just a one off as this set I intend to use could be 20 years old. I intend to use Tamiya Acrylics for the majority of the painting. With a Flory wash for the weathering, and a brown gauche on the trolley to represent the grain on the wooden components. As you can see on the box lid, I bought my example from EDDY'S in Helston in Cornwall for £15.99. Unfortunately, EDDY'S are no longer in business. This is the art work for the original release. The kit was released again in 2007 with a different box art. The kit is typically Tamiya, very well engineered with recessed panel lines. I've chosen this subject because I wanted a simple build, and hopefully I should finish it within the time span as I don't want fail to finish in yet another group build! Below is a link to Wikipedia should you wish to know more about the Aichi Seiran. https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aichi_M6A The aircraft was designed to operate from submarines of the Imperial Japanese Navy. The link below will explain more about the submarine aircraft carrier. https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/I-400-class_submarine Thank you, Joe.
  8. This appeared on the TamiyaBlog. https://tamiyablog.com
  9. Hello Gentlemen, this is my next build on Britmodeller. FineMolds 1/48th scale Mitsubishi A5M4 "CLAUDE" Imperial Japanese Navy. The Mitsubishi A5M Japanese Navy Type 96 Carrier-based Fighter was the worlds first monoplane shipboard fighter to enter service and the direct ancestor of the Zero fighter. It was designed by Jiro Horikoshi who is the subject of the The Wind Rises which is an animated historical drama film. The model comes on three main sprues. Spure A contains the wing sections, B contains the engine & cockpit details with sprue D the fuselage halves. F is the transparency and P contains 2 poly caps , only one of which is required. The decal sheet has 3 colour schemes. No 1, 14th Naval Air Group, China, 1940, No 2, Aircraft carrier Kaga Naval Air Group, Japan, 1939, & No 3 Naval Third Carrier Division, 1942. There are 68 parts in total (2 of which are not used) 1 transparency & 2 poly caps. The box art. Construction stages 1 to 9 Construction stages 10 to 15 & paint chart. The three colour scheme options. Sprue A. The wing & undercarriage parts. If you look at the surface of the upper wing, you will notice the different shades of plastic. You can see it more with the naked eye. It shows the different panels very well. It will be interesting to see how they look on the finished model after the paint has been applied. Sprue B, The fuselage, engine & cockpit detail with the decal sheet. The transparency is in the decal bag along with the poly caps. I hope to start the kit in the next week or so. I will first remove all the major parts from the sprues and tape them together to get some idea of the fit. Thanks for looking, Joe.
  10. Hy guys, Recently i took the decison to quit the 48th scale and buy and build only in 72nd scale. But... i have this in my stash (and others things in 48th scale), so i decided to build my last 48th plane (or one of the lasts). And this GB is the right occasion to do it! So, this is my subject: a classic MiG-21MF in bulgarian old style markings. To build it, i will use the Eduard kit: I will build it straight out of box, except for the Linden Hill decals sheet "Brothers in arms". And this my airplane: Before i begin, i have to finish another model in "final circuit". ciao Ale
  11. I won't go into detail with regards to the build as it's all in the WIP pages, except to say that this is a conversion from the Tamiya Cromwell using new road wheels, main gun and other bits and pieces. I made the base from a piece of plywood and added a road surface and some paving slabs along with a lamppost taken from an Airfix OO/HO scale kit. I wanted to depict the tank as it appears in the well known photo which was taken in Spring 1944 down on the south coast somewhere. The figures came from the excellent white metal series by Dartmoor Military Models. They have blue/black berets with red backing to the badges to show that although Royal Marines, they are not commando trained. Most came from armoured regiments. John. The mess tin and towel were put there to cover up a bad join that I'd omitted to sort out before painting!
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    Zvezda Pe-2 Questions

    On looking at the Zvezda kit it has the earlier exhausts and the type used on the 359 series, but the radio operators upper hatch is the type used prior to the 359 so it appears that a 359 cannot build be straight from the kit. All the painting guides show the earlier type exhausts, but does anyone know what versions the kit decals are meant to be for? I don't want to mark the aircraft up as a 359 when it is actually an earlier version. Apparently the series 271 introduced faired wing bomb racks, but I'm guessing the are the ones in the kit the earlier type? If so does anyone have a picture of the later type? I was a little disappointed that Zvezda went to the effort of including an engine and the fuselage bomb bay but didn't include the nacelle bomb bays, so I would like to scratchbuild one, but how were the doors opened on the ground? Was it just by the cockpit release and did this open both nacelle bays together or was there away of releasing the doors separately? I'm asking this because it would be nice to only have one open (OK I'm lazy and only really want to build one ), but if it's not physically possible I will scratch build both.
  13. This is the 1/48th scale Tamiya P47-D Thunderbolt Razorback. The model was painted with Aeromaster acrylics with the exception of the canopy frame, which was painted with Xtracolor enamel. Artist gouache was used for weathering and to highlight the panel lines. The seat belts are from Eduard. The decals are Eagle Strike set number 48054. American Jabos. The markings are for Yankee Tarheel. Flown by Lt. H. I. Price. 510 F.S. 405 F.G. Thanks for looking, Joe
  14. I've been after one of these for ages and my wish finally came true when I saw Ali62 offering one for sale... a few days later the kit arrived beautifully packaged and ready for operations! I do have a couple of Sanger's vacs in this stash, but this one looks a little more straightforward so I'm going to get stuck in right away. I've heard, seen and read some real horror stories about this model but having tackled numerous 'challenging' kits (some not really worthy of the title 'kit'!) I'm quietly confident that this will be beaten into submission with no more than a whimper - famous last words which are ready to come back and haunt me I'm sure... I don't plan to go too mad with detailing but from an initial glance at the kit the bomb bay will need some work if I plan to display it open, and I may well open up and detail the bomb cells in the inner wing sections, too. The undercarriage bays bear little resemblance to the real thing, but with little being visible when the massive landing gear is installed I'm probably going to leave them 'as is'. Box top: It's got a little flash and a comprehensive clean up will be needed before construction can begin, but I'm impressed with the overall quality of the mouldings with finely engraved panel detail and nice smooth plastic: The interior detailing looks quite comprehensive for what will be seen in this scale, with a mixture of both white metal and resin providing the basics - I'm sure a little Evergreen strip will be needed here and there, though. The vacform canopies are a little disappointing though, being not too clear and needing a serious soak in some Future - I've got a few sets of Sanger's transparencies which may be used instead but time will tell: The decal sheet is really lovely though, providing the famous 'Friday the 13th' (which will need wing tip modifications) as well as another RAF aircraft plus a Free French Airforce example. Instructions are basic but perfectly adequate: With my first-born due in about 6 weeks time this build may take a little longer than usual (the wife has even commandeered the spare room where I usually model for a nursery - the cheek of it!) so progress might be slow, but it's sure to be fun! I plan to make a start this week, so hopefully an update in the not-too-distant future... Tom
  15. This is the Accurate Miniature F3F-1 biplane I made it back in 2000 when it was first released. I made the kit straight out of the box, which included the etched rigging. If memory serves me right, any of the F3F-1 squadrons could be made with the decal sheet provided. The makings of my model are from U.S.Navy Squadron Fighting 31 based aboard USS Saratoga (CV-3). I made this model long before I discovered micro-mesh to get a smooth paint finish, and before I used gouache to highlight the panel lines. Thanks for looking, Joe
  16. I had a very productive year for once with a mixture of aircraft and military vehicles. A few challenging kits were balanced by a couple of absolute beauties as far as the engineering was concerned. Here we go in order: Special Hobby F-86K Hasegawa P-40M for a group build Tamiya F-84G with Model Art tank to make a French RF-84G ICM Do215 for the big Battle of Britain display at ScaleModel World Revell F-84E Airfix Gnat T1. A fabulous kit bit it took 12 coats of day-glo to get a good finish. Revell F-86D with Superscale decals New Airfix Hurricane Ia Academy F-4C with Caracal decals Hobbyboss F-84F with Superscale decals Ibex T-6C Texan with Caracal Decals Then the vehicles Tamiya Gaz AA Bronco Su 152 for the Achtung Panzet Group Build Tamiya 38(t) Airfix Beford take 1 Airfix Beford take 2 a lovely little kit Thank you for looking.
  17. This is the Tamiya 1/48th scale Douglas A-1H Skyraider in What If Fleet Air Arm markings. I added a Eduard Zoom set for the cockpit, Quickboost resin sets for Pylons, Gun Barrels, Boot Cockpit Enclosure and Antennas. An assortment of after market and kit decals all in 1/48th scale were used. The model is painted with Mr Hobby Paint in Extra Dark Sea Grey and Sky. This is the link for the WIP thread Thank you for looking, Joe.
  18. I'm in with this. I'm working away at the moment so no photos but also no progress, so this is just a place saver.
  19. This was just a quick project to get my modelling mojo back and something finished. I have a Blitz and a Protze either of which I will use to tow it in a little diorama but for now here it is. The US tanker is looking at the capture gun and part of another project. Thanks for looking
  20. So, apres Gladiator, we have a change of direction. A quick build ( well for me anyway). You get no prizes for guessing what it will be...but I blame Spencer Pollard. Long John Jonners
  21. Does anyone make a kit in 1/48th scale of the above ? Terry
  22. Many years ago when I was modelling armour exclusively I built the 1/35 scale 232 and still remember it as a great kit. When I saw the 1/48th scale version I knew I'd have to have it and it didn't disappoint. Almost straight from the box just a little bit of stowage. I found a picture of the is machine in an old Osprey book so tried to make it look like the picture. I do like these little kits. Thanks for looking
  23. Finally finished these today. The build thread and comparison can be found here http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/234933298-alleycat-vs-trumpeter-dh-vampire-fb9-build-off-calling-bloodsucker-fans-now-with-added-trumpeter-ness/ First up we have the AlleyCat resin Vampire FB9, finished using the kit decals as WX207 "F" 213 Sqn, Deversoir, Egypt 1949-52. Built OOB and brush painted with a mix of Pollyscale, Tamiya and Xtracrylix paints. Final varnish is GW Purity seal aerosol. A lovely kit, and simple to build. Next up is Trumpeter's attempt at an FB9, but finished as an FB5 S/N 10090 57S.10 of Escadrille 57S, French Aeronavale 1960. Markings from the Eurodecals sheet. Painted using Humbrol acrylic rattle can MIdnight blue, plus Xtracrylix Sea Blue for the drop tanks ( to break up the overal colour a little. This model was not built from the box What can one say in conclusion? Alleycat's model is accurate: Trumpeter's is not. Alleycat's model is twice the price and requires some experience in resin, white metal & PE. Plus while its an easy build it does require some filler: Trumpeter's is CAD tooled and will fall together if built out of the box. Alleycat gives you 3 marking options which all seem well researched with interesting schemes: Trumpeter's 2 schemes are nice but the codes are little big, and the colours of the roundel blue are too dark. The 503 Sqn blue in the flashes seems too bright too. Trumpeter had a chance with this kit, to finally deliver an accurate 1/48th injection moulded Vampire. Alas they fluffed up big time with accuracy on this kit, delivering instead a caricature of the Vampire, thats oversized in some areas, undersized in others, and plain wrong in a few places. A cursory glance on the interent would have shown their designers that some of the model's feature were not right, but for whatever reason it seems no one bothered to check these things at all before tooling the kit. Some of these errors can be simply fixed, some require more work, and even then you will not have a truly accurate Vampire. To my mind such laziness & complacency from a 21st century model manufacturer smacks of the ultimate insult to the customer - thats you and me. If you aren't concerned with accuracy and want a well fitting model then Trumpeter will deliver the goods: If you are on a budget and can wield a scalpel, sanding stick and plasticard, then you can improve Trumpeters model with just a little work. If you want an accurate Vampire - go with Alleycat. Anyway - hope you like the pics. All comments welcome as usual Jonners
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