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  1. Meteor F8 , WK803, 56 squadron RAF Waterbeach 1953 for the NATO v Warsaw pact 50s GB Built from the Airfix 1/48th kit, painted in Tamiya AS12 with decals sourced from a Classic airframes kit and a light Flory wash to finish off. Some fit issues with the intakes and especially nose, but on the whole a nice kit I would recommend Would have been kept clean as it was used on the Queens coronation flypast. Need to sort out a proper setting to take decent pics. rather than phone pics at some point Thanks for looking, any feedback or tips welcome Ian
  2. Right gents Time to throw my hat into the ring with an Airfix meteor F8 that I bought at a LMS in Aberystwyth last September, I blame the wife as she left me unsupervised for 5 minutes while she was looking in a gift shop I only went in to get a jar of paint, when will she ever learn Can't decide whether to build it as the box art with the yellow tail or try and modify some decals for a 56 squadron bird to go with the Hunter from the 60's build Anyway, here's the obligatory box and runner shots to prove I haven't started it Looks a nice well detailed kit, so will probably be OOB except for PE cockpit as I hate painting dials etc
  3. Wow I hadn’t thought this GB would come around so quick! I have way too many GB’s on the go at once but this was one I really wanted to join. This is one of my all time favourite aircraft……even if Tom Cruise “flew” one! I’ve only ever build older 1/72ndscale Airfix versions and have always wanted to build a big beastie to be part of a “Swing Wing” collection. I was super lucky in finding this one, Nup it's been replaced full of goodies and even white metal/rubber wheels, though these will be replaced. ….which some nice person happened to have included the Aires Cockpit set.. and so has this.. and Quickboost wheels all for a price quite a bit cheaper than some of the other Hasegawa F-14’s on evilBay. the wheels stay Plus as my usual I wanted to build something different so I acquired an Avionix’s F-14D Bombcat conversion set. ...and not using this either Plus some Super Scale decals for a VF-31 CAG aircraft. Yeah still using this I won’t be able to start on her straight away, but once I get a couple of the other builds out of the way…….
  4. Hello Phantom Phans. This WIP is for the forthcoming Brigade Models conversion set for Academys F-4B into the prototype F4H-1. I have obtained from Kevin a pre production test shot of the mouldings as seen at SMW this year. This does not include canopies or decals as they are not ready yet. Availability of the set should be March next year. Kevin has agreed to add a second seat so later small radome aircraft can be built. Any changes for this will be up to the modeller, as the main purpose here is for a first flight aircraft. Also, there are no instructions (I suspect I may be writing them now). Onto what you will get. This first picture shows what you get. This first pic shows the parts, except for canopy, decals, and the pitot probe, which I do have. This pic shows where to cut on the wings (for the perforated airbrakes) and the fuselage. Close up of the wing where the airbrake goes. Note that either the wing can be cut, or alternatively, the resin part could be used as a master to drill your own holes in the wing. Here is a close up of the fuselage cut point. And the cut made. Another part that needs cutting is the forward under fuselage (part F40) The resin intakes and the kit trunking is being joined. Some fettling may be required for a perfect fit. Airbrakes being sorted. Airbrakes fitted. Note that the gap is my fault, not the kits (my cutting skills still need work). First look at the front fuselage. The black parts are kit parts. They mate to the resin perfectly. That is all for this introductory part. Ted
  5. Finally calling this finished. Airfix's new Hunter, backdated to an early F6 without the wing dogtooth. XG292 'R' of 14 squadron, based at Ahlhorn, Germany, April 1958. Model is based on a lovely pic of 4 new F6s breaking to land in Lindsay & Kipp's RAF Hunters in Germany book. Extra detail added to the cockpit and the UC doors which are bizarrely blank, plus the ligh ton the back of the fin bullet has been added too, and the fuel jettison pipe at the lower rear. Other than that - this is a top notch kit that fits well and looks brilliant. Painted with Gunze & Tamiya acrylics in the the little known "bloody big fingerprint on the wing" scheme Final finish is Tamiya semi-gloss varnish to try and give a scale gloss sheen. The decals come mainly from the Freightdog F4 sheet - as this has the correct style squadron bars for the early style markings this F6 carried. Roundels and stencilling from the kit, serials from spares. I took the liberty of using the Freightdog german language ejection triangles and hood release too - these were used on F4s and I could see no reason why the F6 wouldn't have carried them too ( famous last words). All comments welcome as ever - and thanks for looking. Hope you like her. Jonners
  6. I was able to pick this kit up second hand at Bolton in the Bridges of Toko Ri boxing I'd been searching out for a while. Sadly it turned out the decals were unusable even with a lot of TLC and some Microscale decal fluid. So I had to source some Microscale alternatives and repaint the completed airframe. It is a simple kit with no pitfalls and is an enjoyable build. Unlike the Kittyhawk F9F Cougar that is now on my bench. Thanks for looking.
  7. This is my latest completion, the new Airfix Hunter. I rally enjoyed building it and had no real issues, I thinned the wing saddle a bit to get a better fit, and opened up all the holes in the undercarriage bay as they were a bit tight but really no dramas. I used the Xtradecal sheet to build a machine from 12 Squadron whilst the Buccaneers were grounded after the tragedy at Red Flag. I took photos of this machine at an air show but I can't find them at the moment used a small pjhoto in 'Dick' Wards Hunter book as my main guide. Thanks for looking Oh I have a complete windscreen and canopy if anyone needs one. PM me.
  8. Sorry if I have fooled you into thinking this is a full build, it isn't my intention. What I wanted to do was show my progress and point out any areas that I have had problems with. I am no expert on the type so any accuracy issues are beyond the scope of this as well. Anyway, here is my progress to date: I'd rather not have had to assemble the undercarriage at this stage but I can see no way to add it after building the airframe. The firewall and spars are integral to the undercarriage and unless you make ships in bottle I can see no way of adding it later. You can probably see that there is very little filler, just a little around the wing roots and none on the fuselage or tail planes. A little more filler around the turret opening. The first real issue is the flaps, which are clearly designed to be assembled open. There is some nice detail ,on the inner faces and the instructions do tell you to cut off this detail. However I had to reduce the inner flaps to wafter thickness to make them fit. It is a shame alternative parts aren't provided. Not perfect but it will do. A little more filler around the Bombay is visible in this photo. AS you can see the general fit is impressive. I have to say that the package is comprehensive, I believe all the parts necessary to build a bomber are in the box as are tropical filters. I was so looking forward to this kit coming out and I am not disappointed, I'll probably buy at least another one. More updates after Christmas I hope.
  9. My last finished kit for 2018, which as been a very productive year. I' keep thinking I've finished all my Classic Airframes kits in the stash then find another. This is almost straight from the box but I did use Barracuda Intake which fitted perfectly. They were the only parts that did. Thanks for looking.
  10. Just finished this in time for the sunshine to reach this part of the world which enable me to take some outdoor photos for the first time this year It is an old boxing of the Monogram F-102 which is still a good kit but tricky to put together. The kit decals were well past their sell by date, which is the risk you take when you buy 2nd(3rd, 4th, 5th??) hand. Shame as the kit scheme was very attractive. Basically out of the box with the fuselage lights opened up and new lens put in. I used and old Repliscale sheet to produce a machine of the 431st FIS based in Zaragosa, Spain in the early 1960s. I changed the serials and Buzz numbers to portray a picture in one of my references. As always thanks for looking
  11. Due to a streaming cold, I've had a bit of modelling time I didn't expect so I made faster progress on the excellent GWH T33a I picked up at Southwell show. Pretty much out of the box just some aftermarket seatbelts. I used a series of Gunze Sanyo metallic paints for the first time but the flash has washed them out. I finished her as a machine of the 9th FBS based at Komaki AFB, Japan in 1955, using an option on Caracal sheet CD48123, which perform magnificently as always. I found a picture of the aircraft online and was surprised to see a lack of the visible stencilling I associate with USAF aircraft of this era. Thanks for looking.
  12. I've been building some kits from th Stash recently as a change from my usual fare. I bought two Special Hobby Seafires about 6 years ago, I built the Mark III and it fought me all the way. So the Mk II languished in the stash moving slowly further down the build pile. I've recently sold a lot of kits that I'll never build but this one still appealed so I gave it a go. The build was not as bad as I remembered but still needed a lot of sanding and filling. I got the airframe complete, as a LIIC then found that the decals and scheme were at best dubious. The other schemes were more likely to be correct but I was committed to a clipped winged six stack machine.machine After drawing a blank for after market decals I found a thread from a few years ago that gave me a possible solution, but even so it is probably a What If rather than a model of a real machine. Anyway here she is. Thanks for looking
  13. This is my entry. Tamiya's 1/48th scale P-47D build as a D-20 from the 19th Fighter Squadron. The decals are from the very nice Thundercals sheet, Razorback of the PTO part 4. I'm going to use Ultracast wheels and seat and the excellent Vector P-47 upgrade set.
  14. Avro Anson I 206 Squadron, Coastal Command, 1939 This is the Classic Airframes kit of the early version of the Anson with the longer sloping windscreen. The kit is a pretty straightforward build with no vices. The model was painted with a combination of Mr Paint, Mr Color and Tamiya paints then finished with a layer of Testor's Dullcote. The national markings were applied using Montex masks but the codes and serials came from the kit decals. More details of the build can be found here: Thanks for dropping by, Howard.
  15. I thought I would share my latest project with you all: I built the late version of this back in 2011 and really enjoyed it. At the time, I received some help from @galgos who has also built a couple of these. Here are the contents of that flimsy box, first the plastic bits: ...and some quite nice resin: ...and finally some etch and a nicely printed decal sheet: Not the biggest parts count for a model of this size. First job was to cut the fuselage halves off the sprues and clean up for a bit of test fitting. Being short run there are quite a few of these to deal with: I also cleaned up the resin side walls and test fitted with the floor: I have decided to bond these separately into the fuselage halves as I did with my previous build to ensure they align correctly. Here they are in situ and a trial run with the clear parts looks promising: More to follow shortly
  16. Another one of my New Zealand vehicles. This is the tiny Tamiya 1/48th kit. Basically straight from the box with a little help from the spares box for the.30 cal Thanks for looking.
  17. You wait for ages then three come along... First Tony O'Toole showed his beautiful French Suez machine, then Camper1 followed it with his excellent USAF ANG machine and bringing up the rear is my 15th TRS machine. It is the old Heller kit that I picked up in a bargain box at the modellers paradise that is Halifax Modellers World. I think it dates from the early 1980s and is a really simple kit unlike the recent Tan models one. The Tan Models kit is great but it costs five times as much as this old warrior. I used the lovely Caracal decals to create a machine of the 15th TRS 67th TRW based out of Kadena AFB in 1957. Though designed for the Tan kit, they fit the Heller kit without any modification. The Heller kit has really weak connection points for the undercarriage and my normal method of drilling and pinning wasn't possible as the wing top is very thin. After the Kittyhawk F-101C this was a refreshing change and sometimes simple is best. Thanks for looking.
  18. As I said in the GB thread, my original plan was to make a figure, I wanted to make a model of my Great Grandfather who succumbed to wounds at Gallipoli in 1915. He was serving in the Hampshire Regiment which were part of the Irish Division. Sadly I lack the skill for such a model which I would really want to do justice so it will have to wait for when I have more time! Being a sucker for punishment, I've dug a biplane out of the stash, I bought the 1/48th Eduard Hanriot HD-1 in Italian markings many years ago when I had a fit of enthusiasm for WW.I subjects, I was drawn by the very colourful markings which to my mind are synonymous with WW.I. It includes some resin, PE and masks. The Western Front rightly gets a lot of attention but this was the first world war and I thought I'd commemorate the fighting which went on in an oft forgotten front but in addition to the main protagonists, Italy and Austria-Hungary, it also dragged in combatants from other nations such as the GB, Germany and the USA. Enough of my waffle, here's the kit and the few references I have on the type (though to be fair, the Windsock datafile and the kit seem very comprehensive). I haven't decided on which of the kit markings I'll be doing yet, the one on the box top is quite attractive but there are also a couple of very nice silver-doped schemes I like too, choices, choices!
  19. Well I finally finished my attempt at the Kittyhawk Voodoo. my thanks to Nikolay Polyakov and bentwaters81tfw for there advice, knowledge and inspiration. The kit is a mixture of good and bad, partially as a result of trying to produce the whole F-101 family from a set of moulds. So the intakes are just plan wrong for the A/C models and needed cutting back to the earlier, squared off shape, the slime lights needed removing but mainly the fit took a lot of work even to get it to my botched up state. I used Caracal decals for the scheme, as I tried a few of the Kittyhawk ones and didn't like the colours, though the stencils were fine. As always the Caracal decal were fabulous to work with. The machine I chose to depict ids from a photo on another thread from Bentwaters81tfw and show how they looked later in their brief career. It seems the front section was painted silver, the mid section was Air Defence Grey and the rear was left natural metal. It was a therapeutic job masking and painting this . I'm glad I got the kick up the rear to build this stash sitter but I don't think it will encourage me to buy another one. I've also just noticed I forgot to finish decaling the serial number on the port side. I have been looking at the thing all afternoon but it took a photo for me to spot this!!!! As always thanks for looking.
  20. Have been avidly following the thread by Nikolay Polyakov with his fabulous build of this kit. Sadly he seems to have gone off air, which was a shame as he was inspiring me to build this stash sitter. So it is time for me to step out of his shadow and take the lead. I'd also like to publically than Bentwaters81tfw for his fabulous photos of the type throughout its operational life, which have decided me on the machine I want to model. Here was where I left it on the thread I haven't taken any photos recently not expecting to post a build thread. You can see the issues with the fit, the lines of filler show the major joints. the starboard panel below the cockpit coming had to be sanded until paper thin and I was scared that I would literally tear it. by this stage I had already removed the slime or formation lights from the nose and tail mouldings as they were not fitted to the A model. So this is where I was in early June. Here we are today. the machine I want to do is from very late in the types usage. The nose has been repainted but the tail and wings are still in the original natural metal. The centre section is finished in ADC grey. The intakes have been cut back and squared off as have the splitter plates as Kittyhawk chose to give this early model the same intakes as the later B model. I make no pretence at accuracy as I cut where I though based on photos rather than plans. The wing parts fit together really nicely, but the strange hook like tabs forced the wings away from the fuselage so they had to be opened up to get a better fit. Generally the fit of the individual section isn't at all bad, but the five major components, tail, centre section, nose and wings is problematical, probably because the manufacturer is trying to get A, B and RF models out of the basic moulding. This has some positives as my kit has a full weapons suite for the B model included so I have some nice Genies and Falcons for my Revell Monogram kit. Next on the to do list is the undercarriage which I felt was too fragile to stand up to all the filling and sanding I knew I would need to do, test fitting of the main legs looks good but some work be need in the nose bay.
  21. This is my latest diversion from the Kittyhawk Voodoo jeering at me from the shelf of doom. It is, as the title says, the new Tamiya Churchill VII, I have no idea of its accuracy but it is a lovely kit to build, Apart from a bit of stowage and some plastic card enhancements it is straight from the box, but I used it as a test piece for my new Aldi compressor and airbrush, both of which worked well. I haven't finished a suitable figure yet so I put one of my rep. company of chaps to give a bit of scale to the model. I still have to add the aerials. Thanks for looking.
  22. Hello all ... So Im going to Throw my hat in the Ring for this build. I have a 2nd hand Revell A-6E Intruder from a friend. It will be a straight OOB build with whatever i can scratch together for the cockpit. I will edit and add the sprue shots later tonight when i can. I will build it as an early “E” type in 1972. Markings will be VA-65 Tigers. It will look like this. The A-6 photo’s are from Tailspin turtles excellent blog about the Intruder. Thanks for allowing me to repost these. http://tailspintopics.blogspot.com/2015/09/grumman-6a-vs-6e-intruder.html I only have the standard markings with the kit. It doesn't come with the orange-red chevrons and tail codes of VA-65. I am planning on painting these using home made masks. There was an old Microscale sheet in 1/48 scale from many years ago. I seriously doubt any even exist now, and AOA is actually supposed to be releasing them in 1/32 scale. Now if AOA downsizes the sheet in the near future then I will purchase them.
  23. My latest effort is this example of the lovely Hasegawa F-86F. It is a easy build so all the glaring errors are of my making. I used a spare set of markings from the Eduard 'Ultimate Sabre' boxing which were for the 390th FBS, at Alexandria AFB, in Louisiana, in1955. There is a nice photo of this machine out on Google images which checks out against these markings. I really enjoyed this build and it was completely trouble free, I used just a smidgen of filler , probably due to my sausage fingers. This will be my last posting for a while as I am about to tackle the Kittyhawk Voodoo, inspired by Camper1 and Nikolay Polyakovi's current build. I might do a WIP but it might just end in the bin! Thanks as always for looking
  24. As a treat from building some challenging subjects, I did this almost straight out o f the box. I just added seatbelts and some alteration in the cockpit, to more closely replicate a late model Dog . It is one of the nicest kits I have ever built, no real vices ' just a pleasure to assemble. I used a Superscale sheet to finish her as a machine of the 86th FIS at Youngstown AFB sometime between 1954 and 1957. Time for a new challenge; Kittyhawk Voodoo or Classic Airframes Meteor Night fighter? Or wimp out with a nice colourful F-86F.... As always thanks for looking
  25. Hello all Im finally finished with this one, I started my first ever WIP on October 11th. Heres a link to the WIP It Represents an A-4E used by VMA-214 BlackSheep operating out of Chu Lai in late ‘66 or early ‘67. I represented it with a mixed load out of Mk.82’s and GP bombs left over from WW2 & Korea. There was a munition shortage at the time and all services were using up stored old stock. So here we go I’ll let the plane do the rest of the talking. I hope it meets with some good reviews. I built this in tandem with a Hobbyboss FJ-4b Fury. I will post the photos for the Fury soon. They are both completed. As usual any Comments ? any Questions ? any Jokes ? Have a great modeling day. Dennis
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