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  1. Since the lockdown started, it seems to be the fashion to go with multiple builds, so I thought, why not. The M51 will continue as it's not far off finished, and I'll do some more on the Centurion, as and when. But as this dropped through my post box a couple of days ago, I decided that I wanted to make a start on the conversion. And this is what you get in the box. X2. It's certainly a very nice looking kit. Gone is the old Tamiya cast metal hull, and this one looks as though it assembles easily. Tamiya include two lengths of metal to give it some weight and a sensible method of fixing it in place. One thing that I did find strange is the fact that the indentations on the forward and rear parts of the track guards have been moulded raised instead of recessed. It's up to individual taste as to whether you correct this. My original intention was to turn this into a Tiran 5, but getting hold of an M68 105mm main gun in this scale is a no no as it doesn't exist, and I didn't want to start scratch building one. So the alternative was to go with and early Tiran 4 as the D10T 100mm gun is included in the kit. I have the Sabingamartin book on the Tiran 4 which has a few profiles of possible candidates. I spoke with Das Abteilung with regards to whether this is possible and there are some pitfalls apparently. BUT, I decided to go ahead with the conversion and try and produce one of the profiles from the book. 100% accuracy might not be there, but hopefully it will look like a Tiran 4. I’ve got both the Miniart kit and the Takom kit of the Tiran 4, so I will be using those as a guide. So I'll be getting this up and running very soon. John.
  2. Here we go with another kreiger kitbash using whatever I've got hanging around. A recent build in the Aircraft section was an Edgely Optica by @Hamiltonian. An unusual looking but useful thing, it inspired me to have a bash. A search through the scrapyard yielded a Revell 'MASH' Bell 47 Helicopter and a Testors (I think) Cessna O2 Forward Air Controller's (FAC) Aircraft. I dismantled the Bell, sanded off the decals and sawed the nose off of the Cessna. Well you would wouldn't you? A little blurred but it shows the general idea. I taped over the bubble to save it from being scratched. On the back of the bubble is a Harrier fan shroud, cut in half. Bits of plastic card were used to straighten things out. The floats are ex SMER Swordfish. the struts are cut down Huey blades. They were bent and fit into fuselage & float slots. Here's a better shot of the fuselage joint. I like those layers on the blade. The rudders are probably too small, but I don't have to fly it! And then Milliput happened. Power for this thing is supplied by a small jet engine in the fuselage. So we now have an intake and exhaust nozzle. Another view. The intake has been faired in and I've added more PPP to the exhaust/fuselage joint. The CG could be a bit dodgy, but it might just work. And then I found some Macchi tiptanks. So they obviously had to go on. So, to sum up. Here we have a junkyard flier that operates from water using a jet engine, it has no doors and is none too aerodynamic. It would be slow and have a relatively short range. It surely must fit the kreiger requirements*. I'm enjoying myself once more, I hope it ticks some of your boxes. Comments are, as always, very welcome. *Generally seem to be - It doesn't have to make sense, but it needs to look good and as though it 'might' do what it's supposed to do.
  3. While I was waiting for the decals for the Tiran 4 to arrive, and for the T-34 GB to start, I thought that I'd make a start on this one. The decals for this were ordered at the same time as the ones for the Tiran, so hopefully, they will arrive together. Ever since Tamiya released their first AFV in 1/48th, I’ve had a liking for this scale, and this will be the third tank in this scale that I’ve built this year. As is the norm for me, I don’t want to build it OOTB, and the tank that I’ve chosen to depict will mean that nothing is straight forward. A couple of years ago, I built an Israeli M1 Super Sherman in 1/35th scale, and that is what I intend with this one. The IDF M1 Super Sherman used M4A1 cast upper hulls, mounted on HVSS lower hulls. To do this I am using a couple of kits for the conversion, namely the M4A1 76mm, which is a VVSS hull......... ........... and the M4A3E8, both from Hobbyboss. The turret will come from the Easy Eight kit as the one in the M4A1 kit is the wrong one. It’s a T23, but has the large circular loaders hatch, and it would appear that most (if not all) IDF tanks had the smaller oval hatch. The 76mm barrel is one of the excellent examples from RB Models. I need to order some more .50cal barrels from them as this build will require one. The decals are on order right now, and I’m waiting to hear from Ernst Peddinghaus as to when they will be ready (he’s doing the Tiran 4 decals at the same time). The illustration on the box for the Easy Eight depicts a tank fitted with T66 tracks, but fortunately, for this build, the box contains T80 tracks instead. Incidentally, I will be trying to get hold of another of the M4A1 (76mm) kits whenever I can, as I discovered that the decal sheet includes markings for an IDF M1 Sherman. Result! Right, time to get stuck into the build. Hopefully I'll be back tomorrow with an update. John.
  4. I don't normally build bisplanes as I hate rigging them. I sometimes make an exception and a set of etched rigging from SBS and a fabulous model posted hear earlier by Jenko enabled me to finish this stalled build. I finished it as an aircraft of the New Zealand Division of the Royal Navy in 1936-38 attached to HMNZS Achilles, using a set of Print Scale decals. Four Walruses( Walrii?) were part of that establishment coded Z! to Z4, though the machine I represented, K5774, was landed back in the UK in mid 1938. Walrus K5774 4 The kit is a joy to build, everything fits nicely and I used very little filler. I did use a set of Eduard Brassin wheels with spoked hubs, Walrus K5774 2 The decals were nice and thin , conformed with very little help and were nicely opaque. Walrus K5774 1 by I'm not sure I will build another, as I have already nailed together a SMER kit of another RNZAF machine, but I would recommend it to anyone. I omitted the radio aeriaL wires as a practicality as this model will hopefully go to a number of shows Covid permitting. Walrus K5447 3 Thank you for looking
  5. This is the old but brilliant Accurate Miniatures Avenger, as reboxed by Italeri. The Italeri instructions are just the pictures from the Accurate sheet without the helpful written instructions and the RNZAF Roundels are an appalling light blue and thus unusable. NZ2510 was one of the second batch of machines delivered to and assembled at Hobsonville in late 1943 as part of a total of 63 machines allocated to the RNZAF, though only 48 were actually delivered diverted from USN stocks. . Unusually they were delivered in the then standard USN Tri colour( actually four colour) scheme, but were marked in standard RAF roundels. These were standard USN machines so had none of the FAA modifications. The first machines were flown to Darton Field, Gisborne, and gratefully received by 8(GR) Squadron RNZAF, which was renumbered 30 Squadron. Given they were flying Vickers Vincents at the time these aircraft must have been a pleasant surprise and quantum leap forward. Individual letters were supposed to be applied alphabetically, though I have only ever seen pictures of NZ2505 as E and NZ2510 as J. The Red of the roundel was over-painted at some stage and white bars added to conform more to the standard markings of the South West Pacific. Eventually the last three of the serial was stenciled ahead of the fuselage bars and the individual letters over-painted. NZ25210 was the first RNZAF Avenger to sustain damage due to enemy action. As these airframes were almost brand new at the time of issue and when the photographs were taken, I did little weathering , just some exhaust staining and dust/ dirt on the wheels, underside and walkways. The Roundels came from Xtradecal sheets as did the serials as the varnish on the Italeri sheet had cracked. I think I would have relaced them anyway as the kit has been in the stash over 15 years and I had trouble with even the small stencils I could save.. As always thanks for looking.
  6. Well, it's *almost* done. It lacks the aerials as yet (I kept knocking them off), and the weathering is a bit rough in places, but it's OK. I need to slap the photographer as well, but he was the only one available. I'll do better photos when I think I can hide the worst offences in the weathering/finish. Gestation period of this model is approximately nine years. It had been shelved because I was really unhappy with the finish and the then-fashionable shading techniques were applied. This was from the Grumman F6F-5N Hellcat, 1/48th scale, Eduard Profipack kit, Tamiya, Vallejo and Humbrol paints. AMMO by Mig varnish, together with weathering washes. I discovered oil paints and pastels were by far my favourite media for weathering, unfortunately long after I'd started with the enamel weathering washes. Hey ho - I live and (hopefully) learn. Not my best by a long shot, but I hope you all like it.
  7. I finished this shelf sitter today. It was started at the Saturday modelling club in a local library which is sadly but understandably cancelled for the foreseeable future. It comes with masses if interior detail, most of which I decided to ignore as the fit of the upper and lower hull halves was poor. 20200512_143224[1] 20200512_143248[1] I have built the Tamiya T-34 which is some much simpler to put together, but I do like the later but pre-T34/85 turret 20200513_193525[1] 20200513_193509[1] Thank you for looking
  8. This will be my next build for this GB, when I get the Hudson done! Can I take it that it is less than 25% started? Just two seats assembled and a bulkhead on the floor. Subject of this build.
  9. This is the 'late' boxing of the Great Wall Hobbys kit. One of my branch members and I had had a lockdown build of the T-33 he used the Academy kit with loads of resin and I used the GWH kit with just some metal seat belts. We did it via WhatsApp and took a fair number of photos. Both are now finished but I haven't his permission to show you his lovely Navy trainer. 20200507_194313[1] The cockpit is a little too wide at the front and unless shaved down it can distort the nose leading to fit issues with the nose cap. I also had problems with the fit of the wing to fuselage which i haven't had before ( have already built two of them) 20200507_194346[1] I used the kit decals which were great to work with and allowed me to make an aircraft of the 49th FIS, USAF to go with my Monogram F-106 of the same unit. One day I'll be able to display them at a show I hope. 20200507_194334[1] 20200507_194323[1] Thanks for looking
  10. Here's one of my builds for the 'In the Navy' GB, Special Hobby's RN boxing of their Airspeed oxford in 1/48th. Built OOB largely not a bad build, see the thread here: Main 'problems' but typical of this type of kit were lack of positive locations for things like the cowlings and associated fixtures and fittings, also the undercarriage was a bit fiddly. I used Vallejo ModelAir Silver RLM 01 over Vallejo Grey Primer. Decals went on perfectly without glossing first and no setting solutions. Just did a random spray of Vallejo Satin Varnish to get a slight variance in the finish. Some dark wash was used to bring out some detail. Not perfect, my usual lack of patience won't let me spend more time to get a better fit and finish but I'm pleased with the outcome. Davey.
  11. A fun build for a change, no issues with the fit very little filler needed and no self induced screw ups. I don't normally build planes with the wings folded but it takes the eye away from the too flat canopy. I used a Print Scale sheet for a MiG killer flown by Ensign Frederick Weber of VF-31 in 1`950. These conformed really well without much in the way of solvent. Thanks for looking.
  12. Hi! This is my latest 109. I tried to make the paint work look like this picture that comes with the EagleCals decals for Fritz Ungar´s ride. I lightly riveted the surfaces. The paints were mixed using acrylics (a local art&crafts brand). The gloss varnish is PU car paint varnish (great stuff). And the final semi-gloss is Gunze Acrylics. Small scratches were made with Noris Club watercolour pencils. The aerial is 0,10mm fishing line passed through 0,5mm brass tubing Hope you like it! Marco
  13. This is the last of my Hasegawa Hurricanes from my stash It is finished as P3585, one of the third production batch and issued to 213 Squadron. On August 11th 1940 whilst being flown by Sgt E.G. Snowden, she was involved in combat with the Luftwaffe and after claiming a Bf 110, P3585 was hit and landed on Lulworth Tank Ranges. She was later repaired and issued to 303 Squadron. Snowden survived the war only to crash a civilian Anson after hitting the Chain Home towers at Ventnor 1947. The kit is straight from the box with the exception of the Propellor which came from my spares and some seat belt. I kept weathering to a minimum as the machine was only recently delivered so just some wear and tear by the ammunition panels and the wing root and some exhaust stains. The decals were a mix of kit and Xtradecals, I think the M is too wide but I can live with it. Thank you for looking.
  14. This one was a Christmas present from Mrs Fox, well I chose it but she paid. I built my first attempt at this kit whilst waiting for my daughter to be born, and she is now 20! It is one of the greats from Revell of that era, along with the F-86D, I think it is better engineered than the similarly aged Tamiya kit. Anyway enough of my wittering. Straight from the box apart from the seat belts. Painted with a series of rattle cans The decals are from my dwindling stock pf Aeromaster/Eagle Strike. this time to represent machine from the 79th FBS, 20th FBW at RAF Weathersfield in 1955. The machine was 51-965 which only survived until it crashed on Belgium on the 1st October 1955, sadly killing the pilot. The greatest worry with the kit is that the nose gear leg is so fine that it isn't strong enough to hold the weight ot the rest of the model. The kit is getting hard to find and it's F-84E cousin has never been released in Europe, I hope the new Revell owners realise what a gem they have in their line up Thanks as always for looking.
  15. Tbolt

    F-84 Photo recon mod

    I'm trying to find info on the F-84G photo recon mods done that the Danish and Yugoslav Air Forces used. From what I understand the tip tanks ( T-33 ones? ) were modded with cameras and there may have been a camera fitted in the fuselage. I found this old article here, but all the pictures are gone. This modeller made one using a MADS resin conversion. Anyone know anything about it? https://gramho.com/media/2165249952196738740 So does anyone have and details, photos or drawings of these mods or can point me to where there are any?
  16. Having had to bail out of an STGB (yet again, sorry about that Stix) due to a number of reasons such as lack of time and a domestic disaster, I started looking around for a new build. I haven’t built anything new in 1/48th for several years, even though I have something around a dozen kits. Whilst rummaging through the stash, I came across an M4A2 resin conversion from Formations. Reading the instructions, it says that it has been designed to be used with Tamiya’s M4A1, which fortunately, I had tucked away in the cupboard. Checking what other bits and pieces that I had to hand, I came across several etched sheets for the Sherman, and a couple of sets of decals too. The conversion depicts an M4A2 with welded hoods, and that immediately counted out one of the sets as it was for a Sherman with cast hoods. Of the two remaining tanks that I had decals for, I couldn’t ascertain proof positive that they had welded hoods, but there’s a good chance that they did, which was good enough for me. So, what’s involved with this conversion. Formations include an upper hull, rear hull plate, exhaust, deflector and the two front track guard sections. The casting of all of these parts is superb. The rest of the build comes from the Tamiya kit, ie; lower hull with all of the running gear and tracks, but minus the rear hull plate, and the turret. As already stated, I have the decals (Bison) and several etched brass sheets for the Sherman. The Formations parts; ......and the Tamiya kit. Well, that's the project. As I said, it's a few years since I built anything in this scale, but I'm looking forward to the change. See you soon. John.
  17. This one has been hiding in the stash for quite a few years after I bought it last minute at Telford for £7.00. A bargain but I had no plans for it so it just sat there. I fancied a quick build over the Holiday period, not a blitzbuild as such but a brain cleanser to help with a couple of stalled builds. OOB except for some lead foil seatbelts and a layer of card in-between the wheel halves to beef them up. Of course on seeing the photos I realised I had not fitted the wingtip light covers, which has now been remedied. The markings are those included in various boxing's of the kit but in my case were made up from a set of BFP decals from an old issue of Model Aircraft Monthly from the great days when Neil Robinson was editor. Thanks for looking.
  18. Just wandering through the forum and came across this GB, what a great idea Seems like an ideal time to finish off the lightning I started in the Trainers GB which failed at the end due to a missing part I've got a Peugot 206 WRC to finish, then the Lightning should be a good project over Christmas to finish off Just got to remember where I put it safe now Shouldn't be too hard as it's not small Ian
  19. I didn't expect to finish this one, this side of New Year. It's the hopefully soon to be re-issued 1/48th Javelin. I had bought it when it first came out but put it to one side as it was just too big. Then last year I built a couple of F-102s, an F-101 and an F-106 so what was I scared of? Well the length is fine but it still has an enormous wing span. I normally use the pound coin to show how small my 1/144th stuff is but it seemed appropriate. It went together like a dream and all I added were some belts and a pair of Master pitots. Well worth the money IMHO. I also used a set of markings for a 5 Squadron machine from Xtradecals. Still not sure I'll build another due to the size and anyway there are sooooo many Hunters I want to build. Thanks for looking.
  20. This is a bit special for me, the kit is a gift from my 13 year old son for Fathers Day. He dragged his mother off to our LHS and chose and paid for it himself. Mum suggested cheaper kits but he said that "he knew what Dad likes" It is the current Airfix kit with added seat belts and decals from the stash. It represents one of 485 Squadrons non presentation marked machines as I had no tiny letters suitable. Most of the early machines were so marked and were Dark Green/Dark Earth so this is a bit of a compromise on my part. He's never been interested in modelling, unlike his big sister, but recently he's built VW Beetle and has another Tamiya vehicle to build. Thanks for looking
  21. This was part of a branch group build amongst a small bunch of friends. I've already built one of these kits as a fighter and after issues with the canopy I came up with the idea that attaching the glasswork to the fuselage halves before assembling the fuselage would be the best way forward. As it stands of the three kits in the branch build, one id in the bin one languishes on the shelf of doom but mine is finished. I wanted to build a bomber for which the parts are already in the kit. I've always prefered the short nose Blenheim since being bought one by my uncle at the 1964 Finningley Air Show. A fabulous end to a fabulous day for a young lad. The Frog kit has a different scale to the Airfix ones I had built ( See the Frog Squad Group Build elsewhere for loads of memory joggers). It came with little tubes of matt paint so different from the Humbrol gloss I has used before. My memory says the decals were for a early machine with the large yellow outer rings to the roundels So I was set. I used the Xtradecal sheet to make a 139 Squadron machine soon after delivery. I found a photo of the very machine in 'Bombing Colours by Michael J F Bowyer, a suitable retro reference for a pseudo nostalgic build. Thanks for looking
  22. 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
  23. I know that this kit has been hammered online and in print but here is my Airfix Spitfire XIV. I had no short shot parts, no flash no damage canopies, it fitted really well, the fuselage fuel tank clicked into place and the only filler was a touch along the wing roots. Just lucky I guess. I used a very old Aeromaster sheet for the decals and Eye Of the Phoenix by Geoffrey J Thomas for reference. Thank you for looking.
  24. I spent most of late 2014 and 2015 building and painting for the IPMS Scale Model World Battle of Britain, display, so much so that to paraphrase Sir Steve Redgrave, 'if I even start using Dark Green/Dark Earth/Sky, shoot me'. Three things changed that, the upcoming 2020 Anniversary display, buying and reading the Battle of Britain Archive series from Red Kite and the fabulous Fundekkals sheet for the early Spitfire. Realising my stash was BoB free, I bought an Airfix Spitfire Ia and a Tamiya one at a knockdown price. I planned to build both in parallel but the real world go the way as it tends to do. Compared to the Airfix kit it is up to £15.00 more expensive here in the UK ( though I picked mine up for a mere £4 more) I wondered if it was worth it. In the end, I will now speak heresy, it a nice kit, not perfect and a little quirky. I expect to get hammered for this view. let me explain. The fit is fabulous, I used absolutely no filler anywhere, it is probably the nicest kit I have ever built in that respect. The way the undercarriage is moulded and the covering panels mean the undercarriage legs with be at the right angle and a lot stronger than the fiddly way Airfix did theirs. On the downside there is no back or head armour provided, both essential for the BoB markings provided. It is also a shame that no two bladed propeller is offered, the rest of the options to make a mid production Mk I are there but not a two blader for the very early machines. The flying surfaces unmodified are not able to be posed in anything other than straight, unlike the Airfix one where they can be easily animated with no modification. Also, the way the cockpit inserts (which fit beautifully) mean that the canopy can only be pose fully open or fully closed. By moulding the radio aerial with a lump of the fuselage, you cannot add this vulnerable sticking out piece of plastic without having to remove and lengthening it, not very modeller friendly. Finally the way the front armour is a separate piece from the windscreen is trial to fit and in my case my hamfisted modelling allowed paint to seep under it. I much prefer the Airfix way of providing two different windscreens. I feel like I am damning it with faint praise and using it as an excuse for my shortcomings, I really enjoyed building it but for the price in the UK........ Here she is with the Airfix one I built a month or so ago. The Fundekkels markings are brilliant and the instruction PDF is a goldmine of information. There are still half a dozen more never been seen in decal form Mk Ia s I want to build on the sheet, The choice of which kit to buy is still the balance. Thanks for looking
  25. I've been so wrapped up in wargamming recently I've not built a plane for a couple of months, so I went back to an old favourite, the Revell F-86D. I've done a shed load of these kits and am finally getting to the end of my stckpile which were mainly bought when ModelZone went bust or from second hand vendors at Telford. The decal are an old SuperScale sheet for the 5th FIS after they changed tail colours from Blue to Yellow in 1956. I think to be completely accurate there should be markings on the tanks but they aren't on the sheet and two photos show two different applications. As always thanks for looking
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