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  1. I would like to enter this one. Cheers Jes
  2. I was fossicking around in a cupboard in the back of the garage and found a bit of (my) modelling ancient history. Its the High Planes 1/72 Sea Fury - purchased way back in early 2000's, if not before, when I first started back in the hobby. It was my first experience of a limited run model, and it shows. Abandoned well over 10 years ago, and looking rather sad. I cleaned it up, and did the last few bits to finish it off (heaven knows how I managed to not lose the canopy). Doesn't look too bad. Paint is a patchwork of enamels and acrylics - and laid on rather thicker than I do these days. I had to glue back various bits and bobs that had fallen off, painted on the walkways. I faked up the metal exhausts from some thick foil I had lying around. Finished with a brushed on coat of the last of my jar of Tamiya Semi Gloss Clear, which was also a bit claggy. Completed with the markings from the kit, which I must admit to not knowing the background of. Thanks for looking.
  3. My latest completed kit is the 1980s Airfix 1/72 Lancaster which my dad picked up for me at a car boot sale. She's pretty much built out of the box though I added a bit of detail in the cockpit with plasticard and scribed some extra panel lines on the wings. She goes together really well for a forty year old kit and very little filling or sanding was required so I managed to preserve most of the raised rivets. I decided to model her wheels up - there's not much detail on the undercarriage or wheel wells and I figure it's hard to beat a Lancaster in flight anyway! The stand isn't finished yet, I'll add a proper piece of threaded rod to the wooden base, rather than balancing on the m8 caphead which you'll see in the photos. The stand will screw into a nut glued into the bomb bay doors and the doors are held on the model using two small neodymium magnets at each end of the bomb bay. This allows the Lanc to be easily removed from the stand (without unscrewing anything) and also reveals the bombs. The paints are mostly Tamiya acrylics but I went for the Mr Color version of Dark Earth. The only real problem I had with the kit was trying to use the original decals. I ended up cutting away as much of the yellowed carrier film as possible and had to "glue" some of them on with Future, they also reacted oddly to the decal softener (with and without Future) so aren't settled down particularly well. One good decision I made was to mask and spray the thin black and red lines on the top and bottom of the wing so I didn't need decals for these. Finally, the weathering was a bit of an experiment. I did a mottled pre-shade between the rivet lines to get the tonal variation in the panels and I added to this with brown and black oil paints. The chips are done with Tamiya flat aluminium and a fine brush and the exhaust stains are a combination of sprayed and painted oils. Spraying thinned oil paints works really well and has the advantage of being very easy to clean off if things don't quite go to plan. Thanks to everyone who tagged along for the WIP, your reference photos, tips and encouragement kept this one going right to the end, even when the decals were driving me mad! The WIP is here if you're interested: Enjoy the photos! I hope you like, thanks for looking! Sam
  4. I would like to enter this one. Cheers Jes
  5. The high back P-51 was my first foray into 1/72 'plastic surgery', and it may be time for another. I came across an old Revell/Monogram P-51B kit at a semi-LHS last weekend for 3.99 USD, and a similarly low priced Airfix P-51D, and decided I should attempt a hybrid suggested by @Bedders in his own Hasegawa/KP hybrid P-51B thread. You may be wondering what's wrong with just building a P-51B from the Monogram kit itself, and the answer is: nothing at all - one of the best builds I've ever seen was from the Monogram kit. The main reason for this attempt is that I think it will be fun, and correct a few shape issues with the Revell/Monogram fuselage along the way.
  6. So hopefully this is allowed (seems the twin-Mustangs are allowed judging by the comments in the chat thread)... It's going to be an 'out of the box' build, with the exception of some extra decals and I'm going to build the night-fighter version with the huge radar pod because I have a thing for odd looking birds (!?!) The history of the aircraft is very much a tale of 'necessity is the mother of invention', needing a long range escort fighter to keep up with the bombers the idea of strapping two Mustangs together seemed like solution (plus having two pilots allowed them to take shifts at the controls), though it was never completed in time for active service during WWII. The radar equipped version needed the radome pod to extend beyond the propellers to stop interference, hence the extra goofy looks. The F-82 was also the last piston driven fighter ordered into production by the USAF. Back to the kit... As can be seen it's of an old vintage, complete with raised panel lines, not too many pieces, some interesting moulded in part numbers and what looks to be some silk screening on the main wing section. There's some nice detail on the guns, which can be seen if you model the access panel open, though rather a lot of flash in places - like round the pilot and co-pilot! All the parts are supplied in a single poly bag, though the clear parts are in a separate internal bag. The supplied decals seem OK (for the age of the kit) but I really didn't fancy the large tail decals (too much chance of me mucking up) so bought some after-market ones (though they also have a similar option). The instructions are in typical style: 2 A3 sheets, printed in black and white, folding together, though very large scale, easy to follow instructions.
  7. Hello Friends, My follow up project to the Great Wall Hobby F-15I Ra`am was the Special Hobby SMB2 Super Mystere. Here are the notable features and my thoughts on the kit......... 1. Built mostly straight from the box. Used 0.6mm brass tubes to replace front pitot tubes under the intake. 2. Used Model Master, Mission Models, and some old ( but still useful ) Polly Scale acrylic paints. 3. Weathered with Flory & Vallejo washes, pencils, paint, and chalk pastels. 4. Depicted from No. 105 Squadron based at Hatzor, Israel. 5. Plumbers putty and small lead fishing sinkers were used to have the Mystere sit properly. 6. The kit supplied decals were excellent and responded well to setting solution. I found the kit to be mostly delightful with a few “fiddly” sections. For some odd reason, I had a couple of issues completely eliminating some of the seams. The kit is very well detailed and with little need for aftermarket accessories. I hope you enjoy this version of the French designed fighter-bomber. Thank you in advance for all of your comments and criticisms. With much respect, Mike
  8. Hi, I intend to start with this. As you can see I painted the interior a few years ago but assume I will be OK under the 25% rule? It will be an out of the box build of a J29E of the Swedish AF F4 Squadron in NMF. The instructions say "Alu" but can anybody confirm my thoughts that this will be quite a dull finish rather than bright highly polished? Has anybody got any colour pics they can show me? Cheers Pete
  9. I know what I have to do. One day I'll be awarded a medal for this. It's already gleaming deep inside me. -- Timothée de Fombelle, Captain Rosalie (trans. Sam Gordon) Noor-un-nisa, your Father’s pride, Modest, gentle and qualified. Graceful in manner, fair of face, Worthiest daughter by Allah’s grace. -- Pirani Ameena Begum, "Graduation Day", c. 1927 "Oh beautiful one," he exclaimed, "what has brought you to this stone of pain? Did you not know I ordered you must never be killed?" -- Noor Inayat Khan (1 January 1914 - 13 September 1943), Twenty Jataka Tales, "Banyan" I. Within the occupied territories, the adequate punishment for offences committed against the German State or the occupying power which endanger their security or a state of readiness is on principle the death penalty. II. The offences listed in paragraph I as a rule are to be dealt with in the occupied countries only if it is probable that sentence of death will be passed upon the offender, at least the principal offender, and if the trial and the execution can be completed in a very short time. Otherwise the offenders, at least the principal offenders, are to be taken to Germany. III. Prisoners taken to Germany are subjected to military procedure only if particular military interests require this. In case German or foreign authorities inquire about such prisoners, they are to be told that they were arrested, but that the proceedings do not allow any further information. IV. The Commanders in the occupied territories and the Court authorities within the framework of their jurisdiction, are personally responsible for the observance of this decree. -- Adolf Hitler, 7 December 1941 (The "Nacht und Nebel" decree) "L’homme n’est qu’un roseau, le plus faible de la nature; mais c’est un roseau pensant. Il ne faut pas que l’univers entier s’arme pour l’écraser: une vapeur, une goutte d’eau suffit pour le tuer. Mais quand l’univers l’écraserait, l’homme serait encore plus noble que ce qui le tue, parce qu’il sait qu’il meurt, et l’avantage que l’univers a sur lui, l’univers n’en sait rien." [Man is but a reed, the most feeble thing in nature; but he is a thinking reed. The entire universe need not arm itself to crush him. A vapour, a drop of water suffices to kill him. But, if the universe were to crush him, man would still be more noble than that which killed him, because he knows that he dies and the advantage which the universe has over him; the universe knows nothing of this.] -- Blaise Pascal, Pensées, 345 When I was perhaps eleven or twelve -- this would have been the early 1990s -- I received a copy of William Stevenson's highly-sensationalized biography of Sir William Stephenson MC DFC (no relation), A Man Called Intrepid, written in 1976 and sold in such prodigious quantities that it can still be found at used booksales practically ten for a penny. Most of the book left little impression, and that was a good thing, as its accuracy is open to question. But it left a mark on me, as history can sometimes do to us, nonetheless. One of the photoplates was of a young woman named Noor Inayat Khan, Agent MADELEINE. She looked, to my eyes, impossibly beautiful, but also tired, as if she knew what was coming, what would happen, and how, and when. I once found a cat with a sparrow; the bird knew it was going to die, it had no hope of escape, and it remained very still, with a quiet dignity in the face of its own annihilation that was more unsettling than any throes of agony could be. Noor came a long way to die. She was born in Moscow in 1914 to Pirani Ameena Begum, latterly Ms Ora Ray Baker of Albequerque, New Mexico, and the Sufi Muslim mystic Inayat Khan. In an era when interracial marriages were vanishingly rare, when not illegal, in the United States (interracial marriage was only legalized nationwide in the USA in 1967), her parents would have been highly noteworthy. No doubt they probably were as accepted in Bloomsbury, to where they moved shortly before the outbreak of the Great War, as they would've been anywhere. In 1920, they moved to France, where Inayat Khan pere died in 1927, leaving thirteen-year-old Noor to help her mother raise her three younger siblings. By the time war came again in 1939, the twenty-five-year-old Inayat Khan was a published author, having written a collection of folk tales under the name of Noor Inayat. When France fell in 1940, she escaped to the United Kingdom with her mother and her siblings. In 1943, wanting to contribute more to the war effort, she volunteered for the SOE. Her identity photograph from that year shows a gentle-looking but otherwise unremarkable young woman. But photographs can lie. As an SOE operative, Noor was evaluated as something of a curate's egg; a talented harpist, she also proved an exceptionally fast and accurate W/T signaller, and she spoke fluent French. But she was also gentle, dangerously honest, and, of course, not white, not exactly, at a time when such things were painfully conspicuous to European eyes. Other trainees expressed doubts about her abilities to perform her duties operationally. But occupied Europe was a great maw, sucking up agents and digesting them as fast as they could be replaced. She was willing; she was sent. On the night of 16 June, Noor became MADELEINE, an agent of the PROSPER network in France. She was flown in by Lysander III V9353/MA-G, along with two other agents: Diana Rowden and Cecily Lefort. None of them would survive the war. PROSPER was betrayed under circumstances that remain murky to this day; possibly Henri Dericourt, a member of the network, was a German double agent, or possibly a triple agent in service to SOE's bitter rival MI6, and he gave up his colleagues either out of avarice or as part of a complicated deception plan to obscure the target of Operation OVERLORD; possibly, and more stupidly, Noor and much of the network were betrayed to the Germans out of spite in an affair of the heart. It is fair to say that SOE's level of professionalism and operational security were disastrously bad, whether by design, as some have suggested, or merely the fact that it was composed largely of enthusiastic but poorly-trained amateurs taking on the ruthless and ruthlessly professional security apparatus of a totalitarian state, or both. Regardless of what it was, her network destroyed, her colleagues captured or dead, Noor stayed on the run for three months, and continued to transmit until she herself was captured on 13 October 1943. She had eleven months left to live. Despite concerns about her ability to withstand interrogation, Inayat Khan told the Germans nothing about her work. Unfortunately, she had failed to absorb a basic precept of her training, and kept detailed notes on the messages she sent and received. Additionally, she had discussed her family with her interrogators. These two pieces of information allowed the Germans to imitate her style effectively enough that SOE believed Noor remained active, and several more agents were sent to France, and their deaths, as a result. After a failed escape attempt, Noor was classified as Nacht und Nebel -- Rückkehr Unerwünscht: Night and Fog -- Return Not Required. She was kept chained hand and foot in solitary confinement, until she was transferred to Dachau with three other SOE agents in September of 1944. (At least one person has tried to argue, on what seems to me to be largely circumstantial evidence and guesswork, that she died at Pforzheim prison of starvation. I do not subscribe to this view.) At dawn on 13 September 1944, Noor Inayat Khan, Yolande Beekman, Madeleine Damerment and Eliane Plewman were shot. Depending on the version of the story you choose to believe, she may or may not have been beaten beforehand, her jewelry may have been taken by an SS officer (a detail which, to me, at least, rings painfully true), that the women held hands, that they wept, that three died instantly and one did not. Everyone able to tell the story afterwards had good reason to lie. Noor, who I have always thought of by her codename, Madeleine, was doomed from the moment she stepped out of the Lysander and into France. Her failures were those of inexperience, but her personal conduct was beyond reproach: she never answered any questions of an operational nature, she attempted escape, and she endured degrading solitary confinement with dignity. It was her great misfortune to be one of the easily-extinguished shafts of light sent to pierce the unending night of occupied Europe, but, in the words of Pericles, she passed from the scene, not of her fear, but of her glory. I've been eager to build the new Dora Wings Lysander since I first heard word of it, since I have a photo of the machine which carried Madeleine to her fate (which I sadly was specifically enjoined from sharing) and when I discovered the new DK Decals sheet has those markings on it, I knew what I had to do. The decals are currently winging their way to me from Hannants, and the kit itself is cleaned and on the bench. Of course it's ludicrous to pretend that building a model airplane is any sort of meaningful tribute to a woman who gave everything she had to give and more in the service of the greatest cause of the twentieth century, but I have loved her with the pure love that can only come in childhood since I first knew who she was. She was a real human being, who made real mistakes, who liked to sing, who told stories and wrote a book for children, who loved her mother, and who, ultimately, made a choice, knowing the risks, that meant that everything she ever was would come to be defined by the last year of her life. Any chance of not being a heroine, of being ordinary, of having babies or a happy marriage, or a failed marriage, or a dog, or buying groceries, or any of the million mundane things we take for granted ended for her early on the morning of 13 September, 1944. All that remains to us is her name, and what we choose to associate it with. Today would have been Noor's 106th birthday. May her name liveth forevermore.
  10. Hi everyone! I've been long thinking about this project and is now starting this to roll. Basically the plan is to build three spitfires in parallel. Subjects chosen would be mk.I, mk.IX and mk.XIX thus covering three major types such as early and late Merlin engined and Griffon engined machine. Here is what I'm starting with: Any advise or ideas are very welcome!
  11. I may end up regretting this with the Scandinavian GB due to start in something under two weeks, but I suppose I may as well have a shot at finishing the last of the batch of kits I started a few years ago as mentioned in various previous threads on this GB. I don't usually like to have more than 2 kits on the go at once, but with the current 3 just about at the decal stage and over 3 weeks left, here goes! There are not actually too many parts, but like its other DH brethren it has the dreaded twin booms, which can be a source of problems, but I don't seem to remember having any trouble with the old Heller kit I built many years ago so I might be lucky - fingers crossed. I think I will go with the early silver scheme - as most of you will know a lot of the Vampire was plywood skinned so it was painted, not NMF. As you can see, like the Scimitar, Swift and Attacker I painted the interior before I was obliged to suspend work on them, so that will save a little time anyway - I had hoped to do a bit of a "Blitzbuild" as my wife is on jury service for the next couple of weeks, but that may not happen. In the past, you had to turn up at court every morning and sit around in case you were needed, but now, at least down here in South Wales, they have gone "Hi-Tech" and text you to tell you if you are needed or not, which is a lot better and must save them forking out travelling expenses and "loss of earnings" payments. Unfortunately it does also mean I don't have the house to myself for 10 days solid modelling. "What a pity - how sad" as the late Windsor Davies would have said, for those who remember "It ain't half hot Mum". I will make a start on assembling the fuselage, though of course the instructions only say "add weight" and do not give an amount - can't be that much I hope as there is not a lot of room! Cheers Pete
  12. A few years ago I decided to make a start on a batch of Xtrakits I had previously bought - Scimitar, Swift and Vampire FB5. I got as far as painting up the interior parts but then had to go into hospital for a knee replacement operation and so the kits were put back in their boxes, where they have remained until this KUTA started. The Scimitar is now complete and went together better than expected so I thought I might have a go at finishing the others, starting with the Swift, so here it is. There are not as many parts as in the Scimitar and they look slightly better finished, although both were apparently made for Hannants by Sword. The Scimitar has a few accuracy problems but I have no idea how the Swift rates in that respect as most of the reviews I have seen so far are for the later Airfix release, and the one or two about this kit make no mention of any problems except with the fit of the lower wing and perhaps the decals, though they are contradictory on that. This should be an OOB build except for the belly tank, which is not provided, so I have bought a resin Freightdog one intended to correct the Airfix kit part - hopefully it should fit. I first came across the Swift when I received the diecast Dinky one, together with their Hunter as Christmas pressies many years ago. As most of you will know the Swift was designed at the same time as the Hunter and they were to be the RAF's first swept wing fighters - some books say the Swift was intended as a back up for the Hunter in the same way that the Russians tended to build two different makes for each spec in case one was a failure. I am not sure that is correct and in any case it was the Swift that was not up to scratch, at least initially, and so saw little service in its intended role - more on that later. As WWII drew to a close, Supermarine designed and built their first operational jet - the Attacker, which was basically the laminar flow wings of the Spiteful mated with a new fuselage containing a Nene jet engine. It was actually not a bad plane, but was soon outdated by American machines such as the Sabre with swept wings, so Supermarine were asked to develop a swept wing version - Hawker had a similar request which resulted in the P.1052, a swept wing version of their Sea Hawk (P.1040 built mostly by Armstrong Whitworth), which via the P.1081 with a jetpipe in the tail, became the Hunter. The Supermarine effort was the Type 510 which had swept wings and tail surfaces but retained many features of the Attacker including the tail wheel undercarriage. Although a considerable improvement on the Attacker, it still left something to be desired, so after experiments with a tail end and jet pipe that could be moved up and down in flight were abandoned, the Type 535 arrived, with a longer nose and nosewheel u/c. This was then developed into the Type 541 Swift with the new RR Avon engine which required a fatter fuselage, partly in anticipation of an afterburner being fitted it seems. The F1 with 2x30mm cannon under the nose entered limited service with 56 Squadron but had problems with the engine and general handling, and the replacement F2 with an extra pair of cannon and modified wing roots for ammunition storage (I think) was even worse so both were quickly withdrawn. The F3 with reheat never entered service, and the first true fighter (and last) was the F4 with reheat, an all moving tail and 4 cannon under the nose. Whilst it handled somewhat better there were problems with the afterburner at altitude and as the Hunter had by them got over its development problems, only 9 were built. The kit represents the main production version, the FR5 which was essentially an F4 with only 2 cannon and cameras in the nose. As it flew at low level the problem with the afterburner became irrelevant and it was actually considered a pretty good machine as its fatter fuselage held more fuel than the Hunter giving it a better range - supposedly 630 miles clean compared with 350 for the Hunter F6, and with a similar speed of around 715 mph at sea level. 20 F1, 16 F2 and 25 F3 were built, together with another 89 FR5 (plus several conversions from the 9 F4). The modified recce F6 was never built and a further 14 F7 were built to test air to air missiles such as the Fireflash and Firestreak. The F1 entered service in February 1954, and the FR5 in January 1956, but they were retired after only 5 years or so. During its short life the Swift held the World Speed Record for few weeks before losing it to the Douglas Skyray and appeared as the ill fated "star" of the David Lean film "The Sound Barrier" (it crashed killing the pilot). Although not mentioned anywhere I also seem to recall seeing it in a "childrens" film about kids trying to stop the RAF using a local island as a bombing range - something to do with Roman children's graves, and a colony of birds which they claim are the ghosts of the Roman kids I think. In the climactic scene a bird flies "deliberately" into the intake of a silver Swift, causing the first bombing run to be cancelled. and the site is deemed unsafe due to the risk of bird strikes! Anybody else remember that film - can't remember its title? Probably connected with 56 Squadron being based at Waterbeach in the Cambridge fens which have Roman connections. I doubt I will get much done for a few days as a result of the Christmas festivities, but we will see. Here we go again. Pete
  13. Unlike many of the British subjects present here (and sufferers from around the world), I was never acquainted with Airfix's H.P. 0/400. I cherished, though, for a long time, building the civil transports that derived from it. I started as usual gathering references, and after a few years, once satisfied with the research, I bought (quite recently), a new release of the old kit. When the kit arrived from the Foglands, I just put it in the closet, and only today I opened Pandora's box. My first impressions: 1) A large number of parts were already loose in the bag they came in. Some were so extraordinarily tangled with each other that they made me think of some weird model parts orgy; but then I thought "Nah, it's a British kit, they are quite proper and respectful of formalities". 2) I have hardly ever seen so many ejector pin marks. 3) I surmised that two people were in charge of producing the masters for the flying surfaces. One was restrained and created a normal rib pattern. The other was a madman and thought the masters were for a washboard. Or perhaps was trying to represent rib tapes, in which case to say they are overstated is an understatement. 4) When I saw the three included figures I jumped thinking that they were, like me, Shaolin Modeling Monks! One was even meditating seating in the lotus position! But no, they were stoic British crew members that at the first opportunity asked me what time tea was served. The gall! 5) The "system" devised for the wing upper and lower halves is dismal. Not sure if it was thought to facilitate rigging, but if it was, the designer should be condemned to endlessly hear the deranged rants of certain president. If it wasn't, all the same. Hard to disguise those seams will be. 6) I love it. Now, do not hold your breath with this build, it will not be one my usual flash-builds. I have other business to attend for a while and just wanted to share the opening moves with all of you. Getting rid of the extra weight: the main sprues and the pim-poom-paff-kaboom parts: The washboards are included in the kit: An engineering solution not even a mother would call elegant: Oh boy... @Martian Hale, @general melchett (who reputedly coined the phrase "Bloody Paralizer"), and another crew member half-eaten already by the Martian, who liked to take his snacks on board alive: As it is common knowledge among the members of modeling cenacles in Río Ceballos, Rosario, Timbuktu and Kamchatka, there were several variants derived from the 0/400. I am not interested in discussing variants irrelevant to this build, and of course as usual I have no interest in any military versions. I am focusing at the moment on the somewhat hastily converted for civil passenger service left overs form the war, which need of course a new interior and some changes on the exterior, and on the 0/700 variants that need much more noticeably changes. I have the impression that this is going to be fun! Meanwhile, I am going back to my references to chose a specific plane. Hopefully will be seeing you soon! Cheers
  14. After a lot of help from fellow modellers on this site through this thread I now have enough information to at least start a build. In fact I am going to build two AV-8C's, One as a normal service machine and the other as 719 operated by NASA So let's post an out of focus picture so show what I am starting with Hopefully some progress pictures later today, mayby not as I am not the fastest builder in the world Gondor
  15. I would like to enter this one. Cheers Jes
  16. Wow - hadnt looked at forthcoming GB so when I saw the Nordic GB yesterday I wondered how I could join with one of my many kits from the stash! Well if I can, I am jumping in with a Huma Klemm 35, to be finished as a Swedish AF example in a very striking green and orange scheme. The kit actually incl;udes decals for 6 options including one with spats and the Swedish version with skis. I have a slight fondness for the Klemm, having seen a few flying at the Hahnweide show and having visited the former Klemm factory airfield at Boblingen, near stuttgart - I have 3 in the stash, all identical. Here is the kit - in 1/72 so not many parts. Decals look OK but black outlines around the white codes - not sure if that is right but not really done any research so far. Instructions (quaint) and decals sheet 'Achtung' - a warning! Not sure what it means as my school german cant translate, but thats why we have google ..... Hoping this will be a quick build - minimal cockpit, which suits my model making methods, but I guess I will need to investigate colours and what could be seen once the 2 pilots are installed. Seats are the usual square L shaped approximation and IP's clunky - no worries the orange colours will distract the casual inspector at my local model club! Looking forward to being part of this GB. Who knows, the other Nordic nations may also be represeneted by builds if I get my finger out!
  17. Though I'd dip my toes into a resin kit build, haven't done that in a very long time. I recently purchased a number of Caudron racers from Dujin and thought I'd start off by looking into the 714R. First of all... ...the box, looks innocent enough. Open the box, open the box! A PE fret, a vac canopy and some nicely printed decals...looking good. Aaahhhhh!!! I dare not look too closely at the moment but it looks like I've got my work cut here with lots of cleaning. And three pages of stuff that only a Google translator will be able to decipher. Am I put off, nah, just a flesh wound, modellers are made from this stuff. You can all have a laugh now. Stuart
  18. Ok, time to start up the builds and join the group build. Funny is that today I've found the last missing kit in my P-51D stach. I've got the Forces of Valor"s P-51D kit. Together with my Airfix, Tamiya and Hasegawa P-51D kits I have som nice choises to do. I also have some decal"s to choose. Hopefully I end up with one built kit before end date! Cheers / André
  19. I would like to enter this one. Cheers Jes
  20. Hello, and welcome to my first WIP on Britmodeller! No exotic plastic here I'm afraid, just the newish Airfix 1/72 Hurricane which I'm sure is familiar to most readers. The obligatory box and sprue shot: This was an impulse buy. I saw it sitting on the shelf of my LMS, thought "I fancy making a Hurricane with a two bladed prop", and picked it up. Naturally, it turned out that this was not a boxing which included the two bladed prop option (I could maybe have guessed this from the box art) and that furthermore that I already had these exact same sprues in the form of a starter set I picked up a while ago but what the heck, I can learn from the mistakes I make building this one and make a proper job of the starter set. I'm not the sort to lie awake at night worrying about misplaced rivets (I have plenty of other stuff to worry about) so my intention was to build this totally OOB ignoring the myriad faults that make this kit practically unbuildable such as mis-sized main wheels with the wrong number of spokes, missing metal panels behind the gun access hatches, trailing edges a scale 7ft thick and incorrect framing on the cockpit canopy. My only aims were the usual ones of getting engrossed for a few hours in creating something, and producing a finished model which would not be mistaken for the work of an unusually clumsy 5 year old. Alas for my intentions! Britmodeller contains much dangerously seductive information and having read somewhere that adding photo-etch harnesses to a cockpit would increase its attractiveness by at least 1000% (I may be paraphrasing slightly), I resolved to give this a try. With the etch ordered, the first task on hand was to open up the holes in the seat and back armour to allow the harnesses to pass through: This was accomplished without destroying the parts being worked on or running the drill into my finger. This is going well! More soon. Craig.
  21. Time to start the New Year off with a fresh project, although helping my youngest daughter remodel her house is taking it's toll on the ol' modeling time... This is the first Blue Whale: Anyway, this will be a build of the 1/72 Hasegawa A-3B Skywarrior kit into a model of the very first Blue Whale, the XA3D-1. The Hasegawa kit: will be paired with the Obscureco Skywarrior cockpit set (the A-3A being as close as I could get for the cockpit of the XA3D-1), shown above right. There are some pieces in this kit that are excess to requirement as they are for other "Version" of the A-3, and they are not shown in the above photo. Also used will be the Muroc Model XA3D-1 conversion set: This conversion set has the correct "slanted" intakes, which only appear on the #1 ship, BN 125412. The #2 ship, BN 125413, as well as all subsequent variants, have "vertical" intakes. This kit also gives you a resin "master" for the cockpit, which allows you to vacuform another, should the need arise, as this canopy is different from later variants. There is also a rear gun turret, although the guns and it's controls were not installed on the first prototype. The is also a new nose and pod for the top of the vertical stabilizer. Sadly, I just found out the the Hasegawa kit does not have the correct wheels for the prototype or bomber versions, but instead has the wheels for the other "Versions" that followed later on. I have order a Reskit conversion for the wheels, and a comparison will be shown for the edification of fellow modelers, in due time. I'll begin with a seemingly simple task, installation of the front wheel well that is included with the Obscureco kit. In the second picture of this article, I failed to notice that the wheel well was stuck to the cockpit floor, but I can assure you, it does not go there! Below, it is shown glued to the right fuselage half with just a couple of drops of CA: Picture two, just above shows the fuselage halves being pressed together, to assure that the wheel well sits straight up and down, before properly gluing into place with more CA on the right side. The third picture above, shows the addition of other glue, a thicker, sticky glue, in case the CA ever fails. You may ask me HOW I KNOW THIS. Let me just say, that once a wheel well (or even a cockpit) comes loose after the fuselage is closed up, it will make you feel greatly discomfited! Before anyone posts that they've never had this failure ... yada, yada -- give yourself another 40 or 50 years of modeling without taking this precaution, THEN we'll discuss it! Please note that this mostly only occurs when bonding resin to resin, or resin to plastic NOT plastic-to-plastic, but, you never know with CA. For plastics, I like to melt the dickens out of it with Weldon #3, and rarely use CA to assemble plastic. Next order of business is to install the various components of the Obscureco cockpit, show in the following two pictures: There are a few things to note here. Because of my inability to find even a single photo of the major areas of the XA3D-1's cockpit, I am a little unsure of the pieces glued on, and marked with the two arrows. The upper arrow points to an equipment support bracket that Obscureco tells you where to put, but not how to orient. The lower arrow is sort of an equipment shelf (selected for the A-3A version -- again, as close as I can get to the XA3D-1). Lastly, the "G" marking shows the area where gun controls would normally be installed on a version with the tail turret, were the guns and controls mounted. Next, a view of the cockpit from the rear: In the above photo, the arrow points to the A-3A Bombardier/Navigator station selection from the Obscureco kit. Again, stations for other variants are provided in the kit. Anyway, because of my lack of photos, if anyone out there can chip in with knowledgeable placement on these pieces, or on correct cockpit colors for this version, I'd be grateful. In the absence of further guidance, I'll probably choose the usual black-over-Interior Green selection, although it could be black over black as well. While the later variants come in a variety of colors, the fact that this prototype was built more or less around 1950, before the gray interiors became mandated, give one pause to think. If you KNOW, please help! Well, at least it's a beginning. More soon, I hope! Ed
  22. A few years back I started on a batch of British post war jets, and got a bit of painting done before I had to break off to go into hospital for an op on my knee, and inevitably I was one of the supposed 1 in 40 who have complications. That resulted in a delay of several months before I started modelling again and then my wife became seriously ill (fortunately that is now under control), so the kits were put back in their boxes and went into my stash in the roof, where they have stayed until a few weeks ago. I decided to use this KUTA to get some of the part built kits finished, and have already finished my Scimitar and am about to start on the Swift. That leaves the Vampire FB5 and my Supermarine Attacker, which I will now try and start again if I have time. Many years ago I built the old Frog kit with the solid cockpit and wheel wells. Later I saw an article in I think Scale Aircraft Modeller which did a conversion to make it more accurate, but I could not be bothered. However a few years ago I stumbled across this AZ Models kit of the prototype. It seems AZ also produced a kit of the F1 and another kit of the FB2 but by the time I saw them only the prototype was available at about half price so I grabbed one. Incidentally it looks like they have released them again. This is the only kit I have seen so far that actually warns you that as it is a short run one you will need to do a bit of cleaning up! The Attacker was Supermarine's first jet to go into service and as such was a bit of a lash-up, being essentially the laminar flow wings of the Spiteful/Seafang (slightly enlarged) grafted onto a new fuselage containing a RR Nene jet engine. The tailwheel undercarriage was rare in a jet but actually had certain advantages in a carrier based machine as it both increased the angle of attack to generate lift on take-off and provide better aerodynamic braking during landing. The straight wing soon became obsolete but again was in some respects better than a swept one at low speeds. For its time it actually had a reasonable performance but was not built in large numbers and the only export customer was Pakistan. As stated in my parallel Swift build, the Attacker formed the basis of that aircraft once a swept wing and nose wheel undercarriage were added. It was built in 3 versions, the F1 (54), a handful of FB1 (6) and the FB2 (85). After problems were encountered with "tail stall" a dorsal fillet was added to the vertical tail of the F1 and following marks, which is included on the sprues, and apparently the intakes were lengthened. Other than that the only noticeable outward change seems to have been the framed canopy fitted to the FB2, which is not included but I have aquired a vacform set which I might use. The kit also includes the large ventral fuel tank, but no armament other than the normal 4x20mm cannon barrels in the wing leading edge. I believe the FB version could carry 2x1000lb bombs or up to 12 unguided rockets. It comes with decs for one of the 3 prototypes and the first production F1, though I shall probably only be using the national markings and some of the stencils. More if and when I make a start. Pete
  23. Straight onto another 50's classic, the glorious Meteor. I'm tempted to do this one all silver, with the solid rear canopy area and small intakes, though it depends how things go and references I can find. However, having found these decals which I'd forgotten about, I'm also tempted to do the 74 sqn jet. I think it'll be a toss up between that in camo or a silver 56 sqn jet. Let's see how it goes.
  24. Hi All, After finishing up my long winded P51D build I've decided to keep the momentum going and crack on with a new project. Somewhat simpler and more straight forward this time I hope... The subject in question is Tamiya's excellent 1/72 scale Mosquito Mk VI kit, which I'm going to finish in the kit provided markings for the Coastal Command bird 'NEoD'. I think this scheme will give me a nice excuse to weather the paintwork a bit and I was not really keen on masking camo anyway I'm not going to go into exhaustive step by step detail in this log, just keep updates on major bits of progress. I've started with the cockpit because why break tradition, even though the kit would have you start with the engine / wheel pods for some reason. Here is my completed cockpit and sidewalls before I close up the fuselage. I couldn't help myself and added some more details. Some highlights of the cockpit sections, The front fuselage sections comes separate (for different marks I presume) to the main fuselage bits. They join nicely but have a couple of visible alignment tabs on the inside that needed to be removed and the seam filled. No real drama's here though. There were a few ejector pin marks that needed filling, annoyingly one was located in the nicely molded door detail. I just covered it up partially with a warning sign Base colour was Tamiya XF-71 'Cockpit Green' and black bits were sprayed in XF-85 'Rubber Black'. Details were brushed with various Vallejo Model colour paints I scratch built the flare rack and fire extinguishers. Some wiring was added to the sidewalls and from the radios. Not particularly accurate but makes things look a bit more busy. The pilot's seat got a cushion made added from thick bit of styrene sheet. The seat cushions were roughed up with a knife and given a wash of extra thin to smooth them out. The belts are all scratch built from champagne bottle wrapping foil (stiffer and easier to pose). I punched the holes using a needle from the back so there would be a raised lip around them. I thought of using some Eduard PE belts but I didn't really want to mess around with PE for a enclosed cabin. I decided to forgo the kit IP decal which was quite simple and painted the instrument dials myself using a sharpened toothpick and and white oil paint. I added the glass with clear epoxy, though it's not visible with the lighting I used. The rear of the radios were hollow so needed to be closed up with thin styrene sheet. The radios didn't fit too nicely, the receiver box ended up obscuring one side of the transmitter box. I solved this somewhat by cutting the mounting tab off the transmitter box so I could position it across slightly...but not too far or the canopy won't fit. Hope you'll follow along, cheers for viewing.
  25. Having got back into modelling a few months ago and slowly progressed an old Novo kit of a Gloster Javelin I figured it was time to start a new kit. As far as I can remember I have never actually built a Spitfire and so, when I was in the model shop getting tape on Friday, and saw the Eduard Spitfire I picked one up. So far, the detail is just brilliant and the parts all just slot together. The difference from the Javelin could not be greater! some sprues and the cockpit tub. 20200111_111739_Film2 by OutcastJoel, on Flickr
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