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  1. I came into possession of two kits of the new-tool Tamiya Ki-61 due to a curious set of circumstances occurring as a result of the generosity of both my friend @Cookenbacher and a drunken version of past me who pre-ordered one from HobbyLink Japan one Saturday night then erased the memory of the deed until the kit arrived. Thanks to you both It's the 2018 release and I think the first time Tamiya have kitted this particular type in the proper scale, it will also be the first time I have built a Ki-61 so I hope we will be good company. I have no reason to expect otherwise as Tamiya do have a reputation for good engineering and fit of parts and the reviews I have seen suggest that this kit upholds that tradition. The box(es): ... and the sprues: As you can see the parts count is comparatively light. The surface detail is very nice indeed: A smaller secondary sprue implies possible further releases of other variants: The clear parts are very clear and don't show much distortion: Transfers in their own sealed bag, and instructions: I shall be building options A (a natural metal aircraft with a red tail and stripes) and C (finished in #7 Ohryoku nana go shoku, the Japanese version of Olive Drab, on the topsides and natural metal underneath): Option B is of a natural metal aircraft with green blotching over the topsides, it's a very attractive scheme but I feel I lack the masochistic tendencies that might be sated by giving myself a paint-job like that to do. Tamiya do provide the option to separately buy a set of transfers to replicate this scheme but while I wouldn't criticise someone else for going that route, I don't fancy it myself. There shouldn't be much need for aftermarket stuff as far as I can tell, I don't really like seatbelt decals though (which the kit does provide) so I will instead use some of these: ... which does include Kawasaki-style seatbelts: I also got the Eduard canopy mask set because masking. For the natural metal I will most likely use the Vallejo Metal Colour paints unless I can borrow the samples of the test versions of the experimental Colourcoats metallic colours *cough* @Jamie @ Sovereign Hobbies *cough* For the interiors, Colourcoats ACJ04 Interior Buff Green and for the camouflaged aircraft ACJ09 - IJA #7 variant: So I think that's me about ready to go. Cheers, Stew
  2. Hello all! I am continuing with my theme of building old model kits. This time it is the Novo (ex-Frog) Percival Proctor IV. I have built it out-of-the-bag, with the probably understandable exception of the transfers...I was going to save it for the potential Frog Group Build, but I was a bit impatient! I added seatbelts from tape, a piston in the engine louvre and drilled out one intake as the sum of improvements. The colour scheme is entirely fanciful, but if anyone says the serial is for a Shorts Tucano I will say 'You are right!' All the transfers came from the surplus left over from a Tucano, and I thought the blue cheat lines showed off the Proctor rather nicely. The paintwork is brush-painted, Revel 90 Acrylic Silver in the main, but the engine cowling is Mr Metalizer again brush 'painted' (i.e. read scrubbed on with an ancient brush then buffed with a cotton bud) and it gives a nice bit of contrast. I was very surprised at the fit of the components, I needed to use filler only on the wing-roots and the upper forward cabin roof. The transparencies could have been better, or I could have used the Falcon Vac-form set. I think I could also have dealt with some sink marks a bit better. The aerial wire was EZ-Line. Thanks for looking, all the best, Ray
  3. Hi all Hot on the heels of the lovely little AZ Model Airspeed Oxford, I am now calling this one done. This is the Academy 1/72 RAF Lockheed Ventura II modified to represent a GR-V of the RCAF, in a Temperate Sea Scheme known as a Saddleback Scheme. The Aircraft has been depicted as it would have appeared as part of Operation Polar Bear in February to March 1945. The scheme is a rather attractive scheme although the aircraft appeared to be very grubby in appearance and I have tried to represent this as best as I can. The Kit is fairly basic and I modified the Pilot's seat to include the rounded back and arm pads and seatbelts were made with Tamiya Masking Tape. The Nose glazing was removed and the nose rescribed a bit. The kit was then built out of the box with the American Turret for this type used. The only other additions being some structure in the U/C bays and the aerials which were invisible thread. There is a marker range aerial on the port bomb bay door also. The model is brush painted as usual using thinned Humbrol enamels. The Yellow high visible panels really stand out well against the scheme. The model is The decals were Aviology decals and went on very nicely. Weathering is a mix of Oil paint washes and weathering powders. I would like to thank those who offered encouragement during the build. I enjoyed this kit build immensely. I am now building a Ford Trimotor and Bristol Super freighter amongst others . I hope you enjoy Thanks for popping by. All the best Chris
  4. Half price Eduard 1/72 Spitfire IX Brassin when you buy Eduard's 1/72 Spitfire D-day Spitfire double kit from us! The kit price is now down to £25 as well! This is open until Midnight on Saturday 23rd (UK time) and covers only what Spitfire IX Brassin we have in stock (NO restocks!). We have several sets of wheels, a top cowl and exhuast set. You can buy just one of them with the Spitfire set or all of the Spitfire IX Brassin sets available, with the Kit! To take advantage of this offer, simply put the Spitfire kit in the cart and then the Brassin sets you want. When you are choosing your payment method, use the Blue Button (not the paypal button!) and you will get some alternative payment options on the next page, please select the Purchase Order and complete the order. We will then manually change the brassin price on the order and send you a paypal invoice with the amended amount. Note you don't need a paypal account! Paypal can process card payments just like any other online payment processor! http://mjwmodels.co.uk/edk2125-172-supermarine-spitfire-mkix-longest-day-dual-combo-6414-p.asp any questions, please ask! thanks Mike
  5. I must have been nice this year as Father Christmas came up trumps and delivered the 1/72 Academy B-29. I want to make it bare metal, but with the turrets and conventional bomb load, so went for the "Old Battler" version. Thanks to the discussion in the link below I've sourced the Eduard cockpit and engine etch, the canopy mask set and Kits-World decals for the "Celestial Queen" whose red tipped wings and fin particular appealed . Detailing and painting the interior is one of my favourite parts of the modelling process and I was looking for a way to show this off once the model is finished. Last year I built a B-17 which was held together with small magnets and can be split right down the middle. This worked ok but I didn't fancy trying again with the larger B-29. Instead I've opted to cut away part of the fuselage around the cockpit. This cutaway section will then be held in place with small magnets but can be removed using the turret has a little handle. I decided to bite the bullet straightaway and the surgery was the first thing thing I did after opening up the box. I used a new, sharp modelling knife and scored along existing panelling lines (carefully) to make the cuts. I think the operation was a success: The canopy piece is glued to the cut away section to allow better viewing of the cockpit and also because it helps to "jigsaw" the two parts together. I've put some filler on the cut away part and this is waiting to dry and be sanded down. I'll also fill and sand the tanker version panel lines at some point. Having made the effort to open up the cockpit my thoughts have now turned to making the interior detail look good. The etch set should help (my first go with extra etched parts) but I noticed that the floor of the cockpit is somewhat lacking in detail. I've therefore tried to use Aluminium tape plus a rivetting tool and the knurled finish on the handle of my modelling knife to give the floor some texture and interest. This will all be painted over but hopefully the patterns will come through, we'll see! I'm not going for a super accurate depiction but these type of textures at least seem plausible based on some images I hunted down online. I'm afraid progress will probably be fairly slow on this one but I'll try and keep the updates coming as regularly as possible. Thanks for looking in!
  6. Treated myself to a couple of HobbyBoss easy-build aircraft after my struggles with Revell's Bf-109's. I like these: they're fun, and usually pretty accurate, within limitations. One limitation is that the trailing edges are very, very thick. A lot (a very large lot) of sanding and scraping is needed, and some post-sharpening work to re-scribe control surfaces and replace trim tabs will be needed. Note also the sprue attachment point on the rear fuselage, that would do credit to a short-run resin kit! Another limitation is the cockpit: it has some vestigial details, but it's not even a remote resemblance to the actual aircraft. Another issue is that it's much too shallow. The cockpit floor is basically the upper surface of the nose wheel bay, but the kit version is about 3.5mm above where it ought to be (about 10 inches in reality, so too much even for me to ignore). I drilled down to establish the right depth, then chopped out with a chisel to get rid of the "seat" and flatten out the floor. The instrument coaming position is wrong (it's too short) but that's a problem for a future version of me!
  7. AndyRM101

    BTR-70 APC

    This was done as a quick build, mainly as I was curious to see what Trumpeter's braille scale armour kits were like. The answer is pretty good for the most part, as long as you don't pay any attention to the photo on the box top, which is actually the 1/35 version. The detail is relatively basic, but it's sharply moulded and looks in scale. I was expecting the vinyl tyres to be a weak point, but they were actually very good with nicely moulded tread detail. The kit was finished OOB, apart from modifying the front wheel hubs to add some turn to the wheels. And finally, a couple with it's bigger, older brother, the BTR-60 PB in 1/35, also from Trumpeter Thanks for looking Andy
  8. source: http://modelforum.cz/viewtopic.php?f=97&t=77712&start=720#p1880503 "Dalšími v pořadí nejbližšími rozpracovanými projekty (ono je toho docela hodně) je moderní dvoumotorák s vrtulemi a druhoválečná stíhačka." next project is a twin-engine modern aircraft with propellers And next is WW2 fighter http://modelforum.cz/viewtopic.php?f=97&t=77712&start=735#p1880919 "ne, nebude to Turbolet, lítá to nebo lítalo na západ od nás (a na jih, sever a možná i na východ)" No, not L-410 Turbolet. It flies or flew to the west of Czech Republic (and to the south, north and maybe to the east) type is still secret
  9. Having entered service just too late for WW2, the Hornet featured a similar wooden construction to the Mosquito, and served predominantly with the RAF in the Far East. It saw service during the Malayan campaign, flying with 33, 45, 64 and 80 squadrons, before being withdrawn and retired in 1956. As well as the Far East, the Hornet also equipped three squadrons in the UK, numbers 19, 41 and 65 sqns at Church Fenton, flying firstly in the long range fighter role then converting to ground attack as more Meteors became available. No. 19 sqn operated Hornets from October 1946 until January 1951. The Novo kit is basic but as far as I'm aware still the only 1/72 Hornet available? This one was built oob, except for a tiny bit of scratch building of the pilot's front console and having to source spare decals and serial numbers as the kit ones dissolved and were completely unusable. Although it's called finished, I'm still looking for the 19 sqn tailfin markings and the square marking on the left side of the fuselage behind the 'QV' code.
  10. Hi, After years of looking at the Airfix Sea Hawk 1/72 kit, and slowly buying some after market goodies for it, I decided to jump into the deep end. I got that kit in the 1970s as a "free gift" with a subscription for a French modelling magazine (mPm if I recall correctly... time does fly!). This is a very rough kit, with many sink marks, ejection pin marks, a lot of flash, etc... And no cockpit to speak of. But I have wanted to build it since I was a brat, so here is my chance. The few thingies that I will try and use. Decals from Model Art. And the kit, in all its glory! Some of the doc I have on that gorgeous plane. Many more photos spread around hundreds of magazines and book... Such fun! Hopefully I will get somewhere with this antiquity of a kit! JR
  11. Lord Riot

    An old Hunter

    Here's an old classic! And best of all, there were two complete Hunter kits in the one box, albeit with some parts off the sprues. As the Hornet didn't take that long, I thought I'd squeeze in one more model before we move! Despite its age it looks like a nice kit, and better than the Mistercraft Hunter. I'll be making her as a green/grey camo one with high speed silver undersides, probably either 56 sqn or 74 sqn, not decided yet. Any issues to watch out for?
  12. Kiwikitbasher

    Revell M60A3 (1/72)

    This vehicle building malarky over the past 4 weeks is getting me quite hooked. My last vehicle prior to my recent MAZ-543 TEAL & SCUD-B and M50 Super Sherman was a WWI Schneider CA.1 I built in November 2105: http://www.tapatalk.com/groups/missinglynx/schneider-ca-1-1-72-wespe-retrokit-t165831.html Since then I've only been building my usual fare of 1/72 aircraft. I decided my next vehicle build would be something I had a detail set for to cut down on scratch-building. I had a Hauler detail set for the Revell M60 i was sent to review along with the usual haul of aircraft subjects I was reviewing on a regular basis for HyperScale. The set has some parts so small it's just sick, so I accepted the challenge as there were few dollars at risk. I felt the hardest part would be to cut away the track guard stays and replace them with PE items. This was because they were moulded so closely to other parts of the hull and surrounding detail. I cut all four from one side with reasonable success, only to find that Hauler's very small instruction sheet was a bit confusing, and one PE stay had the lightening holes so closely etched to the edge that it got damage removing it from the fret. Fortunately, this stay is the least visible of the four. I eventually got the stays in place, along with an open-farmed box that surrounds a light as far as I can tell on a box mounted on the track-guard. The results aren't too pretty in the photos but I think they will be OK... I was about to do the other side when I realised there was no point in doing so until I tackled the kit's turret basket. Revell has done a good job engineering the styrene parts for this, but tooling limitations have meant it is unavoidably over-scale in appearance. So improving this became the new make or break. But before proceeding, I needed to do something about the turret's smooth surface as photos show its cast texture is evident. I did this by painting on liquid cement and stippling with a stiff paintbrush. I contemplated thinning all of the kit's turret basket parts down but decided this was probably too hard to do successfully, although now I'm not so sure if I had cut the bottom of the basket into three separate rails. Anyway, I decided to thin the kit's basket rail support brackets and make the rails from wire. The result has a more scale appearance, but due to my lack of skill the basket rails are a bit bent and bowed in places, so mine has had a much harder service life than most! The Hauler mesh inserts for the basket were now effectively a little undersized for the basket because the wire rails were much thinner than the kit's plastic ones, which meant I ended up with gaps where the mesh meets the turret and between the mesh of the basket floor and the back face of the basket. I shall hide these gaps with stowage of various kinds. The next job for the turret is to replace the overly thick hand/stowage rails with wire ones and make a wire hawser to replace the moulded plastic item. Then it's back to the hull and track-guard stays and various other details, plus I need to decide on a nationality to represent. My boxing offers Egyptian, US and Greek markings.
  13. Christer A

    PBJ-1J, Marine Mitchell

    Here's my contribution to this GB. For once I do not intend to add any AM at all, just a set of masks will be used, but with this many glass panels it's a must. To create a PBJ-1J from their standard B-25J kit Hasegawa provides a radar pod in resin. It allows for the late type installation, so no "Hose Nose" (the radar pod located in the nose glasing) is possible to do, unless you start with some surgery adn I don't want to do that. My first action will be to sort out the little tailsitter dilemma. With the tail in place, this is not enough! i'll add some more to the nacells and maybe squeeze something in the nose gear bay. Oooops, I started another kit
  14. In my opinion the Harrier was one of the greatest aircraft of all time, with its revolutionary design and brilliant (British) engineering leading the way which has only now been followed by the costly, troubled and prohibitively expensive F-35. Not only did the Harrier serve with distinction for over 40 years, it helped ensure the freedom of UK citizens on the Falklands and fought for freedom in the middle east, before our short-sighted, penny-pinching and ignorant politicians prematurely retired what is still a vastly capable aircraft. One of the first batch of Harriers to enter service, XV748 was delivered to the RAF's Harrier OCU in May 1969, before transferring to number 1 squadron at Wittering. It was converted to a GR.3 in July 1974, and survives to this day at the Yorkshire air museum, Elvington. This new tool Airfix kit is absolutely superb, and highly recommended! Parts fit together really well and the attention to detail and accuracy is fantastic. The model is built OOB except for the slight serial change to represent a Harrier that still survives. (If anyone knows what tail code XV748 wore with 1 squadron please can you let me know?!)
  15. Hi all As well as the Oxford I have been working on a couple of other aircraft a 72nd scale Novo Percival proctor and this, the academy Lockheed Ventura II. Although I have decided to model a RCAF Western Air Command machine during Operation polar Bear in 1944/45. They were standard Venturas in the US Navy scheme and some were repainted in a scheme known as the Saddleback scheme with some yellow panels on the tail plane vertical surfaces and the tops of the outer main wings. The scheme looks particularly attractive I think. The model I am making s of a GR.V serial 2189 with code letter Q of 8 Sqn Feb to March 1945. This aircraft is called "Pats Pile". The kit is quite basic and although I am not correcting the cockpit on this I did make alterations to the pilots seat as shown in the first image. The fuselage went together quite well with minimal filler, however when it came to the canopy it was around a millimetre to shallow this was rectified by sanding off the lower frame work and adding some square rod to the fuselage sides in the cockpit opening and on the bottom of the windscreen which matched very well. The nose went on well and the small side windows were filled as this is a later type. The front plexiglass has also been painted over, as on the real machines, this was covered in fabric strips applied with a solvent adhesive and then clear doped over which is a light fibreglass colour. This was due to the cold temperatures and the action of the Guns firing just above the plexiglass could shatter. The wings went together well and the vents in the lower engine nacelles were boxed in and engines inserted. Wing to fuselage joint required filler all round. This is where I am at the mo with the white undersides painted on almost, just need one more coat to go. The upper surfaces will be Extra Dark Sea Grey and Dark Slate Grey. I am using Aviaeology decals Venturas in Canada part 3 sheet AOD72034. Hope you enjoy Thank you for looking Chris
  16. Hi all, I finally managed to finish my Bandai TIE Fighter that I started many months ago. I wanted to do something a little different, so I tried to create one that has a replacement port-side 'wing'. The base was entirely scratch-built out of a large bottle top, an old PEZ dispenser, two pens and some parts from a Tamiya 1/35 King Tiger. Thanks for looking!
  17. 1/72 - MiG-21 Fishbed family project was finally officially confirmed by Eduard http://www.eduard.com/store/out/media/InfoEduard/archive/2015/info-eduard-2015-01CZ.pdf (english version soon) MF, bis and SMT versions expected first
  18. When Great War ended, Western front went silent and hell of trenches was over. But in Central and Eastern Europe peace was still far, far away, on the graves of Empires dozens of a new nations emerges and immediately clashed in border conflicts with each other, and with revolutions, counter-revolutions and uprisings. From North Africa to Vladivostok and from Middle East up to Finland people keep fighting. I was really surprised when I found out how many conflict had place immediately after WWI, these days those are mostly forgotten, overshadowed by both World Wars. Masterbox Austin 3rd series is a nice kit of this Great War armoured car, but it have serious problem. Too many interesting camouflages, German Freikorps, Austro-Hungarian, Ukrainian, Bolsheviks, Russian White movements, Finnish... from the other hand, there is no description aside a flag, so I had made some research. Finaaly I decided to go with "Атаман Богаевский" - "Ataman Bogaevskiy" car from 1919, belonging to the the Don Army of Don Republic, also know as Almighty Don Host, created by Don Cossacks. In 1919 it become a part of Armed Forces of South Russia, which also included the Volunteer Army (which was renamed the Caucasian Volunteer Army), the Crimean-Azov Army, the Forces of Northern Caucasus and the Army of Turkestan. Those were White forces during Russian Civil War. It it worth to know, that Imperial Russia had second place in number of armoured car in service, with United Kingdom being first. Photo, according to wikipedia description, is in public domain. I will wrote about symbol and name of this particular car and Austin cars in Russia, but in later posts.
  19. Only two 1/72 plastic kits of this standard WarPac APC appeared on the market - one by ACE and another by PST. Both are relatively new tools (10-12 years old, thus 21st century) and ACE is said to be almost faultless. But ACE is unavailable (at least in my country) for last 5 years at least, whereas PST 72054 can be purchased easily. Is it bulidable at all? Can one build a decent model using this kit? Or should I avoid it and look for the ACE one even more desperately? Cheers Michael
  20. "So, where are we?" Black primer does this picture no favours really! This is pretty much the full extent of my work on the Mitchell Gunship to date, I've modified some figures, added some greeblies to the barren, superbly fitting (& utterly fictional) cockpit, oh and I've glued the wing halves together.....It's a pretty simple kit but I'd still hope this will be deemed less than 25%? PS - Just discovered I have also assembled the engines (four whole parts) and painted them a vaguely enginey colour too.
  21. Good evening everyone, welcome to my new build This is HMS Fife, a County Class Destroyer, built in the 1960's during the cold war, I personally served on her from 1978-1980 during which time we made the news around the world after we were turned around from going home and went back to give aid to the island of Dominica after she was struck by a hurricane I will use this page for now as an index, as i intend to work in stages, which is not how I normally build, where as i tend to go to what ever i fancied
  22. After the disaster with the Revell Corsair, I've decided to build a kit, I've built before, in fact a couple of times and a kit I know builds up well. I've already built Eduard's 1/72 Hellcat Mk II Nightfighter and the Hellcat Mk I from the Royal Navy dual kit. I've decided to complete that set by building the Hellcat Mk II. I'll be building the option from HMS Indomitable, used during the battle for Okinawa, the option show in the pic below on the first page of the instructions. In a discussion a good while ago, on Britmodeller, someone said that some of them were used on bombing missions but only carrying a single 500lb bomb on the starboard wingrack. I should have a spare British style 500lb bomb somewhere, whether it be in plastic or resin, so I won't use the kit bombs which are US bombs. You'll see part used etch and mask, on account of me already building the Mk I. thanks Mike
  23. Platz is to release a 1/72nd Heinkel He.219A-7 Uhu kit (manufactured by Dragon) - ref. AE-1 Release expected in July 2016 Sources: http://www.platz-hobby.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=5446&language=en http://www.platz-hobby.com/products/5446.html http://www.1999.co.jp/eng/10383511 V.P.
  24. I'm sure we all know about the PFT, here's a short history if you don't- http://www.polishsquadronsremembered.com/PFT/PFT.html I'll be using the Airfix MkIX, I fancy something quick and have had this hanging around in the stash for a while (I think it was one of the first kits I bought on my return to aircraft modelling). Box top: Sprues: (The mote observant amongst you will notice that I've made a start by giving some parts a black undercoat.) I've made a start with the interior, by giving it a coat of Colourcoats Interior Green: Because the Airfix IX has a lack of detail (to say the least), I'll be adding these bits from the spares box: I'm off to fondle the sprues of an Eduard Spitfire MkVIII and decide if I should make a start on it. Thanks for looking.
  25. Hi all I have been beavering away on this lovely little Kit for a while amongst quite a few other projects (CC you are a bad influence!!!). The Kit is a limited run Kit and therefore there are no locating tabs/pins and so test fitting is the name of the game. It also contains some nice resin bits such as seats, engines, wheels and some cockpit fittings. I have used the Marabu photo etch s which is rather nice and very comprehensive. The only issues with the kit I found are the undercarriage being too high so I had to cut 3.5 mm out of the main legs and adjust the retraction jacks and stays. The two windows in the turret blanking plate are too small and there are no windows in the roof just aft of the cockpit glazing. I added these although I have made them too big but I am not changing them now. The model is Aircraft PG960/612 of Admiralty Flight at Rochester late 1940s and is brush painted in thinned Humbrol enamels . The weathering has been kept light as I think this would have been kept quite clean. I hope you enjoy looking. I have enjoyed making this lovely model and am pleased with the way she has turned out. I did try copying the build thread link but it kept saying something had gone wrong so I gave up. I would like to thank all those who have given encouragement and kind word during the build. Now I shall get back on with the RCAF Ventura, Mossie, Superfreighter, HP Dart herald , Westland Whirlwind... Thanks for looking All the best Chris