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  1. Hi everyone, Here it is...my first ever build. When I say first ever, I really mean my first ever plastic kit build of any type. As this is the case, I'm expecting lots of critiquing, but this is exactly what I want!!! Fire away! It is the easy assembly Hobby Boss 1/72 Mig 3. I attempted the white colour scheme for the first time build. Crazy right? For the light blue underside I used a brush and for the white I used a spray can. I used a white primer for the whole thing and also added a couple layers of varnish at the end. What I learnt during the process of my first ever build: 1. Canopies are a b*tch. 2. Long, big decals like the red arrow are a b*tch. 3. Painting is really hard to get right, but is enjoyable. 5. Getting the wheels into position is frustrating. 4. Keep cats out of the workshop. 5. I want to do more more more!!! Here it is:
  2. Here's what I hope to build: It's the Profipack boxing of Eduard's F6F-3 Hellcat. By all accounts it is an excellent kit and those I know of who have built it have been very positive about it so I'm looking forward to seeing how it goes for me. I also have the F6F-5 Profipack as well so if this one goes according to plan I might sneak a second build in before mid-July Here are the box contents; instructions and transfers: ... the sprues: ... and the clear parts, etched frets and mask set: I'll sort my paints out presently. There are a lot of alternate parts provided including engine cowlings, tyres and weapons loadouts so I'll need to follow the instructions carefully and watch my step. There are five markings options provided but obviously I will be building Lt Richard Stambook's aircraft based on the USS Princeton because it has a shark-mouth. It was sunk with the Princeton on 24th October 1944. Dick Stambook, a double ace who had previously flown the Douglas Dauntless and the Grumman Wildcat in combat, survived the war and ended his US Navy career with the rank of Lieutenant Commander. He died in 2000. Cheers, Stew
  3. My Fulmar is at the 'waiting for the Future to dry before putting om the transfers' stage so it's time to start another kit. I've decided to make the recent Airfix F4F/ Wildcat/ Martlet. The obligatory box-top photograph: I think Airfix box-art is really good at the moment. The sprues: The bottom sprue is unique to the Martlet. I actually made a start on this the other day, here's the cockpit bits after a coat of Humbrol 226 and a gouache/water/Future wash: and the wheelwell bulkhead after a coat of Colourcoats Sky and the same wash: (I suspect that the wheelwells were aluminium, at least they are on the photographs I've found, but I believe that the FAA liked to paint things the underside colour.) Airfix tell you to remove these lumps: So I did: Next up is the undercarriage; I need to decide what colour to paint it, Airfix would have it painted satin black and Sky but I think it'll be Sky and chrome (for the slidey bits). Thanks for looking.
  4. So as the two current builds reach the painting and waiting phase, I've moved on to the next attempt in stash reduction. Now, biplanes have always presented me with a bit of a problem, I've always struggled to get that top wing balancing properly and sturdily enough. So what better way to face this fear than to attempt building one a few most of those present in my stash. Since four are matchbox, I know from my previous fury build that someone's actually thought construction through and the central struts will be well placed and held be other parts. Since the others are Airfix and Frogspawn, I may have more trouble later... So what kits are making an appearance? The first is part of the reason for the build, pulled down of the dread SoD after taking flight and various delicate parts snapping, one Hawker Demon. Next, the Frogspawn. A Blackburn Shark Mk.II Then the second Airfix kit and first Matchbox. A Bristol Bulldog and Armstrong Whitworth Siskin. One Matchbox Gloster Gladiator with a bit of AM.... And finally, Matchbox's Supermarine Walrus. There's also a Matchbox Stranraer in the wings, but she will appear later in the thread.
  5. Strangeways

    Flying Billboard

    From the Tasman boxing of the old Heller kit. Neon letters/frames were supplied as 3D-printed parts. The kit itself was moulded in really soft, white plastic with lots of warpage so it needed a bit of work. I also replaced the fuselage windows with acetate. Decals from the kit.
  6. Hello all! I have just had plenty of fun building the Airfix 1/72 Fokker Friendship. The Friendship was the first model I ever had, but it was the old Revell box-scale one. I was so impatient to build it I used sellotape - I did not know you needed glue! Well, I was only 6 at the time... Just before Christmas last year I treated myself to 9 ancient kits from KingKit, and this was one of them. I was quite surprised at the surface detailing (no knowledge of accuracy but the raised lines were very fine and no sign of the rivets Airfix became famous for). The cockpit had quite a bit in it - no inbuilt slab and stick a pilot in here but it had floor, seats, control columns and console and all. I added some tape belts and left the improvement at that. The fuselage sides were warped but went together with a bit of persuasion, as did the wings. I fitted the cockpit glass but left out the cabin windows, used rolled up paper pushed through the fuselage from one side to the other to mask them off then used some florist wire through two of the tubes and then bent to rest in holes drilled in my spray board to act as a stand for when I sprayed the plane. I used rattle cans, white primer then gloss white, then removed the tubes, masked up the white paint with tape and greetings card cellophane wrapping and used Tamiya for the silver and the grey for the wings. I masked off for the black de-icing boots and anti-glare panel. Decals were pretty good, but I did find that the cutouts for the windows did not align with the windows themselves so a little retouching on the paintwork was needed. Once all the transfers were on and sealed with satin varnish, I filled the cabin window voids with Clearfix, that dried crystal clear but I did find it awkward as the Clearfix 'strung' badly and often flopped back onto the fuselage but cleaned up with water and a cotton bud. The wings, fuselage and props went on next and the plane was done. The props! Five paints and 16 transfers in total for the two of them. Thankfully I had put enough weight into the nose (aquatic plant weights - really soft malleable stuff but great for this), but it was the nose that caused the most problems. It took a lot of filling to get it remotely respectable as it does not follow the contours of the main body. The transfers were nicely gloss and settled well over the panel lines, and seemed quite opaque. They were reluctant to release from the backing paper even with boiling water - they needed to soak for about five minutes each. It is possible that I stretched them while trying to remove them but I don't think so. Overall I thoroughly enjoyed building this. Afterwards I found on the internet all sorts of ways of improving the model, the most noticeable being the fin fillet, cutting out the missing cabin windows, detailing the undercarriage and opening up the exhausts. Never mind, this is now officially an out of the box build, except the belts! I still have two of the three options on the transfer sheet available, Turk Hava Yollari (Turkish Airlines) and Nederlandse Luchtvaart Maatschappij (Fokker Heritage Flight). Thanks for looking, Ray
  7. A little Luftwaffe '46 for today, the very nice Revell 1/72 Focke Wulf Flitzer. Believe it or not this aircraft actually made it to the wooden mock up stage, but never progressed further. I've equipped mine with a pair of 21cm mortar tubes from a 262 and two X-4 wire guided air to air missiles as a bomber destroyer. The little tractor is from Academy and the base was made from scrap plastic and the base of an old trophy.
  8. charlie_c67

    T.10 Chipmunk

    So with the Matchbox GB drawing to a close, and my theme for the year being to try and only do RAF schemes in its anniversary year, what else could I enter but the ubiquitous Chipmunk? From a molding that's a year shy of half the age of the service itself, I give you the Airfix version of this beastie. Not many parts, a simple scheme, hopefully I'll whizz through and get her finished fairly quickly. There's plenty of flash unsurprisingly, but life has been made infinitely easier by the use of this implement... Not only does it remove flash and mouldlines with great ease, but it also allows you to level areas off with a step that shouldn't be there. Suffice to say, things have moved fast and are as shown below. This build will be basic, though the occasional improvement gleaned from Fritags superb build will be included, though unlikely up to his level of expertise!
  9. Hornby just charged me for my pre-order on the new 1/72 Phantom FG.1 so these should start showing up in people's mailboxes and in stores soon. I can't wait to get mine; I ordered 5 to get free shipping to the US.
  10. On we go with the RAF Cold War jets; hot on the heals of the Sabre comes this tiny Vampire FB.5 from Heller. On opening the box I was pleasantly surprised by its neatness and simplicity - though I bet this is actually a harder kit to build well than it looks! Could be interesting getting the booms straight and finding enough space in that tiny nose for enough weight! Here is the obligatory opening shot. I'm undecided on the decals. I'd like to build the kit option OOB, but the decals look quite old, and I understand that the shark's mouth should actually be black inside with a red trim, does anyone know if that's correct? I've also read that this particular aircraft didn't even carry the mouth, or if so then just for a few days!? Again, any information would be welcome. In the meantime I'm going to consider some alternate markings in case I don't go with the kit ones.
  11. While plugging away on other recent bigger projects, I've been spending some time working on an old 1/72 scale Monogram P-36. I thought it might be interesting to not just mention that aircraft, but some of the other, related builds done with the same kit over the years. I'll begin with a plain old out-of-the-box, kit decals and no-mods build I did many years ago. Out of the box, you actually get a P-36C. Mine looks like this, I think, painted with Metallizer, but I can't remember for sure: There you go, just a clean, simple out-of-the-box build. Of course, there are other things you can do with the kit. With a little hacking and slashing and a little plastic card, you can make a passable XP-40 from it. Mine was also done eons ago, with spare bin decals and Floquil Old Silver, as was the standard in those days. Also fairly standard back then, was that when you had chopped and sanded a conversion to the death, you normally didn't bother with re-scribing lines, etc. That is a more modern convention. Anyway, here's my old P-36 conversion to an XP-40, done much the same way that Curtiss did on the real thing: She's not all high-tech and modern, but I'm proud to have her in the collection. Speaking of High-tech and modern, here's my newest addition. By dint of removing the wing guns and filling in the ejector chutes (and leaving off the cartridge collector boxes), and adding a different style antenna, you can come up with a P-36A version out of the same box. Mine is painted with MM enamels, and Alclad II metallic and gold colors. Various stripes are decals from the spares box. I have added the Starfighter P-36 upgrade, featuring engine, cockpit and wheel wells. I have also opened the cowl flaps, which ended up being such a major work that I wish I had documented it! Done in the markings of the 18 Pursuit from Hawaii, I used two sets of kit decals to make the numbers and letters, adding an extra leg to the "P" to get an "R" for instance. The unit emblem was from a Starfighter I think P-12E set of decals IIRC. Anyway, here's my high-tech and modern P-36A: Please forgive the variations in pictures, as I am experimenting with the camera... And, finally, all three together: See boys and girls, what fun you can have with a few boxes of P-36 on a rainy day? Ed
  12. Lord Riot

    F-111E and F

    I've recently acquired a bargain Airfix F-111E kit and was wondering if anyone could answer either of the following? If I make the E version OOB, are there any decals with the UH tail code and serial in black? (those in the kit are white). or What would I need to change externally on this kit to make it look like a Lakenheath F-111F? ie what's the difference between an E and an F, visually?
  13. 72modeler

    Hobbyboss P-61B overview

    I'm back! I meant to post these observations when I got the kit two weeks ago, but some nasty hacker program had blocked my ip address- it took Mike's help (Thanks, Admin Mike!) and a relay from two modeling buddies (Thanks, Mike E and BR!) to get me back online, so here are some quick observations after opening the box and actually handling the plastic: Hobbyboss 1/72 P-61B kit 87262 markings choices are 42-39440 "Swing Shift Skipper" and 42-39414 "Sleepy Time Gal II" HB did mold a new sprue with the upper fuselage/wings that is not the same one that comes in their P-61A kit. It does have the opening for the dorsal turret, and it does have the correct upper fuselage contours, with the swelling around the turret base! Yesss! The dorsal turret looks very good, and the shape looks just about right. HB also has the longer nose of the P-61B in the form of a new radome/nose cap. Unlike the P-61A’s, which had two identical size fairing doors that enclosed the landing gear which were both open when the gear was extended, the P-61B/C used fairing doors that were not identical, as the main fairing doors were closed when the landing gear was extended, with only a small one-piece fairing door being open, much like the one on the B-25. Hobbyboss did not pick up on this fact and the kit has identically shaped fairing doors. The Frog and Airfix P-61B kits got this detail right; the Airfix and Frog kits had the small fairing door as a separate piece, with the remaining doors being cemented shut. On the Hobbyboss kit, the small strut door sections would need to be cut from each of the large fairing doors and cemented together, then cement the large fairing doors in the closed position. It’s a shame Hobbyboss missed this, as all of the nice detailing on the fairing door interiors is wasted, as the doors need to be closed on the ground. Maybe one of the aftermarket suppliers will make a set of correct strut and fairing doors. So, that being said, it looks like Hobbyboss is to be commended for making the parts needed to make an accurate P-61B; the mistake on the proper main landing gear doors, while disappointing, is a pretty easy fix. I can't wait to see if they get the props, cowlings, airscoops and exhausts right for the P-61C that they have announced; also wondering if they will get the spoilers/speed brakes right, as IIRC, the ones on the P-61C were not the same as those on the earlier variants. (Glad I kept my resin F-15/XP-61E conversion bits!) Hope this helps! Mike
  14. Beard

    Smer Tempest V

    I'm going to attempt to build the Smer (ex-Heller?) kit. I've got four Academy Tempest, which appear to be based on this one, in the stash but they're destined to be converted into MkVIs so it's this one (raised panel lines and and all). The sprues: The decals: (Not sure I'll be using the codes.) I've made a start painting bits and pieces. The wheelwells got a coat of Tamiya Flat Aluminium: as did the undercarriage doors: Thanks for looking.
  15. Hi Guys, This is a subject that has appeared more by accident than by design. A recent and out-of-the-blue PM from a BM’er, offered me a 1/72 Airfix Buccaneer kit with resin bits to build up. Needless to say, I accepted his offer and here it is…partially started. This will be a relatively slow build that will done during lunchtime at work The parts supplied look like they’re from an early and later boxing of the Airfix kit, kit decal set and a pile of smaller stuff, some of it resin. Here we have the fuselage halves; the lower half is fitted with a resin bomb bay that is screaming for something to put in it. Wheel wells are looking a bit anemic and will need to be detailed a little. The upper fuselage contains something that is meant to resemble a cockpit but is way out. and when you’ve got a nice pair of MB resin ejection seats, it’s a must to do the cockpit and will be a mixture of scratch and decals. There is a resin tail plane and a vacform canopy included; wonder if these are corrections? The pitot tube is already fitted, the refuelling probe is ‘pants’ and as already discussed, these parts will most probably be replaced. The undercarriage looks basic and will get some attention. Q1: With the bomb bay exposed, can I still build an S.2D and if so what can I hang in there as I have a number of bombs? Q2: I have been informed that the bomb bay should have some kind of 'fairing' to aid airflow when open? First things to do: As always, the cockpit, especially when you’ve got a pair of resin MB ejection seats. Add detail to anemic wheel wells. Get data on tail plane and canopy Purchase probe/ pitot set. Fiddle away at undercarriage. So until the next update, it's over to you guys. Regards, Stuart
  16. 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
  17. Hey guys and gals I started with the Fw night fighter. First try for a mottle sheme, so lets go. Started with painting the interior. Revell provides nice detail here and I think it looks pretty nice. Gr TC
  18. Roger Newsome

    Whitley MK.V

    This will be my “on leave” project. I'm not sure if four weeks will be long enough to complete it but we'll see. I grew up only a couple of miles from RAF Leeming at Exelby, the crabs among you will probably know it, so a Leeming aircraft had to go in my cabinet at some point. Ive done quite a bit of reading recently about 4 & 6 Groups. One of the books being “The Whitley Boys”. A particularly poignant part for me is where the author says on arrival at Leeming from Dishforth 10 Sqn. quickly adopted the Green Dragon in Bedale as their local, the pub where I spent probably too much of my own leave but where I met my wife. This will be my tribute to the young men who served at RAF Leeming and especially those that never returned for a pint in “The Dragon”.
  19. zegeye

    B-25 H Mitchel

    Hello, my entry is an old Italeri model which isn't new. This is dismantled and cleaned piece, which I saved from my friend's trash. I have some aftermarkets for it. The main aftermarkets (I'm waiting for them, but they will come) are resine engines and cowlings from qickboost. If I succeed it will be this little gem:
  20. 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
  21. The other night I finished my Italeri Sunderland which has been on the stocks since February - thus messing up my plan of a model per month for 2018. There has been some (a lot of) frustration along the way. If you'd like to read more about how I built the kit please see my article in this issue (pages 31-33) of our group newsletter. I assume early war bombs were painted in an early "its health and safety gone mad" bit of bureaucratic nonsense - bombs are dangerous so paint them yellow? A good portion of a tube of Squadron Green was used up on the plane, trying to level out the nose in front of the cockpit and even worse on top of the wings. The mainplanes are 1-2mm thicker than the stubs on the fuselage, so the filler was slathered on, for some reason I forgot to tape off the good side of the joints to ease clean up. Oh well. The top and bottom half of the wings weren't the same chord either so brute force was used! I didn't recall ever using such brutal methods when I read about them on Britmodeller, but obviously I had previously attacked models with this file as there was a goodly amount of squadron green on it... Another niggle was that the guy who did the panel trenching on one side of the aircraft was very heavy handed, whilst somebody else with a much lighter touch did the other side! Once the camo paint was on I also discovered there are very faint lines where there are mould inserts to change from Mk.I to Mk.III - needless to say I decided fixing these by that time would cause more damage than would be justified, but worth watching out for anyone else - I wonder whether the Mk.III ends up similarly afflicted? Although you get a good selection of decals, Italeri obviously didn't look closely enough at the famous photos of DAG as the code letters should be wider and the tail stripes thicker - at least as an emergency unit level paint job there are no stencils. Overall I'm pleased with the look of the plane, but I think it will be a while before I do another large flying boat. I usually avoid weathering, but I'd like to think I made a reasonable stab at the appallingly dishevelled state of DAG in period photos. I don't know where I'm going to put it now though. My main annoyance was clouting bits of it on the light or whatever in the workshop area, as it takes up so much more space when manoeuvring compared to a 1/72 Spitfire. Cheers Will PS for those concerned about such things I cut the grass tonight!
  22. Hello! Now that I have just about finished building the first subject in my personal 100 Group project, I've decided it's time to move on to the second subject, before I get distracted (say by that B-17 STGB that's coming up later this year). For those that might be interested, here's the Wellington thread: This time I'm tackling Revell's 1/72 Halifax III kit, with the intent of building MZ913 "Jane". This is a not uncommon subject for modellers and appears in many publications; I'm sure the scantily clad lady on the front has nothing to do with that. MZ913 was delivered to 462 Squadron in August 1944, apparently, but other sources indicate that it first flew operationally in January 1945. The intervening period may quite possibly have been taken up with converting the airframe to use the Airborne Cigar (ABC) radar jamming equipment that 462 Sqn operated after it transferred in 100 Group. I've had the pleasure of building the Revell Merlin-engined Halifax kit about six years or so ago, but I can't recall many positive or negative features of the build other than the widely excoriated fat nacelles, which obviously aren't going to be an issue on this Hercules powered bird. In any case, I'm no Halifax expert, and from what I've seen, the final result looks like a Halifax. Building OOB isn't really an option as the ABC apparatus means there are three large aerials on the fuselage, which I'll scratchbuild. Profiles and photos of Jane indicate that a host of other ECM equipment was fitted: Piperack, Carpet, Monica, plus some slightly mysterious (to me) hemispherical bumps on the bomb bay doors, which I've seen described as being for rotating antennae. Decals for the markings and art will come from the DK Decals 100 Group sheet, and I've also acquired an Eduard etch set to jazz up the wheel wells and a few other external areas. I've done virtually no scratch building before, so this might be a bit of an adventure for me. I hope it won't take quite as long as the eighteen month Wellington build, but I know myself too well to believe that I'll be able to focus just on this build for any more than a couple of weeks; it's very likely that I'll put Jane aside now and then to dally with something else. The thread title, by the way, is shamelessly taken from a history of 462 Sqn, though sadly I don't possess a copy. I'm sure it reflects the hopes of the many brave men that flew in Jane. Before I go, let me post some photos of the real thing, both courtesy of the Australian War Memorial. Thanks for reading!
  23. Here are the final pics of my just completed 1/72 scale Hasegawa Marines F-35B. F-35B Build Thread The model is pretty much out of the box, except for the modified horizontal stabilizers and the weapons pod. For details on these, please refer to the build thread. Paints were MM enamels, Alclad II metals and Colourcoats Aircraft Grey FS#36170 -- ACUS41. Can't wait for the Hasegawa F-35C! Ed
  24. bigbadbadge

    Percival Proctor

    Hi all I thought whilst I was posting on the other two aircraft I thought I might as well post on this one. I have got to say I have really enjoyed this one. I added an IP and some seatbelts and have rescribed the panel lines and the propeller is from the spares box with the kit spinner as although the kit was sealed in the poly bag with card header it looks to have come out one of the airholes in the bag. The only problem are with the kit is the main canopy which did not fit at all well and I used some Laser Glaze to complete it. I rubbed off the framework and polished for what seemed like ages but could not get it much better so it will have to do. I am doing the aircraft that comes in the Kit. Thanks for looking All the best Chris
  25. Hi all. I have been away for some time due to some major building work I have been having done and doing myself . This is still ongoing, but now I have modelling time too. I have been busy on this little beauty which is a limited run kit. I have also used the rather nice Marabu photo etch set which is quite comprehensive. The fit is not to bad at all although lots of testing is required along with some fettling. The kits comes with various resin items such as seats although I have used the PE ones, Engines wheels etc. I am doing an overall aluminium painted Royal Navy Oxford II. I am going to finish this and a 1/72 Percival Proctor and Lockheed Ventura that I have on the go and move onto a PRU blue phase with a 1/72 Mossie to test paint techniques and then when I am happy with that a 1/48 PRU Hudson. The Cowlings come in two halves and go together much better than I thought they would and the engines sit on pedestals/mounts made out of sprue. The intakes are resin items which area added to the plastic kit items and look quite good after some fettling. There are no windows in the roof of the aircraft and I pondered this for a while. They are quite a prominent feature so I decided to model them using the chain drilling method. The rears will be done in Crystal Clear, the front ones were cut out and the bit between them was filed down enough to fit some clear sheet and then I made the frame in between flush with some plasticard. I am quite chuffed with this so far. Thanks for looking All the best Chris