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  1. I was born in February 1954, 11 days before the first Swift F.1 entered service with 56 Sqn. Much has been written about the Swift, a lot of it not terribly complimentary and it did have a number of flaws that made it unsuitable as an interceptor. The F.1 lacked manoeuvrability at the altitudes it was expected to fight at. Handling was made even worse by the insistence by the RAF on a four gun armament in the F.2. Low speed handling when landing was poor and there were issues around its ease of maintenance. The F.2 entered service in August 1954 and that is what i am intending to build. The F.1 and 2 were withdrawn in March 1955 and any effort to turn the Swift into a useable fighter were abandoned, despite the appearance of the F.4 that addressed a lot of the shortcomings of the Swift. However, all was not lost as the Swifts low level performance was good and it was solidly built. This made it a suitable replacement for the Meteor FR9 in the fighter reconnaissance role which it fulfilled with 2 and 79 Sqns in RAF Germany as the FR5, the subject of the RAF 1/72nd scale kit I built an F.2 about 32 years ago by carving up the Pegasus 1/72nd FR5 kit (the plastic was that thick!), but the model was damaged beyond repair in a house move and so the arrival of the Airfix kit and the Freightdog conversion set enabled me to think about building another one. This Group Build has spurred me to take the kits out of the stash and get them built. The two reference books shown give, in my opinion, a fairly balanced view of the life and times of the Swift and I am eager to start.
  2. Hello folks, Here's my entry into this Group Build and I'm quite excited about it too as I'll explain later! I had planned to make an English Electric Lightning, specifically XR720 which flew a few days before my birthday in 1964. XR720 is an F.3 which would mean converting the Airfix 1/72nd kit using the Alley Cat conversion, then the reality of my situation hit. I am a very slow modeller, mostly because I have lots going on in my life but mainly because I only have a small window of opportunity to do some modelling anyway! Many of you will know that this man in his fifties is studying part time for a degree, fitting it in with work and the aforementioned lots going on in my life, taking on a conversion probably wouldn't be the wisest of things and probably wouldn't get finished before I have to recommence studies. Therefore, something OOB was called for. Fortunately, the long announced CMK/Special Hobby 1/72nd Dassault SMB.2 Super Mystère has finally, after what seems like an incredibly long wait (accompanied by lots of teasing glimpses of progress), has been released! I was very excited when this was announced, the Super Mystère has long been a favourite of mine, really since seeing a picture of the EC.1/12 Tiger Meet aircraft in 1972, it's a classic Cold War jet and as it's French, it has a certain je ne sais quoi. The Airfix kit from the early 70's is a nice kit but isn't up to today's standards, the more recent AZ kit has some shape errors so when this kit was announced I was very pleased indeed! It certainly looks in the box, to be the definitive SMB.2 in this scale! This would be my OOB subject. Although the kit has been manufactured by Special Hobby, French concern Azur got first dibs on the releases, this is the "Early" boxing and features NMF subjects, the "Late" boxing features camouflaged aircraft. AFAIK, the kit contents are the same. Unfortunately, none of the subjects in the box were from the year I was born. Fortunately, I've got plenty of decals from Berna Decals which include some other options. Berna Decal sheet BD72-78 features three aircraft one of which is No.151/12-YN from EC.1/12 at Cambrai in 1967... ...not 1964, curses! Searching through the excellent EM37 book on the Super Mystère, it lists the histories of every single aircraft which shows that No.151 was delivered to EC.1/12 on 01/08/63 after its first Major maintenance at Dassualt, it stayed with the unit 12/09/67 when it went to IAI at Lod for its second Major maintenance. Therefore the aircraft was on the unit strength during 1964! Hurrah!! So to cut a long story short, my subject will be Super Mystère No.151/12-YN, from EC.1/12, based at Cambrai in 1964.
  3. Here's my entry over on the B-17 STGB. Based on the academy B-17E Boxing to obtain the correct nose side glazing, realised I had to add an astrodome as well. 'Kitsworld' decals were used, but I did a bit of research and came up with photo's showing 'Hettie' with no upper turret and upper scheme extending over the cowlings, also a different spacing and layout of the Codes. It also seems as if the leading edges of the main-wings/tail weren't black. Anyway, this is my interpretation and I'm sticking to it! The decals, by the way, went on really well and reacted well to Micro Set/Sol. Paint was Ultimate White Primer, then Vallejo ModelAir RLM21 white. Xtracrylics were used for the EDSG/Dark Slate Grey upperworks. The excessive main-wing dihedral was an easy fix with 15 thou plasticard shimming, attaching the bottom halves first there was no gap on the bottom, just the top to fill in a bit. I didn't improve or correct the air/oil cooler intakes, apologies to the B-17 Buffs out there. I used QuickBoost cowlings and engines, not sure if the cowlings were much better than the kit parts, but the engines looked better. As I ruined the Pavla Vacformed nose piece I had, which fitted not to bad, I ended up using a nose glazing out of the Revell kit, which isn't the same shape towards the bottom, but it'll do until I come up with something else, or fair-in the academy nose to suit! These close ups show loads of faults! When using a toothpick to clean up the paint leakage onto the windows the rear most one was pushed in, so I just left it! I may obtain some crystal clear and try that next time. As usual (for me!) a bit rushed at the end due to my impatience, but I'm overall fairly pleased with the result and in terms of hours wasn't a long build, just felt like it! Comments and Critique welcome. Davey.
  4. Ok, don't know if I'll get this done as I'm having a bit of 'modellers block' (see 'Butterworth Blenheim' in the Pacific at War GB). Sprue shots show wing parts, fuselage removed just to test fit. I'm doing Kitsworld's 'Hekla Hettie', an early 'F' model, so using the 'E' as a basis as this has the correct forward fuselage side glazing. I have QB paddle blades, engines and cowlings (apparently the kit parts aren't that good), Falcon clear parts for the frameless nose glazing, don't know how much I'll use of the Eduard Etch I'll use as I'm late into this! Davey.
  5. I've just finished this over on the 'Pacific war' GB, build thread can be seen there. I basically built it out of the box, only 'extras' were Tamiya Tape seat belts. I built up both fuselage half parts, complete with glazing, before joining them together, made the joining of the main wing a little harder but worked out OK. Airbrushed with Vallejo 'ModelAir' paints, Black was 'Ultimate' Black Primer, Alclad Gloss Varnish with Vallejo Matt Varnish. Uschi thread for aerial wire. Finished in the kit option of Sqn Leader Arthur Scarf VC's aircraft, based in Butterworth at the outbreak of the Japanese invasion in 1941. All criticism welcome. Davey.
  6. Recently finished after a very long time on the shelf of doom. This one caused me a few problems and after a nasty incident with some defective paint, lingered without being finished for quite a while. I decided I would try to get it finished off today to make room for something else. The downside to the Fujimi Phantom is the complete lack of detail in the intakes but now that the Airfix kit is out, British Phantom lovers are well catered for. Other than the paint disaster, the kit was generally pretty good and fitted together quite well. I had some issues with the cockpit (my aftermarket bang seats were too big and needed a lot of fettling) and this ultimately led to the canopy not fitting perfectly as some of the more observant of you may notice! The only other issue I had was the lack of sidewinder pylons as these aren't supplied in this boxing unfortunately. Maybe I'll get round to scratch buiding some eventually but I doubt it! Anyway, on to the photos. Apologies for the poor quality as I rushed to take a couple of snaps before the light faded... Cheers for looking, GJ
  7. A model from 2 years ago. Civil aviation once had the very democratic dream of providing everyone with a personal plane, as it was happening then with cars. It didn't do it off the goodness of its heart, let's be frank, it wanted to create a market -already filled with home appliances and such-. The dream (sorry, can't help it) never "took off". But the trend spawned a legacy of "flivver", "personal" planes, though, that make the delights of some modelers (I have built a few). Besides the floppy beginnings of the aeronautic endeavors of the Ford company and the later success of the -copied shamelessly from Fokker and Junkers- trimotor transports, the company turned its attention to the personal market. The glossed-over figure of -ideologically very dubious- Henry Ford merits no further mention in this article, but let's start by saying that as the result of that directive Otto Koppen designed the Flivver in 1926, which was reputedly an original idea of William Stout, in charge then of the company's aviation program. The diminutive Flivver had an Anzani of 35 hp engine, a wooden airscrew, a wide landing gear track, Gottingen 387 airfoil, and a span of 22 ft. The Flivver came in two flavors: the first one, with an Anzani 3-cylinder engine, no dihedral and no braces, and the second one with a 2-cylinder engine, dihedral, inverted wing bracing, different tail and inset ailerons. Many other differences apply. The first Flivver was modified a number of times (shorter ailerons, for example) and photos show changes in the engine cowling, upper fuselage and instrument panel. As usual, if you want to build one, check your photos and written references. Since no manufacturer wanted to kit it in 1/72 due surely to its limited bombing capacities, I decided to scratchbuild it (there is a William Bros. injected kit issued in 1/48, many times mistakenly stated as 1/72 due to its small size). This very little model has a chubby and cutely stumpy appearance, and it wouldn't have been out of place in the comics and cartoons of the 20s and 30s. Its stance is proud, and you expect it to walk away swinging that wing to one side and the other on its short lading gear legs. An old Aeroclub prop was used (thanks, caballero Armando!) and the adapted cylinders came originally from Matías Hagen (gracias, Mati!). No decals for this one, since I will depict the model unmarked as it appears in trial photos with a particular prop, spoke wheels and a shorter engine cowl (and in Flight magazine, Feb. 17 1927). As explained above, the plane was modified many times, and decorations and details vary. The Flivver is reproduced here as it appears in photos in what seems early test flights. No markings and a different fuselage top and nose than in later modifications. Photos show a spoke wheel -this model- and covered wheels -my other 1/100 model-. The finding of the photos with the absence of markings was a blessing for me, since I did not want to publicize a brand associated with the historically glossed-over figure of Henry, whose discriminatory ideology was extremely questionable in many regards, as articles in his newspaper of the time prove. But since the plane was the product of other minds and hands, and it is a really a cute little thing, I thought it deserved the effort of a scratchbuild, twice! since I made the 1/100 (by mistake) and 1/72 versions. Please don't sneeze. A 1/100 minime: The dreaded bane of small models and parts:
  8. Also from last year, a build that may especially interest the British membership.} This Hart, as all harts do, loved to race. Purchased by Princess Margaret, she entered the plane in the King's Cup race of 1951 (that was cancelled), and after that in other competitions and events, some times in the company of the Hurricane seen also bellow (and that I will post after this one). The opportunity to build this racer came in the form of a set of high-quality decals produced and released by Arctic Decals. The Hawker Hart is from Amodel, and it's typical of their range: reasonably-priced, lots of parts, good detail in their masters, but in general a somewhat indifferent molding creating a bit of flash and occasionally dubious fit, making you perform a thorough cleanup session before starting. But you will get a good model if you do your homework. I have built a number of Amodel kits, showing that ultimately it's a fair deal, as long as you spend some time to get the parts sharp and clean and refine them up for a good fit. Small grumbling aside, you will need of course to de-militarize your Hart. A whole sprue of bombs and similar expendable miscellanea will go the scratchbuilding recycling department to become something better. Then a few external features will have to be modified. There are photos on the Net showing this racer with and without a faired cover for the aft position, so it's up to you. Surely it didn't race with a guy on the back of the pilot, though, so I'll be scratching a cover. The Arctic Decals set and the Amodel kit (there are other 1/72 kits of the Hart, by Airfix, Aeroclub and Kora, and the latter has also resin sets for it) is as usual excellent. (Fire engine is a commercial item) (fueling truck is scratch-built and was posted some time ago here at Britmodeller) With the Hurricane it many times shared the field (also purchased by Princess Margaret):
  9. From two years ago, an unlikely racer. A little divertimento based on an affordable and readily available kit, with a twist. I found a brief article on the issue #5 of The Aviation Historian magazine on this little racer that participated in the 1921 Aerial Derby in England, with even a drawing of the scheme it had at the time. How could one resist! The Airfix Pup is surprisingly detailed for a 1973 kit and although far from perfect, it's an encouraging starting point. Decals came from Arctic Decals in Finland. New tricks for an old dog.
  10. A simple vacuum-formed model from Execuform. This is again for a friend, since my interest on the type is less than nihil. It is posted so it can hopefully encourage those having vac kits and not quite gathering momentum to start one. It's easy, as you will see. I agreed to build it under the condition that it will be completed on a civil paint scheme. Not like this one below, but in a simpler scheme (it gives an idea of the type, though): From Wikipedia: This was surely a vintage edition, since it has white metal parts: Contents of the kit's bag: The white metal accessories: The very simple parts, an Execuform trade mark: And what pilots and modelers like: redundancy! Several canopies vacuformed in thin very clear plastic: In this mold, parts are marked and cut from the back of the sheet, where the parting line is clear: Parts off the backing sheet with no effort: The nice (for the time) white metal parts: The engine even has the cylinder exhaust stacks: All parts free en ready for some little surface detail (there is a plan with the kit, and you have to engrave everything regarding surface detail, even ailerons, flaps, rudder and elevator lines:
  11. Hello Everybody ... Thought I would pop in and build Revell’s Hurricane IIB as a lend-lease to the Soviet Union. I plan on doing this one in winter distemper over the RAF colors. It should look like this if I succeed. The upper profile is something like what im going for. Though to be honest the Artillery spotting two seater is making me consider that option as well. Anyone have any info on the Two seater that might sway me ? Specifically looking for a line drawing or interior photos of the rear observers seat? Also Im looking for any info concerning the RS-82 rockets seen on the white-washed hurricane ? Work wont start for about a week. Im still involved in 4 other group builds with 5 aircraft currently. A couple of those will be done in the next week so that will free up the time needed. My thanks to the Host(s) for letting me join. Questions, comments, or jokes ? Dennis
  12. Hello all ... This is going to be my entry in this build. I will be using the Academy P-47D Razorback kit. The Checker-tail clan boxing. I will be doing it as war weary hack in the markings of the 356th Fg. Circa August/Sept. 1944. I will add photo’s of the sprue shots. Dennis
  13. Gonna have a bash at the only 1/72nd Phantom I have in the stash. Going to need some surgery on the tail fin as it has the RWR moulding but hopefully should manage. Being an FG.1 it has slotted tail-planes, not sure if this is correct, hard to tell in photo's of the actual aircraft, but don't have a choice in the kit, and I'm not all that bothered! A first for me, going to be 'in-flight, so have purchased some PJ Productions crew, and some better looking Eduard Sidewinders, I believe these are externally the same as the 9G carried by RAF aircraft of the period? Someone will correct me I'm sure! Had the all clear by Col. for the markings being used, would probably be correct for the previous year when the squadron formed up .
  14. Hello everybody ... I finished this earlier this week. Its an Eduard Dr.1 Fokker Tri-plane. No its not Red but it is a Von Richthofen ! Lothar’s to be exact. This was built for the Eleventh hour group build. And one with my 1st ever Bi-plane a sopwith camel. Questions, comments, or jokes ? Please feel free to say anything. Heres a link to the build. Dennis
  15. Here's my build from the 'P-51D dedicated GB', build thread over there, but not much to say or see really. Only my second new tool Airfix I've done and it is a cracking little kit, perfect Mojo restorer if needed! Only problem was the un-usable Aerial mast, which I did a couple of attempts at scratching it, turned a little too short and is leaning rearwards for some reason, but I'm just gonna leave it. Used the markings from the Xtradecal sheet X72228, for a 3 Sqn RAAF machine, KH716 CV-P based in Italy 1945. Paint was AK Interactive 'Extreme Metal' Aluminium, airbrushed with no issues straight from the bottle. Rest was done with Vallejo and Humbrol Acrylics. A bit of Vallejo Satin Varnish was used to dull the gloss of the decals down a bit and randomly brushed on over the airframe to try to vary the finish. A light weathering was dry-brushed on, the 'chipping/faded' effect on the anti-dazzle panel was to hide my mistake fuselage join!
  16. Other model and only one finished in 2017. Fw 190D-9, W. Nr. 211925, "Blue 1 + —", 8./JG6, May 1945
  17. Before de Gaulle withdrew France from NATO's integrated military command structure in June 1966, France had committed assets to bases in Germany such as Lahr, just over the French-German border and in the early 1960's this included F-100's of EC.2/3 "Champagne". I'm hoping to replicate one of these aircraft using a combination of the ESCI 1/72nd F-100D from many moons ago and finally extracted from the stash, Berna decals will provide the markings and in a bit of prior planning, I've got the Aires resin cockpit, wheels and jet-pipe (the kit original being very shallow and superficial). Here's the goodies with a couple of book references, fortunately the F-100 is well served with on-line references too. The observant among you will see there are two kits in the box, one of them has had one set of wings hacked about to drop the slats as commonly seen on F-100's when parked up, really I should also drop the flaps to match. I'm not sure if I'm brave enough to persist with this approach, time will tell.
  18. The Vuia I, another machine of the pioneer period from Rumania, built -as the rest of this series- some time ago. Hope fellow BModellers are enjoying this "pioneers" thread. A kit sold at a Romanian museum were the replica is, that has its shortcomings too, thus requiring replacements and scrathbuilding to render a decent result. The flying surfaces, as presented in the kit, are not realistic at all and were replaced; besides the wing being not totally accurate. Some photoetched items were again not accurate or two bi-dimensional and were replaced too. A "stitching" seam was created using "stitches" from an aftermarket detail set. The wing in the original plane was held in place by two structural members on top of it, and other two under it; the latter absent from the kit. Bear in mind that this machine was modified a number of times and the kit describes a particular one (although in general and vague terms and not accurately). So here is yet another pterodactyl (or Archaeopterix Styrenoides):
  19. A few years ago when contemplating getting back into modelling, after being asked what I fancied for Christmas off my youngest daughter, I received the then newish tooling of the Revell 1/72nd merlin powered Halifax. I read about the shortcomings in the engine department but wasn't too bothered, but saw an AML upgrade set cheapish on a well known auction site so bought that. I'm going to do one of the decal options in the AML set, L9613. I noted having to open the large side windows and filling in some of the small round windows, but also there is a square side window behind the triangular one on the starboard side nose, a mirror of the port side. The kit does not have this option, but it's no great hardship to do the opening. However, I've trawled the internet and cannot find a single photo of an early Halifax with this other square window on the starboard side, just the port side, as per the kit. The only photo I came across of L9613 is of the port side. Is this an error in the AML drawings? The other decal option, BB340, has the same extra square window. Just out of interest I looked through the Xtradecal sheets and the only aircraft with this starboard side square nose window was a B Mk 1 special. Can anyone help? Was this a feature on some early Halifax's? Normally I would have probably built it as per the kit, but want to 'get it right', well, as much as possible. Sorry for the long post for a simple question. Davey.
  20. As I'm back from my holidays I suppose I'd better register my entry for this GB. My plan is to use Tamiya's 1/72nd Bubbletop to reproduce a post-war French P-47D-30-RE of the 3ème Esc de Chasse based at Trèves near Lyon in 1946. It's an NMF aircraft with a black stripe along the fuselage and stripes on the wings, I'll be using Model Art decal sheet 72-042 although I'm going to have to paint the pesky stripes... ...have to give that some thought I'll post pictures at the weekend once I've got myself sorted out.
  21. JPuente54

    New P-61C here!

    I was just perusing the Squadron Mail Order website and discovered that the HobbyBoss 1/72nd scale P-61C is now available. Squadron has it priced at $30.99USD; your mileage may vary. @72modeler, you may like this; you have told me that you prefer the 0.50 cal. turreted versions. The painting indicates an intake of some sort under the cowlings. This looks good; I believe that HobbyBoss intends to release the entire series of P-61s. Joe
  22. Do I recall correctly or did I dream it, but has somebody done some intake internals in resin for the Revell 1/72nd Hawker Hunter? Last Hunter I made some out of plastic card but I wasn't totally happy with the result. Any help gratefully received.
  23. Decided to join this GB with (hopefully) a simple build to start with, Sword's 1/72nd Seafire Mk.XV. Just one sprue of grey plastic parts with one small clear and PUR exhausts and cannons. Going to do the NAS 806 Aussie Tour version, everything out the box as they say.
  24. Hey everyone, I just got the Winter 2018 ad flyer from Squadron Mail Order, www.squadron.com, a couple of days ago. When I first glanced through it; I noticed the new HobbyBoss P-61 was being offered. I just took it for the P-61A; as it had been reviewed by Hyperscale a few weeks before(and I had mentioned it in a thread about the P-61B started by 72modeler). When I started to look through the flyer more thoroughly; I discovered that SMO has both of the HobbyBoss P-61s: P-61A and P-61B. The kit numbers(Squadron's/HB's) are HY87261 and HY87262 respectively. The P-61B is also under the "Easy Assembly" series. The illustration shows two(2) schemes(as for the P-61A) for the 'B', both in Jet Black. One is for the 547th Night Fighter Squadron, "Swing Shift Skipper"; the other is for the 6th Night Fighter Squadron, "Sleepy Time Gal II". I have not seen either kit "in the flesh". As HobbyBoss most likely is using many of the same parts for both kits(why not? Northup did.); the P-61B will have some of the same inaccuracies as the P-61A(which the Hyperscale reviewer stated were minor). I haven't seen reviewed yet on any other forum. Squadron's price is normally $37.99USD; it is sale priced at: $30.99USD. For my fellow BM members living outside the USA, your mileage will vary. Sorry, I meant to indicate that the price of $30.99USD is for both kits. Joe
  25. Hi, guys, I just got an email from Airfix for their new Folland Gnat T.1, kit No. A02105. They offer 2 sets of markings, one for No. 4 Flying Training School in Wales, 1970. The other is for OSCAR EW-5894 of the USS Essess. In case you don't remember the latter; it's the "Aircraft Carrier" from the movie "Hot Shots", released in 1991. Someone at Airfix does have a sense of humor. No doubt markings for other users will be released in the coming weeks. Joe
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