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  1. I have a great affection for Russian (or Soviet) civil aircraft and the Tupolev 204 is no exception. Bearing a striking resemblance to the 757 (my girlfriend couldn’t tell the difference), the Tu-204 was poised to replace the Tu-154, but due to political and economic turmoil never became successful as Tupolev’s predecessors (although technically there was nothing wrong with the aircraft) I was planning to build the Rus-air version (also a very nice looking kit), but when Zvezda decided to release the Tu-204, I decided to build that version instead. The kit by Zvezda is great (as always) and comes highly recommended. I wanted to build something else than the Red Wings version (you see that livery on Russian forums everywhere) and since I have never had a livery from South America, this seemed like a good opportunity to build something in the colours of Cubana. The decals come from 8a Decs, with some extra details from the Zvezda decal sheet. The cockpit decals are from PAS. You can find the (Dutch) build report here in case you're interested. My next project will be either the Authentic airliners Convair 990 in the last Spantax livery, or the Rus-Air Antonov 24 in Aeorflot colours if that kit arrives sooner than expected. At any rate, thanks for looking and hopefully see you next time!
  2. I've had a few setbacks over the last few weeks which has affected my modelling mojo considerably, in fact I haven't done any modelling since early June: -a flood, back in June, meant I had to box up all my ongoing builds and store them whilst repairs were done. -my laptop went belly-up, which meant an unexpected and expensive new purchase, so couldn't afford to go to Telford -our TV had a fault and it had to go away for repair. None of these issues were insurmountable but I've been struggling to raise any enthusiasm to dig out my kits again and continue with the builds. I am trying to get back into it but just don't seem to have any interest in my previous work and so I have been looking to do something different, which might kickstart the mojo somewhat. I was impressed by Kevin Aris' large-scale SD-14 card model and thought perhaps I could have a go at something like that. The SD-14 kit is too expensive for me though, so I am going to attempt doing something of my own. The plan will hopefully to build an aircraft carrier. Initial drawings have been done and the first frames have been cut out. These frames are for the bow section and in this area the gap between each frame is 3 feet. At this scale that works out at 6.35mm betwen each frame. This means I need to put spacers in between each frame and the best way (I think) is to separator strips to each piece. This should also help to strengthen each frame piece, which is only 0.5mm thick. The plastic strips have been cut and then glued around the edge of each frame section, plus a strengthener piece down the centre. The first frame has been glued into place. It is not the front frame, but No.8 frame and I placed this one first as it gave me room to place a try square either side to ensure the piece was vertical. All the other frames can be formed around this one. These strips are 5.75mm wide which, when added to the 0.5mm frame piece, gives a frame gap of 6.25mm which is near enough for me. So far so good, the tops of the frames are all to a uniform height, it is just the positions of the separator strips that make it all look uneven. I've just made some more calculations and realise that this is going to take a lot of plastic, which invariably is going to work out quite expensive............. However, I have found an alternative which is to use card from cereal boxes rather than plastic. I know where I can get an endless supply of card like this! All I then need is to strenghten the edges with thin strips of plastic and this will reduce the amount of plastic I need to buy for this project. It doesn't look much at the moment, and working with white plastic is not the best for photographing progress however, this is just a start, and is really just an experiment but, hopefully, it will give me the incentive to get back into building again. cheers Mike
  3. Decals for 1:144 Aircraft F-47D, F-16 & F-14 Shelf Oddity Shelf Oddity are emerging as a leader in decals and parts for 1.144 scale modelling. This set contains decals for the F-47D, F-16 and F-14. As with all Shelf Oddity products all instruction and documentation are available on-line at the website. F-16 Lizard Camo Euro 1 (SO314426) Decals for the short lived Euro 1 or Lizard Scheme applied to early F-16s IIAF F-47D Thunderbolts (SO314424) From this sheet you can decal one of three airframes purchased by Iran in the late 1940s F-47D-30-RA 44-33125, 2-85, 2nd Fighter Regiment IIAF based in Doshan Tappeh near Tehran, Iran 1949 F-47D-30-RA 44-33478, 2-109, 2nd Fighter Regiment IIAF, Iran 1949 F-47D-30-RA 44-33454, 2-54, 2nd Fighter Regiment IIAF, Tehran, Iran 05.1957 F-14A 70's Tophatters (VF-14) (SO314439) These decals are for VF-14 F-14s in the ealry grey over white scheme. Decals are for 4 aircraft; 159011, 159017, 159019, & 159427 Armee De L'Air F-47Ds (SO314433) More thunderbolt decals, this time for those used by the French Air Force. Decals for 4 aircraft; F-47D-30-RA 44-33663, AF-C, GC III/6 Roussillon, Trier, Germany, early 1946 F-47D-28-RE 44-20048, 10-SO, EMCE 3/10, Dijon, France 1951 F-47D-28-RE 44-19679, K, CERAA, Rabat-Salé, Morocco 1952 F-47D-30-RA 44-90024, 20-QA, EC 2/20 Ouarsenis, Boufarik, Algeria 1960 Conclusion Great news for 1:144 scale fans. Plenty of choices in addition to these as I write this, and it should hopefully please a lot of people with really good eyesight.available which should be welcome. Highly recommended. Review samples courtesy of
  4. Hello! This is another of a series of five Beaufighters in 1:144 which I built back in 2016. In this case, it's KW147 of 415th Night Fighter Squadron, 12th Air Force, USAAF, at La Vailon, France in September 1944, one of several British nightfighters transferred to US units while they waited for their P-61s. This is the F-Toys pre-painted semi-assembled kit which I disassembled, had the paint removed and built it almost OOB just adding underside aerials, the underwing pitot and radio wire, filling in the holes for the torpedo and rockets (which the kit would have you add despite being a nightfighter!) and removing an incorrect frame of the rear canopy. The kit was fully painted and varnished with brush and decals came from the kit itself. Thank you for looking and all comments are welcome Miguel
  5. Hello! Here are a pair of Attack 1:144 Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-17Fs ("Fresco C") which I built back in 2014 using a Berna Decals sheet (MiG-17 African Air Forces Pt.1) to represent a couple of rarely seen African countries. I built both kits mostly OOB, without adding any cockpit. I only thinned the guns, added the wing probes from metal wire and added the sway braces for the underwing drop tanks. I also added the radio mast. Both were fully painted and varnished by brush. First up: "Red 43" of the Guinea-Bissau Air Force seen at Bissau IAP in 1991. The second one: BF8401, Burkina Faso Army Aviation, in 1991. As always, thanks for looking and all comments are welcome. Miguel
  6. Hello! Here is my Sweet 1:144 North American P-51C-11-NT Mustang 278/44-10816 "Evalina", with the Imperial Japanese Army Air Force, at Fussa AB, Japan. This ex-26th FS, 51st FG, 14th AF machine flown by Capt. Strawbridge was captured intact in China in 1944. I built this OOB in 2007. It came in a "captured aircraft" (POW) release with decals for German, Japanese, Swedish and Swiss captured or interned aircraft. Sweet's P-51B/C kits are a delight to build. It was fully painted and varnished by brush. Thanks for looking and all comments are welcome Miguel
  7. Here is my Mark I Models 1:144 scale Messerschmitt Bf 109G-1/R6 which I built back in 2016. It represents a machine flown by Horst Carnagico of Stab II./JG5, Luftwaffe, from Alakurrti airfield, Northern Russia, in April 1943. I have some reservations as to if it was indeed a G-1 but I'm going with what the kit says. This was the Eduard kit re-packaged by Mark I Models adding a resin cockpit and several decal options. It was built mostly OOB though I replaced the cannon barrels with thinner ones from metal rod. The kit was fully painted and varnished by brush. Thank you for looking and all comments are welcome as always Miguel
  8. Hello! Here is the other of two kits I completed this past weekend. It's Mark I Models' 1:144 scale Sukhoi Su-7BM "Fitter A" built as 5024, 28th Fighter Bomber Regiment (28. sbolp), Czechoslovak Air Force, at Caslav Air Base, in 1964. This kit was Attack's Su-7B repackaged by Mark I with resin parts added to make a nuclear-armed Su-7BM. Apart from the nuke itself, the resin parts included the fuselage spine ducts and a nose probe. The kit was built mostly OOB with only the missing wingtip probes and some main undercarriage arms added from stretched sprue as on the Su-7B. As with the Su-7B, I replaced the wing guns with thinner ones also from stretched sprue. I also added a missing duct along the port underside, also from stretched sprue. The blister on the top of the nose (for the Su-7B data boom) had to be removed (not mentioned in the instructions) and a side blister for the new nose probe had to be made since it didn't come with the nose data boom as seemed to be indicated in the instructions. The new data boom was slightly bent and I didn't manage to get it straight. When I had completed the kit I discovered that the outer wing pylons shouldn't have been added as these were only used on the later Su-7BMK and retrofitted to Indian AF earlier Fitter As. The instructions were very unclear and/or misleading in various aspects. Although it is doubtful Czechoslovakian AF Fitters ever carried nukes (unlike on the illustration of the card - this was a bagged kit), probably not even training rounds, I put the nuke on this kit in a bit of a "what if" had things turned for the worse. Of the four options in the kit, the only one we could "safely" have carrying the nuke would have been the Soviet machine but I didn't want two Soviet Fitters and the Czech machine had an emblem in the nose making it different and a little more colourful so I took that option. The kit was fully painted and varnished with brush. Thank you for looking and all comments are welcome Miguel
  9. Hello! Here is one of two kits I completed this past weekend. It's Attack's 1:144 scale Sukhoi Su-7B "Fitter A" built as "Red 29" of the Soviet tactical aviation (Frontovaya Aviatsiya), in the early 1960s. The kit was built mostly OOB with only the missing nose and wingtip probes and some main undercarriage arms added from stretched sprue. The thick wing guns were replaced by new ones from stretched sprue. The anti-glare panel was part of a decal from the other kit (Mark I's Su-7BM) which I cut to use as a guide to paint the whole thing since the gap for the windscreen was too narrow. I also hollowed out the rear ends of the rocket pods. The underfuselage pylons should have been placed 1-2mm further back. The distance indicated in the instructions was clearly wrong and I only realised it at the end when I glued on the fuel tanks. The kit was fully painted and varnished with brush. Thank you for looking and all comments are welcome as always Miguel
  10. Hi all I am currently working on Eduards Ju-52 in 1:144. Markings will be home made - hope it will work out.
  11. Here is one of my Sweet 1:144 Hawker Hurricane Mk.Is which I built in 2009. It's an early variant and represents L1768, GG-K, of No. 151 Sqn RAF, at North Weald, UK, in May 1939. Thanks for looking Miguel
  12. Here is the first of three Revell 1:144 Hawker Hunters I built back in 2007 using decals from the Xtradecal sheet. It is Hunter FR.71A 734 (ex-RAF XF317), of Grupo 8, Fuerza Aérea de Chile, Antofagasta, Chile, in early 1990s. Apart from flattening the nose tip for the camera port and adding the aerials specific for Chilean Hunters, the rest was built OOB. The kit was painted by brush and varnished with airbrush. Thank you for looking and all comments are welcome Miguel
  13. Hello! Here is an old build from 1995. It's my Dragon 1:144 General Dynamics (now Lockheed-Martin) F-16D Fighting Falcon. It represents 85-0572/SP, of the 480th TFS/52nd TFW, USAFE, USAF based at Spangdahlem AB, Germany in late 1980s/early 1990s. I recall making a series of small modifications to improve/correct this kit, with one major one: I replaced the awful intake part with one from an Academy/Minicraft kit. Thanks for looking and all comments welcome as always Miguel
  14. Here is my 1:144 Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-25RU "Foxbat C" which I built back in 2006. It's a home-made conversion of the Academy/Minicraft kit of the "Foxbat A" into a two-seater "Foxbat C". The second canopy (the front one) came from a scrapped Revell MiG-25. Apart from obviously making the second cockpit, and actually making little cockpits (there is none in the kit), I had to reshape the nose and I was very pleased I got it right. Unfortunately, the Acad./Mini. canopy has the wrong shape being too tall and short. I tried to get it closer to shape by sanding it and polished it afterwards. The Revell canopy was more accurate just being a bit too low. Otherwise, I corrected the wing fences, the inner ones being completely replaced and the outer ones sanded lower. The wingtip pods were also reworked. Other details were also thinned, reworked or added. The kit was fully painted by brush with only varnish being applied by airbrush. The bort number came from my decal spares box with the stars were those of the kit itself. Thank you for looking. All comments are welcome. Miguel
  15. Here is one of several Sweet 1:144 Messerschmitt Bf 109F-4 kits which I built back in 2008. It represents "<<--", of Stab/JG54, Luftwaffe, flown by Geschwaderkommodore Major Hannes Trautloft, from Relbitsy, Russia, in March 1942. The kit was painted and varnished by brush. Thank you for looking and all comments are welcome Miguel
  16. Hello! Here is my Douglas XB-42 Mixmaster prototype bomber resin kit in 1:144 by Anigrand Craftswork which I built after the XB-43 (posted last week) back in 2017. It represents 43-50224, the first prototype which had it's first flight on 6 May 1944. Some minor corrections had to be made and due to damage of the parts, One of the canopies was missing so i had to source one from my spares box and sand it to shape. The kits was fully painted and varnished by brush. Thank you for looking and all comments are welcome Miguel
  17. Hello! Here is my Douglas XB-43 Jetmaster prototype jet bomber resin kit in 1:144 by Anigrand Craftswork. It represents 44-61508, the first prototype, at Muroc Army Air Base, USA, on its first flight on 17 May, 1946. Some minor corrections had to be made and due to damage of the parts, I had to replace the exhaust rings with parts from my spares box. The decals allowed for making the prototype at different moments of its life. I went for the first flight. The wing walkway lines were missing but I didn't have the heart to paint them on. The kits was fully painted and varnished by brush. Thank you for looking and all comments are welcome Miguel
  18. Here is one of two Sweet 1:144 Nakajima A6M2-N Type 2 "Rufe" fighters I built OOB back in 2011. It represents 34-106, of the 934th Kokutai Hikotai (Flying Group Fighter Squadron), Imperial Japanese Navy, at Banda Sea Ambon/Enu Islands Maikoor, from March 1943 to February 1944. Thanks for looking and all comments welcome Miguel
  19. Here is an Eduard 1:144 Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-21SMT "Fishbed K" I built back in 2012. It represents "Red 92", of the 296th IAP, in the Soviet Union. It was built OOB and painted fully with brush. Thanks for looking. All comments welcome. Miguel
  20. Here is my other Atlas Cheetah D2. It's "862", of the Combat Flying School, South African Air Force, South Africa, 1986. It's Fox One Design's 3D-printed 1:144 model kit. This was one of two of my first, and so far only, 3D-printed model kits built so far which I completed in 2016. I posted the other Cheetah last November. It was completely painted and varnished by brush. Thanks for looking and all comments welcome. Miguel
  21. Hello! Here's one of my first two kits completed this year. It's AFV Club's 1:144 Curtiss P-40N-5 Warhawk 663, flown by Wang Kuang Fu (6.5 kills), of the CACW's 7th FS/3rd FG, at Laohokow, China, January 1945. I scratchbuilt the missing intake detail, the CBI radio blister and loop and the outer struts for the drop tank. I added a headrest, belts and stick in the cockpit. I only realised the inaccurate setting of the tail wheel doors when it was too late. These come moulded with the fuselage halves and should be wide open, almost perpendicular to the fuselage. Since the tail wheel comes moulded next to one door, it was risky to fix it at that point. The kit was fully painted and varnished by brush. Thanks for looking and all comments welcome Miguel
  22. Here's the second of my first two kits completed this year. It's AFV Club's 1:144 Curtiss P-40M Warhawk 185, of the 47th Fighter Squadron, 15th Fighter Group, USAAF, at Noumea, New Caledonia, in December 1943. Apart from the comments I made on the P-40N I posted earlier today, I had to correct the cockpit as, despite including an insert for the rear section of the cockpit, the head armour part was incorrect for the M variant being slanted forward (for the P-40N) instead of rearwards. I added the missing radio mast. I had intended to make an RNZAF machine using the decals from the Printscale sheet but these were both incomplete and inaccurate so I went for the kit's only option. The kit was fully painted and varnished by brush. Thank you for looking and all comments are welcome as always Miguel
  23. Here is my Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-23BN "Flogger H" which I built back in 1994. It was made combining a Dragon MiG-23M "Flogger B" with Italeri's issue of the Dragon MiG-27 "Flogger D". It represents 23172 of the Iraqi Air Force in the 1980s. The markings came from a Revell MiG-21PF kit and the numbers in arabic were painted with a brush. Part of the scheme was guesswork as I only had a couple of photos covering one side. The kit was fully painted with brush. Thanks for looking Miguel
  24. Hi folks, This is my mad "what shall I build for next year's anniversary of the first moon landing" project. The (stupid idea at my age) plan will be to construct a launch tower (LUT) and platform (MLP) for an Airfix 1:144 scale Saturn V kit. This is just a placeholder at the moment, as there will be weeks of research, scaling diagrams and making drawings before I reach the stage of cutting any plastic. Caveat: I don't expect this build to be anywhere near the standards of Manfred's Shuttle or RichO's Crawler, but I do intend to have fun attempting something. Mike
  25. Here is my FoxOne resin 1:144 Hawker Siddeley Harrier GR.1 which I completed last year together with the T.2 I have posted recently. It represents XV778/S of No. 1 Sqn RAF, at Wittering, UK, in 1970. As with the T.2, the tail section was corrected. The mating surfaces needed some sanding so that the tail didn't sit with a slight upward pitch. The nose section has some inacurracies of shape. I just fixed the nose tip section because getting the rest right would have been too much work. This kit was already a lot of work in itself! The kit was completely painted and varnished by brush. Thanks for looking and, as always, all comments are welcome Miguel
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