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  1. Hi all, herewith my latest assault on Mount Stash - another subject, hopefully unusual enough to ensure my paltry efforts will not be further magnified by comparison with other threads! A recent visit to my LMS yielded what for me looked a decent bargain - £5 for an admittedly old and battered boxing of this Lindberg kit: From what I could see, the only thing missing was the stand, which would never have featured in my plans for the thing anyway. So, what could possibly go wrong! Well, there's this I guess: I think I will need to prime this thoroughly, if only to suppress the nausea from working with such a hideous colour plastic! That said, there isn't a massive amount of flash, and the moulding seems crisp enough if not overly burdened with detail. For the rest of it, the instructions seem clear enough, if apparently written on parchment (I was expecting the text to be in Latin, with the first letter massive and ornate, and covered with gold leaf): Decals are predictably not in the best shape, given their evident age: No matter, I have already procured some potential alternatives courtesy of the Big H: Also in my corner, I have a potentially useful ally: An old publication which is nevertheless quite detailed with various photos. So with that, it is entirely appropriate that I say: "Tally Ho, Yellow!" Work to commence real soon, so stay tuned!
  2. Hi everyone, after the Telford pre-release, my new AG-330 Start Cart kit (1:48) is now officially released. It's available directly from my website: https://www.hypersonicmodels.com/product/ag-330-start-cart as well as: the48ers F4dable Models BNA Modelworld Thank you for your attention Cheers, Jeffrey
  3. This is my latest build. Revell Inc 1:48 scale Lockheed Ventura II RAF. The kit is built OOB to represent Ventura, AJ209 EG-V, flown by Sqn Ldr Leonard Henry Trent of 487 (New Zealand) Squadron RAF based at RAF Methwold. On 3 May 1943, 487 (New Zealand) Squadron was tasked with a Ramrod raid on a power station in Amsterdam. The 12 Venturas were supported by Spitfires but because of one of the fighter squadrons taking off early and crossing the coast of Holland too high the element of surprise was lost. One Ventura had already returned to base with a technical problem and a second managed to return to base after escaping an attack by Me109s and Fw190s. A further six Venturas were brought down in the first few minutes of the Luftwaffe attack leaving only four of the light bombers to continue to Amsterdam. Approaching the target three of the remaining four Venturas were brought down leaving only Sqn Ldr Trent to continue to the target. While pressing forward to the target Sqn Ldr Trent managed to shoot down a Messerschmitt that passed in front of his nose machine guns. After releasing his bombs on the target AJ209 succumbed to the attacking fighters, went into a spin and broke up. Sqn Ldr Trent and his navigator F/O Phillips were thrown clear, parachuted down and were captured to become POWs. The other two AJ209 crew members perished. Both Trent and Phillips were sent to Stalag Luft III and Trent was one of the 76 escapees made famous in the film 'The Great Escape'. After liberation in 1945 and following his reports of the final action Sqn Ldr Trent was awarded the Victoria Cross. More information about the Ramrod 16 can be found at http://aircrewremembered.com/trent-leonard-1.html The kit was an enjoyable build going together well with no need for filler. The painting went well using Revell Aqua and Humbrol acrylics. The problems started when I applied a matt varnish using Humbrol Clear and the finish looked like a severe winter frost. So rectifying the damage has left me with a finish that is below the standard that I would want. However, I have kind of loss the mojo to go any further with the model so it is going onto the shelf as it is. So the pictures. These seem a bit small; if I can work out how to make them bigger I will repost them. Thanks for looking.
  4. Hello all, I’m looking forward to having fellow travellers again on this long journey of mine ... Hopefully you can tolerate me still doddering on with this one! I have a long-running build thread over here ... ... but I propose transferring the tortured narrative back over here for the duration, taking up Enzo’s offer to roll-over builds from the last floatplane group build. My current status, in summary: A collection of subassemblies - including the requisite floats - primed in white ... ... since embellished with a flourish of blue to the fuselage spine ... ... & most recently, back in the tailplane jig after accidentally snapping off the starboard stabiliser - sigh! So, I’m hoping there’s an outside chance I might finish this time around. We shall see ...
  5. A few years back my Dad had a flight experience to fly alongside a Spitfire at Duxford. The aircraft he flew alongside was Spitfire HF Mk.lXe TA805 'Spirit of Kent'. During the briefing I had the opportunity to take a load of up close pictures of the aircraft with the intention of building him a kit of it as a gift. I ended up using the Revell 1:48 Spitfire lXc/XVl (4554) kit. This was in the days before I realised that Eduards kits were far superior and included PE but it's a decent enough kit. The only changes I had to make were to swop the gun covers around to convert the kit to an e wing. I purchased aftermarket sets of stencils, codes, letters and rounds to give me the correct scheme and brought decal paper to make my own 'Spitit of Kent' decals and squadron badge carried under the canopy. The thing I couldn't get right was the legend in white lettering so the only thing that isn't as accurate as it could be is these are black. Once completed, it was given to him in a presentation box. The kit was brush painted and finished in a gloss varnish
  6. This is the Revell boxing 1:48 Tornado GR.4. It is built to represent ZA600 EB-G of 41sqn RAF Coningsby 2011 in 95th anniversary scheme colours. When researching the aircraft I saw a picture of it flying through the mach loop with a grey/green fuel tank and a LMRT'S pod so I have finished the kit to represent this. The LMRT'S is an Eduard Brassin AN/AAQ-28 (V) Litening pod that I adapted to RAF spec. While I was completing the Tornado, I was also putting together an Eduard 1:48 (Hasegawa reboxed) Harrier GR.9A. The kit was 1166 which was full of PE and resin. I built it to represent ZG478 of 41sqn RAF Coningsby 2006 in 90th anniversary scheme. The base is scratch built.
  7. Alas, wrong scale
  8. DeHavilland Sea Vixen FAW2 Trumpeter 1:48 The DeHavilland Sea Vixen was a twin boomed fight designed for use by the Fleet Air Arm in the 1960’s. It was the first British twin seat aircraft that could achieve supersonic speed, although not in level flight. While it was a great improvement over the previous FAA aircraft, it could be difficult to handle and many were lost in crashes during its operational history. The Royal Navy Historic Flight current has the only flight worthy example, although this too had an accident not long ago where its hydraulic system failed and it had to be landed on its belly at RNAS Yeovilton. This caused considerable damage to the underside of the fuselage. Hopefully we will see its wonderful shape in the air again in the future. The Model With the Airfix 1/48 kit now out of production and getting harder to find, modellers may be pleased to see Trumpeter releasing this kit, but be careful what you wish for. I’ve this kit a little while now, and thought it necessary to do a fair bit of research before writing this review as Trumpeter have a reputation for grabbing defeat from the jaws of victory when it comes to British aircraft types. First of all let me say that the moulding is up to the standards we expect from a modern kit, with fine panel lines, recessed and domed rivets where they thought they should be. I say this as there are some spurious panels and fastenings over the surface of the kit. On the wide upper surface of the fuselage some panels aren’t the right shape, and most of those which are fitted with quick release clips in real life don’t have these represented on the model, but more like screw fasteners. Some of the prominent vents don’t appear wide enough, plus the hot air duct around the cockpit is not wide enough. The same can be said for the underside, with none of the panels matching photos of the real aircraft, plus the sides of the airbrake bay at the trailing edge are not quite correct. The panels on the booms are either completely missing, the wrong size or have the wrong fastenings, and the raised rear sections of the booms, where they meet the tailplane aren’t prominent enough, in fact they look like they are part of the boom rather that an addition, with just a panel line where it’s meant to be. The tails are at least accurate in shape, but again the access panels are mostly the wrong shape, size and position, plus the panels on top of the tails are only represented as panel lines of the wrong shape and no fasteners. This goes for the insides as well as the outsides. While the intakes look pretty good, as do the exhausts and nose cone there is something not quite right with the nose section, some areas are too curved while others not curved enough, making other parts look wrong, particularly the navigators hatch, which is then correspondingly too narrow. Whilst in the nose area the cockpits are, shall we say, interesting. They don’t seem to match photos at all, other than general appearance. The cockpits of the Sea Vixen is cramped and very busy, you just don’t get this feeling with the kit example, but I’m sure the aftermarket companies will come to the rescue, even if you can’t see much once installed, there are prominent handles and fittings that are visible with the canopies open. Oh, and don’t get me started with the seats, they are awful and don’t resemble any seat I know and/or have worked on. Moving onto the undercarriage, while the legs are a little simplified they do at least seem to match the real thing. As for the bays, there is some nice detailing within on the roof and sidewalls, as well as the undercarriage doors, and Trumpeter do come close to achieving what’s in the real bays and doors, but they’re still not quite right. The interior of the airbrake bay is better, but appears a little too deep and the equipment not quite in the right place or the right shape even. It’s the same story with the pylons, in that they have an ok shape, although not perfect, but with the spurious panels. The kit comes with four missiles, two Red Top, with clear seeker heads and two Firestreak, with protective covers, why they did this is a mystery as the FAW 2 was generally armed with Red Top, whereas the Firestreak was used mostly by the FAW1, but not worry, that’s not the biggest problem with them, the main wings are of each missile wrong in shape and design. The drop tanks look ok though, if a little skinny. For the sake of completeness I will go through the build process as with my usual reviews. The build begins with the assembly of the nose wheel bay, which is made up from three parts into which the four part undercarriage leg and wheel is attached. The intakes are also assembled, with the single piece intakes being fitted with three piece trunks and two etched parts. The main undercarriage bays are also multi part, with the sidewalls being glued to the roof section. The nose bay, main bays, intakes and the arrester hook bay rear bulkhead are glued into the lower section of the fuselage, followed by the upper fuselage section being glued to the lower. Each of the two ejection seats are made up from five parts, then glued into the cockpit tub, which is then fitted with the longitudinal framework, pilots rudder pedals, joystick and instrument panel, followed by the navigators instrument panel and radar stick. The completed tub is then glued into the upper nose section, along with the navigators side window. The two booms are now assembled, each of two halves. The two piece horizontal tailplane is the glued between the two tails and the whole assembly glued to the fuselage/inner wing assembly, although it might be better to glue the booms in place before adding the horizontal section to keep everything aligned. The upper nose section/cockpit assembly is also glued into position. The outer wing panels, whilst separate are not given the option to be posed in the folded position. Each is made up of upper and lower sections and fitted with the two piece ailerons, PE wing fence, and clear navigation lights before being attached to the fuselage assembly, along with the cockpit HUD, canopy, windscreen, and two piece navigators hatch. The main undercarriage legs are made up of upper and lower sections, to which the two piece wheels are attached before the assembly is glued into position, along with their respective doors. The jet pipes/exhaust are fitted with the rear face of the engines before being slid into the aperture in the fuselage. The separate nosecone, in-flight refuelling boom, front and rear airbrake bay bulkheads, and nosewheel bay doors are then fitted as are the large air-scoops adjacent to the airbrake bay. The missiles and drop tanks are assembled and attached to their respective pylons. They are then glued into their respective positions. The three piece airbrake is then glued into place, as is the three piece arrester hook several aerials and the two pitot probes completing the build. Decals The decal sheet provides markings for the three aircraft. They are very nicely printed, with no sign of carrier film, in good register and nicely opaque. Unfortunately the colour schemes indicated on the painting guide, and thus the colours of the decals, particularly the underside serials are wrong. The problems are mainly due to the undersides being depicted as grey, rather than white, which, given that the provided serials are white and not their correct black, it’s all a bit of a mess. The callouts for the upper-sides are for extra dark sea grey and dark grey, where in fact they were only ever painted in extra dark see grey over white. The options are:- Sea Vixen FAW2, 127/E XJ565 of 890 NAS. Sea Vixen FAW2, 464/C, XN654 of 893 NAS, HMS Centaur, circa 1964 Sea Vixen FAW2, 707/VL, XN647 of 766 NAS, RNAS Yeovilton, circa 1969 Conclusion The Sea Vixen is a very distinctive and surprisingly large aircraft which deserves to be well kitted. Unfortunately, no matter how beautifully moulded the parts are, or how fine the detail if it doesn’t look right then let alone be accurate it does leave the modeller a little flat. I’m sure it will still sell well, and will look the part in a collection viewed from about three feet, but, in my opinion it just doesn’t look right. I’m sure the Sea Vixen experts will have their own opinion, I have only laid out what I think is wrong with the kit. Review sample courtesy o UK Distributors for
  9. Hi all. I am clearing the backlog of builds that I have not yet posted. This is a Revell Inc kit from the US that I bought cheap from The Works. There are only 61 parts but the quality and definition is very poor. For example the air-brake doors were too small and had rounded edges so I decided to close the doors and fill the gaps, rather than try to rebuild the doors with sharp edges. I also tried to enhance the cockpit with some PE designed for the Academy kit. I made it fit but it was hard work, don't think that I will do any PE again for a while. Anyway you can hardly see the enhanced cockpit. The kit was a struggle and I though a few times of giving up, but why should I let it get the better of me. Here are the pics. Thanks for looking. Graeme
  10. This is quite a basic kit by Italeri with custom masks made for the current aircraft that flies out of Goodwood in West Sussex, UK. I did quite a lot of scratch building inside the cockpit, and the overall finish reflects the tiredness of the current scheme, including the crazed and opaque windows panels. She is due a new scheme over the winter months which should quite striking.
  11. Good day to all! Here is my latest completion, Tamiyas venerable Swordfish in 1:48 dressed up as an aircraft from one of my former squadrons 810 NAS from 1938 (obviously before my time lol). I bought the kit last year from the HMCS Shearwater Hobby show for a decent price and it also came with the rigging etch as well. I invested in the Eduard cockpit set mainly for the harnesses but it also came with a nice instrument panel so used that as well. Im not a great fan of Tamiyas decals and wanted to do something nice and colourful, luckily I came across a set of decals representing a recent incarnation of an RN Historic Flight aircraft which itself was a version from 1938, the sheet also provided information and alternative decals for the original. The sheet was from Scale Model World, and the decals went down very well the only snag i felt was the blue/red strip had a tiny bit out of register, apart from that perfect really. The build itself was relatively painless as you would expect from Tamiya, but I did find a big snag (which may be down to my own hamfistedness or Tamiyas engineering.....you decide lol!) I followed the instructions to a T when assembling the wings. It says to do them separate (even if spread) and then insert the rigging wires, before fitting to the aircraft. I got this all perfect but then when I fitted the wings it forced the rigging out of shape! So in the end I just removed it and as it was badly distorted ditched the kit rigging and replaced it with wire AFTER I had fitted the wings. The only other touch I added were the control wires for the rudder and elevator. I also decided to tool her up to the max, whether she could take off in this configuration is debatable but I think it looks better fully laden! So here she is!...... Apologies for the crappy phots, taken with my crappy phone! Cheers now Bob
  12. Hi everyone, I'm here for you after a long time to model in a physical and not a virtual way. This kit is this And the camo will be this, that even if not British, intrigues me the fact of playing with the contrast of the desert camo very faded with the new color of the American insignia and the cancellation of the original ones It will be an OOb since in the package you will find everything you need to pull out a detailed model and then I don't want to go crazy in super detail that disappears when the fuselage will closes. The level of detail in the kit is very high. But let's get to the cockpit. As said the plastic details are very satisfying and the small PE plate enriches the pit very well I've used the PE dashboard 'causethe decal was used in an other prj. below are some photos of the fundamental steps: I started with a very contrasted preshading with a dark gray for the shadows and a light gray + white for the zones in the view of the little light that penetrates a closed fuselage. The seat has received a red brown vallejo for the structure and oil colors for the cushion (mars black; naples pink yellow and white for reflections). The pit construction did not present any problems, the pieces fit perfectly, the only poetic license the area behind the seat is painted in aluminum thanks to a photo of a restored spit and perhaps not entirely faithful to the original as the area should be too in green, but all in all I don't feel sorry for which I kept it like this (you will see very little). Ok stop talk and let's go whit the pictures Closing fuselage and wings. I noticed a real remarkable work by Eduard in the design of the cuts of the pieces and the precision of the joints; practically there is almost no need for putty except for a couple of points in the wing fitting where I scratched too much to remove the sprue and a couple of my mistakes, everything went in place without problems. Here are the self-explanatory pictures For now it's all and as usual CCC (criticisms, comments and compliments) always welcome. Until next time
  13. Kit - Hasegawa 1:48 Paint - Cockpit, seat etc all acrylics - Camouflage all Xtracolour enamels. Decals - Eagle Strike Extras - True Details resin seat, Eduard kit-specific 'Zoom' set. Fuse wire, fibre-optic cable and plastic card details in cockpit, air-brake and undercarriage wells. Canadair Sabre Mk. 4 Assigned to Sqn. Ldr. T. H. Hutchinson C/O 3 Squadron RAFG Geilenkirchen, 1955/56 So, a thirty year old kit, painted with thirty year old enamels and wearing twenty-five year old decals.... bit of an 'old skool' project wouldn't you say ? There honestly isn't too much to say, the kit really does fall together and is (happily) typical of those superb Hasegawa releases from the early 1990's, crisp detail, faultless molding with fuss-free engineering and construction - I really wish they would tool-up again and release some new kits, I know that's not going to happen, but there's nothing wrong with hope is there ?. The Eagle Strike decals behaved as if they were printed yesterday - utterly flawless and superbly printed by Cartograph, again, a company I really do miss. That's just about it. Please feel free to criticise, ask a question or make any sort of comment. Have the rest of a great weekend folks, best from Middle Earth. Ian.
  14. Hi all. Wanted to post this Avia S-99 from Eduard in 1:48 scale. As most of you can see its a Bf109G10, the Czechs had a fully functioning aircraft factory left behind by the Germans and decided to continue producing after the war. The markings is actually for a police force plane. Police fighter planes are not so common anymore I guess. Have been at this one since Christmas (was a present from my lovely wife and kids) and finally calling it done. The kit did fit together quite well, but was a lot more complex than the Airfix kits I have built before. Tried my hands at photo etch for the first time as well. Painted in Humbrol enamels, Mission Models Clear coat. Aerial wire is a strand of hair. Feel free to comment and criticize. Regards, Isak
  15. Latest build for the cabinet is the Airfix 1/48 Meteor F.8 done as an F (TT) Mk 8 from Tengah circa late 60’s. I used Eduard’s cockpit detailing set, Xtradecal’s sheet 48160 and I replaced the kits pitot tube with one from Master Models. Finished using Mr Color Paints, Alclad 11 & W+N varnishes and a Flory clay wash 50/50 Black and Medium. I’ve wanted to do this scheme for a long time and have to say it was an absolute joy to build and I thoroughly enjoyed it - hope it’s of interest. Next up might have to be one of Llanbedr’s Meteor U.16 Drones using the Alley Cat conversion kit.
  16. After much wrestling with plastic and filler, and a build that felt, at times, like it was never going to end, I am finally able to post up a few pics of my Barracuda - another Fleet Air Arm favourite of mine with its strange looks and dubious performance. This is the "Hi Tech" boxing of the Special Hobby kit, with some extra bits from the Brengun (formerly Griffon) set. The build followed a fairly typical course for a Special Hobby kit, in that the interior bulkheads were all a little too wide and lots of dry fitting was needed before committing to glue. The biggest difficulty I encountered was the fit of the port wing. From above it was raked forward at more of an angle than the starboard wing, and from ahead it was a mm or two lower. A plasticard shim, lots of filler and round after round of sanding and smoothing eventually resulted in wings that looked symmetrical - to me at least... I didn't like the look of the kit spinner so blunted one from a Seafire XV and used that instead. For the markings I decided to go with a post war scheme as I think it suits the aircraft and I haven't seen this kit in the EDSG over Sky before. The upper surfaces should, I think, be quite liberally festooned with various white stencil markings that I didn't have.... I ran out of steam a bit towards the end of this one - this shows in the wingtip nav lights which are only painted, and let the finished model down a bit; the underside is a bit too clean and the prop should probably be a bit weathered too... The markings are intended to show a machine from 815 NAS at Eglinton. And so to the pictures, and thanks for looking, Nick.
  17. Nearly 20 years ago I had won an Ebay auction that was including more than 100 scrap kits in 7 moving boxes. I have selected some of them as donors for my running and possible future projects and let the rest of them to go. An old Monogram F-15C was also one of the kit I have reserved. I have first disassembled her into every possible pieces carefully and stripped of the paint: And then assembled her back as good as possible: But this was around 10 years ago. The airplane was waiting her destiny in the dark corner of the workbench till I have bought a Fujimi F-15 Tigermeet. But to me its marking was not accurate and I have decided to make my own decals and use this old kit to test my custom decals. The aim is to build as accurate as the real one: Serkan
  18. Hey all... I must admit, I've been looking forward to this GB for a while! I've had this kit for a year or two, and I'm deep in the middle of a F1 Car build that's slowly draining my will to live, so I'm looking forward to a couple of months off from it! Anyhow, here's the box art: I've heard good things about this kit, and the runners do look nice (and big!)... I bought this kit from a member in our club, and he'd planned to build the Grey Dragon himself. He put some initial work in so I have a nice few extras in the box: That's the decals for the Grey Dragon (from a Two Bobs sheet I believe), the masks that come with the kit (and have to be cut out), another set of Eduard Masks, and two sets of Eduard PE. The dual masks are handy, I'll probably use the Eduard ones on the outside of the canopy and the kit ones on the inside. For the PE I'll pick and choose from the two sets. The metal cylinder is a weight for the kit that Tamiya give you in the box. My plan is to build the Grey Dragon, a two tone grey scheme which should hopefully make a change from the usual black: Apart from the PE and Decals, this will basically be out of the box. I have some Mr. Colour paint for this, which so far I've really liked using, and I'll also give black basing a go to see if I can make the two greys look a little less boring. I won't, thankfully, be filling in all the panel lines like the real aircraft apparently did! That's it for now, thanks!
  19. Kit - Italeri re-boxed Accurate Miniatures. Paint - All enamels. Decals - Eduard & kit. Extras - Eduard Zoom set. IL2M-3 Sturmovik 23rd Ind. Assault Regt. Soviet Black Sea Fleet Late 1943. First time I've built an IL2 and first time I've finished an AM kit. Engineering is superb IMO, as long as you take the time to read how other folks built theirs AND test fit... especially around the wing-to-fuselage assemblies. All the paint tones are mixed using my favourite (un)reliable Mk.I eyeball method using Humbrol, Xtracolour and Tamiya enamels. I bought a sheet of 'Authentic Decals' but they shattered into molecule sized fragments as soon as they hit the water so I used Eduard 'stars' and the kit supplied bort numbers / guards badge. Not too much else to add, if anyone wants to ask any questions, make any comments or rain-down any abuse, that's all fine. Have the rest of a great weekend folks... best from NZ. Ian.
  20. This aircraft was flown by Pilot Officer Robert W. “Buck” McNair D.S.O., D.F.C (2 Bars)(RCAF). No. 249 (Gold Coast) Sqn. at Ta’ Qali, Malta, Mar. 1942. http://acesofww2.com/can/aces/mcnair/ This is the newest Airfix boxing with all the issues that everyone else has posted about: fuel tank covering, landing gear, extreme tight fit of some parts, etc. For the fuel tank, I removed the locating tabs and sanded the bottom of the part. Within minutes I got it to a “close enough for me and it won’t get any better fit”. When the fuselage and innards were together I found that the instrument panel interfered with the fuel tank cover so I sanded down the top of the I.P. and reamed the bejaysus out of the inside of the fuel tank cover until I got a good fit. For the landing gear I drilled holes in the corresponding parts, inserted some stiff wire and CA’d it all together for a very strong bond. One of the things Airfix got wrong or at least I think they got wrong is the exhaust type for my option. They would have you use the exhaust with the heater tubes at the rear but looking at the photo of the actual aircraft, I can’t see it. I found another Spitfire photo with the aircraft positioned identically and the tube is clearly seen. No other online builds mention this. All painting was done with Tamiya. The innards were painted XF-71 Cockpit Green and XF-69 Nato Black. The upper camo was done with XF-54 Dark Sea Grey, for the Dk. Earth I used a 50/50 mix of XF-64 Red Brown and XF-52 Flat Earth. The lower surface was done with XF-19 Sky Grey
  21. McDonnell Douglas F-4S Phantom II “Vandy 75” 1:48 Hasegawa The history of the F-4 Phantom is too well known to re-write it here, suffice it to say that it has proven itself to be one of the best aircraft of its type built to date. The Hasegawa kit is probably equally as well known was still regarded as the best 1/48 scale kit available up until perhaps when Academy released their B and C versions. The original Hasegawa F-4 was released around 1980 and has seen many re-releases of the various versions from that date, along with new or additional parts they included new decals and the moulds were refreshed with engraved details to replace the raised details. This version of the Phantom the F-4S comes with commemorative decals for the 75th anniversary of Air Test and Evaluation squadron VX-4. The thing with the Hasegawa Phantom kits is that you know exactly what you’re going to get. The moulds are obviously holding up well as there is no sign of flash or imperfections, on the review sample at least, the details are still nice and crisp. It’s not perfect by any means but a good looking model is quite easy to achieve. Plus there is more aftermarket for these kits than you can throw a stick at, so the world is your lobster in deciding how detailed you want to make your kit. What you do get in this release is the strengthening panels for under the wing and around the main wheel bays. These are provided in what looks like etched nickel and are pretty easy to fit. For those that haven’t built one construction begins with the two pilots, each with separate heads, complete with bone dome, masks and oxygen hose. The pilot has a separate right arm, whilst the navigator has a separate left arm. The ejection seats are assembled from the singe piece squab/backrest/headrest, the two seat sides; primary ejection gun and headbox cover with firing handles moulded integrally. The twin seat tub is fitted with the rear bulkhead, navigators’ instrument panel with separate radar joystick, mid bulkhead, pilots joystick, rudder pedals and instrument panel. The instrument panels and side consoles need to be carefully painted as there are no decals included. The nosewheel bay is then glued to the bottom of the completed cockpit tub and affixed to one side of the fuselage followed by the separate sidewalls. The fuselage halves are then joined together and the two piece air intakes are attached. The blank wall that Hasegawa provide at the rear of the intakes needs to be painted black, or the modeller could produce a photo/decal to reproduce the intake and fan face before fitting the kit parts. Alternatively some homemade or aftermarket intake blanks could be use to hide the shortcoming. With the intakes in place the two ECM fins are fitted to each side. The single piece lower wing isn’t fitted with the outer wing panels; these are moulded with the upper wing sections, thus ensuring the correct dihedral on these panels. With the upper wings fixed to the lower section the wing fence on the leading edge at the fold join needs to be removed and a new part fitted further back along the join. The outer wing slats are also fitted at this time. The completed wing can then be joined to the fuselage assembly, followed by the single piece exhausts, horizontal tailplanes, fin top, two part nosecone, rear canopy fairing, the ejector seats and the pilots. Turning the model over onto its back the nose wheel, consisting of the oleo, separate scissor link, twin nose wheels and retraction jacks are assembled and fitted to the nosewheel bay. The main door retraction mechanism, main door, nose door with aerial attached are then fitted, as are the openings for the two nose intakes. Once the etched strengthening straps have been carefully removed from the fret the can be fitted into their appropriate positions forward of the main wheel bays and airbrakes. Each main undercarriage assembly is made up of two wheel halves, oleo, retraction jack and main bay door; these are then fitted into place. The small outer doors are then attached, followed by the inner doors and their linkages. The airbrakes can be posed either extended or retracted with the addition of the actuator jack if extended. The catapult stop hooks and their mounting plates are then fitted to the forward inner wing. To complete the fuselage the intake splitter plates and cockpit glazing parts are attached, the modeller can pose the canopies open or closed as desired. The model also comes with three two piece drop tanks, one for the centreline station and two for the outer wing stations. The inner wing pylons are fitted with twin launch rails and attached to the inner wing station. The kit does come with four Sidewinder and four Sparrow missiles should the modeller wish to fit them. Decals The decal sheet is smaller than normal due to the fact that there aren’t any stencils, probably due to this particular scheme. The gold 75th anniversary markings look great on the sheet with good density and opacity and in register. There is very little carrier film visible with the sole exceptions being the air intake warnings, but being affixed on gloss paint this shouldn’t cause too many problems with silvering. It certainly a lovely looking scheme. Conclusion Yes it’s another Hasegawa Phantom re-release. But in 1:48 this is still the one to get if you want an F-4S. I have built a few in my time modelling and have always enjoyed the build so maybe it’s time for me to do another? If you haven’t built one then now’s the time as you can’t have a model collection without at least one Phantom in it. Highly recommended. Review sample courtesy of UK distributors for
  22. Hi all here is my Airfix 1:48 Hawker Hunter F.6 I finished it in the markings of a Royal Jordanian Air Force F.6 1966 Extra details added Brengun PE ladder (BRL48018) Quickboost Ejection Seat (QB48550) Cutting Edge Hunters part 1 (48043) Scratch built chocks from sprue and wire Scratch built FOD Guards Pitot RBF Tag Plus base Tamiya paints used throughout apart from the red which was from Revell (cheers Steve ) The camo was Airbrushed by hand Ive thoroughly Enjoyed this build from start to finish Thank you to Steve (speedy) for some welcome input with this build Thank you for looking and enjoy
  23. I am like many of you a huge Phantom fan and have built a number of the years. This is from the Eduard Rockin Rhino kit that I have been meaning to build for a couple of years. I chose this scheme as I think it looks great and it is VF-92 'Silver Kings' from the USS Constellation in 1973 and is a J model Phantom. Its a great kits with no issues. Paints are mainly Mr Color with some Alclad and all the aftermarket came in the box.
  24. I’ve been kept away from the modelling bench for one reason or another for the last two months. With my mid-winter leave I thought I would be able to get some progress on some stalled builds, but I just couldn’t resist starting this one. I’ve been working on it this last week, and here is where I am at so far. First the cockpit - which was a delight. Just added some tape seat belts and a dirty wash of black acrylic with a 50:50 mixture of floor polish and water. First time I have tried this (saw it suggested on another build of a Blenheim, from http://barracudacals.blogspot.com/?m=1),I like it - very forgiving. It worked well on the engines as well. And on the wings (I’m going with flaps down) Work in progress. After some dry fitting I found it best to glue the mid section with the wing spars to the port fuselage half. Here is the cockpit in place, pretty tight fit. Rather glossy from the dirty wash, so I will need to apply a matt coat later. A test of the canopy. Looks like it should be ok, if I am careful. Finally for this first post, the completed engines. A couple of queries for the Blenheim experts here. I am building the box top aircraft. (1) the clear panel on the underside for the camera, I assume I should paint over this as this is not a recce aircraft? (2) Wing walkways. All other images I have seen of wartime Blenheims show a single walkway, in a grey (not) black colour - would that be correct for a wartime aircraft? thanks!
  25. Kit - Tamiya Paint - (Interior & load-out) Humbrol & Xtracolour enamels. (Exterior) Tamiya acrylics mixed-by-eye. Decals - Superscale & Afterburner Extras - Eduard 'Zoom' interior set, Tamiya 'Detail Up' pitot, Hasegawa AIM-9 & Instrument Pod. General Dynamics / Lockheed Martin F-16C-50 Fighting Falcon Assigned to Brg Gen. Donald J. Hoffman 52nd Fighter Wing Spangdahlem 2002/03 Until recently I'd not built an F-16 in any scale for over twenty years, now there's two !!. Not quite a 'shake'n bake' as some thought and attention to the construction sequence is definitely needed. That said all fits very well as we've come to expect... well except the decals - mine shattered into atom-sized pieces as soon as they hit the water, but I was only ever going to use the stencils for the drop tanks. I found some spare in the stash so just got on with it. Eduard Zoom set was a delight to fit and makes a shed-load of difference in my opinion. Faded and battered paint is not typical for a 'Wing King' but I've chosen to show this aircraft soon after it's operational deployment to Iraq & Afghanistan, not sure about the historical provenance but I really like the way it looks - hope folks here do too. If anyone is interested, the WiP is here: Next I'll be finishing an IL2, then... who knows.... Feel free to hurl abuse, comment or ask a question. Best from NZ. Ian.
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