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  1. 825

    Seafire MkIII

    Here's my contribution, a Seafire MkIII operated by 894 Squadron in both the Indian and Pacific Ocean in 1944 and 45. The boxing gives 4 options including another 'Eastern' bird from HMS Hunter in the Andamans., as well as a home based aircraft and an Aeronavale option. Nice looking transfers, mind you there's a lot of tiny stencils. It's on three sprues. I think the original boxing was a MkV Spit, and the fuselage and wings have been replaced by Seafire mouldings and associated props and cannons. The moulding looks good if a little 'soft' and there are some ejection pins, most in places it doesn't matter but there is one in the middle of both undercarriage bays, which will be difficult to remove. There's a set of resin exhausts and injection moulded canopy, gunsight and mirror. Reasonably good and clear instructions Thats the scene set so let's get going!
  2. Here is my contribution to this GB. The Scimitar had a short service life of about 10 years from 1956. Although limited by the 40/50s technology in its design it was an important aircraft for the Fleet Air Arm and a pioneer in many ways. It was the FAA's first true swept wing fighter, first to be truly trans-sonic and the first capable of delivering a nuclear weapon. It was also for a period in the 60s the FAA's first and only dedicated tanker aircraft, being used to allow underpowered Mk1 Buccaneers to get off Carrier decks with a full weapons load. Scimitars were deployed in the Med, North Sea and North Atlantic as well as in the Far and Near East (out of scope, I know but completes the story. I've made an Xtrakit SHAR and Meteor in the past (and I think there's a Sea Vixen sitting on the shelf of doom) and the former was a challenge and a half so I suspect this will take me to November to finish. However it will be worth it for this iconic British naval aircraft. sprue shot I'll be making this one from HMS Eagle's 800B Squadron
  3. Having built a Short Stirling and Dornier this year, I thought it time to build the iconic American heavy bomber of WWII the Flying Fortress. I've always seen this beautiful aircraft as the USA's alternative to our Lancaster (one of which I have in my stash). So here goes........ I am going to build Revell's 1:72 B-17G, in the livery of the 91st Bomb Group 'Little Miss Mischief'. The box contains a medium size decal sheet and large clear sprue. There are also 7 silver coloured sprues (although I think there is supposed to be less, and one had broken in half). These have a fair amount of detailing, and a little flash (they are pictured here drying in the bath). My aim is to build this straight from the box, with its gear down. Let the fun begin.....
  4. My next build is Tamyia's 1:72 Focke Wulf Fw190 D9 JV44. This is part of Tamyia's warbird collection, and a kit I picked up in the sale at a fantastic toy and model shop on my holidays. The box contains one grey sprue, with a little detail, a pilot, and a small clear sprue. There are also 2 decal sheets, one mostly consisting of the white stripes for the distinctive underside of the aircraft. I plan to build this straight from the box, although I plan to paint the markings on the underside rather than use the decals (keeping my fingers crossed here). I am opting for the Red 3 colour scheme (makes me think of the Red Arrows), as flown by Hptm.Waldemar Wubke. Time for a quick sprue wash, and the fun can begin!
  5. Allllllrighty then! My recent conversion from the dark side (Armour), and ensuing Mojo restoration and reinvigoration has resulted in my actually finishing something, albeit two builds belonging to my teenage son, who incidentally still has not noticed that my S.O.D. has nudged his to one side, but that is a horse of a different colour, the upshot of all this is that like a convert to anything, not smoking, not drinking, bdsm, I find myself compelled to "spread the good news"! So for you good people here tonight I will begin the hopefully short WIP of my first build for ME since the early 90`s when I had a go at a Hasegawa Blackhawk and a Hind! The "Leg Iron" has gone to France for a couple of weeks during the interminable summer break that teachers get, so I reasoned that a brief trip to the local model shop (Waterlooville model shop, although it`s actually in Portsmouth) would not be spotted, the juices were bubbling and I needed a fix and I found two kits that got me revving, I read a lot, and two of my recent reads will resonate with a lot of people on here, " Carrier Pilot" by norman Hanson and "On and off the flight deck" by Hank Adlam, so when I saw this I thought this is a go! Now I`m not going to detail all the arguments regarding the accuracy of this kit, either way there are pluses and minuses but at less than seven quid I`m happy! I had a search on the site for builds of this kit, there is one currently going on although putting a link in and so forth is currently beyond me, I`ll not insult your intelligence by pretending I've not had a cider or two, but it` s saturday night! Now, the main issues as far as I could make out were broad chord prop and for want of a better name "drop tanks", on the other build the broad chord prop was brought in later than the serial number of the kits serial number, so I need a later serial number, So we`ll go with the FAA Corsair decals from Eaglecals, nice late serial number there! (can you guess the next build?) "Drop tanks"? bin em.............. Along with the decals I got a "Big Ed" set of seat belts/harnesses for allsorts, so I read that Corsair IV`s were fitted with Q type harnesses , that's dealt with, Ok, it`s sideways but it`s a canopy mask set, but it was well cheap! Job jobbed! So I just thought I would have a quick look at the various bits and bobs............................. All washed and gleaming, whats not to like? Yeah these fell off, but they're ok! And then BOOM! the thing built it`s self..........................almost The wings went together without issue, there was a bit of fettling with the coolers, but seriously, five minutes............ a swipe of filler and these will be good to go.................. engine and cockpit were quick and easy, nice detail and in the booth quicker than you could say knife! And finally for today a shot of stynylrez before painting tomorrow................. So that's me done for today, minimum aftermarket and half the kit built in an afternoon............just like being 12 again! Granto
  6. IanHx

    RNZAF Strikemaster

    This kit has been sitting on the shelf a bit... hmm, wonder if I can bag two group builds with 1 entry ? [ assuming the answer is a resounding 'no' , so choosing this one as it has longer dates ! ] Here's the obligatory "look ma, it ain't started" shot :
  7. Right. I've been a Britmodeller- forum member for almost six years. My activity has been mostly in the Group Builds- section, and to be honest, most of my modest modelling achievements have become recorded therte, since I found the hobby of my childhood again in 2011. A week ago I started building this nice little Stuka in the Blitzbuild GB. The real life and family matters intercepted my plan, but I wanted to go on and finish the kit quickly. Before this I had a three month (hot!) summer break from all model building, and I wanted to get back on the track again. Last friday I punched the half a century mark and thought, maybe it's time to post my very first, and probably last, RFI thread outside the comfort of the GB Community? So here it is, my little Stuka. It's decorated with Extradecal "Axis Battle for Malta" option for a plane from 6./St.G 3 in Trapani, Sicily, in early 1941. It's brushpainted with Humbrol enamels. I used an Eduard canopy mask. I really liked the kit and may very well build another one. I don't build museum quality models, I assemble and paint kits Best regards, V-P Those Balkenkreuze slices are painted on the dive brakes. I regarded that easier than trying to add the decals...
  8. PT-109 Guns and Life Raft set (53219) Eduard 1:72 The new PT-109 from Revell is a lovely kit from the box, but could really do with some extra detail, with one set for it released by Eduard, they have now released the second set. PT-109 Guns and Life Raft set: The set comes in the standard poly sleeve contain a single sheet of relief etched brass. The sheet contains, as the name suggests, parts for the machine guns, Oerlikon and 37mm guns, plus the life raft. But it also contains main other items that will really help detail the model. Firstly the guns, the twin 50 cals and their turrets receive new barrel sleeves which will need to be carefully rolled, new breech plates and cocking handles, ammunition guides, ammunition belts, gunners backrest, rail stops. The 37mm receives a new shell guard, operating handle and splinter shield with additional boxes attached. The Oerlikon is fitted with new ammunition drum faces, sight and gunners back sling. The life raft will need some careful surgery to remove the moulded details, leaving just the rafts buoyancy tanks. It is then fitted with a new perforated grating and grating ties. It is also fitted with new chocks and tiedown straps. The additional parts in the kit are for the depth charge fuses plates plus replacement racks and straps. The storage boxes receive replacement racks and carrying handles while the fo’c’sle deck is fitted with replacement toe rails, once the moulded items have been carefully removed. Conclusion Yest more items to super detail what is already a nice kit. Care will need to be taken with the life raft grating and the ties are very thin, but at least this makes them easy to bend. The toe rails also look quite fragile and easily bent out of shape. All in all a very nice and useful little set that will complement the earlier release. Review sample courtesy of
  9. Ready for your inspection is my 1:72 English Electric Lightning F.2A by Airfix. It is an out of the box build, and was a change from my recent WW2 builds. The kit went together with relative ease, the main problem arising when I spilt glue in the clear section of canopy. However, I carried on (hoping it wouldn't be to visible). Instead of the suggested Humbrol acrylics, I have opted mostly for Vallejo. These I find easy to mix and thin and smooth to spray, giving a nice even finish. I have opted for minima/light weathering and finished it off with a coat of Vallejo satin varnish. Thanks for looking.
  10. In a change to my recent builds (which have mostly been WWII era or earlier), I am about to embark on an aircraft which represented a massive leap in the RAF's capabilities, namely the English Electric Lightning F.2A. The box contains set of detailed instructions, with one colour scheme, and a small decal sheet. There are 4 grey sprues all with little or no flash and a nice amount of detail. I plan to create an out of the box build, with landing gear down. It's been a while since I've built a jet so it's going to be odd not having props and radial engines to build. Fingers crossed it all goes smoothly.
  11. Or at least find it. My attempt at Azur's Maryland to turn it into Commander Rotherham's aircraft of 771 Squadron based at RNAS Twatt in the Orkneys. Rotherham and his crew discovered that she had slipped moorings and escaped into the Atlantic initiating the hunt that had tragic consequences for both the Bismarck and HMS Hood. Azur kit, Print Scale transfers and Eduard seat belts. Kit was OK at times, the resin parts being easy to work with and the plastic fitting most of the time. The front transparencies were a nightmare and the WIP gives the trials and tribulations (but not the cursing and swearing). Brush painted with Xtracrylix and a coat of Liquitex matt varnish. I used Montex masks for the transparencies Thanks to all for their advice and cheering from the sidelines.
  12. I got a set of transfers from Print Scale which has markings for two FAA Marylands, both of 771 squadron. One AR720 was the one that spotted the Bismark breaking out, so this is the one I will be doing. I've two Azur Marylands, both in Free French guise but that just means spare transfers. I've also picked up a set of Maskol masks. So here's the raw materials and the intended markings Obligatory sprue shots Some resin And clear transparencies Detail is engraved and quite fine. Chocks away and ready for take off.
  13. I know it's madness but I'm going to try and finish these before the end of the GB. I was going to try for the first time the Blitzbuild but I don't have the flexibility to deal with the constraints so I'll try a 'semi' Blitzbuild of this here. It's typical PSC, well moulded and crisp. The model comes with parts for two carriers, with crew and two 6 pounders, again with crew. The carriers are virtually flawless, with just a couple of moulding flaws and one injection depression. The 6 pounders ahave a few mould seams. I think the 6 pounders are an older moulding as I have a boxing in the stash. Mind you the quality is very good and removing the seams will be quick swipe with a sanding stick. Obligatory gratuitous shots of the sprues. There are instructons for the carriers, usual simple PSC style. No options but extra stowage. No instructions for the 6 pounder though. Just as well I have a set in the stash. There are alternative parts for the US variant as well as the 6 pounder. Lets see how the madness goes.
  14. As I was looking around to find some reference pictures for one of my ongoing projects namely Su-35BM (T-10M 701, 703, 709 and 711) I have landed the Ken's Su-27IB conversion progress page. Then I decided to launch a parallel project for T-10V1 conversion using one of my Revell Su-27SM (I have 60+ pieces of it ) and Italeri Su-34 (currently only 4 pieces in hand) kits. The main idea is to join Su-34 nose and Su-27 rest. Next I will add some pictures of my work in progress. Regards, Serkan
  15. The venerable Airfix kit from 1969. I was given this and a few pieces had been stuck together. It sat in the stash for a few years and I finally decided to get it built. I used Humbrol and Vallejo acrylics and made a crude job of the wing fold. For comparison, I made this 9 years ago
  16. I wanted to take part in this as I enjoyed the previous MTO GB. But I've been making other things, been busy at work and had a sojourn away from the modelling table due to a well earned holiday. So this morning rashly I thought let's do something! Now I'm not the fastest builder in the world so that means an aircraft with its canopy, props and undercart as well the inevitable seams and sanding is out of the question. And as for a ship, my last effort is still sitting part made in a cupboard somewhere, not even the shelf of doom. A quick look look at the stash revealed this box which I only bought last week, and galvanised by the searching for sunken Valentines on the recent BBC Jurassic coast special made me think. Let's go and build these. In the box are 6 sprues enough to make three tanks. There are alternative parts to make three didfferent versions, a MkII, a MkIII and/or a MkIX. There are also three different commander figures on each sprue and at the end there will be multiple bodies, turrets and sets of tracks left over for the eager scratchbuilder or converter. My plan is to make one of each version. I know the MkII and MkIII were used in the Westrn Desert and as far as I can see so was the MkIX and it was also used in Italy, so should be fine. Let me know if I'm wrong and I'll adjust Marks accordingly. The moulding is beautifully crisp and there's load of detail, although the part count is not enormously high, given the variants and options in the box. Instructions however, are fairly basic but adequate. So off we go.
  17. Ready for inspection are my pair of 1:72 Spitfire's. The first being Airfix's Supermarine Spitfire Mk.1a, and the second Eduard's Spitfire Mk.IX (from its Royal Class kit). My aim was to compare the kits as I built them, simplicity Vs complexity at its greatest. The Airfix kit comprised a minimal amount of sprues, decals and instructions. The Eduard kit contained bags of sprues, pe, tonnes of decals and an instruction booklet to rival war and peace. Both kits went together well, both delivering problems when it came to securing the fuselage to the wings......tight fit is an understatement! That said, the rest of the journey was painless, and I am really happy with the results. Thanks for looking.
  18. I thought it time to tackle another Spitfire build (everyone loves building a spit.......right??), and couldn't decide which kit to go for so I have decided to build 2 at the same time (along with my Dornier build, already underway). So here goes......2 very different kits, one appearing simple, one sublime, but both recreating a Spitfire (although different variants). My first kit is Airfix's trusty Supermarine Spitfire Mk.1a, I plan to finish this build with the traditional half black underside and as an out of the box build. The kit comprises 2 grey sprues, all nicely detailed with little flash. There aid also a small clear sprue, and decal sheet. The second kit is Eduard's 1:72 Royal class Spitfire Mk.IX. This is part of a kit that gives you 4 Spits to build. The box contains beautiful colour instructions, 14 colour schemes and decals to choose from, pe parts, resin parts, beer mat and beautiful beer glass. I am planning to build Mk.IXe, as flown by Maj. Vasiliy A. Matsyevich, CO of 26th GIAP 1945 (partly because my son loves the paint scheme). There are 5 grey sprues, with no flash and lots of fine detail, and a clear sprue. There is also a small sheet of pe parts, resin wheels, a small decal sheet with common parts, and a larger one with specific decals. It looks a stonking kit, and I can't wait to get started.
  19. Shar2

    MTB PT-109. 1:72

    MTB PT-109 Revell 1:72 PT-109 belonged to the PT 103 class of MTB’s, hundreds of which were completed between 1942 and 1945 by Elco. PT-109's keel was laid 4 March 1942 as the seventh Motor Torpedo Boat (MTB) of the 80-foot-long (24 m) 56 ton class, built by Elco and was launched on 20 June. She was delivered to the Navy on 10 July 1942, and fitted out in the New York Naval Shipyard in Brooklyn. The boats were manned by 3 officers and up to 12 crewmen. The Elco boats were the largest PT boats operated by the U.S. Navy during World War II, built with strong wooden hulls of two layers of 1-inch (2.5 cm) mahogany planking. Powered by three 12-cylinder 1,500 horsepower (1,100 kW) Packard petrol engines (one per propeller shaft), their designed top speed was 41 knots (76 km/h). For space and weight-distribution reasons, the center engine was mounted with the output end facing aft, with power directly transmitted to the propeller shaft. Because the center propeller was deeper, it left less of a wake, and was preferred by skippers for low-wake loitering. Both wing engines were mounted with the output flange facing forward, and power was transmitted through a Vee-drive gearbox to the propeller shafts. The engines were fitted with mufflers on the transom to direct the exhaust under water, which had to be bypassed for anything other than idle speed. These mufflers were used not only to mask their own noise from the enemy, but to be able to hear enemy aircraft, which were rarely detected overhead before firing their cannons or machine guns or dropping their bombs. The principal offensive weapon was her torpedoes. She was fitted with four 21-inch (53 cm) torpedo tubes containing Mark VIII torpedoes. They weighed 3,150 lb (1,429 kg) each, with 386-pound (175 kg) warheads and gave the tiny boats a punch at least theoretically effective even against armoured ships. Their typical speed of 36 knots (67 km/h) was effective against shipping, but because of rapid marine growth build-up on their hulls in the South Pacific and austere maintenance facilities in forward areas, American PT boats ended up being slower than the top speed of the Japanese destroyers and cruisers they were tasked with targeting in the Solomons. Torpedoes were also useless against shallow-draft barges, which were their most common targets. With their machine guns and 20 mm cannon, the PT boats could not return the large-calibre gunfire carried by destroyers, which had a much longer effective range, though they were effective against aircraft and ground targets. Because they were fueled with aviation gasoline, a direct hit to a PT boat's engine compartment sometimes resulted in a total loss of boat and crew. In order to have a chance of hitting their target, PT boats had to close to within 2 miles (3.2 km) for a shot, well within the gun range of destroyers; at this distance, a target could easily maneuver to avoid being hit. The boats approached in darkness, fired their torpedoes, which sometimes gave away their positions, and then fled behind smoke screens. Sometimes retreat was hampered by seaplanes dropping flares and bombs on the boats. The Elco torpedo-launching tubes were powered by a 3-inch (76 mm) black powder charge to expel the torpedo from the tube. Additionally, the torpedo was well greased so it would slide out of the tube. Sometimes, the powder charge caused the grease to ignite upon firing, and the resulting flash could give away the position of the PT boat. Crews of PT boats relied on their smaller size, speed and maneuverability, and darkness, to survive. Ahead of the torpedoes on PT-109 were two depth charges, omitted on most PTs, one on each side, about the same diameter as the torpedoes. These were designed to be used against submarines, but were sometimes used by PT commanders to confuse and discourage pursuing destroyers. PT-109 lost one of her two Mark 6 depth charges a month before Kennedy showed up when the starboard torpedo was inadvertently launched during a storm without first deploying the tube into firing position. The launching torpedo sheared away the depth charge mount and some of the foot rail. PT-109 had a single, 20 mm Oerlikon anti-aircraft mount at the rear with "109" painted on the mounting base, two open rotating turrets (designed by the same firm that produced the Tucker automobile), each with twin, .50-caliber (12.7 mm) anti-aircraft machine guns, at opposite corners of the open cockpit, and a smoke generator on her transom. These guns were effective against attacking aircraft. The day before her most famous mission, PT-109 crew lashed a U.S. Army 37 mm antitank gun to the foredeck, replacing a small, 2-man life raft. Timbers used to secure the weapon to the deck later helped save their lives when used as a float. The Model Although based on the old 1963 release, I believe that this kit is from new moulds, and this certainly look the case when looking at the sprues as they are the more modern enclosed style and the dated on the inner hull sections has definitely been changed. The mouldings are nicely done, although the detail does seem to be a little soft and the plastic is quite glossy. There are no major imperfections, but there are quite a few flow marks in the deck section and only a few moulding pips. There are eleven sprues and three hull sections in a medium grey styrene, three sprues in clear styrene and a small decal sheet. The build begins with the gluing together of the two hull halves and the midships bulkhead. The small insert on the lower bow is then added, as is the stern section which includes the propeller shaft and rudder holes, plus the transom which is moulded integrally. The crew rest area is made up from six parts and glued to the underside of the deck section, along with the interior steering position. Depending on whether you want to build PT 109 with the bow mounted 37mm howitzer or not will determine which holes you will need to drill out before add the deck tot eh hull. Three cleats ate then attached to the deck and the model turn over to fit the three propeller shafts, propellers and rudders. The six mufflers and their control rods are then attached to the transom. The superstructure is then built up using individual sides and bulkheads, most of which will need the clear window parts to be added before gluing into position. The roof sections will also need holes drilling out before being glued into position. The deck above the engine compartment is then fitted with a three piece skylight, 20mm cannon guide rails and four ventilators, this assembly is then glued in place, as is the gun deck immediately aft. The upper steering position is then assembled from the sides and bulkheads to which internal detail is added such as the boats wheel, internal bulkheads, searchlight and console. The forward roof section is then added as is the steering positions windscreen and aerial mast Each torpedo tube consists of four parts and once all four tubes are assembled the can be fitted to their respective positions on the deck, either stowed, or in firing positions. Each of the twin 50 cal machine gun turrets are assembled from four parts, with additional two parts of the guide cage around the top of the each turret. The 37mm consists of seven parts and is fitted to the foredeck, while the 20mm Oerlikon is an eight piece assembly fitted to the quarterdeck. There are two three piece depth charges fitted one per side on the foredeck. While on the quarterdeck the smoke discharger and ensign staff are glued into position. Lastly, the folding mast is fitted to the main cabin roof and can be posed raised or stowed. Decals Since there is only one option with this kit, naturally there aren’t too many decals. Other than those for the compass binnacles and instrument panel, there are also the hull depth markings, ensign and PT-109s codes for either side of the bow, bridge front and the 20mm cannon pedestal aft. There are also two large decals for the stands nameplates. Conclusion It’s nice to see this kit being updated, and for the most part it looks like a nice kit that can easily be detailed to the modellers own wishes and there are already etched detail sets from Eduard to help with this. Seeing as the plastic is quite glossy i would definitely prime before painting. It would make a nice introductory maritime model for those modellers new to the genre of narrow seas boats. Revell model kits are available from all good toy and model retailers. For further information visit
  20. It's my first topic here, so let me introduce myself shortly: I'm a polish scale modeler. I've built models since I was a teenager and a member of a local modeling club. When I was 18/19 years old, I had to take a break due to lack of time. Almost 10 years later, my fiance gave me a birthday gift (airplane model - Lublin r.XIII ter), to recall myself how it was to be a modeler again It should’ve been one-time adventure, but obviously it was exactly the opposite. This Corsair is the third completed one from then. Previous two models were rather training ones, I had to recall myself all the techniques and honestly, I didn’t have a nice workbench tools or paints, besides little box with pile set, scalpel, and 3-4 paints. Now, my workbench has grown, I have lots of useful tools. I chose brush painting technique, to have more fun while working. I am aware of better quality performed by using airbrush, but to be honest, I am a brush fan and I won’t give it up for sure. My goal is to achieve such high painting quality as an airbrush. Before starting to build Corsair, I thought of showing my work at some small modeling exhibitions and share on the internet forums. I didn’t use any additional, bought parts or even canopy masks. I made them all by myself, for example: masks are made of masking tape. I am satisfied with the painting - layers are really thin, they didn’t hide panel lines. My brush didn’t leave streaks, because I used flat brush and paint thinner. However, I am not happy about paint chips and scratches. I chose wrong technique and even though I tried to fix this, but my efforts were pointless, because it looked worse. I need to focus on that. The orange strip on the fuselage is painted, not used from decals. I focused on engine, some photos are attached below. You are welcome to check out my work in progress gallery on my blog. It’s in polish (english version in progress), but you can see a lot of photos there: http://minihangar.online/warsztat-corsair-f4u-4-revell-172/ http://minihangar.online/warsztat-corsair-f4u-4-revell-172-cz-2/ http://minihangar.online/warsztat-corsair-f4u-4-revell-172-cz-3/ http://minihangar.online/warsztat-corsair-f4u-4-revell-172-cz-4/ http://minihangar.online/warsztat-corsair-f4u-4-revell-172-cz-5/ http://minihangar.online/warsztat-corsair-f4u-4-revell-172-cz-6/ http://minihangar.online/warsztat-corsair-f4u-4-revell-172-final/ And gallery: In progress:
  21. Shelliecool

    Dornier Do17z

    Ready for inspection is my 1:72 Airfix Dornier Do17z. The kit was a joy to build, no flash, nice attention to detail, pretty good decals and 2 colour schemes. I really enjoyed the challenge of airbrushing the splinter pattern on this aircraft, it's the second one I have attempted and they look really effective once finished. I have painted the canopy by hand, deciding it was easier than painstakingly masking up all the clear sections, and I'm happy with the result. Just hope I've done the aircraft justice.
  22. I’ve been in the modelling doldrums recently due to a variety of reasons. I have a few weeks of extended leave so to get things going I thought a quick build would help. I dug this one out of the stash. Fairly straight forward paint job Sprue shot: Old style “square” sprues, so I am guessing this is a relatively old kit. Not much flash though. Busy decal sheet: I am going to do one of the black options. Ok, to work. Nothing fancy, just a quick build out of the box. First the cockpit, which went together quickly. The seats were a tight squeeze. Just some painted Tamiya tape for seatbelts. Didn’t spend too much time on the cockpit, the canopy is pretty thick and distorting. I gather this one is a real tail sitter, so I stuffed the front with as many lead fishing weights as I could. Then in almost no time at all I was glueing the fuselage together. I’ll be putting more lead in under the cockpit tub. While waiting for the fuselage to cure, I hollowed out the exhausts with a pin vice and hobby knife. That's it for now.
  23. Shelliecool

    Dornier Do17z

    My next build will be the first German bomber I have attempted, and looking inside the box I'm already eager to get started! I am building Airfix's 1:72 Dornier Do17z, the box contains detailed instructions and decal instruction sheet, and 2 varients of decals. There are 4 detailed sprues, with no flash and a clear sprue (lots of canopy to mask!) All in all it looks a lovely little kit. I plan to build the aircraft flown by Croatian voulenteers of 15/ Kampfgeschwader 53 in 1941, and aim for an out of the box build with gear down. Doing a little bit of online research this morning, I have found several documentaries online about the surviving Dornier found off the coast of Margate, now at RAF Cosford under restoration. Definitely worth a watch. Anyway, back to business......the kit is washed and awaiting attention.
  24. 825

    Hawker Osprey

    I know it's a bit of a challenge but I thought I'd give it a go. It's been in the stash for a few years and it's a beautiful little plane. So typical of pre-war FAA. There are 5 sprues of nice but softly moulded plastic, typical of a short run model. There is also a small film for the windshield. The sprues have a whole bundle of things not to be used. I think it's a kit for a number of two seater Hart versions. And a rather nice transfer sheet for an HMS Eagle based aircraft.
  25. I started this in the Matchbox Group Build but it stalled for a number of reasons. I've restarted and thought it's worth putting on here now. The work so far can be found here. I got the airframe finished, some metallic around the tail and the underside painted. I put on multiple coats of citadel white then a couple of coats of Revell Aquacolour Gloss White. It didn't look great, was streaky, rush marks and multiple bits. So was sanded back to the matt white, polished, recoated with citadel and a couple of coats of Kleer. Here it is masked ready for the ESDG. First coat of Xtracrylix ESDG thinned with Flow Improver