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  1. Well, my parcel from Poland arrived on Wednesday, it took a wee bit longer than previous parcels from Arma Hobby, but considering the postal situation at the moment it was still reasonably quick, only 12 days. The sturdy card box contained one Expert Set FM-2 Wildcat and 3 sets of Overtrees neatly wrapped in bubble wrap, I've got a few sets of decals for Martlet/Wildcat VI's, so there's a fewe schemes for me to choose from. Wednesday afternoon the Expert Set was unboxed and had a good fondling whilst I perused a selection of references. Box and contents:- The overtrees supplied are just the two grey sprues and the clear sprue, nothing else. The kit comprises of a main sprue for the FM-2 / Wildcat VI release:- Plus a common sprue for this and the forthcoming F4F-4 release:- The clear sprue is also common with the F4F-4 release, as it contains the lower fuselage windows and wing landing light cover not used on this FM-2 / Wildcat VI release. Also shown here are the small etch sheet and the masking sheet for the canopy and wheels which are only included in the Expert Set:- And here's the decal sheet from the Expert Set which covers 5 US FM-2's, and 3 FAA Wildcat VI's, all of 882 NAS on HMS Searcher, 3 individual code/serials being supplied for the same basic scheme:- If you want to see photo's better than my phone snaps above, there's more on the Arma Hobby website, unfortunately the links they provide on this page for the instructions don't seem to work for me. Initial impressions? It looks like a top quality product, with pretty much all you'd need to build a well detailed model straight out of the box.
  2. My next build is Airfix's 1:72 Handley Page Victor B.Mk.2 (my Christmas Present). Although my favourite aircraft to build are from WW2 era, my passion for real military aircraft comes from the 3 aircraft that made up our fabulous V Bombers. Of the 3 the Vulcan is my ultimate favourite, but the Victor, with its space age, almost alian loom is a close second. I plan to build the kit as it comes out of the box, using Vallejo acrylics in place of the suggested Humbrol. I am building her in the colours of 139 Squadron, Royal Air Force Wittering in the iconic anti flash white. Now down to business, the box is extremely large with beautiful box art. It contains a very detailed instruction booklet, colour and decal chart and a selection of decals. There are 10 very detailed sprues with no flash, and a small clear sprue. I am really looking forward to building this beast and hope i do her justice.
  3. Hello guys... below, some photos of my wip ... I make a Lynx Has3 ICE from HB in 1:72 during my stay at home for Covid-19 ... I hope you like it and believe me ... I have never worked so fast ciao Silvano cockpit and rear... Some modification air scoop tail rotor below fuselage main gear other details and finnaly... primer coat before painting this in about three weeks of work in the evening ... ciao Silvano
  4. RA-5C Vigilante BuNo156633/NK603 of RVAH-13, USS Enterprise, Operation Linebacker II, December 1972 The last of the Vigilantes to be lost in the Vietnam war. It was hit by 'Atoll' missile fired by MiG-21 - unfortunately killing the navigator and pilot becoming a POW. This was in fact the only Vigilante lost in aerial combat. At the time of it's introduction - Vigilante was the heaviest, fastest & most complicated plane to operate on carrier decks. But it was about to have very short career - as submarines took over it's job as a nuclear delivery platform in early 60's. But it got a second chance as a reconnaissance plane. A job where it peformed really well, even if it wasn't originally designed for it. Vigilante was big & fast - and highly sophisticated for it's age, having inertial navigation system, HUD, 'Fly-by'wire' and a unique 'linear bomb bay'. Instead of normal downwards opening bomb bay - Vigilante had a bomb chute that opened on the rear between the engines. This allowed dropping the bomb at high speeds. In practice, this never worked very well - but the space left over was used for additional fuel. Fuel that Vigilante used with great success, being able to perform their post-strike reconnaissance missions over hostile territory at supersonic speeds - often leaving it's escorts begging for the Vigilantes to slow down. Vigilante is such a cool plane that gets very little attention - I thought that this GB would be perfect chance to build this plane. Rough idea of the content I am working with. Quite a lot of plastic in the kit and it does look pretty decent. Only aftermarker is pitot tube - but I'm thinking about getting photo etch set too - as I will most likely build this wings up & canopy open. The decals are by Micro Scale (many thanks to @PeterB!) This might be a slow start as I'm quite deep in the Nordic GB builds.
  5. I hit a snag right at the beginning of my Maltese spit, and I'll be working on this model while I try to find a way out of that (don't ask). The 72nd Eduard kit needs no introduction, particularly since many others have already done a great job of showing the parts in the other threads on this GB. I still haven't decided which version I'm going to build. It will be either the clipped wing American in light gray over azure, or the Burma/India theater machine in tropical scheme and light blue roundels. The cockpit parts so far. I had some problems with the PE belts (I always do) and things now look a bit sloppy on the seat. I really wish I could just get a set of PE buckles like they used to make.
  6. "Into the small back room he stole, the searching beam of his flashlight incising the damp, fetid air. Even the half-crazed, cackling beggar who had led him to this place had tried to warn him not to gaze upon the contents of the box. “There’s some ‘as tried, and ‘as been driven to th’bottle and t'madhouse, just fr’one litt’a peek at t’fearsome thangs what’s inside!” he had told him, with bloodshot eyes and whisky breath. He paid the grizzly old man his pen’north, and shooed him roughly into the night. He would not be deterred in his quest, not after travelling from the far Indies to the Americas in search of something which a hundred rational men said did not exist. And yet he knew, with all his heart, that the only objects which could possibly realise his sick fantasy lay in that box..a box which his flashlight now found, cobwebbed, battered and covered with a thick layer of dust, on top of a trestle table, like a cadaver on a gurney. His crowbar found the gnarly edge of the lid, and the box slowly creaked open…" Like many, and I’m choosing my words carefully, I was slightly disappointed upon opening the Mach 2 VC-10. This is an iconic British aircraft, with gorgeous lines, a huge whiff of nostalgia, and a wistful history as the last all-British attempt at a commercial long haul aircraft. Building one in gentleman’s scale is a niche business of course, but not the realm of a few crazies either. Many of us know what to expect from Mach 2 in terms of moulding quality – rough surface, doobreys galore, a marathon of sanding and finishing – but there are innumerable technical reasons why small manufacturers struggle to make well finished products, and frankly, it is impressive in this sector to see a kit that is injection moulded at all. But what made fists clench and hair fall out across the Britliner-loving community was the obvious shape errors in the nose. The VC-10 has an attractively, almost flush fitted window, with the entire nose section, glazed or otherwise, coming to a nearly uniform point. Out of the box, Mach 2 originally gave a windshield with a steep upward sweep, almost like a DC3. Mach 2 then issued a corrective part – in fact, I gather all models sold after Telford (eg via Hannants) had this as standard, but even with the correcting part, the shape looks more like a Tristar than a VC-10. There isn’t much to distinguish an airliner – they are all metal tubes at the end of the day – so the details really do count to make a satisfying model. There is also the issue of variant type. Out of the box the hull is a short body with leading edge extensions. Such aircraft were few and only used by the RAF as C1Ks, so the parts do not fit the profile of any civilian airliners. So unless you like VC-10 C1Ks, you are out of luck. But I’m still going to have a crack! This is very much going to be a skills development project. I may fail, but hopefully in a catastrophic and amusing way. The breakdown of Sisyphean tasks is thus: Problem 1 – nose is wrong. So, I’m going to cut away the worst of it, make a buck that slots in with hopefully a closer approximation of the shape, and either vacform over it, or mould a solid section in clear polyester resin. Problem 2 – can’t make an authentic civilian. So, the choice is either file down the wings to make a Standard, or extend the fuselage to make a Super. Well, in for a penny… After I did the Heller 707 over Christmas, I’d be gutted if my VC-10 was smaller. This will be a few chops, and a couple of fuselage plugs, one big, the other small at the rear. And to make the plugs, I’m going to deploy my beginner CAD skills, and the services of a tame 3D print shop. Which is pretty much where I’m beginning, although first I checked the fuselage profile against an old Mike Keep profile from a vintage SAM issue. Interestingly, it conforms very closely to the kit…although I much as love these old drawings, I do not rate it for accuracy as it scales up 20mm too short. The question is really how much do I add at the front and how much at the rear. I am essentially guessing at this stage, without a drawing I really trust. One thing I can do with some confidence is chop the fuselage behind the cockpit and ahead of the wing. This gives me two profiles and my first penny dropping moment. An airliner is pretty much a metal cylinder, and my expectation was that having learned how to extrude a circle (sounds painful, I know) I had this in the bag, but this is a Mach 2 airliner… So the two ends of the ‘cylinder’ I need to make are actually fairly irregular ovalelograms or some such. Not impossible though… Also, the rearmost 10mm is where the wing fairing starts, so the shape needs to develop some lumps at the back to conform to this (rather wonky) profile… I’m using Onshape, which is available as free cloud-based software, on the condition that you don’t mind all your files being public, and that you can cope with a few very simple standard CAD features being disabled in a really annoying way. These include - · You can’t set line lengths numerically (you have to draw them carefully to length with the mouse) · You can’t change to mm – inches all the way. · You can’t, as far as I can see, import a reference image to sketch on top of. Basically, our relationship is not set to last. But, having learnt what some of the buttons do now, I’m on a roll and I can do what I need to on it for now... Meanwhile, in the cockpit, traditional modelling techniques prevail. The offending nose OOB looks something like this: So, I chopped the worst of it off: I created vertical and horizontal profiles, and started to make the form of the "buck": The tip I have formed from Epo putty, as espoused by YouTube's David Damek. Its wonderful stuff to work with a wet finger, although I've had issues with it not curing in my cold attic, so it's the airing cupboard overnight. The buck is sitting on extra plasticard which I have enclosed the cockpit with, and will remove later, hopefully it will then look less like a C-46: Next step will be some P38 and lots of sanding. I think that'll do for now!
  7. My second contribution will be this Sword Seafire MkIII Two liveries offered, one a D Day spotter of 885 NAS in the temparate day fighter scheme with D-Day stripes and in the more traditional temperate Sea scheme of 809 NAS on HMS Stalker in 1945' presumably in the Indian Ocean. The box is full of plastic. It looks like it's the sprues from a MkV Spitfire with a new fuselage and wings, along with the other parts for a Seafire. The instruction sheet is about 8 pages long but the build looks like other Sword/Admiral/Legato Seafires. A nice transfer sheet, but no D-Day stripes so that will be a challenge. A couple of resin exhausts and for some reason, I reckon a mistake, theres two clear sprues with a couple of canopies and landing lights
  8. My next build, as chosen by my two boys, is Monogram's 1:72 Twin Mustang F-82G. It appears to be a Revell kit, reboxed by Monogram. I plan to build the kit straight from the box, using Vallejo acrylics in place of Revell. Lets get down to business and see whats in the box. The box art is pretty basic, and once open there is again a basic black and white instruction sheet. There is a small decal sheet with the option of 2 liveries. There are 5 grey sprues, these have some flash and some detailing (most of the panel lines are raised). I have already given the sprues a wash, and the interior sections a coat of Vallejo primer. I am looking forward to any challenges the kit may throw at me, and can't wait to get started.
  9. I've finally got almost everything cleared off my workspace and am ready to join in the GB in an attempt to reduce my stash of 30 Seafires and Spitfires. The first to come to the top of the pile is this Admiral boxing of a MkIb with a Vokes filter. I've made an Admiral late Mark Seafire before and it wasn't too bad, but like all Seafires/Spitfires you do have to be careful with the wing/fuselage joint. There are two offerings in the box, a standard aircraft of 885 NAS from HMS Formidable and a one off royal blue scheme. I rather fancy the latter as the standard schemes of Seafires are very similar. the contents are nice, crisply moulded on two sprues. Straightforward instructions over a few pages. Nice nice set of stencils, some etch for the arrestor hook area and a small canopy. But crucially no transfers. Luckily, I have these in the stash. Phew.
  10. At last I have the chance to place this kit prominently in a BB: I present: the mighty Ferret-E: Three spruces , One color, A ton of decals. What could go wrong? Find out this weekend on the mighty BB1. As it is a fantasy kit, I intend to rework it as part of an pop-culture military unit. I have a vision of it being a stealth fighter of the Cobra from the G.I Joe cartoons. This means either fun creating decals of fun creating strencils. Therefore a question to the host may I prepare the decals/stencils beforehand, or do I have to do them in the 24h as well?
  11. After a popular vote - well who can resist requests by such esteemed BM'ers such as @JOCKNEY and @Enzo Matrix the A-10 will be the victim of this blitzbuild. Not sure of start time yet but there is a back-story to why this kit stayed in my stash. In June 1977 I set myself the challenge of walking across the North York's Moors - not by the more usual west-east route but north to south from Whitby to Pickering. Staying in Youth Hostels along the way it was only a two day walk. I think it was on the first day that I was at the top of hill looking for viewpoints to get my bearings when an A-10 came over my head at what felt like extremely low level. It is always those chance encounters with aircraft that remain in my memory rather than having seen them at air shows. This will be an OOB build
  12. My next build is Airfix's 1:72 Bristol Beaufighter TF. 10. I have had it in my stash a while, and have always loved the look of this aircraft, and can't wait to start building her. So lets have a look at the box. The artwork as usual is ace, and depicts the aircraft in the colour scheme i plan to build her in. The box contains a detailed instruction booklet, small decal sheet and clear sprue. There are 5 grey sprues, all with little to no flash and lots of detailing. Looks like it will be a nice clean kit to build. I am planning on building it straight from the box, using Vallejo model air acrylics in place of the suggested Humbrol. I also intene to use some resin wheels i picked up at a model show a while back. I am building her in the colours of No. 45 Squadron, "Operation Firedog", RAF Kuala Lumpur 1949. Here's hoping I can do the aircraft the Japanese called 'Whispering Death' justice. So far I have cleaned off the sprues in soapy water, and given the cockpit parts a blast of Vallejo primer. Here we go....
  13. I first built this back in 1983. Here is the original packaging, as I scanned it in many years later: I have the early 1990s series 2 boxing in the stash, but I can't get to it just now. What I do have is the Starter Kit edition from about 2010: Not shown, I also have an aftermarket set of decals for an "Operation Musketeer" aircraft ... and two suitably sized sets of Indian Navy roundels, both leftovers from built Sea Harrier kits (Italeri/ex-Esci, and Matchbox). However, going down either of these routes might open up a can of worms about stores, version specifics, etc. So the easy option would be to build either of the Starter Kit options, preferably the aircraft preserved at Yeovilton (... but not sadly flying at present).
  14. Hello all! I'll be doing the superhero option starting tomorrow. As usual, I'll be using my geographic location to get a head start, it's Satuday in just 4 hours here in Melbourne. This time, I've got my hands on the Airfix 1:72 Gnat: I'll be building the scheme on the box-top. At some point I may have to build this thing again in the Hot Shots colours, but not this time, I've just restocked my red and white paints and its been a while since I built something colourful. I'll also be joined by @emily who somehow has let me drag here into another one of these things. Her kit came with 2 in the box....and they're similar colours to the gnat.....and small..... This may turn into a double-blitzbuild!
  15. Ready for your inspection is my 1:72 Airfix Bristol Beaufighter TF. 10. It is built as it comes from the box, with the exception of Vallejo acrylics in the place of Humbrol, and resin wheels I purchased from a model show. It was a pretty straight forward build, no real surprises, no flash and a nice amount of detailing. As usual with my builds, I preshaded the panel lines before applying the top coat, and added some light shading patches after I was happy with the top coats. I'm really happy with the finished piece amd hope I've done the aircraft justice. Thanks for looking.
  16. "AUTUMN 1984 - STRIKE" AJ 37 Viggen, Swedish Royal Air Force, F6 Karlsborg Kit: Special Hobby AJ-37/SK-37 Viggen Duo Pack (#SH72411) Scale: 1/72 Aftermarket: Master pitot, Moose Republic decals, weapons from Airfix Viggen & Marivox Saab 105 Paints: Vallejo Model Color, Model Air & Metal Color - and Tamiya Weathering: Flory Models Wash, Mig weathering Products Very good - if somewhat complicated kit with couple of problem areas. Very nice details. Scratchbuilt display base. Built for Nordic GB. Build thread here: Thanks for looking! Comments & constructive criticism welcomed
  17. Goood moorniiing Viee.... Britmodeller! This is my latest build, literally finished just now: Shenyang J-5, Vietnam People's Air Force, 932 Fighter Reg. Red 3020 (Le Hai) | Tho Xuan August 1969 Kit: Airfix Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-17F 'Fresco' (Shenyang J-5) (#A03091) Scale: 1/72 Aftermarket: None (T-antennas were taken from Hobby Boss MiG-15UTI kit) Paints: Vallejo Model Color, Model Air & Metal Color, Tamiya Acrylics Weathering: Flory Models Wash, Mig weathering Products, Tamiya Panel Liners Really enjoyed this kit, mostly has good details - only thing that is obvious that is missing is the T-shaped antennas under the wings. But I was building Hobby Boss MiG-15UTI at the same time and luckily it has a set of two so I used the other set. Fit was great, only in the nose some extra care was needed. Painted with Vallejo Metal Color first (Semi Matte Aluminium) followed by Tamiya Clear Coat. Thin layer of Vallejo Chipping Medium applied to selected places, followed by thin layer of Vallejo 71.2289 US Dark Green. Camo spots painted with Tamiya XF-27 Black Green. Chipped the paint using small stiff brush, applied the decals & weathered lightly. And some comparison shots with F-105 Thunderchief: Hope you like it! Comments & constructive criticism welcomed
  18. This is not the first kit I build. There were kit before this one. There are kits I build with my father, kits of Sukhois, airliners and flying boats of east german origin. I recall a mighty Tu-2 on my shelf. I reach back in my memory and remember a silver J-35 as the first kit I ever got in touch with I remember Polish Łoś bombers, Czapla reconaissance aircraft and badly designed Yak fighter kits. I remember a Matchbox Hawker Fury, the fist "western" kit i came in touch with. I am not even sure if I build all those kits or I let my father build them for me for the better part. I remember the first kits I build on my own during a stay in Canada : the Monogram SR-71, the Italeri F-15. I would love to rebuild them both, however these are not the stories to be told here. The story told here is that of Lady Jessie and the Rhino. Lady Jessie was the kit my dad got me as a gift after our familiy got reunited after a year of separation due to work assignments of my parents. This coincided with relocation to Germany where I could at last pursue the hobby "properly" and paint the aircraft using paints from the whole Revell range. Lady Jessie an A-4F Skyhawk from Revell was the kit I decided would be my first serious build. I was actually quite proud of the build at that time brushed with shiny enamel colours fully decaled it was my whole pride. And while the front wheel broke of several time and the strut got shorter and shorter each time the model is still with me (found not so long ago in the attic). Sice the tooth of time nagged on the build, with fading decals, and apparent shortcomings of my build at the age of ca. 14/15 I intended to rebuild Lady Jessie as soon as I returned to the hobby. Sadly I could not find any modern kits in this livery in my 1:72 scale. And then this GB comes along. With the sipulation to use the same, or closest kit. I knew what I had to do. Take a trip to the e-bay, and lo and behold there was ONE auction where my Lady Jessie was offered. Boxed as I rememberd it from 1990. I shall build a new Lady Jessie as I did then OOB. However I shall improve the build as best as I can I want to give the Lady the attention he deserves and let her beauty shine. And then there is the Rhino, the Phantom the second model i build after Lady Jessie As far as I remember (I was fixated on carrier borne aircraft then) This one I also found in the attic in a surprisingly good shape and while I didn't find the exact same kit I found something even better from Revell (Isn't it funny most British modellers started out with Airfix kits, German modellers with Revell, french Heller I guess and italian probably with Italeri). They recently reissued the same mold, but with an even more striking livery. So this will make my shelf. I hold this kit in the highest regards, as it allows a myriad of options not found on most of the other kits in this scale: Lowered flaps, open cockpit, extended (well, slightly) speed brakes. And while the panel lines are raised (and I am NOT rescribing), this is still the best 1:72 Phantom for me. And here a group picture of the beauty and the beast.
  19. Hello everybody, I would like to built the Mach 2 VC10 in old RAF decoration. It's not a easy model to build, there are some problems with injection but the plastic used by Mach 2 is easy to carve, to transform. So, let's go.
  20. "SUMMER 1982 - INTERCEPTION" CF-104 Starfighter, Royal Norwegian Air Force, 334sq Kit: Hasegawa F-104J/CF-104 Starfighter (#D16) Scale: 1/72 Aftermarket: Master pitot, Eduard photoetch, Reskit wheels, Vingtor decals Paints: Vallejo Model Color, Model Air & Metal Color Weathering: Flory Models Wash, Mig weathering Products Good kit, a solid choice for 1:72 Starfighter. Early 80's was the last years of the Norwergian Starfighters - conversion to F-16 was already happening. Scratchbuilt display base. Built for Nordic GB. Build thread: Thanks for looking! Comments & constructive criticism welcomed
  21. "WINTER 1983 - RECON" MiG-21F-13, Finnish Air Force, TiedLLv Kit: Revell MiG-21F-13 Fishbed C (#04346) Scale: 1/72 Aftermarket: Master pitot, Kuivalainen photo etch, Aires wheels, Quickboost nose intake, Galdecal recce pods, unknown decals (FaF roundels) Paints: Vallejo Model Color, Model Air & Metal Color Weathering: Flory Models Wash, Mig weathering Products Decent kit with some flaws & problem areas. Most can be corrected/improved but replacement wheels are a must, kit wheels don't even look like wheels. Scratch built display base. Built for Nordic GB. Build thread: Thanks for looking! Comments & constructive criticism welcomed
  22. "SPRING 1963 - TRAINING" F-100F Super Sabre, Royal Danish Air Force, ESK 725, Karup Kit: Italeri F-100F Super Sabre Double Seater (#003) Scale: 1/72 Aftermarket: Taurus canopy, Aires wheels, Aires nozzle, Master pitot, Pavla seats Paints: Vallejo Model Color, Model Air & Metal Color Weathering: Flory Models Wash, Mig weathering Products Solid - if somewhat basic - kit from Italeri. Added some aftermarket & DIY work to improve the looks. Display base made from scratch. Built for Nordic GB. Build thread: Thanks for looking! Comments & constructive criticism welcomed
  23. Hello everyone, here comes my second entry for this group build. A Super Etendard with spotting the 100 years of French naval aviation livery. As you can see I was crazyenough to order PE-parts again but no masks. This is going to be fun. The kit itself is not overlz complicated it is currently also the only Etendard readily available in 1:72 so my choices where slighly limited. the Syhart decals are as always a joy to the eye however if the Delta Ramex La Fayette is anything to go by,they will be quite fiddly to place. I also have a question for the seasoned modeller. How do I make sure I have the perfect transition and don't get any colour bleeding around the thin yellow line - the line is provided as a decal. My idea was to paint everzthing black, place the yellow decal and then mask the hell out of it, with flexible masking tape. but mazbe someone has a cleverer solution?
  24. Right. So we got one extra week - and @trickyrich tricked me to build one more. Oh well, why not! So let's go with something that is doable in a week: Hobby Boss easy assembly kit. And so that it's not too easy - some Kuivalainen (Eduard) etch. Decals - not sure where I got those... This MiG-15UTI actually ties in nicely my Finnish planes in this GB. Gnat was the first proper fighter in the Finnish Air Force since the war that was atleast somewhat relevant at the time of it's purchase. It was quickly outclassed though - as the aviation industry was moving so fast. MiG-21F-13 followed - and while it did not replace Gnat as such (Draken did), it made it more or less obsolete in FAF. With the purchase of the MiG-21's, four MiG-15UTI's were also bought. It was used as interim trainer between the Fouga Magister and MiG-21F as no dedicated two seater MiG-21 trainer was available. But MiG-15UTI proved to be of little use in Finnish Air Force, there was no real need for such plane type. But, my point being - the thing that ties my Finnish GB builds together - Gnat, MiG-21F-13 and MiG-15UTI all served in the Finnish Air Force at the same time. Whats in the box. It's labeled as an 'Easy Assembly' kit - but it's still a proper kit nevertheless. Pretty nice detail, just maybe little less parts than normally. Like the wings are one part and so on. PE will detail nicely the rather spartan cockpit. Cockpit without PE... ... and with PE. All the extra bits, ready for primer. ... aand the fuselage & wings assembled! I better stop now so that I don't have to post this to the RFI area straight away
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