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  1. IanHx

    Just a Mo ++DONE++

    Something Grumman-y and propellor-y for a change... ...
  2. Well it's taken nearly the whole year but the B-29 is finished and I've decided to make something a lot smaller, a bit more quickly. I've gone for the Airfix Bf109E-4 with an Eduard set for the cockpit, undercarriage, etc, etc and the Xtradecal Luftwaffe Battle of Britain decal set. I've not quite decided which aircraft I'm going to pick yet - it'll definitely have a yellow nose but I'm going to practice some mottling before making the final decision. I've got the cockpit done, fuselage halves together and things seem to be going pretty well so far. The cockpit is definitely improved by the etch, even if some of the bits are insanely fiddly and not much will be seen. The coloured seatbelts and instrument panel in particular look cool, even in 1:72. The foot plates are Al tape with the knurled pattern created by rolling the grip of a modelling knife on it. The insides are painted RLM02 and then I added a brown oil wash. More to come soon!
  3. Here is my Toga 1:72 scale Messerschmitt Bf 109T-1 which I built back in 2003. It represents an unmarked Bf 109T-1 in storage after manufacture by Fieseler, in Germany, late 1940. The Bf 109T-1 was a navalised variant with greater span built for the Graf Zeppelin aircraft carrier which was never completed. The aircraft were later taken out of storage and de-navalised as the T-2 and issued to Luftwaffe comabt units (mainly JG5). This was a re-boxed Face kit. I added the folded life raft in the cockpit rear. Painted by brush and varnished by airbrush. I am aware the paint used for RLM71 Dunkelgrun isn't correct but back then I didn't know what the correct shade was. No weathering was applied as it represents a brand new machine in storage. Thanks for looking Miguel
  4. 825

    Hellcat MkII

    My second build is a fairly elderly Matchbox Hellcat There are two options in the box, a US Navy and a FAA temperate Sea scheme option. However the transfers are a tad old looking, quite yellowed (although a period on the windowsill owould help) and I'm not sure the roundels should be yellow trimmed. I've got a bundle of aftermarket transfers so a Gloss Sea Blue option of 1844 NAS or similar is appealing. Fairly simple kit with light raised detail. And in traditional Matchbox fashion, two coloured plastic, albeit a couple of reasonably muted greys rather than bright primary colours. No trenches either. Although uncharacteristic for MB, even older ones, there are a few ejection pins and a little bit of flash that will need cleaned off. As a Gloss Sea Blue aircraft is best painted in one go at the end rather the components on the sprue, then GSB it will be. The build will be OOB with seat belts from tape and a crudely fashioned instrument panel (the retracted wheel blanks look that one might do the trick and a control stick from wire to give a wee bit detail in the office.
  5. 825

    Martlet MkII

    Third contribution (I couldn't make my mind up) is this Academy Wildcat F4F4, which in FAA terms is a Martlet MkII. Simple kit, reasonably well moulded. Will need an instrument panel and some transfers from the stash. I'm tempted by an Operation Ironclad option from HMS Illustrious but I have a few more to ponder.
  6. 825

    Grumman Goose

    I've decided to have a go at all three of my choices, but this will be the most challenging. There's four options in the box and I'll be going for the FAA version. I'll have to do a bit of research as it's down as an RAF aircraft but my initial research suggests that only the FAA received a supply of them. Comes in a nice bag with two sprues, some resin (seats, engines, exhausts), fairly cloudy fuselage windows and a two piece cockpit canopy that looks a nightmare.
  7. 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
  8. Here's my Airfix 1:72 Hannover CL.IIIa 3879, operated by an unknown Schlachtstaffeln (Battle Squadron) of the German army aviation, in the Western Front, 1918 which I built in 2001. This was a 1970s/1980s issue of the kit and I built it OOB. I believe this kit was re-issued a few years ago. The kit was completely painted by brush with only the varnish being airbrushed. Fortunately, the wing lozenge patterns were to scale in the paint guide of the back of the box so I could trace it on to the kit itself. I'm well aware the colours used may not be accurate since I went with the colours indicated in the kit's instructions (actually, their Humbrol equivalents). Nevertheless, I was (and am) very pleased with the end result. The kit isn't rigged as I only had the courage to start rigging a few years later! Thank you for looking Miguel
  9. Hello! Here's my HobbyBoss 1:72 Messerschmitt Bf 109E-7 Trop which I built back in 2008. It represents "Black 8", of 8./JG27, flown by Lt Werner Schroer, at Ain El Gazala, Libya, in April 1941. Despite being an "easy-build" kit, I had alot of work dealing with poor joints, especially along the fuselage sides. I added belts in the cockpit from an Eduard Luftwaffe WWII etched set. Although the boxtop displayed this option, it wasn't included in the decals so I used some from an old Airfix kit (from around 1980) which I had left over and were still in good condition. The main markings came from the HobbyBoss kit. The kit was mostly painted by brush except for the RLM80 mottling which was done with airbrush. The matt varnish was also airbrushed. Photos of this machine show it in reasonably good conditions so I kept weathering restrained. Thanks for looking and all comments are welcome Miguel
  10. Shelliecool

    Focke Wulf Fw190A-8

    My next build (chosen by my son) is Airfix's 1:72 Focke Wulf Fw190A-8. This is a starter kit, complete with paint, brush and glue (which will be put to one side). Aside from the paint, the box contains a simple instruction booklet, minimal decals (I plan to airbrush the spiral on the nose), and a small clear sprue. There are also 3 grey sprues, all really clean with no visible flash.....so all seems good to me. I plan to build this straight from the box, airbrushing as much detail as I can, and creating a stand so the aircraft can be displayed in flight. Can't wait to get started.
  11. Hello everyone. Here is my Italeri Junkers Ju 88A-4 built OOB back in 2002. The decals came from an Inscale sheet on Finnish Ju 88s. It represents JK-254, "3", 1/LeLv44, of the Finnish Air Force, Finland, in June 1944. The main scheme was painted with airbrush using Tamiya paints. According to the decal's instructions, the RLM70/71 greens were reversed. I built this kit before I knew what RLM71 really looked like so the shade used isn't correct. Thanks for looking and all comments are welcome. Miguel
  12. Good morning! Here is my Mitsubishi J2M3 Type 21 Raiden “Jack”, 352-20, flown by Lt. Aoki, 352 Naval Kokutai, Omura Naval Air Base, Japan, 1945. It's the Hasegawa 1:72 kit which I built OOB in 2004. The green and grey were airbrushed as well as the varnish. The rest of the scheme was painted with brush. Thanks for looking Miguel
  13. At my son's request my next build is Revell's 1:72 Avro Lancaster B.Mk.III. I have just finished building a Shackleton, so it is going to be great comparing the kit's and aircraft. The iconic Lancaster bomber has rapidly become one of my favourite military aircraft, whether it is watching the BBMF displaying or visiting the haunting Mk. I on display in London, the sheer presence of the aircraft is thrilling. Anyway, back to the build! I am planning to build Lancaster B.MK.III, No.100 Squadron from RAF Elsham Wolds, 1945, with landing gear up. It will be a straight from the box build with the exception of Vallejo acrylic in place of Revell and a home made display stand. The box includes, detailed instructions, a set of decals and small clear sprue. There are also 6 white/grey sprues with little to no flash and a nice amount of detailing. Time for the fun to begin.
  14. Hello everyone! Here is the Airfix 1:72 McDonnell F2H-2P Banshee BuNo 126678 “2” of VMJ-1, USMC in Korea, 1951, which I built back in 2000. I opened up the solid-moulded camera ports in the nose, scratchbuilt some cameras and glazed the openings with Kristal Klear. The kit was fully painted with brush. Thanks for looking. Miguel
  15. Hello everyone! Here is one of several Bf 109Gs I built during the last couple of years (this one in 2016). It's the Hasegawa 1:72 Bf 109G-6, but the old kit, before they made new tools. It represents Bf 109G-6/R6 Trop White 9, flown by Oberleutnant Emil Clade, Staffelkapitan 7./JG27, Luftwaffe, Kalamaki, Greece, January 1944. This was an enjoyable OOB build with pilot included (for old times' sake!), except for the decals which came from an Academy kit since those of the kit had yellowed and were poorly printed anyhow (Academy, Italeri and Hasegawa all had this option!). It was completely painted and varnished by brush and I was very pleased with how it came out. Thanks for looking Miguel
  16. My next 'large' build is Airfix's 1:72 Avro Shackleton AEW.2. Having just finished a B-17G and previously a Dornier, I thought it time to embark upon another RAF classic. I have only seen one Shackleton in the flesh as it were, at Long Marsdon airfield. Once part of a museum the aircraft has been left to decay, it is both a sorry yet haunting spectical and I feel a beautiful aircraft. The large box contains a set of detailed instructions, a colour scheme sheet, and seperate decal sheet. There are 6 detailed grey sprues (with little to no flash), and a small clear sprue. With 424 pieces the kit looks pretty complex, and will be pretty big once complete. Airfix offer a choice of 2 aircraft (I would say paint schemes, however they are painted the same), 'Dougal' or 'Ermitrude', I have decided to build 'Dougal,' the aircraft which currently resides at the Museum of Science and Industry in Manchester. I have found several online links to this aircraft, including a virtual tour, which will hopefully mean I can make my build as accurate as possible.
  17. Ready for inspection is my 1:72 Avro Shackleton AEW 2 by Airfix. I intended this build to be straight from the box, with the substitution of Humbrol acrylics with Vallejo. I opted to build the kit as WR960 'Dougal' possibly because the genuine aircraft is housed in the museum of science in Manchester, which meant loads of pictorial information was available. The build went well right up to the moment I had to join the fuselage halves, and then disaster struck. To say they are a tight fit is an understatement, and after several attempts I just had to go with the best of a bad lot. Needless to say lots of filler and countless Sanding hours were needed to get it looking remotely as it should. Apart from this the rest of the build went smoothly, it is good to remember it is a big aircraft and tricky to airbrush but great fun. Thanks for looking.
  18. Avro Vulcan 1:72 Etch Sets It’s been a long time coming for someone to produce aftermarket sets for the Airfix 1:72 Avro Vulcan. But at long last White Ensign Models have picked up the baton and really run with it in producing three sets of relief etched brass. The sets are well up to the usual standard we’ve come to expect from this company having been designed by the indomitable Peter Hall they will really spice up the old kit. If you went to Telford last year and saw Peters build of the Vulcan using all the sets, then in pre-production you will understand why there is some excitement at having these available. Each set comes in its own envelope, well protected with addition cardboard. The interior set, (PE 7255A), comes on a single medium sized sheet gives the modeller a completely, and I mean completely, new cockpit which only requires five kit parts, which are the instrument panel, which is used as a back plate for the PE version, including an acetate sheet for the instruments, the two control joysticks and the pilots’ and co-pilots’ ejection seats. The rest of the flying cockpit, such as the front and rear bulkheads, ejection seat bases, rudder pedals assemblies, side consoles, centre console, throttle box, floor with additional details and even the additional jump seats are provided. The rear cockpit is also provided, and included the two swivelling outer seats with full mechanisms, the sliding centre seat, rear bulkhead, floor, fully instrumented NAV/ECM/Bomb panel, again with acetate sheets for the instruments and the chart table/shelf onto which the AEO’s Morse key is mounted. All the sub/side panels, navigators’ camera mount and even the anglepoise lamps are included. For access, a new three part crew ladder is also provided. Exterior set, (PE 7255B), is also on a single medium sized sheet and provides replacement, and very well detailed, through relief etching, nose and main wheel bays. The bays don’t just replace the sides of the kit parts, but also the roof of each bay, with additional parts such as various fuse type boxes and linkages. Naturally the kit will need some surgery before fitting these parts, and the same goes for the four extended air brakes, which are beautifully designed and will look superb when fitted. The main undercarriage legs also get extra detail in the form of scissor links, front and rear leg linkage and cooling grilles. Other finer detaile parts are also provided, these include new pitot probes, static ports, undercarriage door liners, various blade aerials, towel rail antenna, windscreen wipers and for some reason new ejector seat firing handles, which are not exactly external unless in use, but welcome all the same. Bomb bay set, (PE 7255C), comes on a much large sheet of etched brass and provides a complete bomb bay, including all the side walls, front and rear bulkheads, and all the structural bomb arch frames. Even with just this assembled and fitted would be a huge improvement over the kit. But Peter goes one step further and provides each of the bomb carrier unit location plates, the forward, mid and rear longitudinal braces. He then goes even further and describes how to cut and modify the kits bomb bay doors and where the PE mechanism attachments fit, along with the bomb door actuator panel, complete with actuators. Peter then goes even further in his quest for extra detail and has designed and etched three bomb carrier units, thus allowing a full bomb load of 21 1000lb bombs, which are also available from WEM, to be fitted. Conclusion All I can say is WOW. These three sets are stunning and just go to show how madness lies in the detail. If these sets are anything to go by Mr Hall must be bonkers as they are so full of detail as to be mind boggling. The effect on the Airfix Vulcan, especially having seen Peters’ model is truly amazing and will drag it kicking and screaming into the 21st century. Since it would be a shame to lose all the cockpit detail under the canopy I would leave it off, or at least detachable. I can quite easily recommend these sets highly, but they sure aren’t for those of a nervous disposition or who haven’t had much experience with PE. There is also a super set, which includes all of the above at a discount. Review sample kindly provided be John at
  19. Ready for inspection is my Ki-61 Hien Tony. I received this kit as a birthday present and was looking forward to attempting the infamous camo pattern. Although relatively simple the kit is an old tool, therefore there was a lot of flash and mole hills for rivet detail. Once built, I tackled the camo pattern free hand and was pleased with the way the Vallejo green sat on the silver. I have fashioned a stand for the aircraft (details of this are in my WIP thread). All in all it has been a nice challenging build, and I'm more than happy with the result. Thanks for looking.
  20. Shelliecool

    Ki-61 Hien "Tony"

    My next build, as chosen by my 7 year old son is Revell's 1:72 Ki-61 Hien "Tony." This aircraft was one of the few Japanese fighters in WWII to have an inline engine, and was used as a fighter bomber. Here come the compulsory box photo's.... So the kit is relatively simple, and contains a set of instructions, and small decal sheet. I plan to airbrush some of the decals (the white stripe on the fuselage, red stripe on the tail etc). There are two small sprues with fuselage and other parts, top and bottom wing sections and a clear canopy. The sprues are a little flashy, and there are alot of raised rivet style details on the fuselage and wings. Aside from the airbrushing, this will be an out of the box build, with the small addition of a stand as I plan to build Tony inflight. Time to crack on with the build, that's all for now.
  21. 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
  22. I started this for the Helicopter GB but it was a real challenge. I'd seen stuff mentioned about Mach 2 kits needing a bit of real modelling and boy oh boy do they need it. On the good side is the shape looks right and it gluedtogether really well and strong, even the small bits. Which is just as well with sanding needed. On the debit side they have loads of flash, the transparencies are about 2mm thick and for this build none fitted. There is also a need to do some detailing, but with limited run kits I can cope with lack of cockpit detail, aerials and antennae. The end of the WIP can be found at http://www.britmodel...land-dragonfly/ and there is a link there to the first part in the GB. The biggest challenge was the transparencies and there are both a fair few cockpit windows, and the nose which is all plexiglass (I assume). The windows were trimmed sanded and polished with polishing cloths, multiple times and given a coat of Kleer eventually. They are smooth and generally fit but there are marks on them I could not remove, but I'll live with them. The nose was too narrow for the fuselage leading to filling and sanding ad nauseam. Not perfect but from a distance, I'll live with. Finished as WG670 (932) of the RNAS Lossiemouth Station Flight in 1955. Painted with Xtracrylix EDSG and Sky and transfers from a mix of Xtradecal and Microscale from the stash. Enjoy this version of the FAA's first widely used chopper. I'd like to do a silver or even blue grey one but I don't think I have the patience to do another. Hope folks like it
  23. This build started a bit of a while ago in a Group Build and latterly was a labour of love. But it is finished. It is also an example of what's great about BM. Rob G in Australia gifted me a replacement set of tailplanes and Brianthemodeller a set of Airfix stencils. Its finished as an 892 Squadron aircraft from HMS Ark Royal in 1969. It's not quite OOB as the fin was recharged and shaped to remove the RWR fitment, which took a fair while due to the hardness of the plastic. I added some seat belts from painted Tamiya tape but otherwise to keep the Matchbox feel nothing else was changed. The upperworks were painted in Xtracrylix Extra Dark Sea Grey and the underside in Citadel Ceramite White finished off with Kleer. As well as Brian's stencils I used the original MB transfers, which considering were probably 30/40 years old went on fine, albeit a little yellowed on the underside serials. The build thread is here: An underside shot to show the multitude of stencils if nothing else And a comparison with a Seafire from 1945
  24. I'm a bit on a Mustang spree at the moment, so here are some images of another recently finished Academy build in 1:72; 'Salem Representative' flown by Flying Officer Ralph "Kidd" Hofer. I used an Eduard Zoom set for the cockpit, while the decals came from Kitsworld. I dropped the flaps on this one as well, as it adds a lot of character to the model IMHO. The rest was build pretty much as per the instructions. Next up will be a P-51 'Red Tail', inspired by the film on the Tuskegee Airmen. I hope you like it! Peter
  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
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