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  1. Hi all, I have spent a long time today pondering what to do next - in that time @azureglo has apparently built an entire squadron of Spitfires! I had thought to do a Sword Reggiane 2002 Ariete, but I was confused by the presence of two separate fuselages, also I wasn't happy with the generic decal options (ie no markings for a particular aircraft or squadron or group) - back to the stash for that one! I then looked at a MisterCraft Fairey Fulmar kit, but again I had some indecision around the intended markings which necessitated I start a separate thread on the subject - pending! Finally, I was torn between the Airfix Curtiss Hawk 81-A-2 and the MisterCraft Curtiss P40-E. Eventually, to head off terminal procrastination I decided to do them both as a tandem build - well, they are similar aircraft if not actually identical, also I thought it might be interesting to compare and contrast the progress and problems thrown up by the respective manufacturers. So, let's introduce the contestants! First, iiiin the Red Corner - Airfix: Not much in the way of decal options - it's 'Flying Tigers' or nothing! Meanwhile, iiiin the Blue Corner - MisterCraft: Some marking options here (including a Flying Tigers option) which I haven't decided on yet. Well there it is, I've teed it up so no going back now! Let's see how this goes - guaranteed neither of them will be finished this year though
  2. While fossicking around in the garage, I found this old friend covered in muck and dust. This was built at least 15 years ago, if not more, when I first returned to the hobby. Brush painted in Humbrol enamels, made dirty with water colours and finished with a coat of Humbrol Matt Coat. Surprisingly all still in one piece.
  3. While I was sorting out the kit rest and spare parts left from massive kit butchery for various Flanker conversions reported in my other topics here, I have realized that I can build my own Flanker version by combining these parts. It will be a kind of creating a Frankenstein, therefore I have called this project as "Flankerstein". I hope you will like it. Serkan
  4. The era of this GB saw the end of the piston engined fighter and the beginning of the jet age. I'll be doing two threads, this one of the FAA's last Supermarine piston fighter, a Seafire and their first Supermarine jet, the Attacker. I'll be tackling Hawker aircraft in a second thread. So here are the aircraft. Sword's Seafire MkXV which will be a post war example based at Hal Far. and AZModels Attacker FB2 which will be an HMS Eagle based aircraft in 1950. Let the building commence
  5. I haven't done build thread for awhile, so I thought I would start this year with something hopefully straightforward. I've had the Airfix Wildcat in my stash for awhile. Very enjoyable build, up to the last stage when I made a bit of hash of the canopy. I overcompensated by making her a bit grubbier than intended. Anyway, external colours are brush painted Italeri Acrylics, internal Tamiya Acrylics. Some oil washes to make it look grubby and a combination of rattle can Tamiya Flat Clear and brushed on Tamiya Acrylic Flat Clear. Markings are straight out of the box for an aircraft flown by Captain Marian Carl, VMF-223, USMC, Henderson Field, Guadalcanal, 1942. Build thread can be found here. Thanks for looking! And here is what it looks like in black and white. Comparing it to the photos I can find on the web, the surface finish looks not bad after all
  6. My next build (that I'm working on along side my FW 198), is Airfix's 1:72 Douglas SBD-5 Dauntless. I have had this kit in my stash for some time, and as usual let my son decide what my next build would be.........and here it is...... The kit contains a set of simple instructions, and a detailed decal sheet for both colour schemes. If the parts were originally all on a sprue, some of them have broken off, and most have a lot of flash. Most of the detailing/rivet markings are raised on the kit, which if I'm honest is not a favourite of mine, and adds to the challenge. There are a choice of 2 colour schemes, I am planning to build that of Groupe de Chasse-Bombardement 1/18 "Vendée", South France 1944. It will be a straight from the box build, with landing gear down.
  7. Hello! Here are a pair of Revell 1:72 Messerschmitt Bf 109G-10s which I finished two years ago. This kit turned out to be a disappointment. I had two boxings, one from the very first issue and one from later on. The first already had some flash and second was worse, both needing plenty of cleaning up. Fit of parts wasn't great either. Besides, the kit has some serious flaws. The modifications/additions I made on each kit were as follows: - The propeller was replaced by a Quickboost resin replacement part with the correct shape. - The kit comes with a short G-6-type tailwheel which is correct for early G-10s but not for both kits I was doing. Replaced by a Quickboost replacement long tailwheel. - The supercharger intake comes moulded solid and is somewhat oversized. Replaced by Quickboost replacement part. I had to make a new baseplate. - The head armour comes moulded solid. Made a new one with a partial clear section. - Added battery box to rear cockpit. - The dotted line on the engine covers are wrong and I used filler and paint to cover them - The big flaw is in the undercarriage bays. The kit has the wheel wells ending at the wing root when they should go further into the fuselage and this causes the undercarriage legs to be too far outboard. I managed to extend them. This required plenty of work which affected the wing root join. - I modified the wheel axles so that the wheels would be slanted outwards instead of sitting in the vertical position. When I first showed photos of these kits in G+, someone pointed out that I had missed the canvas covers of the insides of the wheel wells since I had left them in a metallic unpainted finish typical of late-war Bf 109s. Oh well, next time! Both kits were painted and varnished by brush. Firstly: 5/2105, ZNDH (Air Force of the Independent State of Croatia), Klagenfurt, Austria, 1945. Decals from a Blue Rider sheet. Of the two this is the one I am happiest about. The cockpit parts before assembly. The wheel wells. The top is the unmodified kit part and below my correction. Modified head armour. Added battery box. Quickboost supercharger intake with new baseplate. Secondly: White 4, II/JG7, Luftwaffe, northern Germany, at the end of 1944. This was one of the kit's options. Thanks for looking and, as always, all comments are welcome Miguel
  8. vppelt68

    *done* At least I tried...

    ...but no promises! Having just finished two B-17:s I thought it´d be tempting to try "a little" smaller model, so here we are, wish me luck! V-P
  9. Ready for inspection is my 1:72 Avro Lancaster Bomber Mk.III, by Revell. It is a straight from the box build, the only change being that I used Vallejo acrylics throughout, and have build my own stand so the aircraft can be displayed in flight. The kit went together well, the sprues were nice and clean and for once I managed to join the fuselage halves without breaking into an angry sweat. So I would have to say this has been one of my favourite kits to build, and I hope I have done an icon justice. Thanks.
  10. The Flankers with canards are one of my favorite aircraft since long time and I was checking all available kits in market to build these nice birds. Finally I have decided to go with mainly Revell/Zvezda Su-27SM and Su-33 kits (and some "cloned" parts from Trumpeter Su-30MKK). In this topic I would like to share my work on progress with you and get your opinions/advice to improve my project. Regards Serkan
  11. Shelliecool

    FW 189 A-1 / A-2

    I am about to begin building Italeri's 1:72 FW 189 A-2. I was lucky enough to receive this kit for Christmas, having been keeping an eye on it on several online shops. I love the twin boom, and huge greenhouse effect cockpit of this aircraft, and in its winter distemper colour scheme of 'Heeres-Aufklarungsgruppe 32' it looks like a mean bit of kit. So let's look at what the kit has in store.... As usual the box art is beautiful, and the instruction booklet is detailed and clear, has the option of 4 colour schemes and decals suit your choice of build. There are 3 grey sprues, which appear free from flash, and have a nice amount of detailing, with panel lines that are not too deep. Then there are four clear pieces, these are going to take quite a lot of attention and time to mask up properly (but should be worth it in the end). This is going to be a straight from the box build, with landing gear down. I have decided to build the scheme of FW 189 A-2, Heeres-Aufklarungsgruppe 32 based in Finland, 1943. This is the aircraft pictured on the box art, and I have chosen that scheme firstly because it looks stunning, and secondly because I want to test my skills airbrushing the winter paintwork. I only hope I can come close to doing it justice.
  12. Hello! Here is my 1:72 Hispano-Aviación HA-1112-K1L which I built back in 1999. It represents C4J-10/“94-28”, of Escuela de Caza de Morón, Ejercito del Aire, in Spain, in 1950. It's the Italeri Bf 109G-6 kit with the Dekno resin and white metal conversion set. I recall the Italeri kit had some build issues on the wing roots and the resin nose differed a bit in width when compared to the Italeri fuselage so there was extra work involved blending the parts. The kit was fully painted by brush and only varnished with airbrush. Decals were from the conversion set. This is my favourite of the Spanish-modified Bf 109s. I like the profile more than that of the famous later "Buchón" variant. This variant has been released as a full kit by Amodel relatively recently. Thanks for looking and all comments are welcome 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. Ready for inspection is my latest build Airfix's 1:72 Curtiss Tomahawk IIB. The kit was a gift I received for Christmas, and apart from my homemade stand and my decision to use Vallejo acrylics, the aircraft is built straight as it comes from the box. There was very little flash, and there was quite a nice amount of detailing in the panel lines etc. I was a little dubious as to how well the sharks mouth decal would fit and settle, but my worrying was for nothing as it went on smoothly with a splash of Micro Sol. All in all it was a nice little kit to build, thanks for looking.
  15. Based on my ongoing Su-35UB (T-10UBM-1) project I launched another project to build Su-30MKI/MKM which needs additional modifications on VTP and TVN area (and new antennas, sensors for Su-30MKM). Here are my 3 view drawings of new project: Cheers Serkan
  16. Shelliecool

    Curtiss Tomahawk IIB

    My next build is Airfix's 1:72 Curtiss Tomahawk IIB. This kit was one of my Christmas presents and I'm looking forward to getting stuck into the build. I plan to build it straight from the box, with the exception of a homemade stand so the aircraft can be displayed in flight. So here goes, first up is the obligatory photos of the box art and sprues........ The box contains 2 grey sprues, with little to no flash and nicely detailed panel lines. There is also a small clear sprue, instruction booklet and small decal sheet. I am pondering whether to try and paint the mouth on the front of the aircraft or not. I plan to use Vallejo acrylics, purely because I find them easier to airbrush. So here goes, I hope I can do the aircraft the justice it deserves.
  17. I will be joining this GB either a AC-47T Fantasma of the Colombian Air Force. The Basler BT-67 is a remanufactured and modified Douglas DC-3; the modifications designed to significantly extend the DC-3's serviceable lifetime. Not just a case of adding new turbo prop engines, but the forward fuselage is extended to keep the centre of gravity correct. The wing tips are also modified, as are the ailerons, elevators and wing tips. From Jet Photos https://www.jetphotos.com/photo/8073362 I will be using the Airfix Douglas Dakota boxing as the base kit and the Alley Cat Models Basler AC-47T Fantasma conversion set. Images to to follow shortly, once I can get into my Flickr account.
  18. I will not be surprised if you haven't ever heard about this funny little aircraft http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mikoyan-Gurevich_MiG-8 All of a sudden two companies have released kits in 1:72 Prop & Jet http://propjet.ucoz.ru/news/mikojan_samolet_utka/2013-09-02-24 and AVIS http://www.hannants.co.uk/product/BX72013 I was among those few lucky ones who obtained Prop & Jet kit - what a little resin gem! The instruction mentions that 3g of weight should be added to the nose
  19. Here is my Pioneer 2 1:72 Sukhoi Su-15TM “Flagon F” which I built back in 2003. It represents Blue 09, of the IA-PVO, Baltic Fleet, USSR, in the 1980s. This was a very basic kit which required a lot of work along the joints due to poor fit of parts. I added details in the cockpit, the various intakes along the fuselage and the missing Sirena 3 rear warning probe in the tail. The incorrect "grills" in the intakes were filled and the warning decals were made up from spares. The undercarriage doors were thinned. The AA-3 Anab missiles came from the kit but the AA-8 Aphids came from the Dragon modern Soviet weapons set. All had their rear holes opened up. The pilot also came from the Dragon set. The main metallic finish was done with Tamiya AS-12 Bare Metal Silver spray can with the variations being achieved by dry-brushing other metallic paints. Despite all the work I remember being very pleased and satisfied with the project and was sorry I hadn't bought the two-seater when it was available back in the 1990s. Thanks for looking and all comments are welcome Miguel
  20. The following model was seen this morning at Lviv exhibition: Beriev Be-12 1:72
  21. Hello everyone! Here is my Revell 1:72 Fokker E.III, 340/16, flown by Joachim Buddecke with 5nci and 12nci Bölüks, Ottoman Air Force, in 1916-17. This was an old 1980s issue of the kit I found in a shop during the late 1990s and eventually built in 2004. It was painted by brush with only the varnish being airbrushed. The markings came from a Pegasus decal sheet and the serial number was hand-painted. Thanks for looking and all comments welcome Miguel
  22. This is my Matchbox 1:72 Douglas F3D-2 Skyknight which I completed 19 years ago in 2000. It represents BuNo 124620 “15”, of VMF(N)-513, USMC, at K-6 Airfield, Pyong Taek, South Korea, in August 1953. Other than adding a couple of details in the cockpit, the rest of the kit was built OOB. The black was painted with airbrush with the rest by brush, except for the varnish. Surprisingly, Matchbox only supplied markings for one side of the tail so the other is bare. Back then I hadn't yet started buying online so I had to make do with what I had available to me locally. Thanks for looking Miguel
  23. Here is my Airfix 1:72 Petlyakov Pe-2FT series 349 which I built back in 2007. Unit, location and time details are unknown. Other than detailing the cockpit area, it was built mostly OOB. I had to put it in flight because dealing with the very shallow undercarriage bays would have been alot of work, mainly in getting new longer u/c legs. I even used the original Airfix stand ! The kit was brush-painted with enamel Colourcoats paints (owned back then by White Ensign), with the varnish being airbrushed on. The decals were those of the kit and despite their age still worked well! Thanks for looking Miguel
  24. 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.
  25. Here's my Hasegawa 1:72 Supermarine Spitfire HF.VII which I built back in 2002. Sadly, Hasegawa only supplied decals for this machine, MD124, RAF, without any unit markings, the other option being an HF.VIII in desert scheme. It was built mostly OOB and I decided to add the slipper tank but painted grey as I had seen in an illustration of another Mk.VII just to give some interest. The main scheme was airbrushed. Thanks for looking Miguel