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  1. Thought I’d have a go at an AFV as a change from ships. Academy 1/35 Warrior 2003 to go alongside an AFV Club Scimitar I built a few years ago. The Warrior will have Eduard PE along with Resin, PE and figures from Accurate Armour and a replacement Rarden barrel from Armour Scale as well as Fruil tracks The Scimitar will have replacement tracks from Fruil as the kit tracks were always a bit tight. Eventually they'll go on a simple desert base together for display. The builds nearly finished so the below are catch up pics. Various PE and resin The Scimitar Axles fitted, adjusted for vehicle ride height as mentioned in several blogs, and moulded on detail being removed Hull pretty finished from various angles Track test fitted - instructions say 90 links per side but 85 give about the right tension I think Turret coming together And the 2 side by side Cheers Nick
  2. Corsairfoxfouruncle

    “4-F” a War weary T-bolt.

    Hello all ... This is going to be my entry in this build. I will be using the Academy P-47D Razorback kit. The Checker-tail clan boxing. I will be doing it as war weary hack in the markings of the 356th Fg. Circa August/Sept. 1944. I will add photo’s of the sprue shots. Dennis
  3. F/A-18C Academy 1/72 (12411) OOB build. Finally managed to finish this hornet. Just a few notes some may find useful... Planned on replacing included (in-house - not cartograf) Academy decals with print-scale 72-044 blue diamonds f/a-18c decals but was not able to do so due to dimensional problems with these decals and academy kit. Ended up using included academy decals. I'm not sure if this is related to bad decal dimensions or kit dimensions but decals are few percent bigger then they should be for this kit and if you ask me useless for academy mold of hornet so avoid them if you intend to replace academy decals for this kit. The only Hornet I've built before this one was Revell's (04894) repack of old ('80s) Italeri mold and Academy's mold is much much better compared to that one. Vallejo acrylic paints and washes were used in the process. Now the pictures...
  4. As my 79 Squadron Spitfire VC reaches the painting stage it's a good time to start another kit. I'll be attempting this one: Using this kit: Note that Academy have the pilot as Lt.Col Atherton, he was Wing Commander (which, I think, is an equivalent rank and would explain the error). Here's his biography (he's the third one down): http://www.pacificvictoryroll.com/page17.htm Here are the sprues, although I need to find two more US 500lb bombs. I've made a start with the cockpit bits so in-progress photographs will follow. Thanks for looking.
  5. Hi everyone, I am excited to join my first group build! For a long time I have been torn between a Guadalcanal P-400, a USAAF aircraft in North American, and a French P-39, but I have finally settled for the French option. The base kit will be Academy offering reboxed by MPM and I will use Berna decals. The kit: And the current state of the project:
  6. theplasticsurgeon

    Tim's Academy RAAF Ventura

    Joining you with this kit. To build as RAAF version, with these Frog decals. Here are the parts, some painting, but no construction. Some of you may recognise that light blue from my recent PB J Mitchell. Well this will also be re-airbrushed, similar colours to my Avenger. This kit cost me £5 from Chelt Model Centre in 1999, and has remained untouched ever since. With me wondering - why did I buy that?
  7. Roger Newsome

    IL-2 Shturmovik

    I'm calling this one done now, however the wheels still require painting with the correct green which I don't have here at the moment. They also require a little tweak to get the tyres so sit flat on the deck which wasn't apparent until I took the photos. Thanks to all who followed the wip and offered help and encouragement, it is greatly appreciated.
  8. Roger Newsome

    IL-2 Shturmovik

    This is going to be my next project. After some revaluation of my modelling mindset and techniques.... and some helpful conversations with fellow modellers on Sunday at Driffield my approach to this will be a bit different from my previous models. Giving myself unrealistic deadlines and blindly following the sequence of the instructions are two things I think I need to get away from for a better result. I will be going back to work later this week, probably Thursday and this will be coming with me. Progress so far......
  9. Hi all, this is my second build of the GB, again using the simple plastic from the Academy Razorback boxing and decals from Kitsworld. Miss Mutt was flown by Lt Col Dick Rowland, CO of the 348 Fighter Group, operating in the SW Pacific (Papua New Guinea) in 1943. Here she is: (Copyright uncertain) And the Kitsworld sheet: And some box contents As with my other Razorback build, which is stalled awaiting replacement decals, I will do the bare minimum on the interior; this is intended to be a swift build with the focus on the scheme. Fingers crossed!
  10. About to start the Academy 1:48 HH-46 - It'll be a USMC SAR machine from Kaneohe Bay using the kit decals and the Eduard kit-specific 'Zoom Set'. Been a while since I posted a build project here on Britmodeller, hope you can make time to follow along. Stay tuned because the first progress pics should be up tomorrow. AFN Ian.
  11. Hi, I voted for this group so can't sit and wach only.... My entry is an Academy Cobra with some aftermarkets. Don't know if I finish it on time (I have B-25 and P-47 in progress), but it will be a good start. My intentions are to do a P-400 variant and WAHL EYE II camo.
  12. Right fellow modellers When I decided to shelve the Buccaneer till next years STGB I needed to find something else suitable, I've got lightnings in the stash, but they seem well represented already, I've got a Javelin but decided my eyes aren't good enough for '72nd scale anymore so thought a hunter would be a suitable candidate to fill a gap on the NATO side All the bits are together now so thought I would post some obligatory complete sprue shots before I start at the weekend, Going to go with a 56 squadron F6 as I thought it would make a change from the usual 56 lightnings (as gorgeous as they are)
  13. Academy is to release in 2016 a new tool 1/72nd Boeing F/A-18F Super Hornet "VF-103" kit - ref.12535 Source: http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/234994031-academy-catalogue-2016-online/ V.P.
  14. Good time of day. I want to present a model of the most famous "pocket battleship" Germany Admiral Graf Spee in scale 1/350 of the Academy. Set contrary to expectations is quite oak, but the geometry is better than the alternative from Trumpeter. Sets used: - A set of photo-etched parts from Eduard - Deck from Artwox - Barrels 28, 15 and 10,5cm from the Master model - The barrels of the 3,7 and 2.0cm from the Aber set for destroyers type 1936В - Thread for rigging from AMO MIG - Decal from Begemot The model represents rather a collective image of the ship at the beginning of the war. Modifications: - All portholes are drilled out and after colouring are filled in with liquid glass. - 20mm guns taken from the couple sets of destroyers and complemented by etched and metall barrels. - The deadwood shafts and their brackets are made anew. The shafts of the nails under the brass, of suitable diameter, mounting brackets from sheet plastic. Replaced the screws, the screws from the Japanese cruisers from the kit from Aoshima battleship Kongo. - Jack-staff and a ensign staff made of wire. - Stands-taken from the academic Bismarck, processed and painted with gold Valejo, and the top is covered with a thick layer of glossy varnish Akan. - Sharpened the bow near the waterline, because of the box he is more suited to the tanker. - Windlass-a combination of sprues, etching and parts of the windlass set. - Deck-plastic deck turned over and lowered below that would be "wooden" deck sat flush with the Board. Looks good. But, the more I am on such experiments probably will not be resolved. As a whole on Assembly it is possible to tell that it was necessary to adjust practically all details. On the right side of the armored car missed one slot, it must be added yourself. Photo came out not simple at all. The model is not small and the current box just did not fit, so I had in some places not to remove the white background. Sorry for my english 25 photo in to spoiler
  15. Is decals from Academy and Italeri as bad as often mentioned in build reviews and "in the works" or should those decals be handled in an different way than most decals? Is there something many builders miss when working with Academy, Italeri and Roden decals? What's behind those bad experiences? Cheers / André
  16. Kit - Academy 1:48. Paint - All enamels (Xtracolour). Decals - Kit. Extras - Eduard 'Zoom' set. Boeing Vertol HH-46A Sea Knight SOMS Kaneohe Bay Hawaii Mid 1980's Kit was very straightforward to bring together with only one irritating fit issue (the lower rear fuselage / sponson sub-assembly on to the upper rear), other than that it was / is excellent. What this build has done is given me an appetite to do more helo builds in 1:48 (I have a Wessex and a Bell 47). Maybe next time something a little more warlike, who can say. Hope that you like it, please feel free to post any outrage, ask any questions or make any comments. Thanks for taking the time to look. AFN Ian.
  17. 325307 UN*S of the 63rd Fighter Squadron, 56th Fighter Group based at Wittering, Northamptonshire, from 13th January to 5th April 1943.
  18. "In this battle mercy or considerations of international law is false. They are a danger to our own safety and to the rapid pacification of the conquered territories." -- Richtlinien für die Behandlung politischer Kommissare [Guidelines for the Treatment of Political Commissars], issued on 6 June 1941 by OKW Children cried in the hospital. At the gates A truck as big as a train car opened its black mouth. As they shoved him into the jaws of the death van[...] The enemy mob was merciless and black. But the nation heard this child's cry. And the Red Army soldiers heard the cry in battle: They marched forth vowing to avenge the children's lives. -- Vladimir Ivanovich Ladiagin and Stepan Petrovich Shchipachev, "Volodia Zuzuev", c. September 1943. Volodia Zuzuev was one of the thousands killed in Krasnodar by Einsatzgruppe D between 1942 and 1943. "You have let down our country and our Red Army. You have the nerve not to manufacture IL-2s until now. Our Red Army now needs IL-2 aircraft like the air it breathes, like the bread it eats. Shenkman produces one IL-2 a day and Tretyakov builds one or two MiG-3s daily. It is a mockery of our country and the Red Army. I ask you not to try the government's patience, and demand that you manufacture more ILs. This is my final warning." -- Iosif Stalin, telegram to State Aviation Factory 18 managers at Voronezh, December 1941 For my next build, I'll be doing Academy's 1/72 Il-2 Shturmovik single-seater. 20180730_230214 by Edward IX, on Flickr I was only vaguely aware that any Il-2s were built as single-seaters, and know frankly almost nothing about them, but had fortuitously picked up a copy of Learstang's book on the IL-2 when Amazon was selling it in the twenty dollar range (a space where many of my impulse buys take place), and it has a lot of information aimed square at the modeller. So how did I end up with an IL-2? Well, it was a birthday gift from my coworker, who's Russian, as in she's from Perm, near the Urals, and married an American she met while she was attending graduate school in the USA, which is how she ended up here. Anyway, I received it on March 15 for my birthday and she's been nagging me about it ever since. Normally it can be years before I get to something in the stash, but I figured I might as well try and get this one out of the way so I can get back to the serious business of building Spitfires, lest our sun explode. I welcome any advice you all have throughout the build, for I am but a naif. Right off the bat, my ignorance killed me, because I thought the single-seater all-metal IL-2 was the sporty coupe model in the late-war period, but no! It is in fact the earliest and least covered in glory of all of the IL-2 versions available in kit form. Unfortunately I bought a set of late-war Soviet ground attack aircraft paints from Akan, so I just now had to order the different colours used on all-metal aircraft early on, A-18 Blue and A-19 Green (and they won't ship until next week, as the Linden Hill Imports guy is on holiday), which I'll need to do this bird: 20180730_230404 by Edward IX, on Flickr Mercifully it's only two colours, and I have the interior colour (a sort of wan grey) in the set I bought. So I think we can make a start of it, once I figure out what thinner Akan lacquers take.
  19. whiskey

    F-14A 1/48 exhausts switcharoo?

    Looking for more info based on a conversation at ARC. If the Academy kit nozzles fit onto the Monogram burner cans for the F-14A, would it be too far of a stretch to assume that the Aires set for Academy would fit the Monogram as well? Another ARC member figured out how to work it using the kit parts so I'm curious if any resin parts would work too.
  20. This is an older project which had languished for a couple of years, before I recently decided to knuckle down and get it finished.
  21. After 2017 (see here) while waiting the new catalog 2018, here's the first Academy newsletter of 2018 (1/4). Source: http://www.academy.co.kr/6q/board_news_main.asp?pMenuId=BOARD00002&pCode=10688&pCategory=NEWS2 Two aircraft repop. - ref. 12324 - 1/48 - Vought SB2U-3 Vindicator (new decals) - ref. 12564 - 1/72 - McDD F/A-18C Hornet (new decals) V.P.
  22. F-8E Crusader - Academy - 1/72 - (12521) OOB build with some small corrections. Vallejo acrylics. Great kit by Academy (original mold from 2004) of a great plane. Very good cartograf decals included in the box. Highly recommended. Hope you like the final look!
  23. Good morning....Finally, y managed to finish this one, wich has been lurking in my cave for so long....It's actually a present for my friend Felipe, a fellow modeller from Gran Canaria, and an excellent person, who had the whim of a 2/JG71 "Richtofen" Sabre... It was built OOB, except for the modified wings (the kit is a F86F30, with hard, 6-3 wing), wich involved wingtips and extended wing leading slats.... The decals came from the Revell kit, and were a real nightmare to work with...In fact, as you can see, the Tulip decals around the nose went completely wrong. I told Felipe I was going to remake that area, but he said "no, leave it that way, it goes straight to my cabinet", so left the model as it was. It was painted with good old Humbrol enamels. Sorry for the poor pics, in fact, the green looks much greener than it actually is....I've got an old, handy Pentax, no budget for a good camera....Please, feel free to leave any comment.... IMG_20180507_174930[1] by Arturo Navarro, en Flickr IMG_20180507_174611[1] by Arturo Navarro, en Flickr IMG_20180507_174833[1] by Arturo Navarro, en Flickr IMG_20180507_174440[1] by Arturo Navarro, en Flickr IMG_20180507_174706[1] by Arturo Navarro, en Flickr Finally, a pic of La laguna, my hometown. Yes, it's supposed to be summer here..... IMG_20180421_163349[1] by Arturo Navarro, en Flickr
  24. US Army M163 Vulcan Defense System 1:35 Academy via Pocketbond The M163 VADS (Vulcan Air Defence System) is a self propelled Anti Aircraft gun system designed for and used by the US Army. The base vehicle is a modified M113, the M741 carrier and mounts an M61 20mm Vulcan Cannon. The GE M61 is a 6 barrelled electrically driven weapon which normally fires at 6000 rounds per minute, this is reduced to 3000 for the M163. In the field the M163 was designed to work along side the M48 Chaparral Missile system. The system was intended to be replaced by the M247 Sgt York but this never happened. On operations the system has never really been needed in its intended role, though like many AA guns in history it has been pressed into use as a ground support weapon. Indeed in Operation "Just Cause" in Panama in 1989 one was used to sink a Vosper Patrol Boat. As well as the US Army the system is still in current use with Chile, Ecuador, Egypt, Iran, Israel, Jordan, Morocco, Portugal, South Korea, Thailand, and Tunisia. The Kit This is a reboxing of Academy's kit which originated in 1995. The kit has been updated with a small sheet of PE and individual link tracks of you don't want to use the rubber band type which are also included. Construction starts with the main hull of the APC. The rear areas each side of the main door are built up, and the main suspension arms are added to each side. The rear door is also built up and added. Next up the road wheels, drive sprockets, and return rollers are mode up and added to the hull. Next up the tracks are added. The modeller can either use the rubber tracks or to 60 parts per side individual links. Following this the front of the APC and the engine hatch are built up. PE grills are provided if the modeller wants to use them. Next up the Vulcan cannon and its turret are made up. For the cannon 3 sets of two barrels are brought together around a central hub, this is then added to a base and the feed mechanism is added. All of this is then built into a surrounding framework. This is then added to the turret base and the side shroud is added. The ranging radar is then added as well. Going back to hull the front parts and the roof are then added, along with various tools & equipment, including bags. The turret and side armour is then added to the hull. Lastly track covers are added if the version being modelled carried them. Markings Decals are in house and look to be sharp & in register. From the box you can build 3 vehicles; 24th Infantry Division, 1st Brigade, 6th Air Defence Artillery, Fort Irwin, Nov 1988 3rd Armoured Division, 3rd Battalion, 6th Air Defence Artillery, Germany, Nov 1987 Unknown unit, Fort Irwin, March 1988 Conclusion It is good to see this kit re-issued, and with a few tweaks to bring it up a notch. Recommended. Review sample courtesy of UK Distributors for
  25. This is F/A-18F Academy 1/72 (12535) Originally VFA-103 Jolly Rogers CAG plane, ended up as VFA-32 plane (Jasmine model decals 172006). Here are some notes regarding this kit from my work in progress topic about this kit: Academy should avoid making these half breed kits. It should be either snap kit or kit for modellers. So many fine details with almost perfect fitting but with design flaws related to snap kit "features".  Decals in this kit are USELESS if you want accomplish even humble, decent results. They are simply put, so bad, color is off, they don't stick, they can not be softened, they are too shiny... If you intend to buy this kit, simply count on getting another decals. 1. They were modelling parts in such way that they can be assembled without a glue (this includes canopy). I assume most of us here are using glue so they were targeting another market with this feature. There is also a cost for this, each part must have pins to be fitted into another part and some of these are seriously affecting the reality of model. For example, I had to scrape two large extensions from aim-9x missiles and fill two large holes intended for these extensions on wing tips. Leaving these parts in original form simply looks bad. Doors hinges are too big and toy like. The list goes on.. 2. This kit comes with multi colored parts (MCP). Again feature targeting another market as model painting is the crucial part of this hobby (at least I feel this way). Most of manual does not include color references because of this idea. This was actually changed with next iteration of this mold (F/A-18E, 12547), color references are now included in manual, there are no stickers (which is now bad for those who are not painting model and don't want to use decals) and decals are now Cartograf (there is no Cartograf logo on decals sheet but there is logo on box and the decals don't have that bluish tone and look very good so I assume they were printed by Cartograf. 3. This kit comes with stickers and useless decals. We don't use stickers here and included decals are so bad that it's hard to believe someone from Academy did not try these on actual model before distributing this kit. My point was: Academy should pack and mark these kits as easy fit, painting not required, decaling not required, MCP kits with stickers and make another version of same mold intended for modellers and distributed with good decals. This would be an easy task for them and with current details of this kit would probably make best super hornet (E/F/G) 1/72 version out there.