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  1. Please find my latest completion Italeri's Grumman Avenger in 1/48 Scale. The kit was nearly built out of the box apart from a P.E. seat harness and decals by Print Scale for the insignia and markings plus a Techmod sheet for the stencilling since most of the original decals were not usable anymore from this ebay purchase. (Which was made clear to me prior the purchase which was at a reasonable price) Had some trouble with the windows, which required a few polishes with Tamiya polishing compound after which there were still some blemishes apparent. I once came across an article or video where they did some "after" polishing with car wax (Carnuba wax). So I thought I would give that a try and it did have some effect on these windows. Unwittingly I then used my polishing cloth to wipe some dirt of the wing........................... which resulted in wax on the wing, which I was unable to remove. Since The wings were meant to be specular sea blue. So I thought...............Why not wax the wings? Subsequently I accidentally got some wax on the fuselage as well...... So decided to apply the wax on the entire model in a last ditch effort to save the model. I am curious to know how you think it worked out. I would not repeat this method, but one pleasant side effect was that the gritty-like sprayed paint on the wings (Should have thinned the paint a little more) and some orange peel effect was totally eliminated. Turned super smooth. So something to keep in the back of the mind. Paints: Mr Color and AK real paints coated and polished in Simoniz Car wax! I did use an Eduard mask for the windows as well............ That's all, thanks for watching. Regards, Rob
  2. Afternoon All! Second entry into this GB. I'll be a bit slow at making a start on this one - working on a few other bits too at the mow. Have the Eduard mask set already and some pre painted etched belts on their way over in the post. I'll be doing the box art markings so that it fits within the time frame needed for the GB I've been having a read over some the previous WIPs on this kit on here. From what I can gather based on what I've read here and on the IMPS link that has popped up a lot - I'm thinking it should be interior green through, with no bronze green around the pilot area? Couldn't find any info on the bomb bay colour - interior green is called out in the AM instructions or should it be zinc yellow / insignia white etc? Any thoughts? This will the first time I've build any of the re-boxed Accurate Miniatures kits so looking forwards to it. Aaron
  3. Not so much "decided" as "quick, before I change my mind again!" I'm dusting off a project that I started for the Mustang Group Build, 2014 edition. Accurate Miniatures 1/48, with Ultracast conversion for Mustang Mk.I. The only thing that I actually did was rough-in the wing leading edge inserts- see link for that. (There are Photobucket images- they showed for me, but let me know if they don't for you. I may be able to get them directly here.) The first thing to decide is whether to do an NA-73 or NA-83 - as I discuss in the linked thread, there are a number of subtle differences between the two production orders. And, me being me, I'm already hearing this devilish voice whispering "Or, hey, you could do a Mustang X!" I don't have a specific Mustang I in mind, which makes life more difficult. A word about the thread title: Most of you will know the one about how the British Air Purchasing Commission approached North American to build P-40s (meaning the ones that became Tomahawks), because Curtiss couldn't supply enough of them as soon as desired. What they were really negotiating for, however, was a certain number of P-40s, to be followed by the (supposedly) new and improved P-46, which had not yet flown. There are also whisperings that NAA had already had some conversations about a fighter for the British. At any rate, this makes the decision to let NAA try their own version of an Allison-engined fighter more understandable. By the time the Mustang prototype- and for that matter the XP-46- had flown, a compromise decision had seen the end of the P-46 as a production type, with an evolved P-40 (the H87 / Kittyhawk) taking its place, while the P-46 project evolved into a stillborn XP-53 (Model 88). Thus, the Mustang and "new P-40" (D/E/F, Kittyhawk) ran parallel, and in fact shared the production of the new F-model Allison.
  4. Hi folks, I picked up this Italeri issue of the now 21-year-old Accurate Miniatures B-25 kit cheap with a bashed box at the Biggin Hill airshow a couple of years ago, and plan a simple OOB build with it. I fancy this scheme which is one nothing in my existing collection wears. It's a B-25C model, tail number 232496 and as can be seen is wearing the yellow ringed US insignia which were used around Operation Torch, but the aircraft has RAF fin flashes still present. The kit is generally very nice - probably the nicest 1/48 B-25 we're likely to get. I'm aware that the nacelles can take some attention to get a good fit on the wings. The way this was described to me by someone trying to make a name for himself on Facebook modelling groups, but in reality just appears to have a contraceptive personality, was that this rendered the entire kit utter junk best used to pad out the bin. Well, we'll see... I'm quite lazy and don't particularly enjoy interior painting, mostly because I find it somewhat iterative. One aspect of this particular kit that isn't so common (but by no means gone) on releases 2 decades later is that the positioning of gates to assist moulding aren't always in helpful places. I decided to assemble much of the interior first and just resign myself to the dreaded brush painting to pick out black boxes etc. Spraying parts on the runners wouldn't gain me much here because of said gates everywhere. Another advantage is that the partially assembled interior will help me find the interior colour demarcations which is something I do want to get correct. A check of the fit demonstrated that the fuselage closes up fine as a dry-fit: ...however the solid lower half of the glazed nose was quite distorted and needed some lovingly applied violence to get into shape: Now then - to figure out how to paint this thing. I've done some reading around and the most common answer I can find that at least seems to be aware that ANA611 Interior Green was not introduced until late 1942, at least in terms of chosen nomenclature, is the following: Flight Deck - Bronze Green #9 Seats - Aluminum Bombardier's Compartment - Yellow-Green (Tinted Zinc Chromate) Navigator's Compartment - Yellow-Green Radio Compartment - Yellow-Green Tail Compartment - Yellow-Green Bomb Bay - Aluminum (note that incorrect spelling of "aluminium" suggests this list came from the USA) Wheel Wells - Aluminum (note that incorrect spelling of "aluminium" suggests this list came from the USA) Instrument Panels - Flat Black Sound Proofing Material, Flight Deck - Dyed to match Bronze Green #9 Sound Proofing Material, all other areas - Dyed to match Yellow-Green There are variances of that though, including some which claim the radio compartment should also be Bronze Green #9. I'm leaning towards ignoring that unless someone can convince me of that over this weekend, and if they do we'll also need to establish the demarcations too. I started with the aluminium, which doesn't seem to be under dispute between accounts of B-25 interior colours. I will use the wing spar and bomb bay interior parts, as well as the cockpit floor, to mask off the bits that will remain aluminium then spray the rest with a green zinc chromate. In due course I'll paint the Bronze Green for the cockpit on top of the zinc chromate.
  5. This is my first Accurate Miniatures kit, their Yak 1b in 1:48. Instructions offer both exploded views of the assembly while at the same time giving you written indications on how to build the model. I bought this model and Foxbot's aftermarket decals in order to build this as Lidya Litvyak's Yak 1b White 23, but that idea got shot down after being told she had never flown a Yak 1b. Thus the model languished, before deciding to give it a go and build it as White 23, because I already had gathered info regarding the camouflage. The kit comes in a top opening box with a cool artwork of Sergey Lugansky shooting down a Bf 109E. Kit decals on the left and Foxbot aftermarket decals to the right. I'm planning on usign the stars and the numbers 2 and 3 to make my model. Instructions: More to come soon.
  6. Hello, friends! I’ve started one of my favorite subjects, the Early P-51 family before they put the Merlin in it. I present for your approval, the photo recon version of the P-51A, the F-6B. Behold! Not much progress other than glueing the nose on, and some cockpit paint prep, but at least I’ve done SOMETHING! The plan for this one is to add a seat, exhaust, wheels, and propeller from Ultracast, and then I need to dig through my stash to find a set of decals for this plane. It’ll likely have some invasion stripes though. Pull up up a stool, order a beer, and join me in this built, if you’d like! Plenty of space at the bar!
  7. #1/2019 Let the 2019 plastic games begin Accurate Miniatures kit, seatbelts from Eduard, EZ Line for the landing gear detail. AK Interactive Real Color Air AMT-7 for the underside, Tamiya white for the upperside. Build thread here https://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/235048126-let´s-go-skiing148-yakovlev-yak-1-vvs/ DSC_0001 by Reinhard Spreitzhofer, auf Flickr DSC_0002 by Reinhard Spreitzhofer, auf Flickr DSC_0003 by Reinhard Spreitzhofer, auf Flickr DSC_0004 by Reinhard Spreitzhofer, auf Flickr DSC_0005 by Reinhard Spreitzhofer, auf Flickr DSC_0006 by Reinhard Spreitzhofer, auf Flickr DSC_0007 by Reinhard Spreitzhofer, auf Flickr DSC_0008 by Reinhard Spreitzhofer, auf Flickr DSC_0009 by Reinhard Spreitzhofer, auf Flickr DSC_0010 by Reinhard Spreitzhofer, auf Flickr DSC_0011 by Reinhard Spreitzhofer, auf Flickr DSC_0012 by Reinhard Spreitzhofer, auf Flickr DSC_0013 by Reinhard Spreitzhofer, auf Flickr DSC_0018 by Reinhard Spreitzhofer, auf Flickr DSC_0019 by Reinhard Spreitzhofer, auf Flickr DSC_0021 by Reinhard Spreitzhofer, auf Flickr DSC_0002 by Reinhard Spreitzhofer, auf Flickr DSC_0004 by Reinhard Spreitzhofer, auf Flickr DSC_0005 by Reinhard Spreitzhofer, auf Flickr DSC_0006 by Reinhard Spreitzhofer, auf Flickr
  8. Besides the Peshka, my dad also started now a little Russian friend, using the AM kit. DSC_0012 by Reinhard Spreitzhofer, auf Flickr DSC_0013 by Reinhard Spreitzhofer, auf Flickr DSC_0014 by Reinhard Spreitzhofer, auf Flickr
  9. Zvezda is to rebox very soon (late December 2018) the Accurate Miniatures 1/48th Yakovlev Yak-1b kit - ref. Source: https://vk.com/wall-29859496?own=1&w=wall-29859496_2293530 Box art V.P.
  10. Hi Guys, This will be my second build. This is a shelf queen. I had it started a few years back and it was shelved at that time. As I saw by coincidence this one on the shelf I had a look in the box and thought why not. After consulting Rich if it was allowed for the GB as it was near the 25% rule. But he gave me the green light for it, so here goes. It is the reboxing of the Accurate Miniatures B-25 C/D model in 1/48 scale from Italeri. As I also have the original boxing from this kit I will probably swap the decals. That kit is intended to be build as a 320 squadron one in RAF marking later on. So the decals for Dirty Dora are a left over. Here is a picture of the box with the fuselage and the content. Here are some options that I have for the GB. The first one is from a Dutch version that flew from Australia.It is original from the italeri box The second one is also from the box. And the original one from the AM kit. As I love colors on my builds I will probably go for the last one Dirty Dora. I love that blue nose. It flew from New Guinea. And it will be heavily weathered. Cheers,
  11. Hi all, Just noticed that Italeri are about to re-release the Accurate Miniatures 1/48 B-25G and noticed in their sprue shots that it seems to contain at least most of the parts to complete it as a B-25C, including the clear parts and was wondering if anyone has the original release or the Academy one and can confirm if these parts are there and that a glass nosed C can be built from this kit. Thanks in advance. Craig.
  12. Right chaps here is my kit So I could do a B or a Mk.l. I am looking at an RAF bird for this, problem is there were only 23 Mk.ls sent to the UK! 3 of them were test aircraft (FK161, FK162 and FK165 I believe) and later FK165 was training aircraft for 98 and 180 Sqns which I have photos for all 3. The other 20 were sent to the Bahamas and became 111 OTU but I cant find any photo reference for them. Or I could try to make a Mk.ll. The kit comes with the clear parts for a C/D but not the cowlings,exhausts. So would need to scratch build a few bits. Hmmm at least I have a few days to decide Simon
  13. My initial thoughts of a build for this had been to do something like a DC-6 or DC-7 but having had a rummage through the stash I have found a couple of kits that are suitable subjects. This Accurate Miniatures boxing is my first offering and is an original boxing.
  14. Grumman TBF-1C Avenger Battle of the Atlantic USS Block Island - May 1944 Here is the my final hang-over from last year which I had started for the Radial Engines Rock GB and failed to complete in time. This the 1/48 Accurate Miniatures Kit built straight from the box, and represents one of 12 Avengers flying anti-submarine duties from USS Block Island in May 1944. Aircraft from VC-55 were involved in attacks on U-Boats on May 3, 1944. Task Group 21.11 continued to harass these submarines and eventually sank U-66 on May 6. USS Block Island herself was sunk on May 20, 1944 when all of these aircraft were lost. Though these aircraft operated in harsh conditions they were maintained in top condition, which was all the excuse that I needed not to weather the model - although I would expect there to be some exhaust staining and oil leaks from that big radial, maybe later. I tried to mottle the topcoats by allowing the primer coats to show through in places, this effect shows up more on the grey but it is not quite as successful on the white. I'll try a different approach when I attempt it again. Paints Used Xtracolor X131 Dark Gull Grey Colourcoats ACUS09 Interior Green ACUS30 Bronze Green ACUS37 Insignia White Citadel Acrylics Various by John L, on Flickr by John L, on Flickr by John L, on Flickr by John L, on Flickr by John L, on Flickr by John L, on Flickr by John L, on Flickr Cheers
  15. Hi all, she´s done, hope you like it You can find more pictures and some information about the real plane in my Blog: Pete´s mancave All the best Pete
  16. Hi Guys, this is the second P-51 i startet in October 2016 for last Mustang Group Build... Here is the starting post: Accurate Miniatures P-51B I will finish the build log here. The P-51 in 1943 was a workhorse and much of the aircraft looked heavily worn. There was only a limited time between the next mission. I wanted to put this into a hopefully realistic way. I started with chipping the Cadillac with a sponge and a thin brush After that was done I started with the wheathering. I applied to individual panel filters made of oil paints... I did not want to put too much emphasis on it, and I added the oils step by step. oil stained added.... The tools and colors I have used for wheathering: Please visit my Blog for more: Pete´s mancave All the best Pete
  17. Hi all, while searching a good way to fix the wheel well of my P-51D I found this kit in my stash and couldn´t resist to start a second P-51. Accurate Miniatures made a really nice P-51B. This kit is very well detailed and I will only add a Ture Details Seat cause of the seat belts. The exhaust are also weak and Ultracast will provide new. It´s great to have big stash ;-) The Sidewalls are much better detailed than other offerings. All parts needed for the cockpit and the spur wheel. The armor, protecting the pilot is missing in the kits cockpit, but I did not add it. True Details Seat on the Accurate Miniatures rack Added oilwashing and drybsushing. Old school but still with good result ;-) Once again self mixed Revell Aqua Colors used. They are really great to handle. Washing with brown Oils and drybrushing with middle grey Aqua Color Love the great True Detail Seat. Accurate Miniatures made a real nice instrument panell The fuselage is closed and the fit is really good. only some minor rework is needed to achieve a perfect result Please visit my Blog: Pete´s Mancave
  18. I finished this a while ago and have fianlly got arround to doing the pictures. I'd heard many good things about the Accurate Miniatures Dauntless, alas my experience wasn't that positive. Some issues, but not all, were definitely of my own making but others weren't. Vague instructions , lots of flash, lots of pointless PE coupled with the odd Anders Error (AE) resulted in a build that I was glad to see the back off. The RNZAF only operated the Dauntless in combat for a short time (less than 6 months IIRC). This aircraft was flown by the Commanding Officer of 25 (Dive Bomber) Squadron, Squadron Leader T. J. McLean de Lange. The Kit Eduard boxing of the Accurate Miniatures SBD-5 Dauntless including PE sets, resin gun sets and resin wheels Aftermarket Model Master barrels Decals Aeromaster RNZAF in the Pacific Kit Stencils Painted With Mr Color Lacquers Tamiya Acrylics Testors Glosscoate Testors Dullcoate Vallejo Acrylics for details Weathered with Oil paint wash AK Enamel products Pencils Build Thread Here The Pictures More photos at my blog
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    An old chestnut this, I am in the throes of assembling an old Accurate Miniatures Avenger and I would like to know how the hell the turret fits inside the fuselage. Years ago there was a link to some instructions on the Accurate Miniatures Website but that has well gone now. Just asking as I don't fancy a cock up at this late stage, thanks in advance lads. Dauntless
  20. B-25G "Shark Mouth" 1:48 Academy The B-25 Mitchell was one of the best known medium bombers of WWII, starting with the daring raid on Tokyo that began on an aircraft carrier of all places. Designed by North American, it was hastily pressed into service at the beginning of America's involvement with WWII with well over six thousand airframes constructed, and many variants fighting in all theatres of the Second World War. The B-25G was sometimes referred to as the Strafer, as it was heavily modified in the shortened nose to mount a large 75mm cannon, in a similar fashion to that mounted in the TseTse Mosquito. It also carried either two or four 0.50cal machine guns in the nose, which were used partially for ranging of the main gun, the dorsal turret and tail turret, which was heavily blended into the tail fillet. The ventral turret was retractable, and additional fuel was carried to extend range in the "dirty" air that is found at lower altitudes. The forward cabin was also given a grafted on applique armour panel to protect the pilots, and the bomb bay could still be used for attacking ground or sea borne targets. The Kit The plastic within the box is from the old Accurate Miniatures mould, and when I say old, that's not meant as a disrespectful term, just a case of passing time. Inside the large top opening box are eight sprues of medium grey styrene, a sprue of clear parts, decals, instruction manual and separate paint and markings guide. The good news is that the passage of time hasn't diminished the quality of the moulds, and they are still as crisp as ever. If you're familiar with Accurate Miniatures' work, you'll know that their kits were very well regarded, and you can see why when perusing the sprues. Detail is crisp and there is a lot of it in all of the right places, which leaves the competition in its wake. There is fairly comprehensive interior included with the kit, which starts with the cockpit, with a decal for the clear instrument panel, which also has the instruments in raised relief. The pilots' seats are in one piece each, and that has resulted in a pair of shallow sink marks right at the base of the seat back, which can be hidden either with seatbelts, additional putty cushions or a combination of the two. Under the cockpit floor is a fair representation of the M5 gun, which will need its barrel drilling out for additional accuracy. It is kept in place by a large C-profiled "girder", which is made of one flat piece and is folded into shape in the same way as you would fold Photo-Etch (PE) metal parts. How well the joint will hold up to bending is guesswork, but the part is thin, so should be ok if you fold it once and leave it folded. Behind the cockpit, through an open bulkhead is the wing box and bomb bay roof, and from each side extends a small spar to hold the wings firmly on the fuselage. The dorsal turret is built up and installed on a tray with the ventral turret underneath, with a blanking plate provided in case you want to show it retracted. Various pieces of equipment, stowage and radio gear parts are added down the insides of the fuselage, which are decked out with fine ribbing detail where appropriate and an approximation of padded sound insulation here and there, although there are a couple of ejector pin marks that may be seen by the intrepid viewer. A few side windows are also inserted from inside with stepped edges to mate with the edge of the fuselage - for whatever reason there's even one next to the Elsan toilet, which is also supplied, although you'll have to fabricate your own loo roll! The instructions show the nose wheel added before the fuselage is closed up, but leaving it out might be tricky due to the small aperture in the fuselage bottom. A little test-fitting will help with that decision. All of the small assemblies are fixed into one side of the fuselage, which then closes up, trapping them in place (hopefully). The sides of the bomb bay can be added after the fuselage is closed up, with the nose also being added at this time. Again, a single cruciform part is folded up into an ammo box a-la PE, placed on top of the gun-pack, and cemented into the floor of the gun bay. This has the lower fairing added, and the optional upper fairing attached if you are consigning the guns to darkness. The canopy is a single piece, and you have several on the sprue to choose from, so make sure you select the correct one. The applique armour is simply glued to the side of the fuselage, so check your references and ensure you have it in the correct place before gluing. The H-tail is made from a single lower part that sits in a recess on the rear fuselage, with the upper parts in halves with either a raised glazed part for a manned position, or a flat panel where no gunner was carried. The wings build up as separate assemblies that slide onto the fuselage once completed, kept in line with the aforementioned spars. The wing halves fit neatly together and replicate the familiar aggressive anhedral of the outer wing panels nicely, the nacelles being two halves that install from under the wing, with a front panel that mates with the engine cowlings. Inside the cowling are some rather nicely moulded engines, with both rows of cylinders depicted, as well as the wiring harness and reduction gear bell housing. The cowlings are handed, so ensure that you place them correctly, and add the little hollow exhaust fairings into the depressions around the circumference of the cowling. The main gear legs are added later, as the B-25 had a very small area of the bay open with the gear down, enabling the leg with its separate oleo-scissor link to be inserted and mounted in a large cuff moulded into the underside of the wing. The small door is then added, hingeing to the side. The tyres are moulded in halves with a pronounced flat engineered in, plus separate hubs for extra detail. They should suffice for most of us, but I have no doubt that Eduard will be along with a resin set to improve the detail and remove the task of hiding the seam. The bomb bay has room for either four small bombs or depth charges, or two larger bombs, which have separate fins, while the others have them moulded in. They are placed offset along the wall of the bomb bay with their mounting pins at a 45o angle, which could be a bit fiddly with the fuselage closed up. The bay doors are separate parts, and forward and aft are a pair of crew access ladders with moulded in doors. You'll have some work ahead of you if you want those to be closed up. The build is finished by the addition of a tail bumper, the single piece props, aerials and pitot probes. There are quite a few parts unused with this edition of the kit, amongst them being the oft seen cheek mounted gun packs that gave the Mitchell extra punch, but neither markings options carry them in the accompanying documentation. Markings There are two options available from the included decal sheet, which is printed by Cartograf and these options are as follows: 9th bombardment Group, AAF Tactical Centre, Orlando, Florida, October 1943 (S/N 42-64758) - olive drab over grey with wavy demarcations and grey leading edges to the wings and tail. Shark mouth motif on the nose. 820th Bombardment Squadron, 45th Bombardment Group, marshall Islands, December 1944 (S/N 42-64896) - olive drab over grey with green mottle to the leading and trailing edges of the flying surfaces and vertical tails. Little Joe artwork on the fuselage side. Other than the defining markings and national markings, there aren't many more decals supplied, except for a set of prop stencils and maker's marks. The instrument panel decal is simply black with white faces, and might look better mounted behind the clear panel, but that would make painting a little more fiddly. A pair of simple seatbelts are also included, but apart from their two-dimensional look, they're not especially endearing. The quality of the decals is excellent, with good register, colour density and sharpness that you would expect from the masters at Cartograf, who have a very strong grip on the decal printing market due to their reputation for quality products. Conclusion Age hasn't really dulled the appeal of this kit, although a few areas could do with a little extra work to truly bring them up to the latest standards. The exterior detail is certainly up there with the best, with crisply engraved panel lines and petite rivets giving a good scale impression that should look great under a few coats of paint. Highly recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  21. This is the Accurate Miniature F3F-1 biplane I made it back in 2000 when it was first released. I made the kit straight out of the box, which included the etched rigging. If memory serves me right, any of the F3F-1 squadrons could be made with the decal sheet provided. The makings of my model are from U.S.Navy Squadron Fighting 31 based aboard USS Saratoga (CV-3). I made this model long before I discovered micro-mesh to get a smooth paint finish, and before I used gouache to highlight the panel lines. Thanks for looking, Joe
  22. Source: https://www.facebook.com/EduardCompany/photos/a.122154977799458.21995.116570475024575/1089018924446387/?type=1&theater V.P.
  23. old model, Accurate Miniatures kit built oob, the chipping may be a bit overdone but it was my dad´s first try-out model concerning that technique gotta replace the sewing thread antenna someday...
  24. Just finished this one after an extended stay on my bench. Accurate Miniatures B-25B built as a USMC PBJ-1D. Built out of box, only changing engine cowlings to the C/D style. Hope you like.
  25. Hello, does anyone know if this is an imminent release or one of those that been on the cards for years and is still no closer? In a similar vein, is there any truth to the rumour that HKM are planning to re-issue their glass nose B-25 kit? Thanks, Andrew
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