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  1. I'm new to this site, and just back into modeling (thanks COVID-19!) after 20 years or so away! I always loved it as a teenager, but turns out it's every bit as fun as an adult. Plus, more patience and more cash really make the hobby a lot more interesting. Still, for now I'm sticking to OOB and (mostly) brush painting. We'll see if the hobby sticks after this pandemic is behind us... I've benefited a lot from these forums over the last few months, and want to join in the fun. On the bench (i.e., my late grandmother's old dining room table) as of yesterday is Airfix's classic,
  2. Dear fellow Britmodellers, here's my 1/72 Airfix Me-262 A2 "Blitzbomber", built with the addition of Eduard photo etch and resin wheels. Pitot tube from the spares box, brake lines from stretched sprue, and vacu canopy from Rob Taurus. Painted with Gunze/Mr.Hobby acrylics. Photographs by Wolfgang Rabel. The Airfix Me-262 kit is precise in shape and outlines and features an open landing gear bay (a detail other manufacturers have missed). Unfortunately, it suffers from fit problems with the engine/wing assembly. This is not difficult to co
  3. My entry. Bought it second hand last year, the box never made it. Sprues, to show its not started : Probably going to build the No.39 Squadron version (Hemp over Light Aircraft Grey). Possibly the all over H.S.S No.58 Squadron, but it's a distant possibility. Got a resin seat on the way, should have it before the month is out. Hopefully. Roll on the 17th!
  4. Hi all, hope you're keeping safe and well. I'm in with this rivetted oldie pulled from the attic (those kits in the background are on the way to market - long story) Airfix B-25J by Dermot Moriarty, on Flickr This plane will be shooting....film of course! When I saw the decals were available for the Psychedelic Monster, I jumped at the chance to build it. B-25J_Draw_Decals by Dermot Moriarty, on Flickr The plan is to build it in-flight, more on that later. Thanks for looking and good luck with your builds. Chee
  5. It’s time to dig an old Lightning out of the stash and represent some proper heavy metal from one of best eras of the RAF. Those thunderous take offs and zoom climbs are always worth a watch on YouTube. If only we could still watch them from the fence at Binbrook! During the later years of their career, the RAF Lightnings had a number of interesting colour schemes; some still green/grey camo and some varying shades of grey with different demarcation lines. One of my favourites is the dark sea grey over barley grey, as shown below: This is the aircraft I’ll be
  6. I don't think I've posted this here before. With Picturetrail closing down, I'm having to transfer my images to Flickr and this is the latest batch. Built in 2013 it's the 1/12 Airfix kit, commonly thought to be modelled on Princess Anne. Surely worthy of a re-issue.
  7. Hi everyone, the A-4 Skyhawk GB is looming ever so close, and I have stupidly decided to finish this A-4B started eons ago. That is the plan no matter how silly it sounds. Silly because I am trying to finish my Etendard IV M from the Heller GB, and because I am entering another A-4B from Airfix in the A-4 GB... This one is being built almost OOB. I am using a Pavla Escapac seat. As the airframe I am modelling has the new type of rims, I have stolen the wheels from an Esci A-4E. And the underwing tanks a well, as they are better than the Airfix items. I jazzed up the
  8. After the 1/72nd kit (link), Airfix is to release during Winter 2019-2020 (?) a new tool 1/48th Canadair Sabre Mk.4 kit - ref. A08109 https://uk.airfix.com/products/canadair-sabre-f4-a08109 3D render V.P.
  9. 13th (Duke of Connaught’s) Bengal Lancers 1897.
  10. Airfix is to release in 2015 a new tool 1/72nd Junkers Ju-87B-1 Stuka - ref.A03087 Expected December 2015. Source: http://www.airfix.com/catalog/product/view/id/8394/category/15/ V.P.
  11. So here's my entry for the GB - the Golden Hind, as sailed around the world by Francis Drake. I did a bit of digging and apparently during the circumnavigation she stopped in Mogador (Essaouira) in Morocco, then Santiago Island (Cape Verde Islands, off the West Coast of Africa), before heading to the Americas. On the way back (several years, a few oceans and much pirating later) stopping off at the Western Tip of Africa at what is modern day Sierra Leone. It's far from my comfort zone - not something I'd usually consider but I got it as a birthday present the other year
  12. I'd had it in my head for a while that I'd like to do a Shackleton as a bit of a departure from the cold war jets that I've done lately and have in the stash. Have shied away from it because its big - biggest thing I'll have done since being a teenager, plus I have absolutely no idea where its going to go when I'm finished. Its easy enough to hide away Spitfires, Phantoms and Tornados around the house without much notice being paid, but this is a whole other ball game! My old man grew up around Ballykelly watching these beasts and has a soft spot for them, so he might adopt it for me in due
  13. The BAC TSR-2 has undertaken many roles since entering RAF with No. 40 Squadron at RAF Conningsby in the autumn of 1967. Many Canberra squadrons were re-equipped with TSR.2 B.2 Eagles as were several of the V-Bomber squadrons by the mid 70’s. By 1983 11 squadrons were equipped with the TSR.2 B.2 and GR.1 Eagles with a GR.3 variant undergoing development. The West German Air Force equipped two squadrons with B.2 Eagles. The "standard mission" for the TSR-2 was to carry a 2,000 lb (900 kg) weapon internally for a combat radius of 1,000 nautical miles (1,900 km). On that mission 100 nautical mi
  14. Hi all, The rather fun, pocket money Gladiator from Airfix. Out of the box pretty much and using the Airfix decals which are excellent. No vices, just a well designed kit. It’s the box art Battle of France version with a rather complicated 6 colour scheme! I got help there with the ‘Top Notch’ set of camouflage masks. Guy
  15. Since I’ve already decided on a kit and a scheme I thought I’d start a thread early. Starting from here. I’ll be building one of these. Now I need to go and figure what’s different between the B and the E models
  16. Airfix is to release in Summer 2021 a 1/48th de Havilland Canada DHC-1 Chipmunk T.10 kit - ref. A04105 Source: https://www.airfix.com/uk-en/shop/new-for-2021/de-havilland-chipmunk-t-10.html V.P.
  17. Airfix is to release in 2015 a new tool 1/72nd Bristol Beaufighter Mk.X kit - ref.A04019 Expected July 2015. Source: http://www.airfix.com/catalog/product/view/id/8398/category/15/ V.P.
  18. My other attempt for this GB will be the Airfix Fokker F-27 converted to a Laser Airborne Depth Sounding aircraft operated on behalf of the Royal Australian Navy. I will again be using a Hamilton Hobbies conversion as well as some replacement white metal under carriage legs Decals are from Southern Sky this time around From Wiki The Laser Airborne Depth Sounder (LADS) Flight was a unit of the Royal Australian Navy. Unlike the rest of the flying units of the RAN, it was not controlled by the Fleet Air Arm from HMAS Albatross (NSW), but
  19. In 2020 Airfix is to release a new tool 1/72nd Bristol Beaufort Mk.1 kit - ref. A04021 https://uk.airfix.com/products/bristol-beaufort-mk1-a04021 3D render V.P.
  20. As part of a club GB where we are building old kits (the ACTSMS turns 50 next year) I pulled out this very old Airfix Halifax, first kitted in 1962, this boxing 1967. As I am also trying to get some RAAF subjects done for a club display at our comp in October I am trying to squeeze in as many of these builds for the remainder of the year. So on with the show! My kit is Craft Master boxing for the US market. Good old instruction sheet (no colour guide at all for internals so I will wing it) Decals from this Sky Models sheet
  21. When I first went to airshows in the late 70s / early 80s there was a very eye catching bright red Spitfire on show. Spencer Flack’s G-FIRE stood out from the crowd for me & I always wanted to do G-HUNT and G-FIRE in model form. So when Airfix released their Mk.XIV kit with G-FIRE decals I had to have one. Nice enough built too. Great cockpit detail that you can barely see. There is a great thread on here of advice regarding build & colours too. Anyway this is how she looks And this is a picture of her I took at Mildenhall Airfete 82 (I think). Funnily en
  22. I'll be building this... Guess I'll need to leave the optional machine gun and howitzer for the Jeep out for this GB! I'll do all the sprue shots, etc. when I get around to starting it - which probably won't be for a while!
  23. A happy new year to you all (if it's not too late to say that)! I thought I would greet the new year by starting a new build and scanning the stash my eye was caught by this (apologies for the cat which is aftermarket and not included in the box): It's an Aldi purchase from a couple of years ago. I have been unexpectedly excited by the revelation that Arma are about to bring out a new P51B/C so I thought it would be nice to have a go at what seems to be one of the better 1/72 examples of the Mustang currently available. I started my research fo
  24. Afternoon all! Here is my latest build, the very nice Airfix Defiant in nightfighter mode. I can heartily recommend this kit as it went together with no fuss and looks the business to boot. It is all brush painted with Revell Acrylics. I used a Yahu IP, Resin seat with harnesses, and paint masks for the canopy/turret. The aircraft is from 264 Squadron based at Biggin Hill 1940/41. TFL, Cheers Greg
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