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  1. After the 1/144th kit (link) Anigrand is to release in November 2018 April 2019 a 1/72th Sikorsky XPBS-1 resin kit - ref. AA2137 Patrol bomber compete with Consolidated PB2Y Coronado Source: http://www.anigrand.com/future_releases.htm V.P.
  2. This is my rendition of Anigrand's 1/72 the Douglas F5D-1 Skylancer. The Skylancer was an improved F4D Skyray, similar to the F-106 being an improved F-102, but unlike the F-102 the F5D's came out while the F8U and F-4 where already under development so its timing was bad and it never went into production. This is typical to my experience with Anigrand kits; nice casting with a few pin holes, slightly undersized and slightly warped fuselage halves. It came with a nice looking ejection seat, but I used the CMK F4D interior. The decals were a mix of the kit ones for the aircraft specific markings, with national and Navy markings from other sheet. On the whole it was a pleasant build that took a total of 15 days. Here it is with an F4d-1 for comparison Next up is the Hasegawa SP-5B Marlin Enjoy
  3. This is my rendition of Anigrand's Vought XF8U-3 Crusader III. This was a very good Anigrand kit, free of pinholes and with a surprisingly clear canopy. The only disappointment was the decals. These had yellowed and taping them to a sun facing window for a few weeks only slightly clear up the yellowing. They were also very glossy and thick. Other then that it was a pleasant 2 week OOB build. What appears to be a second stabilizer would fold down in flight to augment the vertical fin. Next up in the Hobby Boss UH-1B Huey. Enjoy
  4. I've rebuilt the Build Thread for this unusual subject (originally from an old What-If Groupbuild) with new picture links! Republic F-103A Thunderwarrior 5th FIS, Minot AFB, North Dakota 1969. Commander's aircraft for the 1969 Air Show season. This radical interceptor design was cancelled in 1959 after reaching the mockup stage, [what-if mode ON] but was reinstated in 1962 after the Cuban Missile Crisis as three Soviet long-range supersonic bombers were poised to enter service. Two full wings of Thunderwarriors were deployed at Minot AFB, ND and Elmendorf AFB, AK. [/what-if mode OFF] Despite extremely short range, the F-103 was a point-defence interceptor with combined turbo-ramjet propulsion, capable of Mach 3.7 up to 80,000ft and dash speed of up to Mach 5 at 100,000ft. Its peak rate of climb was 70,000ft/min in ramjet propulsion above Mach 2.5. The Thunderwarrior was armed with 6 AIM-47 radar-guided missiles and could track and kill supersonic targets at over 100nm range. (All that last bit is the true projected specs back in 1954!) Anigrand Craftswork 1/72 resin kit modified, with homemade decals. Alclad finish, Xtracrylix other colours. This was actually a fun build cos everything I tried worked!! Al
  5. Hi folks, Well I mentioned in the Revell C-17 thread that I was working on the 1/72 Anigrand kit. I have a thread running over at ARC but since a lot of you don't frequent that forum I thought I would run a thread here as well. Since the issue of the 1/144 Anigrand kit and now the Revell kit the short comings of Anigrand's monster are becoming well known (to me at least). So a summary of the work so far. Cockpit/Nose. The kit's nose is too bulbous, so I fill the inside of the cockpit area with 5-minute epoxy and started sanding. This shot shows the modified side on the left after this shot was taken I sanded it a bit more to flatten it a little more. This also shows the left side wind root moved back, more on that later. No picture thanks to Photobucket ...C-17/wingrootcomparisonsm.jpg The windscreen panels are the wrong size and shape, took 3 goes to get the position and proportions about right. The nose profile also needs reshaping. The clear piece on the kit was deceiving as the rear window actually should be about 10mm forward of where the kit has it. It looks a mess at the moment but I hope after a primer it will be better (I hope). You can also see how much resin I have removed, the cockpit walls were about 2mm thick! No picture thanks to Photobucket ..C-17/windscreenrework2sm.jpg Wing Root The wings are about 25mm too far forward on the fuselage so the root was removed and shifted back 25mm. This shot shows the move in progress, I cut a section out, removed 25mm from the back end of it, moved the root forward and glued the 25mm slab to the front. It needed to be reshaped to fit as well (I used an orbital sander to take the excess off ). No picture thanks to Photobucket ...C-17/RootmovedbackSM.jpg This shot shows the root moved and compared to the Revell kit. No picture thanks to Photobucket ...C-17/cutting.jpg Tail Fin Started with this (below) shape is out, who would have guessed? No picture thanks to Photobucket ...C-17/TailbeforeSM.jpg After some putty, cutting and sanding... the rudders will be posed offset. No picture thanks to Photobucket ...C-17/rudder3sm.jpg Sponsons/Wheel wells This is where I am up to now, Where do I start? Well let's see... the main well is short by 10mm and too far forward my 3mm. As a result, the paratroop door behind the sponson is also out by about 3mm, the auxiliary gear doors also need moving and I had previously noted the shape was out as well. Which means that the locating holes for the main gear legs are too far forward by about 5mm... are we having fun yet? So the Aux door I cut out on the other side is wrong and will need filling and moving to the correct location. I also found another issue with the height of the well opening on the sponson (outboard side), it seems to be too tall, At this point I am not going to change it, all it may need is some card to fill the top edge of the opening and removing some material for the outboard gear doors. I may revisit it later. On the picture below you can see my scribbling, the dotted lines show the current scribed positions of the aux and para doors, I have also drawn in the sponson extension. The hatched areas are what I need to cut out/off. No picture thanks to Photobucket ...C-17/RHSponsonSM.jpg Rear Ramp I decided to open it up and used the kits panel lines as a guide, turns out they are wrong, so I have remarked the lines and will have to cut more (hatched area). No picture thanks to Photobucket ...C-17/RampmodsSM.jpg So there you go, that is where I am at, I have a day at a model show do a building demo tomorrow so I will be updating the other side cockpit windows, modding the sponsons and openning up the ramp area. Wish me luck!
  6. Anigrand is to release in December 2018 a 1/72nd BAE Tempest II resin kit - ref. AA-2138 Source: http://www.anigrand.com/future_releases.htm V.P.
  7. Andre B

    F-4D Skyray and F-5D Skylancer

    What about doing an conversion of an Tamiya or Airfix F-4D Skyray to an F-5D Skylancer? How hard would it be? Its longer with thinner wings, coca cola shaped fuselage and with an different canopy (can be ordered from Anigrand). The Anigrand F-5D looks fine but is rather expensive these days including shipping... http://www.anigrand.com/AA2055_XF5D-1.htm Cheers / André
  8. Anigrand is to release a 1/72nd Great Lakes XSG-1 resin kit - ref. AA-2133 Source: http://www.anigrand.com/AA2133_XSG-1.htm V.P.
  9. TheRealMrEd

    Anigrand 1/72 XF-84H "Thunderscreech"

    Not a lot to show here, simply an old Shelf of Doom model finally completed, just to sort of "show the flag". Here is how it looked before I started back on it a couple of months ago: (It's at the top right). Pretty much the fuse and interior were all assembled, and all the primer and coats of Alclad were done. Just needed t add all the final bits and a little other painting. Since I never intended to post this was, I didn't take any pics along the way, but it's just your usual resin kit. Can't remember what I did for the cockpit -- may have used a modified F-84G. Everything else is stock kit, except for the pitot tubes are tiny tubing and wire, and the use of some landing gear doors from either an F or RF-84 kit. The supplied kit decals for the wing stars and bars are too small compared to the photos I used, and the kit supplied buzz number was printed in black. I scanned those into the computer and changed the color to Insignia Blue in Photoshop, and then reprinted two sets onto clear decal paper, using my Epson inkjet printer. The two sets of decals were kind of semi-transparent, so I installed the second set atop the first set, after the fist set had dried thoroughly. Sorry for no more photos, but I am glad to finally have her join the collection. Ed
  10. Afternoon all. I’m building a Supermarine type 545 (essentially a Mach 2 redesign of the Swift that was cancelled) and the instructions say it should be natural metal overall. I can’t confirm this in writing on the internet or in the few books I have that touch on this subject. There are a few pics in black and white floating around the internet. For instance (via Wikipedia)... These don’t look natural metal to me. Too pale perhaps? To my eye more likely a primer (the project was cancelled half way through construction). I’m pretty relaxed about this build and the colours really, but before I plunge on - does anyone in this extraordinary resource have any gen on what these colours in reality might be? What sort of colour did Supermarine use for instance as a primer? I’m thinking a pale yellow, throwing in some different coloured panels in various metal shades... Thanks! Angus
  11. Anigrand is to release in July 2018 a 1/72nd McDonnell 119 UCX prototype (compete with C-140 Jetstar) - ref. AA2130 Source: http://www.anigrand.com/future_releases.htm V.P.
  12. Anigrand is to release in September 2018 a 1/72nd Yokosuka MXY-6 (Test-bed of Kyushu J7W Shinden) resin kit - ref. AA2135 Source: http://www.anigrand.com/future_releases.htm V.P.
  13. Anigrand is to release in December 2017 a 1/72nd Columbia XJL-1 resin kit - ref. AA2134 Source: http://www.anigrand.com/future_releases.htm V.P.
  14. Anigrand is to release in February 2018 a 1/72nd Curtiss-Wright C-76 Caravan resin kit - ref. AA2136 Source: http://www.anigrand.com/future_releases.htm V.P.
  15. Well, I was supposed to build the Italeri F-21A AKA Kfir C1 kit next, and I started it, but I was unhappy with the way the build was going and then there was a tragic solvent spill and all I was able to salvage was the interior: So I had to order another one and while I was at it I ordered DNModels' painting mask and canopy mask and while the new kit has arrived the masks won't get here until late January. In the mean time I decided to do a few quick builds. The first one is the Anigrand M2-F2 lifting body. I had previously build the HL-10, X24A and B, and the M2-F3 and since the differences between the M2-F2 and the M2-F3 are minor I figured that was enough. But the competist in my said I really had to do the M2-F2. The M2-F2 was what the designer, R. Dale Reed, called and "angry machine" and it had stability issues that lead to it crashing on landing, made famous by the Six Million Dollar Man TV show. In the real crash the pilot survived with the loss of an eye due to infection. There were no major issues with the kit. It has a nice interior, but since the Anigrand canopy is translucent at best with a lot of internal bubble, I didn't spend a lot of time on it. The body is divided into a top and bottom half and the top half is just a little too short in the rear, but that was fixed with a strip or styrene. The decals were excellent. From start to finish was 8 days. And here it is; Next I am going to be working on the Platz RQ-4B Global Hawk drone which has no canopy or interior to mess up Enjoy.
  16. Anigrand is to release in March 2017 a 1/144th Sikorsky XPBS-1 resin kit - ref. AA4111 Patrol bomber compete with Consolidated Coronado Source: http://www.anigrand.com/future_releases.htm V.P.
  17. Anigrand is to release in August 2017 a 1/144th Sikorsky JR2S-1 / VS-44 resin kit - ref. AA4096 Source: http://www.anigrand.com/future_releases.htm V.P.
  18. Anigrand is to release in October 2017 a 1/72nd Budd RB-1 / C-93 Conestoga resin kit - ref. AA2128 Source: http://www.anigrand.com/future_releases.htm V.P.
  19. This is my 3rd in a series of lifting bodies, the Northrop M2-F3. As many of you are probably aware the M2-F2 famously crashed after 16 flights as seen in the intro to the "Six Million Dollar Man". After the crash, using some creative accounting, they were able to rebuild it as the M2-F3 which went on to 27 more successful flight. Differences in appearance between to 2 are; a third vertical fin added, The main gear reversed so the wheels face outward rather then inward, a bigger engine, and a re-enforced nose which split the front window in to 2 pieces. There were also internal changes. These changes turned it from what R. Dale Reed called an "angry" machine into a much more pleasant one to fly. More information can be found at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Northrop_M2-F3, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Northrop_M2-F2, and in Reed's book "Wingless Flight" https://www.amazon.com/Wingless-Flight-Lifting-Story-2002-06-28/dp/B01MT30UGD/ref=sr_1_5?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1502472205&sr=1-5&keywords=wingless+flight The Anigrand kit is of the M2-F2, but they give instructions on how to modify it to the M2-F3. I chose to make the -F3 because it was more successful and made more flights. I am not inclined to also make the M2-F2, but never say never. Like my previous Anigrand kit, with the exception of the "transperancies" the casting were excellent with no visible pin holes, short shots and crisp edges. It did have an issue with the fuselage top being slightly shorter the the bottom, but this was fairly easy to the. The transparencies were translucent at best with internal air bubbles. The decals were a bit stiff, but worked. So on to the pictures; Next up is the Mach 2 X-24B which will be my last lifting body, at least for a while.
  20. This is the second in a series of NASA lifting bodies. The first was my X-24A that I posted a few weeks ago. This is an Anigrand kit and while I see a lot of complaints about pin holes, and short shots with Anigrand kits, this one must have been cast on one of there good days. With the exception of the "transparencies" all the parts were clean and crisply molded with no pin holes or voids and the fit was very good. The exceptions were the "clear" parts that were translucent at best and in the case of the main canopy was way too small for the opening, but nothing some super glue, styrene strips, sanding and polishing couldn't fix. The decals were OK being a bit thick and stiff. Paint was Alclad II Aluminum. This was a very quick build taking less then a week to complete. On to the the pictures; Note that this was designed to fly at a high angle of attack, imagine the pitot tube horizontal and the pilot spent most of hist time looking between his legs out the front glazing. More information about HL-10 can be found at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Northrop_HL-10
  21. David Newman

    1/72 XB-46

    Hello, Here are a couple of photos of the resin 1/72 XB-46 by Anigrand. The kit appears accurate in shape. The XB-46 had a wingspan near that of a B-24, but was 50% longer than a B-24. The larger parts were slightly distorted. This was overcome by gluing in sections. The nose glass is too small. The fuselage needed lots of putty above the wing, as this was indented. The model was donated to the the "First Flights Wall" at the Edwards AFB Museum. The Museum's F-100 shows up in the background of the photos. This collection is built with the canopy painted blue. The kit's decals were missing many markings. David Muroc Models
  22. I've had these on the back burner for a while - they're good tinkering projects while main pre-occupations like the Grumman OA-12A Duck I'm building on KG144 as part of a group build and other biggies are drying (or being otherwise uncooperative). The North American T-6G Texan is Valom's kit. Pretty nasty really, I'm afraid. Poor to non-existent fit, shape issues and thick, clunky detail. Compared to the Platz/F-Toys kit (of which I have quite a few) it pales very rapidly in fit, surface detail and everything except decals. BUT it remains cheap, readily available and actually very, very good fun. I also think you can get it to look ballpark like a Texan if you totally ignore the panel lines scribed onto the canopy (which would have you create square side windows that look very off). Pretty much out of the box except for a bit of cockpit detail and the undercarriage doors which are plasticard. Valom's decals are excellent, however. Good, interesting schemes, thin and well behaved - can't ask for more and really raise the kit up a notch. I did mine in markings for aircraft No.74 of the Ecole de Pilotage de l'Armee de l'Air, based at Cognac (Base aérienne 709 Cognac-Châteaubernard) in 1964. I'm happy with it and feel I gave it my best shot without getting out the scriber. I have another in the works, again on the back burner. The Miles M.14 Magister is a conversion from the Anigrand Trailing Wing bonus kit that comes with the Short Shetland (another Titan on my workbench at the moment - more of that soon, I hope). The basic resin kit is quite, er, basic. I filled in the slots in the wing which on the trailing wing aircraft take the booms. I decided quite early on that I wanted to do one of the yellow pre-war ones with an incredibly polished cowling and the glam spats. I thought that could look marvellous in this scale. I sprayed the aircraft with Halfords white primer and then airbrushed with vallejo yellow, then when I was happy with the tone I painted the cowling glossy black. Over this I brushed AK Interactive True Metal, which I know can give a superb natural metal finish. I polished this with a cotton bud. It took several applications but I'm happy with it. I added the IFR hood behind the rear cockpit using small gauge lead wire bent to shape, with the canvas being vallejo filler built up in layers backwards to give the wrinkled effect (not really visible in photos), then painted green, before washing in a darker green to bring out said wrinkles. I also added the curious two-pronged pitot and an exhaust pipe (using more lead wire). This was an absolute joy to build, I have to say. One of those kits where you really look forward to every little bit and every step, no matter how small is somehow hugely satisfying. If I win the lottery, I may buy more Shetlands simply to build more Magisters. I've done it in markings for L8338 of No.30 Elementary and Reserve Flying Training School based at RAF Burnaston in 1939. I think. I don't really know but that's my guess based on serial numbers. Doesn't matter hugely - they all got moved around a bit. Decals all spares and Mark1 for the pre-war serials. Thanks for looking!
  23. After the 1/144th US-1A (http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/234992861-1144-shin-meiwa-us-1a-resin-kit-by-anigrand-released/#comment-2183111) Anigrand is to release in January 2017 and this time in 1/72nd a Shin-Meiwa US-2 resin kit - ref.AA-2131 Source: http://www.anigrand.com/AA2131_US-2.htm V.P.
  24. New anigrand kit is a 1/72nd McDonnell YC-15 resin kit - ref. AA2126 Source: http://www.anigrand.com/AA2126_YC-15.htm 82 resin parts + Clear resin canopies, decal Span 466 mm Length 524 mm V.P.
  25. I was not sure where to pop this but as they are a rarity (only 100 ever cast I am lead to believe) I thought I would post some photos from within and without the box that arrived on my desk today all the way from a seller in Australia. Its a nice tidy size and crying out for fibre optics. I've included a ruler for anyone else who may be considering the rather costly investment in case you may want to know how much resin you get for your big spend. I have a Randy Cooper Avenger Star Destroyer due out of UK customs tomorrow so this Lambda Shuttle will make a nice complementary build-along buddy kit while the ISD is under construction later on in 2017 - yes, I know they wont be the same scale...... I hope this post helps you make the right choice if you are ever in the market for one of these but unsure of what the box really contains..... Nice job Anigrand, shame you didn't get a licence to get more of these into main stream production for the keenies out there. This kit was a real virgin, I had to break all the original bag seals to get into it - real fresh untouched classic resin... flight deck and nose shell dry fitted May the Force be with you, always... John
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