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  1. Ok i started this build back in July and had to shelve it temporarily due to paint shortages through mid August. But Im going to consider this done with the exception of some Do not step decals and weathering. I should add these were the worst decals I’ve dealt with in 30 + years of model building. The glue was so thick everytime i worked with the decals it felt like my hands were covered in vaseline. Mind you i work with water in the 120+ degree range. I know how to work with Japanese decals. They were so slimy and did not want to work to well. I had two complete sets of original decals to work with i was able to save just two each of the white base and red field “omega” tail decals. The glue i blame on hasegawa the bad decals due to improper storage. This is one of many kits i was given by a friend who cleared out his storage unit stash. He didn't want to transport them 1000 miles so i was allowed to take anything i wanted. Thank you my friend. So without further boring you with a long write-up i give you my Fg.1 Phantom Circa 1975-1976 Ark Royal Cruise. The original teaser photo And the rest pf the photo’s. Ok some detail shots first up is the spey engine i used real foil stained with cooked eggs. To this i stained it further by adding some blue and copper tones drybrushed onto the foil. And the cockpit’s The eagle eyed among you will have spotted the Two different drop tank paint schemes. Thats done on purpose. During my research one of the members directed me to the Ark Royal’s Cruise books and when digging throught the assorted photo’s i found this photo i reprint here giving full credit to the Ark Royal crews and association. If you look closely i duplicated this pattern. I found everything from all white to all Dark sea Grey to mixed variations. So I lay my self on the Forums bench and await your decision if it meets the criteria for an Fg.1 Phantom from #892 Squadron. I’d like to add Great Thank You’s to all the members that gave me helpful advice in my Cold war question thread. This was a duel build with my EE F.3 Lightning. If anyone is interested here is a link to view that RFI. I say Thank You in Advance Dennis
  2. Greetings from the Depths of the Old Cold War. Here is my planned build The recent Hannants re-release of the Gannet ASW complete with bags stuffed full of resin loveliness. Which I'm going to convert into a smart blue COD Bird with these Xtradecals offering which will need slight adjustment to get her to Ark Royals Bird. Luckily although there are no COD pods in 48th HERE is a cracking thread showing how @Derek B made the 72nd masters. Then HERE HERE and HERE are very useful threads on the other differences. My Thanks to all those who contributed to these posts especially @DamienB for his point by point build. Most of what I achieve is because of their help and generosity providing information. There is also THIS and THIS in the very helpful walk round section here on BM, again my Thanks to those who shared information with us. I've got the 4+ Book and am borrowing Warpaint 23 on the Gannet is there anything else that's useful? Is there any sort of manual for the COD.4 especially showing the two seats apparently in the rear cockpit? See you later alligators
  3. Jamie @ Sovereign Hobbies

    New HMS Ark Royal 1/350 for Merit Intl

    White Ensign Models has released their 1/350 HMS Ark Royal III set for the Merit International kit: https://www.whiteensignmodels.com/p/WEM+1350+Ark+Royal+PE35181/25533/#.WKL6vZhviHs We've got some fresh in stock in the UK at Sovereign Hobbies ...
  4. Royal Navy Fleet Air Arm (FAA) Aircraft Set 1 (SA-35009 for Merit) 1:350 Tetra Model Works To accompany their stupendous set for the main kit, reviewed here, there is also a companion set available for the aircraft that are supplied with the kit, which will add a huge amount of detail to the eclectic complement supplied with the kit, which to recap is as follows: 5 x Fairey Swordfish 4 x Fairey Fulmar 4 x Blackburn Skua Supplied in a resealable foil bag, with a large fret of Photo-Etch (PE) brass taped in place on a piece of backing card for security, with the instructions to the rear, the set gives you options for each aircraft, to build them with wings deployed as well as folded, whilst adding more detail than would otherwise be feasible. Fairey Swordfish Each airframe is upgraded with a cockpit floor, seats, windscreen frame and a PE Lewis gun at the rear as standard. The aircraft can be built with the wings ready for flight, in which case a set of finer struts and bracing wires are included to replace the kit etch. To build your Stringbags with folded wings, the instructions show where to cut the wings, and a different set of PE struts and braces are used, which also have the hinge-points to allow you to glue the wings on in the illustrated position. For these two options you get a "prop-blur" set of blades, plus a static set with no blur effect, which is also appropriate if the aircraft are on-deck without their engines running, both options re-using the spinner from the kit part. Fairey Fulmar Mk.I The fuselages of these models are supplied as solid halves, so the first order will be to remove the canopy area so that you can install the cockpit floor and crew seats. Then the large greenhouse canopy is replaced with a two-piece PE assembly, plus an aerial mast for the rear section, with a scrap diagram showing the finished article from three-quarters and the side. The landing gear is given a set of captive bay doors to improve on the simple struts on the kit gear, and then the wings are either added as a complete section, or cut using the drawing supplied into three sections, as per the real thing's complex folds. The parts are re-joined using small PE parts with interior rib detail that allow the parts to be folded to the correct angles as per the accompanying diagrams. Blackburn Skua The Skua also has a solid canopy from the box, which must be removed to install the cockpit, which consists of floor, seats, an internal bulkhead and rear gun. The canopy is replaced by one of two types of assemblies, depending on whether it is to be closed up or not. For the closed canopy a separate windscreen is added to the front, and a complete rear canopy is folded up and added behind with an antenna part. For the open canopy, a separate sliding section and gunner's section are added along with the fixed central section, with the sliding part laid over the fixed section, forward of the aerial post. Another set of diagrams show the correct fitting of these parts. The Skua's wingfold is a little more straightforward than the Fulmar, but has a dog-leg kink along the cut line that will take some care to replicate. The outer wing panel is then added folded back and rotated 90o, fixed in place with a folded rib-detail part, with scrap diagrams again showing the way. Finally, the gear legs receive bay doors to further improve realism, and you have a choice of blurred or static props, utilising the kit spinner again. Conclusion Another superb set for the Merit Ark Royal's airwing, which will hopefully be released as a stand-alone set for those wishing for a busier deck that better reflects the actual periods that these aircraft spent on the Ark. The set is for the experienced modeller, but there is nothing too onerous that couldn't be done with a little care and attention, but some PE handling tools and a little bit of experience will go a long way. Extremely highly recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  5. Hi all, a long term project of mine is building one of Ark Royal's Phantoms using the Hasegawa RAF FG.1 kit (P17) and an old Model Alliance decal set. Now what about the correct stencils? Hobbydecal did a dedicated set of dry transfers but despite their website showing plenty available they seem to have gone out of business long ago. Is it possible to use the black stencils from Revell's FGR.2 reissue? Are there differences compared to the FG.1 stencils I should take care of? On photos I did notice white stencilling on the FG.1's intake ramps and black walkway areas (?) on top of the fuselage which the Revell decals lack. Cheers Chris
  6. Okay, I have not got the kit yet. I have lots to do at home as well as a 1/48 Phantom FG.1 and a 1/48 Sea Harrier to finish I have also a confession of shame that I bought the kit and never started it for the last rotary GB I joined which involved a Huey. However, given my 1/48 Phantom obsession, and my love of FAA subjects I am going to join this with the intended aim of producing a Plane Guard Wessex from Ark's Fleet. First helicopter since I was a kid, so no fancy bits, just as close as I can get to an OOB Wessex build. Any pointers on which kit and mods I need to make will be gratefully received! Thanks.
  7. Jamie @ Sovereign Hobbies

    Merit 1/350 HMS Ark Royal III - Detail-up set

    Sovereign Hobbies will be bringing Tetra Model Works products to the UK. Based in South Korea, Tetra Model Works produces comprehensive high quality detail sets for 1/35 armour subjects, 1/200, 1/350 and 1/700 naval subjects, 1/32 aircraft seat belts and some other products such as camouflage netting for dioramas and so on. I had been meaning to introduce the range to our business for a while, but seeing their detail-up set for the Merit International 1/350 HMS Ark Royal III kit (which I and I know many others have in their stash ) at Telford this year has been the kick needed to get moving. We will have more photos of the set available from next weekend, and the set is due for release on 26th December 2016. We are taking pre-orders now. https://www.sovereignhobbies.co.uk/collections/tetra-model-works/products/se-35009-tetra-model-works-1-350-hms-ark-royal-detail-up?variant=28016286673 We expect their set for the 1/350 Trumpeter Type 45 Destroyer will be popular in the UK: https://www.sovereignhobbies.co.uk/collections/tetra-model-works/products/se-35005-tetra-model-works-1-350-royal-navy-type-45-destroyer-detail-up Likewise I'm sure someone will be tempted by their gorgeous set for the 1/350 Fujimi kit of the IJN aircraft carrier Kaga: It's a high-value range to bring in covering a broad spectrum of subjects. As such, we will phase the products in. If there's anything in particular from their range you would like us to prioritise, please drop us a line. http://www.tetramodel.co.kr/index.php/category/products/
  8. Dermo245

    Royal Navy Tornado 1/72 What-if

    Hi everyone and while I'm a regular contributor to BM, this is my first post on this thread - a Royal Navy Tornado of 892 Naval Air Squadron, HMS Ark Royal, 1980 built for the GB here on Britmodeller. You can read the short build (and even shorter backstory) Here but in summary.... Kits: 1/72 Airfix Tornado (fuselage/undercarriage) & 1/72 Revell F-18A Hornet (wings, tails and stabilators) Decals: Matchbox F-4 Phantom donated by Tim Moff (cheers Tim!) and stencils from the Airfix kit. Paints: Revell Acrylics brush painted, White from a rattlecan, Klear, Flory Models Wash. Extras: Stores from spares box and/or the source kits She won't win any good looks competitions and now that I look at it again, I think she looks a bit too 'Soviet' to be serving with the Royal Navy But had fun with it and has got me thinking of future WHIF ideas.... Thanks for looking! Dermot
  9. As I sit here waiting for the final bits of glue to dry on my 1/48 Gazelle, I have decided what the next project will be. I've gradually been assembling the bits I need, and I have a 4-5 week window without too much work, so can make a decent start as the Autumn draws on. If you follow aircraft WIPs, you might already know me from the Gazelle in the Helicopter 2 GB, and a long-running (and ongoing) 1/48 Barracuda III. But this will be my first ship since building the Airfix 1/600 Fearless about 45 years ago... This is going to be Ark Royal (5) as she was when I served in her in the late 80s, on my first front-line tour on Sea Kings (820 NAS). Based on the Airfix Illustrious, obviously, but there are quite a few differences to be adapted / reworked / scratched. In no particular order: - Different shape to the ramp; Ark's was built at 12 degrees right from the start, whereas the other 2 were modified, so Ark's was a different shape underneath as it faired into the hull; - Ark had Phalanx as her CIWS throughout her life, rather than Illustrious' Goalkeeper. I have acquired some Veteran Model 1/350 Phalanxes, so that's sorted - but I need to modify the sponson on the port quarter, which is not as deep as Lusty's; - Similarly the bow CIWS deck, and a much smaller one on the starboard side of the island; - The port quarter of the flight deck is a different shape; my Ark didn't have the "bulge" alongside 8 spot; - I have to reinstate the Sea Dart installation, which means completely re-working the starboard forward flight deck; no Spot 0, as in Lusty, different profile, visible fo'c's'le, capstans and other Fish-headery, DF aerial on a pole, rather than (as later in her life) up the mainmast; - Speaking of masts, the mainmast needs major rework to reinstate UAA1 and the 992 aerial, and lose 996; the mizzen is much smaller, without the large radome she acquired in her later life; - SCOT terminals further aft, just by the mizzen mast; - Two 909 domes to reinstate, though at least the superstructure beneath them doesn't appear to have changed much; - Different catwalks - the excellent WEM PE set includes the earlier catwalks, thank goodness - and Ark didn't have a stern catwalk at all at this stage; - A Cheverton in the port midships davit (just aft of the SRBOC sponson); - Different deck markings; I will be able to use some of Airfix's decals, but there will need to be some serious maskery later on in this build - at least the lines were all straight on the flight deck I knew, unlike these semi-circular things later on! - A few other more minor differences to do with 20mm placement, configuration of liferafts etc The CAG has been assembled; some extra Airfix aircraft sprues, 8 WEM Sea Harrier FRS1s, half a dozen Trumpeter Sea Kings a plus the WEM conversion kits, plus a couple of the WEM Air Group PE sets - the aim being to have 8 SHARs, 9 Sea King 5s, 3 AEWs & 2 HC 4s, which was what we carried for the trip to Australia in 1988. I know how I am going to do the HAS5s and the AEW2s; still working out how to get the HC4s right. So lots of work to do! I have made a start; the hangar deck is built, and I have cut off a) the stbd aft flight deck "bulge"; the forward area of the flight deck; c) the port aft CIWS sponson. I'm working from a lot of reference photos, a couple of books, plus the excellent Jecobin plans (suitably reduced in size to make them 1/350). More soon (including pics of the destruction); pull up a chair!
  10. Hello all. Since starting this in late July, I must confess I had no idea this would turn into such a marathon build. Having only joined the forum back in the Spring, I feel in hindsight that this build quickly turned into some kind of an apprenticeship, given the range of new skills and techniques it required me to learn. It goes without saying that I've been lucky throughout to receive a constant stream of support, advice, and encouragement from more people than there is space to list here. Suffice it to say that they have my continuing gratitude - you can find out who they are in the WIP over here, accompanied by the usual shenanigans: The Kit I bought this for 99p on theBay. It came in a plastic bag, no decals, and a photocopied set of instructions - I should have guessed then that it would be trouble! Descended from the original Frog moulding (which is nicely-accurate at this scale in terms of shape and size), God only knows what generation of subsequent cheap moulding this one represented - nothing in the bag to indicate the company doing the moulding, whilst the material itself was some of the grottiest (not to mention grittiest) old plastic imaginable. It came nicely concealed in more flash than Swiss Tony. The Intention I've a long-held affection for the Fleet Air Arm (due in part to a period of my childhood spent to the south of Yeovilton) and decided some time back - as others right-thinking adults have done - to build my way periodically through a series of FAA subjects as a long-term project. Having had my eye on the Model Alliance decal set for the Ark Royal Air Wing, I decided to start off with the Sea Venom done up as WW150 from the 1956 deployment, complete with attractive Wiccan nose art and fetching checkered wing-tanks. I knew nothing about Sea Venoms when I started - I now know it to be an absolute beauty of a naval aircraft with fabulous lines and curves - the winds must have loved it. I won't bore you with a list of the alterations, additions, deletions, scratching, silicone implants and other general alterations I made, (you can read the full horrors in the WIP), suffice it to say that although a formally-accurate kit to base a build of this aircraft on, it shows its age (don't we all Dah-lings!) when compared to the detailing available on kits like the CMR one recently gussied-up by Navy Bird. I'd also decided on a wing-fold. It seemed a good idea at the time when I thought (fantasized?) that this would be a reasonably quick build. In terms of references, there are one or two decent shots of WW150 floating around the web (there's copies over in the WIP) and in various publications on the Sea Venom, whilst the Warpaint drawings (that I used for panel details etc.) seem generally accurate when offered up against the Frog kit. The Evidence I decided to shoot daylight outside on this one - there's been some lovely examples of this approach by others on the forum, plus the grey stratus layer this morning gave a convincing imitation of Atlantic maritime-gey that seemed a perfect compliment for EDSG: My thanks to all of my co-conspirators on the WIP. Just in case there's any doubt about the next build, I'm caving to peer pressure: Thanks for looking! Tony
  11. TheBaron

    Ark Royal Air Wing - FAA decals.

    Hi all, In the process of building up a stash of FAA jets in 1:72 and noticed that Model Alliance have the ML48121 decal set for many of these types, for the Ark Royal air wing. It looks like an interesting project, but as it all hangs on these decals being correct, I just wanted to check that there were no errors with the set that anyone was aware of? Thanks for any advice, Tony
  12. Jamie @ Sovereign Hobbies

    Admiralty Pattern 631 Bronze Grey

    Evening all, With some Royal Navy aircraft carriers being released recently, I wanted to learn more about what colour the flight decks were. The Asian company instructions recommend dark greys, whilst Airfix recommended Humbrol 30 which was more a forest green. Thanks to some contacts I have made through another forum, I have been able to draw upon the investigative skills of some methodical folks who have obtained a wealth of documentation from various archives detailing which colours the Royal Navy were to use and how they were to be made aboard the ship or in the dockyards. From 1933 until non-slip paints were made available in a wide range of colours in mid-1941ish, the Admiralty prescribed AP631 Bronze Grey for aircraft carrier flight decks. Armed with copies of the relevant Admiralty Fleet Orders, and extracts from the Rate Book of Naval Stores from various years courtesy of my new friends, I had the formula to make the original oil paint from a list of base ingredients and imperial units. With the exception of white flake lead pigment, which is not required for AP631 in particular, all original pigments and liquids are still available commercially. Bronze Grey requires Zinc white, yellow ochre, black, white spirit, boiled linseed oil and terebine dryers to make. I didn't want a CWT of paint so the liquids were corrected for density and converted to mass. All masses were converted to metric and scaled down in proportion. There's a little more to it than just that though - the Admiralty didn't want powdered pigments aboard ships and having made up some paints I can see why. Instead, the base colours were to be mixed with linseed oil to form a stiff paste which could be canned and stored. It is these pastes which are mixed by weight to make a final colour in accordance with Rate Book recipes. The black was different, that was supplied as a ready-to-use oil paint, which I had to make from scratch. Many supporting documents had to be sourced to determine the attributes of the oil pastes. Fast forward to now, and I have what I am confident is a good representation of AP631 Bronze Grey. What's pleasantly surprising, although it shouldn't be, is that this stuff made up into what anyone would recognise as a proper paint! Using the sample we have now introduced another model enamel to the rest of our colour range.
  13. Westland Wessex HAS.1 815 Sqn HMS ARK ROYAL 1965 My second build of 2016! This is the venerable Matchbox Wessex kit which first appeared in 1987 and gives options for a Mk5 or an Aussie Mk31. Since the HAS.1 and HAS. 31 are very similar, the kit is a fair starting point for use of the Wessex decals from the Xtradecal 815 Sqn set. The spares box was raided for some basic parts including a Mk.44 torpedo – not entirely accurate, but good enough for my purposes and a few other parts were scratched up, including the distinctive twin doppler mushroom aerials and a blank over the dipping sonar hatch. The kit’s intake is very basic, with a solid part over the metal gauze central section. This is such a distinctive feature of the Wessex that I had to fix it, carefully cutting out the incorrect part and replacing it with some suitable material and plastic strip. It kind-of worked, but the gauze is too large – perhaps something I can resolve in future if I find a more suitable material. I generally try to fold helicopter blades these days, both for storage/display purposes and because I think they often look much better that way. I missed out the folded tail rotor – this had been my original intention since Matchbox provide some suitable parts, but unlike the folded rotors, I decided that this option spoils the look of the finished model too much for me. Wire aerials were added to their posts using lycra thread and superglue. The final result adds another important RN aircraft to my collection. This kit is not the easiest of builds and not really recommended for beginners (Italeri’s kit is a far better option for a Mk V or HAS 3, although still a complex build). However, despite its age, it remains a viable option for those who wish to have an early Wessex in their collection. FredT
  14. OfficialWIBS

    Naval F-4K Phantom

    Hi guys, I was wandering if anyone had any idea where I could purchase a 1/72nd F-4K in Royal Navy colours. I was thinking of making a diorama of the deck from HMS Ark Royal (R09). I have managed to find Wessex's, Buccaneers, Sea Kings and Fairey Gannet's but struggled to find a suitable F-4. I will put pictures of the completed build up when I have finished it. Thanks
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