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  1. At some point I might get into a detailed discussion of why I've decided to concentrate solely on Matchbox kits as far as 1:72 aircraft go, but the basic reason is that I actually enjoy making models from basic kits. I like to make corrections, and scratchbuild details, and Matchbox give you plenty of scope for that. There is still a part of me that understands the appeal of state of the art kits, and high quality resin and PE detail sets, but I'm going to keep all that to 1:48. In the smaller scale for me, from now on it's Matchbox or nothing! Matchbox were one of the first manufactures to release an A-10 (the copyright date on the inside of the fuselage is 1978), just as the A-10 was entering squadron service. Even at the time of its release, it wasn't up-to-date, since it depicts the prototype configuration. Also, in order to squeeze the model onto three sprues that would fit into their Orange Range box, some compromises were made with regards to accuracy. As one would expect, the detail isn't great, but that's what plastic card is for! So let's have a look at the box and what's inside: Yep, it's a prototype A-10, 20mmVulcan and all. Wow! look at all those bombs! As you can see, the density of parts on the sprues leaves little room for anything more. Pretty sure that's why the wingspan is a half inch short.
  2. Finally finished it! Quite an awful kit which requires lots of extra work and some aftermarket goodies - Eduard PE's and Matra Magic II missiles, Master pitot tube, L'Arsenal resin Raphael SLAR pod and Colorado decals. But in the end it's a great looking jet Best regards from Czech and happy New Year to everyone. Andrew
  3. Hello Chaps, I'm just playing catch up with posting my last few builds, since the issue with Photobucket preventing 3rd party sharing. Well, now that I've figured out an alternative solution, I'm happy to be back and able to share again. This build I completed on May 15th of this year (2017), and it so happens that the Tornado is my most favorite British used strike aircraft of the modern era, but after 3 years of building models, I've only just gotten around to building one. Because it's my favorite British used strike aircraft, I decided to do something completely new that I;ve never attempted before....build a base for it to sit on. I even decided to do some scratch-building, too, to enhance it a little. Items that I scratch-built were: 1) Seat belts- made from strips of wine bottle foil 2) Canopy jack- made from a length of round sprue with a hole drilled in one end and a piece of paperclip inserted into it to simulate the rod. then I glued sections of styrene sheet at each end to simulate the claws. 3) Air intake covers- again, these were made from wine bottle foil. 4) FOD covers- made from two layers of styrene card of different dimensions, then painted red 5) Red and white striped warning/remove before flight tags- again, my go to source for items like this...wine bottle foil 6) Sidewinder Missile Caps- these were made from a section of small diameter round sprue cut to length, with the grab bar made from a slither of styrene card, then painted yellow. 7) Front Wheel Chocks/Blocks- These were made from parts from my spare parts box, they were triangular section guns from a A-1J Skyraider, cut to length and painted yellow, then in one end of the two pieces a hole was drilled. Into the holes I inserted a length of stretched sprue, glued into location with CA glue; this simulated the rope for dragging the chocks away from the wheels. The kit didn't come with any figures, so I borrowed a USAF pilot from my F-4C Phantom build and had him pose at the side of the aircraft; he was visiting from a USAF base to check out the allies jet and get a ride in it! Anyway, I had a ton of fun building this one and recommend the kit if you're a lover of the "Tonka". So, enough waffling, here she is, I hope you like her.... I decided to stick my finger into this photo to provide an idea of scale: There she is guys...I was happy with my first attempt at a base and the scratch-built extras, even if they might not be accurate...at the end of day, I had a ton of fun with this one, and for me personally, that is why I chose to build models since retiring...as a way of relaxing, switching off from life and having fun. If you'd like to watch my YouTube build updates and Final Reveal videos showing how I went from the beginning to the end of this build, here are the links to those 5 videos: Build Update #1 Video Link: Build Update #2 Video Link: Build Update #3 Video Link: Build Update #4 Video Link: Final Reveal Video Link: Okay chaps, thanks in advance for taking a gander and leaving any comments, much appreciated, and I hope you enjoy the photos as much as I enjoyed building her! Cheers, Martin
  4. Fourth one complete from my WIP. Planned build no.7 from a list of 9. see here - This build from around page 8 through to 11. Real plane in question http://www.dstorm.eu/pictures/nose-arts/f-14/159611_1.jpg http://www.dstorm.eu/pictures/nose-arts/f-14/159611_3.jpg VF32 cag 200 desert storm wearing the squadrons kills from a couple years prior. As its the cag plane its in a retro type gull grey high viz type paint job with contrasting light ghost grey missiles. The rest of the squadrons planes would've been all wearing the TPS. This build counted as an OOB type as has some minor tweaks only to the base parts for accuracy or features relevant to this plane instead of loads of aftermarket. Depicted in an engines on (both nozzles open) and all loaded up ready to taxi across the deck to the cat for take off. Crew giving a thumbs up left and right. In summary- -Fuel dump pipe drilled out. -Arrestor hook shortened. -ECM bumps added. -Spine blade antenna shortened. -Panel lines scribed on exhaust shroud sides. -Nose pitot section corrected (too large) so it was glued on then the 'metal part' cut off for adding later. -Etch spares for ejection handles and mirrors. -Revell NATO set pilots added. From my resin project/masters: TCS lens drilled out/de-seamed. Wheels grooved and flat spotted. Part behind RIO's headrest added. Exhaust tubes (ribbed-Hasegawa) Main decals were from an old mircoscale sheet. A lot of the stencils came from spares. Missile data (54C's and live band colours) from an airfix sheet and home made decal bits also. Painted with Mr Hobby aqueous and Mr Metal buffing colors. Pilots/cockpit detailed with Revell Aqua. Xtracrylix satin varnish to seal airframe. Weathered with mig panel line washes and streaked with mig ammo oil brushers Hope you like it - something different with insignia blue on it instead of all the black fin Jolly Roger cats people build! Thanks for looking!
  5. Victory-is-in-the-Kitchen

    Desert Cat - Jaguar GR.1 Italeri 1/72

    Well it's finished(!) one Jaguar GR.1 by Italeri in 1/72 scale with Pavla cockpit and ejection seat. Minor modifications made from bored out rear vents to custom nose cone using clear plastic. Primed with Humbrol acrylic grey undercoat from a spray can, followed by Tamiya paints, Humbrol Clear and Vallejo Matt Varnish after decals and weathering (oil paint wash with turp substitute). WIP here: http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/235007242-jaguar-gr1-172-italeri-operation-granby/#entry2466792 Comments welcome as always and I hope you enjoy the pictures. James
  6. Good evening fellow BM's. I have decided to let you all into the hell that is my Italeri 1/72 Jaguar GR.1. I have had nothing but trouble with this kit and it's nearly gone in the bin on a few occasions. The build is mostly OOB with the exception of a Pavla cockpit set which needed quite a bit of fettling to get in place. Perhaps the casts are getting old or this is just a bad example but there's copious flash, poorly aligned seems and just bad fitting throughout. The pictures start at the priming stage: Poor fitting intakes, front nose section and gun module. The result so far is far from perfect but I have lost the will... Some nice ejector marks... where's the filler! I had all sorts of problems with this intake, fortunately it's finally settled in after filing, scraping and sanding. Good ol Humbrol primer has finished the rest off. One of the better sections of the build... Nightmare gun module and the underside of the original cockpit butchered and glued to the base of the Pavla replacement. More panel scribing, filling and so so much sanding! Poor fitting front nose cone. The parts simply didn't align and I've had to sand down one side so much that I was afraid it would perish! I also removed the plastic with panel lines where the front nose glass should be. I'll make my own clear parts instead of painting it to look clear. Pavla cockpit in place. The gaps will be hidden by the canopy. Bluetak around the back is protecting the part from all the sanding. Primed and pre-shaded. Maskol used ready for some chipping later. First coats of my attempt at desert pink (Tamiya Deck Tan and Flat red 10:1) Subsequent coats... I'm not 100% sold on the colour. I may add some lighter shades... what do you all think? Cheers, James.
  7. So A levels were about as fun as I'd expected but now they've finished I've celebrated the start of the summer with this Tamiya Challenger 1 in Desert Storm scheme, built with the up-armoured skirts- it was a great kit that I have absolutely no complaints about, it also comes with a great commander figure that I have built and will at some point paint and place in the open hatch. Done mostly in Tamiya acrylics with Citadel washes for weathering. I tried to use the washes to build up a multi-shaded impression of sandy dirt on the hull. I believe the kit dates to the 80s originally, and is superbly detailed even regardless of the age- no complaints! Please bear in mind this is only my second ever armour build so please be gentle! Hope you like it. And with my first armour build, a Tamiya T72: -Flash
  8. Hey guys, There's talk here and there about Italeri's re-release of the A-10 in A-10C guise, but not much detail. Anyway, I ended up buying the kit at the LHS (couldn't resist the box art) and I decided to do a quick review so you'll know what you're getting into. The boxing in question: The kit comes in three sprues, two main and one clear, a really nice decal sheet with a decent amount of stencils and markings for four aircraft. Note that this kit includes decals for a decent approximation of the -A and -C instrument panel. However, the kit instrument panels have raised detail that only models the -A, so you'll have to sand off the detail or modify accordingly my adding an extra display panel if you want raised detail. Markings are for two Desert Storm -A builds, and two -C builds: A-10A, 23rd TFW (Provisional), 74th TFS based out of King Fahd AB, Saudi Arabia, during Desert Storm (box art) A-10A, 206th TFW, Desert Storm. This is the bird flown by Cpt Robert Swain, the guy who scored the first air-to-air kill on an A-10. After an unsuccessful attempt to lock on to an enemy helicopter using an AIM-9, he resorted to putting 300 rounds of depleted uranium into the unfortunate target. A-10C, 163rd FS "Blacksnakes," Indiana ANG, based out of Fort Wayne International Airport, Indiana (this will be the bird I am building). A-10C, 107th FS "Red Devils," Michigan ANG, based out of Selfridge AFB, Michigan. Decals are clear, and in perfect register. A great job by Cartograf, as usual. Here are the sprues, with the exception of the clears as I wanted to fit it in as tightly as possible. The sprues are almost identical to the original A-10A, with a few additions. A few things are still missing though (explained later). The additions that Italeri did to make this an A-10C are here - parts 90 and 93. 90 is the AN/ARC-210 BLOS antenna, which is used to help pilots communicate directly with ground forces via satellite. Part 93 is the EGI GPS dome (this photo shows the underside). These two pieces are the most obvious bits that identify the aircraft as an A-10C. Unfortunately, Italeri dropped the ball and missed out a few other things, or made mistakes with the additions. Now, if you want to build an accurate A-10C, you'll need to do a bit of scratchbuilding as Italeri left out the LASTE upgrades, such as the two blisters on the outward facing tail fins. These were molded on the 1/48 kit, so why this was omitted was an unfortunate choice as scratchbuilding them, although simple, is still a challenge due to the small size. A new sprue with the modified fins could have been included, but it would have driven the cost of the kit up. however, the blisters could have been added to the sprue much like the two new antennas had been grafted on. FUN FACT! The tail fins on the A-10 are interchangeable, to ease replacement. However, the LASTE modifications quickly put an end to that. The AN-AAR-47 missile launch detection sensors were also omitted. They are essentially blisters on the wingtips, nose and tail with a lens that visually detects missiles the moment they are launched towards the aircraft. I will attempt to replicate these with tiny embellishments from the scrapbook shop (or I'll just raid the missus' scrapbook supplies). Mounted on the nose of the A-10, the nose sensors give the aircraft the appearance of nostrils. I also noticed that A-10s have dented noses from being bumped too many times during mid-air refuelling. Nothing a Dremel can't replicate. The dorsal fin antennas are about right, though" Regarding the AN/ARC-210 antenna - while Italeri asks you to mount the antenna blade on top of the larger blade antenna on the spine, that is somewhat incorrect. The position is correct (the GPS dome is just forward of it), but the blade that the BLOS antenna mounts to should be forward swept (see inset below). I suppose you could modify the antenna by adding a bit of material to the back, then sanding it to shape, or you could cut it off entirely and make a new one. The Pave Penny pod has been done away with, so you'll need to fill those holes on the side of the fuselage. On the real article, the pylon was mounted on four bolts, so on aircraft without Pave Penny, you'll see four bolts in the form of a rectangle where the pylon should be. Another "obvious" giveway to the A-10C is the lack of an instrument panel shroud, or "eyebrows" as some have called it. The new instrument panel is shaped differently, so there is no coaming shroud on the sides of the IP. As a result, it looks as if the Air Force tacked on a shelf on top of the instrument panel (see inset below). This will be addressed on a later update. You can replicate that by cutting away on the sides of the coaming, so that the IP sits flush against the sides, while leaving the top piece intact. Note that the A-10Cs have HOTAS controls, using the F-16's flight stick and the F-15's throttle quadrant. Unless you have nice, tiny aftermarket controls, you probably don't need to worry about this too much (thanks to AICZ for pointing that out). One last omission, and will require some sourcing, is the lack of a sensor pod and current armament. A-10Cs use either a Litening AT or Sniper XR pod, mounted on stations 3 or 9 (I think). Hasegawa's Aircraft Weapons Set IX have both the Sniper and Litening pods, along with GBU-38s, and they're quite nice. Current A-10Cs are loaded a little lighter, typically a GBU-12, Mk.82 LDGB, GBU-38 JDAM, or even rocket pods. You'll be totally fine if you're building Desert Storm (refer to Desert Storm supernerd Jakub Cikhart's excellent loadout resource here) So that's it. It's great that Italeri re-released this fantastic kit, with cool new decals and beautiful boxart. It's a shame that some work will be needed if you wanted to represent a current aircraft, but they are simple fixes that should not take more than a day or two to replicate with some scrap plastic and putty. I think Italeri had to compromise between updating the kit vs raising the cost, and at US$20 I think these compromises are perfectly acceptable. Modern Hobbies, LLC has an A-10C update set that is about US$16, and well worth the price if you already have an A-10 kit, but if you're willing to scratch build a little and are not worried about a super detailed cockpit, this will do just fine. I'll be building this in between my other MiG-29 builds. I recommend this kit, and I hope this will help you decide if you want to purchase this. Enjoy if you do!
  9. Hello, under assessment I give the last model: Airfix 1/48 Buccaneer - operation Granby "Desert Storm" 1991 Irak - WX533 - "Glanfarclas" from Lossiemouth Added: Eduard PE exterior/interior, resin cockpit - Neomega, pitot and refueling probe - Master, AIM-9 - Eduard resin, PaveSpike - Hasegawa, decals - ModelAlliance - MA 48100. Engraved missing lines, corrected bays wheels. I invite you to opinion
  10. So in our Dutch Opschaal.net forum we decided to have a Group Build to mark the 25th Anniversary of Desert Storm.. And what says more Desert Storm than a Jaguar? The kit I have is Kitty Hawk's.. that's right.. a proper job. And to complicate things further I will be using Aires.. and some Quickboost, but that almost never gives a problem.. So a bad fitting kit with some more bad fitting resin.. Wanna join me? Review of the kit here.. Nice manual with seperate correction sheet because they forgot some steps.. Darn.. wrong Aires pit (French Jaguar), wheelbays and speedbrakes since they were open on the ground.. Quickboost and Master goodies.. scratch: QB Gun barrels, only for French Jags.. I will also be using Lifecolor Desert Pink and the correct Aires English Jaguar pit. Anyone interested in a French pit? IP, right side of the tub and the seat are apparently different. I will be having two choices in decals, Xtracolor and KH. Don't know yet which I will be using. Some issues to address: - speed brakes open (Aires) - wheel wells (Aires) - close the hatches on the nose - engine bays closed - different wheels (I ordered Mastercasters and these still look ridiculous, now ordering Armory) - AN/ALQ-101 (Flightpath) - ALE-40 chaff/flare dispensers: as is with KH - antenna update for an updated GR.1 (Quickboost) - Updated: underwing pylons incorrect size and shape (again French pylons?) - Updated: fuel tank too small - Updated: leading edge wing has shape issues The hatches do fit reasonably with some TLC.. Compared Aires pit with KH pit.. some plastic needs to go from the inside sidewalls.. Aires wheelbays are likely to fit .. way thinner.. which side of the cockpit top cover is wrong? let's dryfit the fuselage.. backside.. spine is taped toegether and there are some shape issues.. the instructions for placing the bulkheads are vague at least.. that may be discarded if you want to use the Aires speed brakes.. so the left part is not right.. and suddenly it does look like a Jaguar.. strange fit issue compared to the rest.. cockpit to fuselage looks to better with a tiny piece of plastic card in between the halves.. Holy moly.. Kitty Hawk could learn a thing or two about mold releases.. inside of the engines.. This is the way the bulkheads should be.. take careful notice..
  11. Good morning, 25 years ago, Desert Storm started. One of the many players in it was the "Bradley" APC (or IFV?). Well, since I usually don't do military modelling, I guess you know much more about than I do anyway! The kit is from Revell, and built OOB, except the antennaes. Fitting was good, just had some problems with the tracks. But I guess it was due to my poor experience. Painting was done with Modelmaster Marines Desert Sand, weathering was some filtering and washing with oil colours. All in all, a nice kit, which can be recommanded. As this is one of my few military things, I appreciate any feedback, and ways to improve the technique. I should add some soot at the exhaust, maybe some luggage as well. We'll see! Alex
  12. Here is my interpretation of F-111E serial 67-0120, 20th Fighter Wing USAF, Incirlik AB (Turkey), January 1991, Operation "Desert Storm". 1/48 Italeri kit (rebox of Academy); Eduard`s ZOOM PE set (for HobbyBoss kit) in cockpit; Master`s pitot tube; ALQ-131 ECM from Kinetic`s F-16 kit under fuselage. Lot of scratch work (esp. slats and flaps, canopy, changed gear bay cover etc.). Camo is painted with Lifecolors. Decals are from the box, but I`ve changed some things, because I wanted my "120" in "Desert Storm" scheme, without all those colorful additions that this aircraft usually had (and have now, because 67-0120 "The Chief" is preserved in Imperial War Museum, Duxford, UK). So here it is: Thanks for watching!
  13. Certainly not a straight forward build, i had a few problems with the xtracrylix paint and also the aftermarket decals were extremely fragile. Also had problems with the sidewinder mount, i ended up ditching the sidewinders as theyre not that great. Anyway, we got there in the end, so here she is. I knew i would forget to take the masks of the targeting pod! And I noticed on the pics that one of the lights on the gear door had fallen off, luckily i found it on the floor and has now been glued back on. Kit: Revell Scale: 1/48 Type: Tornado IDS Extras used: decals, eduard photoetch cockpit and crew ladder, Hindenburg tanks and Paveway bombs from the old airfix kit. Paints used: Xtracrylix and Tamiya
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