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  1. Stand by your beds everyone another GB is upon us. Is it me me or does there seem to be more of them and less time to finish things ? I have gone for a real "Stash Queen" ie it's been hanging around for years, no doubt loosing bits every time it's been moved. However all is not lost as I have another one that should supply any missing parts. A couple of bits have been glues together but well below the 25% allowed. I'm going for the Tirpitz version Good luck everyone cheers Pat
  2. Here´re the promised photos of my Ta 152H from Revell. This kit is a reboxing of the old Frog kit from the 70s, and it shows it mainly in the raised panel lines, flash, and the (flashed) hole for a stand. The only troublesome area of the kit was with the tailband: Firstly I positioned it correctly by sheer luck (I wasn´t looking at the instructions), and secondly, it was long enough to cover the entire rear fuselage and it curled, without any chance of straighten it again. The instructions also show an incorrect placement of the inner landing gear doors, if you ever build this kit, make sure to follow the painting instructions to place the inner doors. The wheels were glued in place, and the caps were left in their sprue, together with the pilot. The propeller was designed to spin to the left, so I opened another hole to be able to make it spin to the right. I also wanted to preserve the raised panel lines, so the aircraft unions weren´t filled with putty, most visible on the right hand fuselage/wing section.
  3. I'm a confirmed GB participant after the excellent Matchbox GB so, seeing as I'm a big fan of the BM community, i thought I couldn't possibly miss the chance to join in with this '10th Anniversary' GB. Having cleared up the mobile workspace, I'm going to launch out again with the Frog Sea Fury X I got this kit some years ago when I was collecting Frog kits of subjects not covered by others. I liked the fact that the Sea Fury X was the first production model of this aircraft and other kit manufacturers seem to focus on the subsequently developed and more capable Mk.11 or FB 11. I saw a Sea fury flying at an Air Show a few years ago and was impressed by the speed and quiet power on display. Here are the pieces then, a fairly simple kit. I fancy doing the FAA 802 Squadron 1952 option. All the pieces seem to be there and there is a small amount of flash - it was later that I started to go for the earliest boxings I could reasonably get to try for better quality before the molds began to possibly wear. This kit has a 'wings folded option' so I'd like to try that but I am stilled pulled to having a wheels up 'flying' version so that the sleek lines can been seen, plus a fly round the room with prop spinning! I have never built a Sea Fury and it is a very long time since I did a Frog kit (only every did three) so there is some new ground to be covered here as well as a bit of nostalgia. I've convinced myself to do two kits, one in each pose, and I'll pick up another kit plus aftermarket bits for the wing folding mechanisms, cockpit and cannon barrels etc. Absolutely perfect modelling weather......
  4. Gloster Javelin WT836 5th Prototype This was built from the original 1950s Frog kit. I suppose I could have e-bayed it or kept it in the attic for 20 years but I went for a nostalgic simple build instead. I bought this for £12 at the Farnborough Modelfest last year. When questioned about why it was only £12, the trader said that they were ‘not uncommon’. Well I hadn’t seen one for about 50 years so I was more than happy with the price. As far as I remember I was given one of these for a birthday when I was about 10 or so and I’ve no idea what happened to it. It was great to build it again. No messing about with correcting inaccuracies (that would have taken a long time) but I decided those ridiculous rivets had to go. I just carried out a little scribing of panels on the wing upper surfaces to relieve the big areas of smooth plastic, added some jetpipes, filled the big gaps between parts with Milliput and that was about it. I kept the original Frogmen and the non-existent undercarriage bays to retain some of the character of this thing. The kit decals were completely shot so I replaced them with Xtradecal and Modeldecal generic items. When I was putting on the paint I was about to blast the undersides with High Speed Silver when I discovered that the Javelin prototypes were Medium Sea Grey underneath. Overall it looks a bit like a Javelin but I think this was a later issue kit because there is an attempt at a kinked wing leading edge – I say ‘attempt’ because it was done without increasing the wing chord at the tip which has left a partially done kinked wing. Chris
  5. Hello All, Just got back from 2 weeks away for work. When your buddy collects you for 13 days straight from the hotel at 0630 to take you to the lab and you choose your dinner after work on the basis of "what's still open?", there isn't much hotel room modelling going on. Today is my first day with free time for what seems like a long time. I went to the Southern Expo today and saw some cool stuff and made a couple of modest purchases, then came home in the snow and got to the bench. Choices, choices. I could take RFI pics of my Bristol Blenheim and 188, crack on with the rather horrible Tomy/Airfix Storch, pick something else up from the Shelf of Shame, or work on a Big Project I've been mulling over. All fine choices. nah. Something new. It has been bugging me for a long time. I haven't decided whether this is going to fly or not (I already know it's a really stupid idea) so I will post the first photo and sleep on it: Thanks for looking, Adrian
  6. Following the recent hugely popular posting elsewhere on BM, see link below. I thought it only right and proper that we channel all that enthusiasm for Frog kits into a Group Build. I had a look to see if this has been done already but couldn't find one. Participants 1. Jockney 2. Vppelt68 3. Bonhoff 4. Corsairfoxfouruncle 5. ThePlasticSurgeon 6. stevej60 7. stevehnz 8. Ray S 9. bristol boy 10. 06/24 11. CliffB 12. Dermo245 13. Martin T 14. Rabbit Leader 15. Tony W 16. Grandboof 17. PhoenixII 18. adey m 19. Mjwomack 20. Ray S 21. 22. Therefore if like many of us you grew up enjoying Frog kits or all the re-releases that came afterwards Novo, Revell etc this is for you. Given the recent amazing Matchbox II BG it will be great to see as many of the range as possible getting built. Cheers Pat
  7. Yes, this is going to be just like the old days, back from the shops and built over the weekend Terrified of desolving Decals but really looking forward to this cheers Pat
  8. Hello, colleagues! I'd like to present another model from the FROG/NOVO contest - the british naval fighter McDonnell Douglas Phantom FG.1. It is the repack of the old FROG model F262 by Industrial Group "Mir" (Minsk). As usual I built this model in "Out of the box" nomination, so no modifications to the original kit were allowed. The only modification allowed to me by the contest administration was the extension of the nose landing gear. This gives the model more "british" look. The model is of poor quality and was difficult to build. According to the rules of the contest I had to stay within the limits of the kit - rised panel lines, geometry inaccuracies and so on. So, the result is before you. It is the naval fighter XT872 005/R, Naval Air Squadron 892, Royal Navy, HMS Ark Royal, 1973. Thanks for looking!
  9. Hi folk's My entry will be this piece of modelling archeology,Frog's oldie in a seventies boxing I'm planning to do the box option new roundel's will be needed but I hope to be able to use the codes. To be honest it's not that bad a kit certainly no better or worse than Airfix's original Mitchell which I hope we'll see a couple of in this GB.
  10. Hi! I want to present the model of the British WWII aircraft Bristol Blenheim Mk.IF. It is the repack of the old FROG model F190 by Donetsk Toys Factory. This model was built for the FROG/NOVO contest in "Out of the box" nomination, that is no modifications are allowed, no work with panel lines are allowed. The change of the canopy, the antenna wire and the use of aftermarket decals are the only modifications that were allowed. I built this model to test myself, what can I do with the "good old" kit from my childhood with my current abilities. The result of this test is before you. It is the night fighter Bristol Blenheim Mk.IF RE-A L8723, 229 squadron, early 1940.
  11. stevej60

    Frog Hawker Hunter.

    Morning folk's sorry to bang on about my current oldies infatuation but back to frog for a second entry,I think I might have built a Matchbox Hunter ages ago can't remember building Airfix's offering or Frog's.Not seen this kit in the flesh but it must be the same as the Novo kit being built by Pat.
  12. Hi folk's,another Frog oldie,much more refined than the Typhoon but still forty odd year's old OOB and all original,again decals were poor so found a photo of a Newchurch based mahine and managed to cobble all the decal's from spares.The photo showed a rough application of black around the"F".
  13. stevej60

    Frog Hawker Typhoon.

    Hi folk's,making up my Hawker trio is the Frog Typhoon,It was cheap and I have spare decal's for it so whatever the kit turns up like(I've never laid eyes 0n this one) I can live with it,mine's a bagged version from the early seventies so I'll be wearing my striped tank top and flares for this one!
  14. Evening folk's here's Frog's ancient Typhoon ,rumour is the molds were brought down the mountain along with the Ten Commandment's,not even a seat or floor is included I scratch built a radiator of sort's as again nothing's there just a hole! Decal's were useless and the prop was broke so I had to use Airfix spares,I'm still glad I had a go as it probably would have sat forever in the bag oh and no wheel wells just a hole to pop them in if you want to use them.
  15. stevej60

    Frog Hawker Tempest.

    Hi folk's a simple entry from me will be the black boxing of Frog's Tempest,I did say after the Matchbox GB I wanted to get back to re-visiting some golden oldies this year so perfect timing for this kit as it's on it's way in the post, probably will do a couple more old Hawker subject's later on Frog's Hunter is calling me and you can bet a Hurricane will turn up in some form.
  16. Afternoon all,I was at a local Sunday market just before Christmas and tucked away on a bric a brac stall was a couple of Beaufighter's and a couple of Vampire's so negotiated one of each both still sealed up so fortunately the Mk X is an option so good excuse for a build. Box art. Inside the content's were in a poly bag and the decal's look OK,stand is a bit wild though.
  17. Hi folk's I was never really into Frog kit's as a youngster they were not as ready available as Airfix or Matchbox so this is the first of a half dozen Frog kit's I'll be working through in the next couple of month's.It was still sealed when I found it at a local Sunday Market for a tenner Decal's were poor but I managed to save the serials and codes and after a few hairy moment's got them on.NV427 was with 404 Sqn RCAF and was lost on a mission over Norway on 8th March 1945 sadly with the loss of her crew.As will the other's I'm simply building OOB as we used to hopefully with a better paint job and no gluey fingerprints than years ago!Thank's for looking in.Tempest,Typhoon,Blenhiem,Boston and Hunter to follow.
  18. First build this month; the ancient FROG He-162 Volksjager. This really is a basic kit, but don't let that discourage you! This is my second one of these - the header paper below comes from my first in the early 1970s, when I really did pay 20p for it ! Built "out the bag", with the exception of a paper roll inside the (otherwise see-through) engine intake. FredT
  19. This one fought me somewhat, but I got there in the end. It was missing an air intake and its canopy, so some old-school modelling was needed to finish. The underlying kit is a FROG issue of the Hasegawa mould - I am told that there are shape issues, particularly around the nose, and that the hump is too rounded, but it is a good kit to assemble and it looks OK to me! Replacement air intake from Milliput, moulded using another kit and some silicon mould material: Replacement canopy, crash moulded again using another kit, Milliput and silicon mould, then acetate, a hair dryer and some force! Looks OK, but a little Tippex filler needed: And Voila: .... As always, everything is hand brushed using Humbrol enamels. and finally, for comparison, I built the same kit a few years back as an A-4G, without a hump, but with decals courtesy of Modledecal: FredT
  20. Denford

    Frog Sea Vixen

    I recently 'rescued' my part built Frog Sea Vixen from my shelf of doom. I understand it's most obvious fault is the 'too short' forward fuselage. As I've yet to add the radome (suitably counterweighted) I would hope to correct this by adding a suitable spacer. Could anyone advise how much this should be and also any corresponding increase in diameter of the rear part of the radome. Bring on the putty.
  21. paul_c

    Amy's DH60 colours

    Hi all. I have just made a start on the old Frog/Novo DH60 Gypsy Moth in the green/silver colours of Amy Johnson's aircraft. My question is, what is the best match for the green of the fuselage? I have only managed to find mention of 'dark green' but this seems too dark in relation to pictures of the real thing. Any ideas?
  22. I was fortunate to find this old FROG kit of the elegant Britannia a few years ago for a bargain. The kit was still like new,only the decal set had yellowed considerably over those 50+ years. After some research I found a new set from BS-Modelle in Kiew,which are quite nicely done.Some minor fitting issues are evident but nothing too distracting. The golden outlines for the blue cheatline are printed on a separate sheet and of superb quality,but as they have to be applied individually,its also iffy to get them on seamless.The window decals are too dark,so there I had to cut out each cabin window individually from the original decal set and apply them over the new ones. The eyebrow windows are taken from a 1/100 Boeing 727 decal set and the cockpit windows are sealed with "Future" The kit itself has no cabin windows on the fuselage,so decals are the only option. As for the FROG kit itself,the build is without issues.The fit is actually superb considering the kit age and its also quite accurate in the overall shape. They even considered the different gauge of the front wheels on the main landing gear.A feature not apparent on the Roden kit. As the fit of the parts is so well,the wings as well as the landing gear didn't need to be glued and are simply attached and can be easily removed for transportation. The finished model is huge and also quite heavy. The instructions point out to put in "some" weight in the nose if the model is to stand on its wheels but even nearly 100 gramms ! of clay didn't keep it from becoming a tail sitter.So for the photoshoot I had to back it up to prevent it sitting on its tail... It will later be placed on its swivel base that is included in the box. Apart from the new decals,the kit is build OOB and it was really fun to work on this ancient model. I painted the model with Tamyia pure white from a spray can,the rest is a mix of Testors,Revell and Humbrol enamel metallics The bottom of the fuselage is a mix of silver,aluminium and gunmetal and the wings are painted individually with silver,matte aluminium,iron and steel to give it more life. Sealed was the model with Colour protection spray from MediaRange. Its actually for protecting printed discs,photos or colour prints and prevents scratches,and yellowing. It gives the model an even and nice shine and overall finish and doesn't attack the paint or the decals. The original FROG kit is very hard to find nowadays ,but Eastern Express offers the Britannia also in this scale.I don't know if they used the original molds or just ripped off the kit somehow,so I can't say anything about its quality. Hope you like the good old FROG Britannia Cheers The original boxart
  23. Hi, I am doing models for about 45 years now. At present they are only 1/72 military airplanes from 1935-45, so mostly WWII but also Spanish Civil War and Sino-Japanese war(s). I would like to show photos of some of my models on this forum. Whole collection is now a little bigger than 300 items. So it will take me a while to show some of them. I am doing a lot of conversions and upgrades (I belive no downgrades...), so I hope it will be not too boring. I would like to start with two models made from old Frog kit of Westland Wallace prototype. One is Wapiti from IAF, begining 1942, the second one is Wallace II TT from likely 1943, RAF. The code letters in case of Wallace II are likely but not sure - the original photo (in the background) left some doubts... Please enjoy them Jerzy-Wojtek Wallace II: Wapiti: EDIT, 29 July 2015 I posted those two models about year ago. Meanwhile I added depth charges on Wapiti (since she was used in winter 1941/42 for coastal patrol in India) and tried to change letter codes on Wallace II from II-H to L1-H as was suggested in one of latest posts. Some more photos then: Wapiti: Wallace Mk II:
  24. Encouraged by warm reception (Thanks for All !) of my Wallace, Wapiti and Wellingtons I would like to share with next old Frog/Novo kit - Blackburn Shark. I converted it to Mk III. This is No 546 RCAF, operated by Sq. 7, RCAF Station Prince Rupert BC Dec. 41 to 1943. It was use for anti submarine patrols.Conversion was also scratch ("free hand"). Best regards Jerzy- Wojtek
  25. I should like to go on with presentation of some my models. Let stay with British airplanes. Now the Miles Master/Martinet family. First the family photos: Master I cames from Pavla. It has just few additions/correction and the decals are not just out of the box. Miles Master III is basicly the very old Frog kit, however it was deeply re-shaped regarding drawings. BTW I should like to acknowledge my brother (KRK4m on this forum) for large help in research in completing documentation in this particular case and in general - as he deals professional on history of aviation. Going back to the Master III. The fuselage was cut - it is lower by about 2 mm now, the whole engin/cowling is new and the canopy cames from Pavla spare one (for late Mk I). There are other minor modifications as well - have a look please (I edided this paragraph on 20 August when I realized that I mixed Master Mk II and Mk III - my model is Mk III, with 14 cyliders US engine...): The Martinet comes not from Pavla kit, as one could think. This is a free scratch conversion from Frog Master II kit... This happend, because I started work on this just before a Martnet kit from Pavla apeared, but I finished it alredy knowing, that kit exists. Sometimes life if bitter, isn't? It has a longer wingspan of course, again lower fuselage etc... Comments welcome Regards Jerzy-Wojtek
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