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  1. Two thing's were a certainty for this GB,I'd do more than one subject and there would be an oldie involved.I was determined to build Monogram's kit which was a KK buy in a Revell box,it is for it's age beautifully molded with fine raised panel lines and clear well defined glazing looking forward to this one. Number two was an e-bay buy which was part of the seller's Grandad's collection which I got for a reasonable £13 still factory sealed so I'm determined to do this one justice,again nicely molded but not as refined as the Monogram offering but with some of the best glazing I've seen from Frog,it'll be interesting to see the two built side by side.
  2. I was nine years old when I originally built this. I know that for a fact. Every now and again my mum would go out with the friends to play bingo. My dad would let me stay up late and we would do stuff together. I remember my dad and I building this one together. I can state with great confidence that it was a Friday night between 6 November and 4 December 1970. I remember that the telly was on, showing The Adventures Of Don Quick. It wasn't the first episode which is available on Youtube. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Adventures_of_Don_Quick The episode shown on that night ended with Don Quick preparing for launch in his spaceship and turning on the windscreen wipers because it had started to rain. A long view of his spaceship showed a giant dog urinating over the spaceship! If anyone knows what episode that was, we can narrow my build down to a specific day! Hopefully this build will take a little longer that my original one.
  3. Hi All I found this model for sale at a model show last year. All the parts had been removed from the sprue and the tailplanes glued up but everything appeared to be in the box so I bought it. I wanted a Gannet to build because I remember seeing them at Lossiemouth in the early 1970s. I can't actually recall if it was the AS/COD version I saw, or the AEW3. Although not the most attractive aircraft ever built I personally prefer the AS styling to the AEW. I seem to recall the approach to landing where the Double Mamba engines seemed to be working very hard and fast but the fuselage was just plodding along. This was probably an illusion created from a combination of the sound of the contra-rotating propellers and the sheer bulk of the body. The model is built OOB with a slight modification to remove the AS radome to make the model as an AS4(COD). The only problem encountered was the pre-glued tailplane. Whoever had the model previously managed to glue one of the finlets onto the horizontal stabiliser the wrong way up. Maybe that's why the model was for sale. The kit is very basic and pretty devoid of detail and moulded crew heads in flat cockpits, but it brings back memories of building similar kits in the 60's and 70's. I have used Revell and Vallejo paints and Xtradecal sheet X72070 to represent XA466 as she appeared in the 1976/77 period. While the standard COD scheme was Dark Blue Grey overall, XA466 wore the standard naval scheme of Extra Dark Sea Grey and Sky, an unusual scheme for a COD aircraft ,for about a year. The following link to the ABPic site shows an image of the Gannet I am trying to represent. https://abpic.co.uk/pictures/view/1384837 The images, hope you enjoy:- Thanks for looking. Graeme
  4. During the recent Blitzbuild Group Build here on BM, I took the opportunity to drag out a long term stash resident the Frog Wildcat. Despite all the parts being off the spruces and the decals looking past their best, the kit turned out really well despite the interventions of our kitten that decided it would look much better on the floor with one wing removed ! The aircraft is a Wildcat Mk.IV. 896 Squadron, Fleet Air Arm, HMS Pursuer, February 1944. Work in progress below I hope you like it, let me know what you think. Cheers Pat
  5. Having only recently realised that in my previous 3 Blitzbuilds I've built Luft 46 projects, I felt it was time for a change. So having recently had the pleasure of Co-hosting the recent epic Frog Squad GB, I felt something from the Frog back catalogue was in order. So a quick rummage through the stash found this. Good Luck everyone Cheers Pat
  6. This is a refugee from last years Frog Squad GB This is the reason I am keen to build it, as it served at Macrihanish with 857 Sqn, Fleet Air Arm. Macrihanish is near Campbeltown in Argyll on the Mull of Kintyre, it's a bit of local history. The previous build thread is below, Still lots to do, will post further photos soon. Cheers Pat
  7. Another quick lockdown build, the old (mid 1970s) FROG Maryland, in this case (I believe) its Novoexport guise. Actually it came in a dirty unmarked plastic bag from a vendor at Telford for the grand sum of £2, with no decals and moulded in what looks like brown chocolate. With the exception of the plastic, which was very brittle, but turned to melted chocolate if you even waved glue at it, this was a reasonable build. The split canopy, which I thought would be difficult to complete, only needed a little sanding to complete, although I did use quite a lot of Tippex as filler elsewhere. As is my want, I scratched up a set of inkjet and spares box markings for the Orkney-based RN aircraft that set out in a storm and confirmed the Bismark had sailed from its Norwegian lair, after the RAF cried off their flight because of the weather. I added a minimal amount of detail inside the nose as I thought it might be visible (it isn't). FredT
  8. Hi all Really enjoyed making the Airfix Tomahawk. Recently descovered my Frog decals for a Flying tigers P 40B Only I have one side painting instruction and no decscription of colours. I thought of Humbrol 30 dark green and humbrol 29 dark earth for above and Revell 59 duck egg green for below. Can I improve on this in enamel paints? For those of you bewilded or need of revision: Gen. Clair Lee Chennault's American Volunteer Group took delivery of just 90 P 40Bs to fight the Japanese invasion of China. Thanks in anticipation for any links/paint suggestions. M.M.
  9. Hi folks, Our esteemed GB fuhrer, aka @Rabbit Leader, has persuaded me to add a build here. I am going to try to update the FROG DH Hornet F3 and correct a few of the things that bug me about the kit. Masochism? Yes, but I'll consider it a small price to pay if, by annoying the modelling gods, they nudge Airfix to do an accurate new tool Hornet, with @David A Collins as technical consultant. So, what might I do? Well, reduce the thickness of the wings, improve the outline of the fin and rudder, gash up some cockpit gizmology, improve the canopy shape, and make the nose a little less blunt. We'll see how this goes; it's not a full-on accurising job, but if I do it right, it should look more like a Hornet. Of course the existing kit also looks like a Hornet oob, so I may be onto a hiding for nothing! More when I've gathered some bits n bobs and worked out how to post pics after the PB debacle. Regards Martin
  10. Hi all, FROG reboxed some of Hasegawa's output including a number of 1/32nd scale models.... https://www.scalemates.com/kits/frog-f289-messerschmitt-me262a--953399 So I'll be building this Hasegawa boxing of the ME262. So what's in the box? I'll be building it OOB and on a stand as the wheel wells have nothing in the way of detail at all and I don't really want to spend money on aftermarket or time on scratch details. Plus I'm not sure where it's going once it's built! Work has started. KR's IanJ
  11. When all is up in the air, concentrate on something familiar and re-assuring - like a quick build of a FROG Fairey Gannet model! The markings on this one come from Modeldecal (and were possibly the first after market set I ever bought - for a Sea Hawk IIRC, so at least 35 years old). The kit has seen some minor mods - the radar dustbin was removed and filled, some underwing tanks (or are they baggage carriers - not sure) were added along with the wire aerial arrangement. This is another kit that defies its age. OK so the pilots are moulded onto a flat panel, heads only, the exhausts ar enot the right shape and the undercarriage bays are not cut out (I didn't change any of these by the way), but it still looks like a Gannet, and the sharpness of the wing trailing edges would put many modern kits to shame And finally, with a "vanilla" FROG Gannet: Stay safe everyone..... FredT
  12. Hello everybody! My second attempt to beat VIMY VICKERS. It has no relation to any particular prototype, nor does it have a historical link to the original. The fairing is not shortened, accordingly, the rear part of the fuselage was never touched. Just wanted a neat Assembly and painting with small additions in the form of glazing, cockpit, simulation of the power set, and other small things. Imitation of the ribs first made using strips of foil, it turned out rough, removed the foil and tried chiaroscuro. The set was old, the plastic was hard and brittle, but it was polished well. Cockades were applied through stencils. Braces-elastomeric thread for beading. I fixed them in the traditional way for me, otherwise I can't do it, my eyes are probably not the same or my hands. In General, I liked the construction site, I like "sewing machines". I found a lot of errors later, when it was too late to correct them. We will consider this construction a rehearsal, I have another FROG that is not assembled . Valejio paints, Mr.Hobby, self-made flushing from oil paints. Sincerely, Mikhail
  13. A recent gift from my LMS while getting some paint yesterday, a P-51A Mustang II by Frog in 1/72 and according to Scalemates, a vintage of 1970. Kit in a bag, haven't had one of these since... Two sprues. Another two sprues. Decals and glazing. Says it all. So, let's see what happens with this. Stuart
  14. Hot off the press is my latest from the P-51 Mustang STGB. The 40+ year old Frog kit was given to me by the owner of LMS to see what I could do with it. I used the kit to try out some heavy duty correction and scratch building. Improvements made: The kit cockpit was virtually non-existent, so a scratch one was built with the addition of a pilot. The main intake was made deeper. The leading edge extensions were corrected. Chin corrected. Also added some 'tube' guns. Added a landing light. Posed with 'wheels up' and being not a fan of the blurry disc propeller, the blades were discarded. Painted with a mixture of Tamiya and AK with the main scheme using Colourcoats Enamel paints. kit decals were pants, Xtradecal roundels and codes were used and represents an a/c from 2 squadron, RAF, 1944. Build log here: Stuart
  15. I've just finished a long running (10 months) build of a FROG Beaufort. Well, the fuselage halves were from the kit and everything else was stolen from the new Airfix and Frog Beaufighters or scratchbuild. Long story, WIP here. Pictures, you say: It's about time somebody released a state of the art Beaufort. I take comfort in the fact that my three previous most complex fixings of kits resulted in new releases of high standards: old Airfix Swordfish (Airfix), Airfix IL-2 (Tamiya, Academy) and old Airfix He-111 (Airfix). So, fingers crossed! [EDIT the IL-2 isn't really that bright a green!] Thanks for looking, Adrian
  16. Recently I got the old Frog 1/72 Vultee Vengeance set from my local hobby store. I brought it to our second house in Palm Desert (We live in Los Angeles but go there every time my school has a 3-day weekend) to build there and paint at home. Somehow on the ride there one of the propeller blades fell off and I have not been able to find it. Do you guys know where I can find a replacement Vultee Vengeance propeller? From searching it up I found some people that have replacements like Ozmods and Pete's hangar, but Ozmods has a 1/48 version of it (looking for 1/72) and Pete's hangar doesn't have it. Does anyone else know where I can find a 1/72 Vultee Vengeance propeller? Comments would be nice/
  17. Another finisher from the FROG Squad GB, this was my attempt at improving what FROG provided. Off the top of my head, I did the following: - removed the moulded in interior detail and scratched a 'pit - removed the fin and dorsal fillet; replaced with a cut down Airfix Mossie fin and scratch-built strake - reshaped nose and tail cone with milliput - removed raised lip at rear of cockpit opening - opened up and enlarged radiator inlets; added scratchbuilt rad detail - thinned down wing leading edges drastically, moving point of max thickness rearward - cleaned up landing gear legs and added support stays from brass tube - replaced tailwheel with Vampire nose gear - replaced main wheels with resin examples - reshaped and rescribed engine nacelles - added spar caps, and fuse main spar cover from Tamiya tape - added nav lights from clear styrene - drilled out cannon troughs - windscreen cut from clear sheet to dimensions supplied by @David A Collins - smash moulded canopy - added bomb racks from Airfix Typhoon and bombs from Tamiya Mosquito - substituted rocket tail fins from the Hobbyboss Typhoon Phew! Not surprising it took me over 3 months. The decals are from the kit and Xtradecal RAF roundels. Paint was xtracrylics PRU blue and dark sea grey plus Tamiya dark green rattle can (not the RAF dark green, I later realised!). The observant will spot the howler I made when painting the camouflage. Enjoy! Martin
  18. Well after 2 previous failed attempts at starting this GB... Ladies and Gentlemen I give you the Donetsk Toys Factory Vultee Vengeance, aka the Frog one made in the USSR ! I have checked beforehand with Rich and this one is a goer, pictures below. Yes I know what you're thinking who needs a Tamiya kit when you can have quality like this ! Still sealed in the bag Looks complete But isn't as the decals aren't in the kit, which isn't surprising as they didn't work anyway. Fortunately a kind fellow member of BM has come to my rescue and let me have a spare set. The box also doesn't have a painting guide like the old Frog / Novo ones used to have so I will be building the Aussie aircraft below cheers Pat
  19. The Fairey Gannet is an aircraft of the Cold War era developed for the Fleet Air Arm (FAA) of the Royal Navy. The Gannet was originally developed to meet the FAA's dual-role anti-submarine warfare and strike requirement. The prototype first flew on 19 September 1949 and made the first deck landing by a turboprop aircraft, on HMS Illustrious on 19 June 1950, by pilot Lieutenant Commander G. Callingham. It was a mid-wing monoplane with a tricycle undercarriage, and a double turboprop engine, the Armstrong-Siddeley Double Mamba 100, driving two contra-rotating propellers. After a further change in operational requirements, with the addition of a radar and extra crew member, the type entered production in 1953 and initial deliveries were made of the variant designated AS.1 at RNAS Ford in April 1954 entering service in January 1955. A trainer variant (T.2) WN365 first flew in August 1954. The RN's first operational Gannet squadron (826 NAS) was embarked on HMS Eagle. The initial order was for 100 AS.1 aircraft. The Mamba created 2,950 h.p. It could fly at 310 m.p.h. Service ceiling 25,000 ft. Range 943 miles with a crew of three. Armaments were 16 x 60 lbs. rocket projectiles and two homing torpedoes, depth charges or mines and a crew of three. It was later adapted for operations as an electronic countermeasures and carrier onboard delivery aircraft. A total of 348 Gannets were built, of which 44 were the heavily modified AEW.3. Production was shared between Fairey's factories at Hayes, Middlesex and Heaton Chapel, Stockport / Manchester (Ringway) Airport. By the mid-1960s, the AS.1s and AS.4s had been replaced by the Westland Whirlwind HAS.7 helicopters. This is the 1970 boxing of the Frog kit originally issued in 1956 © Rovex-Triang.
  20. 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. @zebra 14. @Rabbit Leader 15. @TonyW 16. @Grandboof 17. @PhoenixII 18. @adey m 19. @Mjwomack 20. @MarkSH 21. @Romeo Alpha Yankee 22. @malpaso 23. @GREG DESTEC 24. @Mr T 25. @Paul J 26. @Redstaff 27. @wallyinoz 28. @gengriz 29. @John D.C. Masters 30. @rafalbert 31. @Black Knight 32. @AdrianMF 33. @Mancunian airman 34. @English Electric 35. @Crossiant Oliver 36. @djos 37. @Smudge 38. @Jinxman 39. @bigbadbadge 40. @Doccur 41. @Enzo Matrix 42. @jean 43. @shatters 44. @Sabre_days 45. @Peter B 46. @Atom.uk 47. @LDSModeller 48. 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, and Classic Airfix Group Builds it will be great to see as many of the range as possible getting built. Cheers Pat
  21. I bought this kit at Telford because I had vague memories of building one with my dad when I was a kid. I want to build it as I would have done, but hopefully with a better finish, so a nostalgia build. The Fairey Gannet is an aircraft of the Cold War era developed for the Fleet Air Arm (FAA) of the Royal Navy. The Gannet was originally developed to meet the FAA's dual-role anti-submarine warfare and strike requirement. The prototype first flew on 19 September 1949 and made the first deck landing by a turboprop aircraft, on HMS Illustrious on 19 June 1950, by pilot Lieutenant Commander G. Callingham. It was a mid-wing monoplane with a tricycle undercarriage, and a double turboprop engine, the Armstrong-Siddeley Double Mamba 100, driving two contra-rotating propellers. After a further change in operational requirements, with the addition of a radar and extra crew member, the type entered production in 1953 and initial deliveries were made of the variant designated AS.1 at RNAS Ford in April 1954 entering service in January 1955. A trainer variant (T.2) WN365 first flew in August 1954. The RN's first operational Gannet squadron (826 NAS) was embarked on HMS Eagle. The initial order was for 100 AS.1 aircraft. The Mamba created 2,950 h.p. It could fly at 310 m.p.h. Service ceiling 25,000 ft. Range 943 miles with a crew of three. Armaments were 16 x 60 lbs. rocket projectiles and two homing torpedoes, depth charges or mines and a crew of three. It was later adapted for operations as an electronic countermeasures and carrier onboard delivery aircraft. A total of 348 Gannets were built, of which 44 were the heavily modified AEW.3. Production was shared between Fairey's factories at Hayes, Middlesex and Heaton Chapel, Stockport / Manchester (Ringway) Airport. By the mid-1960s, the AS.1s and AS.4s had been replaced by the Westland Whirlwind HAS.7 helicopters. This is the 1970 boxing of the Frog kit originally issued in 1956 © Rovex-Triang.
  22. Hi all and another blast from the past finished for the recent Frog GB here. Build thread is here but to recap: Kit: Frog F-4K/M Phantom Scale: 1/72 Paints: Halfords plastic primer, Revell Acyrlics, Flory Models wash, Klear, W&N Satin varnish Build: Small panel line rescribe. Scratchbuilt engine doors. Seats, cockpit & canopy from Italeri F-4S Decals: From the kit with some extras from the spares With an equally ancient Airfix F-4 I built a couple of years back. Good fun and looks like a Phantom from across the room! Thanks for looking and happy modelling. Cheers, Dermot
  23. This is a carry-over from the FROG Squad Group Build, which I didn't have time to do much with. However I still want a Lysander, so I'll move it to here. I'm going to build this aircraft: https://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/item/object/205126682 2 reasons for this. Firstly, I've always liked Lysanders. Secondly, when I turn up at work of a morning It's on the site of the old Grangemouth airfield and I'm slowly building up a collection of aircraft associated with it. 614 Squadron were also based here with Lysanders in 1940, but they were MkIIs and they were fitted for spraying mustard gas. I'll get round to one of those eventually. I think the only Lizzies I've built are the Airfix 1/72 scale second incarnation and the wonderful big Matchbox kit. I do have a bagged original issue Airfix MkII somewhere, but I doubt I'll be building that any time soon John
  24. FROG SPARE PARTS   As you know we currently have a "Spare Frog Decals" thread running, which has proved hugely successful in allowing many kits with missing or unusable decals to be included in this Group Build @Rob S suggested we could have an additional thread for Frog Spare Parts. Therefore if you have a Frog kit that is missing any parts or a "Spawn" kit that has brittle, warped, or malformed parts or conversely you have a kit that has extra parts or you have already relegated a kit to a "Spares" kit then here is the Thread to list what you want or what is available to complete those Frog kits out there and maybe take part in this Group Build.  So that it fits within the "No Trading in the Group Build Threads" Rule/s the Mods for this GB have obtained approval from @Enzo Matrix GB Mod Supremo, so long as Parts are not sold but Postage costs can be covered so that no Part Donor is out of pocket. We hope this proves just as popular with the participants of this GB as the decals thread and leads to many additional builds joining this every popular GB. Cheers Pat, Dave, V-P & Rob aka @JOCKNEY @Rabbit Leader @vppelt68 & @Rob S
  25. I'm at the stage on my builds now that I am fairly confident that I can add another 'Trailblazer' kit to this GB - the Bleriot XI. I picked this one because it is fairly small and uncomplicated and should mostly be painted before assembly and it's also a really fascinating subject as well. There does look like there will be rigging though! Also, what other kit comes with a piece of the Dover Cliffs turf as a diorama? The kit colour is 'linen' anyway so I can leave those parts 'bare' Educational list of parts included. There's the extra piece of history text that comes with the Trailblazer kits - lovely! Oversized figure also present as well as the scaled pilot - hope I get the colour of Louis' moustache right!
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