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  1. Source: https://www.airfix.com/uk-en/shop/new-for-2018/hawker-hunter-f6-1-48.html Airfix is to release in October 2018 (?) a new tool 1/48th Hawker Hunter F.6/F.6A kit - ref. A09185 Schemes: 1) XF418 - 4 FTS Brawdy 2) XF509 - 4 FTS 3) Dutch AF V.P.
  2. New Arsenal Model Group (AMG) project is a 1/48th Hawker Hart kit - ref. Moulds are reported in progress Source: https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=1963572877288497&id=1505395696439553 3D renders V.P.
  3. Pre-War Hurricanes (48001) 1:48 Iliad Design Decals When Hurricanes were new, and equipping squadrons before that fateful day in 1939, they looked more sleek and simple because they hadn't yet be tried by combat and used until they fell apart or were shot down. This is the subject of the new decal sheet from Iliad Designs, giving you the option of five Hurris that were in service during 1938/9. All options are wearing the familiar Dark Earth/Dark Green camo on their topsides, with variations on the lower surface of either silver of the half-and-half black/white recognition scheme, the latter seen on early WWII aircraft. The sheet arrives in a ziplok bag, with the instructions folded in half doubling as the header card. The sheet itself is behind with the interesting side facing out so that you can see what you are buying. The instructions are printed in full colour, with profiles of the subjects on one side, interspersed with lots of useful titbits of information that will allow you to make your model more accurate, expanding on the visual information already provided, some of which might not immediately pop out at you if you're like me. On the rear are opposing side views, top views and bottom views as appropriate where the aircraft schemes vary. More information is supplied in captions, which are arrowed where necessary. The decal sheet is printed on a pale blue paper, with each subject separated by a broken line and sufficient roundels to allow the modeller to build all of the airframes without borrowing from other sheets. I'm not sure who prints Iliad's decals but they're in good registration, sharpness and colour density, with a very thin gloss carrier film cut close to the printed areas. The edges of the carrier film a very petite too, so shouldn't require much in the way of hiding, other than a couple of coats of clear gloss and some gentle sanding. Conclusion A nice spread of schemes from the early days of the Hurricane, before it played second fiddle to the Spitfire. Superb quality decals with the research that has gone into them evident from the captions. Review sample courtesy of
  4. A few years ago at Scale Model World HORNBY AIRFIX were giving out slips of paper on which visitors could write down the models that they wished for. On my paper I wrote 1/72 AW Argosy and as I handed it in to some young assistant who probably had no idea what an Argosy was I thought " no chance ". I have wished for an injection moulded 1/72 Argosy for years and hoped that a mainstream manufacturer would produce one. Then at last year's Scale Model World there it was to my absolute surprise, on display in a glass cabinet on the F-RESIN stand courtesy of Mr Palix of MACH 2 a built up RAF Argosy in camouflage scheme, And on the table were the sprues of parts for anybody interested to study closely. I already had experience of MACH 2 as I had built their Breguet Atlantic so I knew what to expect.............................. But there in front of me was a built up one so they must be buildable.............. They seemed to be flying off the stand to eager buyers so I thought I better get one before they ran out so I bought the RAF silver and white version. On arriving home a close study of the parts gave me some misgivings. The plastic parts had a rough surface with lumps of molten plastic stuck to them. Small parts such as aerials and vortex generators were so crude that they would require scratch making. But really this is what I expected anyway. The instructions only give a rough idea about particular areas of the model as you are expected to already know something about the subject you are building. What did impress me was the inspiring colour scheme and decal placement guide printed in full colour. The quality of the decals looked to be excellent. My wife wanted it to be a Christmas present so I became distracted with another project and it wasn't until March this year that I started cutting plastic off the thick sprues and set to on the laborious task of cleaning up the parts. The Argosy was finally completed in September and I was able to display it on our model club table at Scale Model World where it was the only Argosy to appear in the whole show............. What has happened to all those Argosies that were bought last year ? I took photos of the build as it progressed and so I will share these with you in the sequence that I built it as though I were building it now. Adrian I'm laughing because I know what's coming next...................TOMMY COOPER
  5. Typhoon Wheels & Exhaust Stacks (648412, 648413 & 648414 for Eduard/Hasegawa) 1:48 Eduard Brassin It's no secret that Hasegawa plastic is found in the latest Limited Edition from Eduard, which you can read about here, and Eduard can always improve on what's in the kit, which they already have done. For the truly detail hungry modeller though, they often release additional sets, which we have here. As usual with Eduard's resin sets, they arrive in the familiar Brassin clamshell box, with the resin parts safely cocooned on dark grey foam inserts, and the instructions sandwiched between the two halves, doubling as the header card. Wheels Early & Late (648412 & 648413) Both these sets contain the same components, with the main difference being seen in the inner and outer hub shape, which although subtle is there. You get two resin main wheels with a high level of detail in the tyre and hub, plus a tail wheel in white resin, and masks for all three wheels (not pictured), so you can paint those demarcations easily. They're a big improvement on the kit parts, which are bland and a little over-weighted. Early Wheels Late Wheels Exhaust Stacks (648414) These are a simple drop-in replacement for the kit parts with just two pieces in the box, and nice hollow stacks as you can see from the photo. Simply cut them off their blocks and install them with a dab of super glue. Review sample courtesy of
  6. Hello Everyone, I've been looking forward to building this kit for a little while but until now have been putting it off because I am sure it is going to offer a few challenges along the way. The kit is limited in detail so I intend to do some scratch building, especially in the cockpit and I have also bought some upgrade parts including exhausts and wheels.
  7. Sea Fury FB.11 (BIG49193 for Airfix) 1:48 Eduard BigEd In case you're unaware, Eduard's Big ED sets are a great way to purchase all the sets you want for your model whilst availing yourself of a bulk purchase discount that can be quite tempting. The set arrives in a large cardboard envelope with the Big ED branding and a sticker in the top left that details what's inside. Within the envelope the sets are all still individually packaged to protect the frets from shuffling past each other and getting damaged until you're ready to use them. You get five sets with this one, as follows: landing flaps (48944) Eduard landing flaps use an ingenious technique to achieve excellent true-to-scale flaps using few parts, and requiring the modeller to simply remove the retracted flaps from the lower wing, plus scrape the upper wings to accommodate the thickness of the completed bays. Each half of the three flap sections (bay and flap itself) is constructed in the same manner, by twisting and folding over the attached ribs to create a 3D shape, with extra parts added along the way. The bays glue to the inside of the upper wing and the flap attaches to the rear wall of the new bay. Repeat this for the other side, and you're almost done. The bays have a "dimpled" panel in the small central section, and after pressing the details through with the tip of a ball-point pen, these are inserted in the same manner as the inner and outer sections. Exterior (48946) This larger set of two bare brass frets contains some important upgrades, such as a complete new main gear bay that will require a degree of thinning of the lower wing to accommodate it; tail wheel bay skin; crew steps; radiator intake at the root of the wings; wing-fold skins with accompanying details; new laminated gear bay covers; brake discs and hoses; rocket ignition wiring; bomb fuse spinners and more in-scale fins for those bombs. Interior (49878) Two frets are included, one nickel plated and pre-painted, the other in bare brass. A complete set of new layered instrument panels, gun-sight, side console and sidewall details are the primary parts on the painted set, with new floor skin; replacement head armour details; canopy internal structure, track and rear seal are also supplied. Masks (EX573) Supplied on a sheet of yellow kabuki tape, these pre-cut masks supply you with a full set of masks for the canopy, with compound curved handled by using frame hugging masks, while the highly curved gaps are in-filled with either liquid mask or offcuts from the background tape. In addition you get a set of hub/tyre masks for all the wheels, allowing you to cut the demarcation perfectly with little effort. Seatbelts STEEL (FE879) In case you don't already know, these belts are Photo-Etch (PE) steel, and because of their strength they can be etched from thinner material, which improves realism and flexibility in one sitting. Coupled with the new painting method that adds perceived extra depth to the buckles and other furniture by shading, they are more realistic looking and will drape better than regular brass PE. Review sample courtesy of
  8. Greg in OK

    Hurricanes to the fore!

    Two Hasegawa 1/72 Hurricanes for my first build. I jumped a LITTLE bit assembling both stock cockpits tonight so I can start scratching some sort of improvement on the very spartan Hasegawa rendition. But it is official, I'm in! Greg in OK
  9. Dear fellow Britmodellers, here's my 1/72 Academy Hawker Tempest, built from the box. I used Print Scale decals (72-273) to represent an aircraft of 3. Squadron, based at Newchurch, England, in summer 1944. I did not like Print Scale's RAF Roundel colors, so these were replaced by products from Xtradecals. More info and period photographs on squadrons based at the Newchurch Advanced Landing Ground here: http://newchurchvillage.org/history/newchurch-ww2/squadron-photo-gallery/ The model was painted with Gunze acrylics. All photographs by Wolfgang Rabel of IGM Cars & Bikes. The 'Chipping effect' on the D-Day stripes was done with Vaseline creme: According to original photographs, 3rd sqaudron aircraft had a halo effect around the fuselage code letters. This was probably the result of the ground crew, hastily painting the D-Day stripes around the letters. I tried to replicate this effect with masks from Tamiya tape. These were cut slightly larger then the corresponding letters. To avoid the Black/White stripes shining through the Roundel, I masked these areas too. Exhaust stains airbrushed using Gunze H95 Smoke with a drop of H12 Black added: Thank you for your interest. Best greetings from Vienna, Roman
  10. MPM SH32049 boxart: http://www.modelforum.cz/viewtopic.php?f=97&t=71717&start=0&st=0&sk=t&sd=a translation: Main parts from short run and small details from metal mould.
  11. Hello all, hope you are well? I've not done a build thread for a very long time. Tell the truth, I sort of fell out of love with making build threads. Nothing to do with you lovely people or the great site in general. It was a reaction to the Photobucket situation. However, that was now several months ago, we've all got new hosting sites and have moved on. Time for me to do the same, and what better way then with a Hawker GB? I'm going for the Airfix 1/72 Hurricane Mk.1. Here she is boxed up and ready for action! The first task was to get all the bits which will be black ready for paint. I'm undercoating the cockpit with black where necessary. The exception to this is the prop. I'm going to undercoat this in whatever primer I choose and will paint the brown front bit first. I think it'll be easier to mask the front and paint the rest black rather than the other way around. And here they are painted in Tamiya Rubber Black. The exhaust stacks are painted black effectively for an undercoat. I've also got all the aluminium bits ready for paint/assembly. I was a little concerned about the wheel well. It's complex how it goes together for 1/72 and with the soft Airfix plastic and lack of totally positive fit, it raised alarm bells. But actually this was misplaced, it went together a treat and a dry fit indicates I should have no issues further on. Next step was the cockpit green. The instructions call out for a lot more metal and other colours I've not really seen before on Hurricane interiors, but I'm not following them. I'm really not going to get bogged down in the pit as the canopy will be closed. I image it's going to be 90% invisible by the time I've finished! I'm just going to pick out one or two details in black, quick wash and dry brush and move on to more on. I've being doing this a few years now, and while I'm not claiming to be any sort of expert (the opposite in fact), I have learnt there's things which are more worth while putting time into than others... Not a comment at all on the amazing work others do, it's just that I regularly get bogged down and miss deadlines! So that's it, more soon! Val
  12. Hello everybody, For the Hawker (Siddeley) GB I’m going to build the Trumpeter 1/48 Hawker Sea Hawk FGA Mk.6, for reference I am using 4+ Publications’ Post War Wings booklet. I have a soft spot for the Sea Hawk as it was the Aircraft I depicted in one of the first oil paintings I ever sold (Tiger, Tiger see below); not surprisingly I intend to complete the kit as the very same aircraft as per my painting, the markings for which are conveniently included in the kit. I’m going to complete the kit out of the box with some added scratched extras; however I had already purchased a Pavla ejection seat which I’d forgotten about until I retrieved the kit from the stash. In preparation I have trawled through the forum and elsewhere looking for comparable builds and pitfalls in the kit generally. There do seem to be a few minor issues, the most annoying of which is a misalignment of some panel lines between the rear of the main fuselage and the tail section. I've been looking forward to this one, Cheers, M.
  13. Tempest V Upgrade Sets (for Special Hobby) 1:32 CMK & Special Hobby The Special Hobby 1:32 Tempest range of kits has been with us for a while now, and the Tempest V is in the middle of the current three, with a number of upgrades already available, and some figures too. This latest batch complement the other sets by adding cowlings that can be shown stripped off the resin engine, a set of styrene moulded RP-3 rockets, and a handy mechanic figure in the appropriate garb and pose. RP-3 60lb Rockets SAP/HE (SH32075) Unusually for aftermarket, this set is injection moulded, and comes in a figure-style box with a single sprue of grey styrene inside that holds parts for eight rockets and their launch rails, plus decals and a short instruction sheet. The rocket bodies are moulded as a single part with half of the warhead, to which you add the other half to avoid sink-marks by moulding them as single piece. The fins are individual parts that wedge into recesses in the tail to ensure that they are held at 90 o to each other. The completed rockets are then glued to their launch rails and can be installed under the wings of your model once painted and decaled according to the accompanying diagrams that use the Gunze codes for colour call-outs. All you need to add yourself are the ignition wires that link the rear of the exhausts to the airframe. Typhoon Resin Engine Cover Panels (5111) The cowlings are often forgotten about with resin engines, and having more detailed, accurate ones really completes the picture for the modeller that is going for the highest fidelity they can. This set contains ten resin parts of varying sizes, one of which is an almost complete monolithic casting of the chin cowling, complete with masses of internal details that begged a detail picture, which you can see below. The side cowlings around the exhausts are present, as is the curved top cowling, plus the two small access hatches on the cheeks and the adjustable lower door in the chin scoop. The detail is excellent throughout, and the casting blocks have been put in sensible places to reduce clean-up work. The main chin part has been attached along the intake lip, so care needs to be taken here so that the shape of the lip isn't obliterated by careless removal, but the mould-gates have been spaced apart with just a thin film between them, easing your task. Pic from Special Hobby's website to show the complete painted set with the kit. British WWII Tempest Mechanic (F32340) Another lovely sculpt to add detail and drama to your finished model, and this one will be particularly appropriate if you treat yourself to the cowling set above. He arrives in a clear blister pack, with the resin parts safely cocooned inside, and the instructions sandwiched between the front and header card. There are four parts in grey resin on two casting blocks, with the main body and legs forming just one part that has wafer-thin flash between his legs. The head and arms are three parts, with small quantities of flash under his chin and in the cups of his hands to ensure correct filling of the moulds and to minimise the risk of bubbles getting caught there. At 1:32 the features are readily visible and I'm happy to report that he has a full set of them, although on my example, the flare of his tie seems to have departed, possibly due to mould damage - It's nothing that can't be fixed with a little diamond of foil or thin styrene though. When complete his pose is one of someone standing waiting to be photographed, with one arm reaching up to stabilise a big piece of cowling and the other by his size. Parts 5, 6 or 7 from the above set would do the trick. You can of course change this pose by adjusting his arm to be resting against the airframe elsewhere, but that's at your whim. Review sample courtesy of
  14. Hi All! I finished the Revell Hawker Tempest in 1/72 - had a bit of a 'mare with the decals, but I feel I did ok. I made a video about it if you'd like to check it out and let me know what you think of the finished kit! Thanks guys
  15. Daniel Cox

    Finnish Hurricane pictures

    Hi All, Here are some Finnish Hurricane pictures; 57820 57821 76664 76665 76666 80916 80919 172636 172640 All images SA-kuva. More Hurricane pictures that are greater than 4900 pixels wide can be found here at the Finnish Wartime Photographic Archive. Cheers, Daniel.
  16. Hello All, I've started an Airfix Hawker Demon, as the first of a planned sequence of builds covering the Hart family from various kit manufacturers. For these builds I have an Airfix Hart and a Demon - the Demon (Left) is a modification of the Hart mould (Right), "modernised" with added fabric sag (shame!). I am using up my dodgy Hart with a warped top wing and slightly warped fuselage - I still have a mint one in the stash. The Demon seems to be about 3mm short and the fin/rudder is off compared to photos, but otherwise pretty accurate in outline. The Mushroom Model book plans and the Air Pictorial plans both match the kit, but they come up about a foot short. The old Harleyford/Aeromodeller plans show the right length. First stage was to lengthen the fuselage and add some cockpit detail. I rebuilt the gunners cockpit as well, as the Airfix one doesn't really line up against my references. So here's where I am Thanks for looking, Adrian
  17. Corsairfoxfouruncle

    RAF Interwar types

    Quick question for the experten here. Im looking at possibly doing a plane for the RAF 100 Anniversary group build coming up in April. Im debating one of three options ? Im normally a WW2/Coldwar builder but im thinking of expanding into 1930’s types. For the build i was thinking either Bristol bulldog ? Hawker Fury ? Or if i stay WW2 an eagle squadron from the early years. I know there are airfix furies and bulldogs would these be good options to start with a 1930’s bi-plane ? Dennis
  18. WV908 from The Royal Navy Historic Flight. Pics thanks to Graham.
  19. AviS is to (re-)release a 1/72nd Hawker Audax kit - ref. BX72008 Source: http://www.1999.co.jp/eng/10513373 V.P.
  20. I'll start with something easy-peasy; the Hawker Tempest II I'll do it in an RAF scheme [now; them] Photos; The kit makes a Mk.VI of the RAF or a Mk.II of the Indian Air force I'll be doing an RAF Mk.II Loverly; mustard and green plastic The decals are rough
  21. Blackbird Models http://www.blackbirdmodels.co.uk/ is to release in 2016 a 1/72nd Hawker Henley resin kit. Source: http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/29349-172-supermarine-southampton-mk1/?p=2075352 V.P.
  22. Fly is preparing a new 1/32nd Hawker Hurricane Mk.IIc kit - ref.32012 New moulds or Pacific Coast Models Hurricane repop/new variant (http://www.scaleplasticandrail.com/kaboom/index.php/all-things-aviation/132-135-scale/132-kit-reviews/482-pacific-coast-models-132-hawker-hurricane-mk1-qbattle-of-britainq)? Source: http://www.fly814.cz/pripravujeme-preparing/ Box art V.P.
  23. Hawker Siddeley Kestrel FGA.1 XS695, at RAF Cosford, pics mine.
  24. 1964rac

    Hawker Typhoon - Construction Details

    Hi, I am about to start on the Airfix A19002 Hawker Typhoon, but this will be a museum restoration diorama. Some of you may have seen my Heinkel He 111 on the model show circuit: I posted some pics back in May 2015: Being new to modelling aircraft; figures, rusted vehicles & post apocalyptic are my usual thing, I was wondering if anyone can point me in the direction of some good reference material, books, websites etc, on construction of the real thing. I want to make this diorama as accurate as possible, as much as some of you on here who have made the finished article. I have Richard Franks "The Hawker Typhoon" book on modelling the Airfix 1/24 scale kit, which has some great pics of a real Typhoon in bits, this leads to some questions: Is the MkIb fabric, metal covered or a combination of both, is so which parts of the plane are covered in which material? Where does the wing attach to the central fuselage, is it the same as the Hurricane? As the build progresses, I'm sure I will have more questions, so suggestions, help greatly appreciated. I will be starting a build thread on this project very soon and will post the link here. Many thanks for reading this. Cheers Richard
  25. After the Hurricane, Airfix is to release in Q2 2017 a 1/48th Hawker Sea Hurricane Mk.1B - ref. A05134 Source: http://www.airfix.com/uk-en/shop/new-for-2017/hawker-sea-hurricane-mk-ib-1-48.html V.P.
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