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  1. Right, a Javelin Jambalaya, and not in the Cajun meaning of the word. I won't be making a stew for dinner. I have three kits of the Javelin, the Heller T.3, the Airfix "FAW.9" (and that's in quotes for a reason as we will soon see), and the Plastyk FAW.9, all in glorious 1:72 scale. Thank the woman above that I don't need to add crazy detail like I did on that big Spitfire. So let's see what we have as raw materials - first, the Airfix "FAW.9" which I purchased at a model show swap meet, but was in its original package and still sealed. The Javelin Illuminati among us (they come out occasionally and are dreadfully frightening) will immediately notice that the grey sprues are in fact those from the Heller T.3 kit, with the tailcone removed from the sprue on the right in the second photo. However, the white and clear sprues are indeed from the Airfix FAW.9 version of the Javelin. Everyone knows that the original T.3 tooling was modified to produce the FAW.9, and it seems that Airfix have mistakenly packaged surplus T.3 sprues (but correctly snipping off the tailcone) in my kit. Oops. It would be rather difficult at this stage to make an FAW.9 out of this kit. But I also have this kit from Plastyk in Poland: I'm told that this kit is based on the second Frog tooling of the Javelin, but I don't have that so I can't compare. The sprue layout bears no resemblance to the Frog kit as seen here in the Frog Museum. I've seen a few very nice builds of this kit, but it is quite basic. So maybe. Now, I also have one of these babies, along with a Print Scale decal sheet to replace the nicely curled and yellowed one that was unearthed at some archaeological dig and packaged with the plastic: The sprues from the Heller kit look just like the Airfix sprues above, except they're in a yukky silver styrene and, of course, include the correct T.3 tailcone. Oh, right, aftermarket. I've assembled some, but maybe not enough. What to do? If I had another T.3 tailcone, I could build two T.3s and an FAW.9, but I really don't need to have three Javelins in my display case. Two sounds like a good number. I'll give this some thought and make a plan. The Airwaves airbrake PE set is designed for the Heller/Airfix kit, but might be useful for Plastyk. I will need another to make two models. The other Airwaves set is for the Airfix FAW.9, but could most likely be used on a T.3 and few would notice. I don't think there is a set for the T.3 like this, so I would need another of those too. More aftermarket tyres and pitot tubes will be easy to acquire. Oh, I suspect I will need to source some ejection seats. Martin-Baker Mk.3J for the FAW.9, but which mark for the T.3? The easiest route is to build a T.3 from the grey Airfix sprues (I hate that silver styrene in the Heller kit) and an FAW.9 from Plastyk. Easy is a relative term here, as the Plastyk kit looks like it need a lot of help, where the Heller kit maybe needs just "some" help. First, though, I want to find some layout drawings that are reasonably correct to see what I'm starting with. I have the stencil placement drawing that came with the Airfix 1:48 kit, and I suspect that is pretty good for an FAW.9. Drawings for the T.3 I'm still looking for. I'm not sure why I always make things difficult for myself, but I think this will be a fun project! Cheers, Bill PS. I do like the fancy paint job on that red and white FAW.9. I'm a stickler for that kind of stuff.
  2. Having failed to find my TSR2 kit (1965 the decision was taken to scrap it !) I had a look through the stash to see what I had already (Always a good idea) and found I had the Smer release of the Heller Bloch MB.152 which was first released in 1965. Picture from Scalemates First glance shows the decals missing, so ill pop a wanted request on the wanted bit here on BM. cheers Pat
  3. Hi folk's,my second(and final) build for this GB is Heller's big but quite basic carrier Foch.Launched in July 1960 and commissioned three years later she served with the French navy for over thirty five years before being sold to Brazil and re-named Sao Paulo in 2000.The kit is basic with not that many parts so OOB is the order of the day the kit was given to me by my eldest from the wardrobe of doom as part of a set which contained supply ship and destroyer so as a change from far too many aircraft and as the kit has decal's for Foch included I thought it would make a nice change.She has a complement of Etendard,Crusader and Alize aircraft all quite nicely molded pity Heller didn't include decals for them and I don't fancy painting them! Here's the box contents.
  4. A rather different J-21... Cheers / André
  5. In 2003/4 (!) I started two Heller 1/400 Illustrious kits: one as Illustrious in January 1941, and another as an Indomitable 1942 during Operation Pedestal. I finished neither - partly because I'm a slow builder, partly because I lacked 1/400 Sea Hurricanes for Indomitable and partly because, as time progressed, I fully expected a 1/350 scale new tool kit. I still can't source 1/400 Hurricanes and a 1/350 new tool Illustrious has not materialised (1/200 would be even better), but both unfinished kits continue to wink at me in their cases on my shelf of doom, so 16 years after I started them, and 10 years since I last touched them, I thought I'd try and finish Indomitable at least. It is unlikely that a new tool 1/350 or larger Indomitable will be produced (I'm still hopeful for an Illustrious/Victorious), and the conversion was quite demanding, so I'm not sure I would do it again even if a new tool Illustrious materialised. In the intervening decade, I've discovered more information about both ships and there has been significant revision to Royal Navy WW2 colours. My Illustrious is sitting resplendent in old WEM medium grey 507B and light grey 507C finish and Indomitable in a MS2, grey B5 and MS4A finish. Both will need repainting with new NARN Colourcoats in more likely camouflage colours. Originally, the progress of my Indomitable build was documented on the Model Warships, but this seems to have disappeared years ago, so I thought that I'd recap here before continuing. The main changes to the Heller Illustrious hull, for the Indomitable conversion were: 1. Added scale 6ft above the upper deck, to create an extra galley deck as in Implacables. This involved re-arranging the position of the boat decks aft. 2. Altered the deck and hull contours aft to increase the useable flight-deck length and reduce the round-down. The shape was altered too to produce a narrower and more squared-off round-down, compared with as built Illustrious/Formidable/Victorious. Indomitable as fitted had an extra 50ft of usable flight-deck as per the modifications to Illustrious, Victorious and Formidable when re-fitted in the US. 3. Reduced the depth of the rear gun sponsons. This is a unique distinguishing feature of indomitable. On Illustrious/Formidable/Victorious, the gun sponsons were all the same depth. Indomitable was the reverse of Indefatigable/Implacable, which had shallow forward gun sponsons and deep rear sponsons. 4. Increased the length of the quarter-deck and (eventually) provide eight openings. This is another unique feature of Indomitable, until the quarter-deck length was shortened later in service (1944 US refit/repair) 5. Flight-deck modifications: moved the forward lift scale 16ft aft and increase forward lift width to scale 33ft wide (from 22ft), moved the aft lift a scale 24ft forward. The work in this area is made more difficult by some accuracy problems with the Heller kit. Neither lift is the right size – even for Illustrious, Victorious or Formidable. The forward lift is too narrow (which the conversion to Indomitable takes care of), but the rear lift is too wide. The flight deck shape forward needs to be modified and the catapult and reinforcement plates to port added. 6.The sponsons for the rear HACS at galley deck level were lowered, and their shape modified. The HACS directors were Mk V, rather than the Mk IV fitted to Illustrious/ Formidable/ Victorious. 7. The oversized cut outs in flight deck were reduced and shape modified and the overhang of the crane/boat deck altered 8. The solid sponson for the bow search-light platform was modified as it had an open structure. Here are photos of the basic conversion (with some comparison photos of Illustrious - itself heavily modified from the Heller original) :
  6. Hi all and am taking the plunge with this one, as displayed to the public about a month before my arrival in the summer of 1968! Heller Alouette III_Box by Dermot Moriarty, on Flickr The Aircraft Alouette III's Nos 195 and 196 entered service with the Helicopter Flight of the Irish Air Corps on November 25, 1963. The first helicopters to serve with the Air Corps, eight in total flew in SAR, air ambulance, army co-operation and emergency relief roles until 2007. It's a credit to the crews and maintenance teams that 6 of the 7 machines still in service in 2007 were airworthy on their last day of ops, 44 years on. The 1968 Ballyfree Air Rally...and Tim Philips Tim Philips was an English entrepreneur and businessman whose father invented and patented the Ziplock. After selling that patent, his father moved the family to Ireland and bought Ballyfree House and grounds in Glenealy, Co Wicklow just outside Dublin. Educated in England, Tim worked in insurance following a short commission in the Royal Dragoon Guards before joining the family business in Ireland which was eggs - by the mid 1960's, their farm in Glenealy had over 120,000 hens supplying eggs to the Irish market. He also diversified the business into poultry farming and convenience foods which became highly successful. It was sold to global food company Kerry Group in 1985. Tim also had a passion for flying and kept his own plane in Glenealy. One of his personal aviation achievements was competing with co-pilot Vyrell Mitchell in the England to Australia Air Race in 1969, finishing fourth out of 75 starters in his Piper Twin Commanche. At home, he also staged and arranged a number of hugely popular Air Rallies (Flying Displays) in the 1960s at Ballyfree……...which is where Alouette 195 displayed in June 1968, the month before my arrival. A generous donor & charity supporter, Tim Philips passed away in 2010 aged 72. You can watch Alouette #195 in action on this 8mm cine which I found online - this was a big help for me getting going with this GB and excellent refs for the scheme she wore. 1968 Ballyfree Air Display The Kit I built this kit as a kid but it's long gone so time to give it another shot. Heller Alouette III_Contents_1 by Dermot Moriarty, on Flickr Lovely red sprues with tiny parts! Heller Alouette III_Contents_2 by Dermot Moriarty, on Flickr Heller Alouette III_Contents_3 by Dermot Moriarty, on Flickr Clear parts and decals. Apart from stencils, the specific Irish ones will be from the stash. Heller Alouette III_Contents_4 by Dermot Moriarty, on Flickr Sorry for the long read, good luck with your builds and model-building to follow shortly! Cheers, Dermot
  7. This was a kit I was lookig for for quite some time. Last year I finally found it and started working on it right away.I wanted to do the very first Boeing 747 that went into service with Swissair back in 1971. Heller offered this kit with the Swissair red stripe and brown stripe livery way back in the 80's. Unfortunately the red decalstripes were off size,so I decided to only use the logos and markings and paint the whole livery with my airbrush. The Heller 747 kit very well captures the shape of the originial,I only found the engines a bit off and tried to fix them.Later on I found out that the exhaust cones are sitting too far inside and should have been moved more outwards by using plasticcard.But it was too late to correct this.I will keep that in mind on the next Heller 747.... Detail is ok keeping in mind the age of the kit,its nowhere near of todays standard but it builds up into a nice "Jumbo Jet" The landing gear is probably the most fiddly on this kit and trying to build it in the way its supposed to be when extended is quite some challenge.Heller has obviously designed it to build it with all the doors in open configuration,which leads to some extra work (and cursing) when trying to close the main doors. The fuselage comes in 4 parts as the tail section is separated from the front.Why they designed it that way is a mystery...probably they didn't want to use a bigger box for the parts...? Getting these sections flush is not so easy without sanding off all the panellines. In the end everything came together and when finished its a very large model. Apart from the mentioned problems the build is easy and straight forward.I recently bought some newer releases of that kit which I plan to do in Virgin Atlantic and Braniff "Big Orange" liveries respectively,alhoug wheels up as I won't fiddle again with the landig gear on that kit. Paints are all Revell enamels,ecept for the coroguard panels,this is Tamyia Metallic Grey which I find a good match. Decals are from the kit and from my spares box Hope you like her, And with "something else" the DC-10 will be shown in an extra RFI
  8. I just bought a Heller 1/50 Jaguar M - the aborted French Navy version - from eBay - but it has arrived without instructions. Does anyone have a set they could please scan for me? The 1/50 Jaguar A kit instructions are likely very similar, so those would do in a pinch. TIA!
  9. Dear fellow Britmodellers, here's my 1/72 AZ Model Potez 540 Transport, a re-box of the venerable Heller kit. The model was painted with Gunze/Mr.Hobby acrylics. All photographs by Wolfgang Rabel. I would like to thank fellow Britmodellers TonyTiger66, VG33, BS_w and Graham Boak for their help in research. Much appreciated! Thanks for your interest, best greetings from Vienna!
  10. Hi Folk's,a little fun build of Heller's 70's era Saab J-21,I often grab a little cheapie when I order from King Kit usually what's on offer around a fiver or less and to be honest most end up in the bin for one reason or another.This kit was a joy right till the decal's self destructed hence the bogus I.D. made from spare's and then the awful canopy so don't look too close,thank's for looking in!
  11. As shown in the below thread in the WIP section I have built a Ferguson TE20 "Little Grey Fergie" Heller kit Here are some pictures of the finished tractor.
  12. I started this model very long ago, so it's time to finish it. Every model is familiar, it's old, but I'm always cute old models. I did not want to correct any manufacturer errors, but I did it directly from the box. I did not even change the decals, which are green instead of white. I like it. Here's the picture, enjoy it.
  13. Well, it's really been a while since I posted anything here. It's also been a while since I finished a model, other than a 1/350 Riich Models Los Angeles Class submarine as SSN-722 USS Key West for a friend who's son serves aboard her. Anyway, first up is the Heller 1/72 P-39Q, finished with Eagle Strike decals for "Snooks 2nd." This was part of a Christmas club challenge to finish a kit by this past weekend for the ValleyCon show in Chicopee, Massachusetts this past weekend. And, I did get it done on time, barely! It's actually not a bad kit, and is more accurate, in many ways, than newer offerings from HobbyBoss and Academy. I might have to try one of the RS Models early P-39s. I've got a set of decals for a nice "D" model. Oh, and this was brush painted with Vallejo Air, though I did airbrush the gloss and flat coats. On to the pictures
  14. Hello everybody , after roughly 20 years away from the hobby , I'm back in the business ! Considerring that I have everything to (re)learn and new technics to discover and apply, I' ve decided to start with a rather basic kit. It will be a french carrier born classic : The Etendard IV M. The model is the very single one available in this scale : the Heller one that I bought 30 years ago ! The general shape is very accurate, but most details are inexistent , to sum up what I'm expecting from this model : it will be no picnic ! Let's start with the "bang seat" a Martin Baker Mk4. Détails in scratch ( copper wire , an old toothpaste tube , platic card ). See you !
  15. Hi everyone My daughter Rose started this build some time ago but life and schoolwork got in the way. Therefore this GB is the ideal opportunity to bring it back out of its hiding place. Obligatory proof it's not over 25% completed photos below.
  16. My current project is the venerable Heller 1/72 EC-121 AKA WV-2 kit. In another thread it was suggested that I do a WIP for it because of all the after market sets I am using and after some thought I have decided to inflict one on you . This kit has been on my pile for a few years, but early last year a fellow member of my modeling club brought in the magnificent build. At the meeting he went through the a litany of errors with the kit and the after market parts that he had gotten for it. After the meeting I sort of went on a buying spree and bought a boat load of them, spending far more then the original cost of the kit. So in addition to the original kit I also have, in no particular order: The Fisher wheel set The Plus Models Wheel well interior set. note that it also comes with wheels The Plus Models tail surfaces Fisher tip tanks Fisher nose Fisher radar set Plus Models engine nacelles and to support all of this the Scale Aircraft Conversions' metal landing gear In addition I got the Caracal decal sheet(s) with which I will be going for this scheme Finally I have the Ginter book as reference Needless to say my work table is covered with parts and and instruction sheet. So, I started by cutting off the Heller nose from the fuselage, painting and installing the Heller interior, joining the fuselage halves and attaching the Fisher nose. When I did that I saw that this band Was much lower then both the fuselage end and the transparency rear edge. I am guessing that mine was slightly warped. I used some sculpting epoxy to fill the depresion in and blended the nose into the fuselage I was at this point that I realized that the Plus Models from wheel well was not just an insert but a resin replacement for the kit part also that the front gear should be installed before closing up the fuselage. , There is not much I can do about the wheel well, but I will have to deal with the front gear later. Build in haste repent at leisure, sigh. The instruction show to add weight to the nose, but are silent about how much. With all the resin their suggestion probably would be off anyway. Using the #6 shot from 2 1/2 disassembled 12 gauge shot gun shells, relics from my unsuccessful attempt to take up trap shooting, I think I have it balanced to sit on its nose . Today I plan on working on the wings, engines, and tip tanks.
  17. Kovozávody Prostějov is to rebox the Heller 1/72nd Junkers Ju-52 "Tante Ju" kit as "in Czechoslovak service" - ref. KPM0127 Source: https://www.kovozavody.cz/produkt/ju-52-in-czechoslovak-service/ Box art + schemes V.P.
  18. Hi all, This is the Heller Mirage 2000N modified to get a D version. As usual with Heller, lot of work to get a decent model. Happy new year
  19. Hello everyone. Happy New Year! Here's Heller's Bf 109B-1 which I built back in 1998. It represents "6-26", of 2/J88, Condor Legion used during the Spanish Civil War, in 1937. The only modification I recall making was opening up the engine exhaust holes. The kit was fully painted and weathered by brush with only the varnish being airbrushed. Thanks for looking and all comments are welcome Miguel
  20. For my second build I’m going very ancient and out of my comfort zone with an AFV. I have a frightening track record with completely these (among other things) so am hoping to do better this time. I found this beast in a secondhand store and sort of couldn’t help myself, it was cheap and unusual, this one is now quite hard to find. There were only 60 of these vehicles built for the French army and entered service in 1969 and remained in service until the end of the cold war. Ok there’s nothing really exciting in the box, it’s a pretty basic model, typical for what you’d get in the 70’s when it was made. It even comes with a couple of dudes, not sure if they’ll join the party or not yet. The instructions are sooooo 70’s, back when long detailed worded instructions were the go and none or few pretty pictures were present. And being a Heller model they’re in French! (My wife can sort of read/speak French, so she reckons......though her speaking French on our honeymoon nearly ended up with her in jail! ). That weird looking brown blob on the cover of the instructions in the original container of glue they use to supply with the models......I won’t be using that as it’s a wee bit out of date! The only extra will be a set of Friulmodel tracks! A bit of an over kill for a model like this, but I love them (this is my 4thset) and the original ones are horrible and gone quite hard. Well I’m hoping this will break my AFV curse and I’ll finally complete one. A nice simple build....now what can go wrong!
  21. Another awkward kit from Heller... Having built the Revell re-release of Heller's huge 1/72 Concorde,I thought the 1/125 kit would be in the same quality. Boy was I wrong... At first sight it looks like a downscale of their 1/72 kit,but it isn't. Some parts have the same breakdown others are completely new.The landing gear is a joke,and because no display stand is included,I used a Revell stand from a 747 kit. Also the visor looked off,I decided to order a windows set from DRAW decal and use them instead.It improves the look signifficantly. The overall shape is very nice though,Heller captured the graceful lines of the Concorde very well. The kit has no option for a gear up build,so some modifications are needed. The plasitc was very soft and almost no part fitted without problems,esp.the wings were a pain.More than once I was tempted to crash this kit in the bin but I pushed on with it. Finally,after months of adjusting,sanding...filling...sanding...shelf time and more filling and sanding the Concorde was ready for the paintjob. Revell gloss white overall ,polished and clearcoated. Surprisingly the kits decals worked fine,even the tail fin decals bended over the curves without issues... Having completed 4 Concordes,only the NITTO 1/100 kit is left undone.As that one represents the prototype version,I need to find decals for the prototype before starting on it. That kit offers markings for Japan Airlines and Air France only. Japan Airlines was an early customer to the Concorde,but cancelled the order as all other airlines did due to the oil crisis in the 1970s. Enjoy,
  22. I received this kit for free from a very nice seller on a Swiss auction platform,who also got it together with a kit lot Its a very old Heller kit in the rather unusual scale of 1/125,which makes it unmatchable to the usual 1/144 airliners,except if one has some more Heller kits in that scale. The kit itself is very nice,pretty accurate in its overall appearance. Sadly it has become quite hard to find and Heller seems to have no plans in a re-issue like they did with their DC-10 and the supperb 1/72 Boeing 707. It was already part started and that not very proffessional. One fuselage halve had some metal balls glued in as ballance,but too much glue had been used which resulted in a badly warped part. So another kit-rescue operation was on... First step was to get rid of those metal balls which was problematic due to the heavy use of glue. I finally succeeded,but not without leaving a hole in the fuselage... This problem was solved by glueing in a plastic sheet and fill the hole with superglue. On the outside I also glued on some plastic sheet and with carefully applied putty and some sanding I was able to repair the damaged area. Due to the sanding,the door panellines had to be re-scribed. The biggest problem was now to get those fuselage halves together as the problematic one was very badly warped...after cursing and bad language,I succeeded in the end. The rest of the build was then straight forward and the only thing that had to be done was the APU,the kit has none. All of the Lufthansa scheme was airbrushed and only the tail logo and registration comes from the kits decals. The rest was taken from my spares box and the windows come from a 1/125 Boeing 727 detail set from DRAW Decals. Paints used for this build: Revell gloss white 04 Testors Aircraft gray Testors Metallics Tamyia Metallic Grey for the Coroguard areas I am very happy with the outcome and that I was able to rescue it as it is a very nice little airliner kit. I still have 2 unstarted kits in my stash and I am looking forward on building them. I hope you like the little Boeing
  23. I finished this model the other day, so it's time for me to introduce it. Old Heller's model, but it's still pretty to me. Here's the picture . Enjoy.
  24. Heller's 1/125 Boeing 727 kit is one of their more questionable ones. The overall shape is actually very good and represents the graceful lines of the 727. The cockpit area is sadly misshaped and if built up unchanged,the model looks very strange. Also the landing gear is very basic and due to my changes in the nose area it was impossible to install it properly.Thats why I decided to place the model on a display stand. I spent a long time in reshaping the nose,using tons of putty and having endless sanding sessions. During that time,I lost the hope of producing a halfway decent result and the kit went to the shelf of doom,where it sat for more than a year. Earlier this year I decided to give it another go to see if I can get it done.If not,the kit would end up in the bin... Somehow I managed to achieve an acceptable result and get it over the finishing line. It was a problematic build all along but it came out all right. Apart from the cockpit window,all decals are from the kit and at least they worked fine.The cabin windows are filled with Micro Scale Krystal Klear Cheers Even kitty made an appearance...
  25. Hello mates, here a real oldie of mine. The "Erdnagel", Luftwaffe nickname "tent nail" (of Bundeswehr official spares part list for tents) because of its favourite "flight" attitude. I built this kit in 1979 together with the twoseater. German TL Decal lettering aged quite a lot. Microscale decals are perfect as new.... Cheers, Tom
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