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  1. 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
  2. Hi everyone, My Etendard IVP conversion set for the Heller 1/72 IVM kit has been a surprise success, and thanks to a positive response from French modellers, FFSCM Productions have now released an ALPS decal set to compliment the resin conversion. These have been produced by the decal artist reponsible for the massive leap in quality of Heller's recent re-issues. I will have some in stock next week, they are not cheap (around the £16 mark for the decals), but the almost A5 sheet is superbly printed and makes up a comprehensive package, even including stencils for the buddy pod. Here is a view of the decals and cover sheet; I will have them listed on my website very soon, European modellers can also buy them in Euros directly from FFSCM. Thanks for looking! Colin
  3. Hello, It's been a long time since I post something new. Well, may be because I am not a big producer! So, here is my Ferguson Petit Gris from the 1/24 Heller kit. Very fine in details, Heller released a very nice kit. As I am fan of weathered models, when I felt on this picture, I knew that this one will inspire me. And with my VW Split panel And here is the link (in french) to the little WIP: WIP Petit Gris Thank you for watching and keep modeling! Lolo
  4. This Heller kit is a fine detailed model with only minor disadvantages. Most of the parts are very crisp with plenty range of additional detailing. Most notably are several sinkholes and a wrong seat mount for the french version. The plastic is somewhat soft and needs a carefully handling if sanding is necessary. Both fronttyres with minor deformations. Used colours are of a broad range of different brands and mixed with other colours to achieve the worn effect. ( So it is nearly impossible to give you a useable reference of colour-numbers) : Tamiya Red, White, Darkbrown Gunze Grey, White, Bluegrey Windsor Oils Black, White, Grey, Ochre, Burnt Umber Pigments Pigeon Grey, Ochre, Black, dif. Rust pigments Buffing powder (C1 Metalizer) Detail painting with several Valejo paints Chipping mostly with Valejo Black Grey and small sponge parts Accessories: Hoodpins (Scale Production) Screw Heads (Aber) Toggle Switch (Top Studio) Pipe Clamps (Top Studio) Tools (Hasegawa Garage Kit) Padlock (Hauler) Extra details: Toolbox scratchbuild Headlights drilled out Battery mount scratchbuild 5 ft. finger bar mower scratchbuilt Seat mount scratch built Hood was milled out to scale thicknes As many other forum members declared, I wish more Utility vehicles in 1:24 too.
  5. ScalemodelMadnessDan

    Heller Peugeot 905 EV1 BIS 1/24

    The next kit on the build list is this lovely Peugeot 905 EV1 Bis by Heller, which my wife picked up for my birthday a few months ago lets see how this one turns out I've read a few kit reviews on this which are very mixed, so we will see how it goes Here is the box art. All the sheets are there and with very little flashing. Finished putting together the engine block added some powder filler to help with the final result. Prepped and glued some more engine parts, also build up the rear axle and suspension for priming, but boy it's a pain One of rear air vent flips broke when removing it from the sheet need to fix that. Rear air vents fixed and ready. Cut off the lower rear wishbones and will be replaced with styrene rods so that they will fit better. Air vents now fitted to the rear axle, again that was not easy parts kept moving around when gluing. Tyres are now scuffed up. Removed the centre locking nuts and will replace them with some better looking ones. That's it for now, hope you all like the progress so far and post some more update soon Also check in to my Facebook page for daily updates on this build : Scalemodel Madness
  6. I'll be up front: I don't think this will be my best build, and that's OK. It started as a father/son build with my 6-year-old until I discovered the terrible fit of the fuselage: When I held the tail and the tip of the nose together, the two halves of the fuselage bowed so badly that there was about a 1/8" gap in the seam in the middle (above the wings)!! No Kidding!!! I had a hard time holding it together just dry-fitting it and I wasn't even sure if I'd be able to glue it. At that point, my son decided he was more interested in starting his 1/48 Bf-109. I decided it would be a good model to try out some new Alclad techniques on. I've been using the wings for testing different Alclad finish ideas for my CF-104 build documented here: I was able to glue it after all, but I had to start at one end and exert a lot of force with my fingers while I used my "instant set" super glue. Usually I use a "glue looper", which is a photo etched loop to apply small amounts of super glue and have capillary action pull it into the seam. This was so bad, I had to just use the super glue bottle to apply enough to keep things together. I was able to clean up the super glue that ran, and then sanded the seams: The dark gap along the spine is a very wide gap in the seam filled with super-glue. Here's the bottom: I was able to sand it pretty smooth, but the raised detail was sanded off in the process. If I was serious about this model, I would re-scribe the panel lines, and sand the whole body smooth. But, the detail in this kit is terrible and the fuselage is warped, so it's not worth the effort. Here's how the fuselage lines up, which illustrates how badly the plastic was warped: I can't say whether this was a defective kit, or if it was age or what. I bought the kit in 1997, and never dry fit it until now, so I don't know if it was always like this. It's been kept indoors in a closet, so I don't think environment has anything to do with it. I discovered as I was sanding it that the strain on the plastic from forcing it into shape caused some stress cracks, which I filled with super glue: I wasn't really impressed with this kit because of its low detail and heavy-handed raised panel lines. The warped fuselage makes it even worse. Still though, with a good coat of alclad and the really great after-market decals I got, I think it will look pretty good, and certainly good enough to join my son's squadron of models hanging from his ceiling!
  7. You wait for ages then three come along... First Tony O'Toole showed his beautiful French Suez machine, then Camper1 followed it with his excellent USAF ANG machine and bringing up the rear is my 15th TRS machine. It is the old Heller kit that I picked up in a bargain box at the modellers paradise that is Halifax Modellers World. I think it dates from the early 1980s and is a really simple kit unlike the recent Tan models one. The Tan Models kit is great but it costs five times as much as this old warrior. I used the lovely Caracal decals to create a machine of the 15th TRS 67th TRW based out of Kadena AFB in 1957. Though designed for the Tan kit, they fit the Heller kit without any modification. The Heller kit has really weak connection points for the undercarriage and my normal method of drilling and pinning wasn't possible as the wing top is very thin. After the Kittyhawk F-101C this was a refreshing change and sometimes simple is best. Thanks for looking.
  8. I seem to be favouring French Air Force Air at the moment. Having recently built a Dewoitine D510, I found this one lurking in the stash. I think the glue has seen better days ! I am toying with the idea of doing this one in Vichy colours. This will be a test bed for the Loire flying boat I have on the go in this GB cheers Pat
  9. GRUMMAN F6F-5 HELLCAT Heller 1/72 Hi all I had this very old Heller kit sitting in my stash for over 30 years. Due it's age it was not engraved panel lines, so I decided to use it as a practice for my first ever try to engrave panel lines in a kit. It was not perfect but I've learned a lot. I had some issues with some seams that were hard do cover even after several re-dos with super glue. I've used only acrylic paints, mostly Gunze Acqueous Paint. The decals were another challenge, due it's age they broke apart once in the water. Luckly I had two set of the decals, so I sprayed a coat of Lacquer clear coat and applied as usual. However, the decals were very transparent so I decided to double up them using the other set of decals, it was not perfect but better than originally. Weathering was made using Tamiya accent panel lines, watercolours pencils and pastels. Overall it looked good but not standing a chance in a model show. I've tried to represent an aircraft part of the Flottille 1F operating on the French Aircraft Carrier Arromanches in Indochina circa early 50's. Reference photos: The model Cheers
  10. Here is the latest addition to my collection of George E. Laven Jr's colorful aircraft -- in this case a conversion of the Heller 1/72 scale F-84G kit. Why Heller? This question, and others, including creating the unique artwork for the decals, can be found in the build thread: F-84B BUILD As I just returned from holiday, I haven't had a chance to set up the photo booth, so I only took a few pics, of not super great quality: And last, a comparison with Laven's F-84E: Thanks for looking. The build was easy, but the artwork was a little tricky! Hope you enjoy her as much as I do... Ed
  11. 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!
  12. This is my Heller E-3A Sentry AKA AWACS. I started this back in the beginning of March, but after getting part way through I realized that I had not ordered accurate TF-33 engines, so I put it aside and ordered a set of David Parkin's Flightpath engines and worked on the Italeri F-21A kit while I waited for them to arrive. While I was waiting I also ordered the Contrail's antenna upgrade kit. After the upgrades arrived and I finished the F-21A, I returned to this the beginning of this month and finally finished it. This is the first Heller kit I have worked on in a while and I would based on this I would rank then somewhere between Mach 2 and Italeri as far as fit and finish goes. The fuselage went together well, but there were major fit issues with the wings. It it wasn't that they were the only game in town I would not recommend the Contrail antenna upgrade which includes chin, cheek and tail antennas. The parts were very crude and the were not shaped to fit against the fuselage well and took a lot of work and filling to get them to blend in. I also think their shape is suspect. On the other hand the Flightpath engines were very good to excellent. My only complaint is that the rear of the forward fan part of the engines are molded solid while they should be open, something the Heller engines got right. I tried to simulate the openness by painting the area black. The shear size of this made construction difficult and I can't count the number of times I broke off the wing tip antennas, including while giving it a final finishing coat, but it is finished and on to the pictures. Next up is the Italeri AC-119 Stinger. Enjoy
  13. I hesitate to post this work in progress endeavor. Would I be given the plastic ostrakon and exiled from Britmodeller? The case is that (and again, I hesitate to make this confession) as much as I have a soft spot for old Airfix, my nostalgic heart goes to old Heller. Would it be a platitude, a common place, to state that Heller kits have a je ne sais quoi? I know, how do I dare to say these things here at Britmodeller, Airfix's vacations' home. But it is true, dearest subjects and unsubjected: Heller had a lighter, more delicate, more refined (French, after all) hand. Paradoxically, it's one of Heller's British subjects what today congregates us here: the ubiquitous De Havilland D.H.89a. Of the hundreds of models I have built, only two subjects were ever repeated: the D.H. 88 Comet (five times, three Airfix and two SBS), and the D.H. 89a (two times before, not counting this one). The first two times I built Heller's D.H.89a. the molds had plenty of flash and horrible sinkholes, and the decals left much to be desired. This box I got now, a relatively old Heller release, has fortunately no sinkholes and little flash, and the decals are, besides being a sadly bland an unappetizing choice, again not really of quality. I wanted to tackle this third build to use the newly-produced set from Arctic Decals, which includes the "metal" frames and masks for the transparencies. And also to see if many moons later I could produce a better model than the previous ones. I am not yet completely decided, but I would like to build any of the several machines that operated in Argentina under an array of successive civil transport companies. We'll see, because there also versions on wheels, floats and skis with outstanding colors and schemes. Heller's D.H.89a is one of those models that offers almost infinite possibilities regarding decoration/liveries. Provided that you do some research and can either find (aftermarket), produce or commission the decals you want. There is also plenty of free-access material on the Net about the subject and it's details, and plenty of "living" airframes, so no issues there. Anyways, here are the contents of the box. I am sure you heard the expression "shake and bake" in reference to certain kits. Well, this one certainly was pretty well shaken during the years it took to reach my building board, and half the parts were rattling around loose, facilitating the initial job of detaching the parts from the sprues: The parts. There is a full interior, cabin and cockpit: Surface detail is mainly raised: Transparencies that fortunately deserve to be called that: Some of the detail may need help: those exhausts and prop/spinners are outdated: Nice cantilever lower wing. It is a solid one-piece affair though, which precludes you from cutting and lowering those nice split flaps, unless you somehow carve them out preserving the upper surface and add ad-hoc parts: Arctic Decals set, a great help. Read the instructions as these accessories need proper handling:
  14. Yes, that's right, besides the ongoing Argentinian DH89a based on a modified Heller kit, I just had to start this one too, whilst all the tricks remain fresh on my mind. The modifications for this MacRobertson entry can be considered minimal, compared to the extensive ones on the other build. They comprise: on the interior a long range-configured cabin with special fuel tanks and radio and navigation stations. On the exterior some blanked windows, an emergency exit on the fuselage top, and a few gizmos here and there. I will cut the door open here too, to allow a glimpse of the interior. There is a wealth of images on this plane on the Net, accessible just by using a search engine with the proper terms. Flight magazine has a rather basic sketch of the cabin that only shows the tanks, so I am appealing here to this esteemed membership for any photos or sketches of the cabin interior, stressing that I do not need any photos of the exterior or cockpit, contemporary to the race or modern, or walk-arounds, or anything else OTHER than photos or drawings of Tainui's cabin. Work begins by raiding the spares bin and getting potential seats and equipment, plus making the basic structure of the fuel tanks, that hung from the upper wing spars: The cabin floor is covered with a thin veneer, the tank structure is wrapped: Main parts are glued (nacelles, upper wing three components, some of the cockpit parts, made-up cylinders behind the engine front, etc.). All other parts are separated from the sprues and cleaned-up: The fuel tank is given some braces:
  15. 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!
  16. 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 !
  17. Strangeways

    Flying Billboard

    From the Tasman boxing of the old Heller kit. Neon letters/frames were supplied as 3D-printed parts. The kit itself was moulded in really soft, white plastic with lots of warpage so it needed a bit of work. I also replaced the fuselage windows with acetate. Decals from the kit.
  18. The Dewoitine D.510 was an all-metal, open-cockpit, fixed-undercarriage monoplane fighter aircraft, used by the French Air Force in the 1930s. They saw action against the Japanese flying for Chinese Air Force, and in North Africa. This particular kit is the Smer reboxing of the original Heller kit, which I bought as part of a job lot years ago on EvilBay, which averaged out at about a £1 a kit (what's not to like ! ) I built this to mark the 10th anniversary of Britmodeller in the Group Build, work in progress below The kit went together really well apart from me breaking then loosing the undercarriage legs, these being replaced with toothpicks from the hotel I was staying in ! And a big thanks to CliffB for coming to my rescue after I trashed 2 roundals. Let me know what you think.
  19. The Vampire served with the RAF's 2TAF in Germany from 1948 until 1955. WA361 was based at Celle in Lower Saxony, Germany with number 16 squadron, which flew Vampires from December '48 until replacing them with Venoms in 1954. I used a few different decals for this one; firstly big thanks to @Wez for the Vampire Modeldecals set! I used the Heller kit roundels apart from those on the boom which had the red dot in a weird place, so these came from a Bulldog kit - they look virtually the same size. For the underwing serials I used Xtradecals 24", then spares from another Vampire and a Tornado for the tailboom serials. Finally, the L was from the Revell Vampire and the K from a Swift serial! I used filler for the extended starboard intake. Apart from that she was OOB. Colour is silver auto-spray.
  20. Already having the some of the "Dassault" family.. namely the Mystere IVA, Super Mystere and Super Etendard, I thought it would be great to continue the "Dassault family" by adding on the older brother.. the Ouragan. I bought this kit because it is the only kit with decent "Patrouille De France" markings! This 2013 release is a reboxing of the 1980's kit. Same mold. different box & markings. Same artwork. Raised panel lines Thick clear parts Glossy but thick decals. Decals are blurry on the edges (out of register) Out of register roundel. red circle outside blue circle. Four Decals options. PaDF, FAF, Indian, Israeli. This will be the decal option for me. Bought it just for this! Ironically.. i already have this kit, just made in 1980's, but i don't care for any of the two markings. PaDF markings are crap and minimal. Also decals are yellow. Comparing the 2 kits. 20 years in between. just different coloured plastic.
  21. Graeme H

    1/72 M4 Sherman

    Coming to party late, please excuse the tardiness OK, having heard good things about the Heller 1/72 Sherman, went ahead an bought one on ebay back before Christmas and before the start of this GB, it arrived yesterday, so immediately got stuck in, trying to catch up. Now a warning, I'm no armour builder, I build aircraft, with the very occasional foray into the dark side, so don't worry about pointing out any huge mistakes I've made, or even little ones, as I know nothing much, and have no references at all, so after you pull yourselves of the floor from so much laughing, please let me know what I did wrong. First up the box and sprue shots, which is the same as @Foghorn Leghorn, I'm not sure, but hope I'm not doing the same version, but blatantly stealing some of his ideas. DSCN0920 by qfa_tsv, on Flickr DSCN0921 by qfa_tsv, on Flickr Now, first up, are the Instructions, which I am slowly getting used to, but have made some rookie mistakes along the way, I had originally planned that I wanted to make the b option, but I made the a front end and stuck it on , so big change and now i'm making the a option because iot's the only one with those flange thingies on the front, and also is the box art. So, the instructions call out paint numbers, but don't say whose, figured out they are Humbrol, then found the main green is 86, and I didn't have any, so went out and got some, my initial idea was to brush paint the underneath and rollers, but this new Humbrol is terrible stuff , has no opacity at all, so had to spray, and boy are there some rollers to do, in fact I cut off and cleaned up both lots, then found I only needed one lot, told you I was lousy at this, then found I had to turn them over and do the other side, good thing I worked out you only need to 12. DSCN0924 by qfa_tsv, on Flickr Now i'm putting on different fittings on the engine deck, and it seems you have to use part D9, which is the one for the wading kit, and I definitely don't want those, is it possible to use the D3 option instead, or are there differences in them? or on the other hand can I just fudge it? no one will know right? I have no idea if I will get this done in time as another GB starts tomorrow, but hope I chose something fairly straightforward for that one to give me a chance at this, and then there is the 737 STGB starting on 1 Feb, so I'm going to be very busy, but I would dearly love to finish this one.
  22. Dear Friends, Are there among our French naval modelers, pictures available, showing in close-up Frelon rotor head and the blade's folding system. I did try, but mostly pictures, taken from to much distance. Highest Regards, Orion / The Netherlands.
  23. My first “work in progress” here is the Heller 1/72 Nord 2501 “Noratlas”. The Noratlas is a French military cargo plane from the 50s, including the German and Israeli air forces had placed orders. The later version Nord-2501 Noratlas looks similar to the Fairchild C-119 Flying Boxcar. The Noratlas wil be build in the colors of the Luftwaffe. What attracted me were the versions with a white roof. A mix of the standard green-gray camo, orange and white panels, resulting in a striking color palette. Something like this example from FSX Flight Simulator: On youtube there is a corny instructional video "Sicherheit im Lufttransport Noratlas". You can study the Nora from all sides despite the black and white images. A device with registration GA + 253 or 252 is in my opinion possible with the decals. The Luftwaffe decals I have purchased from “HaHen Aircraft Accessoires”. http://www.hahen.de/ Within two days they were already here. Properly packaged in a sturdy cardboard envelope. It is Immediately a bit of an unusual story because it is my 2nd attempt to build this nice beast. In the end phase of the previous one the paint job protested by many difficulties and side effects.So I decided to start all over again. Some components of the first attempt can be reused. An example is the engine with the propellers. So the second attempt begins with washing the sprues. The cargo plane has a lot of length behind the main landing gear. From experience I know that a lot of weight should be mounted in the nose section. The 20gram as shown in the construction manual seems too little to me. But there is also little room for the placement of weight in the nose. In my sprue spare box I found a box that fits exactly between the two partitions. Which is filled with lead and closed with styrene. The last time I had filled the wheel bays with tin cubes. These blocks are now clamped next to the wheelbay. In case of emergency I can always later fill the wheelbay. In front there is a 2nd box filled with lead. And the total looks like this. 60 gram weight in the nose section. Three times as much as the instruction recommend. The doors are precisely aligned with the outer side and fixed with additional styrene. The access stairway door is filled with styrene to eliminate a seam. And under a colour coat it looks already quite different. Thanks for watching.
  24. Hi! This is my latest effort. I have always thought that the Italeri kit was lacking in quality, so when I got this Heller kit I was thrilled as it has more finely executed ribbing and engines, alas some things are plainly wrong. The undercarriage legs are suitable only for late/post war machines and fit badly. Also the windows are 2mm too low, so I had to cheat things a bit. Mind you, if anyone wants to do a film aircraft from the movie Where eagles dare, this is the kit to go for. Sadly I've changed my mind during the build and finished it like an anonymous air ambulance. Vallejo and Revell acrylics were used throughout the build and the markings were hand painted. The only decals are a pair of very bad quality swastikas. My goal was to depict a machine that had surwived the winter with a badly washed away temporary white camouflage. You be the judges. Cheers! Josip
  25. Strangeways

    24-hour Arado

    I built this as an entry in the UAMF 'Blitzbau' GB, a 24-hour kit build. It's the old Heller 1/72 Ar 96 which I still think is a nice little kit and looks the part, though I'm sure there are inaccuracies. I scratchbuilt some basic cockpit detail, did some simple re-scribing, added tyre treads and a few other bits and bobs. Colour scheme was borrowed from the Special Hobby kit.