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  1. It's ALIVE!! Finally this monster build, combining the 1/24 Revell Audi R8 with the 1/24 Revell VW Samba Bus to create a sleeper..... ala, R8 Samba "Sleepah", is over! I have tried new things, rust, seriously modding a car kit & scratch building seat belts. There are faults, but overall I am more than satisfied with my efforts at a mega car mod. side 2 by Gavin Snowdon, on Flickr side by Gavin Snowdon, on Flickr top by Gavin Snowdon, on Flickr front quart by Gavin Snowdon, on Flickr Rear quart by Gavin Snowdon, on Flickr Thanks for looking and sharing the experience with me.
  2. Greetings everyone! Along with my Airfix Spitfire Prototype, I've recently finished this model of the High Speed Spitfire. I've chosen to model it in it's later form, with the radiator removed and the DeHavilland propeller (mainly because that was the easiest way). The modifications are: - Filled panel lines except on the cowling. - Landing gear legs from the Airfix Mk.I kit (since I needed the Tamiya legs, which don't have gear doors attached, for the Airfix one) - Shortened and rounded wingtips (a suprisingly small amount given how different they look) - Removed radiator and filled the hole - Added fairings at the propeller blade tips from styrene sheet - Canopy from Falcon set - Omitted radio mast - Scratch built tail skid - Masked and painted tail number and stripe The WIP is here, shared with the Airfix kit: And now, here it is! The propeller hub was painted using a Moltow chrome pen. It would be tricky to do a much larger area without getting pen strokes in it, but wow am I happy with how shiny this turned out!!! The distinctive short wings: I'm still tempted to polish the surface again for a more uniform shine and to remove spots. The Airfix gear was very easy to attach, once I thinned down the attachment plug slightly. Thanks for taking a look, I hope you like it. Beggsy.
  3. A build from 4 years ago: (the WiP is here: This is a good kit of a nice, classic passenger plane, and a relevant one as aviation history goes. I am really glad that some manufacturers are venturing now into the realm of civil planes. They have a particular charm and usually interesting careers, and in more than one occasion their contribution to aviation and history was truly remarkable. This particular machine was an "agitation" plane, that is a propaganda plane and without doubt it may have provided with rides to people that usually may have never been able to have access to such an experience as flight. It was an elegant plane of sound construction that deserved to be kitted. Looking forward to other Amodel releases of civilian planes, a line they have contributed to with several kits already. For many more!
  4. A build from 4 years ago as a reference for the already posted completed model: The completed model is here: We are not really familiar with Russian aviation, therefore few of us may have heard about the Kalinin K-5. If you thought that I'll tell you its story, achievements, performance, etc., you are sorely mistaken. Do an Internet search, go to your local library, and find out for yourself, watch less TV. Amodel is by now a well-known kit manufacturer. I have built quite a number of their kits and I am fairly satisfied with them. They are accessible and they are mostly OK, if not really refined, with somewhat thick sprues and parts' attachments. Their transparencies are not pristine, their decals are quite so-so, their instructions are not thrilling. And that goes as well for about 80% of the manufacturers, so it is not a big deal for me. Thus I was pleasantly surprised when I opened the box of this Kalinin K-5, which I got thanks to the good offices of Mr. Malabamba (he wishes to remain anonymous, hoping not to be associated by anyone with me). This is clearly a much better kit than the previous (years ago) Amodel releases that I have built so far. The part count is high, the molds are more refined (not totally sharp as in much expensive brands), the transparencies a vast improvement on what I have seen before, and no doubt better decals, although my sample had a bad area (shown in the photos bellows). But, before nitpicking: CONGRATULATIONS AMODEL FOR RELEASING A NICE CIVILIAN PLANE KIT!!!!! Oopsie-poopsie: I replaced the prop with a home-made laminated wood one: The plastic is soft and there are some mold lines around the parts, so they have to be cleaned-up. Here we see a few of the parts that had sink holes and needed putty and sanding: As you can see the engine cylinders are provided with some detail; unfortunately these parts are mostly "tubes" as you can see in the sprue. The problem is that if you want to use them, you will have to clean them, due to the mold seam lines. And they are tiny. AND they are many. I am thinking of replacing all of them with soldering wire: The passenger cabin door is cut out and a new one made to pose it open:
  5. Hi, My next model finished today. This is Kochyeigin-Yatsenko Di-6 Sh. You have not heared about it? Do not worry, I've learnt about this plane when I saw in a model shop Phantom in Krakow this kit by A-model and I immediately bought it . It was likely in 1996-1998. It is likely that I never saw it again in a shop.... This is a short run kit, I would say nicely done as for early A-model. This is a "heavy" escort and aground atacl fighter (not very much bigger then I-153 in fact) and looking a bit as a two seater development of Polikarpovs I-15 series (152,153). The machine was designed in 1934 and then produced in three variants (Di-6 with 3 MGs, Di-6 Sh with 5 MGs and lowered tailplane as well as trainer with fixed u/c). Total production which lasted I think till 1939 ended with 222 or 223 items (by different sources). Some 60 of them were the variant Di-6 Sh. "Sh" is for "Sturmovik" - attack plane. More about this airplane one can find here https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kochyerigin_DI-6. It was not a very sucessfull construction. For some reasons was not offert to Republican Spain and therefore remainde very unpopular. In past some sources informed that she was used during Khalkin-go war with Japan in summer 1939 and even in Winter War with Finland in winter 1939-40. But it was then denided. It looks that the only conflict where Di-6s were used was Soviet invasion on Poland (17th September-2nd October 1939) - this attack was an allied attack to support German invasion on 1st September 1939 and declaration of war by UK and France on 3rd September. In Molotov-Ribentrop pact (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Molotov–Ribbentrop_Pact) Soviet Union declared such support within 14 days from starting support for Poland by western countries and it happend. Polish record are not quoting meeting thoses machines since they were not recognized likely misidentified with Polikarpov biplanes. It is said officially theat Di-6 were finally withdrawn from VVS in summer 1942 but no record of their active use against German in GPW starting in 22 June 1941. There are photos of abandoned those machines from airfields captured by Germans but it is probale that they played role of dummies targets exposed to atract Luftwaffe. The scheme I painted presents machine from 14 ShAP in September 1939 and was given by @Dimmy (many thanks!!!) in this thread: As the alternation to this scheme I only painted caban struts green, not light blue since on all photos they are dark. I added front pannel in engine and made few more modifications in engine detaiils and in u/c - this was done following photos. Here she is: And two full sun takes: Comments welcome Regards Jerzy-Wojtek
  6. Hello fine folk of Britmodellerland, If I may, I'd like to share my latest model? I've been tinkering away merrily with the old Airfix dh-88 Comet racer for about three months or there abouts. The old girl needs a bit of TLC to get the best from her so I did some work on the kit in an attempt to model "Grosvenor House" as she appears today. Thanks in large part to some fine images by Alpha Delta 210 (see here: http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/234968762-de-havilland-dh88-comet-grosvenor-house/ ) and others in the Aviation Photography forum plus the walkaround here on BM http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/234954337-de-havilland-dh88-comet/ I had plenty of reference material to work from. For those who have n't seen it, there is a WIP thread detailling the specifics of what was tackled here: http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/234967804-airfix-72nd-scale-dh-88-comet-new-release-ancient-molding/ I'm not as used to photographing the smaller scales as I am the larger scales so I apologise if the images are n't too clear. Anyhoo, I hope you enjoy them anyway. These next few are a bit closer in an attempt to show some details. Lastly, a couple of shots in front of a scenic backdrop. A big thankyou and two thumbs up to everyone who helped me along during the build. Now, what to build next? Cheers for now.
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