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  1. With a few successful quick builds and a couple of shelf sitters sorted, I think my mojo has recovered sufficiently for me to make a start on my first serious build of the year. Just before Christmas I picked up the Airfix 1:48 Hurricane Mk 1 in its more recent outing in its Tropical form. I rather liked the silver doped machine, however while searching around on the internet I found an Australian example, a single Hurricane Mk 1 fitted with tropical equipment presented to Australia by the UK government in 1941. The aircraft officially had the serial A60-1, however flew with its RAF number of V7476 throughout its career, information about which can be found at the following website: http://www.adf-serials.com.au/2a60.htm. I also found information on the markings from the review of an Aussie Decals sheet for this aircraft at the Aussiemodeller website: http://www.aussiemodeller.com.au/pages/Reviews/Decals/A48060Hurricane.html. My intention is to complete the aircraft in its final markings of overall silver with blue and white RAAF roundels and a red spinner. A quick rummage through my decal collection confirmed that I am able to put together the appropriate markings with what I have. Any advice or comments gratefully received!
  2. Here is my 1/48 Airfix Hurricane finished the Hurricane Mk 1 fitted with tropical equipment presented to Australia by the UK government in 1941. The aircraft officially had the serial A60-1, however flew with its RAF number of V7476 throughout its career, information about which can be found at the following website: http://www.adf-serials.com.au/2a60.htm I also found information on the markings from the review of an Aussie Decals sheet for this aircraft at the Aussiemodeller website: http://www.aussiemodeller.com.au/pages/Reviews/Decals/A48060Hurricane.html. Paints are a combination of Tamiya rattle cans and brush painted Tamiya and Italeri acrylics. Build thread can be found here; https://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/235031997-airfix-148-hurricane-mk-1-in-raaf-colours/& Apologies for the dodgy photos, weather outside just too bad to take photos outside as I normally do. And updated with some photos outside:
  3. 21 Sqn & 23 Sqn RAAF CAC Mustang Decals 1/72 & 1/48 Red Roo Models This provides two decal options for CAC CA-17 Mk 20 Mustangs used by the RAAF. 1. 21 Sqn (City Of Melbourne) Sqn, reformed 1st April 1948. As a training sqn they flew the CAC Mustang, Tiger Moths and the CAC Wirraway. The Sqn provided pilot and gound crew training. 2. 23 Sqn (City of Brisbane) Sqn, again reformed on 1st April 1948 as a Citizen Air Force Sqn (Reservists). Mustangs, Tiger Moths and Wirraways again were used for training. Conclusion This is a great sheet if you fancy something different or antipodean for your Mustang. There is a small amendment sheet not shown for the Red Bird Markings. Highly Recommended. 1/72 1/48 Review sample courtesy of
  4. 75 Squadron RAAF CAC CA-17 Mk.20 Mustangs Post-War 1/72 & 1/48 Red Roo Models This provides two decal options for CAC CA-17 Mk 20 Mustangs used by 75 Squadron RAAF post WWII. Following WWII Service and disbandment on 1948 the squadron was re-formed in 1949 and operated the Mustang before converting to Meteors. GA-V was the mount of the squadron commander; Wing Commander Richard Cresswell. GA-B is an overall NMF aircraft with very little in the way of markings. Both of these aircraft were kept immaculately clean. Conclusion This is a great sheet if you fancy something different or antipodean for your Mustang, Highly Recommended. 1/72 1/48 Review sample courtesy of
  5. Managed to move this one over the finish line yesterday. My third in what will be a long line of S&M Models 1/72 RAAF Canberra's. The kit is a good one and I thoroughly enjoyed researching and putting this one together. Details of the build for those interested can be found here: This particular aircraft was inspired by an all around good guy, Australian Aviation Historian and fellow modeler Roger Lambert. Roger and his platoon were the benefactors of this Magpie's work when on patrol in SVN. Rather than attempt to tell the story it is well worth a read here: 5 RAR Articles: Blondes, Bombs and Bunkers - https://www.5rar.asn.au/soldiers/blondes-bombs-bunkers.htm Magpie 31 - https://www.5rar.asn.au/soldiers/magpie-31-page-1.htm Magpie 31 Part 2 - https://www.5rar.asn.au/soldiers/magpie-31-part-2.htm I’ve also included a photo of Roger mid tour in 1969; L to R: CPL Jackson. Lt Roger Lambert and Platoon Sergeant, Peter Knight. Image was taken during a water resupply hence the empty water bottle carriers. Details of the mission: Pilot that day on the right The finished product In good company Now to starting thinking about the next one. Cheers, AGW..
  6. Have made some solid progress on number three. Need something camo between those two silver ladies. Fuselage together with seats and remaining cockpit items drying ahead of being added and the fuselage being closed up. I weighed the nose weight this time as I had been asked previously and forgotten to do it. There is 30 grams of lead sinkers behind the rear bulkhead which will do the trick on this one. These were flattened with a hammer and super glued in place on top of and around the forward undercarriage bay. The High Planes Models 'EE Canberra Starter and Fan Set A' are being used on this one as it carried the uprated Avon engines. They need a slight trim ahead of fitting and really look the goods. I am also using the High Planes Models 'GAF Canberra Mk20 Wingtip Bombs' set. Looking forward to breaking those out and giving them a whirl. As I was trawling through Hannants recently I noticed paint masks are now available for both the B2 and T4. Also on the way are detail brass etch sets that include undercarriage door detail and flaps. Might give these a go on number four. Cheers, AGW..
  7. Having followed the gestation of this much awaited kit, I received my order last week. Upon opening the box I was pleasantly surprised at the quality and detail staring back at me. I have been eagerly awaiting an accurate replacement for the old Airfix kit for quite some time so as to fill a large gap in my 1/72 RAAF collection. The five grey and one clear sprues are crisply moulded with finely engraved panel lines consistent with any of the major manufacturers. IMG_0199 The clear part that represents the canopy and navigator windows is moulded as single part that forms a section of upper section of the aircraft - Smart! It allows for easier attachment and clean up and less chance of messing up the canopy which is such a prominent feature on the Canberra. IMG_0188 IMG_0187 The instructions are clear and the decals look very nice and are in register. While I won't use the RAF version supplied in the kit the stencils will come in handy for my RAAF examples. Construction Part 1 Having surveyed the instructions several times it was time to remove the fuselage, cockpit, nose section and canopy. A little tidy up of each and some tape to check the fit and all looked very good, very good indeed. IMG_0189 IMG_0190 Things lined up rather well especially the cockpit bulkhead to fuselage and clear plastic parts. I added the nose which for my example that will be a T4/Mk21 that does not need the clear section. To make the B2 there is a different nose section that allows for the fitment of the clear nose. Note the clear nose does not come with the T4 boxing. The shape looks accurate to my references and way ahead of any equivalent Canberra kit that I am familiar with. There is some nicely moulded cockpit detail on the inside of the fuselage halves, along with the parts that make up the cockpit and navigators compartment. These should come up nicely once painted and detailed. Sadly not much will be seen through the canopy. IMG_0185 IMG_0174 With that done I set these parts aside while I tried the wings and horizontal stabilizers. All good there by the looks of it. The wing to fuselage join is a little different to most kits. Rather than a tongue and groove approach it butt joins to a lip on the fuselage. A test fit of that and it looked good too. So it was time to break out the glue and get started. I departed slightly from the instructions opting to get the wings well underway before detailing the cockpit and closing up the fuselage. The main undercarriage bays go together with 6 parts that fit neatly. Too easy. They are nicely detailed and lend themselves to much more if you wanted to go further. These were then added to a recess on the inside of the underside half of each wing before gluing the top and bottom wing surfaces together. A nice and accurate fit with a minimal amount of clean up required. IMG_0172 IMG_0175 I tested the wings again to the fuselage for fit and it looks like it will be a nice and close and with a bit of luck either no or just a limited amount of filler. Next was the intakes. Each intake is comprised of two sides, a ring and intake bullet moulded together with compressor blades. These go together easily with a minimum of clean up required. These were then put into position. This required a little fettling to eliminate the need for filler. About 5 minutes each and I was done. Much easier than my recent MPM Meteor Mk8! IMG_0182 IMG_0183 The exhausts which come in two major parts/assemblies require a little trimming of the cavity they fit in at the rear of the wing. A little fettling here goes a long way for snug fit. A little filler was required to get the right result. IMG_0181 The kit doesn't come with wing tip lights so I've elected to cut these out and will add some clear sprue and I'll fashion my own. IMG_0184 So far I am liking this kit - a lot. More to come... AGW..
  8. Hi mates, Time for a new project! I finished the last project yesterday, so time is a wasting. I asked my fellow Britmodellers to have a digital look at my stash and tell me what to build. The Bristol Beaufort won a tightly contested battle, 2 votes to 1 cast for the de Havilland Sea Hornet. The kit is from Special Hobby, and represents the DAP (Department of Aircraft Production) Beaufort Mk.VIII. This is the version license built in Australia for the RAAF. At this point, I like the markings and camouflage scheme for A9-486/QH-K "Scotty's Homin' Pidgin," piloted by Off Bill Scott, 100 Squadron RAAF, Tadji, New Guinea, in 1944. This will be my first model of an RAAF aircraft, and the scheme of Foliage Green and Earth Brown over Sky Blue. Nick Millman, please stand by - I have a feeling I will have a question or two for you! Or I could do it without any paint, like this: The kit has an impressive number of resin components, plus a good-sized fret of photoetch parts. It doesn't look like any aftermarket is necessary, but knowing me I will probably find some reason to buy some. I've already had a look at an additional PE fret from Brengun that looks quite nice. Oh, man, there goes my wallet again... Here are the raw materials: I won't get much accomplished in the next few weeks, as I have some medical things to attend to, plus a week at the cabin. In the woods! With beer! And the dogs! And lots of fishing! And hiking! And the family, too, can't forget those guys! Oh, and the hobby shop in Jamestown and the Antique Mall in Salamanca (where there are several stalls full of old model kits, where I found some great bargains last year)! As you can tell, I'm anxious for the short holiday to start. Cheers for now, Bill
  9. Managed to push this one over the finish line yesterday. My second S&M Models Canberra for the year. References for 6Sqn Canberra's in this scheme and era are difficult to find. Of the handful I found they were kept in pretty good order and were very clean. The S&M kit is a delight and I enjoyed adding a second one of these to my cabinet. The kit is finished in Tamiya's AS-12 silver and Tamiya's Fine Surface Primer White both decanted into my airbrush. The decals are a combination of kit, High Planes Models Canberra kit, Aussie Decals (The Original) and the spares box. The next one has already hit the bench. Really enjoying this kit and the results. Cheers, Wilks. PS: Canberra No.3 on the bench making good use of the High Planes Models Accessories - Avon 109 intake bullets that were recently released.
  10. http://www.1999.co.jp/eng/10337464 Hasegawa are reboxing their F-35A Lightning II again in another limited release boxing, this time with markings for the first Australian and Dutch aircraft markigs. (Pity they haven't yet done an F-35B )
  11. Making progress on this next one. Finished filling and sanding, a touch of undercoat to confirm that was indeed the case and then masking and undercoat for the canopy and clear parts. There is a ton of nose weight in her and I am pleased to see that like the last one she won't be a tail sitter. All masked up and some black applied to simulate the inside of the canopy and other transparencies. So far so good. Time to add some color next weekend. Cheers, AGW..
  12. Second one for the year. The fuselage, cockpit tub and intake fit are a bit of a challenge but once together it makes for a very nice example of this variant of the venerable Sabre. This one is depicted as A94-946 or the Royal Australian Air Force Aircraft Research and Development Unit / ARDU. This aircraft albeit in an updated scheme was used for the Sidewinder trials. Finished in Tamiya's AS12 rattle can silver decanted into my airbrush. The dayglo red was a home brew based on period photos and video. Decals are a combination of the kit, spares box, Model Alliance RAAF Sabre sheet and the High Planes Models Canberra. Pictures of the real deal are courtesy of Roger Lambert from the John Hopton Collection. A big thanks also to Graeme Harris for his solution to making the vent on the spine. Overall a nice addition to the cabinet. Cheers, AGW..
  13. Managed to get this one over the line and put a RAAF Canberra in my cabinet. Something I have wanted to do for quite some time... I thoroughly enjoyed the S&M Models kit which went together very well. Based on my humble experience and knowledge they've done a very good job of re-creating these versions of the venerable Canberra. No major issues were encountered and there is plenty of scope for detailing this kit in either its T4 or B.2 boxings. Build notes and photos are in "Work In Progress - Aircraft" for those who are interested. Now on to the next one... A B.2/Mk-20 for the RAAF. Cheers, AGW..
  14. Here is a few images of the completed Airfix 1/48 Walrus done as s/n K9515, No 5 Communications Flight RAAF. For the build log go to the link below:
  15. My first aircraft completed since January last year, and my first model completed since a semi-enforced hiatus since the beginning of October. Went together pretty easily, and the decals were great. The build stalled early in the year (I was having problems getting a good finish with the pale blue undersides). A few fumbles at the end due to lack of practice (managed to get glue on one of the door windows - doh), but looks OK from a distance. Finished in brush painted Italeri and Tamiya acrylics and made grubby with some cheap kids' watercolour paint. Thanks @Ed Russell for the advice way back on Australia Day 2015! Happy New Year to all! And some photos outside in the early morning sun.
  16. Hello Folks This is my latest off the bench and represents a few firsts for me. - First 1/32 in a long time, - First time using MRP paints, - First time using Montex masks. - First time using a turps based panel line wash. Eduard(Hasegawa) P-40N A29-607 BU-G as flown by Sqn Ldr John Waddy, 80 SQN RAAF . All but the kill tally and tail code are painted on using Montex masks. Kit stencils. I love the MRP paint and will use it again. The Eduard kit gives you resin wheels and exhausts and some etchy goodness. Hope you like my BU-G. Cheers Andrew P.
  17. Here are some completed images of the Tamiya 1/48 Beaufighter converted to a Mk 1c as used by 30 SQN RAAF. PS. yes the tail flash is supposed to be that way around as it was back to front on the real aircraft. The build log is at the link below:
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  19. Romeo Alpha Yankee

    1/72 Welsh Models B737 BBJ

    This is one of my shelf of doom projects. It started life as a Welsh 1/72 Wedgetail but since I have a number of projects this year for a 34SQN RAAF Club display I am repurposing the build to a BBJ (the Wedgie will be built another time). New APU housing fitted You can see the layers of paint/primer sanded back But I will have to add some putty to fair it in. More paint removed to add the Satcom antenna fairing Fairing fitted. It is a bit squarish so I have knocked the edges down a little to round it off. Vertical stab attached Some attention to the wing tips to removed them in prep for fitting winglets And finally, engines are tacked on so I can figure out how much I need to extend the struts (have been told it is 6mm, so that is where I will start). Also added a friend to show size.
  20. Finishing up my Mirage bent, this time a mirage depicted late in her career with the RAAF, wearing a by now tatty looking grey scheme, with evidence of many maintainers boot marks and grubby hand prints all over her. Armed with an inert load of two Magic2 missiles and a Matra. One tank still is still painted in the old standard scheme I still have a two seater to do, but Im a bit "mirage out" at the moment Paint is by tamiya, boot prints were done by applying random splurges of oil paint, then stippling them with a dry brush. The 79 SQN decals are by caracal from Mirages over Australia, Part II Again, thanks for looking Cheers Bruce
  21. 1/48 Eduard Aussie 8s are all finished up! HUGE thanks to Brewer for the amazing pictures. First up, the NMF: Alclad and Tamiya chrome silver rattle can Brassin wheels Barracuda resin cowling topper. Silver Spit 14 by Aaron Long, on Flickr Silver Spit 15 by Aaron Long, on Flickr Silver Spit 1 by Aaron Long, on Flickr Silver Spit 4 by Aaron Long, on Flickr Silver Spit 7 by Aaron Long, on Flickr Silver Spit 8 by Aaron Long, on Flickr Silver Spit 17 by Aaron Long, on Flickr Teeth! Eduard 8 Tamiya RAF colors and Gunze for the RAAF gray and green. Brassin Wheels Ultracast cowling top. Ultracast cockpit door. Grey Nurse 1 by Aaron Long, on Flickr Grey Nurse 3 by Aaron Long, on Flickr Grey Nurse 5 by Aaron Long, on Flickr Grey Nurse 7 by Aaron Long, on Flickr Grey Nurse 10 by Aaron Long, on Flickr Grey Nurse 11 by Aaron Long, on Flickr Grey Nurse 17 by Aaron Long, on Flickr Grey Nurse 19 by Aaron Long, on Flickr Grey Nurse 4 by Aaron Long, on Flickr Thanks for looking! And BIG thanks to Jason Brewer (Brewer Models) for the pics.
  22. All done Some details The Kit Kinetic 1/48 Mirage IIIE/O/R/RD/EE/EA Kt No 48050 Aftermarket Eduard Mirage IIIE PE set Bombs from Hasegawa Weapons set A Edaurd Fabric RBF's Decals Carcal decals Kit Decals Paint Mr Color Lacquers for dark grey and underside grey Mr Hobby H73 for the olive drab/green Tamiya NATO Black/ semi gloss black Vallejo Acrylics for details Tamiya Olive Drab for the base for the bombs, Mr Color Olive Drab (No 304) for the tails with other shades of OD/green. Gaianotes for the Gloss coat Gaianotes and Dullcoate for the flat coat Weathering Artist Oils for the wash Coloured pencils, pigments, pastels and Tamiya Weathering sets for the various streaking / grime marks More details and images on the above at my blog
  23. My next entry will be an Airfix Dakota. I will be following on with a RAAF 34 Squadron theme with my build. This will be a wartime scheme rather than the usual VIP schemes for the Squadron. The question now is? Old or new? (or both? )
  24. Supposedly this is going to be part of a build of with a couple of mates. We tried this last year with another kit but those 2 didn't even finish this kit in questions so I called that a win to me For this reason I'm keeping it simple and only adding a PE set for the Mirage IIIE. I've no idea how accurate this is but I know it will be close enough for me as the Mirage isn't really my thing (after all it's no A-4 ) . Still I've also ordered some resin wheels but they haven't come yet. PE for the sides fitted, and I'm quite happy how this looks Seat and tub done. I'm really happy these turned out. Whilst it's flat IMHO the PE looks fine in a small black cockpit like this. I did try a resin set from Wolfpack but the seat was way larger than the kit seat. (this seems to be a thing with Kinetic kits)
  25. Hello there, I started the Spartan about 3 years ago and this is now my second rollout for 2016 (which is already quite a lot for me...) It took me sweat and blood to finish it and almost landed in the trash bin, after a serious incident with a hot spotlight... But, I managed to save her and proceeded to the very end. As for the kit - it is from Italeri (1/72) and...well, not the best fit. But ok, the guys from Italeri did a good job all in all. Details are more than ok and they were bold enough to produce a plane like this, that is not that popular after all (imho). And still better than any resin kit... The decal-sheet is from Ronin Decals. Never worked with decals thin like this. They are excellent, but one has to be very careful and patient, because they tend a lot to "roll over". Other than that, they resist to a proper amount of tear, unless you really mess it up. Nevertheless, there is a drawback for this sheet. I found the walkway color tone being wrong. So I had to mask everything (which was probably anyways better and smarter, but a lot of work) The colors came from AK and it's the first time I've been working with these. They are pretty good, have a very good adherence and the color tone seems to be spot on. (again imho) I used as suggested by the decals sheet FS36099 / FS35237. Aftermarket parts came from Eduard ED73394 (Detail Set) and Eduard EDCX281 (Mask) Ok, enough of writing, I hope you enjoy my effort and on to the pics: