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  1. Hi all My entry will be a Eduard Spitfire MK.XIe in 1:48 (84138) with a few after market items ie cockpit Wheels cannons engine ? decals I will be using Xtradecal set X48172 Using markings for MK304 Y2K Flown by Flight Lieutenant Arnold “Rosy” Roseland of 442 (RCAF) Squadron based at St. Croix Sur Mer France July 1944
  2. Here's my 1/72 Italeri/Wingman C-130J-30 Stretched Hercules operated by the RCAF. It started out as a Testors/Italeri AC-130a 'Spooky' with a lot of scratchbuilding and modifications. I'm very happy with how it turned out, hope you like ... Thanks for looking, Colin
  3. I've built a small squadron of the of the old Minicraft DC-3's over the years, but this was my first of the newer Roden offering. I must say, it's a lovely kit, correcting several of the former kit's more notable weaknesses, such as the short fin/rudder height and the engine spacing. Mods for the RCAF version were minimal, chiefly cutting off the tail cone of the civil version (which Roden left on this C-47 issue) and slight alterations to the antenna layout. Paints were Tamiya acrylics on the 'topside' and MM grey acrylic primer on the undersides. I used a little thinned enamel wash to take the 'toy' sheen off the NM paint job and to give it a bit of a 'lived in' look, but kept weathering to a minimum: from the photographs available, it looks like the proud crews kept these birds pretty 'tidy' throughout their service lives. This was also my first go at the lovely decals from Leading Edge, who specialize in Canadian subjects. The decals themselves were nearly ten years old (though very carefully stored), but other than being a little 'stiff' here and there, performed beautifully. No signs of cracking or splitting, nice deep color, and they settled down well with minimal setting solution needed. A quick and most enjoyable build.
  4. Encouraged by warm reception (Thanks for All !) of my Wallace, Wapiti and Wellingtons I would like to share with next old Frog/Novo kit - Blackburn Shark. I converted it to Mk III. This is No 546 RCAF, operated by Sq. 7, RCAF Station Prince Rupert BC Dec. 41 to 1943. It was use for anti submarine patrols.Conversion was also scratch ("free hand"). Best regards Jerzy- Wojtek
  5. Hi, Recently finished my RCAF Canadair Sabre from 427 Sqdn. I used the Academy F-86F-30 kit OOB except for the Aires seat and True Details wheels. The Leading Edge decals turns it into a Hard Wing F-86-30 style from Zweibrücken, Germany in 1957. The tail markings is from the Weapons Meet Cazaux, France. Unfortunately the decals had a tendency of silvering. Painted with Mr.Paint and weathered with Ammo of Mig products. Thanks for looking //Fred
  6. Hi all As well as the Oxford I have been working on a couple of other aircraft a 72nd scale Novo Percival proctor and this, the academy Lockheed Ventura II. Although I have decided to model a RCAF Western Air Command machine during Operation polar Bear in 1944/45. They were standard Venturas in the US Navy scheme and some were repainted in a scheme known as the Saddleback scheme with some yellow panels on the tail plane vertical surfaces and the tops of the outer main wings. The scheme looks particularly attractive I think. The model I am making s of a GR.V serial 2189 with code letter Q of 8 Sqn Feb to March 1945. This aircraft is called "Pats Pile". The kit is quite basic and although I am not correcting the cockpit on this I did make alterations to the pilots seat as shown in the first image. The fuselage went together quite well with minimal filler, however when it came to the canopy it was around a millimetre to shallow this was rectified by sanding off the lower frame work and adding some square rod to the fuselage sides in the cockpit opening and on the bottom of the windscreen which matched very well. The nose went on well and the small side windows were filled as this is a later type. The front plexiglass has also been painted over, as on the real machines, this was covered in fabric strips applied with a solvent adhesive and then clear doped over which is a light fibreglass colour. This was due to the cold temperatures and the action of the Guns firing just above the plexiglass could shatter. The wings went together well and the vents in the lower engine nacelles were boxed in and engines inserted. Wing to fuselage joint required filler all round. This is where I am at the mo with the white undersides painted on almost, just need one more coat to go. The upper surfaces will be Extra Dark Sea Grey and Dark Slate Grey. I am using Aviaeology decals Venturas in Canada part 3 sheet AOD72034. Hope you enjoy Thank you for looking Chris
  7. With your indulgence...another 'golden oldie' dredged up from old Photobucket files. This is the simplified 'easy build' Hobby Boss F/A-18A Hornet, from the 'Blue Angels' boxing...dressed up with the excellent Leading Edge Canadian Hornet 2006 Demo markings. I spruced-up the very basic kit with added LEX fences on the wing roots, and a tail hook and assorted sensors and antennae from rod & strip stock. As a Canadian bird of that era, it also needed the characteristic nose-mounted searchlight, so I drilled a shallow hole and added a disc from clear acetate. The featureless interior tub needed the most help. I reduced a color internet photo of a Hornet instrument panel to size, printed several copies and used them as “layers” to make a semi-relief panel, attaching it in place with craft glue. Bits of styrene worked for seat features, and painted tissue for harnesses and chute pack. Another bit of clear acetate made up the the HUD. The kit came with three drop tanks and pylons...as well as some additional weapons pylons and racks...but no ordnance whatsoever. Since in my mind a Hornet looks 'nekkid' without something on the wingtip rails, I snagged a pair of Sidewinders from an old Testors F-5E, and painted them as inert practice rounds. A nice bit of color for ordinarily-drab grey birds.
  8. I hope someone here can help me with this. I am sure that at one time, someone (Leading Edge, Arrow Graphics, ???) offered a 1/72 decal sheet of Post War - 1950s black code letters. I have a few sheets of numbers, but can not locate a corresponding sheet of letters. Does anyone know who or if such a decal sheet ever existed? and, if so, who made? Thanks!
  9. Hi folks. This is my interpretation of my recently completed Canadair Sabre Mk.2 in 1/72 Not much to say really. Life started by using the Hobbycraft kit that had its wings backdated to pre 6-3, wing pylons moved inboard and the gun-sight replaced with an older type. Model finished using Humbrol Metalcote 'Polished Aluminium' paint, Model Alliance decals, MA-72120. Markings for aircraft '19241' of 421 Squadron, 2 Wing, RCAF, Grostenquin, France, 1954. Stuart
  10. Good morning (or afternoon depending on what side of the Atlantic you're on) everyone, This will be my first model, along with my first thread on model making online! There will be many questions, and possibly something worthwhile looking at in the end. I have chosen to make a model based off of my nation's primary multirole fighter. I recently purchased a Canucks Models CF-188 special edition with the Battle of Britain decals. Plans are to order Canada's FIB Decal kit from Canuck models and base the model off of a CF-188 that participated in Operation Mobile. As for workspace, this is how I have been working, soon to change however as I am heading back to school today As for actual progress, I have assembled the seat, and have painted most of the cockpit black for further detailing I have found I love the assembly of parts, the painting on the other hand I am very unhappy with. I feel that the paint has gone on too thick, and that there is texture from the paint that makes it look messy. I am considering finding a way to strip the paint off the parts (they are only dry assembled aside from the seat) and having another go. I need to decide if I am going to go ahead and get an airbrush when I get my next paycheck, I have a feeling I won't ever be happy with brush painted models. Plenty to think about on the drive today! Comments and criticism are encouraged!
  11. I've got a bunch of Pavla kits in my stash. Every time I feel like a long, slow, arduous and excruciatingly painful building process I pull one out and take a good long time to build it. *LOL* This one took me, off and on, about 2 years - even though I still have to drop the aerial on the top of the fuselage I am calling it "DONE" - what a royal pain these kits are (at least for me) - BUT the good part is you learn a lot about modeling and what skills you need to work on and practice and you also learn a lot about patience :grin: Lots of issues with this one - the landing/wing light clear cover should be better fitted (but I can't be bothered - it's that type of kit), I should have sanded down the trailing edges a LOT. I should have been far more careful in my sanding/filling (that is what this is supposed to be about, practicing that stuff) and my thinning/PSI needs work in order for the paint to sit nicely and not get orange peel. That said though, I'm happy to be completed with this one mainly because, aww heck, I love the paint scheme. I didn't think I would be able to mask it effectively but it seemed to be done decently and the Xtracrylix paints matched up nicely to the Xtradecal sheet (I would hope so!!). It's given me confidence in masking more difficult schemes in the future. I wonder just how much better the AZ Model version of these old Pavla moulds will be. . . . Cheers, Dave
  12. Time to throw my hat into the ring and actually make a decision as to what to build! I am going to build a Hasegawa F-104G as a CF-104 of the 1st Canadian Air Group which was based at Baden Sollingen in Germany. The aircraft I will be building is 104806 as it was painted during the NATO Tactical Air Meet at Ramstein from 20th June until 3rd July 1980, during this exercise the aircraft had a large letter C painted on the tail, and even more interesting colour wise the aircraft had a replacement starboard wing which was painted in a different camo scheme from the rest of the airframe (overall green as opposed to the dark green/grey over medium grey of the rest of the airframe). I will be using decals from Leading Edge 48-20 which has the markings I need for this aircraft and has resin parts for the RWR's carried by the Canadian CF-104's during this time. I shall post some pics of the kit and any goodies I decide to use soon. I won't be starting this kit for at least a couple of weeks until I can clear other builds off my bench so I thank you in advance for your patience and interest. Craig.
  13. I've had this one sitting around half finished for much too long. Finally I took the bit in my teeth, knuckled down and finished it. It's the Welsh Models kit straight out of the bag. The fuselage is the basic standard Welsh Convair 440/540 fuselage so the door outlines don't match the decals. I found that out too late. It's something I'll have to keep in mind when I do the 1/72 kit later on.
  14. Good Day All, i'm calling this "done" Started this project back in March and took my time at it but now she's finally complete. The DH.82c Tiger as she may have appeared in 1942 after rolling off the production line at DeHavilland Canada in Downsview (now part of Toronto) Ontario, Canada. She stayed in Canada her whole life (including some 25 years in storage) and is currently flying with/at The Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum in Hamilton, Ontario Canada. Here's what was done to get it as close as I could to a DH.82c: Canopy (vac formed), prop (metal), and engine (metal) are via John at Aeroclub (THANKS JOHN !!) - the Gipsy Major is quite nice on its own and I just added a few small wires/tube items to make it look a bit more "busy". Scratchbuilt the engine mount and supports using lead foil and thin wall micro brass tubing from Albion Alloys Scratchbuilt exhaust shroud.. again more micro brass tubing. Scratchbuilt elevator trim tabs from brass sheet Scratchbuilt replacement interplane struts also using the Albion Alloy stuff Scratchbuilt replacement landing gear struts (brass tube again) and moved the struts forward as per DH.82c Added plastic strip "canopy rails" Decals were a mix of Xtradecal roundels and ModelDecal numbers Paints were Xtracrylix Trainer Yellow and a mixture of Tamiya "blacks" (mostly used Nato Black). WIP build thread is located here: http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/234978628-first-wip-build-172-canadian-dehavilland-dh82c-from-airfixs-dh82a/ Overall, I'm happy with the result and time put in.... and I think, just my opinion mind you, it's a bit nicer than the Pavla kit Cheers, Dave P.S. Haven't decided if I'll leave the Airfix Airborne jeep there or not.. may move it and put a pilot there instead
  15. This is likely my first or second post here on Britmodeller, and it concerns an F-5 model that is already being built by a number of fine hobbyist's in this campaign. None-the-less, this is the most peaceful, relaxing, and enjoyable hobby I can think of, and I don't feel the duplication should bother anyone. I'm doing mine in the CAF lizard scheme as shown on the boxtop. I have a reference with a pair of decent color photos of that exact aircraft. So mine will be built OOB using the kit decals. Here the prerequsite photos: I'm starting the model this evening, so progress photos should be forthcoming soon. I've been lurking for quite awhile, admiring the outstanding modelling skills of those who frequent this forum. I certainly hope I can hold my ground in the face of the skilled workmanship I see throughout this forum. Glad to be here. Guy
  16. Hey all I happened across a rather striking paint scheme on a CH-124 Sea King.... This dates from 1999 when the RCAF was celebrating its 75th Anniversary. This seems to be the only picture available of this particular Sea King. Does anyone know if there's ever been a decal sheet for these markings? Likewise, does anyone know of any other pictures? Regards ANS
  17. Hey All Today I give you Tamiya's 1/48 Mustang Mk III finished in the markings of 441 "Silver Fox" Squadron, RCAF. The inspiration for this build came after I found what I believe is the only picture of this particular aircraft. Most wartime Mustangs in British and Commonwealth service wore standard RAF Day Fighter Scheme, and as you can just make out in the background, so does at least one other plane in the squadron. This one, HB876, for whatever reason, does not have a speck of paint on the airframe aside from codes and roundels. It does not even sport the usual anti-glare panel present on most bare-metal aircraft. Whatever the reason, it makes for good modelling. The model was completed box stock, with only the addition of an Ultracast resin seat and Hussar resin wheels. She was painted with Vallejo Model Air Aluminium, with Tamiya Titanium Silver for the (steel?) panels around the exhaust. Decals came from a variety of sources with the squadron codes printed by yours truly. The eagle eyed (or even the mole-eyed) among you will notice that the real aircraft has a dorsal fillet, whereas my model does not. For whatever reason, this did not come to my attention until the painting was completed. Consider this an homage as opposed to an honest representation. Anyway, enjoy... Firstly the real HB876 Feedback welcome as always. Regards ANS
  18. Hey all When Avro Canada were conducting flight trials of the CF-105 Arrow they were supplied with an RCAF F-86 Sabre and a CF-100 Canuck as camera chase planes. The following picture would have been taken from the CF-100 and clearly shows the Sabre. Unfortunately the rear of the aircraft is not visible in the picture. Does anyone know the identity of this Sabre? Serial Number? Squadron? Anything would be of help, as I would very much like to model this particular aircraft. Regards
  19. Hey All Today I present to you a CH-118 Iroquois of 439 "Sabre-Tooth Tiger" Squadron. This particular scheme dates from 1994 when 439 Sqn were celebrating their 70th Anniversary. Enjoy... Firstly, the real aircraft... CH-118, No.118106 . . . . . . The Italeri Huey is actually a very nice kit; plenty of options and detail and a reasonable parts fit... that is until you get to the clear parts. The fit (or lack thereof) of the clear parts is just plain awful. Every window with the exception of the ones above the cockpit was too small for the opening it was supposed to go into. I'm talking at least 0.5mm all the way around. The side windows were replaced with clear acetate glued to the inside. The intent was to glue the kit windows to the acetate but after trying (and failing) on the small side windows, I elected to leave it as it was. If it were up to me, I would have the doors in the kit molded in clear. Like I said the rest of the kit is very well done, with lots of interior detail and different configurations of equipment and seating for whichever version you prefer. This Huey was painted with Pollyscale Reefer Yellow for no particular reason other than it was the closest bottle of yellow at the time. Vallejo Black mixed with a little flow improver was used to do the tiger stripes... that's right ladies and gentlemen, those stripes aren't decals they were painted by hand! The (anti-slip?) area on the top is Tamiya Medium Grey. The windows above the cockpit were tinted green with some Future mixed with green food colouring. The exhaust pipe was removed during assembly and replace with some aluminum tubing after painting was completed. Numbers, roundels and such came from Belchers Bits "Canadian Helicopters" decal sheet. The only aftermarket besides the decals was a set of Eduard Superfabric seatbelts. The inspiration for this build came from last month's issue of Scale Aviation Modeler Intl. which featured an incredible 1/35 Huey build (which I believe is here on Britmodeller somewhere). In the accompanying colour profiles was this striking scheme. It had to be done! I didn't bother to source decals, so I just dove in, took my time, and to be honest, I wasn't as hard as I expected. It was actually quite of relaxing. All in all, not bad for my first helicopter if I do say so myself. Regards
  20. My next entry in this group build is the MiniWing McDonnell CF-101 Voodoo, which actually is a re-release of an old FE-Resin kit. As usual, the kit comes in a cheap cardboard board with the only use of WordArt I've seen outside tacky flyers and parish newsletters: The fuselage is cast as a hefty single piece, though a piece of the tail was missing in the box (probably something wrong with the casting). The nose is a sepearate piece, probably because Miniwing also released an RF-101 with a different nose. The wings, nose and exhausts come on fairly inconvenient casting blocks, and it will be tricky to remove them cleanly. I will probably saw off a part of the casting block and file it off. Two vacuform canopies are provided, and I will need to break out a new scalpel blade for this. By the way, the tail's not warped as it seems in this picture, the fuselage isn't sitting perfectly flat. Strangely enough, only one seat is provided, and some pieces don't seem to have a place to be glued on to, like the two L-shaped blocks next to the part with the ventral strakes (just above the fuselage). Unless they're supposed to be seats. Instructions are a simple exploded view copyrighted to Erik Faustus, showing the kit's lineage. Confusingly, they indicate the jet intakes as separate parts but these weren't separate parts for neither the FE Resin nor this kit The kit offers two markings: a CF-101 from 409 Squadron and an all-black one (my choice) from 414 Squadron. The latter doesn't seem to be the EF-101 as the provided serial number is different from the EF-101's, and it's lacking an underfuselage pod and some bumps under the nose. I expect the decals, which are ALPS, to be awful, based on past experiences with decals from the same printer. Later Miniwing kits have their decals designed by JBr Decals. At the moment I'm trying to get off the wings, exhausts and nose from their casting blocks with a minimum of fuss while keeping their bases nice and flat. Hopefully it should be one of these 'goes-together-quickly-after-cleanup' kits.
  21. Hey All So *Spoiler Alert* I'm throwing together a what-if RCAF Mirage 2000, however, I can't rightly decide on what camouflage scheme to use. Seeing as how it was in competition against the F-18, using the CF-18 style low-viz camouflage would make sense, however, every real Mirage in the world has some sort of two/three tone scheme which makes me think that the CF-5 or CF-104 camouflage would look good. Any ideas? Regards ANS
  22. Hey All Keeping with the theme from by CF-14 Tomcat, I present the Revell 1/72 F/A-18F finished as a what-could-be CF-18 Super Hornet Here in Canada there has been a lot of controversy with regards to replacing our thirty plus year old fleet of F/A-18 "Legacy" Hornets. A similar problem faced by many other air forces around the world. With blatant disregard for established procedure, the Government and the Department of Defence announced that Canada would be acquiring the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter to replace the Hornets. This was done without tendering a formal competition, i.e, without doing a little browsing first, they just decided to buy the first thing they saw. In their infinite wisdom, they have since gone back on the decision. For more information I will direct you to check out "Gripen 4 Canada" or "Best Fighter for Canada" http://gripen4canada.blogspot.ca/ bestfighter4canada.blogspot.ca Personally, I am in favour of either the Saab Gripen or the Super Hornet. The F-35 is proof of concept of the old saying "Jack of all trades, Master of none" Anyway... on with the model . . . . . What can I say, the Revell /72 Super Hornet is a fantastic little gem. The fit is superb, the panel lines may be a little heavy for some, but I found them just right. The cockpit is a little sparse on detail with most coming from decals, however this didn't bother me as I shut the lid on all my canopies anyway. The only aftermarket additions were a set of True Details resin seats and of course the decals once again being the wonderful Canuck Models product. The weapons are a mixed bag of those from the kit, some from a Hasegawa weapons set, and an Academy F-18. The model was painted with Vallejo Light Ghost Grey Primer as a general primer and as the lighter camouflage colour; the darker colour being Model Master Medium Grey. This particular aircraft is finished with the markings of 433 "Porcupine" Squadron in honour of their recent reactivation. For those of you wondering, I did the twin seater because I've always found that the twin seat cockpit and canopy fill out the long nose of the Hornet and looks more balanced than the single seaters. However, I may yet do one, only time will tell. Thanks for looking Regards, ANS
  23. I'm calling this one "done". I had started the Goblin back in early 2014 - likely somewhere between February and March. It started out to quite simple. Fit was decent, not a lot of filler needed for the fuselage or lower wings; and then came the interplane struts which began my slow decline into insanity. I put the kit aside for the rest of the year. Then I made myself a resolution: any kits that I had started in 2014 or prior that I still had (i.e. that were not tossed into the bin) would be finished before starting any "new" kit. This helps keep my better half happy because I'm not only not creating more clutter by adding to the "I'll get to it when I get to it" pile but also it should help the budget - no new kits being purchased because I'm busy with the current stash. So here it is - first one of 2015. The port wing is just "not right" - but it's close enough that I would call this "done" (as opposed to "finished" :D ) - the aforementioned interplane strut didn't have the correct angle so both the upper and lower wings are a bit askew on the starboard side. The rest of the kit though, well, it ain't half bad in my opinion Cheers, Dave
  24. Hey All Today I present Academy's 1/72 F-14A Tomcat finished as a what-if CF-14 of the Canadian Armed Forces. In the late 1970s the Department of Defence was looking for a replacement for the CF-101 Voodoos and CF-104 Starfighters that were starting to show their age. The aircraft that made the short list were the Panavia Tornado, F-16 Fighting Falcon, F-15 Eagle, Mirage 2000, F/A-18 Hornet, and F-14 Tomcat. The list was eventually whittled down and the F/A-18 Hornet was chosen as the winner of the New Fighter Aircraft competition. Over 30 years later the Hornets are still going strong, but like the Voodoos before them, they too are soon do for replacement (a highly controversial and much debated topic). The F-14 was struck from the list as it was deemed too expensive in the numbers required; a conclusion the US Navy had already come to. According to some internet sources, Canada had offered to purchase the Iranian Air Force's fleet of F-14As for a bargain-basement price after the post-revolution US arms embargo had left them grounded. Due to political reasons the offer was declined. Whether this is true or simply hearsay, I don't know, but what I do know is that it makes for good modelling inspiration. I give you Tomcat "123" of 441 Squadron, Canadian Forces Air Command (Didn't have enough zeroes to do "100" ) The Academy F-14 is a pretty nice kit. The build is relatively straight-forward with the only problems being at the nose to rear fuselage join. Panel lines are sharp and deep enough to hold a wash well, except around the nose where they are a little soft. The cockpit is not the most detailed but with the addition of some True Details seats looks presentable under the canopy. With careful gluing the wings are still functional after assembly, but will scrape the paint off the wing surfaces, so are best glued in your favourite position. The AIM-54s are from the kit, with the Sparrows and Sidewinders coming from a Hasegawa weapons set. If I were to do this again, I would probably replace the forward AIM-54s with Sparrows so as not to hide the False Canopy. The model was painted with Model Master Light Ghost Grey and Medium Grey, these being the closest matches to the colours used in the CF-18's camouflage, with Gunship Grey used for the "False Canopy". Exhausts were done in Humbrol Metalcote Gunmetal, with a gentle spray of MM Jet Exhaust on the inside. Decals were from the excellent Canuck Model Products sheet "CF-18 Hornet - Symmetrical Scheme" to depict the aircraft as it would (may) have appeared in the early 1980s. Seriously, these are hands down the BEST decals I have ever used. Thanks for looking and keep on whiffing! Regards, ANS
  25. So this was posted to the RCAF Facebook page today: "Today in aviation history March 3, 1965 – RCAF Flight Lieutenant Kenneth Abraham Harvey, while flying an F-84F Thunderjet to Edmonton, Alberta, finds his engine vibrating. At length the engine fails. Rather than bail out and leave the aircraft to crash in a populated area, he carries out a safe landing. For this action he is awarded the Air Force Cross." Assuming this is true, has anyone heard about this before? If so, please share any additional information and/or pictures. Regards, ANS
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