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  1. I have wanted this ship ever since,my Dad serviced on her,and I went aboard her ,in the late 70's.I will not go into her history ,there is plenty of books and on the net.I will talk about the kit.Its not the same standard as Flyhawk or Orange hobby,but I don't care.I have added a lot of detail around the walk ways and added more detail to the bridge.All the boat decks are not wide enough and the ships boats are not correct. You will need two sets of decals ,the reason ,I will show when I down load the photo's.The photo etching is to the high stardard from Peter Hall. Ever since I received the kit I have been working on her.First had to add the stern deck.Interesting approach . I have not added that much detail in the stern ,looked at my other carriers and realised it was not worth it.
  2. A nice, chubby little fella built from a resin kit about 5 years ago. If you look carefully at it, you may notice that regarding its configuration, the FW A.16 has similarities with the bird-like -and much earlier- Etrich/Rumpler Taubes. The “V” planform tail and especially the “feathered” wings –in the “zanonia” seed style- were common to many designs of the time. That planes attempt to resemble birds should not surprise anybody. The A.16 is a chubby, stubby, stumpy particular kind of bird though. It could carry three passengers and provided a reliable service during its career. Planet Models used to be mostly known for its Luftwaffe 46 models, but lately, in a very fortunate and welcome change of direction, has been releasing interesting kits of civil German subjects of the Golden Age of Aviation. I congratulate Planet models on these recent subject choices (that include the Focke Wulf Fw19 Ente, Lockheed Air Express, Messerschmitt M.20, and many other beautiful planes). This particular kit has been already reviewed and built many times and you can easily find articles posted on the Net, so I won't be too exhaustive here regarding its presentation. I owe the pleasure of having and building this kit to the generosity and kindness of Jim Schubert, an Irregular Pugetian on the shores of the Sound, near Boingland. The kit came without transparencies or decals (which were donated to another modeler) but Jim kindly added a better, more accurate pair of white metal wheels from Aeroclub, plus a more accurate prop plus weight placard decals. For all that I thank Jim, forgive him, and grant him indulgence for all his modeling sins. At it: It took some time to remove the pouring blocks from the wing halves, and especially from the fuselage sides, where the lugs were strangely located and did not facilitate their removal at all. Planet kits are generally good, and this was also the case. Another reviewer mentioned that he got a wing root thicker than the other, and some misalignment in the fuselage. Not the case for my own sample, fortunately. As you know resin kits are produced in a sort of artisan way, so samples tend to vary. My kit could not escape, though, the occasional bubble and pinhole. Some of those were located in my sample in the rudder bar and pedals (which crumbled-down on me) and beneath a control horn that popped off too. Beware that some tiny holes on the wings close to the ailerons and not pinholes, but the exit points for the control cables. The casting web that holds the smaller parts was thick and not very easy to remove, but some areas of it were thinner and the parts separated more easily. As you can see in the photos I did not bother with the seats’ legs for which I can use styrene or metal rod instead of struggling to clean up those minute items. Beware that there are very tiny parts on that casting web, look for them and be careful separating them, especially some minute steps that are very easily overlooked. There were thick mold lines underneath the fuselage halves and a couple other parts that had to be removed and smoothed out. As it is always the case with resin kits, you should use a dust mask to avoid -while sanding and cleaning- the resin particles which are harmful. The instructions are indifferent and have the usual couple of dark/confusing spots; nothing you could not overcome paying a little attention, though. The decals –again, I did not get those since there were given to other modeler- cover one subject, a Lufthansa machine. If you feel tempted, like me, to branch out and do something different, beware that there were 4 subsequent variants of the A.16, and the kit caters for only one (“a”). The variants (a, b , c and d) had different noses, engines, lengths, fin/rudder and even different span in one case (the first machine). So be careful and check you references. I used home-made decals and did some research regarding the colors. I ended up using my own recipe for “Silbergrau”, in two tones: one for the general plane and a slightly darker hue –as per photos- for the cabin exterior, which in the original had wood panels; I employed black for the wing stripes and aluminum for the nose and wing tanks. I added a flowers vase and curtains to cheer-up the cabin. My main reference is the Jet&Prop publication on the type. You may also read John Stroud's more generic article in Aeroplane Monthly of Jan 1987. Much help was provided by the above-mentioned Jim Schubert, the Volkano Evil Genius Soenke Schulz and other equally-kind colleagues and fellow modelers. Heavy and not always practically-located pouring blocks Made my own transparencies: The flower vase (as usual, two made, one selected): Home-made decals: Also for the prop:
  3. From 2 years ago, an iconic French plane superbly kitted by a small manufacturer in what I consider one of the best casts I have ever seen. The level of detail, precision and research that this manufacturer put on this kit is undoubtedly up there with the best on the market. Honestly, I was in awe when I started to look at the parts and during the build. This is a jewel seldom seen in terms of sharpness and cast standards. I have also built from this manufacturer their remarkable DH88 Comet, Macchi MC72, Latecoere 28.3 and Caudron C.600 Aiglon.
  4. From 2 years ago, another toilet-equipped flying wonder. SBS' Latecoere 28 is a welcome addition to the slowly growing line of civil options provided by smaller (in size, but big in brains) manufacturers. SBS releases of the different versions of the DH88 racer and the Farman F.190 (and other subjects) are to commend in every sense. As said in the WIP article, you could build this kit as it is, but I decided to go a few extra yards to tweak it a bit and add some things. The "Comte de la Vaulx" (in honor of a FAI preeminent member), flown by Mermoz, realized the first commercial crossing of the South Atlantic and added a record for that to its existing numerous ones. The Late 28, part of the legend of "La Ligne", opened the South-American region to new horizons, and pioneered and heralded the future of commercial aviation for that part of the world. Names like Mermoz, Guillaumet, Saint Exupery and many others will grow to the stature of legends. In 1929 Saint-Exupéry was appointed director of the "Aeroposta Argentina ", a branch of the Aeropostale. I made for this kit a full interior (the manufacturer provides a full cockpit) with restroom and cabin equipment. If you are curious, go the to WIP link of this post, BUT it you really need to use the restroom, please note that the toilet discharges au plein air And now, images of the completed model (but why of why did I then photograph this model on grass instead of tarmac?)
  5. A build from 2 years ago that illustrates the few corrections needed to turn the first SBS Model kit release -that had some teething issues- into a nice and accurate model. Adjusting the SBS Latecoere 28.3 "Comte de la Vaulx" kit: (The completed by the way is posted here: This was as said SBS's first release, it caught the attention of a large number of modelers because of its great detail and accessories. Now SBS has released other kits, which are a paradigm of perfection, but this first release evidenced some first-steps problems, now fortunately over with in the models I mentioned (and happily built): their De Havilland DH88 Comet racer, Farman F.190 and Caudron C.600. I mulled over building the Late 28 first release a long time, knowing that to correct its flaws some work had to be done. Now, this is the work of love of the person that made the masters and the manufacturer that kitted it, it took them a lot of work and time and resources, so criticism is always a difficult endeavor because it may upset or sadden someone. The kit has some great points and a few shortcomings, and we are very grateful that these guys released a kit of such an important plane. You could build this kit as it is (I have seen several already built) and the flaws may show only to the trained eye and not the general public, but I just can't leave it in peace. Finally, I gave up to its appeal, redeeming qualities and the fact that it has South American connections. To the task at hand: Wing: The first and foremost, and most evident flaw is the kit's wing, which is a bit of a flattened and thick pancake. Whereas airfoils exhibit a curved surface, this wing has a large central area of the cord that is as flat as the Pampas where the Late 28.1s used to fly in Argentina. The leading edge is too thick and blunt. The trailing edge should have very subtle scalloping, clearly visible in photos. The ailerons show on photos as much ribbing as the wing, and the same trailing edge subtle scallops. I had to do some kind of drastic and extensive work (but not really difficult) to remedy those issues, you will see it bellow. Canopy: As the canopy's upper and aft portion is inextricably associated with the wing, it has to be modified too. Details: Some details are missing from this rendition of the Late 28 (but present on the SBS newer releases), most conspicuously: Control linkages to ailerons (horns and rigid linkages under the wing, two per aileron, ailerons were a two-part affair) Floats wire rigging Tailplanes' rigging Tail control cables Navigation lights and other smaller details. Nose: The nose of this kit earned some criticism. It may be a tad stumpy, but the Comte de la Vaulx seemed to have a shorter nose than other Late 28.3s anyway, as can be seen in photos, which show some slight shape variations too. I'll leave it as it is, since it is not a bad match to my photos. At some point I saw on a magazine a review of this kit (long ago) where the author stated that some person in France had a resin replacement nose. I tried for ages to get a hold on him (his website is the best example of an online dysfunctional labyrinth) and I never got a reply to my many emails sent at different times, neither did a couple other friends, so do not count much on that. The level of detail in general in this kit is superb, as in all SBS releases, if a little overstated on the flying surfaces and also on the floats. It has a multi-part cockpit (that lacks the rudder bars but has other minute detail) with defined relief and a number of gizmos, completed by an assortment of etched parts. The aft cabin (after the solid space where the tanks were) has no detail, but the door can be posed open (as well as the cockpit door) so most likely I'll be filling that up even with a restroom, the modeling delight and joy of many fellow builders) which is exactly opposed to the door, so temptation is big. One strange technical issue on this kit is the absolutely solid and massive resin pouring block to which the fuselage bottom is attached. This is not a big deal, it just takes a little time with the right tools to eliminate it, but is awkward and cumbersome. You will have to do the engraving (matching perhaps the side panel lines) of the panel lines once your fuselage bottom is ready and clean. Wing airfoil is inaccurate, has to be re-done. Here sanded to shape and top of canopy matched also with some careful sanding-down: Rib detail re-constructed: Subtle scallops added at T.E. as per original: Floats' relief made more subtle: Horns added: Fitting test. I wish I could day it was a dry-run. It wasn't : Added detail: Scratched beaching dolly:
  6. After the 1/48th kit (http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/234947699-148-grob-g103a-twin-astir-ii-acro-viking-t1-glider-resin-kit-by-heritage-aviation-released/), Heritage Aviation/Kits For Cash has just released a 1/72nd Grob 103A Twin Astir II Acro /Viking T.1 resin kit. Source: http://www.kitsforcash.com/grob-viking-air-cadet-glider-new-issue-grab-them-while-you-can-22308-p.asp RAF Air cadet Viking T.1: http://www.raf.mod.uk/equipment/vikingt1.cfm Source: http://forums.airshows.co.uk/viewtopic.php?f=9&p=162583 V.P.
  7. dov


    Hallo This model is from Planet 1/48. Resin kit. All interior was upgraded and improved. At this time, it was our very summit of modelling. Since Hannants sold them cheaper for whatever reason, we bought two land versions and two sea versions. Again my wife and me. We did again all four models. She was Greek and me was British (from Abukir in Egypt), ex Yugoslavian. Happy modelling
  8. rockpopandchips

    Borris the barbarian 55mm

    I thought it was about time I started to paint a few of my miniatures now and Borris was out he is first in line. I am pretty much at the beginning of the learning curve for these so any tips as you see me doing stupid things please let me know. I was hoping my very posh Rosemary&Co brushes would have arrived today but alas not, I will use my trusty GW and hobby craft cheepest, any excuse for my dodgy brush work. Here is my £2.50 AliExpress kit all stuck together, I'm quite impressed with it. And with a few more rocks made from the resin tabs and a bit of primer.
  9. I have never built a Resin kit and I have bought some from Russia. I have paid for them and have heard no more!!!!!!!! If and when these kits turn up I would like to have built a resin kit so this will be the first. I wonder if Moa has built one of these? Box and instructions. Decals. Kits bits still in their plastic bags. I will take some better shots when the parts are removed from the bags. Thanks for stopping by. Stephen
  10. After burning some midnight oil (and an early start today) I have finally completed the Welsh Models 1/144 scale ‘Bombardier Global Express 5000’ This model is my first resin kit and merely a semi scale representation of the real item, not an exhibition model so please don’t expect great things, however, as biz jets are a bit thin on the ground around here (an acquired taste perhaps?) I thought it’d be ok to add mine as a change from the usual warbirds. Despite my initial misgivings about the overall quality of the kit it has been a quick build, and to my eye looks quite attractive in its QATAR livery so was worth the frustration and effort involved. During the build I debated whether or not to add landing lights, nav lights etc, but decided as the overal detail on the kit was very sparse I’d be better off cutting my losses and only add a couple of very prominent details. To that end I drilled out the APU exhaust (although a simple decal is supplied for this in the kit), and made some upper & lower UHF aerials as these are quite prominent on the real thing, other than that it’s built straight out of the box. Finally, as the undercarriage was unusable I elected to use a Gemini Jets stand made for their 1/400 airliners and I think it suits this model quite well. Comments, good or bad, welcomed. Bill. P.S. WIP thread shows photos of the build.
  11. This was my first resin kit build. It was built for someone who had a brother that flew the type with the Royal Navy No, 892 NAS. The person gave a generous donation to two charities in return; the RN Association and RAFAC. Much appreciated. I have built resin cockpits and engines in the past but taking on a whole kit looked like an interesting challenge. There was nothing terrifying and I would certainly do it again. The parts are shown below, all of which needed the usual preparation and filling of a few bubble holes here and there. And the level of detail is pretty good, as is the case with resin. Included was a nice selection of PE parts, with cockpit panels pre-painted. These were by Eduard. CMR saw sense to include 2 cockpit canopies to allow for errors in cutting it out.
  12. Products of Metallic Details is in stock: 1/144 Detailing set for Airbus A319 Set contains photoetch parts for detailing the engines, fold chassis, sensors, winglets, wipers of the aircraft. Recommended for Revell kit. Detailing set for Tu-144 Set contains photoetch parts for detailing the exterior of the aircraft. Recommended for ICM kit. Detailing set for Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner Set contains photoetch parts for detailing the exterior of the aircraft. Recommended for Zvezda kit. 1/48 Detailing set for I-185 Photo etched parts. Recommended for kit: Ark Models Detailing set for Su-2 Photo etched parts. Recommended for kit: Zvezda Detailing set for Po-2/U2 Photo etched parts. Recommended for kit: ICM Air intake grilles for Su-27 Photo etched parts. Recommended for kit: Academy Detailing set for B-29 Resin & photo etched parts. 4 x Engine, 8 x Compressor exhaust, 2 x Landing gear bays. Recommended for kit: Revell/Monogram Detailing set for He-219 Photo etched parts. Recommended for kit: Tamiya Detailing set for Yak-9 Photo etched parts. Recommended for kit: Modelsvit Detailing set for Folland Gnat T.1 Photo etched parts. Recommended for kit: Airfix Ejection Seat K-36 D/DM Resin & photo etched parts. The set has 2 seats with the possibility to assemble the chairs in variants K-36D and K-36DM. These seats are installed on the aircraft such as the Su-27, MiG-29, Tu-160 etc. Detailing set for Po-2 mod. LNB/VS Resin & photo etched parts. The set contains 2 dashboards for the pilot and navigator for the aircraft Po-2 modifications LNB (light night bomber)and VS (Soviet Air Force plane connection). In addition, the kit contains parts for assembly and device for forming 2 spoked wheels with tires (original size 700x120 mm). Detailing set for Pe-2 Photo etched parts. Recommended for Zvezda kit. Set contains parts for detailing the interior and exterior of the aircraft. Czech hedgehog Kit contains photoetched and resin parts to build 1 Czech hedgehog. The base with the bolts/nuts has a fixture to bend. The thickness of the metal - 0.3 mm. The diameter of the bolt head, nut - 0,86 mm. The bolt is threaded on its end. Detailing set for B-29, flaps Photo etched parts. Recommended for Revell/Monogram kit. Set contains parts for detailing exterior of the aircraft. 2 sheets - 270*126 mm, 1 sheet - 270*70 mm Nose cone for Su-27 The nose cone for model aircraft Su-27 by Academy. Designed for correcting the shape of the nose cone. Nose cone for MiG-23 The nose cone for model aircraft MiG-23 by Trumpeter. Designed for correcting the shape of the nose cone. 1/72 FuG-200 Photo etched parts. Detailing set for Su-27 Photo etched parts. Recommended for kit: Zvezda Detailing set for T-50 PAK-FA Photo etched parts. Recommended for kit: Zvezda Detailing set for B-29 Resin & photo etched parts. 4 x Engine, 8x Compressor exhaust,2 x Landing gear bays. Recommended for kit: Academy Czech hedgehog Kit contains photoetched and resin parts to build 1 Czech hedgehog. 1/48 & 1/72 Machine gun sights Photo etched parts 1/35 Soviet tanks set 1 Photo etched parts. The universal set for Soviet tanks of the II World War (IS-1, IS-2, SU-100, ISU-152, T-34). Czech hedgehog Kit contains photoetched and resin parts to build 1 Czech hedgehog. The base with the bolts/nuts has a fixture to bend. The thickness of the metal - 0.3 mm. The diameter of the bolt head, nut - 0,86 mm. The bolt is threaded on its end. German grenades M39 and M24 Photo etched and resin parts. Kit contains 5 resin Eihandgranate M39, 5 resin Stielhandgranaten 24, 2 boxes to transport both types of grenades Soviet grenades F1 and RGD-5 Photo etched and resin parts. Kit contains 5 resin grenades F1, 5 resin grenades RGD-5, 4 resin capacity with UZRGM fuses, 2 boxes to transport both types of grenades (14*9 mm) Soon 1/48 B-24 Liberator. Engines Resin parts.4 x Engine Pratt & Whitney R-1830 Twin Wasp, 4 x Supercharger. Number of parts - 148. Recommended for Revell/Monogram kit.
  13. Tommygunn1972

    Diorama & resin advice needed please!

    Hi, I am currently working on a starwars diorama. I have two storm troopers from Bandai made up and in need of a little weathering but not much. I would like it to eventually look like the rogue one promo shots with the troopers wading through a tropical ocean. I have made up a base from MDF, covered in polyfiller and then sprinkled with sand and small pieces of gravel. It looks like this at the moment: My next steps are to paint the base, as I would like it a lot lighter than what it is now, and then pour epoxy, water clear resin after I have built up the sides with styrene to simulate the water. I have never used resin and I would be gutted if this went bad, so what should I worry about. Do I need to put a clear coat on the painted sand base? Will the acrylic paint or even the sand lift because of the Resin? I know I have to pour the Resin in stages and have researched a lot, but have realised I know nothing of how it will react with the other media. All ideas and advise welcome as always. Thanks for looking. Chris.
  14. Not my best effort, could not get the paintwork quite right and therefore could not fulfil the full potential of the kit
  15. I thought "I have too many unfinished projects, why not to start another one" and pulled ABM MDR-5 box out of vaults. The box content is shown here: The prototype: Don't worry, the mast with a windsock is not an integral part of the plane The interiour will be mostly invisible, except for the cockpit so I did not put much effort to detailing it This is a big boat, the wing is moulded as a single piece of resin and therefore quite heavy As mentioned before, because of large cockpit windows one should not neglect detailing it Wing and fin attached. There is another freshly started project on the forefront - PR-12 resin kit by AirKits
  16. Besides putting the finishing touches to the A-10 which is in the RFI Aircraft section I also finished this off today. A good day for finishing American subjects.
  17. Would you pay a premium for ready-to-use resin? Having had to clean a good number of blocks from some resin parts I purchased lately (add to that the precautions you have to take not to inhale the stuff), I was thinking that I would be ready to pay a premium for clean, ready-to-use resin parts. Would anyone else?
  18. Aeropoxy next 1/72nd resin kit will be a Piper PA-25-235 Pawnee - ref. ? Sources: https://aeropoxy.wordpress.com/2014/11/26/piper-pa-25-235-pawnee/ https://www.facebook.com/121276231237463/photos/a.122285194469900.12687.121276231237463/860569227308156/?type=1&theater V.P.
  19. Source: http://shop.strato.de/epages/180804.sf/de_DE/?ObjectPath=/Shops/180804/Products/73750 Aero Modell from Germany has just released 1/72nd Baade 152 resin kits. Baade 152: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Baade_152 - ref.73750 http://www.tom-modellbau.de/epages/180804.sf/de_DE/?ObjectPath=/Shops/180804/Products/73750 - ref.73751 http://www.tom-modellbau.de/epages/180804.sf/de_DE/?ObjectPath=/Shops/180804/Products/73751 V.P.
  20. Small Stuff (http://www.smallstuffmodels.com/) is to release a 1/72nd Polikarpov I-3 resin kit - ref.72003 Source: http://www.smallstuffmodels.com/2016/01/172I3WorkinProgress.html V.P.
  21. Model: Antares 1/48thMesserschmitt Me-262 V1 Paint: Model Master Metalizer Lacquer (Aluminium Buffing), Mr Hobby and Tamiya Acrylics, Rub’nBuff Silver Leaf Extras: Custom cast rear fuselage, CMK PE Instrument panel I built this as part of the Me-262 STGB using Antares 1/48thresin model. It should have been an OOB build and a simple straightforward build. Unfortunately there were issues with either the original casting or re-casting of the model that lead to issues with the main fuselage. This model is long out of production and after talking to the owner, it turns out the few remaining models have the same problem. Sorry these are not the best photos but basically the issue is where the two fuselage moulds meet, the top half has opened up and allowed the lower section to drop into it slightly during the re-casting process. Not a simple fix. I was left with either abandoning the project, try and reshape the affected sections (I did this with the front section, it wasn’t as bad as the rear), or remove the rear section and re-cast it. I did the latter. In the end it came out quite ok. Natural Metal Finishes (NMF) scare the out of me!!! This is the first one I’ve ever really attempted. I used just one paint for this, Model Master Metalizer Lacquer (Aluminium Buffing)and and played around with the effects you can achieve with it. I could find any real information on the actual finish of this aircraft so tried to go with a worked metal unfinished finish…if that makes sense. I just so loved the look of her without the jet pods, such a clean look, as someone mentioned she look just like a Swallow….or a Shark Swallow! Anyway do enjoy and thanks for looking. ….and finally “Alpha to Omega” (well not quite), it’s hard to believe there’s only 33 years difference between first flights of both of these aircraft (1941 and 1974)!
  22. Ok the idea for this build is a bit of a mash up of a couple of builds I have wanted to do, but didn’t the time or the motivation for at the time. One has been running around in one form or another in my mind for quite a while now. I have come close a couple of times to starting it, (a Ho-229 was to be the base for one) and I sort of did with the Turbo-Prop Arado, but it still wasn’t quite what I had in mind. I have two similar projects on the go but they're on the back burner for a bit. The second was that I have a Planet Models Ju-388J nightfighter (Jumo 213 version) sitting in the stash that I have been dying to build and have never had the excuse to. So after seeing the Ju-88 STGB I finally had the idea of how to killer two birds with one stone and bring these two ideas together! So the plan is…… If the war had stretched into 1946 we would have seen some interesting aircraft and technologies in service, especially so with radar technology advancing as quick as is was. By the end of the war we were already seeing the next generation of radar systems which operated in the Centimetre band, like the RAF’s H2S and US H2X radars and the German FuG-240 (Berlin) & FuG-244 (Bremen) units. A few of the Ju-88’s were fitted with the FuG-240 and it was found they recovered their original speed which had been lost with the earlier radar units and their large antennas/antlers! It would have been only to be a matter of time before the use of the FuG-240 (and later versions) would have been more widespread, with it being fitted to newer aircraft models as they became available. With the venerable Ju-88 reaching it’s peak in the Ju-388 family this aircraft would have been a prime candidate for the new radar system. Well that’s the plan, chop the nose off a 388 and fit a new nose, simple really, but……….. I want it to be as believable as possible and not too whiffy which will make it a bit harder. So this will be the base, Planet Models Ju-388J-3 with Jumo 213 engines, of cause I reserve the right to add lots of other stuff as I go along, it wouldn’t a normal build if I didn’t throw in heaps of extras! The 388 is actually quite a nice model the only thing that may give me issues is the wings, they are very slightly warped and getting the dihedral right will be fun! The nose is just a resin cast of the long radome version, it looks a bit better in my opinion than the shorter version. Well best to start by cutting off the nose, luckily there is a very convenient panel line to follow for this. Strangely enough this happens to be almost perfectly round which will make life much easier as we go to fit the nose. Ok first fit, it doesn’t look all the great, I’ll need to move it forward a bit. That’s looking a bit better, so I’m going to have to add a bit to get the profiles right, I have a plan for that! First I’ll make a ring using plastic card, working with plastic will make this part so much easier! Next to fill the gap I’m going to use plastic strip like so. I just keep adding rings till I get the right diameter. Then add a disk at the back the size I require and the first part is done, only a small amount of filler required for shaping. Ignoring the joint gap for the moment I now have to decide how I want the new nose to sit, sort of inline with the horizontal axis or a bit dropped down? I like the inline one as it looks good, but I have to remember the flying attitude of the 388 (and 88 for that matter) was slightly nose up, they didn’t fly truly level! So I may need to have it slightly drooped down so the antenna face would be lined up to the vertical axis. Have a look at how the antennas were mounted on 88’s and you’ll see what I mean. Well I’ve made a start, there’s only a couple of hours work (I needed a brake from the Ta-152 as I was getting annoyed with it!) and the project is a goer. I’ve actually done the filling of the nose now as well and it’s looking good! This won’t be a full time project, just something to work on when my other builds frustrate me and I need a break from them. I can’t promise I’ll be finished by Xmas either as I’m bound to do other mods on this as I go along. This should be an interesting build!
  23. What seems like an eternity the Bucc build is complete. WiP here. This is my rendition of a Buccaneer S2D of the FAA. The partially started Airfix kit was started some months ago, and came with the resin bomb bay fitted, some resin seats and lots of resin bits-n-bobs. The cockpit was scratch built as were the wheel bays and slipper tanks moved inboard to correct position to avoid wing fold. Refueling probe and pitot were replaced by those from Master. Painted with enamels from Colourcoats and finished off with kit decals. Not mt best but not my worst. Glad it's finished and it's time to move on. Thanks for looking. Stuart
  24. After lurking around the maritime section and admiring the many terrific builds on here, I'm finally going to join in and build donald campbell's 1967 final version of bluebird k7, its a resin kit in 1/43 scale, including a vac form canopy, some white metal parts and decent decal sheet, after doing a little initial research concerning the colour it has become apparent bluebird k7 in its many tweaked versions was repainted a few times in different hues of blue, the final ral, colour , (i hope it doesn't have to be an educated guess at the end) still eludes me, i understand the true colour of the final version is a well kept secret after reading through the rebuild of the actual recoverd k7, @ thebluebirdproject.com, here's some pictures of the kit, i'll mull over it until cosford at the weekend, to see what can be improved upon (ruined) cheers, Glynn