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  1. Well with the KGV nearly done thought I would make a space ready for this one just received my Big ED set for this today courtesy of Starling Models but I have had the kit as loft insulation for a while beefy
  2. I have chosen this kit as, i think, it was the first non 1/72 model i ever built. I had always liked the bigger scale stuff after my Dad built me a 1/24 Airfix Spitfire kit, which had the motor for the prop. I could never save up enough for the 1/24 Airfix Hurricane so the Revell one was what i got. I remember back in the early 70's Revell had a large range of 1/32 scale aircraft kits - i always wanted the Beaufughter, and they all had great boxtop art. My Hurri graced my childhood bedroom ceiling for yeras until it got lost when we moved house in 1975. I recon the removal guys dropped the box and quietly hid the evidence rather than nicked it! I remember this model well as i had painted it only using dark earth for the upper camo due to the plastic being green (i won't do that this time) it probably looked a right state. So jump forward 20 odd years and Revell reissued the kit as part of their Classics range. I HAD to have one. Imagine my dissapointment when i found out it was a re-tooled one not the original as promised on the box! My plan is to do a OOTB build with a better paint job. Thees only one decal option and less than 50 parts so i should be finished by this time next week!! TFL Cheers Greg
  3. Finished after A bit of repair work after coming home and finding the nose wheel snapped off, but no matter. For your viewing pleasure today I humbly submit Revell's 1/48 F-86D Sabre Dog. 512th FIS,405th FIW Sembach AB Germany 1956. F-86D-NA, 52-10110 Col. M.J. Quirk CO. Corrected historical information thanks to Sabrejet. This was pretty much OOB with the exception of a panel in front of the instruments to add Counter weights to keep from being a tail sitter. AlcladII in various shades for the bare metal effect and an acrylic wash to highlight the panel lines. One noticeable correction I did make, again thanks to sabrejet was to add the fighters crew cheif back on the canopy where it belongs. THe kit supplied decals had the pilots name on both sides. I scanned the decals in and substituted the names then printed out on decal paper. Not a big deal for tying to make it accurate, besides it makes up for using the wrong intakes on the fuselage..OOPS... A face only a Mother could love It's been an enjoyable little romp. I hope you enjoy the pictures. Here's the link to the build. All comments, critiques and observations welcome. So until next time ,stay tuned for more, same bat time, same bat channel.
  4. Greetings, All - this is my debut, so please be gentle! After many years of messing about I decided to get serious and tackle the stash. First up is the Revell 1/32 Stuka which I understand is actually Hasegawa plastic. I used the Eduard Interior & Exterior PE, the Eduard masks, the HGW fabric seat belts and Quickboost resin (exhausts, propellor blades & machine gun barrels). The interior is a mini-project on its own and I discovered that (in this scale), some thicknesses of guitar strings do a very good job of resembling hoses and cables in terms of texture & bendability (new word). The exterior came together reasonably easily, with Vallejo's plastic putty used from time to time to make good my own clumsiness in jointing. I found the seating of the canopy pieces on the fuselage frames quite problematic, and fitting the rear-facing machine guns through the tiny opening while preserving the minute PE gun sights on the ends of the barrels tested the limits of my patience. I have always appreciated the look of the eastern front Luftwaffe aircraft that received field-applied "whitewash" which subsequently wore off. As a tip: this is a great way to ease into model building and painting as you have multiple opportunities to cover your mistakes! These two reference images describe the look I was going for: Because I was going to cover them up anyway, I used some old Xtracrylix paints for the upper surfaces (RLM70 & RLM71) and for the undersides. I find Xtracrylix quite tough to use as it ends up splotchy within 90-odd seconds of use and the only way forward is to regularly remove the airbrush's (Iwata Neo-CN) nozzle cap and clean up. I thinned the paints with Xtracrylix thinners, without which I find the paints unusable. After some hairspray and because I wanted a very fine misted-on mottled whitewash cost on the upper surfaces, I reached for the more reliable Tamiya acrylic flat white which went went on like a dream. Planning ahead saved the day here, as I had done a trial piece before and figured out that I could only do so much of the hairspray/white/wait/scrubbing at a time. The Revell decals scored a solid 3/10 (thick and clunky carrier film) - I will not use these again in a hurry unless there is no alternative. In hindsight, I would self-criticize the build by finding these opportunities for improvement: 1. I should have flattened the tires. 2. I should have got the aerial cable between the canopy and tail on, but I had already weakened the mast part by bending it so wasn't going to risk it. 3. I got the pitch of one the propellor blades wrong, but tried to hide it by orienting the offending blade downwards and therefore making it hopefully less visible. 4. Golden rule for yellow fuselage bands No. 1: never, never, never use the decal, and always paint it on instead, The bigger the decal, the greater the opportunity for disaster. 5. Golden rule for yellow fuselage bands No. 2: never, never, never try to paint yellow over a dark camouflage colour - it won't work unless you do at least 10-15 coats. Instead, pre-spray a white base under the yellow. Simple rules and I broke both of them, then had to take the long road to recover as best I could. The Revell kit is fantastic value for money with lots of detail and it kept me busy for many months. If I had to do it again, I would leave out the Eduard Exterior PE but still use the rest of the after-market goodies I threw at it.
  5. Hi, During lockdown, like most of us, I have made a few models, this gave me a change to hone my modelling skills and try my hand at modeling aircraft. Not my normal genre of model making, usual make restoration dioramas, figures & rust vehicles. I have put them all here, to save starting three individual threads. So here they are my three 1/32 Spitfires. Tamiya Revell - "Aces High" Revell MK. IXc clipped wing Stay safe Richard
  6. Hello all, This is my entry with a kit re-acquired from my son for whom it was bought as a Christmas gift at least 10 years ago just before he decided that he didn't like model making as much as Dad does!......ok got that of my chest.....he'll be back!!...guaranteed!!! Anyway the obligatory: Typical Revell box modified iaw standard modelling practice, I'm sure this keeps me under the 25% rule. I've chosen 'Grogs the Shot' from the two choices in the kit. Decals look good. General plastic contents; some nicely molded parts (the clear parts do look quite nice) and some outright poor renditions of others such as the wheels/tyres so some replacement details are ready and waiting and some more on the way. I will be addressing the outer wing dihedral using the, take your life in your hand as well as a razor saw to the top wing section approach a 'la Brett Green. I'll also see about a minor adjustment to the engine air intake shape/profile but haven't decided on which way to go yet. Hopefully I will be able to display it along with the Airfix RAF Bomber resupply set or at least some of it using the same display base as I did for my B17 build. Still a week to go... Cheers, Mark.
  7. This will be my second build, it has been started with only interior painting and cockpit assembly commenced.
  8. Finally finished my Hunter T7 in 1/72. It's the well-known Revell FGA9 mated to a PJ Productions nose and tailpipe. Not an inconsiderable amount of work but enjoyable for the most part. A moment of slight frustration came when I dropped it whilst priming, and the port wing came off as well as the tailpipe. But no harm done and it went back together OK. I thought that the PJ Productions nose was a tad short so I lenghthened it a by about 1.5mm, which added to the workload. The hardest bit was getting the windscreen to fit but it looks OK I think. This was helped by raising the sill line around the cockpit a touch as I felt it looked too low in profile. Other chores included changing the vents in the fuselage to F4/T7 standard, and doing the same with the airbrake. One error that you might see in the photos: the script below the cockpit canopy "cut here for emergency rescue" was a three line stencil on the single seaters but only two lines for the T-bird. So I sliced up the Revell decal and reassembled it. I was quite proud of that, but only after it had dried did I notice that the word "emergency" is upside down. My eyesight must be failing...! I wanted to depict a Brawdy T7 from the early 1980s as I have fond memories of spending a week on the base in the last summer of Hunter operations, 1984. XL595 had the 79 Sqn markings which I remember well from that time, so I chose that as my reference. Some nice photos of the original can be found at: https://forums.airshows.co.uk/viewtopic.php?f=40&t=19868 Hope you like it: And here she is with her sister, my recently completed FR10: Justin
  9. This is Revell's 1/72 F/A18c Hornet. Built with no extras, though I did describe the panel lines. Painted with Vallejo Model Air. The kit went together really well with very little filler needed. I really enjoyed this build and would recommend it to anyone wanting a nice easy build of this particular aircraft. Look out for a Border Collie in one of the pictures.
  10. I wasn’t planning on doing this until after Christmas but it seemed to be calling me from it’s box under my desk! Indeed, I seem to have something of an aircraft factory going on with a 1/390 747 and a 1/72 Spitfire also at various stages of construction, although I will go straight to an RFI with those. So far I have filled the windows with Superfine Milliput, installed the cockpit window, glued the two fuselage halves, the wings and a few other tedious things such as the usual filling, sanding, priming... so, what do we have: Generated from my Apple iPad using tools.rackonly.com Two main sprues and a clear sprue containing the cockpit glazing and lights. Absolute ton of flash. Some of it so bad it’s hard to see where the flash ends and the molded part begins. With a lot of tedious cleanup I was ready to begin. Windows filled with Milliput. I rolled up some sausages and pushed them through from the inside. Once cured for an hour I sliced them flush and then sanded further once the Milliput had dried fully overnight. Generated from my Apple iPad using tools.rackonly.com With that done it was all glued together with some weight in the front courtesy of some bolts. There was a bit of misalignment in the top part of the fuselage but with a bit of manipulation and gluing in parts with Tamiya Extra Thin I got it close. Scraping and sanding and a touch of filler has got it nearly right but I’ll need to do a bit more work including rescribing. Thankfully, I now have a tool for that! Next post will show how she is so far...
  11. Some nearly finished kits that I had lying around for ages, waiting for those final details to be added. I call them completed, for now.. Enjoy! Cheers, Luka
  12. Time to bite the bullet. Back in May I was asked by a friend of mine to build a Tonka for him. There was one on 56Sqn that he worked on regularly and that's the one he wants built, but could I actually do 2. 1 for him, 1 for someone else on the Sqn. "Not a problem" Said I. "What scale??" Errrrrrr. I'd like So big, Right, 1/48. Never having built that scale, this is going to be fun. I managed to track down 2 and was about to go extras shopping when the offer of the Eduard kit happened, so now, I have 3 - 1 for me! So, here we go! The last Revell I build was their 1/72 Lancaster, and I was mighty disappointed, but I had been advised that this was a good kit (and fell within budget) and looking through the boxes, I was nicely impressed with the detail and mould quality  Starting with the seats, as you do. I was quite happy until I'd finished and looked into the Warpaint book (and the GR4 at Duxford) Great Reference - Working on the cockpit, going to be the kit one. and only the one done on day 1 (as I was off to play with the Southend Vulcan) I sanded down all the raised controls on the sides and screens, because I wanted the decals provided to sit flat. Sadly, I'm not great on the fine detail, so rather than muck it up. I decided onto a flat part would be better. Hopefully its not too bad;  I then couldn't resist adding the seats for a quick idea of how it would look (Still need to be de-blacked)
  13. This will be my entry for the Lancaster STGB. I have a very personal link to the Lancaster and this aircraft in particular. My grandfather Thomas Benzie Forbes was the captain on this aircraft for one operation to Mulheim on 22 June 1943. LM321 went on to amass at least 69 operations (to my knowledge). My grandfather wasn't so lucky and tragically died on the return from an operation to Turin on 13 July 1943. My research is here - many thanks Tom.
  14. This is not the first kit I build. There were kit before this one. There are kits I build with my father, kits of Sukhois, airliners and flying boats of east german origin. I recall a mighty Tu-2 on my shelf. I reach back in my memory and remember a silver J-35 as the first kit I ever got in touch with I remember Polish Łoś bombers, Czapla reconaissance aircraft and badly designed Yak fighter kits. I remember a Matchbox Hawker Fury, the fist "western" kit i came in touch with. I am not even sure if I build all those kits or I let my father build them for me for the better part. I remember the first kits I build on my own during a stay in Canada : the Monogram SR-71, the Italeri F-15. I would love to rebuild them both, however these are not the stories to be told here. The story told here is that of Lady Jessie and the Rhino. Lady Jessie was the kit my dad got me as a gift after our familiy got reunited after a year of separation due to work assignments of my parents. This coincided with relocation to Germany where I could at last pursue the hobby "properly" and paint the aircraft using paints from the whole Revell range. Lady Jessie an A-4F Skyhawk from Revell was the kit I decided would be my first serious build. I was actually quite proud of the build at that time brushed with shiny enamel colours fully decaled it was my whole pride. And while the front wheel broke of several time and the strut got shorter and shorter each time the model is still with me (found not so long ago in the attic). Sice the tooth of time nagged on the build, with fading decals, and apparent shortcomings of my build at the age of ca. 14/15 I intended to rebuild Lady Jessie as soon as I returned to the hobby. Sadly I could not find any modern kits in this livery in my 1:72 scale. And then this GB comes along. With the sipulation to use the same, or closest kit. I knew what I had to do. Take a trip to the e-bay, and lo and behold there was ONE auction where my Lady Jessie was offered. Boxed as I rememberd it from 1990. I shall build a new Lady Jessie as I did then OOB. However I shall improve the build as best as I can I want to give the Lady the attention he deserves and let her beauty shine. And then there is the Rhino, the Phantom the second model i build after Lady Jessie As far as I remember (I was fixated on carrier borne aircraft then) This one I also found in the attic in a surprisingly good shape and while I didn't find the exact same kit I found something even better from Revell (Isn't it funny most British modellers started out with Airfix kits, German modellers with Revell, french Heller I guess and italian probably with Italeri). They recently reissued the same mold, but with an even more striking livery. So this will make my shelf. I hold this kit in the highest regards, as it allows a myriad of options not found on most of the other kits in this scale: Lowered flaps, open cockpit, extended (well, slightly) speed brakes. And while the panel lines are raised (and I am NOT rescribing), this is still the best 1:72 Phantom for me. And here a group picture of the beauty and the beast.
  15. Hey everyone In conjunction with my Gladiator build and hot on the heals of my 1/48 Eduard Spitfire (with a bit of resin thrown in) I will make a start on this... I have wanted to build a Phantom since I came back to modelling 10 years ago. Its aggressive lines are awesome and painted as an RAF bird I think they look particularly cool. I have a little AM in the way of quick boost Martin Baker Mk.7's and some resin rear view mirrors for the canopy's. I'll make a start on her a little later on today. Cheers Iain
  16. "WINTER 1983 - RECON" MiG-21F-13, Finnish Air Force, TiedLLv Kit: Revell MiG-21F-13 Fishbed C (#04346) Scale: 1/72 Aftermarket: Master pitot, Kuivalainen photo etch, Aires wheels, Quickboost nose intake, Galdecal recce pods, unknown decals (FaF roundels) Paints: Vallejo Model Color, Model Air & Metal Color Weathering: Flory Models Wash, Mig weathering Products Decent kit with some flaws & problem areas. Most can be corrected/improved but replacement wheels are a must, kit wheels don't even look like wheels. Scratch built display base. Built for Nordic GB. Build thread: Thanks for looking! Comments & constructive criticism welcomed
  17. Hello All, My next project is a Privateer. I'm using the Revell re-pop of the Matchbox kit. It's for a friend whose dad flew in one for the US Coastguard back in the 40s/50s, so there will be some light conversion to remove the armament. This will be a wheels-down desktop model (gonna need a bigger desk...), so I'm hoping to keep it simple and avoid AMS. For this post I'll kick off with the box, followed by the parts: Thanks for looking, Adrian
  18. As part of my effort to clear my backlog of started kits I have dug out my Matchbox Spitfire. I started this literaly decades ago, but didn’t get far. I have looked at it occasionally, but no action. Then I bought some Xtradecal decals for it, SAC MkIX undercarriage legs, MasterCasters interior, Master gun barrels. Finally I found out about the Grey Matter correction set for the nose, which of course I immediately ordered on a wim. Having now spent about ten times what the original kit cost, guilt has led me to this, my first WIP. It will not be a tutorial, I am not that good, it will not be a guide to the ultimate accurate Matchbox Spitfire, but posting about it will serve to prod me to get it built. With a little luck, at about the halfway point, somebody will announce a new accurate Mk 22/24 for you guys waiting for one. We will start with the nose, the Grey Matter nose is one seriously large accurate lump of resin. I may scratchbuild the u/c legs out of brass because even the SAC legs might fold under the weight! It also might be the first Spitfire build to need weight in the tail to prevent it becoming a nose sitter. You can see the difference with the kit item. The panel lines look much more to scale than the Matchbox lines-lol.
  19. Iron Maiden Aces High Spitfire Mk.II (07047) 1:32 Revell The Spitfire II was created when the early mark I Spitfire was fitted with the new 1,175 HP Merlin XII engine, but enough about that! In 1984 Iron Maiden released their fifth studio album "Powerslave". Track one on this album was "Aces High" with the lyrics being written from the view point of an RAF Battle Of Britain Pilot. The art work for this song features the bands mascot "Eddie the Head" in the cockpit of a Spitfire. Aces High would go on to be one of the bands most popular songs and would often feature as the opening song for concerts. The Kit This is a re-release of Revell's 2014 new tool kit with a new spure containing two "Eddie" figures and a new decal sheet. If building the kit with the seated "Eddie" at the controls then the first thing for the modeller to do is build that figure. Next up the cockpit for him to sit in is built up. and said Eddie can be placed in. After a few extra parts are included in the fuselage sides, and the tail wheel is added; the cockpit can be placed inside the fuselage and it closed up. Next up the wing are made up. There is one single lower, and left/right uppers. The main wheel wells must be placed inside the wings before the go together. They can now be added to the fuselage. The tailplanes and their control surfaces are now made up, and along with the rudder can be added to the fuselage. The ailerons are also added to the wings at this time., with the wing tips going on also. On the underside of the fuselage the underside part of the engine cowling completes that. Flaps can then be added either in the open or closed positions. On the underside of the wings the oil cooler and main radiator are added along with the centre line carb intake. The engine exhausts can then go on as well. Next up the main landing gear is constructed and added to the aircraft. The cockpit door goes on either open, or closed and the canopy is attached. Last up the prop is made up and placed on the front. Revell have also supplied a standing Eddie figure if you don't want to use the sitting one, or if you want to use both! Markings There are markings for the aircraft in the video and the aircraft for the stage show. These are printing in Italy by Cartograf so should pose no problems. Conclusion It's always good to see a Spitfire kit, even more so this one. Very Highly recommended if you are an Iron Maiden fan. Revell model kits are available from all good toy and model retailers. For further information visit or
  20. Evening All My track record for finishing models in recent years and especially in group builds hasn't been good, in fact I've done very little modelling for various reasons for the last couple of years. So now being cooped up for the next few weeks theres a small chance I might actually get some modelling done, and hopefully finish one. To assist in achieving this goal I've looked at my modelling habits and picked all the traits that are most likely to hinder progress in this aim and adopted all of them. 1) Instead of finishing off one of the many part completed projects I'm starting a new build 2) To prevent enthusiasm levels getting too high I've picked a subject area that I'm not particularly interested 3) As I've got a rather large stash I thought it best to purchase another model for the group build 4) To prevent AMS setting in too soon I didn't bother researching the kit and proceeded to buy the wrong mark 5) This wasn't too much of an issue as I got it at a bargain price due to a crushed box 6) Once I actually realised I'd got the wrong mark some research was inevitable, most changes needed should be easy to scratch, but I did need some different wheels 7) Looking for the different wheels inevitably lead to finding other aftermarket essentials costing 4 times the price of the half price kit I'd bought. 8 ) To justify the cost of all the extras more research was required to ensure this was all correctly applied as well 9) To ensure reduced available building time I put off starting the process above until after the group build start date 10) Amazingly after completing the above there's still a fair bit of the Group build time available (the Mustang group build followed a similar trajectory and got as far as 9) by the mid march end date) 11) To ensure I'm not lonely in isolation I've picked an identical subject with 2 stalled builds already in this group build @Whirly and @Hockeyboy76 (Just sayin, don't be offended, I rarely finish GB's anyway!) So, what am I building? My main interest is in RAF and RN subjects so the obvious group builds would have been the current Lancaster or In the Navy GB's. The chosen subject has a tenuous link to the RAF through the ETPS, but is firmly in the subject matter for this GB, being built and operated in or by Sweden. I already had the decals in the stash which I'd bought for some of the other subjects (unsurprisingly still unbuilt) So I then found a Revell Gripen D with a damaged box going for half price after the sale had been flagged up by someone here in the Bargains section, it found it's way into my basket and shortly thereafter into my model room. The box was crushed and torn But the contents were in excellent shape The clear sprue was lurking inside the box when the photo was taken in case you're looking for it. Shortly after getting the kit and digging out the decals it became obvious to me that I'd bought a D and the decal subject was a B What to do? The Italeri kit is a B, but judging by photo's of the kit on line it didn't quite have the finess of the Revell kit. The differences between B and D are relatively minor, so couold possibly ignored? No, not a chance, once seen they'd bug me. Most of them looked relatively straightforward to deal with but the early style wheels would be more difficult. I could beg a spare set from a Britmodeller that had upgraded an Italeri kit, or I could go aftermarket. No brainer really, blow the money you've saved on buying the wrong kit cheap on a nice set of aftermarket wheels And whilst you're shopping on the internet, you may as well save some more money on postage by spending a load on some more aftermarket, the ubiquitous Eduard set for the kit Which includes parts to detail the kit exhaust nozzle, so you don't really need an Aires resin exhaust, do you? And whilst looking at the kit parts the pitots look rather overscale and vulnerable so theyre best replaced with something in scale and relatively expensive (and probalby sitl vulnerable! So that's the intro, I was going to get into describing the modifications required to backdate the D to a B and a couple of others that seem to be unique to this airframe, but let's not rush things, I can do that tomorrow instead of doing some actual modelling...
  21. Hi guys, Fairey's oddball Rotodyne is all finished. I tried to build the type of model that possibly would have been seen at Fairey's trade shows. Adding the electric motors really presented no problems and gives a bit of realism to the model when it's powered up. I hope you all like this aeronautical trip down memory lane.
  22. I decided to join on the 11th hour, and since there is not so much time left I will be doing a double build of a Czech JAS-39 C and D with some interesting livery.
  23. On display in the Revell stand at the Nurnberg Toy Fair 2020. Revell is to release a new tool 1/48th Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird kit in 2021 (or later as Revell is not famous for the respect of such deadlines). Source: http://www.greenmats.club/forums/topic/6758-revell-1-sr-71-засветился-в-нюрнберге/ Source: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=2805402012855804&set=pb.100001580974587.-2207520000..&type=3&theater V.P.
  24. I've decided to take stock and finish some of the long term projects that I never got around to finishing. This will be the first, as it's almost there. It didn't work out quite the way I intended, because I had some paint mixed from the 1969 paint reference, which was supposed to be T5 Copper. I think it's a bit dark and closer to T7 Bronze, but I decided to stick with it. It was shelved when I came to apply the foil and the scalpel slipped, at which point I lost heart and put it away. Where it all went wrong. Those are the old pictures, from something like 15 years ago. I'll dig it out tomorrow and see how bad it looks.
  25. This is a genuine blast from the past and as CP30 in the first Star Wars film said, "I have a feeling I am going to regret this!" A Revell 2009 rebox of a very old kit, I plan to build it in flight with the rotor and props motorised to give that real prop blur look. I am going to keep it fairly simple, tinting out the windows and front glazing, so that I can concentrate and fitting the power system. Battery will be housed in the fuselage and will be accessed via the rear opening clam shell doors. I will be using brushless rc micro helicopter motors to power the beast, installation will be "make it up as I go along" sort of plan. So I will not be following the instructions which means I don't have to paint those crappy passenger figures! Wish me luck on this one guys I am going to need it.
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