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  1. It's my first topic here, so let me introduce myself shortly: I'm a polish scale modeler. I've built models since I was a teenager and a member of a local modeling club. When I was 18/19 years old, I had to take a break due to lack of time. Almost 10 years later, my fiance gave me a birthday gift (airplane model - Lublin r.XIII ter), to recall myself how it was to be a modeler again It should’ve been one-time adventure, but obviously it was exactly the opposite. This Corsair is the third completed one from then. Previous two models were rather training ones, I had to recall myself all the techniques and honestly, I didn’t have a nice workbench tools or paints, besides little box with pile set, scalpel, and 3-4 paints. Now, my workbench has grown, I have lots of useful tools. I chose brush painting technique, to have more fun while working. I am aware of better quality performed by using airbrush, but to be honest, I am a brush fan and I won’t give it up for sure. My goal is to achieve such high painting quality as an airbrush. Before starting to build Corsair, I thought of showing my work at some small modeling exhibitions and share on the internet forums. I didn’t use any additional, bought parts or even canopy masks. I made them all by myself, for example: masks are made of masking tape. I am satisfied with the painting - layers are really thin, they didn’t hide panel lines. My brush didn’t leave streaks, because I used flat brush and paint thinner. However, I am not happy about paint chips and scratches. I chose wrong technique and even though I tried to fix this, but my efforts were pointless, because it looked worse. I need to focus on that. The orange strip on the fuselage is painted, not used from decals. I focused on engine, some photos are attached below. You are welcome to check out my work in progress gallery on my blog. It’s in polish (english version in progress), but you can see a lot of photos there: http://minihangar.online/warsztat-corsair-f4u-4-revell-172/ http://minihangar.online/warsztat-corsair-f4u-4-revell-172-cz-2/ http://minihangar.online/warsztat-corsair-f4u-4-revell-172-cz-3/ http://minihangar.online/warsztat-corsair-f4u-4-revell-172-cz-4/ http://minihangar.online/warsztat-corsair-f4u-4-revell-172-cz-5/ http://minihangar.online/warsztat-corsair-f4u-4-revell-172-cz-6/ http://minihangar.online/warsztat-corsair-f4u-4-revell-172-final/ And gallery: In progress:
  2. Star Wars: Solo – Han's Speeder (06769) 1:28 Revell Star Wars: Solo is the latest SW universe film tracing the younger years of smuggler Han Solo, and his hi-jinks before he hooked up with Ben Kenobi and Luke on Tatooine, which changed everyone's lives immensely. I've not seen this episode, but at some point Han gets chased by Imperial troops on Speeder bikes, who don't have the benefit of knowing how that turned out for them on Endor, but I can bet it doesn't end well for them. This is Han's personal ride, and I think I'm starting to spot a pattern. He doesn't maintain his gear well, or if he does he doesn't give a hoot about the cosmetic side of things, as this big blue speeder has panels missing, and bears an uncanny resemblance to a book, but with echoes of Luke's speeder from back on Tatooine, as well as the look of an American sedan car from the 70s. The Kit Revell have the license for Star Wars model kits in Europe and the West, and it's good to see them back in action after recent problems resulted in a new management as well as ownership of the company. Solo's raft of new ship and vehicle designs have been committed to plastic in the Build & Play range, which my Son is very fond of and he can still be found playing with the originals a couple of years later, with their original batteries still going strong. His eyes lit up when he saw these, so there's little doubt where they'll be going the minute I've finished with them. All three of the kits in the initial launch have standard-sized boxes, with plenty of card inserts packing out the parts to prevent scuffs from rattling around, and parts bagged in small numbers where appropriate. There are twenty nine parts in this kit, and it is surprisingly large, reminding me of the huge cars from 70s shows like Kojak and Starsky & Hutch that wallowed over bumps and round corners. Again, detail is quite good, and this one includes a Han figure, plus a trio of stickers for the asymmetric lining down the intact side of the vehicle. Construction begins with the lower hull, with two flaps installed to give it that "float" from the movie. The cockpit tub goes in next, and on top of that goes the silver lights & sound module, with F-16-style exhausts and clear inners that diffuse the blue glow of the LEDs. Open panels are added to the rear and right side, and the upper hull press-fits on top, with the instrument panel, steering yoke and more greeblies added to the rear. The entire left side of the hull is open to the atmosphere, and a silver insert slots in with the front end of the engine added. The nose is black, with a silver insert, and this clips onto the front of the hull, with another insert in the bonnet/hood, that Lego-style windscreen and a pair of Millennium Falcon-esque seats in the cab. Han is supplied with separate arms, one hand falling to the control yoke, the other to the centre console and he bears a passing resemblance to the real character. The odd asymmetric spoiler slots into a pair of holes in the hull, needing some bending to fit, then you remove the battery isolator and press the button at the rear of the centre console to access the sounds, which automatically activates the blue exhausts at the same time. The two sounds are start-up and running (reminiscent of Luke's speeder), and a general movement with blaster fire accompaniment that's difficult to give a better name. Conclusion I'm still not keen on the design of the prop that this model is based upon although I have to admit that it does look pretty handsom in that top pic of the complete model, but as a toy it's cracking! The fold-out floaters are a good idea, but bit prone to closing when you're handling the model, and younger kids might have trouble getting those stickers nice & straight, but with a modeller nearby to help out (that's you!) they should look just fine. Very highly recommended. Revell model kits are available from all good toy and model retailers. For further information visit or
  3. Star Wars Solo – Imperial Patrol Speeder 1:28 Revell Star Wars: Solo is the latest SW universe film tracing the younger years of smuggler Han Solo, and his hi-jinks before he hooked up with Ben Kenobi and Luke on Tatooine, which changed everyone's lives immensely. I've not seen this episode, but at some point Han gets chased by Imperial troops on Speeder bikes, who don't have the benefit of knowing how that turned out for them on Endor, but I can bet it doesn't end well for them. These Patrol Speeders are more of a sit-in than sit-on vehicle, although the controls seem broadly similar to those used by the Scout Troopers in Jedi. Their riders wear a blend of armour that includes accents from the Shore Troopers of Rogue One, and the familiar Stormtroopers from the original trilogy. The Kit Revell have the license for Star Wars model kits in Europe and the West, and it's good to see them back in action after recent problems resulted in a new management as well as ownership of the company. Solo's raft of new ship and vehicle designs have been committed to plastic in the Build & Play range, which my Son is very fond of and he can still be found playing with the originals a couple of years later, with their original batteries still going strong. His eyes lit up when he saw these, so there's little doubt where they'll be going the minute I've finished with them. All three of the kits in the initial launch have standard-sized boxes, with plenty of card inserts packing out the parts to prevent scuffs from rattling around, and parts bagged in small numbers where appropriate. This one has 40 parts split equally between two identical bikes, both of which have sound effect modules with two sounds at their heart. The figures are made from a flexible vinyl, and sit in a notch in the back of the speeder, with feet on open pedals, and hands on control grips, which they don't quite line up with. That probably won't bother the intended audience however, and they're close enough inboard not to notice. Construction is very simple, as the majority of the hull is already assembled around the electronics, with a small button disguised on the top. Two kick-stands are twisted into place, front & rear detail panels are pushed into their slots, and the seat is installed, leaving a small gap behind it, which is filled by the two rear cowling parts that are added next. Each side has two detail panels that allow some of the moulding underneath to show through, and are moulded in a slightly contrasting grey to accent the detail. The foot pedals and controls fit into holes in the sides, and a probe is fixed to the left of the hull in a large hole, which completes the bike. The rider has separate arms that are moulded with the chest and shoulder armour, which pushes into the front of the body, and is topped off by a head part, which makes it ready to play. Repeat that process for the other one, and then pull the little tabs out of the bottom to complete the circuit and set the 3 x LR44 batteries live and able to make sounds when you tap the button – which happens a lot during construction, just so you don't freak out the first time it happens. They're quite loud! The two sounds are startup and drive-away of the bike, plus a fusillade of blaster fire. Conclusion Marvellous! Two bikes to play with, or to chase poor old (mostly) innocent Han in his "Lego speeder" as I've taken to calling it. More on that shortly. Very highly recommended, and lots of fun! Revell model kits are available from all good toy and model retailers. For further information visit or
  4. Star Wars: Solo Millennium Falcon 1:164 Revell Star Wars is back again after the disquiet caused by new sequel trilogy film The Last Jedi, this time with an origin story of possibly the saga's most popular character, Han Solo, smuggler, ladies' man and all-round scruffy lookin' nerfherder, this time played by some young gentleman for obvious reasons. I've not seen Solo yet myself (things get in the way), but it's supposed to be another good film that's only occasionally corny, pleasing more of the fanbase than expected, especially after the negative press that it was receiving before release from the more vocal "fans". I'll hold my opinion until after I've seen it, but the toughest part will be wraming to the new guy, as Han Solo is Harrison Ford for me (should that be the other way round?). Some of the vehicles looked a bit odd when I first saw them, but this Lando Calrissian era Falcon kit has grown on me, and although I initially found it a bit weird-looking, I now quite like it. The Falcon's loading mandibles finally make sense with the addition of the cargo pod, and where there are open panels and greeblies all over the Star Wars era Falcon, this newer Falcon has the majority of them still in place, giving it a sleeker look, which is accentuated by the cleaner paintwork that hasn't yet acquired that lived-in, bodged-together patchwork texture and battle damage that we all know so well. The Kit Revell have the license for Star Wars model kits in Europe and the West, and it's good to see them back in action after recent problems resulted in a new management as well as ownership of the company. Solo's raft of new ship and vehicle designs have been committed to plastic in the Build & Play range, which my Son is very fond of and he can still be found playing with the originals a couple of years later, with their original batteries still going strong. His eyes lit up when he saw these, so there's little doubt where they'll be going the minute I've finished with them. All three of the kits in the initial launch have standard-sized boxes, with plenty of card inserts packing out the parts to prevent scuffs from rattling around, and parts bagged in small numbers where appropriate. There are only 21 parts, but detail is pretty good considering, even within the single part cockpit that could be painted up before installation if you're so minded. The scale is an odd one, but we have come to expect that from Revell who seem to have adopted the old "box scale" for these kits to an extent. That said, there was plenty of space in the box for a larger scale (say 1:144), but I guess they're not aiming this kit at the purists and modellers, but as the range already makes clear, the kits are designed for kids to build up in a few minutes (it took me less than 5), then play with for months or years with little chance of it falling to bits. When taken for what they are intended to be, I think they are awesome and my son would agree whole-heartedly! Building the kit is simple, and begins with the five gear legs that clip firmly into the lower hull along with the crew access ramp. The central gun port is next, with an insert for the faceted glazing, and just one solitary cannon for the operator to pew-pew-pew with. The cylindrical ports on the sides are fitted next, and the fun part that is the light and sound module slots into the aft portion of the lower hull, with perforations to allow the sounds to escape and two blue LEDs that light up the clear exhaust letterbox, which is fitted next after the cockpit part. The other gun emplacement and close-fitting dish are installed in the top hull, which is then pressed into the lower, and the canopy added. The cargo pod is two simple parts with nice detail in the rear, which clicks in and out of the mandibles with a friction fit holding it in place. The landing gear can be posed up or down, with small finger notches either side of the bays to allow little fingers to pull them down from their retracted position just proud of the surface of the hull – not accurate to the original, but it's a concession to the play aspect and totally understandable, as is the choice of more sturdy and robust plastic, plus design tweaks such as the top and bottom cannons being captive to their ring to save them from being bent and broken off. The lights are quite effective, and there are four sounds that play in sequence whenever the rearmost middle exhaust port is pressed, which are roughly translated, start-up, firing weapons, light drive/leaving the atmosphere (I'm not sure which), and another more staccato round of cannon fire. To the grown-up ear the cannon fire is obviously a short sample that is looped a few times, but kids just won't care and rightly so. Conclusion A cool addition to the Build & Play line-up, and one that will be popular with the kids, with enough detail to satisfy some modellers that can either live with the more play related features, or have the skills to make the alterations so it better reflects a model. Very highly recommended. Revell model kits are available from all good toy and model retailers. For further information visit or
  5. Morning all So I have ended up with 3 kits on the go at once, not planned this way just happened. I started with the Airfix ME262 for which I also have the Eduard etch set, started out promisingly but the more I have done the less enjoyable this one has become for several reasons, firstly the kit fit has not been up to the recent new tool standards, wings halves not mating correctly, wing to body and engine to wing fit... well I'm still working on that. As you can see from the pictures this one has taken more filler so far than the last 3 kits put together! IMGA0209 by neil Connor, on Flickr IMGA0211 by neil Connor, on Flickr IMGA0210 by neil Connor, on Flickr Because the Airfix kit was starting to get under my skin I started the Eduard Spitfire mk9, this is a Profipack so no after market needed but I picked up some Techmod decals for Israeli and Egyptian aircraft, this is a fantastic kit, extremely detailed and overly complicated. IMGA0207 by neil Connor, on Flickr IMGA0212 by neil Connor, on Flickr This one although going together nicely, does not lend itself for a quick build so I started a third kit. This being Revell P47 Thunderbolt 2013 rebox from 1990's moulds from what I can work out, So far I have spent maybe 60 minutes on this one so far and have been surprised how good the fit and detail is for such an old kit. Better than the new tool ME262? we'll see as I get further into it. IMGA0208 by neil Connor, on Flickr IMGA0213 by neil Connor, on Flickr The only disappointment so far is the box art shows the aircraft with bombs and centre line fuel tank but the kit has 10 rocket and P38 fuel tanks on the wings, I may have to find replacements.
  6. Good afternoon everyone! I think it's time I stepped into the breach and had a crack at this group build that I had promised to get involved with quite a while ago. So, what will I be building? I'll be having a go at the 1:32 Revell Tornado GR.1 kit that I picked up from Telford last year, hopefully in a raspberry ripple scheme used by the Royal Aircraft Establishment (the Tornado in question being ZA326 currently at Bruntingthorpe). Hang on a minute, you might be thinking, RAE is not part of the RAF and therefore ineligible for this group build! Well, I fully admit that this would ordinarily be the case, this build will be dedicated to JARTS (JARTS standing for the Joint Aircraft Recovery and Transportation Squadron) which "assisted with the dismantling and reassembling of the aircraft for road transportation" of ZA326. (Source) To further reflect the relation to JARTS, I'll be building ZA326 in a similar state to its current situation with multiple panels removed and/or left open. And finally to distance the aircraft from RAE, I will be painting/decalling ZA326 in its current scheme at Bruntinghthorpe (IE: without the RAE lettering and crest seen during service). -Pictures will soon follow as I commence the build. Thanks for dropping by! Best wishes, Sam
  7. I wasn’t originally intending to document this build, but following a brief exchange in the Maritime Discussion section of the forum I have decided that I should share my trials and tribulations with this kit. Unlike my other build posts I am starting this part way through my build so there are no photographs of the box, instructions or sprue. So for the pre- amble; I was given this kit of HMS Invincible as a birthday present and it has been in languishing in my stash for a good few years along with the White Ensign PE set which I bought to go with it. Revell no longer make this kit but it is still available through Dragon along with Illustrious and Ark Royal in later guises. I have elected to depict Invincible as she was prior to the Falklands war because I have a soft spot for the blue/white colour scheme of the Sea Harriers. It is my intention to keep to the original kit as much as possible but there will be one or two minor tweeks to the kit but nothing on the scale of Bootneck’s Victorious model so this should be quite a straight forward build. As I have already mentioned I have made a start by gluing the hull components together and converting the model to waterline in common with my other ship models. This was a relatively simple evolution as the kit has a moulded line for a guide. The fo’c’sle part needed a bit of filling to mould it into the shape of hull but on the whole the parts fitted together nicely. This is the point where the modifications to the kit start. There are openings in the “garden wall” that surrounds the fo’c’sle that need to be cut out. These are for the fairleads for the fo’c’stle mooring equipment. The fairleads themselves (which I have not fitted yet) are included on the PE fret. I am using a set of Jecobin plans for reference along with a number of books I had picked up along the way. Sticking with the hull (if you excuse the pun); I have removed the moulded on markings on the flightdeck. However it is important to remember the locations of the aircraft lifts, and so I scored the positions around a template. I was tempted at cutting out a lift and depict an aircraft being moved from the hangar to the flightdeck but thought better of it in the end as it didn’t fit with the minor tweek philosophy. Next steps for the hull will be to paint the flightdeck and start the fitting the photoetch grills and details for the cut outs. Thanks for looking.
  8. Hello! Now that I have just about finished building the first subject in my personal 100 Group project, I've decided it's time to move on to the second subject, before I get distracted (say by that B-17 STGB that's coming up later this year). For those that might be interested, here's the Wellington thread: This time I'm tackling Revell's 1/72 Halifax III kit, with the intent of building MZ913 "Jane". This is a not uncommon subject for modellers and appears in many publications; I'm sure the scantily clad lady on the front has nothing to do with that. MZ913 was delivered to 462 Squadron in August 1944, apparently, but other sources indicate that it first flew operationally in January 1945. The intervening period may quite possibly have been taken up with converting the airframe to use the Airborne Cigar (ABC) radar jamming equipment that 462 Sqn operated after it transferred in 100 Group. I've had the pleasure of building the Revell Merlin-engined Halifax kit about six years or so ago, but I can't recall many positive or negative features of the build other than the widely excoriated fat nacelles, which obviously aren't going to be an issue on this Hercules powered bird. In any case, I'm no Halifax expert, and from what I've seen, the final result looks like a Halifax. Building OOB isn't really an option as the ABC apparatus means there are three large aerials on the fuselage, which I'll scratchbuild. Profiles and photos of Jane indicate that a host of other ECM equipment was fitted: Piperack, Carpet, Monica, plus some slightly mysterious (to me) hemispherical bumps on the bomb bay doors, which I've seen described as being for rotating antennae. Decals for the markings and art will come from the DK Decals 100 Group sheet, and I've also acquired an Eduard etch set to jazz up the wheel wells and a few other external areas. I've done virtually no scratch building before, so this might be a bit of an adventure for me. I hope it won't take quite as long as the eighteen month Wellington build, but I know myself too well to believe that I'll be able to focus just on this build for any more than a couple of weeks; it's very likely that I'll put Jane aside now and then to dally with something else. The thread title, by the way, is shamelessly taken from a history of 462 Sqn, though sadly I don't possess a copy. I'm sure it reflects the hopes of the many brave men that flew in Jane. Before I go, let me post some photos of the real thing, both courtesy of the Australian War Memorial. Thanks for reading!
  9. Lifeline

    Twin Phantom

    Hi.. This year mark Phantom's 60th Anniversary, a local modelling group here organize a Phantom Group Build. And since I have several in my stash, and this GB start right in my off-shore work schedule, obviously I'm obliged to join up. I start with these two 1/72 Phantom; Fujimi (Fgr.1, with Raspberry Ripple Scheme and 25th Anniversary marking) and Revell (JG.71 "Richtofen" Anniversary marking). The build started as soon I arrived and set in my usual "off shore work bench", with the F-4F got the first cut, filled the injection marks. I learned that one of the (apparently, many) flaws of the Revell was in the cockpit area. The Ejection seat mas set too low, I add several stack of evergreen strips I have with me. This made the instrument panel seated lower, So I hack out the kit's, made a new one using the strips, and glued the kit's instrument panel to keep with the original detail. Added some tiny detail to the other parts of the cockpit (wiring from the WSO's instrument panel, circuit breaker panel on the WSO's cockpit) I really not much of a Phantom Phreaks like many of you guys, and I don't have many references lying around here so.. any comments / reference are welcome.. Cheers, Mario
  10. Has anyone had any experience with the MDC Spitfire I spinner for the recentish Revell Spitfire IIa 1.32 kit? I read somewhere that one person found it a trifle too small for the spinner hub, and I was hoping that was an isolated incident, but I thought it would be more fun to find out before buying it. Any information you have is most appreciated!
  11. More or less in a month, I´ll be having my Winter recess (after an exam in which I don´t have anything to study from aside for a bunch of schemes thrown out there without any words), and from the seven kits I have on my stash, I picked this one to become sixth build. The model itself is over 40 years old, from the now gone Frog. It doesn´t have much flash, but it does have some moulding defects, and the propeller was designed to turn to the wrong way. The kit comes with only one decal option, Green 9, Willi Reschke´s aircraft. I saw on a video build for this aircraft that the only area with gaps will be the wing/fuselage join, so I may use filler on said gaps (I don´t want to use any, to preserve the panel lines).
  12. I received this kit from a modelling friend who got it from someone else too. It was already started,although in very bad condition.It must have been started some 20+ years ago with some parts already glued and terribly painted. My friend was unsure what to do with it,so he gave it to me,hoping that I might have some use for it,being as a parts donator for my other DC-10s. I thought I try to save it and repaint and finish the build.But as the Revell kit has its issues,I tried to correct some areas and enhance the overall look of the kit. Changes / corrections I made; - Correcting the nose,cockpit area - Rework the engines ( extending the mountings and rework the intakes and exhausts) - adding the APU - extend the wingbox to match the DC-10-30 (kit is more a DC-10-10) - lowering the slats like they were when the DC-10 was on the ground It took quite a while to get all as it should be,the wingbox was the most time consuming area. The decals come from 26,NAZCA and Authentic airliners. I am not completely satisfied with the outcome but it was a good exercise for my other Revell DC-10s I might do a WIP on my next Revell DC-10 to show the conversions Enjoy,
  13. 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...
  14. bar side

    Tornado F.3

    I had been looking at getting a 1/48 Tornado F.3 kit when Revell released theirs. Not usually one to go for new kits I thought I would give it a go. Some Amazon birthday vouchers got me on my way and today I would call her nearly done. No weapon load out yet, and about 300 No Step decals still left, but the sunshine was too good to resist. And the aircraft herself. Many thanks to @MADMUSKY for the 23 Sqn eagles to change her from the Revell special tail to regular EZ Thanks for looking
  15. Tony Whittingham

    Diamond Hunter

    Hello all, I've been away a long time, and this is the first time this Hunter has seen the light of day on Britmodeller. This is a 1/32 Revell Hunter F.6, with the Xtradecal Black Arrows roundels applied, and hand cut cheat lines to get S/L Brian Mercer's first mount as a Blue Diamond. Paint used was Testors Blue Angels Blue, the closest I could get to the specified colour. I used the squadron emblem from the kit, as I could not find one with a green cobra that fit. as soon as I find one, I will replace it. Next one up to complete a set of aerobatic team Large Bore (Avon 200) Hunters is the Swiss Team. looking for ward to your thoughts on the build. TW
  16. Morning all! Well, my second topic for this fine forum....A friend of mine has commissioned me to build him a BAe Hawk T.1 as part of his on going projects for his artist page. https://www.facebook.com/mrlongtheartist/ I've previously built a 1:32 scale Mk.IIb Spit for him, which features in his piece "with the sun at my back" as reference points for him. In his next project, the BAe Hawk is the subject of choice, and here is the build log for it.... DSC_1179 DSC_1180 A decent full colour instruction manual DSC_1181 DSC_1183 Decal sheet is nice and thick, especially the white markings DSC_1182 Red Sprue's to hopefully help with the final paint of Tamiya TS-49, there's a bit of flash from themould, but generally its a good level of details for a 1:72 scale kit. DSC_1184 My only concern is the det cords for the canopy...my thinking is to apply a gentle wash of white so that the paint recess into the det-cord sections and then wipe away the excess paint whilst it is still wet. The cockpit goes together fairly quickly, and I've decided to try and paint the detail into the dials DSC_1186 Seats are up next, lots of detail on them as well. DSC_1185 thoughts / comments are all welcomed
  17. Hi, My name is Richie and I love the smell of burnt kerosene. Having spent many hours watching the real deal with a very good friend of mine and to celebrate his 50th, I thought I'd try to emulate the superb results on this site and build a model from a unit at his local airbase, Lakenheath. As way of background I suffer from: a - an over-ambitious build programme that would require the invention of time travel to complete my collection. b - a lack of resistance to nice new shiny decals (that adds to the first issue). c - an inability to recognise that OOB is just fine in most cases. d - the view that 50 Shades of Grey is the epitome of panel weathering. e - a lack of sufficient minutes in the day to fit everything in (work, family, plastic fettling etc) I am also an Optimistic 80%er. By that I mean I will endeavour to add detail/changes when it makes a noticeable difference but lack of skills / patience may ultimately limit my AMS ambition to a level of ‘Good Enough’. And so to the challenge, a 1/48 Revell F-15E. This is going to be mostly out of the box with a few embellishments along the way. In addition, I though I'd put her in flight (not literally of course) and light her up. Unfortunately this wont be a quick and dirty build (well probably dirty). Very happy for comments, suggestions, advice etc but don’t be offended if I do something different or not quite true to life, as they say art is in the eye of the beholder. Steve, happy 50th birthday and this ones for you! Game on.
  18. Kiwikitbasher

    Revell M60A3 (1/72)

    This vehicle building malarky over the past 4 weeks is getting me quite hooked. My last vehicle prior to my recent MAZ-543 TEAL & SCUD-B and M50 Super Sherman was a WWI Schneider CA.1 I built in November 2105: http://www.tapatalk.com/groups/missinglynx/schneider-ca-1-1-72-wespe-retrokit-t165831.html Since then I've only been building my usual fare of 1/72 aircraft. I decided my next vehicle build would be something I had a detail set for to cut down on scratch-building. I had a Hauler detail set for the Revell M60 i was sent to review along with the usual haul of aircraft subjects I was reviewing on a regular basis for HyperScale. The set has some parts so small it's just sick, so I accepted the challenge as there were few dollars at risk. I felt the hardest part would be to cut away the track guard stays and replace them with PE items. This was because they were moulded so closely to other parts of the hull and surrounding detail. I cut all four from one side with reasonable success, only to find that Hauler's very small instruction sheet was a bit confusing, and one PE stay had the lightening holes so closely etched to the edge that it got damage removing it from the fret. Fortunately, this stay is the least visible of the four. I eventually got the stays in place, along with an open-farmed box that surrounds a light as far as I can tell on a box mounted on the track-guard. The results aren't too pretty in the photos but I think they will be OK... I was about to do the other side when I realised there was no point in doing so until I tackled the kit's turret basket. Revell has done a good job engineering the styrene parts for this, but tooling limitations have meant it is unavoidably over-scale in appearance. So improving this became the new make or break. But before proceeding, I needed to do something about the turret's smooth surface as photos show its cast texture is evident. I did this by painting on liquid cement and stippling with a stiff paintbrush. I contemplated thinning all of the kit's turret basket parts down but decided this was probably too hard to do successfully, although now I'm not so sure if I had cut the bottom of the basket into three separate rails. Anyway, I decided to thin the kit's basket rail support brackets and make the rails from wire. The result has a more scale appearance, but due to my lack of skill the basket rails are a bit bent and bowed in places, so mine has had a much harder service life than most! The Hauler mesh inserts for the basket were now effectively a little undersized for the basket because the wire rails were much thinner than the kit's plastic ones, which meant I ended up with gaps where the mesh meets the turret and between the mesh of the basket floor and the back face of the basket. I shall hide these gaps with stowage of various kinds. The next job for the turret is to replace the overly thick hand/stowage rails with wire ones and make a wire hawser to replace the moulded plastic item. Then it's back to the hull and track-guard stays and various other details, plus I need to decide on a nationality to represent. My boxing offers Egyptian, US and Greek markings.
  19. johnny akes

    Fw190 F-8

    This last one is a side-by-side with my earlier Hasegawa A-8: Regards J.A.
  20. Beard

    B-25J gunship

    I've been admiring this Group Build from afar and, as I only have two kits I progress at the moment, have decided to join in. I usually build single-engined RAF or FAA aircraft, although I have several B-25s in the stash, so this will be a departure from my comfort zone. I dug these two from the stash: My preference would be to do the Italaeri one, because it has an RAF option and is rendered obsolete by the new Airfix one, but the transfers are yellowed so I decided to do the Revigawa one. Anyway, I've made a start. Interior painted with Humbrol 226: Some Humbrol 33 to undercoat the wheels and engines: Thanks for looking. PS. I've stuck the Italaeri transfers to the Helix window in the loft, in the hope sunlight can work it's magic, but I'll probably (for probably, read certainly) be buying the DK Decals sheet.
  21. Revell is to release in November 2016 a new tool 1/32nd Boeing F/A-18E Super Hornet kit - ref.04994 What's wrong with the Trumpeter's 1/32nd Super Hornet? Followed or not in 2017-2018 by two seats 1/32nd Boeing F/A-18F Super Hornet and EA-18G Growler? Source: http://www.plastik-modellbau.org/blog/revell-neuheiten-2016/2016/ V.P.
  22. Hi everyone, More of a 'what might have been' than 'what if'. In the mid 2000’s in the Republic of Ireland, consolidation of aircraft and responsibilities led to a competition to replace the Air Corps’ 40-year-old Alouettes in the Army liaison role with a new, larger utility type helicopter that could also fulfill a Medium lift role. The competing types for the order were the proven Sikorsky Blackhawk, the Eurocopter Cougar and the Agusta-Bell (now Agusta Westland) AB139 which was originally designed as a civilian machine and at that time had no military users. From what I’ve read, the Irish Air Corps and Army’s preference was the Blackhawk - which members of our Forces (particularly our Ranger Spec Ops Wing), were familiar with having being part of the UN operation in East Timor with Australian Blackhawks and also while on training ops in the US. The Blackhawk’s service record worldwide was regarded as being better than the Cougar. There were also reports that Sikorsky offered a very good deal to the Irish Government which would have brought six new a/c and six reconditioned machines for a very competitive price. In the end, the AW139 was selected and the Air Corps became the first military operator of the type. Six aircraft currently serve with No. 3 Operations Wing. For what it's worth, Agusta Westland have now developed a pure military version, the larger AW149. So here it is, Revell's re-box of Italeri's UH-60A in Irish Air Corps markings. If you're interested, the full WIP build is here. This was the first....and last Revell/Italeri Blackhawk I'll build....really poor fit and general detail and it can't really hold it's own against the newer Hobby Boss kits which I'd rate as being far superior. Oh well, you live and learn! Cheers, Dermot
  23. phildagreek

    Squad & Utility

    These are both Revell kits, loosely based on the real thing from the Los Angeles County Fire Department. First up a general purpose utility pick up truck, straight out of the box no frills. Second is the rescue squad from the TV series "Emergency!", brought forward in time to the late 90's or early 2000's with a scratch built rescue box. They have both been built for a while but I have only recently gotten round to take some photos of them. Both are brush painted in Humbrol enamels, the utility is scarlet red and the rescue squad is scarlet with a touch of yellow to bring it towards the vehicle colour of the day. Emergency lights are from police car models, the locker locks/handles are from KFS and the decals are from JBOT, these are particularly fine & require some delicate handling. All is sealed with Winsor & Newton Galeria gloss varnish which was brushed on. utility 1 by phil da greek, on Flickr utility 2 by phil da greek, on Flickr utility 3 by phil da greek, on Flickr utility 4 by phil da greek, on Flickr squad 51 - 1 by phil da greek, on Flickr squad 51 - 2 by phil da greek, on Flickr squad 51 - 4 by phil da greek, on Flickr squad 51 - 3 by phil da greek, on Flickr Thanks for looking.
  24. Greg in OK

    A BIG Typhoon coming

    I have already announced my intent to do two 1/72 Hurricanes but I figured I might as well tell you part 2. I will try to build the Revell, 1/32 Typhoon. Ordered some replacement decals (noticed the damage on the ones I have) and I will give this beast a try as my second Group Build kit. Greg in OK
  25. As discussed in the GB chat, I've decided to throw my hat into the ring and join this build with the following kit: This is a newer tool from Revell - about 2015 I think, and it has some nice detail - particularly on the likes of the seats in the cockpit. However, for a newer tool, I'm surprised at the amount of flash that's evident on some parts - although this may just be my particular kit. So to get started I've put the cockpit together and painted up the seats - no pilots in the kit but there are moulded on seat belts which helps with the detail. Here's where I've got to: This has gone together pretty straightforward. I've managed to get this into the fuselage as a bit of a dry fit (as in pics below - this is now all sealed up). I've put as much nose weight in to the nose as possible and underneath the cockpit where space allowed to avoid a tail sitter. As I said I've since sealed the fuselage up and have also glued up the wings, tail planes and various other bits and pieces so I'll post an update on my progress as soon as possible. Next job will be to sand/fill any rogue seams and then sort out the canopy and get her ready to be primed and painted.
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