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  1. Hi Folks, It's been ages since I posted anything on here. So I shall start loading them up again. This is a Hobbyboss Thunderbolt MkII. Airbrushed with a mix of Hataka, Xtracrylics and MRP. I added some seatbelts, trimmed the width of the prop and that's about it. It's a basic kit but it goes together with no problem. Aircraft was based in Wanjing, China 1945.
  2. The postie delivered Revell's 1:32 Mosquito IV in the post today and I have been thinking about how to build it. In particular, the SEAC silver and blue scheme caught my eye. What aftermarket bits and bobs would I need to save up for build up an accurate Mossie, since there are few kits in this scale?
  3. A pair of recent completions, the Hasegawa 1/48 P-47D Thunderbolt I and Spitfire VIII, both in SEAC colours and both basically OOB. The Spitfire is in the markings of 152 Sqn, while the T-Bolt is of 146 Sqn.
  4. Hello All, My interpretation of a 354 Sqn RAF Liberator that carried an all Australian crew. OOB. Interesting to note the different colour saturation between indoor under Fluoro lighting and late evening light. Happy to take questions. Ian
  5. Among several RAF squadrons flying the Beaufighter over the CBI theatre most were either anti-shipping strike units using the Mk.Xs or night fighter squadrons equipped with the Mk.VI. As far as I know only No.27 Squadron (since November 1942 till July 1944) and No.177 Squadron (between May 1943 and May 1944) used also the Mk.VI in anti-shipping and coastal patrol roles. However I haven't seen any photos of these a/c and my question concerns their camouflage. For how long could they wear the factory-applied Temperate Sea Scheme (typical for the Coastal Command Mk.VIs)? Or were they repainted into the Temperate Land Scheme (like most Mk.Xs) before the delivery to the front-line units? BTW were the undersides of DE/DG Beaus painted Sea Grey Medium (like on Thunderbolts and Hurricanes) or Azure Blue (like on Mosquitoes)? Or maybe were they left in Sky Type S like on Blenheims and Vengeances? Cheers Michael
  6. Back in the dim and distant past of 2013, I did the first build of my long-running "Aircraft my Father fixed" project which you can read about here This first build was supposed to be of a Hurricane IIc in 1:32 scale, using an old Revell kit. This was enhanced to be a more accurate IIc and then had some panels cut out to show the internals behind the cockpit and with a figure to represent my Dad, which in the end looked like this: I was never entirely happy with this build as lots of compromises had to be made to get it to look like a IIc. Therefore in this build I wanted to build the newer Fly IId to replace this one. I had already build the Fly IIc, so the IId seemed the obvious choice as a replacement aircraft. So without further ado here are the photos of the finished model The tool box is of course non-regulation for WWII RAF, its actually modelled on the toolbox my Dad had when I was a kid One of the last things I did is add a pouch for the First Aid Kit on the back of the port fuselage panel - there are markings on the outside highlighting its location. These last shots are trying to capture some of the cockpit detail - tricky with the lighting... There it is - another of the builds I've been wanting to do for a couple of years since the Fly kits started appearing. This fits well in the sequence between the Spitfire IX in Tunisia diorama from mid 1943 (You can see that build here:) and the "Clang" diorama which would have been in mid 1944 (which you can see here:) Finally, the box for this kit
  7. Back in the dim and distant past of 2013, I did the first build of my long-running "Aircraft my Father fixed" project which you can read "all" about here This first build was supposed to be of a Hurricane IIc in 1:32 scale, using an old Revell kit. This was enhanced to be a more accurate IIc and then had some panels cut out to show the internals behind the cockpit and with a figure to represent my Dad, which in the end looked like this: You can read all about the build here: Even though this was awarded a Commended at Scale Model world in 2013, to be brutally honest I was never entirely happy with it. The problems with the wings and the general poor quality of the kit, plus the mistakes I made with the paint job (eg it should have been grey and green not brown and green and I forgot to add the white stripes used on SEAC Hurricanes). So in the years since then along comes Fly and release a series of 1:32 Hurricane kits! Woo hoo! Last year I built the Fly Hurricane IIc as a diorama depicting a story my father told me. You can see this build here So that leaves a gap in my plan, namely a Hurricane IID which 5 Sqn were equipped with for a short time around the time my father joined the squadron from 81 Sqn in late 1943,. My thinking is to build a replacement for the original IIc diorama, replacing the IIc with the IId and improve the pose of my father on the wing at the same time. To start with, here is the box of the Fly kit Funnily enough this kit comes with the options of 5 Sqn markings Here are the inevitable spur shots There is a small selection of resin parts for the exhaust stacks, wheels and undercarriage bays. Here you see the main pieces and some photoetch and decals. I'm thinking of re-using some pieces from the original model the accumulator trolly, which I thought came out quite well in the original -I think this could easily be reused; the toolbox is a non-RAF toolbox and was built to look like the one I remember my Dad having when I was a kit which was a blue enamelled thing, so that will definitely be reused - cleaned up a little from the dust; The figure's pose is almost right but the head is a little off - it needs to be a little more upright that it is currently. I think I can also reuse the stowage pieces and the trestles. As for the base, I think this will need to made afresh... I've got a collection of figure kits that can be used to add another figure or something to the scene As before, I'll be rebuilding the internal structures in the fuselage behind the cockpit and for that I've still got my research from 5 years ago to work with Which should be built out from the rear of the cockpit framework like this from the earlier build: So this will be my big build over the Christmas period, watch this space
  8. Hurricane IIC LB615. I have decals for this aircraft and the decal set says it's a IIC but the Pilots and Planes book says it's a PR IIC. So which is it? I fancied making this as it's different, as apparently it had 2 cannons removed. thanks Mike
  9. Have you ever seen the photo of anti-sub (TSS over White) camouflaged Hudson sporting small-dia "blue" SEAC roundels? There's a very basic profile of such a plane in RAFweb ad perhaps they are right, but I need a proof to follow on with my model. Correct me please where I'm wrong: 1. The small SEAC roundel (in dark and blue or "India white") was introduced in early 1943. 2. Two RAF Squadrons (namely No. 217 and 353) were using Hudsons in maritime role over the India/Burma area at least until June 1943 (October 1944 for transport duties) 3. In October 1942 the AMO A.1096/42 included the Hudson (along with Fortress, Liberator, Wellington and Whitley) within the "large anti-sub aircraft" group, that were to be camouflaged in TSS over White. 4. The same document mentioned Hudson also in "medium coastal aircraft" group (along with Blenheim, Beaufort, Beaufighter and Hampden) that were to be camouflaged in TSS over Sky or TSS over Night (Beaufort, Hampden and Hudson only) 5. Using (over certain geographical areas) Azure Blue instead of Sky has been allowed officially in DTD360 Issue 2 of November 1943 for ASR aircraft, but I have heard (remind me please) about such practice seen much earlier. What's funny the same scheme of TSS over Azure Blue was a recommended/compulsory scheme for transport aircraft overseas. 6. Thus No.217 Squadron Hudsons between January and June 1943 should sport TSS over White with small SEAC roundels 7. No.353 Squadron Hudsons between January and August 1943 should look the same as No.217's machines or (if "coastal patrol duties" aren't the same as "anti-submarine work") they could feature TSS over Sky (or over Night or over Azure) 8. Between November 1943 and October 1944 the No.353 Squadron Hudsons (transport duties now) should be camouflaged in TSS over Azure 9. Between August and November 1943 they could look either like #7 or #8 depending on fact, whether transport was this unit primary or secondary role. Anyhow - each opinion will be aprreciated and thoroughly analysed. Cheers Michael
  10. Good evening all, I hope you’re all well. Apologies for not being around much the last couple of months. I’m doing a bit of catching up with the RFIs at the mo, before I enter another busy period where I might go quiet again for a while. Anyway.... At last, I’m invoking the 80% rule and calling this one done. There’s bits I’d still like to improve on or finish properly but I need to move on from this project. That being said, I’m happy enough with the way it’s turned out….but let’s not talk about the front and rear turrets shall we So here is my interpretation of Liberator B.VI KL629 of No. 99 Sq. It was a toss-up between this one, KL611 in a similar scheme, or KL654 in an NMF finish; all of these wearing SEAC markings. This was a far cry from my original plan for them both to be USAAF aircraft, preferably from Rackheath or Horsham St Faiths as I lived between the 2 airfields for a couple of years. This kit is the Monogram boxing of a B24J, Kentucky Belle. Apparently KL629 was a Ford built B-24L-15-FO, (BU 44-49800) that later went on to serve with the Indian Air Force as HE834. I managed to get hold of the relevant pages from the book Consolidated Mess and was able to find out what modifications I needed (was willing and able) to make to make it accurate. So additions to the base kit include: · Squadron canopy, high-hat top turret and bombadier’s window. · True Details wheels. · Quickboost engines. · Lots of lead fishing weight ! Other mods: Larger ‘blown’ navigator observation windows. Larger/glazed waist gunner window with staggered guns. Paint was all Tamiya acrylics and I used the salt weathering technique to help give the upper surfaces weathered look. Unfortunately the effect is a bit too subtle to show in the pictures. So here’s the end of B-24 duo project for now, I hope you like them. Comments good bad or indifferent welcome as usual. Cheers Gaz I need to re-do the stbd waist gun window.
  11. Were the early 1945-introduced SEAC white bands around the wings and tail surfaces limited to the day fighters and strike aircraft (namely Hurricanes, Spitfires, Thunderbolts, Vengeances, Mosquitoes and Beaufighters TFX) or is it possible to find a night fighter Beau VIF (only No.89 and 176 Squadrons flew them in this area AFAIK) in DG/SGM scheme and white bands? Having penetrated several books, dozens of magazine articles and hundreds of pictures I cannot understand while still in June 1945 the Ceylon-based Mk.VIF still had no white bands painted on. Any help will be appreciated Cheers Michael
  12. Hi all I've began work on a 1/72 Airfix Catalina, inspired by the following photos, and wanted some thoughts about how to interpret it. The same plane has been interpreted in the following colour plate: To my knowledge, this is a 205 Squadron aircraft, JX431, operating in that photo from the flying boat base at Koggala, Ceylon, in 1942. I've actually been past Koggala lagoon on the bus when I visited Sri Lanka, and as I find the scheme with blue SEAC roundels very fetching, I'd love to model it. That photo is a brilliant inspiration. IWM caption it as a Catalina Mk. IVb; AKA a PB2B-1, manufactured in Canada. I feel the colour profile is basically accurate, although the photo shows the engine cowlings are wraparound white. A few things to note for building it from the Airfix kit: - It's not amphibious, so Airfix's wheel wells need filling, and a small window added to the hole. - It has got the de-icer exhausts attached to the engines. An unusual feature! I expect this means the small de-icer scoop on the tail root is present too, although we can't see in this - The wings are heavily weathered, but I don't know how to interpret it. There are several areas with ruler-edge demarcations which clearly show different shades of grey. I'd love to model this. - The photo just shows the fuel jettison pipes protruding from the trailing edge of the wing. So, questions: 1) Can we assume, from the light circles around the wing roundels, that standard blue/red roundels have been overpainted? Why not just overpaint the central circle? I'm planning to paint a circle of lighter-coloured grey around my roundels on the model. 2) What might the dark grey square patch be on the left horizontal stabilizer? I know the ailerons were fabric, so maybe this is a sewn-on patch? 3) What could explain the very square, ruler-edge colour modulation at the centre of the wing? Particularly at the trailing edge, there is a very dark rectangle. 4) Outboard of the roundels, we see some bizarre weathering, where dark streaks appear in a pattern like this: -|-|-|- What might explain this? 5) There are 2 small black rectangles on the upper wing. I've found little information on these and not all Catalinas had them, but I think they're related to the deicing system? I'll throw a WIP up if you guys are interested. I'm doing a bit of interior scratching at the moment. Hopefully this topic is of interest! I love trying to puzzle out the clues that photos like these give us. Thanks for reading!
  13. Hey All Here’s a wee project I’ve been working on for a few months now, the first of my 2 RAF Liberators. Hopefully this is fair interpretation (with a smidgen of artistic licence) of Liberator GR.V. BZ862 that flew with 354 Squadron from India between September 1943 and May 1944. The kit is the Revell boxing of a B24D, Jerk’s Natural. Additions to the base model include: · Belcher Bits belly radome · Squadron canopy. · True Details wheels. · Quickboost engines. · F.M. Halifax Bolton Paul rear turret transparency with scratchbuilt internal gubbins for the Quickboost B.P. Defiant .303 machine guns. · Lots of lead fishing weight ! I was looking for a Coastal Command Liberator wearing SEAC markings to build when I came across a photo titled ‘Geoff Tomlinson’s aircraft – Early 354’ on Ron Quirk’s website, in Jim Badgleys album ( 354 Sqn photos ). There is also a second in-flight photo of this aircraft in the album titled 'On Patrol over Bay of Bengal'. From the grainy photos I could tell that it was based on a ‘D’ variant, that it had the code letter ‘A’, and that it should make a suitable subject. With no decals available in 1/48, my subject had to be reasonably easy to model. From there I discovered: · Code letter ‘A’ belonged to Liberator GR.V. BZ862 and it was usually flown by Sgt Tomlinson (later P/O) and his crew. In June 1944 the aircraft was replaced on 354 Sqn by Liberator MK.VI. EW319, however it was transferred to 160 Sqn where in August 1945 it would go on to complete a sortie of 24hrs and 10 minutes with F/Lt Jack Muir and crew; this was a record at the time and definitely a subject worth modelling. · 354 Squadron was a general reconnaissance squadron that flew Liberators from airfields in India and Ceylon from its formation in May 1943 until disbandment in May 1945. They carried out armed patrols and convoy escort duties using Liberator Mks IIIA, V and finally VI. First, here's my attempt at recreating to pose of 862 in the photo. There was something bugging me about the roundels shown in the photo, particularly with the relatively small centre circle. I think the answer came in a recently purchased (when I started the project) copy of Eyes for the Phoenix by Geoffrey J. Thomas. The book details a period between Jun and September 1943 where the national markings evolved from the European style to the familiar SEAC two-tone blue. Apparently, when faded, the blue of the RAF Type B roundels blended into the surrounding camouflage leaving only a visible red circle that was sometimes tragically mistaken for Japanese markings. The book details the colours and measurements for the markings and after first applying roundels and fin flashes in the early trial white/blue (as they look to me in the photo), I later changed them to the later light/dark blue to better suit the timeframe. However I can’t be certain that this aircraft did actually wear this style of marking. I wanted the addition of the belly radome to be a feature of this build so I wanted to help minimise the clutter at the back end by making sure that it wasn't a tail sitter. It took a lot of lead ! And here's where it all went. Lastly, I'd bought the Belcher Bits conversion that also came with a Leigh Light. I think it's a great little addition to the CC Liberator and this is my only opportunity to use it, so I have. I'm sure no-one will notice. Thanks for looking, comments, corrections, good, bad or indifferent welcome Cheers Gaz
  14. Whilst trawling the IWM website for other stuff, I happened upon this 8 minute long colour film of 79 Squadron RAF Thunderbolts in theatre. It also shows some aircraft of 42 Squadron. RAF Thunderbolts Seems to show some retained the original US cockpit harness and raises some interesting colour conundrums, especially around the 4:08 mark. Enjoy, Mark.
  15. Hi there, Does anyone have any information on what colours and markings (and what version hurricane) would have applied to XI squadron hurricanes in Burma? My grandfather flew and won the DFC so I would like more info on the plane he would have flown. Thanks in advance
  16. I'm just about to start a build that requires white SEAC recognition stripes on wings and tail, which I've never done before. My first impulse was to do things backwards, and lay down the white paint first, before masking it off and applying Dark Green and Dark Earth comouflage on top. This is of course unrealistic, and I see build logs in which folks do things the right way round, with the white applied on top of the camouflage. I'm worried about how many coats of white I might need to apply to get a good result, however - I don't want to obscure moulding detail or have a thick margin to my white stripes. Any tips?
  17. Ready for inspection is my 1:72 Hawker Hurricane Mk.IIC. The aircraft is wearing the colours of No.28 (Army Cooperation) Squadron, of RAF south East Asia Command 1944. It is an out of the box build, with the exception of the white stripes which I have airbrushed rather than used decals. The kit went together really well, only a few problems with my airbrush slowed it down a little. That said, I have thoroughly enjoyed the build, and have decided I now need another Hurricane in my stash. Thanks.
  18. 've just finished (at least I think so - at the moment) - DH 83 Fox Moth. Scratch build. I used parts from AZ Tiger Moth (tail, engine, propeller, parts of u/c, wheels) and spare wings (sloteless) from A-model Gipsy Moth, with new central part and mounted at different angles. Fuselage is using rear part (enlarged by width and height) of AZ Tiger, front part is completly from pieces. I used basicaly Miranda & Mercado book plans, but I tried to corect some areas regarding photos (for exmple in drawings the doors ale flat, whereas photos show that they are bulbed). Two Fox Moths were impressed to SEAC: MA954 and MA955, both impressed 31.10.42 and used by 3rd TAF Communications Sqn, Comilla in .44. Soc 31.7.44 (second one was for short used also by Bengal CU). There are at least two photos in IWM collection showing of one of those machines (serial is not visible) http://www.britmodel...llaneous-types/ Above photos show, that colours were rather badly weathered. So I was demolished a bit colours on model as well . Here she is: And the whole mine Moth's family - all of 2015 "production", presented on RFI already. Thank you fro watching, comments welcome Cheers Jerzy-Wojtek P.S. A photo during work:
  19. This is a reconstruction (I have no photos) of a Hurricane that was operated by 135 Sqn. RAF when stationed at Minneriya, Ceylon in 1944. The red spinner was a "retrodiction" from the fact that 135 Sqn. were reported to be painting the prop. bosses of their Thunderbolts with flight colours in late 1944 - red for "A" flight, blue for "B" flight. It seems that report is open to dispute, however, and my red spinner is therefore even more open to dispute (read, probably just plain wrong). I have yet to pass through the grieving process involved in repainting black, however. The drop tanks and Vokes filter are resin add-ons, and the canopy is a Squadron vacuform so that I could build the model with the canopy open.
  20. Hi all, I was considering buying an AZ Models Spitfire MK VIII because of the SEAC markings that are provided, I am just wondering if someone could tell me about the quality of these decals Thanks in advance, Cam
  21. Hello All, This one has had a very tortuous existence, nearly binned twice, consigned to the shelf of doom twice. Had all sorts of issues with this particular build. Fit issues with a step in the nose. paint issues with paint de-naturing in the airbrush so that dark earth evolved a strange pinkish hue..... grrrrrrr. It was only due to me needing to familiarise and experiment with a new airbrush that she survived and eventually completed. Thanks for looking and happy modelling Ian
  22. Hi guys, as you can see in the title I will do the 1/32 Hasegawa P-47D Thunderbolt II. It will be build most out of the box. Pictures of the box content will follow later. cheers,
  23. Hi folks, I thought I'd start a build thread for the new Airfix Beaufighter. As I have 5 of 'em, this is an oob trailblazer to see how it goes together and where, if anywhere, the pitfalls are. So, let battle commence . . . On the first night, I merely assembled a series of sub-assemblies (is it just me that sometimes likes just gluing big bits of plastic together without painting them?). Anyway, it's quite possible to do that on this kit. For instance, wing halves can be joined straight away without pre-painting - although remember to open up the requisite holes in the lower wing section for rocket blast plates if you're using 'em; inserts in the 'horizontal' tailplane fit like a glove and can be popped straight in, then fin halves can be added; the cabin floor / wing spar assemblies can also be joined together straight away. Great! Looks like progress. As usual with new Airfix, the plastic is somewhat soft, so be careful removing parts from the sprues and cleaning them up. Most of the parts have visible mould seams. These aren't bad, but are a bit surprising on a new kit. Also, be careful to check fit before gluing parts. Tight tolerances are the norm, and sometimes some minor fettling is required to ensure a good fit. Obviously, this is good modelling practice anyway, and it makes the kit feel like it requires some skill, and isn't just a "shake and bake" build - which is a good thing for me anyway. One thing: it's a good idea to paint the cockpit side consoles before adding them to the fuse halves. OK, I know it's obvious, but I couldn't be bothered and it was mildly fiddly to paint them up after they had been joined. Oh - and make sure you get the side consoles in the right place. It is obvious, but I managed to screw up the placement of one of them, which entailed some surgery to the IP when it came to add it. On the second night, I did some painting of the fuselage interior, undercarriage legs, wheels / tyres and engine / nacelle parts. I also added the IP decal. The photo below shows where I began the following night: Next step was to add the IP (after aforementioned butchery) and tailwheel, then join the fuselage halves. This was a really good fit and Tamiya X-thin was used once paint had been scraped from the mating surfaces. I then added the tail assembly and, while this was drying, assembled the main wheels and engine cylinders. (The latter had one coat of Tamiya X-18 semi-gloss black. Without a primer, this only provided partial coverage, but as this nicely accentuated the detail on the cylinders - subsequently enhanced with a dry-brush of Humbrol polished Aluminium - I left it as is). Some more detail parts were also added to the interior, again after some detail painting, leaving me here: Once the tail feathers had had a chance to set up a bit, I added the cockpit floor / interior / wing spars. Again, a small amount of mould seam removal / fettling was required, but the result was a really good fit. The underfuselage 'tray' was also then added. Another good fit: Finally, for the evening, the wing assemblies were added. Yet another good fit: So, this was where I ended things for my third evening of work on the Beau. More soon. regards, Martin
  24. I would like to make my SEAC collection something more than standard set of Hurricane, Thunderbolt, Spitfire, Mohawk, Vengeance, Blenheim, Beaufighter, Mosquito, Auster, Sentinel, Lysander, Harvard, Expeditor, Dakota, Swordfish, Catalina, Sunderland, Walrus, Warwick, Wellington, Mitchell and Liberator. So I'm looking for pictures of other SEAC aircraft wearing "India White" roundels. Among "suspected" types there are: Anson, Oxford, Hudson, Tiger Moth, Proctor and (maybe) Master and Magister. All other RAF & FAA types used in this theatre (Audax, Hart, Hind, Wapiti, Valentia, Vildebeest, Buffalo, Beaufort, Albacore, Fulmar, Singapore) have been probably retired before the small roundel with pale blue centre was introduced. Or maybe I'm wrong?
  25. Hi folks, Here are some glamour shots of my completed Beaufighter. Apart from tape seat belts, it's completely oob. I wanted to get the 'vibe' of the kit, before building the others (4) in my stash more seriously. Scheme is brush painted with Xtracrylix. I am seriously impressed by the kit. The vast majority of the build sequence is sensible, parts fit where they should and overall assembly is pretty simple. Two things I will mention though: 1) Engine cowlings: Suggest you glue the cowling pieces together to form the complete cowling, let dry, then add the engine, rather than assemble the cowling around the engine as the instructions suggest; 2) Undercarriage leg supports. Ensure these are trimmed to fit neatly in the slots provided. The fit is tight and it's a somewhat awkward squeeze to install them. Anyway, here are the shots: RFI thread here: http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/234989610-airfix-172-beaufighter/ regards, Martin
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