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  1. 2020 is the 80th anniversary where the RAF made its mark as the world’s finest air force having faced overwhelming odds against the Luftwaffe. The history of the bravery of the men and women in the air and ground is well documented. This diorama is to honour two of those squadrons, one based at Tangmere and the other at RAF Westhampnett (now Goodwood) which was within the Tangmere sector of operations and in particular two pilots one of whom was the first American ‘eagle’ pilot to be killed in the battle. Pilot officer William Meade Lindsley Fiske III (Billy) was one of the 7 American pilots who flew with the RAF during the battle of Britain. In July 1940 he joined 601 Sqn RAF Tangmere, more famously known as the millionaire’s squadron which at the time flew Hawker Hurricane Mk1 aircraft. On the 16thAugust 1940 the squadron was scrambled to intercept a flight of German bombers over the Solent and the Isle of Wight during that action a round hit Fiske’s aircraft in the fuel tank and other vital areas. His aircraft was seriously damaged and he returned to Tangmere nursing it all the way home despite the aircraft being on fire. and was taken to Chichester for medical attention. Sadly he died 48 hours later, he was 29 years old. P/O Billy Fiske was laid to rest with full military honours at Boxgrove Priory Church. Hi aircraft P3358 UF-H. Pilot Officer Osgood Hanbury DSO, DFC & bar from 602 Sqn RAF Westhampnett flying a Spitfire Mk1 X4382 LO-G. By the end of 1940 he had 4 confirmed kills. He continued flying and in 1941 went to 260 Sqn in North Africa flying Curtiss P-40 Warhawk’s. This double build uses the Tamiya Mk1 Spitfire with custom decals and the plug and play merlin engine sound and movement set from Magic Scale Modelling: https://www.magicscalemodeling.com/ Alongside the Airfix Ready fro Battle, Battle of Britain set with custom decals and scratch building.
  2. Hello all, When I heard there was going to be a Navy GB, 'Tomcat' popped into my head without second thoughts, so here is my first entry; Tamiya's wonderful 1/48 F-14D. I'll be marking it as BuNo 164603 as flown by VF-31 'Tomcatters' during their last cruise with the F-14 in 2005/6. 164603 was the second to last F-14 built, being delivered to VF-124 'Gunfighters' in May 1992. The jet was assigned to VF-2 'Bounty Hunters' in 1993 before being transferred to VF-213 'Black Lions' in 1997. During her tenure with the latter, the jet led the first manned strike missions into Afghanistan during Operation 'Enduring Freedom' on 7th October 2001. The following year, the jet was transferred to VF-101 'Grim Reapers', remaining there until summer 2003 when it was acquired by VF-31 and marked as 'Felix 101', completing a further 2 cruises with the 'Tomcatters.' The jet was the last US Navy F-14 to fly, when on 4th October 2006 it flew from NAS Oceana to Farmingdale, New York before eventually becoming a memorial at the Grumman factory in Bethpage, New York. Kit: Extras: Not much here other than a pair of Quickboost seats, a Master pitot tube and Fightertown decals. Reference materials: Paint scheme (which is probably my favourite for the F-14): The jet itself, pictured in late 2005: How she looks today: Will be loaded with 1x GBU-12, 1x GBU-38 and 1x AIM-9M, along with the usual LANTIRN pod and 2x fuel tanks. Dave
  3. This is my M4A3E8 SHERMAN "Easy Eight" from Tamiya - is my second scale model and first tank I made. On it I tested different primers (as on previous model had some issue). Kit went nice even for a begginer like me. Those are general pictures - can add more detailed ones later if necesary
  4. I've been rummaging around in my stash cupboard, trying to find something new to build that takes my fancy, and after much deliberation, I settled on a Sherman for a change. Well, I haven't built one since last week. I built Tamiya's excellent M-51 a few years ago, as a Batch 4 tank, that is to say, a very late version. This time, it will be built almost as Tamiya intended, as one of the early versions. I won't go through all of the rigmarole of showing you all of the sprues, as I'm sure they've been on here at least once before. So, just the box and a photo of the excellent books by Dr. Robert Manasherob, which I find invaluable. OK, that's the groundwork laid. I'll be making a start on it tomorrow, so I'll update when I have something done. John.
  5. I know there have been a few of these lately, but here's my interpretation of the P-38G flown by Col. Rex T. Barber during Operation Vengeance, the epic mission to intercept Admiral Yamamoto aboard his punctual Betty. That story has been well told elsewhere, and my (almost complete) build log for this one has a link to a version of it: All the superlatives thrown at Tamiya for their engineering are well justified; build it and marvel at the way the complex layers of the wheel wells build up or the ease with which the wings attach to the booms. My only hesitation at calling it perfect are the decals, which - especially the stencils - feel thick, with too much carrier film that silvers easily. It’s not a cheap kit, and while this oversight doesn’t kill the experience, I was hoping for better. It’s all built as supplied, apart from the Master gun barrels and an Eduard harness. Painting was a long, layered and enjoyable process, although I didn’t accomplish all I hoped, so perhaps in a few kits time I’ll be back for more. Thanks for looking!
  6. ACHTUNG SPITFIRE! Last Christmas I bought this kit and I was really looking forward to builded immediately... But it did not come up to my desk until now. I have nothing to say just that this kit is absolutelly brilliant and I have never seen anything better than this. The construction is always thinking one step forward and the parts fit 100%. Just an amazing job from Tamiya, you are advanced as no one is. But I will stop praising now. I fell in love with the coloured photos and this one convinced me to make this particular Spitfire K9955: (Colourised by Doug) from Facebook The description says: "RAF Fitters working on a Spitfire Mk I (possibly code LO-O K9955) of 'B' Flight, No. 602 (City of Glasgow) Squadron at Drem in East Lothian, Scotland. March 1940" Two years ago, I was in Scotland, East Lothian at the East Fortune airfield and museum which is very close to the former Drem airfield. The second reason why I chose this marking is the Scottish emblem from the Scottish pilot. I found decals from the Fündecals and ordered them immediatelly (what a luck!). And now to the model. I have worked on the cockpit using all the accesible photos of the early Spitfires to make the most realistic representation of this Spitfire. Look what I have done: Thanks for watching and good luck with your builds! Cheers, Andrew S.
  7. Whilst working for ABRO/DSG in December 2007 I was asked if I would like to go to the British Army Training Unit at Suffield, Alberta, Canada for three months winter repair season. I left the UK on 2nd January 2008 on a 24 hour trip to Medicine Hat the nearest town to Suffield with an airport. We were put up in the Medicine Hat Lodge hotel as there was insufficiant housing on the camp and we travelled dailly, the journey taking about 3/4 of an hour each way. Towards the end of the three month deployment I was asked to stay on in Canada as part of the year round support to the BATUS training fleet which lead to me staying in Canada until October 2010. Anyway what has all this waffle got to do with modelling, well just before Christmas 2019 my daughter and son in law presented me with this saying I could make something to remind me of my time in Canada Well I worked on heavy A vehicles second line serviceing/repair and Challenger 1 tanks were not in UK service at this time, I very diplomatically said this to my daughter and son in law and was promptly told to open the box............................ OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOH Accurate Armours combi kit of the CRARRV that changed to out look to the build somewhat! This then was the original CRARRV replica so to update to the 2009/10 spec Challenger 2 track and sprocket carriers and later type road wheels were added to the mix, I also obtained a copy of the Tankograd BATUS by Carl Schulze which has pictures of a great deal of the BATUS fleet types during exercises on the training area, this book covers the 2007 year exercises when the vehicles were in green/sand colours as apposed to the single colour sand of the period that I was there. I will start this project in the near future but as @Dads203 asked what was next this is a sneak preview Thanks for stopping by Roger
  8. Hi all, I am again happy to be rolling out a completed build and, again, it is the next in my line of F-51Ds. This time she is a machine that was operated by the Fuerza Aerea Uruguaya (the Uruguayan Air Force). She was previously 44-63530 (USAF) and was taken into the FAM (forerunner of the FAU) on the 20th July 1950 with only 15 hours 35 minutes airframe and engine time. She was assigned to the “red” group (there was red, white and blue) within the Grupo de Aviacion No.2 (Caza) (the 2nd fighter group) and was based at Carrasco, Uruguay. Her career was fairly un-eventful until the 25th October 1955 when she was stuck while parked at Carrasco by T-6D “FAU 364”, slicing through the rear fuselage and rendering her a write off. She was one of the few Mustangs that flew with the distinctive cat and mouse badge on the tail. Only half a dozen aircraft carried this. A question, however, hangs over the background colour of the badge. It seems from what I have read and seen that this is yellow (as shown) while later preserved machines (FAU 265 in particular) carried it with a blue background. As part of this build, I was supported by Ignacio @Ignacio who sent me a copy of Rolando Grasso Alfaro’s superb reference book on the subject of FAU Mustangs. It helped me enormously. Thank you, Ignacio. So what did I use? Well: 1. Kit – Tamiya P-51D Mustang 1/72 (49) 2. Decals – Aztec “Macho Mustangs” set (thanks to @Julien, plus home printed serials, extra roundels from Armycast, Xtradecal black lining for the dive bombing guidelines, and kit decals for the stencils. 3. Paints – Humbrol enamels throughout – Metalcote Polished Aluminium (27002), Matt Black, Matt White, Insignia Red (153) and others. Also, I used Colourcoats Insignia Blue and Interior Green. 4. Aftermarket – the Teardrop radome from ArmyCast 5. Extras – EZ line for the aerial 6. Weathering/Washes – Tamiya Weathering Powders, Flory Dirt and a Prismacolor silver pencil 7. Finished with Humbrol Satincote I hope you like her. Martin
  9. Tamiyas kit, built (more or less) right from the box - I did swap the tyres from the RoG La Ferrari which are the same size but a lower profile. Paint is all Tamiya and all from rattle-cans - Grey Primer, then White Primer then Pure White and finally two light coats of Pearl White, all sealed in with two coats of TS-13 Clear. I used Tamiya three-part polish to bring-up the shine but due to my questionable photographic skills that doesn't show in the pics (d*mn*t). Interior is very dark grey and 'wine red' - my own mixes and I'm really pleased with the final look. Realised immediately after taking the photo's that I'd forgotten to put the exhaust tips on, so please don't mention my 'deliberate error' - as I type this they are now in-place ! Last word is the badges - self adhesive enamel that were sent to me by BNA Model World in an order from a couple of years ago 'just to try' - they're superb and I've no idea who the manufacturer is so when they're used-up that's probably it. Thanks for taking the time to look and / or comment, have the rest of a great weekend all, best from NZ. Ian.
  10. Ian

    'Mrs Bonnie' P-51K

    Hello folks Been a long time since I asked for folks ideas here, but because I’m planning-on building the Tamiya 1:32 Mustang (and the implied ‘cost’ of this kit), I thought it may be a good idea to get some thoughts before I start hacking away at it. I’m going to build Bill Dunhams’ ‘Mrs. Bonnie’ as it was right at the end of the war in summer 1945. The aircraft is a P-51K-10 it's quite well known as it was featured in some publicity photos in August or September. As you can see, despite it being a Dallas-built ‘K’ it has the cuffed Hamilton props and spinner – the blade profile and decals give-it-away – also the whole of the spinner is painted red/yellow/blue & black (front to rear). This is fine as the kit I’m using is the initial Tamiya release, 60322 (which also has the ‘Dallas’ canopy in the box too). Now here’s the part where I need your insight & thoughts – Tamiya in their paint & decal instructions show ‘Mrs Bonnie’ with the ‘correct’ Aeroproducts spinner & blades but also would have you paint the spinner back-plate NMF, the colours being the same but compressed. Has anyone got a photo that confirms the Tamiya instructions – just being curious, I’m one of those folks who likes to have as much info as possible… Thanks in advance folks, over to you. Ian.
  11. After a very, very long build I'm calling this finished. Tamiya's USS Enterprise built out of the box except for some help from Eduard's etched set. Finished with Lifecolor paints. Cheers
  12. So here is my Tamiya 1/72 Kawasaki Ki-61-Id Hien (Tony) painted using AK Extreme Metals. No issues with the kit, but my experience with AK Xtreme Metals was a bit frustrating (discussed in AK Interactive Xtreme Metal experience). Basically the problem was one of masking without damaging the underlying paint. I got round it this time by using AK's Intermediate Gauzy Agent which works well enough as a protective coating, but leaves a very glossy finish which makes the very convincing metal finish of the Xtreme Metal paints a bit less convincing. In particular it effectively eliminates the variations in sheen of various panels I was striving to achieve. I also attempted variation by using white, dark, polished and matt aluminum. Actually I thought the difference between each was a bit too much, so I mixed the paints to get a more subtle effect - from the pictures, perhaps a little too subtle, but metallics are a pig to photograph ... the variations are more noticable in real life. I also opted to paint as many of the markings as I though I could as I suspected the decal film would be obvious against a metallic finish - you can see that in the last pic where the film can be detected around the numerals and kill markings (the red walkway warnings were painted). Anyway, those issues aside, I'm not too unhappy - better than previous NMF efforts with Humbrol MetalCote. Many lessons learned to carry forward to my next attempt. Cheers Colin
  13. #4/2020 First little armour for 2020. Tamiya kit oob, painted with Tamiya XF-24 and XF-2, weathering with oil wash, drybrushing, Tamiya weathering sets and some pigments. Build thread here https://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/235065386-out-for-a-hunt148-marder-iii-ausführung-h/ 19. Panzerdivision in Russian winter 1942 DSC_0001 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0002 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0003 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0004 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0005 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0006 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0007 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0008 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0009 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0010 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0011 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0012 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0013 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0014 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0015 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0016 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0017 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr
  14. Morning all, Here's the latest off the bench, the lovely little Tamiya Spitfire I. This model marks the first part of the resumption of a Battle of Britain project I started five years ago for the 75th anniversary, although this has been finished in the markings 74 Squadron aircraft that forced landed during the Battle of France. Given that battle shares the same anniversary I thought it should be included in the project. The main markings came from an Xtradecal sheet, the only other aftermarket inclusion were Eduard seat belts. Finished using Hataka Orange Line lacquers and Alclad for the exhausts, W&N Galeria Matt varnish for the final coat. 1/72 Tamiya Supermarine Spitfire I by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr 1/72 Tamiya Supermarine Spitfire I by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr 1/72 Tamiya Supermarine Spitfire I by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr 1/72 Tamiya Supermarine Spitfire I by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr 1/72 Tamiya Supermarine Spitfire I by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr Thanks for looking, comments welcomed Shaun
  15. My first build will be Tamiya's 1/48 F4D Skyray is the classic light gull grey over white. I will be finishing her in the colours of VFAW-3 as shown on the boxart. Sprue shot. The eagle eyed of you might have spotted that there are a few pieces missing, the ejection seat. Not sure if they were missing when I purchased it (eBay) or they were loose and I lost them when I took the sprues out of the plastic bags. In real life the original Douglas ejection seat was replaced by a Martin Baker Mk 5 seat, so that is what I will be doing as I happen to have a Pavla MB Mk5 resin seat in the spares box.
  16. Here is the Tamiya 1/72 IL-2 Sturmovik. As might be expected from Tamiya, a beautifully engineered kit which goes together well. However there is no margin for error given the tight tolerances of the kit, so careful prep of the parts is essential before applying glue! This is pretty much OOB except a) I decided to open the cockpit canopy with careful cutting, sanding and polishing - always a slightly nerve wracking exercise ... the thinned down canopy is very fragile. Given the detail Tamiya provide inside the cockpit, why on earth don't the offer an open cockpit option? b) gun barrels replaced with brass tube. A necessity since the supplied parts broke off during the build and disappeared. Unfortunately, these need to be added quite early in the construction so potential breakage is something to be aware of. The same applies to the rudder balance, but in this case you can ignore the instructions and add at the end of the build. Colours - as I'm sure you know VVS schemes are a matter of much debate. I wanted the 4 colour scheme so eventually settled on AMT-7 blue undersides with AMT-12 dark grey, AMT-4 Olive green and A.II dark brown topsides. Possibly I should have used black for the grey and A.II Green instead of olive green which would have provided a bit more contrast, but, as someone else said in the context of Soviet colors, prove mine are wrong I used the excellent Colourcoats paints. Decals - often a let down with Tamiya kits, this one was no exception. Rather thick and unyielding. Liberal applications of Ultimate extra strong decal setting solution was required. Also, looked at closely, the decals are obvious screen prints rather than solid paint. But at normal viewing distance they look ok. Cheers Colin
  17. #5/2020 My dad´s next little armour project for diversion. Tamiya kit built oob, only added an antenna. Painted with AK Real Color British SCC15 Olive Drab. It´s one of Tamiya´s older kits with a metal lower hull. Gives the model nice weight but makes aligning the suspension tricky because of the use of CA glue. The locating pins are metalones on the hull, so the bogeys aren´t always mounted in the correct angle. Build thread here https://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/235066641-the-british-way148-sherman-firefly-ic/ B Sqn, East Riding of Yorkshire Yeomanry, 33rd Armoured Brig., February 1945 in the Ardennes DSC_0001 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0002 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0003 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0004 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0005 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0006 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0007 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0008 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0009 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0010 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0011 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0012 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0013 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0014 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr
  18. I had lot of fun building the Tamiya's Cat in 48th scale, so... i made my decision: i will build another Tamiya's Cat! This time i will build a colorful VF-31 bird with the iconic "Felix the Cat" carrying a bomb. This is one of my favourite livery on a Tomcat. (just for discussione purpose) The box Decals came from an unbuilt hasegawa kit I ordered some goodies to upgrade my Tomcat, others (wheels, beaver tails and CHIN pod) are on the way to my lab: I hope to start working on it soon, so stay tuned ciao Ale
  19. Marder not yet finished but already started the next 1/48 armour. DSC_0007 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr one of the older kits with a full metal lower hull DSC_0008 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr
  20. Finally gathered all the bits together ready for making a start over the holidays. I've had to tidy all my stuff away out of the spare bedroom where I normally find solitude as the daughter is coming back from uni for a few days, how inconsiderate of her I might be allowed to use the dining table as an interim measure, but not until after boxing day apparently...... I didn't realise how many bits I'd gathered as I went along, I may fit the gun bays if I get time, if not they will be for the future , thought I'd got the wheel bay as well but can't find it at present I've decided on the Tamiya kit with "Missouri Armada" markings, in olive drab (or dark green according to the sheet) to sit alongside my Meng "Passion Wagon" in the same scheme I must do some research to find out the correct colour, seem to think Passion Wagon was dark green
  21. This little adventure started on Boxing day, when @Brad worked wonders in the Christmas ‘Blitzenbuild’ – with his Tamiya Volkswagen Kübelwagen. I was so impressed with the result I shamelessly decided to copy his lead and have a go myself. I’m sure it isn’t as easy as he made it look, but nothing ventured – nothing gained as they say. Now – if it’s OK with everyone I’m going to drop the umlaut (ü) from here on in – as I struggle with the windows ‘character map’ at the best of times. Anyway - after a bit of trawling round the tinterwebs I found the kit on Amazon for a nice price and then it recommended I order an engine for it too. This brought to mind the MiniArt 1/35 Soviet 1.5 ton cargo truck that @JeroenS recently completed. I was seriously impressed by the engine on this kit and the fantastic job that Jeroen did on it. I recently finished an Opel Blitz and was quite disappointed that it didn’t have an engine – just a huge void under the bonnet – so I took the plunge and ordered the engine too. I know very little about cars in general & absolutely nothing about Kubelwagens in particular – so more searching yielded a Haynes manual of all things – so that got ordered too. They all arrived on the same day & I’ve been itching to make a start ever since – so enough of the waffle – here are the usual ‘boxes & bits’ shots… The main kit... ...apart from this scheme there are a couple of other options... Here's the information for explaining what the schemes portray... I'm undecided as yet which scheme to go for - maybe Tricolour to match my King Tiger or German Grey to compliment the Opel Blitz - it needs a bit of pondering.
  22. OK so the first of my slightly pushing the rules builds (as approved by the GB gods) is something that doesn't float and doesn't fly and land on something that floats... Where is the naval connection? Well it's going to be ridden by this little resin chap... A member of the USN playing with it, based on several famous photos of Utah Beach on D-Day (or just after), one can only imagine what the guys thought of a remote controlled drone/mine in those days! It should prove a good exercise for me in doing figure painting, something I haven't done a lot of in about 30 years, I plan to do a tiny vignette/diorama with it, I have a tiny base that should suit it and hopefully I can model a bit of sand - not too many parts which is a blessing (given how many other GBs I have on the go currently), but a first for me in using resin. I'll put up some parts photos later, though as I have 3 GBs needing my attention this is more of a holding page for now!
  23. My second entry in this groupbuild is another Light Gull Grey over White aircraft, Tamiya's 1/48 Skyraider. Finished as a machine from VA-176 as I like the colourful tail art, as shown on the box art. I will be using a Wolfpack Design wingfold for this build.
  24. Hi all, just finished my first group build and thoroughly enjoyed the process. Saw this was going on and figured I had a model in the stash to enter. Backstory: My local model shop inherited a large stash from someone who had passed away and was having a sidewalk sale on the excess inventory. All items were sold as is, as it seemed that the departed modeler/collector had started some projects and combined some kits into different boxes, which meant there was the potential for incomplete kits. I saw it as an opportunity to get some kits for cheap to experiment with, as I'm still relatively new to the hobby. One that caught my eye was a boxing for a 1/48 Tamiya P-51D (8th AF version) as I thought it would be a great opportunity to try out a natural metal finish aircraft. Upon initial inspection it seemed the major parts were in there, so I added it to my shopping basket. After reaching home and further examining the kit, it appears the modeler had started this kit and had a specific idea of what he wanted to do with it. There were weapons from another kit included, as well as an aftermarket decal sheet for a specific aircraft, the "Short Fuse". In fact, the major parts were already cut from the gates and some parts of a resin cockpit had been put together. I'm going to attempt to finish this aircraft for our fallen comrade, hopefully I do it justice. I'll be using the parts included in the box as intended to be built by him, and hopefully there aren't any missing pieces that I'm overlooking to make a complete aircraft. A quick Google search history of the aircraft - it was flown by Richard E Turner of the 354th Fighter Group, an ace in WWII before serving in the Korean War. Apparently his plane originally had art depicting "Short Fuse Sallee", but after finding out Sallee was with another man, he had the name removed. I'm open to any tips, pointers, comments, and critiques, but am more interested in doing a good technical job than digging into historical accuracy. I'm most apprehensive at this point about how decals will do over the metallic paint, but we'll get to that eventually. Planning on extremely limited weathering on this one, as it's my first natural metal attempt as well as my second 1/48 warbird model. Thanks for reading and following along! all the plastic inside the box aftermarket resin cockpit, sidewalls already installed bombs and rocket launchers (?) from another kit, it's in a different color grey plastic the rest of what's in the box
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