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  1. Here inscribed the names of friends we knew, Young men with whom we often flew. Scrambled to many angels high, They knew that they or friends might die. Many were very scarcely trained, And many badly burnt or maimed. Behind each name a story lies Of bravery in summer skies; Though many brave unwritten tales Were simply told in vapour trails. Many now lie in sacred graves And many rest beneath the waves. Outnumbered every day they flew, Remembered here as just 'The Few'. ’Our Wall’ by Battle of Britain pilot, Flt Lt William Walker, inscribed on the Memorial Wall at Capel-Le-Ferne. What it may lack in lyrical quality compared to, say, High Flight, it makes up for in brutal honesty. This then, is my tribute to the men memorialised in that poem, and on that wall, for they truly were ‘our wall’ in 1940. Nothing remarkable in my choice, although friends may cavil at the choice of scale, the relatively recent Tamiya tooling of the icon of the Battle, the Spitfire. Spitfire by Tamiya by Jon Gwinnett, on Flickr
  2. Hi, This one is mostly about taking part in this remembrance of the BoB. I'm not that great a builder. I'm keen to finish at least one model. Later on, I might return with another build like a Hurricane Mk I or Eduard's new Spitfire Mk I. This is the "old" Tamiya Spitfire, the copyright says "1993". Seems like yesterday... The decal sheet is from Fündekals. As you see, lots of Mk I's can be built using this one (11 of them BoB Spitfires). The .pdf with the instructions can be downloaded from the site for free. https://www.fundekals.com/spitfiresPart2.html I'm planning to build this one as R6775 "YT-J" of No 65 Sqn, flown by Jeffrey Quill during his time with 65 Sqn in August 1940. Cheers, Stefan.
  3. Good day all, hope you are all safe and sound where ever you are. I'm just setting up my page for this GB. Really looking forward to this build and I have chosen Tamiya's epic 1:32 kit of the Birdcage Corsair. I came across the kit just after Christmas and was really looking forward to a later mark as I wanted to do a MkII but due the stock having a great price this was the last remaining and I couldn't turn it down, it worked out at around 60 quid! Now I prefer to model Fleet Air Arm aircraft and they did operate this type of aircraft as a MK I, it never really saw much operational action as it was mainly used as a trainer and was stationed mainly stateside and Canada. This particular build will be of JT190 which was flown by the late Lt Cdr Jack Sewell a FAA Fighter Ace, based at NAS Brunswick in Maine. I still have much to learn about the pilot and aircraft and will hopefully share that over the course of this build. The kit is quite huge and there is a lot of detail in there. Its the first time I've really tackled something in 1:32 so I hope that I can do it justice. I'm building straight out of the box with the exception of a fabric harness (I am assuming that the Mk I's still retained their American harnesses as they were based in US and hadn't really been British-ised yet), I also ordered a set of cockpit label decals to add a bit more depth to the cockpit, they haven't arrived yet so hoping they are not far off. As for the decals, well I haven't had any luck in getting a set in 1:32 so another first for me is painting the markings as opposed to sticking them on, we shall see how that goes! I do have a 1:48 'Royal Navy' and serial letters that work out to roughly the correct size so the serials wont be a problem. Just need to find some colour matching for the roundels. This aircraft was also marked up as '7M' and that will be slightly easier to mask and paint as opposed to any other number/letter combo. Here is the obligatory box top I wont go into every sprue shot as there are a lot of them and this kit has been well reviewed elsewhere on the web so I will save my Flickr size but heres a little selection of parts post washing, there are a fair few to count! It all looks a little daunting at the moment, I just hope I can complete it in time and do it justice, but we shall see. Until later, stay safe! Bob
  4. Last November, during the BTE (Best Trip EverTM), along with @CedB, @Terry1954, @Navy Bird, and the Mighty @Procopius, I got to visit the FAA Museum at Yeovilton, and found this prize in the gift shop: While paying for my new treasure, the kind women behind the counter asked if I'd like to have the author, David Morris, sign it for me, he was standing right there! BTE. Here's a pic I snapped of KD431 in the exhibit hall: Hopefully, this one helps me rebound from multiple recent modelling setbacks, we'll see. I was originally going to attempt this in the upcoming STGB, but I'm afraid that it's too big a project to do under a time pressure, please pardon this sinner Dennis @Corsairfoxfouruncle - I'll attempt a RNZAF Corsair in that one. Well, I want to build it as close as possible to how it's displayed at Yeovilton, so that means opening up the panel between the engine and fuel tank, and scratch building a bunch of stuff to put in there. Panel removed with scribing tool, then razor saw. The wide portion of an eye dropper will be the fuel tank. By a stroke of luck, the plasticard I have lying around is exactly half the thickness of Tamiya sprue, so if I glue two pieces together it is the right size to represent the ducting header for the tubes going from the wing root air intakes. I'm not looking for 100% (or even 78%) accuracy, I just want it to look busy in there.
  5. I really enjoyed this really intricate to build - loads of detail - but exceptionally well-made kit. Definitely worth the money
  6. Hi everyone I know its another Tamiya Spitfire but after seeing @shortCummins rather splendid build I thought I'd show mine as I'm pretty close to where John is with his build. I should say that I started this back in 2018 and for some reason or another I lost interest and put it to one side but now I'm building for my best mate who has been a real rock to me over the past few months and who has a thing for Spitfires. So my plan is to build the Spit and incorporate it into a diorama, I have an Austin Tilly and Willy's Jeep going Spare plus a 1/32 Pilot and ground crew any here is where I'm at... Cheers everyone and stay safe Iain
  7. Kit: Tamiya 1/48 Spitfire I Decals: Victory Productions “Aces of the Empire” Here’s my entry for the group build The subject is Spitfire I R6893 “KL-T” 54 Sqn, based at Hornchurch in Summer 1940. This aircraft was regularly flown by Pilot Officer Colin Gray and he recorded a number of kills whilst flying this aircraft. First, the box and sprues And the profile from Victory Productions
  8. I made a throwaway comment at the end of my Blitzbuild about tanks being easier to build quickly than my carrier or the Horch I did at Christmas as they are basically a couple of boxes and some tracks with none of the time consuming internals to build and paint. I therefore have a moral obligation to put my money where my mouth is with the quickest build I can manage of a vanilla T-34. This is the victim this time. Picturre stolen from Scalemates as my box is still somewhere between here and Japan (but in the opposite direction if you see what I mean). As it's an early one it will be in 3B rather than 4BO (dark green rather than olive). It would be nice if there's a camouflaged version on the decal sheet, even better if I could find evidence of one used in the Anglo-Soviet invasion of Iran as the Russian vehicles involved sported a great 3 tone tiger stripe scheme. More when I have something concrete to show. Or plastic, that would be better, yes? Andy
  9. This is going to be a build of two different variants of Cromwell, a IV with an F hull and a Vw with the welded hull and extra armour. I like to build vehicles based on actual vehicles from photographs so I’m going to be basing my builds on these pictures: an F hull Cromwell IV of welsh guards, GAD knocked out in Germany. I bought the kit and most accessories as one of the first kits when I got back into modelling but has sat in the stash until I’d got my skills up. I really like all the extra ammo can storage on it but it’s only recently I’ve realised it’s an F hull as my knowledge of Cromwells has increased. I believe it’s a 75mm rather than a 95 based on its markings. the second welded hull Vw will be based on one of 4CLY sharpshooters knocked out at Villers Bocage, based on these photos and a couple more in Dan Taylor’s through the Lens book on VB. The kits and aftermarket that will be going into these builds: I recently bought off eBay one of these Cromwells that came with all the AA upgrades for both the F hull and welded hull for a very decent price. Now some of the AA parts are incorrect such as the F hull engine deck and the front plate for the up armoured hull so I’ll either be correcting those or making my own parts. I’ll be using @Bullbaskets welded hull Cromwell build log plus various photos I’ve collected and a good walk around video on YouTube for the corrections for the welded hull variant. The build has started with the rear hull. Appropriate Rivets have been removed from the welded hull along with the towing shackle mounting plates as these were welded directly onto the hull. I’ve also removed the first aid box from the rear with a razor saw that will be saved for reattaching later. The upper part will have a section of styrene attached over with weld beads added. Welded hull at the bottom with comparison to the riveted hull to show which rivets and plates have been removed. Pin marks have been filled since taking photos.
  10. Whilst waiting for some glues and paints of annoying unrewarding fiddly bits to dry on other stuff, I have started the next aeroplane for the work bench. This is Tamiya's aging Beaufighter with a few tweaks here and there, and I plan to model it on RD136, one of a small batch of Weston built aircraft which retained the Hercules XVII but received the Mk.XII wing and the Mod T361 tailplanes and enlarged elevators. It also sported a Lockheed tailwheel. First up was to attempt to improve on the "fishbelly" appearance of the Tamiya kit. I did this with 3 saw-cuts per side, and whilst both sides were marked out with a scriber and the lines washed with black paint, I cut and glued one side at a time retaining the other as an alignment reference. As a confession - I did this on a TLAR basis, and removed 2mm of depth at that second panel line from the tail. This is how it went back together compared to the unmolested other side The second side was hacked up to match and the centreline seam taped to help ensure it would all go together in the end (Yes, I know, I'll have to fettle the nav's internal compartment pieces) A trial assembly shows a more Beaufighterish outline, which will do. Time to tidy up the joins etc. I hope this turns out nice! Whilst the filler on that dries, I've started an Italeri boxing of Accurate Miniatures' B-25
  11. Hi! Little fast project on the side. Completly no problem build - 100% OOB. Model was painted with AK RC, Tamiya and Gunze paints, small details with Vallejo and Model Master. Weathering I made with oil paints for artists.
  12. Hi there! A little late to the party, but here's my entry for my favorite WWII aircraft. I'll be building a 1/72 Tamiya F4U-1D with box scheme. My focus for this project will be attempting a chipped/weathered effect for the aircraft, so figure I'd stick with a smaller scale kit. The only other Tamiya 1/72 kit I've done was a Zero when I first returned back to the hobby a couple years ago, so I'm looking forward to a trouble free and well fitting build. As a fun fact, I picked this model up last year in Tokyo from the official Tamiya store when I had the opportunity to visit Japan. I'm more focused on improving my technical skill and getting a good looking finish than adhering to historical accuracy, and any feedback would be much appreciated. Box/sprue shots. I'll be going with airframe scheme depicted on the cover, I like the splash of yellow in front instead of an all single colored blue scheme. Wonderful detail in this kit, especially at this scale. And finally my first progress shot. Mission Models Black Primer, then US Interior Green for cockpit, mix of NATO black and black for the black parts, "dry-brushed" using a grey watercolor pencil then buttons picked out with white, red and yellow paints. Rear wheel well painted in Yellow Zinc Chromate. All of this was then carefully pinwashed with an thinned oil paint mix of burnt umber and black. Thanks for watching!
  13. TAMIYA 1:48 Heinke He 219A-7 Uhu Uhu is just a cool looking plane, been waiting to build this one for a while now. Also, has couple things that will challenge me in the painting - black and rather complicated camo work on the top side. It's a very tail heavy plane with practically no space on the front - so it's great that Tamiya is giving (a rather heavy) nose weight which doubles as the cockpit floor & nose gear bay. It's decently sized model, so should be quite impressive looking when done. May 1945. I specifically wanted to do a version with black undersides - because I think it looks cool and I haven't really painted black, so it will be fun to try out making it look interesting & weathered. Also, the camo job is something I'm not yet sure how I will do it. I think the correct way is to paint the darker color first and do 'snakes' with the lighter color, but I'm not sure me & my airbrush are up to the task. I will have to do some testing. I got the AS-5 spray can, but I guess I can decant that for the airbrush too.
  14. Hey there, I found that I have too many Panther tanks and fancied something else for quite some time and not got to support local hoppy shops. Finally went for KV-1 kits. I ordered the Tamiya kit with the ABER detail bits to get a bit more finesse into this one. The detail ootb ist good but as with many of the RC tanks not overwhelmingly. This most likely has to do with tha fact that you will handle it alot and that might damage too finely detailed models. Still I got the Trumpeter to look for some additional details to add to its´ larger brother. I plan to do texture most of the surfaces with Mr Surfacer 500 for the rough look. Tamiya just has it how to do an appealing box. Fold up the box lid and you get to see a very nice picture together with a windowed box on all the goodies inside. I remember when I was a child and I did that for the first time in the shops, but I never had the money to afford one of these models.
  15. I got this just after I finished the 222 and Horch (Yes, I belong to the breed of modellers who live from kit to kit) because the neighbors were getting rather pesky with their renovations, so I thought why not get a demolition man tank to set them straight After getting it I thought that I might want to join a GB, but, I hadn't the foggiest idea how to, and so I approached the patron god of Israeli tanks and Shermans John (@Bullbasket) who directed me to the GB page, and there I found the Journey's End GB of which this will be a part. I plan to do it in the Berlin scheme with a white stripe running around it. The box top The sprues Apologies for quality of photos, but my phone's camera is acting up so I had to use my old phone.
  16. Hello all, Here is my recently completed 1/48 Tamiya Spitfire Vb marked as EP829 of 249 Squadron based at Krendi, Malta in April 1943. Flown by Sqn.Ldr Joseph Lynch, he downed 3.5 Junkers Ju-52 transports in April, making him an Ace. This encounter also included the 1000th aircraft to be shot down by the Malta defenders. Extras used included Xtradecals, Eduard Canopy mask and Eduard etch for the cockpit. Paints are a mixture of Mr Paint (Dark Earth & Azure Blue) and Tamiya (XF-77 IJN grey). I wanted to depict a well worn example and so weathering comprises Abteilung oils, Tamiya pigments, AK pencils and dry brushing. The build thread is here The small collection so far: Thanks for looking. Dave
  17. Another build started while waiting for the clear coat to dry on my Hellcat. Sorry no pictures during the main building time.
  18. So this will be Tamiya's 72nd scale F4U-1D, based somewhat on the artwork below. I've drawn up decals and sent them out to the printers last Thursday, so couple weeks for sure before I'll have them physically. The tail marking is about the only one I did not change, well almost. Made the white and blue equal widths, but for the rest: 1. - underwing roundel will have lighter surround representing fresh paint, or possibly showing a little difference between American and British Sky Grey 2. - original artwork has a red Indian chief's head, but I could not find any references about this. So will not incorporate this, but in it's place will add the chalked warning "GUNS LOADED" 3. - going with slightly larger fuselage code letters (20 inches) based on studying the well known photos of a pranged Corsair (see image below) 4. - more visible original roundel of 36 inches, with a smaller white portion 5. - smaller serial, adjusted to what should be 4 inches height Photos of plastic to follow ... regards, Jack
  19. I've been dreaming of building an RNZAF Corsair for a long time, and it looks like I'm in good company in this STGB. Here's the kit: And here are the transfers: I have some Xtradecal RNZAF roundels to replace the ones included in the above set, as I don't think these match the actual roundel blue used according to @LDSModeller. I'm not dead set on this particular aircraft, but I definitely want to do an operational tri (quad) color scheme. Primed and airbrushed some of the interior today to make the start official. Thanks @Corsairfoxfouruncle for organizing this STGB.
  20. Hello all, A second entry from me - Tamiya's 1/48 Spitfire Mk.Vb Tropical, marked as AB262, of 249 Squadron at RAF Takali, Malta in March 1942. This machine was used by the then Flying Officer Robert McNair, DSO, DFC & 2 bars, claiming a 'damaged' on the 18th March followed by a number of 'destroyed' - an ME 109 on 19 March, a Junkers Ju 88 on 26 March, a 109 on 20 April and a Ju 88 on 22 April. He downed a further three ME 109s on the 22nd May, 25th May and 10th June 1942. EDIT - Scheme change, see below. Kit: Extras: Eduard interior etch and mask along with Xtradecal markings. Decals and paint scheme: The appropriate MRP colours: Perhaps not as modern or as well detailed as the Eduard series of kits or Tamiya's new Mk.I, it's still a nice looking little kit. Will make a start later this week all being well. Dave
  21. I'll be building the tamiya birdcage corsair in 1/48 scale, I'll be using eduard masks and a techmod decal sheet one of the offerings on the sheet is white 93 a blacksheep aircraft of vmf 214 from 1943 a picture below Parts ready for the build Some paint Cockpit built oob, foil seat belts, and the ip decal on, that shattered into around 5 pieces, I'll have the canopy closed so i felt it unnecessary to use ane pe, Engine built up ,painted and dry brused, a bit of a wash and it'll do Fuselage together and the main wing section in place Canopy on and masks stuck down It went together flawlessly to this point as you woul expect of these tamiya kits ,no filler at all, this is where i am at present, now I'm a bit stuck on the paint colour, below are a couple of colour photos of birdcage corsairs that look like different colours but seem to be the two tone type of camo @Troy Smith and @Corsairfoxfouruncle have already helped out with a question concerning colours in the chat section, Is this the colour and style of camo of white 93? Is this darker blue one just a less weathered version of above, this is the type of roundel on white 93 One more A little confused, Are they all the same colour but at different stages of weathering? Or are they different camo types/colours? Cheers all any extra help would be greatly appreciated Glynn
  22. Between 1998 and 2008 I owned a number of Honda Preludes; three third generation and one fifth generation model. I've not seen any models of either type although I understand there is a rare kit of the 3rd gen Prelude out there somewhere. This Tamiya kit of the 2nd generation Honda Prelude was picked up from a small model shop in Evesham when I saw it at a reasonable price. The appearance didn't change much between the 2nd and 3rd generation models, although few parts were carried over and an uncle of mine had one of these 2nd gen cars many years ago. The main parts of the body were sprayed dark blue - a similar colour to my first Prelude. It looks a little grainy, not sure if it's supposed to be like that (IIRC it's a pearl or metallic finish and needs lacquer). Engine bay needs another coat, body was united just to check fit. More grain on the boot lid. The instructions call for the underside to be painted mostly the same colour as the upper body. Inner wings will get a coat of satin black and I think there's a silver exhaust heat shield to paint and the petrol tank probably needs some colour too. Interior parts mostly painted, the instructions called for two-tone grey, which again is very similar to the car I owned. I think it was brushed with Tamiya acylics. Bumpers in metallic grey. Not sure how to do the indicators, it's a pity they're just moulded in. Suspension and dash top, pity about the broken tie rod, not quite sure how to fix. Cooling fan reasonably well picked out against the radiator matrix. Engine, I'm tempted to try adding plug leads to bring it to life. I think I experimented with dry brushing silver on the flat aluminium gearbox casing to give it a bit more life, I think it looks OK. Decals and glazing, still in the plastic bag. I think the digital dash (oh so '80s) was for the Japanese market only. Nice satin-finish for the wheels, but they need some black paint to pick out the surround to the "H" on the centre cap. Where now? Finish the body; light rub down, another colour coat, clear coat. details Paint the underside Assemble the interior Assemble the underside Final assembly.
  23. My entry to the group build, my first piece of 1/35th armour in over thirty years It will be oob, no PE no aftermarket, but I’ll try to do a serious job of camo and weathering. Still haven’t entirely decided on the scheme yet but will probably be a winter one.
  24. Hey y'all this one is ready to be called done just got radio Aerials to add Thanks to all who commented on the WIP thread C+C welcome thanks for looking
  25. Squadron is taking pre-orders on a Tamiya 1/48 P-38H due for release in the US in July/August https://www.squadron.com/P-38-H-Lightning-p/tm25199.htm
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