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  1. OK, here goes my version of the popular Tamiya F-14A Tomcat. I'm doing it in the markings of VF-142 Ghost Riders in their 1981 low-vis scheme from the old Microscale Decal sheet 48-217. Controversy and confusion kick off right from the get go! Microscale, with their usually vague painting instructions contradict each other in how the jet should be painted! I thought an ancient copy of Scale Aircraft Modelling June 1983 Vol. 5 Number 9 page 403 may have been of some help.................... ..........but the article seems to copy Microscale's instructions! The problem here is that I believe both Microscale and Scale Aircraft Modelling have got it wrong in their illustrations. The scheme in question appears to be the then brand new (for 1981 that is) low visibility blue/grey scheme of FS. 35237 top, FS. 36375 mid section and FS. 36495 underside. This very scheme has been slightly better documented by a couple of VF-143 Pukin Dogs Tomcats as seen below. https://deskgram.net/p/1825662876444855523_3230508708 So, the search began for any colour photos of Bu No. 159452. My initial search, several months ago, found nothing. But a more recent search uncovered a very poor quality colour image that seemed to confirm my hunch. https://abpic.co.uk/pictures/view/1048472 But, there are still unanswered questions! If anybody else is able to source any more colour photos of this particular jet I'd really like to see them. Anyway, so on with the build....... The cockpit is good enough out of the box. All that really needs adding is aftermarket seats. I'll be adding Quickboost seats from set number QB 48-754 for the EA-6B Prowler. As far as I'm aware they are the same seat as fitted to the early F-14A Tomcat, and you get 4 seats obviously, so enough for 2 Tomcats! I'm trying to build the kit in a way that avoids as much masking as possible. So I have painted the inside and outside of the nose section before gluing. This way I'm hoping I won't have to mask off the cockpit and undercarriage bay. Part number H6 the cockpit frame was painted Tamiya XF-85 Rubber Black, then dry brushed with light grey. This will simply slot in to place once the nose section is finished. An example of ease of use and speeding things up a little can be seen here with parts D18 and K1 and K2. I assembled K1 and K2 then glued them to D18, then went about cutting off the antenna and cleaning up the join line. Doing it this way made it all a lot easier to handle. Next the unit will be sprayed FS. 36495 and glued directly to the model. The panel on the side of the jet was filled with a styrene and Tamiya glue mix, then sanded. Perfect! Also take note of the fuselage mold line that needs to be removed prior to painting! More filling required on the nose section. This time using Mr Dissolved Putty. I really like this stuff and can highly recommend it. Also, there are two more sections of mold line that need to be removed. As indicated by the black marker and red arrows.............. On the intake ramp parts I glued part E13 to part D4 whilst holding parts D4 and E10 together (not glued) with mini clothes pegs. This aided painting later on. Parts G56, A5, A6 and B12 were all added to the lower fuselage section as well as the two E13 & D4 glued parts. This entire unit was then painted Stynylrez white primer. K14 and K15 were glued to their respective intakes and sprayed Stynylrez white primer. This section (not glued yet) is a drop fit onto the lower fuselage section. Such is the quality of Tamiya engineering! Next will be completing the front fuselage section and painting the lower fuselage FS 36495 in its various sub assemblies. Cheers Richard.
  2. If you check your modellers dictionary under the heading of 'Shelf Queen' you may well find a photo of this wee thing - Tamiya's 1997 Jeep... apart from the stowage, .30 cal belt and the M1 carbine, straight from the box. First figure I've painted in about 25 years and thoroughly enjoyed it. Started just before Christmas 2011 and finished this afternoon ! As ever please feel free to comment, abuse or ask a question. Have a great weekend y'all... :soldier Ian.
  3. So, I know I said I wouldn't do a WIP on this but I've got some time: As I'm (almost) incapable of building kits OOB, I bought the Big Ed set, gun barrels and decals, too. I'll probably add the SAM undercarriage set and soon-to-be-released Kitsworld Lancaster Generic Markings decals to it, too. I've bought the correct wheels and props from Tamiya via Southern Model Sales (around $45 for two sprues but that still makes the complete kit a bargain at $90!) Doesn't look like much but there's a fair bit of work here! Before anyone comments, I've gone for the RAF Interior Green throughout most of the cockpit area (as well as the usual rear fuselage), as I'm modelling a 617SQN aircraft from Operation CHASTISE, which took place on the night of 16/17 May 43. Although later in the war Bomber Command aircraft were being built with black interiors, my research suggests that Lancasters were still being built in early 1943 with green cockpits and black bomb-aimer's station. Prove me wrong! Nasty join lines that will need sanding. I'm going to rescribe some of the raised panel lines and probably remove a lot of the others completely.I'm pretty happy with the cockpit (apart from the twisted and very troublesome to install) Flight Engineer's seat. I've not weathered it too much as these aircraft were delivered new from the factory especially for the dams raid. Added some boot scuffing along the floor where there's a fair bit of traffic, though. Annoyingly, I discovered the (apparently) well-known issue with this kits radio operator windows being incorrectly placed after I'd joined the fuselage. Couldn't live with it after knowing the issue, so... Used the paint mask outlines to mark the new windows. Drilled and cut new openings. Made a new window from acetate and coated it in Future before fitting. Still needs cleaning up but I'm happy for now. You can also see in this shot the crash pads I made from toilet paper and PVA glue have been painted. Also started rescribing the panel lines and restoring rivets removed in sanding.The last two weeks or so have been intermittently filled by bending lots of Eduard bits to make the flap set. Quite tricky to assemble and I had to get some 1 mm dia sprue and 0.3 mm wire for it, too. Don't look too bad at this stage. Hopefully they'll look even better trimmed, painted and fitted.
  4. Just finished this in the Brits Abroad group build - a 1/48 Beaufighter target tug using the Tamiya kit and Red Roo conversion. The Red Roo conversion is excellent and includes the most detailed instructions I've ever seen - highly recommended. WIP is in the group build here thanks for looking Z
  5. I'm going out side of the comfort zone on this one, and I'm going to attempt to rivet it, and do an oil canned effect, I've been busy gathering blueprints, fingers crossed i dont mess it up, its the old and gold tamiya kit, i picked it up for the princely sum of £9-00,so if it does go belly up its no big deal, the markings will be painted on I'll make my own masks, and only use the tail decals, if it fits within the scope of the gb it will be an aircraft from kagoshima base in February 1944 and painted in the later dark green scheme, suitably weathered of course, I'm unsure at the moment if I'll do gear up with a pilot, I'll tackle some riveting first I'll be doing the lower scheme, hopefully
  6. modelling minion

    1/48 Brewster Buffalo RNEIAF

    Well with all these Zero's being built I thought I might as well build something for them to shoot at, and what better or more iconic target from the beginning of the war in the Pacific than the Brewster Buffalo. Now don't get me wrong I really like the Buffalo and believe that it has been made the scapegoat of early Allied losses as if the kill to loss figures for it are studied it actually scored more victories than it had losses, and lets not forget what the Finn's were able to do with them. I will be using the classic Tamiya kit which whilst not as detailed as more modern kits has good outlines and should build quite easily, and it certainly looks like a Buffalo to me. Lets start as usual with the box top and contents pictures. As you can see it has been slightly started (by me a few years ago) but has been given the go ahead by our host as it is less than the 25% threshold, here is a closer look at the insides of the fuselage which is most of whats been done. Apart from the kit parts I will be using a few extras, namely a replacement engine from Quickboost ( a necessity as the kit one was missing) and some aftermarket decals from Aeromaster which have been in the stash for a while. As you can see the replacement decals are in much better condition than the original kit ones. And that brings me to the choice of scheme. Rather than go with the often built RAF/RAAF/RNZAF options I'm going to build an aircraft operated by the Royal Netherlands East Indies Air Force which were used both the defence of their own territory and also in the defence of Singapore, and they have the interesting orange triangle markings, which were later replaced with the Dutch flag. the pictures below show the aircraft on the decal sheet I will be building and give it's pilots potted history. I have the use of a couple of reference books for this build. I hope to be making a start on this one over the weekend as I believe it should be a relatively quick build, which will let me get back to the builds that I've already started and should really be working on. Thanks for looking in. Craig.
  7. Building all these 109s, my dad almost forgot the 190ies. So he started a late-war JG301 A-9 using the Tamiya A-8 kit with decals from the Eduard A-9 The Tamiya kit includes the bigger wooden prop. DSC_0003 by Reinhard Spreitzhofer, auf Flickr DSC_0006 by Reinhard Spreitzhofer, auf Flickr DSC_0004 by Reinhard Spreitzhofer, auf Flickr resin seat from Ultracast DSC_0005 by Reinhard Spreitzhofer, auf Flickr
  8. This will be my first build of two l hope . (i will try and load the pic`s later !!!)
  9. bigbadbadge

    Mosquito PRIV

    Hi all Been working on this one, quite a nice kit although there are lots of ejector pin marks all over the inside of the cockpit which are a bit of a nuisance. Extra details were added inside the cockpit such as details on the sidewalls, wires and seatbelts. The Pilot seat was also modified. Here is a link to the small WIP Thanks for looking All the best Chris
  10. "What General Wegand called the Battle of France is over,I expect the Battle of Britain to begin.Upon this battle depend's the survival of Christian civilisation.Upon it depend's our own British life and the long continuity of our Empire and institution's" Winston Churchill 18th June 1940. Right that's the historical bit,I love Aircraft and since the eight year old me was taken to see The Battle of Britain have been enthralled by event's during the summer of 1940.I bought Johnny Kent's account of his career in the RAF last week and now plan to read Geoffrey Wellum's account when I borrow it off my eldest.I have a terrible track record in this section with the last four or five project's either dead in the water or still half finished! I'm aiming for a end of year finish so no rushing Tamiya's two old but still very good kit's,Box scheme for the Luftwaffe tribute not sure on the Spitfire yet be a week or so before I get a start.
  11. modelling minion

    Whispering Death

    For those of you who don't know what the title of this build is referring to "whispering death" is the name given to the Bristol Beaufighter by the Japanese as it wrought havoc on their forces in both Burma and in the Pacific. For this build I will be building an example flown by the RAAF which was used to great effect over the islands of the Netherlands East Indies. I will be using the 1/48 Tamiya TF.MK.X kit which I believe should have all the parts I need to reproduce one, here are the box and contents shots; As you can see the kit is still sealed in it's original bags. No decals for it yet but I'm planning on getting this set from DK Decals which has a nice one on it in the TSS scheme; http://www.dkdecals.cz/48016 RAAF Twins 1_48_1ZS.jpg It could still end up being one in the all over foliage green scheme but I prefer the one shown above. I won't start on it yet as I have too many on the go but once the Buffalo is done I should start it soon afterwards. Thanks for looking in. Craig.
  12. #25/2018 Besides the recently posted Swiss G-6, my dad also built a Swiss E-3. Switzerland purchased 80 E-3 in 1939 and built 8 further aircraft as a licence version which were delivered in 1944. The aircrafts stayed in service until December 1949. Tamiya kit, crosses and stripes painted (Montex masks for the crosses), Eduard seatbelts, EZ line for aerials. brake lines and landing gear indicators with plastic rods. Gunze and Tamiya acrylics used, aircraft number and rest of decals from Cutting Edge and Tamiya. The Swiss Emils differed slightly from the German originals. All differences are mentioned in this Hyperscale feature from Randy Lutz http://hsfeatures.com/features04/bf109e3swissrl_1.htm My dad made not all changes. He removed the fuselage MG bulges and added new ones with plastic pieces, he made a new seatbelt arrangement, used a spadegrip control stick from an I-16 kit, changed the cowl panel lines and used 2cm wing guns from a Hasegawa A6M7 kit for the Oerlikon wing guns. Build thread here https://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/235041244-alpine-schmitt148-messerschmitt-bf109e-3-swiss-airforce/ DSC_0004 by Reinhard Spreitzhofer, auf Flickr DSC_0001 by Reinhard Spreitzhofer, auf Flickr DSC_0003 by Reinhard Spreitzhofer, auf Flickr DSC_0004 by Reinhard Spreitzhofer, auf Flickr DSC_0005 by Reinhard Spreitzhofer, auf Flickr DSC_0006 by Reinhard Spreitzhofer, auf Flickr DSC_0007 by Reinhard Spreitzhofer, auf Flickr DSC_0008 by Reinhard Spreitzhofer, auf Flickr DSC_0009 by Reinhard Spreitzhofer, auf Flickr DSC_0010 by Reinhard Spreitzhofer, auf Flickr DSC_0011 by Reinhard Spreitzhofer, auf Flickr DSC_0012 by Reinhard Spreitzhofer, auf Flickr DSC_0013 by Reinhard Spreitzhofer, auf Flickr DSC_0014 by Reinhard Spreitzhofer, auf Flickr DSC_0015 by Reinhard Spreitzhofer, auf Flickr DSC_0023 by Reinhard Spreitzhofer, auf Flickr DSC_0016 by Reinhard Spreitzhofer, auf Flickr DSC_0017 by Reinhard Spreitzhofer, auf Flickr DSC_0018 by Reinhard Spreitzhofer, auf Flickr DSC_0002 by Reinhard Spreitzhofer, auf Flickr DSC_0020 by Reinhard Spreitzhofer, auf Flickr DSC_0021 by Reinhard Spreitzhofer, auf Flickr DSC_0022 by Reinhard Spreitzhofer, auf Flickr
  13. Finally, something that isn´t German in my collection, Tamiya´s 1:48 J2M3 "Raiden." The decals worked well after soaking them in hot water for a moment, however, the Hinomarus over the wings didn´t totally conform to the raised details of the ailerons. The model was brushpainted with Revell 40 Black Green for the upper surfaces, and Revell Satin 371 Light Grey for the undersides (which was a pain to paint).
  14. Hi guys going to build a 1/48 tamiya bubbletop. Meant to be a nice kit was tempted with Eduard photoset have but don't fancy splashing out plus all the kit detail looks top notch. Have bought some amdg decals which are in the post. Going to build this one, (I just posted the link for the image so hope I'm upsetting anyone copyright wise) I like colour scheme as it's OD over NMF with the upper wing invasion stripes painted over. So should be good fun with weathering. There's also a shark mouthed razorback on the sheet so maybe another later... Look forwards to starting Joss
  15. My dad hasn´t built an Emil for a while now, so he decided to give the Swiss G-6 some company and build an E-3 too. Using the good old Tamiya kit with Cutting Edge decals. Won´t be an oob build because we found out, that the Swiss Emils differed from the German versions in some points, so some changes and adaptions have to be made. DSC_0001 by Reinhard Spreitzhofer, auf Flickr DSC_0002 by Reinhard Spreitzhofer, auf Flickr
  16. Hello guys; After my last model built (Bf109E7 1/32 Eduard), I spent a little time working in this beautiful kit. I used interior and surfaces sets by Aires, Barracuda mainwheels, flaps by quickboost and Mastel PL barrels. Xtradecal decals was used. Cheers!
  17. Hi guys, I will also build as Modeling Minnion a Tamiya 1/48 Brewster Buffalo in Dutch markings of the ML KNIL ( Militaire Luchtvaart van de Koninklijke Nederland Indische Leger), but I will give it the flags as markings instead of the orange triangels. I have also got a decal sheet from Aeromaster for this and a Quickboost engine as well. I will place some pictures of it later on. Cheers,
  18. Ahoy folks, I have a question. My uncle has had a motorcycle kit for years and asked me if I'd put it together for him, but I've run into a potential snag. The decals for the kit, on the artwork and real pictures, are white. Mine have a cream tint, but its not on the carrier film, rather the actual text. However, the dial needles and markings still appear to be pure white. Has anyone else owned this kit to know whether they're supposed to be this colour, or weather I should try out the 'tape to window and let the sun fix them' technique I've just looked up? Cheers in advance. Gaz
  19. My last finished model. I did not like my finish. I mistakenly used Mr Surfacer 500 instead of 1200. I used a mixture of Tamiya paints. Cheers!
  20. Hi all Whilst still completing the lovely Airfix Ford Trimotor, I have started on the Tamiya Mossie. I am doing a blue PR IV as a test for painting of the colour for a larger PRU Blue aircraft. I won't say what it is yet though incase it doesn't work out. The kit is mainly OOB with the addition of PE seatbelts and some wiring in the cockpit. The fit is nice but there are loads of ejector pin marks on the cockpit interior etc that had to be filled. Thanks for looking All the best Chris
  21. This is my entry. Tamiya's 1/48th scale P-47D build as a D-20 from the 19th Fighter Squadron. The decals are from the very nice Thundercals sheet, Razorback of the PTO part 4. I'm going to use Ultracast wheels and seat and the excellent Vector P-47 upgrade set.
  22. Just wrapped this up before work this morning. I won't go into the kit in too much depth as others have already, far more eloquently and in a more informed way. But I will say that it's absolutely beautiful. Falls together, fantastic fit, lovely details, clear instructions. I really can't fault it - beyond the sort of 'what if' scenarios of wishing there were PE belts etc. Still - for those who care enough, those can be bought! Anyway - onto the build. I am including a few along-the-way images, as I used this build to try / improve a few things I have been learning. Interior was painted with Citadel black primer, then the section behind the cockpit was dry brushed with Vallejo aluminium - total waste of time as it's utterly invisible, but I guess most on here will get the motivation. Cockpit and engine section was sprayed with Tamiya USAF tan rattle can. The details were brush painted, before white oil paint was used to pop out some raised details. Reflector sight was a cut strip from 35mm film - a roll that came back blank goes a long way for this! It's darker than ideal, but I quite like the look of it. The main body was primed black - again with Citadel - which I really recommend for rattle can users. I then primed control surfaces with Citadel white, before painting the whole kit with Tamiya bare metal silver. Next up was the red tail. I masked it off, re-primed control surfaces white over the metal, then added a little watercolour masking fluid to leading edges. The result came out rather nicely. I then masked off some wing sections and did a dusting of Tamiya titanium sliver rattle can to break up large areas. After this I mixed small amounts of Vallejo Air aluminium paint with Vallejo black grey, or Vallejo yellow - in varying ratios - before brush painting small panels, hatches, sections - again to break it all up. I then tried to make my own masks, cutting masking tape stuck onto the decal sheet for the distinctive flap markings... this went - well - badly. I am too slipshod with a scalpel and the masks were terrible, and the decals ruined. Instead I cut up an old German cross into small pieces and made the stencil markings from scratch. These ended up pretty overstated, but I was actually really happy with them. Not one for the 'accurists' - but I like the slightly oversized aspect. Still - someone defter than me might use this technique really nicely. No carrier film, and quite fun to do! All markings bar the tail, and wheel covers were home made masks (not too challenging) with varying primers under the red paint and a little masking fluid used. I then did an oil pin-wash over the whole kit. Then small decals were added. And I cut the excess carrier film off the tail marking - which I balked at making myself! Amazing how much difference a few seconds of trimming decals makes. I can't believe I never did it before. Spinner and prop were painted with Tamiya RAF dark earth, then dry brushed with Vallejo mixed brown + white, with minimal chipping. And that was that! Quite happy with how it all turned out. Thanks for looking! Bruce
  23. Another one of my New Zealand vehicles. This is the tiny Tamiya 1/48th kit. Basically straight from the box with a little help from the spares box for the.30 cal Thanks for looking.
  24. fet_thunderdome

    Detail set for Tamiya Porsche 956

    Hi Everyone, is anyone aware of some detailing up set for the Tamiya Porsche 956 1/24 kit? I actually have the Scale Motorsport one, which is nice, but i'd like some other more pieces on the engine and maybe suspension, but i don't find a lot. Thanks
  25. Just putting my marker down, will add pics etc in the morning. Looking forward to this one!