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  1. The box has been sat on the floor of my office taunting me for a week or so now whilst I've worked on the Harrier, but as that's basically done I can now start contemplating this monster The decks have been cleared( or at least as clear as it's likely to get) so tomorrow is a new day and a new build...
  2. Hello all, Bit of a late entry but hoping I can get this done in time. Was inspired by @Bertie Psmith 1/35 build that he started.. Trumpeter_ Strv_103C_ (1) by Dermot Moriarty, on Flickr I haven't built 1/72 armour in a long time so this will be interesting! Kit was a recent purchase from fellow modeller Glen Phelan. Trumpeter_ Strv_103C_ (2) by Dermot Moriarty, on Flickr Four sprues, tracks, decals.. Trumpeter_ Strv_103C_ (3) by Dermot Moriarty, on Flickr And what's this lurking in the corner of the box? Trumpeter_ Strv_103C_ (4) by Dermot Moriarty, on Flickr Why it's a tiny S-tank! Trumpeter_ Strv_103C_ (5) by Dermot Moriarty, on Flickr Build will be OOB and I'm really drawn to this scheme... Trumpeter_ Strv_103C_ (6) by Dermot Moriarty, on Flickr Thanks for looking and good luck with your builds. Cheers, Dermot
  3. Hi all, I’ve started this new project about a month ago and here is the work in progress so far. Here are a few pictures showing the Zil 157 SA truck build so far. It's an early Trumpeter kit, so I did expect a few issues along the way, but so far not too bad. The biggest issue has been the intermediate gearbox installation, the gearbox lower case fouled the chassis, I had to shave a few millimetres off to get it and the driveshaft’s to sort of line up. Once primed with Mr Surfacer 1500 grey primer, I used a 50/50 mix of MRP grey-green 165 with Aqueous H52 olive drab, thinned with Rapid thinners. This gave me a nice smooth finish that looked very close to the kit sprue colour. Also, to add fading and sun bleaching effect later, I mixed a 50/50 mix of MRP 10 brown green with H52 olive drab. The Eduard PE set is being used, but only about 50%. I have bent the engine bonnet hoods into shape, but I am not sure if I will use them yet, as the kit parts look good. Once I have completed the truck, I can move on to the Missile trailer.
  4. Don't know if anyone is interested in this one? I acquired this Trumpeter 1/35 Challenger 2 from that well known auction site part started very cheaply and the intention is to display it in the BATUS heavy A workshop during winter repair/servicing c2008. The plan is to show the vehicle with pack and gue removed and track tensioner and hydro gas suspension unit being replaced as well as the front RH fuel bag tank. The time frame allows me to paint it in ether two colour green/sand yellow or desert sand brown as it was around then that the colour scheme was changed. I have made a start on this so will let the pics: do the talking I am aware that this kit has short comings but they will hopefully be negated by the way I'm planning to finish/display the model. If anyone has any photographs of the empty pack compartment they would be willing to share I would be very grateful as I am working mainly by memory. Thanks for looking in Stay safe Roger
  5. Happy New Year, guys! Inspired by the work of the esteemed Rob, I began to build my version of the heavy cruiser HMS "Berwick" based on Trumpeter's "Cornwall". Doing Berwick for November 1940, before the battle at Cape Spartivento. I would like to make a stormy sea typical for this time of year. Like my previous projects, I plan to use a mini aftermarket details and everything that I can modify myself (I have nowhere to rush!). I also want to make my own crew figures. I think it will not be as difficult as it seems - firstly, in fresh weather there should not be many sailors on deck. Secondly, the figures in storm jackets are not very difficult to make.) Gentlemen! I would be very grateful if someone shares a photo of Berwick. Photos from 1940 are especially interesting. For my part, I share what I managed to find: https://mega.nz/folder/E5cFXArQ#eznRe1pyYHcTpIfYdcBSwg
  6. Hi folks, I am calling this Algerian SU24 done. They seem to prefer in-flight refuelling, rather than strap the huge fuel tanks under these birds, so I just went with a light load out that my reference book showed. Also, stencil dated seemed to be rather sparse around the fuselage compared to the Russian flown versions. Overall, it was a great build, the Aires cockpit was slow going, but after that it went together pretty well. The nose cone was left open to display the radar equipment and I scratched built a few extras to fill the void in the nose, I call it recalibration test equipment, just some detailing to give a bit of visual interest to that area. The kit is known to have some inaccuracies, especially the rear engine exhausts are too wide apart, and hence the FOD covers mask this issue. Thanks in advance for all your comments and interest.
  7. I will finish a GB, I will finish a GB, I will finish a GB.... Work has been manic and the mojo has been lacking. Covid in September didn't help either. I may still finish my French Fancy Mirage but will need to find some replacement parts after the carpet monster ate a few. Anyway didn't have anything in the stash for this one but a quick order to Hannants produced this: Looks very nice. A little flash but nothing serious and the engraving is very fine. Relatively low parts count (well it is 1/144) so hopefully will go together quickly. The above photos were taken at about 9am yesterday (Saturday). I decided to treat this a little like a blitzbuild and managed to set aside about 4 hours on Saturday and Sunday to do this. That's as far as I have got tonight. I have really enjoyed the build so far. Unfortunately I discovered on Saturday that I don't have quite the right paint colours to hand and so another order has been placed. As a result it will be a few days before the next update. As always all comments welcome. Cheers Dave
  8. Quite a few of these on the go I see. I started these two in four tank parallel build as I needed a break from another couple of projects as they were doing my nut in. Both used the Trumpeter kits for the hulls. Everything else was binned. InAccuate Armour upgrades have been extensively used and the tracks are from HobbyBoss. Figures are Valkyrie and MiniArt with Hornet Heads. Both sets of figures are a huge disappointment as they are incorrectly dressed and will need to be corrected. The Berlin Chally is current from the Ajax Squadron who have been experimenting with urban cam schemes. The NATO Chally is circa 2002 and is still carrying Clansman kit and the old wheels, which were replaced in late 2002 around the time Bowman came in. Both Chally's are ready for gloss varnish then weathering, which I will post progress on in this thread. Here goes! Yes I know the viewing ports need completing.... NATO Chally 2 Not done armour for years, so weathering should be interesting! GPMG and viewing ports need sorting yet also.
  9. Hello all, Possibly a slightly premature post, as I haven’t got the said kit yet, but I have lots of questions! I’ve been rambling on about maybe getting a 1/200 kit for a project on my 1/700 Bismarck build thread, and thought I probably ought to give it its own topic as I nearly bought one last night, and may well later today Bonkers really, as I’ve nowhere to put it, but once I get a bee in my bonnet, I can’t shake it loose! It didn’t have to be the Bismarck, but in terms of aftermarket and availability, it seems the obvious choice. I would have liked HMS Hood, but a couple of things held me back - no sea plane (I like having an aircraft to model)/ more expensive/ less aftermarket. The aftermarket options are slightly daunting, and here’s where I want some advice. Pontos do a ‘Super Detailed’ set and above that, an ‘Advanced’ set (15 sheets of PE compared to 11 on the SD). Mk.I Models do a deluxe set. Ka do a set, Trumpeter do their own set and the rather unfortunately named ‘I Love Kit’ do a set! Not all are easy to source. I have tracked down the ‘I Love Kit’ set 66602 from a UK model shop which seems to be the Pontos set re boxed? (but under the Trumpeter label) But which set it is I don’t know. The above offerings come with wooden decks, but I am rather attracted to the Scaledecks one. I think I’d have to get one from the States if I go down this route. Any thoughts on decks? I know one Scaledeck version comes with swastikas and one plain. I haven’t decided on a scheme yet (if any!). I realise there’s a ton of 3D (expensive!) printed parts out there. Any essentials? As I have no patience at all, I may buy later, but I’d appreciate a quick heads up before I do? I’d be very grateful for any input/ advice/ derision… ASAP! Thanks in advance, Guy ps any links to stellar build threads of the aforementioned kit would be helpful too…
  10. Making a spot for the start of this build HMS York heavy cruiser got the kit for a bargain at the last show Bolton I managed to get to before everything fell apart. Since then I have acquired a few extras ( The BIG BOY'S came around honest ) to go with it mostly for her sister ship Exeter but sure I can make them fit and very inspired by @Jamie @ Sovereign Hobbies and @robgizlu builds I will be attempting the same camouflage as the box art a bit like Rob's HMS Berwick build light grey and dark grey 507C and 507B I think I have that right. And there should be another parcel on it's way soon to help add a bit more. Stay Safe beefy
  11. After the Zvezda's kits, Trumpeter pulled a hind out of his hat! Trumpeter is to release in late July 2021 a 1/48th Mil Mi-24D "Hind-D" kit - ref. 05812 We can just hope it'll be a new tool kit and not just a Mini-Hobby kit variant/re-edition under the Trumpeter label. Wait and see : https://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/235019038-148-mi-24v-hind-coming-from-trumpeter/ Source: http://www.trumpeter-china.com/index.php?g=home&m=article&a=show&id=207&l=en Box art Mi-24V "Hind-E" - ref.0??? https://www.1999.co.jp/eng/10798299 V.P.
  12. Hello fellows, Let me show you my new project. The Trumpeter P-47 Thunderbolt, bubbletop, "2 Big and too Heavy", in 1/32 scale. As you know, this Tumpeter's model has a lot of interior details, which I'll try to made visible...(at least some of them). And here some pics...; this is the real bird, and the Trumpeter art box. As usual, I've started with the cockpit: As aftermarket, I only bought the Yahu Instrument panel. In my opinion It's worthy, and improves a lot. Most of the ducting and piping, wont be visible after the model is assembled... I'd like this part be visible, so I've added some hoses and wires... As also I did, behind the instrument panel: Prior cutting the fuselage, I did a fit test... My idea is gluing the two cut parts of fuselage, so they be easily to put and remove, in order to show the interior (the water tank, fuses added, etc..) And this is the way I hope the model will be seen (removing the parts): Note: the rear part of fuselage, won't be removable. Alhough I think is interesting, also.... So now, after putting AK putty for filling the gaps, the two halfs are drying... And finally, a last pic of the model.... I hope you enjoy it, and I would appreciate your comments! Thanks for watching.
  13. Hallo This Sd.Kfz.8 from Trumpeter in scale 1/35 is straight from the box. It is my the last but one off all my half tracks. The Sd.Kfz.9 is waiting for getting started. With all this German half tracks I want to show the backbone of tank warfare. Maybe you like this model. Happy modelling
  14. RA-5C Vigilante Fuselage Brace (48-801) 1:48 Nautilus Models Back when Trumpeter first released their 1:48 kit of the massive Vigi in 2005, there were some problems with the top seam of the fuselage, which wasn’t strong enough to stay flat, or stand up to any seam hiding activities such as sanding, resulting in cracking of seams and probably quite a lot of foul language. This was a problem that Trumpeter didn’t address, but along came Nautilus Models with their wooden brace kit. It’s a brilliantly simple solution, and arrives in a sealed plastic bag with a set of instructions within. After slicing open the package, out slides a single sheet of basswood with all the parts laser cut into it, held in place by short lengths at that ends that are only partially cut through. A few slices with a new blade liberates all the parts, and any burrs can be removed with a few strokes of a sanding stick. The instructions show you how to put the parts together, and they fit snugly without any glue (as you can see below) but should be glued and left to dry within the fuselage using some strong PVA wood glue, securing it with clamps, tape or elastic bands to keep things in place. Once the glue is dry it can be fixed into one side of the fuselage and later there are some instructions for fitting Aires exhausts cans should you have a set ready for use. From the many kits that have been built over the years it seems that this bracing kit is both the easiest and most cost-effective way of ensuring a happy conclusion to your fuselage closing ceremony. Every Vigi should have one. The set is available from their website as below, but if you have any trouble with ordering (as I did, ordering from the UK), just drop them an email and they’ll soon reply. Conclusion According to James from Nautilus this set and its smaller 1:72 stablemate have been consistent sellers ever since the kit was released, and you’ll be please to know that the kit is still available in both scales to go around this excellent structural helper. Many thanks to James for the review sample Extremely highly recommended, bordering on mandatory. Review sample courtesy of
  15. Some years ago I had an intensive period of building tanks. One of them was the red army's KV-1 (after general Kliment Voroshilov). I especially liked the tank-like looks of the version in which additional metal plates had been attached to the turret with big bolts. This KV-1 type had the Russian nickname "s ehranami" or "with screens" in English. The red army ordered the additional metal plates to be attached to the KV-1's to make the turrets thicker against the efficient German tank guns. The strongly sagging tracks were also typical of this tank giving it real badass looks. I built the KV-1 from a good quality Trumpeter kit. To enhance the model I also bought tracks that consisted of separate links and an Eduard photoetch set for the engine grilles, etc. The only thing that caused a bit of trouble in modelling was attaching the slogan decals to the uneven turret sides full of bolts and holes. After a bit of swearing and patching I finally made it in my opinion quite well.
  16. Hallo This is my second Sd.Kfz.6. This time in the pioneer version, to show more the design and look of this half track. All the half track were the backbone of the fast army movements. All was straight from the box. For painting only Mr.Gunze C range. Well, hope you like it too. Happy modelling
  17. Hallo This will be a WIP of a Sd.Kfz.6. I am posting a WIP of a halftrack, because I built some, the result was not satisfying. Many errors occurred. One major error, I have to fight with, is simple hurry, low patience, underestimating simple parts to fit. This sort of vehicle, I do now a second run, to improve my quality. For the German tanks, the half tracks and recovery tanks were the backbone of fast warfare. At every time and location. The first Sd.Kfz.6 had a Flak mounted. This one has just seats. To get a better impression of the design of this vehicle. My colors used are C40, C513, C514, C515. This three 5XX numbers are shades of the German grey. Many parts sprayed and already assembled. The parts you see are sprayed in a medium light shade and dry brushed. The get some shades more. After assembling some more parts, I will make the track chain. The decals for the dashboard and some detail painting is also waiting. I want to add rust a little, on all possibly positions. If this all is done, the other parts I will do. It takes some time. I want to prevent errors and flaws by a hurry. The kit from Trumpeter is to my opinion perfect. No complaints. Happy modelling
  18. Hello All, I’m currently building the Trumpeter 1/200 Bismarck and I’m enjoying it very much. So much so that I’ve inadvertently bought the Hobbyboss (ex Merit I believe) 1/200 Imperial Japanese Navy pre WWI Mikasa Battleship! I promised myself I wouldn’t look at another model before I’d finished.. but I have a lack of moral fibre I’ve also bought the Mk.I Designs detail pack - the full version - there’s a value pack but I don’t think they include the brass masts or armament barrels amongst other things. This isn’t obvious though as both sets are depicted online with a set of photos of the full set. I was umming and ahhing about buying it with so much of the Bismarck to go. I was looking for something to push me over the edge and it came with the discovery that Scaledecks have a deck for this in the making. The Mk.I set has its own deck but it’s the standard type which I’m not a big fan of. I had some pretty poor fitting issues with my Scaledecks Bismarck one, but they assure me this one should be fine. I’m not sure when it’ll be available but I’ve put my name down for one. Anyway, the kit’s in the post allegedly and I’ll post some pictures when she arrives. Any photos or points of reference for the Mikasa would be most welcome. Not a ship/ conflict I was much aware of. It will however, be on the back burner until Bismarck gets done, but you know how easily led I am… Thanks for looking in Guy
  19. Hi everyone This is my 1/72 Su-24 by Trumpeter. The kit has nice recessed panel lines and rivets. The fit was good apart from the intakes and the nose which had a bit of sanding required. The landing gear were well detailed as well as the landing gear bays which had raised rivets and structure. Ak real colours Mig 31/25 was used for the grey and white primer for the underside. The decals were good but the stars and bull wouldn't conform to the panel lines and rivets even after many applications of micro sol. In the end, I just pushed the decal into the rivets with a needle. I mixed black and raw umber oil paints for the grey areas and highly diluted raw umber for the white areas. I had found some nice pictures which showed a really dirty underside near the engines which I decided to experiment and the results came out ok. The kit also came with many options for weapons but in the end I decided to just use the fuel tanks. Thanks for looking
  20. The last of my three Luft ‘46 completions, and the only reason they all got completed at the same time was because they used the same paint colours and it was easy to just line them up in assembly line fashion, is the Trumpeter Messerschmitt Me 509. This is a very easy build, but it requires a lot of nose weight and there aren’t many places to put it ahead of the cockpit. As a result, the model is quite heavy. Also, Trumpeter don’t provide a positive location method for the retractable radiator if you want to install it in anything but the fully retracted configuration. I glued a piece of square plastic tube across the fuselage resting on the exhaust locators to give me something to glue the radiator to in a partially deployed configuration. I masked and painted the spinner spiral rather than using the included decal.
  21. Good evening, dears I would like to show you my model Trumpeter 1/32 EF-2000 eurofighter typhoon Royal Saudi Air Force 3 Squadron enjoy
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  23. Trumpeter is to release two new 1/32nd variants from the North American F-100 Super Sabre. - ref. 02246 - North American F-100F Super Sabre - ref. 03221 - North American F-100C Super Sabre Source: http://www.ipmsdeutschland.de/Ausstellungen/Nuernberg2020/Bilder_AT/index.html Box art on display at the Nurnberg Toy Fair 2020. V.P.
  24. Hello all, i hope you have been keeping safe. I decided to do another one of Trumpeters Me262 A-1a's knowing that some of the issues could be fixed. As many are probably aware the weapons hatches on the front are pretty poor in shape and form, so this was addressed and hopefully look pretty decent this time. EagelCal decals were used for this aircraft plus Quickboost seat and Brassin wheels. Paints used were C117, C121,C122 all from Gunze. As ever, please feel free to comment on the build even if you think there could be improvement's Thanks for looking, keep safe folks!
  25. Well having cleared some space on the shelves thought I would do something different while looking through the stash I wanted something as a straight build. So picked this one up and made a start had it a while and only paid 20 pound for the lot at a show a few years ago(remember those). So lets see how we get on and there will be no seagulls with this maybe some pink flamingos though. Plenty of decals And payload base and skirt it is quite big for 1/72 and painting guide Yeah right Stay Safe beefy
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