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  1. Howdy all, Just finished my latest BPF subject to replace my yellowing earlier attempt I did a long time ago. Built from Hobby Boss`s 1/48 Avenger MK I kit, that you can`t actually build a Mk I from Finished as a MK II of 849 NAS, HMS Victorious, British Pacific Fleet, 1945 Built mainly from the box contents with a very few alterations and additions, including: ....cutting off the protruding gun barrels, adding some brake pipes and extra aerials and antenna. managed to dig some Yagi aerials and bubble observers/gunners rear windows from the spares box ( they`re a little bit big, but better than not ) Decals came from Xtra Decals `Yanks in Roundels` sheet X48-104 that I`d had waiting round for years to put on something Finally added some detail to the wing fold, as disappointingly there`s none on the kit parts, with bits of wire and speaker cable Hope you enjoy the pic`s, thanks for looking Cheers Russ
  2. Howdy Everyone, Finally managed to finish this one after a bit of a Boo-Boo on my part My latest attempt at Eduards 1/48 Airacobra kit Built from their New Guinea Dual-Combo boxing but with some different markings to the ones in the box I`d already done `Papuan Panic` a while ago but just couldn`t get inspired by the other options and this one is actually on the front page of the booklet provided but not on the sheet... Luckily I`d got an old sheet with it on and used those instead. The marking represent a P-39K, flown by Lt William McDonough, 40th FS/35th FG, based at Nadzab, New Guinea, 1943 Mostly from the box, drilled the exhausts out and had to cut the doors out as the super glue I used managed to severely fog the canopy and door windows. Meaning refitting the doors and much tidying up afterwards. Hope you enjoy the pic``s, thanks for looking Cheers Russ
  3. Hi everyone, here`s my first ( and most recent) completion from my haul from the Hinckley Show in March. Tamiyas 1/48 Bristol Beaufighter VI completed as an Australian built Mk21 Representing an aircraft of No 93 Sqn RAAF known as the `Green Ghosts` Apart from the decals all the parts were in the box, only extra work was deletion of two wing guns, some antenna, seat belts and a small fillet ahead of the observers station the decals were from an old Eagle Strike set also I thought I`d show you an earlier build This time a Mk X, actually done from the TFX boxing Done as an SEAC aircraft of no particular airframe or squadron but inspired from a pic` of a 22 Sqn, RAF aircraft Markings from the spares stash and the kit decals Only real work done was deleting the guns and ejector shutes and fixing a camera housing to the nose Hope you enjoy them both.
  4. Howdy everyone, hope you don`t mind me showing some pic`s of my latest completion Attempt number two at Special Hobby`s 1/48 Firefly kit Finished to represent a Firefly Mk I of 1771 Squadron, British Pacific Fleet Flown from HMS Implacable towards the end of WWII As usual built mostly from the box... only additions being an etched set of seatbelts I found in the spares box, rear view mirror and aerial wires Decals are the kits too The carrier base is an Eduard item Hope you enjoy the photo`s, thanks for looking Cheers Russ
  5. Hi everyone, Thought I`d bother you with some photo`s of my latest completion My attempt at Tamiya`s 1/48 early George kit Finished in the markings of 341st Naval Fighter Group of the 402nd Fighter Squadron As usual, done almost completely OOB with just a few improvements here and there, including............ seat belts, engine harness, drilled the lightening holes out in the seat and opened up the gun barrels Decals are the kits and I resisted the temptation to go really overboard with the weathering as I figured....... ...they must have looked somewhere between brand new and wrecked at some point in their lives. Hope you enjoy the pic`s, thanks for looking Cheers Russ
  6. Howdy Everyone, Just finished my attempt at building my second Dutch B-25 Strafer from Monogram`s 1/48 B-25J kit Finished in the markings of `Lienke` of the ML-KNIL/RNIEAAF, No 18 Squadron, Based at Batchelor Field, Australia, 1944-45...... ... to complement my earlier B-25C I built a little while ago. Incorporated a few modification to the kit, the main one being that Dutch `J`s only had two nose guns as opposed to the four guns fitted to US examples....... ......to make room for a bomb sight I believe. The only other mod`s were the position of the nose venturii, seat armour and an extra aerial. Added ignition harness, brake pipes and aerial wires. Decals are a mix of: Dutch Decals sheet DD48056, Flevo Decals sheet FV48002 and the kits Noticed from photo`s these were very weathered with lots of areas where the previous owners markings were painted out This was Lt Hagers second `Lienke` the first was a B-25D. Hope you enjoy the pic`s, thanks for looking Cheers Russ
  7. Howdy everyone, Managed to finish this one before I start back work in a day or so, so I thought I`d show some pic`s Hasegawa`s 1/48 Warhawk kit finished to represent `Cleopatra`, an aircraft flown by Flg Off Geoff Atherton, 75 Sqn, Mine Bay, New Guinea, 1942 Copied from Osprey`s `Tomahawk and Kittyhawk Aces of the RAF and Commonwealth` book Got `some` of the decals from Italeri`s latest reissue of AMT`s P-40E kit....... ......which I bought to make a `K` version from. Unfortunately the more pictures I found of the aircraft the more differences I found with the kits instructions and decals. So I had to raid the stash for quite a few to get as near to photo`s as I could. The red dots on the underside roundels are as the photo`s Hope you enjoy the pic`s, thanks for looking Cheers Russ
  8. Hi Everyone, Just finished my latest `49er` P-40 Warhawk ( I`ve got a thing about Warhawks ) Built from Hasegawas 1/48 P-40N kit and finished to represent an aircraft of the 49th Fighter Group, New Guinea,South West Pacific Theatre in 1943-44 Wanted to do this one for a while as it had nose art on both sides of the nose which was a fairly common practice in the 49th Built mostly from the box contents..... with the usual additions of brake pipes and dodgy home made seatbelts The decals came from SuperScale set MS48-903 I`ve only seen b/w photo`s of the plane with port side looking like the nose trim was painted black and the starboard looking a lot lighter so the red is a best guess... and matches the red on the nose art. Hope you enjoy, thanks for looking, Cheers Russ
  9. Howdy Everyone, Just finished my attempt at Special Hobbies 1/48 Spitfire Vc kit from the RAAF Service boxing Finished to represent a Vc flown by Sqn Ldr Eric Gibbs, No1 Fighter Wing, 54 Sqn, RAF, Winnellie, Northern Territory, Australia, 1943 Actually built 100% OOB for a change Although I nearly made the mistake of adding aerial wire to the mast...... ...luckily I found out they didn`t have them just in time. Probably the easiest SH kit I`ve built to date with only the wing roots needing some attention ( chop loads of material off the bottom of the fuselage side walls and sand the top of the u/c bays) The only other issue being which option to do Hope you enjoy, thanks for looking Cheers Russ
  10. Hi Everyone, Hope you don`t mind me sharing some photo`s of my latest effort My second attempt at Hasegawa`s 1/48 Nakajima Ki-84 Hayate kit Finished to represent a `Frank` of the 58th Shimbu-Tai, Kyushu, Japan 1945 Built mostly OOB, with just some brake pipes, seat belts and aerial wires added the decals are a mix of the kits and the tail makings came from the old Tamiya kit I know they didn`t usually have the flaps deployed on the ground......... so imagine that this ones undergoing maintenance Hope you enjoy the pic`s, thanks for looking Cheers Russ
  11. Howdy All, Just finished my RAAF Boston Strafer that I was building alongside my recent RNZAF Dauntless you may remember Built from Italeri`s re-issue of AMT`s 1/48 Boston kit Finished to try and represent one of the few A-20C`s used by 22 Squadron RAAF I was originally going to do it as an earlier one with the RAF style camouflage and four .303 guns in the nose, but when I came across a photo of a `C`.................... ....with the less well known 5 X 0.5 guns, I had to give it a try I couldn`t find much info` or photo`s on Google ( I did find an old thread here on BM, but most of the photo`s are gone ) So it`s mostly my best shot at doing one ( I did find that they were from U.S. stocks and appear to be Olive Drab over Neutral Grey with the stars and bars painted out ) from one grainy in-flight photo of DU*W Hope you enjoy the pic`s, thanks for looking. Cheers Russ
  12. Hi Everyone, Managed to get a brief sunny spell today and took some pic`s of my latest completion: My attempt at Italeri`s reboxing of Accurate Minatures 1/48 Dauntless kit Finished to represent an Aircraft of 25 Squadron, RNZAF, 1944-45 I don`t bother usually about colours but could not bring myself to use the powder blue decals supplied with the kit....... ...so I bought a RNZAF Corsair sheet to replace them. Then shortly after I`d got them a specific decal sheet was issued by Ventura ( V48100 )which had some great options so got those as well Only problem then was deciding which one to build !! Anyway, hope you enjoy the pic`s, thanks for looking Cheers Russ
  13. Hi Everyone, Hope you don`t mind me sharing some pic`s of my most recent CBI build Tamiya`s 1/48 Buffalo MK I kit Completed to represent an aircraft used by 2-VI.GV, Netherlands East Indies Army Air Division, Java, March 1942.................... ......which was formerly used by 21 Squadron RAAF With the original national markings painted over with the later NEI markings but with the original codes and serial still showing Hence the British/Australian style aerial arrangement too Could only find one photo to work from so possibly one or two errors or maybe not? Apart from decals from the stash and brake pipes, built from the box contents. Hope you enjoy, thanks for looking. Cheers Russ
  14. Howdy All, Hope you don`t mind me sharing some photo`s of my very latest effort, which isn`t quite a `whiffer`, but more of a `might have looked like`...... My attempt at building Special Hobby`s 1/48 scale Fairey Albacore Completed to try and represent one of the handful of RN crated aircraft that were assembled and flown by 36 Squadron, RAF Seletar, Singapore, early 1942 I say above `might have looked like` as despite much searching and reading up I couldn`t find any pictures ( photo`s or otherwise ) of the subject, so once again just gave it my best shot Built mainly from the box contents but replaced some very fiddly bits with materials that my `sausage fingers` and eyes could deal with I did try to recreate some of the pipe work from the cylinders to the exhaust and collector ring but you can barely see it. Decals came from the stash and the kit, 250 lb bombs from Brengun. Main references were `Bloody Shamble` by Chris Shores and the replies to my post in BM some time ago. Hope you enjoy, thanks for looking and thanks to everyone who replied to my original query Cheers Russ
  15. Hi all,just finished Hasegawas 1/48 P-40e, which I`ve done as 1st Lt, Richard Vodras `Squirlbate` used in the South West Pacific Theatre Decals came from a Superscale sheet which depicts a P-40n as the aircraft but from what i can find out Vodras `N` was O/D N/G scheme with the chequered tail other wise it`s pretty much OOB with just seatbelts, brake pipes, fuel tank breather and antenna added Got to do some more Hasegawa `49ers to replace my dodgy Revell ones as there a really wide variety of schemes and markings. thought whilst I was here I`d also show you my previous Hasegawa P-40 builds P-40k, done as 1st Lt, Ed Nollmeyers White 255, 51st FG which was used in the CBI and unusually has no eyes to go with the sharkmouth and finally P-40n, done as White 55, of 2nd Lt, Herbert Doughty with the 80th FG kit was actually the Finnish M boxing but with Cutting Edge decals used which is another CBI Warhawk Hope you enjoy, thanks for looking Cheers Russ
  16. Hi Everyone, At last ! after several hours of Windows 10 updates, I`m able to show some pic`s of my effort: My latest attempt at Hasegawa`s 1/48 `E`version, Warhawk kit Completed to represent an aircraft of the 49th Fighter Group, `Skeeter`, flown by 2Lt John D Landers based at Darwin, Australia in 1942. I`ve been hooked on `49er` Warhawks since getting a book `Protect and Avenge` years ago and have been replacing my old Revell P-40 `49er collection with the Has` kit. Apart from the dodgy seat belts, aerial wires, brake pipes and the `bead` gun sight ( which went `ping` into another dimension somewhere ) the kit is built from what`s in the box The decals came from Microscale set: MS48-900, which are very bright and took a lot of toning down to look `right` Got an `N` and some more decals to do for the future Hope you enjoy, thanks for looking Cheers Russ
  17. Howdy Everyone, Just managed to get some pic`s before the rain started of my latest effort: Academy`s reissue of Accurate Minatures 1/48 B-25 Mitchell kit. Completed to represent a Dutch B-25D Strafer, N5-143, based in Australia at Batchelor Air Base, July-Oct 1943 Used the Sharkmouth B-25G boxing as a start ( I already new most of the parts were in the box to do a `C` or `D` version from my `Little Joe` build ) Mostly from the box but had to use the earlier style exhausts and modify the engine cowlings to remove the separate exhaust stubs and fill the dimples........ ........ make the rear most fuselage windows a bit smaller, add two small venturii either side of the nose and blast plates by the dorsal turrets. I also replaced the nose and package gun barrels with brass tube, added some brake pipes and re jigged the aerial layout to suit. Markings came from `Dutch Decals` and I used their `Dutch Profile` book as a reference. Hope you enjoy, thanks for looking Have a good Easter Cheers Russ
  18. Hi Everyone, Just broke my Tamiya 1/48 Thunderbolt cherry so I thought I`d share some photo`s Finished to represent a Razorback of the Pineapple Air Force ( so called because of their time spent stationed at Hawaii before they eventually got sent to the war zone ) Done as `Big Squaw` which was assigned to Capt John Vogt, 19th FS, 318 FG, based at Aslito Field, Saipan, 1944 Each Pineapple marking below the cockpit represents time spent with the group rather than a kill or mission completed Mostly built from what`s in the box but with some slight additions, including: different style rear view mirror and P-40 style tear drop fuel tank from the spares box Added some wire to the engine to represent the ignition harness and decals from Thundercals set no 48-004 Managed to find some photo`s of the actual plane on Google, so then had to recreate the very heavy weathering the aircraft had...... I actually believe I didn`t go far enough in the end ( just do a search for P-47D, Big Squaw, Saipan and you`ll see what I mean ) Really enjoyed building this kit and will have to get a Bubble top ( hopefully they`ll bring an `N` out one day ) Hope you enjoy, thanks for looking, Russ
  19. Hi Everyone, Hope you don`t mind me sharing some pic`s of my latest effort, Hasegawas 1/48 scale C6N1 Saiun or Myrt Completed as the second option in the box, an aircraft of: 4th Recon Squadron, 343rd Naval Flying Group Which I chose because it hasn`t got the black cowl and nose that you usually see. Built 99% OOB, with just some seat belts, brake pipes and aerial wire added The base is an Eduard Japanese Carrier Section, that you just paint up and add the lights to Hope you enjoy, thanks for looking Cheers Russ
  20. Hi everyone, Thought I`d show you some photo`s of my attempt at Special Hobby`s 1/48 Seafire Mk XV Completed to represent an aircraft of No 806 FAA Squadron, 16th Carrier Air Group, aboard HMS Glory circa 1946 Built 99.99% OOB With just the whip aerial replaced with a bit of wire This has got to be the best, easiest to build, Special Hobby/MPM kit I`ve built since my Fulmar some time back With only a bit of filler and work at the wing roots Hope you enjoy, thanks for looking Cheers Russ
  21. Hi Everyone, Just got some photo`s of my latest effort: Special Hobby`s 1/48 Il-10 to add to my `August Storm` mini theme I couldn`t find any photo`s or pictures in any books or on-line depicting Il-10`s in the Soviet invasion of Manchuria at the very end of WWII but I came across...... ...some images from a Flight/Combat Sim called `Shturmoviks over Manchuria and thought, in the absence of any thing else, one of those schemes would do. The build itself is mostly from the box, with just some wire brake pipes and a few bits of photo etch replaced with more user friendly materials here and there Replaced the resin gun barrels with metal tube too. Decals were made up from bits and pieces from the stash and a few of the kits. and I admitted defeat building the kit bombs and just modified some from the spares box to (loosely) resemble them Hope you enjoy, thanks for looking Cheers Russ
  22. Hi Everyone, Managed to finish my attempt at making a Pe-2 that took part in the Soviet invasion of Manchuria in the last months of WW2 during operation August Storm Built from Zvezda`s 1/48 kit Pretty much out of the box, with just some dodgy seat belts and aerial wires added Had to replace a few smaller details like the boarding ladder with some made from wire as I broke a few bits cutting them off the sprues Decals were some from the kit and the red and white `19` was made from some red 19`s with some white decal strip from the stash Finished to try and represent an aircraft of the `Pacific Fleet` based at Nikolayevka AB, 1945 I confess to getting bored with this one half way through and if I did one again I`d leave a lot of the details you can`t see out to speed things along. Anyway, hope you enjoy, thanks for looking and a Happy New Year Cheers Russ
  23. Hi everyone, thought I`d share some pic`s of my just completed AMT, 1/48 scale P-40N kit Which I completed to represent a Kittyhawk MkIV of 18 Squadron, RNZAF, Solomon Islands circa 1944 The kit is pretty much as Mr AMT intended with just some wire additions here and there..... and.some paper seat belts The later style main wheels came from an Eduard/Mauve kit.... as did the decals. Hope you enjoy looking at ,Cheers Russ
  24. Hi Everyone, Had this kit lurking about unstarted for a couple of years, as I wanted to do a different scheme to the kit offerings So here`s Revell`s 1/48 Ventura done as an earlier aircraft in the two colour US Navy scheme and 1943 markings Finished to represent an aircraft flown by VB/VPB-136, Adak, Aleutian Islands, 1943 Built from a combination of the Octopus marked boxing and the more recent RAF marked issue The decals all came from the stash and used Steve Ginters `Naval Fighters Number 86` as main reference The `Grumpys` are a bit of artistic license as early Venturas often had factory applied Walt Disney Cartoon figures painted on them. Added a few blinds and curtains to the windows as quite a few photo`s seen to show. Lastly here it is with my earlier effort of the same kit in the markings of VB/VPB-135 also an Aleutians based aircraft Hope you enjoy, thanks for looking Cheers Russ
  25. Hi Everyone, Just finished my attempt at making a Il-2 Shturmovik to represent an aircraft that would have took part on the Soviet invasion of Manchuria in operation `August Storm` at the very end of WWII. Built from Tamiya`s 1/48 kit, virtually OOB Finished to represent an aircraft of the; 967th Ground Attack Air Regiment of the 248th Ground Attack Air Division of the 12th Air Army Unfortunately I have been unable to find any photo`s and very little of anything else regarding this campaign, so...... .... this one is based on a profile of one marked `White 39` from the same outfit Only additions to the kit are seat belts and aerial wires, with decals from the stash. There`s a lot of passionate debate about Soviet colours and paint schemes so I just gave it my best shot. Anyway right or not I hope you enjoy, Thanks for looking, Cheers Russ
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