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  1. Hi All, here are are some shots of the Hetzer that I finished recently. I placed it onto a cobbled street scene base with a couple of piles of rubble and a lamp post to add some height. The commander figure is painted in WSS Camo colours as worn from 1944 onwards. I made the wooden base from hardwood and chamfered the edges with a router to mirror the angular nature of the Hetzer. Feedback and comments are welcome. thanks for looking, Andrew
  2. After building a number of Sabres, I thought it was about time I built myself an Avon Sabre. The Avon Sabre was based on the then current F-86F with the slatted wing but was fitted with the more powerful Rolls Royce powerplant and this required an extension change to the fuselage. This book came in handy for this and future builds. So to kick things off, I'll be using the Tasman Conversion set alongside the Academy F-86E Kit. I have been told that the Tasman conversion isn't the best route to go but as I have a number of them, I'll be using them. Tasman's fuselage halves and intake. Look at those sprue gates, I'll need to take my time and be careful or I'll be making work for myself. ...and Academy's fuselage sprue...not much difference eh. You may be wondering why I'm showing you this sprue if it isn't used. Well, Aussie Sabres are normally parked with the brakes open and as the Tasman's offering is molded closed, the plan is to swap the tail sections . Academy's wing sprue. Work to be on these will be to backdate the wing to pre 6-3 conversion and to remove the flaps as again, these were often deployed when on ground. Main sprue with everything else. Canopies. The Tasman kit comes with a Vac canopy and although it is lovely and clear, it's closed and I like my aircraft canopies open...unless they're hanging from the ceiling. The middle canopy is Hobbycraft and the top is Academy... we'll see. Decals will be sorted later, hopefully. So, that's it for now and I'll start proper when the Vampire is finished. Stuart
  3. My first F-14 kit, OOB with small corrections, some rivets, panels, hydraulic pipes added and signal lights made with MKK. Very good cartograf decals included. Vallejo acrylics.
  4. Academy is to release in 2019 a new tool 1/144th Rockwell B-1B kit in the MCP (Multi Color Parts) serie - ref. 12620 Source: https://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/235047967-academy-catalog-2019/&do=findComment&comment=3218086 Box art V.P.
  5. Academy is to release two new variants/boxings from its 1/32nd Lockheed Martin F-16C Fighting Falcon kit. - ref.12123 - F-16CG/CJ Fighting Falcon released October 2015 Source: http://www.academy.co.kr/6q/board_news_main.asp?pMenuId=BOARD00012&pCode=9052 - ref.12123A - KF-16C Fighting Falcon ltd. edition Source: [http://www.academy.co.kr/6q/board_news_main.asp?pMenuId=BOARD00002&pCode=9060&pCategory=NEWS1 V.P.
  6. Hello Phantom Phans. This WIP is for the forthcoming Brigade Models conversion set for Academys F-4B into the prototype F4H-1. I have obtained from Kevin a pre production test shot of the mouldings as seen at SMW this year. This does not include canopies or decals as they are not ready yet. Availability of the set should be March next year. Kevin has agreed to add a second seat so later small radome aircraft can be built. Any changes for this will be up to the modeller, as the main purpose here is for a first flight aircraft. Also, there are no instructions (I suspect I may be writing them now). Onto what you will get. This first picture shows what you get. This first pic shows the parts, except for canopy, decals, and the pitot probe, which I do have. This pic shows where to cut on the wings (for the perforated airbrakes) and the fuselage. Close up of the wing where the airbrake goes. Note that either the wing can be cut, or alternatively, the resin part could be used as a master to drill your own holes in the wing. Here is a close up of the fuselage cut point. And the cut made. Another part that needs cutting is the forward under fuselage (part F40) The resin intakes and the kit trunking is being joined. Some fettling may be required for a perfect fit. Airbrakes being sorted. Airbrakes fitted. Note that the gap is my fault, not the kits (my cutting skills still need work). First look at the front fuselage. The black parts are kit parts. They mate to the resin perfectly. That is all for this introductory part. Ted
  7. Well my Spitfires decals were settling so I was stuck for something to do so I decided I would make a start on one of the builds I would like to do for this GB. This ones just going to be a quick out the box effort on Academys 1/72 MiG-27. I know the kits got its issues, I beleive the nose is wrong for a D and the cockpit detail is almost none existant but I'm just looking for a quick build again at the moment and not get bogged down with corrections and detailing etc on this whilst I'm waiting on parts for a couple of other builds I want to get done for this and another gb so onwards. Obligatory box and sprue shot:
  8. Hi All, I'm new to the forum and thought I'd introduce myself by posting my first WW2 armour project in a very long time - a 1/35 Hetzer. This is the Academy 'Late Version' Hetzer and was built out-of-the-box apart from a metal barrel and a brass PE periscope guard. The first image shows the first few stages of painting, whilst the rest show the completion of the 'Ambush Pattern' camouflage and weathering. I made a few mistakes along the way such as the order in which I masked and painted the camo, and the masks pulling off the paint as they were removed which I had to go back and repaint. This was a learning experience for me....... I am placing it on a FoG plaster street section with a WSS commander figure. Weathered with wash, oils, filter and pigments Alpine Miniatures figure painted in 1944 'dot-peas' WSS camo overalls Thanks for looking - more pics to follow of the finished project soon, Andrew
  9. Hello! Here is my Academy 1:72 Messerschmitt Me 262C-1a which I built 10 years ago. The Me 262 is one of my all-time favourites and I only bought this over-priced kit because of the option to make this variant with the tail rocket to help gain altitude. I had to double-check since the box size seemed to be for a 1:48 kit! It represents V186, the "Heimatschützar I" prototype, Wk Nr 130186, which was first flown by Gerd Linder from Lechfeld, Germany on 27 January 1945. It was later flown by Obersleutnant Heinz Bär of III./EJG 2 from Lechfeld in early March 1945, when he reputedly shot down a P-47. It was seriously damaged by an Allied attack on the night of 23 March and wasn't repaired. It's remains were captured by British troops. Except for etched belts, the kit was very much built OOB. Painting was mostly by airbrush. The exact combination of colours varies between sources so I went for what some said and painted it RLM82 with RLM83 on the top surfaces. Thanks for looking and all comments are, as always, welcome Miguel
  10. I got this kit as part of a spares / scrap joblot on Evilbay some time ago and despite some damage and a couple of missing parts thought it had potential so was worth rescuing. The aircraft is a B-17C Flying Fortress Mk1 with RAF Coastal Command, servings in Nuts Corner, Northern Ireland 1942. It was built for the recent B-17 Single Type Group Build here on BM, link below. Here it is finished, biggest kit I've built for a long time, let me know what you think cheers Pat
  11. Good time of day. I want to present a model of the most famous "pocket battleship" Germany Admiral Graf Spee in scale 1/350 of the Academy. Set contrary to expectations is quite oak, but the geometry is better than the alternative from Trumpeter. Sets used: - A set of photo-etched parts from Eduard - Deck from Artwox - Barrels 28, 15 and 10,5cm from the Master model - The barrels of the 3,7 and 2.0cm from the Aber set for destroyers type 1936В - Thread for rigging from AMO MIG - Decal from Begemot The model represents rather a collective image of the ship at the beginning of the war. Modifications: - All portholes are drilled out and after colouring are filled in with liquid glass. - 20mm guns taken from the couple sets of destroyers and complemented by etched and metall barrels. - The deadwood shafts and their brackets are made anew. The shafts of the nails under the brass, of suitable diameter, mounting brackets from sheet plastic. Replaced the screws, the screws from the Japanese cruisers from the kit from Aoshima battleship Kongo. - Jack-staff and a ensign staff made of wire. - Stands-taken from the academic Bismarck, processed and painted with gold Valejo, and the top is covered with a thick layer of glossy varnish Akan. - Sharpened the bow near the waterline, because of the box he is more suited to the tanker. - Windlass-a combination of sprues, etching and parts of the windlass set. - Deck-plastic deck turned over and lowered below that would be "wooden" deck sat flush with the Board. Looks good. But, the more I am on such experiments probably will not be resolved. As a whole on Assembly it is possible to tell that it was necessary to adjust practically all details. On the right side of the armored car missed one slot, it must be added yourself. Photo came out not simple at all. The model is not small and the current box just did not fit, so I had in some places not to remove the white background. Sorry for my english 25 photo in to spoiler
  12. Hi all, below a Sabre which, while not quite a shelf of doom/KUTA candidate, took me far too long as it had perched at one corner of my workbench for an age From the Academy double boxing with a P-47. Both really simple, clean models to build so there is no justification for dragging the build out so long I realise the decals over that yellow wing flash has cracked on the bend (despite liberal microsol) but wanted to share pictures before I botch retouching those bits
  13. Dear all, My Mustang trilogy continues with the Academy P-51C Apache II, as flown by 1Lt. Henry Perry from the famous 332nd Fighter Group, as it looked when it was based at Ramittell, Italy during 1944. I build it as a tribute to the famous Tuskegee Airmen. I think the Academy kit is a delight to build and the Eduard Zoom set nicely finishes the cockpit off, especially since Academy allows for an open cockpit without having to resort to major surgery. I did cut out the flaps and lowered them, as you never see a Mustang with flaps up when it stands still. The decals are from an LPS Hobby sheet , as I wanted something different from what's in the Academy box. I did use the Academy wing striping though, with lots of softener. Enjoy! Peter
  14. My next build is the 1/32 Tamiya F4-J but it seems it's not! I've been sucking up hours of video and pages of blogs this year to learn new techniques and methods to hopefully be able to produce a great looking F-4. I feel like I've been in class for weeks and spent a small fortune on new tools, materials and paints that will help me get the result I want. I also think I've developed something of a 'starters block' brought on by all this new gear and the insecurity of the result I'll get. For years I've been working with Vallejo and then added Ammo into the mix all being water based acrylics that I've lived with like a wife. But then came the blonde in a short dress that caught my eye, I'm referring to MRP paint. God it looks so good to watch being applied and the results are just amazing. So, while finishing up some other bits for another project, I've been procrastinating about getting started on the F-4 but I realised the key to getting the result I want is to test on a mule. Everybody seems to have one but me. So I scour eBay for cheap kits that would make good mules and even visit the LHS out of the desire to simply go and suck up the atmospherics you can only get in a well stocked hobby shop. Long and short I get my mules, two cheap Academy of ebay and a MK 67 Hawk from the LHS. So I have no interest in R.O.K stuff but the addition of resin and PE in the kit peaked my interest. So here be my mistake that has resulted in this kit going from mule to build project. I had the sole intention this weekend of sticking one of the other kits together enough to create a reasonable surface to slap paint on but opened this kit to have a look-see and the original reason I bought it grabbed me and my brain has deduced this would be a great way to not only create a practice piece for paint but also cutting in a resin part and a cockpit with PE. So here goes the ROK T-59 Hawk that would be mule... It's early beginnings so just the seats and pit put together. Already the carpet has claimed it first sacrifice in the form of one of the seat belts. Lucky I watched that video on making seat belts from masking tape. Initial fit looks OK but I can already see sink marks and possible gaps between the wings and fuzz. On the whole this should be an OK out of the box build. My plan for this is to use backbasing for the first time, paint a camo finish (I've been building modern US AFV dessert stuff, it's all sand!) and improve my weathering to create a worn and used jet typical of a USN jet that has been on tour for a while. Along the way I'm trying different glues, new putties, new tools and oil weathering too. Wish me luck! Nick
  15. Hello Britmodellers! This is my Academy Super Hornet in scale 1:72. Finished it in December. Super model. Decals from Kit (Cartograf). Plane of CAG Fredrick "Lucky" Luchtman in appearance of 2014. Then Captain Luchtman is now Rear Admiral U.S. Navy. There is some Revell and Hasegawa DNA together with Aires and more homemade upgrades Cheers, Tom
  16. Hi all, been a while since I made a proper post on here. My newest project will be an M113, with a main feature being the two Eduard sets I will be using on it. It's been a while since I got my teeth into a build like this, so I'm looking forward to it. This is my progress so far. Since the base kit hasn't arrived yet, I've been working on the photo-etch assemblies that stand on their own like gun shields and radios. So far so good, although the inside of the gun shields have a few imperfections. I'm using Gorilla gel glue as usual, and there are a few blotches where I used too much glue. We'll see how they look after a primer coat, I suppose, but that side will be covered by the guns/ammo anyway. Until the base kit arrives, this is pretty much my progress for now.
  17. Here's my entry over on the B-17 STGB. Based on the academy B-17E Boxing to obtain the correct nose side glazing, realised I had to add an astrodome as well. 'Kitsworld' decals were used, but I did a bit of research and came up with photo's showing 'Hettie' with no upper turret and upper scheme extending over the cowlings, also a different spacing and layout of the Codes. It also seems as if the leading edges of the main-wings/tail weren't black. Anyway, this is my interpretation and I'm sticking to it! The decals, by the way, went on really well and reacted well to Micro Set/Sol. Paint was Ultimate White Primer, then Vallejo ModelAir RLM21 white. Xtracrylics were used for the EDSG/Dark Slate Grey upperworks. The excessive main-wing dihedral was an easy fix with 15 thou plasticard shimming, attaching the bottom halves first there was no gap on the bottom, just the top to fill in a bit. I didn't improve or correct the air/oil cooler intakes, apologies to the B-17 Buffs out there. I used QuickBoost cowlings and engines, not sure if the cowlings were much better than the kit parts, but the engines looked better. As I ruined the Pavla Vacformed nose piece I had, which fitted not to bad, I ended up using a nose glazing out of the Revell kit, which isn't the same shape towards the bottom, but it'll do until I come up with something else, or fair-in the academy nose to suit! These close ups show loads of faults! When using a toothpick to clean up the paint leakage onto the windows the rear most one was pushed in, so I just left it! I may obtain some crystal clear and try that next time. As usual (for me!) a bit rushed at the end due to my impatience, but I'm overall fairly pleased with the result and in terms of hours wasn't a long build, just felt like it! Comments and Critique welcome. Davey.
  18. Thom216

    1/72 B-17B '10'

    Okay, four days until the flag drops and the race is on! This will be my fourth GB and I'm really hoping fourth time is the charm and I can get this one done without stuffing it half-built back into its box. As stated previous, I'll be doing Academy's B-17B. I'll be adding to it with Brassin turbochargers, so I think a wee bit of cutting will be done to get them to fit. The detail looks a lot better than the kit parts. I was thinking of using resin engines as well, but now I don't think so. For one, they are for the F/G model 17 (though at this scale I wonder if slight differences would matter?) and two, I want to avoid getting too bogged down on adding things. I'm already going to be adding the radio room and the floor for the waist gunners. And maybe dropping the floor in the cockpit since all pics I've seen of the B-17 cockpit has the seats set on stilts and raised up. I also bought an Eduard PE set for the IP. It's for the E/F 17 but again, how much with slight differences matter at this scale and with a constricted view through the flight deck windows? Depending on what can be seen, I might not use it either, It will be good to have it on hand though, just in case. A question for those more in 'the know,' is the decals. I've seen some builds where the blue on the fin and insignia are a far lighter blue than the almost black-blue on the supplied decals. So, which is it? Until then, just awaiting the starting bell!
  19. I started this thread in the B-17 Group Build, and was doing pretty good until I ran out of mojo. Happens sometimes, you know... Started to get it back, but it was too late to reach the finish line, but it's not stopping there, no sir! I have too many 'in-completes' to let yet another join the pile! Here's is the link to my GB thread, And so now that you've caught up - or I've caught up? - here is the continuation of the build. I had last glued the fuse together and added the glazings, being none to happy with some, and yet happy with others. But that seam-line, damn that is ugly!! I started sanding along it, knocking it down and feeling pretty good about that - until I realized plastic dust was sneaking in under the glazings. Turns out they were no so sealed as I thought they were! You can see the sanding dust just above the rear seats. The good news is that there was enough of a gap at the front of the cockpit glazing that I could press my mouth against it and blow most of that away from there. Some still remains, but most is now where the solid silver will be sprayed. Turns out I'll have to live with a little bit here and there - unless I wanted to crack open the glazings, which I would fear doing far more damage than a few dust motes are worth. Here's a shot of the belly, and no the PPP has not been used. I can't seem to use one of those without the stuff getting hard in the tube before I can use even a little bit of it... Clear to see is the bad shape of the bomb bay doors, esp the 'hinges' near the corners. Between the belly bubble and the tail wheel I also snipped off the two lower antenna to facilitate clean up. And after a some time with rough sanding sticks we get this. Looking lovely! I'll need to redo a lot of seams and lines, but I got plenty of dymo tape, straight edges and a needle in a pin vise. Another thing I decided to do was drop the elevators, so out came the aforementioned pin in a vise, which was then followed by an exacto blade. I have some half-round stock that will go against the leading edge of the elevators themselves and then round the rest of it out before gluing them back on with a little bit of droop. And that's where she is right now. This won't be a fast completion, as I intend to detour to a DS9 Defiant for a short bit. but I'll keep the ball rolling. Model on!
  20. #30/2015 After, the I-16, Bf109E-1 and Bf109F-4, this is my dad´s last Spanish contribution for 2015. Academy boxing of the Hobbycraft kit, mostly built oob. Replaced the crappy kit canopy with a Hasegawa one, for that some putty and re-scribing was neccessary in the fuselage area after the canopy. Used a piece of sponge for the mesh in the nose air-intake and a plastic rod for the rod. Added some structure in the wheel wells, smoothed down the wrong tire tread. The black exhausts stripes are provided as decals in the kit, but they are slightly wrong so my dad painted them. Model Master Azure and Tamiya Titanium Silver for the camo. There would be more things to correct, as with all Hobbycraft/Academy kits. But to avoid a never ending story my dad put a fork in it
  21. Ok, don't know if I'll get this done as I'm having a bit of 'modellers block' (see 'Butterworth Blenheim' in the Pacific at War GB). Sprue shots show wing parts, fuselage removed just to test fit. I'm doing Kitsworld's 'Hekla Hettie', an early 'F' model, so using the 'E' as a basis as this has the correct forward fuselage side glazing. I have QB paddle blades, engines and cowlings (apparently the kit parts aren't that good), Falcon clear parts for the frameless nose glazing, don't know how much I'll use of the Eduard Etch I'll use as I'm late into this! Davey.
  22. Hi All, Decided to work on something that has been on the shelf for several years before starting on the C-47 STGB. So here is my 1/72 scale Academy B-29 Superfortress. The kit is really very good just time consuming in terms of doing the interior and of course the natural metal finish. The only part that was a little ambiguous was the engine nacelle placement on the wings...I actually did some measuring to make sure they were equal. I only used some filler strips on the flaps...they were not the best fit on the wings. I primed the fuselage with Tamiya Gloss Black and the natural metal is Vallejo. So onto the pictures. As always any comments are appreciated, All the Best! Don
  23. Academy is to release in 2016 a new tool 1/72nd Boeing F/A-18F Super Hornet "VF-103" kit - ref.12535 Source: http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/234994031-academy-catalogue-2016-online/ V.P.
  24. I have started my entry which is the Academy B-17E (Fortress II boxing). I gave the decals away some time ago but have sourced a set from a Frog kit. It started as an OOB build but I have already drilled out the turbocharger intakes on one wing and started to box them in. Pictures of progress to follow soon.
  25. After the 2018 edition (link), here's the Academy 2019 pdf dowloadable catalog http://academy.co.kr/1aden/site/01_academy_kor/notice/2019_K2932.pdf Source: http://www.academy.co.kr/6q/board_news_main.asp?pMenuId=BOARD00002&pCode=11685&pCategory=NEWS1 in MMZone : https://www.72news.eu/2018/12/academy-catalogue-for-2019.html http://mmzone.co.kr/mms_tool/mms_tool.php?mms_db_name=mmz_review V.P.