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  1. Is decals from Academy and Italeri as bad as often mentioned in build reviews and "in the works" or should those decals be handled in an different way than most decals? Is there something many builders miss when working with Academy, Italeri and Roden decals? What's behind those bad experiences? Cheers / André
  2. The RAF Armoured Car Companies were part of Britain's Royal Air Force (RAF) based in Iraq, Palestine and Transjordan. They were formed to operate with aircraft squadrons to suppress insurrection and maintain peace in the area in the aftermath of World War I. A large and expensive army was required to maintain peace in Mesopotamia after the defeat of the Ottoman Empire by the British in the Mesopotamian campaign of World War I. At the Cairo Conference (1921) it was agreed by Chief of the Air Staff Lord Trenchard and Secretary of State for the Colonies Winston Churchill that the Royal Air Force would take over control from the British Army. It was considered the security of the newly created country of Iraq could be achieved by aircraft squadrons supported by RAF armoured cars and a small number of ground forces. In the winter of 1921/1922 airmen and officers of the RAF were assembled at RAF Heliopolis on the outskirts of Cairo in Egypt to train and form the nucleus of the RAF Armoured Car Companies. On 19 December 1921, No.1 Armoured Car Company RAF (1 ACC) was formally established at Heliopolis and then, having become operational, moved to Palestine in May 1922. They were disbanded there on 1 December 1923 with elements being absorbed into No.2 Armoured Car Company RAF (2 ACC).[1] On 7 April 1922 the remaining airmen under training at RAF Heliopolis were formed into 2 ACC and a month later proceeded to Palestine & Transjordan.[2] In May 1922 airmen and officers assembled at RAF Manston in Kent, England, to train as armoured car crew for service in Mesopotamia (Iraq).[3] On 14 September 1922 they set sail on the first Royal Air Force troopship from Southampton with other RAF personnel bound for Iraq.[4] In Iraq, No.3 Armoured Car Company RAF (3 ACC) was based at Basrah operating in Southern Iraq, No.5 Armoured Car Company RAF (5 ACC) at Mosul with No.4 Armoured Car Company RAF (4 ACC), No.6 Armoured Car Company RAF (6 ACC) and a headquarters in Baghdad. Armoured car lines were created at RAF Hinaidi Cantonment. In 1924 Numbers 3 and 4 Companies were combined. In April 1927 Numbers 4, 5 & 6 Companies were disbanded with the formation of the armoured car wing at RAF Hinaidi Cantonment composed of 8 sections of armoured cars. Four sections were based at Hinaidi, one at Basrah, two at Kirkuk and one at Mosul. In April 1930 the Armoured Car Wing was disbanded and reconstituted as Number 1 Armoured Car Company RAF with headquarters, workshops and two sections based at RAF Hinaidi Cantonment, one section based at RAF Basrahand one at RAF Mosul.[1][5] In 1937 1 ACC moved from the RAF Hinaidi Cantonment to a new base at RAF Dhibban (renamed RAF Habbaniya on 1 May 1938), where it remained based until disbandment and incorporation into the RAF Regiment, on 3 October 1946. In Palestine and Transjordan, 2 ACC remained active until disbandment and incorporation into the RAF Regiment, on 3 October 1946. Above taken from Wikipedia. My my own personal link to this build is slightly tenuous, but stick with me. Every year I had my annual visit to the Rockapes for CCS training, basically first aid, shooting, NBC and the gas chamber sorry respirator test facility. And I spent a delightful time in Iraq at Basra airfield. Oh and on each Rock Squadron there will be at least one MTD to provide driver fams/ training on the vehicles. That should cover it This is the kit I will build
  3. Afternoon folk's,I did say in Chat that I wanted a bi-plane to make up the trio to give me three main stages of the RAF's development so looked out for a WW1 subject then remembered that I'd often eyed up Roden's Gladiator when I discovered it includes marking's for a 607 (County of Durham) Sqn aircraft so it fit's in nicely with that short period between the service of the Gladiator/Spitfire and Meteor really short of ten year's that transformed the RAF in term's of capability,just laying a marker for now as Iwon't start till the other's are progressed enough,for now here's a review. https://modelingmadness.com/review/allies/gb/cleaverglad.htm
  4. The Gloster Gauntlet was the RAF's last open cockpit figter. This is Aeroclub's 1/48th Gloster Gauntlet offering, I believe that they had a 1/72nd version too. The box Parts I haven't tested them, but the decals look to be in good shape. The decals are for aircraft from 46 Sqn or from 74 Sqn. I haven't made a final decision on which I'll build yet: the 46 Sqn aircraft had squadron markings on the top wing, while the option is present in the kit for 74 Sqn wing markings, there is a question whether they got around to painting them. AM stuff The seat belts and instruments are left over from earlier projects, while the Vector engine was bought to replace the kit's white metal parts.
  5. I bought one of these recently. It's a nice little kit: Vaux2 by John Walker, on Flickr Vaux1 by John Walker, on Flickr Vaux3 by John Walker, on Flickr Vaux4 by John Walker, on Flickr Vaux6 by John Walker, on Flickr Vaux5 by John Walker, on Flickr Very neat indeed. I do wonder if Battleship Grey might be a more common colour for WW1 ambulances than khaki? I'll also have to think about how to display the interior, as the kit is designed to be built buttoned up. John
  6. My contribution is hopefully going to be the Roden Britannia in the livery of Donaldson International, an Anglo-Scottish charter airline which operated a clutch of second-hand Britannias between 1967 and 1972. Although I’ve never built the kit before, several Britmodellers have posted beautiful Roden Britannias in RFI giving me a lot to live up to. The Boscombe Down machine also featured in the Made in Britain GB although I’m not sure if that model was ever finished. Here’s the raw material …. http://SAM_2014 by David Griffiths, on Flickr http://SAM_2015 by David Griffiths, on Flickr http://SAM_2016 by David Griffiths, on Flickr For reference I’ll mainly be using “The Whispering Giant” by Frank McKim, “Classic British Propliners” in the Aviation Archive series and “Bristol Britannia” Issue No.4 in the Airlines and Airliners series. For older aircraft books are sometimes better than the internet although the Britannia is pretty well documented on the net and Britmodeller has an excellent walkaround featuring G-AOVT and “XM497” which I believe is really G-AOVF, not that it matters. I won’t actually start the build until the middle of next week since I’m heading off to Aberdeen for a few days and I won’t be home until Tuesday. See you then. Dave G
  7. Roden is to release in 2016 a 1/32nd Cessna O-2 Skymaster kit - ref.620 Source: http://www.frogmodelaircraft.co.uk/phpBB3/viewtopic.php?f=18&t=323 V.P.
  8. I have just finished this one, build of box, rigging done by strech sprue. Cheers Jes
  9. Strangeways

    Flying Boxcar

    Roden's 1/144 C-119 'Flying Boxcar'. I struggled a bit with this one, the plastic was pebbly and grainy on many parts and the overall fit wasn't great (though that could be down to user error). I added some detail to the flight deck but it's not visible at all through the tiny nose windows. The final finish was Alclad – the Humbrol tinlet is just there for scale.
  10. According to Hannats, Roden will release a new Great War model, Type B WWI Omnibus Ole Bill kit, in 1/72 (no 732). It is nice they are slowly but steadily add new kits to WWI ground range in 1/72 scale.
  11. The future 1/144th Lockheed C-5B Galaxy kit - ref.330 - is now quoted as "in processing" in the Roden homepage. Also programmed C-5M Super Galaxy - ref.332 Source: http://www.roden.eu/HTML/models1.htm V.P.
  12. Roden is to release in 2016 a 1/144th Lockheed C-141B Starlifter kit - ref.325 Source: http://www.frogmodelaircraft.co.uk/phpBB3/viewtopic.php?f=18&t=323 V.P.
  13. Hello all! A recent post in 72nd reminded me that I had committed the very same plane but in 1/48th! here are the pictures and yes I have used the shadow shading type of paint! Cheers. DSC_0001 by jean Barby, sur Flickr DSC_0002 by jean Barby, sur Flickr DSC_0003 by jean Barby, sur Flickr DSC_0004 by jean Barby, sur Flickr DSC_0005 by jean Barby, sur Flickr DSC_0006 by jean Barby, sur Flickr DSC_0007 by jean Barby, sur Flickr DSC_0008 by jean Barby, sur Flickr DSC_0009 by jean Barby, sur Flickr DSC_0010 by jean Barby, sur Flickr
  14. Source: https://www.facebook.com/freightdogmodels/photos/a.238637406163951.82458.119466081414418/1877432185617790/?type=3&theater V.P.
  15. Well, I know this subject was quite popular last time but having recently got some decals from Ray at 26Decals to replace those that came with the kit (which were poorly printed) this will be my first foray into this year's GB. Photos taken by me at Ringway on 23 Aug 1966, presumably it was on the Manchester - Prestwick - New York route. I'm aiming to build at least two aircraft but have to get my From Russia with Love entry done before too much will be done in this GB. Regards Mike
  16. Hello everyone This is my new 1/32 WWI project : a Siemens Schuckert DIII. I've been waiting for a Wingnut wonder but since they probably won’t make it, I’ll deal with the Roden one.
  17. Many are started, few are finished. Here is one of the lucky ones. The Roden Rolls Royce Armored Car The fit was challenging to say the least. The front fenders were shortened so the ramps under the running boards would fit. 4 pieces of plastic were stacked, drilled and cut to make the plates on the radiator doors. The drivers window was opened. Transmission sump, starter, and generator were made of styrene rod and strip. The bonnet was opened,the side panels were scored at the seam and snapped cleanly. Braces for the front and the operating lever for the radiator doors were styrene angle strip, rod, and sheet. More styrene, battery box, rivet strips, and pistol port levers Added operating rod for front visor,the instrument panel was drilled and a styrene sheet painted black and scratched with a blade to simulate gauges was glued behind. Lewis Mg was drilled out. A pair of handles were added to the Vickers Mg. Every part needed to be cut,filed,sanded,filled or shimmed to fit, not an easy build but a satisfying one. The fact that I finished one is icing on the cake. Recommended for masochists. Garry c
  18. Somebody found a very interesting add in some magazine Link to the source of original news By the way, artwork of Vauxhall is simply stunning, isn't it?
  19. Radleigh

    Roden 1/144th VC-10

    Taken from http://www.roden.eu/HTML/models1.htm This is a must for me!
  20. Skodadriver

    DC-6 SAS - withdrawn

    Now that the East of Scotland Model Show is over and my Donaldson International Britannia is well under way I’ve decided to start another build. Sticking with the propliner theme my second entry will be another Roden kit, the original "short" DC-6 in SAS livery using F-DCAL’s gorgeous sheet FD144-037S I’m using the “Independence” version of the kit rather than the standard Delta issue because it includes the Curtiss Electric propellors which are necessary for the SAS aircraft. They are noticeably different from the much more common Hamilton Standards. The box contents are entirely conventional... … the Curtiss props on the left As I’ve already said, the decals are gorgeous... The DC-6 is one of Roden’s earlier kits and isn’t to the same standard as the Britannia or VC-10. The plastic is hard and brittle and likely to be difficult to work. Generally the engraved detail looks good and it’s actually finer than the Brit although reinstating anything lost in sanding is likely to be a challenge. I’m not confident I’ll finish it before November (the Britannia will always take priority) but since I was going to build it anyway I thought I might as well add it to the Group Build. I’ve got some more work to do on the Brit and once that’s finished I’ll get the DC-6 underway.
  21. Dear Friends, I would like to notify all of you about latest new items that arrived in our shop's stock. - Military beds with mattress, 2pcs from DAN Models in 1:35 scale (DAN35249) - Military beds with mattress and pillow, 2pcs from DAN Models in 1:35 scale (DAN35250) - Vauxhall D-type "Red Cross" from Roden in 1:72 scale (RN717) - M-42 US ¾ ton 4x4 Command truck from Roden in 1:35 scale (RN809) - Mechanical 3D-puzzle "Gun" from Wood Trick in scale (WT010) - Mechanical 3D-puzzle "Oil Tower" from Wood Trick in scale (WT011) - Russian strategic airlifter Il-76MD from Zvezda in 1:144 scale (ZVE7011) - Miles M.57 Aerovan from Micro Mir in 1:72 scale (MM72-011) - MD-11-GE "American airlines" from Micro Mir in 1:144 scale (MM144-017) Sincerely, Alex Scale-model-kits.com - plastic scale model kits on-line shop
  22. My take on Roden's Lockheed C141b Starlifter finished off using Caracal Decals. The only mod I made to the kit was to lower the windows of the rear emergency escape doors. Otherwise it's a cracking kit but I have to admit that the paintwork very nearly pushed me over the edge. Standard 4 x 4 walkaround : ...with an extra for good luck Okay, so my paintwork isn't entirely accurate but it's in 1/144 and it does have a cheatline ! Time to head off back to the work bench. Thanks for looking. mike
  23. Hello modellers, Here is my recently finished Roden 1/144 Bristol Britannia in the markings of British cargo airline IAS Cargo Airlines. Formed in the mid-60s to provide support to African Safari Airlines operations into Gatwick and Europe, International Aviation Services (IAS) later purchased their own Britannia in 1971 whenever ASA ended their services. Initially, this aircraft was flown on behalf of African International Airways mainly on cargo flights with loads of meat and machinery. However, in June 1972 IAS took charge of this aircraft and began flying to more points in Africa and the Middle and Far East as well as venturing across the Atlantic to North and South America. By 1975, the airline was operating to many points across the globe, in support of oil drilling, movement of cattle, machinery and just about anything that could fit into their fleet of Britannias, which now numbered five. They also introduced the DC-8 onto the British civil register and had offices in Nairobi, Lagos and Lusaka as well as an office in Sharjah. Expansion continued throughout the 70s, with more and more contracts working their Britannias and DC-8s hard. Merging with Trans Meridian Air Cargo in August 1979 (becoming British Cargo Airlines), they remained in operation until folding in 1980. Rodens nice little model of the Britannia is my current "favourite" kit!! It goes together relatively painlessly and captures the shape and form of the aircraft pretty well. There are a few areas that can be improved such as adding the servo tab actuators on the flying surfaces (these can be seen in close up pictures of the aircraft and are spaced along the servo tabs on the wings, elevators and rudder), the props can be refined a bit and for some reason the nose wheel axle is smaller than the hole on the nose wheels themselves. The model was primed with AK Interactive grey primer before spraying Tamiya XF-2 matt white, then overcoated with three (or four, can't remember) coats of Johnson Kleer. The underside is AK Interactive xtreme metal aluminium. Sprayed over the rough primer was not a success (and it wasn't the last time I did it so I've no idea why I did it again), but the surface finish of Rodens plastic does deserve a bit of smoothing out before painting commences. The texture of the engine nacelles in particular I find a bit coarse. The model was then given another coat of Kleer after decalling had finished. The decals are from 26decals and behaved nicely. Application of heat in the form of a tissue dampened with hot water helps to soften the tail decal allowing it to sink into the rudder/ fin joint. Optional registrations for two aircraft are provided - I chose G-AOVF (delivered December 1972). Careful study of photographs reveals that at various times, the titles were simply IAS or the full IAS Cargo Airlines. Also, study of your chosen Britannia is a good idea, as there are little details that varied between aircraft such as the upper navigation light not always on the fin and the position of antennae changed. Anyway, enough chit-chat, here's some pictures. Please ignore the weedy grass - I blame the gardener!! The model has had a little bit of weathering added, but it doesn't show up too well. Comments, criticisms or advice all gratefully received!!! Jeff
  24. Aviation Traders Limited Carvair. 1:144 Roden kit with Classic-airlines.com decals. The Carvair was developed to replace the Bristol Freighters used to transport cars & passengers across the English Channel to France, hence its name (Car-via-air). Modified from C-54/DC-4 airframes it was considerably cheaper than an all new aircraft would have been. The modifications consisted of a completely new forward fuselage, relocating the cockpit on top, much like the later Boeing 747, and a new tail fin to counter it. Its has been widely thought that the fin was from a DC-7, but appaently this is not true, they were new build units. The Roden kit build very well, although I did have to shim the upper inboard wings to avoid a gap where they meet the fuselage. The main gear legs were way too short, initially resulting in the rear of the fusleage almost touching the ground. I removed them and inserted a platform about 4mm deep to attach the legs to, in order to acheive the 'sit' you see here. I wasn't too keen on the kit supplied colour scheme for British Air Ferries, but found this 'British United' scheme at Classic-airlines.com, which I really like. There are also several others avaialble. They are laser printed on constant film, so you have to cut each subject out individually. I can heartily reccomend them though, they went on superbly and were easy to use. Enough chat, time for the photos (ugly innit?) ; 'With something else - an easy choice - A Welsh Models Bristol Freighter. Thanks for looking, John
  25. One ends up with something resembling this... Ugh, my own silly fault. There is actually a gloss white top coat underneath the grey primer that was applied without a primer to avoid filling in the fine panel lines. The primer sprayed over the white in an attempt to fix some minor paint pulls, but it got me worried so I tested the adhesion with some sellotape. Not very good. Shelf of doom for now, but I think it might be for the bin, never had much look stripping paint without damaging plastic. Regards, Darren