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  1. A second conversion of this old kit, into an elegant civil flying school machine. The step-by-step construction post is here: A commissioned Arctic Decals set was used, as well as part of an extensive photo-etched set by Flightpath. The first conversion can be visited here: Not an easy transformation, a bit of a challenge as described in the building post, but the results are pleasant.
  2. Well, work on the second Anson started, and this time the goal is to reproduce a machine used by the London School of Flying, G-AMDA. The previous experience with the recently posted Anson should be of help, and an opportunity to improve a thing or two that I missed on that one. G-AMDA also flew in other guises (Derby Aviation), equally attractive, but the elegant two-tone blue scheme of this one definitely appealed to me. This airframe needs a few things modified: new clear nose, cowls, landing gear, the addition of a football antenna loop fairing, and other minor details. An old release: With documentation! I acquired a set of Eduard masks and a Flightpath photoetched set. You can see that I have made already the new cowls and gotten new engines:
  3. Ever had a "Nemesis" model or Kit? Ive had two,the He177 (Mpm and Airfix) and this huge resin kit I got about 300 years ago(Hyperbole much :),Late 90s),I think its been painted a least twice,and then re-primed and never finished,Well,Sod that for a game of soldiers,Am determined to finish it once and for all. * Wish me luck Im going in....................................................................... * Disclaimer \ may never get finished The protagonists The huge tree Im not sure but I think the sculptor,Simon Laurens may have realised too late he had the wrist blades on the wrong arm,so chucked in spare arms with the correct orientation,but it would decrease the dramatic effect so I stuck to the original plan Perhaps as a nod to the old Aurora kits the base has a snake and a spider on it,but I may cover with some foliage(oh,and a seperate frog Over the years its had a few knocks and bumps,and I will need to disguise the join with some Milliput work and foliage.While a bit rough and ready compared to the resin kits of today,its a true garage kit and not lacking in charm.
  4. Hello all! While recovering from my pulmonary emboli I started up the old Tamiya I ausf E. I’m still pretty run down and most of the work done has been done in small 10-15 minute work sessions. I’m building the kit from the box but making a few refinements along the way. I had this kit ages ago as a kid so I’m looking at it differently these days. One of the refinements has been to thin the smoke discharger brackets. They still need more thinning but look heaps better than before. I also filled some holes for a grab handle only the Bovington Tiger had and did away with the front spare track bracket. Now should I build a Citadel das Reich Tiger or a 501st tiger?
  5. Whilst I'm in the mood, here is the Santa Maria to fill the year '1954'. This is the full hull version in the 1976 boxing. Not many parts but there is what looks like a rigging guide! I'm not sure how accurate the painting guide is but do we really have any reference material from 1492? Let's see what time I end up having available to enhance this.
  6. Hello one and all,So I've dug another kit out of my stash, I wanted a nice simple quick build, so decided on the above kit. I am going to use some aftermarket decals I've got and do some simple mods in order to convert it. The decals will be form Model Art Decals System and I hope to make it into a Hurricane Mk.I from the Free French Air Force in North Africa 1942.Here are the customary photos of the box and its contains as well as the aftermarket decals.A nice classic Matchbox kit!! A first for me as an adult, I don't think I've done one of these since my childhood and even then I think my dad helped me slap some polycement on a BAC Strikemaster and called it done no paint maybe a decal or two. Anyway i digress here is the photo of the box that I picked up for £4 at SMW 16.IMG_0533 by Neal, on FlickrInstructions are pretty straightforwards, so even I shouldn't get lost!IMG_0534 by Neal, on FlickrIMG_0535 by Neal, on FlickrIMG_0536 by Neal, on FlickrThe kit decals seem to be in pretty good nick considering the age of the kit!IMG_0537 by Neal, on FlickrThe back of the box which depicts the kit proposed versions.IMG_0538 by Neal, on FlickrTime for a sprue tour, it will be quick as there aren't many. The panel lines are deeper than some of the Somme's trenchs, and the clear parts are about as transparent as the future trump administration!IMG_0540 by Neal, on FlickrIMG_0539 by Neal, on FlickrIMG_0541 by Neal, on FlickrThe kit is 10 years older than me!! #vintageIMG_0546 by Neal, on FlickrHere are the decals I am going to use to on the kit, I bought them for the 1/72 Heller Mirage IV that is in the stash, so I thought I'd see how they behave by trying them on this build.IMG_0542 by Neal, on FlickrIMG_0543 by Neal, on FlickrIMG_0544 by Neal, on FlickrIMG_0545 by Neal, on FlickrTime to cut some styrene and get some glue and paint out! Hopefully the kit will go together ok and I can concentrate on the painting, dealing and weathering of the kit.Neal
  7. Some 50 years ago I have started building a collection of 1/32 open roadsters (2- and 4-seaters) from the motoring "Golden Era" 1920-50. This was THE time of Airfix in this area: Blower Bentley, MG K3, Alfa 8C 2300 and Bugatti T35. Later they were joined by Matchbox series of SS100, Mercedes SSKL, Bugatti T59, MG TC and Aston Martin Ulster. And then everything stopped - since the 70s nothing new appeared. Where are all these Sunbeam-Talbots, Rileys, Lagondas, Delages, XK120/140s, early Ferrari barchettas and so on ? Are there any chances for my collection to grow? Cheers Michael
  8. Dear all, I'd meant to post this link some time ago to the website for Puddletown bookshop in Dorset. There's a great stock of books on subjects of interest to Britmodellers, such as aviation, military history and so forth. A large number of the books are contemporary with their subjects and go back to the start of the 20th century. Having mentally spent several hundred quid there I thought others might find this of interest http://www.puddletownbookshop.co.uk BTW I've no connection with the place, either commercial or personal. Regards to all, Tony
  9. Recently I've fnished this revell P-26. I bought it some time ago to train myself in rescribing panel lines and as the training went satisfactory I felt that I would built the entire kit. The kit is quite old so I used a Starfighter upgrade set and starfighter decal.
  10. From a time when etched brass , resin , and detail sets in general were unheard of , comes the old 3 colour Matchbox Wellington. I loved the Matchbox kits when i was a kid. I must have built and "crashed" most of them! Roy Huxley's artwork was always very inspiring to a young model maker. I probably built about 3 Wellingtons , but i always did the coastal command one. This time i will be building the Mk.X. I am really looking forward to this , no extra details , nofancy pre shading etc , I may not even use the airbrush. Well here we go. Heres that fantastic artwork And the back , complete with little window to see the contents The 3 colour parts! And a stand , yes a stand! Why do we not get some of these things in todays kits?
  11. Hi guys I will be doing a 1/72 Airfix P-51D from the early days. I bought it in a Matchbox box and after opening the lid I closed it very fast. It's a little bit of a mix mash. an Airfix P-51 and some Matchbox decals. I don't know if i will use these decals. I will start this on and of if I have some time. Foto's will follow later if I can put myself to open the box again. Cheers,
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