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  1. A new Work in Progress thread, picking up on the construction of the Tamiya F14, released many moons ago and a project I started soon after the kit was released. Over on the What-If Forum I suggested that rather than scrap this part built kit because it didn't fit my RAF Focus I could finish it as a Gulf War model, in RAF Desert Pink, as per the Jaguar, etc. The hypothesis was that if the Tornado had proved to be a disaster, or had followed the TSR2 into the scrap heap then we could have seen the F14 in RAF service. As others have posted, and I've discovered researching this magnificent airframe, it is not as fanciful an idea as one might think. The USN used the F14 as an air superiority fighter, but the Tomcat 21 program was developed as an option instead of the F18. Politics killed it. There are even a few people speculating that the Tomcat could be resurrected to replace the disastrous F35 project...!! To the kit. Whilst the model has the sort of fine detailing one might expect from Tamiya the fit between parts is generally poor. The first two photos show the amount of filler needed on the centre section. I've test fitted the front cockpit section to the centre section and there is a bad step on the underside: the joint will need quite a bit off work and possibly the use of epoxy as the contact area isn't that large. The wing section needs is screwed to the centre section. I've part finished some of the sub assemblies, but other than the Sidewinder missiles and external fuel tanks the load has to be gulf war RAF. So, I've ordered from David J Parkins the following: 2 RAF ALARM missiles. One of these will go with a Sidewinder on the port inner wing pylon, the other on the rear centreline mount. 2 1000lb Paveway II bombs, these will go on the front under centre section mounts, wher the US Navy Phoenix missiles would have been, 1 TILAD Pod, this will go on the starboard inner wing pylon, tofether with a Sidewinder. As work progresses I'll report. All comments, suggestions, etc welcome!
  2. I have a Tamyia 1/32 F14A that i was given as a Christmas Present way back when the kit came out. I'm not that interested in US aircraft, unless used by the RAF, so it has say, the cockpit assembled and some interior bits painted, ever since. So, what to do with it? In a flash of insanity i thought 'what-if the MRCA Tornado project had been scrapped and the RAF had purchased F14s" They would have been used in the Gulf War. SO.... a couple of cans of Desert Pink, some transfers intended for the Tornado and we have something different...that i would be interested in finishing. What is the collective opinion on such a flight of fancy?
  3. trickyrich

    RNZAF F-16CK Block 50 - Painted

    Well I’ve been neglecting this section for a wee while unfortunately and I think there may be a couple of stalled build threads somewhere in here as well!!!! Anyway time to sort of make amends, I hadn’t planned this build at all, it sort of happened as an accident. Well an accident caused by a wally who didn’t check his research before buying stuff for a build!!! That and I still blame Beelzebub for creating that which is call F-16 block numbers!! Only the work of the devil could make them soooo confusing! Anyway the upshot of all this is I have a completely spare F-16 that I didn’t know what to do with. So a solution is a nice simple Whif! So why an RNZAF one (hence the “K”), well I didn’t what another boring grey one and I really like the European 1 camouflage of the A-4K’s. So this is what I have to play with… a Block 52 F-16 I pinched the intake from and the now left over Block 50 intake! I know why not just build the white one as a 52…….well that would be just too easy…and an admission I’d completely stuffed it up in the first place! The colour scheme…well I’ve got a nice set of A-4 decals Gekko Decals on the way (thanks Richard). Weapons loadout….not sure yet, have heaps from the F-111, F1, and F-16 so will have a think about it. I’ll sort of be building this in parallel with the other F-16 which is for the F-16 STGB, so will start this one in a couple of week. Should be a nice simple build, and no mod work!!
  4. By the mid 1980's, the RAF were looking towards replacing its fleet of aging Eagle aircraft (TSR-2). Looking to the future, they wanted an aircraft that would be able to survive the modern, and future, battlefield. Around this time, the USAF were looking for the Advanced Tactical Fighter (ATF), and two designs were in contention, the YF-22 and YF-23. With the YF-22 winning the contract, Northrop looked around for other uses for their design. BAe approached them with a view to a collaboration. The design was tweaked to suit the RAF's requirements, which mainly included adding a second seat, specialist avionics, and strengthening the airframe for lower level flight. The result was the Black Widow B.1 Kit is the Hobbyboss 1/48 YF-23, with a scratchbuilt rear cockpit and a modified 1/32 Hawk canopy. 20171021_001358 by Paul Carter, on Flickr 20171021_001409 by Paul Carter, on Flickr 20171021_001420 by Paul Carter, on Flickr 20171021_001511 by Paul Carter, on Flickr
  5. This is my current project for a What-if group build on IPMS Ireland, and is more a "when-if" than a what-if I have been posting in the What-if section here on Britmodeller but I don't think too many land-lubbers frequent that portion of the forum so moving to the Armour section. I hope no-one minds and that someone finds this interesting. First, some history:Currently there are 10 variants of the US Army Strykers: M1129A & B are basically same vehicle with different armament. Similarily there are different sub-variants of the 1130 & 1132 Initially the thinkong behind the Stryker programme was that heavier armed vehicles and air-defense would not be required. However the US Army are currently trialing a new version with a 30mm canon in a turret. This is a direct result of recent Russian moves in Crimea and Ukraine. https://www.armytimes.com/articles/army-receives-first-stryker-upgraded-with-30mm-cannon And now we get into the realms of speculation. In my opinion one of the glaring omissions of the Stryker line-up was an Air Defence version. So my entry will be an ADA Stryker which I believe we will eventually see in the real world also. And then during the build I came across this article which backs up my theory: http://breakingdefense.com/2017/04/boeing-upgrades-air-defense-vs-russians-avenger-shorad/?utm_source=hs_email&utm_medium=email&utm_content=50719832&_hsenc=p2ANqtz-_nwH5N_n8R1nWDK4CtMtrI1R75hxhE5GM09cx40esYhboFCIgv8QKdUIH7fzaLF_9xczgRnaZeHvFz6N5_B1uARxAvBQ&_hsmi=50719832 So my version will be based on the M1128 Mobile Gun System platform, as it already has a "turret", and the Legend Productions ADATS system for the M1113 Started on the lower hull and rear while waiting for the ADATS to arrive. Wouldn't touch the upper hull until I see exactly what surgery in needed And then the postie delivered the ADATS last Friday! It's a lot of resin Beautifully cast though Plus a large fret of PE, some wire and decals for a Canadian vehicle. 2 double sided A4 pages of colour instructions. A lot of the bits are for the body on an M113 so won't be used Got the main bit of surgery completed. Lots of filling to do but happy with the new top deck And over a very productive weekend the ADATS turret is now together. Some pretty large pour blocks to be removed but no real issues except the sheer volume of resin bits. Lots of sawing and sanding and filing.... Doing Tamiya tape straps with PE buckles was the hardest bit though So here is how she looks now. I'll keep the two missile units off till after painting. One is held on here with blue-tac And how it will look on the hull. A bit bulky but doesn't seem too out of proportion or unrealistic to my biased eye Tonight I start detailing the upper hull
  6. My last build was of a pair of 1/72 Jagdpanzer E-25 tanks, for my next I'm staying with the Entwicklung Paper Panzers but I'm moving up to 1/35 scale with Trumpeter's Jagdpanzer E-10. I'm also venturing into the world of scratch building with a what-if Aufklärungspanzer E-10. For more information about Trumpeter's Jagdpanzer E-10 you can find a review on Armorama here. As for the Aufklärungspanzer E-10 I'll be using another Trumpeter Jagdpanzer E-10 kit as a base but replacing the hull mounted gun with a new scratch built upper hull and turret in a similar layout as the diagram below. I started with the Jagdpanzer E-10 which will mainly be made OOB with the addition of Trumpeter's workable tracks and a RB Models metal barrel. There are several builds of this tank on this forum already so I wont bother going step by step, but mainly because it went together really fast & I forgot to take pictures The top went together rather quickly, only a few hatches a grills to add. I replaced the plastic grab handles with some metal wire, which I took half a day rummaging through the garage trying to find something suitable. I replaced the plastic tow cables with some electrical wire that was first striped out of its insulation. Then I attached one end to a clamp & the other to a drill, the drill was then used to twist the wire together. New fasteners where then (badly) made from scrap PE. This is my first time building workable tracks and it seams a bit overkill on this kit considering it comes with four different sets of tracks in the box (early/late wrap-around & individual link). I enjoyed making them once I got into a groove & even though they are more complex then the tracks that come with the kit I feel they will be a lot easier to use in the long run. Both tracks are done but I had a slight disaster when I knocked over and spilt my brand new Tamiya thin glue that I got specificity for making these tracks, luckily I didn't get any on the model but it ate the markings off my cutting board >.<
  7. It has been a couple of years or more since I last did a "What-If" but here is one I have just finished for a "What-If" GB. It is a conversion of the Airfix 1/600 RMS Queen Elizabeth 2 to a "Harrier Carrier". The background story is that the Falklands Conflict did not end with the surrender of the Argentine forces on the Falklands but it became a much longer war with Argentina. The Royal Navy found itself in need of more amphibious ships and aircraft carriers. HMS Bulwark was to be brought out of mothballs and recomissioned as a stop-gap but due to her age and poor condition of her hull it was necessary to find another way to fill the gap. It was decided that the QE2 would be dropped from it's role as troopship and converted to a "Harrier Carrier" but with an amphibious dock at the stern. The conversion entails removing all decks above the weather deck, building an island to starboard, building sponsons either side, with davits on the starboard side for landing craft, cutting out a stern dock and fitting a flight deck with lifts. White metal Harriers and helicopters came from Tumbling Dice. Landing craft were made from plastic card and apart from the Airfix QE2 there are parts from another six Airfix kits. Dave
  8. Armour modellers of a sensitive disposition should perhaps look away now! Still here? Right. This was a commission build for a friend, intended to represent the upgunned Cromwell depicted in the World of Tanks game. The in-game tank has the option of mounting the Vickers 75mm High Velocity gun. This gun used a 3-inch AA gun cartridge, necked down to take US 75mm ammunition. Historically, there actually was the intention to fit this gun to the Cromwell, but it was discovered rather late that the turret was too small. In what-if world of course, anything is possible. Perhaps the fall of Malta in 1942 puts a serious damper on the progress of the desert campaign. Without the interdiction of supplies to the Afrika Korps, preparations for the Allied offensive in North Africa are seriously hindered, resulting in at least a year's delay to the build up of forces in Egypt. It does however mean that the new Cromwell cruiser can be giving its first taste of action; it proving a worthy opponent to the long barrelled PzIV and the heavy Tigers of the DAK. Anyway, all just an excuse to give the Cromwell a fancy Caunter scheme and a more serious looking shooter. The Tamiya kit was almost flawless as you might expect. The gun is a shortened 17-pounder from RB Model. Added 06/01/16: regards, Jason
  9. As a departure from my QLs I'm also building this "What-if" as my entry to my local IPMS clubs annual competition, the breif is we are given the same kit... The 1/48 scale Airfix Me109.... to build in any way we choose.... Not being a wing thing type of guy what better to do to an aircraft than to cut its wings off and fit it with wheels & tracks??!! The other kit I used was an 1/48 scale Sdkfz 250 from Tamiya So, here It is just before I primed it last night..... I'm calling it a 'Gruslig' Fast Reconnaissance Vehicle, 1947, Thoughts?? ATB Sean
  10. I've been pondering the monolithic Tortoise heavy assault tank since it arrived from Meng for review a while back, and have finally caved in. A new SSD hard drive for the Workshop machine, and a new build... I started with the running gear, as per the instruction booklet, and decided that because of the sheer number of wheels keeping the hull out of the mud, I'd do a quick test build of one of the sponsons that contains four wheels to see which seamlines I could get away without fettling. The short answer is "some", but not all, and the pedant in me is struggling with the concept of leaving some unattended to. I'm sure I'll live though First up were the idler wheels and drive sprockets. The idler wheels are set on sprung tensioner units, and they are different lengths, with one set of locating points being cut off during construction. Don't worry - this matches perfectly with its mounting holes on the hull, as Meng have followed through with the asymmetry. I've scuffed up the idler contact surfaces, as they see a lot of action, and although shiny, will probably be quite scored from all the rocks and pebbles that have gone through between it and the tracks. The drive sprockets were simple to put together, and the sprue gates have been placed on the back of the part so you don't damage the teeth when you cut them off. I did manage to slip and nick one though, so glued it back in place before it fell off completely Here's a shot of the test build of a sponson and the other bits I've glued together so far: The seams that have to be addressed because they'll probably be on display are marked out on the pic below. The raised ejector pin on the pushrod is a piece of cake to trim off with a sharp scalpel, but there are 16 of them... watch your fingers! I'm going to fill at least the seams marked in white on four sponsons, as the front and rear units might be visible under the side skirts. Whether I'll paint the roadwheels in situ or not is undecided as yet The pushrod, roadwheels and the central part of the axle are all loose once the wheel-pair is glued up, with only a bar underneath holding the whole assembly together. You need a fair few extra hands to get it all together, and make sure you check alignment of the parts before you wander off for tea, as they are quite prone to drifting out of alignment if the glue is still quite liquid.
  11. In 1943, the Westland Whirlwind was being withdrawn from service, one factor being lack of support for its Peregrine engines - together with the need to maintain two engines per airframe compared with the single-engined Typhoon intended to replace it. However with development of the Typhoon taking longer than expected, an interim solution was needed to support the second front expected to be opened in France in 1944. The remaining Whirlwind airframes were therefore re-engined with Bristol Mercury XVs, which were in plentiful supply and could provide enhanced performance running on 100 octane fuel. As the radial engines were air-cooled, the radiators could be removed from the wing roots making more volume and weight available for fuel tanks. The wing hard-points were strengthened, to allow carriage of two 1000lb bombs. Finally, the new MkIII IFF was fitted, the rod aerial under the starboard wing replacing the previous tailplane-to-fuselage wiring. Enough aircraft were re-manufactured to equip 263 squadron, which flew as part of 2nd Tactical Airforce over France from February 1944, until finally replaced by the Typhoon at the end of that year. ... Well, it could have happened anyway! Based on the venerable (if that is the right word!) Airfix Whirlwind, with engines from the old-tool Blenheim IV, spare propellers and spinners from the new Spitfire I/II and bombs from the Bomber resupply set. Following my reading of the regulations for D-Day stripes, and 24" wide stripes on the wings of twin-engined aircraft, as well as the 18"-wide fuselage stripes. I kept the sky band forward of the tail, and assumed the squadron codes would be re-painted over the stripes. Decals from a variety of sources, including some of the original airfix ones which had stood up pretty well for a 1980s-era kit. and a few more photos here: Westland Whirlwind FB.2
  12. THE LEGEND! The Royal Navy's Admiralty watched with interest in 1968 as the US Navy reactivated the battleship New Jersey for active service in Vietnam. Mindful of the overwhelming success of this venture, Admiral Sir Roger Bong ordered an inquiry into the possibility of acquiring a refitted battleship for commissioning into the RN. The proposal was advanced after the new government under Prime Minister Ted Coke took office in 1971. Initial approaches to the US Navy regarding its mothballed Iowa-class were flatly turned down by CNO Adm Arleigh Smackhead, so attention shifted towards France, which maintained the only other seaworthy battleship, the Richelieu, preserved in mothballs and needing funding to be retained as a museum ship. President François Nymphomane was quite receptive to the Royal Navy taking the costly ship from his budget-strapped hands, and was pleased to sell the ship to Britain in 1972 for just 20,000 Francs (about fifty quid) in return for Mary Millington's phone number. The Richelieu ​was towed to HM Dockyard Devonport for refit and updating to modern naval standards. The main 15-in and secondary 6-in armament was retained, but all anti-aircraft guns and other extraneous equipment was removed to save weight. Modern radar and communications equipment was installed, and further weight savings obtained by removal of the French officers' WAGs and floozies' quarters, though this was somewhat offset by the need to install toilets and sanitation throughout the ship. Sea Cat anti-aircraft missiles were fitted for air defence, and helicopter handling facilities were added for two Sea King helicopters. The ship was renamed HMS Bellerophon, due to its ship-of-the-line heritage, but mostly to save money because the nameplates had already been cast for the subsequently renamed Tiger-class cruiser, HMS Blake. Bellerophon was commissioned in 1977, in time for her first public appearance at HM the Queen's Jubilee Spithead Review. She completely stole the show, particularly when a main armament salute blew the wig off the head of then-US President Jerry Lewis' wife, Anita Ekberg. The ship spent the next three years on goodwill visits to South Africa, the Caribbean and the Far East. She was a firm favourite with the Royal Family, and carried various members on flag-waving visits around the world. An extensive refit in 1981 saw her fitted with upgraded electronics, Exocet anti-ship missiles, new Lynx HAS.2 helicopters, and anti-missile countermeasures. When news reached Britain of an Argentine invasion of the remote Falkland Islands, Prime Minister Margaret Fatuous ordered the Defence Staff to organise a Task Force to retake the islands. Bellerophon set sail on 5 April 1982 with HMS Hermes. Reaching the war zone on 1st May she immediately began to make a nuisance of herself. She used her 6-in guns to harass enemy positions throughout the entire theatre, but her finest hour came just four days after arriving. On receiving a position report from the submarine HMS Conqueror, Admiral Butt despatched his flagship with the AA destroyers Sheffield and Glamorgan at flank speed of 30kt. They disabled the Argentine cruiser Belgrano with Exocet missiles before arriving within gun range at dawn on 5 May. Bellerophon proceeded to sink the armoured cruiser with her 15-in gunfire in less than 20 mins. The ship's luck would change just a day later. Now the prime target of Argentine air attacks, Bellerophon withdrew to the northeast of the Falklands to provide radar picket duty for the fleet. Despite her cordon of destroyers, Bellerophon was attacked by Argentine Navy Super Etendard aircraft with four Exocet missiles, two of which made full-detonation impacts amidships. Being a particularly well-armoured battleship, the missiles had no more effect on the operational status of the ship than a couple of flashbangs. Several cups of tea were spilt, and the noise of the impacts woke some of the helicopter pilots who were asleep in their quarters as usual. The damage to Bellerophon was painted over before teatime. Bellerophon provided effective naval gunfire support throughout the landings and land campaign, and also shelled every Argentine installation and aircraft at Stanley airport, rendering any risky, long-range aircraft missions superfluous. (The RAF performed them anyway, so as not to lose face, and still missed). The final testimony to the battleship's effectiveness came from Lieutenant Chumpy Spliffs, 45 Cdo RM, on Two Sisters ridge: Bellerophon returned to Plymouth at the head of a victorious Task Force on 21 July to a rapturous welcome after over 100 days at sea. She was last battleship to sink an enemy unit at sea. As a token of thanks from a grateful nation, Bellerophon's last refit was cancelled and she was laid up and eventually scrapped in 1984. Her ship's bell is preserved in some Whitehall club, presumably to remind fat civil servants when it's time to hit the trough. ========================================================================================================== THE FACTS! ......Well if you've lasted this long, you deserve to know that this is the Heller 1/400 Richelieu kit, with some Atlantic Models PE to go on it. Some scratchbuilding will definitely be necessary to fit aircraft hangars and so on. The ship is mythically portrayed at its peak in 1982 just before sailing for the Falklands. *Note: This quote is based on fact. I adapted it for my "legend" from a genuine quote by a USMC lieutenant describing receiving naval gunfire support from the USS New Jersey in Vietnam, 1968. Al
  13. draggie748

    RAAF Hawker Hunter F6

    This is a “What-if” RAAF Hawker Hunter F6 in 25SQN markings. It is a follow on from the chapter in "The Alternative RAAF & RAN Fleet Air Arm - Australia's Little Asian Wars 1951–1975" by John Baxter detailing the invasion of Australian protectorates. In this chapter the scenario is - India has invaded the Cocos Islands and destroyed the Australian garrison including the flight of six CAC built Hunters F9s from 24SQN sent there to protect it from air attack. In my alternative addition to this scenario the RAAF immediately negotiated with the RAF to receive a squadron of Hunter F6s to be transferred from the RAF units in HK and modified with the Dutch air to air mod to allow them to carry Sidewinders. This was because the F9s for the Reserve units were coming off the CAC production line slowly due to the priority being given the new CAC Sabre Mk30s currently in production for the full-time inits. They are then put on alert for the protection of the major centres on the west coast of Australia from Perth to the north. The Reserve squadrons were given these duties as the full-time units only had Meteor F8s with limited range, obsolete Vampires FB30/31/32s or were in the process of converting to the new Avon Sabres slowly coming of the CAC production line. I have changed the serial no on the jet to an A number which in the book is in the A86 range. As these are a different model to the F9s of 24SQN and 23SQN which are numbered from A86-1, I've just added the A86 to the original serial number aka A86-462 instead of XL462. I've also added the 462 in white on the nose and lightly painted over the letters of the RAF serial under the wings.
  14. Hey guys, i ll begin on my first what-if project for this gb during my weekends night shifts. It ll be the new tool Airfix 1/48 Folland Gnat and i m going to finish it in some camouflage based on ww2 RAF/Commonwealth trainers/OTU planes. Still need to decide which one i m going to chose, but here are the final 5 schemes - you can help me to chose one of them A) Tiger Moth scheme - yellow underside + half of sides, top side dark earth/dark green. Yellow band on fuselage, yellow nose, yellow wing tips, red/white checked under fuselage roundels OTU SAAF - azure blue underside, top side stone brown/sand yellow. Yellow stripe on wing, red nose tip (spinner wanabe;) ), white wing tips, maybe sharkmouth (aka P-40) C) OTU spitfire (based on Mk.Ia JZ-E) - light grey underside, top side dark green/medium grey, horizontal stripes of white/blue/red on the nose D) OTU spitfire (based on Mk.I LV-N) - Sky underside, top side dark earth/dark green, yellow nose E) OTU RAAF - sky blue underside, top side dark brown/dark green, white nose, white tail, white wings leading edges Tomorrow at morning (when i get home) i ll pre-paint the cockpit parts with the RAF interior green and then i ll just think about the camouflages
  15. My first 'ready for inspection' on Britmodeller, this a model I started over the Christmas break and just about finished a few weeks ago (although there are still a few tweaks I could do to it): A Westland Rotodyne FA-1, i.e. the larger Rolls-Royce Tyne powered potential production variant, also previously called the Fairey Rotodyne 'Z'. I've chosen to model it as if it entered RAF service in the late 60s, perhaps to meet NATO Basic Military Requirement 4 (NMBR-4) of 1962 for a V-STOL Tactical Transport. I've designated it a 'C.1' on the basis that the RAF would have classified it as a fixed-wing aircraft, thus allowing me to use the fixed-wing tactical transport colour scheme of Dark Earth/Light Stone over black which I prefer to the then-current helicopter scheme of dark green and dark sea grey. I used the David Gibbings book on the Fairey Rotodyne as my main reference - most of the design follows the proposed plans for the FA-1, except that the wings are slightly stubbier and less tapered than that design. This was because the wings use parts from the Revell Transall C-160, which is also where the engines came from. The rest of the model is based on one-and-a-half of the Airfix kits (the half being an incomplete kit I bought on eBay!), with the fuselage suitably lengthened (the easy bit, using a section from the spare fuselage), and also made a scale foot wider (4mm plastic strip between the two halves) and taller (two 2mm strips, above and below the windows), to give the right size fuselage. The interior was also detailed with parts from the C-160, including hanging seats on the fuselage walls that obscured most of the view through the windows. The nacelles are a combination of the Revell ones melded into the Airfix parts at the rear. The rotor blades are suitably lengthened, and at the tips I've portrayed the nine-jet silencer system that was tested at White Waltham before the project was cancelled. I used the Airfix cockpit, although the plans for the FA-1 showed a slighter bigger cockpit. after loading trials in the early 70s for the then-new 105mm Light Gun and Forward-Control Landrover: and a few more photos here: http://smg.photobucket.com/user/TimV69/library/Models/Airfix%201-72%20Westland%20Rotodyne%20C1%20XS744?sort=3&page=1 Tim
  16. Here's another recent build, the Revell Ho229 (not Go229 as mislabelled on the packaging). More or less straight from the box, but with the inaccurate side panels removed from the cockpit bathtub, the voids underneath the exhausts filled and the Airwaves and Eduard photo etch sets employed to add detail. The guns weren't really visible after assembly, whereas the engines most certainly are. Curious how Revell decided to represent parts that were not apparent, but not those that were. Hope you like it.
  17. Cookenbacher

    1/72 Falcon FGR.3A

    The third and final version of the Falcon in RAF service was the FGR.3A, optimized for air-to-air in addition to the original attack role. All three versions together. WIP is here: http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/234966761-a-ridiculous-and-probably-ill-fated-viper-pentuple/ FGR.1 can be found here: http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/234959568-172-falcon-fgr1/ FGR.2 can be found here: http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/234969903-172-falcon-fgr2-operation-granby/
  18. SeanM

    Non-flying What-If chat

    Not wanting to detract from the What-if chat thread already in use, but it does seem to be focused mainly (only?) on those wingy-things. I know that's cos most people around here are into that sort of stuff, but if there are any who'd like to share past, present or future builds & ideas for What-if ground vehicles or ships then please add them. Here are two Humvee based What-if vehicles I've done in the past, just to get things off the ground....well, actually staying on the ground. A leatherman Humvee: http://i213.photobucket.com/albums/cc69/35th-scale/Models/WIP/Leatherman15.jpg And a Future Humvee: http://i213.photobucket.com/albums/cc69/35th-scale/Models/WIP/FutureHumvee.jpg The turret is from an M1117 Guardian. Currently looking at the Trumpeter Fennek, which would look nice in IDF colours & markings with these two figures from Black Dog http://img1.afv-news.com/2013/11/Israeli-woman-soldier-F35090.jpg So, anyone got anything to add? Cheers Sean
  19. I will not go on too much again why I did this,only to say, it's been great fun.The build is on this link ,why it came about. http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/234943489-hms-eagle-invincible-class-1700-revell-class-what-if/
  20. Wolwe82

    P-47D VVS winter camo (what-if)

    As i was deleting old photos from my mobile, i found few images on this P-47D. The only purpose for this kit was to test the mig´s "Absolute chipping" (thats why on the kit the chipping is not the same all around, i used diferent tools to test diferent results). As far as i know, none of the russian P-47D have been using the white winter camouflage and on top of that, i had some rocket racks from il-2 left, so i thought lets have a bit of fun. So the "what-if" for this P-47D : russian pilots generaly didnt like to use the jugs for dogfights (they were used to their own more agile fighters) but they had nice results using them as ground/naval target attackers. But because the bombs were often not enough, there was idea to test RS-82/132 rockets on the bolts. So on few aircrafts were experimentaly mounted the racks for these rockets and then the rockets were succesfuly used in combat. And because russian navy pilots liked the P-47s a lot for their though construction and survivability, they were using the jugs all the time, applying winter camo as well (which was than worn out a lot bcs of the heavy use of the aircrafts ). So this thunderbolt should be one of these heavily used aircafts. But bcs it was delivered to the unit not too far before the winter, the worn out started to show off mainly on the winter camo, not on the base coat yet Here are few pics, once again the camo is totaly what-if and has no real life background
  21. Sometimes the inspiration particles that travels through cosmos hit all the right parts of the brain, and the hamsterwheel starts spinning: What if Gloster bought a whole bunch of ex Swedish Airforce Tunnans to make a point interceptor that is not reliant on radar, in case of severe ECM in the middle of the fifties? Naturally the de Havilland Ghost engine needs replacing, and the wing is all wrong and so on, not enough hardpoints or fuel is available, but that has not stopped the glorious British Aircraft industry earlier. A crash program was initiated and by the end of the decade the utterly rubbish Barrel was introduced to the poor RAF... Ok, so the backstory needs more padding, but I got the idea of a two engined Tunnan and I couldn't get it out of my head without actually making that thing... An old MiG-19 and Matchbox trusty old SAAB Tunnan was the start. A few hours spent with a razorsaw and it started looking like what i wanted The plan is to use the engines from the MiG and also the nose section since it will be too tail-heavy otherwise. I have understood that there are some conventions that must be adhered to, and that means a T-tail. Something like this perhaps? Then I need to add an IR-seeker somewhere, and 2-4 wing pylons for weapons, and the wing fuel-tanks will be mounted on top of the wings Off course, those wings are not fun enough as they are, perhaps a Crescent-shaped wing will spice it up a little? More cutting ensued, with wedges built from sprue. Copious amounts of filler was then used: And with that, the build is underway! With my glacial pace, it will probably be ready by summer...2014
  22. Well, it's been a while since I last logged in and posted an update on my modelling. To be honest, I lost interest in modelling for the best part of a year and it's only since Christmas that I've been doing anything - slowly getting back into the swing of it. At the moment it's mostly finishing off stuff I couldn't face, back when the modelling urge left me and a number of fairly undemanding OOBs. The first to report is that TSR2 that I was working on (and had a hissy fit over...). Here she is in her glory,. Nothing like as classy as some of the other Britmodeller's TSR2's. I know, I know. I bodged the canopy something rotten, and the undercarriage doors shouldn't be open. I'm just happy to have finished it. The decals are Xtradecal of course...