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  1. I was looking for Wildcat Mk VI photos that flew from my favorite RN small carrier, the ex-USN Bogue class escort carrier USS Altamaha, renamed HMS Battler, and I found these photos I thought some of you might be interested in. Mike Captioned as an 834 Squadron Seafire- looks like a Seafire Mk 1b https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:The_Royal_Navy_during_the_Second_World_War_A21600.jpg Her history and aircraft http://www.royalnavyresearcharchive.org.uk/ESCORT/BATTLER.htm#.XkSbn2dYZdg Seafire deck ops https://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/item/object/205153904 Swordfish aboard the Battler https://www.shutterstock.com/editorial/image-editorial/britain-aircraft-carrier-hms-battler-xse-7393539a Seafire accident on the Battler I also found the HMS Battler homepage, which has many excellent photos of her aircraft and air operations! See the link below. https://www.hmsbattler.com/
  2. Hi, I'm just wondering if anyone has heard of plans to release a kit of the new AW159 Wildcat helicopter? That is one seriously nice looking machine. Hoping in advance. Rick
  3. The box arrived at 16:00. First impressions.... 1. A big box packed with a lot of plastic...600 parts they say. 2. VERY fine detailing, moulding flawless, reasonable length runners, even on the smallest of parts. 3. I cannot see any short shot parts. The instructions have you start with the cockpit. I'm still thinking about the best way to do the instruments. Airfix provide separate instrument transfers to apply to the back of a clear panel and then fix the front over. Confusingly they offer 3 instrument panels, R3 and R4, but no where I can see do they link the choice to a model. On the transfer application page there is no mention of the choice, either. So I'm going to start on Page 39, step 150 and build the engine!! Photos to follow...
  4. Ahoy! On the bench at the minute I have my first Hobby Boss kit. Completed an Eduard Hellcat last year and decided it was time for the cat collection to grow... Having never build a Hobby Boss kit before I was a little reluctant to begin with, but having read several positive reviews thought it was worth a crack. Nothing fancy with this one, just using the box kit and some Eduard belts to spruce up the pit. This is my first WIP thread! Not sure it will be too exciting. Had two days off work earlier in the week and this is how it stands at the moment. When it came to gluing everything together I was getting a bit worries that there might be fit / alignment issues as there isn't a solid fit - bits tend to be a bit floaty. Probably not a problem for most, but I am a bit spoilt as I mainly build Tamiya kits! So glued the fuselage together and then the cockpit floor to the bottom tub section. Once the glue had set nicely, popped the other bits in place, quick dab of Tamiya liquid cement and then held the tub section into the fuselage - wiggled bits around so that everything sits as it should. Even so, there is still going to be a bit of filler needed above the headrest. The undercarriage section almost came a cropper, again due to vague locations, as a tip to anyone I'd recommend trying to get the struts in place and then popping it into place in the fuselage tub section to make sure everything fits. As in my case the fitment of one of struts is a little wayward, wasn't to bad thankfully and with a bit of prodding with a cocktail stick got it in place. Tonight should get a few more hours to crack on. Decided I wanted to the leave the fuel tanks off, which will mean a few holes need filling in the wing. Spotted a tip somewhere about stretching sprue to get a rod of plastic to fill holes, so might give that a bash. Thanks for popping by... More to follow Aaron
  5. I hope no one minds me getting some ancient kits out again - I love the GB experience and it looks like I may have the time to fit in a simple Wildcat build as a follow on to my (late) finish in the Pacific War GB. For that, I got a hold of some marvelous Battle of the Coral Sea decals and they included a set for a Wildcat so I was keen to use them as the style of paint schemes on the USN aircraft at that time really impressed me. Also, I've been impressed with the new tool Airfix Wildcat builds I've seen in this GB so far, so that has spurred me on to get my old kits built and move on to the new tools. Which kit to use though? I've got a choice between the original Airfix and Frog kits. Both look to be pretty simple but the Frog kit looks to have had more work put into the engine and undercarriage details. I fancy building both kits simultaneously and this is where I got the idea that I could do one as a USN version and the other as a British Martlet (I remember my Dad quoting the Martlet as one of his favourite aircraft so there may be some connection with him growing up and seeing some in WW2). I'll need to do some research on which types of Martlet lined up with which types of Wildcat etc. but that will be an interesting exercise too. (I'm also going to change my photo posting from Flickr to Imgur to see how that works out). Here is the Airfix kit I've got....brand new from 1964! Here is the Frog kit - lovely dark blue plastic. Here are those attractive USN decals..
  6. Evening one and all, I'll be honest, I haven't finished an model of any description for probably over a year... I'm a serial kit-starter! I've got a few non-finished GB kits sitting on my shelf of doom but I just do not have the energy to finish them. I know it's bad but I am in a massive CBA mood with models right now. I think a large part of that was the fact my man cave was pretty much unusable during the spring/summer/autumn months. I have also moved house which has taken alot of my energy, but I have moved to a new house with my partner and we have a spare bedroom, so now I actually have room to make some models and she has space to do her crafty bits as well... it's a win win! Best of all we actually have a driveway now! No more parking in the street for me, or worrying if I will be able to get a parking spot when I got home from work. Now, my unfinished kits are in my man cave, however that is at my parents house so I can't really do much with them for the time being. So sitting here in the evenings I have pretty much been reading and getting ideas on stuff to build. That is where this post/thread comes in, I've decided to do a few simple builds to get my motivation up. I have decided to do the following kits because I want to get them built. I have got two kits of the Zero to do and only one of the Hawk. I have built the Hawk before (the 112 Sqn edition) so that shouldn't present me with any troubles. The two Zero's will not be painted in the scheme depicted on the box. I purchased a decal set a while ago with the intention of using the Chinese Nationalist Air Forces roundel for the Hawk. That was before I bought two Zero's. So they will be done in the below schemes... and... Please excuse the poor pictures, the lighting in here is pretty poor, I need to get some better bulbs in the spare room. The CNAF version is a quick simple colour on top and bottom, it also ties in nicely with the Hawk. The 261-Kokutai version is an interesting one that caught my eye a while ago, I don't think I had ever seen a camouflaged Zero before I saw that sheet. It looks simple and easy enough to do - famous last words I bet! These builds will not be the fastest in the world, I was meant to start these at the start of the holidays - however family trips/visits put a stop to that (yay!). If I get these three done within any decent time frame (about 5 years) then I have the following to add... I haven't started on these kits yet, I just wanted to get the thread up to give me a KUTA to start them. I haven't included the sprue shots as I am sure we all know what these kits look like now. More to follow soon I hope! Kind Regards, Dazz P.S.... I can not actually find the designation of "A6M2b" anywhere... I am assuming that it is the Type 21 "version" with the folded wing tips? I know it says "A6M2b-21" on the back of the box, but I am not too sure if I can trust that.
  7. Hi all, Latest one to get finished on the bench is Hobby Boss' very nice 1/48 F4F-4 Wildcat. I've built this as part of the excellent Mediterranean Theatre GB which you really should check out as there are some truly excellent builds going on and some really good finished ones in the gallery. The model was built OOTB with the exception of some seat belts and aftermarket decals from Superscale which performed excellently and I used both Vallejo and Lifecolor paints. Here are the pics; Hope you like her and thanks for looking in, all comments and criticisms are gratefully received. And for anyone interested here is the link to the WIP; Craig.
  8. Time to mark my spot for my entry in this GB. Last time the MTO GB came around I planned on doing a couple of US Navy aircraft operated in the Med but time got the better of me and they never happened so it's time to put that right, at least partially, by building Hobby Boss' F4F-4 Wildcat as an example flown by Lt. Cdr. John Raby of VF-9 when based on the USS Ranger during the landings in North Africa for Operation Torch. I intend to build her pretty much out of the box but hope to get hold of some suitable seat belts for her. I have a set of aftermarket decals by Superscale which has the markings I want. Here's the ubiquitous box shot; And the open box shot; And the decal sheet and a very nice book I've had for a few years which got me hooked on this subject; I have the small matter of a B-25 to finish first for the types STGB before I get started, though knowing me I will not be able to resist the temptation for very long. Thanks for looking in. Craig.
  9. Grumman F4F-3 Wildcat built for the Carrier Ahoy! GB https://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/235035778-grumman-f4f-3-wildcat-uss-lexington-done/ It's the wildcat recently discovered 3000 meters under the Coral Sea next the USS Lexington wreck Airfix 1/72 F4F-4 kit with quickboost wings and some improvement (NACA without airscoop) Thanks to @Dazey for his precious informations
  10. Topdrawings 48 - Grumman F4F Wildcat ISBN : 9788365437631 Kagero via Casemate UK The Grumman F4F Wildcat (or Martlet in British Service) was a carrier bourne fighter developed in the 1930 from the Grumman FF Biplane. The FF was the first US Naval aircraft to have retractable landing gear with the wheels still visible even when retratacted and this carried over to the F4F. The USN offically adopted the type in 1941 as the Wildcat though they had been in service since 1940 with the Royal Navy. This book is not a reference book on the Wildcat per-say, but a collection of plans and colour profiles designed to help the modeller all the plans are in 1.48 with a 1/24th scale rule on the pages as well. In the centre of the book is an A2 double sided pull out plan in 1/32nd scale as well. As an extra there is one set of 1:48 masks, and one of 1:72 in the book. All text is in English & Polish. Conclusion If you're interested in these aircraft and intend to model a few of an individual aircraft then its worth investing in one of these publications. Recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  11. Here it is then, my first finished build as a Britmodeller, a straight OOB Airfix Grumman Wildcat F4F-4 Wildcat. A great little kit that goes together like a dream, I've already bought another one. I'm fairly new to the hobby, so any helpful hints, tips and constructive criticism is highly appreciated. I didn't have early war USN colors, so the paint is approximation/poor guesswork only. Top: Tamiya XF-17 Sea Blue + XF-2 White 3:1 Underside: Vallejo Model Air 050 Light Gray. Gloss and matt varnishes from Vallejo. Applied with airbrush. Canopy brushpainted. Micro Set for decals. Wash: Burnt Umber oil paint in odorless turpentine Weathering: Vallejo Model Air Aluminum applied with a small sponge, brown and black chalk pastels applied with brush Issues: As you can se from the underside, i need a proper scribing tool(already purchased). Here I used my thinnest hobby saw blade - not thin enough. The rudder decal gave me quite some grief, for some reason it would constantly lift along the edge. Ended up tearing both of them in half. Maybe I should have left the rudder of the model until it's all done. (Picture quality is far from optimal, mobile phone camera and heavy clouds outside is a poor combination.) The rudder decal in all its questionable glory.. On to the next build, the Academy Zero 52C! As mentioned above, any advice most . Cheers, Haavard
  12. I have been wondering how many Wildcats and Martlets that can be made from the new Airfix kits. First up a Martlet MkIV and a F4F-4 Wildcat. These will have the canopy closed so my lousy seatbelts won't be seen too well. There is not much of the cockpit that will be seen. The basic sprues, these are the same for both kits. Martlet MkIV box art and sprue. F4F-4 Wildcat box art and sprue. My progress so far. It is amazing what modelling horrors are visible when a camera is added to the mix, the decal that is not quite straight but it will never be seen when the fuselage is closed up. Thanks for looking. Stephen
  13. So I'm on here all the time admiring everyone else's work, insight, and good nature and humor, but never really contribute. So as I delve back into this hobby addiction, which is greatly needed, I am making myself grow and delve deeper into this art. So I will put out updates on this build of Trumpeter's 1/32 Late F4F-3 and welcome feedback, critique, criticism, or experience...jokes too. My head is thick, my hide is thicker and I like the camaraderie on this site. I'm newer and want to jump in...so thanks. I have also started a new topic asking for insight to lap belts prior to Midway/early WWII. Thanks! So here is the office. Not finished with detail and have not started weathering washes. First attempt at hair spray technique on seat, floor and rudder pedals. I am a black baser so all is primed in black first.
  14. Hey folks! in this thread ill be posting my two builds: one martlet mk.I and one f4f-3 (bu.1863) Early w/ spinner :-) first up: Martlet Mk.I Using the airfix 1/72 Martlet IV as a base, Ive started by modifying the cowl by adding the intake fairing on the top; it should protrude a bit further forward so will add a bit more stock card then sand smooth F4F-3 BU.1863 first up I dug out the gun troughs, though got a bit carried away and dug them too far back! - i filled up with the excess with some black sprue and will sand smooth as this airfraft had the earlier R-1830-76 minus the magnetos, I saved the airfix engine for another day and found another replacement ( not much will be seen behind the spinner anyway! the spinner is from the spares and from an academy p-40 from memory, the kit blades were attached to the spinner: more soon!
  15. Airfix 1:72 Wildcat build almost OOB with kit decals -After pre shading, all paints were as given in the instructions except the upper surface which Airfix gave as HU125 and was replaced by my own mix 5xHU125 5xHU127 2xHU25 to make USN M-485 -I tried blending in the lower windows with CA (A Phil Flory technique) then sanding and polishing once cured, Think I need some practice in this as the vapours got on the inside and did what CA vapours do. I wont write off the technique just yet. - Rudder decal was discarded and rudder painted with Tamiya white primer and HU 153 - Decals applied with MicroSol & MicroSet. - Model was given a coat of Humbrol Gloss Cote prior to decals, clay washes, oil dot weathering & Tamiya wethering masters then matted with Humbrol Matt Cote. - Aerial rigging was done with 0.12mm fishing line secured with UV cured glue (UV glue really makes this job so much easier) then tightened by holding a soldering iron near. - Kit jury stays were discarded as too thick and replace with lengths of Plastruct 0.3mm rod. Please forgive the stand its just a bit of printed paper blue tacked on to a unpainted base just for the pictures. Enjoy CT Thanks for looking Mark
  16. Hi folks, second finished build for the day is Airfix's new tool Wildcat and what a beautifull little kit they have given us,there is debate elsewhere on shape issues but to me and I think most modelers It certainly looks like a Wildcat.The only vice the kit has in construction is the under carriage which for me was a bit fiddly but I,m not the most patient so enough said,I lightly weathered her with a light brown wash using a black wash for the flaps,wingfold etc.I only need to add the radio wire when I stretch some more sprue.WIP and sprue shots can be found here and thanks for looking in. http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/234989568-airfix-172-grumman-wildcat/page-1
  17. Ok time for a quick relaxing build (lol). After the spitfire I'm back off to 1:72 land. I was hoping to build one of my nice Tamiya or Eduard kits but the paints I need are taking their sweet time to cross the Tasman sea... Anyway rather than waiting I've decided to get through a quick OOB build from my (tiny) stash. I've had Airfix's new tooled 1:72 Wildcat F4F-4 kit staring at me forlornly for ages and I decided to put it out of it's misery. I know... another Airfix kit but the plastic on this one especially on the wings and fuselage looked suspiciously smooth and had nicely refined details . I tentatively cut out a few bits and test fitted, and everything seemed to be in order. It's got a nice easy camo scheme to boot. Time to crack on then, Started with the cockpit bits. All seemed to fit, though there was some of that soft Airfix moulding on show on some bits. Nothing major though. I'm not going to spend weeks detailing this little office, looks good enough out of the box. Got some Gunze H58 Interior Green on, and sprayed some H51 Light Gull Gray around the wheel well bits. Annoyingly enough the H51 is a gloss paint so takes ages to dry and is very prone to acquiring fingerprints. I'll have to be super careful. Especially when I get to painting the underside Also had to do a bit of early glass masking with the underside windows but it wasn't too taxing.
  18. Hi all First post here, I've been building armor for the last 10 years but after having my eyes opened to the turn around from airfix in recent years I have bought a whole load of planes that I forgot I loved and with that have found a new fondness for the application of decals, in some cases I've spent two days applying decals to a 1/72 plane! (a nice change from 3 crosses and two turret numbers!) I've also found that I can get models finished in good time and don't seem to get bogged down with the inaccuracies of a kit (due to lack of knowledge). Not to mention kits are £5 each not £50! Anyway hope you like one of my first planes in 20 years.
  19. From my reference material, this is my understanding ... France and Belgium ordered an export version of the F4F-3, designated by Grumman as G-36A, powered (because of an export embargo on the P&W engine?) by a Wright Cyclone with a single stage two speed supercharger. These were taken over by Britain when France (who had taken over Belgium's order) fell. It was to have six 7.5 millimetre Darne machine guns, with two in the nose cowling and two in each wings. The French had sought some refinements to the G-36 design: A reflector gunsight was fitted and some armour and fuel tank protection was installed. In British service, the aircraft were known as the “Martlet Mk I”. The few which had been built before France’s defeat, were retrofitted to RN standards, including switching out the French radio and throttle. The armament was also changed. The engine cowled guns were dropped and two .50cal (12.7mm) MG fitted in each wing, although the gun positions were uniquely different to that in the F4F3 and other two gun winged variants. The remainder would be completed to the RN's modified specification. Otherwise, these Martlets were similar to F4F-3Bs. However, I can't find an official reference to a F4F-3B variant. I know there's the F4F-3 and F4F-3A. Can someone enlighten me? Also, any idea why the F4F-4B “Martlet Mk IV” reverted to the Wright Cyclone engine? Was it an attempt to improve the performance of folding wing, six gun Wildcats, by using a lighter single row engine than the usual two row Pratt & Whitney Twin Wasp? If so, I gather it wasn't entirely successful In trying to improve performance further, Eastern reverted to four guns in their FM1 development of the six gun F4F-4 and then took it further by also using the Wright Cyclone engine in the FM2. Thank you in advance
  20. Hello All, I am wanting to buy a few of the Airfix 172 F4F-4 Wildcats, as I see them pretty cheap at the moment. I would like to backdate/convert one to a -3 variant in British markings. I read that some had folding wings, some didn't. All had the two-flap cowl and 4 guns? On converting one to a Gloss Sea Blue late variant, say a FM-2, too much surgery and best to buy a whole different kit? Thanks for any advice/light you can shed. Jeffer
  21. Good day, gentlemen. It's my next model. Kit from Airfix is clever but not perfect. Etched parts from Eduard were useful. Set offers several options to make. Including with folded wings. I did not want to completely break the geometry of the airframe. So I made a kind of intermediate option, which could not be. Please be indulgent to this.
  22. Starting this kit is an attempt at regaining my interest in modeling. Lost interest due to the mad cow attack and my father having a heart attack. His time is up, he is 82 smoked for 70 years, but has excellent lungs. According to Admiral's instructions you can build an F4F-3, F4F-3A, F4F-3P and a Martlett Mk III and I think if you don't cut the fuselage you can build a Martlett Mk I. This is the first step - cut the fuselage. I am not so sure of the second cut though. I am wondering if these instructions a for their FM2. Thanks for looking. Stephen
  23. Hi everyone, here's something slightly different. I work at a hobby shop on my days off from school and we often buy collections of model kits. A few weeks ago, we bought a bunch of kits from the family of a modeller that had recently passed away. In his collection was this Tamiya Wildcat that he had nearly finished. As the kit had been started, we could not sell the kit in-store. Therefore I took the kit home with me to finish what he started. I don't know anything about the modeller, his name, age, occupation, etc. All I know is that he was male and that he must've been a very good modeller. I'd really like to finish up this kit not only as a tribute to him, but to the many friends in this community that we've lost over the years. We may not have known anything about them apart from a username and their models, but they were family to us. Here's what I've inherited: some nicely done subassemblies. My portion of this build will be mostly assembly, plus painting and attaching smaller bits like pitot tubes, gunsight etc. He did a particularly nice job on the cockpit: And here's what I've managed today. I glued in the cockpit and the rear control surfaces. The rudder needed some touch ups and the stab had to sanded (carefully not to lose his finish) to get it to fit snugly. More to come.
  24. Here are my completed builds numbers 2 & 3 for 2016: the Airfix Dogfight Double set comprising the Grumman Wildcat and the Nakajima B5N2 'Kate' torpedo bomber. The kits are nicely detailed and went together very well, I don't recall having any particular problems with either of them. I used the kit transfers and mostly Sovereign Hobbies Colourcoats paints, USN Blue-gray, USN Light Gray, Nakajima Amber Grey-green (Ameiro) IJN D1 Deep Green Black and Mitsubishi Cowling Blue-black. If you think the paint chipping effect on the Kate is a bit overdone, kindly allow me to direct you here I used the Peewit canopy mask sets for both kits, they are about half the price of the Eduard ones. The markings represent the Wildcat flown by Lt.Cdr John 'Jimmy' Thach and the Kate commanded by Lt Joichi Tomonaga - Airfix have managed to get both the protagonists' names wrong in the instruction and painting booklet which is a bit of a shame given that it took me two minutes to look them up on the internet and I can't imagine why Airfix could not have done the same before sending it off for printing - at best it looks sloppy, at worst it looks a bit disrespectful, especially since Lt Tomonaga did not survive the encounter. That however is the only real criticism I can level at this set. Anyway, here they are, first the Wildcat: ... and the Kate: ... and finally together, locked in combat as Airfix intended: Thanks for your attention Cheers, Stew
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