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Back in 1967 Frog released a kit of the Shackleton MR3, and I eventually bought one about 10 years later. The kit was based on a Phase II aircraft operated by 206 Squadron RAF between June 63 and February 65, when it was taken in hand for upgrade to Phase III. Subsequently it was also fitted with Viper auxiliary jet engines in the outboard nacelles to assist in overload take offs, particularly in “hot and high” airfield conditions and it is in this later condition that I have modelled it. It is actually the same aircraft that Frog modelled – XF707, but by 1968 it was being operated by 42 Squadron based at St Mawgan in Cornwall.

 

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The bright afternoon sun has washed the colours out a bit, the grey is somewhat darker. I have added a resin Viper conversion set and changed the aerials etc to match what little info I have on Phase III machines. It has taken me well over 3 months and a lot of work, and there are a few things I could have done differently with hindsight, but I am satisfied with the result.

 

The build has had its moments but overall I have enjoyed it. I hope it is of interest.

 

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The final bits and pieces have now been added to my FROG Penguin Spitfire restoration, time to add a few shots to the Gallery.

 

A smooth enough restoration, the starting point was better than most Penguin ones. The model was at least complete and not too wonky, Penguin kits can suffer from some serious distortion!

I'm happy with the end result. It still looks like a Penguin model, although somewhat straighter than most.  It also looks to my eyes like a Spitfire. The hardest part by far was getting the colours right for a period build. I used what was available in 1939, reference wise, and took it from there. I'm very happy with the final result.

 

Build thread here:

 

 

 

Here's the final result...

 

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FROG 1/72 PV-1 Ventura

 

This is a Frogspawn made version of another kit that was never properly released by Frog. This actual kit came moulded in light blue in a bag with no instructions, so who knows where it was made in the USSR! I saw another modeller produce a lovely faded RNZAF scheme so I had a go at that. The decals came from a DK decals set. They were a little thick but very durable! The kit itself was pretty awful... but I’ve built worse. As well as the fading I tried some exhaust staining simply with a smudged 4B pencil. Without further ado:

 

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Cheers

 

Ash

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Handley Page Herald - Novo boxing of the 1964 Frog kit. Apparently only briefly released by Frog, more commonly available from the likes of Novo and Maquette. Quite a nice kit to build, pretty crude in some respects (like the undercarriage doors with a scale thickness of about 10cm, and trailing edges to match), but goes together well and it's pretty solid. Build thread here

 

Decals bodged together from 26 sheets for a BIA Herald and Air UK F-27 - had to do an Air UK aircraft, since I flew on them to the Isle of Man about 38 years ago.

 

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cheers

Julian

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Frog kit no. 229 Bristol Beaufort in the colours of L9967 of 32 OTU RCAF, Canada 1942.  Scratchbuilt interior. Aftermarket canopies, engines, and decals from Tasman Models,  Propellers from spares. WIP is below:

 

 

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Ok, almost totally off topic but during the course of the various build threads I have posted since June I have mentioned a couple of complications I have had, and the "administration" wanted me to post a new topic and also put it in the Gallery.

 

The first problem was when my wife decided she wanted me to build a wall in the garden. As I have said elsewhere it is not a big wall but we live on the side of a fairly steep valley in South Wales so it had to be strong enough to hold back my lawn, whilst at the same time providing a "terrace" for my wife to put potted plants on. It involved removing a lot of spoil and taking it up 18 steps to my car, and bringing the building materials back down - I have calculated we shifted around one and a half tons, which is heavy going at my age.

 

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Like an iceberg, most of it is unseen - 12 bags of cement to form a foundation plinth. Once it is dry she has decided to paint it in guess what - concrete colour! Should look better next year with trailing plants growing down over it and more pots on the terrace.

 

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In this slightly earlier pic you see the second problem. Towards the end of June we received a couple of 2 month old kittens. This was taken just after they arrived.

 

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"I want my mummy"!

 

And this was taken earlier this week.

 

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"We are big boys now". As you can see they have grown a bit in 3 months!

 

They can be a lot of fun but get into everything and not having a "Man Cave" I have had to work round them when spraying my kits. Fortunately they enjoy being out in the garden when the weather is dry so things have improved but when they can't go out they have a mad in the house and nothing is safe.

 

The joys of modelling!

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Finished after having had a small amount work done to it 1978 or 9, I am fairly happy as to how it tuned out. A new engine and the Rising Decal sheet helped a lot. The decals even had 'Dunlop' lettering for the tyres.

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Build tread is here

https://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/235058858-f165-bristol-138a-frogspawn-finished-and-in-gallery/

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F203 (1973) - English Electric (BAC) Canberra B(I)12 - "Kiwi Konfrontasi" 

 

Frog's second attempt at the Canberra, this kit first appeared in 1973 and has been issued many times in many other manufacturers boxes. Numerous add ons and additions were included which can all be seen in the accompanying build thread. Modelled as one of the RNZAF's eleven B(I)12 aircraft, these were initially delivered in an overall High Speed Silver finish but were camouflaged a few years later. During the Indonesian Confrontation, six Canberras from No. 14 Squadron were sent to Singapore in September 1964 with forward rotational detachments sent to Laubaun Island, Malaysia. I've based this model on the few photographs available for this 'Konfrontasi’ period. These show that during this deployment, large white NZ serials were in use and the aircraft were armed with underwing silver conical shaped nose coned Rocket Pods (sorry, I'm not sure what make these are?). Anyway, I'm glad she's finished and now finally on display. 

 

This has been a cracking GB and I thank each and every one of you for taking part and contributing wherever and whenever possible. 

Cheers.. Dave 

 

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See - even our gravity defying RBF (Remove Before Flight) tags show we live ‘Down Under’! 

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My backdated FROG Whitley build is now done and dusted. 

 

A very enjoyable exercise in attempting to make a dated kit look even older! The original FROG Whitley is really showing its age these days, especially with the rather tasty Airfix offering now somewhat showing it up. Rather than try to put lipstick on a pig I've used the basic shape to try to make a forties era build out of it. I used whatever period references I could find to help with the build, a few of those have been included in the gallery pictures.

 

Last, but by no means least, a huge thank you to Heather, who donated the kit to me in the first place. I doubt I would have built one without that fine gesture, I hope I've done it justice.

 

 Build thread is here...

 

 

 

And here are the Gallery shots...

 

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Well, despite the saying "No man can serve two Masters", I seem to have achieved the impossible! I'm serving up my second Miles Master, back converted to a Master II with an SBS Blenheim cowling and a propeller from the FROG Blenheim, with a Falcon vac canopy:

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Build thread here.

 

Thanks for looking,

Adrian

 

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My Hurricane on a small universal stand. Actually, Laysander from Matchbox lives on her :)

 

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The FROG Sea Fury is a nice kit of the best piston engined warplane ever built. I've kept it true to the original FROG markings in that it represents Fury VR943 '105' of 804 NAS on HMS Glory in 1951. The Korean War was fought from 25 Jun 1950 – 27 Jul 1953 (though technically the two sides are still at war) and the Sea Fury was operational from Royal Navy Colossus Class Light Fleet Carriers for most of that time. HMS Glory completed three tours during the conflict and was the most heavily involved, also sadly sustaining the highest number of aircrew (Fury and Firefly) casualties.

 

I've tried to represent '105' as she appeared in two well known photographs (#1 and #106 in the build thread). She looks to be fairly clean, possibly having been newly delivered to Glory from the MU, her paintwork having the semi-gloss finish of early Sea Furies. She carries two 45 gallon drop-tanks and two rails (out of three) loaded with 3" 60LB HE rockets, much used on Sea Furies, though 500 & 1000LB bombs were also used extensively in later tours. Furies were generally employed in the ground attack role; interdiction, CAS and TARCAP missions. Not much air-to-air combat but any Sea Fury fan will be aware of the shooting down of a MIG 15.

 

I've added an open canopy as would have been the norm for a carrier take-off, flaps down to 40 degrees for take-off. Most of the decals are home made, a first for me which was challenging and great fun (thanks Pete).

 

More on how it went together is in the build thread

 

 

Thanks for looking!

 

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324P Gloster Javelin WT830 representing the 4th prototype

(by far not my best work!)

 

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The build thread is here ~  

 

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Hi all

 

Finally got some photos done of the Shark

 

 

The Kit has been heavily modified and I am pleased to have finished  within the deadline, what with everything else I have on at the moment.

All the additions are scratchbuilt apart from the seat and the Vickers K machine gun which I purchased from Miniworld and looks good.

 

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Thanks for all of your support and encouragement along the way

 

All the best
Chris

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Meet Rita the Renzan

 

I bought this kit many years ago from a guy in the USA along with 2 Buzco kits. This is the AMT boxing of the Frog kit, probably very rare, collectible and valuable but built now ! And you may remember chosen by the Frog Squad GB members in a vote.

 

Here is the Work in Progress 

 

 

So here she is I hope you like her.

 

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Cheers Pat

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Grumman A-6A Intruder 149479 VA-42 Virginia circa 1964

Once upon a time in an age long ago I started this build 😂

Anyway, it's finally finished. It wasn't the best kit and the fit was awful in places, but it's a 40 year old kit. Not my best model ever but I'm happy enough to show the rest of you.

Also it was the only one being built in this GB so I couldn't give up and leave a gap could I 

Although I had fun along the way at times building it, i now realise why I haven't built in 72nd for a long while as everything is small and fiddly and I've got old 😲

Painted with modelair ,and the decals apart from the kits stars and bars were kindly given to me by @FIGHTS ON 👏 thank you

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Here is the last of my builds, the Gloster Meteor F Mk IV. Not the prettiest of planes, it was developed from the wartime Meteor F Mk III which was itself an improved version of the Meteor F Mk I, the RAF's first operational jet fighter. The Mk I was powered by a production version of the Power Jets/Whittle engine and was slower than many contemporary piston engined fighters, so after a short run was replaced by the Mk III with more powerful engines. Even then the Meteor was barely faster than the Tempest and Spitfire XIV, However jet engine development gathered pace rapidly and the post war Mk IV was nearly 100 mph faster. Unfortunately this over-stressed the already suspect wing, so after a few had been produced the wing was clipped to relieve the stress.

 

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The Frog kit was an easy enough build and the only modification I made was to graft on more accurate engine intakes from an Xtrakit ex MPM Meteor F8 kit, replace the pitot tube, and add a whip aerial.

 

For those of you who have been following my various builds, as suggested in one of my notorious rants I have photographed the Meteor on top of my ruddy garden wall that was built concurrent with this GB and became a topic of such interest that it also ended up in the gallery, together with my "Hairy Hooligans". Still waiting for some dry weather to paint it!

 

I would like to thank the organisers of this build for their hard work and support, together with all who have participated, either building kits or by making informative and encouraging comments. This is my first GB and it has been an interesting and amusing experience.

 

See you around, or as we say in Yorkhire - "Ah'll sithee".

 

Pete

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Adding my Lightning (P-38) to the gallery. As I explained in the build thread the decals are incomplete as, ultimately, it will have 9th Airforce markings.

 

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Westland - Aerospatiale WG.13 Lynx

l'Aeronavale Prototype FZKCV (ex XX911)

Merignac, France 1974

 

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Another completion from the Fenns...

 

Kittyhawk Mk1a RCAF version F218.

 

A simple enough build, with complications added by me. Everything turned out fine in the end though. It is a three footer, but it's built!

 

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...Keep on my wing Rodger, I'm going in...

 

 

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Build thread is here...

 

 

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Chance Vought Corsair MkIV  (F243F). Brush painted with Xtracrylix Gloss Sea Blue. From 1842 Squadron NAS on HMS Formidable in July 1945. Nice straightforward build although it took me longer than expected. 

 

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Frog boxing of the Hasegawa Skyhawk, sadly not finished as I would like as it came without a full bomb load and I was unable to repair the IFR probe (and I also wimped out of the stripy arrrestor hook), painted with Xtracrylix Federal Standard paints and finished with Winsor and Newton Matt 

 

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One of the Frog Trail Blazers range which caught my eye as a unique subject, the Bristol 138/A.

 

The history - from Wiki - the Bristol Type 138 High Altitude Monoplane was a British high-altitude research aircraft developed and produced by the Bristol Aeroplane Company during the 1930s. It holds the distinction of setting nine separate altitude world records, the ultimate of these occurring on 30 June 1937, during a 2¼-hour flight flown by Flight Lieutenant M.J. Adam, in which he achieved a record altitude, which was later homologated by the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale as having attained a maximum altitude of 53,937 ft (16,440 m).

The Type 138 was designed as a dedicated research aircraft capable of reaching high altitudes; aeronautical engineer Frank Barnwell (connection with Stirling, my current home, here), had first proposed the design to the British Air Ministry during November 1933. The revised design was produced in response to the issuing of Specification 2/34 by the Air Ministry during June 1934, which sought an aircraft that would be capable of achieving the unheard-of altitude of 50,000 feet. In addition to Bristol's own work on the Type 138, the Royal Aircraft Establishment (RAE) and National Physical Laboratory also made valuable contributions to the development effort on designing the type. On 11 May 1936, the Type 138A performed its maiden flight, piloted by Cyril Uwins. On 28 September 1936, Squadron Leader F.R.D. Swain set a new world record altitude record, having climbed to an indicated altitude of 51,000 ft (15,440 m), which was homologated as 49,967 ft (15,230 m). 

 

The kit was a lovely build with a very distinctive colour scheme - plenty of curves to test the masking skills. The ailerons move, the wheels turn and the prop spins - action all the way.

 

Build thread is here:

 

A fantastic, epic GB, well hosted, well supported by the BM community and the real reason for modelling.

 

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I'm working like a one armed paperhanger here!

 

This time its the P40B Tomahawk from 1969 that gets finished.

 

It was in right at the start of the group build, stalled when the first set of decals failed, restarted when another set turned up from Mike Dean and now after a bit of a Blitz build, it's finally done. There's a few areas that could do with a bit more attention and that might even happen. I've got to call a halt here though as there's a couple more builds to finish and only two days to go! What could possibly go wrong?

 

Here's the P40. The roundels gave a bit of photo trouble. I've boosted them a bit in Photoshop to try to give them a leg up. It's kind of worked if you squint a bit.

 

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And here's the whole saga...

 

 

 

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Build thread for this one 

 

That build thread was started 4 months ago!

 

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