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  1. Grunhertz

    Bf109E-3

    so this one's finished and I have to say hats of to Eduard for this, its a great kit, the Paint is Gunze Mr Hobby Aqueous and with help from Sean at TopNotch's Masks the markings are out of the box, and I loved every minute of it. and then onto the next
  2. Well I like an out of the box build just to clense the pallet, and 109's and 190's are my go to out of the box build, Eduards 1/32 109 E's are a simple enough build if a little quirky and have one or two accuracy issues. 1 being slightly large slats, 2 being a strange bulge behind the cockpit that is only noticeable if you build with a solid demarcation camo. the build will be totally out of the box and this is not the first i have built, it has still thrown me a couple of curve balls. 1, the oil cooler needs narrowing down to stop throwing out the fit of the fuselage, 2, no matter how hard you try to get it straight the lower instrument panel lined up it doesn't sit straight and fouls the sidewalls of the cockpit 3, the sidewall fit isn't particularly positive, and fouls the firewall if you dont dry fit. I got round this by fixing the fuselage halves together then fitting the firewall. from this you can then fit the side walls i then put the lower instrument panel in along with its mount. I then glued the cockpit floor in trapping the panel mount in place. I haven't put the seat in yet as that comes next once the belts have been assembled.
  3. So this is My entry, The lovely Wingnut Wings DH2. Its going to be a tall order for me to do this in 3 months but hey in for a penny in for a pound. James Hatch said he did his in about 20 days but I'm not that quick unfortunately
  4. Hi all, If you've been following my WIP thread on this, you'll know the trials and tribulations I've gone through to get this finished. The cockpit walls had to be detailed, the flaps lowered and scratchbuilt, a new windscreen home made after the original disintegrated, problems getting the gloss coat to set, decals which wrinkled and refused to respond to MicroSol...you name it. Anyway, here it is after 67 hours work, in the best trainer scheme the Hawk ever wore in my opinion. Excuse the photography, natural light has been hard to come by today... Now, what's next..? Cheers, Dean
  5. Deanflyer

    BAe Hawk

    Hello all, Laid low with the lurgy at the moment, so I thought I'd get round to updating you on my latest build...the Revell 1/32 Hawk: Note the Argos stock label on it - like many of us probably, I hot footed it down to the local Argos when these first came out as I believe they were one of the only places stocking it. Then it's sat in the stash ever since. That was 2010! About time I made one... I'd also splashed out on the Xtradecal stencil sheet, and their squadron markings sheet, as I didn't want to build a Red Arrows jet: I've always had a fancy for the late seventies RAF trainer scheme, ever since it first appeared in the Airfix catalogue when I was a kid, so I'll be doing this scheme: One difference - the nose ID number 164 will be in white, not black, as I prefer it that way. Luckily I found a photo of this airframe with the number in white, so it will still be accurate. The cockpit is reasonably well detailed, and the instrument decals do their job well enough, settling down well over the raised bezels: The only place the cockpit falls down is on the sidewalls, which are devoid of ANY detail whatsoever. All of this had to be added from scratch: Adding a couple of resin seats completes the ensemble: I'd ordered the early style headboxes on the seats, as you can't get much earlier in the Hawk's career than this! Then it was on to the notorious short-shot undercarriage. I added various bits and pieces to replace the missing compression struts, and also added brake lines and tie wraps: I filed flats onto the tyres, and painted everything up. The wheel centre caps have still to be added here, and according to some references the main wheel rims were painted yellow so I'm still deciding whether to do that with mine: The wheel wells were well detailed OOB, so I just used a wash to highlight things: One notable problem with the kit is that there is no facility to have the flaps dropped, which is how Hawks are ALWAYS parked. I sliced off the flaps from the wings, scratch built them to an aerofoil section, and added the intermediate strip and supports using the mk1 eyeball and much poring over of reference photos. I'm hoping it'll work out ok: Before the fuselage halves could be joined, there was the little matter of all the glaring ports in the fuselage which would open onto the bare plastic interior. There are about five of them, which all had to be dealt with using a short length of tube glued to the inside of the fuselage to give depth, and then blanked off. So, ready to close the fuselage - oops, no, the forward cockpit bulkhead is a completely different shape to the interior of the fuselage at that point! It left a gap of about an eighth of an inch between the halves, which no amount of filler would solve. I had to file off quite a bit of the bulkhead sides to get the fuselage to close: The rest of the seams weren't too bad, apart from the ones on the inside of the intakes - which due to the engineering of the kit means they CAN'T be assembled before adding them to the airframe, and makes sanding inside them that much more difficult... More when I've sorted out the photos, Dean
  6. So this is the next kit on the bench. The Revell HE219 A2/5/7 I have ordered some HGW fabric belts for it as the tempest ones were lovely. I was going to order an eduard Cockpit but I will do the pit from scratch. I haven't decided what variant yet so hence the something tag.
  7. I started this for the RAF 100 GB and i was determined to have it done ready for our club table at Telford so here it is, out of the box apart from Top Notch masks for the Camo
  8. Well it's done, the Kittyhawk 1/32nd F-5E. Horrible kit, that just got worse the further I got, the final straw being the open canopy mounting not fitting nor any of the clear lights. The gear doors also don't fit, and the intakes are mostly filler.... It's not too bad from a distance - Painted with Mr Color Laquers If you are really bored, you can read the journey into the abyss here Peter
  9. So this will be the second build but I don't think I'll get it finished in time in which case I'll finish it in the WIP section In this scheme All I've done so far is a masking tape dry fit and it all looks good
  10. So this is the next kit on the bench. The Revell HE219 A2/5/7 I have ordered some HGW fabric belts for it as the tempest ones were lovely. I was going to order an eduard Cockpit but I will do the pit from scratch. I haven't decided what variant yet so hence the something tag.
  11. Building this OOB as a change of pace Work naturally starts with the cockpit - they give you 2 resin figures for the pilot (1 standing and 1 seated), but the seated sculpt doesn't look right so i'm leaving him out Peter
  12. With the complexities of the tempest on the bench I have also decided on an easy build for when things get interesting with the tempest and this will be a paint and assemble straight out of the box exercise I picked it up at the Essex modellers show Sunday for the princely sum of 20 quid and it's one of those kits that scream build me out of the box so I just had to build it so here's the box And here's the base coating of the interior The phone has done some weird stuff to the colour it's actually Tamiya's cockpit green which is basically nakajima interior green originally mixed up for the nakajima zeros produced a few years back
  13. Finally got around to starting. Nice Hurricane to celebrate the 100 years of the RAF Work starts with the cockpit just for a change. This feels like a limited run kit, but the fit isn't terrible mix of PE, Resin and Plastic Then on with the resin seat and belts Peter
  14. Deanflyer

    Spitfire T.9

    Hello all...miss me? As many of you know, I managed to get my hands on the controls of a Spitfire T.9 in August 2017. I may have mentioned it. Once or twice. I've been beavering away since Christmas converting a 1/32 Revell MkIX into a two seater, as no such kit exists, and it'll be appearing in a copy of MAI at some point in the future. Just a couple of teasers for now, though... Hope you like it, Dean
  15. Hi Folks, Looking for a Martin Baker Mk 3H in 1/32 - Aeroclub or Airwaves equally acceptable. https://www.scalemates.com/kits/1008100-aeroclub-ej303-martin-baker-mk-3h https://www.scalemates.com/kits/176885-airwaves-sc32001-hunter-fga9 Will pay fair price and shipping. Thanks.
  16. Finished today, Built OOB, painted with Mr Color Laquers. Liked this kit, fit mostly really good, the only real niggles the gun bay doors. Peter
  17. This will be the first kit of the year for me For details of what's in the box please refer to James review So here we go. There won't be any aftermarket apart from Top notch masks. I am aware that this is not the best received mosquito out there but this WILL be out of the box So here we go
  18. Well it's done - not sure what to make of this kit, it's full of 'niggles' and silly errors by Italeri but it does end up quite nice. If it was Revell pricing it would be great, but it's Tamiya pricing so feels overpriced for what you get, especially with the errors. Peter
  19. Wingnut Wings have given us another Christmas surprise and have just released a Sopwith Dolphin (so now we know why there was a gap in the numbering of the Camels, actually there was 2 gaps!). The kit will take a few weeks to make it to many of the Distributors in Europe, mine has told me they expect their stock to arrive on the 22nd of December but obviously they have to clear Customs and then be taken into their stock before being dispatched out to me. So with that in mind I expect the kits to arrive with me sometime in the first half of January. As with previous Wingnut Wings releases I am taking pre-orders and have now opened the BlackMike Models website up for pre-order sales. For more details please follow the link below: https://www.blackmikemodels.co.uk/products/wingnut-wings-3207-sopwith-dolphi Duncan B
  20. Hi all, its time for a winter project so I've picked this beauty, As those who know me are aware, I have a soft spot for MiG 21's and when i saw this for sale at Milton Keynes and couldn't resist. the version I'll be doing will be the box art version. from the North Vietnamese Air force, so i have to do a passable natural metal finish. As i picked up the kit for a reasonable sum £30.00 (i think) i decided to buy a couple of bits for it 1st Eduard steel seat belts and some nice brass parts 1 a pitot tube with etched fins 2, A nice Brass Cannon Barrel 3, Brass air bottles for the undercarriage bays will get started soon
  21. Trumpeter 1:32 Grumman F4F-4 Wildcat VF-4 USS Ranger (CV-4) Atlantic Early 1942 The Grumman Wildcat began service with the United States Navy in 1940. First used in combat by the British in Europe, the Wildcat was the only effective fighter available to the United States Navy and Marine Corps during the early part of World War II in 1941 and 1942; the disappointing Brewster Buffalo was withdrawn in favor of the Wildcat and replaced as units became available. It had a top speed of 318 mph (512 km/h), the Wildcat was outperformed in the Pacific theatre by the faster 331 mph (533 km/h), more maneuverable, and longer-ranged Mitsubishi A6M Zero. However, the F4F's ruggedness, coupled with tactics such as the Thatch Weave, resulted in a claimed air combat kill-to-loss ratio of 5.9:1 in 1942 and 6.9:1 for the entire war. Often forgot is the USN involvement in the Atlantic theatre, where the Ranger was the largest carrier in the Atlantic after being transferred from the Pacific, deemed to be too old, slow and small. Starting initially with Neutrality Patrols in the area of Trinidad and Tobago. She was heading for her home port at Norfolk in December of 1941 when the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbour. After leaving Norfolk she took up patrol duties in the South Atlantic. From there she moved to more northern duties as an escort carrier although she mainly took part in training exercises. She was also called on to deliver Curtis P-40s to Africa for onward transportation to the famed Flying Tigers. She was first equipped with the Wildcat F4F-3 in December 1940, replaced with the F4F-4s as they become available. The Wildcats didn't see much action until Operation Torch in December 1942 The Wildcat I have reproduced is one of the early deliveries to the Ranger And thus looks very new and clean. Painted with Mr Paint and after market decal from Techmod. The decals, although thin didn't want to pull down with normal setting solution so in the end I ended up carefully applying Tamiya X20A thinner to gather to pull down into the detail. The base is one provided for review by Costal Kits being one of their new circular range available in 200mm and 300mm diameters. Thanks for looking
  22. Revell 1/32 Supermarine Spitfire Mk IXc Pt No 03927 Ok those who know me also know that I’m not a huge Spitfire fan, but if I’m a fan of any one at all it’s the Mk. VIII and IX as well as the Seafire IIIc, I have for some time been looking for a 1/32 Mk. IX or VIII but felt I would not do the Tamiya kit justice. Anyway, a friend of mine told me this weekend, that the new Revell kit was out and as I was visiting the Cosford model show Sunday I managed to purchase one for £25.00 Having seen how quickly my usual vendor of new kits at shows had sold out before the show opened (he had six). I bought one quick I won’t bore anyone about the history of the Spitfire; suffice to say that it’s the stuff that legends are made of, and the MK. IX? Well it was born from the development of the MK.VIII that was taking some time and the RAF needed something to replace the Mk. V that was taking a beating from the FW190’s on the channel raids. So as a stopgap the Mk. IX was born by putting a more powerful Merlin into a Mk. V which resulted in needing more cooling and a longer nose section. Thus was born to my mind the best looking of all the Spitfires. The stopgap was a success and the Mk. IX was being built from Mk. V airframes as well as new aircraft coming off the production line. This aircraft went on to be the largest production run of all Spitfires and the MK. VIII was sent overseas. The kit, Firstly let’s get a couple of things straight I’m not a Spitfire expert; there are lots of people out there who know more than me about this aircraft so I will bow to any corrections or other suggestions to be made regarding the accuracy of this kit. This is not going to be a comparison between the Tamiya kit and the Revell kit; I could buy four of these for the price of one Tamiya kit. So therefore it would be like comparing apples with pears. My thoughts are predominately does it look like a Mk. IX and how does it build, which won’t be yet. Revell’s usual end opening box (if someone from Revell is reading this please please will you stop it! I would happily pay a little bit more for a tray style box) with a rather nice picture of the aircraft. On the reverse there are pictures of the built up kit with some features that have caught my eye not being an expert I did make me wonder about what was in the box, antenna wire for one and red crowbar being the other. On opening the box I was greeted by four bags of sprues with several spruces in each. The clear sprues are bagged separately to prevent scratching. There is also a colour instruction sheet and a decal sheet in the box. The Sprues, There are lots of sprues some with only 1 part in them so I’ll break this up into bags to make it easier and the first bag contains sprues A, B, C, D, and E. A and B are the two fuselage sprues, these are moulded in a light blue/grey plastic with nicely recessed panel lines and lots of rivet detail. About the rivets; these caused somewhat of a stir when the Mk. II came out and I saw people filling them, and I have seen both built kits with the rivets filled and not and to be honest under a coat of paint to me they look just fine. there are nice fittings on the cowls But if you don’t like them I’m sure a coat of Mr. Surfacer will do the trick. Then we have the wings and there is now a new lower wing to accommodate the radiators and new wing tops with cannon bulges with mounts moulded in. This is a much better idea than providing inserts for everything, which can cause problems with fit and alignment, well done Revell. The next bag contains sprues F, G and J and here is where we start seeing some of the sprues from the MK. II kit Sprue F is the same as the Mk. II kit so any problems people might have had with this will still be the same this includes the pilots seat with weird padding on the seat back. It’s mainly cockpit in this bag and the detail is nice, particularly the instrument panel, the cockpit looks detailed but you are going to need some seatbelts or a pilot figure to finish things off. There are decals for the instrument panel if you don’t fancy painting in the dials. Also on sprue F are the ailerons and flaps although I am led to believe that they were not parked with the flaps lowered. Sprue G contains the cockpit sidewalls as well as a couple of cockpit frames, also included are the tail surfaces and you have a choice of either the early or late rudder as well as separate elevators which do have fabric details both sides! There is also the wing tips in this bag with a choice for clipped wing tips being included on the clear sprue. Sprue J contains the parts for the Mk. IX so a specific spinner, various exhausts the other radiator. All the undercarriage parts and a bomb. The next bag contains Sprue H, M, and K x 2. Spruce H contains the rudder pedals and radiator faces. Sprue K contains two propeller blades each and smaller bombs plus a bomb rack. Finally sprue M contains nicely mounded four spoke wheels. On all sprues I have seen no sign of sink marks but there is light flash evident on some parts but nothing to really moan about its more a nuisance than a problem. Finally we have sprues I, L and N and these are the clear sprues containing wingtips for a clipped wing version and two gunsights which look identical but I’m sure they’re not. Sprue L contains the windscreen and the Malcolm hood which unfortunately had fallen off the sprue but was not damaged and finally Sprue I which contains the rear canopy section and various lenses for lights, all of these are nice, clear and thin where they need to be and the wingtips also have rivet detail moulded into them. Decals, These are printed by Revell in Italy and look to be quite thin with the red of the roundels looking quite nice and no sign of mis-register on the sheet It does have the usual walkway lines (remember to put these on before roundels) WT decals and trestle decals for the under wings. The sky code letters do look a bit dark to me however. There are two marking options in the kit: 1,The classic Dark Green over Ocean Grey with medium sea grey underneath for No 416 Squadron RCAF based at Tangmere in May 1944. 2, Silver with Ocean Grey/Dark Green upper cowlings for No. 601 squadron RAF based in Fano, Italy in November 1944. I have to say the second one looks particularly fetching to me and definitely different. Instructions. This is the first Revell kit I’ve bought with their new instructions and I have to say they are a lot clearer than they used to be with colour call outs in the approximate colour on the instruction sheet, But Revell please I know you want to sell your own paint but at least give me a clue here. A mixture of 15,48 and 75 might tell me what colours to use but I may help to say RAF interior grey/green also. Please at least call out Dark Green, Ocean Grey and Medium Sea Grey, not Dark Green, Stone Grey and Medium Grey, if I can’t get Revell paint what do I do? Conclusion Well Revell niggles aside it’s a 1/32 Spitfire MK.IX for £25 and for my money that has to be good. I’m sure people will try to pick holes in it for accuracy but the only place I have noticed that needs something is perhaps the seat, but these are well documented elsewhere. So after market may be an option, or detail it yourself. This is small beer really and if it builds well (and nothing suggests it won’t) I’m sure it’ll be a winner. This may have moved quite close to the top of my build pile and I’m quite looking forward to building it. My Verdict? Buy one! What could possibly go wrong? At the price for a new tool 1/32 spit what are you waiting for ? Review sample courtesy of my bank manager!
  23. No, my Great Aunt isn't coming to visit for Christmas! Eduard's much anticipated latest release in their EduArt series is on it's way. This release is a 1/32 scale P-47D (Hasegawa plastic, with Eduard's colour Photo-etch, Brassin resin accessories and the A2 colour print). Due in stock any day now I am taking pre orders for this one as I think it'll sell really well, more details on the website here: https://www.blackmikemodels.co.uk/collections/coming-soon/products/eduard-edk11103-eduart-p-47d-dottie-mae-limited-edition Duncan B
  24. Started the Hobbyboss 1/32nd IL-2M Sturmovik. Unsurprisingly starts with the cockpit Then slotted the bulkhead in place with the seat, but still need to add the belts and weather down later Peter
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