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  1. Another refugee from the other place, this was my most enjoyable build to date, complete with one of those wonderfully pompous & pretentious backstories that folk had taken to adding to their models of wee plastic planes... (From Whiffypedia) “Pilot Officer, The Lord Giles Cholmondeley Featherstonehaugh Rodd was one of the RAFs most exemplary WW2 pilots: Fearless, daring and a crack marksman he was truly feared when aloft. Perhaps his greatest achievement came in June 16 1944 when, single handed, he shot down 8 heavy bombers. As his commanding officer observed in the official report, “Rodd’s actions would have been considered more heroic if the bombers had actually belonged to the enemy…” Undeterred by this minor faux-paux, GCFR fearlessly patrolled the skies of south east England, keeping Lancaster pilots and their gunners alert and on their toes. Indeed at least 75 Lancaster’s were found to be inadequately armour plated against the Hispano cannon used by the RAF Spitfires, solely due to Rodders scientific and rigorous actions…In fact many credit his efforts with hastening the end of Nazi Germany: It was said any allied bomber crews with any fuel and ammunition left would often turn back to the Rhine and “Give Jerry another go” rather than tangle with “Rampant Rodders”. Wisely, in a rare act of wartime competence, RAF top brass moved him to the reconnaissance role, surmising that without any guns, Rodders would inflict less damage to RAF. That said GCFR become the only RAF pilot to receive the Iron Cross from the Luftwaffe for services rendered. They also sent a telegram asking him “Lass etwas für uns, bitte.” Embracing his new photo reconnaissance role, Rodders threw himself into his work with gusto: Within 3 months he’d mapped out every decent bistro and wine bar in the South of France. This meant, of course, RAF top brass enjoyed fine wine and dining ahead of the Americans and the hated British Army when France was liberated. He was highly commended for this and received a mention in despatches, 2 shillings and 6 pence in cash and a pound of pork scratchings. Post war, Rodders continued flying with renewed zeal, in his beloved new mount a Spitfire PRXIX named “Brunhilde” after his mother (the noted English countess Brunhilde Saxe-Tuborg Einspritz Doppelkupplungsgetriebe Cholmondeley Featherstonehaugh Rodd ). Sadly in early 1954 while executing his famous “reverse J turn” method of parking by locking up his starboard wheel , he hastened the destruction of his beloved “Brunhilde” and a visiting USAF Wing Commanders F-86. Rodders promptly limped, slightly singed, to the officers mess and demanded to know, “Which effing Yank parked in my space?!” He promptly resigned his commission and after the RAF top brass had finished their celebratory champagne, was given a full pension, 2 shillings and 6 pence in cash and two pounds of pork scratchings. He moved to the USA where he turned his hand to business and made his first fortune in the 50’s Texas Hair Oil Boom, when every American male decided what he really wanted was a decent hair style. Flush with cash, he retrieved the remains of “Brunhilde” and had her rebuilt. He also bought the remains of the F-86 which he installed as an outside lavatory. “Brunhilde” was invigorated from her rebuild and Rodders flung her around the skies of Reno, often leading from the start, mighty Rolls Griffon howling in true Wagnerian style, but always allowing the trailing pilot to overtake at the last moment on the grounds, as he put it, “Winning is dreadfully vulgar dear boy, it is the kind of thing only an American could possibly enjoy...” Thus he established the Great British Tradition of Sporting Failure. Flying into his seventies, GCFR made his second fortune by importing hairdryers during the 80’s Dallas Bobby Ewing Permed Hair Craze when every American male decided the last thing they wanted was a decent hair style. He died peacefully in his sleep, at 475 miles per hour when he & “Brunhilde” re-modelled Mount Rushmore in July 16 1999. Upon hearing of his death, Squadron leader Melvyn Crustbucket-Bangson (retired), the last surviving RAF WW2 Lancaster pilot said, “Good bloody riddance!” He left $18 million, some Spitfire spare parts (slightly used) and three pounds of pork scratchings in his will. Flags were flown at half-mast all over Germany.” So, on to the Ace of Blue on Blue.
  2. North East England folks (just remembering there are a few of y’all on here) Any interest in a lockdown project or two? I started these HASs in lasercut ply and card (design licensed out so they should be commercial eventually) but as I’m packing up my house to move I won’t finish them and I wouldn’t want to bet on them surviving storage. Swapsies? Collect from South Shields and unfussy about what I get in return and
  3. Not bad for an old kit. Decals were too far gone but I was kindly helped out by user “Des” on another forum (If you are here as well then, thank you!) Build log (such as it is) here https://brexitmodeller.com/forums/topic/7230-frog-shack-not-by-the-b-52s/
  4. Resurrecting a part-built kit to clear some bench space. A stretch to call it a WIP really but here is a catch up of where I'd got to before the start of play today Frog Kit: not bad, few stubborn ejector marks here and there but looks the part. Decals are showing their age so replaced with Revell ones Some cobbling together of parts The amazingly accurate box notes And where I’d got up to when I last sat it aside
  5. Another refugee from t'other place before they wipe me from their history books a la Orwell: The little honey of the Airfix new tool with some fine Xtradecals. Added some period correct nav and formation lights, hollowed out cannon and a scale wire aerial on the nose. .Paint was Mr Color of course and the decals were bedded down using the hot water method. I went for the factory fresh look as Scooters look so cute when they're clean, even the two wee bombs look cute to me...
  6. This was last year from the other place, that may one day zap them completely as I'm persona non grata so moving it here for posterity! Lovely fun little build of the Airfix 1/72 pony with reworked wingtips , spinner and weird but wonderful Draw Decals. Paint was Mr Surfacer white 1500 polished and various Alclad. A rarity for me, one for my personal collection but then again...
  7. I got this super-rare master modeller edition kit and have brung my full skills and mastery to bear. Finished with all the same care and attention as I put into making sure it was historically accurate Note the novel sideways sprung Sidewinder tip rails that had to jettison the missile 6’ sideways to clear the prop
  8. I've previously drawn up a basic digital model of the Miles M.52 - scaled at 1/72. Nothing very fancy but the overall shape is there. My 3D printer is a pretty basic (<£200) machine which doesn't really deal well with small detail so I had that in mind. Plan now is to take this design, refine and add detail s suitable for running off on a more sophisticated resin 3D printer which would be able to cope with fine surface details and undercarriage. So... as a first post here is the start point of my old model The digital drawing: First go at a kit of parts: With the result: I've also drawn up the 30% scale rocket version which was air launched from the Mosquito for unmanned test flights so I might as well have another go at that as well
  9. Fuselages 2, engines 8, sanity questionable.
  10. The lovely Spitfire 22 built as a commission for my favorite 1/72 collector: This is this the third one I've built and have to say its a dream of a kit with lovely lines. Paint was Alclad High Speed Silver finished with Aqua Gloss (Alclads and Mr Super UV cut don't play nice as the thinner in the UV cut dulls the metallic sheen). Additional bits are sprayed wing walks ( hate the silvering with decals), scratch built gunsight with 1 mm reflector dome and 0.1mm film glass, clear coloured resin nav lights with clear resin covers, etch belts in the empty cockpit ( as requested), Eduard stainless landing lights with coloured resin covers, hollowed exhausts and 0.2mm rod whip aerial ( which of course stabbed me multiple times..). I discovered while searching for this kit that I have a decent pile of these lovely kits and must finish one of the actual plane I used to look after... # Thanks for looking in, Anil
  11. Hi Folks, what are the external ( visible) differences between a navy FG1 and and an RAF FGR2: I have been gifted several Airfix FG1s which I fancy doing in a three colour camo seeing a Hannants are flush with sexy decals for said and don't want to make too many howlers in re-purposing my FG1s. BTW the extended nose wheel doesn't come into it as mine will be up a perspex pole buzzing the fruit bowl... Thanks in advance Anikl
  12. Zvezda are doing one for release sometime in 2020. That should sell very very well. Yet another nail in the stash reduction coffin as I'll need to do XV299, the only one I've flown in.
  13. HI all this is my entry,, the AZ redline Huey Cobra in 1/72, and this is also my first attempt at a limited run kit as well as a helicopter as well as photo etch so be gentle url=https://postimg.cc/cgnZs9QN][/url] the cockpit is together with a bit of work but its mainly Black with a hint of Black, just the seat pads are gunship grey, but it went together reasonably well and will need a litte touching up here and there.
  14. First of 2020. Lovely Zvezda kit, Mr Color paints and Print Scale decals ( well the nose badges only). Tried masking and spraying the main markings and walkways with moderate success, Not really worth the effort for the main markings and but a good test for the wing walkways which always silver or have thick film. It's off to market and see if Covid-19 has created a panic buying for 109Fs yet.. WIP here: Cheers Anil
  15. Well with so much talk of Mojo Loss recently , I decided to to follow my own advice and get this straggler from September done and sold asap. This was the sitrep as of this morning: Decided it's going to be one of these depending on how much masking I'm in the mood for post Xmas. Note these are for F4s not an F2 as per the kit, you'd think I'd care about that wouldn't you? First off , pre-shade...hate it truly but this is a sales job and the punters love this and smoky gun trails Ultra thin RLM 78 misted on and still showing the shading, note the extreme gloss courtesy of the 50/50 paint and Mr Leveling mix. Will return for the top colours on Tuesday as I have a gallery date with a seriously hot redhead at the Tate Modern tomorrow, chardonnay may be drunk... Anil
  16. Evening all, My fourth completion of the year, the lovely little Airfix Ju 87B-1 Stuka. I added some Eduard seat belts and main markings came from an Xtradecal sheet, otherwise it's completely OOB. Finished with what has become the usual Hataka Orange Line Lacquers and W&N matt varnish. 1/72 Airfix Junkers Ju 87B-1 Stuka by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr 1/72 Airfix Junkers Ju 87B-1 Stuka by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr 1/72 Airfix Junkers Ju 87B-1 Stuka by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr 1/72 Airfix Junkers Ju 87B-1 Stuka by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr 1/72 Airfix Junkers Ju 87B-1 Stuka by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr Thanks for looking, comments welcomed Shaun
  17. OK, 48hrs? It's doable. With the Midway film still ringing in my ears I thought one of the planes involved would be a good idea. Quick visit to evilbay and I'm ready. Except one small problem, no decals. Again, the web almost helped, except I couldn't find a Midway relevant set - or, at least one I could use with comfort. So, this won't be a US Dauntless Dive Bomber. Oh, and if like me you're thinking whats SBD? It's, Scout, Bomber, Douglas So, that's the kit, a good old skool Airfix, and comes in a lovely deep blue colour. And as you see, a Vallejo US Navy colour set, which I've had for a while and been waiting to use. That's the pre work set done. It'll be primed when i head out to the Post Office to pick up the decals and resin engine first thing tomorrow. Right, That's me ready to Dive in. Talking of Diving into the drink. It's beer oclock🍻
  18. What! No new completions for nearly 10 days? Tsk, tsk. Acknowledging @Grunhertz and @BlackMike Models love of all things Spitfire, here’s another from the Septembers Fleabay debutantes: The venerable old Airfix IXc (ish) The scheme is OOB but using Eduard’s decals from their horrendously complex profipack boxing. Nothing to write home about, usual early “New Airfix” glitches, thick canopy, no IP or joystick ( not that you’d ever see them), off reg decals and some heavy handed detailing That said fit was pretty good and the shapes look right. Amazingly this same kit was the subject of my first ever RFI/WIP back in 2014 (warning, it’s in the other place). Easy , three to four hour build and it looks pretty spiffing or what ? I’m of the mood to do a Mk XIV using a dubious Academy kit with its hokey radiators I scored for £2.99 - its griffon filled snout calls to me (and probably the punters). I have a small heap of the Fujimis bought in Volks Tokyo last year for even less but have heard some horror stories about the fit and patience is not an abundant commodity at Kumar Towers these days… Lastly did you know that the humble split pea made an important contribution to the Spitfire? And I just liked them in my Irani stews.... Thanks for tuning in. Anil
  19. Another week, another finish, the venerable Revell 1/72 Me 262A: Amazon sent me this as a freebie so why not? Lovely delicate panel lines as good as the Hasegawa and infinitely better than the Airfix in the stash. Fit was mostly excellent, clicking neatly together apart from the smeary and non-fitting canopy: easy fixes and again not worthy of a WIP or tales of angst in their remedy. Added a gun sight from the AZ 109G joy pack that seems to have more spares than parts needed to build their kits! Paints were Mr Color except for the RLM 81 which was AK RLM 81 v3- much more believable than the very green Mr Color version but that is a lengthy discussion involving RLM 83 being blue etc. The RLM 24 on the fuselage band was Tamiya’s XF-8 which to my eye looks the business. The fuselage/wing top balkenkreuz and two colour fuselage band were painted as the kit decals suggested much silvering. The colours for the scheme were suggested by Aeromaster 72-054 which has it as RLM 76/81/83 and a mixture of the Aeromaster sheet and kits decals were used, I opted for a two colour mottle as pretty much anything goes for a late war Me-262. Well it's back to the bench for a quick rag wing Hurricane and setting up a commission build of a 100 Sqdn. Hawk for one of my eBay regulars. Thanks for looking in. Anil
  20. Having found that I already have the in box pics on BotoPh*cket have used those to save me time If ANYONE has problems seeing the pics PLEASE let me know and will replace them using another host site. (Having just previewed the post I see that the pics have a bloody watermark on them, many apologies) This kit depicts craft from the sequel "Last Exile- Silver Wing". Some concept art is included along with the instructions... ...and some super livery options! The main fuselage section in lovely red plastic and a sprue of dark grey for the gubbins. Fam's Vespa comes on a sprue of light grey plastic. This has already been started, but as can be seen it's a tiny little ship and hopefully should be deemed less than 25% Photos of the work done will follow shortly The stand is a rather splendid affair. Finally the decals Overall an impressive package imho. The only disappointment is that the background info is all in Japanese Looking forward to getting on with putting this one together
  21. This was done as a quick build between projects, and only took eight hours work to complete. It would have been quicker, but the escape rocket mast is VERY fiddly to put together, with more parts than the rest of the rocket put together, and the lack of proper instructions doesn't help. Also the main body of the rocket is presented as tubes, presumably to eliminate sanding of seams; it doesn't. There is a prominent mould seam down both sides of each of the four sections, and a lot of sanding and polishing smooth is still required. As it was a quick build, I didn't research the colour scheme too much and just followed the instructions on the box, so there are inaccuracies. No weathering was done, as this thing was only used once... Only one pic, as it doesn't look much different from the other side. Cheers, Dean
  22. The old but still passable 109G6 in the gentlemans scale by Academy. Paint was Mr Color/Leveling. The decals were from an Eagle Cals sheet but I ended custom masking and spraying the shooting stars on the "beule" as the decals are oversized for the Academy kit. I've nailed the whole 0.5mm-1mm 1/72 mottle thing with my Sotar 20/20F and banged the mottling out in 15 minutes including a colour change. Most satisfying. Some artistic license on the starboard wing, based on some online blurry photos showing some 7 Staffel planes with 74/75 inverted on that wing. As usual my patented no hole magnetic stand so one can pick it up and run around the room making rat-a-tat noises. No aerial as this is a Fleabay job and they just don't survive transit. No WIP as I'm building quite a few this month and there was nothing special in this one that needed a WIP, build it, paint it and flog it was the order of the day. Kit has no issues except some questionable fit of the " beule" which I dealt with by milliput micro rolls smoothed off with water. The 1/2 thickness wheels for the wheels up were cast using Oyumaru and Dolphin Glaze skimming putty, infinitely easier than trying to sand them down and leaves the spares box full for the day I start doing three wheeled motorized ground vehicles again... Cheers Anil
  23. Well as @Miggers was so kind in his remarks on my moment of metallic madness, here's the the whole completion replete with silly story from January of 2019 ( apologies to those who may have seen it "elsewhere") (From Whiffypedia) “Pilot Officer, The Lord Giles Cholmondeley Featherstonehaugh Rodd was one of the RAFs most exemplary WW2 pilots: Fearless, daring and a crack marksman he was truly feared when aloft. Perhaps his greatest achievement came in June 16 1944 when, single handed, he shot down 8 heavy bombers. As his commanding officer observed in the official report, “Rodd’s actions would have been considered more heroic if the bombers had actually belonged to the enemy…” Undeterred by this minor faux-paux, GCFR fearlessly patrolled the skies of south east England, keeping Lancaster pilots and their gunners alert and on their toes. Indeed at least 75 Lancaster’s were found to be inadequately armour plated against the Hispano cannon used by the RAF Spitfires, solely due to Rodders scientific and rigorous actions…In fact many credit his efforts with hastening the end of Nazi Germany: It was said any allied bomber crews with any fuel and ammunition left would often turn back to the Rhine and “Give Jerry another go” rather than tangle with “Rampant Rodders”. Wisely, in a rare act of wartime competence, RAF top brass moved him to the reconnaissance role, surmising that without any guns, Rodders would inflict less damage to RAF. That said GCFR become the only RAF pilot to receive the Iron Cross from the Luftwaffe for services rendered. They also sent a telegram asking him “Lass etwas für uns, bitte.” Embracing his new photo reconnaissance role, Rodders threw himself into his work with gusto: Within 3 months he’d mapped out every decent bistro and wine bar in the South of France. This meant, of course, RAF top brass enjoyed fine wine and dining ahead of the Americans and the hated British Army when France was liberated. He was highly commended for this and received a mention in despatches, 2 shillings and 6 pence in cash and a pound of pork scratchings. Post war, Rodders continued flying with renewed zeal, in his beloved new mount a Spitfire PRXIX named “Brunhilde” after his mother (the noted English countess Brunhilde Saxe-Tuborg Einspritz Doppelkupplungsgetriebe Cholmondeley Featherstonehaugh Rodd ). Sadly in early 1954 while executing his famous “reverse J turn” method of parking by locking up his starboard wheel , he hastened the destruction of his beloved “Brunhilde” and a visiting USAF Wing Commanders F-86. Rodders promptly limped, slightly singed, to the officers mess and demanded to know, “Which effing Yank parked in my space?!” He promptly resigned his commission and after the RAF top brass had finished their celebratory champagne, was given a full pension, 2 shillings and 6 pence in cash and two pounds of pork scratchings. He moved to the USA where he turned his hand to business and made his first fortune in the 50’s Texas Hair Oil Boom, when every American male decided what he really wanted was a decent hair style. Flush with cash, he retrieved the remains of “Brunhilde” and had her rebuilt. He also bought the remains of the F-86 which he installed as an outside lavatory. “Brunhilde” was invigorated from her rebuild and Rodders flung her around the skies of Reno, often leading from the start, mighty Rolls Griffon howling in true Wagnerian style, but always allowing the trailing pilot to overtake at the last moment on the grounds, as he put it, “Winning is dreadfully vulgar dear boy, it is the kind of thing only an American could possibly enjoy...” Thus he established the Great British Tradition of Sporting Failure. Flying into his seventies, GCFR made his second fortune by importing hairdryers during the 80’s Dallas Bobby Ewing Permed Hair Craze when every American male decided the last thing they wanted was a decent hair style. He died peacefully in his sleep, at 475 miles per hour when he & “Brunhilde” re-modelled Mount Rushmore in July 16 1999. Upon hearing of his death, Squadron leader Melvyn Crustbucket-Bangson (retired), the last surviving RAF WW2 Lancaster pilot said, “Good bloody riddance!” He left $1 million, some Spitfire spare parts (slightly used) and three pounds of pork scratchings in his will. Flags were flown at half-mast all over Germany.” Toodle pip! Anil
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