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  1. de Havilland Vampire FB.5 57.S-10 No 10090 of Aéronavale 57S Squadron. Based at Khouribga Morocco late 1050s A lovely kit, maybe not quite as good as the Airfix vampire but a hoy to build. Painted with Vallejo paint. Sadly despite weight in the nose, she’s a tail sitter ☹️ Thanks for looking.
  2. Morning Chaps and Chapesess One of my bright ideas a few years ago was to build 72nd scale Bundeswehr vehicles.... Bought loads of them, built exactly one in that time. (This goes together with my other 2 bright Idea's of JGSDF vehicles and Rocket Launchers, and I build mainly cars...Confused? yeah, try being in my head ) Anyway, this was the first one I actually purchased and was done so on the provisio that I understood it was 'started'. When I got it home I basically looked into the horrible end opening box,saw bagged bits and a few loose bits and that was that, it went in the cupboard. Last night my head was suffering from airplane overload from the WW1 group build so I thought a nice easy 72nd scale would be just tickety boo for this chap.... Well! After taking the time to actually look in the box and see whats what.... this is what I found. Started, yeah! Its just about finished. I'm not quite sure what it was painted with, but I have a feeling it might have been a domestic spray gun!. The chassis is fine, but the body is not. Found the wheels rattling around inside the box, and the rest of the bits on the runners seem to be all present and correct. Think i'm going to drop the body into Dettol for a few hours and get that cleaned up, then proceed with rescuing the Dingo The other little gem in the box is the Biber 1 Bridgelayer, (or Bruckenlegepanzer if you prefer), based on the Leopard 1 MBT, and after a cursory going over that seems all ship shape and Berlin fashion, so I might even give that a go too Right then, the Dingo is going for a nice relaxing Dettol dip and I shall be posting a couple more things to, in the near future Do have a joyous and relaxing day and try not to freeze your bits off... Mad Steve
  3. This is Tamiya's superb 1:72 Mitsubishi A6M 2b "Zero", finished as the machine of Lt. Masao Sato, Imperial Japanese Navy, Aircraft Carrier "Zuikaku", 6th December 1941. Build thread here: Thanks for looking!
  4. A very good day to you all! Just wondering if any of you out there have the Xtradecal Blenheim sheet X72203 and don't fancy the Fleet Air Arm version for T8J? I would love to take them off your hands for shipping and a nominal fee . Also would you be happy to ship to Canada, I would be very muchly grateful as spending a tenner on 10 decals is a wee bit much! Will be forever in thy debt! Bob
  5. So after recently completing an Eduard Lysander and AMK Delfin, I decided to give modelling a break for a few months. So here I am two weeks later, and I've already started two new kits... This is the Airfix Tiger Moth, released in 2014. I had high hopes of it being a straightforward build, judging by how well the Airfix Gladiator had gone together. I was disappointed (although not entirely surprised) to find an issue with it before I'd really begun, in that the nose didn't fit correctly. That was about four years ago, and I put it back in the box and forgot about it until this week; on Tuesday evening I attended a great RAeS talk by Dodge Bailey, the Chief Pilot at the Shuttleworth Collection. Obviously the Tiger Moth was mentioned, and that, along with Len's examples of what can be done here: inspired me to try again with this one. So...mug of tea and sanding sticks at the ready, I'm ready to do battle: I also got an Eduard photo-etch set for it: Here's the issue: The top of the engine cover and front fuselage should form a continuous slope, as shown here: But if you assemble the Airfix nose to the fuselage to get the top slope correct, it's all sorts of wrong everywhere else: The engine cover hinge line is also then angled incorrectly (it's just visible above the white marking on the real aircraft photo, and the discrepancy is obvious, although acceptable as a compromise): So after much cutting, head scratching, filing and fettling, I've reached a compromise: I removed too much from the stbd. side, so it'll have to be built back up with plastic card: I doubt it could be eaily modified such that everything was spot-on, but hopefully it will look OK once complete. It should be better than the much maligned orginal Airfix Tiger Moth from 1957, here's one I built in another modelling life:
  6. This will be my first entry, not too sure when it will get started as I have a project on the bench at the moment.
  7. McDonnell Douglas F-4J Phantom II 1:72 Scale Background One of the most recognisable and widely used Western Cold War Jets, the F-4 Phantom II was a twin engined supersonic jet fighter/bomber developed initially for the US Navy with whom it entered service in 1960. Due to its adaptability it also entered service with the United States Marine Corp and the U.S. Air Force. 5,195 Phantoms of various marks were produced and operated by the U.S. and eleven other countries with the plane being produced between 1958 and 1981. The F-4J was the final version produced for the U.S.Navy and Marine Corps that flew for the first time in 1966. It was an improved heavier version of the F-4B that required some modifications to the wings and strengthened landing gear to cope with the higher sink rates this caused. 565 F-4J’s were built between 1966 and 1972, 265 of which went through a mid life update to increase structural strength, a longer fatigue life and a slatted wing and were re-designated F-4S. Following the Falkland war, the U.K. bought 14 examples to replace the F-4M’s that had been sent to the Falklands Garrison, these being designated F-4J(UK) which differed from the rest the UK’s Phantom fleet as they retained the majority of US equipment including the engines. The Kit This is the second time Revell has released this Monogram original from 1985. It comes in the standard Revell end opening box with the striking artwork depiction a Phantom from VF-84 “Jolly Rogers” on the front. The 85 prices are on four sprues of light grey plastic plus one of clear parts. Panel lines are of the fine raised. The Plastic The parts are still crisply moulded, however as you will see in the pictures there are some areas of quite noticeable flash that will need to be cleaned. As you may be able to see some the daisycutter fuses are a bit bent but this again should be easily resolved. Decals Only one decals option with this kit, as mentioned earlier they are for VF-84 Jolly Rogers and a colourful scheme it is. The decals are in perfect register and display excellent colour saturation. Instructions Full colour and clear instructions with Revell only colour callouts, full details below. Link to Instructions Conclusions Although a product of an earlier generation of model, the dimensions look accurate (I don’t have plans for comparison) and whist the panel lines are raised, they are very fine. I have no reason to think that this will not build up to an accurate and attractive model of such an iconic aircraft in equally iconic markings. Whilst advanced modellers may take some issues with some of it’s features, this would be an ideal kit for intermediate builders or novices looking for something a bit more challenging, consequently a kit I would recommend.
  8. Airbus A400M Atlas 1:72 Scale 03929 Background The Airbus Industries A400M Atlas is a multinational turboprop transport aircraft intended to replace older aircraft such as the Transall and Hercules and compete with the Hercules in the international market. First flown in 2009, 174 airframes are on order with the first being supplied to the French Air Force in 2013. [centre] [/centre] Having seen the aircraft display a couple of times one can only be impressed with the manoeuvrability of such a large airframe producing a display not normally associated with transport aircraft (rivalling the Vulcan for it’s wingover). More details of the aircraft can be found from this Wikipedia page Link The Kit The kit was initially released in 2011 as the A400M Grizzly with two Flight test markings and two proposed in service markings. This kit is the same plastic but now issued with actual in service decals for French and German machines. The kit comes in a large (quite flimsy) top opening box that contains the 212 parts on 14 (plus fuselage halves) of grey plastic plus one of clear parts. Features (as detailed on the box) include: Recessed panel lines Detailed cockpit and I/P Detailed cargo hold and structured flooring Detailed main undercarriage Optional deployed or feathered propellers Can be displayed with the cargo ramp open Detailed decal options for either a French or German aircraft As you will see from the following pictures, this ain’t no shrinking violet, the finished kit will be 64.4cm x 59cm so a substantial space will be required the finished article. The Plastic I’ve taken pictures of the parts on a cutting mat with a 1cm grid on to give some impression of size. This is an impressive piece of moulding giving us a one-piece full span top wing with four of the eight engine halves. Detail is both restrained recessed panel lines with some raised portions where appropriate. There is a very small amount of flash the fuselage portion of the wing, but it is very small and can be cleaned up in no time. Due the substantive nature of these parts, and some others to come, the sprue attachment points are quite large and care will be needed to remove the parts from the runners without causing damage. The lower wing portions and U/C doors. The doors are moulded in the closed position so will need to be cut if building if U/C deployed. The fin and U/C sponsons. As you can see, none of the control surfaces can be built in an operating position, well not without a lot of surgery and remedial scratch building. Both of the above gates are duplicated and contain primarily the U/C engines and props. A nice touch to include feathered props. Again all moulded crisply with very minimal flash, only a little on some of the blades. The cargo bay floor, some fine detail on this as you will see later. The ramp is moulded integral to the piece and will have to be detached if wanting to pose the ramp open. The inner cargo bay that incorporates seats along the walls, and ribbing details for the rear fuselage. Flap actuators and rear ramp. Ancillaries, refuelling probe and internals. The outer fuselage halves. And finally the clear parts which are very clear and free from distortion. In Detail A few close ups of the details. Decals Surprisingly the decal sheet does not fit on my scanner! Options are for: 54+03, 60 Jahre Luftwaffe, LTG 62, Wunstorf, June 2016 0014 F-RBAF, “Ville de Colmar”, ET 1/61 Olreans-Bricy 2017. Possibly of interest Bibbi models have released an aftermarket decals sheet that includes markings for British, Turkish, German, French and Malaysian machines (product code DDT-01020) Instructions The instructions are the new A4 all colour format. Construction is covered in 60 stages plus 5 of painting and decal placement. Colour callouts are in Revell colours only of which several will need mixing. Link to Instructions Conclusions This is one imposing impressive kit. The parts are virtually flash free, Detail seem excellent to me. Whilst the lack of possible control surfaces is unfortunate I recognise the inclusion of flaps and slats would have had an impact on the price of what is not a cheap kit. If you want and have the space for an Atlas in 1:72 this is really the only game in town. If you want something about half the size then Revell recently released one in 1:144. Would I recommend it, well yes wholeheartedly to a modeller of moderate experience or higher, and if you want an idea for a display: And finally, did I mention wing over earlier? A400M RIAT Display
  9. This build was isnpired by a trip to Duxford's Fighter Collection hangar a few years ago, where I got to sit in their airworthy Hawk. This was a potentially very good short-run kit, massively let down by one major feature: the engine cowl, which at least in my kit was unusable. The kit is therefore essentially unbuildable to a good standard in 'as bought' form. I think this is a reason I couldn't find a single completed example online. Anyway, I tried to turn it around by experimenting with the RP'd cowl, and I'm happy with it all things considered. I think I may have got the engine slightly off-centre, but it was difficult to centre when 'floating' on a blob of Araldite. At least it didn't go in the bin! Other scratchbuilt bits are: Landing light Pitot Tube Cowl gun blast tubes Aerials U/c struts, stays and brake lines Highly modified engine Engine breather/drain pipes Windscren stays Master Model Gun barrels Eduard Seatblets
  10. Eurofighter Typhoon 03952 Background The development of the Typhoon can be traced back to the Future European Fighter Program that was a multinational endeavour between UK.Germany, France, Italy and Spain. National interests affected the development and ultimately France left the group and proceeded with their own similarly styled Rafale. The remaining members carried on development resulting the British Aerospace EAP as a technology demonstrator which utilised many parts from existing aircraft including the then relatively new Tornado. The plane is a highly agile twin engined, canard delta swing role aircraft with capable of carrying a wide range of offensive weapons on up to 13 hard points on the wings and fuselage together with an internal Mauser BK-27 277mm cannon. It is produced in both single and twin seat configurations. The type finally started to enter service in 2003 and so far has entered into the inventory of the Air Forces of the UK, Germany, Spain, Italy, Austrian, Saudi Arabia, Oman and Kuwait with 599 units being on order as of 2016 of which 488 had been delivered by November 2016. The Kit This brand new tooling for 2017 comes on 4 runners of grey styrene with two of clear plastic containing the 85 parts requires to make the plane which when finished will be 22.2cm long with a 15.5cm wingspan. Features (from the box) Detailed cockpit and ejection seat. Detailed engine intake. Choice of open and closed exhaust nozzles. Air brake can be either deployed or retracted. Detailed undercarriage. Extended or retracted refuelling probe. 2 External tanks Choice of weapon fit. The Plastic Gate A Gate B Gate C Gate E Gates I & G A clear instrument panel is a nice introduction, however the seam line down the center of the canopy will need to be polished out. Inspection of the parts shows fine engraved and raised detail commensurate with the scale of the kit. It is flash free and what ejector marks there are are not on any visible surfaces. Care will be needed detaching some of the finer undercarriage parts from the sprue, they are not particularly thick but the parts look very delicate. Looking at the gate breakdown you will notice that gates D,F and H are missing, given the breakdown with the fuselage spine and separate windshield and canopy I will suggest that sometime in the future a twin seat version will be produced and the missing gates will be fore the Fuselage, spine and canopy of two seat airframe. One area which I am surprised about relates to the weapons fit. This kit only comes with that decal option of the TaktLwG 71 “Richthofen” special scheme and l consequently a full weapons callout is not required. However the plane can be fitted with 4 wing pylons and the kit comes supplied with three with the wing only having three location holes on inner surfaces. Perhaps this might be catered for in subsequent releases. Decals As stated before, only one decal option, that of 30+90 TaktLwG 71 “Richthofen Juli 2016. The decals themselves have good colour saturation and are in perfect register if a little flat looking in appearance. Instructions The new style all colour instructions show the construction concisely over the 35 stages plus two painting and decal placement guides. Colour callouts are standard Revell fare quoting Revell paint numbers only of which 4 will need mixing. Link to Instructions Conclusions This is the third time that Revell have tooled the Typhoon (1988 and 2004, although they did re-box the Italeri kit in 2001) but not having made or seen their earlier releases I must presume that Revell want a kit produced to their latest standards for an airframe that is going to be part of many air forces for decades to come. The release of a special scheme as the introduction to the kit seems a little strange but they did the same with the 1:48 Tornado so the practice must be financially viable for them. The kit looks good, the issue I have had with any Typhoon kit I have made is the fit of the intake and I will report back regarding this area after I have made it. With this proviso a kit I can readily recommend.
  11. An enjoyable build with a few modifications. Build thread here: Hasegawa 1:72 Polikarpov I-16 Type 18, 72nd Air Regiment, Northern Fleet Air Force, Murmansk 1941
  12. 4th prototype of the Su-30M2/MK2 series. Click on the below link to access full article and photo gallery: https://vvsmodelling.com/2016/11/13/su-30m2-flanker-g-4th-prototype/
  13. Hellcat F6F-3, VF-16, USS Lexington, Hawaii, September 1943. 1:72 Eduard ProfiPack, Took about 1 month to build. It was an excellent kit. Additions included: Scratchbuilt clear styrene landing / navigation lights. Little Lens identification lamps. Stretched sprue IFF & VHF whip aerials. Master Model Brass gun barrels. Aerial wire stub in fuselage side. Lead wire wheel brake pipes. Pitot tube vane (scrap photo-etch). Drilled out tailwheel drag brace. Squadron vacform canopy. Flatted tyres. Drop tank filler cap decal. Drilled out exhaust stubs. Acetate gunsight.
  14. Hi everyone! Here's my latest project done. This is the excellent Zvezda 1:72 MiG-29 in S model (izdeliye 9.13) built in the markings of aerobatic group Strizhi (Swifts). You can access full article with photogallery here: https://vvsmodelling.com/2016/10/23/mig-29-9-13-fulcrum-c-swifts/
  15. Hi everyone! Finally finished this little beauty. I was battling the lost mojo, summer activities and job related (NATO Exercises at our airbase) lack of spare time, but here she is finally. For article and full gallery, click HERE.
  16. I had purchased one of the pre-finished DML 1/72 Saturn V models several years ago and stuck it away in storage since my office wasn't ready for a five foot tall model. Last year my storage unit had a dehumidifier unit fail and everything in there got damp from the humid summer. While the damage was minimal for the most part, the box on the Saturn V had started to fail at the glue joints and today the box was falling apart. I brought the model into the shop for a look and while the model is impressive from a distance, there are seams, sprue tree stub remnants, glue goobers and mold flash that were never cleaned up before the model was assembled and painted. Even so, I started to mount the motors on the first and second stages to see how the first and second stages fit together. The model comes with a display stand that has a metal tube that runs up the center of the first and second stages for strength, but that was the first failure - the plastic insert in the center of the stand that holds the metal tube had popped loose - glue failure. That was fixed with 5-minute epoxy, but the challenges grew from there. Looking closer at the stages (this is the side of the second stage) and you can see the seam line, a poorly cleaned sprue stub remnant, and some paint scars on the white surface. There is also black overspray in places on the other side of this stage. The inserts in the top and bottom of the first and second stages were not firmly glued either and it was time to stop and figure out the way forward. This first shot is looking from the bottom of the second stage into what is supposed to be the top of the fuel cell but the gaps show how loose it is (it pops out easily). This is the bottom of the second stage that was not glued and simply floating inside the stage. We'll fix that soon enough. Here are the second stage motors. I've started cleaning the seam flash on the closest motor and you can see the seam flash in the motors behind. To be continued...
  17. This is the new-tool Airfix Gladiator, a very nice kit. Additions were: Fuel gauge pipe (brass tube) Extra cabane strut (brass tube) Rigging brace rods (brass tube) Pitot tube (brass tube) Aerial masts (brass tube) Brake pipes (lead wire) Rudder cables (steel wire) Seat harness (decal) Navigation lights (pva) Dorsal light (clear sprue) Signalling lamp drilled out Gun barrels drilled out
  18. This is the 1:72 Academy Tempest V. The model is very good on the whole. Only minor issues were sink marks on one wheel cover and the port cockpit side, and an incorrect rear radiator duct profile (where it meets the wing there is a step at each side, rather than a smooth blend). I used the Resin Art cockpit set & vacform glazing, and added scratchbuilt flap detail, wheel well detail, wingtip lenses, cannon, radiator flap & actuators, bomb stabilisers and whip aerial. I also flatted the tyres and drooped the elevators. I decided to remove the stbd. cockpit access panel to give a better view of the interior. The instrument panel top was also cut away to match the windscreen framing. I had some custom decals for the instruments, bombs and RAF tractor (an old Airfix model) printed. They worked fine. Main decals were from Xtradecal and I used the original Academy stencils. Paints were Vallejo/Tamiya with Humbrol spray-can matt varnish. Weathering was preshading (with Tamiya NATO black), MIG dark wash and Tamiya Weathering Master pastels. There is some silver pencil chipping which became almost invisible after matt varnishing. Very brief build notes: Despite the product description, the Resin Art Cockpit set DOES NOT FIT the Academy model. I actually ended up using a combination of OOB model parts (instrument panel sides and rudder pedals) and parts from the set. The spaceframe is around 5mm too large to fit between the wheel well mouldings in the wing, and the bulkheads are too wide. The assembly instructions themselves are very vague, and if you follow the few bits that make sense, you are doomed to failure. My advice is to check and double check everything you can as you build it up. The detail itself is fine, but the design and proposed assembly of the kit is unforgivable. I ended up Dremeling off most of the lower spaceframe and repainting. Here are some hopefully self-explanatory photos of the build:
  19. Built OOB with the exception of drilling out the gun barrels and adding sprue aerial and canopy lanyard. There is one huge facepalm error I made - black green for the upper camo. Still no idea how that happened. Kit had its fit and quality issues, but looks nice enough.
  20. This is the Academy F-84 E Thunderjet in 1:72 scale. As usual with Academy it's a very nicely engineered kit. I bought it to try out the Alclad II rance of metal finish lacquers. I'm pleased with the end result although it took a lot of trial and error to get a realistic finish. It's OOB with the exception of: Drilled out airbrake holes. Home made seatbelts from Tamiya tape. Missile pigtails from lead wire/brass tube. Pitot tube from brass tube (I broke the plastic one off during the extensive masking required). Flatted tyres. Drilled out RATO pack baskets. The only issue were the decals which are extremely brittle, and didn't conform well to the surface.
  21. So after a bit of hassle with the wheel covers and alignment (still don't think it's 100%, but not much scope for adjustment) I'm calling this one finished. It's built OOB apart from Eduard belts, acetate gunsight and Techmod decals. Not a bad kit considering its age, but there were some issues with the canopy framing being poorly defined, particularly the rear section which is pretty much DIY. Anyway, here are some pics: Supermarine Spitfire Mk. IXc, 306 (Polish) Squadron, F/Lt Jozef Zulikowski, RAF Northolt 1942.
  22. It was a long slog, but really enjoyable - more modelling than kit assembly, and loads of scope (or necessity) to add your own details. Maybe slightly under-weathered, but it'll do. Turrect was pretty much all scratch-built (kit version didn't really fit anyway), including a turned aluminium slew-ring. Scratchbuilt / additional details include... Turret: Master Model gun barrels Door knobs Gun controls Decals for the air gauges and nameplate Gun wiring and rear extensions Hydraulic elevation piston & pipework Gunners notepad & pencil Mk.IIIa gunsight and mechanism Front hinged table and brackets Turret lifting struts Stbd. electrical panels and the suit heating & radio pigtails Falcon vacform canopy modded for doors open Gunners head-pad. Cockpit: Head armour supports Circular plate next to headrest Rear fairing air cylinder body Radio box retaining strap Correct spade grip Wheel brake lever Throttle lever knobs Rear view mirrors Canopy release mechanism Airframe: Wing tip light covers & bulbs Landing lights Dorsal navigation light Pitot tube Wheel brake pipes Wheel well hydraulics Wheel door actuators & struts u/c leg modifications Vacform canopy and front fairing cut to be lowered Aerial and insulators Access step and spigot Rear navigation light Drooped elevators Propeller bearing
  23. This is the superb Tamiya 1:72 Spitfire Mk1.The model is of N3249, No.92 Squadron, Biggin Hill, September 1940. I've added an Aires detail kit comprising gun bays, engine and cockpit, plus Eduard p/e flaps, Xtradecal decals and a partial vacform canopy (windscreen section is Tamiya becasue it was a perfect fit). Overall I'm pleased with it, although it's by no means perfect - I'm not really happy with the framing behind the spinner, I think it's too high, but there's not much to be done without major surgery of the Aires engine. Here it is with the Airfix BF109 E4: This model won first prize at the 2014 IPMS Wakefield model show at Huddersfield: The tools are from a 1:72 Brengun Models set, and the table and chairs are 1:76, from Dan Taylor Modelworks.
  24. This is my interpretation of a "bare finish" Mosquito. Decals were Uschi van der Rosten WGSF48-C (Fine Veneer Plywood), WGSF48-B "Knotless Birch) and Ho-229 Special Edition (1 of 6). There were more than 160 individual pieces in total. Metallic parts were Vallejo Air Silver, Aluminium & Steel. Eduard belts, radiators & intake mesh. Master Model brass machine gun barrels. Little Lenses in various positions. Acetate reflector gunsight. Lead wire brake pipes. Brass tube pitot head. A bit of scratchbuilding in the cockpit. Apart from that OOB. It's another great Tamiya kit. Got 1st in class at IPMS Huddersfield show 2016, I was very pleased with that! Also featured in Scale Aviation Modeller, August 2016. Cheers!
  25. This is the Revell kit, the build was insipired by watching this aircraft at the Ladybower Dambusters anniversary flypast a few years ago. The kit canopy was atrocious, so I made a vac-form machine and mould, and made my own. Non-standard items added were: Aires cockpit and wheel wells SBS Resin nose Freightdog FLIR pod Master Model pitot tube and AoA probes Scratchbuilt canopy and internals Scratchbuilt LRMTS pod & window Scratchbuilt main door rams Scratchbuilt paper/tape wing seals Scratchbuilt fin de-icer Photo-etch afterburner flame holders (Eduard) Photo-etch rivet added to spine behind rear canopy Boxed-in APU exhaust Internal stiffening added around u/c bays Brake pipes (lead wire) Cannon barrel drilled out Shortened front u/c leg Modified & repositioned BOZ 107 pod (rear fairing) Modified fin heat exchanger duct (lengthened) Modified fin-top ECM pod (rear extension shortened) Modified pitot tubes (brass tube) Modified IFR fairing (thinned next to intake) Modified wing pylons (stabilising tabs removed) Repositioned under-fuselage air intake Repositioned main gear doors Modified tail mounting (brass tube) Fuselage stores rails pocketed, and rear mounts added Modified port missile rail Little Lenses for landing lights, HUD projector and LRMTS lens Cartograf (Airfix kit) decals Flightpath ladder PJ Resin crew Airwaves Remove Before Flight tags O/S pilot's map of Peak District (scaled print) Finished pics:
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