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  1. Hi Guys, QUESTION: I have one of these in the stash... ...along with the commensurate Eduard Big-Ed PE set, and a bunch of ResKit resin extras (main and rear rotor hubs, engine intakes). I was THINKING (and I emphasise THINKING ) about trying to sell it as I admit it is looking unlikely I'll ever get around to building it - my ambition over-rode by ability when I bought it nearly a decade ago. Couldn't find any examples on evil-bay to get any idea of what might be the current going rate. The sprues/runners are all still sealed in their original bags etc, so it's "brand new
  2. Time to try and break the mojo blockage. And what better way than with Academys mighty Bone, an aeroplane I finally got to see fly this year. I want to follow this DY scheme as much as I can, sadly the flaps on the wings don't drop on the kit, so a parked up build rather than taxiing or 'landing', but this should be fun. Kit comes in a darkish grey that if you didn't want to paint, would pass ok (photo is a little dark) Naturally, a blast of Halfords grey primer went on first. Then the wheel wells were given a bit of silver, then a coating of white.
  3. well Its done and It's felt like a bit of a slog but I am just glad to have finished it, Its a cracking kit, fits well and builds up into what looks like a phantom to me So USS Franklin D roosevelt 1972 VF84 Jolly Rogers
  4. Well after the whitley its time for something a little different. So inspired by @mac1677 im doing an Academy F4J in a pirate scheme as it was supplied to me by one @BlackMike Models so it'll be out of the box apart from an eduard zoom cockpit The first thing I did was joined both bits of the fuselage floor together as that looks like its gaps waiting to happen otherwise. Then it was the cockpit with the zoom pe set. Again I'd never be able to paint this .
  5. Online verdicts on Academy’s P-40 seem to range from damning to excoriating but since I had this in the stash already it seemed a shame not to build it. Pottering away and reminiscing about the Commando Comics issue featuring the Flying Tigers filled a couple of pleasant and quiet afternoons. Kit decals slightly out of register but damned if I was going to throw money at it. Turned out ok(ish) anyway
  6. Finished the wee beastie today with decals kindly provided by Dave @DC3. Not sure which unit I've marked it up as but as the camo is completely fictitious then I'm going to say it's the 1st Skwonksturm Division based in Cornwall-land and with 3 Honda Jazz 'kill' rings on the barrel. First '35 armour for a while and I have a Tamiya Tiger, Sherman and Acilles in the stash now so no doubt more on the way.
  7. First foray into 35th for a fair few years so inspired by Normandy '44 I managed to nab this on bay of fleas complete with box of track links, those should be fun from what I remember. And so here goes...
  8. 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 ma
  9. Deanflyer

    Kittyhawk

    Hi all, When I was eight, my Dad came home from work with an Airfix Kittyhawk in a blister pack, which we built together that evening. It was bare plastic, decals stuck on any old how, but it was fun. It started me on the model making hobby, and ten years later I built the same kit, but this time painted to the best of my ability at the time just to see how much I'd improved. I still have both of those builds, and the second one is nowhere near as good as I thought it was at the time! 34 years later I decided to try again, in 1/48th scale this time, and here's the result. I did mak
  10. Guest

    Sabre F4, 71 Sqn

    Despite saying I wouldn't buy any more 1:48 - I'm inclining more and more to 1:32 these days - I did succumb to an Academy F-86 when a fellow club member was having a small sale at a recent meeting. And I can't resist a Sabre, so started it almost immediately. I used a Quickboost seat and Eagle Strike decals, otherwise it's OOB, and it was quite a quick build just to get something finished. The upper surface camo was airbrushed freehand. So here it is: Sabre F4, 71 (Eagle) Sqn RAF, RAF Wildenrath, 1955. Thanks for looking.
  11. The Academy kit in 1/48 is still a nice model and is a good cheaper alternative to the new Eduard model. It comes with several options for AAM's and unguided rocket pods, but no bombs. I pinched some FAB 250's from the Kitty Hawk Su 22. Decals for the nose came from Crosswind Hobbies and the find flash was painted. I was unsure if the aircraft carried any wing insignia, but as I didn't have any, I left these off. There is the chance the aircraft didn't carry them as it was most likely used in the Angolan Civil War, which the Cuban's had a hand in. Many of their MiGs were flown by Cuban pilots.
  12. We have been adding to the military vehicle kits in stock recently so here is a small sample of what has been added, all selling for less than the RRP. Something a little different for the AFV Modeller, the Russian ZSU-23-4 Anti Aircraft Tank by Meng. In stock now and on sale at £43.95 (RRP £54.99). https://www.blackmikemodels.co.uk/products/meng-mngts-023-1-35-russian-zsu-23-4-shilka-self-propelled-anti-aircraft-gun Takom's Gepard A1/A2 SPAAG is on sale at £43.95, RRP £52.95 https://www.blackmikemodels.co.uk/products/takom-2044-1-35-gepard-spaag-a1-a2-bundesw
  13. I'm expecting another small delivery early next week and thought I'd give you a sneak preview (as they won't appear on the website until they are in stock). They've arrived and are now on the website. Aircraft: The Special Edition Academy 1/48 Polikarpov I-16 Type 24 (RRP £14.99) will be on sale at £11.95 + P&P Trumpeter's newly released 1/72 Mig-29 SMT (RRP £19.99) will be on sale at £16.95 + P&P Eduard's newly released 1/72 Fw190F-8 Profipack (RRP £12.990 will be on sale for £9.95 + P&P The pick of the bunch for me anyway is the brand new Eduard 1/48 Mac
  14. Here's the start of my latest project: Academy (left) vs Eduard (right) I-16 Type 24. I've already removed the molded-in exhaust stubs from the Academy kit, assembled the wings of both kits, and started working the cockpit areas.
  15. Here are the Academy and Eduard 1/48 I-16 Type 24 builds completed: And here are the two Type 24s with my OLD build of the Academy 1/48 I-16 Type 10:
  16. 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
  17. 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 we
  18. This one nearly beat me. A great kit ruined by atrocious decals that somehow manage to be thick, transparent and brittle. In fact the decals ruined the first attempt, so I broke it apart to recover some internal bits: And with heavy heart, bought another and started again. The kit went together well with an Eduard pre-coloured etch cockpit (wrong colour green and a bit "flat", but still an improvement), Master Model gun barrels, Pavla Vacform canopy (for Hasegawa) and some lead wire fuel tank and brake pipes. Apart from that I think it's OOB. There are still some i
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