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    Hi all, I thought you might like to see my 14th 1:32 scale build - The Bleriot built Spad XIII C.1, Number 26 of ‘C’ flight, 27th Aero Squadron, 1st Pursuit Group, based at Rembercourt, near Verdun, France during September 1918. This was one of the Spad XIII’s flown by Francis ‘Frank’ Joseph Anthony Luke Jnr, the ‘Arizona Balloon Buster'. This kit is the old Hobby Craft SPAD XIII 'International' kit, which is I believe was the only 1:32 scale of the Spad XIII made. The kit was, as expected, fairly basic and had no engine at all. In fact the whole forward fuselage was blocked off. I didn’t recall ever seeing this kit made with an engine installed, so I decided to give it a go. The basic list of changes/additions to the model are: Scratch built: Radiator shutter control rods (Micro-tube). Radiator drain valve (Micro-tube). Cockpit head rest support frame. Fuselage internal storage and cross members (Micro-rod). Engine bulkhead. Decking panel right gun - ejection chute. Forward gun mounting brackets (thin brass sheet). Engine access panels - wire mesh. Ventral fuel tank cap. Fuselage lifting straps. Fuel tank rip (jettison) panel. Oil cooler drain valve (Micro-tube). Ring gun sight and mounting bar (thin brass sheet). Undercarriage struts. Wing inboard 'H' struts (Micro-tube). Wing outboard rear struts (Micro-tube). Wing strut rigging fittings (photo-etch). External aileron operating bell-crank and rods (Micro-tube). Exhaust pipe support brackets (Micro-tube). Cockpit: - Fuel, oil and vent pipes (Micro-tube) - Cockpit frame wire bracing - Additional instrumentation - Instruments pipes/cables (Micro-tube) - Gun firing cables (lead wire) - Fuel rip panel T-bar handle (Micro-tube) - Mallet (freeing gun stoppages) (Micro-tube) - Pilot's seat cushion (Milliput) - Rudder bar foot straps (lead wire) - Top frame above pilot's head - Flight control cables Engine: 'Wingnut Wings' Hispano-Suiza V8 engine built (detail modified) - Ignition leads, support tubes and magneto connection (Micro-tube/lead wire) - Engine support beams - Carburettor air intake - Air breather and pipe (Micro-tube) - Fuel manifold primer valves (Micro-tube) - Cooling/heating system pipes and filler (Micro-tube) - Gun cooling jacket ‘stay’ rods (Micro-tube) - Various fuel, coolant and control rods (Micro-tube) Modified or corrected: Rudder, Ailerons and Elevator animated. Louvres in engine panels opened. Engine valve gear cooling fairings drilled. Forward decking panel separated. Engine cowl cooling apertures created. Fuel filler aperture. Cockpit surround panel modified. Forward fuselage, decking panel and cockpit floor modified. Exhaust tail pipes Aftermarket additions: 'Proper Plane' hand made propeller ('De La Grandville') 'Aviattic' Spad XIII wheels. ‘Aviattic’ decal and figure set (Frank Luke Jnr) 'HGW Models' seat belts. 'Gaspatch' .303 standard Vickers machine gun (modified). ‘Gaspatch’ Vickers ‘Balloon’ machine gun (modified). 'Gaspatch' turnbuckles. 'Albion Alloys' micro-tube. 'Steelon' 0.12 mm mono-filament. 'Polak' grass mat. 'Wings Cockpit' and ‘Copper State' figures. 'Airscale' instruments bezels. As usual I've created a downloadable build log in Adobe PDF format, for those who might want to refer to it for reference or build details. It contains full step by step descriptions of the model build, its modifications/changes and is also supported with illustrations and photographs. If viewed in Adobe Reader, each build log has book marked chapters/headings for easier navigation through the log. NOTE: Due to the complexity of this build, the PDF build log is large at over 200 pages (download size is close to 10 Meg). My model website has the gallery page, so to view any model, go to the gallery and select it. If it has a PDF build log, it will be available to download using the 'PDF' icon on that models photo's page. For any photograph, just click the photo to enlarge or reduce the viewing size. PC link: http://igavh2.xara.hosting/index.htm Mobile device link: Igavh2.xara.hosting My next model will be the ’Wingnut Wings’ 1:32 scale model of the German ‘Hansa-Brandenberg W.29’, a twin float, two seat naval patrol aircraft.
  3. 21 points
    Hi everyone, Here's my quickest built I ever did a few years back, took me 5 weeks, almost OOB except for the True detail pit. A very affordable hasslefree kit , hope you like. Dan. More to come... Dan.
  4. 20 points

    USS Missouri Trumpeter 1:200

    This time the model is very unusual for me. Over one meter to build and paint, model made with one addition: Deck from Pontos, the rest is a model straight from the box. After building this model, I understood that folding ship models is a real big challenge. USS Missouri Trumpeter 1: 200 From spray booth: Final:
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    Aims/Revell 1/32 Ju188

  7. 17 points
    1/32 Pacific Coast Model kit Zoukei-Mura wheels & landing gear HGW wet transfers All colours Mr.Paint/MRP
  8. 17 points
    Here's proof that the old Vintage Fighters Thunderbolt can be tamed, this one being out of the Kinetic box:
  9. 16 points
    Hi everyone, I used two types of light for these photos all supplied by mother nature. The wide view shots were all done under muted light, whilst the close ups were taken under full sun. More to come...
  10. 15 points

    My latest distraction

    I swear, I will finish this one before starting another kit! I don't remember the last time I felt this motivated to build a kit. Sorry for the clutter, I'm going at it so fast, I'm not even taking time to clean up!! Quite a bit has been done since this on. I'll up date later with new pics.
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    Su-35S Flanker E GWH -1:48

    My last job, This is the new Great Wall Hobby model, Su-35S 1:48 scale. This is realy good model with beautifully cast details and well fitted. Made as always straight from the box.
  13. 14 points

    Helldiver ... in the work

    Bombs and HVAR's assembled, HVAR fins replaced with 0.5mm thinn styrene sheet parts. And now, beatifuly casted canopy parts, removed from casting blocks, sanded and polished, and masked , inside and out, Primed with interior green and glued to fuselage, central canopy part was wrapped, so, need to be glued one side first, and after glue sets , with gentle "push" glued on other side, and, its spray time ... first, pre-shading then rest of paint scheme, applied, and decals glued, and, after 6 months , with stop and go work on this Czech produced HPH Helldiver , i could sat and relax with best Czech beer , KRUŠOVICE. Pics of assembled model, will be within a hour in Ready for inspection topic... here:
  14. 14 points
    KittyHawk 1/32 F-5F Tiger II Twin Seater announced for August 2018 ! SharkOwl
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    And some more...... Too bad we don't see more of those, so many colorful paint scheme we can come out for... Hope you liked it. Dan.
  16. 13 points

    Icaerodesign Extra 330-SC

    And now drum roll please...................BLUE PAINT! This blue is the Subaru STI metallic blue from MRP, and it comes off much lighter in these pics than it actually is. Jeffs mount is actually tad darker blue, but not as much as these pics lead on. I actually like the MRP Subaru blue on here, as it just looks different when looked at straight on in the light. It appears much lighter and more metallic. However the paint is all down now on the main airframe. The paint also appears much more grainy in pics than it actually is IRL, and I can only attribute that to the metallic particles/nature of the paint itself. This is raw out of the paint shop, and will all get smoothed, color sanded, buffed then cleared eventually (after the touch-up stage): I forget to snap a pic of the flying surfaces and wheel pants after painting, but sacrifice it to say they look like this same blue. Just as, if not more important was the clear canopy, which I had glued on some hinges and then masked the clear sections off of both in and out: I also got the majority of the prop blades painted too, with only 1 needing touch-up in one red area. Once hardened off, I will mask the red/black areas off, then spray the aluminum color, then color sand and clear these as well: I will let all of this harden off for 24 hours + , then unmask things and see how bad it is. I will then start the arduous task of touch-ups on such a complex scheme as this. The end goal is to get all the touch-ups done, then color sand the whole thing with 6000, 8000, 12000 polishing pads, then MRP super clear. Thanks for looking in on me!
  17. 13 points

    1/48th Boeing B-52H Stratofortress

    Afternoon lads and lasses... I've been doing some detailing of the wings recently. I have decided to tackle the out-rigger bays, so the initial task was work out their exact location and box in the bays using plastic card: The bay roofs were left separate so that they could be detailed without the wing obstructing access. I must stress I've gone for representation over accuracy here, so don't shoot me for making it up a little as I went along: When in-situ they will look ok to my eye: The same process of course had to be repeated twice: I've also cut out and boxed in the chaff dispensers on the lower side of the wings: Still lots to do before the wings can be joined, but they're starting to take shape: Now for the flaps... more plastic card at the ready! All the best, Tom
  18. 12 points

    SBD-3 done

    A scouting 10 SBD-3 from Enterprise, October 1942. In the Battle of Santa Cruz this a/c, along with another, surprised the Zuiho with successful attacks and got away scot free. One of Trumpeters better kits. After market items are Eduard seat belts (thanks Andre!) and the rear guns which are brass that I bought many years ago and used on a Matchbox SBD build. I do not remember who made them. I also took the wheels from the Matchbox kit and used them here. The armor plate(s) were scratch built. Paints used were Colourcoats for the exterior and Model Master for the interior (mixed to suit my eyes). The national insignias were Montex masks and painted with Xtracolor (blue) and MM (white). I added a chart I printed out on my computer to the pilot's pull-out chart table. I hope you guys like it.
  19. 12 points

    MiG-23ML in Angola

    I encountered an irritating problem which someone may be able to shed some light on or maybe offer advice. A small portion of the join on the nose cone separated for no apparent reason, and left a visible join line which I then had to re-glue and fill. I use Tamiya "extra thin" cement, and run two applications on the joins. Maybe I just handle the model too much by the nose? That is all patched up in the meantime, and I could get down to the decals. Linden Hill make a very comprehensive set of stencil decals for the MiG-23 and are WAY better than the kit offering. It was quite difficult to work out just how much of the stencilling there actually is on the well worn MiG that I am representing. It looks like about 70% of the stencils are still present, and they are a non-uniform mix of blue and white. The decal instructions mention that normally the ML had blue stencils and the MLD white ones. I can see some blue and some white on my reference photo's, and different colours on different airframes. I think whoever was spraying stencils had the choice, depending on what was served for lunch at the Mikoyan canteen. Red is not optional - Cold War stuff. On the upper surfaces I have rubbed down the yellow decals with a micromesh cloth to fade them a bit. Some collateral damage happened but it suits my weathering plans. I have also painted some scratches on what appear to be high traffic area. I was enjoying the idea of chipping by paintbrush, and painted some lighter colours as well as zinc chromate on these areas based on images I saw on a "walkabout" of an ML. Then I applied my preferred wash of well thinned oil paint. I leave it to "dry" for about an hour, and then wipe off the excess. This avoids the "staining" one often sees along the panel lines, and leaves an even "filter" colour over the base paint. Treated on the left, untreated on the right - fairly subtle but noticeable in direct comparison. The horizontal stab is well wiped down, but I prefer to leave the wheel hubs with the oil paint as is. The weld seams are now a little more pronounced and the chipping on the pylon is slightly toned down. This is the fun bit!
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    More: Thank you for looking! Gaz
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    started to fit the engine nacelles 005 by karl holubar, auf Flickr
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    This is another new starting. This will be finished with the markings of "Butch Baby" And will be modified by Yahu instrument panel and Barracudacast seat with belts.
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    Here was a project on my bucket list that finally got completed.
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    Zoukei Mura in 2018

    there are new pics of the first test sprues of Ki-45 and test build posted on ZM site http://www.zoukeimura.co.jp/sentiment/oyajiblog_100.html however no words about estimated release date jan
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    Couple of my recent builds

    Revell Lynx cross kitted HAS.3 & Mk.88 to produce an HMA.8. Pitot has since been moved under the nose to its correct location. Revell Red Arrows Hawk T.1a. Pilot form an F-4 Phantom, metal pitot probe and Airfix 1/24 stand, otherwise OOB.