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  1. 24 points

    MiG-21MF "1910" Trumpeter 1:32

    This time the model with Polish insignia. MiG-21MF with side number 1910 stationed in Minsk Mazowiecki. The model is Trumpeter 1:32 scale, I hope that eventually someone will release a new version of this model. Model as always straight from the box.
  2. 23 points

    P-51D-20-NA Col. John D. Landers

    Hi all, my another Mustang finished. Tamiya kit 1/32 Barracuda wheels HGW wet transfers Eduard Look dashboard Lifelike decals All colour MRP & Gunze Sangyo SM01
  3. 13 points
    This has to be one of my favourite kits. I have built quite a few. After we lost our little Daughter i built one and sold it for charity , along with an airfix 1/24 spitfire , so i have a very soft spot for it. Both are on this site. This one came courtesy of a facebook auction group and it came with Paragon , UC set , exhaust set , and ammo belts. It also came with Radus belts , airscale instruments , brass gun barrels , fasteners and grils , and Barracuda Wheels , and for a fantastic price. I have just added to it with eduard interior and instrument panel , with plans to add the metal legs from SAC and radiator from Eduard. I have the Tamiya 1/32 Mosquito so i can use that as referrence to scratchbuild some details too. This will be my own most detailed one so far. Im very much looking forward to the journey. I like the Tamiya 1/32 mosquito , its exquiset , but to me the Airfix one is a bigger challenge and it has more "soul". Stay tuned , this will be a long one....
  4. 13 points

    1/48th B-17C - Revell/Koster

    The B-17 is my all-time favourite aircraft and I've always wanted to build an early version in 1/48th scale. I bought the excellent Koster conversion a few years ago which gives you a new rear fuselage and stabilisers to convert the Monogram B-17G to an earlier B/C/D model. The conversion also comes with a Cheyenne tail turret and staggered waist gun set up to make a late G-model - parts I'd used previously: DSC_0129 by Thomas Probert, on Flickr The main components are all vacuform, and are molded very crisply. There are crystal clear canopies (the B/C/D models had a different flight deck arrangement as well as a more heavily framed nose piece) as well as decals for an early USAAF B-17C/D: DSC_0123 by Thomas Probert, on Flickr I decided to actually use the Revell B-17F kit, as it requires less modification to the nose than using the Monogram B-17G. However, you still have to do a fair bit of surgery to backdate the F to the earlier models. The nose needs cutting off and a section removed due to the shorter noses on the B/C/D models. The whole rear fuselage also needs removing just aft of the radio room: IMG_E1390 by Thomas Probert, on Flickr The new vacform rear fuselage can then be offered up to the Revell fuselage: IMG_E1388 by Thomas Probert, on Flickr Here the shortened nose has been reattached and mods carried out to the cheek windows which were the earlier style without the later enlarged cheek gun windows seen on the late E-model onwards: IMG_E1428 by Thomas Probert, on Flickr It was then a case of painting the interior and gluing everything together: IMG_1633 by Thomas Probert, on Flickr IMG_1632 by Thomas Probert, on Flickr And that's as far as things have progressed so far. All pretty straight-forward as far as conversions go, helped by the excellent quality and fit of the Koster parts. This will eventually be finished as an RAF Fortress MkI as a tribute to the pioneers of daylight bombing very early in the war. Tom
  5. 13 points
    John Craft

    Corsair Mk II last show

    I decided at the last minute to take the 1/32 Corsair Mk II to one final show. Went to the 2019 SprueDoo in Little Rock, Arkansas this Saturday. Thought about not taking it, but decided to anyway. Glad I did!! I won a Gold, Best Aircraft and Best of Show Military! My first Best of Show! I was shocked and very honored!
  6. 12 points
    Brett M

    Tamiya 1/32 F4U-1 Birdcage Corsair

    Good thing no one has noticed that I put some decals on upside down....or zoomed in Random update, decided I would replace the headrest.....added the beading around the front and back of the headrest using stretched sprue. I think it's not bad...but let me know what you think!
  7. 12 points

    HK B-25H

    OK, time for a long overdue update. Lots of progress since my last post so there's a few pics to show this; This is a resin detail set bought from ebay. Can't remember the name of the guy who makes these but do a search and you'll find it. Well worth the cash but not sure how much you'll actually get to see on the finished build. and painted.... Instrument panel - all out of the box Engines painted Build complete and ready for paint; I have to say, the fit of some of the parts is poor for a modern kit. The nose/gun section was particularly bad and required lots of superglue/rescribing. It also needs LOTS of noseweight to avoid a tail sitter..!! On to painting then; All main markings are sprayed using home made masks cut on my Portrait cutter Paints used were Mr Paint for the Olive Drab and Neutral Gray, Mr Hobby for the yellow and green on the markings. I'm using an Eagle Cal decal sheet of 'Clana Louise' but have found the nose markings to be quite ugly (lots of creases) when applied around the complex curves, so I've removed them and will mask/spray them instead. She's still to weather/decal etc so still a lot to do. This needs to be ready for Telford in four weeks time (gulp..!) for our local IPMS branch (IPMS Cleveland) 25th anniversary group display. Come and see this in the flesh
  8. 11 points

    Vietnam Hun "nashville sound"

    started to add some PE in the wheelwells and on the wings
  9. 11 points

    Airfix 1/24 Hellcat

    Hi All, the big airfix hellcat is finally finished! An enjoyable build of a really Great kit. No real issues just took some careful building and plenty of dry fitting before glueing in place. The blue was tricky to get any depth and variation and didn’t really like being worked with oils. I used a neutral wash for panel lines and as a filter. Resin wheels was the only after market and all markings are painted. cheers Matt
  10. 10 points
    Here's the final photos of the Wingnut Wings Felixstowe I completed. I had posted a few pictures earlier in the WIP Section but these are much better shots. This particular model was completed as aircraft 4291, a Saunders built machine delivered to Killinghome on 4/20/1918. This aircraft, under the command of TC Patterson abd AH Munday, shot down Zeppelin L62 over Heligoland on May 10. In July of '18, she was transfered to the fledgling US Naval Air Service, after which it was painted overall black and had spot lamps mounted under the wings for nighttime operations. 4291 came to an inglorious end (along with the US Sailor responsible) when said sailor used a match to check the fuel level in the main tank. Seeing as this beast is too big to use my regular photo setup with, I had to shoot it outside on a cloudy day. Just as I snapped the pic a fortuitous gust of wind came along. Great timing. Running up Engine 1. I chose to model her as she would have appeared just before being painted black, as the natural look of the wood and linen was more appealing to me than any of the dazzle schemes. I hope you like it and as always, feedback, comments and critiques welcome. Cheers Mike
  11. 9 points
    Tolga ULGUR

    1/32 Revell Junkers Ju-88A-1

    I have used corrected resin tail and rudder which was purchased somewhere in Germany years ago. You can see the shape difference of the Revell s part and the corrected resin unit.
  12. 9 points

    Lancaster weathering

    OK, consider these two well used warhorses: then these: and this, one of my favourite Lancaster pictures and I would suggest fairly typical of your "average" condition: Winter in Bomber County:
  13. 9 points
    Tolga ULGUR

    1/32 Revell Junkers Ju-88A-1

    Some progress. Painting of the wings terminated
  14. 9 points
    thank you folks - you are too kind carrying on with the wing fillets - the borders are laid out with tape to rub soft metal into to get the shapes in 3D after translating the plan profiles.. ..taped down & burnishing.. ..the forwardmost fillet is one piece and very difficult - there was nothing for it but to have a go at bashing some ali into shape - itv soon kinked and creased and took a lot of work to get even half right... ..you can see here how the material just wouldn't do what was needed and split in one place - no matter I thought I could let in a piece here - this had any inner creases filed down to give it the best chance of truly flattening out when fixed.. ..still working it.. ..and finished & with fixings.. it's not perfect, but good enough for me.. ..same on the other side.. ..the PE arrived for the front vents so I could do this panel too - another tricky one.. ..first step was to add the vent structure and then make the front seam of the panel meet the nose intake casting... the rest of the panel lines could be dealt with with overlaps being removed.. ..with both panels & the vents added..,. the fasteners are added, but not yet all the riveting.. ..and the nose is pretty much coming together.. ..still lots to do despite it looking quite complete... TTFN Peter
  15. 8 points
    Managed to get the rest of the camo on tonight. Just masking up various other parts now. Still got landing lights and a few other bits to put on and of course the weapons.
  16. 8 points

    Aviatik 'Berg' D.I

    Hi all, I've been working on preparing the wings, fin/rudder, ailerons, tail planes, elevators and their associated support struts. The struts should, I think, have steel reinforcing pins moulded through them, but I found the 'Z' shaped cabane struts had ends without pins. Also the fuselage indents for locating these struts had no locating hole. The single piece fin and rudder had no locations for attaching it to the fuselage and neither did the tail planes. The separate ailerons and elevators also has no locating pins/holes. Therefore I added support pins of 0.6 mm diameter for the wing struts and ailerons and 0.4 mm diameter pins to locate the fin/rudder, elevators and tail planes. Mike
  17. 8 points

    A6M2b Zero - shades of grey

    On with the engine. Radials are lovely to look at, and I think it has to do with the repetition of shapes and symmetry. When it comes to masking and painting however that means everything 14 or even 28 times over! The same applies to producing tiny bits like these spark plugs and clamps that I cut from hypodermic needles. Mass production thinking is the key. As you can see, I have gone with the colours in the tweak list. In essence it is pretty black, with the central bits in a blue enamel. The kit engine is a mish-mash of the Sakae 12 and 21, which was a bit disappointing in a way. They are very different engines. I sanded off the kit pipes from the rocker covers, and added my own styrene connecting pipes lower down as they are on the Sakae 12 - these appear to be natural aluminium. You may have noticed that I added baffles to the top of each cylinder, with a central pipe and a guide hole for the spark-plug lead. they don't look so good from the top as they are just straight styrene. The actual baffles are intricate shapes that were probably pressed metal. It would be great if someone could 3-d print these. On the captured engine photo, you can see a very obvious silver intake on the top cylinder of the rear radial bank. I assume it is a duct for cooling air into the ancillary compartment? This is my styrene version of it... Here the basic parts are, painted up and ready for assembly. Now I hope some researchers are watching since I need to paint the engine firewall and cowling supports next. I'm not sure that Tamiya have the colours right, based on photographs that I have seen. This is the dark art of black and white to colour alchemy of course! The cowling supports look like they could be black, not Aotake. The firewall is invisible of course. Any pointers here would be much appreciated. Sean
  18. 8 points

    1/24th Trumpeter BF-109

    Well here a 2 in one update. ive made some real good progress with this build. Tonight ive made it to the primer stage! first up i completed the installation of the glass and the seat belts. (remember they are custom made i.e not perfect) The next step was to install the wings. Little tape to help with the joints. I must say this has to be the best wing root seam ive ever had! 0 putty , 0 filling of any kind. light sanding to get rid of the Tamiya extra thin that decided to peek out. Now the bottom rear seam well you know what they say when something is perfect somewhere its ugly somewhere else! here it is with glue and mechanical persuasion. I added some plastic card in there before putty to make sure it stays nice and strong So the second part of the update is what i manage to do today i installer the spare canopy to make marking easier. I also had to remove the barrels from the main guns to make painting easier Using some very weak glue i put the panels in place. i will be displaying one side of the engine open once painting is done. And the final part i purchased some Alclad black surface primer, ive been meaning to try it out and im planning to do a black bassing finish just like on my BF110C. I must say ive heard so many bad things about this primer i was not sure how this would go. at the moment im really satisfied. this baby look like a pirate all dressed in black and 2 wooden peg legs! lastly ,while contemplating the paint scheme i noticed this plane has this pattern on the leading edge. and to my disappointment that part is not supplied in the montex mask (K24025) ill be doing yellow 7 JG53(top one in the image below) im thinking of using my kids style scissors to make some out of tamiya take but i feel its going to be a PITA to get right. Any ideas? More soon thanks for looking
  19. 8 points

    1/32 F-4J Phantom

    Hi Gord, Here are a couple of pics of the "extended" nose gear strut. I am not sure that this is the actual total length of the nose strut when it is the "hike position" used for cat launch. I extend mine for the airborne position when fully extended in the Weight Off Wheels (WOW) when in the retraction mode. I determined this by placing the upper trunnion mount in its position and then determining the maximum length with clearance to the aft wheel well bulkhead. The spacing marks on the mat are 1/2" apart. This is the nearly retracted position needed for my purposes. Hope these are helpful and if I can help further just let me know. The build up to the point I stopped is here on LSP but the photos went the way of many others. Barry
  20. 7 points

    HK 1/32 B-17G 96th BG/337th BS

    All- Here she is, in all her splendor! I may still fiddle with the weathering a little, but I sure am pleased. I wasn't able to get her into work today for good photos, so I snapped a few outside in the overcast with an actual camera, rather than a cell phone. I started this kit over 4 years ago, and its kind of sentimental to get this one done. She depicts my Grandfather's aircraft, 44-6888, of the 96th BG/337th BS. Her crew unofficially named her "Ragged But Right". The war ended before nose art could be applied. My Grandfather, Joseph Denver, was a bombardier and completed 13 missions at the end of WWII. He first mission was in February of 1945, and he remained in Europe until 1946 as part of the occupation forces. He flew most of his missions in this plane,and that is why I chose to depict her. This is the HK 1/32 B-17G, their initial release, with all of the bells and whistles from Eduard, Profimodeller, and some scratch building. She's airbrushed with AK Extreme Metals and Model Master enamels, and sports a combination of kit decals, Kits World, and custom J Bot Decals for the markings. Here's some photos: DSC_3323 by Dennis SAuter, on Flickr DSC_3324 by Dennis SAuter, on Flickr DSC_3325 by Dennis SAuter, on Flickr DSC_3326 by Dennis SAuter, on Flickr DSC_3327 by Dennis SAuter, on Flickr DSC_3328 by Dennis SAuter, on Flickr DSC_3329 by Dennis SAuter, on Flickr DSC_3336 by Dennis SAuter, on Flickr DSC_3338 by Dennis SAuter, on Flickr I wanted to close this post with the Eight Air Force's letter to St. Peter, which is quite sobering: Let them in, Peter, they are so tired; Give them the couches where the angels sleep. Let them wake whole again to find new dawn fired with sun, not war. And may their peace be deep. Remember where the broken bodies lie... And give them things they like. Let them make noise. God knows how young they were to have to die! Give swing bands, not gold harps, to these our boys. Let them love, Peter - they have had no time - Girls sweet as meadow wing, with flowering hair. They should have trees and bird song, hills to climb - Tell them how they are missed. Say not to fear; It's going to be alright with us down here. All always folks, comments and critiques are welcome. Thanks for tuning in. - Dennis S. Thornton, CO USA
  21. 7 points
    OOB build. Wanted to try my hand at freehand airbrushing with the new AK paint line. Looks ok to me. Cheers Collin
  22. 7 points

    Aviatik 'Berg' D.I

    Hi all, On the top of the fuselage and to the rear of the radiator is a condensation matrix for cooling radiator steam back to liquid and returning it back into the cooling system through a pipe connected to the rear of the assembly. Apparently this avoided a build up of steam pressure being lost through the filler cap and losing coolant. Anyway I wasn't happy with the resin one piece part in the kit. I felt it was too large at the base and anyway the top was slightly off centre with the bottom. Also the kit doesn't appear to have the 90 degree pipe at the back of the assembly. So I cut the part in two, re-shaped the base, connected them with brass tube and added the rear pipe using annealed 0.8 mm brass rod. Strangely the photo-etch in the kit supplies only one 'matrix' disc for the condensation matrix, which presumably like a radiator, would have the matrix from front to rear? I used the photo-etch from the front of the matrix (as that will be more visible) and drilled 0.3 mm diameter holes in the rear face to replicate the matrix, Mike
  23. 7 points

    Aviatik 'Berg' D.I

    Hi all, The undercarriage assembly is completed. Struts modified by removing the pre-moulded axle ends and bungee suspension cords. Cross bracing anchors points added to the bottom front of the forward undercarriage struts. Axle secured to the undercarriage struts and 0.4 mm diameter lead wire used to replicate the bungee cord suspension. Bracing bar in kit replaced (too short) with 0.9 mm diameter brass tube, Mike
  24. 7 points

    Revell Fw 190F-8

    The days I strived for perfection and accuracy have long gone. These days I'm just happy to finish something. This is my 5th model this year. Paints are Gunze, decals are from HAD - a bit brittle, otherwise excellent - conform to panel lines beautifully. seatbelts are from Radu (superb!). Hope you like. I've also finished a Revell P-51D which I will take pictures of later today. Lothar
  25. 7 points
    Today's progress on F4U-1A "5".
  26. 7 points
    Hi everybody! For the beginning, a few photos of an engine. I will add more photos of what is curently done on Sunday
  27. 6 points
    Rick K

    SH Tempest Mk.V

    A Thing Divine For Nothing Natural I Ever Saw So Nobel Special Hobby Tempest Mk.V #32052 was used for Evan Mackies mount. Mackie, RNZAF, was the highest scoring Tempest ace with 20+ kills. Albeit, most of Mackies kills were in Spitfires. This kit is a most difficult build. I started this almost 2 years ago and binned it several times as my MoJo was clearly flattened with this. From the cockpit, wing root and landing gear construction offered me plenty of WTFFF! and Are You Kidding Me! moments. There was a good chance you may have heard my screams. This kit is clearly recommended for experienced modellers only. I chose Mackies build as I have several Kiwi friends and the lack of ordinance and invasion stripes show the beautiful lines of the Tempest. Weathering kept to a minimum as this aircraft was delivered to Mackie May 1945. See my build log. Build Details Yahu 3214 IP, center panel only as side panels do not fit Barracuda 32334 Nose Correction Set, 32140 Tempest Wheels, 32011 Spitfire Cockpit Upgrade Part II (Acemaker II gunsight only) Master Model 32096 Tempest Mk.V "short" Cannon Tips Maketar Masks 32122 Tempest Mk.V REXX 32043 exhausts ANYZ AN011 .5mm Braided Thread, AN016 Line Connectors MV Lenses 197 Amber, LS800 Red & Green, PN21 Clear Albion Aluminum Slide Fit Tubes .3mm, .5mm, .7mm and .9mm MR Paint 77 Nato Black 110 RAF Green 111 RAF Interior Grey Green 112 RAF Medium Sea Grey 115 RAF Ocean Grey 118 RAF Sky 122 RAF Marking Yellow 123 RAF Marking Red 135 Insignia White 183 Oxford Blue Vallejo 306 Dark Rubber Various Alclad Colors Tamiya X22 Clear, XF86 Flat Clear MiG Washes Dark Wash Streaking Grime 1203 Engine Oil 1408 PLW Deep Grey 1602 PLW Green Brown 1612 MiG Pigments Light Dust 3002 Black Smoke P023 Rust P025 Russian Earth P034 These publications, highly recommended, were critical helping me on this build. Especially the landing gear rake. Airframe Minature No.4 Hawker Tempest Osprey 27 Typhoon and Tempest Aces of WWII Warts and all this build yielded some great lessons. Thank you all for your encouragement and support during this build.
  28. 6 points

    Lancaster weathering

    A look at the top of the wing, and fuselage, of a Lanc showing how weathered they got: Jari
  29. 6 points

    Make the others jealous

    Ok ... so this stuff arrived a couple of weeks ago ... Unfortunately at about the same time ... or maybe a few days earlier ... I had a couple of software updates ... They usually go off without a hitch ... but this time with the Catalina update and the iOS 13 one - something went wrong with photo sync. Good thing about the internet is ... you just type the issue into Google and find out that everyone else has the same problem ... There's still an issue with the new "Music" app ... it switches off the equaliser/pre-amp after every track ... but at least I can download the photos off my phone now! A LARGE box arrived from Frontline with some goodies for RAAF builds: With large kit boxes inside ... An EA.18G ... A couple of F/A.18A's With Australian Markings included ... The pilot is damned Collingwood supporter!!! And an F.35 model ... of which we're getting the real deal here someday. And meanwhile this came from Metro's ... cleverly disguised with the wrong box art for the ad ... That makes Just 2 SWS kits short of the entire 1/32 collection now ... The Navy Spad ... and the Do.335A-12 Rog
  30. 6 points

    Bladder problems

    Thanks guys! Now Available!!! www.Zactomodels.com
  31. 6 points
    Hi folks! I finally managed to paint the Elan13 figures to complement the wonderfull WNW Sopwith Camel. The WIP: It is OOB, except for the seat belt. Rigging was done with EZ Line and Prym knitting elastic. The grass mat is from Polak models. Here it is in all its glory: Cheers, Markus
  32. 6 points
    Brett M

    Tamiya 1/32 F4U-1 Birdcage Corsair

    Wow, thanks everyone. Glad to see you're liking the progress! If you see something I've done wrong, please don't be shy.....tell me so I can fix it! Minor update, O2 tank painted, decaled and installed. Not too thrilled about the bands that hold it to the bulkhead, so I may do more work on them...... Also, added the red "Caution...." decal below the head rest (I should get that done!). Thanks again for looking. Brett
  33. 5 points

    1/24 Airfix F6F-5 Hellcat

    All done Build thread here: Very hard to photograph being so large... Surprising how different the colours look with a differing background... And, again, don’t usually do black & white for aircraft, but it kind of suits the aircraft... Thanks for following along, Guy
  34. 5 points
    composite guru

    Hasegawa 1/16 Sopwith Camel

    Hi, not been around for a while as I’ve been building smaller kits. I have always wanted to build a museum type model of the Camel and finally go around to buying one. This is the plastic version and not the larger wooden type so creating the wood effect was a learning curve for me as I’d never done it before. Here are some pics of my build for you to look at. As you can see I’m trying to rig the structure as it would have been using reference photos as the kit asks you to rig most of the parts with one continuous piece of line. I’m making the turnbuckles by hand as no one seems to make 1/16 versions. That’s been a job as there are around 300 in the whole aircraft. Anyway enjoy the build. Hope the image links work ok. Matt
  35. 5 points
    Not a LSP but this baby is bigger than my 1/32 PhantomII! My daughter loved the real plane at the USAF Museum in Dayton. She had my wife look all over for it online so I did my best to make a quality build out of it. Surprisingly the seems are really tight on this. lacking detail but hey that's what painting skills are for :-) So Revell released this before the public unveiling. They tried to predict what it might look like. Not so close. I took pics from the real Spirit, pulled out every decal sheet I own and found individual decals that would make a legit looking bomber. I tried to get some better shots outside tonight to show the weathering I did. Somewhat better. I think in the end though I was a little too heavy with the top coat of grimey black and splotches of tire black. Next time even less of a covering would show off the weathering better. I tried this in B&W to see if it shows better online Next here's some glamour shots... I think this one shows the weathering the best And the pièce de résistance, a bronze award at the Cincinnati Scale Modelers Show last weekend!
  36. 5 points
    Cees Broere

    TELFORD 2019

    I will be present both days manning the HK Models stand. So don't be shy and say hello. Cheers Cees
  37. 5 points

    Make the others jealous

    I don't know what I was thinking but it was a good price, this kit arrived today. (image borrowed off the internet)
  38. 5 points
    Here is one, in b&w but the caption says it was in 1944 and you can see a lighter colour in the nose turret: Jari
  39. 5 points
    Hi everybody! Thank you all, I appreciate you like my work! Absolutely agree, moreover, problems how to dye the surface are gone using real materials Finally, I have gathered some pics of the current state. The fuselage itself is complete, the port side wing needs only a few touches to finish it. I am slowly approaching to the moment, when all the rigging takes it's place. For a long time, I have been thinking about the best way how to make the structure of the fuselage. A friend of mine, who is an RC modeller gave me an advice to try carbon rods or profiles, available at RC models shops. It is quite difficult to glue this material together, as well as it is almost imposible to bend it. BUT, it is a great material as it keeps its straightness. It is very solid and strong, but easy to cut or sand it. I used those rods make all the masters and then as reinforcements whithin the parts when they were casted. Traverse struts of the fuselage are those carbon rods only. The result is satisfactory, strong enough and nice to work with it...
  40. 5 points

    Revell P-51D-5NA "Frenesi"

    OK, had 7 rushed days at home, A wedding, fall outdoor chores, running around... Not a lot of time, but some progress on the Mustang! The Yahu panel did not fit at all... Not even a little, so I had to whip out the kit panel and the alternate instrument panel shroud. The masks from Eduard arrived and were [ut into use right away. Fit some tailplanes and various parts on, but there will need to be a LOT of filling and sanding. the gun port panels did not fit at all, and the cabin seems about 3 mm to wide, so the canopy does not fit either, this very well could be operator issues, but I will hide it somehow. The kit requires more love than what I initially thought, but it's getting there. I'll throw some putty on and sand when I get home in 3 weeks time!! The cockpit, don't look too close... the seat came loose, so I have stored it out of the way. The sideview. Looks OK-ish, but there will need to be some putty work. this won't be a competition winner for sure, but it will look good next to the Hobbycraft P-51A! Cheers H.
  41. 5 points
    So a little more work done over the last few days, first up I built up the bomb bay assembly, not to many parts really but some care is needed in getting everything square but the close fit of parts does help. In general I think the interior is pretty good on this kit, however I do think the bomb racks are very very clunky and poorly done but not a lot will be seen when complete. I believe Eduard make a couple of sets to replace a lot of this but its an expensive upgrade to be honest, I do think when its all painted up and closed up nobody will really notice to much as its hardly like a B-17, Lancaster or even a Mosquito for that matter with big wide open bomb bays showing everything off. I've also test fitted the whole interior in to the fuselage before moving on to adding any further detail and the fit is very good, here are a couple of shots. and a quick shot of the cockpit opening. I've got a good picture on which direction I'm going on this now and which area's to add further detail to. The nose and waist areas will get the main attention from here now. Regards. Andy
  42. 5 points

    Transporting Aircraft

    This is one of my favorites. I very much need to model at least one truck & Komet combo. Someone else did here (smaller scale though)... http://hawkeyes-squawkbox.com/2009/08/25/after-action-report-ipms-national-convention-pt-iii/
  43. 4 points

    Lancaster weathering

    That photo only shows how that particular plane looked at the time when the photo was taken. It is misguided to take that photo and apply it as an universal rule of thumb for all aircraft. Some Lancasters were shot down on their first mission when they were pristine. Some Lancasters went trough a few missions, flak barrages, clouds of oi/fuel/debris from other shot aircraft. Each was different. Each was different at different times. In my own personal opinion, what goes for "weathering" these days is far too pronounced, too stark, too much. My suggestion is to seek more photos and find the "happy medium" between the dirtiest and the cleanest Lancaster. Radu
  44. 4 points
    Hi everyone, my name is Gianluca, i'm 21 and i'm writing from Italy I'll leave some of my recent builds, i hope that some of you guys like it All models are in 1/48 except for the Japanese H8K which is in 1/72, As you can see i'm a Seaplane Lover, now i'm trying to figure out how to make 1/48 floats for the XC-47C, wish me luck!
  45. 4 points
    Sabre F-86

    Trumpeter P-40N

    Just picked this up this afternoon. Gotta say, You'd figure Trumpeter would learn from the P-40b cockpit fiasco. Sadly, same thing here. Flat floor and well over the top of the wing surfaces. Looks reaonably detailed but the high cockpit floor sorta detracts from the image. Over all, it looks pretty good, Detail is nice and crisp, the exhaust stacks are separately molded and opened up at the ends. The landing gear looks pretty good, with vinyl tires and there is a good amount of PE to do the flap detailing, harnesses and the radiator fronts. Cowl flaps, open or closed, choice of a drop tank or a bomb. Decals for the four as noted in previous reviews, I'm going to do the Soviet version. Anyone know what For Safonova means? A lost pilot or a town?
  46. 4 points

    1/32 WNW Sopwith Pup

    Pete - I made the pulleys on my lathe. Some general progress... Moving to the top wing next. Thanks for following along and commenting, everyone. Ken
  47. 4 points

    1/32 WNW Sopwith Pup

    I'm replacing the molded-in detail of the aileron pulleys. Getting on with the general painting and decaling.
  48. 4 points

    A6M2b, 1:32, Tamiya

    And little "family" foto:
  49. 4 points

    1/32 or 1/35 ?

    1/35th scale is the scale of Satan. I refuse to do any aircraft that are in 1/35th scale; for example, I'd love to do a Hind in a large scale, but I will not do it in 1/35th scale. Seriously though, it irritates me no end that not only did Tamiya ruin armour forever for this modeller by choosing this offscale (1/35th) for their armour, but now this wretched offscale is polluting aircraft, becoming the preferred scale for helicopters, and I've even seen a few aeroplanes in it. I believe the only reason Tamiya chose this scale, instead of the long-established 54mm or 1/32nd scale is their bean-counters figured nobody would notice the difference and they could make a few extra bucks (or a lot of extra bucks - this is Tamiya, after all) by doing armour in a slightly smaller scale. That's my theory and I'm sticking with it! Rant over. Regards, Learstang
  50. 4 points
    The model contains a PE cockpit and some other bits for the gears and flaps from Eduard. thanx for watching! Piet
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