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  1. DonH

    WNW Junkers D1

    Finished, first for 2019! No WIP because I shook the box and it more or less fell together. I had fun building it and decided to go for an alternative colour scheme. Apparently, WNW believes that the original was painted black but it could have been red. That was enough for me. Also, I decided to do unpainted wings, because I could. As you can see, all the effort to detail the cockpit was well worth it, not. And some B&W just for giggles That's it. On to something el
    7 points
  2. Talking about going round the bend, every little modification has a knock on effect down the line with a styrene kit, and it is often this that drives me nuts! The holidays have re-focused me however, and I have got quite a bit done in the meantime. The other half of the fuselage was filled and reshaped including some stressed skin as I did on the other side. The louvre intakes are quite simplistic in the kit, so I added a bit more depth and detail to them so that they look moveable. Then I discovered what cib2265 was talking about when he sai
    7 points
  3. Thanks guys! You're not wrong Terry! And yet, even MORE HK plastic has had to go in my latest adventure! Happy New Year everyone! Definitely high time for some work on the big girl. First of all, I really wanted to get back into some litho-plate skinning and the new fin was the target. Left and Right sides were carefully done, then the nose cap was added. Apart from the fact that I totally forgot to anneal the side pieces, which meant they were a little springy to try and stick down, but I got there in the end
    7 points
  4. It seems I spend as much time at this table as I do at the actual work bench, that said the extra effort pays off. I completed the modified exhaust openings with the help of my dremel tool and some good whisky once that portion was done I had to figure out how to mount the exhaust manifolds as the conversion doesn't use the engine blocks, After assembling a kit engine block, some measuring and more math I came up with a solution. Here is the void: my solution then I started to wor
    7 points
  5. evening & thanks chaps Been working on the air intake and the exit duct - after wondering if the interior was painted I found this shot of another aircorps P51 and can see where there is closed airframe it's painted and where there is airflow it's natural metal so thats what I went with... inside the underwing airscoop is an oil cooler (I think) that is oval and sits in the formed fairing seen above - behind that is a big square radiator (I think) - I made the radiator from scored black card and litho framing (from a plan, and oddly the dividing bars a
    6 points
  6. So first cuts made to this massive project yesterday with getting the already massive fuselage rady to accept the 70mm extension piece. Well, No going back on this one now and the fit of the extension is very good. Need to concentrate on the cockpit now and convert it from an A-4 in to a late G variant. Regards. Andy
    6 points
  7. This is my build of the FM models Breguet Alize in 1/48 scale. It is an older limited run kit so you need to be prepared to put a bit of work into it to get a nice model but saying that it is the only 1/48 Alize available although pretty hard to find one now. I did a lot of modifications to the kit and scratch built the wing fold rather than use the resin wing folds that came with the kit - all detailed in the WIP. BERNA decals were used to finish her as number 17 of Flottille 4F in the type A camouflage scheme Alize service history & information on the aircraft
    5 points
  8. Thanks guys for all your comments! really apreciate it! I din't have much time during the week but at least the cockpit area is almost done and everything glued together thanks for looking jan
    5 points
  9. got the 'kink in the exhaust and did some final test fitting, note that the glued assembly will not have the angle relative to the centerline shown and then, primer happened! now this will get the rest of the day to dry, then I can start painting the interior surfaces of sub assemblies, its almost time to start gluing stuff together for good!
    5 points
  10. Work on the wooden plug for the cabin roofing has begun... Cheers: Kent
    5 points
  11. Ughh I feel like I’ve been working on this cockpit for a year. Time for a motivational sidetrack! I drilled and pinned the wings this morning. Put some tape on the tail to hold it in place. Now it’s starting to take shape small compromise on the wing position. They’re aft about 2mm due to where the main wheel bays are on the belcher kit. Anything else looked stupid because the gear doors on the wings didn’t line up.
    5 points
  12. BloorwestSiR

    Dragon BF 110 C-7

    I'd say it's pretty good  A bit of tape to hold it shut while the glue set and a couple quick swipes with some sanding sticks was mostly it. I might need a smear of Mr Surfacer on the bottom but that's it.
    5 points
  13. Thanks didt a bit more work now front ip and dry fit the seat in to the pit Mark
    4 points
  14. Next step was a marbling coat with white like so to which I added some brown and buff shading to the rear of the aircraft where most the grime accumulates I'll be keeping weathering minimal as I'm depicting a 74 squadron aircraft at a Tiger meet in 1988, and the airframes look quite clean on the refernce images I have. That said it is a phantom.... Then , with aching wrist, hot compressor and going crosseyed got the topcoats on. I used the main camo coulours, very heavily thinned and sprayed 6 to 7 coats. The end result looks like this... Ba
    4 points
  15. The next step of the windscreen mod was fitting a small piece of plastic over top to complete the lip that the clear part sat in. I also filled along the top of the cowl toward the nose with plastic card to make this area straight. The windscreen needs to be pushed in to fit, hence the Xacto handle. Very happy with how this has turned out. I decided to replace the photo etch cowl flaps with some plastic card ones. The photo etch flaps did not fit very well, and I felt that I would be able to scratchbuild better ones from plastic card. I wanted
    4 points
  16. Really? Been there, done that I'm afraid, but I'd love to see your diorama when it's finished. Including my Spitfire above, these bad boys are pretty weathered already. Thank you! I generally use Tamiya Panel Line Accent Color (TPLAC) after a gloss acrylic clear coat like X-22 and now I no longer highlight every rivet or panel line. While that can look cool, it's not very realistic, because not all of them should be accented. For my Spitfire, I didn't use any dark washes and instead highlighted some panel lines and rivets w
    4 points
  17. Spending a lot of time getting the hull halves up to an acceptable finish, but they are slowly coming together. I had to move the two triangular windows since they were too close to the wing, 'someone had run off with the measurements'... The sliding panels for the openings of the rear passenger cabin. I've been using some of the leftover parts from the kit to close some of the gaps of the hull. Some necessary extras from RB Productions. British terminals and some honeycomb mesh for the Liberty engine radiators. I'
    4 points
  18. Hi Guys Well at long last I have a solution for the undercarriage of this kit. As the brass caster was away over the Christmas holidays I could not conform before now. After a long contemplation I have decided to just cast up the kit internal parts that should have been supplied in metal, I think that this still offer better options for assembly and detailing should the modeller wish. Also a full set cast in brass would have also increased the price quite considerably, and the brass inserts will offer just as much support as a fully cast undercarriage part. These can be o
    3 points
  19. Hi everyone, Back in the late seventies I was a young boy with no money and little on his mind but models. One summer my father gave me this while I was visiting him on Summer vacation: Until that time, the only 109 I had known of was the Monogram 109 E Adolf Galland kit. Needless to say, it was the best gift I ever thought I was given before I became an adult. But the story was to take a bad turn. My father lived with a neat-freak on-and-off again girlfriend. I had set the kit to dry after adding the wings to the fuselage and was then shipped off
    3 points
  20. Hacker

    1/32 PCM Fw 190A-4

    Not often l post a build here anymore. Quite frankly takes me a while these days to finish anything due to general life getting in the way. l managed to get this one done as the renovation industry is slow this time of year hence why l have time . This is the older Pacific Coast Model boxing of the Fw 190A-1/2/3 without the new A-4 conversion. Fortunately l have an old Haseagawa kit in an old Revell rebox version that l took the engine out of and bit and pieces for this build. l did it in the markings of an unknown pilot that flew this aircraft during the Battle of Kursk. For
    3 points
  21. As I wrote in WIP... I bought very old Revell F-104 and after buying I started to think what I've done and what to do with it In grim and cold night I hit upon an idea - not black but white eagle, nod yellow but red plane - polish whiff I've ordered masks for eagle, seat from Aires, Pitot's tube from Master. Side panels in cockpit were scratchbuild ,exhaust had to de detailed and here it is. Polish F-104 in occasional scheme Painted with Mr.Hobby range. Many thanks to my friend Bogdan Zolnierowicz for masks !
    3 points
  22. Thx guys! I was really surprised at how weathered this particular aircraft is since the paint job is relatively new. Here is the Zacto Aim-9X training round. The resin is just incredible, it just doesn't get any better. So wish Chris would produce some Aim-120's. And here are the completed Aim-120 dummies. These seem to have become standard wingtip equipment on the Aggressor F-16's. Note the blunt nose (vs what would be a pointier nose for the live round). You can get these blunt-nosed bodies from the Tamiya F-15E kit.
    3 points
  23. +1. I think 2 months down the line the word "initial" in the title might have passed it's "sell by" date ? Plus when a lot of the recent posts are now about the company rather than the kit itself it could be time to call it a day. Just my humble opinion of course.
    3 points
  24. 50,000 hits. I'd say the discussion is over, let's go put paint to plastic and finish something this year. Ryan
    3 points
  25. While looking though Roger S Gaemperle's excellent Captured Eagle's Vol 1 I came across these shots of G-10 Mistels, this is 460066 which I am building. Particularly like the last shot if you can call it a complete Mistel with the Fw 190 just dumped on top of the 88. Regards.Andy
    3 points
  26. It looks like there is a generic problem regarding accuracy when one considers most continental China model companies. I believe this is probably linked to a combination of factors such as cultural perception of historical or technical accuracy, easy access to relevant data, national pride, perception of user-friendliness importance, business-oriented time to market approach and surely other things. This explains why this will not change soon. Western or other eastern companies that manage everything themselves except the final plastic production in China do not have the same amount of issues
    3 points
  27. Today, coming with the air intake adjustment, I worked on the auxiliary wheel well. The building sequence will be the following: - first attaching the wheel well on a half fuselage. This why the dry fit must be initially perfect - attaching the air intake Fortunately, the depth of styrene of the air intake is enough for milling a print in. I created a small gap to be able to attach separately the air intake and the wheel well on one half fuselage. The pic here below is self explanatory after milling the cast and the styrene Af
    3 points
  28. DonH

    WNW Junkers J.1

    Stick a fork in it, I'm calling this done. Actually, it was done some time ago but I have been lax in posting any photos. So, here it is in all it's glory... As you can see, my photo set up is not configured for large planes: Did some messing around with B&W, because it is a WWI plane after all... That's it. I am not putting this into RFI because it does not bear close inspection!
    3 points
  29. Thanks checksix, glad you're enjoying it! That nose is going to take some artistic talent for sure. Couldn't agree more with you about it adding character to the plane. Slow but steady progress today. This cockpit is going to take another 2 weeks I bet before it's done. Putting the canopies up I found that they weren't square to each other so they didn't lay in a straight line. At first I couldn't figure out why, then I remembered neither KH or Hasegawa made a closed canopy, the only option was open. Which made me realize I was missing the loop that separates the two canopies...DU
    3 points
  30. Hi Kage, I did get it finished. Don't have too many pics thanks to Photobucket but here's a couple pics. Here's one with the XVi that I finished at the same time. Carl
    3 points
  31. You know where you are in a threads usefulness cycle when the tightness of the lid of the box and the box art is being discussed..
    3 points
  32. Hi all, Just a few more showing weathering. For those who are wondering what the four black things under the fuselage are and the 'ears' sticking out of the engine carburetor intake: This aircraft was photographed with under fuselage attachment brackets for a 'Cooper' bomb rack' However no photographs I could find show the actual rack as being fitted. Sopwith Camels serving in the Italian theater had a field service mod carried out to fit 'funnels' to the carburetor air intake tubes, to increase airflow to the engine as they operated at higher altitudes than on the Western Front. Ba
    3 points
  33. When I started this project I told myself, "Self...don't go crazy with all the details and corrections". Well here I am going crazy with all the corrections, at least the ones I could find. I just can't seem to help myself! Tail attached: Need to remove and add some panel lines according to the photos I've seen... Another thing I said I wouldn't bother fixing... I ended up using .13mm sheet styrene to make the covers. I tried using thin metal but I just couldn't get it to work. After I glued the ve
    3 points
  34. I guess with everything else in life that was tight at first use - you just have to keep it up to get a loose fit that becomes easier with time... Cheers Alan
    3 points
  35. Thanks for the comments, Today I'm still working on the surface detail. I've glued in place the different access doors on the fuselage. I'm finally satisfied of the adjustment before sanding. After sanding I will scribe the doors after the primer coat at the end of the build The stabilazor is on the bench. I applied the same process for the scribing A death il very important for a scale model to look real, is to obtain thin trailing e
    3 points
  36. Mr b

    1/32 Intruder A

    Pics of today’s work building up the engines....quite a bit there...... and finally its huge ..... rgds
    3 points
  37. Howdy folks, Ray Peterson reviews the new Yak-9 kit from Silver Wings: Silver Wings 32-021: Yakovlev Yak-9 M/T Thanks, Ray! Kev
    3 points
  38. Completed! No.41 Squadron RAF, Summer 1941. This MKIIa was donated to 41 Squadron by the 1st Canadian Infantry Division. Pilot: Pilot Officer Henry Lloyd Maurice Young, RCAF. KIFA 10/28/1941. Commonwealth War Graves Commission information: https://www.veterans.gc.ca/eng/remembrance/memorials/canadian-virtual-war-memorial/detail/2407239 ** I took artistic licence by adding the 4 kills since they made the model look nicer**** build log:
    2 points
  39. BloorwestSiR

    Dragon BF 110 C-7

    I repainted the MLG bays and legs as I had done them in RLM76. No idea what I was thinking but there you go. With that done, I installed the gear bays into the lower wings. They went in without any issues after a quick scrape of excess paint. However, I noticed that I was getting some interference from the engine bulkhead on the upper wing. To remedy this, I scraped away some plastic from inside the upper wing nacelle. I suspect this may have been operator error as it was fine during a dry fit and only affected the one side. Other
    2 points
  40. The British Phantoms had British engines and so had re-heat not afterburners. The F-4J (UK) had Murcan engines which were equipped with re-heaters. I trust that clears up this off-topic conversation.
    2 points
  41. In reality the only positive way to tell a D from a K is by the serial number. The canopy and prop could be, and were replaced in the field. As built, Ks usually had the Aeroproducts prop and the “Dallas” canopy. A good friend’s father flew a K that had a Hamilton Standard prop. Google “P-51 canopy”
    2 points
  42. I buy whatever I buy, wherever I can get it the cheapest, period.
    2 points
  43. I performed a dry fitting of the air intake inside the fuselage to assess the situation There is a gap on the left side which is bigger in the middle than in front... And there is another one on the right hand side which is smaller but constant ... And now both sides on the same pic Many sanding and dry fit checks to come
    2 points
  44. This time sprayed a closer colour. This is slightly darker than the Tamiya colour AS8, however, it looks fine to me and much better than the previous attempt. Annoyingly the cockpit has a scratch running down the front pane. It was like that when I removed it from the protective bag and despite dipping it in Johnson's floor gloss (future), no improvement. Starting to look like a corsair now, sat on it's own wheels! Nearly there! Just need to decide on the decals and weapons load out now. HVAR's will definitely be going on her, but I can't decide
    2 points
  45. Grumman A-6 Intruder The Grumman A-6 Intruder was an American, twin jet-engine, mid-wing all-weather attack aircraft built by Grumman Aerospace. In service with the United States Navy and Marine Corps between 1963 and 1997, the Intruder was designed as an all-weather medium attack aircraft to replace the piston-engined Douglas A-1 Skyraider. As the A-6E was slated for retirement, its precision strike mission was taken over by the Grumman F-14 Tomcat equipped with a LANTIRN pod. From the A-6, a specialized electronic warfare derivative, the EA-6, was developed. Following the good showin
    2 points
  46. Today I had a play with our Cricut cutting machine and made masks for my Lanc. I used my reference book on the dambuster that gives the correct sizes of the roundels and lettering used by the RAF during WW2. The large wing roundels decals that come with the kit appear to be far to large as they measure 8.2 cm across where I believe they should be 6.68 cm. the filling pics show what I did. Reference book page. Cricut cutting out masks. what the masks look like on the kit. This is the basic bottom mask and just a test fit. Thanks for looking.
    2 points
  47. BloorwestSiR

    Dragon BF 110 C-7

    So, with IP done, I was able to finish the cockpit assembly. From here, I'm ready to close up the fuselage shortly. Carl
    2 points
  48. Thanks for the kind words guys, I appreciate it. I had time today to take out the scroll saw and work on the bottom of the front fuselage. Draw it and saw it. Sand sides nice and even...………….. This is just the buck to form the plastic around so it has to be .030 smaller so that the plastic card on the outside of the buck will be the same width as the rear fuselage. My plan is to make the bottom of the fuselage out of 3 pieces of plastic card, the bottom and two sides. I've never tried it this way before so we'll see. The
    2 points
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