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  1. 12 points
    At the front on either side of the gear well are gun vent doors that are molded open. They should be closed and another molding flaw fixed. To close the gun vents, I trimmed the back of the vent doors, deepened the hinge with a scriber, then bent them flat. They also need to be shortened about 10% and the corners rounded before you install them. Two more areas fixed and the panel lines are now straight. There is a lot of trimming and dry fitting to get any of these pieces to fit together. Almost every join was modified in order to do so. Kind of a pain, but kind of fun too. With the styrene spacer used at the front of the windscreen, the join is now fairly flush and the top center piece fits perfectly. Before I fit and glue the gun doors closed, I need to install the guns and modify the parts so that I can install the gun barrels at the end of the build. Here I have cut the gun breaches back to fit my modifications and used minimal gun parts. The key is to just get an anchor point to slip the gun barrel into later. The openings at the front of the gun compartment were widened slightly and the base of each gun barrel was narrowed, so they now just slip in from the front with minimal effort. The gun door fit? Not so good. This kit is made for doors to always be opened with no parts made for closed doors. As a result, the fasteners are molded open and the closed fit is crappy. Time for some more “fun” I guess…. Later boys and thanks for your input. Cheers, Chuck
  2. 8 points
    JANUARY WINNER! Congratulations to Sir Spendalot, whose Eduard P-47 build was drawn from a hat (so to speak), to win the January Raffle prize: a Silver Wings Yak-9 kit, kindly donated by Silver Wings. Don't forget that we'll be repeating this raffle every month this year, so if you're thinking about starting a build thread soon, now you have some extra incentive! Kev
  3. 8 points
    Quick update..went a bit nerdy in the cockpits..scratched up a few parts,bits and bobs kinda thing...ground down the kit side walls and went at it. Tried to make them look busy and spitfire ish..was all we were after. More later..thanks for following. Bill.
  4. 7 points
    Hi all, This is the first model I've completed in about two years, Wingnut Wings Hansa-Brandenburg W.12 Early. I Used Aviattic's WW1 German Naval Hex decals instead of the kit ones. Top wing crosses are masked and airbrushed after I had an incident with the decals, and had to scrap them.I hope to put this in a water diorama later on, just have to get the products and find the time to do it. All comments and critiques welcome, Thanks for looking, Cheer's, Jeff.
  5. 7 points
    Pastor John

    Revell Bf 109 G-10 Erla

    Hi everyone, apart from nav lights the bottom is all but done so I can now spin it over and start on the top. I am really enjoying finishing this build.
  6. 6 points
    My Corsair Number 8. F4U 1 Birdcage Bu.No. 02576 "Marine Dream" Lt.Ed Olander 1/32 Tamiya kit Barracuda wheels & cockpit decals Barracuda cowling decal HGW seat belts & wet transfers All colours MRP
  7. 6 points
    Yay - got the shapes sorted at last! New Meng kit - sorry - couldn't resist! Meanwhile... Iain
  8. 6 points

    Short Sunderland MkII

    Afternoon, folks Not a huge amount of progress of late due to work commitments, but I've gradually been adding the interior structure of the forward bow section. My measurements have only been approximate and don't look at this as an example of accuracy, I am just hoping to fill out the interior and make it representative of the real thing. First up has been the forward flooring and ladder up to the flightdeck: IMG_0759 by Thomas Probert, on Flickr The raised pierced flooring for the tapered front section is yet to be made - I'm trying to come up with a plan to avoid drilling hundreds of holes... I've added some detail to the areas of the sidewalls that will be visible: IMG_0765 by Thomas Probert, on Flickr IMG_0766 by Thomas Probert, on Flickr The door on the rear bulkhead is, as far as I can tell, not present on the real aircraft and it's an open doorway, but as I'm not going to detailing the room behind I hope the Sunderland aficionados can forgive me..? It looks as if a fair bit will be visible through the forward door, so lots more detail to add in due course: IMG_0768 by Thomas Probert, on Flickr Until next time, Tom
  9. 4 points

    My 1/48 armour builds

    I get a big kick out of these little 1/48 scale armour kits. They build quickly, are pretty well detailed and don't cost a fortune. I just wanted a to share what I've been up to lately. I hope you like them. Tamiya Sturmtiger with MP laser cut paper zimmerit. ( Almost done ) My latest little monster is the Krupp Protze almost at primer stage. A nice older one from Tamiya. I hope to have more to share soon. Thanks for looking in.
  10. 4 points
    evening folks still plugging away on the wheel bay... wanted to make the big spar attatchement seen here (the long black thing on the left with loads of bolts in it) scaled the drawing and started drilling lots of holes in a square tube of brass of the same size...(always drill any hole in anything first, before doing anything else...) ..put a template each side and ground away the waste... ..and added small lengths of wire & micro nuts... ..andf fitted to the spar... ..also made the gear retraction unit from a bit of perspex acrylic - filed & sanded to the shape with a disc added to the front face but allowing for the slide on gear legs to come later... ..finished all the ribs... ..and sprayed everything with Xtracolour zinc chromate - nothing is assembled yet, just placed for the photos ..thats it for now - back soon TTFN Peter
  11. 3 points

    Melbourne Model Expo question

    Tis that time of year when ones thought turn to just what they are going to lug to the annual model show. While I do oscillate between loving and hating taking kits to show I do want to support the hobby as much as I can but if I'm honest I just don't get any buzz or thrill from the competition. I just like to see full tables filled with models of all kinds. What is the consensus of just bringing models to show but not for competition? I cannot think that I have ever seen any at my local show. What's the procedure? Last year I brought quite a few kits in my pocket scale of 1/48 scale armour because I wanted to make a good show of a scale that traditionally has fewer entrants. We've all seen keen modellers just walk on by past a sparsely entered class. 'Nothing to see here just move along.' While attending the show I unintentionally got a bit of feed back that some folks thought I was trying to swamp the field to pick up a gong or two. ( I hadn't thought of that but I can see where the folks were coming from.) Soooooo, I am thinking of just bringing along some models for the shear kick of having more folks see my work and maybe raise the attention to one of the darker corners of the hobby. Ideas? thoughts?
  12. 3 points

    My finished models 2018

  13. 3 points
    Crikey, Bill! That cockpit is extraordinary! Kev
  14. 3 points

    1/32 WNW Albatros D.V Richthofen

    I finally got around to fitting the seat belts, the HGW belts are time consuming but worth it! After painting the buckles on fret, the belts were removed and installed....it was much easier to do this while they are still attached to the fret. I found it helpful to trim the ends of the belts before threading them in; medium weight super glue was used to secure. Once all the belts were finished the clasp ends were installed by first taping the belts down to the cutting mat and then super gluing the buckle in place. I went easy on the wash for the belts, I didn't want them too dirty. In the end I'm happy with the look, although the drape could be a little better. On to the pics! Red Baron by The 3rd Placer, on Flickr Red Baron by The 3rd Placer, on Flickr Red Baron by The 3rd Placer, on Flickr Red Baron by The 3rd Placer, on Flickr Red Baron by The 3rd Placer, on Flickr Red Baron by The 3rd Placer, on Flickr Ryan
  15. 3 points

    What's New - 2 February 2019

    Howdy folks, I've just published the latest What's New update. Enjoy! Kev
  16. 3 points

    Brazilian AF-1

    I am working for a independent filmmaker here in northern Michigan. He is using both miniatures and CGI together. Rather than render the several military vehicles needed for the scene we are working on digitally, he is having me build them and only paint them in light grey. The light grey is something like a blue screen that colors, markings and weathering can be superimposed on digitally. That way, one tank can be several. Here is how they look when I hand them over to Dan, the filmmaker.
  17. 2 points
    F`s are my favs

    F-117A | Nighthawk | 1:32

    Guys, i'm back! This time not with something in 1/48 or smaller. That thing... It's the Trumpeter kit, my second 1/32 scale model, and it's quite huge It's so ever slightly bigger than the F-15 in lenght and even in wingspan, which impressed me a bit. Alright, let's do it. I plan a rather slow and longer build. Some may know very well the quality and what's in the box, but i'm gonna make a thorough review these days whatsoever. Here is just a quick glimpse: And of course, i'll take advantage of the AFV Club's tinted canopy, cause i think it's absolutely necessary for a good looking F-117. I cannot tint such a huge canopy by myself and not leave any trace of dust, etc. In 1/48 or less - it's ok because the little imperfections are almost invisible, but this one is one, enormous and two, with perfectly flat straight sides. I'll also use the GTR Wheel set that i didn't use in my F-15E. The kit tires are from very hard rubber and quite small in size. I have the original dimensions of the plane's tires and did the quick measurements. The GTR tyres are perfect. Only the front tyre is a bit smaller in diameter so i might still use the kit's rubber tyre for the nose wheel. And on the other hand, i know that the F-117 had just about the same avionics as the F-18 and just about the same landing gear as the F-15, so that's the perfect moment to use the gorgeous GTR tyres and wheels. And finally, the extra PE screen for the FLIR and DLIR. This is obligatory as well, because the provisions for these sensors are huge. I did a little mistake though by getting the 4x6 screen mesh in believing that the holes are rombs. Yeah, they are rectangulars... i couldn't notice that on the photos and this is my firt time using such a PE screen. Nevertheless, i think i can place the screen at an angle so they can look as rombs. I plan to start from the landing gear and make everything moveable again, for "2 models in 1" - in a parked and in-flight mode. The canopy, the gear, all the control surfaces and the bomb bays will close/open. As for the airframe - i have no idea yeat, but i think it will be one of the early Nighthawks, something Desert Storm-related in a full stealth mode with all the lights and antennas retracted and without the two RCS enhancers on the sides. Quite weathered as well. I'm only looking for a pilot figure and if i cannot find any, i plan to get the F-16 resin figure+seat set by Aires. But i'll wait on that one yet. Nighthawk!
  18. 2 points

    20th Anniversary Monthly Raffles!

    Lucky stiff! That's a cool kit!!! Congrats!
  19. 2 points

    My 1/48 armour builds

    Thank you gentlemen. I'm pleased as punch you like em. Scratchbuilder- Tamiya is the biggest supplier with just short of 100 kits of all kinds. Most of the German line up and many of the Allied forces as well plus figures and accessories. They bring out about 4-5 kits a year. Bronco, Hobby Boss, AFV Club and others have all tried a few kits, I just got a little ICM SdKfz 222 the other day. There are quite a few resin and Photo Etched says about if that's important and there are many little companies selling bits and bobs, Black Dog resin and Hauler are in the forefront. Nowhere as much stuff as in 1/35th or 1/72 scale but growing all the time. Plenty to keep you busy and interested. I like them as they are fast to build, nicely detailed out of the box but you can add what you like and most importantly fun. There is some amazing work being done by some wonderful craftsmen but the overall vibe of the scale is build for FUN and enjoy yourself. That's a spirit I can buy into. I would urge anyone to pick a Tamiya 1/48 kit they like and build, paint and weather just what's in the box. You might find that you like the change of pace, I know I have.
  20. 2 points
    Apologies for lack of photos earlier in the week - simply ran out of time... I'll do a separate review tomorrow - but, in the mean-time, some shots with the kit parts. The new brass inserts are direct copies of the inserts in the kit - albeit a tiny fraction smaller due to material shrinkage - nothing that's not easily fixed when fitting to the plastic outer sections: I have some doubts over the shape of the HobbyBoss kit leg - but still working through that one and have not had time to evaluate/compare properly. And with an Eduard 'B-17' wheel: Nose leg: Off to do some more Spitfire stickers - but hopefully will get a little more time on the Liberator wings later this weekend. Have fun! Iain
  21. 2 points
    Back to the Mosquito again... This time I have been working on Paragons beautiful resin undercarriage doors. In keeping with the rest of the model I have riveted them as well as slightly 'stressed' the skin. Here is the port nacelle inner door And here is the outer door just temporary hanging on the Paragon door hinges A couple of general shots to see how it all blends in. I am working on my photography...promise. Just messing with Depth of Field All I have to do now is run a couple of strips of Archer rivets inside the doors and add the rubber sealing strip along the bottom inside edge of each door....phew! Thanks for looking in as always Cheers Anthony
  22. 2 points

    The way we look at models ?

    We like pictures. Shoot all angles. The more the merrier. Altho super close ups rarely look good
  23. 2 points
    ribs coming along in the wheel well - each one hand made to fit the space given they are shallower than scale as the roof is lower.... ..just the last pair to go... TTFN Peter
  24. 2 points
    evening folks Hi Mark - yes they are sort of 'T' shaped pipe things where a pipe goes straight through the little banjo fitting at the tip - the fixing holes are on the plans and I can see them in pics (maybe a bit smaller than these ...) Thanks Chuck -always value your sage advice I actually contacted Marvin at Model Motorcars as they make all sorts of bits for Pocher cars but the ones he had were either too big or too small - I was going to scribe the pattern on it as I have done that before, but then I noticed the lens is just clear glass, I can't see any refractor lines on it so that made it a simple disc Thanks for dropping in Clark - there is a bit below on that ..I had a full day at the bench today so got lots of the groundwork done in the wheelbay... ..started with the face of the main spars - I took details from the drawings for where there was rivet detail.. ..and added flanges where there are ribs to help with placement and vertical orientation (and they are there on the real one...) ..there is a central bulkhead at the front of the bay below the engine, so again I took the drawings and made a template I can use.. ..this isthen transferred to litho - in thiscase what actually fits in the model and a best fit made so I can use the detail but don't always have to rebuild everything.. I start by drilling pilot holes and then either use a burr in a dremel or a broach (best tools ever you must get some) to widen the hole to the plan diameter - a quick sand or rub with wire wool and the holes are done... for apertures I drill holes and then scribe to join the holes & break out the bit in the middle.. ...added the spar walls and all the 'T' stringers in the roof...and also cut out two small square holes for the U/C uplocks.. ..both sides.. ..and in a day spent on metalworking added all the forward panels to close the bay off ready for ribs.. found a top tip by accident - using my UMM punch set and I used a 5mm punch in a 5.5mm hole and it flared the edge which is something I have been trying to do for ages & spent hours & lots of fails getting wrong... ..ribs next... TTFN Peter
  25. 2 points
    Yes Gaz, those cannons are really cool, now I must scratch a trolley for it Thanks 1to1scale, there is a lot of aftermarket and if you find the resin canopy you will spare a lot of time to rework the kit one Now it is time for new air-brakes : Also scratch the nozzle cover : Well, the main parts of the bird are done. We will continue with painting the cockpit and assemble the front part of the fuselage. Cheers guys