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  1. Gisbod

    1/24 Airfix F6F-5 Hellcat

    Thanks Ryan and Wingman I’ve made a start this morning and it’s going together surprisingly quickly. I’m getting as much sticking together done on the interior as I can before paint. As mentioned before, the plastic is fairly soft, the cockpit floor seems a teeny bit warped - but should squeeze into shape ok. I’ve done a test fit of the fuselage halves and it goes together - with the internals fitted - with some pressure. I’ll have to keep an eye on that as I progress. Not quite a snap build. That said, it’s a fun build already - it’s a lovely scale to wor
    8 points
  2. So, the trip to Ysterplaat Air Force Base Museum was fun. Measuring the Mirage IIIR2Z tail fin confirmed my suspicion of the rudder issue. The angle of the rudder hinge line on the kit is not correct, and the bottom of the rudder is too high up. First the rudder actuator fairing was removed, as it needs correction too.Then I glued the rudder in place, making it easier to mark the new lines. The resized rudder was then cut out, and filling done with Tamiya putty. Here's a picture of the original tail fin, and the progress on the corrected one below it. Che
    8 points
  3. ericg

    RAAF Bristol Bulldog

    Thanks for the replies guys. I had to do some fairly unsavoury things to the tube frame to get it to fit inside the fuselage but got it closed up in the end. Once this was complete, I have turned my attention to getting everything lined up and strengthened. A lot of these resin kits require extra work in this area. I have suffered the heartbreak of watching the wings of a very expensive and time consuming resin kit slowly droop over time and as a result am now super wary of these types of kits and take measures to prevent it from happening. I drilled a hole in the horiz
    6 points
  4. evening all thanks for saying such nice things Thanks Jay - always appreciate you helping me understand the airframe I have made the covers but will not attatch them until much later so they don't get squashed.. Now that is an offer I can't refuse Hawk! I will definately be in touch I added the hatches & panels to the underside and rivetted - there are a number of small fragile cup shaped air scoops to be added both sides of the main structure, but I will do that much later so I don't damage them..
    6 points
  5. I've been slowly progressing this build with a bit of weathering, using Flory's Dark Dirt applied over a couple of coats of MRP Super Clear gloss varnish (which isn't very gloss at all, but that suits me right now!). I like the flexibility of dark dirt, it dries very quickly (especially with some help from a jet of air from the airbrush) and I can easily take off just as much dirt as I wish, or re-apply and repeat where necessary: As can be seen from the lovely photo of the balbo shown elsewhere, these flying school Harvards were real workhorses and whilst
    5 points
  6. Only the shadow knows!
    5 points
  7. Thanks a lot mates! Thanks for the hitn Max, I may give them a try if I encounter a problem with oils. The flat coat - AK matte and ultra matte (1:1) - went on last night. I'm not a 100% happy with their appearence. Despite using retarder and flow improver they didn't level well. A lacquer based flat coat from MRP is already in the basket. But overall I think it's okayish. More pictures will follow tonight if I get all the small bits and pieces done.
    4 points
  8. Let us not rush to conclusions. (Let us not throw the baby away with the bath water :-) )That photo only shows what that particular aircraft looks like in that particular light. It is not a "rule of thumb" for all aircraft. All aircraft look "smooth" from a distance and you can see rivets when you get close. Next time you board your shiny immaculate airliner, have a look at the skin when you get close to it. I agree, very few manufacturers get rivets right. But I would not try to make a rule for all aircraft based on just one photo. I am also glad that GWH will not include rivets on the
    4 points
  9. I forgot I did the plexi floor under the bombadier
    4 points
  10. chugging along nicely, i have started using SMS paints and the spray really well lots of touch ups to do, but couldnt resist a group shot with my stowage
    4 points
  11. Radio room Gotta fix the floor
    4 points
  12. This is were I left off 5 1/2 years ago....Gonna get back to this...One of These Days This last pic is one from the old camera
    4 points
  13. Hi all, I've just received a rather large box from a nice delivery man. The new Airfix Hellcat! I've already got the Airscale cockpit set (photo etch & decals) - which looks lovely and a set of HGW seatbelts (Mosquito - they looked closest to me in the absence of any Hellcat ones in this scale). The kit has plastic moulded harnesses which are ok-ish but not for me. The other thing I’m trying to get is some custom masks - I would say essential in this scale. Although, I have just noticed that Funkdecals are producing a part decal, part mask set which look
    3 points
  14. spook

    Mig-21 F13 trumpeter 1/32

    Hi alal, Here my last built : the Trumpeter Mig-21 F13 in Hungarian colours. I Used Pavla resin cockpit, Master pitot tub, HAD covers and decals. Hope you like it.
    3 points
  15. Work started on the correct size pylons for the JL-100 pods. Cheers
    3 points
  16. OK, progress (a bit!) I've mostly been tinkering with the pylons and fuel tanks but decided to switch to the cockpits just so I can paint something. The front pit is the Aires early model which is very nice. I have yet to add the dial instrumentation as that bit comes when I add the lighting, The sidewalls from the Aires kit are also quite nice. The holes have been added for cockpit lighting. The rear tub is the modified Revell one with a resin replacement for the IP. Again instrument dials need adding. At some point I'm going to have to work out
    3 points
  17. Well... as we cannot say yes or no under all given conditions, I'd at least prefer to have the option of adding them myself instead of cleaning up poor rivets done by somebody else.
    3 points
  18. Nose with the bombardier and the "ACE" navigator!
    3 points
  19. It was kinda neat to open the box and look at what I did, so long ago. Hope my eyes will hold out. AHHH! all finished with this build
    3 points
  20. I think I may have figured out how to post my pics
    3 points
  21. Sorry for the delay but here are a few more pictures for people who asked. If you want to see anything in detail, let me know!
    3 points
  22. Well, this sucks... The Jl-100 pods seem to be about 2.8mm too small in diameter. Then there's the blast vents for the rocket pod, only three instead of six. Which means they'll be oversized as well This is most certainly not a fixer upper, but a new set will have to be scratch built. Note that the inboard blast vent has a cover facing rearwards. Cheers
    3 points
  23. Hi guys, Next I would like to tackle the tail fin, but can only get to museum on Saturday to take accurate measurements on the Mirage IIIR2Z. In the meantime, work started on reshaping the JL-100 rocket pod cones. The ones in the kit are way too pointy, and maybe more fitting for one of Madonna's costumes from back in the day... Here's a picture the progress made on it so far. Cheers
    3 points
  24. Hi everyone, Having eventually completed the F-4E, the desire to actually assemble a model rather than admire the contents has returned. The subject of the next labour of love is the old Revell F-15 which I am going to attempt to construct as its 'B' version. I'm not sure why I've gone for another Revell kit other than they are relatively cheap in comparison to the alternatives and this one is nearer to a B than converting say the Tamiya E (I also have some spare parts for this kit if I screw something up!). That said I will inevitably blow this reasoning out of the water by buying more a
    2 points
  25. Model Trumpeter P-40F Warhawk 1:32 scale, Made straight from the box, the model is very easy to build. In terms of the compatibility of this model with the P-40F, unfortunately, I can't comment because I have no knowledge about aircraft from IIWW times. The person who ordered this model would like it to be heavily exploited, I hope that the effect has been achieved.
    2 points
  26. Here is my first build here on the site. Let me know what you think before I put the 2 halves together! HDW Seat Belts and Baracudacals placards
    2 points
  27. red baron

    CURTISS BF2C

    my last buit , enjoy : voila voila
    2 points
  28. Here is my first post of a plane, indeed my first ever plane kit! I’m having lots of fun with it! I have chucked every aftermarket part at this kit as I like loads of intricate detail. I’ve also decided to open up many of the panels to get a better view inside. I didn't take pictures before finding this forum, so I’m already a chunk of the way through. I build not too full historical accuracy, but I keep it in the realm of possibility. Today I finished the engine; a truly wonderful kit by Eduard. I hope you all like it! Sophie
    2 points
  29. After 5 months of building my Flak-Kat jumped on my bench (first time EVER) and knocked the kit onto the hardwood floor. OUCH! Lot's of scratch built parts were dislodged and scattered across the floor. I managed to do some repairing and leaving out some details that would never be seen, my camera quit working. Discouraged and discussed she went on the SoD. 5 1/2 years later, having built multiple kits and several builds for the Barksdale Global Power Museum "Wings over Barksdale" display, I found the old thread to this build and started reading. It brought back old memorie
    2 points
  30. Calling the combat K9 done (except for a few touch ups I just noticed-) I wont likely pose the dog with a PJ specifically as shown here- don’t think PJ’s are trained as dog handlers- but you get the idea-
    2 points
  31. That looks sensational, Max! You're making my fingers itch to build another one myself. Kev
    2 points
  32. Thank you Alan It is a lovely bird to build. The fit could be better, took a fair bit of filling and sanding to get it smooth (might just be my lack of skill though!). The eduard sets for this kit are great, highly recommend the engine and cockpit sets.
    2 points
  33. You may have seen my thread about the B and all the recommendations have come to this kit, so watching with interest. Steve.
    2 points
  34. Espen seems to think that I've cut the fuselage too far back, but I'm not convinced. I certainly haven't done it to the degree suggested by the test fit! Still, it's a possible factor, and I'm certainly prepared to concede that I've screwed something up here. My plan to fix it at this stage is to start by cleaning up the canopy pieces, masking them up, and fitting them permanently into place, as they're the non-negotiable elements as far as fit goes. Then, I'll trim and shim the other parts to suit. I haven't had a chance to work on it yet, but I'll post an update when I do!
    2 points
  35. Thanks guy's.....I thought the egg plane was a nice touch..same Squadron anyway. what happened to the delete option? I'm stuck with a silly looking post ….cause I am silly. jack
    2 points
  36. I have to believe that that P40 had an absolutely museum grade restoration (Paul Allen would have accepted nothing less) I have to think that during the process they filled the areas around the flush rivets with a bondo like material then sanded the whole surface to get the smoothest possible finish. As others have said I doubt that the aircraft would have actually gone to war with that smooth of a surface unless it was done by the individual crews. For some context here’s a couple pictures of my Mooney which are renowned for their use of flush riveting. About two thirds of the wing leading ed
    2 points
  37. Folks - the finish line is almost in sight! No experiments with the washing. I took my usual oil paints and white spirit for that action. I'm not a big fan of the typical dark black-green-brown wash which makes the panel lines look like dark trenches. In my opinion those pre-mixed washes from Ammo and what's their name are much better suited to an aircraft model. So for the underside I mixed a dark RLM76 from blue, white and raw umber and applied it to the panel lines. Here's the result before removing the excess: The two tones on the uppers make fi
    2 points
  38. Man i wish a GR9 could be made from this, i wouldnt hesitate in splashing out no end of money.. Stellar work, im waiting with baited breath at the finished article Hobbyboss have lost out here with bad planning. Knowing this would be the only Harrier in this scale, all variants of the AV-8B should have been included in the box
    2 points
  39. Apologies for the lack of updates, but with a book deadline looming, and other mitigating factors, I just haven't been able to spend any time at the bench. I did manage to join the fuselage halves, fix the errors that Vincent pointed out with the cockpit, and get it installed. You'll also notice that I've installed the lap belts from the HGW set. I'm not 100% happy with my work on them, but they'll be OK under a closed canopy I think. The shoulder straps will follow once the area around the cockpit rear decking has been finished.
    2 points
  40. I’ve been in commercial aircraft leasing for the last twenty plus years and 15 years with a major US airline before that. I flew Helicopters and worked on them in the Army National Guard. The rivet topic has always been of interest to me and I see this topic thrown back and forth. I’m in the category that you simply don’t see a lot of rivet heads on new or well maintained aircraft. My humble opinion obviously. I also would share is topic in a couple of different directions. Fresh aircraft from the factory and or restored aircraft are built in a controlled environment and ex
    2 points
  41. I'm not doing it, GWH is doing it. I'm helping them with research. The project is just now getting started. I'm going to push for an accurate base kit that will allow a B, C, Tomahawk, or Hawk 81A to be done.
    2 points
  42. Just thought I’d add a stock image of the Airscale set:
    2 points
  43. Hi John here is the dimensions of the pylon. The JL-100 uses the some pylon as the 1300 liter tank but I think the extension on the pylon rear is only on the tank and not the JL-100. Dimensions in cm measured on the full size tank. Here is the correct dimensions for the tank. Cheers Nick
    2 points
  44. Well after seeing it at Telford and Cosford I just had to get one to keep my Hawker Typhoon company. Cheers Dennis
    2 points
  45. After long thoughts and a lot of doubts the mottling of the wings and the fuselage was a lot of fun. Since there's no picture showing the complete wings or the right hand side of the fuselage - I went with a quite linear mottling (like on a He 219) which is appearant on one picture (at least I guess so). Pulling the otehr masks revealed some more flaws which will be reworked in the next days. Enjoy: So the next steps are: - repairs on the insignia - the RLM76 rectangle behind the swastika - getting some variation into the bigg
    2 points
  46. See I said I would finish her some day ….HAHAHA!. Been building stuff for others for too long. Wanting to get my mojo working again.....something EASY & NOT TOO COMPLICATED! I think I may pull this one of the Shelf of Doom and see how she looks after 5 1/2 years. Probably take some pics and start a new thread, unfortunately I lost the early pics on "The Bucket" Have a OV-10D on the same shelf. Will get the 17 out tomorrow and see about re-starting. Not sure LSP is ready for my return......but hey! Once I remember how to upload to imgur….It's ON!
    1 point
  47. Thanks Brian. It's interesting the amount of scorn that has been poured onto various aspects of the HK Lancaster, how it's less than perfect. Well the KH T-6 is less than perfect too, but it's correcting and enhancing the "unfinished canvas" of such kits that gives me the most pleasure. My "perfect" Tamiya Spitfire IX is unfinished in its box, I got bored with it! Horses for courses I guess.
    1 point
  48. It's been a while but I managed to get some time on this 109 between work and a skiing trip. The Barracuda exhausts were trimmed to fit an I replaced the straight heat shield on the starboard side with 0.2mm styrene - the Hasegawa pat for copmaprison: The port side with the kit part thinned down significantly (just thrown into place): Afterwards I painted the canopy's inside and went on tih preparations for painting. First some Alclad primer for the resin parts: As my airbrush was already loaded up with the (thinned) primer I decided t
    1 point
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