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  1. 9 points

    Trumpeter 1/32 P-38

    Trumpeter's kit built as Colonel Harold Rau's P-38J "Gentle Annie"
  2. 9 points

    A6M2b Zero - shades of grey

    Here is an example of just how difficult it is to work out the colours in the engine bay from a black and white photograph (especially with a green/grey colour scheme). One really does need access to the real thing, and the knowledge of how to get to the original paint. Wiring up the engine is made a little easier with "spark plugs" to push the wire into, and the guide holes in the baffles on top of the cylinders. This makes it all a bit neater and more symmetrical. I initially left the front leads too long as you can see here. This had the effect of turning the engine into more of an ikebana arrangement than a radial engine, and I had to cut the leads back to size so they only have a little curve to them. The clamps holding each pair of leads together (or apart?) are the pieces of chopped up syringe that I flattened slightly. The cowling supports are now sporting their black coat, with some chipping as seen in the captured engine photo, as well as some pieces of fabric or leather that seem to be riveted onto the square tubing. I assume these are to stop metal on metal chafing? You may notice that I cut the kit's large round fittings (that join the support to the engine) in half and filed them square to look a little less toy-like. Since I was going to paint, I got the oil tank and firewall prepped. The oil tank is a little rudimentary, so it got some extra detail including what looks like a fluid level gauge on the top, as well as the exit pipe and a filler cap. I also added the fairly distinctive flange at the back of the tank. This was then sprayed with Alclad "White Aluminium" and once dry, given a coat of clear blue/green mixed to favour the green for the oil tank. On the rest of the fuselage it appears that the protective Aotake paint is more blue. Time to move into the cockpit...
  3. 9 points
    pressing on with the cabin ceiling- much more to do here..but getting there! cheers, Pete
  4. 6 points

    MH 60 Academy SeaHawk. 1/35 scale.

    Wash work in progress.
  5. 5 points
    Hi all! We're on the final stretch now with all major assemblies complete and cleaned up. I made sure to install two plastic beams across the central fuselage to provide support for the outer wing sections and tail booms. A bit more clean up is required and then I should be able to start painting the Bronco!
  6. 4 points
    Neil Yan made noises about a B-29 several years ago, and told him it would be a one way ticket to bankruptcy. He finally saw reason. Yes, it would be very cool, yadda, yadda, yadda. But in the real world, it would be a $400 kit, it would be ENORMOUS, and aside from a few early build airplanes, it comes in natural metal or natural metal. I’d be shocked if there was a real market for more than a few hundred world wide at most. Great idea for HpH or somebody, but not for a mainstream injection molded kit.
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  8. 4 points

    Trumpeter 1/32 P-38

    For Bigg Tim, I did a little scratch building based on some research. See below. For Tim Hepplestone, It's a good kit but previous modellers have expressed frustration getting a good lower wing to nacelle joint and have invariably resorted to filling the joints with lots of putty. I found that key to completing the wing to nacelle/tail boom assembly was joining the lower wing half to the nacelles first rather than following the kit instructions. With this method you end up with a perfect seam/panel line joint that requires absolutely no filler. Its a but joint so I reinforced the inside with plastic strip. See below.
  9. 4 points

    1/12 MFH Ferrari GTO 250

    Another few photos of the finished engine. I did try to find oil filter markings more suited to the 21st Century, but was not successful, so this miniature carries an old stock filter from 1962. The gearbox was soldered together to hide the seam between the halves. It waas my first time soldering white metal and made me wonder why I had put it off for so long.I struck it lucky and there was hardly any clean up required after joining the pieces. What was a beggar was aligning the gearbox with the engine, despite a brass rod running between the two. I used datum lines on a plate of glass to assist and it all worked out in the end. Thank you for looking in. any comments welcome. I did notice that the left hand distributor had broken loose after taking the last photo! Cheers, Mike
  10. 4 points
    It’s DONE!! Well the nose gear well at least. It’s been more of the same work I’ve previously posted, just more of it. Getting the last bits of wiring and tubing installed at the halves and front and rear bulkhead came together was a bit of a challenge. The are a few lines that proved impossible to install. But none of the ones I couldn’t get to can be seen easily or at all. In fact there’s a good bit of detail that will be difficult to see when the gear and doors are installed. You never know what will be seen or not until everything is installed so I put the details in. On to the photo’s: The CAD model as it exists today, a good chunk of time was spent updating the model with new parts for printing. The completed well: The last parts to install were the “filler” parts that close off the well and define the door opening. That’s all for now… Oh and I created a new template for my website, that I hope is a little more modern and user friendly. Feed back welcome. Full article here. Timmy!'s Tech Jaguar Nose Gear Well Thanks, as always, for stoping by. Timmy!
  11. 3 points
    Lemkits 1:32 Junkers EF 128 - "Jagernotprogramm" aircraft My new project is confidently approaching the stage of readiness. I will add new photos as parts are made. I think 3 weeks and you will see a product that will complement our Luft46 series. Please share information and news about our work, this will help the implementation of larger and more interesting models from Lemkits. Thanks to our regular customers and our friends. I thank the LSP team separately, without you it would be much more difficult for us to support our production process. Regards Andriy
  12. 3 points
    Tolga ULGUR

    1/48 Hasegawa J-35D DRAKEN

    This is 1/48 Hasegawa J-35D Draken with the markings of Swedish Air Force. Cockpit modified with Eduard instrument panel and Quickboost seat Exhaust : Aires set Pitot tube: Maestro set Paints : Alclad metalizers
  13. 3 points
    Haven't finished anything so small since 2015. Amusing kit, but not without its problems, like sparse detail, poor fit of the front engine cover, lack of the engine. Added seat belts from Eduard, Yahu's instrument panels for Bucker Jungman, CMK's Argus engine. Hope you like it, best regards Hubert
  14. 3 points

    Rules of the Road

    Thanks for correcting my ways! No worries, I have something else in store - how about https://www.scalemates.com/kits/roden-632-cessna-o-2a-skymaster--1140603 - scale 1/32, to engines, looks fine for me?
  15. 3 points
    Man a bit more progress on the engine. I wasn't happy with how bright and new the aluminum looked to I made up a dark wash to take care of that. Looks a lot more appropriate now. Wiring of the engine is now finished with the connection of the spark plug wires to the magnetos. Hopefully I'll get the engine fully assembled in the next couple of days.
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  17. 3 points
    To me the C-47 is really the missing link. Used in nearly all conflicts of the second half of the 20th century, painted with schemes of all US services and many other countries, used for close to any role... It is a no brainer! The Hph kit is alas far too expensive: 750€ without the photoetched set... Come on... ☹️
  18. 3 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
  19. 3 points


    Armin Faber made the mistake of thinking the Bristol Channel was the English Channel when he accidentally landed his Fw 190 at RAF Pembery. If he'd used his compass though he might have realised he was flying north rather than south, although that's easy to say sitting on my couch and not sitting in a fighter plane being shot at.
  20. 3 points

    MH 60 Academy SeaHawk. 1/35 scale.

    So close. Maybe 3 more weeks
  21. 3 points

    1/32 Soviet Stuff??

    most Soviet ground equipment were'n carts,but based on trucks so first you have to have these trucks,mostly ZIL,URAL,MAZ,KRAZ some of them maybe exist in 1/35 Then all the equipment on them
  22. 3 points
    And all under a coat of Mr Surfacer 1500 ready for some RLM 02 tomorrow afternoon Regards. Andy
  23. 3 points
    Painting of the fuselage terminated. Then wings and the fuselage got their gloss coat of clear.
  24. 3 points

    1/12 MFH Ferrari GTO 250

    The heart of this car is the 3l V12 which dates back to the end of the Second World War. Like the body, it's a very attractive piece of machinery. The scale version from MFH certainly does the engine justice, but what a lot of work! The kit includes all of the internals: crankshaft, bearings, connecting rods, pistons, timing gears, camshafts, valves, flywheel. All pinned together so that they move in unison. Dozens of tiny holes have to be drilled in almost as tiny white metal pieces and, provided you are absolutely fastidious in placing the superglue, it all hopefully moves with a satisfying smoothness. And then gets closed up never to be seen again. I spent weeks working on the engine block in the evenings and did manage to get the pistons to do their thing. The thought of a similar amount of work on the heads was too much, however, so all the little valves remained in the box. The few WIPs on line all are concentrated on the engine so I didn't take many photos of the building process. All of the facing edges needed smoothing off and holes needed to be drilled for all of the pins on the parts. Much time was spent temporarily assembling different sections of the engine to ensure everything fitted, taking them apart, tweaking the parts and reassembling. I used a brass brush in the Proxxon to clean up the pieces, except for the exterior surfaces of the engine block and gear box which were finished off with wire wool. The only painted parts are those finished in either black (Humbrol) or brass (Mr Color). All of the parts, with the exception of the hose clamps, are from the kit. The first two photos show the block internals. The instructions direct the six Weber carburettors to be assembled and then placed as complete units on top of the engine between the cam covers. The risk of having the beautiful turned trumpets out of alignment when doing this is very high and the space to squeeze the bodies between the cam covers is very limited. I built them up in layers from the bases to the bodies and then the trumpets in place on the engine. I used dabs of white glue to position each in place and hold it once I was happy. Superglue was then applied using a needle to fix each part in place. One inaccuracy noted was the kit providing venturi pipes for placing within the trumpets which are almost the height of the trumpets themselves. I used fine brass tubing cut to 3mm lengths. The tiny etched valves slip over these to nestle at the bottom of the trumpets, aligned in one of two different directions depending on which side the trumpet is on. Yay for white glue heavily diluted and applied with a 000 brush. The second photo above also shows a problem encountered with the accelerator linkage to the carburettors. i had neglected to trial fit the series of rods and bell cranks which form the linkage and simply fixed them in place as I progressed from the left cam cover. The final rod ended up being misaligned. The proper fix is to trim the rod running across the rear of the cam covers by 1.5 - 2mm, but it was all permanently in place by then. I cut the misaligned rod from its ball joint and reset it. The fine tension spring required prestretching so as not to over stress the resulting glued bond. The next photo shows one other minor curious error in the kit. MFH provide a very nice mechanical fuel pump which attaches to the bottom left hand side of the timing cover. In fact this was never fitted, but two electric fuel pumps were fitted near the fuel tank. The small blanking plate was made from kitchen foil covered plastic card and two micro bolt heads. More to follow..... Cheers, Mike
  25. 3 points
    Hi again Everyone, After half a day spent cleaning up the factory scheme, I was able to begin the unit-applied cloud scheme. You've all probably seen some of the crazy variations of the unit-applied cloud schemes, but there aren't a lot of 217 photos available in the cloud scheme. What I've done here represents two hours of painting, and a half hour of polishing to remove overspray. Regarding technique it was a lot of tweaking with air pressure, paint thickness, and paint flow. I also had to contend with dry tip occurring about every 1/2 square inch. Also, I tried to think of myself a a ground crew guy with a paint gun. Full-of-paint, the paint gun isn't light on the end of your arm. So, I tried to limit my movement to passes of less than 3-scale-feet. Which is I reckon about 9-10mm-ish. Without more blather, here are the photos. I apologize for any glare. This port rudder hasn't been polished yet. It cleans up a little bit once polished. Thankfully the spiderwebs aren't too visible out of macro photos. Thanks for looking! Gaz
  26. 3 points
    of course! here with a pot of Tamiya paint
  27. 3 points
    erm..... geometry is probably off as it's a first fit... ..but we have legs
  28. 2 points

    WNW Albatros D.V Otto Kissemberth

    Well I decided at least for the time being to put the Ta.152 on the shelf. Got a bit bored of cleaning up all the flashing for now so I'll have to revisit that one at a later date. Anyway I pulled one out of the archives and its probably one of my top three projects that I've been looking forward to building. The scheme that Otto painted his airplanes, all black with a prominent edelweiss is just so striking to me. I've been working on the kit for a good while now and figured I'd post the progress. Having built a few kits now with lozenge wings I know the pace of construction will slow when we get to that point. I'm going to be weathering this bird as I do most of my WWI subjects, very little weathering save for a bit of dirt in the cockpit, mud on the wheels etc. I still need to pull the cockpit back out to put the final weather on the seat so that's still a work in progress. Anyway take a look and any comments are more then welcome. The engine is about 50% complete and the initial coat of engine grease oil paint has gone on. Subsequent steps will help reduce the glossiness of the effect. Here you can see a nice example of some of the aftermarket resin Lukasz produces at Taurus models. I have a few of his full engines plus many of his parts for D.iii engines. His work is second to none. Aftermarket includes overhead rockers, springs, spark plugs and priming cups. Those priming cups are by no means easy to put together (so tiny) but well worth the effort. This is probably the best picture I got of my wood grain effect. So tough to get on camera.
  29. 2 points


    A little dry but interesting. One has to wonder how a German pilot accidentally lands on an RAF airfield in England but it apparently happened many times
  30. 2 points
    Anthony in NZ

    Silver Wings Tiger Moth 1/32!!

    Friends of mine Tiger....ex RNZAF Might do this one and a crop sprayer
  31. 2 points
    Okay, BLEH!! Does that model look like it's even in the same universe as the HpH kit to you? Sure doesn't to me. And apparently the tail doubles as a snow plow...
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  33. 2 points
    Hi guys, Thanks for taking the time to answer my question! I will use parts F28, E45 & 51 as in Step 11 and close the gap in the right wing as in Step 7. Your help is most appreciated! Rob
  34. 2 points


    Thanks for posting an interesting film. More info on 1426 Flt here https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/No._1426_Flight_RAF I did DG200 once, using the old Hasegawa kit. I thought I'd posted an RFI, but I can't find it, so here's a cheeky pic.
  35. 2 points
    Oops. Yes, that's absolutely true. I suspect I was thinking of something else when I wrote that bit.
  36. 2 points

    The New-Mold 1/48 A/B-26 Invader

    Hey Guys, Although not technically a "big boy" kit the new-mold A/B-26 Invader looks to be a very nice build: This will be on my work bench in the not-too-distant future https://modelpaintsol.com/reviews/icm-48-a-26-invader-48281
  37. 2 points
    I’d say the 1940-era residents of the UK would disagree about the Do17Z not being a bomber
  38. 2 points
    I suppose the two I'd like most to see done in 1:32, would be the Do 17Z and Do 24T Obviously not bombers, but I'd spring for either one in a New York minute.
  39. 2 points

    Books. Where to buy?

    Aviation Non Fiction - AbeBooks ..Full Website. https://www.abebooks.co.uk/servlet/SearchResults?kn=aviation non fiction&sts=t&cm_sp=SearchF-_-topnav-_-Results&nomobile=true
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    Books. Where to buy?

    I Have used ABE Books. some can be very Expensive as they are rare.. aviation - AbeBooks https://www.abebooks.co.uk/servlet/SearchResults?cm_sp=SearchF-_-topnav-_-Results&kn=aviation&sts=t aviation non fiction - AbeBooks -Aviation Non Fiction. https://www.abebooks.co.uk/servlet/SearchResults?cm_sp=SearchF-_-topnav-_-Results&kn=aviation non fiction&sts=t
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    Books. Where to buy?

    I love reading and Books... so here you are... some have gotten discounts and christmas discounts.... Aircraft & Aviation Books | Book People https://www.thebookpeople.co.uk/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/CategoryDisplay?categoryId=152790&catalogId=10051 aviation books and publications from flyingbooks.co.uk https://www.flyingbooks.co.uk/index.html Hub: has 25% off on old and new secondhand books AND MODEL KITS right now. https://www.aviation-bookshop.com/hub.htm Aviation Book Centre > Home https://www.aviationbookcentre.com/
  42. 2 points
    Ossington 1

    Books. Where to buy?

    Try Abe Books. Good for old/out of print stuff as it's primarily for second hand stock. The V. cheapest item may be ex-library from somewhere but good enough unless you want a pristine first edition. That said, a lot of recent books (a year to three years) may have been remaindered or of unsold stock so will be brand new and unread. I got a lot of my university reading list this way and saved a fortune over the campus shop.
  43. 2 points
    What has this place become ? Large Scale Noses ??
  44. 2 points
    A little bit of progress today. Just worked on the cowling, armored glass and gunsight. Nothing big, but at least a step forward.
  45. 2 points

    WNW 1/32 Lancaster delayed until 2020

    The "nose" concept is interesting, and ought to include: B-17,B-24, as well as a few other types
  46. 2 points

    RAAF FAC OV-10A Finished!

    Some more work. It is very easy to get bogged down with adding detail to these big models, so I took a small break from it and did some other projects, hence no progress for a while. I intended to have this model finished by the end of the year so had to get a move on. There is a considerable amount of detail missing from behind the seats so a lot of extra work has gone into detailing those areas. I used the AMS parachute packs and scratchbuilt everything else behind the seats. As can be seen in this excellent pic of Graham, you can pretty well add an unlimited amount of detail behind the front seat. Another opportunity for extra detail on the kit is the nose gear leg. This is quite visible and can do with a tidy up. the torque link is just a lump of plastic and does not have a good representation of articulation. I carved some detail into the link and separated it to show the articulations. The back side of the stock leg. I carved out the pivot point between the oleo and the yoke.
  47. 2 points

    1/18 P51C Mustang "Lopes Hope the 3rd"

    evening ladies Hi Jay - thanks for the tips - I have no real refs for what is going on and have just found page 290 of the manual seems to show some of the workings - I will just have to see what I do when I get there as I can't say I have anything as sophisticated as a plan Thanks Andy - yes, it is going to be a bit odd painting all the tailfeathers black, and I will have to also paint the insignia & anti-glare panel... thats what I like about NM airframes - little paint so, it's been raining all day here, so what better excuse that to spend the day at the bench here is the task - something else I have been quietly dreading as it's so distinctive... ..the B/C doors are very different to the D, so this pic of Lopes Hope is super valuable reference.. I started by getting the PE templates I had made a while back along with lots of other bits & bobs after scaling the drawings - once I had these I made up laminates of sheet stock until I had the thickness right and dremmeled out the wheel disc and started to prepare the indentations... ..further refining the shapes and a quick test to see how the skin responds to the plastic core shapes.. seems ok so we press on... ..once the core is finished and has cutouts for the retraction arm etc added, it was lightly CA'd to a perspex sheet to start the skinning process... ..after one try where I split the sheet, I CA'd the core to the PE door template and then CA'd that to the perspex - after working it some details start to be added.. ..the sheet was then removed from the core so the raised rivets can be added.. ..the outer skins were made up.. ,,and after making the covering strip & painting it, the doors were assembled & detailed with brackets etc.. ..this side has a strut mount in a semi-circualr indent.. ,,and this side has the retraction strut mount.. ,and in place will look something like this.. ..thats it for now, lets hope it rains again tomorrow TTFN Peter
  48. 2 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:
  49. 1 point
    says me if it isn't WWII it doesn't count
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