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  1. I've taken the B-17 off the wall and added the last few items to it. I wanted some dramatic blue skies pictures of it but the weather is either really windy or raining so, I took these (rather poor) pictures of the FINALLY FINISHED display. Granted the pictures are kind of crappy dark out of focus and with a horrible back drop. But, it's because the only room big enough to take pictures of this is my garage; Now I just have to hide it away somewhere until I can get it to a show...someplace. Thank you for looking
    16 points
  2. Hi folks Eric from Aircorps Aviation who restored the real Lopes Hope 3rd has been in touch asking for some pictures for the current owner – I thought as I had them, I might share them as I haven’t done an RFI post It’s not actually finished yet as I am waiting for the display case to be built so it can go in there dust free and safe, but there are only a few things to do like aerials, fix the canopy parts properly & detail them, and the drop tanks & mounts The final pic is with a US aircraft compass to give a sense of scale
    15 points
  3. fist pic is up for the viggen its the bang seat and still in design fase Will try to update this when more pics will come online For me it already looks good Mark
    9 points
  4. Greif8

    I/JG 27 Bf 109 E-4

    Following is my recently completed Bf109 E-4 representing a I/JG27 aircraft. It is one of my contributions in the Battle of Britain Group Build and you can see both the build log and more photos in that thread. I opted to show the aircraft as moderately worn and the simple diorama attempts to tell the story of a pilot preparing for yet another sortie over England. The kit is a DLM offering and I built the model mostly OOB, only using HGW seatbelts, a Henri Dähne prop and some AM decals, both the wet transfer type and the normal type. I also did some very limited scratchbuilding in the coc
    9 points
  5. This is the cockpit "module", almost completely assembled and ready to install into the fuselage. The one small holdup is the one fit that I didn't pre-check three times, and a word to the wise if you are planning on building this kit. The interface between the tabs on the top of the ammo magazine and the recesses on the bottoms of the MGs is too tight, and does not let the MGs sit level. Since these protrude out of the cowl their alignment is obviously critical. This would have been easier to solve if I had known about it before getting to this stage. Going to fix it tomorrow when I'm fr
    9 points
  6. Hi everyone I've been a bit quite on the forums lately and that's because I've been spending more time building and less time writing. I had to take a break from the relentless detailing of the Star Destroyer (which I will go back to because I want to see it done), and so for the past month or so, I have been away quietly building my 48th scale 199 Eagle. I've long loved the design of this ship and have dreamed of having a kit of this as a boy when I saw it in an old Airfix catalogue but just never bought one until a couple of years back when I saw one of these going relatively che
    7 points
  7. Hello, a little update here. The cockpit's side walls are done. Interesting, the right one is almost black... For the IP I've used the colored PE parts from Eduard set. Side consoles with switchs and knobs are kit's part brush painted. Here the "hell hole" parts painted too. Finally, the front wheel-bay parts ready to be glued. CIAO! Piero
    7 points
  8. Started making a little more progress on the G-14 since my other builds are waiting for items stuck in the postal system. The resin exhaust pipes have been painted.
    7 points
  9. panzerrob

    F16 Sufa

    Hi all, I want to show you my recently finished F16 Sufa. A very nice kit to build, unfortunately I F23ked up the very last decal, being one of the big decals on the vertical stabilizer. But a replacement decal question on this forum all worked out. A big thanks to Peter Gregor, Kagemusha, Oeguy and Helmsman who all offered help! It is not one of my best builds (or photo's) but I am more than happy with the result. Unfortunately, a matte spot appeared on the canopy, I have no clue how it ended up there. Lu
    6 points
  10. My opening line of my last update almost became famous last words. During the build of the left side cockpit wall, I almost put this back on the shelf of doom, such was the grief caused by the throttle quadrant. So I walked away from it, then went on a holiday for two weeks and I'm back into it again. This isn't going to be a quick a build as my previous three Russian jobs. I had actually started the cockpit back in 2016. Here is as far as I got back then. The green paint on the front wall is just me experimenting with colours. Here's the major compone
    6 points
  11. Greif8

    Bf109 E-4 Sortie Prep

    I tried to compose the following macro shots of areas folks might be interested in. Hope you like them! Ernest The worst of the macro photos, but it shows the completed oil staining of the bottom. Some dings and chip on the prop assembly. Antenna showing the tensioning spring, insulator and the little cone shaped wind deflector, which I still have not found a good way to replicate. This time I used some of the thin metal that covers some wine and champagne bottles. Better than my previous efforts but still not as good as I want it
    6 points
  12. Howdy folks, Please join me in welcoming Ali and Aerocraft Models as our newest sponsor! Ali also has a Sponsor Forum set up, and will be along shortly I'm sure to welcome you all to it. Kev
    5 points
  13. I usually use a scriber down the major panel lines to clean the wash out, but leave the rest as is. It's thin enough, that paint build-up is minimal. Depending on the cover color, the dark accents often show through, much like pre-shading. Example on my A-10C. First coat of paint with no subsequent dark wash. Cheers, Chuck
    5 points
  14. Thanks for that feedback guys. I just KNEW this method was catching on! I looked back on my builds and I first started to use it on my Trumpeter A-10C in 2014 quite by accident. As most of you know, this kit is a turd that needs a lot of polishing and after many modifications to panel lines, many of which were filled with CA glue, I wanted to show what the final result looked like on the nose of the model before paint. The Tamiya Panel Line Accent (TPLA) washes had just come out and I had bought a variety of them, so I gave the Black a whirl on the bare plastic. It showed the
    5 points
  15. OK, the prop governor (Hamilton Standard 4G10 series) . Amazingly little technical data around, although I found a manual with parts lists for Hamilton Standard constant speed prop governors at Aircorps Library. It has pictures like this: Note the big pulley wheel - that is meant to be rotated by a cable attachment emanating from the cockpit, and it changes prop pitch depending on the rotation. The manual speaks of single capacity and double capacity governors, which look a bit different. Also there is a variety of bases that the governor is mounted on. Lastly it
    5 points
  16. I think we're at about the halfway point for this beast, primer work on the main body is finally complete, minus one or two areas that will need brush application. If only primer black was an official USN color, I like it this way! Decals have also been ordered, so I'll give them a couple of weeks to make it across the pond. There are a few spots on the nose gear that will need to be re-shot with white, do to overspray when doing the primer, but I figure I can do that after putting the main color on, rather than fix them now just to have to spray them again when I put the gray on. Besides, mak
    5 points
  17. Thanks very much guys. No building today but just for S&G's I dry-fitted one of the nacelles to the wing. Perfect fit, no need for any putty and if I was inclined, I could probably skip gluing it and it would lock firmly in place. Wheelwells are an area that most kit makers skimp on. To their credit, Tamiya did a fantastic job. Between the PE ribs and the smaller detail parts, they are pretty much 75% of the real thing, which says a great deal about the quality of this kit. Many other manufacturers give you a rectangular box with nothing but a few semi-defined shapes molded in p
    5 points
  18. Thanks guys! That's too bad! The low speed router is REALLY handy! Amazing that the reduced RPM range and the form factor (much smaller) makes the tool that much more usable. I now feel comfortable using the D300 to help bore out exhaust tips, which is something I would NEVER consider with my other router. Thanks Mike! Nope, I dug into my spares and added a few stencils on the gun sight for visual interest. The fuselage/tail joint has been cleaned up and given a light coat of primer. Still waiting for the new rivet tool to arr
    5 points
  19. Greif8

    Bf109 E-4 Sortie Prep

    Hi guys, I am going to post better photos broken down into three posts. The first will show some medium distance overall shots. The second will be some macro shots highlighting some details. Finally, I will post a series of photos in which I attempt to tell the story of a pilot preparing for a sortie helped by one of his ground crewman. Ernest Up next some macros!
    5 points
  20. Thanks Guys! I have closed and finished off the front fuselage halves, using my usual technique of using Tamiya Panel Line Accent Color in Black to check for flaws. After sanding, every panel line was re-scribed and just about every rivet was re-punched, so there's a high chance of slip-ups that could be revealed after the first coat of paint. By adding a dark wash now, these flaws can be seen and fixed easily, so I now hardly ever have to fix something after painting which can be a real pain. After sealing up the front fuselage, I found plenty of little slip-ups here and there
    5 points
  21. I have reprised a scheme I did before back in 2013. These are Pheon decals, a Rexx exhaust, Roden Spinner and Gaspatch/Bob Turnbuckles. The colours are all DB lacquers with the RAF roundel blue as the Bavarian blue. Figures are CSM and Elan 13. Polak Meadow grass base.
    4 points
  22. So this guessing/wishing can go forever... If we could narrow the subjects down to what would be inside the range we have seen from HKM it would be less of a shooting gallery in all directions. A non esoteric, multi engine WWII popular subject - not a B-26 or Ju 52... maybe B-29... DC-3/C-47 seems to be a popular choise for many, would fit the 'simplified' hint, if considering not stepping on HPH's toes? It would be nice if Neil would give us a little hint, or even a clue to solving the mystery...
    4 points
  23. Amazingly enough (Tamiya!) that complex cockpit assembly slips right into the dry-fit fuselage, exactly as advertised. This is great news because it means I can do a bunch of other things like getting the cockpit decking painted, canopy future-d, masked, installed, gunsight, paint the machine gun recesses in the fuselage, etc BEFORE I put the cockpit in, eliminating the chance of damage, overspray, etc. It fits so snugly it probably doesn't even need to be glued. But I'll put a couple dabs of CA somewhere just to be sure it doesn't get tweaked by some later step.
    4 points
  24. Kent, I've tried to search Flickr for you. No luck with the interior. But... David Whitworth has two interesting albums: DH.89A DRAGON RAPIDE G-AGJG DE HAVILLAND He is also visiting Duxford on daily basis, so may be it's worth to ask him for a few pictures. He's a nice chap. Although I'm not sure Duxford is opened these days. And here are some more pictures that might be useful: Juraj
    4 points
  25. And this is another one - MODEL KIT No 32052 (the one above is numbered as 32050): www.icm.com.ua/news - Stearman PT-13/N2S-2/5 Kaydet, American Training Aircraft What are the differences besides the engine? Juraj
    4 points
  26. Greif8

    Bf109 E-4 Sortie Prep

    This final series of photos is where I try to tell the story of a pilot preparing for a sortie assisted by one of his groundcrew. Let's see how well I can bring this off. Early on a late August morning an anonymous pilot of I/JG 27 prepares for a sortie over England. Tension clearly shows on his downturned face as he contemplates yet another mission over England. His faithful ground crewman's face also shows the strain of continued operations. At their feet is the pilot's flight kit bag. Will he return to recl
    4 points
  27. as postedon ICM website superb can't wait boxart and 3d renders jan
    3 points
  28. Jack

    Viggen jetmads design stage

    Man, that Viggen will be on my "eager to want" list, such an impressive aircraft and design (at that time).
    3 points
  29. Hi Malcom, glad that you like it enough to stall your build I'm sure you'll enjoy the resin parts. Thanks Alain I made the mold for the nose, and cast the first one. Did a test fit, and it seems okay. The Italeri kit's forward fuselage is not glued together yet but taped together. So, it's a bit wobbly, but good enough for this purpose. Cheers, John
    3 points
  30. Dandiego

    1:32nd F6U Pirate

    Small progress. I have been adding small details and getting a flat finish on the model. In an attempt to add some visual interest I have taped over some panel lines and then sprayed the clear flat. Hopefully when I remove the tape strips there will be some panel line "augmentation". I am not sure if this will work, but if it looks too strange I can just apply another flat coat. Later.... Dan
    3 points
  31. I see no pictures, just a large blank block with a random collection of alphanumeric characters in the upper left corner.
    3 points
  32. No love for the Martin B-10B? or a Y1B-17B in camouflage multi-colors? Unfortunately nearly as likely as a Savoia Marchetti SM.55 or a Curtiss Shrike series including the A-8 to A-12 plus an Airacuda. That would be surprising, but one or two of us would be very happy. It sure is fun to engage in speculation without limits. It is good to see some people still trying to bring out new kits. Thank you to Neil and company for that and good luck. But Santa, I still want a Shrike and an SBC-3/4 and a.... (not a football or even a Red RIder BB gun with a compass in the stock).
    3 points
  33. Looks like I won't have to because... Guess what came in the mail yesterday! I was plowing ahead with work on the engines since the missing paints are necessary. Actual color of the paint is very different from the Tamiya Khaki... it's more of a chromate green. I need to test to see if I can do hairspray chipping with these Lacquer paints. If not, I may use them as a base to mix using Tamiya and Mr Hobby Aqueous colors. I've prepared the engine to accommodate some wiring.
    3 points
  34. Aftermarket exhaust - nice details, good quality: Minor imperfection: Comparison kits nozzle vs Aires: Anyway, I've got cockpit to do. Nice crisp details: And few hours later: In the meantime, I'm preparing place for cockit. Big plus to Tamiya fo providing nose weight: Gluing also, rear part of fuselage and bottom part of wings, lucky fit is very good so no putty required: . I've recently bought some real colors paints, and since I have a lot of Tamiya paints on rack and no place for new, I had to figure ou
    3 points
  35. Another try. I hope this helps a little: DH-89 "Dragon Rapide" serial R5922 restoration Some more pictures here: www.google.com - DH-89 "Dragon Rapide" And this one might be useful as well: Juraj
    3 points
  36. So the biggest outward difference between the -2 and -3/4 is the panel immediately aft of the firewall on both sides. Since I couldn't engrave a straight line to save my soul, I decided to over-skin the section with thin plastic card stock. Here they are in place. I still have to thin them down some around the edges, but I think it's a fair start.
    3 points
  37. Apart from making bases, stands, and a few weapons, I’m calling time on these Vipers. There’ll be a bunch of photo’s when they’re on stands, and I have a plain backdrop to shoot against. They’ve been great fun to paint (even with the headaches and dramas), and I LOVE how the two schemes have finally turned out. I can’t wait to see them posed dynamically. More pic’s when they’re posted in RFI.
    3 points
  38. Hmmm a Beaufighter........
    3 points
  39. 3 points
  40. Thanks! I'm going to duplicate it in resin, so it will be available for you. Regards, Alex
    3 points
  41. Greif8

    Bf109 E-4 Sortie Prep

    The build is complete. All in all it was an enjoyable build and the final result was decent. I did not add very much scratchbuilding; a couple of O2 lines in the pit, the canvas cover in one of the wheel wells, and some minor stuff on the aerial. The camo turned out well, especially the mottling that has a nice toned down look to it. The weathering, while not perfect, is viewable. The figures turned out very well and I think they are perfect for telling the story of a pilot prepping for a mission. I took some quick photos with a basic photography setup on my bench. I will get the photo
    3 points
  42. Hi all, I've been working very slowly on this Airfix Spitfire for the last few weeks and months. I was prepared for some of the fit issues before starting but even so, haven't found it a particularly enjoyable build, hence the time it's taking to finish. The cockpit is nice, but over engineered and some of the smaller parts have a vague fit. I added belts - not entirely correct, but better than nothing. Once painted and weathered, the cockpit does look pretty good though to be fair. As e
    2 points
  43. I'd have bought the DC-3 kit in a heartbeat had it been $200; even the fact that it was resin doesn't bother me. The poor sales of the HpH kit have nothing to do with the subject, and everything to do with the price—and to a lesser extent, the medium. Kev
    2 points
  44. Thank you to Kevin especially for arranging my own area. Also thank you to the rest of you that have supported me over many years. I have been really busy over the last few days, all being well I shall be keeping you all up to date with current and developing projects soon. cheers Ali
    2 points
  45. If I have to turn around to you again, I'm stopping this car
    2 points
  46. 2 points
  47. Chek

    Viggen jetmads design stage

    That looks superb, and will be a real bonus. Especially if they can carry off that knee guard netting. Most photo etch makes the strands far too thick
    2 points
  48. Well if we're playing the wishing game... My vote is for a Boomerang! Yes, yes, I know theres the montex kit availiable, but more boomerangs is a definitely a good thing!!
    2 points
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