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  1. This model was built to represent a very new aircraft as flown by 3 SQN Royal Australian Air Force. Modifications/additions Scratchbuilt throttle. Scratchbuilt exhaust and intake FOD covers. Enlarged exhaust pipe. Scratchbuilt seat cusion and seatbelts. Some addiditional panels applied to APU area. Modified the wing flaps to pose them down. Eduard AIM-120s and GBU-12's. Scratchbuilt canopy seal. Eduard RBF tags. RESKIT wheels. Paint and finish. MRP Camouflage Grey with HAVE GLASS matt varnish.
    14 points
  2. Sorry, not a lot to report for the many hours spent working on the surface details. This has taken longer than expected, mostly trying to even the panel line depths and correct their positions etc. Only 2 more access panels to scribe on the fuselage just behind the intake opening. Then correct the panel lines on the lower half of the fuse between the intake opening and going back to the midway point on the fuselage, then the nose....phew
    8 points
  3. Worked some more today on the ERCO turret, scratched some parts, scrounged the parts box for others. Still have to make a gun sight that mounts behind the angled armored glass, also have to put seat and shoulder harnesses in, the guns will get brass barrels as well.
    8 points
  4. Hi again everyone So, time for a small update. Things are progressing slower than I had hoped as I had to fix my screw up with the hangar bay installation. I've got one side sorted and I just need to finish the other side later on. I forgot to grind down the existing surface detail before slotting in the hangar bay, but it's fixable. You can see the gap that mistake left in the first pic if you look where it goes in. Then on the pic below it, you can see my fix for it which is working well. It looks very busy up here but the paint will b
    7 points
  5. I fully agree. I do not understand why people are still waiting for Tamiya LSP releases. I'm waiting for kits from Eastern Europe manufacturers as they are the only ones producing regularly good if not excellent kits for a fair price and they do not hesitate going out of the comfort zone topics. Asian producers have terribly slowed down the pace, are quite often releasing kits that are too often not that accurate or easy to build (Chinese producers) or quite expensive with very few and too often 'mainstream' releases (Japanese producers). The LSP drive was in Asia up to 2010-2015. Now, it is c
    7 points
  6. After not getting to the bench in two weeks vacation I made some progress today. The blck primer is on, some clean up on th seams has been done and now the zipper is ready for paint My plan is to paint most of the markings before the actual camo. So with a little patience I drew all the templates for the Silhouette cutter. Drawing the letters with outline is a tedious taskn and applying the masks to the model (even with transfer silm) will be incredibly fiddly. As one might guess from the numbers - I decided to go for 27+81 which appears quite clea
    7 points
  7. Hi All, Here is the cover. Now, to test into body, then completing drawings for IP.
    7 points
  8. Kit: Tamiya Extras: Cockpit, wheel bays, jet exhaust - Aires Weapon bay: CMK for hasegawa kit + Aber gun barrel Avionics bays and some part of engine 3D print same as ALE-50 on the wings. AMRAAMs and training AIM-9 : Eduard brassin... ACMI Scratch Anyz decals for cockpit RES-KIT wheels RBF Eduard. HTS modified from kit Sniper pylon modified from Academy. Sniper container Eduard brassin. Exterier PE parts Eduard. Dischargers master same as pitot tubes. Astra decals insignia + some my own decals Numbers on pylons by dry trasfers Hobby Decals. Colors Gunz
    5 points
  9. JimRice

    Hasegawa Boeing F4B-4

    I finished this one about the same time as my Roden Stearman and Aeroclub Pitts Special. Somehow in the excitement of finishing the 35 year Pitts project, I failed to post this one. I started this one in 2002 while living in San Antonio. It sat for a long time waiting, along with the Pitts, to be finished. I used Yellow Wings decals as kit decals were badly yellowed.
    5 points
  10. Fanes

    Make the others jealous

    My latest haul: One of these kits may be used in the upcoming trainer group build. The other ones will be displayed as/converted to recon planes.
    5 points
  11. Just a quick update. The Aires cockpit is about ready to fit into the fuselage. I'm pretty happy with the way it looks. Looking at pictures of the real thing the buttons and knobs tend to be pretty subdued so that is what I went for. I didn't want them to be too bright though being in the dark recesses it might have been the better way to go. Should be able to close it up tomorrow.
    4 points
  12. Today my next BIG Tank arrived ... Supplied by Gazza via trade ... If anyone seeks to trade with him at any point - do so with confidence ... the way this thing was packaged, it would've survived Hiroshima!! This discontinued Pz.38(t) by Panda could have probably had the tooling maximised by creating an early war boxing (Ausf.B) ... or the later Panzerjäger 38(t) 'Hetzer'. And ... of course there's the customary turret shot Rog
    4 points
  13. chrish

    Heinkel 111 H-2 finished

    Thanks guys! amazing what a coat of paint can do eh? I've made some more progress today (very hot here today...+35 is about as hot as it gets here) so A/C on and into the hobby room for some big time fun. Decals, details and touch up underway; Still a ways to go but I'm really enjoying the build...may go straight on to the H-6 in the stash after this one Thanks for looking
    4 points
  14. OK - some images... Nose cone - printed in HIPS using an FDM printer - so a little surface prep required. As with some of the other parts printed using this process, there's a 'flash'-like wafer of excess material to be removed from around the print. Not that Tim has designed each plug in section with an associated bulkhead/location section - more on this later: The forward underside insert - with Skyflash missile recesses. This will probably need the most tweaking to the surface as there is a noticeable 'stepping' in the print in the missile tr
    4 points
  15. Good day, colleagues! Now, I want to show my MiG-23MLD from Trumpeter. This model I built for my boss (he is a great collector, bye the way). I used pilot from Aires and add some wires on landing gears. I used paints from different manufactories, that was Tamiya, Akan and Gunze. At the end model was heavily weathered with acrilycs paints, oils and pigments. I've added imitation repainted numbers with some paint streaking. Thank you! Re
    3 points
  16. A couple small details left and the tail assembly will hit the printer. Nose strakes are printing out great!
    3 points
  17. Made a little progress on the cannons. Painted them a semi-gloss black with a very small amount of flat steel, after that dried, I rubbed on some graphite to try to replicate the gunmetal finish. I also painted the bolts that show through the bottom a lighter shade of gunmetal. I added the feed drums and then glued the cannons in place. Tamiya thoughtfully provides guides to make sure the barrels are properly aligned. Keep in mind that this assembly is upside down When installed in the Mosquito's bomb bay, the ammo boxes will be above the cannons.
    3 points
  18. Big day for deliveries here .... MiG AMMO weathering pencil set (very fast delivery from Spain to the U.S.) Kitty Hawk Mirage 2000 C Eduard LOOK instrument panel for the 2000 C Big ED 2000 C set SAC landing gear for the KH Mirage The wife only saw the box from MiG ..... lucky day !!!!!!! -Scott
    3 points
  19. Artful69

    Make the others jealous

    On the weekend, I picked up a couple of books I had on backorder at my local ... And then today ... this big box arrived ... It's my BIG 1/16 Panther Ausf.G Late ... And for scale ... the customary turret shot ... I have another BIG Tank inbound ... and some metal barrels ... and then I'll decide which of these suckers I'm going to try to build. Rog
    3 points
  20. Bf109E with drop tank have this pipe not only E7
    3 points
  21. Quick update: blocked down the join and gave it a 'Chuck Wash' little bit of missing panel lines and fasteners to add. Also note the lamp has been filled with plastic rod and the small antenna behind it removed. Depending on the airframe modelled there was either no antenna here, or a much larger square one. The cover panel has been fitted behind that on the spine has also been shimmed for a better fit and superglued in. Few more rivets to restore etc. Derek, there appears to be another lamp on the spine and although Iain has sent me a pic of it, I am unsure wher
    3 points
  22. Hello! I am creating this forum for anyone who is interested in my new project, a 1/32 B24D that crashed on Peleliu in 1943... I have a YouTube channel where I post updates on this and other projects that I’m working on! Have a great day! https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCJaLkhrUAvKAjeGLffHlhwA?view_as=subscriber
    2 points
  23. Main painting done on my Korean War M46. This is one of the famous tiger face Pattons from the 6th Tank Battalion, 27th Infantry Division in the early going on the Korean War. I'm making it as part of a diorama for my father in law, as his dad was a communications officer in the 6th. Only a couple WIP pics so far. First primered in black, then with main coat on. Really happy with how the masking went for the yellow, and the stripes are hand painted. And then, some shots of my new updated space. After a year of sweltering in the garage in NC, I finally got
    2 points
  24. Here is my completed RAAF P-40N, depicted in the last months of WW2. This aircraft was originally flown by the C/O of 75 Sqn, Squadron Leader Clive Toldhurst but appeared to be taken over by Squadron Leader Alan Thomson after he was posted to 75Sqn, becoming the acting Commanding Officer. I managed to find a fair bit of information about Alan, including many pics of him flying `Hep Cat' (G) and also many pages of his logbook. I have spliced these pages together, made them clearer and have included some of them here. They show the many combat missions that he flew in it and show his affection f
    2 points
  25. Thanks for the encouragement! I really do appreciate the positive re-enforcement! Keeps the mojo moving. And with that, the He 111 is ready to go drop...onto the display shelf...if I can find some room. The last few details have been stuck on as of 17:00 CST and my contribution to the BoB group build is done. I hope it meets approval. (I'll try to get better pics soon) Thanks for keeping me company along the way, to all who liked and commented, it's appreciated.
    2 points
  26. Coming close to finishing the cockpit. Added some electrical wiring, some connecting rods and an invisible spacer below the front seat, because the styrene frame is just to flimsy to hold this seat in place for a longer time. The wiring is grey/silver braided line from Anyz, secured in place with Tamiya tape "cable ties". A bit of dusting later we are here: Just have to add the compass shelf and the compass himself, a knob and a handle to get ready to close the fuselage halves. I've just to find a proper compass face decal in the stash, because MiniArt doe
    2 points
  27. hello all, since Iain isn’t posting any updates on his 1/32 B24, I thought I would. here is are some videos I made in my Liberator. FYI if you’re interested in the airfoil fix, I have that on my videos too. Thank you! Thanks! Have a great day!
    2 points
  28. I can still distinctly remember the fiscal acrobatics I had to go through to scrape together enough money to buy it when it came out in 1981. I was an extremely poor college student at the time, but a 1/32 F-14A was a MUST BUY! I also remember taking the lid off the box and literally being breathless.
    2 points
  29. I'm still dreaming of Tamiya upscaling their stunning 1/48 scale Tomcat to a proper (i.e. q/32nd) scale. Sadly, they are literally still printing money with their long paid old moulds (which in addition sadly still are the base for the most accurate 1/32 Tomcat...) so there isn't much hope. I for one am not really interested in props anyway. Oh, a re-issue of their small mouth F-16 kit would be most welcome as well...
    2 points
  30. The standard theater recognition markings for the P-47 were bands on the fin and stabilizers, and the forward section of the cowl. On OD/gray airplanes the bands and cowl were supposed to be white, and on NMF airplanes they were to be black. When airplanes were delivered to the theater, they went through a central depot (Burtonwood?) that painted the recognition markings on before sending the airplanes on to the receiving units. The depot would also apply the invasion stripes per the current directive on new airplanes coming through after D-Day. So it is entirely possible that t
    2 points
  31. The turret looks like it's always been part of the kit! Nice Craig
    2 points
  32. Ian Fleming wrote Thunderball in 1961 in which SPECTRE first appeared. This was/is an evil organisation bent on destroying the world. Given the popularity of the James Bond books, is it conceivable that the US decided not to name one of its aircraft after such a dastardly group? Similar story with the Sikorsky Blofeld...
    2 points
  33. thanks Reserve_22, will paint Galland's 109 in RLM 74/75/76 grey camo cheers
    2 points
  34. Maybe someone just had a question about something many long believed to be true and just wanted to stimulate discussion? Seems an appropriate topic for a forum called “Aviation Discussion”. And it’s spelled fündekals.
    2 points
  35. thanks Chrish, until patience allows it cheers primed with RLM 02 thanks for watching, cheers
    2 points
  36. I finished the vertical stabilizers and rudders, applied some Flory wash to them, the horizontal stab and elevators are painted as well. Spent some time cleaning up the upper fuselage seam, put some gray paint down to check it. Put the side windows into the new lower nose, have to make some clear parts for it. Started working on the ERCO turret, painted the interior, added some HK models B-17 gun support frames into the turret and I'll use Eduard B-17 50 cal.s with the solinoids to make up the armament.
    2 points
  37. Hi All, On advice from a fair guy, I test a print at 5s exposure time. It looks better. By the way, I tried to make grills on IP cover. Hard job, hope it will make sense at printing.
    2 points
  38. Decided to make some additions to my library ….. Can use them on some planned projects -Scott
    2 points
  39. Simply amazing job you have done. Congratulations! I cannot imagine how much math that you had to input into designing this model. My hats off to you. I can’t wait to see the finished product all painted up and loaded with military stores. Jim
    1 point
  40. Awesome work... Cheers Frederick Jacobs
    1 point
  41. I just went back to the cockpit part of your build which is beautiful by the way. I was wondering how you painted the tiny tic marks around some dials and on the throttle? I can't seem to get that really fine detail that you do.
    1 point
  42. Actually - missed a couple of intake parts - rear relief doors: Iain
    1 point
  43. It's so incredible seeing this kit come to life. Having seen these kits in my Father's attic for so many years, the old revered 'vacu-kit' has always been so intimidating for me, but you're really doing it justice. This is shaping up to be quite a stunner.
    1 point
  44. There IS something wrong with you. You're just not alone in your sickness.
    1 point
  45. Brilliant model Sergey Thank for sharing Always glad to see pilot in the cockpit
    1 point
  46. August 13/20 I’m back for a couple of days, so I had a chance to do a little modeling and the update below. Before I glue anything inside the Barracuda nose piece, I need to attend to the exhausts, which are CMK resin ones I purchased separately. As you will see below, they are much better than the kit ones, but like all resin parts, they need to be cut off casting blocks with a razor saw. While the top exhaust shroud can be crudely cut because it won’t show later, the exhaust stacks themselves must be cut very carefully in order to retain the bolt detail at the base of each exh
    1 point
  47. OK, well I took a razor saw to the WH fuse....love the result! Tiny bit of cleanup of of the panel lines and all should be good. What do you think? Because this was so successful I will insert the appropriate belly section into the Tamiya lower wing. Patience with a big file paid off, just taking my time working up to each edge of a panel line, saves too much cleanup later on. Thanks for looking in on this butchery Cheers Anthony
    1 point
  48. Nice MiG. Congratulation.
    1 point
  49. Well myself, I wouldn't complain if the P-38 turned out to be true, my preference would be a J series over the L. A Razorback P-47 would be very welcome, as would an upscaled Spitfire Mk.I from their 1/48 effort. But being honest, if its 1/32 and Tamiya, and has a prop then I'm likely to buy regardless. It's a sickness I have. Though I might just be strong enough to forego it if it's a 109G. Probably. Maybe. Perhaps.
    1 point
  50. Painting I was looking for a worn, somewhat aged appearance. After priming with Tamiya gray liquid surface primer, I sprayed multiple thin coats of Tamiya XF-54 "Dark Sea Gray", stopping before obtaining complete coverage. For walkway markings I used XF-24 "Dark Gray". For the nose cone and dielectric panels I used a 50:50 mix of XF-54 and XF-24. The wing pivot areas are X-31 "Titanium Gold". Lastly, I dirtied things up a bit with some XF-1 "Flat Black". The flat paints look good but are delicate. For final assembly and handling I wear thin cotton gloves (thanks wife!).
    1 point
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