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  1. 31 points
    Hi all, I've been chomping at the bit to get my hands on the new kit from HobbyBoss - and have splurged out for two of the beasts; one to do an RAF Coastal Command Liberator Mk.VI (which will be the subject of this thread) and the second to convert to a Privateer. The Coastal Command bird will be my entry into the Multi-Engine Group Build starting Jan 1st - and I'll move this thread over when the time comes. In the interim, with all the interest (and controversy) around this new release, and in parallel with writing up the review for LSP, I thought making a start on some of my planned fixes would be in order, and not debar it from entry in the Group Build. Some place-holder images for now... And that wing cross section that's caused so much comment - as said elsewhere I have a plan, which I think will work and, tomorrow, I'll post a comparison of the kit cross section with a 22% Davis B-24 type airfoil - watch this space! I'm hoping this thread will be like the one where I built/corrected the Revell He219 - with the LSP community chipping in with thoughts/ideas/reference material. All input appreciated - but no hyperbole please - keep everything constructive eh? Have fun! Iain
  2. 30 points

    P-51D-20 1/32 Tamiya

    P-51D-20-NA "Ridge Runner III, Maj. Pierce W. McKinnon 1/32 Tamiya HGW wet transfers & seat belts Barracuda Wheels & seat Eagle Cals EC#141 Metal colors Gunze, Alclad II, MRP Classic colors MRP
  3. 30 points
    So finally managed a couple of days bench time over the Christmas period to concentrate on adding all the fiddly bits and pieces and I'm now calling my G-4 finished. I really enjoyed this conversion and super happy with the results, also I would like to thank everyone for their help , support and comments throughout this build. I will try and get some RFI pictures up later this weekend. Regards. Andy
  4. 29 points

    Short Sunderland MkII

    First of all I'd like to wish all fellow LSPers are happy, healthy and prosperous 2019 This is my contribution to this fantastic group build: the ID Models (now Tigger) 1/32nd scale Short Sunderland MkI/II: IMG_0639 by Thomas Probert, on Flickr The plans above are laid on our kitchen table - along with an A3 cutting mat for a sense of scale - and as you can see she's a big old brute of a kit. As usual with kits of this type, only the outer shells are provided for the main components in vacuformed plastic, and the rest is going to be made from scratch. I plan on a fully detailed flightdeck, as well as opening up the bomb windows on the fuselage sides to add some visual interest. With no landing gear bays, undercarriage or bomb bays to have to scratch, I'm hoping that a year will allow me enough time to get this completed for the end of the GB. I do plan on doing the beaching gear, and I already have something up my sleeve for the engines. John (aka Tigger) has already done me a beautiful set of transparencies, so I'm all set. I'm currently cutting out and rubbing down the fuselage halves and opening up numerous portholes in the fuselage, so I'll give a decent pictorial update over the next day or two. Until then, good luck everyone with their builds! Tom
  5. 28 points

    Revell FW 190A-8

    My Revell Fw 190A-8 added with Brissin resin and eduard's PE most of the marking are painted on the heart and nose art are from Eaglescals
  6. 27 points

    HGW A-20G Havoc - IN PLASTIC!!!

    As posted over on britmodeller Mr.Bobek from HGW has announced on his FB page there is some progress on A-20G The big change which has caused the delay is that it will be IM plastic kit instead of resin and it will contain all AMs possible to create in Czech republic (most probably PEs and resin stuff from Eduard + Wet transfers and seatbelts from HGW in one package) for reasonable price They need another year to finish this project Looking forward to it jan https://www.facebook.com/jan.bobek.96/posts/2469150143102264
  7. 26 points
    paul fisher

    Thank you !

    I just wanted to post a year-end note to all of you LSP'ers who have supported our efforts through the years, and also saved our bacon this last month. We finally got some movement and payment from our insurance company this last week, so we can begin to think about going forward.Some pretty big hoops yet to jump through before we are done , but at least we can begin rebuilding our life with the smaller steps. All of you who so kindly donated to the GoFundMe drive, I can't really describe what a great feeling it is to find out how much your friends and customers care about you. Susy and I are very grateful for your help, it saved us from some pretty severe financial hardship, as well as smoothing the way into our new life. I will be going back to what's left of Paradise in a week or so to look over the old place with the insurance adjuster. I don't expect to find much , if anything of value in the ashes , but it needs to be done so we can close that chapter and begin a new one. I will keep you posted..In the meantime, enjoy the Holidays, your friends and your families, and rest assured we will never forget what you've done for us. Best Wishes for 2019, Paul & Susy Fisher
  8. 24 points
    After weeks of work, here is my finally completed Tamiya A6M2 Zero. It was a fun build. Not too difficult, mostly because of the high quality of the kit, however, attaching the wire they supplied for the antenna was the hardest part of build. Of course, the painting and weathering portion was challenging. Enjoy!
  9. 23 points
    Hi all, I started another Mustang, now all opened. P-51D-5-NA Maj. George E.Preddy Jr.1/32 Tamiya EagleCals decals set for Preddy HGW wet transfers & seat belts Barracuda cockpit, battery, wheels, pilot seat, cockpit decals. Colours MRP, Gunze, Alclad II. Eduard PE set - exterior, Look instrument panel.
  10. 22 points
    Getting back from my Christmas trip yesterday evening, this morning I managed to fire up my digital camera and after playing with lighting for a while, was finally ready to take some glamour shots of my finished Chinook. Its final resting place will be in a perspex display case with these patches I received from LSP member and Brahmans Chinook crew member in Afganistan, Craig Hartnett. Craig was an invaluable help on this build, providing photos and advice throughout. Without further adieu, CH-47D A15-104 Crux Australis "Dusty Blonde" Kit: Trumpeter 1/35 CH-47D Aftermarket: Eduard's Big ED set for the CH-47D Paint: Model Master and Tamiya Custom: Scratchbuilt CSAR hoist and NavSat Comms antenna.
  11. 21 points

    ICM Gloster Gladiator

    Here, they have some other interesting new releases
  12. 21 points
    Tolga ULGUR

    My 2018 completions

    Hello everyone, Here are my builds completed in 2018 All in 1/32 scale except for 1/48 Airfix P-40B Tomahawk and Tamiya P-47D Razorback Happy new year to all
  13. 20 points

    2018 builds - Jan_G

    only five models finished this year hopefully next year will be better Happy modelling! jan HPH Ta-154 A-0, TQ-XE Dornier Do-335 A-10 (two-seat trainer) W/Nrs. 240112 Revell P-51 D-5 s/n 44-13586 Lukgraph Lublin R XIII G (float version) ICM Bücker Bü-131D "Red 102"
  14. 20 points

    My finished models 2018

  15. 20 points
    afternoon ladies Many thanks Jay - I think it still needs a bit of fettling but it is better than the wonky version there before - I too could not find the loft drawing David Glen used on his 1/5 scale one so I used the one you mention and a whole load of photo's I have a cunning plan for that actually - I have some 3D printed exhausts on the way from model monkey, have scaled the structure inside the cowlings from drawings and for the exterior panels (that define the aperture shape) I will likely create etched panels for the skins - two reasons - 1) they will be factory spec in terms of outline & 2) they will be a different tone to the rest of the panels which seems common on P51's, I guess they used a different metal / thickness on the real one... so, the Xmas break meant some time at the bench and I am powering on with big structural stuff - it makes a nice change from all the tiny details in the cockpit.. ..first up, I traced the gear doors from drawings to create a template, cut thisfrom card and used it to create the area to cut out for the main gear bays - this whole process took a day before I was happy with the position as it was at variance with the outline HpH had on the surface so I questioned what I was seeing and doing repeatedly... ..you can see the template and the two big holes below.. ..then it was time to add leg mounts - I did what I did for the Spitfire by braze soldering some brass tube onto brass plates to act as spigots to add lathe turned gear later on.. ..these were then epoxied into place.. the perspective makes them look a bit out, but even if they are, they will be cut down to stubs just to act as positioning for the MLG later ..for the roof of the well, I cut out some black card blanks that fitted, and matched these to drawings of all the stringer & rib positions so I could scribe what goes where onto litho to actually line them.. ,,before I could fix the roof position I had to check something... ..in the cockpit, the floor where the control stick goes is actually the top of the wing, so I had to make sure the cockpit pod with the floor did not foul the bay roof. To do this I had to get the pod into the fuselage and into position... I had never done this before, so it could all have gone horribly wrong... ..thankfully and a few fist pumps later it all fitted fine... it's tight, but it fits ...now I could fix the gear bay roof and you can see how the scribed lines will help position all the structure to go in here (and there is tons of stuff...) ..will probably add the walls then look at other big bits like stabilisers and the air scoop under the wing.. feels good to have some wind in the sails and who knows, I may make Telford next year TTFN Peter
  16. 20 points
    Seasons Greetings folks Happy Christmas to one and all.. Just a final one before it all starts as I got out of the cockpit for a bit of fiddling about and hope to spend the nect 10 luxuriant days I have off work doing some proper P51 time ..first on scaling the spinner drawings we have a bit of a big nose - you can see about 1.5mm too big all around.. We also have an offset carb air intake under the spinner.. ..oddly its a bit uneven.. ..I made some scale templates so I can at least get an idea of where shape work may be needed - these were taken from NA drawings.. ..the btop one is a plan of the nose, the bottom a side profile and a few others around the chin intake.. ..also got the layout & spacing of the chin carb intake to correct the offset.. (X 4 as I use them at different times..) ..getting the chin right... ..and the top profile at the last former - again a plastic templete from the drawing, although to be fair to HpH I probably made it this rounded while reducing the spinner disc size.. ..you can see the flat top & 'ears' that need building out with P40 fiuller ..as I did a lot of reshaping the nose needed strength so I filled it with Alec Tiranti expanding foam - this stuff sets rock hard.. ,and hopefully some of the profiles start to take shape.. Have a great Christmas everyone TTFN Peter
  17. 19 points
    hello again Rudder is now complete... ..first step is to cover it in solartex which is what RC folks use for their flying models - it has a nice scale fabric effect - this is my seventh try to get a nice clean straight bond - it is heat activated with an iron which causes the adhesive to bond and the material to shrink - pretty tricky on a part this small (by comparison..)... ..there is also a metal fairing at the bottom of the rudder which I assume protects it from crap thrown up from the tailwheel - I pressed the part into plasticine to make a female mould and then cast a buck in resin to vacform the piece over.. here I am marking it for cutting, with the part taped to the buck.. ..and the covered rudder - started marking out all the rib positions for the rib tape... ..you can see on a real P51 the rib tapes go over what look like small circular depressions (rather than a Spit which has raised bumps where the knots are) - look along the line of the top rib tape and you can see the effect we need to get.. ..to get the effect, I used a rivet awl to punch small holes in tamiya tape and laid these down first along the rib lines.. ..then for the rib tape itself, I use plumbers aluminium tape - this was made to scale width from the plans and the 'pinked' edges (fine zigzag cutting to avoid fraying) I ran a rivet wheel along the line and tried to cut through the punched holes to make the pinking.. these were then laid out according to the NA covering diagram.. ..all done - hopefully you can see the dimples along the rib tapes - this was the effect I was after.. also made up a trim tab from the part broken out of the main rudder & skinned it in litho... the rivets on it are perpendicular to the leading edge, not in line with the ribs as you would expect.. ..also added the trim tab hinges to match the cut-outs in the tab... ..to finish off I added the trim tab control horn & arm, and at the top leading edge the balance weight - this was actually quite complex as it it shaped in many directions to match both the aerofoil and the tapering tip of the rudder post.. ..coat of primer to settle the details & textures.. ..the rib tapes look good to me so job done.. back with something else soon TTFN Peter
  18. 19 points
    Hellcat Pilots build log Part: The Second The second part of the build log (with accompanying smudgy snaps) shows the development of the Fleet Air Arm pilot. After basic mannequin build up I always sculpt the head next. While proportion is key to a figure, for me the head is the most important part. If its wrong the whole figure will feel wrong. The head was sculpted using Bees Putty. I wanted a bearded face, to make the figure a little different and ensured I had reference for this. If a commercial piece is being sculpted accuracy is important. Any error will be criticised by someone! The head helps also with proportions. A standard figure should be 7.5 heads tall (heroic figure 8 heads tall). It also begins to give the figure attitude and helps develop the pose. The next step was to add more detail to the legs. This pilot wears shorts so the legs needed detail and were built up with Bees Putty. Once the legs were done the shorts were added, again with Bees Putty. Some work was also done to correct the position of the crotch. The actual shorts are made from a cotton which creases a great deal so it was important for this to be represented. In the third part I will update on the US Navy pilot and realise I have wasted my time with some detail work !
  19. 18 points
    So this will be my contribution to the 'Multi Engine' anniversary GB. I will attempt to convert the Wingnut Wings Felixstowe F.2a flying boat into one of the first real passenger/airways aeroplanes. The Aeromarine 75 were surplus US Navy Curtiss F-5-L flying boats from WWI, which were converted into carrying passengers. The original company 'Aeromarine West Indies Airways', was one of the first international airlines in the United States. Aeromarine began operating flying boats in 1920, transporting passengers, mail, and freight from the United States mainland to the Bahamas and Cuba. In 1922, Aeromarine began transporting passengers from New York to Cuba, on a two-day trip nicknamed the "Highball Express" This nickname was earned, because many of the passengers were trafficking in alcohol, which was illegal during Prohibition (1920-1933) Aeromarine 75 'Santa Maria' in Havana Harbor. 'Santa Maria' in New York. For the first time I'm not at all sure whether it will be possible to complete this challenge. The amount of conversion involved is humongous... The Wingnut Wing Felixtowe kit, + extra wing sprue's... Two Wingnut Wings Liberty engine sprue's to replace the Roll Royce Eagle engines... Gaspatch turnbuckles and HGW seatbelts (I'm not yet sure if they were used in US flying boats?) The plan of the fuselage I've been working on, to get my head around the interior layout of the extended hull... Well it's out there now, no way back from this... Happy modelling y'all: Kent
  20. 18 points
    Its late 1944, and Hitler's Luftwaffe has been hard at work defending the father-land....................... Nearly 4 years earlier in the war, Hitler almost made a costly decision to try to get the newly designed Me-262 Swallow into combat as a bomber, which would have delayed its debut into front line service. Fortunately for the Luftwaffe, Hitler's top generals and advisers convinced him to press the 262 into service as a fighter as fast as they could, to help crush the Allies in the air. Hitler's fateful decision to press new factories into service all across occupied Europe, in hidden underground and out of reach facilities made all the difference. The Me-262 significantly impacted the air-war over Germany, as it was 100Mph faster than anything the Allies had, and after 2 and 1/2 years of uninterrupted front line service, the 262 along with other newly designed fighters were starting to turn the tide. This gave Germany the time it needed to fortify its defenses and start pressing home offensive attacks on the bombers over their homeland. Hitler's concealed underground bunkers, machine shops and assembly plants, separated all across Europe to produce and assemble his new secret Luftwaffe Jagdwaffe weapons for defense of the home-land, had now been fully ramping up for more than 2 years. Most factories that produced Hitler's so called new "Wonder weapons" were now fully operational and producing substantial quantities of these new weapons. Along with the Me-262, the new Do-335 "Arrow" had been made a priority as part of Hitler's developing Jagdwaffe program, as well as a host of other fighters back in the 1941 after much prodding from his subordinates indicating if Hitler wanted to win the war, he was going to have to match the allies numbers in the air.. After years of production across many different occupied countries, the numbers were starting to catch up to the Allies, including the Allied forces in the deserts of Africa. Multiple Do-335 manufacturing lines were established at the Mittelwerk factory in the Kohnstein located in Thuringia, Germany (along with one other airframe) to make sure production was un-interrupted by the Allied bombing. Do-335 assembly and production commenced in earnest in 1941 established by forced labor, and by 1944 had ramped up significantly, and was producing Do-335 Arrows at an alarming rate, sending them to all available fronts for ground attack, front line fighter, fighter bomber, and night fighter service. This included the Luftwaffe's JG 27 attempting to crush the British desert air force in Africa.................... Hans-Joachim Walter Rudolf Siegfried Marseille (or Jochen to his friends) was transferred to JG 27 on Christmas eve day 1940, as they were preparing to invade Yugoslavia. By April 10th 1941, the Africa campaign was coming along very nicely and the Afrika Korps were pushing the British back at almost every turn. Hitler deployed Jagdgeschwader 27 to North Africa, based in Tripoli to help crush the British Desert Army. Jochen was a self-taught natural pilot, and was an ace by American standards before even getting transferred to GJ 27 in 1940. Jochen's new Gruppenkommandeur, Eduard Neumann, later recalled, "His hair was too long and he brought with him a list of disciplinary punishments as long as your arm. He was tempestuous, temperamental and unruly." Nevertheless, Neumann quickly recognized Marseille's potential as a pilot. Marseilles aerial victories in the Africa campaign quickly mounted after he created a unique self-training program for himself, both physical and tactical, which resulted not only in outstanding situational awareness, marksmanship and confident control of the aircraft, but also in a unique attack tactic that preferred a high angle deflection shooting attack and shooting at the target's front from the side, instead of the common method of chasing an aircraft and shooting at it directly from behind. By mid December 1941 as Hitler's forces continued to roll across Africa, Jochen had reached 30 victories and was awarded the German Cross in Gold flying his Bf-109E Trop. His Staffel was rotated to Germany in November/December 1941 to convert from his Bf-109E to the Bf 109F-4/trop, the variant that was described as the Experten (experts) "mount." On 3 June 1942, after returning to Africa Marseille attacked alone a formation of 16 Curtiss P-40fighters and shot down six aircraft of No. 5 Squadron SAAF, five of them in six minutes, including three aces: Robin Pare (six victories), Cecil Golding (6.5 victories) and Andre Botha (five victories). This success inflated his score further, recording his 75–80th victories. Marseille was awarded the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves on 6 June 1942. By this time Romel and the Luftwaffe in Africa had pushed the Allies all the way to the middle of the continent, and threatened to push them out of the Mediterranean completely. On 17 June 1942, Marseille claimed his 100th aerial victory. He was the 21st Luftwaffe pilot to achieve the century mark by that time in the war. Marseille then returned to Germany for two months leave and the following day was awarded the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves and Swords. On 1 September 1942, returning to combat duties after some personal time in Italy, Jochen had his most successful day, claiming to destroy 17 Allied aircraft (nos. 105–121), and September would see him claim 54 victories, his most productive month. The 17 aircraft claimed included eight in 10 minutes; as a result of this feat, he was presented with a Volkswagen Kübelwagen by a Regia Aeronautica squadron, on which his Italian comrades had painted "Otto" (Italianlanguage: Otto = eight). This was the most aircraft from Western Allied air forces shot down by a single pilot in one day. Only one pilot, Emil "Bully" Lang, on 4 November 1943, would better this score, against the Soviet Air Force on the Eastern Front. In December 1942 Marseille and his Staffel were once again transferred to Germany, this time to convert to the new Do-335 Arrow A-2/Trop variant. This was the fastest hardest hitting airframe Marseille's Staffel had yet flown. This variant was capable of ground attack, fighter bomber as well as air superiority rolls, along with night fighter roles. The Do-335 A-2 Trop was a single seat fighter-bomber variant with new weapon aiming systems, enlarged DB603M engines, and longer/ reinforced wings for excellent low & high level performance and strength. The goal was to equip JG 27 to push the Allies completely off the African continent. After returning to Africa in mid February 1943, Marseille's Staffel was transferred to a new base equipped for the Do-335s at Martuba/Libya. The Staffel was fully equipped and the new Do-335 Trops were up and operational by the end of February. The new aircraft started taking an almost immediate toll on the British Desert Army. Marseille had been flying his Bf 109F-4 "Yellow 14" for more than 2 years and loved the quick and light handing of the 109, but found the new Arrow to be exceptionally fast and extremely agile for its immense size. Its speed was a substantial leap over any allied aircraft in the theater. On March 30th 1943 Hans-Joachim Marseille got his 200th kill, a British Tempest V, shot down as it was straggling back to base low on fuel, which by now was becoming a problem for the Allies in Africa. In early April, in honor of his 200th kill Marseille was allowed to pay tribute to the first days of JG-27 in Africa, and had his new Do-335 A-2 Trop painted in the "leopard spot" scheme JG-27 used in 1941 when the fighter wing was first transferred to Africa. Marseille had been flying his Bf 109F-4 "Yellow 14" immediately prior to getting transitioned to the new Do-335 A-2, so he transitioned to "Yellow 14" for his new mount keeping the 14 Staffel designation. Marseille had the twin rudders on his new mount painted white to reflect his immense kill scores. Marseille also hand painted the word "Otto" in black on the port side of the cockpit of his Do-335, in reference to his Italian comrades and his eight kills in 10 minutes back in 1942. By the summer of 1943, the Luftwaffe had perfected their wire guided technology, and Marseille's Staffel also was equipped with the newly re-designed X-4 Ruhrstahl wire guided air to air missiles. This new air to air technology really started to take a toll on Allied bombers still attempting to resist the German push across Africa. Marseille would eventually go on to break the 300 kill mark in his Do-335 A-2 Trop "Yellow 14". By July of 1943 JG 27s new Do-335s had been in service for 4 months and were really taking a toll on the British desert air force, as the Do-335s had almost a 100 MPH advantage over most any fighter the Allies could spare in the African theater. The hit and run tactics JG 27 had been using, had to be used less and less as more and more fighters came on line, and the bombers over the homeland were finally being curtailed. The Do-335 excelled at executing Marseilles lightning fast, hard hitting tactics, and with the armament and speed advantage the Do-335 gave him, Marseille's kills continued to mount. By late 1944 Marseille had racked up 36 more kills in the skies over Africa and became the scourge of the desert....................
  21. 18 points

    where east meets west

    this is my entry for the group build I whant to do it longer to build a diorama so now it will be a good time to go for it the idee came when i whas surfing the net for info when i found this pic so i wil try to make this what i have so far this wiil be long term but we have a year i can work on the armour for distraction because there is a lot to do to convert the mi-17 most importend thing just having fun Mark
  22. 18 points

    B17G "D Day Doll"

    So Here is my entry to the great 20th anniversary group build! I picked up the HK Models kit last June at a swap and sell for a mere $150 Aussie dollars, the seller even included the Zotzs Heavenly bodies decal set!! Then came the aftermarket! Oh well I saved on the kit so no worries! All motivated I began construction and completed a wheel bay (figured that if the build got shelved then it could go back in the box and not get damaged). Well shift work returned and I started on my HpH macchi M5 so the wheel bay is as far as I got, well under 25%. With the Wingnut lanc on the horizon and no cash for the HK version I figured that if the Doll didn't get done then there was a risk of her never comming out of the stash, so when this GB was announced I figured that now was her time! Here are all of the bits and bobs! Progress so far, I intend to complete the wings first rather than the interior as this will remove large swaths of plastic from the sprues which= motivation!! Good luck everybody!
  23. 18 points

    I finished another one!

    One less in the stash! Although kit says 1/24, it will fit perfectly with my 1/18 TV car collection.
  24. 18 points

    2018 Phew!

    Having just been browsing others 2018 builds, it got me thinking about my year and i have really surprised myself with what i have got through this year, and being brutally honest it was probably too much, but what with LSP /32 SIG theme being 100 yrs RAF I had to deliver on what I had promised for the display anyhow, here goes, All started and finished in 2018. Fly Hurricane Matchbox Tigermoth HK Mosquito Trumpeter Harrier This, Ok not RAF but completed for a friend of mine ex, Thunderbirds crew chief. And Finally, This. I am NOT going to repeat this output in 2019, whilst enjoyable for me, im sure my family don't recognise me now. Have a happy 2019 modelling everyone.
  25. 18 points

    Iconicair Supermarine Attacker

    Thanks for the comments gents. Onto the tail. In my opinion, I felt that it appeared a little too short and that the rudder angled too far forward. Here it is as presented in the kit. i sanded two flat areas on top of the rudder I grafted on two scraps of resin to give me something to work with. I then glued on a shim to the trailing edge of the rudder using plastic card to slightly modify the angle of the trailing edge and blended the top of the rudder into the taller shape. The bottom of the tail under the rudder of the real aircraft blends into the fuselage with a nice curved fairing. A small detail missed by Iconicair, but easy enough to add. Also notice that I have modified the size of the rudder trim tab, it is much thinner on the real thing. Due to the sanding and blending required, the old trim tab actuator needed to go and I replaced it with a new one carved from a scrap of resin. Fitted to the fuselage and primed. I have also added a very thin strip of plastic card to the trailing edge of the rudder from the trim tab and above present on pics of the real aircraft. The same type of strip is also on the outer edges of the elevators these will be added later. Starting to come together. This has to be my favourite build of the year.