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  1. 46 points

    MiG-15 BIS 1/32HPH

    Hello everbody I'm new here. My friend Miloslav persuaded me to register ... MiG-15 BIS 1/32 HPH First Fighter Regiment, Planá Air Force Base, Lt. Kotrsal, First Squadron, 1954 Photos: Miloslav (thank you) More photos here: https://www.leteckemuzeumliborezy.cz/mig-15/
  2. 39 points

    Swiss F-5E

    Here are some pictures of my recently finished Kittyhawk F-5E in Swiss markings. Despite the shortcomings that have been mentioned about the kit, I enjoyed the build and would call it a good kit overall. I will be building more of Kittyhawk's F-5's in the future. The model was build straight from the box, with LED's added to the landing lights and Swiss decals and masks that I drew using the Matterhorn Circle 1/48 F-5 decals as a guide. Thanks for looking!
  3. 37 points

    1/32 Hasegawa Fw 190D-9 "Red 1"

    Some more pics...
  4. 35 points


    My Revell Me-262B-1 that I built back in 2017. MRP paints, Eduard seatbelts, Master FuG antennas and then just what is in the box. I added some piping to the exposed engine under the cowling cover.
  5. 34 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
  6. 33 points
    Cheers everybody, it looks like I have found my next big project after finishing the big Viking - something pretty much out of my comfort zone. The CH-53E / MH-53E is a more than fascinating aircraft and among my all-time favourite helicopters. Based on a free nicely proportioned and correctly dimensioned Sketchup model I have found a few years ago, I have spent hours making the file printable on my newly acquired Creality CR-10S FDM printer. Over 100 hours of printing later, I have an almost complete CH-53E fuselage in 1/32nd scale: The fuselage was printed using PETG; my first trials with HIPS were not very successful as I've experienced enormous warping and bad layer adhesion, despite rather high temperature settings and the enclosure I've built for my printer. PETG does not sand as nicely as ABS or HIPS but is very easy to print and much easier to sand than PLA. The rotor will be more difficult as the CAD data is not complete - most of it will have to be scratchbuilt. There is no interior either, so all of this will have to be made from scratch as well. I have to admit I am not yet 100% sure if I will build a CH-53E or a MH-53E as both of them are impressive and important aircraft. The CH-53E will be easier to build as I have the sponsons and external fuel tanks; the MH-53E is a bit more tempting as it is even more special than the CH. Time will tell. In the meantime, if anyone has the 1/48th scale Academy MH-53E in his stash, I would be very interested in getting high-res scans of the instructions and the decal sheet. Would be great if someone could help me with that. What do you think - CH or MH? And no, Airforce versions are not an option and building both of them is not really an option either...
  7. 32 points
    Done! Here's a little batch of my finished 1/32 F-14B I've been using Aires cockpits ( B and D ), Zactomodels intakes and Sidewinders, Brassin GBU's, Wheeliant wheels, Master Models pitot tube. Mainly painted with Gunze Aqueous paints, Zotz decals, car carbon decals ( engines ) and home made masks ( tails, tanks ). bye Fanch
  8. 31 points

    WNW Fokker DVII

    Hi everybody, Really happy to show you my last built, the famous WNW Fokker DVII, with HGW seat belt and Aviattics decals. Paint with Gunze and weathering with oil paints. Have nice building for 2019 !! X15
  9. 31 points

    1/32 Revell GR4 Tornado

    Hi Guys first off a happy new year to you all, hope there are not too many soar heads!! let me introduce you to the 1/32 Revell GR4 Tornado, I used Aires ejector seats and cockpit, and pilots from PJ Productions, with the decals from fantasy workshop, the rest is OTB. The kit goes together ok, but you need to be patient with it , I used HATAKA acrylics which are turning out to be my favoured brand, enjoy.
  10. 31 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
  11. 30 points
    Jose Pedro

    1/48 Sikorsky CH-53 GA - Revell

    Hi! Here are some pics of a model that a finished several years ago. Although Revell`s mould has been around since 1985, with some TLC it delivers a very interesting and imposing result! Hope you loke it! Cheers! José Pedro Pires
  12. 30 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
  13. 30 points

    F-5F VFC-111 Kitty Hawk 1:32

    The model that reached me the day before the new year. I couldn't wait and decided to take him to the workshop right away. The model F-5F from Kitty Hawk is a typical model of this manufacturer, definitely I not recommended to people who don't like fighting with matter. Cut without sense, with disappearing rivets and dividing lines. As I mentioned a typical KH model. I chose different painting versions than in the set using the Two Bobs decal. Model made straight from the box So much talk, time for the model: F-5F VCF-111 Kitty Hawk 1:32
  14. 30 points
    Fieseler Fi 103 & Fi 103A-1 Reichenberg 1/32 Special Hobby All colours MRP Canopy mask MH Models
  15. 30 points

    F-86F Hasegawa 1/32

    I've used the Hasegawa 1/32 Canadair Sabre Mk.6 kit to build this F-86F on the beginning of Dec 2018. I was interested in exploring the visual expression of Natural Metal Finishing type of aircraft. I've used the Alcled II lacquers for the painting. With the limited colors and experience I have, this is best I can do at that time. F-86F Sabre 40, Hasegawa 1972 kits, rebox on 2005, 1/32 with raised panel lines.
  16. 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
  17. 29 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
  18. 29 points
    IT IS DONE!!! I like it, gots some buggers but I learned some new techniques and it’ll look decent on a shelf! Final build article link HERE!… Gave the model a name BTW THE STUDENT’S REVENGE See if you can figure out why…. Thanks for watching, Timmy!
  19. 29 points
    Thanks to everyone here for your support during "Part 1". I really appreciated it. Cheers, Chuck
  20. 29 points


    Hi everybody, My second finished kit of the year.... Small building but muscular !! It's from the box, only HGW seatbelts and some tubing. Paint wuth Vallejo, Gunze and Tamiya, weathering with oil and water pencil X15
  21. 28 points
    Peter Gregor

    F-15I Ra´am 1/32 Tamiya

    Hi people, I would like to present my second project to you. F-15I Ra´am tail number 250. The Tamiya kit is perfect but despite this fact, I re-scribed and re-riveted whole kit. I used Avionix cockpit with Quicboost ejection seats, GT resin seamless intake, vents wheels and exhaust nozzles., Isracast conversion set Isradecal decals, some Eduard etches, Eduard GBU-12 and Videoaviation GBU-38 and many homemade upgrades. Insignias and eagles were airbrushed via masks . I used MRP paints and Ammo Mig washes and Oilbrushers. As the source of information and pictures, I used Isradecal F-15I and Red Air Publications Modern Eagle guide books, they are awesome. Thank you for all comments...
  22. 28 points
    Happy New Year everybody! It's about time to post the pics of my finished 1/32nd scale Viking. The background is not ideal as the photo booth is too small. No way to take photos of the diorama either - I'll have to wait for better weather to take these photos. Anyway, no need for a lot of text this time - for those interested in the building process, here's the link to the WIP: Comments, critique and questions are welcome as usual!
  23. 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
  24. 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
  25. 27 points
    Hi to all I present my new MWP (metal work panels) project based on the Italeri Mirage IIIc 1/32 scale model kit: I chose the version (optional) ECT02 / 02 Côte D'or Dijon-Longvic 1970 (NMF finished) Aftermarkets: Eduard BigEd: part 1 & 2 Eduard Brassin: Wheels resin parts Scale Aircraft Conversions: landing gears Master (Air): Pitot tube & adapter for Italeri kit Berna Decals: for version ECT02 / 02 In this first session of work: I assembled, detailed and modified the cockpit: Test to fit on the mock up (1) : test :ok - please note the light wash (mix oil & resin) over the aircraft surface: preliminary step of the MWP procedure for reveal all the informations on the panels. MWP: the self-adhesive metal tape (aluminum) belowe the model: The instrument panels: Final test to fit (2): I tested the Chameleon colors on the SNECMA Atar 9c which I then placed on its support : note the variation of the colors ( different combustion temperature) Final assembling SNECMA Atar 9c & support: That is all for the moment. more pics & info: http://www.adventurephotomodels.com Thanks for the attention George
  26. 27 points
    On Kevin's advice, I will be merging the build of the Aviattic Marienfelde in 1/32 to this thread in order to keep everything in context and not have to have split thread in two forum sections. I will add the description of the Marienfelde build below the Wingnut wings Junkers text. Enjoy everyone PART 1 Hey guys... Been super busy lately and didn't really get a chance to post anything, or to build as much as i would have liked, to be honest. Let me present to you Wingnut Wings's lovely all metal monoplane. I built this as a side project with two great friends, Lebanese master modellers Bernard Bassous and Imad Bou Antoun, both regular contributors to international magazines and recognized top tier gentlemen. The Junkers will eventually be placed in a diorama we are working on collaboratively. In addition to the kit's contents i have extensively scratch built engine components such as the spark advance and throttle/throttle body, the propeller hub retainer, used Barracudacast intake manifold, the Rexx albatros metal exhaust (at the time of the build, Rexx hadn't started selling the Junkers D.I specific exhaust), Taurus valves and rockers, Taurus spark plugs, Albion alloy tubing, Gaspatch turnbuckles and Master brass barrels amongst others. The tubing is from Bob's Buckles as always. Custom masks are courtesy of my silhouette plotter. All paints are Alclad II and MRP for general paint, and Tamiya and Gunze for detail painting. Uschi leather decals were also used on the build along with their metallic pigments. Weathering was done using mainly pigments, colored pencils and products from Ammo Mig. This is only part one of the diorama and coming up soon should be the Aviattic 1/32 Marienfelde truck to complete my contribution to the planned diorama. Of note, this is the first model i have photographed with my new photo setup rig so i am hoping the photo quality has improved! I would like to thank Sukerumodera for their kind support providing me with the required Ammo Mig products during the build phase! As always, stay safe and happy modeling! Karim PART 2 One of the rare times i have ventured into building a vehicle rather than building my usual preference of aircraft. The Marienfelde and the figures are the second and final part of my contribution to the collaborative diorama i am building in cooperation with Lebanese master modellers Bernard Bassous and Imad Bou Antoun. I present you the Aviattic Daimler Marienfelde in 1/32 scale. The kit is multimedia composed of resin parts, brass and acetate sheeting. I will not be reviewing the kit itself but i can tell you the parts are a mixed bag in terms of quality of the castings, and i can only recommend this kit to the advanced modeller. My kit came with 3 missing parts, the drum brakes were nowhere to be found, as well as one of the stowage boxes. The kit required a substantial amount of cleanup before assembly specially on the chassis and the wheels which had deep mold marks from the resin casting process. I scratchbuilt the drum brakes with styrene and scratchbuilt alot of other small details in order to enhance the overall look of the finished flatbed. I modified the flatbed as an infield modification carried out during the late stages of the Great War in order to add visual interest and also in order to be able to place the tail of the Junkers D1 in a position that would be suitable for the diorama and for the setting in relation to the figures. Woodgraining was done using oils on the inside of the cab, RB templates on the truck bed. All detail painting was done with tamiya and gunze paints, the outside of the truck was painted with tamiya paints and i tried representing the blotched appearance by using multiple layers and mixes of variations of the field gray colors. The metallics were all painted using alclad paints and MRP metallics. Weathering was achieved with AMMO mig products and oil paints kindly provided by Sukerumodera. Further weathering was done using pigments and prismacolor color pencils. The wheels and the chassis haven't been weathered as to give Bernard and Imad the chance to weather them in a way that will allow the truck and Junkers to be better integrated to the diorama base. The figures are from Czech company Black Dog and are resin, except for the truck driver which came with the Aviattic kit. This was also my first time painting figures and it took me three days until i settled with a technique for painting faces which i found worked for me, being a mixed of airbrushing, brush painting and oil transitions. The resin duck next to the driver is from a producer which i can't recall the name of now, and it is a throwback to one of my nicknames which adds a bit of a personal touch to the build. The leaves on the flatbed are from PlusModels of Czech Republic. The wood planks that cover the trailer chassis end are cut pieces of wood veneer and the chains are 1/35 armor chains from different producers, which have been burnished. Stay tuned for the final reveal of the diorama once we bring the whole project under way. All photos have been taken with my new EOS Rebel T3i and the studio light setup. PART 1 PHOTOS PART 2 PHOTOS
  27. 27 points
    Report post Posted 2 hours ago Greetings all, This has been quite the project and would not have been possible without the following people for all their help, suggestions and, ideas. Without their support, this would not have been possible. To JSI for creating the 1/18th scale Tomcat even with it's spots and all. To Marek, may he rest in peace. His amazing talents inspired me to take on this project. His craftsmanship was second to none. Hopefully you approve Marek. To Brian Plesica, of "FIGHTERTOWN DECALS", for upscaling the markings for a custom sheet. Without the markings there would have been no point in going ahead with this project. To Dan Teker for reaching out to Brian Plesica and getting he and I together. To Janos Carpenter for generously donating the necessary parts that I needed to create a "BOMBCAT." He's a super person and, an even better friend. To my buddy Ted Dyer for his hard work in casting me the resin rear Phoenix pallets, four bomb racks and, the four MK-83' s to make this Tomcat unique in this scale. Thanks also to Ted for reaching out to his friend Pete Nuskey, a very talented machinist, who drilled the holes at the proper angels for the two inch acrylic rods. To Nathan Horchem for the resin GE F110 engine nozzles. To Nick Williamson, of FOXThre3Customs, for our long phone talks and his encouragement, thanks brother. To Brian "OOMPA" Marbrey for supplying me with reference pics of my jet, answering MANY questions, sharing his modeling expertise and, his vast knowledge of the Tomcat, thanks bud ! To Chuck Sawyer and Marcell for their tip on the walkways. The Rust-Oleum textured spray worked awesome and looks the part for this scale. And last but not least, my two long time good friends and modellers, Duane "BUZZ" Lockwood and Ed "Gunny" Miranda. BUZZ made me my aluminum Alpha probe for the nose and helped out with the aft end fuselage shape for the B/D model. Their friendship, countless hours of support and suggestions helped me see this project thru to completion, thanks guys !! And finally, to ALL the members of LSP who followed this never ending re-build. There are so many very talented builders on this forum who do amazing things with plastic. Thank you for all your encouraging words and support which helped me to see this thru to completion. I am humbled that you showed interest in my work. There were a lot of good days and bad days with this project. More time away from the bench than at it but, I was determined to stick with it and get her finished. It was definitely a labor of love and just my little part to help keep the Big Fighter's spirit alive. I'm very proud to have created such a unique piece and tried to do the 'ole girl justice. Thanks to everyone, enjoy the pics. Steve "TOMCATS FOREVER, BABY...!"
  28. 26 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.
  29. 26 points

    1/32 Hasegawa Fw 190D-9 "Red 1"

    Here is my recently completed 1/32 Hasegawa Fw 190D-9 build of the JV44 Dora flown by Heinz Sachsenberg known as "Red 1". In addition to the kit parts, I've added the following aftermarket items to the build: 1. Aires 190D-9 resin cockpit set 2. Eduard 190D-9 brass flaps 3. Quickboost 190A gun barrels 4. Eagle Editions 190A/190D-9 Early resin tail wheel 5. Henri Daehne VS111 resin prop 6. HGW 1/32 Luftwaffe seat belts 7. Montex Masks 8. Eagle Cal decals
  30. 26 points

    ZM Ki-45 Toryu (Nick)

    Hi guys, Well, here she (he?) is! I picked up the kit in Tokyo right after they were available and, uncharacteristically for me, I decided I just had to build it. I gotta say, what a fantastic kit! The engineering, molding, detail and fit is superb. I only had two areas that, due to operator error (me ) I had to trim a little for fit, otherwise it falls together with no fuss, no drama. The kit comes with duplicate parts trees for the fuselage, wing and nacelle components in both clear and gray plastic. I opted to use the gray - supposedly by buying a few extra sprues another aircraft could be built from the leftover parts but I'm not going there in this post. I only found one boo-boo - the wingtip nav light lenses in the clear sprue are molded frosted, whereas I think they probably should have been clear (I know, that obviously renders the kit unbuildable but I pressed on and - voila! ). Disclaimer: that was a joke . I did a little interwebs research before applying paint for the interior/cockpit color and found every opinion under the sun! The range seemed to narrow from light brown or khaki through various shades of green to black. Well, that narrowed it down! Of course I'm trying to lock down the color researching on my phone while I'm standing in front of the paint rack at the hobby store (where all the paints are labeled in Japanese!), but there seemed to be a favored consensus of Khaki Green. Hey, there's a bottle right there! (Mr. Color 54). Of course, right next to it is Khaki and I didn't discover until I got home that I liked khaki better. Darn. Not really interested in a return 2 hour train ride, so I just used the KG. There's another Nick being built in the WIP section and you can really see the difference. I should have used Khaki, but too late now! The rest of the paint is a mix of Tamiya and Mr. Color, the exterior undersides are an eyeball approximation mixed starting from IJN Gray and the topsides are IJN gray shaded with RLM02, The green is RLM83. I did some subtle weathering but as usual, my photography can't seem to show that very well. Decals are from the kit, and a note here. The kit offers two build/marking options. I wanted the early version with separate exhausts and open rear cockpit but the color scheme for that one is overall dark green. I wanted the camo (lizard? salamander? Gorn? Godzilla?) scheme, so I went ahead and did that. Okay, enough talking, on the the pics: More images to follow, Cheers, Mark san
  31. 26 points

    My finished models 2018

  32. 25 points
    Have started this new great model from ZM I plan to build it OOB and to play with weathering a little so far I have to confirm that it's pure fun to put it together Im building late armored version in dark green finish the manual - I like this ZM style so much My package doesn't contain sprue N but have 3 sprues M instead. I don't want to wait for replacement and will try to scratch all missing parts. Should be easy engines parts painted and shaded, ready for weathering. Did'n pu much energy into this because it will be mostly hidden central part of the wing fuselage parts scratched some small missing parts from sprue N thanks for looking jan
  33. 25 points

    MiG-29A in Luftwaffe Service

    The exhausts are a hybrid of the HAD etched parts and the kit's outer shells. The chaff/flare dispensers got some attention, particularly the fairings. Cockpits are the focal point of many models, and this one is no exception! The MiG-29 is an iconic fighter, with many unique design features. I have really enjoyed building this!
  34. 25 points
  35. 25 points

    My Day Job

    I thought I’d share a few images of my most recent endeavors. I’ve spent my entire career as a model maker, mostly architectural models as well as Industrial Design work, prototypes and appearance models. Lately my career has taken an enjoyable but very busy turn building custom model railroad environments. Here are some photos of my most recent, still under competion, being built for a former Cabinet Secretary from the previous administration here in the States. Jimbo ps: if you look up James Harr Model Maker on Facebook you’ll see a lot of my other work if you scroll back through. Enjoy!
  36. 25 points
    paul fisher

    Thank you !

    Thanks to all of you ....I wish I knew what to tell you, but it is impossible to say what we'll end up doing or when. My insurance company has paid out 75 % of our policy and is not in any hurry to pay out the rest, it will be a test of wills I guess. I understand they are a business, and they must profit to survive, but it is hard to swallow how many millions of dollars they spend to tell us they are "on our side" on the television and then try to screw us out of what we've been paying for over all these years. The cost to rebuild my workshop and equip it as it was before the fire is far beyond what we can afford if we hope to rebuild or buy a home, so change is the order of the day. Any manufacturing , such as production casting will have to be farmed out to someone already equipped and fully up to speed on such work.I have been talking informally with a company in Europe who are very well equipped and whose work I respect about future casting and even finishing of my stuff. This would allow me to do new kits, as well as open up a new opportunity for those who collect finished , cased display pieces, a market I have not participated in before. I don't need a big shop to create masters, but I do need to really think about what new kits to do, and what old products to try and bring back.Many of my 1/32 kits will be very expensive to re-tool, re-print decals and photo etch for, so I have to be realistic about how fast I can move and how far.It's been extremely disorienting to have my entire little world simply vanish overnight and I will be the first to tell you I have not been myself since the fire. I don't mean to ignore emails, I just don't know what to say in reply other than thanks, and this will take time. Without your support this would be infinitely worse than it has been. As soon as plans become more sharply defined, you'll read it here! Until then, build models, enjoy your friends and family and pizza.Pizza is good. Paul
  37. 25 points

    The One That Got away: Complete

    Hi everyone, Back in the late seventies I was a young boy with no money and little on his mind but models. One summer my father gave me this while I was visiting him on Summer vacation: Until that time, the only 109 I had known of was the Monogram 109 E Adolf Galland kit. Needless to say, it was the best gift I ever thought I was given before I became an adult. But the story was to take a bad turn. My father lived with a neat-freak on-and-off again girlfriend. I had set the kit to dry after adding the wings to the fuselage and was then shipped off to the grandparents for a few days. When I got back, the kit was gone. Nobody copped to it, not did anyone offer to replace it. Pretty much ruined summer vacation. Since I returned to modelling a few years ago, the kit had occasionally come across my memory and when I saw the box at the local big model show show, I grabbed it like a drowning man would grab a life preserver. I was going to recapture that stolen part of my childhood! After having the kit for 6 months, I got down to it. Old fashioned sprues and parts with hinges... I can tell that man y of the parts are a bit... shall we say... inaccurate. Because the decals are only a few years younger than me, I decided on a great profile by a great artist Claes Sundin. Did I mention I have a Silhouette Portrait? Image for discussion only. Painting the pilot was the first hurdle. A hurdle because my figure painting skills are pretty unskilled. No point in doing the boots... they'll disappear. He's pretty huge and completely blanks out the sides and bottom of the cockpit. This allowed me to dispense with doing more to the lower cockpit than a coat of RLM 66. What was supposed to be a simple exercise in thinning the trailing edges of the wings turned into opening the radiators and dropping the flaps turned into some major transplant surgery as a slip of the saw ruined one of the Revell Cooling flaps. The Trumpy ailerons were too narrow in chord as they neared the wing tip. So, no more gray parts. This was supposed to be OOB. The engine didn't deserve too much love as it wasn't going to show anyway and the IP wasn't even close, so I blackened the instrument faces and dry-brushed the indicators. It doesn't show so well but the pilot is so big, that I don't think it'll matter. The pilot was only painted with tube acrylic paints, so I covered him with the tip of a rubber glove for protection. I filled all of the hinges in with milliput and used white card to shim the cowl and wing-to-fuselage joint. You may have noticed hints of brass in the machine gun troughs. These are some Master Barrels MG 131's that also came with a brass Pitot tube. The Kit is inaccurate. I know that... but I've really enjoyed getting to this point. I've fabricated some small parts with card, and I have some scribing to do to add some details like the fuel hatch behind the canopy. Thanks for looking! Gaz
  38. 25 points

    Airfix's big Typhoon

    Just added the finishing touches to Airfix's 1/24th Hawker Typhoon MkIb this week: a project I've had on the bench for the last 6 months or so. Admittedly I've picked it up and put it down as and when I've felt like it, but regardless this kit is most definitely a long-term investment in regard to time and effort. I found it an absolute joy to build and thoroughly enjoyed every minute. Fit was exceptional but you must follow the instructions to the letter, especially where the engine and its piping is concerned, as tolerances are very tight. The only after-market was a set of Eduard seat belts - everything else was OOB. PIC 9 by Thomas Probert, on Flickr PIC 8 by Thomas Probert, on Flickr PIC 7 by Thomas Probert, on Flickr PIC 6 by Thomas Probert, on Flickr PIC 5 by Thomas Probert, on Flickr PIC 4 by Thomas Probert, on Flickr PIC 3 by Thomas Probert, on Flickr PIC 2 by Thomas Probert, on Flickr PIC 1 by Thomas Probert, on Flickr PIC 10 by Thomas Probert, on Flickr I opted for the post-war scheme so other than some tonal variation to the paint, I kept the weathering restrained. Paints were Xtracolour enamels with Humbrol flat as a top coat. Decals were from the kit and were excellent, bedding down well over the recessed/raised details without any problems. All in all, a fantastic kit - roll on the big Hellcat! Best regards, Tom
  39. 25 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!
  40. 25 points
    This is my take on the plane flown by Herbert Maxis on the fateful mission which was his last. This 109 is well documented and was even rebuilt and is located in a museum. The kit is Hasegawa, the markings are all sprayed on using Montex masks except for the swastikas on the tail. The figure is from masterbox and the snow was made using marble powder and microballoons. Hope you like it.
  41. 25 points
    So, I've had some days to digest Telford and I finally made it back to the 'workstation'. I'd better try to finish this Arado. all that inspiration, accumulated at Telford, really has made my head 'buzz' with new idea's and plans. What still needs to be done, is to finish the Luftwaffe 'Portalkran'... I do not know what this part is called in English, it was used to attach the engine to the hook of the crane. The winch with wire and chain. Attaching the winch to the crane... I did a temporary base used for display at Telford. I think it maybe needs to be bigger now? Cheers: Kent
  42. 24 points
    Bill Cross

    "Double Widow-Maker" (T)F104-G

    Here is the Italeri (T)F104-G trainer kit. The build was pretty straightforward, with a clear instruction booklet and easy-to-follow sub-assemblies handled more or less logically. The only issues were fit (it's an Italeri kit), and some poorly-realized components. The wingtip and under-wing fuel tanks have bad seams, and will require some careful filling and sanding, especially as the filler caps are right on the seams, yet must be glued from the inside at the time the tank halves are assembled. The fuselage has only one tricky fit issue: two PE "rings" that set off the rear portion and the stabilizer fin that simply don't mesh well. I dropped it out and the parts went together without a hitch (you can't see the internal support frame they're supposed to recreate unless the engine is removed). I resisted my usual inclination to add every bit of after-market stuff around, and only replaced three items: the exhaust nozzle (undersized and has oversimplified details), swapped for the Eduard resin one from the early, American-supplied GE J79 engine with scooped-out blade ends. The kit's Martin Baker ejection seats are undersized, again with simplified details. So I replaced them with two AMS resin versions. That saved wrangling with photo etch seat belts and other rigamarole. Finally, I added a Master Models pitot tube for the front, since part of it was bare metal on the actual aircraft.
  43. 24 points

    Hasegawa Ki-84 "Kamikaze" 1:32

    Ki-84 from suicide unit. Luckily for pilot, mission wasn't sucessfull (maybe he wasn't "brave" enought...). Hasegawa kit plus few modifications like cables here and there, strengthened flaps, pitot tube from needle, hollowed exhausts, whole plane riveted. Montex masks, Yahu IP, Eduard seatbelts used.
  44. 24 points
    ahoy shipmates wow, what a response, thank you all very much - I am humbled... Thanks Antonio - I think if I had known this before I painted them then yes, likely I would have, but it's too late now - I am just hoping either painted or unpainted is right Ah - I am now lost as despite their success, I have never seen a Harry Potter film! I do however have your exquisite 1/18 P51 exhausts which will be fitted at some point so thanks for doing those Many thanks Troy, I appreciate that you appreciate my doing a build log - that said, it is no chore for me - I love sharing things I learn and getting feedback on what I am doing right or wrong had a bit of time this weekend, so lets press on... ..first up some landing gear torque assembly fittings - seen here, it's the green bracket & bellcranks and a torque tube.. these seem to sit the deepest under the fuel selector so had to be done next.. ..first I made the housings from plastic card... ..then made up all the belcranks and any bits that go in either bay - primed white as I have run out of mr surfacer... .. ..then all these were painted.. ..and assembled, including tiny banjo fittings where small rods come off the cranks to various bits... ..and added to the airframe - the lower roof height in the model is making placing & spacing some of this stuff challenging... ..next this bit - the fuel shut-off valve - it's quite a distinctive and complicated little assembly... ..no build pics for this bit, but here it is completed... ..also added the hydraulic accumulator.... and then spent many hours plumbing the fuel selector valve - there is still one pipe to go between it and the fuel shut off valve, but there are some gubbins I need to add before doing that... ..still lots of bits to do, but feel like its a bit of progress to get that done.. TTFN Peter
  45. 24 points

    P-51K Nooky Booky IV

    P-51K Maj. Leonard "Kit" Carson 1/32 Tamiya HGW wet transfers & belts Barracuda wheels Colors MRP, Gunze Sangyo, Alclad
  46. 24 points
    The instrument panel, attached to the glare shield, is really good too and no doubt derived from the Hasegawa IP on the left. The Kitty Hawk IP on the right? Meh… The instructions don’t tell you what the heck to do with it and the kit even supplies a big IP decal. I have no idea what you’d do with it, because it will never fit this piece of raised plastic. Experts will note that the IP’s do not have the later RWR radar warning instrumentation. I don’t care. But would the Black Box resin cockpit fit the Kitty Hawk kit?? Eyeballing it for several hours, I decided that it had a very good chance. I have a Love-Hate relationship with resin cockpits and here’s the thing I hate the most. You are better to cut off a bit too much and shim it later than leave it too deep, which could stress the plastic. Next, you need to cut off the tabs on the side of the fuselage, which are amongst a moonscape of pin marks. Good thing they will all be covered later! After cutting off these parts including the rod antenna that isn’t needed and after LOTS of dry fitting and trimming, the side walls were glued into place. The fit isn’t perfect for obvious reasons and while the scalloped tabs on the top of the sill are on the resin parts, they don’t sit high enough to see them from the outside. The fix, which also covers the sidewall join is to use the kit PE brass, trimmed to fit some of the resin detail. Again, after lots of sanding and dry fitting, the cockpit slips into place as a dry fit. Note that the joins with the sidewalls will tighten up when glued permanently. Those fuse box thingies on the shelf behind the seat are just placed there to see if they cover any gaps on the sides. They do. The rear fit is pretty darn good considering this cockpit is made for the Hasegawa kit and I did not need to trim any of the top. With the front IP and glareshield dry fit, I wanted to see what the windscreen will cover. Compared to pics of the real deal, the fit is fantastic. Again, note that everything is just dry fit with plastic shims in place. Note the detail within the canopy hook slots, provided by the resin sidewalls. So there you have it. The Black Box F-5E resin cockpit not only fits the Kitty Hawk kit, but the detail is superb and the instrument panel blows the kit one away. Next up, I will try to fix some of the panels on the sides before I paint the fuselage walls. The lack of an AOA vane on the starboard side, which would fit into the wrong square panel rather than an oval one at the top, is first on the list. Thankfully, the Hasegawa kit has an AOA replacement! Cheers, Chuck
  47. 24 points


    Started on the 9th of December... Every year I try to do a 'clear the bench' build over Christmas, this year it was this one: Not sure why folks seem to shy-away from the Trumpy 109E kits almost all the completed ones that I have seen here are from the Eduard and Dragon kits. Ahh well... I thoroughly enjoyed every minute of this one. Perfect fit everywhere, lots of detail, excellent etch, decals and phenomenal clear parts. (not so excellent rubber tyres tho'). For a change I broke-out my enamels for the 74/75/76/04 colours, all of which I mixed using my preferred Mk.I eyeball method. Highly recommend this to anyone contemplating a 1:32 build and perhaps a wee bit put-off by the excessive parts-count and cost of some of the 'uber kits' around just now - I got this off a well-known on-line auction site from a Chinese based seller for just £16.50 !!!!! (that's as good as giving it away) even down here to NZ the postage was just ten-quid. So here t'is all done only addition is the kit specific Eduard Zoom set which includes the harness too; And I have to admit that I'm very pleased with it. Please feel free to hurl any criticism, ask any questions or make any comment at all. Thanks for taking the time to look and Happy 2019 to all here. Ian.
  48. 24 points
    John Everett

    1/20 Nichimo Cessna-172 Skyhawk

    Hello LSP, I finished the Cessna a few months ago and have posted it in a couple of places. But I thought it might make a nice introduction to my first post here on LSP. There was a lot added to the engine and a little bit done with the interior. But in general the 40 year old kit includes just about everything you see here. Back in August a member was asking if he should build his copy or just collect it. I would answer his question by pointing out that unbuilt models are sad and lonely and if you were going to have a "bucket list" finished model, this would be one.
  49. 24 points
    evening folks Hi Mark - I just used white cotton - tied it up, a drop of runny CA and then a quick flick of a lighter flame to scorch away any fluffiness.. so, it was time to move on to the floor.. ..it seems there are two layers, one layer is the top of the wings with a zinc chromate jointing strip and the two fuel gauges as seen here... ..above this, sit all the real floor panels - when I did the PE I did each panel and then made one base panel by joining all these together and filling a few gaps to get one full panel as a basis of the floor... ,,seen here is the part - it actually has a slight bend in it as the floor slopes away down to the rudder pedals, you can also see the first folded panel that go on here and drop down to the wing skin.. ..all the folded floor parts were added, the wing skin & strip made from riveted litho and tubes added for where the fuel gauges go & it was all primed.. ..I added the fixing strips at the bottom of each panel where it meets the skin afterwards as separate bits - they were too complicated to try and fold in.. ..painted and assembled.. you might just be able to see the fuel gauges... ..all the floor parts are wood so I stuck them to some marquetry ply -it's very thin & perfect for the job... ..then all the fixing holes were drilled out and lead wire threaded through... ..soon all the panels were finished.. ..painted and with wear added where flying boots rub against the floor pounding the rudder pedals... ..also added the two controls by the fuel gauge holes - one says hot air & the other defroster so I assume they direct hot air from the engine (the red knobs need matt varnish yet..)... ..and mocked up in place... ..the cockpit pod is coming along and represents a lot of the effort in the model.. ..control column next TTFN Peter
  50. 24 points

    HK;s Lancaster.

    Part 3 Norbert will recognise these guys. painted by my son. by the way, the merlins and bombs were constructed by my daughter. 21 and 18 respectively. 4 x very nice Merlin XX's included. Now, whilst following the the draft instructions, I completely missed that there is an option to build the engine nacells and covers without the merlins installed so here she stands with 4 fully detailed merlins! . likewise The tube support structures are not required, there are parts to connect the exhaust stubs to the heat shield. saves a lot of time. In addition the kit includes parts to complete the whole engine support structure as a skeletal frame complete with oil tanks etc. I left these off due to time constraints. Another shot of the outstanding surface detail. So there she is folks. WNW or HK? An absolute gift for superdetailing and aftermarket goodies if one so desires. The clear parts are crystal clear and nicely moulded, however the internal ribbing makes it a little difficult to view the interior detail clearly, but without the ribbing the parts would be so fragile they would be impossible to work. By the way, there is no surface detail on the clear parts for obvious reasons. My large gut feeling is that if you choose to invest in this kit you will not be disappointed or left wanting although take longer than 5 weeks eh?
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