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  1. 49 points
    Hi everyone, This is the Revell 1/32 F-4E kit with some aftermarket help from GT Resin in the form of exhausts, belly strap and intakes, new nose from Sierra Hotel, Aim-9Js from Cutting Edge and a cockpit from Legend. The aim was to depict a late 70's USAFE jet from the 50TFW at Hahn AFB using AirDoc decals, put her in-flight and add some lighting to bring her to life. This was sort of a learning project for me, picking up on the excellent tips found in this forum, trying out some new techniques and learning from my mistakes (of which I made a few - see build for details!). In the end it took 2 and a half years to complete so the ratio of builds to acquires is way out of kilter. Anyway, on to the pics... And with lights on... Overall, a challenging but fun build of the impressive Phantom! Build thread is here ... https://forum.largescaleplanes.com/index.php?/topic/58988-132-revell-f-4e-what-could-possibly-go-wrong/&page=1 Many thanks for looking!
  2. 43 points

    My big scales models

    Hi, after almost 20 years spent on 1/48tth models, I moved to the bigger 1/32nd scale. Here some pics of the models I have completed in the last 5 years. Trumpeter A-4M Skyhawk in 1/32nd Trumpeter AV-8B Harrier II in 1/32nd Trumpeter Harrier GR.5 in 1/32nd Trumpeter Harrier GR.7 in 1/32nd Trumpeter Harrier GR.9A in 1/32nd Trumpeter AV-8B+ Harrier II Plus in 1/32nd Tamiya F-16CJ in 1/32nd Revell Hawk T.1 in 1/32nd Italeri Mirage 5BA in 1/32nd Italeri Nesher in 1/32nd … and now something even bigger… Trumpeter Hurricane IIC in 1/24th Airfix Harrier GR.3 in 1/24th At the moment I’m working on a DayGlo FIAT G.91R-1B in 1/32nd. CIAO! Piero
  3. 41 points
    While I was at Nationals, I saw some nice 1/32 resin display bases from ZM and Squadron, and it got me inspired. I bought one of the PSP bases from Squadron, because it was big enought for my P-38, and I could finish it myself; plus I knew I could never make my own that well for the 22 bucks it cost me to buy it. Not to disparage a company I respect, but frankly, I was not really happy with the detailing or the texture on the ZM bases, especially the carrier deck one. So I picked up a couple sets of the PE US Carrier deck tie down strips from Tom's Model Works, ordered some 3/16" plastic channel from Plastruct, and set about making my own base when I got home. After a lot of trial and error, here are some quick shots with my phone of the final product, with my Hellcat on it as intended. What do you guys think? Tim
  4. 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!
  5. 38 points

    Fw 190D-11

    Fw 190D-11 W.Nr.220014 WFS of G.d.J. Fhr Otto Leisner 1945 Hasegawa model 1/32 Real Model conversion set HGW seat belts Barracuda cockpit & wheels All painting mask hand made All colours MRP
  6. 38 points
    Nic C.D.

    P-51 B Mustang III

    Here are a few photos of my newly built Trumpeter P-51 B Mustang III, built straight out of the box, except for seatbelts. I was wondering how this kit would build (bought for less than 30 euro) after reading so much about it. It built quite easily. Most enjoyable, actually! And in time to take the kit to Telford in 3 weeks time. I hope you like the result; the pilot seems to be quite happy to pose for a photo next to it... I hope to get another 1/32 kit ready for the deadline, but not sure I will make it... Thanks for watching ! Nic
  7. 38 points

    ME-262 Trumpeter 1/32

    Hi Guys, Here is my completed Me-262. A not so easy project eventually so I'm happy it's done. This is one of the two Rudolf Sinner's aircrafts with this original camo pattern. I chose to paint it 70/82/76 to match the high color contrast that can be observed on the photos. Wheels are form Barracuda, seat from Quickboost, the rest is straight from the kit. Cheers Tristan
  8. 36 points

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

    Some more pics...
  9. 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.
  10. 34 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/
  11. 33 points
    Well there she is. A bit late in the weekend, but finally had time to take pictures and post them here. This is my latest build. I started this build in June 2016 but it stalled due to becoming a father again, so the better part of 2017 was a lost year for modelling. Anyway, it doesn't matter, because I finished the bird! When I first heard of this conversion I had to have it. I had seen pictures of it as a kid and it always struck me as such an advanced design, almost alien like. I bought the excellent book about this plane from Cristoph Vernaleken and Martin Handig. These men have done a lot of research on this subject and their book and website http://ju388.de is invaluable if you want to model this plane. But I have to say, the book is not written with the modeler in mind. So I think that about 30/40% of my time went into research. John form AIMS did a stellar job in researching and creating the conversion, but there was still room for improvement.. With a lot of searching on the web, visiting several obscure forums, and with a little help from people here, I had enough info to make the most accurate representation of it to my ability. In the process you learn a lot about your subject which is one aspect I like about modeling. Anyway, I'm not going to repeat all the steps I have taken in the build. If you're interested you can visit my WIP-thread here on LSP: Link. But I'll give a short summary of what I used for this build. Model: Revell Ju88 A4 Conversion: AIMS Ju388 L-1 Aftermarket: Henri Daehne propellers Anttena: scratch build with Albion Alloy fit and slide tubes Instrument panel: Designed and 3D printed instrument panel Painting: Mr. Paint (primarily) Weathering: AK Interactive Paneliner So, there you have it. Without further ado, here are the pictures. Please feel free to ask questions or give critique (don't hold back, I can take it). Wouter
  12. 33 points

    1/32 Trumpeter SU -27UB

    Hi Guys This is the , OTB the only addition are the resin ejector seats. the kits come together rather well, and I used the Hataka paint sets, which are superb, also I have 2 reed oak figures, 7 more to add, also used fox bat masking stencils , but the adhesive is very strong, so I ended up making my own. hope you enjoy. The Sukhoi Su-27 (Russian: Сухой Су-27; NATO reporting name: Flanker) is a twin-engine supermanoeuvrable fighter aircraft designed by Sukhoi. It was intended as a direct competitor for the large United States fourth-generation fighters such as the Grumman F-14 Tomcatand F-15 Eagle, with 3,530-kilometre (1,910 nmi) range, heavy aircraft ordnance, sophisticated avionics and high manoeuvrability.
  13. 32 points
    Well we finally are finished,after a few setbacks and rebounds...Big thanks to Roden for designing and producing this kit...no one else would have done it. It does have a few areas that require attention (what kit doesn't) But builds up nicely with a little care. Thanks for following, and it's on to the next. Warm regards..Bill. And thanks for the pic Barney. 1954..an early one.
  14. 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
  15. 32 points

    Ta 152H-1 Ofw. Willi Reschke

    Ta 152H-1 Ofw. Willi Reschke, 7/JG301, Alteno 1945 1/32 Zoukei-Mura HGW seat belts Eagle cals Painting mask home made All colors MRP/Mr.Paint
  16. 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
  17. 31 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
  18. 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
  19. 31 points
    Hi guys, This is old Hasegawa kit representing F-16A Netz of Israeli Airforce. it's one of the two kits I have build together as a double build. Her twin is a F-16A Netz #107 AIrcraft F-16A Block 10 S/N 78-0336 was delivered to Israel in Jan 1981. Originally assigned to 110Sq. "The Knights of the North". It finished it's service at Ovda AFB with 115 "The Flying Dragon" Sq. aka "Red" Squadron. The kit itself is very old Hasegawa mold with raised panel lines and rivets. I had to scribe and rivet whole surface and wings. Hasegawa plastic is hard and brittle so this part of the build was a nightmare. I gave up to rescribe the bottom of the fuselage and decided to use airbrush and weathering in my favour. I used following extras during build: True Details cockpit for F-16A... . Glareshield is too wide to close the canopy so I had to build both kits with opened canopy. KASL exhaust for Academy kit Aires wheel bays for Academy kit Scale Aircraft Conversion metal landing gear for Academy kit Isradecal Wheels Center tank from Tamiya F-16CJ kit Sidewinder register - converted from Tamiya's F-16CJ AIM-9M AMS Resin AN/ALQ-119 ECM-Pod Tailart and insignias are airbrushed using my homemade masks. Other decals are from Isradecal. Paints: Mr Paint colors and Mr Paint washes Thanks and regards,
  20. 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.
  21. 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
  22. 31 points

    1/32 Marauder

    Hello there. Maybe you know this phenomenon. I have several more or less unfinished models lying around. And then, something completely new comes to mind. Some months ago, I was thrilled by the idea of a 1/32 Marauder, and despite my other builds, I started to work on a 3d-model. I already printed some major parts. I now have some days of leave of absence, and hope to make some progress (as well with my other unfinished projects). But who knows when I get distracted with something completely new again Propellers and engines are lent from a free 3d-model for visual demonstration only. Here is a picture of an early stage, where you can see how the wings are made of several segments: The main fuselage is divided into three sections due to the maximum build-volume of my 3d-printer (about 20 cm). The left and right halves are 0,5 mm apart, with a recessed line in the middle. The three sections are first glued together. This approach helps to keep alignment. Otherwise, gluing six separately printed fuselage parts together while keeping alignment would be a nightmare. On the fuselage, I already scribed the panel-lines, with the drawing in the Warpaint book as a reference. The fuselage is now more or less ready to be sawed apart into left and right halves to get access into the interior. The most important "tool" when doing this kind of modelling: Cheers Alex
  23. 31 points

    1/32 ZM Horten 229 / Eday 2018

    Hello gentlemen, Have been quite busy lately with EDay IPMS contest and being on leave, and just got round to post this. The kit is the Zoukei Mura 1/32 Horten 229 and it was my first kit from ZM and one of my planned contest entry for EDay 2018. In all honesty i was really positively pleased with the engineering and the fit of the parts on the kit and i have since added a couple of the ZM 32nd kits to the stash and am looking forward to building them. To the basic kit i have added HGW textile harnesses, Master brass barrels, ZM resin weighted wheels and UVDR woodgrain decals. The initial plan was to have the wings displayed on a trestle which i had scratchbuilt but did not have time to properly paint and weather in time for the contest in Prague. Scratchbuilt items were added to the kit in terms of wiring and some missing items. All paints were MRP and tamiya, metallics were Alclads. The exhaust heatshield metallic plating was done by foiling (thanks @Out2gtcha). Weathering was done using Ammo MIG products including filters, washes and pigments, and prismacolor pencils. I finished the kit one night before the deadline and managed to pack it safe and sound for the two leg trip to Czech Republic. To my total surprise, the Horten won best aircraft of show in the hobby category scale 1/40 and above! Happy days! Thank you for checking the post Karim On Brian's suggestion i have added a WIP section on the blog at the following LINK
  24. 31 points

    F4D....the Ford

    Here is my Fisher Skyray. Done just in time for Phoenix. Dan
  25. 30 points

    1/32 Tamiya F-16CJ

    Finished photos of my TAMIYA,Inc. 1/32 F-16CJ. Built with AMS Resin ECM pod and L/h HARM pod, Eduard Model Accessories SNIPER pod, MASTER Static Dischargers, AIRES HOBBY MODELS wheels, GT Resin R/h targeting pod pylon and VideoaviationGBU-38s. Decals were a mixture of kit and Astra Decals. Painted with MRP & Mr Hobby. Seat belts are scratch built, Bomb rack is robbed from the Academy Hornet. I was planning on using the Quickboost seat and Aires wheel wells but they both were far too small! Massive thank you for Joe at Yellow Cake Models for sending my a new lower fuselage after I butchered mine and Fanch at Fancherello models & photos for cutting me the stencils for the tail.
  26. 30 points

    F-86D Kitty Hawk

    I added excellent HGW seat belts and several wires in the wheel bays.
  27. 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
  28. 30 points
    Fieseler Fi 103 & Fi 103A-1 Reichenberg 1/32 Special Hobby All colours MRP Canopy mask MH Models
  29. 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.
  30. 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
  31. 30 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
  32. 30 points

    1/32 RNZAF A-4K Kahu Skyhawk

    Hi guys, I am proud to present my recently completed 1/32 A-4K Skyhawk. I used the Trumpeter A-4F as the base for my build. Added a Wolfpack resin cockpit and used the Eduard exterior photoetch set. Airbrushed with custom mixes of Tamiya acrylics. Decals are from my own KMNZ Decals custom range (available for purchase worldwide via KMNZdecals@gmail.com).
  33. 30 points
    Mr b

    1/32 Revell P-51D

    Hi folks Just completed the revell mustang. Sorry for poor pictures thanks to jerry for the trade on the decals and mike for the advise best regards and happy modelling brian
  34. 29 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...
  35. 29 points

    1/32 Revell Spitfire MKIIa

    Completed! 41 Squadron RAF, Summer 1941. This MKIIa was donated to 41 Squadron by the 1st Canadian Infantry Division. build log:
  36. 29 points
    Thanks to everyone here for your support during "Part 1". I really appreciated it. Cheers, Chuck
  37. 29 points

    Junkers Diorama

    Hi all, Just finished my Wingnut Junkers. My first attempt at a diorama, and was a surprisingly steep learning curve! But great fun too. Aviattic resin Crossley trailer, fuel cart & figure. Diodump factory wall and gates. Home made plaster cast base in a picture frame. I hope to be taking it to Telford this year & will be in an upcoming ‘Scale Aviation Modeller’ magazine. Thanks for looking in Guy
  38. 29 points
    My Corsair Number 6 Tamiya 1/32 AJ press & Eagle Cals decals Barracuda wheels HGW wet transfers & seat belts All colours MRP
  39. 29 points
    Tamiya 1/32 Birdcage HGW Seat belts Barracuda Wheels Eagle cals All colour MRP Model Build Miroslav Knížek Painting & Weathering Miloslav J. Hrabaň
  40. 28 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
  41. 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!
  42. 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
  43. 28 points

    LSP's 20th Anniversary!

    Howdy folks, It won't surprise long-time members to learn that LSP is turning 20 next year, and we've decided to make it a big one by marking the occasion with some special initiatives. Some of them are still in the throes of being finalised, and are not yet ready for announcement. Some of you will already be aware that we're planning to hold a year-long Group Build with a "multi-engine" theme to help celebrate, and that HK Models has generously agreed to donate a Lancaster kit as a prize at the end. I'm pleased to announce that we've been able to extend this celebratory prize-giving significantly, and there will now be a range of prizes awarded from a range of vendors and sponsors that include (but is not limited to) the following: HK Models Wingnut Wings AIR Modeller Valiant Wings Publishing HobbyLink Japan airscale Other potential prizes are being negotiated, and we'll be offering an official LSP prize too. We're also working on something that will extend the gift-giving beyond the confines of the Group Build, but that's not ready to be announced just yet. All Group Build prizes will be awarded via a raffle, but there will be more information provided about that closer to the time. So, stay tuned for more announcements as we aim to make our 20th anniversary in 2019 something special! Kev
  44. 28 points

    15. Hawker Tempest Mk.II 1/32

    My Tempest number 15 is finished. Model Special Hobby, Engine set CMK. Colors MRP & Gunze Sangyo.
  45. 28 points
    This HpH MiG-15 was started last year. It is my first completed resin kit. The learning curve is steep, but I am finally done. I cannot wait to get started on the HpH La-7. I hope you like it. Any critiques or suggestions are WELCOME!
  46. 28 points

    Mirage IIIC

    Hello, Here is my last finished kit. It's the Italeri Mrage IIIC. I added the following items: -Musthave ejection seat. -Eduard wheels. -Eduard PE for interior and exterior. -Master Pitot. -Mix of Bernal decals and Italeri decals. NMF is Vallejo metal color. Philippe.
  47. 27 points

    1/32 Italeri Cf 104

    After over two years, this one is finally done! The kit does build into an impressive model pretty much out of the box, if the fuselage panel lines are sharpened up a tad. I chose a longer route and foiled the beast, after an overall sand and polish, to deal with those pesky panel lines. There is a fair amount of scratch building in the cockpit, using the kit pieces with any semblance of detail removed as a basis, and also some of the Eduard panels. Many of the Eduard pieces were chopped and rearranged to get what I wanted. The flying instrument panel and instrument shroud/gunsight were scratch built as neither the kit nor the Eduard parts present the Canadian version. The build can be found here. Overall, no problems. Glue the front and rear fuselage sections together before joining the fuselage halves and use internal fillets for the wing/fuselage joints are the only essential tricks on this one. Extras used were: Eduard interior Airscale instruments and bezels Aires control columns Eduard electronic boxes (chopped up and added to) Eduard exterior (only a couple of pieces in the end - I should have saved my money and used whiskey bottle foil instead) Eduard seat with fabric belts(very very nice - essential really) Eduard wheels (the kit ones are incorrect for the Cf 104) Eduard burner can Aires wheel bays (the main bay is especially good and for the most part is visible despite the gear doors) Master pitot tube (metal and essential for durability alone) Videoaviation wing and central pylons (also beautiful pieces) CMK rocket pod (chopped and modified - I only needed it for the end pieces which I had trouble scratch building) Canuck Symmetrical Markings (amongst the best decals I've come across) Wessex Transfers (to print the decals for the Aete "X" markings and the tail flash) Mike Grant decals (various placards and a couple of instruments) It was my first attempt at foiling and I am extremely grateful to members of this forum for their helpful posts on achieving that. It was suprisingly relaxing and certainly way more spouse-friendly than Alcad. For the record, I went through just over 400 cotton buds, 500ml of alcohol, over 40 blades, and somewhere around a metre of foil to do the job. The foil was common kitchen foil with heavy duty foil only used when I was treating it with bleach and egg shells. The Microscale foil glue was cut 50/50 with alcohol and sprayed onto the foil in two misted coats. And the airbrush survived without coming to a sticky end. I used a limited amount of chrome Bare Metal Foil for the canopy framing and the leading edge of the vertical stab. No polish was used as i wanted to retain the natural variation in the panels. Hard to photograph as it is quite subtle across the bulk of the fuselage. There's only very light weathering using oils and Flory washes. It was also my first foray into attempting my own decals. The artwork was easy using a free download of Illustrator, but the successful printing on our Canon inkjet was not something I was able to conquer. I managed to get them printed and coated without colour bleeding, but the final product was just too flimsy and transparent to work with. The first couple of photos were taken outside, but the sun is a tad harsh. The model is surprisingly long and a beggar to photograph. Many thanks for the encouragement along the way! Any comments, suggestions etc on the finished model are welcome. I'm certainly happy with it overall - I've almost forgotten the couple of errors already! Hope you like it. Cheers, Mike
  48. 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
  49. 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...!"
  50. 27 points

    Just a thought from an idiot about LSP.

    I arrived at this site having been discharged from 21 months in hospital fighting terminal blood cancer. Happily, I survived. When I joined I was off my tree on the world's strongest drugs in quantities no other human has ever experienced. No joke. I am alone in this. The members were subjected to this. Some didn't understand. Hell, nobody could. Even my doctors. I am NOT complaining. Hell, I beat terminal cancer! How tough am I?? I'll not forget the patience from members and staff here and gone. I offer my most sincere thanks. Dale Cleary. Modeller.
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