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#871917 Why LSP is home

Posted by harvey on 29 December 2016 - 02:43 AM

I have been trying for a couple days to sit down and write something snappy about LSP and what it means to me without any luck.All the stuff that has been going on here has made it even harder. This will be hard , so bear with me, please.
I have never been involved with anything remotely similar to this place and all involved. I was raised a Navy brat and as a lot of you know, this can be fairly awkward to a kid growing up. I did get use to moving and establishing friends, if only for a shot time. Then I was in the service and well you know what that was like especially during Viet Nam. Fast forward to a few years ago. Joined a couple forums after starting back into modeling and found a new world. But there wasn't the group I was looking for. Stumbled upon a new site called LSP. Hey, this is different. No drama, lots of help. Anyway after some time, got to know people and start friendships and it kept growing. Latter on I found that I could actually contribute a little back, more friends, better bonds. Met new people all the time. Learned who's buttons I could push and found I could make people laugh. I was hooked. Had fun building and learned lots of basic and complicated things. Found that the people I new who had heartaches and problems actually affected me. Some of my friends passed away, close friends. talked a few friends out of doing things that were detrimental to their health and well being. Made more friends. I found my place in this thing called LSP. I was accepted without thought or question. People like Maru, LSP Paul, Ernie,Martin Jack, Jerry ,Derek ,Larry, just dozens more. Souls like Dale, who told me just the other dale, that I may not know all the good I've done to others here, has been a big influence in the way I look at people. When I've been ill, the dozens of you that messaged me and Bev. have shown what love is. What real friendship is, what a Family is. The times I have given a kit or something else, I've done so with no thought of myself. The times I've been given stuff, it blows me away. I think the highlight this year is Joe giving me his prize from Maru for the flight in England ! Are you shitting me ? I give without thinking so why am I so surprised when the shoe is on the other foot ? I don't know. All I know is I am loved and appreciated here in my home and I try to give it back every day. The funny stuff here is just hilarious . Especially this stuff about the "like" button. I love it ! I learned long ago that people wouldn't bug you if they didn't like you, so it is flattering to me.I can't go a day, no, I can't go an hour without looking in. 16,000 post, thats a tribute to what I think about this place and how much I need it. Likes, well again my way of saying HI, or showing my appreciating you all. My stamp of approval I guess.
OK i've dragged this on long enough. I'll close with "I LIKE all of you, new and old" .........Harv :wub:
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#987712 F-4C Phantom II - Tamiya 1/32

Posted by Memir on 29 November 2017 - 11:23 PM


I am LSP member couple months already and this is first time I am uploading my work here.

I got this kit from my wife back in 2000 and since then it stayed in stash as I was away from hobby for the same time.


This is Tamiya's kit representing F-4C of 497th TFS based in Ubon, Thailand around 1967.

Aircraft was originally deployed to Vietnam in Navy standard colors Light Gull Grey FS16440 and White FS17875.

After some time original grey Phantoms were repainted in local paintshops with SEA camouflage on top, while bottom remained in original Navy White FS17875.

As painting conditions were not ideal, Phantoms were prone to heavy chipping and there were original large insignias, corogard and letters showing through SEA camouflage colors.

I used following extras during build:

Avionix cockpit (nightmare to fit...)

GT Resin: Seamless intakes, center 600 gal tank, outer USAF pylons

Eduard: etched interior set, exhaust, masks, Sidewinders, Sparrows, TER, MER

Videoaviation: BLU-27 Napalm fIre bombs

MB MK.5 seats were in stash for 17 years and I do not remember what make are they...

I used original Tamiya insignias, all letters and night owl are homemade masks...

Paints: Mr Paint colors and Flory washes

Thanks and regards,
































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#967725 1/18 Spitfire MkXIV Race #80

Posted by airscale on 24 September 2017 - 04:24 PM

Hi all,


So after 18 months she is finished...


Spitfire MkXIV Race #80 Tinnerman Air Race 1949 flown to third position by Flt Lt James McArthur RCAF..
































Thanks for all the support and contributions to my thread on the build - I started it in tribute to Edgar Brooks - Mr Spitfire, and a small part of me like to think he would like what he sees. I must say it has been a really enjoyable build, a few dodgy moments, but with the help of the Monforton book it is like building from a kit, you just have drawings not parts


Not sure what comes next, but if you want to see this one then it will be on the competition table at Telford this year :)


tahnks again all & back soon






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#956454 CAVALIER III Turbo Mustang 1/32

Posted by oppenheimer on 19 August 2017 - 03:38 PM

Hello everyone, finally done, the base kit for this modification is Tamiya's P-51D in 1/32 scale with the resin conversion from Resin2detail.com






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#1016176 HK Models 1/32 B17G

Posted by Vynce804 on 24 February 2018 - 05:48 PM

Dear All,


The HK models B17G is a fantastic kit,  great detail and even though much of it can't easily bee seen I know it is there!  I think i underestimated the size of this thing!...its BIG!  too big to fit even separate wings and fuselage in my spray booth and when you think you can paint it with only 1 pot of paint...think again!  The first image is the inspiration for my model  some of the OD B17 were particularly filthy with the oil that streamed back from the engines being spread to other parts of the airframe on the boots of ground crew. weathering was all post shade and oils  not much aftermarket  only gun barrels, wheels and decals, and the name came from the Tamiya F4E.


So after 6 months working on this monster what next.....maybe the Airfix Typhoon or should i wait for the HK models Lancaster!











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#869051 My lonesome modeling year 2016

Posted by harvey on 22 December 2016 - 02:03 AM

Well, here it is. And on top that, it took me 6 long years.........Harv





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#698429 New Releases

Posted by LSP_Ron on 24 July 2015 - 05:47 AM

There is too much negativity here lately on new releases in my opinion. We have many new companies bringing new subjects in our scale and even with their flaws it is a godsend.  I am personally tired of seeing the slamming of manufactures on research errors.  Pointing out errors is fine, but these new players are getting zero thanks for giving us something new. If it isn’t perfect, belly up and model it perfect or start your own company to sell to us. 


I am sure those watching us are open to change to improve but we are getting a huge vibe of perfectionism or it’s crap and that's not right.  LSP is not a place to slam manufactures for flaws,  it is a place to identify them, find a solution and share that, a place where changing them or not is up to the builder and not judged, change or leave as is is accepted,  a place where beginners are welcome and we want them to contribute. Being so critical on a new release surely doesn’t encourage more to join for fear of a lack of knowledge. Not cool..


I commend these folks for bringing forward  these releases, hats down, flaws or not



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#1035919 Marineflieger Viking F-104G Starfighter

Posted by Marine104 on 25 April 2018 - 01:41 PM

Hi guys


Since I am new here I thought I would show you one of my completed 1/32 models and to say hello! 


Here is Hasegawa's 1/32 F-104G Starfighter kit modelled in the special livery of '26+72", one half of the colourfully painted Marineflieger Vikings display team in their final few shows of their final airshow season before retirement. Quite a bright scheme and maybe not to everybody's taste but I've always loved the German Air Force special schemes and it certainly stands out on my shelf!


It was a model of quite a few firsts for me coming from the world of 1/72. My first 1/32 kit with full rescribe and additional scratch built parts. 


I used an Aires seat (incorrect exact headrest type but none available in this scale-will modify Eduard's one in the future), wheels and J79 exhaust nozzle from Eduard (both very good). 


I pretty much rebuilt the cockpit, new bulged gear doors, some gear well/leg details, fashioned a centre pylon and FOD covers. I wish I had used a better substitute for the intake cover attachment cords among others and the RBF tags are way too big even in 1/32, next time I'll use 1/48 ones. Lessons to take into future 1/32 F-104s of which I plan quite a few.


I used the amazing DACO decal sheets which were extremely accurate from my references, really highly recommend those. Painted with Revell enamels because I thought they matched the RAL callouts the best and weathered only modestly, after all this scheme was only worn for a few months. 


I hope you like it! (I jazzed up some of the photos a little  ;) )























I also built another Viking team jet in the traditional Marineflieger colours, however after an SD card crash this is the only photo I have now :doh: . Italeri kit pretty much OOB with DACO decals,






Having been a long stalker of this site, finally I'm glad I joined and I look forward to taking part here and viewing all the excellent models on the go!


Thanks for any replies and best regards,



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#900870 De Havilland Mosquito B Mk IV (FPU) - Diorama...

Posted by kkarlsen on 09 March 2017 - 10:44 AM

Finally this build has crossed the finish line - Kit: HK Models Mosquito B Mk IV.
My goal was to depict one of the planes used by the RAF Film Production Unit (FPU). These Mosquito's were used to document some of the daring low level operations, mostly done by 2nd TAF. These cameraplanes participated in some of the famous operations against german targets, Gestapo Headquartes, Amiens Prison Break etc...

In the beginning these planes were modified, to carry a cine camera mounted in the nose. Later 35 mm handheld camera's were being used and by the summer of 1944 they were fitted with an additional Perspex panel in the nose. This provided more glass for the cameraman, who by now, was moving around the cockpit trying to get footage of the operations. Some of these films can be watched on Youtube... https://www.youtube....h?v=NNxLXCZobTk


Diorama: December 1944: Mosquito B Mk IV - DZ414 'O' Orange (FPU) is getting ready for a mission.

Some of the Pilots are discussing todays mission, the squadron dog is present.

An RAAF officer/cameraman, is checking his camera equipment. RAF starter trolley is connected.

Fitters are checking and doing some last minute maintenance on the left Roll-Royce Merlin engine.

A RAF vehicle (Bedford MWD) has stopped, delivering equipment for the plane.

Some additional camera's are loaded for a PR Mosquito.

























Thanks for watching! Kent


Mosquito build: http://forum.largesc...topic=61578&hl=


Bedford build: http://forum.largesc...topic=67154&hl=

#898720 Death Rattlers F4 Phantom

Posted by Vynce804 on 03 March 2017 - 03:09 PM

Hi All,
This is a model I have wanted to build for a while. It's a marines vfma323 f4 phantom from the late 1960's. it's based on the Tamiya F4 c/d kit and I know not truly accurate to the f4b but close enough for me. I was fascinated by how worn these jets got in service and really tried hard to capture that in this model. Kit went together with no problems but boy is it big when finished! It's also the first kit I have completed where I have added the aircrew. I really like it as it brings life to the model and definitely something I will do more of in the future. The only after market used are resin seats and of course the decals. Hope you enjoy looking. Cheers. Matt




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#804528 Hasegawa Fw 190D-9 "Yellow 11"

Posted by Thunnus on 06 June 2016 - 08:25 PM

Here is my recently finished Dora in 1/32 scale.  My normal scale is 1/48 so I don't usually post here but I thought I'd share this one.  Although the Hasegawa kit is excellent, I purchased quite a few aftermarket resin upgrades but I ended up not using the majority of tem due to fit issues/operator error... i.e. Eagle 3-piece gun cowling, Eagle radiator cowling, and the most of the MDC cockpit.  I modified the curvature of the Hasegawa gun cowling using the Eagle resin as a guide with sheet plastic and putty.  A first for me: I riveted the entire surface of the aircraft using Radu's Rivet-R.  Colors were primarily Tamiya acrylics with some Gunze mixed in and Alclad for the metal portions underneath.  Decals are Eagle Cals.



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#858920 Tamiya 1/32 P-51D Mustang - "Bunnie / Miss Kentucky State", Ca

Posted by DWW on 21 November 2016 - 10:55 PM

Hi folks:

I've been a long distance admirer of the Tuskegee airmen for many, many years, so when AMW editor Chris Clifford, said he was compiling a team to produce a USAAF 'special' I jumped right on board and asked if I could pull Tamiya's big Mustang from the stash and finish it as Roscoe's bird. Green light given, aftermarket gear was roped in and plastic readied.

As part of the build, I decided to take a close look at the restored 'D' at the RAF Museum in Hendon, as this was reputed to have achieved a high standard of authenticity, particularly the 'puttied wing'. What I found both shocked me and prompted me to write the following:

The P-51D on display at Hendon RAF Museum is broadly accepted as a fine quality restoration of the marque and in its natural metal finish guise, also has wings coated in aluminium lacquer, akin to that used in wartime.

The factory process involved (after puttying the panel joints) one or two sprayed applications of DuPont Light Grey primer. This was then overcoated with an aluminium lacquer in the ratio of eight ounces of aluminium paste to a gallon of clear lacquer or varnish. It seems the aluminium in this mix reacted vigorously with oxygen and became aluminium oxide, a greyish material which accounts for the Mustang wings at Hendon being overtly grey in tone and emphatically not the solid silver or aluminium normally used to portray this feature on models. Depending on whether the lacquer was new or aged, therefore gives modellers scope for a more silvery grey, evolving to the darker grey of the Hendon Mustang. The build seen here can be considered somewhere between the two.  

Given the grey bias of the Hendon Mustang, a concoction of Tamiya XF-19 Sky Grey (one part), Tamiya X-32 Titanium Silver (three parts), Tamiya XF-2 Flat White (one part) and Tamiya X-22 Clear (two parts) were mixed and sprayed over the appropriate parts of the wing. This gave a tone commensurate with the Hendon paint, while leaving a gentle satin finish, that was later glossed with more X-22 to more closely match the museum Mustang.





The difference between the polished but untreated metal and the lacquered area is quite stark.




This is the puttied wing 'map' I chose to follow.





I emailed Dana Bell (who wrote a Tuskegee piece for the USAAF 'special) about this matter and sent him shots of the model with silvery grey puttied wings and he kindly responded (among other points) "I'm attaching a shot of one of the Tuskegee P-51Bs to show how well your model matches reality."


It was quite refreshing to know that this Tamiya Mustang was going to look rather different in its treatment and with that in mind, the lovely cockpit was brought together.






The side consoles scrub up nicely with paint and Roy Sutherland's cockpit decals.





Wheel well bits in various stages of undress.






Dana Bell mentioned a batch of seats were painted 'Dull Dark Green' following an error on a procurement order - depicted here for simple variation. Tamiya indicate a demarcation line for the anti-slip black that's too far aft but shown adjusted here.






Getting there...



On the flight line.



















Post script to follow...









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#832546 P-51B 1/32 Trumpeter

Posted by Miloslav1956 on 10 September 2016 - 08:23 AM

Here is my P-51B  1/32.

























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#1046139 1:32 Hasegawa Fw 190d-9

Posted by PeterOlsen on 27 May 2018 - 02:27 PM

Hi Folks, Here is my 1:32 Hasegawa Fw 190d-9 finished as "White 7" from JG 51. My main inspiration was from the artwork and black and white photos from the JaPo book  "focke-wulf Fw 190D camouflage and markings" starting on page 360. I was really taken by the supposed 76/83 wing colours, the dense and intricate fuselage mottles,( those which you can see in the photo at least) and what looks to be a patched up or replacement cowl. I really thought this would make a cracking scheme. 


Well, here it is finally finished ...... some of you may have seen it at the Monson show in Hungry this year. I'm sorry to be sparing with the photos but I'm saving it for publication as I'm working on a book in wich this model and other works of mine will be published. I hope to share my tips, techniques and insights whilst imparting my enthusiasm to the model community around the world. Hopefully your responses will urge me to keep going with this as its proving to be quite involving.



url=https://flic.kr/p/KrxCWY]28512426188_28d050536d_k.jpg[/url]DSC_0103 by Peter Olsen, on Flickr



41483723005_2ecb13b660_k.jpgDSC_0123 by Peter Olsen, on Flickr


I hope you like it. All the best,


Peter Olsen

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#930627 S.e.5a - No 74 'Tiger' Squadron, Clairmarais 1918, Diorama

Posted by kkarlsen on 02 June 2017 - 03:50 AM

So, this is my latest project, a diorama of a S.e.5a Squadron based in France 1918.


The concept for this diorama has been in the making (in the back of my mind) for a very long time and it has been an adventurous journey into 'The Great War' almost a 100 years ago…


Diorama: The scratch build Crossley Tender & Trailer was the basis for this project and the goal was to depict a Squadron of S.e.5a’s which have come back from a patrol over enemy lines. One of the planes did a crash landing and is brought back by the Crossley and trailer. I knew, that to get ‘feel’ of a Squadron would require several completed S.e.5a’s and it was quite the job getting this far. One of the planes has its engine being serviced by a ‘fitter’, and a scratched hand cart, often seen in RFC Aerodromes, is used to carry parts, a Vickers transit chest and toolboxes required for the repairs. 


The three planes I chose,  are the ones of Squadron Commander Keith 'Grid' Caldwell (NZ), D6864, James Ira 'Taffy' Jones (GB)  C1117 'T' and of Frederick Stanley 'Freddie' Gordon (NZ), D3438 'Z' - The last one without the wings, is done as C6459 'C'. It could have been the one flown by Sydney 'Timbertoes' Carlin, but I have not yet been able to confirm this.


It's a depiction of a day in the No. 74 Squadron based at Clairmarais, France 1918. On 30. July 1918, 'taffy' Jones brought down three German planes, a Rumpler C and a LVG C around noon and a Fokker D VII at 17:50 in the evening. The Squadron Commander Keith Caldwell, also brought down a Fokker D VII on this day... 


Its first operational fighters were S.e.5as in March 1918. The squadron served in France from April until February 1919, when it returned to Britain where it was disbanded on 3 July 1919. During its wartime service, it was credited with 140 enemy planes destroyed and 85 driven down out of control, for 225 victories. Seventeen aces had served in the squadron, including Victoria Cross winner Major Edward Mannock, Ira "Taffy" Jones, Benjamin Roxburgh-Smith, future Air Commodore Keith Caldwell, Andrew Kiddie, Frederick Stanley Gordon, Sydney Carlin, Frederick Hunt, Clive Glynn, George Hicks, Wilfred Ernest Young, Henry Dolan, Harris Clements, George Gauld, and Frederick Luff. (Wikipedia)


Construction, detailing and painting the 3½ S.e.5a’s, was a massive undertaking. Early on I decided to convert the ‘Hisso’ engined planes into the later type equipped with the more stable Wolseley Viper engine. Also the dope color, is the later PC12 dope, which was more towards chocolate brown than the earlier PC10 Khaki or olive drab. Decals are a mix of masked off letters, kit decals and a homebrew of markings done with decal paper and printed. Rigging was done with Prym elastic thread and monofilament. For the anchor points, I used micro brass tube and tiny homemade eyelets from thin steel wires. Several photoetch detail sets from Eduard, HGW and Part were used.


The figures for the diorama are Model Cellar, Kellerkind Miniatures, D-Day Miniature Studio, with some minor alterations/additions. Some RFC ‘fitters’ are done from Airfix multipose figures and some parts from the spares box.
















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#900620 F-4J VF-84 under maintenance

Posted by EagleAviation on 08 March 2017 - 09:39 PM

Hi folks. This is an older project that I am struggling to get it finished. Tamiya kit with Aires cockpit and a lot of hard work on the rest. Intend to build a jet from the VF-84 in 1971. Don't ask for progress works go on very slowly! 

















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#896185 Fw 190D-9 3/JG26 Oblt.Hans Dortenmann 1/32 Hasegawa

Posted by Miloslav1956 on 24 February 2017 - 03:17 PM


Here is my build for friend.

Hasegawa model,

Eagle cals #21

Aires Cowling, Air Scoop, Early Gun Cover & Cockpit

Eagle Wheels & Propeller 

Eduard Flaps

All Colors Gunze Sangyo.
































#838327 A6M2 ZERO Tamiya 1/32

Posted by oppenheimer on 27 September 2016 - 11:54 AM

Well , after 4 months i finally find some time to finish this one, is OOB build, first time for me to build a kit just with the pieces from the box, all the paints are from tamiya, hope you guys like it

















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#957271 Su 27 Ukrainian Air Force

Posted by Sammy on 21 August 2017 - 05:08 PM

Hi Guys,

I'll show you some new (and one older) pictures of my 1/32 Su 27. Completed 2013 - I made this summer still a towbar of Northstar models to it.

I hope this works now with the pictures .......... (New online photo album)






















That´s it. 


As always, I hope you like the model and the pictures.




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#1035710 My pride!

Posted by florin13 on 24 April 2018 - 08:42 PM

I had the pleasant surprise to win a gold medal at Moson with my model! A conversion from PZL-11C to PZL-11F. Silver Wings Kit. First participation. I'm pleasantly surprised because I decided to participate in the last minute!










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