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Airfix TSR2

Thu, 12/13/2018 - 17:45
Here is the Airfix 1/48th TSR2. I added a CMK cockpit and SAC metal landing gear. The SAC gear addresses one of the problems with the kit. The kit gear is splayed out about 3 degrees and the SAC gear corrects that. I added some hydraulics and brake line to them also. Since all of the TSR's flew in a white test scheme, I wanted something that looked a little more menacing. I painted mine in a tactical wrap around paint scheme of MM Dark Sea Gray and MM Dark Green. The tail I painted up like a show bird from the #16 Squadron, The Saints. I always liked there little guy with the halo. I found a picture on the web and it was thee perfect size for the large all moving tail. I adjusted the fuselage contour where it meets the top of the wing. The CMK cockpit really helps this kit. There are other parts that could be addressed by resin, but I chose only the cockpit. I don't think any putty was used for construction. I had a great time building this thing and boy is it big. Bigger than an F-111. Any comments good, bad, indifferent, all welcome. Bill

New Review: Eduard 1/48 MiG-21PFM - VIETNAM

Thu, 12/13/2018 - 15:56
The MiG-21 attributed itself during the Vietnam War quite well against the US Air Force and US Navy. The small fast airframe accompanied with the limitations imposed by the US command allowed the Vietnamese Air Force to reach something close to parity. Eduard has released the MiG-21PFM previously but this boxing is specifically targeted to the Vietnamese use of the airframe. read more View the full article

New Review: Jogging some miles. Tyra

Thu, 12/13/2018 - 15:20
Master Box Ltd, out of the Ukraine, has been a leader in 1/35 figures for a while. They expanded into 1/24 female and fantasy figures in 2016, starting with their first series of six female figures representing the World War II era. This current series, Dangerous Curves, is ideal for modern automotive or truck vignettes and dioramas. Tyra is the latest edition following eight previous kits. I'm sure there will be more on their way. read more View the full article

New Review: Su-24M/MR Chelyabinsk Eagles Pt. 2

Wed, 12/12/2018 - 20:42
Background The Sukhoi Su-24 "Fencer" has been in service with the Russian air forces for over 40 years. It is a rugged, variable wing sweep bomber that is easy to fly and well-liked by the two-man crew. A number of kits have been produced of this aircraft and recently, the Advanced Modeling company has released some decal sets that depict the Fencer in modern markings. This sheet, "Chelyabinsk Eagles Pt. 2", along with the Pt. 1 sheet, represent various Su-24 aircraft that are based at the Shagol Air Base, near the city of Chelyabinsk near the border with Kazakhstan. When the regiment was first deployed to Chelyabinsk in September of 2010, the aircraft were painted in a variety of schemes and needed repainting. Before re-paint, at least two of the aircraft featured large eagles on the right side of the nose. It was decided to keep these eagle emblems during the repaint. That is the reason behind the name of this sheet - Chelyabinsk Eagles. read more View the full article

New Review: Su-24M/MR Chelyabinsk Eagles Pt. 1

Wed, 12/12/2018 - 20:31
Background The Sukhoi Su-24 "Fencer" has been in service with the Russian air forces for over 40 years. It is a rugged, variable wing sweep bomber that is easy to fly and well-liked by the two-man crew. Several kits have been produced of this aircraft and recently, the Advanced Modeling company has released some decal sets that depict the Fencer in modern markings. This sheet, "Chelyabinsk Eagles Pt. 1", along with the Pt. 2 sheet, represents various Su-24 aircraft that are based at the Shagol Air Base, near the city of Chelyabinsk near the border with Kazakhstan. When the regiment was first deployed to Chelyabinsk in September of 2010, the aircraft were painted in a variety of schemes and needed repainting. Before re-paint, at least two of the aircraft featured large eagles on the right side of the nose. It was decided to keep these eagle emblems during the repaint. That is the reason behind the name of this sheet - Chelyabinsk Eagles. read more View the full article

New Review: Sink the Tirptiz, 1942-44

Wed, 12/12/2018 - 20:19
The newest series for Osprey has moved from the land and the sea to the air. Whereas their previous series' focused on large land and naval campaigns, this series turns its focus to well-known air campaigns. Using the tried and true format that Osprey has perfected, the volume has several full color plates rendered by an artist attempting to capture critical moments in the campaign, historical photographs, maps, and lots of charts comparing the relative strengths and weaknesses of each side. Often the color plates can be hit and miss. These are really quite dramatic. read more View the full article

OOB question

Wed, 12/12/2018 - 16:58
I am working on an OOB airplane and want to add a pilot figure, like this, to the modell. The figure is not part of the kit, but if figures are not judged unless it is a diorama or vignette, then it seems it should be fine, since it does not modify the kit in any way. Others might disagree. Looking for clarification. Dak

New Review: SBD-5 "Battle of Philippines Sea"

Wed, 12/12/2018 - 16:19
Academy as re-boxed the very good Accurate Miniatures SBD-5 and it has added value to it by providing a mask set and a small photo-etch fret. Upon opening the box you find 7 plastic sprues -one of them clear-, plus a PE fret for minor details like seatbelts and a really nice mask set to take care of that greenhouse canopy. Please note that the mask set is customized to the open and closed canopy options, meaning you get a full spare set of masks for another SBD in your collection (and who does not have a few of them?). You are provided with markings for 3 Dauntless, one of them a Marine Corps one, with mission tally markings. Despite the years, the molds hold really well with no flash anywhere to be found and the panel lines remain sharp and well defined. Construction, as usual starts with the cockpit and you get a full meal there. It is probably one of the most detailed cockpits I've seen out of the box.. Full sidewall detail, fantastic radio/radar set, plus a highly detailed rear gunner position. read more View the full article

New Review: Tiger Shark Show Rod

Wed, 12/12/2018 - 15:44
Background From KustomRama: The Car Craft Dream Rod was designed by the staff of Car Craft Magazine in 1961 and built in 1963. The car was completely custom made and got its power from a 289 Ford engine. In 1966 the Dream Rod was sold to the International Show Car Association, which commissioned a substantial revision to the car's styling, called the Tiger Shark. New alterations on the car included a hood scoop, the side roof scoops were closed, the trunk lid was eliminated, the rear was stretched 6 inches, the rear window, grille opening, and front fenders were also modified, and the roof clad in vinyl. The fenders followed the nose's shape and enclosed the Dream Rod's wheel wells. The redesign specified a new interior, including high-backed buckets, clad in a combination of wood-grained vinyl and orange and brown brocade. In place of the antiquated wires and skinny whitewalls were Cragar GT "mags" and plump Firestones. The new car was named Tiger Shark. read more View the full article

New Review: Mig-21F and Mig-21F-13 R11F-300 Exhaust Nozzle

Wed, 12/12/2018 - 15:05
I previously reviewed Amigo's 1/72 resin exhaust set for the Mig-21bis and this set is almost identical. Like the previous kit, it comprises five detailed resin parts for the exhaust. The centerpiece of the assembly and the flame holder for the afterburner are slightly different than the corresponding pieces in the R25-300 engine set. All of them are highly detail, both on the inside of the exhaust as well as the exterior. Although the pieces are not numbered, you can identify them by the life-sized drawings on the instructions. My razor saw made short work of removing the mold bases from the kit parts. Two of the pieces have interior cones attached to the bases, but these are not part of the exhaust. I believe they help in the molding process. The five pieces essentially form a tube so construction proceeds quickly. Make sure the mating surface are square to each other to avoid a "leaning tower of exhaust." Just couldn't resist. I followed the same painting sequence I did on the previous exhaust set: primer, then different shades of Alclad II metallic paint, a dark wash, and dry brushing. The finished model looks very convincing. read more View the full article

Bah Humbug!

Tue, 12/11/2018 - 12:21
Staying with the sculpts of John Dennett, I picked up his new release in the form of Ebeneezer Scrooge. This is the Alastair Sim portrayal from the 1951 film. The kit comes in just 2 parts ~ the bust and the base. The first decision was whether to do the figure in B&W or color. Despite the box art being in color the movie was in B&W. I spoke with the sculptor, who sent 2 colorized pics at the same time I found my own. This is the one I went with - Starting to add color - Then once again, I got into a groove painting the facial features and forgot to take WIP pics. I used a splatter technique on the base and then applied the woodland Scenics snow with a few layers of PVA. Thanks for looking.

Help - "Metalizer" Metalic Blue

Tue, 12/11/2018 - 12:01
I'm about to exhaust a bottle of Metalizer Metalic Blue, which has been great for the translucent blue of interior surfaces of Japanese aircraft. I can't find a replacement. Does anyone have a recommendation?

Help - "Metalizer" Metalic Blue

Tue, 12/11/2018 - 11:59
I'm about to exhaust a bottle of Metalizer Metalic Blue, which has been great for the translucent blue of interior surfaces of Japanese aircraft. I can't find a replacement. Does anyone have a recommendation?

Airfix Mary Rose in 1/400th scale.

Tue, 12/11/2018 - 11:20
If you want to see miniature sailing ship modelling at its best, have a look at UK Modeller Jim Baumann's working of this little kit. He used the Scale Warship Photo etched sets to replace the decks and add the ratlines to the model. He also cut the model down to waterline and created a very realistic sea base.

3d printed Spanish Civil War UNL.35, 1/35 scale

Tue, 12/11/2018 - 01:45
Hello guys The new 3d printed kit of this iconic Spanish Civil War AFV is available now, I hope you like it. www.fcmodeltrend.com

Takom bergepanther finished

Mon, 12/10/2018 - 16:30
All done.

30 Seconds Over Tokyo B-25

Sun, 12/09/2018 - 08:13
Caught a few glimpses of this film yesterday and one shot caught my eye, While they were over Tokyo, there were a couple of stock footage shots of a B-25 with white engine cowling fronts flying at low altitude. What caught my eye, at least I think it's what I saw, was that the B-25 had a nose turret similar to that which the PB4Y2 mounted. Was I seeing things?

1/32 Trumpeter F/A-18F Super Hornet custom

Sat, 12/08/2018 - 13:45
Hello dear forum members my name is Gabriel, I recently purchased a 1/32 Scale Trumpeter F/A-18F Super Hornet, from what I’ve read the model is pretty big, it will be my first time attempting to build a model on this scale I’ve built 1/72 and 1/48 F-18 but not in a professional way a few years ago. So this time I want it to be serious so I could display it. I would appreciate if someone could help me with some questions regarding this model. So far I’ve bought The model obviously 2 Martin Baker MK-14 ejection seats by Legend (I found them to be more accurate than Aires)  2 PJ production Pilots so I could put the JHMCS Helmets  Tamiya regular, white and building putty Tamiya extra thin cement 1 Liquid Chrome pen  Tamiya Masking tape 6mm Testors Clear Plastic glue Tamiya Weathering powders Microsol and Microset for the decals  Trumpeter 1/32 Scale Air to Air Missiles (planning on modifying and adding the AIM-9X missiles) Eduards Cockpit, Exterior, Avionics and Searbelt Photoetched Parts. Another bunch of decals for the cockpit from Airscale Is there anything else I could need to build this thing or do you guys think I’ve bought everything I need? Now for the part I really need your help is: Since the model is that big, I wanted to make it as detailed as possible I would like to make some parts movable  Avionics Bay Landing Gear doors Canopy (so I could open and close it) Refueling pod  Retractable Landing Gear Flaps Foldable Wings has this been done before? I’m searching on google for some miniature hinges as that’s the only way I think I could make all of this open and close. Also I’m planning on using some parts (like struts, tiny screws, springs and metal pins) from a Highly detailed BBR 1:18 Ferrari Enzo I have here that suffered a fall from a shelve and it’s all in pieces. The Struts I think would work for the landing gear and canopy so I could replicate the folding parts. I would appreciate any ideas or help on this matter so when everything arrives I would have an idea of what modifications I’ll need to do. Thank you

1/48 Accurate Miniatures B-25B

Sat, 12/08/2018 - 12:56
Last night I was trying to decide the next build. With yesterday being December 7th, TCM was showing some of the old war movies. They were showing the classic “Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo”. So I decided to build the Accurate Miniatures 1/48 B-25B “Doolittle Raiders”. This should be a nice build with lots of details being added. I will be doing the “Ruptured Duck” which was the aircraft followed in the film. The “Ruptured Duck” was the 7th aircraft to take off of the USS Hornet. It was piloted by 1st Lt. Ted Lawson. He survived the raid and wrote the book on which the movie was based on. I will be adding the Eduard photo etch detail kit which details the complete interior. Starting on the cockpit now. You can follow this build on my blog at https://davidsscalemodels.com/build-log/1-48-b-25b-doolittle-raider/

New Review: Beechcraft T-34A Mentor

Sat, 12/08/2018 - 09:51
Aircraft and history: The Beechcraft T-34A Mentor is a single engine, two place (tandem cockpit) military trainer developed in 1948. The design is based on the highly successful Model 35 Beechcraft V-tail Bonanza but uses a conventional tail and narrower fuselage seating two in a tandem arrangement. The T-34A first entered service with the US Air Force in 1953 and replaced the North American AT-6 Texan as the initial primary trainer. Two years later the Navy ordered the T-34B for the same role at the Air Force. The T-34A remained in service with the USAF for just a few years until it was replaced by the T-37 "tweet". T-34's that were not sent to flying clubs or foreign military sales were transferred to the USAF auxiliary Civil Air Patrol until they were retired in 2003. Kit: read more View the full article