Subscribers’ Gallery – aircraft
Welcome to the Subscribers’ Aircraft Gallery.
Each submission has a ‘gallery’ of thumbnails which you can click on to see an enlarged image and read the short text describing the model – enjoy!
A-37 Tweet by Malcolm Ireson
A-7E Corsair II by Hong Hwan Jang
Albatros D.III by Jenny Wright
AH-64A Apache by Mohammad Adl
This is my second model.
We have limited equipment in my country (Iran), for example I built the engine from waste. I made Remove Before Flight tags by print on paper.
- AH-64A Apache
- 1:48 Academy
- Paint from Italeri
- build in September 2012
- I made this model during about 10 days
Already here is embedded my model.
Best regards, Mohammad Adl from Iran
Arado Ar196 by Vaughan Perks
Here’s a build that I completed back in January (2012) taking 4 months to build. A fantastic model with some very nice detail and at the incredible price of only £24.99. The only issues I had were with trying to close the fuselage at the wing roots. Masking and spraying around the floats was a bit of a challenge but being able to fit the wings afterwards was a great help. I’ve included some build detail as well.
A6M5 Zeke “Agguato Mortale” by Alberto Mazzucco
This is the Hasegawa 1:72 scale kit.
AU-1 Corsair “Miss Penny” by Jose Alvarez
The pilot for this plane is (still alive) Mr. Colonel Dick Francisco a former Marine in Korea and he named his plane as Miss Penny in memory of the daughter of his wingman Colonel Forest Nelson who was MIA in Korea. After Mr. Nelson left his family to go on a mission he never returned back home and he was declared MIA. Miss Penelope Robichaux-Kunts “Miss Penny” Mr. Nelson´s daughter was three years old back then. Her mother could not support her after she lost her husband and the USS Miss Pillion support her family. I own the book written by Miss Penny about her life. She is now a friend of mine in FB.
In this case I did also detail the cockpit from scratch. The pilot´s harness and belts are made using masking tape and copper wire for the buckles. I used stretched sprue and plastic card to detail the instruments, lights and more controls into the cockpit, opened the fuselage hatch and detailed the interior with communications and aerials and the control stick bar-system. Detailed the engine and the landing gear as well.
Jose Alvarez ECM Hobbies
Alouette II helicopter, Revell 1.35 by Hong Hwan
An-124 by Alexander Kutovenko
Best wishes, Alexander K.
Anson “Colourful Annie” by Max Williams
This particular aircraft is painted in the markings of 6 SFTS Mallala, Victoria. R3518 actually crashed whilst being flown by a pupil pilot idoing a cross country solo in June 1943 – he became disorientated in cloud and dived into a hillside. He was killed and his plane written off.
Xtracrylics were used throughout, though I have to say I won’t be using these very often as they tend to clog the airbrush even, it seems, when thinned. Pro-Modellers “light dirt” was used to weather the model.
AH-64A Apache by Ian Whyte aka Big-E
As with most builds things started with the cockpit. I don’t know if any of you are familiar with the Apache cockpit, but to say that it is dull is an understatement! It’s basically black on black so the bring a little life to this area I indulged in a little “artistic” licence and used colour on the switches and instruments. The cockpit tub was sprayed Black grey and then highlighted with a dark grey mixed with a little light blue. The whole thing was then dry brushed with white to pop the detail and then the previously mentioned colours applied. The seats were painted in olive green and then an oil wash of lamp black was applied to show the creases. This was then put aside to dry and the next phase started.
My next task was to construct several sub-constructions, these being the engine nacelles, chain gun mounting platform, tail rotor hub (this contains 16 individual parts and is no bigger than your thumb nail!) and the main rotor. Once constructed one of the main flaws with the kit was discovered, the join on the engine nacelles. With a large amount of sanding, filling and more sanding the prominent seam was removed along with the entire lovely panel line detail and rivet pattern. I then had to consult reference material to re-scribe the panel lines and I then spend 2 hours punching the rivet detail into plastic softened with liquid poly. Once this was completed the cockpit was fitted into the fuselage and the 2 half test fitted. This revealed another major problem; the cock pit was over width and caused the fuselage to bulge. Not a great issue but lots of time spent trimming sanding and test fitting to get things right before committing to the final glue up. I am pleased to say that everything else went together well and the rest on construction went very smoothly.
One area that I did spend a little time on was the canopy. I removed this from the sprue with a hot knife as the plastic felt a little brittle and I was worried that the plastic would show crazing if too much pressure was applied. I then sanded the removal points flush with the wife’s nail file (she still thinks she lost it!!) and I then spent half an hour polishing the surfaces (in and out) with a polishing stick. Still being worried about the quality of the plastic I dipped all the clear parts in Johnsons Klear and left it to dry over night before masking with Tamiya tape. Once this was complete I then fitted the glazing to the fuselage with thin superglue and accelerator and addressed any joins that required attention.
Now the fun part, the painting stage. The whole kit was primed with Alclad micro primer and then base coated with Vallejo Model Air Olive Drab. I then highlighted the centre of all of the panels with the base coat lightened with about 10% sunny skin tone. Once this had been left overnight to dry I sprayed a highly diluted mix of the base coat over the entire model. I them applied a coat of Mig Filter ‘Tan’ for traditional camouflage, I find that this is best done now as the Vallejo Model Air paints I use give a nice semi gloss finish, a surface that the Mig filters seem to like. Once dry I then glossed the whole model with Klear and applied the decals with Micro set and Sol, I did however have to go back over the decals with Gunze Sangyo Mr Mark Softener (this is more aggressive than Micro Sol) before I was happy with the finish. I then applied another coat of Klear in preparation for the oil washes.
I used Mig’s Dark Wash for the pin wash on the upper surfaces and a mix of Payne’s grey and lamp black for the underside. Once dry the whole model was treated to 3 coats of Vallejo Model Air matt varnish. Job Done!!
Avenger III, FAA by Michelle Edwards
Avenger TBM by Juan M Villalba
Avenger TBC by Julian Seddon
It was made such a long time ago now I really can’t remember what I used but there was a small pack of brass and the exhausts. I think I jazzed up the engine but it disappeared into the body work! The original kit itself was very good and went together without problems. The markings were from the box.
B-25 Mitchell by Frazer Clark
B-29A Superfortress by Mick Stephen
This is the Academy 1:72 Boeing B-29A built out of the box, but not without some problems. Construction is pretty straightforward for such a large kit and the interior is particularly well detailed, although you don’t get to see much in the end. The problem started when applying the gloss black undercoat for the Alclad II metal surfaces. After spraying there were some white blooming marks over the nose and up the tail, which left as they were would spoil the metal finish. I suspect this was caused by a change in humidity as I dimly recall a thunderstorm passing though and the air conditioner working overtime, the joys of living in the tropics I suppose?
After an initial attempt at re-sanding the affected areas it soon became apparent that the whole model would have to be tackled again, a daunting prospect, so back into the stash it went to lie there untouched for over a year. Clearing the bench of my last project it was time to clean out the stash (to make room in the cupboard for more recent purchases) and finally deal with this problem. Three days and a multitude of sanding grade papers later it was ready to try again with the gloss black. This time it worked and the Alclad went on a treat.
The base is Alclad II Chrome, followed by Alclad II Polished Aluminium post-shaded across the main panel lines and along the flaps. A final buff with a fine lint free cloth brought out the surfaces and blended everything in. As my first attempt at metal surfaces on such a large project, this was a learning experience.
B-17G Flying Fortress by Mish Edwards
B-25B Mitchell Doolittle Raider by Jürgen Jaacks
Building it was fun also because of the good fit.
The only minus was the too small opening in front of the engine cowlings, which was corrected.
I tried to make the boring camouflage a little more interesting by adding some wear and tear; however these birds did not serve very long as all of them crashed purposely after the raid on Japan!
More to follow…. Jürgen Jaacks
Bf 109E-3 by Roger Brown
This is my Airfix 1:48 Messerschmitt Bf 109E-3 of JG51. The kit is one of their more recent releases and very nicely detailed and finished.
I just added Eduard seatbelts and made up a brass tube prop shaft assembly; used the Blu-Tack string method for the soft edge camo demarcation. I sprayed the RLM 02 and RLM 71 top side camo first, masked up and then sprayed the RLM 65 lower colour. This was followed by some mottling on the fuselage sides with a mix of 71 and 02.
I used Xtracolor gloss paints and the kit decals which are of good quality and go down very well.
The model was finished off with a coat of Humbrol Matt Cote.
All the very best Roger
Bf 109G-6 by Kent Strickland
MDC: Bf109G-6 cockpit; Bf109G-K corrected spinner; Bf109G corrected wheels, BF109G Mk131 ejector ports
RB Productions: German Seat Belts; Bf109G Radiator faces, BF109G canopy
Aires: Bf109G (late) Radio interior compartment.
EagleCals: The Blond Knight EC036.
EagleParts: Bf109G oil cooler; BF109 Supercharger.
Quickboost: Bf109G gun barrels; Bf109G exhausts
Paints were a combination of Aeromaster “warbirds” RLM02, RLM66, RLM74, RLM75, RLM76 enamels; Model Master, Tamiya and Gunze additional colours. MM Clear flat and gloss lacquers.
The antenna is invisible mending thread with wire “springs” from second hand electrical wire wrapped around a small drill bit. Lead wire, Tamiya weathering pastels.
The build tested me at times but I persisted and whilst there are some flaws, none are fatal and I am happy with the end result. Total build time was about six months. To all those that encouraged, advised and put up with my WIP, I say thank you.
Bf 110 by Ian Ruscoe
The kit is the Dragon Bf-110 C-7 in 1:32nd scale. The kit itself has some excellent surface detail and fit of parts with crystal clear glazing only let down down by poor instructions, I added some parts from Eduard with the decals from Techmod and some scratchbuilding in the form of plumbing in the open engine bays
Best wishes, Ian R.
Bf110G-4 by Max Williams
Here are a few pictures of the Bf110G-4 that I built last year.
It is the (now scarce) Revell-Monogram 1/48th model which is well detailed, but which has engine nacelles of the wrong profile. Cutting Edge does a correction kit for this, and for the spinners/propellers which I managed to source in America, since this kit is also discontinued! To give further interest I added the Verlinden engine, machine gun and Schrage-musik cannon. The particular aircraft modelled is that of Major Heinz Wolfgang Schnaufer, his favoured aircraft of G9+EF which he kept in its original markings despite his promotion to command NJG4 from NJG1, the former flying Ju88Gs. Research showed however that for the period that I modelled the plane (Spring 1945), it had been fitted with Eberspacher exhausts and flame dampers, so the recently produced Owl resin kit was added.
Paints used were Vallejo and Xtracrylix, decals were by Owl and Revell/Monogram. The model was given several coats of Klear and the slightly shiny finish was retained since Schnaufer allowed his aircraft to become polished in his search for speed! Figures are by ICM.
Bf 109G-6, Hasegawa 1:32 by Christianto E.P
Here’s Christianto’s superb Bf 109G-6 made from the excellent Hasegawa kit. What I love about this model is Christianto’s attention to detail – the fine chipping and weathering at the wing root; exhaust staining, wheels and tyres weathering. Perhaps most of all it’s that waxy look so typical of WWII Luftwaffe fighters – all spot on to my eye in terms of authenticity and a real inspiration. Geoff
Many thanks to Christianto for sharing his excellent modelling skills with us.
Bf109G-6 R/2-R/3 Italian Aces by Sario Bassanelli
Bf-110C by Hong Hwan
This is the Eduard 1:48 scale model of the Messerschmitt Bf 110C by Hong Hwan. There are many things I love about this model – the weathering, especially that heavy wear around the wing roots; open canopy so you can see the great detail supplied in the kit and well finished by Hong – the list goes on!
This is certainly inspirational and just what the SMN Subscribers’ Gallery is all about.
Beaufighter Night-fighter by Ian Ruscoe
These pics are of my Tamiya 1:48th scale Bristol Beaufighter night fighter. The aircraft was out of the box except some seat harnesses in cockpit. The figures come from Elan Miniatures and ICM and the Tilly is Tamiya; the ground equipment came from the extinct Revell WW2 airfield equipment set; the oil drums came from various sources (were lying in spares box!).
Bloodhound Missile by Mark Stevenson
Weathering is with Tamiya compact pigments.
The figure is included with the kit, painted again in Vallejo acrylic with the dog coming from the Tamiya animals set. It’s 1:35 but doesn’t look too out of place, acrylics again used to paint and Tamiya weathering compact to highlight.
Boeing 727 by Tony Bourke
Breda 65F-14 by Stefano De Rensis
1:72 scale project – The Project Breda was born thanks to the numerous publications and original construction manuals that I have managed to collect over two years. I started drawing in CAD the two towers side of the bulkhead firewall to the engine.
Joining the two towers with horizontal bracing, I went onto the four rails that determine the structure of the entire wing structure.
The seat is vac formed, starting from a small wood master, while tanks, dial instruments and the entire location of the tail gunner, resin pieces are printed from original made in plasticard or metal. The engine model is divided into 18 parts resin (14 only for cylinders) and 28 metal parts (pushrods and pipes).
The cowling typical of K14 was created through turning, while the fish-tail exhaust pipes and propeller with its hub have been made of resin. The wings and tail are worth a separate mention considering they are the only parts of “skinned” aircraft.
Wings and tail were then thermoformed over a wood master duly carved for the purpose. The legs of the basket are the most complex part of the model, made with Minimeca metal tubes. Wheels are resin with metal rim and thermoformed plastic.
Proving more difficult were the linkage of the wings / rudder pedals of the pilot and the myriad of pipes covering the fuel system and lubricating oil.
The color shows the livery adopted by most Bredas in the pre-war period. Thanks to the combination of the Harder & Steenbeck Evolution airbrush and Vega compressor, I was able to paint the model with no difficulty. After a few days I sanded the model with fine 1200 grit to eliminate any small dust particles. Four coats of Humbrol varnish sealed the model after applying a few Tauromodel Decal.
Stefano De R.
Bristol Blenheim by Mike Moore
I’ve had this 1:48 Classic Airframes Blenheim waiting to be put into a diorama for the last few years. Taking a break from maritime modelling has given me the incentive to complete it. It’s a Blenheim IVF of 68 Squadron stationed at High Ercall in 1941. The crew have just been dropped off at their aircraft to begin a nights sortie.
All the best, Mike Moore
Buccaneer S.2B by Brian Boot
This Buccaneer is the Aerodynamix 1:32 kit that has revolving turbine blades, revolving bomb bay and all nav, hazard and cockpit light work.
The figures are from Airfix ‘multipose’ kits converted from soldiers to aircraftsmen.
The ancillary equipment and bombs are from the Flightpath range. Paint used was Humbrol enamels airbrushed onto the model.
Buccaneer S2B by Mick Stephen
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