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I used Aires resin updates in cockpit, engine exhausts and undercarriage bays, but really the kit examples are perfectly OK. This is for a colleague who wanted the updates installed.
The aircraft is set during time of Russian occupation of Afghanistan in 1980’s.
It’s built from the 1:72 Airfix kit, aftermarket included Pavla seat and wheels also Modeldecal sheet used.
This aircraft is part of my model clubs Tangmere 101 display at the museum. Copper State Models Sopwith Dolphin premium edition is sublime, with PE parts and a highly detailed engine.This particular aircraft is in a photo in the museum, special archive, shown at Tangmere in 1918 with a pilot from 29 Sqn having a look over it. If you notice the actual aircraft does not have any squadron markings, this is because it was waiting to be ferried over to France where it would then be allocated to a squadron.
I loved building this aircraft, I used Vallejo Air paints with pigments aircraft and washes to do some subtle weathering.
As you can see it can also be displayed with the RAF latest aircraft the F35b, this is to celebrate 100 years of the RAF and I couldn’t think of two more fitting aircraft: The Dolphin delivered in 1918 and the F35b delivered in 2018.
- The kit is a new release and very nicely detailed and finished and reminiscent of the earlier FR 46/47 kits
- The build quality is similar to their MK.XII Spitfire
- The kit offers three schemes
- I just added seatbelts
- I used Xtracolor 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.
The basic kit is the Revell offering of the Hasegawa tooling modified to represent a Sea King HAR 3A. To achieve this I used the Flightpath Sea King conversion set, and a few personal adjustments that were not provided in the kits. I also got the sand filter from Flightpath as an extra. This was my first attempt at airbrushing as well as etched brass, weathering and conversion. This is all the result of what I have learnt at both S.L.A.M. (IPMS South Lincolnshire Association of Modellers) and Cranwell clubs, which helped to achieve its second place award at the Newark show.
- white metal uc
- wing fold: scalewarship.com
- Mr Color, Alclad2, Tamiya,
- cockpit interior – Eduard PE
- primer: Mr Surfacer 1500 grey
- Tamiya polish for clear parts
Best wishes, Imran A.
Here is my Short Stirling Mk.III, a good old Airfix kit with more realistic surfaces than the Italeri one…
The front and rear turrets have been improved with plastic strips and rods. It’s not really the exact interior arrangement of the turrets but through the clear parts, it gives a good impression.
This aircraft (LJ522) saw service with 218 (Gold Coast) Squadron at Woolfox Lodge. On June 6th 1944, she took part in Operation “Glimmer”, dropping window strips over the Pas-de-Calais to confuse the German radars.
The kit is the old Airfix 1:72 scale model …a short story to this diorama …..
This diorama was actually modelled from a crude photograph taken at that time. This particular aircraft arrived from Alexandria for a technical and fuel stop in Malta. It had engine failure on take off at Kalafrana Sea Base. The engine change was made on the slipway (which still stands to this very day) to get the aircraft out of Malta as soon as possible as air raids were becoming deadlier and more frequent.
I am from Malta and we really took a pounding and had it very bad ….Sicily which being part of Axis held territory being only 60 miles away!
Camel F.1, Eduard 1:48, model detailed to show the fuselage and wing internal structure, all the details were made by using scratch build parts, the materials are Evergreen sections and rods. Best wishes, Juan Villalba
Regards, Andrew Johnson
The model was built as a commission and completed in markings of Johnnie Johnson . No extra sets were used, only etch and paint masks supplied in kit.
The figures were MB models (I think).
The base is a thin layer of interior Polyfiller, which when dry was coated in PVA glue and static grass applied. Once this was dry it was airbrushed and finally dry-brushed to give the effect you see here.
Sqn. Ldr Brian Lane DFC, at the age of 23, was the commander of 19 Squadron, Fowlmere, during the latter stages of the Battle of Britain. He was an Ace, with 5 aircraft destroyed, 1 shared destroyed, 3 probable destroyed and 1 damaged. In September 1942 he commanded 167 Squadron, a Dutch Squadron and during a mission on the 13 December 1942 he was last seen chasing an FW-190 over the North Sea.
He never returned from this mission and was reported as missing in action.
- The kit has been out a few years but is very nice
- I have added seatbelts and used Superscale decals
- I also fitted exhausts from a Tamiya Mk.I Spitfire
- I used the Blu-Tack string method for the camo demarcation and Xtracolor paints
- The model was finished off with a coat of Humbrol Matt Cote.
The model was finished off with a coat of Humbrol Matt Cote.
I actually built three Airfix 1:48 ‘Spitfires’ in a row, a Battle of Britain Mk.I with Superscale decals, the Mk.XII from the box and a Seafire XVII from the box. I will send these in too.
Another one from a while back and I always loved this build – it typifies Tamiya 1:48 fighter aircraft in their range: beautifully engineered, good levels of detail, easy to build and accurate representations of the type.
The belts are scratched on this one with the white codes being sprayed over cut masks made from clear self-adhesive film.
Simple weathering and some basic chipping – needed really for trying to create a model that reasonably represents an aircraft that operated in harsh, fester-like conditions in North Africa.
Hope you like it…
I wanted to represent a simple scene, a moment of relaxation before leaving to do his duty.
The black primer as well as the acrylic paints come from Ammo by MIG Jimenez.
After the basic painting was finished, I applied a black wash, only in the recesses. Then some ageing and change of hue is made using dry pastels. Some fine chipping made with brush 3×000.
The figurine comes from Reedoak and is also painted with acrylic.
I found the engine a rather difficult upgrade to use due to some very delicate and fiddly parts but hopefully it turned out okay? The gun bays were a slightly easier fit but are still not simple and took a little work but all issues with both parts may well all be down to me!
The kit was painted with Mr. Color and the figures with a mix of Vallejo and Revell Aqua Color.
There is very little to be said about Eduard’s 1:48 Spitfire IX family, other than they are quite simply stunning. The detail is superlative and the fit is nothing short of perfection. I love the 43 Squadron colours with the red codes and checkerboard tail markings on the gate guard at the RAF Museum in London and this was the closest decal sheet I could source, so it had to be used!
Tamiya’s RAF WWII acrylic colours (Dark Green/Ocean Grey/Medium Sea Grey) were used and the undersides received some muck and staining from the classic Tamiya Red Brown/Black mix. If you haven’t built one, seriously consider getting one!
Geoff C (with Gordon U.)
If it’s ok I thought I would send you some photos on my latest build for your Subscribers’ Gallery. It is the lovely Airfix 1:48 Walrus. I have also used the Big Ed set and resin wheels. The decals came from the Xtradecal sheet and I painted it using a mix of Tamiya silver and light grey. Rigging is from flat sewing elastic.
I was wanting to give her a painted on silver dope look that is not too silvery with a feeling of being out in the elements.
The wooden tables are Tamiya deck tan, Raw Umber oil spread with sponge then a light spray of Tamiya clear orange. Interior is a mix of Tamiya greens (just what I had in the drawer).
Anyway I hope you like the photos.
Here’s my OEZ Su-22 in 1:48th scale. Gunze paints, Aclad metals and coats (Aqua gloss and clear kote matte). Eduard photo-etch (PE) sets and ladder and a scratch-built ammo loader. The cockpit is from Aires and the missiles Eduard Brassin.
Hope you like it!