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Title: A little work in progress
Post by: Martin H on August 02, 2009, 02:16:44 pm
Ive been restoring one of my oldest whiffs. It suffered a major accident a few months ago so  i decided to rebuild and repaint it. Heres a few shots of it now its got its new decals on. Still got a few things to do with it before its finished.

(http://imageshack.com/a/img923/2169/8zCu4I.jpg)

(http://imageshack.com/a/img922/36/L9rcxb.jpg)

(http://imageshack.com/a/img923/2901/nW0p4B.jpg)

this model was oringnaly built for a 15 foot long carrier deck diorama built a year or two before Tom started this site up. So yep its a bit long in the tooth lol. And yes its based on ye olde (and rare) Matchbox T 55 kit

And now for something a little differnt. A Toom!
Some of you may remember The F-4HL i built in 2006. That one was Fleet Air Arm. The HL was a proposed version that would have been able to operate of HMS Victorious and the American Essex class flat tops. A bigger wing, stretched airframe for bigger Rolls Royce engines ect ect ect. This model was started by Thorvic along side my original one, but he never compleated it and passed it over to me so I could clone the wings and airframe plug for a conversion set (didnt sell to well). i finaly used one of the spare wing sets to compleat the build and I also started a third one that will be in US navy markings. I chose the RAF for this one as I already had a Royal navy one. This one is a ground pounder pretty much in place of the Tonka.

(http://imageshack.com/a/img923/571/euPi0D.jpg)

(http://imageshack.com/a/img924/5881/oeZjwf.jpg)

(http://imageshack.com/a/img923/7264/JrlNhk.jpg)

Its based on the Matchbox kit with a few bits robbed from various Tornado kits.

And finaly one ive been doing for my club's Scale model world display.

(http://imageshack.com/a/img923/7153/GcO6pg.jpg)

Its the Italeri kit with the old Airfix Top gun mig decals

Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: Taiidantomcat on August 02, 2009, 04:22:14 pm
Excellent job  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: AeroplaneDriver on August 02, 2009, 05:44:47 pm
Great stuff! 

I love the Sea Lightning.  Shame that one never saw the light of day. 
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: Brian da Basher on August 03, 2009, 01:49:03 am
Those are some very nice clean builds there Martin. I especially like your all black Top Gun MiG markings. Pure eye-candy!
 :thumbsup: :thumbsup:
Brian da Basher
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: Mossie on August 03, 2009, 02:13:53 pm
Lovely kits all three Martin.  I'm especially keen on the Lightning swinger.  I was planning on doing something similar just before I discovered this site, I'd bought BSP Fighters & thought 'godda build that!'.  I picked up two 1/48 Lightnings with the idea of the delta wing version & donating it's wings to the swinger, hopefully so I could get them functioning.

It was just as I was getting back into modelling, took me a while, but I realised I needed to walk before I could run!  So the projects gone on the indefinate back burner, I might do it in 1/72 now the Trumpeter kit is out.  May be some time before I do it, but I'm sure I will some day.
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: kitbasher on August 03, 2009, 03:16:27 pm
Nice.  The VG naval Lightning looks so much beefier than the real thing and the Phantom looks like Wayne Rooney with that new nose!  Thankfully the F-5 is sleek in the black scheme, but I think F-5s would look sleek however they were finished.  Apart from RF-5ETigereyes (just before somebody jumps in with that suggestion!).  ;D ;D
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: Martin H on August 15, 2009, 02:54:27 pm
I mentioned another stretched Toom....................

(http://imageshack.com/a/img922/8200/YTtn0A.jpg)

(http://imageshack.com/a/img922/5074/ALZoYF.jpg)

Im not happy with some of the decals so they will more than likly be removed and replaced.
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: Dork the kit slayer on August 17, 2009, 08:31:30 pm
Martin you are so.......I was going to say disturbed,but will settle for prolific.......................yep prolific and just a little disturbed.  LOL

Nice ones mate.
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: Martin H on August 18, 2009, 01:39:16 pm
Coming from u allan, that's quite a compliment LOL
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: Barry Krell on August 18, 2009, 06:24:23 pm
Some nice work there, especially the RAF Tomb.
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: Captain Canada on August 18, 2009, 06:30:43 pm
Sweet ! Love the RAF F-4....the underwing stores really do it for me as well !

 :cheers:
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: anthonyp on August 18, 2009, 06:35:23 pm
Love all Phantoms!  Wish I could bring myself to hack apart two to make an elongated one  :banghead: :banghead: :banghead:

Make more!!!
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: Martin H on August 20, 2009, 02:48:15 pm
Both toom's are now prety much finished.

(http://imageshack.com/a/img923/9817/69Ofa3.jpg)

(http://imageshack.com/a/img924/4057/NLXryh.jpg)
yes that does say USS Hancock on the side.

(http://imageshack.com/a/img923/1580/yHnYF7.jpg)

(http://imageshack.com/a/img924/3389/hZ2ru0.jpg)
And for once ive finished an RAF ground pounder that isnt wearing 9 sqn markings....16 sqn this time around.
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: Martin H on September 06, 2009, 02:21:23 pm
Yet another F-4....this time pretty much OOB.  Lets see who's first to spot whats whiffy about it.

(http://imageshack.com/a/img922/5005/aolnEY.jpg)

(http://imageshack.com/a/img922/5701/WGeiN0.jpg)
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: Martin H on September 06, 2009, 02:29:53 pm
pretty much on the nail there Dunc.

Italeri F-4J/S kit in the markings of 892sqn Fleet Air Arm, operating off HMS Queen Elizabeth (CVA01) mid 1970's. the squadron badge is the original 892 badge, before they adopted the Omega.
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: Barry Krell on September 06, 2009, 02:31:54 pm
Oooh!  She's a beauty!
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: JoeP on September 06, 2009, 06:59:49 pm
Very niiiiice.  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: anthonyp on September 06, 2009, 07:31:05 pm
Really nice!  I didn't recognize that as an F-4S without the intake antennas (had to look under the wings).

Me like all Phantoms!!!!   :thumbsup: :thumbsup: :thumbsup:
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: Martin H on September 07, 2009, 12:45:47 pm
well it it is an S trying to pass as a J after all lol.

and heres a pic of the bird with full war load.
(http://imageshack.com/a/img924/1903/YsFmJ5.jpg)

So its a Phantom F Mk-1 of 892 squadron, fleet Air Arm. operating from HMS Queen Elizabeth some time in the mid 1970's.

Why F-1 rather than FG-1? simple, the Navy wanted its Phantoms for CAP work not ground pounding, thats what the Buccaneer was for.
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: Martin H on January 18, 2010, 03:17:41 pm
And heres were the decals for the Italeri F-4S went to............
(http://imageshack.com/a/img924/3447/NyDAyb.jpg)

This is an F-4L of VF301 based at mirimar in 1983. An americanized F-4K. Apparently it was looked at. Of course its a Matchbox kit.
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: anthonyp on January 18, 2010, 04:16:43 pm
 :wub: :wub: :wub: :wub: :wub: :wub: :wub: :wub: :wub: :wub: :wub: :wub:

AND a in Ferris colors!!!

 :wub: :wub: :wub: :wub: :wub: :wub: :wub: :wub: :wub: :wub: :wub: :wub:
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: Taiidantomcat on January 20, 2010, 07:25:35 pm
Great stuff  :ph34r: Can't have enough F-4s
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: Brian da Basher on January 21, 2010, 02:11:50 am
Most excellent, Martin!
 :thumbsup: :thumbsup:
Brian da Basher
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: ysi_maniac on January 21, 2010, 05:35:54 am
Great stuff  :ph34r: Can't have enough F-4s
Absolutely agreed! :thumbsup: :thumbsup: :thumbsup:
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: Martin H on April 13, 2010, 02:35:53 pm
The two aquatic canberra's are on hold for now (got bored of em ) so heres another one. (http://www.whatifmodelers.com/index.php?action=dlattach;topic=28276.0;attach=48365;image) photo shamelessly pinched from the Cosford show thread.thanks to brother narses for the photo :)

Its an Airfix mash up. The fuss is the Airfix B-57, with the wings pinched from yee olde Airfix Canberra B(I) 6. So its powered by RR Avons rather than the usual B-57 American engines. The decals came from the same B(I) 6 kit. It also has the Gun pod from the B 6 kit :) althou you cant see it or the hard points under the wings :)

The B 57 wings will find their way onto the rest of the afore mentioned B 6 at some point.
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: Black Knight on April 18, 2010, 10:17:59 am
where did you get the canberra with the hull?  :wub: i want one :wacko:
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: Martin H on April 18, 2010, 10:19:16 am
where did you get the canberra with the hull?  :wub: i want one :wacko:

I know a man that can.
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: Black Knight on April 18, 2010, 10:30:36 am
are they solid resin? and are they expensive?
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: Martin H on April 18, 2010, 12:03:20 pm
at the moment I belive they are not on sale, the one i got was by pure chance. And yes its solid resin
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: Black Knight on April 18, 2010, 02:59:15 pm
Thanks, i'll look out for one  :thumbsup: got a nice idea for one  :wacko: and the b-57 looks great  ;D
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: Tophe on April 18, 2010, 08:59:46 pm
Your hull and float Camberras are wonderful. Please finish them someday for our enjoyment... :thumbsup: ;D
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: Martin H on February 18, 2011, 03:31:55 pm
been a while since i finished a build.

Im back to my Dakota fixation.

(http://imageshack.com/a/img923/311/JEpiqY.jpg)

(http://imageshack.com/a/img923/5013/iQYEmC.jpg)

Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: rickshaw on February 18, 2011, 03:38:59 pm
Very reminiscient of the Ju252/352.   They made a trimotor Dakota didn't they with a Dart turboprop in the nose?
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: Eddie M. on February 18, 2011, 03:53:38 pm
That is Sweet! I love the look of it. Bravo!! Plus, you've given me a big idea for a biplane DC-3 ;D
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: Martin H on February 18, 2011, 03:55:54 pm
That was the Tri Turbo three.
With P&W PT6's not darts.

I used a cloned copy of the nose section from Classic plane conversion  set on this build

Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: dumaniac on February 18, 2011, 04:07:48 pm
I like the Canberra seaplane - I like your choice of big floats - makes me feel better about my choice of big floats on my Me262

and I like the tri-motor - very Ju 352

nice work on all of them
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: kitnut617 on February 19, 2011, 08:47:02 am
Just a little suggestion on the Canberra seaplane, the load cg on a Canberra coincides with the front edge of the main wheel bay, or about three feet in front of the main wheel axles.  I've noticed that the step in floats is usually just a little behind the cg point.  I would move the floats further forward from where you have them Martin.  See the below pics for what I mean.  But I like the Flying boat version --- hmm!!

(http://i200.photobucket.com/albums/aa263/kitnut617/Misc%20Photos/XC-47CFloatplane003.jpg)
(http://i200.photobucket.com/albums/aa263/kitnut617/Misc%20Photos/SpitfireMkVbFloatplane003.jpg)
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: GTX on February 19, 2011, 01:54:14 pm
Love the trimotor Dak! :thumbsup:

Regards,

Greg
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: Martin H on February 21, 2011, 12:24:50 pm
Ref The afore mentioned Ashton.

it doesnt qualify to appear on here........Its real.
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: Martin H on February 21, 2011, 12:39:04 pm
taming being the correct word for it lol

The Fuselage parts where so badly warped, you could have used them as massive cork screws. It took six weeks of the hot water treatment to get them as near as damn it flat. super glue and some very heavy duty clamps did the rest.
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: Captain Canada on February 21, 2011, 12:58:44 pm
The Dak is super cool ! Really changes the look of her, eh ?

 :cheers:
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: Martin H on March 04, 2011, 01:11:05 pm
The Ashton is fast approaching completion. It doesnt really qualify for here, but a quick look wont hurt  :mellow:

(http://imageshack.com/a/img922/1430/D2yOmj.jpg)

(http://imageshack.com/a/img922/2994/iI1W8X.jpg)
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: PR19_Kit on March 04, 2011, 01:50:14 pm
Gulp!

That was a MAGNA resin? That's a serious Lazarus job you've done there OGL.  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: Martin H on March 04, 2011, 01:56:01 pm
you aint kidding .

This monster was determined to fight me all the way during construction.
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: kitnut617 on March 04, 2011, 02:05:38 pm
I believe the Ashton's fuselage still exists, someone at Air-Britain had taken a photo of it not long ago (IIRC)
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: PR19_Kit on March 04, 2011, 02:12:45 pm
I believe the Ashton's fuselage still exists, someone at Air-Britain had taken a photo of it not long ago (IIRC)

Yes, it's at Newark, in remarkably good condition, apart from the lack of wheels, engines and wings that is.  :angry:
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: Gondor on March 04, 2011, 02:18:06 pm
Nice model, close but not 100 % to the real thing. Don't get me wrong, I like it.

Gondor
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: Martin H on March 04, 2011, 02:20:38 pm
close enough for Government work lol
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: PR19_Kit on March 05, 2011, 01:24:34 am
Nice model, close but not 100 % to the real thing. Don't get me wrong, I like it.

If it was a 100% to the real thing it would be made from aluminium, have four jet engines and be FAR too big to fit into OGL's house!

And it would fly too............  ;D
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: Weaver on March 05, 2011, 01:49:15 am
Nice model, close but not 100 % to the real thing. Don't get me wrong, I like it.

If it was a 100% to the real thing it would be made from aluminium, have four jet engines and be FAR too big to fit into OGL's house!

And it would fly too............  ;D

Correct response!  :thumbsup: ;D

"Is it accurate?"

"Nope"

"Why not?"

"'Cos it's seventy-two times too small and made of plastic."
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: NARSES2 on March 05, 2011, 01:55:32 am
Good job on that Martin. Magna and NMF  :banghead: :banghead:
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: kitbasher on March 05, 2011, 04:49:21 am
Excellent job Martin.  Public showing (of the Ashton!) at any time soon?
 ;D ;D
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: Martin H on March 05, 2011, 09:38:28 am
Excellent job Martin.  Public showing (of the Ashton!) at any time soon?
 ;D ;D

Even thou it isnt finished yet, The Ashton made its public debut today at the Peterbrough show. On the Coventry & Warwickshire stand. And it attracted a lot of interest. The Whiff stand was next to the Cov stand so I could keep an eye on it.
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: Weaver on March 05, 2011, 09:54:53 am
I believe the Ashton's fuselage still exists, someone at Air-Britain had taken a photo of it not long ago (IIRC)

Wouldn't swear to it, but wasn't it at Woodford for a while? There was a faded blue and silver fuselage down the side of the heritage centre when I started there, then one day I noticed it was gone, but I don't know what happened to it.
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: Martin H on March 05, 2011, 10:37:21 am
did it look like this?

(http://imageshack.com/a/img923/4104/wSUjra.jpg)

(http://imageshack.com/a/img922/6704/fsbWUC.jpg)

(http://imageshack.com/a/img922/9950/rdbbSk.jpg)

these were taken at Newark last September
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: kitnut617 on March 05, 2011, 10:41:07 am
The pic I've seen it's closer to the building behind it in your third pic Martin.
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: PR19_Kit on October 07, 2012, 12:17:50 pm
Nice one OGL.  :drink: :bow:

And neatly twisted backstory too.  ;D
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: NARSES2 on October 08, 2012, 01:06:16 am
Nice one Martin  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: Martin H on February 24, 2013, 12:01:59 pm
Been a bit of a gap since my last entry on this thread.

First up. The Douglas DC-5. British Airways placed an order for 8 in early 1939. A deposit was paid and registration's were reserved. Unfortunately a little fracas called the second world war kicked off. And the deposit was taken over for military contracts.
Heres what they may have looked like had the war not got in the way.
(http://imageshack.com/a/img924/3646/l8CiTG.jpg)

Next is a Czech airforce CH-47A. The story here is that in the late 70's Vietnam decided to sell off its fleet of CH-47's that it inherited from the former RVNAF. Czechoslovakia saw the Chinook as rather useful so acquired most of them. They managed to operate them with out spares support from the west until the cold war ended. after which Boeing was more than willing to support them, they were later upgraded to a hybrid CH-47C/Chinook HC-1 standard.
(http://imageshack.com/a/img924/2818/vqLsHl.jpg)
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: NARSES2 on February 25, 2013, 07:48:31 am
Now they are nice Martin  :thumbsup:

Who's kit is the DC5 ?
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: Martin H on February 25, 2013, 03:03:45 pm
Its the Planet models kit Chris ;D
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: Captain Canada on February 25, 2013, 06:17:01 pm
Love the AEW chopper ! That kind of stuff always gets me thinking...great work on the DC-5 too, such a neat looking aeroplane. Reminds me of a Botha.

And that Chinook looks pretty thirsty !

 :cheers:
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: NARSES2 on February 26, 2013, 07:43:48 am
Its the Planet models kit Chris ;D

Thought it might be, good job with her
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: Hman on February 26, 2013, 10:02:39 am
been a while since i finished a build.

Im back to my Dakota fixation.

(http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y22/martinhiggs/PICT1540.jpg)

(http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y22/martinhiggs/PICT1541.jpg)

(http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y22/martinhiggs/PICT1542.jpg)

(http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y22/martinhiggs/PICT1543.jpg)

This I like :wub:
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: Martin H on March 31, 2013, 01:50:22 pm
Still on the Roterey wing kick......................

(http://imageshack.com/a/img922/8849/A8RVXt.jpg)
(http://imageshack.com/a/img923/4817/ZjENJR.jpg)
FIGAS (Falkland Island Government Air Service) Sikorsky UH-34T. One of two captured H-34's pressed into service with FIGAS almost as soon as the ink was dry on the surrender documents. Flown out to Hermes by Wessex pilots and repainted with a stange mix of shades to make this rather bright scheme. They were used for a number of years and were finaly sold to American warbird collectors in 1990.
Of course the Argintine never had or deployed any rebuilt UH-34s................The real FIGAS captured chopper with this reg was a UH-1D.

(http://imageshack.com/a/img922/9636/1OedwU.jpg)
(http://imageshack.com/a/img922/7651/RyJdxT.jpg)
Prior to gaining their licence to build what we now know as the Wessex, Westland started off building the Seahorse for the Royal Navy. This one is a Westland Seahorse HAS-3 in the standard ASW scheme of its time. Most were recycled through the factory to Wessex standard during the mid 1970's, but some lingered on into the 80's with reserve and training units.

Both are the Italeri kits. The UH-34 has the turbo conversopn From Mel Bromley's S&M resin range. The SeaHorse HAS-3 is the Italeri Wessex HAS-3 with the spare nose off the UH-34 ;D

 
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: PR19_Kit on March 31, 2013, 02:10:07 pm
Clever 'mix and match' pair there OGL, I like them.  :thumbsup: :bow:

Will they appear at Cosford?
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: Martin H on March 31, 2013, 02:16:10 pm
they should do ;D
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: NARSES2 on April 01, 2013, 03:53:41 am
There's some good treatment available now for this rotor fetish thing Martin, they don't use the sock and brick anymore  ;D

Nah, seriously mate nice models  :thumbsup: See you at Cosford
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: eatthis on April 01, 2013, 04:20:06 am
There's some good treatment available now for this rotor fetish thing Martin, they don't use the sock and brick anymore  ;D

Nah, seriously mate nice models  :thumbsup: See you at Cosford

no its a bar of soap in a sock now due to the h&s nazis  :lol:
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: Martin H on April 02, 2013, 02:29:33 pm
A couple of better photos.

(http://imageshack.com/a/img924/7360/cYdFRS.jpg)

(http://imageshack.com/a/img923/7908/eqmZHx.jpg)

(http://imageshack.com/a/img922/5807/Zx86WO.jpg)

(http://imageshack.com/a/img922/605/YK2moB.jpg)
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: Rheged on April 02, 2013, 03:04:25 pm
There's some good treatment available now for this rotor fetish thing Martin, they don't use the sock and brick anymore  ;D

Nah, seriously mate nice models  :thumbsup: See you at Cosford

no its a bar of soap in a sock now due to the h&s nazis 

.....but it's a 2kg bar of  soap!
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: eatthis on April 03, 2013, 02:02:13 pm
There's some good treatment available now for this rotor fetish thing Martin, they don't use the sock and brick anymore  ;D

Nah, seriously mate nice models  :thumbsup: See you at Cosford

no its a bar of soap in a sock now due to the h&s nazis 

.....but it's a 2kg bar of  soap!

hell yeah
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: jsport on April 03, 2013, 06:31:15 pm
been a while since i finished a build.

Im back to my Dakota fixation.

(http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y22/martinhiggs/PICT1540.jpg)

(http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y22/martinhiggs/PICT1541.jpg)

(http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y22/martinhiggs/PICT1542.jpg)

(http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y22/martinhiggs/PICT1543.jpg)

This I like :wub:

great stuff beatiful work.
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: Army of One on April 06, 2013, 03:38:44 pm
OGL....great stuff.....!! Is the chinook one of th bargains you got at Crewe...??
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: Martin H on April 07, 2013, 03:17:08 pm
nope its first public outing (and that photo) was at Crewe.
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: NARSES2 on April 08, 2013, 07:32:09 am
Saw some of the egg whisks in the flesh yesterday. Photo's don't do them justice. As I said to you Martin, you've gone up a level or two  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: Martin H on April 09, 2013, 02:32:40 pm
heres another egg wisk  ;D

(http://imageshack.com/a/img923/7920/d3XsfH.jpg)
(http://imageshack.com/a/img922/3721/gZCEej.jpg)
(http://imageshack.com/a/img922/5606/5vvbud.jpg)

some of the lads saw this in my work in progress box at Cosford, half built.
Its a Westland Wessex HAS-5 of 820NAS operating off HMS Blake just prior to the Falklands punch up.
Basically this is a trash hauler turned into a "Pinger" It even has a hatch in the floor for the dunking sonar ;D
Italeri All the way here, with some markings taken from a Microscale sheet.
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: Weaver on April 09, 2013, 03:29:53 pm
Great helos Martin!   :thumbsup:
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: Mossie on April 10, 2013, 01:56:44 am
Enjoying these Wessex builds Martin, I've always liked it despite the fact it's face can turn milk sour.  The RAF yella ones used to pass by our village regularly when I was a kid.  One landed in a paddock right next to me when I was doing my paper round, and took off again promptly, no one ever believed me.
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: Martin H on April 10, 2013, 09:56:29 am
one more Wessex to go from this batch of whiff's then three more egg wisks (one for Project canceled), then maybe back to fixed wing for a while.
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: Go4fun on April 10, 2013, 01:52:51 pm
Enjoying these Wessex builds Martin, I've always liked it despite the fact it's face can turn milk sour.  The RAF yella ones used to pass by our village regularly when I was a kid.  One landed in a paddock right next to me when I was doing my paper round, and took off again promptly, no one ever believed me.
Did they at least buy a paper from  you?  :rolleyes:
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: lancer on April 10, 2013, 01:53:51 pm
Lovely helos Martin. This whirlybird 'fetish' is getting to be a bit of an epidemic on here ain't it?? LOL
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: Martin H on April 15, 2013, 02:03:18 pm
Three more furious palm trees tonight  ;D

First up is the Last of the Wessex builds (for now).
(http://imageshack.com/a/img922/650/z0b2we.jpg)
(http://imageshack.com/a/img922/6729/Fv20Bh.jpg)
(http://imageshack.com/a/img924/5703/A9AZ3j.jpg)
This is a Wessex HU-3 operating out of Singapore during the Confrontation. This one has been armed with a 50cal on an improvised mount to act as an escort/fire support boat for the other Junglies of the squadron. Italeri Wessex HAS-3 kit here, minus the ASW gear and gaining the hardware from a UH-34D kit. Decals and paint job from the Italeri Wessex HU-5 kit.

Next!
(http://imageshack.com/a/img924/2556/ck80R3.jpg)
(http://imageshack.com/a/img923/322/AHVFY1.jpg)
Army Air Corp Bell Iroquois AH-1B. Normaly found patroling the Belize/Guatemala border. Hence the rocket pods. in 1982 two of the 8 aircraft stationed at Belize airport were shipped as flight deck cargo by HMS Exeter (RN west indies guard ship) to Ascension for onward shipment south to support SAS operations on the Falklands. The wrap around cammo was modified by the under side being painted black once trans shipped under a Chinook from Exeter to HMS Bulwark.
Italeri UH-1C kit built oob but with a new paint job and decals :) Might be more British Hueys from me in due course.

And last but by no means least.................
(http://imageshack.com/a/img924/2046/YOjCIK.jpg)
(http://imageshack.com/a/img922/5503/wcUWnW.jpg)
(http://imageshack.com/a/img924/1158/GuHfJP.jpg)
Here we have a Bristol Type 192AEW. The real Type 192 evolved into the Belverdere used by the RAF. The type was also looked at by the Royal Navy for both ASW and AEW duties. This model is based on a verbal description of the AEW version mentioned during a conversation with TSRJoe. Allowing me to do something for the Project cancelled SIG theme for Telford. AEW projects. Airfix Bristol 192/Belverdere kit with a resin radar pod for a Skyraider AEW from Magna resins.
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: Gondor on April 15, 2013, 02:09:52 pm

(http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y22/martinhiggs/2013%20builds/100_2000_zps36139676.jpg)
Here we have a Bristol Type 192AEW. The real Type 192 evolved into the Belverdere used by the RAF. The type was also looked at by the Royal Navy for both ASW and AEW duties. This model is based on a verbal description of the AEW version mentioned during a conversation with TSRJoe. Allowing me to do something for the Project cancelled SIG theme for Telford. AEW projects. Airfix Bristol 192/Belverdere kit with a resin radar pod for a Skyraider AEW from Magna resins.


And what is the theme for the Project Cancelled SIG and the What-If SIG this year for Telford?

Gondor
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: Martin H on April 15, 2013, 02:22:40 pm
It says it in the text lol.


AEW Projects
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: PR19_Kit on April 15, 2013, 05:21:42 pm
That AEW Belvedere makes SO much sense, and it looks great too.  :cheers:

It's one bitch of a kit so you did some really good work there OGL.  :thumbsup: :bow:
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: NARSES2 on April 16, 2013, 07:49:05 am
Agree completely with what Kit has said  :thumbsup: :thumbsup:
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: kitnut617 on April 16, 2013, 08:21:49 am
Are there any technical specs on that Bristol Type 192AEW Martin?  It looks like something the RN could've done with down in the Falklands ----
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: lancer on April 16, 2013, 08:38:58 am
LOVE that AEW Belvedere, it looks absolutely amazing.
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: Martin H on April 16, 2013, 08:54:42 am
Are there any technical specs on that Bristol Type 192AEW Martin?  It looks like something the RN could've done with down in the Falklands ----
As I said in the text. All I had to work on was a verbal discription, if any one has the details it would be TSRJoe ;D
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: Gondor on April 16, 2013, 01:59:46 pm
It says it in the text lol.


AEW Projects

Right.... I better get cracking with that Fairly Spearfish I have and my AEW DC-10  :thumbsup:

Gondor
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: Martin H on May 05, 2013, 12:10:33 pm
My first post Scots Nationals build.

(http://imageshack.com/a/img922/6782/9fX7wf.jpg)
(http://imageshack.com/a/img923/2509/zlHwrj.jpg)
RAF Lockheed C-130A Hercules C mk-1. Of 98 squadron based at Lyneham in 1962.
Ordered as part of a joint RAAF/RAF C-130A purchase, The RAF acquired 15 of these early "Roman nose" A models (XN985-999). Lockheed was so keen to secure the order. They talked the USAF into delaying their own deliveries to allow the RAAF & RAF to get their birds early.

Operated by 98 sqn out of Lyneham, they spent most of the 1960's flying between the UK and Singapore, Hong Kong, Gan ect supporting UK forces east of Suez, a job they performed very well. How ever, it took the RAAF to show the Brits just how to use a Herk properly while operating their own A models in support of Commonwealth forces in Borneo.
This led to a larger RAF Order for what became the C-130K Hercules C Mk-2/3 for use as a tactical transport. The older Herks soldered on well into the 1980's and gave sterling support moving all sorts of cargo down to Wideawake for operation Corporate. The lack of in flight refueling prevented them heading any further south, apart from 2 aircraft that supported the covert transfer of 24 ex RAF TSR-2's to the SAAF as "payment" for South Africa's secret help during the punch up on the other side of the south Atlantic.
Post Falklands, 5 airframes were taken in hand for modification and received an extra pair of drop tanks between the engines to give them just about enough legs to make Port Stanley from Wideawake. Classed as C Mk-1A's the 5 modified aircraft were the last of their kind in front line RAF service, The remaining 10 C Mk-1's were transfered in 1983 to the RAuxAF and served with 620 (county of Northamptonshire) squadron out of RAF Polebrook untill replace by hand me down C Mk-2's in 1989. The 5 C Mk-1A's ended their days as crew trainers and finally bowed out in 1992.

The model, is the Italeri C-130E/H kit with the Oz Mods C-130A resin set and the Roman nose from Blackbird (its a direct rip off of the DB resins nose). Decals are from the Kit (national insignia) and rest from my decal box.
The serial number does not exist. It was taken from a block of unused numbers at the end of the XR range that suited the back story and the time frame for first deliveries. Why 98 sqn? simple, they were a Thor IRBM squadron from 1959 to 1963, and then Canberra's untill 1976, then disbandment. So it was easy to rewrite their history.
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: JayBee on May 05, 2013, 02:06:07 pm
Nice one Martin.  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: PR19_Kit on May 05, 2013, 02:27:03 pm
Excellent  stuff OGL, and the backstory is the work of a master.  :thumbsup: :bow:

So that's 1/72 scale then? About time we had a few larger models on the SIG stand.........  ;D
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: Martin H on May 05, 2013, 02:43:06 pm
yeap gods own scale Kit. And dont you worry, ive done quite a few larger aircraft for the SIG over the years.

Red Arrows support C-130K
RAF B-52D in Antiflash and a Blue steel under each wing
SEAC Messerschmitt Giggant.
RAF C-97A Strato Freighter.
SAAF Victor B-1.
SAAF Nimrod MR-1.
USAF B-49C in the SEA night scheme.
operational Phase 6 Vulcan B-3. (as a black buck)

all in 72nd scale

in fact dating from 2008 heres the Stratofrieghter C Mk-1.
(http://imageshack.com/a/img922/9450/i70LUi.jpg)
Meet one of  18sqn's Boeing Stratofrieghter C mk-1.  these came with the loaned Washington B-1's but were paid for out right to give the RAF some heavy lift assets. they served long and hard in RAF service with all but one being re engined with RR darts and converted into tankers. this one was the sole unmodified bird, named "the survivor" as a result and transfered from 18 sqn to 8 sqn at Lossimouth to serve as a trainer for Shackelton AEW 3 crews (yes i said AEW 3). She was returned to 18 sqn ownership when the shacks retired, and is now preserved out side the sqn HQ at odiham....Along side a slightly more better known and younger Boeing built Bravo November.............
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: PR19_Kit on May 05, 2013, 04:50:31 pm
Hm, odd, I've been to Odiham countless numbers of times but never noticed the Strat. I must have been looking in the wrong direction every time I passed it........  ;D

Perhaps a few more of the BIG ONES might appear on the stand now and then? We do seem to have majored on smaller models recently.

Yeah, yeah, I know, I'M the idiot who built the world's biggest 777..........
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: NARSES2 on May 06, 2013, 01:15:50 am
That's really, really good Martin and I'm glad to see you seem to have recovered from your attack of "rotoritis"  ;D

I never even knew there was a "Roman Nose" version  :banghead:
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: Thorvic on May 06, 2013, 01:55:33 am
That's really, really good Martin and I'm glad to see you seem to have recovered from your attack of "rotoritis"  ;D

I never even knew there was a "Roman Nose" version  :banghead:

Yeap it looks a little odd without the readr nose, its as it its had it squished in a fight with a Beverley or taxied to close to a hanger and screaped off the tip of its nose  ;D.

Nice looking model Martin, we'll have to do an alternative Transport Command if we can get Lee to ever finish his V-1000 !!!  :thumbsup:
Title: Another four engined prop job
Post by: Martin H on June 30, 2013, 12:46:09 pm
For those who didnt know, I was volunteered for a few builds for the The project cancelled sig display for SMW 2013.
The Bristol 192 AEW was the first (and smallest) build of the three ive been lumbered with.

The following will is the largest.
(http://imageshack.com/a/img923/2966/D1OkNt.jpg)
This is  Lockheed Warningstar AEW Mk-1 XR965. Of 8 squadron, based at RAF Lossimouth in the late 1960's.

It would seem that when Dennis Healey went Stateside to beg/plead for Phantom's, F-111's and C-130's. He also had 12 EC-121's on his wish list. A number of which were sitting gathering dust at the Boneyard. However, Uncle Sam wasnt so keen to part with them so Healey went with out.
This is what they might have looked like had Healy got every thing on his wish list.

The kit is the Heller warning Star kit build out of the box, but with decals from the recently rereleased Shackelton decal sheets from Aeroclub.

The serial comes from a gap in batches of Folland Gnat T-1's. So as far as I know was never issued to any type.
(http://imageshack.com/a/img923/9650/YqIAvb.jpg)

This monster fought me every inch of the way. First off when I sealed the fuselage halves, it tuned out to be a tail sitter, even with over 200 grams of lead in the nose. So I resigned myself to it needing a tail stand. Then a few days later while taking it down stairs to do some work on it in the garden, I lost my grip on it and it went bouncing down the stairs. cracking it wide open and causing other damage. Thankfully no parts went missing, So I set about repairing it. and used the opportunity to increase the ballast in the nose. An extra 200 grams of lead went into this pain in the rear.
the paint job wasn't all plain sailing either. The Halfords Primer and the Xtracylic Dark Sea Grey didn't like each other that much. so there two whole bottles worth of Xtracylic DSG on this build!
And then the decals. Dunno were John Adams gets them printed, but they wernt to keen to stay in place even with the models having three coats of Klear before it went anywhere near the decals. A top coat of klear over the decals sorted out all bar the serial on the other side to the first photo. It went missing! I found it stuck fast to my thumb! And of course I dont have a replacement.................Yet.

And being a glutton for punishment, I started a Super Conni along side the Warningstar. althou thats on the back burner for now.
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: PR19_Kit on June 30, 2013, 02:07:32 pm
You  could be said to be a glutton for punishment OGL.......  ;D

But it looks GREAT, well done indeed.  :thumbsup: :bow:
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: Thorvic on July 01, 2013, 12:45:47 am
What do you mean Lumbered !!!!   :o (i wouldn't do a thing like that now would i  :wacko: )

Slight addition to the timeline to set the context the Warning Star was actually intended for the East of Suez role for use from the new mounting bases in the Indian Ocean that would have replaced our former Garrisons as they gained independence. They would have still been head quartered in the UK and would have acted as a stop gap (instead of the Shackletons) whilst a home grown solution was developed. That's why it has the white cabin roof as per the Shack MPA rather than the actual Shack AEW2 as those were no longer needed for use in hot climates.

Nice build and certainly looks the part  :thumbsup:, and it certainly had its trials and tribulations for what was an OOB build !!!.

I take it the Super Connie is on the back burner whilst you try something a little more conservative in size and hopefully without the added stresses  ;D
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: NARSES2 on July 01, 2013, 01:09:57 am
Nice one Martin  :thumbsup: It is a big bugger
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: Weaver on July 01, 2013, 04:16:10 am
Well it may have been a pig to build but it's a looker now it's done: nice one Martin!  :thumbsup: :thumbsup: :thumbsup:
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: Mossie on July 01, 2013, 04:19:44 am
Certainly looks good in those colours Martin. :thumbsup:
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: Dizzyfugu on July 01, 2013, 04:38:12 am
Pretty! Looks very good in this livery, well done!

Should have had Griffons...?  ;)
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: kitnut617 on July 01, 2013, 08:43:16 am

Should have had Griffons...?  ;)

Would have been way under-powered, at least a 1000 hp less on each engine.  Now Sabre VII's maybe -----

Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: Martin H on September 01, 2013, 02:29:05 pm
Heres the 3rd and last 1/72nd scale AEW builds for this years Project canceled SIG theme

The Lockheed EC-130K Herculese AEW Mk-2K. Based on the real Lockheed FASS project

(http://imageshack.com/a/img923/459/jsNRUH.jpg)
(http://imageshack.com/a/img924/8387/bQUb9P.jpg)
(http://imageshack.com/a/img924/3552/fKCjHc.jpg)
(http://imageshack.com/a/img922/4192/bySFHW.jpg)

With the entry into service of the Nimrod AEW 3, the RAF decided it also needed a cheaper home grown AEW platform for use in the south atlantic. Lockheed and Marconi's put in a joint bid offering to mount the Nimrods radar system onto a number of existing RAF C-130's. The RAF/MOD gladly took up the offer, as it ment no new aircrew training or new maintenance facilities. eight airframes were selected and converted by Marshalls with a joint Marshalls, Lockheed and Marconi team.
This is XV179 in the markings of C flight, of 8 squadron based at RAF mount Pleasant around 1988. It was decided to fit the eight airframes out as duel role AEW/Tankers. Carrying the same wing mounted IFR pods used by the USMC KC-130's. This freed up the RAF's VC-10s to remain in europe for NATO work.
There were no more than 4 aircraft in the Falklands at any one time, the remaining 4 were in the UK either under deport level maintenance at Lynham or training with the rest of 8 squadron at Lossimouth and later Waddington.

The model is the Italeri kit with clones of the Cammet Nimrod AEW conversion modded to fit. There is a lot of putty on this beast as would be expected when adding such large lumps of resin.The IFR pods are from the ESCI C-130 kit. The decals are a mix of real C-130 and Airfix Sentry decals for the squadron markings. the Falklands coat of arms under the cockpit is from a Matchbox Phantom kit. The paint job used is mainly Gunze/mr color rather than my usual Lifecolor/Xrtacylics.





Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: PR19_Kit on September 01, 2013, 02:35:43 pm
AWESOME!  :thumbsup: :bow:
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: Weaver on September 01, 2013, 02:38:53 pm
Heh - I remember seeing that in Marconi ads from the early 1980s - nice one Martin!  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: Martin H on September 01, 2013, 02:42:58 pm
Heh - I remember seeing that in Marconi ads from the early 1980s - nice one Martin!  :thumbsup:
Believe it or not that advert helped to spark my interest in whiffery. This has been one of those builds ive been wanting to do for years, just not had the ability or assets (ie resin conversion set) to achive it. Untill now.
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: kitbasher on September 01, 2013, 03:00:20 pm
Top banana, OGL!

And 3rd AEW build this year?  That's just showing off, Martin.  ;)
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: buzzbomb on September 01, 2013, 05:02:05 pm
Brilliant.. look forward to seeing this at the Show
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: kerick on September 01, 2013, 06:47:53 pm
Excellent work. Strangest looking C-130 I've ever seen.
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: andrewj on September 01, 2013, 11:55:21 pm
Love that Hercules , Martin , definately a "should have been ", great build.

Andrew
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: Thorvic on September 02, 2013, 12:29:54 am
Excellent work Martin, the herc strangley looks rather good in the Hemp and LAG scheme  :thumbsup:

And thats another one to the Project Cancelled AEW display, TSRJoe and me really need to get our skates on and get build completed  :banghead:
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: Mossie on September 02, 2013, 07:21:26 am
Very much looks the part Martin, quite smart in hemp! :thumbsup:
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: NARSES2 on September 02, 2013, 07:34:16 am
Excellent work Martin, the herc strangley looks rather good in the Hemp and LAG scheme  :thumbsup:


My thoughts exactly - nice build Martin  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: Old Wombat on September 02, 2013, 07:53:13 am
Excellent work Martin, the Herc strangley looks rather good in the Hemp and LAG scheme  :thumbsup:


My thoughts exactly - nice build Martin  :thumbsup:

Add my agreement to these. Also, looks strangely natural with those whopping great domes, too. Weird! :thumbsup:

:cheers:

Guy
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: TallEng on September 02, 2013, 08:11:52 am
Surely you mean "naturally strange"?  ;D

Regards
Keith
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: kitnut617 on September 02, 2013, 08:23:58 am
Heh - I remember seeing that in Marconi ads from the early 1980s - nice one Martin!  :thumbsup:
Believe it or not that advert helped to spark my interest in whiffery. This has been one of those builds ive been wanting to do for years, just not had the ability or assets (ie resin conversion set) to achive it. Untill now.

You and me both Martin ----  I've been looking at my 1/72 Airbus A310 and giving it the treatment, seen something about it in Battle Flight (or was it Vulcan's Hammer)

Very nicely done too   :thumbsup: :thumbsup:
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: Captain Canada on September 09, 2013, 07:15:26 am
Yes...I just love looking at that Herc ! I was wondering in the other thread about the wing tanks...and now I know !
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: Martin H on November 11, 2013, 07:43:40 am
well now SMW13 is out of the way. AEW builds 4 and 5 can now be added to the thread. Both were built to fill gaps for models that we knew  few weeks in advance wouldn't be done in time by those who had offered them.

first up Build 4.

(http://imageshack.com/a/img922/7691/pYOIaC.jpg)

Taken from Chris Gibson's Airstaff & AEW book. The RAF has wanted the E-3 since the system started development. They came up with a cunning plan to get the E-3 on the cheap (or so they believed). They put forward the idea that the MOD acquire a number of the then soon to be retired British Airways Boeing 707 fleet (the ones with RR Conway engines) at a knock down price. Then mount the E-3 dish and systems. Some bean counter in Whitehall worked out that the Conway would be a very expensive engine to run and maintain, so the idea was kicked into the long grass.

The kit is the old Airfix 1/144th Conway 707 kit with the Dish and legs from a 2nd hand Revell E-3 kit I had been given a few years ago.

Build 5.
Now this monster was something of a speed build. It was started 3 days after the Glasgow show, and the last bits of paint touching up finished 3 days prior to SMW.
(http://imageshack.com/a/img922/7698/H6tRc3.jpg)
(http://imageshack.com/a/img923/1292/ykBsmF.jpg)

Due to the Frieghtdog 1/144th kit, I dont think this one needs much of an intro.
TSR Joe was ment to be doing this one for SMW, but was unable to complete his build. So I was suppled with some resin bits for the nose and upper and lower radar domes. And I started throwing an Academy C-97 kit together. I added a set of white metal undercarriage from SAC, as this beast weighs a ton. The cockpit was formed using a heavily modified spare canopy from an Airfix valiant. It isnt perfect by a long shot. But for an unplanned last moment high speed build its adequate.


 



Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: PR19_Kit on November 11, 2013, 09:54:50 am
But what are you going to do with the REST of the Valiant?  ;D
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: Martin H on November 11, 2013, 09:56:28 am
simple, you get two canopies in the Airfix Valiant kit.
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: kitbasher on November 11, 2013, 10:16:15 am
Those Boeing AEW beasties do look better in the flesh than they do in photos, so very well done to those who have built them - especially the 1/72 versions.

Still looks like a Sperm whale to me though.

Nicknamed 'Moby' by the RAF crews that flew one, could one have been shot down over the Baltic by a MiG-21 armed with 'Ahab' air-to-air missiles?
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: Captain Canada on November 11, 2013, 10:45:48 am
Nicknamed 'Moby' by the RAF crews that flew one, could one have been shot down over the Baltic by a MiG-21 armed with 'Ahab' air-to-air missiles?

LOL....good one !

Nice builds. Love the 707. I was wondering what those little things were sticking out out the engines....Conways !

Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: kitnut617 on November 11, 2013, 11:26:07 am
Great builds, love them! ------

Did you use a conversion for the Conways Martin?  I've seen one somewhere but I can't remember where now --
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: Martin H on November 11, 2013, 11:41:24 am
nah its a conway powered aircraft in the old Airfix kit. Its not my normal scale, this one is 1/144th :)

But yes there is a 72nd scale conversion set from some outfit in Germany.
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: PR19_Kit on November 11, 2013, 11:47:25 am
nah its a conway powered aircraft in the old Airfix kit. Its not my normal scale, this one is 1/144th :)

But yes there is a 72nd scale conversion set from some outfit in Germany.

That'd be Classic Airliners I expect. Some DC8s had Conways too.
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: Thorvic on November 11, 2013, 01:12:08 pm
nah its a conway powered aircraft in the old Airfix kit. Its not my normal scale, this one is 1/144th :)

But yes there is a 72nd scale conversion set from some outfit in Germany.

That'd be Classic Airliners I expect. Some DC8s had Conways too.

Were those the lot at the show next to two-six with the 1/72 Boeing 727 resin kit and working on the 1/72 BAC 1-11 ?
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: PR19_Kit on November 11, 2013, 03:52:44 pm
nah its a conway powered aircraft in the old Airfix kit. Its not my normal scale, this one is 1/144th :)

But yes there is a 72nd scale conversion set from some outfit in Germany.

That'd be Classic Airliners I expect. Some DC8s had Conways too.

Were those the lot at the show next to two-six with the 1/72 Boeing 727 resin kit and working on the 1/72 BAC 1-11 ?

That's the guys, yes (or maybe Herren  ;D) They do good stuff and it's usually unobtainable elsewhere but it's pretty darned expensive.
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: kerick on November 11, 2013, 05:38:00 pm
Good Lord someone built a flying submarine!
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: McColm on November 12, 2013, 03:35:08 am
Brilliant builds ,
I hope my 1/72 Academy C-97 builds are as good as yours . Got my own theme of AEW/AWACS aircraft going .
Thanks for the pics .
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: Captain Canada on November 12, 2013, 06:09:35 am
Now that I've actually read the post properly, I can really see the Valiant canopy ! looks right at home !

Nice work.

 :tornado:
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: Martin H on November 12, 2013, 03:19:16 pm
The first post SMW build is now under way.

(http://imageshack.com/a/img924/5323/meXM3H.jpg)

It got started at tonights Bedford club meeting.
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: Thorvic on November 12, 2013, 03:40:09 pm
Good greif you jumo straight back on the wagon with the Lonewulf Sidetack conversion to the Airfix SHAR2 kit !!!   :blink:

Looking good so far  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: Captain Canada on November 12, 2013, 07:26:47 pm
Does that ever look good ! Lonewolf Sidetrack eh ?

 :cheers:
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: PR19_Kit on November 13, 2013, 02:59:46 am
Does that come with the T2 tail already, or do you have to get that from elsewhere?
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: Captain Canada on November 13, 2013, 04:41:20 am
I'd say it comes with....as it's 18 pound for the set. And it says so.....looks absolutely stunning. Definitely want one ! I think as soon as I get these Boomerangs done it's going to be Harrier time.  :thumbsup:

http://www.lonewulfmodels.co.uk/view_product.php?c_id=21&sc_id=51&p_id=3153
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: Gondor on November 13, 2013, 11:10:04 am
This one one I was going to scratch build for SMW this year but ran out of interest. Might finish it anyway to see how well my build compares against the conversion set. So far I am using the Xtrakit FA2 with a Heller/Bobcat T4 tail.

Gondor
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: kitbasher on November 13, 2013, 12:41:48 pm
Love the wing tip floats, Martin  ;)

I noticed a completed Sidetrack on one of the club/branch/SIG stands at SMW.
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: Martin H on November 13, 2013, 12:48:40 pm
I saw that one as well, on the Shropshire stand I think.
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: kitnut617 on November 13, 2013, 02:28:02 pm
I think I need one of those conversions for this below, it's my Sea Harrier F.13 or F.14 (haven't decided yet) but the idea is it's an AEW of sorts.

(http://i200.photobucket.com/albums/aa263/kitnut617/Harrier%20and%20Sea%20Harrier/SeaHarrierF13006.jpg) (http://s200.photobucket.com/user/kitnut617/media/Harrier%20and%20Sea%20Harrier/SeaHarrierF13006.jpg.html)
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: TallEng on November 13, 2013, 02:33:18 pm
That looks good :thumbsup:
You just need to finish it now ;D
Like so many of my models, yours seems to have been
Waiting a while to get finished :cheers:
Personally I think they get better if one lets them 'Age' ;) :drink:
Before one 'Finishes' them  :blink:
Regards
Keith
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: kitnut617 on November 13, 2013, 02:36:31 pm
You're right Keith, I've got too many that are ""nearly"" done.  Like someone else here, so many ideas and not enough time ----
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: Thorvic on November 18, 2013, 12:37:03 am
Also got a Lonewulf Side-track Harrier underway, not a bad conversion set either as designed for the Airfix Sea Harrier FA2 kit so the cuts required are along panel lines, recommended  :thumbsup:.

Hopefully we may see Martins completed example by the weekend, should the painting go to plan  ;D
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: Martin H on January 09, 2014, 01:06:46 pm
Well Geoff has finished his sidetrack Harrier. Mine still has a bit to go .

(http://imageshack.com/a/img923/845/mUHK2s.jpg)
(http://imageshack.com/a/img922/4262/ja9fjH.jpg)
(http://imageshack.com/a/img923/1423/dhn9w3.jpg)

Plus heres a non whiff ive made a start on.............................................
(http://imageshack.com/a/img923/9026/nEfcrK.jpg)
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: Thorvic on January 09, 2014, 01:16:46 pm
ooooh Tie Defender  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: Martin H on January 09, 2014, 01:32:51 pm
heres another view of the Tie Defender
(http://imageshack.com/a/img924/4530/gnD4wv.jpg)
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: kitnut617 on January 09, 2014, 03:06:02 pm
Plus heres a non whiff ive made a start on.............................................
(http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y22/martinhiggs/DSCF0474_zps52a4f817.jpg)

If that isn't an out-&-out whiff I don't know what a what-if is then  ---
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: Captain Canada on January 09, 2014, 07:07:56 pm
That Tie Defender is wild !

Love that Sidetrack Harrier. The more I look....the more I like !

 :cheers:
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: NARSES2 on January 10, 2014, 07:27:34 am
Plus heres a non whiff ive made a start on.............................................
(http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y22/martinhiggs/DSCF0474_zps52a4f817.jpg)

If that isn't an out-&-out whiff I don't know what a what-if is then  ---

Exactly mate.

Martin's referring to the Swiss Chalet in the background I think  :rolleyes:
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: Old Wombat on January 10, 2014, 10:16:30 am
Wot? You mean Star Wars isn't a documentary!? :o :banghead:

:cheers:

Guy
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: lancer on January 10, 2014, 11:39:38 am
Oh I LOVE the TIE Defender....Where did you get it?? Of course, the harrier conversion looks pretty damm good as well..
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: Martin H on January 10, 2014, 01:13:39 pm
it was an ebay win from a guy in Canada a few years back.
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: Martin H on January 12, 2014, 10:19:57 am
For all intents and purposes Im calling the Sidetrack Harrier finished. (still a few small bits and bobs to do but close enough for Government work)

(http://imageshack.com/a/img924/3351/xyZUDg.jpg)
(http://imageshack.com/a/img923/9540/x32MjV.jpg)
(http://imageshack.com/a/img924/2702/TKUgQN.jpg)
(http://imageshack.com/a/img923/1228/02GDNM.jpg)

And a few pics of something else ive been working on over the last few months. Now about 85-90% complete.
(http://imageshack.com/a/img922/6816/9dNAbb.jpg)
(http://imageshack.com/a/img922/2280/RLhuer.jpg)
For those thinking id been cured of roteritus.....think again! ;D Theres another one about 50% complete on its way as well.
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: PR19_Kit on January 12, 2014, 10:24:21 am
Hmm, OK. So that's an FAA piston engined S-58 then?
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: Martin H on January 12, 2014, 10:28:06 am
correct ;D
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: NARSES2 on January 13, 2014, 07:39:04 am
Come out well Martin  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: Thorvic on January 13, 2014, 07:44:22 am
Looking good, nice to see another SideTrack SHAR finished  :thumbsup:.

What colours did you use on the SAR Wessex ?
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: Dizzyfugu on January 13, 2014, 07:56:46 am
Oh I LOVE the TIE Defender....Where did you get it??

Looks almost like two AMT TIE Interceptors bashed into one? Nice idea and concept  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: Martin H on January 13, 2014, 09:53:15 am
What colours did you use on the SAR Wessex ?

RAF Blue-grey out of a rattle can from CJ aerosols. and Scarlet red from Valejio.
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: Martin H on March 03, 2014, 11:18:17 am
The first full 2014 build.

(http://imageshack.com/a/img924/3680/QnBVtp.jpg)

Lightning F-2A. The C.O's aircraft of 85 sqn based at RAF North Luffenham 1972.

85 never flew Lightnings. Their last fighters were Javelins. They ended up as a Bloodhound squadron.

The new(ish) Airfix kit with decals from the kit and various Modeldecal sheets.
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: Weaver on March 03, 2014, 01:28:08 pm
Smart tie..... (sorry) ;)

Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: Martin H on March 03, 2014, 02:42:36 pm
always one joker lol
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: philp on March 03, 2014, 07:37:56 pm
They look good and like the Lightning.

I keep hoping FineMolds will release a Tie Bomber. And an A-Wing and a B-Wing and a 72nd Snowspeeder but who knows.

Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: McColm on March 04, 2014, 12:45:36 am
Great builds.
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: Captain Canada on March 04, 2014, 04:46:10 am
Wow ! You've been a busy boy ! Love the Harrier....I gotta get off my duff and get one of those. Just looks so neat. Mean, or something....

The chopper looks great too ! Very subtle. I was going to ask if it was real, but then I figured it out.

Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: NARSES2 on March 04, 2014, 06:58:08 am
Love the Lightning  :thumbsup: :thumbsup:
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: Gondor on March 04, 2014, 12:13:19 pm
Love the Lightning  :thumbsup: :thumbsup:

Is it me or is the weapon pylon on backwards?

Gondor
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: Martin H on March 04, 2014, 01:00:24 pm
Love the Lightning  :thumbsup: :thumbsup:

Is it me or is the weapon pylon on backwards?

Gondor

as per the instuctions
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: Martin H on March 11, 2014, 04:32:25 pm
Time to take a look at one of the oldies in my collection................built around 2002-2003

(http://imageshack.com/a/img922/531/HJztSm.jpg)

One of the first models I did using acrylic paints. And to date the only non sci fi AMT kit ive built. despite having a load of em in the stash.

This one is still around, in very deep storage some ware up in the loft.
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: Captain Canada on March 11, 2014, 04:46:58 pm
She looks good like that ! Definitely more interesting than an all-metal example.

 :cheers:
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: philp on March 11, 2014, 09:35:57 pm
She looks good like that ! Definitely more interesting than an all-metal example.

 :cheers:

Don't know, sometimes they look good in nmf.
(https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-C164uYbeMos/T0G8nBx14SI/AAAAAAAAOCo/RWxNrlbWue8/s912/P2180137.JPG)
Taken at Commiesfest in 2012, not mine.

Martin,
Love the camo on your version, very B-52ish.
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: PR19_Kit on March 12, 2014, 03:25:09 am
Are you thinking of taking your B-49 to the Cosford Show by any chance Martin?

Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: Martin H on March 12, 2014, 09:57:26 am
nah shes covered in way to many cobwebs lol
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: Captain Canada on March 12, 2014, 10:00:09 am
Yes, the NMF one looks pretty good too ! Especially all 'propped' up like that !

 :thumbsup:
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: kitnut617 on March 12, 2014, 10:34:17 am
That B-35 does look good, I've got plans to add guns to the turrets too.  I've read somewhere that the tail cone behind the gunner's position was supposed to have a group of four .5's there, B-52 style --- 
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: PR19_Kit on March 12, 2014, 01:43:52 pm
That B-35 does look good, I've got plans to add guns to the turrets too.  I've read somewhere that the tail cone behind the gunner's position was supposed to have a group of four .5's there, B-52 style --- 

That's mentioned in the intructions, at least in the AMT version anyway, but they don't give you the guns on the sprues!
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: kitnut617 on March 12, 2014, 03:11:44 pm
That B-35 does look good, I've got plans to add guns to the turrets too.  I've read somewhere that the tail cone behind the gunner's position was supposed to have a group of four .5's there, B-52 style --- 

That's mentioned in the intructions, at least in the AMT version anyway, but they don't give you the guns on the sprues!

I thought I had read it somewhere Kit --- I've got the AMT boxing, times two ---  :mellow:  one will be an RAF Grand Slam carrier
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: PR19_Kit on March 12, 2014, 05:57:50 pm
I thought I had read it somewhere Kit --- I've got the AMT boxing, times two ---  :mellow:  one will be an RAF Grand Slam carrier

That'll be interesting, you'll have to change the whole bomb bay arrangement to get a Grand Slam in. As standard it's got four quite small bays.

You may see an RAF one earlier than that too..........   ;)
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: Captain Canada on March 12, 2014, 08:08:04 pm
Oooh I like the idea of a big flying wing Grand Slam carrier....will it be scale-o-rama'd ?

 :cheers:

Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: kitnut617 on March 13, 2014, 05:45:00 am
I thought I had read it somewhere Kit --- I've got the AMT boxing, times two ---  :mellow:  one will be an RAF Grand Slam carrier

That'll be interesting, you'll have to change the whole bomb bay arrangement to get a Grand Slam in. As standard it's got four quite small bays.

You may see an RAF one earlier than that too..........   ;)

Well the plan for it (RW stuff now) was for the B-35 to carry two semi-recessed Grand Slams, I've got a 3-View of it somewhere but do you think I can find it when I want it.  Considering that a B-29 could carry two Grand Slams, it should be much easier for the B-35 (out of interest, the B-36 could carry four Grand Slams)
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: Martin H on March 31, 2014, 02:02:05 pm
Back to Phantoms for the 2nd build of the year.

And the idea for this one came from Spinners strike fighters thread.
(http://imageshack.com/a/img923/6185/0c7orc.jpg)

Yes a Phantom FGR-2 in the markings of my favorite RAF fighter squadron, The Mighty 5. A total act of heresy, but after seeing Spinners 5sqn toom screen shot it just had to be built.

(http://imageshack.com/a/img924/3388/YCMjG4.jpg)
And here it is along with the 85 sqn Lightning F-2A that I did last month. Now carrying its Firestreaks.

The Phantom is the Fujimi FGR-2 kit, built OOB. Althou I swapped out the kits sneb pods for the sidwinders from a Fujimi Phantom FG-1 kit. Why? 5 sqn is not a groundpounder squadron! They hunt Bear!  ;D or at least thats what they should be doing these days.

Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: Thorvic on March 31, 2014, 02:50:36 pm
Looking good there especially the pair of familar yet slightly different squadrons  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: NARSES2 on April 01, 2014, 07:17:53 am
Nice one Martin
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: kitnut617 on April 01, 2014, 09:17:40 am
Doing a Wooksta there eh! Martin -- I'm looking and looking at it and couldn't see what you had done.  Not really into what squadron flew what myself ---

Mind you here's a question, I've been reading that the RAF comptemplated buying the F-15 (two-seater  B with Brit equipment), do you think they would have got the grey/green camo too ?
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: PR19_Kit on April 01, 2014, 12:22:13 pm
I thought F-15s dissolved if you DIDN'T paint them grey..............  :banghead:
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: kitnut617 on April 01, 2014, 02:03:44 pm
Doesn't appear so Kit     ;D

(http://i200.photobucket.com/albums/aa263/kitnut617/McDonnell%20Douglas%20Harrier%20Replacement/SuperHarrier022_zps7dcd9036.jpg) (http://s200.photobucket.com/user/kitnut617/media/McDonnell%20Douglas%20Harrier%20Replacement/SuperHarrier022_zps7dcd9036.jpg.html)
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: Martin H on April 01, 2014, 02:19:55 pm
Mind you here's a question, I've been reading that the RAF comptemplated buying the F-15 (two-seater  B with Brit equipment), do you think they would have got the grey/green camo too ?

I would think that they would have been in the same boring grey scheme the Tornado F-3's wore.
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: kitnut617 on April 01, 2014, 02:22:26 pm
F-15 in Barley Grey  --- hmm!  think on this I will ---  ;)
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: Thorvic on April 01, 2014, 03:19:13 pm
Depends on when mid-late 70s then still a chance of dsg/dg over lag, but with them being grey in USAF service they would have likely entered service in an ADV scheme
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: Martin H on April 23, 2014, 02:54:42 pm
Another Phantom. And this idea has been done before by one or more of the UK lads. Either Nigel Bunker and/or Lancer.

(http://imageshack.com/a/img922/6697/aUogkg.jpg)

Yes its an F-4E in RAF plumage.

(http://imageshack.com/a/img922/548/egkxLF.jpg)

Namely 6 squadron. And rigged for ground pounding. The weapons fit is pretty standard for an RAF toom, as is the paint job.

(http://imageshack.com/a/img923/6428/q6xdpp.jpg)

Its the Italeri kit built OOB bar the sneb pods and the strike camera fitted in the forward left hand sparrow bay. The decals are a mix of Xtradecal and model decal sets.

There are two more tooms in build. but thats enough said about them for now  :wacko:
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: lancer on April 24, 2014, 01:06:20 pm
The 'other' Brit F4E is mine. But it' got a grey overcoat I'm afraid. Did it a few years ago, I thought it might be a bit of a head turner. I DO like in the Green/Grey cammo scheme....Nice one Martin
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: Captain Canada on April 25, 2014, 06:49:30 pm
Love your RAF Phantoms Martin ! Mmmm....Phantoms in RAF camo..... :wub:

Love the 5 Squadron bird. Those Anglo Phantoms look just too right. I knew I should have grabbed that old boxing Hasegawa RN Phantom for 8 dollars today !

 :banghead:
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: lancer on April 26, 2014, 01:17:02 pm
The grey one will be making an apperance at Hendon next month.  Martin, how about we display both of the 4E's?? Really confuse the hell out of people..
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: Martin H on April 26, 2014, 03:17:36 pm
sounds good to me
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: Martin H on June 22, 2014, 11:29:13 am
A few weeks late with the next two................
More RAF Phantoms.

(http://imageshack.com/a/img924/3738/2qfg7L.jpg)
McDD RF-4E Phantom FR Mk-4. Of 2 squadron RAF, RAF Germany 1978.

(http://imageshack.com/a/img922/9133/iMmL3x.jpg)
McDD F-4E(UK) Phantom FGR-5 of 1435 flight RAF Stanley. Falkland Islands 1986.
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: NARSES2 on June 23, 2014, 07:29:01 am
Not a Phantom lover but they do look smart. Nice work Martin
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: Martin H on August 23, 2014, 03:20:02 pm
They look good and like the Lightning.

I keep hoping FineMolds will release a Tie Bomber. And an A-Wing and a B-Wing and a 72nd Snowspeeder but who knows.


Not quite finemolds............
(http://imageshack.com/a/img923/1365/IaejkG.jpg)

Resin kit by Multiverse models. click here for their home page. (http://www.mvmodels.biz/home.asp)
I had this on display at the Avon/Thornbury show on the Coventry & Warwickshire stand.

I have their E wing fighter on the go along side a few other whiff builds that will see the light of day soonish

As for the Snowspeeder. I managed to pick up a 2nd hand Retrokit example at last years Avon show.
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: Captain Canada on September 03, 2014, 10:28:05 am
Lovely Phantoms Martin ! Especially the Falklands bird....looks awesome in that scheme and that's such an evocative time/ scenerio.

 :cheers:
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: Martin H on September 07, 2014, 08:15:54 am
A few new ones.

This time targets.

first up some German heavy metal.

(http://imageshack.com/a/img923/6073/l3oShV.jpg)

Yes its an E100. With the proposed Auft B turret. And in the markings of the West German Army in the 1960's.
The turret is a resin replacement for the original in the Dragon kit from an outfit called Modeltrans.

(http://imageshack.com/a/img922/5803/hRosGj.jpg)
Here is the E100 Auft B along side a much earlier Auft A. Just to show how different the turrets are.

Next up was a complete mystery to me, as I had never heard of this one before Thorvic pointed it out on Ebay.

(http://imageshack.com/a/img922/9710/Ir00bp.jpg)
the US The Hunter concept tank, dating from 1955, this vehicle was never built, it only got as far as the drawings stage

(http://imageshack.com/a/img922/6176/JRFLgN.jpg)
The running gear and lower hull is pretty much a standard M-60.

(http://imageshack.com/a/img923/3802/r57Ox0.jpg)
In the turret was meant to be two 105mm unguided rocket launchers and it was supposed to fire 14 rockets before being reloaded!

(http://imageshack.com/a/img923/9434/GYfA0s.jpg)
Oh yeah! its a resin kit from Cromwell.
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: Captain Canada on September 07, 2014, 09:37:57 am
That is some heavy metal there ! Never heard of that Hunter before....pretty neat looking machine !

 :cheers:
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: Steel Penguin on September 07, 2014, 10:44:16 am
nice looking treads boss.
the E100 is strangely modern looking ( like great big slabs of chobham modern)
the Hunter is utterly Sci Fi  if you'd have made up a book name and said it was energy weapons, id have been none the wiser.
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: NARSES2 on September 10, 2014, 07:28:45 am
That Hunter is new to me.

So the crew had to dismount to reload ? Same as the Marine's Ontos ?
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: Martin H on September 10, 2014, 09:10:04 am
not from the drawing that happens to be posted on the secret projects forum. (spotted by Thorvic, Just like the model lol)

This monster carried around 90 rounds internally, and each tube was fed by a 7 round mag, reloaded from inside the hull.

The entire rear body work dome was hinged to allow easy access for reloads, engine maintenance or emergency bail out.
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: NARSES2 on September 11, 2014, 03:29:36 am
Right, cheers Martin
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: Mossie on September 18, 2014, 09:42:36 am
Like the tanks Martin, that Hunter looks straight out of Sci-fi. :thumbsup:
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: NARSES2 on October 21, 2014, 07:37:14 am
Nice ones Martin. That semi trailer job is just weird  :blink: Still they love their trucks & trailers in the US so I suppose they had to make a tank into one ?  :rolleyes:
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: Martin H on October 27, 2014, 01:44:59 pm
time for a three ship formation build...............................
All three came about because of a brainstorming session between myself and Thorvic as we headed home from Glasgow in my car.

(http://imageshack.com/a/img923/9244/zhfMlW.jpg)
This counts as a canceled project, as there was a refernce to a two seat strike fighter Lightning variant for the RAAf listed in the Putnams book on English Electric. No details given,but this is my take on it. Matchbox Lightning T-55 with various bits and bobs from odds and ordnance added.

next up is a single seater.
(http://imageshack.com/a/img923/8364/nF15ik.jpg)

if you look carefully just above the serial number you should be able to see who she belongs to  ;D
(http://imageshack.com/a/img924/6200/benSl8.jpg)

FRADU Lightning F-6N. High speed "bad guy" for the Royal Navy radar's to target on exercise.
Once again a Matchbox kit built OOB bar the "threat emitters" on the missile racks.

And last but by no means least.
(http://imageshack.com/a/img923/9997/NQIN3u.jpg)
(http://imageshack.com/a/img922/7744/xPczqg.jpg)
The Brits should recognize the color scheme. A certain Sea Vixen that still graces our skys used to carry it.

Its a Target drone. Or more correctly a Lightning D-6. The black pods on the overwing pylons and the missile racks contain the various black boxes so this beast can be remotely controlled.
Again a Matchbox kit built pretty much OOB.

Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: PR19_Kit on October 27, 2014, 02:56:04 pm
We'll be snided out with Lightnings at Telford.  :thumbsup: :bow:

LOVE The D-6!  :wub:
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: Thorvic on October 27, 2014, 03:16:44 pm
Good grief we were only discussing this as we drove back from Glasgow a week last Sunday in some rather iffy weather. I know he told me he had started them last week but i didn't expect all 3 to be completed within a week !!!! :bow:.

Must admit i too like the Drone the best  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: PR19_Kit on October 27, 2014, 03:19:55 pm
Shouldn't the FRADU one have a light right in the centre of the radome for the Navy gunners to aim at, like their Hunter 11s?  :lol:
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: Martin H on October 27, 2014, 03:34:13 pm
fair point Kit LOL. Well it certainly wouldnt be needing the old radar in there now would it?

I have a few more drone ideas knocking around, but more on those as and when I get around to building them ;D
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: Captain Canada on January 27, 2015, 04:53:45 pm
Great stuff Martin ! Love the Lightning trio, but my fave has to be that giant tank thing. I like that, and in fact wouldn't mind building one of my own. Also a big fan of the Vertol. Funny how stuff like that just happens !

 :cheers:
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: Thorvic on January 27, 2015, 10:41:45 pm
It was interesting how many were drawn to the Lightning Drone at the Bolton Show last Sunday. it was eye catching and drew them into to looking at the others more closely  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: Scooterman on January 30, 2015, 05:25:28 pm
Missed the Lightning drone.  So tasty.  Methinks there needs to be one on this side of the pond.... ;)
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: Martin H on February 03, 2015, 03:23:45 pm
Missed the Lightning drone.  So tasty.  Methinks there needs to be one on this side of the pond.... ;)

Feel Free Brad ;D
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: Martin H on February 22, 2015, 01:19:02 pm
Almost done with this one, I just need to acquire a suitable stand for it.

(http://imageshack.com/a/img922/1016/4upAMg.jpg)

This is the Sharkit Douglas D1186. carrier based (I kid you not!) cruise missile mistel.

Ive been working slowly on this one since June 2014.

It had its first public outing today at the Crewe show. Pity I dropped the bleedin thing as we were packing up!
So its now been repaired and is waiting a little bit of paint touching up to get it back to were it was first thing this morning. On the plus side I located a suitable base/stand for it at the show  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: PR19_Kit on February 22, 2015, 01:31:12 pm
And seriously awesome it is too!  :o :o :o

Goodness KNOWS how the USN intended to operate something this huge off a carrier, even if it was going to be the largest carrier ever at the time.
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: NARSES2 on February 23, 2015, 07:57:49 am
If I remember the Sharkit box, the carrier was just a huge flat top with now't else upstairs ?
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: Thorvic on February 23, 2015, 10:36:54 am
If I remember the Sharkit box, the carrier was just a huge flat top with now't else upstairs ?

Is that a ship or a woman your describing  ;D

The Carrier in question was CV-58 USS United States which was a huge flat top carrier with no Island
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: PR19_Kit on February 23, 2015, 11:13:27 am
It's difficult to believe but the USN Spec. that produced the D1186 design eventually resulted in the Skywarrior!  :o
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: Martin H on February 23, 2015, 12:43:53 pm
well its now been fully repaired after its unscheduled heavy landing yesterday. And the damaged areas have been repainted as needed.

Its also now on its stand.

(http://imageshack.com/a/img923/8366/Wvt7sJ.jpg)
(http://imageshack.com/a/img922/8383/LCcEAK.jpg)

Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: PR19_Kit on February 23, 2015, 02:34:00 pm
Looks a LOT better than it did the last time I saw it. The stand really suits it too.  :thumbsup: :bow:
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: Captain Canada on February 23, 2015, 07:33:54 pm
How cool is that ? Lovely. Must get a lot of looks/ questions regarding this ?

 :wub: :tornado: :cheers:
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: Weaver on February 23, 2015, 08:40:13 pm
That was quick!   :thumbsup: If I'd done that I'd still be crying.....
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: Thorvic on February 23, 2015, 11:41:47 pm
That was quick!   :thumbsup: If I'd done that I'd still be crying.....

That's probably why, if you had done that then it would probably have ended up on the shelf of doom, to be forgotten about and eventually scrapped as bits go missing or are robbed. Considering Marin has the Peterborough show this Sunday the incentive was to get it finished get it mounted on its stand and see if he can wow another load of punters and get them considering What-if and Cancelled Projects  :thumbsup:.

It does look rather tasty but it does leave the questions as to how on earth this was to be operated from on-board a carrier  :-\
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: zenrat on February 24, 2015, 02:08:42 am
Carrier my big fat hairy donkey.  That thing was surely designed to be operated from a cave.
A Bat Cave to be precise...

It's very nice.  I like it  a lot.

Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: NARSES2 on February 24, 2015, 07:41:54 am
It does look rather tasty but it does leave the questions as to how on earth this was to be operated from on-board a carrier  :-\

Absolutely. You do wonder what they were on ?
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: PR19_Kit on February 24, 2015, 08:15:10 am
Apparently they designed a trolley thing to move it around the carrier deck, but it doesn't say if they used the trolley to launch it or not. If so, did it go off the end of the cat and get scrapped immediately, or did they stop it before it got to the end? And I can't see them having a lift that would be anywhere NEAR big enough to get it below deck, not to mention that every launch would mean they'd HAVE to lose the lower half as it has no gear!

One way and another you can see why it never got to the hardware stage, but it's great that Renax and OGL bought it to life.  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: Mossie on February 24, 2015, 08:52:25 am
Looks great Martin, quite a monster in 1/72. :wub:

I managed to borrow the book that that machine is on the cover of once, The Incredible Attack Aircraft of the USS United States.  It sounds like a sensationalist title, but it's pretty accurate!  All sorts of weird and wonderful stuff.
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: kerick on February 24, 2015, 04:37:24 pm
So Gerry Anderson was not very far off in his designs after all!

I bet some carrier captains saw that and said, "Not on my ship"!

Nice work!
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: NARSES2 on February 25, 2015, 06:58:51 am

I managed to borrow the book that that machine is on the cover of once, The Incredible Attack Aircraft of the USS United States.  It sounds like a sensationalist title, but it's pretty accurate!  All sorts of weird and wonderful stuff.

I seriously do think that post WWII government's of all countries just kept their various design teams busy on projects like this just in case a cold war turned hot. After all the money spent on these paper designs was relatively small compared to having to reform those teams from scratch again, especially before the wide spread availability of computing power. Also you never know what might have come from the various doodles. Indeed a lot of realistic proposals probably did. If they did then on balance it was a sensible choice. However as the war years drifted farther away then budget pressures would have seen an end to that type of thing.
Just my thoughts.

Chris
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: Martin H on March 01, 2015, 12:27:51 pm
Some people have noticed that my output of whiffs has dropped off recently.

Why?

Heres why..................
(http://imageshack.com/a/img922/8829/4bgIaB.jpg)
The Fantastic Plastic SA-43 Hammerhead from Space Above and Beyond. One of my favorite Sci fi fighters...... The model is decaled up as "Pags Payback" the personal mount of Lt Cooper Hawks. The main color is Halfords Vauxhaul Silver-grey. A color Im toying with using again when I finally get around to building an F-35.

Second reason
(http://imageshack.com/a/img922/7033/hpsXBC.jpg)
The F-302A from Star Gate SG1 and Star Gate Atlantis. A Black sun resin kit. And its a big bugger! The decals are for the 3rd "non cannon" option in the kit. ie the 1st Star fighter wing USAF.

Im slowly building up a collection of Sci Fi fighters and shuttlecraft in 72nd scale. Next up is another Tie fighter variant and a Chig fighter from Space above and Beyond.
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: philp on March 01, 2015, 12:35:20 pm
Nice stuff Martin.

I have the Caprica Fighter and the Flying Wing from Raiders of the Lost Ark in my resin to do pile. Also have a resin Viper Mk II but just picked up the plastic kits (2 72nd fighters in the box) so will probably put the resin version in the for sale pile, which I need to get posted sometime soon.
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: Martin H on March 01, 2015, 12:48:32 pm
Funny you should mention the Viper II. I also have an almost completed resin kit, that has now been mothballed considering that I also have aquired the Mobius injection molded Viper II twin pack.
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: Captain Canada on March 04, 2015, 04:21:39 pm
Those are some pretty wild ships ! Love the F-302.

I was just reviewing this thread looking for the Sidetrack Harrier, and there is so much here to enjoy. It looks like our modelling interests are very similar.

 :cheers: :wub: :drink:
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: nighthunter on March 04, 2015, 09:07:43 pm
Where is this twin pack of Viper Mk.2's you speak of?
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: Martin H on March 05, 2015, 09:30:29 am
Where is this twin pack of Viper Mk.2's you speak of?
Its a new release from Mobius. I got mine via Starship modeler.com
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: Martin H on April 06, 2015, 09:54:58 am
ive dropped down to 1/144th scale for this latest build. It still a work in progress but getting there.

(http://imageshack.com/a/img924/4456/WgMLXZ.jpg)

This the Vickers Viscount MR-1. Built by combining the S&M models 1/144th viscount kit with their new resin MPA conversion. I understand the type is covered in Chris Gibsons new MPA projects book.

Just wait till you see the MR-2  ;D :wacko: ;D :wacko: ;D

The viscount isnt the only thing to be worked on this easter break.

Next up "Think Russian!"

(http://imageshack.com/a/img922/3781/yLiwns.jpg)
Yes it's a Firefox! Namely the Anigrand kit built oob.

And finaly a sci fi build.
(http://imageshack.com/a/img924/645/Y16a2D.jpg)
The Alliance resins Galileo shuttle craft from Star Trek the Final Frontier.

Both the Firefox and the Galileo are 1/72nd scale.
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: PR19_Kit on April 08, 2015, 03:24:49 am

Both the Firefox and the Galileo are 1/72nd scale.


If ever there was a statement absolutely DESIGNED to wind the JMNs up, that's it!  :thumbsup: :bow: ;D :lol:
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: Tophe on April 08, 2015, 04:12:30 am
Great models, congratulations! :thumbsup:

Both the Firefox and the Galileo are 1/72nd scale.
What is the meaning for "scale" here? The dictionary might say this is the ratio model/real, but... do that apply to model/"true fantasy"? :lol: ;D
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: Martin H on April 08, 2015, 08:43:08 am
well its what it said on their boxes ;D ;D
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: Captain Canada on April 08, 2015, 07:52:23 pm
Quite the mix there !

Love the Firefox, but that Viscount is just wicked ! Love that one.

 :cheers:
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: Martin H on April 21, 2015, 02:03:33 pm
well the Viscount was finished in time to appear on the S&M resins stand at Cosford.

(http://imageshack.com/a/img924/5358/HlQYmz.jpg)
(http://imageshack.com/a/img924/1019/gWpMvL.jpg)

I also picked up a few other 1/144th conversions from Mel (S&M resins) at the same time as the Viscount.
The first two are now done

(http://imageshack.com/a/img924/4816/61lB0g.jpg)
The Vickers Vangaurd MPA as found on page 132 of Chris Gibsons new Nimrod's genesis book.

(http://imageshack.com/a/img924/2124/7TwaiC.jpg)
(http://imageshack.com/a/img923/4162/QaI5cB.jpg)
Vickers VC10MR scheme B for OR350 as seen on page 129 of Nimrod's Genesis.

And a group shot
(http://imageshack.com/a/img922/5781/NZPaqz.jpg)

There is a 3rd 1/144th build almost done. Its another VC10MR.
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: PR19_Kit on April 21, 2015, 02:06:57 pm
Super stuff OGL, and pretty darn fast too!  :thumbsup: :bow:
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: NARSES2 on April 22, 2015, 07:38:42 am
Some nice stuff there Martin  :bow:

The VC10MR is an intriguing looking aircraft for sure
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: kitnut617 on April 22, 2015, 06:27:50 pm

(http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y22/martinhiggs/DSCF2422_zpsfchb3sbx.jpg)


Very good builds Martin  ---- but they sure knew how to ugl-fy a nice looking plane

Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: Captain Canada on April 22, 2015, 06:52:54 pm
Wow....3 beauties right there ! Great job. Love MPA a/c
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: Modelling_Mushi on April 24, 2015, 06:32:38 am
That  VC10MR is gorgeous  :wub:. Just makes me want to commit blasphemy and do it up in a two tone grey German IDS Tornado Marine scheme  :wub:
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: Thorvic on April 24, 2015, 06:58:35 am
well the Viscount was finished in time to appear on the S&M resins stand at Cosford.

(http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y22/martinhiggs/DSCF2415_zpsenp9ethm.jpg)
(http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y22/martinhiggs/DSCF2417_zpsw0pn3tlo.jpg)

I also picked up a few other 1/144th conversions from Mel (S&M resins) at the same time as the Viscount.
The first two are now done

(http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y22/martinhiggs/DSCF2419_zpso82mjgfl.jpg)
The Vickers Vangaurd MPA as found on page 132 of Chris Gibsons new Nimrod's genesis book.

(http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y22/martinhiggs/DSCF2422_zpsfchb3sbx.jpg)
(http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y22/martinhiggs/DSCF2424_zps224ayut2.jpg)
Vickers VC10MR scheme B for OR350 as seen on page 129 of Nimrod's Genesis.

And a group shot
(http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y22/martinhiggs/DSCF2426_zps3mq72scm.jpg)

There is a 3rd 1/144th build almost done. Its another VC10MR.

Saw the trio of MPA's last night as Martin called in on his way to Scotland, and they do look rather neat. the Vangaued and VC-10 are really tasty  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: Martin H on May 03, 2015, 12:45:02 pm
Not so much building this week. But I have managed to finaly finish two 72nd scale builds that got posponed while I worked on the 1/144th MPA's

Both new tool Airfix lightnings. And both have been subject to resin conversions.

First photo is a group shot.
(http://imageshack.com/a/img922/7281/V6d7Dl.jpg)

Yeap both export birds. Working on the assumption that the UK won the sale of the centary.
The national insignia, serials and unit badges came from an old Italeri F-104G kit.

First the German Lightning F-1.
(http://imageshack.com/a/img923/7409/d4yPZV.jpg)
(http://imageshack.com/a/img922/5685/FBwA2f.jpg)
(http://imageshack.com/a/img924/2814/2sVIWh.jpg)
Airfix Lightning F-2A with the allycat F-1 conversion. New Fin, Belly tank and wings. This looked like it was going to be an easy conversion as the parts look great in the box. The wings and fin. No problem! The belly tank how ever was a right PITA to fit.

Second the Dutch Lightning FGA-6.
(http://imageshack.com/a/img924/4936/4uIIO3.jpg)
(http://imageshack.com/a/img922/5954/yRa9kN.jpg)
Airfix Lightning F-6 with the Freightdog Lightning FGA conversion. Althou I swaped the bombs for a pair of Bullpup ASM's.

(http://imageshack.com/a/img922/9409/zUpVsF.jpg)
As you can see the Belly tank is a bit bigger than the standard F-6 tank and has the pylonsfor the Bullpup's are mounted on some rather hefty winglets just aft of the main gear.
Compared to the F-1 conversion the FGA set was a walk in the park. The belly tank fitted great and needed very little filler once in place.
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: kitnut617 on May 03, 2015, 02:17:46 pm
Is that an optical illusion with the German one's wing and fin looking a lot bigger Martin ?
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: Martin H on May 03, 2015, 03:18:10 pm
optical illusion Robert.
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: Gondor on May 03, 2015, 03:39:51 pm
Not so much building this week. But I have managed to finaly finish two 72nd scale builds that got posponed while I worked on the 1/144th MPA's

Both new tool Airfix lightnings. And both have been subject to resin conversions.


Who makes the conversion set to backdate the Lightening to the short tank version Martin?

Gondor
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: Martin H on May 03, 2015, 04:18:35 pm
read the captions below the pics. ;D

Its an Allycat conversion, dont thinks its currently available.
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: kitnut617 on May 03, 2015, 04:48:19 pm
optical illusion Robert.

It looked like it had a ""big"" wing    ;D

Very nice job on both though   :thumbsup:
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: Go4fun on May 03, 2015, 08:36:41 pm
All of your planes look great but the first shot of the Viscount had me asking "Is R2D2 peeking out through the top"?
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: NARSES2 on May 04, 2015, 12:34:36 am
Nice work on the Lightning's Martin  :thumbsup: The German one is particularly impressive  :bow:
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: PR19_Kit on May 04, 2015, 12:38:07 am
Not so much building this week. But I have managed to finaly finish two 72nd scale builds that got posponed while I worked on the 1/144th MPA's

Both new tool Airfix lightnings. And both have been subject to resin conversions.


Who makes the conversion set to backdate the Lightening to the short tank version Martin?

Gondor

Sword do them all (I think) as complete kits now though.
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: Gondor on May 04, 2015, 12:52:12 am
read the captions below the pics. ;D

Its an Allycat conversion, dont thinks its currently available.

Missed the phrase that gave the info for some reason  :banghead:

Gondor
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: Martin H on May 07, 2015, 03:02:26 pm
I dont normaly do WIP photos. But what the hell!  ;D

Im back to Phantoms for the next pair of builds.
(http://imageshack.com/a/img924/4622/8uLlQd.jpg)
 Both kits are from Fujimi. The over all extra dark sea grey bird is an FG-1, the cammo and yellow bands bird is an early FGR-2 kit.

Now to show their undersides (and biggest clue to what im doing with them......................First the FG-1
(http://imageshack.com/a/img924/9476/QXVKWJ.jpg)

and now the FGR-2
(http://imageshack.com/a/img922/4959/uG80po.jpg)

Yes! Target tugs!
each will be gaining the target kite/drouge unit that comes in one of the Hasegawa weapon sets.

Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: Thorvic on May 07, 2015, 03:55:02 pm
Looking good like the upper bands on the RAF one, Should look interesting with the Targets fitted  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: Weaver on May 07, 2015, 07:08:54 pm
Oh that's a good one: I've never yet seen those target sets actually used! :thumbsup:

Love the Lightnings and the MPAs! :bow:
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: zenrat on May 08, 2015, 02:37:14 am
Oh that's a good one: I've never yet seen those target sets actually used!...

My thoughts exactly.
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: Martin H on May 12, 2015, 02:33:58 pm
The target tug Tooms are finished.

First the senior service with the FG/TT-1. Serving with the FRADU and operating out of RNAS Yeovilton. hence the tail code letters.
(http://imageshack.com/a/img924/2481/PnIb88.jpg)

(http://imageshack.com/a/img923/3764/MacQT7.jpg)

And now thw RAF FGR/TT-2. Serving with 100 squadron alongside their Canberra's in the early 1970's.
(http://imageshack.com/a/img923/4679/WcQcXa.jpg)

(http://imageshack.com/a/img923/5079/5AAoZC.jpg)

(http://imageshack.com/a/img923/5684/tY93NT.jpg)

Group shots.
(http://imageshack.com/a/img922/4130/HUq5bt.jpg)

(http://imageshack.com/a/img924/3093/Xr8oLP.jpg)
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: Captain Canada on May 12, 2015, 03:01:50 pm
Those are just gorgeous. Love the British Phantom. Great ideas, both !

 :cheers: :tornado: :wub:
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: Librarian on May 12, 2015, 08:43:23 pm
Phantoms.... :wub: :wub: :wub:....I love Phantoms, and that yellow/black stripe scheme is simply delicious. Very brave and highly successful :thumbsup:.
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: PR19_Kit on May 12, 2015, 10:45:29 pm
Jeepers, those targets are HUGE! We're they carried on outriggers from the drop tanks? It looks s strange way of doing things.

Super modelling as usual OGL, we'll soon be able to have a SIG display purely of Frightenings and 'Tooms.  ;D
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: Modelling_Mushi on May 13, 2015, 03:18:19 am
Gorgeous and oh so right  :wub:
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: NARSES2 on May 13, 2015, 07:17:40 am
Nice work Martin

I've never been able to actually believe those targets in that box. They just look as though someone put a dart in the box to play with people's minds.  :blink: First time I've ever seen them used
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: Martin H on May 13, 2015, 08:47:57 am
First time I've ever seen them used

You and me both Chris. Ive seen a few photos of JASDF F-4EJ's carrying them but im not sure who else may have used the system.

Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: JayBee on May 13, 2015, 09:16:32 am
Well the US Navy NATC at Pax River used them, at least in one instance.

http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:F4D-1_with_towed_target_at_Andrews_AFB_1960.jpg

When I built my DF-6B   http://www.whatifmodelers.com/index.php/topic,32652.0/highlight,df-6b.html

I tried to fit the Hasegawa target to it but the fore/aft boom was not long enough, and surprisingly I did not have enough time to fix it.

Jim
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: Gondor on May 13, 2015, 03:29:51 pm
First time I've ever seen them used

You and me both Chris. Ive seen a few photos of JASDF F-4EJ's carrying them but im not sure who else may have used the system.



Looking through McDonnell F-4 Phantom Spirit in the Skies I have found the following

pg 105 An MN ANG F-4D in Grey Grey colours
pg 139 A Japanese F-4EJ of 305th Hikotai, another picture appears on pg 317

I am sure I have seen pictures of both German and Greek aircraft using them, no idea where though  :banghead:

Gondor
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: NARSES2 on May 15, 2015, 07:04:27 am

I am sure I have seen pictures of both German and Greek aircraft using them, no idea where though  :banghead:

Gondor

I'm currently reading my May issue of SAM and they have an article on Greek F-4's and mention the use of the dart target during the HAF annual gunnery competition in 2005
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: Martin H on May 15, 2015, 08:17:30 am
sounds like the RAF and Fleet air arm could be the only toom users where the dart would be a whif
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: Martin H on May 31, 2015, 11:58:56 am
Two more finished this weekend. Although one is real world.

First up, the whiff.
(http://imageshack.com/a/img924/2056/5S3b18.jpg)

When 19 and 92 squadrons traded in their Lightning F-2A's for F-6's to keep the RAFG Lightning wing in operation at Guterslough, BAC reworked the retired F-2A's into PR-2A airframes. Enougth for one sqaudron were shipped back to West Germany to provide a cheaper reeci platform than the then current TSR-2's serving with II(AC) squadron, based alongside their former users at Guterslough. They served well untill replaced in the mid 70's by Phantom FR-4's.

Underside view with the recci pack showing
(http://imageshack.com/a/img924/87/ng4nYr.jpg)

The kit is the Airfix F-2A, fitted with a resin test shot recci pack that may well be coming soon from odds and ordanace. Cambell passed over the test shot to TSRjoe at the Scots Nationals, who inturn handed it to me as im on a bit of a lightning kick at the mo. And it has NOT been cloned, before any one asks. As requested by Cambell and Joe.

Now the real one.
Just in time for the UK release of the Airfix Swift FR-4.............................
(http://imageshack.com/a/img923/5821/SQhZVt.jpg)

This is one of the batch that escaped to the US, and was imported via eBay. Built OOB and wearing the 2nd option on the decal sheet. Namely II(AC) squadron based at Jever in 1956.
The model will be on the SIG stand at the Northern show along side the Lightning PR2A and the Phanton FR-4 (RF-4E) as a II squadron line up. Ive still got to build the TSR-2  ;). The idea being it will have people looking for whats "wrong" with it when its 100% real  ;D

Lastly a photo of the II squadron line up
(http://imageshack.com/a/img923/5373/k6esun.jpg)
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: PR19_Kit on May 31, 2015, 12:14:03 pm

When 19 and 92 squadrons traded in their Lightning F-2A's for F-6's to keep the RAFG Lightning wing in operation at Guterslough, BAC reworked the retired F-2A's into PR-2A airframes. Enougth for one sqaudron were shipped back to West Germany to provide a cheaper reeci platform than the then current TSR-2's serving with II(AC) squadron, based alongside their former users at Guterslough. They served well untill replaced in the mid 70's by Phantom FR-4's.


Hm, why does that backstory sound familiar?  ;D

http://www.whatifmodelers.com/index.php/topic,39534.msg655143.html#new (http://www.whatifmodelers.com/index.php/topic,39534.msg655143.html#new)


......untill replaced in the mid 70's by Phantom FR-4's.


And there's a hint for some future Whiffing if ever I saw one.  ;D
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: Martin H on May 31, 2015, 12:17:18 pm
Great minds and all that ;D
And ive already built the Phantom........as seen in the last Photo ;)
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: Captain Canada on May 31, 2015, 06:02:20 pm
Great shot of all three....

Love the look of the Swift. Looking forward to getting my hands on one !

 :cheers:
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: Modelling_Mushi on June 01, 2015, 01:00:51 am
Martin they look gorgeous.


The model will be on the SIG stand at the Northern show along side the Lightning PR2A and the Phanton FR-4 (RF-4E) as a II squadron line up. Ive still got to build the TSR-2  ;). The idea being it will have people looking for whats "wrong" with it when its 100% real  ;D


And I love the way you think  :wacko:
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: zenrat on June 01, 2015, 01:41:54 am
Swifts always look French to me.  I'd like to see one in NMF with Armee de l'aire roundels.
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: PR19_Kit on June 01, 2015, 05:23:48 am
Swifts always look French to me.  I'd like to see one in NMF with Armee de l'aire roundels.


I'm sure that could be arranged. If Airfix deigned to let us get the kits of course!

In the latest SAM someone's built one, OOB of course, and reckons the so-called 'mould error' isn't actually there.
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: NARSES2 on June 01, 2015, 07:10:02 am
Swifts always look French to me.  I'd like to see one in NMF with Armee de l'aire roundels.


Well I had thought French, but in a desert scheme. I don't do NMF, painted Al yes, nmf ; no
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: Martin H on June 14, 2015, 10:53:06 am
time for another Phantom

(http://imageshack.com/a/img922/7274/CSLtVY.jpg)
This is XS747 a Phantom F-2 (F-4C(UK) ). Of 92 squadron RAF circa 1965, Based at RAF Bruggen.

In the early 1960's the USAF started to adopt the F-4C into front line service. They noticed that the royal Navy was looking at the navy's F-4B as a possible replacement for the home grown Seavixen. The Airforce brass came up with the idea of promoting the Phantom (mainly aiming on the F-4C) as a NATO standard combat aircraft. The DoD was very keen on the idea and arranged for both the B and C models to be made available to other NATO member states at a very reasonably discounted price, so long as the aircraft where used primarily on NATO taskings.

Italy and West Germany got in first, with the UK being the third customer for a small batch of 25 C model aircraft for use in the air defence role over the UK zone of West Germany. The RAF being the RAF, had to have their birds be a little different from the standard.
(http://imageshack.com/a/img924/2277/MJLkal.jpg)
Their F-4C(UK) variant was wired for British built ordnance. Mainly Redtop misslies in place of the more usual Sidwinders, and Firestreak's instead of the Sparrow's in the belly missile troughs. They did keep the standard Vulcan cannon pod though. They also insisted that the retractable refueling probe from the F-4B be fitted as well, in affect creating a B/C hybrid. The Royal Navy on the other hand opted for a completely off the shelf purchase for their F-4B's (Phantom F-1)

19 and 92 squadrons traded in their Lightning F-2A's for the Phantom F-2 in 1965. In keeping with fighter command practise at the time the undersides were painted in high speed silver rather than the Light aircraft Grey most other RAF Germany squadrons used. The Lightning carried on with the home defence role. So, apart from a few attrition replacements no other F-4C(UK)'s were built. But they proved very popular in the RAF and paved the way for a much larger Phantom buy later on when the F-4E(UK) started to enter RAF service in the mid 1970's.

This was a bit of a weekend build. I started nailing it together on Thursday evening and the final coat of varnish went on around midday Sunday.
The kit is the Fujimi F-4C built pretty much oob. The model had already donated its ordnance for some of the other Phantoms I've already built, Hence the idea of loading it up with Firestreak's and Redtop's. All of which are from various Matchbox Lightnings that have been built over the years. The paint work is a mixture of Gunze sanyo for the upper dark sea grey/ dark green cammo, and  Halfords Audi Aluminum for the undersides. Decals are from various Airfix Lightning, missile markings and national/squadron insignia. Fujimi Phantom FGR-2 sheets for the phantom specific markings and modeldecal for the serial numbers. Which in turn come from a small unallocated batch.
I did consider doing this one in over all Audi Aluminum, but that changed for cammo/high speed silver once I chose 92 squadron markings.
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: Gondor on June 14, 2015, 01:37:36 pm
I would have thought that Radar Red Top would have been better for the under-fuselage weapons.

Nice build otherwise  :thumbsup:

Gondor
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: Martin H on June 14, 2015, 01:42:33 pm
agreed. But Seeing as I had a ready supply of standard redtops and firestreaks..............................................
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: kitbasher on June 14, 2015, 02:08:00 pm
Blimey Martin, I guess that's what you call 'tooled up'!
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: NARSES2 on June 15, 2015, 06:40:33 am
It does look as though it's out for a stroll in some of the murkier parts of town that's for sure.

Nice one Martin
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: Gondor on June 15, 2015, 07:00:12 am
agreed. But Seeing as I had a ready supply of standard redtops and firestreaks..............................................

Cut off the dome of the Redtop seeker and give it a point and you have the radar version.

BSP Hypersonics, Ramjets & Missiles page 35

Gondor
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: Martin H on June 15, 2015, 08:22:45 am
i know exactly what the radar redtop/blue dolphin looks like.........................................
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: Captain Canada on June 15, 2015, 10:07:53 am
Gorgeous. Love the camo and the weapons load. Nice work !

 :cheers:
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: Gondor on June 15, 2015, 02:15:52 pm
i know exactly what the radar redtop/blue dolphin looks like.........................................

My apologies, I intended the information for others following this thread, not to imply that you lacked such information.  :banghead:

Gondor
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: Weaver on June 15, 2015, 02:36:54 pm
That looks great Martin!  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: Martin H on June 16, 2015, 08:16:42 am
i know exactly what the radar redtop/blue dolphin looks like.........................................

My apologies, I intended the information for others following this thread, not to imply that you lacked such information.  :banghead:

Gondor
No worries.
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: JayBee on June 16, 2015, 09:32:35 am
Martin, that is a really daft idea.

PERFECT!

 :thumbsup:

Jim
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: Martin H on February 24, 2016, 07:05:26 am
Bloody hell! Has it really been 7 months since the last build from me?

any way.

the 1st completed build for 2016.
(http://imageshack.com/a/img923/6742/K8g3mt.jpg)
(http://imageshack.com/a/img924/9927/j0XNlG.jpg)

What if the British Airways 707 fleet lasted long enough to get repainted in the Landor scheme?

This one started almost 12 months ago after a brain storming session involving one Kit Spackman. The real BA 707's never wore the post privatization Landor scheme. Kit and I wondered what they might have looked like if they had.
He then went off and created suitable decals for such a build. and held on to the art work pending me getting the build underway. The build finally got going in the summer. Kit duly produced said decals and got them to me. It then sat on a shelf around 75% complete while I was sidelined by Airfix lightnings and work issues. (see the personal update thread in the SIG area)
Fast forward to now. While im between jobs, ive kept some progress going build wise, including finally getting this one finished. Airfix Boeing 707 kit built oob, with decals custom made by our own Kit Spackman.
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: PR19_Kit on February 24, 2016, 07:34:55 am
The Landor scheme suits the 707 really well, such a pity BA didn't do it for real.

That model needs to be sneaked onto the Airliner SIG's stand at a forthcoming show OGL.  ;D :thumbsup:
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: Dizzyfugu on February 24, 2016, 07:49:29 am
That looks great! Makes me wonder what a Comet in that scheme might look like?  :rolleyes:
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: Martin H on February 24, 2016, 07:54:35 am
Next pair of builds.
These are my first builds started this year.
Back to the Airfix Lightning again  ;D  :thumbsup:

First the group shot
(http://imageshack.com/a/img922/5692/GVeVnJ.jpg)

1st one.
Lightning F-2N. 29 sqn RAF late 1960's.
(http://imageshack.com/a/img924/4171/AH0NA8.jpg)
(http://imageshack.com/a/img924/4766/MacbDk.jpg)
This is the Airfix F-2A kit built oob, bar the Freightdog Genie nuclear air to air missile set.

The idea for the antiflash scheme is borrowed from a build the Wooksta did years ago. How ever i slightly tweaked it to have a bare metel underside.
I was orginaly going to re work the squadron bars into antiflash pink, but looking at V force squadron markings showed most of then retained full color unit badges. so I ditched that idea to keep the build simple. The serial is from a so called black out block.
This one could also count as a project. so it may make appearances on the PC sig stand as well as ours.

2nd build, this time purely a whiff.
Lightning F-6 (MLU). 5sqn RAF, Binbrook 1997.
(http://imageshack.com/a/img922/4185/XBejhw.jpg)
(http://imageshack.com/a/img923/3876/M0Swi2.jpg)
What if the radar issues with the Tornado ADV took longer to sort out than they did. This is my take on a "quick and low cost" (yeah right!) update for the lightning, to keep it going a few more years while we wait for the Tonka ADV project to get its act togeather.

The MLU involved increasing the internal fuel load and replacing the old overwing ferry tanks with supersonic rated replacements. War load was enhanced by adding underwing hard points to allow another pair of missile rails to be fitted, and replaceing the original pair of 30mm adens with a single 27mm mauser, via the Tornado program. The radar was replaced with the same unit as the navy's Seaharrier FRS-1. In theory allowing the ugraded Lightning to be able to deploy Sidewinders, how ever they were only normaly fitted with winders for airshow appearances, as the RAF had a plentifull supply of Red top and Radar red tops for its remaining Lightnings.

Enough upgrades were carried out to allow both 5 and 11 sqaudrons to to keep going at full strength, plus a few extras for the LTF. A few T-5's were also involved. however they did not get the increased fuel tankage, but got the radar and weapons updates.
 
The belly tank rework is thanks to a Freightdog Lightning FGA set.
Radar Redtops (again from Freightdog) on the main missle racks.
Underwing pylons as per the Saudi and Kuwaiti Lightnings (from odds and Ordanance) with redtops (Freightdog again).
Paint job and most of the decals as per the kit instructions. Bar the squadron markings. They came from an old Modeldecal sheet.
Oh! you may have noticed the overwing tanks dont look right. Youed be right, they got "updated" as well. They are the out board drop tanks from an Italeri F-4E and they have been reversed as well.
Both builds have had the nose probe replaced with a metel replacement from Master model of Poland. They show up on ebay fairly frequently and look a lot better than the kit one.



Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: DogfighterZen on February 24, 2016, 08:53:43 am
Although i prefer the F.6, that's excellent work on both!! :thumbsup:
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: su27rules on February 24, 2016, 11:14:15 am
Nice!! :thumbsup:
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: PR19_Kit on February 24, 2016, 02:23:09 pm
The refuelling probe on the F6 is on the opposite side............
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: Martin H on February 24, 2016, 03:07:51 pm
The refuelling probe on the F6 is on the opposite side............

and? ;D not on this one it aint
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: Captain Canada on February 24, 2016, 03:22:55 pm
Love 'em both ! The -2N just looks right, defo one for the idea bank. I really like the 6 as well. Just looks right !

 :cheers: :bow: :wub:
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: NARSES2 on February 25, 2016, 01:03:39 am
Nice work on all 3 Martin, particularly like the F-6 (MLU)  :thumbsup: - has there ever been an ELU ; end of life update ?  :rolleyes:

Swear I flew in that 707 when I flew BA's charter airline to Kenya in 79 ? Fooled me for sure, my first thought was "what's wiffy with that ?"  :banghead:
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: PR19_Kit on February 25, 2016, 05:57:02 am
The refuelling probe on the F6 is on the opposite side............

and? ;D not on this one it aint

I was just commenting on a difference, not criticising.
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: Captain Canada on February 25, 2016, 06:02:18 am
Nice work on all 3 Martin

This is why it's good to come back and read the comments after you post ! Thanks for the head's up Chris, I'd have missed that one !

Looks right at home in those colours, and as you say Chris, believable to the point where it looks like a model of the real thing !

 :drink: :bow:
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: Martin H on February 25, 2016, 06:18:50 am
The refuelling probe on the F6 is on the opposite side............

and? ;D not on this one it aint

I was just commenting on a difference, not criticising.
I know Kit. Hence the smiley. ;D
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: Martin H on February 25, 2016, 06:23:07 am
Swear I flew in that 707 when I flew BA's charter airline to Kenya in 79 ? Fooled me for sure, my first thought was "what's wiffy with that ?"  :banghead:
The old BA scheme was similar, replace the fin top blue section with red and delete the coat of arms and the red cheat line and you almost have the original livery. Altou from memory, the privatized Landor scheme looked very smart and business like, where as the older state owned scheme it was based on looked rather dull and shabby. (to my mind anyway)
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: PR19_Kit on February 25, 2016, 07:32:50 am
Altou from memory, the privatized Landor scheme looked very smart and business like, where as the older state owned scheme it was based on looked rather dull and shabby. (to my mind anyway)

Right on!  :thumbsup:

The Landor scheme was the high point in BA's various schemes to my mind. Since then it's been down hill all the way.

Bizarrely their wonderful 'To Fly, To Serve' advert doesn't feature a SINGLE Landor schemed aircraft!  :banghead: :banghead:

It's still a great vid though, especially the last few seconds.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XozHLoqwp_4 (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XozHLoqwp_4)

Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: NARSES2 on February 26, 2016, 06:08:44 am
Swear I flew in that 707 when I flew BA's charter airline to Kenya in 79 ? Fooled me for sure, my first thought was "what's wiffy with that ?"  :banghead:
The old BA scheme was similar, replace the fin top blue section with red and delete the coat of arms and the red cheat line and you almost have the original livery. Altou from memory, the privatized Landor scheme looked very smart and business like, where as the older state owned scheme it was based on looked rather dull and shabby. (to my mind anyway)

I'm going to see if I can find my photo's of that holiday now and look for it. It was my first long haul trip and they dropped us at the end of the runway in Mombassa and we had to walk to the terminal so I took loads of shots  ;D A German charter landed after us but as it was just after the terrorist attack on German tourists out there they gave them the one terminal berth, understandably. Only problem with the half mile hike was the taxing aircraft and the fact that when we had left Gatwick it was snowing so I had a sheepskin on......it was 100F plus  :blink:
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: PR19_Kit on February 26, 2016, 06:20:40 am

 Only problem with the half mile hike was the taxing aircraft and the fact that when we had left Gatwick it was snowing so I had a sheepskin on......it was 100F plus  :blink:


Hehe, I had the opposite problem when I took a quick week's break in Majorca back in 1979 or so.

We flew in there by Spantax Convair CV 990 Coronado (drooool.....) only to find it was SNOWING as we landed at Palma! All the pics they took as we walked down the airstairs were ruined as all you could see was the snow!
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: Martin H on February 27, 2016, 04:02:19 am
Two more finished. Both were started in the 2nd half of last year.
I started nailing this one togeather at the end of last August.
(http://imageshack.com/a/img922/9191/b7wmMe.jpg)
(http://imageshack.com/a/img922/6913/D1lSLv.jpg)
This is the General Aircraft GAL38 Fleet Shadower carrier borne long range patrol aircraft. Its the Akatombo resin kit. A very nice build for what is in reality a Garage kit. Based on the good build experiance I had with this kit, I went and aquired his Blackburn B20 flying boat.

In real life a single prototype was built, but the project was discontinued as it was very much a niche single role aircraft.
The paint job is a fairly standard Fleet Air Arm scheme and the markings are for 825 sqn flying off HMS Campania. In reality 825 was a Wildcat squadron.

Althou it does look a bit like a 4 engined heavy, its quite small. The next pic has a Spitfire alongside to show how it compares size wise.
(http://imageshack.com/a/img922/8140/3WdGKW.jpg)

Next one.

The Freightdog SARO SR-177 strike/reconassance fighter. Colins most recent offering of the SR177, built OOB.
(http://imageshack.com/a/img922/1821/9c7LTx.jpg)
You have a few options with this kit. Either the recci version with the belly pack as a duel fuel/camera bay unit.
Or as I did the nuclear strike version with a single Red beard "target marker". The wing tip pods are unguided rocket pods.
(http://imageshack.com/a/img924/2599/hfRPP9.jpg)
Squadron markings are for Treble two squadron (222 sqd) RAF serving with RAF Germany sometime in the 1960's. In reality I beleave treble two was a 2TAF Hunter squadron.
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: zenrat on February 27, 2016, 04:12:20 am
Lovely work.  I particularly like the Fleet Shadower. (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/General_Aircraft_Fleet_Shadower)

Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: NARSES2 on February 27, 2016, 06:01:21 am
Yup must say I like the Shadower as well  :thumbsup:

Looked at a couple of Akatombo kits before, just wondered what the delivery time is like though ?
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: Martin H on February 27, 2016, 07:06:16 am
I got both kits via Coopers models in the US before they disapeared from the scene. So no idea Chris
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: PR19_Kit on February 27, 2016, 12:18:30 pm

Or as I did the nuclear strike version with a single Red beard "target marker". The wing tip pods are unguided rocket pods.


Ah yes, so if there are any 'escapees' from the Red Beard blast you can go back and zap them with the unguided rockets, yes?  ;D :lol:
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: Martin H on February 27, 2016, 01:50:10 pm

Or as I did the nuclear strike version with a single Red beard "target marker". The wing tip pods are unguided rocket pods.


Ah yes, so if there are any 'escapees' from the Red Beard blast you can go back and zap them with the unguided rockets, yes?  ;D :lol:

Something like that Kit ;D
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: Thorvic on February 27, 2016, 01:59:38 pm
The intresting bit is did they use the rocket for QRA launch or to get the hell out of dodge once the delivery was made ?
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: Martin H on February 27, 2016, 02:01:58 pm
The intresting bit is did they use the rocket for QRA launch or to get the hell out of dodge once the delivery was made ?
According to the blurb on the instructions the rocket motor was to be removed from the strike versions, with the space taken up for more fuel tankage.
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: Captain Canada on February 28, 2016, 05:38:30 am
Nice work Martin ! I like the Fleet Shadower, and am glad you placed it beside the Spit for a pic, as I'd be one whom would think that it was a heavy !

Love the 177 as well. Love anything in that camo, but that is just such a neat looking aeroplane. Love the load as well.

 :cheers:
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: kitbasher on February 28, 2016, 06:25:09 am
Very nice, very unusual subject (and not a whif type either).

Every day is a school day - never heard of Akatombo until now.  Their Bristol 188 looks nice.
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: Weaver on February 29, 2016, 12:40:11 am
Just catching up with this thread, having seen the latest ones in the fle...plastic at Crewe. :thumbsup:

All excellent stuff: the Fleet Shadower is a lovely little thing. Having the observer in the nose and the pilot up top like that reminds me of the Potez 75 COIN job where the idea was that the former would control SS.10s.

Love the 'White Lightning' too!  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: Martin H on May 24, 2016, 09:01:26 am
Ive not been so active the last few months since starting the new job. Im still getting used to the new shift pattern and working out what spare time I now have.

However. There has been some model activity, all be it sci fi.

(http://imageshack.com/a/img922/433/6pxVfZ.jpg)

The new(ish) Bandi Incom T65 Xwing. built oob. I built it to kinda get my modelling mojo back on track, it then opened a pandoras box so to speak..............

as it was followed by a 2nd X wing.

(http://imageshack.com/a/img924/2005/G9tDOo.jpg)

Which in turn caused me dig out a long stalled resin build I picked up on ebay abouth 18 months ago.
(http://imageshack.com/a/img924/8069/unbCIb.jpg)

Its a garage kit, so I have no idea who did it. And for those who have no idea what it is. Its the Earth Defence DIrectorate star fighter from Buck Rogers in the 25th Centuary.

Now the star fighter was orginaly intended to be the Viper in the original Battle star Galaxtica. So you can guess what happened next.............

a pair of Mobius (Remake) Vipers fell onto my bench.
(http://imageshack.com/a/img922/5295/QhaDEy.jpg)

I should say I also managed some work on a pair of whiffs that I started back in March. More on those once I finish them.
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: Flyer on May 24, 2016, 09:09:58 am
 :wub: :bow: And I love the Fleet Shadower too. :thumbsup:
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: zenrat on May 24, 2016, 05:42:03 pm
Love the Starfighter.  I enjoyed Buck Rogers except for that irritating little robot.
Dinky or Corgi did one.  Could this be moulded from that?

Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: Thorvic on May 25, 2016, 03:16:16 am
I think the EDF Starfighter is one of the Fantastic Plastic resin kits that are now OOP.
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: Martin H on May 25, 2016, 06:00:45 am
I think the EDF Starfighter is one of the Fantastic Plastic resin kits that are now OOP.
No it isnt. I missed out on those. This one was a garage kit I found quite by chance on ebay. Its only five parts. (engines, wings and a solid space frame. Oh! and shouldnt forget the home made decals that came with it.
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: NARSES2 on May 25, 2016, 07:14:55 am
Love the Starfighter.  I enjoyed Buck Rogers except for that irritating little robot.


First series was ok, when they went into space it went all pear shaped. Mind you Col Wilma was anyway  :wub: :wub: :wub:
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: Captain Canada on May 25, 2016, 11:31:55 am
Great stuff !

I had a diecast Buck Rogers fighter as a kid. I used to carry it in my binoculars as a 'mothership' and when I opened the binocs it would launch.

It's funny how good the old school Battlestar fighter looks. The newer one just looks cheesy to me ?

Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: DogfighterZen on May 25, 2016, 04:25:51 pm
Wow... :wub: haven't seen anything from buck rogers for quite a while... :wub: i love that fighter! That sure brings back memories! :thumbsup:
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: Thorvic on May 26, 2016, 01:13:49 am
That's a point, those are all Starfighters we grew up with as kids from the late 70's early 80s , how come apart from the Space Above & Beyond Hammerheads that we haven't had anything since on TV or Film that's really caught our interests. Only the new Star Wars Ep VII ships are updated versions of the originals, most of the Star Wars prequel stuff was forgettable or uninspiring apart from Obi Wans Jedi fighter in Ep II. Has CGI special effects killed the creativity to some extent because they don't look real ?
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: zenrat on May 26, 2016, 03:17:59 am
Good point Thorvic.  I did like the insectoid craft in Lexx.  When was that made?
Maybe its because Space Opera has gone out of fashion?
Other than in Anime of course.
Which reminds me, the 1/72 Van Ship & Vespa kit is being re-released.
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: Snowtrooper on May 26, 2016, 04:05:06 am
It's worth mentioning that the spaceships in the Original Trilogy, Battlestar Galactica original series (from which the reboot's Viper Mk2 is derived), and Buck Rogers were all based on the art of late great Ralph McQuarrie. He had previously worked as an illustrator for Boeing, maybe that's why even the most fantastic of his concepts were somehow "tangible".

---

As for later space operas with starfighters, there was Wing Commander. The ship design in the games was pretty cool because it heavily borrowed directly from the aforementioned classics, but in the film, however, the Terran starfighters were too plainly sawed-off BAC Lightning cockpits with minuscule fuselage and wings, as if a few square metres of plywood had ruined the film's budget. Oh well, even sleek starfighters wouldn't have saved that film - dumping the compressed plot of the entire franchise into a single movie, making sure only the most worn tropes were used, and adding poor man's Jedi Knights on top of that did that already. Or the fact that it's an incoherent mess of ideas: at times, space battles are fought as a not-submarine battle, but seconds later it's the Age of Sail all over again and spaceships exchange broadsides at point-blank range. For some reason, pilots are again used as cannon fodder (well Space: Above and Beyond was also guilty of this) and supposedly, a few jerrycans can carry enough fuel to completely refuel a spaceship that's an aircraft carrier IN SPAAAACE.
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: Martin H on August 05, 2016, 03:47:14 pm
Back to a few whiffs.

First up is a Eurofighter Typhoon F-2 of 5 squadron RAF. This is what 5 sqn should be flying! not that glorified biz jet called the Sentinal!
(http://imageshack.com/a/img923/1049/VU3rkn.jpg)

Its an Italeri kit built oob, with a pair of asraam's added from a Hasegawa weapon set. The squadron markings (bars and Sheild) are home made.
(http://imageshack.com/a/img924/4418/mBVgcH.jpg)
(http://imageshack.com/a/img924/3352/QgMzGY.jpg)
It would normaly be wearing a two letter code, but ive left it off as thou its an airframe thats just been allocated to the squadron.


And to follow........ We have ...................A Phantom!
(http://imageshack.com/a/img923/1580/qm70cD.jpg)
This is my take on a 1969 McDD project to improve the toom even more. By fitting it with the wings and some of the systems from the then upcoming F-15. I decided to finish it as an F-4G rather than an E as Ive wanted to do a spoof wild weasle for a while.
(http://imageshack.com/a/img924/1580/u2yZPK.jpg)
The base kit is the Bilek boxing of the Italeri F-4E/G kit, with the wings taken from an Italeri F-15E kit. The main gear bays were also taken from the base kits scrapped wings.
(http://imageshack.com/a/img922/3445/9tj3Ht.jpg)

The toom has been ongoing since easter. The Typhoon was started about 3 weeks ago. Both have been fun builds to keep me occupied  ;D
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: DogfighterZen on August 05, 2016, 08:56:43 pm
Both look very nice! :thumbsup:
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: Weaver on August 05, 2016, 09:05:42 pm
That's a point, those are all Starfighters we grew up with as kids from the late 70's early 80s , how come apart from the Space Above & Beyond Hammerheads that we haven't had anything since on TV or Film that's really caught our interests. Only the new Star Wars Ep VII ships are updated versions of the originals, most of the Star Wars prequel stuff was forgettable or uninspiring apart from Obi Wans Jedi fighter in Ep II. Has CGI special effects killed the creativity to some extent because they don't look real ?

Babylon 5's Starfuries were pretty good. So good, in fact, that NASA sent a team to have a chat with the designers because there were considering something similar for manned maneuvering vehicles. These were also the first spacefighters that I can remember that flew somewhat like real spacecraft, in that they would cheerfully fly backwards and/or stop dead in space. The BSG reboot picked up on this very nicely.
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: Weaver on August 05, 2016, 09:06:39 pm
Like the Typhoon and the Phantom Martin!  :thumbsup: :thumbsup:
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: NARSES2 on August 06, 2016, 05:40:49 am
Like the Typhoon and the Phantom Martin!  :thumbsup: :thumbsup:

Very much so, shows grey can look good  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: Captain Canada on August 06, 2016, 05:44:10 am
Nice work. :ove the look of that Phantom....took me a sec to figure it out in the first pic !

Good point about the sci-fi stuff Geoff. Makes sense to me.

 :banghead:
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: Martin H on September 23, 2016, 08:00:23 am
Update time. And this time there's a much larger number of builds than normal.

First up is a Lightning I started back in January.......

(http://imageshack.com/a/img924/2861/nZEwZ3.jpg)

A Sea Lightning FAW-1. of 899 squadron Fleet Air Arm, operating off HMS Eagle circa 1964.
This is a real mash up. The wings are the Freightdog VG set. The aft fuselage is an Airfix F-6, the forward fuselage is an old Airmodel Vacform conversion suitably hacked up to fit the new tool Lightning. It also has the extended belly tank from the Freight dog Lightning FGA set. And the canopy is a Pavla vac form replacement (intended for the Sword T4/5 kit)
My original Sea lightning (see the first page of this thread) served as a refernce for this build before it moved to its new home in the What if? sig display case at the Midland Air Museam at Coventry airport.

The next three pics show the airframe before and after the model was "bolted" togeather.
(http://imageshack.com/a/img923/1871/uCRCjA.jpg)
(http://imageshack.com/a/img924/4131/JHKqCx.jpg)
(http://imageshack.com/a/img922/3286/TW6lVI.jpg)

Next up a Trio of Fujimi Spey Phantoms.
These are intended for a Project Cancelled sig theme concerning the proposed east of Suez Mounting bases.

Firts pic the group shot.
(http://imageshack.com/a/img923/9776/ETJy3z.jpg)

First up an FG1 of 74sqn.
(http://imageshack.com/a/img924/661/5GZe3W.jpg)
According to records held by the national achives at Kew. 74 was put forward as one of the units to be considered to take on the then soon to be ex Royal Navy Phantoms. In the end they went elseware and 74 had to wait untill the RAF brought a batch of ex USN F-4J's to get its hand's on Tooms.

Second. Another FG1. This time of 43sqd.
(http://imageshack.com/a/img924/3972/wfNcWh.jpg)
Any one who knows their RAF squadron historys will know that 43 realy did operate the FG1. And this model is almost 100% real world. Apart from she is rigged for carrier operations  :wacko:
Again thanks to documents at Kew, 43sqn was ear marked to be the RAF carrier airgroup re-enforcement squadron. Ie to augment the FAA's front line toom fleet when needed.
My intension is to eventully mount this model on a base showing it sitting on a catapult. despite its lack of aircrew sitting in the cockpit.

The final toom (for this update at least)
(http://imageshack.com/a/img922/4406/jptaGV.jpg)
An FGR2 operated by 60sqn based at RAF Aldabra circa the mid 1970's.
In reality the last fighters flown by 60 sqn where Javalins based in Singapore. They then moved onto Helicopters and for a while flew Pembokes as the RAF Germany comms squadron. However they were considered as a possible Phantom squadron when the mounting base project was under consideration.

And finaly two that arnt British.

(http://imageshack.com/a/img923/443/7ywoqc.jpg)

Yeap! Argintine Kfir's!

Firsts up the bog standard Kfir C2.
(http://imageshack.com/a/img923/953/tEfXM0.jpg)
This an Italeri kit built and painted OOB, with suitable markings taken from an FAA Mirage III sheet from Condor decals.

The idea being that the FAA might have been able to aquire a batch of C2's to replace some of the Daggers that where lost over the Falklands.
The serial is taken from a Mirage III and was intended to confuse any British spies keeping an eye on the FAA post Falklands  ;D

And last but by no means least.
(http://imageshack.com/a/img922/7439/Hr8ZKs.jpg)
A Kfir R2. The IDF converted a small number of Kfir C2's into reconassance birds.

Lets say that my fictional FAA Kfir purchase included a pair of R2's as well.
This is a Hasegawa kit fitted with a resin nose conversion from AML. The real R2's wore the same two tone grey scheme as their C2 stable mates. So this one is in the same scheme as the Italeri C2 build. Again the markings are from the Condor decal Mirage III sheet,







Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: NARSES2 on September 23, 2016, 08:08:38 am
Particularly like the Sea Lightning Martin, great work  :bow:
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: Weaver on September 23, 2016, 11:28:17 am
Very nice work: that Sea Lightning looks great. :thumbsup:

As I understand it, the Kfir was one of the types that the FAA actually did try to acquire post-'82.
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: JayBee on September 23, 2016, 11:38:45 am
Oh deary deary me Martin.

The complete Inspector Morse collection.  :o
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: Martin H on September 23, 2016, 11:59:35 am
Oh deary deary me Martin.

The complete Inspector Morse collection.  :o
Oh them? they belong to my dad.
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: zenrat on September 24, 2016, 03:55:36 am
Oh deary deary me Martin.

The complete Inspector Morse collection.  :o
Oh them? they belong to my dad.

Yeah right.
:rolleyes:
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: Thorvic on September 24, 2016, 05:10:21 am
Oh deary deary me Martin.

The complete Inspector Morse collection.  :o
Oh them? they belong to my dad.

Yeah right.
:rolleyes:

Nope he's right Martins stuff is in his own room or the loft he uses the sideboard in the guest room as its clear space and has the better natural light. He's barred from storing stuff on the top as he's already taken over two room in the house  ;D
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: Martin H on September 24, 2016, 05:45:49 am
Nope he's right Martins stuff is in his own room or the loft he uses the sideboard in the guest room as its clear space and has the better natural light. He's barred from storing stuff on the top as he's already taken over two room in the house  ;D

make that three if you count the small box room/office  :wacko: :wacko: :wacko: ;)
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: zenrat on September 25, 2016, 04:41:45 am
OK.  I accept the explanation.   :o
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: NARSES2 on September 25, 2016, 06:15:09 am
Oh deary deary me Martin.

The complete Inspector Morse collection.  :o

Better not include pics of my complete Buffy collection then  :angel:
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: Captain Canada on September 30, 2016, 04:30:06 pm
Great work Martin ! What an excellent update...I didn't want it to end ! Love the Sea Lightning. The Phantoms are gorgeous ! Who doesn't love a British Phantom in that camo ? Well, except for that one guy. But we won't tell him  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: Martin H on March 19, 2017, 06:31:41 pm
its been a while since I last posted up a build.
Well heres the in progress shots of one im working on at the moment.............Welcome to project Hub cap.

Its the Squadron Haunebu II kit built OOB. Im also doing it in the same camo colors as per the kit, but to my own freesyle pattern.
As you can see in the first pic. Its a big bugger!

And if your wondering where the pics were taken. Its in the back office of the gate house at work.
Yeap my employer and the client have no problem with me building at work on nights and/or at weekends. To their mind it shows im not likely to be sleeping while on shift.

Why project hubcap. Well the diameter of this monster is barely a few mm less than the diameter of the hubcaps on my Prius!

(http://imageshack.com/a/img923/5598/rrWapn.jpg)
(http://imageshack.com/a/img924/9528/zq8Lxy.jpg)
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: PR19_Kit on March 19, 2017, 07:10:06 pm

Why project hubcap. Well the diameter of this monster is barely a few mm less than the diameter of the hubcaps on my Prius!


Ah, but does it have an electric motor as well?  ;D

It sure is big though!  :o
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: Weaver on March 19, 2017, 08:00:45 pm
Nothing like an ecologically friendly death-ray-armed Nazi flying saucer.... ;)
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: Martin H on March 26, 2017, 01:44:48 pm
some more progress shots of the Hubcap............

(http://imageshack.com/a/img923/2830/LqTZ6Y.jpg)

the underside showing the tweaked undercart..
(http://imageshack.com/a/img923/6955/iLZ46s.jpg)
As you may be able to see, I've been playing around with highlighting the panel lines on the underside. I'm not quite sure it sits that well on this beast so I've left the upper surfaces alone for now.

And finally a family photo.
(http://imageshack.com/a/img922/6169/TwzS7A.jpg)
The smaller saucer is the Wave kit of the Haunebu I. Just shows how big the Haunebu II really is as a 72nd scale model.

Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: The Chaos on March 26, 2017, 11:35:37 pm
Hi Martin, good work with the Camo of the Soucer.  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: zenrat on March 27, 2017, 12:57:17 am
That's looking good.
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: NARSES2 on March 27, 2017, 06:05:20 am
That's looking good.

True  :thumbsup:, but would it be impolite to mention the snowmen in the background ? Does this confirm the secret Antarctic Base conspiracy theories ?  ;)
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: zenrat on March 28, 2017, 02:59:28 am
 Oh come on Chris.  Surely you know that Snowmen only live at the North Pole.
 :rolleyes:
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: NARSES2 on March 28, 2017, 06:12:17 am
Oh come on Chris.  Surely you know that Snowmen only live at the North Pole.
 :rolleyes:

Are you sure about that ? Have you been to Antarctica ? So very few have been into the interior that we have no real idea of what lives there  :mellow: ;) Probably went with Capt Scott or at least some bored members of the party probably created some  ;D

In all seriousness when I did a cruise down there I was stunned by the amount of wildlife in the waters and on its shores.
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: Martin H on March 28, 2017, 11:05:01 am
That's looking good.

True  :thumbsup:, but would it be impolite to mention the snowmen in the background ? Does this confirm the secret Antarctic Base conspiracy theories ?  ;)

I couldnt possibly comment on such matters  ;) :mellow: ;) :mellow: ;)
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: zenrat on March 29, 2017, 03:27:53 am
Oh come on Chris.  Surely you know that Snowmen only live at the North Pole.
 :rolleyes:

Are you sure about that ? Have you been to Antarctica ? So very few have been into the interior that we have no real idea of what lives there  :mellow: ;) Probably went with Capt Scott or at least some bored members of the party probably created some  ;D

In all seriousness when I did a cruise down there I was stunned by the amount of wildlife in the waters and on its shores.

It's the penguins.   They attack on sight.  No snowman can survive the combined mob attack of a well coordinated waddle*.  They surround them and herd them into the sea where the Leopard Seals get them.

I'd love to visit Antarctica.  I get the feeling i'd come away depressed about humanity.



*I had to google it but it is indeed a waddle of Penguins.  On land.  In the sea it is a raft.
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: NARSES2 on March 29, 2017, 07:14:38 am

*I had to google it but it is indeed a waddle of Penguins.  On land.  In the sea it is a raft.

 ;D ;D Some of the people who came up with these collective nouns definitely had a sense of humour  :bow: A group pf Rhinos is a crash  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: Martin H on March 29, 2017, 12:00:31 pm
well for all intents and purposes Im calling this one finished.

(http://imageshack.com/a/img922/7164/4tDnUv.jpg)
(http://imageshack.com/a/img923/8193/fOio3O.jpg)
(http://imageshack.com/a/img922/3179/OQaAPx.jpg)
(http://imageshack.com/a/img923/2426/ZLPGy2.jpg)
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: PR19_Kit on March 29, 2017, 12:16:32 pm
How do you know which is the front?

It looks terrific, and HUGE too!  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: Rick Lowe on March 29, 2017, 06:59:54 pm
Ahyup, nice work there.  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: NARSES2 on March 30, 2017, 07:11:44 am
Come out well mate  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: The Wooksta! on March 30, 2017, 08:48:04 am
It just doesn't look right with the guns.  Sorry, just doesn't look right.
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: chrisonord on March 30, 2017, 12:24:02 pm
I haven't looked at this thread of nigh on 3 years, you certainly have been busy Martin, and some very nice pieces.
Chris.
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: The Chaos on April 02, 2017, 02:14:54 am
Gread work Martin I love It.
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: PR19_Kit on April 02, 2017, 03:55:56 pm
How do you know which is the front?

It looks terrific, and HUGE too!  :thumbsup:

Having seen it the plastic at Cosford today, it IS huge too!!!!  :o :o :o  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: Martin H on April 26, 2017, 10:47:30 am
Ok update time. Just in time for the Scots Nationals this weekend.

first a Trumpeter Wyvern.
(http://imageshack.com/a/img924/7266/aeyiWJ.jpg)
(http://imageshack.com/a/img924/3752/xYpHMF.jpg)
This was one of a pair of kits that I aquired from Brother Narses last year. The other one is a compleate kit so is reserved for a RW build.
This one had donated part of its war load to one of Chris's other projects, so was earmarked for whiffing.................
As you can see she is in Indian Navy marking, lifted right out of a Hobbyboss Hawker Seahawk kit.

Next a few VTOL's
First up a two seat Harrier II............
(http://imageshack.com/a/img922/7108/9NGG5S.jpg)
This is an old Airfix Harrier T-10 kit. One of a pair I started and got bored with around ten years ago.
I finaly dusted them off and this is the first to emerge from the loft. Its been rehashed into a Royal Navy ground pounder (aka Harrier S-14). with the rear seater retasked as a WSO for the sniper pod hanging off the belly pylon.
The  2nd T-10 is being built as a T-10 but in Royal navy markings, under the idea that the Navy was able to take over the full Harrier fleet when the RAF put the knife in to the Harrier community over here.

next up is a converted GR-9, that is now upto AV-8Bplus standard as an F/A-12.
(http://imageshack.com/a/img924/1414/zLtcbT.jpg)
This is a Hasegawa kit built prety much OOB. It doesnt show so well, but this one is in a metalic grey scheme. Not quite the same as the F-35 but almost. The idea being the Navy repainted its "new" F/A-12's in a similar scheme to the soon to arrive F-35B's to get the pilots used to the scheme in question.
The model is rigged for airdefence with a pair of ASRAAM's and four Meteor Mid range AAM's instead of Aim-120 AMRAAM's.

Third is a real one.
Namely ZM137, the UK's first F-35B
(http://imageshack.com/a/img922/6550/ahcIqX.jpg)
The simple but not so easy to find Fujimi kit built OOB, with Uk markings taken from an Xtradecal set.
(http://imageshack.com/a/img923/4070/I82PcO.jpg)
I started this one early last year, but got side tracked. I dusted it off to finish in time for the Scots nationals, to sit along side the two Harriers. the paint job used Hataka paints for the correct metalic grey shade.

Finaly there's these two.
(http://imageshack.com/a/img922/2603/a7XwgA.jpg)
A bit more can be found on TSRjoes own Spot on models thread.


Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: DogfighterZen on April 26, 2017, 03:46:00 pm
Very nice work, love the F/A-12! :thumbsup:
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: zenrat on April 27, 2017, 04:15:15 am
Wyvern looks excellent.
 :thumbsup:
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: NARSES2 on April 27, 2017, 06:39:28 am
Wyvern looks excellent.
 :thumbsup:

Does indeed, glad she went to a good home  :thumbsup:

Some nice work there Martin.

Must admit I'm not a fan of the F.35 it just doesn't look right to me and indeed almost looks unfinished because of the different finishes used on panels etc. No idea how effective it is however just going on looks.

One question regarding the seemingly increased use of "black and white" national markings. Given modern combat ranges and guided weaponry, does it make any difference ? Or am I missing the point somewhere ?
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: kitnut617 on April 27, 2017, 08:58:52 am
I started this one early last year, but got side tracked.

Me too    ;D  (Fujimi model to)

(http://i200.photobucket.com/albums/aa263/kitnut617/F-35%20Lightning%20II/finishedSidetrackF-35001_zps30d48274.jpg) (http://s200.photobucket.com/user/kitnut617/media/F-35%20Lightning%20II/finishedSidetrackF-35001_zps30d48274.jpg.html)

Lovely builds though Martin
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: Old Wombat on April 28, 2017, 01:20:34 am
The Wyvern is excellent! Love it! :thumbsup: :thumbsup:
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: Freightdog862 on April 29, 2017, 07:30:51 am
Love Frankenstein's Sea Lightning, good use of surplus parts! Not very often these days you see anyone building an Air Model vac. Enjoy the Scot Nationals.

Colin
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: Martin H on August 30, 2017, 11:51:21 am
Not a build update. But an update of what ive been upto model wise in the last few months

In short I reached peak stash at home. ie no more room for any new kits or even less room to move about in the loft, where my work bench and spray booth are along side the stash.

A soulution was needed rapidly, not only to clear space in the loft, but also to keep the peace with mum and dad. Mainly Mum  :wacko:

After some local research and requesting of quotes etc. Im and now the proud renter of a 20 ft ISO Containor located a few miles from home.  About half the stash and some other bits and bobs have now been relocated.

(http://imageshack.com/a/img923/575/yoMP8a.jpg)

This as much as I intend to locate for now, as i whant to maintain plenty of room for me to move around in.

now for a few shelf shots, just to make people jealous  :wacko: :wacko: :wacko:
(http://imageshack.com/a/img923/1339/h7FHgk.jpg)
(http://imageshack.com/a/img922/1124/m5XlJF.jpg)
(http://imageshack.com/a/img924/8064/lgNW4w.jpg)
(http://imageshack.com/a/img922/2300/TyQ1hA.jpg)
(http://imageshack.com/a/img922/7691/SsDDpr.jpg)
(http://imageshack.com/a/img922/3448/onNr0n.jpg)
(http://imageshack.com/a/img924/545/E1NGIt.jpg)
(http://imageshack.com/a/img922/8276/RX3jK2.jpg)
(http://imageshack.com/a/img922/5823/KAD1g4.jpg)
excuse to poor quality of the pics they were taken using my smart phone.

Now I hope I can get back to building
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: PR19_Kit on August 30, 2017, 12:00:07 pm
WHAAAT?  :o

EIGHT Swifts, ELEVEN TSR2s and SEVENTEEN Lightnings!

Planning on some extensive building then OGL?
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: Martin H on August 30, 2017, 12:34:01 pm
WHAAAT?  :o

EIGHT Swifts, ELEVEN TSR2s and SEVENTEEN Lightnings!

Planning on some extensive building then OGL?
You forgot the 56 phantoms of various flavors  lol
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: PR19_Kit on August 30, 2017, 12:55:04 pm
WHAAAT?  :o

EIGHT Swifts, ELEVEN TSR2s and SEVENTEEN Lightnings!

Planning on some extensive building then OGL?

You forgot the 56 phantoms of various flavors  lol


By the time I'd got to the seventeen Fightenings my eyes had stopped working............. :o
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: Thorvic on August 30, 2017, 02:23:31 pm
Good start, so how many rows of shelves will you need  for the remaining 4/5ths of the stash?  :wacko:
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: Martin H on August 30, 2017, 02:32:06 pm
Good start, so how many rows of shelves will you need  for the remaining 4/5ths of the stash?  :wacko:
LOL 4/5ths.  ;D ;D ;D that would be true if it was Joe's stash

the plan is that 50-60% of the stash will be relocated in total. the rest will remain in the loft.  Although another row of racking down the middle was brefly considered at first, leaving just enougth room for some one who is stick thin walk through side ways  :wacko:
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: zenrat on August 31, 2017, 02:26:58 am
I've seen worse stocked model shops.
Hope it doesn't get damp or too hot in there.
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: rickshaw on August 31, 2017, 02:42:29 am
I've seen worse stocked model shops.
Hope it doesn't get damp or too hot in there.

Too hot?  In the UK?   :o :o
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: zenrat on August 31, 2017, 02:57:00 am
I've seen worse stocked model shops.
Hope it doesn't get damp or too hot in there.

Too hot?  In the UK?   :o :o

Sorry, yes.  What was I thinking.
 :banghead:
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: Steel Penguin on August 31, 2017, 04:27:05 am
UK temperature jokes aside,  Damp and temperature are something to be aware of ( either hot or cold).  as Condensation will make a mess of the shelf's, and encourage mould etc,  Also make sure to check in case  of rodents, don't want anything getting nibbled.

But another of our UK Strategic kit stash's being moved to a secure off site bunker   :wacko: 
This will worry the international kit strike planners. ;D
 
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: NARSES2 on August 31, 2017, 06:32:46 am
Flippin' Ada Martin  :o :o

UK temperature jokes aside,  Damp and temperature are something to be aware of ( either hot or cold).  as Condensation will make a mess of the shelf's, and encourage mould etc,  Also make sure to check in case  of rodents, don't want anything getting nibbled.

But another of our UK Strategic kit stash's being moved to a secure off site bunker   :wacko: 
This will worry the international kit strike planners. ;D
 

A couple of serious points. As mentioned above condensation is possibly a serious problem with steel shipping containers. If you can't line it with plywood, leaving an air gap, then don't stack the boxes tight up against the wall. My niece uses a couple as showroom space for her equestrian doo-dah business and my brother lined them after initial problems.

Secondly. What's security like ?

I'd be very interested in the cost. Either chat at SMW or could you e-mail/PM me ?

Cheers

Chris
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: Martin H on August 31, 2017, 09:15:12 am
Flippin' Ada Martin  :o :o

A couple of serious points. As mentioned above condensation is possibly a serious problem with steel shipping containers. If you can't line it with plywood, leaving an air gap, then don't stack the boxes tight up against the wall. My niece uses a couple as showroom space for her equestrian doo-dah business and my brother lined them after initial problems.

Secondly. What's security like ?

I'd be very interested in the cost. Either chat at SMW or could you e-mail/PM me ?

Cheers

Chris


The box ive rented has been fitted with plenty of air vents to allow for reasonable ventalation. The next door naibour pointed them out to me as he stores a vintage raceing car in his. The t&c's are quite lax. You can do prety much what you like to the insides bar storing anything perishable, chemicals, illegal subtances and firearms.
,
Security systems on thes site are better than where I work. CCTV coverage is excellent, and access is via a swipe card to open the gate. Allowing 24hour access. Theres an ANPR system at the gate so they know whos been in and out at what ever time.
Its a multi use site, There are two seperate garages, one for HGV,s and another for cars and vans, there are a fair number of owner/driver HGV,s that park there when not working. theres a small coach company operating from there as well, and the site owners also operate a self drive van/light truck hire firm.
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: Gondor on August 31, 2017, 10:52:29 am
No wonder I can't get hold of some kits, OGL has them all!!!


On a side note though, if you alternated your shelving on one side between long side against the outside wall and the short side against the wall then you could increase your storage without hampering too much your moving around.

Gondor
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: NARSES2 on September 01, 2017, 07:27:18 am
Glad ventilation and security has been thought about Martin  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: Martin H on September 29, 2017, 03:11:19 pm
Ok, the stock take is now more or less finished.  :o

The total stash now stands at 2,399 1/72nd scale aircraft kits.

Of that total 1,168 are in the container.
The remaining 1,231 are still in the loft.

I havent included my sci fi and small scale armor stashes.

the spread sheet Ive been using for years has proved its worth keeping tabs on that lot.  :thumbsup:

I still wont be getting much if any building done as the loft is in need of some TLC to sort out a few issues we uncovered moving the stash about. Nothing big, but better to get it sorted sooner rather than later.

Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: Gondor on September 29, 2017, 03:21:03 pm
My goodness, that's a few kits. I might be interested in how your spreadsheet is laid out so that I can perform a stock take at some point which will help me decide what to move into the loft.

Gondor
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: PR19_Kit on September 29, 2017, 03:26:02 pm
You'll never live long enough OGL, just like me.  ;D
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: NARSES2 on September 30, 2017, 02:28:33 am
You'll never live long enough OGL, just like me.  ;D

I've probably reduced my stash by 50% over the last couple of years, with more to go, and I still won't live anywhere near long enough  :o ;D

Must admit the spreadsheet I did all those years ago (on Lotus123) is still worth it's weight in gold. :thumbsup:
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: Martin H on September 30, 2017, 03:15:14 am
You'll never live long enough OGL, just like me.  ;D
Dont I know it LOL
Look at it it this way, It may be worth something when/if I get to retirement age (meaning if HMG stops increasing the retirement age for my age group). Im looking at it as a small extention of my pension.

Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: PR19_Kit on September 30, 2017, 05:32:56 am

 Im looking at it as a small extention of my pension.


Funny that, I think the same way.  ;D
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: ysi_maniac on September 30, 2017, 01:22:58 pm
WHAAAT?  :o

EIGHT Swifts, ELEVEN TSR2s and SEVENTEEN Lightnings!

Planning on some extensive building then OGL?
You forgot the 56 phantoms of various flavors  lol

Good guy!
:drink: :drink: :cheers: :cheers: :party: :party:
:laugh: :laugh: :laugh: :laugh: :laugh:
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: kitnut617 on September 30, 2017, 05:33:16 pm
WHAAAT?  :o

EIGHT Swifts, ELEVEN TSR2s and SEVENTEEN Lightnings!

Planning on some extensive building then OGL?
You forgot the 56 phantoms of various flavors  lol

I was just reading that at RAIT this year they was a couple of Phantoms on display, Greek ones IIRC
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: NARSES2 on October 01, 2017, 04:32:44 am

 Im looking at it as a small extention of my pension.


Funny that, I think the same way.  ;D

Those were my thoughts as well  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: Martin H on November 02, 2017, 03:32:45 pm
Last build before I stop all model activity before Telford.

(http://imageshack.com/a/img924/3784/1crApF.jpg)
(http://imageshack.com/a/img923/9795/WNMMSi.jpg)

My 2nd Target drone. Namely a QF-4E in UK service.
With the RAF having run out of Lightning D-6 drones, and the Fleet of Phantom D-2's getting smaller and smaller, the MOD started looking around for a replacement target drone. As it happened, the USAF was introducing the QF-16A into service for its full size target requirement. That left a fair number of now redundant QF-4E and G airframes looking for a new home. Plus there was a still plentifully supply of E birds at the bone yard that could either be converted to drones or reduced for spares.
A deal was soon struck between the DOD and MOD for the supply of an initial batch of 20 QF-4E's plus a further ten F-4E's as spare parts donors. The fleet was quickly delivered to RAF Llanbedr to be used along side the few remaining spey toom drones. the first six to arrive were repainted in the standard RAF drone colors of Yellow over bright red. After that all remaining QF-4E's retained their former USAF paint jobs with RAF roundels in place of the star and bars. The "new" aircraft did not receive UK military serials, they retained their former USAF serials and were simply identified by a number painted on the intake splitter plates.
Numbers 1 to 6 spent most of their time acting as chase planes rather than as targets. They became quite popular on the UK and European air show circuits along side the two remaining Lightning D-6's that were also retained as chase planes.
Two further batches were delivered from the bone yard, with the last batch being 30 unmodified F-4E and G's that were converted at Llanbedr using the same rig as the previous Phantom D-2 drones. Four D-2's survived to retirement, one as the Llanbedr gate guard the others found their way into private hands and remain as regular performers at airshows across Europe. The QF-4E is still in use although number 6 (seen here) has now been put on display at the RAF museum, Cosford. Several stateside war bird collectors have offered to buy a number of E models off the MOD for preservation. Something the MOD is seriously considering as a potentially lucrative short term income stream. As for a replacement, the MOD is quietly looking at the QF-16, a few of witch have been trialed along side the Phantoms at Llanbedr.

The model is the Bilek boxing of the Italeri Phantom kit. with a turned brass pitot probe. The paint job was Xtracylic RAF SAR yellow and Red arrows red.
Decals are from various sources from my decal stash. in the real world the serial used is actually off an F-4D. I used it mainly due to a lack of F-4E sheets in my stash (without robbing one of my various toom kits of its decals)


Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: NARSES2 on November 03, 2017, 07:02:37 am
Impressive Martin  :thumbsup: Particularly given how difficult it can be to get a good, even coverage with those colours.
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: McColm on November 14, 2017, 08:36:55 pm
Great work :thumbsup:
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: Martin H on December 24, 2017, 07:39:29 am
as per the Merlin magic (http://www.whatifmodellers.com/index.php/topic,44672.msg793145.html#msg793145) thread. here are the pics plus a few others of my Merlin Trio. Explainations in the above named thread  :mellow:

Merlin HAR-5
(https://imageshack.com/a/img924/7733/yTje3K.jpg)
(https://imageshack.com/a/img922/7089/uU8Lx3.jpg)

EH-101 Heliliner, Bond Helicopters SAR.
(https://imageshack.com/a/img924/9430/gaxvVq.jpg)
(https://imageshack.com/a/img924/9656/kstHbk.jpg)
(https://imageshack.com/a/img924/6349/4oPMbM.jpg)
(https://imageshack.com/a/img923/7229/Mmnbq8.jpg)

The two SAR birds togeather.
(https://imageshack.com/a/img922/8388/ZH6Vv2.jpg)
(https://imageshack.com/a/img923/4537/JtfZ0G.jpg)

Merlin HM(U)-1
(https://imageshack.com/a/img923/5102/TH5pkH.jpg)
(https://imageshack.com/a/img922/963/XKs353.jpg)
(https://imageshack.com/a/img923/5083/RyWkYP.jpg)
(https://imageshack.com/a/img923/47/OCaGlB.jpg)
(https://imageshack.com/a/img923/8775/7Y4lHv.jpg)

<EDIT>. Images resized for easier viewing
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: NARSES2 on December 25, 2017, 01:48:54 am
That's a really neat trio Martin. Well done mate  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: kitnut617 on December 25, 2017, 08:06:19 am
Very nice Martin, the Cormorant is way overlooked IMO
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: DogfighterZen on December 25, 2017, 11:34:26 pm
Merlins look great! :thumbsup:
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: Thorvic on December 26, 2017, 02:06:39 am
Very nice Martin, the Cormorant is way overlooked IMO

No the Petrel is the really over looked one  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: kitnut617 on December 26, 2017, 04:58:35 am
Very nice Martin, the Cormorant is way overlooked IMO

No the Petrel is the really over looked one  :thumbsup:

I agree and I'd make a comment there Geoff but it'd get political ----  :-X :-X :-X
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: Martin H on December 26, 2017, 05:17:41 am
Very nice Martin, the Cormorant is way overlooked IMO

No the Petrel is the really over looked one  :thumbsup:

I agree and I'd make a comment there Geoff but it'd get political ----  :-X :-X :-X
I wouldnt be supprised if either Geoff or Myself have a crack at the Petrel at some point.
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: Old Wombat on December 27, 2017, 01:32:36 am
All three; stunning builds! :thumbsup: :bow: :thumbsup:
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: kitnut617 on December 27, 2017, 05:46:53 pm
Very nice Martin, the Cormorant is way overlooked IMO

No the Petrel is the really over looked one  :thumbsup:

I agree and I'd make a comment there Geoff but it'd get political ----  :-X :-X :-X
I wouldnt be supprised if either Geoff or Myself have a crack at the Petrel at some point.

It's my understanding that a Petrel is just a Merlin, maybe with some Canadian avionics thrown in ---
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: Martin H on December 27, 2017, 11:13:30 pm
Well that would make it an easy repaint job  then
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: Martin H on January 15, 2018, 01:15:12 pm
Yet another Merlin! Almost there with this one. :thumbsup:
(https://imageshack.com/a/img924/1754/vpOR6t.jpg)
Well the JMSDF do use Merlins, all be it ones with ramps (CH101 and MH101)
This is the SH101..............
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: JayBee on January 15, 2018, 02:07:57 pm
I like it.  :thumbsup:
Mind you it needs wings.  :wacko:
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: NARSES2 on January 16, 2018, 01:15:35 am
OK so what do the characters on the tail say ?

Does look neat Martin, although I tend to agree with Jim  :angel:
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: Martin H on January 28, 2018, 10:38:55 am
OK so what do the characters on the tail say ?

Does look neat Martin, although I tend to agree with Jim  :angel:
I believe it "Japanese Maritime Self Defence Force"
Here it is finished at today's Bolton show
(https://imageshack.com/a/img923/9476/dviNNn.jpg)

Any way. Another egg beater to show off.
(https://imageshack.com/a/img924/5064/1m7D1j.jpg)
RAF Seaking HCC-3. of 72sqn based in Cyprus as the personal mount of the Air Officer Commanding, Near East.
Fujimi HAR-3 kit with all they window options opened up, plus an extra one added for good measure. It has a full airliner seat set up inside, courtesy of a donated scrap Airfix Shorts Skyvan. (Cheers Joe).
This was meant to be a UK version of Marine One in a way. In this case it would be Kittyhawk one if it was carrying HMQ. I chickened out of trying the Royal flight scheme. So went for an AOC's personal ride. It will also be gaining drop tanks in due course
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: NARSES2 on January 29, 2018, 12:44:10 am
Cheers for the explanation mate  :thumbsup: ....although I should have guessed  :banghead:

Nice pair  :thumbsup: :thumbsup:
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: Martin H on May 08, 2018, 03:55:06 pm
well time for a quick up date.

As has been said in the Modelcollect thread, I got one of their new 1/72nd scale P1000 Ratte land cruisers.
(https://imageshack.com/a/img924/7348/TVgyJI.jpg)

Well work started on the running gear first, each unit has working springs. this thing can be built with a fully operational susspention.
(https://imageshack.com/a/img924/6908/bG8kab.jpg)
(https://imageshack.com/a/img922/7258/1ntYT7.jpg)

And some paint work on the lower hull and associated bits.
(https://imageshack.com/a/img922/6866/yq8XPb.jpg)
(https://imageshack.com/a/img924/4375/W2M0W9.jpg)

Then the turret gets my attention.........yes I went there! its carrying all three 11inch tubes. Im calling this the AuftB version  :wacko:
(https://imageshack.com/a/img924/8154/ZrbXqN.jpg)
Here is the turret after a few coats of RAF Medium sea grey......It looked close enougth to a pale(ish) battle ship grey to me.
(https://imageshack.com/a/img922/1341/90Sn35.jpg)

And here it is as on tonight. The hull isnt glued togeather as yet, thats a lot further down the line.
(https://imageshack.com/a/img924/462/plwRZE.jpg)

At the model club tonight one of the guys brought in his newly finished Trumpeter 1/16th scale T-34. The 72nd scale Ratte is only a fraction smaller! theres only milimeters in it!

Next up is mounting the running gear to the hull and starting to put together 1068 track links  :banghead:
My intention is to have this monster sitting on its tracks before I join the upper and lower hulls.
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: PR19_Kit on May 08, 2018, 04:45:42 pm
GASP!  :o :o :o
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: zenrat on May 09, 2018, 03:20:25 am
Gasp indeed!
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: loupgarou on May 09, 2018, 06:10:47 am
Gasp indeed!

I second that!
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: NARSES2 on May 09, 2018, 06:14:38 am
Gasp indeed!

I second that!

I'll third it !

I started to count the road wheels etc and gave up. As for the track links, 1068 ? How long is that going to take ??  :o
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: PR19_Kit on May 09, 2018, 08:16:52 am
Looking at the sheer size of that thing, I reckon the thread needs renaming.

'A LARGE work in progress' perhaps?  ;D
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: Steel Penguin on May 09, 2018, 10:59:05 am
Zoot!
Martin  that thing is huge.
but looking good so far.   :thumbsup:
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: Mossie on May 09, 2018, 11:21:32 am
Chuffin' nora! :o

You need to start a new Ratte SIG, that thing'll take up a whole table on it's own!
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: JayBee on May 09, 2018, 11:31:17 am
The mind is positively boggled if you try and imagine this beast in 1/35 scale.  :rolleyes:
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: Martin H on May 09, 2018, 02:14:22 pm
I started to count the road wheels etc and gave up. As for the track links, 1068 ? How long is that going to take ??  :o

144 road wheels Chris.
12 units with 12 road wheels each. and each unit took around 45 minutes to build in total. There are over 40 parts in each compleated unit. Including 6 metal springs.

As for the track links, its three sets of track for each side. So your guess is as good as mine for how long it will take.  :wacko:
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: The Wooksta! on May 09, 2018, 02:45:49 pm
I want to see someone do the BergeRatte.
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: Martin H on May 09, 2018, 02:51:36 pm
I want to see someone do the BergeRatte.

Dock yard crane in place of the turret prehaps?
Title: Re: A "little" work in progress
Post by: zenrat on May 10, 2018, 04:23:25 am
Obviously one could modify this kit to portray the crawler that took the Von Braun moon rockets from the assembly building to the launch pad at Peenemünde.  But that would be a RW build...
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: NARSES2 on May 10, 2018, 05:56:12 am
I want to see someone do the BergeRatte.

Dock yard crane in place of the turret prehaps?

Perhaps, or the large yellow gantry crane that's still on the old Harland and Wolf site ? Samson and Goliath. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Samson_and_Goliath_(cranes) (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Samson_and_Goliath_(cranes))

Best of luck with those track links Martin  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: Martin H on May 19, 2018, 03:53:37 am
Here we go again. Up date time,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, :thumbsup:

Running gear and tracks in place. upper hull placed on for visual effect
(https://imageshack.com/a/img924/7877/9cWsON.jpg)

And now fully buttoned up.
(https://imageshack.com/a/img924/6694/H3jkV0.jpg)
(https://imageshack.com/a/img922/3598/ii09nK.jpg)

Next up it the upper works paint job once the secondary armament mountings are in place.

Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: kitnut617 on May 19, 2018, 06:24:23 am
That is certainly very impressive Martin   :thumbsup: IMHO, it looks mainly like the ancient siege equipment that you see from centuries ago, I wonder if this was the result of Stalingrad or other such battles.

As an aside, does anyone know what the reload time is for guns that big ?
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: The Wooksta! on May 19, 2018, 03:09:38 pm
More the result of Hitler getting one of his nads shot off.  Very Freudian.
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: NARSES2 on May 20, 2018, 01:31:13 am

As an aside, does anyone know what the reload time is for guns that big ?

In the Royal Navy the final type of battleship guns were about 1 round every 50 seconds, but it depended on the turret and ammunition configuration. I'm not sure at all how it would have worked out in this configuration and this mounting.
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: zenrat on May 20, 2018, 05:02:53 am
Would the Tallboys go all the way through and explode underneath or would they go off inside?

I'm having trouble visualising the size of this oh glorious leader.  Would it be possible to hav a picture with something we know the size of to give some context.  A 1/72 aircraft for example.

Thank you.

Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: Rheged on May 20, 2018, 09:15:51 am
As an aside, does anyone know what the reload time is for guns that big ?

My sources tell me that one round per gun per minute was about right for a prolonged action.  An idle thought,  would the recoil if all three were fired together have unfortunate effects on the turret/tank mechanisms?
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: scooter on May 20, 2018, 09:59:24 am
As an aside, does anyone know what the reload time is for guns that big ?

My sources tell me that one round per gun per minute was about right for a prolonged action.

Wiki (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iowa-class_battleship#Main_battery) sources the 16"/50 Mk7s on the Iowas as 2 per minute.  For a tracked operation, I'd probably go 1/minute.  Fire three rounds, creep to the next position and repeat :wacko:

How's your sanity after all the links?
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: PR19_Kit on May 20, 2018, 12:48:05 pm

 An idle thought,  would the recoil if all three were fired together have unfortunate effects on the turret/tank mechanisms?


It'd surely have unfortunate effects on any 'Poor Bloody Infantry' who happened to be within audible range when it fired!  :o :o
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: Rheged on May 20, 2018, 01:36:16 pm

 An idle thought,  would the recoil if all three were fired together have unfortunate effects on the turret/tank mechanisms?


It'd surely have unfortunate effects on any 'Poor Bloody Infantry' who happened to be within audible range when it fired!  :o :o

....and it would need close infantry support otherwise a couple of plucky chaps with a big steel bar could creep up on it, stick their bar in the works and immobilise the whole thing.  Perhaps the Panzer-Oberkommando  would have formed Tauber Infanteriebataillonen to provide support?
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: Martin H on May 20, 2018, 01:48:15 pm
I'm having trouble visualising the size of this oh glorious leader.  Would it be possible to hav a picture with something we know the size of to give some context.  A 1/72 aircraft for example.
Thank you.

No problem. :mellow:
Take one dicast Panzer IV whirlwind quad flak........................
(https://imageshack.com/a/img922/933/wucXkJ.jpg)

Then place said flak unit alongside the monster....................
(https://imageshack.com/a/img921/5732/v0Ca9f.jpg)
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: zenrat on May 21, 2018, 02:41:19 am
Hmm, yes.  Thank you.
Got it now.
Wow.
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: NARSES2 on May 21, 2018, 06:29:00 am
As an aside, does anyone know what the reload time is for guns that big ?

My sources tell me that one round per gun per minute was about right for a prolonged action.  An idle thought,  would the recoil if all three were fired together have unfortunate effects on the turret/tank mechanisms?

I'm still trying to work out how many support vehicles it would need to cart more then 10 minutes worth of ammunition ? It's actually beyond impractical and my brain just won't accept it  :o

Would the Tallboys go all the way through and explode underneath or would they go off inside?


Go all the way through I would have thought. But you'd only need a near miss to turn it over, did I mention it's impracticability ?
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: kitnut617 on May 21, 2018, 07:17:33 am
As an aside, does anyone know what the reload time is for guns that big ?

My sources tell me that one round per gun per minute was about right for a prolonged action.  An idle thought,  would the recoil if all three were fired together have unfortunate effects on the turret/tank mechanisms?

I'm still trying to work out how many support vehicles it would need to cart more then 10 minutes worth of ammunition ? It's actually beyond impractical and my brain just won't accept it  :o

Would the Tallboys go all the way through and explode underneath or would they go off inside?


Go all the way through I would have thought. But you'd only need a near miss to turn it over, did I mention it's impracticability ?

It's been recorded that at least one Tallboy had a perfect hit on the Tirpitz (the last attack), but I can't remember if it went all the way through. In the Dam Busters book I've read (the full version), after an attack on a submarine pen, the boffins went to inspect the results of the Tallboy/Grand Slams. One had hit the pen dead center (the idea was to hit just to the outside of the walls), they found that the bomb had only just penetrated the 16 odd feet of re-enforced concrete before it exploded, everything inside the pen was squashed against the interior walls and the huge blast doors were bulged out like an inflated balloon. I would say that depending on what armour thickness the top side of this monster was to be would determine whether the Tallboy would go straight through it.  Keep in mind that the Lancaster couldn't get to the altitude that Wallis had designed the bomb to be dropped at, it wasn't until they started testing with a B-29 that the bombs were reaching the speeds that they were designed for.
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: PR19_Kit on May 21, 2018, 10:24:21 am

It's been recorded that at least one Tallboy had a perfect hit on the Tirpitz (the last attack), but I can't remember if it went all the way through.


IIRC it did, and exploded underneath the stern, wrecking the steering gear and props too. But then more of them either hit or near-missed and did her in for good.
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: Martin H on June 05, 2018, 02:37:26 pm
Still a few bits to do, but almost there with this bit of Tallboy bait.

(https://imageshack.com/a/img922/6475/r4vgQK.jpg)

(https://imageshack.com/a/img924/5337/EKIdar.jpg)

(https://imageshack.com/a/img922/8173/h3bO9a.jpg)

Yes its in the scheme some of the Kriegs Marine capital ships wore early in the war. Thats because it's crew are all ex KM Surface fleet, and treat their new mount as a ship not an AFV! Not far of the mark when you think about it. Its a land based monitor after all  :mellow:
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: zenrat on June 06, 2018, 03:11:20 am
Woo yeah!
 :thumbsup:
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: Dizzyfugu on June 06, 2018, 03:36:38 am
OMG, this thing is HUGE...  :blink:
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: NARSES2 on June 06, 2018, 06:20:50 am
OMG, this thing is HUGE...  :blink:

Yup, even Teddy looks gobsmacked  :o

Love the idea of it being in Kreigs Marine colours  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: The Chaos on June 25, 2018, 01:24:20 am
Ja big Land ship have you build i like it  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: Weaver on June 25, 2018, 02:00:04 am
Camouflage-wise, I'd be inclined to paint it brick red with lots of little grey rectangles...
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: Dizzyfugu on June 25, 2018, 03:05:21 am
At its size you can rather paint a complete small village on its flanks...  ;D
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: zenrat on June 25, 2018, 03:16:40 am
At its size you can rather paint a complete small village on its flanks...  ;D

With a meadow on the top side complete with grazing cattle, a babbling brook and a milkmaid.

Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: Martin H on July 30, 2018, 09:01:06 am
Time for something a little smaller than the Ratte. A lot smaller!

And in keeping with RAF 100...............................

Introducing the Westland Puma HAR mk-2, of D flight 202 sqn. RAF Lossimouth 1994.
(https://imageshack.com/a/img923/9829/bCBYaf.jpg)
As you can see some scrote from the Fleet Air Arm has defaced the markings on the cabin door.................................

This one started as a little light work to keep me occupied while displaying at the Small space sci fi model show at the start of July.
The next pic shows how far I got with it while at the show.
(https://imageshack.com/a/img924/9560/VHQEuV.jpg)
As you can see its an old Airfix kit with a resin/white metal conversion set from Whirlybird.

Here it is a few days later at the local model club meet.
(https://imageshack.com/a/img924/6013/81tzQc.jpg)
The Intakes and sand filters are resin clones of the parts in the Heller boxing of the Airfix kit. The winch is from an Italeri Couger kit (the Swedish SAR boxing).
Yes, that is a super Puma in the back ground more on that when its finished................
The basic configuration for this build is the same as the now retired Portuguese SAR Puma's

And once its had a few hours in the spray booth.
(https://imageshack.com/a/img921/9806/vo17zG.jpg)
Paint wise, the Yellow is CJ aerosols BS 365 Golden yellow (Aka RAF SAR Yellow), the black is Halford satin black primer, the rest is mainly Lifecolor acrylics.

This how she appeared after a short session at work on Sunday 22nd.
(https://imageshack.com/a/img921/517/w2UpVi.jpg)

And now once the decals are on..............
(https://imageshack.com/a/img924/2482/AQg3U3.jpg)

(https://imageshack.com/a/img922/8930/yEUlNo.jpg)
The decals came from a new Xtradecal Seaking sheet. It keeps the Seaking HAR-2 serial as well, as if the RAF went for Puma's for the SAR role they wouldn't have had the Seakings...................
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: PR19_Kit on July 30, 2018, 09:19:35 am
Nice one OGL, that looks the part very well.  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: zenrat on July 31, 2018, 04:55:55 am
Like it.  Very good.
 :thumbsup:
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: NARSES2 on July 31, 2018, 06:36:18 am
Still on this helicopter thing I see  ;D

That looks really good mate  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: Dizzyfugu on July 31, 2018, 07:02:17 am
Nice Puma!  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: Thorvic on July 31, 2018, 09:27:57 am
Wasn't me, might think it  :wacko: but didn't do it  ;)
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: TheChronicOne on July 31, 2018, 09:35:04 am
Very nice! Some great paint work!
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: Martin H on July 31, 2018, 11:31:00 am
Wasn't me, might think it  :wacko: but didn't do it  ;)

Prove it!  ;D ;D ;D :wacko:

Yes still on the helicopters. they are easier to move around gate houses when working on them on Nights or weekend shifts.
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: Thorvic on July 31, 2018, 11:27:03 pm
Wasn't me, might think it  :wacko: but didn't do it  ;)

Prove it!  ;D ;D ;D :wacko:

Yes still on the helicopters. they are easier to move around gate houses when working on them on Nights or weekend shifts.

Now why do I get the feeling such actions are done with chopper sound effects when nobody's looking  ;D
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: NARSES2 on August 01, 2018, 06:24:43 am
Wasn't me, might think it  :wacko: but didn't do it  ;)

Prove it!  ;D ;D ;D :wacko:

Yes still on the helicopters. they are easier to move around gate houses when working on them on Nights or weekend shifts.

Now why do I get the feeling such actions are done with chopper sound effects when nobody's looking  ;D

 ;D ;D ;D
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: Martin H on August 01, 2018, 11:18:14 am
Wasn't me, might think it  :wacko: but didn't do it  ;)

Prove it!  ;D ;D ;D :wacko:

Yes still on the helicopters. they are easier to move around gate houses when working on them on Nights or weekend shifts.

Now why do I get the feeling such actions are done with chopper sound effects when nobody's looking  ;D

 ;D ;D ;D

im sayin nuthin  :rolleyes: :mellow:
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: Martin H on September 30, 2018, 12:21:15 pm
A little fixed wing thing this time............
(https://imageshack.com/a/img924/28/UJwNpV.jpg)
This is the Spitfire Rammer "Panic fighter" from Lonewulf. Its a compleat kit. However I replaced the undercarrage and the prop with those from a scrap old tool Airfix Spitfire Ia.
(https://imageshack.com/a/img924/648/7Wmasu.jpg)
I started this one must be two years ago now. There were several issues that caused me to loose interest, mainly to do with the paint job.
It finaly found its way off the shelf of doom back into the spay booth earlier in the summer and achived "close enougth for Government work" status.
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: TheChronicOne on September 30, 2018, 12:30:45 pm
Loooooove to see some resurrected builds coming to completion.


Quite the nutty contraption, there!!!  Great work!
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: Martin H on September 30, 2018, 12:49:33 pm
Another Spitfire. This time an Airfix PRXIX built OOB (ish)
(https://imageshack.com/a/img921/4571/j7wtZz.jpg)
Yes Royal Rhodesian Air Force.
Why? Because I could. Only for TSRjoe to mention a ref that they wanted them with the mk22's that they did have.
This build was a gate house special, built over a few night shifts. It then sat on the shelf of doom for a few months fully painted, while I worked out who's markings it was going to get.
Its got the later style RRAF roundle with the single assegai as if they lasted well into the 1960's
You may well see a theme developing here sortly.......................
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: PR19_Kit on September 30, 2018, 01:46:45 pm
Good stuff there OGL, the Rammer is exceptional!  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: The Wooksta! on September 30, 2018, 01:51:26 pm
Rhodesian PR19?  Been there, done that...

(https://scontent-lht6-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/fr/cp0/e15/q65/38029634_2144457145770410_1826870927833432064_o.jpg?_nc_cat=104&efg=eyJpIjoidCJ9&oh=436a443e0b4e97d184e5bf03dcd55770&oe=5C4FFB06)
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: PR19_Kit on September 30, 2018, 02:13:06 pm
But yours is silver..........  ;D
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: The Wooksta! on September 30, 2018, 03:13:50 pm
I did a PRU Blue one in the earlier markings, and there's two unfinished in both PRU Blue overall and a two tone scheme over PRU Blue.  Both need serials so I may come knocking in a few weeks for some custom decals for them and several other things!

I can't find anything in Air Britain's Spitfire International on Rhodesia wanting PR19s - it does mention Egypt wanting PRXIs and FRXVIIIs - and for my money, the scheme Martin's gone for is too late for anything delivered to Rhodesia as they got their Spitfires in late '51 (incidentally, the F22s they got wore a very light grey and not the aluminium scheme so often depicted).  The Thai PR19s did wear that scheme as they were from ex RAF stocks and delivered in 57, I think.
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: Weaver on October 01, 2018, 01:36:27 am
Like all of those, especially the SAR Puma. :thumbsup:

Funnily enough, I was just toying with the opposite concept: the Anglo-French helo deal falls through, so the RAF gets Commandos/Sea Kings in place of ALL it's Pumas.
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: NARSES2 on October 01, 2018, 06:37:25 am
Very neat Martin  :thumbsup:

Now don't ask me why, but for some reason my brain thinks that Spitfire Rammer should of been in that Dr Who episode that involved Spitfires in space ! No idea why, just put it down to the nights getting longer  :banghead: ;)
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: TheChronicOne on October 01, 2018, 07:13:32 am
That's one of my favorite episodes. That whole arc was fun.
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: Martin H on October 01, 2018, 03:14:37 pm
I did a PRU Blue one in the earlier markings, and there's two unfinished in both PRU Blue overall and a two tone scheme over PRU Blue.  Both need serials so I may come knocking in a few weeks for some custom decals for them and several other things!

I can't find anything in Air Britain's Spitfire International on Rhodesia wanting PR19s - it does mention Egypt wanting PRXIs and FRXVIIIs - and for my money, the scheme Martin's gone for is too late for anything delivered to Rhodesia as they got their Spitfires in late '51 (incidentally, the F22s they got wore a very light grey and not the aluminium scheme so often depicted).  The Thai PR19s did wear that scheme as they were from ex RAF stocks and delivered in 57, I think.

Whos to say they wouldnt have repainted em later on......................................
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: The Wooksta! on October 01, 2018, 04:05:32 pm
True, but the Med Sea Grey uppers are designed to hide over the haze of northern Europe, not a tropical or semi desert nation like Rhodesia.  More likely they'd either be stripped back to the bare metal (see above) or go to a dark earth/dark green upper scheme such as the scheme worn by the F22s in their later lives.  That's one I've got to finish...

But look at the RAF PR stuff in Malaya - that's in the MSG/PRU Blue scheme.  Yes, but these have been rotated in from Europe, whereas most aircraft in the Malayan theatre - not too dis-similar terrainwise to Rhodesia - ended up in a silver dope scheme.  The last Mosquito flight, RAAF Lincolns, RAF Hornets, etc.  All silver.
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: Martin H on October 02, 2018, 01:02:43 am
to quote the honrable member for Tyneside North.

Quote
MFM
  ;D ;D ;D ;D :mellow:
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: Martin H on October 26, 2018, 12:54:35 pm
OK. Back to Helicopters again........................................... :wacko:

First up is a hanger queen that's been sitting around since December last year.

(https://imageshack.com/a/img922/7396/51UfWk.jpg)
(https://imageshack.com/a/img921/1113/k1yVw6.jpg)
A Merlin HC-3 as per the original wooden mock up that was used in a lot of the promo photos Westlands did back in the late 80's / early 90's.
Its in the late 1990's raf cammo scheme for choppers. And is wearing 33 sqn markings.
Italeri Kit with model decal decals and mainly Hataka paints.

Next a fresh of the work bench 4 day build.
(https://imageshack.com/a/img923/1182/56zvLc.jpg)
(https://imageshack.com/a/img924/9775/NUqwv5.jpg)
Westland Seaking mk-25, operating in the anti shipping role off the Dutch carrier Karel Doorman (the 4th and only non British built Invincible class VTOL carrier) around 2005. Revell kit with decals robbed from various Lynx UH-14 kits and a Modledecal set. The penguins are from a Hasegawa weapons set. Gunze sanyo and Life color paints all the way on this one. There may well be a Dutch SeaHarrier joining this bird in due course...................

Last one is another hanger queen from earleir in the year.
(https://imageshack.com/a/img924/8323/KdB7So.jpg)
(https://imageshack.com/a/img924/3187/ZrIcSX.jpg)
A westland-Sikorsky WS-70 Seahawk HAS-2 of 815NAS operating off HMS Richmond in 2000.
Italeri SH-60B kit built OOB, A horrible kit to build. with hobbyboss Lynx HMA8 decals. Any other H-60's I build will be either Hobbyboss, Hasegawa or Fujimi kits!
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: TheChronicOne on October 26, 2018, 01:34:27 pm
Those look great, bud!!!   HC-3 is my fav.  :lol:
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: PR19_Kit on October 26, 2018, 01:44:24 pm

Westland Seaking mk-25, operating in the anti shipping role off the Dutch carrier Karel Doorman (the 4th and only non British built Invincible class VTOL carrier) around 2005.......................There may well be a Dutch SeaHarrier joining this bird in due course...................


Oh very good!  :thumbsup: ;D ;)

Should we expect a model of the Karel Doorman (from the Airfix Invincible of course) at some stage?
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: Martin H on October 26, 2018, 02:16:43 pm
Should we expect a model of the Karel Doorman (from the Airfix Invincible of course) at some stage?

Not from Me LOL. I dont usualy build floating targets.................
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: Weaver on October 26, 2018, 02:37:30 pm
Yeah I like the Sea King too. Penguins make a lot of sense for the Dutch. The Germans used 4 x Sea Skuas on their Sea Kings, but then they had to deal with flocks of missile/torpedo boats in the Baltic and up the Norwegian coast, so the more rounds, the merrier. The Dutch tended to concentrate on Atlantic operations, where they'd be dealing with larger ships, so the bigger warhead and longer range of the Penguin would be more use.

Mind you, you could carry Exocets on Sea Kings...
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: PR19_Kit on October 26, 2018, 04:00:25 pm

Mind you, you could carry Exocets on Sea Kings...


And Sea Eagles....
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: NARSES2 on October 27, 2018, 01:54:25 am
Very, very nice Martin  :thumbsup:

Masking in particular is extremely neat
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: Nick on November 29, 2018, 01:39:46 am
I've always wondered how you paint helicopters with open cabin doors. Surely when you spray the body the paint must blow into the cabin so it would cover the interior so then you need to get in there with a brush - very fiddly. Or is there a way to plug the doorway when coating the outside?
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: zenrat on November 29, 2018, 01:48:51 am
Having painted and detailed the interior before putting the fuselage halves together I put tape around the doorway perpendicular to the outside surface.  I then plug the hole in the middle with a piece of sponge.  This keeps the paint out.
I'm not sure if I made myself clear explaining that but a similar technique (albeit with a smaller opening) can be seen on the cockpit of this I-16.
(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4896/32214315218_d27792106e_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/R5EMzU)Geebeeski WIP 28-11-2018 (https://flic.kr/p/R5EMzU) by Fred Maillardet (https://www.flickr.com/photos/156376527@N06/), on Flickr
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: kitnut617 on November 29, 2018, 05:32:22 am
. Or is there a way to plug the doorway when coating the outside?

Umm! temporarily put the door in the hole   :-\
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: NARSES2 on November 29, 2018, 06:21:51 am
. Or is there a way to plug the doorway when coating the outside?

Umm! temporarily put the door in the hole   :-\

Yup, suitably masked of course. You can usually use the tape to temporarily attach it as well  :thumbsup:

Mind you as I still brush paint it's not a problem I often have to face
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: Rheged on November 29, 2018, 09:29:35 am
. Or is there a way to plug the doorway when coating the outside?

Umm! temporarily put the door in the hole   :-\

Yup, suitably masked of course. You can usually use the tape to temporarily attach it as well  :thumbsup:

Mind you as I still brush paint it's not a problem I often have to face

The brotherhood of the hairy stick is (thankfully) still alive and flourishing.
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: Martin H on November 29, 2018, 12:32:34 pm
I've always wondered how you paint helicopters with open cabin doors. Surely when you spray the body the paint must blow into the cabin so it would cover the interior so then you need to get in there with a brush - very fiddly. Or is there a way to plug the doorway when coating the outside?

Deluxe products "tackywax" is your friend there. It helps with a temporay way to tack the door inplace for painting............
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: Thorvic on November 29, 2018, 11:30:31 pm
I've always wondered how you paint helicopters with open cabin doors. Surely when you spray the body the paint must blow into the cabin so it would cover the interior so then you need to get in there with a brush - very fiddly. Or is there a way to plug the doorway when coating the outside?

Paint round the door frame in the colour you are doing the airframe then tack the door in place using maskol. seals the hole allows the door to match the fuselage around it and then it can be popped off and the maskol removed. Simples.
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: Martin H on November 30, 2018, 06:21:03 am
I've always wondered how you paint helicopters with open cabin doors. Surely when you spray the body the paint must blow into the cabin so it would cover the interior so then you need to get in there with a brush - very fiddly. Or is there a way to plug the doorway when coating the outside?

Paint round the door frame in the colour you are doing the airframe then tack the door in place using maskol. seals the hole allows the door to match the fuselage around it and then it can be popped off and the maskol removed. Simples.

That as well........
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: Nick on November 30, 2018, 10:59:31 am
I've always wondered how you paint helicopters with open cabin doors. Surely when you spray the body the paint must blow into the cabin so it would cover the interior so then you need to get in there with a brush - very fiddly. Or is there a way to plug the doorway when coating the outside?

Paint round the door frame in the colour you are doing the airframe then tack the door in place using maskol. seals the hole allows the door to match the fuselage around it and then it can be popped off and the maskol removed. Simples.
Quote from: Martin H
Deluxe products "tackywax" is your friend there. It helps with a temporay way to tack the door inplace for painting............

Thank you chaps, it makes sense now. I could always use a piece of card or styrene if I don't have the door. Do you think that blu-tack would work instead of tackywax or maskol?
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: Old Wombat on November 30, 2018, 08:50:59 pm
Only if you're using acrylics & it can still take a bit to clean up, sometimes.
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: NARSES2 on December 01, 2018, 02:19:45 am
Only if you're using acrylics & it can still take a bit to clean up, sometimes.

Agree. Blue Tack can be very useful, but little bits of it can hang on rather tenaciously. So be prepared to spend some time with a sharp cocktail stick

Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: Mossie on December 04, 2018, 01:59:27 am
Me too, I used to use it for landing gear wells but it's a b*gger to get out of fine details.  One trick is to use a larger blob of blu-tack to remove stubborn bits with a rolling, dabbing or rubbing motion.  You can tease it into a point to get into trickier to reach bits.
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: Tophe on December 10, 2018, 10:17:47 pm
Belated congratulations for the (beautiful) Spitfire Rammer! May I photopaint it into a Zwilling Twin-Rammer?
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: Martin H on December 11, 2018, 07:09:20 am
Belated congratulations for the (beautiful) Spitfire Rammer! May I photopaint it into a Zwilling Twin-Rammer?


No problem Tophe :D
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: Tophe on December 11, 2018, 09:52:41 am
Thanks!:
(http://www.kristofmeunier.fr/Twin-Spitfire-Rammer.jpg)
For a suicide fighter, a two-seater is more efficient, avoiding false bailing out pretending of an engine jam without witness... :-\
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: Martin H on December 29, 2018, 02:36:26 pm
There may well be a Dutch SeaHarrier joining this bird in due course...................

Ho hum, well I did say that didnt I....................... ;)

(https://imageshack.com/a/img921/9039/SqR91u.jpg)
(https://imageshack.com/a/img924/50/dJKnbM.jpg)
(https://imageshack.com/a/img921/8035/Bm1iej.jpg)
(https://imageshack.com/a/img923/6669/soh8MW.jpg)
(https://imageshack.com/a/img923/5852/pQhj6q.jpg)

A Hasegawa SHAR that i picked up 2nd hand in a bag and no instructions. Built OOB, bar the Model alliance Orpheus recci pod. (shortened by 10mm to fit the centreline).
Paint work is Gunze sanyo, and decals from the spares box.

Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: TheChronicOne on December 29, 2018, 02:58:50 pm
Pass the Dutchie!!!   :mellow: :mellow: :thumbsup: :thumbsup:
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: Hobbes on December 30, 2018, 04:00:43 am
Very nice, I wish we'd replaced the Karel Doorman with an Invincible class in the 1970s instead of giving up on carriers.
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: Martin H on December 30, 2018, 10:29:03 am
and another done........................

This one started after finding a DHC pamphlet on the Twin Otter for the RAF at SMW this year.
(https://imageshack.com/a/img924/520/7LfG6c.jpg)

One of the pages shows proposed armament options.
(https://imageshack.com/a/img921/2813/CJpCh7.jpg)

Que a lot of brain storming between me, Geoff and Joe...................
Geoff started nailing a Matchbox/Revell kit togeather for an un armed version, while I ordered a load of AS11 Anti tank missiles from Shapeways for a tooled up version. I realy wanted six to match the artwork, but settled on four as they were priced at £8 a pair plus shipping.
(https://imageshack.com/a/img921/6533/a7GHcn.jpg)

In the end we ended up with this.....
(https://imageshack.com/a/img923/3628/qBfBbJ.jpg)

a better shot of the things that go "Woosh! Bang!"
(https://imageshack.com/a/img923/5325/qDllBe.jpg)

And now the question of why 6sqn? Simple I wanted to insult a fighter squadron by down gradeing them to a light but tooled up trash hauler outfit, and seeing as its lugging anti tank missiles the flying can openers it is............... :angel:

This was a Revell boxing of the Matchbox kit, The tooling hasnt aged to well. There was a fair bit of cleaning up to be done while building.
Paint is a mix of CJ aerosol rattle cans and Gunze sanyo. Decals are a mix from the spares box.

some other pics of this beast
(https://imageshack.com/a/img921/271/nX8MUA.jpg)
(https://imageshack.com/a/img922/1549/C9wlxK.jpg)
(https://imageshack.com/a/img922/2590/7qPLjf.jpg)
(https://imageshack.com/a/img923/5665/5jWiz9.jpg)

There may be another one of these from me with the cheek mounted Zunni pods in the new year.


Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: kitnut617 on December 30, 2018, 11:12:07 am
Nice one Martin, that's quite a find about the RAF requirement (or was it just a proposal)
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: Martin H on December 30, 2018, 11:53:28 am
Nice one Martin, that's quite a find about the RAF requirement (or was it just a proposal)

I suspect it was just a proposal from DHC.

And now for what is going to be my last 2018 build. And its back to where the year started. A furious palm tree............

The Westland 532 Couger HC-1, of the Army Air Corps. Dated around about now.
(https://imageshack.com/a/img921/7696/SmKW1v.jpg)
(https://imageshack.com/a/img922/2994/I1yUMo.jpg)
(https://imageshack.com/a/img922/6195/mIKzbA.jpg)
An Italeri kit build OOB with a noticable deliberate omission. (lets see who spots it first)
This one was started along side the RAF SAR Puma I did back in the summer. But it stalled as I kind of lost interest in it untill yesterday............
This idea is a stripped out Army combat assult chopper to carry an infantry section into action. Something the Army currently has to look to the RAF to do for them.
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: kitbasher on December 30, 2018, 12:05:14 pm
God stuff, Martin, thanks for sharing.
RAF Twin Otter? Why not - a Twin Pioneer replacement perhaps.
As for the Cougar, the main undercart is sans sponsons, going all Lynx AH9 on us.
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: NARSES2 on December 31, 2018, 05:46:49 am
Neat pair Martin  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: Freightdog862 on January 19, 2019, 02:59:34 am
Great Twin Otter Martin.
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: Weaver on January 19, 2019, 03:48:26 am
I like the Cougar: that's very credible, and I always thought the right solution for the RAF/AAC was to slowly replace the Puma with Cougars on a squadron-by-squadron basis during the 1990s.
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: Martin H on March 11, 2019, 12:49:56 pm
Right I know its March, but heres the first few builds I've finnished for 2019..................

First up a hanger queen thats been sulking on my shelf of doom for 2-3 years,
Fairchild Argus Mk-1, of the Royal Rhodesian Airforce. from the late 1950's, early 1960's
(https://imagizer.imageshack.com/img924/9707/oNZtwE.jpg)
(https://imagizer.imageshack.com/img921/1844/NWZqyq.jpg)
This is an old Lagato kit. Originaly it was going to be a real world Thai airforce bird. But as you do when building I got bored half way through and put it to one side.
Then I got interested in the Rhodesian bush war. And after a little dig around the old interweb I found a guy in South Africa who does his own range of decals covering a multitude of African subjects including plenty of Rhodesian subjects. Mav decals is the name. Click here (https://www.mavdecals.co.za/) to see the web site. These are laser printed and need a coat of varnish before using so I used the fairchild as the test bed for the decals, hence why the Thai option went the way of the dodo. Must say the decals went on well, and I was quite impressed with them.

Still on the Rhodesian kick...................Onther hanger queen, dating from last summer.
Rhodesian Airforce Swift FR-5, circa the early 1970's
(https://imagizer.imageshack.com/img924/807/da1Kat.jpg)
(https://imagizer.imageshack.com/img923/5923/eRpiC9.jpg)
Airfix kit built OOB bar the paint job. Decals lifted from an Xtradecal export Hunter sheet.

third Rhodie build.............
(https://imagizer.imageshack.com/img922/1573/3dBGVA.jpg)
(https://imagizer.imageshack.com/img922/1050/vCN95n.jpg)
Dornier Do27. A Huma kit built OOB, Again in the UDI era markings for the Rhodesian Airforce. The decals are from Mav decals.

Forth...............
another Dornier.
(https://imagizer.imageshack.com/img921/6687/E99bep.jpg)
(https://imagizer.imageshack.com/img921/6528/Q0y4Xe.jpg)
This is the Revell boxing of yee oldee matchbox Skyservent kit. Colors and decals are as per the Do27. The eagled eyed amoung you may spot the tail wheel is a bit meater than the normal kit one. Blame the carpet monster! Im saying the Rhodesians fitted heavier units to better withstand the bush conditions these birds would have been subject to.....................Im also thinking that the spatted main gear would almost certainly have earned the skyservent the kickname of the Stuka! I know its not a Junkers, but its German so to airman it would be close enougth.

And finaly. Another swift.
(https://imagizer.imageshack.com/img921/6738/KYoVbI.jpg)
(https://imagizer.imageshack.com/img922/4939/oTzyyl.jpg)
Swift F mk-4 of the Chilian Airforce.
Airfix FR-5 with an Allycat F-4 conversion. I say Allycat as they do the set now, This one came from Colin when he issued it for a short while.
This one was started a few months before the Rhodie FR-5, and wasnt that easy a conversion to work with. Ive manged to hide most of the crimes on top, but it shows under close inspection of the underside. This one has had a change of end user as well. It was originaly going to be Swiss, then I was going down the Rhodesian road, then finaly settled on Chile yesterday. Decals from the same Hunter sheet at the scheme used on the FR-5

Group shot.
(https://imagizer.imageshack.com/img924/3835/ornzVM.jpg)


Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: kitnut617 on March 11, 2019, 02:06:27 pm
Martin, you might want to check out Aircraft in Miniature's website, Neil Gaunt does a lot of Rhodesian decal schemes. He's originally from there apparently ---
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: TheChronicOne on March 11, 2019, 07:16:59 pm
Quite nice, thank you! Love them Rhodesians.
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: Thorvic on March 12, 2019, 12:48:45 am
Nice work  :thumbsup:, so how many are you going to finish today  ;)
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: scooter on March 12, 2019, 03:44:19 am
And the U-Wing?  Who's colours is that getting? :wacko:
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: Martin H on March 12, 2019, 04:39:28 am
And the U-Wing?  Who's colours is that getting? :wacko:


Havent decided that yet  :wacko:
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: NARSES2 on March 12, 2019, 07:36:17 am
Neat collection Martin, particularly like the Argus  :thumbsup:

Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: Martin H on March 30, 2019, 02:06:11 pm
Three more finished.................

First up an Dassault MD322 Flamant of the Royal Rhodeasian Airforce from the mid 1960's
(https://imagizer.imageshack.com/img924/1438/5npLIC.jpg)
(https://imagizer.imageshack.com/img921/5800/TmF9vL.jpg)
(https://imagizer.imageshack.com/img923/6061/S4mdg4.jpg)
This is an Azur kit built OOB. Yes the As11 ASM's came with the kit. These things were used in the coin roll by the French in Algeria. Even thou they are realy nav trainers and light transports.
When I first saw the kit a few years back at Telford it just screamed Rhodeasian at me........... I started this at the same time as two Dorniers that are shown in my last post. This being a short run kit it needed more TLC while building.
You can see by the little prop under the trailing edge that this thing is a tail sitter.....even with 40-50 grams of lead under the cockpit floor. Size wise the Flamant is about the same as a Pembroke or Twin Otter. I have two more of these in the stash. Another MD311, and a MD315 light transport, with a solid nose.

Next a pair of Hanger queens.
Time to head Down under.
(https://imagizer.imageshack.com/img921/4937/7wEorg.jpg)
(https://imagizer.imageshack.com/img924/782/4Hg79v.jpg)
Vought F-8H Crusader of the RAN.
This was an old Ecsi kit that I started and got bored with about three years ago. I dug it out yesterday and started to throw paint at it. I couldn't quite make up my mind while painting it, would be a real world build or a whif? Then Geoff / Thorvic planted the RAN seed in my head, so here it is.................

And last but by no means least.......A Kiwi.
(https://imagizer.imageshack.com/img923/8825/Ki7le9.jpg)
(https://imagizer.imageshack.com/img921/7037/2D0Esm.jpg)
Cessna A-37B Dragon fly of the RNZAF.............
I cant remember when this one got started, must be at least 6 years ago. Its an old Hasegawa kit with a few missing small parts that I picked up 2nd hand. I used it this weekend as a test bed for some MRP acrylic paints that I bought to try out at the Bolton show. The kit had no decals so an old set from a matchbox strikemaster sorted that out.........
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: PR19_Kit on March 30, 2019, 04:05:49 pm
LOVE that Flamant, it looks really good with those AS11s under the wings, however incongruous they seem at first glance.  :thumbsup:

And the two 'Down Under' jets are good too, that A-37 looks like it flew all the way from the US non-stop with all those drop tanks!  :o
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: zenrat on March 30, 2019, 05:22:19 pm
Good work Martin.  I particularly like the Dassault.

FYI according to what I have read on the F-8 when the wing is up then the slats and flaps are down.
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: NARSES2 on March 31, 2019, 06:22:51 am
Really nice stuff Martin, but I do really like the Flamant even though at first glance it does look incongruous with the AS-11's  :thumbsup: :thumbsup:

See you seem to work in 3's like me ?
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: Martin H on March 31, 2019, 06:32:06 am
FYI according to what I have read on the F-8 when the wing is up then the slats and flaps are down.
The flaps down a little. As for the slats. They wernt molded on the kit. Other wise they would be there............
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: kitnut617 on March 31, 2019, 08:36:32 am
FYI according to what I have read on the F-8 when the wing is up then the slats and flaps are down.
The flaps down a little. As for the slats. They wernt molded on the kit. Other wise they would be there............

There's an aftermarket outfit that makes a replacement wing with everything drooping down -- Wolfpack 
https://www.ebay.com/itm/Wolfpack-1-72-F-8-J-P-Crusader-Flap-Down-Set-for-Academy-Resin-Detail-WP72026-/141960076596
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: Martin H on April 17, 2019, 08:59:57 am
OK time for 2019 build number 8.............
And the first large aircraft for the year.

(https://imagizer.imageshack.com/img924/1680/tcVdjr.jpg)
Lockheed L400 Lightweight Hercules. of 40 sqn RNZAF around 1979.

(https://imagizer.imageshack.com/img924/2053/PIcLpi.jpg)
(https://imagizer.imageshack.com/img924/4939/S1QXKM.jpg)

A real Lockheed project for a "light weight" Hercules aimed mainly at the civilian market. Now had this model been built I suspect it would also have been of interest to the military market, possibly as a "cheaper" C-130 option. Hence the RNZAF markings...............
Italeri Kit with a suitable "cut and shut" job on the wings and reduced main gear, two wheels instead of the normal four. Yes Mr Spackman! I reduced the wing span on this one...............
MRP paints for the cammo, Lifecolor mainly for every thing else. Decals robbed from an Airfix boxing of the Italeri kit.
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: Tophe on April 17, 2019, 09:45:24 am
2 engines instead of 4? It seems so perfect I was not sure of my memories... ;) :thumbsup:
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: PR19_Kit on April 17, 2019, 11:05:36 am

 Yes Mr Spackman! I reduced the wing span on this one...............


WHAAAT? Shudder....................  :-\

The model look REALLY good though, most impressive.  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: The Wooksta! on April 17, 2019, 03:46:46 pm
"Well, I think it looks like a giant lavatory."

It's alreet, I'spose.  The lack of the two engines had me fooled for a moment.  "The old strange parcel routine."
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: NARSES2 on April 18, 2019, 07:08:41 am
Nice work Martin. Must admit I was thrown a little at first
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: kitnut617 on April 18, 2019, 09:06:01 am
Nice one Martin  :thumbsup:  I read about the two engine variant too ---
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: Mossie on April 18, 2019, 11:37:54 am
Great build Martin.  I'm so used to seeing four engines though that my brain can't quite recalibrate!
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: kerick on April 18, 2019, 12:48:20 pm
Two engines are just not enough power, put a third in the nose!! :wacko:
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: Martin H on April 19, 2019, 02:33:18 pm
Two engines are just not enough power, put a third in the nose!! :wacko:
In Best Yoda voice..............Think on this. I will!
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: Rheged on April 19, 2019, 02:54:28 pm
Two engines are just not enough power, put a third in the nose!! :wacko:

Some thought to this concept   I have given.

 Much depends on the engines in question.  If they are the bog-standard Allison T56 turboprops at 4,500 shp each, then perhaps a third is appropriate; but if one were to substitute Rolls Royce  RTy32 Tynes at about 8,400 shp each then two will probably suffice. That said, a trimotor Hercules would be an interesting machine.
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: kerick on April 19, 2019, 05:59:30 pm
At least a prop mounted in the nose will keep the pilots cool!
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: TheChronicOne on April 19, 2019, 05:59:55 pm
I like it! It's like a husky Transall.  :lol: :lol:
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: Scotaidh on April 22, 2019, 02:09:54 am
I thought at first that I was looking at a Transall - until I saw the nose.  :) 

By the bye, if you're going to put a third engine on it, why not do the BN Trislander thing and put the third engine on the fin?
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: scooter on April 22, 2019, 03:32:00 am
I like it! It's like a husky Transall.  :lol: :lol:

Its not husky, its big boned.  :wacko:
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: TheChronicOne on April 22, 2019, 07:31:18 am
I like it! It's like a husky Transall.  :lol: :lol:

Its not husky, its big boned.  :wacko:

I do love my BBWs!   (Big Boned Wings, of course.)  ;D
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: PR19_Kit on April 22, 2019, 08:02:03 am
I like it! It's like a husky Transall.  :lol: :lol:

Its not husky, its big boned.  :wacko:

I do love my BBWs!   (Big Boned Wings, of course.)  ;D


What ever else would we think you meant?  ;)
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: The Wooksta! on April 22, 2019, 08:15:20 am
He's into Dianne Abbott... God help him.
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: zenrat on April 23, 2019, 09:34:35 pm
He's into Dianne Abbott... God help him.

That's out of order,  you've gone too far...
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: Martin H on April 29, 2019, 01:57:34 pm
And time for two more Rhodesian's.

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Mirage IIIE in Rhodesian service. Rigged for ground pounding.
This one is based on a claim made by a news paper in a neighbouring country that the local Airforce had shot down a "Rhodesian Mirage" during one of the RhAF's many cross border air strikes. Apparently the reply from Sailbury was "If only! Just think what we could do if we did have the Mirage"
Revell kit with a mix of decals from various sources.

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Vautour IIB RRAF165 of 5sqn RRhAF as it alooked when it arrived in country on delivery from the factory in 1959.
What if the Rhodeasin's bought French rather than UK hardware? Prehaps the Vautour in place of the Canbera?
This idea was surgested by TSRjoe after he saw the pics of the Flamant, and a few more French types will possibly follow this one in due course.
The model is the Azur kit built OOB. with decals robbed from various sources. I can remember watching this kit coming off the moulding machine when I visited the MPM factory many moons ago. Ive finaly got around to building one!

Both builds finished in the run up to the Scots Nationals. Photos taken at that show last weekend.
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: TheChronicOne on April 29, 2019, 02:27:56 pm
Awesome!!!  Those look good.

And, I don't know who Dianne Abbot is. I guess that's probably a good thing.  ;D ;D
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: Martin H on April 29, 2019, 02:34:45 pm
And, I don't know who Dianne Abbot is. I guess that's probably a good thing.  ;D ;D

A British member of parliment.
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: TheChronicOne on April 29, 2019, 02:38:27 pm
 :thumbsup:  I have a hard enough time being sick to death of our own politicians.  ;D 🚽🤐
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: The Wooksta! on April 29, 2019, 03:32:10 pm
And, I don't know who Dianne Abbot is. I guess that's probably a good thing.  ;D ;D

A British member of parliment.

She's a thick leftie do-gooder with a fat arse and a superiority complex.  I recall the clueless bint arguing policy with some social worker on Newsnight - she was right, living in her Westminster bubble, whereas the social worker, who'd worked on the streets and knew the conditions, was wrong.  I detest the woman with a passion, even more so now I learn of her support for the IRA in the 1980s.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MWeKGFaK0Z8

Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: kerick on April 29, 2019, 08:52:57 pm
We have plenty of those here, male and female.
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: NARSES2 on April 30, 2019, 06:13:12 am
I do like the Vautour Martin  :thumbsup:

Makes me want to get one of mine out and build it  ;D I've had this half idea in my brain ever since they came out of what would have happened if the Brits and French had come to an agreement and the Canberra had been used by both airforces when altitude was required and the Vatour by both in more low level roles ? Never got around to finalising it for some reason ?
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: Scotaidh on April 30, 2019, 12:30:07 pm
And, I don't know who Dianne Abbot is. I guess that's probably a good thing.  ;D ;D

A British member of parliment.

Ah - I apparently confused her with Dawn French ...  :)
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: zenrat on May 01, 2019, 04:11:13 am
I do like the Vautour Martin  :thumbsup:

Makes me want to get one of mine out and build it  ;D I've had this half idea in my brain ever since they came out of what would have happened if the Brits and French had come to an agreement and the Canberra had been used by both airforces when altitude was required and the Vatour by both in more low level roles ? Never got around to finalising it for some reason ?

It does look good.
I also have one in the stash.  It might become South/Latin American.
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: NARSES2 on May 02, 2019, 06:13:22 am
And, I don't know who Dianne Abbot is. I guess that's probably a good thing.  ;D ;D

A British member of parliment.

Ah - I apparently confused her with Dawn French ...  :)

There really is no answer to that  :rolleyes: ;D
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: zenrat on May 02, 2019, 06:20:21 am
And, I don't know who Dianne Abbot is. I guess that's probably a good thing.  ;D ;D

A British member of parliment.

Ah - I apparently confused her with Dawn French ...  :)

There really is no answer to that  :rolleyes: ;D

I know which one i'd rather have round for tea.
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: NARSES2 on May 03, 2019, 06:34:02 am
I've actually met both
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: Rheged on May 03, 2019, 08:27:50 am
I've actually met both

Are you offering this as evidence for the prosecution or the defence?
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: NARSES2 on May 04, 2019, 02:04:32 am
I've actually met both

Are you offering this as evidence for the prosecution or the defence?

Well lets just say that in both cases my previously held views didn't change  ;)
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: Rheged on May 04, 2019, 02:03:26 pm
I've actually met both

Are you offering this as evidence for the prosecution or the defence?

Well lets just say that in both cases my previously held views didn't change  ;)

Chris, that is a very diplomatic answer!!
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: Martin H on June 09, 2019, 01:40:47 pm
ok time for a few more.............. :mellow:

In order of completion.
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Harrier T-10 for the Fleet Air Arm. Airfix kit that was started ages ago. Then sat part built in a box for 8-9 years. This one was realy finished in 2017, but I had missplaced the drop tanks, so it went back onto the shelf of doom. Then a few weeks ago the tanks reappeared....................Ok the back story for this is that when the RAF pulled the plug on the Harrier, the Navy manged to get the fleet transfered compleatly to their control. Not sold to the Americans as spares.....................................

(https://imagizer.imageshack.com/img924/6846/YgIgDI.jpg)
Lockheed C-130E-30. USAF military Airlift command in the 1970's.
A very old Airfix kit fitted with a stretch conversion from DB resins. Considering the conversion was made for the Airfix kit you would have thought it would fit. Like hell it does! Theres filler all over this bugger. This was another hanger queen, having been started around ten years ago. I lost the will to live with sorting out the fit issues with the resin plugs, so it sat gathering dust untill I had finished the L400 lightweight herk.
It was always going to be a USAF bird using the decals from a later boxing of the same kit. This one was going to be one I would try and sneak onto the USAF sig stand one day. As it happened it was one of three herks I took up for the Tyneside show and Haydn the USAF sig boss saw it on our stand and said he liked it, but god help us if it ever appeared on his stand! LOL

next

(https://imagizer.imageshack.com/img924/879/KG0e80.jpg)
Lightning F-6 of the RCAF. Based in the UK at RAF North Luffenum. Airfix kit started back in 2017, little bits and bobs were done with this over the last two years and it finaly got its decals on a few weeks ago. and today I dug out an old Hasegawa weapon for the Falcon's. In reality RAF North Luffenham had an RCAF Sabre wing based there, I think they were the last flying unit based there before it became a training station and overspill for Whittering and Cottesmore. So it fits to have a Canadian Lightning wing based there as well.................

(https://imagizer.imageshack.com/img923/7227/zMqiV3.jpg)
Vampire T-11 of 5FTS at Oakington in the early 1970's. Airfix kit built OOB apart from the paint job. Decals are OOB as well.
Assuming that the Vampire trainers lasted longer in the RAF than they did, some may have gained cammo.................

(https://imagizer.imageshack.com/img923/4889/Zqt7kR.jpg)
Hawk T1 of 764NAS based at Lossimouth 1978. Italeri kit with decals robbed from my decal stash and a Navy Hunter set.
This one was started around 6 years ago, but was put to one side and left semi built untill two weeks ago, I dusted it off and finished assembly at work.
I had forgotten what I was going to do with it in the first place, so after a short brain storming session with Geoff B. It was decided to go Navy.........then this afternoon as I was about to start decaling it, Geoff mentioned that the pic I sent him of the build minus decals screamed Irish Air Corps to him.........to late! I was going ahead with the Navy...................But an Irish Hawk might be added to my ideas list.
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: JayBee on June 09, 2019, 02:02:36 pm
Goodness Martin, you have been a busy person.  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: PR19_Kit on June 09, 2019, 02:29:35 pm
All of them look great OGL. I specially like the Navy T10 and the Hawk.  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: Martin H on June 09, 2019, 04:16:11 pm
Goodness Martin, you have been a busy person.  :thumbsup:
Just a bit Jim.
Thats 15 compleations since March 1st
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: Old Wombat on June 09, 2019, 05:41:52 pm
Nice little collection, there! :thumbsup:
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: zenrat on June 10, 2019, 04:33:16 am
I like the Herc.    :thumbsup:  I built and destroyed an Airfix (moulded in tan, with a bloodhound & landie) when a youth.  I'll build another one day.
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: Tophe on June 10, 2019, 04:38:45 am
My favorite is the twin-boom Vampire :thumbsup:
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: NARSES2 on June 10, 2019, 07:04:51 am

Thats 15 compleations since March 1st

What 1st March 2010 ? Flipping heck Martin that's some rate of build  :bow:

I particularly like the last pair of trainers, Hawk especially  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: PR19_Kit on June 10, 2019, 07:14:08 am
That DB conversion you used on the Herk is a real dog of a job, and later Flightpath took it on without changing anything and made the same assertion, that it was designed for the Airfix kit!  :o

I've been working on one for 5 yrs or more now, and as you say it's a REAL putty eater.  :banghead:
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: Martin H on June 10, 2019, 07:58:01 am
I like the Herc.    :thumbsup:  I built and destroyed an Airfix (moulded in tan, with a bloodhound & landie) when a youth.  I'll build another one day.

Funny you should mention the Tan plastic. Thats what this one was in. It was a 2nd hand buy, missing the landi and bloodhound. In fairness the kit on its own is quite good. the conversion was the PITA.
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: Martin H on June 10, 2019, 07:59:23 am

Thats 15 compleations since March 1st

What 1st March 2010 ? Flipping heck Martin that's some rate of build  :bow:

I particularly like the last pair of trainers, Hawk especially  :thumbsup:
A lot of em were part started builds taken off the shelf of Doom Chris.
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: zenrat on June 11, 2019, 05:41:06 am
I like the Herc.    :thumbsup:  I built and destroyed an Airfix (moulded in tan, with a bloodhound & landie) when a youth.  I'll build another one day.

Funny you should mention the Tan plastic. Thats what this one was in. It was a 2nd hand buy, missing the landi and bloodhound. In fairness the kit on its own is quite good...

Not the way 12 year old Fred built it.  I think i was still twisting parts off the sprues and working to the theory that the more glue I used the better it would be.
I certainly didn't paint it until after it was all put together and had the transfers in place.
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: NARSES2 on June 11, 2019, 06:27:34 am

Thats 15 compleations since March 1st

What 1st March 2010 ? Flipping heck Martin that's some rate of build  :bow:

I particularly like the last pair of trainers, Hawk especially  :thumbsup:
A lot of em were part started builds taken off the shelf of Doom Chris.

Still some rate of finishing Martin. I'm trying to slip one part started in with every two fresh starts and I'll still struggle to hit double figures in a year. And I'm retired !  ;D
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: kitnut617 on June 11, 2019, 08:18:26 am
That DB conversion you used on the Herk is a real dog of a job, and later Flightpath took it on without changing anything and made the same assertion, that it was designed for the Airfix kit!  :o

I've been working on one for 5 yrs or more now, and as you say it's a REAL putty eater.  :banghead:

I've got a project C-130 I'm about to start (soon-ish), and I'm going to use the -30 fuselage plugs. What's the issue with them please, so I can get a heads-up. I'm going to use an Italeri/Testors/Airfx boxing of the C-130.
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: PR19_Kit on June 11, 2019, 10:06:15 am
The cross-sections wrong at the base for a start. I wrote it up in my 'Virtually Whiffed Herk' thread back in 2012 here: https://www.whatifmodellers.com/index.php?topic=35417.0 (https://www.whatifmodellers.com/index.php?topic=35417.0)

I've made no progress on it so far as Dave's widow said she'd rather not have the model. I expect I'll finish it for me eventually, but it'll be a while.
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: kitnut617 on June 11, 2019, 10:44:26 am
Thanks Kit --- it looks like I was following your progress quite closely  :o  I had forgotten all about it  :rolleyes:
Title: Re: A little work in progress
Post by: PR19_Kit on June 11, 2019, 10:45:09 am

Thanks Kit --- it looks like I was following your progress quite closely  :o  I had forgotten all about it  :rolleyes:


So had I............  ;D ;)