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Aircraft Modeling / 1:48 P-38 'Droopsnoot'/F-5E
« on: December 06, 2011, 08:12:29 PM »
Information needed, particularly interior of camera bay/nacelle of Droopsnoot.


David :)

Aircraft Modeling / Airfix 1:72 P-47D to P-47B
« on: November 09, 2011, 02:12:18 PM »

Hello everyone!

As we know, my house is undergoing major building work, so whilst moving stuff about, this old kit turned up in a bag. I'm going to convert it into P-47B, used as a trainer in the USAAF. It looks pretty nice, just need to remove a section as the B was 1' shorter than the 'C' model. I've opened up the intercoolers, blanked off the ejector chutes, thinned out the cowling, dropped the flaps.

Next job after that is a cockpit interior -I'll use the Academy P-47D as a guide. Might replace the prop as well. I also need to make wheel wells. Rescribing should be relatively simple. There is also work to do after the cowling, need to make an exhaust both sides. Colour scheme is Olive Drab/Neutral Grey. Should make an interesting model.

Aircraft Modeling / 1:72 Rareplanes CW-21
« on: October 27, 2011, 04:11:37 PM »
Hello everyone!

Here's the dimunitive vacform of this little-known fighter, as described in the aircraft history section. It took about 40 mins to get this far using 80 grade for basic sanding and 400 grade for smoothing. Not bad, and the pictures show how it looks in general, just taped together.

It needs an engine, one from a B-17 will do, prop and undercarriage, plus a cockpit floor and some detailing, instrument panel etc.

Some of the kit parts are thinly drawn, especially the edges of the fuselage, but a bit of filler and plastic scrap should cure it. The cowling will keep the shape circular. It actually has quite nice surface detail, which, once primed, you'll probably see more of :)

There are a choice of schemes, but the best-known are the Dutch examples flown in Java against the Japanese. They were, like the rest of the Allied air units, wiped out. So, assuming I can find decals, Dutch it will be. The Chinese had them as well.

This and the Seafire I've mentioned, are only at the basic stage, so these threads might take a while. Hopefully they'll be good.

Aircraft Modeling / Seafire L.IIIc 1:48
« on: October 26, 2011, 07:47:29 PM »

Airfix 1:48 Spitfire Vb fuselage and Airfix 1:48 Seafire 17 folded wings, which should make a pretty accurate Seafire L.IIIc, as used in the Pacific. Prop is from the Seafire III, but the wings are really thick, although there are two sets spare. It also has the correct 6-stack exhausts (Merlin 55) and the arrestor hook.

The fuselage needs a few added bits, a strengthened radio hatch, stiffener plates on each side, and catapult plates as well. It will also need rescribing to match the wings.

The wing to fuselage gap will need some attention, but the cockpit bulkheads may help. If not, two sprue spreader bars will help, plus plastic card and some filler.

I also have the option of a slipper tank or centre-line 500lb bomb, from the ICM Spitfire VII 1:48 kit, plus wing racks for bombs, although I'm not sure if they were fitted.

It's only taped together, but interesting that with 30 years difference, the fit is pretty good, which says a lot about the quality of the original kit? I know that there are better models out there, but who's to say it can't hold it's own in 2011? The Seafire 17 is an astounding kit, recent Airfix stuff has certainly rivalled other manufacturers.

Aircraft Modeling / Tokyo-show 2011
« on: October 14, 2011, 01:15:46 PM »

Aircraft Modeling / Trumpeter F -7MG 1:48
« on: July 01, 2011, 10:38:02 PM »
Hi everyone, been given this kit with no decals, does anyone know of any decals for it and any general info on the kit? I know Bangladesh use them.



Aircraft Modeling / 1:32 Bf109G Hasegawa or Trumpeter
« on: June 16, 2011, 10:27:40 PM »
Good evening everyone!

I've never considered 1:32 modelling before, I'm a 1:72 and selected 1:48 modeller. However, if I was to build something in this scale, it would be a Bf109G/K.

Do any forum members have any suggestions about which kit is best in terms of value and accuracy? I'd probably do a late war Hungarian one or maybe Italian R.S.I.

All and any advice would be gratefully received.


Aircraft Modeling / Condor models 1:72 MiG-21 SMT/bis/21-93
« on: June 14, 2011, 12:14:50 AM »
Hello to everyone!

I wonder if any forum members have knowledge of these kits mentioned above? I think they look ok, but did anyone deepen the panel lines when they made them, if at all?

I also have their MiG-25PD in 1:72, which does look rather nice.

Any help would be gratefully received :)

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