Anticipation! The Academy 1/144 Rockwell B-1B Lancer


I know I don’t usually make posts like this but I thought I would share the above video from one of my favourite model related Youtube channels with you. The channel is ScaleModelAircraft and if you like building things with wings I would highly recommend checking Dusan’s work out and giving him a Sub if your a regular Youtube user.

This kit is one I have been looking forward to since it was announced and Dusan’s build has really got me eagerly anticipating it’s release. As you will see from the video the kit has adjustable swing wings, bomb bays that can be built open or closed, paint masks for the canopy and Cartograf decal sheet covering 3 airframes.

It’s my understanding that this kit will also be re-boxed by Doyusha in Japan and have a different decal sheet included in their boxing. I am really looking forward to being able to pick up both boxing’s as it looks like a kit worthy of multiple builds.

So are there any kits you are looking forward to over the next 12 months? I love it when something gets announced that really peaks my interest. Makes me feel like a kid waiting for that birthday present you have been nagging your parents to buy since the day after your last birthday!

Primed and Ready


A little progress has been made on the Cobra again, I managed to finish the main part of the assembly and get some primer on her. It actually looks pretty good at first Glance this morning, can only see two small areas that will need any remedial work done prior to laying down the paint.

I did have one minor disaster though and thats the photetch mesh guards on the inside of the intakes, when i was trying to mask them off for primer one of them cant have been glue particularly well and came away and is now floating about inside the model. Most editions of the kit dont come with the photoetch parts anyway so I poked the other side in too in order to even it off.

In other news I have restarted to work on the stalled italeri Jaguar project I began, I am just doing little bits here and there in between working on the Cobra but expect an update on that project soon

Build Complete!


Well I am calling it done, there’s one or two things I would like
to have changed, for example I kind of wish I had modeled her in flight,
I have decided against weathering it as granted there’s not a vast
amount of images of them in this scheme but those that are seem to show
some pretty pristinely kept airframes, although should could probably
benefit from a very light panel wash in the future I dont have the right
colours so no point putting a dark one on for the sake of it as it
probably wouldnt look right.

All in all for a low budget kit that has risen from the ashes of the
failed Tan models project I think that its a great little kit, sure it
has its inaccuracies but so do a lot of kits that cost a hell of a lot
more than this ones £10 price tag and it really is a fun little kit to
build, the decal sheet is extensive and is great to work with, plenty of
options to build but the instructions probably could do with improving
to say the least

Slowly slowly!


Another quick shot of the F-5A from Tiger Hobbies. Flat Black’s applied, and the pic shows her waiting for decals. I actually made a start on them last night and they’re pretty good. The wing walkway outline broke up a bit but the stencils have all been easy to work with, they’re maybe using carrier film thats a touch thick for my liking but in general they’re pretty good. So much so I might actually keep the Turkish option to use on another F-5 I have planned.

Laying Down Some Paint!


Finally starting to look like an aircraft. Got the first paint down on her last night, I have used Revell Aqua’s Aluminium for this. I was going to pick out some panels with a different shade of metallic but I’m not sure if I should bother as the blue diamonds ships always seem to be spotless in the images I have seen.

Hurricane MKI complete!


Here are some photographs of the completed MKI Hurricane by Airfix in 1/72nd Scale. First of all I need to thank Mitch from Britmodeller for sending me a spare canopy after mine met with disaster through my own stupidity.

I think the brown colour is incorrect but I kind of like how it looked when it had dried so I left it instead of painting over. Painted using a mix of Tamiya and Revell Acrylics and Varnished with Windsor and Newton Matt on the top side of the aircraft. I hope you like it and if you have any suggestions for improvements they’ll be greatfully received.

Italeri 1/72 Jaguar GR1


So heres a quick look at the back of the box, which has on it some nice artwork of an alternative camouflage scheme for the Jaguar. It’s an early winter camo that was used during exercises in Norway I believe.

The actual aircraft represented in these images is not covered by the decal sheet, this is probably due to the fact this actual aircraft was involved in a fatal crash in the Scottish Borders so I am actually surprised they use the image at all.

This is the scheme I am planning to use on my Jaguar, it looks like I am going to have to paint the standard Grey/Green wrap around camouflage, then mask the required areas off and overspray flat white. The only thing I am not sure of is whether or not to decal the aircraft first then put the white on which is how the scheme is represented in these images.

Gnat ready for masking


Ok so it has been a while since I have posted any updates, its been hard to get time to do much at the bench over the last week or so and when I have been at the bench its seems I have spent an inordinate amount of time sorting out what should be minor issues. Anyway I finally got the Light Aircraft Grey on the Gnat, I am using enamels on this one rather than acrylics and this in itself has not been without issue but its done now and she is finally ready to be masked off for the Dayglo work to be done!

Goodies!


Look what the deliveryman brought me! Got them on the Airfix VE Day promotion on the Airfix website. Have to say I won’t hesitate to use them again. Purchase was a great buying experience, plenty of contact throughout, I even got a text and email this morning with a 1hr time slot the items would be delivered within and they arrived bang on time. Kits were well packed. The box was full of packing peanuts which I have emptied out to take the photo.

archiemcphee:

When faced with a basement crammed full of old cardboard boxes, Columbus, Ohio resident Thomas Richner turned what could’ve been a tedious housecleaning chore into a completely awesome project. 140 hours later he’d painstakingly created a 5-foot-long, spectacularly detailed cardboard model of the Millennium Falcon.

Sure, it would’ve taken far less time to simply recycle all that cardboard, but you know what?

“She may not look like much, but she’s got it where it counts, kid.”

Richner used photographs and drawings of of the original ship as references while he built up the cardboard structure. As he got farther along and into more detailed stages, he used a snap-together model kit and 1977 Millennium Falcon Kenner toy as additional references.

“Cleaned out most of those boxes in the basement and have a five foot Falcon to show for it! My wife is thrilled!”

Visit Thomas Richner’s Imgur project page for plenty more process photos.

[via The Visual News]