1/72 AIRFIX FW-190

This is my take on the recent Airfix FW190 in 1/72
Brush painted with Lifecolor and Citadel\GW for exhaust panel and yellow under cowling, quickshine to gloss before decals then Lifecolor satin varnish and a bit of MIG cold grey wash to finish. Mottling is a but crap, sorry.
Had to make up a headrest after carpet monster ate the kit one; gun barrels and pitot replaced with brass tube from Albion Alloys after a few breakages during painting.
More here: http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/234948726-fw190/

1/72 AIRFIX APOLLO EAGLE

This is Airfix kit I built 6ish years ago as first effort on return to modelling after ‘children break’, inspired by the 40th Anniversary TV programs and a trip to Leicester Space Centre.
Kit instructions from 1990s release were rubbish as a painting reference, found some excellent resources on the internet though
Painted with ‘craft’ acrylics; gold foil from Rollos (a lot of research went into finding the right confectionery to provide the foil ….)
More here: http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/75999-apollo-11/

OO GAUGE AIRFIX STEPHENSONS ROCKET

Dapol build from ancient Kitmaster\Airfix etc mould
Not bad considering its age apart from the ‘working’ piston gear (mine got stuck up!)
Brush painted with Lifecolor and Citadel acrylics, mounted on a piece of old hornby track
More here: http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/77151-rocket/
Picture of real one is from National Rail Museum, York; well worth a visit

ARMY LAND ROVER DEFENDER

As Land Rover Defender production ends in Solihull thought I would share these pics taken at Shoreham Airshow in 2013, the LR was on show by Ricardo who have a site by the airport.
I took them for reference when I finally get around to doing the Airfix 1/48 ones I have in the loft

1/72 AIRFIX WILDCAT

Just finished this one, great little kit in 1/72 from Airfix
I’ve had to setup a temporary build area on top of an old dresser so I can stand up whilst modelling due to sciatica so have been doing stuff as simply a possible
All paint by brush, Lifecolor for grey\blue; Quickshine to gloss before decals, Lifecolor Matt Varnish then MIG cold grey enamel wash.
Seatbelts are a cheeky printout of Eduard colour etch cut out and glued in place, aerial is Eze-Line.
I was going to do the more colourful red striped tail version but the decals would not slip in between the rudder and tail (bunged up with paint I think).
Pics are a bit dull but will do some more when it’s bright outside.

1/25 AMT CHEVROLET CHEVELLE SS396

An old build from circa 1993, model is from an AMT kit with added details I built around 20 years ago.
Model inspired by the Bruce Springsteen song ‘Racing in the Street’ from the album ‘Darkness on the Edge of Town’.
Darkness on the Edge of Town
I got a sixty-nine Chevy with a 396
Fuelie heads and a Hurst on the floor
She’s waiting tonight down in the parking lot
Outside the Seven-Eleven store
Me and my partner Sonny built her straight out of scratch
And he rides with me from town to town
We only run for the money, got no strings attached
We shut ’em up and than we shut ’em down
The lyrics refer a specification of a 1969 model car with a 396-cubic-inch Chevrolet big-block engine, fuel injection and Hurst Performance transmission.

THUNDERBIRD 2

Found this old one in a dusty box last year
It’s a Comet Miniatures casting from circa 1989 I think, approx 6cm long so its very small. I think the tail was separate and recall drilling out the engines. Paint would have been Humbrol back in the day.
I might strip it and repaint, perhaps with some TLC to the engines.
I’ve also got a Space Shuttle with Crawler in same range still unassembled, may have to give that a go too.
More Here: http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/234982012-tb2

1/72 SPECIAL HOBBY BUCHON

Finally finished my Special Hobby 1/72 Buchon to go with my Airfix Spitfire (http://blog.cjhm.net/172-airfix-spitfire) from the 1969 Movie.
Kit and markings are as supplied by Special Hobby (also includes the Hurrismidt markings)
Build was a bit hit and miss, radiator\flap inserts didn’t fit at all so I hacked the kit parts to reduce their height and needed filler and fettling to fit.
Blue RLM 65 is Tamiya White and Light Blue mix with Lifecolor RLM02\71, all glossed with Tamiya then dirtied with MIG wash after final Matt Tamiya varnish.
Pilot is from a Revell set, he sits a bit low though ….
Eze-Line for the aerial and kit resin guns and exhausts to finish
Both Buchon and Spitfire have a tiny motor obtained on eBay, wired through a piece of aluminium tube into AAA battery box and switch hot glued inside coffee jar lid.