Dale Hutchinson’s 1/32 Hasegawa S-199 Conversion

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Agape forum member Dale Hutchinson (Hutch) shared his results on this awesome looking S-199 conversion. Great stuff Dale!

I really wanted to get this build done before the new year and I finally crossed the finished line.  At this summer’s Nats my goal was to pick up something unique and not really add that much to the stash.  My wife blessed me with a few dollars to splurge and I made a purchase that I rarely make.  I had always eyed the 1:32 Werner’s Wings S-199 conversion set, but the price of $75 made me hesitant.  I decided to make the plunge, so I chatted with the nice Werner’s Wings folks at the vendor table…they are really nice folks.

The base kit I used was the fine 1:32 Hasegawa Bf109G-14.  The Werner’s conversion set came with an entirely new nose piece and some great decal options.  I have to comment that the Werner’s resin was first rate…finely detailed and not brittle…surface was perfect.

As part of the conversion, I had to cut off the nose of the base kit. However, the resin nose fit was perfect. Additional aftermarket parts were some RB Productions fabric belts in the cockpit, and some Barracuda Wheels. I painted the model with MM RLM 02 and chose the Czech scheme.

I did make one annoying error….when I clamped the left wing I did it too tightly which compressed the wing…this resulted in poor fit with the resin nose. So the fit in this area was my fault and not the conversion set.

In conclusion, for my first experience with a full conversion of a kit I am very pleased. It was a fun build.

Readers’ Gallery: Mike Readers’ 1/72 Airfix Handley Page 0/400

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Mike Reader shared this long term project. It looks great Mike, no matter how long it took!

I am not the quickest of builders and this was no exception, it was supposed to be finished for the WW1 fellowship build 2 years ago. Anyway all is complete , all I added was the fishing line rigging, masking etch seat belts, some control lines for the radiator shutters and some wind driven fuel pumps. At this rate and course I should complete my model stash in about 78 years at present speed.

Readers’ Gallery: Andy Mason’s Hasegawa 1/32 F/A-18C

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Andy Mason shared this superb F-18. Great job as usual Andy!

This is Academy’s 1:32 F/A-18C with the following aftermarket parts:

  • Sierra Hotel Models seamless intakes
  • Black Box cockpit
  • Rhino Models exahusts and wheels
  • SuperScale decals
  • CAM resin GBU-32
  • G-Factor brass landing gear

Readers’ Gallery: Michael G’s Junkers Ju88 A-13 Special Build

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This model is a real treat to see! Michael did some amazing work on this cutaway Ju-88. Awesome stuff Michael!

This 1/48 project has been one undertaken in parts, depicting cutaway versions of wing and fuselage areas. The aircraft is presented in an inverted fashion, all detail fashioned and viewed from the aircraft underside. The inspiration is in part the Luftwaffe aircraft itself; the WB80 gun pod and its construction; and the cutaway vantage point from beneath. At the outset, I designed to depict an open wing/nacelle/landing gear structure for the port wing, and a whole wing (with retracted landing gear) depiction for the starboard wing. The fuselage would be openly viewed from tip to tail showing cockpit (without floor deck,) fuel tank bay, bomb compartment, aft-ward mechanical gear and tailwheel assembly (partially retracted.)

The  wing and stab parts are from a Ju88 Koster Vacu-form kit, the fuselage and canopy from an AMT Ju88A kit, a few detail pieces from a Dragon Ju88A-4 kit, and aftermarket sets of Aires resin Ju88 engine/wheelbay details, and Verlinden resin Ju88A cockpit details. The remaining components (including the gun pods) are all scratch-built. This project has been a good test of skill development, personal patience, and diligence – all qualities which I fully attribute to the One who has supplied them in love, Jesus Christ. His Word states this fine encouragement…The end of a matter is better than its beginning, and patience is better than pride. Ecclesiastes 7:8   Amen!

Readers’ Gallery: Joe LoMusio’s 1/32 Alley Cat Bristol M1.c

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Joe LoMusio shared this unusual resin kit from Alley Cat. Great work Joe!

Just finished this Bristol M1.c resin kit from Alley Cat in 1:32 scale. A unique monoplane that saw limited action in front line squadrons on the Western Front. This depicts a plane that was used as a trainer in England, and therefore not armed. This is a really nice kit to build and the rigging is quite simple (compared to typical biplane rigging schemes.

Readers’ Gallery: Mark Strasser’s 1/72 Trumpeter Fairey Gannet T.2

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Mark Strasser shred his very shiny Fairey Gannet build. Great work Mark!

Mark said “I used alclad chrome. I should have used aluminum, but I love the shine on my shelf. I also used a mix of Craftsman acrylic orange and dayglo orange- 2/3 orange to 1/3 dayglo. I finished the kit with light coats of Future.”

Readers’ Gallery: Steve Cook’s 1/48 Kitty Hawk F-35A Lighting II

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Steve Cook finished this great looking F-35, and shared his photos on the Agape Models forum. Looks awesome, Steve!

All in all a decent kit, there were some inaccuracies with the instructions, but I managed to overcome this issue by cross checking online references for photos. Im very happy with the outcome and hope to try another one soon.

 

Readers’ Gallery: Joe LoMusio’s 1/48 Aeroclub FE2b “The Pulpit” diorama

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Joe LoMusio sent in photos of his stunning WWI diorama, “The Pulpit”. He shares with us the great story behind the photo that inspired the build (and an amazing video link showing the actual event!), as well as his experiences building the model. Thanks for sharing this with us Joe!

Be sure and check out more of Joe’s work on his website, “World War One Modeler”.

As a pastor, the moment I first saw the photo of an RAF Chaplain conducting a Sunday morning service from the front nacelle of an FE2b, I was inspired. As a modeler, I knew I wanted to recreate it in a diorama. I began to do research on the photo, which led me to contacting David Blake, Curator of the Museum of Army Chaplaincy, Amport House, England. Mr. Blake sent me valuable information, including the Chaplain’s name and the location of the No. 2 Supply Depot, where the service took place on that September morning, 1918. Read more

Readers’ Gallery: Tom Zahler’s 1/48 Hasegawa Aichi D3A1 “Val”

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Agape forum member posted photos of this Val dive bomber he recently completed. Great work Tom!

After doing two armor builds and a ship build it was time to return to my roots…aircraft! This was a simple, quick and easy build. I have always liked the Val dive bomber as I watch Tora Tora Tora a lot. Yes I know that was not a real Val in that film but I still like the looks of it, maybe it was the fixed gear that reminded me of another cool dive bomber, the Stuka.

Readers’ Gallery: Brett Grogan’s 1/48 ProModeler P-51B/C

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Agape forum member Brett Grogan (CharlyGnarlyP290) shared this great looking P-51. Awesome work Brett!

After long last, my P-51 is complete.

Considering I haven’t built an aircraft kit in a very long time, it didn’t turn out too bad. I am pleased with it. Not satisfied, but pleased.

Anyway, here it is in its imperfect glory. Again, I do like the way it turned out, and I learned a few things, and have some goals for next time.

Readers’ Gallery: Joe V.’s 1/48 Hasegawa F-16CJ

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Agape forum member Joe V shared his completed work on this IAF F-16. Great work!

My first modern jet in over 20 years.

I am not a fan of modern aircraft, specially the pointy kind. This was part of a group build some pals and I were doing.  I am not going to bore you with the WIP.   Let me tell you, I had a heck of a hard time staying focus on this.  This is NOT my cup of tea.

Here is my finished product.

I am happy with the results.

Readers’ Gallery: Honza Knetl’s 1/72, RS Models Henschel Hs-132A

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Agape forum member Honza Knetl shared this great looking German jet from RS Models. Great work as always, Honza!

Only one prototype was build, and as far as I know, never flew. But it existed. It was supposed to be a dive bomber, with pilot laying in the canopy with head forward. This position should have allowed him to survive conscious 9g, the construction of the plane should have withstanded even 11g (some sources say even 12g). When the first prototype was almost ready for the tests, Soviet army came and occupied the factory.

RS Models produce two different boxes with together 10 schemes. One is a real scheme, the rest are what-if. One box is with BMW-003 engine (this one), other box is with Jumo 004 engine which was never used.

I wanted to make the real German plane, but as two friends of mine were quicker and I need to build it for RS Models (and they don’t need more models with the same camouflage), I had to choose some what-if scheme. I chose the Soviet one.

This kit was extremely easy to build, I didn’t have any big problems.

Readers’ Gallery: Al’s 1/72 Airfix Vulcan

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Agape forum member Al (Pruz) posted these pics of his finished Vulcan model. Every time I see one of these, I think of the James Bond movie “Thunderball”. Great work Al!

Living in Farnborough (UK) you can almost get used to the weird and wonderful flying over your house every two years. This year we were very pleased to see the return of the Avro Vulcan XH558, the only example flying and maintained by the efforts of a group of private enthusiasts and fundraisers.

My mum asked me to build her one and presented me with the kit a couple of weeks ago. And here is the finished product!

The nose is remodelled from the kit to represent the current look of XH558. The only addition to the kit was Freightdog exhausts for the Olympus 201 engines fitted to XH558. Luckily I wasn’t short of reference pics, friends had taken some excellent pictures of it.

A fantastic relic of a fine British legacy, now sadly declined like much of our manufacturing and engineering history :( But in case you’ve never heard it, here’s the noise!

Readers’ Gallery: Paul Wilsford’s 1/32 Hasegawa P-40K

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Agape forum member Paul Wilsford (FMTango) shred photos of his completed large scale P-40K. Great work Paul!

Hyde’s Harlot is finished. I chose not to weather it because I didn’t want to. I may do that at a later date.

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