Category Archives: Readers’ Gallery

Readers’ Gallery: Mike Reader’s 1/72 Novo General Aircraft Hotspur Mk. III

Agape forum member Mike Reader shared this neat build of an aircraft I’d never seen before. Thanks for posting Mike- it looks great!

My utmost apologies for yet another post in as many days, from an endless supply of weired and wonderful little known aircraft- and this one is no exception. So for your delectation and delight I offer forth the General Aircraft Hotspur Mk. III.

I guess it was a Frog kit at one time , but now an old Novo offering. The kit was fairly basic , and to be honest it stayed that way up till completion.

Oh, I added the obligatory masking etched seat belts and pitot , but the biggest change was in fact the conversion of the Mk. II to the Mk. III, which took all of 15 minutes, and most likely less than 25 cents, by just adding a radio mast, some rigging, and some tailplane support struts. Yes, that is the kind of conversion I like ( apart from coming to know Jesus that is )- quick and easy. And I can tell you are all going to be impressed. ( Well, maybe not is my guess.)

I decided not to weather it, as it never actually saw combat, and was used in training squadrons only. So my guess is that apart from a little rough treatment now and again on landings, it would have been well looked after by the “erks” .

The kit was painted by hand with just an overcoat of Testors Dulcote. Decals were replaced with what ever I had in my spares box, the only decal I used from the kit was the large “J” and the a/c number at the rear. The small windows were Kristal Klear.

Readers’ Gallery: Gil Hodges’ 1/48 Monogram Hurricane

Gil Hodges shared his great work converting the old Monogram Hurricane into a Sea Hurricane Mk. IIc. Great work Gil!

This is the old Monogram 1/48 Hurricane kit, converted to a Sea Hurricane, and built for the Hurricane Fellowship build. It was rescribed overall, has a scratchbuilt cockpit, Falcon vac canopy/windshield, converted rear underside with tailhook, and detailed/boxed in gear wells and main gear. The landing lights are MV lenses and the light covers on the wing are made from clear tape. The wing tip lights are clear colored plastic from toothbrush handles.

Readers’ Gallery: Daniel Iscold’s Spitfires, Pt. III: Tamiya 1/48 Spitfire Mk. Vb

The third installment of Daniel Iscold’s Spitfires is this Mk. Vb in my personal favorite scheme for a Spitfire, the desert camouflage! Great stuff Daniel, and thanks for sharing your hard work with us this week!

I really don’t know the story behind this airplane. I choose these paint marks because of this beautiful red tone of the spinner. I also love the faded color of airplanes that operated in the desert. This kit was made from Tamiya kit, built out of  the box, the only addition being PE seatbelts from Eduard. These models from Tamiya build like Legos. I really enjoyed building this one.

Readers’ Gallery: Daniel Iscold’s Spitfires, Pt. II: Tamiya 1/48 Spitfire Mk. I (built as a Mk. Va)

The second installment of Daniel Iscold’s Spitfires is this Mk. Va in the markings of Douglas Bader’s aircraft. Great work Daniel!

I always love the history behind models. This one is the Tamiya Spitfire MkI converted to a Mk Va. This is an unusual version of the Sptifire.

This one depicts the airplane flown by the famous legless Royal Air Force pilot Douglas Bader. This is the last air plane that he flew before he suffered a midair collision with a Me-109. During the bail out he lost his two artificial legs. After being captured by German forces, he received a visitation of Adolf Galland. Galland arranged an armistice of 24 hours between to allow a Westland Lysander to fly behind the enemy lines to drop new legs to Bader. After this he was transferred to Colditz prison, where he tried to escape a few times! After the war Douglas Bader and Adolph Gallanda became close friends.

This model was built using  Life like decals,  and painted using acrylic paints from Tamiya. The roundels where painted on instead of using decals. The flat varnish is a Brazilian national brand so called “Gato Preto”- black cat, a product originally developed for art paint, but it works very well to flatten the gloss finish of Future.

Readers’ Gallery: Daniel Iscold’s Spitfires, Pt. I: Tamiya 1/48 Spitfire Mk. I

This week, we’ll be featuring Spitfires from Agape forum member Daniel Iscold. We’ll start off with a Tamiya Mk. I in pre-war markings. Thanks Daniel!

This is the first of the firsts!  19 Squadron became famous as the first to operate the new Spitfire Mk. I. This one was made using the Tamiya Mk. I, but I took a spare propeller from the  Airfix Mk. I. I brought this Airfix kit from Hannats, and the kit also came with the wing of Mk V kit. Yay!! A Grat prize for me. Luckily, I also received another spare Mk. I  Tamiya, and a complete set of vacum formed canopies for all kinds of Spitfires from Falcon.

The markings for this kit come from the Airfix decal sheet, which are great quality decals, and the roundels where painted on using home made masks.

Readers’ Gallery: Honza Knetl’s RS Models 1/72 De Schelde S-21

Agape Forum member Honza Knetl has been sharing his build of this very unusual De Schelde S-21. You can see the sprues and other information on this kit at RS Model’s website. Thanks for sharing this great and unusual looking aircraft, Honza. As always, you did a superb job on it!

Dear friends, this model is finished, after a long time. I started it in December 2009. During the process the canopy was damaged in front (that caused the longest waiting time in this model) and I “managed” to lose  the IP (but making new was relatively quick).

If some of you will want to make S-21, then be careful about following:

  • The canopy has a very difficult shape for casting (so the sides are thicker) and you have to drill 5 holes in it. That brings a lot of internal tension in the material and may cause cracks in the canopy.
  • If you will make and of the Dutch machines, be careful about the tail insignia – they don’t fit the tail surfaces perfectly
  • I painted the area under the insignia white, to make sure that the camouflage colors won’t be visible through.
  • Except of the tail ones, the decals are very nice
  • Be very careful to add a lot of weight. I added 10g (0.34 oz), and it stands as it should, but it isn’t very surefooted.

Just enjoy the kit, except for the things in the list above, it’s a very nice kit.

Readers’ Gallery: George Collazo’s 1/48 Trumpeter MiG-15 bis Fago-B

Forum member George Collazo shared these photos of his very colorful MiG-15 build. Great work George!

Hello folks! I wanted to share my most recent finished project, careful, the pictures are still warm.

This is the Mig 15 bis Fagot-B in 1/48 from Trumpeter. It was built out-of-the-box. Originally I intended to weather it but a paint mishap made me go a bit extreme. This paint scheme is fictitious. I got the idea from a Ducted Fan R/C Mig. Besides Korean Camo and NMF, there is not much to do so I opted for this to break the monotony. There is no engine in it. The nozzle is nothing but a 7/16” tube (#234) from Evergreen. I’m treating the engine as a separate kit by adding details to it. More on the engine soon.

Hope you guys like it.

Readers’ Gallery: Andy Mason’s 1/48 Hobbyboss A-10C

How would you like to see this tailgating you?!?! :)

Forum member Andy Mason did an outstanding job on this A-10. I never thought it was possible to make a warthog pretty, but Andy sure managed it! Great work, brother!

My latest project involved upgrading a HobbyBoss A-10A to modern A-10C standards.  In addition to the using the Hobbyboss A-10 kit, I added:

  • Sierra Hotel resin inlets
  • Aires resin cockpit
  • Royale Resin wheels
  • SuperScale decals #48-1201 for the main markings depicting the 184th FS/188th FW “Flying Razorbacks”; Afterburner decals #48-047 for everything else on the jet!
  • Shawn Hull (Shull) A-10 resin update set
  • Scratchbuilt IR warning receivers on the wingtips and tailboom.

Readers’ Gallery: George Collazo’s 1/48 Hasegawa F-18C

Forum member Goerge Collazo shared his Hornet build on the forums recently. Excellent work on this, George!

Resin tanks from Legend Productions. The tailplanes were modified, they have aluminum tubing inside so they can be moved like the Revell F-18E. The rudders have brass wire to make them movable as well. I haven’t glued the canopy yet. I’ve been trying to make my mind on how to display it. Open canopy or build an arrestor hook ready to depart. Once finished, I did all the post shading with Tamiya Smoke using my AZTEK A470 and a Tan Nozzle. I have some GBU-12’s that I might add on on those lonely pylons.

Readers’ Gallery: Gil Hodges 1/48 Haegawa Bf-109E-3

Forum member Gil Hodges shared this unique build, which feature some markings done in a very clever way! Looks great, Gil!

Dr. Erich Mix was a WWI ace who got 2-3 kills in WWII (pre BoB) before being promoted to make room for the “young guns” like Mölders and Galland. I always liked the “hollow” markings on this scheme, and had one built until one of my shelves collapsed and crushed it! Thus, the need to build another…….

Hasagawa 1/48 kit, with a few pe doo-dads in the cockpit and the brake lines added. Canted the tail wheel for the fun of it. Falcon vacuform “early” center canopy section.  Didn’t worry too much about accuracy overall; just copied a color plate I found on the internet.

Model Master enamels for the Luftwaffe 70/71/65 scheme. The side Gruppe markings were drawn with a fine tipped Sharpie onto clear decal paper using a geometric template. I was a little short on German decals in the spares box, so the crosses on the fuselage sides and on the wing bottoms are actually old (and the Lord only knows HOW old) Monogram kit decals! A little extra soaking and some Solvaset and they worked quite well!

Readers’ Gallery: Bret Foland’s 1/35 Tamiya M48A3 Patton with Anthony Fuentes figures

Forum member Bret Foland (UncaBret) shared these photos of his great looking diorama titled “Prisoner Transport”, a scene from Vietnam, 1967. His figures are from forum member Anthony Fuentes (captfue), who creates these figures from melted sprue. Great work, both of you!

Readers’ Gallery: Andy Mason’s Tamiya 1:48 F-16C “Fighting Fulcrum”

Andy Mason has completed another awesome looking jet. For this build, Andy used Mr. Color paints, Aires exhaust, Royale Resin nose, AirMaster pitot tube/AOA sensors, Flory Models dark dirt wash, and Afterburner decals. Andy said he liked the Royale Resin nose because it “is one piece, so it eliminates the possibility of sanding away some of the detail on the kit nose upper and lower surfaces“. Thanks for sharing with us, Andy!

Readers’ Gallery: Mike Reader’s 1/32 21st Century Kits F4U-1A Corsair

New forum member Mike Reader shared some pics of a previous build he did when he discovered 21st Century’s great kits from a few years ago. Great work Mike!

Greetings!  Here is my second 1/32nd kit I have ever made. I purchased this kit on a trip to Minot in the U.S. some years ago from a Target store for $5.00. They had a 1/32nd Stuka for the same, so like any good modeller, ya just gotta’ have it. It was made by 21st Century Models. I’d never heard of them before. You can use the screws ( yes screws ) that came with the kit to hold it together, and it was made with a plastic that normal glues would not stick that great- cyno worked though. Other than that the detail for an unknown maker was excellent- it was so good I decided to install an electric motor which cost $6.00, a dollar more than the kit , go figure. Just a word of warning- don’t try to stop the spinning prop with your finger, it bled for ages. My only added part to the kit was a hypo needle for the pitot tube.  This kit spells danger all round!

Readers’ Gallery: Gary’s 1/25 Revell 1968 Mustang

Agape forum member Gary (scmodeler) posted this beautful Mustang in our forums. Looks awesome!

Well she is finally done. I think that this kit was originally a die cast protege because it has  posts that line up & screws that hold the model together. It also has a few alignment pins as well. Of course all these were eliminated when I lowered the stang. As far a kits go this one had  above average interior detail & the overall fit was petty good as well. I trimmed the rear interior door panels on mine and built a cover over the back seat area (note speaker covers) in order to accommodate the wider tires an lower stance.

Reader’s Gallery: Michael Faulkner’s Crusader Diorama

Agape forum member Michael Faulkner (jagdtiger1944) built this great diorama and posted pics on the Agape forums. Looks awesome!

Alright, finally finished it. It has Black Dog stowage, provided to me by a good man Bret (Bret Foland, forum member UncaBret), and that’s about it.

Readers’ Gallery: Brian’s Hobbyboss 1/32 Spitfire Mk. Vb

Agape forum member Brian (F-104nut) posted his excellent work on this big-scale Spitfire. Looks great Brian!

This is a pretty nice kit other then a few shape issues. I used aftermarket decals from Aeromsater. The model is painted with Model Master paints.

Readers’ Gallery: Ross McAthur’s 1/48 Hasegawa RNZAF P-40K

New forum member Ross McArthur posted this impressive looking P-40. Great work Ross!

Well, well, things are certainly moving along now. Got my 1st P-40 done in a long while; it’s been a coon’s age since I dabbled in a Curtiss.
This is the second of my commission build madness. Although a great boost to the modelling skills – I can give it back and avoid another dust collector – the pressure’s on to get it right. For the most part it’s an object lesson in keeping up the momentum, else things stall and the beast develops ‘hangar rash’.

This is Geoff Fisken’s P-40K, NZ air force, PTO. My friend wanted this scheme, seen regularly on the airshow circuit. Not strictly the contemporary colours but it does look sharp with an all-white tail, don’t it?

  • Finished in Humbrol and Revell enamels.
  • Scratch built seatbelts.
  • Exhausts and gun ports drilled out.
  • Casing ejector holes drilled and filed.
  • Underwing panels filed and sanded down to a more scale thickness.
  • Instrument panel re-worked to incorporate kit decals.
  • Custom wing roundels, cowl number and serials from another friend.
  • Aerial wire is stretched rod from a Q-tip. Very workable plastic and CA works a treat.
  • Undercarriage bays had some access holes drilled and filed out.
  • The canopy was also filed and sanded, then polished and dipped in Future so that it sits better.

Readers’ Gallery: David Wise’s 1/48 Tamiya P-47D Razorback

David Wise (forum member tractorman) posted this great looking Thunderbolt in our forums. Great to see your work, David! Now go get yourself some Brunswick Stew! ;)

Finally, oh my goodness another one finished. Hey where’s my cake?  Started this one a while ago, got it painted and started the decals, but then I could not find the name and letters . I looked for at least a year. I posted my search and Wayne (forum member Eagle334) thought he had them, sure enough, he did. So a big THANK YOU to Wayne.

Readers’ Gallery: Phill Sporton’s Wirbelwind Flak Car

Phill Sporton built this great looking flak car that the Germans proposed in WWII. Phill explains a little of it’s interesting history. Great work, Phill!

Well, I’ve been “Training” again ! I was reading that the Germans proposed a Flak Car on the same chassis as the S.SP Heavy Armored Car I built over Easter. The proposed both a Wirbelwind version and a Kugelblitz version. I have a Kugelblitz turret in my collection so we’ll save that for another day. Also neither of these were actually produced. Flak protection to these Armored Trains was typically a 20mm Flak mounted on a flat car….. but let’s not let the facts get in the way of a fun build…

Readers’ Gallery: Andy Mason’s Hasegawa 1/48 Mitsubishi F-2A

Forum member Andy Mason shared this stunning Mitsubishi F-2A with us. Absolutely gorgeous!

Decals: Afterburner “6 Hikotai F-2A/B
AM: Shawn Hull GE F110 Exhaust
Paint: Mr Color (airframe camo) and Tamiya paints

Having built 5 Tamiya F-16s, I was ready to be disappointed with the engineering of Hasegawa’s F-2A.  Instead, I was pleasantly surprised at the similar breakdown of construction and parts as well as the precise fit of most of the assemblies.  A little tidying up of the wing joins and getting a seamless intake were the only places that needed a touch of putty and a little extra work.  The F-2 is really a joy to build.

I used Mr. Color paints for the first time — and LOVED them!  I used the colors called out on the Afterburner decal sheet and thinned them with Mr. Leveling Thinner and they went down smooth and dried rock hard.  Afterburner’s F-2A decal sheet has an enormous amount of stencils to cover the F-2A airframe — they even include my favorite: decals for the raised white lettering on the tires!  I spent several sessions applying all of the tiny markings, but the end result was worth it. The only other addition to the kit was the Shawn Hull GE F-110 exhaust, which is a true work of art!  Too bad Shawn recently indicated he is taking a sabbatical from producing his resin otherwise he’d have multiple orders from me!

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