Category Archives: Readers’ Gallery

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!

Readers’ Gallery: Vin’s 1/32 Moebius Colonial Viper II

Agape forum member Vin (iwragg) posted this Viper build he completed for his son. Great work Vin! I’m sure he’ll love it!

Maker:Moebius Models
Scale: 1/32nd
Pros: Excellent fit for this type of kit. Built into a nicely presented result. Good detail for a Scifi kit.
Cons:Decals are brittle, suggest a coating of varnish before applying.
Paints used: Tamiya semigloss black for preshading, Humbrol light grey primmer, Humbrol Dark Sea Grey, Model Master Burnt Iron and Tamiya Flat White.
Finish: Future and Model Master Dull Coat
Glues: both contact and weld glues used
Filler: Tamiya Filler and Mr Surfacer

Readers’ Gallery: David Wise’s 1/48 Monogram F9F Panther

Normally I make a nice comment about a modelers kit, and then post whatever text they have provided about a kit in  the forums. Not today though. I want to talk about my dear brother in Christ, David Wise, otherwise known as tractorman. (And wait for the inevitable message asking me if I have lost my mind. Maybe I have. You never know. ;))

David just finished this great looking build, though he started on it three years ago. It was about this time three years ago, in fact, that I met David. He drove up from way down along the coast of Florida to the IPMS shown in Atlanta. Agape Models had a table there, and David hung out with us. We even shared some BBQ and Brunswick Stew from Williams Bros. BBQ, God bless them.

I’ve learned a lot from David over these years. He’s a true, dear friend and supporter of Agape Models. He’s faced a tough few years, and yet through all of it, he’s inspired me and many others with a simple, unwavering faith that God is Who He says He is, and God is in charge, and we need to rely on that and nothing else. David quietly posts a daily devotional in the forums, faithfully, every day. I thank him for that.

David, dear brother in Christ, you are an inspiration to me, and I’m so glad I know you. And I’m proud to see you finish this Panther. Way to go, brother!

Now, I guess that means I have to finish mine! :D

Readers’ Gallery: Raleigh Lamb’s Tamiya 1/48 F2A-2 Buffalo

Raleigh Lamb has posted this great looking Brewster Buffalo in the pre-war yellow wings scheme. Great work Raleigh!

This was a departure from my normal builds of drab grays and greens for me. I must admit I did enjoy applying all the different colors, and it definitely catches my eye. I used the Tamiya 1/48th F2A-2 Buffalo kit, an Eduard color P.E. detail set, a Squadron vacuform canopy, and Yellow Wing Decals for the squadron colors and markings. I started off by scribing the panel lines that were raised, as this kit had both recessed and raised lines. I also scratch built wheel well and motor mount structure, using a Special Hobby F2A-3 kit as an example. I stole a motor accessories section, and two .50 cal. M.G.s from a Hobby Boss FM2 Wildcat kit to round out the wheel well/motor mount area. As this was a pre-war bird, all the references I could find pointed to the entire interior being painted with an aluminum dope, with the exception of the area above the cockpit side consoles, which were flat black, so this is the way I painted it.

After installing the detail set in the interior, and completing the wheel well/motor areas, the fuselage halves were buttoned up, the wings assembled, and installed on the fuselage. The wing to fuselage joint left a fairly bad step on the trailing edge, and had to be shimmed to remove the step, and puttied to close a small gap. This was the worst of the fit problems however, and the rest of the build was straight forward. After some filling, and sanding, I applied Alclad’s gray primer to reveal any flaws in the surface, these were corrected to the best of my ability, and the primer coat sanded to a high gloss shine with a micro mesh kit. I then applied Floquil’s Bright Silver as the aluminium dope, pre shaded the tops of the wings, and the whole tail surfaces. The wings were painted Testors Enamel Chrome Yellow, the tail Lemon Yellow (Blue Angel Yellow), and the nose was painted True Blue. Touch ups were completed as necessary, and the decals were applied.

The kit decals were rather thick, and the national insignias wrinkled slightly with micro scale solutions, but after some re-applications of the solutions, most of the wrinkles were taken out. The Yellow Wing Decals performed well as they are printed by Micro Scale, but the folks at YWD provide you with some very thorough instructions and paint suggestions. After the decals were dry, the excess glue and solutions were removed with a damp cloth, and a coat of Future applied. Once this was cured, weathering/panel highlighting was accomplished with black oil paint, and turpentine. When this was complete, the excess oil paint was removed with a paper towel, and re-applied where necessary.

I thoroughly enjoyed this build, with all the bright colors, and can recomend this kit to anyone, as it can be built OOB into a very nice model, and can also very easily be super detailed to the modeler’s liking. I hope you all enjoy it as much as I have, and questions, comments, and critiques welcome.

Readers’ Gallery: Andy Mason’s 1/48 Hasegawa F-8E Crusader

Andy Mason is back with another great build, this time Hasegawa’s Crusader. Great work Andy!

Hasegawa 1:48, Aires Cockpit, Aires Wing Bay, Aires gear wells, SuperScale decals, Model Master, Tamiya and Citadel paints

Here she is.  Not my best effort, but still enjoyable and will be the first Crusader in my display case.

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