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Model Type.   AMT  Klingon 'Bird of prey'  Scale Unkown
The pictures with the black background were done simply by laying the model down on fine black carpet, it came out better than I expected. The dust on the carpet actually looks a bit like stars..
The model is basically built out of the box with no additions except the change of anhedral to a more accurate angle using a sceen capture picture as a reference.    I simply cut parts 31 & 36 (port and starboard radiator baffles) to the more appropriate angle.
After exhaustive investigation on the net I figured I would do what most people do with this model and create a 'Definitive' Bird of Prey  that basically looks right but is not modelled after any particular ship.  The trouble is, its hard to get the color exact as the real studio model is enhanced when filming by shining a green light on it.

Kit: 1/72 Hasegawa, F/A-18C Hornet. Addition of iron bombs from Resin set.
Decals: Used Aussie Decals set for 75 Squadron Top Hat scheme.

Standard build of the Hasegawa kits, usual problems of trying to
achieve correct alignment of fuselage and wings. No real problems with the rest of the kit. Painted with Tamiya aerosols, with smaller items brush painted. There are some non-standard lumps/bumps/aerials fitted to the kit that weren't on original aircraft, but added to make the aircraft, just that little bit more different from other Hornets in my cupboard.

As can be seen in the first photo, this kit has been placed in a
display case, with Squadron crest and patch to add to the kit.


Kit: Hasegawa Spitfire Mk Vb, 1/48. No aftermarket decals or conversions were used.

This kit was made at the request of the minister of finances (read wife), so that she could have one of her favourite aircrfat in the cupboard. This is my first aircraft of this scale and vintage that I have ever built, and have since purchased and made a couple more.

Construction was straight forward, with my only problems resulting from taking short cuts or attempting to work on the kit after night shifts at work. Or at worst combining those two problem starters together!

Paint was Tamiya spray cans, unsure of exact co; RAF Green and ? Grey. Painting was completed by putting down the grey, using Muskol to mark out green areas, and then repeating the process in reverse. Smaller items were either spary painted or Brush painted with Tamiya colours.

1/72 Hasegawa, F/A-18F Super Hornet. Jolly Rodgers edition Addition of Pilots from other Hasegawa kits, weapons from the Hasegawa Bomb pack. Decals, are a mixture of kit supplied, 6 Squadron markings from F111 1/144 pack and Aussie markings from Hawk 127 LIF Aussie Decal set.

Build proceeded as per instructions, except with the addition of internal tube within body, to allow for positioning of aircraft in flight pose. This was my first attempt at doing this mod, and was made all the easier my reading examples on the forum and use of a guide from Hyperscale.

Apart from that there was only the normal care to be taken, when
lining up fuselage/wing fittings that are common for the Hasegawa

Painting was achieved, by use of Tamiya Ghost Grey aerosol can, brush painted Tamiya colours for cockpit and details, then followed by a coat of Humbrol Dull Coate, to take the shine off.

Kit will be finalized onto a fixed stand, as time permits.

I was looking forward to doing one of these aircraft after the incredible display of their capabilities at the last Avalon. Have one of the kits for that Diamondbacks aircraft, but thought that I would undertake it as a "what if", with their future introduction into RAAF service.

Model: Grumman XP-50

Minicraft XF5F-1 Skyrocket

Update/Conversion Sets used: None

Decals: Some from kit, others from spares box.

Work done:
This model was built using two XF5F kits. The fuselage was built by cutting and grafting the fuselages of the two XF5F kits to make the longer and deeper fuselage of the XP-50. The new nose was made from plastic card and filler. New, enlarged, tailplane and fins were made and fitted by cutting and joining the relevant parts from the two XF5F kits. The basic wings remained the same but were mounted higher on the fuselage. New engine cowlings and nacelles were made using the kit parts as a basis, but with a lot of plastic card and filler. A new undercarriage was scratch built. The model was finished with Floquil Platinum Mist.
(A spare X5F wing is available!)


Model: Bell P-39F, A53-1, of 24 Sqn RAAF 
Kit: Eduard
Update/Conversion Sets used:
Decals: From spares box.
Work done:
The model is basically built from the box and goes together remarkably well. I have made some mods to the undercarriage and doors and added sway braces to the stores rack. The finish is based an a well known photo of A53-1 taken at Bankstown in September 1942. I believe that this aircraft was received by the RAAF in the standard USAAF camouflage of Olive Drab and Neutral Gray, and the RAAF over-painted the USAAF markings and applied the RAAF markings over the top. Also, a disruptive pattern of RAAF Foliage Green was applied on the upper surfaces.
On my model I have tried to represent the over-painting of the USAAF markings and have also attempted to depict the slight sheen of the RAAF Foliage Green compared to the USAAF matt Olive. The Yellow front on the propeller blades is a matter of some conjecture, but that's my best guess from the photo. Perhaps the RAAF was a bit worried about that prop whirling around so close to the ground.
Paints used were Xtra Colour. As mentioned above a bit of time was spent trying to get the correct level of 'mattness' from the varnish applied over each colour.

Model: Hawker Sea Hawk F.B.3 of 802 Sqn, HMS Albion.
Falcon Vacform
Update/Conversion Sets used:
None. All mods were scratch built.
From various sheets to get the markings that I wanted
Work done:
1. Fuselage:
Detailed wheel wells were added. Detailed cockpit built and added. Pilot's steps opened. Canopy opened. Air intakes corrected and boundary-layer bleeds and internal ducts and turning vanes added. New engine exhausts made and fitted. Gun ports drilled out and fitted with plastic tube to simulate the blast tubes. Shell ejector chutes opened up and extensions added to the inboard chutes. Catapult-strop hook made and added. Arrestor hook made from plastic rod. Various antenna added for correct radio fit. Panel lines re scribed and various vents and intakes added.

2 Wings:
The wings were cut so they could be modelled folded. The  ribs, stiffeners,
wing-fold mechanism, and various pipes and control rods were scratch built. Wing-tip lights were made from clear plastic, drilled out and coloured for the light bulbs and filters. Drop tanks and pylons were made and fitted to the inboard store stations. The outer wing panels were fitted with launchers for ten 25lb rockets. The rockets themselves were made from scratch to get something resembling the correct shape. Each has been fitted with an arming wire, which is draped over the rear of the rocket, as the rockets were not connected and armed until the aircraft was moved on to the catapult. Safety tags are also fitted on each rocket and the drop tank releases as well as the undercarriage. The kit undercarriage was used but cleaned upand brake lines etc added. IFF and UHF antennae have been added to the wings as well as a pitot tube.

3. Finish:
The model is finished in Xtra-colour Extra Dark Sea Grey and Sky with Red trim on the fin and drop tanks. The Yellow Suez stripes were hand painted to try and give them that rushed uneven look apparent on the original aircraft. The decals were put together from a variety of sources.


Model: Martin Baker M.B.3
Kit: Silver Cloud M.B.5 - modified
Update/Conversion Sets used:
None. All mods were scratch-built
Decals: Various brands from spares box.
Work done:
1. Fuselage:
The griffon engine cowling was removed and a new Sabre cowling was made from plastic card and filler. A new carburettor intake was fashioned and fitted under the nose and, a cooling intake added on top of the nose. A new propeller was built up by turning up a spinner and adding prop blades from the spares box. The ventral radiator was removed and the area faired in. The original cockpit cavity was filled in and a new one cut further aft. The turtle deck was built up using card and filler and a new cockpit canopy formed. The tail-wheel well was modified and a new tail-wheel fashioned.

2. Empennage: The original empennage was removed and a new fin and rudder and tailplane were fashioned from plastic card.

3. Wings: These were basically the same as those for the M.B.5 as supplied in the kit. The following mods were made. Radiators and their recessed ducts were fitted under each wing. (Note that the radiators are asymmetric). The internal wing framework visible through the wheel wells was added. (The M.B.5 did not appear to have the dust boots that were fitted to the M.B.5). The undercarriage legs and fairings were modified, and new wheels fitted. Wing-tip lights were added from translucent plastic.

4. Finish:
New panel lines were scribed as appropriate. The model was undercoated and sanded several times to remove blemishes. It was then painted with Xtra-colour enamels and decals found from the spares box. As the original aircraft had a very short life, it was considered inappropriate to weather it and only light staining was added.



Kit description Dragon 1/35 UH-1D
Update/Conversion sets used Nil
Decals used Only Std black Roos the rest are all stencils that were then airbrushed on.

A short description of the construction/finishing process.

Oh My, I took from original photos and other sources four view of the acft. I then scaled them to 1/35 and reproduced them numerous times on acetate. Then I began painting, lightest to darkest. After each step I masked out the previous colour till the entire model was covered in Tamiya tape! Then hay presto, remove tape to unveil A2-649.

Again the kit is OOB, it was intended for QMHE but not finished on time.


Kit: Tamiya 1/48 Bristol Beaufighter Mk VI made as a RAAF Mk 21.

Decals: used Aussie Decals No 93 SQN sheet.

Paint: Overall model finished in Aluminum. Then Salted in areas that were to be weathered. Gunze acrylics used. Once dry the salt was removed to simulate weathering.

Stretchable nylon used for the antenna.

Otherwise this baby is OOB.


Kit: Hasegawa 1/48 Kittyhawk Mk IV

Update/Additions: Eduard “Big Ed” set for P40N, Squadron P40N Canopy. Ultracast P40N flared exhausts. Ezyline and Scratch built hydraulic cables.

Paint: Testors MM Enamels as listed and Tamiya Weathering Set B

Decals: Kit decals


Celestial Navigation Trainer,
Entire model scratch built using Evergreen angles, channels, etc, with corrugated panels for walls and roof panels. Fuselage tower framework, handrails and dome cradle soldered 0.5mm brass wire, much of it built on jigs. Dome is a 65mm diameter tea-strainer burnished over a glass "snow dome" to improve its 'hemisphereocity'. Painted with Humbrol Green No.76 exterior, black and grey interior.

Kit: Revell 1/72 HP Halifax BII Series I (Special)

Update/Conversion sets used: No update sets, scratch built conversion only.

Decals used: Sky Decal Halifaxes - 148SQN RAF plus kit decals

 A short description of the construction/finishing process:
This was a conversion of the Revell (Matchbox) HP Halifax BI/II/VI kit, modifications made were:

·         Omitting nose gun and mid upper turret

·         Scratch build of parachute hatch behind bomb bay

·         Blanking various windows not applicable to the mark

·         Added HF antenna from EziLine

·         Added supply canisters as payload in bomb bay

·         Decals for 148 (SOE) SQN

·         Minor filling around nose section and mid upper turret blank.

·         Scratch built cockpit to better resemble Halifax, kit supplied version was nothing close to it!

Paints were Gunze with a water colour wash.

This model was built for a WWII RAAF Veteran who flew as a bomb aimer with 148 SQN late in the war before being post back to Australia for instructional duties.


Kit description: Italeri M923 6x6 Big Foot

Update/Conversion sets used: None - OOB

Decals used: Kit decals

 A short description of the construction/finishing process:
Built OOB, painted with mix of Gunze and Humbrol paints, fit was good. Weathered with Tamiya powders (first attempt at using these!) and water colour wash.


Kit description: Revell 1/72 Mirage IIIO

Update/Conversion sets used: Plane bits Recce Nose, instrument panel, ejection seat and High Planes etch probes and antennas.

Decals used: Novascale and Hawkeye 75 SQN decals

A short description of the construction/finishing process: This was a conversion of the Revell IIIE kit, modifications made were:

·         Removal of Radar nose and replace with Plane bits Recce nose

·         Replace kit pitot probe with brass replacement

·         Reshape RPK-10 bomb carriers to 110 Gal supersonic tanks

·         Scratch build centre line fuel tank pylon to mount long range tank on centreline

Painted with mix of Tamiya, Gunze and Humbrol paints, fit was good with only small amounts of filler around tail cone and nose gear doors. Weathered with Tamiya powders

More Guns! A diorama consisting of Airfix WW1 Royal Horse Artillery in 1/72 scale.

The model started out as the Italeri 1/48th scale short fuselage C-130J. Extensions were put into the fuselage ahead of & behind the wing to convert it into the RAAF version. The extensions were cut from an old Italeri C-130A Gunship that had been donated to the Club. Build was pretty straightforward after the major surgery.

Painted in ModelMaster grey enamels (after good info from AMI members) and decals for 37 Squdron via Flying Colours/SkyDecals in WA.

This was my first effort at pre & post shading and washes to try andget a feel for the very faded look that these early Hercules seemed to have.


Kit Description: Matchbox 1/72 F4U-4 Corsair
Updates/Conversions: None used
Decals: Hobbyboss 1/72 F4U-4, VMF-323

Construction/Finishing: The model was built OOB with the exception of the wing cannon, which were replaced with scratchbuilt machine-gun openings, and the propeller was replaced with a clear disc, which was painted to simulate a spinning prop.  This was achieved by using masks made from Contact.  A series of concentric circles were carefully cut in the Contact ensuring that the backing paper wasn't cut.  Tape was then placed across the circles to hold them together while they were transferred from the backing paper to the clear disc.  Each disc was removed in turn as the various colours (yellow, black and red) were sprayed onto the disc.

The model was painted overall with Tamiya Sea Blue overall, and the cowl painted with Gunze Flat White and Red Brown, and Tamiya Flat Aluminium was used on the cowl flaps.  I then applied One-Go and added the decals.  A further coat of One-Go to seal the decals, then I post shaded with a lightened mix of Tamiya Sea Blue.  Weathering was applied with pastels, and a silver pencil used to simulate paint chipping.

Issues: There were two main issues with this kit:

1. The undercarriage doors didn't fit in the closed position.  They were replaced with styrene sheet in the case of the main undercarriage, and a carved block of styrene for the rear undercarriage doors.

2. The stabiliser was a very loose fit.  I shimmed the slot with some styrene sheet to make the fit a little tighter.

This model is now on display at Models 'n' Hobbies For You in Boronia.


Revell 1/144 737-800 Caribbean airlines

Kit: Academy 1/48 P-47D Thunderbolt
Update/Conversion sets used: None

Decals used: Eagle Strike

Model was undercoated with Tamiya gloss black lacquer sprayed from the can, followed by a coat of Tamiya Natural Metal lacquer, also sprayed directly from the can. The paint was then polished with Rub'n'Buff and clear coated before painting invasion stripes, red stripes and cowl band, and olive drab anti glare panel. Several more clear coats were applied before the decals were applied, and then a clear gloss coat. A wash was applied to the control surface edges and cowl flaps, before two, slightly flattened, clear coats.

Fit of the underwing pylons was poor, particularly when trying to fit them after painting, as it was difficult to achieve a good bond without damaging the surface finish.


Kit description: Trumpeter 1/48 Heller AS350 Fire bomber converted to AS350B RAAF Squirrel

Update/Conversion sets used - Hamilton Hobbies conversion set, scratch built roof instruments, seat belts, rear wall and aerials etc  Doors had to be cut open. 

Decals used- Hawkeye Decals

Construction/finishing process- Built OOB except for those hamilton Hobby conversion parts and scratch built items used to add more detail the kit.  Finished in Humbrol Gloss white and French Blue.

Construction- The base kit is very plain hence the scratch built enhancement.  The Hamilton Hobby conversion really sets this kit off.  The only issues with the kit is the front windscreen fitment.  I had no problems with it but it was tricky to align.


Kit description Trumpeter 1/48 Dauphin AS365N2 VICPOL Chopper

Update/Conversion sets used: scratch built Cockpit, FLIR Unit (internal and external), kitbags, seat belts etc  Doors had to be cut open.  Anything that wasn't from the base kit was added and even some of the base kit items such as the seats were modified.

Decals used Hawkeye Decals

Construction/finishing process- Built OOB except for those scratch built items used to detail the kit and finished in Humbrol Gloss white and Revell Midnight Blue.

Construction- The base kit is very plain hence the scratch built enhancement.  The rear doors were small than the real item and had to be lengthened (including windows).  All aerials had to be added as none included in the kit.


Kit description Academy 1/48 F111C

Update/Conversion sets used Verlinden Cockpit update set and RBF tags, Scaledown extended wings, wheels and exhausts, scratch built Intake bungs, front U/C well and ACMI Pod

Decals used Aussie Decals

Construction/finishing process- Built OOB except for aftermarket products and those scratch built items and finished in Model Master gunship grey followed by clear gloss for a black panel line wash before dull coted.

Construction- The resin slat attachment points are out of position and had to be realigned with some minor cutting and filling outherwise kit went together flawlessly

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