1/72nd Amodel IL-20M

Going to be starting this over the next few days, a kit I have wanted to build for a long time! I will be doing some modifications to bring it up to spec as I want to model RF- 95980.






and here is the real IL-20M that I’m going to model. With thanks to Russianplanes.net (original link – RF-95980)

Restoration Project – Airfix 1/48th EA-6B Prowler

My dad has cleared out his loft and give me *lots* of kits, some built & lots unbuilt. One that stands out to me is this Airfix 1/48th Prowler. He built it when I was a kid well over 20 years ago and since then it’s taken a bit of a beaten up in the loft as it was left on a shelf where it got knocked a few times, parts are missing, paint flaking off, faded & discoloured paint with worn decals… not to mention a tonne of dust. It’s just moved house too, so the parts that were broken off missing, are now 100% missing. Luckily for me, I have a spares 1/48th Revell Intruder that I’m hoping I can scrounge parts off.. mainly the undercarriage. A new decal sheet has been ordered, but I would like some resin wheels and vents, so they are on the ‘to buy’ list.

I’m just gathering some info for the time being and I have found some very useful walkaround links.

Cybermodeler Prowler Walkaround

Cybermodeler Prowler Walkaround #2

Primeportal Prowler Walkaround

Just some of the photos from the links above can be seen below. Very useful!


As you can see it is in need of some TLC! I just couldn’t throw it away, for that colour scheme more than anything! It’s still got the hanging string attached as I left it on for the photo so I can show how I got it, and how it’s going to look when done.

[Work In Progress] Resin 1/24th scale Blackburn Buccaneer

I bought this Buccaneer going on 3 years now, and have since looked at it quite a bit.. it’s an absolute beast of a model. Cast in resin with a large brass etch sheet and large vacformed clear parts… it’s going to be a challenge. The clean up is going to take some time, some parts are warped with heavy flash in areas but luckily next to no air bubbles.

As you can see from the photos, the nose section can be seen in two states, how I got it and cleaned up. I’ve also added photos of the very basic cockpit area, this area will be totally transformed scratch building all the details, IP, seats, floor etc!

Some photos of my progress up until now, there will be more in the coming weeks, so please check back!

Many thanks

Stoke-on-Trent Model Club Show 2017

A nice local show to me, great venue with lots of parking. Good selection of traders and club stands on show too. A wide variation of aircraft on the tables ranging from airliners, dioramas, drones, fighters and much more, I will let the photos do the talking!

Stoke Club website and show info can be found here – http://www.stokemodelclub.co.uk/s-o-t-model-show-2017.html

And lastly, Thanks to all involved in setting up and organising the show, a good day out.

Researching the Privateer..

I’m looking into Privateers and there is some nice info and photos out there, the first being a book I’ve come across and that I will need to source, (Click images to make larger!)

CONVAIR PB4Y-2/P4Y-2 PRIVATEER by Nicholas A. Veronico & Steve Ginter 

I’ve also found a nice walkaround courtesy of Prime Portal. Lots of close up photos of a  PB4Y-2S (59819) Privateer that is being restored at the Lone Star Flight Museum, Texas and is being converted back to it’s original condition after spending it’s later life as a fire bomber, Tanker #30 N3739G. I’ve added some photos below, so we can see the differences between fire bomber config and USN. One of the more noticeable differences is that they were modified with R-2800 radials instead of the R-1830, which was a huge power increase and a change in cowling.

I won’t be doing the upgrade as one it’ll be too much work and two, it’s not true to the aircraft I have my eyes on.

and in USN R-1830 guise.


Moving onto the aircraft I would love to replicate, is a Privateer carrying two ASM-N-2 Bat guided bombs.







I may not do mine as worn as that, but it will certainly have two of these Bats under the wings, and it looks like I’m going to have to scratch build the pair, or make one and cast another!