Dave Turner - Started modelling again about 1996 having built mostly Airfix models in the late 1950s and 1960s. I have been retired for just over 4 years, but somehow have not found that I have more spare time for building kits! My preferred scale and subject is 1/48 aircraft and has focused mainly on WW2 American and German subjects, with a particular interest in US Navy aircraft. I am currently President of the West Middlesex Modellers Club, a post I took over when Don Sharpe died. I am also a regular visitor to the Farnborough IPMS Club and try to attend as many of the model shows that this club exhibits at that I can.
Churchill Tank Mk1 - 1/76 Scale by Hasegawa. Built straight from the box for the annual sixth month challenge.
Dauntless - 1/48 Scale by Accurate Minatures. SBD-2 Dauntless built straight from the box with only etched brass seat belts added. Flown by the Marine Corps at the battle of Midway, 4th June 1942
SB2C-4 Helldiver - 1/48 Scale by Accurate Minatures. Built straight from the box. Model finished in North Atlantic colours. The only modification to the kit is the addition of a radar pod to make it a 4E version used in an anti-submarine role.
P39 Airacobra - 1/48 Scale by Hasegawa. Details from the Eduard Big-Ed etched set. The model represents the aircraft of Major Sirotin of the 17 IAP, USSR, Spring 1945.
P-38F Lightning - Academy 1/48 scale - Aires cockpit, Eduard etched set plus many mods. and some scratchbuilding
F6F-3 Hellcat - Eduard 1/48 scale - Aires cockpit
FM-2 Wildcat - Hobbyboss 1/48 scale - Modified with Vector resin, Ultracast, Eduard Etched and vacformed canopy
Messerschmitt Me 410B-1 - Monogram 1/48 scale - CMK resin cockpit, engine and control surfaces
Messerschmitt Me 410B
Dornier Do 217E-5 - Revell 1/48 scale - CMK resin engines, scratchbuilt flaps and exhaust stacks
Dornier Do 217E
Piper PA-18 Super Cub -Revell 1/32 scale - etched seat belts otherwise straight from box
Piper PA-18 Super Cub
Messerschmitt Bf 110G-4. Eduard 1/48 scale with added etch parts, extra detailing and corrections. Master brass radar antennae with scratch built brass Strutz supports. Gunze Sangyo acrylic paint.
P-40E Warhawk of the 343FG Aleutian Tigers. Academy 1/72nd scale kit with etched cockpit details and replacement resin prop/spinner and gun barrels.
Focke Wulf 190A-5 Eduard 1/48th kit built straight from box using decals (Captured Butcherbirds) from Karaya. This aircraft was captured by the 325th FG in Italy, 1944.
Focke Wulf 190A-5
Focke Wulf 190A-8 Eduard 1/48th kit built sraight from box using decals (Captured Butcherbirds) from Karaya. This aircraft was captured at St Trond airfield on 1st January 1945.
Focke Wulf 190A-8
P61A-II "Midnite Madness" - 1/48th scale. Great Wall Hobby kit plus resin corrections. An aircraft of the 548NFS, Iwo Jima 1945.
MiG-15 UTI, Czech Air Force - 1/72 scale. KP kit. Entry in the club's 2013 Six Month Challenge
Lockheed S-3A Viking, VS-31 "Topcats" - Italeri boxing of the older AMT/ESCI kit, 1/48th scale. Kit plus resin engines, cockpit and wheels. The S-3 Viking was the American Marines replacement for the S-2 Tracker anti-submarine ship born aircraft.
The main correction that I felt was needed to an otherwise good kit was to replace the front half of the engines. The intake and fan assemblies were replaced with resin ones from Hotel Sierra Models. These had to be mated with the main engine casings and involved a lot of sanding and fitting to get a good join. The cockpit is a resin replacement from Wolfpack Designs with Eduard etched details. The canopy was tinted using a mix of Tamiya Smoke and Clear Blue. Wheels are from Royale Resin (excellent castings) with the Eduard undercarriage detail set. Brass rod was inserted into all of the main undercarriage legs and struts at the anchor points to strengthen them (it is a big and heavy model).
Decals are from CAM Decals but there are big problems with the fin decal. It just does not fit at the leading edge and I had to match in with several colours of paint. Upper paint surfaces are Xtracrylics Light Gull Grey and lower surfaces are Humbrol Gloss White from a aerosol. Satin varnish was used over the whole model.
For those who like to show the aircraft with wings folded, Wolfpack Designs do a wing fold for this kit but it is expensive and I think the aircraft looks better without it.
Wingnut Wings 1/32nd scale Sopwith Pup, A7327 "1", Standard built, Capt SH Pratt, 46 Sqn RFC, June-July 1917.
Paints used were from the Xtracolour range, Alclad Aluminium for the cowling and artist's acrylics (Raw and Burnt Sienna and Burnt Umber) for the propeller.
Model built out-of-the-box for the Kingston Aviation Heritage Trust (Kingston being the home of Sopwith Aviation).
No rigging is supplied with the kit and I decided to make the rigging from nickel silver wire (0.2mm from Albion Alloys) as well as metal turnbuckles (GasPatch Models) for extra realism. This proved to be a very difficult task as I fixed the turnbuckles to the model first and then had to cut the wire to the correct length. In hindsight it would probably been easier to attach the turnbuckles to the wire and then attach these to the model using pre-drilled holes. Most modellers use elastic thread ( EZ line) or nylon fishing line.
The Wingnutwings kits are excellent models and the only hitch I had with the construction was the well documented problem with the fit of the lower wing to the fuselage. The cockpit floor projects too far down and needs to be sanded down considerably.
The detailing supplied with this kit is fairly basic and the instructions are awful. Detailing includes adding the searchlight, a wing landing light, aerial array and modified cockpit to represent an "E" version. The wingfold is from Wolfpack, wheels from Royale Resin, engines and intakes from Quickboost as well as lots of Eduard etched sets. Decals are from Fightertown Decals to repressent a VS-30 "Diamondbacks" aircraft in 1970.
Entry in the 2014 6 Month Challenge - ZIS-5V with 37mm AA gun
North American A-36 Apache, Accurate Miniatures 1/48th kit. Markings of an aircraft from the 27th Fighter Group, 522 Sqn, Italy, Spring 1944.
Modifications to the kit included removing the flaps and replacing them with Verlinden resin ones. The resin flaps had to be modified to fit this kit and the wing root fillets rebuilt. The radiator/oil cooler outlet was opened, landing lights added and the propeller, wheels, exhausts and guns replaced with more accurate resin parts. Paint was Xtracrylix Faded Olive Drab and Neutral Grey. Decals are from kit.
Grumman F3F-1, VF-4 Section 3 Leader, USS Ranger, 1936. Accurate Miniatures 1/48th scale.
OOB + some photo etch parts. Xtracolor enamels and Alclad.
Grumman F8F-1 Bearcat. "Red Rippers" of VF-11, USS Tarawa 1949. Kit is Hobby Boss 1/48th scale F8F-1.
OOB it is a reasonably easy kit to build but it is inaccurate in many areas and lacks detail in others. The main areas that need attention are the cowling shape, the wing thickness, the very poor wing inlets and the overdone ribbing on the flaps. Apart from the wing thickness, all these issues have been fixed. The lack of detail in the wheel wells, engine accessory area,engine and exhausts have been addressed using resin (Aires) sets. Eduard interior and exterior etched sets replace cockpit and undercarriage kit parts. The wing fold is from Wolfpack. Decals are from Starfighter Decals and the paint is Mr Hobby Cellulose Gloss Sea Blue.
Hasegawa 1:72 scale U.S. Jeep Willys M.B./Cargo/37mm Gun.
Built out of the box with Little Cars lenses added for the headlights and some Microscope decals (I didn’t get any decals in my box). Entered in the 2015 6 Month Challenge.
Willys Jeep & 37mm gun
Grumman F7F-3N Tigercat, Italeri, 1/48th scale.
The model represents Z65 of the Marine Night Fighter Squadron VMF(N)-534 aboard the USS Shangri La, February 1946. This unit was assigned to carrier qualifications. However, it was soon apparent that the airframe strength was not sufficient to withstand carrier landings and structural failures of the wing-fuselage area consigned this version to land based operations.
I started this build about 6-7 years with the idea of scratch building the wing fold but I lost interest when I realised scratch building the detailed wing fold mechanism was beyond my capabilities. Fortunately, Wolfpack released a wing fold set and my enthusiasm was revived. The model has probably been the most difficult one I have built, especially where kit parts have been replaced with resin. The model has been extensively modified from the original kit as follows:- Corrected nose - D-Mold Resin Wing Fold and outer wings - Wolfpack Resin Props - Ultracast Resin Wing Intakes - Lone Star Models Wheels - Royale Resin Engines - Quickboost Guns - Quickboost Cockpit details - Eduard Added detailing - Posable flying surfaces, nose wheel details, nose wheel rear doors, aerials, landing and navigation lights. Paint was Xtracrylix Gloss Sea Blue, with lots of work with various grades of polishing pads.
Grumman AF-2S Guardian. NAS South Weymouth 124796 May 1956. Special Hobby, 1/48th scale.
Built mostly out of box but all flying surfaces were made posable. I added extra detail to the searchlight and replaced the kit wheels with resin ones. The decals are from Caracal Models. Overall a nice kit to build, but being a limited run kit there are some fit issues especially with the smaller parts.
Grumman Goose JRF-5. Model represents Bu4792 of the US Coast Guard (late 1940’s). Kit is the 1/48th Signifier version. The kit contains lots of lovely resin fuselage interior parts, most of which will never be seen! The injection part of the kit however is not good and requires an awful lot of work to make anything fit. Definitely the most challenging kit I have ever made. There is a lot of ‘surgery’ and scratch building as well as endless re-scribing. The undercarriage is the most modified area, mostly made from aluminium tube. Other areas that required significant work were the windows and the engine nacelles. It is a shame that the manufacturer have got the shape of the rear fuselage to the front of the fin incorrect. Decals are from Draw Decals and the spares box. Rigging on the wing floats is nickel silver rod. Paint is Tamiya AS-12 Bare Metal Silver and the yellow Mr Hobby Aqueous colour H329. All references were from Steve Ginter’s book Naval Fighters No 63.
Grumman Goose JRF-5
Grumman J2F-5 Duck. Kit is the Merit 1/48th scale and represents the Fleet Air Photographic Unit Atlantic aircraft No. 3 1942. The following were modifications made to the kit offering:- The resin engine was from Ultracast and the exhausts were scratch built from polystyrene tubing as the kit ones were found to be too short for the resin engine. The Eduard etch set was used, mainly for the the interior. The kit has no details on the rigging, so I purchased the excellent Steve Ginters Naval Fighters Number 84 book. This book describes and illustrates every detail of the Duck that a modeller would need. The rigging wires are from RB Production’s range of 1/32nd British Streamline Wires 9/32 BSF. This was the closest I could get in width and thickness. Although they are 1/32nd scale they are probably still under scale. Paints are Mr Color 367 Blue Grey [FS35189] and Mr Hobby Aqueous H315 Light Gull Grey. Decals are from the kit.
Grumman J2F-5 Duck
Focke -Wulf Fw189A-2 Uhu, W. Nr. 2317, 5D + CK, 2(H)/ Aufkl. Gr.31 Luftwaffe. Operating on the Russian Front in the winter of 1942-1943. Kit is the Great Wall Hobby 1/48th Fw189-A2. Addition to the kit contents were :- Replacement resin wheels including the tailwheel and some of the internal parts from North Star Models, resin propellers and spinners from Quickboost, and MG81Z guns from Eduard Brassin and Eduard interior etched set for the fuselage interior. I also used Eduard’s masks since the vinyl masks supplied with the kit are pretty awful. This is a quite complex and fiddly build with a lot of detailing work inside the fuselage. Particularly difficult was the lining up of the guns with their ammunition feed belts as well as the cartridge ejection shutes. I scratch built the external shutes. There is considerable work in masking up the glazed areas not to mention fitting them to the fuselage. The colour scheme was started by the usual priming (Tamiya Fine Grey Primer) and then the standard colour scheme of Fw189’s of RLM 70/71/65 using Mr Color paints. After the yellow bands and decals were applied the model was again varnished with a satin varnish to seal the decals. I then sprayed the upper surfaces, excluding the the glazed areas (these generally were not normally covered by the winter whitewash) with AK Interactive’s Heavy Chipping Acrylic Fluid. Once dry, I sprayed AK Interactive’s Washable White Paint not too evenly over the same areas. Careful removal of the white paint in patchy, random areas was done using a damp paintbrush. The effect I was trying to achieve was the rapid wearing of this winter whitewash or distemper that occurred in the harsh, Russian winters. What I found using this method was the areas that I removed were too stark to be realistic, so I feathered the edges with Micromesh pads, lightly sprayed the washable white over the patches to blend them in. The whole of the white areas were then lightly sanded with Micromesh. In retrospect I would not bother with the chipping fluid and would just use the washable white paint, randomly sprayed and probably partially sanded off. The truck is Tamiya’s 1/48th Krupp Protze with the canvas cover scratch built with wire and tissue paper soaked in 50/50 PVA glue and water to stiffen it. The figures are ICM ’S German Luftwaffe Pilots and Ground Personnel 1939-1945 and ICM German Luftwaffe Pilots and Ground Personnel in Winter Uniform. The fuel drums and Jerrycans are from Bronco Models and the bomb loading trolley is from Aerobonus (Aires). The base is from Just Bases, supplied as a recessed MDF/ hardwood edge base. The airfield apron was made by filling the recess with fairly liquid builders plaster and levelled by tapping the base sufficiently. When dry this was sprayed with grey primer, followed by shading of grey/ light browm and white acrylics. The grass areas are fine gravel and Autumn Turfs from Ammo MIG. All this careful work was then covered!! with Krycell Fine Powder from Precision Snow and Ice. The first layer of snow was fixed to the base using Deluxe Materials Scenic Spray Adhesive. Subsequent layers were fixed using my wife’s hairspray. Finally the model and diorama accessories were fixed to the base using superglue.
Focke Wulf Fw 189A-2
Beechcraft GB-2 Staggerwing (Traveller Mk11). Aircraft depicted is FT461, Royal Navy, Aeroplane Armament Experimental Establishment (RAAEE), Boscombe Down, March 1944. These American built aircraft came to Britain’s Royal Air Force and Royal Navy under the Lend-Lease agreement and were used mainly for a fast courier service of important mail as well as carrying military staff. The British, traditionally gave the plane their own name of Traveller. The kit is the Roden's 1/48th. Being a 'short run ‘ moulding it did prove tricky in many areas, mainly with the poor quality and fit of the transparencies. The main modifications to the kit were the replacing of the R-985 engine with a resin one from Neomega Resin. The interior was detailed using 0.3mm real leather on the seats and cockpit sides. Seat belts were also added. The undercarriage support struts were made from Albion Alloys slide fit aluminium tubing.
Douglas Devastator Floatplane TBD-1A, 1/48th kit by Great Wall Hobby . The very first production TBD-1 Devastator was modified by adding two Edo Floats. It was originally conceived as a test - bed for the Dutch Navy but events in Europe in the late 1930’s precluded the order and production never materialised. This single aircraft was retained by the US Navy (NAS Quonset Point) to test different torpedoes, operating out of Gould Island, Narragansett Bay, Newport, Rhode Island. The model was mostly made OOB, the main modifications were omitting the armament, telescopic aiming device, antenna and aerials. I used Eduard’s interior set as well as Eduard masks. The wing fold is standard for the kit. The paints used were Tamiya Chrome Yellow TS-47 cellulose for the upper wings and Tamiya Bare Metal Silver AS-12 for the remainder of the airframe. The biggest task was to scratch build the beaching trolley. No kits exist for this model and after extensive research on the internet and modelling forums I could only find two photos (one from the front and a more distant rear view) of this aircraft on a beaching trolley. The trolley including the wheels and tow bars were built from Plasticard and Evergreen strip styrene. The tug was a resin model of a Clark Tow Tug from VideoAviation.com. The base was a modified recessed base from Just-Bases. I used builders plaster for the concrete slipway and Woodland Scenics Realistic Water, Water Tints and Surface Waves for the sea effects. Excellent products but quite expensive!