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  1. This is an awesomely ugly "ground plane". There is an episode of I AM Weasel cartoon where he and I.R. Baboon are drafted in the U.S. Ground force and fly a ground plane that looks pretty much like this one. It never goes of the ground and this monstrosity looks like it will never lift off too. The model is cracking! Josip
  2. Hi! This is my latest effort. I have always thought that the Italeri kit was lacking in quality, so when I got this Heller kit I was thrilled as it has more finely executed ribbing and engines, alas some things are plainly wrong. The undercarriage legs are suitable only for late/post war machines and fit badly. Also the windows are 2mm too low, so I had to cheat things a bit. Mind you, if anyone wants to do a film aircraft from the movie Where eagles dare, this is the kit to go for. Sadly I've changed my mind during the build and finished it like an anonymous air ambulance. Vallejo and Revell acrylics were used throughout the build and the markings were hand painted. The only decals are a pair of very bad quality swastikas. My goal was to depict a machine that had surwived the winter with a badly washed away temporary white camouflage. You be the judges. Cheers! Josip
  3. Truly rare! I have 2 waiting in the stash for 2 years now and am afraid to start building them because they require a lot of effort to straighten them up. The problem with 15th AF is that there weren't a lot of Js, but plenty of Hs and others, so there is very little to choose from.
  4. Its very rare to se a SAF bird. The model itself is pretty good, but there are a couple of visible flaws that need rectifying. - a very noticable canopy seam - misaligned tail guns Josip
  5. Unfortunately there is one thing that just isn't up to the rest of the very convincing setup and that is the aeroplane. I'd definitely replace it with a more up to date kit like Hasegawa 1:72 B-26. Josip
  6. I'll stay with 1:72, but will definitely buy the ICM kit because I prefer it to Airfix. Its an impresive model. Its also nice to see machine guns in proper thickness for the scale.
  7. One more thing. It looks like Revell and Academy kits aren't really the same. But I'd go for Revell any time because their decals are far superior.
  8. Flight of the Phoenix

    This is superb! Who would have thought to see it done in plastic!?! But...change that board with real sand. It'll change the whole thing for the better. Josip
  9. My favourite Japanese bomber. I like it a lot. Especially the demarcation between camouflage colours.
  10. Thank you all. I'm glad that you like it. As for the other builds I rate the B-25 and MiG 21 far superior models. And they've been posted here before, but the ammount of daily quality models here is such that one gets inevitably forgotten in a few days. Josip
  11. Tu-114

    You should definitely not be ashamed of it!!! Josip
  12. Revell's 1/32 Typhoon MkIb

    Could you please explain the unpainted/white paneling on the fuselage? Josip
  13. USAF must have been thoroughly impressed by sporadic successes of Luftwaffe jets using unguided rockets against US heavy bombers in closing days of WW2. Otherwise they would have never developed this monstrosity! Luckily for us the Cold war never turned to Nuclear one and Scorpions never had to engage Soviet TU-95s over the Arctic, where the majority of F-89s spent their careers. I’ve never considered Soviet leadership to be so dumb to send unescorted fleets of heavy bombers with nuclear bombloads across the Artic only to be shot down with unguided, guided and nuclear air to air rockets by radar guided F-89s, but apparently the USAF brass thought differently. Anyhoo, the Revell/Academy kit rates about 3/5 in my book and I definitely won’t be building another one in this life. It looks OK in the box, but if one really wants it to shine, one should invest in Pavla’s cockpit and canopy upgrade set. This one was done mostly OOB with some minor additional work. Its quite a survivor this one as it nearly ended in trash not once, but twice! Luckily for us Revell’s customer service is great and I got additional parts mailed pretty soon. And here it stands! Red was airbrushed with Revell acrylics and metal was dry brushed with Model Master metalizers of various shades. Just for the sake of comparison I’ve placed some of my other models in order to easily comprehend the size difference between them. And they called it a fighter!?! Josip
  14. A sincere thank you for the model and an explanation about Toucan differences.
  15. What a nice model! Those Hasegawa 1:72 WW2 kits really make wonderful models. There's a lot that I like and some things that I'd do different. I'd put a gun in the nose - it looks more interesting. I wouldn't fade the Olive drab so much and I wouldn't go so far on chipping effect. I'd leave the upper turret unpainted as they were i reality. Otherwise its wonderful and more detailed than 1:48 Monogram kit.