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Mitch K

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  1. Superb work on the face and the camouflage fabric - really clean and sharp.
  2. 1/72 Revell Bf 109 G-10

    Have fun! The kicker with this kit is the undercarriage being too widely set: it's not a difficult fix, but easier to do before assembly starts.
  3. 28mm Celtic Chariot

    Nice job!
  4. China Dog

  5. This Bf 109G-6 (part of the AZ Joypack I bought) is an aircraft of the Royal Hungarian Air force (Magyar Királyi Honvéd Légierő (MKHL)), W.O+21, of the 101st Home Defence Air Wing (101. Honi Légvédelmi Vadászrepülő Osztály), known as the "Red Pumas". Post war, the success of the Red Pumas against the Soviets was not an acceptable topic, and many of the pilots were severely punished for their actions during the war. However, the unit was reborn in 1988, and has since then proudly flown MiG 21 and 27 fighters and is now moving onto Saab JAS39's. The Red Pumas were considered an elite formation, and their successes (albeit at high cost) fully support this designation. This aircraft, W.O+21 was the mount of Lieutenant Lászlo Dániel. His aircraft is unusual in that it sports kill marks. Where the display of victories on aircraft was pretty much de rigeur on USAAF, Luftwaffe and even Soviet aircraft, it was almost unheard of in the MKHL. The bars on the tail show Dániel's early kills against the USAAF in the period of June and July 1944: a P-38, plus another shared, two shared B-24's and a further individual P-38, claimed but unconfirmed. He went on to score a further six kills against the Russian in 1945, and survived the war. As I said, this was an AZ Joypack kit – I’d recommend these with no hesitation, except for the fact that there’s only one early canopy in the set. Fortunately, vacform canopies such as Rob Taurus easily fill the void. Paints are the usual Tamiya mixes (RLM 74/75/76), and in this case I avoided panel washes and the like, just putting on a bit of smoke from the low-quality fuel that plagued late-war Axis operations. The decals are from a set by Print Scale: the decals themselves are superb, and although the instructions are a bit basic, the research is pretty good and all the profiles of the subjects can be traced to photos!
  6. Don't know how I managed, but I got a dual post. Moderators, could you possibly delete this.
  7. Since I am the One You Warned Me Of, I have another one in the works, bearing the markings of Les Invisibles...
  8. Joachim, my mistake with Göring! I do a with umlaut pretty much every day, and the keyboard shortcut is second nature, so Major Bär gets spelled correctly. I just couldn't be bothered to dig around for o umlaut for Fat Hermann! REgarding pilot types, you're probably right!
  9. I think it might be interesting to compare the Revell and Airfix versions. Hopefully Airfix haven't built beautiful wheel wells full of detail then plated over them like Revell did!
  10. J-W, the incident in the Med seems to have arisen from a period of unremitting physical and mental stress that drove him to breaking point. There has always been this background of stories about Luftwaffe pilots who were staunch non-Nazis. The Luftwaffe of course was arguably the most Nazi of the Wehrmacht, having had no previous existence like the Army or the Navy. I've never been quite sure what to make of this. Pilots in every air force seem to have had a maverick streak, and a desire to flout authority, and one can't help expecting the Luftwaffe to be the same. Bär seems to have taken a greater than normal delight in it, but at the same time there is no doubt he was a most dangerous opponent. Interestingly, Gordon Gollob seems to have brought out this behaviour in a very large number of his fellow officers. After the war, Johannes Steinhoff spoke very poorly of him.
  11. This is a Messerschmitt Me 262A-1a, Red 13 of III/EJG 2, based out of Lechfeld, March 1945. An Ergänzungs-Jagdgeschwader was an operational training/conversion unit, but often undertook active combat missions as well, particularly at the late stage of the war under discussion. Red 13 was the personal mount of Major Heinz Bär. Bär was a veteran of over 1000 missions and ended the war with 220 or 221 kills. Bär, nicknamed Pritzl because of his love of Pritzl candy bars, was an interesting character. He seems to have lacked any sense of reverence for rank or hierarchy, and made an enemy of Hermann Goering. When shot down over the Channel, he told Goering he had spent the time clinging to a rescue buoy reflecting on Goering's statement that England was no longer an island. This sort of behaviour resulted in Bär not being awarded the Diamonds to his Knight’s Cross, a decoration that all other fighter pilots with similar scores received. Bär suffered a mental breakdown during the fighting in the Mediterranean, was relieved of command and demoted, resulting in him having to fly as “Kommodore of his own crate” as he wryly put it. A rebel to the end, he refused point-blank to relocate JV 44 to Prague, citing that he was under the direct orders of Adolf Galland, infuriating Dietrich Peltz and Gordon Gollob, but ensuring that JG 44 went into American, not Soviet captivity. Bär survived the war but was killed in an accident during the trials of a supposedly foolproof trainer. The aircraft was intended to be impossible to stall or spin, but Bär found that it would indeed spin, and even a pilot as skilled as he was unable to recover. Bär was killed in the crash. The kit is Revell’s 1/72 scale, with extra details in the cockpit. The aerial is EZ-line and the pitot is steel capillary tube. Paints are Tamiya mixes and the decals are kit/spares except for the red 13, which is home-made.
  12. Yes, 28mm metal. It's a nice range. I've used the West Wind separate heads on things like Gripping Beast plastics, to provide variety etc.
  13. A superb built as always, Jerzy! Thanks for sharing.