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Mitch K

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    Researcher, mass spectrometrist, fencer, modelmaker, fisherman..
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  1. You've made a fantastic job of this! The weathering is excellent. Is this a decent kit? Being Hasegawa, I'd expect it to be, so is this the best way to get a metal-wing Mk1?
  2. Academy Spad XIII 1:72

    Now that's what I call rigging! Super job.
  3. Italian thoroughbred!

    Lovely build of a beautiful design. Does the Hasagawa kit have proper asymmetric wings?
  4. Arma Hobby 1:72 PZL P.7A

    Superb! Much nicer than the Misterkit offering!
  5. That is absolutely brilliant!
  6. Here's the other one! Number 227 was assembled at IAR Brasov, and issued to Grupul 7 Vânătoare of the Royal Romanian Air Force (Forţele Aeriene Regale ale României), and flown by Lieutenant Ioan Dicezare. Dicezare was a high-scoring Romanian ace, with 16 confirmed kills and three probables. All of his aircraft carried his personal monogram, the "IDC" marking below the cockpit, and the words "Hai Fetitu!" on the cowling. "Hai Fetitu!" translates as "C'mon little girl!", and refers to a racehorse (a filly) with that name. Dicezare was apparently a real horse racing enthusiast and was a part-owner of this horse. Dicezare survived the war, and died in 2012, just short of his 96th birthday. He was arrested and imprionsed after the war, but was rehabilitated later, promoted to the rank of Lieutenant-general and appointed Patron of the Air Force. The Prinstscale decals, again, were superb to handle. The only kicker is the "blue" on the tail and on the national cockades. As printed, this is close to violet (hence "blue"!), but should be cobalt blue. To be honest it isn't hugely noticeable, but it bugged the hell out of me once I finally noticed (it's even less apparent when the decals are still on the pale blue backing sheet). When I added the stencils, I made a start on altering the violet bits to cobalt blue (I'm using artist's acrylics with a touch of Klear to make them flow). So far I've done the tail and the circles in the cockades. The lines at the edge of the national cockades will have to wait for an evening when I'm less tired and have more time!
  7. Now we're getting somewhere! The Bf 109G-6 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 ctions 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 P38, 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. Once that lot had hardened off, some stencils were added. All of these are PrintScale decals. These were easy to soak off the backing, were tough and flexible with excellent opacity and colour, and seem to have gone down onto the panel lines exactly as anyone would want with just a touch of Decal Fix. The aircraft will need the decal adhesive residues removing, then a coat of gloss to seal everything, but then it's onto final assembly and finishing!
  8. Here's the Hungarian one, with the mottling of RLM 02, 74 and 75. The Romanian example, with whorl/squiggle pattern of RLM 75 over the RLM 76. The yellow wasn't an unqualified success. The photos don't show it, but there was a lot of patchiness, poor coverage and tonal variation. The large patch under the nose on the Romanian aircraft was the worst. So it was careful sanding back and a then coat of very pale grey to even all the tones and surfaces: Then a re-do with the yellow: Everything was much more even the second time around and now they're ready for some gloss ahead of the decals. In the mean time, all the undercarriage bits got finished: And the spinner were sprayed gloss white ahead of the painting of the blades and main colours on these.
  9. Lovely work. I did Airfix's equivalent offering in 1/72. Believe it or not, Airfix's is actually worse, in that it would appear that you didn't have to fill the square-sided trenches that Airfix pass off as how fabric looks when stretched over wing ribs!
  10. With RLM 04 yellow on, ready for the underside colour. The pictures show essentially no colour contrast between the paint and the yellow tape! After the RLM 76 went on, the sides/top of the fuselage and the underwings got a coat of RLM 74. Here's the Hungarian aircraft, which had the "normal" German-style camouflage, with a high fuselage colour break. This is the Romanian aircraft. These were assembled by IAR Brasov, and had a quite different paint scheme, the "Home Defence" pattern, with a soft-edged bands of RLM 74/75 on the wings and stabilisers, then the fuselage camouflaged with spiral patterns of RLM 75 over the pale RLM 76. As ever, there's a little bit of dodging in where things have infiltrated under masks, but it's onto painting the mottling on the Hungarian aircraft and the spirals on the Romanian one. Gulp!
  11. Breathtaking! Much nicer than my Misterkit version!
  12. Assembly proceeded relatively slowly from here. The addition of the nose fillets obviously affects the fit at the wing roots and the underfuselage to wing joints. It's a case of buttoning up seams one by one, checking, filling and sanding, re-checking, re-filling, re-sanding then moving on. The interchangeable nose sections require quite a lot of care, as the real machine doesn't have a seam at this joint. My own feeling is that the modeller would be better served if these components went down to the exhaust stack, where the cowl opening line is. Most of the filling can be accomplished with a squirt of Vallejo putty, smoothed back with a clay shaper or a damp q-tip, then polished up when dry. Brake lines are made from lacquered wire. If the lacquer is roughened up a bit, the wire takes glue and paint well. I think they look all right painted up. Unfortunately, I think I've managed to lose the pictures of the fitting of the vacform canopies, so the next post will be paint and the like!
  13. Eduard FW190 F8

    Superb! I've hemmed and hawed about buying on of these - I'm now sold!
  14. 1/72 Amodel Yak-9U

    A superb piece of work!