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Mitch K

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About Mitch K

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    Researcher, mass spectrometrist, fencer, modelmaker, fisherman..
  • Birthday 25/05/66

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  1. 28mm Teutonic Knights

    Thinking about it, your biggest problem might be finding some pagan Prussian or Livonian armies to fight them!
  2. 28mm Teutonic Knights

    Dunno what these are like precisely, but I've built a shedload of plastic 28mm by loads of different manufacturers and I reckon they're brilliant. You can put a full-size army from something like Once Upon a Time in the West Country, Dux Brit or Saga on the table very cheaply, especially if you hawk around for individual sprues!
  3. Excellent build!
  4. Aerial line - the best for 1/72?

    Another vote for EZ-line. It's also very useful for rigging biplanes.
  5. I am absolutely in awe of the job you have done on the cockpit. If I wore a hat, it would be off!
  6. AZ Bf 109G-6, Slovak Air Force

    Here she is with the decals on. These are from a mixture of sources: the national markings are from Blue Rider, the code numbers from Fantasy Printshop and the stencils are from Print Scale. In the mean while, I've got the undercarriage etc all painted up and ready: And look what's arrived - Rob Taurus vacformed early-model framed canopies for the other two builds! The black object is a sheet carrying a set of tiny but perfectly formed ventilation scoops visible on the lower area of the canopy on most versions. These look super and appear to me as though they will go on without too much difficulty.
  7. Great work there.
  8. 1/72nd Sword Vultee Vanguard

    Really nice result!
  9. AZ Bf 109G-6, Slovak Air Force

    I sprayed RLM76 overall - it's a good base a shows up dings, gouges and scrapes pretty well. I then masked her up like the mummy of king Tut! The upper surfaces are RLM74 over RLM75, with mottling on the fuselage sides of 74, 75 and 02. With the masking off, here's the final result. I'll gloss her later, then I can go with the decals.
  10. AZ Bf 109G-6, Slovak Air Force

    I sprayed the wheel wells with RLM02, then masked them with blutak, before going with the yellow RLM04 for the wingtips and fuselage band. The bit under the nose is an artefact of me not looking at the reference properly and going at it like a bull at a gate! The tail and wingtips were masked, but the extra bit was left! The Slovakian Air Force 109's (of all marks) were all ex-Luftwaffe aircraft (as opposed to new builds supplied directly). The Slovaks painted over the existing markings, then put their own roundels and codes into place. On the fuselage and tail, the crosses and swastikas were covered in a very dark colour. Some sources state this is RLM74, but the tonal difference between the pre-existing RLM74 and the new fuselage band is very large. I can think of three reasons: 1 The original paint had faded very badly and this new paint represents the actual colour; 2 At the relatively late stage of the war this applies to, inter-batch quality control on paints was greatly relaxed. Having looked at a lot of pictures of Luftwaffe aircraft, I haven't seen anything that really supports either of these hypotheses. Which brings me to the third reason: it doesn't closely match RLM74 because it isn't RLM74 but is actually a Slovak colour which was regarded as "fit for purpose". I darkened up some RLM74 with Tamiya NATO black and used that. The band is quite wide, and varies in application: on some aircraft it goes all the way around the fuselage, in others it excludes the underside; on some aircraft the forward margin is sharply masked and on others it's sprayed freehand. The band and the diamond-shaped area on the tail where the swastika was got masked off. Time to get some RLM76 on!
  11. Lovely build Mike! Just one tiny thing - the 352 flew out of RAF Bodney in Norfolk (hence the name), about two miles from where I was born. Bodney was a pre-war RAF station that was taken over and improved by the USAAF. There's very little left of it now, as it has very largely reverted to agricultural land, although there is a memorial to the men of the 352 which can be visited by prior arrangement.
  12. Superb work! I thought it was a lovely kit when I built mine, and it went together nicely. I love your approach to the exhausts - absolutely brilliant!
  13. AZ Bf 109G-6, Slovak Air Force

    Right, the next, potentially nasty, stage was getting the upper wings on. I glued the wing roots first, carefully aligning the wing and fuselage to minimise issues later (I hope)!). Turning it over, so far, so good. Excuse the filler on the cowling - that will be sorted, but at the moment fitting the wings is as much as I can cope with at once! Clamped up, the leading edge closes up evenly across the two sides, although there's a bit of a chasm. My suspicion is that this might not be especially stable when it's filled and sanded, and the filler might well crumble. So, a bit of reinforcement in the form of some plastic card wedges. The gap isn't as alarming as these would suggest, actually. Having roughly chopped these down, I filled the gap with white milliput. This is my go-to for big gaps because it smooths out easily with a damp finger, doesn't crumble and is solvent-free, so doesn't dissolve what you're filling. On the other hand, it's as hard as iron and trying to sand it whilst not totally removing the soft AZ plastic is not the simplest task. I added the drain tube/reinforcement strut for the radiator at the same time. The rack for the underfuselage tank is clearly visible on most of the photos I have of Slovak Bf 109G's so I put it on now. After a last bit of fettling, I think I'm happy to go forward. The joints where the outer wing panels and those around the oil cooler inlet were a bit too wide, so a wipe of filler went on. When this shrinks as it dries it ought to reduce these nicely. Before closing up the cockpit, there's a few last bits. The head armour was painted up. I added some slight extensions at the bottom corners to allow it to attached to the cockpit. Here it is in situ. The kit includes a perfectly functional, if not mega-detailed, gunsight. I added brake pipes to the main gear legs from fine wire. Hopefully over the weekend I'll get the canopy on and some primer down.
  14. Fine detail brushes

    Rosemary and co series 33.