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  1. A very nice model of a historically significant aircraft. And a rare sight here: Japanese bombers don't seem to be very popular with European and Northa American modellers.
  2. A fine model and definitely a cool aircraft. Many years ago, I was particularly fascinated by the international post-war career of the Invader and I bought a copy of Dan Hagedorn/Leif Hellstrom, Foreign Invaders: The Douglas Invader in Foreign Military and US Clandestine Service. Still a fantastic subject.
  3. Well done! Probably the best Sabre I have seen here. It not just shows an attractive paint scheme, but mainly a very fine airbrush-work and subtle weathering.
  4. D-Day Typhoons

    Recently I became interested in Typhoons operated on D-Day or in the immediate aftermath (full invasion stripes). There are some good photos in Shores/Thomas, 2nd TAF and on the IWM-site. It seems that the 3-bladed propeller was more common at this time than the 4-bladed type, but on many photos you can’t tell because the engine is running. It is even more tricky with the tailplanes. On most photos I can’t say whether a Typhoon had the older small tailplane or the Tempest-type. Is there any trick or rule of thumb to decide these questions based on the existing photos? Thanks in advance Ole
  5. Very nice, well done! I am also planning to build BW167 soon (but in 1/72). I like the way you solved the problem whether the aircraft had red balls inside the stars or not. I am by now convinced the red balls were there, but they really barely show on the original photo. Therefore, faded markings are a good option. Are these the Eduard decals included in the kit or did you fade them yourself?
  6. BRDM2 NBC 1/72

    That's some cool braille scale modeling! I like the weathering and the rio.
  7. 1/72 Canadair CP-107 Argus

    Most impressive! It must have been a hell lot of work.
  8. Germany prefers F-35

    Given the problems plaguing the A400M it is understandably that the German Air Force this time prefers to buy off-the-shelf and off shore. There might also be a political-economic background, however: Germany has a growing trade surplus with the US and this is not only annoying the current POTUS. There is a certain pressure on Germany to change this and also Germany itself admits that its trade surpluses are not ideal. As the US industry is unlikely to produce anything that German consumers will be buying in large numbers in the near future, government spending (=buying weapons in the US) are a proven way to re-balance trade between the two countries. In the Cold War, there was even a formal treaty in which W-Germany agreed to buy in the US for a sum equivalent to the money the US spent on its forces in Germany. A lot of the weapon acquisitions of Germany, Japan, South Korea, and in particularly the Gulf states, I think, can be explained in this way. The US usually have a trade deficit with these states. In a way, it's a form of paying for US military protection.
  9. Tu - 22M3

    Great model and great weathering. The photos of the real thing show that the deteriorated paint scheme is in no way overdone on the model. How did you make the patches of yellow primer shining through the grey camo?
  10. Well built and cool looking! This brings back some memories. I also built this kit in the mid 1990s. Not being a great Luftwaffe 46-fan, I still find this Mistel a particularly fascinating subject. IIRC it was a very fine kit. The boxart was cool, too.
  11. A very fine looking Mustang! Are the dropped flaps part of the kit or your own modification? I think, they add a lot to the look of the model.
  12. Very fine looking model! I imagine that construction was not quite easy with these early AZ kits.
  13. Hi guys, I experienced a short relapse into armour modelling. This is the 1/72 kit from Revell which is a fine little kit with a very high level of details and good fit. I always try to base my model as close as possible on photos of the real thing. Therefore, I had to make some additions in the form of storage at the rear of the vehicle, a rolled tarp and a kind of exhaust cover on the left, a towing cable on the right and the antenna with the flag (aluminium foil). I had the impression that the paint scheme suggested in the kit's instructions does not match the real thing, so made my own interpretations based on photos. The new(ish) German desert colours (Umtarnfarben) are a confusing subject, however, and even the Boxer carried several versions in Afghanistan. Finally I also build a small base for the Boxer. Some work-in-progress pics of the model and the base can be found at the end of this post. Any comments welcome. Like on the real thing, the cabin is actually removeable. Nevertheless, I glued it in place. Small modifications visible here: jerry can at the rear and a kind of rolled tarp as exhaust cover on the front left. Weathered tires and a photo of the real thing (non-weathered). Base made from foam board... ... and covered with toilet paper and thinned white glue. Later a mixture of wood putty, sand and pigments was added. In the middle of the base is an area which is still even with no gravel added so that the Boxer can sit even without any of the eight wheels floating in the air. With paint and (sparse) vegetation.
  14. Remarkable what can be done in this scale. And it is an attractive little jet in its yellow paint scheme.
  15. Pink Spitfire

    Just experimenting with Imgur: (I don't want to spam the forum with my old photos, but at least for me it is annoying that so many of our posts have got lost due to Photobucket's new policy)