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About jannie

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    Aviation: WW1, WW2, FAA 1950s - 1960s
    Naval: WW2, Napoleonic Wars

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  1. 'Greif' by name, Greif by nature!

    Hi! Just wondering - are you going to go for the RLM76 sides + mottling, then? The He177 has always been one of my favourite aircraft, notwithstanding all its problems there is a certain "elegance" to it (for want of a better word). But then again, I think the Bv141 was an absolutely awesome looking plane so perhaps I should not be the one to throw words like that around
  2. 'Greif' by name, Greif by nature!

    Nice! I recall building this kit at age 17 in high school - final year - and I hand-painted all the framing with a super-fine brush. It came out remarkably well seeing as I USED to have a super-steady hand and it was my pride and joy (so many school friends built models as well in those days - now it is all computer games I guess). I do have the Revell kit from some 5 years ago in my stash... Looking forward to the rest of the thread!
  3. 1/18 Fairey Firefly VX376

    Utmost respect! Real modeling at it best!
  4. Tempest Mk.5 - Heller

    I read somewhere that the engineers at Hawker saw no aerodynamic advantage to using an elliptical planform wing at all but where pressured to do so simply because the powers-that-be (those holding the purse strings) at the Air Ministry at the time were besotted with elliptical wings - IOW the Sales dept. at Hawker driving the Engineering dept. to do things that made no real sense (same as it still happens today, especially in Software Engineering! - Speaking from personal experience). I have "Typhoon and Tempest at War" (Beamont & Reed) on my bookshelf, I think that is where I read it - I'll check the reference some time. EDIT: Forgot to say - that is a stunning build, something to be very proud of. I built the original PCM kit (1/32) kit of the Tempest about 3 years ago, it came out pretty OK but that particular kit cured me of limited-run kits (for a while at least).
  5. Cessna O-2A "Oscar Deuce", Vietnam war

    Modelling at is absolute best! Amazing work!
  6. Gloster Gladiator Mk.I - 1:72 Airfix

    This kit is a heck of of a long way removed from the old early '60s Airfix kit I build as a kid! So much for the Good Old Days... (albeit that version only cost 25 cents at the time).
  7. Sukhoi Su-17 M3/M4 Fitter-K 1:48

    Thank you for the great review... that (plus the video) convinced me it's time to get one!
  8. I well remember the FROG He 219 kit - not so fond memories though. A local department store also sold models - Revell, FROG, Aurora etc (I'm talking about Pretoria, South Africa here). I have been a Night Fighter Fanboy since reading Cat's Eyes Cunningham's autobiography at age 14 and was overjoyed when I found one solitary He 219 kit on the shop shelf a couple of years later. I bought it on the spot (last of my pocket money) and hurried home - only to find that one of the fuselage halves was missing from the kit. No way you can scratch-build THAT at age 17. The Customer Service dep. gave me my money back, but to this day (about 40 years later) I still think that I'd rather would have had another He 219 kit with both fuselage halves instead! Maybe that's why I have two Tamiya 1/48 + one 1/32 Revell He 219 kits in my stash - I'm still trying to get over the disappointment
  9. I well remember this kit (never owned it or built it but saw it on the shelves back in the mid-seventies) and always wondered what it will look like. I did build the Hasegawa Neptune maritime patrol aircraft that was available during the same period. Very nice to see it, and you did a marvelous job - shows your fascination with the subject material - modeling at its best!
  10. 1/48 XB-70

    Will be following this closely... I have the old AMT 1/72 scale kit and the size of it is one of the factors that stops me from building it - so this is going to be H-U-U-G-E!
  11. 1/72 Amodel Tupolev Tu-134

    Love Russian airliners - looking forward to seeing more of this build.
  12. I'm living vicariously through you, Wally... I attempted this same conversion many years ago, but (if I remember correctly) in 1/72 scale using the old Bandai (or was it Edai?) kit back then. I was still doing military service at the time and could only work on this over weekends, the project crashed when I got posted to a (very) remote base. Never completed it, by the time I got back to civilization my interests had changed into the "normal stuff" - girlfriends, car etc.
  13. Holy mackerel! Absolutely beautiful - makes me want to go dig that old Heller DC-10 (1/120 scale) out of my stash and start working on it.
  14. Trumpeter's 1/200 HMS Hood

    I have a possible move coming up in the not-too-distant future (seriously considering moving to Vancouver Island), which is a bit frustrating as it blocking me from starting work on the kit. Or any other large projects, for that matter.
  15. Trumpeter's 1/200 HMS Hood

    A fantastic resource - thank you kindly John!