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  1. Tasty Tante Ju

    Just so you don't think that I have forgotten.... Lots of progress with this one, but I haven't many photos - will see what I have and put them up over the next couple of days. I have the plane built, with some of the ailerons/flaps on, and undercoated in a purple shade (not quite, but close to, the final shade. That should save paint when finishing, as I could only source two of the Vallejo paint pots, and Ju 52's use up a LOT of paint.....) Philip
  2. KP/AZ central discussion, questions & answers

    How about a "what if" of the SR-53 in Irish Air corps markings. (You have the decals already from the Spitfire TR9). The what-if would be that Ireland joined NATO in the 1960's and was part of the rapid response force dealing with the defence of the Atlantic Corridor.....
  3. That looks nice, Dermot. Well done on the weathering. Philip
  4. Henschel Hs 123B

    Great - I have been itching to get this kit. Looks really a quality product. Now I have somebody to try it out for me first! I'll pull up a chair, if you don't mind. Philip
  5. Tasty Tante Ju

    Wow! You have some memory ( or a great search engine 🙂)
  6. Tasty Tante Ju

    The weekend has allowed me to make a start with this kit. As normal, all of the sprues were washed and allowed to air dry. These are the sprues:- The fuselage pieces The wing pieces The other sprues and the transparencies Given the age of the kit, the pieces are quite crisp, and there is little or any flash to be seen. Quite a few of the smaller items will go to the spares box, as they are intended for the military versions. I had a look, as advised, at details of the actual aircraft, while in Milka livery, and found a youtube clip, which gives a couple of interior shots. So I have gone with what I can see there, which is a light grey colour. By contrast, I have opted to use a dark brown leather colour for the seats. You will see that I have only put in a couple of seats, in locations where they may be visible through the canopy, and the side door (which I may leave open....). There is no point in doing all the rest of the seats, and anyhow, I want to keep them to use in a Ju 86 airliner that I have planned for a future build. I have opted not to use the kit supplied pilots' seats, as these are rather bare, and have gone for a set for the Ju 52 made by Quickboost, which have seatbelts moulded in (and rather nice cushions). The frames are in white aluminium, which seems appropriate, given the age of the actual aircraft. While all that was drying, I made up the radial engines and gave them a "black base" undercoat, ready for some drybrushing and washes. I also drilled out the exhausts (which are not visible now, but hopefully will be when the model is finished). I also made up the wings, having fitted the undersurface transparency for the light, backed by chrome paint on the inner side of the top wing, which may (or may not) be visible..... The wing fitting needed a bit of fettling to get the corrugations to line up, and as a result, the nacelles may need some sanding. However, they are the only pieces where there are no corrugations, so that was a no brainer. More in a couple of days. Thanks for looking, Philip
  7. Bf 109F-4 AZmodel 1/72 - Finished

    Excellent ! (does not need translation) PHILIP
  8. GREAT weathering Philip
  9. Tasty Tante Ju

    Appreciate that offer, Mark. If I get into difficulties, expect a PM. Deffo I will order the Eduard masks - well worth it. (I used them for the 1/144th Ju 52 military version - Eduard's own kit - and they really made a difference. Got a gold for it in winter camo at the IPMS Ireland Nationals a couple of years back). If I can do this Milka one as well as yours, I will be well pleased. I already have the Vallejo violet 811 paint (two bottles) Philip
  10. Tasty Tante Ju

    Thanks Mark - it was your build that inspired me! Philip
  11. Tasty Tante Ju

    I will be entering the group build with this civil version of the Ju 52/3M. It is the Italeri kit, which I understand originated with a military version in 1977, with a civil version first coming along in 1995. My boxing is an updated one from 2013. However, ever since there was a build of this on Britmodeller in 2013, I have been looking for the decals, and found them in the past couple of months. They are from Karaya, and depict a Swiss post plane, used to market a certain brand of Swiss chocolate. Hence the title of my thread! We have a bank holiday here this weekend, so I hope to make some progress. Philip
  12. Radial Engines Rock GB Chat

    Cliff - I am going for a civil scheme, using aftermarket decals..... These! Having checked since, the only civil kit I can find is the Italeri kit No 150, so that will be the one I will go for. I don't relish replacing the upper fuselage gun emplacement on the Heller kit, and then trying to get the corrugations filled to line up, so the Heller kit goes back into the stash. Philip
  13. I'll pull up a chair for this one, if you don't mind, Dermot Philip
  14. Airfix Napoleonics

    Wow - that really brings me back to the 1970's, and the green carpet in our landing where we boys used to use these Airfix figures to do our own Napoleonic battles, with some conversions to white coated Austrians, as far as I can remember (probably as a result of an article in an Airfix magazine).... Wonder what happened to them..... I am surprised that you can still get the boxes. Philip
  15. Radial Engines Rock GB Chat

    Hi Cliff, You mentioned, earlier in the thread, a desire for multi-engined radial aircraft in this GB.... How would three of them work? (I am thinking of a Ju 52, in 1/72nd scale, since nobody has mentoned this as yet). It will probably be the venerable Heller kit, though with some aftermarket decals..... Philip