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  1. Another in the flurry of April completions crosses the finish line. This is the Airfix Lightning F2A. I wish I had had this kit in the 80s and 90s when all there was to work with was the elderly Airfix kit. And even now, I wish they had chosen the F1 and F3, due to the higher number of colorful markings. I suppose I could wait until Airfix does the earlier marks (since that has worked out so well with the metal wing Hurricane...) I thought I had aftermarket decals for 92 Squadron, but if I do I could not find them when they were needed, so I used the kit markings. That is fairly rare for me; I will try to use aftermarket stuff, if only to put my own mark on the model. One troubling thing was that some of the Airfix decals, such as the wing walk lines, actually pulled up as they dried. I'm not sure that the sealer coat will keep them down. We'll have to see. This is completed aircraft #470 (3 aircraft, 0 ordnance, 1 vehicle for the year), finished in April of 2017.
  2. Revitalizing the production line starting this spring is finally starting to result in some completions for 2017. This is the Airfix Hawk, which I am pretty familiar with by now. The decals come from Combat Decals sheet 72004 (Test and Development Hawks). I'm a sucker for promotional schemes like this, and it won't be my last from this sheet. I did use a Master nose probe on this one. A very fine delicate part, much nicer than the kit part. I do wish it has been produced in steel rather than bronze, which necessitated painting the piece. I made something of a clumsy job on it. Still, another in a long line of Hawks. This is completed aircraft #469 (2 aircraft, 0 ordnance, 1 vehicle for the year), finished in April of 2017. And here are a couple of shots of my only upstairs display case, currently used only for Tornados, Eurofighters, Hawks, and Hurricanes. And even it is running out of space. More details and the occasional progress shot available on the 72 Land blog.
  3. Thanks to all, gents.
  4. I think it did for a while, probably while it was at Rechlin. The decal instructions don't show it with yellow, so I'm assuming (always dangerous in this biz) that when it transferred over to the flight school at Anhalt they put it back in overall RLM76. At least that's my story...
  5. Finally, an aircraft completion in 2017. Quite a few reaching the finish line in the next few weeks, reflecting a mojo restoration that seemingly was a long time coming. This is the new-tool Airfix Hurricane, of course. I've built a few of these now. It is a good, well-fitting kit. The captured German markings came from Kora 72-188. This Hurricane was captured at a French airfield and sent to Rechlin for evaluation. It ended up with I/JFS2, a flight school at the Anhalt field. I was not at all happy with the mottling, but until I get a new compressor with a pressure regulator, it is what it is. Do be aware that if you use the Kora sheet, that the individual decals need to be cut out, since it has an overall carrier film. This is completed aircraft #468 (1 aircraft, 0 ordnance, 1 vehicle for the year), completed in April of 2017.
  6. Oh Lordy, if only it were true. I would take either one, though prefer the C-124. Maybe in the fullness of time... And I'll definitely being doing the C-17 in the Qatar markings. I believe that Draw Decals already has a set (for the Anigrand kit), though IIRC it is fairly expensive. But then it's also huge...
  7. I'll probably get a couple if the price isn't horrendous. I do have Draw Decals to hang on it, and there is also a Caracal sheet with some interesting stuff. Pinpoint accuracy isn't that big a deal with me, so I can live with the Italeri kit idiosyncrasies. Not that I wouldn't take a nice new-tool version if it were available. I certainly have no intention of paying some of the ebay prices for the Italeri though.
  8. Just what I was looking for. Much appreciated, Tony.
  9. And now here is the question: does anyone make a 1:72 MOAB?
  10. I'd be up for an Airfix version, if only because the Revell ones seem to be so inconsistent in terms of molding. Plus their older tools deteriorate really quickly. I have a number of Eurofighters to complete, so we probably won't see an Airfix one until I finish that lineup...
  11. This was intended as a bit of a palate cleanser and mojo restorer as I geared up to get the dozen or more aircraft models in various stages of construction moving down the production line. It stems from a burgeoning interest in airfield equipment and military vehicles in general. Always in 1:72. And this doesn't detract from my main interest in aircraft models, as I can hopefully prove in the coming months. The model is from Academy, and is included in their Me-163B Komet kit. There is another version of the Scheuch Schlepper, used primarily on the Me-163A, and I've just received that kit via Sprue Bros, so hopefully by the end of the year I'll have both versions on the shelf. This kit (unlike the Special Hobby version) is very simple and all plastic, just what I needed at the time. As always, weathering is kept to a minimum. I will not entertain any discussion about this sort of kit being used to pad my annual production statistics. Heh heh
  12. This is actually a completion from mid-2016, but I was just now getting around to adding it to my modelling blog. I thought I would post it here as well. This is the wonderful Hasegawa kit. Everything fits, detail is good generally, and assembly was very easy. Quite a bit better than the second Revell kit (I have but haven't yet built the new-tooled version). There is a cost penalty: Hasegawa runs around $38 at Sprue Bros and Revell runs around $14. I used the Xtradecal set for RAF anniversaries (72-230). The aircraft is in anniversary markings for 29 Squadron, based in Coningsby in 2015. One of the more attractive special schemes IMHO. Next up will be the specials for 11 and 45 Squadrons, and maybe even some Luftwaffe specials as well. One of those will use the new tool Revell kit. This is completed aircraft #467 (28 aircraft, 6 ordnance, 0 vehicle for 2016) completed in July 2016.
  13. Probably a lost cause, but does anyone make these markings in 1:72? I have a second Concorde I would love to do up as this one. Thanks if you have any info.
  14. Mikro-Mir has a pretty interesting set of works-in-progress. Any idea when the first of them will be released? And which retailers will be carrying them? TIA.
  15. Definitely interested in the German version. The links don't work, though.