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Michael louey

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  1. The Dolphin's a beautiful aircraft!
  2. Tamiya 1/350 IJN Yamato

    That's one of the best ship builds I've ever seen! Looks like you've miniaturized the real deal. Michael
  3. Spitfire - Tintin Land of Black Gold

    Sorry - duplicate post.
  4. Spitfire - Tintin Land of Black Gold

    Glad everyone liked the Spitfire. It was a fun build! I'd already finished another build of this kit (which was the 2nd one for me) for the club display in Barclay Scheme so I'd learnt all the tricks with this kit. This was inspired by Mike's (Strangeways) build in one of the Airfix Build and Convert series. (Thanks Mike ) Steve, You're right, there's no way of making a "perfect" Tintin spitfire. The illustration does seem to show twin radiators under the wing however the props appear to be 3 bladers and all the later Spitfires with twin radiators had cannon armament. One option would be that this is a PR version but it really doesn't look like a Mk X or XI. In any case I "had" to use the Mk I kit and the flat (though framed) canopy and lack of cannon made the Mk I a reasonable approximation. Cheers Michael
  5. Mil Mi 1 Hare - Tintin and the Picaros

    Thanks for the link! The French sites have some great articles on Tintin which isn't suprising since he's originally a Belgium native. I've recently being look at the Modelstories site which also has some nice articles on Tintin and Aviation as well as other mechanics (such as tanks and submarines)
  6. Great collection Antony. All those Mirages has nearly tempted me to pick up the High Planes twin pack I saw at the local hobby shop but I think the stash is too big right now
  7. Mil Mi 1 Hare - Tintin and the Picaros

    Thanks for the comments guys! Yes I've got the guide which is also produced by Blue Rider. At the time I bought the decal sheets from Blue Rider on ebay I didn't realise he had a package deal with the book and I'd already bought the book separately on Book Depository. There are a lot of nice schemes to do and I still plan to do a few more. Regarding the kit, the whole front fuselage with all the windows are moulded as clear parts. This means very neat window framing but the fit of the front cockpit to the rear fuselage is a bit wide and needed blending in. This is where the Amodel kit might be better. The other thing to note is that painting the rear bands is much more satisfactory solution than the decals. The sheet includes 2 bands but they'll never conform to the boom as they are straight not curved as well as being a bit short. Regards Michael
  8. In the post on Mike's Khemadi Mosquito, I posted a picture of my Khemadi Spitfire. Rather than distract from Mike's topic, I've started this one to post some clearer pictures (The other was just a candid shot at our club display). This Spitfire was one of a group made from the Airfix Mk I kit for our IPMS display at the Australian Model Expo. It's been modified with 6 stack exhausts from the Eduard kit and the flat early Spitfire canopy from the Airfix Mk I/II boxing. The decals are from Blue Rider which are well printed but a bit thick. Cheers Michael
  9. In the discussion on Mike's Khemadi Mosquito build, I mentioned a Mil Mi 1 Hare I built for a club display. It's from Tintin and the Picaros, the last completed Tintin story. It belongs to the San Theodoran government which is searching for Tintin and his friends. It's kit by Gran which I think is Ukrainian. I picked it up as it was cheap and available quickly. Looking at other built models, the Amodel kit might be a better choice. The only real mods I made was to replace the undercarriage legs with brass. The decals are from Blue Rider. Cheers Michael
  10. Eduard 1/72 Fw 190A-5 JG1

    Though I wasn't planning to add the updated photos of the 190 discussed with Joachim, I had to setup the camera gear again for some Tintin subjects (see other topics) so I decided to shoot the 190 with decals redone to show the difference. As I said earlier, nowhere near perfect but hopefully an improvement. Cheers Michael
  11. Khemedi AF Mosquito 1/72

    Doh! Not only did I get the Album wrong, I also mislead everyone on the Helicopter! Yes, it's a Mi -1 Hare, not an Mi - 2 Hoplite. My kit is a 1/72 Gran kit as it was reasonably cheap and available. I think Special Hobby also made one but I needed one quickly for our club build. I had a look and Special Hobby also did an Mi 1 in 1/48th but not sure about it's availability. Cheers Michael
  12. Khemedi AF Mosquito 1/72

    Of course you're right Meatbox! I blame old age When I get a picture of the Mi 2 I'll start a new thread and leave this one to Mike who owns it. Cheers Michael
  13. Khemedi AF Mosquito 1/72

    Hi Mike, Thanks for the compliment. Our club bought/received a whole bunch of Airfix Club Spitfire Mk I's (latest issue). These are basic kits with only 1 version. The Spitfire in "Land of Black Gold" is a bit of a composite beast. It has features of a Mk 1 and later marks. I used a spare set of Eduard 6 stack exhausts and the "flat" early canopy I had leftover from building the Mk I/IIa kit. The Blue Rider decals are very well printed but are a bit thick and I had trouble getting them to conform to the panel lines. I also built a "Calculus Affair" Mil Mi 2 but I don't think I've got any photos of it handy. One of our club members George Oh has also built this Tintin Mosquito last year as well as the Arado 196 from "The Shooting Start". I think he sometimes has them on "Modelling Madness". It really is a great Mosquito. They're will be a lot of Tintin fans who would love to get there hands on it. Cheers Michael
  14. Khemedi AF Mosquito 1/72

    Hi Mike, My sons and I love Tintin and part of the charm is all the interesting aircraft in the series. The Mosquito is lovely including the 'Whirlwind' style nose guns. I had to do a speed build last year for our club display and I'm sure you'll recognise the subject.
  15. RLM Paint Chip Chart

    Hi Ratch, You mean like these using Tamiya's dark green/black green You're right - I got the Hikoki book when it first came out and they sent me the supplement. All the other reliable references show a similar low contrast scheme for 70/71 (i.e. Monogram, Merrick, Eagle Editions). I remember the Airfix catalogues showing built up Luftwaffe aircraft in their own Airfix high contrast paints and thought the Humbrol colours were wrong.... Cheers Michael