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rav last won the day on September 29 2014

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  1. Thank you, Doc! No reason for big complains. The interior is simplified - I have scratchbuilt the cockpit side walls and gun mount because I decided to open the rear part of the canopy. For the same reason I had to work a lot on the canopy itself - I sanded it on inner side to let the parts fit one inside another (the part above the gunner's head is scratchbuilt from a transparent foil). I don't blame Fujimi for this effort - the basic cockpit was good enough (IMHO) for closed, dense framed canopy. After the fuselage was assembled (two main halves, top around the cockpit and engine section) it had to be sanded and some lined rescribed. I changed the idea of propeller mount to keep it aside until final assembly - I usually do it with brass and plastic tubes to get a stable, well-aligned and easily-rotating prop which add a lot to my photos. The rest of assembly was nice and easy. I just had to scratchbuild the gunsight (kit part was launched somewhere beyond the event horizon using tweezer) and the part under rear end of the fuselage (damaged upon removing from sprue). The stabilizer lines are from the original Fujimi decals, but cut into individual stripes. I could not use the four stripes together because of yellowed base lacquer. Hovever, a similar blue stripe around the bomb was painted (blue paint, 0,5 mm masking tape and grey paint). Wheel covers stripes are from AeroMaster set 72-056.
  2. EI-238, pilot: Lt. Cdr. Kakuichi Takahashi, observer: Lt. Koizumi. Shokaku aircraft carrier, Pearl Harbor, December 7th, 1941. The leading aircraft of the first wave of dive bombers. Kit: Fujimi (1/72). Decals: AeroMaster.
  3. One of 7TP tanks from 2nd Light Tank Batallion, captured by Germans in September 1939 in Poland and stored in Tomaszow Lubelski. 7TP was a Polish development of Vickers Six Ton Tank, produced from 1934. Main modification was the engine - 7TP was the first Diesel-propelled tank in the world and the first tank with Gundlach Periscope. As its predecessor, 7TP existed in one or two turret version. Kit: First to Fight (1/72). Camouflage: Gunze C039, C070, C041.
  4. The decision about Caracals (and many others) cannot be explained without political background. But even with the background in sight most of decisions made in Poland in recent months cannot be called reasonable. No great chance for improvement until next elections (planned for 2019). I'm sorry.
  5. Interesting translation. ;-) In fact it means simply "We don't fly and won't let anyone else". In Poland (and maybe in Russia too) a person thinking this way can be called "a gardener's dog" (in Polish: "pies ogrodnika") because it does not eat fruits and won't let others to taste them.
  6. AZ already did it with their Spitfires.
  7. Thank you all for your comments. Now let's look at the questions: Yes, it is. I had no problems with decals. I never use a force to move a decal on wet paper. If it does not move when touched, I just give it more time. Then I slide it on wet (Gunze decal liquid) surface of the model and gently slide it to position. Finally I touch the liquid with a piece of paper towel to take away the liquid and let the decal sit in the surface.
  8. Supermarine Seafire FR.47 VP461 178/P, 800 Squadron FAA, HMS Triumph, Korea, August 1950. Pilot: Lt. Hanchard Goodwin. Kit: Special Hobby (1/72).
  9. The yellow bands should reach to the wingtip lights.
  10. For my AZmodel WX-D I took the racks from CMR resin Spitfire Mk.IXc.
  11. Really? And what about Spitfire Mk.XIV? P-40 and P-51D are also strong in this competition. Academy Fw 190 F is still the only 'short' 190 I have built, more than 10 years ago. I'm not defending it. Since then we got cheap Revell, Airfix and Zvezda plus excellent Tamiya and Eduard, so there is no need to start with Academy kit now. But I'm not going to bin my Academy model even when I'll have the later ones finished.
  12. I prefer Revell. Hasegawa has some shape issues I don't like. Hobbycraft has wings and tailplanes moved about 3 mm forward. It is a copy of Italeri which had only tailplanes (post Block 15 version) moved and too close to the wing. Hobbycraft noticed that and... moved the wing too. Here is how to correct it: Revell wins hands down, however it is very hard to find it now. I agree. Bulged doors are available from Attack Squadron. I haven't built it yet, but it seems you're right. If you have Revell F-16B and C, you can move the additional "C version" frames to B kit and build F-16A and D. My F-16s[ (various kits) are here. Currently I have Polish F-16C and D in progress (Revell).
  13. Two "Battle of Britain" movie Buchons in 1/72: Classic Plane Special Hobby