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  1. Hello all somewhat a newbie to BM. Newbie to WW1 aircraft other than the basics. Im trying to add to my overall Collection of builds/kits/Stash. I have a Sopwith Camel in 1/72nd and am planning on adding the following types. Id like to keep them same scale for display purposes. I would love to do these kits from WNW but im on a seriously restrictive budget financially and storage wise. I guess what im looking for is help completing the following list. 1. Sopwith pup 2. Sopwith Triplane 3. Nieuport ( not sure of variants ) 4. Spad ( again not sure of variants ) 5. Fokker Dr.1 ( Triplane correct?) 6. Fokker D.VII ( Biplane ?) 7. Fokker Eindecker (monowing?) 8. Albatross D.III 9. Albatross D.5 10. Pfalz (not sure of variants) I hope thats a good start as im just starting out. These will be built along with other types in my stash as time unfolds and as i think i can get to them. But am looking at eduard kits for most of them in this scale. Any how i hope and believe you gentleman are far wiser when it comes to this era. Thank you Dennis
  2. I thought I'd tuck this in as a mark of intent for the next build, although I don't intend any serious work commencing on it for at least a week or so yet: Italeri's Fairchild C-119 G Boxcar from 1985. I think this is going to be fun, and slakes two of my particular thirsts - cameras in the sky and in orbit - so let me explain.... Backstory 'When Harmon touched the capsule, he jerked his hand back because it was hot. Then he touched the capsule again and it wasn't really hot, but it was quite warm...Harmon was the first person on Earth to feel the heat of reentry.' Corona Star Catchers, p.88 http://www.nro.gov/history/csnr/corona/StarCatchersWeb.pdf As the Cold War developed throughout the 1950s, the increasing vulnerability of aircraft to interception led the US to foster 'national technical means' in order to conduct surveillance of the USSR (amongst other targets) from orbit. This led to the inception of the Corona program. This first generation of US spy satellites - more accurately referred to by their 'Keyhole' security designation eg. KH-4 - were film-based (this was long before any digital downlink capability for imagery remember) and faced the non-trivial problem of returning the exposed film back to Earth from orbit for development and analysis. Think the beginning of the film Ice Sation Zebra and you get the idea. After a succession of problems, the first operational 'take' was returned to Earth in August of 1960. Initial resolution was in the range of 35-40 feet (depending on atmospheric conditions) but over the course of the decade this resolution drastically improved with each successive generation of KH imagery. The Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum has some quite exceptional KH-4 images in high resolution here: https://airandspace.si.edu/collections/search?filter[set_name]=Corona Program Exhibit Posters Collection These will let you see both the improvement over time in resolution, as well as the scale of the context images in relation to enlarged sections. There's an evocative contemporary USAF film here that gives an example mission profile: What I'm going to do here is turn the 'G' kit version into a 'J' version that was used to collect the returned film buckets in mid-air. You can see this terminal part of the mission illustrated here: Although this is a later graphic showing the C-130, the procedure for the C-119 was effectively identical. The aircraft I intend building is 'Pelican 9' (s/n 51-8037), flown by Capt. Harold E. Mitchell, responsible for the first successful Corona film bucket collection. The National Reconaissance Office maintains a decent online Corona archive here: http://www.nro.gov/history/csnr/corona/index.html which includes an excellent oral history of the recovery crews who flew these missions: http://www.nro.gov/history/csnr/corona/StarCatchersWeb.pdf The best book in print currently on the Corona missions is Eye in the Sky: The Story of the Corona Spy Satellites, ed. Dwayne A. Day et.al. Although thoroughly researched it is a typical aerospace history in being drily technocratic and lacking any real critical perspectives on events. William Burrows' Deep Black provides a useful (and more readable) historical account of the transition from aircraft to orbital reconnaissance systems. For basic information on 'Pelican 9' I'm relying on the excellent Aerofax volume Fairchild C-82 Packet and C-119 Flying Boxcar, by Alwyn T. Lloyd, as well as the Starcatchers publication listed above, this latter volume has some superb interior shots of the rear of the recovery planes, showing details of the recovery gear that I've not seen anywhere else. The aircraft itself is currently preserved at the National Museum of the US Air Force: http://www.nationalmuseum.af.mil/Visit/MuseumExhibits/FactSheets/Display/tabid/509/Article/197556/fairchild-c-119j-flying-boxcar.aspx Now a little about the kit: I bought this second-hand off a gentleman online who had packed it immaculately between layers of Co-op paper: A gert big instruction booklet and canary yellow decal sheet (which I probably won't use anything from): The runners: Notice anything missing in the above shot btw? No wings! I just had a mild coronary until I dashed back to the box and found them under the bottom layer of paper which I hadn't turned over. Not an auspicious start! I'm not sure yet how accurate some of that interior is, so the jury's open on how much will still be there by the end. Same for what's up inside the front end (along with some tasty sink marks...) Is that a bullwhip on the port side behind those fire extinguishers? The engines are less than over-whelming however. As the kit is a 'G variant that would make these Wright R-3350s, which would also be suitable for the version I intend building I think. I'm not happy with the way these look here however - I'm wanting to replace one of them with one of these from Aerolines for a reveal possibly: https://www.modelchoice.net/catalogue/aircraft/engine-engine-set/wright-r-3350-al-7013.html However, I'm throwing this open to the floor for any eagle-eyed engine experts to correct me if that's wrong in relation to this: It's kind of hard to tell... This is also going to be a lot bigger than I imagined! A glimpse down the dance hall: There's going to be some fun kitting this out for sure. Look at all those bloody windows though... Gawd...lots to pop out later. Aside from doing something about the engines if I can, the biggest tasks are to built a new 'J' ahem beaver-tail instead of the 'G' ahemahemclam-shell rear door, build new aerial arrays for the nose, and do up the interior with all the various booms, winches, platforms, collection drum etc. I had toyed with some kind of 'capture' scenario with the aircraft it in flight dramatically snagging the parachute in the trailing wires: but it would just be too big to store anywhere with the chute dangling backwards from the booms. I'll need to go through the kit in greater detail now and start comparing it to references shots in order to do up a job list. Thanks for reading! Tony
  3. HI all. I'm starting a new project and here is what I going to build: Lieutenant Heinz 'Esau' Ewald Me109G-10/U4 “"Weisse 3" (II./JG52 Veszpren, Hungary, February 1945) PROMODELLER - 1/72 Lieutenant Heinz 'Esau' Ewald joined 5./JG52 in Russia as a young Unteroffizier (Staff Sargent) in the late summer of 1943 and flew with them for the entire duration of the war. Always regarded as one of the finest of the young pilots of JG52, he flew as wingman to Major Gerhard Barkhorn, Kommandeur of II./JG52 and second highest scoring Ace in history. Heinz Ewald scored his 50th victory on December 29th 1944 when at Veszprem in Hungary. He flew a total of 396 missions and scored 84 victories. He was awarded the Knight's Cross in April 1945. Bf 109 G-10 W.Nr. 610487 "Weisse 3", Lt. Heinz Ewald, II./JG 52,Veszprém, February 1945. Collection Ewald, Janowicz 2006, p. 88. Ltn Heinz Ewald (left) and Gerd Hauter. A G-14, note the short tail fin Bf 109 G-10 W.Nr. 610487 "Weisse 3", Lt. Heinz Ewald, II./JG 52,Veszprém, February 1945 Bf109G-10 of Heinz Ewald This WNF-built Bf109G-10 was flown by Heinz Ewald of II./JG52 in February 1945.The landing gear doors had been removed to prevent snow and mud from getting caught up between the doors and the leg as seen in first photo. Here is a small translated extract from Ewald's out-of-print memoir "Wo wir sind ist immer oben " - from The Luftwaffe Blog: http://falkeeins.blogspot.com.au/2012/03/shot-down-by-german-flak-01-march-1945.html "Shot down by German flak - 01 March 1945 ! Veszprem - Alarm ! scramble !- Eduard 'Edi' Pitzl, Gerd Hauter, Anton Kellmeier and myself, Heinz Ewald, get airborne. Over Stulhweissenburg we come under fire from Russian and then German anti-aircraft artillery. Something's up! "Achtung", I call over the radio " viele Indianer vor uns ! Frage Victor? " - " lots of bandits up ahead of us, do you copy?" For heaven's sake Esau, I think to myself, there's at least twenty silver birds, dark American stars on the wings and fuselage, right in our path. "Esau to Edi, take your wingman and climb for altitude and don't attack until you have height advantage - we'll split up now, copy. I get a 'Roger' back - Roger! Esau, I say to myself, no doubt some of these 'Boys' (sic) will try and get in behind us and " reise- resise machen ". My wingman Paul Slodczyk was already covering me and we now climbed in a north-westerly direction in order to get into a position to dive down on the Amis. While we were straining for height I called up 'Jumbo' our controller and reported contact with a large group of Americans in the hope that they might be able to launch another Schwarm but we were out of luck - it was just the four of us against more than twenty of them...combat against superior numbers had become our daily bread and so it would be today. The Amis were now over Lake Balaton at around 3,000 metres. They were getting closer to our field. They were visibly not too concerned about us, which I was glad about. I had cut off their retreat and was now about 2,000 metres higher up and almost directly over the top of them. At the same time as I called out " Pauke, Pauke" I threw my kite over onto its wingtip and dove down into the attack! Almost simultaneously Edi Pitzl dove down and opened up on the Mustang flying on the left flank of their formation - a hit; the silver bird spun away out of control streaming smoke and a chute billowed out. I confirmed his victory and congratulated him just as 'my' 'Sibervogel' loomed large in my sight! Closing rapidly from astern I opened up - my first salvo streaked wide as the Mustang pilot threw his stick forward just as I squeezed the firing button! My wingman also over-shot. Couldn't be helped! My "Me" (sic) was now half-way over on its back pulling hard into a tight curve. This was no firing position but I was managing to stay on my opponent's tail. Suddenly a volley of tracers split the air ahead of us - another mad Ami was letting go with all he'd got right into our circle. It turned out that this Texas 'cowboy' - who no doubt practised his sharp shooting on whiskey glasses in the saloon bar - must have scored some hits as a short while later my engine started to cough and misfire. Meanwhile the Mustang pilot was pulling a tighter and tighter turn still with two Messerschmitt 'boys' on his tail, juddering on the edge of the stall and streaming contrails from their wingtips. I gave him another salvo and then another and saw a couple of lightning flashes on his machine. Then suddenly he pulled up and in a fraction of a second I pulled back hard on the stick, my Me shuddered, and I got off two more short bursts. The Mustang's controls had been damaged - he went into a gentle turn and now all my rounds were walking into his fuselage and wings. As I broke off- almost ramming my wingman - there was an explosion in the Mustang's engine, pieces of cowling and metal skinning whirled off into the slipstream and he streamed a trail of thick dark smoke. "Esau - Abschuss!" But now the other Americans were circling at a watchful distance - like laughing hyenas. Up to now - apart from the Texas shooter - they had - thank God - not got involved in the fight......" Three P-51s chased Ewald's G-10/U4 (WNr. 610487) as far as Veszprem. At the controls of his lame and smoking "Me" Ewald's thoughts turned to comrade and 99-victory RK-holder Ltn Fönnekold who had been finished off by P-51s as he had tried to carry out an emergency landing in Hungary. He let down to low altitude hoping that the P-51s would be scared off by the flak - his manoeuvre resulted in his Messerschmitt coming under fire from the airfield defences! With his aircraft taking hits and suddenly feeling nose-heavy Ewald had just enough altitude to bail out over the side of the cockpit, immediately tugging on the ripcord. Even in his chute he came under fire - German troops disembarking from a train in the vicinity of the airfield opening up on what they thought was a Russian pilot swinging under his chute, as he was later told by eye witnesses. He came down some four kilometres from the airfield in a hard landing. Even spread-eagled on the ground, Ewald's ordeal was not over - he was approached by Hungarian workers shouting " Ruski kaputt !" " Man Esau - die wollen dich umbringen !" I drew my service revolver and started firing wildly over their heads..." As his comrade Sachsenberg put it; " you poor little sod Esau - first shot down by your own flak, then shot at by German troops, even our Hungarian allies were looking to knock your block off with their pickaxes!.." During this combat Uffz. Paul Slodzyk's Bf 109 G-14/U4 (WNr. 512613) was shot down in flames south-west of Veszprem while Fj Uffz. Helmut Rudzinski managed to force land his G-6 (WNr. 442047) at Plattensee. Fw Eduard Pitzl successfully bailed out of his G-10 (WNr. 610955) over Lovas. " THE MODEL I have decided to build the Promodeller Messerschmitt Bf109G-10 (85-5940) 1/72 Box art The kit is a Revell-Monogram mould and is very well known. Very fine engraved panel lines and crisp details. It has some minor mistakes that I'll try to fix along the building process if it's possible. Instructions 1 Instructions 2 Instructions 3 Instructions 4 Instructions 5 Instructions 6 Instructions 7 Instructions 8 Instructions 9 Instructions 10 Instructions 11 Instructions 12 Decal Sprues in the original bag Sprue 1 Sprue 2 Canopy Spare propeller The Gustav The Messerschmitt Bf109 "G" series were known as Gustav. The G-10 were the last G to be built and it was a transition to the definitive serie "K". Built from October 1944 until the end of the war and was produced by converting old airframes and designed to use the new and better DB605D engine. However, this engine wasn't immediately available when the first G-10 started to be built and therefore, the first batch used the DB605AS instead. These have been previously used on the G-14's. These were known as G-10/AS. When the DB065D was finally available the front part of the engine cowling was slightly modified with two small bumps just under the first exhaust pipe (one to each side). It also had a wider and deeper oil radiator. As the G-10 used a variety of used airframes, different combinations could be encountered. All depended on the origin of the machine. Most of G-10 were fitted with larger tail fin and rudder, although some had the smaller tail fin. The ERLA hood seems to have been fitted as standard as was the radio antenna mast (FuG 16zy) under the port wing. Also the 300L drop-tank was very widely used. The kit and the profile above suggests the airframe to represent a Bf109G-10 with Flettner tab and two fixed trim tabs, also short tail wheel and DB605D engine as found in production batches 612000 and 770000, for exemple. However, the serial number would not match the profile (610487). Observing the photo below: We can observe two manufacturer data plates. This was a characteristic of aircraft made by WNF (which is also mentioned on the profile above). The WNF-manufactured G10 are the only ones which survive to this day. Heavily based on the G6 MW50, they used the fuselage "moons" on both sides and the cowl sets from the K4 model. As their production started at a much later date than Erla, all WNF G10s seem to have used the larger wheels and the new wing. The first WNF produced G10 were not new a/c. Instead, WNF converted new G14/U4 to the G10 standard by replacing the DB605AM with the DB605D. These planes can be recognized by the presence of 2 manufacturer data plates on the left forward fuselage. WNF production : 610300 – 611099 : G10/U4 (Dec 44 – Jan 45) 611900 – 612010 : G10/U4 (Jan 45)612700 – 613199 : G10/U4 (Jan 45-February 45) 770100 – 770399 : G10/R2 (Jan 45- March 45) 770900 – 771199 : G10/R2 (March 45) Layout of the WNF made G10s: The Werknummer block for the first production (G10/U4) would match the profiles. The only weak link is the long tail wheel. However, in the photo below. As the G-14 had the short tail wheel, and as most of WNF first batch were G-14. I reckon is acceptable to assume the short tail fin can be used. A good friend of mine and a Messerschmitt expert Eduardo Brettas has confirmed many WNF G-10 were produced with short tail wheels and sent to JG52. so the question is set. Stay tuned for more updates shortly. Cheers
  4. "My objective is peace in Europe, I trust this trip is the way to that peace." -- Neville Chamberlain, 22 September 1938 "How horrible, fantastic, incredible it is that we should be digging trenches and trying on gas-masks here because of a quarrel in a far away country between people of whom we know nothing." -- Neville Chamberlain, 27 September 1938 England expected every man that day To show his motives were ambivalent. They played the fool, not to appear as fools In time's long glass. A deprecating air Disarmed, they thought, the jeers of later schools; Yet irony itself is doctrinaire -- Donald Davie, "Remembering the Thirties" "My good friends, for the second time in our history, a British Prime Minister has returned from Germany bringing peace with honour. I believe it is peace for our time." -- Neville Chamberlain, 30 September 1938 "[W]e have sustained a defeat without a war, the consequences of which will travel far with us along our road; they should know that we have passed an awful milestone in our history, when the whole equilibrium of Europe has been deranged, and that the terrible words have for the time being been pronounced against the Western democracies: 'Thou art weighed in the balance and found wanting.' And do not suppose that this is the end. This is only the beginning of the reckoning. This is only the first sip, the first foretaste of a bitter cup which will be proffered to us year by year unless by a supreme recovery of moral health and martial vigour, we arise again and take our stand for freedom as in the olden time." -- Winston Churchill, Hansard, "Policy of His Majesty's Government", 5 October, 1938 20170402_141451 by Edward IX, on Flickr I've struggled all week to think of what I wanted to build next. I have something coming in the next few weeks which will be a drop-everything build, so I didn't want to get too involved in a big kit (Wellington, Halifax II, Whitley ruled out, then), or do anything too complicated (CR.42, Tempest II, Blenheim, PZL P.11c with PART photoetch). Additionally I've been under so much stress at work that I'd just go down to the grotto and find myself paralysed with indecision, too mentally exhausted to even just pick a kit. I must have pulled seven or eight out of the stacks and looked over the sprues before putting them back. Finally, with less than two hours before I had to go to the airport and collect Mrs. P and Winston and (sigh) my mother-in-law, I settled on an AZ Gloster Gauntlet. It's a small kit, has a low parts count, comes with PE for the seatbelt (the windscreen is a PE frame with acetate sheets for the panes, which is a little worrisome), and is the rare RAF biplane to not use the shadow scheme of Light Earth and Light Green on the lower wings, which is good, because I forgot to buy a pot of Colourcoats Light Green. Anyway, as we all know, the Gauntlet was Gloster's predecessor to the Gladiator, and the fastest RAF fighter until the late 1930s, faster even than the Hawker Fury, which certainly looked faster. For the RAF, it was the last gasp of the open-cockpit biplane fighter with two machineguns; every fighter that came after it had an enclosed cockpit and four or more machineguns. Some have said that this marked the end of the romantic era of aerial warfare (if a contest between two men, intended to lead to the death of one, can be romantic, but Twilight sold a million copies, so why not?), particularly at the time, but then they couldn't see forward a few years to see a few handfuls of Hurricanes and Spitfires trace contrails in the blue expanse over the cliffs of Dover as they curved into the attack. So the romance might not have died with the Gauntlet. But the Gauntlet did see the end of the interwar RAF, the "best flying club in the world", and the birthing pangs of the fighting service that would save the world in 1940. In 1938, the Munich Crisis broke out. As Chamberlain and Daladier scrambled to sell out the Czechs, who had put their faith in allies who now rushed to abandon them, the Royal Air Force's sliver biplanes were being readied for the war that appeasement would only delay. The colourful squadron markings were painted out; the silver wings were painted Dark Green and Dark Earth. Had war come, the RAF's Gauntlets would have been more than a match for the Luftwaffe's He 51, slower by nearly 30 MPH (the He 51 was even more inferior to the Czech Avia B-534: 50 MPH slower), but would have been woefully outclassed by the new Bf 109B/C/Ds in service; the Germans had five hundred of them, though none of these early models could exceed 300 MPH in level flight. So let's get going. The kit has a resin cowling, which I separated from its casting block: 20170402_142926 by Edward IX, on Flickr 20170402_142932 by Edward IX, on Flickr Cute. It also has a little resin Bristol Mercury radial engine, which fits in the cowling quiiiiite snugly and likely won't once paint is added: 20170402_142941 by Edward IX, on Flickr I then sprayed the photoetch instrument panel with some aerosol Mr Surfacer 1000 rather than fire up the ol' compressor: 20170402_142941 by Edward IX, on Flickr I'm labouring under the impression that the Gauntlet had a wooden (or wood-coloured) instrument panel, as seen on this preserved Finnish example: Some of those instruments look suspiciously modern. Of course I just glanced at it earlier and thought it had a wood grain, so I painted the panel Light Earth with intent to go over it with Clear Orange later and then some oil paints for a sexy wood grain effect that's now going to fall by the wayside. Bother. 2017-04-02_10-09-06 by Edward IX, on Flickr The interior of the aircraft seems to be a rather lurid green up top and then grey below -- does anyone know what RAF examples might have been painted with? I also put together the cockpit floor, less the seat. There's, uh, not a lot to it: 20170402_152854 by Edward IX, on Flickr You may notice it's slightly more substantial than the actual floor of a Gauntlet. Also, some googling uncovered this thread (started by yr. humble corresp. way back in 2014, when the world still made some measure of sense), which seems to indicate Gauntlets may have actually had the shadow scheme of Light Green/Light Earth on the lower wings. Looks like I need to order more Colourcoats. On the other hand, I'm inclined to doubt that everyone went to a lot of trouble to do the shadow scheme on the lower wings -- certainly the colour photos of Gladiators linked to don't seem to show it. However, if anyone has any information on Gauntlet camouflage (or access to the old Colours and Markings book, mine is in a storage locker still), please let me know. Lastly, I know the UK is having an interesting time right now, in the Chinese curse sense of the word, and I thought I'd just say to you what my parents never said to me after I ran away from home: I'm worried about you, and I love you, and I hope you're doing what's best for yourselves. Please don't destroy yourselves in the process. Anyway, that's a bit heavy, so here's a truly ridiculous picture of Winston: IMG_0087 by Edward IX, on Flickr My friend Jessica suggested "ONLY THE DEAD HAVE SEEN THE END OF PLAYTIME" as an appropriate caption.
  5. I got this 1/72 Airfix (E-3) B707 kit a couple of years ago from PacificMustang (Bruce) part started, well actualy almost finished as he did not want to finish it up. As I had already built a good old RAAF Seven Oh I pondered what I would use it for. Along came the Recce GB over on ARC and I decided I would use the Flightpath JSTARS conversion to bring it back to life. Wolfpak decals released a sheet with markings for 93-0597 which was originally delivered to QANTAS as a B707-338 VH-EBU. Double win! 72_AF_E-8C_03 by Ray Seppala, on Flickr Unfortunately, the aircraft suffered major damage during mid air refueling when a tank in the wing over pressurised and ruptured (due to a test plug being left in the fuel vent system after maintenance) back in 2009. In 2012 the aircraft was reported to have broken up and parted out in Al Udeid, Qatar. So I started on the E-8C today. Mostly scribing and drilling out cabin windows and doors. The engines needed some disassembly so I could fill the huge holes where the turbo compressor are attached on 3 of the engines. The Flightpath conversion comes with a number of scribing templates. I had to carve out some of the fuselage for a missing cabin door Also had to fill some poorly rescribed panel lines and fill some for the new rear cabin doors at the trailing edge of the wing root. Finally I glued the missing etch door to the fuselage. That's it for now
  6. Hi folks, With a big Zoid in the offing I thought I should build a small Zoid to figure out the process. I think I posted a picture of this snapped together a while ago, if not then it looks like this: This is the bombed-up version with leg-mounted missile launchers, extra giant wing cannon etc. Which clearly looks ludicrous! It's a bit better if you leave all that off: but then you have the issue that the legs are long and silly. I ended up transplanting the feet onto the knees to get something which works a bit better, and then put it aside because it needed filling and cleaning up. I pulled the box out this week and spent a morning with the superglue, file and sandpaper sorting out some seams and other bits and bobs. That all went quite quickly so I had two huge paint sessions yesterday and got it all primed and mostly base-coated: Ignore the Cute Tank bits and bobs. All the black parts are going to be metallic, the yellow is Chrome Oxide and the greys are Gunship Grey 2, USAF Light Grey, Light Ghost Grey and Insignia White (all Tamiya lacquers.) I'm not 100% sure about the ghost (blue) grey but it should boost the yellow and it is a very "Zoid" colour. I need to re-do the masking for the stripe on the head (it was late and I was rushing) and then mask up the wing knuckles and leading edges which are going to be a nightmare. But first I'm off to town for more Gunship Grey 2. And yes, this is a transparent attempt to show off my "look at me I'm a Pro Modeller" sticks-with-alligator-clips. They really do make the painting experience much much better Cheers, Will
  7. I have finally got round to taking some half decent photos of a commission build I've had on the go, on and off for a couple of years now. Peter Nesbit, nephew of Roy Conyers Nesbit contacted me back in 2015 asking if I could build him a Beaufort L9878 that Roy would have flown in as a navigator on 217.Sqn. It has been a bit of an honor for me that Peter asked me to build this for him as he wanted a model that would be a dedication to Roy and his WW2 exploits. The idea is that the aircraft has just been stood down from a possible mission which includes the torpedo attached. I have opened the clear canopy as the pilot would have been prepared to disembark out the top. Peter also wanted a diorama built including vehicles and equipment from the Airfix RAF Bomber re-supply set. I will probably have a go at the diorama even though I have never attempted one before, unless there's anyone else who could contact me who could do it justice! It has taken a lot longer than originally planned, but Peter has kindly been patient with it. In that time I have completely rebuilt the interior providing as much of the main interior details as possible including pilot, navigator and rear gunner. I still haven't got an airbrush yet, so everything has been applied with a good quality hairy stick apart from the matt coat which was applied from a Humbrol rattle can. The only aftermarket parts used were some white metal guns from the spares box and marabu etched landing lights. I had originally intended on using a vacform canopy which is intended for another kit, but used the landing light vacform cover only. I'm making no apologies for absence of a build thread as I don't always have the camera to hand when building and like to make most use of my limited modelling time to fettle with the kits as much as possible. Many other kits have been started and completed along the way, but this one has been a labor of love. Will be sad to see it go. Also no apologies for the number of images. Thanks also to Frank for the invaluable CD of images from the factory floor, for the interior. Special Hobby 1/72 Bristol Beaufort MW*R L9878 of No217.Sqn Coastal Command St Eval Autumn 1941 by Martin Laurance, on Flickr Special Hobby 1/72 Bristol Beaufort MW*R L9878 of No217.Sqn Coastal Command St Eval Autumn 1941 by Martin Laurance, on Flickr Special Hobby 1/72 Bristol Beaufort MW*R L9878 of No217.Sqn Coastal Command St Eval Autumn 1941 by Martin Laurance, on Flickr Special Hobby 1/72 Bristol Beaufort MW*R L9878 of No217.Sqn Coastal Command St Eval Autumn 1941 by Martin Laurance, on Flickr Special Hobby 1/72 Bristol Beaufort MW*R L9878 of No217.Sqn Coastal Command St Eval Autumn 1941 by Martin Laurance, on Flickr Special Hobby 1/72 Bristol Beaufort MW*R L9878 of No217.Sqn Coastal Command St Eval Autumn 1941 by Martin Laurance, on Flickr Special Hobby 1/72 Bristol Beaufort MW*R L9878 of No217.Sqn Coastal Command St Eval Autumn 1941 by Martin Laurance, on Flickr Special Hobby 1/72 Bristol Beaufort MW*R L9878 of No217.Sqn Coastal Command St Eval Autumn 1941 by Martin Laurance, on Flickr Special Hobby 1/72 Bristol Beaufort MW*R L9878 of No217.Sqn Coastal Command St Eval Autumn 1941 by Martin Laurance, on Flickr Special Hobby 1/72 Bristol Beaufort MW*R L9878 of No217.Sqn Coastal Command St Eval Autumn 1941 by Martin Laurance, on Flickr Special Hobby 1/72 Bristol Beaufort MW*R L9878 of No217.Sqn Coastal Command St Eval Autumn 1941 by Martin Laurance, on Flickr Special Hobby 1/72 Bristol Beaufort MW*R L9878 of No217.Sqn Coastal Command St Eval Autumn 1941 by Martin Laurance, on Flickr Special Hobby 1/72 Bristol Beaufort MW*R L9878 of No217.Sqn Coastal Command St Eval Autumn 1941 by Martin Laurance, on Flickr Special Hobby 1/72 Bristol Beaufort MW*R L9878 of No217.Sqn Coastal Command St Eval Autumn 1941 by Martin Laurance, on Flickr Special Hobby 1/72 Bristol Beaufort MW*R L9878 of No217.Sqn Coastal Command St Eval Autumn 1941 by Martin Laurance, on Flickr Thanks everybody for looking. Edit, I have a collection of build photographs here...https://flic.kr/s/aHskBtrQdE Martin
  8. 1/72 Eduard Supermarine Spitfire Mk.IX first CAD picture: https://www.facebook.com/161026690575664/photos/a.909009385777387.1073741841.161026690575664/909012812443711/?type=3&theater
  9. I purchased a couple of Caracal 1/72 sheets earlier in the year & like many who most likely have attended RIAT and some overseas shows over the past few years, I have wanted to build at least one. Now that I've finished a couple of long term WW2 builds, it is time to explore a faster, noisier and much more modern subject. These are a few of my pics of Red 56 from RIAT 2015 The only aftermarket i'll be using will be the Caracal decal sheets. The main undercarriage legs look a little iffy and I would have liked to obtain the SAC replacement legs, but that would cost me another £28.00 just for some little bits of metal, so I will drill out and reinforce the existing main legs with brass rod. Cheers everybody Martin
  10. This is in the hopes a kit or a conversion kit will be made or found to build this sub type/variant. Im not usually a helicopter builder. Ive done a few over the years. Ive built a uh-1d huey, hughes model 500e's and oh-6 cayuses, and bell jet rangers to name a few. However The one helicopter im looking for and cannot find is a Sikorsky S-58T. I've found Uh-34's that were conventionally powered, and westland wessex's that were turbine powered (different nose/intake profile). But not the civilian modified S-58T. They have a very distinctive double box nostril air intake on the upper nose just below the cockpit. I have this desire because there are two privately owned cargo/heavy lift version's based just 7 miles from me. Sadly over time i've developed an affinity for these particular Helicopter's and cannot find one to build. Im hoping either a fellow modeler that knows of a limited run kit/aftermarket set. Or a manufacturer of kits/sets is paying attention. I will eventually build one using my skills and imagination. However im hoping i can get someone to build a kit, or make a conversion set for an existing kit. As this would be of even better quality.
  11. This is my entry, tried to contact the Mods about eligibility and so far had no responce so I will post away and if it isn't a goer one of them can delete the thread. I had started this after the GB started but realised I could have entered it. As it is basically a Merlin I figured it would fit the bill of being constructed in Britain. So the build has progressed from my first request but I will start from the beginning. The build will be basically OOB with a few minor alterations (if I can be bothered). The CH-129 kit does not truly reflect the real thing. first thing was to add an extra axle to the main gear, I will use some wheel from the spares box for the new axles. I got some paint on some seats and rotor blades I started the fuselage assembly as well, Italeri missed the forward observation windows and I will not bother to add them since I don't have anything similar to plonk in the holes. Seats installed in the cockpit and fuselage half. again the interior is not per the real thing, there are stretcher mounting points and some sort of control station down back that I will not worry about. That's all for now.
  12. So, seeing that quirky/inspirational thread titles are all the rage recently I thought I'd join in... However having been told a few times about my sense of humour, I myself will keep this thread serious with no banter. What you guys do is out of my control. Nor will I distract or diverge with history as I am no expert in that area. So will just keep it modelling 👍🏿 JKIM. Anyways back to why we are here... (JKIM) I had planned these spring build spitfires for a while, with some overtrees to use up the foreign options from my Royal Class boxing. (Anyone who has seen my stuff lately will know I like doing things in bulk - the tomcats got ignored/postponed for the Christmas wip, then F-16's and now these) The quattro I had planned from the Royal Class decals was going to be the US/French/Soviet and Israeli ones. However the french and soviet ones were done very recently by @Procopius and the US and Israeli ones are quite common too... So I trawlled the net for lesser spotted spits and found some interesting decals. The project then grew from a quattro to a sextet. (Also because I had more paint shades to try) So the builds planned are 3 C wing and 3 E wing planes. C's Serb - Mr Paint Greek - Ak air US and A - Mr Color E's Norse - Hataka Lacquer Line Turk - Colourcoats Russian - xtracrylix The builds will be pretty basic as they are overtrees with no etch and no stencils etc. I have a couple ideas to compensate for etch and the like. Also not worried about lack of stencils as they are all foreign or postwar so most stencils will be worn or possibly not replaced after a repaint... I did get some techmod ones to do the odd one here and there. I will be using some masks too for the paint jobs to speed up the project, apart from the serb and yank which will be freehand as they have non standard patterns or areas of repainting. The paint manufacturers chosen have been allocated to help this work best. Lets get to it. Note, American and Russian decals still inbound. Mr Color and xtracrylix not shown. I only have the day fighter colours from @SovereignHobbies, no interior shade so will use some alcald paint to keep that build enamel themed. Also can't wait to try the orange line by @HATAKA OFFICIAL, and the blue line (brush) bottles will used to detail paint all builds. Thanks for looking!
  13. It's been a while since I've done a WIP, as I've been busy with non-Spitfire builds, but, having recently purchased DK Decals Spitfire V aces sheet and some KP kits from MJW Models, it's time to do one. This is the decal sheet: I'll be doing the Bader Va, using an Airfix kit, and five (or six) Vbs before progressing to MkIXs, MkVIIIs, MkXVIs, Mk22s and a Mk24 (there may even be a MkVI, MkXI, MkXII and Mk21). My problem is that I can't decide which ones to do so I've decided to ask you good people to suggest some (what could go wrong with a referendum?). Please let me know which ones you like and I'll do the most popular.
  14. This is at the moment metely a placeholder for a pile o' kits what have been languishing untouch for around a decade. I will get to these once I hav finished with the accursèd Pavla Seafire, rot its socks. Kits include: Hasegawa 1/72 FW 190 A-7 'Oesau' w/Eduard etch - almost complete; Tamiya 1/48 FW 190 A-3 'OOB' - almost complete but the dihedral is crook so it needs to be pulled apart...; Hasegawa 1/32 Me 163 - early stages but with Milliput filler in cockpit to fill in the gaping pressure-releasing holes; Airfix 1/24 FW 190 A-5 - early stages but radial engine banks glued together; Hasegawa Misubishi J2M3 Type 21 Raiden w/Eduard PE set and Squadron canopy (? - might be for J2M5 Type 33 wot I also have an untouched kit of) - cockpit more or less completed bur some PE levers unaccounted for recently on a quick checking o' box contents, relevant surfaces painted in Gunze 'Mr.Hobby(?) 'aotake'; Hasegawa 1/48 Spifire 'Mk IXc' - NOT! Fuselage cut into lots of tiny pieces prior to adding plasticard inserts to turn fuselage from a Mk V(?) to Mk XI per instructions on Hyperscale. Earliest of the kits started, and bumped to the bottom of the queue by those listed above, a collection of ICM Mk IX/VIII/VII/XVIs ans the recent Eduard IXe 'late version' (resin an PE acquired for this abomination, too; ICM 1/48 Bf 109 F (or K?) - end-opening box converted to top-opener and bits missing, some engine parts glued up; Accurate Miniatures 1/48 P 51-A: partially painted cocpit but attack w/ various thinners to remove the 'orrible lumpy paint job >shudder<; Tamiya 1/35 Land Rover 7 Ambulance - getting close to completion, but not appropriate to this a/c thread so this little 1976 gem will appear somewhere in BM's AFV sectio. Probably. I have the sneaking suspicion that I have missed some (started) kits, but can't remember what they might be. Realistically, the most appropriate kits for this kit are the smaller FWs. The Raiden is worthy of its own thread, given that (I think that) it's a really nice kit, and that it is a relatively stage in its 'construction' (I'm not known as the 'Fumble Fingered Fool' for nuffin'). And the Land Rover. The rest? Hmmm, well, there's always and and . Cheers, Alex. [ ] Sheep is in his byre and won't come out: says it's too cold even with his thick woolly winter coat.
  15. For this build I will be offering the 1/72 Revell boxing of this lovely looking Vampire F MK3 kit. I will be building her as a Mexican offering from the Aztec decals sheet. I also have a small fret of etch for the kit although god knows why at this scale! Sprue and box shot: Decal sheet and etch:
  16. My son gifted me a £15 gift voucher for Fathers day and asked what I was going to spend it on and whether or not I was going to buy a model. I'd recently attended a presentation by some chap from Bomber Command and left so inspired that if it was to be a model it just had to be a Lancaster. Given my budget I opted for Revell's version, a kit I built some years ago for my eldest. I new it was an old KIT but figured at least it will look like a Lancaster. Imagine my surprise when it arrived and I opened the kit to find out that it was a new tooling!! I wasn't going to post a WIP for the build as they can sometimes become a bit of a distraction and the issue with Photobucket didn't help. Anyway, with thanks to "jrlx" I found that I can use my Onedrive so I changed my mind.
  17. Bristol Buckingham C Mk I - used as fast transport airplane for VIPs at the end of WWII. Model from Valom with few modifications (extra windows on sides, smaller antenna cover on the fuselage, some lights added etc.) This is KV313 from unknown for me unit of RAF (is anybody knows it, which one?). I've just found in Internet photo of her. I interpreted colours differently, then it was suggested by Valom. I intended to paint as Ekstra Dark Sea Gray/Slate Gray uppers with Azur Blue undersurfaces - as I think many of RAF transport machines used overseas were painted at the end of WWII like this (Stirlings MkV, Yorks, transport Halifaxes etc, Wellingtons, Warwicks..). In fact I am interesting in your opinion - is this coloor choice proper or not? On the photo from Internet of KV313 there is a low contrast between uppersurfaces colours. Here, on my photos the slate gray is a bit too green since my photos which were done with use of arificial light with modern enrgy saving bulb. You may notice, that all greenish colours becames more fresh in this kind of light (it is due to one mercury emissin line which is very intense green and this is present in spectra of such bulbs...). Perhaps I will add next photos later done in a sunlight... Regards Jerzy-Wojtek
  18. This is my first RFI as a newbie member of the forum. When I decided to get back modelling I picked up a few cheap and basic kits to practice on with a view to trying out at least one new technique with each. In this instance the goal was rigging but I ended up trying out a whole lot more. Despite the age of this kit it was a real pleasure to work with and it's whetted my appetite for more! I've already started on the next two 'practice pieces' from the (rapidly expanding) stash. As I intend building another, more detailed, Swordfish in the future this one was was built in the radar equipped (pic 3), rocket toting, Mk III guise. WIP is >HERE< Swordfish RFI 1 by Martin Fay, on Flickr Swordfish RFI 2 by Martin Fay, on Flickr Swordfish RFI 3 by Martin Fay, on Flickr Any feedback, criticism and advice welcomed! While researching for the build I found myself intrigued by the aircraft, the missions it was involved in and the men that flew them. As a result I've ordered copies of "The last Torpedo Flyers" and "War in a Stringbag" to learn more on the subject. Cheers, Martin
  19. Hi All, Number 3 for this GB. Not many bits in this kit either. Quite a few ejector towers to deal with.... Clipped together - 9 parts comprise the entire aircraft if you're doing it in flying condition. However - Given the fact the mould is in the region of 60 years old there are a couple of items that need addressing... That would be the major issue. The other issue is that the cockpit walls could do with going further back into the intake. Solution? Bit of styrene sheet and coffee can foil can work wonders Jet fan is something quickly drawn up in AutoCAD and printed off, paper then stuck to blanking plate and intake walls painted silver. Tailpipe glued in place. Now glued together and awaiting further sanding and filling. Best get on with the other ones now - Oil paint has finally dried on Turtle!
  20. My entry in the group build will be the Campini Caproni, an Italian experimental jet first flown in 1940 (the test pilot was Mario De Bernardi). It was, at the time, recognised as the first successful flight by a jet-powered aircraft (though it was later - after the war - discovered that the Germans had achieved this in a He 178 in 1939 - but had kept it secret). You can read a bit about the aircraft here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Caproni_Campini_N.1 The Wiki article also includes a link to a short you-tube video of one of the test flights. There were only two of these aircraft ever made, and one of them is in the museum in Vigna di Valle, near Rome. The kit I am using is by an Italian manufacturer, Delta 2, in 1/72nd. (It even names the test pilot on the box) As far as I am aware, the kit was originally produced in 1973/4, and shows all of the characteristics of a short-run kit of that time, complete with raised panel lines and lots of raised rivets. My box is a 1980's release, which is apparently the exact same kit, but without the detailed instructions, that included photographs and a history of the aircraft, that was in the original box. (I am aware that Valom produced a much more modern kit of this aircraft in 2013, but as the Delta 2 kit is in my stash, this is what I am going to use. There are some reviewers who feel that, despite its age, the Delta 2 kit is a bit more accurate....not that it is fully accurate either!) Here are the sprues:- The kit includes rather thick transparencies for the cockpit, as well as a stand, for those who want to show it in flight. And here are the (rather simple) instructions:- And there is a small decal sheet provided (which may have seen better times - if so, I will have to look to my spares box for replacements) I intend to remove all the raised detail and to rescribe the panels. I may also try out a new riveter that I purchased recently from RB Productions. http://www.radubstore.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=77_110&products_id=300 However, I generally intend to do this as an out of the box type job, and will not be trying to improve the kit's accuracy (as at least one member here on Britmodeller did four years ago). I am aware that I will need a large amount of sandpaper and filler to get the pieces to go together, and then that I will need to get a pristine surface for the natural metal finish, so that will be enough modelling practice for me..... Thanks for looking, Philip
  21. Well my Spitfires decals were settling so I was stuck for something to do so I decided I would make a start on one of the builds I would like to do for this GB. This ones just going to be a quick out the box effort on Academys 1/72 MiG-27. I know the kits got its issues, I beleive the nose is wrong for a D and the cockpit detail is almost none existant but I'm just looking for a quick build again at the moment and not get bogged down with corrections and detailing etc on this whilst I'm waiting on parts for a couple of other builds I want to get done for this and another gb so onwards. Obligatory box and sprue shot:
  22. To join the Cuban Mig-21s we already have in this GB I am going to add a Cuban Mig-23. I have had this KP kit in the stash for sometime and now seems like the right time to break it out. I understand this is a reboxing of the RV kits. I certainly hope so as I have ordered a Res-IM resin cockpit which I hope will fit. A few shots of the box and spures will follow shortly when Photobucket starts behaving. Dave
  23. Mini mojo reviver - 1/72 builds of an Airfix Hurricane from the BoB 75th anniversary set and an Airfix Hunter from a 90s boxing. Both utterly out of the box, umpteen little things that I could have fixed but didn't. Made over a couple of days for the sheer fun of rattling through without overthinking things. Not microsol yet but wanted to upload pics before I pack them away over the weekend
  24. Hi, A small airplane having Czech markings appeared on 5th May 1945 over Prague bringing people joy and hope of approching end of war. It was Arado 396 http://www.vhu.cz/exhibit/arado-ar-396-podvozkova-noha/ If you can notice from above link with photos the national insignia were painted with error regarding orientation and were hand painted (in real thing) - not very precisly. Here is my attempt of build it. This is Huma kit - with smalll modification in exhaust pipes added and one bulb on nose removed (following the photos), the landing light is a bit upgrated. Decals from drawer. BTW - I expect that incoming RS model will have this painting scheme almost for sure. Comments welcome Regards Jerzy-Wojtek
  25. With a disaster befalling my Mig-23 in the From Russia With Love GB I would like to join this GB with a 1/72 Revell Gloster Meteor. I have already build this kit in an MPM guise but this time it will be in NMF and hopefully I will avoid some of my mistakes from last time. The kit is quite nicely laid out but lots of flash. As always all comments very welcome. Dave