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  1. Hello All, After several years on the shelf of shame, my Matchbox/Revell Privateer is done. It has been converted to the Coastguard version and the next time I see him it is going to a pal of mine. His Dad flew in these back in the day. The conversion involved replacing the side gun turrets and with big picture windows and replacing front and rear turrets with observation canopies. I also added interior framing (mostly now invisible) wheel well detail, exhausts and some other minor engine detail. I could have done more accurisation and improvement, most notably the air intakes around the cowling and the propellers, but it isn't appropriate for a desktop model (and would have taken another two years at my rate). This is my first 4 engine "heavy" and my biggest model ever. My wife's only comment on it has been "It's very big isn't it" so I think she's quite happy it's going to my pal's house! The insignia are from an aftermarket sheet but all the lettering, coastguard emblems and engine grilles are all laser-printed onto clear decal paper. The "DANGER" lettering was applied on top of scrap white decal squares and the coastguard logo was applied over a spot of white paint to deal with the transparency issues. Pics: Thanks for looking, Adrian
  2. With the remonstrations of a certain Martian - as well the stern-but-fair General M - ringing in my shell-likes, I thought it prudent to put down a mark of intent, less a prolonged silence give rise to dark mutterings of bad-faith and fair-weathering modelling around the mess. So: without further ceremony let me introduce the next offering: Fairey's big-shouldered beast of burden, the new Barracuda from Special Hobby: On first inspection this kit looks highly disappointing as there appears nothing for me to cut off, scribe, or stuff full of filler to be a pleasant change from the company I usually keep. I haven't yet checked it against photos to any degree, but the moulding looks sharp and nicely incised, whilst the plastic itself feels just 'right' to the touch: Even the bit for poking holes in ships has an well-realized set of screws: The box-art I find delightfully-bizarre: a pen-and-watercolour job of the kind you usually find adorning the cover of The People's Friend, or B. Wooster's column in Milady's Boudoir: I'd originally intended to use the Barracuda canopy from the excellent Falcon FAA set, but putting it up against the Special Hobby one that came with the kit, I'm genuinely not sure it's necessary. What do you think? The SH one is the bottom of the two: Being the first time I've ever done an SH kit I was surprised at the quality and detail of the instructions as well - are they always this concise and well-done graphically? I'm not at all sure about those Eduard decals however: Do you see that rather unsightly patina across the surface of the roundels? I wonder will that dissolve-off in the water or do they come pre-weathered for that mucky maritime look.... The kit comes with two sets of badges, one for a Barra from Victorious, the other from Furious, both from the Spring of 1944. Despite the provision of a torpedo in the kit, SH note that both these aircraft were involved in bombing strikes on Tirpitz, so it's a straight choice of whether you want to tool up as a dive-bomber for these raids, or go 'fishing' on other missions. From what I know of the Barra, it was more often used in the bombing role than as a fish-flinger - I still haven't decided yet which route to take. There's a rather handsome Stanley Lewis painting of Barracudas attacking Tirptiz in the FAA museum. (The baldy-heed in the reflection is mine!): That's the opening salvo gentleman. I've still a lot of research to do on the various structures - though as there's not a massive amount published in this baby I'm currently relying on Pilot's Notes and the Warpaint volume, plus whatever images are floating around the interwebs. Any shots of the cockpit pilot/navigator/TAG spaces would be most welcomed. I shall certainly be ducking-in to see how the Yeovilton lads are getting on with their superb restoration work and peering over their shoulders from time-to-time: Yeovilton Barracuda Project I managed to have squint in the windows at the restoration work there back in July: There's even a (relatively) local Barracuda connection I only discovered recently : I love the bit about ' The three British airmen were accomodated a second night locally, this time in a hotel in Rosslare town.' Oh look- there's an emoticon for 'accomodated' - Sorry for the rambling tone of this; new model and all that, tends to make a chap a bit giddy.... Enjoy the rest of your weekends. Tony
  3. Probably time I get these photos up. Here is my recently completed build of the Eduard 1/72 scale La-7 Profipack kit. The kit was built mostly out of the box but I indulged in a few additional bits 'n' bobs in the cockpit (not that they're in any way visible). The kit went together reasonably well though I encountered a difficult wing to fuselage fit, and had a bit of trouble with it's DIY undercarriage alignment. The comically thick clear parts were also a bit disappointing. The plane is finished as Sergei Dolgushin's aircraft using the provided decals. Out of all the grey on grey schemes it jumped out at me with it's striking red nose and striped tail. Plus it didn't involve any camo masking . Due to some odd printing glitch my decal sheet had large amounts of excess carrier film Luckily the markings themselves were printed properly and went on well enough once cut out carefully. Feel free to take a look at my WIP thread for all my trials and tribulations. Can't say it's been the best build I've done but it is my first Soviet warbird and I'm quite pleased with it. Excuse the number of photos, I think I went a bit overboard
  4. Afternoon BM's. The Christmas Break has enabled me to complete some models that have been on the go for a while now. This one is Airfix's recent tooling of Messerschmitt's BF 109-E3 from the Battle of Britain 75th Anniversary set: Not a lot to say about this one other than that I added rivet detail (which although a bit drunk, I've now got a nearly fool-proof method), painted the engine, posed with the flaps down and added a swastika decal for period accuracy. As this was from a gift set, the decals were minimal compared to a previous Emil I have already done but that meant it was far quicker to complete that part for a change . Hope you enjoy, comments, questions, critique always welcomed. James. Pared with one of my very early attempts of the same kit:
  5. I'm in need of a little luck, and as Stew Dapple and Procopius have proven, nothing does so like building Spitfires. I've had a number of Spitfire projects in the planning stages for a while now, and it's time to quit dilly-dallying get something started. I rummaged through the stash - both decal and kit - and have gotten everything together to begin my 1/72 late Spitfire project, which consists of: 1. 32 Sqn Spitfire FR.18 based on This Picture I'm planning on using the new Sword FR XIV kit, with a rudder from the Special Hobby Mk 21 kit. Apparently (after lots of searching here on BM), the rudder used for Mk 21 contra-props was identical to that used on the XVIII, while the five-bladed prop Mk 21's shared the same rudder with the Mk XIV. The wings will also require a little panel line work, but I think I can get it done. The rudders marked up on the SH sprues. 2. 208 Sqn Spitfire FR 18 in the Dark Earth/Light Slate Grey scheme I'll use the AZ Mk XVIII kit for this one. As the Wooksta has pointed out, the AZ kit's rudder is a little wonky and I think I'll try and replace it. I'm the SH rudder on the Sword kit, so I'll try and acquire one of the new Freightdog resin replacements or just invest in another SH kit (I can't stress enough how useful those kits are even if you don't build the actual [some say misshapen] model). I'll also be using the AZ wing as a template for rescribing the Sword kit. Sword wing above, and AZ below. While both the low back FR XIV and Mk 18 had E-wings, the Mk 18 had the C-wing MG panels completely removed, and a Desert Survival kit compartment in their place. Here's a random fuselage comparison: AZ above and Sword below. 3. 612 Sqn Spitfire LF 16 based on this Picture I'm planning on using the new Eduard Mk XVI kit for this one - well I think it will be the Mk IXe overtrees which are identical to the 'early' Mk XVI sprues. I just have to remember to use the proper left cowling half. Also, PC, if you're reading this, note the ailerons askew in the pic, so I'll attempt to take advantage of the unpopular separate ailerons 'feature' in the Eduard kit. I've got the Freightdog decal set for this one (8W-K second from top) - silver Spitfire with mismatched panels, what's not to love? OK that's three!
  6. Manufactured by Seversky as the 2PA-B3 'convoy fighter', this was the only U.S. manufactured warplane purchased for combat service by Imperial Japan, some twenty being acquired by the Imperial Japanese Navy, which employed them under the designation Navy Type S Two-Seat Fighter A8V-1. The 2PA-B3 was a two-seat version of Seversky's EP-1, a modified P-35 intended for export, which featured a more powerful motor than the original production model bought by the U.S. Army. The two-seat version had a greater wing-span, and was very slightly longer, than the single-seat. Otherwise no particular modification was required; even the original P-35 had a 'cargo space' behind the pilot's seat sufficient to seat a passenger (in fact the original design which became the P-35 had been intended to be a two-seater), and it was only necessary to open this space up at the top and alter the canopy to accommodate the second crewman in better style. Open war commenced between Imperial Japan and Nationalist China in July, 1937, and when hostilities involving Japanese Navy forces commenced at Shanghai in August, the Navy's air arm began operations which included long range bombing strikes. The bomber formations went out alone, and took heavy casualties; the Japanese Navy had no fighters with sufficient range to provide escort. The flamboyant Maj. Seversky's emphasis on the range he had built into his fighter designs, claimed to be from nine hundred to eleven hundred miles, suggested these to Navy air staff as a possible solution to their escort problem which could quickly be secured 'off the shelf'. The purchase of these machines was handled in a clandestine manner, owing not only to restrictions of the U.S. Neutrality Act, but to the unpopularity of Imperial Japan's attack on China in the United States. The purchaser of record was the Aircraft Trading Corporation, a shell corporation with a Broadway address in New York. The aircraft were built between April and August of 1938, and delivered shortly thereafter. Late that October, it was discovered that these aircraft had been loaded onto a freighter bound for Japan. With what could, without too much of a stretch, be described as first-line U.S. Army Air Corps combat equipment en route to an unpopular foreign power, and consigned there under highly suspicious circumstances, something of a scandal erupted. Maj. Seversky denied any knowledge his 'convoy fighters' were built with intent to deliver them to Japan, though men working on the assembly line told another story. Mr. Miller of the Aircraft Trading Corporation denied to newspapers he was even in the business of exporting airplanes, and would not reveal to inquiring reporters who had purchased the twenty aircraft from his company. The matter put Maj. Seversky solidly in the ill graces of the U.S. government, and within a year he had been forced out of his own company, which became Republic Aviation. The twenty Navy Type S Two-Seat Fighters were assigned to the 12th Kokutai, based at Nanking, sometime around the start of 1939. The Navy decided the Seversky machines were not suitable as fighters, as they lacked the manouverability which Navy air tactics were based on, though they were much faster than the Type 96 Carrier Fighter, and faster than anything employed by the Chinese, even a well maintained I-16 type 5. Instead, they were employed as long range reconnaissance machines, a duty which was not restricted to the gathering of information, but sometimes lapped into scouting for bombing raids, to observe whether fighters were taking off to intercept, or were landing after exhausting fuel waiting for bombers to appear. They did not last long in front-line service. The Japanese must have had the same difficulties with leaks from the 'wet wing' fuel tankage every other military operator of similar Seversky machines had, and of course any continuing supply of spare parts was out of the question, as was acquisition of any replacement machines. By 1940 they were out of service, with several being sold to a leading Japanese newspaper, the Asahai Shinbun, as fast courier aircraft. This kit, by Kora Models in 1/72, was the first resin kit I built, and it went pretty well. There was a hand-made air to thing which, as someone who scratch-builds, I appreciated. The finish is kitchen foil. Some pieces were aged by boiling with egg-shells, some by steeping in bleach with lead and copper. The kit I got was a boxing for a camouflaged example, so I had to improvise the service markings: the alpha-numerics and theater band came from a Fujimi Type 96 Carrier Fighter kit.
  7. The photos on this slightly dull January day are a little disappointing and have shown up a few minor issues that need to be resolved (winter modelling in artificial light never quite works for me), but my first full build of 2017 is effectively finished! This is the Italeri 1/72 AW-101 (the James Bond Issue), updated to become one of the Royal Navy's ex-Danish Junglie Merlins. The additional bits and bobs, including the spectacularly ugly nose, are all home made from sprue and Milliput, and some of the decals are inkjet printed; I'll do a full write-up of the build on my website once I sort out the piccies and get some better daylight, but I'm very pleased with the way this has turned out so couldn't resist posting some early pictures now. There is a seagoing (blades folded) HC.3i on the stocks as my next build, plus another HM.1 (I built one a few years ago) to follow, plus goodness knows how many others in the stash just singing out - looks like it might be a Merlin year in prospect. FLY NAVY!!! FredT
  8. "Poland shall be treated like a colony, the Poles will become the slaves of the Greater German World Empire." -- Generalgouverneur für die besetzten polnischen Gebiete Hans Frank, 3 October 1939 "We were faced with the question: what about the women and children? – I decided to find a clear solution to this problem too. I did not consider myself justified to exterminate the men – in other words, to kill them or have them killed and allow their avengers... in the form of their children to grow up." -- Reichsfuhrer-SS Heinrich Himmler, 6 October 1943 The mass and majesty of this world, all That carries weight and always weighs the same Lay in the hands of others; they were small And could not hope for help and no help came: What their foes like to do was done, their shame Was all the worst could wish; they lost their pride And died as men before their bodies died. -- W H Auden, "The Shield of Achilles" And it came to pass, when their hearts were merry, that they said, Call for Samson, that he may make us sport. And they called for Samson out of the prison house; and he made them sport: and they set him between the pillars. And Samson said unto the lad that held him by the hand, Suffer me that I may feel the pillars whereupon the house standeth, that I may lean upon them. Now the house was full of men and women; and all the lords of the Philistines were there; and there were upon the roof about three thousand men and women, that beheld while Samson made sport. And Samson called unto the LORD, and said, O Lord GOD, remember me, I pray thee, and strengthen me, I pray thee, only this once, O God, that I may be at once avenged of the Philistines for my two eyes. -- Judges 16:25-28 (King James Version) POLAND'S WARRIORS OF THE AIR LIKE KNIGHTS OF OLD DEFEND THE FREEDOM OF THE WORLD -- Wladyslaw Theodore Benda, Polish War Relief Poster, c.1942. I know, I know, I know. Everyone wanted to see me build a Liberator. Except it's so cold here (-15 C) and it gets dark so soon and I'm so tired all of the time. And Mrs P is pregnant again (like, two weeks pregnant, so don't tell anyone, but my work is no longer sending me to the Zika-infested shores of Miami so that my [potential] kid doesn't have an inappropriately-sized noodle), which means I ain't seen nuthin' yet in terms of being tired, and not just in nine months, because quite frankly Mrs P is fairly unpleasant when pregnant, and and and annnnd I'm trying to lose some of the forty pounds I gained since I got married, which means I'm running again, which means I'm in quite incredible pain a lot of the time, even before you factor in crawling around on the floor picking up vinyl farm animals discarded by my now-sprinting little scream factory. So there's a lot on my plate. Also, last year, I didn't build a single Spitfire, and somehow that meant that the universe set the controls for the heart of the sun and locked the tiller. So clearly Spitfire builds are like the copper wall penning in Gog and Magog: all that stands between us and destruction. It's a bit late now, but Spitfires are good about arriving when things look bleakest and flipping the script. It's impossible not to love an aircraft with so thorough an understanding of dramatic requirements. Almost all of my books are still in storage as we continue, with no indications and little likelihood of success, to try and sell our house. I managed to come across a copy of Richard Whittle's Spit and Polish, about Polish Spitfires based at Chailey in Sussex. It's an interesting little book, and I was struck by a short sidebar piece on the standard of the Polish Air Force in Exile: It was made in secret in Wilno in 1940, then under Soviet occupation, with the work split between many people. Despite the wartime scarcity of many of the materials involved (damask, gold thread, etc) it was completed and smuggled out in a Japanese(!!!) diplomatic bag. It had been intended to be presented to the Free Polish pilots in France, which is why the French Saint Therese of Lisieux's portrait is at the center of it (she's also the patron saint of aviators), but events overtook it, and it was ultimately officially presented in Great Britain (which the Poles called "Wyspa Ostatniej Nadziei," "Island of Last Hope") in July of 1941. The three words beneath St Therese are: Miłość Żąda Ofiary Which means "Love demands sacrifice". And sacrifice they did: by July of 1945, 26,830 Free Polish servicemembers -- who had escaped the shipwreck of their homeland and could have lived out their days however they saw fit -- were killed in action, died of wounds received on the field of battle, or were missing, believed killed. At their peak, the Free Polish forces only ever incorporated 228,000 men, so this meant that worse than one out of ten would be lost forever to the war, far from home. Whittle's book also made an interesting point about the phrasing on the other side of the standard, which are: Bóg Honor Ojczyzna Meaning God, Honour, Country. Whittle contrasts this with the Waffen-SS's motto, "Meine Ehre heißt Treue" ("My Honour Is Loyalty") and the Wehermacht belt buckle inscription "Gott Mit Uns" ("God is with us"). If you, like me, are fond of the perhaps outdated notion that words mean something, as does the way they're arranged, you might consider with interest that the Poles felt their devotion to a higher calling and then to their personal honour came before the demands of their country. I think it's safe to say that the Nazis could never have embraced that notion. The Standard remained in Great Britain after the war for many, many years, until finally in 1992 it was bestowed upon the Polish Air Force in front of the tomb of Poland's Unknown Soldier. It now resides in Dęblin at the Polish Air Force College. Symbols like this, which in ordinary times people scarcely ever think about, are always of great interest to me. They form the background noise of our lives, and say something subtle about where we come from, who we are, what we can bear -- and what we can do. The Nazis certainly believed so, and whether there was any malignant power in those spiderlike hooked crosses or not, they compelled men and women to do things beneath and for their banners. Wilhelm Brasse, an inmate at Auschwitz forced to take photographs of new arrivals, remembers the case of Czesława Kwoka: "She was so young and so terrified. The girl didn't understand why she was there and she couldn't understand what was being said to her. "So this woman Kapo (a prisoner overseer) took a stick and beat her about the face. This German woman was just taking out her anger on the girl. Such a beautiful young girl, so innocent. She cried but she could do nothing. "Before the photograph was taken, the girl dried her tears and the blood from the cut on her lip. To tell you the truth, I felt as if I was being hit myself but I couldn't interfere. It would have been fatal for me. You could never say anything." Czesława Kwoka died in Auschwitz aged fourteen on 12 March 1943, forty years and three days before I was born. She is one of over five million Polish noncombatants killed by the Germans through 1945 after the Polish surrender on 6 October 1939. Not every Pole was a helpless victim, however. Many fought the German occupation at home and many paid the ultimate price. I'm certainly a bit of a hard-liner on many aspects of the war, but my personal feeling is that when you send in convicts lead by a convicted child rapist to bayonet infants, an act so evil as to be almost cartoonish because otherwise we would have to accept the enormity of it, you have tacitly accepted that anything can and must be done to stop you. We're going to be building two of the Poles who, having escaped their despoiled homeland, resolved to avenge it: Stanisław Skalski (18 11/12 victories), and Aleksander "Gabby" Gabszewicz (9 1/2 victories), both of them using Eduard Spitfire kits. A K "Gabby" Gabszewicz was an old man during WWII for a fighter pilot -- he was born in 1911 -- and bears the rare distinction of shooting down German aircraft while flying under three different sets of national markings: He shared a Heinkel 111 on 1 September 1939 while with IV/1 Dywizjon Brygady Poscigowej, a Do 215 while flying a Bloch 151 on 24 May 1940; thereafter, all of his victories were scored in British machines (three of them in April 1942 against Fw 190s while flying the Spitfire Vb -- he must have been a formidable pilot). After the war, he remained in the United Kingdom and died in 1983 in Malvern, His grave is in Newark, but in 1992, his ashes were taken to Poland and scattered over the airfields at Deblin and Warsaw. "I have fought a good fight. I have finished my course. I have kept the faith." Skalski is a rather different character. He was born in 1915 and in 1939 was serving with 142 Eskadrze Myśliwskiej III/4 Dywizjonu Myśliwskiego w Toruniu, where he became, according to some sources (including himself) the first Allied ace of the war, with six victories by 16 September 1939, on which date he fled Poland. (He's officially credited with 4.5 victories during this time.) In the Battle of Britain, he served with 501 Squadron, claiming three 109s and an He 111 before being shot down and badly injured on 5 September 1940. In 1942, he famously was asked to lead the crack Polish Fighting Team, a hand-picked group of Polish pilots attached to 145 Squadron in March of 1943. By the end of the month, they had been issued brand-new Spitfire IXs, and by the time the Germans in North Africa surrendered in May, they had shot down 25 enemy aircraft for a single loss. By the end of the war, Skalski was Poland's highest-scoring ace, and he had every right to expect a hero's welcome when he returned home. Instead, in 1948 he was hauled out of the Polish Air Force, thrown in prison, tortured, and sentenced to death (subsequently commuted to life in prison), and only finally released in 1956. He remained in Poland and rejoined the air force, retiring in 1967 or 1972, depending on which obituary you want to believe, and died in 2004. Unfortunately, there is a discreditable episode later on in his life -- when Solidarnosc was growing in strength in the 1980s, the Communist government of Poland trotted out a weak sub-rosa attempt at a countervailing force, the Grunwald Patriotic Union, an overtly anti-Semitic pro-government "patriotic association". Skalski's association with it can most charitably be ascribed to the fact that Grunwald blamed the "excesses" of the security services (which he himself had endured) to the allegedly disproportionate number of Jews in the secret police. Regardless of why he chose to associate himself with them and their stupid nonsense, it only served to diminish his wartime greatness during the twilight years of his life, and more's the pity. I'm building Gabszewicz's Spitfire NH214/SZ-G "City of Warsaw", which he flew in 1943. I'll be using a Techmod sheet, but Techmod blows, so I will be stealing as many decals as I can from Eduard's markings for EN526/SZ-G. The colour profile in no way does Gabszewicz's personal emblem (seen here on a Spitfire XVI at the end of the war) justice: Eduard has markings in the Quatro combo (I misunderstood -- badly -- and bought four boxes worth) for an earlier SZ-G, but I wanted to do one with the bigger intake. I'll also be doing Skalski's famous EN315/ZX-6: NB the profile is wrong and the aircraft has the small intake. I really wanted to test out my new Colourcoats Azure blue, as I've never used enamels before. So, ready? Right! Good!
  9. I started these several years ago and had one almost ready for paint, but they have been languishing on the unfinished pile for too long now. The original plan was to complete one aircraft as per the box illustration, and I had intended to use a couple of CMK resin sets along with some Linden Hill decal and stencil sheets that I had purchased at a later date on the other. However I may switch things around and use the resin and the kit decals on the second kit in the box, and because the part finished kit is almost ready for paint, I would do something using the Linden Hill sheets to wrap this one up. The box, its contents and extras. It may be a little while before I restart but I am hoping to get them finished by the deadline.
  10. It's 2017 now, so now it's time for a new special offers thread. Remember, like the title says, we get new offers in stock pretty much every Friday, so keep checking our website every Friday! Meng 1/700 HMS Rodney £22.00 Trumpeter 1/700 USS West Virginia (1945) £21.30 USS Maryland (1945) £19.60 Trumpeter 1/350 1/72 Eduard Messerschmitt Bf110C-6 Ltd Ed £19.20 Eduard Avia B.354 Serie III Profi £9.70 Eduard Lavochkin La-7 Profipack £9.00 Eduard Bf110G-2 Profipack £14.00 Eduard Fw190A-8 Profipack £10.80 Eduard Fw190F-8 Profipack £8.60 Eduard Spad XIII Weekend £4.30 Eduard L-39C Albatros Weekend £6.80 Eduard L-39ZA Albatros Weekend £5.90 Eduard F6F-5 Hellcat Weekend £6.30 Eduard F6F-5N Hellcat Nightfighter Weekend £6.30 Eduard Fw190A-8 Std Wings Weekend £6.30 Eduard Fw190A-5 'Heavy Fighter' Weekend £6.30 Eduard MiG-15Bis Weekend £6.30 Eduard MiG-15UTi Weekend £6.50 Eduard Avia B.534 serie III weekend £5.00 Eduard Avia B.534 Serie IV weekend £5.00 Hobby Boss AH-64A Apache £7.90 Hobby Boss Mil Mi-2US Hoplite gunship £9.40 Hobby Boss Mil Mi-2URP (anti tank) £9.40 Meng 1/72 F-106 Delta Dagger £20.60 1/48 Eduard P-47D Thunderbolt 'Over Italy' Ltd Ed £26.60 Eduard F-86 Sabre Ltd Ed £30.60 Eduard Albatros D.III Profipack £10.20 Eduard Aiva B.534 Serie III Profi £10.20 Eduard Messerschmitt Bf109G-5 Profi £18.00 Eduard MiG-21R Profipack £21.40 Eduard MiG-21R Weekend £12.40 Eduard F6F-5N Hellcat Nightfighter Weekend £9.70 Eduard Avia B.354 Serie IV Weekend £7.00 Eduard Fokker DR.1 Weekend £6.60 Eduard Nieuport Ni-11 Weekend £7.80 Eduard Spad XIII weekend £10.80 Eduard Yak-3 Weekend £9.00 Eduard Mirage III Weekend £15.70 Hobby Boss P-61B Black Widow £25.60 Hobby Boss P-61C Black Widow £25.60 Meng Me410A-1 £28.30 Meng Me410B-2/U4 £26.80 Revell 1/48 Spitfire IX/XVI £13.70 1/35 Armour 1/32 Hobby Boss IL-2 Sturmovik £36.00 thanks Mike
  11. Hello All, My next project is a Privateer. I'm using the Revell re-pop of the Matchbox kit. It's for a friend whose dad flew in one for the US Coastguard back in the 40s/50s, so there will be some light conversion to remove the armament. This will be a wheels-down desktop model (gonna need a bigger desk...), so I'm hoping to keep it simple and avoid AMS. For this post I'll kick off with the box, followed by the parts: Thanks for looking, Adrian
  12. So going to attempt a backdate of the Zvezda 72nd kit, taking their F-2 to an F-1. Being an aircraft flown during late 1940, the pilot needs a little fixing with the jacket in the form of a larger fur collar: ------------------------------ Air Master brass set 72-010 will be the only after market set used on this build. It includes a pair of MG 17 in the cowl, and the pitot tube (will show this later when working on the wings). I've read in reviews a number of unnecessary seams are created because of the way the kit parts are broken down. Above, the gun troughs are separate pieces, but a couple layers of Mr.Dissolved Putty and light sanding take care of that. The air intake was cast solid, so that was drilled out. A couple other holes are added for improved detail. As can be seen, the machine guns were pushed into a couple wads of Tamiya epoxy putty. Same deal with the brass tube representing the aerial wire insulation atop the The strengthening strips on the tail need to be removed, as these were added after crash investigations, sometime near the end of February, 1941. regards, Jack
  13. I'm a bit mystified by this gap to the left of the port engine of my Bf.110: I believe the trop kit has an air filter that fits here, so I guess it's an air intake. Did Airfix forget to include a part, how should it actually look?
  14. Finally finished after just over a year. This build has a bit of a sentimental attachment as it was the one I was working on when we lost my mum. One of the Airfix club special editions, this is the MPM model repackaged with decals of the 1953 coronation flypast. A simple high speed silver with decals for the chequered pattern. Hopefully I can post an 'inflight' pic tomorrow...
  15. I voted for "Made In Britain" GB with Contrail Mayo Composite in mind, but knowing my pace and determination I'm not sure that I could complete the whole stack in time so I decided to do one step at time and start with Mercury. Contrail's Mayo Composite kit was a joint effort between Contrail and Airframe each providing one aircraft. Airframe S.20 moulds look very basic but buildable, will require a lot of scratch building, scribing and detailing to look right.
  16. I'll join in with this. italeri 1/72 kit and S&M decals. Will be building a Wessex 60, operated by Bristow but not the one on the decal sheet - instead it will be "G-ATSC" placed an order for some PE & some reference books. Already started fettling the nose intake area; would like to finish my S-61N before focussing on this but will see how things go... cheers Aaron
  17. I've had this in the stash for a little while now: Here are the main sprues, there are two sets of these: Clear parts, the resin replacement forward engine section for the F2A-3 variant, instructions and decals: I'll be using the resin nose and building the USMC aircraft shown on the box cover, MF-15 of the Marine's VMF-221 squadron which was flown by Captain William Humberd in defence of Midway Island on 4th June 1942 in the course of which he claimed a Zero and a Kate destroyed and a second Kate as damaged. VMF-221's losses were terrible as their F2A-3's were underpowered, overweight and lacking in manoeuverability compared to the Zeroes that they faced. Most of the Marine pilots had little or no combat experience, but Captain Humberd survived the day and was awarded the Navy Cross; I haven't been able to find any reference to his subsequent career or later life. I was quite tempted to build the other box-art aircraft as I believe it was flown by Jimmy Thach and I have already built an Airfix Wildcat in the markings of the aircraft he flew, but I wanted to build a Dutch ML-KNIL (Royal Netherlands East Indies Air Force) - I had originally bought the Special Hobby boxing for this purpose: ...but having read that it is something of a challenging build (this being the politest way I can think of putting it) I chickened out; Bill 'Navy Bird' built a really lovely RAAF Buffalo I from the basically same kit, but I am no Navy Bird... I shall keep the kit and perhaps one day will be man enough to take it on, but in the meantime I will use some of the transfers to complete the second Hasegawa kit as a B-339C No.3100 as flown by Lt. August 'Guus' Diebel of 2-VLG-V based in Java in early December 1941. This unit was later moved to Singapore where the Dutch B-339's flew alongside the RAF and RAAF Buffaloes. Lt. Diebel claimed 2 Nate fighters in a Japanese raid on Singapore on 12th January 1942, though he was subsequently wounded and forced to bail out. He survived the war with three credited kills and in 1948 was awarded the Military William Order (the highest honour awarded by the Netherlands) but died in 1951 when the Gloster Meteor he was flying crashed at Uithuizen in the Netherlands. The aircraft in question is the top one shown on the back of the box: To build the kit as a B-339 I will need to replace the naval tailcone with the land-based version featuring a larger tailwheel - this is not provided by the kit but at some point I had bought the Quickboost replacement along with a couple of Eduard mask sets - good work, Past Me, your foresight is appreciated: The paint scheme for the USMC F2A-3 is USN Blue Gray over USN Light Gray, the interior will be Bronze Green, all by Sovereign Hobbies Colourcoats: For the Dutch aircraft the scheme was Oudblad (old leaf) and Jongblad (young leaf) with Aluminium-painted undersides. If I understand correctly Oudblad and Jongblad were Olive Drab 41 and what would become Medium Green 42 but I can't swear to it - fortunately for me Jamie of Sovereign Hobbies is a near-neighbour of my folks up in Aberdeen and some time ago as a result of some persistent wheedling, cajoling, whining and snivelling he got me a couple of samples of the colours in question: Close to a brownish OD and Medium Green, as it happens. These colours and the European Dutch LVA colours are not currently available but I think Sovereign will get a new batch made up at some point in the future. As noted above, the F2A-3 kit has a resin extended lenght nose to represent the 10-inch extension added to this variant to include additional fuel tankage... this requires some surgery to some of the kit parts, which I shall start with as if I am given the opportunity to mess something up I will usually take it and if I am to ruin everything I would rather do so before I have invested too much time and effort into the rest of the kit... Sorry for all the blurb and congratulations if you have made it this far Cheers, Stew
  18. Hi all, Not been doing too much lately and my office was too much of a mess to paint in so what I have been doing has had to be sofa-compatible. To that end I cleaned up and partially assembled Bandai's Cosmo Falcon and Cosmo Zero from Space Battleship Yamato 2199. These are very nice kits with very accurate fit and the usual sharp details and deep panel lines. I've been reading the 2199 Mooks (I have a couple from the defunct Dengeki Hobby and one from Hobby Japan) which suggest a different approach to assembly - because all the parts interlock in 3D it's hard to build sub assemblies although the fit is usually good enough to allow it. That means doing seam work and painting on the whole model and not being able to take advantage of the parts broken down by colour. But if you look at which pins prevent movement on which axis, you can chop them down and build the model in a much more helpful way. E.g. the front end of my Cosmo Zero is separate to the back end now, so I can deal with all the metallics and not have to mask (along panel lines, which is harder than across them when they're deep) the edges. However I haven't taken any pictures of that yet, so here are the cockpits: instrument panels and pilots: This all seemed very fiddly to paint, I'm not sure if they're a bit underscale (because the sidewalls and fuselage etc. are quite thick) or it's just post-Christmas cack-handedness. I didn't use washes for the male pilot which I thought I liked better in person, but after varnishing and photographing I think the female pilot looks better so I might go back and add some lining or an overall black wash to him as well to tidy things up. I need to do some work on my black primer ready for metallics, and then I can hopefully show what I've done to the other bits and how they go together. Cheers, Will
  19. Seen in a image from the Hauler-Brengun stand at Nürnberg Toy Fair 2016. Type: Yakovlev Yak-1 in 1/72nd Source: V.P.
  20. 1/72 Eduard Supermarine Spitfire Mk.IX first CAD picture:
  21. I'll be building two kits for this group build, two Airfix F-51Ds in RNZAF markings. These aircraft flew in the Territorial Air Force and only flew for a short period between 1951/2 to 1955 before being retired. They had arrived in New Zealand in 1945, but were put into storage due to the end of hostilities with Japan. I'll be building NZ2425, seen at the top of the Ventura sheet here. I believe this aircraft was still in its factory finish of natural metal with the panels joins in the wings filled in and the wings painted aluminium/silver. The roundels were painted directly over the American markings on the fuselage, upper port wing, and lower starboard wing. And NZ2413 seen here. This aircraft was repainted in high speed silver and had a cuffed propeller. According to Anderson's Mustangs of the RAAF and RNZAF when the Mustangs assembled 1951 the wings, control surfaces, and undercarriage doors were painted in high speed silver. I was going to give NZ2425 painted wings regardless as I believe they came this way from the factory, but I'm not sure about the control surfaces and undercarriage doors. Need to get myself a copy of the definitive Mustang resource, Southern Cross Mustangs, by David Muir. I originally wanted to depict NZ2415 in the markings of the Canterbury squadron of the Territorial Air Force. This used to be a popular aircraft flying at shows around the country, but I haven't seen it in the air for quite some time. However, I'm happy to be able to depict two Auckland based aircraft in different schemes from this sheet! I'd like to depict a few other Auckland aircraft in the coming years. I've got a Spitfire Mk Vb W3577 I'd like to build with the crest of the University of Auckland on the port side under the forward section of the canopy.
  22. Hi all, With the Vulcan and X-Wing off the benches, and the Gnats driving me up the wall, it's time to start something else. So, the Lancaster is the next stop. The Revell 1/72 Dambuster to be more accurate. We have plenty of goodies for this build: A couple of sets of Master brass gun barrels, Eduard masking set for obvious reasons, Aires wheels, and Eduard seatbelts and cockpit photoetch set. I figured that a lot of detail will be seen through the green house on top of this kit, so I've gone to town. Nothing has happened to this build yet, other than washing the sprues as I seem to remember Phil Flory having a problem with release agent on his video build many years ago. After market Hannants Xtradecals are to be used with this build also: To be honest, I bought these decals for a 1/72 Tornado GR.4 project (I've not started yet), and these decals are part of the set. Seemed to make sense to use them. Hopefully we'll have a good time with this little lot! Cheers, Val
  23. My build is a Royal Australian Navy Mk 31A in 1/72 scale from the Italeri HAS.3 kit. The 31A was an export version of the HAS.1. First task, as always, is to decant the contents into a top-opening box in place of Italeri's end opener. I've chosen to model an aircraft from February 1965 when the Wessex were an integral part of the part of the rescue and transportation of RAN personnel following the HMAS Melbourne / HMAS Voyager collision off Jervis Bay - Australia's worst peace-time naval disaster. The photo below from the Australian War Memorial (copyright expired) was taken on the deck of the carrier Melbourne the morning after the collision. The early airframes appeared somewhat different from the latter 31A's and had no floatation devices attached to the front wheel hubs, a bare metal grill over the front intake rather than mesh, a different arrangement of serial numbers and markings, no winch (although a framework appears in the photo above) and of course no horse collar over the transmission cowling that came with the 31B upgrade. The photo below, also copyright expired from the AWM, shows an early N7-215 (825) above HMAS Melbourne. You can see the Doppler radar heads and what looks like sonar underneath the foreword fuselage. And this time no winch at all. I'll be supplementing the Italeri kit with some Eduard etch and the Rotorcraft fuselage extension plug. Other bits and pieces will be scratch-built or scavenged as required. The Australian boxing of the kit includes a small sheet of RAN decals (with proper kangaroos this time, not the usual Italeri skinny rat-like creatures) with markings for N7-221, 831. For reference I have the well-regarded 4+ book, numerous photos from the ADF-Serials and Australian War Museum websites and my own photos of the last remaining RAN 31A (N7-217, 827) at the Queensland Air Museum in Caloundra. Only minor progress to date - I've roughly cut out the front grill, and re-modelled the underbody conduits based on the 4+ plans. The Doppler radar head is made from small resin decorative beads sanded to the correct diameter. Really looking forward to this build. Andrew
  24. Hi guys, finally finished my F-84G. Tamiya's kit in 72nd scale, built OOB. - Metallic finish powered by Ak extreme metal (alluminium and dark alluminium) - details painted with Gunze and Tamiya's acryl paints - no aftermarket used except for the Eduard's pre-cut masks Sadly i had some troubles with the kit decals, but i'm very happy of the result. By the way, is my second attempt with NMF after the Airfix Lightning. Now place to pics! That's all, hope you like it! ciao Ale
  25. I know I haven't finished the Luchs yet but I picked this wee beastie up at Telford, liked the box art, and parted with very few readies (cheap I tells ya) 'Oooo zimmerit!' I thought..... Suppose I should have checked before jumping to conclusions Sprue shot with holes because... I did a bit No sign of zimmerit So... do I go nuts and manually, yes, by hand, apply scale zimmerit coat to this.. er... very small, big cat. Have to say I've also been eying up the moulded in tools too I wonder if there are better tracks for it Or.. and this is where I could do with some input, should I go strictly OOB to see what I can make of a basic kit with glue and a lick o' paint? Ooooh input! That's one for you Johnny boy Fixit Phil P.S. Why do I never see the spelling mistakes BEFORE I submit the post?