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  1. Hi all, not letting the grass grow under my feet too much having just completed the Alam Halfa dio. Something that's a bit of a departure for me, though: a field gun. In a sense it's returning to what I know, i.e. an Airfix kit. New looking box, but from what I can see it's a re-badge of a 1980 kit: But, oh look - another 6 figures! Aghhhhh!!! Not sure what I am going to do with this, but aside from the figures there are only 3 sprues of gun parts, and they aren't that big either so shouldn't be a massive task to assemble it. Tally ho!
  2. Hello and thanks for your interest, here's another Lavochkin La-5FN from Kovozavody Prostejov. "Yellow 8" was flown by pilot P. Rakov in summer 1944 (according to kit instructions). I used photoetch parts (for dashboard, seatbelts and landing gear covers) from an old Extratech set. Photographs by Wolfgang Rabel.
  3. Hello, here's my rendition of Kovozávody Prostejov's Piper L-4, dressed as General Patton's personal aircraft in France, 1944. Having recently built their new Mustang and Lavochkin La-5, I was suprised by the rough nature of this kit. It's a typical short-run affair with heavy sprue gates that extend onto the kit's parts, some oversized parts and poor fit, especially around the glasshouse and nose section. The wheels are a joke. They should be round - well, you know what wheels should look like. The items in the KoPro kit suffer from offset moulding and look horrible. Because of their relatively small size no replacements were found in my wheel spares, so I took the task of sanding them to shape as good as I could. The decals aren't the best either, they are relatively thick and have a strong carrier film that remained visible even after I've coated with Alclad Gloss. Plus, the Blue of the US Stars is too bright. Because of the small size on the fuselage, no replacements could be sourced from the decal spares box. To bring this kit up to modern standards you will need to invest a lot of time, effort and patience. I added the boarding steps from scratch. The model was painted with Mr.Hobby acrylics. I'm not very happy how this little model turned out, but on the other hand I'm grateful to KoPro for releasing a kit of this important military and civilian airplane. With best wishes from Vienna, have a good day! All pictures taken by Mr. Wolfgang Rabel of IGM Cars & Bikes.
  4. Hello, here's my UM (Unimodels) Achilles IIc Tank Destroyer. I believe this vehicle was also called 'Wolverine'. It's basically an American M-10 with a british gun. The vehicle belongs to 11th Armoured Division, 75th Anti-Tank Regiment, operating in NW Europe, Winter 1944/45. Painted with Mr.Hobby acrylics. Thanks for your interest! All pictures: Wolfgang Rabel, IGM Cars & Bikes. Although I did fare better with the tracks on this model, one of the links on the left back side opened (this was only discovered when I looked at the pictures and might have happened during transport to my photographer!). This will be fixed .... but is present on the photograph, unfortunately... Here's shots of the interior before closing it up. The interior hull was painted 'Off-White'. Cheers from Vienna! Roman
  5. Hello, here's Eduard's brand new 1/72 Spitfire IXc. This ain't no 'shake-and-bake' kit as I discovered. Just like with their 1/72 Fw-190, tolerances are about zero. I had hard times getting the cockpit to fit (it seems as if I've placed it about one milimeter too far forward) and even more trouble with adding the wings. This was, of course, all due to my own. The next one will turn out smoother I hope .... So here is MH712, flown by W/O Henryk Dygala, No. 302 Squadron, Summer / Autumn 1944. It's one of the few Spitfire kits that has bombs under the wings. Just had to add them. The model was painted with Mr.Hobby acrylics. Decals out of the box. Photographs by Wolfgang Rabel of IGM Cars & Bikes. Thanks for your interest. Best wishes from Vienna, Austria Roman
  6. Hi, usually I do not touch "Snap Fit" kits, since I had some rather disappointing experiences (with tanks) before. Now the new Zvezda model of the Yak-3 is a totally different league. Apart from the fact that you actually can assemble the whole model without a drop of glue, it also provides sufficient detail and good measurement - and there's even aftermarket accessories available from the likes of Eduard, Rob Taurus and CMK. I confess I did use glue on some parts, like the landing gear and some small pieces, just to make sure they don't go astray. The model was painted with Gunze/Mr.Hobby acrylics, the decals are from the box. I had some reservations about their quality, as there was a yellow-ish tone on the carrier film. All of this disappeared when I put the markings on, so no worries here. There seem to be different interpretations of this particular scheme, some sources recommend a red spinner with white tail lines, while Zvezda suggest grey spinner and yellow stripes. I went with their instructions. It represents the plane of Lt. S. I. Rogovoy, of 64th GIAP / 4th GIAD, on the 2nd Baltic Front, autumn 1944. The pitot tube was replaced by a piece of wire. Thanks for your interest. Best wishes from Vienna, Roman
  7. Hello all. Well, as they say, a picture paints a thousand words, and since I can't think of any words, I'll start with pictures..... Base plan with makeshift road... Probably use some sort of putty to smooth out cardboard. Thinking of putting PVA glue with fine sand for bitumen. I dunno how accurate that would be, but eh... With panther and figures for a test fit. Ground work will be painted a different colour, it was just left over from a desert base, so I used it More info on the panther will be posted when it is finished 100%, will be up in AFV RFI. The plan is to have a dead hedge behind the panther, some ruined building or equipment near the figures. Stuff I was going to use for a dead hedge. Dead grass btw. Stuff I was going to use a grass. Once removed of... err... 'impurities' I will have to apply it somehow.... hmm All for now, and thanks for looking
  8. Hi, here's my 1/72 Tamyia Thunderbolt built from the box. WZ-P was fflown by Lt.Col. Benjamin Mayo with 84th FS/78th FG, Duxford/England, 1944. Painted with Alclad II Metallics and Gunze Acrylics. Thanks for your interest. Best wishes from Vienna, Roman
  9. Hello, this is the new release Kovozávody Preostejov Lavochkin La-5FN in markings of the Slovak Uprising, 1944. I had high expectations following the release of Kovozávody Preostejov's Mustang series, however, this kit looks as if it's been produced by a different manufacturer. There are no locating aids, some flesh present and heavy sprue gates. Having said that, the kit goes together without any major issues. Kovozávody Preostejov have done the 'open canopy' option in a very unusual way, providing both clear hoods (that slide over each other) as one massive piece. You will need to paint the underlying canopy rails from the inside - not an easy task. This is still a very welcome new release as it's the only modern, up-to-date tool of an La-5FN. Here's how mine turned out, built from the box: All photographs by Wolfgang Rabel, IGM Cars & Bikes. Thanks for looking!
  10. RS Model's 1/72 Regginae 2005 "Saggitarrio" in ANR Markings, 1944. Built with the addition of Brengun photo etch set. An attractive little short run kit. Thanks for your interest! Photographs: Wolfgang Rabel, IGM Cars & Bikes
  11. Hi guys, This will be only my second WIP build thread as I've only just returned to the Hobby this year after about 25 years of absence (my teens being the last time I did anything). It's a fantastic kit with some very cool extras listed below. I'm very keen to make the best of it and hope my ability (or lack of) doesn't cause too many tears. Royal Class edition of the new tool scale plastic kit of Bf 109G in 1/48 scale. Box contains: plastic and photo-etched parts and for two complete models of Bf 109G in variants G-2, G-4, G-6 and G-14 (premiere release of parts for variants G-2, G-4, G-14) Cartograf printed decals for 16 colorful markings a piece of the real Bf 109G-14 mounted on wooden block with certificate of authenticity Eduard "Gustav" designed Beer glass Brassin set of Bf 109G-6 wheels (2 pairs) Brassin set of Bf 109G cannon pods Brassin set of Bf 109G W.Gr.21 rockets Fabric seatbelts Marking options: Bf 109G-2, flown by Maj. Hannes Trautloft, CO of JG 54, Eastern Front, summer, 1942 Bf 109G-2 trop, Flown by Oblt. Werner Schroer, CO of 8./JG 27, Rhodes, early November, 1942 Bf 109G-2 trop, Flown by Maj. Heinz Bär, CO of I./JG 77, Comiso airfield, Italy, September, 1942 Bf 109G-2 trop, W.Nr. 10 501, Stab/JG 77, Bir el Abd airfield, North Africa, early November, 1942 Bf 109G-4, W.Nr. 19 257, Flown by Fw. Viktor Petermann, 5./JG 52, South Part of the Eastern Front, June, 1943 Bf 109G-4, W.Nr. 19 347, Flown by Fw. Jan Reznak, 13. (Slowaken)/JG 52, Anapa airfield, Soviet Union, April / May, 1943 Bf 109G-6, W.Nr. 20 499, Flown by Lt. Erich Hartmann, CO of 9./JG 52, Nove Zaporozhye, October, 1943 Bf 109G-6, W.Nr. 15 909, Flown by Hptm. Gerhard Barkhorn, CO of II./JG 52, Eastern Front, September, 1943 Bf 109G-6, Flown by Oblt. Kurt Gabler, 8./JG 300, Jüterbog – Waldlager Air Base, Germany, July, 1944 Bf 109G-6, W.Nr. 163162, 2a Squadriglia, 2o Gruppo Caccia, Verona-Villafranca airfield, Italy, October, 1944 Bf 109G-6, W.Nr. 165267, 1/HleLv 34, Taipalsaari airfield, July, 1944 Bf 109G-6, W.Nr. 95 417, Flown by Lt. Pál Bélavári, 101/3. vadászszázad, Veszprém Air Base, Hungary, August, 1944 Bf 109G-6, Flown by Lt. Baciu Dumitru, Grupul 1 Vânănatoare, early May, 1945 Bf 109G-6, W.Nr. 163815, Fliegerkompagnie 7, Flugwaffe, Interlaken Air Base, June, 1945 Bf 109G-14, W.Nr. 464534, 19./EJG 2, Pilsen airfield, May, 1945 Bf 109G-14, W.Nr. 781308, Flown by Lt. Hans-Helmut Linck, 10./JG 4, Alteno airfield, Germany, September 11, 1944 I intent to build this aircraft in the following scheme: Bf 109G-6, W.Nr. 165267, 1/HleLv 34, Taipalsaari airfield, July, 1944 Eino Luukkanen was in the cockpit of this airplane while achieving his 56th confirmed victory. He downed a Soviet Yak-9 fighter flown by Lt. G. F. Nizhnik on August 5, 1944 over Narva Bay. This Yak was the only aircraft downed by the guns of MT-451. The aircraft was delivered to Finland on June 23, 1943. The former German Werk Nummer is visible on the rudder. Two underwing cannon pods were mounted and there was no artwork on the rudder at that time. The fledgling eagle was painted later on. MT-451 was written off after an accident on August 25, 1947.
  12. Hello! Here's my 1/72 Airfix Lancaster BII, which I started working on in April 2014. It was already finished at the end of October and went on display at the Wiener Modellbaumesse (Vienna Model & Toy Fair), where IMPS Austria were attending. Now I finally managed to get pictures taken, thanks to Mr. Wolfgang Rabel of IGM Cars & Bikes. This is the 1/72 Airfix kit with some Eduard photo etch added, representing a machine of 408 (Goose) Squadron, 6 Group RCAF, RAF Linton-on-Ouse, Yorkshire, July 1944. The model was airbrushed using Gunze/Mr Hobby acrylics. TT Thanks for looking! Cheers from Vienna, Austria Roman
  13. Mosquito PR.XVI

    Hello all, Full WIP can be found here: http://z15.invisionfree.com/72nd_Aircraft/...?showtopic=2258 But in the mean time here are some images of the completed model. Many thanks. Adrian.
  14. Photo-etch USN Carrier Decks 1943-44 & 1944-45 Eduard 1:72 Eduard have recently increased their range of carrier deck bases in 1/72 scale with these little gems creating even more opportunities to bring your 1/72 scale USN collection to life. If you don't have one, now there's even less reason not too ! 73420 USN Carrier Deck 1943-44 This sheet portrays one of the varnished wooden decks with the inter-weaved plank layout typical of USN type in service in this era. It’s a generic format with no reference to a particular carrier. The lines of planks have subtle variations in colour which really give a realistic look. What I like about the varnished look is that if you’re model is blue, and most aircraft using this type of deck were, you get a nice contrast. Lines of drains and deck markings are finely created to add some detail to the surface and break the monotony of the planking up. 73422 USN Carrier Deck 1944-45 This sheet is pretty much identical to the other one except for portraying the blue painted deck rather than earlier varnished one. Again, some subtle wear and tonal variation on the planking gives a realistic look. With a few figures around the aircraft, there is a great potential for a compact diorama bursting with late war character. The sheets are quite small being 132 x 110mm, so they’re best suited to the single engined fighters such as the Wildcat & Hellcat. If you want to display a larger aircraft, it may be feasible to fit too together although the join may need a little work to blend it in. The sheets are typically thin, so should ideally be fitted to a rigid base. Care should be taken handling them, particularly around the edges to prevent any damage as I’ve found out ! Conclusion These decks are wonderful additions to USN fighter displays of the era. Creating realistic bases is difficult to achieve and doing them poorly spoils any good work done on the kit itself, so having a solution out of the pack is no doubt a popular solution. They are probably too small for larger aircraft such as the Avenger which is unfortunate, however the great thing about the range offered by Eduard is that you can have a selection of models on display together, each with slightly different display bases but equally looking the part. Review sample courtesy of
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