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  1. Recently picked up the Pavla resin cockpit set for the Hasegawa 1/72 B-47E at my LHS.This prompted me to dig out said kit from my stash where it had been lingering for decades. The price tag actually revealed its age; bought at W.J. Walker's in Hackney (now long gone) for £6.95! Apart from rescribing it and correcting a few inaccuracies, there remains one question: Did the B-47E retain those two windows for the nav on either side of the nose? I've looked at numerous photos on the net and in the Squadron "In action" book. Seems some aircraft had them and some didn't. At least they're not visible on some aircraft. Or did those windows have metal shutters like the camera openings on the nose of the Swift FR.5? Any help to clarify this would be appreciated. TIA
  2. As my ludicrously long Sea Vixen build finally shows signs of drawing to a close, thoughts turn to what to build next. I always try to have two things on the go at any one time, with the other being my never-ending Ark Royal build - but there is a limit to how much 1/350 scratch building and detailing I can stand at any one time, and I need to have something in 1/48 (my aircraft scale of choice) to keep me going. I thought about a twin Buccaneer build - an Anti-Flash White S1 and an Ark Royal (4) final commission S2D. Those will come at some point, since I have the kits and the necessary conversion materials. But watching the splendid work of Steve (Fritag), Debs (Ascoteer) and others has convinced me that it is high time I built something that I actually flew myself. Sea King or Lynx, Sea King or Lynx... much indecision was finally tilted towards the Queen of the Skies by all the press coverage of its retirement from RN SAR service earlier this year (though the ASaC7 Baggers will soldier on for a while yet), and by markdipXV711's excellent build of an 819 SAR cab which he and I flew in together 20-odd years ago. So, since 819 (my other Sea King squadron) has just been done, I have finally plumped for an aircraft from my first tour. Pull up a bollard and listen to a true dit. 820 Naval Air Squadron, 1988, 18 months into my first front-line tour. We were part of Ark Royal (5)'s CAG (carrier air group) throughout my time on the Squadron, and in July 1988 the ship plus 801 (8 x Sea Harrier FRS1), 849B Flight (3 x Sea King AEW2), a detachment from 845 (2 x Sea King HC4) and 820 (9 x Sea King HAS5) set off for Australia, via Malta, Singapore, Hong Kong, Brunei and Subic Bay (Philippines), and home via Mumbai and Gibraltar. 6 months away, and a bloody good time was had by all... Less than 2 weeks after we sailed, we were taking part in a NATO exercise in the approaches to the Med; basically we were playing the bad guys trying to force a passage through the straits, and a number of RN, USN and Spanish units were trying to stop us... including HM Submarines Torbay, Otter and Opportune. The aim of these exercises is not to be 100% realistic, but to make sure that there is maximum interaction, so occasionally there would be a 2 hour pause where the submarines, having come right inside the screen and "attacked" the hell out of the ships, would withdraw 30 miles and start again. We would knock off tracking them and leave them alone to reposition. In those long distant 1980s Cold War days, ASW was our bread and butter, and on the whole we were pretty good at it. Most of the time we did passive ASW - chucking huge quantities of sonobuoys out of the aircraft and finding submarines that way, often working with our Nimrod and P3C brethren, and often working against USSR boats rather than friendly exercise ones. In my first few weeks on the squadron we rippled 3 (3 cabs airborne 24/7) all the way from Norfolk VA to Harstad in Norway, including several days of tracking 2 Victor IIIs that were taking an interest in our games. It was pretty exhausting, but we could keep it up almost indefinitely. For the guys in the back, passive ASW was often good fun; 3-dimensional chess, and all that. But for the pilots it was skull-shatteringly dull, flying around at 4-5,000' (nosebleed territory for any self-respecting helicopter pilot) and stooging at 70kts for maximum endurance for hour after hour after hour. But on this occasion we were doing active ASW, the task for which the Sea King was originally designed. Active ASW in the daytime is enormous fun for the pilots, especially when you are in contact. At night the aircraft flies the profiles for you, closely monitored by the pilots (since you are down at 40', you want to keep a close eye on things in the pitch black; it can be a tad buttock-clenching at night). In the day, however, you generally fly it all yourself ("manual jumps" as the jargon goes) without any assistance from the AFCS (automatic flight control system), and it's a blast. So there you have the scene. I am 18 months into front line flying, and have reached the dizzy heights of being captain of my own crew. My P2 for this trip is a hugely experienced USN exchange pilot (way more experienced than me, but flying as second pilot while he gets up to speed with RN procedures). We do 45 minutes of active Torbay bashing, but then reach the pre-briefed pause while she repositions. Rather than disrupt the flying programme, we simply keep going, so we have taken a plastic milk float with us (hi tech, I tell you) and are doing some grappling training; chuck the milk float out of the back and practice SAR with it - much harder than it sounds, cos the milk float thrashes around in the down wash, so it is great training for the back seat in conning the aircraft and the front seat in hovering it precisely. A few minutes into the grapple work, with Jim the USN guy on the controls, the port engine stops... or so we thought. The Nr (rotor speed) decays as the good engine runs out of puff (too hot and too heavy to hover on one engine) and we subside rapidly onto the water yelling Mayday and punching the windows out. Phil Smith, the Observer, says he had never seen anyone strap in as fast as poor old BJ Sandoe, the Crewman who had been lying on the floor of the aircraft with his head sticking out, conning Jim onto the milk float, when suddenly the Atlantic Ocean came up to greet him. As I reached up to shut down the No 2 engine (cos you sure as heck don't want to abandon a helicopter while the rotors are still turning) it became apparent that the No 1 engine had not in fact failed, but simply run down to flight idle. The fuel computer had developed a fault and tried to shut the throttle, but there is a physical interlock built into the system for precisely this emergency, called the Flight Idle Stop, which is basically a screw jack that prevents the throttle from closing beyond a certain point - the very last thing you do when starting up is to engage it. So we over-rode the computer and managed the throttle manually, the Nr came back up to where it should be and shot off the surface of the sea like a startled rabbit, downgraded our Mayday to a Pan, and flew back to Mum. A Green Endorsement much later (still on the wall of my loo) and very shaky legs for a few hours afterwards. Well, it has to be this cab, doesn't it? So I present to you ZE419 / 014 / R of 820 Naval Air Squadron in July 1988; a bog standard Sea King HAS5. Dark blue (this was just before the days when everything became grey), black markings. Photos of the real aircraft to follow, I expect, but for now she is one of these in the distance (photo taken the day before we sailed from Pompey, so about 2 weeks before the ditching): The aircraft will be built much as in this photo, actually; folded, included the tail, with engine blanks in. The cabs in the photo have tip socks on, but I will probably build mine with the more robust blade support system known as "Forth Road Bridge" gear (as in this Mk 5 at the Fleet Air Arm Museum): The basis of the model will be the Hasegawa 1/48 Sea King, using the "Ark Royal HAR5" [no such thing; it should be HU5] edition (which for some reason Photobucket refuses to rotate, so turn your head): ...and the excellent Flightpath conversion set, which contains all sorts of goodies important to this build - notably weapons carriers, assorted aerials and a tail rotor much better suited to having a gust lock fitted to it. Herewith statutory sprue shot: ...and pic of the contents of Flightpath box and a couple of other aftermarket goodies: As it happens, I also have a Hasegawa AEW2a kit (acquired before the Mk5 kit was released, as the only game in town for a future Mk5 build). This will also be useful, since it contains a number of applicable bits such as Orange Crop ESM aerials (removed from the HU5). And since all the Hasegawa boxings are variations on the same theme, the kit already contains some parts that I will use - e.g. the HU5 has the sand filter in front of the engine intakes, but in my era we simply had the "barn door"; similarly the HU5 has the sonar removed and a blanking plate fitted. The kit contains both a barn door and a (sort of, -ish) sonar. [i also have a second complete "Ark Royal HAR5", designated eventually to be an 819 SAR aircraft... but not yet]. There will not be much progress for a few days, while I get the Vixen over the line.... Herewith photo of the appropriate log book entry (bottom line:
  3. Perhaps two is not enough to make a clutch, but it's what I've got. I've stalled out on my Jaguar build for now, and feel the small-scale bug biting again, so I conjured up some phantoms (all one needs is goat's blood, backwards chanting, and some baking soda). I have a Hasegawa F-4C and a Fujimi FGR.2 I've also got two sets of Truedetails rocket chairs, and have placed an order for two sets of Airwaves Phantom canopy details. The plan is to build the FGR.2 as a 92 squadron's XV414 based at Wildenrath, Germany in 1979. For this I'll be using decals in the box, along with some spare 4s from a second Fujimi sheet I found laying around. Photo credit: King Cobra 92 https://www.flickr.com/photos/50963614@N03/12057567995/ The F-4C will be built as a mid-1970s F-4D from Lakenheath, UK. These aircraft were in S.E.A. scheme, but a few got a bad batch of tan, which turned to a light pea green, as seen in the photo below. I have ordered the Xtradecal sheet from Hannants to make this possible. Photo Credit: Fred M (http://www.fightercontrol.co.uk/forum/viewtopic.php?f=18&p=705920) I have some writing to finish first, but wife is out with friends tonight, so I hope to get started later!
  4. I started a Hasegawa F-16I Sufa in the middle of the Auto TF build as a target of opportunity during a road trip. This is the kit: The major assemblies have been completed (see the Auto TF WIP) and the airframe primed. Some AGM-142s and data link pods from the Skunk Works IDF weapons set in the process of painting. Still need touching up and decals. The airframe spent most of today in the spray booth. Next will be painting the various antenna and trying to smooth out the camo finish. I figured so long as I’m doing an IDF camo, then I should get the Brakeet F-16D out as well. This one has been sitting in the stash for a long time. Hasegawa hadn’t moved into the Block 40 and beyond variants at the time they issued this one. The kit came with a resin spine and some resin antenna. When I first tried using CA to attach the spine, the fairing just popped right off. I’m thinking that bottle of CA was getting too old as it has been taking a long time to set. Out with a new bottle of CA and I drilled out holes along the spine. I spot glued the resin fairing to the upper fuselage and then added more CA through the holes and clamped the assembly. This time it stayed put and I added the separate resin ECM fairing at the tail end. The ECM section isn’t as deep as the aft end of the resin spine, so some sanding is in order. Hasegawa gives only the full F-16C/D tail, so the upper portion of the vertical tail was cut away from the base fairing and secured to the resin spine with pins and CA. Thanks for looking, Sven
  5. Hi, I have a Hasegawa Blue Angels F-4J kit I shall be coverting to an F-4D (note from the future: plans have changed and it's going to become an RF-4C - see the horrible box lid for a big clue). I have a proper F-4D kit in the stash as well but I want to have this kit out of the way because of the blue plastic (dunno why) I'll need to reproduce the under nose sensor somehow as well as the intake trunking. The plastic cup with 'intake' on the lid contains all the necessary parts I hope - mostly thin plastic card I have prepared a couple of years ago. I'll be finishing this Phantom in USAF 49th TFW markings - which features an HO tail code and a TAC badge. And yes HO stands for Holloman AFB, NM, however this unit was distinctly also assigned to USAFE (the only unit within TAC to be encumbered this way) and had specific infrastructure, including TAB-V shelters, in place at Hahn and Ramstein air bases to deal with the yearly influx of people and planes - in effect, the 'Crested Cap' deployments were mass migrations to Hahn and Ramstein as part of the Reforger exercises. The Wing deployed up to 1977 when the F-4Ds were replaced by F-15s, after which the Crested Caps were taken over by the 4th TFW. Some aircraft would usually remain in Europe during summer and autumn while air and ground crews would be rotated. I have my eye on a 1976 example, when Phantoms regularly appeared with white stencils on the darker camouflage, much like this one: Jay
  6. Oh well - here goes: When I'm finished with the Caribou over in DeHavilland MegaGB I'll start on the Mercury in the Prototype GB and when THAT is done, I'll come back here to start on this: At the moment I'm going for the F with a whole bunch of Durandel missiles! Cheers and I hope to see you back here! Hans J
  7. Another airliner off my production line is the very nice Hasegawa Boeing 777. As with all of Hasegawa's LL200 Airliners, they are easy to build and very acurate in shape. I really like those kits and I have quite a number of different types in my stash. Sadly that Hasegawa seem to reduce their range every year,now only a small number of types are still in their catalogue. This kit I bought around 20 years ago...how the time flies...and it sat in my stash ever since.End of last year I finally decided to get it started and now here we are. Built straight from the box,no changes made. The decals were still in very good condition,which is a surprise as one never knows with Hasegawa kits.This is in fact the only fault,at least with airliner kits of them,that the decal sets vary greatly in quality.Some are pristine after many years while others seem to become unusable only after a short time already. In this case everything was fine and they went on beautifully and matched the model perfect. All paints are Revell and Testors enamels applied with my airbrush. The old Thai livery is one of my favourite ones and it really suits the 777. One of my cats lurking in the background...
  8. Hello gang. I saw this kit at 50% discount at the LHS today and immediately thought of this GB. I believe this is one of the earliest boxings of Hasegawa's F-16 line. It represents a block 15 aircraft, and comes with three decal options. Two Wolfpack squadron machines from Korea, and one Dutch with 311 sqn. None of the marking options are particularly interesting, and the decals look iffy (flat with glossy bits), but a stroll through the interwebs showed little in the way of alternatives. So Dutch F-16 it is! This build will be OOB save for seatbelts. This kit doesn't have the finesse of the Tamiya F-16, but I have a soft spot for kits from the 1980s, as that is what I grew up on. I never built this model in the 1980s, but a friend had it, and I always loved the boarding ladder and recessed panels (my Monogram F-16 had raised lines ) Work begins tomorrow. And you can bet I'll be including the boarding ladder!
  9. Hi folks, I've decided for my New Year's Resolution that I am going to fully participate in the group builds for 2017 and follow the schedule to the letter (I heard u laughing)!! No I'm definitely going to give it my best shot - so to get the year off to a good start I've joined the F-16 group build with the following kit: I'm hoping to get cracking in the next couple of days so I will keep you posted on progress. I'm going to keep this one OOB and see how I get on. Good luck everyone
  10. Hi guys here is my Hasegawa F-16 from the Royal Netherlands Airforce as it participated in the NATO Tigermeet held at Fairford in 1991. I have build it for the F-16 STGB here at Britmodeller. Hope you like it. NATO Tigermeet 1991 Fairford UK F-16A Royal Netherlands Airforce 313 squadron Hasegawa 1/48 kit with Quickboost ejection seat, wheel doors, Aires exhaust nozzle, and from Master the pitot tube, AOA probes and static dischargers. Build thread can be found here Erik
  11. “Welcome back my friends to the show that never ends. We're so glad you could attend! Come inside! Come inside!” For myself and my favorite all time musical group, 2016 was not a good year. To Keith Emerson and Greg Lake RIP. Your gift of music was outstanding. I have been absent from this fine forum for about a year now (other than occasionally lurking about and being jealous of fantastic builds that happen here every day). December 2015 I woke up with shooting pains throughout my body coupled with numbness in my extremities. Being the ever-diligent person I am and realizing that just ignoring it would not make it go away, (Not that I would ever try that, heaven forbid!) I began a wonderful odyssey of various health professionals poking, prodding, inserting, inspecting and failing to detect why I now had no feeling in my hands. The general pain shooting throughout my body had ceased, but there was absolutely no feeling in my hands. The best I can describe it is they feel as if they are constantly asleep. Anyway, going through a bunch of medical people that suggested everything from diabetes, (nope), carpel tunnel (nope), neuropathy (nope), cancer (not again) to me just being mental I came away with a wonderful diagnosis of we don’t know why you have no feeling in your hands, but we don’t think it is endangering your health. Yeah, didn’t make sense to me either. The best guess for my condition is narrowed to two causes, neither of which, I understand, is curable. The first, and my favorite, is I was exposed to some unknown chemical in Southeast Asia from either the U. S. forces or the communist forces and it is just now showing up. Now I did go into some very interesting areas where I shouldn’t have been, and into jungles that shouldn’t have anything sprayed in them but there was, and I was not privy to what was used, how it was to affect humans, as my chances of surviving the war were minimal. My cheery little group had 100% plus casualty rate. (Never could understand how that could be, except most of us got wounded at least once and foolishly kept returning to fight. Option one then is some unknown chemical has resided in my body for about 45 years and is just now starting to run rampant, cheery huh? The second option and what I really think is more likely is I have had shingles since 1990 when they were triggered by some cancer treatments. Just was told that sometimes as a side effect, you just loose feeling in your extremities, usually your hands. The cure, same as for shingles, just learn to live with it. And, for the last year my brothers in plastic, I have been learning to use my hands without having any feeling in them. You take for granted how much the sense of touch comes into play on a day by day basis. How tightly do you hold a Styrofoam cup? (Okay, I know I shouldn’t be using them, but some places still sell drinks that way!) Most people can feel the cup sidewalls beginning to give in by touch and then just maintain that pressure. By trial and error and many drink mishaps, I learned just how much to think to hold the cup so I didn’t either drop it or squish it. Same for holding eating utensils, cracking eggs (that was a fun lesson, the kitchen was a mess), holding glass bottles over tile floors. The amusing one that still gives me fits is how hard to grip pills when I take them out of a bottle to keep them from falling out of my hand. In regards to modeling, “Hi! My name is George. I am just learning how to assemble plastic kits. Bear with me!” So, from a rather massive stash (more on that later) I chose a relatively easy build to begin the trek back to putting plastic pieces together. The kit is 1/48 Hasegawa Bf 109 E-3. This will not only be a WIP for the 109, but probably, an interesting lesson on how much touch is used in model construction. I really am a newbie. I went to my trusty Photobucket account and can’t sign in. When I did sign in, it wouldn’t let me into my library or download pictures. Once that was sorted out, then I try to upload to Britmodeller and everything has changed with the new software version. ARGGGGHHHHHH. Okay, blood pressure back to normal so here goes. The kit looks very nice. Here is the box cover art and the plastic innards. It has some photo etch and a nice selection of decal choices. The first job is the cockpit. The selection of parts is nice. The seat has some basic seat belt detail, not great, but for me and this build adequate And the instrument panel is nothing to write home about, but for this build, some dry brushing will be enough as the canopy will be closed. Any resemblance to the actual panel instruments and the kit detail representation is strictly coincidental! I now will try to see how well I can botch a kit that should go together by itself. Wish me luck. As always, all comments are welcome.
  12. Will be building this kit As the F-16D Digital Flight Control System (DFLCS) test jet With home-made tail markings lower middle on the sheet Sven Old Viper Tester
  13. Hello all, My fourth build for 2017 is Hasgawa's F-16A in 1:48 scale. This is from the original boxing from the mid-1980s. I had great fun with this kit, thanks in large part to being a participant in Britmodeler's excellent F-16 group build. WIP thread is here The model represents an F-16A serving with the Royal Netherlands Airforce No. 311 Squadron, around 1985. The model is of an aircraft attending a bombing range exercise, hence the captive AIM-9 missiles, and live cluster munitions. The graffiti on the bombs is inspired by this photo taken at exercises in Skrydstrup, Denmark in 1986. The kit consists mostly of Hasegawa parts, but the drop tanks and ejection seat were cannibalized from a failed Tamiya F-16. The BL755 cluster bombs are from a Kittyhawk Jaguar, The AIM-9P is from Academy's phantom, and the ALQ pod (not really visible in these photos) is from Hasegawa's RF-4E. Paint is Tamiya, for the most part. The exhaust is Model Master Metalizer Stainless Steel. Decals are from the box, and had held up surprisingly well considering their age and pedigree. The walkways were hand painted.
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  15. After Hasegawa 2016 (http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/235000783-hasegawa-2016/ - thanks 172flogger) I open a new topic for Hasegawa's 2017 reissues and monthly newsfiles. The first one will be: - ref. 08246 - 1/32nd - Boeing F4B4 - original kit: https://www.scalemates.com/kits/148093-hasegawa-js-066-boeing-f4b-4 Release expected on January 22nd, 2017 Source: http://www.hasegawa-model.co.jp/product/08246/ V.P.
  16. Here is my representation of the Brewster B-339C No.3100 as flown by Lt. August 'Guus' Diebel of 2-VLG-V of the KNIL (Royal Netherlands East Indies Air Force) based at Semplak on the island of 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 kit is the Hasegawa kit from the U.S. Navy/Marine combo set. It's a very nice, straightforward build, but I made several clumsy and/or sloppy errors in construction, painting and varnishing - luckily most of these are not really apparent in the pictures. I used the Eduard canopy mask set and lap-straps from their Microfabric U.S. seatbelt set. The U.S.-type tailcone and tailwheel was replaced with the Quickboost B339C/D resin tailcone set and the 'straight' pitot tube supplied with the kit was replaced with the 'cranked' type from an Airfix P-40B. Paints used for the uppersurface camouflage were Sovereign Hobbies Colourcoats ACUS20 Dark Green, ACUS19 Green Olive Drab (Vietnam) for FS34079 and FS34102 which are believed to be the closest colour match for the Oudblad and Jongblad colours used on RNEIAF aircraft. I used Alclad Semi-matt Aluminium for the undersides and Citadel Acrylic Runefang Steel for the cockpit interior. Transfers were from the Special Hobby B339C/D "Dutch & Japanese" kit and they worked very well. The build thread is here. Thanks to everyone who participated and to Jim Maas in particular who was unstinting in providing a lot of useful information and whose advice made my model considerably more faithful to the original than it would otherwise have been. Anyway; here are the pictures: Thanks for your attention again gents Cheers, Stew
  17. Hello Chaps, It's been a while since I posted anything, but this is because my wife and I moved to a new home that we bought. With all the packing, moving, unpacking and settling in, time went by fast....6 months to be precise before I touched styrene again. Well, since the move, I still haven't found the time to create my new man-cave/modeling den in the basement, which means that airbrushing is a no go, and so, because I was getting severe withdrawals, I decided to try my hand at brush-painting some 1/72 scale kits in my stash. I chose to do 1/72 rather than my normal 1/32 or 1/48 scale for a good reason- if I screwed up with the "Hairy-Sticks", I wouldn't be too bothered about messing up a smaller and cheaper kit. Since November, I've managed to complete five 1/72 scale kits and one 1/144 scale kit and I have to say, I've had fun painting them the "old fashioned" way, I used Model Master acrylics and then oils for the weathering stage. So, I'd like to share the first of those 6 builds and apologize for not having/finding the time to post a build log prior to this RFI post. I hope you like it...I was happy with my "Hairy Stick" results: Although I much prefer to build the larger scale kits, purely for comfort on my aging eyes and much prefer to use an airbrush, I did have fun and this was a decent little kit. If you'd like to watch my YouTube video for this, then here is the link to that: Thanks in advance for any comments made, much appreciated! Cheers, Martin
  18. 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
  19. Here is my representation of the Brewster F2A-3 flown by U.S. Marine Corps Captain William Humberd of VMF-221 at the Battle of Midway, 4th June 1942. Captain Humberd was one of the more successful Buffalo pilots that day - here is a copy of his combat report. The kit is the Hasegawa kit from the U.S. Navy/Marine combo set. It includes a resin replacement nose section for the F2A-3 which had a 10-inch fuselage extension aft of the engine for extra fuel tankage. The kit is a very nice straightforward build, although I made several clumsy and/or sloppy errors in construction, painting and varnishing, but luckily most of these are not really apparent in the pictures. I used the Eduard canopy mask set, lap-straps from their Microfabric U.S. seatbelt set and a vacform canopy centre section from Squadron, after I failed to read the instructions and painted the canopy frames where no framing should be. Paints used were Sovereign Hobbies Colourcoats ACUS05 WW2 USN Light Gray, ACUS06 WW2 USN Blue Gray and ACUS30 Bronze Green 9 for the cockpit interior. Transfers were as provided by the kit and although there weren't many of them, they worked very well. The build thread is here. Thanks to everyone who participated and to Jim Maas in particular who was unstinting in providing a lot of useful information and whose advice made my model considerably more faithful to the original than it would otherwise have been. Anyway; pictures: Thanks for your attention gents Cheers, Stew
  20. Hello, I would like to build a Hawker Hurricane Mk Ia equipped with a DH propeller - not the "standard one", but the "Spitfire one"; apparently that's the configuration of the 12 machines delivered to Romania. The Hurricane propellers story was covered in detail here: http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/234980181-hawker-hurricane-propellers-and-spinners-a-modellers-guide/& and it's not my intention to go over it again. I'm more interested in how to replicate that on a 1/48th scale model starting from the kit that I have - Hasegawa Hurricane Mk.I TRop, ref. 09682. It goes without question that the kit does not contain this configuration. I've bought the Quickboost (QB 48 625) DH Spitfire propeller intended for the Airfix kit, but the spinner is hugely oversize compared to the Hurricane cowling. - is the Quickboost part (QB 48 268) intended for the Tamiya Spitfire I & V kit different from the one above (smaller spinner) and consequently suitable for what I want to do? - is there a difference between the two Quickboost parts (QB 48 400) and (QB 48 425) - both identically labeled as "Hurricane De Havilland Propeller for Hasegawa kit"? - is there any known kitbashing option? Thank you very much for any useful hint or suggestion. Regards, Iulian M.
  21. I’m hoping to do a few F-16s from The Air Force Flight Test Center at Edwards AFB. The first will be this F-16B. Done as the Automatic Terrain Following test bird from the LANTIRN Test Force I’ll be using some home made decals for the tail markings (middle left): At some point I’ll do the “Bozo Fleet” (test support aircraft) markings as depicted in the Hasegawa kit, but I’ve yet to find a clear coat that does not yellow over time. Sven Old Viper Tester
  22. Good morning, Britmodellers! Finally finished Hasegawa F/A-18F Super Hornet in 1/48 scale with Eduard BigED and Fightertown decals This bird took me about 3 months, but the result is ok for me! Enjoy the pics, constructive criticism is welcome! Regards, Oliver.
  23. A week on the bench and done. Not too much to say, a very quick and easy build. [/font]_zpsyclxwxva.jpg.html] As ever thanks for taking the time to look-in. Feel free to make any criticism, comment or ask any questions. More soon. Ian.
  24. 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?