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  1. Howdy All, Just finished my attempt at Revell`s ancient ( older than me I believe ! ) 1/48 Chickasaw kit. Finished to represent an S-55 of EHM 11/65, operated by the French during the Indochina conflict around 1955 Built mostly from the box contents but with a few embellishments to try to disguise it`s shot-comings. Cut some extra windows in the cockpit roof, some seat belts, cyclic stick, wiring behind the instrument panel and foot pedals but due to the thick transparencies you cant see much ( luckily ) Added missing windscreen frames, added mesh to most of the cooling vents, replaced the wheels with some from the spares box, extra aerials and d/f fairing, also some brake pipes. Decals came from Berna decals sheet BD 48-119 Probably more than 1 or 2 inaccuracies but it looks like one to me, hope it does to you too. Thanks for looking, hope you enjoy Cheers Russ
  2. type 97 Chi Ha in Indochina?

    Recently, I stumbled on information that Type 97 Chi Ha tanks were used in Commando Blindé du Cambodge (French post-ww2 ad-hoc armored unit in Cambodia), amongst other Japanese and French types! Is it true? ...And must say that I did not manage to find any confirmation of that information ! In advance, many thanks to all of you!
  3. Howdy all, Here`s some photo`s of the rest of my French Indochina collection following on from my Goose posting last week, just in case anyone`s interested Eduards 1/48 Spitfire MK IX Hasegawas 1/48 AU-1 Corsair Monogram/Revell 1/48 Invader HobbyBoss 1/48 Bearcat Fonderie Minatures 1/48 Kingcobra Monogram/Revell 1/48 Helldiver modified to a `5 Latest additions: Czech Models Grumman Goose and Revells ancient S-55 Chickasaw kit Hope you enjoy, thanks for looking Cheers Russ
  4. Hi Everyone, Finally finished my latest addition to my Indochina collection, My attempt at Czech Models 1/48 Grumman Goose kit Finished to represent an aircraft of Esc. de Servitude 8S, Cat Lai, Indochina, 1952 Built mostly from the box contents, additions being: Pitot Tube, Antenna Mast and Aerial Wire, Anti Collision Light, Window Blinds and Ignition Harness. Replaced some of the fiddley and weak resin items such as seat legs with more robust materials, especially as you can`t see them anyway Decals from Berna Decals set BD 48-81 Hope you enjoy, Thanks for looking Cheers Russ
  5. total construction time just under two years. From Merit SBD-3/4 kit with extensive modifications. New windshield, scratchbuilt flaps and actuating mechanism, scratchbuilt interior, twin 0.30 cals, engine, engine accessory compartment, bomb racks and fuselage interior. Skinned with pewter sheet.
  6. Hi Everyone, Finished working shifts for the week, so hope you don`t mind me sharing some photo`s of my latest effort: My attempt at recreating one of the French Navy`s: half painted, hastily prepared AU-1 Corsairs, that they obtained from the USMC to take the place of Flotille 12F`s Hellcats.... who`s pilots were grounded on Doctors orders during the battle for Bien Dien Phu, during the Indochina War. Built from Hasegawa`s 1/48 kit that`s recently been reissued, using left over decals from the stash and bombs from the spares box. Apart from some seat belts, ignition wires, brake pipes, pilots step and extra aerials is otherwise from the box Found a great Site after much searching called `Bent Wing Pirate` that I used as a reference. Hope you enjoy, thanks for looking Cheers Russ
  7. Hi everyone, Thought I`d show some photo`s of my just completed Eduard, Weekend Edition 1/48 Spitfire Mk IX Completed to represent a French Airforce Mk IX of: GC 1/4 `Dauphine`, Nha Trang, Indochina, 1947 Not quite OOB this time as after some research it became apparent that most French Spitfires in the theatre..... had `E` wings fitted and not `C`s as the decal instructions suggested. So had to modify the wings to suit which was a pain as I`d already 3/4 built the kit. The decals were from Berna Decals Sheet, BD 48-18 Otherwise just added seat belts and had to remove the aerial wires I fitted as I noticed at last minute they didn`t appear to have them. Hope you enjoy, thanks for looking Cheers Russ
  8. Hello everyone. This is my new project - HobbyBoss Bearcat. In general, this is pretty decent kit, especially if compared with other options in Testors or Hobbycraft kits. Kit has crisp engraved panel lines and rivets here and there. Overall details are more than You will expect, although engine is little rudimental. I've put some details on it and it looks just fine. For cockpit I've used Eduard zoom set for Hobbycraft. It needs some surgery to fit properly, but that is not a big issue. There are few problems. The engine cowling has some minor shape issues. This curve at the front needs to be a lot smoother, so some sanding is required. It won't be 100%, but it will looks nicer and much closer to the real thing. Next problem are wheels. They are to simple. So I've changed them with True details set. The problem is a bigger diameter so sanding is required (again) on wheel struts and/or wheels. The last issue and the biggest problem are wings. There are more than few problems with them + bad fit with fuselage. Intakes are too close to the fuselage, and wings looks maybe too short. I will have to live with this. I've inserted piece of styrene plate between fuselage and wings... that way You can have extra 1/2mm or so... it is something at least. The fit was bad anyway... And there we are: First step... A color... few shades darker than what I want at the end. Next... few color shades and weathering made with AK interactive washes/pigments. I've spent 2 weeks making weathering... And It's not finished yet. I'm pretty satisfied with current situation. Upper side is at 90%... Underside still needs some work... Decals are good... very thin and nice, but some are just a little out of register... Wheel bay with some scratch build details New update soon...
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