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  1. Introduction This thread was started intending to unite those interested in building the Fiat 806 based on thorough research and photogrammetry. See also the great Fiat 806 Gangshow build album. In the current thread there will be (at least I hope people will post) extensive research on the original car, photographs, drawings, literature and archives. Beside that the thread will feature scratchbuilding progress based on the findings. Perhaps in the future there could be exchanges of resin molded scratch parts, just like Vontrips kindly did with the tyres (for example: body panels / grille?) Index To start off I have gone through all of the Gangshow topic and I indexed all knowhow. Best way to use it: click a link, go back and click the next link etc. Or open the links in a separate browser tab. Each link represents one post only, so it's better to only read that post, come back to the index and click the next link. The index was created having in mind those who are about to work on a certain subject, such as the steering wheel. For the index, see end of this opening post. Visual reference material First a legal disclaimer. All images are used for educational and referential purposes. Copyrights lie with the copyright holders. Centro Storico Fiat is probably the original copyright holder of many of these images. Centro Storico's website can be accessed here and here. It has a Facebook page here. Be sure to have a look at their great collection of photos of classic Fiat and Lancia cars. Centro Storico also has frequent Twitter updates featuring photographs, see here. Drawing 6 was found here. All copyrights of the photos / screenshots 10-19 lie with Cinecitta Luce. My presentation of the low-definition photos on this forum is just for reference and educational purposes, for the purpose of a hobby. I do not have a corporate license for the use of these images. If at any point in time Cinecitta Luce wishes these pictures removed I will remove them upon first request. The pictures are not to be reproduced on another website or another written work. Please, all, respect Cinecitta Luce's copyrights. Their website is to be found here. All rights to Photo 9 lie with Fotogeca Gilardi, see here. There you can inquire about the cost to purchase a license of a full-scale version of Photo 9. Some pictures of the Fiat 806, such as Photo 1, Photo 2, Drawing 2, Drawing 3 and Drawing 6, are larger than shown here. To enlarge, right-click on the picture and choose 'open new tab', then click on the picture on the new tab. Photo 1A Photo 1AA Photo 1B Photo 2 Photo 3 Photo 4A Photo 4B Photo 5 Photo 6A Photo 6B Photo 7A Photo 7B Photo 7C Photo 7D Photo 7E Photo 7F Photo 8A Photo 8B Photo 9 Photo 10 Photo 11 Photo 12 Photo 13 Photo 14 Photo 15 Photo 16 Photo 17 Photo 18 Photo 19 Photo 20 Photo 21 Photo 22 Photo 23A Photo 23B Photo 23C Photo 24 Photo 25 Photo 26 Photo 27 Photo 28A Photo 28B Documentary These are the contents of the documentary (references in this overview), insofar most relevant for the Fiat 806. A full transcription, with correct chronology, is to be found here. 01:01 - Fiat 806 (#15), front view, being cleaned. Grille shape, car width, front wheel camber, steer linkage, tyre width, manual crank opening position, suspension position, metal wind shield are shown. No number '15' visible on radiator or bonnets. No dent (compare photo 9) visible. There is symmetry in bonnet bulges. 03:14 - Fiat 806 (#15) is pushed toward the start line, for the start of heat 2. All numbers '15' have been applied. There is no dent in the radiator housing. Moments after this video was filmed, Photos 4 and 10 were taken. 03:22 - Fiat 806 (#15) is seen from the left, close-up. The 'rear wheel louvres', exhaust pipe-to-body connector, steering wheel, seat (with rain cover?), gas cap, left hand body lining, glass window, mechanical windshield and rear number '15' are seen up close. 05:12 - Close-up of the Fiat 806 (#15). The left bonnet and part of the '5' is seen. There is a rain cover over the glass window. 05:15 - Low side view of the Fiat 806 (#15). This is the lowest view we have of this car to date, which makes it very valuable to assess the height of the wheels in comparison to that of the body. This is final proof that the body was indeed significantly lower than Drawing 1 and the kit would imply. Left to the Fiat, there is the Bugatti 35C (#24) driven by Aymo Maggi. Only one umbrella is up so there can't be too much rain at this point. 05:22 - The start of the final heat. The Fiat 806 is gloriously captured spurting away. Two days ago someone said in this thread 'what I'd give to have seen this care race'... probably this is as close as we're going to get at that. It is great to be able to witness this wonderful day in September 1927. For our research this scene is relevant mainly because Bordino steers his car a bit, so that it is seen from different views - in ONE camera shot. That is very fortunate. 05:41 - At Curva Sud, the Fiat 806 is seen in first position. 07:07 - Fiat 806 is seen up-close, from the right side this time. The glass screen is now very well seen. Also the tyre pattern, for example. The metallic windscreen is seen as well. Drawing 1A Drawing 1B Drawing 2A Drawing 2B Drawing 2C (Next is the straightened, rotated and rescaled version; one of the original versions can be found here and the Gimp file of the upgrade can be found here) Amended Drawing 2 v9. The Gimp file can be downloaded here. Drawing 2D To use this Drawing 2C for scratchbuilding (or comparing) the frame, see here. Drawing 2E This Drawing is only to be used for researching and checking details that are not to be found on Drawing 2A, Drawing 2B or Drawing 2C. I strongly advise against using it for measurement purposes because it consists of several photos of the blueprint 'glued' together. Drawing 3 Drawing 4 Drawing 5 Drawing 6 Drawing 7 Drawing 8 Engine Drawing 1 Engine Drawing 2 Engine Drawing 3 Engine Drawing 4 Engine Drawing 5 Engine Drawing 6 Photogrammetry 1 Photogrammetry 2 Photogrammetry 3 Photogrammetry 4 Photogrammetry 5 Photogrammetry 6 Model 1: Model 2 The hereunder index is updated up to & including: November 10 2016 BODY AND GRILLE - Hood hinges, see also here and here and here and here and here - Replacing the louvres, see also here and here and here and here and here and here and here and here and here - Grille color, see also here - Body color, see also here CAR GENERAL SHAPE RESEARCH, INCLUDING PHOTOGRAMMETRY - General body shape photogrammetry, see also here and here and here and here and here and here and here and here and here and here and here and here and here and here and here and here - Comparing two photos, see also here - Body should be lower (and other changes), see also here and here and here and here and here and here and here and here and here and here and here and here and here and here - Grille changes, see also here and here and here and here and here and here and here and here and here and here and here and here and here and here and here and here and here and here and here and here and here and here and here and here and here and here - Cutaway drawing accuracy, see also here and here[ and here CHASSIS, FRAME AND SUSPENSION - Amending springs, see also here and here and here - Turning dampers, see also here and here GENERAL KNOWLEDGE ON CAR AND TECHNIQUES - Colors, steering wheel, windscreen - Engine, radiator, grille - Color of rails, see also here - Photos of pre-war race cars details, see also here - Article about vintage car paint, wired wheels et cetera - 3D-printing, see also here and here - Upcoming 1:1 Fiat 806 replica? ENGINE - General engine corrections, steering idler arm correction, see also here and here and here - New filler cap - Engine sump, see also here - Casting engine covers, see also here and here - Spark plugs, see also here and here and here and here - Plug leads and wiring, see also here and here and here and here and here and here and here and here - Fill certain gaps?, see also here and here and here and here - Correcting cylinder head ends - Correcting PVC tubes, see also here - Collector tubes?, see also here and here and here and here and here - Correct stand 121D - Valve springs EXHAUST - Exhaust issues - Color of exhaust INTERIOR, EXCEPT STEERING WHEEL - Gear shift - Instrument panel: turning gauge bezels, see also here and here and here STEERING WHEEL - Steering wheel boss replacement, 12 or 16 holes in wheel, see also here and here and here and here and here and here and here and here and here and here and here and here - New spokes - Transparent part, see also here and here and here and here and here and here and here and here and here and here and here and here and here - General steering wheel amendments, see also here Ignition timing lever and brodie knob, see also here and here and here and here and here and here - Steering column, see also here WHEELS AND DRUM BRAKES - Spoke count, see also here and here and here - Respoking and nipples, see also here and here and here and here and here and here and here and here and here - Spoke color - Drum size photogrammetry - Comparison Protar and Italeri wheels - Color of drum brakes and wheels - Creating a mold - Newly cast tyre, see also here and here - Replacement drums, see also here and here and here and here and here - Adding cooling vents to drums and here Things to do 1. Visit Centro Storico Fiat (after approval, hopefully January 2017). Roy. 2. Check with Fiat Powertrain Technologies regarding blueprints (reminder). Roy 3. Check with Cinecitta Luce regarding Photos 10 and 11 and possibly survived original film reel (reminder). Roy. 4. Check with Museum of Speed, Monza (reminder). Roy. 5. Try to get a flatter version of Photo 21 (Olivier could you follow this up, or could you tell me the contact that sent you?) Olivier. 6. Try to get a larger version of Photo 22 Olivier. 7. Ask if there is more to Literature Excerpt 1 (A. Tito Anselmi's book) which I'm almost 100% sure there is. Try to get the remainder Olivier. 8. Ask who is the author of Literature Excerpt 2 and if there were no more than two pages. If there is more, to try getting the remainder Olivier. 9. Contact author of Literature Excerpt 1, asking him about sources. Yet unknown. 10. Contact author of Literature Excerpt 2, asking him about his sources. Yet unknown. 11. Please feel free to add to this list (=tell me) the loose ends you guys are waiting for. All.
  2. I thought I'd tuck this in as a mark of intent for the next build, although I don't intend any serious work commencing on it for at least a week or so yet: Italeri's Fairchild C-119 G Boxcar from 1985. I think this is going to be fun, and slakes two of my particular thirsts - cameras in the sky and in orbit - so let me explain.... Backstory 'When Harmon touched the capsule, he jerked his hand back because it was hot. Then he touched the capsule again and it wasn't really hot, but it was quite warm...Harmon was the first person on Earth to feel the heat of reentry.' Corona Star Catchers, p.88 http://www.nro.gov/history/csnr/corona/StarCatchersWeb.pdf As the Cold War developed throughout the 1950s, the increasing vulnerability of aircraft to interception led the US to foster 'national technical means' in order to conduct surveillance of the USSR (amongst other targets) from orbit. This led to the inception of the Corona program. This first generation of US spy satellites - more accurately referred to by their 'Keyhole' security designation eg. KH-4 - were film-based (this was long before any digital downlink capability for imagery remember) and faced the non-trivial problem of returning the exposed film back to Earth from orbit for development and analysis. Think the beginning of the film Ice Sation Zebra and you get the idea. After a succession of problems, the first operational 'take' was returned to Earth in August of 1960. Initial resolution was in the range of 35-40 feet (depending on atmospheric conditions) but over the course of the decade this resolution drastically improved with each successive generation of KH imagery. The Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum has some quite exceptional KH-4 images in high resolution here: https://airandspace.si.edu/collections/search?filter[set_name]=Corona Program Exhibit Posters Collection These will let you see both the improvement over time in resolution, as well as the scale of the context images in relation to enlarged sections. There's an evocative contemporary USAF film here that gives an example mission profile: What I'm going to do here is turn the 'G' kit version into a 'J' version that was used to collect the returned film buckets in mid-air. You can see this terminal part of the mission illustrated here: Although this is a later graphic showing the C-130, the procedure for the C-119 was effectively identical. The aircraft I intend building is 'Pelican 9' (s/n 51-8037), flown by Capt. Harold E. Mitchell, responsible for the first successful Corona film bucket collection. The National Reconaissance Office maintains a decent online Corona archive here: http://www.nro.gov/history/csnr/corona/index.html which includes an excellent oral history of the recovery crews who flew these missions: http://www.nro.gov/history/csnr/corona/StarCatchersWeb.pdf The best book in print currently on the Corona missions is Eye in the Sky: The Story of the Corona Spy Satellites, ed. Dwayne A. Day et.al. Although thoroughly researched it is a typical aerospace history in being drily technocratic and lacking any real critical perspectives on events. William Burrows' Deep Black provides a useful (and more readable) historical account of the transition from aircraft to orbital reconnaissance systems. For basic information on 'Pelican 9' I'm relying on the excellent Aerofax volume Fairchild C-82 Packet and C-119 Flying Boxcar, by Alwyn T. Lloyd, as well as the Starcatchers publication listed above, this latter volume has some superb interior shots of the rear of the recovery planes, showing details of the recovery gear that I've not seen anywhere else. The aircraft itself is currently preserved at the National Museum of the US Air Force: http://www.nationalmuseum.af.mil/Visit/MuseumExhibits/FactSheets/Display/tabid/509/Article/197556/fairchild-c-119j-flying-boxcar.aspx Now a little about the kit: I bought this second-hand off a gentleman online who had packed it immaculately between layers of Co-op paper: A gert big instruction booklet and canary yellow decal sheet (which I probably won't use anything from): The runners: Notice anything missing in the above shot btw? No wings! I just had a mild coronary until I dashed back to the box and found them under the bottom layer of paper which I hadn't turned over. Not an auspicious start! I'm not sure yet how accurate some of that interior is, so the jury's open on how much will still be there by the end. Same for what's up inside the front end (along with some tasty sink marks...) Is that a bullwhip on the port side behind those fire extinguishers? The engines are less than over-whelming however. As the kit is a 'G variant that would make these Wright R-3350s, which would also be suitable for the version I intend building I think. I'm not happy with the way these look here however - I'm wanting to replace one of them with one of these from Aerolines for a reveal possibly: https://www.modelchoice.net/catalogue/aircraft/engine-engine-set/wright-r-3350-al-7013.html However, I'm throwing this open to the floor for any eagle-eyed engine experts to correct me if that's wrong in relation to this: It's kind of hard to tell... This is also going to be a lot bigger than I imagined! A glimpse down the dance hall: There's going to be some fun kitting this out for sure. Look at all those bloody windows though... Gawd...lots to pop out later. Aside from doing something about the engines if I can, the biggest tasks are to built a new 'J' ahem beaver-tail instead of the 'G' ahemahemclam-shell rear door, build new aerial arrays for the nose, and do up the interior with all the various booms, winches, platforms, collection drum etc. I had toyed with some kind of 'capture' scenario with the aircraft it in flight dramatically snagging the parachute in the trailing wires: but it would just be too big to store anywhere with the chute dangling backwards from the booms. I'll need to go through the kit in greater detail now and start comparing it to references shots in order to do up a job list. Thanks for reading! Tony
  3. A close inspection from the soon to be released 1/32nd Italeri's Mirage IIIC sprues pics (http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/234975571-132-dassault-mirage-iiic-by-italeri-box-artdecals-release-late-september-early-october/?p=2112443) show clearly the typical MIIIE wheel brakes as an option. A new variant in view? Time will tell. V.P.
  4. Hi Pals, I think over this model, and I would like to share with you all. It's not exactly like I thought to stay, but IMHO, I am reasonably happy with the end result. The photos are taken with SLR camera, so you can appreciate the details. Thanks for watch and comment, include a link to the thread of mounting since you are interested. Until the next model, cheers mates Some pictures on detail.... Here is the link to thread work in progress if you desire watch it http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/234995831-juggernaut-is-coming/page-1
  5. My entry for this group build is Italeri Ford Transit Mk2. Plan is to build OOB, hoping it should be a quickish build.
  6. Hello chaps Nice to be around this one, the wait is over... I am pretty sure this is going to be a pleasant and entertaining group build, as it is usual here on BM... I'm in with a colorful F-111E carrying a nice noseart. Not sure about its role in Libya, all I know it was the commander of the sqd. flagship and that the noseart brought luck to the pliot back from the days of Vietnam. Hopefully someone can add some info o the subject, I'd be very happy to hear. Initially I was thinking of a downed F-111F 70-2389 callsigned Karma 52, but since I don't have the decals for it, I'll stick with the E version. Plus I've heard the IP in the Verlinden set is to match the E and not the F version... I cannot confirm it yet, I will have to take a look at both of the panels and then compare it to the resin one... Anyway, here's obligatory stuff: classic Libyan raiders markings... eduard etch old Verlindern set, still very useful a must too bad both afterburners are open, but still better than the kit offering this last item is very nice, but I sincerly doubt I will use, as my place on the shelf is limited and this beastie's wingspan is not a joke... that's about it for now... cheers, Vasko
  7. Hi all, Firstly, my apologies, these photos are not the best - quickies taken on my phone! This is my Italeri Crusader Mk.III which I have finally decided to call finished after many, many months of on-off tinkering and faffing! It's more or less out of the box although I have made the front fenders a little more accurate, scratchbuilt a rudimentary turret interior with radio (because the open hatch is huge!) and improved the searchlight with a Little Cars lens. The figures are from MiniArt and Resicast. The MiniArt ones are the chap leaning on the front of the tank with cigarette and the seated one, who has a head from the remains of an ancient Airfix Multipose US Marine set and a beret courtesy of an Airfix Multipose British Infantry kit! The Resicast figure carries a 'liberated' German jerry can instead of the original flimsy and is one of the grumpiest looking blokes I've ever seen committed to resin!!! The barbed wire is scratchbuilt as I needed something to put in the corner that wasn't bushes, sand or rocks! Other bits and bobs are mostly from Bronco except for the compo box which is scratched and cast by my own fair hand. I'm not the best figure painter in the world but I'm quite pleased with how the whole thing has turned out. I thought I'd take some quick pictures before my cats wreck it...! I'll take some better ones if anyone's interested. Cheers,Mark
  8. So after some genuine Scotland Yard style investigatory work about the mystery of B-25G's in RAF colours, which can be found here, The mystery of what I think was unanimously decided as 2 the B-25G's that were given to the RAF and painted in their livery now solved, one of the pair being this ship: I plan to paint the olive drab to emulate one of the B-25's in the film Pearl Harbour, obviously with roundels instead of stars. I figured a worn out, bust up, hand-me-down B-25 would probably look something similar! Now onto the build, the kit: Nothing impressive, a tooling probably at least as twice as old as I am. I had planned to build this OOB but something about the empty cockpit bothered me so I roughed a couple bits up, all just sat in place... A few bits need tidied up, seat belts and a coat of spray filler to prime the pilot's office for some paint! I was planning on making the kit quickly, to focus on the worn paintwork. That's all for now, hopefully get the two halves joined up together tomorrow, then I can start on fixing the raised surface detail. Has anyone got any advice for this kit? Cheers!
  9. In 2017 Italeri will reissue the North American XB-70 Valkyrie kit Source: http://www.72news.eu/2016/12/italeri-172-xb-70-valkyrie-spring-2017.html The kit lineage: https://www.scalemates.com/kits/101681-italeri-1282-xb-70-valkyrie V.P.
  10. Hello guys; I finished another Hellcat 1/72. This is an Italeri 1/72 that I worked together an Eduard kit. This kit has a complicated built, but the final result is a reasonable Hellcat. I chose this famous FAA version. Thank's for watching! And here, this Mk.I together with the last Eduard Hellcat. Regards;
  11. Hi Folks, This is the build that nearly broke me, everything that could've gone wrong went wrong. I bought this kit on flea bay ages ago for a song. It comes with demonstrator or Australian AF schemes. I decided I wanted a Hawk T2 from Xtradecal's excellent 4 sqdn package....................this is where my problems began. Looking at a T2 walkaround I saw that the wing fences on the kit were unlike those on the T2, so more daption and scratch building the fuselage halves didn't fit well and required much filling and sanding to get a good fit........................then you find you should have fitted the tail pipe before closure so you split your flawless work to insert it !!! Undercarriage doors were also a major problem, they are too thick to fit together so I replaced with plasticard. The final insult came when I went to fit the canopy, when the blast screen was fitted the canopy would not seat properly, hence the open canopy(showing the poor interior that wasn't meant to show Believe me this model nearly actually 'flew' on a number of occasions. On the plus side I learned a lot and the supplied stencils were very sparse !!! Cheers, All comments welcome PS: I just noticed the tail fillet is wrong too !!!!
  12. Had a rather discouraging last minute mishap with an IAR and a very displeasing varnish finish, so have been lying low with a few very quick booster builds... This is my attempt at getting back on it. I am planning on building this fairly quickly, and essentially out of the box. It's for a mate, who wants it for his son's ceiling - feels a somewhat intimidating presence for an infant - but who am I to argue. I find it's easier to make a good job of builds when they are for others. Stops me having a tantrum and chucking them in my 'corner of rejection'. Sods law - this will go sideways now. I haven't built an Italeri kit in ages, but looking in the box, and at some online reviews it seems a lovely looking proposition. The parts look great, good detail, no flash, and nice instructions with a coloured paint guide. I have ordered a mask set for the canopy, and will likely add some visuals with extra wires and so on in the cockpit. I want to build this with the spats removed, just for a change. And I plan to build it with the engine exposed for the same reason. And I like the inclusion of what looks like a weld-seam on the exposed version.... I toyed with buying aftermarket barrels for the canon - but will see how I fair with the ones provided. Not totally certain at this stage what finish I am aiming for - tempted by the hairspray / weathered winter whitewash after some recent success with that, but it's starting to feel like a bit of a get out in terms of being overly forgiving to my camo-work. I will see what the Stuka-loving father fancies... Thanks for looking. Any heads ups on potential issues with this kit would be appreciated. Bruce NB - the defective IAR for context... though the ugly mottling on the last layer of varnish doesn't show up too badly in this pic.
  13. Here's my attempt at Italeri's 1/48 Stuka. It was built for a mate, and had some ups and downs along the way. I used solder to add wiring to the interiors and the canon, and used P-Mask's canopy mask set - which was perfect, and saved a lot of effing and blinding. I did buy a Quickboost spinner / prop - but lost it and decided to stick with the kit's offering after that. Was a fun build - and as you can see I went for a very, very weathered end result, with wet mud, worn winter camo, and a lot of grime. I personally think I went overboard on that count, but don't think my friend will notice too much. Here are a few interior / detail shots, and the final results. Thanks for looking - all comment and criticism welcome - there's a basic and brief WIP thread here. Thanks - Bruce
  14. This has been on the back-burner for a while, and I have decided that this also needs to be completed. I have had the kit for a considerable while. The box: I have read a couple of builds and they reported that it's an easy to put together kit, bit it has some minor issues. The rear wheels, for example tend to extend beyond the wheel arches. So, being forewarned, I will tackle that when I get nearer to completion. So for the present, here is where I have got: The body has already been painted, and is not too bad. The engine is partially assembled. None of the turbos or inter-coolers are attached yet. The rear sub-frame is primed and ready to get the top coat. I'm going to paint the wish-bones either aluminium or gold. I have the Tamiya Titanium Gold, so I may use that. The lump: The drive belt on the original was poorly moulded on the front. So, I carefully routed out the moulded on drive belt, then put a slightly more realistic belt and pulleys on. The belt is made from a strip of 5 thou evergreen styrene. Shame it'll all be hidden when installed! The body shell: and the floor-pan: I'm hoping to move this along at a slightly faster pace. Thanks for looking, Alan.
  15. Hello All, I'm calling this done. Finally got the decals on. All six of them! Apart from that front wheel, I am really pleased with this one. So, pictures: On the whole, I enjoyed working with this kit. It would however, seem that Italeri kits suffer from wheels that stick out a bit from the body. The same happened with the Lamborghini Diablo... Thanks for looking. Cheers, Alan.
  16. Something I think of when I think or Russia is the Cossack horsemen. Not always popular with the rest of the population, the Cossacks are an iconic peoples who have played a major part in Russian history. This will be a build of the Italeri 'Soviet Cavalry WWII Cossacks' kit - or, probably, two of their kits. Each box contains two riders and their horses. Three sprues, containing two riders and their horses. Instructions: the long and complicated short and simple instructions ... extending over many pages the back of the box. At some stage Zvezda sold the same figures, offering two sets of figures (i.e. four figures in one box). This is , I think, the first time I've tackled a Zvezda kit - even by association. Thanks to Basilisk for giving the go-ahead for this build.
  17. Italeri is to release a 1/32nd Lockheed-Martin F-35A Lightning II kit in 2017- ref.2506 Sources: http://www.aviationmegastore.com/f35a-lightning-ii-2506s-italeri-it2506s-aircraft-scale-modelling/product/?action=prodinfo&art=134766 http://www.italeri.com/imgup/Preview%20Italeri%202016(1).pdf V.P.
  18. I've just completed Italeri's Hurricane Mk I. Loads of improvements, alterations and scratchbuilding, but it's done. Paint is Tamiya's acrylics (custom mix for the dark earth), Mix of kit and IPMS Canada "Canadian Aces" decals, and weathered with oils and pastels. Hope you enjoy ... Colin
  19. Good evening all, Just to finish up on my latest RFIs I have a pair of 1:72 Italeri Wessex finished in Royal Navy colours, the only colours a Wessex should wear . These were originally built for the Wessex ST GB last year, although they were finished on time I tried to upload a couple of minutes after the cut off, not realising the efficiency of the GB moderator . It's taken me this long to get them up! First up is the Wessex Mk3, I've modelled her as an early version before the advent of the parrots beak. I always prefer a wessie looking like this. So this involved opening and rebuilding the intake area, I also added lots (aand I do mean lots!) Of little handles and hand holds that are missing in the kit. The internal details were skipped and the doors welded shut. I completely rebuilt the underside trunking going by lots of upended wessies in various firepits. The tail rotors were swapped over and I folded the rotors using the bigger scale warship fold set as a template. Aerials were rigged with very fine cotton if you can see it! Unfortunately the blue is very dark so it doesn't show Alot of the details so I took a couple outside in natural sunlight. Cheers now Bob
  20. I've got a Work In Progress in progress on the Tamiya Tomcat and there hasn't been much progress because of these two kits. The Boston has been in progress for hundreds of years and fought me all the way. It's Italeri, but I think it might have been Revell Monogram once. I'm pleased that I learned a lot but the final result is a disappointment. The Pilots canopy is cracked, the nose is full of plastic swarf, the undercarriage is just a mess. However, the painting is getting close to what I want it to be and that makes it all worthwhile. The Wildcat is a HobbyBoss offering and was done in a week. (I bought it at Cosford). A fun build though not without its frustrations. Again, the paintwork is an improvement so I'm happy. Now that I've settled into being retired and the house is optimised for hobbies, I'm hoping to be churning them out quickly enough to actually improve my skills to a point nearing (but never reaching) personal satisfaction. So without further waffle, here you go. Oops? Not quite! What do you think of them then? At this rate I'll be needing new shelves....
  21. After the Lockheed F-104AC & G/S Starfighter (http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/234954473-132-lockheed-f-104ac-starfighter-by-italeri-released-victory-models-decals/ & http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/234912123-132-lockheed-f-104gs-starfighter-by-italeri-released/), here are the two-seaters Starfighter to be released by Italeri in 2016 2017. Source: http://www.italeri.com/imgup/Preview%20Italeri%202016(1).pdf - ref.2509 - Lockheed TF-104G Starfighter AMI Source: http://www.aviationmegastore.com/lockheed-tf104g-starfighter-ami-2509s-italeri-it2509s-aircraft-scale-modelling/product/?action=prodinfo&art=134765 - ref.2512 - Lockheed TF-104G Starfighter Source: http://www.aviationmegastore.com/lockheed-tf104g-starfighter-2512s-italeri-it2512s-netherlands-military/product/?action=prodinfo&art=134764 V.P.
  22. The M13/40 entered service in 1940 to replace the M.11/39 as the standard Italian medium tank. It was a definite improvement over the M.11/39 it replaced but during the Western Desert campaigns of 1940 the M.13/40 was found lacking in firepower and armour protection. The Italian 47mm gun compared favourably with the British 2 pounder and the M.13/40 was able to hold its own against the British "cruiser" tanks; however against the heavily armoured Matilda "infantry" tanks it was practically helpless, the Matilda being nearly immune to the 47mm gun at all but close range. 799 were built, but they were phased out of service in 1942 when replaced by the M14/41. Mine carries the markings of the Royal Australian Army, 6th Australian Cavalry, Libya, June 1942, having been captured at Tobruk.
  23. After the LRDG raided Kufra in 1941 the Italians set in motion a plan for dealing with allied incursions behind their lines, calling on their "colonial" experience of 30 years in Libya they formed a specialist group of desert veterans to hunt down the British raiders. They had extensively detailed maps and training in desert navigation. In 1941 a special vehicle designed for this task was requested. It was required to be fast, well armed and able to operate over long distances. Viberti of Turin (a division of SPA, of the FIAT motor group) produced the Sahariana AS-42 from this brief and the first vehicles were delivered in late 1942 and went into action from November 29. This one is of Regio Esercito, Raggruppamento Sahariano, Tunisia, early 1943, and is manned by Wee Friends WWII Axis Sahariana Crew with Alternative Heads (WFM76003).
  24. 2nd Company, 3rd Platoon, Regio Esercito, Libya, 1942.
  25. Italeri is to release a new tool 1/32nd MRCA Tornado GR.4 kit in 2017-2018 - ref. 2513 Source: http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/235015790-news-italeri-2017/ V.P.