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About obdl3945

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    WW2 Luftwaffe, although not big on the Jagdwaffe side of things.... less glamorous is sometimes more interesting.

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  1. obdl3945

    "Hello, I'm Julian ..."

    Very smart, indeed bijoux, if I may say so... .
  2. obdl3945

    Dragon's Destroyer

    PLC/tonyot... Thanks for your comments. I'm pleased you both like the finished result. I am as well, despite the slight inaccuracy. It now sits in a place of prominence alongside other BoB participants in my collection... .
  3. obdl3945

    Dragon's Destroyer

    Gents, can I just draw you attention to the insert at the top of this thread, namely : NB: 24/02/19 - it has come to my attention today of photographic proof confirming this aircraft did NOT carry white cowlings; this was unknown to me at the time of working on the model, so I would prefer to set the record straight for the purpose of historical accuracy. My apologies to all.
  4. obdl3945

    Dragon's Destroyer

    Hi, guys... thanks very much for your comments, which I really appreciate. Malcolm, the leading edge slats are the kit items, cut from the wing. The upper section was reasonably easy to remove although the underside section is very thin and narrow, so much more difficult to cut away. Given the thinness of that piece, it ends up slightly curved after detaching it, so has to be carefully and slowly glued, in steps, back to the upper section, thus helping to bring it back into line. A little bit of tidying up on the leading edge and sculpting of the plastic at either end to achieve the correct shape, and it's done. I used a mini-drill for the sculpting, with a thin sanding attachment... I imagine good result can be achieved with a sharp knife, but watch your fingers, as it's a rather fiddly job, especially at the outer, narrower end of the slat! Regards, Paul
  5. Hi... this is my recently completed Bf110C from Dragon, in 1/32 scale. A good kit to build with nice detail throughout. Only additions were the exhaust pipes. The finished model shows a Bf110C-4 from 7./ZG26 during the Battle of Britain, damaged on 25/09/1940 while on bomber escort duties but managed to regain the French coast before executing a belly-landing. I hope you like these photos. The full build can be seen here. NB: 24/02/19 - it has come to my attention today of photographic proof confirming this aircraft did NOT carry white cowlings; this was unknown to me at the time of working on the model, so I would prefer to set the record straight for the purpose of historical accuracy. My apologies to all. Thanks for looking in. Regards, Paul
  6. Guys... What can I say? Your comments are more than I expected and very much appreciated. You've all been very positive with your remarks; a previous effort many years ago with an earlier offering of this kit ended in ignominous defeat, so I will take your expressions of approval as confirmation of my being older and wiser in my skills and problem solving. You have genuinely - and very pleasantly - taken me aback with your kind words. Thank you... ;-) Regards, Paul
  7. Hi, gents... Many thanks for your much-appreciated comments. I am happy to report that I have found a space to house this model, although I had to re-arrange the others to accommodate it! Regards, Paul
  8. Hi, guys... A few photos of my latest build. This is MPM's 'Hi-tech kit' of the He177 in 1/48 scale. A challenging model but worth the effort. The full build/narrative can be found here, if you want more photos. Hope you like the finished result, and thanks for looking in. Regards, Paul 1) Remove bomb bay doors - resin weapons bay will be inserted. 2) Remove flaps from lower wing only. The Fowler-style flap lay entirely under the upper wing overhang, so this area need redeveloped on the model and the flaps refurbished. 3) Resin bomb bay after painting, blackwashing and insertion into the fuselage. 4) Resin engine accessories - the assembly at the top is the coupled engine from the engine accessory pack, but the lower bulkhead with only the rear portion of the opposite engine is from the undercarriage assembly set. The rear of the engine could be seen from under the wing looking up into the wheel well, hence this piece being included. Electrical cabling from three strips of entwined 15amp fuse wire, then painted and Tamiya tape added as cable retainers and later painted pale greyish white, thereafter manipulated into the correct shape for adding onto the engine. Everything blackwashed before insertion into the wing. 5) The removed flap sections from under the wing have to be rebuilt - (L) : inside of flap with plastic card strip; (C) : additional plastic card strip added to create the uppersurface of the flap; (R) : after model filler has been applied to form the leading edge and subsequently sanded smooth and curved round to blend with the underside. Second image shows all the flaps completely rebuilt. 6) Fight with the upper rear canopy piece - it don't fit easy! I had to carefully stretch with forefinger and thumb with a sliver of superglue on the sides. Slight misalignment on the top edge. The fuselage was built up with some filler to meet the rear edge of the canopy and blended smooth; the sides were carefully padded out with model filler - use tape to mask the transparencies first! - certainly an improvement but could be better, so very thin strips of Tamiya tape applied round all joins effectively creating three 'frame lines' that weren't on the real plane but certainly enhancing the overall finish of the model. Cockpit details finished off at this point, including the 'ammo belt to nowhere'... yet. Seat belts were the only added accessory from outwith the parts supplied in the model. Notice the resin bomb doors also attached - part of the armaments bay accessory pack. 7) Overall pale grey undercoat, brush-applied. Thereafter, dark smokey grey brush-applied to undersides. Later, the underside panels etc were sprayed over with a slightly darker shade to show wear on the paint scheme - a first for me as a technique. Demarkation line feathered by spraying thin line of greyish-black on all demarkation points. The medium green (RLM82) was sprayed onto the pale grey, then greenish-brown (RLM81) over that again, using Humbrol's Luftwaffe-specific enamel shades. Transparencies were covered using Maskol before starting the painting. After gloss varnishing, applying transfers and re-varnishing, blackwashing upper and side surfaces only. 9) On the home straight... undersides after completion. Shading to black evident, internal and external bombs attached, former from ICM's He111 kit and the latter from Revell's He111 kit. The very argumentative undercarriage, after much hassle, now in place. This needed reinforcing to carry the additional weight. Underwing supports now in place - a lot of plastic card cutting! Not intended to be accurate but more representative of the layout and certainly, you couldn't leave such a large space empty! Flaps attached and positioned in drooped deployed mode. 10) Final shots of completed kit... ;-). Sources of inspiration? Two grainy photos easily accessible on the internet and Claes Sundin's 'Luftwaffe Bombers Profile Book No7', profile 103. My model doesn't conform fully to either source, but I'm very happy with the outcome after 5.5 weeks of effort. This is my take on a 3./KG1 He177 based at Prowehren/Ostpreußen, July 1944. Hope you like the finish. Regards, Paul
  9. obdl3945

    LVG C.VI Wingnut Wings 1:32

    One word, eight letters... gorgeous! What a beautiful finish. Exquisite work. Regards, Paul
  10. obdl3945

    Bücker-131 D

    Lovely work, Andy. I got this kit earlier this year as well and have still to start it, but your excellent finish is certainly motivation to do that soon. Very nicely rendered indeed... well done. Regards, Paul
  11. Oh my sainted aunt... ! Tony, you've just hauled up my entire childhood with this thread. What a wonderful sight in the first few photos, way back in post #1. I certainly remember model shops like you recreated, way back in the day. In random order, the Argyle Model Dockyard in Glasgow, in the Argyle Arcade - now all expensive jewellery shops. The Arcade is 'L' shaped and at the junction of both corridors sat the model shop. It was stacked to the rafters with kits and I bought my first Airfix He111H-20 kit there in, oh... 1969, thereabouts. When we moved out of Glasgow, the model shop in the town we went to provided me with the Do217, and the model shop in Irvine, Ayrshire, had its windows stuffed with kits, and what seemed like a million-fold more inside! Now, sadly, when I put 'model shops' into the browser on my PC, it's model railways that feeds back. Such a shame there are fewer and fewer actual models shops to go and visit... I'm showing my age but who cares. The internet is great because you can source things from all round the world if you want, but I still have a hankering to visit an old-fashioned style model shop with plastic kits on every shelf. I remember the 1/24 scale kits when they came out... I went to London on holiday with my folks when I was 12 and spent all my pocket money on the second day buying the Bf109 kit... much to the annoyance of my dad! I also remember buying the Ju87 when it came out... £12.50 it cost me... a fortune then. I now have two at £60 each... ouch! And the Dogfight-Doubles... the Fw190 and Stormovik. Shortly after decimalisation, that kit cost 30p; I had to ask my folks quickly because in old money, that was 6 shillings and I knew that would sound too expensive for them to say yes! And the sight of those old-style Airfix paint bottles - vaguely pyramidic in presentation... haven't seen those in years! Hope you've all had good memories as myself this evening. Only looking back do I remember all the excitement of being a youngster. I'm pleased to say my hobby is one things that has been constant through my life and I still get excited when I received a model kit in the post, or better still, buy something unusual in a shop. Long may that last. Hope you get a move on with the new shed, Tony... it won't build itself and we all need to see the finished article... . Regards, Paul
  12. Hi, Andy... Great work on this conversion. I had a wry smil eon my face when you mentioned some difficulty with the vacuformed canopies... I've done the '188' AIMS conversion in 32nd scale and the canopies were tricky to bring into line, but that was probably as much my own fault rather than any problem with the parts. Your added internal detail and colour scheme really do this one justice. Very well done. regards, Paul
  13. Gary/Pete... Glad you like the model. It is a lovely kit to build, and you're very kind in your comments. Regards, Paul
  14. Hi, guys... Thanks very much for your comments; I'm glad you enjoyed the model. I'm now looking forward to the expected release of the Halberstadt CL.II, rumoured to be available before the end of the year. I also have a DFW C.IV patiently waiting in the wings, if you'll excuse the pun, but I need to build up some courage to attempt the increased number of struts to rig! Regards, Paul
  15. Hi... Recently finished this model... my first WnW kit and having taken the plunge, probably not my last one, either. There are a good few photos, so I'll keep the narrative to a minimum. Generally, a lovely kit to build and the company's reputation for first class and interesting model subjects is well-merited. All internal detail was excellent and the engine was a smart looking item in it's own right. All of the small transfers for the various gauges and the instrument panel went on very nicely, and the markings were very good and went on well throughout the kit, for which there are five different colour scheme options. The model was more or less built from the box; I attempted to ruin my eyesight by adding in spark plugs to the engine but not sure they came out looking as good as I'd have liked, but in my defence, even in this scale, they are very small items to work with. Care is needed with the variant you choose to model when it comes to the louvres and their placement around the forward fuselage but they shouldn't prove to be too difficult. After market seatbelts were called for when I lost one of the kit-supplied pieces to the carpet monster; turnbuckles for the rigging were sourced from GasPatch and will certainly enhance your skills in threading needles - trying to pass elasticated thread from Utschi through the eye of the turnbuckle was another visual challenge, although having started to work with them, then decided it was too much for my eyes, then trying successfully a second time to get to grips with them, it wasn't overly problematic once I got the hang of it. I suppose, as with everything in life, it's getting into the routine that can be the most off-putting aspect of trying something new. Unit and national markings, as well as the various stencils, were applied prior to the attachment of the upper wing. Optional MGs are provided - full-fat plastic or sleek and eyecatching plastic/etched brass options. I chose the full-fat variety, although I 'cheated' and added on the etched brass gun sights. The few transparent pieces offered were nice and clear, and as the lateral windows could be 'dropped' open on the real thing, I elected to leave the (L) forward window open as the fuel pipe leading into the tank under the pilot's seat was located next to this window; I also decided to leave the cowling covers off, which explains their absence from the photos. I chose to attach the external bomb load offered with the kit; the anometer on the upper (R) wing was housed in an aerodynamic fairing with a counterbalance on the opposite wing, this former item having to be hand-made as it is not accommodated within the kit pieces, but is very clearly visible in the accompanying photograph in the instruction manual, and the latter being largely guess work as the aforementioned photo doesn't clearly show how it looked. The model was finished in pale blue overall using a paintbrush, with the uppersurfaces subsequently finished in my own interpretation of the relevant colours, these having been applied by airbrush; the model was also blackwashed inside and externally as appropriate during all phases of the build. So, having been off work for a while with a (thankfully, now-improving) knee complaint, this was certainly a good way to while away the hours during my recovery at home. The model is finished in the markings of an aircraft believed to have been assigned to Kagohl II in late 1916/early 1917. I hope you enjoy, and thanks for looking in... . Regards, Paul