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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. Hi, guys... I have a model kit that requires a completely new wing for the version I want to make. I'm hoping perhaps some of you would be able to help keep me right. I wondered if I could perhaps use a similarly-shaped injection moulded wing from another kit as a master, create the mould using a vacuform machine, and thereafter, filling the mould with casting resin. Once the new casting resin piece has been removed from the mould, I would hopefully be able to adjust it using wet and dry paper, to the exact form required. Casting resin seems to be a worthwhile option, according to what I've read up on so far, but one article described the end result as having 'slight flexibility'... I'm not sure if that means if I tap it with my hand, the resin piece move up and down, or do you think the resin would have sufficient strength/rigidity? Just for clarity, if it was possible to do this, I would be intending to sit the 'master' wing vertically on the vacuform platform, so the styrene sheet would be drawn over both surfaces of the mould. Should I expect the possibility of the heated plastic sheet puncturing, given it being drawn down over a realtively tall-standing piece (about 12cm) ? I don't really want to do separate upper and lower surface moulds and then try to align them prior to pouring in the resin. Can anyone suggest a good casting resin brand to use? And finally, I use enamel paints for my colour schemes - would such paints be suitable for use on casting resin? Thanks for any help you can provide. Regards, Paul
  2. Lovely work, especially in such a small scale.
  3. Excellent finish, and not a kit you see often.
  4. Russ, I'm sure we have no objections to you 'bothering' us when you post photos of your handiwork like this... this is beautiful; such an elegant looking aircraft and you've done a lovely job with it. Very well done. Regards, Paul
  5. Very nice work on this AEG... I've not long finished this kit as well. I got the 'early' variant but finished it as a 'late' version using the kit pieces. I had to buy alternative sheets of lozenge transfers as the WnW markings are the larger, chunkier lozenges. I agree that the engines are models in their own right. I did find the rigging between the fuselage and engine nacelles to be extremely fiddly, although very eye-catching when everything is complete. You've done well with this kit, especially as it is time-consuming, but the end result is excellent. Well done... :-). Regards, Paul
  6. Hi Dave... I've never built a Zvezda kit, but I've certainly got an A-Model kit in my collection - the military-version Luftwaffe Do26; certainly, it was challenging, but it is absolutely light years ahead of the old Mach2 offering, and for me, with a bit of perseverance, a lovely model when done. The other thing I like about the A-Model Tu-134 is that it's in 1/72 scale, which would certainly make it stand out in the display cabinet! Regards, Paul
  7. Ah, Interflug... takes me back to Gatwick airport, 3 August 1980... I used Interflug through the East German travel agency Berolina for my two-week package holiday to see 'the other side', as I'd already been to West Germany twice. Admittedly, it was the Tu-134 then, but the colour scheme always brings back memories :-). A-Model do the Tupolev, which isn't my area of German aviation, but I am always tempted to buy it, for posterity. There seems to have been a tri-motor version, but I think mine was the twin-engined variant. I do wish I could find out the exact version and codes of the aircraft I flew in. It seems not to have been commonplace to see a Tu-134 at Gatwick, or anywhere else, for that matter - they seem to have been thin on the ground as opposed to the Il-62. Notwithstanding, a lovely build, Dave... very eye-catching... :-). Regards, Paul
  8. Exquisite work... both are lovely and beautifully executed. Regards, Paul
  9. That's a well-executed kit. Weathering is excellent and you've got the splinter pattern absolutely perfect in its layout and presentation. I had to fight with the side windows as well on my kit but as you'll perhaps know, the trick is to insert them, sand them flat and 'revive' them before painting. My only slight criticism of Airfix with this kit is the arrangement of the nose transparencies. I still think the Italeri '111' had by far and away the best looking and easiest to build/modify nose glazing albeit needing some careful re-alignment on the underside; their respresentation of a one-piece, superbly engineered central nose section is the ideal offering for me, as you don't/didn't have to be faffing around at the sides trying to align other transparent sections. Their upper rear canopy section and separate nose turret was the best for nigh-on forty years prior to Airfix's new kit. Hasegawa's was decent, but the canopy was too thick for my liking compared to the Italeri one and the fuselage seemed more akin to an expensive cigar, rather than the sleek, elegant lines of the Italeri model, which Airfix have also rendered very nicely. Unlike Bigglesof266 above, I jumped at the chance of an He111 in the late 1960s, drooled over seeing a Revell version built up and on display in a toy shop when I was on holiday, happy as punch with the Matchbox version as it was an early 'H' variant, and absolutely spoilt with the Italeri kit on its arrival... happy memories. The best '48' scale offering is, for me, undoubtedly ICM's range of '111' kits.
  10. Nice work, Colin... a vey good end result. In answer to your question about why the Airfix kit has the external fuel tanks, I would guess that it may be because late-produciotn Ju87B-1s were the first to have the additional fuel lines in the wings to be able to use external fuel tanks. A small but important detail is that the exhaust pipes on late-production B-1s were the ejector variant, as later standardised on the B-2 sub-type, not the earlier 'stub' exhaust pipes, and sometimes that can cause some confusion. Regards, Paul
  11. Alan, I echo the comments of others here, and would only add that this is both a very sophisicated and elegant looking end result. 'Il Gobbo' was always one of my favourite aircraft designs and you have captured it's beautiful lines expertly. It is a real pleasure to see such a high-class finish - you're modelling skills are evidently many and manifest... superb work, utterly superb. Kindest regards, Paul
  12. Excellent work on this kit. If ever there was a very good reason to consume chocolate - is there ever a bad reason? - then this is it! A very nice finish to a rather unusual model. Well done... :-). Regards, Paul
  13. Thanks, Eamonn... much appreciated. Regards, Paul
  14. Aargh...! Jean, what a shame about your collapsed shelves and the partial destruciton of your collection. You had some really nice kits there, including the Italian aircraft. Your Dornier looks great. I built the Revell kit and also had issues with fitting the CMK engines but it looks decent. Hopefully we may see some more of your handywork in future. Regards, Paul
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