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  1. 14 hours ago, François Escudé said:

    Japanese plane designers had this ability to produce some of the most elegant planes during WW II. and they find  the best engineering solutions for seaplane fighters . Your model is a tribute to their talent ! great build ! great pictures too ! 

    One point if I may, I think that that back of the fuselage covered by the canopy should be the same black  as the engine cover. But may be it was not the case  for the Rufe.; always ready to learn ! 

    Anyway, thanks for sharing this nice model ! 

    cheers !! 

    Thank you. Your perhaps right with the black area under canopy, I not Japanese aircraft specialist. The kit manual said cockpit green.

  2. 1 hour ago, marvinneko said:

    Nice. I'm interested in the Rufe because I believe it's the only enemy plane Canada's home-based squadrons shot down as part of defending the Aleutians. I like that creamy colour scheme. Is it too late to hit the tail fin decals with another dose of decal softener?

    Decals are ok, wash was washed out from the panel lines.

  3. I present my number 2 this year, yes only 2. I bought and inherited several models from a deceased modeller, in one of the boxes was a partially built and pre-painted model that I am presenting now. I finished its construction and repainted it so that all the elements had the same color. The model is about 40 years old, so the decals did not want to come off the paper or stick to the model, a scalpel to remove them and Tamiya decal glue to apply them and Strong Tamiya decal softener helped.





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  4. I present my number 3. The model straight from the box, without any additions, stuck together quite nicely, I was positively surprised by the 30-year-old decal, which, thanks to UV (glued to the window for 2 days), lost its yellow color, and then, under the influence of Tamiya liquids, it perfectly settled on model.






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  5. This is my first finished kit in 2023. Due to health problems in the family and heavy workload in the company, it took far too long. Special Hobby kit is well known, so nothing new to say.
    From aftermarket I used:
    - Syhart decals - very nice but designed for other kit, so I had to adjust or paint elements of the tiger stripes in several places.
    - Eduard PE exaggeration of form over substance, but we know that.
    - Eduard Mask, missed element for the reflector on the air intakes.
    - Quickboost, nice intakes
    - CMK parts, hm...CMK is a Special Hobby brand: the engine and nozzle do not match the model, the wheels have too large holes in relation to the pivots on the legs - how could this happen?

    - Master pitot.
    The rest of the shortcomings and mistakes are my cheerful creations. :evil: 


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  6. Gloster Meteor FR MK.9 MPM 1/72 (2002 edition).

    117 Sqn. First Jet Israeli Defence Forces Air Force Ramat David 1955. At 1.9.55 Capt. Aharon Yoeli intercepted and shoot down two Egyptian DH Vampire.

    I started this build ca. 2002 with CMK resin parts, was disappointed from the quality and put it back to storage. Some weeks ago, I decided to finish it. Alfred Riedel helped me with decals from the new Special Hobby edition of this kit, so we are...
    Aftermarket parts from CMK: engine set  :pleur4: cockpit, undercarriage set :rougefaché: 
    pitot from MASTER :shock: .


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  7. 1 hour ago, Jackson Duvalier said:

    Beautiful model, Hadzi.  I presume the blue panels were pre-shading?


    IMO the worst thing about the Revell kit is the cowl flaps.  It looks like they "could eat corn off the cob through a barb-wire fence," as the saying goes.

    Thank you. Your'e right, blue and green panels are pre-shading, but this time it is not good visible on the model.

  8. Another (3) finished model this year.
    Unfortunately, the Revell moldings that the Hobby 2000 packs are already very worn, which is especially visible on the first engine star and the disappearing dividing lines on the engine cover, many scratches (including the glass parts). Model - project, made me creazy:
    - painting with my favorit Model Master metallizer, it turned out very bad, the paint behaved completely different than before
    - the decals sent to me by Fabien, produced by Carpena, fell apart when applied and the roundels broke while drying on the model,
    I managed to save small roundels on wing top and emblems (I had Sioux from 2 elements, but the stork from 4), the codes were printed by my friend on a laser printer, the roundels were donated by another friend - I just had to repaint the blue with a more suitable one.
    Underside of the hull, I have reshaped so that it does not look unnatural, which is the hallmark of the Revell's model.
    At the end I'm not happy with the result.

    New photos with correct description and corrected error on the model that no one mentioned.


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  9. 3 hours ago, 72modeler said:

    That is a very well done F6D- don't see many built up, in any scale. You have done a wonderful job duplicating the various painted and bare metal panels, as seen on the real article. One of the faults of the Tamiya kit, besides the incorrect depiction of the rear wall of the wheel bay, is the thickness and design of the separate canopy frame, which prevents the kit canopy from resting on the top of the fuselage when slid back. Pretty hard to correct, even with a vacform replacement hood, and most likely too late and too hard to correct on your outstanding build, but something to keep in mind for the next one, as you obviously have an eye for detail and correctness. See the photos below to see what I mean.



    As the canopy slides back, it droops and follows the line of the upper fuselage and slightly overhangs it; it does not  go parallel to the canopy sill, as depicted on so many models.





    You right, I saw that but haven't vacu replacement, will do it in the future. Additional problem is fitting from windscreen. Canopy is the only problem from Tamiya kit.

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  10. 12 hours ago, KRK4m said:

    Marvellous (as always) !!!

    BTW the #8 pilot's name was Hugo (1925-58).

    Patryk (1888-1964) was his father - colonel of the Polish armoured forces



    Thank you!

    You right, Arma Hobby have made this mistake in the assembly manual - wrote Patryk 😞 and I missed it!

    Sorry for that Hugo!


    Hugo O’Brien de Lacy was born on the 29th of October 1925 in Warsaw. At the outbreak of the war, he was only 13, and he was a student of the Cadet Corps in Lvov. During the German occupation, Hugo lived in Warsaw. In 1941 he joined Polish Underground. The Gestapo arrested him, but the “organisation” managed to pay a ransom and free him. As he was afraid of further problems with occupants he went to Krosno and in May 1941 he tried to get to the Polish army in the Middle East through Hungary.

    Unfortunately his attempt was not successful and Soviets arrested him. He spent two years and two months in Soviet prisons. In July 1942, after Sikorski – Maiski treaty, he was released, but the Polish Army, led by Gen Anders was getting ready to leave the USSR for Persia. He stayed in the Soviet Union and worked in a factory, kolkhoz and as a peat digger. In August 1943 he joined the Polish People’s Army and almost immediately went to the 1st Fighter Regiment. 

    O’Brien de Lacy belonged to the last, fourth, training group of the 1st Fighter Regiment and he was one of only four pilots who saw combat – just in time to take part in the Battle of Berlin. He flew in the 2nd Flight as Sergeant. On the 2nd May 1945 he was promoted Warrant Officer. For his service de Lacy received the Cross of Merit and Polish and Soviet commemorative medals. After the war, he based with the regiment in Bydgoszcz and Modlin.

    In January 1946 he was attacked by Russians in the Rembertów Forest and was shot in his leg. Stay in hospital and rehabilitation took away several months of his life. Since then, he had to walk with a walking stick. In 1946 he helped 2nd Ltn Władysław Żurawski, a pilot of the 1st Fighter Regiment, to escape to the West. The Military Information (in reality, political police in the army) learnt about his involvement, and he was sentenced two years in prison. Thanks to executive clemency he left it after 13 months.

    Later he passed his A-Level exam and started working in newspapers in Warsaw, and he wrote articles about aviation and mountaineering. He was planning to write two books about the 1st Fighter Aviation Regiment “Warszawa” but he never made it.

    On the 29th November 1958, W/O Res. Hugo O’Brien de Lacy committed suicide in Warsaw, exactly one month after his 33rd birthday. This courageous fighter pilot did not manage to cope with everyday problems in peacetime. His grave is at the Old Powązki Cemetery.

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  11. 12 hours ago, Fin said:

    Awesome models! That`s exactly the P.11F I want to build. Could you please say what paints you`ve used and if there`s anything to watch for when assembling this kit?

    Hello, thank you. I used a mix of Hataka "orange series" (C)  dark brown and tan, green and blue from Gunze following the IBG recommendation.

    Any problems with this kit - highly recommended!



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