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Basilisk last won the day on November 1 2015

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  1. I think so too. Thanks for joining Martin. Anyone else interested? Cheers, Peter
  2. Don't we have them all. I have to say I thought there will be a bit more interest in the topic with the excellent Arma Hobby kit now available. Unfortunately I have to wait a bit longer to get one as no postal service is currently available to Oz. Cheers, Peter
  3. Finally I managed to get some glue to plastic - actually mainly CA that is. Some of the PE parts don't really add much extra and only the trim wheels are a nice plus - id glued to the correct location and NOT as shown in the instructions. I also added finer fences on the oil cooler exit as the kit representation is very thick. The PE parts for the engine cooling radiators are a bit odd as the representation has the openings widely spaced! I found a generic sheet which is much more to scale. And why have the mesh at the rear at all as the kit part has the radiator flaps in the closed position so you can't see it So I reworked the kit part to have the flap in the open position. And got a coat of primer onto the internal parts. Paint is next. Cheers, Peter
  4. Thanks Wez. Yes the Arma Hurricane is a nice kit (I currently building one) but some of the smaller parts, specially in the cockpit are a bit over scale. The Yak on the other hand is a 100% improvement in that regard. Of course not, that is what this is all about. I had a look at the kit in more detail and I am impressed in the casting quality which is as good as the Tamiya Bf 109G I am also currently building. Unfortunately I also noticed some issue, but fortunately nothing major. First, there is a lengthy discussion on Britmodeller regarding the wingtip shape compared to the Brengun Yak-1b kit. As I have both kits I took some pictures to make some comparison. Keep in mind that the Brengun kit is a typical short run kit and therefore not as crisply molded as the Arma kit. Also, the Bregnun kit represents an early Yak-1b whereby the Arma kit represents a mid or late production Yak-1b. So here are the two wings. Top Arma and bottom Brengun And when placing them on top of each other, it looks like that. The Brengun wingtip is more rounded than the Arma kit. Now the Arma kit matches a published drawing in the Kagero book on the Yak-1 perfectly and the Brengun kit matches the drawing on the Russian book on the Yak-1 published by Eksmo in 2009 perfectly! I myself don't like to use drawings for comparison and prefer pictures instead. Looks like reality is somewhere in between the two The fuselages of the two kits are a perfect match in outline. Note the missing plates above and below the exhaust opening on the Brengun kit which is correct for early Yak-1bs. To me I prefer the Arma representation of the fabric covered rear fuselage as the Brengun kit looks a bit overdone. And there is some cockpit detail on the interior on both kits. Here the short run nature of the Brengun kit is obvious. Also note that both kits have the oxygen regulator fitted to the starboard side of the fuselage which is correct for early to mid Yak-1b production. And here a comparison to some of the smaller parts. Brengun top and Arma bottom. The side consoles are some delicate moulding in the Arma kit and the Arma wheels look as good as resin after market wheels! The Brengun Instrument panel represents an early type whereby the Arma IP is the late type version with the oxygen regulator fitted to the IP. But this means that if you build a mid production Yak-1 you have to remove it from the IP and if you build a late production aircraft you have to remove it from the fuselage side! The instructions make the impression that the oxygen regulator is a separate part which isn't the case. The Expert Set contains the two wheels fitted to the cockpit as PE parts, but they aren't located on the side console as shown in the instructions as the cockpit picture below shows. The flair cartridge holder is only on late production aircraft on the port side, but on the starboard side on early and mid production Yak-1bs. Also to note are the two control sticks used in Yak-1s. Brengun provides the earlier type, but Arma has only the R-1 stick. Would have been nice to have both in the kit to make a mid production aircraft. But the largest discrepancy between the two kits is with the horizontal stabilizers. The Arma version is 1.5mm longer each which is a difference in span of 3mm! And I have no idea which is correct as both math the earlier mentioned drawings... In the previously mention Britmodeller post someone mentioned: Where BrenGun beats Arma hands down is the replication of the fabric surfaces. Everywhere. Now I don't get that. Brenguns fabric surface on Ailerons and other control surfaces is slightly indented as can be seen on many other kits. But this is NOT how a fabric covered control surface looks like! Right the Yak-3 at Le Bourget and left from a Spitfire as this picture shows nicely how it looks - no indents at all - and Arma got it right in my opinion. This became a bit longer than anticipated but may be helpful for some. I am sure both kits build into nice models of the Yak-1b but I think the Arma kit gets you to the finishing line with less effort - and I need this as I never manage to finish a model within the time frame of a GB After I managed to locate my references on the Yak-1 to research the above information, I found out that the picture in my first post of white 13 is a FAKE !!! As mentioned, there is a picture of white 12 published in Polish Wings 20. And by adding parts of the two pictures above (both also published in Polish Wings 20) with white 12 and some work in Photoshop - voila... White 13! Looks very convincing and it fooled me! So I am building now white 12 instead. Cheers, Peter
  5. Some nice topics already in this GB, but sadly nothing Russian yet The new Arma Hobby Yak-1 fits the bill nicely as one scheme in the kit is from "Operation Berlin" 1945. I am talking about the Yakovlev Yak-1b from the 2nd Squadron, 1st Fighter Regiment "City of Warsaw" apparently flown by Sgt Patryk O'Brien! Looks like a very nice kit with some very delicate castings. So will be interesting to see how it builds. There is a bit of confusing information on white 13 which was donated by Professor Wolf Messinga which is the reason for the inscription under the canopy. The markings for this aircraft in the Arma Hobby kit are identical to the profile above. But in Polish Wings 20 on the Yak fighters, the date for this aircraft is given as May 1944 and not 1945 and the red stars are of a different style. But then I came across this picture of white 13 on the web. Compared to the pictures published in Polish Wings, the above picture shows the complete aircraft and also shows the same red stars as in the Polish Wings profile. Of interest is that Polish Wings has a picture published of white 12 and the setting, background and light conditions are identical to above picture and that picture is dated autumn 1945, so I assume above picture was taken also during autumn 1945! So it looks white 13 had a relative long life and I intend to show the aircraft as seen on the picture above - that is if I manage to finish it. Cheers, Peter
  6. Great. I am sure most of us have some Wildcats hidden away So true and welcome aboard Giorgio. Can't have enough Wildcats on the look of it Thanks for your offer, but lets see how this proposal develops first. Actually I don't understand the need for a co-host. Wouldn't it be nice if all participants in a GB act like a co-host and not just one or two dedicated chaps. And in previous GBs I hosted I have to say that some GB participants where much more active than the dedicated co-hosts. Any more takers? Cheers, Peter
  7. I like the idea, please ad me to the list. Cheers, Peter
  8. Good to see there is some interest in this topic. Lets hope there will be a reason to get the project back on top of the list I would think many of us have these kits in the stash. Cheers, Peter
  9. I personally don't like the idea of having a combined African and South American GB as these region are very different. And if it does make it to the voting, then we will see what happens. Cheers, Peter
  10. With my Yak-1 to 11 and MS 406 / 410 STGB proposals not going anywhere, how about a Grumman Wildcat / Marlet STGB? Not as many colour scheme options as the Yaks and Moranes, but nonetheless an important type and some nice kits available as well. It would be nice to see some less "popular" types in STGBs like that of the recently finished Ju 87 STGB which resulted in some tremendous models. Cheers, Peter And the list is: 01. Basilisk 02. dnl42 03. Corsairfoxfouruncle 04. Erwin 05. TEMPESTMK5 06. Arniec 07. Giorgio N 08. Jb65rams 09. stevehnz 10.
  11. Looks to be too esoteric, even though there are lots of colour scheme options and some nice kits too. Cheers, Peter
  12. I think this deserves a bump - after all, it is the best known Russian WWII fighter! And with several new Yak-1 kits of excellent quality I think it deserves a STGB chance. Cheers, Peter
  13. Took a while, but you are finally on the list. I have to say I am surprised that there isn't more interest in this topic - maybe because there wasn't any WWII action to speak off? Still, tones of interesting models to choose. Cheers, Peter
  14. Thank you all for the kind words. Good to know that the Lysander had continuous letters. But how do you know this was also the case on the Hurricane? Made some progress on the 109 and I have to say I am impressed with the Tamiya kit as there is so much detail in this little model and the fit is typical Tamiya - stunning. The only error I could find is the panel line for the gun panel on the fuselage. The gun panel line is a inserted part which creates the panel line, which in my eye is too low. so I re-scribed it a bit higher. The seat harness are the Eduard Steel type and they are very nice to work with. Here the re-scribed panel lines and the tropical filter from the AZ Model kit in place. I scratch build the holding brackets and the white plasticard shim in front of the cockpit is to make the AZ Model canopy fit nicely And the tall rudder also from the AZ Model kit in place. The fit wasn't too bad, but not perfect either. Even though the Tamiya kit is great, there is till some scope to enhance it further. As most pictures of Finnish 109G show the wing radiator flaps dropped, I did it also on the kit. I also added the activation rods into the radiator entries on the fuselage and wings with some wire. And added some clear navigation lights. These mods are easily done and don't take much time, but enhance the model nicely. Applying some primer for both is next. Cheers, Peter
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