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Mitch K

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Mitch K last won the day on June 2 2015

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  • Birthday 05/25/1966

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    Wargaming, modelmaking, fencing, flyfishing

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  1. Smashing. I'll be buying one or two (one in Polish markings one in the service of the Sovereign Military Order of St John of Malta!). It has to be better than trying to kitbash one from a MisterCraft P11!
  2. Man oh man oh man! I have to confess I had nearly forgotten this! I am so, so pleased to see progress. Good .luck and hope it keeps progressing!
  3. Hi Luis, and thanks for your comments and interest. All my colours are mixed using Tamiya paints, then thinned with isopropanol for airbrushing. The main camo is designed to represent standard RLM71/65, with the Romanian yellow. If Romanian fighters are something you're interested in, then the Mushroom/MMP book on the subject is really, really good. The weathering is oil paints, white, yellow ochre and ultramarine mixed, then thinned with lighter fluid. I wash then onto the surface, with a soft brush, let the solvent flash off, then wipe off most of it with kitchen roll and q-tips to give the look of dust in the panel lines: how your car looks in the summer if you don't clean it!
  4. Messerschmitt Bf109E-3, W.Nr 2486, Escadrila 57, Grupul 7 Vänätoare, (57 Squadron, 7 Fighter Group), Romanian Royal Air Force, Karpovka-Stalingrad, late 1942. The aircraft was the personal mount of Lt. Av. Ioan Dicezare (hence the “IDC” monogram below the cockpit on the port side). Dicezare scored 16 confirmed and 3 probable kills, (although some credit him with 40 kills). making him the fourth-highest scoring Romanian ace. “Hai Feţito” translates roughly as “C’mon little girl”, a reference to a racehorse filly that Di Cesare owned. Dicezare was a horse racing fanatic. Post-war, Dicezare was arrested and imprisoned, his success against the Soviet Air Force not having endeared him to the communist regime in Romania. He was released due to lack of evidence., but forced to leave the military. After the collapse of the Soviet Union, Dicezare was not merely rehabilitated but was promoted to Lieutenant-General, appointed as the honorary Chief of the Air Force and the last surviving Knight of the Order of Michai Viteazu (Michael the Brave, Romania’s highest military award). He died in 1996, two days short of his 96th birthday. This is another Airfix Bf109-E. Additions/alterations to the kit? Several! In terms of small bits and pieces, I added brake pipes from fine wire, drain tubes/bracing struts in the radiators/coolers and drilled out the exhausts and guns. I didn’t do much to the cockpit, except to replace the head armour with a scratchbuilt version. The kit part scales out at about roughly four inches thick, like the side armour on a light cruiser, and able to stop anything up to a Soviet 85mm anti-aircraft gun! Bigger deals were the canopy – this is a Rob Taurus vacform, which nicely captures the frame of the E3. These canopies are three-piece, which allows easy posing of an open cockpit, but takes a bit of effort to align. I added the external bulletproof windshield from clear sheet using Clearfix. The presence of this is very clear in photographs. The decals were an absolute nightmare. I originally bought a set from LF Models, which proved to be thin, transparent, grainy and fell to bits once they were on and I handled the kit! I then got another set, from RB Productions, which are (by comparison) superb – thin, strong, and really, really accurate. In between, I took the opportunity to repaint some things: not just overpainting the markings, but re-doing the yellow parts, which are a slightly different colour to German RLM04. The Romanian yellow was slightly more orange-toned. The shocking thing is it's May now and this is the nearly the first aircraft RFI I've done his year!
  5. Loving this! Such a vast improvement over the other 1/72 scale offerings!
  6. Panzer IVG of 16. Panzer Division, Italy 1943. Plastic Soldier Company 1/72 scale kit, Tamiya paints, decals from spares (crosses, numbers) or home-made (Divisional symbol)
  7. OK, I fitted the turret skirt armour, which is very, very over-scale. To be honest it always is: the real armour was (I think) 5mm thick, so in scale that works out to about 3 thou, so compromise is inevitable. My compromise was to grind it away so the edge is scale-ish and ignore the rest! After finishing the primer I sprayed on some home-mixed panzer yellow. Starting to look the part a bit more now. Panzer grey was applied to the roadwheel tyres (black is always too stark for this) and the tracks were fixed in place. After a coat of gloss the decals went on. These came from a sheet for 1/100 scale aircraft that I picked up at a wargame show. Very nice they are too, and despite being for "rough" work on wargaming models, they would be a credit to a great many specialised firms doing designer decals. The turret numbers are spare serials from a Kora set for KNIL Hawk 75's. Final things were to pick out details of tools, guns and the like, run an oil wash into the crevices, and "mist" on a coat of Vallejo Air RAL Ivory to give the impression of dust. By putting more on lower down, dirt on the running gear was accentuated. The kit contains two commander figures: one wearing a "Schiffchen" side cap, the other a peak field cap. I painted mine in a deviation from regular uniform that was quite commonly seen: the tropical shirt worn with the black Panzer cap. The black uniform was a mark of real pride to the Panzertruppen, who would wear all or part of it even when it was not authorized.
  8. Yes! And I'm going to do a proper post in the next couple of days - down to the wire I know, but the 16th Panzer will roll!
  9. A truly fantastic collection! Thank you all for sharing your work with us.
  10. For no readily explicable reason, I really like the 406, and this is a super example. Thanks for sharing!
  11. Lovely result on a nice kit. I like the D.520, but it didn't have a good reputation. Eric Brown flew the D.520 and didn't have a good word to say about it!
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