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  1. That's nice to hear. I thought about converting the kit into a FB.9. This wouldn't be too difficult, but if there is no need, it is stilll better.
  2. Interesting! I hope the decal options will include WX207 from 213 Squadron in the cool PRU/Medium Sea Grey/Light Slate Grey scheme. Will the kit use a resin part for the changed starboard intake (difference between the FB.5 and FB.9)?
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    Canberra PR7

    I agree, a PR7 (or PR3) would be nice, but in fact all "gold fish-bowl" Canberras are less than ideally represented in the kit market. I have built the S&M (AMP) Canberra and I must say it wasn't an easy kit. Nevertheless, it is probably the best 1/72 Canberra on the market today.
  4. Well done! The rocket looks great. I also like the painting and weathering of the launch platform and the cart. and of course the inflight photos are fantastic. Just some linguistic nit-picking: It's "Frau im Mond". This is actually the title of a 1920s silent sci-fi movie which was popular among Germany's rocket engineers.
  5. Very nice. I can imagine that the kit was difficult, but in the end it turned out beautifully.
  6. You did a great job on building and painting this model. And Hasegawa definitely deserves praise for including the lowered flaps and slats.
  7. Great looking helo and an interesting conversion.
  8. Fantastic work! The way the aircraft sits on the ground really looks much better than on other builts from this kit that I have seen before.
  9. Looking at the basic data, it seems that the A-37 was more powerful than the Strikemaster. I had almost twice the engine power despite being only slightly heavier. Therefor, the initial rate of climb (a good indicator for overall agility) of the US aircraft was better. However, what the customer wants or needs might be a different question. I can imagine that the A-37 (two engines vs one on the Strikemaster) was more expensive to operate and to maintain. Of course, the A-37 was more much widely used, but, I guess, most export customers did not choose one type or the other. Rather, such COIN aircraft were mostly supplied as a part of larger military aid packages. New Zealand might be an exception here. Another similar type would be the Italian Mb.326. Different cockpit arrangement, but same engine as the Strikemaster and commercially more successful.
  10. Nice work! That's a stylish looking fighter. It was even exported, IIRC. Syria and Argentina?
  11. Thanks for your kind comments. The post-war RAF overseas is an interesting topic for me. In my country everything was about the Cold War at this time, but Britain still had substantial (post-)colonial committments with RAF bases in Cyprus, Aden, in the Persian Gulf and in the Far East. Of course the Akrotiri Strike Wing had a double role: nuclear strike against targets in the Southern Soviet Union in case the Cold War went hot and conventional strike in the Near/Middle East as part of CENTO and even deployments to the Far East. And yes, it was quiet a huge force: four squadrons of Canberras; the same number as in W. Germany, IIRC Yes, I like making my own bases. It's even more fun with tanks because you can put them in all kind of landscapes and urban settings. The base as such is made from a piece of foam board. The concrete slabs were made from plastic sheet and painted individually. I also added some surface structure by stippling Mr. Surfacer on them. One corner of the foam board base was covered with a mixture of white glue, sand, gravel, plaster and pigments. After painting and drybrushing I added static grass. I use an electric static grass applicator which really makes a difference. For the frame I used plasic profiles glued around the foambroad (prior to paiting and adding the concrete slabs).
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