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  1. The black banner is back! Because it is 2020 and we may all agree it is a special one... upon entering code "CZPT2020" you get 20% discount on all items available at http://www.shelfoddity.com. Starting tomorrow, the black banner will stay up until Wednesday 2nd Dec. Best regards, Marek PS. A small teaser of what is in the kitchen now:
  2. Hope they are visible now - sorry about that. I have placed the images from my google photo account - they were visible to me but apparently to noone else. Best Regards, Marek
  3. Thanks Gents! A next step in this slow build - more brass on the stern. Not sure if it is the best order to fit the walls before the main deck is attached. I have another copy of the etched walls in case I will have to attach them to the main deck first an only then stick the whole set to the hull. We will see when the main deck is ready (the most time consuming part of this project). The hawser bays got a small brass doubler underneath the opening. More substantial progress is visible on the funnel - now waiting for the primer coat to see what is left to sand down from the 3D-printed surfaces. Finally thanks to blacman's help I have received a nice custom set of bollards and chocks. TBC Best Regards, Marek
  4. Two new 144th scale sets are available now – photo etched updates for two Cold War classics recently kitted by Mark I: Mirage IIIC/E and Early Harrier Versions: GR.1/GR/3/AV-8A/AV-8S. One new 1/350 naval set is also available now: a photo etched update for French battleship Danton (Hobby Boss). No less than six 1/700 scale sets also have reached our shelves: IJN Ship's Superstructure Wall Equipment Set, 1.1"/75 caliber "Chicago Piano" Gun and four USN Rangefinders and Guns Directors for Fast Battleships: North Carolina class, South Dakota class, Iowa class (early version) and Iowa class (late wartime). Finally a rather odd (even for us but the name obliges ) release: a Soviet PRV-10 radar antenna grid in the 1/72nd scale. Stay safe and best regards! Marek
  5. Three new 144th scale sets are available now. First being a PE set for Trumpeter's popular Su-27/Su-30 kits, second – a double PE set for the rather exquisite ClearProp Ki-51 Sonia kit and the third – FuG 202 Luftwaffe WW2 radar antennae set. Three new 1/700 scale sets also have reached our shelves: IJN Cable Reels, 20mm Oerlikon Single Machine Guns and USN Mark 38 and Mark 37 Directors for Fast Battleships. Our web store remains open, the orders can be placed, but please be aware that postal services are severely limited at the moment due to the coronavirus pandemics. Any orders placed now will be packed and prepared for shipping. Important: the actual shipping will take place only after regular postal services are restored. Stay safe and best regards, Marek
  6. Thank you very much Kev! I have to admit I am already familiar with this blog - it does contain quite a few valuable shots of Rhyl - but other modellers interested in RN Type 12 Frigates can benefit from it. Meanwhile, the first deck is on. It seems like not much of a progress but at least I managed to get started. I drew the deck basing on photos of Rhyl and her siblings I have found in my books and online. When all decks are prepared it'll be practically half of the model done time wise. The brass surface has been "wiped' with 1500 gradation 3M cloth - I wanted the small details to come out a bit. When large surfaces of brass are etched to half-thickness, the brass surface usually becomes dull and dark. TBC. Best regards, Marek
  7. Thank you guys! Decals were created using Adobe Illustrator software - in most cases I placed levelled and geometrically adjusted photos of the actual ship in the drawing file and then the shapes were traced. Please note this is a preview only - when I do some more in progress photos I will take one pic of the actual printout. Best regards, Marek
  8. Hello, This time I would like to build something less usual but with very class hull lines - a Royal Navy Type 12 Frigate. I have chosen the old Frog 1:500 scale offering reissued in the former Soviet Union under the Огонёк brand. Last September I have found it on sale for the whopping amount of 2 EUR while visiting excellent Berlin Gatow model show. Among many good-looking Type 12 vessels I have picked HMS Rhyl during her Malta holiday between 1966 and 1967 - the final stage of the first configuration. Here is the original boxart: The scale is a bit unusual as for today's standards but the interesting subject tempted a few companies to prepare the aftermarket updates: first PE from (Atlantic Models)... ... and 3D-printed parts from Bogeys Bits (via Shapeways). Also, I am going to add self made decals, PE (decks and some superstructures) plus some odd bits and pieces from my workshop reserves. OK, the first cut(s). After the dust has settled the clean lines became to be visible (basically this is nearly all the plastic from the original kit I am going to use): The styrene is quite soft but highly workable. I have downsized the hawser boxes a little to make it closer to the original ones. Tamyia Extra Thin glue made the plastic to settle down a little... ...but some CA glue came to the rescue: The portholes were drilled and filled with brass tubing of two diameters: 0.5 mm and 0.3 mm - the bigger and the smaller ones respectively. The bridge deck has been just glued on and the funnel dry-fitted for the photo. The funnel - Bogeys Bits offer the raked funnel used in the later guises of Type 12. The resin is very hard and a bit brittle but I managed to clean nearly all the grain from 3D printer as well as to drill the top openings. The confused alien has just been born. One last glance at the hull lines... ... and on the small decal sheet I prepared for my model. TBC. Best regards, Marek
  9. Thank you for the nice words. This u-boat was one of the first submarines with an air independent propulsion. Its Walter engine utilised a High Test hydrogen Peroxide as oxidiser for the kerosine. HTP was stored in the rubber tanks hidden beneath the rectangular covers visible on both sides of the hull. The size of the boat was ca. 2/3rd of the type VII uboat size and its hull was exceptionally streamlined to take the maximal advantage of its advanced propulsion system. U-1407 after the end of WW2 went to Royal Navy and was briefly tested as HMS Meteorite - no one seemed to enjoy working with bigger quantities of HTP. Best regards, Marek
  10. Hello, Here's my version of MikroMir kit. It depicts the third boat of the XVIIb type: U-1407. It was commissioned into Kriegsmarine in April 1945 and used for the training, hence the yellow band on the kiosque. The kit parts are quite accurate in terms of shape and dimensions but in some places the detail is missing. To update it a little I created the set of the photoetch plus decals which were used in this build. The model was painted with Lifecolor acrylic paints and Tensocromes. Some smaller details were painted with MrColor C-series paints. The overall varnish comes also from MrColor range. One last pic to show the size of the model: Thank you and best regards, Marek
  11. Ho ho ho! Three new sets hit our store shelves: First one - for the recent F-Toys MiG-17 featuring external bits such as wing fences, undercarriage doors, IFF probes - nothing out of the ordinary. However - nobody expects: Cameras & Tripods. A small set which may be useful when creating a diorama in our favourite scale. The last bit is our first take on Vickers Valiant. This time we focused on the engine accessories: turned brass jet cans and etched+turned compressor faces. A full size companion PE set will follow in the future. Kind regards, Marek
  12. Our latest leisure activities in Gatow were quite fruitful. There are some interesting exhibits in hangar no.7 - e.g. Mirage III and Harrier GR.1. We appreciate a lot the possibility of making a very detailed walkaround. Below is the effect - the prototype frets (for Mark I kits) are currently bathing in the acid accompanied by two more sets: Su-27 (Trumpeter) and MiG-17 (recent F-Toys). Stay tuned! Best regards, Marek
  13. These are not our products but we had a small share in their creation. Two brand new items from Brengun: - F-Toys Tempest vacformed canopy - Sweet FM-2 vacformed canopy plus two older ones: - F-Toys F-106A vacformed canopy - F-Toys MiG-29 vacformed canopy Keep 'em coming! Best regards, Marek
  14. A new PE set has reached our shelves: a small fret with three FuG 200 antennaes used in various Luftwaffe aircraft. Available now! Best regards, Marek
  15. There are a couple of new sets available now – two decal sets ... One set is thought as an add-on to our previous Hurricane sets – stencilling in two colours for the day camo and night machines. The second set makes another installment of our F-47 saga - two colourful USAF and ANG Jugs. ... and three new turned brass items from Master: Pitots for the early versions of Canberra (for two planes)... ... and for a pair of Czech jet trainers – L-29 Delfin: and L-39 Albatros: Best regards, Marek
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