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  1. Operation Pedestal. Mediterranean Sea, August 1942. Sea Hurricane Mk IB HMS Victorious vs Savoia Marchetti S.79 278th Squadriglia. 1/48 scale, Sea Hurricane is Italeri's built out of the box while S.79 is Trumpeter's with lots of corrections and surgeries to correct everything.
  2. Ok, guys, sorry for the delay. I have made myself the 3d design using Rhino. It is a real brvae new world to explore, that 3d design, initially a little bit complicated but it allows to create everything. Then I sent the 3d file to some guys in Italy (I guess there are plenty of them inthe UK as well) who provide high-res printing services. I paid something like 60 Euros for that. I designed the decals with CorelDraw and have them printed in just a couple of days from a company in Italy called Fides (excellent quality, they ship abroad as well) it was about 20 Eur.
  3. Ok.. I can call it done. Not pretty satisfied though, once again I was far too eager for having it finished and speeded it up too much. But after all I find it looking nice in my WW1 collection.
  4. Now time has come to put in place all the struts and to lay the upper wing onto the lower one. This requires a lot of patience, biplane builders now that very well. This is a bomber, my first WW1 bomber, lots of struts that must be aligned perfectly with the holes in the lower wing. Really lot of patience also because its is a short run kit and it lacks precision in its molds. I had some trouble particularly in setting the fuselage and engines struts. But after a whole day of work I did it. I applied at the bottom of each strut, some small rings made of twisted iron wire meant
  5. The detailing level has nothing to do with your masterpiece, but I am having a good time!
  6. Gotha's job goes on... After having joined the two fuselage halves, with no issues whatsoever, I attached it on the lower wing assembly. I glued the struts on the upper wing with just a drop of vynilic glue (to be removed later) to dry fit the assembly. This did not show any particular problem. I was ready for the most exciting part of airplane modeling in my opinion: painting! I was really intrigued by that weird yet fascinating camouflage and I acquired Mister Kit's acrylic colors, specifically made for the LVG Gothas. They looked too l
  7. I have been through all this fantastic thread... Man this is stunning! A real masterpiece very, very inspiring! By the way what Harley(s) do you have? I have a highly customized 1200 Sporty... ( I am OT I know...)
  8. My work goes on quicker than expected, I must say. Placing the new engine nacells was pretty stright forward and required just some putty/sanding job. No big deal. I noticed that the upper wing showed a big problem. The kit included two semi-wings that were meant to be connected with no pins and along a very small surface. The wings were so long yet thin, with almost no place to insert any pin enough strong to keep them together to make a single, resistant, upper wing. Gotta figured some solution out of it.... I decided to prepare just a small hole for a tiny steel p
  9. I guess that Hippo's Gotha was re.bided by AZModels. Pretty hard to find anyway though.
  10. First step was the "surgery". Necessary to open the hole to acocmadate the missing window and to remove that popping out volume at the pilot's station left side. Which was missing in G IVs. Luckily some G IVs had the famous "Gotha Tunnel". This was a kind of emptyness in the belly to allow the rear gunner to fire below the airplane I will keep it. After having opened the window and removed that damned thing I closed everything with a piece of a credit card, which was made of plastic stiff and strong enough. A lot of putty wil
  11. Gotha G IV 1/48 Excuse me first of all for my horrible English. At least it is genuine, no online translators... It is widely accepted that Evil can be fascinating and somehow cool. I have always found WW1 German bombers perfectly fitting this idea. They were the ideal bad guys' mounts. Starting with the name... “Gotha”... Mmmh sounds quite ghastly, huh? Their colors... those Eiserne Kreuze (much, much cooler than the later, straight lined, Balkan ones). If Snowwhite’s Evil Queen, aka Grimilde, did ever fly a plane, it would have been a Gotha, night
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