Jump to content


  • Posts

  • Joined

  • Last visited

Everything posted by simonj

  1. Just the paints I had at hand, COVID has limited the budget fairly severely I found the PE stencils to be fairly easy to use. When I get back on my feet however, a vinyl printer is certainly on the cards
  2. Primer AK 178 Black For the base I used mostly Heilblau RLM 78 from Mig Ammo - Grey was IJN Grey from Tamiya 75 with a drop of Tamiya XF 2 flat white (about 10:1) I would go lighter if I could do it Greens were Mig Ammo RLM 81 and RLM 82 Cammo Green, again, next time I will look at something of a lighter shade - Still getting used to model shade Prop Vallejo Black Green 71.018 Cockpit was Tamiya XF-65 field grey used as a sub for RLM 02 - also used in the wheel wells Blacks XF-85 tyre black Gloss Coat - first sealing Pledge 'Revive it' Floor Gloss Satin coat /Sealing coat Galeria Satin Varnish (Acrylic)
  3. 1/48 Bf 109-E3 Subject Stab III / JG I France, June 1941 Pilot Grupen Adjudant Maj. Reinhard Heydrich (yes, that SOB) Balkankruz and chevron done by airbrush with Microdesign Photoetch stencil from https://www.ebay.ie/str/miracleworldofhobby This was a new departure for me in airbrushing markings as opposed to using decals, It does require some practice. Next time I think I will lay down white, spray in the black and then mask off the markings. I think in my case, the jury is still out on airbrush vs decals, but with a bit of practice it worked out OK and was not overly hard. Kit Eduard Weekend addition 84157 After market decals (Techmod) via trinitymews https://www.ebay.co.uk/str/accurahobbykits. Techmod Decals 48013E With regards the subject, I got a bit of flack on facebook. One person went so far as to say that Heydrich was not part of the 'clean' Luftwaffe I built the model out of historical interest, and perhaps a morbid sense of historical content - he was a reserve Major in the Luftwaffe - flew in the Poland campaign as a turret gunner - flew then in Norway campaign, then in France and against the RAF in a Bf 109. Flew finally in combat in the USSR. I first became aware of it after reading 'Hitler's Hangman: The Life of Heydrich' by Robert Gerwarth. Peer reviewed from University press if memory serves me correctly Incidentally he would fly to his families holiday home and arrived at the Wansee conference in a plane he piloted himself in 1942. I did not post it to engage in a historical debate, I did out of an interest in the hobby and a matter of historical fact. If the model was a WHIFF I would have stated so. And if you use Deluxe Plastic magic cement be careful with oil washes, hit the gloss coat with turpentine before doing a pin wash, and had to re-glue a lot of parts - at least that was my experience.
  4. Wonderful work and an interesting subject matter
  5. I think it might be the age, but some plastic very very brittle - Ejection seat was after market - forget which one it was The tail pitot broke very quickly, so maybe I am a bit ham fisted
  6. Airfix 1/48 Etendard IVP: Slight damage to the wing. Tail pitot tube replaced with syringe. Horrible kit in terms of fit and very brittle plastic - A few years old at this stage.
  7. I actually think someone here has done so in the past !! Not 100% but would not be surprised
  8. Not totally historically accurate but I think a fairly good Kiwi-esque model based on F4U-1A RNZAF Solomons 1945 F4-U 1/48 Tamiya. Sky Models Decals (I found he decal sheet short on a few details) Well known and recommended kit. Got to practice some new techniques. Got some funny looks buying hairspray I wanted the multi tone paint, based on #307, had decals for #77
  9. Outstanding work - where did you get the rivet plan ? Do you still have them ?
  10. Thanks for the info folks - and just when I thought I might be able to make use of it, it seems to be out of production Just my luck
  11. A few years back, I remember I got this green putty - came in a black tube I think, the putty was green, a bit smelly. Came in a tube, so a one part I used it to load weight into the front, and it caused softening / dimpling of the plastic of the kit - that was not a good result - but now on another project I actually fancy that effect. So - I am trying to find out the name of a green putty that made plastic soft
  12. Smashing job, wonderful paint job - would love to get to this standard some day
  13. Very interesting subject, unusual - great work on putting it together - Great job
  14. simonj


    Deleted - apologising to the Admins and asking for a post to be moved to the wanted area whilst acknowledging you do not have 100 posts is not going to happen and is viewed as a cynical attempt to bypass the simple and equally enforced requirement. No more attempts please.
  15. Wonderful work - trying a half-assed attempt in 1:48 of the same subject.
  16. Special Hobby 1/48 Seafire mk III. Not a bad kit. Mig primer Citadel Loren Forrest and straken green blended topcoat. Tamiya thinner good for this paint brand. Came out a bit darker than I wanted, but that's the way it came out after gloss coat. Future Clear gloss. Mostly OOB decals except squadron badge, which is max decals. Prop stencils salvaged from older builds. Oil wash etc. Made a few mistakes, messed up a few decals but still happy enough with the result. Part of building up an Irish collection - and a Spit is a Spit
  17. The oil/dirt streaking is wonderful. You should do a tutorial on YouTube
  18. The 1997 Price Waterhouse Review of the Naval Service and Air Corps recommended that the MB 326 and seven SF260WE's be replaced with eight examples of a single type training aircraft system. A requirement for a new aircraft had been identified. The decision was taken to convert 4 MB 326 to a dedicated reconnaissance version - the MB 326 EI-RE The Swiss Pilatus PC-9M was the first choice, a propeller aircraft with no realistic attack capability in any meaningful sense. Then, in September 2001, events changed course. It was readily apparent that air defense should not be left with the PC-9, which was in military terms on a par of performance with allied aircraft …….. That is to say, on a par performance in terms of allied aircraft towards the end of the 2nd world war. On the afternoon of September 11, 2001 the Irish Prime Minister (Taoiseach), Bertie Ahern ordered the "heads of the security services of key government departments" to undertake a complete re-evaluation of measures to protect the state from attack. Hence, underway within hours of the 9/11 outrage in the United States was potentially the most far-reaching review of Irish national security in decades. Among the initial aircraft considered were the BAe Hawk, but at a 2003 unit cost in the region of GBP 18m was considered too expensive. There were also concerns about the lead in time involving the purchase, transition and training period needed to reach active service Other aircraft considered were the L-39 and in particular the L-159 at $9.5m with the Italian FIAR Grifo L multi-mode Doppler radar for all-weather, day and night operations, as well as it’s ASRAAM capability and fit to receive AMRAAM potential. A third option seriously considered was what was referred to as the Austrian option – to lease, or buy and upgrade F-5E/F Tiger II with the option to buy and upgrade to S/T standard. In 2002, during Ireland’s rugby tour of New Zealand, after quiet negotiations, it was announced that Ireland was to purchase 8 former RNZAF MB 339’s The PC 9 M order was cancelled and the designated numbers applied to the new airframes starting with 260 Their availability, cost and sharing a Rolls Royce Viper turbojet engine with the MB 326 K was the major factor in the decision to purchase the aircraft, which had few air hours and a superb maintenance record. In addition, the training and re-qualification of pilots to combat jet status could be achieved rapidly in the transfer agreement with the availability of the RNZAF instructor cadre. For logistics and maintenance personnel, the transition to another very similar Aermacchi type was relatively straight forward. RNZAF personnel moved to Ireland for 6 months to provide training and advice. After negotiations with Aermacchi, a maintenance deal was reached to retain the Warriors in service as the basic trainer for IAC, the aircraft was still in production. In mid 2002 the MB 339’s began their journey to Ireland, via Italy for upgrades to the aircraft in Italy. The order for the Pilatus PC 9 M was cancelled and the designated numbers were transferred to the MB 339, beginning with serial 260. The Camoflage pattern adopted by the RNZAF was kept, being suitable for local Irish conditions. It proved so effective a B version, or mirror version a la Hurricane A/B patterns was adopted The Aermacchi MB 339 were a quantum leap forward – with the ability carry air-to-air IR AIM-9L, air-to-surface AGM-65 Maverick, or Marte Mk IIA sea-skimming anti-ship missiles. A provision for Marte IIS was retro-fitted to the P50 class and later designed into the P60 class vessels of the Irish Naval Service. Having one system proved to be a very useful cost cutting measure. A huge leap forward was the electronic warfare suite including an Elettronica ELT-156 radar warning receiver, BAE Systems Integrated Defense Solutions (formerly Tracor) AN/ALE-40 chaff and flares dispensing system and Elettronica ELT-555 active electronic countermeasures (ECM) deception pod. Additional Chaff and flare dispensers were integrated inboard of the ventral fin. This was insisted on following the loss of an MB 326 EI-RE in Chad The militants who were believed to have fired the missile were pursued and destroyed by the MB 339’s, operating mostly at night, over the course of three days. Irish army ground units, including the Ranger wing were involved, closing in and engaging with MOWAG supported infantry. At the time, it was found that there was a real need for integrated artillery support. The shortcoming was to be finally addressed in 2020. The primary weapon used by the MB 339’s were AGM-65 Maverick which had been purchased from New Zealand. These were supplemented by SNEB rocket and unguided bombs. Sudanese fighter jets were a concern, but the French Air force was able to provide fighter Combat Air Patrol to the east of where the Irish were operating. It was clear that the cost of Maverick AGM-65 ( from USD $48,000 (A-model) to USD $269,000 for the G-model [FY 1999]) or even the Army’s FGM-148 Javelin missiles (an eye watering $106,000 per missile) for strikes on light trucks and small guerilla groups was prohibitive, and the use of unguided bombs with the presence of SAMs was considered too high risk. The action led to Irelands purchase and deployment in 2013 of the Northrop Grumman (later MBDA systems) GBU-44/B from the US, a light glide bomb that allowed a sufficient stand-off capability, with an explosive yield that helped with the reduction of collateral damage. The reason for the purchase was more to do with economics than humanity – a dossier called ‘The Cost of Killing’ making this clear was leaked by the Dept of Finance, being a cynical, but realistic calculation of cost and effect, it did create some controversy. The GBU-44 bombs purchased could also be used by the Air Corps supporting C-130’s - The munitions could be dropped from the new pressurized "derringer door," which uses a side door in the fuselage that enables the aircraft to launch and reload munitions while the aircraft remains pressurized, But the very dubious C-130H 'procurement' or .aquisition' in 2012, and the events that led to it, is another story. Now, in 2019 – after the lessons learned in UN missions, and an aging MB 399 fleet, the Aircorps have asked that a new Air Defense / strike aircraft be procured. With a budget of 416m, and additional funding from the EU of 100m towards ‘military mobility’ Ireland’s contribution to the EU military structure may well be non-offensive, with Air and Sea transport being the biggest capital outlays envisioned. EU PESCO requirements that came to the fore after the election of President Trump. From the PESCO budget, as was done in the 80’s, EU funding can be made available to Ireland – primarily for Maritime policing. The EU funding will not be used for armament, but rather platforms. From this potential funding, the Aircorps wish to purchase surveillance and transport aircraft. A proviso for purchase would be the purchase of EU built hulls and airframes. The Aircorps would like a decision by 2021 – A package of air defense with increased transport and maritime patrol capability. Of the Trojans, three are being offered with combined AEW / MPA capability and two as interchangeable transport / tanker. An advantage is the Aermacchi offering is also part of the US T-X program. If selected, this would greatly reduce future costs. It is believed a lot of the decision will rest on the US T-X competition results. The requirement for fixed wing procurement is to provide: Air Defense, Air Tactical Transport and ISAR The light fighter / training requirement is yet to be decided. Aermacchi, after a 40 year history with the air corps offering the M346 Master FA or FT (20m$) version for the air defense and strike role in a package with 4 C-27J Trojan to replace the Air corps aging CASA’s and, mostly for legal reasons, the C-130's -but that's another story, Sin Sceal Eile
  • Create New...