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  1. Hi everone, I'm looking for information (colour schemes) of Messerschmitt 410 nightfighters that were stationed at Venlo in 1944 - 45. Apparently there were only two aircraft, these were from Erprobungsgruppe 410. Any info is appreciated. Thanks Peter
  2. Wow! thanks for your kind comments! The model was a joy to build though it wasn't smooth sailing. I had the kit for decades it was one of the first released from the 1970s, it is a beautiful model to build. My unbuilt kit showed its age, the box was bent and bruised, the instruction booklet long since gone and the rubber tires were rotten. I hope the mods don't mind me turning this thread into a build-log. I made replacement tires from wood, which was good actually because those supplied by Airfix were als undersized to avoid them snagging a location pip inside the wheel spat.
  3. Hi All, this was my Christmas Holiday build, it took me a little longer though, finished it in February. It was built more or less from the box using Montex masks and Humbrol enamels. Thanks for dropping in!
  4. Hi, how does this stuff behave when being masked? Do the masks leave stains after being removed? Is it better to dip the transparencies AFTER the frames have been painted (this would leave us with glossy canopy frames though)?
  5. Hi all, I often read about transparencies being dipped in "Future" to make them clearer. Apart from that I know nothing about it. Has someone here worked with it, and can you tell me where I can get it from? Thanks Peter
  6. You know that in German it is actually Die Abteilung and not Das Abteilung
  7. Thanks everyone for your kind comments and likes! Santa's been here! Yesterday I received the large sculpture that forms the taffrail: It isn't finished yet but I now have to do some trimming and fillng to fit it to the existing structure, then it'll be off to Berlin again for some fine-carving. The ship's wheel wasn't invented until around 1704, they only became common around 1710-15. Before then ships were steered by the whipstaff, here's the tiller with the crank to which the whipstaff is attached: And here the whipstaff:
  8. High time for another update! Here''s what she looks like today: The lower gun-deck still missing its guns: I don't do the sculptures myself, I have a pro doing them for me. He's far better at it than I am. They're not cheap though (and they don't look it either): Shrouds are wormed and served, just like the real ship: Cannons cast in bronze, still need cleaning up though: Sculptures are gilded with gold-leaf: Inside the great cabins:
  9. Well, I've got her off the shelf again, after more than a year. One thing I noticed is the top surface of the flaps don't fit properly. You can see the top surface of the nacelle protruding over the flap surface. Bilder hochladen I have seen a number of build-logs on the Airfix Mosquito but this issue seems to have never been mentioned. You can see here I have used the edge of the nacelle as a template to draw its outline onto the flap with a pencil. Bilder hochladen What would be best? Surely to trim the nacelle would be the simpler
  10. Thanks everybody. I haven't got a clue what it will weigh once it's done, but at the moment the hull weighs about 45kg. In the meantime the planking of the hull has progressed, only some small areas beneath the waterline need to be taken care of. While the hull is still upright I'm hammering wooden treenails into the hull. My sons now are on their School holidays so they can help me: foto hochladen I have finally decided how the paint the hull: with Oils. A tube of Burnt Sienna was mixed with a tube of Van Dyk Brown and this was thinned with turps. I'm pleased with the result: foto hochlad
  11. Wohoo! Kate Bush Album cover as an Avatar! Your my best pal already! I did some further research into the object we found back then but as it was about 20 years ago some details surely aren't present anymore others may be incorrect. However, now I'm certain that it was stamped A M (Air Ministry - obviously!) with a white crown underneath and not Crown Property as stated above. My best bet it was from a Halifax after all and it was this here: It is an auto-pilot speed steering lever so it would make perfect sense that there was a sprocket inside. The finds that this retired schoolteacher
  12. Work on the Cockpit is progressing well. I'm trying not to over-do the weathering as this can ruin a model The clear safety-cap was glued with PVA to avoid messy stains I might be able to glue the fuselage halfs together this weekend. Regards Peter
  13. Why would you want to get your boots between them? They are there to prevent exactly that. Peter
  14. Today I added details to the instrument panel. Though I have the Airscale instrument panel decal I decided to use the Airfix offering after all. Alle instruments received a blob of Model Master Glosscote. Peter
  15. First seatbelts are in place. Those Eduard seatbelts are quite a challenge! I found it far easier to thread the belts into the buckles BEFORE the buckles were cut from the fret. This made them far less prone to loss. Now for the bottom halfs! Peter
  16. I'm wondering if those really thin strips on the floors of them boats should have been the spaces between wider strips, and the strips themselves should be where the wide gaps are now. Makes me wonder if something went wrong in the PE-designing. You're doing a great Job though I drop in here after every update. Makes me want to build my Corvette which is still untouched in my stash. Peter
  17. Thanks for your comments and likes! As I'm from Germany we get WWII historical sites and Crash sites by the dozens here. Many years ago a friend of mine and retired schoolteacher did what he called Aviation Archaeology, he dug up remains of crashed WWII aircraft. I assisted him on his trips several times. I recall we went to a site near Dortmund what was said to be a MKII 51 Sqdn Halifax bomber, one with a Tollerton nose fairing. I remember the surprising large amount wood-splinters we found at the site (amongst many other things) and I asked my friend if he's sure we hadn't found a Mosquito
  18. Hi, here are some images of my 1:24th scale Mosquito. I started it last year, or perhaps even the year before that. I got it out again last Weekend ans since then progress has been good. I try to be careful with wash and weathering to avoid overdoing it. The scratch on the seat cushion will one day be covered with Eduard seat-belts. Hope you like the pics. Regards Peter
  19. The pin-ups are by Gil Elvgren, they are avialbale all over the place, even at Ebay. I'm sure there's a book available about his work. https://de.images.search.yahoo.com/search/images;_ylt=A9mSs3G7G75W.i8Ay5UzCQx.;_ylu=X3oDMTByZmVxM3N0BGNvbG8DaXIyBHBvcwMxBHZ0aWQDBHNlYwNzYw--?p=Gil+Elvgren&fr=moz35 His work can't be beaten! Peter
  20. When I had problems with missing sprues in my Soleil Royale kit in the early 90's Heller got me to send them the instruction booklet to prove that I had actually bought the kit. Did they get you to do the same? Peter
  21. I bought this kit in the 1980s and there was a whole bag of sprues missing. My wife speaks French and that helped to get them quickly though. It was an awkward situation but I recall that Heller was eager to help. I have an old issue of Scale Models here in which all available kits of the HMS Hood are reviewed. The whole hull of the reviewer's Heller 1/400 scale kit was missing and Heller would only send a replacement should the reviewer come up for shipping costs. Instead this attitude was mentioned in an article in Scale Models which surely didn't go down well with some modellers at the tim
  22. Perhaps you might want to paint them in RAF blue? Peter
  23. Ooohh I like this! Someone got the the cockpit-colours right. I think it was from 1940 onwards that every part of the Cockpit that was visible through the canopy glazing was painted in schwarz-grau. The rest of the interior was painted grau-grĂ¼n, as we can see here. Love it! Peter
  24. Thanks a lot Folks! I'm glad you like it! :-) I've spent the past few weeks working on the main gundeck and I got a little tired of fitting in deckbeams and knees and the rest so last week I decided to carry on with the hull planking.The planks are six millimeters thick so some of them need to be soaked in water before bending. They are then heated with an industrial hot-air-blower whilst getting them into shape. I drew the plank seams onto the hull a while ago and the lines now assist me when cutting out the planks from oak blocks. Here you can see how it is done: Small cardboard snippets
  25. Thanks for your replies everbody, you're making me feel very welcome here. Here are some pictures of the original model which was built to the same scale. It was most likely built around 1660-1665 and doesn't represent a specific ship, rather a type of ship. Though the dimensions match the "Hollandia" of 1665 the coat of arms at the stern is very different. This is the coat of arms of Prins Willem III who later became King William of England thus some scholars believe the model represents the "De Jonge Prins" which was in reality a much smaller ship with less cannon. Apparently the comtemporar
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