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AntoineG

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  1. Hi, Thanks @Hook. It is indeed getting closer every day to the end by one baby steps after another. Since last post, it is touch-up time! Some of them were due to small gaps in the masks. One was due to incorrect placement of the mask (the grey limitation was too high on the right-hand side of the fuselage). We are getting closer every day to the end by with baby steps. I also added a few patches of grey colours to replace decals and some aluminium areas that are not indicated in the instructions but that are clearly visible on pictures under the forward half of the elevators. And of course, all those maskings lead to other touch-ups. I generally try to reduce the adherence of the tape by either using it several time or by gluing/removing it from the mat a couple of time, but sometime, the paint just wants to go off... I'm going back for another spray session of white... Cheers, Antoine
  2. Hi, Early start today with the application of the bright green on the tail and the nose. Once partly dry, I removed the mask to get an idea of the result of the paint. Some touch-ups are required but, overall, not too bad. Cheers, Antoine
  3. Hi, To start this project, I have decided to build maybe the easiest kit of all: the Tamiya Mosquito. And to be completely honest, I have already started. In the cockpit, there aren’t many things to add. Nevertheless, I’ve added Yahu instrument panel. It was bought at the same time of the kit but in the end, a good paint with some dry brushing would have been enough. I added also some wiring on the right side of the cockpit and etched seat belts. This kit has two areas that can be improved. First, the Mosquito has a frame on the inside of the canopy. Tamiya’s way to represent it is to paint that frame on the canopy with the inside colour. This doesn’t sound satisfactory to me so I managed to rebuilt a frame, piece by piece, using green painted plastic rods that I glued with PVA glue on the inside of the canopy. We’ll see the results once the masks are removed. The second element is the junction on upper and lower wings at the back of the nacelles. It is a butt joint with no support. In order to get a nice finish, I had to use al lot of putty and some plastic strips… In the end, it is not perfect but good enough. The rest is quite straight forward; a good Tamiya kit and I was able to move quickly to the pain stage. First the Medium Sea Gray (Gunze H335) and then the Dark Green (H330), using blue tack for the limits. To give some ‘life’ to both colours, I sprayed the colours mixed with some white on a few panels. Time to go to bed now. Cheers, Antoine
  4. Hi, Good initiative. I have made a couple vacform kits years ago and would love to improve the technical for potential future kits (like Aerovac Latecoere) I'm on board ! Cheers, Antoine
  5. Hi, Slow progress, as always for me when paint starts. I always leave the paint to dry at least 24h between two sessions, especially when masking is involved. In addition, I had to sand and re-apply the white paint in some locations. Then, the white areas were masked in preparation of the grey, except the tail unit as I was not happy with some visible sanding marks. Today, I applied a second layer of grey FS2644 and tried to add some contrasts by using different shades of grey. I stopped at three… the basic H325 (given to be FS26440) , the H325 with some white in it and some darker grey (H335 Medium Sea Grey mixed with some white... I was also painting an RAF aircraft today...). Note that Gunze also provides FS16440 that is the Gloss version of that colour, under ref H315. I definitely prefer the first one (H325) as I had loads of problem with H315 in previous builts (drying time, sticky feeling, prone to finger prints...). Cheers, Antoine
  6. 1945 – Airfiled B-51 Lille-Vendeville The airfield and its vicinities were liberated on 3rd September 1944 after a brief but deadly battle. The first to land on the airfield were the Spitfires of 131 Wing, in mid-September 1944. Followed Typhoons from 146 Wing and also Free French Spitfires from 145 Wing. Those fighter-bomber units quickly left Vendeville to stay close to the front quickly advancing front. They are replaced by night fighter squadrons that stayed there until end of April 1945. Among those can be found 604 Sq “Country of Warwick”. A few pictures of their NF.XIII can be found, especially on the IWM website. For the model, Tamiya provides a very nice representation of the NF.XIII. For the colour scheme, Printscale provides marking for NG-X from the 604 Sq in July 1944 with invasion stripes. I really like invasion stripes on aircraft but pictures clearly show that the 604 Sq doesn’t wear stripes during the winter 44 anymore. So, as long as nobody can prove I am wrong, I will go for that option. In term of documentation, I have the MDF 1 on the Mosquito. Unfortunately, it is in storage, out of reach during the current days… So I have to rely on some WingMasters that provide detailed built of 1/24 and 1/38 models. This will be plenty enough thanks to the quality of Tamiya's kit. At last, we’ll start to really talk about gluing some plastic with the next post. Cheers, Antoine
  7. 1944 – Flugplatz Lille-Vendeville – Focke-Wulf Fw190 A-? – Joseph Priller. For 1944, the sources I have agree on the affectation to Lille-Vendeville of Stab/JG26, and more particularly of Joseph Priller. Note that JG26 was at Vendeville before 1944. Maybe more documented people could complete/confirm. The most commonly known aircraft of Priller at that time is the Fw190A-8 ‘black 13’ that he presumably flew with over Juno, Sword and Omaha beach on D-Day. Picture of Priller showing an Fw190A-8 with its personal marking ‘Jutta’ to Rommel can be found in many places. This visit took place on 5th January 1944. Hence, for that early part of 1944, I would not be wrong by using that option for my project. But then, why Xtradecal, that is known for being accurate, does provide an A-6 with chevron and bars and with the ‘Jutta’ marking on its D-Day package (ref 72197)? They even provide a WerkNummer and indicate it was flown by Priller. And why would Priller flow on an A-6 in June when he had an A-8 in January? This requires some investigation… Note that it is said that, for that famous mission during D-Day, Priller took off from Bondues instead of Vendeville (source ‘Memoires de Lesquin’ Facebook page, dated 6 June 2019). Are those linked? In terms of model, I will use Eduard superb Fw-190A-8 in its weekend edition. But then I have to find black stencils to represent the ‘13’ and pictures of the complete aircraft. Or, if confirmed, I can also use Xtradecal proposed scheme and modify the A-8 into an A-6 (all the required parts are in Eduard boxing, some surgery to accommodate the central landing gear bay doors might be required though). In term of documentation, I have a few sources on that aircraft… who doesn’t? A couple of them provide pictures of Priller’s A-8. Cheers, Antoine
  8. Hello Ian, Thank you for your interest and for the link. With regards to the Hurricane, you are right. In the end, I may end-up doing a new one, maybe with the two blade propeller that can be seen during the King's visit. Cheers, Antoine
  9. 1943 – Flugplatz Lille-Vendeville – Messerschmitt Me-410 This year is easier. Indeed, both references mentioned the same unit at the same time: V/KG2 equipped with Messerschmitt Me-410. In addition, this is also an option offered by FineMolds in one of their Me-410 boxing. Lucky me, I had one in my stash but for the reconnaissance version (with parts for the fighter bomber version). After a quick email exchange with the manufacturer, I was able to purchase one spare decal sheet for the scheme I was looking for (thanks again to Hiro). In term of documentation, once again I will use a Replic and also Mushroom volume on Me-210 and Me-410. Cheers, Antoine
  10. 1942 – Flugplatz Lille-Vendeville Year 1942 is even more tricky than 1941. It seems that IV/KG53 was based there at that time. But again, only Bruno Bonduelle book provides that information. Another information that can be found it that book is a story of aborted sabotage of Messerschmitt aircraft by the local resistance. The plan was to introduce time delayed grenade in the ‘orifice in the tail’. The only Messerschmitt aircrafts I know with ‘orifice in the tail’ is the Bf-109. The only trace of a fighter unit I can found is III/JG26 (thanks to the KIA list). So it looks like we’ve got something. However, as for the KG53 in 1941, I would like to find some more information before taking any decision. Besides, the type of 109 still has to be defined. Would that be an F or an early G? Finally, August 1942 saw the raid on Dieppe. Figuring an aircraft that was involved would be nice. S, still some work on 1942 too.
  11. 1941 – Flugplatz Lille-Vendeville German troops arrived at the airfield on 28 May 1940. The first Luftwaffe aircraft, an Henshel Hs.123, landed on 1st June 1940. The base was then used by the Luftwaffe during the Battle of Britain and saw several different units, among which the KG53. The plan was for the Luftwaffe to use the now named Flugplatz Vendeville as a major base in Northern occupied France. They stayed there for the next four years. Many units were affected to the airfield, especially in the second half of 1940. A few pictures can be found in Lille-Seclin book. Especially one of a Fw-189 in front of the control tower. Unfortunately, it is not possible to read any identification on that aircraft, but I would love to represent it. For the year 1941, it is quite difficult to identify an aircraft type and a unit for the present project. It seems that KG53 equipped with He-111 was based on the airfield from July 1940 until June May 1941. More particularly, the Staffel 4, 5 and 6 of II/KG53. This looked to be confirmed by the KIA list of airmen based at Lille-Vendeville (provided in Appendix of the book). However, on the website ww2.dk, there is no trace of the II/KG53 in Lille-Vendeville. It is given to be based at Lille-Nord instead. So I am now looking for other sources to confirm or not that Lille-Süd was the airbase of II/KG53 in early 1941. Another option seems to be the I/Aufkl GR 22, a reconnaissance group that was equipped with Junkers Ju-88. Once again, the two sources I have provide different information: ww2.dk/ indicates that it is I/Aufkl GR 122 that was based at Lille-Vendeville. But it seems as well that both units were indeed the same but at different dates. In addition, the book contradicts itself as it mentioned both I/Aufkl GR 22 and I/Aufkl GR 122 being based at the airfield at the same time. So, it should probably be I/Aufkl GR 122. Now, what type of aircraft the I/Aufkl GR 122 operated in early 1941? While digging into http://www.luftwaffedata.co.uk, I found out that this unit might have been equipped with Junkers Ju-88 D-2 . D-2 were A-5 that were modified for reconnaissance, with the underwing dive brakes removed and camera ports in the rear bomb bay doors. A-5 were A-1 with new extended wings, like the A-4 and with Jumo 211B, G or H, unlike the A-4 which is equipped with Jumo 211J with a prominent fairing under the engine. Having a Ju-88A-4 in my stash, that means I would have to do some (heavy) adaptation, either using Blackbird Model for Italeri A-4 or starting from the incoming A-1 from Revell. Long story short, the Ju88 D-2 option would be a difficult jouney. So, for 1941, the model is still to be decided.
  12. 1940 – Lille-Seclin airfield – Hurricane Mk.I On 5 November 1939, Lille Vendeville airfield that is renamed Lille-Seclin by its new hosts is the home of the 60th Wing composed of the 85 and 87 Squadrons a. Both are part of the Air Component of the British Expeditionary Force. In addition to those fighter squadrons, two other units are based at Lille-Seclin airbase: the 615 Squadron equipped with Gladiators at that time and the Special Survey flight equipped with at least a Blenheim IV and a specially modified Spitfire PR1A. The RAF remains on the airfield until 19th May 1940. This period of time was the starting point of this project. As already mentioned, Airfix proposes for its latest 1/72 Hurricane Mk.I two schemes for 85 Sq aircraft during their time at Lille-Seclin. I completed that kit a couple of years ago and it can be found in the RFI section of this forum. Note that the squadron marking is incorrectly placed. It should be turned so that edges are at 12, 2, 4, 6, 8 and 10 o'clock. A few pictures dated 1939, in particular those taken during the visit of King Georges VI on 6th December 1939, show that the Hurricanes from the 85 Sq. and 87 Sq. were equipped with a two-blade propeller at that time. Other non-dated pictures show Hurricanes equipped with a three-blade propeller. To represent an aircraft at a time around April/May 1940 (as planned for my project), using a three-blade propeller as proposed by Airfix can be a safe guess. I hope it is as this is how my Hurricane is completed. If not, building another of Airfix Hurricane would be my pleasure as it is really a very nice kit. Cheers, Antoine
  13. Hi, Not a lot of progress since last time as I spent half of my modelling time looking for the PE head-up display frame that decided it was a ejector seat… Fortunately, it misfired and after checking half of my workbench it appears it was still in the cockpit… Well, you know the story. Any way, it is back in place with its glass installed. Not sure of the green colour, but I like it this way. Now the windshield is in place and the glue drying. Getting ready for the Light Gull Grey On the anticipation side, I have tried to find the best green paint for the tail and the nose. By comparing my stock with the decal sheet, the closest colour that is available to me during the lockdown is Gunze H26 (second from the left on the picture). Cheers, Antoine
  14. 1939 – Mureaux 115. The Mureaux 115 and 117 were observation aircrafts developed in France in the early ‘30s. In 1932, it was a very good aircraft. In 1939, it was another story. Fortunately for its crews, they were being replaced by the more modern Potez 63.11. The GAO (Groupe Aérien d’Observation) 501 equipped with the Mureaux 115 in 1938 and arrived at Lille Vendeville on 3rd September 1939 with nine serviceable Mureaux. It started to receive the new Potez in December 1939 and was fully operational on that type in May 1940. Model wise, there is no injected kit enabling to build a Mureaux 115. Heller is proposing the Mureaux 117. That will be the base. The adaptation will be made thanks to Renaissance resin kit. Icing on the cake: Renaissance proposes also a decal sheet for the Mureaux 115 that enables a GAO501 scheme, when it was based at Lille airbase. In term of documentation, there is a few builds that can be found on other forums. In addition, I’ve dig out a Replic magazine. I’ve also purchase French Wing n°3. I was lucky to find it has they are quite rare now. Cheers, Antoine
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