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  1. The MB151 version also! That’s great news. Always wanted to build a Greek Air Force Bloch! Or more...
  2. Thank you all for your comments. That’s a really old kit not very well known; it counts less that 30 pieces.
  3. Hi all, I like floatplanes, I also like the ML-KNIL airplanes in the former Dutch East Indies. This Ryan STM-S2 is the very old Testors kit in 1/48 that needed a lot of work. Arguably the smallest 1/48 I have built. I decided not to use the pilot and co-pilot "figures" and to scratch-built the interior (seats, instrument panels, etc.) by plasti-card. I also did some necessary changes to depict the ML-KNIL version (e.g. the rudders on the floats, the pilots transparency, navigation lights). The rigging was quite a process. I used Xtracrylic paints and the decals are all from spares. Some post-shading and washing, and voila. Hope you like it Dimitrios K.
  4. Hi Reddo, Sorry for the delayed answer and thanks for the comments. The basic colour I used for the upper sides was Tamiya XF-25 +around 10% a very light green, to add a bit of green hue. For the ribs, I post-shaded with the same mix lightened by Gunze C332. Under-surfaces it is AKAN mat aluminium 66000, which I find very convincing. Hope it helps. Furbar57 thanks a lot. 303sqn, excellent video. I had seen photo instances, but not the full thing. Thanks. Best, Dimitrios
  5. A very good kit perfectly rendered! The paint job is excellent, I like especially the undersides. I am not a Luftwaffe fan, I wish I could build it with other markings. Maybe a What-if?
  6. Gaspatch would be an excellent choice indeed. I keep a couple of their Brownings for a future project. Looking forward to seeing your builts!
  7. Artie, Pete, thanks for the nice words. Thanks a lot! I did buy the Part PE, but I ended up using it ….partly: the pilot and gunners' seats, a few things for the floats, and the cockpit floor, and a couple of others. The flat cockpit walls frames were used as a guide in order to make more realistic round ones from evergreen plastic. I did not use the parts for the gun. The "details vs mental health" ratio did not favor such endeavor. I also bought the Yahu instruments panel, very nice indeed.
  8. Thanks for the comments, Hans, your question has already been answered: the asymmetrical wing markings were to deceive the enemy gunners. For those of you who haven't heard about this kit before, well, it is an old (1980s I think) mold from a Polish firm called Spojnia. Since then it has been reissued many times by Mirage Hobby, in two boxes, one for the land-based, and one for the seaplane. As I said it is a basic kit, but for those who want more details there is a special photoetched fret from Part, and the instruction panel from Yahu. Best
  9. Hi everybody, Just finished this nice seaplane. It is a Mirage Hobby kit that has been around for quite a while. I was in between making the land or the sea version, but in the end floats won. A simple kit, few parts count, but it does take some extra effort to build, especially the alignment of fuselage, support struts and floats. I used some photo-etched bits and pieces, and the Yahu instrument panel for Lublin R-XIII (funny brass color). A bit of scratch-build for lights and the cockpit. The model is finished with Tamiya and Akan paints, and Microscale Flat varnish. It has an impressive wing-span for its scale, almost the size of a Stuka. Comments, questions and critical observations all welcomed! Dimitris K. 93
  10. Thank you all for your comments. John, nothing special. It is old good panel wash with dark brown enamel. But the corrugated surfaces made it a bit difficult. edit: add to this a light post-shading of random panels I wish you a nice stay at my home city. Many great places to go out, if you have the time. Obviously, I m a proud Thessalonian, but the last years I live in France.
  11. Dear friends, After the Avro Anson another example of the WWII Greek Airforce. It is the Polish-made PZL P.24G in 1.48 by Mirage Hobby. The kit has some difficulties, namely it is a challenge to fit the engine in the cowling, and get the exhausts right. But in general it went OK. I used Gunze and AKAN colors and Microscale's mat varnish. Sorry for the photo quality, I try my best but... Hope you like it, Dimitris K.
  12. Thank you very much. Indeed the Chinese purchased a big variety of airplanes. I liked this version, I think it suits the P-26, and it is a change form the usual greenish-olive-khaki camos.
  13. Dear friends, This is the last addition to my collection, a P-26 Peashooter in Chinese colors (in fact the Chinese version was named Boeing model 281). Painted in overall light grey, the majority of these aircrafts were changed to green later. The kit was surprisingly good for its age, no fit issues, a good cockpit (that I enhanced with some belts), and a good engine too. The only difficulty in construction concerned the engine exhausts and rigging, which I represented using Albion Alloys 0.2mm nickel rod. Overall a pleasant construction. Hope you like it, Dimitrios K.
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