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  1. Greetings. I'm not sure I chose the right forum section, but the topic in general is aviation. I am not indifferent to radial piston aircraft engines, and although my favorite scale is 1/72, I wanted to have the engine in a larger size, well detailed, and this is exactly what the work in question is about. Resin engine from Eduard, designed for Revell's 1/32 scale Fw-190. Quite worthy to be a separate model. The quality of the set is 4+; if you make it a separate model, you would like to improve some aspects. The etched spark plug wires had to be completely replaced with wire, and at the same time the distribution ring-ramp had to be redone. Pushers made of metal tubes, and much more. But for the most part the kit is excellent, the resin just needs cleaning up in a lot of places. Metallic paint by Tamiya LP and Alclad, Mr.Color, hand painted mostly by Vallejo. *Sorry for the automatic translation
  2. I welcome everyone with another craft - Hurricane Mk.2C from Hawker. Arma Hobby set in the Expert Set version. If not for a couple of shortcomings, it could be called a recreational set. Perhaps the most unpleasant thing about the set is the canopy; its thickness is very unpleasant even for the closed position. In the open position, again due to the thickness of the canopy, the manufacturer made a cut on the gargrot so that this very canopy could be seated. Therefore, we had to adapt the vacuum canopy from Rob Taurus, remove the selection on the gargrot, and simultaneously develop its complex shape. In addition to the canopy, additional elements were installed with resin exhaust pipes from Quickboost and brass machine gun barrels from Master. To the best of our ability, the design of the landing lights was refined - the ones in the kit are a bit rough, the rear pillar is also made in a rough way, some rods were added - on the keel, in the radiator scoops, and other little things. In general, the Arma kit is one of the best that I have ever owned, there is a lot of external detailing, impressively done, but it required more care, especially when riveting the model. Prototype - pilot Michael Rook, Algeria, December 1942. Enjoy watching, and I apologize for the automatic translation.
  3. Hello, thank you for your feedback. Takom also provides an incomplete diagram, I had to compare it with the photos I could find https://www.super-hobby.com/products/WWII-German-v-2-Rocket-Transporter-Erector-Meillerwagen-Hanomag-SS100.html
  4. Greetings, fellow modellers. The kit from Takom is based on a V-2 ballistic missile (aka Aggregat 4) with a Meillerwagen transport trailer and a Hanomag SS100 tractor. For the vignette, a kit from Hasegawa is used - guard buildings, pretty much hand-finished. A separate topic is a machine gun on a tower, with friends it was decided that a tower without an Mg-34 is not a tower at all, so the Mg-34 was molded from Zvezda plastic and an Aber barrel. The rest is scratchbuild. Out of habit as an “aircraft modeller,” I riveted the rocket. I limited myself (of the more noticeable ones) to replacing hydraulic rods, ladder steps, and imitation cable fencing. The rest is free creativity
  5. Thank you very much everyone for your feedback. For painting the F6F-5 the base colors were Mr.Color C365 and C316. When painting the Mk.1, choosing a base color was more difficult. For lower surfaces this is Mr.Hobby H74 Sky. For the top ones I used my own mix: 1) H333 + white (~30%); 2) H74 Sky + H52 Olive drab (ratio ~1/3). Next, the goal was to simulate burnout of the upper surfaces and contamination of the lower ones. Something like the photo below: For this, the main technique was the salt technique. The description can be read on the first link you come across: LINK
  6. very flattering comment, thank you and thanks to everyone for the reviews
  7. I welcome everyone with my next crafts - F6F-5 and F6F-3 (aka Hellcat Mk.1) from Grumman. Eduard's set has been known for a long time, so I tried to collect all the more or less significant additions/alterations in the photo, so as not to write a lot of boring text. Perhaps the most unpleasant thing about the kit is the need to rework the landing gear niches and rear pillar, correct the joints of the steering elements (given as jointing), and reduce the thickness of the canopy. The rest of the improvements are standard. At the same time, I assembled two models from the Double Kit - the F6F-5 and the British Hellcat Mk.1 (aka F6F-3), so many of the operations are identical. Decals for the F6F-5 are from Techmod, for the Hellcat Mk.1 - standard ones from the kit. The identification marks are mostly painted. Two words about stands: – For the F6F-5, a mock-up of a hangar catapult was made, the kind that were used at one time on American aircraft carriers. I made it myself, mainly from polystyrene. The manufacturing process is also shown in the attached photographs. - For the Hellcat Mk.1, the base from the Eureka XXL was taken as a basis; all that remained was to paint it. Sorry for the automatic translation, enjoy watching.
  8. There is at least one . Looking again at the photo of the original, I decided that I had used the antenna from the kit in vain. I replaced the antenna and made a stand. Thanks for your feedback
  9. Greetings to all. The Hasegawa model is of venerable age, with perhaps its typical pros and cons: very poor detailing, but excellent execution of the panel lines, perfect joining, razor-thin edges. Some technological aspects of the assembly are of course also outdated (hello from the 90s), but all this did not disappoint at all, the model is pleasant and, in my opinion, is definitely the best for the 520. I didn’t photograph all the improvements in the process, and there weren’t that many of them, so I collected what was left in the photo into collages. The cockpit in the model is completely empty. I had a small etching board from Eduard, it is the same age as the model, so it also has a lot of shortcomings, but it helps out quite well in combination with available materials. Another relatively significant omission on the model is the landing gear niches (I see that these are also “family features” of Hasegawa models). Firstly, they have an irregular shape in cross-section (in the part where the stand is placed they are rectangular in cross-section), and secondly, the filling of the niches themselves is fictitious. Here, too, it was corrected partly by etching, partly by polystyrene. The rest of the modifications are already in the category of small things: tubes, hoses, technological holes, thinning of the edges, navigation lights made of colored plastic, etc. The tail unit has been “revitalized” a little - in photographs of the D.520 the rudders are often in this position. In addition to the mentioned etching, I used exhaust pipes from Quickboost, a vacuum canopy, a landing light from Elf, wheels from Kora (very low quality, I do not recommend). Riveted. Perhaps it was unnecessary, but I decided so. Painted with Tamiya acrylic and Hobby color. I mixed all the colors myself. Color accuracy is an extremely complex and hardly provable issue. Decals from Print scale. The unit of the pilot Rene Pomier-Layrargues, famous for the fact that he managed to shoot down Werner Melders, although the French pilot died in that battle, but Melders survived and continued his “career”. I painted the tricolor on the keel. Unfortunately, this time too there were some shortcomings, but overall I was pleased with the result, which is what I wish for all modellers. *Sorry for automatic translation
  10. Sorry for my english, but thanks a lot, man ;)
  11. Greetings to all. The Hasegawa model is of venerable age, poor in detail but at the same time with excellent panel lines, precision joining, thin edges. Therefore, in a sense, it is great for those who want to work with their hands and apply dexterity. At the same time, the prototype itself is very rich in details. Therefore, during the construction, a lot of aftermarket goods and even more parts made from scratch were used, most of which I think can be seen in the photo. The prototype is Captain Franco Lucchini's unit, a well-known aircraft among modellers, primarily because of its unusual paint scheme, which caught my attention. The plane was reconstructed at least twice, both times changing its appearance, and ultimately received half a wing and a hood from other aircraft. *Sorry for the automatic translation
  12. Thank you. After the release of the Arma Hobby set, the Academy set of course finally lost its relevance
  13. Greetings to everyone once again. Re.2000 in export version for the Hungarian Air Force, the Hungarian version of the name is Heja 1. The kit from SH contains a minimum of plastic, a lot of resin parts, a photo-etch board, a decal and two vacuum canopies. All the little things are shapeless pieces of plastic, so it was easier to make the small details yourself, the resin parts are also far from being of the best quality, and even the vacuum canopies had to be bathed in futura three times before they reached a relatively acceptable quality. And only the decal did not cause any complaints But not everything is so sad, I just had to work hard. So, in a nutshell, the following has been done: the rear support niche has been sawed out and made (the SH does not have one at all), and the support itself has also been made; the keel is cut and installed at the desired angle; The landing gear struts are made entirely from scrap materials, and the wheels are from Equipage; All deflectable surfaces of the wing and tail were cut off and rearranged, thick edges were ground off, and the ribs were restored; the antenna, radio equipment under a canopy, navigation lights, exhaust pipes along with fairings were made independently; a lot of different small things were added to the fuselage, pipes, breathers, air ducts, casings, etc. The jointing was restored anew. The engine deserves a separate description. The original one, although cast in resin and quite neat, looks like a toy. I turned to Vector products. Of what Vector has in 72nd scale, the most suitable for conversion is the French Gnome-Rhone GR-14. By replacing the gearbox housing, the GR-14 became a Piaggio P.XI, although the housing had to be slightly adjusted. The hood was cut and adjusted to accommodate the installation of the engine, which also made it possible to add more scale to its edges, make the necessary air channels under the cooling louvres, etc. Push rods, high-voltage wires were added, and at the final stage, three-beam supports for attaching the engine to the hood along the perimeter and a synchronizer were added rotation of the screw. The propeller spinner was also machined independently, because The shape of the standard one from the SH set does not correspond to the drawings. The model is riveted. Acrylic painting (Tamiya and Hobby Color). *Sorry for the automatic translation
  14. Thank you for your feedback and useful information. New sets from arma hobby - yes, we need to make an exception
  15. Thank you for your feedback on my models
  16. Hello everyone again. Mustang P-51B, pilot - Donald Beerbower What has been improved in the Academy set: Firstly, these are the landing gear bays. All manufacturers offer them in the wrong shape, because... plastic does not allow them to be cast in the required volume. The niches were completely cut out and built from scratch. The machine gun ports have been redesigned, arranged in a cascade and equipped with barrels made of syringe needles and metal tubes. The rear support was dismembered and also completely rebuilt using metal components. The rear support niche is also somewhat filled with parts. Oil and cooling radiators were made and filled with radiator niche parts. The main landing gear struts were also modified on our own - the shock absorber rods were replaced, and the two-link links were cut out. The cockpit was partially redone on our own, complemented by etching from Eduard. Mounted landing light, manufacturer - Elf, Navigation lights - pins made of drawn transparent sprue, painted with a mixture of futura and acrylic. Other additions include True Detail wheels, QuickBoost exhaust tips, and a Squadron vacuum canopy. The main identification marks are decals from KitsWorld, technical inscriptions are from Techmod. *Sorry for the automatic translation and thanks for watching.
  17. Hello, thanks for your feedback. I had to work hard on the ring. I cut out two masks from masking tape: one, in the shape of a horseshoe, in the center of the disk, and the second, larger one, on the outside of the ring
  18. Greetings. The model was assembled several years ago. There was a desire to assemble "Emil" in exactly this camouflage variant - RLM 70/71/65, therefore it was necessary to strive for a modification of the E-1. The prototype for construction was “suggested” by the Czech company REVI, which had a decal for the side of Lieutenant Egon Trocha in the desired camouflage. It was decided to make a conversion of the Tamiya E-3 kit, especially since not so many visible modifications were required, because the differences mainly concern the wing armament. For conversion to the E-1, the wing cannon sockets, fairings and hatch trim for them were removed. Then, in the reverse order, the machine gun nests were drilled out, and the hatches for them were made in a new way. The most significant additions to the kit were the resin cockpit, brass machine guns on the fuselage, tail unit, and vacuum canopy. The rest is on your own. Painted primarily with Gunze and Tamiya acrylics. Two words about the homemade stand - photos of the German airfield in Königsberg were taken as a basis, the size of the slabs is to scale, from the German standard. *Sorry for the automatic translation
  19. Greetings. The model was assembled several years ago. The old kit from Special Hobby was not easy to assemble, the contents of the cockpit are not true, empty landing gear niches, empty air ducts that are saturated in the P-40, and so on. Some castings are unsuitable in detail. I couldn’t find any third-party add-ons for the set from Special Hobby. Therefore, the modification work was not easy - in addition to significant modifications of my own, I used a lot of etched and resin products for other sets that had to be adapted for Special Hobby. Acrylic painting. Bottom surfaces are Tamiya Neutral Gray. The upper surfaces were first painted with “Olive drab” from Gunze, and on top of it – “Tan” from the same Gunze, after which “shabbyness” was done to the bottom color using “Worn effects” liquid from AK. *Sorry for the automatic translation
  20. Greetings. The model was assembled several years ago. Briefly about the construction: of the ready-made additions, I used only a small set of photo-etching from Eduard, which applied almost exclusively to the cockpit, while the canopy was still made in a closed version, since at that time it was not ready to work with “vacuum” products, but “ native” lantern is thick. Well, the barrels were replaced with brass ones from Aber, although the latter are also far from ideal in terms of the fact that the wing-mounted 13 mm machine guns should be in a perforated casing; I couldn’t imitate these casings myself. Otherwise, the same cockpit was subjected to the greatest modifications using available materials. Significantly altered the landing gear struts and flaps - reducing the thickness of the flaps, rods from medical needles, jumpers of the flaps, cut off and made again, because relatives do not reach the landing gear, the brake pipes are made of thin wire. The riveting has been improved in some places, unrealistic sagging of the fabric on mechanized surfaces has been removed, and the rudder contour has been trimmed. The 7.7 mm machine gun port on the fuselage is plugged, as it should be on the 52c modification. I drilled out the exhaust pipes as far as possible and worked on their shape, cut ventilation windows for cooling the oil tank and removed the thickness of the fuselage side in this place. Navigation lights from the CMK set. The shape and details of the air intake have been corrected, as well as some other minor details. In terms of the quality of the kit, I can list several shortcomings - this is the already mentioned undercut of the rudder contour; poor fit between the wing and the fuselage (I removed the shelves above the wing, a gap along the bottom of the fuselage); These also include landing gear flaps. Painted primarily with Tamiya acrylics. I didn’t use Academy decals; they turned out to be very inconvenient to use; they were replaced with decals from AML. *Sorry for the automatic translation
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