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Pauls9cb

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  1. It's a shame Eduard seem to have had a blind spot when it comes to the radiator/water feed/return pipes for the Mercedes engines of rhese 1/48 scale German scouts.I 'm in the middle of one of their Pfalz DIII models where the pipes are absent as with your DIIIa.Fortunately, I'd just finished one of their 1/48 scale Albatros DIII kits where the problem also existed. I used some 15 amp fuse wire to mimic the compound curves needed on the Albatros which look quite realistic in this scale and will do the same with the Pfalz, Even though both the Eduard kits I started date from some time back, it's bizarre that Eduard has omitted some details that are so evident on the real thing when it comes to packaging a representative kit which otherwise seems to come together quite well with a bit of care and bodgery. Paul
  2. You've made a great job on this Wurger. Love the paint finish. There's some great pics Wenger took from his cockpit on the Jabo missions 10/JG 2 performed over 1942/43 in Chris Goss' book on this unit's ops and those of 10/JG 26 while the rest of the Jagdwaffe were otherwise engaged in Russia and the Med.
  3. I guess it's like lots of manufacturer's models. Budgets, technology, research all play a role in coming up with the "perfect-ish" kit which is likely always to fall short of the rivet counters' standards. I did one of Eduard's E-3 1/32 scale kits as the same a/c as shown in the pic I posted but did it buttoned up since my fingers and eyesight would've compromised it otherwise. Thing is, Eduard had moulded the pipe inlet/outlet connections on the glycol tank itself but probably thought taking it further, even in the Brassin package, was a step too far. Whatever the logic of this or a more detailed approach, yours is an Adolf Galland model to be proud of. Paul
  4. It's a lovely model which you've blessed with a lot of detail to improve on Eduard's 1/32 series of the Emil. I've generally shied away from leaving the engine covers open on the models I've made. Call it laziness perhaps but I did one of Airfix 1/24 scale Emils some years back and decided to have the top covers removable so did a lot of pic research on the DB 601 to try to make something useful out of Airfix's rather dated lump of plastic. There are a variety of reasonably good pics of von Werra's E-4 being examined by RAF techies. One element that hit me was the pipework connecting the glycol tank to the engine block. I've attached a pic of my old Airfix model to show you how much they stand out despite the other blunders I made. Just a thought. Paul
  5. Adding to Tony Edmundson's earlier comment about the ailerons, my understanding was that the F1s and the early Dr 1s had ailerons of type a and that later in the production run a different type (Type b) were fitted. The difference was that with type a, the aileron chord gradually increased from the inboard point where it joined the uper wing mid section, created by having the aileron rib nearest the mid section shorter than the 5 outer aileron ribs. In tpe b, all the aileron ribs had the same chord. Nobody seems clear why or when the change was made, but the effect was a slight increase in the ailerons' area and a resulting increase in sensitivity. Examples are also known where both type a and type b ailerons were fitted while in service, Dr 1 144/17 W Nr 1856 being one well illustrated example. There were also some internal strengthening fittings to the upper wing following the withdrawal from service of the first batch of Dr 1s after serious and fatal wing failures. I guess some of these may have been visible through the wing fabric but that's perhaps too much detail. Paul Leaman's book goes into much detail on a lot of this. Well worth it if you can find one. Paul
  6. That's a lovely job. You've got a great model there. I've probably built too many 109Es in various scales but inevitably I'll go back to one of these big Airfix 109s, despite how badly they hold up against more recent offerings in smaller scales from a variety of manufacturers. I've got one on the shelf that I hope to get round to eventually, aiming to correct as many of the shortcomings of this early kit as possible. I did one a dozen years ago that made some efforts in this direction but hope to do better next time.
  7. Some 7 years back, I was asked by an old friend to complete this same Hachette kit. Fortunately, he had been pretty meticulous in keeping the issues he had (most) and had done a lot of build work as well. He'd just been tempted to move on to another project. Anyway, since the Triplane is such an evocative WW1 fighter, I persevered and even put a post on BM at the time but haven't been able to unearth it today. One of the big problems I encountered was that many of the smaller parts were in this very brittle alloy (zamaq I think) which dimply disintegrated when treated without kid gloves. I also found that, while the kit could turn into a quite presentable replica of the Dr1, it really lacked accurate detail which I found irritating enough to replace and add to with scratchbuilt bits and pieces. It can be quite rewarding if you persevere but I'm unsure about finding the parts you're apparently lacking. I think I may still have the kit's decals and red film covering somewhere if that's any use. I've attached a couple of pics of the one I finished which now resides in Spain with the son of the old chap for whom I built it. Lots of luck Paul
  8. Thanks for all the kind words guys. I'm unsure how accurate the Fujimi fuselage dimensions are. I built these 2 (and another one) about 16 years ago before Eduard turned their attention to the E variant then the C and Ds. At the time I was a bit more concerned with getting the camo and markings as accurate as I could without analysing the dimensions too much. I've attached acouple of larger pics for those (like myself) whose eyesight has suffered over the years. Paul
  9. An Eduard 1/48 Profipack Messerschmitt Bf 110 D kit has been on my shelf for several years, originally intended as a replacement for a Fujimi kit I'd made 15 years ago, depicting one of the Bf 110s that was shot down in the evening of the 15th August 1940, landing some 6 miles away from where in live, just outside Eastbourne. My BoB interests had drawn me into a fascination with the operational experimental unit, Erprobungsgruppe 210 (Erpro 210), fed by a regular diet of John Vasco's books which detail much of this unit's operational history. Erpro 210 was heavily involved in pinpoint bombing missions againt Britain as the air offensive gathered pace after Adlertag on the 13th August 1940, but suffered several telling losses on the evening of the 15th August after attacking Croydon airfield in Surrey instead of their intended target, Kenley, a few miles northeast, also in Surrey. It was one of the Stab flight Bf 110s that came down near Eastbourne that evening and that particular aircraft has been well documented in both contemorary photos and later profiles. The pilot of this aircraft was the Group Technical Officer, Lt Karl-Heinz Koch. Perhaps one of the more important Luftwaffe casualties that evening however was the Gruppenkommandeur, Hauptmann Walter Rubensdoerffer, whose aircraft was attacked by a variety of Hurricanes as it completed its attack on Croydon and attempted to head home. Rubensdoerffer's aicraft (S9+AB W Nr 3338) was brought down near Rotherfield south of Tunbridge Wells, the coup de grace having arguably been administered by PO Byron (Ron) Duckenfield from 501 Squadron, who used the last of his ammunition on what he perceived to be Dornier 215 which crashed south of Tunbridge Wells, such misidentifications being commonplace at the time. The German aircraft was destroyed in the ensuing fire, with the result that I've never come across a contemporary photo of Rubensdoerffer's Bf 110, either before or after its final flight. So I decided I would try to model the Eduard kit I had as Rubensdoerffer's aircraft and leave the resulting model open to the informed critique of the modelling community. I'm a modeller who loves the detail of the aircraft I attempt to portray, usually finding my ham-fisted efforts lead me into all kinds of compromises and disappointing outcomes. The Eduard kit has several issue which have been detailed by many others but, needless to say, my ineptitude created various stumbling blocks along the way, not least of which was the number of tiny parts that were consumed by the carpet monster and had to be scratchbuilt or left out. I could also have done without the inclusion in the kit contents of both the C variant and D variant fuselage halves. The excitement of having completed the detailed cabin modules for both the pilot and his radio operator/gunner led me to overlook this important element which needed a bit of surgery once the realiisation hit me. The kit's main wheels also seem to be those used on the later E and later variants, so I used some aftermarket parts that seemed to be the ones used of the early C and D models. I also failed miserably when it came to suitable surgery and masking up of the cockpit canopy. Even though the Eduard clear sprues offer several excellent options for different canopy positions, I finally had to resort to an aftermarket vac form canory which looks OK if a bit scratched gere and there. Another word of advice relates to the shade of Stab Green used for the individual aircraft letter and the spinner tips. On a previous Bf 110 C model from another Zerstoerer Stab unit, I'd mixed my own colours but decided that for this model, I'd rely on AIMS 48D014 decal sheet which deals with various Stab Bf 110s. When I finally got round to adding the fuselage decals, the shade of green from this decal sheet looked much too bright for my taste, with the result that a bit of careful painting was required with a mix I felt more appropriate. It may just be me, but I'd be interested to hear any other thoughts. Anyway, the model's now finieshed and joins the other 2 Bf 110s that came down around Eastbourne in the summer of 1940, both of these being based on the Fujimi 1/48 scale kit. The Eduard kit is by far the better kit but I've got lots of parts still in the box. The 3 Fujimis are shown below.
  10. Always interesting to see a JG 2 Emil without all the stippling that typified their camo as the war moved on after Poland/France etc. Great attention to detail and superb photo background. Well done! Paul.
  11. There's a great book on German fighter-bomber operations during WW2 by Chris Goss - Luftwaffe Fighter-Bombers over Britain (ISBN 0-947554-97-1), in which Frank Liesendahl figures quite prominently. It's well researched and very readable for anyone interested in the subject, particularly the so-call Tip and Run campaign during 1942/43. Well worth a look. Paul
  12. That's a great build. Liesendahl was credited with changing the previously reluctant attitude of Jagdwaffe fighter pilots towards the idea that their nimble a/c could be effectively used in surprise pinpoint Jabo strikes against predominantly coastal targets in Britain from 1941 onwards. The British defense structure was ill-equipped to deal with these relatively small attacks which had an altogether disproportionate effect in relation to the losses that the Jagdwaffe suffered. Liesendahl developed his own particular approach to dropping bombs accurately and lost his life during onne of these attacks in the Portland area, a victim of the eventual well-rehearsed AA defences that were developed to counter partially the effectiveness of these surprise attacks undertaken by JG 2 in the western Channel and JG 26 in the Dover Straits. A great re-entry to the modelling fraternity. I suspect you're potentaially infected by the modelling bug again, Well done. Paul
  13. Hi ArtickWarspite - That's very interesting. I'd failed to find much (as was quite normal for combat reports and ORBs of the time - to find much about the a/c id letters and hadn't put together the list of serial numbers that Percy flew. My interest was from a very local perspective when I decided to chronicle all the a/c that came down in the area during the BoB which formed the basis of my first book (Beachy Head! Angels 20). The following might be of interest which is the bulk of the info on 249 Squadron on 27/9/40 I could unearth back in 2007/08. I agree with your overall approach to presenting models with the historical background, which adds so much depth to the end product, i.e. the model itself. 249 Squadron Sept/Oct 1940 Known aircraft and markings 6/9/40 S/L John Grandy shot down by 109s over Maidstone in GN-J (R4229). 7/9/40 F/O Pat HV Wells baled out wounded from GN-0 (P3594) over Faversham. Tom Neil frequently flew GN-F (V7313), which was lost over the Thames Estuary while he was on leave flown by Frenchman Adjutant Georges Perrin on 12/10/40. 28/9/40 P/O A Gerald Lewis baled out burned over Faversham from GN-R (V6617). 11/10/40 P/O JJ Solak crashed GN-Z (V6728) on landing. Station Commander Victor Beamish flew GN-B A Flight numbers ran from A – M. B Flight numbers ran from N – Z. Squadron structure for morning of 27/9/40 A Flight Red section Red 1 P/O H. John S. Beazley Red 2 Bentley Beard or Burton Red 3 Sgt. G.Charles (Titch).C. Palliser Yellow section Yellow 1 “Butch” Barton? Yellow 2 P/O Tom F. Neil (Ginger). Said to have commented that he was flying GN C but others suggest C was flown by George Barclay. Yellow 3 P/O Keith.T. Lofts B Flight Blue 1 Sgt. J.B. Mills Blue 2 Possibly P/O A.Gerald. Lewis (GN-R V6617?) Blue 3 ? Green section Green 1 P/O J.R.Bryan. Meaker Green 2 Sgt. H.J. Davidson (“Appy Arry”) Green 3 P/O P.A. Worrall Others Denis Parnall “Ozzie” Crossey “Boost” Fleming George Barclay Cheers - Paul
  14. They look great and the figures are cunningly modelled to mimic the well-known pic of these 2 brave pilots from 249 Squadron. Percy Burton's last encounter was not far from where I live and when I tried to do his Hurri in 1/48 scale, no-one, not even the experts on 249 Squadron could id the individual a/c letter. Both Brian Cull and Tom Neil were unable to clarify this, similarly the 249 OPs of the time. Did you find some other source for these two models' id letters? Paul .
  15. They're both great looking modelsand you've a keen eye for the detail. Paul
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