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Hubert last won the day on July 11 2017

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  1. Polish Insignia were correctly applied, due to the fact, that it has been done by the Polish, not by the French. That indicates also, that it was a Polish machine, not French. There is a lot of debris around the remains of the fuselage, but the fact that the wing has been put in the other corner of the hangar suggests, that it could burn somewhere else and later moved into the hangar. Many thanks for all comments, very much appreciated :) Best, Hubert
  2. That's an interesting note indeed. However, I don't think it was the case. The fate of SP-BPM in May and June 1940 is unknown to me, no sources available. What we know is that in the beginning of May 1940 the British wanted to buy two Polish L-14s, SP-BNF (which was actually sold to BOAC), and SP-BPM, which was to be ferried from France by British pilots. Apart from the photos mentioned at the beginning, taken by the Germans after they entered Paris, there is an also interesting note at the website devoted to air accidents (https://www.asndata.aviation-safety.net/database/record.php?id=19400699-0), where one can read that the plane was probably damaged (shot down?) near Paris on June 15, 1940 and captured by the Germans in a irreparable state. No source of this information. Or maybe the plane was destroyed in the hangar, where it was standing, grounded with a damaged engine (as some sources say), not known since when? The heavy bombing of Paris took place on June 3rd , there are the reports of bombs that fell behind Le Bourget airport, followed by smoke from five fires. Probably it was when some of the the planes in the hangars burned down, including Potez in the photo taken by a German tourist / aviator on June 14, 1940 at the earliest. However, I did not find in the network (newspapers, etc.) reports of further bombings of Le Bourget in June of 1940, especially by the British RAF. On June 12th, the Germans were negotiating with the French, and on the 13th Paris was declared an open city. The Germans entered Paris on 14th. I guess that the wreckage of the SP-BPM was first placed in separate pieces in the already damaged hangar and then dragged outside as the other wrecks were gradually removed for scrapping - see the photo of the wing in the hangar surrounded by other debris, and then outside. What the French wanted to achieve by moving these wrecks, it's hard to say. Although after June 14th , these decisions could already had been made by the new "administrators". One more photo, the interior just before closing the fuselage. More photos and full story at my blog. Thanks for all comments, glad that you like it
  3. Thanks! It's the A-29/PBO-1 Hudson "Hudson in USAAF & US Navy" MPM Production kit Nr. 72541
  4. My inspiration: Lockheed L-14H Super Electra ex SP-BPM, June 1940, France. Or better said, its sad remains. Pictures from here and Odkrywca.pl forum. I've used the A-29 / PBO-1 Hudson, released for the first time in 2010, which fitted my needs because of the additional frame with the engines and their covers appropriate for a Polish L-14H. A typical short-run from those years, quite "soapy" details, simplifications, poor fit, specific geometry. In addition, many versions of the aircraft can be made from one box, including the civilian Super Electra - which has its consequences in making it difficult to build (additional parts matching challenges). A resin cockpit made by CMK, control yokes made of some wire and Plastruct profiles, a wall between the cockpit and the passenger compartment with its doors, seats in the cabin (from Ju-52), and Eduard seat-belts, luggage nets over the seats, imitation of the air vents, new wall and doors between the passenger compartment, and the toilet. New entrance doors with the window were made of HIPS and clear acetate sheet. The nose part did not match the width and shape of the cross section of the fuselage, it had to be adjusted and lot of putty went here, it was also too pointed – this was corrected as well. This section was devoid of any panel lines, these had to be scribed on, as were the other panel lines specific to the civilian Super Electra, especially the luggage compartments. I also riveted in the whole airframe, one can hardly see it but that's OK. Glazing of the pilot's cabin made according to the photos of the actual machine, also the upper part has got the windows, but unlike the ones in the Hudson - the windows are smaller, the frames of the upper part of the glazing are flat and wider. I have also added the air deflectors on the windshield. I replaced the wheels with resin parts from CMK (for the P-51D Mustang in 1:48th scale), with the appropriate pattern tread. They are a bit skinny and small, but it does not spoil the final appearance too much. I tried to make the hubcaps similar to those from the SP-BPM photos. Also added the position lights on the wingtips and the tail (it was necessary to file the strange bulge proposed in this place by MPM), and the fuel dump installation. Painted with Lifecolor paints. That's it. I enjoyed the build very much, as well as revealing history behind this particular camouflage scheme, applied to the SP-BPM in France in March of 1940. Best, Hubert
  5. In case of Re.2005 that was my intention - looking at the photos one can't see much wear and tear on the upper surfaces, while I haven't been able to find any pics showing the bottom. So I assumed that they kept them quite clean where easily available, but didn't care so much for the bottom surfaces, less available for clean-up. Buying both is a good idea, as these kits are different in many ways, including SH much more detailed in the cockpit. And indeed, to me Re.2005 was the most beautiful of the whole "5" series Italian WW2 fighters. Thanks for all replies, much appreciated. Best regards Hubert
  6. Finished, just in time - Re.2000 from Special Hobby has just arrived, there will be another Italian in the collection. Re.2005 from Special Hobby will wait its turn. As for Re.2005 from Sword, I can recommend the model to every fan of Italian aviation. Nicely detailed (e.g. resin exhausts make a great impression), but without a deterrent exaggeration, fit is OK, and despite the fact that some details are vague (the barrel outlets in the top engine cover are probably the worst), I rate the model as a strong 4 on the five-point scale. I did not add much from myself, some tube in the cockpit, barrels made of brass tubes, antenna installation (Uschi line 0.02 mm, insulators from a cosmetic stick). The entire airframe was riveted on the basis of a template from the available plans. Painted with MRP and Lifecolor paints. Washes from MW, pigments from AK. Hope you like it :)
  7. What a beauty! Nice and clean. Like a lot. Can I ask for more of such models? Thank you!
  8. On September 1, 1939, six PZL.43A aircraft prepared for shipment to Bulgaria were unpacked and assembled. Some of these planes (4?) were sent to the Bielany airfield , where on 4 September 1939 they were taken over by pilots of the 41st reconnaissance squadron of the Modlin Army. These aircraft performed reconnaissance and combat flights, attacking columns of German troops in the area of army operations. However, all of them were destroyed by the Germans. The last of them crashed on September 12, 1939, during landing at the airport in Brest on the Bug, the aircraft was already damaged after being shot at by Messerschmitt Bf 109E. This is the machine depicted here. Incorrectly turned Polish chessboard on the wing is correct - mechanics were in a hurry and not everything went according to the rules. Now the kit. Mirage Hobby did a fine job as regards the project but the quality of molds is a mixed bag. Some parts are excellent (the fuselage, interior), some not that good (the wings), some just poor (like the engine cowling, which was a short shot). Overall, a demanding kit recommended to at least medium experienced modelers. I have encountered big problems with the paint masks and it is still visible, despite my efforts to recover (when I removed the masking tape, most of the paint on the canopy frames pulled off with the tape, and the tape itself left ugly remains of glue…). Probably I delayed their removal for too long. Painted with Hataka paints, rivetted, added photo etched parts from Eduard in the interior, and the gun tubes from Aber. So, after four years of struggle, here it is. Hope you like it.
  9. Nicely done, a vacform kit, that's a challenge itself. As for the Buigarian scheme, three was a two colour scheme on the top od wings and tail. Here it is well visible: And this is my interpretation, resin Planet Models kit. Best regards Hubert
  10. Well, my first thought was that this plane had so short career in New Zealand, that it wouldn't be probable to be repainted. The second thought was that it was bought and repainted in England by two men, who wanted to sell it in New Zealand, so my guess was that each painted the other side. On the other hand, when I look closer at the photos of this plane it seams that those showing the left side of the plane seem to show the right landing gear dark with these silver stripes. So - not sure at all, you may be right. At the Wings Over New Zealand website Peter Lewis wrote The aircraft was painted in quite an avant garde colour scheme with the name ‘Kiwi’ prominently painted on the port engine cowl. Avant garde - all red with silver stripes does not match this term I think. So right or wrong - it is as it is, I can turn it on the shelf once to the right, once to the left - I will have two models instead of one Thanks for all comments.
  11. The Dora Wings kit went very nicely - fairly well fitting parts, almost no flash on the parts - but some short shots also happened, especially on the ailerons. Built straight from the box, using the etched fret also from the box. Decals did a great job (especially the silver stripes). The model is definitely worth the interest, but I would not recommend it to beginner modelers. Painted with Mr. Hobby H33 and Dark Aluminum from the Vallejo Metal Color series. Weathering (very moderate) with use of Dark Earth and Smoke pigments and Engine Oil from AK. Here it is, hope you like it
  12. Oh no, it's missing! I replaced the seat with the Eduard's photoetched one, and haven't noticed until now, that it had no headrest. Will have to do something with it, great many thanks for posting this comment And thanks for all the nice comments, happy that you like it! Best regards Hubert
  13. North American F-86F Sabre "Mike's Bird", 39th Fighter Interceptor Squadron, Suwon, Summer 1953, pilot Captain Charles McSwain. Mix of Academy, Print Scale and Techmod decals, wheels and cockpit details from Eduard, painted with Gunze's Super Fine Silver. The other metallic shades came from Vallejo Metal Color line. My first completion in 2020, hope you like it Best regards Hubert
  14. Well, to be true that kit is a dog. Lot of adjustments, filling and filing necessary. Patience required in gargantuan amounts. But I'm afraid no alternative if one wants a large scale Hawk on the shelf without building it from the scratch. Thanks for all your nice comments, so glad you like it Hubert
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