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  1. Thanks a lot Jb65rams, it seems a great alternative, I really don't like traffic jams and I don't mind to walk at all……….. but it would be handy to have the car nearby to drop all those things that we will have to buy after just realizing that we cannot live without them anymore…. Cheers
  2. Thank you very much John for your time and all the info, Looking forward for the show, see you there.
  3. Thanks a lot, Neilh, I am bit worried we have an old pick-up (longer car) and is not any car parks we can use (multi-level ones are normally complicated). When you say very early, what time you would say the Centre car park is still accessible without long queues? What time would start the queues on the entrance for IPMS members?
  4. It is really a beauty, great work, specially knowing the kit you have started with. The BT-1 is such an appealing plane and you made justice to that. Pre-war US navy airplanes are just so interesting and with fantastic references available, as the Ginter books, to make our lives easy (or some times more difficult, accordingly with the kit), they are simply irresistible! Well done!
  5. Hi to all, Last time we were at SMW was in 2008 and I believe things have changed a bit, would you know what time we should arrive to easily find a parking space on the TIC parking itself, on saturday ? For what I understood there is no more under the table sales, is that correct? Thanks in advance,
  6. Hello all, This is one of my dad's builds, finished about a month ago. The kit has gone through extensive modifications: -re-profiling of wing-tips -opening of engine cowling slots and modification of cowling -kit engines extensively modified -trim tabs replaced -wing trailing edges thinned -fabric effect reduced on all flying control surfaces -scratchbuild windshield, interior and mk 101 cannon -canopy replaced -blast tubes added -resin wheels and exhausts Decals are from Exito. Happy Modelling!
  7. Thank you all for your kind words. 112 Squadron, I did not know Academy had corrected their error, we must have had an old boxing. Thanks for the info. François, merci pour votre gentillesse, whilst building the thunderbolt, I looked at many pictures of it, and to me it seemed that the back part of the cockpit was a lighter shade of green than the fuselage, this was especially noticeable to me in b&w pictures, but I also saw a few pictures where it seemed to be the same color, so in the end, I chose to paint it interior green based on the pictures showing a lighter shade of green, of course I may be wrong. This is exactly the reason why I choose to display my models on this site, it is to get constructive criticism and learn new things about the subjects of the models I am building. Thanks again, Oompa Loompa
  8. Hello all, this is my latest completion, Arma Hobby's 1/72 F4F-4 Wildcat, built in the markings of John.L ."Smitty" Smith's aircraft, White 2 (Guadalcanal, 1943). This kit was the most complex one I've built yet, there were lots of small and thin parts for the internal structure and landing gear (which I broke by accident, but managed to fix by inserting a metal pin to reinforce it). The detail in the kit is great and the engine is fantastic. The model was painted with Ak real colors acrilycs; the decals used are the kits', though I modified the numbers because this scheme doesn't come in the box. The model was weathered with a silver pencil, tamiya weathering powders and tamiya enamel washes. The aftermakets used were eduard PE and brass tube for the gun barrels. The figure is from the CMK set, US Navy F6F Hellcat Pilot and Mechanic Hope you enjoy it! Oompa Loompa
  9. Thank you all for your kind comments. Robertone139, sorry for the delay of my response. The canopy is the original kit part, which I just dipped in future to make it clearer. I was also surprised with how thin the canopy was, it's much better than the hasegawa canopy for their 1/72 zero, which is much too thick. Cheers, Oompa Loompa
  10. Thank you all for your kind words, this was my first japanese build, and I was quite pleased with the result. Pat, your A6M2 looks great, drilling out the holes in the seat adds finesse to the model, I'm sure your end result will be great! Oompa Loompa
  11. Hello all, This is my latest build, it's Tamiya's 1/72 A6M5 Zero. The fit of the kit was perfect, like all other Tamiya kits (in my experience). The model was painted with Ak real colors and Tamiya acrilycs, the yellow band on the leading edge and markings on the propeller were painted. I initially wanted to build Saburo Sakai's aircraft, inspired by his biography "Samurai!"; but I discovered that the Peddinghaus decals I had were wrong (dimensionally) and the other ones I had from an AJ Press Zero book were bad as well. So after some research I decided to do an aircraft from the 203 kokutai, at Omura airbase in Nagasaki, August 1945, from the Rising Decals sheet Zero pt.V, I decided to depict the aircraft with the tail number of it's first owner. The decals went on wonderfully. Some aftermarkets were used: Brengun Pe, a Yahu models instrument panel, master model 20mm canons and resin machine guns. The weathering was done with Tamiya enamel washes and powders, and a silver pencil for chipping effects. Hope you enjoy it! Next up is Arma hobby's F4F-4 Wildcat!
  12. Thank you all for your kind words and I am sorry for the poor photography (we need to improve our lighting). The Airfix kit is a good kit, with some very nice features and shapes but not without some annoyances: as the vinyl-ish soft plastic, the ill-fitting of the nose clear parts and specially the appalling fitting of the wing leading edge light clear covers. The top clear hatch behind the pilot’s canopy (bad fitting) was replaced by clear plastic, sanded and polished. The B-25Bs used on the raid were relatively new machines. I used future on the clear parts and some polishing. Aircraft windows were constantly cleaned and polished, doesn’t matter the state of weathering of the airframe (with rare exceptions, as always), especially on WW II warplanes (visual combat), where spotting the enemy first could be difference between life and death. To save weight, the B-25B armament and ammunition for the Doolittle raid was reduced drastically, leaving only 3 guns on board: the top turret .50 guns (2x) and the 0.30 flexible (1) mount nose gun (stowed on the right side of the bombardier station for take-off). The tail cone Perspex had painted ".50" broomsticks and painted gun channels to look like tail defence guns. I scratch built a .30 machine gun and its stowing harness on the nose compartment. (I will try to take a detail photo of it). The simpler bomb sight “Mark Twain” used on the raid was scratch built as well. The thread on the original kit tires were made smooth to replicate the ones used on the raid. Pitot tube, tail skid, antenna masts and all guns were replaced. There is a lot of subtle weather done but our lighting doesn't help. If you need any other information or I can be of any help, please let me know.
  13. Excellent work! The paint job looks great and the attention to detail is impressive.
  14. Hello all, This model was built by my dad, it represents one of the B-25s that took part in the Doolittle Raid on April 18th 1942, 80 years ago this year. The model was painted with AK real colors, Gunze and Tamiya acrilycs. Dk decals were used along with the kit's own decals and PE was used for the interior. The kit was weathered with Tamiya enamel washes and a fine silver pencil for chipping effects. Numerous scratch-built improvements were added to the model. Hope you enjoy, Comments welcome! me!
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