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  1. Well its funny that checking the moderator logs both of you post from the same IP address?
  2. For an Army one there is really only the Airfix one. Depending on the Mark you want there are aftermarket sets to back date it,
  3. About right, My Dad admits to rolling a couple
  4. P-51B Mustang (70041) 1:72 ARMA Hobby Originally developed to fulfil a British requirement for new fighter aircraft, the unmistakable North American P-51 Mustang famously went from drawing board to first flight in just 178 days. It went on to become one of the most famous and successful aircraft of the Second World War. Transformed by the addition of Rolls Royce’s legendary Merlin engine, the Mustang went from strength to strength and was eventually developed into several variants. Even though the D model is the most recognised the earlier models were still great aircraft. The B & C were the first to use the Merlin engine which gave better performance over 15000 ft. They were known in RAF service as the Mustang III. The B models were built at Inglewood and the C models which were identical were built in Dallas. The RAF decided that the original hinged canopy did not offer enough visibility for operations and the British corporation R Malcolm & Co designed a sliding bulged canopy for the aircraft which then became known as the Malcom Hood. The search for better all round visibility would lead to the later P-51D, however some pilots are said to have preferred the Malcom hooded P-51B/D than the later P-51D as it was lighter and had better handling, one of the downsides was only 4 guns as opposed to the D's six. Exiting the B/C in an emergency was also said to be easier than the D. The Kit This is a new tool kit from ARMA Hobby which seems to have garnered good reviews. It really also was time we had a new tool B/C in 1/72. The kit is a rebox of the P-51B/C which we reviewed here but here comes without the PE of the earlier kit; however tape masks are included here (but now pictured in the review). The kit arrives on two main sprues, a clear sprue, and sheet of decals. The quality of the parts is first rate, all surfaces feature fine engraved panel lines, there is a great deal of moulded in detail in the fuselage and main wheel wells. Bombs and two types of drop tanks are provided for the wings. Due to the different options being provided from the kit its worth while checking the instructions for these before starting work. Construction starts in the cockpit. The frame for the seat is built up and added to the floor with the seat then being fitted. Belts here are provided as decals. The fuel tank is installed behind the seat with the radios going on top. The control column is added in front of the seat. Next up the instrument panel and its coaming are built up. with instruments being provided as decals. Work then moves to the inside of the fuselage with side parts going in, again here decals are provided for more details. The main radiator is assembled, following this it can be installed in the right fuselage half, along with additional controls and the tail wheel compartment parts. More parts and details are added to the left fuselage half. Once all of this is complete the tail wheel and cockpit can be installed, and the fuselage closed up. Moving onto the wings, the wing spar part is installed along with the parts for the main wheel well. These are installed into upper wing, and the two wing parts can be assembled. The separate flaps can then be added. The wings can then be mated to the fuselage. Following this at the rear of the fuselage the tail and tailplanes can be added. The main landing gear can then be made up and fitted. At the front of the fuselage the chin intake, propeller; and exhaust are added., with two different styles of exhaust stacks being included. Different canopies are provided for the model, though for the main decal options in this kit only the Malcom Hood will be used. The normal canopy being used for the bonus decal option. There are parts for this canopy to be open or closed as needed. A slightly larger Malcom hood is supplied for the slid back option. Then if needed bombs or drop tanks can be fitted to the wings as needed. Markings There are printed by Techmod so should pose no problems. 4 marking option are provided for the kit (plus a bonus option); "Old Crow" 43-248423 B6-S, Cpt Clarence "Bud" Anderson, 363rd Fighter Sqn, 357th Fighter Group June/July 1944 "The Mighty Midget" 43-6964 C3-G, Lt James H Clark, 382nd Fighter Sqn, 363rd Fighter Group, Maupertus, France July 1944 "Geronimo" 42-106473 G4-N, Cpt John Pugh, 362nd Fighter Sqn, 357th Fighter Group, July 1944 "Patty Ann II" 42-106872, John F Thornell Jr. 328th Fighter Sqn, 352nd Fighter Group, Bodney 1944 The Bonus option for the kit is "Geronimo" in its early 1944 fit with the original canopy and red/yellow nose. Conclusion It is great to see this important aircraft being kitted by a new manufacturer. The kit seems to have been very well received by modellers. Very Highly recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  5. Regarding DBG in about 1979/80 my dad recalls a Land rover ambulance being rolled (quite common im told) and they took the body off to fit to a chassis from storage and the chassis was still in its original DBG.
  6. Looking at this photo I would say unpainted composite
  7. In 1/48 Brigade models do a conversion for the Academy kit https://www.scalemates.com/kits/brigade-models-bkc48003-mcdonnell-f4h-1-phantom-ii-prototype--1176279 https://www.scalemates.com/products/img/2/7/9/1176279-12741-78-720.jpg
  8. Cheers mate, whatever you want on this one. No "fun" from Fundekals here!
  9. Up to you mate, we have had no complaints, and if you bought them for your build then I can see no reason you can’t use them.
  10. Don’t worry we are not blaming you, you only posted up what was freely available else where on the internet.
  11. No this is not true you were asked to provide reason and description for your links not just post a link without it.
  12. We have had to remove your picture due to a copyright complaint from Jennings Heilig of fundekals
  13. Could not find any for the Shin, had to get the scripts from someone who had already made them up for another party, I was luck there. Can you use decal fix on the originals?
  14. I posted a box of kits to New Zealand for less than that!
  15. This is still a very nice kit, worth noting that its the later version in this kit with the Parabrake tail.
  16. Douglas C-47 Skytrain (A08014) Airfix 1/72 Famed for its part in the D-Day assault into Northern France and folklore status in civil aviation history, the C-47 first flew in civilian guise in 1935 as the DST on the request of a sleeper aircraft for American Airlines based on the successful DC-2. The primary purpose for the aircraft was to provide East-West flights across the US in less than 24 hours. The DST became more famously known as the DC-3 when the sleeper arrangement was replaced by seats. Only one year later, KLM were taking the DC-3 from Amsterdam to Sydney, Australia to replace its DC-2’s on that route. Production of the DC-3 surprisingly ended in 1942 with only 600 airframes; however the demand for the aircraft was overtaken by the military for the transport role due to its excellent capacity and cabin uninterrupted by the wing spar due to the low wing layout. Only minor modifications were made to the C-47 including a reinforced floor and cargo door allowing wider loads to be carried. It could carry 6000lb of load such as a Jeep, a 37mm cannon, 28 fully loaded soldiers or 14 stretchers and medical staff. With this incredible flexibility, over 10,000 C-47 & C-53’s were built with production ending in 1945. Attempts were made later on to introduce a Super C-47, but the huge number of ex-military aircraft after the war meant that there were affordable alternatives for the airlines to purchase. This aircraft has had an incredible career with many still flying today, many in extreme climates. Over 50 versions were built and it’s been operated by around 100 hundred nations and many varied airlines, in every corner of globe. The kit This was originally released for the 70th anniversary of D-Day, the aircraft has been tooled before by ESCI and Italeri and boxing’s of these by ESCI, Airfix, Italeri and Revell, this is the first new tooling since the early 1980’s and it is most welcome. Packed in the new style sturdy red box with stunning digital artwork by Alan Tooby, first impressions are very pleasing. There are 5 light grey sprues, a clear one obviously and an impressive instruction sheet that really adds to the quality presentation. Panel lines are of the recessed design and whilst heavier than your typical Hasegawa or Tamiya kit, aren’t as excessive as you might read about. Assembly starts with the interior as you’d probably expect. The cockpit and rear cabin interior are very nicely detailed with pilot and co-pilot figures included too (though these do seem a bit anemic). The instrument panel only has a decal option for the instruments, although not much will be seen once assembled anyway. The diagrams in the instructions are excellently drawn using colour to assist in clarifying assembly stages. The rear cabin is fitted out with bench type seats as an option, however you may choose to have a stripped out cargo area by omitting those. There are ejector marks on the interior surface, however I suspect that they won't be that visible once the kit has been put together. Assembly of the interior looks to be very straight forwards, with the whole assembled section being sandwiched between the fuselage halves. With the fuselage joined up, the lower wing mid section is fixed in place with a spar to reinforce the wing structure. There are a few strange assembly steps in this kit which caught my attention. The first being separate upper wing roots that need fitting before the upper wings are attached. I’m not sure why they aren’t just moulded as part of the fuselage. A nice little touch is the addition of oil tanks inside the nacelles that will be on show when looking in to the main gear bays and detailed rear engine bulkhead for the same reason. Detailing across the wing surface is predominantly represented with recessed panel lines with various raise details such as the wing kink reinforcing plates. Whilst these are obviously not scale accurate, they give a good representation of the panelling. The fabric effect on the ailerons and tail feathers is well moulded giving a good contrast to the metallic surfaces. The engine detail is quite well dealt with; the only thing that lets them down is lack of texture to represent the ribbed air cooling surfaces of the cylinders, similar to those found on the Lancaster B.II. Both banks of cylinders and the gearbox come as separate components that are to be mounted between the two nacelle halves. The undercarriage can be positioned in the raised or lowered position and of course has the option for skis if you choose the MATS scheme. The intricacies of the gear legs is well represented with no less than 6 parts making up each main gear leg excluding the skis which are made up of another 5 parts! All the doors are provided as separate parts. Whilst there is no internal detail on the front door near the cockpit, the cargo door has pleasing detail to enable you to have these in the open position. With this in mind, there is a great opportunity to detail the rear cabin and admire your handy work afterwards! The cabin windows are fitted from the outside which is good for assembly purposes, no pushing them in by mistake. The second feature that I find a bit unusual is the fact that the windscreen is made up of 3 parts; side windows and front section. Given that this is always a tricky part to avoid getting glue on, particularly for novice builders, a one piece windscreen or even a moulded section for the upper cockpit area could of made assembly and prevention of glue marks easier. Assembly finishes with the props and various aerials. Two types of prop blades are provided, both paddle and needle type. Decals The decal sheet is somewhat lacking in colour due to the liveries provided (although the MATS example does have its Artic Red areas, and the WWI version its Invasion Stripes), the register and crispness is superb as you would expect from Cartograf. A large collection of stencils is included on the sheet and despite the very small size, eyesight permitting are actually readable! Markings provided are: C-47A-65-DL 41-2100521 “Kilroy is HERE”, 92nd Troop Carrier Sqn/439th TCG, Operation Overlord operating from Upottery, Devon 6th June 1944 C47D 43-16062 Military Air Transport Service (MATS), Isachsen airstrip, North West Territory, Canada, 1949 Conclusion It is a good to see this kit re-released. Assembly on the whole looks fairly straight forwards and the level of detail is enough of a balance to satisfy both novice and experienced builders alike. With over 50 versions of the aircraft in the history books, I should imagine there will be plenty of options from the aftermarket industry in the pipeline to use this kit as a base model for modification too. Review sample courtesy of
  17. Finished the chassis rail which was part guesswork as the instructions are rubbish, also did some work on the lower hull and turret while waiting for things to dry. The master barrels Grenade launchers look the part, though fitting the scale retaining bolts was "fun"
  18. Julien


    We upgraded to the hamster I will have you know!
  19. Some more work done, the instructions for this kit really are bad
  20. some info about the thread and what you clicked on might help?
  21. If you would like a thread to be removed please click on the three dots top right and report it for deletion, not just rely on the off chance a moderator will pop by and see it. Thx
  22. It would seem Ray's daughter has found his old Red Arrows flying suit and jacket and has now donated them to Aeromobilty for them to auction. A remarkable find, and also that she would do this.
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