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Jon Bryon

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  1. Yep, I've used it https://jonbryon.com/mig19pm-html/. Jon
  2. If the boxart is correct, it's interesting that they are including both the S and PM versions. I don't think Trumpeter has ever done that. Jon
  3. Thanks for the update. Sounds promising with much to look forward to! Best Jon
  4. The latest issue of SAM popped through my letterbox this morning. In the editorial, Chris Meddings announces it's his last issue and is moving on. There's no mention of who's going to take the reins. A shame, I think, as I liked what Chris was doing (although I was a Gary Hatcher fan as well). Anyone heard who might be his replacement? Jon
  5. Thanks all Yes, an HH-43B/F would be great. However, there appears to be very, very little commonality between them and the early piston-powered Huskies. As far as I can tell, a turbine powered 'Pedro' would need an entire new fuselage, engine and tail. Since it would be basically a new kit, I've no idea if AMP intend to release one, but maybe if they sold enough of these they'd consider it! Cheers Jon
  6. Hello all, This is my latest finished model, AMP's HUK-1 Huskie in 1/48. It's the most fun I've had building a model in a long time. There's no aftermarket and I only made some small changes to better reflect this particular airframe. Paint is Mr Color 365 and the decals are from the kit (although I replaced the national insignia). It's a tiny model (excluding the rotors, about the size of a 1/72 WWII fighter) with lots and lots of parts. The close-ups show a much rougher finish than I would like, although in real life it looks pretty smooth. Comments welcome and a full build article is at https://jonbryon.com/amp-1-48-kaman-huk-1-huskie/ Jon
  7. You're right that operational RN markings for the FG.1 in 1/48 are very, very hard to come by. I'd have been very happy with the kit decals, but I've got an FG.1 in a special boxing and have been unable to find any aftermarket for a bog-standard 892 aircraft. I've had to settle for an Aeromaster sheet with a 700P example. RAM Models make this sheet with an eye-watering price of almost £25: https://www.modelhobbies.co.uk/ram-decals-148-early-british-mcdonnell-douglas-phantoms--48001-83748-p.asp Jon
  8. Undercarriage failure as soon as this was completed... Oh well, it was a tail sitter anyway! Revell 1/48 Catalina. Jon
  9. Me too, except I'm exclusively 1/48. Jon
  10. Thanks for the reply. Any photos would be much appreciated. Cheers Jon
  11. Hello, In relation to the 1/48 Rug Rat Resin (AIM) Cessna U-3 series, has anyone got one of these kits, or even better, built one? Some basic googling throws up nothing in terms of build articles. I'm quite interested in the quality of the resin, clear parts and decals. https://www.scalemates.com/kits/rugratresins-rr4803006-cessna-u-3b--1229282 Cheers Jon
  12. I'm assuming option #7 should be labelled #6. I'll be waiting for an aftermarket sheet with a GR.3 in the white winter camo, but I'll be buying this kit as soon as it's out! Jon
  13. I have a very rigidly defined collection that was started by reading Jonathan Mock's article in SMI on the then-new Airfix 1/48 Buccaneer in 1994 when I was 16. Until then I'd built 1/72 aircraft and 1/35 armour on an ad hoc basis, but the Bucc became the first in a collection that endures to this day. The rules are: 1. 1/48 only 2. Aircraft only (fixed wing or rotary) 3. Must be manned (i.e. no drones) 4. Must be in military markings 5. Must have been operational (no prototypes, experimental, etc.) 6. Must have been operational after WWII (i.e. 1946 onwards) 7. Do not build the same designation of aircraft more than once (e.g. I've built an A-4L so I will not build another, although I have made the A-4B/C/E/F/H/K/M) 8. The USCG is excluded (a completely arbitrary decision) This has led to a current collection of 142 completed models (displayed here) and a stash of 170, which is quite reasonable, I think, as at current build rates I can finish them all by the time I'm 67. It also leads to a surprisingly limited selection of kits to buy from. I pretty much have everything out there that I would want - the only item on my wishlist is an Italeri Wessex - although there are about 20 kits that have been announced that I'll buy once they're released. I've also put a stop to buying very large 1/48 models (one C-130 is enough for me; I don't need more) but if I came into significant money I would get the HPH B-52 or B-36. Jon
  14. MAI was reprinting articles from previous issues well before BG became editor. Admittedly they were usually preview articles, but that and the fact the content had become so thin were still the main reasons I stopped subscribing in 2019. Jon
  15. People who've built this kit know how much pain is involved. Well done! Jon
  16. I am going to have a simple stand. It's too big for a display cabinet, so it will sit on top and get dusty, but still be on show Yes, I did design all the masks myself. I use Inkscape to draw them and then a Silhouette cutter to make them. Thanks Jon
  17. I don't care enough about Catalinas to consider that. The 1/48 B-52 on the other hand... Jon
  18. It was actually the Italeri 1/48 C-130 that put me off big kits! I built one (an AC-130) in 1996. When I finished it the fuselage centreline seam split due to the weight of the wings and the insufficient wing spar... Jon
  19. I can confirm this model will survive! Working on some kind of Lego stand for it... I thank you all for your concern Cheers Jon
  20. Thank you all for your kind words and concern over the model's fate! There are several factors here at play: 1. It's huge, to the point where I'm going to struggle to get it even through the loft hatch were I to store it. 2. It's very heavy - about 500g. That doesn't sound a lot, but it is! 3. It's immensely fragile. I cannot replace the gear because I can't remove what's there without breaking a lot of other stuff. I wouldn't be able to get replacement gear in either... 4. It's a tailsitter - despite an awful lot of steel and lead in the front fuselage (I even stuffed that big football antenna with liquid gravity). 5. SAC gear is made from soft white metal with a tendency to deform over time. My wife agrees that I shouldn't bin it, so I think I'll find a way of making a stand for it to sit on on top of the display cases Cheers Jon
  21. Hello All, 1 collection, 26 years, 142 aircraft, and this is the biggest failure. This is Revell's 1/48 Catalina with Belcher Bits resin tail, Quickboost resin engines, Eduard Brassin wheels and PE undercarriage. As the kit decals were pretty inaccurate, all markings are masked and sprayed - there are no decals on the model. The finish is mainly Mr Color with some MRP and Hataka lacquer thrown in for good measure; there are no clear coats. Quite a few little additions and alterations were made to better represent the real thing, from Hamilton AFB in 1949. The real problem is that the day after completion, the undercarriage collapsed. It was a tail-sitter anyway, and will probably sit in this stand for about a month and then get thrown away. A real nightmare build in the end, which you can read all about here: <Sorry Jon, no links to blogs etc.> Comments welcome. Thanks for looking. Jon
  22. Are they? They haven't always been with Cartograf. The two Mirage IIIs I've built from the original runs (c. 2005) did not have Cartograf printed decals and I was always under the impression (going by the register and colour problems with those kit sheets) that Eduard printed them themselves. Jon
  23. Jon Bryon

    Mig-25 kits

    Another vote for the ICM kit here. I built their PDS in 2019 and wrote about it here: https://jonbryon.com/icm-1-48-mikoyan-gurevich-mig-25pds-foxbat-e/ Jon
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