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Jon Bryon

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  1. F-22 in 2009. That GR.5 is bound to be popular. I guess when I bought it in 2005 as a 'Limited Edition' it wasn't so limited after all...the boxart is identical and I assume the contents will be too. Jon
  2. I actually think that, compared to the 1990s for example, the current variety in the various magazines has never been better in terms of scale, era and subject matter. WWII is also much less dominant, which I think is a good thing. However, the exception in my opinion is MAI, which I have lost patience with and won't renew my subscription. By their own admission in the latest issue, they've published three articles on the Eduard 1/48 Tempest in the past calendar year, and the number of P-51s, Eduard Spitfires and Fw190s that have featured becomes boring very quickly. Even worse, they've taken to republishing the *same [preview] articles* (!) more than once, with the excuse that 'we thought you'd like to read this again." Well no, I wouldn't, because I already have paid to read it once and it's still in the loft. And before anyone advises I do my bit to help out, some time ago the editor put out a request to hear from potential contributors; I emailed him and heard nothing back. Jon
  3. Collectaire made one, I presume in the 1990s, and Czech Model came along with an injection-moulded one in 2002. The current definitive T-28 in 1/48 is that made by Roden. Jon
  4. Thanks. I have the Crowood book and have seen that image of SX277. What is TSS? Jon
  5. They certainly were! Fortunately Hannants sold them off at a 75% discount in 2003, which is when I bought this one Jon
  6. Well here's a kit I've not seen finished very often: Sky Models' 1/48 Beech T-34C Turbo Mentor. It was produced in 1999 and they never made any decals for it. This is finished in a mix of Mr Color and Hataka laquers with (rather inaccurate) decals from the later Czech Model kit. It's all resin aside from the poorly made vacformed canopy. It's rather crude, and one of the most challenging paint schemes I've ever undertaken, and I've written an extensive build article here: https://jonbryon.com/sky-models-1-48-beechcraft-t-34c-turbo-mentor Any comments welcome Jon
  7. Good points. I've played around with the contrast and brightness quite a lot, and I'm convinced both wingtips are painted the same way. I guess I'm leaning towards Dark Slate Grey in the absence of any better options. Thanks Jon
  8. Thanks for the responses - definitely food for thought! What do people think about the possibility of red wingtips? In B&W the red markings look very similar in tone to the Dark Slate Grey - the red part of the tail fin flash is hard to make out against the camouflage colour. It's just that if they've gone for bright yellow control surfaces, maybe the wingtips were a bright colour too? I'm tending towards yellow for the canopy frame, but what colour would the primer have been? I'm assuming that might be the colour of the panel on starboard wing over the roundel. And I would love to know what colour the little patches on the wing leading edges are, where they encroach on the roundels. Jon
  9. Next month I will start Airfix's 1/48 Seafire F.XVII, which I intend to finish in this kit-supplied scheme for SX273 from 1947: Airfix would have the modeller paint the wingtips in the same yellow as the ailerons and elevators. Am I alone in thinking that doesn't look right? The wingtips to me seem clearly to be a different shade to the horizontal control surfaces, although also distinct from the camouflage scheme. If anything, the wingtips look like they might be roundel red, as the tone is similar to the roundel centres. One suggestion on Hyperscale was that the wingtips have faded because of the way the wing folds. Does anyone know of any other photos besides these two? Does anyone know on what basis the wingtips (and, for that matter, the flying surfaces) are believed to be yellow? As an aside, Aeromaster and CMK would have the modeller paint the outer wing leading edge panels yellow as well, which seems unwarranted, and the spinner yellow. Airfix suggest Sky for the latter. Any guidance greatly appreciated. I don't much about Seafires/Spitfires... Thanks Jon
  10. My experience is written up here: https://jonbryon.com/trumpeter-148-mikoyan-mig-23m-flogger-b/ Jon
  11. Oooh I bought one and didn't know about the width problem. Bit of a bummer. I assume it's a bit more complicated than just making the nacelles thinner... Jon
  12. Now I'm really glad I didn't buy the Combat Kits resin model at Telford! Jon
  13. The description says it's a resin kit. US trainers are one of the great neglected modelling genres in 1/48. No T-37, effectively no T-34C and no real option for a decent T-41. The only choice for a T-2 is the limited run and difficult to build SH kit, and we are waiting for a mainstream T-6A Texan II. Jon
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    Telford 2019

    I was there all day on Saturday and it seemed more subdued to me than previous years. I spent more money than ever, but I overheard a few disappointed traders. There seemed to be fewer traders and fewer Europeans, too, but I may be wrong. I look forward to seeing what the numbers actually were in an upcoming IPMS magazine. Jon
  15. Is it just me, or do those panel lines look pretty chunky? Still, if the canopy is improved, there's a good chance I'll try and pick this up. Jon
  16. I was dismissive of your first comment, but now you've clarified it, I agree with a lot of the above. Jon
  17. Well written as always Jon. I appreciate your articles even when the subject matter is of no interest to me; you know how to write and that makes a huge difference. I personally like the improved standard of model-making under the new editorship, but Gary Hatcher also really knew how to write and I miss his editorial flair and use of the English language. Every editor has their idiosyncrasies - Neil Robinson with his love of italics and "scare quotes" and Spencer Pollard with his fond use of gerunds - and I expect a lot of the grumbling is just the inevitable resistance to change. I do try and contribute myself, by writing fairly comprehensive articles, but since (for my own pleasure) I want it publicly visible on my own website, sadly that's of little use to the magazines... Cheers Jon
  18. Thanks for your comments once again. I am humbled by them. Jon
  19. Thanks everyone for your kind words. I do remember, and I'm very grateful. The story goes that when I came to make this, I could not find the photo-etched fret anywhere. I searched high and low and in the end had to buy another set. My wife was not best pleased (these sets are rather expensive). A couple of weeks later I then found the missing fret behind a cupboard and thus sold you the one I had just bought with some repair made to the family finances... I hope you enjoy building yours. It does make for quite a striking subject. Cheers Jon
  20. Hello all, This is my latest build: my second 1/48 AH-64D this year, this time as an Israeli AH-64D-I Saraf. The basic kit is Hasegawa and the conversion is from Wingman Models, including the decals. Gun, pitots and tail aerial are from Master. Paint is Hataka lacquer applied freehand. A full build article, describing how this all went together and what is wrong with it, is here: https://jonbryon.com/hasegawa-1-48-boeing-ah-64d-i-saraf/ Thanks for looking. Jon
  21. For those wondering what the fuss is about: (Photo from Cold War Studio) The Trumpeter kit is on the bottom; the CWS correction above. Draw your own conclusions, but having built a collection of 1/48 jet MiGs that is only missing the MiG-9 (waiting for Mars Models) and MiG-27, I'll be waiting for something that looks more like the real thing. Jon
  22. I'm half with you. I added new resin intakes, rear fuselage, nose and a vacform canopy to my MiG-23. Aside from the canopy (which is missing a frame in the kit for the Flogger-B), the improvements made by adding the aftermarket parts are hard to spot and you really need to know what you're looking for to see them: So I kind of agree with you: Trumpeter made a lot of mistakes, but the finished thing looks pretty good from the box. The MiG-27/23BN, on the other hand, has a completely wrong geometry around the nose and canopy which is, IMO, a very glaring error. 'Awful' seems a perfectly good adjective for it to me! Jon
  23. Many thanks indeed Des - most informative! A bit of a shame as I was hoping to place an ugly-as-possible Harrier (twin seat, laser nose, tall tail) next to the most attractive Harrier (the AV-8A), but sadly I'll have to compromise Cheers Jon
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