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  1. I use Mr.Color with Mr.Thinner! No varnish before! Happy modelling
  2. At your disposal @Graham Boak, the pen size was 0,7mm. I had just the choice with 2mm, which I had at home. If I had to do it again, I would use 1mm which I got in meantime. Today I have 0.7mm , 1.0 mm , and 2.0 mm at home. Some nightfighter woulkd need the 2mm one. I have a cone end to write. There are flat ends also available. This is to my opinion critical in the curve or at the nacelle or fuselage fillet. I hope you are satisfied. Or any more question? Happy modelling
  3. Hallo While doing our Christmas cleaning, we found a pile of photos. The pictures are from a flight with an F-156. It must have been around 1997. At that time, this aircraft was privately owned at the Wiener Neustadt airfield. The pilot of this machine had a model shop. After we started building plastic models, back then as beginners, we got interested in these old types of planes. My girlfriend at the time put me in touch. The aircraft itself was essentially original. The entire control, cockpit, etc. There was only the extension for the officially prescribed radio. The pilot who flew this machine was a very old gentleman at the time. At a young age he was stationed in the far north as a Ju-88 operational pilot. The operations were directed exclusively against shipping traffic. Allied supplies to Russia. Flying in the far north is no easy task. Light, weather, magnetism, loneliness. That is why radio navigation was of great importance. The lonely radio stations were vital. To secure this thread of life, this pilot was often on the route with the Fi-156. Visits, celebrations, equipment were the purposes of his countless non-operative flights. Hence the familiarity with this type of aircraft. Flying was really fun. We did a proper short takeoff and we went backwards. Rarely have I flown as stable and safe as with this aircraft. Note as a model builder: We built 3 storks. One from Esci, two from Tamiya. While the Tamiya kits are pretty nice, they have the pathetic flaw of making the plane look stupid. The wing and the landing gear are not corresponding at all. Wing positve dihedral as if in flight, landing gear as if on the ground. That's what I said to the people at Tamiya in Shizuoka in Japan personally, but it was ignored. I would like a kit for Christmas with which I can represent a stork on the ground with a negative dihedral and spread legs, and one kit in flight on a stand with a positive dihedral and hanging landing gear. Please look at the pictures. @Julien, I have some more for a Walkaround, if wanted. Happy modelling
  4. Yes, after a long periode you find out what happens. Superglue reacts with oxygen. Depending on the gloss fully covering vernish. Rigging is different. So that harms. Making it by hand with a knot is one safe solution, but ot looks not good. Happy modelling
  5. Yes, the tail & wheel is an additional subject. Happy modelling
  6. @Jochen Barett, the clue is: Picture of origin is not there make your own story. Picture is there and the kit does not fit. Spoil the kit, no, this is why I adapt the kit. To save our planet and not buy any more kit as I realy need. My way. I also want to understand the operation from maintenance point of view! So, there are some good reasons. Shallowness and easy going is not my path. If it is yours, so be lucky and enjoy it! Happy modelling
  7. @Winenut, if you use the acrylic pens, use the color as you use the airbrush. Not more not less. Have some painted scratch, for trying. And making breaks to reestablish operating lines again. Montana empty pens are available worldwide. Happy modelling
  8. Hallo @GiampieroSilvestri, @Tomas Enerdal, The vision improved hood has many distinctions to the Erla Haube from production line. See link from Tomas: http://www.motag.de/DokuBf-109.pdf The link gives an excellent overview! On page 61, picture 62 is the vision improved hood. First of all is the ejection mechanism which was taken over from the standard G-6 version. The arresting cable from steel wire was fixed at the left lower arresting bracket at the fuselage and at Galland armored protection. This kept the hood after opening in a 90° position. The aerial ant antenna wiring is the next point. The aerial mast is in the upgraded version still on the fuselage, fixed with sheet steel. On page 61, picture 63 is the standard Erla-hood. The production Erla hood had this arresting cable with the same function. But the fixation of the cable was in the frame for the hood and in the middle of ejection shaft. The aerial mast on the Erla hood is on the hood by itself, a more forward position now. And when in open position, the aerial mast is in horizontal position. The night fighter dash-board has some additional: The main panel in the center gets six instruments instead of four. With turning indicator and variometer. Radio equipment for fighter track management, contact altimeter, landing light switch, magnetic compass with electric basic adjustment for the fighter tracking management. Not all mentioned. In every way, we have to add the possibilities of the engine version and upgrade. If we have a MW-50 injection, so the battery is stored in the forward position. This results in the rectangle bulge at the rear canopy behind the head rest. In this case the hatches for handling MW-50 additional fuel must be installed. If we have GM-1 or MW-50 all wing gondola MG's weapons are omitted. The room is for oxygen and pressured air. And if we have a MK-108 the floor in the cockpit is always from wood! And so on and on…. The point is: How to define the aircraft you want to model, the origin? The engine plate usually tells just part of the real story. Hatches may be operative or not. As I said, criss - cross conversion on demand and availability. Happy modelling
  9. Hi Now my 5th Ju-88 is ready. The second from ICM. Before that it was Dragon and Revell. Regarding the kit: Relatively large compromises have to be made in terms of accuracy compared to the origin. This primarily affects the cockpit, with the flat floor instead of the massive height offset. This is linked to a few details in the cockpit that made me shake my head. The additional control stick in position, the additional control stick, which was intended for the bombardier, is only installed when approaching the target, otherwise it is fixed to the right side wall. The device for storing the boarding ladder on the rear bulkhead under the radio equipment is missing! The A-4 variant is missing all ammo boxes. The ammunition feed and the sleeve hoses are also missing. Therefore I did not install the weapons. What is still missing is the large bulkhead on the large cockpit hood, not even Eduard has it with him. General: The injection molded parts just don't fit well. Some parts are warped, the wing connections have a tolerance problem with the pins and holes. They're really annoying. Many gluing areas are beveled, so that in the end there is an gluing line instead of an gluing area. So it will loosen easily! When installing the engine nacelles, the designer obviously neglected some of the geometry. The front tenons of the inside and outside nacelle would have to be chamfered so that a reasonable prefabrication of the assembly group is possible. The quality: Of the injection molded parts themselves can best be observed with small parts. There is hardly an antenna or pitot tube that does not break. Brittleness is present in smal long thin parts. Some components have so much internal stress that maximum force is required to join them. Classic example is the great pulpit. The nose pulpit has a typical tolerance problem. Tongues on upper part reach too far down left and right for lack of fit. Rework required. Especially on a fuselage front part, which consists of three or four parts, a complete fitting test beforehand is hardly possible. About the model: This A-4 has an interesting paint job that deviates from the norm. The aircraft is from KG 54 Totenkopf. Operative in Brindisi in Italy around 1943. I will make the aircraft from KG 54 Totenkopf. Operative in Brindisi in Italy around 1943. Brindisi is in the middle of the heel of the Italian boot at the eastern coast. In this area there occurred one of the biggest environmental pollutions. Here is the link: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SS_John_Harvey By the way, the scribbling I used a pen. First time. Acrylic empty pen from Montana. My WIP: Well, so have a look on the model now: Happy modelling
  10. Hallo I have 10 kits from the 109 Gustav. From version 2 to 14. All sorts of kits. The Tamiya and Zvezda G-6 and several Eduard editions. My question is: The Gustav was in reality criss-cross converted. GM-1, MW-50, upgrated hood, Mk-108 and so on. The situation is, that nearly no kit represents the aircraft I want to build. If it is so, in detail I miss hatches, or the wrong hood. The difference with upgraded vision improved hood to the standard Erla hood is too big, to be ignored. Especially on the aspect of aerial. AS will be AS. No conversion intended. To much work! On the other side, for planes of JG-300 / 301 / 302 the landing light is mostly omitted. I intend to build the aircraft I intend, and not to stick on the decal option the kit has. Lots of decals I have, lots of masks too. I need to know a scribing tool to make the missing hatches in fuselage or wing by myself. I need to know where to get dash boards for the improved blind flying and radio equipment for the night fighter versions. I need to know aftermarket hoods for upgraded vision improved hood / not Erla. If you can help me, I would be happy. Thanks in forward. Happy modelling
  11. If anyone has pictures & drawings for Mi-8 I would need them too! Happy modelling
  12. @JackG, too much to post it. Impossible! Happy modelling
  13. Hallo Don't fall into despair. The G-10 is a series that actually didn't really exist as a variant. It was a link from the G-14 to the K-series. The 10 series has so many differences within the 10 series that I can say with certainty that there are no true 10 series, but umpteen different ones. Nobody can verify that anymore. The book by Harald Helmut Vogt, Messerschmitt 109 Einsatzmaschinen, Das Nachschlagebuch, book actually says everything about it. Messerschmitt-Bf-109-Einsatzmaschinen It is in German. All books on the subject are fables and stories. Specially Allied books and booklets. The number of copies is not equivalend to the facts told! No, the topic is unfathomable. I have read 1000 posts worldwide on the subject, only stories and fairy tales. Also the picture in the previous post, I can only frown at that. Happy modelling P.S.: Ask me, I will tell you!
  14. Hallo Here my white outline of the L is masked again! Test for the walk way. The masks make a too wide bar. So I must use decals. Here I used a pen. Acrylic empty pen from Montana. First time I used it. Happy modelling
  15. Hallo Now, after a long spraying period, and with some set-backs I am on the right track. The pattern for spraying the camo meander gave me something to grasp about it. With the spraying gun, no chance. Now I have two options: By brush or by pen. The acrylic pen I never used, and did nor try it. I have to refill it with my paint of my choice. The images (Link) show a sharply defined pattern. It is noticeable that the pattern is completely irregular and has crossovers. The pattern also shows irregularities in the amount of paint and line thickness. Underside pattern probably to be made with a brush, as shown in the example with the M346 auxiliary tank. Upper side probably with a pen (significantly more irregular line thickness). Let's see what will happen. Happy modelling https://warbirdsnews.com/warbird-articles/air-crash-po-identifies-location-of-long-lost-junkers-ju-88-in-italy.html https://warbirdsnews.com/warbird-articles/air-crash-po-identifies-location-of-long-lost-junkers-ju-88-in-italy.html
  16. @bagi80, many wrecks in Israel, wherever you look, are repainted, be protected from corrosion. Justas a memorial! Nothing else. No mystery. At the road to Jerusalem there are many from the early days, 1947/48. They are all repainted with some sort of minium to prevent corosion. Happy modelling
  17. Hallo Now all parts are sprayed. The assembling of the main wing is quite tricky. You need some force to the centerline of the a/c to get it. It always tries to snap off at the wing upper side. With some little glue and more force, I got it. The forward pin at the port side is a little more offset as on the star side. The next issue is the motor gondola. Here I finished it completely, without gluing the rear section. The gear has enough space. But the wheel bay doors! Here the plastic parts are done in such a way, that they intersect with the forward main gear mount! So to grind it down, that clearance is done. At the A-5 I fixed it at the final finish, but it was a nightmare. So I changed the sequence. I will not use the MG in this version. The feeding belt from etched parts looks lousy, and the empty chute house is not there at all. The munition boxes I did all from etched parts. So my MG’s are in maintenance. Next day spraying RLM 65 and 70. Happy modelling
  18. Just to mention: Do not take a too dark shade of RLM 66! Lighten it with some percent white before spraying. Happy modelling
  19. Hallo Now some steps further. The etched parts I took from Eduard. One major thing for me was, since I learned from the A-5 version, to rethink what to assembly first. I changed in many ways the assembling sequence at the side walls, and bottom. Also taking more care on some details. Well, no the fuselage is together. I added one additional bulkhead at the position of the trailing edge. To get the fuselage more stiff, to have a good joint with the wings than later on. You also see my cleaning of models. It happens once the year and takes us two full days. In our wall installation there are 45 compartments full of models. About 150 to 200 which my wife and I built during more than 25 years. The best of them are there, all others given away. Happy modelling
  20. Nice project. Did you ever think of Austrian based fighter? On Austria airfields only? Do you have literature on them? Happy modelling
  21. Well done so far. I built all 1/24 from Airfix. It was my entry in modelling. You are doing well, so far. Intetested in your upgrades, whatever detail. Happy modelling
  22. Hallo Here is some progress. Tiny steps. The mounting for the front amu box is done. The trimming wheel: Here the inner circle is the correct outline. At the A-5 I had there a mess, because I was not aware about the cramped area there. So, step by step the learning process from the A-5 is visible. Happy modelling
  23. Hallo Main levers at the left console. Her you see what it should be: What the etched parts give you and that the general arrangement is absolute out of proportion! My way to correct the floor. Not so high as the resin, but still there. The headrest for the rear gunner is too high, so shorten a little bit. Ammunition boxes for all MG’s. I had no idea how to install the front amu box. Rear outside frame removed, as it should be. Just iunside frame. This bulkhead is missing in Eduard. It is from AIMS. So far today. Happy modelling
  24. Look at the edited first writing. The film! Happy modelling
  25. @Zack yes I have seen this link and spent one day on the wonderful pictures. Here I became wondering about some details, which are logical museum errors. Like the installation of the bombardier control stick. Normally it is stored on the right side, at the position of the bombardier’s seat. The wooden floor has to changed, as far my information is, on later variants to metal floor. Here: You will find the link to a full manual, at the end of this threat. Some details I look for: The floor part above the entry hatch! Since this part must be fully closed, since otherwise the gunnery on the right is impossible! The empty shell hose is also missing! In summery I can say, that the A-4 is quite cramped inside, due to amo full & empty boxes and feeding systems, belt and hose. Will see, how I proceed! Happy modelling
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