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  1. The certainly Fitter does well in grey.
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    MiG-21F-13 72nd scale Modelsvit

    So a Finnish Mig-21 and over at their Su-17 side of things it seems we're getting a Polish-suitable one as well. It seems that when Modelsvit (finally) went for the variants I've been looking for they went all in.
  3. The Georgios Averof was a Pisa-class armoured cruiser that the Italian government decided it didn't quite have the need/money for. Luckily for the maker and ship Greece decided that they did however. The ship in return performed extremely well in the Balkan wars, where she almost single handedly chased off the Turkish navy in two battles, securing Greek naval domination in the Aegean sea. She was eventually decommissioned in 1952, restored as a museum ship in 1984, and then restored to sea-going condition in 2017. Today she sits as a museum ship outside of Athens, the last armoured cruiser in the world. Having been on board the armoured cruiser Georgios Averof when I was in Athens a while back I thought I'd build a kit of her, and luckily there's a Greek maker with a pretty nifty looking (if not terribly cheap) resin kit on the market. Photoetch included. Castings seem very nice so far, good detailing and all the holes on top appear to be for putting stuff in rather than bubbles. Some bubbles, a few extra resin blobs and some bubbles underneath. And most importantly this, well, blob of material that just has to go. Time for some sanding then... Well, yes, I may be one of those waterline people. Luckily I could use a bench sander at work, and make a support/holder out of some scrap wood and oldish kneadatite. (Apparently it's still mostly viable after, uhm, two decades?) And to return to the casting and detailing here, some of this stuff is ridiculously thin. Getting these overhanging bits out of the mould has to be quite the experience.
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    Northstar models

    IIRC when I ordered from them some time back things weren't quick, but overall it worked.
  5. Let's toss in a better view of that one as well then while we're at it.
  6. Surprisingly enough that does seem to kinda exist, https://www.scalemates.com/kits/armycast-mandm-ac-35001-stormartillerivagn-sav-m-43--603923 With no sign of it on Armycast's homepage though it may be a bit tricky to get your hands on one. That said there's certainly plenty of kits that could be released here. A half decent CV90 in 1/72 (that one's even got a decent number of international sales if you swap the cannon for a peashooter), a Strv m/42 in 1/72 (I guess if everyone bought a bunch of IBG's Strv m39 and m/40...) or 1/35, etc. And while most Swedish stuff did see as much combat as those paper panzers, yeah, at leats these got built.
  7. A quick little build (ie not really enough meat on it for a WIP topic), so here we are... Stormartillerivagn m/43 was a Swedish assault gun built on the chassis of Stridsvagn m/41, a license built TNH, aka Panzer 38(t). The first few were built with 75mm guns, but quite quickly a 105mm gun was installed instead, and all the previously built ones re-armed to match. It soldiered on until the seventies. Not perhaps being one of the more iconic armoured fighting vehicles of the world, the kit selection in 1/72 is rather limited, but there does exist a somewhat so-so resin kit at least. Produced by Gecko Resin, which appears to be closely affiliated with Maestro Models/Tarangus/Rebell Hobby. Uneven surfaces here and there, track sections clearly showing the master to have been made mostly with some link-and-length approach (not always all that well aligned), and as for filler... ...some was needed. Base paintjob, decals are third party since the kit included none. And all finished up: Huge it isn't.
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    Question: Swedish postwar ELINT and SIGINT aircraft

    As far as I can tell the article itself only suggests that the Tp2 was used to search for survivors from the downed Tp79, not any form of SIGINT mission. A quick bit of googling in Swedish has also failed to produce any suggestions that the Tp2 was ever used for SIGINT, rather it appears to have been sued for ambulance duties. I also spotted another irregularity in the article where it's claimed that the B18 was a variant of the Ju86, which is incorrect, as it was a different (SAAB) design. The Swedish air force had a few Ju86Z as transport aircraft, while the SAAB 18 also existed in a recon variant, designated S18.
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    Varnish and wash questions

    I haven't worked with those exact products myself, but enamel thinner should wipe off enamel washes. Just make sure it isn't an enamel varnish you're using, or you'll wipe that off as well.
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    Question: Swedish postwar ELINT and SIGINT aircraft

    The Swedish air force converted 17 of its P-51D to recon aircraft by adding a camera into the rear fuselage. These were flown by F21 in Luleå. As for the usage of the S26 and S31 I think these would have been purely photo recon, with larger aircraft being used for SIGINT in order to fit all the electronics and operators. Presumably due to the secretive nature of it all these were given Tp-designations , "transport", to (somewhat) hide their true purpose. The ones I know about is Tp82 (Varsity T-1), Tp85 (210 Caravelle III), the already mentioned Tp79 and the Tp52 (Canberra B.2, I'm not sure the Tp designation made that one any less suspicious) aka "The Pencil" because, well...
  11. When they were initially purchased they had all the expected markings of a civilian aircraft. When the camouflage was applied (using automotive paints, mixed by eye to match the jungle around them) all of that was painted over, and no new markings were applied. Later on in their career they were marked on the sides with Biafran flags or roundels (varying form plane to plane perhaps) and identification codes consisting of BB-[three numbers]. As I wanted to keep the aircraft to the time frame when von Rosen flew I went without markings. Looking at the state of the decal sheet that may have been for the best from a practical standpoint as well.
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    MiG-29 9.12 1/72 Trumpeter

    I've been eyeing this kit myself, so this seems like a build to watch.
  13. As I'm going for the early career of these aircraft, the first three raids when von Rosen was one of the pilots, there's no decals to apply and little weathering to think about either, and as such all that was left was some varnish and a bit of panel lining. And so it's done. Tail up! Gagarin helpfully dropping by to help show how large it isn't. Some more photos in the expected place:
  14. To cut a long story (which I tried to tell the important bits of over in the build thread) a Swedish count (Carl Gustaf von Rosen) who flew in humanitarian aid during the Biafra crisis got rather upset with the Nigerian air strikes on civilians, tried to drum up international pressure against it, but when that failed he decided to do something himself instead. Something in this case meaning he bought a few MFI-9 civilian sports planes, some rocket pods form the French, had the two combined, and then talked a few Swedish pilots into helping him carry out air raids on Nigerian airfields and infrastructure. Once thus "militarised" these aircraft were nicknamed Biafra Babies, both as a reminder of the Biafran children they sought to aid and due to the diminutive size of the aircraft themselves. The build: And the result After the first few proof-of-concept attacks, these aircraft were shifted over to being flown by Biafran pilots instead and generally shifted over to "free hunt" interdiction missions. While they didn't manage to turn the tide of the war, these aircraft appear to have caused damage far beyond the very limited resources necessary to purchase (ignoring that von Rosen paid for them) keep them flying. While some did return home with a bit of extra ventilation at times and a few were destroyed on the ground by air strikes I seem to rememberer that none was ever shot down. With a pair of interdiction/strike colleagues:
  15. Is the "ship's wheel" looking thing at the side for elevation? Seems like quite the workout to tilt that barrel.