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  1. Tiger331

    Tamiya F-14A Tomcat Advice

    Hi Folks, Has anyone had a go at scratchbuilding the two sets of ECM fairings that feature on the underside of the wing glove adjacent to the air intakes on the late model F-14A, A+ or B for their Tamiya 1:48 build ?. Grateful for any tips on what may be suitable to use. I understand that Steel Beach have produced several modification sets for the Tamiya kit but they seem to sell out faster than I can source them so thought I would have a go making them myself, since I've managed to assemble all of the other bits.....revised gas gun vent, vertical tail stiffeners etc.
  2. Must say I'm a little surprised that Tamiya are doing the -14D variant before either the late A, A+ or B model, given the paucity of Units that operated the -14D and the close association of the A and A+ in particular with Japan based F-14 Squadrons....A large percentage of previous Japanese kits (and re-issues) have featured markings for VF-21 and VF-154 jets in the past, neither of which operated the D. Given that AMK appear to be in the advanced stages of producing their own -14D, albeit with more complexity, I would have thought Tamiya would want to capture the market with the earlier variants - what do I know.......Don't get me wrong....I will be very happy to part with cash for another brace of Tamiya 'Cats but it is a little puzzling. Oh......and if I was a betting man (which I am not), I suspect Tamiya's decal options to be VF-2 ;Bounty Hunters', VF-31 'Tomcatters' and possibly VX-9 markings with VF-213 'Black Lions' as a rank outsider......Lets wait and see.
  3. Tiger331

    Calling all Tiger I Experts !

    Hi Folks, I'm contemplating a brand new project in a genre that I am very definitely not comfortable with - WWII era Tanks. I want to model one of Otto Carius's Tiger Is that operated in the vicinity of Narva, Estonia in Spring 1944. I believe the sub type was a Ausf H.1 and the unit concerned was PzAbt.502. Grateful if the AFV experts can give me a good steer on the best kit to use and any aftermarket decals that may be available. I understand that Rye Field are currently bringing out a family of Tiger Is and IIRC The Tamiya kit has received lots of complimentary comments over the years. Thanks in advance
  4. Hi Folks, Does anyone know if the P-40F/L Warhawk variants can be modelled using one (or a combination of) the Hasegawa family of 1:48 scale P-40 Warhawk/Kittyhawk kits ?. I fully appreciate that all of the Hasegawa kits have the prominent intake fairing on top of the cowling which would need to be removed but I feel sure there must be other changes too. Still somewhat puzzled that no-one has produced a high quality kit of this important variant since the AMT/Hobbycraft appeared (with all its flaws) in the mid to late 1990s. There are a host of attractive colour schemes that have been applied to these variants, most of which already appear in aftermarket decal form.
  5. Tiger331

    EE Lightning F6

    Veeerrry nice..........Great Job Michael,
  6. If they really want to clean up the UK market, I would opt for the following: 1:72 Re-Tools Avro Vulcan B2 Blackburn Buccaneer (S.1 and S2B) BAC/SEPECAT Jaguar GR.1/A/3 Northrop F-5A and F-5E Tiger II Westland Lysander Lockheed Hudson Consolidated PBY Catalina P-61 Black Widow H.P. Halifax H.P. Hampden SA.330 Puma HC.1 SA.341 Gazelle AH.1 Westland Scout AH.1 Downsize 1:48 (to 1:72) Gloster Javelin Hawker Sea Fury 1:48 Re-Tools BAC/SEPECAT Jaguar GR.1/A/3 Blackburn Buccaneer S2B Bristol Blenheim Mk IV (From not yet released Mk I) DH Mosquito (both FB and Bomber variants)
  7. Tiger331

    USAF F-5 Aggressors Part 2

    Happy Days......Happy Memories.......Participated in various phases of Exercise RED FLAG in 1984 and 1985, which included a very memorable trip 'down range' in a 47 Sqn C-130K performing DACT with USAF F-5s and F-15s !. I had flown 100s of hours on C-130s prior to this but had no idea how much we could throw it around at low level. Talking of throwing it around, neither could the Jaguar pilot who had hitched a ride and eventually gave in and did a UH-1 over the aircraft ramp which was fortunately open !. Down at low level, the loadie acted as an additional pair of eyes utilising the recently re-fitted observation dome above the cockpit and the two rear para doors were locked open with a temporary 'safety net' installed using the strapping that was normally used to secure loads. This enabled two of the supernumerary crew members (normally Air Despatchers) to plug in and act as rear observers during the escape and evasion/DACT phase of the sorties. Great fun ! In those days, the ramp was full of US ANG F-4s and F-105s, the relatively new F-15 Eagles and USN F-14s along with the F-5s of course. I do recall some ANG or AFRES A-37s too and of course we occupied the bottom end of the vast ramp with our Jaguars, Buccaneers and in 1985 the very first Tornado Detachment for GREEN FLAG. Many, many thanks for sharing !
  8. Serge, I've returned to take a second look at your model !. Previously, I would never have contemplated completing a Kitty Hawk F2H Banshee, given the Company's less than stellar reputation for the ease of assembly and fit of their model kits but this looks like a really nice kit and I am now sorely tempted to take the plunge and buy one. The diorama really sets it off though.....I really like the maintenance man entering the cockpit....really sets off the display. Well Done, again !
  9. Very nice.............really like the setting.....base and figure really sets this off Great job !
  10. Tiger331

    1/48 P61 BLACK WIDOW

    Great job with a 'challenging' kit, in terms of fit etc. I gave up with mine but you have persevered and produced a brilliant model - all the more so considering the brush painted finish. Well Done !
  11. Tiger331

    Airfix Meatbox F.8

    Great subject and an even better colour scheme !. I'm a great fan of the RAF Meteors in all those marvelous squadron markings but its really nice to see some alternatives every now and again. You have really nailed it with the weathering and fading on this Syrian example......great to see ! Well done, Sir !
  12. Yep.........notwithstanding the shortcomings of the base kit, it's all about interpretation and in this respect I think you have done a great job, Jurek. It will, of course, be interesting to do a comparison with the brand new Airfix kit and I suspect there will be little competition given the initial readout from kit reviews and regardless of the quite ridiculous commentary on short shot parts - I have two of the kits in my possession and some very modest modelling skills on my part will take care of the issue. Of course, if the damage was far more extensive then that would be another matter to take up with the manufacturer. Like others, I am not a big fan of the 'Spanish School' for finishing right now but its all about personal interpretation and in that respect, I can only admire what you have achieved with a challenging kit. Well Done !
  13. Tiger331

    1/48 Yakovlev Yak-28P

    Great looking model of a great looking aircraft - So futuristic, as others have said. I'm fortunate enough to live and work in Estonia right now and there is a similar example of this beast (A Yak-28 PP I think) in the 'local' Aviation Museum at Tartu (2+ hours from Tallinn). I got 'up close and personal' last summer to take reference photos for my own build of this impressive and unusual aircraft. Well Done, Sir !
  14. Great job Chris, Just goes to show that one can produce a great looking model from an alleged 'lemon' of a kit (not by me). I cannot see anything wrong with the kit though mindful of the aftermarket you have included which is not that extensive after all. I was fortunate enough to visit the museum at Piana del Orme a couple of times whilst living in Italy and was always impressed with the display of 'Skipper' in their life-sized diorama section, as I used to describe it. As an aside, for those interested in military (rather then aviation) history, the museum is well worth a visit - it has a huge collection of military vehicles (often hired out for movies) and several life-sized diorama displays charting Italy's military involvement in the former colonies (Ethiopia, Libya etc), WWII and then some of the Allied actions (Anzio etc). Its about an hour's drive south of Rome. Again, great subject, excellent execution. Well Done, Sir !
  15. Tiger331

    Hello from Southern Norway

    Hei Hei, Welcome to the BM website. Not sure where you are in southern Norway but your beautiful country holds fond memories for me. Spent six really great years working and living in Stavanger (not the O&G industry though) and maintained my lifelong interest in the hobby by getting into the local modelling scene whilst I was there. Made some great friends in the local IPMS Norge club and still keep in touch with the guys from my new home in Estonia which is also a great place but a bit of a modelling desert. Really pleased to hear that your new hobby is helping with your medical condition. If you are in the vicinity of Stavanger it would be well worth your while linking up with the IPMS club......For us, it was more about the social interaction and less about relative modelling skills although some in the club are seriously good. Again, welcome aboard, Mark in Tallinn