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  1. Alas, too little bench time of late and what I have had, I have somewhat neglected this little model. I have prepped for canopy fit, with next stop being the paint shop. I will continue to update even after the GB is over.
  2. Hi all, I'm having a shot at a Hellenic IXc https://shelfoddity.com/index.php?route=product/product&path=25_65&product_id=86 Firstly I cannot find any reference shots of MH508 online, if anyone has one they could share or message me, that would be most helpful. Any details of vehicles used by the Greek Air Force around this time would also be very handy. But primarily I'm curious to know if the IXc required an accumulator trolley and if so, if the classic RAF type would be supplied to foreign users or if a local version would more likely have been used? Many thanks
  3. An incredibly original concept for a diorama - stunningly realised and educational too, I had no idea such sort of testing existed. Fantastic
  4. Just two from my stash: The Me309 prototype V1 at Augsburg testing airfield in mid-1942, receives a visit from a rather underwhelmed 6 Star General who was perhaps hoping for something rather more jet powered. 5 prototypes of this evolution of the 109 were produced, but progressed no further. (I have two more boxings in the stash, so this might well form my GB entry). The second, I'm not sure would quite meet the GB eligibility - the Armstrong Whitworth F.K.10 was technically the only quadruplane to ever enter production - but only briefly. Built in 1916 to compete with the Fokker Triplanes, the RFC ordered 50 before discovering that its performance was inferior to the Sopwith 1 1/2 Strutter that was already in combat use. So only 5 were built for the RFC and only used for training, as were a small handful that ended up in RNAS use. No evidence shows that any came close to combat.
  5. Italy 1944 - the long, slow push of Allied forces through the mainland of Italy comes to the small town of Venafro in Isernia, liberated after a short fight. The crew of a Piper L-4 allocated to the 64e Regiment d'Artillery d'Afrique take a break while awaiting orders and refuelling. They are passed by a column of surrendered German soldiers, who are rather taken aback to see that the spotter plane that had been bothering them for the past week was actually French - a force they thought had been defeated four years earlier! Meanwhile a local farm boy takes advantage of the end of fighting to come out of hiding and take the family donkey to blag essential supplies from the allied soldiers. The model dates back to my 12 Builds of Christmas project from late 2022 when I tried to build 12 aircraft during the Christmas period - six succeeded, the other six were unceremoniously cast adrift until I decided to try and get some of them finally finished. The kit is from Mark 1 Models - a 2022 release, but one that looks to be a generation older, full of flash and very brittle, difficult plastic. A real shame as I had been looking forward to this kit for a long time. It took a lot of work to actually get it together. The size was delightful though. Finally complete, not without some colourful language no doubt. I did paint it up in olive drab, but then left it for 15 months before decalling... The decal scheme was from the box and a slight change of plan as the Grasshopper was originally going to be in a South Pacific setting, but I had an idea for a different scene instead when I found a lovely figure set from ebay seller 3djson - this depicts PoWs being marched by a jeep with Montgomery sat in it - which lead to this scene. The scene as originally laid out on my trademark 10x10cm canvas boards. Since then, I had a change of format, moving up to 13x13cm wooden boards instead. This was particularly beneficial for this scene, giving much more space for it to breathe. This lead to some extra space behind the plane which first held a grazing donkey (a 3d print from Panzer-Shop.nl) then on my wife's suggestion (that an unclaimed donkey near the battlefield would have been pressed into service (or eaten)) I added a boy (Preiser) leading the animal and some jerry cans (Brengun) to its back, perhaps parafin for the farm's generator. With the addition of a name board from nameitplates.co.uk and some antenna wire, the scene was complete. Thanks for reading this long post, any thoughts, comments, rivet counting etc. all welcome.
  6. Superb build and very unusual to see the usually clean F-5 lines interrupted by hanging ordinance.
  7. Slow progress, but still moving along. The cowling seems to have held in place - the gap positioned to the bottom and puttied - wait and see how it looks after primer. Canopy fitted and masked, just need to fill the gap at the back of it. Interesting size comparison with a Twin Otter and a Yak-11.
  8. Early 1945, an IJAAF testing facility in Japan. One of the prototypes of the Ki-61-II-Kai is being inspected following a test flight, but recurrent undercarriage issues are once again frustrating the roll-out of the type, desperately needed to counter the daily B-29 raids. The model comes from the recent F-Toys WKC18 collection, which combines three types that flew but never really saw service during the Second World War. The Ki-61-II was an upgrade of the successful Ki-61 using a more powerful engine, the Ha-140, and originally had a different wing design, however this change was reverted for the next prototypes, known as the Ki-61-II Kai. Around 30 prototypes appeared with a razorback fuselage like the Ki-61, but this later changed to a low back model for the production version. These however only saw limited service as the factory producing the engines was destroyed and the airframes were converted to carry a radial engine, producing the Ki-100. The kit itself is a Gashapon - a Japanese type which come pre-painted but in kit form, designed for push-fit assembly. F-Toys are the best known of firms producing these models, which are actually very high quality replicas with the same detail as a good quality kit. The parts breakdown is identical to a standard kit and it can be assembled as such, I use Tamiya ET cement to provide a proper fit, however seam lines are often quite obvious. I do typically build and fill then repaint the models completely, but this time I tried a touch up technique instead as the factory metallic finish was very good and some details, such as the markings on the flaps, were printed on and not included on the decal sheets. Assembly is nice and quick Decals went on well. The F-Toys decals used to be very thick and non conforming, but these went on nicely. The only extra added was the antenna wire. Then onto a simple vignette base and the debut of my new base format. These are 13x13cm wooden 'canvas' (a flat wooden board with a framed edge). In keeping with the style of my previous canvas boards, I painted the base white. The vehicle is 3d printed from Paint and Glue Minatures, the figures are from Beaver Corporation via Amazon JP. The nameplate from nameitplates.co.uk Thanks for reading, all comments, questions, critiques welcome.
  9. Italy, 1944 A P-51B Mustang of the 15th Air Force USAAF is prepared for flight, although the pilot seems to be in deep discussion with the crew chief... This build was primarily an excuse to build something with a simple metallic scheme so I could test out my Christmas present of a solvent extractor unit, permitting the use of Tamiya rattle cans indoors. Sweet Aviation are well known in 144th circles - they are Tamiya levels of engineering quality, almost fall together. The basic assembly took me less than an hour. Only the very basic cockpit betrays the nearly 20 year old age of this kit, but with no option for an open canopy, it won't be overly visible. The scheme I opted for is that with the red tail stripes seen on the box, 15th AF based in Italy in '44 Decals went on reasonably well although they didn't conform as well as more modern sheets, particularly on the wing stripes. A decal anti-glare panel is a nice touch in the kit. For the base I used a sheet of PSP, also from Sweet. I went to a lot of effort to cut this at a slight angle, but it is barely noticeable. It was paired with a 3d printed tanker from Paint & Glue Minatures and fitted to one of my standard 10cm canvas board bases. Incidentally, after about 35 scenes made using these bases, this will be my final one. I am moving to slightly larger wooden framed bases instead for my future builds, allowing more space for the models and easier transport to shows. Some figures were added to bring life to the scene and a nameplate from nameitplates.co.uk to give context and it was complete. Thanks for reading, comments always welcome.
  10. Fascinating vintage kit, I look forward to seeing more.
  11. Just finished this, thoroughly enjoyable. Definitely TG:Maverick reminiscent in terms of aerial physics and close range air combat, but with Sukhoi-30s in the lead role which definitely wins out for me 😁
  12. Glad to hear it went well, I imagine the ratios of display and traders etc will change once it becomes more established. Hopefully trader fees will come down as well once they know how much footfall is expected and what costs can be covered.
  13. I'm definitely in, I have a wealth of US in Vietnam suitable aircraft - plus a good selection of French pieces from the precursor conflict as well if that would be admissable.
  14. Sam Halpert's A Real Good War It is presented as a novel, but written by a B-17 ETO veteran and definitely feels autobiographical with vivid descriptions of the bombing campaigns from the view of a crewman. A compelling read.
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