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Jeff Wilson

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    Primarily aircraft; any era and in any scale. But I do enjoy modelling for the sake of it sometimes, so almost any subject can find its way onto the bench.

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  1. Can anyone point me to a supplier of pre-cut, round or oval, raw/unfinished, veneered MDF bases, with a profiled edge? The two in the photos below are examples that I picked up at a show a number of years ago for around £5 each, but I can't recall who was selling them. These are approximately 16 x 200 x 300mm and were raw MDF when bought. I'm looking for something similar but I can only seem to find suppliers/cutters of unprofiled, round/oval bases, or profiled and varnished timber bases with an appropriate price tag. Cheers, Jeff
  2. Lovely looking model @Andwil - really good work. Great scheme too. I also like the grass mat you've got it displayed on - the leaf scatter looks really good. Do you know the manufacturer? The Fokker would look excellent on a simple, small, round, matt black MDF base, with a circle of that mat on top. Cheers, Jeff
  3. Many thanks to all who have commented and reacted so positively about this Tojo. @72modeler @HOUSTON @MDriskill @Roberto @Epeeman @swralph @stevehnz @opus999 @Wulfman @Farmerboy, I've got to admit that it takes pride of place in my (small but growing) 1/72 Japanese collection. The Nick Millman book is a great resource for a wide variety of interesting schemes too - plenty more Tojos to consider building down the track. Cheers, Jeff
  4. That's really lovely, Toryu. I've got one in the stash, along with a Little Fokkers resin cockpit, an old Eduard etched set and an Aeromaster decal sheet. If it comes out half as well as yours, I'd be well chuffed. Regards, Jeff
  5. I always thought it was ex-Mania, Wulfman, but it appears that Scalemates disagrees with me - they say new tool Hasegawa in 1972. Either way, it's still a nice kit. Cheers, Jeff
  6. Funny you should mention that, Todders. It was sitting in my stash for the best part of 30 years until UK lockdown convinced me to build it. It's a decent kit, well worth building. Cheers, Jeff
  7. This model is built from the 1/72 Airfix kit and represents an A6M2b Model 21 Zero-Sen, of the 201st Kokutai, flown from Tobera airfield, New Britain, in 1944. The Airfix colour scheme calls for a grey underside, but an air-to-air photograph on Nick Millman's Aviation of Japan blog indicates quite strongly that this particular aircraft was an over-painted trainer retaining its original orange-yellow underside, with white outlined Hinomarus and numbers under the wings, so that's how I chose to finish it. The decals are from the kit and paints are Tamiya, Gunze and Revell acrylics, and Humbrol enamels for details. I built this a number of years ago, shortly after the kit was released, and I did a WIP here but I never photographed the finished article. Cheers, Jeff
  8. This model is built from the 1/72 Hasegawa kit and represents the N1K2-J Model 21 Shiden, flown by CPO Hideo Nakao, 343rd Kokutai, 407th Hikotai, from Matsuyama airbase, Japan, in March 1945. I also used a few bits and pieces from an old Eduard etched brass cockpit set, but little can be seen of it except in very good light. I used Master Type 99 20mm gun barrels and Print Scale decals to finish it. Paints are Tamiya, Gunze and Vallejo acrylics, and Humbrol enamels for details. Cheers, Jeff
  9. This model is built from the venerable 1/72 Hasegawa/Mania kit and represents a Ki-44-II Hei Shoki, flown by Captain Yukiyoshi Wakamatsu, 2nd Chutai Leader, 85th Sentai, Canton, China, during the summer of 1944. I also used a very nice True Details resin cockpit that I bought years ago, but the cockpit opening is tiny and the canopy quite thick, so little can be seen of it - at least I know it's in there. There's a colour profile of this aircraft in Nick Millman's Osprey Aircraft of the Aces #100, Ki-44 'Tojo' Aces of World War 2, and I based the underside colour and the heavy mottle on that profile and used Print Scale decals to finish it. Paints are Tamiya, Gunze and Vallejo acrylics, and Humbrol enamels for details. The gun barrels are Master .50 calibre Brownings masquerading as Japanese 12.7mm. Macro photography certainly leaves nothing to the imagination - it looks significantly less dusty in real life. Cheers, Jeff
  10. I thought both the Trumpeter and Tamiya single-seater kits had a fuselage broken in the middle, to allow you to show the engine. The sprue image above shows a conventional right/left fuselage mould without a break. Could be a partial retool? Regards, Jeff
  11. Three crew lost, Admiral Puff, not four. No less tragic for that, however. The aircraft involved was EC130Q, N134CG, Coulson 4, temporarily working with the NSW Rural Fire Service. I watched it land at RAAF Fairbairn while I was waiting in the departure lounge at Canberra Airport on 9th January this year: Regards, Jeff
  12. For what it's worth, I used a mix of Revell and Tamiya acrylics (wow, eight years ago...) to get what I felt looked close to Japanese trainer orange-yellow. Images (albeit plastered with the Photobucket logo) are here: Cheers, Jeff
  13. It's a test shot and besides, they'll take five minutes to get rid of if they're still there in the production kit. Jeff
  14. Lovely model, Dave - really nice result. Cheers, Jeff
  15. Born in 1916, Tetsuzo Iwamoto was possibly Japan's ace of aces during WWII, with a confirmed tally of at least 80 aerial victories, his own diary listing anywhere up to 202 kills. Serving throughout the Japanese war in Asia and the Pacific, from the Chinese theatre to the battle for the islands of Japan in the closing stages of the war, he survived only to be blacklisted from public sector employment by the allied occupiers of Japan. When the allied occupation forces left Japan in 1952, he was finally able to find work at a spinning mill. In 1953 he was diagnosed with enteritis which was later found to be appendicitis and, after a series of operations, surgeons reputedly removed three or four of his ribs without anaesthesia. This ultimately led to sepsis and he died at the age of just 38 in May 1955, supposedly uttering these final words to his wife; "When I get well, I want to fly again". This model represents one of the Mitsubishi A6M2 Zero-sen fighters he may have flown from Tobera Base, Rabaul, New Britain, in January 1944. It is built from the Tamiya kit originally tooled in 1973, which has long been surpassed by Hasegawa's kit and by Tamiya's own retooled Zero family but, nonetheless, builds very nicely and is available for £10-£12 if you shop around. It also includes five interesting finishing options and is worth picking up for the decal sheet alone, as are the original Tamiya toolings of the A6M3 and A6M5 - think of them as good quality decal sheets with a bonus kit thrown in. That said, it's the most modelling fun I've had in ages from a £12 kit. I added a set of Eduard seat belts and a couple of Flightpath etched bits which nicely replicated the cocking handles for the cowl mounted machines guns but, other than that and the elastic thread aerial wire, it's built completely out of the box. Tamiya, Gunze Sangyo and Vallejo acrylics were used for much of the painting, Windsor & Newton oils for weathering, and Humbrol enamels for the pilot figure and other small details. Cheers, Jeff
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