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  1. AZ Model 1/72 Bf 109 F4 Trop - Build thread here
  2. A little bit more progress. The kit is coming together very well. The cockpit and console side details were just about right and the instrument panel was paint it flat black and fill in the detail panels and dials rather than a decal which I tend to prefer. The instruction sheet covers a number of 109 variants in the AZ model range and this isn't always totally clear. Comparisons with other 109 F-4 Trops on Britmodeller and elsewhere was sometimes required. Fuselage and wings fitted perfectly as have the other parts so far. The only slight issue was filing squared-off wheel wells on the wing e
  3. Little bit of progress over the last week. Cockpit completed and wings on. Should be able to start on the first colour coats this week. Already my eye is drawn to the subtle changes between a F and an E e.g. rounded wingtips rather than square.
  4. This is my entry for the Africa Group Build and my second 109 - the first being an E-7 for the Heller Group Build. Looking forward to reading up on pilot Franz Schwaiger and his unit 6/JG-3.
  5. Trumpeter 1/72 StuG III Ausf. E OOB with first attempt at weathering using watercolour paints, pastel pencils and a little silver pen
  6. My first StuG completed Plus first attempt at weathering (watercolour paint and pastel pencils) on any model. Lots to learn there but I really enjoyed this build.
  7. Thank you all. Yes, now making good progress. From this collection of StuG III chassis and wheels To this - almost assembled and some paint on the wheels and lower chassis
  8. Hasegawa 1/72 Kawanishi N1K2-J Shidenkai 343rd Naval Kokutai 301st Fighter Hikotai First Lieuenant Kanno Tokushima
  9. Finished and the sun came out for photos (although the light has shown up some canopy gaps). Really enjoyed this build and I need to make some more Japanese aircraft. One beginner mistake confession - masked the wings for yellow leading stripe over the decals - which obviously came off when the tape was removed - whoopsy. Red paint required! Gallery updated.
  10. Here is my entry for the Panzer III GB - a little 1/72 Trumpeter StuG III. This will be my first StuG and as I know very little about them and the Panzer III in general I'm really looking forward to reading up as the build progresses.
  11. Progress from last weekend. Realised this is my first green / aluminium model and I'm really liking the contrast on the subtle lines of Shidenkai. Will finish probably next week.
  12. Rather liking the contrast between recent builds. The last was the MTO GB Eduard 1/72 Spitfire IX with incredible detail, PE parts, masks and multiple options. The Hasegawa N1K2-J in contrast has relatively low detail and options, no PE, no masks and only 33 parts but I'm still really enjoying the process. The painting instructions call for IJN Gray for the underside. A quick search through Shidenkai builds on Britmodeller suggests every other has aluminium which would look amazing. I'm also interested in the physical difference between the Shidenkai and the Spitfire. The latter is
  13. This is my entry for the Interceptors Group Build. Hasegawa's 1/72 Kawanishi N1K2-J Shidenkai 'George'. It entered service in 1944 and was one of the few Japanese Navy aircraft that could offer a pilot a chance against the Hellcat and Corsair. The kit has two decal options both from the elite naval unit the 343rd Naval Kokutai.
  14. Oh dear yes! I was clearing up this morning and putting a few bits in the spares box when I noticed the exhausts, painted but still on the sprue - oops! Gallery updating in progress...
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