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  1. Hi Werner, great rendition of the Mirage 2000 prototype. You now have quite a unique model in your connection Cheers Markus
  2. Hi Alex, great progress on your Rafale. I usually prefer to mask such stripes instead of using decals. One never knows how good they fit, and it is a chore to find matching paint to touch missed areas up. Furthermore, I despise using large decals as you never know how they settle, which may ruin the whole impression. If you decide on masking the stripes, you can try to seal the edges of the masking tape with a coat of clear first in order to prevent paint bleeding and later touch ups (especially nasty on a predominantly white subject). But I guess I'm trying to teach a granny to suck eggs, so I will just lean back and wait patiently for the next update Cheers Markus
  3. Not bad, your cockpit looks quite nice. Cheers Markus
  4. Came out great The immediate postwar years turned out some fascinating designs. Cheers Markus
  5. Very nice Quite a bit of work but a unique subject. Seems the worst is already behind you. Having some FM kits myself I'm wondering how your decals behaved? Cheers Markus
  6. Hi @Icarus, nice start on your Rafale. Having a soft spot for prototypes, I'm eager to see what you will do with the Heller kit. If you need cockpit photos for the Rafale A, I think this is what you are looking for: https://www.museeairespace.fr/aller-plus-haut/panoramas-360/360-cabines-de-pilotage/panorama-360-rafale-a/ Cheers Markus
  7. Congratulations to Eduard for choosing a Japanese subject for their 'full Monty' treatment. While Japan was a major power in WW2, they are severely underrepresented in the modelling world. If you look at the contest tables or (western) modelling forums, you'll see predominantly German, US, and British subjects, followed by the Russians and only then come the Italians and even farther behind are the Japanese. You'll even see more Luft46 stuff than Japanese sometimes. Therefore, I'm happy to see a recent, new tool Rei-sen family. The A6M2 (to be converted into an A6M1), A6M2-N and A6M2-K are already must-buy for me Cheers Markus
  8. Hi @Hampshirehog222, according to this thread the olive green was the same on all aircraft, a local color which equals FS14079: Cheers Markus
  9. Hi @raftav, hard to see if the airframe you linked is based on an Il-28R (longer nacelle, larger wheels). The 'tanks' are colored green at their tips like the radar radome, indicating dielectric panels. Most likely these are some kind of locally designed pods containing ECM or recce gear. So it could be a standard bomber, just locally modified. Cheers Markus
  10. I'm loving what you do with this kit. Every update is a pleasure and well worth the wait! Cheers Markus
  11. Great subject, your client really has an elaborated taste Looks like you will finish this kit soon. Cheers Markus
  12. Hi Andy, reason is quite simple, actually. In order to make the vinyl tires flexible, softening agents are added to the material. These agents degas over time, making the tires more brittle and react with other plastic parts they touch (e.g. the wheel hubs). There they do their job and soften (melt) them. Some modellers apply paint, a clear coat or even bare metal foil to act as a barrier between vinyl and common plastic parts. For the same reason seals or O-rings get brittle over time, their softening agent degas with time. Btw., great start on your Jug Cheers Markus
  13. She looks really sinister in this dark grey scheme, but it suits her. Impressive how you crank out all these Amonster kits in short time Hope the nose gear won't collapse under the weight. Cheers Markus
  14. Great work Always inspirational to see a good scratch build in progress. Cheers Markus
  15. Really inspirational Steve. Impressive what can be created out of a piece of wood Cheers Markus
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