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  1. yes, the old Heller kit. Captures the 'look' of the original well, nicely done! FWIW a friend of mine, Andreas Zapf, has just published a 600-page tome on the Me 262 B-1a/U1 and night ops against LNSF Mossies, they weren't deployed against four-engine bombers at night -despite the recent Airfix box top artwork. Much more on a recent blog post, link not a million miles away!
  2. rather taken with the chipping on the truck and tow-bar - very subtle and very convincing....the Turbo is pretty well neat too..
  3. got one Expert and two overtrees - if I've understood correctly the overtrees were only available until 05 December @tonyot
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    PlaStix's Brush Painted 2018

    ..super work ..I'm struck by how 'realistic' the mud and grass looks!
  5. talking of ugly critters (..and 'blanks' in your collection..), here's one 'important' French type you haven't mentioned - the Loire Nieuport LN 401/411. A contemporary of the Blackburn Skua or even the Aichi 'Val', the "French Stuka" was a small gull-winged, single-engine 'strike' dive bomber. The navalised variant was the LN 401 intended for service on the French carrier Béarn and fitted with a landing hook, buoyancy 'cells' inflated with CO2 and foldable wings, while the LN 411 was a land-based variant planned to equip regular Armée de l'Air bomber units. The French carrier had cleared off to the French West Indies when the Germans invaded (IIRC) so the 401s were 'stranded' ashore. They were tasked with ground-attack sorties against Panzer spearheads in northern France - on 19 May ten of these were lost to flak during one attack by 20 aircraft on the crossroads at Berlaimont...
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    Battle of Britain 80th GB for 2020?

    ....just noticed this. Perhaps I should commit, after all its far enough away for some planning to take place (..more like work out my excuses). I can even see the Battle of Britain memorial from the back garden. If the weather is good, it'll be busy overhead...everyone and his dog pootles past for a look on a good day - even had three Broussards in trail formation last year. I will dust off the Jagdwaffe colours books and find an Emil or two with some neat artwork ..or perhaps something a little more obscure. Actually I quite fancy doing the machine flown by Staffelkapitän Oblt. Günther Schulze-Blanck ..
  7. Hi Heather great idea for a thread...Armée de l'Air 39-40 is an interest of mine too so I'll be dropping in here! my good friend 'Drix' at the "Flashback" blog has compiled plenty of interesting pieces on the period Flashback blog by Drix Lela Presse at avions-bateaux.com are the leading French publishers. They publish the bi-monthly "Avions" magazine and produced Serge Joanne's 500-page tome on the Bloch 150-2 series. Various issues of the magazine have in-depth features on the Bloch and of course all the other French types of the period.. Some twelve squadrons had Bloch fighters on 10 May 1940, and six more became operational with them during the battle. The Blochs shot down +/- 156 German machines and 59 Bloch pilots were lost (Drix gives the Blochs 188 vics including 50+ Bf 109s). The average squadron pilot apparently regarded the Bloch favourably enough as outlined by André Deniau (GC II / 6): " The Bloch 152 was of course different from the Morane 406 : heavier at low-level, but excellent at altitude, very pleasant to fly and very maneuverable. It was better armed than the Ms 406 with two wing-mounted cannon and twin machine guns. One major drawback was the amount of vibration when firing the cannon. .." capitaine Germain Coutaud commanded the 1st escadrille of GC I/1 in October 1939 when the first 14 N-25 powered Bloch 152s were taken on strength; "..Nous savions que le Bloch 152 était surclassé par le Bf 109 (…) :..we knew that the Me 109 outclassed the Bloch -with its overall superior performance, higher top speed, superior rate of climb and maneuverability the enemy enjoyed a considerable advantage. Our adversary could take the initiative, joining or breaking off combat at will. However in the Bloch the pilot enjoyed good visibility, the airframe was strong and sturdy and the armament relatively powerful.." Coutaud finished the campaign as an ace so his comments are perhaps slightly more favorable than otherwise would be the case. As CO in flight the remainder of his escadrille were tasked with protecting him while he achieved his kills thus dispersing the defensive fire from German bombers. The 'solidity' of the machine was proven by an apparent 'ramming' during the campaign when one pilot, Louveau, brought down a Bf 109 after colliding with it, an incident related in Icare magazine. Henri Gille (II/10) on the Bloch 152's manoeuvrability at low altitude : ".. The Messerschmitt 109s had worked out a method - they knew we could nail them in a turning fight ( '..on pouvait les avoir..'). They couldn't turn as tightly and in our Blochs we could turn inside them and get on their tails, and if we could, bring them down to almost roof-top height. Here they couldn't touch us. The Bloch 152 was a very good aeroplane, we were happy with it and preferred it to the MS 406. It was very solid and robust. Once I saw Diétrich get home with his crate completely riddled with impacts.." highest-scoring MB 152 pilot was sous-lieutenant Robert Thollon of GC I/8 with 8 confirmed aerial victories (four were shared). Perhaps the best 'known' ace on the Bloch was Louis Delfino of GC II/9 who later commanded the Normandie Niemen on the Russian Front..
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    Walter Nowotny’s A4 photos

    the partial view of the wing upper surface on the pic I've posted is interesting - is it shadow or a great big chunk of dark green ?
  9. good job Patrice..what paint have you used there ? What are you doing for decals?
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    Walter Nowotny’s A4 photos

    only one I can immediately think of appears in the Luftwaffe Gallery JG 54 'special' album - pilot climbing into the cockpit, view from the Balkenkreuz forward - much 'wider' shot. Still nothing aft of the fuselage cross.. These were first reproduced in Werner Held's German-language picture book biography of Nowotny AFAIK - not a book I've held onto - the Luftwaffe Gallery series on the other hand is and this title is still available here
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    WW2 aircraft preserved in Finland

    Very nice - and upper surfaces in black (?) .. or it that just a dark green ?
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    Things to do in England when you're Ed[ward]

    ..and we're only a short distance from Headcorn airfield, home to 'Aero-Legends' - ' the premier provider of vintage flight experiences..in genuine uncontrolled Battle of Britain airspace..'. There are Spitfires over-head all day every day throughout the summer..
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    Things to do in England when you're Ed[ward]

    ..when it comes to cliffs, Dover's are pretty small beer compared to Beachy Head.Seven Sisters - the highest sea cliff feature in Europe.. and one of the most 'notorious' spots in the world for ending it all..
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    What are you reading?

    ..follow-up reading suggestion.. "Arming the Luftwaffe" by Daniel Uziel. Describes how Messerschmitt, BMW, Mercedes Benz etc etc kept up their prodigious outputs... Of course war drives technological change and advancement, but we tend to 'forget' that German technology and industrial prowess during the war years owes everything to the massive deployment of foreign and slave labour in appalling conditions -between 1942 and 1944 over 650,000 Frenchmen alone were shipped off to work in German factories.
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    Why do we keep adding to the stash?

    indeed, nice one! ..sites like this don't help at all - everybody raving about the next great kit you've gotta have. I mean I'm not going to starve - not just yet anyway - but I don't do foreign holidays or pubs or stuff (..anymore..) Basically it's the 'hunter-gatherer' thing isn't it and with retirement around the corner I am going to build them all ..and read all the books. Who in their right minds can resist those Haynes manuals at only £6 anyway...