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  1. Steve, that's some very nice work. In fact I like the color of the canopy frames, somehow it makes sense to me that the glass would be masked and painted separately from the rest of the aircraft at some point, to touch up any of those potentially troublesome areas in inclement weather! Your efforts in assembling and neatly painting the FuG 212 radar antennae adds to the impressive presence of the model.
  2. Agrippa, I think your diorama is superb and it's clear that a lot of craftsmanship and skill went into assembling it. I especially like the varied ground textures, grasses, flowers and neatly painted figures. This could indeed be any German airfield out on the wild fields of Russia and Ukraine. I look forward to seeing more of your brilliant creations!
  3. Thanks for your compliments John and Mike. Interesting point Miguel, I haven't seen that staining even on larger 1/32 models, it's neat that you represented it on yours. Mine has only freshly arrived at the front! Ha, now that's an easy fix. I appreciate the correction!
  4. Thanks Steve and Bill, I am glad that I can build and display these early wood and canvas aircraft in the same scale as our (sometimes gargantuan) modern marvels!
  5. That is a fantastic model! I absolutely agree with your opinion that the old Warhammer Fantasy sculpts were so much more inspiring and beautiful. I hope that the Old World game coming soon will bring more models like these. Why a recast though? Your painting skills are excellently adapted for this small 28mm scale. The dry brushed wings are convincing and lovely, as well as the shining silver of the elven lord's armor and the billowing cape that flows behind him. Well done!
  6. What would a collection of WWI aircraft be without the presence of the iconic Fokker Eindecker? Besides being the very first aircraft equipped with a synchronization gear which allowed a machine gun to fire through the propeller without damaging the airscrew, it caused much grief amongst the pilots of the Entente as the Eindecker outclassed Allied aircraft from its introduction in July 1915 through February 1916. Thinking I would receive a kit with some enhanced features and extra detailing possibilities, I purchased this "limited edition" SabreKits boxing of Eduard's Fokker E.III online. Inside the box I did indeed find the single-sprue Eduard kit, but with no extra photoetch or unique decals as advertised. In fact, the kit was missing the clear windshield sprue and the German crosses were printed without any white backing, meaning that I would have to furnish a windshield and mask and paint the white squares myself. Neither task proved impossible, but with that kind of quality control, I won't ever buy a SabreKit again! Anyway, I still enjoyed the build and I am highly satisfied with how the rigging turned out. For this task, I used Uschi .001" Superfine line.. a fantastic product. On the 18th of March 1916, Ernst Udet alone flew Fok. E.III 105/15 into a formation of 23 French bombers and achieved his first of 62 aerial kills, shooting down a French Farman F.40 and damaging one other before his machine gun jammed. For this action, he was awarded the Iron Cross First Class.
  7. Hi there, here is my recently completed Saladin figure. This is a 54mm (1/32) resin sculpt from Time Machine Miniatures. It depicts the victorious Sultan of Egypt, Syria and Jordan after destroying the Crusader army at the Horns of Hattin, which had sallied out to relieve the siege of Tiberias. This resounding defeat for the Crusaders led to the capture of many Christian settlements in the Holy Land as well as the fall of Jerusalem later on that year, and inspired calls for a Third Crusade. Thank you for looking and enjoy.
  8. Nicely painted figure Bertie. Your selection of colors would certainly make this halberdier stand out on the shelf! I am still trying to muster the courage to try a 75mm figure and would be happy if I got a similar result as you did.
  9. That is a magnificent result from your very first plastic kit. Congratulations. All the components, rigging, and paint are excellently represented. In particular the wooden interplane struts and airscrew are lovely.
  10. You did a wonderful job on your Fokker D.VII. Those light blue rib tapes on the underside of the wings are cool, and the red coat came out looking so smooth.
  11. Beautiful AAV. I made this same kit at the end of last year, and I like the way Dragon designs their kits. The DS tracks look great for one-piece tracks. The extra stowage is a nice addition and I wish the base kit was supplied with more. Very well done!
  12. I'm with opus, vacuform kits are a bridge too far for me... so far. Superb results on both Pfalzes, Adrian! Your rigging and decal work with the printed fabric is impressive.
  13. I have been studying the Russian Civil War lately and found the involvement of early armored vehicles to be particularly interesting. The very presence of these steel beasts was capable of turning the tide of battle, boosting the morale of friendly troops and causing the enemy to despair, much the same effect that the arrival of armored knights on the battlefield had in centuries past. Using both the Mk.III and Mk.IV boxings of this kit, I built two armored cars that appear to both have Mk.III features. The first depicts the car bestowed with the name "Ataman Bogaevsky," in honor of the last independent Ataman (leader) of the Don Cossacks, who held that title from early 1919 until his death in exile in 1934. According to the Osprey New Vanguard publication of White and Allied armor of the Russian Civil War, this vehicle was attached to Lieutenant General Shkuro's Cossack cavalry corps and participated on the advance on Moscow during the summer and autumn of 1919, and was lost during the subsequent retreat south. It carries both the roundel of the Don Army (black triangle in a circle) and the Russian tricolor, as a symbol of the Don Army's participation as part of the Armed Forces of South Russia. The vehicle appears to carry a disruptive camouflage pattern, which I have tried my best to reproduce. The inner linings of the front wheel wells are missing and supported only by metal struts, which are my only scratch-built contributions to the kit. The second car, carrying the name "Shvidkiy" ("Speedy" or "Swift" in Ukrainian), was one of 27 armored cars used by the Ukrainian National Republic during its short-lived independence from 1918-1921. A cossack from long ago seems to have snuck into frame. Thanks for looking!
  14. Wow, I really like the way you painted the glass lenses on the headlights and the viewports. Quite inspirational and something I must try on my future armor models!
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