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  1. Beautiful craftsmanship. I love seeing Imperial Russian aircraft, and this is a type that I had not heard of before! The rigging looks extremely neat and your custom additions add to the realism of the overall build. A wonderful Vickers Bullet!
  2. Hi Bertie, yes I often found myself wondering why I was playing around with resin sticks for hours on end. At least it can be a humorous affliction we modellers have! Thank you! Pete, I did have a couple moments where I moved my brush too quickly and a strut would snap off completely, which is not what I'm used to from plastic models! I definitely had to handle this one with care. I'm glad you like it! My friends, thank you for your gentlemanly comments! There is something special about the pioneering designs of WWI. And some excellent recommendations for various other rigging materials.
  3. Great work on your He-177, which you finished in an uncommon but attractive camouflage scheme. The bomb bay is neatly built, which from experience, I know can be a tricky fit. You've inspired me to take another look at mine and get it across the finish line!
  4. Great MiGs Pete! After seeing these two, I have to agree with your assessment - the Revell kit looks top of the line. You made the most of all that fine surface detail and ordnance/airbrakes.
  5. Good day! Today I would like to present a most delicate and fiddly recent completion of mine. It is training version of the Caudron G.III, which can rightly be called the first plane of many successful Allied aviators of the Great War. I didn't feel like documenting this build with too many in-progress pictures, but I was more than a little intimidated when I first looked in the box. It is entirely made of somewhat flexible resin, with photoetched wheel spokes. The major components are of course the wings, the engine, and crew nacelle - with interplane struts and the twin tail booms making up the majority of the model, it was mostly just lots of resin sticks to be cut off of casting blocks! Indeed, the preparation of each strut and beam took time, and I fashioned a simple jig out of styrofoam to hold all the wooden parts upright for painting. Then, after lots of cussing while getting the sesquiplane wings oriented correctly, I filled in the remaining area where some interplane struts weren't long enough, and started the rigging. From the kit description: The Caudron G.III was designed by René and Gaston Caudron as a development of their earlier Caudron G.II for military use. It first flew in May 1914. The aircraft had a short crew nacelle, with an engine in the nose of the nacelle, and twin open tailbooms. It was of sesquiplane layout, and used wing warping for lateral control, although this was replaced by conventional ailerons fitted on the upper wing in late production aircraft. Usually, the G.III was not equipped with any weapons, although rifle-caliber weapons and hand-released small bombs were carried. Most G.IIIs were the A.2 model, used by numerous air forces for reconnaissance and artillery spotting on the Western Front, Russia, and the Middle East. The G.III D2 was a two-seat trainer aircraft, equipped with dual controls, and powered by a 80hp Le Rhône air-cooled rotary engine. The latest versions were equipped with more powerful 100hp Anzani 10 radial engine. Operators: Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Brazil, China, Colombia, Denmark, El Salvador, Finland, France, Greece, Italy, Japan, Peru, Portugal, Poland, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Spain, United Kingdom, United States, Venezuela. I used two types of rigging material here, in an attempt to portray the difference of thickness between bracing and control wires. For the interplane bracing, I used EZ Line "Fine" .003" material and this was especially difficult to work with. I wish I had gotten a lot of the rigging to look more straight, but I think it is partly a downfall of EZ Line to curl up at the end when dabbed in CA glue. The control wires were done with Uschi .001" superfine line, and this was the stuff I should have been using all along. It's basically spiderweb and hard to see, but coincidentally much easier to glue. It also looks much more in-scale for 1/72. Safe to say, I will use exclusively the Uschi product from now on. I won't pretend to have done all the rigging as on the real deal... but I did most of it! Overall a very different and challenging build. I am still getting used to working with resin. To tell you the truth, I wish I had reserved the effort for the fantastic looking G.III from Copper State Models in 1/32. Who says I can't have both.. Thanks for looking!
  6. Nicely done Bertie! I agree wholeheartedly that figures are necessary to complement any model, Archer or aircraft or ship. The story you told with these characters was very entertaining . . here's hoping Colonel Blimp doesn't make it across the Channel to lose more paperwork where it counts. The vehicles and characters are beautifully painted, and I like your attention to detail with the terrain as well. The grass is well spaced to show the commonly trodden areas, like the drive into the hull-down position and trail to the command post. A fantastic scene!
  7. I surely dream of having such a highly detailed and skillfully built collection like yours someday! A question if I may: Where do you order your acrylic display cases from? Do you make them yourself?
  8. That is a fantastic display of modeling skill. I'd never be brave enough to even think about hanging that behemoth from my ceiling!
  9. Very nicely and neatly made MBR-4! The spoked wheels and what I assume are 7.62mm DA machine guns look really detailed. Are they photoetched parts?
  10. Nicely done. I like your delicately shaded panel lines on this R44! I often see these flying over my house, for local tours and flight training.
  11. Now that is an exceptional build of the the Flying Fortress... it just looks so good in metallics with the drab anti-glare panels. Well done!
  12. You achieved some very delicate detail! I like your work with the Uschi line for the bracing wires. I never noticed how externally similar this aircraft is to the Morane-Saulnier N type, that's quite remarkable!
  13. Farmerboy, I thankfully can do this type of fine painting with my standard issue Mk.I Eyeballs, but I need glasses to see anything further than my outstretched hand! Chris, interesting story. I haven't seen many of these kits built, though the subject deserves a new release given the rather sparse detail that (old) Italeri is known for. Thank you all for your compliments!
  14. Aaaaahhhhhh, I can hardly tell you how amazing it feels to finally be writing this RFI! This is a project that I started back in May 2018, using the 2002 boxing of Italeri's Gotha Go 242 cargo glider. According to the Scalemates kit history, the original tooling was released in 1972. After building the fuselage and wings, my motivation to get on with the build wavered and I nearly threw it away multiple times. Now I'm glad that I didn't give up. It is not exactly the most detailed of kits, although after nearly four years on the shelf of doom I mustered the determination to finish it in a dignified manner. I don't own an airbrush, so I was delighted to use a technique for hand-painting the mottling for the first time. I brushed on a thin layer of enamel thinner (over acrylic blue) then blotted on the green enamel paint to simulate random patterns that would have been loosely sprayed on the real thing. The diorama is meant to depict the Fallschrimjäger during their deployments in Italy north of Monte Cassino. I really liked researching their uniforms and camouflage for this period. The Germans built these in significant numbers and used them in North Africa, Russia, and Italy. The Go 242 could be towed aloft by the He 111, Ju 52 and some versions of the Ju 87. A modified version, powered by two Gnome-Rhône 14M engines, was known as the Go 244. Thanks for your attention and enjoy the pictures!
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