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  1. That is a tremendous model and expertly finished. Honestly the blisters and imperfections on the camouflage are so minor that they add to the weathering and wear-and-tear of the aircraft. Great job Lanmi.
  2. Great one! And very informative review of the kit. The only thing I can think of that would make the model more convincing is a pin wash to pick out all those rivets and sprockets/wheels, to make them seem more grimy.
  3. Awesome Hurricane! A very menacing presence in nightfighter livery, and your detailing is superb.
  4. An intriguing subject! I like your decision to paint the 4BO first and leave it along the hull sides where it wouldn't be easy to reach with the whitewash, and the use of a white blanket to easily simulate snow is a fine idea.
  5. Nice, clean build Dim. The light chalky panel lining looks good on your Blackbird!
  6. Eric, your figure painting skills in 1/72 are some of the best. The camouflage patterns of the SS and all the other variations is so convincingly realistic. I also love the bootprints in the mud and the foliage. Just excellent work.
  7. Here is my last completion of the year, my first foray into water effects and more advanced terrain building. I decided to take the AAV I completed months ago and incorporate it into a dramatic scene, of the Marines making landfall somewhere in the world. The 1/72 Dragon kits are a delight to put together and this one was no exception! It is magnificently detailed for the scale and I made sure to use the included photoetch and scratch-built the whip antennas, which help lend the vehicle more of a sense of motion. The base is composed of a styrofoam board covered in tinted Sculptamold, sprinkled with specks of dirt from the garden to simulate seashells and rocks in-scale. I added sorghum flour to give the sand some color variation, and added small roots as driftwood. I learned so much in creating the water. Firstly, I lined the lowest parts of the diorama with plastic food wrap to seal it, then poured Vallejo still water in colored layers to represent the choppy surf. Then I added waves with Vallejo water effects and diluted seafoam, picking out the crests of the waves and around the tracks. Next time I do a big water pour, I'll use clear epoxy resin instead. The Vallejo still water doesn't have great volume when dried, it's better as a thin coating instead. But besides that and not getting the edge of the diorama frame flush with the ground, I'm happy with the result. Thanks for looking!
  8. Srđan, great build! Your Revell Challenger 1 looks amazing. I particularly like the filter you used to create color variation. Coincidentally, I made a Hasegawa 1/72 Crusader from the 9th Queen's Lancers a few years ago. (Not as expertly as you made your tank... ) Happy New Year!
  9. Fantastic! I love seeing Greek aircraft, uncommon as they are. The crosshair and cockpit instrument panel are particularly impressive.
  10. Excellent model of this recce aircraft... must look into some machines using the "anticamouflage" line of thought. Happy New Year.
  11. This is an exquisitely and delicately detailed model of the Short No 2, I thank you for the history lesson and for sharing your work! If I were the pilot, I'd be mighty reluctant to name the first pig to fly "Icarus II!"
  12. Thank you everyone for your kind compliments. And for those with this kit still in the stash, I hope I've provided some inspiration to dig it out and take another look at it.
  13. Salutations, Today I would like to present the largest model I've ever made! It is a Be-12PS in Ukrainian Naval Aviation markings. The build spanned 4 months of occasional work due to my constant flux of motivation to continue assembling these parts which fought me at pretty much every step of the way. However after liberal application of filler putty and careful sanding, I got the joins looking smooth enough to paint. I have to say that landing gear door and support assembly was one of the most complex subassemblies I've put together so far and it was a true test of my modelling mettle. The kit came with masks which behaved well. I feel accomplished for seeing this project to the end and giving it a suitably grimy and well used aura! These aircraft have been in service since the 1970s and reportedly, Ukraine still has 2 in service. The rest had to be left behind when Russia annexed the Crimea in 2014. As you can see, this beast takes up a whole half of the top of my drawer display area! I've placed it next to my PB4Y-2 and Revell Arizona tucked off in the corner. I have plans to make a seascape base for my next floatplane... Thanks for looking and I hope you like it!
  14. Awesome and smooth build for an Amodel (monster) kit. Makes me want to dig out the soviet behemoth at the bottom of my stash and start gluing, real inspiration!
  15. Nicely done and congratulations on your completed Su-24M/Ural display! I have an ICM fuel bowser in the stash that I also need to assemble in the Ukrainian livery for my newly finished Be-12PS. Best regards, Pyradus.
  16. I'm glad you both liked my imagination with this model. @S. Uehlinger I am a fan of your delicately rigged WWI and RCW biplanes. I of course enthusiastically agree that a Messerschmitt with WWI lozenge camouflage or vivid personal embellishment would be beautiful. @Murewa I encourage you to try a "what if" project of your own creation, and look forward to seeing whatever you come up with!
  17. Thanks for your compliments. I am sure those WWI pilots would have been thrilled to take something as technically advanced and powerful as a jet into the skies!
  18. Hi everyone. As with many others on the board I am fascinated with first and second generation jet aircraft, from the Me 262 through the mid-1960s which was truly the great age of jet prototypes. Some of the earliest jets in service were direct conversions from prop-driven airframes, and the Yak-15 was the product of mating a Yak-3 fuselage with the Klimov RD-10 engine, a Soviet copy of the Jumo 004 used on Me 262s. This is a Yak-17 which was a rapid modernization of the Yak-15, providing greater fuel capacity in the form of wingtip fuel tanks (200l or 53 U.S. gallons each). The Yak-15 also had issues with melting the runway on takeoff due to the slant of the engine and had to be equipped with a steel tailwheel, which the Yak-17 redesign resolved with tricycle-type gear arrangement. In all, 430 Yak-17s were produced, including the Yak-17UTI two-seat trainers. They were soon greatly surpassed in overall performance by the Yak-23 and other Soviet fighters of greater renown. I wanted to have this fighter in my collection, but I found the monotone green color scheme to be quite boring. Instead, I thought to use a Print Scale decal sheet for Imperial Russian WWI fighter aces. It was a fun exercise in applying WWI markings as well as being a small tribute to Podporuchik Ivan Alexandrovich Orlov, a pioneering aviator who scored 5+1 probable kills in WWI. After the February revolution in Petrograd resulting in the Tsar's abdication, the maintenance of aircraft in Orlov's squadron became even more difficult, and he wrote that "We are stealing many parts from old aircraft to keep a few airworthy. Clearly we are tempting fate day after day." On the 4th of July 1917, the lower right wing of Orlov's Nieuport 23 gave way during combat maneuvers and he fell 3,000 meters to his death in the Russian trenches near Kozova, Ukraine. Memento mori. As for the kit itself, the Special Hobby kit from 1998 is nothing special. The resin seat and cockpit sidepanels are nice, but not necessary. The fuselage halves and wings were somewhat asymmetrically moulded and came with lots of flash. The panel lines are shallow, but that's consistent with the real plane. I made the 23mm gun barrels from wooden toothpicks. Hand painted with Vallejo model color acrylics. Disclaimer: I've used some artistic freedom here, including the yellow bort numbers and red star kill markings. It is merely a fusion of the WWI camouflage with markings more commonly seen on aircraft later in the century. So, without further ado here is my fictional Yak-17 in the livery of I.A. Orlov's Nieuport 21 in Autumn 1916. Thanks for looking!
  19. What a great looking trainer you've made, using a somewhat unimpressive conversion kit and scratch-built parts. And to top it all off, it seems like a difficult paint scheme to replicate as well. Excellent display of craftsmanship!
  20. Nicely made Ki-46-II. I can appreciate your choice to opt for the camo scheme and you've painted it excellently! Did you mask the canopies yourself? The rear greenhouse is exceptionally neat!
  21. Nice ones! I enjoy your painting technique for these quite varied French camouflage schemes. And yes, how nice to clear out some of the stash.
  22. I second Wulfman, what a neat Albatros and I enjoyed reading your writeup about the history of the plane and pilot as well. That "chocolate swirl" camo pattern has to be one of the more zany ones to come out of that pioneering era in aviation. Love the spoked wheels too. Excellent!
  23. Beautiful craftsmanship on your Morane 230, a plane I have never heard of until today! How charming to see such a fresh and clean build next to a box that has clearly been through the rigors of time.
  24. Lanmi, very admirable results from this Hobbyboss kit. The panel line weathering is really remarkable and you should be proud of the overall outcome!
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