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  1. Just found this one, Tony. Include me please in the list. I have a number of old Supermodel kits up in the attic in the stash. The groupbuild would be a good excuse to dust them off (literally!) and get moving on one, or more, of them...... Philip
  2. Hi Craig. Do you do the second coat of Klear immediately after the decal is positioned? And is that second application by brush also? Thanks, Philip
  3. Great job. I am familiar with 26 Decals. What's AA for the windows, and do you have a link where they can be purchased, if they are an item that one can buy.
  4. Thanks. I was thinking of using plastic rod, rather than brass wire/tubing. I think I have some that has a smaller diameter than the kit supplied plastic, but about the same one as the etch (though circular, rather than flat). I am thinking of using the etch as a guide for measurements, though, as you suggest. (I once did it with plastic rod on a Special Hobby Anson, in lieu of the rather brittle resin framework on that kit, and it worked....with a lot of effort....) Thanks Philip
  5. Well, I have decided to go with the Academy kit, rather than the Airfix/Heller/Smer one. Here are the usual box and sprue shots, to start off with:- The Kubelwagen will go into the spares box, for some future build. Nice crisp plastic, and - unlike the Smer kit - no flash. The kit allows two options, a war-time Storch and a post-war Criquet, so there are a number of items (principally a radial engine) that I won't be using. As I mentioned in the first post, I also will not be using the kit decals, but these ones, by Kora, which covers the Storch as used by the Condor Legion during the Spanish Civil War:- I found this etch set in my stash, so it might come into play.... However, the instructions for the etch set show a rather complicated assembly, and I am also a little bit concerned about the two dimensional nature of the interior struts, which may not be very realistic when seen through the large canopy. I may opt to use some of the etch details for the interior, such as the seats and seat belts, but replace the interior framework with the kit items, or with scratchbuilt ones using plastic rod. We will see... To be continued..... Philip
  6. Thanks, Steve. I think my kitbash was a lot easier than doing old MPM and a vacform canopy......
  7. Polikarpov I-16 Republican Air Force, Spanish Civil War. 7th Escuadrilla, Autumn/winter 1938. Kit: Eduard 1/48th scale. Weekend version of Type 18 - cost £7.00 Paints:- Gunze Mr Color Russian Green and Light blue, the rest Tamiya acrylics. Weathering with Tamiya make-up sponges set. Decals from the spares box (probably from another Eduard kit) Build thread is here:- https://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/235093957-polikarpov-1-16/ Thanks for looking, Philip
  8. Well, it's finished, with just less than three hours to go to the end of the Group Build. Typical of Eduard, there are lots and lots of very small items to add towards the end. However, after a couple of tries, I managed to get most of them on, including the rather intricate undercarriage arrangement. I couldn't find the little windlass thingy for the side of the fuselage, so will have to do without it. (No doubt it will turn up in due course....) The opportunity you get with the Republican side in the Spanish Civil War is to have striking paint schemes on the Polikarpov 1-16. The one I chose (from the huge number of possibilities in the aftermarket decal set that I had in stock) is one with not only red wingtips and fuselage band, but also a red tail fin and red elevators. The rudder is, of course, in that lovely multi-coloured red/yellow/purple tricolour arrangement. Here it is:- The windscreen was not painted with the usual green camo colour after repairs, but was left in natural metal. The extent of the black surround for the engine is the source of some controversy, apparently - some profiles show the black extending further back along the fuselage, while some commentators say that that extra black area is a shadow in a wartime photo, and that the black did not extend beyond the engine! I went with the latter, as it seemed more logical to me. Other side view:- Although I had intended to use decals from Begemot, in the end I found some in the spares box. I think they probably came from another Eduard kit. View from the rear:- I went slightly heavy on the weathering, because in the time period, - late 1938/early 1939 - these aircraft were up in the air multiple times in the day, fending off the - by then - dominant Legion Condor/Nationalist forces. Underside view:- Head on view, showing the rather complicated undercarriage arrangement:- As they say, not bad for less than a tenner! Cheers, Philip
  9. Coming down to the close of the Group build, so here it is. I think it is, finally, finished. Overall view:- The mix of Italian and German markings is quite striking, and just shows what was really going on with the ANR, the Italian airforce in the north of Italy after Mussolini was toppled and the Germans took over what was left of the Italian Airforce in the North of the country after they freed him . Rear View:- The kit gave a choice of white or black Italian "fasces". The white ones looked better, so on they went. I think that they look well over the RLM 82 green patches. Side view:- For a first attempt, and on a 1/72 kit, I am happy with the way the mottling went. Underside view:- Note the German markings on the lower wings, and the RLM 02 overpainted "Reich defence band", which you cannot easily see on the upper fuselage because of the mottling. Those balance weights at the back of the wings are TINY..... Actually, the entire model is quite small:- And, as a result of the kit-bash, I now have a lot of (pretty useless) plastic parts from the Intech/Hobby craft kit that I didn't use, but I also have some neat decals that I can use in due course for a Yugoslav Bf 109 G-6 or G-14. Many thanks to SAU for the link to that very interesting article extract on the Yugoslav Story from the Wings of Serbia website. Many thanks for looking, and for the support for what has been, shall we say, an "interesting" build. It is not a competition entrant, by any means, but should look good in my collection of Bf 109's. Cheers, Philip
  10. My entry will be one of the highest winged, and one of the shortest STOL, aircraft of the 1930's/1940's - the Fieseler Storch. I plan on doing this one in Spanish Civil War colours, as everyone else on the web seems to like to do it in the camo and markings of Rommel's plane in the Western Desert. I will be starting in a week or so, once I finish my entries in two other Group Builds on this forum. I have both the Academy and the Heller (also reboxed by Smer) examples in 1/72 in my stash. Anyone know which of these is the best kit to use? Thanks, Philip
  11. Hi Lads A bit late to the party.... Back in May I was thinking of doing a Hs 123. However, I note that this particular aircraft has already been entered...and almost completed. So, for variety, and since nobody (surprisingly) - so far as I can see - has (as yet) entered one in the group build, I would like to do the Storch, probably in Spanish Civil War livery Is that OK? I can start in a week or so - just coming up to the finishing line on two other Group Builds atm - the less than a tenner one and the Bf 109 one.... Thanks Philip
  12. Yes, thanks Stix. I have every intention of finishing. The painting of the main body, and all of the undercarriage items has now finished, and the first coat of Future is to go on tonight, with decals tomorrow night, and then more Future, followed by weathering. Philip
  13. Well, with the deadline looming for the close of the Group Build, it was time to get back to the bench. Since my last post in July, the undersurfaces have been given a full covering of the light blue, and the main upper areas the necessary Russian Green colour (I opted for the darker of the two - Mr Color 136), in each case thinned with the same firm's Mr Levelling Thinner. Went on great! I have since masked off the areas that are to be painted in red, undercoating them in white. The same has been done with the separate rudder, which was given an overall white, and then the top two thirds painted in yellow. The first third, on the top, will have red, along with the rest of the areas on the aircraft, and then the lower third will get its colour purple.. Here is where I am now at:- Upper... And lower... Much tamiya tape was injured in the making of this kit... Since I have until September 5th, and as we are back from the holidays (staycation, unfortunately), I reckon that I should make the deadline....just! Thanks for looking, Philip.
  14. Well - time is getting on towards the end of the Group Build. So back to the bench.. Since the last entry last month, there has been a reasonable amount of progress. The canopy has been put on and masked (ouch! - that took four nights, as there are no aftermarket masks for this, so out came the Tamiya tape, and a new number 11 blade....), Then the main colours were sprayed on - RLM 74 and 75 greys for the wings and for the top of the fuselage, over the lower fuselage and undersurfaces in RLM 76. All Mr Hobby Aequous paints - cut with Mr Hobby Levelling thinner. Then there was a rather odd addition, according to the kit instructions (see earlier in the thread for the colour scheme), which involved patches on each wing where the original Luftwaffe upper wing markings were overpainted in RLM 82 light green, and where the Italian ANR fasces markings were placed. In addition, the fuselage of the G-6 that was converted originally had what I assume was a Reich Defence band, over painted in RLM 02. Again Mr Hobby paints did the business. Then - there was some mottling. Given that this was my very first time using an airbrush for Luftwaffe mottling, and given that the kit is 1/72nd scale, it is just as well that the mottling on the real thing (assuming that you believe the marking scheme on the kit, and who am I to argue?) consists of quite large patches in varying colours of the aforementioned RLM 82, RLM 70 (which is also used for the spinner and the prop blades), and also the RLM 74 and 75. This is where I am now at, with perhaps one further run at it left to do tomorrow. The end of the Group Build is September 5th, so I am hopeful of finishing on time (!). Thanks, for looking. Philip
  15. Just came across this. Lovely work! Are the wings glued in? I recall doing this kit when it first came out, and it was possible to just slide in the wings into the fuselage when everything was painted - not, of course, necessary with your version, but very useful with the three colour versions. Philip
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