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  1. Reviewed by James Hatch on Hyperscale and Large Scale Modeller. http://www.hyperscale.com/2019/reviews/accessories/aasbuc32002reviewjh_1.htm https://forum.largescalemodeller.com/topic/6167-132-hispano-ha-1112-m1l-conversion-for-hasegawarevell-bf-109g-246/ NB. Parts for Spanish models are currently in production by SBS.
  2. Now available again on eBay too: https://www.ebay.com/itm/143091995063 (no I don't get a commission for this, just a public service announcement )
  3. Good grief, has it really been a year? Well, good news: the 1/32 Buchon conversion set is now available! I've received my complimentary copy and I was blown away by the quality of the resin casting (done by SBS Hungary). The detail is excellent! Some of it is so fine, I needed a magnifying glass to appreciate it. https://www.facebook.com/AttitudeAviationAs/ - use the "shop now" button and the seller will be in contact. Or go directly to this form. The kit was designed with the Hasegawa 1/32 donor kit in mind, but modellers have found it to be equally adaptable to the more commonly available, and cheaper, Revell kit. I've read some of the detail on the Revell kis is better than on the older Hasegawa one, and the weakest area of that kit, the nose, is replaced anyway.
  4. Thank you for the kind comments! Meanwhile a little progress has been made. Some extra parts, including four different spinner designs (more to come still!). From left to right, the spinners are a special design for the Battle of Britain movie Buchons (3-bladed), a Spitfire Mk IX spinner converted for the same with a fake cannon port, the same spinner but adapted for a three-bladed prop and a default Spitfire spinner, as used by Spanish Buchons. More updates in the new year. Merry Christmas!
  5. Thanks very much for the kind comments, gents! @Dimmy, one photo of "87" has appeared in a few Japanese books. I've attached a scan of one. You can just make out the fuselage stripe. Because of its faintness it's sometimes suggested this stripe was an overpainted white stripe that still vaguely shows through the camouflage paint. A rather weird interpretation, if you ask me, but kind of prolific for some reason. Given Kobayashi's senior position, this stripe would have been blue. Both the stripe and the camouflage paint simply ended up looking near-identical on black & white film.
  6. @dragonlanceHR the first kobayashi prints are now available through Aviation Graphic. I will try and have cn/ 5262 added soon too. Also, Nick Millman has posted a very kind review on his blog: http://www.aviationofjapan.com/2017/12/aviation-prints-by-ronnie-olsthoorn.html
  7. Thanks guys! Meanwhile SBS printed the top cowling with dummy guns for the "Battle of Britain" film star variant. Note how crisp the openings are.
  8. Yup I noticed that! I just happened upon a link in someone's signature
  9. I like that a lot! Great job on the metal finish. I like oddball designs and this is one you don't see very often. Good stuff!
  10. As a teenager I was a fanatic scale modeller, but when I bought my first PC in the mid-'90s my scale modelling was pushed to the background as I focused more on my illustrator ambitions. I always intended to return to scale modelling and last year I made some initial steps by illustrating a couple of box tops for Tan Model (1/48 RF-84F re-release and 1/72 T-33A Limited Edition kits). Currently I'm taking it one step further as I'm in the process of designing an actual scale model conversion kit. It's a commission by Spitfire display pilot Espen Tjetland from Norway, who is a great fan of the Buchons in the "Battle of Britain" movie. This kit will allow conversion of a 1/32 Hasegawa Messerschmitt Bf 109 G kit into an accurate Buchon. Both "Battle of Britain" movie star and Spanish Air Force variants are planned, as well as other models and other scales in the long run. 3D photo scanning, measurements of actual aircraft and Me 109 engineering plans are used to ensure absolute accuracy and to capture the Buchon's iconic grin (love it or hate it!). Work-in-progress on the 3D design: Pre-prototype 3D prints of the first major parts for test-fitting against the donor kit. The final printing quality will be of higher quality. Prints and photos by SBS Model from Hungary. More to come! Cheers, Ronnie Olsthoorn
  11. Anyone know a paint manufacturer for Stoner Blue or Caring Tan? Let alone Dorkwood and Bank Butt https://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2017/05/an-ai-invented-a-bunch-of-new-paint-colors-that-are-hilariously-wrong/
  12. Jon, the length you indicated should be 163mm in 1/48th scale. Please let us know how Tamiya and Hasegawa compare to this. This dimension is derived from my own scale drawings, which I produced for Nicholas Millman's "Ki-61 and Ki-100 Aces" by Osprey Publishing. NB. The short-fuselage models are 200mm shorter in real-life, thus 4mm less in 1/48th scale.
  13. Ah yes, you are absolutely right, I got the facts mixed up! That's what made it all the more remarkable: they got almost a full day's notice that the Japanese meant war but sadly no SOS was ever received and the Catalina just went missing. Rod, indeed the date line does cause for some curious timings, which is what I intended to demonstrate with my Ki-27 post, except that the Catalina was also on the 7th as Nick quite rightly points out. Dennis, absolutely! I'm increasingly getting the impression that bit by bit people are forgetting the hard lessons that were learnt from two world wars. My goal is definitely not to glorify war, but to tell a story via an eye-catching image. I admit I do intend to show off the aircraft of the time as nicely as possible, as the era of piston-engine monoplane aeroplanes was quite a short-lived thing, centered firmly around those few years that made up WW2. Thud4444, today the "Zero" slang is still firmly in place in my opinion. Show a Japanese plane of any type anywhere else but a plane-crazy forum and people will call it a Zero. I think it's actually good to differentiate between the different types. It's necessary in order to fully understand the battles that were fought. People find it logical to distinguish between an (Army) P-51 Mustang and a (Navy) F6F Hellcat. Why not treat the Japanese air forceS the same way?
  14. By the way, also on the morning of 7 December 1941, Nakajima Ki-27 "Nate" fighters of the 1st Sentai of the Japanese Army Air Force claimed the first victims of the Pacific War when they shot down a Catalina W8417 FV-Y of 205 Sqn, flown by Australian Flying Officer P.E. Bedell and his seven-man crew, who all perished. Note that despite the date, this happened several almost a whole day before the attack on Pearl Harbor! [edited; thanks to Nick Millman for the corrections!] Below is an illustration of a 1st Sentai Ki-27 as it looked in 1939. Few photos seem to exist of 1st Sentai Ki-27s at the time of the start of the Pacific War, but they show that the aircraft had yet to receive field camouflage. [edited] Colour research: Nicholas Millman
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