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  1. Thanks for all the kindly and encouraging comments chaps, it really is appreciated. Gary
  2. Thanks for all the kind replies chaps. If WNW with their exacting QC had released this kit, then I would have built about 3 by now but getting the wings straightened courtesy of Meng's interpretation of QC was a 'faff' as the top one just didn't want to stay straight no matter how many times it was plunged into almost boiling water then fixed to a metal ruler. I just hope (long term) it will stay straight now...! Gary
  3. Romeo Models 75mm French Grenadier Egypt Campaign. A lovely 'character' figure and a refreshing change from the usual Hussars, Dragoons, Cuirassiers etc. Painted in oils. Sorry about the blue-tack on the base (now gone) as the pics were taken after coming back from a club meet where it had been transported in a box. Gary FRENCH INFANTRY 1 by Gary Needham, on Flickr FRENCH INFANTRY 1A by Gary Needham, on Flickr FRENCH INFANTRY 1B by Gary Needham, on Flickr
  4. Meng 1/32 DR.1 and M-v-R depicted using a resin figure by 'Model cellar'. Decals were used from the WNW "Albatros DV / Dva 'Red Baron' special boxing which also had DR.1 decals as 'extras' in the kit.. Fokker 'streaking' done using oils as was the figure. Gary FOKKER DR1 - 1 by Gary Needham, on Flickr FOKKER DR1 - 1A by Gary Needham, on Flickr FOKKER DR1 - 1B by Gary Needham, on Flickr FOKKER DR1 - 1C by Gary Needham, on Flickr FOKKER DR1 - 1D by Gary Needham, on Flickr
  5. Tamiya 1/32 F-4J with decals by "Angle of Attack" and lots of scratch work done in the cockpit using the Avionix resin set as a base. All photos of this squadron on ops in Vietnam showed the airframes to be very clean hence weathering was kept to a minimum and as per references I could find. Hope you like it. Gary F4 cockpit 2 by Gary Needham, on Flickr F4 cockpit 1 by Gary Needham, on Flickr Phantom 01 by Gary Needham, on Flickr Phantom 02 by Gary Needham, on Flickr Phantom 04 by Gary Needham, on Flickr Phantom 05 by Gary Needham, on Flickr Phantom 06 by Gary Needham, on Flickr Phantom 08 by Gary Needham, on Flickr Phantom 11 by Gary Needham, on Flickr
  6. Nice review Julien thank you. By chance, are these the 'traditional' style of decals or those recent 'peel off film when dry' types which Eduard seem to have embraced? Thank you. Gary
  7. Really nice painting on the fur - great job! Gary
  8. Best version of this subject in any scale I have seen yet - brilliant! Gary
  9. Brilliant - I look forward to following this build. Gary
  10. The build, composition and overall presentation (burst pipe is masterful!) is just superb; great dio mate! Gary
  11. This is brilliant news and a'must buy' for me. Let's hope Border Models don't produce the very 'so-so' QC kit that MENG did when let loose with the WNW 1/32 Dr1 tooling which with banana shaped wings and broken parts really spoilt the anticipation and enjoyment of (that) kit for me. I would rather Border Models do the Lanc 'right'; even if that means it puts an extra 10 or 20 quid on the price rather than cutting corners for a non-WNW standard kit and which given what it will RRP at anyway, will be peanuts in the scale of things. Gary
  12. I agree and it looks like they have just about given up on aircraft kits. If they are keeping the car modellers happy with their new productions then perhaps that is where they should focus their R&D because they are becoming increasingly irrelevant as a model company to the aircraft modellers. Gary
  13. Hasegawa are the ultimate model company for "old wine in new bottles" with some new decals thrown into the box to call it a 'new release'. They were once brilliant and lots of their stuff (especially their 1/32 single seat Japanese WW2 fighters) still stands the test of time. That said, I can't recall the last time I got excited about a Hasagawa release and the UK retail prices are just ludicrous for what is in the box and especially so where other manufacturers compete; e.g. a 1/48 (40 years old tooling) F4 Phantom for just 10 quid less than the Z-M ones and I see the Big H has an equally old 1/48 Bf 109F listed for 50 quid when the far superior Eduard 'Profi' 109 kits can be had for half that price with careful shopping .......come on! Still, someone must still buy them at full UK RRP or they wouldn't still be around or imported would they. Gary
  14. Welcome aboard Phil and glad you have decided to take the plunge back into the hobby! Gary
  15. Lovely build and a 1/72 Japanese Navy figure (if any are available?) would be the icing on the cake for scale perspective. Gary
  16. Lovely start. You don't see too many of these Roden DI kits built and so I look forward to seeing this progress and how it goes together. Thank you for the pics and commentary. Gary
  17. EURO 120 from Andy's Hobby HQ (EU) inc. P&P and taxes to the UK. Brilliant deal when you consider what price some old re-popped 1/35 DML kits are priced at these days. Ordered one! Gary
  18. I already have a set of each of the engines from Mark and they are jewel-like after some (very) light sanding to remove the backing excess to give that correct3D look; the difference when looking down the intake is night and day. Cheap as chips for what they are and the QC is great with Mark being a stickler for accuracy and details and a top bloke to deal with. Buy with 100% confidence! Gary
  19. Lovely work as always from Ali and also, very reasonably priced. Gary
  20. Some good points well made Tony and a really interesting thread and read - cheers mate! Gary
  21. (QUOTE) "I still think that mass parachute drops of a battalion or even brigade size have their place,..." Some really interesting comments Tony as you clearly know your stuff and provide a great read - thank you. I agree that a battalion drop (say in a like situation to what the French REP found at Kolweizi) would still have it's place but a brigade+ sized operation deployed by parachute...? Given they had limited use in large scale deployments 75+ years ago in WW2, how could anyone envisage, say, a brigade or certainly an AB Division ( by those like the US who still have them) being deployed in the future; certainly if deployed against a first rate and modern military power anyway? Even the Germans who effectively pioneered airborne operations quickly saw the limitations of large scale deployment after the WW2 early war disasters and unacceptable casualty rates in the Low Countries and Crete and effectively, then used them for the remainder of the war solely as what they were/are; i.e. elite infantry units. Let's hope our young men never have to find out if large scale airborne operations still have a future in modern war. Gary
  22. You don't see many of these G-10 versions built; nice model mate! Gary
  23. The extra work inside the cabin looks really impressive and well worth the efforts; just a shame more of it can't be seen. Great build and model mate. Gary
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