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Michael louey

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  1. Hi Adam I finished mine about a month ago and was going to post it on the board but haven't had time to take the photos and upload them yet. Some notes about the kit - In general it's a nicely detailed kit and the cockpit detail is adequate for my tastes. A note on the version - This is a late A-4 with solid wheels and exhaust louvres rather than slots which will limit the subjects you can model. If you're just doing OOB it should be ok assuming Zvezda did their research correctly. I had to replace my wheels with some resin ones to get the early style "A3" wheels. The spinner is too long - the props might be a bit thick too - I replaced mine with Barracuda resin items. There were some sink marks in the wing roots (bottom) and wing tips. I fixed the first but didn't notice the 2nd until final painting and left it (It's not that obvious) The canopy isn't standard clear plastic material - I didn't use mine replacing it with a spare Hasegawa canopy. I did the same with the pilot head armour. I also replaced the pitot and cannons but this isn't really necessary for a standard build. PS - I also got rid of some of the "snap fit tabs" a I thought they might foul precise fits when gluing. Hope this helps Michael
  2. Hi Brian, I had to research a similar crashed 109 a while ago. You might like to read some of the research collected via the following links - Photos of the actual aircraft are here: http://www.adf-gallery.com.au/gallery/Messerschmitt-Bf-109E-3-0750 And my interpretation of the plane is here - Good luck with your investigations however I doubt we'll ever know what really was done during that period. Regards Michael
  3. Hi Denford, Unfortunately, the currently advertised Beaufort won't have much appeal to Australian modellers. Our DAP Beauforts had more differences to the Taurus engined ones than there are differences between a Mk I and Mk V Spitfire. Regards Michael
  4. For a freely available resource - ADF Serials had an article on the evolution of the RAAF "Kangaroo roundel" in one of its newsletters - http://www.adf-gallery.com.au/newsletter/ADF Telegraph 2016 Spring.pdf The article does touch on the WW2 version. Other editions may have more. Cheers MIchael
  5. Beautiful build as usual Libor. As like you, I seldom build Japanese subjects however I've always planned to build the Ki 51 since the RAAF operated one as a hack.and I've got a Hasegawa (Mania) kit reserved however I'll be keen to try a Clear Prop kit so this will be a good opportunity. Cheers Michael
  6. Hi John, Good to see you making progress on the Hare. Remember from my build to paint the tail boom stripes - The decals won't fit. Regards Michael
  7. Welcome back Milos. I remember you from some of the forums you mentioned and I once bought a resin FW190 conversion from you. Hope to hear some interesting news about 190's. I'm building a Zvezda 190A-4 using Exito decals currently. Cheers Michael
  8. There's a useful reference on Fw 190 Landing gear at Hyperscale in 2 parts - http://www.clubhyper.com/reference/fw190landinggear_1.htm http://www.clubhyper.com/reference/fw190landinggear_2.htm I refer to this when adjusting my models. Regards Michael
  9. Hi, I built this a while ago but didn't create a build thread. I did however, post the completed model along with a link to hints on building it on the 72nd scale forum (which Armoured Sprue is a member of too). Hope the linked tips help. Cheers Michael
  10. Very nice Greg. I'm doing this very same airframe in 1/72nd right now using a Brengun kit. Hope it comes out as well as yours.
  11. Hi gingerbob, Thanks for the comments. The cannon fairing colour is based on a photo in the Aussie 8 book which is included in the Eduard boxing. It also has a colour profile based on Peter Malone's (author) opinion. Cheers Michael
  12. Thanks Toryu. I'm well aware the lighting setup isn't ideal. I'm basically jerry rigging some reading lights around my workbench. Maybe one day I'll look into proper lighting and a photo booth. Cheers Michael
  13. Hi, My 3rd Eduard Spitfire VIII, this time basically a "Aussie VIII" version. This includes the resin wheels that come with this boxing as well as the normal etch/masks. In addition I've added the Eduard exhausts that came with a Czech boxing of the Mk IX. The canopy is a Falcon Vacform. The colours of this aircraft have been up for debate since the 60's. The only constants are the white tail/wing leading edge, Medium Sea Grey undersides and Dark Green upper component. The alternative to what is seen here are 1. A green spinner 2. A pink Elephant 3. A secondary upper colour of light (interior?) green instead of Ocean Grey. I've had discussions with one of our senior club members and he recalled a discussion with the pilot Norm Smithells (Turnbull) who in later life agreed with points 2 and 3. In any case I've followed the Eduard guide which was done with the help of Peter Malone who knew Norm and discussed this subject with him a number of times over the years. The only main variance from my other Mk VIII's is the underwing bomb racks and the Eduard resin exhausts and wheels. The Eduard wheels fit better than the Barracuda ones but that could just be me being a bit more experienced with the build.
  14. Hi, This model is a combination of 3 different kits - a kind of Frankenstein. The main parts are the CMR wings and the AZ fuselage. Additional parts from an Eduard kit are - Spinner/Propellor, 2nd set of cannons, etch aerial, tailwheel, main undercarriage covers and rear view mirror. A quickboost aerial mast has also been added. Originally the model was meant to be a CMR kit however I had a warp in the tail which broke during attempts to rectify it so the parts have been parked for a possible future project. The Eduard spinner was used to ensure the black spinner cheatlines fitted correctly as they were designed for the Eduard kit from the "Aussie 8" boxing. This model represents a short lived experiment by Clive Caldwell to see how effective the Spitfire VIII would be for ground attack if fitted with 4 cannons. The Mk VIII was designed to enable quick fitment of this configuration in the field so some spare cannons were added (you can see they are still in a type of primer in the model). Caldwell found the handling deteriorated badly with the extra weight in the wings and wouldn't be suitable for novices so reverted the plane back to its normal configuration soon after. The main driver to use the CMR kit is that it has optional parts for the wide cannon bulges required for a 4 cannon spitfire as well as having the correct ejection ports underwing. The Eduard kit would have required quite a bit of surgery to get the same result.
  15. Hi, This model represents the only Hawker Hurricane directly on RAAF charge - V7476. It was supplied as a gift to the Australian government for evaluation purposes. It spent the war mainly based around Melbourne for familiarisation purposes as well as at one stage being used to test an anti g suit. Arma have released a boxing for this aircraft in its 2 later schemes however this mode was built from the standard Expert set kit using Aussie Decals for the serial and kit decals for the remainder of the standard "B" scheme this plane was delivered in. Overall the kit is nicer than all the other kits on the market with especially good fabric detail representation. The only issues I had with the kit was some sinkage in various parts - instrument panel, radiator faces, undercarriage wheel covers and the rear tailplanes. The 1st two were easily hidden with the optional etch pieces in the "Expert" kit, the 3rd was fixed without too much issue but the last was a bit tricky due to the fabric effect in the tailplanes which you would want to retain after filling.
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