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About Dannie

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  1. Thanks. Yes it appears that all the parts for early and late are there except the big bombs parts, of which the VS has one only. That seems to be the way to go.
  2. Thank you all. Slogans are calling for vengeance for the fellow female pilots. But yes they do add to it.
  3. Here's ICM's 1/48 scale Po-2 completed recently. Painted with Tamiya Acrylics for the uppers, Italeri RLM-65 for the unders, and some Vallejo metallics for the engine and machine gun. Built out of the box, with only the MG sights replaced with some PE scraps, some basic engine wiring added and seat belts added to the excellent ICMs offering. Rigged with elastic thread, after assembly and painting. Assembly was trouble free, and even the struts aligned with their locator holes properly. Replaced the kit provided ordnance with some from the ICMs I-153, just so. Kit decals used over painted IPs, with liberal application of Mr. Softer. The end result looks rather convincing.
  4. As luck would have it, after getting a Xuntong's Tu-2VS (it was on a sale after all) and doing some basic research on the subject it appears that this version did not really exist. Now, it is mentioned in one of the books I perused during the quick research I did as a small footnote, with no specifics. I know that Xuntong have released the more ubiquitous Tu-2S version. So what would be required to backdate/update the Tu-2VS to Tu-2S. Does the Xuntong provide all the details in the box to perform this update? (Or is this just a case of a manufacturer providing and naming what should've been an early and late configurations of the basic Tu-2) Thanks,
  5. Thank you all, Yup, Academy decals usally tend to be less than useful. In this case decided to give them a try, hopefully this won't come back to bite me later. Dennis, the VNAF examples do tend to be little bit more colourfull, and a word of advice, paint the inlet areas black prior to assemblying the wings.
  6. Thank you all for the comments. Silly question it is not Jean. I was also somewhat reluctant to use the kit decals, so I ran a small test with the Korean "star and bar" and numbers provided in the kit to check and prepare myself. The decals behaved ok, using warm water and Mr. setter/softer combo, but the Star and bars were all out of register with white background (discovered only on the kit). Other than that, even the walkways went down nicely with no silvering. Did have some areas with silvering, but puncturing and running a bead of MR.Setter solved the issue. HTH. Dannie
  7. Recently completed Academy's Supertweet. Bult as the 8th SOS at Bien Hoa 1970. Built mainly OOB, with belts and some sprucing up in the cockpit, and addition of the various antennae not provided in the kit. Great little kit, overall. Painted with Italeri acrylics and weathered with Vallejo washes and some mild post shading. Kit decals were slightly out of register, so replacement markings from the spares box used. Thanks for watching and Happy New 2017 to all,
  8. This is Kinegawa or should I say Hasenetic F-16 AM Block 15 KLNAF, the one that got the Yougoslav MiG-29 back in 1999. Why Kinegawa, well, the basic kit, i.e. body and wings is Hasegawa, the Idolmaster edition, which I got for less than 10$ at HLJ. The tail, weapons and pylons and the ejection seat are from Kinetic, as are the decals for the J-063. Why such a bash, well, Kinetic provide with the early tail, apart from that, Hase F-16 do provide with all the options to build any of the F-16 blocks in the Idolmaster edition. Only downside is that the plastic in the ghastly sickly yellow green they use requires a good primer coat to cover over. Also the molds are so old that the flash is evident on almost every small part. Anyway, after a good primer coat, painted with Italeri Acrylics trhoughout. Some wathering as the pics show the J-063 to be rather worn out at the time. Well 12 airframes flying a long time. I added the Mavericks as the mission report states that half of formation were armed with air to ground, eihter Mk.82s or mavericks. I just thought these look "cooler". The Dutch complement also fired the Mavericks during the same conflict so, it is not so iffy. 'nyway enough blabber
  9. Yep, it is wrong and is missing a lot of details as is. On the other hand, closing it down creates a new set of problems.
  10. A question for anyone that have ventured into the build of Trumpy's Mongol. Is it just me or does the cockpit tub sit too low and too forward in the fuselage when attached to the stubs in the fuselage. I am thinking of going "Aires" on the tub to fuselage fit, namely sand everything until satisfactory fit is achieved. (parts U5 and U10). Test fitted to the complete tub and the fuselage. Same for the avionics bay details. (Part E2) If fitted where it's supposed to go, the fuselage does not close up, and the panel cover fits (Part E13), while the intake cowl (E19) is too small. if left out, the fuselage closes but the cowl is too large and the avionics panel cover looks like taken from a different kit altogether. Did anyone encounter these things?
  11. Here is a slightly different WIP pic set (pic heavy). For the recent Israeli IPMS Annual Show, a friend of mine and me built a quartet of IAI built deltas. I got stuck with the Kfir C1, and C2, whereas the other pair of Nesher and Kfir C7 were built by a friend of mine. As it turned out, the baseline Kfirs were Kinetic kits, whereas the early ones were Wingmans. As I usually have more than one project on the go I decided to build these two in parallel. Reasoning that same time in build process ends with the double the result. Both kits are well known, and I will point out some of my remarks here on the build. As is usual both started with the cockpit. Wingman kit comes with the resin tub / wheel well, and resin seat and instrument panel. Well, the bang seat does not fit the tub, and if fitted leaves no room for the control stick. So luckily, basic Kinetic kit caters for both versions of bang seats fitted to Kfir so with some masking tape and careful painting you can get with around that one. Additionally, the resin instrument panel was very different from those fitted to the early Kfirs in Wingman kit, so I opted out for the plasic one from the same kit. Fit of the resin pit to the model on the other hand was better than in some plastic to plastic combinaions I've seen. Kinetic's pit just painted up, with the late version bang seat fitted. (These were retro-fitted to some C2s late in their life, about time C7s came on line). and side by side (will be a recurring feature here). So with pits closed up in place and painting the wheel wells white, the fit of the rest of the Kfirs was quite straightforward. Wingman provides with the resin early nose, and I have to say, that the plastic one (provided in the kit) does not fall too far behind, apart from the pesky seam line down the middle of the thing. Some filler was needed on the top of the fuselage, and a bead was run in the wing-to-fuselage joint. Vallejo's white primer here so to save the fiddly detail. Also bottom wing joint, as with all deltas, was a tad troublesome. but again, Fill the seams you must, as Master Yoda said. Kinetic's one went for the same treatment I did say recurring, now didn't I. Brotherly pose awaiting primer The cubs have been washed and primed After primer, some tonal variations were added, just as a test for new Italeri paints. Painting started with the Wingmans F-21 (Kfir C1) undersides in MM Medium Gray. Colour was chosen based on the pics available and some tests done. Some of the afore mentioned tonal variation can be seen in the above pic. Kinetic Kfir was painted in air-superiority Gray IAF Camo. Colours from Italeri Acrylics range, LGG & DGG Paint booth job then proceeded on the upperside colors, again from Italeri's range of Reggia Aeronautica, what they deign as FS30219 and 34092. (Light Brown and Dark Green for us mere humans). All painted free hand with lots of cursing. I use mineral thinner with the acrylics (don't tell the EHS). It tends to help them flow, and not to dry up on the tip. Also checked (on the gray coloured one) the "home brew" thinner, of 6 parts distilled water, 4 parts alcohol and 1 part acrylic retarder. Worked a charm that one. And here is the Wingman one with the Ammo Mig Israeli Desert Sand added. And the family pose all painted up Finishing touches, such as decals, gloss cotes etc, were not photographed due to the unavailability of motivation. So Wingman's one completed deal. Added the resin fuel tank and the ACME pod (sounds like something Willy E. Coyotte would order). The other side got a redesignated Matra 530 for the acquisition round. Kinetic's Kfir got its loadout from the kit (fuel tanks and Python III missiles) and Hasegawa weapons (for the heavy punch) load of 2 MK-84s, 5 Mk-82s and 2 Mk-81s. Famous pic of the Kfir with this loadout - tried to get the same angle (I have it in a book dated 1984!) So there you have it. Thanks for looking and sorry for the pic heavy post.
  12. Thank you for the comments. Somehow the piccies do not show the full extent of weathering. Yea some fit issues with the canopy. Should've fitted it before the painting. Well we live and learn..
  13. Here is a slightly different take on the AZModel's 1/72 spit. I got this one in a bag of parts and without major decals. Browsing through the net to find some different liveries for the Spit, I came across the Velvetta II operation spits on their ferry to Israel from Czechoslovakia via Yugoslavia. They landed on Podgorica airfield, and in order to do so, Yugoslav markings were painted on the spits. Spits were surplus Czech ones. The spits carried in addition to the slipper tank, a pair of Me-109 fuel tanks on wing fittings. So here it goes, a weathered spit with Me fuel tanks and different markings. The kit is the AZ one, built OOB, with added slipper tank, ME fuel tanks from ED Me-110 kit and decals from SKY-Decals sheet provided by a friend. Painted in Tamia acrylics (the new RAF range) with the ME fuel tanks painted in RLM-76. Weathered with pastels and oil washes (heavily). Thanks for looking.
  14. Thanks for the comments. Simon I used xf-23 light blue for undersides and xf-59 deseet yellow xf-61dark green and xf-67 nato green for the uppers. HTH.
  15. Here's my latest. Rather new Modelsvit's Su-17M in 72 scale. The model went together rather pleasantly, and apart from some headscratching moments with the landing gear the build was trouble free. No filler was used all along. The model was painted in tamiya acrylics, the gun plates were created from precut aluminium foil, and glued using future. Decals from the kit, and behaved impeccably, just a touch of Mr.Setter to get them all snuggly in the shallow panel lines. Weaponry in the kit was rather bad, so replaced the weapon load with the Ash.32 missiles from the Jak-38 Revell kit, with scratch built pylon. Pitot had some vanes added from scraps of PE. All in all enjoyable build. Thanks for looking. Cheers,
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