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  1. Hi everyone, With the summer months coming up, I thought that now might be a good time to have a go at commencing a long term project- modelling a 1:72 Lancaster and doing it justice. The aim is to model ED412 (EM-Q) of 207 squadron as it was prior to its final mission- piloted by Pilot Officer Horace Badge (at the age of 20). Having grown up with a picture of "uncle Horace" on the fireplace, my dad started researching our family's history and came across a number of records online which revealed a few details about the final mission and his earlier service career. Unfortunately the Badge crew were lost on the 13th of July 1943 (more information about the events of that mission can be found here). More recently I have started looking for associated documents and in recent years it seems that a great deal more documentation has become available, including: -Air movement form 78 (link), showing the various movements of the aircraft between squadrons and maintenance units -I haven't yet searched through the accident record cards (link) or the loss cards (link) but I suspect one of them will relate to ED412 -The payload of the aircraft on its final mission: a 4000lbs "Cookie" and 204 (Edit: 240) incendiary bombs (link) ("More than 700 kilos of incendiary bombs"- Link) -The aircraft may have been fitted with a "GEE" radio navigation system (link) From these documents I can ascertain that this particular Lancaster was: -Assigned the code "EM-Q" and was flown by 207 Squadron from RAF Langar -A Mk1 Lancaster with Merlin XX engines -Carried a "Cookie" and incendiary bombs as its final payload -------------------------------- So, the questions that I'd appreciate some help with: *(Green + bold = information added from replies below) 1: Roundel/code colours With the "EM-Q" code on the side of the fuselage, would this be red or grey? And what type of roundels would have been used? (Example variations are illustrated on this site (link)) --> Red (potentially XX*X or X*XX; ED413 shows XX*X style on port side) --> C1 type roundels 2: Dispersal area With the dispersal areas at RAF Langar in 1943, would it be appropriate to model the aircraft on a typical "Frying pan" dispersal area? (for example: link) --> Yes 3: Paint colours When it comes to painting the camouflage, my go-to choice of paint is Vallejo Model Air- does anyone happen to know or have experience of the most appropriate colours to go for, for the brown and green tones? --> Complicated area, I'll look further into it --> Comprehensive information in replies below courtesy of @Casey 4: Photos of ED412 itself? One particular Swiss forum thread about ED412 (linked here) contains two pictures of Lancasters: Is there any way to ascertain whether these photos do indeed show ED412? 5: Modelling flaps down? When parked on the dispersal area, prior to engine start, would the Lancaster's flaps be extended or retracted? --> Flaps extended 6: To model an exposed engine or not? Presumably an engine's cowling would have been replaced way before any armament was loaded onto the aircraft? Part of me wants to add the visual interest of an exposed and detailed Merlin XX engine, yet I also appreciate that this might not be entirely realistic/representative. --> Unlikely but not impossible 7: Mission markings/nose art I am assuming, with no reference photos nor written evidence, that ED412 didn't display any nose art. However, would "mission markings/tallies" be expected on this particular Lancaster? --> Without sources, presence of bomb tallies is open to interpretation. Forum post (link here) suggests 8 missions of ED412 prior to loss. Edit: Additional information from replies below -ED412 same batch as Lancasters for 617sqn- Operation Chastise- would have had fuselage windows (corroborated here) -Likely needle-nosed propellors -Likely short nose blister --------------------------------------- It would be nice to complete this project around the 13th of July but naturally it will take as long as it takes to model this aircraft, as a tribute to great uncle Horace and the rest of his crew, and do it justice. Many thanks, and best wishes, Sam
  2. Hello everyone... Well where to start ? This is my first StuG that I will complete, I attempted a build 25 years or so ago. That stalled as I wanted to convert it to a late Saukopf variant, but my skills and lack of aftermarket meant it was doomed to failure. My second Takom kit and from inside the box it all looks good. Followed by the obligatory box top and sprue shots. I also have a sheet from back then of Tamiya Panzer unit decals so should theoretically be able to build from any unit anywhere. Though Im currently angling for Eastern front either Kursk or winter so I can white wash it ? Please feel free to ask questions, post comments or add thoughts. Dennis Please feel free to post links to camouflage and photos. Adding Longbow’s link for reference. https://youtu.be/rhvEKoMhVLM
  3. Hello, friends! While the clear coat drying on my Hind E, I decided to start a new - and very unusual for me - build. I choose this kit just because I like the shapes of that tank! Also, my wife asked me to build something not aircraft-related and I got this box during the pre-sale from ARMA-MODELS.RU with some additional features: the brass barrels, brass wire, photo etched set, two paint jars (4BO and Whitewash), antennae, an air horn and the Fido (Sharik). So, here is the box: A lot of the stuff inside: The Runner A: The Runner B: The Runners C, D and G (ah, I noticed some ejector pin marks on the tracks): The Runner F: An instruction sheet, the color call-out and the Runner E with a clear parts along with the decals and wire: And finally, some additional aftermarket upgrades: I think I need to start from cutting the tracks off the sprues, so that’s all for today!
  4. Hello, Britmodellers! This is my first armour build since the late ‘90s. It’s an excellent kit from Zvezda with a small addition of PE parts. I’m not the fan of an intensive weathering and dirt, so I limit myself to some chipping and a little amount of dust. Let’s start: The tracks and wheels were painted prior the final assembly: The small details are glued prior the painting and brush-painted with a water-based paints later: The top view: The bottom view: This time Zvezda provides us an excellent decals: The grill is from the PE kit: This time I tried the chipping (the first coat was the spirit-based Rust paint and the second is water-based 4BO chipped with a hard brush): The tarp was the weakest part of the kit and I replaced it with a DIY from the Epoxy Putty: The rear view on the tarp roll: The headlight: The closer look at the turret: The front view: I’m pretty happy with the results and have a great time building this kit! Here’s the link to the WIP section of the forum: Thanks for looking!
  5. Hello, hello... This one son finished. The first pic describes the exhausts stains painting process. Captions in french, but more or less, it says. Highly diluated white and dark tones (95% of alcohol) to draw them with the an airbrush), then oil washes and pencils job for the finish and the small dirt/scratches. The other areas are not yet weathered. The last two pics are just showing the airframe withe it's airbrushed markings over the Midstone/Dark Earth camo... For the Fishtails themselves, brown layer, then pencils lead (black, brown, orange), + washes + white shades on the last two, and, at least, washes. If you are interested, the full step by step process of the previous stages is available. Thanks for looking at ! Anis.
  6. Hello, my attempt on small-scale armor: 1/72 Revell's Panzer III Ausf.M with side skirts and small details from Eduard Photo Etch. This is a vehicle of 6.Panzerdivision, in action at Kursk, 1943. Painted with colours from the Gunze/Mr.Hobby range. Decals from the box. Thanks for looking! Roman
  7. Dear all, I've been a bit quiet of late - as you can imagine a combination of work and buying a house have meant that most of my spare time has been devoted to packing boxes and boxes of stuff (including the stash, and the inevitable remarks from the girlfriend of " do you really need anymore?"). So my time at the desk has been limited of late. However, I've finished this just in time for Telford this year. It's the Trumpeter 1/32 Fairey Swordfish MkII - in the markings of 816 Squadron in 1943. In terms of additional items used, I've used a few of the xtradecal markings and stencils to supplement the Trumpeter ones - including the roundels, as the Trumpeter decals were far too brightly coloured - especially with regards to the red, and I've also used the Eduard etch set in the cockpit for details. This is the first time I've actually ever used etch, so the results were mixed, but none the less, it was a good education. I also decided to fold one wing in order to save some space - plus it also adds a bit of visual interest. The base is just a normal picture frame, sprayed with paints and then covered with a very thin layer of Tamiya pavement in order to simulate the metal colours of the deck of HMS Tracker in 1943. Any constructive criticism is as always, very welcome. She'll be on the Sutton Coldfield stand at Telford over the weekend! And yes... I am useless at taking photos of models! Please excuse the boxes in the background!! Cheers, Chris
  8. Photo-etch USN Carrier Decks 1943-44 & 1944-45 Eduard 1:72 Eduard have recently increased their range of carrier deck bases in 1/72 scale with these little gems creating even more opportunities to bring your 1/72 scale USN collection to life. If you don't have one, now there's even less reason not too ! 73420 USN Carrier Deck 1943-44 This sheet portrays one of the varnished wooden decks with the inter-weaved plank layout typical of USN type in service in this era. It’s a generic format with no reference to a particular carrier. The lines of planks have subtle variations in colour which really give a realistic look. What I like about the varnished look is that if you’re model is blue, and most aircraft using this type of deck were, you get a nice contrast. Lines of drains and deck markings are finely created to add some detail to the surface and break the monotony of the planking up. 73422 USN Carrier Deck 1944-45 This sheet is pretty much identical to the other one except for portraying the blue painted deck rather than earlier varnished one. Again, some subtle wear and tonal variation on the planking gives a realistic look. With a few figures around the aircraft, there is a great potential for a compact diorama bursting with late war character. The sheets are quite small being 132 x 110mm, so they’re best suited to the single engined fighters such as the Wildcat & Hellcat. If you want to display a larger aircraft, it may be feasible to fit too together although the join may need a little work to blend it in. The sheets are typically thin, so should ideally be fitted to a rigid base. Care should be taken handling them, particularly around the edges to prevent any damage as I’ve found out ! Conclusion These decks are wonderful additions to USN fighter displays of the era. Creating realistic bases is difficult to achieve and doing them poorly spoils any good work done on the kit itself, so having a solution out of the pack is no doubt a popular solution. They are probably too small for larger aircraft such as the Avenger which is unfortunate, however the great thing about the range offered by Eduard is that you can have a selection of models on display together, each with slightly different display bases but equally looking the part. Review sample courtesy of
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