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  1. Some photos of my 1:500 HMS Ramillies, converted from the Ark Models (ex Frog) 1:500 HMS Royal Sovereign kit, similar to my HMS Royal Oak build. She is depicted in 1944 as she appeared in Operation Dragoon, the Allied Landings in the South of France in August 1944. By this stage in the war she is festooned with AA weapons and radars and jammers and associated extra crew members to man them. So she is overweight and sitting low in the water. The two forward casemate guns on each side have been removed to save weight. Ramillies was the only 'R' Class to get the rather attractive British Pacific Fleet style camouflage scheme. She had an Admiralty Disruptive type scheme for D-Day June 1944 but was repainted before Operation Dragoon in August as is proven by photos. Many aftermarket items used in the build including but not limited to: Atlantic Models 1:500 Scale 'R' Class upgrade set (Including extra AA Guns leftover from my HMS Royal Oak build set) Atlantic Models 1:500 Scale railings, Custom cut 1:500 scale real wood deck from Mk1 Design, 3D printed main gun turrets and 4 inch twin AA mounts from Shapeways / MicroMaster, 3D printed ships' boats from Shapeways / MicroMaster, Tom's Modelworks 1:500 scale figures for the crew, Eduard photoetched White Ensign, Flyhawk 1/350 anchors and portholes. The mainmast and bridge structure were scratchbuilt. (Simplistic) rigging is EZ line. Detailed references are difficult enough to find so a lot of superstructure details are guesswork. RA Burt's British Battleships book and Mick French's HMS Ramillies Association book were both immensely helpful. Please excuse the dirty camera sensor causing spots on the photos:
  2. Please read this first: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vyborg‚ÄďPetrozavodsk_offensive Not just the D-Day and Normandy campaign, or the Bagration, but also the 4th Strategic Offensive of the Red Army in 1944. A fascinating but horrible summer war with more twists and turns than you'd expect. Initial breakthrough and rapid advance of the Soviets behind fleeing, chaotic Finnish troops for the first dozen or so days. Solidifying Finnish defence in a series of local victories as Soviets lose their focus and spread their assault searching for weak points, meaning another dozen days of heavy fighting along the stretched front. The decisive fortnight, when Finns blunt the Soviet main assault for good on the Karelian Isthmus and cause major losses on the attacker in the Ladogan Karelia. If you find the plot intriguing, let me introduce the players: The USSR with anything domestic made like the LaGG-3, La-5, Yak-9, Il-2, Pe-2, DB-3, T-34, KV-1, JS-1 (or -2?) and Lend-Leasers like the P-39, P-40, B-25, A-20, and more... The Finns with anything they could get in their hands, like the Brewsters, Blenheims, Morane-Saulniers, P-36:s, Bf 109:s, Do 17:s, Ju 88:s, Pe-2:s, Stug III:s and T-34:s (and more...) The Germans with Ju 87 D:s, Bf 109 and Ju 188 recce, FW 190 A:s and F:s, Stug and StuH III:s and even the b****y Prinz Eugen! I know it competes from the same slot in time than the D-Day anniversary, but as the Armistice between Finland and the USSR began in early September, this could start in early May, when the Soviets began assembling their forces for the offensive. So how about something new from the Eastern Front, for a change? V-P vppelt68 (host) Marklo Rabbit Leader 2996 Victor Robert Stuart JOCKNEY MARADER RJBud1 John Masters stevehnz Grandboof franky boy Maginot ...
  3. Dear fellow Britmodellers, this is IBG'S 1/72 Cromwell Mk.IV (C-Type Hull), in markings of the 6th Airborne Armoured Regiment, 6th Airborne Division, operating in Normandy in summer 1944. Painted with Mr.Hobby acrylics, photos by Wolfgang Rabel. I added resin tracks and wheels from Tank Models (TM72030), stowage from Modell Trans (MT72062) and photo-etch antenna socket from Dan Taylor Modelworks (C-76081). The mud is real dirt from the garden, mixed with white glue and pigments and applied to the hull with a bristle brush. Weathering with pastel chalks, graphite pen and artist oils. Thank you for your interest in this topic, best greetings from Lower Austria! Roman
  4. Hello everyone! Long time no see! I have been spending the last 1.3 years on this yuuuuge project from Agora Model's, Museum Scale A6M5 Zero. A fully operational 1/18 Zero! The kit is composed of metal, HDP, rubber, and other things I can't identifyūüėÄ. This kit was comprised of 12 Packs that came each month. This was without a doubt one of the most fun--and incredibly challenging builds--I have ever tackled. You have to build everything! And I mean ev-re-thing! Gluing and using screws. The only parts that came preassembled were the circuit boards. The build begins with the jewel of the kit, the beautiful Sakae Engine, which took two months to assemble. Next was the gorgeous cockpit that I dry brushed to make things pop a bit. This plane weighs a ton! But your not finished with just the plane, you must build the base, lifters, everything! As I said, this is the most comprehensive kit I have ever built. Their were some issues too be sure, but the Agora forum was very helpful as was Agora. So if you can afford the time and the $, get this kit. It will challenge you. But the result is absolutely worth it. Now, its interesting that Agora chose the subject Zero for this kit, as it was found on Saipan, blown to pieces. I researched a little history of this plane. This particular Zero, 8-13 was found on Saipan with other intact Japanese A6M5 aircraft. The picture below, was taken August 8, 1944, on the island of Saipan. The aircraft belonged to the 261st Kokutai (Air Group), 8th Hikotai, Aircraft 13. The kanji on top of the tail translates to "Bi." This is believed to be an abbreviation of the pilot's name. The cap (chevron above the kanji) meant he was a more senior pilot. Other planes of the unit had similar kanji that would say "victory," etc. If someone has another interpretation, please chime in, but this is according to the Smithsonian Museum. The 261st was flown from mainland Japan, to Iwo Jima, then on to Saipan, to be used for air defense of the island. It's interesting to note, that despite the plane being a total wreck, the intelligence guys seemed interested in this particular bird, it has even been tagged by the antenna mast. Many Zeros were removed from Saipan, and shipped aboard the USS Copahee, to be taken back to the States for study. Charles Lindberg even test flew one. ON TO THE PICTURES: VIDEOS BELOW
  5. Dear fellow Britmodellers, here's my 1/72 Airfix Hawker Tempest Mk.V in markings of Wing Commander Roland Beamont, No. 150 Wing, based at Newchurch, Kent in June 1944. Painted with Mr.Hobby acrylics. Photos by Wolfgang Rabel. The model was built from the box. I added seatbelts from tape and whip antenna from stretched sprue. Airfix' decals are of excellent quality and settled perfectly onto the surface structure. I opted to paint the D-Day stripes instead of using the decals provided. Thanks for your interest, best greetings from Vienna! Roman
  6. This was an interesting find; I think it's one of the VCS-7 Spitfire Mk Vb's used by them to spot gunfire during Operation Overlord- they swapped their OS2U Kingfishers for them during the operation. I know there are other photos of their Spits- one being '4Q' that had a small swastika behind the entry door. What was interesting to me were the 6-stack exhausts; my question being- was this a Mk Vb with Mk IX exhausts or a Seafire II? (I have read that a mixture of Mk Vb's and Seafire II's were used.) Just curious! Unfortunately, the 2nd letter of the '4x' code is obscured and of course, no serial is given in the photo caption. I did find an article on the Spitfire website that stated that this Spitfire was a Vc, but hard to tell by the photo, I would think; I have posted a link to that article below. Mike https://defensemaven.io/warriormaven/history/america-s-spitfires-of-world-war-ii-abFeEtvGZ0qFMw8ahm6lxQ http://spitfiresite.com/2010/04/spitfires-of-the-us-navy.html
  7. This popped up while looking for N-3PB photos- go figure! Very interesting footage of FAA Corsair carrier and ground landing techniques- pretty cheesy narrative, but great action and postwar colors and markings. Also some neat views of Hellcats, Firebrands, Fireflies, Mosquitoes, and Vampires, Wonder if 'Winkle' Brown was flying the Mosquito and Vampire trials? I would have thought that by 1946, the Lend-Lease aircraft would have been returned or scrapped. I hope you enjoy both YouTube videos- the other film has some nice WW2 Corsair footage. @tonyot- these are for you, my friend! Mike
  8. Hi all, not letting the grass grow under my feet too much having just completed the Alam Halfa dio. Something that's a bit of a departure for me, though: a field gun. In a sense it's returning to what I know, i.e. an Airfix kit. New looking box, but from what I can see it's a re-badge of a 1980 kit: But, oh look - another 6 figures! Aghhhhh!!! Not sure what I am going to do with this, but aside from the figures there are only 3 sprues of gun parts, and they aren't that big either so shouldn't be a massive task to assemble it. Tally ho!
  9. The "Ordnance, Quick-Firing, 17 pounder Anti-Tank Gun" (known as the 17-pounder) was a 76.2 mm (3 inch) gun developed by the UK during World War II. Initially deployed as an anti-tank gun on its own carriage, it was later to prove a very welcome modification to a number of British and American AFVs. Design of the gun commenced in 1941, after it was realised that the advances in German armour would quickly render the newly-introduced 6-pounder largely ineffective. First units were hurriedly deployed to North Africa in 1943, albeit fitted to 25-pounder gun carriages as the 'split trail' carriages were not ready - a decision no doubt hastened by news of the appearance in that theatre of the feared 'Tiger' tanks. Those 17-pounder guns fitted to 25-pounder carriages carried the nomenclature '17/25-pdr', and the rather curious code-name 'Pheasant'. It is perhaps something of an irony, given the reasons behind the decision, that the first Tiger 'kill' was claimed by the crew of a 6-pounder! It was arguably the most effective anti-tank gun of WW2 fielded by the Allies. Used with the Armour Piercing Discarding Sabot (APDS) shot, delivering at a muzzle velocity in excess of 1200m/s, it was capable of penetrating 230mm of armour at 1000m range - which is to say, all but the thickest armour on German tanks. Its main drawback, however, was its relative immobility - the requirement for another vehicle to tow the gun carriage to the desired location meant that it was inherently a defensive weapon. One major modification, however, proved key. The breech mechanism was modified to slide sideways rather than downwards, thus reducing the amount of space it would occupy in a tank. Consequently, it was used to 'up-gun' several AFVs in British service: the Challenger tank, and the Achilles and Archer tank destroyers. Perhaps most notably, it was used to produce the 'Firefly' variant of the M4 Sherman tank, finally giving British tank units the ability to hold their own against their German counterparts. Several 17-pounders and their towing vehicles were earmarked for deployment to the Nijmegen area as part of Operation Market-Garden in September 1944. However, the combined weight (and indeed size) of the gun and towing unit was too much for the Horsa Assault Glider; instead, they were conveyed in the much larger General Aircraft GAL 49/50 Hamilcar gliders. Unfortunately, only about half of the gliders with their loads made it intact to their assigned landing zones. This diorama was inspired by a photograph I found, of one of the 17-pounders with 2 of the crew, and a Dutch boy with the ruins of Nijmegen in the background. The two crew are from the Airfix gun kit, albeit with heavily modified poses, whilst the Dutch teenager was partly scratch built, but with a Hornet head and MiniArt hands (1:35 scale). You can find the WIP for the gun, the crew, and the diorama here. The scratch-built civilian figure has its own WIP thread here. Obviously I've used a little licence in the way I've portrayed the scene - the boy is slightly more unkempt in his appearance, whilst the two crew members are obviously enjoying a lull in the fighting! The boy is also generously giving some provisions to the crew to keep them going in their vital task. So, here are a few (ok, more than a few!) photos of the finished article - I hope you enjoy them! Thanks for looking, comments as ever most welcome.
  10. Hello, here's my rendition of Kovoz√°vody Prostejov's Piper L-4, dressed as General Patton's personal aircraft in France, 1944. Having recently built their new Mustang and Lavochkin La-5, I was suprised by the rough nature of this kit. It's a typical short-run affair with heavy sprue gates that extend onto the kit's parts, some oversized parts and poor fit, especially around the glasshouse and nose section. The wheels are a joke. They should be round - well, you know what wheels should look like. The items in the KoPro kit suffer from offset moulding and look horrible. Because of their relatively small size no replacements were found in my wheel spares, so I took the task of sanding them to shape as good as I could. The decals aren't the best either, they are relatively thick and have a strong carrier film that remained visible even after I've coated with Alclad Gloss. Plus, the Blue of the US Stars is too bright. Because of the small size on the fuselage, no replacements could be sourced from the decal spares box. To bring this kit up to modern standards you will need to invest a lot of time, effort and patience. I added the boarding steps from scratch. The model was painted with Mr.Hobby acrylics. I'm not very happy how this little model turned out, but on the other hand I'm grateful to KoPro for releasing a kit of this important military and civilian airplane. With best wishes from Vienna, have a good day! All pictures taken by Mr. Wolfgang Rabel of IGM Cars & Bikes.
  11. Hello and thanks for your interest, here's another Lavochkin La-5FN from Kovozavody Prostejov. "Yellow 8" was flown by pilot P. Rakov in summer 1944 (according to kit instructions). I used photoetch parts (for dashboard, seatbelts and landing gear covers) from an old Extratech set. Photographs by Wolfgang Rabel.
  12. Hello, here's my UM (Unimodels) Achilles IIc Tank Destroyer. I believe this vehicle was also called 'Wolverine'. It's basically an American M-10 with a british gun. The vehicle belongs to 11th Armoured Division, 75th Anti-Tank Regiment, operating in NW Europe, Winter 1944/45. Painted with Mr.Hobby acrylics. Thanks for your interest! All pictures: Wolfgang Rabel, IGM Cars & Bikes. Although I did fare better with the tracks on this model, one of the links on the left back side opened (this was only discovered when I looked at the pictures and might have happened during transport to my photographer!). This will be fixed .... but is present on the photograph, unfortunately... Here's shots of the interior before closing it up. The interior hull was painted 'Off-White'. Cheers from Vienna! Roman
  13. Hello, here's Eduard's brand new 1/72 Spitfire IXc. This ain't no 'shake-and-bake' kit as I discovered. Just like with their 1/72 Fw-190, tolerances are about zero. I had hard times getting the cockpit to fit (it seems as if I've placed it about one milimeter too far forward) and even more trouble with adding the wings. This was, of course, all due to my own. The next one will turn out smoother I hope .... So here is MH712, flown by W/O Henryk Dygala, No. 302 Squadron, Summer / Autumn 1944. It's one of the few Spitfire kits that has bombs under the wings. Just had to add them. The model was painted with Mr.Hobby acrylics. Decals out of the box. Photographs by Wolfgang Rabel of IGM Cars & Bikes. Thanks for your interest. Best wishes from Vienna, Austria Roman
  14. Hello all. Well, as they say, a picture paints a thousand words, and since I can't think of any words, I'll start with pictures..... Base plan with makeshift road... Probably use some sort of putty to smooth out cardboard. Thinking of putting PVA glue with fine sand for bitumen. I dunno how accurate that would be, but eh... With panther and figures for a test fit. Ground work will be painted a different colour, it was just left over from a desert base, so I used it More info on the panther will be posted when it is finished 100%, will be up in AFV RFI. The plan is to have a dead hedge behind the panther, some ruined building or equipment near the figures. Stuff I was going to use for a dead hedge. Dead grass btw. Stuff I was going to use a grass. Once removed of... err... 'impurities' I will have to apply it somehow.... hmm All for now, and thanks for looking
  15. Hi, usually I do not touch "Snap Fit" kits, since I had some rather disappointing experiences (with tanks) before. Now the new Zvezda model of the Yak-3 is a totally different league. Apart from the fact that you actually can assemble the whole model without a drop of glue, it also provides sufficient detail and good measurement - and there's even aftermarket accessories available from the likes of Eduard, Rob Taurus and CMK. I confess I did use glue on some parts, like the landing gear and some small pieces, just to make sure they don't go astray. The model was painted with Gunze/Mr.Hobby acrylics, the decals are from the box. I had some reservations about their quality, as there was a yellow-ish tone on the carrier film. All of this disappeared when I put the markings on, so no worries here. There seem to be different interpretations of this particular scheme, some sources recommend a red spinner with white tail lines, while Zvezda suggest grey spinner and yellow stripes. I went with their instructions. It represents the plane of Lt. S. I. Rogovoy, of 64th GIAP / 4th GIAD, on the 2nd Baltic Front, autumn 1944. The pitot tube was replaced by a piece of wire. Thanks for your interest. Best wishes from Vienna, Roman
  16. Hello, this is the new release Kovoz√°vody Preostejov Lavochkin La-5FN in markings of the Slovak Uprising, 1944. I had high expectations following the release of Kovoz√°vody Preostejov's Mustang series, however, this kit looks as if it's been produced by a different manufacturer. There are no locating aids, some flesh present and heavy sprue gates. Having said that, the kit goes together without any major issues. Kovoz√°vody Preostejov have done the 'open canopy' option in a very unusual way, providing both clear hoods (that slide over each other) as one massive piece. You will need to paint the underlying canopy rails from the inside - not an easy task. This is still a very welcome new release as it's the only modern, up-to-date tool of an La-5FN. Here's how mine turned out, built from the box: All photographs by Wolfgang Rabel, IGM Cars & Bikes. Thanks for looking!
  17. Hi, here's my 1/72 Tamyia Thunderbolt built from the box. WZ-P was fflown by Lt.Col. Benjamin Mayo with 84th FS/78th FG, Duxford/England, 1944. Painted with Alclad II Metallics and Gunze Acrylics. Thanks for your interest. Best wishes from Vienna, Roman
  18. Hi guys, This will be only my second WIP build thread as I've only just returned to the Hobby this year after about 25 years of absence (my teens being the last time I did anything). It's a fantastic kit with some very cool extras listed below. I'm very keen to make the best of it and hope my ability (or lack of) doesn't cause too many tears. Royal Class edition of the new tool scale plastic kit of Bf 109G in 1/48 scale. Box contains: plastic and photo-etched parts and for two complete models of Bf 109G in variants G-2, G-4, G-6 and G-14 (premiere release of parts for variants G-2, G-4, G-14) Cartograf printed decals for 16 colorful markings a piece of the real Bf 109G-14 mounted on wooden block with certificate of authenticity Eduard "Gustav" designed Beer glass Brassin set of Bf 109G-6 wheels (2 pairs) Brassin set of Bf 109G cannon pods Brassin set of Bf 109G W.Gr.21 rockets Fabric seatbelts Marking options: Bf 109G-2, flown by Maj. Hannes Trautloft, CO of JG 54, Eastern Front, summer, 1942 Bf 109G-2 trop, Flown by Oblt. Werner Schroer, CO of 8./JG 27, Rhodes, early November, 1942 Bf 109G-2 trop, Flown by Maj. Heinz B√§r, CO of I./JG 77, Comiso airfield, Italy, September, 1942 Bf 109G-2 trop, W.Nr. 10 501, Stab/JG 77, Bir el Abd airfield, North Africa, early November, 1942 Bf 109G-4, W.Nr. 19 257, Flown by Fw. Viktor Petermann, 5./JG 52, South Part of the Eastern Front, June, 1943 Bf 109G-4, W.Nr. 19 347, Flown by Fw. Jan Reznak, 13. (Slowaken)/JG 52, Anapa airfield, Soviet Union, April / May, 1943 Bf 109G-6, W.Nr. 20 499, Flown by Lt. Erich Hartmann, CO of 9./JG 52, Nove Zaporozhye, October, 1943 Bf 109G-6, W.Nr. 15 909, Flown by Hptm. Gerhard Barkhorn, CO of II./JG 52, Eastern Front, September, 1943 Bf 109G-6, Flown by Oblt. Kurt Gabler, 8./JG 300, J√ľterbog ‚Äď Waldlager Air Base, Germany, July, 1944 Bf 109G-6, W.Nr. 163162, 2a Squadriglia, 2o Gruppo Caccia, Verona-Villafranca airfield, Italy, October, 1944 Bf 109G-6, W.Nr. 165267, 1/HleLv 34, Taipalsaari airfield, July, 1944 Bf 109G-6, W.Nr. 95 417, Flown by Lt. P√°l B√©lav√°ri, 101/3. vad√°szsz√°zad, Veszpr√©m Air Base, Hungary, August, 1944 Bf 109G-6, Flown by Lt. Baciu Dumitru, Grupul 1 V√ĘnńÉnatoare, early May, 1945 Bf 109G-6, W.Nr. 163815, Fliegerkompagnie 7, Flugwaffe, Interlaken Air Base, June, 1945 Bf 109G-14, W.Nr. 464534, 19./EJG 2, Pilsen airfield, May, 1945 Bf 109G-14, W.Nr. 781308, Flown by Lt. Hans-Helmut Linck, 10./JG 4, Alteno airfield, Germany, September 11, 1944 I intent to build this aircraft in the following scheme: Bf 109G-6, W.Nr. 165267, 1/HleLv 34, Taipalsaari airfield, July, 1944 Eino Luukkanen was in the cockpit of this airplane while achieving his 56th confirmed victory. He downed a Soviet Yak-9 fighter flown by Lt. G. F. Nizhnik on August 5, 1944 over Narva Bay. This Yak was the only aircraft downed by the guns of MT-451. The aircraft was delivered to Finland on June 23, 1943. The former German Werk Nummer is visible on the rudder. Two underwing cannon pods were mounted and there was no artwork on the rudder at that time. The fledgling eagle was painted later on. MT-451 was written off after an accident on August 25, 1947.
  19. RS Model's 1/72 Regginae 2005 "Saggitarrio" in ANR Markings, 1944. Built with the addition of Brengun photo etch set. An attractive little short run kit. Thanks for your interest! Photographs: Wolfgang Rabel, IGM Cars & Bikes
  20. Hello! Here's my 1/72 Airfix Lancaster BII, which I started working on in April 2014. It was already finished at the end of October and went on display at the Wiener Modellbaumesse (Vienna Model & Toy Fair), where IMPS Austria were attending. Now I finally managed to get pictures taken, thanks to Mr. Wolfgang Rabel of IGM Cars & Bikes. This is the 1/72 Airfix kit with some Eduard photo etch added, representing a machine of 408 (Goose) Squadron, 6 Group RCAF, RAF Linton-on-Ouse, Yorkshire, July 1944. The model was airbrushed using Gunze/Mr Hobby acrylics. TT Thanks for looking! Cheers from Vienna, Austria Roman
  21. Hello all, Full WIP can be found here: http://z15.invisionfree.com/72nd_Aircraft/...?showtopic=2258 But in the mean time here are some images of the completed model. Many thanks. Adrian.
  22. 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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