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  1. Dear fellow Britmodellers, here's my 1/72 Stransky Bücker Bü-181 painted with acrylics from Mr.Hobby. Photographs by Wolfgang Rabel. In the closing weeks of the war, various Luftwaffe trainer types were hastily converted and pressed into the ground attack role. Several Bü-181 were armed with four 60m Panzerfaust rockets, in order to carry out low-level attacks at dusk or dawn against enemy tank spearheads. Only one or two "Tiefangriffsgruppen (TAG)" saw actual combat, without any confirmed tank kills. The full story of these missions is featured in the book "Das letzte Aufgebot der deutschen Luftwaffe", Christian Möller, Helios Verlag, 2010. I replaced the kit's Panzerfaust rockets with resin items from Attack. These rockets were released through bowden cables, laid across the wing to the cockpit. I simulated the cables with stretched black sprue. The open cockpit doors are a welcome feature, but they are tricky to attach! Thank you for your interest. Best greetings from Vienna! Roman
  2. Latest effort, just finished. This is an old limited-run resin and white metal kit, but accurate and nicely detailed. The contra-rotating propellor came as a solid bit to be glued on the front, but after much work has been made to rotate as two separate props. The vacuform canopy also took a lot of work to carefully cut out and fit - the canopy on the real thing was fully faired and blended with the fuselage. R2496, RAE Farnborough, 1945 (4) w by Philip Pain, on Flickr R2496, RAE Farnborough, 1945 (6) w by Philip Pain, on Flickr R2496, RAE Farnborough, 1945 (9) w by Philip Pain, on Flickr R2496, RAE Farnborough, 1945 (12) w by Philip Pain, on Flickr R2496, RAE Farnborough, 1945 (13) w by Philip Pain, on Flickr R2496, RAE Farnborough, 1945 (17) w by Philip Pain, on Flickr R2496, RAE Farnborough, 1945 (20) w by Philip Pain, on Flickr R2496, RAE Farnborough, 1945 (22) w by Philip Pain, on Flickr I did this model for no other reason than the M.B.5 was a great looker, and during it's brief life from 1944-48 it's qualities were greatly praised by test pilots and mechanics. However it had been too long in the making, and jet fighters were already in advanced development. The M.B.5 was never fitted with armour or guns, which would have somewhat degraded its competitive edge, and the wing aerofoil section dated from 1927, giving it a compressibility issue at high speeds. But with more (and earlier) development it could have become the best British piston fighter of WW2. R2496, RAE Farnborough, 1945 (23) w by Philip Pain, on Flickr R2496, RAE Farnborough, 1945 (27) w by Philip Pain, on Flickr These two photos compare it with a contemporary Supermarine Spiteful F.14, and a standard Spitfire F.14. Also with a P-51D Mustang (the original Airfix Mustang kit) because the M.B.5 was once described "as a Mustang on steroids".
  3. Hello everyone... Im looking for any photo’s of VF-85 F6F-5 Hellcats from the early months of 1945. They were on board USS Shangri-La and would’ve carried the lightning bolt identifier on the tail and wings. I e only found this cgi version. Seeing as I’m doing a Corsair with these markings and have an Eduard Hellcat which I’d like to build alongside of it. If not I will fall back and do the VF83 kit markings. Any help I would be of grateful for. Dennis
  4. Dear fellow Britmodellers, my first completed AFV in 2021 is the 1/72 Special Hobby Marder II. This kit was originally released under the 'MK72' label in 2011. It's a highly detailled quality tooling, on par with the latest Revell releases. Coincidentially, other versions based on this chassis (StuH Grille & Marder III) will be released by Revell Germany, according to their news announcement. I especially liked the one-piece tracks that simply wrap around the drive sprocket, as link'n'length tracks in 72 scale frequently cause me problems. I painted with Gunze/Mr.Hobby acrylics, washed with artist oils and dusted the model with Tamiya pigments. The model represents a vehicle operating in the Lake Balaton area, Hungary, March 1945. All photographs by Wolfgang Rabel. Thank you for your interest, best greetings from Vienna! Roman
  5. Sat in the shed, idly scanning the shelves, looking for something different, I happen upon these ageing beauties................... Flak 9 by phil da greek, on Flickr Flak 8 by phil da greek, on Flickr But what to do with them? Something different.................flicking through Wikipedia later I come upon a couple of pictures of a huge flak barge. Using a little artistic licence this then is a flak barge from the back end of the war, anchored perhaps on the Rhine somewhere, a welded steel plate barge built to mount the two guns on with a little accomodation for the crews to shelter in. It's mainly Tamiya with a lot of scratch building and bits from the spares box, there is a WIP if you care to see some of the photos from construction. I'm quite pleased with it, it's turned out better than I hoped and was built to fit the display case I had. My only disappointment has to be the anchor cables, they're not as taught as I would have liked as I used brass picture wire and I should have maybe used string dipped in white glue. Flak 74 by phil da greek, on Flickr Flak 73 by phil da greek, on Flickr Flak 72 by phil da greek, on Flickr Flak 71 by phil da greek, on Flickr Flak 70 by phil da greek, on Flickr Flak 69 by phil da greek, on Flickr Flak 68 by phil da greek, on Flickr Flak 67 by phil da greek, on Flickr Flak 66 by phil da greek, on Flickr
  6. Hi all I've just been looking at Wg Cdr M L Donnet's Mustang in "RAF Mustang and Thunderbolt Aces" I cannot find supporting photos of it anywhere else. How big would his personalised fueslarge recognition letters have been and can I find them on a 1/72 decal sheet? What colour is the spinner bose? Book gives dark blue. Black on some sites showing artists' impressions. If anyone can give me a link to photos of KM121, I shall be very grateful Cheers M.M.
  7. While looking for B5N2 Kate photos, I found this amazing collection of photos of Japanese surrender delegation aircraft as they flew to and landed at Ie Shima. I don't think these have been posted before- if so, I apologize! I can only imagine what the Japanese flight crews must have thought as they were surrounded by their former enemies. Some interesting and unusual model projects here! Enjoy! Mike https://www.meetup.com/aviation-76/messages/71403212/?_cookie-check=-q69SylJtvyF5VKk
  8. Hi to all,After 8 moths of hard work I finished my last diorama based on Battle of Poznan (Poland).I made a video to show the diorama. I have used Tamiya & Zvezda figures and vehicles. The building and furniture is from Airfix. The video will not leave you indifferent.--------------------------------------------------------------------Video Link: Battle of Poznan Diorama video presentation-------------------------------------------------------------------- Captures: Best Regards
  9. Hello, here's my 1/72 Hasegawa Junkers Ju-88 G6 "Nachtjäger" of 6./NJG2, Fritzlar 1945. I used Eduard photo-etch, True Details resin wheels, Schatton antennas and markings from Authentic Decals. Painted with acrylics from the Gunze/Mr.Hobby range. The Hasegawa kit has some fit issues, which is strange for a modern HQ tooling. The fuselage halves need some filling and blending, the nose cap is over-sized, the wing tips and the belly insert with the guns don't fit very well either. The antennas are metal pieces from Schatton (http://www.modellbau-schatton.privat.t-online.de/). They are much finer than the kit's plastic parts. Since the antlers are a major focus point on this model I think they are well worth the investment! The colour scheme is mostly guesswork, as I've found only one conclusive period photograph online; this shows only a part of the fuselage section broken up at Fritzlar airport, Germany, May 1945. The markings come from Authentic decals, they aren't the best I've ever worked with. They break easily, have a yellow-ish carrier film and are slightly misprinted with 'shadow lines'. Luckily, this doesn't show after a couple of gloss and matt cotes. The camoflage was painted using Uhu Tac sausages: Exhaust fumes painted with Gunze/Mr.Hobby "Smoke" with drops of Black and Dark Brown added: Delicate work on the undercarriage, adding brake lines and scissor links: "Schräge Musik" ("Jazz Music") guns on the fuselage spine: All photographs by Wolfgang Rabel, IGM Cars & Bikes. Thanks for your interest. Greetings from Vienna!
  10. Hello, this is the second Kovozavody Prostejov Mustang III I've fínished - this time, in RAF markings for 19th Squadron, based at Peterhead, spring 1945. The model was painted according to the kit instructions, using Gunze/Mr.Hobby acrylics. I painted the 'sky' fuselage band but failed to match the Color of the code letters. *doh!* The yellow/black spinner caused some trouble when I tried to mask the stripes with Yellow Tamiya tape - due to the curvature, I had some paint creeping under the mask and re-touches were done by hand, using Vallejo paints. I've added Qucikboost resin exhausts (designed for Tamiya kit, but with slight modification also suitable for this one). Thanks for your interest! The beautifully cast Quickboost resin exhausts:
  11. Hello, and thanks for your interest in this topic. Here's my rendition of AZ Model's latest release of the 109 Series - this is the G-14AS. As far as I am aware this type has never been available as an injection molded kit before. I added Brengun phot-etch for various details, such as antennas, flaps and interior pieces. The pitot tube is from Master Models. The model was painted with Gunze/Mr.Hobby acrylics. This patricular aircraft is well documented. There are a number of period photographs. Some of the technical details visible are: - missing cover of the tail wheel well - T3 rudder without trim tabs (these were removed from the plastic) The aircraft patricipated in "Operation Bodenplatte" in January 1945. Piloted by Uffz. Herbert Maxis, White 13 was shot down by an American AA battery. Herbert Maxis' tragic faith is documented here: http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=97812831 "White 13" was buried in a trench and re-discovered in 1987. The remaining parts of the airframe were restored with parts from other German aircraft and is currently on display in the AVIATICUM Museum in Wiener Neustadt, Lower Austria. Creating the characteristic "sawtooth pattern" on the leading edges of the wings is quite a challenge, in this scale. The rudder has some light colored blotches over the RLM75/83 camoflage. To replicate this, I painted the entire rudder RLM76 (Light Blue) first. Then, small pieces of Blu Tac were applied to cover those places to remain in light color. Then, the other colors were sprayed over. The fuselage has a different tone of RLM76. This seems to be the greenish variant, sometimes referred to as "RLM84". This color was mixed using RLM02 (Grey/Green) and pure White. The undersides are natural metal, I used Alclad paints here. Note the black Balkenkreuze without outlines. All photographs: Wolfgang Rabel, IGM Cars & Bikes Vienna. Thanks for lookin'! Have a good day! Roman
  12. Hello, and thanks for your interest in this topic. This is the third Bf-109 I've built in a row, this time it's AZ Model's new Bf-109 G-14. In my opinion, this kit is on par with the Fine Molds kit in terms of accuracy and detailling, but sells for less than half the price. Assembly is easy, with good engineering and flawless surfaces. Only a little filler was used for the wing/fuselage joint and on the fuslage halves. I added Brengun photo-etch set, Rob Taurus vacu canopy (designed for Revell's Bf-109 G-10, but suitable for this model as well) and Eagle Cals decals from "Messerschmitt Bf 109 G-14s (EC72-43)". The model was painted RLM74/RLM75/RLM76 with Gunze/Mr.Hobby acrylics, sealed with Alclad matt varnish, and weathered with artist's oils. The markings represent "Yellow 10" from 3./JG77, Euskirchen (North Rhine-Westphalia), Germany, 1945. I have not found any photographic reference for this machine, relying on the decal sheet instructions only. The spinner spiral comes from that decal sheet, too. The pitot tube is a metal item from Fine Molds accessories, and seems to be a little bit too long! All rudders have been re-positioned to add interest. Photographs by Wolfgang Rabel of IGM Cars & Bikes. Hope you like it! With kind regards from Vienna, Austria Roman Schilhart
  13. Hello and welcome to 2016! My last build from 2015, the first to be presented in the new year. Sword 1/72 Spitfire XVIe with photo etch from Brengun, Vacu canopy from Squadron and Decals from Xtradecals. Represents SM309/AU-H, “Panama Bound” of 421(Royal Canadian Air Force) Squadron in 1945. Flown by Flt.Lt. Richard “Hap” Beal. Painted with acrylics from Gunze/Mr.Hobby. Main Inspiration for this build was the model by Mr. Jekl, as seen on Britmodeller: http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/234949348-supermarine-spitfire-mkxvi-172-sword/ Pictures by Wolfgang Rabel of IGM Cars & Bikes. Thanks for your interest, have a good start into the new year! Cheers from Vienna Roman
  14. My first completed build in 2016, another Focke Wulf Fw-190 from Eduard's Profi Pack. Added photo etch landing gear covers from Eduard Set and decals from Aeromaster (Butcher Birds #72001). Photo of the original aircraft here: http://www.jg300.de/fw-190a-gelbe-1-7-oder-17.html Gun barrels from Master Model. Painted with acrylics from Gunze/Mr.Hobby. Photographs: Wolfgang Rabel, IGM Cars & Bikes Cheers!
  15. Hello, here's my Eduard Fw-190 A8 finished. Work in progress: http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/234991920-building-the-172-eduard-focke-wulf-fw-190-a8/ Landing gear doors are photo etch pieces from Brengun (intended for the Airfix kit). Gun barrels & pitot tube from Master Model. Painted with Gunze acrylics according to instructions. Thanks for looking. Greetings from Vienna Roman
  16. Hello and thanks for your interest in this topic. This is my 1/72 Airfix Fw-190 A8 dressed as a "Sturmbock" of II/JG4. This particular aircraft is well documented on color pictures (seen here: http://www.clubhyper.com/reference/luftcambg_5.htm). It was piloted by Walter Wagner on January 1, 1945, participating in"Operation Bodenplatte". It was hit by flak during the attack over St. Trond airfield, when the engine died and the pilot had to make and emergency landing. The plane was captured by the US Forces and sent for evaluation. It later carried an all-red color, decals for the caputred version are available from aftermarket manufacturers as well. This aircraft had black/white/black RVT bands (denoting JG 4) and the emblem of the left side of the fuselage only. I added additional side armor from the Brengun etch set, which also provides various antennas and cockpit interior. To my chargin, the left armor plate lifted off with a "ping!" during the paint session and would not go back into position by any means, which spoils the look of the model from a certain angle. Nonetheless I decided to finish the build wtih it's flaw. The decals are from Sky Models Italy, are of reasonable quality and can be recommended. The sheet also provides the spinner spiral. Painted with acrylics from the Gunze/Mr.Hobby range, weathered with artist's oils and pastel chalks. The red blotches on the fuselage represent primer spots, as seen in the original pictures, and have been hand-painted using Vallejo colors. Pitot tube is a metal piece from Master Model. All photographs by Wolfgang Rabel of IGM Cars & Bikes - a big 'thank you'! Here's some in-progress shots I took during construction stage. The fuselage halves were badly warped, evident in this picture: ... and so were the wings ... Cockpit with Brengun etch, very little can be seen afterwards: Fixing the side armor panels was a difficult task due to the curvature of the fuselage: Thanks for your interest ... and off we go for another mission in the ever expanding universe of Plastic Modelling! Until next time, take care, and all the best from Vienna/Austria! Roman
  17. Hello and thanks for your interest, this is another marking option from AZ Model's latest G-10 "Diana" kit. It represents 'Gigi', a machine of II/JG 52, in the closing weeks of the war. I could not find a historic photograph of this machine, so I had to relate to AZ Model's paint instructions and a color profile in a Kagero book (JG 52) respectively. Photo etch parts from Brengun, vacu canopy from Rob Taurus. Painted with Gunze acrylics. Weathering with pastel chaks and artist's oils. Greetings from Vienna! Roman Photographs: Wolfgang Rabel, IGM Cars & Bikes
  18. Hello and thanks for your interest, this is Hasegawa's 1/72 Bf-109 G14 with Resin engine and photo etch from Aires. The vacu canopy is from Rob Taurus. The pitot tube is a metal item from Fine Molds Accessories. Photographs by Mr. Wolfgang Rabel of IGM Cars & Bikes - a big THANK YOU! The model represents a machine of JG52, photographed after the end of hostilities in May 1945 at Neubiberg. Pictures suggest a quite faded camoflage, I tried to replicate this by adding a drop of White to each base colour. Painted with acryclics from the Gunze/Mr.Hobby range. Weathered with artist oils. This was no quick build; the kit was started back in April 2014. I had to put the model aside a couple of times, getting bored with numerous dry fit runs, sanding, filing and shaping. In the end it turned out quite okay, but several important lessons were learned during construction, of which my future models will (hopefully) benefit. With best wishes for the new year, greetings from Vienna, Austria Roman Schilhart
  19. Hello and thanks for your interest. This is another AZ Model Bf-109 from my workbench, The markings represent the mount of Gefr. Alfred Michels of 16/JG53, who crash-landed this plane behind American lines on January 1, 1945. A number of pictures of this machine exist on the internet - an interesting feature is the placement of 'Blue 2' which sits upon a patch of colour where a previous number had been overpainted. The "Blue 2" is on the second fuselage segment behind the cockpit, on the left; It's on the first fuselage segment behind the cockpit, to the right. The number itself seems very pale or weathered. Therefore, I misted the "2" and the Gruppen-Balken with grey paint while still on the decal sheet - not my best idea. While it worked well on the number itself, it left traces around the Gruppen-Balken where I failed to eliminate the carrier film. It seems as if a squadron badge had been overpainted on the cowling. The model was painted with Gunze/Mr.Hobby acrylics in RLM 74/75/76. Weathering was done with artist's oils. I added Brengun photo-etch to enhance some details like cockpit, flaps, antennas. The canopy is a vacu item from Rob Taurus. Thanks for your interest! Cheers from Vienna, in the pouring rain.
  20. While working on my "big one" - Airfix 1/72 Lancaster BII - I have completed these two kits on the side. They are from Eduard's "Dual Combo" set which comes with Photo-Etch parts and an extensive decal sheet. Both kits were built from the box with the addition of SBS resin spinners - the kit's items look a little bit like "Kremlin's Towers". I also added Rob Taurus vacu canopy on "White 24", as the plastic kit part is too thick to fit over the back section of the cockpit. Both kits were painted with Gunze/Mr.Hobby acrylics and weathered with artist's oils and pastels. Metal blanking plates behind the exhausts were painted with Alclad II. The pitot tubes were exchanged for a piece of wire. So, first here's "White 24", the mount of Major Sultan Ahmet Khan (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amet-khan_Sultan) of III/9.GIAP, 1945. According to Wikipedia, there's also a movie about his life: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Haytarma Sultan Ahmet Khan was killed in 1971 while flying a Tupolev Tu-16LL. Next is "White 33" of Col. Georgy Golubev, 4th GFAR, Baltic Region, 1945. All photographs by Wolfgang Rabel of IGM Cars & Bikes, Vienna. Thanks for your interest! Roman
  21. Lavochkin La-7 Commander of the 156th IAP Lt.Col., Hero of the Soviet Union S.F. Dolgushin, 215th IAD, 8th IAK, 4th VA, Kluzow, Germany, April 1945 Kit: 1/72 Eduard ProfiPack Afermarket parts: Pavla vacuformed canopy The main problem areas of the kit (fixed in this build) were: Wrong shaped wing tips (actually beginning at approx. 1/3rd of the span from the tip) both in profile and frontal view. While fixing this error, the aileron surface detail (being originally in "shrink-wrap" style) was lost and a new, more correct representation of doped fabric tautened over the frame with rib tapes added was done. Almost empty main wheel-wells: very little detail was provided and the most of what was available was wrong anyway. So, they had to be almost completely reworked. Some detail was scratch built of plastic and some corrections were done using Mr. Surfacer as well. The correct “ceiling” of the wheel bay area being originally just the inner surface of the upper main wing half was cut off, given the accurate profile and then positioned on its correct place. Inaccurate propeller spinner. It was corrected with Mr. Surfacer. Very basic representation of the louvers mounted in front of the engine being originally just a disc with a relief detail, while there should actually be empty intervals between the separate blades as well as between the blade tips and the cowling inner surface visible. To achieve the desired result, the excess plastic was removed from the original part, the edges of the blades were sanded off and the part was positioned onto a plastic tube mounted in the cowling interior. Gun ports being just holes in the cowling front ring, while their lower surface should actually go through the entire cowling. This was corrected by adding plastic inserts to the appropriate areas. The same had to be done with the wing root air intakes. Cockpit interior behind the pilot’s seat/radio compartment - again, almost empty and what was available, was wrong. Eventually the entire interior was scratch built there. The cockpit itself, despite some etched parts provided, could also benefit from some improvements as otherwise it still looks somewhat toy-like. Some cables and instruments were added there for more realism as well. The cockpit borders were too thick and, in addition, not exactly parallel, therefore, some sanding was required here as well. Canopy. Although crystal-clear, it is (both 1-piece and 3-piece parts) unfortunately thick enough to be unusable for displaying in open position. On the other hand, if displayed in closed position, due to the thickness, the cockpit interior looks severely distorted. The kit part was eventually replaced with the vacu-canopy by Pavla. The joint of the wing and the fuselage resulted in some sort of a small “peak” in the lower fuselage line. While correcting this, some moderate re-shaping of the fuselage in this area was required. In addition, the landing gear flaps were thinned down, some missing access hatches were engraved and some small details (e.g., Venturi tube) were added. Almost all kit decals proved to be of little use due to their wrong shape or dimensions: white borders of the stars too narrow, the number “93” and the under-wing stars undersized. So, mostly spare markings were used instead. This particular La-7, before handing it over to Dolgushin as his personal a/c, was completely re-primed and repainted and the stencil data weren’t re-applied, so that no use for all those beautifully printed markings either...
  22. Just finished this today. Hasegawa kit, Aires pit, Eduard p/e, UltraCast prop, True Details wheels, QuickBoost exhausts. Painted through out with Gunze and weathered with oils etc. I also tried my hand at riveting the airframe for the first time. Just noticed i've forgot to attach the pitot tube and I may have a go at attaching some sort of canopy restraining wire as well. I've got a build thread somewhere on here. I'm not entirely happy with how its turned out, it looks a bit shoddy.
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