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  1. I have been looking forward to the new tool from AZ for a while and this one seems right for the first. I also hope it will serve as a better example of a German Bf-109 and grace my self with more style than clunky Berta. Nice box art... The profile... The sprue... Decals... --John
  2. Like many I was excited by AZmodels release of the DH Hornet with the promise of an accurate and buildable model. I'd had the Special Hobby F1 kit in the stash since it's release and had heard complaints about it but not really looked at what they were. I'd also built the Magna F3 (Frog clone) many moons ago, so thought I'd get the PR2 boxing from AZmodels. I was disappointed to learn that the PR2 never really went into service, and thought about using the markings from the SH kit. Then I decided I should build them together with AZ kit as an F1 with and the SH wheels up as the PR2. I then added the Aerocraft replacement engine and props into the mix. I ended up using the best bits of both kits to build the F1 as well as I could. In summary AZmodels as F1 used: Aerocraft engines and props SH resin gun trough SH main legs with scratch built oleos and axels SH resin main wheels Additional Details: Fuel dump pipes Hole for gun camera Tailplane tab actuators Landing light Special Hobby PR2 AZ engines and spinners Tail wheel from Matchbox Beaufighter Additional Details: Corrected canopy shape Corrected wing dihedral Corrected cockpit opening (too small!) Camera ports Landing light Replaced incorrect AZ roundels and flash (really?) I followed @David A Collins excellent series of builds of the AZ kit. Personally I still think the AZ kit is a missed opportunity with some indifferent moulding (the legs are awful),many mistakes of the past repeated (panel-lines everywhere) and details missed (actuators). AZmodels as the F1 in 'spurious' Chevron markings but looks cool as... Here is the Special Hobby as the PR2 Here with my now yellowing Manga F3
  3. This has been in my stash for a few years and I thought it's ideal for this. The totally fictitious back story. The war in the Pacific dragged on and the Royal Navy needed a high altitude interceptor that had superior climbing and altitude performance to its lend lease Hellcats and Corsairs. The Japanese had developed a number of high altitude dive bombers which could get through the fighter screen before launching at speed into naval formations. The Seafire was an excellent low level fighter and the US fighters could slog it out with Japanese fighters and medium altitude bombers but the high altitude bombers were a significant threat as they couldn't be touched unless identified really early at the outmost range of seaborne radar or when they descended at high speed into the AA screen or picked up at low level after dropping their bombs. Obviously this latter option was ineffective against kamakazi attacks. No current RAF aircraft was suitable for conversion and starting jet use on the carriers was not an option. Martin Baker's MB5 had all the performance needed and Supermarine now had significant spare capacity as the war in Europe was over, so the two companies collaborated to rapidly produce a navalised version in sufficient quantities and pressed into service. The aircraft proved to be an instant success and was deployed on all of the Pacific Fleet's carriers. A Gloss Sea Blue livery with white identifier bands was used to ensure the Baker was not misidentified by trigger happy US allies. Transfers are provided for three versions but the GSB is the one I'm going with. So off we go into flights of fantasy.
  4. During WW2 the RAAF found itself, like many air forces, lacking in communications aircraft. Accordingly they impressed into service a number of civilian aircraft including four Fairchild 24's. The cute little AZ model even contains one such example (A36-1) but unfortunately it is lacking in a couple of areas. If you want to make one in its colourful Red and Aluminium livery help is on the way but you will have to be patient. The box looks like this Parts for the Ranger inline engine are provided in the radial boxing but not vice-versa. The kit looks like this The RAAF example in the Ranger boxing needs new decals and a new cowling which are being worked on. In the meantime it seemed like a good idea to do one of the others, no less colourful. VH-ABZ was impressed as A36-2 and probably had its fuselage repainted in Yellow. All of these Fairchilds were camera-shy and few pics have turned up of any of them. A36-2 is in the background of a Tiger Moth picture and has been rendered by Steve Mackenzie of IPMS NSW like this [ More discussion on this later but let's get to work First mark the inspection ports with a beading tool which makes an engraved circle. Locations are shown in the Fairchild manual. and drill out the strut locating holes for a firm connection
  5. Hello All, Let me present you the great kit from AZ Models of the 1/48 scale Zlin Z-50LS in the Hungarian "Aerotriga" Aerobatics team livery. Thanks for looking and all comments / recommendations welcome
  6. AZ Models is to release 1/72nd P-39 Airacobra kits - ref. 73037 - Bell P-39D Airacobra Source: https://www.hannants.co.uk/product/AZM73037 - ref. 74006 - Bell P-39 Airacobra Mk.I Soviet Air Force Source: https://www.hannants.co.uk/product/AZM74006 V.P.
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