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  1. Amodel is to reissue its 1/72nd Antonov An-24V "Coke" - LOT & Interflug - under ref. 72253 Cyrillic character B is V in latin character. Here V for Visotnyi (Высотный) or high altitude. Anyway the LOT SP-LTA depicted in the box art is a An-24RV... Sources: https://www.aviationmegastore.com/en/modelling/antonov-an24b-lot--interflug-a-model-72253-198456.html https://www.hobby.dn.ua/uk/amodel-amo-72253-ltak-antonov-24b-polischa-ndr-p-111504.html V.P.
  2. After the Jetstream 31 & 32 (http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/234972846-172-bae-jetstream-31-32-by-amodel-released/?hl=jetstream) Amodel is to release another serie of 1/72nd Jetstream kits. Source: http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/234997175-amodel-new-172nd-1144th-kits-in-2016-update/ - ref.72331 - BAe Jetstream T.1 - ref.72332 - BAe Jetstream T.2 - ref.72333 - BAe Jetstream T.3 - ref.72335 - BAe Jetstream 200 V.P.
  3. Amodel is to release a 1/72nd Gulfstream G550 kit - ref.72327 Source: http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/234997175-amodel-new-172nd-1144th-kits-in-2016-update/ V.P.
  4. Amodel is to release 1/72nd Embraer ERJ/EMB 145 kits. - ref. 72381 - Embraer EMB 145 EU/EP - City Airline & British Airways Source: https://www.aviationmegastore.com/en/modelling/embraer-emb145-euep-city-airline-british-airways-a-model-72381-198168.html - ref. 72385 - Embraer EMB 145 LR - Aero Mexico & American Eagle Source: https://www.aviationmegastore.com/en/modelling/embraer-emb145-lr-aero-mexico-american-eagle-a-model-72385-198169.html - ref. 72390 - Embraer EMB 145 LU - Crossair & Luxair Source: https://www.aviationmegastore.com/en/modelling/embraer-emb145-lu-crossair-luxair-a-model-72390-198170.html V.P.
  5. Buongiorno, signori! Now I'm posting the fourth (and so far the last) model from my small AMI collection. This time it is probably the most iconic of all the aircraft built in Italy - Piaggio Avanti. No need to write a lot about the design - I believe all aviation fans know quite a lot about the type. Avanti is carrying a lot of 'the best' titles - the quietest, the speediest, the most fuel efficient turboprop executive airplane. The most unique and at the same time very aesthetically balanced design. The first of the only two production aircraft with three lifting surfaces configuration (another one is Su-30/33/34 family). How can anyone not have this in the collection? The base kit comes from Amodel. Of course the company is well known for challenging quality - and I can confirm that many smaller parts required attention to make them thinner, remove defects, etc. However the parts fit was rather good. I think the only really challenging area was fitting engine nacelles to the wings - especially alignment of those to look parallel to each other, taking care of proper sitting on the wing given main wing dihedral and so on. Of course some filler was needed here and there. But again - nothing really overwhelming. The kit provides full interiors for two versions - VIP and 'economy' passenger cabins. I chose economy option as I believe some of the AMI Avantis should be in that configuration. Not sure if AMI has deluxe Avantis but I know for sure some of AMI P.180s are counter electronic measures aircraft with various relevant equipment and couple operator working places inside. Not much interior seen on photoes but with cellphone torch on I can enjoy the neat look of the chair rows Some updates included minor improvements in the pilots cockpit such as seat belts and handles inside. Also I added a wall blanking the air intakes (honestly this area could be improved much much more as air intakes are fairly complex on a real thing). Exterior elements such as antennae, pitot tubes etc require references to the particular aircraft that you're building. Not everything from the kit should be put on. Not everything that should be on a real thing is in the kit. Lamps and navigation lights from the kit are completely useless. I scratch built navigation lights from the transparent plastic sprue and minor lamps made by just drops of Kristal Klear. On contrary canopy window fits quite fine but of course polishing is badly needed. Kit provides decals for a black and silver Spanish civil operated aircraft and for a fully boring grey Italian Marina Militare machine. I did not like either option but Caracal Decals did superb job issuing a set of decals providing for AMI, Guardia Costiera and Esercito machines and two civil operated ones with French and Polish registrations. Polish one is a medical transport so probably would require a cabin with medical beds and life-support equipment. Of all the options I thought that Aeronautica is the most elegant (Guardia Costiera is the most colourful though) so I went forward all white Avanti with a thin blue strip. Decals applied quite well. Unfortunately the insignia were out of register so I found the same size roundels in the leftovers from my Revell Eurofighter. Okay. Now As I posted all the four AMI aircraft of my collection - I need to share couple group photoes. First the pair of non-combat planes together: And then full quartet - for size comparisons as well! And links for RFI threads of the three others - just in case: https://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/235130494-f-104g-il-spillone-dellaeronautica-militare-172-hasegawa/ https://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/235130495-fiat-g91r-the-greatest-success-of-italian-air-industry-172-meng/ https://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/235130530-siai-marchetti-sf260am-classic-trainer-bird-by-stelio-frati-172-special-hobby/ Thanks for watching! Dennis
  6. This is another kit that was started earlier in the year and crying out to be finished. If you haven’t got one of these treat yourself. It really is a monster step up in quality (see what I did there). Its finely moulded and comes with masks, etch and decals that you need to be careful with but work well and are in register. The aircraft was designed to be a replacement for the An-2 and was code named Clod by NATO. Not exactly a name befitting the attractive Little Bee.(Pchelka) Its finished entirely from the box as an East German example painted with Xtracolor paints and varnishes, Flory wash and Tamiya weathering powders. Hope you like it. What do you get when you muliply An-14 by 2 An-28 (PZL Mielec M28) Another superb kit this one by Aeroplast, I built this some time ago in Vietnamese colours. Thanks for looking Pete
  7. 1/72 A Model IAR 80c. Another model that resisted completion, mainly due to fit issues again. It's getting to sound a lot like a bad workman blaming his tools, as I ought to be big enough, old enough and ugly enough to get over mere bagatelles such as the canopy being too big for the fuselage, the wing sections warping so that there was a gap the width of the mersey tunnel between top and bottom leading edge, the butt joint tailplanes were no help at all and the rear of the fuselage still gives me the shivers thinking how lucky I was it isn't a resin kit the amount of sanding I had to do to get a massive step in the wing to rear fuselage reduced.. But I persevered, and eventually wrestled into some sort of shape a model that looked to me bore a passing resemblance to the box art. Actually, I am a little tired of these short run, awkward fitting models, and yearn for an Airfix, Revell, Eduard or Tamiya kit to make, which is why I am going for the Smer Su-25 Frogfoot in Ukrainian livery next. On to the IAR 80. I didn't know until a couple of years ago that Rumania had an aviation business, let alone it produced what looks like a well designed efficient fighter, the IAR 80. When I discovered that, I thought let's get one, and on impulse picked up this 1/72 Amodel kit from Hannants. I thought apart from the aerial being broken in half, the somewhat dodgy colour choices ( Humbrol dark brown and Mr Hobby IJA dark green) for the paintwork, a couple of seams that refused to fill and sand away, and the mistake with the undercarriage, given the fit issues and the truly awful instructions, it doesn't look too bad. The pitot was painted by masking the white for red stripes, the canopy was masked pretty well, though spoilt a bit by some glue fogging that crept in at the front when I put the aerial in the hole I'd drilled in the canopy. Gun barrels by Albion hobby, as was the pitot. Canopy masks from Yahu, as were the seatbelts, and the instrument panel. Which, you had to work out where the fuselage location for the IP was; I thought I had, but obviously didn't put enough glue there as the IP fell out. I used Mr Colour RLM 04 for the yellow bits, Windsor & Newton galleria gloss varnish to put the decals on, and Windsor & newton galleria satin finish for post decals. This wasn't a "Oh, just drop it in the bin" model, but a couple of times it came close. Several photos now follow of this fighter for your delectation.
  8. My first entry for this GB will be the AModel DH60M Metal Moth. The DH 60M was introduced in 1928 for areas where a steel tube fuselage covered in fabric would be more rugged and easier to repair than the ply fuselage of earlier versions of the DH60. The RAF bought 135 between 1928 and 1931 for use as trainers, and several were also used as squadron 'hacks' The AModel kits is part of a series of different versions of the DH60. Different fuselages, wings and other parts have been tooled, and this particular version has an appropriate fuselage with stringers visible and wings with Handley Page slats. There is no PE and the overall feel of the kit is of a shortish run with fairly heavy attachments points. Detail looks pretty reasonable, and wing rib detail etc. I have an old 'Scale Models' from January 1978 that has quite a useful article with plans for the DH60 that I used to convert a Frog/Novo kit later that year. Stringers were from heat stretched sprue and the wings were thinned. It will be interesting to see how this one turns out. This is my 1978 effort, now sadly gone. The rigging is stretched sprue attached with PVA, and it was painted with Humbrol Metalcote Aluminium applied by brush. Few fancy metallics and not the range of decals we have today, not that at the time I could have afforded them anyway.
  9. Dear aviation modellers, today I present you with the largest model I have ever made! It is the M-50A (NATO code name Bounder) produced by the one and only Amodel. This was a very difficult kit for me to build due to the size and composition of its components (cast fiberglass resin fuselage and wings.) It required me to utilize new skills as a modeller - which is a great thing! I constructed a berth out of XPS foam to keep the aircraft elevated while gluing on the engines, and working on the bomber's underside while fully inverted was absolutely harrowing. You will notice fine pitting along the panel lines in some close-up pictures; I can only guess that I received a kit that was produced near the end of the tooling's lifespan, unfortunately. The liberal application of Mr. Surfacer 500 thick primer managed to minimize these blemishes. As @general melchett mentions in his very suave build of this monster from a ways back, the oleo of the front landing gear strut has to be reduced by about half, while maintaining the aircraft's nose-high attitude. But not only that - the length of the outrigger struts must also be lengthened by about 5-6mm each in order to touch the ground. This is a very intriguing design which was trialed at the height of the Cold War. It represents the last of the Soviet Union's supersonic strategic bombers which were designed for the purpose of striking the USA with nuclear weapons. First flying on 27 October 1959, the M-50A made a total of 19 successful flights before eventually being retired to the aircraft museum in Monino. Late in 1960, the USSR began to prioritize the development of ICBMs as the future primary means of waging nuclear war with the United States. Therefore, the project was abandoned, and the V.M. Myasishchev Experimental Design Bureau OKB-23 was closed. The long-range bomber force would instead be composed of the Tupolev Tu-95 Bear, which still had the ability of striking the United States over the north pole, albeit with much reduced performance and speed. If you would like to learn more about this aircraft, I recommend this website: https://oldmachinepress.com/2014/03/26/myasishchev-m-50-m-52-bounder/ It has excellent information about the developmental history and specifications of this silver beauty. Without further ado, here is the completed model! In this historical photo, it is towed by a ChTZ S-65 "Stalinets" agricultural tractor with cab.. From kit... to competition! It didn't win any prizes, but its completion is enough of a reward for me. Thanks for looking!
  10. Amodel is to release a new variant from its 1/72nd Il-76 kit - ref. 72042 - Ilyushin Il-76MD "Candid" - Ukraine & Indian air forces. Source: https://www.aviationmegastore.com/en/modelling/ilyushin-il76md-india-ukraine-a-model-a-72042-190688.html V.P.
  11. Next up from me will be this long term stash resident - Inside the flimsy box the majority of the kit is fibre glass With the rest injection moulded Should be fun..... Steve
  12. Hello everyone! Here is my latest kit. It's Amodel's 1:144 Beriev Be-12 Tchaika "Mail". It represents "Yellow 55" of the Ukrainian Naval Aviation in the 1990s. Following the break-up of the USSR, Ukraine had 12 ASW Be-12s plus a SAR variant. In 2001, the survivors were all grounded and at least six were refurbished and returned to service in 2004. This short-run kit with etched parts was not easy but the end result was very satisfying. The instructions were not clear in places and had several errors. Checking with photos of the real thing was a must. I built it OOB and only added the wing probes, the radio wires and some intakes from stretched sprue. It was fully painted and varnished with brush Thanks for looking and all comments are welcome. Miguel
  13. Hi everybody! Upcoming project will be another unusual soviet russian object, but this time a completely non-fictional one that actually flew. It's an Antonow An-71 AEW/tracking system based on a highly modified airframe of the Antonow An-72 series. This is in the box: 6 sprues of light grey styrene, 1 sprue with clear parts, 1 small PE fret, decals and instructions booklet. The eagle-eyed among you might already have spotted a tiny little amount of flash here and there. I think you know AModel kits, so I don't think that I have to tell you that this won't be an easy going build at all. This will be a slow, very slow build, I'm afraid. Well...I must be masochistic. The build will start soon, first I have to sort some real life things. Any thoughts, comments, encouragements will be very welcome! Thanks for looking.
  14. Hello dear colleagues! Today I want to show you my first non-civil aircraft in my standard scale. What can I say about C-130? Some people says that it's most beauty-looking plane. But in my opinion it looks ridiculous, short and fat fuselage looks strange enough. But anyway, it has own charm, especially in old schemes with naked duralumin body. And I think the most popular military cargo plane will be a good replenishment for my collection. Hercules was produced in many different modifications, the most famous of them is monstrous AC-130 Spectre, the flying artillery battery. Also, C-130 is the biggest plane ever landed and taken off from aircraft carrier. The kit from Amodel was purchased about half a year ago, but for long time I didn't dare to start with it. I've read a lot of negative reviews about this kit. OK, it's short-run technology. How we say in Russia, swearing removed And I have to say that this proverb describes progress of building the model good enough. There was no one connection that didn't need many time, sanding paper and putty to get it acceptable-looking. Usually I spend much more time for paint-works, but when you have a deal with Amodel, you have to be ready to spend some days before you will take airbrush in your hand. On the picture there are two engines from left side - one before and another after correction of them. Also kit has incorrect geometry, when I've placed the wing over fuselage, I've discovered that there is a big fail with engines. They were inclined down. After saying some kind words to Amodel manufacturers, I disconnected engines and took putty and sanding paper again... Taking stock of building progress, there was very long and complicated work to get something looking like Hercules from that sadly-looking plastic pieces, that you can find in the box. BTW Amodel writes in their instruction that "Kit destined only for skilled modellers". I think it's something like disclaimer of responsibility. Paint work was easy enough after finally getting assembled model. First I've used black Decorix primer from the balloon. Then I masked nose and areas behind engines and painted the plane with Tamiya X-11. Then I tried (not very successfully) to imitate panel effect on the fuselage and wing-edge. Red colour for tail was mixed from red and orange Master-Acrylic paints. First, I had an idea to paint the whole plane in metallic, like it is pointed in instruction. But discovering hundreds of C-130 photos, I've found one with red tail and metallic body. It was C-130A from one US museum. I liked this scheme very much and decided to paint my model in something like that prototype. And here I've to say that there is no any real prototype of my model. It only can be named collective fashion of Hercules from the Golden Era of 1960's, with fantastic design of cars, fascinatingly-looking planes and time of Elvis Presley 🤟 Decal from Amodel matches all the (un)quality of the kit. Though it was covered with lacquer, anyway it has crumbled. So it was "US air force' stencils for fuselage. But after it had crumbled, I had to content only with "USAF" instead of correct stencil. Big "S" letter on the upper part of the wing had crumbled as well, but fortunately there was another one in reserve. I"ve used Pledge Future prior and after decals. Also I've applied gray and deep-gray wash from Pacific-88 to get effect of old and exhausted plane. Finally, I've covered model with Master-Acrylic matte lacquer. Summary, what can I say about the model. I haven't create a masterpiece, sure, and there are a lot of mistakes. Painting is not very pretty-looking as well, especially on the photos. But I wanted to get Hercules in 1/144 on the shelve, and I've got it. Will I build Amodel kits in the future? I don't think so. But never ever say "never" and maybe some time I'll want to get another one special plane and the model will be non-alternative.. May be. Wish all of you modelling inspiration! Respects, tMikha.
  15. Amodel is to release 1/72nd Antonov An-14 "Clod" kits. - ref. 72224 - Antonov An-14 "Clod" Sources: https://www.aviationmegastore.com/antonov-an14-nato-code-clod-a-model-72224-aircraft-scale-modelling/product/?action=prodinfo&art=188557 https://modelsua.com/an-14-clod-red-aeroflot-1-72-amodel-72224 https://www.hobby.dn.ua/en/amodel-amo-72224-antonov-aeroflot-red-p-106135.html - ref. 72379 - Antonov An-14 "Clod" Sources: https://www.aviationmegastore.com/antonov-an14-nato-code-clod-a-model-72379-aircraft-scale-modelling/product/?action=prodinfo&art=188558 https://modelsua.com/an-14-clod-blue-aeroflot-1-72-amodel-72379 https://www.hobby.dn.ua/en/amodel-amo-72379-antonov-aeroflot-blue-p-106136.html - ref. 72383 - Antonov An-14 "Clod" Sources: https://www.aviationmegastore.com/antonov-an14-nato-code-clod-a-model-72383-aircraft-scale-modelling/product/?action=prodinfo&art=188561 https://modelsua.com/an-14-clod-military-ddr-ussr-1-72-amodel-72383 https://www.hobby.dn.ua/en/amodel-amo-72383-antonov-ussr-gdr-airforces-p-106137.html V.P.
  16. Amodel is to release a 1/72nd Raduga P-15/P-15M Termit Soviet anti-ship missile kit - ref. NA72015 Source: https://www.aviationmegastore.com/p15--p15m-termit-a-model-amdlna72015-aircraft-scale-modelling/product/?action=prodinfo&art=188563 Box art V.P.
  17. This is a model I finished at the beginning of the year, but only just got around to photographing it. The model is one of AModel's short run kits of less common subjects and was issued in a number of versions. It is not a kit for the beginner, despite the low parts count, as it needs a fair amount of clean up and fettling to make sure the parts fit. I added some detail from scratch in the cockpit and stuff like control horns to replace the kit blobs. A seat and better Vickers gun was sourced from my boxes of Aeroclub and PE bits I have accumulated of the years. Paints are from a set by MIG Ammo acrylics, and kit decals were used. The Aircraft may have been in PC12 or PC10 according to JM Bruce in the Windsock DataFile and I went with PC12 for a bit of a change. Rigging is Uschii van der Rosten thread with 1 mm Nickel Silver wire from Albion Alloys for the control runs
  18. Amodel is to release a 1/72nd American guided bomb ASM-N-2 (and not ASM-2N...) Bat - 2 in one kit - ref. NA72012 Source: https://www.aviationmegastore.com/american-guided-bomb-asm-2n-bat-2-in-one-a-model-amdlna72012-aircraft-scale-modelling/product/?action=prodinfo&art=185159 Box art Wikipedia link: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ASM-N-2_Bat "The Privateer was the primary launch platform for the Bat, but other aircraft were also modified to launch the weapon, including the Vought F4U Corsair, Curtiss SB2C Helldiver, and Grumman TBF Avenger. The primary post-World War II aircraft to carry the weapon was the P-2 Neptune." V.P.
  19. Just finished my Amodel 1/72 Tu-134A as an aircraft of Kazaviaspas, the air operation of the Kazakhstan Ministry of Emergency Situations. The choice of colour scheme might sound a bit odd - I wanted to build it as an aircraft that's currently (or at least recently) in service, which narrows it down, and a colour scheme where I could print the decals myself, so after some googling I hit on this one. It was an enjoyable build - not straightforward, challenging enough to make it interesting but never frustrating. I used the Neomega engine details and Armory wheels, and KV masks, so pretty much all the aftermarket that's available for this kit. Decals were home made - my first attempt at decal printing, and pretty pleased with how they came out. WIP thread is here On to the photos (apologies for the state of the table top, really should have cleaned it!):
  20. Hello fellow modellers, here I would like to show you my model of the Valkyrie. It is a small commuter plane for 5 passengers, no, four plus pilot. It's maiden flight was in Januar 2015, the second prototype crashed or made a forced landing in 2017. Since then no further information is available. There are some pictures in the net, showing a black aircraft, maybe the first prototype, on several occasions with different registrations. Amodel is producing several unique and exotic aircraft. although the quality has improved significantly, there are still some flaws apparent in this kit, especially in the instructions. They want to ignore the rear windows and paint the whole area black, the undercarriage doors are toolarge and had to be shortened, the holes for the undercarriage legs are positioned underneath the lower wing part and so on. I wonder wheather they never make a test build with their test shots. I wanted to close the canopy, but it was too big, so I built it open. The windows are clear in the kit, so I had to airbrush them with Tamiya smoke, which took me three attempts. I wonder how all the F-16 builders manage to do it so effortless and successfully... The opening mechanism is way too high and has to be shortened. So are the seats, or the whole inside will not fit into the fuselage. But this is what modelling is all about, isn't it? And still I will continue building these kits, because I like the aircraft types away from Spitfires and 109s. (F-4s are an exception!) Thanks for looking, Norbert
  21. Out of the box build Paints used - Tamiya Hi all, I am calling this highly recommended kit done. Yes, if you want to fill your swear box up in record time then this kit will help you achieve it! Poor instructions and some parts that had not a prayer of coming close to fitting made this a frustrating build at times. However, it's my first go at building a biplane and rigging one. I admit I used some wrapping wire with the insulation stripped off it to rig the model, not sure all of it looks in scale, but the kit had parts that also looked a little out of scale. Weirdly I would build another one of these kits, as I have learned a lot about how they go together and I fancy building the Airfix Tiger Moth in the future. In the movie the plane appears brand new, however at this scale; it needed a little weathering to stop the "toy like look". I have to thank the ghosts of Denys Finch Hatton and Karen Blixen, who I am sure gave me the will power to complete this build. I have included some stills from the movie of the plane flying over the African landscape, I hope you enjoy your flight. Happy modelling.
  22. Hello all, I’ve decided to have a go at another large Russian aircraft as that is my passion and thought I’d post it as a work in progress. The Il-38 has undergone an upgrade which added the new sensor array (BERKUT) (NOVELLA) atop the fuselage, new avionics and all topped off with a new colour scheme. The overall colour seems to be Aubergine/French blue/ USN WW2 dark blue cross, don’t know how that’s going to pan out. The photo shows the aircraft I will try to model. The Amodel kit comes with the fuselage and main wings moulded in glass fibre, the rest in (short run) plastic. A few weeks ago I bought the new Begemot decal sheet that includes the Russian wording seen on the tail and the big yellow numbers for the front. I also have the Begemot sheet that has the modern 2 tone stars I will need as the ones in the kit are the old style ones. I still have to source a flag and will have to make the name in red myself. Where needed, smaller parts will be replaced with etch parts. So, off we go. The inspiration The box of many parts. First job was to cut the unwanted glass fibre from the fuselage front where the cockpit will go, clean up the bomb bays and drill out the windows using my Dremel tool. I had a bit of trouble with the forward windows in that the glass fibre splintered making a jagged hole. To get round this I stuck the kit plastic windows in the jagged holes and filled around them with Milliput. The whole lot was then sanded down, finishing with fine grade micro mesh to make the windows transparent again. Front end and bomb bays cut and cleaned. Windows filled and sanded. While waiting for the Milliput to dry around the windows I assembled the bomb bays. As usual with these kits the plastic parts need cleaning up with a scalpel blade and glass paper to ensure a good fit. These subassemblies are boxes that fit into the slots in the bottom of the fuselage shown above. Cockpit next I think.
  23. Abandoned during a previous modelling frenzy from 15 years ago, I found this Amodel Sh half completed, but with wheels swapped out for skiis alongside other red waifs and strays, all forgotten. I had a vague memory of building the Sh. The fit was awful. Consider the lovely Heller SAAB 91 - it needs around 3mm square of putty in total under the fuse join: that's it. It is beautifully and flawlessly engineered so imagine just how awful the whole fit was by comparison. Later, the wings had been lost somewhere but I had already detailed the interior panels where they folded back. It had been primed here and there but really, quite an abandoned project together with a 4 seat limousine Po-2 mod in the same shoebox (for the 'more equal' members of soviet society) and here shown. https://ibb.co/RcF9ywz I had this single visual reference at the time to work from as a guide but forgoed the available PE set to tart her up apropos. A lot of that set seems superfluous. https://ibb.co/pn9qjyD There are choices today. Remake the wings using plastic card and ballpoint pen &c. to add 'engraved' detail from the insides (wings to be folded back) or leave her as per the image above, this machine being assembled in a cozy soviet sweatshop but with skiis for no reason at all (a lazy route). Or buy another kit to add the wings, but this seems too expensive a prospect. Amodel's Sh-2 is rare now, the Choroszy kit not cheap for just two wings. I know of nobody prepared to sell those 2 wings from a trashed or abandoned build that are just crying out to be sold, either A Bigger Picture: Many Sh-2s were done over in a pale grey colour, let's call it Ae9 (hexidecimal) for fun, That's the whole scheme. Civil regs a possibility or "Donated by the Landlocked Fishermen's Soviet of Kazan'!" inscription on account of them being landlocked. You know the routine. Exclamation point essential. No weathering as I can't abide this Jallyvo 'extra sausage and sage greasy grey' or 'rotting Orc's spleen vermillion' acrylic and powder fad -- in no rush to model 72nd scale oil and dust (but respect to those who do). Just enamels and oils. Old school, me. I have a 72nd scale old Zvezda soviet revolutionary figure to add into a possible small 'factory' diorama, Foreman Comrade Oleg is apopleptic about the theft of state property! ( the wings ). The NKVD could already be interested in this wrecking counter-revolutionary act of sabotage. Poor Oleg... helplessly caught in an implausible scenario. https://ibb.co/tB8DwKP Nota bene. There are small details which mustn't be forgotten: the generator windmill, a skii for the tailskid, piping away from the S-11 engine, the skii crank added to the dashboard. The little red weathervane at the hull's very fore. The lateen sail... Now they're mentioned here, I can't overlook them. The Polikarpov limo needs work too, clearly, so could be a parallel project? Maybe she'll get the skiis and swap out some wheels to the Sh-2 once more. Her engine is already a beauty. Could be fun either way. Best wishes.
  24. Hello All, here is my latest from the shed. I’ve always liked the look of this aircraft so decided to make one and plumped for the trainer version made by Amodel because of the unusual cockpit layout. These training aircraft were used by the Romanian Air Force until the early 1950’s. The Trainer was made by removing the fuel tank in front of the cockpit in the single seater version and building a second cockpit in this position. The Amodel kit has lots of detail with all parts requiring cleaning up before use. Two colour options were given, all green or camo. It’s finished in my usual Xtra Colour enamels, Flory wash and Xtracolour varnish with a little Tamiya weathering powder. I Thoroughly enjoyed making it, hope you like it too. Thanks for looking Pete
  25. If I had any sense I would not be doing this as I am already involved in 2 other GB with others starting before long but what the heck - this one runs until September and I have quite a few other "cheap" kits in my stash including this one. According to Scalemates this is the 2012 reboxing of the Il-2 that was originally released in 1964, and being series 2 would certainly have been less than a tenner when I bought it back then. I originally built it not long after it came out though I have no idea where it is now - in a box in my roof I suspect. In those days the instructions were to paint it green and brown over light blue, and that was certainly a valid scheme for at least the first half of the war, as was green and black over blue, but in this most recent boxing Airfix suggest the late war 3 colour camo scheme of green, brown and grey over blue so I will have a shot at that. The actual colours are not entirely certain but I recently bought a set of Russian VVS paints from Sovereign Hobbies for the Airfix Pe-2 which cannot be entered in this GB I suspect as it is series 3, though I have had it so long it might just be eligible - I might see if I can find the invoice details. I will probably be using AMT-7 for the blue instead of AII version and the "brown" will be the so called "yellow grey" version as that seems to be the only brown Jamie sells at the moment. The Grey will be AMT-12 dark grey, but the green is problematic. Some sources suggest the earlier AII Green, others the browner AMT-4 Olive Green. I may use an AM resin replacement for the rear gun, but all other changes will be cosmetic - cockpit and wheel wells I suspect. More as and when I start. Pete Later, I have found the invoice(s) - it seems Scalemates were wrong about this boxing as I bought it in September 2010 from Hannants for £5.99! I also bought the Pe-2 at the same time for £7.99, the ICM I-16 for £6.50, and the AModel La-5FN for £6.60 so all 4 Soviet WWII planes left in my stash are eligible - I build the other half of the batch 3 years ago - Lagg-3, Mig-3, Yak-3 and Yak-9D so I might just complete my collection!
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