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  1. Arma Hobby is to release in 2021 a 1/72nd North American P-51B/C Mustang kit. Source: http://armahobbynews.pl/en/blog/2020/12/30/arma-hobby-new-kit-announcements-for-2021/ Sprues design & 3D renders V.P.
  2. After the P-51B/C (link), Arma Hobby is to release the 1/72nd North American P-51D/K Mustang bubbletop versions. Source comments: https://www.facebook.com/ArmaHobby/posts/4796445153719137 V.P.
  3. Source: https://www.facebook.com/ArmaHobby/posts/4494536197243369 Update http://armahobbynews.pl/en/blog/2021/08/13/f4f-4-wildcat-1-72-test-shots/ V.P.
  4. Source: https://www.facebook.com/ArmaHobby/posts/3462056447158021 Considering it'll be most probably a WWII period a/c and in 1/72nd this will be uninteresting to me... My (Polish) wishes - 1/48th plastic kits from: TS-8 Bies, TS-11 Iskra & PZL-130 Orlik. V.P.
  5. I fancied building something Finnish: https://www.armahobby.com/70025-hurricane-mk-i-east-front-limited-edition.html After building an arma hobby Hurricane in the BoB GB, I promptly bought one more - and this felt like a good time to build it. I’ll be building the one on the box cover, HC-452. If I did my googling properly, I should just replace the kit spinner with a Spitfire DH spinner, which is slightly wider, and I’m good. I’m pondering whether rummaging through boxes on the attic will be more work than ramming the kit spinner with a semi-hot poker to widen it just a bit. We’ll see. Sprues: as you can see there are three spinners here, none correct? In addition there are resin wheels with 5 spokes. I’ve made a start: The IP has some nice decals. I only used the right side, the left and middle sides I just painted with some random white squiggles. I actually think the squiggles look more realistic at a distance (closeup not so much). The real reason is not realism however, I wanted to use the instrument decals for an open-cockpit biplane and after having a peek in the BoB Hurricane and seeing absolutely zilch of the IP I decided to keep it for when it will actually be seen.
  6. Thread update #2, 26th November 2021 For anyone new to this thread, may I say welcome, and then I would add beware of what follows! You may wish to skip ahead to Page 21 where the re-boot begins. Having said that, the first few pages of my original Arma builds may prove instructive in the manner of "how to not do something". Once you reach the stage of the arrival of the fabric-winged Airfix Mk.Is, things really start to go wobbly. The (largely self-inflicted) problems I experienced with them halted progress and caused a huge slump in Hurricane mojo. However, the mere act of sweeping clean the workbench was most cathartic, while simply unboxing a shiny new Arma Mk.IIB/C Expert Set has elicited a revival of interest in Sydney Camm's marvellous hunchback Thread update #1, 26th April 2021 Originally, this thread started out as one for just the Arma kits in my stash, which miraculously seem to multiply all by themselves! But latterly one or two examples of Airfix's Mk.I fabric-wing Hurricane have crept in, and by some strange coincidence seem to be multiplying as well. The first two Arma models are about 3/4 completed, and unable to resist any longer I've finally dipped into my first Airfix ragwing, which first appears part-way down Page 7. No doubt the Arma and Airfix builds will become a confusing mish-mash, interspersed with photos of our cat, Daisy To return to the original thread start, September 4th 2020 Inspired by @CedB's multi-Hurricane build thread here, I thought I'd build two Arma kits in parallel. So taking up space on the bench where the Tomahawk really ought to be are a Mk.I and a Mk.IIc. I haven't entirely decided yet on the scheme and markings for the Mk.IIc - it could be CBI, it could be LF363 in the contentious scheme it wore while AVM Sir Stanley Vincent's toy, or it could be something else entirely. The Mk.I, however, will wear a Vokes air filter and be finished as one of 30 Sqn's all-black night-fighters: 30 Sqn, B Flight, Idku. A small start has been made, and here are a few photos of the Mk.IIc: http:// http:// http:// http:// And the Mk.I's sprues: http:// The kits are are OOB + Eduard, and going together very well so far. The Eduard sets are the pre-printed ones, and unfortunately the green looks completely wrong so these were masked with Maskol (yuk!) and lightly over-sprayed with my favoured shade, Vallejo 71.126 IDF/IAF Green. The aluminium bits were variously sprayed Vallejo Aluminium or Dull Aluminium, honestly I can't remember which was which: I tried to make sure that metal bits were the former and doped fabric bits were the latter, although I can't really tell the difference! The IPs for both are done and look very nice, held together with Micro Krystal Kleer, which hopefully doubles as the instrument glasses. Also, the cockpit sidewalls, newly de-Maskol'd, have been curved and glued to the previously-scraped fuselage sides. As mentioned, the parts fit is extremely good. As far as the Mk.IIc's wings are concerned, all I did was lightly sand the trailing edges so that they are hopefully a smidgeon sharper than they otherwise would have been. So far, I haven't removed the entirety of the moulding feeds, but have contented myself with ensuring they don't interfere with mating surfaces - the remaining bits will be sanded away when the major assemblies are together. I'll get some more photos before I go any further, but in the meantime cheers for now! Mark
  7. After its soon to be released 1/48th PZL TS-11 Iskra resin kit (http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/234954879-148-pzl-p1-resin-kit-by-arma-hobby-release-april-2014/?hl=iskra#entry1603053), Arma Hobby is preparing a 1/72nd kit from the same aircraft. Source: http://www.armahobbynews.com/2014/04/pzl-p-1-and-ts-11-iskra-news/ V.P.
  8. My first finished kit posted on Britmodeller. PZL P.11c built out of the box from test shots. It is Junior Set boxing, with two markings options (decals printed by Techmod) and small photoetched fret (pilots straps and gunsight) included. Model was finished in 3 days. Painted with Hataka lacquers with some panel shading and weathered with wash (Tamiya black) Oilbrusher (Space Ship Filth) ans some pigments and Tensocroms. Questions and critics welcome.
  9. Source: https://www.facebook.com/ArmaHobby/posts/3803515099678819 This one? https://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/235077295-hawker-hurricane-mk-iic-148-arma-hobby/ UPDATE: https://www.armahobby.com/blog/preorders-of-the-1-48-scale-pzl-p-11c.html https://www.armahobby.com/40001-pzl-p-11c-expert-set-1-48.html https://www.facebook.com/ArmaHobby/posts/3805224659507863 1/48th - ref. 40001- Państwowe Zakłady Lotnicze PZL P.11c V.P.
  10. Hurricane Mk.IIc (Expert Set) 70035 1:72 Arma Hobby Although somewhat less glamorous than the Supermarine Spitfire, it was the Hawker Hurricane that proved to be the backbone of the UK's air defences during the summer of 1940. Designed in 1935, the Hurricane was relatively advanced compared to other fighters in service at that point. It featured a fully enclosed cockpit, retractable undercarriage, eight .303 inch machine guns, a powerful liquid-cooled V12 engine and, most importantly, a cantilever monoplane. Despite its modern appearance, the design and manufacturing techniques were thoroughly conventional. This proved useful when it came to manufacture because the aircraft was easy to produce, repair and maintain. The Hurricane's first kill was achieved on 21st October 1939 when 46 Sqn found and attacked a squadron of Heinkel He115s over the North Sea. The Mk.IIC was a much improved version, armed with four 20mm cannon and equipped with the Rolls Royce Merlin XX engine, capable of developing almost 1,500hp. These aircraft were generally used for ground attack and night fighting duties as, despite the improvements, it couldn't quite compete with the best the Luftwaffe had to offer. Arma Hobby hail from Warsaw, Poland. Although a relatively new name to the hobby, I've been mightily impressed with their products and in particular the way they manage to combine fine detail with ease of assembly. The moulded plastic parts are as well-made as anything I've seen from the big names in the hobby, with crisp panel lines and a finesse of finish that really helps their kits to stand out. This makes for appealing kits that you really want to build as soon as you handle the plastic. As this is an Expert Set, you get extra decal options, paint masks and a small fret of brass parts too. The decals look excellent and the full-colour instructions are equally impressive. Although this kit follows on from Arma Hobby's earlier Hurricane Mk.I, as the kit is presented on a single frame of parts it is to all intents and purposes an entirely new model. Construction starts with the wing and the main landing gear wheel well. This is assembled and sandwiched between the surfaces of the single span upper and lower wing. With the wings assembled, construction moves on to the cockpit. Some of the parts, such as the rudder pedal and control column, are added onto the floor that is moulded as part of the upper wing, while the remaining parts including the instrument panel, seat and structural framework are sandwiched between the fuselage halves. The small fret of photo etched parts comes into play at this juncture, providing the seat harnesses, instrument panel, compass and throttle control. Once the fuselage halves have been joined, the previously assembled main wing can then be added, along with the vertical and horizontal tail. The rudder is a solid part, while the elevators are moulded separately. The tail wheel and main wheels can now be added. Flat spots are moulded in place on the main wheels, and as this is part of Arma Hobby's 'Expert Set' range, pre-cut paint masks are provided for all of the wheels. Once the landing gear doors have been added, the radiator and carburettor intake can be assembled. Again the photo etch comes into play, providing parts for the latter as well as the landing lights, exhaust flame shields and pilot's footstep. The tropical air filter for HV560 can also be added at this stage. Last but not least, the four 20mm cannon barrels, the propeller and spinner and the aerial mast can be added, as well as the two-part canopy for which masks are provided. The decal options include: Hurricane Mk IIc, BE500/LK-A, 87 Squadron RAF, Spring 1942, flown by Squadron Leader Denis Smallwood. This aircraft is finished in overall black; Hurricane Mk IIc, BE500/LK-A, 87 Squadron RAF, Operation Jubilee, Dieppe Raid, 19 August 1942, flown by Squadron Leader Denis Smallwood and Flight Sergeant Henryk Józef Trybulec. This aircraft is finished in Dark Green and Ocean Grey over black; Hurricane Mk IIc, Z3899/JX-W, 1 Squadron RAF, November 1941. This aircraft is finished in Dark Green and Ocean Grey over Medium Sea Grey; and Hurricane Mk IIc trop, HV560/FT-Z, 43 Squadron RAF, Maison Blanche, Algieria, December, 1942, flown by Squadron Leader Michael "Micky" Rook. This aircraft is finished in Dark Green and Dark Earth over Sky Blue. The decals are superbly printed and a full set of stencils is included. Conclusion I'm always glad to see an Arma Hobby kit in my review boxes as, in my experience they really kit the sweet spot between detail and buildability. The care and attention they take with the design and production of each model is a key feature of their kits, and this is no exception. The amount and quality of detail on offer is easily on a par with their competitors, but the kit is not over-engineered and should be easy to build as a result. The decal options are excellent too. Very highly recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  11. This is my second entry. I was wondering why no one has entered with this yet...? Very good model, easy to build.... hmm, strange.... So I will fill this gap. I started yesterday and this is what I build.... Begun with undersides.... I use the photo etched parts from an expert box. Becouse it is the variant which you should put the main gear on place before gluing the wing together, I manage to paint the underside of the wing before gluing. I think it could be a good idea not to fight with masking weel bays with protruding main gears. We will see.... And this is the result.... The wing ready for next step....
  12. Hello all, let me present a recent builds of Arma Hobby´s Hurricanes. The first one is a Hurricane in Portugal colours and it was really a pleasant OOB build. The second one is a most successful Hurricane of 310 Czechoslovak squadron during the BoB with 6 kills claimed by several pilots. The kit is also a part of small group build with my friends dedicated to Bob adversary. I hope you like it. If you are interested in a bit more details and photos, I would appreciate your visit there on my blog http://72insight.com/en/hawker-hurricane-mk-i-and-mk-iic-1-72-arma-hobby/ Here on the blog you can also find another BoB Hurricane build by my friend Vladimir Kafka. addition of example picture due to the some troubles
  13. ROBIN (Juliette Lewis): They don't care about dying, just losing. -- Way of the Gun (dir. Christopher McQuarrie) Hope is the only good god present among men The rest abandoned us and went to Olympus. -- Theognis, Fr. 1135-6 Athenians: Hope, danger's comforter, may be indulged in by those who have abundant resources, if not without loss at all events without ruin; but its nature is to be extravagant, and those who go so far as to put their all upon the venture see it in its true colours only when they are ruined; but so long as the discovery would enable them to guard against it, it is never found wanting. Let not this be the case with you, who are weak and hang on a single turn of the scale; nor be like the vulgar, who, abandoning such security as human means may still afford, when visible hopes fail them in extremity, turn to invisible, to prophecies and oracles, and other such inventions that delude men with hopes to their destruction. Melians: You may be sure that we are as well aware as you of the difficulty of contending against your power and fortune, unless the terms be equal. But we trust that the gods may grant us fortune as good as yours, since we are just men fighting against unjust, and that what we want in power will be made up by the alliance of the Lacedaemonians, who are bound, if only for very shame, to come to the aid of their kindred. Our confidence, therefore, after all is not so utterly irrational. -- Thucydides, History of the Peloponnesian War, XVI I'll be building the PZL P.11c of Hieronim "Himek" Dudwał, who flew with 113. Eskadra Mysliwska (113 Fighter Squadron) in the Pursuit Brigade responsible for Warsaw's defence. It's just possible that in the famous photo of Polish volunteer fire-fighters watching an aerial duel above Poland's embattled capital, that "Himek" might be somewhere above them: Dudwał was an interesting fellow. Along with Stanislaw Skalski, he was the top-scoring Polish pilot of the September Campaign (both he and Skalski are credited with four victories, though Skalski claimed two more), and before the war he was a keen modeller as well as a fairly good amateur artist. Our own @GrzeM wrote an excellent profile of him for Arma's website. Sadly, although he survived the September Campaign and escaped to France, Dudwał was killed in action aged 26, flying the obsolescent MB152 against the Germans with GCII/10 on 7 June 1940, when he was shot down probably by Leutnant Leonhard Gottmann of 7/JG3. Gottmann himself had only a few months left to live; while flying as adjutant for III/JG3, he was shot down into the Thames on 7 September 1940. We are left to imagine what Hieronim Dudwał might have accomplished had he lived long enough to fly a modern aircraft against the destroyers of his country, and what he might have contributed to the postwar world had he survived the war. As an interesting side note, the two pilots who flew with Dudwał during his first combat flight of the war were Cadet Jerzy Radomski and Senior Airman Mieczysław Kaźmierczak. Kaźmierczak was shot while descending in his parachute on 6 September 1939, but Radomski escaped to France and flew with Dudwał, shooting down a Bf109 on the day the latter died, and ultimately escaped France via North Africa and Gibraltar to fight with 303 Squadron in the latter days of the Battle of Britain. He survived the war and was a flight instructor with 6 FTS until the early 1960s, ultimately retiring from the RAF as a Squadron Leader in the catering branch (!) in 1973, before passing away in 1978. Anyway, on to the kit! The Arma kit is of course lovely, as those of you who've built any of their offerings will know. I managed to lose one of the smaller PE pieces for the cockpit, but got cracking away on the cockpit floor and seat. My understanding is that the Poles painted their aircraft with a slivery lacquer on the interiors, and so I've gone with the Hataka silver colour in their Orange Line set of paints for Polish Aircraft in the September Campaign. I happen to have the surprisingly useful MMP book on Polish instrument panels, which has a nice series of photos of the cockpit cribbed from the PZL P.11c manual, and the kit even has a PE part to duplicate this lever on the control column: (I assume that's the brake?) Tonight I painted the PE and laid down the interior colour, and got started on the cockpit. It feels good to be back.
  14. I have been eagerly anticipating the Arma Hobby Hurricane since it was announced and have done a combined order with a friend of mine to get an expert kit and some overtrees. I also stocked up on Hurricne I decals as now this kit has been released, I can now do all the Hurricanes I ever wanted to. Unfortunately the Hurricanes were delivered to my friends house the day after I went up to see him and haven’t had the chance to revisit him so I did the only logical thing. I ordered another one! This arrived on Monday and it went straight to the top of the stack. Hopefully I can get it built for the Huddersfield Halifax show next month. I’ll be painting it up as P3119 which is an all black Hurricane serving with 87 Sqn with the code VY X at Gravesend late 1940 and will be using the excellent Aviaeology decals from the Vital Storm Early Hurricanes collection part 1. Lets take a look at what’s in the box. Box Art. Main sprue. Small Sprue Clear Sprue Decals, Etch and Masks I’m really impressed by this kit and think it must be the best 1:72 metal wing Hurricane I out there. Time to offload my Alleycat Metal Wing Hurricane conversion for the Airfix kit as I won’t need it....... It has some lovely detail. Correct shape wheel wells and a decently shaped canopy and windscreen. Probably the best available in this scale so far. There are also plenty of options as well with this kit. Choices of prop and spinner as well as a tropical filter. I can’t wait to get started.....
  15. Trying something new here. "Here we will stand and fight; there will be no further withdrawal. I have ordered that all plans and instructions dealing with further withdrawal are to be burnt, and at once. We will stand and fight here. "If we can’t stay here alive, then let us stay here dead." -- Lieutenant General Bernard Law Montgomery, GOC 8th Army, 13 August 1942 As I said above, I'm building two Arma Hurricanes; the "old" MkI kit, and their new MkIIc, which is supposed to be excellent. The latter aircraft was the mount of Canadian ace Bert Houle, and the MkI was a tropical filter-equipped aircraft of the land-based Royal Navy Fighter Squadron, an amalgamation of Nos 803, 805, and 806 squadrons, with 803 and 806 flying Hurricanes, and 805 flying some leftover Martlets intended for Greece; both 803 and 806 would eventually trade in their Hurricanes for Fulmar IIs in Ceylon, to their intense dismay. I wanted to build the Arma kits to do my own small bit to remind people they exist, since right now Poland is more or less cut off from the rest of the world with the suspension of overseas deliveries by Polish Post. I note Arma are offering a gift card equal to 10% of your purchase towards a future purchase if you order from them, and they'll deliver as soon as human civilization returns to orderly functioning. I personally derive no benefit from this, I hasten to add, aside from the ability to continue buying Arma kits if we keep them afloat through this miserable garbage fire that's engulfed the world. So keep our friends in Poland in mind! Anyway, I got a quick start today (after noticing that Winston had left my scalpel embedded in the armrest of my grotto chair when he'd been wrecking the Lysander...may have to neuter him to see if it cuts down on this sort of thing), by washing the sprues and then spraying some AK Extreme Metal Dull Aluminium on some of the relevant bits: It was nice to see that the clear parts sprue seems to be identical in both kits -- no need to change what works. So here we go again.
  16. Hello, uff, second model finished this year - maybe next year will be better, who knows. Two models are very close to finish, so maybe I will beat the record. I think that it's not the last "four leaf clover" in glass-case - but at first, I need to find TBM-1C kit in 1/72.
  17. Here's my sixth completion of 2020, the Arma Hobby Yak-1b from the Expert boxing: Representing No.2 of 148 IAP, flown by Ltn. Mikhail Shkomplektov, an unfortunate pilot who mistakenly landed at the Luftwaffe airfield at Anapa on 11 May 1943. You've got to feel for him, I've no idea of his eventual fate but it could well have proved fatal one way or another. I built it out of the box with the exception of the addition of a set of QuickBoost resin exhausts designed for the kit - I didn't intend this but I lost one of the kit exhausts so it was lucky for me that there was an alternative; I wouldn't have bothered otherwise as the kit exhausts are fine and you can't really see the difference in the end. I used Infini white lycra thread for the r/t aerial wires. Colours used were Colourcoats ACS21 - A14 Steel Grey for the interior and wheelbays etc., ACS17 - 4BO Army Green (which I unintentionally used in place of ACS08 - AMT-4 Olive-Green which I think would have probably been more appropriate), and ACS04 - AMT-6 Black for the disruptive pattern uppersurface camouflage and ACS02 - AMT7 Blue for the undersides. Decals were for one of the six options as provided with the Expert set, they are printed by Techmod and worked very well, but as a word to the wise, don't use very hot water with them as they have a tendency to crumple if they feel the temperature excessive; warm water is fine. The kit is lovely and through some unfortunate events of my own I don't feel I really did it justice, I may have picked out the wrong green for the camouflage and somehow lost my varnish-fu at the final hurdle which resulted in small flakes of varnish coming off and necessitated some repainting, but we are where we are... Cheers, Stew
  18. Good day, I would like to begin this topic with my sincere gratitude towards fellow Britmodeller virtuoso Roman Schilhart. It was Roman and his generosity that made this possible. A special THANK YOU to Roman!!!!!!!! Here is the Arma Hobby Yak-1. Highlights of the kit are as follows.............. 1. Paints used ( all acrylics ) A. Mission Models white B. Vallejo AMT-7 light blue C. Vallejo A-28M Greyish Blue D. Mission Models black, Tamiya, metallic gray, Tamiya Gun Metal. 2. Weathered using the hair spray method, chalk pastels, washes, and pencils. 3. Excellent fit of parts 4. I used the kit supplied decals which I found to be equally excellent. 5. Uschi “fine” sized bobbin thread I tried a bit of a different method to weather the Yak. I sprayed the entire airframe with primer. First, I painted the Yak in the standard green and black upper surfaces. I then applied a coat of Tamiya Clear followed by a covering of hair spray. Once those processes were complete, I then applied Mission Models white to cover the black and green upper surface colors ( the blue undersurface was masked ). I took a flat brush and wiped in a manner to best represent airflow over the wings and fuselage. I wiped to the desired amount of color to show. Some areas were a bit more brushed while others not as much. Upon further inspection, the cockpit color was too green and not enough gray and the blue on the undersides should be lighter. Anyways, it`s done and I`m pretty pleased with the results even if not accurate. This will be my final entry for the year as I will turn my attention back to Part Two of my home improvement project. This Arma Hobby Yak-1 is my ninth completed project for the calendar year. Not great but better than in recent past. I`ll be certain to visit the site and continued to be awed by the many masterpieces posted by all of you here. Thank you in advance!!!!! With much respect, Mike
  19. Hello and thank you very much for joining this fantastic forum. Very briefly something about me before I come to the rollout: I am publisher of ZigarrenZone (cigar Blog in German language) and the online magazine FlashCigar. After a break of about 8 years in model making I now find from time to time some time for model making. Sorry for my English My model presented here is the FM-2 Wildcat, 1/72 from Arma Hobby. It is a great kit. I mounted the windshield upside down. I made the clouds from absorbent cotton, fixed them with hairspray and painted them with the airbrush. I put the airplane on a pencil and mounted it on the base plate. I hope you like my first model. Of course there are some things to make even better Brand new I have created a new social network: scalemodel.zone
  20. Source: http://armahobbynews.pl/en/blog/2015/12/22/arma-hobby-news-2016/ V.P.
  21. Hello all. Just to break an increasing habit of mine, I decided to build a 'new' kit. I had the Arma Hobby Hurricane MkI in stock for a year or so, and it was time to build it, especially as I have read and seen so many good things about this kit. I had the simple boxing with just plastic parts, transfer, and a masking template printed on the instructions. Well, what can I say? It was an absolute delight to look at when I unpacked it, the instructions were pretty good (I do not think I got anything in the wrong place or upside down), there was very little in the way of flash, seam lines or sink marks. I found I did need to open up location holes in many areas (shock! horror!) but I think most of us can cope with that. In addition to that, just before I started, I ordered a load of Colourcoats paint from @Jamie @ Sovereign Hobbies, and had a wonderful time experimenting with their paints. I have used plenty of Colourcoats with Naval subjects subjects, but this was the first serious application for aircraft. Using their naphtha thinners and a wide, flat brush, I ended up with some of the best brush painting I have ever had. Thanks Jamie! Anyway, here is what I ended up with: As you may gather, I was very impressed with this kit, and the paints. Thanks for looking, all the best, Ray
  22. Hello everybody In full knowledge that there are plenty of these Arma 1:72 Hurricanes milling about I wanted to add my own humble contribution. Its from the Mk. 1 Expert Set in the kit scheme of Josef Frantisek of 303 Squadron. I finished it last week and am posting now because we are at the 80th Anniversary of the formal establishment of 303 Squadron and completely co-incidentally, as I was applying the last touches, the Historic Aircraft Collection were kind enough to also reveal the public certification flight of a 1:1 scale edition ;-) from Duxford. In terms of the kit, I found the cockpit very well detailed but a very tight fit - much fettling was required to get the wing installed. The wing root was very good but due to user error the leading edge wing to fuselage join needed a little filler. Nonetheless, I was pleased with the end result with much thanks to Bruno from the Dakota club here in Flanders for helping out with a spare u/c strut to replace the one consumed by the Carpet Monster (in addition to the PE rear view mirror after I had spent a good thirty minutes making the glass out of kitchen foil). Oh, and I hand made the navigation lights from clear sprue only to discover I could have used those on provided by Arma all along! Oh well. It was painted with a mix of Vallejo, Tamiya and Lifecolour paints, with Ammo of MiG weathering powders and pencils and W&N oil paints. Overall very enjoyable but I'd probably do the junior set as the trade-off of PE versus visibility for the cockpit is not necessarily valuable for my purpose (i.e. to go on my shelf at the office). On reflection I think the panel line wash on the upper surfaces of the wings is a bit Over The Top (vertical surfaces are more muted) and also the chipping on the gun panels but I'm quite happy how the interior and exhausts worked out in the end... As usual, errors and omissions are my own but as a long time lurker here on BM I would like to say how very grateful I am to all those who have posted their Arma Hurricane builds & experiences already (e.g. @Procopius, @CedB, amongst others) and those with seemingly boundless Hurricane knowledge, especially @Troy Smith all of which I found very helpful indeed!
  23. Some nice topics already in this GB, but sadly nothing Russian yet The new Arma Hobby Yak-1 fits the bill nicely as one scheme in the kit is from "Operation Berlin" 1945. I am talking about the Yakovlev Yak-1b from the 2nd Squadron, 1st Fighter Regiment "City of Warsaw" apparently flown by Sgt Patryk O'Brien! Looks like a very nice kit with some very delicate castings. So will be interesting to see how it builds. There is a bit of confusing information on white 13 which was donated by Professor Wolf Messinga which is the reason for the inscription under the canopy. The markings for this aircraft in the Arma Hobby kit are identical to the profile above. But in Polish Wings 20 on the Yak fighters, the date for this aircraft is given as May 1944 and not 1945 and the red stars are of a different style. But then I came across this picture of white 13 on the web. Compared to the pictures published in Polish Wings, the above picture shows the complete aircraft and also shows the same red stars as in the Polish Wings profile. Of interest is that Polish Wings has a picture published of white 12 and the setting, background and light conditions are identical to above picture and that picture is dated autumn 1945, so I assume above picture was taken also during autumn 1945! So it looks white 13 had a relative long life and I intend to show the aircraft as seen on the picture above - that is if I manage to finish it. Cheers, Peter
  24. I'll be honest. I didn't know who Bob Kershaw was until I bought the kit. For those of you who may be in a similar boat, here's his story : The Arma Hobby Hurricane Mk.1 Expert Set came with the markings for Bob Kershaw's Hurricane, and I couldn't resist the temptation. What can I say? It's a Hurricane by Arma Hobby - Great kit and a very enjoyable building experience. Now I'm desperately trying to avoid buying the Arma Hobby Yak1b ! Thanks for looking. Time to head back. mike
  25. Just spotted the pre-order page for Arma Hobby's FAA Wildcat VI kits. https://www.armahobby.com/70032-wildcat-mk-vi-model-kit.html Decals include EDSG/DSG, and BPF Blue versions, once again combo offer for extra sprues. Arma is on a roll lately
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