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  1. AZmodel is to (re?)release a 1/72nd Hawker Hurricane Mk.IID kit - ref. AZ7594 Source: https://www.facebook.com/208070375871052/photos/a.208144655863624.54782.208070375871052/1947006051977467/ V.P.
  2. AZmodel is to re-release its 1/72nd Stinson Sentinel kit. - ref. AZ7589 - Stinson OY-2 Sentinel Source: http://www.azmodel.cz/produkt/stinson-oy-2-sentinel/ V.P.
  3. AZmodel is to re-release its Fresco's kits with new decals. - ref. AZM7554 - Mikoyan MiG-17F Sources: http://www.1999.co.jp/eng/10428767 https://www.hannants.co.uk/product/AZM73030 V.P.
  4. AZmodel is to release soon a 1/72nd boxing from the Italeri's North American B-25J Mitchell kit - ref. AZ7582 Vintage kit (1978) - https://www.scalemates.com/kits/157216-italeri-129-mitchell-b-25-h-j-versions Source: http://www.azmodel.cz/produkt/b-25j-mitchell-raaf/ V.P.
  5. AZmodel is to re-release (link) it's 1/72nd Supermarine Seafang F.Mk.32 kit - ref. AZ7585 Source: http://www.azmodel.cz/produkt/supermarine-seafang-f-mk-32/ Original boxing ref. AZ.7272 & AZ7300 V.P.
  6. AZmodel is to re-release 1/72nd Focke Wulf Fw.190A kits - ref. AZ7583 - Focke Wulf Fw.190A-0 Source: http://www.azmodel.cz/produkt/fw-190a-0/ - ref. AZ7583 - Focke Wulf Fw.190A-1 Source: http://www.azmodel.cz/produkt/fw-190a-1/ V.P.
  7. By all means not the biggest one of my sins of last year. I´ve been in the process of finishing the Bf 109 STGB II prizes... yes, just waiting for our sponsors' decisions but I promise we´ll get back to it shortly. Better late than never... But I apologize, my dear friends . Anyway, this KUTA-build is actually not a GB non-finisher, as I originally intended to just build some parts of this along the four proper G-6:s I did finish! This is how the kit looked a few nights back. I started by trimming the interior parts to make them fit the slightly too narrow fuselage. This I did, and then forgot the build for a few days again. Last night I finished painting and assembling the interior, joined the fuselage halves, wings, radiator flaps and rudder parts - but didn´t take a picture . While browsing through Finnish Bf 109 decals I did find among them an extra AZmodel Erla- canopy. I´ll check if I can mate that with my previous, Revell G-10-to-G-6/AS build I did with its original, rather lousy canopy piece. It should look better, if I can make it fit. The Finnish Air Force was supplied with, possibly in an error, two G-6/AS- high altitude versions in late June 1944. The Revell build is decorated as MT-463 from 2./HLeLv 24 and this AZmodel build will be MT-471 from 3./HLeLv 24. To my knowlegde, there are no pics of either of them in their wartime appearance. This decal sheet has a painting diagram for -463 and I´ll go with that for the -471 too. Pics to be added... Best regards, V-P
  8. AZmodel 2018. The (provisionnal) programme. Source: http://www.azmodel.cz/2018/01/az-model-v-roce-2018/ And no trace/news from the 1/48th Fairey Delta FD-2... http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/235016507-148-fairey-delta-2-fd-2-by-az-model-release-in-2018/ V.P.
  9. After the MB-5 (link) AZmodel is to release at Telford 2017 a new tool 1/72nd Martin-Baker MB-6 kit - ref. Sources: http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/235010228-kpaz-central-discussion-questions-answers/&do=findComment&comment=2816940 http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/235010228-kpaz-central-discussion-questions-answers/&do=findComment&comment=2817373 V.P.
  10. Wolf-Dietrich Huy, (2 August 1917-13 July 2003) was a German Luftwaffe ace and one of the pilots decorated with the Iron Cross during World War II. Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross and its higher grade Oak Leaves was awarded to recognize extreme courage in battle and its military leadership. In August 1942 he returned to JG 77 after recovering from his wounds, and shortly after his unit was transferred to North Africa. October 28, 1942 he shot down his first Spitfire Egypt. Huy was shot down by a Supermarine Spitfire Vc of No. 601 Squadron, piloted by P / O JH Nicholls (an additional 7-kill ace) October 29, 1942 on the area of El Alamein. He survived the crash and spent the rest of World War II as a prisoner of war. Source: Wikipedia The kit is the familiar AZ Model, here in the G2-R6 version. Apart from the cowling too thin (in profile) and canopy narrower than the fuselage I'm not aware of any other errors / problems. For coloring I chose to follow the AZ instructions: RLM 70/71/83 trunk of lower tail / 76, white band in the fuselage, white wing tips. But first photos with sprue, selected profile: Fonte: http://www.airwar.ru
  11. Savoia-Marchetti in German TGr. 10 colours - what on earth has that got to do with a Messerschmitt Bf 109 Single Type Group Build? A lot. When the 4:th Soviet Strategic Offensive was launched on 9.6.1944, the Finnish Air Force was seriously lacking in numbers of first line combat aircraft. Since the Finns (that´s us, btw) had earlier had some separate talks about saying bye to Germany and participation in the whole war, the Germans had restricted from supplying weapons etc. stuff because they had a doubt they´d not be put to decent use. When all the hell broke loose on the Karelian Isthmus, that didn´t come as a surprise to fighter units that had seen all the gathering of men and material beyond the stationary frontline - but the Army didn´t believe them. They thought Finnish front was a mere sideshow and all the major action would be put in reaching Berlin from the east before the west. Who´d be interested in us in that case? Uncle Joe was. He wanted to give our small nation a lesson and solidify his right flank before reaching Berlin. Some people say he also wanted to ease on the Germans so they could move troops to face the Normandy invasion and thus create a vacuum in the central eastern front section, where Operation Bagration would later make the Germans collapse. When the Summer Offensive breached through Finnish frontline and Soviet troops advanced several kilometers in a day, even Old Adolf understood the Finns needed arms and support. One major contributor in helping stop the Red Storm was the Gefechtsverband Kuhlmey. Delivering the ammunition and other supplies for its Stukas was the TGr. 10 with its S-M:s and Ju-52:s. It didn´t take long before someone got the idea that on their return leg, when flying empty to Germany, they could carry Finnish fighter pilots to Insterburg, then to ferry Messerschmitts back where they were needed. And ferry they did... more than 80 airplanes in less than two months. So here are ylikersantti (senior sergeant?) Leo Ahokas, his colleague in rank (later vääpeli or master sergeant) Eemil Vesa and kersantti (sergeant) Koski Keskinummi with a member of the Italian air crew (guess which one´s Italian ) at Lappeenranta airfield on the morning of 19.6.1944 on their way to Insterburg. Remarkably, they were back on the same day and took to battle with their new planes in the very early hours of the next day, 20.6.1944, the day the Finland lost Viipuri, its second largest city. Never to be given back... The third flight of the fighter squadron 24, 3./HLeLv 24 received eight Bf 109 G-6:s on that day. They were numbered consecutively from MT-436 to -443. I plan to tell you their story, and the story of the pilots that flew them. For me, on Finlands´ centennial year, this Group Build is my place to tell it to anyone who´s interested. I won´t model them all... but many of them. I shall be using AZmodel 1:72 scale kits. Best regards, V-P EDIT 020517: I´ll add fourth plane in this build. Even before the Winter War the Finnish Air Force adapted to tactics of 2-plane pairs and 4-plane patrols, later renamed swarms. Thus a trio or a "vic" just didn´t feel appropriate so I decided to go for a swarm of MT-436, -437, -439 and -441. To ferry her from Insterburg to Lappeenranta, here´s kapteeni (captain) Hans Wind on board the same Pipistrello his three NCO:s are. The one just boarding the plane is a Finnish reporter and the one on the right I believe is part of Italian air crew. Just to recycle some pics from the MTO GB, where I first planned to build these kits: And some superior sprue pics from an internet review of the AZ kits: Plenty of "options", read "spares": I do have both types of canopies: A pile of references from our public library, well not all of them: And finally (never mind the juvenile delinquent with a "Messerschmitts in Finland for 70 years" in his hand) there´s the real MT-452 that was on loan at Finnish Aviation Museum a few years ago. Best regards, V-P
  12. I almost did not get this building. 3..2..1..Start ...
  13. This is my new Luft 46 attempt. The kit from AZmodel is a typical modern short run one. Built OOB except for some elements in the cockpit, which are almost not visible. I've also added a twin underbelly 30-mm cannon and triple BR21 launchers under each wing from my spare parts box. This big heavy fighter must be heavily armed, as to my mind. The model represents the Gotha P.60D-1 flown by Oberst Felix-Maria Brandis, Tempelhof airfield, April 1947. P.60 size compared to Me-262 Thanks for looking!
  14. AZmodel is to reissue a revised version from its 1/48th Kawasaki Ki-48-I & II "Lily" kits - ref. Source: https://www.facebook.com/azmodelkits/?ref=page_internal V.P.
  15. After the C-1 variant (ref. AZ-7411 & AZ7412 - http://www.azmodel.cz/product_info.php?cPath=27&products_id=653 & http://www.azmodel.cz/product_info.php?products_id=654) AZ Model has just released a 1/72nd Gotha P.60 C-6 "Raptor" kit - ref.AZ7492 Sources: http://www.azmodel.cz/product_info.php?cPath=27&products_id=758 http://modelweb.modelforum.cz/2015/03/20/novinky-az-model-na-brezen-2015/ V.P.
  16. Azmodel is to re-release with new decals it's 1/72nd Avro 621 Tutor Mk.1 kit - ref AZ7549 Sources: http://modelweb.modelforum.cz/2016/10/28/novinky-az-model-listopad-2016/ https://www.scalemates.com/kits/1016047-az-model-az7549-avro-621-tutor-mk-i V.P.
  17. AZmodel is to release very soon a 1/72nd Fairchild UC-61 Forwarder kit - ref.AZ7527 Source: http://azmodel.cz/avizo/AVIZOAZ-EN-0616.pdf V.P.
  18. Over in this topic we started chatting about accuracy/dimensions of kits, in 1/72 scale, and that prompted me to break out my caliper and do some measuring. I was asked to start a new thread with just the measurements, and here it is. Hopefully others can add for the other kits out there. I find it useful to know which kits are just a bit off (I've yet to find one that is perfect) and in which dimension (chord, span, length, height). Error is ~+/- 0.0025 (I can reliably judge the value to halfway between gradations, which are 0.01; but it may be off by half that half. Any errors are my own. All measurements in inches, unless otherwise noted. Reference is "Spitfire Mk. IX & XVI Engineered", Paul H. Montforten, 2007. Full size values taken from Montforten. Frames are vertical members in the fuselage, stations are vertical members of the wing (aka ribs). First, wings. Measurements from pages 7.28 (span) and 7.31 (chord). Edit: Removed original photo to avoid confusion with update. Next fuselage. This started as an effort shared by Edgar Brooks, I simply took his original idea and expanded on it. For those who may care: A = Frame 5 (aka datum or firewall) B = Frame 8 C = L/e of door opening, not on a frame D = Frame 11, albeit Frame 11 is slightly aft of the panel line (an inch?) E = Frame 15 F = Empennage break, aft of Frame 18a, last vertical G = Rudder post 0-G = 326.64 inches or 4.537" at 1/72 Measurements of full size is on page 2.32 of Montforten for fuselage, for empennage on page 6.18. Edit: Removed original photo to avoid confusion with update. Summary: Overall the Airfix F IX is the closest to Montforten, both for the fuselage and wings. The AZ and Sword kits are short in the fuselage, but not the empennage, strangely. However, and I have to stress this, no Spitfire kit is "perfect" in terms of dimensions. All are off by just a few thousands of an inch, and unless one is comparing them at the mating surfaces, it is very difficult to see them as "off", to my eye. Personally, I prefer the Airfix IX for an early, full span IX, and the AZ for the later clipped wing IX/XVI (standard high back), but the Sword for the XVI RV (rear view or bubble top) (although I have quite a few Heller XVI RV on my shelf!). Both the AZ and Sword kits are lean in the fuselage at Fr 15 by about 1mm. See photos below... First - AZ left fuselage superimposed on Airfix right fuselage half: Secondly - AZ right fuselage superimposed on Sword left fuselage half (near perfect alignment, albeit length is obviously short): I am still doing some analysis of the Airfix PR XIX. The wings and fuselage are interchangeable with the Airfix IX kit (great for cross kitting to make the PR X/XI or F XIV) to determine how "off" it may be. Preliminarily it seems the nose is not too far off, but I still don't have a great reference value for the nose lengths (0-Fr 5), so much more to do in this area. Since I had the fuselages taped together... Left photo: AZ is on left (tan) and Airfix on right (light gray). Right photo: Sword on left (dark gray) and AZ on right (tan). Hope you find this useful. Tim
  19. Kora Models has just released a 1/72nd Fieseler-Skoda FiSk.199 (AZmodel Bf.109G-2/4/R-1 Jabo) - ref.72018 AZmodel kit with resin Accessories and decals for creating the FiSk199 Source:https://www.lfmodels.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=2350&zenid=56lk5f17ssm86s4aj36k7tvfi2 Box art V.P.
  20. AZmodel is to release two 1/72nd Morane-Saulnier MS.406 C1 boxings - ref. AZ7528 & AZ7529 Source: http://azmodel.cz/avizo/AVIZOAZ-EN-0416.pdf V.P.
  21. AZ Model has just released three new boxings (new decals) from its old 1/72nd Gloster Gauntlet kit. Source: http://modelweb.modelforum.cz/2016/04/12/novinky-az-model-duben-2016-ii/ Gloster Gauntlet Mk.II "RAF" Gloster Gauntlet Mk.II "Munich crisis" Gloster Gauntlet Mk.II "Over Finland" V.P.
  22. AZmodel is to re-release its 1/72nd Breguet XIV kit. Two boxings - ref. AZS7206 & AZS7207 Source: http://azmodel.cz/avizo/AVIZOAZ-EN-0416.pdf V.P.
  23. Source: http://modelweb.modelforum.cz/2013/10/27/novinky-admiral-na-listopad-2013/?lang=CS Admiral is to release a 1/72nd Airspedd AS.10 Oxford Mk.1/.2 family - ref. ADM7233, ADM7234 & ADM7235. Release expected in November 2013. A later boxing (December 2013?) will include Israel, SAAF, French & Czechoslovak decals. V.P.
  24. This is AZmodel's 72nd scale Boeing P-26. Brengun PE detail was added (mainly intererior), and resin Wasp engine from RADIAL ENGINES &WHEELS. This is a 'whif' (what if) project, story is: ... with the Canadian economy finally recovering from the Great Depression, the RCAF began pressing the government for the need to modernize their air force. Looking to their neighbours to the south, a deal was struck to procure a single aircraft for testing purposes. In exchange for the Peashooter, an undisclosed amount of beer, bacon and maple syrup was shipped across the border. regards, Jack
  25. AZmodel is to release a family of 1/72nd Kawasaki Ki-61-I Hien "Tony" Source: http://azmodel.cz/avizo/AVIZOAZ-EN-0116.pdf V.P.
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