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  1. Since my Mosquito build has temporarily stalled, I thought that I would give something a little more straightforward a go. This is a 1/72 Airfix new tool Hawker Hurricane Mk 1 made up as YB-J "Flying Popeye" of 17 Sqn, RAF Debden, 1940. Generic Decals were Airfix (the large fuselage roundels being from Nicolson's GN-A from the VC Icons boxing) whilst YB-J, etc were from the old Esci set, the whole brush painted in Humbrol acrylics.
  2. Some pictures I took today of the completed build. WIP can be found here Next time I'll dust the model before taking the pictures And without the stand (removed using Inpaint) And paired with the older tool Airfix Sptitfire Mk1 which was the next build after this one. And again with stand edited out. And yes, I know the aerial connector is going to the wrong place in the fuselage on the 109. Also the Spit has both HF and IFF fitted which appeared correct according to the Xtradecal drawings for LO.A and, in my innocence, I reasoned that there might have been some crossover . Anyway I hope the above images meet with your approval. Comments and criticisms always welcome.
  3. Hello all, This is the next project which should (!) Be an easy one.... For the BofB GB I did three hurricanes, these didn't get completed, which meant I also didn't even start the spitfire's! I had planned on building two from the Xtradecals 75th BofB sheet, so these are still going a had but in here.... Joining them will be a guest from the airfix bbmf that was given to me when I left my old job... what a kind bunch they are. So first up is the airfix mki spitfire boxing of DW-K This will be be oob apart from using the Xtradecals set below I wanted something a bit different so went for GR-U as it still has the old style roundels and black/white/aluminium. Next up is the bbmf mki/ii spitfire boxing, this comes with transfers for a mki kit from the BofB but again waned something different from normal sky/DE/DG so kit and transfers option below. Last up is the airfix pr mkxix spitfire from the bbmf boxing, this one is going to be a gift to my sister for my nephews room and will have his initials on the wings. Pic's below I plan to get some work done over the weekend so will post as soon as i get it done, I also plan to get these finished before Christmas. Feel free to tag along! Rob
  4. EDIT: this thread started as an entry to the BoB GB. Since I didn't manage to finish in time, it was moved to the KUTA GB. ----------------------------------------------- Dear All, this is my third and last entry in the BoB GB: Helmut Wick's Messerschmitt Bf 109 E4, as flown on October 1940. Wick was the most successful German fighter pilot at the time, as he reached 56 confirmed victories in 168 combat missions, before being himself shot down over the sea, near Britain, on 28 November 1940, at the age of 25. During his career he was awarded several important military awards, including the Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes mit Eichenlaub. The aircraft I'm building was the following one: As can be seen, painting this camouflage will be quite a challenge... The kit itself is the one from Tamiya and comes with the correct markings for the above profile. The picture shows the box, sprues, decals and the PE fret from Eduard I'll be using for better detailing the cockpit (mainly). The kit itself has a good amount of detail but I want to take it to the next level. I've already planned the build in some detail and hope to be able to finish it relatively quickly. This is important because I'm also building Airfix's Defiant (WIP here) and Do 17z (WIP here) for this GB. It's quite ambitious for me, especially because I'll be using a lot of PE, which will be a first... Anyway, as said in my other posts, I'm still finishing three British Phantoms for the Phantom GB, which ends on the 26th, so I don't think I'll be able to start the BoB builds before that. Thanks for looking. Cheers Jaime
  5. Hi All, Now that I finally have an example of the new tool 1/48 scale Airfix Hawker Hurricane Mk.I kit with one more on the way I will be building them as P3166 of 85 Squadron, during August 1940 and P2961 of 242 Squadron, during a date as yet undecided. At some point I also hope to build at least another example of this kit representing P3576 of 249 Squadron, during 16 August 1940 as well. Anyway since the Hawker Hurricane Mk.I is my favourite British single engined monoplane fighter aircraft from the Second World War and since I also have little access to primary source information on the Hawker Hurricane. I was hoping some of you fine gentlemen and gentlewomen might be able to help me with information relating to my builds, on the occasions when my 17 magazines and 22 books on the subject are sometimes found wanting. Cheers, Daniel.
  6. Valiant Wings Airframe Extra No.3 The Battle of Britain. Many modellers these days seem to like building subjects based on a theme, which can often be historical events. This series of books from Valiant Wings will look at specific areas, and events in the history of aerial warfare with this in mind. Each title will cover the history and details details of these event. Each will contain period photographs, and colour artwork from Richard J Caruana. More importantly to the modeller each will contain kit builds in all three major scales (1/72nd, 1/48th and 1/32nd) from modellers; Dani Zamarbide, Steve A. Evans and Libor Jekl. The books are A4 soft cover format very well printed with clear text, good artwork and clear build photographs. The Third book in this series covers probably one of the most famous aerial battles of all time; The Battle of Britain. The colour artwork features many aircraft taking part from both sides. The six models features in this volume are; Airfix 1/72 Boulton Paul Defiant Mk.I Airfix 1/72 Hawker Hurricane Mk.I Eduard 1/48 Messerschmitt Bf 110c Revell 1/32 Supermarine Spitfire Mk.IIa Trumpeter 1/32 Messerschmitt Bf 109E-3 Special Hobby1/32 Fiat G.50-II Freccia Also of interest to the modeller is a list of commonly used colours of this period with reference to commonly used Enamel and Acrylic paints. Conclusion This is a great third book in the series from Valiant Wings. Highly Recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  7. Evening all, After Cosby, I thought I'd share some images from my final three events of the year last month to round off what's been a largely enjoyable season. Firstly, a handful from a day on the fence at Yeovilton to catch the Sea Vixen performing for her supporters, with added Swordfish as a bonus. DeHavilland Sea Vixen FAW2 XP924/G-CVIX RNAS Yeovilton 12/09/15 by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr DeHavilland Sea Vixen FAW2 XP924/G-CVIX RNAS Yeovilton 12/09/15 by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr Fairey Swordfish I W5856 RNHF RNAS Yeovilton 12/09/15 by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr DeHavilland Sea Vixen FAW2 XP924/G-CVIX RNAS Yeovilton 12/09/15 by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr DeHavilland Sea Vixen FAW2 XP924/G-CVIX RNAS Yeovilton 12/09/15 by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr DeHavilland Sea Vixen FAW2 XP924/G-CVIX RNAS Yeovilton 12/09/15 by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr Fairey Swordfish I W5856 RNHF RNAS Yeovilton 12/09/15 by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr A few days later, I headed to Goodwood for the Battle of Britain day commemorations. An absolute nightmare of a day getting to the airfield and subsequently home, but one which was totally worth it for the sheer number of aircraft present and the significance of the occasion- one of those 'I was there' days. Supermarin Seafire XVII SX336/G-KASX Kennet Aviation Goodwood 15/09/15 by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr Battle of Britain Memorial Flight Goodwood 15/09/15 by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr Hawker Hurricane XIIa AG244/G-CBOE Goodwood 15/09/15 by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr Supermarine Seafire LF III PP972/G-BUAR AIr Leasing Goodwood 15/09/15 by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr Supermarine Spitfire IX TD314/G-CGYJ Aero Legends Goodwood 15/09/15 by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr Hawker Hurricane XIIa AG244/G-CBOE Goodwood 15/09/15 by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr Supermarine Spitfire I X4560/G-CGUK Commanche Fighters Goodwood 15/09/15 by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr Supermarine Spitfire LF Vb EP120/G-LFVB The Fighter Collection Goodwood 15/09/15 by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr Supermarine Spitfire LF IXe SL633/N633VS Historic Flying Limited Goodwood 15/09/15 by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr Supermarine Spitfire LF XVIe TD248/G-OXVI Spitfire Ltd Goodwood 15/09/15 by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr North American P-51D Mustang KH774/G-SHWN Norwegian Spitfire Foundation Goodwood 15/09/15 by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr The following Sunday, it was up to Duxford for their own BoB anniversary airshow and the spectacular 17-ship Spitfire routine. Quite possibly the highlight of the season. Supermarine Spitfire 'Big Wing' Duxford 20/09/15 by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr Supermarine Spitfire 'Big Wing' Duxford 20/09/15 by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr Supermarine Spitfire 'Big Wing' Duxford 20/09/15 by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr Supermarine Spitfire 'Big Wing' Duxford 20/09/15 by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr 'The Red Arrows' and Battle of Britain Memorial Flight 'Big Wing' Duxford 20/09/15 by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr Supermarine Spitfire Ia N3200/G-CFGJ IWM Duxford 20/09/15 by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr Supermarine Spitfire Ia N3200/G-CFGJ IWM Duxford 20/09/15 by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr Bristol Blenheim IF L6739/G-BPIV Aircraft Restoration Company Duxford 20/09/15 by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr Supermarine Spitfire XVIII SM845/G-BUOS Ltd Duxford 20/09/15 by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr Hispano HA-1112 Buchon G-BWUE The Aircraft Restoration Company Cosby 06/09/15 by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr Supermarine Spitfire LF IXb RR232/G-BRSF Duxford 20/09/15 by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr As usual, more can be found by following the Flickr links. Thanks for looking, hopefully they were enjoyable Cheers, Shaun
  8. Hi everyone and just finished this one for the excellent Battle of Britain GB here. You can read the WIP here but to recap: Kit: Airifx Mk.1A Spitfire new tool. Scale: 1/72 Build: Mostly OOB Extras: Tapes for seat belts, cut out cockpit hatch, replacement open vacform canopy Paints: Brushpainted throughout with Revell Aquacolours. Future, W&N Matt Varnish, Flory Models wash. Pencil weathering. Decals: RAF Hornchurch v Luftwaffe - Southern Expo Decals. The plane is R6626, 'XT-Y' flown by Flt Off Ron 'Ras' Berry of 603 Squadron, RAF Hornchurch as she appeared on 31 August 1940. According to what I've read....."On 31 August 1940, Flt. Off. Berry took off from RAF Hornchurch just before 1800 to intercept an incoming raid. The pilots intercepted the escorts of I/JG3 over South London. In a confused, running dogfight Flt Off Berry caught and shot down the Messerschmitt Bf109 flown by Oblt Helmut Rau at 1845. The 109 landed on the beach at Shoeburyness where the pilot was taken prisoner unhurt". Ron Berry served with distinction through the war and after with the RAF and rose to the rank of Air Commodore. You can read his remarkable obit here Dedicated to all who served at that time, including the six from my own country recognised on the memorial on London's Embankment. Thanks for looking. Dermot
  9. Evening all, Having shared more than a few photographs on here over the past few months, I thought it was about time I shared a model! I've spent the last few weeks quietly working away on the new Airfix Defiant for my Battle of Britain project, finally adding the finishing to it this morning. A lovely little kit with no vices at all, the only additions being some Eduard seat belts and decals from the Xtradecal 2010 Battle of Britain anniversary sheet, which I found to be a little disappointing in their application; not particularly receptive to Microsol and prone to cracking rather than conforming, particularly along the fin leading edge. I also utilised Peewit's mask set for the heavily framed canopy and turret as life's just too short! Weathering was kept fairly light, with the cowling chipping applied in accordance to the Xtradecal's recommendations. A new technique to me, I applied some liquid mask with a sponge to the cowlings and walkway over Alclad aluminium prior to painting, and was pretty pleased with the effect after removal, despite the need for a little touching up by hand. All in all, an enjoyable, simple build to ease me back into the swing of things now the airshow season is done and dusted. Thanks for looking, comments welcomed as ever, Cheers, Shaun
  10. I'll be building the aircraft of PIt Off Leonard Walter Stevens and Plt Off Arthur Victor Clowes.
  11. My Classic Airframes Do17z-2 is finally finished. Marked as a Battle of Britain machine, 9/KG 76, Corneilles-en-Vexin, France, 1940 (Using Techmod 48009). Time to sit back and have a beer! Build info here: http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/234980710-classic-airframes148-do-17z-return-from-the-shelf-of-doom-new-update-june-20th-finished/ Enjoy the photo's! kjiuh78
  12. Hello gents Next I will be building three of the old but worthy Fujimi Ju87B: Two are the "Immelman" boxing and one the "Shark Mouth" though I won't be building either of the schemes shown on the box art as they fall outside of the time-frame for the BoB GB. Although they are different boxings they contain the same parts so I will just show the contents from one of them. The instructions: ... and the sprue shots: The clear parts: ... and a few extras: Quickboost B-2 style exhausts and Eduard canopy masks... ... Eduard Superfabric seat harness sets: ... and just in case I need them, the early style metal propeller (these are from a set intended for the early Ju88A-4 but the props and spinners are the same for the Ju87B-1): I'm not sure what markings I will be using yet but one will be this famous aircraft from StG.2 (from the Kagero Battle of Britain Vol.1 book/transfer set) which was shot down and landed in fairly complete condition near Selsey in Sussex on 16 August 1940 and was subsequently much photographed: plus one from StG.1 (with the Hans Huckebein diving raven badge) and one from StG.77 if I can cobble together the necessary combination of codes and staffel badge... this set and this: should help with that as the markings for a BoB Stuka should be the same but without the yellow theatre markings... At present all the sprues have been washed and are air-drying (trans: I am about to have an afternooon nap so can't be bothered to dry them myself) so I hope to start on them this evening. Cheers, Stew
  13. Hi, i will be entering my build of the Airfix 1/48 Ready For Battle gift set. i have had my eye on getting this kit for some time, and when i found out about this group build i thought it enough justification to build this kit/set (i was going to build the Eduard 1/48 Spitfire Mk IXc, which will just have to wait). annoyingly i will have to hand paint it as my airbrush is broken at the moment, but will try my best. (image courtesy of airfix)
  14. Hello Guys, This will be my first entry into the "Battle of Britain 75th Anniversary Group Build" - the Revell 1/32 Supermarine Spitfire Mk.IIa. I plan to accompany this Spitfire with the Eduard 1/32 Messerschmitt BF109E-3. Introduction to the kit: The Box Art: The Box Contents The Box Contains 3 clear bags of light grey sprues; 5 in one bag, and 4 in each of the two other bags making a total of 13 light grey sprues. There is another small clear bag containing 3 small clear sprues. There is a 12 page black and white assembly/painting and decaling instruction booklet that includes two options of paint scheme and squadron markings, and lastly, a sheet of cartograf decals; Sprues A + B: Sprues C + D + D- NO, that's not a mistake, but it is one by Revell of Germany!! I have two sprue D's which are the portside upper wing sections and no Sprue E which is the starboard side upper wing section! Aaaarrrrrggggghhhh!!! I went to Revell's website to order the missing sprue E and it can take up to 8 weeks to be delivered from Germany!!!!!????!!!! Bloody hell!! Sprue F Sprue G Sprue Q Sprue T Sprue S (x2) Sprue H (x2) Clear Sprues I, R + U A 12 page black and white Assembly/Painting and Decaling Instruction Booklet Front Page 1 and Back Page 12 Pages 2 + 3 Pages 4 + 5 Page 6 + 7 Pages 8 + 9 Pages 10 + 11 The Decal Sheet The molded parts are very crisp and clean with zero flash apart from a couple of little areas. The parts have nice fine recessed panel lines and lots of rivet details. The clear molded parts are very clear with zero aberrations except for one side of the sliding canopy which is slightly "glazed". The decals are excellent looking with zero carrier film beyond the decal edges and good register. The black and white instruction booklet appears to be clear and concise, but the two paint and decal options would be better in color. The color call outs are in Revell colors only. I will make a final report when the build is complete indicating any issues that I come across. In the meantime, thanks for taking a look and I hope you enjoy following along with my build. In the meantime, if you'd like to see my YouTube "in-Box-Review" video for this kit, here is the link: https://youtu.be/SWiiFXlU6zA Let the build begin!! Cheers Martin
  15. My entry for the GB will be the Revell 1:32 Spitfire IIa, dressed in the colours of 19 Sqn in October 1940. Specifically this will be the aircraft QV-Y, P7423 flown by S/Lt Arthur Blake at that time, who was sadly shot down by 109s later in the month. My aim is to add some propblurs and show the aircraft in take off mode. This will need a pilot figure needless to say. Initial photos will be added later... I'll be nice to make something that isn't Science Fiction for a change!!! Wonder if I can remember how to do that...
  16. Hi all, Is it really five years since we last did this? Wow! Hopefully there will be time and energy for at least a couple of builds, but this one was my birthday present back in February that was bought by my wife specifically for this GB. We live quite near the southernmost areas of the Battle, and the Solent is quite a key part of family life, so when Airfix came out with its recent Dogfight Double of the new tool Spit Mk.Ia and Bf109e in the markings of the ill-fated combatants John Dundas and Helmut Wick, it seemed like the right thing to get it. Of course the fatal encounter between the two took place after the end of the Battle, but both aircraft depicted saw service throughout so I hope I'm safe on that front! Here is the box and sprues: The one thing I will be adding is Propblur propeller blades - the rest will be my attempt at making them to an acceptable standard!
  17. Hi folks, I tend not to do build logs on BM, but thought I'd show a photo of my current wip, the Airfix Bf109E, as I made a somewhat disparaging remark about it on my profile. It is a nice wee kit (the emphasis being on the 'wee', for those of us whose origins are North of Hadrian's Wall), but has some really annoying engineering / fit. Now I can bollix up a kit with an ability matched by few others, but when bits of a new tool Airfix don't fit off the sprue, then I get a bit annoyed. The wing uppers and lowers didn't match up and the lower edge of the LE slats sat proud of the forward edge of the lower wing, also the wing tips and ailerons didn't sit in the same plane, all of which required some fettling of the mating portions of the wing pieces to sort out. The sprue gates are quite oversized and I removed a chunk of the outer edge of the tailplanes (actually the elevators) when I removed them from the sprues with side cutters. That explains the rather odd shape of the outer edge of the elevators in the picture below. In addition, there are some really small pieces that I'm not looking forward to removing from the sprue (Pitot tube, aileron mass balances, gun barrels, etc.). Also removing the mould seams from the tailplane support struts was lots of fun. Right, rant mode is now off. Apart from the above, it's gone together fairly well, although some mechanical deformation of the upper engine cowling piece was necessary to aid fit, and some filler was required at the fuselage / wing underside interface. Anyway, I'm now onto painting, and the second coat of RAF Dark Green sorry, RLM71 dunkelgrun, has just been applied. I'm using the Bf109E colour demarkations from Michael Ullmann's Luftwaffe Colours book and I have just realised that I've got the positions wrong on the starboard wing. Oh poo! Still, we're hopefully on the home straight now, so just have to grit my teeth and get it done. regards, Martin
  18. Dear fellow modellers, I've recently signed up, after several months reading and learning here at Britmodeller. My introduction post can be found here. This is my first RFI post. It's the Airfix Spitfire Mk I 1/72. It was my first model after returning to the hobby and served as a "guinea pig" for my learning of all essential modelling techniques. I did it from 1 July to 9 October 2014. In parallel, I started working on a Revell Hurricane Mk IIc 1/72 (which I concluded shortly after - I'll also post it in the RFI area) and also on an Airfix Grumman Duck (which I only managed to finish by the end of January 2015 - I'll also post it as RFI). Here are the pictures: Since this was my first attempt, it isn't perfect. In fact, I did a lot of mistakes and had to paint most of the aircraft two or three times. In the end, the canopy didn't fit and I had to file it. Some notes on the techniques used: mostly OOB, only added seat belts made fromTamiya tape and antenna wire made from elastic fishing line (painted with a black marker) drilled holes on the exhaust tubes using a 0.3 mm manual mini-drill primed with Tamiya XF-19 sky gray pre-shaded with Tamyia flat black acrylic XF-1 masking for the upper camouflage used blu-tack "worms" plus a combination of Tamyia tape and kitchen cling film (I try to minimize using tape to avoid paint peeling) Mostly painted with Gunze Aquous paints. Flat black was Tamyia acrylic XF-1. Microscale Micro Gloss applied before and after decaling. Used Microscale Micro Set and Micro Sol for decaling. The decals where a bit thick and I ripped some when trying to make them conform to the deep panel lines. Brown wash from Vallejo acrylic line of washes. It was a sludge wash followed by wiping with a moistened swab after 15 min drying time. Chipping of worn areas simulated by dry brushing with silver paint. Not the best option because there wasn't much surface relief for the paint to adhere to. But, on the other hand, the effect is very subtle. Microscale Micro Flat applied after wash and chipping Vallejo pigments used for mud and dirty marks on the undersurfaces, tail wheel and in the main gear legs, wheels, doors and wells. Mixed with flat varnish, resulting in a very mud-like appearance. Vallejo pigments used for exhaust stains and machine gun stains. For the first application I mixed the pigments with flat varnish and didn't work well (seemed like black paint). I had to remove this mess and reapply the dry pigments with a paintbrush, rubbing the pigments on the fuselage and wings. This resulted much better. The pigments were fixed in place with Micro Set. Please let me know what you think. As a first attempt I was pleased enough with the results. The main purpose was learning modeling techniques and this I did achieve. The following models where more perfect than this one, I believe. Thanks for looking. Jaime
  19. Here is my rendition of the 1/72 Revell / Italeri Ju87B-2 Stuka built out of the box as part of my intent to build more BoB aricraft this year. It's a nice easy build and as I don't have much information on the Stuka, I have no clue as to whether the kit is accurate. I must admit I don't care that much either; it looks good. Finish is my usual brush painted Xtracrylix on top (RLM70 schwartzgrun and- *ahem* - RAF dark green masquerading as RLM71). Accuracy be damned! I can actually see the colour demarkation this time. Underside is Revell Aqua Hellblau. Anyhoo, I enjoyed building it, but didn't the Stuka have lots of delicate sticky out bits! Definitely a challenge for sausage fingers here. It's a very clean build as I needed to finish it sharpish, so it's as delivered to 9./StG1 according to the Almark instructions. regards, Martin
  20. Morning all, Just put the finishing touches on this one so thought I'd take a few quick pics of the finished model. A thoroughly enjoyable build from start to finish. And a quick group shot of how my BoB project is coming along... Not sure what to build next, but am half tempted to give a biplane a go with a Gladiator... Thanks for looking, comments welcomed. Cheers, Shaun
  21. Afternoon all, Inevitably, toiling with the Shar has begun to take it's toll, so before it killed my modelling enthusiasm completely, I've decided to put it to the side and resume my BoB project with this beauty. It's another wonderful kit from Eduard, almost as nice as their Hellcat, and progress has gone swimmingly so far, with the interior work complete. The wings have been assembled and are awaiting clean up, so this should come together pretty quickly from now on. Thanks for looking, comments welcomed, Shaun
  22. Mrs Loft-full tells me her friend, Helen Doe, has a biography of her father coming out on 15th May 2015. http://helendoe.co.uk/fighter-pilot-new-book/ Helen Doe is a professional historian and generally writes about maritime matters. On this occasion however she has applied her skills to write about her father W/Cdr Bob Doe. I'm very much looking forward to reading this book.
  23. Evening all, As promised in my WIP thread, here's the finished 109. A few niggles that I can't ignore, but a generally an enjoyable build. I'll be displaying her at Yeovilton along with the Spitfire. Thanks for looking, comments welcomed Shaun
  24. Whilst making the finishing touches to my Hellcat, I couldn't resist making a start on the next of my Battle of Britain builds, selecting the Tamiya E-3 boxing as the first of two 109s I have planned for my project. The build has progressed quickly as you'd expect of a Tamiya kit, with the interior complete. I've added some pre-painted belts from Eduard as finishing touch, but otherwise it's OOB. Expect progress to be pretty swift! Cheers, Shaun
  25. Hi folks,just thinking ahead to the BoB GB I want to portray a couple of Aircraft that served with my home county squadron,so need to think about sourcing 1/72 kits and serials,codes etc,there are a couple of sites giving their aircraft and bases during the battle but any further information,profiles photo,s etc would be greatly appreciated. regards Steve.
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