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  1. Hi guys, Am getting close to decaling on 1:72 P9386 QV-K. Brian Lanes yellow spinnered Spitfire. A common build and a nice one for the BoB shelf. Looking around at other builds, they show technical stenciling on underside. Eduard's 1:48 kit instructions state that "no stenciling is seen on the bottom surfaces". I am now wondering should I run with underside stencils or not? Any thoughts or further info out there. I have not managed to find any other reference than Eduard's regarding the lack of bottom surface stencils. Thanks in advance, Lindsey
  2. We saw Dunkirk during the year that passed and we have the upcoming movie "Hurricane" in the future... But what is happening with Peter Jacksons "Dambusters", Tom Hanks and HBO's "The Mighty Eight" and Ridley Scott's "Battle of Britain"? Are those projects abandoned?
  3. Kit: Eduard 1/48 Spitfire “Spitfire Story: The Few” boxing Decals: DK decals Spitfire Mk I/II Aces The newly arrived Eduard Spitfire will be my next entry into the group build. I am really looking forwards to building this kit, so as soon as my Tamiya Spitfire is finished this will be on the table! Middle Wallop is just down the road from me, so I wanted to build an aircraft from one of the Spitfire (234 and 609) or Hurricane (238) squadrons which operated from there during the Battle. When I saw there were decals for Bob Doe’s Spitfire, then that was the natural choice. I think anyone who has watched programmes about the battle will have seen interviews with him recounting his experiences. Doe went on to fly Hurricanes with 238 in the latter stages of the battle, so there is potential for a Bob Doe double (time and decals permitting). “We do not want to be remembered as heroes, we ask only to be remembered for what we did ... that's all” Wing Commander R.F.T. Doe DSO, DFC*
  4. Hi all, first post in this area of the forum! I wonder if anybody can help me. I am looking for a standing figure of an RAF pilot with a dog to stand next to a Spitfire I i will be building. Preferably resin. Thank in advance Ash
  5. Hi Chaps, I wasn't planning to join this Group build but with time on my hands during self isolation in Pattaya I've decided to dig this from the stash. The kit was a gift back in 2003 so it will be good to see it finished. Planned scheme is that of the famous Kiwi ace Brian Carbury from 603 squadron at Hornchurch during the Battle of Britain. The kit decals look a bit past their best. Colin
  6. Hi, I'm on a bit of a BoB kick during our lockdown, here in sunny AZ. The whole photo album is here; https://photos.app.goo.gl/pVxL6xq2z6MyBP7g7 The day our LHS, Andy's Hobby Headquarters was forced to close I stopped in for supplies and noticed the ICM He 111H-3 on the shelf. I have the Xtradecal X48087 Battle Of Britain sheet, and have used it on a Bf 109 and in progress a Bf 110 and a Stuka, so I bought the HE 111. That'll get me my money's worth out of the Xtradecal sheet :). Started the kit on Tuesday. It is very nice. good internal detail, to which I added my own scratched seat belts and cushions(!). I have a couple of questions, if anyone could answer, that would be nice. Google images didn't really help me with these. I painted the little balls under the mgs a 'canvas' type colour. would that be about right? were they some type of bag? How did the crew enter the aircraft? There doesn't seem an obvious hatch on the undersides for me to open? The aircraft depicted (A1+BT) has the three bands on the wing and fin, and I've always seen these given as white. Xtradecal has them in pink(!). Can anyone comment on that? Here is where I am so far, about to button up the fuselage.
  7. This was a Christmas present off my lovely sister and builds up very nicely indeed. I have built it out-of-the-box with just the addition of some generic photo-etch belts on the front seat. The main colours are from Tamiya with others from Vallejo Model Air. I found the Airfix decals to be quite thick and difficult to get to conform, but they did with lots of Micro Sol and perseverance. I tried some post shading on the underside, but prefer pre-shading as it can be covered more easily when you get carried away! I tried to vary the camo colours as I worked by adding drops of white, but it may be too subtle. The panels lines were brought out using an oil wash. It still looks pretty clean - but they all were at some point! It has now joined the line up of Spitfire, Hurricane, Me109 and Stuka on my Battle of Britain shelf and will be followed with the new ICM He111 soon.
  8. Hello all im in a bit of a conundrum here. Im building Eduards 1/72 Bf-110D weekend edition. I know the Decals are forZG-77 in Norway. But i know the squadron was also in the BoB through august of 1940. The scheme calls for the standard RLM Color callouts of RLM-70/71/over 65. My Questionis this ? Would it be possible to do mine in the RLM-02/71/65 or a variation of RLM-70/71/65 with additional splinters of 02 also sprayed on ? And also Do i add mottling for August or did that start later ? Any offer of ideas will be greatly appreciated. Dennis
  9. Very sad. First we lost Eric 'winkle' Brown, now Bob Hoover: http://blogs.mprnews.org/newscut/2016/10/bob-hoover-one-of-nations-greatest-pilots-dead-at-94/ a very brief overview of his career: Will
  10. Does anyone know what squadron codes Spitfire N3040 wore at the time it crashed in Horsmonden on 18th August 1940, piloted by Robert Stanford Tuck? Will
  11. Hi guys this is a left over from the Battle of Britain GB III. I will now try to finish it here. Here is a link of what has been done earlier. http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/234985986-bf-110d-148-eduard-update-27-8-2015/ Cheers,
  12. ...a good book which covers the Battle of Britain well from the Luftwaffe perspective? TIA Adrian
  13. Hey guys, i would like to show you my last effort, Bf 109E-3 made for the Battle of Britain group build here on BM The Emil was ment to be built as a birthday gift aaand i already gave it away, but first i did made some shots For those interested, the build thread is here http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/234986518-bf-109e-3-jg-52-karl-wolff-148-eduard-finished/?p=2063860- though i have been in big time pressure so i was more building then taking shots and making threads :/ I did build the kit mainly from box, just added some details to the cockpit and gear and focused mainly on painting/weathering. Hope you ll enjoy the result (there are few errors,one these is realy big- first, i have lost the nose MG´s, which dropped inside.. )
  14. Back in the 1970s, my dad built an Airfix Dornier Do17 as part of his collection of World War 2 aircraft. I can't tell you how many bombing raids that model and I made on our flower beds, but our missions eventually ended after one too many hard landings on the kitchen counter. (The dining-room table was highly polished and strictly off limits !) Fast forward forty something years and I've built my own Airfix Dornier Do17 - this time using their new kit for a BoB group build at our local club I used Xtradecals X72206 to represent F1+FH which was shot-down over Victoria station 75 years ago on 15 September 1940. The base was home-made using Noch grass-matting, basswood strips, sandpaper and other odds and ends. Thanks for the inspiration dad. Mike
  15. Hello, I'm presenting my recently finished Westland Whirlwind Mk.I, built as part of the "The Battle of Britain" competition on Polish "Scale modelling with passion" forum. I used Eduards PE's and scratchbuilded some details (eg. moved antenna mast onto the canopy to represent early production variant). Hovewer, I am aware, that not all of the issues of this kit were corrected. All the markings were painted using masks (as you probably know, the decals in this kit are of low quality...). The model was painted using Tamiya and MrHobby Acrylics. You can see all the models built during this competition at this link: http://www.pwm.org.pl/viewforum.php?f=797. Hope you enjoy, Artur
  16. Hi, Apologies if this has already been posted elsewhere. To commemorate the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Britain there will be a mass flypast of 40 aircraft beginning at midday today. From the website: On 15th September 2015, the 75th anniversary of victory in Battle of Britain, an estimated 40 Spitfires and Hurricanes and Blenheims from across the UK, USA and Europe will come to Goodwood Aerodrome, West Sussex, to take part in an historic flypast over the South of England. The event brings together in one place more Battle of Britain aircraft than at any time since World War Two. Present day aircraft owners, operators, pilots and engineers will congregate to create an event aimed to show those few remaining veterans who fought 75 years ago, and everyone that they stand for and on behalf of, that we, the modern generation, care about the sacrifices they made, that we will not forget them, and ultimately to thank them. http://www.battleofbritainday.co.uk/#!routes/c1px Thanks, Sean
  17. 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)
  18. 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...
  19. DB-3F/IL-4/IL-4T Soviet Long Range Bomber 1:48 Xuntong Ilyushin began work on this twin engined long-range bomber long before the outbreak of WWII, and it was initially given the code DB-4 from the Russian for Long-Range Bomber. The designed was warmed over from one previously entered for another competition, and through constant changes to the structure, engines and other equipment it morphed into the DB-3F, which was re-designated as the IL-4, which benefitted from more improvements that resulted in a stronger, lighter aircraft that could carry more fuel, and with a lengthened fuselage it became more streamlined, further extending its range. With new engines the designers added extra armament, hoping one would offset the other, which of course it didn't, resulting in a slower top speed. This didn't seem to stop the Soviets from ordering more, and by the end of production in 1944, over 5,000 had been built. It was robust and could carry a substantial bomb load, which although bombing wasn't a high priority for the Soviets in WWII, meant that it was well used. It was also adapted to carry torpedoes, and used by the Navy for attacks on enemy shipping. As a footnote, it later gained the comical NATO reporting code of "Bob", which really tickles this reviewer for some reason. The Kit Xuntong have a liking for the lesser known Russian twins, which appears to be turning into their niche in our hobby with this release. They previously kitted the Tupolev Tu-2 was well received, and Bob seems to be getting the same response. Due to the slow-boat from China, Eduard have already released some aftermarket for this kit, which you can have a look at from the link at the bottom of the review. The box is fairly large, and is well stocked with parts on five large sprues of mid grey styrene, one of clear parts, and a large decal sheet. The instruction booklet is oversize A4 in portrait format, but on my issue at least is a little pale, with grey text and drawings. The fuselage is a large moulding with the frames for the glazed nose moulded in, and a good degree of internal structure such as ribs and frames moulded in, but with some ejector pin marks in between. The outer skin has a matt finish, and panel lines are engraved perhaps a little wide for some tastes. It is of standard construction, but with some useful twists (excuse the pun) such as the mid-upper turret that has a bayonet connector to facilitate installation after painting is completed by rotating it aft. The instructions are busy, with little text, but plenty of scratch diagrams to compensate. The build begins at the nose, with the installation of the cockpit sidewalls and side glazing, and it is interesting to note that the single glazing part has raised frames on the inside face, so you can pre-paint those before insertion to give a more realistic finish to the area. There are a lot of small parts added to the cockpit sidewalls, and this is continued onto the floor that is added later. The pilot's seat and armour panel, side consoles, rudder pedals, control column and oxygen bottles should make for a busy cockpit. Keeping with the theme of the crewed areas, the top turret is next, with a choice of armament. The first option is the 12.7mm UBT machine gun, which is well represented, complete with ammo feed and mount, with a leather strop across the base of the turret for the gunner to sit on. An ammo can is added along with a rear panel, and the finished turret lower is then encased in a three-part glazed dome, which has an alternative part with different framing as an option. The smaller option mounts a 7.62mm ShKAS machine gun with telescopic sight, and apart from the mount construction follows a similar path, with both ending up with a pair of swept "bunny ears" added to the top. Scrap diagrams show the correct positioning of the parts on the turret rings to reduce margins for error, which is always good to see. Attention then turns to the underside of the centre wing, which is a single part and needs a number of holes drilled, depending on which variant you plan on building, and what it will be carrying. Choose wisely and stick to your choice as changing once the wings are together would be tricky to say the least. If you can't decide things like this at outset though, you could always open them all, then close the unwanted holes later with some styrene rod and glue. The lower engine nacelle rears are moulded into the lower wing, and they have basic rib detail moulded into the area, on top of which the gear bay rooves are added, with a little extra detail added before they are fixed in place. Two scrap diagrams show how the parts should look once completed. The short upper wing panels are prepared next, with their leading and trailing root fairings added from separate parts, taking care to leave a 0.2mm gap to portray the panel lines between the parts. With these complete, they are added to the lower wing section to complete the assembly, which is then put aside for more work on the fuselage. The dorsal gunner must have had a torrid time in his position, as he was suspended on a tubular framework to which his gun was added. This is built up in a number of steps, and is added under the fuselage just before the two halves are closed up. There is a short section of wooden floor included forward of his position, plus a tubular rack that presumably carries his spare ammo. This is described much earlier in the instructions however, and just appears complete at this stage, as does the floor section for the nose. The cockpit floor is also added to the fuselage side, and a single part is added to the instrument coaming for one of the schemes. A scrap diagram again shows how all the assemblies should sit within the fuselage, so you can glue them together with confidence. The nose gunner/bomb aimer's seat is inserted just before the glazing is added, but you can install this earlier to save forgetting it if you feel the urge. The flying surfaces are standard fare with two halves for each outer wing, plus separate two-part ailerons and a pair of formation lights above and below the wingtip. The starboard wing has a small grille and landing light inserted on the leading edge, while the port does not. The elevators are built in the same fashion with trim-tab actuators added for extra detail. These and the separate rudder are added later after the inner wing panel has been installed and the engines completed. Xuntong have put a lot of effort and parts into the engines, which are a full-depth representation with collector rings and exhaust present, and ancillary parts such as the reduction gear, push-rods and mounting ring depicted. There is one engine installation for the IL-4, and an earlier engine set for the DB-3. They are mounted on a conical section that slips inside the open or closed cooling flap section, and again scrap diagrams abound to ensure you get it right, as alignment is critical in this close-fitting area. The cowlings are built from two halves, with the front a single part for reduced clean-up. An optional fan sits in the front of the cowling, and here the build diverges depending on which aircraft you are building. For the IL-4 a pair of small panel inserts are fitted around the exhaust stubs before being glued, and an intake is added to the top of the cowling, both of which are handed. The instructions for the DB-3F are separated by a page of instructions where the canopy is installed, and are broadly similar to the IL-4, but with different intakes and a few small parts added around the cowling. The canopy of the Bob sits on top of the fuselage, and has separate windscreen, canopy and aerodynamic teardrop rear sections. A different rear section is supplied for the DB-3F, and an additional part is added for the Naval version of the IL-4. The top of the nose is closed by adding an insert that has another glazing insert and a removable access hatch added before it is glued to the nose after removing four location pegs that must have been deemed unnecessary after moulding. The tip of the nose glazing has a single ShKAS machine gun added in a ball-mount, and it is then glued to the front of the fuselage, enclosing the operator's seat that you didn't forget to install beforehand. Landing gear is covered next, and the tail wheel is fitted to an insert on the underside of the tail for the DB-3F, which was removed for the later models, presumably to save weight. The main gear can be fitted in the retracted mode by assembling the twin legs and four-part tyres, then gluing them in place using an alternative horizontal hole in the bay, after which the two gear bay doors have their location points removed and are fitted to the bay margin. Fitting them in the deployed state involves adding the retraction mechanism which consists of two V-frames and a piston, the locations of which are made clear on another pair of scrap diagrams. The bay doors are fitted on their hinge tabs, and it's job done. The underside nose access hatch, exhaust extensions and addition of the props are buried in between installation of the munitions, as are the three sets of probes and aerials that are appropriate for the various marks. It seems a little confusing to do so, but as there is likely to be some handling of the almost finished aircraft in order to build the weapon mounts, it is understandable. Weapons! Bombs or torpedoes will be dictated by which decal option you are going for, but they are all suspended on fairly fragile mounts, to which the torpedo has an extension due to its length. The hole diagram earlier in the instruction will have you scratching your head a little, so check it twice, take notes and make sure you are fitting the correct mounts for your weapons choice. In the box you have the following: 2 x FAB-500 bomb 2 x FAB-1000 bomb 1 x 45-36-AVA/AN/AM Torpedo 1 x AMG-1 Sea Min 6 x RS-132 Rocket Each item is made up from a surprisingly large number of parts, which results in good detail. The torpedoes start with the same basic body, to which different rear sections are added. The mount can be improved by the addition of short lengths of wire to represent the steel cable that holds it in place for additional realism, although this is not included. If your head is still spinning about what mountings to use for your chosen weapon, check the diagrams on pages 24 and 25, as they give some additional side and head-on views that should prove helpful. Markings Xuntong have been generous with the decals, providing a surprising eleven options for you to choose from. Each option is depicted by a single side profile, plus upper and lower view for the placement of camouflage demarcations of the various fleets and schemes. From the box you can build one of the following: Baltic Frleet, 1st Guards Maritime Torpedo Aviation Regiment, summer-fall 1944. Black Sea Fleet, 2nd Torpedo Bomber Aviation Regiment, 1941. Northern Fleet, 9th Guards Torpedo Bomber Aviation Regiment, May 1943. Black Sea Fleet 119th Torpedo Bomber Aviation Regiment, 1943 Black Sea Fleet 5th Guards Torpedo Bomber Aviation Regiment, March 1944. 18th Guards Long-Range Bomber Aviation Regiment, Poland 1944. Northern Fleet, 2nd Guards Red Banner Aviation Regiment, 1944-45. Baltic Fleet, 1st Guards Torpedo Aviation Regiment, summer 1943. 3rd Guards Long-Range Bomber Aviation Regiment, March 1943. 3rd Guards Long-Range Bomber Aviation Regiment, March 1945. 10th Guards Long-Range Bomber Aviation Regiment, 1st Detachment, March 1941. The decals are printed anonymously, but are have good register, colour density and sharpness overall, but with some slight stepping visible on the stars under magnification. The density of the patriotic slogans is particularly important due to their size, and they look to have been double-printed to achieve the required level of opacity. A separate smaller sheet includes just a few red stripes that are applied to some of the decal options. Conclusion It's a niche subject partially due to the previous lack of kits available in the mainstream, but with this release and the distribution network it has achieved, that no longer applies, so what do we think of the kit? It's very nice overall, with plenty of detail, although some of the small parts will need a little clean-up due to some flash creeping in. If you fancy a little something that isn't grey or Spitfire shaped, this will certainly fit the bill. Construction should be fairly straight forward once you've got your head round the slightly confusing (to me at least) instructions, and the resulting model will be well detailed and fairly large in your cabinet. If you want to go all out with the build, you should have a squint at the Eduard sets that we reviewed a while back here. Highly recommended. Review sample courtesy of UK Distributors for
  20. These were two of the finest kits i have ever built. They are beautiful kits. They are both built straight from the box with the exeption of belts in the hurricane. The undersides and earth were airbrushed but the green was brush painted. That was a pain. The Tamiya paints airbrush beautifully , but not so good on the brush painting side i n my experience. I wish i could take better photos , they really dont do the complete models justice. My only small bugbear was the undercarriage on the spitfire. They could have been mounted better. Cue the Battle of Britain music!
  21. 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.
  22. Ok at the risk of incurring everyones wrath as this has been asked before I am struggling with the maths of this all/ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Royal_Air_Force_roundels if a roundel is 35 inches does each band reduce by an inch. I am not getting the ratio thing http://www.homepages.mcb.net/bones/Aviation/roundels/RAF_Roundels.htm Type A1 35" Ratio 7:5:3:1 next if I need to go to millimetres - forgive me I grew up with the SI system - 35inch = 35 /48 = 0.729 in mm = 0.729 * 24,5 = 18.51 Camo and Markings Page 24 by Paul Lucas confuses me even further!!!!!!!!!!! How do I interpret these sizes!!!!!! Now I loose the plot and the will to live - whats blue etc
  23. I am sure this has been debated and delay with elsewhere and I recall some seeing colour pictures which show a more lighter red and blue for the Battle of Britain period for Spitfires and Hurricanes, However "Official Camo and Markings 1939-1945" indicates roundels to be painted in Red and Blue which if one compares the colour chart in the book is the darker colours. Kit manufacturers seem of little help when comparing decals. Was there indeed a lighter shade that was then later changed to the standard seen after 1941?
  24. Its been a while since i did any real modelling, so i offered to make my friend and colleague, a model of one of his fathers hurricanes which he flew during the B-o-B. This was partly to say thanks to him for all the help he has given me over the last year, and partly a way to get back into the modelling groove. His father was Welsh RAF fighter ace Fredrick Higginson, who sadly passed away a few years ago now. I was lucky enough to have an evening reading through his flight log and i have posted a few interesting photos of that also. For which hurricane to make, I was spoilt for choice. I chose to Make US-A P3549. This was the only aircraft which had its letter recorded with the tail number in the log, so that was one less thing to try and research. Also he flew it on the 16th Aug 1940, shot down a Do17 for his 7th kill and crash landed his own aircraft in flames, so it had a bit of a story to it as well. Not the best model i have ever made, but I think it was good enough for my mate. I did manage to get his dads tache painted on. Tamiya and xtracrylics used, with flory models washes. As you can read later on down the page, he was truly one of 'the few' who deserve the respect and gratitude of everyone in the UK. There are hundreds of fascinating entries in the log, but i have only added a couple. I didn't take a picture, but his assessment as a fighter pilot in 1938 was given the result "average" FLAP means they were scrambled with the bell. I hope you enjoy. This is the entry in the log that i used. here are some more interesting entries "practice new formation" "cowling fell off" "escorting damaged destroyer" My favourite entry
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