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  1. Hi. Bit of a late entry here, but I think there's still time. I've been mulling this over for a few days because, depending upon one's world view, it is either very ambitious (for me) or totally stupid. Guess which the wife thinks it is ....... I was gifted 2 of the Brengun kits a while back but at that time I'd never heard of them, being mostly familiar with the "bigger" kit names and they've been in the stash for a while. But the time has come ..... So we start from here There is a resin intake included, which looks an improvemnet on the plastic version. The decals look a bit bright to me, but no matter. The kit offers these schemes shown for completeness, but I will be doing a different finish - if we get that far. I've also been doing a bit of reading around BM and t'interweb. It appears that there are no current 1:72nd scale P-51a/Mk1 Allison engined kits which truly reflect the “emaciated” fuselage lines displayed when compared with the later Merlin versions. [Having said that, one will probably emerge now! ] The consensus seems to be that most kits are too deep in the fuselage and don’t reflect the 3” lower vertical distance between wing and cockpit sill than the Merlin engine variants. There’s also the wing root leading edge droop on the earlier versions (pre 51C) that is not represented often either. Britmodeller discussions are several on this. For my purposes the best collated notes are the builds by @opus999 - link here https://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/235088418-when-adequate-has-to-be-good-enough-condor-172-a-36/ I'm not doing a kit review, merely establishing a starting point, but a specific comment about the Brengun kit was "The Brengun kit was a no-go for me, as the sprue shots I've seen appeared to have an AZ P-51B fuselage smoothed into an Allison-esque shape at the front rather than being shallower along the full length of the fuselage. " That's encouraging ..... So we have a challenge - but that's the fun of this hobby I think. Keeps the old mind working, discovering new things, and hopefully extending skills. OK, we have to do a bit of work. Whilst some kits appear better than others, they'll all need something doing to get a better "look" to the model, and I have what I have. Now, I'm not an absolute stickler for detail. My skills and patience will not allow me to create a totally accurate replica and I'm prepared to compromise. I'm happy if the overall "look" is ok but having said that, I like to know what it "should" be like so that I can adopt a standard of "informed inaccuracy" **. So if I do perpetrate an error or need to extend my knowledge, then please do shout up and we can talk it through. [** - I think this came up in a discussion with ME @ModelingEdmontonian, but I could be wrong] The fuselage depth thing seems to me the most challenging. BUT 3" is only a shade over 1mm in 72nd scale, so is it worth it? I think so, yes Thinking about this and looking at all the info in the threads and photos around, it might be possible to take out a sliver on the kit along the line from the spinner to the beginning of the rear fuselage after the upcurve from the intake. Then · fill and sand/file the nose profile · fill and sand the rear upslope from the intake · flatten the panel in the side walls in the region of the exhausts · re-scribe panels and access hole flap/covers Taking it further, for the wing inboard leading edge · backfill the root region to allow sanding · sand as per Opus999 to create marked “droop” on upper surface Would also want to check · spinner profile and fit with “new” nose · undercarriage and doors · guns · prop · radio mast Other things to consider · wheels · cockpit interior, IP etc · exhausts So, "Simples" as a well known Meerkat is wont to say (Sorry that's a UK advertising reference). Thanks for looking. I've outlined what for me is a complicated kit-bash plan but hope you will stay along for the entertainment. The next instalment will look at the intended subject aircraft as well as marking out where the cuts need to be for the plastic surgery cheers Rob
  2. Dear fellow Britmodellers, here's another small-scale Bf-109 from AZ Model in colors of the Romanian Air Force in 1944/45. Photos by Wolfgang Rabel. I added Brengun photo-etch, pitot tube from Master and decals from DK ("Romanian Roundels over Czechoslovakia 1944/45"). The model was painted with Mr.Hobby acrylics. Thank you for your interest! Roman
  3. Bregun is reported working on a 1/48th Let L-13 SE Vivat glider kit - ref. BRP48010 Source: https://www.modelforum.cz/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=68170&sid=4afbde90af2e21526aad96dd9d7ba8ee&start=16035#p2576485 V.P.
  4. After the 1/72nd kits (link), Brengun is to release 1/48th Extra 300 kits Source: https://www.facebook.com/HaulerBrengun/posts/1861130790712227 Schemes V.P.
  5. Dear fellow Britmodellers, here's my 1/72 AZ Model Bf-109 G10 Erla in markings of II. Gruppo Caccia ANR, in Aviano, early 1945. This aircraft was flown by Cap. Ugo Drago, Italy's third most successful Italian fighter pilot of World War II (25 victories). I built with Brengun photo-etch, Rob Taurus vacu, Master gun barrels and pitot tube and Sky Models decals. Photos by Wolfgang Rabel. For the color scheme, I refered to Eduard's instructions of their 48 scale kit (82164). The model was painted with Mr.Hobby acrylics. The markings were cobbled together from various sources - the Balkenkreuze are from the AZ Model box, the Italian flags and "Black 7" from Sky Models ("German Aircraft in Italy", SKY 72-024). The Werknummer (491 353) is not included and was taken from Print Scale's "Bf-109 Kurfürst (72-145)" sheet containing individual serial numbers which I painstakingly applied one by one. Thank you very much for your interest in this topic.
  6. Brengun is to release a 1/72 Letov Š-4 kits Source: https://www.facebook.com/HaulerBrengun/posts/pfbid02FtiM6spFxhCESZhsbFLH57ToT82yzwehiQhUZ3kLU9WeWvfws1Gcjt4QHyfnyDQtl Drawing V.P.
  7. Brengun (http://www.hauler.cz/) is to release a 1/72nd Letov (molík) -16.1 -16.1 kit - ref. BRP72014. Release in October 2014. Sources: http://www.brengun.cz/downloads/EDAY-2014newsletter.pdf http://www.modelforum.cz/viewtopic.php?f=598&t=87424 V.P.
  8. Dear fellow Britmodellers, after Eduard's announcement to expand their 1/72 Bf-109 range to later variants I decided to reduce my stash of AZ Model Bf-109's. This is the G10 WNF boxing, built with photo etch from Brengun, vacu canopy from Rob Taurus, pitot tube from Master and decal markings from Eagle Cals, representing an aircraft of II./JG 52 in 1945. I painted with Mr.Hobby acrylics and weathered with artist oils. Photographs by Wolfgang Rabel. Best greetings from Austria! Roman
  9. Now my second ohka. This time it's a trainer that was carried up as a glider with a bomber and then released. The flight student and the flight instructor sat in the cockpits. The model is again from Brengun with additional etched parts. The wooden blocks are from the other Ohka. Colors are again from MRP 425 and 427. This time all aged mainly with the AK Weathering Pencils.
  10. Brengun is to release a injected 1/48th DG Flugzeugbau DG-1000 (or TG-16A in USAF) glider kit - ref. BRP48006 Source: https://www.facebook.com/HaulerBrengun/posts/1530501893775120 3D renders And in USAF Academy colors ! TG-16A https://www.dg-flugzeugbau.de/en/wp-content/uploads/sites/2/2016/12/US-Air-Force-DG-1001-segelfliegen-INTERNATIONAL.pdf V.P.
  11. Brengun is to release a 1/144th Douglas SBD Dauntless kit - ref. ? Sources: https://www.facebook.com/HaulerBrengun/photos/a.443370235821630/1540075489484427/ https://www.facebook.com/HaulerBrengun/posts/1579045355587440 Box art & schemes V.P.
  12. Hello everyone, here is my new work. This is a suicide attacker. Around 900 of the Ohka were probably built in all, most of them powered by solid-propellant rockets. However, the 22 model had a thermo-jet engine and was built around 50 times. Overall, only one destroyer was sunk and a few other ships damaged by Ohkas. Not a big success! The model is from Brengun. The manufacturer also offers masks, an etched parts set and a trolley. All of these were also used. Colors are from MRP again. For the gray, MRP-427 IJNAF J3 Hai iro (Ash Gray) was used. I hope you like this part.
  13. Art Chesters JEEP brengun 1/48 resin kit the chester jeep was built for the 1932 national air races in the USA, it raced up until the 1948 cleveland air races and unlike alot of racing planes of that era it still survives. the brengun kit is lovely, goes together really well, the only problem i had was the vacform canopy, but that might have been me and my 'love' of vac form canopies. i have taken some photos next to a airfix spitfire PR19, just so you get an idea how small this plane really is. thank you for looking.
  14. Brengun has just released a 1/32nd UK Flight Deck Tractor Clarkat type B Source: http://www.hauler.cz/e-shop/1-32-accessories-31/uk-flight-deck-tractor-clarkat-type-b-1947 V.P.
  15. Brengun is to release 1/72nd Henschel Hs.126 kits Source: https://www.facebook.com/HaulerBrengun/posts/1744751992350108 CAO+sprues See also the other new tool 1/72nd Hs.126 kit project by Sabrekits !!! https://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/235085862-172-henschel-hs126-by-sabrekits-box-artparts-release-summer-2021/ V.P.
  16. Dear fellow Britmodellers, here's my 1/72 Fine Molds Bf-109 K4 in markings of JG77, winter 1944/45. Painted with Mr.Hobby acrylics. Photographs by Wolfgang Rabel. The Fine Molds kit has excellent detail and good fit, which makes for a smooth build. I completed this model to reduce my stash and make room for the upcoming 1/72 Eduard Bf-109's that may be due in the coming years. I added a few etched parts (armored headrest, seatbelts, antennas) from a Brengun set and a pitot tube from Master. Decals are from the box, representing an aircraft of JG77 which took part in operation "Bodenplatte". Thanks for lookin'!
  17. The complete Hauler and Brengun catalogue 1999-2002 is now downloadable http://www.hauler.cz/downloads/BrengunCatalogue.pdf http://www.hauler.cz/downloads/HaulerCatalogue.pdf V.P.
  18. Dear fellow Britmodellers, here's my 1/72 Tamiya Bf-109 G6 in markings of the Romanian Air Force in 1945. Painted with acrylics from Mr.Hobby, photos by Wolfgang Rabel. I got this kit for birthday a few weeks ago - thank you, Gerhard! I built almost straigt from the box. My only additions are the headrest armor (a photo-etch part from Brengun) and the antenna under the fuselage (stretched black sprue). Markings are from DK Decals "Romanian Roundels Over Czechoslovakia" (DK72088). "Tumpi-Bumpi Flostomok" was the mount of Lt. Baciu from Grupul 1 Vanatorare, in May 1945. The Tamiya kit is clever in design and easy to build. The kits marking options, however, are rather drab, so I chose this colorful bird of the Romanian Air Force. The upper side camo was free-handed using my Harder & Steenbeck Evolution with 0,15mm nozzle. Thank you for your interest. Roman
  19. Brengun is to release a 1/144th Messerschmitt Me-309 V-1/V-2 kit - ref. BRP144015 Source: https://www.facebook.com/HaulerBrengun/posts/1705025429656098 Box art V.P.
  20. After trying to build two Typhoons simultaneously a few years ago, and failing, I decided it would be easier to build four(!) at the same time. One of the four is the left-over from the first attempt, see this thread on Aeroscale: Tale of Two Tiffies . I am using three different kits: the Pavla car-door, the Brengun bubble-top, and two of the Airfix late-war version with 4 blade prop and Tempest tail planes. The schemes I have chosen are: (Top two profiles by Chris Davey from Osprey's Typhoon and Tempest Aces of World War 2 by Chris Thomas; bottom two profiles by Chris Thomas from 2nd Tactical Airforce Vol. 4 by Shores and Thomas) I have spent several days already on getting the parts to fit together, which for the Pavla kit has been a considerable hassle! The wings and fin have had to be thinned considerably, as have the cockpit areas (and still the resin cockpit doesn't fit as intended). Both the Airfix and Brengun kits mainly need the height of the wheel wells reduced to allow the wings to close properly. In the case of the Brengun, the tops surfaces were sanded to translucency, as well as the bottom edges coming up too. The Brengun has the edge over the Airfix wheel wells, and in detail and accuracy in general, but every part needed some clean-up. The Airfix open gun panels inspired me to open one wing on the Brengun kit, originally intending to use the Airfix parts in the wing. However, on closer inspection 1) they weren't a good fit, and 2) are not accurate enough. So I'll have to scratch build something. All the parts needing silver painting were stuck to sticks and airbrushed, then given a brown wash. I'm onto the cockpit painting now (black above the tubular framework, dry brushed with grey, grey-green below). The Airfix instrument panel transfers look OK, and for this scale, and considering it is really hard to see into the cockpit of the Typhoon, they will be fine.
  21. My latest completion the Heller SA316 Alouette III Gendarmerie boxing finished as a Marine Nationale SA319B using some of the Brengun etched brass set and the Berna Decals Sheet BD 72-94 and a bit of scratch on the engine and for various aerials and other lumps and bumps, would have been finished a couple of months ago but when I removed the masking from the cockpit I found that I had manged to stick a bit on the inside so the all the glazing had to be removed which saw it on the shelf of doom for a while before I could get up the enthusiasm to rectify. anyway here it is. Aerospatiale SA319 Alouette III by Phillip Wilmshurst, on Flickr Aerospatiale SA319 Alouette III by Phillip Wilmshurst, on Flickr Aerospatiale SA319 Alouette III by Phillip Wilmshurst, on Flickr Aerospatiale SA319 Alouette III by Phillip Wilmshurst, on Flickr Enjoy, C and C Welcome Willy
  22. Dear fellow Britmodellers, this is my 1/72 AZ Model Bf-109 G10/R2 in markings of Nahaufklärungsgruppe (short-range recce group) 14. Painted with Mr.Hobby acrylics. Photos by Wolfgang Rabel. "Black 12" was photographed by US Troops at Fürth airfield in May 1945. Color pictures of this aircraft are featured in the MMP book "Bf 109 Late Versions". I tried to replicate the complex camo scheme the best I could. The AZ Model kit (WNF factory) contains the decals, but not the camera housing on the lower fuselage. I used a resin part from AML (#72068). Photo-etch from Brengun, pitot tube and guns from Master. Vacu canopy from Rob Taurus, exhausts from Res-Im. Thank you for your interest! Best greetings from Vienna. Roman
  23. After the 1/72nd & 1/48th kits (link & link), Brengun has just released a 1/32nd Rutan Quickie resin kit - ref. BRL32045 Source: http://www.brengun.cz/e-shop/1-32-accessories-31/rutan-quickie-1889 V.P.
  24. Brengun is to release a 1/144Bell P-39K Airacobra kit - ref. BRP144011 Source: https://www.facebook.com/oxygino3dart/photos/a.205098073155516/726743720990946/?type=3&theater Box art V.P.
  25. "I ask you to look at the map of Europe today and see if you can suggest any way in which we could win this war if we entered it. Suppose we had a large army in America, trained and equipped. Where would we send it to fight? The campaigns of the war show only too clearly how difficult it is to force a landing, or to maintain an army, on a hostile coast. "Suppose we took our Navy from the Pacific and used it to convoy British shipping. That would not win the war for England. It would, at best, permit her to exist under the constant bombing of the German air fleet. Suppose we had an air force that we could send to Europe. Where could it operate? Some of our squadrons might be based in the British Isles, but it is physically impossible to base enough aircraft in the British Isles alone to equal in strength the aircraft that can be based on the continent of Europe. "I have asked these questions on the supposition that we had in existence an army and an air force large enough and well enough equipped to send to Europe; and that we would dare to remove our Navy from the Pacific. Even on this basis, I do not see how we could invade the continent of Europe successfully as long as all of that continent and most of Asia is under Axis domination." -- Charles Lindbergh, "America First", 23 April 1941 "[N]othing is more certain that every trace of Hitler's footsteps, every stain of his infected, corroding fingers will be sponged and purged and, if need be, blasted from the surface of the earth." -- Winston Churchill, "Speech to the Allied Delegates", 12 June 1941 "You are about to embark upon the Great Crusade, toward which we have striven these many months. The eyes of the world are upon you. The hopes and prayers of liberty-loving people everywhere march with you." -- General Dwight Eisenhower, 6 June 1944 On 9 June 1944, Generalfeldmarschall Erwin Rommel ordered General der Panzertruppe Leo Geyr von Schweppenburg, commander of Panzergruppe West, the main armoured reserve and primary striking force of the Heer in Normandy, to plan a counterattack that would sweep the Allied landing back into the sea. One of Germany's leading prewar armoured theorists, Geyr von Schweppenburg had commanded a panzer division in the invasion of Poland, and panzer corps in both the fighting in France and in Russia. Though a very experienced and successful officer, he had notably never fought a battle against the Western Allies after 1940. The massive volume of radio traffic required to coordinate a corps-level attack did not escape British notice. ULTRA decrypts, translated very nearly in real time, reached the 2nd Tactical Air Force by early the next morning. 124 Typhoon Wing, 139 Mitchell Wing, and four squadrons of Spitfires drawn from both ADGB and 84 Group were ordered to put on a maximum effort strike on the Chateau de la Caine, not far from Caen. Shortly after 2100, as the staff officers of Panzergruppe West were sitting down to eat dinner in the chateau, they heard air raid sirens and rushed out to see what was happening. As they stood spellbound, seventeen Typhoons from 247 and 181 Squadrons each salvoed off eight rockets apiece. As the Typhoons veered away, the Mitchells arrived. Bombing from 12,000 feet in cells of six aircraft, the Mitchells dropped over five hundred 500lb bombs in the target area. Then the second wave of Typhoons swooped in, blasting anything left standing. The raid was a total success. Geyr von Schweppenburg was seriously wounded. His chief of staff and every other staff officer save one were killed. Plans for a counteroffensive had to be totally shelved, and the units assigned to Geyr von Schweppenburg were transferred to the control of the ardent Nazi "Sepp" Dietrich, one of the Party's "alter kampfer" who had risen to high rank in the Waffen-SS owing to his ties to Hitler and was promoted far beyond his competence. The Heer never succeeded in launching a corps-level counterattack in the Anglo-Canadian sector during the summer of 1944. I will be building Hawker Typhoon MN317/ZY-B "China British", of 247 (China British) Squadron. On this op, it was flown by F/Sgt John Alan Dyce "Jack" Meechan DFC AFM from Edinburgh, who survived the war (and at least one Typhoon crash). As late as 1953, he was still a Flight Sergeant, though rather chunkier, by then delivering new Canadair Sabres to the RAF. He died in 2001. Happily, we have a photo of MN317 taken shortly before the op, so we know pretty much what she looked like: She had the three-bladed prop, and apparently the earlier tailplanes so prone to just plumb falling off the aircraft, a perennial and never-fully-resolved problem with the Tiffie, poor old dear. I'm using the Brengun kit for this, both because it's suited perfectly for building a mid-production Typhoon, and because dimensionally, I think it's a bit better than the Airfix kit, being appropriately beefier and so forth. Also, I have about a jillion of them, thanks to mon frere d'autre mere @Stew Dapple, who sent me approximately five hundred of the Brengun kits as a birthday present a while back. You see Stew, I do sometimes build them! The Brengun is in fact my preferred Typhoon kit (Stew's so thoughtful!), but it's not without issues. In fact, it's kind of a bitch to put together. For instance, on the cardoor versions, which this one is mercifully not, the canopy simply doesn't fit, and you really need to go and buy the vacform one Brengun sells if you want a hope in hell of getting it on without it looking absurd. And that's just rewarding bad behaviour! Additionally, the instructions are crude, the cockpit assembly is too wide and needs sanding, the landing gear bays are too tall and need so much sanding that I thought I was going to die from ingesting about a pound of styrene shavings, there's flash everywhere, etc etc etc. The point is, if you want your Typhoon to look big and butch, as it should, you'll suffer and build the Brengun. It doesn't mean you can't complain, lord knows I'm going to. But it's the best of what's out there in the only scale that matters. Here's where we are now. I've started on the wheel bays and the guts of the intake, as well as the seat and IP. You know you're in for a good time when you need to use filler on the seat. Everything so far has involved a certain amount of sanding, fettling, micro-chiseling, and judicious and injudicious swearing, especially when for a few hot minutes it looked like I'd lost the windscreen and vile imprecations flowed freely from my lips.
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