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  1. With the Chaffee just about done, time for the second project of the year. Something a bit different, although keeping with a theme of light tanks, I am sipping my toe in to German armour for the first time. Inspired by @Milan Mynar‘s build of the Academy Panzer II Ausf F “North Africa, a little while ago: I’m going to have a go at building the same one as captured by US troops in North Africa 1943. This was meant to be my Christmas holiday project, but it got sidetracked by the Ferret. From the look of the plastic in the box (see Milan’s build for sprue shots), it will be a fun build. If anyone knows of issues I need to look out for, let me know!
  2. I've been wanting to build this model for around 20 years, but I was never good enough with painting natural metal to attempt it. However skills improve and new products hit the market. I recently picked up some SMS Super Silver and wanted to give it a try. The kit itself from Tamiya is very nice, but it does lack a little detail and I had a small etch set to improve on the cockpit, undercarriage doors and other small items. SMS Jet Black was used as a base for the Super Silver and I'm pretty impressed with it's look and durability. I've handled this a fair bit and it has not caused any damage to the surface. The tail decals, excluding the fin flash which was masked and painted, came from Dying Sun II decals from Rising Decals, the US insignia was from the spares box. This particular aircraft was captured at Clark Field in the Philippines. Repaired to airworthy, she suffered a landing gear collapse and was grounded, with the intent to take her back to the US shelved, it's probable that 'S9' was scrapped onsite sometime after the end of the war.
  3. Messerschmitt Bf 109F-4 orginally 9./JG 53, after capture used by No. 1 Squadron SAAF, Lybia 1942. Model painted with MR hobby, wash AK interactive and Vallejo.
  4. So I've finally decided to bite the bullet and post a WIP here. I've challenged a friend's son to a model build (we have a month), and I've decided to incorporate this aeroplane into my ongoing (so far not published) build. A while back (OK, a few years ago), I read a book by Hans-Werner Lerche (1914-1994). He was a Luftwaffe Test Pilot during WW2, and flew over 125 different aircraft types, including evaluation flights of many allied aircraft, most of them after only visual examinations of the aeroplane (so no training or handbooks!). He was the principal pilot of the Luftwaffe test site at Mecklenburg Rechlin 1945. In his book he describes his career, and lists the aircraft he flew, quite a few with enough detail to be able to depict a reasonable model. I have spent the last few years putting together as much detail as I can, and purchasing as many of the aircraft as I can in 1/48th scale. I plan to use this thread to document the builds. Rivet-counters- please close this thread now, as I don't plan to do perfect- near enough is good enough for me, especially after having had a minor stroke 9 years ago, three shoulder surgeries in the last two years, and an ulnar nerve surgery last year. My eye-hand co-ordination is not close too what it should be, but I'm doing this as therapy. I should also add that I'm old-school- brush only. So, to kick this off, here is the start of my 1st documented build in this long-term project- a 1/48th Henschel Hs 123 A-1. Unfortunately there is not much beyond the fact that he flew the Hs 123 in the book, and I have not been able to firmly identify a colour scheme, so I will be going with a generic 70/71/65 machine as per the instructions. The box cover for the 1/48th Henschel Hs-123 A-1- I picked it up at a reasonable price not long ago. The sprues of the 1/48th Henschel Hs-123 A-1.
  5. I picked up the Revell 1/72 V-2 rocket yesterday on impulse, as I already have the (Tamiy 1/48th) V-1 to go with it. Of the 4 schemes in the box, I'm most likely to do it in the black/white prototype scheme, but I wondered f anyone knew of any decals or paint schemes for a V-2 captured by the British, just to add another bout of deciding on colour schemes? I've done a Hannants and a google search but come up with nothing.
  6. 1/35 mr craft with a lived in look.
  7. So I hear you say, zut alors, quell idiot ( pardon my French) how can a German plane designed by a Dutchman even qualify for this GB, well it can if it’s been captured and repainted. Now I said I wouldn’t start any new projects until I had a few less 109s on the bench, but I received the kit the other day from a fellow modeller who has sadly had to give up the hobby owing to declining eyesight. So I thought I’d start it and that to do justice to the build I would also try to ‘superdetail’ the engine and interior. With this as my guide.. I also have a Dragon 1/48 kit started so I may progress this as no copy the detail. So next step is to (possibly) fabricate an interior frame from .5 mm brass…
  8. Over the last couple of years I have been modelling various vehicles that were used by the British 11th Armoured Division on their journey from Normandy to Lubeck. Somewhere down the line I was googling & stumbled across this picture... later I found the official description of the picture... The men doing the painting are... Men of 23rd Hussars 11th Armoured Division painting divisional and arm of service markings on a German Schwimmwagen captured from 12th SS Panzer Division (HitlerJugend) 6 July 1944 So we have a suitable back story that ticks all my boxes for a new build. At present I'm waiting for some varnish to dry on my Kubelwagen... So I thought I'd set up my next project now & I hope some of you might tag along to keep me on track. "in the box" shots coming up - Steve
  9. This is the older but still pretty good Hasegawa Ki 43. The wing to fuselage joint is about the only real issue with the kid that requires some attention, also it seems pretty difficult to have the flaps in the retracted position. Decals come from Dying Sun III sheet which are very nice to use. This aircraft was one of several discovered in the Hollandia area that hosted several airfields. Between May and November 1944 the 5th Air Force, 317th Troop Carrier Group, 41st Troop Carrier Squadron recovered and restored this machine to airworthy status. When the 41st moved on, the aircraft was left. Sometime after it suffered a landing accident and was towed out to the dump where it was probably buried or burned at wars end. This was also my first crack at Alcald. I used airframe aluminium over a Revell gloss black. Pretty good stuff, although I would give more attention to surface and undercoat preparation next time. I was also not expecting the amount needed, this using 3/4 of a small bottle. At 10 bucks per bottle it's rather expensive, but the finish is really nice. Thanks for looking.
  10. Hi mates, lets now facing part two of my "Meatball Series" Today you will get an captured B-339D, ex Netherland Airforce. This plane was tested by the japanese in 1942 at Java. The Kit is Hasegawa, the new sternpart and tailwheel is quickboost, Decals are "Flying Papa". Hope you like it.
  11. This is the Hasegawa A6M5 1/48 kit with some Eduard etch seat belts with the decals from Rising Decals Dying Sun sets. The kit itself was rescued from the shelf of doom, I can't remember why it was put there as the model itself isn't bad. The decals are also top notch. ATAIU-SEA stands for Allied Technical Air Intelligence Unit -South East Asia and a number of Japanese aircraft wore these markings post war while being the subject of evaluation by the RAF. I believe that the centre section of this aircraft is now in the Imperial War Museum and the only section of the ATAIU's aircraft to survive.
  12. Immediately after the end of hostilities in Europe, the allied powers scoured Germany for the remnants of their advanced technology. The American's set up 'Project LUSTY, which stood for LUftwaffe Secert TechnologY. Col Harold E Watson, a qualified test pilot was selected to head the mission. He picked a number of pilots, all combat veteran's and all Thunderbolt pilots, experienced ground crew, both American and German along with several experienced German pilots. He also carried a signed pass by Dwight D Eisenhower, stating that no senior officer or military police could impede him in his work. Two teams formed, one went after the piston engine aircraft, the other, jets. It was the jet pilots who were named the 'Watson's Wizzers' and adopted the squadron embalm of Donald Duck flying around the Earth on a Juno 004 engine. Me 262A-1a/U3 'White 30' was captured at Lechfeld. It was named Marge by the 54th ADS, and then Lady Jess IV while with the Wizzers with the aircraft being the mount of Captain Kenneth Dahlstrom. Declared surplus, it was transferred to the US Navy and designated 121443. State side, the aircraft was turned over to the Tactical Test Division at NAS Patuxent River where she was made airworthy and attempted to be flown on November 7th 1945. Failing to become airborne, it crashed into trees at the end of the runway and was subsequently written off. Because of this accident, no further attempts to fly Me 262's was made by the TTD. This is the 1/48 Dragon kit, which is the reboxing of the 1990's Trimaster kit, but this did not include any photo etch parts. The molds are still holding up well although there was some cleaning up of the lower wing required. These kits are well detailed but do require some work with the engine nacelles being a well known tricky part of this model. Test fit everything before committing glue and you shouldn't have too many problems. Decals come from Cutting Edge's Crossdressing Stormbirds and the seatbelts from Lions Roar.
  13. I'll go with something a little different this build. The kit will be the very nice Tamiya 1/35 offering. I'm going the superhero option on boxing day. Lots of cricket watching, BBQ eating and alcohol drinking will be happening as well.
  14. So I had an Airfix Supermarine Spitfire MkIXc lying around that I picked up in May at the Hinckley model show, a 10 minute walk from home. If you know anything about this kit, it's from the early days of new Airfix, so the detail is somewhat lacking. The cockpit is better than their Bf109G6 as it at least has a floor, basic seat, back wall and instrument panel. There's even a gun sight included. However, all these 'details' are vague and inaccurate, there's not even an instrument decal included and the kit is missing a control stick entirely. Must say, the box art is the best part of the kit. The schemes the kit comes with include one in desert camouflage and one in D Day invasion stripes. These are two schemes missing from my spitfire collection at present. I was considering the D Day one, but decided to do something different with the kit.... Anyways, on with the build! Construction started with....... Ok well maybe I got a bit carried away and forgot to take many photos... The cockpit and very basic interior was given a coat of Vallejo interior green over a black primer. Then the wings and fuselage were assembled, fit isn't perfect but it's acceptable for certain. Filler and sanding followed. A few places needed repairing due to the thick sprue gates on the parts. The model was given a two colour coat of primer, black on the upper surfaces and white on the underside and nose. Then I got carried away again.... I love building spitfires, even though I prefer other subjects as the finished model, the Spitfire is hard to beat in pure enjoyment when building. This is a semi historical build, so it's an almost 'what-if'. I'm not modelling a specific aircraft, just a reasonable interpretation of what a newly captured MkIXc would look like. RLM 04 was applied first, and masked off.... With yellow tape.... Yeah, bad idea. RLM 70 was then applied over the remaining surfaces. All Vallejo paints. My preshade also failed, so I did something different, I mixed. RLM 70 with white to replicate the effect and painted it over the pure 70. I then added the rest of the tailplane that I had left off to simplify the masking process. The RLM 04 sections were unmasked and the prop painted in RLM 70 with the hairy stick. Vallejo's RLM 70 Model Air paint applies beautifully with a brush. So far the masking appears to have worked.... Seems to have worked under here.... I love the colour of RLM 04 Oh I left some tape on.... (Yeah these pictures aren't in the right order) It's not tape..... I knew masking yellow with yellow tape was a bad idea........... Arrrggghh!!!!!!!
  15. Hi all and here's my latest finish, Revell's ex-Frog Ar-234 B-2 built for a 'Captured' GB on the IPMS Ireland forum. You can read the build thread here but in short: Extras: Small panel line rescribe, Cockpit details added, u/c doors replaced with plastic card; extra links on main gear; drogue chute line; new struts for RATO bottles. Paints: Revell Acrylics by brush, Klear, Flory Models Wash. Decals; From kit. Not my finest but had good fun and I think it scrubs up well for an old kit. Thanks for looking! Cheers, Dermot Revell_1_72_Ar-234_Done (11)r by Dermot Moriarty, on Flickr Revell_1_72_Ar-234_Done (2)r by Dermot Moriarty, on Flickr Revell_1_72_Ar-234_Done (3)r by Dermot Moriarty, on Flickr Revell_1_72_Ar-234_Done (7)r by Dermot Moriarty, on Flickr Revell_1_72_Ar-234_Done (10)r by Dermot Moriarty, on Flickr Revell_1_72_Ar-234_Done (9)r by Dermot Moriarty, on Flickr Revell_1_72_Ar-234_Done (8)r by Dermot Moriarty, on Flickr
  16. I know I'm a bit late to the party, but there's still plenty of time. I'll do one of the captured P-51D's the Luftwaffe got their hands on. Pictures of them are rare, but I will do this one, in what is probably dark green over yellow with oversized markings.
  17. This is my entry in the Airfix P-51D special group build. It's a pretty good kit straight from the box, the only addition were decals from the spares box. The Germans got their hands on at least 2 airworthy D models, later in the war they were over painted with a dark colour, I am assuming RLM 71. Both were found belly landed at wars end by allied soldiers.
  18. Formerly on 1/JG 7, yellow 17 was captured by 616 Squadron at Fassberg at wars end. It was ferried to the UK where it was designated Air Min 52 and brefily evaluated until being sold off to Canada. It was scrapped with 300 odd other surplus aircraft in Canada in 1947. The kit is the very nice Tamiya 1/48 offering with Cutting Edge decals.
  19. Hi, I want to build my ancient 1/28 scale Revell Fokker DVII in RFC markings. The only photo reference I've found is in this web article: http://www.vintagewings.ca/VintageNews/Stories/tabid/116/articleType/ArticleView/articleId/394/WTF.aspx This is the aircraft: Can anyone help with any additional information on this aircraft, which squadron was using it? It is an Albatross built machine, I think the lozenge fabric is 5 colour, but it is difficult to be sure. Cheers, Peter
  20. This is the very nice Tamiya kit used along side the Cutting Edge Crossdressing Stormbirds decal sheet. Yellow 17 was flown by Lt Hans Dorn of 1/JG7 and was captured at Fassberg by No 616 Squadron RAF in May 1945. I could find very little information on Dorn, I suspect he was a replacement pilot and fairly new to JG 7, seeing little or no action in his time there. As for yellow 17, she was designated AM-52 and ferried back to England for evaluation before being declared surplus and shipped off to Canada. From there, she was sold along with 300 other surplus aircraft and scrapped. As I said the Tamiya kit is a real pleasure to build. Painted with Gunze RLM 82/83/76 with weathering kept pretty light as this machine looked almost brand new when captured, in all likelihood it was.
  21. Link to a set of pictures taken at Wright field in 1945. They show two Me262's which were evaluated by the USAF. Lots of detail down to the airframe structure. http://www.network54.com/Forum/149674/message/1511394394/Captured+Me+262+A-1a+Schwalbe+%40+Wright+Field+July+1945+... I found the link on hyperscale.com. Hopefully no one there will mind me doing this here.
  22. New tool Airfix 1/48 Stuka B-1 finished as an Italian R-2 captured/stolen by the RAF in 1941. The B-2/R-2 propellor, exhausts, and bomb rack are all in the B-1 box. The B-2 engine cowls though are not, which is why they aren't on the model The guns were removed from the captured aircraft, so the wing gun fairings were drilled out to remove the barrels, and the mount and ammunition cans left out of the rear cockpit. Decals by LF Models (which turned out to be a little too thin, I'd probably paint the white cross on the tail if I did this again), and some of the more prominent piping added to the engine with solder. The kit is mostly brilliantly engineered (there are poorly placed sprue gates and ejector pin marks in a couple of places, and a few sink marks) and is one of the best fitting kits I've ever built. There are a couple of missing instructions though. There is no instruction to add the rear gunners back support strap despite it being included as a part and shown fitted, and there is no guidance at all on fitting the bomb cradle with the cowls off. Aside from those minor criticisms it was a really enjoyable build.
  23. Something a little different from me - I'm doing a pair of Thunderbolt models of the same a/c, one in USAAF colours, the other German, as shown on the sheet below. I've had this particular sheet from Cutting Edge since my UK visit in 2007 (!!), and haven't managed to do anything with it - this GB is a good place to start, I think. To that end, I have 3 Academy P-47D kits, 2 of which will be used for this GB as a joint build - appropriate, seeing as they will be representing the aircraft named 'Beetle', as flown (and lost) by 2nd Lt William Roach, 358th FS, 355th FG, 8th AF both while it was in his charge and then as it was operated by the Germans, in the guise of 2./VVB OKL (aka Wanderzirkus Rosarius) at Wunstorf, July '44. The 3rd P-47 will at some point in the future fill the role of the other captured a/c on this sheet. Also on the sheet are a Mosquito and a couple of P-51s, which may be my entries in the upcoming STGBs for those types - we'll see. Obligatory box/sprue shots to start Those of you with a keen eye may notice the missing bits - bombs, drop tanks, and one of the props. They were cut out and dispatched to a fellow BMer at some point last year when he put out a call for P-47 things. I knew I wouldn't need them for these builds, so off they went. I hope they were useful. The kits are apparently not perfect, but they look like P-47s, which is close enough for me. A major attraction is that they're pretty simple kits, which should allow me to get them done in the allotted time span - like many of us, I find that I have signed up for rather too many GBs this year (it was a vintage crop, so whaddaryagunnado?) Before I start these, I plan to finish my Gnat for the Made in GB GB, then I'll be right into these. For thems as might be interested, Lt. Roach was on only his 3rd mission when it all went pear-shaped. On November 7, 1943, escorting B-17's of the 8th Air Force's 1st and 3rd Air Divisions, he became disoriented in poor weather, and with his fuel running low (and after watching the squadron leader crash land), he began looking for an airfield for an emergency landing. Lt. Roach spotted a runway and landed, then followed a vehicle to a parking place and shut down. He then realised that the people surrounding the plane were Germans - must have been a little bit sad-making for the poor chap. Lt. Roach had inadvertently provided the Luftwaffe with its first intact P-47D-2-RA, and spent the remainder of the war at Stalag Luft I. He survived the war, rejoined the USAF and died in 2010 at the age of 88. So although it's a bit of a sad story, it's a funny and sort of good one too. (Thanks to Warbirds Resource Group for the potted history.)
  24. All the information I have is it was found at Salzburg Austria. This info accompanies another picture in Vol 2 of Wings of the Black Cross.
  25. Hello, I'm presenting my recently finished Do335A-12 "Anteater" trainer. I used Eduard PE's, resin exhausts and painting masks for national insignias. I finished my Anteater as W.Nr. 240112, which was captured by Americans, and subsequently handed over to Britsh. I hope you enjoy its unusual markings. Greetings, Artur
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