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  1. I'm becoming a little obsessed with the captured theme... The thing is, Luftwaffe aircraft are such an interesting paint challenge and when you couple that with the captured markings and sometimes interesting stories of how the capture occurred, it's a very compelling subject. After a sojourn into jets it's back to a single engine prop, the Bf109F. This much I have decided. However, the specific airframe is still up for grabs. I've narrowed down my choice to one of these three: 1. 2. 3. 4. #1 offers good references and clear markings choices. However, there's a decal set for this one already, so it's a reasonably common subject. #2 is less commonly made and I have found three pics of it. I think I have info enough to replicate it and it's got some visual interest in the retention of some German tactical markings. #3 is my current favourite though; look at the weathering opportunities in addition to the markings! It's even got some new stencilling - "No Step" on the port flap... Unfortunately, this is the only photo I can find of it so there's going to be some licence necessary on its markings. #4 is a close second to #3 with the same attractions and challenges. What say you on the choice? I'm going to use the Eduard 1/48 kit for this one. I have only built two Eduard kits, a Mk.IX Spitfire and a Hellcat. I enjoyed the Hellcat but found the Spitfire tedious in its over-engineered-ness. Looking at the sprues for the 109, it's rather more like the Spitfire in its engineering than the Hellcat. For anyone interested, the kit is reviewed here (though my version is the ProfiPack.) - So, there's the intro, I will throw up some pics of my progress when I've something to show. Cheers.
  2. Combining my current dual interests of jets and captured aircraft, my next project is this Me 262. I’ll be using the Hobby Boss kit in 1/48 scale and will be building it out of the box with no aftermarket except seatbelts (because I just don’t like making them ). I chose this one as it has the Air Min number clearly painted on the fuselage (though it was later painted over) and the paint will include some bare metal on the engine nacelles. The kit itself has decent reviews. It is apparently a scaled down version of HB’s 1/32 kit. It has some odd parts breakdown choices where for example a lot of fuselage internal equipment is provided but will be next to impossible to see through the separate hatchway provided. I’m not going to use that. Unfortunately, unlike the larger kit the flaps are not separate which is a shame as it was common to see parked 262’s with flaps down. I may or may not attempt to separate them - if I do I shall channel @marvinneko’s epic work on his Ventura for inspiration. Assembly begins with the cockpit and I followed my usual process on it - dark base, dry brush, detail painting, finish coat, and then clear gloss in the instrumentation. Luftwaffe cockpits have the distinct advantage of being dark grey which hides a multitude of lazy choices. As I used no aftermarket everything is painted to create impression rather than replication though I did try and get the colours right on the instruments’ bezels, levers and switches. I still have to add the seatbelts which are going to be donated from an Eduard Fw190D kit in the stash. As I’m not opening any panels (the kit also provides some nice detail for the guns and an option to have them exposed) I anticipate things will move relatively swiftly to major assembly. I’ll have more to say about markings and paint later. Cheers.
  3. The next instalment of my Luftwaffe camouflage exploration is this He-219 exhibited at Farnborough in late 1945. The attraction is the challenge of the RLM76 squiggle camouflage. Painted over a base of RLM75 this scheme is sometimes represented as dark mottling on a lighter base. This is incorrect however (unfortunately, as it would be a lot easier that way!). I’ve found an excellent source of 219 camouflage info which I’ll link later when we get to painting. I have had the Tamiya 1/48 scale kit in the stash for a while so that will be the canvas for this one. The kit has a good reputation and I’m expecting a relatively trouble-free assembly. There’s a few builds of this kit on BM of which an excellent example is @reini‘s and who’s WIP from 2020 will suffice to show the contents of the box and general kit info for anyone interested in a preview. That’ll do for now, treat this as a placeholder until there’s something specific to show. I hope that will be a Sunday update showing some form of progress on the cockpit. Cheers.
  4. My other overdue RFI is my more recently finished Tamiya 1/48 He-219 Uhu. This one I really enjoyed but ran into all kinds of trouble with the paint and subsequent clear coats. For whatever reason, the Future/Klear would not cure on the Hataka paints and remained tacky. After trying everything, I was able to remove the Future with Windex without damaging the paint. Even though subsequent clear coats were an improvement, the finish still didn't properly cure leading to a great deal of trouble handling the still-slightly-tacky model to completion. It's going to be a dust magnet... The whole story is in the WIP. I painted almost all of the markings, the only decals I used were the "IV" designation at the cockpit. I was quite happy with the paint job; the squiggle isn't as tight as on the real thing, but it's not bad and by the end I was quite comfortable with its application. I think I can do better next time though. The kit itself is Tamiya through and through, well engineered, well produced, a joy to work with. The photos. Cheers.
  5. Hi all; I realised that I never did post an RFI for this one. Here's the WIP: The simplified version is that this is a very good kit which I found well engineered, well moulded and produced a nice model. Having built the ProModeller version some years ago I felt the Meng kit was superior enough to justify the price differential (should one be able to find one of the older kits, that is). I only had trouble with the wing to fuselage join and I am sure I caused that with poor cockpit/fuselage assembly. I painted the markings using masks I designed and created with my Silhouette cutter. This was one of my better Luftwaffe camouflage efforts and was pleased with how it turned out. I used some Gaspatch #D printed radar arrays which were close in shape and style as on the real one, but exactly the same; best I could do. The pics; I had only three reference pics to work from and none were of the complete airframe so there's some educated guesswork in how the markings were applied but I think it's reasonably close to how the real one looked. Thanks for looking. Cheers.
  6. Alright, alright, you guys have forced/persuaded/shamed/cajoled me into it. Yes, it is the Overtrees version of Eduard's Fw 190A-5 "light". But wait, what's this lurking inside? I thought the lid looked a bit "rawer" than the normal white box! No, there wasn't a bonus kit, too, but I might have to re-purpose the re-purposed top as a piece of artwork. I've downloaded the instructions for the ProfiPack version, as well as one or two other Fw variants, and begun to figure out which of the multiple choices (or boxes in the instructions) I'll need to go with. I had also already saved a bunch of photos of my subject aircraft. Today should be when "serious" messing with the kit commences. My intended subject, in case you haven't already figured it out, is the one brought to the United States and, at least for a time, put in the hands of the United States Navy, complete with some variation on an appropriate paint job. bob
  7. In my old(er) age I'm less of a fan of building aircraft with swastikas on them than I used to be. But, I am a fan of taking on the challenge of replicating the intricate and varied paint schemes those aircraft often wore. What to do? Captured aircraft, that's what. A year or so ago I picked up a Meng 1/48 Me 410 B-2 for considerably less than the sticker price you see on the box below. I've always thought the 410 to be a cool looking aircraft. It's nothing like a Mosquito, and yet it sort of is. Now, the Mosquito is my favourite WW2 aircraft (I'm not sure why I'm not building one, actually) so that comparison is not lightly made. Some years decades ago, I built the Promodeller 410 and made a bit of a pig's ear of it. Exhibit A. As I remember, the kit wasn't bad at all but my technique was, shall we say, less subtle. Reviews suggest the Meng kit isn't a great improvement over the Promodeller. Anyway, it's time to redeem myself and build a 410 to display but without the markings of the former effort. Luckily, there's this one... A captured airframe offers the challenge of the paint scheme with the markings of the good guys. It'll be painted in the classic 74/75/76 scheme with a light colour - to be determined but it looks to me to be a light grey - covering the rear fuselage and fin. I still get to try some mottle and paint the camo pattern on the wings, and that's the fun of it. You may have noticed the Iwata box next to the kit box? I now have my new needle and nozzle ready to go, the Iwata will be back to its former ability to go really fine - I hope I am too. I've ordered some PE for the radar array. It might need a little modification and a bit of scratch building to get it close. I have this shot too, for reference. This is a filler project until a container load of goodies arrives from the UK. The container has various bits and pieces for many of my planned projects for 2023. I'm going to try my hand at jets, and I have acquired a few kits of that type, and am raring to go on them. In the mean time though, I'll have a play at some German camo. Cheers.
  8. Having been exposed by @JOCKNEY for entering a Japanese subject into this weekend's Blitzbuild, guilt has got the better of me and I will be entering this little kit into the fray. A captured KNILM aeroplane was pressed into service by the Japanese during WWII. I'll post some pics once I get back to the stash - not sure what state the kit is in, but it can't take that long to knock up can it?
  9. Ok...next up...this very colourful captured G2, American style... I like these AZ Model 109 kits. This'll be fun to paint! Sprue look nice, as do the decals... I'll jump in tomorrow...or maybe later tonight. --John
  10. Hi Everyone, I'm sure we're all aware of the Imperial War Museum Film collection and the visual treasures contained within their archives. While looking around for films that might have footage of 43 Squadron during WWII (there's some of their Hurricanes departing for the Dieppe raid, but that's another topic) on the main page there are currently two links somewhat cryptically titled 'Advance Record Material' and 'Boston Raid'. Intrigued by the titles I took a look since the thumbnail pictures appeared to cover the North African campaigns so might have something I was originally looking out for. Although the films turned out to be shot in Libya rather than Tunisia, they proved to be hugely informative. It just goes to show that an apparently random title could have fascinating information and details on the aircraft and personnel of the era. 'Advance Record Material' https://film.iwmcollections.org.uk/record/41432 starts off with footage of a British truck convoy wending its way along desert roads arriving at an airfield. At 2:20 it changes to a clip of a group next to a hangar when a chap runs out and pretends to fire a Very Pistol; the group then scrambles revealing waiting 33 Squadron Hurricanes, foremost being a very careworn HV471 RS-A. This scene then repeats with the bloke with the Very actually discharging it! The Hurricanes then start and taxy out; the sequence ending with shots of various wrecked Lufwaffe aircraft. Of note is the single cannon fit on the Hurricanes. The vehicle convoy shots are repeated, then at 6:40 groups of Hurricanes appear and land. These are a mix of 33 and 213 Sqn Hurricanes. At 8:31 there's a Clapperboard titled 'Hurris with LR tanks arrive Benina' dated 2/12/1942. The arrival shots are repeated concluding with some shots of sunken ships. In the Additional Media tab there is a second film https://film.iwmcollections.org.uk/record/41432/media_id/7263 . This starts off with aerial shots, possibly also over Benina, with more wrecked Luftwaffe aircraft including what appears to be a Gotha 242 glider. At 3:30 it changes to ground footage with RAF Regiment Armoured Cars driving past abandoned Me110s, Ju87s and Bf109s. This is dated 20/11/42. At 6:00 an 'erk' appears to be painting the spinner of a Bf109F red(?) folowed by a corporal painting out the fuselage cross and fin swastika. The same aircraft is then pictured starting up and taking off having apparently being taken on strength by 3Sqn RAAF! This is followed by a Ju87D that has been 'adopted' by 601Sqn and a 'Hentschel' 126 also being repainted. The film ends with some 'whistling bomb' shots and the earlier Bf109 being serviced (and armed!) then, finally, the repainted Hs126. It's fascinating watching the aircraft being re-marked, particularly the application of the national markings in so many variations! The 'Boston Raid' collection https://film.iwmcollections.org.uk/record/41431 starts off with a frame with dead Afrika Korps soldiers (just to warn you) then cuts to ground crew packing up with a 112Sqn Kittyhawk in the background. This is followed by the whole squadron in convoy departing for pastures new. At 2:36 a Storch in RAF colours takes off followed by more footage of the AAHQ vehicles moving off. The middle section films Italian POWs and more dead Afrika Korps soldiers. From 6:15 aerial shots, presumably taken from the Storch as it flies alongside the AAHQ vehicles. At 8:37 the Storch reappears along with AVM Sir Arthur Coningham and, I think, Air Marshal Sir Arthur Tedder. Both get in the Storch and depart. The film ends with more shots of destroyed German vehicles and a LST(?) being offloaded. The second segment https://film.iwmcollections.org.uk/record/41431/media_id/7260 starts with AVM Coningham and 'Monty' in conference then after some general footage at 3:00 Hudsons take off. After some shots of abandoned Bf109s a Hudson is being unloaded. This segment ends with another Hudson and Bombays landing. The final segment https://film.iwmcollections.org.uk/record/41431/media_id/7261 begins with what appears to be trucks full of Italian prisoners changing to two officers inspecting a Bf109 graveyard then a camouflaged Gotha 242 glider. At 1:41 a 92Sqn Spitfire V taxies out and the squadron takes off. After some shots of a German war graves the scene changes to a Ju87 wreck being looked over then on to the captured Storch landing. At 3:29 a 92Sqn Spitfire EP613 QJ-S taxies up to a very tidy Bf109F immediately cutting to another Go242 glider then back to the Spitfire/Messerschmitt combo. There are then various shots of the pilot jumping out and inspecting his opposition. The clip ends with another Spitfire Vb taxiing up to a rather less pristine Bf109! Curiously there are no shots of Bostons in any of these three unless the title is referring to the aftermath of a raid by Bostons on what may be Benghazi or Tobruk harbours! I don't recall seeing any of the content before so I hope you find these as interesting and useful as I did. Jonathan
  11. Here are some photos of two captured Heinkel 219. Heinkel 219 A – Air Minister 20 (AM20) Heinkel 219 - Air Minister 22 (AM22) Cheers Santiago
  12. Hello Please find below as a part of our German's captured aircrafts models the photos of the Junkers Ju 88 series. All together (15 models). The Junkers Ju88 done which were captured during the war The Junkers Ju88 done which were captured after the war and coded "Air Minister" Both Mistel together Here are the photos of each model. 1) Junkers Ju 88S-1 TS472 N°1426 Flight at Collyweston 2) Junkers Ju 88R-1 PJ786 3) Junkers Ju 88G-1 TP190 4) Junkers Ju 88 5) Junkers Ju 88 G6 Air Min 48 6) Junkers Ju 88 G6 Air Min 16 7) Junkers Ju 88 D HK959 in RAF Markings at Heliópolis in Egypt WNr430650 now extant with the USAF Museum at Wright Patterson Air Force Base. 10) Junkers Ju 88A-6/U WNr 0660 Coded 1H+MN of II/KG26 surrended on Lubeck. This was an anti-shipping strike aircraft equipped with FuG 200 radar. It was flown to Gosport on 18th December 1945. 9) Junkers Ju 88 Air Min 1, Ju88C-6W Nr 622983 4R+RB of J/NJG2 10) Junkers Ju 88 AX919 11) Junkers Ju 88 M2+M HM509 12) Junkers Ju 88 EE205 coded EA 9 13) Mistel Air Minister AM75 14) Mistel Air Minister 77 Cheers Santiago
  13. Hello, This is are just a small group of our captured Fieseler Fi 156 Storch. 1) Fieseler Storch Fi 156 Air Min 99, Farnborough on Sep 11th, 1945 2) Fieseler Storch Fi 156 NM+ZS flown by 3 Sqdn RAAF 3) Fieseler Storch Fi 156 (bandas) 4) Fieseler Storch Fi 156 (desierto) Desert Air Force Communication Fligh, February 1943 5) Fieseler Storch Fi 156 VP546 Kind regards Santiago
  14. My father has been building a lot of German Captured aircrafts in British markings and we have just noticed that we completed the Messerschmitt´s sub collection. The series includes 49 models. Here are some photos and the list of aircrafts represented. MESSERSCHMITT Bf108 B-1 DK280 (Wnr2039) MESSERSCHMITT Bf108 D R2101 MESSERSCHMITT Bf108 D --- MESSERSCHMITT BF 108B Taifun 124W 5 MESSERSCHMITT BF 108B Taifun --- MESSERSCHMITT BF 108B Taifun --- MESSERSCHMITT BF 109 (E-3) 44 MESSERSCHMITT BF 109 E 2 MESSERSCHMITT BF 109 G-14 “Black 10” 2110 MESSERSCHMITT BF 109 G-6 - U2 (White 16). TP814 MESSERSCHMITT BF 109 F4 White 6 MESSERSCHMITT BF 109 G14 AS “Black 4” MESSERSCHMITT BF 109 G 14/U4 VD358 Wk 415460, MESSERSCHMITT BF 109 G2 EY MESSERSCHMITT BF 109 G2 GL? MESSERSCHMITT BF 109 MESSERSCHMITT BF 109 E-3/B "Black 12" W.Nr 4101 de la 2./JG 51 - MESSERSCHMITT BF 109 AE479 MESSERSCHMITT BF 109 CV/V MESSERSCHMITT BF 109 E-3 White 1 WMr 1304 MESSERSCHMITT BF 109 G-14 /U4 W.Nr. 415460 MESSERSCHMITT BF 109 F2 W.Nr 12764.ES906 MESSERSCHMITT BF 109 G2 W.Nr 10639, RN228 MESSERSCHMITT BF 109 G6 VX101 MESSERSCHMITT BF 109 F2 W.Nr 7232, white 11 MESSERSCHMITT BF 109 F4 Black 6 W. Nr 10639 MESSERSCHMITT BF 109 G4 B MESSERSCHMITT BF 109 G2 HS¡ MESSERSCHMITT BF 109 F4 AX ? MESSERSCHMITT BF 109 G4 AX JACK MESSERSCHMITT BF 109 F4 KJ ? MESSERSCHMITT BF 110 AM30 MESSERSCHMITT BF 110 D AX772 MESSERSCHMITT BF 110 D AX772 MESSERSCHMITT BF 110 D W Nr 4035 MESSERSCHMITT BF 110 G AM15 (W Nr 180560) MESSERSCHMITT BF 110 G-5/R1 W Nr 420031 (AM85) MESSERSCHMITT ME 163B MESSERSCHMITT ME 210 A1 MESSERSCHMITT ME 262B-1A/U1 W Nr 110305 MESSERSCHMITT ME 262B-1A W Nr 110165 MESSERSCHMITT ME 262B-1A White 5 W Nr 111690 MESSERSCHMITT Me 262 A-2A "Black X" VP554 W Nr 500200 MESSERSCHMITT Me 262 A-2A "Yellow 17" W Nr 500210 MESSERSCHMITT ME 262B-1A Yellow 5 W Nr 500443 MESSERSCHMITT Me 262B-1a/U1 Red 12 W Nr 111980 MESSERSCHMITT ME 410B-6 W Nr410208 AM74 MESSERSCHMITT Me 410A MESSERSCHMITT Me 410 A-3 W Nr 10259 F6+OK Cheers Santiago
  15. Here's another model I finished today, one of my many Spitfires. Looks like this one fell into the wrong hands, that or the paintshop guys are the world's worst (or perhaps best) spies
  16. Hi Cant remember seeing this link posted here, a great collection of captured a/c photos http://www.vintagewings.ca/VintageNews/Stories/tabid/116/articleType/ArticleView/articleId/394/WTF.aspx cheers jerry
  17. Hello BMers! I have a question for those knowlegable about Japenese WWII aircraft. Please bear with the slight ramble below. I've been 'reconditioning' a model that I built at the beginning of 2015, when I returned to the loving embrace of Mother Model Making. The kit is the venerable Airfix 1/72 Aichi D3A 'Val'. While randomly looking at pictures of 'Vals' on the interweb I came across several pictures of captured Japanese aircraft, none of which were 'Vals'. Now to the question. Did any of the Allies capture and test fly a Aichi D3A Val, in particular the sub-type represented by the Airfix 1/72 kit? If they did are there any images available? DennisTheBear
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