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  1. #16/2021 For a kit with shortrun character the new Dora Wings Marcel Bloch isn´t so bad. But the decals are thin and the white areas are translucent, as you may see. Camo done with Gunze RLM65 for the underside, Tamiya XF-10 Brown and selfmixed green and blue-grey for the upper camo. The Vichy stripes are painted. First single-engined aircraft I know of that has a sideways angled engine. Build thread here https://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/235092709-vichy148-marcel-bloch-mb152-french-armistice-airforce/ Aircraft of GC II/9, Aulnat/France 1942 DSC_0009 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0010 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0011 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0012 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0013 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0014 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0015 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0016 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0017 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0018 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0019 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0020 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0021 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0022 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0023 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0024 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0025 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0026 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0027 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0028 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0029 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0030 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0031 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0032 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr
  2. My dad´s newest project.. DSC_0004 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr
  3. After the 1/48th kits (link), Dora Wings is to release 1/72nd AT-9Jeep kits - ref.DW72035 - Curtiss-Wright AT-9Jeep Source: https://dorawings.com/DWcatalogue_2021_22.pdf V.P.
  4. Here's one of my entries over on the current ANZAC GB on which you can have a look at the WIP. This is from the double boxing, with a Proctor, I got for almost the same price as a single kit on the 'net. A nicely detailed kit let down by poor instructions, it isn't what you would call a simple build. Lots of clean-up of mould lines and test fitting. The cockpit floor and bulkheads need careful placement, I put those together into one half of the fuselage before adding the seats etc. The other main problem was the five-part glazing which needed filing and constant test fitting. There is a lot of PE which I mostly discarded, I only used the cockpit dashboard shelf and the pitot tube assembly! Despite usually using an airbrush these days, with the ease of use and clean-up of water-based Acrylics, I decided to give using a Hairy Stick for a change, with Xtracrylics for the uppers and Vallejo ModelAir RLM 65 for the Sky Blue. The kit decals settled easily using Humbrol Decalfix on the Gloss finish of the upper colours, I used 'Klear' for the matt lower colour. Final Matt finish was done airbrushing Vallejo Acrylic Matt Varnish. Comments and criticism welcome. Davey.
  5. Dora Wings catalogue 2021-2022 downloadable here: https://dorawings.com/DWcatalogue_2021_22.pdf Source: https://www.facebook.com/dorawingsofficial/photos/a.2014888442075056/2992690794294811/?type=3&source=48 V.P.
  6. Not only in 1/48th (dedicated thread: link) Dora Wings is also preparing 1/72nd Vultee P-66 Vanguard kits. - ref. DW72034 - Vultee P-66 Vanguard Source: https://www.facebook.com/dorawingsofficial/posts/2980469298850294 Final 3D renders V.P.
  7. Dora Wings is to release 1/72nd Noorduyn C-64 Norseman kits - ref. Would maybe proposed later in the 1/48th scale. Fingers crossed. Source: https://www.facebook.com/dorawingsofficial/posts/2961098897454001 3D renders V.P.
  8. Dora Wings is to release a 1/48th Cessna AT-17/T-50 Bobcat kit - ref. DW48053 Would most probably later proposed in the 1/72nd scale as usual for this creative as productive ukrainian brand. Source: https://www.facebook.com/dorawingsofficial/posts/2960857227478168 3D renders V.P.
  9. Feeling like I was having the 'Kiwi's' left out doing my builds I had a look through the stash to see if I had anything I could add to this GB and found this, DORA Wings nice little Proctor/Vega Gull combo (which I bought last year online for only a couple of pound more than the individual kits!). Looks like your typical 'short run' type kit and is tiny! Hopefully my ham-fistedness will be overcome while doing this! I also have the Eduard dual boxing of the Spitfire Mk.XVI which has markings for a Fassberg based RNZAF machine, we'll see how I get on. Davey.
  10. Dora Wings is to release a 1/48th Curtiss-Wright CW-21 Interceptor kits - ref. DW48049 - Curtiss-Wright CW-21a Interceptor - ref. DW48052 - Curtiss-Wright CW-21b Interceptor Source: https://www.facebook.com/dorawingsofficial/posts/2942649705965587 3D renders V.P.
  11. Happy New Year all... currently on sale is the February edition of Airfix Model World magazine with my Lockheed Vega on the front cover. Here's a couple of teasers... Cheers, Dean
  12. After the 1/48th models (link), Dora Wings is to release 1/72nd Republic P-43/A/B Lancer kits. - ref. DW72027 - Republic P-43 Lancer - ref. DW72029 - Republic P-43A-1 Lancer - China AF - ref. DW72031 - Republic P-43B/C Lancer Source: https://www.facebook.com/pg/dorawingsofficial/photos/?tab=album&album_id=2895357487361476&ref=page_internal 3D renders V.P.
  13. Miles M.9 Master Mk.I (48033) 1:48 Dora Wings via Albion Alloys The M.9 Master was a conventional low wing monoplane two seat trainer produced by Miles Aircraft Ltd for the RAF and FAA. The Air Ministry had produced specification T.6/36 in the mid 1930s for a new trainer. This was won by the DH.30 Don, however this aircraft in the end proved unsuitable. The RAF was forced to look elsewhere and Miles developed the Master from its earlier proposed trainer the Kestrel. The Air Ministry ordered 500 for the training role. The master used initially a Rolls Royce Kestrel engine which have it a speed of nearly 300 mph, comparable with the fighters of the day. With a student in front and the instructor behind the read cockpit was a full 12 inches higher. Other aids to training were a reinforced nose area to cope with nose overs and a tail design used to aid stall recovery. While the aircraft was fitted with a gunsight and a single for training, provision was made for an M24 Master Fighter with 8 guns to function as an emergency fighter. In the end over 3000 aircraft were built however none have survived. Aircraft were diverted to support various allies. These included, 426 aircraft to the South African Air Force, nine to the USAAF (Mainly for use as hacks), 23 to the Royal Egyptian Air Force, 23 to Turkish Air Force, two to Portuguese Air Force, and fourteen to the Irish Air Corps. The Kit The kit arrives on 5 plastic sprues, a clear sprue, a sheet of PE, canopy masks (not shown) and a sheet of decals. The clear sprue has both types of canopy used, and the ability to open the rear canopy. Construction starts with the cockpit. The dual flying controls are built up along with the seats and there PE belts for both cockpits. These are installed to the main floor then at the front and back main bulkheads are fitted. At the front the main instrument panel goes in. Sidewall detail is fitted into the fuselage halves and in the middle between the two seats the rear instrument panel and its structure go in. Now the main cockpit can go in and the fuselage is closed up. Work now moves to the main wings. There is a single part lower wing with left & right uppers. The wheel wells need to be boxed in and then the wings can go together. The ailerons are then fitted. Various subassemblies now need to be made up and set aside; these include the rudder, tail surfaces, radiators, propeller, landing gear; and practice bomb racks. The main wing is then joined to the fuselage and the canopy added. There is both the earlier more framed canopy and the later more blown style included. The tail planes, rudder and landing gear are then added. The large radiator goes underneath and the prop is added at the front. The practice bomb racks can be added if needed. Markings The decals are from Decograf and look good with no registration issues, there are four decal options provided; N7578 - 8th FTS, RAF Cranwell 1940 N7547 - Fleet Air Arm Training Unit 1940 N7412 - 1st Prototype Aircraft 1938 T8629 - No.5 Service Flying Training School. RAF Sealand, 1942 Conclusion This is certainly a kit modellers of British WWII aircraft and trainers in 1/48 have been waiting for. Very highly recommended. Available in the UK in most good model shops. Review sample courtesy of
  14. Dora Wings new project is a 1/48th Vultee P-66 Vanguard Source: https://www.facebook.com/1929101897320378/photos/a.2872448652985693/2872448836319008/ V.P.
  15. Dora Wings is to release a 1/72nd Pilatus PC-6 Turbo Porter (ex-Big Planes Kits (BPK) - link) kit - ref. DW72025 Source: https://www.facebook.com/1929101897320378/photos/a.2862485143982044/2862485210648704/ Box art & schemes TheJapanese one is currently preserved at the Ishikawa Aviation Plaza near Komatsu AB - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ishikawa_Aviation_Plaza jetphotos.com/photo/9571892 V.P.
  16. After the 1/48th kits (link) Dora Wings is to release 1/72nd Bloch MB.151/152/155 kits - ref. DW72026 - Bloch MB.151C-1 - ref. DW72028 - Bloch MB.152C-1 - ref. DW72030 - Bloch MB.151 - Hellenic AF & Luftwaffe - ref. DW72032 - Bloch MB.152 (early) Source: https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=2832166377013921&id=1929101897320378 3D renders V.P.
  17. Republic P-43 Lancer (DW48029) 1:48 Dora Wings via Albion Alloys Ltd The P-43 Lancer was a work-in-progress in the mid-30s, and bears more than a passing resemblance to the pinnacle of its design, the P-47 Thunderbolt. Republic’s name was changed from Seversky, and it was their P-35 that was the jumping-off point for a number of designs in the period when it wasn’t yet certain that the US was going to join the war in Europe. The P-43 was one of the more successful designs, but it was an aircraft with some limitations, only performing at its best at higher altitudes where it was fast enough to catch and kill high flying reconnaissance aircraft. Lower down it wasn’t so great, so while it went into limited service with the US Air Force and other operators in small numbers it was soon obsolete thanks to the speed of technological progress during war. Some aircraft found their way to the AVG, flying against the Japanese before the US entered the war officially, where they were well-liked enough that when they were withdrawn, petitions were made by the Flying Tigers to keep them. They also served as high altitude reconnaissance with the RAAF who received a few airframes, and to intercept the aforementioned reconnaissance aircraft, but with only just under 300 built they were never destined for fame, and the P-44 Rocket that was to replace it didn’t even reach service, as the P-47 was just so good. The Kit This is a brand-new tool from our friends at Dora Wings, who have a short but interesting history of producing unusual subjects in various scales. I built their P-63E KingCobra kit when it was released, and thoroughly enjoyed it, despite a few trials, some of which were of my own making. Perusing the sprues of this kit gives me the impression that the moulding has moved on somewhat since then, and detail is good too, with decent transparencies, instrument panels with decals for each one, and a well-moulded engine, some PE parts with an alternate instrument panel and even some masks. That’s a pretty good package. The kit arrives in a small top-opening box, with six sprues in grey styrene, a clear sprue, a sheet of Photo-Etch (PE) brass, a small pre-cut vinyl mask sheet and a medium sized decal sheet, with the colour A5 instruction booklet that has painting and decaling instructions in the rear completing the package. Moulding is neat, and while there are loads of sink marks on the sprues, there aren't any visible on the parts, although there is a small amount of flash on the parts that make up the supercharger, but that won't take more than a few scrapes to remove - the logo on the photo covers it nicely though Construction begins with the cockpit, starting with the instrument panel (IP), which can be either built with moulded-in dials and decal over the top, or with a flat panel to which you apply the decal then the PE panel to allow the decals to show through more realistically. Rudder pedals are fitted to the back of the IP, sidewalls are detailed with additional parts, then the sections are joined together on a floor panel and rear bulkhead, strengthened with the side panels and with the seat and PE belts glued in place and a short control column in front. The cockpit is put to the side while the firewall and engine mounts are made up, then the tail wheel bay, supercharger assembly, landing gear with 2-part tyres and separate scissor-links, and finally the engine. This is well-detailed, with both cylinder banks fully replicated with push-rods, reduction housing bell at the front, ignition harness and finally the close-fitting cowling added. The initial cowling comprises three parts plus a PE grille in the bottom, with the cowling lip added to the front and the PE cooling flaps inserted into the gap at the rear, giving a scale look and a view into the engine, so you’ve not wasted your time painting it. The prop is also made up, with all blades moulded together, a spinner at the front and a tiny ring at the rear. All of this makes for a very fast final assembly, and is akin to the process many modellers take when building a model – you can tell Eugen and friends are modellers first and foremost. The cockpit and firewall are joined together first, then trapped between the fuselage halves along with the tail wheel bay, while the full-width lower wing has the two bay parts inserted then closed over with the upper wing halves, filling the gap in the middle with the fuselage. The ailerons are also separate parts, which is also the case with the tail feathers, giving you some options for a more candid pose. A clear gunsight, headrest and the rear canopy section are fitted first, then the rest of the canopy and windscreen are added to close it over, while the engine cowling assembly is glued to the front of the fuselage onto its mounts. Flipping the model over, the supercharger, cooling flap, pitot and wing guns are installed along with the prop, which you’ll probably leave off until later, then the main gear assemblies, bay doors and tail wheel with bay doors added while it is still inverted. Job done! Markings You get a generous four decal options in the box on a medium-sized decal sheet that is bright and colourful. From the box you can build one of the following: YP-43 Lancer, US Air Force, 1941 P-43A Lancer s/n 40-2920, 55th Pursuit Group, Portland Air Base, Jan 1942 P-43A Lancer s/n 41-6721, US Air Force 1942 P-43A Lancer s/n 41-31496, Aug 1943 Decals are by DecoGraph, which is a guarantee of good registration, sharpness and colour density, with a thin matt carrier film cut close to the printed areas. On the rear of the booklet is a colour table decoding the letter codes given throughout the instructions in Mr Hobby, Tamiya, AMMO, Hataka and Life Color codes, plus a key for the instruction icons that are also seen within. The vinyl masks are ready for application to the canopy, taking some of the work out of that aspect of the build, which is always welcome. Conclusion Dora Wings are to be lauded for their efforts to widen the subjects covered in all scales, and with the improvements they have made so far in their successive products, we’re going to be treated to many more interesting and esoteric kits in the future in differing scales, and I really like this one, which will look great next to my old Academy P-47D I built a number of years back. Very highly recommended. Review sample courtesy of UK Distributors of
  18. Dora Wings is to release a 1/48th Curtiss-Wright AT-9 Jeep kits - ref. DW48043 - Curtiss-Wright AT-9 Jeep - ref. DW48045 - Curtiss-Wright AT-9A Jeep Source: https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=2807763892787503&id=1929101897320378 3D renders V.P.
  19. Only four/five years after RS Models (link), Dora Wings is to release a new tool 1/48th Caudron-Renault CR.714 kits. - ref. DW48047 - Caudron-Renault CR.714 Cyclone Source: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?vanity=1929101897320378&set=a.2806061526291073 3D renders V.P.
  20. Dora Wings is to release a 1/48th Curtiss-Wright SNC-1 Falcon kit - ref. DW48041 Source: https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=2740877219476171&id=1929101897320378 3D renders V.P.
  21. Dear fellow Britmodellers, here's my 1/72 Dora Wings Lysander Mk.III (SD), with decals from DK Decals sheet "No.161 (SD) Squadron". Painted with Gunze/Mr.Hobby acrylics, photographs by Wolfgang Rabel. A full build review will appear in an upcoming edition of Scale Aviation Modeller International.
  22. Here comes my second quarantine build which is the Dewoitine D.500 from the DoraWings. The kit is one of the fist in their production and it doesn't seem to be of the best quality at first. I bought it right after the release in the 2018 eDay contest, but then put it in to the giant stash to let it wait for its time until now. The kit doesn't contain any of the French markings therefore I ordered decals from the LF models. I chose the Singing Hen of the Lt.-colonel de Turene from 1935 because I really like this emblem and also the new 1/32 kit from DoraWings helped me decide this way. I love the style of this machine, even though its career was during the inter-war period. These French designs are just catchy. I started with putting the wings together (for the curing time) and then moved on to the cokpit. There were many issues to be corrected with the help of home parts and some scratbuilding. And here is the result! I hope you'll like it and thanks for reading! Cheers, Andrew S.
  23. After picking up some spare engines from the Dora Wings stand at IMPS 2019, I spotted this little beauty. I've always loved the lines and the dumpiness of the GeeBee's air frame. So as a birthday treat to myself, I purchased it. The full build log can be found here if you would like to look? GeeBee Build Log A great little kit, with some fitment issues. The photo etch parts, and especially the wing strengthening struts were particularly tricky and bent far too easily, Hopefully I managed to make them look at least half decent? Anyways....on with the pics....'cause I know that's why your here Just a little bit of weathering from the engine exhausts and cowling cover. Unfortunately the panel pin wash didnt quite work as well as I wanted it to. Will need to keep practicing that method. So, there we go! Hope you enjoyed the pics and the build log for the GeeBee? Any comments and tips for improvements I could make, please let me know. And with that, I shall leave you with this gem.....Buffy the baffoon of a kitten.....
  24. Marcel Bloch MB.152 (Late) (48019) 1:48 Dora Wings The MB.152 stemmed from the MB.150 deign which lost out to the MS/406 in a 1934 competition to find a new fighter for the French Air Force. The MB.150 showed promise and that is why development was taken further. A new wing was designed and a more powerful engine was fitted. By the time WWII broke out about 120 were delivered, however they were not considered combat ready at the time. Problems with the tails had lead to them being stored pending modification. Despite these problems some aircraft were modified though they still demonstrated unfavourable flight characteristics. Although outmatched by Luftwaffe aircraft the MB.152 accounted for 188 aircraft for the loss of 86. The aircraft would subsequently be used be the Vichy Forces before being passed to the Romanian Air Force by the Germans. The only other Air Combat these would see was of the 9 sent to Greece (out of an order of 25). All of these would end up being destroyed though they did account for some German and Italian Aircraft in the defence of Greece. The Kit This is a new tool kit from Dora wings with 2 versions so far being produced, with this boxing being the latest one. The kit arrives on eight small sprues, a clear sprue, a sheet of PE and masts for the canopy (not shown). Quality is good with no defects of flash. Construction starts with the cockpit. The front bulkhead is mounted to the floor, the rudder pedals are added along with the flight controls and the seat. Belts are provided on the PE fret. Next up the propeller and fin/rudder are made up. All these sub assemblies can then be put to one side. Next up the engine is made up, there are two banks of cylinders along with a PE and other parts. Once made up it can be mounted to the firewall and the cowlings attached. The tail planes are then made up, as are the main landing gear. Again all put to one side. Internal parts are added inside the main fuselage and then the cockpit can be added in and the fuselage closed up. Wing roots are then added to the side of the fuselage. The wings are then made up. The lower one is made up from a centre section, and two sides, the uppers are left & right. Separate flaps and wing tip lights are provided. The main gear well is also built up in the middle of the lower wing. Guns, pitot and landing lights are also added along with the separate flaps. Now we can utilise those sub assemblies. The Tail, tail planes, engine and propeller are all added. The deck behind the cockpit is added and the glazing also added. This is only for a closed canopy. Lastly on the underside the main landing gear is added, along with the oil cooler, cannon magazine humps and the tail skid. The struts for the tail planes are also added though I suspect most modellers will do this at the same time as adding the tail planes/ Markings The decals have no makers name on them but look to be crisp, in register and with minimal carrier film. The whites look dense enough. Four options are included; No. 528 1 Esc GC 1/8. Claye-Souilly June 1940 No. 236 2 Esc GC 1/8. Velaine-en-Haye April 1940 No. 622 3 Esc GC 1/6. Chaleaurox-Care June 1940 No.672 GC II/9 Aulant Vichy Forces 1942 Conclusion This is a nice looking kit of a lesser known WWII type. Highly recommended. Review sample courtesy of
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