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  1. Hello everyone, Time to make a start with my entry for the group build. A place holder for now; I sincerely hope it will become more, quickly. Either way, I'll finish it either now or later, as is my intention with all my BM WIP's. I have some other group build models on the go. I'm a little hesitant to push on with them all, as in the last 18 months or so, I've developed a liking for the airbrush method of painting my models. I've been unable to use the airbrush since late April/Early May of this year. This is simply due to a frustrating medical issue grounding me, almost all of the time, in the bedroom since then. Nevertheless, I've done work on them to the stage whereby I have to stop; that usually being main primer coat time. I'm going to go as far as I can with this one. I will use, most probably, LifeColor paints on the interior and details. Hopefully if and when I get to externals, I'll be 'vertical happy' for long enough to go into the office and use the old airbrush . Here's the box art of the kit I've chosen: I won't go into a history of the Dornier Wal here straight away, I'll bring information into the build little by little. That will also be the case regarding the use, place built and other details of the Do J 'Wal' (Whale) in Spanish and more specifically, Spanish Republican service. It's strange that many of the kits I buy/have in the stash are by Amodel. In the past (sometimes even now), they've been quite a challenge to build. When I returned to the hobby for the first time in around 2003, I bought quite a few Eastern European kits. I thought that was just how kits had become; short run, lots of clean up, strategy and filler needed. I had never had Tamigawa as a kid, so had no idea how easy it can all really be ! I do know better now. Yet those companies don't cater for my inter-war/early jets/Golden Age/lesser known Air Force and Spanish Civil War interests very well. Amodel and also Azur and all flavours of Special Hobby/MPM/FrroM etc have been my saviours in this area. AZ/KP and Heller amongst others are also helpful. I don't know how well this one will go together. It's the largest model, in terms of size and number of parts, that I've tackled since a KP Aero MB200 in 2004. I thoroughly enjoyed building that; spread it between other kits over around a 3 month period. Lets hope this goes the same way . There aren't that many sprue/runner shots of this one around, so why not put some on Britmodeller? That will be my next post. Give people an idea what's here. There are various boxings of the kit, I'm not sure if all have the same inside. I just took the photos and have set them to upload to Flickr. While that's happening; it's always nice to present photographs of the type being modelled. I have two of the exact OOB aircraft I will be making 'D-8'. I try very hard to stick to BM rules regarding copyrighted works; unfortunately both of those pictures are copyrighted. In line with a little background on the Wal in general; the type was somewhat groundbreaking and enabled a number of record attempts, pioneering flights. One was by Amundsen to attempt to fly to the North Pole. Yes, they landed on ice in flying boats! There's much more to the story. This Wal has different engines (a common theme), but is of similar basic outline: Meanwhile, here is one in Netherlands East Indies service: Both courtesy of Wikipedia. Just trying to build models is good for the bonce, I'm sure you'll agree. That's what I'm going to do . Thanks for popping in to have a look, hope to see you soon Best regards TonyT PS: I received a postcard from Percy today: He's enjoying the Literature Festival . T
  2. Hi, Next old and odd German of my current "production": Dornier Wal J II named also Do 16 in markings of Royal Yugoslavian Air Forces. Basic kit by Huma witha scratch modification to version with two Gnome-Rhone 480 HP radial engines. Besides engines the scratch work was also done with bomb racks, small control units to rudders (not present in kit for some reasons - unlike similar units in elevators and ailerons) and to single rear gunner position (Huma kit has two of them on rear deck, on sides from top). Decals by Serbian company Lift Here provided by my friend Zora from Beograd (many thanks!). Following info on Lift-Here decals leaflet the RYAF exploited one early Wal JI with number 200, and ten JII of late production, with rounded wingtips all. initially they were six J II with G-R Jupiters (numbers 251-256) one with BMW in-line engines (No 257) and three with Hispano-Suiza engines (No 258-260). Just before war Nos 251,252 and 253 were upgrated to much more powerfull HS engines. Machnes were based on south coast of Yu, namely the Kotor bay, and were used for patrol flights. No machine survived war in April 1941. She looks like this: And some play with photos... Comments welcome Regards, Jerzy-Wojtek
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