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  1. After the DH.89 Dragon Rapide/Dominie, here's the LukGraph 1/32nd de Havilland DH.90 Dragonfly kit - ref. ? Source: https://www.facebook.com/Lukgraphkits/posts/2753229334991122 3D renders V.P.
  2. After the 1/48th kits (link & link ) here are the 1/72nd Sikorsky S-51/WS-51 family by AMP Source: https://www.facebook.com/mikro.mir.dnepr/posts/2571311366279917 V.P.
  3. An angry Tweedy Bird that can sting. I have an old Monogram kit that's been sitting around for decades. Now's a good time to start working on it.
  4. My first entry to this group build is the Westland Dragonfly HR3 from Whirlybird kits. The Dragonfly was a licence built Sikorsky R/H5 and was used by the FAA and RAF from the early 1950's for about ten years. The Navy machines were used as communication aircraft and for plane guard duties on carriers and wore a variety of colour schemes which are catered for by the kit. The kit itself is a combination of the vacform fuselage parts from the old Britavia kit combined with new resin and etched parts, these looking to be of a high standard and well cast or etched. Very full instructions are given with some nice photos and drawings of the real thing. some of the undercarriage and rotor parts are cast in a hard resin , which a good idea. The vacform fuselage appears to use a sheet styrene rather than acetate as it is very rigid and a little brittle and responds to adhesives like Tamiya Extra thin, which may make life a little easier. Once the fuselage halves are cut out and sanded down that is the vacform bit dealt with apart from removing some of the intake detail to replace them with much better resin pieces. Here are some pics of the box and what is inside it. I have cut the fuselage halves out from the sheet and rubbed them down. the material is quite hard, but behaves like styrene or Perspex and is very clear, Looking forward to building this.
  5. Latest kit off the production line after the Corsair is my Monogram 1/48 A-37 Dragonfly built as an NA-37B used by the Test Pilots School at Edwards AFB. Having seen some pictures of these in posts by @Old Viper Tester I was really taken by the colour scheme, especially the pied USAF lettering on the starboard wing. I used decals from an old Superscale sheet for most of the markings but the pied USAF required masking and painting. The only additions to the kit are seats by Quickboost and the test probe which is a slightly modified example By Master which is designed for the F-16XL. Here are the pictures; Hope that you like her, thanks for looking and as usual all comments and criticisms are gratefully received. Craig.
  6. LF Moldels is to release a family of Sikorsky S-51/H-5 and Westland WS-51Dragonfly kits - ref. PE7228 - Sikorsky H-5F/H-5G Sources: https://www.lfmodels.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=2_26_86&products_id=3036&zenid=984offqjarqn3gpnbeo3fkuce2 https://www.aviationmegastore.com/sikorsky-h-5fh-5g-pe-7228-lf-models-pe-7228-aircraft-scale-modelling/product/?action=prodinfo&art=165043 - ref. PE7229 - Westland Sikorsky WS-51 Drangonfly HR.Mk.1A Indochina War Sources: https://www.lfmodels.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=2_26_86&products_id=3044&zenid=984offqjarqn3gpnbeo3fkuce2 https://www.aviationmegastore.com/westland-sikorsky-ws51-dragonfly-mk1a-indochina-war-pe-7229-lf-models-pe-7229-aircraft-scale-modelling/product/?action=prodinfo&art=165044 - ref. PE7230 - Sikorski S-51/WS-51 Dragonfly Netherlands, Yugoslavia & Italy Sources: https://www.lfmodels.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=2_26_86&products_id=3045&zenid=984offqjarqn3gpnbeo3fkuce2 https://www.aviationmegastore.com/westland-sikorsky-ws-51-dragonfly-holland-yugoslavia-italy-pe-7230-lf-models-pe-7230-aircraft-scale-modelling/product/?action=prodinfo&art=165045 - ref. PE7230 - Westland Sikorsky WS-51 Drangonfly HR.Mk.3 Sources: https://www.lfmodels.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=2_26_86&products_id=3039&zenid=984offqjarqn3gpnbeo3fkuce2 https://www.aviationmegastore.com/westland-sikorsky-ws-51-dragonfly-hrmk3-pe-7231-lf-models-pe-7231-aircraft-scale-modelling/product/?action=prodinfo&art=165046 V.P.
  7. Westland Dragonfly HC.2 1/48 AMP via Mikromir The Westland Dragon Fly was a UK Built licence built version of the Sikorsky S-51. In the UK these were powered by an Alvis Leonides radial engine developing 500hp. While the Dragonfly was mainly used by the Royal Navy a few were by the RAF in the Casualty Evacuation role. These were designated HC.2 (2 built) and HC.4 (12 built); the earlier type with wooden rotors, and the later with metal ones. It is good to see companies bringing us kits of early helicopters as the are lacking. The kit from AMP (A Mikromir company) arrives on 6 sprues of plastic, four clear spures, a sheet of PE, a set of masks and resin parts for the rotor head. The plastic is more of the short run type but much better than seen before, there is little flash and the detail is better. The clear parts look a little cloudy in the pictures but its deceiving, a little polish up and they will be good. The small white resin parts seem to be made of a more durable material, the type I have seen Eduard use for tail wheels before. Construction starts in the cabin. The seats are made (3 off) and added to the cabin floor. PE belts are provided for the pilots seat. The read cabin bulkhead is then added. The instrument panel and pilots controls are also added. Next up the extensive glazing for the cabin is made up. The front bubble is actually two halves which attach to a central part, The sides are then added. The complete part is then supposed to slide onto the competed fuselage, though I suspect many modellers might tray a different approach. Next up the base for the rotor head is built up. The cabin floor and base rotor head can then be put into the fuselage and it closed up. The glazing is then slid on. The main landing gear is added at the sides along with the entry step rail. The tail rotor is then added. In picture of WF311 it can be seen there is a tail plane with an oval end plate on the opposite side from the tail rotor, however this is missing in the kit. It will not be that hard to make. Next up the full rotor head can be built up. This is quite complex so care will be needed. The blades can then be added. Last up for the main airframe is completion of the nose wheel. Lastly the side paniers to carry the casualties are made up and added. Decals A small decal sheet provides marking for one RAF Machine WF311. The instructions show this as being at RAF Yeovilton 1950. We know this is RNAS Yeovilton, and as the airframe was delivered in 1950 I would suspect this was delivered there, or could be at Westalnds site? The aircraft was used by 194 Sqn RAF (Far East Casevac Flight) and was written off on 16/3/53 when the engine failed. These airframes were fitted with external panniers for carrying the casualties. Conclusion This is something which is overdue, the kit is welcome addition to early Helicopters from AMP. Highly Recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  8. Hi, Back to secondliners. De Havilland DH 90 Dragonfly. One of "missed" (not produced) injection kit in 1/72. For me it bacame so much "missed" that I decided to do her out of scratch. There are some resin but very expencieve. Old vacu is not available, I think. I reported the construction work, together with DH 84 (far from finish as yet) on WIP: http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/234971246-de-havilland-dh-84-dragon-and-dh-90-dragonfly-scratch-conv-172/ (EDIT 26 JUl 2017 - it will be re-available soon I hope) So, this is my the newest production - today, when I was making photos the matt coat was not still very dry I am sorry that I havn't done it in British markings - I was searching for interesting camo for RAF, RAAF or SAAF (preferable - I had hopes for DE/MS/Azure) and I did not found any interesting one. I found some but typical. Thus I was considering Spanish (both sides of Civil War) or Danish (silver, what can be inconvenient for scratch build model) when I found in Net photos of a Dutch one - impossed to Royal Netherland Air Forces, 1940. This particular machine was destroyed during German invasion in 1940 (photos I posted in WIP). Here she is: And two last photos with help of flesh: Thank you for watching I wish all the best for everybody on the BM in New Year 2015! Cheers Jerzy-Wojtek
  9. After the Sikorski S-51/HO3S-1 (http://www.mach2.fr/s51.htm) Mach 2 (http://www.mach2.fr/avionsg.htm) is to release a 1/72nd Westland Dragonfly HR.3 (BEA) kit - ref.GP.062 Source: http://www.aviationmegastore.com/westland-dragonfly-hr3-bea-gp062-mach-2-gp062-scale-modelling/product/?shopid=LM545799cb78d2964af7209c241a&action=prodinfo&parent_id=212&art=129299 V.P.
  10. Hi fellow modellers! Iwould like to introduce you my recently completed Cessna A-37B Dragonfly. This is a simple and straightforward kit to build. It has some fitting problems, but that´s fine. I added some Eduard PE to add a nice touch on the details. The only problem with this kit are the decals.... the worst i have ever used. i tried to improve them by painting over the silvering they left. I hope you like it and every comment is welcomed! Best regards form Uruguay. Ignacio
  11. Encore Models has just released a limited edition from the Academy's 1/72nd Cessna A-37B Dragonfly as '2 Kit Combo' - ref. EC72104 Source: http://www.squadron.com/Encore-1-72-A-37B-Dragonfly-2-Kit-Combo-EC7210-p/ec72104.htm V.P.
  12. Trumpeter is to release two 1/48th Cessna A-37A/B kits - ref. 02888 et 02889 Where is the long waited Cessna T-37 Tweety Bird? Source: http://tieba.baidu.com/p/2804557302 V.P.
  13. Westland WS-51 Dragonfly HR Mk.5, WG719, C/n. WA/H/50. The Dragonfly HR Mk.5, WG719 started life as a HR Mk.3 and was the 50th Dragonfly to be built. It first flew from Yeovil on 19th September 1952 as a HR Mk.3., and delivered to No.705 Squadron Fleet Air Arm. Later it was converted by Westland to HR Mk.5 standard, before joining No.776 Squadron in 1959, where it remained until 1961. A 3-seat general-purpose utility helicopter powered by a single Alvis Leonides 521/1 9-cylinder radial piston engine. In June 1967 it was moved into storage at RNAY Fleetlands and in 1989 went on display with the Helicopter Museum. In January 1990 the aircraft was seriously damaged in 100 mph plus gales and the aircraft became the subject of a major strip down and rebuild by volunteers at the museum, which was completed in August 1998. Info from The Helicopter Museum Pics thanks to Rich Ellis.
  14. Hi, Denmark was using few DH-90 Dragonfly before war. There are many photos of all silver painted in net available. However - were the camouflaged during German invasion, or they stayed silver? I suspect, that they should be camouflaged in 1939, as Hawker Nimrods or Gloster Gauntlets. Are there any photos of camouflaged Dragonflies available? It would be an interesting marking to consider for DH90 which I am doing on WIP forum. Now I am planning to do rather a Netherland's one. BTW - are there any interesting British WWII camo for DH 90? Regards Jerzy-Wojtek
  15. A-37B Dragonfly 'Black Eagles' 1:72 Hasegawa - Limted Edition Double Kit Boxing The A-37 Dragonfly was developed by Cessna for light attack from their successful T-37 training aircraft. Growing American involvement in Vietnam led to a strong interest in a counter insurgency or COIN aircraft in the early 1960's. The T-37 was evaluated in this role but found to be lacking in endurance and payload. Cessna doubled the original engine power of the T-37 by replacing the J-69 engines with JH-85 engines. The stores pylons were provided on each wing along with the addition of tip tanks to increase the fuel load. For the attack role a 7.62mm mini gun was also added to the nose of the aircraft. Due to the simplicity of the aircraft and its ability to carry a large amount of ordinance the A-37 proved to be very popular with smaller air-forces around the world including a lot of Central & South America. The Black Eagles are the Aerobatic Display Team of the Republic Of Korea Air Force. The team has flown many aircraft since 1953 and has operated on an informal basis until 1994. The permanent team was only formally formed in 1994 using the 2nd Flight of the 238th Fighter Squadron. For this they flew the Cesna A-37B Dragon Fly. Since then they have become the 239th Aerobatic Flight Squadron and have transitioned to the brand new T-50 Golden Eagle. Flying the T-50 they have been awarded the Boeing Trophy for best display at RAF Waddington in 2012. In 2013 they went on to win the King Hussain Memorial Sword for best overall flying demonstation, and the "As The Crow Flies" Trophy at RIAT 2013. The Kit Hasegawas A-37 kit dates back to the 1960's and it pretty basic. Shape wise it seems to be spot on, and given its age it features fine raised panel lines. The kit is fairly easy to build, but some of the seams particularly on the underside do need some work, however it does make into a good looking model of the A-37. Hasegawa have re-released this kit as a double boxing featuring markings for the ROKAF Aerobatic Display team "The Black Eagles". The kit has been released in white plastic presumably so you don't have to paint the aircraft if you don't want to. Construction starts with the main cockpit and here the kit is none too accurate for the aircraft in this boxing. The kit features two crew and seat backs only not full seats. However the Black Eagles flew these aircraft only with one seat installed. An instrument panel is provided with decals for the instruments. Once "the cockpit" is completed it can be installed into the main fuselage, and then the fuselage closed up, after which the tail planes are added. The main wing is a conventional one part lower wing to which the upper wing panels are added. The modeller will need to fill all the holes in the lower wing where the pylons attach, as they are not used for these display aircraft, because only the tip tanks were used by The Black Eagles. Once these are installed the landing gear can be added along with the single part canopy. Decals The decals are the star of the latest boxing of this old kit. Decals are provided to make any two of the six Black Eagles from the period 1994 to 2007, and with only 3 kits to buy, it would be tempting to make the whole team. Conclusion This maybe an old kit now with its associated problems of detail and raised panel lines, however its good to see it re-released with Aerobatic Team markings. A double boxing also brings the cost per kit down to a more palatable level. Review sample courtesy of UK distributors for
  16. de Havilland DH.90 Dragonfly, pics thanks to Mark Mills.
  17. Pics taken at The Vietnam War Remnants Museum by Bootneck Mike.
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