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  1. Hi everyone I’d like to join in the fun with what will hopefully be my first build here. Eduards F-51 Korean War Dual Combo kit. Nice box art! 93F5FE51-34FE-44A5-B3F2-47526E77D6ED by James Halls, on Flickr And lots of plastic, etch and decals. 6320AC6B-F96E-489D-95FB-CB5AAA38E2D4 by James Halls, on Flickr D5E11932-37DC-4747-BDBD-E89A70970E72 by James Halls, on Flickr E4EF5FF7-9A9A-405A-8D6A-B1E4582ED365 by James Halls, on Flickr As said above there are 2 kits in the box. Parts for an F-51 or an RF-51. I’ve wanted a Korean War Mustang for a while and decided to go for option B as I couldn’t resist the sharks mouth. E2038F12-9EFE-4C28-BE58-3A48E426BA57 by James Halls, on Flickr Heres a pic of the real thing. IMG_0046 by James Halls, on Flickr I made a start over the weekend. Some F-51’s sent Korea had a new panel fitted behind the wing root with cooling vents in. Eduard provide these as etched parts so the first job was to cut out the plastic and fit the etch. IMG_1834 by James Halls, on Flickr There are two parts to the pe, an inner plate and an outer that needs its edges folding. This went ok but the inner part is ever so slightly to big and doesn’t quite fit inside the fold lines on the outer part which resulted in the corners not being quite as sharp as I would have liked. This was the better of the two. IMG_1836 by James Halls, on Flickr And this one will need just a bit more filling and fettling around the edges. IMG_1835 by James Halls, on Flickr Thats it for now. Onto the cockpit next. Thanks for looking. James
  2. I've been using my little modelling den as a dumping ground since Christmas, with general clutter quickly accumulating on every single flat surface. And when the flat surfaces filled up, non flat surfaces were next ... it was pretty bad and not a trait I'm proud of at all. Something I've always been prone too, but it's getting worse the older I get. (I was 50 a month ago) I'm extraodinarily good at procrastination too, so having to face up to clearing all this junk up was easy for me to avoid! Well, home alone with hurricane winds outside, and a Tour to watch in the background, I couldn't really put it off any longer, time to try and get organised and find some of these flat surfaces again. In case you're thinking, these are actually the 'after' photos. I didn't take any shots of the 'before'. I told you it was bad. Hello armchair! It's been a while ... Time to clear the bench after 6 months of neglect by Mike, on Flickr Time to clear the bench after 6 months of neglect by Mike, on Flickr Now I can nearly get to the workbench! Time to clear the bench after 6 months of neglect by Mike, on Flickr Well, it's getting there! Unfortunately now the kitchen table which was spotless this morning is now covered in books and boxes that still need to go somewhere I think I can see the faint glimmer of a light at the end of the tunnel though. Not sure yet if it's an oncoming train or not, but will worry about that tomorrow. If I can end this weekend with a clean workbench good to go, I will be a happy bunny. I've not had a bad 6 months by the way, I've just not been in the right head space to sit down and focus on a model. I can't say I've filled my time with other productive pursuits, but March and April were fairly busy doing a couple of spring clean jobs on the camper. The sluggish on hills motor was correctly diagnosed as a broken oil thrower ring on No3 piston. Thankfully a very good chum is a whizz on engines and did a great job replacing the barrels and pistons and giving the heads an overhaul with new valve guides. Fixing the low compression by Mike, on Flickr While he was working his magic on the engine I thought it would be a great idea to poke around underneath with a screwdriver. 2023 - Engine Overhaul and Cargo Sill Replacement by Mike, on Flickr Replacing cargo door sills by Mike, on Flickr So, a bit like model building, I guess. And kinder on my rapidly failing eyesight! Putting in a new floor by Mike, on Flickr I've still not entertained the thought of building a scale model of it. It's been earning it's keep since though. Me and Child A whipped round France and Belgium in it last month for a bit of battlefield touring on the Somme, and a great vintage ride called Retro Ronde in Belgium. Somme / Retro Ronde 2023 by Mike, on Flickr It's currently braving the weather on the marshals campsite at the Festival of Speed, even though they pulled the plug on the event today because of the high winds. So, thanks for getting this far. I'm hoping me waffling on about nothing has actually made me commit to getting back on the bench. I've started a project thread now. Under that box of broken kits is the 1/48 Eduard Albatros DIII, and next to is an SE5.
  3. Just going to put this here and walk away quietly until February when I come back to it... Cheers.
  4. Good day fellow modellers! I would like to present you my the latest model in a few words and a few more pictures. Criticisms, comments and suggestions are more than welcome. Spitfire Mk.Vb, 1/48 Eduard, 11149 (Eagle's Call Dual Combo) Pilot: Lt. Dominic S. Gentile, Debden-Essex/England, August 1942. Level of details: EXCELLENT! More suitable for a 1/32 scale! After famous Tamiya's Spitfire series in 1/32, the second place is certainly occupied by Eduard's Mk.V Spitfires! Accuracy: I did not make precise measurements, but I would say that Eduard has done a superb job here as well. On the Internet, didn't find any objections in this regard. And when we are talking about accuracy of the details, just worlds of praise. FIT: Almost flawless. First of all, I would like to point out that I am extremely satisfied with the fit! Parts with extremely complex geometry fall into place without need for a puty! I used puty in very small quantities at only 2 places: the upper cowling of the engine (given in two parts) and the connection of the lower wing with the fuselage. But Eduard's plastic made sure that everything was not ideal, which caused a slightly obtuse dihedral of the lower wings. The problem was easily solved by applying masking tape in order to stretch up wings to the right angle when assembling the body and the wings. Decals: A new type that gives the possibility of double treatment: as standard decals and as transfer decals. In both cases they worked great! If you prefer to peel off decal film, do it after 24 hours at least and after that (the peeling) immediately protect the decals with varnish. Decals have responded wonderfully to gunze's decal setting solutions. The box: Attractive with a brief history of RAF and USAAF units in which American pilots flew Mk.V Spitfires. There is also a review (of a few sentences) about each plane that is the subject of this Eduard’s boxing. The illustration is in the newer (already old) Eduard manner for limited editions - it's just a illustration of the plane (great one) with a symbolic, graphic background. Painting and weathering: I used Gunze C colors (standard RAF shades C361, C362, C363, C368) and the camouflage was done freehand (no masks at all). Weathering was done in the following order (conditionally): chrome silver (partly), chipping fluid, first layer of camouflage, marbling technique in several colors (used stencils for that), final camouflage, sponge technique, chipping the paint, wooden crayons, protective varnish, decals, protective varnish, powder pigments, protective varnish, panel wash (Tamiya), protective varnish, oil painting wash and final varnish. FINAL IMPRESSION: Absolutely for every recommendation! As far as I'm concerned, it's only the first in a row, and I'm not even an die hard fun of Spitfires! The model made for review purposes for online magazine Maketar plus (https://www.maketarplus.com/) and obtained by courtesy of Eduard. ...the few references photos (internet sources, for discussion purposes only): And "few" photos of details...
  5. Good day dear friends, I have been interested for a long time in getting a Bristol F.2B Fighter in 1/48 scale and as far as I can see the options are Roden and Eduard. Both models look very good and detailed {but with great deal of reservation when it comes to Roden's decals}. I am interested in your opinion about these two models. Which manufacturer would you prefer and why? Greetings Bojan
  6. Hello Dears, This is not a brand new project since I started it years ago !! Around 2006... But as I am cleaning up my little personnal MASDC, I restart some buildings ! If I say Fokker DR I, everybody think about the red baron.... Almost right gentlemen ! I read this very good book... And some others Pretty well writed, It is a police investigation but there is a solid backgroung and lots of anecdotes ! I have in mind to represent the 2 brothers at one of their very last meeting in March 1918 I got this in the box I put the Albatros aside and bought this Aaaaaand some goodies More to follow in a few minutes
  7. Hi everyone I’d like to enter the GB with an Eduard Hellcat MkII in 1/48 from the British East Indies Fleet in late 1945. The kit is a weekend boxing picked up recently for less than a tenner. I’ve also added an Eduard 3D printed and etch cockpit set, canopy masks and I’ve also some Brassin wheels in the post as the kit examples are awful. A40140D2-CFEF-451E-A379-1FA99AA8A2FF by James Halls, on Flickr A376ADBB-32B7-4A85-8617-C868B2E51451 by James Halls, on Flickr And a box full of plastic. AD6BA061-6510-4676-ADA4-2D6E255F8FC7 by James Halls, on Flickr Decals are from Freightdog and look very nice. This whole sheet is dedicated to FAA planes from the immediate post war period so lots of gloss sea blue! What’s not to like. The a/c in question is JZ789 of 808 NAS based at Trincomalee in 1945. 78D9746A-10F6-4097-A0C9-B7EC1A78D7B5 by James Halls, on Flickr Thanks for looking. See you at the start. James
  8. Eduard's 1/48 Messerschmitt Bf109E's are once again being re-released to coincide with the 80th Anniversary of the B.O.B. not that that's the reason I decided to pull these two kits out of my stash!! I've had these kits since they were first released the E-3 in 2012 and the E-7 in 2013, I tried various methods to reduce the incorrect length of the fuselages, not being happy with any of them they went back into the stash until now, why now, who knows!!!!! The first kit was the Bf (or Me)109E-3 this one is a complete 'cadge up'(mess!). I tried to shorten the fuselage by removing 2mm (approx.) from behind the cockpit, what the hell was I thinking!!!!! After re-joining the fuselage halves, of course all the panel lines were in the wrong places. I did think of filling all the panel lines and re-scribing but lost interest in doing that so they are all incorrect!!! The forward fuselage had broken off forward of the wings and I had problems getting these glued back on properly. I decided to have the cowling closed and had problems fitting this to the re-attached fuselage so all in all the fuselage was a mess!!! I cut down the wing slats which are too wide using the off cut from them to fill the cut out in the wing, this was actually quite successful. Having got this far I decided to finish the kit instead of junking it! The machine represented is from 6./JG26 France, January 1940 decals came from an Aeromaster decal sheet. Painting was using AK True colours RLM02(1938)/ 71/65(1938). Behold the finished article :- The Bf109E-7 I built at the same time as the E-3 did not cause the same problems ( I learned from my mistakes 😣). I removed the offending 2mm from in front of the vertical tail surface, this left all the panel lines in the correct places and was much easier way than my stupid method on the E-3. Again I modified the slats, added a bit more detail to the interior, again I decided to have the cowlings closed. I have waiting in my stash the Eduard Bf109E-4 with Brassin engine, radio compartment and cockpit, so to my mind too many aircraft with engines exposed is unnecessary (my opinion). This was the easier build of the two 109E's - thankfully!! Machine was finished as Bf109E-7 of 111./ZG1, Eastern Front, 1942. Markings came, again, from an Aeromaster decal sheet. I did change the markings slightly, showing red F as per a profile on FalkeEins blog. I have always liked the look of ZG1's 109s, paint was again RLM02/71/65 as these machines were usually older ones passed on to this unit without being completely re-painted. So two 109's that nearly ended up on the 'shelf of doom' finished 😁!!! The Eduard 109E's have come in for some 'stick' for being inaccurate and difficult to build with which I agree with to some extent, but it is not impossible to produce a reasonably accurate model from them (better than the two above!!). Eduard have spoilt us by re-tooling their Bf109G's and Fw190's so why not the Bf109E's, probably too much to hope for 🤞!! Cheers Andy
  9. I always thought the pointy wing Spitfires looked a bit weird. Enough motivation to build one. This build was used as a weathering exercise. Some techniques came up ok, and I’ll use them again, some were not so very successful. I used Montex masks, which worked perfectly. The camouflage scheme is also a little different. I did as much research as I could on the colours, but in the end I went with the description of someone whose granddad repainted them locally when they arrived in the east. Chocolate brown and dark green, possibly locally sourced is what he mentioned. I might be totally wrong, but there you go.
  10. Four of my builds are now entering the final furlong and there are still six weeks left in the groupbuild. So what's a boy to do? Start another one, obviously! I have already built one of these kits in this GB, albeit the Profopack version. This is a Weekend boxing. I was surprised at just how well the new Eduard kits go together so it didn't take much persuading for me to build another. This will also be in the standard mid-war colour scheme but this time in the markings of JG300, with blue/white/blue RV bands and a yellow panel under the nose. Sprue shots:
  11. A build from a couple of years ago, the excellent Eduard Spitfire XVI - built from the box with the addition of a wire aerial. There is some speculation that the serial should be RW394 and not RW393 but the serial is hidden from all but the bottom view anyway. No problems with the kit at all. Many people moan about the 2 piece cowl top but I simply superglued the 2 pieces together and carefully sanded away the joint - not losing too much of the delicate detail on the top. I have build a couple of the Eduard Spitfires and I tend to tack the cowl top on for painting, then remove to insert the exhausts, then replace the cowl top - saves tricky masking. With a bit of thinning of the props and drilling out the exhausts that was it. I acquired the attached picture of the real thing - bought to have a close look at the finish, which was fairly immaculate (obviously repainted for the 1949 Cooper Air Race at Elmdon - now Birmingham Airport- in which this aircraft took part). Unfortunately I didn't look close enough and the model (kit) contains a serious schoolboy error for which I must do some lines! Anyway - it is what it is and it has been around the show circuit for a couple of years and nobody has pulled me up on it! Cheers Malcolm
  12. Hello folks! As I did write in my last post on the Bf 109 G-10 WNW, I am starting an update of my collection of the late 109s , from G6 AS to the K when it will be available. The Eduard's kit has some small problems, undercarriage was made shorter, but the worth is with the junction of the front cockpit and the base on the fuselage which are not of the same length. Sanding is quite tricky here and despite my efforts, it still shows. After the slaughter of the German Air Force on the Normandy front, JG 1 was send to Wunstorf by mid June to start to be re equiped with the new Bf 109 G6 AS. Originaly intended to be an hight altitude fighter, planes were painted in a RLM 76 scheme. Then, when in operation, a standard camouflage was applied, and even a striking stripes one was seen on JG 1 G6AS. My model depicts a brand new plane from the III/JG1 of which a picture can be found page 271 of E. Mombeeck book "Defending the Reich". All markings were made with masks. I will add some more photos latter on. Best regards A648052D-6C10-492A-99AC-5E33510FBF5A_1_201_a by jean Barby, sur Flickr 6D3A64EA-0C6B-45C4-ACB2-F9A737BFAE49_1_201_a by jean Barby, sur Flickr 03730F39-94E9-4910-8A89-53A108C9C0BC_1_201_a by jean Barby, sur Flickr EFAD68EB-63C8-49D0-AF58-75E3426C1404_1_201_a by jean Barby, sur Flickr 31B67287-C5DA-4CCB-926A-F5351B7808A0_1_201_a by jean Barby, sur Flickr
  13. Hello chaps This will be my entry for this GB. Eduard's Mig 21 bis Around the World boxing in 1/48 scale. It's been sat in the stash for to long. TBH it's been difficult to narrow the build options down as there are so many choices for this subject. 3B584E82-C369-49DC-80A3-85F772B2A7F5 by James Halls, on Flickr And a box full of plastic. 705759CE-B97D-4557-A8F7-B69A84961C3B by James Halls, on Flickr This is a really nice package which also comes with the usual masks and etch and also some nice resin wheels. EA3939B4-4F3D-4DCF-8EBA-7046B90269F3 by James Halls, on Flickr 253B427C-8B3A-448B-AF49-A2BEEF4ECE4B by James Halls, on Flickr I'm also going to use a Cold War Studios resin nose for this one which depicts the nose of the Bis nose correctly. 610531CB-49DE-4084-9233-ADFDF681A123 by James Halls, on Flickr I've also bought a Quickboost resin seat and air intakes. A53910B6-5FD9-4694-8886-97392B7F1141 by James Halls, on Flickr As for markings, there are too many good ones in this box without even going into the decal stash but it's a toss up between these three. A Hungarian show bird from the early 90's with a sharks mouth. 94AE9A93-C0DF-4329-8994-613F72959C9B by James Halls, on Flickr A Libyan aircraft from 2011. E7642D13-73B5-437E-AF0D-3592AA8479A8 by James Halls, on Flickr Or an Iraqi machine from the early 80's. CDE7AC03-8216-4EC5-8425-7D201E7729D2 by James Halls, on Flickr I also thought I'd post up this photo of a Libyan bird (not the one on the decal sheet) as it's quite a cool photo. 3305AAE2-7565-44A5-A07C-398038284398 by James Halls, on Flickr Anyway, that's roughly where I'm heading with this one. See you all at the start. Thanks for looking James
  14. Good evening friends. Here is another one from the past: Eduard's beautiful Me 110 G4 with Master radars and mask painting for the famous plane in which Oblt Wilhem Johen landed in Swiss territory on the 28th of April 44 making Adolf Hitler very mad! It did cost the german a dozen of Me 109G6 to recover the Nightfighter equiped with Germany latest electronic devices. Johen was flying with 5/NJG5. 04856532-E08B-4237-BB19-FC879A903C84 by jean Barby, sur Flickr 1C301CE5-2D95-4132-9A6A-FBBD461AA39F by jean Barby, sur Flickr B1E4EBC0-D9F0-4101-A6EA-E81CD79270C8 by jean Barby, sur Flickr 77BE2491-8B69-4B60-8BAA-1D701F6303CF by jean Barby, sur Flickr D3AA2F4F-10C0-4ECB-87F3-2A99596BD051 by jean Barby, sur Flickr 31E690A9-248B-4E68-A6A2-EB0CCC9399CE by jean Barby, sur Flickr
  15. Hello! Latest project, another ‘109, always a nice model. This one from Eduard is very good, came with some resin, PE and canopy masks. I’ve tried to display a very weathered one, as I think it should be the case operating in north Africa those days. Decals went just fine. Hope you’ll enjoy! Cheers!
  16. Another pair of 109's 🥱 !!! These 2 Eduard 1/48 Bf109's were built as a 'quick build' but as with all good intentions it didn't work that way, plus a near disaster, with resin & plastic!! The first model represents a Bf109G-8/R2, which was a photo reconnaissance version, virtually a G-6 with cameras. The conversion to the kit merely required two photo ports added to the rear fuselage. Two pieces were cut from the fuselage replaced with clear plastic and sanded to fit the correct contours. The clear plastic was then buffed back to clarity, masks were cut from tape, using plans I had for the dimensions. Internally I added shutters, which on the real aircraft, actually slid to cover the camera lenses, from plasticard. The remainder of the build was pretty straightforward, except for some home made resin I used ( see end of post for explanation!). The machine I chose to represent was from the Xtradecal set Luftwaffe Reconnaissance Fighters, I was taken by the colour scheme advised ( whether accurate or not????? ). I was unable to find any pictures of this particular aircraft, not having access to the reference quoted on the decal sheet instructions! The colour scheme called out was RLM 75/77/76 paints used were AK True Colours. This Bf109G-8/R2 was from Nahaufklarungsgruppe Bromberg, Bayreuth-Binlach, Germany 1945:- Bf109 No.2 Again this is virtually an OOB. This is the Eduard 1/48 Bf109G-10 Erla, using the wings from the Avia CS-99/C-10 boxing. All that were added were some homemade resin accessories (see end of post). Colour scheme came from the MMP publication 'Bf-109 Late Versions-Camouflage and Markings'. Paints used were again AK True Colours RLM75/76/77/82 and Vallejo Metal colour this machine shows the mismatch of parts and colours used to repair or build new machines, in the latter stages of WW2. Decals were from various Eduard sheets and decal library. This particular machine was a Bf109G-10 Erla built, W.Nr. 151562, pilot Uffz. Jochen Stiege, 9/JG.300, Ainring, May 1945 :- RESIN PROBLEM Now being a cheapskate!!! I do make copies of resin aftermarket parts I must stress I only do this for my own personal use. In the instance of these particular two kits I made copies of the sidewalls and spinners. Usually I have no problems with these parts however this time was different, after sanding off the moulded detail in the cockpits and gluing the resin parts in with superglue. I then painted the sidewalls and left them overnight, next day two of the fuselage halves had softened and no matter how long I left them they refused to harden. In the end I filled the area with DeLuxe filler and sanded it down this had to be repeated several times before the, I presume, chemical re-action ceased!!! The last photo shows the problem I had, I've not had this happen previously and am puzzled as to what caused this, I assume, chemical reaction? I experimented with some other home made resin parts and Eduard spare fuselages with no problems so am no wiser as to what the cause was. I will in future apply a coat of primer between resin and plastic which will hopefully prevent this happening again🤞. Cheers Andy
  17. I'm attempting to build Eduard's 1/48 Bf109F-2 from the Weekend Edition boxing. This one, actually: The obligatory sprue shot: Plans: And finally, decals: Two decal sheets in this one, a bigger one with the aircraft markings, and a smaller one with the stencils, etc. I'll probably apply the more prominent stencils. This will be an OOB build, building the second option, which is for "White 10" of 7./JG 54 in the USSR in Summer 1941. This aircraft is not attributed to any particular pilot. I just need to clear my bench of a few stragglers before starting this. Hopefully I'll be on it next week.
  18. This is a recent two part build of Eduard's Fw190A 1/48 family. Part One is the Profipack boxing of the Fw190A-2, as anyone who has built one of these kits, before, will know what a straight forward build they are. This was an OOB with a few details added and even the scheme chosen was one of the options given (most unusual for me!!). I used AK Real Colours 74/75/76 paints and Mig matt Lucky Varnish for the finish. The machine shown is an Fw190A-2 W. Nr.0122125 of 5./JG 1, Katwijk, the Netherlands, Summer 1942 flown by the CO Oblt. Max Buchholz. Please have a look at Part Two of 'Not Another Fw190' Cheers Andy
  19. Part Two of my Eduard 1/48 Fw190A build. The candidate this time is the Fw190A-3 from the Royal Boxing and just to add some spice I used the Eduard Brassin Fw190A-3 Engine Set. Unfortunately this was not such an easy build, I decide to ignore the Brassin instructions to add the engine before joining the fuselage halves together and paid the consequences!! I thought building the fuselage then adding the engine assembly afterwards was the way to go -WRONG!! I struggled to get the engine to fit properly and spent ages getting a decent fit - lesson learnt for next time! The remainder of the build was straightforward, thankfully. Again against my usual action, I chose a colourful scheme from Eduard's selection on the instruction sheet. This particular aircraft was raised from the seabed in Norway after 63 years and is now on display in a museum (Unrestored). From my understanding this machine was actually an A-2 bought up to A-3 standard with the fitting of the uprated BMW-801D-2 engine used in the A-3 version. I decided not to have the inner u/c doors fitted, a personal choice rightly or wrongly! Finish was again AK Real Colours/ Mig Lucky Varnish. Fw190A-2/3? W. Nr. 125425, 12./JG 5, Herdla, Norway, December 1943 flown by Fw. K. Kundrus. Please excuse the backgrounds on these photos, I obviously need to replace them as cracks are showing 😱 ! Thanks for looking. Cheers Andy
  20. A 1/48 Bulgarian MiG-21bis to be built from the exceedingly nice Eduard kit with a suitable interceptor loadout. I have seen a variety of explanations for the "bis" - latin for "second", or other interpretations like "again", "encore", "another" and the list goes on, but the title of "Another MiG" is perfect for the "bis" with other MiG builds in this GB. Also, seeing I am currently in Bulgaria a local subject seemed an ideal fit. Suitably motivated by images like this: And this great little video: I am into it; So first step, some excellent box art, it is some of the best I have seen, a beautiful rendition of a MiG-21 in zero visibility. Sorry, I was getting excited with this build and just had to do the typical un-boxing where the reviewer always says "excellent box art". I know you have guessed it already - Eduard Overtrees: And a box full of plastic. I want to have some fun in the cockpit so thought I would blow the money I saved on overtrees with some upgrades. I just love that fidelity in jet turbines upgrades so hopefully I can also do this justice. And for overkill went with the "Look" panel The MiG-21bis has that deeper spine and a slightly reshaped nose. Eduard did not reshape the nose from their MF version and, yes, the variation is only fractions of a millimetre in 1/48, but once you see it you cannot unsee it. A modeller's curse for some of us. However, there is a correction kit from Cold War Studios and these guys are right here in Bulgaria. Within 24 hours I had the following and with a lovely embroidered patch included. Lucky me. Castings look good. I will be building a subject with the tri-color weathered upper camouflage. I have plenty of decals and more on order. Final subject is still to be chosen. Looking forward to this build. My first MiG-21, but I suspect not the last. First build images very soon. Ray
  21. Hello all; After the odyssey that was the Lou IV project, and a false start with a biplane, I've taken a couple of weeks to get some mojo back and now settled on an F6F-3 Hellcat project for my next one. Specifically; Now, in trawling around the interwebs this appears, again, to be a popular subject for modellers (of course it is, loo at the markings!) but there is an absolute dearth of information about the pilots, their unit and what what they actually did. Eduard has this aircraft as a VF-34 Hellcat, but most of the images on the internet show it as a VF-38 Hellcat. there’s not much info on either unit. For example, here's the Wikipedia entry for VF-38; The markings should be fun to do, and it's a Hellcat, which makes it a meaty topic anyway, but this one will be my attempt to try and put a bit more info into the world on what this squadron did -whichever it was - and the campaign they fought in. I'll be starting into the cockpit tonight. Cheers; Mark.
  22. Bare Metal Spit – 1/48 RAAF Mk VIII A58-303 I’m in! How can you not do a Spitfire on Britmodeller particularly in a STGB? It should be a mandatory Rite of Passage.😄 I planned to do my FR.47 but, it’s in Australia and I’m locked down in Europe. So, I tried the LHS for something and picked up the Eduard 1/48 HF boxing of the Mk VIII. I have chosen something a little different being a RAAF Spitfire Mk VIII serial A58-303 with its camo removed. It will be nice change to do a silver Spit especially in bare metal and not High-Speed Silver. Here’s a picture of the chosen aircraft from http://www.adf-gallery.com.au/gallery/Spitfire-A58-303-2/Spitfire_A58_303 The markings for this aircraft was one of the options in the Eduard Limited Edition 1/48 “Aussie Eight” boxing, which I do not have. I prefer to paint the roundels anyway, so this is not a problem and I'll figure something out for the serial numbers. Anyway, I like the idea of no decals for a bare metal aircraft and this aircraft looks like the stencilling was not replaced, also, good. Simple markings and I have great interest in what can be achieved with the bare metal finish. I have not done one for eons and there are some interesting products around to achieve the effect. Let's see how it goes. A freshly opened box just back from the hobby shop. Now for a little research as to any visible differences between an LF and HF Mk VIII other than the pointy wing tips. I recall from somewhere A58-303 was an LF. I expect everything is in the box. Should be fun, Ray
  23. Since I just finished off my X-1 yesterday, and having been put in quarantine by the management at work, I have spent some time rummaging around my kit stash for something to build. I KNEW tirelessly adding to my pile of unbuilt kits would pay off sooner or later! My choice is the Eduard L.F.G Roland CII, as I've always liked its advanced (for its time) aerodynamic shape and unusual look. Not well liked by its pilots because the wings severely restricts the view of the ground when you are coming in to land and made every attack from below a very unpleasant surprise, it was in fact developed in a wind tunnel and pretty fast for its time. Oh, and some of them even had curtains added by their crew, how cute is that? My choice of decals will likely be the plane supposedly flown by Lt. Seibert with Hptm. Pfleger as gunner.
  24. Well... I count resist...! So, given I have to wait for a day or so for the varnish to harden on my MkIX before decalling, I looked around at my recently acquired Eduard kits, wondering what to build next. I have a couple of FW190's a D-9 and a D-11, I have a 109G-6 and I have a handful of Spitfires... And because this Group Build is so active, with so many great models and modellers, it seemed obvious I would continue on here... This is a group I wouldn't want to end..! So... this is what I have decided to do next... The only question now is whether to do one aircraft or two... I know I want to do one of the Grey Nurse Spitfires... I like the fact that they have the RAF Dark Green and Ocean Grey day fighter scheme, that is then overpainted over the original larger roundels and on the rear of the fuselage in Foliage green... so they will look interestingly colourful... Looking at the book of contemporary photographs, they were also pretty heavily weathered, which appeals.. and given that this time around I will NOT be using any extras such as Brassin engines, or gun bays or anything else, should be relatively straightforward, so I can focus on the areas I need to get better at... the actual overall finish... I'm fine with details and adding bits of resin and so on... but the bits I have enjoyed the most since starting to build aircraft again is the actual overall camouflage and trying to get it looking good (as opposed to accurate!). So, I have opted for A58-602 RG-V, from April 1945 as I said. However, there are another 30 options in the 'Aussie Eight' boxing... and there are two full kits... so which of those other 30 should I choose? They all look really interesting for one reason or another... but I suppose I can decide the second aircraft later... the build up until the primer will be much the same for each... So... here goes my second Spitfire on this group build...😊
  25. Hey all, at the moment I am building P51D, also by eduard, but somehow just lost the motivation for it after applying decals (not because the kit is crap, kit is the most amazing you can find in the scale, but just like that, sometimes happens). So decided to build a small diorama (never did one.). Well you need a plane for diorama first So Eduard Tempest let it be: Engine and gun bays arrived today together with some barrels from Tamiya which I believe will look nice: The actual kit should arrive tomorrow, so hopefully and give it a start on Sunday Ordered some valejjo paints also
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