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  1. This is a placeholder for my third FineMolds F-4 build. Its a reissue from last winter of three 1982 one-off schemes from the JASDF '82 ACM. Currently intending to do the scheme in the bottom image, unique for a F-4 its a navy blue underside, with loads of white stencils, with 3 shades of blue on the top, and then normally painted white and grey tanks (no other stores in the only photo I can find). Oh and weathering, those mid-blue diamonds on the top streaked into the pale blue. Will be OOB except for Quinta 3D cockpit and Master probe. Sprue shot when I start, after CF-104 and CF-116 builds done for Century Series and F-5 GBs. Chris
  2. I phigured a phestive looking Phantom would be a phine way to phinish off the year! With only a month to go I’ll be pushing it to finish by the GB deadline, especially as I’m still working on my Meteor. But then I have time off over Christmas and new year so I’ll give it a go. I’ll be joining @Chrisj2003 in building a Fine Molds F-4EJ Kai. Which I’d actually started in the Turning Japanese GB, but barely got beyond painting some cockpit bits before I got waylaid by the flu and COVID (mild) and work and life and put it aside, so it’s well within the 25% limit. My Phantom will be finished in Double Excellent Model’s beautiful decal set for F-4EJ Kai 77-8399 in 302 Sqn’s black 2019 retirement scheme. These are beautiful looking decals, and a pretty funky looking special scheme. I reckon in its red and black and gold colours it has a bit of a festive feel about it, so an appropriate build for the festive season. Should be phun! Gerard
  3. I’ve always been fascinated by Japan’s "Special Attack" Kamikazes forces, especially the lesser known Kaiten human torpedoes. A few years ago the Shochiku Corporation in Japan released the movie Deguchi no nai umi (Sea Without Exit), a drama built around the World War Two Kaiten program. Images from the film look pretty cool, but I haven’t seen it so far as I've been unable to find it on DVD or in an English language subtitled version. Anyway, Fine Molds released a 1/72 scale Kaiten Type 1 Human Torpedo model kit to go along with the movie, so I thought I'd give it a go!
  4. Here is a little project I've been working on, on the side. My photos don't do this kit justice, but I seem utterly incapable of capturing a good shot, so these will have to do for now. The kit is Fine Mold's excellent F-4D in 1:72nd scale. The kit has wonderful details, is generally easy to build (but don't expect flawless fit like their Star Wars models), and comes with a few interesting options. The F-4D comes with several tail antenna arangements, optional early and late fuel tanks, and a nose with or without anenna bulges. Sadly, there is no LORAN towel rack antenna, and no weapons. I added an old set of True Details resin seats, and an even older set of Microscale decals, and still older Hasegawa weapons sets. Paint comes from the AK Real Colors USAF Europe set, modified with some Tamiya whites and yellows where necessary. I strongly recommend the Fine Molds kit, but I learned a few lessons during this build, which I'll be applying in future FM Phantoms (and I already have two more in the stash) 1. glue the metallic bottom tail part, the flanges around the engine exhausts and the vertical rudder before painting. FM supplies these as seperate parts to ease in masking, but none of them fit all that well. Your call, but I prefer to mask than to have to fettle with painted pieces, which leads to a mess and requires masking for retouch in the end. 2. The horizontal tails interlock in in just ONE correct way. You have to keep at it many times until the tabs slide over one another just right. But it will happen, and then they will line up correctly. Be patient. 3. The sidewinder rails can be added at the very end And lessons from the additional parts and paints 4. AK Real Colors medium green is REALLY BRIGHT but stands out well from their Forest Green, in scale. So leave it be 5. Old Microscale decals silver even with a gloss undercoat. They silver where the adhesive has dried out. Silverving has more to do with poor adhesion than with a smooth substrate. 6. The Old Esci and Italeri Phantom kits has slightly shorter (chordwise) tails, and the old Microscale decals sized for them need a little paint touch up to fit this kit 7. Invest in a Fine Molds weopons set. The old Hasegawa sets really haven't aged well. 8. I miss True Details. Anyhow. This aircraft represents an F-4D flown by the Alabama Air National Guard around 1985/1986. At the time, some of the Alabama and Georgia ANG units were deployed to West Germany. I don't know if they trained in dropping LGBs, but I love assymetrical loadouts, and the blue training munitions look really great against the drab scheme, and so I could not resist a bit of artistic license.
  5. This GB seems a phantastic fantastic excuse to build a Phantom! In this case the very phine fine looking Phine Fine Molds F-4EJ Kai, in 8 Ssqn JASDF sea camouflage markings. While the Phantom of course is perhaps the most phamous of all US-designed phighter aircraft, the JASDF's examples were built in country under licence by Mitsubishi and the sea camouflage colours are distinctly Japanense. From all I read on here too the Fine Molds Phantom are beautifully engineered, another distinctly Japanese characteristic. I'm a little intimidated by the phinely detailed stencil decals though... But I'm otherwise looking phorward to making a start in a phew weeks time - I have a phew other builds to finish phirst - on what promises to be a phun build. I'll build out of the box, other than potentially requisitioning some ASM-2 missiles from my Hasegawa F-2A kit (which I'll try and build in this GB too if time permits). This will be my first Phantom since taking up the hobby again last year. All tips and insights from experienced Phine Molds Phantom builders are very much welcomed. Arigato! Gerard
  6. Late finish from Bomber/Strike/Ground Attack GB, a dirty F-4E "Spunky VI", Thailand 1969, loadout as parsed from photo by @f111guru, thank you Ron. General grubbiness and two tone tan to match photo. Details Kit FineMolds F-4E (early) FineMolds missiles and bombs sets Quinta studios 3D pit and seat details Master pitot scratched strike camera Xtracolor enamels brush painted (pit acrylic paints - and windscreen blue Tamiya) W&N matt varnish Flory washes errors (multiple) all my own WIP at link: At bottom my Nam pair; RB-57E from 2020, and then my trio of long-nose Rhinos: USAF F-4E (early), Thailand, 1969 - FineMolds - now USAF F-4E, Turkey, Gulf War, 1991 - Hasegawa - early 2021 JSDAF F-4EJKai, Japan, 2007- FineMolds - May 2022 Common to all, apart from my cack-handedness, Master pitot. Open to comments. My observations: Struggled with fixing the bombs and the daisycutters' extended fuses are too delicate / not parallel. Quinta studios 3D pit and seat details - really liked this though the canopy latch handles are too small for me to use. I wanted the radome to be shinier than the camo, perhaps too shiny? Chris
  7. F-4C Phantom Update Set & Masks (for Fine Molds Kit) 1:72 Eduard The new Fine Molds Phantoms are great kits and released onto a receptive market, however this has not stopped Eduard from releasing sets for them. As usual with Eduard's Photo-Etch (PE) and Mask sets, they arrive in a flat resealable package, with a white backing card protecting the contents and the instructions that are sandwiched between. Update set (73757) The set gives up tow sheets of nickel plated PE and one of brass. For the cockpit all the instrument panels including side panels are replaced along with the interior side walls of both pits. There are upgrades to the seats with new parts, firing handles and seat belts. A new HUD is provided with film for the glass. New frame hoops and rails are provided for inside the canopy parts. Leaving the cockpit there are parts for all wheels wells, landing gear legs and gear doors. Other external parts are the burner rings for inside the exhausts, new wing pylon covers, main fuel tanks rear connector, and a new intake mounted pitot tube. Masks (CX614) The set of masks in yellow tape provide for the canopies and the wheels. Review samples courtesy of
  8. Not much I can add to all that's been written or all the builds that have been shared of this amazing kit. Even if the mandibles don't sit at the right angle, it's still a majestic piece of engineering; nearly a thousand parts - from the hull halves to a greeblie smaller than a nail paring - all of it fitting perfectly. It's a hypnotizing process to watch the layers and layers of detail build across the hull, and an epic process to paint it all. I learned more building and painting this one several years ago than I have on any other kit. My addiction to WW2 planes started here, which is perhaps the best tribute I can pay to the geniuses who designed the original.
  9. After a few months away from the bench, I decided I needed a quick win so I pulled out the little Fine Molds Ohka. Lovely little kit. OOB except for a few small additions: PE seat and gun sight from spares box Pitot from Albion tubing and guitar string Some minor riveting AK Real Colors paints The office is pretty spartan, but that's on par with the real thing. Not much needed for a straight dive...
  10. For kit number five(!) this year, I went with the Fine Mold's 1/48 scale TIE fighter that I've had laying around in the stash for years. This coincided with the launch of the Plastic Posse Podcast TIE Fighter Group Build, which is a scale modeling podcast that I am a cohost of. I also added the ParaGrafix photo etch upgrade fret to replace most of the surface details. The kit was painted with AK Real Colors, Tamiya, and a little bit of Alcald for the solar panels. The only weathering was done with Ammo Starship Wash enamel. I haven't painted the stand yet because I'm not sure what I want to do with it yet. Comments and criticism welcomed as always!
  11. After finishing the AMG Bf 109 B, it was time to clean up the workshop before moving on to the next project. There was simply too much dust and clutter scattered around. So after two solid days of effort, here's how it looked. [/url]IMG_6364 IMG_6365 A word of caution; it will never look this good again. Now on the the next model. I needed a conversion to fill out this year's traveling troupe and have always liked the Bf 109 prototypes, particularly the stretched high altitude types. I've already done the 109 T and H, but references to the exceedingly extenuated 209 H variant got me to researching. There are just a few references on the topic and fortunately none of them agree. As a result I get to pick and choose the features that appeal to me the most. Call me wrong; I would love to see the definitive drawing or (gasp) a photo. So here are the primary references I used: IMG_6402 This book provided this drawing, which has most of the defining points that I used for the model. Notice that is calls out the stammkennzeichen (DV+JC) and the werk number (15709), lending creditability that the bird was actually built. More on that soon. IMG_6401 Here's the next source: IMG_6403 This reference was invaluable because it has 1/72 six-view drawings. IMG_6370 IMG_6371 Also helpful was Thomas Hitchcock's book on the Ta-152. Buried in its pages is this drawing: [/url]IMG_6400 Another good, but different interpretation. Hitchcock states that the 209 H did fly. I emailed several times with the guru of all things 109, Jean Claude Mermet, who provided insight. Finally, I had a series on conversations with good friend (and noted 109 expert) Woody Straub. First, I had to clear up some disagreements. Two of the drawings show an additional section placed in from of the windscreen. Interesting, and it could be accomplished by some clever dissecting on Fine Molds G-6 and G-10 kits (more on this later). But why would Messerschmitt engineers push the engine that far out; wouldn't it play havoc with the CG? I scrapped the idea and besides, the Hitchcock drawing does not show this. Other drawings show an added section directly behind the canopy. Certainly possible, but again, Hitchcock doesn't have this (again, thank you Thomas!). Other variations include the type of leading edge radiator intake, three or four blade prop and inward or outward retracting landing gear. The 209 H was apparently a hybrid of a Bf 109 G-5 fuselage and other components including the Me 209 V-5 wing, so that gave some guidance. I gethered up some kits, my trusty UMM razor saw, and set to hacking. Fortunately this build was not the typical "I began by assembling the cockpit". Boring. I've always believed in getting the most difficult thing out of the way first; in this case the wing. There is a resin kit of the 209 H available from Planet Models, which actually is quite crude. AZ has recently released a 109 H with an extended wing. This might provide a starting point. Finally from Pegasus Models there is a rather ancient 109 H (V-54). Here is a comparison of the wings. IMG_6382 Planet resin is on top, then Pegasus and finally AZ. I had already done quite a bit of hacking on the AZ kit when this photo was taken. Not two spots on it mate together, so a lot of sanding was done. Also I removed the radiators and blanked off the area with plastic card. A final decision was made for the Pegasus wing. The outer panels leading edge rake differed from my drawing, so I also would have had to separate the AZ wing into three sections. That was already done with the Pegasus wing. Pegasus was a bit thicker as well with less defined scribing. Since most of this would have to be filled, Pegasus got another point. The final straw was the wheel wells. I wanted an inwardly retracting landing gear and blanking off the area looked easier with the Pegasus wing. The AZ had molded-in wells, which would have meant cutting them out or filling in the area with epoxy putty. Here the process begins. The wells have been blanked off with plastic card and superglue. IMG_6373 Once the area was smoothed out, I cut out the wheel well covers from a drawing. These acted as templates which were then Blu-Tacked in the proper position. Black paint was sprayed to define the new well. IMG_6412 I used a dental bit in my Moto-Tool to rough out the hole, then refined it with a scalpel and files. IMG_6416 Next, some creating gizmology with .005" plastic card. This was embossed with a Rossie the Riveter (MUCH more of this as we progress) to make impressions of raised rivets. It was then cut in strips. These were placed along the edges of the wells and inside the upper wing. They were even laminated to impersonate the wing spars. IMG_6436 IMG_6440 My rather bright light washes out the effect on the wing interior, but the rivets can be seen on the wheel well linings and spars. Well, that was the easy part. The real fun began with the leading edge radiators. Since probably no one alive has actually seen them, I can let my imagination lead the way. I tried two variants. Both began with my trusty Mattel Vac-U-Form machine and a bit of RenShape that someone had given to me. RenShape is an expanded foam of varying degrees of density. It cuts very well and is used by pattern makers. I cut and sanded the basic shape... IMG_6391 ...then Vac-U-Formed a number of copies. IMG_6392 Prior to test fitting them, it was time for more surgery, somewhat major this time.I cut the forward section from the lower center wing part. I will be lowering the flaps, so that area was also removed. Since the engineering of the Pegasus kit differs from the Fine Molds model, the outer sections were removed from this piece also. IMG_6407 IMG_6408 Here you see the first attempt with the entire front of the radiator open. IMG_6398 Not my favorite, I just wasn't taken by the look. The second and much more difficult attempt involved cutting two symmetrical slots in the front of very thin vacuformed pieces. Again the dental bits, Moto Tool and files came out. I think this is far sexier, but could I make two of them? IMG_6394 IMG_6395 There were failures, but eventually yes. IMG_6397 This is only part 1 of where the project stands at the moment, but since it is getting lengthy (uh-huh), I'll continue with part 2 separately. I haven't posted anything for a while and here you can see why. This has kept me rather busy. Also, I didn't want to start posting and then run out of enthusiasm. This thing had to reach critical mass, the point of no return if you will, before I committed to it here. Hope you've enjoyed the prequel.
  12. Hi all. I've been stuck with Wing B. I know what I want to achieve with the exterior paint but I'm not quite sure how to do it or the result. So since the Bandai kits yard is not enough to take things lightly and push forward to see what comes out I have decided to leave it until my ideas are clarified and in the meantime undertake a much simpler kit, in all aspects. And it was this little one's turn. Very good kit from the Fine Molds brand, with good details and equally fine and negative panel lines representing this small combat ship that appeared in the film “The Phantom Menace”, or Episode I of Star Wars, being piloted in it by young Anakin Skywalker. Ignoring the staple with the pieces of the exhibition platform, the kit consists of three small staples: two grey and one yellow. The cabin is quite well reproduced, as well as the figures that correspond to an adult pilot and the little Anakin, who is a due to his age and height is represented somewhat smaller, which will make it even more difficult to paint a figure that is to scale. 1/72. I don't know about you, but what has always caught my attention about the ships of the planet Naboo has always been the stylized shape and the pointed shapes that they have. Both this ship and Queen Amidala's cruiser as some other I've seen. So before undertaking the construction, starting with the cabin, I have decided to prepare this aspect of the ship. Both the fuselage and the engines have a very pointed finish, however the corresponding parts are not sufficiently represented. With 600 grit sandpaper and later 1200 grit I have refined the corresponding pieces. The cones on the front of the motors have also received the same job with sandpaper. And the area where the previous cones fit I have also worked. And this is all for now. Andrés S.
  13. Hi Everyone, this is something I've been working on as part of a bigger project to cover the (rather neglected) female pilots of the Star Wars OT era. Each project will have a craft and figure. For those of you that don't know, when they were made, ANH and ESB had no female pilots, but ROTJ was supposed to have them. They even shot video of three, but apparently test screenings of ROTJ with them in got negative comments about women in combat (this was 1983) so they took them out. Except one - an A-Wing pilot called Sila Kott who you can glimpse for a second before her death. But they over-dubbed her with a male voice! Of course, films like Rogue 1 and Book and Graphic Novels have since put matters right, but so far despite all the alterations, ROTJ is still female pilot free - although you can see them in the briefing room scene if you look very carefully. The first pilot I have done is Evaan Verlaine. She was the pilot of Y-Wing Gold 3 during the Death Star attack in ANH. You can see her craft at the very end just as the Death Star is about to blow along with Luke, Wedge and the Millennium Falcon. This is a canon retcon based on the Leia Graphic Novel (in Legends this pilot is Keyan Farlander). To create Evaan and Gold 3 I used the FineMolds 1:72 Y-Wing and a custom based on the Black Series 6" Luke Skywalker. Evaan Verlaine So far Evaan Verlaine has only been visualised in comic book form (in the graphic novel Princess Leia). The base for her figure is the 6" Black Series Luke Skywalker. All of the figure (apart from the chest box) has been repainted using Vallejo acrylics, using wet-blending, glazes and other interesting techniques I learned on YouTube. Her helmet is based on the supposed official one, but that is exactly the same as Blue Leader Antoc Merrick (in Rogue 1) so I made the alliance symbols Gold to make it different. Her head is 3D printed (using Shapeways) based on one I created using FaceGen Artist, DAZ Studio and 3DS Max. So who is she based on? Well officially there is only the graphic novel, however, there is a female cosplayer who thinks they may have based Evaan on her! I think she might have something, so the head is based on her. Y-Wing The main feature of Y-Wings is their beat-up Clone Wars era nature. To re-create that I initially sprayed the whole thing silver, then went round with maskol covering up places that would get worn or places damaged by attacks. A coat of FS36622 from Mr Hobby went over the top followed by rust for the pipe work. There is no accepted scheme for Gold 3 AFAIK, although due to script changes, Gold 5 has squadron markings that indicate Gold 3 (the cockpit stripes). So I just used a bit of artistic license and made it look as I wanted - I'm not a fan of the overuse of blue on the cockpit and engine pods so I made it as subtle as I could. Worn areas were left silver, but any battle damage areas were edged in black to simulate paint singeing. The whole thing was washed with Tamiya Panel line Dark Grey and a small amount of dry brushing of dirt was done. Ten points for anyone who can ID the R2 unit. This isn't canon (yet) but you never know! The next pair in the series will be TIE/Ln and Iden Versio from Battlefront. Thanks for looking Chris
  14. #21/2020 My dad´s next finished Imperial Japanese subject. After four combat aircraft, this time a recon plane. The very nice Fine Molds kit, fit is very good, except the one-piece canopy (the only canopy provided) didn´t sit that well in the rear area. Painted with Tamiya XF-14 JA Grey, XF-13 JA Green and XF-64 Red Brown. EZ Line for the antenna wire. The kit has nice cockpit detail but sadly you don´t really see it afterwards. Build thread here https://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/235078479-eyes-in-the-sky148-mitsubishi-ki-15-i-babs-imperial-japanese-army/ 18th Independant Company, Hankow Airfield, China, spring 1939 DSC_0001 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0002 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0003 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0004 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0005 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0006 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0007 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0008 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr 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_0001 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0019 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0021 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0007 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0002 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0003 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr
  15. The next Japanese project started DSC_0002 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0003 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0004 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0005 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0006 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr
  16. #16/2020 The IJ theme continues... As far as I´ve read the Judy was Fine Molds first 1/48 release, dating back to 1993. So there are some fit issues. As you can see on the pics, the inner landing gear doors have attachement points for the retraction "fork" but there are no such parts in the kit. Some modelers scratchbuild them but my dad didn´t. The yellow wing leading edges and the dark green outlines of the fuselage hinomarus are painted. Eduard seabelts, EZ Line for the wires, camo done with Tamiya XF-12 JN Grey and XF-70 Dark Green 2 (IJN). Build thread here https://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/235074320-banzai148-yokosuka-kugisho-d4y1-model-11-suisei-judy-imperial-japanese-navy/ The model shows an aircraft of the 523rd Air Group "Taka (Hawk)-2", Tinian Island 1944 DSC_0001 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0002 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0004 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0005 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0006 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0007 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0008 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0009 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_0018 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0019 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0021 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0001 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0002 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0006 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0007 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0008 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr
  17. This is my Fine Molds1/48 Snowspeeder. Cracking little kit, but teeny tiny even in 1/48 I wasn't too fussed about 100% accuracy when painting the interior - especially as I struggled to find decent ref pics, I was looking more for the effect of making it look "busy" and I am very happy with how its turned out. Rest of the construction will be 15 mins work, then I'm going to try pre-shading this one. Looking forward to some heavy weathering
  18. Hello everyone! Here's my recently finished trio of 1/72 Fine Molds X-Wings representing the iconic hero flight of Red-2, Red-3 and Red-5 that made the Death Start trench run in the original Star Wars. One of these (Red-2) was acquired back in 2001 and had been wrecked, then completely stripped and has now been rebuild along with the other two that I got just as the production run was ending back in 2015. The restoration project was a tough affair over several years involving a lot of 3d printed parts that I designed based on the originals - there's a WIP thread if you're interested. Painted using Mr. Hobby Aqueous Colour, main was H338 Light Gray FS36495 over grey Mr. Surfacer 1200 that had been shaded using black and white. Weathering using enamel washes, (regular painter's) oil paints, and just a bit of graphite pencil and soft pastels. I was going for a weathered and worn look, although I may have toned down the colors too much with dilluted oversprays! Stencils on Red-2 are mostly hand painted, as the original decals were long lost - I could use only the spare Red Squadron markings from the other kits. Red-2, Wedge Antilles Red-3, Biggs Darklighter Red-5, Luke Skywalker Finally, on the shelf with my other Star Wars kits. Criticism and feedback welcome!
  19. So my Snowspeeder is done, and it's fair to say I'm very, very happy with this. As happy as I am with anything I've done. The Fine Molds kit is a little cracker (and I mean little). Painted with Artic White from the excellent Hataka "Orange Line" Lacquers and weathered with Flory Wash "grime", Tensocrom "smoke" and a little bit of oils. You know how I said it was small? Here it is on top of a YF-23 in the same scale....
  20. Dear fellow Britmodellers, here's my first completed model in 2020, quite a common subject - Fine Molds' 1/72 Bf-109 G10. This build is part of my "stash reduction program", aimed at kits that exist in multiple numbers/boxings in my stash. I used Exito Decals "The Last In Line (ED72006)" to represent "Yellow 6" of II/JG52. II./JG52 operated from airfields in Austria (Seyring, Hörsching, Zeltweg) in April 1945. The model was painted with Gunze/Mr.Hobby acrylics, weathering with Winsor & Newton artist oils. All photographs by Wolfgang Rabel. This very colorful marking option is a perfect example of a patched-up late war Bf-109. The Exito decal sheet comes in A4 size and contains high quality printed color profiles for three aircraft. The subjects seem to be very well researched, featuring views of both fuselage sides as well as original photographs for 2 of the 3 options. The decals are of best quality, thin but tough enough to withstand some handling, with good color density. This aircraft carries most of the RLM colors the Luftwaffe ever used! . I added a few photo etch bits from the spares box, such as the Morane mast and the armored headrest. The pitot tube is Albion Alloys 0.3mm steel wire, the IFF on the belly is Albion Alloys 0.1mm steel wire, and the DF loop is a piece of photoetch rolled over a cocktail stick. I made the brake lines from black stretched sprue. I find this material easier to fix compared to photo-etch which is also one-dimensional. The green patch on the nose is an overpainted badge of the previous owners (I./JG53). One third of the spinner baseplate is white. Guns are metal items from Master. I am still struggling with the painting of the leading edge wave lines, these are really hard to replicate in small scale! Note the asymmetrical positioning of the wing crosses. Thank you for your interest! Best greetings from Vienna Roman
  21. Hi guys, actually all my efforts are concentrated on the Tamiya's Tomcat, but this is my entry for the gb. The beautifully molded Fine Molds Savoia S.71 plane, star of the Miyazaki's masterpiece "Porco Rosso". I hope to start soon working on it, for now just the pics of this little gem by Fine Molds. The box the parts ciao Ale
  22. Dear fellow Britmodellers, this is Fine Molds 1/72 Me-410 B1, a commissioned build, with pilot figures but omitting the swastika (on customer's request). Painted with Gunze/Mr.Hobby acrylics. Photos by Wolfgang Rabel. I replaced the kit decals (who had not aged well) with aftermarket items from Aeromaster. Here, I made a stupid mistake by blindly following the instructions, and placing the Balkenkreuz too far forward. Note that, one the right fuselage side, the squadron letters "3U" should overlap with the white I/D band. Apart from that self-inflicted problem, I came across some fit issues on the engine/nacelle joint. I'd recommend to glue each engine half to the nacelle BEFORE fitting them together. (The kit instructions would suggest to fit the assembled engine to the nacelle, do NOT follow this.) The fuselage halves had a very prominent seam, that took several sanding sessions to rectify. Gun barrel is a metal item from Fine Molds. Thank you for your interest, with best greetings from Vienna, Roman
  23. Fine Molds Bf109G-2/R6. The G-2 was the non pressurised version of the G-1 and was the main production model until they swapped to the G-4. This is one fitted with the R6 modification, which consisted of a pair of MG151 20mm cannons in pods under the wings. This gave a useful boost to the firepower, for shooting down bombers but reduced speed and agility for combatting enemy fighters. The Fine Molds kits are the best kits around for Bf109F/G and K models with similar quality to Tamiya and Hasegawa but you do pay extra for it. Despite their cost, anyone who is a fan of 109's and builds in 1/72, should get at least one of these excellent kits! This one is painted up as a JG54 Grunherz aircraft, in a fresh coat of winter whitewash over the camouflage. Please ignore the wonky headrest, I only noticed it after taking off the canopy mask!
  24. Fine Molds is to release in July 2016 a family of 1/48th Mitsubishi A5M2b & A5M4 "Claude" kits - ref. FB20 & FB21 Source: http://www.finemolds.co.jp/iroiro/2016SHS_new.html See also similar Wingsy kits project: http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/235000512-148-mitsubishi-a5m2b-claude-late-version-by-wingsy-kits-cadsbox-artschemes-release-summer-2016/ V.P.
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