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  1. During the initial flight testing of what would become the Ki-15 Reconnaissance/light bomber, the newspaper Asahi Shimbun obtained permission to purchase the second prototype. The aircraft was given the designation Karigane (Wild Goose), flying on 19 March 1937, being named Kamikaze and registered as J-BAAI. It was the first Japanese-built airplane to fly to Europe and caused a sensation in 1937 by making the flight between Tokyo and London, for the coronation of King George VI and Queen Elizabeth, between 6 April 1937 and 9 April 1937 in a flight time of 51 hours, 17 minutes and 23 seconds, a world record at the time. Fine Molds has reproduced this aircraft in 1/48 scale: And they did a pretty good job on it. Lovely details, nice plastic. Let's find out if I can set a record as well and get it done in a month!
  2. I've wanted to build Bf 109 G-2, W.Nr 10639 - Black 6 since I read Russ Snadden's book in 1993. Naturally I'm re-reading it again ! Captured by the Australians in 1942 (yes, I agree it should be in 'the Land Down Under') and generally test flown, displayed and mistreated by the RAF until Russ Snadden and his team took it in hand in 1972 and restored it. If you want to know more about the fascinating back story, read: I'm lucky to be old enough (?) to have seen it flying in 1997 at Duxford, (Flying Legends in July I think, I didn't write the date on the photo packet); (diorama idea?) I also count myself lucky not to have been there on Sunday October 12th 1997 when it last flew! So, to work! Another FineMolds offering, which should make life easy; Sprues, and some add ons; The fuselage will need some tiny alterations as Black 6 was built as a G-2 from an F-3 fuselage. More aftermarket, AND the all important Dave's Decals; (Oops, included the Yahu i/p and Rob Taurus canopy again). Hope to make a start this weekend. Cheers,
  3. Finemolds is to release from August 2020 new tool 1/72nd McDD (R)F-4E/EJ Phantom II kits. Source: http://www.finemolds.co.jp/202006-08NEW.html ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Recap - ref. FP37 - McDD F-4EJ Phantom II - JASDF - released https://www.finemolds.co.jp/FP/FP37.html - ref. FP38 - McDD F-4EJ Phantom II - JASDF - released https://www.finemolds.co.jp/FP/FP38.html - ref. FP40 - McDD F-4EJ Kai Phantom II - JASDF - released https://www.finemolds.co.jp/FP/FP40.html - ref. FP41 - McDD F-4E Phantom II (early) - USAF - released https://www.finemolds.co.jp/FP/FP41.html - ref. FP42 - McDD RF-4EJ Phantom II - JASDF - released https://finemolds.co.jp/FP/FP42.html - ref. FP43S - McDD F-4J Phantom II - US Navy - VF-114 "Aardvark" - release August 2021 https://finemolds.co.jp/FP/FP43.html - ref. FP46S - McDD F-4C Phantom II - Air National Guard - release August 2021 https://finemolds.co.jp/FP/FP46S.html - ref. FP47S - McDD F-4D Phantom II - USAF - First MiG Ace" - release September 2021 https://finemolds.co.jp/FP/FP47S.html - ref. 72838 - MccDD F-4EJ Kai Phantom II - JASDF Last Flight Memorial “Blue” - released https://www.finemolds.co.jp/FP/72838.html - ref. 72843 - MccDD F-4J Phantom II - US Marines - VMFAT-101 "Marlins" - release September 2021 https://www.finemolds.co.jp/FP/72843.html - ref. 72937 - MccDD F-4EJ Kai Phantom II - JASDF Phantom Forever, Thank you 1971-2021 - released https://www.finemolds.co.jp/FP/72937.html - ref. 72938 - MccDD F-4EJ Kai Phantom II - JASDF Last Flight Memorial “Yellow” - released https://www.finemolds.co.jp/FP/72938.html ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Connected or not to the Platz project? https://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/235037980-172-mcdonnell-douglas-f-4ej-phantom-ii-new-tool-by-platz-release-in-2019/ V.P.
  4. So, my second build of Finemold's 1/72 Slave 1 is now finished. This kit is actually the Jango Fett version but I've painted it here in the original Boba Fett colours. The two kits are essentialy the same anyway, with just a few detail differences between the two. I made a few modifications to the kit to bring this one closer to Boba's ship, and also incorporated some of the details that have shown up in the ship's appearence in the Mandalorian. This build turned out a little more accurate than my old one, mainly because I paid closer attention to matching more of the subtle but distinctive paint and weathering aspects of the studio model. I can't imagine that I'll be doing one of these again any time soon, unless someone sees fit to re-release the kit, so it's been fun to get the chance to revisit the kit which I originally built back in 2014. The full build can be found here And finally, the old and new ones parked side by side. 2021 on the left, 2014 on the right Thanks for looking Andy
  5. Hi all, Here's my Finemolds F-4EJ Kai Phantom II. This is the 8Sqn boxing with the blue camouflage scheme. A very easy and enjoyable build, and despite its finesse, it's much easier to build than the Hasegawa ones. Like others have said, the kit decals are a bit thick, but they settle down nicely, and you can't even tell anymore under the flat coat. Painted with Mr.Color for the blues and various Vallejo Metal Colors for the exhaust area. Thanks for looking. Pete
  6. Bit of a blast from the past for me here - The old(ish) 1/72 Slave 1 from Finemolds, a kit that I originally built back in 2014. This time around I'm doing it as a commission build, so will be saying bye-bye to it once it's finished. As you can see from the box, this is the Jango version (the Boba version is as rare as hens teeth these days), but I'll be finishing it as Fett junior's ride in the more familiar red and green. There are a few external differences between the two kits, and a slightly different cockpit layout, but for the most part, I'll be building it straight from the box as the differences don't amount to much, and in some cases the Jango version is slightly closer to the current incarnation of Slave 1 as seen on the Mandolorian. First up is the cockpit, and this is a double decker affair, with the pilot sitting up top and a passenger compartment below. As mentioned above, the layout on this version differs slightly from the Boba S1 kit, principally with the crew seating. The Boba version has a single pilot's seat on the top deck, whereas the Jango version has three seats. Since the cockpit set used on Mando also has multiple seats on the flightdeck, this layout is a better match than the one in the Boba kit I've added a few extra details to the cockpit parts - a strip of photo etch on the front of the flightdeck, and a few random greebles on the walls - which will add a little more visual interest in the cockpit. This is all dry fitted at the moment, but is pretty much ready for paint. Hopefully I should get the first base coats on later today. Andy
  7. Finemolds is to release a 1/72nd Grumman F-14A Tomcat kit and a dedicated weapons set - ref. FP30 & FP-31 Release expected in December 2017. Source: http://www.finemolds.co.jp/iroiro/2017THS-new.html Reports as being the "Air Graphix/FineMolds" F-14D kit with changed parts: https://www.scalemates.com/kits/958331-finemolds-mg-789-2015-grumman-f-14d-tomcat V.P.
  8. Finemolds is to release in July 2020 a limited edition 1/48th Messerschmitt Bf.109E-7 "Emil" kit from Japanese Army with maintenance Scene Set - ref. 48995 Source: http://www.finemolds.co.jp/202006-08NEW.html Plastic Tamiya V.P.
  9. Finemolds is to release in July a limited edition 1/48th Brewster B-339 Buffalo kit from Japanese Army with maintenance Scene Set - ref. 48994 Source: http://www.finemolds.co.jp/202006-08NEW.html Plastic Tamiya V.P.
  10. Something a bit left of centre and a first for the GB as well! A ship launched cruise missile. This is another Easter Blitz build, the kit includes 2 missile comprising of about 15 parts each (plus stands) Instructions and parts trees, not decals though! They went together rather quickly (including the stands) And then they were painted, first colour, grey of course) then the next grey and finally the stands I think I will try a wash on them and weather the VLS launch base next, and that will be it.
  11. Hello folks, Just completed my latest work on the table, a 1/48 J8M Shūsui rocket interceptor. As a Japanese copy of the German Me-163 Komet it was a less known topic, and Finemolds is the only game in town. The limited version I bought comes with a pair of cannon barrels so I made my Shūsui into a "what-if" combat ready model (The real one didn't pass beyond unarmed prototype stage). For a kit originally released in the 90's the assembly is super straightforward, apart from the built-in PE set I just replaced the plastic pitot tube on the left wing with brass, and it was ready for painting. I used the sole surviving Shūsui from the Planes of Fame Air Museum as a camouflage reference, but used green instead of orange (the colour for trainer/prototype aircraft). The upper was painted with dark green from AK interactive's WW2 IJN Aircraft Colours set. After masking I painted the bared lower using Gaia Colour's star bright duralumin. The roundels were painted too, after finding out the decals have become unusable after decades. The plane was weathered using MIG (filtering and washing), AK (panelining) and oil paints (color modulation and fake shadows) before a protective semigloss coating. I made a small round base using rigid foam covered with Tamiya's weathering paste. To better reflect the name of the aircraft (Shūsui means "Autumn Water" literally in Japanese) as well as the time it would've seen combat (Autumn 1945), I planted some yellow autum grass onto the base. Hope you enjoy the pictures. Some WIP pics: Cheers.
  12. Hello All Seems like Fine Molds will finally release their 1/72 A6M Zero as a stand alone kit https://www.1999.co.jp/eng/10605699
  13. Finemolds is to re-release in November 2018 its 1/72nd Messerschmitt Bf.109G-6 kit Source: http://www.finemolds.co.jp/iroiro/2018THS_new.html - ref. 75916 - Messerschmitt Bf.109G-6 - Italian AF - ref. 75998 - Messerschmitt Bf.109G-6 - Hartmann 1943 V.P.
  14. Finemolds is to release in July 2018 a 1/48th Mitsubishi Ki-15 /C5M2 Karigane or "Babs" - ref. FB24 Source: http://www.finemolds.co.jp/iroiro/2018SHS_new.html Source: https://hlj.com/shizuoka-hobby-show-2018-sneak-peek V.P.
  15. Finemolds is top release in August 8th, 2018 a limited variant of its Suisei kit (link) as 1/48th Yokosuka D4Y3 Suisei Type 33 Nightfighter - ref. 49607 (FB?) Source: http://www.finemolds.co.jp/FB/49607.html V.P.
  16. After the 1/48th kit (link) Finemolds is to release in July 2018 a 1/72nd Mitsubishi Ka-14 "9-shi"- ref. FP33 Source: http://www.finemolds.co.jp/iroiro/2018SHS_new.html Source: https://hlj.com/shizuoka-hobby-show-2018-sneak-peek V.P.
  17. Hello, While researching the most accurate A6M to buy a ton of in 72nd, I came across two conflicting articles: 1. Article at Aviation of Japan blog, which states: Oleg wanted to know if the Fine Molds kit is still the best 1/72 Zero and discovered that the Tamiya kit appears to have some problems with geometry around the cockpit compared to the drawings in the FAOW book. In Oleg's opinion, although the Tamiya kit has some finer details, the Fine Molds kit is still better 2. Article at Flat Spins and Milk Runs, which states: Both models capture the contours of the Zero effectively, and it comes down to nit-picking to determine a winner here It seems we fave a bit of conflicting info on our hand, so i would like to ask if anyone has both Tamiya and Finemolds A6M2s (and/or A6M5s) in 72nd, to compare the shape of the fuselages. Thanks in advance, Aleksandar
  18. This is a build backdated from FineMolds 72nd 109 G-10. Build progress can be found here: According to falkeeins blog, JG 3 began receiving these upgraded Gustavs during May 1944. Their task was to intercept Allied escorts at high altitudes. "Schwarze 27" belonged to the second group of JG 3. regards, Jack
  19. Group shot of the kit and extras, (small set of turned brass guns and antenna still in transit): Might go with the bottom scheme of the Nachtjagdgruppe, so good thing the kit has a spiral decal as none are provided by H-Models set. Going fo an inflight model, so a resin pilot from PJ Productions replaces the sort of chunky looking injected one. Canopy mask are designed for AZ Models, but hope they prove of some use here. regards, Jack
  20. Finemolds is to reissue in July its 1/72nd Kyushu Q1W1 Tokai type 11 "Lorna" under ref. FP27 Original kit ref. FP-15 Source: http://www.finemolds.co.jp/iroiro/2017SHS-new.html box art V.P.
  21. Hello Gentlemen, this is my next build on Britmodeller. FineMolds 1/48th scale Mitsubishi A5M4 "CLAUDE" Imperial Japanese Navy. The Mitsubishi A5M Japanese Navy Type 96 Carrier-based Fighter was the worlds first monoplane shipboard fighter to enter service and the direct ancestor of the Zero fighter. It was designed by Jiro Horikoshi who is the subject of the The Wind Rises which is an animated historical drama film. The model comes on three main sprues. Spure A contains the wing sections, B contains the engine & cockpit details with sprue D the fuselage halves. F is the transparency and P contains 2 poly caps , only one of which is required. The decal sheet has 3 colour schemes. No 1, 14th Naval Air Group, China, 1940, No 2, Aircraft carrier Kaga Naval Air Group, Japan, 1939, & No 3 Naval Third Carrier Division, 1942. There are 68 parts in total (2 of which are not used) 1 transparency & 2 poly caps. The box art. Construction stages 1 to 9 Construction stages 10 to 15 & paint chart. The three colour scheme options. Sprue A. The wing & undercarriage parts. If you look at the surface of the upper wing, you will notice the different shades of plastic. You can see it more with the naked eye. It shows the different panels very well. It will be interesting to see how they look on the finished model after the paint has been applied. Sprue B, The fuselage, engine & cockpit detail with the decal sheet. The transparency is in the decal bag along with the poly caps. I hope to start the kit in the next week or so. I will first remove all the major parts from the sprues and tape them together to get some idea of the fit. Thanks for looking, Joe.
  22. And my next new work! Paints - gunze sangyo hobby color. Thank you for your attention !
  23. TIE Interceptor Finemolds 1/72 Hi everyone This was built in Febuary 2014. It was the first Finemolds SW kit I'd built and it was very nice, though a little undersized for 1/72. The base was made from various bits and bobs built up on the supplied kit base. I added a few LEDS to the base to add a bit of interest. Enjoy the shots Thanks for looking Andy
  24. Something I've been playing with over the last couple of days. A poster to show the relative size and scale of some of the 1/72 Star Wars models out there. This is very much incomplete, as it only covers the ones I've built. I'll add further Bandai ones to it as and when I build them, but it's unlikely I'll be adding any more Finemolds subjects (regular TIE, Naboo Starfighter, Falcon etc.) as they're obviously going to be hard to get hold of. If you can't read the small text, you can see the full size version here. The full size dimensions are based on the upscaled dimensions of the models, assuming that they are 1/72 ( which, in the case of the Finemolds kits, many aren't). The photos are accurately scaled, so this is how big the models are in relation to each other. There are various listed dimensions for the "real" versions of these ships, so non of them could conclusively be called wrong, but some are certainly more out than others. One of the worse ones in regard to scale accuracy is Vader's TIE from Finemolds. There's more than one quoted size for the real one, depending on what source you use, but starwars.com and the incredible cross-sections book both list the length as 9.2m, which seems reasonable (around the length of a Spitfire). Based on that length, the Finemolds kit actually scales out at 1/123. Anyway, I've done the poster for anyone interested in seeing how these kits scale up next to each other. I've got the Bandai X and Y Wings to build (and the upcoming A-Wing) and I'll rework the poster to include them. Note: I didn't add my Snowspeeder as it's 1/48, but I could scale it to match the others, so I could add that one too. Andy
  25. I finally finished this little guy, after languishing in the bottom of a display case for around two years.. I painted it with Vallejo silver grey over a Tamiya German grey preshade. Weathering was done using citadel and oil paint washes, oil paint streaks and oil paint shading and toning.. If that's a word?
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