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  1. Polish brand Bilmodel Makers is producing a complete new range of colours (MRP like for airbrush) for French military aircraft from World War I until World War II. Sources: https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=3422733911094372&id=552270644807394 https://www.facebook.com/media/set?vanity=552270644807394&set=a.3444605085573921 You can buy them from 28/07/2020 at Martola Hobby shop (https://www.martola.com.pl/en), 24 HOBBY (https://24hobby.pl/), you can order from us - email: [email protected] V.P.
  2. Does anybody know if French decals for the CSM model exist? Would prefer to do the mfg country, as opposed to russian, serbian or other countries. Scalemates is a bust, and a general Google shows up reasonably simple schemes. So if all fails, I can mask roundels.
  3. Hi, I've just joined the Britmodeller clan and this is my first ready for inspection posting, although it's not my first model, I've been building quietly for about 10 years - not including time doing so with my Dad when I was younger. I tend to build out of the box (adding detail kits OOB as well) and I'm more than happy to take some artistic license with colour details and rigging for effect. I'd say that overall I'm better at the construction side and not so good at painting (I never was), but I've improved somewhat on both fronts over the years. 10 years ago I built a first attempt at HMS Hood and couldn't figure out how to attach the three photo-etch parts that came with the kit - a full detail-up set was my idea of a nightmare - now I won't build a ship without one - funny how that goes. Here is my latest work, Trumpeter's 1/350 Richelieu with the Flyhawk detail kit and Artwox wooden deck. It went together pretty well for the most part, especially for an older Trumpy offering. The etch kit instructions were pretty hard to follow, seems that the paperwork is definitely where the etch sets show their differences.
  4. The Revell kit is pretty nice with decent detail and fit. I wanted something a bit different so I went with a French post war machine. The colour used was Gunze bluegray number 42 straight from the bottle with some light weathering achieved by pigments. I believe this machine was used for engine testing. Fin flash was masked and painted with decals coming from a mirage kit.
  5. Found a few more that I have forgotten to post, from long ago, when the hand was even less able than today. (Model built in -and text from- 2007, that is 12 years ago, when I was starting to dabble on scratchs): Retro-futurism at its best. Credited as the first delta wing plane and the first delta canard, this extremely streamlined racing machine was created by French designer Roland Nicolas Payen. It was supposed to receive an inline engine to fit the carefully polished lines of the plane, but what it got was a radial that had to be adapted to the existing fuselage, creating a sight that we only thought could come out of a comic magazine of the era. Before you ask, yes, it did fly. It never made it to the races or speed record flights, but for sure all involved had a lot of fun. The first –very cautious- flight was made by Louis Massotte, chief pilot for Bleriot, on October 1934. In April 1935 is flown by Jean Meunier. After several flights that demonstrate the critics the viability of the design, it had a bad landing and although not very badly damaged it is decided to proceed instead with other designs. Prop and wheels came from Aeroclub.
  6. Hi all, Does anyone out there know of an on-line source for the font used by the French armed forces in the period 1945-1955? Or, of course, any decal sets? I've drawn a blank so far :(. thanks in advance. Martin
  7. Exactly which colour green was the Heinkel 274 when completed/rebuilt by the French. I have the Antares kit and the excellent French book 'Heinkel 274 et Junkers 488' Airprofiles no6 but can find no precise reference to the colour green used. I tend to use Gunze Sangyo paint bit will use whatever comes closest.
  8. Well less then 6 days after I recieved this kit she is as far as I think (please disagree if not) finished. This kit is my first ever completed 1:24 model, and a subject very close to the top of my 1:1 want list. I was offered a 1957 example back in 2008 during a summer trekking the west coast of France, it had been tucked up in a shed for 20 years and although structurally sound there was not 1 panel that wasnt suffering from surface rust. The passenger seat was a bare frame with remnants of a basic cushion, the drivers seat had been covered with a proper heavyweight tarpaulin so was a very grubby mouldy vinyl seat but remarkably intact. As I still have photos of this particular van my plan was to try to replicate it to the best of my ability. She now stands on a piece of ply, static grass covered with a bit of a gravel track surrounded by bushes and a cobbled together typically french rural fence. Hopefully she looks as good as I want her too??? The kit went together extremely well with next to no fettling or filing, a bit of a different story to articles I'd read prior to starting her. Thank you for looking and please any comments will be greatly recieved
  9. Following my review here, I thought I'd start a build log now, even though I've not yet got any pictures. What I have got is a bunch of small sub-assemblies and a mess of tools on my desk though The cockpit is assembled, and apart from the lack of a tab on the instrument panel, it all goes together well. The seat isn't half bad either, although I need to check it against my refs properly yet. I've test fitted the nose bay panels, and they are a GOOD fit. You'll need to put some tabs behind them to make sure they don't pop inside, but they should fit very well. I'm posing mine open though, so have had to fill the two ejector pin marks per door with CA. I'll reinstate the rivet detail with some Archer rivets in due course. This is a kit that really needs a wash before you start building it. There is a lot of mould release agent left on some of the insides of the larger parts, and that will transfer around the kit during the build. Nip it in the bud by washing it off in warm soapy water. I'm currently looking into making the nose gear leg able to be installed later, and think I've got it cracked - I just need to test fit it all when the glue has gone off. I'm also deciding whether to mate the nose to the fuselage before I glue it all together, as the curve of the roll-over hoope behind the cockpit is slightly different between the front and the back. That would be easier fixed by manipulation and gluing while it's still in halves, and that's the route I'm leaning towards at present. I'll post up some pics once I've got a bit more to show for it
  10. Hallo again This Salmson I built some time ago. Enjoy the photos! Happy modelling
  11. A few years back, I dug my one and only World War One build out of the cabinet, and thought, what the heck, take some pics of the old girl for a few grins. It had never been photographed before, and it looks pretty rough in many ways. It is the ancient Testors (ex-Hawk) kit of the Nieuport Type 17 C.1 sesqui-plane built probably around 1994 or so. It has my first attempt at rigging, using fine guitar string. I did scratch-build an entire cockpit, including sidewalls,floor, headrest and instrument panel. The exhaust is drilled out solder and I added some oil filler caps. The bungee cord shock-absorbers are thread coated with thinned white glue. I also made the elevator horns and added the control cables, again from fine wire. The gun sight ring is copper wire. I believe the paint is Floquil Old Silver and the engine cowl is probably Humbrol polished aluminum (just can’t recall for sure). The cockpit sidewalls are painted in some linen enamel. I used the kit decals. The Lafayette insignia of the Seminole Indian was supposedly taken off a box of Savage rifle cartridges back in The Great War. That pilot figure is probably close to 60 years old and originally came with the old Aurora 1/48 Spad, iirc. I added him just to give a sense of scale and of course he still wears the paint job I gave him all those years ago. The base is something I threw together after I got home from work one winter afternoon. My usual piece of “tarmac” just wouldn’t do for this WWI plane. I really would like to have a base that features a dirt runway for some older aircraft. Maybe a project for this winter? We bought a Nikon D3300 DSLR a few Christmases back, and this is the only model I’ve photographed with it thus far, and I don’t really know what I’m doing, lol. I experimented with the macro mode and automatic and one can see why I usually take my pics outdoors. 😉 None of these pics are that great but I had fun shooting them. With a whole lot of trepidation, I’m posting this genuine “blast from the past” (in more ways than one, 😀) and I hope you take a look…just not too close! Of course, you already know comments are always welcomed! Thanks for your interest! Gary
  12. These are all old builds, and in retrospect should have been posted at the beginning of these series. They often represent the first, hesitant steps on scratchbuilding. Here is another from 2007, 12 years ago (original text as posted then): Entomology for some reason seems an appropriate tool in dealing with this plane. The join-venture that gave birth to the Elytroplan took place in France in 1937, between Charles de Rouge, Jacques de Chabrillan and Victor Bouffort. The curious may visit: http://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charles_de_Roug%C3%A9 for further info. So, what is an “elytron”? A pair of hardened front wings on some insects. I guess the French designers were referring to a pair of small vanes that in this case were located at the tip of a super-sized rudder. They were used to further improve control. Or so the legend goes. In any case the design trend originated a small number of planes, unfortunately all of them destroyed later during war time. There is a plane from another designer preserved at the Musee de L’Air but, although using a similar concept, doesn’t bear a close resemblance to the first Elytroplan, having a horizontal “elytron” instead of vertical ones. Daring job, being a test pilot, uh? Thanks to fellow modeler Michel Barriere for spurring the creation of the model.
  13. These are all old builds, and in retrospect should have been posted at the beginning of these series. They often represent the first, hesitant steps on scratchbuilding. Here is another from 2007, 12 years ago (original text as posted then: In 1933 took to the air an experimental plane that reputedly contributed to raise French fashion design to even higher standards. The plane made use of an adapted Farman series 400 fuselage to which a semi-circular wing of large area was attached. One can only image the discussion between the control surfaces about which will have to control what. Nevertheless the plane flew, and flew well, in-spite of the pilot reputedly having to deal with an abundance of levers protruding from every conceivable corner of the cockpit. The model: For those of us with a bias toward the unusual, this is one that ranks high in the list; simple enough to avoid much head-scratching and good looking enough to spark the construction flame. Haute -flying- couture!
  14. Hi all, Just rolling out, for the second time, my French AD-4N. This model was my first after returning to the hobby only 4.5 years ago following a break of nearly 35 years! I originally finished her as I would have done many years ago but more recently, after gaining more knowledge of new techniques, I’ve given her a make over. The main changes being the addition of aerials and weathering/panel lining. She is the excellent Hasegawa kit, originally an A-1J (I think – my memory!) and I converted her in my way to a French machine. She is depicted as 127888, coded 21-LE of Esc 1/21 based in North Africa. These machines were all dirty all of the time so a great subject for me! Nowadays she is (as far as I know) with the Kalamazoo Aviation History Museum and flown as USN/127888/B. What did I do/use (if I can remember!): Hasegawa A-1J Skyraider kit (1/72) Rebuilt the aft cockpit with Plastruct rod Cut the side door, after filling panel lines, with a Tamiya template. Window drilled and plugged with Kristal Klear. Added modified wing pylons (out of the kit) Used Hobbyboss F4U under belly tanks plus a heavily modified Hobbyboss F-84 wing tip tank. Each had a seam line added in Plastruct square rod. Combination of Zotz and Berna decals Uschi aerials plus the top-fuselage vertical from a house broom! Top fuselage intake from a MIG Painted using Humbrol enamels – 11 Silver, 34 Black, 2 Green, and others. Glosscote and Mattcote to accentuate the stains. Dirtied with Tamiya Weathering powders and Flory dirt canopy finish by a wipe with meths. I forgot to add that any builders of a French Skyraider should get the "Les Skyraiders Francais" book by Sebastian Guillemin. Well, I hope you like her as much as I do! Martin added further images (11/01/19)
  15. Tamiyas Very nice F84G Built this OOB, as a quick build between other stuff. The first for a number of years with no etched, no resin and no scratchbuilding. Then i had a disaster with the decals ( the story of my 2018 models!!) so it got put away. Picked up a berna decals sheet for european F84Gs, to finish it off. This is a F84G from G,R, 2/33 "savoie" Cognac 1955. thanks for looking.
  16. I must say, a very fun 3-4 month build. Even though it is 43 year old kit! (made/boxed in 1975) it went together quite well and detail was quite good for an old kit! In fact i found it better than some kits today. Way better than a Heller kit. It was fun spraying blue paint and i really liked the rivet details, so i left them and did some re scribing on wings. Ooh yes and canopy cracked while putting on masks ;( Feel free to comment: 'Patrouille De France' family...
  17. I'm doing the Kitty Hawk Jaguar and wish to know whether to fit the chaff/flare dispensers underneath towards the rear. The instructions do not show them being fitted as a stage but later show them on so are not really useful, box art shows none painting guide has them fitted and googling is frustratingly inconclusive. Can anyone tell me the answer?
  18. I'm looking for help from Gashopon fans - is there any way of obtaining one particular example? A website used for trading/selling, perhaps? Alternatively, does anyone know if Platz intend to follow up their twin boxing of two USAF A-26Cs with an example in French markings? (As available from F-Toys but only in a randomly-chosen set of 10, with no guarantees.) Or as another alternative, a 1/144 transfers set of French A-26s? Or indeed any other than the ones given by Platz?
  19. Already having the some of the "Dassault" family.. namely the Mystere IVA, Super Mystere and Super Etendard, I thought it would be great to continue the "Dassault family" by adding on the older brother.. the Ouragan. I bought this kit because it is the only kit with decent "Patrouille De France" markings! This 2013 release is a reboxing of the 1980's kit. Same mold. different box & markings. Same artwork. Raised panel lines Thick clear parts Glossy but thick decals. Decals are blurry on the edges (out of register) Out of register roundel. red circle outside blue circle. Four Decals options. PaDF, FAF, Indian, Israeli. This will be the decal option for me. Bought it just for this! Ironically.. i already have this kit, just made in 1980's, but i don't care for any of the two markings. PaDF markings are crap and minimal. Also decals are yellow. Comparing the 2 kits. 20 years in between. just different coloured plastic.
  20. Grrrrrrrrr! After the Photobucket debacle, I switched to HostingPics, a French based image sharing site. All of my photos are on there now.. well, those few I had time to save from PB, plus everything since. I have over 85 pages of images saved on HostingPics - most importantly those for my Ever Evolving Diorama WIP. I just went on there to upload some images for my M4/A3 GB, and found a message, in French, which although I am no French speaker, I immediately recognised as BAD NEWS. Using a translator, my fears were confirmed. HOSTINGPICS IS CLOSING DOWN AND GIVING US 'SEVERAL MONTHS' TO RETRIEVE OUR IMAGES. So, I know a few of you use HostingPics, and I thought I'd warn you now. But I'd also like to ask.... Is there a quick way of downloading and saving all my images from the site. I am NOT looking forward to 'rescuing' nearly 1000 photos, nor am I looking forward to finding yet another image sharing site and uploading them all and repairing the links in my WIPs. GGRRRRRRRRRRRRRR! Badder
  21. French Republican Guard Cavalry Regiment Corporal ICM 1:16 ICM continue their theme of World Guards, with this model of a French Republican Guard Cavalry Regiment Corporal. The Guard are part of the French Gendarmerie and responsible for providing guards and security for the state, and guards of Honour in Paris for State occasions. The kit comes on two sprues of grey plastic and one of black, with a separate black pedestal. The parts are very well moulded with no sign of flash or other imperfections, and while the build is relatively simple, the painting is not one for the feint hearted. Being 1:16 scale it’s large enough for the detail to be seen and painted, yet small enough to have a nice collection in a display cabinet. There is in addition in the Box a print of the same picture used on the box art but with out all the text. As with the other kits in this series the instructions are not very clear. They consist of a colour drawing of the completed and painted model, with the parts numbered and arrowed. Seeing that the kit is fairly straightforward it probably won’t worry the seasoned figure builder, but it might put off the beginner. The two legs are glued together as the waist, and then the two part torso is glued together and attached to the legs. The arms are separate and the helmet is one part so there is no seam to worry about. The larger items such as cuffs are separate as is the sword and scabbard. Painting is going to be a case of patience and a very small brush as mainly of the really fine details are moulded to the uniform. But with care the model should come out looking rather splendid. The kit comes with a nicely moulded pedestal, the top of which has a selection of different finishes, plain, curved cobbles, straight cobbles or flag stones. Alternatively the figure can be presented on a plain flat base. Conclusion If you’re a figure modeller then this will be a great way to pass the time. The painting will require a great deal of finesse and patience but the having seen what can be done the results can be amazing. This is really nicely made though and although quite small, (you will need an optivisor to paint the finer details), and it will look really nice in the display cabinet. Review sample courtesy of
  22. Hi all, apart from The Carpena sheet 72.12, which I can't find, does anyone out there know of another producer of these codes? I need them for a French Invader. Thanks a lot. Merry Christmas to all! Martin
  23. I have received the Regiment de Dromadaires figures I requested Newline Designs to manufacture earlier this year. I think you can guess my next project after I clear the painting table . A nice looking set with plenty detail to get the eyes straining For anyone interested, Newline have the Christmas sale on until the end of November with 25% off.
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