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  1. I’ve had a FROG Katyushka in my stash for ages. One of those kits you get out periodically, take a look and put back again quickly! I do like the work tray box though - I wonder why they never caught on? ICM do an SB-2. I was struck by the kit engineering and bought one: The idea of this build is to make the ICM kit and see if I can’t salvage the FROG one alongside it. The ICM is one of their older kits - it isn’t as sharp as their Po-2 but it’s still very impressive. The wings and ailerons take a bit of work to get sorted (on the right): Here’s what made me get one. You start building the airframe with the centre section: Then add more bits: And suddenly you’ve got a detailed cockpit, bomb bay and wheel wells: Although I suspect that there are some throttles and other bits needed in the cockpit. The nose and tail follow the same pattern of building up separately before sticking it all together.
  2. Due to the hugely popular thread below Is there an appetite for a 2nd Frog GB ? Cheers Pat List of Fame 1. @JOCKNEY 2. @vppelt68 3. @Corsairfoxfouruncle 4. @stevehnz 5. @Ray S 6. @Romeo Alpha Yankee 7. @CliffB 8. @rafalbert 9. @AdrianMF 10. @bigbadbadge 11. @Adam Poultney 12. @klr 13. @Rabbit Leader 14. @nimrod54 15. @Rob S 16. @Retired Bob 17. @theplasticsurgeon 18. @Grandboof 19. @Mjwomack 20. @DaveyGair 21. @Toryu 22. @Doccur 23. @Johnson 24. @TimJ 25. @zebra 26. @jean 27. @Jinxman 28. @John Masters 29. @feoffee2 30. 31. 32. 33. 34.
  3. Werknummer 494230, T6+HM seen below on downwind. I wanted to capture the dusty, weathered look of these aircraft at the front. The olde FROG kit from 1968, F-195. Looking at this kit in the stash over the years, I've always been impressed how cool this looked with the raised panel lines, the rivets, the overall shape, even the razor sharp trailing edges of the flying surfaces are all aspects FROG captured really well. I added aftermarket cannon barrels, a Falcon canopy and a resin cockpit. Old aftermarket decals for the markings, werknummer and codes are my own press-type on clear decal, the rest is out of box as I wanted it as much FROG as I could. This build was also a test mule for the MMP Luftwaffe colors. MMP paints were used exclusively, color coats, clear coats, all weathering. I had no problems, I'm pleased with the results and will continue using them. The cannons are such a big part of this aircraft, I detailed those to busy them up some. Not perfect but good. The Falcone canopy was extremely hard to work with because it is so thin. I spent a day framing and another whole just attaching it. All in all, I'm pleased with this. I wish I had paid closer attention and studied photos better. The yellow fuselage band is too wide, by about half, and I think the "HM" on the port side would all be on green. I was copying an artist illustration, not looking more closely at a photo. There is a lot of life left in this old FROG kit. With just some basic additions, the old kit cleans up well and looks pretty close to modern, more expensive issues of the Ju-87G. 1968, who would have thunk it....
  4. A build done for a GB with a deadline leaving me only three days to complete. I missed the deadline by 23.5 hours so this a four day SPEED BUILD !! With only three days, the first ever ejection seat was scratched together and I vac-formed my own canopy. No time for much else. The rest is out-of-box except for the decals as the kits sheet resembled the Magna Carta in appearance. First build with my new airbrush and I'm very pleased with the airbrush and the results. As the Hellcat build progressed, all my decades old Badgers seemed to collectively say, "enough is enough..." Used MMP paints right out of the bottle, very pleased with performance and color accuracy. I'm thinking this now my new go-to paint. Probably the most glaring omission is an empty hole in the front of the engine nacelle. I will go back and fill that so I can sleep at night. So many 162's are photographed covered with mud/dirt, I may go and add that as well. This silly 3-4 day speed build was great fun. I would do it again but not too often !!!
  5. This build was recently completed for 'Frog/Matchbox GB' on another site. Frog was first to kit a number of overlooked types, and their kit of the DXXI was the first many of us knew such a design had ever existed. Like Polikarpov's I-16 and Camm's Hurricane, the Fokker firm's Dr. Schatzki cast older construction techniques into new, modern configuration in the design of the DXXI. The fuselage was steel tube clad in bolted panels and fabric, the wings were wooden, with plasticized plywood covering. Like contemporary designers at Dewoitine in France, and at Mitsubishi and Nakajima in Japan, Dr. Schatzki decided the loss of speed from employing a fixed landing gear was worth avoiding the weight and complex maintenance required by hydraulic retraction, and the safety concerns of retraction by hand-crank. The DXXI was designed during 1935 with service in the Netherlands East Indies in mind, but the colony's military decided to base their aerial defense instead on 'battleplane' twin engined bombers. The metropolitan Army Aviation Branch (LVA) was not much interested in the type. Finland's decision to purchase the DXXI in quantity convinced the LVA to look again, and an order for three dozen was placed, with the first being received for trials in May, 1938. By the time of the Munich Crisis, four had been delivered, albeit without military equipment fitted. In that state, performance was quite good, rate of climb particularly. More than a usual share of teething troubles seems to have affected the DXXI, the installation of guns in the wings needed a good deal of work, rotation of the wheels in flight gave rise to flutter vibrations and pilots had to lock their brakes in flight. Even after Fokker delivered the last of the LVA order in March, 1939, the aircraft had to be stood down to replace their fuel tanks, the original light alloy tanks proving prone to leaks. While Dutch pilots flew the Fokker DXXI on neutrality patrols and interceptions from September 1939, Finnish pilots flew the type against the Soviets in the Winter War. They tried to avoid the more nimble Polikarpovs, and concentrate on bombers, which were frequently unescorted. When the Nazi blow fell on Holland and the rest in May of 1940, German air power was overwhelming. A DXXI could outmanouver a Messerschmidt, even match it for climb, but that mattered only to individual survivors, it could not shape a campaign. Along with the rest of Holland's armed forces, the Fokker DXXI was brushed aside. The Dutch themselves destroyed the last handful which had lasted all five days. The fourth Fokker DXXI delivered to the LVA was 215, which this model presents in its delivery scheme and equipment, as the machine appeared when one of those displayed for the cameras during the Munich Crisis. It would not have looked quite like this for long; from December 1938 the rudder stripes were overpainted in camouflage. 215 went first to the original Dutch fighter unit (JaVA) at Schiphole. It then went to a new unit, formed to cooperate in the air with the field army. When Germany invaded, this unit (1st Squadron, 2nd Air Regiment) was stationed at Ypenburg, by The Hague. This airfield was attacked by parachute troops at the opening of hostilities, and became the site of a pitched battle while the unit attempted to continue operations. 215 was flown on one sortie by Sgt Linzel, and on a second by his section leader, Lt Steen, after the guns of his DXXI jammed. Once aloft Lt. Steen was enaged by several German aircraft and forced to bring 215 down heavily on the beach, where it was set afire, whether by a Dutch naval vessel or a strafing German is not clear. Sgt. Linzel, the original pilot of 215 on May 10, took up the DXXI Lt. Steen had flown first, 246. He claimed a Bf110, was wounded, and bailed out. This vintage kit build up nicely with a little effort. It is amenable to detailing. It needs an exhaust pipe, and landing lights. I replaced the air filter because I dropped the kit piece, and replace the tailplane brace because I found the kit pieces a bit short. With a little shimming at the rear, the canopy went on nicely. Its frame is strips of painted decal film. Whether this kit is spot-on accurate regarding dimensions and such I haven't a clue. It's different from the PM kit, and I've never seen the Special Hobby offering. A modelling pal sent me from Australia decals for 215 in this Munich period delivery scheme. The colors employed are PS/MM 'Old Concrete' for the khaki, an old Pollyscale RLM dark green, and MM 'Burnt Sienna' cut with dark blue tube acrylic for the brown. Here is link to the WIP thread, over at the old HyperScale site: https://www.tapatalk.com/groups/hyperscale/fmgb-frog-fokker-d-xxi-t522778.html
  6. Ye Olde FROG Hellcat. Fun with old plastic. I'm sure we all know this classic..... It does need a little help to make look acceptable. Mainly fix the canopy, adjust wing dihedral, and lengthen the landing gear. I lengthened the sliding portion and shortened the windscreen. I enlarged the windows behind the sliding portion and will fill those with clear window maker. Wings were glued on at correct angle and filled. Rather than lengthen the struts that I have mostly had little success with, I just lowered the mounting holes with square styrene. Print-Scale Decals were used for Lt(jg) Alexander Vraciu of the USS Intrepid, February 1944. My own mixtures for the U.S. Navy colors using MMP paints that performed very well. All out-of-box except the canopy and decals...and the gun sight. I think I could have gone a little heavier with the weathering, they got fairly nasty out there on the carriers. Next to the several Spitfires on the shelf, this was genuinely a big aircraft. Thanks for following along this long.
  7. The Bristol Type 175 Britannia was a medium-to-long-range airliner built by the Bristol Aeroplane Company in 1952 to fly across the British Empire. During development two prototypes were lost and the turboprop engines proved susceptible to inlet icing, which delayed entry into service while solutions were sought. By the time development was completed, "pure" jet airliners from France, United Kingdom, and the United States were about to enter service, and consequently, only 85 aircraft were built before production of the Britannia ended in 1960. Nevertheless, it is considered one of the landmarks in turboprop-powered airliner design and was popular with passengers. It became known as "The Whispering Giant" for its quiet exterior noise and smooth flying, although the passenger interior remained less tranquil. XN392 ‘ACRUX’ The Royal Air Force Bristol 175 Britannia Fleet. G-APPE / XN392 SERIES 250 – VARIANT 252 / C.Mk 2 Constructors No. 13450 Built at Belfast – First flight 13/10/58 – C of A: 10/11/58 Built to contract 11804 for the Ministry of Supply, dated February 1955. Officially on Ministry of Supply charge from 09 November 1958 and delivered via Filton as G-APPE on 12 November 1958. On 13 March 1959 G-PE carried spare parts for the grounded BOAC 102 Britannia, G-ANBC at Rangoon, in what was then a record time for the route. Royal Air Force Transport Command colours were applied in late March 1959, serialled XN392 she was named ‘Acrux’. Evaluated by A&AEE at Boscombe Down until 24 May 1959, she was damaged by salt spray at Belfast causing her return to Filton for repairs to the underside of the fuselage and the wings. Delivered to Transport Command No.99 Squadron at RAF Lyneham on 18 September 1959 she was subsequently operated within Nos. 99 and 511 Squadrons’ Britannia pool at RAF Lyneham from March 1961. In December 1975 she was withdrawn from military service and stored at Baginton Airport , Coventry. XN392 had flown 12 652 hours and made 10 380 landings whilst in service with the RAF. She was purchased by Aer Turas on 18 December 1975 but only as a source for spares for their Britannia fleet and broken up and scrapped during April and May 1976 after a potential operation by City Airways fell through. Chrism sent this for me to build for the A&NVMSig. This kit was originally issued by Frog in 1957 and is 1/96 scale. Not surprisingly the kit is very basic and crude. The parts really show the kit’s age with pronounced ejector pin marks, steps where the mould has not properly aligned and gaps, presumably where the mould has been damaged. Flash is abundant and some sprue gates are very thick. The propeller spinners virtually needed carving from the runner, so heavy was the flash. Making a half presentable model was challenging to say the least. I made no attempt at fine detailing, I merely filled gaps in the joints and assembled as per the instructions. I added 20g of white metal castings (weighed out) and placed in the nose compartment as indicated on the instructions. The under-surfaces were primed with gloss black prior to airbrushing the natural metal finish. I used several shades to add variation and discolouration. I then masked off the under surfaces and primed with Vallejo Acrylic 74600 White Polyurethane Surface Primer shot through my Model Air Brush 116B. I also used this airbrush to spray Vallejo Model Air 71001 White mixed with a little Klear to make a white gloss finish. This was allowed to fully cure before I sprayed another coat of Klear as a foundation for the transfers. Some small areas of aluminium paint lifted when the masking was removed. These areas were blended in using AK Interactive AK456 True Metal Dark Aluminium. The transfers were applied using Microset & Microsol and then the windscreen was slotted into place and the frame marked with a ruling pen. This was all sealed under a protective coat of Klear. I fitted the undercarriage after a little fettling. Despite the nose weight added the model remains a tail-sitter, indicating that the 20g specified is insufficient. To counter this, I scratched a support rod, cut from clear plastic rod and stuck to a disc cut from clear plastic sheet. The last task was to paint the black anti-glare panel and nose. Painting Profile: Vallejo Acrylic 74602 Gloss Black Polyurethane Surface Primer AK Interactive AK479 Xtreme Metal Aluminium AK Interactive AK480 Xtreme Metal Dark Aluminium Alclad2 ACL-113 Jet Exhaust Alclad2 ACL-121 Burnt Iron Alclad2 ACL-112 Steel Alclad2 ACL-111 Magnesium AK Interactive AK456 True Metal Dark Aluminium Vallejo Acrylic 74600 White Polyurethane Surface Primer Vallejo Model Air 71001 White Klear Vallejo Model Color 70950 169 Black
  8. When will Airfix give us an new 1/72 Supermarine Scimitar? http://modelingmadness.com/review/korean/attardscim.htm Cheers / André
  9. Good evening all, Tonight I have for you the start of my first build for a GB! Originally I was planning on entering the Airfix 1/72 Blenheim, but I realized a number of others would be doing the same, and in any case, I managed to ruin the kit beyond redemption today while trying to install a CMK resin bomb-bay upgrade. (I was convinced this would happen and tried anyways. I should trust myself more often! As a backup, I have the Hawker Typhoon Bristol 138A! Maybe it's just me, but from the side, the fuselage looks quite similar to the later British fighter-bomber. This is the Airlines boxing of the FROG kit from the early 60's - a kit I am surprised exists, even understanding the range of kits produced by FROG and Matchbox in those days. Needless to say, it is simple, and mine is unfortunately covered in sink marks opposite of the alignment pegs. So far, I've added some detail to the cockpit - an extended floor, framing, control stick, instrument panel, and side console. Additionally, some detail was added to the radiator, though it's spurious at best. The engine is going to be replaced with one from an old Heller Gladiator that was never finished due to paint and gloss problems. Unfortunately, my new Camera seems entirely disinterested in making any attempt to focus on the parts of this kit, irrespective of lighting. For now, this is what I have - Shortly after these photos were taken, the insides were painted and the halves joined. Tomorrow, the tail surfaces and wings will be constructed, but not before I spray the final flat coat on a Hind, decal a P-26, and order a replacement Blenheim. After all, I have 2 decal sets, a mask set, and resin parts that need to be used. Does anyone know of any rare Bristol types that I may be able to pick up for the rest of this GB? Thanks all, Tweener
  10. Here's my place setter for this GB The Novo boxing of Frogs 1/72 Miles Master Fortunately I have alternative decals as the existing one are likely for display purposes only, not looking forward to doing all that yellow ! Cheers Pat
  11. I had a desire to make rare and little made airplanes, so this project is going in that direction. I made an old Frog model in an ARK Models box. For such an old model, everything fits very well, so I did not encounter any problems. Everything is OOB, the colors are standard Model Master, the decals are a mixture of Ark's and Airfix's. As for the model itself, it is a plane from the Pacific battlefield, the East India Squadron. Here are the pictures and greetings to the next model.
  12. This is my first post of a model I have built on this forum. I resumed building models about seven years ago and I have completed a few. I added a ClearVax canopy and added some interior details.
  13. I'm sure most of us have seen this one before... Wherever possible, I used the kit part and tweaked it. I added a resin cockpit and substituted the kits radar antenna with aftermarket. These antennas were great and will use them again when the opportunity arises. I moved the kits drop tanks inboard to the correct position, lettered and dented. I vac formed the kit canopy and opened it up. Canopy frames done with decal strips. The ubiquitous bottom shot. I am converting, (kicking and screaming,) to acrylics. In this case I'm using MMP paints and they performed very well with no problems. I wish I had done the camouflaged blotches better, my airbrush failing not the paints. Clear gloss, decals then dull coat and panel lines drawn on with a fine ink pen. Are there better 110's out there?, yes, but this was great fun reworking olde plastic.
  14. Hi all and another blast from the past finished for the recent Frog GB here. Build thread is here but to recap: Kit: Frog F-4K/M Phantom Scale: 1/72 Paints: Halfords plastic primer, Revell Acyrlics, Flory Models wash, Klear, W&N Satin varnish Build: Small panel line rescribe. Scratchbuilt engine doors. Seats, cockpit & canopy from Italeri F-4S Decals: From the kit with some extras from the spares With an equally ancient Airfix F-4 I built a couple of years back. Good fun and looks like a Phantom from across the room! Thanks for looking and happy modelling. Cheers, Dermot
  15. Hi folks This is my first post here so hello first of all. Since I found this site I’ve learned a ton of stuff and been inspired and intimidated in equal measure. Look forward to hopefully be a bit more of an active contributor as opposed to a lurker Reading around it sounds like I’m not the only one who has picked up a model for the first time in many moons due to the COVID-19 lockdown. I can’t actually remember the last time I built a model plane but it must be at least 45 years ago. I also wasn’t quite sure whether this was the right place to post this (apologies if it isn’t)? If I’d discovered this forum earlier I would have posted some work in progress shots but as it is I’ve nearly finished the plane but I don’t consider it ready for inspection as I want to build a trolley for it. I might even have a go at a diorama but not sure yet. I picked up this kit for a fiver I’ve attached a few pictures of where I’ve got to and would appreciate any critique of the current status and also any suggestions for anything I might have missed. Happy to provide any details about what I’ve done so far too. I made quite a few changes along the way as the kit wasn’t very accurate and I’m reasonably happy with it although it doesn’t stand up to really close inspection. I kept reading about things that I’d never come across before which sounded like a good idea (e.g. using foil to make the plane look like metal) but turned out to be blooming tricky. I only came across rescribing recently at which point I almost decided to bin it and start again but in the end I couldn’t face that and decided to carry on. I don’t think it looks too bad even thought the bodywork isn’t really much like the real thing. As I said though I’m keen to build a trolley next to display the plane and I found the plans for the pavla model which I am going to use but I’m a bit stumped as to how to make the wheels and was looking for some inspiration. I wondered if anyone had any tips for making tires in particular. I’ve worked out how to do the wire spokes but am not happy with my ideas so far for tyres... all tips gratefully appreciated. thanks Daryl P.S. The decals all fell apart when I put those on and I had to slide all the bits around on the surface of the plane and reassemble them all like a jigsaw puzzle. Luckily it’s not too noticeable but it was a real pain. Is there a trick to avoiding this happening? I’m assuming it’s because they were old (I actually used the ones from the airfix kit which someone sold me on eBay)
  16. Thought some of you might enjoy this olde plastic. I'm sure most of you have seen or built this kit from 1967 or so. Mine came to me in a baggy missing the stand and with 2 sets of unusable decals. Although much maligned for being inaccurate, it really is not that far off from drawings and it doesn't seem THAT bad... I wanted to recreate this moment when F/O Collier became the first known pilot to down a V-1 Buzz bomb by tipping it over using his own wing. I had no base with the kit so came up with my own. I roughed in the positions of the two a/c and then finished them up. I have no access to an airbrush so the spitfire was done with spray bomb. The V-1 did get airbrushed during a brief couple of hours in Connecticut. I inked in the panel lines on both a/c with a fine pen. I added a pilot from the Revell set, cut and turned his head, sanded and reshaped the nasty FROG canopy and vac-formed my own. All markings are from aftermarket generic sheets of roundels and RAF code letters. The serial numbers are press-type on clear decal. I thought about staining the wood base but decided not to. I printed a photo of the English countryside from the web and spray mounted that down instead. The flame I made from clear stretched sprue painted in different colors. I'm pleased with how this turned out and glad I didn't have a base with the kit. There is still much life to be had in old kits.
  17. Well after 2 previous failed attempts at starting this GB... Ladies and Gentlemen I give you the Donetsk Toys Factory Vultee Vengeance, aka the Frog one made in the USSR ! I have checked beforehand with Rich and this one is a goer, pictures below. Yes I know what you're thinking who needs a Tamiya kit when you can have quality like this ! Still sealed in the bag Looks complete But isn't as the decals aren't in the kit, which isn't surprising as they didn't work anyway. Fortunately a kind fellow member of BM has come to my rescue and let me have a spare set. The box also doesn't have a painting guide like the old Frog / Novo ones used to have so I will be building the Aussie aircraft below cheers Pat
  18. HI all and joining with this oldie, picked up at Duxford one year during the Flying Legends show.. Frog He_219_Box by Dermot Moriarty, on Flickr Here she is in all her blue plastic loveliness Frog He_219_contents by Dermot Moriarty, on Flickr For any who don't know about this aircraft, you can find out more here Plan is to build OOB but a little added detail in the cockpit Good luck with your builds! All the best, Dermot
  19. Hi everyone, I’d like to present another model made for FROG/NOVO competition — that’s American-Spanish version of the famous British Harrier. This is the old FROG pack reproduced by Donetsk Toy Factory. As usual, this work was made in “Out of box” nomination, which doesn’t allow any modifications in the original kit except the change of the pitot tube and set-up of antennas on the fuselage (which is how American-Spanish model differs from the British one). According to the rules of the contest I had to stay within the limits of the kit — rised panel lines, geometry inaccuracies and so on. So, the result is before you. The model represents 008-9 aircraft from the 8th squadron of Spain naval air forces Dedalo for 1982. Thanks for looking!
  20. For a change I thought I would not make a delta, though having said that I seem to recall at least one book/article I read where the author described the wing as being like a delta with a triangle cut out of the rear wingroot! Assuming it gets done, this will be the fourth Lightning I have built, the first being to original Airfix F1 from around 1963. This was followed by a Frog F6, though I can't recall if it was the reboxed Hasegawa one or not, and both of these builds have long gone, or at least I can't find them. A good few years back I build the Airfix F3, which I still have, and now I have this, bought at least 10 years ago, probably from e-Bay. Yes, it is the Donetsk version, ex Frog in a lovely Chocolate coloured plastic! I gather from Serge @Aardvark's comments in another build that the history of this kit is a bit complicated, in that it seems Frog had been considering making a kit themselves, but then found that when they teamed up with Hasegawa it was cheaper to just rebox their mould. However once the agreement ended, they once more set about making one, though it may well be that it is a modified copy of the Hasegawa one. Whatever the case, at some point they came to an agreement with Novo for it to be made in Russia, possibly whilst it was still being produced over here as well. This is one moulded by DFI in Donetsk I gather though it just says "Made In Russia" on the sprue, so whether they were making it on behalf of Novo or in their own right I do not know. It is of course a very basic kit so I will have to do some work on the interior, possily involving aftermarket bits and pieces, but more on that later. I have not yet decided on the markings so I will have to have a look though my stock of decs - I imagine the kit ones will be shot! More if and when I find time to start. Cheers Pete
  21. Hello all, Today I have the start of a build that I don't know why I am attempting, as frankly, it is vastly beyond my skill level. It is the FROG / MSD 1/72 Vickers Vimy Commercial / Vernon. So far, I have added some bulkheads to the (attempt) at a cockpit, as well as a few for the walls of the troop / medevac compartment. Tail surfaces and the upper wing have both been built, as well as the engines, one of which has been misplaced somewhere. So far, only a little filler has been needed at the joins of the wing sections and on the engine nacelles, but I suspect that far more will be needed once I actually glue the fuselage halves together. For now, here is the dry-fit fuselage and (part of) the tail surfaces: Next up will be finishing the engines, finding / scratching bench seats for the interior, and then completing the tail. Thanks all, Wish me luck, Tweener
  22. Original FROG Canberra PR.7 kit bought and made in 1960. Consigned to 'spares' box by late 1970s, but slowly worked on for next 10 years and fully restored and improved by 1995. The 'flat' mainwheels were cut off and Matchbox B-25 Mitchell wheels added, all raised rivets and panel lines removed, and hinge lines scored in. A 'collar' was added to the rear of the canopy. The original FROG engine cowlings are too bulbous, but have been retained. They are closer to the one-off Sapphire engined experimental version. The colour scheme was chosen to be close to and a tribute to the original FROG markings. WH778, 31 Sqdn, Laarbruch Germany, c 1956 (11) by Philip Pain, on Flickr WH778, 31 Sqdn Laarbruch Germany, c 1956 (10) by Philip Pain, on Flickr WH778, 31 Sqdn Laarbruch Germany, c 1956 (6) by Philip Pain, on Flickr WH778, 31 Sqdn Laarbruch Germany, c 1956 (4) by Philip Pain, on Flickr WH778, 31 Sqdn Laarbruch Germany, c 1956 (2) by Philip Pain, on Flickr Thanks for looking.
  23. Hi The very last two models which I did in 2020 are two Dewoitnes D 520. One is a OOB (except decals) from a Hasegawa kit, the second one has a complex history and is very important as a foundation myth (or foundation stone) of my modelling in some way - this is a Frog kit glued (but not painted) by my Father when he returned from a scholarship on Manchester University in 1961. In his youth (1950s) he was constructing some airplane or train engines large scale models out of the scratch and also paper airplane models. As a young astronomer preparing his PhD from a country behind iron curtain he got the scholarship for 3 months at the University of Manchester to verify his calculations using computer. Those days there was no computer at all in Poland. When he was on site he found out, that the scholarship is in fact founded by NATO, so was terrified to keep it in the deepest secret, to avoid being accused for espionage after return... He told this to us few years ago only. The reason of getting this scholarship was that his PhD was about the mass distribution on Moon (so called mascons, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mass_concentration_(astronomy) ) which results in a kind of oscillations of Moon, and those movements allows to do some mathematical calculations to get their distribution. Those objects could be dangerous for low-level orbiting over Moon, therefore the knowledge on them was so important at this time. An the observations of those oscillations were done 50 years earlier, in beginning of XX century by professor T.Banachiewicz, Polish astronomer (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tadeusz_Banachiewicz), when he worked in Kazan, Russia, before revolution. And this was the best (longest and most precise) set of data before the satellites era. Father got this set of data from Banachiewicz to work on this for his PhD, so to do those calculations. When Father was in UK he discovered model shops and whole world of modelling, not present in communist Polns these years, so he bought some of them like Airfix Caravelle, Comet and Vanguard in 1/144, Queen Elisabeth in 1/600 and in 1/72 F4U1D Corsair by Revell and Dewoitine 520 from Frog. In subsequent five years he did them for his children, so for me and my older Brother ( @KRK4m ). Two in 1/72 models were unpainted, since he bought only basic colors like white, black, red, brown - which enabled finishing the others. Here is a bit nostalgic photo from that era (~1963-4) of us posing with Caravelle and Comet (that is me): Then, within few years some models appeared in Poland, Father was introducing us to this hobby and within few years we started to do models by ourselves. I painted Dewoitine (ugh...- without thinner with glossy paints) and Brother did the same to Corsair, then after some time I repainted it already with mat colors and then (still some 45 year ago) third time. So it had a really thick cover of paints. Many times the prop and the legs were broken, since we were playing some children games with them before. All the time they were glued back so surprisingly the model survived 55 year with only Pitot tube lost. Some time ago I immersed it in NaOH solution for couple of weeks a removed all paint. The canopy looks terrible it was even a bit opaque due to glue, but I polished it and cover with gloss varnish. I have made some small fixes (like filling holes in cooler and main wheel bay), I shorted the u/c legs to match that of Hasegawa kit and painted. I used the decals from the ancient Esci set (for individual machine, the roundels are by Techmod), it presents machine No 105 from 2 Ecadrille of GC I/3 during 1940 defense of France: In parallel I completed the Hasegawa kit, also using mix of decals - main part come from box, but the Squadron emblem comes from the same Esci set. This is machine No 49 from Vichy AF, 2 Escadrille of GC II/6 based in Thies , Senegal in August 1941 An both together Comments welcome. Welcome also to my yearbook, the year score is 24 new plus two restored. Have a happy whole New, the 2021 year, back in normal free of epidemic fears and fully in health! Regards Jerzy-Wojtek
  24. Hello all, Today I have for inspection one of the old FROG / Chematic 1/72 Magisters, in the markings of an Irish Air Corps bird. Originally I had planned to build a RAAF in overall aluminum, but the included Techmod decals enticed me to build something a little more colorful. All in all, I'm glad I did. I started this kit in the same way as the MB Gladiators - by adding some conjectural interior framing, as seen here: Unlike the Gladiators, the final result is actually visible, and makes the interior looks much better in my opinion. Control sticks were also added. The final result looks like this: The eagle-eyed will observe that the front windscreen was sourced from a Revell 1/72 P-26 - the included piece wasn't fully molded, and so wasn't usable. Thankfully, the Revell piece more or less looks the part and fits well. Next is a 1/72 Spitfire Ia, followed by a DH.60G in Belgian markings and then a Mig 17 for a change of pace. Thanks for checking in, Stay safe, Tweener
  25. In progress now is the Chematic (FROG) 1/72 Miles M.14 Magister, which will be finished in the markings of the Irish Air Corps. With no internal detail outside of seats and a low parts count, I expect a quick build. Nonetheless, I added some conjectural internal framing from Evergreen .020 Strip and may yet add control sticks as well. One of the clear parts was short shot and is thus unusable, but I should have a suitable replacement somewhere. For now, this is how it looks: With any luck, the halves will be together tomorrow and then I will be able to add some of the tail surfaces. The wings will (most likely) be attached after painting to ensure a clean separation between the black fuselage and aluminum wings. Hopefully the decals, which are printed by Techmod, will fit well. If not, I have spares for a RAAF option as well. That's all for the moment, Stay safe, Tweener
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