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  1. Have you ever wanted to make your own custom masks for your Luftwaffe aircraft, but your attempts ended up as utter failure/markings were too difficult to draw by hand? Well, don't dispair anymore! I found this link which allows you to download to your pc the exact letter/number font for Luftwaffe aircraft! Simply download the file, open the RAR and install and font, it'll install itself on the font list on Word. You have numbers, letters, and two types of Balkan Crosses! Once you open Word and select the font, "Blockschrift fur Flugzeug", you'll be able to print the desired codes, cut them and make your own masks. https://fonts2u.com/blockschrift-fr-flugzeuge.font
  2. Hello everyone, it's been a while. Does anyone know if I/SG2 had Fw 190F-8s numbered Red (or Blue) 1 and 3? There're two know photos of Red (or Blue) 2 and 9, so I assume the former was the case. Cheers!
  3. Hello guys, I'm pleased to show you my latest build, Revell's 1:32 Bf 109G-10 Erla. I used the decals to represent "Yellow 7" of JG 300. This aircraft was captured at the end of WW2 at Prague-Kbely. I followed Eduard's paintintñg scheme instead of the one supplied by Revell.
  4. Hello guys, This is my entry for the grouptbuild. A bit of nostalgia from my younger years, having built at least three versions of the earlier boxings of this kit. This one os the 2018 reboxing of the 1996 kit. As such, it has quite a bit of flash on the parts, but nothing a sharp blade can't solve. The cooling fan will be complicated to remove without damaging, because the three contact points are connected to the blades themselves. I'm picturing myself breaking them so I don't end up disappointed 🙃 Here's the box. And here's today's progress, some painted parts on the sprues. Not pictured are the clear parts, which are on the box.
  5. Against my better judgement, I decided to get a fourth Dragon kit. Another Ta 154. This one will be built as the projected, but never built, A-2 single seater day fighter version. Since the Ta 154A-2 never materialised, I have an open canvas regarding the camouflage. Speaking of camouflage, I still don't know how I'll paint this kit. Undersides will be in RLM 76, but for the upper sections, I have no idea. Since it'll be a single seat heavy fighter, I could go with a late war RLM 75/82 or 81/82 scheme with the late JG 300 RVD band on the back. The other option would be to use RLM 74/75 with the early JG 300 red band. Tough decisions will need to be made. Markings will be as simple as it gets, with the generic crosses and two chevrons to make it a Hauptmann aircraft. I'm also aware of the warping issue of the wings. My copy looks ok (I said the same when I bought the first one). Here's the link that has all the planned variants of the Moskito: http://www.historyofwar.org/articles/weapons_focke-wulf_Ta_154_Moskito.html Start of the project ia scheduled after January 21st of 2023.
  6. Hello guys, While I study for my next exam this 20th and dread my upcoming visit to the dentist (Wisdom Tooth removal), I thought I'd show you my next big scale project. It's the Revell (new tool) 1:32 Messerschmitt Me 262A-1a. I'm certain I won't be building any of the given schemes. I'll go for a what if colour scheme based in the early camouflage of the 262 in RLM 74/75. The only distinctive marking for this otherwise generic scheme will be the addition of a double chevron (from the Bf 109G-6 in 32nd scale from Revell) to denote a Captain's aircraft. Boxart: Parts (still bagged):
  7. Youtube recommended me this short video. It shows some Fw 190F-8s from what I assume is SG10 (due to the yellow nose band and rudder) at the end of WW2 in Czechoslovakia (I base this claim by the fact the Revell 1:32 F-8 has markings for two SG10s based at Czechoslovakia).
  8. This is A&A's follow up to their previous Me209 V-4 1/48 kit, with new parts they now present us with the Me209 V-1. I built this kit OOB with only minor details added, a fairly easy build although some filler was required not surprising with a short run kit,. The version chosen was the overall blue scheme, as the machine was painted after its speed record success. I didn't add a wash to the panel lines as I would imagine they were filled on the actual machine, those on the kit are very lightly inscribed and not very noticeable on the finished model. The model was painted in AK Real Colours RAL 5008 Graublau ( as per K. Merrick ) kit decals went on without any problem, Above is a comparison between the V-1 and V-4 versions of the Messerschmitt Me209. Cheers Andy
  9. Airfix's Ju 87B-1 won on the small poll I made last week regarding the next WW2 model I should buy. I'll pick it up from my LHS this Friday, and should be started next Saturday. The chosen scheme will be the one on the boxart, the Ju 87B-1 for the Battle of France. My plan for the future is to make a collection of aircraft in 1:72 that participated in the Battle of France and Britain. It'll be formed mainly with Airfix kits (Bf 109E-3/E-4, Spitfire Mk.Ia, Hurricane Mk.I, Bf 110C and Boulton Paul Defiant Mk.I). The bomber section would be made up of the Revell Ju 88A-1, Italeri's He 111H (with decals for the BoB), and the Revell 1:72 Do 17Z-2. I know Airfix released new tools of the Do 17 and He 111P, but those aren't available. For now, here's the familiar boxart of the model. Sprue pics on Friday, and progress on Saturday.
  10. Here are the photos of my most recent model, the Eduard Fw 190A-8 (new tool) modifed into an A-9. I used the 14 bladed cooling fan, paddle bladed propeller and Aeromaster decals to make an Fw 190A-9 from Schlachtgeschwader 10. My only complain is that the swastika seems too big, but I didn't want to use the one from the kit.
  11. Here's a preview of my next project, Eduard's Fw 190A-8 that will be transformed into an A-9 from SG 10 by using the 14 bladed cooling fan and the broad bladed propeller. One thing I won't do is to lengthen the cowling 30mm. I guess 30mm IRL must be negligible in a scale model. Here are the decals I'll be using (left, Aeromaster) next to the Eduard ones (right). The version I plan on doing. I like the yellow on this one.
  12. Hello guys, I have the Aeromaster decal sheet "Reich Defense Part 3" in 1:48, and got interested in the Fw 190A-8 "Yellow 1 and Bars" from JG 11. The painting profile suggests the aircraft was painted in RLM 81/82/76, with a replacement empennage painted in RLM 75/76. However, I found this photo of an aircraft very similar to the one in the sheet. This one looks to be much more different than an A-8 (doesn't seem to have the 13mm machinguns in the nose, and lacks the later 190 landing gear doors). But it does have the blown canopy, characteristic of late-war 190s. Guiding myself with the colour profile of the Eduard Fw 190A-6 for Anton Hackl's aircraft (from JG 11 too), I assumed the empennage of the aircraft I'm interested in is white, with a replacement rudder, and painted in RLM 74/75. This aircraft also has the earlier landing gear doors. Could this one be Frankenplane, with a mix of parts to make one functional 190? Any help in identifying this aircraft will be welcomed! P.S: I intend to build the Eduard new tool 48th 190A-8, and the beginning (and acquisition) of this project depends on the solution to the identification of this plane.
  13. Story time! I went today to get my second dose of the COVID vaccine, only to be informed I had the appointment booked for the 1st of August. I then went to a cafe, and while looking at my Facebook group, I found that a hobby shop near me was selling second hand Hasegawa 1:48 kits. They also offered a 10% discount if the model was paid in cash. I promptly asked the seller to reserve me the Bf 109K-4. The kit came without the main sprue bags, but all the pieces were there. The clear parts were bagged, and the decals, though a bit yellowed, were in top shape. Once I arrived home with my new model, I checked the marking options. There're two provided, Yellow 4 of Feldwebel Strebel, and Yellow 1 of JG27 (with the green RVD band). I first selected the JG27 scheme because it had an RLM 81/82/76 camouflage, but after looking for photos for it (none showed up), I stumbled upon a Bf 109K-4 numbered 332700. This 109 is mostly anonymous, no special markings nor numbers, only a black "700" hastily painted on both fuselage halves. After practising a bit with a fine brush and some black paint, I decided to go ahead with "700," because it has plenty of RLM 81 areas. Here're the photos: Here's a photo of "332700," no wings though, so there'll be plenty of guessing with this aircraft. Maybe I'll just paint the undersides in RLM 76, because my 84 is too thin and needs several coats.
  14. Hello and welcome to my most recent WIP thread, I'll try to update it as frequently as possible. This thread is dedicated to one of Germany's nighfighter aces, Prinz Heinrich zu Sayn Wittgenstein. He was born in 1916 and died in 1944. During his career with the Luftwaffe's night fighter arm, he was credited with a total of 83 victories. This isn't the first time I've built ICM's Ju 88C-6b, so I know what I should and what I shouldn't do. The first build showed me the cockpit and the wing roots were a perfect fit, but the installation of the wings to the centre wing section was difficult. I also found out that, by attaching the engines to the landing gear bulkheads, they wouldn't let me close the engine nacelles, leaving huge gaps. So I plan to leave the engines out and glue the landing gear bulkheads and radiator faces. The exhausts will be left out too (I'll glue the flame dampers, so they won't be seen anyway) and the propellers will be glued directly to the radiator faces. I also discovered that ICM decals only give you one chance to place them right onto the model's surface, so I asked Far South Models to make me two sets of decals for this pilot's Ju 88C-6b. Now, onto the photos. All the parts come inside a single bag with a sticky lid. The kit doesn't come with Swastikas, so I'll be adding two from Dukel Hobbies's set.
  15. This is my first Bf 109 in the bigger scales in a long time. I used to have two Trumpeter 109Es and a 21st Century Toys 109G-14, but neither of them reached the decalling session. Here are the photos of my first successful 109 in 1:32. Decals were of "meh" quality, because the white isn't opaque enough to cover the mottling.
  16. Hello guys! Here's a model I had never posted in here, my second Ta 183 from Academy with markings for Erich Hartmann's aircraft.
  17. Hello guys, this is my seventeenth and final build of the quarentine (I've run out of models to build).
  18. Is there any shops like King Kit in Germany where one can find and buy old and second hand kits? Or does that market not exist in German concerning kits? Cheers / André
  19. The Messerschmitt Bf 109, was a German World War II fighter aircraft that was the backbone of the Luftwaffe's fighter force. The Bf 109 first saw operational service during the Spanish Civil War (1939) and was still in service at the dawn of the jet age at the end of World War II (1945). It was one of the most advanced fighters of the era, including such features as all-metal monocoque construction, a closed canopy, and retractable landing gear. It was powered by a liquid-cooled, inverted-V12 aero engine. From the end of 1941, the Bf 109 was steadily being supplemented by the superior Focke-Wulf Fw 190. It was commonly called the Me 109 most often by Allied aircrew and even amongst the German aces themselves, even though this was not the official German designation. The "Bf 109" designation was issued by the German ministry of aviation and represents the developing company Bayerische Flugzeugwerke and is a rather arbitrary figure. It was designed by Willy Messerschmitt (hence Me 109) and Robert Lusser, who worked at Bayerische Flugzeugwerke, during the early to mid-1930s. Originally conceived as an interceptor, later models were developed to fulfill multiple tasks, serving as bomber escort, fighter-bomber, day-, night-, all-weather fighter, ground-attack aircraft, and as reconnaissance aircraft. It was supplied to and operated by several states during World War II, and served with several countries for many years after the war. The Bf 109 was the most produced fighter aircraft in history, with a total of 33,984 airframes produced from 1936 up to April 1945. The G series, or "Gustav", was introduced in mid-1942. Its initial variants (G-1 through G-4) differed only in minor details from the Bf 109F, most notably in the more powerful 1475 PS (1,455 HP) DB 605 engine. Odd numbered variants were built as high-altitude fighters with a pressurized cockpit and GM-1 boost, while even numbered variants were non-pressurized, air superiority fighters and fighter-bombers. Long-range photo-reconnaissance variants also existed. The later G series (G-5 through G-14) was produced in a multitude of variants, with uprated armament and provision for kits of pre-packaged, generally factory- installed parts known as Umrüst-Bausätze (usually contracted to Umbau) and adding a "/U" suffix to the aircraft designation when installed. Field kits known as Rüstsätze were also available for the G-series but those did not change the aircraft designation. By early 1944 tactical requirements resulted in the addition of MW-50 water injection boost and high-performance superchargers, boosting engine output to 1,800–2,000 PS (1,775-1,973 HP) See Process
  20. I have a Heller Magister taking up shelf space, however I have a big reluctance to build it OOB because it's hardly inspirational as such... Option 1: Patrouille De France 1978, could there be a more colourful scheme? Or a more common combination...(tied perhaps with a Red Arrow Hawk) Option 2: All silver West Germany WS50 19966. Could this be the most boring Heller scheme? So without buying an AM decal sheet what could I come up with? 1. Put it back on the shelf 2. Build but don't paint/decal 3. Spend more money on decals, and blowing apart the idea of cheap + cheerful. 4. Wiff... Which do you think won? ********** Edit: Just found an old Matchbox G91Y in deep storage so now I have to wonder what a mix-n-match would result in...
  21. Started this morning The only problem with the body - relatively large hole that can be easily cured with dissolved putty, excess of which is removed with nail polish remover result - the hole has vanished I replaced plastic gun with aluminium tube from Albion Alloys that I sanded to make it more cone like Also replaced machine gun barrels with thin tubes First coat of primer to reveal defects
  22. Lavochkin La-7 Commander of the 156th IAP Lt.Col., Hero of the Soviet Union S.F. Dolgushin, 215th IAD, 8th IAK, 4th VA, Kluzow, Germany, April 1945 Kit: 1/72 Eduard ProfiPack Afermarket parts: Pavla vacuformed canopy The main problem areas of the kit (fixed in this build) were: Wrong shaped wing tips (actually beginning at approx. 1/3rd of the span from the tip) both in profile and frontal view. While fixing this error, the aileron surface detail (being originally in "shrink-wrap" style) was lost and a new, more correct representation of doped fabric tautened over the frame with rib tapes added was done. Almost empty main wheel-wells: very little detail was provided and the most of what was available was wrong anyway. So, they had to be almost completely reworked. Some detail was scratch built of plastic and some corrections were done using Mr. Surfacer as well. The correct “ceiling” of the wheel bay area being originally just the inner surface of the upper main wing half was cut off, given the accurate profile and then positioned on its correct place. Inaccurate propeller spinner. It was corrected with Mr. Surfacer. Very basic representation of the louvers mounted in front of the engine being originally just a disc with a relief detail, while there should actually be empty intervals between the separate blades as well as between the blade tips and the cowling inner surface visible. To achieve the desired result, the excess plastic was removed from the original part, the edges of the blades were sanded off and the part was positioned onto a plastic tube mounted in the cowling interior. Gun ports being just holes in the cowling front ring, while their lower surface should actually go through the entire cowling. This was corrected by adding plastic inserts to the appropriate areas. The same had to be done with the wing root air intakes. Cockpit interior behind the pilot’s seat/radio compartment - again, almost empty and what was available, was wrong. Eventually the entire interior was scratch built there. The cockpit itself, despite some etched parts provided, could also benefit from some improvements as otherwise it still looks somewhat toy-like. Some cables and instruments were added there for more realism as well. The cockpit borders were too thick and, in addition, not exactly parallel, therefore, some sanding was required here as well. Canopy. Although crystal-clear, it is (both 1-piece and 3-piece parts) unfortunately thick enough to be unusable for displaying in open position. On the other hand, if displayed in closed position, due to the thickness, the cockpit interior looks severely distorted. The kit part was eventually replaced with the vacu-canopy by Pavla. The joint of the wing and the fuselage resulted in some sort of a small “peak” in the lower fuselage line. While correcting this, some moderate re-shaping of the fuselage in this area was required. In addition, the landing gear flaps were thinned down, some missing access hatches were engraved and some small details (e.g., Venturi tube) were added. Almost all kit decals proved to be of little use due to their wrong shape or dimensions: white borders of the stars too narrow, the number “93” and the under-wing stars undersized. So, mostly spare markings were used instead. This particular La-7, before handing it over to Dolgushin as his personal a/c, was completely re-primed and repainted and the stencil data weren’t re-applied, so that no use for all those beautifully printed markings either...
  23. Hi everyone! Here's my latest finished model - well known Revell 1:72 Tornado, built as a Germany Navy bird. Click on the photo for more photos and information.
  24. Hello, thanks for your interest in this topic. It's Maco's 1/72 Schwerer Wehrmachtsschlepper with 15cm Rocket Launcher 43. A neat little kit, built out of the box, only the link & length tracks require some patience. Painted with acrylics from the Gunze range, weathered with artist oils, pastel chalks and a soft pencil for chipping effects. Hope you like it!
  25. Hi to all Another german plane from an Eduard Kit 1/72 BF 110G4 6./NJG101, Fritzlar, Germany, 1945 At next.............maybe a Spit ! Ettore
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