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  1. Hi all, I am pleased to finally roll out my latest build, in the form of a Republic F-84F-30-RE Thunderstreak. As those who have been patient with me and called by the WIP thread will know, she is depicting one of the earliest F-84Fs of the Aeronautico Militare Italiano (Italian Air Force), serial ‘11795’ of the 156th Gruppo/6th Aerobrigada the “Red Devils”, based at Ghedi AB in northern Italy. The first aircraft were delivered to Italy in 1956 and the Red Devils were the first operator. My subject: Other short finned machines: As I try to do, I wanted to build something different and that difference in this case is that ‘11795’ was a short-finned machine, as were many. Its a fact that isn’t often acknowledged. Apart from the fin these were standard build machines. The only other small visible difference was the fact that the pitot sat on the intake splitter whereas towards the end of production it was moved to the port wing tip. My reason to build this was to try to get a more realistic model from currently available kits. I dismissed the Italeri on shape and detail grounds and so was left with the Airfix F-84F offering to ‘play’ with. To support my quest, and having built a couple, I used the Sword RF-84F kit as a spares source. This already has a nice canopy and windscreen as well as other immediately obvious benefits. As I went along, though, Martin @Lightningboy2000, suggested further butchery in the form of inserting better main gear wheel wells. I took these from the RF too. Another laborious challenge was scribing the whole kit. I did do this with panel lining in mind, but more to get it looking more up to date. This took a while and progress can be seen in the WIP (below). In summary, the changes and tasks to get me to this were as follows: 1. Widened the forward fuselage 2. Scribed all over 3. Shortened the fin 4. Inserted Sword wheel wells etc 5. Improved the nose guns with brass tube and inserted blank plates in to these 6. Improved the cockpit with a selective use of Air Waves PE 7. Added PE brass speed brakes (Thanks Frank @bentwaters81stTFW) 8. Made up and fitted shackles for each pylon and fuel pipes for each belly tank 9. Used a set of Voodoo tanks for the inner wing pylons 10. Added 500kg bombs on the outer pylons (later removed) 11. Made modified 5” HVARs for the outer wing tips from Tamiya F-51D parts 12. Used Sword main gear and wheels, doors, etc 13. Used a resin seat 14. Built up the coaming area using card, rod and electrical wire 15. Improved the nose gear leg 16. Added latches and a mirror to the canopy, and made new struts from rod 17. Improved the rear canopy strut too 18. Improved the dorsal nav light by drilling out a "lamp" within the clear part and then filling than void with metal paint (aluminium). 19. used the windscreen and canopy from the Sword kit 20. Built the RATO cradle and bottles from card, sprue and brass tube (Thanks Rob @Rob de Bie) 21. Thinned the rear glazing I must also acknowledge the help of Giorgio @Giorgio N, who drew new codes and serials as well as cutting the mask for the fin, and Mika at Arctic Decals for tolerating my whims and occasional faux pas and produced excellent roundels and red tridents. I had intended to use the Tauro Models decal sets but I found their roundels to have white that was yellowed, their number and lettering is rough upon examination and their trident and badge is wrong. In fact, the only Tauro decal I used was the Red Devil badge but even that is slightly too large! Giorgio also drew and cut the mask for the fin flash for me. A number of other BMers helped me on the way too. The other addition to the build, and really at the prompting of Frank @bentwaters81tfw, was the build of a RATO cradle and bottles. What she needed, though, was more power for take off! I am indebted to Rob @Rob de Bie for his guidance for this. Finally, thanks for all the encouragement and input from Paolo Maglio of Modelismo Piu. Finally it has to be said that it was also one of those builds that seemed to spur a manufacturer in to producing a new mould kit (or at least I like to think so!). As you will all know, there has been a new release and now it looks like Special Hobby have started work on one :). What else did I do or use? 1. Kit - Airfix F-84F and Sword RF-84F in 1/72, of course! 2. Aftermarket – Airwaves PE and Valom F-101 belly tanks 3. Decals – a mix of Sword RF-84F and Icarus F-84F stencils, Giorgio- and Mika-drawn decals, and a couple of Tauro bits. 4. Paints – overall Humbrol 27002 Polish Aluminium, 27003 Steel and 191 Stainless Steel, Colourcoats Olive Green, Humbrol Insignia Yellow and others here and there. Finished with Humbrol Satincote. Primed with Mr Surfacer 1500 grey. 5. Weathering – no panel lining (my current way) but Flory wash to highlight large gaps and detail, Tamiya Weathering powders and a Prismacolor silver pencil. I hope you like her! Martin
  2. Hi All, With the RF-84F creeping towards completion my thoughts will remain on the Thunderstreak/Flash for a bit longer while I tackle this challenge. As many know, there is no good F-84F in 1/72. The best for shape and dimension, although it has a few issues, is the Airfix offering. It has raised panel lines and generally moulded in that awful "silver"-looking plastic of the 1960s. Nevertheless it is going to form the basis for a mild conversion/update using the better parts from the Sword RF. These will include the windscreen and main canopy (including mechanisms) plus the cockpit. I may use other parts like the main wheels. To be different, as is my way, I am going to attempt a Block 30 machine which was one with the shorter fin. It will be Italian and I will use a combination of decals based around the various Tauro Models offerings. It will also need scribing (not Re-scribing as it is often termed) to replace the heavy raised lines. The two kits are these: My non-internet references are these: and my subject aircraft is in this image (F-84F-30-RE 51-1795/6-62 of the 156 Gruppo/6 Aerobrigata), the only one I can find. I have been helped by Paolo Maglio who has managed to pin down some details for me. I could have aimed at 52-6619, and other -30-RE with a blue fin flash but I opted for yellow :). Italy operated a few of these early 'Streaks, as did other nations like Greece and Turkey. Sorry about the quality. It is a snap from a YouTube video: The decal sets: I hope to build her "tooled up" with 500lb bombs and 5" HVARs. She will additionally have 450 Gallon belly tanks. Well, thats it. I'll be back soon Martin
  3. After a long time, I also upload pictures of the finished model. Model is Special Hobby 1/48 Aeromacchi C.200 serie I. It is a model that represents the plane of the famous Italian ace Maresciallo GianLino 'Giri' Baschirotto (more about him on the following LINK). The model is decent for the shortrun of that period, but it cannot be compared with Italeri C.200 (newer and already outdated in terms of quality). The painting was done with acrylic and weathering with pigments, Tamiya panel liner products, oil paints, wooden watercolor paints and a silver ink pen. Critics and suggestions are more than welcome.
  4. Italian Traffic Signs 1930-40s (35637) 1:35 MiniArt via Creative Models Ltd During WWII Italy joined the war as allies of Nazi Germany alongside Japan, and fought against the Allies in Europe and North Africa. When the Dictator Mussolini was ousted, Italy changed sides at the will of the people, but German forces stayed in the Italian homeland, attempting to retain Italy as part of their embattled and shrinking 1,000 year Reich. The Allies were forced to fight their way through Italy as a result, in what is inappropriately known as Europe’s soft underbelly, that was very far from soft, as any of the dwindling number of veterans of that conflict will tell you. This set is full of signs from Italy from the 30s and 40s, all of which are civilian in nature and some of the names will be familiar because of the notable battles that took place there. The Kit These signs relate to Italian civilian roads, and arrives in a shrink-wrapped, end-opening, figure-sized box with a painted example of what’s in the box on the front, and a set of instructions on the rear. There are six sprues of styrene parts, plus a large decal sheet with the sign fronts to complete the set. There are 25 signs and a number of text-only signs for the cross-style posts on the decal sheet for you to use, either using the included guide on the box or going off-piste if you see fit. The posts are of a fairly standard and narrow format, and would have been easily bent in the event of an accident. The posts are either straight box-section, or circular style, some with slightly wider bases and a round ferrule on the tip, which can be removed with a blade for some of the signs. The sign boards have cleats on the rear surface to attach them to the poles, with the straps moulded into the posts to guide you in marrying up the two parts. The decals are printed by DecoGraph, and have good registration, clarity and sharpness, with a thin carrier film fitted closely around the printed areas. Some of the sign decals have raised reflective rivets that are similar to the early British road signs, and these have been replicated on the decals. They do a great job considering they are two-dimensional artwork, but if you have access to suitably-sized cabochon rhinestones, you could replace them on top of the 2D versions for extra realism. Under the instructions on the rear of the box is a paint chart that gives colour swatches plus Vallejo, Mr Color, AK RealColor, Mission Models, AMMO, Tamiya codes, and generic colour names to assist you in choosing the correct paints for your model. It seems that the Italian sign post poles were almost universally candy-striped, so be prepared with a long length of masking tape to wrap around the post for painting the contrasting colour. Conclusion Great diorama fodder, as the devil’s in the details. The printed decal signs are also so much better than most of us could do with a paint brush, and will add a little extra realism to any diorama or vignette. Highly recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  5. Hello all Today I would like to present you my elephant, which is made by Tamiya just like Stef's model. However, I decided to use Friul tracks, because I think they fit better to this big giant because of the weight. The Zimmertit I have treated with damage and some parts like the front armour of atak not used. I am not really a Zimmerit fan and therefore less is more 😁 Have fun! MD processing of the Zimmerit edges modified clamping screw dremel tool as lathe pistol port was closed by the crew some simple modifications for better details a lot of flame cut marks and weld seams my welding tools the rear and the jack with more details Ciao e a presto 😎
  6. Finished this Stuka yesterday as part of the Ju 87 GB, which ends in April. This plane was also my first entry ever into a group build! It's not a bad kit. The clear parts are the worst parts, they're narrower than the cockpit opening, so they don't sit properly over the opening.
  7. This is my most recent model, Hobby 2000's rebox of the Hasegawa Macchi C202 in 1:72. The model was brushpainted with Revell Aqua colours.
  8. Decided to begin building my first Italian fighter. I would have preferred it to be in 1:48, but Hannants didn't have the required decals, so I chose to buy the 1:72 version from Hobby 2000. Hobby 2000's Macchi is a rebox of the Hasegawa kit, with Cartograf decals and masks for the canopy. I don't have much modelling time since I began attending daylight hospital, so progress will be slow. Make sure to follow the topic if you're interested in seeing how this turns out.
  9. Hello there! About to start a new project here and I thought I would share every step with you. I have the intention of building all the new Tamiya kits that come out and I finding a way to integrate them into a (hopefully) cool diorama. The first kit in line is the Tamiya 1/48 SS-100 German Heavy Tractor. The build of that kit will be available soon on the thread for military vehicles. I made the decision that this diorama would take place at the Bologna airfield in 1944 because it is possible that the particular SS-100 I'm going to build was stationed there along with the recon Me109's of NAGr.11. So I had a SS-100 from a Flak unit and an me 109, now how to integrate them into an appealing diorama. Well, here is what I came up with so far, tell me what you think of it. Pretty packed scene, have to see if it's too much in the end or not. I'd be glad to recieve any criticism from any of you and will post future updates here once the diorama gets going. In the meantime I'll be giving regular updates on the German Tractor build on the other thread. Kind regards, Jack
  10. Finished the build at last. Pics of the finished product, with and without figures.
  11. First I have ever seen with a Malcolm Hood Also see she carries louvres over the breather plates https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10154982663535025&set=gm.1950113208573917&type=3&theater
  12. Hi, Some vacu forms for today from my shelvs. And fighters, not secondliners. First is S.A.I. Ambrosini 207. She is in markings of 74 Escadrilla, 3 Stormo, 23 Gruppo, Regia Aeronautica, Cerveteri, Italy, July 1943. Markings are taken from a profile by Richard Ward, from a book "50 Fighters 1939-45", Aircam No. S17, Osprey Ltd, via Wing Palette. I am writing this full reference here, since no other sources about use of this type in 74 Escadrilla are know to me. S.A.I. 207 - This was a fighter - an example of concept of "light fighter": - like Caudron 714 or Miles M 20. All those concepts became not sucessfull, indeed. S.A.I 207, like others, saw also very limited use. One can read more about this type here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ambrosini_SAI.207 Now there is a nice kit of Ambrosini 207 in RS in 1/72 scale. However - I did this model many years before RS released it... it was in 1996. As basis I used a vacu model by Modelland - but this was model of next Ambrosini design - S.A.I. 403 Dardo. Dardo was just a single prototype. I basicly exclude prototypes from my collection, just to have some limits of my interest to models of military airplanes from 1935-45. With prototypes I will have to end up with 1000 models in stash... Here is this vacu form kit: http://www.worthpoint.com/worthopedia/72-ambrosini-sai-403-dardo-vacu-153029318 S.A.I. 403 was develpment of S.A.I 207 - its differs with wing, tail, front of fuselage... . Only. The conversion was a scratch work. One can compare plans for both S.A.I Ambrosini (207 and 403) and read more about this interesting and rather forgotten family of Italian fighters here: http://www.aviastar.org/air/italy/ambrosini_s-403.php http://www.aviastar.org/air/italy/ambrosini_s-207.php Comments welcomed Best regards Jerzy-Wojtek
  13. From Jane's: http://www.janes.com/article/32850/algerian-amphibious-ship-enters-the-water http://www.janes.com/article/42871/osn-delivers-algerian-navy-s-new-flagship What on earth are the Algerian's going to do with an LPD? Mike.
  14. This group build has been my main focus for this year and I have given it a lot of thought. I love the MTO and everything about it, it's probably the part of the war I read/know most about, so this GB was always going to be a tough decision! However I have avoided ny natural impulses to jump to malta with a trio of blue spits and gone for something I don't do often. I have always liked the following three AC's for their agressive and powerful looks, it must be the big radials strapped to the wings! They looks very American in my eyes, or a least how I see American aircraft looking, fast and powerful! Like class muscle cars.... but in the the sky.... So enough ramble here is the muscles Untitled by robert mulvey, on Flickr No I did not get the marauder for the 55p woolworths price tag. They are a mixed bag, the italieri one being of the lowest standard out of the three, but the will not be lots of clever rescribe work or detailing. ....I plan to get these finished! So the options I intend to complete. B-25 will be my first American airforce build, and in NMF which will be a first for me! Transfers are form the hase boxing of 'bottoms up ii'. This is also a little gift to the wife, she is a yoga teacher and supposedly this is a yoga move! Untitled by robert mulvey, on Flickr And she is also a fan of the pin up look on it and the colour.... its cool I am told bottomsup by robert mulvey, on Flickr An in game computer generated image off Google B25_DSC4312 by robert mulvey, on Flickr And a better view done by a much better modeller than me on JAM forum! As ever pictures found on Google but if anyone wants them removed then let me know and they are gone! Next is the airfix marauder and I must say I am really rather impressed with the amount of detail in this kit, especially considering the age. She will be done as the below SAAF marauder from the hannants Med twins part 1 sheet, which has had the great input of forum member Tony O'toole. Nice work Tony it's a cracking set. Untitled by robert mulvey, on Flickr Untitled by robert mulvey, on Flickr Untitled by robert mulvey, on Flickr And then finally it's the revell Boston, the best for detail and the newest out of the lot! It will be built OOB as it comes with a set for a RAF bomber in Italy. ... which is also on the Xtradecals set Untitled by robert mulvey, on Flickr So that's a south African, American and a brit all walk into a group build.... let's see what happens! Cheers Rob
  15. HI Guy's, A friend of mine is building an Airfix 1/48 Spitfire Vb and is planning on finishing it as an Italian Co-belligerent Air Force one. He is having some bother being able to confirm the colours these aircraft were finished in (at the minute we are going with dark earth/mid stone uppers with azure unders). We know that the Italian Spits came from a couple of different sources (some RAF some Yugoslav) and that might mean varied camo schemes but we were hoping someone would have some good info/pictures to help out. Many thanks in advance. Craig.
  16. Now I'm cmopleting the buid of the two kits I bought to make my tribute to the brave North Irish Horsemen. I've used the data picked up during my research in another topic "The North Irish Horse ride from Argenta Gap to the Po river" The kits are these ones: Chrchill Mk IV NA 75 and the Chrchill Mk IV The first of the many questions, I suppose, to come is the simpler one. The colour. Th instruction sheet refers to a Gunze H73 defined Dark Green. I usually do not use the Gunze colours preferring Tamiya mixed tO achieve the proper colour or the Life Colours or Xtracrylics. Anyway considering the war period I suppose it' quite similar to a olive drab than to the early war bronze green. It's correct? Thank you in advance Ezio
  17. During my research about the Commonwealth troops that freed Ferrara after the Argenta Gap battle I found the North Irish Horse equipped with several versions of Churchill tanks. For this Regiment there are two precious sites the North Irish Horse Stead and Steel and the THe North irish Horse. They were part of the 25th Tank Brigade and supported the 8th Indian Infantry Division in the advance towards Ferrara and the Po river. The city was cleared on the 23rd April, the St. George's Day that is the patron saint of Ferrara and of course of England. On 24th they finally arrived at the Po banks. Now, while I'm trying to summon the courage to face a Vulcan Vickers Mk. VI in 1/35, I make a little diversion with a NIH Churchill at Ferrara on Spring 1945. The kit I've ordered and I'm waiting is the Dragon Mk IV so now I have to identify one tank that reasonably could have been there. The A, B, C squadrons fought the Germans in the ouskirts and in the industrial area so the first difficult task is to identify a possible MK IV that seems not too much used on 1945 ..... maybe I chose the wrong kit!!!! Here are two useful links for the insignia and for the different versions and names. The best thing could be finding a picture but date I found nothing. Searching the huge IWM site I found the Churchill in Italy photos nos. all part of the NA series: 24306 19757 14981 24288 23276 24460 23920 23788 24738 23277 18151 17144 14974 24305-36 23556 23274 22499 23041 22739 Someone has something? All the best Ezio
  18. Dear Readers, In preparation for my Cold War ASW 212 build, I have been looking for the inside cabine pictures/drawings of this helicopter. Especially the seating and equipment arrangement that would have been installed on anti-submarine missions Have found absolutely nothing. Is there anybody around who has some detailed information regarding this "Secret" anti-submarine helicopter from the Peruvian/Italian/Greece/Turkey's Navy. Any info is welcomed. Highest Regards, Dirk
  19. My gesture of self-sacrifice for the modelling community - finished just in time Sword and then RS Models released their state-of-the-art Sagittario kits. Well, at least I wasn't then spoilt for choice and yes, I still managed to use a few Pavla parts (however, modified)... Some in-progress pictures:
  20. Here I show you a fast assembly kit, as this Italeri Autocannone. I built it some time ago, but didn't photograph it until recently, when I got to the beach early and made pics without crowds and curious tourists! in it's ambient, it looks much better.... hope you like it. You can see more pics plus a review in my blog; http://toysoldierchest.blogspot.com/2013/07/italeri-autocannone-3-ro-with-9053-aa.html
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