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  1. Dear fellow Britmodellers, here's my 1/72 Revell Heinkel He-177 A-5 in markings of KG1. Painted with Mr.Hobby acrylics, photos by Wolfgang Rabel. Special thanks @Richard502 for donating the kit, and to @Han Solo for paint advice. The Revell kit was released 20 years ago. Compared to modern toolings, it has some shortcomings, such as poor transparencies and problematic fit on larger parts (wings and fuselage). The Revell kit is still a welcome replacement for the old Airfix model (from the 1960s). For the upper colors, I chose RLM02/RLM70. Decals are from Eagle Strike (72040), representing one of the last Heinkels in service. In autumn of 1944, Kampfgeschwader 1 was disbanded and fight personnel were sent to /JG 7, converting to the Messerschmitt Me 262 fighter jets. The He-177 is mostly displayed with anti-shipping rockets, I loaded my model more conventionally, using the six bombs provided in the Revell kit. The underside was painted RLM65. Thank you for your interest, best greetings from Vienna! Roman
  2. I've just bought a copy of the MENG 1/32 Komet, mainly because it was flown in RAF markings and will fit into my RAFWaffe build plan. The kit includes markings for ME 163, RAF serial VF 241, Builders CN 191060, as flown in England in 1946 and 1947. BUT... the kit calls for the underside to be in trainer yellow. There are many representations of the ME 163 in these, striking, colours, along with solid black green upper surfaces and fin, but not rudder. Some research brings this into question. Photos in Kenneth S West's book The Captured Luftwaffe show a clear difference in tone between the "P" in a circle marking, unquestionably in trainer yellow and the under side. Then I found more photos in ME 163 Part 2 by Ransom and Camenann that suggest the undersurface was a light blue colour. Their photos also show the dark fin and other bits on the fuselage overpainted, but another suggesting the upper surface was not a solid dark green, but a more usual two green splinter pattern. There is a colour profile showing all this. My understanding was that Luftwaffe A/C in RAF markings had yellow under surfaces early in the war, this was not maintained in later years. What are the Luftwaffe experts thoughts on this?
  3. Alpha Jet A ‘Bundesluftwaffe’ (KPM0266) 1:72 Kovozávody Prostějov At the end of the 60s, with the SEPECAT Jaguar transformed from a trainer into an attack aircraft, it left the advanced jet trainer replacement unfulfilled, so France and Germany began a collaboration to design a new trainer that was to become the Dassault/Dornier Alpha Jet, the Breguet part in the collaboration being absorbed by Dassault when they bought the company. It flew late in 1973, and went into service with France in 1979 after extensive trials as the Alpha Jet E, fulfilling a similar role to the BAe Hawk in the RAF. The Germans used the jet as a Light Attack aircraft with the A suffix appended, and limited export success brought the Alpha Jet to Francophile countries in Europe and Africa, with a number of ex-Luftwaffe aircraft finding their way to Thailand and Portugal. One of Britain's defence company QinetiQ bought 6 ex-Luftwaffe aircraft, which occasionally make appearances at airshows. Germany has retired the aircraft now, but many airframes are still in service, with the later MS2 with new avionics, engines, a glass cockpit and improved weapons carrying performance used to train pilots on modern types. The Kit Originally released in 2021, there have been a number of reboxings of the core kit, with various markings options and parts to address the needs and wants of us modellers, which is their stock-in-trade. This boxing offers you the ability to model the A, E or more advanced MS using the parts in the box, but the decals supplied are purely for the A, as stated on the box, opening the door for anyone with aftermarket decals for the other types to use this boxing to apply their own decals. Good to know. The kit arrives in a figure-type end-opening box, with two sprues in grey styrene, a clear sprue, decal sheet and instruction booklet. The rear of the box has all the profiles for the marking options printed on it in colour. Construction begins with the cockpit, which revolves around the two-seat tub, with the two seats having belt decals, a pair of control columns, additional console parts, and decals for the side consoles. The two instrument panels also have decals, with a choice of decals, depending on which mark you are depicting. The cockpit and rear coaming are inserted into the fuselage along with the nose-gear bay, and in anticipation of adding the underside insert, the main gear bays are built on a single roof part with bulkheads separating them and outfitted with landing gear struts and wheels, then glued into the inside of the insert, which can be fitted into the fuselage, closing up the underside. The wings are simple structures with two main parts each, the undersides smaller than the uppers, to make for a slimmer trailing edge, and attaching to the fuselage by the usual slot-and-tab method, as are the elevators, with a pair of blade antennae fixed near the top of the tail fin. The intakes are also installed at this stage, which each have an inner splitter plate with a C-profile intake trunk joined together and offered up to the fuselage either side of the rear pilot’s cockpit. The mark of your model is determined by the instrument decals within the cockpits and the nose cones, which you have a choice of for all three types of this aircraft. The decals are for the A, which has a pointed nose and pitot probe, and required the removal of a strake on each side of the nose, which is shown in the diagram. The E has a rounded nose, while the MS has an angled flat tip. A busy diagram shows the installation of the nose gear and all the remaining bay doors, the former being made from three parts with an additional retraction strut added as it is inserted into the bay. Four underwing pylons are included in the kit, which can be left empty or have two extra fuel tanks slung under them, with the option of a central gun pack under the belly. The forward sections of the flap fairings are moulded into the wings, but the aft sections are added from separate parts on the moulded-in flying surfaces. The sensor fit differs between options, with extra steps showing those for French, Canadian and QinetiQ, then the one-piece canopy is glued in place with a small intake on the side of the spine, after which it’s time to paint your model. Markings A separate sheet shows the location of all the stencils, of which there are quite a few, then you refer to the rear of the box for your main markings options. From the box you can build one of the following: Decals are printed without acknowledgment, and have good registration, sharpness and colour density, with a thin gloss carrier film cut close to the printed areas. The upper wing stencils are printed on a single decal per wing, so care will be needed to ensure it doesn’t break up, and here the thin carrier film will be a boon once applied, but tricky during fitting. Conclusion I’ve always liked the Alpha Jet, and this is a great little model with lots of detail moulded-in, and some nice decal markings for in service German Jets. Highly recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  4. Hello guys, here are the photos of my most recently completed model, Revell's 1:32 Bf 109G-6 in 1:32. The kit used was the 1:32, 2014 tooling, Revell Bf 109G-6 Late/Early. So far, this my third boxing of the Revell 109G I've built. Parts had some flash, especially in the exhaust area and the armoured headrest. The aircraft shown is the Bf 109G-6 when Erich Hartmann was Kommandeur of I/JG53 in Veszprèm, Hungary, February 1945.
  5. Got this kit as a birthday gift yesterday. I'll be making a start on it from February 20th onwards. The first thing I did with the kit was to grab the spare wing light that came with it, and replace the one I damaged on my Fw 190A-8/R11. Here are the box and sprue shots. Box: Replaced light and the damaged light: Instructions and decals: Sprues:
  6. Hi all – I’m on a bit of a ‘bent’ for older kits at the moment. As such, I present my first completion of 2022 - the 1/48 Monogram Bf-109G-10. This one was released by Monogram around 1991 and traces its origins back to the Revell release of 1978 (indeed you can still find this release available today; Revell has been releasing this kit on and off again, most recently in 2016). The kit still holds up well today; it has generally accurate lines, recessed panels, is an easy build. Sure it’s no Eduard super kit, but it sure passes quite nicely for a 109G-10 to my somewhat uneducated eye. I picked this one up for somewhere around $5-10 at a swap and sell some years back. I picked this boxing because I have very vivid memories of buying this boxing as a kid, getting my hands on the dark green plastic, and building the kit in a hurry. Whilst I don't remember how I painted it, I do remember re-painting it a year or two later in a blotchy 'Africa' scheme, similar to that painted on 109Es (totally not accurate... but hey, I was maybe 13 years old, so accuracy wasn't a real focus back then). No idea what happened to it, but pretty sure it didn't survive the 'Cancian turkey shoot' in the backyard some time later... ahem. Given the kit’s simplicity, I did make a few modifications. I replaced the cockpit with some random 109G cockpit bits and seat belts that I had in the spares box. I replaced the kit exhausts and wheels with resin aftermarket items, added mesh to the radiators and ribs to the radiator flaps, I added a new pitot from brass tube, and I cut and repositioned the flaps, elevators, and rudder. The rest was all stock kit. I painted this one up in fairly bland POA markings, based on one of the schemes from the Eduard kit. I had a set of Eduard decals for the tail shield, Wrk number and stencils, but all other markings were masked and sprayed. Some progress pics: All in all this was a fun build. Thanks for looking, and as always, comments, criticisms and tips for improvement are always welcome! Cheers, BC
  7. One of the things one can say about the Luftwaffe during WW2 is the sheer amount of projects, prototypes and machines that did achieve frontline service. The Focke Wulf Ta 154 is not one of them. Originally designed by Kurt Tank at Focke Wulf as a plane to counter the legendary RAF Mosquito, its first flight was on July 1st 1943. The plane was also to be built using wood, with a especial glue, Tegofilm, used to hold all the wooden parts together. However, as luck would have it, the RAF bombed the factory that manufactured the Tegofilm in Wuppertal, putting the factory out of comission. A replacement glue was used, but it disolved the wood, and that caused accidents. After the accidents, Tank ordered to halt the project, being accused by Göring of sabotage. Lots of to and fro was done and, in the end, the project was cancelled. I bought this kit yesterday with the Spitfire from Revell/Hasegawa in 48th. One of the things I did before walking away from the hobby shop was to check if the wings were warped (as Tom Cleaver had mentioned in his Modelling Madness review). Luckily, they weren't so I walked away happy. There're a total of six sprues, five in grey plastic and a clear one. There's no flash present. Decals, though being from 1999 (22 years old) looked OK. Not like Revell's current decals printed by Cartograf, but OK. I tested a small one and was happy to see it didn't break and it moved from the backing paper in no time. The single option is for Ta 154A-0 TQ+XE. Anyways, enough talking! Here are the photos. Boxart: Instructions and decals: Sprues (bagged to avoid losing parts):
  8. Hi Friends... I started a 6 model Luftwaffe build binge... I am on my second plane, a He162 wk number 120067, otherwise known as White 4. I have found 4 to 5 photos of this plane that I am studying. I even found a parted out photo of it late 1945/46 with faded paint, but topside of wing visible... The help I need is from Experten on late war German aircraft... i have read that the early builds of the He162 (which this is) had the fuselage painted in RLM71. From the photos, the power egg is darker than fuse, so its probably RLM81. The fuselage is slightly lighter than this, but way darker than RLM82 light green. Do you guys know if there was truth to the RLM71 fuselage rumor, or are bets that its fuselage is RLM83 dark green? The 83 worries me as its darker than 81, and power egg is darker than the fuselage. Anyone out there done a He162 and careful about colors? Thanks for any help you have...
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    German Bomb Colour

    Hallo Out of the Stuka bomb post, I want to give you the following information. Finn posted these links: http://www.lexpev.nl/downloads/dluft43001942.pdf http://www.lexpev.nl/manuals/germanyold.html Today I made a download. Since German is my mother tongue, I was astonished what I read and saw. This is the explicit description of German Luftwaffe bombs. Here I found the most vital modeler’s question answered. Which color does the bombs have? From 1942 onward RAL 7027 !!! So next question to all: Does anyone have a Luftwaffe prime source for the color from 1939 until 1942? As I said prime source, not photo or guessing! Next question: Has anyone a prime source about British RAF bombs? Just a kidding question; Did anyone paint on German bombers the bombs in the correct color? I guess not. Me too! Happy modelling P.S.: In the second link you can get an idea about so many kinds of weapons, also the Luft - Torpedo! It is incredible.
  11. Hello guys, I finished this one yesterday. Excellent kit with minimal filler needed, and fit issues were caused by my own clumsiness.
  12. Welcome to my newest project, the Revell/Hasegawa 1:32 Bf 109K-4. I'll be receiving the kit in November (hopefully of this year), and I'll be making a start accordingly. I've searched for photos (why can't I do like when I was younger in just following the painting instructions, I don't know) of the three schemes offered in the kit: Red 7, Adolf Borcher's K-4 and Black 15. I've found photos of those three, but I'm also tempted in painting my aircraft as my previous build, but with a different number. If I wish to go with the latter option, I'll have to buy a new, finer brush than what I have available. Anyways, I'm sure inspiration will hit me once I actually get the kit. For now, some photos I came across of the kit's colour schemes and other random K-4s. Kit schemes: Red 7 (or Blue 7): Black 15: Adolf Borcher's K-4: Random, unmarked 109K-4 photos I found while looking for the kit schemes: 148: The mystery aircraft, no numbers (nor wings), just a fuselage with the Crosses and Swastikas (probably): 199: And finally, the boxart of the kit: I hope this long introduction convince you guys of following the build. If you have more unmarked photos of a Bf 109K-4 (except of the Red Tulip one), make sure to link them! Bye for now.
  13. I put this together as a little bit of fun while working on my 1/32 scale Stuka, build thread in the WIP section. It is the old dragon kit and goes together with little fuss and even included a fret of PE with seatbelts and some other details. All I added was a scratch built seat to replace the blob that came with the kit. The finish is nice and clean as, let’s face it, they didn’t see a lot of use! For anyone unfamiliar with the subject, this is a Bachem Ba 349 Natter (Viper) rocket powered interceptor. They were designed to take of vertically to attack allied bombers before the pilot would separate the nose from the rocket motor in the rear. The pilot and motor would then parachute safely to earth to be reused for another mission. Armament was 24 unguided rockets fired in a single salvo at the hapless bomber. After seven piloted test flights (one fatal) the allies overran the factory and ended the project, probably to the relief of all potential pilots! Anyway, here is the finished article. I hope you like it.
  14. Hallo I am working with Hasegawa kits and the Huricane Mk. I in 1/48. I want to build 2 of this aircarft: One Luftwaffe and one Russian. Does anyone have original photos of these 3 aircraft? Many thanks in forward! Happy modelling
  15. I like the music of Cole Porter, and one day maybe a week ago the words "Night and day..." lead in my mind to a Group Build idea. But to the point: Night and Day GB. The Allied combined bombardment campaign to defeat the Axis and its industrial heart and logistic veins. Why not bleed their air force white too, conveniently along the way. Achieve this with British by night, Americans by day, hammering the enemy Night and Day. Adding Little Friends as they came along, from the early Spitfire escort reaching the Netherlands to Mustangs all the way to Berlin and back. Not forgetting the photo recon Mosquitos, Lightnings and Spitfires that brought back valuable information about the effects of the bombing. Assembly ships and Pathfinders too, of course. And the Dambusters! On the other side of the table, Jagdwaffe, with anything they ever could send up in the air to defend Das Reich. Night and Day. The wild boars and the tame ones. Rocket firing dayfighters to break them up and ones with antitank guns to do havoc in a tight combat box formation. The Schräge Musik, btw, that's jazz. A lot of metal in the air too, known as the notorious Flak, so the German AAA and ground radar equipment are eligible if that's your interest. And the night fighters chasing other night fighters, the choices are endless...less...less... So how'd this sound for 2022? 1) V-P the host 2) MarkSH 3) Col. the co-host 4) Antoine 5) Corsairfoxfouruncle 6) Rabbit Leader 7) Arniec 8. trickyrich 9) Ol' Scrapiron 10) CliffB 11) Silenoz 12) Wez 13) TEMPESTMK5 14) Mottlemaster 15) Hockeyboy76 16) JOCKNEY 17) specky 18) Peter Lloyd 19) Valkyrie 20) Muddyf 21) Redstaff 22) BerndM 23) PhantomBigStu 24) Paul821 25) alt-92 26) franky boy 27) Greg Destec 28) modelling minion 29) Tim R-T-C 30) Stefan Buysse ... thank you all! 31) Work In Progress 32) Davey Gair 33) wimbledon99 34) Bill Davis 35) Richard Tucker 36) Rafwaffe 37) ...
  16. I am going to start this new project I got Eduard PE seatbelts and a friend of mine gave me Brass antennas for the natchjager variant, but I am still wondering which camo I will be using, I decided I want to go with the green scribbles over the spot camo, but I love how the black underside looks on night fighter aircraft of this era, I haven't found any information about the aircraft represented on the artbox, so maybe I will be taking some artistic liberties and mix both options provided in the instructions. Basically I am thinking of doing the first scheme, but with the underside black camo of the second.
  17. I never saw a conversion chart for RLM/Revell colours, so I´m publishing one I made in 2015 with hopes of helping those who also paint with Revell. It can be used both with the acrylics and the enamels. The most recent colour added was 361 Satin Olive Green. RLM 01 (Silver) Revell Metallic 90 (Silver). RLM 02 (Grey) Revell Matt 45 (Light Olive). RLM 04 (Yellow) Revell Matt 15 (Yellow). RLM 21 (White) Revell Matt 05 (White). RLM 22 (Black) Revell Matt 08 (Black). RLM 23 (Red) Revell Matt 36 (Carmine Red). RLM 24 (Blue) Revell Matt 56 (Blue). RLM 25 (Light Green) Revell Matt 48 (Sea Green). RLM 65 (Light Blue) Revell Matt 49 (Light Blue). RLM 66 (Dark Grey) Revell Matt 77 (Dust Grey). RLM 70 (Black Green) Revell Matt 40 (Black Green). RLM 71 (Dark Green) Revell Matt 39 (Dark Green). RLM 72 (Green) Revell Matt 39 + Revell Matt 15. RLM 73 (Green) Revell Matt 47 + Revell Matt 45. RLM 74 (Green Grey) Revell Matt 69 (Granite Grey). RLM 75 (Violet Grey) Revell Matt 47 (Mouse Grey). RLM 76 (Light Blue Grey) Revell Matt 49 (90%) + Revell Matt 05 (10%). RLM 77 (Light Grey) Revell Matt 77 (Light Grey). RLM 78 (Light Blue) Revell Matt 49 (Light Blue). RLM 79 (Sand Yellow) Revell Matt 17 (Sand Brown). RLM 80 (Olive Green) Revell Satin 361 (Olive Green). RLM 81 (Brown Violet) Revell Matt 46 (NATO Olive). RLM 82 (Light Green) Revell Matt 65 (Bronze Green). RLM 83 (Dark Green) Revell Matt 68 (RAF Green). RLM 84 (Green Blue) Revell Matt 59 (Duck Egg Blue/RAF Sky).
  18. 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.
  19. 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.
  20. 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.
  21. Today I bring you Mistel 5. Being a combination of He162A-2, Arado E-377A flying bomb and Rheinmetall-Borsig take-off trolley, it was one of countless wicked ideas that German engineers came up with by the end of the WW2 and never left design phase. Model is the old Dragon release with some scratch built details like antennas etc. Painted mainly with Vallejo Air.
  22. Dear fellow Britmodellers, here's my 1/72 Sabrekits Henschel Hs-126, built from the box. Painted with Gunze/Mr.Hobby acrylics, photographs by Wolfgang Rabel. My buying impulse for this kit was the marking option for an aircraft photographed in Austria (my homecountry), at the end of the war. According to the paint instructions, this aircraft had black undersides and belonged to FFS(B)11, a blind-flying school; according to my research, FFS(B)11 never existed. I came across an online photograph which does not support the 'black undersides': https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:German_utility_aircraft_in_Austria_1945.jpg The simplified type of markings rather suggest this airplane served with one of the Nachtschlachtgruppen (night harrassment units) or a close-range recce squadron. All the confusion aside, the Sabrekits model is difficult to assemble and has a few surface irregularities, making for a troublesome build. There are no positive location tabs, just shallow depressions, where the struts are supposed to go. The landing gear legs are butt-joined to the fuselage, the instrument panel is just a flat piece of plastic, and while some of the struts were too long, others were too short. I was reminded of short-run-kits from 20 years ago. I have not seen the new 1/72 Brengun kit of this type, but I heard rumours that fellow Britmodeller @Redboost is working on it. It would be interesting to hear his opinion to compare both offerings. Thank you for your interest in this topic. Best greetings from Vienna! Roman
  23. Hallo you all See this drawings! I would like to discuss with you the camouflage on German aircraft. Specially after 1941 to 1945. This time, the aircrafts had the cockpit painted in RLM 66. The camouflage on the outer surfaces, wings and fuselage and rudders should be in our focus. I found some drawings about the 109 G version. Without date. The same for the 262 even without date. What is interesting: The edges of the color of the wing between RLM 75 and 74 (valid for the RLM 80 range too) should have a 100mm zigzag pattern. That means, there is no straight exact line at all. Lacerated and zigzag. In a scale of 1/48 it means a 2mm width. First question: Are you aware of this? Second question, if yes, how do you achieve a proper result? Next theme: Stenciling on a aircraft with operational camouflage. I do not see on photos aircrafts like this a proper stenciling pattern. Most stencils are omitted. Exception fuel markings and electric markings. Well, I would like to know your findings and your handling with this matter. Happy modelling
  24. This is my second build of this year and also of an A & A Models kit! As with the Me109T, this is a short run kit, in this case of the Messerschmitt Me209V-4 (1/48). This aircraft was an adaptation of the Me209V-1 airspeed record breaker, an idea of Messerschmitts' to find an eventual successor to the Me109. This aircraft of course failed in that respect but is well worth a place in any Luftwaffe collection. The kit is very cleanly moulded and comes with a small fret of photo etch, canopy masks both inside and out plus wheel masks. A small decal sheet for two markings options and a glossy, well presented instruction manual. I built this kit O.O.B adding a few wires inside the cockpit, which is very well detailed. The instrument panel was an injection moulded with detail in relief, with a decal overlay which with a coat of Micro Set which gave a well detailed panel. I must add here I was a little unsure of the decals being matt finished with no apparent clear overlay but my fear subsided when I used them, full marks to A&A. A little filler was needed but it was a nice easy build ( I look forward to A&A's forthcoming Me209V-1). The machine modelled was, of course black 14, with the wonderful snake decoration (couldn't resist}. A&A call out for the machine to be RLM02 which is probably correct but just to be different I decided to finish it in RLM63 the difference between these colours is actually minimal, at least in AK's Real Colours paint range. The only photo I have found of this aircraft shows what maybe a mottle effect on the surface finish. Whether this is just the poor quality of the photograph or the true finish, appears not to be known. My answer was to apply some mottling using the base colour to give a similar impression to the photo, I leave you to judge as to its effectiveness. This aircraft was test flown at Messerschmitt's factory airfield at Augsburg in 1939:- It appears my mottling is too subtle to show up very well on my photos but it is there - honest Cheers Andy
  25. Hi, guys... This is my last kit for 2020, and it's a refurbishment of an old favourite. I bought this kit in 1990, although I used an article in a modelling magazine from 1985 to make some basic improvements at the time. It has been repainted twice since then, this being the third and hopefully, the last. Perhaps the modelling gods will give us a more up to date kit in the coming years. Anyway, I stripped off the old camouflage and markings, right back tothe gaudy coloured plastic which this company became renowned for. I wanted to make the later version, the Do18G with the cannon installed in the rear fuselage turret. Matchbox gave the option for making this variant, but the turret left an awful lot to be desired, it having been made to fit the same space as the MG position, rather than having been provided with a fairing so as to accommodate a better representation of this assembly. I also added on various bits and pieces from the spares box and acquired a Kora beaching carriage to finish off the revamped look. So, to business... I had long-since filled in the trenches of the upperwing and engine cowling panels and had no intention to rescribe, either then back in the day or now, although I did leave the underside panel lines intact... no, I don't know why either. I removed the seats in the cockpit, gave them a passing coat of paint and attached some makeshift, homemade seat belts. I slightly and carefully widened both openings for the weapons, the nose MG position being furnished this time round with the insert from the Italeri He111 dorsal MG position, which also includes an integral seat. The MG mount was made from fuse wire. In the first image below, the internals of the aft turret have been removed from a Revell Fw200C-4 Condor kit, including the cannon, and the transparent turret can be seen test-fitted prior to building up the sides of the fairing. So here, the fairing to the turret has been made. This was done by using a small part of two upperwing engine nacelles - the rounded rear tip - from an Italeri Me323 kit, inserted under either side of the turret overlap, and padded out with filler, which would later be sanded smooth. Strake lines for the upper fuselage were made from stretched sprue. You can see that both the fuselage and to the left, the wing, have now received an undercoat of pale grey in preparation for starting the camouflage. Once happy with the turret fairing, I added in two upperwing exhaust outlets for the front engine; the outlets for the rear engine had been made years back by hollowing out six circular openings either side of the rear set of cowling intakes; when using the magazine article all those years ago, it suggested the two poorly moulded intakes, sitting one in front of the other, should be removed and four put in instead, but I have since learned that not all versions had four intakes in this position, therefore later in the build, I was obliged to remove the front two as they didn't properly represent my chosed variant. The camouflage greens are from the Humbrol Luftwaffe-specific range, although I'm not a fan of the darker shade straight out of the tin, and always mute it somewhat by mixing it with the lighter shade. I thinned but did not replace the flap/aileron attachment pins. Once the paint scheme was complete, a couple of coats of floor polish as varnish were applied and once dry, the markings went on and varnish applied again before a blackwash was put on and left to dry slightly before the excess was removed. This gives a slightly weary look which I quite like. Again, the aft turret transparency was test-fitted and a DF loop was made from fuse wire and sometime thereafter attached between the turret and the fin leading edge. The canopy was provided from the relevant Falcon vacuform set and any small misalignments were carefully tidied up. Some time thereafter a few coats of a homemade satin mix were applied and this give the model a lovely dull sheen; all of the small antennae were then re-attached, and the main struts supporting the wing were re-rigged using elasticated thread. The propellor blades were also sourced from the previously-mentioned Fw200 kit as they were more slender, and a pointed spinned was fitted to the rear propellor. The one you see will have to suffice until I can get a better offering that will cover the exposed area between the propellor backplate and the spinner. The small rudders under the fuselage were also re-attached at this time. For a little bit of added interest, two small bombs were used from the spares box - previously part of an old Airfix Ju87 - and the RATO unitrs were taken from a Dragon Ar234 jet bomber kit. So, now to the beaching carriage... a nice item from Kora, made from resin, but sadly, no instructions as to where the pieces should go and only a sketch of the carriage once built, was provided. I had to consult the internet to see how things should go together, and another modeller provided the basis of something approaching correct in his build article. In real life, I imagine there was sifficient weight ahead of the centre of gravity to ensure this aircraft did not tilt backwards and off the end of the carriage, as there was no rear support for its rear fuselage; in the world of the modeller, however, the kit is too tail-heavy so I attached a small transparent support to the back of the carriage where it sits discreetly and largely unseen. Sadly, I also have to rely on a piece of Blue Tac under the small front wheel of the carraige to ensure the model stays put on it. If I had realised this was going to be a problem, I would have inserted some type of weight into the upper fuselage opening prior to attaching the wing and sponson, and pushing it as far forward behind the cockpit bulkhead as possible to ensure the kit was front-heavy. Hindsight is a great thing, I suppose... And finally, two photos to finish, showing the completed model. All markings were sourced from my spare transfers box with the exception of the unit emblem, which was printed onto white-backed transfer paper, sealed using Halford's car laquer and then water-slid into position like and other waterslide transfer. Due to the amount of laquer I apply, the transfer is sometimes a little reluctant to move from the backing paper, so this is a delicate job and patience must take precedence. Also remember your face and eye covers when using the laquer in a well-ventilated area. So that's us done... this was an enjoyable kit to revamp and it represents two weeks' work. I hope you like the end result as much as I do. Keep safe and here's hoping 2021 will be a better year for all. Regards, Paul
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