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  1. RS Model is to release a 1/72nd Ryan NX-211/ Lindberg's "Spirit of St Louis" kit - ref.92158 Test shot and sprues on display at the Spielwarenmesse N├╝rnberg 2014. Source IPMS Germany: http://www.ipmsdeutschland.de/Ausstellungen/Nuernberg2014/Bilder_VH/Bilder_VH.html V.P.
  2. Hi all, I like floatplanes, I also like the ML-KNIL airplanes in the former Dutch East Indies. This Ryan STM-S2 is the very old Testors kit in 1/48 that needed a lot of work. Arguably the smallest 1/48 I have built. I decided not to use the pilot and co-pilot "figures" and to scratch-built the interior (seats, instrument panels, etc.) by plasti-card. I also did some necessary changes to depict the ML-KNIL version (e.g. the rudders on the floats, the pilots transparency, navigation lights). The rigging was quite a process. I used Xtracrylic paints and the decals are all from spares. Some post-shading and washing, and voila. Hope you like it Dimitrios K.
  3. I love the kits coming out of the Czech Republic for their quality and unusual subject choices and I could not resist the attractive boxings of Valom's L-17 Navion. The only problem I find is choosing which of the attractive subjects to take home with me. At Scale Model World I had the chance to study the different offerings and I chose the Olive Drab US Army boxing. When I arrived home and went looking for photos of Navions on the web I changed my mind and decided to model a USAF aircraft instead. The main parts were nicely moulded in a sand colour and there were two lovely injection canopies, one open and one closed, etched brass parts for such as the instrument panel and flap actuators and some small resin parts. You get two very tempting flight control wheels for the cockpit but photos of the military Navions seemed to show that they had control sticks instead which are also included. The control wheels are for the civilian versions. Construction of this small model appeared quite straight forward at first but for some strange reason Valom have you make up a big box section from the etched brass which you glue to the lower wing centre section which basically boxes in the undercarriage bays. If I were building this model again I would not bother with the etched box as the wheel bays on the real aircraft were boxed in individually and I would do this with plasticard. Anyway construction of this midget proceeded quickly and I soon had it complete and stood on its wheels. Then I noticed that something about its stance looked wrong when compared to photos of the real things. It looked too high off the ground, the undercarriage legs seemed too long. I cut them down as much as I dared and still things did not look quite right. Then I realised what was wrong, the wings dihedral is too flat and that is why the model sits too high off the ground even though the undercarriage legs are the correct length. And something else seemed wrong too, it's the vertical tailplane, it is not tall enough. So I increased it slightly with plasticard. There was a bewildering number of Navion versions and trims. The instructions tell you to fit undercarriage doors but the military versions appear not to have had them so I left them off. There are many tiny etched flap actuators to fit under the wings and for such a small model with few places to get hold off they are a real problem when handling the model. I wanted to be able to display the model with the canopy open or closed so I fitted small brass pins to the opening part of the canopy which fit into holes drilled in the fuselage at the open and closed positions. And then it was time to paint the model, the part of model making I like the least. I wanted a shiny Navion and as an experiment I brush painted the model with Humbrol 191 Chrome Silver and when it was dry I then buffed it with a soft cloth. I then managed to find some USAF decals in my spares box and then finally three weeks after starting it was finished. cheers, Adey
  4. Kiwi Resin has just released a 1/48th Ryan AQM-34 Firebee drone resin kit Source: http://www.kiwiresin.com/#!product/prd1/4522279221/1-48-ryan-aqm-34-firebee-combat-drone V.P.
  5. Constanza Kit (http://www.scalemates.com/companies/company.php?id=2587) has just released a 1/72nd Ryan L17 Navion (Washington Air National Guard) resin kit. ref.CON807208 - Ryan L17 Navion (Washington Air National Guard) Source: http://www.aviationmegastore.com/ryan-l17-navion-washington-air-national-guard-con807208-constanza-kits-con807208-scale-modelling/product/?shopid=LM5437f81d922e6648aeb9de84a9&action=prodinfo&parent_id=212&art=125440 Decals sets ref.807208 Source: http://conmowo.com/produkt/ryan-north-american-navion/ ref.807209 Source: http://conmowo.com/produkt/ryan-navion/ V.P.
  6. Pics by Graham James taken at Old warden
  7. Pics taken by Darwin at the SAC museum in Nebraska
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