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  1. Extras used: Kora Tiger Moth in Spanish service decals and resin wheels, Uschi super fine rigging thread Paints and colours used: Mr hobby Aluminium metalizer What a great little kit, this one marks the start of a little project of mine to have a go at some Spanish civil war subjects. It's a very interesting period (this one is depicted before the hostilities) and the amount of possible aircraft is huge. I found a great website which lists all the aircraft and info etc: http://bioold.science.ku.dk/drnash/model/spain/did.html Anyway onto the pictures, a guy at my local club took these for me, I must say it looks better in pics than in real life! DH. 82a Tiger Moth, Spanish Republican Airforce 1935 Thanks Jason
  2. Fiat CR.32 Freccia/Chirri 1:48 Special Hobby The CR.32 was an evolutionary development of an earlier Fiat Biplane fighter, and was thrown into the Spanish Civil War on the side of the Nationalist forces against the i-16s of the Republicans. It was renowned for being nimble, and its aerobatic prowess meant that it stayed in service longer than it perhaps should have, as it could still shoot down more modern monoplanes if handled by an experienced pilot. A product of the early 30s, it was already obsolete by the beginning of WWII, but it remained in service with the Italian Regia Aeronautica until well into the way, although its deployment was away from the leading edge of technology, where it still managed to hold its own. Eventually, the remaining airframes in Italian service were relegated to training duties, replaced by modern al-metal monoplanes such as the Folgore. Spain license produced a number of airframes named Chirri, which were essentially the same aircraft with some minor differences, and these fought alongside the Italian-build Freccis, and the remaining airframes were later converted to two-seat configuration and used as aerobatic trainers until the early 50s. The Kit The origin of this kit lies with Classic Airframes in the 1990s, and is now being released under the Special Hobby banner with revised decals and packaging. Inside the box are two sprues of shiny grey styrene, which are showing some signs of age, and could do with a little tidy-up before you commence construction, especially the wings, which seem to have picked up some artefacts over the years. None of this is too taxing however, and the shiny surface shows up any blemishes nicely. Also included is a bag of resin parts that are nicely detailed, although a few had come loose from their casting blocks due to the kicking it probably received in the Christmas post. A couple of the vanes around the nose have been damaged too, but I’m confident that they can be repaired with a little care. A single clear part is provided in its own bag, and the final bag contains the decal sheet, plus two small sheets of Photo-Etch (PE), one of which is nickel-plated and pre-painted. The instruction booklet is A5 on glossy paper and in full colour, with the decaling and painting guide to the rear. First impressions are a little mixed, due to the short-run nature of the Classic Airframe (CA) moulds, and the wing parts being in comparatively poor shape compared to the fuselage, plus the good quality resin parts. That said, this is probably the most mainstream kit of this little fighter now that it is under the Special Hobby name. Construction begins with a choice of tail, with two options requiring the modeller to cut the rudder off the fuselage halves, and both have elevator slots that need opening out before you can proceed. Attention then turns to the cockpit, which is mostly a mixture of resin and PE parts, which should result in great detail when painted sympathetically. As well as the sidewalls being detailed with PE parts, the seat gets a harness, and in the footwell there are a set of PE rudder pedals included. A pre-painted instrument panel lamination is installed at the front of the cockpit tub, which builds into a rounded box that fits between the fuselage halves. The nose is missing from the fuselage halves, and is provided as a single resin part that has excellent detail, especially around the radiator fins and intake. The elevators have their pins to hold them in place, and optional fin-swap is a butt-joint that could benefit from some reinforcement. The lower wings are also butted against their root fairings on the fuselage, so a little judicious pinning would be a sensible option, all of which speaks of the short-run origins of this kit. The windscreen, sighting devices and cabane struts are added to the top of the fuselage, after which the upper wing can be added, with one camo option needing 3.5mm removing from the "nose" at the wing centre. PE actuators for the flying surfaces are supplied all-round, and the small aerofoil-like balances on the ailerons. The wheels, gear legs and spats are all styrene parts, as are the two-bladed prop and spinner, but the under-nose radiator and a pair of small bombs on their carriers under the fuselage are resin, with additional detail possible because of this. Finally, there is no rigging guide included with the kit, but as there is minimal used on this aircraft, a few pictures from different angles should suffice to allow you to plan the process. Markings Four camouflage options are possible from the box, and all of them have some quite complex camouflage, as was often seen on anything Italian during that period. Decals are by Cartograf, which is a guarantee of good registration, sharpness and colour density, with a thin matt carrier film cut close to the printed areas. From the box you can build one of the following: Fiat CR.32 Freccia 163-10/MM 3518, 163 Squadriglia, Rhodes, June 1940. Fiat CR.32 Freccia V-105 (C.No.315) 1/1. "Ijjázs" vadászszázad (1/1. Squadron "The Archer") early 1939. Fiat CR.32 Chirri 3-61 (C.No.111) Capitán Angel Salas Larrazábal, Leader of Escuadrilia 2-E-3 Aviación Nacional (Franco's rebel air force), Zaragoza, August 1937. Fiat CR.32 Quarter Freccia 160-10/MM.4666, pilot capitano Duilio Fanali, 160 Squadriglia, 12° Gruppo 50° Stormo D'assalto, Tobruk T2 base, July 1940. Conclusion It's an old kit, but it still has the potential to become a good representation of this last-gasp of the biplane age that fought in many combat zones, with a number of well-known pilots. Recommended to the more experienced modeller. Review sample courtesy of
  3. Hello fellow modellers, I hope you are having a pleasant weekend. I am building a 1/72nd scale Amodel Polikarpov I-16 Type 5. Unfortunately something strange happened to the canopy. It is no longer clear, it has gone a milky white and is now opaque. I live in Queensland Australia and had stored it in a little parts tin. I feel maybe humidity or some other factor related to heat caused this change, as it hasn't happened to canopies stored in normal kit boxes or zip-lock bags. It has probably been cooked! I have tried emailing Amodel and they cannot provide a canopy, only complete kits. I then found out that Falcon list an I-16 canopy in their Russian canopy 1/72 set. Unfortunately it isn't listed as an individual item in the Squadron range, so I would have to buy the complete Falcon set. It would be better value for money to buy this set than another I-16 kit, but I can't find any pictures of the Falcon set and wondered if the canopy included is the correct early type I need? It needs to be quite 'tent' shaped and fully enclosed. Does anyone know what type is in the set? Finally, I am hoping to model a Spanish Civil War Example (I know the kit has probably the wrong type of wings. I can live with this - this time ). I did wonder if anyone knows of a picture showing a SCW Polikarpov Type 5 (6?) with the later, open, round windshield rather than canopy? So far I have only seen this on type 10's, but if any type 5's like this existed my problem is solved. I have a good non-fogged one as I left it in the kit box rather than in the 'cooking' tin! I wonder why it became so fogged in that little tin, was it really that warm in there? Thank you for reading All best regards Tony
  4. Hello Chaps, I've finally completed my first build of the New Year, 2016...now on with the next one! Firstly, I'd like to say that this isn't a kit that I would normally be interested in buying, because of its 36 yr age, poorly engineered and molded parts, a few parts at that, the lack of details, raised panel lines and rivet details, with some rivets being very large for this scale model, and, there was a lot of clean-up to do regarding flash and parting-line miss-match. The engine cowling was poor fitting and there were gaps present at the joints of mating parts. But, that said...I needed a plane that was suitable for a "Spanish Civil War" group Build that I wanted to participate in, on YouTube, and one that was 1/48 scale or larger. Well, that's where my problem arose...I could find 1/72 scale aircraft and after market decals for 1/72, but nothing larger. I therefore decided that I was going to paint all of the markings on myself. Despite my efforts to turn a "pigs ear" into a "silk purse", I felt that I was always trying to overcome the fact that the molded parts look so cheap and "toy-like". Ha well, I stuck with her and posted my best effort with what I had available. For the rigging, I used Heavy black EZ-Line- 1.015" thick, and for the antenna cables, I used Fine black EZ-Line - 1.010" thick. I drilled holes through the vertical and horizontal stabilzers as well as one each side of the fuselage for the elevator and rudder actuator cables and I scratch built the antenna cable hard point at the top of the vertical stabilizer. I'm disappointed with it myself, because I had gotten so comfortable building well engineered and molded 1/32 scale kits....I choose large scale because my eyesight has gotten terrible in the last couple of years as I get closer to my 60 years of age! Anyway, I hope you enjoy the fact that it is different with its Spanish Republican Air Force markings as opposed to the British markings that are normally applied to these models. Enough waffling, here's the photos... So there she is, be gentle...it is a poor kit and no after-market enhancements were used to try to help her out, if any exist? But, if they did, I wouldn't waste the money on AM parts for a kit this old and poorly engineered and molded. I didn't do a build log on here leading up to this "Final Revea", but I did create "Build Update" videos on my YouTube Channel, along with an introduction video and a final reveal video. If you'd like to see how I constructed, painted and weathered this kit, then here are the links to my "Build Series" videos for this model: "Introduction" video link: https://youtu.be/HRoT0Frosvs "Build Update #1" video link: https://youtu.be/jM1voNN10CM "Build Update #2" video link: https://youtu.be/m6A5j3TsEUA "Build Update #3" video link: https://youtu.be/ZcHffhZkBAE "Final Reveal" video link: https://youtu.be/Me-q2zLHqs0 Thanks in advance for taking a look at this posting, watching any of my videos and leaving any comments, greatly appreciated! In the mean-time, happy modeling and have fun! Cheers
  5. No.5 The Spanish Civil War Many modellers these days seem to like building subjects based on a theme, which can often be historical events. This series of books from Valiant Wings will look at specific areas, and events in the history of aerial warfare with this in mind. Each title will cover the history and details details of these event. This volume contain period photographs, and colour artwork from Richard J Caruana. More importantly to the modeller each will contain kit builds this one in 1/72 & 1/48. These are from modellers; Steve A. Evans and Libor Jekl. The book is A4 soft cover format, very well printed with clear text, good artwork and clear build photographs. The fifth book in this series covers the Spanish Civil war which is sometime referred to as the prelude to World War II. Certainly the Luftwaffe saw it as an opportunity to develop aircraft, and more importantly tactic, as well as an opportunity to train its aircrew. There is no doubt that German involvement led to the victory of Franco's forces. The colour artwork features many aircraft taking part from both sides. The seven models features in this volume are; Special Hobby 1/72 Junkers Ju 87A-1. Azur 1/72 Polikarpov I-15. Azur 1/72 Romeo Ro.37bis. Azur 1/72 Vultee V-1A RS Models 1/72 Dornier Do 17E. FM 1/48 Dewoitine D.510. Roden 1/48 Heinkel He 51B-1. Conclusion This is a great fifth book in the series from Valiant Wings. Highly Recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  6. Hi Next from my current series of "old and odd Germans" - Heinkel He 60 "La Fiera del Mar"/512. The kit by Azur (first kit released by this company) with some modifications (for example forward fireing MGs added). Painting scheme from Legion Condor (AS 88), based in El Atayon-Melilla (a Spanish territory in North Africa) 1936 and early 1937. Decals home made and some from drawer. Let me show two photos of real thing, which I found in Net: (Please note - no white wing ends as it is displayed on coloured profiles of this machine). And here is model: Comments welcome as always Best regards Jerzy-Wojtek
  7. Hello people This is my first RFI. I feel strange in putting it here as it is the last model I completed. The thing is, I completed it 13 years ago. I was in the UK then and I didn't know much about the internet modelling wise. At the time I relied utterly on my LMS. That was M.G. Sharp Models of Attercliffe Road in Sheffield, the city I was living in then. I had started modelling again for the first time since 1979 as I had become a widower and, well, thought I needed to find something pleasurable and nostalgic of better times upon which to focus my thoughts My first model upon returning to the hobby was an Airfix Mosquito. I have to say, it wasn't easy! Nothing fitted very well and I found myself buying filler for the first time since the age of 13.. I also did the Australian all silver option, meaning, sand, fill, smooth...and repeat. I got there though and it builds into a lovely model doesn't it, not at all bad for an old Airfix? I had been to Spain in a professional context (1989) and really loved it. I had been introduced to the recent history of Spain, above all, as I went to Barcelona, I became aware of the very recent Spanish Civil War. As time progressed, back in 2003-2006, I researched this from a personal interest point of view, rather than anything to do with work/profession. I loved the intrigue I found. Clandestine air forces (Russian, German and Italian), aircraft being smuggled in from Mexico, 'Golden Age' art deco passenger aircraft being used as bombers! Anyway, this little Heller Bf 109 B was about the best I could manage at the time. I know now it might be classified as a B1. I also know this kit isn't 'rivet counter' perfect, but I can tell you, I utterly enjoyed making it. It is a pleasure to build and yes, it is almost 'Shake 'n' Bake'. It goes together so well, extremely little filler is needed and if one is fine with raised panel lines; they don't need to be sanded away. This is a model of BF 109 B1 6*16 of Legion Condor 2J/88, based at Vittoria, Spain as it would have appeared late March 1937. It is based on a Profile shown on page 130 of 'Jagdwaffe', Luftwaffe Colours; Volume one section 2, 'The Spanish Civil War' by E. Mombeek with J.R. Smith & E.J. Creek. Classic Publications, 1999, ISBN 0-9526867-6-7. The transparencies are kit parts, absolutely lovely, clear and in three parts. I have tried to build the Avis/AML/Amodel (all the same) BF-109 B/C/D/V3-4 prototypes and I can honestly say that I feel time is far better spent 'tarting up'/rectifying this Heller kit to the level you desire. The other kits, and the Aeroplast kits, simply don't cut the mustard (this is Britmodeller isn't it? ). The model is OOB with the exception of decals. I used the kit round black spots and wing spots/crosses then handpainted numbers and tail cross with the help of Tamiya masking tape cut finely (using slightly lightened Humbrol 33). All colours were enamel. I still have a jar of (useable) grey-green colour from this build! I mixed the grey/green. Why this shade? I have no idea, it seemed right at the time . It is a long time ago, I may have done 6*16 as I was pretty sure it was the first number Bf-109 B To be a real 'B'. I guess it should have the Hamilton propellor, but I just thought; "First use of Bf-109, Spain, anything could and would have happened in war, regularly". I still think that about all wartime aircraft to be honest. Also, it isn't an 'A', prototype or anything else with long leading edge slats, the Heller kit has the shorter slats, so 6*16 seemed a reasonable compromise. It is completely brush painted, even the varnish. I liked the way the Humbrol Matt varnish sealed the decals, and I also liked that the kit roundels didn't silver onto an, essentially, satin coat with no decal solvents (I didn't know they existed). No weathering - I simply didn't (and don't) know how to do it, and I also think at the time, there may have not been many washes/tints/other trendy things on the market? Enough chat, here it is, I hope it is bearable, perhaps likeable as a window into what was ok 13 years ago? Thanks to The Spadgent for encouraging me to post this Port view I forgot, I stole the 'Top Hat' from an RPM Bf-109 E-1 Legion Condor kit. Starboard..hmm, the Humbrol Matt coat went a little white, as seen over the black roundel. Nice big prop . I hand painted the canopy. I can see the paint was too thin. Never mind, I was happy at the time. Thanks for reading All best regards and happy modelling Tony Edited for spelling a friend's moniker incorrectly
  8. Hi, Next "odd and old" German from current my production. After recent Dornier Wal I did next seaplane - Arado Ar 95 (on floats). It will be a small series - I started already work on next seaplanes: Ar 196, Do 22 and He 114 and one designed to be an aircraft carrier machine .- Fi 167... We will see how it will go. Frankly speaking I was not planning doing the German series now - I was planning do Douglas O38E (Haitanian from WWII) and O2D (Chinese), next Britts - Liberator GR Mk I and Sea Otter etc... - so they have to wait a while now. Perhaps I had to switch after making mostly Britts during last two years. Going back to Arado Ar-95. I have found that 3 of them were for sure in Spain from early 1937 - two on floats and one on wheels. They served in Legion Condor and then were given to Spain, AFAIK. On the other hand one can found in Wiki, that actually it was 6 of them there, but I have no confirmed it in other sources. They served till second half of fourties or something like that - so they survived Civil War. They were use for patrols in Meditteranean coasts of Spain based I think in Mallorca area. They were having numbers 64-1, 64-2 (float version) and the wheel version 64-3. MPM provided in model either markings for float machine 64-2 (an a German one) or for wheeled 64-3 and Chilean one. So I decided to make the thirs one - 64-1... Just not to do OOB. There are photos of this machine available, so it was not a big problem. With published painting schemes is no problem also - however I am only surprised by the lack of white crosses on wings. Arado 95 was produced in very limited numbers, but was used by Germany, Spain, Chile and Sweden (one escaped from Germany). Turkey as close to get some. In some sources it is said that even Poland in 1938 was interesting in buing the version on floats for sea-defense squadron based in Puck. The model is basicly a short-run, from late production (with injected canopy), one PE part (camshaft in engine - I did not used it making sctarch from plastic wire), resin rest of engine and cowling. There is some more scratch work added - the strutures on sidewalks on lower wings, masses (balances) of floaps and aerelions on upper wing, steps on front floats struts and the set of bombs. I made propeller rotable (as always). One remark for those who wants to build this model from MPM kit. Be careful with the struts. Some of them are made too long and one have to trim them. For example four struts supporting floats are of the same lenght on frames, wheres the front pair has to be sloped forward whereas the rear pair is perpendicular to float. So it will produce negative slope of whole machine. The same with pair of struts suporting the centre of upper wing. Fortunatelly drawing and photos are available in Net in reasonable amounts - you can easliy notice that bombs under wings have the Spanish machines but not the one which wscaped to Sweden etc... Sorry for this perhaps too long description - here she is: RLM-02 by Humbrol (No 240 - brush), riging by EZ, Vallejo matt coat Comments welcome Best regards and I wish especially Happy Easters to all BM members and spectators Jerzy-Wojtek
  9. Hi, My third one frinished in 2016: Heinkel He 51, 2-64, pilot: Harro Harder, Legion Condor 1937, Spain. This is an old kit from Hasegawa (1/72) with some small modifications (like sctrach build fuel tank). The control panel by Yahu, decals partialy form Print Scale (this particular machine is not provided by Prints scale but all SCW insignia came from this set) - the rest I had painted (the birds and skull) or from drawer. Hauptman Harro Harder was one of German aces during SCW and then in WWII. If someone would like to read about him it could be here http://www.luftwaffe.cz/harderharro.html or here http://surfcity.kund.dalnet.se/germany_harder.htm . He was credited with 11 victories in Spain (on He 51 and then on Me 109), 1 in Poland in Sept. 1939 and next 3 or 5 during BoB. He was KIA on 12 August 1940 beeing shot down by a Spit over sea near Isle of Wigth. He was older brother of another German ace - Jurgen Harder ( https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/J%C3%BCrgen_Harder) who died in Me 109 crash in Feb 1945. There was also third brother Harder, who was also a German pilot and who did not survived the war as well.... For me, as for Pole it should be difficult to feel some sympathy to Harder family, anyway - I feel some. OK - the swastika used as personal emblem suggest that Harro was a convienced nazi so my sympathty diminishing fast... I chosen this painting scheme not only because of the high score of pilot but also because it is not bad documented (there are many photos in net) and (perhaps because of this swastika) not very common - nor in Hasegawa neither in ICM kit... The Yahu cockpit: Comments welcome Regards Jerzy-Wojtek
  10. Hi On a Web page http://www.sas1946.com/main/index.php?topic=24702.168I have found a photo of two Arados 95 on floats from SCW: There were are only two Ar-95 on floats, which took part in SCW wearing numbers 64-1 and 64-2. The painting scheme here is different then presented in SH or Planet kits (which is also here: http://america.pink/arado_442985.html)- namely here no black circles on the top of wings, no numbers, some colour (overpaint?) on the top of rudder, two-tones on spinner on one machine, no emblems on sides of fuselages, just black circles there. it looks perhaps like initial (delivery) scheme. Am I right? Here: http://www.aerobarbariansgrup.com/AME/Arado%20Ar-95.htmlthe number 64-1 is already applied. The "sidewalk" on wing is black - what was not seen on previous. No traces of overpainting on top of rudder. On some other photos the second machine - the 64-2 has emblem on side like on colour profile from one of above profile. Can anyone explain me what is known to experts about evolution of painting scheme of Arado-95 during SCW? Cheers Jerzy-Wojtek Edit from 16 March - I've just realized, that it is not top of rudder overpainted but rather it is removed red belt with swastika on white circle! - so it is the early painting, just after delivery to Spain...
  11. Hi, Second finished in this year - Heinkel He 45, Legion Condor, Spain 1937. Kit from AML - markings not exctly from box (but using all non-individual decals of kit) - mashine 15-7. There is a lot of photos for He 45 of Legion Condor in net, some even colour (coloured?) which prove that machines were several time re-painted. Initially were in RLM 63/65 then second colour appeared (based on color photo I made it green - but some interpretaion, also in box for similar 15-10 from 1937 are that it was brown) - finally it was in 3 colours but also in two variants - small patches like Lozagnand in the end of war (and after it) - large areas. After analyzes of photos I narrowed a bit undercarridge when you look from front. The emblem on tail in original kit decals is all black - so colours are added (also based on photos). Here she is: Comments welcome Happy New year with a lot of modelling to everybody! Cheers Jerzy-Wojtek
  12. Hi, My first build in 2016 - a light machine for sport and training militarized during SCW - Messerschmitt M 35 b. Only 15 M-35s were produced, one was sold to Spain. Originally EC-BDB used in Aeroclub of Valencia, became then 30-73. Kit by Huma (1/72) - not very old one, but not perfect as you may think regarding year of issue about 2000. Rather short-run. It has some sunk surfaces. Moreover I shallowed the surface of wings which seemed to me to deep in relief. Decals from drawer following profile published in Wing Palette but originally present in a Dannish web page on airplanes from SCW - very interesting page, BTW http://bioold.science.ku.dk/drnash/model/spain/did.html One more shot - with glasses to show the size I am not sure about the markings on wings. I posted yesterday a question on this on "Interwar" forum - so if there should be white crosses, black strips or other markings not visible on side profile - please tell me I will correct. Any comments welcome! Regards Jerzy-Wojtek
  13. Hi, A single Messerschmitt M 35 b, initially as EC-BDB then 30-73 was in Spain during Civil War. There is a side colour profile for it on wing palette - but - is there any photo of this machine? I almost finished model (Huma 1/72 - soon on RFI) of her but I have doubts especially on look of upper (and bottom?) sides of wings. Perhaps there should be some black strips or white crosses - the profile is not suggesting them... I've googled many hours iincluding Aeronet etc - without success, but I have feeling that I've seen once (?) a photo of her. Can anybody help? Cheers Jerzy-Wojtek
  14. Hello! Here is my finished SM.79 Sparviero. The construction took half a year, actually I was tired at the end. As usual the Italeri's painting guide was false, and the camo. does not match on the two only shots what I've found about the 28-11, however are taken from the same side. So my camo are 'something like that'. I had the chanse to paint it to the 2 tona camo, but I didnt liked it. The flash light may show the colors lighter than these actually are. And here it is: And finaly, You can read the project in this topic. In some words, I can say, this is a good kit, and gives a satisfiing result OOB too, but be careful with the aerials wich beeings are depending on series, and with the painting.
  15. Hello all! This is my way to build a Sparviero, I'd like to show you. The SM.79 introduces in the Spanish civil war in the side of general Francisco Franco. Of course these were given from Mussolini's Italy, suh as the counter side helped by the Soviet Union. As far as I know the forregin forces was organised in the unit called Tercio des Extranjeros. In the box I've got 4 markings option, 2 with Spanish markings. My choosen one is the three tone scheme with sand yellow, green and brown, needless to say all of the in they realy super special Italian tone. Duhh. I started this construction in February, just before the start of the spring semester of the university, so its going slowly. In the next weeks I will guide you throught the ongoing building work with updating posts so guys, keep stand by.
  16. Hi, In a middle of 1930s a concept o "fast bomber" appeared. In opposide to "slow bombers" like our favourite Bloch MB 200 they could operate with speed equal or even exceeding those of interceptors, and therfore no fighter escort was neccessary. Spanish Civil War was first war theater in which this concept was tested. From Nacionalist perhaps side the main example of fast bomber was Dornier Do 17 and from Republican side was Tupolev SB2. The "SB" comes from Russian "Skoriy Bobardovshchik" what mean directly : "fast bomber" Here I want to post my very archive models - both are older than 40 years from glueing, although before posting I did some serious refurbishing - which was not a total repair, since glueing was not improved. But majority of painting work is new (since I had to fill some gaps etc...). However, not all of painting is fresh. Especially I wanted to left untouched an arc emblem on SB-2 - which is a free hand painting on model made bu young JWM (myself in age of about 15 ), My Dornier is Do 17F (more recce a/c than bomber in fact) from Legion Condor about 1937, Airfix kit, and Tupolev SB 2 is in markings of Republicans from Barcelona, 1938, Frog kit. BTW - from 1937 or 1938 to 1975, when I made them, elapsed less then 40 years, so times of SCW were closer to time of building the models that those days from now! Here they are, Dornier and Tupolev: The Dornier alone: And a whole small Legion Condor representation from my collection: Tupolev SB 2 M100 (Frog) alone: And the close-up on arc emblem Comments welcome Regards Jerzy-Wojtek
  17. Hi, Hawker Spanish Fury was a modification of Hawker Fury (I) . Out of planned production of about 50 only three of them saw combat in SCW. From outside it had different cooler and undercaridge adopted from Gloster Gladiator (I heard it that way - please corect if I am wrong). Now A-model is producing such kit, but mine is scratch converted from Matchbox kit - well ... - fourty years ago, in 1975.... I was 16. OK, still it was quartary... Markings are from 1938, where "4-1" was reconstructed by canibalization of wrecks of original "4-1" and "4-2". My original build was without rigging, with blue undresurfaces and relatively small national markings (Spanish roundels) from below. This was following some article in a British model magazine those years - I do not remember exact reference. Now, before posting I wanted to add rigging, I've bought EZ wire just to try. I failed with attaching withour drilling holes, perhaps it is possible, but I failed... So I have to drill. Then I have to fix them and mix the colours (to match Airfix colours which I used in 1975) to paint filled holes. Therefore I decided to take this oportunity to change botorm colour to silver/alumnium dope. Overal "silver" were Spanish Furies painted before SCW. Since they left roundels from bottom - it means that bottom colour was not changed - so it should not be light blue but aluminum dope. By this chance I replaced bottom roundes to bigger one, following some photo presented in book "Aviones el la Guerra Civil Espanola" - which was mentioned here (in my posts on SCW machines) several times. And I added Pitot tube. And a bit repainted pilot's suit (helmet and colar). Here is the result: Before Finished repair: EDIT And here is a whole set of my Britts, from Spanish Civil War (on both sides due to GAL Monospar...) Comments welcome and regards Jerzy-Wojtek
  18. Hi Last Autumn I was posting series of my models of airplanes from Spanish Civil War. I posted Ju 87A, PWS 10, Gal Monospar, Fiat CR 32, Savoia Sm 81 - that were from Nationalists (or Black) side. And more were from Republicans (Red) side: Vultee V1, Northrop Gamma 2D, Letov S231, Airspeed Envoy, Miles Falcon and Miles Speed Six, Bristol Buldog, DH 89M Dragon Rapid, Potez 540, Bloch MB 210, NID 52,Loire 46 and Dewoitine 372. I remeber because I am just looking at them on the shelves, in front of my nose . However, some are yet to be posted. I need to make some correction/repairs/cleaning on them. So they will come not so rapidly, but with breaks. They are Hs-123, Do 17F, Fokker F VII, Hawker Fury, Grumman FF1, Tupolev SB2. Tupolev is the worse - I made him in 1973 or 1974. Certainly I do not like to post it as it looks now. Grumman FF1 is also doubful - it is complete sratch, made about 1982. First, I prepared for posting is Henschel Hs 123 made from kit by Airfix (1/72). With some minor improvments (added structural struts inside cowling, riging of main support of upper wing, guns from injection needles - what I still do often) Before posting now I clean it and added a coat of Vallejo Matt Varnish (acrylic, diluted with water). Markings were OOB, they present machine from early spring 1939 (end of the War), based in Tablada. Here she is: I made it 38 years ago, in spring 1977 It painted with Airfix M25 undersurfaces, M13 and M26 as gray and olive green from top, respectively. I am not sure - likely the dark brown was prepared from black and red, I think....I do not remember a colour close to Humbrol 98 in Airfix paletter. Does anybody rememeber it? I hope you enjoy such archive model... Comments welcome Regards Jerzy-Wojtek
  19. My country for this one is Spain, and as the legitimate government of Spain was the elected Republican government during the Spanish Civil War, I will be doing a republican plane, and not a Nationalist (rebel) plane. I am still going through my stash of kits, so the particular craft is not yet decided, but will be at the start of the GB in January. Possibilities at present are the SB 2M-100 "Katiushka" (ICM kit in 1/72nd) or the Polikarpov I-16 (Eduard kit in 1/48th) or possibly the Vultee V-1A (Azur kit in 1/72nd). Advice on which of these to choose would be gratefully received in the meantime... Thanks, Philip
  20. Crickets against Rats - Regia Aeronautica in the Spanish Civil War 1936/37 vol. I KAGERO - Casemate UK While a lot is known about the German involvement in the Spanish Civil war with the Condor Legion in support of the Nationalists, and the Russians supplying arms to the Republican forces; the involvement of the Italy is less well known. Though reluctant at first, following a direct request from Franco and encouragement from Hitler Mussolini committed his Navy to the seas around Spain, his Army in the form of a Corps of "Volunteer" forces to the ground and the Regia Aeronautica to the air. This new book from Casemate/Kagero looks at the involvement of the Regia Aeronautica. The book arrives as an A4 portrait soft cover 78 page book. The book follows the day to day struggles in the air, and the rapid deployment of the Italian Air Force to Spain. In this first volume the years 1936 & 1937 are covered. Details include to attacks on Madrid, battles at the river Jarama, and battles for Malaga & Guadalajara. The text is illustrated throughout with black & white photos. Following the text there are five colour pages (including the back page) with profiles of Italian Aircraft used in this conflict. Conclusion This is an excellent book covering a less well known part of the Spanish Civil War. Recommended to those with an interest in The Italian Air Force, The Spanish Civil War, or those history buffs who would like to know more about this subject. Review sample courtesy of
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