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  1. Hi All, Whilst my Sunderland build is still chuntering along, I fancied a bit of light relief after marathon sanding and scribing sessions (I also thought it would be polite to give @AliGauld a bit of clear air, as our builds appear to be converging to alarmingly similar stages, and he started first!). Anyways, I've had ICM's lovely Gladiator Mk.II sitting in the stash for at least a couple of months, so I thought I'd run both builds in parallel (what could possibly go wrong?!). Here's the box art: This is my first ICM kit, and initial impressions are certainly favourable. A nice sturdy box, and some jolly nice artwork to boot! Here's the sprue shots: Detail and quality look to be superb. Here's the decals, which also look lovely: I've got a couple of extras for this build - Yahu instrument panel and Eduard harness: I also had some of these sent over from the UK after I'd seen them used to great effect on other builds: I've also invested in a set of Montex masks, which allow for 2 schemes: Now I'd had my heart set on a DE/DG/LE/LG colour scheme, and was surprised when the Montex scheme showed up as DE/DG over B/W, and looked... well, rather dull! Nevertheless, I started to do a little due diligence on the scheme, N5581 of 615 Sqn RAF, which Montex have based at RAF Kenley in August 1939. A quick trawl of t'internet has the same aircraft: This time based at RAF Ford in the same month - hmmmm. Imagine my further confusion when searching on 615 (County of Surrey) Sqn (as noted in the above pic), there appears a completely different squadron code ('KW' as opposed to 'RR'), with one of the box schemes being the former based at St Inglevert (Northern France) in April 1940. Without digging into the history of 615, I am guessing that they vacated St Inglevert in a hurry in May 1940, and presumably remustered in England shortly after? Anyway, here's the box scheme of the France-based aircraft: It does have the 4-colour upper camo, which ticks a box - some rather fetching red hubs too . Also, I did find this: So, the top scheme is the Montex one, the second is the box scheme (although this time in December 1939), and 3 & 4 are also strong contenders for unusual camo!! Here's a photo I found of the bottom aircraft, which is in standard DFS colours of DG/OG over MSG. Here's a photo I found of said aircraft: I haven't seen a Gladiator modelled in that scheme before, so some marks for originality! I now don't know whether I'm Arthur or Martha as far as the schemes go, so I think I'll just go and throw some primer around and not worry about it for now! Thanks for looking, Roger
  2. Hallo I have two Hasegawa kits in 1/48 scale. I have two options of kill markings: 57 (in red &black, or on white background) 82 in red & black Both of them I want to build. The a/c with 82 kills is the overhauled Emil in 76/75/74 colors. The a/c with 57 kills is this still the a/c with original colors 02/65/71? The spinner? When did it change to the pointed version? Which details I have to be regarded too? Happy modelling
  3. Recently I looked at how many unfinished models I have on my shelf. At first glance, there are a lot of them. But I made a disappointing conclusion that they are still not enough if I want to become the absolute champion in unfinished models. It turned out that this hard sport has a lot of competition, so I start a new model - Kübelwagen Type 82 from Tamiya. I hope that this will be another gem on my shelf with unfinished models Vytautas
  4. Hi All, My next project will be Special Hobby's 1:72 Sunderland Mk.III - oh boy (or should that be 'Oh Buoy'? ). I've long loved the Sunderland - it's just such an interesting aircraft, with a variety of novel features not found on other types, such as the retractable bomb racks, the sliding front turret, and generally the fact that it's a mahoosive bl**dy flying boat. Inspired by @AliGauld's lovely Mk.V build (still in progress at the time of writing), I had to give it a crack! This will also be my second Short Brothers build, after I completed the 1:72 Italeri Stirling Mk.I earlier this year. I decided on the Mk.III as this was the prevalent Sunderland mark, and the one which undertook the brunt of the fighting in the Battle of the Atlantic. This is the SH boxart: Here's the sprue shots: Lawks - that's a lot of styrene! The boxing allows for 4 schemes - 2 RAAF, 1 RCAF and one Free French. Well, it had to be RAAF, so based on the fact that it also had to be DSG/EDSG over White I have chosen to complete as this aircraft - EJ134 'N for Nuts' of 461Sqn RAAF, based at RAF Pembroke Dock in 1943: Now the reason for the title 'The Flying Porcupine' is the Sunderland's exceptional ability to defend itself. 'N-Nuts' was a prime example of this capability, shown during an incident on 2nd June 1943, when she was attacked by no less than 8 Ju88s over the Bay of Biscay. During a protracted battle the crew of EJ134 destroyed 3 of the Ju88s, severely damaging another 2. EJ134 also sustained significant damage as well as several of the crew being severely injured. However, the crew nursed the damaged aircraft back to the Cornish coast without incident and eventually beached the aircraft on Praa Sands. There is an extensive account of the battle on the 'Aircrew Remembered' website - it is compelling reading: http://aircrewremembered.com/walker-colin.html Although I cannot find a picture of EJ134, there are some very evocative photos of 461 Sqn Sunderlands at Pembroke Dock - both of these are copyright Australian War Memorial (for discussion only and will be removed on request): Both of the following show 461 Sqn aircraft, and are copyright Aircrew Remembered (for discussion only and will be removed on request): The last two shots clearly show use of the beaching gear - as this is included in the kit I'll surely make use of this, and will also be attempting to replicate the heavy level of wear on these beautiful beasts. The build will be OOB with the addition of a set of Montex masks for the extensive glazing. I shall gird my loins as I think this may be a bit of a rollercoaster! Thanks for looking, Roger
  5. Hello, This question may seem odd, but when looking through Pz 4 models and I’ve noticed that there seems to be no Ausf. “i” variant, only Ausf. H followed directly by Ausf. J. I wonder if there was something special about the supposed “Pz 4 Ausf. i” or whether they’ve simply skipped the “i” version because “i” could be interpreted like a roman number 1 or something like that? This may be a silly question, I just couldn’t find results for Pz. 4 Ausf. i on the internet. Thank you.
  6. Hallo This kit is the interior RFM in 1/35. Aftermarket are the track chains from Friul. The built was quite straight forward. I know already this tank quite well, not well enough to make mistakes. The assembly process is quite different to the MiniArt kit. This I will build next. I built the H Version already from MiniArt. Some parts are missing in the kit, like the two towing cables. I have only two grommets of proper size for one cable. Some other details are to question, but I have no clue who is right. MiniArt or RFM. The camo was a struggle. The green was to dark first, now think it is too bright. On the other hand it was spring time in Germany, when this tank was used. Well see by yourself. Happy modelli´ng
  7. My second finished kit. Top notch Eduard quality. Easy cartograph decals. Any mistakes and inaccuracies are my fault, not Eduard's lost one gunbarrel, used piece of copper instead. Don't be judgemental please it's my second build and the learning curve is long. Enjoy guys.
  8. Post me your basic questions here and we will chat about them!
  9. Hallo This is one Panzer IV Ausführung J, the last variant, made in Austria. The production site is in Upper Austria close to the city Linz. The interior kit from RFM is quite different organized from MiniArt. I built the Ausführung H from MiniArt. In both kits, the major issue is the installation sequence. If you work approximately, as the instruction tells you, you may succeed of fail. If you work as the instruction tells you, you also fail. The main difference, the RFM call out for getting the hull done first, installation from engine onward afterward. MiniArt installs all the engine, interior and gear unit, break units at first, and I struggled getting the hull side walls glued correct together. One tiny mistake tortured me until the finish of the model! The position of the rear bulkhead was 0,5mm too far to the left. No location pins to prevent inaccuracy in sideward direction! Back to my present RFM build: Good idea, the hull fits great. The installation afterward, is not so simple, since the rigid side walls width does not forgive anything. It is not flexible! The installation of the front gear box, is such an issue. The support beams gets the holding pins off for the gear box, otherwise installation is impossible. The break unit for the right and left hand side, oooh! Here the instruction shows you just one unit, not the mirror way! If you build your first time such a tank, this issue may drive you crazy. The next thing I did, was drilling the support beam and gear box, to fix the gear box with a piece of plastic rod, moved inward at this very front position when it is in place. All the way round, multiple thinking is necessary, to do things correct. Well, tomorrow I want to spray. Happy modelling
  10. Hi All, My latest completion is a pair of Tamiya Spitfire Mk.Vbs, both of which took part in the Malta campaign. This is a lovely little kit which I built in my pre-Britmodeller days, so there were few surprises. They were built mostly OOB, with the addition of Eduard harnesses and masks, and a set of DK Decals' ' Spitfire Vb Aces - Malta and MTO'. This set allows you to model 12 schemes: The schemes I chose to model are both aircraft from 229 Sqn: Here's a link to the WIP if anyone is interested: The first aircraft, EP716 was flown by Squadron Leader Thomas Smart DFC* RAF. Smart had been shot down over Dunkirk in 1940, but survived this crash and went on to lead 229 Squadron in Malta, until his aircraft suffered an engine failure on 12th April 1943 20 miles south of Pozzallo, following a bombing raid on Sicily. Smart bailed out but drowned before he could be rescued. I can find no photographs of EP716, but as you can see it is depicted in Dark Mediterranean Blue over Azure. I had never used this scheme before so the DMB had a bit of a learning curve, and I hope that I've broken up the single dark colour by way of a combination of modulation, pigments and washes. The second scheme is EP691, which was flown by P/O Colin Parkinson DFC RAAF, who ended the Malta campaign with 10.5 kills and 2 probables, and went on to survive the war. Here is a photo of EP691: This combination of Dark Earth and Extra Dark Sea Grey over Azure is quite unusual. You can see from the photo what a beating these airframes took, which I've attempted to replicate. Anyways, on with the photos - EP716 first: You can see that I had my first go at figure painting in a loooong time - I wasn't too displeased with the result: And here's the finished result: Next EP691: Here's a couple of both together: Finally, here's a couple of shots with a Mk.I from 611 (West Lancashire) Sqn from the outbreak of war, to show the difference between the delicate lines of the Mk.I against the street-brawling brutishness of the Mk.Vb: I've very much enjoyed this build, and have added a couple of the less-modelled Spit Mk.Vb schemes to the collection. Thanks to all who have added words of encouragement along the way - they have been much appreciated. Thanks for looking, Roger
  11. Hi All, Although I haven't yet wrapped up my Albacore build, I'm working up the testicular fortitude to tackle the rigging so I thought that would be a bit 'hurry up & wait'. I therefore decided to start this project which is very much intended as a bit of a palate cleanser after two challenging builds in the Applecore and Stirling! I've therefore had these couple of beauties sat in the stash for such an occasion: I built this kit in my pre-Britmodeller days, so there are few surprises. It's straightforward Tamiya fare, and I'll be building mostly OOB. Here's a shot of the sprues: I have however got hold of a set of DK Decals' "Spitfire Mk.Vb Aces - Malta and MTO", which allows one to build no less than 12 yes12 schemes! Here's a closer look - you'll know who to ask nicely if you want to build any of the other 10! Here's a closer look (the right way up!): I've decided to model these two schemes: As you can see both aircraft have the Vokes filter - both also have clipped wings. I've long fancied doing a Mediterranean blue Spit, and I have rarely seen the DE/EDSG/Azure combination done before, which I think is rather spiffing. I'm making the presumption that both would have been finished in the standard desert scheme of Mid-Stone/DE/Azure prior to delivery to Malta and then repainted with whatever was available locally. It's a well-known fact that these airframes saw a very hard life, so I may try to effect some of the underlying scheme showing through. Here's a photo of EP691: This aircraft was flown by P/O Colin Parkinson DFC RAAF, who ended the Malta campaign with 10.5 kills and 2 probables. I cannot find any photos of EP716, which was flown by Squadron Leader Thomas Smart DFC* RAF. Smart had been shot down over Dunkirk in 1940, but survived this crash and went on to lead 229 Squadron in Malta, until his aircraft suffered an engine failure on 12th April 1943 20 miles south of Pozzallo, following a bombing raid on Sicily. Smart bailed out but drowned before he could be rescued. Anyway, that's where we're at - I do also have the option of throwing this into the mix: Not sure yet - I might just keep this simple! Thanks for looking, Roger
  12. Hi All, My latest completion is Italeri's Stirling Mk.I. Much has been written about this kit, not all of it complimentary. I actually started the kit over 4 years ago, but quickly got the fear, and it has since lurked in the stash shaming me. I therefore girded my loins in January and got on with the build. The boxing I had included decals for BF372 of 149 Sqn, based at RAF Mildenhall in 1942. This aircraft was flown by an Australian pilot, RAAF Flt Sgt (later P/O) Rawden 'Ron' Middleton VC. On 28th November 1942 his aircraft was badly damaged on a raid to the Fiat aircraft works at Turin. Despite suffering multiple grievous injuries, including the loss of his right eye, Middleton managed to complete a 4 hour flight to bring the stricken aircraft back to the English coast. Five of his seven crew then baled out (the front gunner and flight engineer remained aboard to try and persuade Middleton to carry out a forced landing). Following his refusal to do so, the remaining crew baled out but did not survive the night in the English Channel. Middleton stayed with the aircraft, which ditched into the Channel, his body not washing ashore until February 1943. Middleton was posthumously awarded the Victoria Cross and promoted to Pilot Officer. Here's a picture of Middleton during his flying training: I cannot find any period photos of BF372, but there are several photos of other 149 Sqn aircraft: Here's a link to the WIP if anyone is interested. The build was mostly OOB, although the decals proved somewhat troublesome. I therefore had to spray some of the squadron and aircraft codes. Here's a couple of shots from during the build just to show some of the interior detail: Although much has been written about the deep panel lines on this kit, I was happy with the result after a couple of coats of primer and a light sanding. Anyways, enough waffle and on with the photos: Finally, here's a couple of shots with some other Bristol-powered loveliness: I'm glad to have finally got this one over the line after such a long period lying dormant. I must thank several people who have helped along the way - @12jaguar @dogsbody @elger @Heather Kay @Dave Swindell have all contributed knowledge which has improved the build immensely. Thanks also to all of those who have provided encouragement and kind words along the way - it has been much appreciated as always! Thanks for looking, Roger
  13. Hallo This is a fast build. Straight from the box. 5 days. Between my Su-122 and my T-44. Happy modelling
  14. Hallo This is my Su-122 from MiniArt with interior in 1/35. It was actually a nice work. The pro and cons are exact written in the WIP section. I omitted the photo-etched parts for fasteners. It is such an idiotic process; I have until now no way to make it properly. I used instead strips of Tamiya self-adhesive masking tape. Easier and looks not so bad to my opinion. I used a template for the wheels. And used Friul track chains. Have a look and I hope you enjoy it.
  15. Dear fellow Britmodellers, here's my 1/72 Arma Hobby P-51C Mustang in markings of 382nd Fighter Squadron, 363rd Fighter Group, in France 1944. I built from the "Expert Set", photographs by Wolfgang Rabel. A full build review will be featured in an upcoming edition of Phoenix Aviation Modelling magazine. Thank you for your interest, best greetings from Vienna Roman
  16. Hi All, My next project will be Special Hobby's Albacore Mk.II. I built Tamiya's mighty Swordfish last year and had another biplane itch, so what better than the Stringbag's replacement to scratch it ?! (ICM's 1:32 Gladiator almost got the gig, but I fancied an FAA build!) Here's the box art: You can see that an Operation Torch aircraft is one of the schemes included - here's all three options: I'm not sure that any of those schemes really float my boat - more on that later. Here's the sprue shots: All usual SH fare, with their hard mid-grey plastic and what looks to be good surface detail. Here's the decals, PE and instrument panel film: All look to be nicely done. Here's the resin components for the engine, machine gun and other assorted bits & pieces: Finally to the ordnance. This kit is supplied without a torpedo, but fortunately I did not use the tin fish from my Swordfish build, so here it is in all its glory: That will do nicely! As to the scheme, I'm rather tempted to have a go at a TSS/Night combination such as this one, X8942 of 828 Sqn FAA, based at Hal Far in 1942. There are a few nice photos of aircraft in similar schemes: All show a significant amount of wear, which I shall attempt to replicate. So, on with the build! Thanks for looking, Roger
  17. Hallo This is my first vehicle with a gun but not a tank. Since I have experience now with MiniArt interior kits and the T-34, I think to have a good starting position. Here I will also use the older track chain from Friul, which is much better as the kit’s track. I started with the floor and all the tiny equipment. In general, the painting pattern is very different to the T-34. I have no idea if the instruction is correct. I can assume that it is so, since the colors mentioned here make sense. Even if they use in Su-122 production another primer as in T-34 production. In one way I am sure, it will look different! Well, the construction goes straight ahead. Just bearing in mind to deepen holes! Next day some oil, brush painting, dry brushing and some details more to spray. Happy modelling
  18. Hallo This is my first MiniArt T-34 kit with interior. In comparison to the AFV Club, where I did two T-34 with interior, this kit is much more detailed. Actually, it is a joy to get this kit done. Sometimes the instruction gave me a search mystery, since some parts are shown in projection, where you see quite nothing, on the other side the comments are not conform to the flow of reading. The tracks are from Friul. I used the old track version, because I had them in storage. On the other hand, I thought it may also have been used in transition time or no new track in storage. But, the length of the track: The kit announced 72 links, actually I had to use 76 links. There may be a pitch mistake! My WIP: Happy modelling
  19. Hallo This is my 4th T-34. The first one was from Dragon without interior. This one is from MiniArt the T-34 85 from plant 112 in 1944. I built two, the 76 and 85 from AFV. The kits are far-out not so detailed as the MiniArt ones. Here I am amazed about the details and accuracy. After building quite some MiniArt kits, I know the pattern of shortcomings. If you know them, they do not matter. At my first MiniArt tank, the T-60 I got crazy about them. · Holes are sometimes too small · If you have locating pins you must deepen holes, or enlarge them in diameter · Locating cuboidal embossments are sometimes difficult to recognize before cutting the part from the sprue · The instruction here you must be careful reading the direction of arrows Today I got also well along. What did I do? At the start I took Friul tracks. Since the links have no pins from the kit! Here I had some tracks in storage, so for this tank I will use an early track. For the second T-34 I will use a late track. There is one issue, where I am not sure. The discrepancies in colors in instruction of AFV vs. MiniArt. MiniArt claims for the rear hull the red ant corrosion color like Minium. In the front the blue grey at the floor and white for side walls. Some equipment at the side walls in blue grey also. The cover for the suspension axles at the floor in white. Well, does anyone have a guideline for the interior color system of Russian tanks in WW2? Now, it is funny I like this kit. I have a very quiet place, unnatural quiet, but my wife is in quarantine because of a positive PCR Test for Covid. Even my dog stays with her, so it is absolute quiet. Not sick, not ill, just reading in a room isolated. What you can see until today is plastic work, my finished tracks, the side walls and suspension, wheels and engine all done. Tomorrow I will finish up my gear box actuator and some interior. Afterward I will spray the first time at this kit. Happy modelling
  20. The Petlyakov Pe-2 was the Soviet light bomber used during World War II and considered as one of the best ground attack aircraft. Built over 11,000 units, it is also one of the most produced twin-engine attack aircraft. The Pe-2 was fast, maneuverable and durable and it was also successful as the roles of heavy fighter, reconnaissance and night fighter. The model replicates the aircraft flown by Senior Lieutenant E. Sedov, 40th Bomber Air Regiment, Soviet Navy Black Sea Fleet Aviation, August 1944. The kit is the Limited Edition from Eduard containing photo etch frets, resin parts and a set of canopy mask. It also includes 5 decal and paint options. It was fun building.
  21. Hallo My second T-34 from AFV with interior. The kit by itself is not so accurate. But, I liked it anyway. The track chain is not the quality I like. I had to absorb it. Well, I hope you like the photos, Happy modelling
  22. Hallo This is my AFV T-34 with the 76 canon. The kit actually is far away from the quality used from MiniArt. In some ways to grasp and to figure out by yourself where parts are correct located. The instruction does not answer your questions. I had the luck to have the MiniArt instruction alongside. Specially the color guide is non existent. The track I used from the kit, since the metal tracks from Friul I will use for the MiniArt kits. In general a fast build. One more with the 85 canon to build next. Happy modelling
  23. Dear fellow Britmodellers, here's my 1/72 Dragon Panzer IV Ausf.J (final production). Painted with Mr.Hobby acrylics, photographs by Wolfgang Rabel. This kit (#7629) includes mesh side skirts, a novelity in small scale. I built out of the box, representing a vehicle from 9th Panzer Division in the Ardennes (1944/45). A commander figure (from Preiser) will be added. Thank you for your interest, best greetings from Vienna! Roman
  24. Hi All, It's January, so it must be time for a heavy! This time last year I completed my Lancaster B.II, so I figured it was about time I got another 4 engine beast on the go. Italeri's Stirling is oft-built on this site, and it is well-known for its cavernous panel lines. I actually started this kit about 4 years ago, so it's a long-time shelf-sitter - the WIP is a way of motivating myself to get on with it. Here's the box art: And here's where the build is at the moment, and probably the reason it stalled: It's not that clear from the photo, but the interior grey green is a most peculiar hue of my own concoction, before I settled on my 'go to' IGG, which is Vallejo 71.305. So I'm going to start it again, and do it properly this time! When I first started the kit I'd intended to complete it as the boxart scheme, 'McRobert's Reply', but the boxing also has decals included to complete as BF372 of 149 Sqn RAF, based at RAF Mildenhall in 1942. This aircraft was flown by RAAF Flt Sgt (later P/O) Rawden 'Roy' Middleton VC. On 28th November 1942 his aircraft was badly damaged on a raid to the Fiat aircraft works at Turin. Despite suffering multiple grievous injuries, including the loss of his right eye, Middleton managed to complete a 4 hour flight to bring the stricken aircraft back to the English coast. Five of his seven crew then baled out (the front gunner and flight engineer remained aboard to try and persuade Middleton to carry out a forced landing). Following his refusal to do so, the remaining crew baled out but did not survive the night in the English Channel. Middleton stayed with the aircraft, which ditched into the Channel, his body not washing ashore until February 1943. Middleton was posthumously awarded the Victoria Cross and promoted to Pilot Officer. Here's a picture of Middleton during his flying training: And here's the scheme as presented: I feel compelled to complete this scheme now it has an RAAF connection. Now I know that this aircraft has been modelled before, including this lovely 1:48 Sanger vac form by @woody37: I will be delighted if mine turns out half as well as this, but I'm not holding my breath! At this stage it will be mostly OOB, albeit with the addition of an Eduard mask set. I'll see how I go with the infamous panel lines - watch this space! I have not yet found any photos of BF372, but there are a number of other 149 Sqn aircraft which are relatively well photographed. Wish me luck! Thanks for looking, Roger
  25. This is my Revell rebox of the Dragon 1/32 Messerschmitt Bf110. I started this last July and wanted to do the best I could with it as I really like this aircraft it's a very good looking plane. I spent almost seven months building it which includes possibly a month on its own just for painting. The model went together well with a few minor issues that were easily fixed around the wing root. The paints are Mr Colour and Tamiya I mixed various shades to get the desired colour for the camouflage. I the ccolours went over a black base which was then protected with klear floor polish and I then used flory models sand and black washes as I wanted the aircraft to have a dusty used ans battered appearance. Once that was sealed in I used AK pigments Sienna which helped add to the dusty conditions of North Africa. I also dusted the pigments over the canopy as the glass was far too clear and although absolutely brilliant was too clear and clean. I sealed the pigments in with more klear twice more to get more dust onto the surfaces and canopy. I did the same with the figures. I am yet to get accomplished at figure painting but I am satisfied with the clothing and highlighted details with washes etc. I used a drill to create the battle damage which enabled me to show off one engine. I added lead wire into the destroyed engine to add more detail as it'sa.really nice feature on the kit. The base was a £5 cork board from Tesco with cheap pollyfilla (filler for dry wall) and some foam underneath so that there was a bit of depth to the base I wanted the emergency landing to be a split second from catastrophe but they stopped just in time. I did add dents to the nose as well as I wanted it to appear as though stones etc had been kicked up by the crash landing and caused damage. Anyway I am so happy to call this finished and happy with the result. Enjoy the photos and all comments welcome. I couldn't do anything about the back ground as it's a small room but the sunlight lent itself very well for the scene I have here.
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