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  1. Lavochkin La-7 Commander of the 156th IAP Lt.Col., Hero of the Soviet Union S.F. Dolgushin, 215th IAD, 8th IAK, 4th VA, Kluzow, Germany, April 1945 Kit: 1/72 Eduard ProfiPack Afermarket parts: Pavla vacuformed canopy The main problem areas of the kit (fixed in this build) were: Wrong shaped wing tips (actually beginning at approx. 1/3rd of the span from the tip) both in profile and frontal view. While fixing this error, the aileron surface detail (being originally in "shrink-wrap" style) was lost and a new, more correct representation of doped fabric tautened over the frame with rib tapes added was done. Almost empty main wheel-wells: very little detail was provided and the most of what was available was wrong anyway. So, they had to be almost completely reworked. Some detail was scratch built of plastic and some corrections were done using Mr. Surfacer as well. The correct “ceiling” of the wheel bay area being originally just the inner surface of the upper main wing half was cut off, given the accurate profile and then positioned on its correct place. Inaccurate propeller spinner. It was corrected with Mr. Surfacer. Very basic representation of the louvers mounted in front of the engine being originally just a disc with a relief detail, while there should actually be empty intervals between the separate blades as well as between the blade tips and the cowling inner surface visible. To achieve the desired result, the excess plastic was removed from the original part, the edges of the blades were sanded off and the part was positioned onto a plastic tube mounted in the cowling interior. Gun ports being just holes in the cowling front ring, while their lower surface should actually go through the entire cowling. This was corrected by adding plastic inserts to the appropriate areas. The same had to be done with the wing root air intakes. Cockpit interior behind the pilot’s seat/radio compartment - again, almost empty and what was available, was wrong. Eventually the entire interior was scratch built there. The cockpit itself, despite some etched parts provided, could also benefit from some improvements as otherwise it still looks somewhat toy-like. Some cables and instruments were added there for more realism as well. The cockpit borders were too thick and, in addition, not exactly parallel, therefore, some sanding was required here as well. Canopy. Although crystal-clear, it is (both 1-piece and 3-piece parts) unfortunately thick enough to be unusable for displaying in open position. On the other hand, if displayed in closed position, due to the thickness, the cockpit interior looks severely distorted. The kit part was eventually replaced with the vacu-canopy by Pavla. The joint of the wing and the fuselage resulted in some sort of a small “peak” in the lower fuselage line. While correcting this, some moderate re-shaping of the fuselage in this area was required. In addition, the landing gear flaps were thinned down, some missing access hatches were engraved and some small details (e.g., Venturi tube) were added. Almost all kit decals proved to be of little use due to their wrong shape or dimensions: white borders of the stars too narrow, the number “93” and the under-wing stars undersized. So, mostly spare markings were used instead. This particular La-7, before handing it over to Dolgushin as his personal a/c, was completely re-primed and repainted and the stencil data weren’t re-applied, so that no use for all those beautifully printed markings either...
  2. Hi Everyone, Finished this a day or two ago, but been waiting for some sun to take some pic`s Italeris boxing of Accurate Minatures 1/48 A-36A Apache Completed to represent an aircraft of 328th FS, 311th FB, 10th Air Force, USAAF, CBI theatre Flown by Lt. William Creech, Burma 1944. Built almost completely OOB, with a few wire embellishments, seat belts and thinned the prop a bit. Also thought I might as well show you some of my previous Mustang builds.... Tamiya 1/48, P-51B with aftermarket decals, CBI Theatre Tamiya 1/48th, P-51D, CBI theatre Also with aftermarket decals and rocket launchers (Academy I think) from the spares box Hasegawa 1/48th, P-51D with prop from the spares box to represent a `K` In the markings of a Pacific bird Hope you enjoy looking at, Happy modelling.. Cheers Russ
  3. Dewoitine D.520C1 n° 277, GC III/6 5ème escadrille l'armée de l'Air, Rayack (Syria), June 1941, flown by Sous-lieutenant Pierre Le Gloan Kit: 1/72 Hasegawa Dewoitine D.520 "French Air Force" Afermarket parts : Eduard #72-254 photo-etched detail set (selected parts only) Falcon vac formed canopy (from the set #26 “France WWII”) Corrections & additions made on the kit: The nose air intakes were originally the wrong shape being too narrow at their forward end. This was corrected with plastic inserts and re-shaping. The louvers were added to the intakes as it can be seen on the photos. The under-belly cooler was too narrow and also not curved enough in outline. It was re-shaped by making two cuts in its rear part, repositioning the rear ends of the cooler sides outward and filling the gaps with Mr.Surfacer. The cooler interior (area covered by the cooler) was completely re-worked by cutting out the flat plastic fragment of the lower wing part and making an appropriate niche instead, as it was on the real thing. Therefore, the etched cooler grills by Eduard (designed to fit the kit parts) became just useless and the replacement parts were finally scratch built. The wing area where the cooler is attached was also modified according to the reference photos. The main wheel wells (too shallow and represented totally wrong on the kit) were completely re-worked, in particular, the niches for the landing gear legs. For the wheel well “ceilings” the Eduard parts were used, with some additions though. The kit parts for the landing gear covers were thinned down and modified for correct appearance. This way they still look much better than the flat etched pieces. The incorrect curved representation of the area under the rear view windows behind the cockpit (à la P-40) was removed and replaced by the flat panels at it was the case with the real thing. Some panel lines were added and some were corrected according to the reference photos. The rear view windows (unfortunately, not present with the Falcon set and too thick as kit parts) were therma-formed using the kit-parts as templates. The main wheels were flattened using the surface of the electric cooker. The etched parts for the gun sight were still too big and this one was eventually scratch built as well. I decided to add the ring gun sight as well, since it can be clearly seen on one of the photos showing this a/c. The kit decals were modified according to the reference photos.
  4. Hello, thanks for your interest in this topic. It's Maco's 1/72 Schwerer Wehrmachtsschlepper with 15cm Rocket Launcher 43. A neat little kit, built out of the box, only the link & length tracks require some patience. Painted with acrylics from the Gunze range, weathered with artist oils, pastel chalks and a soft pencil for chipping effects. Hope you like it!
  5. Righto everyone. This is going to be a little different. When I was young lad in the mid seventies to very early eighties between the ages of about 10-15 I built a bunch of Matchbox kits. I would ride my trusty bike to about 3 different places that had toy shops and spend my pocket money on kits and paints and brushes. Mum and Dad would buy me kits for Christmas and birthdays. Anyway happy days. I have just got back into modelling after a break of about 30+ years. When I mentioned to my dear Mum (still with us) that I was building a kit with my son she remarked "Well..... I'll have to bring over the ones you made when you were a boy....I've kept them in a box with some tissue paper" And true enough when Mum next popped over she brought with her my childhood efforts. I think pretty much all Matchbox (there might be an Airfix or Revell ringin there somewhere!) all hand painted with a hairy stick with Humbrol enamels in my Dad's shed. They're not that great but I thought some might get a laugh and a trip down nostalgia lane seeing these original Lesney Products Matchbox kits built in the seventies and maybe very early 80's by yours truly. Cheers Nows here's the pics.... Me 262 Mitsubishi Zero Love those stands!!! Westland Lysander (Tailwheel missing...damn!!) P-47 Thunderbolt (I tried weathering!) I think she's Matchbox but it might be a ring in) I think the next is a little fiat.....might be ring in....and I've lost the little front windshield....double damn! Westland Lynx???? Rotor's a bit skewiff! Corsair Westland Whirlwind (again I'm not sure this might be Airfix???) Damn!.....Lost the Aerial mast Me 410 Boston Havoc??? Tempest or Typhoon??? Me 110 Hope you enjoyed looking as much as I enjoyed making these birds over 30 years ago! Cheers
  6. My gesture of self-sacrifice for the modelling community - finished just in time Sword and then RS Models released their state-of-the-art Sagittario kits. Well, at least I wasn't then spoilt for choice and yes, I still managed to use a few Pavla parts (however, modified)... Some in-progress pictures:
  7. When painting the 'convict's pyjama' stripes on Vichy French aircraft, is the recommended order yellow-then-red or red-then-yellow? I ask since I have the yellow in enamel and acrylic, but the red only in enamel, and I would find masking and cleaning up the acrylic easier. Thanks in advance for your replies.
  8. Hi Everyone, With 2 out of my 3 part built kits nearly finished now, I am picking kits out of my stash to work on while I am off work. The 2nd one I have picked is the Revell 1:48 P-47N Thunderbolt. The kit has the following features - Finely detailed surfaces with recessed panel joints - Detailed cockpit and instrument panel - Cockpit canopy optionally in the open or closed position - Detailed undercarriage - Detailed 18-cylinder twin radial engine - Under-wing pylons with 10 missiles - 2 bombs - External fuel tank Decals for 2 USAAF versions: - Republic P-47N-1-RE Thunderbolt of 318th Fighter Group, 19th Fighter Spuadron at le Shima, Japan, May 1945 - Republic P-47N-2 Thunderbolt of 318th Fighter Group, 73th Fighter Spuadron at le Shima, Japan, May 1945 The kit contains 106 parts over 4 sprues of grey plastic and 1 clear sprue. I haven't decided which decal scheme to build this kit as. Anyway here are the grey sprues. 1 thing I have just noticed about this kit (that I didn't before) is that it has a pilot figure with it. Anyway more photos once I get something to show you. Rick
  9. Hello folks I've just got the Cromwell and Centaur book by Ian Carter and I'm trying to work out what the differences are between the Centaur and Cromwell Mk VI CS. The obvious differences I've found are: Centaur No hull MG; early wheels with 'drilled' tyres (but I note two preserved examples in France don't have them); sighting box on turret. Cromwell Mk VI CS Hull MG; later wheels with solid tyres; no sighting box on turret; spare wheels often mounted on turret rear. I expect they're other differences, but I can't spot them. Can anybody help? Thanks Stewart
  10. WWII RAF Bomber Re-supply Set 1:72 Airfix As Bomber Command increased the air campaign against the Axis forces in WWII, the demand to handle logistics on the airfields grew both technically and in activity. The four engine bombers in comparison to the earlier twins carried more fuel, more bombs, more ammunition and more crew and stood higher off the ground, so re-supplying them needed more dedicated equipment. The ‘Tilly’, derived from the name ‘utility’ vehicle became familiar for moving crew around the airfields early in the war. When you think that a Lancaster fully fueled needed over 2000 gallons of fuel, bowsers had to be sufficiently large to make them practical for readying a squadron with short turnaround. Also needed with the Merlins was oil. Unlike modern engines, these drunk fuel at a hefty rate, so the Brockhouse bowser with a 450 gallon capacity became a common sight topping up the oil tanks between missions. The Bedford truck came in different guises utilising the same chassis. The MWC carried a water tank for topping up radiators on the bombers, where as the MWD was used for ferrying crews around the bases. It’s easy to forget the shear amount of effort required on an airfield to fuel, bomb, maintain and crew a squadron of four engined ‘heavies’, but without these men and machines, the bombers would never have achieved their goals. The kit Airfix have produced airfield sets in the past so there’s nothing new there, but this is the first set that delivers such a wide array of equipment found on a bomber airfield whilst delivering on the quality standards that they’ve now set themselves. Within the end opening box, wrapped in fantastic artwork, you get 5 light grey sprues, 1 clear sprue, a decal sheet, comprehensive A4 instruction booklet and a colour painting & decaling guide. The instructions are broken down by equipment type for ease of following. First impressions are excellent. Crisp moulding with stunning detail leave you in no doubt that you’re looking at a 21st century kit. So what do you get in the kit? Standard Light Utility Vehicle - Standard 12hp 4x2 'Tilly' Bedford Truck built as either MWC or MWD David Brown VIG1 Tractor/Tug Motorcycle - 500CC Maintenance Tower Bowser - 450 Gallon Bomb Trolley - Type C (x2) Bomb Trolley - Type F Small Bomb Containers (SBC) - with 4lb incendiaries (x6) 1000lb Bombs (x6) 500lb Bombs (x6) 8000lb Cookie 4000lb Cookie Ladder Bike Chocks Fuel Cans Oil drum The Bedford trucks... The two trucks share a common build guide to create the chassis with no less than 23 parts making it up. Unfortunately, you can only make the MWD or the MWC, you can’t make both. The MWD has a wood / canvas rear end. The wooden panels are superbly reproduced with recessed butt lines. The MWC has an equally well produced rear end for the water container. Clear doors eliminate the need for gluing windows in so there’s no risk of getting white glue lines around the window. The doors can be mounted in the open position. A clever touch is the use of rounded hubs to mount the front wheels on. This allows them to be positioned in any turning direction. These small details have been well thought out and go along way to adding realism and life into a diorama. The Tilly... A combination of wood and steel panels with a canvas top are well replicated on the Tilly. Protruding rivets are visible on the steel panels. A useful touch is that the canvas roof for the front cabin is made from clear plastic due to the small windows integrated into them behind the doors. This will eliminate any risk of glue marks from inserting tiny windows. Whilst the construction is quite simple, the detail in the parts make an impressive model. As with the Bedfords, the doors are made from clear plastic and the front wheels can be positioned at any angle. Tractor... Whilst we’ve seen an earlier tractor in the Stirling kit, this is a TRACTOR! The detail is so much better and again benefits from positionable front wheels. Oil bowser... This comes with an articulated front bogie and independent chassis. There’s a toolbox moulded into the front end which is then hidden by doors, so it might be worth considering to cut these doors and have them in the open position. I find it a little strange that the instructions don’t show this option and a lack of cut line or detail on the reverse side of the doors indicates that wasn’t planned. Trestle.. A common site in airfield photographs is trestles butted up around the engines with ground crew beavering away under the hoods! I made one of these years ago out of soldered steel rod and thin wood. Having these parts available saves a lot of work. The parts are quite delicate but finely moulded, again with superbly replicated wooden planks. As with all the vehicles, the wheels are stunningly realistic. Bombs & bomb trolleys... No airfield is complete without the very reason Bomber Command existed. The sole purpose was to deliver an unwelcome payload to the enemy. A great selection of finely detailed bombs are included in the set from the 8000lb Cookie right down to the 500lb and SBC's. There's going to be some left over for other kits here as well as giving your display it's purpose. The fins on the small bombs are a little thick if one looks for a criticism, so you may want to thin them out using a scalpel or cut them off and scratch them if it concerns you. Two type C trolleys are included for the 500/1000lb bombs and a type F for the Cookies. The motorbike is a little work of art, formed in three pieces and positionable front forks, this is a great extra. A decal sheet adds the important detail markings to the vehicles and bombs. I’ve never been a fan nor any good at painting the coloured rings on bombs, so these are rather welcome! Conclusion It would of been nice to have two complete Bedford trucks rather than being forced into a choice. Apart from that, this really is a stunning set at a great price. The detail and clever design adds great realism in a small scale. If this and the recent Lancaster B.II is a sign of the direction that Airfix are going, the next few years are going to be rather exciting for anyone interested in the Bomber Command era. I’ve just started work on an airfield base so the timing of this set is perfect to bring it to life around the aircraft display. Review sample courtesy of
  11. Hi Everyone, Here`s some pictures of my very latest effort Hasegawa 1/48 Oscar and about a quarter of an Eduard interior etch set, which was kindly given to me and the reason for buying the kit The main bits of the kit I replaced were the seat, seat belts and ignition harness but due to the small cockpit opening and oil cooler ring you can`t really see them I did the brake pipes with some wire Hope you enjoy Thanks for looking Cheers Russ
  12. Just to prove that I occasionally complete models, and not just natter on about them, below please find photographs of my latest completed model. As the title indicates, this is the nice little Academy P-39N/Q in 1/72nd scale. I have finished it as a P-39Q in the markings of Grigoriy Andreyevich Rechkalov, the third-ranking Soviet ace, twice a Hero of the Soviet Union, with some 56 victories, most of them on the "Kobra". The kit went together very easily, with little or no filling needed, and I think it looks the part of an Airacobra. I chose to weather this a little, but not too much, as this was a Hero of the Soviet Union's aeroplane, and in pretty good nick from the photographs I've seen. An attractive little aircraft, and it looks nice next to one of my Shturmovik's. I realise the photographs aren't brilliant, but neither is the camera nor the photographer. Positive comments are of course welcome, whilst negative comments will be dealt with by the appropriate verbal abuse! Please enjoy (I hope I didn't make too much of a muddle of it)! Best Regards, Tovarish Jason
  13. Hello! I have just finished my very first model kit - The german Sturmgeschütz IV from Tamiya. I enjoyed this set very much and it was a fun build. i spent two nights building it, without any problems. the pieces fit well, and the only thing missing is the painting. i will get to painting when i get the money to buy some. Anyways, here are the pictures: Sorry for the bad quality of my camera. Instead of installing the sideplates, i added logs (sticks from a bush) to the right side of the tank. i'm going to make a diorama for this later on, which i want to be in a forrest area. Hope you liked the model kit, as it is the first one i've built. i'm happy with it myself and i hope you are too!
  14. Hong Kong Models 1:32 Avro Lancaster MKIII, Catalog # 01E06 My first posting so hope it is of interest to some and in the right place! Here in the USA, Internet Hobbies has the big Lanc on site for advance order at 285 USD with delivery date of November 2013...http://www.internethobbies.com/hkmo1avlamki.html I checked with them and they confirmed the November date. They estimate 15 USD for shipping to me in MA (based on shipping cost of the HK 1:32 B17). I am thinking to recreate the BBMF in 1:32, probably not an original idea, but I visited the flight's hangar in Coningsby in August and it was just so inspiring! With HK Models I found the Lanc - now I need to find some decent spits and hurris in 1:32. The Sptfire PR XIX will be a challenge!
  15. FFAR Rockets 1:48 Eduard Brassin Developed in 1943, the FFAR unguided rockets were originally designed with a 3.5" diameter body and were used for attacking surface vessels in order to puncture the hull and sink them. Upgraded to a 5" explosive charge on a bulged forward section, they were used with some success by Corsairs and Dauntlesses before they were phased out in favour of the HVAR, which flew at around twice the 485mph of the FFAR. Arriving in a slim clamshell box, the package contains eight rockets, plus a large fret of Photo-Etch (PE) metal measuring 5cm x 4.6cm. The PE parts provide the details including fuse wire, exhaust nozzle and two mounting shackles that clamp around the 3.5" body in front of the tail fins and behind the 5" diameter charge. Painting is simple, consisting of Olive Drab for the body, with the tip of the warhead and all the PE parts aluminium, which as the PE is already metallic means those parts could be left unpainted for the ultimate in metallic finishes. Metal! The fuse wire is a red-brown, and once painted should look more three-dimensional due to the way surface tension gathers paint thickness toward the middle of any narrow surface with sharp edges. Conclusion Not the definitive HVAR of WWII, but they were in use until 1945 when the much more effective "Holy Moses" took over for the following decade. Super casting, and lots of detail in the PE parts give you the best 1:48 FFAR representation you can get. Highly recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  16. Hello all, I just found out that the New tool Airfix Hurricane MK. I is out and I was wondering if anyone had spruce shots for those of us just starting to look into it? Also if you are building it, the flaws that are with the kit. Thanks. Included I have put the British site for the kit and the American British http://www.airfix.com/shop/aircraft/a02067-hawker-hurricane-mki-early-172 American http://hornbyamerica.com/products/hawker-hurricane-mki-early
  17. Hi again, So I am planing on buying the Airfix 1/72 Hawk 81-A-2, I know for the markings that it is a model off, should be the A-3. Is there really any difference or are there some needed changes? I would build it with the kit decals, but what are the aftermarket decals for an early USAAF P-40B or would I need decals from some other kit or plane? Thanks.
  18. Hi, I'm planning to build an Airfix Fairey Battle and I'm looking for the interior details. As reference I have the book of Bill Gunston with the WWII planes cutaway, the SAM publication aviation guide and the Warbirds (if I remember well the title). Pilot and gunner positions are clear. I cannot understand how is the bomber position in the bottom of central part of the cockpit. Someone of RAF enthusiast could help me? Many thanks in advance Ezio
  19. Focke Wulf Fw-190 F8, Stab II./SG 4, Russia, Summer 1944. Kit: 1/72 Revell (Germany) Decals: Aeromaster 'Butcher Birds Pt.3' (72053) Interior: CMK Resin Cokpit & Vacu Canopy (7014) Photo Etch: Extratech EX72062 Flaps: Extratech EX72135 Paint: Gunze/Mr.Hobby Acrylics Thanks for your interest.
  20. WWII German Super Tank "Maus" 1:35 ET Model Dragon's Maus kit has been lurking for some years now, being one of Dragon's earlier kits that is quite well regarded, and has stood up to the tests of time and not been superseded. This is a simple set that contains three frets of Photo-Etch (PE) brass to enhance the detail of this behemoth. The kit itself is large and slab-sided, with minimal exterior detail that could benefit from a huge set, but the set will improve the kit subtly and adds a new crew-ladder, which was the only way to get aboard under normal circumstances. This will give a sense of scale to the tank, which is around the size of a house brick even at 1:35 scale. The ladder is built up from a single piece for the main frame and steps, with a grab hoop at the top added from two additional parts. A stiffener bar fits across the bottom of the ladder to keep it stable, and if you're planning on handling it, you're probably better off soldering the parts together. No information is given on where it is placed for mounting, although I seem to recall it was on the forward fender area away from the massive turret. The vision blocks receive folded up replacements with a more detailed finish, and a stiffener sits under the main barrel and coaxially mounted 75mm gun, presumably to stop the coax from diverging from true during transport or firing. Pure speculation there, but it sounds plausible! The plateau-like top deck is covered in large louvers to vent heat from the undoubtedly hard-pressed drive-train that had to drag along its immense 100 tonne bulk with only just over 1,000hp to do so. These were backed up by smaller mesh grilles that were curiously placed within the main louvered, contrary to other German engine grilles. I've not been able to verify this either way, as the example at the Kubinka museum in Russia is a re-construction from available parts, and doesn't seem to be photographed from above too often. Make your own decision, but ET's designers must have been motivated to place them underneath for a reason. There are six mesh panels in total, two in mirrored pairs on each side of the deck, and two individuals at front and back of the deck. At the very front of the deck are a pair of C-shaped rails that are to be removed and replaced by PE parts, as are the two shorter ones on the glacis plate. The driver gets a new periscope and armoured cowl that sits just in front of his hatch, while the headlamp is provided with a more realistic bracket that requires removal of the kit's moulded in detail. Two track-links can be mounted on the front of the fenders by drilling four holes to accept short lengths of 0.5mm rod onto which the links are applied, and locked in place by the brass retaining bolts. This helps to break up the rather austere front of the tank, which has seemingly acres of thick, flat 200mm thick armour without a single thing to break it up. Powered by a variant of the Daimler Benz DB603 aero engine, or a diesel fuelled MB 517 marine engine, the Maus was always going to have a prodigious thirst, which was fed by a huge internal tank, plus an external tank holding a further 1,500 litres. This was lashed to the rear of the tank, and the chunky kit brackets are replaced and the straps moulded into the tank are removed to be replaced by much more detailed and scaled PE parts that attach more realistically to the hull, rather than simply wrap all the way around the tank. The fuel hoses aren't addressed, but that shouldn't be too tricky if you can lay your hands on some pictures of the rear of the real thing. As a little aside, there's a small stencil on the ladder sheet in the shape of a sickle, which you can use to indicate kills or overspray the German crosses with the Russian sickle to depict a captured vehicle. Conclusion A good set that although it has a fairly large area of brass, is relatively simple and quick to add to the kit. The improvement to detail is there, but I'm still scratching my head about those grilles, and whether they should be under or over Highly recommended. Available from White Ensign Models in the UK Review Sample courtesy of
  21. Hi folks, As part of the Obsolete kits GB, I plan to build an Italeri Ju188, possibly as a D-2 version. This was apparently a photo-recce version (although the D-2 had Hohentweil search radar). None of my references is particularly forthcoming about the D variant and a quick Google hasn't turned up anything reference. So . . . I'm guessing that it's difficult to be generic, but: 1) Were D-2s solely maritime reconnaissance (Hohentweil) or did they also have cameras fitted? 2) If so, where? Bomb bay, I'm guessing, although the D-version apparently also had overload tanks there. Any help gratefully received. regards, Martin
  22. Radio Set 1:35 Legend Productions This WWII radio set was commonly found in the back of a Willy's Jeep for comms with other units or HQ, and is often overlooked when building a Jeep. This set will provide parts for you to build two such radio sets, but remember to check your references, as there are a few types out there. The set arrives in Legend's usual small card box, and inside is a bag of sixteen resin parts on seven casting blocks. Another bag contains a small Photo-Etch (PE) sheet, a bundle of copper wire, two lengths of brass wire and a rubberised tube. A small two-sided instruction sheet shows how to build the radios up, which starts with the assembly of the PE mounting bracket. The radio is a highly detailed single casting to which protective cages are added at the front to keep the knobs and dials safe from clumsy handling. A PE hook for the headset, which has a PE strap and resin ear "cans" is supplied, and the copper wire is wound round a thicker wire to portray the coiled wire that links the headset to the box. A pair of handheld Walkie-Talkies (a silly name if you think about it) are also included, and an aerial mount with PE base is supplied for attachment to the vehicle. Another pair of radio boxes in suitcase-type enclosures are supplied on the same blocks as the radios, but I'm not entirely sure of their function. I do know a comms guru however, and will update the review if he can shed anymore light on the subject. The final items are a pair of flat rectangular parts that are covered in two rows of eight raised dots. I can find no mention of them in the instructions, but I suspect that they are there to represent knobs, bolts or rivets that are seen on the PE mounting bracket, the cans on the headsets and possibly more that I haven't spotted. You'll need to cut them off the blocks with extreme care, but there are plenty provided, so you can afford to lose a few. Conclusion A little light on explanation of what the sets are/were used for in the real world, but a highly detailed replica with all the parts needed to complete the job supplied, even down to the wire to connect the various parts to a source of power. Highly recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  23. Whilst I`m between builds and new I thought I`d show you something I completed earlier this year: Special Hobby/MPM. 1/48 Fulmar Built from the nightfighter boxing, to represent an a/c from around the time of the Battle for Ceylon Decals were from the stash hope you enjoy looking at Cheers Russ
  24. New: RNZAF Catalinas - 3 more schemes to complete the set (to go with 6 Sqn 44-45 (PYB-5 and PB2B-1) set previously announced): 6 Sqn early schemes in Pacific in 1943-44 (PYB-5) 5 Sqn and 3 OTU in Pacific in 1945 (PB2B-1) 5 Sqn post war (PB2B-1) Available in 1/48, 1/72 and 1/144 As always available from my website www.oldmodelsdecals.com
  25. Does anyone know if Lt. Robert Hanson, I believe the highest scoring F4U pilot, fly a birdcage F4U-1 in combat? If so, do you have any info about it (pics, side numbers, paint scheme/markings, etc.)? Any information would be greatly appreciated. Thanks! Michael
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