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  1. This month we have some great new releases from the Master Box range of plastic model kits this month covering such subjects as World War I, World War II and some fantasy too! The four new kits released this month are: A 1/35 British Infantry "Before The Attack" WWI Era model figures kit, some 1/35 "Skull Clan Death Angels" from the Master Box "Desert Battle" Series, a 1/35 WWII era French Soldier and Bicycle kit and finally a 1/35 scale kit of German Motorcyclist figures. For full details see our newsletter here.
  2. Hi all, I haven't posted in ages but I just got news from PCM that they have no plan to reissue their later version Hurricane kit; PCM 32012 - Hawker Hurricane MK.I Battle of Britain version w/metal wings I occasionally see these on US eBay for 100+ $ - seems to be more of the earlier "rag wing" version popping up once in awhile. Sigh... Anyone know of any other manufacturers out there with a 1:32 Hurricane in their pipeline? Given it's importance and critical role played in the Battle of Britain, and many other campaigns, I feel this aircraft has not been well represented by the industry. The Airfix and Tamiya 1:48 efforts may be the best ones out there today? Opinions, comments welcome! Cheers Eric PS - like many others, I'm still waiting to see if the 1:32 HK Models Lancaster ever does see the light of day...
  3. We've got some more great re-releases from the Tamiya plastic model kits range coming to us later this September, with some exciting and unusual models to be had! Included in this re-release: The 1/24 Lexus LFA "Full View" with transparent body, a 1/25 German Tiger I Heavy Tank, a 1/35 Japanese Type 97 Medium Tank Late Production, and last but not least a 1/35 German Tiger I Late Production with "Ace Commander" and Crew Figures. See our Newsletter for further details!
  4. I know that this question had been asked in the past, but unfortunately all the old posts don't show the pictures anymore which Edgar attached in the past. Anyway, I am looking for information of the attachment points of the lap straps in the Hurricane and Spitfire BoB era aircraft. Are they attached to the seat or the cockpit framework? And where / how? There is lots of information how the shoulder straps are attached, but I can't find any pictures showing the lap straps attachments as they are out of sight on all the pictures I have seen. Any information is much appreciated. Cheers, Peter
  5. JWM

    Sea Otter in SEAC

    Hi Number of Sea Otters were used in Burma and generaly Far East during 1945. I made some google search for photos or painting schemes and found interesting photo: http://www.flickriver.com/photos/27862259@N02/6154538937/ looks that Sea Otters are alu dope overall (?) and they have SEAC roundels. Photo is said to be taken in Java. Is it WWII photo? Something about serials? Anybody knows more on SEAC WWII Sea-Otters ? It could be nice subject for model. Cheers
  6. Hello and thanks for your interest in this topic. This is my 1/72 Revell Hawker Hurricane IIc, a kit that I bought at a swap-meet of IMPS Austria a couple of years ago. Apart from the plastic sprues, it also contained a small etch fret by Eduard for the interior details, paint masks and a vacu canopy from Squadron. After many years of languishing in my stash (with the box already bleached and crumpled) I came across a Xtradecal Sheet "D-Day Anniversary Pt.1 (X72194)" that contains markings for a Hurricane with D-Day stripes - that's what I had been waiting for. Of course, this build is horribly late for that mentioned anniversary. By summer 1944, the Hurricane was already outdated and withdrawn from frontline service. However, a number of aircraft, still retaining their armament, served with 1697 Air Letter Despatch Service. They carried mail in the underwing pods from forward airfields in France to England. Some info about 1697 flight can be found here: thttp://www.bbc.co.uk/history/ww2peop...a2943001.shtml This Revell kit dates back to the 1990s and is among the best-fitting model kits I've ever laid my hands on. You won't need any filler! The Eduard masks had not aged well, they had lost all their adhesive force and would literally 'fly away' when you spray them with the airbrush. The Squadron vacu was obviously not designed for this particular kit, being too wide. I did use Eduard's photo etch pieces for the cockpit interior, though. A new vacu from Rob Taurus was purchased. The model was sprayed with acrylic colors from Gunze/Mr.Hobby. D-Day stripes are all airbrushed, too. Photographed by Mr. Wolfgang Rabel of IGM Cars & Bikes. Thank you.
  7. Hello, this is my interpretation of "Red 4" from Grupul 7/8 Vanatoare in spring 1945. The kit is 1/72 AZ Model Bf-109 G6 with photo etch from Brengun, vacu canopy from AML, pitot tube from Master Model and decals from RB Productions (http://www.radubstore.com/index.php?main_page=index&cPath=1_67). The aircraft was captured from retreating German forces in autumn 1944. All previous national insignia and theater markings were overpainted by the new operators. Note the overpainted Balkenkreuze on the upper wings and fuselage, the Swastika has been removed as well. The former yellow fuselage band has partly been covered with White, partly overpainted with RLM76 and additional motting applied. White wingtips added. The yellow lower cowl has been overpainted with RLM76 as well, but that wasn't done very carefully with the new paint roughly covering the cowl and some paint chipping too - a patchy affair. The tricolore on the rudder is painted on, I tried to capture the colour tone of the Roundels. A (quite blurry) photograph of this aircraft can be found here: http://www.me109.info/display.php?a=e&fid=8859 Photographs by: Wolfgang Rabel of IGM Cars & Bikes Thanks for your interest!
  8. Hello all! Casemate UK are sponsoring a group build on britmodeller and we distribute loads of modelling books (Kagero's etc), but do we really know what is involved in the art of creating and building these model kits? I decided that it was definitely time to give it a go and *attempt to* build my very first model! I have bought a 1:72 Scale Lancaster B.III Dambusters kit from Revell and will be posting my progress on here. Please feel free to let me know any hints or tips and feel free to tell me off for any blinding blunders and modelling faux-pas that I'm making - all advice will be needed and welcome! - Casemate UK (Andy)
  9. Hello Guys, Because I have to wait 8 weeks now for the missing part and damaged part to arrive from Revell Germany for my Revell 1/32 Spitfire Mk.IIa, I'm now going to start a new kit that will be my 2nd entry into "Battle of Britain 75th Anniversary GB" both on here and on YouTube- hosted by Ukscalemodeller and CharlesScaleModelling. This is Eduard's "Weekend Edition" of this model. You can buy what is called a "Profi-Pak" version that is more glitzier, that includes a full color booklet, photo-etch and more color/marking options. This kit was kindly given to me by a modeling buddy and so the sprues had already been taken out of their bags and some parts had been removed from their sprues. The Box is made from a two-ply card base and a single-ply lid making it very sturdy, which I prefer moreso than the single ply Revell boxes that open at one end. The box contains a 8 page black and white instruction/assembly/painting and decaling booklet. Only one option of color/markings is offered, that of Major Otto Bertram's aircraft who was a Luftwaffe ace fighter pilot with 22 kills credited to him that earned him the "Knights Cross of the Iron Cross".... The instructions look straight-forward and the color call outs are for Mr. Color and Hobby Color only, so conversions to your preferred paint will be necessary. Front Page 1 and Back Page 8 Pages 2 and 3 Pages 4 and 5 Pages 6 and 7 There are two sheets of decals/stencils that are very thin, nicely registered, almost zero carrier film around the edges and they are a nice satin/matt finish. Decal Sheet Stencil Sheet The kit comes with 6 olive colored sprues and one clear sprue, but as mentioned earlier, because this kit was given to me, the sprues had been taken apart. But, here are photos of all the parts on their sprues or removed with some close ups too, to show the nice fine panel line and rivet details and also how nicely molded these parts are. There is zero flash on the majority of these parts, with the tiniest amount in a few places. The parts are crisp and clean with zero warping/distortion and ejector pin marks are absent from seen surfaces. One thing that I'm excited about is that this kit includes a Daimler-Benz DB601N engine and removable cowlings to display it if you wish to do so, unlike the Revell 1/32 BF109G-10 build I did recently that didn't include one... The Clear Sprue is very clear with thin molded parts that include riveted frame details. They are free of any aberrations and very little distortion of image when looking through them... At first sight, this kit looks like a really nice kit, well engineered and excellently molded, although it would have been nice to have one or two more options of color/markings. This kit is available from on-line USA distributors for $35.85, which is about 24.00 quid in the UK, which is $12.00 (8.00 quid) more than I paid for the Revell 1/32 BF109G-10, although the Revell kit didn't have an engine and open cowling options. At the end of this build, I'll let you know my thoughts on how well it goes together and compare it to the Revell kit I built to establish my personal opinion on whether it is good value for money. Okay, with that out of the way, I can now go and wash the parts in readiness to make a start on her next Monday! I have the grandson coming soon and he's here until Sunday evening! In the meantime, if you'd like to see my YouTube "In-Box-Review" video for this kit, here is the link: https://youtu.be/H23GCnQS9os Happy modelling and have fun! Cheers Martin : )
  10. Hi I found very interesting photo uf three C54 flying over Florida https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/0/05/Douglas_C-54s_with_different_paint_schemes_over_Florida_c1945.jpeg One is NMF, another Olive Drab/Neutral Gray an the thir one os in standard 1943-44 US Navy scheme. Can anybody tell something more on this three-colour machine? She is a completely unique for me. Am I wrong? Was it a kind of standard pattern for Navy C-54 (R5D) ? Cheers Jezry-Wojtek
  11. Tamiya 1/48 Mitsubishi A6M2 Zero (Zeke) (x2) "Build Update #1" Hello Guys, This is my latest build that I started a couple of weeks ago, but haven't had the time to jump on here and post my build progress, until now. So, here goes.... I've decided to build two A6M2's at the same time, so that I can model one in the Aircraft carrier based all over Japanese Navy Grey/Green color and one in the ground based Japanese Navy Green upper and the Japanese Navy Grey lower. The Grey/Green version will have little chipping, but the Green version will have heavy chipping. The chipping will be done by using the "hairspray" technique. These will be my 18th and 19th model builds since starting modeling in January 2014, and, they will be my first ever attempts at Japanese WWII aircraft, so, I've been looking forward to doing these. They are also my entries into a group build that I am hosting on YouTube called the "For the Love of Freddy" GB. He's a fellow modeler on YouTube that has surprised many modelers, including myself, with his altruistic nature, by sending them large parcels full of models. He sent me 4 parcels in the last two months containing a total of 43 model kits, mostly 1:48 scale and some 1:32 scale. And, therefore, because of his kindness and generosity to myself and other modelers, I thought that I would start this GB, which I did on May 1st and it will run until August 31st. These two "Zeros" were kits that Freddy sent to me, so, I thought it was a fitting tribute to Freddy by building them. Anyway, that's enough of the introduction, let's get on with the build..... As always, I start my builds by washing the sprues in warm soapy water... Next, I assembled both drop tanks, one for each plane... I then put all the small parts onto cocktail sticks in preparation for painting... All parts were then taken to the spray booth for airbrushing a black base coat onto.... When the black base coat was dry, I then airbrushed Cockpit Interior Green onto the fuselage interiors and onto the cockpit tub parts.... I then made a start on detailing the cockpit tub and added the instrument panel decals, then assembled the separate parts to form the tub.... I then started on the radial engine parts and cowlings, and assembled them when the paint was dry... It was now time to assemble the cockpit tubs into the starboard side fuselage halves and then assemble the portside fuselage halves onto the starboard side... It was now time to assemble the wings and horizontal stabilizers onto both planes... First, I assembled the bottom wing sections to the underside of the fuselage assemblies... Followed by assembling the starboard side upper wing sections, then the portside upper wing sections, taping the wings to set the dihedral and to hold them in place whilst the glue set. I then glued the horizontal stabilizers into position... When the glue had set, I removed the tape and checked both planes to see how they looked so far... Well, that's it for the first update. Next, I will prepare the planes for priming and applying paint. Thanks in advance for taking a look and commenting, much appreciated and in the meantime, if you'd like to watch my "Build Update #1" video on YouTube, here is the link for that: https://youtu.be/PBuSMyQB9bY Cheers, Martin
  12. Sean_M

    Propeller Blades

    I have notice that it seems fashionable to weather blades by chipping the paint and shoing silver along the edges. I always thought the following: Spitfire and Hurricane - wood with plastic strips on the edges painted black yellow tips Mossy and other RAF - Unsure but same as above German - Wood painted green or black Japanesse - wood painted black USA - early - wood painted silver in from and black facing pilot USA - late - unsure Anyone care to enlighten me Thanks Sean
  13. Now I'm cmopleting the buid of the two kits I bought to make my tribute to the brave North Irish Horsemen. I've used the data picked up during my research in another topic "The North Irish Horse ride from Argenta Gap to the Po river" The kits are these ones: Chrchill Mk IV NA 75 and the Chrchill Mk IV The first of the many questions, I suppose, to come is the simpler one. The colour. Th instruction sheet refers to a Gunze H73 defined Dark Green. I usually do not use the Gunze colours preferring Tamiya mixed tO achieve the proper colour or the Life Colours or Xtracrylics. Anyway considering the war period I suppose it' quite similar to a olive drab than to the early war bronze green. It's correct? Thank you in advance Ezio
  14. JWM

    HP Heyford in WWII?

    Hi, In net I have found photo of marvelous 1:18 scratchbuild model (by A. Clark) of HP Heyford in apparently WWII markings (it is on this web page): http://www.modelaircraftmagazine.com/full_site/frames/events/reviews/006.htm On the other hand I have found in IWM resources a photo of this machine (K5184) : http://media.iwm.org.uk/iwm/mediaLib//22/media-22817/large.jpg There is a difference in fin flashes size. Has anybody other photos of HP Heyford from WWII time to share with? - I am collecting data to do a model (converted if needed) from Matchbox/Revell kit. Besides details of markings I am interesting in hardware differences - there are differences mostly in engines, I think between the variants. I will appreciate help. Cheers Jerzy-Wojtek
  15. HobbyBoss 83841 Soviet T-35 Heavy Tank - 'Early' with HobbyBoss 81011 Soviet T-35 Heavy Tank Track-Links Day 1: Official start time will be 12:00 noon, Saturday 31st January 2015 Oh Yes! I'm back!!!
  16. Hi Everyone, Just finished and photographed my latest effort; my attempt at a RAF Thunderbolt to go with my other CBI builds. Done from Italeris reboxing of the Academy P-47D 1/48 kit Completed as an aircraft of 134 Squadron, based at Ratnap, Burma Done from the box apart from usual wire embellishments and seat belts except for the decals which were from... Xdradecal X48115 sheet Reshaped the prop to more represent Curtiss symmetrical type and modified the kit bombs to represent ( loosely ) box finned items Hope you enjoy, Thanks for looking Cheers Russ
  17. Hi, Arado A 96 B - German WWII trainer airplane - here in Hungarian markings from about 1944. Model mad out of Kovozavody kit (rised lines etc... .). ... Note partially overpainted white on national insignias on fuselage nad on white strips on tail. Comments welcome Regards Jerzy-Wojtek
  18. This is my big build for 2014. I love going to see Sally B at Duxford and want to do a hyperscale model of her. I have decided to do a fictional diorama of her at a USAF base somewhere in the UK in 1944. I am using 2 Revell B17 kits to kit and shut into one aircraft. Sally B will be painted to represent the various colour schemes she has shown over the years, this will be done by having a khaki green front and rear fuselage with a metallic midsection and yellow tail. The decals are from kitworld. I have spent 18 months collecting all the kits and detailed elements for the kit. It is going to have a full Truedetail resin interior (including bomb bay) and weighted wheels, metal undercarriage and full Biged photoetch upgrade. Other item include the Tamiya refuelling set and USAF weapons tractor and trolly. I have also got a resin genrator and extra bomb trolly, finishing off with a follow me jeep and resin USAF bomber crew. This is going to be an epic and long build that will test all my skills and will at certain points be a steep learning curve....
  19. Hi, Perhaps it can sound strange but Lockheed P80 Shooting Star is a WW II fighter (more than Go229, for example) - it was used during WWII in Europe in operation conditions. I was really surprised when I've learnt this many years ago. You can read about it here for example: http://www.defensemedianetwork.com/stories/project-extraversion-p-80-shooting-stars-in-world-war-ii/ http://www.ww2incolor.com/us-air-force/P80-VESUVIO.html In Wikipedia there is also about this, even it is quoted that one of the machines based in Italy could intercept Ar-234... It was YP80A version sent to Italy at the winter 1944/1945 or early spring 1945, and was flown in 412 Gr. USAAF - this is what subject of my model. This is an Airfix P80C kit converted (new canopy is the main outside difference). The painting scheme was taken from Czech journal Letectvi+Kosmonautica, as far as I remeber it. I made it about 20 yeras ago. Now there are sometimes informations, that they had vertical tail painted in red strips, at least they were painted like that after returnig from Italy (photos exist). I am very curious - If anybody has any sure data if my painting scheme is correct or not - I can correct it/add or modify... Any comments welcome and cheers Jerzy-Wojtek
  20. Hi, Next from archive shelves of US machines - Republic P47 D15RE Thunderbolt (Razorback). Markings of Lt. B.Edens, 62 FS, 56 FG, 8 Army USAAF, Boxted, UK, August-September 1944. Hasegawa, OOB except decals - from my drawer (LTD?) In August 1944 invasion strips on upper surfaces were back overpainted with camo. Here I was trying to make this fresh paint on invasion strips a bit darker than rest of airplane. I hope it is visible... Comments welcome Regards Jerzy-Wojtek {EDIT : Sorry for mistake in topic name - I do not know how to correct it..}
  21. Hi Next old stuff from a shelf. Curtiss Hawk 75 N, a fixed u/c version of Hawk 75 (P 36) with 9-cyliders Wright Cyclone radial engine. It was done as scratch conversion of Monogram P 36 A which has rectactable gear and 14-cyliders Pratt Whitney Twin Wasp engine... So, some work has to be added - out of scratch. At present there are kit of this version in both 1/48 and in 1/72 scales. There are discrepancy in profiles of Thai Hawks 75s - some are presenting two colours from top, some other three (and in some cases two brown and one green, in another two green one brown). I was following some old profile, but I have not in my files full reference, I am sorry. The markings are from 5 Wing Royal Thai Air Forces, December 1941-early 1942 from war against French Vichy on side of Japan. Original photos of Hawk 75N are of poor quality, for example: http://www.ww2incolor.com/updates?g2_itemId=435859 All markings are hand paint on decals. BTW - the history of Thailand in WWII is interesting - one can read about it for example from Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thailand_in_World_War_II. They used both US and Japan airplanes (Ki-30 for example) and have three different national insignia...(one as unusual as white elephant on red field) Comments welcome Regards Jerzy-Wojtek
  22. Sean_M

    WWII Roundels again!

    Ok at the risk of incurring everyones wrath as this has been asked before I am struggling with the maths of this all/ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Royal_Air_Force_roundels if a roundel is 35 inches does each band reduce by an inch. I am not getting the ratio thing http://www.homepages.mcb.net/bones/Aviation/roundels/RAF_Roundels.htm Type A1 35" Ratio 7:5:3:1 next if I need to go to millimetres - forgive me I grew up with the SI system - 35inch = 35 /48 = 0.729 in mm = 0.729 * 24,5 = 18.51 Camo and Markings Page 24 by Paul Lucas confuses me even further!!!!!!!!!!! How do I interpret these sizes!!!!!! Now I loose the plot and the will to live - whats blue etc
  23. Hi, Next secondliners: two variants of Stinson L5 Sentinel. The very nice 1/72 Sword kit contains two fuselages and two canopies which are different in a rear part. It was hard to decide which version shall I do. I was not able to get second one (it was rather rare kit those days). I decided to do two models from a single kit - all needed parts like wings, engine, tail, undercarridge, propeller - I copied in resin... One is made L-5A which served in SEAC with "Brodie system" for no-runway landing. More about this system one can find for example here: http://travelforaircraft.wordpress.com/2010/12/17/no-runway-no-aircraft-carrier-no-rotors-%E2%80%94-brodie-gear/ Second one is L5E in USAAF markings from New Guinea. SEAC L5 A: USAAF L5E Thank you for watching, comments welcomed! Regards Jerzy-Wojtek
  24. Hi, another one from my 1/72 collection. This time the P3 from Revell, my smallest tank so far in this scale.Build in March of this year.No real problems, but the size made it very fiddly ( length and single link tracks) Build OOB, but replaced the gun barrel with a metal one from RB. Here the pictures done in two sessions using different backdrops I hope you like it Cheers Bernd
  25. Hello! Here's my 1/72 Airfix Lancaster BII, which I started working on in April 2014. It was already finished at the end of October and went on display at the Wiener Modellbaumesse (Vienna Model & Toy Fair), where IMPS Austria were attending. Now I finally managed to get pictures taken, thanks to Mr. Wolfgang Rabel of IGM Cars & Bikes. This is the 1/72 Airfix kit with some Eduard photo etch added, representing a machine of 408 (Goose) Squadron, 6 Group RCAF, RAF Linton-on-Ouse, Yorkshire, July 1944. The model was airbrushed using Gunze/Mr Hobby acrylics. TT Thanks for looking! Cheers from Vienna, Austria Roman
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