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  1. Hi, Hawker Hector - the number fourth (of planned five) belonging to my "mass production" of Hart family. The only one known combat scheme from 613 Squadron, May 1940, France. Finally this is almost OOB work. Besides resin wheels from AZ Hart B4 (cause I like the rivets on them), some small scratch additions (edit: like gun sight or second air intake on top on engine) and small modification of painting scheme - I do not belive in code white letters (see photo of "Hart Family" Mushroom book on p. 99 where letters are darker than white on roundel). I do not belived in white undersurface and stabilizers - so I propose bottom like on photos below. The grey letters come from Techmod Fairey Battle set no 7212. R is from GR, Z and X from NZ-x. I still fighting with some silvering of decals, thou I would like to show it already. Comments welcome Regards and post-Xmass greetings to all. Jerzy-Wojtek
  2. In the late 60's, Yugoslav civil aviation was equipped almost exclusively with Western aircraft. The Tu-134 / Tu-134A was an important break from this. This was the first Soviet design certified to *British* airworthiness requirements, which made it more palatable for potential export customers. The airworthiness certification was performed, of all places, in Poland, for reasons I do not understand, but may have involved "rehabilitated" ex-RAF types employed at the Polish CAA. If anyone knows, I'd be interested. The Tu-134A was a heavier aircraft with a larger crew than the DC-9, and carried fewer passengers. That meant it burned more fuel and cost more to operate. AVIOGENEX flew these aircraft 15 hours / day during the high season--travelers from the UK and elsewhere in Western Europe who wanted to experience the Dalmatian Coast--a big moneymaker for a country that needed to service debts denominated in Western currency and maintain a steady flow of imported consumer goods. I'm starting this topic without knowing what the results will be, which is a risk. This project might well languish. So far, it's been difficult. Sorry to say I have no sprue shots of the A-model 1/72 kit, but loyal readers of this board who have built A-model products will testify that the moldings are pretty good, albeit without sprue numbers--requiring one to refer constantly to the instruction sheet. The 18" long fuselage is divided into three sections (6 pieces total), roughly along the lines of the real thing. This required me to insert a large Plastruct I-beam along each side of the interior, just beneath the window line, to keep things aligned. Before mating the halves, however, I populated the cockpit with a three-man crew. You can assign them whatever former Yugoslav national identities you like. The FE sat what appears to have been a very uncomfortable folding seat between the pilot and co-pilot. There is/was no navigator.
  3. The Comet was the first commercial jet airliner in the world, introduced in the 1950's. The first versions of the plane had, however, several tragic accidents in flight because of metal fatigue in the fuselage. The rectangular cabin windows started to crack from the corners causing the disintegration of the fuselage. After a long research on the cause of the accidents the next versions of the Comet were built with reinforced fuselages and oval cabin windows. I decided to build the model in Olympic Airways livery. In the 1960's the company flew Comet 4B's between London and Athens in co-operation with BEA . Personally, I travelled a couple of times with Dan Air London's Comet 4's between Helsinki and London in the 1970's. I built the model from quite a challenging A-Model kit and for the Olympic livery I used the 26Decals set. The biggest flaw of the kit is its wrong size, which I only found out too late. It's not 1/144 scale but rather about 1/148 (for example the Airfix Comet kit is of the right size). Thus, the A-Model kit is that much smaller in every respect ! Building the model was a long struggle during which I almost threw in the towel. Applying and correcting the cheatline decal at the cockpit area was also a pain in the neck. I scratch built a lot of details and I also used the Comet photoetch set of NH Details. Especially the antennas and the wires near the rudder were challenging to get right. For the wires I used 0,08 mm EZ-line. The white areas of the model I sprayed with Tamiya fine surface primer and then with Tamiya clear gloss spray from rattle can. The metal parts I painted with Alclad white aluminium. In the end I sealed the decals with Humbrol clear gloss acrylic varnish.
  4. Sorry, but the images are not the best, it's a big beast, longer than a B-29, and I didn't have a big enough backdrop, plus the lighting's not that good. Here's a link to my work in progress posts: http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/235012168-beriev-be-10-mallow-172-a-model/&page=1
  5. Hello, I have the A-model 1/72 TU-134UBL in my stash. Image from www.emodels.co.uk Now the instructions are OK but they lack of paint colors. Now with some pre-planning before starting my build I want to make sure that I use the correct colors. Together with some other paint I still need I want to try my luck on MrPaint color range (the Slovakian MrPaint that is ). So if by any chance any of you ware willing to share your opinions on which would suit the best I'd be greatful! This could be either the blue variant: or the Red one But I think the only different thing is the color of the cheatline in either blue or red. Evert
  6. I've been going through my models getting some ready for Telford, and realised I hadn't shared these completed builds with you. 1/72nd scale A-Model Mil Mi6: DSC_0110 by Thomas Probert, on Flickr DSC_0111 by Thomas Probert, on Flickr 1/72nd scale RVHP Beriev Be12: DSC_0134 by Thomas Probert, on Flickr DSC_0137 by Thomas Probert, on Flickr 1/72nd scale A-Model Ilyushin Il-18: DSC_0124 by Thomas Probert, on Flickr DSC_0130 by Thomas Probert, on Flickr and finally Academy's 1/72nd scale B-29 converted to a Tu-4 'Bull' - or more specifically the Chinese's first attempt at an AWACs aircraft known as the KJ-1. This used the Cutting Edge conversion which provided resin Al-20K turboprop engines and the Type 843 Rotodome radar dish: DSC_0116 by Thomas Probert, on Flickr DSC_0120 by Thomas Probert, on Flickr These will all be making the trip to the Nationals, and hopefully I'll see a few of you there. Rob
  7. I wanted an XP59 for my collection of early jets so when I saw that Amodel had produced a kit of the version that was converted to carry a passenger in an open cockpit forward of the pilot I decided, despite my misgivings about Amodel products, that I would build that one. Once started my fears were realised and after fitting the wings it was put aside and sat on the shelf for several months until I felt strong enough to finish it. Not my finest effort but at least it's done and as I have not seen one of these on Britmodeller before here it is. There is one major issue with the finish. From the pictures I have seen by the time the second seat was fitted the paintwork was somewhat 'distressed' to say the least but I really couldn't face trying to emulate it. One final note. Stanley Hooker had a ride in this a/c when visiting the USA in 1943. Imagine Health & Safety throwing their toys out of the pram if your foremost engine designer took a ride in a bucket seat, probably without a parachute, in the front of an experimental a/c powered by highly experimental engines. From the pictures I have seen there wasn't much more than some sheet metal in front of the passenger. John
  8. A-model kit which is really nice to build but the decals (on mine at least) had a milky varnish layer on them which I noticed when applying the instrument panel decals. I had planned to use the Indian AF markings but didn't want to risk the decals so drew my own Bangladesh AF markings for something different. I couldn't get any clear details of the unicorn badge on the nose so that is a best guess - the Bangladesh AF PR department ignored my request! Painted with Humbrol and Xtracolor enamels with a coat of Daler-Rowney matt varnish. Steve
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