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  1. Hello Folks.... I'm not supposed to start a new thread this year.... I have too much of started kits.... But amazingly, the old Mojo was in bad need for something different..... The rest is to be followed..... Same old song.... Boosting an old short run kit with the help of a more modern one.... I received some pics on my FB page depicting this Vought.... Vought ?? You say Vought ?? No more justificatives are needed... This one will be finished with Yellow wings.... But neutrality patrols ??? This one, as it will be seriously butchered will be finished as a V-156F Yes with French colors.... @Heather Kay will be pleased.... I don't know if they made it over my village 80 years ago but whatever..... And now the Fleet Air Arm will be represented too.... Obviously my Dear.... I think that @Dunny is the one that showed me that kit..... And last but not least.... The poor Vindicator has the sad privilege of having been butchered by both the Germans and the Japanese.... No need to tell you that the Academy kit is the Accurate miniature one..... And Hooops, I started to spray paint on it years ago..... Look like Alclad whithout primer.... But the HIPM will be another hard challenge More to come tomorrow..... I know @giemme, I'm a nutty... Sincerely. CC
  2. As I mentioned in my SBD-1 build thread, as I had reached a slight hiatus on that build whilst I awaited some Eduard etch parts, and with the mojo fully jump started, I made a start on another Acc. Miniatures favourite in the shape of Grummans tubby F3F-1 fighter, here's the pre-start photos: With the SBD-1 destined to be in USMC markings, this one's going to be in a regular USN scheme, not sure which unit yet but it definitely won't feature Felix the Cat. Thanks for looking Ant 🐜
  3. B-25B/C/D/G Mitchell Wings Air Intakes Correction Set (P48009 for Revell & Academy) 1:48 Special Hobby The Revell/Academy B-25 Mitchell kits have been around for a long while now, and the sprues were first seen in Accurate Miniatures boxes as far back as 1999, but it’s still a great kit. It does have some simplifications and minor issues however, and one such simplification is the intakes found in the leading edges of the wings, and their corresponding outlets in the trailing edges. This 3D printed set from Special Hobby intends to correct this deficiency, and does it very well. As usual with their resin sets, it arrives in the familiar clear vacformed blister pack, with the resin parts safely inside, and the instructions sandwiched between the header card at the rear. Photo-Etch (PE) parts are separated from the resin parts by a clear piece of acetate to prevent scratching and damage during transit. The four 3D printed resin parts are surrounded by an open-sided box with perforated top and flat lower that protect the delicate parts admirably during shipping and in storage. The “lid” is easily removed where there are nicks in the uprights around half way between top and bottom, allowing the modeller to either nip or (more safely) saw through them and uncover the parts within. There are two deep intake trunks, and another pair of outlets, plus four circular PE meshes, linked into pairs by a connector, making installation and gluing a breeze. Once the 3D parts are cut from the finger-like supports, a little sanding removes the pips on the rear, and reveals the groove between the two round intakes that corresponds with the shape of the PE parts. The first step however is to remove a small section of the wing leading edge next to a stiffening strap outboard of the engine nacelle, and another small section in the trailing edge just forward of the elevator line. The areas are marked out in red on the instructions, with widths given to assist you with accurate cutting out of the surface, which is best done gradually, cutting a smaller section out and enlarging it until the new parts fit snugly to reduce any making good of the area around the inserts. The PE meshes are glued into the rear of the intake part, which starts as a single ovalised slot in the leading edge, and bifurcates deep within the wing where the air is filtered by the mesh. As deep as it is, the meshes will be visible to the intrepid viewer, so it is well worth the effort, especially when comparing it to the kit’s approximation of the intakes, which are barely a few millimetres deep as you can see below. The outlets are similarly shallow on the kit wings, so the new parts are equally worthy, and have a ledge on the leading edge to assist with location of the part within the wing, which should simplify the process significantly. Painting the intakes is best done carefully from both ends of the intakes before applying the mesh parts, taking care not to allow pooling or sags, which will mar the vastly improved new parts. It’s an excellent set that has been well-engineered, and will appeal to anyone with one or more Mitchells in their stash, and they’re at a very pocket-friendly price. I think I need a few more sets. Highly recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  4. Zvezda has reboxed the Accurate Miniatures 1/48th Yakovlev Yak-1b kit - ref. 4817 Source: https://vk.com/wall-29859496?own=1&w=wall-29859496_2293530 Box art V.P.
  5. Hello all, Here’s my rendition of the venerable 1/48 Mustang from Accurate Miniatures. Mostly OOB except for some Eduard seatbelts from the spares box and decals from Aeromaster, which worked great. I found this one refreshing after a series of difficult builds. I always liked the look of the early Allison Mustangs. The AM kit holds up, and is fairly effortless except for the canopy. The fit is not good unless you saw open the door as I did. My model depicts a P-51 Mk. Ia in Anzio, Italy, in 1944. As luck would have it, I was able to catch a flight demo of a restored Allison Mustang at the Planes of Fame Air Museum in Chino, CA, just as I was wrapping up this build last weekend. Thank you for looking!
  6. Lt. Francis Gahan, S/Lt. Alasdair Elder and L/A Peter Mansfield took off in Avenger JZ217, from the escort carrier HMS Trumpeter, with seven other Avengers and the four Wildcats of 846 squadron. This was 4th May 1945 and Operation Judgement - which was to be the last air raid of the war in Europe. HMS Trumpeter in 1945 853 sqn departed HMS Queen with the same mix of Avengers and Wildcats while 882 sqn on HMS Searcher saw twenty Wildcats launch. Their target was a U-boat base in the north of Norway within the Arctic Circle in the natural harbour at Kilbotn. The base consisted of the depot-ship Black Watch, supported by a flak-ship, two barges fitted with anti-aircraft guns and numerous gun emplacements surrounding the harbour. Several other ships were employed in ferrying supplies and ammunition to the base at Kilbotn, including the cargo ship Senja. Four of the Wildcats were assigned to provide top-cover against German fighters, while the majority of the other Wildcats were to arrive at the start of the operation, to attack the gun emplacements on land and in the harbour. The Avengers would then arrive to carry out glide-bombing runs in quick succession, The attack lasted seven minutes and destroyed Black Watch, Senja and also U-711, which had been moored alongside Black Watch. No Norwegians in the village of Kilbotn were killed or injured. Two houses suffered windows blown out and some damaged woodwork from a stray bomb. An Avenger of 846 sqn going in to the attack on Kilbotn Bay. The U-boat depot ship is centre right; a tanker is in the centre, and a flak ship can be seen above the aircraft. The airborne force arriving from the west over Kilbotn at 17:00 on a sunny afternoon, achieved almost complete surprise. Early in the attack a Wildcat of 882 sqn was hit by flak and crashed into the sea. Lt. Hugh Morrison from Wairarapa, New Zealand, Senior Pilot of 882 Squadron, is buried in Narvik New Cemetery. Several other aircraft received flak damage in the next few minutes, most later returning to the carriers, but the attack went according to plan. The main targets of the attack are hidden behind water columns and smoke in the centre of the photo. They were the depot ship Black Watch and the Type VIIC submarine U-711 - both sunk. The ship visible in the centre is probably the Senja, also sunk in this attack. U-711 was the last U-boat sunk by the Fleet Air Arm in WW2. One of the aircraft hit by flak was Avenger JZ217 of 846 Sqn. They tried to make a forced landing on a field but there wasn't sufficient space and they ran into the tree line. Lt. Francis John Gahan RNVR (aged 24), S/Lt. Alasdair Donald Hay Elder RNVR (20) and L/A Peter Bernard Mansfield, Royal Navy (22) were buried by the Germans, assisted by local Norwegians, in the churchyard in the nearby village of Sørvik - where they remain. Francis Gahan is often stated as being 22 years old when he died but his gravestone shows that he was 24. I feel that this is important but I'm not quite sure why. This is my attempt at Avenger JZ217 using the Italeri boxing of the Accurate Miniatures 1:48 kit. The kit has fantastic detail with Italeri having taken all the Accurate Miniatures options and placed them all in one box with a huge decal sheet. My one gripe about Italeri is that they have taken the extensive Accurate Miniatures instructions and removed all the text. The text being replaced by arrows. This approach makes the instructions more accessible but there are a few cases where parts are left hanging in mid air with no arrows. I definitely recommend getting hold of the original Accurate Miniatures instructions. Assembly was mostly straightforward with my main difficulty being (as others have said) the turret – both the assembly and the installation. There was a fair amount of fiddling and fettling involved in that. I added an Eduard p.e. set and a set of their canopy masks (there is a lot of glazing). I also replaced some of the RAF roundels on that decal sheet with spares as I thought the red too bright. OK, that's enough words – here's some pics. all the best Mark I've just realised that, looking at these images, my carefully sanded flat spots on the main wheels don't touch the ground. Oh well. I'm sure I'll get round to sorting that out at some point!
  7. #12/2023 After the F3F-1, here´s my dad´s next little chubby yellow winged fighter. Accurate Miniatures kit, decals from this kit, the F3F-1 kit and the sparesbox, fuselage painted with Mr Paint White Aluminium, wings with AK RC Yellow and Aluminium. True Blue and Insignia Red are selfmixed. EZ Line used for the antenna wires, kit PE parts for the rigging. Like with the F3F-1, my dad didn´t apply a panel oilwash. These planes were usually mostly pristine. Build thread here https://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/235124494-yellow-wings148-grumman-f3f-2-vf-6-fighting-six-usn/ Model shows the Section 1, first wingman aircraft of VF-6 in 1937, flying from NAS Floyd Bennet Field NY, NAS Norfolk, NAS Pensacola and later stationed on the 1938 comissioned USS Enterprise. Later on this aircraft was assigned to the USMC, VMF-2, where it was destryoed in a ground collision near Mooring Mast Field, Eva, T.H. on April 11th 1941. Grumman F3F book by Richard S. Dann, David Ginter series, used as reference. DSC_0001 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0002 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0003 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0004 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0005 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0006 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0007 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0008 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0001 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0010 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0011 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0012 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0013 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0014 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0016 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0018 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0019 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0004 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0021 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0022 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0023 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0025 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0002 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0003 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0027 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0028 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0029 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0030 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0031 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0001 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0003 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr
  8. While working on the -1 version, my dad decided to build the -2 too. Not sure yet which colour scheme, most probably a VF-6 bird DSC_0004 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0005 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr
  9. After Swordfish and Walrus, my dad continues with the biplane/rigging masochism 😄 Gonna do AM´s early flying barrel. DSC_0008 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr AM packed the wrong decal sheet in the box, to say from their -2 kit. Decided to use this sheet and puzzle together the markings for this plane. https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Grumman_F3F-1_Marines_(4568514512).jpg a cute little aircraft DSC_0009 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr
  10. #11/2023 My dad´s next biplane, the first of some upcoming yellow wing subjects. Accurate Miniatures kit, accidentally decals for their -2 kit were packed in the box, so my dad decided to use them and do a Marines bird, all the numbers were puzzled together, the rudder is painted. Fuselage painted with Mr Paint White Aluminium, wings with AK Real Color Aluminium, upper wing with AK Real Color Yellow. The kit´s PE parts used for rigging. There were also two little PE parts for a ring and bead gunsight that has to be added to the telescope gunsight, but both parts went MIA on the floor... EZ Line used for the antenna wires. Build thread here https://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/235123814-yellow-wings148-grumman-f3f-1-vmf-2-usmc/ Model shows the aircraft of the Section 2 leader, VMF-2, based at San Diego in 1937. Most F3F-1 were used by the Navy, only few by the USMC. DSC_0001 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0002 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0003 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0004 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0005 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0001 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0007 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0002 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0010 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0011 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0012 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0013 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0014 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0015 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0004 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0005 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0018 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0019 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0020 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0021 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0022 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0023 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0003 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0006 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr
  11. Delving into the depths of the R-1820 has me thinking the kit engine is wrong(ish) It's supposed to be a -22, which has the sparkplug wire ring behind the push rods and the shallow front (sump?) Most period pics and a lot of restorations show this. Most of the pics of a 'deep sump' engine show the sparkplug wire ring in front of the pushrods. Did AM mix'n'match details?
  12. Good Day All, Well he is my contribution to the group build. Accurate Miniatures IL-2 Stormovik. It is one of 4 that I have in my stash and the only progress made so far is washing and trimming the major components off the sprues. As one does since we are all still little boys/girl at heart and want to what it looks like LOL. In any case this kit was the standard for the airplane until the Tamiya kit came out. Though I am not sure they are the same variant. Santa was good to me and got me the Povinsky book on the subject which i have to say it is really excellent for a modelling reference. I thought I would dress it up a bit with some Eduard and PART items and try the AK paints. I usually use Vallejo. So....let the games begin!
  13. G'Day All Latest off the bench and Number 2 for the year is the old Accurate Miniatures 1/48 B-25C/D finished as an Mitchell II belonging to 320 SQN 2T.A.F. This kit was an original AM boxing, and was not the easiest build. A lot of filling and rescribing was needed along the fuselage top seam and around the carburettor intakes I also managed to fudge the canopy at the final hurdle requiring a replacement to be faired in at the last minute (not too successfully!) The model is not quite accurate in regard to all details, it should have a fixed .50 in the nose as well as the hand held gun, the bombsight should be a sperry, not the norden and I managed to add the wrong serial, but Im not fixing it now. Paints are by Gunze and MRP with multiple layers of different hued O.D until I got the desired look. The stripes were added using Mission Model Paints thinned with water, then scrubbed off the top surfaces. Decals are by Eagle-Cals and machine gun barrels by master models. The staining and oil leaks were attained using thinned oil paint A longer description on the build is at my blog listed in my signature. Definitely need a palette cleanser build next! Thanks for looking Bruce
  14. Grumman Avenger TBF-1C 1/48 Accurate miniatures kit plus Eduard BigED, despite the age it's still the best model of this aircraft, IMHO of course. Nothing to say about build process by itself, no any issues was found. The only moment color scheme. I know the upper surfaces must have a more gray tones, and in my representation they are more blue than gray... the boxart a bit confused of me... Thank you for looking.
  15. Douglas SBD-5 Dauntless Upgrade Sets (for Revell) 1:48 Eduard Revell have recently re-released this kit, with its origins as an Accurate Miniatures offering from the late 1990s. It’s still a good kit, but could do with more detail sprinkled over it to bring it up to modern standards - if detail is your thing. Eduard's new range of sets are here to improve on the kit detail in the usual modular manner. Get what you want for the areas you want to be more of a focal point. As usual with Eduard's Photo-Etch (PE) and Mask sets, they arrive in a flat resealable package, with a white backing card protecting the contents and the instructions that are sandwiched between. Interior (491236) Two frets are included, one nickel-plated and pre-painted, the other bare brass. A complete set of new layered instrument panels, sidewalls and side consoles with added levers for the cockpit and the extensive radio and other controls for the rear cabin are in colour, plus engine detail and wiring harness for the 9-cylinder Wright R-1820-60 Cyclone engine and an intake for the top of the cowling. The exterior has a set of upgrade parts for the main gear wells, and under the fuselage the pilot’s bird’s-eye-view window is replaced by a PE frame and acetate pane, which is supplied in the set. The bomb shackles have new crutches supplied, and the bombs are also detailed with spinners front and rear, plus a brand-new PE set of fins and suspension ring that wraps around the front of the bombs. The last few parts provide a detail part for the gunner’s ring plus a length of link for the twin guns, with a few tiny parts for each of the main gear legs. Seatbelts STEEL (FE1237) These belts are Photo-Etch (PE) steel, and because of their strength they can be etched from thinner material, which improves realism and flexibility in one sitting. Coupled with the new painting method that adds perceived extra depth to the buckles and other furniture by shading, they are more realistic looking and will drape better than regular brass PE. As well as the two sets of lap belts for the crew, you also get a flexible loop-seat that the gunner sits on when he’s crewing the turret. Landing Flaps (481074) Eduard landing flaps use an ingenious technique to achieve excellent true-to-scale flaps using few parts, and requiring the modeller to simply remove the retracted flaps from the lower wing and a few other small areas as directed, plus scrape the upper wings to accommodate the thickness of the completed bays. The central flap bay section is constructed by twisting and folding over the attached ribs to create a 3D shape, with extra parts added along the way. This is fitted in the centre under the fuselage, between the wing and a part that was cut off and attached to the fuselage beforehand. You will need to add some 0.6mm and 0.9mm rod to the bay in order to complete the mechanism that operates the flaps, then the two outer split-flaps are made up and attached to the wings in a deployed position, while the single central layer flap is fixed deflected to the same angle as the lower sections of the wing flaps. A scrap diagram shows the correct layout of the assemblies at the end, and adds a few small details and some 0.2mm rod to finish off. Review sample courtesy of
  16. Hi This is the Accurate Miniatures 1/48 TBF/M (not sure which) Avenger, it's been sitting on the shelf covered in dust for a few years so I decided to clean her off. Great little kit with loads of detail and I could really do with starting a new one at some stage. Thanks for looking
  17. Hi folks, I picked up this Italeri issue of the now 21-year-old Accurate Miniatures B-25 kit cheap with a bashed box at the Biggin Hill airshow a couple of years ago, and plan a simple OOB build with it. I fancy this scheme which is one nothing in my existing collection wears. It's a B-25C model, tail number 232496 and as can be seen is wearing the yellow ringed US insignia which were used around Operation Torch, but the aircraft has RAF fin flashes still present. The kit is generally very nice - probably the nicest 1/48 B-25 we're likely to get. I'm aware that the nacelles can take some attention to get a good fit on the wings. The way this was described to me by someone trying to make a name for himself on Facebook modelling groups, but in reality just appears to have a contraceptive personality, was that this rendered the entire kit utter junk best used to pad out the bin. Well, we'll see... I'm quite lazy and don't particularly enjoy interior painting, mostly because I find it somewhat iterative. One aspect of this particular kit that isn't so common (but by no means gone) on releases 2 decades later is that the positioning of gates to assist moulding aren't always in helpful places. I decided to assemble much of the interior first and just resign myself to the dreaded brush painting to pick out black boxes etc. Spraying parts on the runners wouldn't gain me much here because of said gates everywhere. Another advantage is that the partially assembled interior will help me find the interior colour demarcations which is something I do want to get correct. A check of the fit demonstrated that the fuselage closes up fine as a dry-fit: ...however the solid lower half of the glazed nose was quite distorted and needed some lovingly applied violence to get into shape: Now then - to figure out how to paint this thing. I've done some reading around and the most common answer I can find that at least seems to be aware that ANA611 Interior Green was not introduced until late 1942, at least in terms of chosen nomenclature, is the following: Flight Deck - Bronze Green #9 Seats - Aluminum Bombardier's Compartment - Yellow-Green (Tinted Zinc Chromate) Navigator's Compartment - Yellow-Green Radio Compartment - Yellow-Green Tail Compartment - Yellow-Green Bomb Bay - Aluminum (note that incorrect spelling of "aluminium" suggests this list came from the USA) Wheel Wells - Aluminum (note that incorrect spelling of "aluminium" suggests this list came from the USA) Instrument Panels - Flat Black Sound Proofing Material, Flight Deck - Dyed to match Bronze Green #9 Sound Proofing Material, all other areas - Dyed to match Yellow-Green There are variances of that though, including some which claim the radio compartment should also be Bronze Green #9. I'm leaning towards ignoring that unless someone can convince me of that over this weekend, and if they do we'll also need to establish the demarcations too. I started with the aluminium, which doesn't seem to be under dispute between accounts of B-25 interior colours. I will use the wing spar and bomb bay interior parts, as well as the cockpit floor, to mask off the bits that will remain aluminium then spray the rest with a green zinc chromate. In due course I'll paint the Bronze Green for the cockpit on top of the zinc chromate.
  18. Here is my Yak-1 on skis, another post for a snowy day. This is Accurate Miniatures kit #3423 which was released in 1998. I first painted the normal camo scheme and then oversprayed lighter coats of white so you can see in places shadows of the fist scheme. This flew over the Leningrad front during the winter 1942/43.
  19. I have been inspired by the great I-153 on skis posted by Epeeman to post my two Russian aircraft on skis. This is the Accurate Miniatures 1/48 Il-2 Kit #3409 which was originally released in 1997. I probably completed it about 20 years ago and my recollection of the build is that this is one of the better kits I have built. Tricky in places - you have to follow the instructions - but the fit was great. At the time there were few Russian aircraft in 1/48 on the market so this was very welcome. It is snowing today where I live so this seemed perfect for this.
  20. Vindicator V-156F Masks (M48004 for Azur/Special Hobby) 1:48 Special Mask by Special Hobby The Vindicator has a long narrow greenhouse-style canopy with a lot of panes between the many frames, which may turn some modellers into gibbering wrecks at the thought of having to mask each individual one. Fear not, because as well as reboxing and updating this Accurate Miniatures kit that we reviewed here, they have also added a set of masks to their new line, making that task oh-so-much easier. Supplied on a sheet of yellow kabuki tape on a Caramac coloured backing sheet that gives it a brownish tint, these pre-cut masks supply you with a full set of masks for the canopy, with compound curves of the windscreen handled by using frame hugging masks, while the highly curved gaps are in-filled with either liquid mask or offcuts from the background tape. Each panel is cut with the radiused corners as appropriate for the framing, so you should be able to get them finished in double-quick time. You might wonder why there appear to be two sets of masks, but this is intentional, as the dimensions for the open canopy parts are necessarily different due to some parts having to overlap others, but the instructions aren’t too forthcoming on which is which. According to their website and the pictures of the product, the masks can also be used with the Accurate Miniatures/Azur/Special Hobby SB2U kits, which is nice. Highly recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  21. Afternoon All! Second entry into this GB. I'll be a bit slow at making a start on this one - working on a few other bits too at the mow. Have the Eduard mask set already and some pre painted etched belts on their way over in the post. I'll be doing the box art markings so that it fits within the time frame needed for the GB I've been having a read over some the previous WIPs on this kit on here. From what I can gather based on what I've read here and on the IMPS link that has popped up a lot - I'm thinking it should be interior green through, with no bronze green around the pilot area? Couldn't find any info on the bomb bay colour - interior green is called out in the AM instructions or should it be zinc yellow / insignia white etc? Any thoughts? This will the first time I've build any of the re-boxed Accurate Miniatures kits so looking forwards to it. Aaron
  22. Please find my latest completion Italeri's Grumman Avenger in 1/48 Scale. The kit was nearly built out of the box apart from a P.E. seat harness and decals by Print Scale for the insignia and markings plus a Techmod sheet for the stencilling since most of the original decals were not usable anymore from this ebay purchase. (Which was made clear to me prior the purchase which was at a reasonable price) Had some trouble with the windows, which required a few polishes with Tamiya polishing compound after which there were still some blemishes apparent. I once came across an article or video where they did some "after" polishing with car wax (Carnuba wax). So I thought I would give that a try and it did have some effect on these windows. Unwittingly I then used my polishing cloth to wipe some dirt of the wing........................... which resulted in wax on the wing, which I was unable to remove. Since The wings were meant to be specular sea blue. So I thought...............Why not wax the wings? Subsequently I accidentally got some wax on the fuselage as well......😬 So decided to apply the wax on the entire model in a last ditch effort to save the model. I am curious to know how you think it worked out. I would not repeat this method, but one pleasant side effect was that the gritty-like sprayed paint on the wings (Should have thinned the paint a little more) and some orange peel effect was totally eliminated. Turned super smooth. So something to keep in the back of the mind. Paints: Mr Color and AK real paints coated and polished in Simoniz Car wax! I did use an Eduard mask for the windows as well............ That's all, thanks for watching. Regards, Rob
  23. Not so much "decided" as "quick, before I change my mind again!" I'm dusting off a project that I started for the Mustang Group Build, 2014 edition. Accurate Miniatures 1/48, with Ultracast conversion for Mustang Mk.I. The only thing that I actually did was rough-in the wing leading edge inserts- see link for that. (There are Photobucket images- they showed for me, but let me know if they don't for you. I may be able to get them directly here.) The first thing to decide is whether to do an NA-73 or NA-83 - as I discuss in the linked thread, there are a number of subtle differences between the two production orders. And, me being me, I'm already hearing this devilish voice whispering "Or, hey, you could do a Mustang X!" I don't have a specific Mustang I in mind, which makes life more difficult. A word about the thread title: Most of you will know the one about how the British Air Purchasing Commission approached North American to build P-40s (meaning the ones that became Tomahawks), because Curtiss couldn't supply enough of them as soon as desired. What they were really negotiating for, however, was a certain number of P-40s, to be followed by the (supposedly) new and improved P-46, which had not yet flown. There are also whisperings that NAA had already had some conversations about a fighter for the British. At any rate, this makes the decision to let NAA try their own version of an Allison-engined fighter more understandable. By the time the Mustang prototype- and for that matter the XP-46- had flown, a compromise decision had seen the end of the P-46 as a production type, with an evolved P-40 (the H87 / Kittyhawk) taking its place, while the P-46 project evolved into a stillborn XP-53 (Model 88). Thus, the Mustang and "new P-40" (D/E/F, Kittyhawk) ran parallel, and in fact shared the production of the new F-model Allison.
  24. This is my first Accurate Miniatures kit, their Yak 1b in 1:48. Instructions offer both exploded views of the assembly while at the same time giving you written indications on how to build the model. I bought this model and Foxbot's aftermarket decals in order to build this as Lidya Litvyak's Yak 1b White 23, but that idea got shot down after being told she had never flown a Yak 1b. Thus the model languished, before deciding to give it a go and build it as White 23, because I already had gathered info regarding the camouflage. The kit comes in a top opening box with a cool artwork of Sergey Lugansky shooting down a Bf 109E. Kit decals on the left and Foxbot aftermarket decals to the right. I'm planning on usign the stars and the numbers 2 and 3 to make my model. Instructions: More to come soon.
  25. Hello, friends! I’ve started one of my favorite subjects, the Early P-51 family before they put the Merlin in it. I present for your approval, the photo recon version of the P-51A, the F-6B. Behold! Not much progress other than glueing the nose on, and some cockpit paint prep, but at least I’ve done SOMETHING! The plan for this one is to add a seat, exhaust, wheels, and propeller from Ultracast, and then I need to dig through my stash to find a set of decals for this plane. It’ll likely have some invasion stripes though. Pull up up a stool, order a beer, and join me in this built, if you’d like! Plenty of space at the bar!
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