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  1. Hi all, My entry for the GB is the Yokosuka K5Y2 floatplane (nickname, “akotombo”; Allied reporting name, Willow). The K5Y2 (and the land-based version, K5Y1) were used by the IJN as an intermediate trainer from 1934–1945 (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yokosuka_K5). I had originally planned to use the Arii K5Y2 kit, but the Valom one (land-based K5Y1) was on sale, and is a much better kit, so I went with the latter. It has the same plastic parts as the Valom K5Y2 floatplane, so I’ll just need to get the appropriate instructions (maybe from http://1999.co.jp/eng/ or similar). Here are some figure that I hope to use: And the original Arii kit, should I need it: I will attempt a water vignette and some IJN and IJA figures to model a scene like the following (I really don’t know what I’m getting myself in for): Also, here is a Youtube link with some cool footage of the Willow: This will be my first attempt at a water vignette, PE parts, and a short-run kit. What could possibly go wrong? Hey, wait, where are the locating pins?? This should be a fantastic GB, and already there looks to be some really interesting projects being slated! Regards, David
  2. "This machine will never make a fighter!" are the recorded words of Ernst Udet on his first sight of the Messerschmitt Bf109a, the first prototype later known as Bf109V1. My choice of subject for this GB is that same Bf109V1, and I'll be building from this kit by MPM: It's one of their early efforts, and the instructions include a warning about the nature of short-run kits, and helpful advice. There is a single sprue, with moderate flash round most components, as can be seen: There's an etched fret for cockpit details (and the aileron mass balances!) with a film piece for the IP and a vacformed cockpit canopy: Just one set of decals are provided, although 2 colour schemes are given, an early Grau63 with dark blue undersides, and overall Grau63, claimed to be the aircraft's scheme when tested at the Erprobungsstelle Rechlin. I'll probably use this overall grey scheme. The instruction sheet consists of 2 A4 sheets, folded to make an 8-page A5 booklet. Written sections are in 4 languages (Czech, English, German & French), and include a potted history, advice on dealing with short-run kits, a sprue map,construction diagrams in 6 stages, 2 pages of colour & markings info, and a list of the ranges of MPM, Condor and Co-operativa. It's a little different, I've not seen the 109V1 modelled before, I haven't much experience with short-run, or with etch, but all the short-run stuff I've built has been MPM- the Mil Mi-1, and the Kingcobra. I've just noticed in the range list that MPM have 1/72 Bf109T and Bf109H kits. I'll have to seek those out . . .(not for this GB!) Roll on Saturday, and the start of this GB!
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