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  1. So this will hopefully be my second entry in this GB Being lazy the following is largely a copy of what I said in my MC 200 entry so if you have read that you may wish to skip this with the possible exception of the 2nd paragraph! As a teenager in the 1960's it took a while before I became aquainted with Italian aircraft from WWII. In fact I think it is true to say I had no knowledge at all until I started buying the fighter volumes 1-4 from William Green's series "Warplanes" published by Macdonalds starting in 1963 with Vol 3 Japan and Russia. Coincidentally I saw and bought the Frog MC 202 Folgore the same year, closely followed by Revell's Fiat CR 42 in 1965. The MC 200 from Revell and the Fiat G 50 from Airfix arrived I think in 1967, and I still have both somewhere in my roof space. This particular kit is a more recent boxing from around 1990 bought a few years back and I will build it over the next few weeks. It is as I recall a nice little kit though I seem to remember the fit of the wings was somewhat poor and I am not entirely convinced by the totally flat fuselage underside. The cockpit is non - existent as usual with kits of this age, but as with the MC 200 there is only a tiny opening so it will not be visible. I will box in the wheel wells and might do a modest amount on the cockpit but otherwise it will be OOB, and a fairly quick build. I do have some resin wheels and will spend a bit of time on the exterior finish which was pretty rushed on my original build. I now have access to rather more info so it should look a bit better. Like the Japanese, the Italians in the 1930's were used to light open cockpit biplanes such as the Fiat CR32 and were reluctant to move to closed cockpit monoplanes with reduced manoeuvrability. Add to that the problems the Italian Aero Engine industry had producing high powered engines (usually radials) and at the start of the war the Italian Airforce was still basically equipped with CR42 biplanes together with a few of the earlier CR 32, though the MC 200 and G 50 were steadily taking their place. With speeds in the region of 300 mph and light armament of only 2 Mg in the cowling, they were already obsolescent and only their manoeuvrability kept them just about viable. Later, both types would benefit from imported/licence built German inline engines which made them far more of a threat. Italian aircraft and pilots have received a bad press or been ignored but in truth they were generally as brave and skillfull as any allied pilots, let down by a underdeveloped aircraft industry and poor political management. Not sure exactly when I will start this but I should be able to slot it in whilst waiting for glue/paint/decals to dry on some of my other builds. More as and when. Pete
  2. Hello, just a placeholder for my build which will start a bit later. I have the 1/72 Italeri kit and the Flying Colors Aerodecals tiny sheet for the ETPS logo, hope the box decals will suffice for the standard colour scheme.
  3. Hi everyone, I am a super fan of the Ju 87, but I was not supposed to enter this GB. That was the responsible route. Unfortunately, I could not resist any more, so, ever so typically, I am doing the unreasonable thing... but I am in good company! This is a place holder as I have 2 kits to finish first. That is the responsible route.... Here are a couple of photos: This Stuka will be built OOB, with the exception of some PE seat belts. I will be using as well the Xtradecal transfers. This kit is plain beautiful. It will be great! JR
  4. Hello everybody, my first post here and first kit after a long long time so be gentle please. Kit is mainly OOB with addition of some scratchbuilt details (door bays and landing gear, ejection seat, gun barrels). The idea was what if Republic of Singapore Airforce acquired F-20 Tigershark to replace it's F-5 Tigers. Kit: 1/72 Hasegawa F-20 Tigershark Decals: Aztecmodels decals, Republic of Singapore Airforce, 141 Sqn Paint: Vallejo primer and Ammo Mig acrylics & varnish Weathering: Ammo Mig washes and Oilbrushers, AK Interactive weathering pencils Extra's: Hasegawa weapons set https://photos.app.goo.gl/ks19Yjd2ZYoZWwvN8
  5. It was my intention to build my family of Saab jets in chronological order, but delays in getting paint and bits for the Lansen have meant that plan has gone out of the window, so I will shortly be starting this. In 1977 Heller released their kit of a Viggen. The box did not say which version it was but the 1978 reboxing said it covered the AJ attack, SF recce, and SK 2 seat trainer. My boxing dates back to 1998 when they added new parts and started selling it as the JA fighter/interceptor version, and that is the version currently on sale. It appears that the parts for the 3 other versions are still included but Heller only provide one paint scheme and markings for a “Jaktviggen” as the AJ37 is known. They also have limited the armament options to the fixed cannon pod on the belly and 4 AIM 9 Sidewinders, which is a pity as the real thing could also carry Skyflash and later AIM 120 longer ranged missiles - I have a supply of missiles but would need to work out how the pylons and rails looked if I wanted to use them. The colour scheme is for one of the later grey machines. It looks as if I could probably still build any one of the previous versions, as it includes 2 different tails, two cockpit tubs and seats, both a short and long upper fuselage insert and transparencies for both single and 2 seater and parts for both normal and recce nose though it might be missing pylons and weapons for the attack version. I would love one in the splinter camo, but frankly I have neither the patience or time, so I will build this OOB if I can - perhaps I will buy one of the earlier boxings some time when I have some spare cash. Assuming I have all the bits and it fits reasonably well this does not look like a very complicated kit or colour scheme so I might get it finished before the "In the Navy" GB starts in the middle of February - I might even get the Gripen done as well, but first I have to finish the Lansen. So before very long I will be building yet another Viggen to join the countless ones already in progress - might even out the surfeit of Drakens a little. Cheers Pete
  6. Hi, Never entered one of these before so I have a query. When I first started modelling over 60 years ago I always built planes with wheels down, but for a long time I went through a phase of building them wheels up - lazy I guess though it also had to do with storage space - one on a stand could fit nicely between two on their wheels. Since then I have gone back to wheels down and have replaced quite of few of my earlier kits, but some are either unavailable or ruddy expensive, so I have started refurbishing the old ones and at the same time fitting DIY undercarriages. To date I have done a Havoc, Hornet, Ki-45, Ki-46 and J1N1. This is my Ki-45. I have quite a few to be done as and when I have the time and inclination, including such as the Ki-21, Ki-48, Ki-49, and Ki-67, together with the G4M2 and P1Y1. The old kits will be stripped and repainted, any broken or lost bits repaired or replaced, an undercarriage and perhaps in some cases doors added, and improvements such as new guns etc fitted- would these be eligible for this GB? Pete
  7. Hi, As I have just about finished the Bv138 I was building for another GB, I thought I might add this "problem child" to my rebuild of the Revell Frances I have already entered. Like many modellers I have an interest in post war British aircraft, particularly naval ones, but for many years there were gaps. I managed to get the Frog Attacker (very basic), Sea Venom (not bad) and Sea Vixen (shape problems but looks reasonable), together with the old Airfix Seahawk (needs work) but the only Scimitar available for a long time seemed to be the Contrail Vacform, which I built. So when Xtrakit produced their injection model I grabbed one at once, but then began to have second thoughts. It is a bit Jekyl and Hyde - not too bad a cockpit, considering it won't be seen anyway, with a resin ejector seat and side consoles, but little or no wheel bay detail (although the main gear doors are closed on the ground). I can live with that, together with the massive ejector pin marks in the wings and elsewhere, but then I saw some reviews! One said there were major shape and size problems with the wings, nose, vertical and horizontal tail and exhaust fairings so I was discouraged. Another I have seen more recently acknowledges these potential faults but says they have been overstated, and are capable of a fairly easy fix, except for the "area ruled" fuselage. As I recall I started on the cockpit a couple of year ago and then abandoned it, but I think I might dig it out and see what I can do - got to be better than the Contrail one anyway and I am not splashing out megabucks on the resin ones even if they are still available. I have got a fairly accurate Attacker kit to build now so I might as well see if I add the Scimitar to the Supermarine stable. It was a brute of a plane in some respects - big, heavy and agressive looking, and with the Sea Vixen it makes up the penultimate generation of what I think of as "proper" RN planes, with only the Buccaneer and, Phantom to follow on the "conventional" carriers, everything after that being STOL/VTOL. Together with the Swift it represents the end of an era as Supermarine faded out of existence. Assuming I can find the kit, I will post pics before long. I may regret this but what the heck. Incidentally at least one review says this was made for Hannants by MPM but I can no sign of that on Scalemates so I have no idea who exactly made it. I know my Xtrakit Meteor F8 was ex MPM, and their Vampire is ex Special Hobby, but both the Scimitar and the Swift are shown as Xtrakit "new tool" although another review says that the Swift was also made by MPM - anybody got any more info? Pete
  8. Good evening fellow Froggers Seeing as everyone is getting excited and posting their intended builds, I thought I'd follow suit and put my name in with a Frog Grumman A6A Intruder, F272 from 1970 to start with Seeing how time goes I may do a Vampire FB5 and Meteor IV as well as I don't think they are going to be long drawn out builds Pics now uploaded, now Flikr has got it's act together Ian
  9. Hello All, I'm participating in the STGB on the C-47. Thought you would enjoy the pics also. The only thing I added was the seat belts from masking tape and various levers on the console. The one thing I have learned over the years is to check the fit of doors, windows etc and install them early in the assembly so you can fiddle with them easier...especially when the instructions tell you to put them on late in the assembly. I did that for all the doors, the two cockpit side windows and the wing fillets. I am glad I did quite a bit of fiddling was required and it is so much easier when the fuselage is not buttoned up. Even with that there is still some filling and rescribing required. In any case enjoy the pics...any comments or questions are appreciated. Sorry a couple are a bit out of focus..didn't notice until I after I had them on IMGUR. All the Best! Don
  10. Hi folk's here's my marker for the GB,walked into the shop straight to the Airfix shelf no BF109 so grabbed this one before the endless deliberation of choosing what to do,nice kit,no vices and a simple scheme,going to have to go with last year's option of Sunday and Monday morning as work at 2 PM on Sunday and visiting family after lunch Monday. https://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/235025882-achtung-spitfire-now-operational/& Last yer'sbuild.
  11. Hi folk's,last in the trio of Hobbyboss easykit's for the From Russia with love GB,for it's type a great easy build much more refined than some in the range lovely panel lines and a canopy worthy of mention.In one of the schemes of Ivan.F.Pavlov hero of the Soviet union,I have not added the wire due to poor light and several pint's of Guiness last night and apologies for photo quality still using my phone.Thank's for looking in.
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