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  1. Hello all! I must apologise and confess that I had been drawn to the dark side of non-maritime modelling recently, for which I humbly ask forgiveness! I think my problem is that I hit a brick wall with my previous scratchbuild project, the screw steamer Knight Templar. I managed to get quite a way into that build, but stalled. I have dabbled with a couple of ships, the latest being the Airfix RMS Queen Elizabeth. I have tried a number of times to get back to the Knight Templar, but I have put it on hold for the foreseeable future. I still wanted to do a scratch-build, and @Bandsaw Steve was kind enough to help me out with some plans, for the E23 Submarine, but at the moment I think that would be a step too far, but it will be done sometime. I have Suffolk/Norfolk blood in my veins, and a recent return to my roots has prompted me to have a go at building a Wherry. To that end, I searched Abe Books and found this little gem: Inside, I found these: One plan was scaled at 1 inch =10 feet, and the other was 1 inch = 8 feet. A frantic hour trying to remember schoolboy mathematics and ratios to scale both to 1/72 took place and I whizzed up to my local library to get the scans re-scaled took place. It then took a few tries to get the A4 paper into the right place on the platen, but then I ended up with 6 copies of of each, and then I redid some of them as sacrificial copies for when I start building. To ensure my maths had worked I remembered to take a tape-measure and measured the scale mark to ensure 1 inch = 6 feet! My intention is to try and build it in a similar way to the real thing (plastic allowing) and have some form of interior, and have the hatches removable. The reason I wanted to do it 1/72 was so I could get a couple of crew for it, and it should be easier at that scale.. The book itself is a fabulous read, and Roy Clark has put a lot of detail on construction of wherries into the text. Along with loading, operation and things like lowering the mast when going under bridges. It is amazing to think that most wherries had a crew of two, some only one! One such part reads 'a wherry was not properly loaded unless a robin could drink off her decks'. Now, that got me to thinking about putting her in a Broads waterway, but all I would have was a mast and sail (black of course) and a bit of cargo visible. So I am going to try and do her as a full hull. It is funny how things turn out. I was searching for potential models, and found this: https://www.kartonmodellbau.de/epages/63481486.sf/en_GB/?ObjectID=49327947 Hopefully, it goes to HMV models paper model of Gleaner and Albion. The trouble was it was only 1/250 scale, so they were too small. However, that led me to Albion, which is a wherry that is still in use, and forms the main subject of the Norfolk Wherry Trust, and I have found loads of photographs of that. My model may well end up as hybrid of the two, but the book does give some detail for Gleaner. She was built in 1894 and was originally called 'Orion' and had a load limit of 25 tons, so was a smaller wherry. He also gives details of Gleaner's colours, so hopefully I can get something reasonably close. I am likely to take some time with this, but first I need to figure out how I am going to do the hull. My first thought is to try and build the hold, cabin and coal bunker, then build the hull around it, thinking I can pack out the hull easier with a core already built up. I would also like to make the mast swivel on its tabernacle, but I will see about that later if I get that far! Any advice would be greatly appreciated, along with warnings if I say I am going to do something which is patently wrong! I have been known to mis-read plans, and my nautical knowledge is sketchy to say the least... I will report soon, all the best, Ray PS, Some wherries even went to sea, 8 of them sailed around to Gosport from Lowestoft - most made it, one had to be run up onto a beach when she ran into difficulties
  2. Hi everyone, I am excited to join my first group build! For a long time I have been torn between a Guadalcanal P-400, a USAAF aircraft in North American, and a French P-39, but I have finally settled for the French option. The base kit will be Academy offering reboxed by MPM and I will use Berna decals. The kit: And the current state of the project:
  3. It is my last built: an Airfix Dornier Do17Z - 3U+FU Libya 1941. This kit has some difficulty and wrong panel lines. I adjusted some points and rivet all skin. I used Tamiya mixes. Cheers!
  4. Graham77

    A6E Intruder

    Evening all, here is my entry the A-6E Intruder. I picked this up fairly cheap and thought it would look good in my 1/72 US Navy jets.........however on closer inspection I have decided to turn it into a bit of an experiment to share in this GB. The kit doesn’t seem great and has some large raised panel lines, so first up I’ll try removing and rescribing those. Hopefully then I’ll get a chance to fire up the airbrush and try that out too and drift away from the faithful hairy sticks. Hopefully a fun adventure whatever the outcome with a audience full of good advice for two new techniques. Here are the pics...watch this space. Plenty to clean up before the rescribing starts, here is one of many examples may have to fish out “Flight of the Intruder” and a bottle of red for a few evenings of sanding and scribing. Cheers for now Graham
  5. "Qu'il avoit cainte Escalibor, la meillor espee qui fust, qu'ele trenche fer come fust." [For at his belt hung Excalibur, the finest sword that there was, which sliced through iron as through wood.] -- Chrétien de Troyes, Perceval, le Conte du Graal (c.12th century) On 3 September 1944, eight Spitfire XIIs of 41 Squadron laden with 90-gallon "slipper" tanks took off from Lympne on Ranger A10, a deep penetration sweep in the Liege area, lead by Flight Lieutenant Terry Spencer at the head of Black Section. Over Louvain, with 7/10ths cloud all the way down to 4,500 feet, Spencer ordered White Section to remain up as top cover and took the four Spitfires of his own section down to look for trade. Almost immediately, Flight Lieutenant Bill Stowe spotted a trio of Fw190A-8s from Stab II./JG26, lead by Hauptmann Emil "Bully" Lang, a so-called "experte" with 173 victory claims, though all but 28 of these were from the Eastern Front; Lang was accompanied by the 52-claim ace Leutnant Alfred Goss, and Unteroffizier Hans-Joachim Borreck. The three aircraft were following the rest of JG26 in its ignominious flight east from Brussels-Melsbroek to Dusseldorf, ahead of the annihilating wave of the Allied ground advance, then in full swing. Lang's aircraft had mechanical difficulties, which had delayed his takeoff. Possibly, had he more than four months experience of the Western Front and what the RAF and USAAF were capable of, Lang would have been more circumspect about risking a daytime ferry flight in an aircraft with mechanical difficulties. The Spitfires swooped in to attack. Flight Lieutenant Spencer got behind Lang immediately and opened fire, but Leutnant Goss, flying #2 to Lang, began shooting at Spencer's Spitfire, hitting the starboard wing and elevator before Spencer brought the Spitfire's superior turning ability into play, pulling into a sharp turn to port that the Fw190 was unable to follow. Lang, too, had broken to port, and Spencer found himself again behind the German ace. With 1 and 1/2 rings deflection, Spencer opened fire again, and Lang's undercarriage, which had previously taken ten minutes to retract after he'd gotten airborne, dropped, slowing the Fw190 dramatically. Spencer gave Lang another long burst (he was found to have expended 220 rounds of 20mm and 840 rounds of .303, out of a total of 240 and 1200, respectively), and the butcher bird burst into flames and smashed itself to pieces upon the ground. It was Spencer's first victory over a manned aircraft. While all of this was happening, Warrant Officer Peter Chattin had engaged and damaged the Fw190 of Unteroffizier Borreck (who subsequently force-landed after his windscreen became obscured by oil), but was in turn shot down by Leutnant Goss; Chattin tried to belly-land his Spitfire, but died of a serious head injury, presumably from hitting his face on his gunsight during the landing, although it's not impossible that he was in fact murdered by the German soldiers who recovered his body, as subsequent information may suggest. He had two children, a son aged four years and a daughter only nine months old. Goss didn't have long to enjoy his victory, as the Flight Lieutenant Bill Stowe and his wingman, Warrant Officer Coleman turned in like medieval knights at a joust and attacked Goss's Fw190 head on in succession; Goss appears to have been attempting an Immelman turn, first dropping his nose to gain speed and then pulling up vertically, but he miscalculated badly, and went up directly in front of Coleman at a range of thirty yards. Coleman, who would ultimately end the war with five victories plus two shared, made the most of his opportunity, and gave the Fw190 everything he had at point blank range. Goss bailed out of his stricken aircraft, but was then shot and severely wounded in his parachute by German soldiers on the ground; he never flew again and died of TB in 1947. These two aerial victories were the only ones scored by 41 Squadron in all of 1944, and the last two aircraft shot down by Spitfire XIIs ever; at the time, Spencer and Coleman were the only two pilots in the squadron to have shot down enemy aircraft while with 41 (though Spencer had shot down a number of V-1s while on anti-Diver patrols, inlcuding one knocked down with his wingtip on 9 August 1944). They had permanently removed two German aces with combined claims of 225 Allied aircraft from the war, saving countless Allied lives. Subsequently, Terry Spencer had a fascinating career as a photojournalist (including following the then largely-unknown Beatles about in 1962) and married the film actress Leslie Brook, a union which lasted 62 years; they died within twenty-four hours of each other in 2009. He never shot down another aircraft after Lang. 41 Squadron is profoundly unusual among WWII-era RAF squadrons in that it's the beneficiary of a sweeping and comprehensively-researched two-volume squadron history by Steve Brew, both volumes of which I have, and either one of which, thrown with sufficient force, could stun or possibly even kill an adult water buffalo. This is rather helpful when researching stuff like this, though unfortunately there are few good photographs of the aircraft. I have decided to build Spencer's Spitfire XII on Ranger A10, EB-B/MB882; here she is in all her glory. 16807657_1429648753726599_7063633498269721299_n by Edward IX, on Flickr In September of 1944 when operating over the continent, she would surely have worn invasion stripes, and of course, if you wondered about something, Britmodeller has a thread about it. It would appear they were underside only, which is fine by me. I'll be using the Xtrakit Spitfire XII, which is of course a Sword kit, the prototype of all subsequent Sword Spitfire kits, and mighty rough it is, too. It's been a long time since I built an Xtrakit XII, but let's hop in the wayback machine and see what it looked like way back in 2011: 333717_272714309420055_1162695243_o by Edward IX, on Flickr Oh dear. My first task was to take my trusty micro-chisel and scrape out the many ejector pins that would prevent closure of the wings and fuselage: 20180918_221957 by Edward IX, on Flickr Then some test-fitting, something I expect to do a shedload of with this build. In fact, if you don't like test-fitting, let me save you some time: you won't like building Sword Spitfires. 20180918_222336 by Edward IX, on Flickr This actually looks a bit better than it is. 20180918_222352 by Edward IX, on Flickr Great. Even though it only causes pain and misery, I opted to box in the wheel wells with the kit parts: 20180918_232046 by Edward IX, on Flickr They are far too tall, as they are on all Sword kits, and will need murderous sanding down that will probably ultimately defeat the point of including them. I also drilled out the locating holes for the landing gear -- Sword/Xtrakit had left one totally filled in and the other too small to admit the landing gear (the last time around, I discovered this only when it was time to add the gear, a memory of defeat and frustration that has stuck with me these seven years.
  6. I bought this at the model fair at Huddersfield last year. I used to love building Fujimi kits in the ‘80’s and early ‘90’s so I’m looking forward to getting stuck into this one. Also I’ve never built an Intruder before so it’s new territory. I’m not buying any additional parts, so it’s straight out of the box on this one, with perhaps a little enhancement along the way if it’s obvious and needs it. The plastic seems much harder than I’m used to with my last couple of builds being modern Airfix and Revell kits, but I don’t see that as a bad thing. The panel lines are very impressive, being fine and crisp. The sprues are also free from flash, so all good so far. The clear sprue is also very impressive, the plastic being appropriately thin and clear. The decal sheet is still in good condition and looks very usable. I think I’m going to build the aircraft on the cover, a Navy aircraft from VA-52 Knight Riders from the Vietnam war in 1969. The kit does provide a wealth of decal options and paint schemes. I’m excited about this build.
  7. It's been a few months since I last posted in this forum. To be honest, I felt a need to "switch it up" and instead work on some non-aircraft subjects: Now it's time to get back to my main love, 1/72 aircraft. I've been inspired by Thorfinn's rendition of Airfix's Ford Trimotor, done up as the aircraft used in Miskatonic University's ill-fated Antarctic expedition, which is described by horror author H.P. Lovecraft in "At The Mountains of Madness". I've been a fan of Lovecraft's fiction since my teen's, so when I saw Greg's Trimotor I knew I had to have one of my own (imitation is the sincerest form of flattery). I contacted Greg, and he graciously sent me files for his homemade decals. If you haven't already done so, check out Greg's RFI here: https://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/235043782-charter-flight-to-the-mountains-of-madness-airfix-172-ford-trimotor/&tab=comments#comment-3140418 Unfortunately, Greg did not do a WIP, but I found a great one by Chris "bigbadbadge" that I will use as reference: https://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/235040494-ford-trimotor-now-finished/&tab=comments#comment-3079475 Let's get started! The kit I'm using is the venerable Airfix offering in 1/72 scale (boxed here by MPC): I originally planned to use this old Monogram kit: but it isn't as detailed as the Airfix kit and is slightly smaller than 1/72 (closer to 1/77), which wouldn't be a show-stopper but I also managed to find the Airfix kit at a good price on eBay. Even so, I'll probably steal a few items from the Monogram kit, namely the landing gear skis and maybe the dogsled and figures. I'm a sucker for aftermarket, and since the Ford's three engines are its most memorable characteristic, I picked up these to scratch my detail itch: I also hope to build an appropriately Lovecraftian vignette for my display base, based loosely on this painting: And, I'll need plenty of snow & ice... fortunately I found this book and appropriate diorama materials from AK Interactive: To be frank, I've barely opened up the box so far. Instead, I've been experimenting with snow & ice techniques and learning how to build rocky mountain walls. Here are some examples: Finally, a couple more pics for you: I anticipate progress will be slow on this build. There are challenges with this old Airfix kit, my aspirations for the diorama base will stretch my abilities, and I have a couple of business trips coming up. But with a little luck, I should have something tangible to show in the near future. Stay tuned!
  8. theplasticsurgeon

    Tim's Shamrock Special B17F

    Joining you with this Revell B-17F kit. Here are the parts still in bags. Instructions and decals. I'll be building this option Shamrock Special As can be seen, I've copied the boxtop flap idea from my B-17G colleagues.
  9. Morning Folk's second build will be Italeri/Esci's F 100 RDAF 1963,the kit is still a little beauty and the scheme will be a challenge as NMF and me don't mix,be a couple of week's before kick off kit should be here in afew day's then I'll post sprues. While ordering I added HB's F-86 sabre in the 1960's Camoflaged Black Tulip scheme (only £4:50) so may due to it's being an easy-kit do a third.
  10. As my 79 Squadron Spitfire VC reaches the painting stage it's a good time to start another kit. I'll be attempting this one: Using this kit: Note that Academy have the pilot as Lt.Col Atherton, he was Wing Commander (which, I think, is an equivalent rank and would explain the error). Here's his biography (he's the third one down): http://www.pacificvictoryroll.com/page17.htm Here are the sprues, although I need to find two more US 500lb bombs. I've made a start with the cockpit bits so in-progress photographs will follow. Thanks for looking.
  11. I can't remember if I signed-up for this Group Build or not but, having returned from a week in Corfu this morning, I'd like to join-in. I'll be using the recently released KP VC having got my hands on some from my usual supplier, the ever reliable MJW Models. I'll be using the transfers from the Airfix VC (which, like the KP one, was based on a VB - the KP being several orders of magnitude better than the Airfix one, as the photographs of the sprues will show.) There appears to be some dispute as to the colour scheme. Airfix have you paint it overall green: but this suggests Foliage Green/ Dark Earth... There are a couple of good photographs from a build thread by @darson, I hope he/ she doesn't mind me borrowing the photographs (the build didn't get done and the member hadn't visited the site since 07/07/2017. I wonder if he's still around?) and more here, also a discussion about the upper surfaces colours which I'll read thoroughly before painting. https://ww2aircraft.net/forum/threads/done-1-72-spitfire-mk-vc-pacific-theatre-of-operations-ii.40419/ Before I start, here are the promised sprue-shots. (As you can see, it's their VB with an extra sprue.) Here's a closer photograph of the extra sprue for the VC wing, cannon fairings and cannon bulges. You also get a pair of six-ejector exhausts - which will come in handy in another build I have planned elsewhere. Thanks for looking, more soon.
  12. As three of my five entries in this Group Build approach completion, it's time to start another. I'll be using the Academy P-47 and Xtradecals transfers to do this aircraft. Xtradecals say the Dark Earth is faded and I can't say I disagree. I might crack open my pot of Colourcoats Light Earth. Here's the box: Yes, it does like it's been trodden on. The canopy survived the deliveryperson's foot... but the propeller didn't... (Although it's nothing a little glue and a gentle bending won't cure.) I've made a start: painting bits that'll be black black, bits that'll be aluminium black and, gluing the cockpit bits together. Thanks for looking.
  13. stips


    Hello everyone For my first WIP presentation, I decided to show „Panther Ausf.D/Ausf.A“ production at the 1/72 scale of Revell. But for this panther I decided to make one conversion. From the Panther, I will make Panther with Flak 37 mm. Before the work began on the work desk come in, styrene plates, copper wire, remains of other models….. in other words materials without which it is impossible to make good work. The beginning of the work was the creation of the interior…. Then I made lid of the hole and base for Flak 37 mm. Lid was made of of wooden slats and styrene. The Flak base is from Revell's Sd.Kfz 7/2 to which I will subsequently install the flak. After that I started making zimmerit, which I have made of green staff. In addition to the zimmer, I started working on the bergher crane and other fine details
  14. Little Patches B-17G 91st Bomb Group. The name "Little Patches" was acquired after the aircraft's first combat mission with Lt William Major's crew when Frankfurt flak put many splinters through the ship. The damage was primarily cosmetic but the skin required numerous small aluminium patches prompting Lt Major to name the ship. Building the Revell 1/72 B-17G isn't difficult in itself, difficulties start begin when you are trying to use Eduard Biged. I only can say, that the main technology during the build of this model was soldering, not gluing. In addition, the following extras are also was used; - vacform canopies (Pavla models); - decals for "Little Patches" (Microscale); - resin wheels (Eduard). Well and some scratchbuilt parts of course. Some photos during the process. Thank you for looking, any comments are welcome.
  15. Hi all, I completed this kit around the beginning of the year and along got round to photographing it now. I found the kit to be rather enjoyable as I did not have major problems with it. As for the painting this was the first that I attempted pre-shading and post-shading. I used my usual Vallejo model air colours with weathering done with a dark brown oil wash as well as some chalk pastel smoke stains. Constructive criticism is very much welcome!
  16. Wonky Donkey

    A Dove from above

    Hi folks. This is my first WiP thread, so you'll have to excuse me if it gets a bit calamitous and the pics are average at best. I've recently finished a couple of 1/48 WW1 builds, so time for something different. Without setting out to do it, I've been slowly and randomly building types, or specific airframes if possible, that can be found in Scotland's National Museum of Flight at East Fortune. An old WW1 airfield with a great history, my two boys and I spend lots of time there. It can't rival the big museums down south, but it's got some interesting types and has been modernised lately. They have a De Havilland Dh.104 Dove in Civil Aviation Authority colours (G-ANOV) which I'm fond of: So I bought the Amodel kit with the intention to create this scheme: Imagine my excitement then when Caracal released two sheets for the Dove/Devon which included a CAA sister (G-ALFU) as housed at Duxford. Although there are some differences between them, it'll do me Imagine my annoyance then when the upper stripe decals turn out to be blue and not black as they should be . I pondered doing a different scheme instead, but non grabbed me and that was the whole reason for building it at all. I can live with the blue. I've made a start, but I'll try to keep the posts in some semblance of logical order. Here we go then... W-D
  17. LostCosmonauts


    Answering @vppelt68‘s siren call I’ve rooted my B-17 kit out of the stash. Part of a Revell 8th AF set as A Bit o’ Lace (I’m not sure about the scheme though but that decision can come later) Innards all present and correct Due to me not checking back on here about the start date I may have in a fit of enthusiasm have flung some glue at 1 or 2 sub assemblies Still less than 25% though so I guess the GB gods will be merciful
  18. I'll be assembling the recent Airfix release as, the title says, either a RAAF 21 in overall Foliage Green or a RAF X in TLS over MSG as some Hannants transfers arrived today. I've made a start but haven't uploaded any photographs.
  19. I must have been nice this year as Father Christmas came up trumps and delivered the 1/72 Academy B-29. I want to make it bare metal, but with the turrets and conventional bomb load, so went for the "Old Battler" version. Thanks to the discussion in the link below I've sourced the Eduard cockpit and engine etch, the canopy mask set and Kits-World decals for the "Celestial Queen" whose red tipped wings and fin particular appealed . Detailing and painting the interior is one of my favourite parts of the modelling process and I was looking for a way to show this off once the model is finished. Last year I built a B-17 which was held together with small magnets and can be split right down the middle. This worked ok but I didn't fancy trying again with the larger B-29. Instead I've opted to cut away part of the fuselage around the cockpit. This cutaway section will then be held in place with small magnets but can be removed using the turret has a little handle. I decided to bite the bullet straightaway and the surgery was the first thing thing I did after opening up the box. I used a new, sharp modelling knife and scored along existing panelling lines (carefully) to make the cuts. I think the operation was a success: The canopy piece is glued to the cut away section to allow better viewing of the cockpit and also because it helps to "jigsaw" the two parts together. I've put some filler on the cut away part and this is waiting to dry and be sanded down. I'll also fill and sand the tanker version panel lines at some point. Having made the effort to open up the cockpit my thoughts have now turned to making the interior detail look good. The etch set should help (my first go with extra etched parts) but I noticed that the floor of the cockpit is somewhat lacking in detail. I've therefore tried to use Aluminium tape plus a rivetting tool and the knurled finish on the handle of my modelling knife to give the floor some texture and interest. This will all be painted over but hopefully the patterns will come through, we'll see! I'm not going for a super accurate depiction but these type of textures at least seem plausible based on some images I hunted down online. I'm afraid progress will probably be fairly slow on this one but I'll try and keep the updates coming as regularly as possible. Thanks for looking in!
  20. The first finish of my Airfix Therapy Build thread and my tenth this year!. WIP is here. Paints are Mr colour/levelling thinner. Markings were masked and sprayed (with varying degrees of success) except for the shark mouth, eyes and serial. Went for something different in the photos: the John Dibbs look as I like to call it, cropped in, close and personal. Moments of silliness- microscopic ring and bead sight and those cute little position lights done with acrylic resin. Showtime! Adios muchachos, the stash calls to me and I'm a goin' fer 15 builds finished this year , even if they're a bit rough around the edges like this one! Cheers and thanks for lookin' in Anil
  21. Here's the last of my four builds in the excellent Airfix group build - the Bristol 192 Belvedere. Not one of those classic Airfix kits that stands the test of time - a pretty crude kit, doesn't fit together well, covered in rivets, has an annoying seam down the middle of the glazed nose and represents a prototype rather than the production version. I'd love a new Belvedere kit! I've made most of the modifications needed to turn it into a production Belvedere HC.1 but won't pretend it's accurate - looks more like a production Belvedere than the kit does though! All the mods are in my build thread here I've finished it in 72 Sqn markings - 72 Sqn used Belvederes very briefly in the early 60s, replacing them pretty quickly with the Wessex. Decals are a mix of Modeldecal and Xtradecal. thanks for looking Z
  22. After my CF-104 and F-84G, I'd planned to switch gears and do a pair of F/A-18s. But, in doing those builds I learned a couple new things about doing NMF, and I generated some new ideas, so I'm going to do another NMF aircraft: a Polish MiG-15. My planned F-18 build is going to be a little grueling because I'm going to re-scribe one of the kits. So I figured I'd try to do a kit that would be a "quick victory" -- after all it only has 40 parts. I'll get into the details first, and leave the personal, human-interest story for last . The kit I'm going to build is a Dragon MiG-15 that I purchased in a buying spree in 1998. The decals may be just a touch yellow, but it's hardly noticeable. The kit is nicely detailed with engraved panel lines, landing gear bay details, and reasonable cockpit details with molded instruments. So this leads to my first problem: the kit is a little too detailed because it has every... single... rivet. So, I'll throw this out for opinions: Should I fill the rivets in? I've done a lot of research on MiG-15s the last few days and the rivets are not visible on the bare metal planes until you are within about 10 feet. So, it seems to me that all of these rivets are un-necessary and unrealistic detail. I think I should be able to fill them in using super glue and a glue louper, and still keep the panel lines (and some rivets that I notice are always visible, even at a distance). When I bought this kit, there was no scalemates (that I was aware of anyway), so I generally guessed which ones might be good quality. Doing some dry-fitting tonight, I think this is a reasonably good quality kit. The fit seems very good on the fuselage. Dry fitting the wings showed that there might be a little problem there, as the slot in the fuselage is bigger than the tab on the wing. Shouldn't pose much of a problem, but it is a little annoying to have that much slop in the fit. So, here's the history behind this build (personal, human-interest story ). In late September 1989, I went to the nearest hobby store (185 miles away) and bought a Heller F-86 and a Humbrol MiG-15. I built both over the course of a couple of weekends in early October 1989. The MiG-15 kit had 2 options: Soviet and Polish. Since I had a row of "Red Stars" on my model shelf, I figured it would be neat to do something different and I chose Polish. I must say, that Humbrol MiG-15 kit is tied for first place for the "worst-kits-I-have-ever-built" award (the other being a Starfix Spitfire Mk. XIV). It had no detail whatsoever (a bent piece of plastic for a seat was the entire cockpit), horribly clumsy raised panel lines, and poor engineering galore (the nose cap was a larger diameter than the aircraft body). After college when I moved out of my parent's house, my models went with me, but the MiG-15 went in the trash. I bought the kit I'm going to start as its replacement, which is why I am choosing the Polish version. Next time, I'll outline my approach for the paint. Thanks for looking...
  23. The other night I finished my Italeri Sunderland which has been on the stocks since February - thus messing up my plan of a model per month for 2018. There has been some (a lot of) frustration along the way. If you'd like to read more about how I built the kit please see my article in this issue (pages 31-33) of our group newsletter. I assume early war bombs were painted in an early "its health and safety gone mad" bit of bureaucratic nonsense - bombs are dangerous so paint them yellow? A good portion of a tube of Squadron Green was used up on the plane, trying to level out the nose in front of the cockpit and even worse on top of the wings. The mainplanes are 1-2mm thicker than the stubs on the fuselage, so the filler was slathered on, for some reason I forgot to tape off the good side of the joints to ease clean up. Oh well. The top and bottom half of the wings weren't the same chord either so brute force was used! I didn't recall ever using such brutal methods when I read about them on Britmodeller, but obviously I had previously attacked models with this file as there was a goodly amount of squadron green on it... Another niggle was that the guy who did the panel trenching on one side of the aircraft was very heavy handed, whilst somebody else with a much lighter touch did the other side! Once the camo paint was on I also discovered there are very faint lines where there are mould inserts to change from Mk.I to Mk.III - needless to say I decided fixing these by that time would cause more damage than would be justified, but worth watching out for anyone else - I wonder whether the Mk.III ends up similarly afflicted? Although you get a good selection of decals, Italeri obviously didn't look closely enough at the famous photos of DAG as the code letters should be wider and the tail stripes thicker - at least as an emergency unit level paint job there are no stencils. Overall I'm pleased with the look of the plane, but I think it will be a while before I do another large flying boat. I usually avoid weathering, but I'd like to think I made a reasonable stab at the appallingly dishevelled state of DAG in period photos. I don't know where I'm going to put it now though. My main annoyance was clouting bits of it on the light or whatever in the workshop area, as it takes up so much more space when manoeuvring compared to a 1/72 Spitfire. Cheers Will PS for those concerned about such things I cut the grass tonight!
  24. A sudden bout of insomnia has triggered me to start this build and thread. The Great War is unknown to me, when it comes to flying contraptions, but the sheer lunacy of taking off in these rackety things without parachutes has long horrored me. I will do my part in commemorating the madness, with Eduard’s Albatros D.V. Box shot below, it contains parts for two kits and a number of colourful options (it is difficult to say exactly how many, because the side of the box illustrates one plane more than the fine instruction booklet does, and I believe the decals are sufficient for that box-only scheme too - see instructions here: https://www.eduard.com/store/tag/Dual-combo/Albatros-D-V-DUAL-COMBO-1-72.html). My little 6-year old told me, very diplomatically, how good it would be if I built the plane with the dragon on it, so half the plastic is booked for already. For the second I’m inclined to go with the box art, finished in varnished natural wood. Contents below, plastic and PE and decal sheet. The plastic is rather hard and glossy compared to the Airfix stuff I’m used to -this is my first encounter with Eduard, and so far I’m pleased. I will build one out of the box (it is a splendid box!) but will add as much fidgetry to the second as I can. The red dragon will likely end up in my son’s collection - from time to time I find my models suddenly having a new nesting place - so that one will be the simple build, as it were. Here is a shot of the PE fret, plenty of cockpit and external detail for two models, plus spares for the most delicate pieces. As you can see I have started a bit: the aluminium box is for cartridges and sits right in front of the pilot. There is another PE fret with seat belts by the way. I am not sure if I can manage to finish both planes, I am a slow builder, but will try to get one completed at least.
  25. Hi all thought I would post another of my do 217 family. This time it's a j-2 formally of njg. 4 which was transferred to the Regia Aeronautica in Feb 1943. Model details Italeri kit Aims engine fronts & spinners True details wheels Stretched sprue radar & radio aireals Scratch build cockpit, top turret & modified vertical tails Aries mgs Paints xtracolor rlm 74,75,76 Thanks for looking, comments are welcomed. Nick