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  1. Credited with 54 victories, Erich Lowenhardt wad the third highest scoring ace of the Great War behind only Manfred von Richthofen and Ernst Udet. After service as an officer with ski troops in the Carpathians, Lowenhardt joined the air service in 1916, initially as an observer before becoming a pilot. Lowenhardt joined Jasta 10 in March 1917 and by May of 1918 had a score in the high teens. With the arrival of the Fokker D.VII, Lowenhardt, now commanding Jasta 10 increased his score dramatically, reaching 53 by 9 August, only the second German pilot to pass the 50 mark. At that time Lowenhardt was the leading living German Ace. He had also on 8 August claimed JG1's 500th victory of the war. On 10th August 1918 suffering with a sprained ankle and ignoring advice not fly, Lowenhardt led a mixed patrol from Jastas 10 and 11. Shortly after shooting down an RAF machine for his 54th victory, Lowenhardt collided with the Fokker of Jasta 11's Ltn Alfred Wentz. Both pilots bailed out with their newly issued parachutes but tragically Lowenhardt's failed to open and he fell to his death. Oblt Erich Lowenhardt was just 21 years old. For my entry I will be building Roden's 1/72 Fokker D.VII as Lowenhardt's famous yellow fighter. The kit and some lozenge decals for the wings: Some reference material: Andrew
  2. The A7V Sturmpanzer was the German high command's attempt at countering the British tanks; for those of us not familiar with the type the wiki entry is very informative. I don't think I'm being nationalistic to suggest that it was inferior to both the British and French tanks, only 20 were built and only one - no.506 'Mephisto' - survives, in the Queensland Museum in Brisbane, having been taken as a war prize by the Australian army. I was a bit surprised to find that a 1/72 kit of the A7V has existed for some time, first issued by Emhar in 2001 and recently re-released - I believe it is the later issue that I have. Meng also produce one in 1/35 which was sort of tempting but I wanted a little inconsequential build so this is probably the better option for me. Here is the box art, illustrated with the 'early' version of 'Mephisto': I have to say the illustration doesn't tally with the colour guide given in the instructions which suggest a scheme of USAF Tan blobs on a USAF Gunship Grey base... The back view showing a later scheme for the same vehicle which looks almost like the mid-to-late WW2 German armour scheme: The construction and painting guides: The sprues - just two of them and about 30 parts: ... and finally the transfers: I don't like the look of these, they are very thick with acres of carrier film, I have ordered some replacement transfers from Black Lion Decals in the Netherlands. I'll decide what paint scheme I'll do when I get them and see the options... Cheers, Stew
  3. Beard

    Turkish Spitfire

    I thought I'd signed-up for this Group Build but it looks like I didn't, I hope no-one minds me joining in with this. I believe three Spitfires were delivered to the Turkish Air Force in 1939/40, a time when every Spitfire was likely to be needed for the defence of the UK - which shows how important Turkish neutrality was. Two were later returned to the RAF and used for training in Egypt. Anyway, I'll start this in the next couple of days and, as I've made around 30 Airfix Spitfires, expect it to be a quick build so I should have time to the others on the sheet and, if I can source some transfers, a couple more. Thanks for looking.
  4. "In this battle mercy or considerations of international law is false. They are a danger to our own safety and to the rapid pacification of the conquered territories." -- Richtlinien für die Behandlung politischer Kommissare [Guidelines for the Treatment of Political Commissars], issued on 6 June 1941 by OKW Children cried in the hospital. At the gates A truck as big as a train car opened its black mouth. As they shoved him into the jaws of the death van[...] The enemy mob was merciless and black. But the nation heard this child's cry. And the Red Army soldiers heard the cry in battle: They marched forth vowing to avenge the children's lives. -- Vladimir Ivanovich Ladiagin and Stepan Petrovich Shchipachev, "Volodia Zuzuev", c. September 1943. Volodia Zuzuev was one of the thousands killed in Krasnodar by Einsatzgruppe D between 1942 and 1943. "You have let down our country and our Red Army. You have the nerve not to manufacture IL-2s until now. Our Red Army now needs IL-2 aircraft like the air it breathes, like the bread it eats. Shenkman produces one IL-2 a day and Tretyakov builds one or two MiG-3s daily. It is a mockery of our country and the Red Army. I ask you not to try the government's patience, and demand that you manufacture more ILs. This is my final warning." -- Iosif Stalin, telegram to State Aviation Factory 18 managers at Voronezh, December 1941 For my next build, I'll be doing Academy's 1/72 Il-2 Shturmovik single-seater. 20180730_230214 by Edward IX, on Flickr I was only vaguely aware that any Il-2s were built as single-seaters, and know frankly almost nothing about them, but had fortuitously picked up a copy of Learstang's book on the IL-2 when Amazon was selling it in the twenty dollar range (a space where many of my impulse buys take place), and it has a lot of information aimed square at the modeller. So how did I end up with an IL-2? Well, it was a birthday gift from my coworker, who's Russian, as in she's from Perm, near the Urals, and married an American she met while she was attending graduate school in the USA, which is how she ended up here. Anyway, I received it on March 15 for my birthday and she's been nagging me about it ever since. Normally it can be years before I get to something in the stash, but I figured I might as well try and get this one out of the way so I can get back to the serious business of building Spitfires, lest our sun explode. I welcome any advice you all have throughout the build, for I am but a naif. Right off the bat, my ignorance killed me, because I thought the single-seater all-metal IL-2 was the sporty coupe model in the late-war period, but no! It is in fact the earliest and least covered in glory of all of the IL-2 versions available in kit form. Unfortunately I bought a set of late-war Soviet ground attack aircraft paints from Akan, so I just now had to order the different colours used on all-metal aircraft early on, A-18 Blue and A-19 Green (and they won't ship until next week, as the Linden Hill Imports guy is on holiday), which I'll need to do this bird: 20180730_230404 by Edward IX, on Flickr Mercifully it's only two colours, and I have the interior colour (a sort of wan grey) in the set I bought. So I think we can make a start of it, once I figure out what thinner Akan lacquers take.
  5. Having got back again into my modelling building groove, I thought I would try something a little more challenging. I picked the Pegasus 1/72 Spitfire Prototype up from a recent model expo for A$2. It looked a bit rough to start with! Lots of flash, and the decals were unusable (out of register and also seriously cracked). It wasn't too bad in the end, and I think the final result was worth it. Finished with brush painted Italeri Acrylics (the main colour being RLM 76) and replacement decals from Xtradecal sheet X72075. Build thread can be found here. Thanks for looking. Looks good on the shelf with my other 1/72 Spitfires
  6. My 3rd kit finished after returning to this relaxing hobby This was my entry in the P-47 STGB WIP Thread can be found here : Following my theme of US bases in Essex during WW2 , The 56th Fighter Group was based at RAF Boxted (4 miles from Colchester) from April 1944 through to the end of the war. This plane is Col David Schilling's P-47D-25-RA ( LM - S 226641) ,he received this aircraft in mid July 1944 . Comments and advice always welcome. ( I need to improve my photos ) And finally all 3 together, the other 2 being an Airfix P-51D (343rd FS 55th FG RAF Wormingford near Colchester) , Airfix B-26B 'Mild and Bitter' (452nd BS 322nd BG - RAF Andrews - Great Dunmow)
  7. Hi all, I seem to have started yet another thing - this irresistible little Fokker. I was just having a look at the bits, and then I was cleaning them up, and then I seem to have put some together and filled the gaps. No paint yet though: I was a bit dozy and glued the fuselage halves together before painting the sidewalls. I was thinking "I'll just glue the bulkhead to one side, and then the seam, and then I'll be able to take it apart for painting" - obviously not true... The seam has been filled with CA and I added a strip of thin styrene to the back of the cockpit coaming rather than try and fill and neaten the seam there (it moves the gap to the top where it's easy to deal with). I also filled a sink mark on the fuselage top above one of the alignment pins. It should be possible to paint it from the inside, at least the cowling panel is just resting on top. I have glued the struts in place, and also removed the thick turnbuckle-looking things and drilled a selection of rigging holes into the apex. It seems solid, let's hope I can thread it properly as it's rather complex. The wings are one piece, with protruding spars that lock into a box behind the seat. I found this was a bit wobbly (as were the locating pins/sockets at the front) so cut most of that off and added 0.5mm wire pins front and back which should let me set the wings level, and indeed insert them after painting. I built up the undercarriage on the upturned taped-up fuselage so I could use the locating points as a jig. It worked fine, the UC has much better location pins and holes than the Tiger Moth and the whole thing feels pretty solid. The engine is one piece and sadly the mould was misaligned, so I'm not sure how much of the fine fin detail remains after fixing that. It's glossy because I cleaned up after sanding with Extra-Thin, but that may have been a mistake - the soft Airfix plastic goes very squishy almost instantly so it's probably been rounded off a bit. I've also thinned the cowling edges a bit as they were pretty chunky, and made a new MG barrel and drilled out the missing top row of slots on the cooling jacket, but forgot to photograph that bit. Cheers, Will
  8. Hello everyone. I'm back with a rather repetitious build of the RS Aleutian P-38E. Cookenbacher did one a while back, which is worth referring to: Cookie's P-38E I also did one, representing Laven's second P-38E, #80, with some vagaries about it's color: Laven's 2nd P-38E Unfortunately, when I did mine, Cookie's pictures were missing, so I didn't have that to help out. Thankfully for all of you, he has restored them. I am building yet another of these, for two reasons: 1) my endeavor to build one of each type of aircraft associated with George E. Laven, Jr. -- he of the colorful aircraft fame; and 2) I decided to try the resin aftermarket cockpit kit offered by RS for this P-38, to see whether this would alleviate some of the fit issues that both Cookie and I encountered in the cockpit area. We shall see how that goes.... The kit and the cockpit set look lie this: I began in the time-honored (and usually necessary) tradition of assembling and more or less completing the cockpit area, which of course has to be built into the model at an early stage: It has a little more detailing than the kit, and the wheel well is not as tall. We'll see if that helps. Also new (to me) is the use of the Dap Rapidfuse, which is an ethyl cyanoacrylate for those interested. For the rest of use, that equates to a thick CA-type glue that tacks up in 30 seconds and hardens in 30 minutes -- and is odorless! The later is important to me, because over the years I have fried out my nose-holes from using CA and get burning eyes and a runny nose from the regular stuff -- which has played havoc with my building of resin models. This stuff is great for gluing resin parts together, as well as adding landing gears, doors, antennae and pitot tubes after the fact. Alas, I cannot worship it as the universal anti-solvent, because it dries with a slightly rubbery consistency, as do all the other odorless CA glues. That means that you cannot sand it to a smooth finish like regular CA. Pity, as I was looking for another minor deity to worship. (Just a joke folks, don't get crazy!) Actually the kit 'pit is pretty good, except for the wire frame you have to make for the seat back, which is included on the resin seat, as later pics will show. Next the painted and mostly assembled cockpit is shown glued to the lower wing, to center up the landing gear well. Test fitting with the top of the fuse also revealed that the resin cockpit improved upon the fit problems, it did not solve them, so more sanding was needed on the bottom of the wheel bay, as well as the bare resin part atop the instrument panel, as you can see below: The two red "L"'s above show the added lead fishing weights cut down to fit in the nose -- a requirement. Can't say how much I used as I just stuffed it full! Next, the upper fuse half was glued to the bottom half (after much sanding and test fitting!), but only at the area where the clamps are shown. The nose seams were left un-glued for the moment: As Cookie points out in his build, the bottom nose half is a little wider than the top half, so each side of the nose was glued and clamped separately, beginning with the left side: Followed after drying by the right side. This resulted in fairly reasonable seams -- but not perfect -- on either side: All the finely-etched detail is going to go bye-bye -- drats! Hmm... see that I've nicked the headrest area with a clamp. I'll have to touch that up! Until next we meet... Ed
  9. A dear family friend served as the Maintenance Supervisor with the 4677th Defense Systems Evaluation Squadron, which flew the B-57 Canberra, and I've decided that it was high time I built him one. The 4677th's Canberras acted as targets to train and evaluate USAF air defense squadrons, and were full of electronic gear designed to make them more difficult to intercept. It's with a bit of trepidation that I begin a Canberra build now, just as @Navy Bird has completed his beautiful PR.9, and the @canberra kid having just started an RB-57. But "strike while the iron is hot", as the saying goes. I'll be using the 1/72 Italeri kit in my attempt at an EB-57B as the "evaluator": And I think I'll build the 1/72 Hasegawa F-106 alongside as the "evaluated": The Canberra Kid has shown that the Italeri kit has some inaccuracies, the main ones being: the wing is a bit too far back on the fuselage, and the rear fuselage is too deep. I'm planning on addressing the wing placement, but I think I'll have to let the rear fuselage problem go, it would require splicing in the rear fuselage of the Airfix kit in order to fix - which is exactly what the Canberra Kid is doing on his RB-57 build linked above. I recommend that you check it out - fascinating stuff. Comparing the dimensions found in this drawing on the Canberra SIG to the Italeri fuselage, it looks like the wing leading edge needs to be moved up about 1/8" in 1/72 in order to match up (I measured from the leading edge of the horizontal stabilizer, since the drawing is of an 'A' model, and I don't think the nose is the same length as the 'B'). The (out of focus) Italeri fuselage: The section containing the wing root removed: [photo lost in Photobucket transfer] The offending portion removed: Plasticard backing added to the inside of the fuselage: The section reattached the requisite 1/8" further forward: Comparison with the unmodified side: I think it was worth it, but your mileage may vary! Thanks for stopping by.
  10. Joining you with this kit, Costing £2.99 from Home Bargains in 2016. I swapped one prop for leftovers from XtraDecal set X72-099 Mine most likely to be WDD with that black arrow symbol, as archery is my game.
  11. Here is my 4477th TES "Red Eagle" MiG-21 F-13. Around two dozen MiGs were operated in the USA at Tonopah to expose pilots to various MiGs. I replaced the kit seat and wheels and used aftermarket decals. Painted with MRP. Thanks for looking!
  12. Rather than have a long thread or long list of bargains, I though I'd make a pinned post with an explanation and links! Most of are bargains are 1/72 and 1/48 Eduard and Hobby Boss kits but sometimes we'll get other things like Meng kits, Vallejo paint sets, Trumpeter ships etc, so it's always worth a look. All the bargains can be found on our website's homepage and there's usually around 100 or so offers at any one time! Generally speaking we get bargains in every Friday, so check our website every Friday for the latest bargains! Sometimes we do get extra bargains in mid week, so keep looking! At the top of the homepage you'll find the latest kit releases we have in stock. New Eduard kits usually appear around the start of a month but can be a few days early or late (by the time we can get them!) If there's any recent release that's not listed, please feel free if we can get it for you. Although we don't list them at the top of the page we do get the latest Eduard Etch and Masks when we can and Xtradecal sets too. Here's the link to our homepage so you can check out the latest offers and new kits! https://mjwmodels.co.uk/ thanks Mike
  13. Hi, After years of looking at the Airfix Sea Hawk 1/72 kit, and slowly buying some after market goodies for it, I decided to jump into the deep end. I got that kit in the 1970s as a "free gift" with a subscription for a French modelling magazine (mPm if I recall correctly... time does fly!). This is a very rough kit, with many sink marks, ejection pin marks, a lot of flash, etc... And no cockpit to speak of. But I have wanted to build it since I was a brat, so here is my chance. The few thingies that I will try and use. Decals from Model Art. And the kit, in all its glory! Some of the doc I have on that gorgeous plane. Many more photos spread around hundreds of magazines and book... Such fun! Hopefully I will get somewhere with this antiquity of a kit! JR
  14. Hi, Here are a few photos of my latest model, Revell's Lancaster B III in 1/72 scale dressed in the livery of a 50 Squadron machine which took part in such raids as Peenemunde, Hamburg and Berlin during mid 1943. It took a while to build, approx 5 months but went together beautifully and a thoroughly recommended model. I hope you like it, Russ
  15. Hello Everyone ... I am jumping in with a build for this if you dont mind. I have an Eduard 1/72 Fokker DR.1. Though i am a fan of the Red Baron and his Red Fokker. There are at least two of them in this build now. I have been a fan of Lothar von Richthofen for awhile and so I will be building his Yellow Fokker DR.1. This will be my third bi-plane build since coming back to the hobby a few years ago. It will be my 1st build of a bi-plane with rigging. I have to try that sooner or later. So here is the chosen scheme for my build. Here is my actual kit. Sprue shots. Again this will be a first for me with rigging. I intend to do my best and get as close to reality as possible, but may cheat a little in the end. I do have Lothar’s fokker’s serial # as it came as an option in the Revell Fokker kit. To be honest i also have a Roden Fokker D.VIIF with Goering’s snow white colors & markings as well. The only thing that stopped me was the Rodens reputation. I will save that until i have a few more bi-planes under my belt. I give advance warning as this is my 3rd build on my desk so progress will be slow until i get those builds to paint. If you have questions, comments, or jokes please feel free to do so. Dennis
  16. 3 builds into my return to plastic manipulation its time to build a Spitfire or two! The 1st Spitfire will be a deviation from my primary theme of aircraft flown from US bases in Essex during WW2 in 1/72nd scale, but still has an Essex theme, a 131 Squadron MkVII Spitfire flown by Ft Lt C. 'Pete' Bearman. He was a close friend and colleague to my Grandfather at Essex Police before he volunteered to join the RAF . The 2nd Spitfire will be an Eagle Squadron MkVb Spitfire based at North Weald. I will be making the decals for this aircraft Onto the kits - No.1 AZ Models 1/72nd MKVII Spitfire - my 1st venture in limited run kits - hmm where are the locating pins No.2 Tamiya 1/72nd Mk Vb
  17. I thought "I have too many unfinished projects, why not to start another one" and pulled ABM MDR-5 box out of vaults. The box content is shown here: The prototype: Don't worry, the mast with a windsock is not an integral part of the plane The interiour will be mostly invisible, except for the cockpit so I did not put much effort to detailing it This is a big boat, the wing is moulded as a single piece of resin and therefore quite heavy As mentioned before, because of large cockpit windows one should not neglect detailing it Wing and fin attached. There is another freshly started project on the forefront - PR-12 resin kit by AirKits
  18. As my Tomahawks, Spitfire IX and Blenheim are progressing, I've decided to start another kit and, as I have a fair few Eduard Spitfires in the stash... I'll be using this boxing: I quite like this option: but I have this sheet: which has some in the High Altitude Scheme. As the Eduard Spitfire has a LOT of parts, painting choices are some way away. Anyway, I've made a start by painting the interior with a mixture of Colourcoats Interior Grey Green and Tamiya Aluminium. I've given them a dry-brush with a light grey, once it's dry I'll give them a black wash. Also did the seat, using Colourcoats RN Anti-fouling Red for the seat (which I'll give a dark red-brown wash) before using these seatbelts, (a gift from the ever generous @CedB) Thanks for looking.
  19. Hi all, ModellTrans Modellbau have a resin set of replacement tracks for this kit if anyone is interested :- http://www.modelltrans.com/home/568-panzer-iii-ausfa-tracked-gear-set.html
  20. Here is the first of my two builds of the new Tamya 1/72 Ki-61 Tony; this one represents an aircraft of the 19th Air Group based in Luzon in the Philippines in 1945. This aircraft was captured apparently intact by U.S. forces, but I have no idea what happened to it after that. The kit is as you would probably expect a very easy build with most of the parts clicking into place without a hint of drama. The the small variations between the schemes provided are catered for and called out with optional r/t mast, venturi tube and wingtip lights. Build thread is here I used the kit transfers which included the yellow leading edge stripes (both for the wings themselves and the undercarriage doors) and the propeller warning strips. They were fractionally thicker than I would have liked but as a result were at least strong enough to handle some manipulation where required and they settled down okay with some Microset - the only one I had a real problem with was the twin white fuselage band which is still slightly wrinkled underneath but not really noticeable in the picture. The aircraft was painted in Vallejo Metal Color Duralumin with some Citadel Runefang Steel cut about 50% with their Celestra Grey on the fabric-covered ailerons and elevators. The uppersurface colour is the darker, greener variant of '#7 Ohryoku nana go shoku' whch is ACJ22 in the Colourcoats range and the interior and wheel-wells were painted in ACJ04 Interior Buff Green. Final touches were done with Tamiya clear red and blue and their Burnt Iron for the exhausts, some Vallejo black/dark grey mix for the tyres, ACJ23 Propeller Brown for the prop and spinner and finally some Infini 70 Denier white lycra thread for the r/t wire. Cheers, Stew
  21. Here is the second of my two builds of the new Tamya 1/72 Ki-61 Tony; this one was a very generous gift from my friend @Cookenbacher and represents an aircraft flown by Captain Kobayashi of the 244th Air Group based at Chōfu Airbase near Tokyo in Febuary 1945. This aircraft has a 'scoreboard' painted beneath the port cockpit side apparently showing 5 x B-29 kills plus a sixth by ramming. The 'Tony' is quite a small and delicate-looking aircraft and compared to a B-29... well that must have been an interesting combat and I should very much like to read what happened if anyone has any further information. Anyway here she is: The kit is as you would probably expect a very easy build with most of the parts clicking into place without a hint of drama. The the small variations between the schemes provided are catered for and called out with optional r/t mast, venturi tube and wingtip lights. Build thread is here I used the kit transfers which included the yellow leading edge stripes (both for the wings themselves and the undercarriage doors) - the propeller warning strips were also provided as decals but I just painted them myself. The transfers were fractionally thicker than I would have liked but as a result were at least strong enough to handle some manipulation where required and they settled down okay with some Microset - again, the only one I had a real problem with was the red fuselage band, I had the same issue with the white fuselage band with the other kit I built. The aircraft was painted in Vallejo Metal Color Duralumin (a few panels were picked out in Dark Aluminium for variation) with some Citadel Runefang Steel cut about 50% with their Celestra Grey on the fabric-covered ailerons and elevators, the interior and wheel-wells were painted in Colourcoats ACJ04 Interior Buff Green. Final touches were done with Tamiya clear red and blue and their Burnt Iron for the exhausts, some Vallejo black/dark grey mix for the tyres, ACJ23 Propeller Brown for the prop and spinner and finally some Infini 70 Denier white lycra thread for the r/t wire. Finally I'd like to record my gratitude to Cookie for his unsolicited and unexpected gift; what a guy Cheers, Stew
  22. Hi! Finished another one yesterday. It´s the new tooling Airfix Hurricane. I did everything OOB except for fishing line (0,10mm) for the antenna wire. I´m not sure if I got the wire right... I used War Scenic enamels (that´s a brazilian brand of paints). There are some good things here in Brazil but most of the time it´s just a crap country. I forgot to do the navigation lights early in the build so I left them unpainted. Don´t hesitate in giving me feedback.
  23. Hello Everybody ... Jumping in with my kit. Its the 352nd Fg. Boxing. I will add photo’s of the box and sprues later when I get up to my office. I will be doing a 20th Fg. Mustang with the B/W Railroad tracks on the nose. It will actually just be a miniature of my 1/24th scale Airfix mustang. Dennis
  24. Hi guys, well this has been a fun build. I had a picture in my mind how I wanted this diorama to look and for once it has come out looking just as I imagined it, spooky! It's a bit biased towards the movie look rather than a true representation of how an actual explosion would appear in the vacuum of space. I hope you enjoy the pics. Finally, you can see the work in progress of my build in the link below.
  25. 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.