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  1. Hello I have finished the 1/72 Zvezda Sukhoï Su-57 kit. I have chosen No 511 prototype as it has likely operated form Russian bases in Syria and I have found a couple of pictures of her. The build is easy as with every new aircraft kits form Zvezda. On the other hand there is nothing for the pixelated camouflage except a wrong scheme on the instruction sheet. So I used my Silhouette Portrait to make masks and get a better camouflage scheme. Both colors came from the Tamiya Lacquer Paint range and how I saw them on the available pictures.. Patrick
  2. Great little Tamiya kit with excellent fit but without much surface detail, so I've added the rivets. Cheers, Jorge
  3. I decided I needed to get out of my rut of Spitfire/Bf-109/Fw-190... I was set to do yet another FW, but decided to head to the Pacific instead. I've only done 2 Zeros in my life; the first was a 1/32 Revell that I snatched from my Dad's stash when I was 13 (Sorry!), and the second was a Hasegawa 1/72 A6M5c that is still on my shelf and seen below: You know you're in trouble when spiders are nesting in your landing gear wells (sorry for the bad pic) My guess is that I did this in late High School. I hadn't learned to do weathering yet, nor how to do decals properly. I was paying more attention to my painting (being more careful), and decals (getting them straight). This is after I gave up on the Badger 150 but before my Dad got our first Aztek, so I'm pretty sure this is late High School. So, this build is going to be a replacement build. About a year ago I did some research to find a more modern kit of the A6M5c. I love the double cannons in the wings, it just looks dangerous! Although in reality the extra weight without a more powerful engine made it a dog. But it looked cool. Of the 1/72 offerings of the 5c, the Hobby Boss was the one that had very few negative comments. Plus it had Takeo Tanimizu's marking, which I really wanted to do anyway. I did some reading and one resource said that all the 5c's were made by Mitsubishi. The aviation of Japan website shows the Mitsubishi cockpit color to be darker than I thought and the closest match I could find was Model master enamel FS34087 (Olive Green). The cockpit has more detail than many other Hobby Boss kits, and probably more than my original Hasegawa. The seat is wrong, however, so I will start by trying to make it look a little more accurate. Although, I'm not sure how much effort to put in it because the Hobby Boss canopies are usually a little opaque, making it hard to see details! More later...
  4. Andre B

    Best P-38 in 1/72?

    Hello! Just wonder wich is the best P-38 kit in 1/72 today? Academy, HobbyBoss? It's seems that the P-38 is one of those rare kits being built compared to P-40, P-47 and P-51's... Cheers / André
  5. Bf-109E-3 | Hasegawa | 1/72 Lt. Waldemar Wubke, Germany, 9/JG54 Finished this on 9/27/2020. This was a pretty straightforward build of the early 90's Hasegawa Bf-109E-3. I chose Waldemar Wubke's aircraft because I love the impromptu camouflage stripes applied at the unit level. Other units at that time had "X's and other different schemes to break up the light blue on the sides of the aircraft. The kit was pretty basic, so even taking my time the build was only about one week. The decals didn't look very sharp, so I only used the stencils and the "11". The rest of the decals came from the spares. Once on the aircraft the decals actually looked better, so I probably could've used them all. This kit was not as detailed or easy to put together as the Tamiya one I did a couple of months ago, but it was still a fairly stress-free build. In terms of external detail, it looks about the same as the Tamiya. The only frustrating part was the landing gears: the holes for the gears were oversized and they weren't keyed, so you could rotate the gear and get it misaligned (which is what ended up happening). Also, the wheel wells were enclosed, but still didn't have detail in them. Since this was early war, I did a minimum of weathering on the paint and a minimum of wear on the aircraft. I wanted the exhaust to be lighter colored (assuming the engine wasn't as worn) so I used Tamiya smoke. It turned out OK, but I'm not a real fan of the smoke paint . Paints: Decanted Mr. Surfacer 1500 Black > Hataka RLM 02/71/65 > Mr. Color GX113 dull coat Decals: A mix of different kits > stencils and numbers are kit decals Aftermarket: Eduard steel seat belts > SBS wheels Thanks for looking! Questions, comments and constructive criticism always welcomed.
  6. My F-100F is close to completion and I will be starting on my F-105G soon, but I thought that after 3 USAF planes in SEA camo, a big gray and white USN one would be nice, so if I have time I will have a shot at this, though it might not get started for a while. If you thought that my story of the B-57G was a bit long, then this will probably be even worse as the development of the Skywarrior aka Whale was perhaps even more complicated and I thought I needed to start with a bit of political history to set the scene for what was to become the heaviest and largest aircraft to operate from US carriers though the later Vigilante ran it close – sorry about that! At the end of WWII, an at times rather heated argument developed between the USAAF, soon to become the USAF, and the US Navy over the subject of nuclear weapons. The Air Force said they already had the B-29 as a means of delivery but the USN pointed out it did not have intercontinental range and would need to use bases in friendly countries, whilst they could use carriers to get in close. The Air Force replied that the longer ranged B-36 would solve this problem but the Navy disagreed, pointing out that the B-36 would need fighter escorts and they would still have to use friendly bases due to lack of range.. From the naval point of view, the problem was that the current generation of atom bombs were very big and heavy, and it was calculated that to carry them a suitable distance would need a plane weighing in at over 100,000lb when loaded, far too heavy for any existing carrier such as the Midway Class just entering service. The long term solution was a new class of much bigger carriers, and after much bitter argument they managed to force through funding for the 5 ships of the "United States" class. To give you some idea of the size, the Midway class as originally built were 1001ft long and displaced 45000 tons, whilst the United States would be 1090ft long and displace 65000 tons rising to over 80000 tons fully loaded. By comparison the Nimitz is the same length but displaces 100,000 tons or more – all figures dependent on where you measure the length and how you measure the displacement as is of course usual when dealing with ships! As the lead ship USS United States would not enter service until 1952 at the earliest, it was proposed to use the Lockheed PCV-3C Neptune as a stop gap. Operating from the Midway class carriers, they would be craned on board and stay on deck as they could neither land on a carrier or fit on a lift to be taken down to the hangar. Using JATO bottles for take of they would make a one way trip wave hopping to the target, with the crew ditching after dropping their weapon in the hopes of being picked up by picket submarines off the enemy coast. 12 were assigned to VC-5 but thankfully were never used in anger. At the same time an order was placed in June 1946 for the North American AJ Savage powered by 2 piston engines, with a jet engine in the tail, which weighed around 45000lb and could just about operate with an A-Bomb off the Midway class and the converted Essex class coming into service. 55 AJ-1 were ordered, entering service in September 1949, and a further 55 improved AJ-2 and 30 AJ-2P photo planes followed. The Savage was always going to be an interim design and so in August 1948 the BuAer sent out an invitation for bids for a 100,000lb bomber for the new carrier to 14 companies of which 6 submitted designs, including Douglas, who submitted their design model 593-7 in March 1949, and received a letter of intent for 2 “X” model prototypes on March 31st. Unfortunately, on April 23rd 1949, just 5 days after the keel of the USS United States was laid, the administration decided to cancel the program as part of a cost saving exercise, leaving the USAF as apparent winners of the argument, and the resulting “Revolt of the Admirals” and the consequent political “firestorm” ended up with the Secretary of the Navy and numerous Admirals either retiring or being fired. However 6 months later the Korean War broke out, and the Navy suddenly became popular again, and in 1951 they issued a contract for 12 A3D-1 Skywarriors. To be continued............................................... Cheers, Pete
  7. Good evening everyone. The de Havilland Sea Vixen is an aircraft of singular appearance is it not? You notice it. The sweep and curve of its geometry. Formed not only from the requirements of naval aviation but (covertly, one suspects) from those1950s fantasies about how fast and silver a technological future would look. It was the kind of aircraft Captain Scarlet would have trained on and was capable, if required, of protecting the Earth from UFO invasion. At least I think so. I'm going to build two of them partly for the aforementioned reasons, and partly as a way of celebrating the friendship and generosity to be found on this forum. (More on that in a bit.) For now though, posting this in full view means there's no bottling out. Choice of Subject Having wanted to build one these for a long while, I'd been collecting various bits and pieces and images without (as often happens) a definite subject in mind. Always liking a build to be rooted in a meaningful narrative of some kind, I was leafing through some of the entries in the Dorset Crashes site and noted that a FAW.1 (XN708, from 890 Sqn) had gone down in Lyme Bay on the night of 25th November, 1964, killing both crew: Lt Michael J.W. Durrant RN. & Lt Basil A.Last RN. We can sometimes be guilty of building things only to celebrate the notable or the heroic in conflict; in this case it seemed fitting to build something to note those who end uncelebrated in the footnotes of history as peacetime or training casualties. This is the only clearly identifiable shot I've found so far of XN708/R244, original date of photo unknown: Image credit: Imgaylard Brian Patterson has an excellent colour gallery of a sister aircraft here though that will doubtless prove highly useful as references. For the second choice, I'm (as frequently the case in matters of naval aviation) indebted to @Ex-FAAWAFU for drawing to my attention the powerful, nay provocative, black & white diagonal scheme of XJ481 when undertaking Martel trials: Image credit: Roger Winser This has not only the challenge of building a replacement nose to incorporate that camera housing and a Martel to scratch up (I knows there's a 1/72 resin one out there but think the fins are too thick) but a snazzy 'dazzle paint' work to do also, for which @Terry1954 has also kindly supplied some colour references. The Kits I'm going to modify both the venerable 1/72 Frog offering and use the High Planes kit, which has a FAW.1 option. I'd mentioned above that this build was in part a celebration of the generosity no be found on this forum. Let me start by detailing such matters here: The High Planes kit was sent to me some time ago by @Procopius. How gracious is that? Thank-you Edward for this kindness. As a young shaver on the forum, not long after joining I'd mused aloud in a thread about the absence of FAW.1s in 1/72 and been overwhelmed by a (characteristically) generous influx of references and diagrams from both @71chally and @canberra kid regarding the feasibility of modifying the Frog kit. The fruits of these discussions are posted here and I must reread them myself prior to commencing any work in this direction! If you've had a look at Brian Patterson's colour shots above you'll notice prominent in one of them is a Palouste starter. I never used to know about these until seeing @perdu resinate superb examples in his Buccaneer build. Not only that but again without saying anything he'd tucked some of his output away in a package he sent and so I'll be proud to use one of his Paloustes in this project. Thanks Bill! The High Planes kit first: As it says on the box: In fairness I see 'adjustment of parts required' on every kit I buy.... I haven't looked closely-enough at the canopy yet to make any decisions regarding suitablility: Some replacement Aries wheels (I'd forgotten I'd bought them) to replace the originals: The Frog File: Check out the crazy patterning all over the plastic. Weird.... That nose: Subject of much discussion with John and James on the original thread, as might be imagined.... How to '1 a '2: Picked this up dirt cheap of 5thletter bay many moons ago. Think that resin is the 'Final Touch' set (?) but no idea about the white metal provenance. Wheels and legs don't impress: The Airwaves stuff was in the Frog box when I bought it, honest guv: Vaguely possible one or two of those bits may prove of use but certainly not the grotty wingfold. Here's what's really going to offset a diorama - a beautifully perduced Palouste: The markings on both aircraft will be painted rather than decals, but thankfully I've the Model Alliance decal set for the Ark's air wing that I can snaffle the moonlit witches from for the 890 Sqn Vixen: I'm aware of multiple issues with correcting the Frog to a FAW.1, but the High Planes I believe is to be generally trusted in shape terms? (Please correct me if wrong on the latter point). There will of course need to be a wingfold involved somewhere but this has given me a pause for thought: the colour scheme of the Martel-tester is so good that the wings on that one will have to be fully extended to display this handsome plumage, so XN708 will be the one to get the folding treatment, though which kit do do which with (if you see what I mean)? The Frog is moulded with the break in the wings where the fold is so a natural candidate, yet one with such problems in its nose area that this really makes it a better candidate for (the unfolded) XJ481 viz. a totally new and angular schnozz. I'm sure that the High Planes kit can be 'persuaded' to fold so: High Planes = XN708/Palouste (wingfolded) Frog = XJ481/Martel (non-folded) Nearly forgot. XN708 will have the RR Avons visible. So I'll be building 1/72 Avons as well.... References As standard for me, along with contemporary photographs, will be working from original technical documentation, namely several thousand pages of these: I've all 4 volumes of the above, plus: - for the engine build. As the technical manuals are obviously for the FAW.2, help with that handful of specific differences such as canopy etc comes in the form of relevant sections from the FAW.1 manuals generously provided previously by John (@canberra kid). Who else? I'm hoping to have the current Anson build finished by the Autumn so if you've nothing planned for those long winter evenings you'd be very welcome to pull up a Palouste and keep me company here. Thanks for reading, as always. Tony
  8. I first saw this in the window of what was then James & Lendon (now just Lendons) in Cardiff in 1979, together with the Lansen. I built the Lansen earlier this year so now I will build the MIg. Released in 1973 ref 251, this is a slightly newer boxing with the same ref. I am not very good with NMF so this should be interesting. Pete
  9. Hello Last week I received directly from the factory a couple of 1/72 AZUR FRROM B-10 Export. Actually these are the first two boxes from this manufacturer with FR0043 B-10 Export WC/WAN > China Air Force and Argentine Navy FR0042 B-10 Export WH-2/WAA > Dutch East Indies and Argentine Army I am starting cutting the first sprues next weekend but here are the instruction sheets and the transfers. Patrick
  10. Hi guys and girls, I am entering a second kit into this Heller GB. This means that I have lost my marbles: 2 kits!!! The lucky winner is the Nieuport Delage NiD 622 in 1/72. porting the kit number 80224, this is a 1993 rebox of a 1979 kit. Here are some photos: My priority build will be the Etendard IVM, but I reckon that this Nieuport will come together fairly quickly. So, it is worth the try. Cheers everybody! JR
  11. Since every collection should have at least one Bleriot XI - it being one of the most important aeroplanes ever built - I decided I needed one. It also consists of only sticks and strings with some wings stuck on, which makes it show the construction in all its glory, which is always interesting. Unfortunately I’m stuck with 1/72, so it will be limited how much one can see without a looking glass. I plan to built it from scratch, except the engine. Not sure exactly which machine yet (there’s plenty to choose from!), but I’m considering one of the two-seat versions. They were significantly larger, which will make construction easier - or so I hope! This will be a slow build for me as I want to partake in other GBs as well, and I expect it to take many months.
  12. This is my first build on the current MTO GB. Built OOB with decals by Plastic Planet Club decals. Vallejo ModelAir paints airbrushed throughout. 'Klear' gloss coat with 'Galeria' matt varnish airbrushed on. A stress free build like all of the new tool Airfix I have done lately, I left out most of the internals as you can't see much through the glazing. I resisted doing much in the way of weathering as usual with my models. The decals were very thin and worked well, I only broke one of the fuselage roundels due to my cack-handedness! Comments and criticism welcome. Davey.
  13. To paraphrase a certain UK TV Quiz Show, "I have started so I might as well finish". Having posted the intro for my F-100F Wild Weasel, here is the follow-up build. I am hoping to use some elderly but as yet unopened tins of Xtracolour enamel on 3 kits simultaneously as it might make more sense, but we will see. After the events described in the intro to my F-100F build, it soon became apparent that although the concept worked, the Hun was too slow to work effectively with the supporting F-105D Thuds. It was therefore decided to convert the F-105F 2 seater as a replacement. Like the F-100F this had been built as a trainer but retaining limited combat capability, but now 7 of them were initially given the same AN/APR25 or 26 scanning system and IL-133 as previously fitted to the Hun, under a program known as Wild Weasel III, WW I having been the F-100F and WW II an experimental fit to a pair of F-105D. Technically, this resulted in the EF-105F though it was seldom called that it seems. A further 6 were given extra electronics including an AE-100 terminal homing system. 5 planes with 8 crews were sent to the Thai AF base at Korat in May 1966, and after a period of working up they went operational at the start of June. Unlike the F-100F which could only mark the target with rockets, the F-105F could carry bombs and Shrike ARM as well together with its built in Vulcan cannon, and speed wise was a match for the F-105D that followed it in. From July 1966 they replaced the F-100F and numbers steadily increased. Various improvements were made to the electronic fit, including underwing jamming pods but these reduced the armament and therefore were not considered ideal. Also the AGM -45A Shrike was not a particularly good weapon as it had short range, and the enemy soon learned to turn off their radar when attacked, which caused the missile to lose lock. Even when it did hit, the small warhead did minimal damage except to the radar dish which could quickly be replaced. Modifications were therefore made to allow the carriage of the much larger AGM-78A “Standard” missile. This had longer range, a bigger warhead, and limited ability to remember the target location even when the radar was switched off. More during the build on how the F-105F became the ultimate F-105G. Cheers Pete
  14. This is what I will be building for this group build: Decals look like they’re cactus, but not worry as I’ll be using these, along with some other goodies: I won’t be starting this just yet as I want to finish my Harrier GR3 in the Helicopter, Autogyro & STOVL GB first. AW
  15. The Supermarine Spitfire requires no introduction. In my opinion, together with the Messerschmitt Bf 109 and the Mitsubishi A6M "Zero", is probably the most famous and recognisable plane of WW2, and certainly the most beloved one. I'm presenting the Mk. IXe variant. The Kit from Eduard is fantastic with great fit and detail for the scale probably one of the best I've done and I totally recommend it!. As you can see in some photos the canopy is broken on the starboard but I have already contacted Eduard and they've organised a replacement which is on its way. I'll take that opportunity to replace the antena which looks a bit out of scale. PL124, No. 312 Squadron RAF, B-10 Airfield Plumetôt, France, June 1944 Czechoslovak pilots flew the Spitfire Mk.IXe for the first time during the Normandy landings. Czechoslovak RAF squadrons were re-armed with low-altitude Merlin 66 Spitfires because these had underwing bomb racks and were more suitable for operations over the Normandy beachhead. The first unit to get the new Spitfires within No. 134 Wing was No. 312 Squadron, which received the aircraft on June 11th, 1944. The E-type wing Spitfires served with the wing till July 3rd, 1944 when the F and HF.IXc machines arrived and the LF Mk.IXe were passed on to other units. Photos of PL124 show that the quick identification black & white bands were not fully painted on the fuselage. The black stripes are missing. Note the dark, probably blue, rudder tip.
  16. As my Stuka did not take long, I thought I would try a 7th and final build for this GB (assuming you count the trio of Emils as 3 not 1). I was considering my Italeri He-111 but it is an H-6 version which I believe did not enter service until 1941. Ok, I could probably convert it and I have decs for an H-2, but I decided to go with this instead. AFAIK this is the old Frog kit which I built shortly after it was released in 1971, a year ahead of the Airfix inline engined E/F version. It was released again by Revell from about 1977 onwards, but for some reason they also reboxed it as Matchbox for this 1992 version! I know it will not be anything like as detailed as the 2014 Airfix offering, though that is also said to have some accuracy issues but my old one did not look too bad. I will do a bit of work in the cockpit, probably roof in the wheel bays, and have a think about replacing some or all of the guns, but otherwise it should be a fairly quick OOB build as I am busy on another GB as well and the Heller Classic is getting ever closer! I was going to use the Xtradecal sheet for the markings but theirs in a Z-1 so I will have to think about that. The kit markings are for KG 2 in 1941 and KG3 in "1941/42" so there could be a bit of "mix and match" and perhaps some DIY decs as well. First bit of the history now. As you will probably know, after Hitler came to power the German aircraft industry was encouraged to start producing military aircraft again – discretely! Bombers were to be described as transports so the He 111 was built in 2 parallel versions, but the Do-17 was actually genuinely designed as a transport, or so we are led to believe, being a response to a Lufthansa request for a high speed mailplane carrying 6 passengers. Well, the Dornier response was certainly fast, and the passengers could be accommodated in two small compartments, one behind the cockpit for 2 persons, and another for 4 behind the wing, but as Green says “Unfortunately, the passengers virtually to perform acrobatics to enter these diminutive compartments” so although the first of 3 prototypes first flew in the autumn of 1934, Lufthansa turned them down, and they were left sitting in a hangar. However, fate took a hand, or so the story goes, and a former Dornier employee Flugkapitän Untucht, who was working as a senior pilot for Lufthansa and was their liaison with the RLM, happened to see them when paying a visit. He suggested that with some more keel area for stability the design could be turned into an effective fast bomber, and the Luftwaffe agreed. The V4 prototype emerged with twin fins and rudders instead of the original single central fin, provision for a radio operator's compartment and bomb bay and various portholes blanked off, and was the progenitor of a family of bombers with a variety of engines, BMW inlines initially, then Hispano Suiza, and then BMW again in the production E bomber and F recce planes. The follow upto the F series were intended to have Daimler Benz engines but these were needed for fighters so instead the M had BMW-Bramo Fafnir 323 A-1 radials but the P had slight less powerful BMW 132N radials. These last two types were still in use at the start of WWII in relatively small numbers, principally with recce units. The M had a top speed of 255 mph at 13000ft and could carry a bomb load of 2200lb internally with a “tactical radius” of 310 miles according to Green and had an armament of 3x7.9mm MG 15. More as and when I start the build. All details from Warplanes of the Third Reich by William Green in around 1970. Cheers Pete
  17. Welcome to my next WiP, Revell's 1/72 F14D. There's lots of Tomcats appearing on BM at the moment (i wonder if this is anything to do with the soon-to-be-released Top Gun 2?) but I've not seen much of the Revell version, could this be a bad sign?!? This is my first F14 since the mid 90s and to be honest it's not the model i was hoping to build - I've ordered the new academy kit but given up hope of it arriving from Korea after nearly 4 months. This model on the other hand had next day delivery so I just went for it. First impressions are ok, panel lines are pretty chunky but there is quite nice detail in the 'pit and wheel bays and i like the scheme. After a bit of dry fitting I'm not so sure... things don't seem to fit particularly well and i have a feeling this might be a battle, especially after just finishing two lovely ww2 eduard kits which pretty much fell together. I've started doing a bit of Tomcat research and already decided this isn't going to be museum quality accurate like one of @Tony Oliver's. I want it to have a decent load out (Grim Reapers rarely, if ever, did) and the revell version is missing loads of little details which I'm not going to chase on this build. Ill be happy if it has the "feel" of a later build tomcat, I can sort out the fit issues and the colours and weathering look good. I've also been looking at aftermarket bits and pieces: the revell canopy is horrible (thick, scratched and a bit misty), can anyone suggest a replacement in 1/72? Should i be getting wheels, nozzles, better missiles? Nothing I've seen is recommended for revell version but i guess i can make things fit? I've already gone for resin bang seat and started to scratch some detail on the blank bits of the cockpit: Anyway, my current construction pace is pretty glacial but this is all that's on the bench so will keep you updated - thanks for dropping by!
  18. I have LOADS of subjects for this GB, don't know where to start. I think I'll start, hopefully, with an easy one, Airfix's Wellington Mk 1 in 37 Sqn markings, part of a detachment to Greece in March 1941. Using the Plastic Planet Club's decals, don't know yet which one but they're both in Dark Green/Dark Earth over Black. Should be straightforward. Already decided to use Airfix's method of not using all the interior parts, I'm firmly in the 'if you can't see it, it's not going in' club. I have the GR.VIII boxing as well which has markings for a 'Desert Scheme' one as well.... and a Trumpeter Mk X with Xtradecals for Desert ones also.... mmm. I have kits to do the Maryland and a Blenheim Mk 1 from this sheet as well, we'll see how it goes. Davey.
  19. Hi all, after those months of waiting, this keenly expected GB has finally arrived! I shall enter it with one of my favorite French Navy aircraft: the Etendard IV M. This beautiful kit is a Christmas present (with a few other gems) from our Scottish Father Christmas Pat, aka @JOCKNEY Here are a few photos of the box and sprues: All in all, it looks like a lovely kit! I have to finish my Me 109 for the BoB GB first and then try and make some serious progress on the Huey. But I am looking forward to this kit. It has been a long time since I last built a plane with a hook. Have fun! JR
  20. These figures are by various manufacturers, with each figure representing 33 men present at Waterloo
  21. Here's a project I would like to do, see how we get on with the 3 other builds I have on here! 8 Do22 Seaplanes from the Yugoslav Airforce were flown to Aboukir, Egypt in April 1941. The RAF intended to intern the crews and use the Dorniers themselves but the crews made it clear they wished to fight on. Two orders from the government in exile were ignored and eventually attached to 201 Group, being evaluated as suitable for Reconnaissance and anti-submarine patrols. A severe lack of spares, only one aircraft was filled with as much as they could bring, and political changes to the Yugoslav government eventually led to the unit being disbanded in April 1942. 5 remaining aircraft were thought to have been scrapped. Although Pricey, I couldn't resist buying one of these really unusual aircraft, which was never taken up by the German Airforce at the time. Only 29 were built including the prototype. At first glance i thought it was a bi-plane but it is of course a high-wing monoplane. The kit looks cleanly moulded with a good interior and even a pair of photo-etch paddles! I also bought the KAGERO Monograph book which just arrived today, initially when I found it was expensive but found a seller on the 'Bay with a couple of new ones for £20 inc. P&P, offered £18 and he accepted! looks an interesting read, and I may jiggle around with the decals to do a different machine to the one in the box, we'll see. Aligning the wing and float struts should be interesting! Davey.
  22. Joining in this GB, if I may, with a couple of entries - first being the 1/72 KP Mil-4 Hound. I developed a fondness for this aircraft after a visit to Moscow and a ramp tour around Chernoye re-work facility with two of the beast lying around in a state of dis-repair! Have had the kit a few years and its not a bad shape in my opinion. Uniformly moulded with indented panel lines, possibly a little bit simplified around the numerous vents holes, grilles, ports etc . Will be a well used military example and the decals look OK for a few option plus I have a set from Hi-Life to give a load of other options. From the box... Always keen to crack open a new kit (who isnt?) here we are straight away with some extra work - lets open up the vents in the nose for the engine of which there are 18? On the real aircraft these are very noticeable and the representation on the kit will not do. Its the usual drill each corner then scalpel between and the file with micro-files to get the shape as close as possible. One done 17 to go!! Quite thick plastic which helps with this job but will leave a depth between the outer skin and where the mesh/grille will sit. I notice there is the HobbyBoss version in the GB as well, so an interesting comparison coming up. Any way looking forward to building my first chopper for 40? years.....
  23. Hi all, I would like to enter this GB with the 1/72 Airfix Me Bf 109 E-4. I started this kit a couple of years ago, and only built about 20 % max of it. I will take a couple of photos of the plastic in a day or two, and leave the final decision to our learned and esteemed leaders!!! Here is a photo of the box: As usual, I shall be boring, and build the box scheme. Not my fault if I like it! But before I start, I have to finish my Stuka who is in the last throws before completion. In addition I owe it to @JOCKNEY to finish the MS 406, that is over 90% finished. So the 109 is likely to be built along the Huey I am working on, in the Helicopter GB!!! I love kidding myself that all these kits will be built within the allocated time frame! Photos soon. Cheers JR
  24. With my Wessex reaching the decalling stage I have started on a second build, Airfix’s Harrier GR3. Box and spruces: Some extra goodies: I won’t be using the kit decals as I want to build a Belize based Harrier. I will be building the top one, XZ967, D “Donatello” of 1473 Flight Belize 1993. I have made a start, giving everything a good wash and priming some of the smaller parts ready for painting. More to follow. AW
  25. I had a whole stack prepared, but I’ve mislaid them on the attic. At least I found this one, the Arma Hobby Hurricane Mk. I which has gotten so much praise. The box shows a No 303 squadron plane, which I well may end up building. The other option is from No 1 Squadron RCAF, which also may be eligible. Correction: V6605 of No 1 is definitely eligible; it flew during the whole Battle, both while borrowed to 303rd and again while in Canadian hands whoclaimed two EA, one Me-110 on Oct 5th and one Dornier on Sep 15th. It later crashed in September 1941, killing pilot Edward Locke during training. Edit: I am building the Canadian AC. I also dug up some gunsights, not sure yet if they are appropriate, but I certainly hope so because they been collecting plenty of dust till now.
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