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  1. This model started life as a venerable RarePlane* vacuum-formed kit, and was converted, with some modifications, into an air show stylized machine. New engines and props, full interior -with restroom, and many other details like diverse antennas and lights were added to bring the standard just a tad higher, redeeming its destiny from tired out-of-the-war-mill, to splendorous crowd-awing aerobatic apparatus. The step-by-step account of the transformation can be seen here: The necessary masks and decals were commissioned from Arctic Decals and were to their usual high standards. This model was built in parallel with another civil conversion of the same type using the Encore half-hearted re-pop of the original PM kit to make an American Airlines plane, and it was an interesting experience comparing the quality, engineering, behavior, and potential of both. I must say that both kits have their uses, but my heart inclines towards the vac, that although being a much earlier effort, has much more to it than the not very well rendered iteration of the injected-cum-so-so-resin-bits sister kit. Still, a great pleasure is found in playing with these old kits and honing those skills with a frill or two, and much is learned, and much is enjoyed, plus the endeavor resulting in not so common renditions with a bit of extra pizzazz. The model represents a present time aerobatic machine used on air shows.Not all kits can be used to portray this particular airframe, only the ones with the shorter nacelles and without the kink (LERX) at the wing roots. *Before his passing, I sustained a very lovely exchange with Gordon Stevens, talking much about kit-making, aviation and life. Wherever he is, I hope I made him proud with this, his creation.
  2. This is a project that was started in July and just completed a few days ago. It was ordered as a present for the pilot of the fullsize Jungmann and so I've kept details of the model off the net until he received the model over the weekend just gone. The picture below shows the fullsize example, not long after arriving in the UK from Germany. Over the winter, the owner is converting the aircraft to a fully aerobatic configuration, with an inverted fuel system and other changes. This is because he competes in international aerobatic competitions using the Aresti sequence of manoeuvres. The Aresti catalog is the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale (FAI) standards document containing the aerobatic manoeuvres permitted in aerobatic competition. It was upon arrival of the aircraft that I was brought into the equation. I was approached by friends of the pilot, to produce a model of his aircraft that he could use to plan and run through manoeuvres prior to taking to the air. The Revell boxing of the Jungmann was to be the basis of the aircraft, but there would be a number of changes along the way to try and make the model more durable.
  3. I continue to find models to post from a seemingly inexhaustible modeling well. This is from six years ago and was done more or less at the same time that the 230, posted here at BM: Yet another Morane Saulnier plane used by Michel Detroyat, this time the M.S.225, modified for its use as a racer and aerobatic machine. It was painted in an attractive red/black/silver scheme, and demonstrated its capabilities –and of course those of its pilot- to a great extent. Again an old good Heller kit provides the canvas for this project, the parts being a tad chunkier than the M.S.230 just finished. Some accurizing is needed too but the basics are there. My sample was provided by the ever-smiling, spanakopita-rider, Mr Psarras of Floridian. Thanks again! As you can see in the photos, a new cowl was made, the ribbing and rivets were toned-down, the cockpit was refined and some internal structure added. The engine will need an oil radiator and a new prop, the armament needs deletion, the ailerons need to be completed –as with Heller’s M.S.230 the intrados of the wing has no aileron separation lines- and other details will have to be taken care of. As I always say: look at your reference photos. Heller kits of course are not perfect. But they do have a very logical and practical part breakdown. If you considered when were they designed -during the kit-making stone age-, your admiration may increase even more. The outer upper wing panels follow a real separation on the plane, but you will have to engrave that separation on the intrados yourself. The stabs were dynamically balanced in the original plane, the kit has them wrong, correct as per photo here.
  4. Hi Guys! This is my Matchbox (Revell) Blue Angels Panther F9F-5, the latest member of my aerobatic teams collection. Primed and painted with Vallejo acrylics. Best regards, Orlando
  5. Hi guys! This is the new member of my Aerobatic Collection. Hobbyboss 1/72 Sea Hawk Red Devils Aerobatic Team. The Hobbybos kit is really nice. I did not use putty anywhere, just sandpaper. It is the first time I paint with Vallejo acrylics, which I found very good becouse the drying time compared to enamels, wich allowed me to finish it only in 6 days from the opening of the box until the photo session. The finish was made with Humbrol Clear Gloss Varnish and decals are from the "Royal Navy Aerobatic teams" set from Model Alliance. Cheers! Orlando.
  6. So to go with my Asas de Portugal Alpha Jet I'm doing a Patrouille de France one too! The kit is the standard Revell one - I've got a lot of these floating around and they make a decent Alpha. The decals come from Caracal which I believe gives enough for 2 complete aircraft. But I have 3 Alpha Jets and some other decals in a Heller anniversary box I got when I was a kid in France on holiday, so I may well do 3 in the end! Most of you are probably fully aware of the Patrouille de France. They're one of the best display teams (and my joint favourite) in the world. They've flown the Alpha Jet for since 1981 now and their paint scheme hasn't changed much bar their tails which have changed over time to reflect anniversaries of the Armee de l'Air or of France. As per my other builds, I didn't take any photos of the before and after...so it's mainly pictures during painting and decals that I'll have to offer. When I do my next Alpha Jet I'll actually take construction pictures (though it normally only takes me half an hour)! So far I've painted the wings and some of the fuselage...not much else! More to come soon! Wings and some centre complete. Alongside it's colleagues.
  7. Hi! This is the current Breitling scheme.. same eduard kit and also same problems as the blue one had (posted before). Decals are Kopro as well, and it was painted with humbrol enamels. Orlando.
  8. Hi guys, This is my 12th aircraft in my "aerobatic teams" collection, and the first kit of the year for me. It was very difficult to build, horrible fit, some mini bubbles on canopy and a really bad plastic, but with lovely recessed panel lines though. This eduard was no so good build experience and i do not recommend this kit for beginners. i just added some scratch antennas here and there. The blue is enamel humbrol 14 and it was decorated with KOPRO decals. Orlando.
  9. I have a Heller Magister taking up shelf space, however I have a big reluctance to build it OOB because it's hardly inspirational as such... Option 1: Patrouille De France 1978, could there be a more colourful scheme? Or a more common combination...(tied perhaps with a Red Arrow Hawk) Option 2: All silver West Germany WS50 19966. Could this be the most boring Heller scheme? So without buying an AM decal sheet what could I come up with? 1. Put it back on the shelf 2. Build but don't paint/decal 3. Spend more money on decals, and blowing apart the idea of cheap + cheerful. 4. Wiff... Which do you think won? ********** Edit: Just found an old Matchbox G91Y in deep storage so now I have to wonder what a mix-n-match would result in...
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