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  1. Hello guys, here's my latest model, Hobby Boss's Mirage IIICJ with the markings of the Fuerza Aérea Argentina. I used Condor Decals decals for the insignia.
  2. Hello guys! After nearly three months without scale models to build, I was able to snatch this one from a Facebook seller, Hobby Boss's Mirage IIICJ in 1:48. I won't be using the kit decals, I'll use the ones printed by Condor Decals (of Argentina). The final scheme will be of a Mirage IIICJ based at El Plumerillo Ait Base, Mendoza, 1986. Here are the obligatory box, sprues and decals shots:
  3. Hello... I greet the community from Argentina. I see that I joined Britmodeller in 2015, but I never wrote anything... I can assure you that I'm not a ghost! ^ ^ I am a lover of everything that has wings produced between 1919 and 1939... I am also very tempted by the WWI planes, and the beautiful curves of any time (of some planes too). Although the interwar world is usually silvery with some well-documented colors, being a ghost can sometimes be very convenient at the moment of interpreting lost livery in b/w. I embrace this hobby from the scratch, drawings, and some projects that revolve around them. My English is very bad, so I apologize in advance. If the subject be up to my knowledge, and I have time, it will be a pleasure to participate in Britmodeller. Saludos Matías
  4. Hello guys, this is my latest project, Hasegawa's 1:48 F-86. It was an awesome kit to build, without issues.
  5. Began another Airfix kit last week. This one has really thick spruegates, so some parts ended up with some damage. Box: Sprues (the clear one is not pictured): Decals (I'll paint the Argentinian flag instead of using the decals): First assemblies. In order to reduce weight, I cut off the exhause of the exhaust pipe and glued them to the aircraft (not pictured). More photos soon.
  6. This exquisite little gem from the works of a one-man-in-a-room enterprise in Argentina is a refreshing and beautiful piece of the local aviation history. With a super-clean cast, delicately mastered parts, and fine detail, it is up there with the best in resin releases, and no doubt a product at the very top of cottage industry. If you compare this resin kit with most of what you see in the market (and I have built -and still have in the stash- many), you may feel the urge to trash some of the ones lurking in your stash, which compare extremely unfavorably with this one. The kit portrays a small training plane built in quite large numbers -that is for a country with an aviation industry that had its ups and downs-, that went into the civil and military market, being provided to the local aeroclubs as a way to encourage aviation by the government. It started as a pre-war endeavor, but had to wait until the 50's to be built in series. It still flies today, in some remarkable numbers, which says something about the design and construction, especially given the constrictions many times suffered by South American countries. This is not a kit for the beginner, and it's better if you have built a couple of simpler resins before, but it's a very noble kit, that requires of course care, a delicate touch, and some skill (as the kit box itself states). This release offers alternate parts and decals for four different machines. The decals are home-made and can be used, but Arctic Decals has printed a more professional set. I found no defects, whatsoever, in any part. Some of the detail parts are tiny and require mindful handling. The engineering is very sound and the approach intelligent. It took only a few days to build it, even in parallel with several other projects, but it's a build that you don't want to rush, given the delicate detail and small parts. It made for a short and pleasurable build, as you can see in the WiP: I wish other cottage industry manufacturers will take the hint and up their game. This kit demonstrates what skill, care and love for the hobby can do, even in less than ideal conditions for the maker. So next time you get one of those resin blobs, with pinholes, bent parts and dubious (if any) detail, here is a bar to compare against. Waiting now for the next kits that are soon to be released by this able, dedicated and meticulous manufacturer. Fantastically done, 72Topia!
  7. I finished the Corsair today, and there wad enough light in my room, so I was able to take some photos of the finished model. The canopy didn't fit at all, it's too narrow in the end and just hangs above the canopy railing. I also lost one of the gun mounts, and had to fashion a new one from one of the pieces.
  8. Hello guys, here's a glimpse of what will be my next model, an F4U-5 from the Argentinian Navy in 1:48, the kit will be Hasegawa's F4U-5N with parts for a night fighter, but also for the daylight fighter. I'll use Phoenix decals as the only aftermarket. I bought two sheets in case one fails me, but both sheets look ok. All the options are for daylight aircraft, which carried a Light Gull Grey upper colours and white undersides, together with white landing gears and wheel hubs. Click the follow button if you'd like to see how this build goes!
  9. I had bought this kit in a discount from Dukel Hobbies, they were selling it with aftermarket decals and the paints for 2500ARS, cheaper than buying the kit and decals from Hannants. Finished the Canberra yesterday. The kit has some issues, such as the huge gaps when attaching the wings, the wheels that don't have a positive fit on the main landing gear, the cockpit floor that is warped, etc... The only thing I don't like about how I finished it is the demarcation line on the nose, I painted it with different lengths on the right and left sides, and it sorely shows. Anyways, here are the finished photos: You can see ny mistake by comparing this photo with the right side of my model:
  10. After finishing my Spitfire with the Watts two bladed propeller, I decided to begin my biggest project to date, Airfix's Canberra in 1:48. My goal is to have one MIIIE, a SuE, an A-4, a Canberra and a Harrier for the South Atlantic War (see guys? My interests also go beyond German Luftwaffe). Spitfire, boxart and decals. I made several test fits of the cockpit to the fuselage. The floor of it is warped, making it a bit difficult to place. The model also needs 100g minimum of weight to keep it from being a tail sitter. Since the only seat visible will be the pilot one, and since the entire cockpit is in matt black, I'll leave the other two seats out, using the remaining space for a 30g weight. The other 90g will be places above the nose gear well.
  11. I found aftermarket decals for the Argentinian Dagger with the much-loved scheme. the painted over yellow stripes with green (ending up being torquois) to cover the American SEA camouflage. The Only game in Moscow in 1/72 was a bagged Novo Mirage III, the nose of which was tapered down and a new under nose pitot added. I painted the drop tanks in sand camo as they had been borrowed from the Chileans. I then placed it next to my other Novo Mirages of the RAAF and Israeli Air force (Shahak). The base is homemade.
  12. A build from 10 years ago: Another jewel found in the AAHS Journal (Spring 1968), the Argentinian Gresci (or Greschi, or perhaps even Grescci) helicopter imposes its towering beauty upon the unwashed modeling masses. Only two photos can be found in the Journal, of the blurry/grainy quality type, but hey, better than nothing. I found nada on other sources on this very obscure subject, including the ever-providing Internet. Mr Gresci, as stated in the Journal, also designed the 50 hp rotary engine that was supposed to propel the artifact, but apparently choked and died in the valiant attempt of performing its duty. Now, you will see rotor blades, wings, sponson-like elements, a kiosk… You may see Frankenstein bit stitched together... I see Beauty. Apocryphal statements that affirm that the Kiosk was used to sell ice-cream, or that the whole concoction was indeed a “Calesita” (Merry-go-round) must be dismissed. It is not obvious in the photos how would you access the apparatus, but I think that you just simply put it on, like a hat. Or perhaps you used the oval windows. Or perhaps the door was in the other side of the photo. I turned around the photo but I found only white paper there. The interior is also a mystery. Only the rotor/engine shaft seems to continue through the kiosk-like structure. And mysterious will it remain, since I painted it a dark color. The whole thing was covered in what looks like a silver-doped canvas, and the Argentinean cockade can be found underneath at least one of the rotor blades. The model: I am proud to say that I drilled my thumb only once. Yet another wonder is brought to the light from the most inaccessible and obscure crags of aviation history. May all of them shine under the bright sun of recognition. And now as a bonus track, a brief biography: The great Greek philosopher, modeler and olive pitter Styrenides (V century B.S.) in the eleven volumes of his “Brief Comments on How to Better Understand Why the Cutter Fell Exactly on Your Foot With its Pointy End Down” describes, in parables, the fascinating world of model-making. Styrenides even includes some paragraphs dictated by his wife, Methyl Ethyl Ketone –presumably under the threat of the imminent fall of a kitchen rolling pin- about the delights and secret pleasures of finding very small parts that (as it is explained in the Theory of the Membranes) are snatched into parallel dimensions. Fame nevertheless systematically eluded Styrenides. The cause may be found in the fact that his scale model airplanes were made before the airplane itself was invented. Or perhaps one could argue that Styrenides had to carve his vast literary production in stone, mainly in the frontispieces of public buildings, for which he was accused of engraving graffiti. Styrenides was eventually ostracized to Argentina, which was indeed a very harsh punishment; but since Argentina at that time neither existed nor could be reached, he managed to stay home. At the end of his hard-working life he repudiated model-making and took on politics, becoming instantly rich and famous and appearing at guest-shows in a number of amphitheaters.
  13. And the last for today, an Argentinian design! (Model built in 2009) Argentinians are very creative people. They have a knack for food, dances and…aviation. Being myself originally from Argentina, let this be an homage to those pioneers that far away from the then centers of development nevertheless dared to dream. Mr. Federico Correa, an engineer, was one of the many pioneers that contributed and propelled aviation in the country from the early days. Of his innovative design only one photo seems to be available, which I saw published in the AAHS (American Aviation Historical Society) Journal. Some helpful data there provided the basic core for the reproduction presented here. The creation that resembled a boat on top of a carriage roofed by an overstretched empanada (the typical, yummy, Argentinean turnover) never –that we know of- took to the air, but was enthusiastically taxied at the historical airfield of El Palomar. The model started by getting what was already available: the Aeroclub engine and prop to represent the Gnome Omega rotary engine. The prop in this case goes behind the engine. Four photoetched wheels were set apart too. The main elements were made of styrene of adequate thicknesses according to their function. The “wing” required a special approach depicted in the images, were a bed of styrene was prepared and engraved and then painted to represent the supporting structure of the original. Some additional elements -as per the photo of the real plane- were fabricated in diverse materials to populate this odd apparatus. The diverse tanks were made of brass. One wonders why would you need so many tanks, but then you speculate that one was for the gasoline, one for the oil, one more may have been for the soup and the other for drinking water (in the event the plane may remain indefinitely suspended in the air). It becomes apparent that aviators of that time period seemed to believe that Mr. Louis Bleriot achieved success in his renowned Across the Channel Flight only thanks to the aerodynamic properties of his beret and mustache, since every photo of the era shows wanna-be pilots so groomed. Equally apt to navigate at “El Tigre” river delta given its canoe-shaped fuselage, have a tea under the “umbrella wing” at the chick Palermo Woods or cruise elegantly on the supporting undercarriage at the 9 de Julio Avenue in Buenos Aires, it is surely a loss that gravity stubbornly kept it firmly attached to the ground.
  14. Hi guys, I will be building a A-4Q skyhawk in 1/48 scale from Hobby Craft. There are some decals to build a B, but also decals for a Q version that where operated at the start from the Falklands war at the aircraft carrier Veintcino De Mayo There are some different schemes in the box. I could do a original painted one with grey and white in high visibility scheme or later in the war when they were operated from land base. Here are the pictures of the box and it's content. The content of the box the decals and the colour schemes. These are all schemes for the Q. And a extra seat for the cockpit. If I am not mistaken then it was from verlinden. It will be mainly be build out of the box. That is it for now. Cheers,
  15. And now the smallest model I`ve ever made - 1/72 scale Beechcraft T-34C Turbo Mentor, Argentine Navy`s Air Force, Falklands 1982. The kit is quite old short-run, one of the first Sword`s kits (definitely not for beginners). Some self-made additives were used (new canopy, new propeller, antennas etc.). Decals are combination of DP Casper and Xtradecal "Falklands War" sets. It was quite difficult to match the right colors, because on most photos we can see them faded, so it`s only my interpretation. The final result is below my expectations, but it was all that my skills allowed me to do with this tiny and simple kit... On the other hand - I`m quite happy with wire antennas, which are a real challenge in Argentine T-34C in 1/72. Model shows aircraft no. 412, one of T-34s deployed on Pebble Island and destroyed there in SAS attack at night 14./15. May 1982.
  16. Here is my A-4C Skyhawk in 1/72 made from Fujimi kit, converted to Argentinian version (mainly self-made antennas). I also used Pavla resin ESCAPAC ejection seat. Decals are mix of DP Casper, Xtradecal and Condor Decals Falklands War`s sets. The rest is out of the box. My inspiration was this well known photo: Most probably it`s A-4C number C-313 of Teniente Jorge Casco in it`s last flight on 9th May 1982. This day C-313 crashed during combat flight, pilot died. Jorge Casco was buried 27 years later (7th March 2009) on Argentinian Military Cemetery, Darwin, Falklands. Model is just my interpretation of this aircraft before the start. It was really hard to match the right colors. I know that`s a problem for everybody who wants to make Argentine A-4C - on every photo the colors look different. Hope you like it.
  17. In 1997 I had an impromptu holiday to Argentina (not quite a Withnail “we have come on holiday by mistake” but not really planned). What followed was one of the best trips I have ever had.. Lovely people, lovely country and great food and wine. I also remember seeing lots of rather tired looking retired Argentine airforce planes outside rather tired looking airforce bases....in particular some rather battered looking meteors. Anyway I finally build one of those meteors a few years ago from a nice MGM kit and have been looking for follow up Argentine builds since then. I picked this Italeri kit up in a sale some time ago but it has been resting in the stash since then. I am now on a 6 day post Christmas trip to the in laws so I thought well why not. It will be a basic build as I don’t have that many tools with me and no airbrush. But hopefully I can have some fun and produce something that looks Like an Argentine plane. In didn’t actually know that much about the MB 339A before starting the build but there is a useful Wikipedia entry here. https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aermacchi_MB-339 The kits itself is showings it’s age with a mix of raised and recessed panel lines. If I was at home I might have a go a rescribing (as other better modellers in our community have done in the past) but I am not and I won’t. Let’s see how it turns out. The box and sprue shots... As always all comments welcome. Cheers Dave
  18. Hi all, Yet another project! Does anyone know the font for the Argentine naval fixed wing machine, specifically the Neptune and the Tracker (both old schemes)? I need to reproduce the "ARMADA" and serials. Thanks in advance, Martin
  19. Hello, Here are a few photographs of a Mohawk hiding away in a suburb in Buenos Aires. If you are there, go hunt it down; the museum is great and you won't regret doing so. Walkaround and info on Argentine Mohawks here: http://warbirdswalkaround.wixsite.com/warbirds/single-post/2016/12/19/Mohawk-Over-the-Pampas-The-OV-1D-in-Buenos-Aires
  20. Here`s another model from my Falklands collection - Argentine Super Etendard in 1/72. Made from old Academy`s kit. Eduard`s PE set was used. Some modifications have been made: nose is a little longer and has a bigger angle, Exocet`s pylon is taken from Heller`s kit, ladder and the electronic pod under the fusselage were self-made, flaps were cut off etc. Decals are mix of Academy, DP Casper and Xtradecal sets. It`s my interpretation of Super Etendard number 3-A-202 before Exocet attack, May 1982. Best regards, Alex
  21. I would like to share my current project here, it's a pair of 1/32 Trumpeter Skyhawks one A-4F to be converted into an A-4Q and one A-4M to be converted into an A-4AR A-4Q A-4AR Is quite a challenging task, specially the A-4Q which needs a new smaller nose, smaller intakes among other things. In this image you can see the different noses and intakes in the E/F and A/B(Q) Skyhawk versions. I started improving the cockpit with a homemade punch and die tool and some wire. Then I started to work on the nose, used a block of balsa wood trimmed to the basic shape Once I was satisfied with the basic shape, the balsa was then covered with putty and smoothed out. An intermediate copy was made in resin to give the final shape and scribe the panel lines. I found much easier to use small strips of tape to check the shape, if something needs to be sanded out it's marked, sanded an re-checked, this is where the resin is great, it's soft enough to be sanded but is not as softer as balsa wook. Finally the panels are marked with a pencil, now I have to copare what I did with some reference. Cheers!
  22. Well, I always wanted to build aircrafts of Falklands subject, and after a 1/48 Sea Harrier from Tamiya, I decided to build a T-34C Mentor, used by Argentina during the war. Unfortunately, the two available kits of Mentor in this scale are not good, so I made a lot of scratch work to improve the kit. The complete build pictures and comments can be found here, at IPMS-Rio de Janeiro website: http://www.aprj.com.....php?f=8&t=3036 Some pics during the battle: The finnished model: I hope you appreciate !
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