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  1. Immediately after the end of hostilities in Europe, the allied powers scoured Germany for the remnants of their advanced technology. The American's set up 'Project LUSTY, which stood for LUftwaffe Secert TechnologY. Col Harold E Watson, a qualified test pilot was selected to head the mission. He picked a number of pilots, all combat veteran's and all Thunderbolt pilots, experienced ground crew, both American and German along with several experienced German pilots. He also carried a signed pass by Dwight D Eisenhower, stating that no senior officer or military police could impede him in his work. Two teams formed, one went after the piston engine aircraft, the other, jets. It was the jet pilots who were named the 'Watson's Wizzers' and adopted the squadron embalm of Donald Duck flying around the Earth on a Juno 004 engine. Me 262A-1a/U3 'White 30' was captured at Lechfeld. It was named Marge by the 54th ADS, and then Lady Jess IV while with the Wizzers with the aircraft being the mount of Captain Kenneth Dahlstrom. Declared surplus, it was transferred to the US Navy and designated 121443. State side, the aircraft was turned over to the Tactical Test Division at NAS Patuxent River where she was made airworthy and attempted to be flown on November 7th 1945. Failing to become airborne, it crashed into trees at the end of the runway and was subsequently written off. Because of this accident, no further attempts to fly Me 262's was made by the TTD. This is the 1/48 Dragon kit, which is the reboxing of the 1990's Trimaster kit, but this did not include any photo etch parts. The molds are still holding up well although there was some cleaning up of the lower wing required. These kits are well detailed but do require some work with the engine nacelles being a well known tricky part of this model. Test fit everything before committing glue and you shouldn't have too many problems. Decals come from Cutting Edge's Crossdressing Stormbirds and the seatbelts from Lions Roar.
  2. Hi mates, lets now facing part two of my "Meatball Series" Today you will get an captured B-339D, ex Netherland Airforce. This plane was tested by the japanese in 1942 at Java. The Kit is Hasegawa, the new sternpart and tailwheel is quickboost, Decals are "Flying Papa". Hope you like it.
  3. I'll go with something a little different this build. The kit will be the very nice Tamiya 1/35 offering. I'm going the superhero option on boxing day. Lots of cricket watching, BBQ eating and alcohol drinking will be happening as well.
  4. So I had an Airfix Supermarine Spitfire MkIXc lying around that I picked up in May at the Hinckley model show, a 10 minute walk from home. If you know anything about this kit, it's from the early days of new Airfix, so the detail is somewhat lacking. The cockpit is better than their Bf109G6 as it at least has a floor, basic seat, back wall and instrument panel. There's even a gun sight included. However, all these 'details' are vague and inaccurate, there's not even an instrument decal included and the kit is missing a control stick entirely. Must say, the box art is the best part of the kit. The schemes the kit comes with include one in desert camouflage and one in D Day invasion stripes. These are two schemes missing from my spitfire collection at present. I was considering the D Day one, but decided to do something different with the kit.... Anyways, on with the build! Construction started with....... Ok well maybe I got a bit carried away and forgot to take many photos... The cockpit and very basic interior was given a coat of Vallejo interior green over a black primer. Then the wings and fuselage were assembled, fit isn't perfect but it's acceptable for certain. Filler and sanding followed. A few places needed repairing due to the thick sprue gates on the parts. The model was given a two colour coat of primer, black on the upper surfaces and white on the underside and nose. Then I got carried away again.... I love building spitfires, even though I prefer other subjects as the finished model, the Spitfire is hard to beat in pure enjoyment when building. This is a semi historical build, so it's an almost 'what-if'. I'm not modelling a specific aircraft, just a reasonable interpretation of what a newly captured MkIXc would look like. RLM 04 was applied first, and masked off.... With yellow tape.... Yeah, bad idea. RLM 70 was then applied over the remaining surfaces. All Vallejo paints. My preshade also failed, so I did something different, I mixed. RLM 70 with white to replicate the effect and painted it over the pure 70. I then added the rest of the tailplane that I had left off to simplify the masking process. The RLM 04 sections were unmasked and the prop painted in RLM 70 with the hairy stick. Vallejo's RLM 70 Model Air paint applies beautifully with a brush. So far the masking appears to have worked.... Seems to have worked under here.... I love the colour of RLM 04 Oh I left some tape on.... (Yeah these pictures aren't in the right order) It's not tape..... I knew masking yellow with yellow tape was a bad idea........... Arrrggghh!!!!!!!
  5. Hi all and here's my latest finish, Revell's ex-Frog Ar-234 B-2 built for a 'Captured' GB on the IPMS Ireland forum. You can read the build thread here but in short: Extras: Small panel line rescribe, Cockpit details added, u/c doors replaced with plastic card; extra links on main gear; drogue chute line; new struts for RATO bottles. Paints: Revell Acrylics by brush, Klear, Flory Models Wash. Decals; From kit. Not my finest but had good fun and I think it scrubs up well for an old kit. Thanks for looking! Cheers, Dermot Revell_1_72_Ar-234_Done (11)r by Dermot Moriarty, on Flickr Revell_1_72_Ar-234_Done (2)r by Dermot Moriarty, on Flickr Revell_1_72_Ar-234_Done (3)r by Dermot Moriarty, on Flickr Revell_1_72_Ar-234_Done (7)r by Dermot Moriarty, on Flickr Revell_1_72_Ar-234_Done (10)r by Dermot Moriarty, on Flickr Revell_1_72_Ar-234_Done (9)r by Dermot Moriarty, on Flickr Revell_1_72_Ar-234_Done (8)r by Dermot Moriarty, on Flickr
  6. I know I'm a bit late to the party, but there's still plenty of time. I'll do one of the captured P-51D's the Luftwaffe got their hands on. Pictures of them are rare, but I will do this one, in what is probably dark green over yellow with oversized markings.
  7. This is my entry in the Airfix P-51D special group build. It's a pretty good kit straight from the box, the only addition were decals from the spares box. The Germans got their hands on at least 2 airworthy D models, later in the war they were over painted with a dark colour, I am assuming RLM 71. Both were found belly landed at wars end by allied soldiers.
  8. Formerly on 1/JG 7, yellow 17 was captured by 616 Squadron at Fassberg at wars end. It was ferried to the UK where it was designated Air Min 52 and brefily evaluated until being sold off to Canada. It was scrapped with 300 odd other surplus aircraft in Canada in 1947. The kit is the very nice Tamiya 1/48 offering with Cutting Edge decals.
  9. 224 Peter

    Captured Fokker D7

    Hi, I want to build my ancient 1/28 scale Revell Fokker DVII in RFC markings. The only photo reference I've found is in this web article: http://www.vintagewings.ca/VintageNews/Stories/tabid/116/articleType/ArticleView/articleId/394/WTF.aspx This is the aircraft: Can anyone help with any additional information on this aircraft, which squadron was using it? It is an Albatross built machine, I think the lozenge fabric is 5 colour, but it is difficult to be sure. Cheers, Peter
  10. This is the very nice Tamiya kit used along side the Cutting Edge Crossdressing Stormbirds decal sheet. Yellow 17 was flown by Lt Hans Dorn of 1/JG7 and was captured at Fassberg by No 616 Squadron RAF in May 1945. I could find very little information on Dorn, I suspect he was a replacement pilot and fairly new to JG 7, seeing little or no action in his time there. As for yellow 17, she was designated AM-52 and ferried back to England for evaluation before being declared surplus and shipped off to Canada. From there, she was sold along with 300 other surplus aircraft and scrapped. As I said the Tamiya kit is a real pleasure to build. Painted with Gunze RLM 82/83/76 with weathering kept pretty light as this machine looked almost brand new when captured, in all likelihood it was.
  11. So I've finally decided to bite the bullet and post a WIP here. I've challenged a friend's son to a model build (we have a month), and I've decided to incorporate this aeroplane into my ongoing (so far not published) build. A while back (OK, a few years ago), I read a book by Hans-Werner Lerche (1914-1994). He was a Luftwaffe Test Pilot during WW2, and flew over 125 different aircraft types, including evaluation flights of many allied aircraft, most of them after only visual examinations of the aeroplane (so no training or handbooks!). He was the principal pilot of the Luftwaffe test site at Mecklenburg Rechlin 1945. In his book he describes his career, and lists the aircraft he flew, quite a few with enough detail to be able to depict a reasonable model. I have spent the last few years putting together as much detail as I can, and purchasing as many of the aircraft as I can in 1/48th scale. I plan to use this thread to document the builds. Rivet-counters- please close this thread now, as I don't plan to do perfect- near enough is good enough for me, especially after having had a minor stroke 9 years ago, three shoulder surgeries in the last two years, and an ulnar nerve surgery last year. My eye-hand co-ordination is not close too what it should be, but I'm doing this as therapy. I should also add that I'm old-school- brush only. So, to kick this off, here is the start of my 1st documented build in this long-term project- a 1/48th Henschel Hs 123 A-1. Unfortunately there is not much beyond the fact that he flew the Hs 123 in the book, and I have not been able to firmly identify a colour scheme, so I will be going with a generic 70/71/65 machine as per the instructions. The box cover for the 1/48th Henschel Hs-123 A-1- I picked it up at a reasonable price not long ago. The sprues of the 1/48th Henschel Hs-123 A-1.
  12. Link to a set of pictures taken at Wright field in 1945. They show two Me262's which were evaluated by the USAF. Lots of detail down to the airframe structure. http://www.network54.com/Forum/149674/message/1511394394/Captured+Me+262+A-1a+Schwalbe+%40+Wright+Field+July+1945+... I found the link on hyperscale.com. Hopefully no one there will mind me doing this here.
  13. New tool Airfix 1/48 Stuka B-1 finished as an Italian R-2 captured/stolen by the RAF in 1941. The B-2/R-2 propellor, exhausts, and bomb rack are all in the B-1 box. The B-2 engine cowls though are not, which is why they aren't on the model The guns were removed from the captured aircraft, so the wing gun fairings were drilled out to remove the barrels, and the mount and ammunition cans left out of the rear cockpit. Decals by LF Models (which turned out to be a little too thin, I'd probably paint the white cross on the tail if I did this again), and some of the more prominent piping added to the engine with solder. The kit is mostly brilliantly engineered (there are poorly placed sprue gates and ejector pin marks in a couple of places, and a few sink marks) and is one of the best fitting kits I've ever built. There are a couple of missing instructions though. There is no instruction to add the rear gunners back support strap despite it being included as a part and shown fitted, and there is no guidance at all on fitting the bomb cradle with the cowls off. Aside from those minor criticisms it was a really enjoyable build.
  14. Something a little different from me - I'm doing a pair of Thunderbolt models of the same a/c, one in USAAF colours, the other German, as shown on the sheet below. I've had this particular sheet from Cutting Edge since my UK visit in 2007 (!!), and haven't managed to do anything with it - this GB is a good place to start, I think. To that end, I have 3 Academy P-47D kits, 2 of which will be used for this GB as a joint build - appropriate, seeing as they will be representing the aircraft named 'Beetle', as flown (and lost) by 2nd Lt William Roach, 358th FS, 355th FG, 8th AF both while it was in his charge and then as it was operated by the Germans, in the guise of 2./VVB OKL (aka Wanderzirkus Rosarius) at Wunstorf, July '44. The 3rd P-47 will at some point in the future fill the role of the other captured a/c on this sheet. Also on the sheet are a Mosquito and a couple of P-51s, which may be my entries in the upcoming STGBs for those types - we'll see. Obligatory box/sprue shots to start Those of you with a keen eye may notice the missing bits - bombs, drop tanks, and one of the props. They were cut out and dispatched to a fellow BMer at some point last year when he put out a call for P-47 things. I knew I wouldn't need them for these builds, so off they went. I hope they were useful. The kits are apparently not perfect, but they look like P-47s, which is close enough for me. A major attraction is that they're pretty simple kits, which should allow me to get them done in the allotted time span - like many of us, I find that I have signed up for rather too many GBs this year (it was a vintage crop, so whaddaryagunnado?) Before I start these, I plan to finish my Gnat for the Made in GB GB, then I'll be right into these. For thems as might be interested, Lt. Roach was on only his 3rd mission when it all went pear-shaped. On November 7, 1943, escorting B-17's of the 8th Air Force's 1st and 3rd Air Divisions, he became disoriented in poor weather, and with his fuel running low (and after watching the squadron leader crash land), he began looking for an airfield for an emergency landing. Lt. Roach spotted a runway and landed, then followed a vehicle to a parking place and shut down. He then realised that the people surrounding the plane were Germans - must have been a little bit sad-making for the poor chap. Lt. Roach had inadvertently provided the Luftwaffe with its first intact P-47D-2-RA, and spent the remainder of the war at Stalag Luft I. He survived the war, rejoined the USAF and died in 2010 at the age of 88. So although it's a bit of a sad story, it's a funny and sort of good one too. (Thanks to Warbirds Resource Group for the potted history.)
  15. All the information I have is it was found at Salzburg Austria. This info accompanies another picture in Vol 2 of Wings of the Black Cross.
  16. Hello, I'm presenting my recently finished Do335A-12 "Anteater" trainer. I used Eduard PE's, resin exhausts and painting masks for national insignias. I finished my Anteater as W.Nr. 240112, which was captured by Americans, and subsequently handed over to Britsh. I hope you enjoy its unusual markings. Greetings, Artur
  17. Never built a German aircraft before, but a photo of a captured Bf110C-4 tickled my fancy. I managed to pickup the newish 1:72 Messerschmitt Bf 110 E/E2 Trop for $A7, box top and sprue images can be found on the review here by Paul AH (who is much better than I am at taking photos of such things). It has all the bits required to complete the earlier C-4. The aircraft I have chosen is Bf 110C-4 AX772. It would appear that this was originally a Luftwaffe reconnaissance machine brought down near Goodwood in July 1940. It was then repaired at RAE Farnborough, tested and eventually found its way to 1426 Flight RAF, the unit responsible for evaluating and demonstrating captured enemy aircraft. It would appear to have been painted in a couple of different schemes. I have chosen an ocean grey/dark green over yellow colour scheme, which looks rather striking to me. I should have enough spare decals hanging around to manage that. Sources: http://www.warbirdinformationexchange.org/phpBB3/viewtopic.php?p=271754 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/No._1426_Flight_RAF
  18. I am looking for any known scenarios where a KV-2 and an Elephant would have been either engaged in combat or working alongside one another in a captured Russian armour event. The Germans used KV tanks in proposals and plans and the 1/72 Trumpeter example I have even has German markings. I would like to produce a diorama incorporating the two 1/72 kits I have of the Elefant and KV-2, it seems probable they met in combat as the panzer was one of the few which could tackle the KV's armour. Does anyone have any ideas about what sort of area or battle these two would have been seen in?
  19. http://www.network54.com/Forum/149674/message/1400526244/Crossdressing+in+Color Some great shots & words on a captured Ju88 in half & half markings. Evaluation number was FE1599 but another is also shown. Pete
  20. Dear Britmodellers, Five new books will be published by Kagero in January 2014. The following titles will be available after 17th January: miniTOPCOLORS No. 40 Pacific Lightnings Part I Maciej Góralczyk, Andrzej Sadło Two decal sheets with 1:72, 1:48 and 1:32 individual markings for 8 P-38 Lightnings with sexy nose art. The decal sheets were printed by Cartograf. Each painting scheme is depicted on beautifully drawn 4-view colour profiles and described in the 18 page guidebook with English and Polish text. The authors selected the following aircraft: - P-38G-15-LO; s/n 43-2384, coded 'I' of 80th FS / 8th FG, Dobodura, New Guinea, autumn 1943, - P-38E-LO; s/n 41-2221, 'Spirit of 76', coded '76', flown by 2nd Lt. John S. Mackey of 54th FS / 343rd FG, Attu, Aleutian Islands, winter of 1943/1944, - P-38L-5-LO, s/n 44-27132, 'Ready Maid', coded 'M', flown by Capt. Phil McLain of 36th FS / 8th FG, San Jose, Mindoro, the Philippines, spring 1945, - P-38L-5-LO, probable s/n 44-25133, 'Peck’s Bad Girl', coded 'V', flown by 2nd Lt. Charles I. Peck of 36th FS / 8th FG, San Jose, Mindoro, the Philippines, spring 1945, - P-38L-5-LO; s/n 44-26302, 'Hazel', coded '413', flown by 1st Lt. Warren E. ‘Whip’ Whipple of 44th FS / 18th FG, the Philippines, summer 1945, - P-38L-5-LO, s/n unknown, 'Glamour Puss II', coded 'L', flown by 1st Lt. Chester L. Schachterle of 80th FS / 8th FG, Ie Shima, Ryukyu Islands, August 1945, - P-38L-5-LO, probable s/n 44-25161, 'Wishful Thinking', coded 'N', flown by Lt. Royce H. Hendrickson of 36th FS / 8th FG, Ie Shima, Ryukyu Islands, August 1945, - P-38L-5-LO, s/n 44-26412, 'Shady’s Lady', coded 'P', flown by 1st Lt. William R. Pruner of 80th FS / 8th FG, Ie Shima, Ryukyu Islands, August 1945. Available in preorder in Kagero’s webshop: http://shop.kagero.pl/en/pacific-lightnings-part-i.html SMI LIBRARY No. 8 B-17 Flying Fortress in Combat over Europe Tomasz Szlagor The B-17 Flying Fortress epitomized the American airpower for most of the Second World War. It was by far the most effective weapon to carry out the strategic, daylight bombing campaign in Europe. The battles fought by B-17 crews during raids on such tough targets as Schweinfurt, Berlin or Ploesti were nothing short of epic. The combined effort of the two US Army Air Forces, 8th and 15th, stationed in England and Italy respectively, eventually denied the enemy the means to wage war and sealed the fate of the European Axis powers and their allies. This 92 page book includes 130 b&w and 11 colour archive photos, colour profiles of 6 aircraft, as well as a decal sheet printed by Cartograf which contains 1:32 and 1:72 individual markings for the following planes: - B-17G-25-BO; s/n 42-31678, 'Little Patches', coded 'LL-L' of 401st BS / 91st BG, - B-17F-50-BO; s/n 42-5360, 'Old Faithful', coded 'VK-N' of 358th BS / 303rd BG. Available in preorder in Kagero’s webshop: http://shop.kagero.pl/en/08-b17-flying-fortress-in-combat-over-europe.html miniTOPCOLORS No. 39 Captured Panzers. German Vehicles in Allied Service Marek Jaszczołt, Arkadiusz Wróbel A big decal sheet with 1:72, 1:48 and 1:35 markings for no less than 16 German armored fighting vehicles captured by Allied troops and used against their former owners. The decal sheet was printed by Cartograf. Each painting scheme is depicted on beautifully drawn colour profile and described in the 18 page guidebook with English and Polish text. The authors selected the following vehicles: - Pz.Kpfw. II Ausf. F of the 1st Ranger Battalion, Tunisia, spring 1943, - Sd.Kfz. 222 of No. 2 ACC, North Africa, 1943, - Jagdpanzer 38(t) „Chwat”, Warsaw, Poland, August 1944, - Pz.Kpfw. V Panther Ausf. A of 1er bataillon AS de l’Ain, Méximieux, France, September 1944, - 15cm Panzerwerfer 42 auf Selbstfahrlafette Sd.Kfz. 4/1 of 1er G.M.R., Saint-Nazaire area, France, October 1944, - Pz.Kpfw. V Panther Ausf. G of the 145th Regiment RAC, Italy, 1944/1945, - Pz.Kpfw. V Panther Ausf. G of the 4th Battalion Coldstream Guards, the Netherlands, winter 1944/1945, - Pz.Kpfw. IV Ausf. H/J of l'Escadron Autonome de Chars Besnier, Saint-Nazaire area, France, February-March 1945, - Sd.Kfz. 251/8 Ausf. D of an unidentified U.S. Army unit, Germany, 1945, - Pz.Kpfw. V Panther Ausf. G of the 366th Self-Propelled Artillery Regiment, Hungary, March 1945. - Panzerbefehlswagen Panther Ausf. G of l'Escadron Autonome de Chars Besnier, Saint-Nazaire area, France, March-May 1945, - Sd.Kfz. 251/7 Ausf. D of the 153rd Field Regiment RA, Guards Armoured Division, Germany, 1945, - Sd.Kfz. 251/1 Ausf. D “Řevnice 5”, Prague area, Czech Territory, May 1945, - Sd.Kfz. 250 Ausf. A, Prague, Czech Territory, May 1945, - Sturmgeschütz III Ausf. G of the 5th Independent Self-Propelled Artillery Squadron, 6th Infantry Division, Poland, May 1945, - Pz.Kpfw. IV Ausf. J of the 5th Independent Self-Propelled Artillery Squadron, 6th Infantry Division, Poland, May 1945. Available in preorder in Kagero’s webshop: http://shop.kagero.pl/en/captured-panzers-german-vehiclesin-allied-service.html SUPER DRAWINGS IN 3D No. 26 Japanese Heavy Cruiser Takao 1937-1946 Janusz Skulski, Andrzej Sobucki, Waldemar Góralski A4 size, 92 pages, 140 colour 3D renders, 1 double A1 sheet of scale drawings. Available in preorder in Kagero’s webshop: http://shop.kagero.pl/en/26-japanese-heavy-cruiser-takao-1937-y1943.html TOPDRAWINGS No. 18 The Battleship HMS Warspite Witold Koszela A4 size, scale drawings, colour profiles, double A2 sheet with colour scheme, double B2 sheet with colour scheme. Available in preorder in Kagero’s webshop: http://shop.kagero.pl/en/the-british-battleship-hms-warspite.html Our full offer may be browsed on our site http://books.kagero.pl (login: books, password: kagero).
  21. Hi all, You join me at the end of what (to be honest) was a reasonably uninteresting build. That's not to say the kit is bad, the kit is superb IMO! It's taken a while to build this little kit due to the amount of time spent researching the subject, however, it is now nearing completion Used some spare PE belts in the pit Ben
  22. This one was a spur of the moment build from a picture I found online, it took a lot of researching and there is a fair bit of guesswork involved. I couldn't find out what colours to used so I used my default green/grey Humbrol 163/164. Anyway, here's the real thing And here's my effort IMG_6296_zps402c6e5b by Ben Standen, on Flickr IMG_6297_zps80c5ec05 by Ben Standen, on Flickr IMG_6298_zpsa32216ad by Ben Standen, on Flickr IMG_6301_zps970c87fa by Ben Standen, on Flickr IMG_6302_zps1a0d5b4f by Ben Standen, on Flickr IMG_6303_zps3c507c0d by Ben Standen, on Flickr IMG_6304_zps4776aa5e by Ben Standen, on Flickr IMG_6306_zps8a301301 by Ben Standen, on Flickr IMG_6307_zps7cae5c11 by Ben Standen, on Flickr IMG_6291_zpsc19ed00f by Ben Standen, on Flickr IMG_6292_zps540bfbec by Ben Standen, on Flickr IMG_6293_zps97dd6c33 by Ben Standen, on Flickr IMG_6294_zps6c95de18 by Ben Standen, on Flickr IMG_6295_zps02f0d933 by Ben Standen, on Flickr Overall I'm pretty pleased. Maybe the colours aren't the correct RLM, however there are no colour photos or veterans to tell us what the real colours were. I have a Spitfire XIVe that I'll make in 41sqn colours and I'll put them both in a diorama of Kastrup (Copenhagen) in May/June 1945. Regards, Ben.
  23. My next project... I have no info at all on this aircraft, all I know is she must have been caught by 41sqn before being repainted and havibg raf markings slapped on. Unusually, I couldnt find ANYTHING via google! Anyone got any info on this curious bird? Note: I don't own this image, I also don't know who owns the copyright as the website it was on didnt mention Regards, Ben
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