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Dear fellow Britmodellers, here's what I completed this year, all 72 scale, all photographed by Wolfgang Rabel. AZ Model Mustang III Revell Avro Lancaster B.III UM M7 Priest (British Army) Fujimi Opel Ambulance Academy Hawker Tempest AZ Model (ex Heller) Potez 540 Transport Kora (Eduard sprues) Fw-190 F9 RS Models F5A Lightning Tamiya P-51D Mustang Dragon Churchill IV AVRE Airfix Mitchell II Tamiya Ilyushin Il-2M AZ Model Bf-109 G6 (ANR) Eduard Spitfire IXe (French Air Force) AZ Model Bf-109 K4 Zvezda Yakolev Yak-3 Sword Fiat G.55 Revell SdKfz 7/1 Italeri Macchi 205 Fine Molds Me-410 (commissioned build) Hasegawa Fw-190D w/Ta-152 tail Thank you very much for your interest!
Hello, here's my rendition of Kovozávody Prostejov's Piper L-4, dressed as General Patton's personal aircraft in France, 1944. Having recently built their new Mustang and Lavochkin La-5, I was suprised by the rough nature of this kit. It's a typical short-run affair with heavy sprue gates that extend onto the kit's parts, some oversized parts and poor fit, especially around the glasshouse and nose section. The wheels are a joke. They should be round - well, you know what wheels should look like. The items in the KoPro kit suffer from offset moulding and look horrible. Because of their relatively small size no replacements were found in my wheel spares, so I took the task of sanding them to shape as good as I could. The decals aren't the best either, they are relatively thick and have a strong carrier film that remained visible even after I've coated with Alclad Gloss. Plus, the Blue of the US Stars is too bright. Because of the small size on the fuselage, no replacements could be sourced from the decal spares box. To bring this kit up to modern standards you will need to invest a lot of time, effort and patience. I added the boarding steps from scratch. The model was painted with Mr.Hobby acrylics. I'm not very happy how this little model turned out, but on the other hand I'm grateful to KoPro for releasing a kit of this important military and civilian airplane. With best wishes from Vienna, have a good day! All pictures taken by Mr. Wolfgang Rabel of IGM Cars & Bikes.
Hello and thanks for your interest, here's another Lavochkin La-5FN from Kovozavody Prostejov. "Yellow 8" was flown by pilot P. Rakov in summer 1944 (according to kit instructions). I used photoetch parts (for dashboard, seatbelts and landing gear covers) from an old Extratech set. Photographs by Wolfgang Rabel.