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  1. Well with the KGV nearly done thought I would make a space ready for this one just received my Big ED set for this today courtesy of Starling Models but I have had the kit as loft insulation for a while beefy
  2. I'm start another Mig -) This is limited edition - repack of Trumpeter 05801. Changes: 1) Very cool brochure. Photos, texts, artdraws... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nMExnk_42MA in czech, but google translate can help. 2) 9 decal options (Cartograph printing) 3) PE, resin. All fine, but... This model is wrong. Trumpeter make this kit from MiG-23M/MLD changing only the nose, but this is not enough. All front part of fuselage has the wrong geometry. For fix this error Cold War Studio made resin kit: I decided to buy some corrections and additions: chassis, nose, weapons. Let's start:
  3. The second Spitfire from the Eduard dual combo kit. I’m intending to build this one in the colours of Czech Sqn Ldr Otto Smik. Eduard list some uncertainty in the markings so any steers/ thoughts will be helpful as this one develops. Steve
  4. I hit a snag right at the beginning of my Maltese spit, and I'll be working on this model while I try to find a way out of that (don't ask). The 72nd Eduard kit needs no introduction, particularly since many others have already done a great job of showing the parts in the other threads on this GB. I still haven't decided which version I'm going to build. It will be either the clipped wing American in light gray over azure, or the Burma/India theater machine in tropical scheme and light blue roundels. The cockpit parts so far. I had some problems with the PE belts (I always do) and things now look a bit sloppy on the seat. I really wish I could just get a set of PE buckles like they used to make.
  5. Well it's time for a big one - a Tamiya 1/32nd F-4E Phantom with some extras: Rhinomodels Seamless intakes - with free Resin Wheels Avionix Cockpit set Master Pitot tubes Eduard Placards Eduard stencil masks - my personal favorite, as it avoids decal stencils :-) Quickboost FOD Covers - probably just use them for masking when painting Work starts with the major surgery - fitting the intakes. Marked the area that needs removing Then work with a razor saw and sanding sticks and repeated dry fitting and the intakes are fitted. Then work on the cockpit - once again lots of sanding and removing a section of the end and the middle section. The pit is only blu-tac in place to test the fit, but looks good so far. Peter
  6. This is the Eduard re-pop of Roden's 1/48 Gloster Gladiator. It comes with some nice PE but is still a Roden kit at the end of the day. I used AIMS resin collector ring to replace the kit's 3 part offering, made things a lot easier. My first attempt at rigging - no problem with that but I was glad to see the back of the kit. Brush painted & with no weathering as I didn't want anything else to ping off. It certainly won't have pride of place in my collection. Any comments, criticisms & observations welcome. Pete Just noticed the muck on my sheet, must get it in the wash!
  7. My other build in the group should be wrapped up in the next day or so. And with there still being two months left running on this GB, think I can squeeze this one through. (I'm also planning on starting two other builds for the Journey's end GB that starts on Friday...) I'm pretty certain I'll be doing the box art colour scheme as I already have the paints. Picked up the Vallejo model air medium sea grey and faded P.R.U blue last year when I was about to start this kit, but then got distracted and built a PR Mossie instead Aaron
  8. Eduard is to rebox in June 2020 the hasegawa 1/72nd Martin B-26 Marauder kit - ref. Source: http://www.kitreviewsonline.de/eduard-pressekonferenz-in-nuernberg/ V.P.
  9. 1/72 - MiG-21 Fishbed family project was finally officially confirmed by Eduard http://www.eduard.com/store/out/media/InfoEduard/archive/2015/info-eduard-2015-01CZ.pdf (english version soon) MF, bis and SMT versions expected first
  10. I know I shouldn't enter another build, but I like event driven GBs and it would be nice to enter an opponent to my Tempest build. I do like Major Kurt Bühligen's uniquely painted Fw 190A-8 which he apparently used on and after D-day. I am aware this aircraft is already built by Valkyrie, but I will have a go at it using Eduard's 1/48 new "new tool" kit of the A-8. I will receive the kit later this week together with some additional goodies. I spent a bit of time looking into the colour scheme of this aircraft and the reality is that it is unknown and everyone's guess. Possibilities are: RLM 76/02/74 RLM 76/02/71 RLM 76/75/74 But I do see some issues with all three schemes. Neither of them accounts for the darker rear fuselage and all three schemes would result in a low contrast between the two upper colours which is clearly not the case in the picture of the aircraft. There is another picture of Bühligen's aircraft showing the other side. Now this to me looks like it is painted in RLM 76/75/74 as shown in the profile above (note lighter lower engine cowling). And sometimes after above picture was taken, the aircraft's upper colours was partially repainted with most of the airframe being painted in RLM 76/75, but keeping the rear of the fuselage in the original RLM 75/74. There are some facts which support this. First the Fw 190 in the background which looks to be painted in the (at the time) standard RLM 76/75/74 scheme - and all the grey tones of these colours match the one on Bühligen's aircraft. Also the tone of the drop tank with sun on it is identical to the lightest tone on the fuselage. In addition, note that the horizontal bar in front of the cross looks wider on the picture in the original colour scheme, but is narrower on the repainted aircraft (assuming it was re-applied), BUT the horizontal bar after the cross has still the same width as before repainting the aircraft, assuming the rear of the fuselage wasn't repainted. And then the whole aircraft looks very clean like the paint is newly applied. I also think RLM 76/75/74 would have been readily avalable at units level compared to RLM 02/71. I realize these are only speculations of the events which could have resulted in this unique colour scheme, but they do sound plausible to me and the above profile is the scheme I will paint the aircraft in. The RLM hues in the above profiles are taken from RLM color comparison and are based on the Ullmann colour chips. Cheers, Peter
  11. Morning all! In these strange times I seem to be getting more modelling done than usual - I'm working from home and life continues but no socialising or sport means more time at the bench... I've just finished Eduard's lovely Fw190 and while I've got my eye in thought I'd go for another Luftwaffe subject, Eduard's Bf110. As is traditional I've started with the cockpit. After assembling the main parts I gave it a coat of flat black and then aluminium: I sealed this in with a coat of gloss, sprayed some hairspray and then covered it with RLM02. After letting it all dry, I used an old, stiff brush to chip away some of the top coat. I've then been weathering with artists oils (thinned and unthinned). Here's where I've got to so far, the side wall is nearly there and I've started the rear section of the cockpit: The kit comes with photoetch parts and the control panel goes together great: I used a nice trick I saw on here recently (sorry, can't remember who it was) where you apply gloss varnish to the back of the etch to form shiny, see through covers for the dials. It's a bit hard to photograph but this made me irrationally happy . For the paint job I'm going to represent the aircraft on the front of the box: I like the look of the bombs and fuel tanks and the yellow keeps the theme going with the other Luftwaffe aircraft on my shelf: Thanks for looking, more to come soon. Look after yourselves! Sam
  12. Well, it's *almost* done. It lacks the aerials as yet (I kept knocking them off), and the weathering is a bit rough in places, but it's OK. I need to slap the photographer as well, but he was the only one available. I'll do better photos when I think I can hide the worst offences in the weathering/finish. Gestation period of this model is approximately nine years. It had been shelved because I was really unhappy with the finish and the then-fashionable shading techniques were applied. This was from the Grumman F6F-5N Hellcat, 1/48th scale, Eduard Profipack kit, Tamiya, Vallejo and Humbrol paints. AMMO by Mig varnish, together with weathering washes. I discovered oil paints and pastels were by far my favourite media for weathering, unfortunately long after I'd started with the enamel weathering washes. Hey ho - I live and (hopefully) learn. Not my best by a long shot, but I hope you all like it.
  13. Decided to kick off another build in these long lockdown day's of April, as I'm at the painting stage on many projects at present and need some time away from the spray booth...So....had this in the stash for some time with a PE fender set from Eduard, and tracks from Friul. Hopefully will post first build stage sometime this week. Cheers
  14. Hello to all, The decision to begin a new thread dedicated to this aircraft build has not been easy, for several reasons. - First, because of this f... virus, that poison our lifes: was it decent, while many people are suffering in their flesh, to debate around such futile things? - Then, because my last thread, Indianapolis 500 Ford Mustang 1964 1/2: has been interrupted because it began really to turn boring, with a lot of parts that needed to be scratchbuilt (and often using 3D CAD/CAM, while I am totally dependant of competent people to model the parts). I don't despair, however, and hope I will find the courage and faith to end this very complex build... - Then because many ideas of this Nieuport 11 build are not mine, but either Juan Manuel Villalba's ones (in the great "Guide du maquettisme aéronautique", Histoire et Collections, 2011), either bughunter alias Frank's ones (see his amazing build here: But well, the desire is too strong, and being confined gives me more time than usually to share on my favorite hobby. I have to precise that I have built a first version, directly inspired by Villalba, following his steps like a pupil who tries to imitate his master. In particular, he gave me hints - in the book or through our frequent e-mail dialog on how to give a transparency effect on the wings, represent the rigging, paint the rosettes and so many other details. I like very much this first version and had a lot of fun building it, but I want to go a bit farer, and improve it on many aspects, using the wide documentation that JMV could not get when he wrote the great article in the book mentioned above. Here are some pics of this first version: This new thread is dedicated to Juan Manuel Villalba, and also to all victims of this awful disease. I have a particular thought for our Italian brothers (I live not far from Italy and we love this country), while the virus causes so many suffering there, especially in Lombardy... Olivier, 20/03/2020 P.S: I will detail in the next topic the many points I want to improve from this first version...
  15. I seem to recall that I wasn't to start any new kits for a while, but rather finish the ones that I was working on. That sort of went out of the window, but in my defence this is not an actual build, this is just a way for me to gain confidence in using Mission Models paint. Honest! And I also need to do a proper test of this little gem. The God Hand Sprue cutter. It's not their top of the line model that costs about as much as Tamiya F-14D in 1/48 but the slightly cheaper one, that is about as expensive as an AMK F-14D. I got mine used for half the price So far I can say that I love it. It slices through the plastic, but leaves a tiny tiny piece still on the part so you cannot shear it off as good as with the top of the line stuff. However, a few swipes with a sanding stick solves it. Compared to cutting the pieces of with a scalpel feels very outdated now, since the precision is as good or even better, and the parts doesn't go ping as easily. So that's excuse number one for digging into a new kit. For excuse number two, well I've bought a lot of Mission Models paint during the last year, but so far I've just painted a few areas with it. It is a paint that requires you to think and act differently, but from my previous attempts I know that I can airbrush and paintbrush details from same bottle and have a finished result that is very close in both tone and shade. Ok, here goes! Since we have a Spitfire GB I toyed with the idea od doing a Airfix Mk22 in 1/72, but after looking at it in the box and fondled the sprues for a while I felt that it was almost the same amount of work with that, and I wouldn't have tested as much paints so out came the old Eduard IXc Popular subject in this GB that for sure, and I also note that @Dansk will do just the same machine as I intended. But whocares eh? _I'm here for testing the paint... (I am thinking of add full invasion stripes just to be a little different) I did get a nice surprise when rummaging through the box though. There was an Overtrees IX in there too! When did I order that one? And here I was hoping that this would clear the stash a little... Oh well. But lets focus on painting, since that's the whole point. After a cuick concpit construction sequence where I didn't change a lot, just added a few cables I used my trust UMP black primer. That's not Mission Models primer I know, but in this case I felt that UMP is what I want to use, and it was black too! First paint to be used is the newish RAF High Speed Silver MMM-09. I haven't tried their metallics before, but I seem to recall that their chrome stuff requires something extra, but the result is good enough for car modellers. My first attempt was to treat it as a normal MM color, so to 4 parts paint I added 1 part thinner and 1 part Poly (that stuff is like a retarder, flow improver , glazing +1 adhesion-thingie) That was too thin and also looked kind of bath in the airbrush cup, almost like it didn't mix properly. Out with that batch, and make a new one without the Poly then. It worked a bit better, but it was still spluttering like my Airbrush needed a good cleaning . I should probably strip down the AB and do a thorough cleaning any day now... Still, this was not giving med what I wanted so I cleaned out the brush again and just added the paint stright from the bottle. In this form it's VERY thick but amazingly it is still possible to airbrush it. This probably has something to do with the size of the pigments or something, but any other paint would've just clogged it all. Finally it sprayed well -ish enough to use. Yesterday the grains looked quite large but today it feels like they are a lot smaller? The finish is not stellar in any way since there are some specks of dried paint in there. Why that happened I have no clue. Verdict: Compared to the Vallejo Metal colors I usually use, this is a little trickier to use, and the result is similar. Now, this is High Speed silver, a metal paint not an attempt in simulating metal so how the other metallic colors behave I have no idea of. I definitely need to practise more with it to see what I did wrong.
  16. Hello to all, On last March 20, I decided, while I had just finished a first build of this beautiful WWI airplane, to build it again. For the first build, I followed strictly (but with less talent) my master Juan Manuel Villalba. For this 2nd, I wanted a more personal, and more faithful build, with improvements in many aspects compared with my first version. The WIP is visible here: I took advantage of the confinement (I never had before as much time for my favorite hobby, about 5 h/ day, sometimes more) to realize this project, and you will find below the pics. I want to thank very warmly all modelers who followed my thread in the WIP section, and especially the most encouraging ones: Biggu, JeroenS, limeypilot, FPDPenguin, RichieW. But also Alfisti, shortCummins, Ex-FAAWAFU, QuietMike, and many other ones... Without their "likes", kind comments and encouragements, I would certainly have been much less far. I also want to thank very much Marc Chassard and Selwyn, experts whose knowledge was very helpful to get a faithful replica. And, as usual, a special dedication to JMV, who learnt me so much and always encouraged me along my skills acquisition. For those interested, after the pics, I will come-back (in another post, in the next days) on the context of this airplane and the De Turenne pilot. All the best to all, and a long life to Britmodeller, that allows me to also improve my english! 1) my both versions: all the ones who followed with care my WIP thread won't be long to see which one is the first, and which one the second: 2) I clearly improved the propeller for this 2nd build, but many other aspects too, such the step (just painted Dark Grey on the 1st build) or yet the Lewis gun and its supports, mainly self made. Notice the small impacts on the engine hood: 3) For this "ultimate" version, I also tried to represent in a more realistic way the rosettes visible through the canvas, a challenging step but that was worth it imho. The cockpit, pity not very visible, was also improved a lot, with the will to be as faithful as possible, in the image of the seat cushion, the seat belts, the side panels colors etc: 4) On my 1st build, I had not represented the vertical wood structure visible through the linen canvas on the fuselage. The kind of detail pleasing to the eye. I also decided that this time, the wings and empennage hinges would be represented. The end of the build was dedicated to the machine gun and its supports. I gave the best of myself, with a strong will, to represent faithfully these very visible elements. The wires are stretched plastic and even the trigger tiny one is represented: 5) Like most of my models, this one will be presented in my dental cabinet, placed on a mirror, the latter being fixed on a motorized tray, that allows to look at the model under all views angles. The mirror allows to see the bottom details too... On this pic, we may see the interest of using the great Uschi standard rigging, and the great too Gaspatch One End metal turnbuckles: 6) One of the modelers who followed my WIP thread, Jochen Barett, said with right that, only if there was more light coming from behind the canvas, the rosettes had to be slightly visible through the latter. By placing my model on a mirror, I solve partially this question: as much light on both upper and lower wings is coming. But I agree with him, if the model was inserted in a diorama, the rosettes should certainly not be represented on top: 7) Not many improvements on the bottom side of the fuselage for this 2nd build, but the metal plate in front (just behind the engine) was missing on the first: And, to finish, 4 BW pics: It has really been a pleasure for me to share this build with you. I leave you for now, but will, in a second post, as I said above, give some interesting infos about the Nieuport 11 and the pilot, Armand De Turenne. Cheers, take care of you and yours Olivier, May 21, 2020
  17. No matter how many ongoing projects I have, there is always room for a Spitfire! For this GB I'll pry open this box (picture shamefully stolen from Eduards website) Just to show that I haven't started it, here are the sprues: It's the standard Mk IXx kit, but with some resin added, in the form of wheels and exhausts: One gets both rounded and fishtail ones as well as the main wheels, so that's a plus. The unused exhausts will surely fit another IX that hides in my stash... A very tiny etch fret and masks are also supplied, as usual. The decal sheet is big an colourful, and to save my sanity I've bought a Barracuda engine cowl to help things along. I intend to do this one It's 1/48 - LF Mk.IXe, 2003 (ex TE531), 105th Tajeset, Ramat David Air Base, Israel, September 1953 Now, I know my way around Spitfires but Israeli ones are a bit of a mystery! For instance, when they were repainted in the proto-IAF colors how did they paint the wheel wells? Have the cockpit been repainted as well? Tricky questions, and so far my Google-fu hasn't yielded any good results, but perhaps the Britmodeller Hivemind has some more insight?
  18. I don't think I actually signed up for this STGB, though I have some 50 (stopped counting) Spitfire kits in the stash, mostly 1/72, and have built around ten Spits since returning to modelling. I'm going to join in with the Eduard Profipack Mark.VIII, which was the first Eduard kit I bought some years ago though in the usual fashion not built yet, having said that I've done a few of the 1/72 ones. Hopefully it'll be fairly straightforward, at least the PE should be easier to see than on 1/72! Although fortunately I am still working (reduced pay), this is from home so modelling time has gone up due to no commute and less other things to do, other than walk the dog. So if this kit goes well (if I apply myself I can do a Spit in two weeks) I should be able to work on another more unusual version later...we shall see. I think I'll build the lovely aircraft on the box art, though the US MSG over PRU Blue one looks nice. I've got the Aussie 8 1/72 boxing in the stash for when I want a nurse...oooooh, Matron! Cheers Will
  19. What can I tell, everybody knows that all familiar Silver bullet that raced around the world in 4 months ... As I am Dutch I had a bond with that plane as I saw it too often in the Aviodrome museum in Lelystad. My hart was a littlebit broken when I heard it was sold to the UK but that’s how it goes, you win some you lose some! But then they anounced it to go around the world and my hart raced again and hoping to see it back in the Netherlands and it did It did a honourful tribute in December when it visited the Aviodrome in what was to be the starting point for the last leg to Goodwood https://www.silverspitfire.com/about/route-map/ Now finally the plastic! This is going to be from Eduard in a weekend edition box and XVI profiboxing, this boxing was needed for the top wing as it has two versions in the box and one is needed for the ease of conversion... I am also going to use the profipack cockpit for this kit as it doesn’t really differ from the IX cockpit in Eduards case.. From these wings I am going to use the lower one as it has the correct bulges for G-IRTY above the wheel well, I only need to get rid of the cannon blisters.. I figured that it was easier to remove these than adding the fiddly bits Decals are provided by Modeldecal complete with a masking set.. cheers, Jan
  20. Eduard Mk VIII Spitfire, OOB. Painted with Mr Color Laquers and weathered with oils and pastels. Really nice kit,and just what i needed to get something finished. Peter Peter
  21. This guy only took a couple years to complete, but here it is: It's the 1/72 Eduard kit in TSS, painted with Vallejo - my first success with free hand camo with water based paint. I'm happy with how it turned out, but it may be another case of beginner's luck, as my next attempt went terrible and I don't want to talk about it. And here it is alongside some BPF stablemates. Thanks for looking.
  22. In August 2020, Eduard is to release in August 2020 - just in time for the 80th Anniversary of the BoB - a new tool 1/48th Supermarine Spitfire Mk.I limited kit - ref. Source: https://www.eduard.com/out/media/InfoEduard/archive/2020/info-eduard-2020-01.pdf V.P.
  23. Stage 3. Resuming the story after the events in December 1944, MJ271 underwent repairs and on June 21st 1945 was delivered to 29 Maintenance Unit at High Ercall. By that time, negotiations were already underway with the Air Ministry to buy surplus aircraft in accordance with 'Plan Target One' - the reconstruction of the Dutch Air Force, or LSK (LuchtStrijdKrachten). Starting mid 1946, twentyone low-hour Mk.IXc Spitfires were tested from RAF airfields by Dutch pilots, and when accepted, transfered to the Netherlands for use with the Fighter Training School (JachtVliegerSchool) at Twente AB. Amongst which, in November 1946, MJ271. Initially the new arrivals were kept in the familiar RAF scheme, although with (mostly) Dutch markings and a plethora of spare parts exchanged between airframes: In August 1947 she would receive the registration code H-8, but major overhauls at Fokker (Schiphol) would see her wings clipped, redone in all-aluminium and with the code 3W-8. By the early 1950s however it was clear that the Mk.IX was no longer suitable for first line use and was succeeded by the Gloster Meteor Mk.4. MJ271 did not get sold to Belgium, pushed on the scrapheap, or as target on the shooting range (as was the fate of many former Dutch Spits) - rather she was used for a time as a decoy on Volkel AB, then ended up on a playground and a rooftop, looking worse for wear. tattered and forlorn, dressed up as TA-26 'Opa'. Images courtesy of Collection Netherlands Institute of Military History.
  24. Part two of the lifecycle for MJ271. Delivered to 132 Sqn in october 1943, MJ271 served an uneventful career up until a Cat.B wheels-up landing at RAF Ford in may 1944. After repairs and post-op shakedown, it was only in November 1944 that she appeared again on strength with 401 Sqn RCAF - as part of 126 Wing, 2TAF. During that time, the Squadron was based in the liberated South of the Netherlands. First at B.84 De Rips, a forward improvised airstrip or ALG, near Helmond, but over a week (and 568 operational flights btw) the low-lying former farmland proved too soaked and the Wing moved temporarily to B-80 Volkel (still an active AB today) and after work was finished in December to B-88 near Heesch south of the river Meuse. Today, streetnames serve as reminder to the presence of the Canadians: 126 Wing weg, Vliegveldweg. The pin is the approx. location of the former airfield, now the A50 Motorway between 's Hertogenbosch and Nijmegen. All very familiar locations, as my family originates from that area. Back to MJ271. As part of 2TAF, 401 Sqn was tasked with missions where the Spitfire was not particularly well-suited for: Rail transport interdiction by dive-bombing. Loadout for 126 Wing Spits varied, but mostly consisted of either 2x 250lbs bombs under the wings, or a single 500lbs bomb on the centerline - occasionally combined for a total 1000lbs bomb load. It was one of those missions that proved to be the end of the war for our airframe. On a sortie in mid-December during bad (or 'typical Dutch') weather, MJ271 probably pulled too many G's and suffered overstressed wings as a result. She was shuffled off to a repair & service unit and would not see active RAF service again.
  25. Eduard leaflet for May: http://www.eduard.com/store/out/media/distributors/leaflet/leaflet2016-05.pdf change digit in link for older issues
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