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  1. Just a quick update to say that we are still here and still trading (well just about!). Sales have taken a dramatic slump since lockdown was eased but we're just about limping along, still sending out what orders we have as quickly as ever and everything is still discounted. We've got a new credit/debit card processing option on our website by Stripe, for those who can't or won't use Paypal. You can still of course use Paypal, send a bank transfer or request an invoice (to be paid by card). We've recently got most of the ICM 1/48 German Bombers in stock plus the latest kits from Eduard (Spitfire Story, Pacific Mustang + BoB Bf109's etc) plus new 1/72 kits like the Special Hobby Sunderland III, the new Sword Avengers and latest Arma Hobby kits and we'll be stocking future releases as and when they come out but as ever if people want anything, please contact us and let us know. Sadly the real bargains (1/3 off or more) have all but dried up but all our items are still at discounted prices and we're still despatching within 1 working day. As Lockdown restrictions have eased, we're now able to let people collect orders from our doorstep, so you don't pay post. Anyone collecting will need to pay in advance online in the normal fashion or we can fire up the card reader for contactless payments on the doorstep. Here's a list of what brands and scales we stock - if anything you want is not in stock, contact us! - Vallejo Model Air and Model Colour Flames of War (WW2 + 3) paint sets - Lifecolor Paint Sets - A selection of glues/fillers etc by Deluxe Products - 1/700 Ship kits by Aoshima, Fujimi and IBG (+soon Fine Molds 1/700 Nano Dread stuff!) - 1/56 Rubicon armour kits (mostly for wargames) - 1/32 Eduard kits - 1/48 kits by Eduard, ICM, Kinetic, Special Hobby, Hobby Boss and Sword - 1/72 kits by Eduard, Arma Hobby, AZ Models + KPM, Brengun, AMK, Sword, Special Hobby and ICM - Eduard Masks + Etch in 1/72 and 1/48, plus some masks in 1/32. Lastly, you can keep up with what new stuff and bargains we do get by liking, following or just checking out our Facebook page (it's public so anyone can see, facebook user or not) and/or by joining our facebook bargains/new stuff group. website link - https://mjwmodels.co.uk/ thanks Mike
  2. This little GB is guilty of a lot of things. Initially I had plans of joining up with just this with some decals from this set since I wasn't that much "into" Tornados but then Eduard released their Desert Babe boxing which _I just had to have. So then the plan changed.... But after a lot of chat with @Aigoreabout what kind of AM stuff to add to that one something strange happened. The German Tornado came back on track, since who cannot like a green mean machine? Yes, the Norm-83 wraparound colors does really scream Cold War doesn't it? But a mean looking machine must also have mean looking weapons. Enter the MW-1 dispenser pod. https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/MW-1 Hundreds, even thousands of bomblets and mines to be dropped on top of Warzaw Pact troops, armour, runways, ships and other military targets. Naturally, there was no MW-1 available (let's not mention the Hobbyboss version) so I had no choice but to make my own. See here how that went Since the little project really kicked my brain into Luft-88 mode (or what do you call Cold War in West Germany nowadays) there was no turning back. This needs to be built, it needs to have a MW-1 under the belly and it must be loaded over the cockpit sills with resin and other stuff. So, a hopefully @trickyrich approved amount of candy is here. First the big parts: And then some of the smaller stuff: I also have a sets of those fabled wing seals from Shaun of the Tornado SIG coming, and I might still need to get a Brassin BOZ-pod and some HaHen-walkway decals, but other than that I think I've got everything that I need. Let's get this show started!
  3. Hello, Here's another project of mine. 3 american aircrafts including 1 and a half under british management. Both are early Mustangs with différents armament and of course different wing. 1 MTO, 1 ETO and the last from CBI There's an Accurate min and 2 ICM, serioulsly they're almost identical. The first to be finished, I guess will be the MTO one a P-51A from an US Sqdn on loan to an brit squadron. The colours will be ... Let's say, unusual. One of my favourite game , you both should know the kind of remark "are you sure about the colours ???" I modify the camera rack for 2 of thede Mustang, because, you receive this... And you must have that... So, I cut the brackets, throw away the original support, add an armour plate ( from her cousins ) slightly modified. Add wiring to the camera, That seem promising, there's also lots of sanding but the ICM are worst. I keep on going, modifying the wings according to the 3 different type of early mustang is funny. Thank for watching. Corsaircorp
  4. Hi All, My next project is Eduard's 1:48 Westland Lysander. I have read much about this kit, not all good! I picked up the 'Limited Edition - RAF & Finnish Service' edition. Here's the box art: On opening the box you are presented with 4 sprues in Eduard's hard, light grey plastic and one transparent sprue: There are also three comprehensive (and very fiddly looking) PE frets: There are five marking options, four RAF and two Finnish (including skis, mark you ). Here's the very comprehensive transfer sheet: I'm going to model as this aircraft - V9289, a Lysander MkIIIA flown by 357 Sqn RAF, formed in Didri, India in February 1944. The aircraft specialised in agent infiltration into Burma, Indonesia and Malaysia and also provided support to local resistance groups. Here is a photo of the actual aircraft: As you can see there is a heavy degree of weathering and fading. I'm going to try my hand at the hairspray technique for the first time, so we'll see how that goes! Anyway, on to a good study of the instructions - this one could be tricky! Thanks for looking, Roger
  5. Hello everyone. It’s about time I kicked off my first build in the WIP section. All of my previous’ builds have been in the Group Builds section but I wanted to do something different. (Mainly because the aircraft I am building falls out of the Battle of Britain GB remit) I will be building this: Eduard’s brand new 1/48 Spitfire. I will not post any sprue shots as many of those have been put up recently. To put simply, the kit looks lovely in the box and after a dry fit of the fuselage halves it appears to fit exquisitely too. I will be utilising the Eduard PE flap set: Something which I have never dabbled in.. so that may be a horror story in the making. (I am aware these wouldn’t usually be deployed on the ground) The aircraft I hope to depict is an aircraft Douglas Bader flew when with 222 squadron in May 1940. Any info as to the fidelity of this colour scheme would be appreciated. Specially would the silver area be natural metal or silver lacquer? As usual, feel free to dip in where you like, all comments will be well received although I am no rivet counter!!! Cheers Ash
  6. Hi, for this mto gb. I will be building two eduard bf 109 g's, a g-2 & a g-4. And the extra's The marking will be a g-2 of 2./jg2 Tunisia 1943 and a g-4 of365 squadrilia, 150 gruppo sicily 1943
  7. Hello again gents As my Hurricane builds are drawing to a close and there is still a month to go, I thought I'd go for one more attempt before closing time: It's the Eduard Bf110C/D from the Profipack edition. I've previously built three of these in the C-1, C-6 and D-0 variants (you can't build the C-6 from this boxing of the kit, there was a special edition which is still fairly widely available, and Eduard are releasing a new boxing shortly which contains the resin parts for the conversion as well as the standard C/D parts) and my memory of them is that they went together very well. I may not have time to finish this one, but I've already done better than I expected or even hoped in terms of completions, so if this one comes off it will be gravy Here's what you get in the box, a whole lot of plastic: ... including separate fuselage halves for the C and D versions, as well as some pre-painted etched parts and a canopy mask. Not much you need to add to that, but as 'luxury items' I have the Quickboost exhausts for this kit and a set of Eduard's own superfabric seat belts: I wanted to do a mottled aircraft as frankly my mottling skillz could use some work; I've got in mind an aircraft of ZG26 with a white nose and narrow fuselage band which I have on a Superscale decal set somewhere... now to find it... Cheers, Stew
  8. My entry will be as above; Phantom F-4J 155755 / NG207 of VF-92 Silver Kings whilst deployed aboard USS Constellation (as part of CVW-9) from January to October 1973. The other fighter squadron in this wing was VF-96 ("Fighting Falcons") with the well known call sign "Showtime" - both squadrons were also aboard the "Conny" on its previous tour to Vietnam (1/10/1971 to 1/7/1972) though in between those two deployments VF-92 changed to the more colourful yellow tailfin. To be built from the Hasegawa "Liberty Bell" boxing using Eduard cockpit etch, Eduard resin wheels and Microscale decals (which incorrectly show a yellow rather than white rudder): This particular airframe had another lease of life from 1984 to 1991 as ZE362 "V" of 74 Squadron - I still have an Academy F-4J to be built at some point in the future which will be finished as that version. Mike
  9. #/20/2020 My dad´s next finshed model. Eduard kit, Exito Decals, plastic rods and lead wire for the brake lines, EZ Line for the antenna wire, MRP RLM76 and Gunze RLM 74/75. Build thread here https://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/235077410-escape-plan148-messerschmitt-bf109g-6mtt-regensburg-romanian-airforce/ The model displays the aircraft of Captain Constantin Cantacuzino. After Romania turned against Germany, on August 27th 1944 Cantacuzino was then given a special mission: to transport Lieutenant-Colonel James Gunn III, the highest ranking American prisoner-of-war in Romania, to the airbase at Foggia and return to Romania with 56 B-17s converted for transport duty to airlift 1,274 U.S. PoWs. He returned flying a P-51 Mustang because his Bf 109 could not be refueled. p.s.: The antenna wire is supposed to look that way. When the mast was mounted on the Erla canopy, the wire went through the mast and was connected with the canopy locking mechanism. The antenna wire was only tensioned when the pilot locked the canopy. DSC_0001 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0002 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0003 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0004 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0005 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0006 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0007 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0008 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0009 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0010 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0011 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0012 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0013 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0014 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0015 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0016 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0017 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0018 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0019 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0020 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0021 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0022 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr
  10. 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
  11. VPAF MiG's, Part 3: MiG-21PFL 'Fishbed-D' (Eduard 1:72) MiG-21PFL 'Fishbed-D', '4127', pilot Dong Van Song, 921st FR, Noi Bai, 1966 Dong Van Song flew this plane often on the first part of 1966 - and two kills were confirmed by Noi Bai pilots with this airframe. On july 14th 1966 '4127' was shot down by F-4C (flown by Capt W J Swendner and 1Lt D A Buttell) using an Aim-9B missile. Pilot Ta Van Thanh was killed as the plane disintegrated over Hanoi, while he was chasing F-105s. The kit, new Eduard Profipack edition of the MiG-21PF. To my knowledge, difference between PF and PFL was just some of the equipment, PFL had some Vietnam specific stuff. So model wise, they should be identical (correct me if I am wrong). What's in the kit. Being a Profipack, contents are already pretty good with the canopy masks and color PE set (not to mention high quality Eduard plastic parts in the first place) - but I'm using some aftermarket in the form of decals by Print Scale. Some of the details. Really nice kit, the Eduard MiG-21. I've built MiG-21MF earlier and is one of my favourite kits. Kit comes with North Vietnamese decals, but I chose something else. I found this from Osprey's 'MiG-21 Aces of the Vietnam War' by Istvan Toperczer - looks to be some hastily applied camo job over metal finish. I'm using the numbers from Print Scale sheet - but the insignia from Eduard, as the Print Scale insignia is just way off shape wise. And yeah, the number is '4721' and not '4127' - but it's easy enough to change the place of the numbers BTW has anyone knowledge about the insignia on the wings - whether VPAF MiG's had them or not? I remember reading somewhere that they were not necessarily used, especially not on camo'ed aircraft? My other MiG's: VPAF MiG's, Part 1: MiG-17 'Fresco-A' (Zvezda 1:72) VPAF MiG's, Part 2: MiG-17PF 'Fresco-D' (AZ Model 1:72) VPAF MiG's, Part 4: MiG-19S 'Farmer-C' (KP 1:72) VPAF MiG's, Part 5: MiG-21F-13 'Fishbed-C' (Modelsvit 1:72)
  12. Dear All, No idea why Eduard has stopped making most of these in 72nd scale so wondered if anyone knows who may still stock some please as I think they are excellent? Kind Regards Colin. Ps. but they still include them in their Bf 110C 'Week-end' kit which seems rather odd
  13. Dornier Do-17Z 8./KG76 (F1+FS) Heitsch crew made a forced landing near Castle Farm, Shoreham, England Battle of Britain 15th September 1940 after a low level chase by two Spitfires from No.609 Squadron, Flight Lieutenant Dundas and Pilot Officer Tobin. The tremendous air battle fought between Fighter Command and the Luftwaffe on 15th September 1940 represented the climax of the Battle of Britain, and it has been celebrated as Battle of Britain Day ever since. The 8/KG 76 Dornier 17Z piloted by Feldwebel Heitsch was part of a force of about 100 German bombers which approached London over North Kent shortly before noon. The formation was intercepted simultaneously by nine RAF Squadrons. The battle developed into a series of individual fights. During one of these encounters, Heitsch's Dornier was attacked by Flight Lieutenant Dundas and Pilot Officer Tobin of 609 Squadron. After a low-level chase, Heitsch was forced to bring his machine down in a field at Castle Farm, Shoreham, narrowly missing the high tension cables that ran over the field. The Dornier's crew were taken prisoner by the local Home Guard. Heitsch and Feldwebel Pfeiffer, the observer, were uninjured. Feldwebel Sauter, the gunner, had been wounded in the ankle and was taken to Maidstone Hospital. Feldwebel Stephan Schmidt, the wireless operator, died of a chest wound before reaching hospital. One other casualty was a hop picker who had been shot in the leg by a bullet from one of the two low-flying Spitfires. Flight Lieutenant Dundas went on to shoot down the German ace Major Helmut Wick on 28th November 1940. Dundas was then immediately shot down and killed by Wick's wingman. Extract taken from http://www.asisbiz.com/il2/Do-17/Do-17-KG76.8-(F1+FS).html My original long-planned-for entry for this GB was to build the vanquished from this skirmish, having prepared by building up a comprehensive library of reference books and much aftermarket to adorn my ICM Do 17-Z2. What could be the flaw in this plan then I hear you ask? Well Eduard decided to throw a proper pointy stick into the spokes of the wheels on my modelling bicycle by issuing their 1/48 Sptfire Mk 1, that's what!!! As over 75% of my past two or three years output has been from the Supermarine stable, this release was like cat-nip for a Spitfire nerd like me! I had to have it and build it immediately! So that's where we are, building yet another Spitfire. Ho hum! The research for the Dornier had identified it's assailants as a pair of 609 Sqn Spits, so I chose the mount of Flt Lt John Dundas, Spitfire Mk 1 R6922. Now I did a quick and dirty Google search for this airframe (if at least 5 hours of trawling can be described as 'quick'!) but could find no pictures of R6922. Now I found other people's research pointing to the codes being PR-T but that was about it. But I had decided that this was the airframe I wanted to build, and stubboness had well and truly set in, so I put out a request for info in the WWII section. Now @NG899 has given me a fantastic, comprehensive chapter & verse response, so I'm happy with how I'm going with this now. He advised me that the Nov 82 edition of SAM had some information, and having seen an advert in the Free to Good Homes section, @Kes has been an absolute gentleman by sending me this issue. A massive "Thank you" to you both. https://www.facebook.com/royalairforce/videos/2718820308387268/ Well let's have a look at the kit. OK everyone who is anyone has commented on the Rumourmonger thread about just how spectacular the surface detail of this kit is, and my first impressions back this up to the hilt. OK this has been done to death elsewhere but it's obligatory I suppose! So out came the TET, parts were separated from the trees and some sub-assemblies were sub-assembled! The seat frame had the lightening holes drilled out and the PE head armour added. This all got a shot of Halfords Grey Primer............... And then some home-brewed interior grey-green, made from mixing Tamiya XF-71 Cockpit Green with XF-21 Sky in a 70-30ish ratio mix. I'm thinking Supermarine used a lighter shade of IG, and although it's a restoration I think my mix is a reasonable stab to match this: http://spitfiresite.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/07/04n_15_023-640x480.jpg http://spitfiresite.com/2010/07/anatomy-of-spitfire-cockpit.html/04n_15_023 Then the seat got a coat of Tamiya Hull Red, now I do realise I've boobed here as I think I've built the metal seat rather than the Bakerlite one, so I've found the right one and will re-spray this one in IG for another build, on another day. Luckilly Eduard stuck two kits in my box just like Airfix did with their Buccaneers - yeah right! The wing spar and undercarriage wells (perhaps a little over-engineered but very nicely detailed!) were built up.............. Whilst assembling the tail feathers I found the right seat for this one. The side lever came from the spares box. OK, that'll do for now. There's 6 weeks or so to go, we've got a full pot of TET, some Xtradecals MSG code letters, it's dark and we're wearing Sunglasses - hit it!!!! Stay safe out there! Chris
  14. Eduard is to rebox in October 2020 the Trumpeter 1/48th MiG-19S "Farmer-C" kit - ref. Source: http://www.kitreviewsonline.de/eduard-pressekonferenz-in-nuernberg/ V.P.
  15. 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.
  16. In May 2020 Eduard is to release a 1/32nd Messerschmitt Bf.108 Taifun kit - ref. 3006 Source: https://www.eduard.com/out/media/InfoEduard/archive/2020/info-eduard-2020-01en.pdf Related to this project? https://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/235036786-132-bf-108-bd-by-striped-fighter/ V.P.
  17. I have to admit that I have feared the building of WWI kits almost my whole life, the reason being the rigging and recreating the wood these planes tend to be built from. But a Roden Polikarpov PO-2 cured me of my fear of wires (you only need patience and a pillow to punch when things go wrong), and wood is easy once you find the right technique and colours. So after getting brave I have finished two WWI kits, a Fokker D.VII and a Roland C.II, and they have both been among the most enjoyable kits I have ever built. My Vought XF5U-1 was started to do something else, but it has kind of stalled since I just can't stop thinking about these WWI planes. They can be a lot of work and a pain in the rear end, but they can also be incredibly rewarding and enjoyable to deal with. Not to mention the pride you feel when you actually manage to finish one without punching it through the wall in frustration! Well, enough rambling, this is my choice: Many people find the Pfalz D.III series to be beautiful airplanes, but I find them pretty "meh" and a bit boring to be honest. As did the pilots, they never were very popular. Hell, even the kit decals are a bit boring since it is a Weekend edition, but when I managed to track down the out of production Aeromaster decals depicting Max Holtzem's gorgeous plane, it was no turning back. The decals are still underway from Canada, but they should be in excellent condition so fingers crossed. Some brass barrels for the Spandaus are also heading over the North Sea as we speak. TL;DR I just started building a Pfalz.
  18. Hello all, Here is my entry for this GB - Eduard's new Spitfire MK.1 'The Few' dual combo. Having built Tamiya's new tool Mk.1 last year, thoroughly enjoying it, I'm looking forward to Eduard's offering and if it's anything like their Mk.IX, I'll be happy enough! Kit (lovely box art): I'll be going for the below two schemes, both from RAF Hornchurch. Firstly, K9953 of 74 Squadron, flown by F/Lt Adolph Malan in June/July 1940: Malan would go on to have 16 confirmed 'kills' during the battle. Secondly, N3162 of 41 Squadron, flown by P/O Stanley Lock in August/September 1940: Lock would go on to have 21 confirmed 'kills' during the battle. I've ordered some overtrees from Eduard as I'm aware I need the same fuselage halves for both aircraft (Eduard only provide one fuselage with the armour around the forward fuel tank) along with 2 sets of Brassin exhausts. Looking forward to getting started. Dave EDIT - SEE POST DATED 19/08.
  19. After a longer 109 pause my dad already showed withdrawal symptoms So it´s finally time for a new 109. Gonna do the G-6 of Constantin Cantacuzino. After Romania turned against Germany, Cantacuzino was then given a special mission: to transport Lieutenant-Colonel James Gunn III, the highest ranking American prisoner-of-war in Romania, to the airbase at Foggia and return to Romania with 56 B-17s converted for transport duty to airlift 1,274 U.S. PoWs. He returned flying a P-51 Mustang because his Bf 109 could not be refueled. DSC_0001 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0002 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0003 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr
  20. After Kovozávody Prostějov (link) Eduard is also working on 1/72nd Zlín/LET Z-37A Čmelák (Bumblebee) kits for 2019 2020. Source: 3D renders published in Modelář magazine "Z-37 Bumblebee. The manufacturer is anonymous but should be domestic - "Z-37 Čmelák. Výrobce zatím zůstává v anonymitě, ale měl by být domácí"." and Scalemates link V.P.
  21. Hola, Britmodellers. I took an unplanned hobby break in 2019, but picked up the plastic again a while back. After a few quick builds (a 1/144 EA18G and completing two Arma 1/72 Hurricanes that were largely built but unpainted when the break hit), I thought I'd tackle something more ambitious. I don't know what it is about the waning of the days but I often seem to pluck up the courage to deal with the bigger boxes in the stash at this time of year. I was all set to build the Minicraft B-24J but then a chance ebay purchase delivered the Eduard "Mission Centenarians" boxing of the B-24D to my door. Because the chances of me building two Liberators are so high. Oh, yes. Here's the obligatory box top shot: Ah, so pretty. I'll not post photos of the contents, 'cos I didn't take them before I started chopping them up. Also, the only camera I have right now is my phone, and that's got a crack across the lens. Combine that with my photography skills and things may look a little surreal at times... OK. Big decision #1. There are four options shown on the box, though the instructions have a fifth option (it's an earlier iteration of the fourth option). One of them isn't an actual mission centenarian, so what the heck it's doing here is anyone's guess. According to Mr Eduard, though, it "fits the theme of this release very well". No, it bloody doesn't. Anyway. Two/three are SE Pacific birds in olive drab, two are 15th AF birds in pink sand. For me it's got to be a pink one, and since only one of those options was an actual centenarian, it's going to be the box-art beauty, Chug-A-Lug. I've ordered some Vallejo paint as faded pinkish sand isn't a colour that I already have, and I'm beggared if I'll be trying to mix up enough paint to cover a viermot. This was a 98th Bomb Group airframe, survivor of Operation Tidal Wave (unlike an astonishing 35 of the 48 aircraft from the 98th BG on that raid), and eventual veteran of 105 raids. If you've got this far, thanks, and I hope both that you'll stick around and that the thread provides some entertainment value!
  22. In the Czech Modelforum it's mentioned that after the 1/48th MiG-21, Spitfire and Bf.109 families, Eduard has as long term project the North American P-51 Mustang in the same scale. Wait and see. Source: http://www.modelforum.cz/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=68170&start=5865 V.P.
  23. I've been waiting until now to reveal my third entry in this group build so I can once again say "on this day 80 years ago". Not to mention I didn't have the kit yet and wasn't sure how long it would take, with international post as it is right now. Fortunately it came today in the post. I've chosen this aircraft as it's a fitting tribute to the ground crews who helped keep the fighters of Fighter Command flying, as you'll see. Also the battle described below took place more or less over where I used to live in the New Forest region of Hampshire. This combat appears to have been particularly confused due to many factors including heavy cloud and pilots' aircraft recognition skills (or lack thereof, noting that of course this wouldn't be easy in combat conditions looking through an armoured windscreen!). Not to mention that the references I've used contradict each other at times. But this is my interpretation of it, based on pilots' reports, Operations Record Books, and various references including the Battle of Britain Combat Archive (Parry), Battle over Britain (Francis K. Mason) and the Battle of Britain: Then & Now. In fact Parry's book contains photos taken from the Ju88s on the raid, as a war photographer made up part of the crew on one of the aircraft. In the late afternoon of 14th August 1940, large numbers of aircraft were plotted approaching the West Country. On this day heavy clouds hampered the Luftwaffe's ability to mount large coordinated raids; instead up to 100 aircraft set out in small groups to attack a number of airfields. Among the various formations were three Junkers 88s of Lehrgeschwader 1, flown by Hauptman Kern, Oberleutnant Soderman and Oberleutnant Heinrici. Two Spitfires of 609 Squadron based at Middle Wallop were airborne and were vectored towards the raid. These were Flying Officer John Dundas (Yellow 1, in R6961 "PR-P") and Sergeant Alan Feary (Yellow 2, in L1065 "PR-E"). The pilots spotted one of the Ju88s flying in the opposite direction and wheeled around. Dundas engaged one of these aircraft, misidentifying it as a Messerschmitt 110, and fired a four second burst at it but he quickly lost it in cloud. At this point the bombers dived through cloud to deliver their bomb loads on Middle Wallop airfield. Kern's bombs exploded near No. 4 and No. 5 hangar and Soderman's landed harmlessly on the north-eastern edge of the airfield. Heinrici's bombs however scored a direct hit on No.5 Hangar, demolishing it and killing Cpl R. W. Smith, LAC H. Thorley and LAC K. Wilson, who were crushed by the hangar doors as they struggled bravely to close them to protect the Spitfires and Blenheims inside. Cpl F. H. Appleby was also injured by the blast. The photo below shows the extent of the damage. Feary dived through the cloud hoping to intercept the bombers as they emerged, and at 8,000 feet he spotted Heinrici's aircraft finishing its bomb run. Feary gave chase and fired ten seconds of ammunition into the hapless bomber, which dived and crashed near North Charford. Plt Off David Crook, who was flying one of seven Spitfires scrambled urgently as the attackers departed, spotted the downed Junkers and "had never seen an aeroplane so thoroughly wrecked; it was an awful mess". Two of the four-man crew were killed. This was the first of three patrols Feary flew in L1065 that afternoon. On his second flight he spotted four more Ju88s and attacked with no apparent result. On his third he intercepted yet another bomber bombing the airfield but this escaped in cloud. Feary flew throughout the Battle of Britain as the only NCO pilot on 609 Squadron, and was credited with shooting down five aircraft, with one probable, one unconfirmed shared, and four damaged. He was sadly killed in combat on 7th October 1940 when he was bounced by Bf109s; he baled out of his stricken Spitfire N3238 but fell with his parachute partly opened near Warmwell. L1065 was one of 609 Sqn's veteran aircraft. Delivered to 609 Sqn on 6 September 1939, it flew with the squadron throughout the Battle of Britain. Its first kill was a Do17 credited to Plt Off R. F. G. Miller on 13 July 1940. Sgt Feary also used it to damage a Bf110 and destroy a Ju87 on 13 August 1940. On 7 November, L1065 was passed to 7 O.T.U. and was used by several other OTUs throughout the next few years before becoming an "instructional airframe" in 1947. The below photo shows L1065, probably at Northolt in June 1940. This build will be dedicated to Alan Feary (Derby's "forgotten ace") and the ground crews of Fighter Command, many of whom were killed or wounded in their efforts to keep Fighter Command flying. The kit I'll be using looks a gem: I may add resin extras such as exhausts if availability and time taken in the post allow. Although I'm keen to get cracking on this, don't expect too much progress on this just yet, I'll make a start once there's more room on my workbench! Matt
  24. Hallo This is my MIG-21R. This a/c I painted with the Gunze SM 201 Super Fine Silver 2. My first MIG I painted with Gunze C8, my second one with Alclad II. My personal feeling is, that this color is the best metallic paint I ever used for a all over total paint of a model. Well, the kit is very often praised, generally good, some shortcomings are present. If you learn them, you can act with countermeasures. So far. Happy modelling and my MF will be next!
  25. Hallo I did not intend to write a WIP about the MF version. The quality and installation of the Aires cockpit drove me crazy. So I checked the web and forum for any guideline. No result. To save your nerves, I give you some hints what to do, if you want to proceed with such a wonderful cockpit. The overall dimensions do not fit! The tube by itself is too short some 3 mm at least. The front section is too long, some 3 mm too. So we have to compromise. If your decision is failed, you must cut the bottom floor, which is in compound with the front wheel bay. If this is done, the way goes just ahead! The front part must be glued together with the front glass. Nothing else! If you ignore this advice, you have a misalignment for sure. Look at the photos. There is no margin for maneuver at all! Little is to do at the plastic walls. My desire is to build the polish version from Montex decals in a three tone gloss appearance. Happy modelling
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