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  1. Dear fellow Britmodellers, here's my 1/72 Fly Models Fiat G.50bis, built from the box. This is a multi-media kit consisting of plastic and resin parts. I painted with Gunze/Mr.Hobby acrylics, mixed to match the Italian AF colors. Photographs by Wolfgang Rabel. A full build review will appear in an upcoming edition of Scale Aviation Modeller International. Thanks for your interest, best greetings from Vienna! Roman
  2. Kora Models new 1/72nd Fiat CR.20 & CR.20bis kits: - ref. KPK7271 - Fiat CR.20 Italian Service Source: https://www.lfmodels.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=2858&zenid=if2eph2uu3n58sqeo815j2q8t7 - ref. KPK7272 - Fiat CR.20 Lithuanian Service early Source: https://www.lfmodels.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=2859&zenid=if2eph2uu3n58sqeo815j2q8t7 - ref. KPK7273 - Fiat CR.20 Lithuanian Service late Source: https://www.lfmodels.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=2860&zenid=if2eph2uu3n58sqeo815j2q8t7 - ref. KPK7275 - Fiat CR.20 Polish et Soviet Service Source: https://www.lfmodels.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=2862&zenid=if2eph2uu3n58sqeo815j2q8t7 - ref. KPK7276 - Fiat CR.20 & CR.20bis Hungarian Service Source: https://www.lfmodels.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=2863&zenid=if2eph2uu3n58sqeo815j2q8t7 - ref. KPK7277 - Fiat CR.20bi Italian Service Source: https://www.lfmodels.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=2864&zenid=if2eph2uu3n58sqeo815j2q8t7 - ref. KPK7282 - Fiat CR.20bis Austrian Service Source: https://www.lfmodels.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=2865&zenid=if2eph2uu3n58sqeo815j2q8t7 V.P.
  3. Today, I quoted the following messages in the AvantGarde Model Kits (AMK) facebook page in the last topic about the Fouga Magister. Source: https://www.facebook.com/AMKHOBBY Conclusion: AMK has - most probably in 1/48th scale - a Fiat G-91 project in progress. As I can't imagine AMK only producing the G-91T or two seats version from the Gina... Long life to this project. V.P.
  4. With this plane, I completed the planned series of Italian hunting planes. The model is old, but I liked to work. The images are a bit of a bad quality, because, whatever I do, the pictures are dark. So much of me. Enjoy.
  5. Dear fellow Britmodellers, this is my 1/72 Sword Fiat G.55 of 2. Gruppo, 1. Squadriglia, flown by Ten. Drago at Cascina Vaga airfield, in May 1944. Built for the "Italian design special display" at the upcoming IPMS GoModelling show (March 9-10, 2019). I added photo-etch seatbelts from MPM and resin upgrades from AP Modely. Painted with Gunze/Mr.Hobby acrylics, representing the so-called "experimental splinter scheme". All photographs by Wolfgang Rabel. The round squadron batch on the nose has wrong color, it is too light. It should actually be dark green. Thank you very much for your interest in this topic. Best greetings from Vienna!
  6. I have been tortured for some time now that even though we have many Air Forces represented by our aircraft builds in this GB, we don't have any from the Regia Aeronautica - no aircraft collection is complete without those distinctive fascios on that gorgeous 3-colour honeycombe camouflage! I think that there is time to fit in this simple build - wheels up of course. This particular type of Fiat G.50 flew in the Battle of Britain, I believe. Also has a pretty extensive kit Check List included - just how many of these has this GB covered???
  7. I'd like to introduce to you the model I completed this morning. It is a model of the FIAT G.50 BIS plane that was part of the Yugoslav Air Force during the Second World War. The pictures are here and enjoy.
  8. SEM Model has just released a 1/72nd Fiat G-12T resin kit - ref. 72020 http://www.semmodel.altervista.org/en/g12t_en.html V.P.
  9. Hello! This is my second model car and once again I'm shooting for a post apocalyptic theme. I picked the Fiat Topolino because, well, it's super cute guys and it comes with a dog! The other selling point for me was the open roof, because I'm gonna shove a machine gun in there. I'm trying to go in a bit more prepared, so I treated myself to a copy of the 'Underhaulin' ebook from the Model Junkyard website (here: http://shop.modeljunkyard.com/product/underhaulin-junk-model-car-ebook/) for some guidance on doing more realistic weathering. I also got some much needed tools, a little cutter, some files, a new cutting mat etc. I've also been eyeing up some reference material. I seriously love how gross these cars look. Anyway, this is end game stuff, first things first is I need to build this thing. OK - So I want to put the car into a diorama setting so I picked a 1:35 model because all the diorama bits I found online were the same size. I got a damn cold shock when I opened the box and saw how small all the parts are. Intimidatingly small, I had no idea 1:35 was so tiny (yes I'm a hopeless newbie)! Content warning ahead, this build will suck, you will cringe at how bad I am at this. Here we go: I love how the body comes in a wee little box. Oh God, everything in wonky and covered in glue... I glued 3 out of 4 wheels so they don't spin..ahhhh. The photograph is quite forgiving, the myspace angel of the model car world if you will, because from any other angle this engine is real squiff. No wait, it looks squiff from here too. Sorry not a clear picture, but I got one 'part' all glued up ready for priming. And this is where I got to so far. Despite the cold rinse of fear I feel every time I have to pick up a microscopic part, I am having a total blast. Thanks for looking in
  10. I started this kit several years ago and unfortunately it found it's way to the shelf of doom. However, I dusted it of for just such a group build over on LSP as this is an aircraft far too nice looking to let sit half built...and it was an expensive model!! The kit has excellent detail straight out of the box, fit is ok, probably one of PCM's better, but it still requires a little elbow grease to get everything fitted nicely. The decal sheet is really nice, although I didn't use any of them, rather I used my compass cutter and some red stars from the spares box for the Syrian insignia. Overall I'm happy this is now done and sitting in the cabinet.
  11. It was already evoked in another (Blenheim) topic but I open a dedicated one. Hannants has just reissued the Classic Airframe CR.42 1/48th kit - ref. CF4157 Source: http://www.hannants.co.uk/product/CF4157 Box art V.P.
  12. Dear fellow Britmodellers, this is Sword's new 1/72 Fiat G.55, a kit presented at ModelBrno Show in June. I bought two boxes (each box containing two model kits) plus an aftermarket bag, containing resin seat, air intake, wheels and a vacu canopy. There's seven rather colorful marking options included. The model fits reasonably, but has shallow and washed-out details and soft panel lines in some areas. I found the assembly of the multi-part landing gear most challenging. I found an original photograph of this machine in "Aviazione Nazionale Repubblicana Italian Air Forces 1943 - 1945" by Richard Caruana (Modelaid). It confirms the White fuselage band, but the nose is not visible. Therfore, I went with Sword's instructions and painted the cowl yellow, and the spinner black & white. Main colors are RLM74/75/76 from Gunze/Mr.Hobby acrylics range. Photographs by Wolfgang Rabel. Thanks for your interest! Best wishes from Vienna Roman
  13. After a long battle Fiat is finished. Markings are my own work + old masks and decals from other models. Work in progress topic: http://forum.largescaleplanes.com/index.php?showtopic=69719&hl= My Spanish collection - Cricket, Rata and Stuka. All beautiful in their own way :
  14. Finished this 1/72 Airfix Fiat G.50 today. Not sure what year my kit was from, I used a red stripe header bag release. It's entirely box stock with the exception of rescribing entirely with recessed panel lines and utilizing Sky Models aftermarket decals. I used a combination of Life Color, Italeri and Tamiya acrylics for paint. Also an artists oil panel line wash. It's a simple kit that was pretty cleanly molded and didn't require a great deal of fettling or filler to get ready for paint. Can't speak to accuracy, but I think it looks the part pretty well.
  15. I just got the urge to start on my Italeri 1/48 Fiat G.91 R1/3/4 "Gina" Kit 2645, and was wondering which aftermarket MB Mk.4 ejection seat would be correct for it. There are a number of different "variants" of the seat listed on Hannants, but none state that they are for the "Gina" I am thinking about doing the Portuguese R-4 variant, if that makes a difference in seat types. I was thinking about a cockpit set, but the Neomega and Small World Accessories cockpit seta are designed for the Heller & Ocidental Réplicas kits.. Larry
  16. Fiat CR.42 Falco. One of only four survivors Regia Aeronautica aircraft MM5701 is on display at the RAF Museum in Hendon, pics mine. This aircraft was captured on 11 November 1940 when it suffered an overheated engine and was forced to land on the beach at Orfordness, Suffolk. During the summer of 1941, it was flown by the Air Fighting Development Unit in mock combat. At the end of 1943 all testing was complete and the aircraft was marked for preservation.
  17. North American/Fiat QF-91C In 1961 the US DoD authorised the loan of two Luftwaffe Fiat G.91s for trials by the US Army. These were flown alongside Douglas A4D-2 Skyhawks and a Northrop N-156 (F-5 prototype). One was an Italian built G.91R-1, c/n 0052 that served with the Luftwaffe (BD+102) whilst the other was a German built G.91R-3 (c/n 0065) Luftwaffe EC+105. Although all three types were highly regarded none were deemed suitable for the role of Close Air Support or Forward Air Controller. Rumours abound that this decision was based on political grounds as the US Army could not be seen to fly foreign, (G91), Navy (A4D) or High performance USAF types (F-5) .... In 1965, however, with the US deeply embroiled in the Vietnam war the lack of a dedicated CAS aircraft to replace the venerable A-1 became far too visible. With the USAF reluctant to give up it's F-100s, even though they themselves needed replacement, the US Army dusted off it's reports and looked again at the G91, albeit now in the new Y variant, much favoured with it's twin engines and greater performance. New trials once again proved the validity of the dedign and with minor changes the type was authorised for production under license by North American Aviation. By 1970 the type had virtually replaced to A-1 and had also been adopted by the Airforce as a F-100 replacement. It went on to have an excellent service record both in combat and peacetime up until it's withdrawal in the late 1980s. It was not the end though and many airframes had a 2nd life awaiting for them. Post Vietnam cutbacks meant the conversion of F-102,106 and F-4s to the unmanned drone role was under threat. North American jumped in and utilised the experience acquired from the successful QF-86 and QF-100 programs to offer a lower cost solution. Slowly the ranks of F-91Cs sunning in the desert shrank as the majority of airframe not allocated to museums or the spares pile, were returned to flying condition with the ubiquitous bright red markings associated with their new lease of life. Some were mostly grey, others mostly green, a few had 2 or 3 colour camouflage, and a rare couple had special schemes. One thing was agreed upon by all - even the anonymous birds looked spectacular in their new feathers.
  18. I have a Heller Magister taking up shelf space, however I have a big reluctance to build it OOB because it's hardly inspirational as such... Option 1: Patrouille De France 1978, could there be a more colourful scheme? Or a more common combination...(tied perhaps with a Red Arrow Hawk) Option 2: All silver West Germany WS50 19966. Could this be the most boring Heller scheme? So without buying an AM decal sheet what could I come up with? 1. Put it back on the shelf 2. Build but don't paint/decal 3. Spend more money on decals, and blowing apart the idea of cheap + cheerful. 4. Wiff... Which do you think won? ********** Edit: Just found an old Matchbox G91Y in deep storage so now I have to wonder what a mix-n-match would result in...
  19. The Corpo Aereo Italiano - the Regia Aeronautica's expeditionary force sent to assist the German Luftwaffe in bringing Great Britain to terms - probably owed its origins to two factors, the first being RAF air raids on Italian cities in June and September 1940 which stung Mussolini's sensitive pride and the second being the potential for Italy to make gains in the Mediterranean and North Africa at the expense of the British Empire once Britain had been forced to a negotiated surrender. Sadly for Mussolini and fortunately for the British, it didn't quite pan out that way. The CAI was beset with problems from the outset which limited its impact on the battle and resulted in it losing a number of aircraft and crews to accidents as well as to enemy action. Not least of its difficulties was that the aircraft and equipment provided was not up to the standard of that of the Luftwaffe and the RAF; also in terms of tactics and combat training the CAI pilots were 'newbies' entering a game being played between two opponents who had several months of combat experience. Despite this the Italian pilots and crews put in a creditable effort, fighting bravely and attempting to carry out their objectives, but ultimately they achieved little and were withdrawn to Italy starting in December 1940. The Fiat CR.42 equipped the 83., 85. and 95. Squadriglia of the 18. Gruppo Caccia (Fighter Group) commanded by Maggiore Feruccio Vosilla and based at Ursel in Belgium. This is the kit I will be building: It's the Italeri kit dating back to 2006, this edition includes a well-illustrated reference booklet: ... with lots of colour pictures of the CR.42 built by Fiat in 2005 and now on display in a museum near Rome: It should be a useful reference. The sprue shot: It looks a nicely designed and moulded model. I'll be using this in addition - the instrument panels and the seatbelts at least: For additional reference I have this: ... and the aircraft I intend to represent is the second one down in the profile from this book: ...because I like the yellow band around the cockpit basically - my understanding is that the CAI Fiats were in fact painted in the more usual three-tone upper camouflage with aluminium-painted undersides so I will be painting mine thusly rather than the yellow-green scheme shown here. Fortunately for me, that is one of the options provided in the DP Casper 'Forgotten Battles' transfer set 'Operation Cinzano': Finally, these are some of the colours I will be using - these are from the new Colourcoats range for the Regia Aeronautica and chosen as advised by the Stormo! Colour Guides here: They are (top row): Giallo Mimetico 1, Giallo Mimetico 4 (I'll be mixing a little of the second into the first, as it looks a little pale to me) and Verde Mimetico 3 (bottom row) Grigio Mimetico, Grigio Azzuro Scuro (I think the former for the interior colour but possibly the latter, more research required...) and finally Marron Mimetico 2. For the Alluminio underside I will use Alclad Semi-Matt Aluminium. Right, I think that's everything covered, well done if you managed to stick with me through that lot Cheers, Stew
  20. Italian Kits Wings ( http://www.italiankits.it/itkitswings72.html) is to release 1/72nd Fiat CR.42B two-seats Falco (post-WW.II) resin conversion set for the Italeri kit - ref.IKW7218 Source: http://www.master194.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=55&t=88535 V.P.
  21. Italian Kits Wings has just released a 1/72nd Fiat G59 1B/2B conversion kit for Special Hobby G55B - ref.IKW7217 Source: http://www.italiankits.it/itkitswings72.html V.P.
  22. A little background: The Gran Chaco War (or sometimes just "Chaco War") was a war fought between Bolivia and Paraguay over a region of scrubland, swamp, and semi-desert called the Gran Chaco. The land was of little use or interest until oil was discovered near it, in the foothills of the Andes. This led Bolivia to believe that oil was also in the Gran Chaco and they asserted their claim to this land, which had belonged to the department of Bolivia when most of South America was owned by Spain. The region had, however, long been inhabited and used by the Paraguayans, who had de facto, if not actual de jure control of the land. To make a long story short, the Paraguayans had better leaders, and were used to the hot climate and landscape of the Gran Chaco, and they won a decisive victory over the superior in numbers Bolivians. In a treaty signed in 1938 (fighting had ceased in 1935), most of the Gran Chaco was legally assigned to Paraguay. So much for my history lesson; now onto my little kit. This kit is the old Aeroclub kit which represents a Fiat Cr.20, of which Paraguay obtained a few (five, I believe) in the 1930's from the Italians, who also provided other aircraft and military assistance at this time. The kit itself is moulded in Aeroclub's typical brownish plastic, with a considerable amount of white metal parts. Best of all, this kit actually has the Paraguayan decals and they look quite usable (we shall see!). The white metal parts need some cleaning up, but I've already cleaned up the plastic parts. Below are some photographs: Enjoy the build (I hope I do!). Best Regards, Jason
  23. Italian Kits newest 1/72nd resin conversion kit is a two seat Fiat G.59-4B for Flying Machines and Special Hobby Fiat G55 kits - ref.IKW7215. Source: http://www.italiankits.it/itkitswings72.html V.P.
  24. Hello I did start doing my SM.79 but that's a dead project at the moment, because I'm waiting until I get my new airbrush (and then I'm practicing on a Blenheim). So anyway, got myself a MC.200 at my LMS for aroud £5. I tried to use my cheap airbrush to spray the base coat, which then broke. So I used the Humbrol one instead as that was £10. It was alright, but a bit hit or miss. .I think it's turned out alright so far, just got to add decals and then it'll be done. It's taken about 5 hours so far (plus a lot of airbrush faffing). It was my first aircraft done with acrylics (and first making a mask for a canopy...it wasnt entirely successful), and really my first complete model of about 4 years! Anyway, pictures! Assembled, canopy with my first 'masking' job. The underside sprayed, just as my airbrush and comp died! Now fully painted, and I'm pretty happy with it. Added some thread, needs tiring a bit...bit, and it looks better in person haha. Overall I'm pretty happy with how it's turned out so far, my first model in a long long time.
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