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  1. Dear fellow Britmodellers, this is Fine Molds 1/72 Me-410 B1, a commissioned build, with pilot figures but omitting the swastika (on customer's request). Painted with Gunze/Mr.Hobby acrylics. Photos by Wolfgang Rabel. I replaced the kit decals (who had not aged well) with aftermarket items from Aeromaster. Here, I made a stupid mistake by blindly following the instructions, and placing the Balkenkreuz too far forward. Note that, one the right fuselage side, the squadron letters "3U" should overlap with the white I/D band. Apart from that self-inflicted problem, I came across some fit issues on the engine/nacelle joint. I'd recommend to glue each engine half to the nacelle BEFORE fitting them together. (The kit instructions would suggest to fit the assembled engine to the nacelle, do NOT follow this.) The fuselage halves had a very prominent seam, that took several sanding sessions to rectify. Gun barrel is a metal item from Fine Molds. Thank you for your interest, with best greetings from Vienna, Roman
  2. After finishing the AMG Bf 109 B, it was time to clean up the workshop before moving on to the next project. There was simply too much dust and clutter scattered around. So after two solid days of effort, here's how it looked. [/url]IMG_6364 IMG_6365 A word of caution; it will never look this good again. Now on the the next model. I needed a conversion to fill out this year's traveling troupe and have always liked the Bf 109 prototypes, particularly the stretched high altitude types. I've already done the 109 T and H, but references to the exceedingly extenuated 209 H variant got me to researching. There are just a few references on the topic and fortunately none of them agree. As a result I get to pick and choose the features that appeal to me the most. Call me wrong; I would love to see the definitive drawing or (gasp) a photo. So here are the primary references I used: IMG_6402 This book provided this drawing, which has most of the defining points that I used for the model. Notice that is calls out the stammkennzeichen (DV+JC) and the werk number (15709), lending creditability that the bird was actually built. More on that soon. IMG_6401 Here's the next source: IMG_6403 This reference was invaluable because it has 1/72 six-view drawings. IMG_6370 IMG_6371 Also helpful was Thomas Hitchcock's book on the Ta-152. Buried in its pages is this drawing: [/url]IMG_6400 Another good, but different interpretation. Hitchcock states that the 209 H did fly. I emailed several times with the guru of all things 109, Jean Claude Mermet, who provided insight. Finally, I had a series on conversations with good friend (and noted 109 expert) Woody Straub. First, I had to clear up some disagreements. Two of the drawings show an additional section placed in from of the windscreen. Interesting, and it could be accomplished by some clever dissecting on Fine Molds G-6 and G-10 kits (more on this later). But why would Messerschmitt engineers push the engine that far out; wouldn't it play havoc with the CG? I scrapped the idea and besides, the Hitchcock drawing does not show this. Other drawings show an added section directly behind the canopy. Certainly possible, but again, Hitchcock doesn't have this (again, thank you Thomas!). Other variations include the type of leading edge radiator intake, three or four blade prop and inward or outward retracting landing gear. The 209 H was apparently a hybrid of a Bf 109 G-5 fuselage and other components including the Me 209 V-5 wing, so that gave some guidance. I gethered up some kits, my trusty UMM razor saw, and set to hacking. Fortunately this build was not the typical "I began by assembling the cockpit". Boring. I've always believed in getting the most difficult thing out of the way first; in this case the wing. There is a resin kit of the 209 H available from Planet Models, which actually is quite crude. AZ has recently released a 109 H with an extended wing. This might provide a starting point. Finally from Pegasus Models there is a rather ancient 109 H (V-54). Here is a comparison of the wings. IMG_6382 Planet resin is on top, then Pegasus and finally AZ. I had already done quite a bit of hacking on the AZ kit when this photo was taken. Not two spots on it mate together, so a lot of sanding was done. Also I removed the radiators and blanked off the area with plastic card. A final decision was made for the Pegasus wing. The outer panels leading edge rake differed from my drawing, so I also would have had to separate the AZ wing into three sections. That was already done with the Pegasus wing. Pegasus was a bit thicker as well with less defined scribing. Since most of this would have to be filled, Pegasus got another point. The final straw was the wheel wells. I wanted an inwardly retracting landing gear and blanking off the area looked easier with the Pegasus wing. The AZ had molded-in wells, which would have meant cutting them out or filling in the area with epoxy putty. Here the process begins. The wells have been blanked off with plastic card and superglue. IMG_6373 Once the area was smoothed out, I cut out the wheel well covers from a drawing. These acted as templates which were then Blu-Tacked in the proper position. Black paint was sprayed to define the new well. IMG_6412 I used a dental bit in my Moto-Tool to rough out the hole, then refined it with a scalpel and files. IMG_6416 Next, some creating gizmology with .005" plastic card. This was embossed with a Rossie the Riveter (MUCH more of this as we progress) to make impressions of raised rivets. It was then cut in strips. These were placed along the edges of the wells and inside the upper wing. They were even laminated to impersonate the wing spars. IMG_6436 IMG_6440 My rather bright light washes out the effect on the wing interior, but the rivets can be seen on the wheel well linings and spars. Well, that was the easy part. The real fun began with the leading edge radiators. Since probably no one alive has actually seen them, I can let my imagination lead the way. I tried two variants. Both began with my trusty Mattel Vac-U-Form machine and a bit of RenShape that someone had given to me. RenShape is an expanded foam of varying degrees of density. It cuts very well and is used by pattern makers. I cut and sanded the basic shape... IMG_6391 ...then Vac-U-Formed a number of copies. IMG_6392 Prior to test fitting them, it was time for more surgery, somewhat major this time.I cut the forward section from the lower center wing part. I will be lowering the flaps, so that area was also removed. Since the engineering of the Pegasus kit differs from the Fine Molds model, the outer sections were removed from this piece also. IMG_6407 IMG_6408 Here you see the first attempt with the entire front of the radiator open. IMG_6398 Not my favorite, I just wasn't taken by the look. The second and much more difficult attempt involved cutting two symmetrical slots in the front of very thin vacuformed pieces. Again the dental bits, Moto Tool and files came out. I think this is far sexier, but could I make two of them? IMG_6394 IMG_6395 There were failures, but eventually yes. IMG_6397 This is only part 1 of where the project stands at the moment, but since it is getting lengthy (uh-huh), I'll continue with part 2 separately. I haven't posted anything for a while and here you can see why. This has kept me rather busy. Also, I didn't want to start posting and then run out of enthusiasm. This thing had to reach critical mass, the point of no return if you will, before I committed to it here. Hope you've enjoyed the prequel.
  3. Fine Molds Bf109G-2/R6. The G-2 was the non pressurised version of the G-1 and was the main production model until they swapped to the G-4. This is one fitted with the R6 modification, which consisted of a pair of MG151 20mm cannons in pods under the wings. This gave a useful boost to the firepower, for shooting down bombers but reduced speed and agility for combatting enemy fighters. The Fine Molds kits are the best kits around for Bf109F/G and K models with similar quality to Tamiya and Hasegawa but you do pay extra for it. Despite their cost, anyone who is a fan of 109's and builds in 1/72, should get at least one of these excellent kits! This one is painted up as a JG54 Grunherz aircraft, in a fresh coat of winter whitewash over the camouflage. Please ignore the wonky headrest, I only noticed it after taking off the canopy mask!
  4. Fine Molds is to release in July 2016 a family of 1/48th Mitsubishi A5M2b & A5M4 "Claude" kits - ref. FB20 & FB21 Source: http://www.finemolds.co.jp/iroiro/2016SHS_new.html See also similar Wingsy kits project: http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/235000512-148-mitsubishi-a5m2b-claude-late-version-by-wingsy-kits-cadsbox-artschemes-release-summer-2016/ V.P.
  5. Greetings, members of the resistance. Fine Molds 1/48 X-Wing has been brutally tickled into a rendition of Luke's ride. Sadly, Revell's decals don't measure up to the eye watering 70 odd beer vouchers indicated on the box being pixilated, stiff and impervious to anything south of a welder's torch, so the markings were rendered in paint. Notwithstanding the decals, the kit's a ton of fun. Bare Metal foil was used for the oleos. Come in Red 5... Happy days Steve
  6. Good afternoon. I present to you my recently finished model: Manufacturer: Fine Molds Scale: 1/72 Aircraft: Fine Molds FL14 1/72 Messerscmitt Bf-109G-6 Markings: Bf-109G-6 WNr.440 117 "Yellow 7" 9./JG3, Lt. Stein, april 1944 Colors: - Gunze Sangyo H 68 RLM 74 Dark Gray Semi-Gloss/German Aircraft WW II - Gunze Sangyo H 69 RLM 75 Gray Semi-Gloss/German Aircraft WW II - Gunze Sangyo H 418 RLM 78 Light Blue Semi-Gloss/German Aircraft WW II
  7. My first completion of 2017. Sounds great, eh? Not when I haven't previously completed a build since 2015 it doesn't . Anyway, this was done to get a model built and to kick my lack of motivation in the bum. Seems to have worked, and I'm quite pleased with the result. This is the Fine Molds kit, and was a joy, with the exception of the transfers. I found them very sensitive to everything I normally do, so had to be very careful. Tamiya paint and Ammo by Mig panel line washes. The base (cheap, and from Walmart) will be finished at some point. Less waffle, more piccies:
  8. Good afternoon. I present to you my recently finished model: Fine Molds FL 11 1/72 Bf-109G-10 8./JG 3 Oblt. Gunther Grossjohan, march 1945. I use the following colors when painting: Gunze Sangyo RLM 76 H417 Tamiya RLM 81 XF-51/2 + XF-64/1 Gunze Sangyo RLM 83 H423
  9. Well, she's finally done: And finally a couple shot with a different lens that should be a better approximation of what a human eye sees looking at one of these: A really nice base kit, noticeably enhanced by the Fine Molds white metal parts. Thanks for looking! bestest, M.
  10. There tend to be too much blue'ish light in my kitchen this early in the day, but I suppressed the blue a little as a post effect on the images, and hopefully the photos should look ok. Edit: Hrm, nope. Too much blueish lighting here. Have to go take some new photos. This model was airbrushed with Vallejo Air colors (USAF Light Gray and Nato Black). I used Humbrol Clear for the gloss coats (psi should ideally be at 5-6 I think). The four layers of gloss coat is ofc "hidden" by the final layer of Vallejo Matte varnish (diluted 50/50 with thinner). I'll post some more images later showing the stand that was painted with Vallejo's metallic 'Gunmetal Gray', once the battery on my digital camera has been recharged. I really like this kit, though the kit seem to have one subtle flaw at the front and to the side a bit, where you can see the seams from the two big pieces that doesn't get covered by the parts on the side. I used some photo etch and it was ok, though I had to mask the photo etch to paint the big parts both gray and black. I think ideally, the PE should have been made differently because of that. The WIP thread is here.
  11. Note: The Ready for Inspection thread can be found here. I think this one should be fairly quick to complete. The finish should end up looking great, now that I can use an airbrush. The fine molds kit comes with paint masks, something I have never used before. It didn't work well when I made my Tie fighter model, painting it with a brush over the masks, but now, I have an airbrush and I suspect that the result will be perfect. I think I only have to make sure there is enough adhesive on the masks, so that paint isn't blown in underneath the masks. Fyi, the paint masks is simply a single sticker sheet called "masking sticker". These are not individual and pre-cut masks, so I have to cut out each mask by the looks of it. So this kit is a box I had lying around for years. I even bought some photo etch for it, nothing much, a little PE and some resin parts in one pack. The PE was a bit hard to come by as I recall, and some other PE was iirc sold out. I don't think the PE is entirely accurate. Presumably it is somewhat abstracted, otherwise the detailing might have been too small for production I am guessing. The main color to be used, is the USAF Light Gray, being a warm gray, as opposed to cold or neutral gray. I had to excavate six holes for the resin parts, simple enough. The six PE parts fits nicely btw. I had already begun working on this kit, when I re-opened the box the other day. The insides of the two main hull pieces are painted black, as I thought it might perhaps prevent translucency to some degree (unsure if effective with only black enamel paint). Ideally, one would have to use both black and maybe silver paint on top of that to block any light passing through the plastic.
  12. Fresh off the bench, Fine Molds Me-410 A1... A very nice little kit with just a few annoying fit issues and decals that are practically unusable, it was the first proper test of my new airbrush (H&S Evo CRplus) and it passed with flying colours! Built along side my F-4E for the Vietnam group build, primed with Stynylrez white and painted with Xtracrylix, which seem to be by far the best match for authentic RLM colours, the only really tricky part of the build is the 3 piece canopy which seemed to take ages to get right, im more than happy with the finished model though and its satisfied my Luftwaffe fetish for a while!
  13. Revell - new Star Wars kits for 2015 X-WING - skill level 4 TIE Fighter Millennium Falcon !!!!!!! look at their boxarts and compare with Fine Molds: http://www.rebelscum.com/2015-Toy-Fair/2015-Toy-Fair-Revell-Star-Wars/default.asp and MASTER SERIES sounds good
  14. 1/72 Grumman F-14D Tomcat by Fine Molds / Model Graphix: source: http://www.arcforums.com/forums/air/index.php?showtopic=283330 http://www.modelkasten.com/magazine/mg/187470366.html http://www.modelkasten.com/magazine/mg/f14tomcat.html a new tool Tomcat by Fine Molds? over 200 parts divided into the 3 magazine issues about 2000 jpy per issue? (standard Model Graphic price is about 800 JPY)
  15. OK Guys here are the pictures of what I will build. It will be straight out of the box. Cheers,
  16. Du mußt herrschen und gewinnen Oder dienen und verlieren, Leiden oder triumphieren, Amboß oder Hammer sein. [you must rule and win or serve and lose, suffer or triumph, be the anvil or the hammer.] -- Goethe, "Geh! Gehorche meinen Winken" "...Another example is the hammer and the anvil, now always used with the implication that the anvil gets the worst of it. In real life it is always the anvil that breaks the hammer, never the other way about[.]" -- George Orwell, "Politics and the English Language" Having delayed a planned Blenheim build with an errant foot, I have decided to take upon myself an unpleasant task; I'm going to build not one, but two kits of my second-least favorite aircraft of World War II, exceeded in my dislike only by the ugly and brutish Fw190. I'm going to build two 109Fs by Fine Molds, arguably the best kit of this unpleasant-looking aircraft, the F model being probably the apex of its development. I'm going to be building a 109F-2 Trop of Hauptmann Eduard Neumann, Gruppenkommandeur of I/JG27, and a 109F-4 of Hauptmann Karl-Heinz Krahl, Gruppenkommandeur of II/JG3, both c. 1942. Eduard Neumann was born in 1914 and fought with the Condor Legion alongside Franco's Fascist forces in the Spanish Civil War, where he claimed two victories, before becoming Adjutant of JG27 shortly before the Battle of Britain. He was promoted to command of I/JG27 when his predecessor in that post was dispatched by RAF fighters over the Channel. Neumann was apparently an early sponsor of Marseille -- and I suppose there are two kinds of people who know about Marseille, those who think he was an amazing pilot with a propensity for overclaiming, and those who think he was a stupendous liar with a propensity for intermittently shooting down aircraft -- and by the time of Marseille's death, Neumann had risen to command the whole of JG27. Wikipedia diplomatically notes that "Neumann was a believer in leading his squadron from the ground", not quite the stuff of Wagnerian legend, perhaps. In any case, during Neumann's tenure in the Western Desert, JG27 went from victory after victory to being broken on the wheel of Allied airpower: Canadian ace J F Edwards killed 40-claim ace Gunter Steinhausen on 6 September 1942, and John H Curry, an American Spitfire pilot with the RCAF eliminated 59-claim ace Hans-Arnold Stahlschmidt on 7 September; Marseille himself was killed in a flying accident on 30 September. These three pilots accounted for almost half of JG27's claims between April 1941 and September 1942, and the unit never really recovered from the blow. Additionally, during Neumann's tenure, there appear to have been some problems with false claims and a near total failure of the much-vaunted German claim verification system. Neumann survived the war and lived to be 93, dying in 2004. Karl-Heinz Krahl was also born in 1914, and also served with the Condor Legion, albeit as a bomber pilot. He retrained as a fighter pilot after the conclusion of the SCW, serving with JG2 in the Battles of France and then Britain, rising to command I/JG2 at the very end of the latter. He then became Gruppenkommandeur of II/JG3, flying out of Sicily against Malta, where he was killed by ground fire from the Royal Artillery on 14 April 1942 while strafing Luqa. (Krahl was the second Luftwaffe ace to be shot down over Malta within a week's time; Hermann Neuhoff was shot down either by a 185 Squadron Hurricane or a 249 Squadron Spitfire on 10 April.) I will be building both of their aircraft; I've never built a Fine Molds kit before, so this should be interesting.
  17. Since I am between commissions right now, I managed to get some work done to some personal projects. After completing the TIE/Ln fighter, I wanted to tackle something a little more complicated (in terms of painting at least). For Darth Vader's personal starfighter, I decided that a "factory fresh" paint job was inadequate for the Dark Lord considering that his fighter has surely seen plenty of action against the Rebellion. For this model, I primed everything in white and gave it a base color of Tamiya Sky Grey and Flat White mixed at a 1:1 ratio. I then used Vallejo Masking Fluid to apply chips along corners and panel edges and gave the model a preshading of VMA Black followed by a coat of Tamiya Sky Grey. After I removed the liquid mask I sealed everything with a couple of coats of Future and gave it a wash with 502 Abteilung Starship Filth. After I cleaned up the excess, I began to discolor individual panels using 502 Abteilung Faded Grey, Faded UN White, and Faded Navy Blue followed by a couple of coats of matte varnish. The black wing panel interiors were masked and painted with a 6:1 mix of VMA Black and VMA Arctic Blue metallic to give them a metallic sheen. The kit calls for the hull to be painted Air Superiority Blue, but the craft never appeared bluish to me when watching the films so I went with the Sky Grey like a standard TIE from A New Hope. Comments and criticism are always welcome!
  18. As a long time lurker, I'd like to share my first completed Star Wars model (as well as my first completed scale model in general). I began painting wargaming figures in 2012 before taking the leap in to scale models (Star Wars models specifically) this year, so I wasn't without any experience. I have just about every one of the Fine Molds models left to build (another TIE, TIE Interceptor, TIE/x1, two X-wings, Y-wing, Jedi starfighter, Slave 1, and both the 1/72 and /144 Millennium Falcon models). It will be some time before I will finish them all as I am also a commission miniature painter in addition to my normal day job, so I don't get a lot of time to work on my own projects (it does fund the hobby, so there's that). I completed this model in about four days, which is fast for me, and it was painted in Tamiya and Vallejo acrylics as well as 502 Abteilung oils. Photos were taken with a Nikon D3100 and processed with Gimp2.0. I wrote a short build log on my blog for those interested.
  19. Just a reminder that we have a clearance section with kits and accessories at a marked down price, that we need to clear! At the moment we everything is in 1/72 and it's priced so low we barely break even. The current kits on there are the Academy F-16C, Valom Dassualt Ouragan, Minicraft Ventura and 3 different types of Fine Molds' excellent Kawasaki Ki-61 kit, we've actually just dropped the prices of the Ki-61's a bit more too! We've just added a selection of Quickboost 1/48 resin parts and we'll be adding more over the coming week or so. So there will be plenty of bargains to look out for! http://www.mjwmodels.co.uk/clearance-bargains-244-c.asp thanks Mike
  20. We've just created a 'Clearence Section' on our website. The clearance section contains products and ranges we are no longer wanting to stock as oppose to our special offers on regular stock. All prices have been lowered. We have the following items currently in the Clearence section - Eduard 1/32 kits, AFV Club 1/48 kits, Academy 1/72 kits, Fine Molds 1/72 kits, Minicraft 1/72 kits and Valom 1/72 kits. In most cases there's only one of each kit but there's a few where there are more than 1. http://www.mjwmodels.co.uk/clearance-bargains-244-c.asp thanks Mike
  21. We are now down to our last 3 Fine Molds Bf109's now. The UK importer is currently not importing Fine Molds, so these might well be the last ones we ever have in stock. We have a single Bf109G-4 and 2 Bf109G-4/R6's (Hartmann's markings) left in stock and we've reduced the prices from last year's down to roughly what they were in 2011. They're not cheap still but they are probably the best Bf109 kit currently available in 1/72 and are both well detailed and well engineered (and fit together properly!), so I would say, you really do get what you pay for with them! http://www.mjwmodels.co.uk/finemolds-172--kits-135-c.asp We've stll also got some of Fine Mold's excellent Ki-61's and a A7M still available too. thanks Mike
  22. We've managed to get our hands on 4 of the long discontinued Eduard Me410A-1/B-1 Schnellbomber Profipacks. The boxes are a bit worn but are intact and all the kits look to be complete and unstarted (still in sealed plastic bags). The kits are the excellent Fine Molds Me410 kits with a load of aftermarket thrown in. You get 2 additional Vac Form canopies (you still get the kit canopy too), a sheet of (non-colour) etch, loads of resin parts and what looks like 3 sets of canopy mask (hard to see but I think there is 3 masks!). They are ex shop stock from one of our suppliers and we got all they had left so once they are gone, we'll get no more! Price is £26.00, which isn't bad considering the Fine Molds kit sold for around £20! It's also less than they were being sold for by our supplier! http://www.mjwmodels.co.uk/02eduard-172--kits---profipack-132-c.asp thanks Mike
  23. I spoke to the UK Importer of Fine Molds, (and indeed Fujimi) on Monday and they said they aren't importing Fine Molds (or Fujimi) anymore due to difficulties in getting them from Japan. Now I don't know what the difficulties are or indeed if they will be resolved, so as a result, we are no longer going to stock Fine Molds kits. We have reduced the prices little of the kits we have left in stock and once they're gone, they're gone, we cannot restock them. If indeed imports resume we may reconsider, depending on what is available. They are still expensive but you get what you pay for and these are currently the best plastic kits in 1/72 of these subjects. I know this from building both the Bf109 and Ki-61. We have the following 1/72 kits left in stock. Bf109G-2/R6 'Grunherz', Bf109G-4 and Bf109G-4/R6 'Hartmann'. Mitsubishi A7M 'Sam' and the 3 different Kawasaki Ki-61 'Tony' kits. http://www.mjwmodels.co.uk/finemolds-172--kits-135-c.asp thanks Mike
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