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  1. This project started out as something totally different and took on a life of it's own! This doesn't happen often to me, so it was a pleasant surprise and made for a fun journey. A bit of a backstory: Bernhard Manfred Waßertropfen - also known as Opa (Grandad) was seaking a way to fullfill his childhood dream - to travel the skies - free like a bird. He therefore took a long look at his old trusty 1904 Mercedes and decided there and then to transform it into a Aerocar. After a long time of tinkering and many trials and errors - he finally succeded and could take to the skies - up where he so long had dreamed of being. We see him here on his first travel, where he - together with his good old companion - his dog Freßsack - is flying over the Bavarian lake Eibsee waving an Edelweiss in his hand. Link to the build: Cheers Hans J
  2. I was looking for an 'easy build' as a break from my Memphis Belle and recent Valoms and my thoughtful daughters provided a solution as a birthday present, a 1/12 (or 1/8th?) Airfix (Nr. 51101) 1999 classic. The intention was a build for fun (WiP here). Built almost OOB but, at Procopius' suggestion (thanks PC) also as a sort of 'tongue in cheek' BoB tribute. Any concerns over scheme authenticity were explained by Procopius: "...this scheme was worn for a short period in 1940 by the Royal Cartoon Auxiliary Air Force's 1567 (Anthropomorphic Dog) Flight." Thanks PC. Here is the finished article: The build took over from the Belle and various problems reduced the fun, a bit, mainly the plastic. Nigel H thinks it's probably ABS; it's certainly heavy and very shiny leading to all sorts of adhesion problems until I started sanding to remove the gloss / oil. A few non-OOB changes: primed with Vallejo acrylic grey which tried its best but didn't bite into the plastic VMA 'Sky' (71.103) and DE (71.029) airbrushed and H30 DG hand brushed. AK True Metal gunmetal for the 'porridge cannon' and aluminium for its mount. Prop tips Liquitex marker pen. Klear coated prior to transfers and VMA matt coat after. ​Gromit initially painted with supplied 'Super Acrylic' but later gave up and used Humbrol enamel 61+130 50/50. Helmet and jacket H10 Acrylic with Humbrol filler 'sheepskin'. Custom transfers for the 'Preston kill awards' and others from my limited stash Porridge added (water, no salt, bit of sugar - actually it's a cotton bud) Five minute epoxy used in place of the supplied poly cement. The WiP was one of our usual joint efforts and, I think, is both entertaining and educational - this build certainly taught me a few lessons! Hope you like it but remember, it's a fun build of something that doesn't actually exist so be nice guys please!
  3. Well, been a while. The last plane I built was the delightful 1/48 Hobby Boss Me262, and this kit is proving to be no less delightful and enjoyable to build so far. This kit has had been much maligned for various reasons: Intakes are slightly off, the mad-riveter has struck, the fuel tanks aren't off centre, too much detail in odd places (two entire engines) etc. etc. Now, while this may be true, there is a HUGE amount going for this kit as I'm finding out. Firstly, the cockpit; you would only be able to beat this cockpit with a resin cockpit, and even then some of the resin pits are not as up to date in terms of MFD's and the RIO's sidecontroller. Secondly, the main gear bays; these fit together extremely well and don't clash with the intakes. The undercarriage installation calls for the gear legs to be inserted during the bay construction, but this isn't necessary. Thirdly, the details; this is the first kit I've seen with such a detailed Vulcan, most especially the detail in the cannon port, outstanding. The weapons load is superb and varied (bizarrely including AGM-88 HARM and AGM-84 Harpoon?!) and , yet unfortunately the kit only provides two ADU-703 and BRU-32 bombracks. Minor, but annoying. Other great details, off the top of my head, are the inclusion of the reinforced area around the RIO's step, the GPS dome for the spine, the internal side panels for the cockpit, LANTIRN pod, LAU-138 BOL Sidewinder rails, the engine fan faces and exhaust fans and flame holders, exhaust petal construction, arrestor hook detail... You might get the impression I like this! Anyway, in between finishing some of my stalled builds, I bought this off Charley420 and decided to get it started and hope it wasn't going to be a putty black hole. So far, so good. The kit: Decal options in the box: VF-101 VF-213 Reference material The Tomcat 'Bible' TwoBobs 'Felix in the Fight ' VF-31 OIF (I'm going to model 519618 '110') W&D Studio pitot and AOA for the Hobby Boss kit Eduard Canopy masks
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