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  1. Hobby Boss is to release in 2018-2019 two 1/32nd B-24 kits - ref. 83211 - Consolidated B-24J Liberator - ref. 83212 - Consolidated B-24D Liberator Source: https://www.facebook.com/TrumpeterModel/photos/ms.c.eJxFkdGRRTEIQjvaUVGj~;Te2czHmfTJROJhWQVhLnOo~_8tefdtVWg5Zdbfm9F3w0kOaR0Xr1Eeo4d16KWnu0VY~;~;zjfol3cewjzrmwcbHpfV~;vmlYPMP5yN3nzxp6w8M3~;I6~_Vt9~_3Bf8~_5bkz~_xPDH5uvk6~;rr~_ciZv74Wk3~_vv8b37735GHom9j7P~;4y~;6xet7gv20lof3anl8xXdcPyTvW~_8~;qumHWp7J0~;wHK7NkWQ~-~-.bps.a.910352652456662.1073742118.103526326472636/910353465789914/?type=3&theater V.P.
  2. Jb65rams

    A Clowder of Wildcats

    I have always had a spot spot for the Wildcat, but to date have never built one. The Wildcat always struck me a rugged, purposeful little fella. I hope to put this right with this group build. My proposed builds are 1/48 Hobby Boss F4F-3, with yellow wings. 1/48 Hobby Boss F4F-3S, the Wildcatfish 1/48 Tamiya F4F-4, with Wolfpack Designs folded wings. If it ok with the host, I would like to document the builds in a single WiP, as I plan (ambitiously) to build them simultaneously.
  3. Well, what seemed like a long time in the future is now next week, and I'm scratching my head wondering where I'm going to find the time to build this, but also really looking forward to it. Why? Because I have a soft spot for the 262, and have almost all the 1:48 Hobby Boss kits, and a couple more besides in a larger scale that we won't mention. I've been waiting for the glass-nosed one to come out for ages now, as I once saw one with a conversion in 1:32 (damn!), and that's where this all started. I have the kit, purchased with my own hands, with a set of Eduard wheels, and I'm hoping to get a set of those amazingly realistic HGW seatbelts to add a bit of sparkle to the cockpit, as there doesn't seem to be a specific Eduard PE set for it, and I can't be bothered hunting through the rest of my kits to see if I have any PE hidden there. So - apart from wheels and belts, this is going to be as close to OOB as I get these days, and rather than post up a blank place-holder thread I've taken a snap of the box contents that proves I haven't started it Actually, I have removed one part from the sprue, so I could check the fit of the bulkhead with the metal forward bay. It was not good, because the white metal was a little bit warped, so out came the pliers That's it til Monday, honest!
  4. German Sd.Kfz.171 Panther Ausf A w/Zimmerit (84506) 1:35 Hobby Boss via Creative Models The Panther was Germany's answer to the surprise appearance of the Russian T-34 after they finally reacted to the invasion that was Operation Barbarosa. Although the project had been in gestation some time before, they took some design cues from the T-34 in the shape of the sloped armour, resulting in the Panther that was intended to fill the gap between the Panzer.IV and the (then) new Panzer VI Tiger. It was eventually supposed to replace both the Pz.IV and the earlier Pz.III that was really showing its age, but in reality it often fought alongside the Panzer IV. It was planned as a lighter, more manoeuvrable tank than the Tiger, and was fitted with a high velocity gun from the outset, which gave it enormous penetrating power that was only equalled by the British 17-pounder fitted to the Sherman to make the Firefly. The sloped frontal armour gave it an increased effective armour thickness, but this was not so true of the side armour, which was comparatively weak, and this area became the preferred target of engaging allied tanks, especially in urban combat where this was a telling issue. Like most German WWII tanks it was complex to produce, so suffered in terms of volume produced, and this led to it being rushed into service with quite a tick-list of things still to sort out. Later production solved most of these initial gremlins, but loses in the interim were high with many being abandoned after failing during combat. Curiously, the Ausf.D was the first to enter production, with the Ausf.A following later in 1943, replacing attrition of the less reliable Ausf.Ds until they themselves were superseded by the Ausf.G, which became the final major variant with increased ammo storage, simplified design to ease production, and further improvements to reliability, although this was never fully cured with a high rate of attrition due to mechanical issues, some of which resulted in catastrophic fires. The Kit First impressions are excellent. This is a change to Hobby Boss's 2012 German Panther Ausf. D Flak Bergepanther with the same chassis & a new Tank Turret. There are also some other changes. The schurzen (or side plates) were PE brass in the Flak, but are now provided as laser cut plasticard. One reason for this could be that all the zimmerit for this kit is sheets of cut plasticard. Different companies seem to be trying different ways of representing zimmerit, but this is the first time we have seen it as these thin sheets of plasticard. In the box there is an upper & lower hull, turret, 11 further sprues of dark yellow plastic, a sheet of PE, 19 track sprues, and the 4 sheets of card previously mention. The plastic is of good quality with no issues visible. Before construction starts the modeller will need to decide if they are adding the zimmerit or not. If so then the coating needs to be added to the hull sides before proceeding with the suspension components. The straight parts are added to an internal rail which is inserted into the lower hull from the inside. Inside the torsion bar parts are added. The actual axle parts with the arm for the wheels are attached to the longer bars and added from the outside. Gearbox covers are added along with additional suspension components. The road wheels, driver sprockets, and return rollers are made up added at this time. The tracks are now made up these are individual links with two guide horns to apply to each of the separate 178 links! There is though no jig in the kit to get the lie of the tracks right so they will have to be done on the wheels. As a quick guide to see how they fit some were cut of a sprue with clippers and they fit without additional clean up. Once the tracks are on the covers over the tracks can be added in place, this now completes the lower hull. Construction then moves to the upper hull, a few small fittings need to be removed before the zimmerit is added if you are using it. The rear part of the hull is made up with the exhausts and tanks being added. Inside the top of the hull viewing periscopes are added along with the front hatches. The rear engine deck and fans are added along with photo etched grills. Tools and the gun cleaning equipment tube are added. The upper hull can then be added to the tank. The side skirts can then be added, as previously mentioned these are made from laser cut plasticard and need to be cut out. The turret is now made up. The gun mantlet is made and added to the front. The hatches and their machine guns were used are added and the rear turret wall added. The two part muzzle is made up and added to the gun, this in turn is added to the turret. Zimmerit The zimmerit for this kit is on three sheets of textured laser cut plasticard. It is thin and should adhere well with liberal amounts of glue. How this does work is yet to be seen, and there are bound to be parts this does not work well with, and joins were the modeller will have to apply there own. However this plastic form should be easier to work with than photo etch. Markings A small sheet of generic numbers and hull crosses is included, however the instructions make no reference to any markings at all? Conclusion This looks to be a nice kit of the Panther and less complicated than some of the other "full interior" kits on the market if the modeller does not want a full interior. The use of plasticard for the side skirts and zimmerit coating is new. Highly recommended. Metal Barrel If you want to take the kit up a notch then Hobby Boss now also offer a replacement metal barrel for the kit Review sample courtesy of
  5. US M911 C-HET With M747 Heavy Equipment Semi-Trailer (85519) 1:35 Hobby Boss via Creative Models Any army requires transporters for their heavy equipment, and in the US this is abbreviated to HET, which stands for Heavy Equipment Transport, so you hear the use of the phrase applied to a number of heavy-haulers. Tank transport is particularly heavy, with your average M1 Abrams weighing in around 60 tons. The M911 tractor unit was a product of the 70s and was initially paired with a trailer that had previously been used with the M746 that the M911 replaced. During the Gulf War the M911 saw extensive use pulling Abrams tanks from battle to battle, which exposed weaknesses in the tractor's mechanicals that led to its replacement by the M1070, from the same Oshkosh stable. The easiest way of telling them apart is the more streamlined grille of the M1070, versus the square shape of the M911. The Kit This is a completely new tooling from Hobby Boss, and arrives shortly after Meng have done the very same combo. It arrives in a large sturdy cardboard box, and once you open it up, you're greeted by a pretty comprehensive package: Their are 10 spures of caramac plastic, 1 clear spure, 3 cab parts, 1 large trailer bed part, 13 large tyres, 17 small tyres, 3 sheets of PE, chain, rope and cable as well as decals & masks for the cab windows. Construction starts with the cab chassis. Various arts are built up at first including the transmission, air reservoir, cross beams, and differentials. These parts can then be fitted into the chassis rails . Onto these are then added the parts for the suspension units. Once made up these and their power shafts are added to the chassis. The fuel tanks and side lockers are then built up and added. The wheels can then be built up and added. At the front the radiator units is added. Construction then moves onto the cab. Seats are made up and added to the cab floor. The dash is made up along with the steering column and this is added to the main cab unit. The floor is then added to the cab. The doors and various parts such as the mirrors, wipers, lights etc are added. The bonnet is then added and the cab can be added to the chassis. The bumper and grill can then be added at the front. Tot the side the air cleaner is added. To the rear of the cab the large winch and motor are made up and added, along with the spare wheel carrier and 5th wheel plate. PE mud flaps are added to the back. The exhaust and its PE shroud are fitted. Construction then moves onto the trailer. The lower fame work is made up from two side parts and the many cross members, plus rear support frame. The lower frame can then be added into the single part top frame. The air reservoirs are built up and added in. Side reinforcement plates are then added in in the underside. Also on the underside a mass of small parts are then added. The trailer axles are made up and added. These are followed by the wheels. The landing legs are made up and added to the front of the trailer. On the bed of the trailer the central bed plates are added along the rear loading ramps. The chain is to hold these ramps up. The trailer can then be added to the truck. Markings Despite this being a big model, it has a smallish decal sheet. markings are provided for 4 units; 257th Transportation Company (Dessert Yellow overall) 1st Armoured Division, 708th Support Battalion (Camo unit, Overall green trailer) 1st Armoured Division, 708th Support Battalion (Overall green truck & trailer) 2123rd Transportation Company (overall camo truck & trailer) Conclusion It's not a pocket-money kit by any stretch of the imagination, but the effort, attention to detail and care that has gone into the design makes it a worthy addition to your stash. Once built up it will make an impressive model. Online this Kit is fully 2/3 the price of the Meng Version. Very highly recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  6. Hobby Boss is to re-release in late September 2018 its Hornet kit as 1/48th McDD F/A-18C Hornet RAAF kit - ref. 85809 Source: http://www.hobbyboss.com/index.php?g=home&m=article&a=show&id=119&l=en V.P.
  7. Russian 9K79 Tochka (SS-21 Scarab) IRBM (85509) 1:35 Hobby Boss via Creative Models Mobile launch systems are a method for deploying missiles in such a way that makes tracking them down by the enemy more difficult, ensuring that launches take place before they are destroyed due to their location being known in advance. The Soviet Union had a number of such types in their inventory, which were able to move, set up and fire in short order, then escape retaliation by packing up and moving again, at least in theory. This system is known in the West as the SS-21 Scarab, with the suffix A, B or C used for improved variants over time that could reach further into enemy territory. The missile is capable of carrying high explosive, nuclear, biological or fragmentation warheads and is more accurate than its larger predecessors, with better inertial guidance, and solid propellant that makes it easier to handle and launch than equivalent liquid options. The carrier and launch vehicle is a BAZ 5921 built by KB Mashinostroyeniya with the designation 9K79, and it carries the missile in a recess that runs down the length of the chassis that has a protective warhead "cup" at the front behind the crew cab. When setting up, the missile is raised pivoting at the rear on a short platform, with corner steadies deploying from the underside to reduce instability. The chassis has 6 wheels on three axles and is fully amphibious, with water jet propulsion at the rear, and a set of long lift-and-slide doors that cover the missile when on the move. The system has been in use since the mid-70s, and still serves with the Russian military in an upgraded capacity today, as well as former Soviet states and sympathetic countries. It has seen use most recently in the ongoing Syrian conflict, causing concern and an aborted reaction by neighbouring Israel. The Kit This is a new tool from Hobby Boss, and pretty much the first injection moulded kit of the type that I could find online. It arrives in a fairly large box, which is divided internally to hold the hull parts and missile safely, with ten sprues in sand yellow styrene, plus the five larger parts that have already been removed from sprues before packing. There is a clear sprue, a fret of Photo-Etch (PE) parts, six black rubberised tyres, two decal sheets, a sheet of die-cut masks, and a short length of braided thick brass wire. It's a full interior kit, so the instruction booklet is a fairly long affair, and the painting guide includes photos of the interior built up and painted. The level of detail is excellent throughout and the exterior surface is very crisp, fitting snugly to the underside part with no adjustment. The instructions begin with the drive and steering units, of which there are six, built up in pairs due to their location on the hull. The tyres are slipped over the two-part hubs, and glued to the axles, while various small parts are fitted around the underside before it is flipped over to accept the main chassis rail. This large part sits in the space between the wheel arches down the full length of the hull, and has additional drive parts added to the inner rail, cross-members fitted between the halves, and a small deck at the rear of the frame. When it is placed in the hull, transfer boxes a fitted inside, and the basic cradle parts for the front of the missile are put in place, including the rear pivot-points. The big 300bhp engine is incorrectly mislabelled when it is built up as E-E, and later as G-G when it is installed in the chassis, so it may be worthwhile altering the instructions to remind yourself. It sits low behind the crew cab, and as joined by a number of other assemblies, such as the receivers for the rams that power the steadies, which can be fitted deployed or stowed as you see fit. The ancillary power unit is also built up from a substantial number of parts, along with the cab bulkhead with radio gear, the water jet system in the rear, the launch rail for the missile, various equipment, plus a protective shroud for the main power plant. A whole host of other equipment is made up and installed in a flurry over the next few pages of instructions, with controls for the missiles, stowage, equipment boxes and all manner of other tanks, receptacles, and of course the crew compartment, which has seats, instrument consoles and pedals fitted, plus the remainder of the parts, and even more equipment being fitted to the inside of the hull top. The missiles can be built up either ready to launch or stowed for transport, with two included so you can take your pick. The fins fold closed, and the steering baffles can be fitted to the exhaust ring open or folded up parallel to the rocket body, and it latches to the launch rail by four small tangs that fit into corresponding recesses on the sides of the missile body. The folding nose-cone shroud is attached to the chassis and can be left open or closed as is appropriate to your build option. Although it looks like you can build two missiles, they are slightly different from each other, and there are only one set of fins and baffles supplied. Turning to the upper hull, this is detailed with the aforementioned internal parts, plus the door mechanism for the missile trough, the doors themselves with separate hinges, external vents that are fitted from the inside, the top crew hatch, and of course the windscreen parts, which are actually fitted from the outside (don't forget to mask them!). Externally there are a set of pioneer tools, some PE mesh vents, side windows, hooks, light clusters, wing mirrors… the list goes on! The final act brings the two halves together, which would probably be best done before you add all the greeblies for fear of knocking them off during handling. The back page of the instructions show the two display options, either all locked away for transport, or in a deployed mode with doors open, steadies down and the missile at a jaunty angle. Markings Someone at Hobby Boss quite likes this subject, as they have included six decal options for the kit, and most of them are quite attractive camo options in varying colours, and only one boring Russian Green version for the camo-phobic. The missile is always a medium green however, but some options sport a bright red tip, and others have decal stripes added to the sides. As usual with Hobby Boss however, you don't get any additional information of where and when these schemes were used, so you'll have to make an educated guess based on the decals, or surf the net to pick up some comparables. Decals are printed in-house and have good enough registration, clarity and sharpness for the job, and the smaller sheet includes lots of decals for the interior equipment, with dials and so forth for instrument panels. Conclusion Nicely detailed and quite petite for a mobile missile system, this should look cool in your cabinet if you choose one of the camo options, needing only a little extra headroom if you decide to portray it in the launch position. Review sample courtesy of
  8. Hello everyone. This is my recently finished MiG-31 Foxhound, 1/48 scale from Hobby Boss. Didn't encounter major problems throughout the build. Hope you like it.
  9. Source: http://www.hobbyboss...2/0706/868.html V.P.
  10. Delta Force FAV (82406) 1:35 Hobby Boss via Creative Models Designed by Chenowth Racing Products in the 1980s, using some VW Beetle parts that shows more than a hint of its Dune Buggy heritage, over 100 Fast Attack Vehicles (FAVs) were procured and used to give troops the speed to race to an engagement over all manner of terrain, strike fast and get out just as quickly. When the HUMVEE came into service it replaced the FAV, but didn't offer the flexibility and speed of the FAV, which were given to Special Forces until it was replaced by the newer Light Strike Vehicle, which can carry two passengers in addition to the two crew that an FAV could carry. The Kit This is a new tooling from our benign Chinese modelling overlords, and arrives in a smallish box that has a painting of the subject matter on the front, crewed up and moving forward. Inside are four sprues in sand coloured styrene, plus another with only the floor tray and one other part; four wheels in hard rubbery plastic; two clear sprues; a fret of Photo-Etch (PE) brass; a small decal sheet, and of course the black & white instructions with separate colour painting guide. As is usual with Hobby Boss vehicle kits, the level of detail is good, and the part count is respectable for such a small 2-man vehicle. There aren't any crew figures in the box sadly, and the floor pan has some large ejector pin marks that will be visible in the side panniers unless you fill them with stowage. Deal with these early on if you plan to, as it will get a little crowded in there later on. Construction begins with the floor pan, which has PE mesh side panels, seats and driver controls added, and here the seats are identical, so if you aren't planning on adding crew it might be an idea to adjust the drape of one seat to make it look different. The engine is exposed, and is built up from a good number of parts that will be familiar to anyone that has watched an episode of Wheeler Dealers where Edd strips out a Beetle engine. It includes all the tin-work that directs the cooling air around the engine, transmission and pulleys of the real thing, and is fitted to the rear of the floor pan once complete and painted. Suspension is installed on the rear corners with drive-shafts and their gaiters, then the roll-over frame is dropped into slots in the floor either side of the crew. The instrument panel and steering wheel are attached to a front cross-member, which slips between the two sides, and the bonnet/hood/boot then covers the front of the floor pan, hiding away a couple more ejector pin marks that won't need filling. A stowage area at the bottom of the cage is popped in place behind the crew seats, and the front suspension turrets are fitted to the front, supporting the main light cluster, with clear lenses added. Another stowage tray that covers the flexible fuel tank goes behind the crew on short stand-off tubes, with some more PE parts holding things within. The front bumper/fender and clear lensed headlights are glued on, and the front suspension is completed ready for the wheels later on, after which the air filters are attached to the top of the engine, and the exhausts to the bottom, with cooling fins closest to the manifolds. The rest of the framework is complete, with 6 spare shock absorbers lashed to the sides in case of incident, and front PE mesh covers for the light clusters giving an idea of how rough the terrain these vehicles travel over really is. A perforated armoured panel is fitted over the engine compartment, with a slot through the bottom to allow the exhaust pipe to protrude from the back. Another panel is attached to the roof, and a clear wind deflector screen covers the lower half of the windscreen area, with a single wing mirror on a stalk to check behind. Fenders are fitted all round on PE brackets, the chunky rubbery tires are each given 3-part hubs, and are fitted into the wheel wells in each corner, with rear lights and whip antenna finishing it off. Markings It's a small vehicle when completed, at barely 11cm long and 6cm wide, so it's not going to have much in the way of decals. There are two schemes shown on the sheet, one wearing a Black/Green/Brown NATO camo with unit markings on the front, and the crew names a la "Kevin & Stacey" in black lettering on the wind deflector. A more desert related tritonal scheme with a brown base, green camo and black edging is provided on the other page, and this has only US Army on the cowling and rear of the seats. A couple of instrument dial decals finish off the sheet, which as it is all black apart from some sandy backings to the unit markings for the first option. Conclusion An interesting and seldom covered subject, but this modeller would have liked to see some custom fitted figures in the box in an ideal world. It's still a cool model though, and will look good once painted, weathered and decked out with stowage. Highly recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  11. Hi all, Latest one to get finished on the bench is Hobby Boss' very nice 1/48 F4F-4 Wildcat. I've built this as part of the excellent Mediterranean Theatre GB which you really should check out as there are some truly excellent builds going on and some really good finished ones in the gallery. The model was built OOTB with the exception of some seat belts and aftermarket decals from Superscale which performed excellently and I used both Vallejo and Lifecolor paints. Here are the pics; Hope you like her and thanks for looking in, all comments and criticisms are gratefully received. And for anyone interested here is the link to the WIP; Craig.
  12. First of all apologies to the purists regarding the external stores. I didn't want any empty pylons and despite searching through what seems like hundreds of photo's online decided to use a bit of artistic licence, however having said that I don't have a problem with anyone pointing out any glaring errors. I'm aware it would be unlikely to be carrying all that stuff plus the external fuel tank but I couldn't help myself. The decals are from Two Bobs and painted throughout with Mr Hobby Aqueous.
  13. Roger Newsome

    A-10 Thunderbolt II

    I'll be on leave on Friday and for my month off I'm going to be building this, The plan is to do a grey aircraft and use this set of decals. They are appropriate for the aircraft..... aren't they?
  14. Time to mark my spot for my entry in this GB. Last time the MTO GB came around I planned on doing a couple of US Navy aircraft operated in the Med but time got the better of me and they never happened so it's time to put that right, at least partially, by building Hobby Boss' F4F-4 Wildcat as an example flown by Lt. Cdr. John Raby of VF-9 when based on the USS Ranger during the landings in North Africa for Operation Torch. I intend to build her pretty much out of the box but hope to get hold of some suitable seat belts for her. I have a set of aftermarket decals by Superscale which has the markings I want. Here's the ubiquitous box shot; And the open box shot; And the decal sheet and a very nice book I've had for a few years which got me hooked on this subject; I have the small matter of a B-25 to finish first for the types STGB before I get started, though knowing me I will not be able to resist the temptation for very long. Thanks for looking in. Craig.
  15. Hobby Boss Sea Hawk straight from the box except for painted Suez stripes as the kit decals didn't fit. Thanks for looking. Steve
  16. Hi Guys, as my mistel project is going good I will start the next project. It will be the 1/48 hobby Boss Me-262 B-1a trainer, that I will convert to the nightfighter. In the kit are all the parts for this, so it should be no problem. I also have some extra's for it. These are some Aeromaster decals and the antenna's from Master. Here are some pictures. the box and content. and the master antenna's And the decals. As I have got two different sets, I will choose between them. The choice will be between red 8 or 10. Both were armed with the 4xMK103 nose armament. The camo on the red 8 isn't correct on the Aeromaster sheet, But I will do some research. In my opinion the camo was just RLM75 over RLM76. Maybee the mottle was a little bit harder than on the other airplanes. I will start this when the Mistel is in the painting stage. Cheers,
  17. HobbyBoss is to release in late August 2017 a 1/18th Focke-Wulf Fw.190A-5 kit - ref. 81802 Source: http://www.hobbyboss.com/index.php?g=home&m=article&a=show&id=92 Box art V.P.
  18. Source: http://old1.hobbyboss.com/a/en/product/fly/...2/0302/822.html V.P.
  19. With only three days of this trip to go before heading home on Friday this one is done. I was going to wait till I got home to take the photos but decided it was probably best to take them now just in case the worst happens and it is damaged on the journey home. As usual with my projects there are several things I would do differently if I built it again. The principal one being to considerably lighten the tan and green camo colours. Still, a good lesson to carry on to future projects.
  20. A fighter aircraft that brings me into scale modeling world!
  21. Roger Newsome

    Hellenic Air Force A-7E

    Now my old F-4 is done and dusted I'm going to be concentrating on this, which despite Hobby Boss' claim is an E. I'll be painting this scheme, which should explain the practice run on the Phantom. Cockpit.
  22. In a recent build of the ill-fitting Dragon/DML DO335 Arrow ( https://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/235034172-luft-46-dornier-do-335-b-8-high-altitude-nightfighter/ ), I totally botched the kit's multi-piece canopy and had to steal a replacement from a Hobby Boss kit in my stash. The Dragon/DML canopy and its Hobby Boss replacement: That left me with a nearly-complete Hobby Boss kit. Not wanting it to go to waste, I decided something had to be done. So here we are with my DO335 Reno Air Racer project! First, I clipped the wings and added a wingtip fence: I also squared off the horizontal and vertical stabs: I extended the height of the vertical stab with plasticard, sanded into shape: The Pfeil is a natural tail-sitter, and plenty of weight is needed to keep its nose on the ground. This is especially true of the Hobby Boss kit. I don't really know how much weight I added, but it's a bunch! A quick test fit shows the modified Arrow's racy lines (haha): Moving on to other details, I thinned down nose cowling's flaps which otherwise were a scale six-inches thick! I also de-fanged this warbird by grinding away the nose cannon. Otherwise it would make for some interesting racing! The kit's nose gear also needed attention. I cut away the molded-in wheel and mud guard, opened up the nose gear fork, and found a replacement wheel in my stash (formerly a F-4 Phantom main gear wheel) I enhanced Hobby Boss's bare-bones cockpit with a new seat, consoles built up from plastic stock, a new instrument panel, and an intrepid pilot from the spares box: With that done, it was time to attack the reason for this project -- the missing canopy. First, I made a resin mold from another DO335 canopy in my stash (yes, I have way too many of these kits): The 335's copious canopy framing isn't appropriate for a racing plane, so I gave everything a generous layer of putty: and after very much work, had a reasonably smooth mold with which I vacuformed a new canopy. Here's the result of my effort: That's as far as I've gotten so far. Not bad for a few evenings' work! Next up: Putting all the pieces together.
  23. Shelliecool

    F4U-1 Corsair

    On a trip last year to Fleet Air Arm, I had my first encounter with a Corsair, and quite an impressive encounter it is (the aircraft and all its history are very thought provoking). So having received this little kit for Christmas, I decided it was time to start building. That last sentence is slightly exaggerated as the kit is already assembled, well the fuselage and cockpit are any way. The box contains 2 small sprues, plus the engine and cowling, prop, prebuilt fuselage and wings. There is a small decal sheet and instruction booklet. The cockpit has very little detailing, and panel lines are minimal, but I'm looking forward to the challenge.
  24. HobbyBoss is to release a 1/48th Kamov Ka-27 "Helix" - ref.81739 Source: http://tieba.baidu.com/p/2804569608 V.P.
  25. #12/2018 After the KG(J)54 bird, my dad now built a partner for it from KG(J)6. Hobby Boss kit with EagleCals, Tamiya and Gunze acrylics, EZ Line for all the wires. This aircraft was found by allied troops in May 1945. It was used by Wilhelm Niederkrüger for two recorded training flights. Not known if it was used for more or combat duty. Build thread here http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/inde ... a-1a-kgj6/ DSC_0001 by Reinhard Spreitzhofer, auf Flickr DSC_0002 by Reinhard Spreitzhofer, auf Flickr DSC_0003 by Reinhard Spreitzhofer, auf Flickr DSC_0004 by Reinhard Spreitzhofer, auf Flickr DSC_0005 by Reinhard Spreitzhofer, auf Flickr DSC_0006 by Reinhard Spreitzhofer, auf Flickr DSC_0007 by Reinhard Spreitzhofer, auf Flickr DSC_0008 by Reinhard Spreitzhofer, auf Flickr DSC_0009 by Reinhard Spreitzhofer, auf Flickr DSC_0010 by Reinhard Spreitzhofer, auf Flickr DSC_0011 by Reinhard Spreitzhofer, auf Flickr DSC_0012 by Reinhard Spreitzhofer, auf Flickr DSC_0013 by Reinhard Spreitzhofer, auf Flickr DSC_0014 by Reinhard Spreitzhofer, auf Flickr DSC_0015 by Reinhard Spreitzhofer, auf Flickr DSC_0016 by Reinhard Spreitzhofer, auf Flickr DSC_0017 by Reinhard Spreitzhofer, auf Flickr DSC_0018 by Reinhard Spreitzhofer, auf Flickr DSC_0019 by Reinhard Spreitzhofer, auf Flickr DSC_0020 by Reinhard Spreitzhofer, auf Flickr DSC_0017 by Reinhard Spreitzhofer, auf Flickr DSC_0019 by Reinhard Spreitzhofer, auf Flickr DSC_0020 by Reinhard Spreitzhofer, auf Flickr DSC_0021 by Reinhard Spreitzhofer, auf Flickr