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  1. Here comes my newest finished model - the Hillson Air Baby from KP. I started this build in October, thinking of fast 'n' easy build, but I was sooo wrong. The kit is quite tricky to complete and I added some trickness with detailing and upgrading the kit. I like the Czech colours and markings but the British silver-blue Hillson is my favourite. My friend helped me with the new code letters, which have now right shapes and dimensions - Thanks Pavel! I did my best and I hope you'll like the result. Cheers, Andrew S.
  2. Hello everyone, Further to my "Three Spitfires against Japan" post from December I present another KP 1/72 Spitfire Vc Trop! This time the model depicts BS201 ZP-Q of 457 Squadron RAAF as based at Livingstone Strip south of Darwin in 1943. This particular aircaft had a long career with 457 from the end of 1942 until early 1944 when it was damaged in a landing accident and subsequently converted to components. Flight Sergeant John R. Jenkins was flying BS201 when he scored one of his two confirmed victories on the 28th of May 1943 over the advanced airstrip at Milingimbi 270 miles (440km) east of Darwin. Paints are Humbrol throughout, the markings were assembled from various DK Decals sheets with the stencils by Techmod with a few kit items substituted, cannon barrels are by Master and the DH prop came from an Airfix Spitfire Mk I kit. A group shot representing the three Squadron of No. 1 Fighter Wing RAAF: Comments welcome! Mike.
  3. KP (Kovozávody Prostějov) is to be congratulated for their increasing line of very appealing civil subjects, bringing refreshing variety, color and a different, more uplifting scene to the modeling continuum. I have been aware of this little cute monoplane since more than ten years ago and I compiled information on it with the purpose of scratching it, so I was very happy when KP released it in a couple different boxings. This is a nice kit, fairly priced, that will only require some cleaning and adjusting to render a nice model. For the more adventurous and those with access to decal making, there are a large number of finishing options. For the curious this is the WIP here at BM: https://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/235048564-hillson-praga-e114b-kp-kit-172/& Here with RWD-8:
  4. Another beautiful little kit from KP to add to their increasing line of refreshing, attractive, and significant civil planes. The Praga E114 was conceived and built in Czechoslovakia during the mid and late 30s and developed into a whole family of two-place, side by side sports and touring planes with changes in the power plant and details regarding it’s control surfaces, landing gear and glazing, among other minor modifications. There is abundant information on the Net for this one, should the modeler wish to look up for details and background history, as well as -for the more adventurous-, for alternate decorations and possible variants with some little effort. The kit depicts the B version, it is charming and has nice molds, clean transparencies and interesting decals. For us, lovers of things that haven’t been already seen and built to utter exhaustion, this is the kind of release that gets our juices running. An additional benefit for Britmodellers is the fact the the plane had a strong association with the UK, being licensed and produced as the Hillson Praga Air Baby: Clean, nice molding: Interesting detail including a nice interior: Accurate in the fact that whilst everything else was plywood-covered, the horizontal tail was fabric covered instead: Other details visible: Well-produced transparencies that will allow dexterous modelers to pose the leading edge cockpit section opened to allow access as per original: Decoration options on what looks like well-printed decals of quality: Color instructions that seem to make sense and are well printed at comfortable size. As the build advances more will be told. Meanwhile, if you are interested, the Net has a lot of information on the type, with plenty of photos to look at and take notes and get inspired. Congratulations to KP (Kovozavody Prostejov) for releasing these charming types in such quality boxings at a very fair price. A veritable breath of fresh air.
  5. How unwise would be of me to pretend even the most superficial knowledge on this machine, given the fact that this report is presented in the land where it was born. What else could be added to what have been said about the excels beauty and the graceful lines of this design, or the feats accomplished by it. I will just add that because of my unquenchable love for this plane I have built a number of DH88s, from Airfix ancestry and from the beautiful and exquisite resin cast offered also in 1/72 by the Hungarian firm S.B.S. Model: SBS Model models: Airfix model: And my oldest DH88, also from Airfix, eons ago: Still undeterred, I bought the recently released boxing from KP, a manufacturer that has been lately releasing some beautiful kits, the civil Avia BH11 among them: https://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/235045353-kp-172nd-avia-bh-11-boska-1923/ Encouraged by those releases I embrace now the build of this DH88, an injected rendition of the iconic machine. I have to say, before starting, that the SBS kit is a formidable one, and I don't believe that any injected kit could beat it, but the idea is perhaps to have an affordable, easier to build endeavor for those that still tremble and shake at the mere sight of a resin kit. Fear not, this KP rendition is in some ways well above the old and venerable Airfix kit, being a much modern kit, but I am sure connoisseurs will soon find areas that may leave a bit to be desired, as is seemingly the fate of all things produced by humans, including little humans themselves. Here are some shots of the contents, for your perusing and amusement:
  6. A build from more than a year ago of a cute little kit of nice quality, with many livery options. How refreshing and pleasing is to see manufacturers releasing civil subjects, and more so when they are significant, appealing and colorful. Congratulations to KP for this little nice kit with multiple livery options and a good level of detail. The kit needs attention in a couple places, but otherwise builds well. I liked the lines so much that I scratched its somewhat different predecessor, the Avia B.H. Exp. Here they are side-by-side, although in real life they never were:
  7. Here's my KP 1:72 Yakovlev Yak-23 "Flora" Yellow 16, of the Polish Air Force, in the early 1950s. This was one of the original boxings of this kit. I built it very much OOB in 2000. Thanks for looking Miguel
  8. Hi peeps, Here are my last completions for the year - a trio of 1/72 Spitfire Vc's all depicting subjects used against the Japanese: First up we have the Sword kit depicting SEAC based MA292 KW-D "Verna June II"of 615 (County of Surrey) Squadron RAF as flown by Flying Officer "Lawrence" Weggery RNZAF during 1944. Mostly OOB although I used the Rotol prop and wheels from the Tamiya kit further down and the cannon barrels and stubs are by Master. Paints are Humbrol throughout: Next up we have Darwin based BS164 DL-K of 54 Squadron RAF as flown by Squadron Leader Eric Gibbs during 1943. The model is a heavily modified Tamiya Mk Vb; a 2mm extension rear of the wing took care of the kits short length aft of the cockpit and the wingtips were reshaped to a more accurate profile. The DH prop, cannon bulges and rearview mirror were from the Sword Vc whilst the vokes filter was spare from a Sword Seafire III. Cannon barrels and stubs are again by Master. Markings were from the Sword kit whilst the stencils are by Techmod. Paints are primarily Humbrol whilst the lighter green used to depict the reduction in size of the roundels was from Sovereign Hobbies: Finally we have the newish KP Vc kit built to depict BS236 QY-N of 452 Squadron RAAF as based at Strauss Airfield south of Darwin in 1943. This aircraft was flown by Flight Lieutenent John Bisley RAAF during the Imperial Japanese Army's 20th June Raid on Darwin during which he downed one bomber. The only alterations to the kit are the use of a DH Prop hub spare from the Sword Seafire III kit with Airfix Spitfire Mk I blades and a scratchbuilt rearview mirror as I lost the original to the carpet monster! Markings are from DK Decals and the stencils are again from Techmod. Paints are once again Humbrol throughout: A shot of the two Darwin based machines: Comments welcome! Mike.
  9. Kovozávody Prostějov (http://www.kovozavody.cz/) back with two 1/72nd Zlin C-205 & Z-226M kits - ref. M7201 & M7202. Source: http://modelweb.modelforum.cz/2014/04/11/kovozavody-prostejov-novinky-duben-2014/?lang=CS V.P.
  10. I know Tony O'Toole has done this one in 1/48 but I've fancied doing one in 1/72 for a while and, since I've found some suitable SAAF B-type roundels, I'm going to give it a go. Here's the profile: and the kit I'll be using: The sprues, in the bag: and out of the bag: I've made a start, by clipping the wings: because KP give you the bits for the clipped wingtips: and painting some bits with Humbrol 33: You have to remember which holes to drill for the cannon bulges: I'll be assembling and painting the cockpit then sit outside with a pint of Ghost Ship. Thanks for looking.
  11. DennisTheBear

    Kovozávody Prostějov Nr.4 - 1/72 MiG-19

    Dear BMers, I picked up the old KP 1/72 MiG-19 (Nr.4) last year, and recently bought some Print Scale decals to replace the old ones in the box. The problem I have is that I don't know which mark of MiG-19 it is. Can I use the kit to represent the Chinese J6 or Pakistani F6? Or an East German one? Or the Indonesian one on the decal sheet? It is a relatively simple kit, but I'd really like to use the DDR markings for variety. Any advice welcome (except to junk the kit, I love old kits). DennisTheBear
  12. I finished off my KP Mk.Vb Spitfire over the weekend. I did start a WIP but then forgot to update it! Anyway the progress since then was mainly painting. This build is pretty much OOB except for the under side roundel is from an Airfix Vb as the kit decals were missing one (even with their correction additional sheet). I did some light weathering, with a representation of the leakage on the belly common in many Spitfire photos. I will try to do better with the WIP in the classic Airfix GB! Cheers Will
  13. Hello, after receiving my Eduard #2124 Library Edition of the MIG-21MF, I spent some time comparing it with the RV kits of the MIG-21MF, MFN and bis. As further reference I used «Mikoyan MIG-21», Midland Publishing 2008, ISBN 978 1 85780 257 3 (Reference 1) What puzzles me most are the wing upper surfaces panel lines. RV encloses two versions in their kit, one with a slim panel with rounded edges and one without it. See picture: A with this panel, B without. Eduards MIG-21MF is, according to the kits instructions, a Gorky built aircraft and these MF incorporated modifications from bis aircraft already in production there. Inofficially, MF’s built in Gorky are designated MF-75 and are distinguishable by their 8-digit serial numbers vs. 6 digit serial numbers for aircraft built in Moscow (1). The kit from Eduard has the B wing, so in accordance with (1). RV’s MIG-21 MFN uses the B wing, what makes sense, since the MFN are modified Gorky produced MF’s. Interestingly, RV’s MIG-21 bis instructs to use the A wing, where I awaited a B wing. In my neighbourhood there is a Czech MIG-21MF on display, serial 965210, which is a Moscow built aircraft and has the A wing. I supposed the B wing is for Gorky produced MF’s and bis, all bis except the Indian license production are from Gorky (1). This contradicts with RV’s MIG-21bis instructions. So far I haven’t found a picture of a bis where I can proof which wing it was equipped with. Or has the bis type also two different wings like the MF's? Can anyone help solve this puzzle? Thanks a lot Martin
  14. I built several of my favourite 1/72 kit back in the day, the Airfix Vb, but never in the optional American markings. I thought I’d try the KP tropical Vb mainly due to the American markings on the box art (or more because I looked the look of one of the Grace-style Tr.9 warbirds that was in similar livery at one time).. The plane assembles beautifully in the usual order for Spitfires. Unlike KP-stablemate AZ “Nine”s the wings are moulded full span with alternative clipped tips which simplifies that aspect. The only real problem so far with the kit is the decals, or rather some of them or indeed the lack thereof. I think you’re okay with the two RAF options but KP obviously realised they forgot some of the stars so include an errata decal sheet with two more stars (marked Admiral?) but that didn’t seem to cover the underwing one correctly! After I glossed the IP and seat ready I also discovered they hadn’t included the seat belt and IP decals on the sheet that are noted on the instructions (they’re on the Mk 1b boxing’s sheet though), so the seat belts are from tape and the instrument panel drybrushed! Luckily my pile of Airfix Vbs will supply the missing stars, but a question for Britmodellers – should the under wing roundel have a yellow ring or not? You can read a fuller version of progress to date in our club’s latest magazine – its free to download and there are plenty of back-issuesto look at too.
  15. Hello, I didn't find any topic via search function about, so delete if already available. Here are first pics of the new double seater CS-199, with is coming in October (if I am correct, coz my czech is not that good). http://www.modelarovo.cz/avia-cs-199-172-rijnova-novinka-kp/
  16. Next Kovozávody Prostějov - KP (http://www.kovozavody.cz/) 1/72nd kit is a new tool North American P-51B/C Mustang - ref. Source: https://www.facebook.com/SAMEditor1 V.P.
  17. KP Kit (comes with resin and etched cockpit) Extended the chord of the tailplanes with plastic card Some Eduard etched used (mainly the panel under the front fuselage) Resin wheels Intake & exhaust covers from some chap via Britmodeller (you know who you are!) Aftermarket pitot tubes Painted with a mix of Gunze, Tamiya and Akan Flory wash for weathering (the light in the pics has bleached this out - sorry) Not an easy kit! SU-25UBK by bryn robinson, on Flickr SU-25UBK by bryn robinson, on Flickr SU-25UBK by bryn robinson, on Flickr SU-25UBK by bryn robinson, on Flickr SU-25UBK by bryn robinson, on Flickr SU-25UBK by bryn robinson, on Flickr SU-25UBK by bryn robinson, on Flickr
  18. Hi, Just thought I'd show some progress of this kit, more to appease RMP2 than anything. I've not taken any pics until now as frankly I'm not a good modeller when compared to a lot of you people on here, and the kit itself is a bit poor in my opinion. Anyway the kit is the KP Masterlit/Masterline boxing so it comes with nice looking resin and etch cockpit, getting it to fit though, well let's just say its held together by a lot of superglue and foul language! I think the next job to tackle is those gaps in the wheel wells..... Cheers Su-25UB 1/48 by bryn robinson, on Flickr Su-25UB 1/48 by bryn robinson, on Flickr Su-25UB 1/48 by bryn robinson, on Flickr Su-25UB 1/48 by bryn robinson, on Flickr
  19. John

    Replacement prop for KP S-199?

    I have a KP CS-199 in the stash from many moons ago and on looking it over the other day the prop is broken. I imagine the kit would probably benefit from a replacement anyway, and I'd be interested to know if there are any out there? TIA John
  20. Kovozávody Prostějov (KP) is to release in 2017 a 1/72nd Messerschmitt Bf.108B Taifun kit - ref. KPM 0081 & KPM 0082 Reported to be the Fly kit. Source: https://www.facebook.com/kovop/photos/a.182240158636508.1073741828.182206638639860/567316046795582/?type=3&theater Fly Bf.108: http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/234947435-172-messerschmitt-bf108cd-taifun-nord-100010011002-pingouin-by-fly-released/ Schemes V.P.
  21. While on one hand it makes me a little nervous to have two kits on the go at the same time, I recently got this: ... and this does seem as good a place as any to build it. One of the box options is for a Malta Spitfire but I will be building one of the options from the Xtradecal sheet X72-161 The Battle for Malta - RAF: Specifically, BR294 GL-E. Our own Tony O'Toole was kind enough to advise me on the scheme and he recommended that the aircraft in question should be painted blue as per the top Spitfire in the picture - I think it will look really nice in those colours with the yellow codes. Tony suggested a colour similar to US Navy Sea Blue so I will use the Colourcoats ACUS07 over ACRN34 Azure Blue - thank you Tony Not sure if I will be able to make a start tonight, but if not... soon... Cheers, Stew
  22. As my two AZ MkIXs approach completion, I thought that I ought to start another. This time I'll be making a mess of the new-ish KP (or AZ) Spitfire V. You may be familiar with the boxing: I can't decide which one to make, I quite like the USAAF one (and could use Tony O'T's build on here as a guide) but I don't think anyone has made anything that was flown by Neville Duke. Luckily, I won't have to decide until most of the painting is done. Here are the sprues: It's a great-looking kit on the sprues, I think it's the best second-generation Spitfire out (although I haven't got a Tamiya V). It's also got loads of spare bits (like the Aboukir filter). Here are the decals: KP forgot a couple of USAAF roundels but include them on a seperate sheet. I've done the interior: (Colourcoats Interior Green and a bit of Tamiya Flat Aluminium dry-brushing). The white plastic at the front of the nose is to stop the exhausts falling inside. A bit more: KP include decals for the seatbelts and instrument panel on the other boxings but forgot to include them on this one (or I can't see them). I made the belts out of Tamiya tape. I've done more since taking these photos, the wings and fuselage are together. So far, it's been a really nice kit to build. More to follow. Thanks for looking and advice or comments are welcome. I'd particularly like suggestions as to which one I should make (the Malta one is beyond my painting skills).
  23. Legato/AZModel is to release a family of 1/72nd Piper J-3, L-4 Cub & Pa-18/L-21 Super Cub kits. Source: http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/234931186-azmodellegatoadmiral-wwii-aircraft-comments-questions-and-wishes/?p=1518104 V.P.
  24. Mikemx

    New kits @ MJW Models

    It's been a while since any proper updates, due to being at a show, holidays, me moving flat, more holidays and visitations from relatives. Despite this we've been getting orders out and restock and still get new stuff in and still all for discounted prices! Recent arrivals include the following in 1/48 AMK MiG-31B/BS, Kinetic F/A-18C Hornet, Eduard Lysander Mk III (re-edition) And in 1/72... AMK Delfin, AZ Models Gauntlet MK II (all 3 boxings), Auster AOP MK III, Spitfire VIII RAAF, Bf109G-14AS (both versions), Bf109F-2, Bf109F-4, MS.406C-1 (both versions). KP Models Spitfire IXe (both boxings), Spitfire VB and Red Stars, Piper Super Cub (Israeli), MiG-23ML. Eduard Spitfire IXc Profipack Special Hobby Vautour Cyrano, Me163 (2 boxings), Mirage F.1B So quite a lot for 1/72 fans! thanks Mike
  25. KP (Kovozávody Prostejov) is to release a 1/72nd family of Lavocshkin La-5 fighters: La-5, La-5F, La-5FN & ULa-5 (La-5UTI). Release expected in February 2015. (updated) Source: http://modelweb.modelforum.cz/2014/09/06/nova-la-5/?lang=CS V.P.
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