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  1. I dip in and out of modelling and it's been ages since I last built anything. My wife bought me the new Tamiya P-38 kit for Christmas and I wanted to start building the moment I opened the box. The kit is so well engineered that it's easy to build with no filler anywhere! I feel like I've had to learn how to use the airbrush again but the Vallejo ModelAir and Tamiya acrylics are very forgiving. As other builders have said, the kit decals are quite thick - which also meant they stood up to me moving them round a lot! - but they settle in with softener. There is a bit of silvering on the tiny stencils but I can live with that. I tried using hairspray for the first time to get the wear on the wings around the cockpit - perhaps a bit much given the lack of wear on the rest of the aircraft. I used oils to accent the panel lines and to give a bit of depth to the colours (using dots of colours and then pulling them over the model with a tiny amount of thinners on a wide brush). Overall I'm quite pleased with how it has turned out. Photos are done on the workbench so not brilliant... I'll do something better ones when the weather is good enough for decent light. Comments welcome!
  2. Used the last day of my chrismas holidays to complete these 2 planes, I have use decals from Super Scale, otherwise build out of box, and it is nice set fit is good goes nicely together. Cheers Jes
  3. Good morning from chilly but sunny South Central Texas! I just now found this footage, and thought some of you might enjoy looking at it. The P-47 razorback footage shows the aircraft in their early markings, and you will notice that many appear to have been waxed, which was fairly common early on for more speed. I think these are early P-47D's from the 56th and 4th FG's. The P-38's I think are from the 55th FG. I have also posted a link to a very nice website that has details of the production variants of the P-47D and other reference material that might be useful for modelers, as well as a third link that has footage of P-38's, P-47's, and P-51's beating up Luftwaffe airfields after being detached from the bombers. Mike https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hz4i1l10OvE http://www.368thfightergroup.com/P-47-2.html https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lEJa9iBPYb0
  4. Bought this really old kit dating back likely 30 years. The kit is so old it has some mold growing on some plastic parts. The decals are really old and the thin covering sheet has stuck to the decal. See the brown fuzzy stuff. I tried to peel it off but it is stuck fast. Sometime during the last decade it must have gotten wet.
  5. This is my first posting on this site. There are some great builds and articles here. I thought I would show my Trumpeter 1/32 scale P-38L back dated to a YP-38 (except for the boom intakes - my limited attempts at that surgery didn't work out. Thanks for looking...
  6. Andre B

    Best P-38 in 1/72?

    Hello! Just wonder wich is the best P-38 kit in 1/72 today? Academy, HobbyBoss? It's seems that the P-38 is one of those rare kits being built compared to P-40, P-47 and P-51's... Cheers / André
  7. Hello again, Here's one I finished last year, Monograms 1/48 P-38 Lightning from the 1960's - updated and marked in my favourite scheme for the type, the flying Dragon! The kit was rescribed, worn area of wing riveted, all flight controls and flaps had to be defined/rescribed in order to stand out, all engine scoops on the engine nacelles and the supercharger were opened up, and a scratch built gunsight, instrument panel, engine controls and wiring were added to the cockpit. A modified Ultracast seat was used. - Bazooka's and wheels are spare from and Academy kit - Landing gear detailed, oil coolers in nacelle, and radiators /interior structure added to radiators on tailbooms, brass tubing for guns. - Dragon faces and mouths were masked and painted, green color custom mixed to match decals, Aeromaster decals for the rest of markings, - Painted with Tamiya acrylics using "hairspray" technique for worn/chipped paint area's, weathered with oils and acrylics. Lots of work, but I enjoyed it and the model won Gold at our local Winnipeg IPMS contest, and "Model of the Year". I'm quite proud of it, hope you like. Again, hope you like Colin
  8. Just finished these today. 1/48 RAF Kings Cliffe 20th Fighter Group P-38s. Now ready for a diorama... All comments appreciated. Thanks for looking.
  9. Dear fellow Britmodellers, this is RS Models 1/72 F-5A Lightning, the recce version of the P-38G. I added Brengun photo-etch and painted with Gunze/Mr.Hobby acrylics, weathering with artists oils. I found this kit pretty challenging, with fit issues galore. It can only be recommended to experienced modelers. According to the kit instructions, this particular aircraft belonged to 12th PRS, based in Florennes, Belgium in October 1944. This information cannot be confirmed, as the 12th PRS flew F-6 Mustangs at that time (not Lightnings) and was never based in Belgium: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/12th_Reconnaissance_Squadron If anyone can provide further details about this aircraft, infos are most welcome. All photographs by Wolfgang Rabel. Thanks for your interest, best greetings from Vienna! Roman
  10. Hi mates, This year's "Greatest Show on Turf" didn't feature as many aircraft as some previous years (quite a few that were scheduled were scratched in the days preceding due to mechanical and logistic issues), but we were treated to the return of the P-38 and Lysander (which hadn't visited in many years) and most exciting - the de Havilland Mosquito, one of only two (I believe) flying examples of the Wooden Wonder. One thing that never changes year over year is my inability to pose as a good photographer. So apologies in advance for the poor in-air shots - I don't know if it's me, my camera (which is nothing fancy), the hot and humid western NY weather (about 90 degrees F), or some combination of the above, but I can guarantee that Life magazine won't be calling me anytime soon! The show is put on by the 1941 Historical Aircraft Group from Geneseo, NY, which is just south of Rochester, NY. The show is dedicated to warbirds, and almost always with propellers! The landing strip is natural turf, and the setting is bucolic, nestled in the rolling farmlands of the upper Finger Lakes region. So on with the pictures! First, the Lysander: The Stinson Reliant (check out the cockpit photos later on!): Rob Holland MX2 Aerobatics (I have no clue how an airplane can be made to do the things he did, or how his brains stayed inside his head during these maneuvers - amazing pilot!): Lockheed P-38J Lightning: Two P-51 Mustangs and an F4U Corsair that are annual visitors to the show: The Lightning, Corsair, and Mustangs formed up for the traditional "Missing Man" flyby, in honour of our veterans: Back on the ground, "Whiskey 7" (the C-47 owned by the 1941 Historical Aircraft Group) is back from her visit to Normandy for the D-Day activities: And she was joined by another example from Canucks Unlimited in Canada: Next on the flightline was the Mosquito! Flight crew preparing for her demonstration: But first, the parade of antique cars! Away she goes, with me just about to get hit with the prop wash as she makes her turn onto the "taxi-way" - hang on to your hat: Also starting up was the B-25: The Mossie in the air: The B-25 making a watermelon "bombing run" Another annual visitor is this replica Val, which was used in the film "Tora, Tora, Tora:" On display was this An-2: B-25 taxiing back from her bombing run: And the Corsair as well: Some shots of the P-38: I thought it was odd that the exhaust staining was a different colour on port and starboard engines: I wonder if this was what is meant by the lyric "o'er amber waves of grain" Gotta love those high-speed, low altitude passes: The Grumman Avenger was back this year, sporting some new nose art: Several Stearman biplanes flying and on display: Some more shots of the Lysander: Someone will have to tell me what this is (the nice young lady was doing her make-up, and I didn't want to interrupt her to ask): The Stinson Reliant, 1930s-style luxury flying (I love the red leather upholstery and the mahogany instrument panel): Chrome boarding ladder! Lots of chrome upfront, too: I'm also not sure what this is: Or this one: Another plane that is new to me - but the nose art is catchy! As always, many T-6 Texans and Harvards visited the show, and here are just a few: Whiskey 7 and the Liberty Jump Team provided a paratrooper drop, just like the ones they did over in Normandy: And, of course, an airshow would not be complete without vendors to sell us all this cool stuff! And lastly, I need Harry Lime to translate this shirt for me! I only captured a small part of the overall show, but I think this gives you an idea of the calibre of this show. If you ever find yourself in western New York in July, this is one airshow that's really worth looking for! Cheers, Bill
  11. In 1947, civil war looked imminent in Paraguay. President Higinio Morinigo sensed rebellion in the air and thus decided to bolster his air arm, as this consisted mostly of WW2 unarmed training aircraft. Open Civil War broke out on March 7th 1947, by this time a dozen surplus P-38J's with mercenary pilots and ground crew recruited in the US were on their way. Most of the former Paraguayan air force sided with the Communist rebels, but the hastily repainted P-38's served pro government forces well, shooting down most of the rebellions aircraft, while carrying out bombing and strafing runs on insurgent positions. By August 20th the rebellion had been violently put down. This kit is the old 1970's Revell mold. It's not a great model, I started it as just something to tinker on between projects and it had been sitting 95% complete for the last month. I did plan on doing a Cuban machine, but I decided against using a nice decal sheet on what is a pretty poor model. Thus, I made up this little story. The P-38 did not see action in the Paraguayan Civil War.
  12. Source: http://modelweb.modelforum.cz/2013/09/23/novinky-rs-models-na-rijen-2013/?lang=CS New RS Models 1/72nd Lockheed P-38D Lightning kit - ref.92154 V.P.
  13. Dear fellow Britmodellers, here's my 1/72 Academy P-38J Lightning in markings of 20th Fighter Group. Painted with Gunze/Mr.Hobby acrylics and Alclad II lacquers. Add-ons: CMK cockpit & wheels, Quickboost Engine Air intakes, Master gun Barrels. Decals from Tally Ho. Photographed by Wolfgang Rabel of IGM Cars & Bikes. Best wishes from Vienna and thanks for your interest.
  14. Recently I came across this American WWII training movie explaining turbochargers: www.youtube.com/watch?v=PKTSCXRjcmQ. The didactic qualities of these movies (including the cartoon elements like the mountain goat at 3:44 to make things more entertaining) are always remarkable. AFAIK the USAAF was the only air force during WWII to use turbocharged as opposed to crankshaft-driven superchargers on a large scale. The B-17 and B-24 had them and the unusual size of the P-38 and P-47 is explained by the volume and weight of the available turbochargers. Now I wonder, why did the USAAF make this choice and did it pay off? I assume that the availability of heat-resistant alloys needed for an exhaust gas-driven turbocharger played a role. The Americans usually had a much better access to raw materials than other states. At least in the case of the failed German FW-190 C the lack of raw materials is said to have been decisive. But what about Britain? I think in the case of the Spitfire, the small airframe spoke against a bulky turbocharger and in favor of the two-stage supercharger. In the long run turbochargers seem to have beaten superchargers (for example in car engines), but I assume turbochargers were not superior during WWII. At least the 8th Air Force ultimately replaced the turbocharger-equipped P-47 and P-38 in the high-level escort role to a large extent by the Merlin-driven P-51 which had a two-stage supercharger. Even though the turbocharger was thought to be the key to superior high altitude performance, the P-47 and P-38 were pushed into the low-level fighter-bomber role. The situation might have been different with bombers. Maybe the turbocharger was essential for the B-17 and B-24. What do you think?
  15. Hello All. I've had a few laidback months modelling wise and have been slowly chipping away at Airfix's HE 111 which has suffered a series of setbacks, namely a warped canopy straight from the box, which means I cannot continue until hopefully Airfix kindly send me a replacement... Nevermind! After seeing @The Spadgent getting stuck into his P-38 I thought I'd shelve the Heinkel and start a WIP with an MPM P-38 in 1/72, which has been in the drawer for months: When I bought this, I grabbed a set of War Birds decals which contained Col. Olds Scat II: Col. Olds is a legend and started his combat career in WW2 where he flew P-38's and P-51's and I've always wanted to pay homage to this incredible man. A particular story which has always stuck with me was where Olds shot down an enemy fighter whilst in a glide. This excerpt from Wikipedia details the story: "On an escort mission to Wismar on August 25 1944, his flight was on the far left of the group's line abreast formation and encountered 40-50 Messerschmitt Bf 109s near Wittenberge, flying north at the same 28,000 ft (8,500 m) altitude in a loose formation of three large vees. Olds turned his flight left and began a ten-minute pursuit in which they climbed to altitude above and behind the Germans. Over Bützow, undetected by the Germans, Olds and his wingman jettisoned their fuel drop tanks and attacked, although the second element of the flight had been unable to keep up during the climb. Just as Olds began firing, both engines of his P-38 quit from fuel exhaustion; in the excitement of the attack he had neglected to switch to his internal fuel tanks. He continued attacking in "dead-stick mode", hitting his target in the fuselage and shooting off part of its engine cowling. After fatally damaging the Bf 109 he dived away and restarted his engines. Despite battle damage to his own plane, including loss of a side window of its canopy, Olds shot down two during the dogfight and another on the way home to become the first ace of the 479th FG." Anyway, let's get stuck in! I started with the office, cleaning the parts and preparing them for my own mix of US interior green, Tamiya XF-71 and FX-4 at a 2:1 ratio: I then painted the radio sets and various controls with a matt black: Dry-brushed grey and silver then picked out the various knobs and pipes: Assembling begins with the seat onto the cockpit floor and I made some harnesses with Tamiya masking tape and sandwich bag ties stripped and bent to make buckles and harness fittings: These were then painted: Fitting the cockpit walls and test fitting into the main fuselage completed the work for today: Sadly that'll probably it until next weekend as the working week beckons. Hope you've enjoyed! JB
  16. Okay, what exactly am I looking at here? Are these P-38's painted sort of dark grey tops and bottoms, sort of a 3-tone paint job, or am I seeing reflections of the mountain range in O.D. camo? Note that the patterns vary, particularly on the tail planes. If multi-color, any guess what the lighter grey looking one might be? Hello Dana Bell -- or anyone else -- feel free to opine! ` Ed
  17. Hi All, I have a number of WIPs that I should really be getting on with... but i am not in the right place for that, but i do have a bit more spare time and wanted to build something, something that will hopefully be trouble free! SO after a short vote this won, the Haseagawa 1/72 P-38 Lightning. and here are some pic's of the box and content. Untitled by robert mulvey, on Flickr Untitled by robert mulvey, on Flickr Untitled by robert mulvey, on Flickr Untitled by robert mulvey, on Flickr raised panel lines and no interior detail including the wheel wells, but thats no problem... its supposed to be quick! these are the options that are provided Untitled by robert mulvey, on Flickr I will be doing the last one 'itsy bitsy', and here are some refence shots for you to delight in. Untitled by robert mulvey, on Flickr Untitled by robert mulvey, on Flickr Weather its correct or not I don't know but I will be doing this with underwing tanks and rockets... because its COOL of course!! so far so good...the kit fits together nicely, which i have always found with old Hase kits like the corsair and Tbolt i built at the start of the year, the plastic is hard and well moulded nice a crisp! so first up CP painted and some nose weight added. Untitled by robert mulvey, on Flickr then she got closed up. Untitled by robert mulvey, on Flickr then it was on with the canopy, booms, landing gear and nose. Untitled by robert mulvey, on Flickr for Ced.... whats one of these? Untitled by robert mulvey, on Flickr a dead one of these! ..... as you can see the nose weight was not enough so more was added to the engine necklaces and all the seams were sanded and then micromeshed. Untitled by robert mulvey, on Flickr Untitled by robert mulvey, on Flickr grills on and canopy masked Untitled by robert mulvey, on Flickr and finally here she is with two thin coats of citidal paints on and the black of the engine necklaces and nose painted with HU 33 Untitled by robert mulvey, on Flickr if only I had had this pace in the MTO GB!! Hope you like it hope to finish this by wednesday!! Rob
  18. Hey all, Thought I might post this one, which is from a couple of years back - I wanted to do a Pacific island airstrip diorama for a P-38 and a derelict Zero. I also wanted to do it 'homemade' if at all possible! So I started with a sketch....a really really bad sketch ! The base was an A4 picture frame, with some wooden coffee stirrers as rudimentary planking for the Zero and some cardboard to give some ground relief... Covered in Polyfilla... The space on the left was for the crushed coral or in this case, smashed up kitty litter (unused obviously!) Any Pacific island needs palm trees so found some advice online on how to make them and went with that. First, some unwanted sprue tree for trunks.The middle one has been wrapped with ordinary masking tape in a random way for the trunk bark.. Coated in white glue and then wrapped with some cotton thread for the bark effect. Here it has been painted black to give some shading before I painted them a grey colour. The palm fronds were made from paper, soaked in white glue and wrapped around a wire so I could bend them and painted leaf green with bits of brown. I then tried to cut some random palm leaf shapes in them....not the greatest I'll be honest but fine from 6 ft away! And then marked for location in one corner of the diorama..(pics slightly out of sequence here!) You can't make it out in this picture but the coconuts are whole coriander seeds, glued into the trees - they're actually pretty good in this scale! Groundwork painted and weathered. The fuel drums are from a Hasegawa set while the maintenance table is built from matchsticks. The truck shell is the front half of a Matchbox LRDG truck, long forgotten in a model box of horrors. I also opened up one of drums to have its' contents leak out.. And how it finally all came together.. Figures are from Airfix I think and the two plane kits are an Airfix P-38J (yes, that one!) and an ancient Revell Zero - both needed some detailing to make them presentable.. I really enjoyed building this and trying new things out...and very pleased with how it ended up! Thanks for looking and any questions, comments, just ask. All the best, Dermot
  19. Hi there! I know You are all waiting for my flanker, but I've decided to get this build done after 4 years that spent in the box. So here we go. Aires c-pit still looks ok after 4 years... There was some extensive filling, sanding, regraving and riveting done, especially on the nose section. Tailbooms ready Wheelbays done. There are still some minor bits missing Almost ready for black primer.
  20. Neither of these are the greatest of kits to be honest but there's not a lot of choice in this scale... That'll probably be because they are all repops of the old Crown kit. I'm going to be using these lovely decals from Miniscale.
  21. This is the 1/48 Monogram Pro Modeler version of the P-38. I started this for the P-38 group build, but like so many other group builds, I manage to finish them just after the build ends. Oh well. The scheme is from Kagero and depicts the Nulli Secundus/X Virgin flown in the Pacific theater. Both the kit and the decals were a joy to work with. Now the kit decals that had to be used, they were a mess due to age and brittleness. Other than my own lack of modeling skills, this kit went together well and didn’t really have any faults. Me, I got faults. If you look closely at the pictures, you will see I had to use a stand to keep the tail from resting on the ground; just didn’t put enough ballast in the nose. Anyway, the WIP thread is here: http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/234983215-nulli-secundus-p-38/ if you are so inclined to see a half-baked attempt at producing a model. (It may just be me, but I am still intimidated by putting up kits because of the excellent quality of work on this site. It just humbles me.) Oh well, on to the pictures: Rats, I still forgot to fix that one gun out of alignment. Mental note 1 Of course after I take the pictures and am posting them online, I notice other things besides the gun being out of alignment. Like the balancers on the tail are missing. (Of course I knocked them off a couple of times and just put them aside for safe keeping.) And, I guess this guy didn’t like talking on the radio as he has no radio wires. Need to add that. And while I am at is, I really don’t like the joint of the front windshield. So maybe this isn’t a total RFI, but its close! As always, all comments are welcome.
  22. I would like to offer Monogram’s 1/48 ProModeler P-38 G/H Lightning done with Kagero decals for a P-38G flown by Lt. Kenneth G. Ladd, 80th FS/ 8th FG, Dobodura, New Guinea during 1943/44. It is called the Nulli Secundus/X-Virgin with “Ruthie” on the outer port engine. This kit has been around for a long, long time, back in the 60s or 70s when it first came out. The version I have is a 2002 reboxing with some new decals. (More about that later). Other than Accurate Miniatures, I cannot think of a line that has better instructions than the old ProModeler series. Most of them have pictures of actual aircraft (not the best quality, but at least they are there) and some helpful hints on how to make your build better. Anyway, looking forward to this build to help get my modeling mojo back. Here are the box and sprue shots. And here is the Kagero scheme I will be attempting to replicate. The cockpit is first up as it is inserted into the top fuselage half. The parts layout consists of 10 pieces. Detail for the kit’s age is not too bad Once the cockpit is built up, it rests on top of the nose wheel well. I am going to use the ladder provided in the kit, so I have to open up the bottom of the lower fuselage half. The cockpit parts get their base coat of either chromate green or NATO black. Then the weathering and dry brushing begins Once the parts are painted, dry brushed and weathered, the kit detail is pretty darned good. Especially when you consider this kit is about 50 years old. The detail on the control wheel and instrument panel are better than some modern kits that are just coming out. Assembly of the cockpit begins with the seat, the control yoke and wheel, instrument panel, rudder pedals and side panels. Some more details have been picked out to add a bit of color to the cockpit. Although given the fuselage opening, I doubt much will be seen. Must make a mental note to myself to not close up the cockpit before I source some seat belts for this plane. The cockpit is inserted into the bottom fuselage half. Next up, the wheel wells need to be built up to be inserted into each tail boom. The wheel well consists of a roof and two sides. The roof of the port wing well is warped. So with the application of brute force, some CA glue and accelerator, the roof is conformed for the most part to the wheel well sides and is now pretty square. I was hoping the starboard roof would be in better shape. No luck, it is even more warped than the port side. So some more persuasion is used. Then the two wheel wells are placed inside of each tail boom and the two tail boom halves are sealed. The kit instructions would have you place the undercarriage at this time, but with some dry fit testing, the undercarriage can be added after painting making my masking a whole lot easier. After the booms are glued together, the scoop faces and intake are put on each boom The upper fuselage half is glued to the two booms. Then the bottom half is attached to the upper half and fuselage booms. At the same time the main tail piece is fit between the two booms to make sure everything lines up correctly. Twin boom planes are always fun and games to align, but the engineering of this kit makes it a very easy thing to do. Some tape is applied to keep everything in place as the glue dries. While I wait for the glue to dry I start the job I like least in modeling, masking the canopy. Yechhhh. And why do I hate masking canopies, could it be this: Earlier in the day I had masked a canopy for an F-117 with all of its fun sharp angles and points. No problem. With this canopy and fairly simple lines, I skewer myself. This is why I buy pre- cut masks right? I tape up my finger, finish the rest of the canopy masking, (I cheated, but more on that later) and by that time the glue has set on the mainframe because I am so slow at masking. The tape is removed and now I get to inspect the seams for “irregularities” that must be corrected. And there are a few: So the plane is puttied up and left to dry overnight. While I wait for the putty to dry, I work on the propellers. These consist of a hub, 3 separate propellers, and a spinner. Now the kit comes with 4 propellers per engine. Why 4, I have no idea? Is there some P-38 variant I missed that had 4 propellers? Anyway, according to the paint scheme the back part of the hub is black, the blades are black with yellow tips, and the spinner has a green tip with a white stripe. It is morning now and the always enjoyable (not!) task of sanding the seams presents itself. So various grades of sandpaper are used to get rid of the seams and smooth everything out. The grey undersides are painted, let dry and then masked for the upper olive drab. The olive drab is then applied Now the picture tonal quality is a bit warped as the weather outside is not ideal. So the spray was done in the bathroom with the vent to the outside on so I don’t poison anyone else. Obviously the bathroom lighting leaves a bit to be desired. Might have to get different lights. Once dry, the olive drab seems to be spot on. The tape is removed and the green tips to the tail fins are applied. Once that dries, a coat or two of future is applied to get ready for the decals. Now the kit decals will have to be used for the national insignia and stencils. The Kagero decals only have items specific to each paint scheme. I start with the topside decals and stencils from the kit. The kit decals, though only from 2002 did not hold up well. They were fragile, took a long time to release from the backing and if I looked at them wrong, shattered apart. Almost every kit decal had to be pieced together. Since this will be a tired old plane, it may work out in my favor, but putting them on was very frustrating. I can’t wait for the Kagero decals. I start with the port side. The Kagero decals were superb. They went on well, could be moved around to get in the right position and reacted very favorably to Micro Sol. The kit decals, more shattering and piecing together. The starboard side decals were next. The nose art went on smoothly and looks great. The bottom was done using the rest of the kit decals, but less shattering for some reason. Now, I am going to let everything dry and let Micro Sol do its thing. Next up will be a protective coat of future and then the weathering will commence. I am still cogitating on how best to proceed with dirtying this bird up. As always, all comments are welcome.
  23. Knowing how slow a bulder I am (TV is in the other room major distraction issue) jumping in so late may be a bit of gamble, but after an impulse buy at Cosford I am going to give it a go. The kit of choice here is the Hobbyboss P-39L in 1/48: My secret weapon here is that two piece fuselage/wing/tailboom assembly, which will speed things along and help me catch up - once I get to that stage. Because there is another hurdle to get over first: Yes I am going to try to wedge the Aires cockpit set in there...an exciting challenge or over-ambitious foolishness only time will tell. The reasoning behind it isn't hard, below is the kit cockpit floor with the True Details version and the Aires on the right. No contest really. Bought at the same time was Kagero's 'Pacific Lightnings'; this has eight rather attractive schemes, but I am probably going with Shady's Lady. Be warned I am not fast so posts will be irregular, but work has started in that the Aires floor is no removed from its casting block and has been test fitted into the top half of the fuselage, which has only served to warn me how much work will be required to close that that 5mm gap...
  24. Hi gang I picked this up when it was released and have been itching all that time to get it started. As Andrew (Caution Wake Turbulence) has stated in his thread the resin pit has possible fit issues that troubled the two previous Eduard Lightning boxing's. Eduard claim to have tweaked these issues so we will see. DSC_6123 by Snapper_city, on Flickr DSC_6124 by Snapper_city, on Flickr For an Eduard special boxing I think apart from the box cover all the schemes are quite bland and nothing to shout about. I built the cover scheme as a 1:72 Matchbox kit when I was a kid so decided to do one of the others for this one. The two above along with the NMF below were my favorites but in the end I have decided to go with the one below. I have no yellow in the cabinets so this should brighten things up a bit. DSC_6126 by Snapper_city, on Flickr Sprue shots in bags. DSC_6127 by Snapper_city, on Flickr DSC_6129 by Snapper_city, on Flickr DSC_6131 by Snapper_city, on Flickr The resin, etch (cockpit PE on reverse of packet) and paint masks. For better out of the bag shots check out Caution Wake Turbulence's thread. Some of the resin details are exquisite. DSC_6133 by Snapper_city, on Flickr DSC_6134 by Snapper_city, on Flickr Master replacement barrels which for some reason do not have the cooling holes along the barrels. No idea if this is correct or not. I'll have to get researching. I did also consider a vac canopy but decided against the extra work. I will be attempting this build around my 8 month old daughter who has made modelling time a scarce thing these days so fingers crossed the three months will be long enough to get it finished. Happy modelling.
  25. Hi all! I felt i needed something different from all these Pudgys' that are on almost every decal sheet... So, here is my post-war italian P-38J. Repacked Dragon in an Italeri box and decals from Carpena/Colorado. Still waiting for my book "Lockheed P-38 Lightning in Italian Service 1943-1955" though....
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