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  1. See here (incl. pics): http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?showtopic=234928833 and http://www.aeroscale.co.uk/modules.php?op=modload&name=News&file=article&sid=12837 V.P.
  2. Well I've had a idea for this GB for a little while but I have been more keen since I acquired Eduard's lovely P-39 Dual Combo pack. It was a very interesting and innovative aircraft for it's time and was really liked (the Soviets loved them) or hated. It was pretty useless above 17,000 ft but devastating at lower altitudes when in use by the Soviets. Nearly 10,000 were produced and was used by 8 different countries during and after the war. I would also like to include the P-63 Kingcobra in this build as well although very similar they didn't share any components, but it is really the ultimate expression of the P-39 design. They built 3,300 of them and they were used by 4 countries, though the majority were used by the Soviets even to the early 50's (they were even given a NATO code name "Fred") There was a Navy tail sitting prototype, Airbonita as well as a couple of swept wing prototypes as well. For me if this gets up of course i'll be building a RAAF one. ok, I'd better start a list.... 1, trickyrich - host 2, SleeperService 3, vppelt68 - co-host 4, Arniec 5, old thumber 6, Stew Dapple 7, S48 8, Knight_Flyer 9, Joss 10, zegeye 11, Ronan71 12, dazdot 13, MadNurseGaz 14, gingerbob 15, Caerbannog 16, EricP 17, franky boy 18, modelling minion 19, John Thompson 20, TEMPESTMK5 21, Basilisk 22, Avereda 23, TonyTiger66 24, Thud4444 25, rob85 26, Corsairfoxfouruncle 27, Antonie 28, Wellzy 29, 30,
  3. My first aircraft completed since January last year, and my first model completed since a semi-enforced hiatus since the beginning of October. Went together pretty easily, and the decals were great. The build stalled early in the year (I was having problems getting a good finish with the pale blue undersides). A few fumbles at the end due to lack of practice (managed to get glue on one of the door windows - doh), but looks OK from a distance. Finished in brush painted Italeri and Tamiya acrylics and made grubby with some cheap kids' watercolour paint. Thanks @Ed Russell for the advice way back on Australia Day 2015! Happy New Year to all! And some photos outside in the early morning sun.
  4. P-39K/N 1:48 Eduard Weekend Edition The P-39 was developed to meet a proposal in 1937 for a single engine high altitude interceptor having the tactical mission of interception and attack of hostile aircraft at high altitude. Specifications called for a level airspeed of 360mph at altitude, and a climb to 20,000 feet in under 6 minutes. Armament was to be heavy including a cannon, the engine was to be liquid cooled, and the aircraft was to feature a tricycle undercarriage. Bell had previously designed the YFM-1 Aracuda featuring a mid-fuselage mounted engine to free up space for a large calibre 37mm cannon which would fire through the propeller hub. This was unusual as fighters were normally designed around an engine, not a weapons system. The Bell XP-39 would make its maiden flight in April of 1938 reaching 20000 feet in 5 minutes and maintain 390 mph. However it was found that top speed at 20000 feet was lower than the original proposed 400 mph. Bell would change the aircraft configuration for production to remove the turbo charger so production aircraft were only fitted with a single-stage, single-speed supercharger. Its been argued that Bell did this to save money, though its been said that testing showed aerodynamic issues with it. As a result production aircraft performance declined above 12000 feet and it was never able to serve as a medium level let alone high level aircraft. The RAF ordered the aircraft based on the XP-39 specifications however limitations of the "new" aircraft became apparent, and despite modifications it never was deemed acceptable. Only one Squadron No. 601 would use the aircraft operationally. All UK based aircraft would be sent to Russia, along with aircraft being built under contract in the US. In contrast to the UK, the USSR appreciated the P-39, although they would use it primarily in the ground attack role. The tactical environment of the Eastern front suited a low speed, low altitude aircraft much better. As well as in ground attack the USSR developed successful group aerial fighting tactics for the aircraft. 5 out of the 10 high scoring Soviet aces scored a majority of kills flying P-39's. Contrary to popular myth the Soviets did not use the aircraft for Tank Busting as the US did not supply any armour piercing rounds for the aircraft. The US requisitioned 200 aircraft from an order based for the UK, they called these aircraft the P-400 as they were advertised with a top speed to 400mph. Following the attack on Pearl Harbour these aircraft were deployed to the South West Pacific. Despite being out classed by Japanese aircraft the aircraft excelled in the ground attack. Pilots would fight Zeros and the aircraft were fairly even in the low level environment. By the end of 1942 over 80 Japanese aircraft were credited. These aircraft would go onto fly from Aleutian Islands, and serve in the Panama Canal Zone. The 81st & 350th Fighter Groups would fly in the Mediterranean TO but mainly on maritime patrol missions. Later the 81st would transfer to the Burma TO. The K & N models would feature an Aeroproducts propeller. The Kit The Eduard Cobra kit has been with us for a while now but it is still up to their excellent standards. It is being re-issued here in a Weekend boxing. The kit comes on 3 sprues each of grey plastic, and a clear sprue. Construction starts shockingly enough with the cockpit area. The prominent radio area behind the cockpit is the first area to be built up, and the radios installed. The bulkhead behind the pilots seat is then installed. The seat is then installed along with the instrument panel. The front gear well is attached to the front of the cockpit along with the propeller shaft. Weight is indicated to be needed in this area due to the tricycle undercarriage, however there is no indication of exactly how much is recommended! Once the cockpit/wheel well assembly is completed it can added to the fuselage, and the two parts closed up around it. Construction then moves onto the main wing. This is of a conventional single part lower with to which top left & right wings are added. The insides of the main wheel wells are added along with the oil coolers which are in the wing leading edge. The right inserts will need to be added depending on the armament of your chosen option. If the modeller is going to add underwing tanks or bombs, then the holes will need to be opened up at this point. Once the wings are completed they can be added to the main fuselage along with the tail planes. The last job on the wings is to complete the underside cooling vents. Construction then moves to the main landing gear. As mentioned at the start of the review two sets of brassin wheels are included in the kit. Once the wheels have been added to the model along with the multipart main gear doors and their actuators. Once the main wheels are completed the nose gear can also be constructed. The nose wheel and its gear doors are also added. If bombs or fuel tanks are to be fitted (and the modeller remembered to open up the locating holes before!) then these can be added at this point. The main canopy is then added (full canopy masks being provided) along with the engine exhausts and cockpit side doors. The final touches are to add the pitot probe, wing guns, and lastly to assemble the propeller. Different bosses are provided for the different armament options. Decals As seems to be the norm with their weekend kits these days two decal options are provided. P-39N s/n 42-18805 41st FS, 35th FG Tsili Tsili Air Base New Guinea 1943. P-39K s/n 42-4358 40 FS, 35th FG, Port Moresby, New Guinea 1943. Conclusion The Eduard Cobra has been a round for a while now and its good to see it has been released in a Weekend boxing. It is also good to see that the slightly forgotten use of these aircraft in the New Guinea TO are getting some attention. Recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  5. The latest batch of Eduard kits have turned up today and we have them and very nice discounted prices! In fact they are all over 20% off UK RRP! We have the Israeli Spitfire IXe Ltd Ed kit, SE.5a (Hispano engine) Profipack, P-39K/N Airacobra Weekend all in 1/48 and the 1/72 Fokker Dr.1 Profipack. http://mjwmodels .co.uk thanks Mike
  6. Hasegawa 09738 Kit with kit decals. Used the left side Q from the Eduard kit since that has the black outline around it. SBS Model Prop Vector Wheelbay Brassin Wheels (except for the nose wheel, which will not fit in the kit part) Black Box cockpit Master in Miniatures .303 guns and pitot from a P-40 Rexx exhausts Got rid of the wheel doors since they were not on it And used a Tamiya P-51D fuel tank Paints from Mr.Color range Hope you like it. I do. And it was a quick build for me, only two months!
  7. Evening folk's next up on the table is Special Hobby's Mk1 Airacobra,I was at the Northern show last week and spied this kit on Kit's for Cash's stall for a cracking £30.I have to admit the P-39 is one of my favourite aircraft and to get it in this RAF boxing was a bonus I have a full build feature to reference in a past copy of MAI so I'm aware of the area's needing care,It'll be a slow burner as I've two other1/32 kit's on the go in our GB's and even re-visited the big Revell Heinkel 111 today which I'm trying to move on,anyway box art. And a fair amount of plastic in the box. A bonus in the box colour etched fret and hollowed resin exhaust's And finally lovely looking decal's and a comprehensive colour callout. Having built revell's re-boxing of their Seafire I'm aware just how good these "limited run" kit's are reading the build review all being well should be a substantial build when complete.
  8. Today I finished this Hobbyboss 1/72nd P-39Q. Built box stock including decals. Painted with Tamiya acrylics except for the Olive Drab and Neutral Gray, where I tried Model Masters. Somehow I managed to get some fogging or dirt on the inside of the canopy. Not sure what happened, I'd used Tamiya green cap to fix the canopy down and a few hours later when I masked it, it was fine. Other than that I'm pretty happy with it, particularly given cost and the small amount of time invested. It went together pretty well. Needed a few spots of putty, nothing big. Most of the panel lines on the fuselage where inconsistent in depth so I re-scribed the bulk of them to try to get more uniformity. I've picked up a few of these Hobbyboss kits and some, like this one, are pretty much fine. Others, like the Buffalo with the missing belly window, less so. The plastic in all of them is soft, kind of like a bar of soap, so you have to be careful with it.
  9. Kuro Nezumi

    P-39 Colours in Mig AMMO

    Good evening, I'll soon be starting my Airacobra in Soviet markings and I want to use Mig AMMO paints. Trouble is that I'm finding it hard finding the right colours from Mig. The paints I need are for the camouflage (olive drab and some form of grey), the cockpit, undercarriage and the flap interior. Can anyone come up with any close matches? Any help will be appreciated. Thank you.
  10. MPM is to rebox the Academy's 1/72nd Bell P-39/P-400 Airacobra kit with new decals. - ref. MPM72005 - Bell P39Q/N Airacobra "Russian Cobras" Source: http://www.aviationmegastore.com/bell-p39qn-airacobra-russian-cobras-mpm72005-mpm-8592016mpm72005-aircraft-scale-modelling/product/?action=prodinfo&art=140524 - ref. MPM72006 - Bell P-400/P-39D Airacobra "Cobras over the Pacific' Source: http://www.aviationmegastore.com/bell-p-400p-39d-airacobra-cobras-over-the-pacific-mpm72006-mpm-8592016mpm72006-aircraft-scale-modelling/product/?action=prodinfo&art=140525 - ref. MPM72007 - Bell P-400/P-39D Airacobra "Cobras over the New Guinea" Source: http://www.aviationmegastore.com/bell-p-400p-39d-airacobra-cobras-over-the-new-guinea--mpm72007-mpm-8592016mpm72007-aircraft-scale-modelling/product/?action=prodinfo&art=140526 V.P.
  11. Bell P-39Q/N exhaust set Eduard 1:32 (632-081) - The Kittyhawk P-39/N, reviewed HERE has already had quite a lot of etch and resin released for it from Eduard. They have released another set, containing a pair of very nice exhausts for it. The resin moulding is well up to the standard we have come to expect from Brassin and includes the connecting flanges and bolt heads which attach each exhaust stub to the manifold. Each stub is more indented than hollowed out, but with some dark paint it will give a better impression of depth than the kit parts, You could always open them out a bit more if you wish. Fitment is easy, just removed for the pouring stub, sand flat and glue to the model. Conclusion A nice simple addition that will add that little extra to your finished model. Highly recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  12. KRK4m

    Desert Pink on USAAF fighters

    Several P-40Ns and P-39Qs operating from Gilbert Islands within the 15th FG were painted Desert Pink topsides and Azure Blue undersides. The reason for such a camo oddity is frequently explained, as the a/c were prepared for the North African campaign and then redirected to the PTO. Maybe... But for me it still apeears strange that less than hundred of P-39Qs (of almost 5000 built) and P-40Ns (>5000 built) were painted especially in Pink//Azure, while other hundreds reached units in standard OD/NG finish. Moreover I have never seen neither the P-39Q nor the P-40N operating in the Mediterranean in Pink/Azure camo. Some 40 years ago I've seen (in Scale Modeler IIRC) the Soviet P-39Q in these colours (white "13" on fin, red fin top and white "Za Rodinu" on port nose side), but nothing from the MTO. Is this only my opinion or were there Pink/Azure P-40Ns and P-39Qs flying over the Med? And if this was only the Pacific-applied "specialite de la maison" did this also apply to the 15th FG P-47s operating in the same period from other Pacific islands? Cheers Michael
  13. Yesterday Mark suggested a 24-hour build in honour of Mike (BM owner)'s birthday. Never one to turn down a challenge, i accepted! I started at 8.45 this morning with this: (Pics are timestamped - no cheating!) And finished a while ago with this: First time I've ever tried anything like that, and very pleased with the result! It's not a subject I'd usually tackle, and in a scale I would very rarely venture into. Happy Birthday Mike! Al
  14. P-39 Wheels Early & Late - For Eduard Kit 1:48 Eduard These sets are intended for Eduard's own kit in 1.48. Both sets contain a nose wheel, two main wheels with separate hubs, and a small fret of Photo etch. Also included is a set of painting masks. Early Wheels Late Wheels Conclusion These will no doubt enhance your P-39/P-400 model. Overall recommended. Review samples courtesy of
  15. P-39/P-400 Landing Flaps 1:48 Eduard This set is one sheet of brass photo etch for dropping the landing flaps on Eduard's P-30/P-400 series of kits. The kits them selves are good but the flaps are moulded in the raised position. Conclusion The flap area is substantial for the P-39/P-400 and this set will no doubt enhance an already good kit. Recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  16. Bell P-39Q/N Dream Model 1:32 The new 1:32 Bell P-39Q/N from KittyHawk is a very nice kit straight from the box, but there’s always room for improvement, and Dream Model have released this etch set just for this occasion. Designed purely for the cockpit the single pre-painted sheet is full of those useful little items that can really make a cockpit. The set also includes the instrument panels in a three part systems, where the instruments, printed on an acetate sheet are glued to the back of the panel, then white pare, the templates of which are provided are glued to the back of the acetate. A quick dry run shows that this is particularly effective in this scale and will look great when installed. The rest of the sheet includes items such as the throttle quadrant, throttle cables, door handles, window winder handles, gun cocking handles, various control handles, and even the numerous toggle switches, for which you will definitely need a very fine pair of tweezers and an Optivisor. The set also includes a full set of shoulder and lap straps for the seat. Some parts will require the modeller to provide their own 0.5mm styrene rod. Conclusion I’ve not come across Dream Model before, but judging by this small, yet very useful set, I will be paying more attention to them in future. Very highly recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  17. Good day to everyone. While I'm waiting for my friend draw me decal for Follang Gnat based on the movie "Hot Shots!", I decided to make this Airacobra. Work in progress: And there is final images:
  18. Good day, jentlemen! This is my next model.
  19. Kitty Hawk is to release a 1/32nd Bell P-39Q/N Airacobra kit - ref. KH32013 Source: http://www.kittyhawkmodel.com/#!kh32013/c24dx V.P.
  20. Nothing special here, really, just wanting to participate! My Eduard 1/144 FW-190 started to annoy me and, after a visit to Hyperscale, I realized I should've completely assembled it before priming instead of trying to paint some parts while still on the sprue. Oh well. This build is the first one I'll have completed after 20+ years away. It's not perfect by any means. Nor is the kit. It's a Hobby Boss "Easy Assembly" so it's not really a "serious" kit. That's fine by me because all I'm doing is getting my basic skills back and learning how to do things I'd never done as a kid (like filling gaps). It went together very easily, and dry fit together pretty well. In hindsight, I should not have painted the nose gear before assembly, since I'll probably just have to repaint it after priming and painting, but it's part of the cockpit assembly so I ended up painting it. Cockpit was brush-painted with Tamiya acrylics and a Vallejo umber wash, so you're not missing anything - and there is literally no cockpit detail. A seat, a control stick, and a blank "instrument panel" that I painted gloss black. No raised detail, no decal for gauges. Nothing. I got overzealous on some parts, particularly one of the tailplanes, and sanded the detail right off it (see Pic #2). Oh well. That's why I'm starting on a cheap kit! Same with scribing. It's just a little too small for my Trumpeter scriber, I think, and I ended up leaving the panel line in some places and scribing the plastic. Guess I'll touch with thinned Tamiya Basic Putty and try to scrape off any excess with a #11 blade instead of sanding. This baby, unsurprisingly, is an awful tail-sitter. I'm gonna try coating some fishing weights in PVA glue and rolling them into the nose and hopefully they'll stay put after a couple hours in the same position. The instructions have some pin and tube assembly fitting into the back of the propeller spinner so it can spin after construction, but it's too loose and sloppy. I'm just gonna tack it in place with CA and then run Extra Thin around the rest of it. Pointers and constructive criticism are much appreciate, as like I say, I'm just trying to rebuild my basic skill set after a couple decades! Cheers, lads. Gonna try to finish filling, do more sanding, and try rescribing with a template tomorrow.
  21. Bell P-39Q Airacobra "Brooklyn Bum-2nd", pics thanks to Mark Mills.
  22. Shar2

    Bell P-39N/L Profipack. 1:48

    Bell P-39L/N Eduard Profipack 1:48 History The P-39 Airacobra was designed in 1937 in response to a tender by the U.S. Army Air Corps. In many respects the P-39 Airacobra was an unusual aircraft. The basic idea was to install a powerful engine as close as possible to the aircraft's centre of gravity in order to improve manoeuvrability and stability. An Oldsmobile T-9 37 mm cannon fired through an opening in the propeller spinner. The P-39 was the first American fighter to be fitted with a freely rotating nose-wheel. The Airacobra also aroused interest in the British Air Force; the RAF however later rejected the aircraft. The Russian Air Force also expressed strong interest in the aircraft and initially took delivery of 179 units. The U.S. Army Corps also equipped some of its newly formed units with the P-39, including the 8th and 35th Fighter Groups which operated out of New Guinea. Often underrated in the West the P-39 proved to be an exceptional aircraft in the Far East. Its top speed of 580 km/h was sufficient to dominate an A6M Zero in a dogfight. The Model The kit comes in an attractive top opening box with a depiction of an Airacobra flying towards the modeller. Inside, there are three sprues of bluey grey styrene, one of clear, a pre-painted etched sheet, a sheet of masks and quite a large decal sheet. The moulding is up to Eduards usual standard, being very clean with no sign of flash or other imperfections. From the few builds I’ve seen of this kit the fit appears to be pretty good and there don’t seem to be any problems with construction. The build begins with the cockpit and the fitting of the mid and rear bulkheads, two piece radio set and what I presume is the oil tank fixed to the back of the rear bulkhead. The instrument panel is an all etched affair including the panel, binnacle, centre console, plus several handles and levers, this also included the breeches of the two upper machine guns which, once folded to shape are fixed to the front face of the panel. Alternatively if etch isn’t your thing then Eduard do provide a styrene alternative and the instrument decals to use on it. The pilots seat is fitted out with etched seat belts, buckles and latches, once complete this and the instrument panel assembly are fitted to the cockpit floor along with the joystick, rudder pedals and forward bulkhead. The nose wheel bay is made up of front, rear and side bulkheads which are attached to the underside front of the cockpit floor and the propeller shaft fitted between the cockpit forward bulkhead and the bay forward bulkhead. With the cockpit assembly complete it is then fitted between the two fuselage halves along with the appropriate weight to prevent it being a tail sitter. The single piece lower wing is fitted with the two roof parts of the main undercarriage bays, landing light in the port wing, and leading edge radiator etched parts. The upper wing sections can then be attached along with the radiator intakes. The completed wing is then attached to the fuselage assembly along with the horizontal tailplanes and upper nose panel which has moulded in gun troughs. Behind the centre wing panel are three radiators which consist of both styrene and etch matrix panels. Once fitted the three radiators exhaust flaps are attached. Whilst the model is upside down the main undercarriage is fitted, each made up of the main oleo a choice of main wheels, each in two halves, one with a weighted tyre, one without. The wheels are attached to the axle and completed by the attachment of the outer bay door and separate scissor link. The inner bay doors are then fitted along with their associated actuators. The instructions then call for with either the drop tank or bomb, each made up of two halves, to be fitted along with their cradles to the wing centreline. The nose wheel is assembled in the same way as the mains and has the same choice of tyre. When assembled the wheel is fitted between the yokes of the nose wheel leg and the lower forward bay door is attached as is the scissor link which in this case is a PE part. The nose leg is then fitted into the bay along with the retraction jack and support arms, followed by the nose wheel doors. With the model the right way up the included pilot figure can now be added if required and is enclosed into the cockpit by the single piece canopy/windscreen and two doors. The exhausts, aerial mast and PE intake grille are then attached. The kit comes with a choice of three types of cannon muzzles for the spinner, and a choice of two different types of propeller blade, dependent on which choice of markings you intend to use. The separate blades are attached to the backplate followed by the fitting of the spinner. The completed propeller can then be attached to the model along with a pair of small panels either side of the nose. Finally the wing machine gun muzzles and pitot probe are attached, completing the build. Decals The large decal sheet has been printed by Cartograf, so the quality is good. The sheet provides a full set of stencils for one aircraft and markings for five different machines. The decals are very nicely printed; being pretty thin in appearance, in good register with very little sign of carrier film and are slightly on the glossy side, which should help with then settling down. The markings are for the following aircraft:- P-39N, S/n 4218354. Flown by the 345th FS, North Africa/Alghero Airfield, Sardinia, late 1943 in an olive drab over neutral grey scheme, with white fin tip and sharks mouth. P-39L, S/n 424514. Flown by the 91st FS, 81st FG from Sidi Ahmed Air Base, Tunisia, September 1943. This aircraft is in mid stone and sand scheme with olive drab panels and azure blue undersides. P-39N, flown by Lt. DeVore, 110th TRS, 71st TRG, Guasap Airfield. New Guinea, Spring 1944. Painted in olive drab over neutral grey with a white tail and red fin tip. P-39N, Flown by Gregori A Rechkalov, 16th GIAP, Spring 1945. Painted olive drab over neutral grey with a red fin tip and spinner. P-39N, flown by Nikolai G Sobolev, 21st GIAP, April 1943. Painted in olive drab, (including the spinner), over neutral grey and with a large slogan painted on the fuselage sides. Conclusion This is a lovely looking kit and having had a couple of the earlier marks released by Eduard it should be a treat to build. It’s a great looking aircraft and with the choices of colour schemes it’ll be hard to choose which to build. As with their other Profipacks it’s great to have the pre painted etch and the masks provided. Highly recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  23. There's some interesting releases from Eduard in 1/72 and 1/48 in April for WW2 fans. All prices currently TBA. There's another variant of the Bf110 in 1/72, this time the Bf110C-6. I've not seen much about this kit but it's a limited edition kit and from the price Hannants are advertising it at (£28.00) I would suspect that there is some brassin parts (probably the 30mm cannon) in this as well as the usual mask/etch. I know it sounds expensive for a 1/72 but the Eduard Bf110 kits are really nice kits and I don't see a weekend version of this coming out, so if you want this version, this will be the one to get! Eduard are re-releasing 2 kits in 1/48 in April, first of which is the P-39L/N Airacobra Profipack and the Royal Navy Hellcat Dual combo set. Now if Hannant's prices are to be believed, these kits are much more sensibly priced! The P-39 is looking to be £16.70 and the Hellcats £28.00. For those who haven't seen the Hellcats, that's 2 kits for £28.00 with mask and etch for each one! You can make a Royal Navy Hellcat Mk I and Mk II from the set. The last release is another 1/48 Spitfire Weekend edition, this time the early Mk IXc. As for prices, we've not set any prices as we haven't got the prices from our supplier as yet but we've proved consistently that we can usually beat the Hannants 10% discount pre-order price. So if anyone wants any of these kits, please let me know. thanks Mike
  24. Just to prove that I occasionally complete models, and not just natter on about them, below please find photographs of my latest completed model. As the title indicates, this is the nice little Academy P-39N/Q in 1/72nd scale. I have finished it as a P-39Q in the markings of Grigoriy Andreyevich Rechkalov, the third-ranking Soviet ace, twice a Hero of the Soviet Union, with some 56 victories, most of them on the "Kobra". The kit went together very easily, with little or no filling needed, and I think it looks the part of an Airacobra. I chose to weather this a little, but not too much, as this was a Hero of the Soviet Union's aeroplane, and in pretty good nick from the photographs I've seen. An attractive little aircraft, and it looks nice next to one of my Shturmovik's. I realise the photographs aren't brilliant, but neither is the camera nor the photographer. Positive comments are of course welcome, whilst negative comments will be dealt with by the appropriate verbal abuse! Please enjoy (I hope I didn't make too much of a muddle of it)! Best Regards, Tovarish Jason
  25. Wolwe82

    P-39N, Academy Minicraft 1/72

    I m quite new on BM and found this group build thread recently. I hope you wont mind if i post one my kit here, it kinda goes under your KUTA rules, but i finished it in middle of november 2013, so if it is out of rules, i m sorry. So this kit was under my bed for over 15 years, untill i came back to models like 2months ago. The kit was almost completed (fuselage, wings and tail joined), so it needed just the undercariage, propeller, gun barells (used aires resin barels and ofc managed to break one while painting the kit) and ofc painting. It was first kit where i used airbrush and some techniques (post-shading, wash, never did it before). Sadly over the years i lost some parts and the canopy was in realy bad condition.. because i thought it ll be just aibrush test subject, i left it as it was (now kinda feel sorry for that). But after all, i was quite happy with the finish, probably bcs it was first kit finished after so many years I hope you wont mind me posting it here then.