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  1. Here my entry for this weekends Blitzbuild, no complicated camouflage scheme or Bi-Plane rigging, just a simple two colour build with a single aftermarket item. Oh! and definitely no silly challenges from the wings like 'Why not build both' I'm looking at you @Enzo Matrix and @Hockeyboy76, that way I hope to finally finish something for a Blitzbuild. by John L, on Flickr by John L, on Flickr by John L, on Flickr by John L, on Flickr by John L, on Flickr
  2. Here are a pair of Platz 1:144 Kawanishi N1K2-J Shiden-Kai (Early) "George" which I built back in 2007. Both kits were built OOB and fully painted and varnished with brush. Like the P-51D I posted last week, these Platz kits are a real delight with great finesse for this scale and are highly recommended. It's just a shame the type is limited in terms of schemes since all machines flew with the 343 Kokutai (Wing) and the only differences being the fuselage bands for each squadron of the wing. The first one represents "91", a prototype at the Kawanishi factory, Japan, in December 1944. The second one is "15", 343-15, 343 Kokutai, 301 Hikotai, Imperial Japanese Navy Air Force, flown by squadron leader Lt Naoshi Kanno, Matsuyama airfield, Japan, April 1945. Thanks for looking Miguel
  3. Here is my Platz 1:144 North American P-51D-15-NA Mustang which I built back in 2007. It represents 44-14888/B6-Y "Glamorous Glenn III", flown by Captain Charles 'Chuck' Yeager, of 363rd FS, 357th FG, 8th Air Force, USAAF, in summer 1944. The kit was built OOB and fully painted and varnished with brush. These Platz kits are a real delight with great finesse for this scale. Eduard has recently released these same moulds under their label. Highly recommended. Thanks for looking Miguel
  4. On display in the Platz stand at the recent Shizuoka's UAMC 2018 was what looks like a 1/72nd (?) Nihon Aircraft Manufacturing Corporation NAMC YS-11 test model. Source: http://platz-media.com/blog/2018/02/10/uamc-2018-shizuoka/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=facebook http://platz-media.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/IMG_7608.jpg V.P.
  5. Here is the He 219 A-0 G9+FK. Continuing my Night Fighter series. I wanted to replicated as much as possible the original plane, I'm am pretty satisfied I achieved this. The Platz (Dragon) in 1/72 is overall a very good kit to build, there were some fitment issues with the wings to the fuselage and the undercarriage, I'll know what do next time! For those interested in this kit the Platz kit comes with weights and p.e which is extra over the Dragon offering so I suggest go with this one at least for the weights. I think it still needs to be heavier in the nose so I will add more weight at a future date. The original flown by Ernst-Wilhelm Modrow 2./NJG1 with FuG 220 SN-2 and Fug 212 Germany 1944 Anyway here she is, love to here your comments. Took a few more pics after adding the antenna cable
  6. Hello everyone Here is my Platz 1:144 Focke-Wulf Fw 190D-12/R14 (early) I built in 2013. Inspired by one of the unbuilt variants of the Fw 190D family illustrated in the Valiant Wings book, I made this rather simple conversion from a D-9 to a torpedo-carrying D-12. The forward cowl had the gun bulges and troughs removed and smoothened out, the wing bulges removed, the supercharger intake enlarged, a cannon hole made in the propeller tip and the blades sanded to a more rounded shape. The torpedo came from a Minicraft He 111 and I added the pylon clamps to hold it and the torpedo's tail wing. The tail of the D-12 was supposed to be of the Ta 152 type but that was beyond my skills so that is why it's a D-12 (early)!! The kit represents "Blue E", KG200, Luftwaffe, in 1945 (fictitious of course) with a scheme of my own making. The kit was painted and varnished with brush. The decals came from various sources. Thank you for looking and all comments are welcome as always Miguel
  7. Platz is to release a 1/72nd Heinkel He.219A-7 Uhu kit (manufactured by Dragon) - ref. AE-1 Release expected in July 2016 Sources: http://www.platz-hobby.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=5446&language=en http://www.platz-hobby.com/products/5446.html http://www.1999.co.jp/eng/10383511 V.P.
  8. Platz is to release a 1/72nd Fuji T-1B kit - ref. AC-22 Source: http://hobby.dengeki.com/event/199672/2/ V.P.
  9. Hello All, My last finished product, a Platz 1/144 RF-4E in German guise. The platz kit is very nice and went together without too much grief OOB. Thanks for looking Ian
  10. I posted my earlier attempt at this kit earlier, but as there are two in the box it would be rude not to build both. So this one is a machine of the Squadron commanders bird from the 87th FIS. Both together Thanks for looking.
  11. New from Platz to be announced at the 58th All Japan Model and Hobby show in late September. It does not say if it is or not a newly tooled kit, just new. http://www.platz-hobby.com/products/7236.html Robert
  12. Platz (new?) F-Toys 1/72nd Nakajima Ki-43 Hayabusa kit - ref. Sources: http://platz-media.com/blog/2018/09/19/hayabusa/ https://www.facebook.com/platz.hobby/photos/a.427377477276709/2308569735824131/?type=3&theater V.P.
  13. Sources: http://www.1999.co.jp/eng/10183968 & http://www.platz-hobby.com/products/4026.html 1/72nd Mitsubishi F-1 by Platz (http://www.platz-hobby.com) - ref. AC-9 Review in your favourite forum: http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/234951934-mitsubishi-f-1-172-platz/ V.P
  14. Wow! Next big surprise after the Fine Molds F-14 Tomcat Source: Hobby Search Japan: http://www.1999.co.jp/eng/10321319 - Mainstay fighter of the Air Self-Defense Force to protect the empty Japan [F-15J Eagle] is, appeared long-awaited. - A has been reproduced in full new mold Eagle, Platts is I will send you with confidence! [Main Features] - Completely new mold - Accurately modeled to detail by the actual coverage - Airframe shape faithfully reproduce the actual every detail - Split the parts engine nozzle committed to detail - Mold of panel line is reproduced in delicate and sharp - Armed sets such as AAM-3 AAM-3,99 Expressions air-to-air guided missile AAM-4 - Zo-so 3 pcs set the 610 gallons tank - It can reproduce the # 305 Squadron in 2013 against competition machine - Current of each unit mark and details caution data is reproduced in the decal - Platts made unpainted plastic model kit ( This is a machine translation. Please allow for possible misinterpretations in the text. )
  15. Oops I did'nt notice. A review in you favourite forum: http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/234970145-mitsubishi-t-2-blue-impulse-172-platz/ Improvement set review in your favourite forum: http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/234970149-mitsubishi-t-2-interior-set-172-platz/ --------------------------------------------------- After the F-1 (http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/234946745-172-mitsubishi-f-1-by-platz-released/?hl=platz) Platz has released a 1/72nd Mitsubishi T-2 "Blue Impulse" kit - ref.AC-13 Sources: http://www.platz-hobby.com/products/4317.html http://www.1999.co.jp/eng/10270998 http://www.aeroscale.co.uk/modules.php?op=modload&name=News&file=article&sid=18236 V.P.
  16. At Shizuoka Hobby Show 2018 Platz is to release a new tool 1/72nd McDD F-4EJ Phantom II kit - ref. Sources: https://www.facebook.com/modelartinc/posts/1960234187384789 https://www.facebook.com/modelartinc/photos/pcb.1960234187384789/1960233957384812/?type=3&theater V.P.
  17. This is the latest in my project of building the US military's "large" drones; the Platz RQ-4N. Subsequent to the release of this kit the UAV was renamed MQ-4C Triton. This kit is very similar to their RQ-4B Global Hawk kit. The main difference are the fuselage bottom piece, that includes the Navies ground (water?) search radar and a new IR turret, and the decals. Both kits have issues with warping, the RQ-4B in the fuselage halves and this one in the wing upper and lower parts. Other then the warping the fit was generally good except for the area around the lower engine compartment. The decals were excellent with no silvering, but since this kit was release while the aircraft was still undergoing testing and before before it was deployed, they are a bit of a fantasy in nature. The MQ-4C is just starting to be deployed with VUP-19 and a web search turned up this site; https://www.navytimes.com/news/your-navy/2016/11/02/navy-s-mq-4c-triton-community-gets-its-very-first-squadron/ which contained this picture; and this drawing of their emblem; I also found this picture: All of the decals were present on the sheet, including the "PE", except for the emblem, so I made my first foray into making my own decals. I was able to edit the above drawing using PhotoShop Online and then print the 2 sides on clear decal paper using my trusty HP Deskjet 5550 photo printer. The results were definitely not water proof so I then gave them a coat of MicroScale Superfilm to water proof them. The results came out OK but with a thick-ish film. I am not sure if that is the decal paper I was using or the Superfilm. I am guessing it was the paper and if anyone can suggest a good quality paper I would appreciate it. So on to the pictures Just for perspective here are my first 4 and the latest of the "large" UAVs These are, from left to right. the MQ-4C Triton, the MQ-9 Reaper, the RQ-4B Global Hawk and the MQ-1B Predator. Missing is the MQ-1C Grey Eagle which no one seems to be making a kit of in 1/72, and BTW don't bother buying the Italeri MQ-1C die cast model. it is just an MQ-1B with Italian marking. Next up I have the 4 smaller "large" UAVs; the MQ-8B Fire Scout, RQ-7B Shadow, RQ-5B Hunter and RQ-2A Pioneer. I am going to start on the MQ-8B, but being that they are small and seem to all be the same color I might just gang build all of them at once. Enjoy.
  18. Hi all! Well the next one rolls out of the paint shop in the form of a Lockheed AT-33A Shooting Star, depicted as she was when operated later in her life with the Fuerza Aerea Uruguaya (the Uruguayan Air Force). Over time the FAU operated 11 of these machines from Durazno Air Base in the centre of the country, with 2 more acquired for spares. “207”, originally a T-33A-20-LO, she was 53-4919 in USAF service and was operated in Uruguay from 23/07/1969 to 05/06/1997. She went on to be one of the last that was operated by the air arm. The T-33s in Uruguayan service had many schemes. Originally they were flown in natural metal finish with the usual national insignia and a unit badge on the port side, for the Grupo de Aviación Nº 2 (Caza). This unit continued to operated them in US-style SEA camouflage, and then Green and Grey camouflage (like US ‘Lizard’). The last machines received were operated in the ADC grey that they had on arrival, and at least one (“209”) flew with “US AIR FORCE” titling still visible on the nose. For this build I have tried to get as close as my old hands would allow to this: I used a little “modeller’s licence” for the camo pattern. The kit is the excellent Platz T-33A kit. I made some errors because I was rushing but I think I got away with it. She is pretty much OOB apart from the markings and the seats. So, what did I do/use?: Platz T-33A Shooting Star kit 1/72 True Details resin seats Mimicked the guns with half round 0.8mm Plastruct rod I added wing pylons from an Airfix F-80 The paints used were Humbrol enamels throughout – the regular 116/117/118/28 (Green/Green/Tan/Grey), plus Black, Flat Aluminium (27001), Gunmetal. Mattcote overall. The decals are Aztec (T-37 wing roundels). I printed the serials, the checkerboard, the unit badge and tail flag on a mix of clear and white decal sheet. Other stencils etc were from the kit and a Microscale Latin Air Forces set for the T-33. From the image above the serial font appears more RCAF than USAF so I went that way, right or wrong. Weathered with Flory Dirt and Tamiya Weathering powders I hope you like her. Thanks for looking. Martin
  19. Platz is to rebox the Eduard's 1/72nd MiG-15UTI "Midget" kit - ref. AE-4 A test build was on display at the All Japan Model & Hobby Show 2016 Source: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=1111514358943111&set=a.148871311874092.33321.100002536719681&type=3&theater V.P.
  20. I finished these recently for the Mustang STGB III. Red Dog XII was built OOB whilst Petie 2nd received some interior work in the cockpit which included sidewall details and instrument panel using the Airfix 1/72 kit as a guide. I also split the one piece canopy to give the fixed and sliding sections on this aircraft and added some tape belts to both models. I painted Red Dog XII using Vallejo's Metal Color Acrylic Aluminium after a Gloss Black primer coat from the same manufacturer whilst Petie 2nd had Mr Metal Aluminium applied and this was buffed to a shine with kitchen paper towel. For those who are interested, more details of the build can be found here P-51D Mustang x 2
  21. Hello All, After 6 months, a change of airbrush, a lot of swearing and lots of "what the heck am I doing"? here is my interpretation of Hans Dortenmann's mount in 1/144 scale. This is not the first one of these I have done and they are exceptional kit to build. oooops forgot to remove the canopy mask..... Happy modelling all, Happy to take questions. Ian
  22. Hi, X-47B US Navy UCAS model from PLATZ in 1/72 scale. Completed in Apr'16. Construction blog is here: http://www.greenmats.club/topic/1742-x-47b-us-navy-ucas-172-platz/
  23. Lockheed T-33 1:72 TanModel The T-33 is a jet trainer developed from the P-80 Shooting Star by Lockheed during the late-1940s. Initially intended as a trainer variant of the P-80 fighter aircraft, the T-33 was created by lengthening the fuselage of the P-80 by approximately three feet and adding a second cockpit. Over 7,000 T-33s were built in total, far outstripping production number of the original fighter aircraft. In total, over 30 nations have used the T-33, many of which were supplied via the US Foreign Military Assistance programme. As well as being one of the most widely used jet trainers in the world, the T-33 has been used for reconnaissance, target towing, drone directing, and even as an aerial target. Some counties have flown the T-33 on combat operations, for example the Cuban Air Force during the Bay of Pigs invasion. A handful of airframes are still in service with the Bolivian Air Force, and of course many more fly on in the hands of private operators. As well as those manufactured in the US, T-33s were made under licence by Canadair in Canada, and Kawasaki in Japan. The Kit For this kit Tan model have taken the excellent Platz Plastic and re-boxed this for the European market with an impressive 10 decal options and a set of canopy masks. Tan Model have even impressed Platz to such an extent that they are going to import this boxing back to Japan (at the time of writing it is unsure if this will cause a modelling paradox making the world to implode!). The kit is packed into a glossy, top-opening box, inside which are four sprues of grey plastic, a single small clear sprue, decals, masks and instructions. As with other kits by Platz, the parts are superbly moulded and the overall impression is of a high-quality, state-of-the-art kit. Surface detail is very good, with finely engraved panel lines and fastener/rivet detail. There is no evidence of flash anywhere on the parts and ejector pin marks are well controlled. The sprue gates are fairly restrained, although those on the leading edge of the wing will need to be dealt with carefully. Fans of the unconventional look away now, as construction starts with the cockpit. This sub-assembly is made up of eight parts, including a nicely moulded cockpit tub, a pair each of ejector seats, instrument panels and control columns, and the internal framework for the canopy. The instrument panels and side consoles are represented with fine, raised detail, but decals are also provided if you prefer them. The seats are perhaps the weakest aspect of this area, although they are far from bad.The fuselage is split into four parts, with a break just aft of the wing trailing edge. The cockpit fits inside the front fuselage along with the nose gear bay and rear bulkhead. The aft section can be left off anf the engine exposed. There is a trolley for the rear fuselage. The instructions recommend the addition of 3 grams of nose weight, so take heed of this lest you end up with a tail sitter. Moving further down the airframe, the rear fuselage is split vertically with the tailfin moulded in one piece on the port side. Nevertheless, the trailing edge of the rudder is a little thick and could benefit from some sanding down. Here the join line is moulded at the bottom of the starboard side of the fin along a complex panel line at the base of the fin in order to disguise the join on the finished model. A basic jet pipe is included to prevent the dreaded see-through effect. The wings are split into upper and lower halves, with the lower span moulded in a single piece. The main landing gear bay is pretty good, with some convincing structural detail moulded in place. The tip tanks look very good, but you will need to take care when sanding out the join line so as not to destroy the raised reinforcing strip. The landing gear is very nice for the scale, and the wheel rim/tyre join nicely defined which should help when it comes to painting. The landing gear doors are all pretty thin which is nice, and adds extra realism, as do the separately moulded airbrakes and hydraulic actuators. The canopy is moulded as a single, solid part. This is a bit of a disappointment as the cockpit is pretty good, but having said that, it is reasonably thin and clear. Decals The new expansive decal sheet is printed by Cartograf and is upto their usual excellent quality. There are 10 options on the new sheet; Luftwaffe JA-396. 2/JG71, Ahlhorn AB, West Germany 1962. Spanish Air Force. E.15.10 No.41 Group, Valenzuela Air Base, 1982. Turkish Air Force, 4228/8-228, Izmir AB mid 1970's. Turkish Air Force, 25791, Izmir AB mid 1970's USAFE, 0-34958/TR-958. Soesterberg AB, The Netherlands 1972. French Air Force 53103/314-VP, Creuk AB, France 1970's. Belgian AF Ft-10, Blind Flying School, Brustem AB, Belgium 1968 Italian Air Force, MM-51-17531/6-31, 636, Ghedi AB, Italy 1977. USMC 2138078/MY/078, USA 1975. Indonesian Ar Force, J-333. No.11 Sn, TNI-AU, Halim AB, Indonesia 1972 Conclusion The original kit from Platz is a new tool quality product. The additions from TanModel make this a must get kit. It should also now be more available in than the original kit was. Highly recommended. Review sample courtesy of Distributed in the UK by
  24. Platz is to release a 1/144th Kawasaki C-1 kit - ref.? Source: http://hobby.dengeki.com/event/199672/2/ V.P.
  25. Platz is to release a 1/144th Saab J35F Draken kit - ref. FC-4 Source: http://www.1999.co.jp/eng/blog/160513 V.P.
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