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  1. Besides starting an Austrian Tunnan soon (no free building space yet), my dad starts now also an Austrian Bird Dog using the new Roden kit with Brent-Air-Decals. 22 A models and 7 E models were in service with the Austrian Airforce from 1958 to 1997. Austrian Bird Dogs http://gotech.at/l19.htm Brent-Air-Decals https://www.brent-air-decals.at/österreich-decals-militär/props/ DSC_0001 by Reinhard Spreitzhofer, auf Flickr
  2. Roden is to release in 2016 a 1/32nd Cessna O-2 Skymaster kit - ref.620 Source: http://www.frogmodelaircraft.co.uk/phpBB3/viewtopic.php?f=18&t=323 V.P.
  3. Roden is to release a 1/144th Douglas C-133 Cargomaster kit - ref.333 Source: https://www.facebook.com/groups/greenmats/permalink/2123463997713131/ Box art V.P.
  4. Is decals from Academy and Italeri as bad as often mentioned in build reviews and "in the works" or should those decals be handled in an different way than most decals? Is there something many builders miss when working with Academy, Italeri and Roden decals? What's behind those bad experiences? Cheers / André
  5. One of the great things about Britmodeller is learning from and being inspired by other modellers’ work. Some time ago @Turbofanposted a wonderful BOAC Super VC-10 in RFI and that was the push I needed to do one of my own, despite knowing I could never match Ian’s standards! My model was actually completed several months ago but I didn’t post it at the time because I wasn’t happy with some aspects, particularly the finishing. Unlike Ian who sensibly painted his cheatlines and fin, I used Two Six Decals. The cheatlines proved to be thick and intransigent and the less said about the fin decals the better. In fairness to Ray these problems are not typical. It was an old sheet which had been in my stash for some time and I see he is now using BOA for his printing so hopefully more recent issues will be better. I was also unhappy with the over-scale pitots and some of the other smaller details so I didn’t really feel the model was up to RFI standards. In the early summer my wife decided we were going to redecorate our shared office-cum-hobbies-room which meant a massive (and much-needed) clear-out during which I found the remains of an old Two Six Models photo-etch fret intended for the Airfix VC10. There were a couple of pitots and some other small parts left. That prompted me to revisit G-ASGD and after a bit of smartening up here she finally is. The kit is, of course, by Roden. As I’ve mentioned, decals are by Two Six. I supplemented them with Authentic Airliners BAC1-11 cabin windows, another idea pinched from Turbofan, and BM member @Malair provided the excellent windscreen decal - thanks Martijn! Although finishing was a bit of an issue, building the kit itself was easy and straightforward. I have a second one laid aside for conversion to a Standard, again borrowing ideas from other Britmodellers. No timescale for that just now but hopefully it will appear in the next couple of years. Thanks for looking and as always constructive criticism is welcome. Dave G
  6. That was my 3-year-old's reaction when I showed him a picture of the Sopwith Triplane so it seemed an ideal thread title.. I picked this up in JohnT's sale. So I thought I'd get on with it. Plenty builds of this already posted on here so I'll forgo the pics of the box and contents and all that. It's well documented that the Roden fuselage is too short for the production tripe but OK for the prototype. Ideally, John's sale came with the Novascale decals for Flt. Cmdr. R Dallas, who flew the prototype in service ("Brown Bread"). Tail plane's the wrong size and shape, I believe but I can live with that I also got these HGW belts, for a laugh, erm I mean to improve my PE/detailing skills... I've made a start whilst I was waiting for the Dove's paint to dry and all that. Here we go then... W-D
  7. Here is my Roden Camel finished in the markings of Captain D R MacLaren, the most successful Camel pilot with 54 confirmed victories all achieved on Camels. Kit went together fairly easily for a Roden kit. Brush painted with AK Interactive's WWI colours which brushed on well but required several coats for good colour coverage. I have attempted to replicate the worn and battered appearance of MacLaren's Camel F2137 photographed in October 1918, with mixed results. I am pleased with the battleship grey worn off the wooden cockpit side but less so with the worn PC10. Decals were very fragile and needed to be applied very carefully to avoid them breaking up. This is the first biplane model I have rigged, using fine smoke coloured invisible mending thread and fishing line. It proved to be much easier than I feared. The photos do show that I need to improve on the attachment points next time. AW
  8. dov


    Hallo again This is my DH2 from Roden in 1/32. Here is the rigging a particular thing. I designed the strut support plates, on CAD. In cooperation with Cooperstate Models, they produced these parts. I did this design work voluntarily. It was the idea, to create for all WW1 model a/c these strut support plates. To achieve easier rigging. Moreover, to prevent drilling the wing. On the same way, I did the Be2c in 1/48 and the DH2 in 1/48. However, in the state of assembling the DH2 the troubles did not show up. The strut support plates I glued with CA on the wing. As I need them, for the static rigging. The gluing of struts I did with CA, because of the pin diameter & hole diameter from the Roden kit. In this case, the DH2 I got along because I did all gluing with CA. Well, I have to mention, that the assembly was very difficult. Today I improved the etched parts. I build the Be12 in 1/48, but here I failed. I glued the etched parts with CA and the struts with Tamiya glue. I did not get along. The gluing process is the problem. As a verdict: As long as you only use CA, it is ok. However, here I see the problem for bigger scales. With CA, there is no chance for drying alignment or a dry fit since you need bigger holes and the struts may not be in place for more than a second. I have no solution yet for gluing the struts with Tamiya glue; so I gave up. Maybe some days I have an idea, but not yet. Happy modelling
  9. After the 1/32nd kits (link) Roden is to release in Autumn 2018 a 1/48th Cessna L-19/O-1 Bird Dog "Asian Service" kit - ref. 409 Source: http://www.roden.eu/HTML/framenews.htm Box art V.P.
  10. Credited with 54 victories, Erich Lowenhardt wad the third highest scoring ace of the Great War behind only Manfred von Richthofen and Ernst Udet. After service as an officer with ski troops in the Carpathians, Lowenhardt joined the air service in 1916, initially as an observer before becoming a pilot. Lowenhardt joined Jasta 10 in March 1917 and by May of 1918 had a score in the high teens. With the arrival of the Fokker D.VII, Lowenhardt, now commanding Jasta 10 increased his score dramatically, reaching 53 by 9 August, only the second German pilot to pass the 50 mark. At that time Lowenhardt was the leading living German Ace. He had also on 8 August claimed JG1's 500th victory of the war. On 10th August 1918 suffering with a sprained ankle and ignoring advice not fly, Lowenhardt led a mixed patrol from Jastas 10 and 11. Shortly after shooting down an RAF machine for his 54th victory, Lowenhardt collided with the Fokker of Jasta 11's Ltn Alfred Wentz. Both pilots bailed out with their newly issued parachutes but tragically Lowenhardt's failed to open and he fell to his death. Oblt Erich Lowenhardt was just 21 years old. For my entry I will be building Roden's 1/72 Fokker D.VII as Lowenhardt's famous yellow fighter. The kit and some lozenge decals for the wings: Some reference material: Andrew
  11. This is my Roden AC-123K project "Black Spot" kit in 1/72. The AC-123K is often refereed to as a Gunship without a gun and was used to drop cluster bomb bomblets on traffic on the Ho Chi Min trail in Viet Name. I had great hopes for this kit, especially after the last several Italeri kits. But while I don't want to be pegged as a chronic complainer, I have to say this kit was a nightmare from start with the horrible fit and flawed instructions to end with the decals that would not stick and silvered terribly. The fit was so bad that I have to use some of my wood working clamps just to get joints to meet in close proximity. The instructions are flawed in several ways which indicates these are really for the cargo version of the C-123. There are 3 windows on each side of the nose under the canopy that are not visible on the Black Spot aircraft. While the box are does not show them the instructions have you installing them and I can not find any place the the instructions say to fill them in or cover them. There is a detailed cargo hold interior and the instructions say to pose the ramp open, but I can only find a single picture of a Black Spot aircraft with them open. There are detailed painting drawings but they are in black and white and different colors are shown with the same pixalation or just a dashed line around an area. Speaking of colors there are only reference to Vallejo paints and no FS numbers. All decals will silver to some extent, but this can usually be fixed with decal solvent and a sharp knife to make tiny holes in the silvered area for the solvent to seep into. Not these. They resisted all efforts to fix and I am somewhat embarrassed to show the pictures because of this. They must come from the same source as the early Academy decals. Luckily the silvering doesn't show up too much in the pictures. I can go on ranting, but I will probably bore you, if I haven't already, so I will just say that this kit is not for the faint of heart of the beginning builder and on to the pictures; I would love to do the AP-2H next, but I still haven't found a set of the Blackbird conversion. So for something completely different I will be working on the Muroc Models M2-F1 lifting body. Enjoy
  12. As part of my current WW1 kick I have acquired a number of Roden and Toko 1/72 kits (Camel 2F1, Albatros D.III s153, various Sopwith 1 1/2 Strutters). The marking choices are interesting but the transfers themselves look very thin. I have seen a number of recent threads that suggest that Roden transfers in particular are as good as unusable. Especially with my glacial rate of construction, I do not want to bring a kit to near-completion only to discover the transfers don't work. The problem is all the more acute given the surprising shortage of aftermarket transfers for mainstream British WW1 subjects. So: - Can Roden and Toko transfers ever be used successfully? - Are there any tips on how to improve the chances of success? (Overpaint with Superscale liquid transfer film? Particular softening/setting solutions to be used/avoided?) - How are they for colour density? (Some of mine will be applied to a scarlet airframe.) Or do I have to stick them back in the stash until hell freezes over and I can source some decent aftermarket transfers?
  13. When I think about Great War, my second thought is "artillery". Indeed Great War saw a birth of tanks, combat aircraft or submarines, or last days of cavalry, to name a few, but artillery reached a peak of importance exactly that time. So I have already hands full of projects in "Brits abroad", but I couldn't miss a opportunity here. I have pick up a Roden kit in 1/72. With closer look it have a typical Roden quality - some flashes here and there, some sink holes, and brittle plastic, which isn't a easiest to work with. I think quality even dropped a little in comparison to older kits like Nieuport's. Still, company found a nice niche, maybe they had stopped making a new WWI aircraft in 1/72 scale, but instead went after land vehicles, and contribute something more than just a some famous tanks. I have already started working on limber.
  14. The future 1/144th Lockheed C-5B Galaxy kit - ref.330 - is now quoted as "in processing" in the Roden homepage. Also programmed C-5M Super Galaxy - ref.332 Source: http://www.roden.eu/HTML/models1.htm V.P.
  15. Holt 75 Artillery Tractor Roden 1:35 With the onset of large-scale hostilities in early 1915, the leadership of the British Army understood very well that the transportation of heavy weapons such as heavy artillery, by horses wearing harnesses, was no longer an efficient method, especially in the off-road conditions of autumn and winter. In view of this, it was decided to limit horse drawn transportation only for light artillery, and to procure tractors, already in use for agricultural purposes before the start of the war, for the movement of heavy weapons. Soon after the turn of the century, American inventor Benjamin Holt built an agricultural machine with a gasoline internal combustion engine and a chassis running on crawler tracks, which proved to be very successful in design, and was copied not only in the United States, but also in England and France, as well as in some other countries. The vehicle was classified as a "tractor" and was named the Holt 75. Even before the start of the First World, these machines were already being used extensively in agriculture, however, not as yet for any military purposes. After successful tests in quarry sites, where in contrast to the horses the Holt 75 easily towed not only the 6-inch but also the super-heavy 9-inch guns, it was decided to acquire them for the needs of the Royal Artillery Corps immediately. Of course, the speed of the tractor was very low - it could tow a gun at only 2 miles per hour, but even this performance figure outweighed the significant losses of military animals due to their exhaustion in delivery of the guns, especially in off-road conditions. Simultaneously with the UK, France also became interested in the military use of tractors, suffering likewise from the near-impossibility of pulling heavy weapons solely with horses. In late 1916, about 800 tractors were ordered for the transportation of heavy guns. After the United States' entry into the First World War in 1918, the American Expeditionary Force in Europe also used tractors of this type extensively. In total these machines as used by the allies, amounted to almost 2,000 units by the end of the war, of which 445 were built under license in the UK. Their work was not glamorous, in contrast to the tanks for instance, used for the first time during the war; but their role as a new component in the military machine, namely, the artillery tractor, was also very important, and in the following years this type of military equipment became ubiquitous, widespread even today. The Model The kit comes in a very attractive, full colour box with a representation of the vehicle in use. The kit is contained on 12 sprues of light grey styrene; there is also a small decal sheet. Although still very much having the look of a short run kit all the parts are very nicely moulded, with some small areas of flash but no other imperfections and only a few moulding pips. The parts breakdown is pretty standard, and the instruction sheet nice and clear to read. This is the first Roden armour kit I’ve actually had a close look at, and for me the detail is perhaps a little soft, again, looking like a short run kit. That said the detail is there, but may need picking out better with a wash or careful painting. Construction begins with what are effectively the six return rollers and their axle frames, three per side, on a common transverse frame. Then there is what I can only describe as a coal bunker, a circular storage bin with a small hatch, perhaps harking back to the steam age. The ten road wheels are then assembled, each from two halves. The road wheels are then sandwiched between to skid like frames which are then fitted with a top plate and four springs. The return roller frame is then glued on top with two cross beams fitted underneath. The front mounted wheel is then assembled from thirteen parts and put to one side to dry. The main chassis consists of two longitudinal rails four cross-members and the tow piece circular mounting ring for the front wheel. The wheel assembly is the fitted into place, as is the road wheel/return roller assembly. The rear sprocket axles are glued into place along with the separate mid axle which is fitted into a large semi-circular cover on the underside of the rear chassis. The towing plates are fitted to the rear chassis cross-member, while the sprockets, with track tensioners are also glued into place. The road wheel assemblies are fitted with adjustable bottle jacks and the front wheel gear is fitted with a corresponding steering gear unit. The “coal bunker” is fitted with a number of longitudinal, vertical and lateral panels, to create the rear crew section of the vehicle. Before moving on further with the upper works, the engine needs to be built, this is a delightful little model in itself, with the main block and barrels in two halves, separate cylinder heads, oil pipes, starter motor, auxiliary fan belts and fans, ignition rails and valve stems, a battery, flywheel and throttle. The oil tank is then assembled from five parts and then glued onto the left hand side of the of the engine mounting plate, which is another six parts. The track guards are next to assembled, each from five parts, the engine is then fitted onto its mounting. The five piece idler wheels, which include the axles and tensioners are fitted and the tracks fitted. The track link, although of individual type are nice and easy to build. They are held on to the sprue by two gates each, but these are easy to clean up, there is also a bit of flash on each link, but nothing to trouble even the most novice modeller. The links themselves just clip together, a bit like the Takom WWI tank kits, but these look a little more fragile. If you have any spare links from the Takom kits you may want to use them instead as they are virtually the same type. The main sub-assemblies are now brought together; these include the main chassis, engine, “coal bunker”, and track guards. The flywheel cover/footplate is then glued into position, as is the gearbox cover. On the underside the main control linkages and a large lateral plate, just aft of the front wheel are fitted, whilst topside, the four piece fuel tank, gear stick and linkage are glued into place. The roof assembly is then constructed with inner and outer roof sections, five piece front supports and three piece rear support beams are added and the assembly put to one side. The long steering column is attached to the front wheel gear via two separate gears, then the steering wheel attached, followed but the rear steering column support, drivers seat support, seat and a myriad of other links and levers. The engine exhaust manifold and stack is attached and the roof assembly slid over it and glued into place. Finally the two piece radiator is fitted, along with its two support brackets pkus upper and lower hoses. Decals The small decal sheet provides decals for two different tractors, with various markings for around the vehicle. The decals have been printed by Roden themselves and appear to be very well printed, with good opacity, which is nice as there are all white and will need it when used on the two colour schemes on the paint guide. Holt 75 Tractor of an unknown artillery unit, US Expeditionary Forces in Europe 1918, in overall Olive Brown. Hot 75 Tractor of an unknown artillery unit of the British Army Western Front 1917, in overall Royal Hussars Green(?) Conclusion It’s great to see a rather unusual bit of kit from WWI and very welcome it is too. Whilst it is certainly not for the absolute beginner, it should certainly be a fairly relaxing build for the average modeller. While it it looks like a short run kit, with some of the challenges this may bring, it will look great next to other WWI releases and with the forthcoming BL 8-inch Howitzer Mk VI from Roden, it will make a nice vignette or diorama piece too. Review sample courtesy of UK Distributors for
  16. Radleigh

    Roden 1/144th VC-10

    Taken from http://www.roden.eu/HTML/models1.htm This is a must for me!
  17. The RAF Armoured Car Companies were part of Britain's Royal Air Force (RAF) based in Iraq, Palestine and Transjordan. They were formed to operate with aircraft squadrons to suppress insurrection and maintain peace in the area in the aftermath of World War I. A large and expensive army was required to maintain peace in Mesopotamia after the defeat of the Ottoman Empire by the British in the Mesopotamian campaign of World War I. At the Cairo Conference (1921) it was agreed by Chief of the Air Staff Lord Trenchard and Secretary of State for the Colonies Winston Churchill that the Royal Air Force would take over control from the British Army. It was considered the security of the newly created country of Iraq could be achieved by aircraft squadrons supported by RAF armoured cars and a small number of ground forces. In the winter of 1921/1922 airmen and officers of the RAF were assembled at RAF Heliopolis on the outskirts of Cairo in Egypt to train and form the nucleus of the RAF Armoured Car Companies. On 19 December 1921, No.1 Armoured Car Company RAF (1 ACC) was formally established at Heliopolis and then, having become operational, moved to Palestine in May 1922. They were disbanded there on 1 December 1923 with elements being absorbed into No.2 Armoured Car Company RAF (2 ACC).[1] On 7 April 1922 the remaining airmen under training at RAF Heliopolis were formed into 2 ACC and a month later proceeded to Palestine & Transjordan.[2] In May 1922 airmen and officers assembled at RAF Manston in Kent, England, to train as armoured car crew for service in Mesopotamia (Iraq).[3] On 14 September 1922 they set sail on the first Royal Air Force troopship from Southampton with other RAF personnel bound for Iraq.[4] In Iraq, No.3 Armoured Car Company RAF (3 ACC) was based at Basrah operating in Southern Iraq, No.5 Armoured Car Company RAF (5 ACC) at Mosul with No.4 Armoured Car Company RAF (4 ACC), No.6 Armoured Car Company RAF (6 ACC) and a headquarters in Baghdad. Armoured car lines were created at RAF Hinaidi Cantonment. In 1924 Numbers 3 and 4 Companies were combined. In April 1927 Numbers 4, 5 & 6 Companies were disbanded with the formation of the armoured car wing at RAF Hinaidi Cantonment composed of 8 sections of armoured cars. Four sections were based at Hinaidi, one at Basrah, two at Kirkuk and one at Mosul. In April 1930 the Armoured Car Wing was disbanded and reconstituted as Number 1 Armoured Car Company RAF with headquarters, workshops and two sections based at RAF Hinaidi Cantonment, one section based at RAF Basrahand one at RAF Mosul.[1][5] In 1937 1 ACC moved from the RAF Hinaidi Cantonment to a new base at RAF Dhibban (renamed RAF Habbaniya on 1 May 1938), where it remained based until disbandment and incorporation into the RAF Regiment, on 3 October 1946. In Palestine and Transjordan, 2 ACC remained active until disbandment and incorporation into the RAF Regiment, on 3 October 1946. Above taken from Wikipedia. My my own personal link to this build is slightly tenuous, but stick with me. Every year I had my annual visit to the Rockapes for CCS training, basically first aid, shooting, NBC and the gas chamber sorry respirator test facility. And I spent a delightful time in Iraq at Basra airfield. Oh and on each Rock Squadron there will be at least one MTD to provide driver fams/ training on the vehicles. That should cover it This is the kit I will build
  18. Afternoon folk's,I did say in Chat that I wanted a bi-plane to make up the trio to give me three main stages of the RAF's development so looked out for a WW1 subject then remembered that I'd often eyed up Roden's Gladiator when I discovered it includes marking's for a 607 (County of Durham) Sqn aircraft so it fit's in nicely with that short period between the service of the Gladiator/Spitfire and Meteor really short of ten year's that transformed the RAF in term's of capability,just laying a marker for now as Iwon't start till the other's are progressed enough,for now here's a review. https://modelingmadness.com/review/allies/gb/cleaverglad.htm
  19. The Gloster Gauntlet was the RAF's last open cockpit figter. This is Aeroclub's 1/48th Gloster Gauntlet offering, I believe that they had a 1/72nd version too. The box Parts I haven't tested them, but the decals look to be in good shape. The decals are for aircraft from 46 Sqn or from 74 Sqn. I haven't made a final decision on which I'll build yet: the 46 Sqn aircraft had squadron markings on the top wing, while the option is present in the kit for 74 Sqn wing markings, there is a question whether they got around to painting them. AM stuff The seat belts and instruments are left over from earlier projects, while the Vector engine was bought to replace the kit's white metal parts.
  20. I bought one of these recently. It's a nice little kit: Vaux2 by John Walker, on Flickr Vaux1 by John Walker, on Flickr Vaux3 by John Walker, on Flickr Vaux4 by John Walker, on Flickr Vaux6 by John Walker, on Flickr Vaux5 by John Walker, on Flickr Very neat indeed. I do wonder if Battleship Grey might be a more common colour for WW1 ambulances than khaki? I'll also have to think about how to display the interior, as the kit is designed to be built buttoned up. John
  21. My contribution is hopefully going to be the Roden Britannia in the livery of Donaldson International, an Anglo-Scottish charter airline which operated a clutch of second-hand Britannias between 1967 and 1972. Although I’ve never built the kit before, several Britmodellers have posted beautiful Roden Britannias in RFI giving me a lot to live up to. The Boscombe Down machine also featured in the Made in Britain GB although I’m not sure if that model was ever finished. Here’s the raw material …. http://SAM_2014 by David Griffiths, on Flickr http://SAM_2015 by David Griffiths, on Flickr http://SAM_2016 by David Griffiths, on Flickr For reference I’ll mainly be using “The Whispering Giant” by Frank McKim, “Classic British Propliners” in the Aviation Archive series and “Bristol Britannia” Issue No.4 in the Airlines and Airliners series. For older aircraft books are sometimes better than the internet although the Britannia is pretty well documented on the net and Britmodeller has an excellent walkaround featuring G-AOVT and “XM497” which I believe is really G-AOVF, not that it matters. I won’t actually start the build until the middle of next week since I’m heading off to Aberdeen for a few days and I won’t be home until Tuesday. See you then. Dave G
  22. I have just finished this one, build of box, rigging done by strech sprue. Cheers Jes
  23. Strangeways

    Flying Boxcar

    Roden's 1/144 C-119 'Flying Boxcar'. I struggled a bit with this one, the plastic was pebbly and grainy on many parts and the overall fit wasn't great (though that could be down to user error). I added some detail to the flight deck but it's not visible at all through the tiny nose windows. The final finish was Alclad – the Humbrol tinlet is just there for scale.
  24. According to Hannats, Roden will release a new Great War model, Type B WWI Omnibus Ole Bill kit, in 1/72 (no 732). It is nice they are slowly but steadily add new kits to WWI ground range in 1/72 scale.
  25. Roden is to release in 2016 a 1/144th Lockheed C-141B Starlifter kit - ref.325 Source: http://www.frogmodelaircraft.co.uk/phpBB3/viewtopic.php?f=18&t=323 V.P.