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  1. I thought I’d post this as a separate WIP Seeing as how I failed miserably to make the STGB deadline but still wanting to show off the build. Special hobby 1/48 JU87A in Japanese markings hence the K which was used for all export aircraft. Pretty straightforward build, had to fettle the resin to get it in. Destroyed the supplied canopy so had to make a new one . Which brings us up to date ready for masking and the next camo colour.
  2. Dear Fellow Modellers I've always rather liked the archaic look of the Meteor NF12, an uneasy transition to the new world of speed offered by the jet engine from the rugged airframes of WWII. The NF11 and NF12 replaced the RAF's ageing Mosquito NF36 in the night defence role. Reading the Meteor Boy's book, radar operators said they were lucky to spot an opponent at anything over 5 miles and that they could only intercept a Canberra if the bomber 'co-operated'! The Special Hobby kit offers excellent interior and undercarriage detail but an uncertain fit. I replaced the cannon fittings with the Master 'E-wing' barrels. The markings are for 46 Squadron at RAF Odiham in 1955. Also included is the Airfix Bedford refueller and a Series I Landrover from Oxford diecast which I have re-sprayed and weathered hope you like the scene? Regards Andrew
  3. I've had the 1:72 Special Hobby CAC-12 Boomerang kit in my stash for a few years now (if I recall correctly, one of the first ones I purchased when getting into this hobby!) and figured now was as good a time as any to try and build it. Presenting: The box! As well as some Montex masks and Yahu instrument panel that no one will be able to see when the kit's finished. My plan is to model A46-62, `Sleepytime Girl,' maybe even with some of the weathering visible in this photo... To open the can of worms that is RAAF camouflage colors, does anyone have some recommendations for Tamiya approximations for foliage green and earth brown? I'm currently considering XF-70 and XF-10, respectively, but these seem like they're a bit on the dark side.
  4. Special Hobby is to re-release its 1/72nd Piaggio P.108B "Quadrimotore" under ref. SH72406 Source: http://www.specialhobby.net/2020/01/sh72406-piaggio-p108-172-boxart.html V.P.
  5. "AUTUMN 1984 - STRIKE" AJ 37 Viggen, Swedish Royal Air Force, F6 Karlsborg Kit: Special Hobby AJ-37/SK-37 Viggen Duo Pack (#SH72411) Scale: 1/72 Aftermarket: Master pitot, Moose Republic decals, weapons from Airfix Viggen & Marivox Saab 105 Paints: Vallejo Model Color, Model Air & Metal Color - and Tamiya Weathering: Flory Models Wash, Mig weathering Products Very good - if somewhat complicated kit with couple of problem areas. Very nice details. Scratchbuilt display base. Built for Nordic GB. Build thread here: Thanks for looking! Comments & constructive criticism welcomed
  6. Good Morning! I'm building the very nice Special Hobby Mirage F.1CR in 1/72, marked as one of the aircraft the visited Red Flag in 1990. The pictures that I've been able to find have a practice bomb dispenser on the centerline pylon. Photo Here: Also seen on this build in 1/48: Since I don't speak French and Armee de l'aire is not really my realm of expertise, can somebody point me the right direction as to what the dispenser is called, or where I can find some better images of it? I'll just scratch build it, but I need a bit more info that I can get out of those few distant photos. Cheers and thanks! Hoops
  7. Having recently built three supersonic hotrods of the Wisconsin Air National Guard I am finishing off my Wisconsin theme with a civilian bird, definitely subsonic: I am aware that Moa has posted a WIP for this kit, which he modified to represent Amelia Earheart's Model 10E. I'll be following his pathfinding in my build, although I'm sure mine won't compare with his excellent work. Here's what's in the box: two main sprues, some resin bits (cockpit details and engines), some clear plastic for the passenger windows, and a vacuform windscreen (mine is yellow with age). For the Wisconsin Central markings I will be using decals made by Pointerdog7. who thoughtfully included this short history of the Wisconsin Central Electra: I've not had much luck finding reference photos, and am looking for more. Here is one of the better ones: The Special Hobby kit does not include seating for the passenger compartment, so I'll have to do some scratchbuilding. I found this drawing, which should be a help. It even shows the toilet location! Also, I haven't yet decided whether to go with the kit's resin engines, or to use the much more detailed Small Stuff kit. If I use the aftermarket engines, I'll probably need to enlarge the nacelle cowlings to fit them in. So, that's my plan and I'm sticking to it (until I come up with a better one!)
  8. One of my favourite aircraft of all time is the Reggiane Re.2000. It was a really good looking fighter and certainly was put to good use during the war here in Sweden. I work at the local museum at former Swedish Air Force base F 10 Ängelholm. This wing was the only one equipped with the J 20 in the Swedish Air Force. It served between the years 1941-1945. Sweden was neutral but the south part of the country was not far from the action. Many damaged bombers and fighters from the fighting nations had to be escorted to save landings in Sweden. I've been working on and of correcting the old Classic Airframes kit for several years now. I was just going to finish it when a brand new kit from Special Hobby arrived. I'm going to add the finishing touche to that kit as well in this thread. The Special Hobby kit is actually based on the old Classic Airframes kit. Not that shows all that much. I think it's mostly the wing sprue that is identical. Ok. Lets pick up the plastic parts! Really nice detail on the smaller parts. Cockpit looks great! The clear parts are thin and crystal clear. The decals looks usable, which is seldom the case when it comes to Swedish markings. I think that I might want to take it slow with these small parts in the cockpit. It looks great on paper though. Ooops! I see an embarring mistake here! Special Hobby have managed to mix up the main landing gears on their instructions! I'm going for a Swedish J 20, but maybe not one of those in the kit. We'll see... All in all it looks like a great kit. It should go together much easier than the old CA kit. Here is my Classic Airframes kit by the way. I've spent so much effort on that so I think that it will be finished along with the SH kit. I see a lot of rivets in my near future...
  9. Despite the recent release of the Italeri's Sunderland Mk.I (review: http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?showtopic=234927542), the Special Hobby Short Sunderland Mk.V project seems going on. Some CAD drawings are proposed in ModelForum: http://www.modelforum.cz/viewtopic.php?f=97&p=1362198#p1362198 Future kit reference is SH72162. Wait and see. V.P.
  10. So, I built a couple of Special Hobby kits a few years ago, I vaguely remembered them being rather challenging but nice in the detail... My memory wasn't wrong! I fancied doing a float plane, and for some reason seem to be enjoying doing biplane rigging so this looked like a nice idea. The kit is very nice, spendid detail right down to the weeny teeny wing lights. I painted these red/green first (leaving the "lens" unpainted) then did them in the khaki of the plane, so you can see the port/starboard colour through the lens. Special Hobby have not compromised scale for structure in any way, which made attaching the floats seriously difficult. I ended up with blobs of cyano to toughen the join to the struts, then sanded this down so it wasn't quite so unsightly. It's brush painted with Humbrol enamels, gloss cote before and after decals, and weathered with watercolours before a final layer of matt cote. Rigging is standard size Uschi rigging.
  11. Huh. Fancy that, no Mk.Vc in sight as of yet! That'll not do, so as a secondary I'll add this Special Hobby Mk.Vc box to the mix. The subject of choice will be Clive Caldwell's BS295 from the box. The leading Australian air ace of World War II, officially credited with shooting down 28.5 enemy aircraft in over 300 operational sorties. Caldwell flew Curtiss P-40 Tomahawks and Kittyhawks in the North African Campaign and Spitfires in the South West Pacific Theatre. He was the highest-scoring P-40 pilot from any air force and the highest-scoring Allied pilot in North Africa. His military service ended in controversy, when he resigned in protest at the misuse of Australian First Tactical Air Force's fighter units and was later court martialed and convicted for trading liquor.* *Left largely to their own devices as so many fighting men in the SWPT, trading booze for parts was 'part of the job' for many. During their assignment in Morotai (NEI), they got the short stick and Caldwell together with others resigned in protest at being bypassed. The booze trade court-martial was later attributed by the Daily Telegraph as a form of retribution.
  12. Newsletter January 2020 http://www.specialhobby.info/2020/01/news-from-special-hobby-012020.html Thread about the 2019 newsletters: link V.P.
  13. Special Hobby & Azur-FRROM are working on a 1/72nd Martin (Glenn L.) B-10/B-12 family Source: https://www.facebook.com/specialhobby/photos/a.579303855843312/747141085726254/ V.P.
  14. Just finished. Enjoy. Thanks for looking, Mark
  15. Wernher von Braun with inspection team arrived yesterday... Cheers / André
  16. Potez 25TOE 'For France - anytime, anywhere' (SH72407) 1:72 Special Hobby The Potez 25 was a French single engined, two-seater biplane designed in the interwar period and used widely by air forces around the world. A flexible design, the Potez 25 was used in a variety of roles, including as a fighter, bomber escort, light bomber and reconnaissance platform. The TOE variant was originally designed for use in French colonies and featured a Lorraine engine with a deeper belly and extra fuel capacity. Armed with 7.7mm machine guns, it was also capable of carrying 200kg of bombs. For an aicraft that was so widely used, the Potez 25 has not been brilliantly represented by kit manufacturers over the years. I reviewed a fancy mixed media kit from Grand Models around three or four years ago, before Azur Frrom came with a brand new injection moulded kit a year or so ago. Now Special Hobby have released their own version based on the Frrom collaboration. Inside the box are five frames of grey plastic and a single clear frame, as well as photo etched parts and decals. The plastic parts are all nicely moulded and have plenty of fine detail. Construction starts with the well-detailed cockpit. This sub-assembly is made up of the floor detail, seats, instrument panels, control columns, rudder pedals and the podium and machine gun for the observer/gunner. The cockpit sidewalls are packed with detail too. Once complete, the cockpit detail is sandwiched between the fuselage halves and the underside of the fuselage, which is separately moulded. The engine cowling is next. The inner struts fit inside this structure and tiny holes must also be drilled in pre-marked points in order to accomodate the rigging. Once complete, the cowling/forward fuselage can be joined to the main section of the fuselage which, in turn, can be joined to the lower wing (or blanking piece if building one of the Romanian parasol-winged monoplane versions). The upper wing joins to the fuselage and lower wing via a system of struts. No jig is provided to help with alignment, so this model may be better suited to experienced biplane builders. The landing gear uses a similar system of individual struts. The instructions recommend making pins from brass rod to strengthen these parts. If you choose to do this, you will need to source the rod yourself as none is supplied. The main wheels benefit from some photo etched detail to represent the spoked wheels. More photo etched parts are used to represent the elevator control parts and the locating points for the rigging. Finishing touches include four small bombs. Four decal options are provided, which is pretty generous for a kit of this size: Potez 25TOE No. 2113 'White 6', escadrille 1/41, La Chau, French Indo-China, March 1942; Potez 25TOE No. 1489 'White 5', 3é escadrille GB 11/39, Rayake, French mandate of Lebanon, 1933; Potez 25TOE No. 1618, 3S5.3 escadrille 3S5, base aérienne Hyéres Aéronautique navale, September 1939; Potez 25TOE, 3. escadrille GB 1/17 Picardie, FAFL, Damascus, 1944. The decals are nicely printed and the colours look nice and bold. Conclusion It's great to see Azur-Frrom and Specal Hobby collaborating to produce a good quality, injection moulded model of this attractive and important interwar type. The kit is very nicely detailed indeed, I have to say it probably isn't ideally suited to biplane novices. That said, if you take your time and pay attention to the instructions, you should be rewarded with a really appealing model to which a huge variety of marking schemes can be applied. Recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  17. Morane-Saulnier type 'N' Bullet. 1/32 Special Hobby The Morane Saulnier Type N first flew in May 1914, well before the outbreak of the Great war and was designed as a racer rather than a combat aircraft. Although a fairly modern looking machine, it lacked ailerons and used wing warping instead. The tailplane was all moving and only the rudder was hinged on the fin. It was fitted with a Hotchkiss machine gun which was not synchronized to fire through the spinning propeller, rather it used two large steel wedges to deflect the bullets off it. Thus equipped, a small number of them entered service in 1915 and although not popular to fly, they did help end the 'Fokker Scourge' of the German Eindekkers. The RFC bought a small number and also used them to effect. The kit is from Special Hobby, and even at 1/32 scale is quite small. I really like Special Hobby kits, they are very well moulded and fit together very well. This one comes with a resin engine, propeller, ammo belts and minor accessories. Also included is a nice etched brass sheet with engine details, seatbelts and turnbuckles for the brave to use! But the inexplicable thing is that nowhere in the kit are the large & prominent 'MS' circular logos that go on the cowling. Nada, Nothing, Zilch, not even anything on the decal sheet. This is a serious omission and I'm baffled why Special Hobby didn't provide them on the etch sheet. All is nit lost though, as Tom's Modelworks in the USA do a neat photo etched pair that you simply must get if building this kit. I have no connection with Tom's Modelworks, but must praise them for excellent service. I ordered the etched logos in the UK on a Saturday, and they arrived from the US the following Thursday. Amazing and much appreciated. The kit Instructions (and the Eduard 1/48 kit) show this particular aircraft as having red painted cow;ing/spinner areas on the fuselage. Reading the Windsock datafile, this seems very unlikely. All Morane-Saulnier aircraft of this period were finished with black enameled metalwork, and this is how they were supplied to the French Air Force and Royal Fling Corps. It was the RFC that initially repainted the black areas in red, to distinguish their machines from the Pfalz and Fokker Eindekkers. Later deliveries to the RC were painted red at the factory, but I am convinced that French machines remained with the black finish, so that is how I have done my model. The wing ribs were covered with thin bamboo strips of a lighter colour, I used Wingnut Wings German 'linen' rib tape decal strips. I spotted the Blackdog 'Escadrille Lafayette pilot' on the big H website and though he might go rather well with this and my SPAD V.II (when I get around to building it !). There were no painting instructions so I had to google a lot of it. Anyway, I hope you like it, it was a very enjoyable build. Thanks for looking, John
  18. This will be my next build for this GB, when I get the Hudson done! Can I take it that it is less than 25% started? Just two seats assembled and a bulkhead on the floor. Subject of this build.
  19. Before some years this kit was in the Special Hobby catalogue as future release under number SH72137. New mould photo: http://www.modelforum.cz/viewtopic.php?f=97&t=77712&p=1600814#p1600814
  20. Fouga CM.170 Magister "Exotic Air Forces" 1:72 Special Hobby The Magister is probably Fouga's most well know design even though they had been producing aircraft since 1936. Post war the company was working on sailplanes and the heritage from this can be seen in the Magister design. In 1948 the French Air Force were looking for a jet powered aircraft to replace the then piston engine trainers. Fouga's original design the CM130 was underpowered with two Turbomeca Palas engines. Fouga then re-designed their aircraft to incorporate the more powerful Marbore engines, et voilà the CM170 Magister. The distinctive V tail, and slender wings bear testament to Fouga's sailplane designs. The prototype Magister flew in 1952 with an order for the first 10 being placed in 1953. The Magister was the worlds purpose designed/built jet powered trainer. It is also worthy to note the Magister made it into carrier aviation. With a few changes to the structure and undercarriage, the addition of an arrestor hook, and sliding canopies the CM175 Zephyr was born. Interestingly carrier trials took place on HMS Bulwark and HMS Eagle. The French aircraft industry in parallel with the UK went through many mergers with the aircraft being known as the Fouga Magister, Potez Magister, Sud Aviation Magister; and finally The Aerospatile Magister; though always actually being called The "Fouga" Magister. Development of the aircraft continued right up until the French selected its replacement, the Alpha Jet. Overseas sales proved popular were made to primarily to Germany, Belgium, Finland, and Israel; with Germany, Finland & Israel building them under licence. Of a total of 929 aircraft built, 286 were built under license. The basic jet was very affordable to operate for smaller Air Forces. Other users would include, Algeria, Austria, Bangladesh, Biafra, Brazil, Cambodia, Cameroon, El Salvador, Gabon, Katanga, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Nicaragua, Rwanda, Senegal, and Uganda. Many counties including Austria, Belgium, Brazil, France, Germany, Ireland, Finland; and Israel would use the aircraft for their National Aerobatic display teams. Even though primarily a trainer many of these smaller nations would use the aircraft for its light strike capacity as well. Israel would use them in combat during the 6 day war, El Salvador saw them used during its civil war, and aircraft used by The Katangese Air Force were used against the UN during the Congo crisis in 1961. The Kit The kit arrives on four sprues of grey plastic, a clear sprue, and a small resin block with 5 smaller parts on it. The plastic parts are of excellent quality, the panel lines are engraved and deep enough to be seen after painting without being trenches. Care will be needed to take some of the smaller parts of the sprue, and it might have been the case that these would have been better in photo-etch? The clear parts are crisp, clear and thin. The resin parts are for the under-fuselage antenna fitted to the Algerian and Moroccan examples. To be honest these parts are very small and I am not sure how you would remove them without damaging them. In this review sample one of the parts has broken off at some time and there is no sign of it despite the parts being in their own separate bag. Construction starts in the cockpit area. The front and rear instrument panels are fitted (instrument faces are provided as decals), along with the seat supports for the front cockpit. The seats are added along with the engine and flight controls. Once complete the cockpit can be set aside. Attention then moves to the engine pods on each side of the fuselage. Engine fan faces and exhaust need to be placed inside and then the inner side of the engine trunking can be added. At the rear of each side the final exhaust section is added. Once the engines are complete then cockpit can be placed inside the main fuselage, and this then closed up. The radio equipment area to the rear of the cockpit is also added at this time. Various antenna behind the cockpits then need to be added and/or removed depending upon the version being modelled. Once the main fuselage is together work needs doing on both ends. At the rear the tail cone is added along with ventral strake. The 'V' tails are then added, care being taken with the small hinges for these. At the front the first part to me made up is the underside of the nose where the nose gear mounts. This attached inside the nose cone and the appropriate gun/no gun insert is attached to the top of the nose. The prominent nose mounted VOR antenna loops are added and the nose attached to the main fuselage. Construction then moves to the wings. These are of conventional upper & lower construction. The wheel wells are mounted into the wings before they are closed up, along with the wing mounted air-brakes. These can be modelled in with the deployed or retracted positions. The wing end mounted fuel tanks are in two halves, with the bottom being moulded to the upper wing, and then a lower fuel tank part is added. The clear noses can then be added to the front of the fuel tanks. The landing gear is then added to the model. The front single nose wheel is two parts and this is added to the main leg, this is then mounted to the nose of the aircraft. The single front gear door is added. The main wheels though larger than the nose wheel are single parts. These are fitted to the main legs, the legs along with their retraction struts are added into the main gear bays. The three part main gear doors are added. If needed armament can now be added to the model. Bombs and rocket pods are included to be used as wished by the modeller. To finish off the model the canopies can be added in the raised or lowered positions. Markings The decals are printed by Cartograf and are excellent. They are crisp, clear and in register. The dayglo stripes have been washed out by the scanner but they are as you would expect on the actual sheet. Markings are provided for four examples; Ugandan Peoples Defence Air Force School, Entebbe late 1960's. Supplied by Israel along with training personnel following Congolese attacks in 1965. In Israeli camo. NT-44 Algerian Air Force, Air Force School at Tafraoui, early 1980s. L602 Lebanese Air Force. Ex Luftwaffe aircraft delivered in 1965. Now on display at the Air Force museum in Rayaq. Royal Moroccan Air Force, used in the 1963 war with Algeria. Conclusion This is a welcome new tool of an important and widely used trainer/light attack aircraft. The kit is highly detailed and should build upto an impressive if small model. Very highly recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  21. Okay, I've got a build for you that has not seen in this GB yet - it's a SAAB and it's called a VIGGEN! ... what? ... somebody else is building a Viggen too? Hard to believe, but no matter! Let's build it anyways, as it's not really possible to have too many Viggens. Been holding on to this kit for almost a year now - I got it as it was new. Very cool boxing by Special Hobby with two kits and a book. It's a big box for sure, but also quite full of stuff. So it's AJ attack viggen and SK two seater in this boxing. No parts for JA, I did check Also missing a tail so can't build two AJ's (SK had a high tail). I'm not particularly fond of the two seat Viggen - not the prettiest thing in the world but I'm sure it will get built eventually too. Good quality full color manuals for both planes, very tidy decals and a good reference book. High quality photos in the book. Good amount of plastic in the kit: Kit decals on the left, Moose republic ones on the right. Not sure of the specific plane yet, but it will be a splinter one. Apart from the possible decals - this is my only aftermarket part. Viggen has quite a few resin options - but they are quite pricey. As we all know, Special Hobby/Tarangus Vigge's are lacking in the weapon department, which is a big shame. So I'll be stealing some weapons from other kits. As can be seen from that special Airfix boxing of Viggen with two right fuselages - it's quite useless. But still useful as a donor kit. So I will be stealing RB05's from the Airfix kit and Aden gun pods from the Marivox Saab 105. Viggen was a single weapon platform - weapon load was programmed on the ground - but RB05 & gun pods was one of the only dual weapon options the Viggen had. In addition to having Sidewinders for self defence that is. So about the build - it will be a Special Hobby AJ37 Viggen in splinter camo during the cold war. It will be flying and will have a simple display stand. If possible might even be 'in action' - firing a missile. But that is still undecided. This will be part three of my nordic series - danish Super Sabre, norwegian Starfighter being the first two. So this will be about a striker aircraft as the previous two are about a trainer and an interceptor. I've heard some of the complications with this kit so we will see how much work will be included. But I guess 1/48 kit is worse, some of the problems fixed with this one? We will find out Splinter camo will be a challenge too!
  22. Here is a little diversion while my milliput hardens on the "Biggun". I wanted to try my hand at a little something more "Normal" I know me and Normal go together like cheese and chalk. BUt I AM going to try my bestus to make this as OOB as possible. NO guarantees though. OK. Today for your amusement is Special Hobby's 1/48 Fairey Albacore. Special Hobby kits aren't that bad once you understand their "quirks" I've built a few in the past. Where I'm REALLY out of my comfort zone is this being a biplane and will require rigging. The last time I tried that was with Tamiyas 1/48 Fairey Swordfish and that wasn't pretty. One of these days I'm going to have to strip it all back down and see if I can redo it proper, but that is for another day and another build. I hope you will all follow along and please do offer advice. This being a stringbag AND British I want to make sure I do it and it's Service Justice. I have decided to build it as a Mk1 from 828 Squadron Hal Far, Malta 1942
  23. After the Dassault Mirage F-1, Special Hobby is to release a complete family of 1/72nd Dassault Mirage III/5 Nesher/Dagger kits. Sources: http://www.specialhobby.info/2018/10/special-hobbys-new-172-mirages-iii-5.html http://www.specialhobby.net/2018/09/special-hobby-pripravuje-modely-mirage.html First 3D renders of MIIIC and CJ V.P.
  24. Here's one of my builds for the 'In the Navy' GB, Special Hobby's RN boxing of their Airspeed oxford in 1/48th. Built OOB largely not a bad build, see the thread here: Main 'problems' but typical of this type of kit were lack of positive locations for things like the cowlings and associated fixtures and fittings, also the undercarriage was a bit fiddly. I used Vallejo ModelAir Silver RLM 01 over Vallejo Grey Primer. Decals went on perfectly without glossing first and no setting solutions. Just did a random spray of Vallejo Satin Varnish to get a slight variance in the finish. Some dark wash was used to bring out some detail. Not perfect, my usual lack of patience won't let me spend more time to get a better fit and finish but I'm pleased with the outcome. Davey.
  25. Now it is time for the rollout of my little war-weary 1/48 Fairey Albacore from Special Hobby. This plane has more holes in it than a piece of swiss cheese and its the 2nd time I've done a BIplane. the first was a TAmiya Swordfish and it was not pretty. One day I may dis-assemble it and redo if possible, if not I'll strip it down for reclamation and get a new one, but no matter. A FAirey Albacore you wanted to see so on with the Show! A face only a mother could love. This Albacore represents X8942/5B 828 Sq Hal Far, MAlta towards the end of 1942 Here is the link to the build
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