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  1. Hi, Not sure when I will make a start on this but here is one that has been in my stash for a few years now, It is one of a series of related kits SH released in 2012 including the Seafire 45 and 46, and is probably related to a group of late Spitfires they also released. It replaced a Rareplanes vacform version I bought back in around 1980 which never was quite completed. The box contains some nicely detailed plastic including numerous alternative parts - props, canopies etc, and the artwork depicts a machine painted in the wartime scheme of Extra Dark Sea Grey and Dark Slate Grey over Sky - they say they are not entirely sure it was ever painted in this scheme and also include the later EDSG over Sky scheme seen on the Korean War versions. Being SH it remains to be seen how well it goes together. More as and when I get going. Cheers Pete
  2. My latest work... Special hobby Mirage F.1 EQ
  3. Hi all, Since my Whirlwind build I've realised I'm developing an interest in the more unusual & esoteric types used by the RAF during WW2. The Martin Maryland fits this category perfectly, so I procured myself one of Special Hobby's. Although in relatively limited use by the RAF, this type saw action in North Africa, and also in the defence of Malta as a reconnaissance and light bomber (eventually replaced by the Martin Baltimore). Interestingly the type was also flown by Adrian Warburton DSO & Bar, DFC & 2 Bars DFC (USA). Whilst a Pilot Officer involved in the defence of Malta he became the only RAF pilot to become an ace whilst flying a bomber aircraft, due to the virtue of the aircraft's wing guns - interesting man and story. Special Hobby's kit is subtitled 'Warburton's War' - the decal options allow for 2 of the aircraft he flew. Here's the box art depicting one of them, which was a French machine reassigned to the RAF following the fall of France: The sprue shots: Detail all looks pretty encouraging - I'll see about some light scratchbuilding along the way . Transparent bits plus resin (including 28 separate cylinders for the Wasp radials - count them): Decals (which look excellent): I've also procured a set of Montex masks (a must for that glasshouse!) I've chosen to build this as AH284 of 39 Sqn RAF, North Africa 1941. Here's a purported shot of the actual aircraft (copyright Australian War Memorial): This appears to show the aircraft in temperate camouflage, but the kit option is thus: I'm preferring the desert scheme, so as I cannot find any compelling evidence to the contrary I'm going to go with the kit! Anyway, I'm off to give the sprues a good wash in soapy water, and on with the build soon after! Thanks for looking, Roger
  4. Hi mates, I finished this one a few days ago, one of my favourite planes. This model from Special Hobby is very nice detailed, with almost a very good fitting, and came with nice PE from Eduard. I added some scratch and wires and some rivets with my Trumpeter's riveting wheel. I enjoyed it a lot and I hope you like it... Cheers Ricardo
  5. Hi All, Here's my attempt at Special Hobby's Martin Maryland, presented as AH284 of 39 Sqn RAF, North Africa 1942. I do not have any reference pics for the aircraft in the desert scheme as presented, so it's a bit of a 'what if'. I fought this kit kicking and screaming through the latter stages, and found it all a bit of a struggle with poorly fitting parts (particularly the engines). Here's the WIP thread : Despite all the trials and tribulations I'm not displeased with the final result - it has undeniable 'shelf presence' and I'm glad I gave it a crack. Anyway, here she is - comments and critique welcome as ever: Here's a couple of shots with a Blenheim for scale: Thanks for looking, Roger
  6. For this GB I thought long and hard on what to do. Should I finally start my ASJA B5 dive bomber, or go all in on a A32A Lansen in 1/48 to please my uncle? After pondering long and hard, and looking at the stash and ongoing builds I came to the conclusion that dual booms should be a feature. Also, earlier in the Autumn I found the attack version of J21R, with a full weapon assortment, to compliment the normal fighter version that I already had. Cool! Dual J21R it is. The SAAB J21 was quite interesting project, but SAAB didn't really have the manpover to push the development of it during the war, due to full focus on the light and medium bomber B17 and B18. Therefore, it entered service quite late in the war and at that time jet was coming into vogue. A planned J21B was studied, with a more blown canopy, better cooling performance and a few other changes, but at that time the the C FV Bengt Nordensk├Âld (Chief of the Air Force) decided that all fighting aircraft (both bombers and fighters then) should be jet powered. SAAB wasn't stupid and saw an opportunity to quickly adapt the J21 to jet propulsion, and claimed that it could be converted quickly and cheaply to "rea-drift". (at this time, it wasn't called jet in swedish, but rea which mean reactionpropulsion more or less) As it always turns out, this conversion wasn't very fast, nor cheap and the end result wasn't stellar, but it did provide Flygvapnet with more jet aircraft and also paved the way for the much more advanced follow-on aircraft the J29 Tunnan and A32 Lansen. There is lot more to write about J21R and I will do that later on, for now I'll focus on what I'll actually glue together, which is this! This is 2 old style Special Hobby kits, first Issued in 2011 so no terrible old. They did the J21A in between these two releases and in one fell swoop discarded the old Heller kit to collector status. Probably. There are two common runners, like this Nice details and nice engraved panel lines No intake trunking or compressor face though! The attack version got an extra runner, with a bomb and two different sets of rockets, both practice ones and the normal 12cm ones. Thank you Special Hobby! Resin wheels and guns sight are also provided Ok clear injection molded plastic Lots of tiny etched parts, and a sandwich instrument panel Two sets of decals of course, with excellent printing by Aviaprint To round it off, I have this book Which is filled with excellent photos, both period ones and also from the surviving museum examples. This should be a lot of fun!
  7. You guys, it's here!!! I ordered this kit from Megahobby on Tuesday night and it arrived this morning. Big kudos to Megahobby and the US Postal service. Granted, MH is in New Jersey and I'm in Maryland, so it's not that long of a trip, but considering the covid crap, I'm impressed by the speedy delivery, and I'm grateful to both. If there are any posties reading this - big thank you to all of you for the work you do during these dumb times. You are the glue holding us all together. More to come soon.
  8. I am about to embark on this kit in the Canadian colours of the 'Digby'. This of course started life as the Douglas B-18 Bolo. My question therefore is this. Was the interior repainted in Grey/Green or left as it was in chrome/bronze green as Special Hobby would have it? Further was the Canadian colour scheme of DE/DG/Night made up of British colours or their American/DuPont equivalents? TIA
  9. Hi all I have built this and finished it last week. This is the Special Hobby kit and goes together quite well. The model is built OOB apart from the Seatbelts, whip aerial and Pitot. The kit is brush painted with Humbrol enamel Alluminium. A very enjoyable kit. Hope you enjoy Thanks for looking in All the best Chris
  10. So, I've decided to give this a go... I will build "red-tail" from the box art, with lots of resin and PE upgrades from CMK (airbrakes, thrust reverser, RAT, cockpit set, mask set). And even more aftermarket, originally meant for the Heller kit - exterior and interior PE (will only use a few exterior pieces- I have the wrong set, for AJ37 interior), Master pitots and a tail+drop tank upgrade. The Maestro set on the left is very low quality resin, the drop tanks, particularly the fins, are atrocious. Kits parts are much better. In fact, the only usable "pieces" from this set will probably be the chaff & flare dispensers and the rear RWR "bump" on the exhaust part that I plan to cannibalize. Speaking of chaff and flare dispensers... could anyone point me to some pictures of a JA37 with these on? Google failed me... The CMK sets are very nice, but due to poor packaging, many smaller pieces were flailing around in the bags, I am happy nothing is seriously damaged. I think I will display the thrust reverser fully closed and airbrakes open for this model. Altough I guess I would need a pilot figure then, as it is hard to imagine the brakes are on and reverser closed when the jet is powered down. More to follow...
  11. Hi! I would like to present my new project. I choosed model of Aero C-3A (Siebel Si204) from czech producer SpecialHobby in 1/48 scale. This will be a very long project because I don't have much free time, but I would like update this topic every week. This will be my first model after five years break. So lets go! With model I bought resin pilot┬┤s seats from CMK and photo etched parts from Eduard (photo etched parts are for model Siebel Si204 so i will use only a few parts).
  12. Hi to everyone. I am Patrik from the Czech Republic and I want to show you my first build here. It is my 4th model after almost 5 year pause from modelling. Some time ago, I've decided to build Mirage F1-AZ. I am using this: Mirage F.1CR made by Special Hobby (Czech producer) Mirage F1-AZ conversion for Hasegawa made by Scaleworx Wheels set made by CMK (Czech producer) Pitot tube made by Master die-cut masks made by Eduard (Czech producer) MAV decals (custom set) I've decided to not use any PE parts since it will be even more time consuming build. Kit itself is nice but require some work (filling gaps in parts joins etc.) https://postimg.cc/image/4f1ixx6lz/ https://postimg.cc/image/kda8o45zr/ https://postimg.cc/image/bjjc6y65j/
  13. Hello everyone Do you have some news about that: https://www.scalemates.com/kits/102588-special-hobby-sh72151-iar-80 Thanks
  14. Hi I will be entering this little NAVY Fighter , Special Hobby 1/72nd Brester Buffalo
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