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  1. I like the music of Cole Porter, and one day maybe a week ago the words "Night and day..." lead in my mind to a Group Build idea. I knew the Lanc STGB proposal is alive and kicking, and atm just two short of becoming a Future GB. Maybe this could be done like some of the Mega-GB:s as DeHavilland + Mosquito, which was a success? Edit: That´s history now! But to the point: Night and Day GB. The Allied combined bombardment campaign to defeat the Axis and its industrial heart and logistic veins. Why not bleed their air force white too, conveniently along the way. Achieve this with British by night, Americans by day, hammering the enemy Night and Day. Adding Little Friends as they came along, from the early Spitfire escort reaching the Netherlands to Mustangs all the way to Berlin and back. Not forgetting the photo recon Mosquitos, Lightnings and Spitfires that brought back valuable information about the effects of the bombing. Assembly ships and Pathfinders too, of course. And the Dambusters! On the other side of the table, Jagdwaffe, with anything they ever could send up in the air to defend Das Reich. Night and Day. The wild boars and the tame ones. Rocket firing dayfighters to break them up and ones with antitank guns to do havoc in a tight combat box formation. The Schräge Musik, btw, that's jazz. A lot of metal in the air too, known as the notorious Flak, so the German AAA and ground radar equipment are eligible if that's your interest. And the night fighters chasing other night fighters, the choices are endless...less...less... So how'd this sound for 2020 Edit: 2021 or 2022? 1) V-P the host 2) MarkSH 3) Col. the co-host 4) Antoine 5) Corsairfoxfouruncle 6) Rabbit Leader 7) Arniec 8. trickyrich 9) Ol' Scrapiron 10) CliffB 11) Silenoz 12) Wez 13) TEMPESTMK5 14) Mottlemaster 15) Hockeyboy76 16) JOCKNEY 17) specky 18) Peter Lloyd 19) Valkyrie 20) Muddyf 21) Redstaff 22) BerndM 23) PhantomBigStu 24) Paul821 25) alt-92 26) ...
  2. Dear fellow Britmodellers, here's my latest, the 1/72 Airfix B-17G (new tool) built from the box with the addition of photo-etch-seatbelts from my spares box. "Mah Ideel" operated with 401st Bomb Squadron, 91st Bomb Group, out of Bassingbourn/Cambridgeshire in fall of 1944. The model was painted with Alclad II lacquers and Gunze/Mr.Hobby acrylics. All photographs by Wolfgang Rabel. Thank you for your interest in this topic. Best greetings from Vienna Roman
  3. A 1/48 scale Tamiya kit build of Major George Bostwick’s extremely colourful P-47M ‘Hotrod’ Thunderbolt as it was in mid-1945 after shooting down a Messerschmitt Me-262A jet. To celebrate this feat, it was marked with the addition of a black cowling band to the already colourful 56th Fighter Group dark blue and light blue scheme. Spent rather longer on the weathering and chipping than usual for this build as without it, this scheme tended to look rather too ‘cartoony’ for my taste. Pleased with the end result though
  4. Hello Here is my last finished build with this 1/72 Brengun North American A-36A in USAAF colors. This A-36A 42-83830 was at the time within the 86th Fighter Bomber Group based at Tafraoui Airfield in French Algeria during summer 1943. She was destroyed beyond repair during a wheels up belly landing on 6th August 1943 at Tunis El Aouina Airfield due to mechanical failure but the pilot survived (joebaugher.com). The kit Brengun BRP72025, which I was given by Redboost, was easy to assemble and paints are from Gunze. The markings came from my spare box because I wanted to build an A-36A based in North Africa. In the original decal sheet there were only Italian based aircraft. Patrick
  5. After a rather protracted battle with a Special Hobby Avia B-33 which involved a lot of filling, sanding, groaning, and some useless landing gear attachments - I needed a pick me up. I thought Eduard's Spitfire would do the job. And it did. It's a lovely kit to build, with lots of detail, and all the usual Eduard extras - canopy mask, photo-etch, lovely full colour instructions. I went for a desert Spit for variety - but had forgotten how challenging I find desert schemes. They always look rather toy-ish to me, and as a result I went a bit overboard on weathering... Was the usual oil wash, followed by some post shading and fading which I think in certain portions went too far and resulted in the 'quilted' look. Then I brushed on a top coat of slightly watered down Vallejo satin acrylic varnish before applying some dust effects on the landing gear and area of footfall on the wing roots. I also had a mishap with one of the roundels which managed to attract an errant bit of masking tape... I decided to cut some rectangles from spare decals and told myself it looks sort of ok, and like some hasty patching in the field. Anyway - I fully recommend the kit, goes together very nicely. Thanks for looking - all comments and criticisms most welcome!
  6. I'm currently modelling subjects used by U.S. forces, and that means I'm going to need some kits of specific British-built aircraft. A fresh order of decals has prompted me to look more closely at the Spitfire Mark Vb. I really only know the basics about Spits and even less regarding the available 1/72 representations. Although due diligence demanded some basic research in this department before starting a new topic, digesting the available information can be likened to drinking from a fire hose. Please forgive me restating this question directly as I'm sure the topic is old hat for the bona fide afficionado. From what I've been able to glean, the Tamiya kit goes together well but has some shape issues (though no reviewer in my quick survey seems to state precisely what these issues are) and the Italeri kit is good WRT to shape, but doesn't go together so well. I like the newest generation of Airfix kits, but apparently their Mk. Vb is an older issue? Do the latest small-run kits from eastern Europe stack up well? I appreciate any light to be shed, and again, I apologise if this seems an oblivious inquiry.
  7. Have just finished this one from Airfix new range of very nice kits, build out of the box one with aftermarked decals from OWL. cheers Jes
  8. Here's a link to hyperscale.com. A thread that contains copies of illustrations about ditching Bombers. Not sure if this inspired confidence amongst the crews but at least someone must have thought about it. http://www.network54.com/Forum/149674/message/1496324353/How+to+ditch+your+bomber I thought someone on here might enjoy seeing these.
  9. Hello all, This is my first RFI (although I did take part in a GB last year), and my first attempt at a base/vignette. It is modelled as the aircraft flown by Lt. Col. Benjamin Mayo, 84th FS, 78th Fighter Group, USAAF, based at Duxford, England, 1944. My wife picked the kit based on the cover art – something to put on her work desk (she’s American and instinctively drawn to the stars and bars). It probably wouldn’t have been a subject that high on my to-do list, but I really enjoyed getting into the project, as you always do once you start and do background research. I also thought a base and figure would be good to go with it, so the project grew… In addition to the many images that I used for reference, these are two which helped me compose the proxject. The first is of P-47s at Duxford, the second is of Capt. Dewey E. Newhart (who was killed in action on the 12th of June 1944 during a mission over Northern France. Incidentally, Benjamin Mayo survived the war): Tamiya 1/72 Republic P-47D Thunderbolt, kit decals (some electrical wiring and stretched sprue added for brake lines, wheel bay hydraulics and instrument panel wiring), Hasegawa figure, MDF/particle board base, 600 grit wet and dry sandpaper, Woodland Scenics grasses on top of sand/ground up cork/paint/PVA mix, and some DIY, including scratch-built wheel chocks. Acrylic paints (Model Masters silver, Tamiya olive drab), acrylic gloss “varnish”, with oil washes and some silver pencil “chipping”. The tarmac also got some pastel and oil treatment. The Tamiya kit is fantastic, but I wish I had done something other than use the kit decal for the seat harness. Many of the decals took some wrestling and involved quite a bit of MicroSol. Feedback welcome (and I appreciate that some of the oil washes are on the heavy side, now that I see the photos!). Thanks for looking, David
  10. The Roden kit does not give the individual code, carried on the tail, of this aircraft. Does anyone know what it was or must I simply invent one? Separately, was this aircraft with the unit for D-Day? The kit lacks the upper wing and fuselage stripes as is correct for the July 1944 date given, but have they been carried and then overpainted, rubbed off? Either would present an additional way of breaking up blank expanses of Olive Drab. Further, did these aircraft appear with the multi-toned ODs often seen on early aircraft (this is after all a 1941-ordered aircraft) including the Medium Green blotches, or were they more consistently painted/repainted? Most views of D-Day period aircraft appear to lack the more extreme variations seen elsewhere, unless I'm just not looking at enough photos.
  11. Hi all I thought I'd finish KP's new Mustang in Don Gentile's markings. I'm confused which enamel to use. Contenders seem to be: Humbrol: 70 Brick Red Matt, 186 Brown Matt Revell: 32180 Mud Brown Gloss, 32137 Reddish Brown Flat. The underneath seems less of a problem. Revell 32143 Flat Grey USAF! I'd be very interested to learn of your recommendations. Cheers M.M.
  12. I have recently ordered the Academy B-29 in 1/72 and I want to put it onto a base with some figures und vehicles. For the vehicles I intended to use this upcoming Airfix set (http://www.airfix.com/uk-en/shop/vehicles/military-vehicles/usaaf-8th-air-force-bomber-resupply-set-1-72.html) although, as i want to build either the Enola Gay or Bockscar, I can`t use the bomb truck, but are the other vehicles apropriate? Also: What figures could I use? I thought of the Airfix or Preiser kit. Do you have other suggestions? Thank you in advance Levin
  13. STEEL Seatbelt Sets Luftwaffe Fighters, Bombers, Early RAF, USAAF 1:32 Eduard As with the 1:48 scaled sets reviewed by Mike HERE, Eduard have also produced four sets of seatbelts in the new Steel range for those of us who like to build in 1:32 scale. As with the smaller scale, these are also pre-painted and appear to be remarkably flexible, and even with quite rough handling the paint adheres to the metal really well. They are still made from 0.1mm sheet with the resulting etch is thin at around 0.06mm and have the same details printed on them, such as the webbing, stitching, and shadowing. Unlike some sets, all the buckles and clasps are etched as part of the strapping, so there is no fiddly work required to assemble each belt. [32867 – Luftwaffe WWII Fighters] – There are four complete sets of belts on the single sheet. These include shoulder and lap straps along with separate padding that is fitted under the main buckles and a couple of smaller fittings. [32868 – USAFF WWII] – There are four belts included on the single sheet. Two of the belts are in olive green and two in a sandy colour. The shoulder and lap straps are once again separate, as are the the release clips and orange brown padded panels, although for some strange reason, Eduard have only provided three clips and pads. [32872 - Early RAF WWII] – This sheet contains four seatbelts, all in a beige colour and with separate lap straps. Two of the shoulder harnesses have a short attachment strap that I believe is fitted to the seat, and two with long attachment straps that fit to the rear bulkhead of the cockpit. [32873 – Luftwaffe WWII Bombers] – The single sheet in this set contains just two complete seatbelts for the pilot which include shoulder and lap straps, along with the attachment strap assembly and the reddy tan padded panels. Conclusion Those who build in the larger scales generally try to add greater levels of detail into their models, showing much skill and technique. Now, those of us who aren’t endowed with super skills can at least have some nice looking seatbelts fitted to our models, with very little skill needed, other than a bit of bending and gluing. Of course the belts can still be weathered more if required. Review sample courtesy of
  14. REPUBLIC P-47D THUNDERBOLT Hello! This is my 1/48 Tamiya P-47D Thunderbolt finished in the markings of 1st Lt. Raymond Knight, 346th FS/350th FG,USAAF. This airframe was based in Pisa, Italy in 1945. You can see the WIP posts and more pics of the finished build on my blog: http://thescalemodelhangar.blogspot.co.uk Happy Modelling! Darren.
  15. Trying to work out the colours on the cowling of a 1943 USAAF B-25G of the 38th Bomb Group. Its apparent from squadron records that they had 4 flights, and it seem likely from photos evidence that the forward section of the cowl was painted in the flight colour. I have USAAF WW2 Flight colours as follows: A Flight: Blue B Flight: White (yellow) C Flight: Red What was the colour used for ‘D Flight’? Juanita
  16. Hey everyone, As a young lad, I remember being really taken with the story of B-24 'Lady Be Good', the mystery of the plane herself and the subsequent story behind its discovery and its crew. (I think I read about it in a book called 'Great Air Mysteries') Then, there was Shep Paine's iconic diorama of the same plane which like a lot of his work, really inspired me to get into the hobby. I was thinking about maybe having a go at a similar diorama of the plane..but I'm wondering whether you think it's been done before and might look like a sad attempt at copying what is a great build? Even though it was a terrible ordeal for the poor crew, I really think it's a story that deserves telling in a hobby kind of way. Look forward to your thoughts.. Dermot
  17. I've had an urge to build one of these for many years after seeing one built up in the Malta War Museum as a kid. Finally took the plunge and here it is. Initially, it was a little daunting with it's industrial qualities as I'm sure you understand if you've built one of these, but despite getting RSI from all the sanding and filling, I'm quite pleased with it! I purposely used the external armoured windscreen as I wasn't too happy with the shape of the correct part, but I never noticed the reversed camo scheme on a picture of the real aircraft as I followed the Airfix instructions which are wrong (Thanks for TonyOT for pointing this out, but I decided to leave it as it is). I also made a boo boo on the alignment of the wing roundel, but Theanorak73 has kindly offered to help me out with a replacement as it is too obvious to leave as it is. The only real issue I came across was the fitting of the tropical intake as rather than replacing the original part, its designed to fit over the top of it. Much filling was necessary to tidy this area up. Paint was Gunze Dark Earth & Mid Stone with Xtracylic Azure underneath. Weathering is a combination of a panel wash, oils and pastels. No aftermarket was used, any extras were scratch built. You can see the build HERE. The aircraft: ER120 / VF-D was an aircraft operating with the 5th GS / 52FG over Tunisia. It suffered flak damage on the 9th april 1943 whilst in combat over Kairouan, Tunisia with Eugene Steinbrenner at the controls, and force landed. Fortunately it was recovered and repaired Hope you like the old beast! Edit - fin flash overpaint and new decal applied to the upper wing, thanks to Crag (theanorak73) Thanks for looking Neil
  18. Sometime in 1943/1944 the pre-war style national markings began appearing on the rudders USAAF aircraft in the Asia theatre (blue vertical stripe, red/white horizontal stripes). I’m wondering when these style of markings first started being reapplied. It obviously wasn’t an official direction, and they weren't widespread, but they can be seen on such aircraft as B-24 (F-7 recon) of 6 RG, recon P-38s and supply/hack aircraft of the 3 BG. They are seen on aircraft by the early stages of the Philippines campaign (eg late 1944)... I am trying to date a couple of photos of a supply (‘chow’) hack aircraft (A-20 & B-25) which gained these rudder markings sometime during 1944/early 1945. Juanita
  19. Boeing B-29A Superfortress Joltin Josie, the Pacific Pioneer 1498th Bomb Group, 873rd Squadron US Army Air Force Saipan, Mariannas, November 1944. Those who attended last week's Yeovilton Museum show will have seen this monster in the flesh. The old Airfix B-29 is the only kit I can ever remember giving up on. Mind you I was less than 10 years old at the time. So, 40+ years later I kind of thought I could hack it and have attempted another one. In the end I won, but it fought all the way and whilst I was never going to give up, I'm not entirely happy with the outcome. That said, the kit really is a lot of fun to build, with all of its interior parts and working features (all of which, except the bomb bay doors still move on my kit!). Unfortunately, parts fit is not overly good, especially of the fuselage halves, engine nacelles and the nose transparencies. I went for the Tinian/Saipan option on the decals, rather than the box illustration, mainly because of the colourful "Joltin Josie" nose art, but also to fit my 70th Anniversaries theme - Josie was the first B-29 to arrive in the Pacific Theatre as part of the massive force established on Saipan and Tinian in November 1944, in order to conduct round the clock bombing of the Japanese mainland. The silver colours are a mix of Humbrol Metalcote and Steel, all brush painted as normal. It took a long time and a lot of frustration to get an even finish. Now where on earth am I going to display/store it!!! FredT And here she is on the table at Yeovilton last Saturday:
  20. Lockheed P-38J-5-LO, 42-67291, “Haleakala”, 459th FS, 80th FG, USAAF, Chittagong, India, 1944 Pilot: Lt. H.H. Sealy 1/72 model built using parts of Hasegawa and Dragon kits (done before the Academy kit became available) with some scratch building/reshaping. The only correctly shaped drop tanks I could find were borrowed from the Frog/Novo kit. Detail sets ( used completely or partially): Aires P-38J/L cockpit set, Eduard P-38J/L detail set, Squadron P-38 F(due to the early style windscreen on J-5) vacu canopy Decals: Aeromaster (all individual a/c markings were inaccurate and had to be corrected or replaced) Dragon/Italeri kit decals, Travers, Revell (P-51B) - for technical markings
  21. Well this is my first build post for a few years, and this will be my 3rd build in 3 or so years (pics to follow of previous 2 builds). This landed on my doorstep last Thursday along with matching B 17G in 48th as well, although, this build will, once finished, end up as an airfield diorama (I HOPE!!! ) IMG_20140213_130907 by Bexy73C, on Flickr On opening the box, first impressions are HOLY :poo-poo: thats a lot of plastic and its huge so this should be a laugh a minute to say the least. The kit I reckon is donkeys years old but........ in for a penny in for a pound as they say, so, heres the gubbins before I got cracking..... Raised panel lines and a few details that are incorrect for the 24D, but it seems from researching the kit, Mr. Revellogram based their D on the later 24J, as such removing trim tabs and a few other silly bits is for me, a little beyond my skills, as I generally screw that sort of thing right up....... Besides, Im a Canberra and this is a new branch for me so Im still learning. The aircraft with be built as "Fightin Sam" 42-51457. 389th Bomb Group, 566th Bomb Squadron, Hethel, Norfolk, 1943 / 44 DSCF5491 by Bexy73C, on Flickr First up, the office section, which seemed a little basic, so after hitting google for some pics, I started adding a few details made from my trademark "Lolly sticks" and bits of scrap. IMG_20140216_122105 by Bexy73C, on Flickr IMG_20140216_122008 by Bexy73C, on Flickr IMG_20140216_121951 by Bexy73C, on Flickr The seat comes with the kit, but I added the back with bits of wood & scrap plastic and oxygen bottle is 2 bits of scrap sprue stuck together. Started adding bits of wood to form a basic airframe, the interior colour is as close as I could guesstimate with tamiya acrylics, as this is my first proper build using them (my Local dont stock Humbrols ) IMG_20140216_121851 by Bexy73C, on Flickr Ive also added arm rests to the seats, I still havent made my mind up if Im adding pilot & co pilot to the cockpit yet, so, belts are untouched right now. Fire extinguishers are made from sprue painted & a bit of solder. IMG_20140217_230246 by Bexy73C, on Flickr IMG_20140217_230221 by Bexy73C, on Flickr IMG_20140217_190327 by Bexy73C, on Flickr And this is where I finished up tonight (both decks dry fitted only) IMG_20140217_230404 by Bexy73C, on Flickr Well thanks for looking, more to follow Bexy
  22. OPERATION 'OVERLORD' Volume 2 - USAAF 8th and 9th Air Forces Book by AIRfile D-Day 6th June 1944, the start of the greatest amphibious operation in living memory; to retake Europe and regain control from the Axis powers. Operation Overlord in many ways pertains to the massive amphibious operations, involving warships, AFV's and the ground forces involved in the D-Day invasion of Europe; however, the air forces of these countries were also heavily involved and the United States Army Air Force provided a massive contribution of those air assets. June 2014 will be the 70th anniversary of this great operation and there are bound to be various group builds; themes, and individual interests to build aircraft represented during that period. This volume, along with Volume 1, should be a very useful companion to aid the research of the markings and colours, and the planning, to build a model of an American aircraft at D-Day or the weeks following. The Book This is volume 2, of a two part set (Volume 1 being the RAF & Commonwealth air forces) covering the aircraft types and their markings which were used by the United States Army Air Force (USAAF) based in Britain for D-Day, and subsequently in Europe, in the summer of 1944. The book softbound, A4 format, with 70 pages and is profusely illustrated with colour images, in profile and plan, of the U.S.aircraft taking part up to, during and beyond D-Day. There are 143 images, including 25 full four-view images of specific aircraft. The book starts with a comprehensive narrative about the assembling and deployment of the USAAF's Eight (Strategic) and Ninth (Tactical) air forces for D-Day and the weeks following. The main layout of the book is a series of pages displaying up to four aircraft in side profile; with each image having a description detailing the aircraft, type, Squadron, base and date this colour scheme was used. Additional notes are set below the description and provide information to identify certain differences from the standard marking scheme etc. Some pages are dedicated to a single aircraft. These show a four-sided view of the aircraft, along with the description and historical notes. These layouts can be especially useful for the modeller as they depict an all round view of the colours and markings for that particular aircraft. The book covers all aspects of the US Army Air Forces assets, including fighters, recce, PR and bombers. In some cases, the nose art of a particular aircraft is also included alongside the aircraft profile. The USAAF could, and sometimes did, deploy up to 2,000 four-engine bombers on a single mission, to multiple targets. The various aircraft squadrons and bomber groups could be identified by the colourful tail markings which adorned these aircraft. An illustration of the 8th Air Force Bombardment Group is shown below as an example. The wonderful illustrations throughout this book are interspersed with facts and listings, as shown in the example below. The list shows the breakdown of the VIIIth fighter command of the Eighth Air Force. The identification of a fighter escort group became very important during long range escort operations; as such, bright colours were used to mark the various group aircraft. Conclusion This is a superb follow up to the first volume AIRfile continue to produce informative and colourful publications for the modeller. The illustrations in this book are expertly produced by Peter Scott and should be of great help and importance for the modeller who may be looking to research the markings and colours of USAAF aircraft at the time of D-Day and the weeks following. This book is literally packed with illustrations of the United States Army Air Force aircraft, in their various and often colourful schemes and markings. I am sure it will become an essential reference for aircraft modellers wishing to build a kit of an aircraft during the period surrounding D-Day. Highly recommended. Review sample courtesy of Buy it Now Kindly mention Britmodeller.com to the supplier when making enquiries or orders
  23. Hi I picked up an old Revell 1/32 Mosquito (MK IV?) at Northern Model Show the other day and am thinking of doing it as a weather reconnaissance version like this: Does anyone know what, if anything, would need to be done to convert the bomber variant to this type, and also what shade of blue I should use? It looks rather like RAF PRU Blue, which I happen to have a tin of in Xtracolour, but if anyone knows different I'd be grateful. Any guidance appreciated. Ta Liam
  24. Kit was delayed by snowfall. Now it's arrived: This will be a straight-from-the-box build. None of your fancy Dan extras here, thank you please. Only two squadrons ever operated the Mk.XII - 41 and 91 - and both are included in the markings provided. I shall be attempting to make a passable job of the 41 Squadron markings, partly because it was commanded by my big hero Tom Neil at the time, and also because I have the very smart half-pint mug featuring the box art with this model. Anyway, as you were... history to follow. And maybe some building.
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