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  1. Valom is to release in January-February March 2018 1/72nd de Havilland DH.91 Albatross kits - ref. 72128 & 72129 Source: https://www.facebook.com/www.valom.net/posts/722404797959265 V.P.
  2. 72modeler

    DH 91 colors and markings

    I just got the new Valom DH91 Albatross kit, number 72129, today and it looks very, very good! I don't know much about the airplane, except that it is a classic DH design and is one beautiful airplane; there isn't a lot on the internet that I could find as far as cockpit/wheel bay/interior details are concerned, but my intention is not to superdetail it, but to do a decent job on one of the impressed examples or one of the two flown by 271 Squadron on courier duty. Therein lies my question: The kit color profiles show two marking choices, both BOAC courier aircraft; G-AFDM, "Fiona" and G-AFDK, "Fortuna" I also like one of the 271 Squadron aircraft, G-AEDW, "Franklin" coded BJ-W and with the serial, according to one written source, AX904. The kit color callouts list DM's colors as dark green/dark earth/aluminum and DK's colors as extra dark sea grey/dark slate grey/aluminum. Another source also stated that these two were finished with aluminum dope on the undersides, but that the civilian examples that were impressed had trainer yellow undersides. What were "Franklin's" colors? Does anybody know whether the Valom color references for the two choices in their kit are correct? Can anybody confirm the colors for AX904? I am assuming, from the few photos that show the undercart fairing doors and wheel bays of DH-91's, that they are also aluminum? Sure would be grateful for some light to be shed on this subject! I have attached a link to some useful Albatross information. Mike
  3. Valom is to release in 2015 a 1/72nd N.A./Ryan L-17A Navion kit - ref.72106 Source: http://www.valom.net/pripravujeme.html See also Constanza resin kit: http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/234970052-172-ryan-l17-navion-resin-kit-by-constanza-kit-released/ V.P.
  4. Valom is to release in 2017 a new tool 1/72nd North American B-45A Tornado kit - ref. 72120 Sources: https://dukmodell.com/Vorankuendigung/Valom-N-A-B-45A-Tornado-1-72::17988.html https://www.scalemates.com//1030608-valom-72120-north-american-b-45a-tornado Box art V.P.
  5. Hi all, I just realised that I never posted any image of my Ouragan build from a couple of years ago. So, to put things right .... I am not proud of this one. Maybe that is why I didn't post it at the time ;). Martin
  6. Hello Here is my most recent build with this 1/72 North American B-45A from Valom. This aircraft was from the 86th Bomb Squadron / 47th Bombardment Wing in 1954 at Sculthorpe RAF Station. The transfers came from a Caracal Models sheet and were very satisfactory. This kit is not for beginners and honestly one is enough. In the end the product is correct and will be published next month in the French magazine "Avion de combat". Patrick
  7. Valom is to release in 2016 a 1/72nd Grumman J2F-6 Duck kit - ref.72112 Source: http://www.valom.net/pripravujeme_en.html V.P.
  8. Just posted on Valom's website: http://www.valom.net/pripravujeme_en.html
  9. The C-47 will be finshed in about a week. Then my dad will start the next shelf eater, this time a bit smaller. Gonna do a North Vietnamese Gunship with the Hobby Boss kit, decals and rocket pods from the Valom kit.
  10. I finally finished something, and it's not even vacation time yet! This model was started a long time ago, and back then it was the first short run kit that I've ever attempted. Due to reasons it stalled at 25% done, but after all work on a Beaufighter during the autumn I got the mojo back to do something about this one. I had a fun time with the gun throughs and the cooling fans, but in the end they do look quite nice! Not so much with the rocket rails though :-( Anyway, here are the pictures (yes I wil cut of the radiowires a little more. I just need to have a steady one first or time the cutting to my heartbeats) Onwards and upwards. One finished is worth two new on the bench and five in the stash right? Here is a link to the WIP: (pictures from photobucket are blocked, but I might put them over to flickr if need be)
  11. Bristol Buckingham C Mk I - used as fast transport airplane for VIPs at the end of WWII. Model from Valom with few modifications (extra windows on sides, smaller antenna cover on the fuselage, some lights added etc.) This is KV313 from unknown for me unit of RAF (is anybody knows it, which one?). I've just found in Internet photo of her. I interpreted colours differently, then it was suggested by Valom. I intended to paint as Ekstra Dark Sea Gray/Slate Gray uppers with Azur Blue undersurfaces - as I think many of RAF transport machines used overseas were painted at the end of WWII like this (Stirlings MkV, Yorks, transport Halifaxes etc, Wellingtons, Warwicks..). In fact I am interesting in your opinion - is this coloor choice proper or not? On the photo from Internet of KV313 there is a low contrast between uppersurfaces colours. Here, on my photos the slate gray is a bit too green since my photos which were done with use of arificial light with modern enrgy saving bulb. You may notice, that all greenish colours becames more fresh in this kind of light (it is due to one mercury emissin line which is very intense green and this is present in spectra of such bulbs...). Perhaps I will add next photos later done in a sunlight... Regards Jerzy-Wojtek
  12. It's more fun to separate builds into different topics, don't you think? In my Burma Beaufighter, I mentioned that I fiddled with a Brigand as well, so why don't show it here then? I started way back in 2011, and this was my first attempt at a short run kit. First thing to tackle was actually the engine/landing gear nacelles. It's sort of an approximate fit... But the details are nice at least. It was painted grey as per instructions dictated, and given a light wash That'll have to do. Now, someone will probably say that they're supposed to be black... I can change that if needed. The nacelles them self aren't what I'd call circular, but who cares? The fit against the wing is also less than stellar Brute force to the rescue! After the nacelles and wings were "done" i started with the cockpit. Etched belts were a nice touch, but the look a little oversized. And the rudder pedals looks very small Ok, All etch was finally installed After that, the kit was boxed for a while, until 2013 when i started to paint some random bits. Black basing in the cockpit Interior grey-green sprayed at and angle, just so. Look, I did some detail painting too But it went back to it's box again. Until this weekend, when I brought it along to have something to do during a model competition. End of the historical era.
  13. Hello, here's my attempt on Valom's 1/72 Yakolev Yak-7 (Late Production) in markings of 728. IAP, 1943/1944. Decals from the box. The kit includes photo-etched details for the cockpit such as belts and instrument panel and resin cockpit sidewalls and wheels (which I did not use because of serious fit issues). Although similar in the sprue layout, this kit is not identical with the Dakoplast and ICM moldings. It's of short-run nature and needs some TLC to build. Painted with acylics from the Gunze/Sangyo range. All pictures by Wolfgang Rabel of IGM Cars & Bikes. Thanks for lookin' ... best wishes from Vienna! Roman
  14. It must be the recent run of hot days, but despite the tales of woe I have read about the Valom Hampden torpedo bomber I am going to give it a go. Nothing to lose really as I picked it up cheap at a model expo. At the least it will be character building. A box top top shot to start with. As this is intended as an out of the box build, I will be making this 489 Squadron aircraft, although I will be painting it with the Temperate Sea Scheme of dark slate grey and extra dark sea grey rather than the green and brown bomber colours, as I gather that is more likely. I made a start with the instrument panel, more to keep my fingers of my close to complete Beaufort (so I don't rush and spoil it). The panel is a sandwich of a plastic back part, a printed film and a photoetch front. Not done one of these before. I painted the back plate white, stuck the film to it with some Micro Kristal Klear. The photo etch I painted black, and dry brushed with some medium sea grey while still on the fret. I then carefully attached it to the rest of the assembly with Micro Kristal Klear. Looks pretty good to me, although not sure how much of it will be seen through the canopy.
  15. Valom is to release a 1/72nd Fokker T.V bomber kit - ref.72102 Sources: http://www.valom.net/pripravujeme_en.html http://www.aviationmegastore.com/fokker-tv-bomber-expected-december-2015-72096-valom-vaclav-lomitzk-859405429096-nederlands-militair/product/?action=prodinfo&art=132048 V.P.
  16. I have the new Valom HP Harrow kit (the "Toothy Marking" boxing), and it advises overall RAF Dark Green for one of the schemes, which is a 93 Sqn machine, K6994, in 1941 with a toothy grin and red talons on the wheel spats. I was wondering how accurate this interpretation is, and if anyone can share photos of this machine please:
  17. Hi, I did this model some years ago - not so many in fact. It was short after I was visiting UK and in Airplane magazine there was a kind of monography of AW Albemarle showing on one photo a piece of fuselage of rather badly weathered mashine from 295 Squadron. Perhaps I made it too heavy exploited. In painting I followed the profile from this web page: http://www.britisharmedforces.org/ns/ns/raf/nat_albemarle1.htm But now I have doubts about the lettering - should be rather 8Z.A, not 8.ZA sice the squadron code was 8Z not ZA... Is the profile I followed wrong or the squadron made an exception in writing codes??? Here she is: Comments welcome and regards Jerzy-Wojtek
  18. Hi This is my first gallery in this forum, so maybe few words about me. I'm from Poland and I'm mainly building americans planes. I like putty for plastic and send paper , so my last model is Northrop BT-1, which released VALOM. The build thread can be found here. Bye for now, Jaro
  19. I picked this up on the T7 Models stand at the Yeovilton show a few weeks ago (thanks Martin - nice to meet you!) In a moment of madness I didn't put it down again. Box by Ced Bufton, on Flickr Here's my attempt presented after one of my longest and most challenging WiPs which, as usual, includes all the steps and some great tips and support from fellow BMers. Untitled by Ced Bufton, on Flickr Untitled by Ced Bufton, on Flickr NMF is AK True Metal, the waxy sort, which I like (a lot). Two used on this, Aluminium and Dark Aluminium. Not primed but 'brushed out' and allowed to dry overnight. Seems to be OK but I've not top coated. It also allows different finishes, buffed or non-buffed and handling produces some interesting 'weathering'. There's some references in the WiP for those who are interested in the development of this 'interesting' type. Thanks for looking, comments welcome.
  20. I picked this up on the T7 Models stand at the Yeovilton show today (thanks Martin - nice to meet you!) In a moment of madness I didn't put it down again. The 'instructions' (copyright acknowledged): Untitled by Ced Bufton, on Flickr Great subject, scary kit. There's a review on modellingmadness.com and an entry on Wikipedia that gives a great history of the type. You know I like 'weird' so how about this lot? the YFM-1 (the designation was for (Y) a prototype (F) fighter (M) multiplace) was a unique design incorporating many features never before seen in a military aircraft, as well as several never seen again A single forward firing M4 37 mm cannon with an accompanying gunner was mounted in a forward compartment in each of the engine nacelles. Although capable of aiming the cannons, the gunner's primary purpose was simply to load them with the 110 rounds of ammunition stored in each nacelle. The large crew of five included a fire-control officer in the nose who used a Sperry autopilot and an optical sight to aim the weapons. This crewmember could also use a periscope mounted below the nose to monitor the rear and, hopefully, spot enemy fighters coming up in the Airacuda's "blind spot." The cannons had a tendency to fill the gun nacelles with smoke whenever fired and, additionally, fears persisted as to how the gunners would escape in an emergency, with the propellers directly behind them. Sorry, I can't carry on... have a look at the links There are two previous builds on BM, both in 2012, one by rkennerley of a previous boxing and another of this one by Jb65rams in an Interwar GB. I'll post some sprue shots when I've calmed down...
  21. Finally finished these two Valom models, Bristol Buckingham B1 and Buckmaster T1. The Buckingham was originally developed in response to the Air Ministry's request for a bomber version of the Beaufighter but by the time it had been developed the role had very adequately been filled by the Mosquito. 54 Buckingham B1's were built the rest of the order being converted to Buckmasters to be used as training and fast transport aircraft. Like all Valom kits the panel lines and rivet detail is very good but then they are let down by the fact that the parts don't fit too well, such as wings being thicker than the wing root. They also lack a few details because Valom always try to produce too many variants without changing the basic mould, so both kits have Brigand wings without the correct air intakes for the Buckingham or Buckmaster etc. Enough waffle, here's some pics.
  22. Excluding 1/350 aircraft for ships, this is possibly the smallest model I have completed. This is the excellent Valom 1/144 Sopwith Pup. The moulding is very crisp. It includes a cockpit, which is very small and didn't quite fit without a shave around the edges. It includes 4 markings options, which give a variety colour options. The wing struts, and landing gear are photo etch, which was really easy to use in this scale. I frayed 'Rig-it', which is a lycra thread, down to a single thread and used super glue to apply the rigging. It took about 3 hours to rig. I'm pretty impressed with the model. It was a 3 day build. Now, Back to something full sized. Regards, Alan
  23. Hi, I've just finished it. The last (so far) of series of Jack Northrop designs of all metal single engine monoplanes from 1930. - which all are related, one to another. This is BT-1 - the underpowerd dive bomber and then advanced trainer of US Navy, a precursor of BT-2, which then became a very scuccessfull SBD Dauntless (when produced by Douglas, not Northrop). Basicly its is OOB build (Valom "BT-1, 1942" kit) - I made a small difference in decals. I made machine as perhaps looked later in 1942. But anytime I can add red circles in middles of white stars to go back to begining of 1942...The markings are from NAS Pensacola. I only increased height of aerial after analyes of some photos it seems to me neccesairy. Photos are with halogen lamp - day is too short to catch good daylight. Sorry for this... And two photos of whole set of Jack Northrop's single engine monoplanes from my shelves: from left and aft: Spanish Gamma 2d (scratch conv. from Williams Bros. Gamma 2a/b), Chineese Gamma 2e (scratch conv. from Williams Bros. Gamma 2a/b), Iraq DB8-4 (MPM), US Navy SBD-3 Dauntless (Aifix), first row, also from left: US Navy BT-1 (Valom), US Army Northrop Delta (scratch conv. from Williams Bros. Gamma 2a/b), RNoAF/RAF N3PB (Contrail vacu). The contrail N3PB has shorter chord of the central part of wing, but the construction of wing looks so similar to others (especially Gamma/Delta/A17 or DB8 - BT-1 and SBD have shortered outer parts of wings) - I wonder if it is not a mistake of Contrail? Comments welcome Regards Jerzy-Wojtek
  24. After my recent Brigand build you would have thought I'd learned my lesson, but 'the boys' have encouraged me to do this next: so apparently not. First flown in 1935 the Bombay was introduced in 1939 and retired in 1944. Wikipedia here and, as usual, no colour photos for reference so your guess is as good as mine. Luckily I build OOB and follow the instructions so I'm not too bothered - it's the build that's fun, IMHO (although not in my recent experience). Sprue shots: Three plastic, two clear, two PE (oh joy), IP film and resin engines. Decals for two schemes: - L5838, 216 Sqn RAF, Aldergrove, Northern Ireland 1939 and - my choice, L5813, 271 Sqn RAF, crashed 11.5.1940 in Betheniville, France, stalled on approach to the airfield and crashed killing four and injuring twelve. The usual picture only instructions on folded A5 pamphlet, which I won't bore you with but here's the first few steps: Looks like an interesting cockpit, good. Notice the inset panel in step 2 for attachment of PE. No, it's not clearer 'in the flesh'* Bit worried about this bent training edge: but this will no doubt add to the jeopardy and keep people interested. Hopefully. * Dbl-E, score 1, fnaar fnaar. Off to a good start, with the double entendres at least.
  25. Here is my latest Valom offering, the 1/72 Bristol Bombay Mk1. This has been a long and 'interesting' build, WiP thread here. OOB build (as usual for me) primed with Humbrol grey plastic primer, underside Vallejo Model Air aluminium and camoflage Vallejo DE and Humbrol DG (latter brush painted). Guns and bomb racks omitted to represent the transport variant (and because the supplied guns are pathetic and I'm too lazy to scratch build). First flown in 1935 the Bombay was introduced in 1939 and retired in 1944. I believe only 40 were in service and this one stalled on approach and crashed. Wikipedia here and, as usual, no colour photos for reference. The build thread has lots of references (please have a read if you have any questions - it's only 21 pages!) so I'll go straight into the photos of the completed model. Here's what I was aiming for and my attempt at a similar shot of the finished model: And some more colourful shots... Thanks for looking!