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  1. Introducing my build of Franz Von Werra's Bf109E, courtesy of the Airfix kit - that's been seen before. Parts, some pre-painted. This kit cost me £5.50 at The Works in 2013. This being the only decal option, I've got and watched the DVD of his story. And I found the book by Kendall Burt and James Leasor - whilst at school. Oh where is that copy now? Franz Von Werra was a colourful character - as described in Valkyrie's thread. Prone to exageration? - that's one way of describing his character. As I remember from the book: There was an attempt to run away to Amerika, and being returned to Germany. Then the flamboyant fighter pilot with a pet lion-cub, wonder what became of that. A lot of drawing attention to himself, like being towed around his airfield in a bath-tub - towed by a friend's sports car. His picture, with the lion, was on the cover of Signal Magazine. It was then used by RAF interrogators to identify Von Werra, following his capture. There was also a controvertial incident of falsifying RAF kills, and subsequent discrediting at interrogation - covered in the film. For FvW's first escape he detached from a work-party, and was on the run in the Lake District for a few days. His second attempt was a tunnel. He got away to Hucknall, where he impersonated a downed Polish airman - and almost stole Hurricane for his return to Europe. The third successful escape was by jumping from a train, after being transported to Canada. The film stops when FvW steals a boat, and crosses the frozen St Lawrence seaway to the USA. This is the start of another aspect of the story. FvW makes his way to New York, where the German Embassy is under constant surveylance by the FBI. The USA is still neutral at the time, but it's just a matter of time . . . And Canada has lodged an extradition order over that stolen rowing-boat! Germans have few friends on North America. In avoidance of a kidnap, and him being returned to Canada, FvW is instructed to visit a specific cafe, where an envelope full of cash is secreted in the cistern of a toilet. Then to disappear and make his way to Brazil, and then return to Germany. I remember he had to obtain very used clothes, and impersonate a farmhand as he crossed into Mexico. Returning to neutral Spain on the final TransAtlantic flying-boat service from Brazil, he then made his way to Italy, and finally Germany. An exciting read - certainly it was that.
  2. Source: http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/234949713-any-other-new-telford-news/page-3 Airfix is to release a new tool 1/72nd de Havilland DH.82 Tiger Moth kit - ref.???? To be followed... V.P.
  3. As the title alludes to the limited number built, my offering for this GB is the Airfix 1/48 Spitfire XII. It seems this mark is a favourite of many of you out there in BM World, so I hope I can do her some justice. Now I've not finished a kit since New Year's Eve, but that doesn't mean I have been away from the workbench. I have had trials and tribulations with a few kits that have had the unfortunate pleasure of crossing my path lately. I was working on a 1/48 Lightning F6 that I was hoping to build as a "wooooooooo shiny" NMF 74 Sqn Tengah version but I foolishly used Vallejo Metallics for the airframe and it looked like a bag of nails. I therefore bit the bullet and tried to strip it back to bare plastic which was a real trial by itself, that in the process melted the cockpit and undercarriage bay resin that I had painstakingly added. This led to the mojo taking a good shoeing!! I set the Frightning aside and thought, "how about a lovely simple build, what about a Trumpeter Vampire?" Well that was all a good idea until I fell upon @Jon Kunac-Tabinor's build which showed what a PoS that kit was and although I only followed 80-90% of Jon's refinements it could hardly be described as a nice easy build. This has been progressed to the stickering stage which as the mojo was still on the lowish side got set aside and the Frightning picked up again. New undercarriage and cockpit were fitted to the already complete but now fully stripped back airframe, and trust me this is not the order you want to be constructing this in!!! To add to the woes the paint stripper used (BioStrip 20) whilst it was effective in stripping everything back, made the kit plastic very brittle so flaps and trailing edges cracked and shattered and had to be rebuilt using gloop and PPP. OK, a weaker person may have buckled and hurled this pig of an abomination squarely at the nearest wall, but I'm stubborn (not always in the good way!) and wasn't prepared to lose out to an inanimate object!!! I think I have done a passable job of the repairs (bar one tiny crack in the port wing trailing edge), and this too is stalled at the stickering stage. This is a quick insight as to where they stand: So here I stand, pretty much fed up to the back teeth with kits that fight back so really really need a good palate cleanser, a sorbet to refresh between such overpowering courses, a kit that will build up well OOB (less seatbelts and stickers), so here I present my entry into this GB. Some sprue shots to keep us legal and decent....... Well not quite 100% legal and decent as I had also managed to pick up an unboxed version of this kit with no instructions or decals, Airfix Overtrees if you like, that may or may not get built alongside this kit. My thinking is that the early XII's that were based on Mk.V airframes subtly differ from the later Mk.VIII based ones so once I select some not in the box markings options (Squadrons! No.5 is winging it's way to me from La Belle France as I type to help me choose), I may be drawn into building one of each. This is the unboxed plastic, which seems to be of a slightly different consistency and colour to the one in the box. I've nipped the cockpit parts off the runners, knocked up a couple of sub-assemblies, primed the propeller and spinner which I'll photograph later as the battery on my DSLR has given up the ghost! I did managed to get a shot of the hollowing out of the exhaust stacks before it bought the farm. Comparison shot of the first side done vs the kit parts. Two holes drilled in each stack and then joined by a sharp 10A SM scalpel. A dab of Tet was dolloped in to clean up the rough edges. 5 minutes charging gave us enough juice to upload these pics to the PC/Flikr but I'll leave it on an overnight charge so I won't have to worry about it for the rest of the build. Anyways so far so good. No meltdowns (physical or mental) like the previous builds so far is a good sign I'm sure. Best wishes to all you out there in Lockdown; stay safe and stay well. Speak soon, Chris
  4. It's been a while since I built one of Airfix' newer releases. I was curious to see how far they'd come in recent years and I liked the kind of esoteric subject they'd picked, not too many MiG-17s on the market. It turned out to be a relatively quick build but the kit does have a few oddities. Best documented I think is the issues around the intake area; the intake ring diameter is too small which either results in a step around the whole circumference or a gap at the bottom. I opted to deal with the latter, which just needed a bit of plastic card to sort out. The splitter plate is also too small vertically, this I solved by filling the gaps top and bottom with Perfect Plastic Putty and wiping the excess off with cotton tips. There is also a bit of fettling and filling required to get the gun panel to fit correctly but nothing too serious. Don't forget to put in lead in the nose compartment as indicated in the instructions. You need to fill it to the brim, I did so on mine and it's still only a few milligrams away from being a tail sitter. Most problematic for me was the canopy, partly due to hamfistedness on my part. I cracked the windscreen while masking it, fortunately it doesn't show too much. Then I found the sliding section did not want to fit over the ejection seat; I couldn't find out why it would be too high so I cut it down slightly to get the canopy to fit. Then I used Perfect Plastic Putty to fair it in as there were still gaps all around. I opted to go for the more interesting North-Vietnamese option rather than the natural metal Soviet example. Humbrol Polished Aluminium for the underside of the wings, Gunze paints for the camouflage on top. I used the equivalent Gunze colors for the Humbrol codes provided by Airfix but found the darker green mottling too similar to the base green, I darkened it quite a bit to make it stand our more. Decalling was rather quick as I dispensed, at Airfix' instruction, with the stencils on the camouflaged parts of the plane. The '3020' on the nose had some trouble conforming to the compound curves in that area, even with setting solution they creased. I cut the creases with a sharp knife and most of them capitulated after applying more setting solution. Kudos to Airfix for the way they have engineered the airbrakes and landing gear parts; for the most part they are ensured a very solid fit at the right angles due to the way Airfix have moulded them. Very helpful. The gear and airbrake parts are the best part of this kit, very nicely detailed. The exception are the front gear doors; they are very thick and had I realized this earlier I would have thinned them quite a bit. Final job was to replace the cannon barrels with Albion Alloys tubing. There we are, a simple kit with nice colors that doesn't take up much space - slighty more than the Dragon MiG-15. Well done Airfix
  5. While the rigging on my Cutty Sark continues to test my patience my thoughts turned to a more simple build. The has lurked in my stash for some time Not only is it a kit I built as a kid but also in the original packaging, but before anyone says I should have sold it and purchased the current classic offering take a look at the contents. there are a number pieces missing - mainly the chassis, despite that I considered the first stage would be a quick build so literally a few minutes later it looks like a nought track. So off the the spares box now to see if I can find a suitable donor chassis. If anyone collects the header instructions for Airfix kits and wants this sheet please PM me and I will drop it into the post for you. header taken
  6. Hello everyone, This is my entry into the GB; Airfix's big ole' Hurricane: Just a few little extras. A test fit of the kit showed some warping of the major components, hopefully not too bad so as to hinder the build. Cheers, Mark.
  7. Oh well - here we go again! In my stash there are 7 kits that are eligible for this GB straight out of the box, and one which will need a bit of work. I doubt I will have the time to do all of them so I will make a start with the three easiest (said that a few times before and been wrong). Some time in the past, probably at least 20 years ago, I picked up a number of Airfix Bf 109 kits. This was moulded in 1975 with optional parts and markings for an E-4 and a bomb equipped E-4B, but my boxings are the 1988 issue "Aircraft of the Aces" with markings for Adolph Galland's E-4 in December 1940, so to late for the GB. All the parts are there except for one cockpit floor (it's quite big so lord knows where that has gone), but I built one for my son not long after this came out, and it is currently in my scrap box, so I will use the floor from that. 10 or so years back I bought two "Battle of Britain" decal sheets from Hannants Xtradecal range - I used the RAF one to build/refurbish 3 Spitfires, 3 Hurricanes and a Defiant a couple of years ago, but I still have the Luftwaffe one with a number of options for the Bf 109, together with a Me 110, Ju 87,Ju 88, Do 17Z and He 111H, all of which are in my stash. I will hopefully be building one as an E-3 as I have a replacement Squadron canopy, and another one at least as an E-4. The final one will either be an E-4 or an E-4B, but I suspect it will be the former. I will use the Xtradecals if they still work, but I may modify their colour schemes as their call out is for RLM02/RLM 71 on all of them - I might do one in the original RLM70/71 - we will see. Those of you who have studied this subject will be aware that the Luftwaffe apparently changed the camo scheme several times between the start of the war and the end on the Battle of Britain, with RLM 65 blue fuselage sides being intruduced, one, and possibly both of the greens being replaced by greys, and mottling introduced. The national cross markings also changed somewhat in both size and style, so throw in repainting in the field and there is plenty of scope for variation even on the same machine over a period of months. Also the yellow and sometimes white theatre markings on the nose and rudder were intruduced part way through I think, though I will have to check exactly when. I certainly do not want all three with yellow noses though Hannants do provide a couple of "before and after" schemes. By modern standards the kit is probably a bit crude, and may not be entirely accurate, but it was cheap at the time and I have them in my stash, so they will have to do. I assume it is OK to do all 3 in one thread as they will be virtually identical except for the paint/decs? If not I will split them. Cheers Pete
  8. Hi All, My next project is Airfix' 1:72 Wellington GR MkVIII. I've previously successfully (mostly!) built the MkIA, so hopefully the kit won't spring any nasty surprises. Here's the box art: I'll be modelling the aircraft depicted, which is HX379 of 172 Sqn, operating from RAF Chivenor in 1942. Here's the scheme in more detail: Here's a link to a photo of the actual aircraft: https://www.asisbiz.com/il2/Wellington/Vickers-Wellington/pages/Vickers-Wellington-GRMkVIII-RAF-172Sqn-WN-A-on-patrol-over-the-Western-Approaches-1942.html Auntie's scheme as presented looks to be pretty representative, so I'll go with that. Having said that the aircraft code looks to be in white rather than red as presented, so I shall see if I can be bothered to fix that... Here's the sprues: So, into the build! First some minor surgery to remove the turreted nose, to be replaced with the glazed version: At the same time all of the holes for the antennae were drilled out. Although Airfix helpfully inform you that much of the interior is invisible I've decided to go for the fully monty anyway - why not?! To replicate the doped fabric interior the fuselage was sprayed with a coat of Tamiya Red Brown, with the geodesic structure carefully brush painted in aluminium. The cockpit area was sprayed in interior green. Here's a work in progress shot: I decided that there was precisely zero chance of the rear fuselage being seen, so gave up on the frame highlights back there! Here's the state of play after a good day's work. I've still yet to add the IP, which will be adorned with the kit decals, and I'll add some belts using Tamiya tape (the build will be OOB otherwise, other than a set of Eduard masks). The wooden areas were brush painted with Mid-Stone and then over-coated with Abteilung Shadow Brown oil paint. I'm not 100% happy with it but it does kind've look like wood! Although it'll never be seen... Actually Airfix should be given credit for a comprehensive and detailed interior - I'm sure that more skilful modellers could make it shine, but I'm relatively happy with the (to be invisible) result! Thanks for looking, Roger
  9. Hi all and this is the second build I'm in with, Airfix's lovely SH-2F Seasprite.. Airfix SH-2F Seasprite Box art by Dermot Moriarty, on Flickr I've never built this kit but judging by the contents and ones I've seen made, it's a little cracker and one of Airfix's best (and underated) I think. Airfix SH-2F Seasprite contents by Dermot Moriarty, on Flickr If you're interested in their story, here's a short documentary about Kaman - I think Anton Flettner joined them after WW2 Cheers, Dermot
  10. Conversion from the Airfix 1/48 HC3 Ok this is a big project, converting the Airfix 1/48 Agusta Westland AW101 Merlin to the new Norweiian Air Force Search & Rescue Helicopter. This is the inspiration: And this is how I'm starting, move all the windows around and blank off lumps and bumps....followed by adding more in different places.
  11. Hello my friends; I finished my last model in this weekend. It's is a new simple Airfix mold. I did modifications including a lot of adds: - CMK engine; - Seat, wheels, control surfaces, exhaust by resins Aires and Quickboost; - PE interior and flaps by Brengun; - Master Pl cannons and; - Tail wheel scratched. I built a simple base too. I had doubt about the insignias diameters (upper wing surfaces), but even so I ended up using the Airfix decals. I had no options here. The mark is No. 266 Squadron, 2nd Tactical Air Force, Holland and Germany April/May 1944. Cheers;
  12. Here is my initial entry to the GB, Airfix 1/72 B P Defiant Mk 1 & Bf 109E dogfight double, so to speak. I am building them in flight and will make a display stand with the 109 bearing down on the Daffy. The Defiant will be in the markings of 141 Squadron and the 109 will be from III/JG51. These two squadrons were involved in a very brief engagement on 19 July 1940 and was a clear indication that the Germans had got over the surprise of the Defiants sting in the tail. I will add a bit more info as the build progresses. This is a placeholder for the time being as i have two other projects ongoing in other GB's. A couple of pics....... TFL, Cheers Greg
  13. Hi all Been working on this for a while, it's a nice Kit with only the odd way in which the undercarriage is moulded which lets it down, I did the AB264 option the aircraft of Buck Mcnair that played a part in the defence of Malta . Built OIOB apart from a set of PE Seatbelts and Eduard replacement exhausts. Brush painted with Humbrol enamels and Oil paint wash and paint chips with various coloured pencils. Hope you enjoy All the best Chris
  14. I don't normally build bisplanes as I hate rigging them. I sometimes make an exception and a set of etched rigging from SBS and a fabulous model posted hear earlier by Jenko enabled me to finish this stalled build. I finished it as an aircraft of the New Zealand Division of the Royal Navy in 1936-38 attached to HMNZS Achilles, using a set of Print Scale decals. Four Walruses( Walrii?) were part of that establishment coded Z! to Z4, though the machine I represented, K5774, was landed back in the UK in mid 1938. Walrus K5774 4 The kit is a joy to build, everything fits nicely and I used very little filler. I did use a set of Eduard Brassin wheels with spoked hubs, Walrus K5774 2 The decals were nice and thin , conformed with very little help and were nicely opaque. Walrus K5774 1 by I'm not sure I will build another, as I have already nailed together a SMER kit of another RNZAF machine, but I would recommend it to anyone. I omitted the radio aeriaL wires as a practicality as this model will hopefully go to a number of shows Covid permitting. Walrus K5447 3 Thank you for looking
  15. Hi all, I've been super excited about this group build for a while, and even more excited when I saw that the rules were going to allow Bomber Command aircraft on anti-invasion operations! So, inspired by Larry Donnelly's excellent book "The Other Few", my plan for my first entry in this group build is to build an Airfix Blenheim as one from the many Blenheim squadrons that made nightly raids on the "invasion ports" - the ports on the French coast in which large numbers of barges were building as the Germans prepared for Operation Sealion, the invasion of Britain. Here's the kit and a few extras I've bought so far: I've been trawling through Operations Record Books (ORBs) from the National Archives for some time (another hobby of mine) on this subject. Interestingly one of my findings is that one of the aircraft depicted in the kit's decals (R3816 "OM-J" of 107 Squadron) participated in four successful attacks on the invasion ports (Calais three times and Boulogne once), and went on to fly operationally until mid 1941. I may go with this for simplicity, or another aircraft - I'll reveal that in a few days - and I'll add in some bits of history about "The Other Few" and excerpts from the ORBs throughout the build to show one of the perhaps lesser known parts of the Battle of Britain as I go. I'm really looking forward to the start of the group build in a few days! Matt
  16. Following on from my 1:72 Airfix Handley Page Victor, my next build is Airfix's 1:72 Avro Vulcan B Mk2. This is XH558, and the Vulcan to the sky gift set. Truth be told I have built this kit before, it was my first ever build and started me on my fantastic journey of model aircraft building. The Vulcan is my favourite aircraft of all time, hence the reason I was given the kit as a gift the first time. Because I have past experience with this kit (albeit novice at the time), I can remember how ill fitting the wings are, how much flash there is and all its many other challenges..... But I can't wait to start. This won't be a straight from the box build, as I intend to finish her in the anti-flash paintwork she left the factory in (my previous Vulcan is in full XH558 camo). To complete the paintwork I have purchased a set of decals suitable for the Cold War paint scheme. Aside from the scheme, the only changes I shall be making are the use of Vallejo acrylics in place of the suggested Humbrol. This is just personal preference and I find them much smoother to airbrush. So lets look inside the box. There is a very limited set of instructions, the original paint scheme diagram, and a tiny decal sheet. 4 grey sprues, with varying amounts of flash and raised panel lines. And one small clear sprue. Thats about ot for now, I have given the huge sprues a wash and sprayed a coat of Vallejo primer on the limited interior pieces. Looking forward to starting once the primer is dry.
  17. Hi all. I’m in need of a few solid hours to get the topside colours onto the Tempest so in the meantime I’ve cracked out the 1/48th Airfix P-51D Mustang. Much has been said about the kit that I don’t need to repeat here, most of it favourable. A group of us have been catching up via video conference for our virtual modelling session while COVID has been around. One of the group members suggested the kit for a single type group build which turns out a good choice as the kit is readily available for a good price here in Oz. I’ve been working on the various sub assemblies over the last week and I’ve managed to get it buttoned up and close to being ready for paint. Though the assembly has been all over the place, I’ll try and sort the photos as if you were following along with the instruction. The kit I’m building is the fillet less version of the P-51. It offers the two styles of filleted tail which was handy as neither of the box options took my interest. My subject needs the filleted tail so I was good to go with this one. I’ve also got a bit of resin aftermarket to replace the kit prop and exhausts. The latter being far superior to what was provided in the kit. Standard box pic. Cockpit tub with base desert yellow and oils to simulate the ply floor. The side walls primed with black and the Interior green applied. Followed by a wash and then flat coat + detail painting. The seat and final assembly of the tub plus. The worn black was achieved with the hairspray method. Some light tan pigments have been applied over the black. The sidewall stencils are supplied in the kit and dress the area up nicely. the assembly fits positively into the side walls. It looks good once buttoned up. The kit decal was used for the instrument panel with clear gloss used for the instrument faces. Probably the fiddliest area to clean up is the radiator inlet/outlet ducting. It looks like a Mustang. Don't forget to install the tail wheel and wheel well when joining the fuselage. It'll be a fiddly correction to make if you miss doing this. The main wheel well is nicely appointed. I used the Eduard instructions as guidance for the Chromate Yellow and silver areas. The fit is excellent. The fuselage and wing mated well and the insert for the underside of the cowl and the inner leading edge fitted well. The only real gap of the build so far has been on panel line on the cowl underside. Easily fixed though. The pieces for the rudder, tailplanes and topside of the cowl fit very well. Just about ready for paint. I'll install the windshield tonight as well the as assembly for the nose and oil cooler scoop. I think I'll need to remove a small amount of material from the outside edge of the IP as test fitting it revealed that it was sitting proud a tiny amount. Cheers for now. Mick
  18. Evening guys, I've been waiting on the GB for a while now! For that reason I may actually finish a build for a GB for once. Listed below is the kit I'll be using which I picked up from a Flying Legends a few years back. I'll be using an Xtradecal set and finishing the build as A/C QJ-W flown by Flight Leuitenant Denys Gillam. Having researched his history, our I have visited many locations he was posted and served at throughout the UK so his aircraft and career resonates with myself. Anyone interested in F/L Gillam I have linked his history below. http://www.bbm.org.uk/airmen/GillamDE.htm Paint wise, does anyone have any suggestions as to the best paint match for the Pale Blue undersides? Cheers, Lee
  19. Hi everybody, the Stuka GB has just finished, and as usual I haven't manage to finish my build. But this time I am only about a week short, so things are improving!!! Here is a link to my thread in the Stuka GB, for the ones interested. For @Ray_W I have not been successful in my quest for ammonia at our neighbors. The blasted thing was so flat that it could have been water. BUT... there was a glass bottle marked Windolene, and upon opening it out of sheer curiosity, my olfactory system was put out of commission by the sheer power of ammonia coming out of the bottle!!! The poison must have been manufactured during Rhodesian days looking at the label, but it has not lost any power! So the cockpit clear parts are already soaking in it, and we shall see tomorrow! I really do pray it will deal with the Klir disaster. Cheers. JR
  20. My second contribution will be another Sea King this time a 'Baggie' of 849 NavalAir Squadron. The base kit dates from the original 1969 Airfix S-61 Sea King which I think was issued in Apollo rescue chopper livery. This boxing dates from 2010 and has a bundle of new sprues with updated parts and the necessary parts to make an AEW2 or an ASaC7 both from 849 NAS.
  21. When people ask me what my favourite Spitfire version is, I usually reply something along the lines of "whichever one I've built a model of most recently". I do have a particular fondness for the late-model Griffon Spits, though, so this GB seems like a good opportunity to bring out my Grand Phoenix "Ultimate Seafire" - which as I'm sure everyone here knows, is a reboxing of the well-regarded Airfix kit with extra resin, etch and decals. I must confess to being slightly apprehensive about doing this one in public, so to speak, especially as it's been a while since I did anything with so much aftermarket gubbins. A couple of shots of box and bits to start with. I was lucky enough to get this kit for a good price on ebay a few years ago. It does look like an awful lot of plastic, resin and metal! I just hope all the bits are there. Oh well, here we go...
  22. Hi guys, I will be building the Airfix 1/48 Buccaneer in Royal Navy colors. There will be some extra decals for it from Xtra decals and a few foto etch sets plus 2 resin bangseats from Neomega and some resin intakes. I will put on some pictures at a later date. Cheers,
  23. One that I only realised earlier today, and have consulted Dansk about. At age about 15, I built the Airfix MRCA kit - making an absolute pig's ear of the paint job. I hadn't mastered masking, trying to paint the white aircraft freehand. What a mess, mine finishing up black - well over a decade before The Saint Tornado. I have built an Airfix MRCA since then, for the 2017 Prototypes, Experimentals, Record -breakers, and Firsts GB. This is the origin for future Airfix 1/72 Tornado GR kits, rendering this kit eligable for me. Costing me £9 an IPMS Avon show in 2014. We might see a repeated paint botch, as I might not have all the correct shades. This kit has just one decal option - which suits me. That 617 Sqdn Dambuster 70th Anniversary. And here are the parts.
  24. So this will hopefully be my second entry in this GB Being lazy the following is largely a copy of what I said in my MC 200 entry so if you have read that you may wish to skip this with the possible exception of the 2nd paragraph! As a teenager in the 1960's it took a while before I became aquainted with Italian aircraft from WWII. In fact I think it is true to say I had no knowledge at all until I started buying the fighter volumes 1-4 from William Green's series "Warplanes" published by Macdonalds starting in 1963 with Vol 3 Japan and Russia. Coincidentally I saw and bought the Frog MC 202 Folgore the same year, closely followed by Revell's Fiat CR 42 in 1965. The MC 200 from Revell and the Fiat G 50 from Airfix arrived I think in 1967, and I still have both somewhere in my roof space. This particular kit is a more recent boxing from around 1990 bought a few years back and I will build it over the next few weeks. It is as I recall a nice little kit though I seem to remember the fit of the wings was somewhat poor and I am not entirely convinced by the totally flat fuselage underside. The cockpit is non - existent as usual with kits of this age, but as with the MC 200 there is only a tiny opening so it will not be visible. I will box in the wheel wells and might do a modest amount on the cockpit but otherwise it will be OOB, and a fairly quick build. I do have some resin wheels and will spend a bit of time on the exterior finish which was pretty rushed on my original build. I now have access to rather more info so it should look a bit better. Like the Japanese, the Italians in the 1930's were used to light open cockpit biplanes such as the Fiat CR32 and were reluctant to move to closed cockpit monoplanes with reduced manoeuvrability. Add to that the problems the Italian Aero Engine industry had producing high powered engines (usually radials) and at the start of the war the Italian Airforce was still basically equipped with CR42 biplanes together with a few of the earlier CR 32, though the MC 200 and G 50 were steadily taking their place. With speeds in the region of 300 mph and light armament of only 2 Mg in the cowling, they were already obsolescent and only their manoeuvrability kept them just about viable. Later, both types would benefit from imported/licence built German inline engines which made them far more of a threat. Italian aircraft and pilots have received a bad press or been ignored but in truth they were generally as brave and skillfull as any allied pilots, let down by a underdeveloped aircraft industry and poor political management. Not sure exactly when I will start this but I should be able to slot it in whilst waiting for glue/paint/decals to dry on some of my other builds. More as and when. Pete
  25. Oh dear.... I’m hooked on this group build! Next cab off the rank is from Airfix: Kit: Airfix 1/48 Spitfire Vb “Specialist Spitfires” Decals: Victory Productions “Aces of the Empire” Extras: Eduard harnesses The subject this time is Spitfire Vb Trop EP706 of 249 Squadron RAF based in Malta in Sept 1942 and flown by George Beurling. The decal sheet asserts that this was not one of the Malta ‘blue’ Spitfires, so I’ll be sticking with the mid stone/ dark earth / azure blue scheme. They also refer to photographs of this aircraft but I have yet to find any on google - if anyone has a photo to help that would be much appreciated! First, the box/ sprue shots and then a look at the profile!
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