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  1. Hi all, Does anyone out there know of an on-line source for the font used by the French armed forces in the period 1945-1955? Or, of course, any decal sets? I've drawn a blank so far :(. thanks in advance. Martin
  2. Polish brand Bilmodel Makers is producing a complete new range of colours (MRP like for airbrush) for French military aircraft from World War I until World War II. Sources: https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=3422733911094372&id=552270644807394 https://www.facebook.com/media/set?vanity=552270644807394&set=a.3444605085573921 You can buy them from 28/07/2020 at Martola Hobby shop (https://www.martola.com.pl/en), 24 HOBBY (https://24hobby.pl/), you can order from us - email: bilmodelmakers@interia.eu
  3. Exactly which colour green was the Heinkel 274 when completed/rebuilt by the French. I have the Antares kit and the excellent French book 'Heinkel 274 et Junkers 488' Airprofiles no6 but can find no precise reference to the colour green used. I tend to use Gunze Sangyo paint bit will use whatever comes closest.
  4. Well less then 6 days after I recieved this kit she is as far as I think (please disagree if not) finished. This kit is my first ever completed 1:24 model, and a subject very close to the top of my 1:1 want list. I was offered a 1957 example back in 2008 during a summer trekking the west coast of France, it had been tucked up in a shed for 20 years and although structurally sound there was not 1 panel that wasnt suffering from surface rust. The passenger seat was a bare frame with remnants of a basic cushion, the drivers seat had been covered with a proper heavyweight tarpaulin s
  5. Following my review here, I thought I'd start a build log now, even though I've not yet got any pictures. What I have got is a bunch of small sub-assemblies and a mess of tools on my desk though The cockpit is assembled, and apart from the lack of a tab on the instrument panel, it all goes together well. The seat isn't half bad either, although I need to check it against my refs properly yet. I've test fitted the nose bay panels, and they are a GOOD fit. You'll need to put some tabs behind them to make sure they don't pop inside, but they should fit very well. I'm posing mine open thoug
  6. Hallo again This Salmson I built some time ago. Enjoy the photos! Happy modelling
  7. A few years back, I dug my one and only World War One build out of the cabinet, and thought, what the heck, take some pics of the old girl for a few grins. It had never been photographed before, and it looks pretty rough in many ways. It is the ancient Testors (ex-Hawk) kit of the Nieuport Type 17 C.1 sesqui-plane built probably around 1994 or so. It has my first attempt at rigging, using fine guitar string. I did scratch-build an entire cockpit, including sidewalls,floor, headrest and instrument panel. The exhaust is drilled out solder and I added some oil filler caps. The bungee cord shock-a
  8. Found a few more that I have forgotten to post, from long ago, when the hand was even less able than today. (Model built in -and text from- 2007, that is 12 years ago, when I was starting to dabble on scratchs): Retro-futurism at its best. Credited as the first delta wing plane and the first delta canard, this extremely streamlined racing machine was created by French designer Roland Nicolas Payen. It was supposed to receive an inline engine to fit the carefully polished lines of the plane, but what it got was a radial that had to be adapted to the existing fuselage, crea
  9. These are all old builds, and in retrospect should have been posted at the beginning of these series. They often represent the first, hesitant steps on scratchbuilding. Here is another from 2007, 12 years ago (original text as posted then): Entomology for some reason seems an appropriate tool in dealing with this plane. The join-venture that gave birth to the Elytroplan took place in France in 1937, between Charles de Rouge, Jacques de Chabrillan and Victor Bouffort. The curious may visit: http://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charles_de_Roug%C3%A9 for further info.
  10. These are all old builds, and in retrospect should have been posted at the beginning of these series. They often represent the first, hesitant steps on scratchbuilding. Here is another from 2007, 12 years ago (original text as posted then: In 1933 took to the air an experimental plane that reputedly contributed to raise French fashion design to even higher standards. The plane made use of an adapted Farman series 400 fuselage to which a semi-circular wing of large area was attached. One can only image the discussion between the control surfaces about which will have to cont
  11. Hi all, Just rolling out, for the second time, my French AD-4N. This model was my first after returning to the hobby only 4.5 years ago following a break of nearly 35 years! I originally finished her as I would have done many years ago but more recently, after gaining more knowledge of new techniques, I’ve given her a make over. The main changes being the addition of aerials and weathering/panel lining. She is the excellent Hasegawa kit, originally an A-1J (I think – my memory!) and I converted her in my way to a French machine. She is depicted as 127888, coded 21-LE of Esc 1/21 ba
  12. Tamiyas Very nice F84G Built this OOB, as a quick build between other stuff. The first for a number of years with no etched, no resin and no scratchbuilding. Then i had a disaster with the decals ( the story of my 2018 models!!) so it got put away. Picked up a berna decals sheet for european F84Gs, to finish it off. This is a F84G from G,R, 2/33 "savoie" Cognac 1955. thanks for looking.
  13. I must say, a very fun 3-4 month build. Even though it is 43 year old kit! (made/boxed in 1975) it went together quite well and detail was quite good for an old kit! In fact i found it better than some kits today. Way better than a Heller kit. It was fun spraying blue paint and i really liked the rivet details, so i left them and did some re scribing on wings. Ooh yes and canopy cracked while putting on masks ;( Feel free to comment:
  14. I'm doing the Kitty Hawk Jaguar and wish to know whether to fit the chaff/flare dispensers underneath towards the rear. The instructions do not show them being fitted as a stage but later show them on so are not really useful, box art shows none painting guide has them fitted and googling is frustratingly inconclusive. Can anyone tell me the answer?
  15. I'm looking for help from Gashopon fans - is there any way of obtaining one particular example? A website used for trading/selling, perhaps? Alternatively, does anyone know if Platz intend to follow up their twin boxing of two USAF A-26Cs with an example in French markings? (As available from F-Toys but only in a randomly-chosen set of 10, with no guarantees.) Or as another alternative, a 1/144 transfers set of French A-26s? Or indeed any other than the ones given by Platz?
  16. Already having the some of the "Dassault" family.. namely the Mystere IVA, Super Mystere and Super Etendard, I thought it would be great to continue the "Dassault family" by adding on the older brother.. the Ouragan. I bought this kit because it is the only kit with decent "Patrouille De France" markings! This 2013 release is a reboxing of the 1980's kit. Same mold. different box & markings. Same artwork. Raised panel lines Thick clear parts Glossy but thick decals. Decals are blurry on the edges (out of register)
  17. Grrrrrrrrr! After the Photobucket debacle, I switched to HostingPics, a French based image sharing site. All of my photos are on there now.. well, those few I had time to save from PB, plus everything since. I have over 85 pages of images saved on HostingPics - most importantly those for my Ever Evolving Diorama WIP. I just went on there to upload some images for my M4/A3 GB, and found a message, in French, which although I am no French speaker, I immediately recognised as BAD NEWS. Using a translator, my fears were confirmed. HOSTINGPICS IS CLOSING
  18. French Republican Guard Cavalry Regiment Corporal ICM 1:16 ICM continue their theme of World Guards, with this model of a French Republican Guard Cavalry Regiment Corporal. The Guard are part of the French Gendarmerie and responsible for providing guards and security for the state, and guards of Honour in Paris for State occasions. The kit comes on two sprues of grey plastic and one of black, with a separate black pedestal. The parts are very well moulded with no sign of flash or other imperfections, and while the build is relatively simple, the painting is not one
  19. Hi all, apart from The Carpena sheet 72.12, which I can't find, does anyone out there know of another producer of these codes? I need them for a French Invader. Thanks a lot. Merry Christmas to all! Martin
  20. I have received the Regiment de Dromadaires figures I requested Newline Designs to manufacture earlier this year. I think you can guess my next project after I clear the painting table . A nice looking set with plenty detail to get the eyes straining For anyone interested, Newline have the Christmas sale on until the end of November with 25% off.
  21. This is the new Tamiya AMX-13 French Light Tank. The model was built straight out of the box, the only additions were the aerials. Painted with Tamiya paints, weathered with a Flory wash and a Tamiya weathering set. Thanks for looking. Here is the link for the WIP
  22. Completed build of ICM's Panhard armoured car, as used by France during WWII. (build review can be seen here - Armorama build )
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