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  1. I like to have models in various states of the build process so I can choose what to work on. Here is another Spitfire start. Although the fit is acceptable, Hasegawa does not fit as well as the Tamiya. Also, I had to repair a tiny chunk missing out of the trailing edge from the center part of the canopy. I have zero intentions of building it with the box cover markings.
  2. And here´s my dad´s next 109 project, doing a late war JG77 G-14/AS using a Hasegawa G-10 kit with two schemes that were wrongfully designated G-10 instead of G-14/AS. DSC_0003 by Reinhard Spreitzhofer, auf Flickr DSC_0004 by Reinhard Spreitzhofer, auf Flickr for G-10 to G-14/AS conversion, filling the the old fiiling caps and engrave new ones DSC_0005 by Reinhard Spreitzhofer, auf Flickr DSC_0007 by Reinhard Spreitzhofer, auf Flickr gonna be this scheme
  3. Hello All, This one has also been on the 'shelf of doom' for some time. Probably about 4 or 5 years... It's the Hasegawa Ferrari 348 tb. It'll go well with the other Ferraris that I have been working on. What with the 308 having been finished, and the 288 GTO nearly complete, I thought that I would clear the decks of old builds and add this one to the list of 'in progress'. The box. A pretty car, if not quite so beautiful as the 308 & 288... The sprues. It doesn't look a lot, but the engine is already built and almost ready to be put aside. ... and, the instructions. I'm hoping that this Hasegawa kit will be a bit more successful than a couple of others I tried... I tried to construct the 1/24th Ferrari F189, but it went completely pear-shaped on me and the body work would not fit. I binned it! I also tried the 1/24th Jaguar XJR8 (or was it the XJR9?, I can't remember). That was going well, then I managed to split the rather large wind-screen! That ended up as spare parts... On the other hand, the 1/32nd F-16 seems to going rather better. Anyway, more pictures... The body has been painted with Halfords acrylic spray paint. I can't remember the colour. But I don't need any more (unless I screw up with the cement!). If I do, I'm pretty certain that I can mix up the right cocktail of (Tamiya) colours to get a near enough match. The engine, not quite fully assembled. Again, I have added ignition leads. No engine looks right without ignition leads, except a Diesel. Actually, my wife's Meriva is a petrol, and the ignition leads are nowhere to be seen. Each spark-plug is fed by it's own coil in an ignition block that sits on top of them. Anyway, utterly irrelevant in this case, as the 348 has separate leads to each plug, and they go ... somewhere! (More on that later!) The wheels. Matt chrome seems to work on car kits. I always thing the the high-chrome finish looks too toy-like on 1/24th scale! (Actually, I built the Revell 1/8th scale Jag, and the chrome on that looked too bright and toy-like!) The windows, door-mirrors and the engine cover. That's it for the moment. Thanks for looking, Alan.
  4. This is a kind of experiment. I have not built a plastic kit in, I guess, 45 years! And I have always dreaded taking on air brushing. But now I have decided that it is time for some changes in both these departments. So I have started to build a Hitachi Zaxis 135US Excavator. A 1:35 scale kit by Hasegawa. No, I'm not into construction or civil engineering and thus do not know more than any ordinary citizen about excavators. So why an excavator? I assume I just found this modell to be cool. As I already said, airbrushing has not been a favourite of mine. Throughout the years I have made some attempts but only ended up with clogging and every other possible mishap. This time however, I have decided to make a more serious attempt. So far I have at least learned to not be outright scared bye the airbrush Regarding the kit at hand, I have put together the major sub-assemblies and given them a coat of primer. Like this: Yes I know, the primer is a little thin on the orange parts. But this will have to do. There will be other layers of paint on top.
  5. Hi Steve Long or any other ex RAN Skyhawk maintainers - I'm embarking on a long term restoration of an old 1/32 Hasegawa A4 Skyhawk of mine that ended up on the SOD - just wondering if I can get some guidance on the cockpit colours - I've seen some colour photos and it looks basically a mix of light greys & black instruments - ejection seat and parachute packs colours too - specifically looking for RAN A4G colours for the cockpit which I assume might be standard USN? - I am in the process of fitting an Avionics resin cockpit set. CJP
  6. As with just about every fighter plane in the USAF in the 1950's and 1960's, the F-4 also had a dedicated reconnaissance version, the RF-4C. You could say this was the first true modern tactical recce platform. Traditional cameras, IR cameras and Side Looking Radar, the RF-4C had it all. And combined with a big, strong airframe, a two men crew, and two powerful and reliable J-79 engines, it was a world beating design. First flown in 1964, with more than 500 built, the last operational RF-4C's were only retired in South Korean service a few years ago, and the export RF-4E is still flying today in both Japan and Iran. In the early days, though, there were some issues to be solved with these brand new jets. As explained in the book Tactical Reconnaissance in the Cold War by Doug Gordon(highly recommended): I will be building a 1/72 Hasegawa RF-4C as a very early, about 1965, Alconbury based jet, in the US Navy colours of light gull grey and white. The decals come with the kit, although they are the traditional Hasegawa style, with the creamy white, so some decals will have to be sourced elsewhere. In the end it will look something like the ones below, although mine will be FJ-023. So far I just glued the cockpit bits together and put it on the lower front fuselage part. I also glued the right front and rear parts together, which makes things easier to align later on. I don't plan to use any aftermarket, apart from some decals. But you never know, I might get some seats or exhaust. Thanks for looking.
  7. A slightly different subject from the usual, the Kawanishi N1K1 Kyofu floatplane fighter known to the Allies as Rex. Hum, struggling to add the image from Imgur, any suggestions Guys? https://imgur.com/SNfR40F <blockquote class="imgur-embed-pub" lang="en" data-id="SNfR40F"><a href="//imgur.com/SNfR40F">View post on imgur.com</a></blockquote><script async src="//s.imgur.com/min/embed.js" charset="utf-8"></script>
  8. "These aircraft [Hurricane IICs] were heavier [than the Hurricane I] but had hitting power if you could get the enemy in your sights." -- Squadron Leader (later Wing Commander) Robert "Butch" Barton DFC* OBE, 249 Squadron (12 + 5 shared) "People have, on occasion, asked me what it felt like, inside me, to shoot down and kill an enemy pilot. To be truthful, I was elated." -- Pilot Officer (later Lt Colonel) William "Bill" Dunn, 71 Squadron (9, including two as an AA gunner with the Canadian Seaforth Highlanders), Fighter Ace: The First American Ace of World War II Today has been so long and tiring thanks to my children and a spectacularly mismanaged playdate that I'm too tired to even tell you how or why I'm tired. All I feel now is dull rage that I ate breakfast cereal for dinner and then had to go and buy Mrs P and the children tacos. Tacos should never be a reward for abject failure. In any case, now that there's finally a canopy mask for them, I decided to dig into my stash of Hasegawa Hurricane IIs to build two of them while I'm waiting for the Arma Hobby Hurricane I to come out. The kit itself is incredibly simple, with perhaps twenty parts, if that many. I'm building two aircraft: A 71 (Eagle) Squadron Hurricane IIa flown by my countryman William "Bill" Dunn, who initially served in the US Army in the interwar period, joined the Canadian Army (where he claimed two Ju87s shot down as a Lewis Gunner) in 1939, rising to Sergeant, then transferring to the RAF (he had 160 hours of private flying experience, which he claimed as 560 on the transfer form), and trained at a Hurricane OTU under the legendary ace Frank Carey, then a mere Flight Lieutenant. Dunn was seriously injured on Circus 86 in August of 1941, where, after claiming two Bf109Fs for his fourth and fifth victories, he was hit in the leg and foot by cannon and MG fire, losing three toes, and barely brought his Spitfire IIa home. He briefly commanded 130 Squadron while it was working up in Canada, then transferred to the US Army Air Corps as a Captain and flew P-39s with the 53rd FG, then transferred to the 406th FG, flying the immense P-47 Thunderbolt. Dunn would claim a few more victories before being seriously injured again when his P-47 collided with a bomb that fell off the Thunderbolt in front of him -- in the long term, this accident caused him to lose sight in his left eye. In 1949, after being passed over for promotion to Captain in the regular USAF (he was then an acting Lieutenant Colonel), he was discharged from the USAF. Thereupon, he re-enlisted in the USAF as a Technical Sergeant, rising eventually to the rank of Warrant Officer. He served in Vietnam (receiving a Bronze Star for fighting Viet Cong infiltrators at on foot at Tan Son Nhut airbase during the Tet Offensive), where he worked on infrared detection systems and tactics for strike aircraft. His memoirs, entitled Fighter Ace: The First American Ace of World War II, make for amusing, if opinionated reading. The Hurricane IIa I'm building is XR-T/Z3781, the aircraft in which Dunn claimed his first 109F on 2 July 1941. 20180816_000940 by Edward IX, on Flickr A 242 Squadron Hurricane IIc based at Malta. Due to a curious quirk of fate, there were in 1941 two 242 Squadrons, one in the Far East and one at Malta. There's a famous photo of this aircraft nosed into the ground, and much debate as to whether it was in desert colours, or temperate land scheme, and if the spinner was red or black. I may go with TLS (even though I prefer desert colours) for economy of scale with the Hurricane IIa. 20180816_001021 by Edward IX, on Flickr We're off to a start of sorts. The Hasegawa Hurricane has a notoriously awful spinner that looks a little like a health class diagram of the reproductive organs of one of the weirder, smaller mammals, and the Fly Hurricane IIa supplies a replacement, which I promptly wrecked sawing off of its pour stub and had to replace with one of my Quickboost ones. The QB one has non-Rotol prop blades, which I'm sure @Troy Smith can explain for me, as I have a second set of Rotol-type blades I can use in a pinch if need be. The IIc already had a QB set in the box, a gift to current me from Past Me, like those 7th Doctor Dr Who episodes where he's done all the groundwork in the past. Sadly, Ace isn't here to help me. 20180816_000914 by Edward IX, on Flickr I also assembled the wings and attached the front portions of the fuselage to their respective halves. 20180816_000904 by Edward IX, on Flickr
  9. #23/2018 And the next roll out... After a German Bf110G nightfighter crashlanded in Switzerland, Germany delivered 12 Bf109G-6 to Switzerland so that the 110 would be destroyed in exchange and the technology kept secret. Switzerland used these G-6 only until 1948 due to many technical problems. These were caused by minor quality work and sabotage by the POWs and KZ inmate workers in the factories. After two emergency landings due to engine failures, a lost canopy during flight, and a crash into other aircraft on the ground, J-704 only had about 57 flight hours when it was withdrawn from service on February 2nd 1947. In it´s short life it was repaired, repainted and fitted with a tall tail. Hasegawa kit, crosses and stripes masked and painted (Montex mask for the crosses), decals from Cutting Edge, Eduard seatbelts, EZ line for aerials, Gunze RLM71 and 79 for the camo. The landing gear base of the Hasegawa G legs is too narrow, so my dad tried for the first time to move the leg/fuselage joints more outward. Build thread here https://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/235040472-alpine-schmitt148-messerschmitt-bf109g-6-swiss-airforce/ DSC_0004 by Reinhard Spreitzhofer, auf Flickr DSC_0002 by Reinhard Spreitzhofer, auf Flickr DSC_0003 by Reinhard Spreitzhofer, auf Flickr DSC_0004 by Reinhard Spreitzhofer, auf Flickr DSC_0005 by Reinhard Spreitzhofer, auf Flickr DSC_0006 by Reinhard Spreitzhofer, auf Flickr DSC_0007 by Reinhard Spreitzhofer, auf Flickr DSC_0008 by Reinhard Spreitzhofer, auf Flickr DSC_0009 by Reinhard Spreitzhofer, auf Flickr DSC_0010 by Reinhard Spreitzhofer, auf Flickr DSC_0011 by Reinhard Spreitzhofer, auf Flickr DSC_0012 by Reinhard Spreitzhofer, auf Flickr DSC_0013 by Reinhard Spreitzhofer, auf Flickr DSC_0014 by Reinhard Spreitzhofer, auf Flickr DSC_0015 by Reinhard Spreitzhofer, auf Flickr DSC_0016 by Reinhard Spreitzhofer, auf Flickr DSC_0001 by Reinhard Spreitzhofer, auf Flickr DSC_0002 by Reinhard Spreitzhofer, auf Flickr DSC_0003 by Reinhard Spreitzhofer, auf Flickr DSC_0020 by Reinhard Spreitzhofer, auf Flickr DSC_0021 by Reinhard Spreitzhofer, auf Flickr DSC_0022 by Reinhard Spreitzhofer, auf Flickr
  10. Hasegawa newsletter for January 2018 http://www.hasegawa-model.co.jp/month/201801/ 1:24 プラモデル ザクスピードZK891 発送:2018年1月10日 20324 1:24 プラモデル フィニッシュライン マツダ 767B 発送:2018年1月10日 20325 1:48 プラモデル ポリカルポフI-153 “フィンランド空軍” 発送:2018年1月12日 07461 1:72 プラモデル F-15J イーグル “201SQ 千歳基地60周年記念” 発送:2018年1月12日 02265 1:24 プラモデル 三菱ランサーGSR エボリューション IV 発送:2018年1月16日 20257 1:48 プラモデル ミグ25RBT フォックスバット “ロシア空軍” 発送:2018年1月18日 07462 1:72 プラモデル J-15 “中国海軍 2017” 発送:2018年1月20日 02264 1:24 プラモデル JTCC 綜合警備 BMW 318i 発送:2018年1月23日 20326 1:24 プラモデル トヨタ 2000GT “1967 鈴鹿 500km レース … 発送:2018年1月23日 20327 1:72 プラモデ 発送:2018年1月25日 X72-16 V.P.
  11. My dad´s next 109 project, using a Hasegawa G-14 kit, because it has the tall tail, and Cutting Edge decals DSC_0004 by Reinhard Spreitzhofer, auf Flickr DSC_0008 by Reinhard Spreitzhofer, auf Flickr DSC_0009 by Reinhard Spreitzhofer, auf Flickr DSC_0005 by Reinhard Spreitzhofer, auf Flickr using an Ultracast resin seat DSC_0006 by Reinhard Spreitzhofer, auf Flickr plastic rod for the fuel line DSC_0007 by Reinhard Spreitzhofer, auf Flickr
  12. Hasegawa Nakajima B6N2 Tenzan 'Jill' (1:48) Hi guys, so this will be my first work in progress build that I wanted to try and upload to the forum and felt this kit would be the best/ most interesting to do. The kit is relatively old but is amazingly detailed without an excessive part count which is what made me want to chose this from my stash; I have also never completed a Japanese World War Two aircraft, specifically an Imperial Japanese Navy one (I have a half built Zero which I need to finish at a later date) and so have a lot of ideas on how to weather it etc. I started this kit Friday evening and have just about finished the cockpit after a few more hours than intended over the weekend after deciding to take advantage of the busy cockpit which was conveniently moulded in three main parts. I wasnt too sure exactly what colour the cockpit was meant to be so tried to mix what I thought to be correct, however with all the kits I build I do not always go for 100% accuracy but more of an interpretation of the actual plane and feel this is the best balance when building a model for me. Here are a few photos of the cockpit just about finished, I'll be adding a few more photos at a checkpoint of the build: https://imgur.com/iS1IWuP https://imgur.com/DnNbVTe https://imgur.com/K3trXO7 https://imgur.com/URR0dm0
  13. Christer A

    PBJ-1J, Marine Mitchell

    Here's my contribution to this GB. For once I do not intend to add any AM at all, just a set of masks will be used, but with this many glass panels it's a must. To create a PBJ-1J from their standard B-25J kit Hasegawa provides a radar pod in resin. It allows for the late type installation, so no "Hose Nose" (the radar pod located in the nose glasing) is possible to do, unless you start with some surgery adn I don't want to do that. My first action will be to sort out the little tailsitter dilemma. With the tail in place, this is not enough! i'll add some more to the nacells and maybe squeeze something in the nose gear bay. Oooops, I started another kit
  14. Another couple of 1/32 scale Spitfires. Firstly the old 1/32 Hasegawa MkVb in the "Nightfighter" boxing. Quite an old kit but builds up nicely. Finished in the markings of 111sqn W3848 JU-H based at Debden. Sprayed overall black using salt as mask for the chipped paint. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. Next is Revell's newish Mk.IX finished as MJ250 UF-Q of 601Sqn based in Italy in 1944. Nice kit but has some odd omissions and errors, no seat armour for example. Revell show this aircraft as having clipped wings, which I have done, but others seem to think it had standard wings. Clipped wings were relatively unusual on Mk.IXs. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14.
  15. This is the quarter scale Phantom FGR 2 92Sqn special blue scheme by Hasegawa. Difficult and expensive to come by, but still the only one on the market. As always an excellent kit with few hangups. Extra detail was provided by eduard PE and resin. The base is home made. Built for one if the aircrew of this aircraft with only three training missiles. This aircraft is being restored at my local museum: Tangmere Military Aviation Museum.
  16. #21/2018 After some pause, now a new Japanese subject from my dad. Hasegawa kit, Fine Molds seat belts, EZ Line for antenna wire, Gunze and Tamiya acrylics used, selfmixed orange-yellow. Build thread here https://www.britmodeller.com/forums/ind ... ainer-ijn/ Model depicts a 21st Kokusho, Tsukuba Naval Flying Group aircraft in 1944. DSC_0003 by Reinhard Spreitzhofer, auf Flickr DSC_0002 by Reinhard Spreitzhofer, auf Flickr DSC_0003 by Reinhard Spreitzhofer, auf Flickr DSC_0004 by Reinhard Spreitzhofer, auf Flickr DSC_0005 by Reinhard Spreitzhofer, auf Flickr DSC_0006 by Reinhard Spreitzhofer, auf Flickr DSC_0007 by Reinhard Spreitzhofer, auf Flickr DSC_0008 by Reinhard Spreitzhofer, auf Flickr DSC_0009 by Reinhard Spreitzhofer, auf Flickr DSC_0010 by Reinhard Spreitzhofer, auf Flickr DSC_0011 by Reinhard Spreitzhofer, auf Flickr DSC_0012 by Reinhard Spreitzhofer, auf Flickr DSC_0013 by Reinhard Spreitzhofer, auf Flickr DSC_0014 by Reinhard Spreitzhofer, auf Flickr DSC_0015 by Reinhard Spreitzhofer, auf Flickr DSC_0016 by Reinhard Spreitzhofer, auf Flickr DSC_0017 by Reinhard Spreitzhofer, auf Flickr DSC_0019 by Reinhard Spreitzhofer, auf Flickr DSC_0002 by Reinhard Spreitzhofer, auf Flickr
  17. Hi folks, I'm back to do a little project that I've been wanting to do ever since I built the Hasegawa F-35A Lightning; namely to build the long hoped for Hasegawa "B" version!. They have come rhough, and I've gotten my grubby mitts on one. I personally feel that the Hasegawa is hands-down the best 1/72 F-35 out there, first the "A", now including the "B" version. (You might correctly surmise that I'm waiting breathlessly for their "C" version, as well!) Some folks didn't like the Hasegawa F-35A, simply because it had no open weapons bays/missles. Folks -- it's a STEALTH aircraft. All that fluff hanging out in the wind is not the best thing ever, as the radar image would not be very stealthy. Well, their "B" version is the same -- no weapons and no bays. The reason that I feel that Hasegawa is the best model of this aircraft is simply that it's pretty much dead-on accurate, as well as having decals provided for the Ram panels, versus the "sculptured terraces" that everyone else uses for RAM panels, with or without decals. But enough editorializing. I got my kit after a few months waiting for my pre-order to be shipped, from Hobby Search in Japan. The kit looks like this. This it appears to have all the parts needed to open or droop to depict landing or takeoff configurations, as well as the option for in flight mode, for which a very nice stand is also included. This build will start kind of slowly, as I am just completing a couple of home remodeling projects, and have company coming at the first of the month, and the garden beckons, etc. But I will try to move along as much as I can, for the near future. See you later, Ed
  18. My dad´s newest project, hasn´t done a Japanese subject in a while. DSC_0004 by Reinhard Spreitzhofer, auf Flickr DSC_0005 by Reinhard Spreitzhofer, auf Flickr
  19. Hi, Future release by Hasegawa, in use with Australia Air Force. https://www.1999.co.jp/eng/10556923 see also https://www.airforce.gov.au/technology/combat-support-capability/panther-airfield-fire-truck
  20. Not exactly my cup of tea, but here is my Hasegawa Voyager 1. I built this kit for a lecture my son had at school about our solar system. And I must admit, building small spacey things is fun! Hope you like it too, thanks for watching.
  21. Hitachi ZC50C-5 Vibratory Combined Roller Hasegawa 1/35 Just finished this one from Hasegawa's construction machinery series. I picked it up mainly as I thought it would be a fun build and would provide ample opportunity for weathering, which proved to be correct on both counts. It was built straight from the box as there's nothing really that needs adding. The level of detail and parts fit are just about perfect. It's also pretty cheap too, if ordered direct from Japan. There are several other vehicles in the range (see @Kallisti 's excellent Zaxis excavator build), so I'll probably be doing more of these in the future. Thanks for looking Andy
  22. hsr

    AP-2H conversion

    I have gotten it into my head that I want to build an AP-2H in 1/72. Obviously the Hasegawa P2V-7/P-2H kit is a good starting point. From there I see 3 routes, (4 if you include scratch building): there is the old Falcon vac conversion, the In-Country resin and the Blackbird resin. I have the Falcon set and I don't find it useful except in utter desperation. I have the Blackbird P2V-5 conversion and am very favorably impressed with it. Unfortunately they are currently between production runs and everyone is sold out on it. I have no data on the In-Country conversion except it is from the 80's. Has anyone used any of these and can compare and contrast them? The Blackbird should be available in a month or 2 so iF it is clearly the best, I can wait for it, barely Thanks Howard
  23. Hi guys, I finish yesterday a Hasegawa 1/48 Skyhawk A-4M. My second 1/48 scale model. This is really good kit, no problem build. I painted the model Tamiya and Gunze paints, cockpit details Vellejo. I was doing wetahering with oil paints, AMMO Mig products and Tamiya weathering master set.
  24. Hi all I was looking for a cool paint scheme for a bf 109 and found Chris Wauchop´s "Black 8" and I felt directly that's the one. So the RLM paints are Gunzes H68, 69, and 117. I opted to use Tire Black on the props since that looks better IMHO. And another act of "artistic license" was that I placed some kill marks on the fin, just to "pimp" her up a bit. As you might note, some panel lines are kind of dirty, especially on the nose section/gun bulges. I used the AK´s "Streaking Grime" for that, in order to create a more weathered machine. Seatbelts are from Eduard and the gun barrels from Master. The decals used is from EagleCals EC37 and according to them this ac was based in Helsinki back in 1944 to fend off Russian bombers. The base plate is from plastic card that I scribed and to get the grainy look (for lack of better word) I used 150 grit sand paper. Anyway I hope you like the pics and thanks for looking Cheers Göran