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  1. Roden is to release a 1/144th Heinkel He.111H-6 kit - ref. 341 Source: http://www.roden.eu/HTML/framemodels.htm V.P.
  2. Most sources do agree that Ar 196 floatplanes appeared on Scharnhorst and Gneisenau catapults in late 1939, thus after introducing the Atlantic (or clipper) bow. However it remains unclear which biplanes equipped these two battlecruisers immediately before the Arado monoplanes. There are several pictures showing various floatplanes on Gneisenau deck, including the He 60, He 114 and Fw 62. But these are mostly prototypes and the photos are from 1938 (still with original bow). Are there any pictures (or written documents) known of the floatplanes used as the regular (i.e. belonging to the military unit) equipment in 1939? Some sources say that they were He 60s, while others mention He 114s there. So where's the true? Cheers Michael
  3. My take on the Airfix Heinkel He-111 H6, lovely kit - goes together well, except the side windows seemed oversize and the fit was very tight.. Out of the box with the exception of an Eduard Mask and QuickBoost German gun barrels. Few mistakes along the way, mainly forgetting to paint the insides of the side windows and some glue stains on the canopy. The top gun canopy has now been corrected as it's reversed in the images.
  4. Confirmed as new tool with ref.48261. Release expected for Q3 2017 https://www.hannants.co.uk/product/ICM48261 ---------------------------------------------------------------------------- Not mentioned in the 2016 catalogue (http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/234995418-icm-catalog-2016-programme/), dixit scalemodels.ru ICM is to release in 2017 a new tool 1/48th Heinkel He.111H-3 kit - ref.48261 Source: http://scalemodels.ru/news/10678-anons-ICM-1-48-He-111H3.html A new family of 1/48th He.111 in view? Would make sense after the 1/48th Do.17/Do.215 & Ju-88 ICM kits but wait and see. Scalemodel.ru info also show a box art... Dubious as it's the Revell 1/32nd He.111H-6 one! V.P.
  5. Good afternoon all! It's taken me since Christmas and has been a bit of a cursed build (see below) but here is my first ever He 111: This an aircraft of Kampfgeschwader 55 'Greif' and fought in the Battle of Britain and is actually part of the Airfix BoB 75th Anniversary pack. Built out of the box but with the eduard interior pack and masks for the canopy. I refrained from adding rivets on this one but tried out some new techniques which some I'll use again, some I won't. Pastel weathering for exhaust fumes was a new one for me as I usually airbrush these on. This worked well on the top of the wings, particularly where I laid down white, then grey then finally black pastels to create a heat damaged paint surface and then the usual soot from the engine. This didn't work so well underneath as the lichtblau showed every mistake and worse still, the matt coat started coming away where I tried repeatedly to get the effect I wanted. I ended up correcting with oils as the pastels simply wouldn't stick and I wasn't going to matt coat it again but this now looks overdone for me. Another new technique was stretched sprue for the antenna wire which i'm not completely sold on as it's a little thick for 1/72 and saggy; I may replace at some point but that's it for now. So why has this been a cursed build? The canopy out of the box was warped but good 'ol Airfix sent me a replacement very quickly. The eagle eyed of you will notice I've sprayed more of the canopy on the top two panels than I should have... this is to cover up fogging caused by Tamiya green top. Not that I'm blaming this but lesson learned, PVA glue from now on. Throughout building I had multiple incidents from needing milliput to fill gaps, a split fuselage which needed re-gluing and refilling, poor fitting fuselage windows which aren't the clearest meaning a lot of the interior extras can't be seen very well. I've also lost part of the rudder mechanism and the rudder itself is sitting a little low which I only noticed once I'd started painting. I didn't follow the instructions properly on the tail flaps which meant I had to perform quite a bit of surgery on them to get them looking ok. Here's some of the WIP and more pictures. Hope you enjoy! JB Finally, here she is with the rest of the BoB set:
  6. Heinkel He 111 H-6 (03863) 1:48 Revell The He.111 was originated in secrecy, disguised as a civilian transport in the mid-30s, but once Nazi Germany came out of the closet and disregarded the Versailles agreement, it immediately became clear that they were rearming in a major way. The early civilian and military variants had a more traditional stepped canopy, and there is a famous piece of film that is used and reused in documentaries showing a D or "Dora" variant dropping bombs during the Spanish Civil War as part of the Condor Legion, which was Hitler's proving ground for his new designs and Blitzkreig tactics. Various revisions followed until the P, which introduced the now-iconic stepless fully glazed cockpit, which improved both aerodynamics and the pilot's situational awareness. The P series saw limited action in WWII as it was replaced by the more competent H variant, substituting Junkers Jumo 211 engines, detuned to give it the throbbing beat that was to be heard over Britain almost until the end of the war. The H-3 had an improved version of the engine and increased numbers of machine guns for self-defence. As is often the case with wartime development, the end of the Battle of Britain saw the introduction of the H-4 with better engines and external bomb racks. The H-6 had improvements in design. The Jumo 211 F-1 engine gave it increased. Defensive armament was upgraded with one 20 mm MG FF cannon in the nose, one MG 15 in the ventral turret, and in each of the fuselage side windows, some carried tail-mounted MG 17s. The performance of the H-6 was also improved; he climb rate was higher and the machine could reach a slightly higher ceiling. Overall weight of the H-6 increased to 14,000 kg (30,600 lb). The Kit This is a reboxing of the excellect ICM kit, ICM have raised their game substantially over the recent years and Revell are tapping into this with their homemarket distribution system. The kit arrives in their lidded top-opened with a glossy card lid and painting to top it off, with 11 sprues in medium, grey styrene, and two in crystal clear styrene, an instruction booklet in line-drawn colour, and a long decal sheet that can be found ensconced within the booklet. On opening the bags, it is very apparent that this is a modern tooling, with lots of lovely details, crisp moulding, and some very clever engineering on display. This version also includes torpedoes which the variant could use. Construction starts with the two wing spar parts, which are separated by the gear bay roof assemblies and a walkway part. Additional detail is added to the bulkheads along with the fuselage walkways and a smaller bulkhead toward the tail, with the lower portion of the mid-upper "turret" ring attached to the floor. The cockpit floor is then assembled with rudder pedals, instrument panels, seat and control linkages, slotting into the front spar once finished. An additional chair and the overhead instrument panel are installed later in the build. As a prelude to closing up the fuselage, the tail wheel is fitted together, which has the wheel moulded-in, and consists of three parts. Preparation of the fuselage halves involves adding the inserts into the wing roots and making good the join; inserting the paired side windows; adding ammo can racks; radio panel; the pilot's control column, and more glazing in the ventral gondola. The spar/cockpit assembly is then fitted to the starboard fuselage half and the port side is added along with some glue. The rudder is separate and fits to the fin with actuators, then the missing fuselage panels between the spars are added, which of course will need painting and fettling in if you're bothered about the "endoscope brigade". If you are intending to fit the tail armament option then the tail cone will need to be sawn off and the new one added. The mid-upper insert is designed to cater for different "turret" installations, and has a lovely serrated ring moulded-in, with controls and bracing strut added before it is installed into the fuselage opening, closing off much of the rear fuselage. You can pose the bomb bay open or closed by selecting one of the two panels, one of which has opening for the bomb bay, where the bombs are suspended tail-first in a framework that is peppered with lightening holes so that the included bombs are visible within. With the bomb bay finished, it is inserted into the fuselage from below, filling yet another gap in the skin. Even if you are leaving the bays closed, the bomb bay can be seen from the side windows, so it's best to build that assembly and install it anyway to prevent that section from being see-through from the sides. Racks for either bombs or torpedoes are added to the underside. The bombs themselves are built up from two halves that have two fins moulded-in, and a single part that fits on the tail forming the other two fins in a cruciform layout. To these are added stiffening brackets, with two bombs in total to make externally or two torpedoes. These are two part main bodies with main propeller and a 6 part tail to be made up and added. At this point the wings are begun, with the lower sides added to the fuselage/spar assembly first. The ailerons are separate, and are built up before the uppers are added, as are the elevators, and the two engines, which are provided in their entirety, along with much of the ancillary equipment and engine mounts. The completed Jumo 211s are fitted to the front of the spars and depending on whether you want to display them or not, and then enclosed by cowling panels, radiators and the intake/outlet ramps. The bottom cowlings can be split to reveal the engine detail, which is a good way of showing off the detail without ruining the lines of the aircraft. The upper wings and ailerons are fitted, the remaining cowling panels with the exhausts are added, with the latter having a decent indent at the tip to simulate being hollow, and finally the nose glazing, which has a machinegun and the aforementioned overhead instrument panel, which is moulded in clear styrene and is provided with a decal for the instruments. The nose "cone" is a separate clear part, and it too is fitted with a machine gun with a choice of single or twin drum mags and dump bag for the spent brass. Another two MGs are fitted to the front and rear glazing on the gondola, and the mid-upper gun is added to the turret ring, along with the protective clear shroud at the front. A different nose cone is provided if using the heavier armament and a different underside blister noses is included. A new clear rear blister nose is also included in the new box. A new open or closed top blister is also included. The main wheels are each built up from two halves, and placed between the twin legs that have the main retraction jacks moulded in, and secured with a number of cross-braces between the two legs. An additional ram is fitted within the bay, attached to the rear cross-brace. The gear bay doors fit to the bay sides with large tabs, as do the bomb bay doors if you are using them, and these last parts have the correctly separated four "petals" that are seen on the real thing, rather than a single panel. The props are made up from a single part with two part spinner and back plate, which fit onto the engine's output shaft through the vented front of the cowlings. Markings There are tow decal options included in the box, one of which share the same RLM70/71 splinter pattern over RLM65, and the other is in the ETO scheme as per the box top. From the box you can build one of the following: 1H+MM, 4./KG 26 Sicily Aug 1941 G!+EH, 1./KG 55, Russia, Aug 1941 Decals are designed by AirDOC and printed in Italy. These can easily be cut off before they are applied however, so it's not an issue. No swastikas are provided so the modeller will have to source these. Conclusion The He.111 is a truly iconic shape, and we're long overdue a new tooling of the type in this scale. This is a great kit for Revell to have in their inventory. Very highly recommended. Revell model kits are also available from all good toy and model retailers. For further information visit or
  7. Bat Project has a 1/72nd Heinkel He.116 kit under development Source: http://bat-project.com.ua/heinkel-he-116-aircraft-photos V.P.
  8. Platz is to release a 1/72nd Heinkel He.219A-7 Uhu kit (manufactured by Dragon) - ref. AE-1 Release expected in July 2016 Sources: http://www.platz-hobby.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=5446&language=en http://www.platz-hobby.com/products/5446.html http://www.1999.co.jp/eng/10383511 V.P.
  9. Bat Project is to release 1/72nd Heinkel He.114 kits - ref. 72008 - Heinkel He.114A Sources: https://www.aviationmegastore.com/heinkel-he114a-bat72008-project-bat--bat72008-aircraft-scale-modelling/product/?action=prodinfo&art=163612 https://hobbyterra.com/product/1-72-model-kit-heinkel-he-114a-bat-project-72008.html - ref. 72009 - Heinkel He.114B Sources: https://www.aviationmegastore.com/heinkel-he114b-bat72009-project-bat--bat72009-aircraft-scale-modelling/product/?action=prodinfo&art=163613 https://hobbyterra.com/product/1-72-scale-model-kit-heinkel-he-114b-bat-project-72009.html - ref. 72010 - Heinkel He.114C Sources: https://www.aviationmegastore.com/heinkel-he114c-bat72010-project-bat--bat72010-aircraft-scale-modelling/product/?action=prodinfo&art=163614 https://hobbyterra.com/product/1-72-scale-plastic-model-heinkel-he-114c-bat-project-72010.html V.P.
  10. This will be my contribution to the Ship Killers section of this GB. I have yet to decide on the colourscheme but it will be carrying two torpedoes.
  11. Hallo again This is my He-162. 1/32 Kit is MPM Special with resin. All painting and insignia are as explained in: Happy modelling
  12. Heinkel He.111H-6 Upgrade & Mask Sets 1:48 Eduard - For ICM Kit Promptly after completing a well-loved series of newly tooled Dornier Do.17/215 kits in this scale, ICM have now turned their attention to the Heinkel He.111. Eduard's new range of sets are here to improve on the kit detail in the usual modular manner. Get what you want for the areas you want to be more of a focal point. As usual with Eduard's Photo-Etch (PE) and Mask sets, they arrive in a flat resealable package, with a white backing card protecting the contents and the instructions that are sandwiched between. Nose Interior (49904) Two frets are included, one nickel plated and pre-painted, the other in bare brass. A complete set of new layered instrument panels and side consoles that will be prominent within the greenhouse are the primary parts on the painted set, with new rudder pedals; seat details; canopy internal structure; additional instruments; gun sights and extra details, and even a bomb sight also supplied. Zoom! Set (FE904) This set contains a reduced subset of the interior, namely the pre-painted parts that are used to improve on the main aspects of the cockpit, as seen above. Whatever your motivations for wanting this set, it provides a welcome boost to detail, without being concerned with the structural elements. Radio Compartment (49905) Two frets are included, one small nickel plated and pre-painted, the other larger one in bare brass. It involves a heavy upgrade to the level of detail within the compartment, adding racks for ammo; stowage boxes; racking; partial bulkheads; a huge range of radio boxes and other equipment; gun sights and ammo embellishments; a framework with instruments around the top gun hatch, and a base for the nearby antenna. Exterior (48957) This set is provided as a large fret of brass, with an additional smaller one. This creates a new internal skin for the box-shaped bays, with additional structural details added throughout. It also extends and details the firewall behind the engine that is seen from within the bay, adds some small parts to the landing gear legs, as well as brake hoses. There are parts for the bombs and their braces. Seatbelts STEEL (FE905) In case you don't already know, these belts are Photo-Etch (PE) steel, and because of their strength they can be etched from thinner material, which improves realism and flexibility in one sitting. Coupled with the new painting method that adds perceived extra depth to the buckles and other furniture by shading, they are more realistic looking and will drape better than regular brass PE. As well as the pilot's four-point crew belts, you also get two sets of lap belts for the other crew, plus a set of webbing for the top gunner's position. Masks (EX598) Supplied on two sheets of yellow kabuki tape, these pre-cut masks supply you with a full set of masks for the rather pane-fully faceted canopy (see what I did there?) and other glazed parts, with compound curved handled by using frame hugging masks, while the highly curved gaps are in-filled with either liquid mask or offcuts from the background tape. In addition you get a set of hub/tyre masks for the main and tail wheels, allowing you to cut the demarcation perfectly with little effort, plus a landing light mask. Review samples courtesy of
  13. He 280 (8068) 1:48 Eduard ProfiPACK Edition Even though the He 178 was the worlds first aircraft to fly under turbojet power alone it was met with a great deal of indifference by the Luftwaffe. Herman Goring did not even attend the first demonstration flight for the authorities. Not to be deterred by this Heinkel decided to press on with jets and developed the He 280. This was to be a twin engined design, this was to feature elliptical shaped wings and a dihedral tail plane with twin fins and rudder. It also introduced a tricycle undercarriage. In another first the aircraft would be equipped with a compressed air powered ejection seat. The first prototype was completed in the summer of 1940. Even though demonstrated to the authorities, their response was still lacklustre. The following two years were frustrated by engine development problems. This lead to the rival BMW003 being selected for the aircraft. Indeed the 2nd prototype was even fitted with Jumo 004 engines. Ultimately in 1943 Erhard Milch who was in charge of Aircraft Production cancelled the project in favour of the Me 262. It was reported the Ernst Heinkel remained bitter about this decision until his death. The Kit Eduard first issued this kit on 1999 and this is now its third re-boxing. This profipack boxing comes with mask and PE in the box. Construction starts in the cockpit area. The base parts for the seat are added along with the control column. Pe replaces the instrument faces on the side consoles. Rudder pedals are added. The main instrument panel is built up from plastic parts, PE and a film. PE seat-belts are added to the seat. The main wings are made up, these are of conventional upper and lower parts for each side. Different slots need opening for different decal options. The main fuselage is made up by adding in the cockpit and nose wheel bay. Bunny pops up to remind us to add nose weight but forgets to say how much! The wings are then added and the tailplane complete with fins and rudders. Next up the engines are added to the wings. Depending on with prototype you want to model these are either Heinkel's 8a's or Jumo 004's. Once these are made up they are added to the wings. Construction then moves onto the main gear. A tow part tyre is added to a simple strut and the retraction arm is added. At the front a two part wheel is added to the main strut and its retraction strut is also added. All gear door can then be added. The canopy can then be added. Either a single part or two part can be added as needed. Masks are supplied for painting the canopy and wheels. Decals Decals are in house from Eduard and should pose no issues. There is a main sheet and a supplemental sheet for the stencils, markings are provided for three examples, the 2nd Prototype, the 3rd Prototype, and the 8th Prototype; all are painted overall RLM02. Conclusion This is a welcome re-release from Eduard in a ProfiPACK box. Recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  14. Hi, here's my Heinkel 162. A fun and easy kit to build. Hope you like it Best regards Rune Norway
  15. AIM Fan Model from Ukraine (brand I've never heard before ! - link & link) is to relase soon a 1/72nd Heinkel He.60C/D German seaplane kit - ref. 7201 Source: https://hobbyterra.com/product/german-seaplane-he-60-c-d-aim-fan-model-7201.html Box art V.P.
  16. BRP144003 He-162A 1/144 will be in stock at EDAY Model show, Prague ( www.eday.cz ) boxart: source: http://ipmsnymburk.com/forum/viewtema.php?ID_tema=39445
  17. Hello Folks, As my A-10 is currently stalled whilst I work out how to resolve a few issues I thought I would start on another kit. Just to stop the dust from settling on my workbench of course! Its the Trimaster kit of the Heinkel He162A-2 in 1/48 with a resin pit by Aires, etch from Eduard and Montex masks. I bought this kit and the associated aftermarket as a 'job lot' at Sword and Lance in Darlington in 2014. And thought it would be a nice quick and easy build to keep me occupied. It was the box picture and the resin bits taped to the lid that caught my attention (the opportunity to add extra details to cockpit and engine!). The box was still sealed in it's cellophane. Anyway, here is the obligatory in box shot... 'Only three sprues included in the box? hmm that's not much for your money' thought I and then I decided to have a look inside the little blue 'packing' box on the right, and these fell out... Sorry about the poor photo I didn't realise it was part in shadow until too late. I'll include better shots later in the build. Etched detail parts for the cockpit and engine, and a set of PE hinges (to assemble!) for the cowlings. There's also white metal landing gear, ejector seat, and even a cast nose weight shaped to fit in the nose! The remainder are bits of brass rod, wire, tube etc, for the other details. I wonder why the original owner bought the resin pit and Eduard etch? Speaking of which, here's the aftermarket... And a better picture of the resin 'pit before cleanup. Well, these things don't build themselves, so better get started.... More to follow later Al (Edit to correct typo's)
  18. I've started this one over a year ago and finally have the time to finish but here it is. Somewhere in Russia, probably just before the Battle of Kursk. The models used: Heinkel He 111 H-6 - Revell 1/72 Ju 87G-2 Stuka 'Kanonen Vogel' - Academy 1:72 Kubelwagen and Kettenkrad from the Academy 1/72 WWII Ground Vehicle Set Figures from Preiser and Revell The 'making of' thread is available here. Hope you like it. Thanks for watching.
  19. Hello Finally I had some time to continue the work on my Ost-Front scene. I've finished the models some time ago: Ju 87G-2 Stuka 'Kanonen Vogel' and Heinkel He 111 H-6. Both in 1:72 scale. Now it's the time to build the diorama for them. The plan is something like that: So, here is what I've done so far: Ju 87G-2 Stuka 'Kanonen Vogel' from Academy Heinkel He 111 H-6 from Revell Perspex box base with both of them arranged: Some SC250 bombs from Czech Masters (6) and one left from Messerschmitt Bf-109 kit: Some SC1000 bombs. Four again from Czech Masters and two from the Heinkel kit. They are a little bit bigger. Not sure which are in correct scale but I've decided to use all of them. The sledges to transport the bombs I've made from matches. Cut, glued, filed, airbrushed, drybrushed and finally weathered with washes. Here is how they look with the bombs: And finally Kettenkrad to tow the sledges and Kubelwagen for pilots (who are not ready yet). Both from Academy kit. The diorama will have some boxes, barrels etc. plus of course ground crew servicing the planes and the pilots resting and waiting for the mission. Thanks for watching.
  20. I fancy building a Heinkel 111 I said to my eldest yesterday,"I,ve got the big scale one going nowhere" he replied, next day the behemoth is dwarfing my work table.Now big projects usually are my downfall(USS Fletcher and Bonne Homme Richard to name two) so hopefully it's third time lucky,he got the kit for £19:99 when Modelzone closed which was more than a bargain,reviews of the kit are generally favourable the main gripe being the beautiful rivet detail on the wing's are absent from the fuselage there is more than enough detail in the box and that's fine by me.I know my WIPS are usually five pictures and finished so I will try and make it a bit more detailed than usual. Here's the box and contents. And as a size guide here are the main component's with a 1/48 Spitfire for comparison. This as far as I remember the second 111 I,ve built the other was Matchbox's many moons ago.see you soon!
  21. I've just completed my 1:72 Heinkel He 111 from Revell, a second part for the diorama (the first part was this Stuka). It was very nice build without the major problems. In fact the set is so good that there were no problems at all. You can see the progress here Here are some pictures of the finished model. More when the diorama is finished.
  22. Kiwi Resin Models is to release a 1/32nd Heinkel Project P.1077 "Julia" resin kit Source: http://www.kiwiresin.com/ V.P.
  23. Hello all and a Happy New Year! It's that time of year again and I always enjoy putting up a Yearbook of my latest models (though not so much Photobucket being terribly slow and crashing multiple times). Despite having a fairly busy year including moving to a new full time 9-5 office job since May, I have still found time to do plenty of models as usual That's what weekends are truly for! I've had three main themes running this year mostly; WW2 Luftwaffe, Cold War Soviet and WW2 and Post War RAF, but there's the odd other thing in there too. Now, my lists are saying I've completed a stupidly huge 124 models this year, but as I have to sell most of them to make space for more, here's a photogenic list of what's left starting from January... January Italeri / Zvezda 1/72nd Mikoyan MiG 23ML Flogger Iraqi Air Force February Italeri 1/72nd Caproni Ca 313 Italian Air Force Revell 1/72nd Junkers JU 87 B-2 Stuka Luftwaffe March Hobbycraft 1/48th Dornier DO 17Z Luftwaffe April Revell 1/72nd Junkers JU 87 B-2 Stuka Luftwaffe Italeri 1/72nd Savoia Marchetti SM 82 Canguro Italian Air Force May Italeri 1/72nd SAAB JAS 39A Gripens - bottom Swedish Air Force and top Hungarian with HAD decals June Monogram 1/72nd Dornier DO 17Z Luftwaffe Italeri 1/72nd Dornier DO 217 K-2 with Fritz X Missiles Luftwaffe Italeri 1/72nd Junkers JU 188 Luftwaffe Revell 1/72nd Focke Wulf FW 200 C-3 Luftwaffe with Fritz X Missiles July Revell 1/72nd Junkers JU 88 A-4 Luftwaffe PM Model 1/72nd Sukhoi SU 21G Flagon Soviet Air Force KP 1/72nd Sukhoi SU 7 BKL Fitter and Mastercraft 1/72nd Sukhoi SU 22 M3 Fitter Soviet Air Force Academy 1/72nd Mikoyan MiG 21 F-13 and KP 1/72nd Mikoyan MiG 21 MF Fishbed Soviet Air Force Trumpeter 1/72nd Ilyushin IL 28 Beagle Russian Air Force AMT 1/72nd McDonnell Douglas F 15E Strike Eagle Israeli Air Force August Revell 1/32nd Messerschmitt BF 110 G-4 Nightfighter Luftwaffe Hobbyboss 1/72nd Messerschmitt BF 110 C-3 Zestorer Luftwaffe #1 Hobbyboss 1/72nd Messerschmitt BF 110 C-3 Zestorer Luftwaffe #2 Hobbyboss 1/72nd Messerschmitt BF 110 C-3 Zestorer Luftwaffe #3 Airfix 1/72nd Hawker Hurricane Mk I RAF FROG 1/72nd Bristol Blenheim Mk I RAF September Supermodel 1/72nd CANT CDRA 1007/bis Italian Air Force Airfix 1/72nd SEPECAT Jaguar GR 1 and Italeri 1/72nd SEPECAT Jaguar T 2 RAF Airfix 1/72nd BAe Sea Harrier FRS 1 and Airfix (old tool) 1/72nd Hawker Siddeley Harrier GR 3 RAF Revell 1/32nd Hawker Hunter FGA9 RAF Matchbox 1/72nd Panavia Tornado F 3 RAF October Italeri 1/72nd McDonnell Douglas F 4 Phantom (masquerading as an RAF 64 / 228 Sqdn Aircraft) Italeri 1/72nd McDonnell Douglas F 4 Phantom (masquerading as an RAF 19 Sqdn Aircraft) Italeri 1/72nd Panavia Tornado GR 1 RAF Zvezda 1/72nd Sukhoi SU 24M Fencer Soviet Air Force Zvezda 1/72nd Sukhoi T 50 PAK-FA Russian Air Force November Heller 1/72nd Dassault Mirage 2000N Armee De L'Air Revell 1/72nd McDonnell Douglas RF 4E Phantom "Tigermeet" Luftwaffe Revell 1/72nd Blohm Und Voss BV 222 Wiking Luftwaffe Revell 1/72nd Heinkel HE 111 H-3 Luftwaffe December Heller 1/72nd Potez 631 Armee De L'Air Airfix 1/48th Supermarine Spitfire Mk Vb RAF Airfix 1/48th Supermarine Spitfire Mk Vb RAF Revell 1/48th Supermarine Spitfire Mk XV Royal Navy Hasegawa 1/72nd IAI Kfir C2 and Airfix 1/72nd Dassault Mirage III Israeli Air Force ...and that concludes my output for another year on the production line, see you again this time next year! All the best for 2017!
  24. Picked up from a show for a fiver. Against all odds this unloved, unwanted and forgotten old kit found itself completed, unfortunately the landing gear was missing so it had to be built wheels up. Like with most of my Matchbox builds the panel lines have been enhanced but other than that it was built mostly as nature intended. As I wanted the Matchbox scheme that I remember from childhood the original Matchbox decals were chosen over the better ones included in the recent Airfix kit. As with their Me109 kit a much lighter shade of blue was used by Matchbox for the Romanian national markings. The kit was a joy to build, but perhaps one is enough for the Matchbox collection. If you have enjoyed looking at these builds, have fond memories of Matchbox kits or just fancy a challenge then why not join the vote for the 2017 Matchbox group build.
  25. Currently I'm working on an old Eduard kit of the He-280, the first jet fighter in the world, but which did not go into production and ultimately lost out to the Me-262. I found the kit online from an Italian seller and I think it's long OOP from Eduard. This version has Jumo engines just like the Me-262, as the original prototypes used an engine by Heinkel which was problematic and never performed as expected. I was a bit disappointed that this version of the kit did not come with resin wheels and a seat, plus photoetch for the cockpit as I believe an earlier version did. I started with the wings and engines, and I found them a bit tricky as there are no location pins on the nacelles, I guess because this was an early limited run type kit by Eduard. I added some basic sidewall and wheel well ribbing with some thin evergreen strips which went some way towards busying up a very plain part of the model. For the cockpit, I added a set of the new steel belts from Eduard, these I think are meant for a FW190. I also added some airscale generic photoetch levers for the throttles and so on, but not being able to find a photo of the interior of the He-280 I used a bit of imagination here! Some photos of the model put together, I found the seam lines to be a pain on this one, still an area I don't like (getting rid of seam lines!). Not 100% happy, but I think if I kept filling and sanding I'd have no plastic left! And now it's primered (Mr Surfacer grey 1200 from a rattle can). I've now pre-shaded it and the first coat of colour is going on (it's RLM02 Grau all over from Mr Paint). Not so sure about the preshading, I've been black basing instead on recent models and I think it's easier, but I'll see how this one turns out!
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