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  1. I've made a start on a new model which will be something I never really do - a diorama of sorts but really it's two model aircraft. I've had to depart from my preferred 1/48 scale for this for various reasons but let's simplify it down to kit availability. The ultimate aim is to try to recreate a scene like this: I expect the readership is well familiar with the USAF's Combat Search And Rescue (CSAR) efforts which really came to maturity during the Vietnam war. The Sikorsky S-61R model in USAF service as the CH-3 was modified with long range tanks, refuelling probe, pilots' seat arm, winch and some defensive guns and became the HH-3E, nicknamed the Jolly Green Giant. They didn't and couldn't work alone though. They were still relative sitting ducks to ground fire, expected to fly into a hover in an area where a fast jet had been shot down. They flew in pairs, a high ship providing cover and a low ship which went in to pick up the downed airman/airmen. They usually had an escort of around 4 Douglas Skyraiders which flew under the nickname of "Sandy" which would provide heavy suppressive fire support for the helicopters. The whole operation was initiated, supported and coordinated by the crew of the Combat King however - the HC-130P would patrol and listen on the US military's radio frequencies monitoring ongoing air operations. As soon as they heard communications that suggested a friendly aircraft was in trouble the CSAR machine was warmed up. The Combat King crew would direct the rescue aircraft to the scene but also provided refuelling services to the fairly short-ranged Jolly Green Giants. The models then - I'm using a Whirlybird kit of the HH-3E which is almost entirely resin with a fret of photoetched brass. Unlike their earlier S-61N conversion which used a Revell donor kit, the HH-3E is a complete kit. Good then. The HC-130P is going to be provided by Italeri, with HC-130P conversion parts from David J Parkins' Flightpath, with photo etched details (mainly to get the flaps which, as can be seen above, were normally extended to allow the big Herc to fly slow enough for the helicopter to keep pace and take on fuel) and the correct Alison T56-A-15 engine nacelles from same. I still need the air to air refuelling pods from Flightpath and they're not available right now but David, if you're reading, I'll be keeping an eye on your website for them coming back into stock. It'll be a while before they hold up proceedings though. Never one to be content however, I have decided to attempt to make this much more difficult. I've never been impressed by clear plastic discs with blurry blades and the like, so to try to get a good impression of movement, I've decided to electrify this little ensemble. That's going to be easier said than done... Apart from any thing else, when you've actually seen things like the helicopter (or at least are familiar with its family members) things like relative RPMs begin to matter, within fairly broad reason. When photographed, the relative blur achieved by an camera will be more telling than just looking and since most people will see this through the results of a camera, I wanted to make a reasonable effort during the parts procurement process to try to get it close-ish. I've known 3 Hercules pilots, and have no way of contacting any of them so I've had to guess at what is probably a sensible propeller RPM for a C-130 flying straight and level with flaps down - and my guess is that 1200 RPM isn't going to look out of place. I ordered 4 of these for the Herc: https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/DC3V-1200RPM-Micro-Mini-6mm-Planetary-Gear-Reducer-Motor-Precision-DIY-Robot-car/254151008187?ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT&_trksid=p2057872.m2749.l2648 These are approximately 17mm long and 6mm in diameter. The solid resin engine nacelles are, I believe, a benefit here since I can drill the nacelles in my pillar drill and get all the motors and thus all 4 propellers on the same axis. It would look dreadful if they all had different up/down/side thrust. Everything needs to be straight and aligned properly. On to the helicopter for now though. I needed to measure up what I had to work with, and that meant cleaning up the fuselage halves: The fit is pretty good, but there is a mismatch on the top of the fuselage to deal with later - but it doesn't affect what I need to know now: I have a bit of space to work with for the main rotor, but still the smaller the better - I don't really want a huge silver monstrosity gleaming through the cabin windows: The tailrotor however is a real issue: I have better data here (I think) about what speeds I want, but in truth that probably makes me less satisfied with whatever I get in the end! I have my father available who was licensed on the Sikorsky S-61N and has all of his Sikorsky course notes. I'd love to show some of the amazing reference material inside, but Sikorsky never miss an opportunity to sue people and the course notes have prohibitions on unauthorised disclosure all over them, so you'll have to take my word for the rest. Not knowing any S-61R drivers, but believing the powertrain to be very similar to the S-61N, my dad's course notes state that 100% on the mainrotor is 203 RPM. The same drawing shows that the power take-off for the tail rotor runs at 3030 RPM at 100% and that the 45deg gearbox at the bottom of the pylon is a 1:1 gear ratio. The final drive gearbox to the tail rotor itself has a ratio of 2.4375:1, making the tailrotor run at 1243 RPM at 100%. The best I could find that would fit in the fuselage for the mainrotor was this 242 RPM geared motor, measuring 16.5mm long by 6mm diameter: https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/253771137237 That's at 3v so I've also ordered some little potentiometers to, hopefully, tweak that down a touch. Compromise is the key here. I considered asking someone to design and 3D print me tiny bevel gears and sit a motor in the pylon coaxial with where the transmission shaft would be on the real thing, but then I found these: https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/DC3V-3-7V-4-2V-Ultra-mini-Coreless-Motor-3-2mm-12-2mm-Vibration-Vibrating-Motor/283101330780?ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT&var=583506556671&_trksid=p2057872.m2749.l2649 They are tiny little things 3.2mm x 12.2mm overall including the shaft which has a vibrating counterweight attached, so I've ordered 2 of them incase I ruin one. This should just fit in there. I expect it spins far too fast for what I want, but I will mock it up first with a potentiometer and see how low I can get it - but really I think I'll just need to take what I get as this really seems to be the absolute bottom end of what's readily available on the market just now. Since I had the stuff out, I made a move on the sponsons. Whirlybird provides sponsons with separate end plates; one with floats for the HH-3F "Pelican" used by the Coast Guard, one plain as used on some of the CH-3C utility versions and one with the pylon for extended range fuel tanks. The fit isn't great unfortunately. I spent a while trying to make sure the pylons were aligned and looked like they would be at the same angle of incidence as each other - I don't want one fairly long, spindly fuel tank pointing up and one down! I've had this stuff for a while but have never used it, so thought I'd give it a go It's like Milliput but seems a bit softer and easier to knead/mix than my packets of Milliput. That said, my Milliput has always been quite old whenever I've used it - mixing epoxy putties always seems a real faff so I'll use solvent types normally. For resin here though this is probably more suitable. Thanks for looking in. This won't be fast paced - and indeed I need to wait for motors to arrive, but I will work away at it along with my other projects. I'm not always in the mood for shaping / painting / photo etch / sanding / scribing so I like having different models at different stages of build and pick up whichever I'm in the mood for. I'm not a linear person.
  2. Hello all, for my entry I will be building Italeri's A10. The kit come with four decal options 2 European green schemes and 2 low vis grey schemes but one has the shark mouth and the later the snake teeth options. I haven't decided which on to build as yet as the kit is not right for a or c model. Just found the Print scale decal sheet which has an experimental camo with warthog tusks and nostrils, 3 tone brown camo looks unusual. Now that the Blackbird is finished I can get started on this one. IMGA0746 by neil Connor, on Flickr
  3. Italeri 1/48 C130K - Markings are mainly Xtradecal I flew in XV185 during an RAF Lyneham family day back in the eighties. They used to take the kids up for a flight and how some were not lost out the back when the ramp came down is still a mystery. Current status on XV185- scrapped This was built over a decade ago and was badly damaged in transit from the UK to Oz. Not flak as such, just over stressing the airframe due to my packing. Fuel tanks detached, fin partially detached. Now partially repaired with undercarriage raised. It's a bit big so stands on its side on a shelf in the den. Today has been such a beautiful autumn day I thought I would give it an air, although I found the direct light a bit harsh for photography.
  4. Hi all, I’m happy to report the roll out of my latest build, representing YF-104A Starfighter, 55-2969, depicted as she was when flown by the GE Engines test fleet in the late 1950s. The fleet operated a number of aircraft in very similar colour schemes, including a B-66, a T-38, an F-4A, an F-101A an F-102A. She eventually went to the QF-104 programme and was blown out of the sky in the late 1960s. This was a natural choice as my first Starfighter build since taking up the hobby again over the past few years. FYI (courtesy i-f-s): "This General Electric test aircraft had been returned to the USAF in August 1961 and directly transferred to Lockheed Palmdale in September. In February 1962 it was transported to Lockheed Burbank and in August 1962 it arrived at McClellen for IRAN overhaul but also QF-104A modifications and preparations. It was delivered to Eglin on June 11th, 1964. At Eglin it got nickname "Capt Sassey" due to the fact that it"s engine always made a "Sassling" sound. On July 1st, 8th and 14th, 1965, this QF-104A flew similar drone test missions at 35 MFT at a speed of MACH 1.8. All missions went as planned. On the 23rd that same month it repeated this tested mission followed by being a target for a missile shooting exercise. The missile pulled 25 G's while tracking the Starfighter. The Starfighter was avoided and the Starfighter could land again safely. 28 September 1968: QF-104A 55-2969 flew an unmanned mission. During the mission it was hit under its left wing by an AIM-9 missile fired by a USAF F-4. Gladly the aircraft could be brought/controlled back home and it landed ok. "Chuck", at the controls, encountered some trouble con-trolling the heading on landing. There was no other damage and could be repaired. 26 January 1971: A number of years passed without any loss but this day the QF-104A 55-2969 was killed during an unmanned mission by a AIM-4H missile by a USAF F-4E Phantom. It was said it had 24 missions logged." During her time as a GE test machine she flew in a number of variations of the basic scheme so I have taken the decision to build a compromise, including most of the earlier scheme features. She is depicted in some images with a test probe and in others without this. Early on the NMF and white surround to the star-and-bar and lettering was wider too. Later she had a little nose art as “Queenie”, but I chose not to include this. She is not shown anywhere with underwing tanks but to me she just had to have some. The base kit is the Hasegawa F-104G/S, and I used a spare Italeri as a donor kit for the wings (more detailed than the Hasegawa) and, importantly, the fin/rudder. Excellent advice from @Giorgio N. This meant keeping the better rear fuselage detail of the Hasegawa. Additionally, I used a little aftermarket (seat, probe, jet pipe, etc). I had to adapt the underwing pylons, canting them correctly and modifying the tanks accordingly. They’re not perfect but hey, ho! . Fortunately, the Hasegawa kit includes J-model items so I used the non-bulge undercart doors, wheels, etc. What did I use, specifically? Well: 1. Kit – Hasegawa F-104G/S Starfighter 1/72 (kit no. D17) 2. Donor kit – Italeri F-104C Starfighter 1/72 (kit no. 1359) 3. Aftermarket – Aires C-2 Seat (7316), Master pitot (7202), Aires F-104A/C jet pipe (7114) 4. Decals – Xtradecal national insignia, home drawn and printed serials using internet auction paper and Papilio fixer ( @TheRealMrEd recommendation), lettering, GE logo, etc, Armycast stencils (ACD 72 013), Xtradecal red lining 5. Paints – enamels – Humbrol Metalcote Polished Aluminium (27002), Steel (27003), Olive drab (155), Matt white (33), Matt black (34), Model Master International Red, and other little bits here and there. 6. Masks – USAF lettering etc skillfully produced by @Giorgio N, Canopy mask by Eduard. 7. Washes and weathering – Flory dirt and Tamiya Weathering powders. I hope you like her. Martin
  5. I haven’t finished anything since the Tilly, so I dug out some of my early builds. This one is from about 10 years ago and is the Italeri Crusader Mk.lll. I did a bit of detailing on it such as replacing the slats at the rear with thinner card, adding the fuel line from the auxiliary tank and used the etched set from Eduard. I also replaced the main gun with one from RB models. It’s painted in a plain G3 green (I think) using Tamiya paints, and is based on a tank of the 17th/21st Lancers in Tunisia in 1943. Thanks for looking. John.
  6. So, here we are. I'm not ready after more than a year of waiting. No point in having an extensive discussion of the Italeri M47 kit here; it is almost as old as I am, and has been around the block a few times. That said, it holds up well compared to any other armor kit from the 70s, and is still a good model today. Someone at Italeri poured a lot of love into this model box then, and it still shows. Here's a look at just a few of the boxings of it out there through the years.
  7. Hi, I'll join with this kit; It's Typical 90's Italeri kit, raised, and simple details, based on prototype of the Tiger. But, a good friend of mine gave me this kit, and what way to honor him better than to build it, right? The build is straight forward, and coming rather quickly. After the cockpit and few sub assemblies I thought.yhis going to be a quick build But a dry fitting session afterwards proof the otherwise This gonna be fun.. Cheers, Mario
  8. Hello all, Placeholder for my specialist GB build, the Lockheed Martin SR-71 Blackbird from the Italeri kit: Cheers, Mark.
  9. Just finished this one, Italeri's 1/72 SR-71. Built OOB with PJ Production French High Altitude Flight Crew which are excellent, even used the kit decals for the most part worked well. The kit had raised panel lines which I have rescribed, a first for me but went quite well. As its built in flight it only has 38 parts, very low for such a large aircraft. Finished in Tamiya paints. IMGA0825 by neil Connor, on Flickr IMGA0823 by neil Connor, on Flickr IMGA0822 by neil Connor, on Flickr IMGA0821 by neil Connor, on Flickr IMGA0820 by neil Connor, on Flickr IMGA0819 by neil Connor, on Flickr IMGA0818 by neil Connor, on Flickr IMGA0817 by neil Connor, on Flickr As usual any comment are welcome.
  10. Hi all, After having had a bit of a hiatus, this is my second posting within a few weeks so I can get on with it when I put my mind to it This time round, I chose a kit I've had in my stash for a while - the Italeri Hs 129. This is actually the first Italeri kit I've built and apart from the odd bits here and there that took more effort, the kit went together well and I think it has really good levels of detail for 1/72. I bought this kit because the Hs 129 has always intrigued me - purely because of it's shape - as it has an almost triangular fuselage which is very unusual. There was also a good choice of schemes to complete the kit in - a couple of Eastern front schemes, a Romanian version and then the one I chose which was Hs 129 B-2 - 4 (Pz.)/SG, Castel Benito, Libya 1942. I was drawn to the mottling for this scheme used to blend the aircraft into it's surroundings in the desert environments. I've never done any amount of mottling before so decided to bite the bullet and give it a go - hopefully I've done it justice So here goes - my Libyan tank buster - hope you like it and as always you're feedback and comments are greatly appreciated. Kris
  11. My entry will be Italeri's C-47 finished as an aircraft operated by Buffalo Airways using the Leading Edge decals.
  12. So for a change from the WW2 subjects I have been working on so far this year I have started the Italeri SR-71 Blackbird in 1/72. IMGA0767 by neil Connor, on Flickr Its a 2011 rebox originally released in1985 so has fine raised panel lines, I haven't decided if I am going to re-scribe it as yet. It will be built in flight for 3 reasons, first it won't fit in my display case on its wheels and needs to be at 30 degree angle, secondly the wheel well detail is minimum and I don't want to buy the etch set as I only paid £10 for the kit and thirdly the Harrier GR3 I did in flight turned out pretty well so I thought I do it again Started on cockpit and undercarriage doors, will order a couple of pilots as the kit doesn't have any. IMGA0768 by neil Connor, on Flickr IMGA0769 by neil Connor, on Flickr IMGA0770 by neil Connor, on Flickr The front undercarriage doors needed some sanding to be flush but otherwise fitted well. IMGA0771 by neil Connor, on Flickr And a quick comparison with the Zero I still working on.
  13. Morning folk's,second build for the Dakota GB is this Italian schemed version from the 1960's,two thing's I usually avoid are white or silver scheme's! Anyway Halford's white and Humbrol silver from rattle can's were used and turned out OK the kit is getting on a bit now but still build's well the only issue I had was the decal's as the white hasn't a lot of density,as I had two set's I was able to "double up" which helped a lot.Many thank's for looking in.
  14. The Italeri release programme for 2019 is downloadable here: https://www.italeri.com/uploads/news/WgAFgu0js8CESGXhx3yFr5Zcj55BKkOzpa5k3cUD.pdf Source: https://www.italeri.com/en/article/766 No new a/c tool in 2019 except the already announced (since 2017...) - ref.2513 - 1/32nd MRCA Panavia Tornado GR.4 (link). The a/c pages. 1/32 - ref. 2511 — NATO Pilots, Ground Crew and Accessories — 100% New Moulds - ref. 2513 — Panavia Tornado GR.4 + Super Decal + PE — 100% New Moulds 1/48 - ref. 2773 — Bell AH-1Z Viper „Zulu Cobra” - ref. 2774 — Piasecki H-21C „Flying Banana” Gunship + Super Decal + PE - ref. 2776 — Sikorsky HUS-1 Seahorse / UH-34D - ref. 2778 — Agusta-Bell AB 206B1 - ref. 2788 — Douglas A-1H Skyraider - ref. 2789 — Dassault Mirage 2000C - ref. 2790 — Dassault Mirage F.1CT/CR - ref. 2791 — Boeing F/A-18E Super Hornet - ref. 2792 — Supermarine Spitfire Mk.I - ref. 2794 — Messerschmitt Bf 110C/D — ex-Eduard (?) / ex-Fujimi (?) 1/72 - ref. 1388 — Savoia SM.81 Pipistrello — ex-Supermodel - ref. 1399 — General Dynamics F-111A Aardvark — ex-ESCI - ref. 1407 — McDonnell Douglas T-45C Goshawk - ref. 1408 — IAI Kfir C.2 + Super Decal - ref. 1410 — McDonnell Douglas AV-8A Harrier + Super Decal — ex-ESCI - ref. 1412 — Savoia SM.79 Sparviero - ref. 1414 — Grumman F-14A Tomcat - ref. 1423 — North American P-51B Mustang - ref. 1424 — Henschel Hs 129B - ref. 1425 — Secret Item - ref. 1426 — North American F-86F Sabre „Mig Killer” — ex-Academy (?) / ex-Fujimi (?) - ref. 1427 — MiG-21bis — ex-Zvezda (?) - ref. 1428 — Lockheed Martin F-16C/D Fighting Falcon Block 50/52 - ref. 1429 — McDonnell Douglas F/A-18 Hornet Swiss Air Force / RAAF - ref. 1430 — Fokker F27-400 Friendship — ex-ESCI - ref. 1431 — Sikorsky CH-53E Super Stallion - ref. 1432 — Mil Mi-24P / Mil Mi-35P - ref. 1433 — Sikorsky SH-3 Sea King — ex-Fujimi (?) - ref. 1434 — McDonnell Douglas FG.1 Phantom — ex-ESCI (?) / ex-Fujimi (?) V.P.
  15. Just finished this 1/72 Italeri jaguar GR3 for my grandson. Depicted as the final flight from Coningsby in 1990 (although Sgt Vernon's name on the side comes from the final taxi at Cosford I believe?), The kit is very straightforward but the decals are a bit 'challenging' so buckets of microsol were required! Pilot figure is an awful Sword (I think?) figure from the spares box, but all I had at short notice unfortunately.
  16. Saved from the shelf of doom, I started this kit couple of years ago under rather funny circumstances. It all started with me having a go at the rather modern Hobby Boss F-5E only to discover its biggest glaring issue - the windscreen being way too short. To remedy the problem, I bought a water damaged Italeri kit off of eBay mostly for its clear parts. Seeing that the Italeri had the right shark nose and squared off LERXs seen on most US aggressor aircraft, I wondered if the HB kit was worth proceeding with. Eventually, I used the Italeri canopy as a basis to form a new windscreen for the HB kit and decided I would do a twin Tiger build. Long story short, I ran out of steam midway and both kits were packed away after reaching primer stage. Fast forward to 2019, I was looking for something to 'finish off quickly' and came across these two again. I decided to just focus on completing the Italeri while I used decals from the HB boxing. I made some minor mods to better represent the subject aircraft, nothing crazy. Modifications made were - Seat headrest changed to improved style (using putty to build the headrest buttress), scratch built the canopy lift mechanism and fashioned an ACMI pod using styrene pipes. The canopy lift feels like an absolute must have for anyone building 1/72 F-5s and took the most time on my build to get right. This is quite characteristic of the F-5 and I have no idea why kit manufacturers decided to leave it out. This was finally finished off over the last week since so much work was already done. I was too lazy to use blu tac on the camo and ending up free-handing it at 1 bar psi. I think it turned out OK. Hope you all like it.
  17. This is gonna be my dad´s first 1/35 build since over 20 years. He will try to recreate one of the GMC trucks he drove during his conscript time in the Austrian Army in 1966. Our Jimmys had steel beds, so the Tamiya kit wasn´t an option. Between the Italeri and the Heller kit, my dad chose the latter one because it includes a canvas for the rear. DSC_0009 by Reinhard Spreitzhofer, auf Flickr Here´s my dad back then Scannen0004 by Reinhard Spreitzhofer, auf Flickr Scannen0003 by Reinhard Spreitzhofer, auf Flickr
  18. So, Italeri F4U-4B Corsair. The model is well known with all its advantages and shortcomings, however, i'll briefly list them. Pros: - availability and low price; - the only model that allows you to build"honest" cannon-armed F4U-4B; - acceptable accuracy; - Decal for three "Korean" options. Cons: - detailing to date poor; - the wing of the model is unified with other Italeri Corsairs and depicts the all-metal wing of the F4U-5 and other late versions; - thick cockpit glazing; - panel lines in some places inaccurate; - too shallow chassis niches; - The decal has inaccuracies. When building this model, the goal was not to build an absolute copy, true to the last rivet, so the comparison with the drawings was more of an optional character, the main emphasis was placed on improving the appearance. In addition, when building the model with rare exceptions, the aftermarket was not used. Fuselage. The fuselage contours generally correspond well with the drawing, so no large-scale modifications were made. Absent panel lines on vertical tail were added, the incorrect ones of the forward and, to a lesser extent, the tail section were corrected. After that rivets were added. Horizontal stabilizers The missing panel lines and rivets were added. Wing This part required the most labor. The following works were made: - incorrect panel lines were corrected and missing ones were added; - rivet lines were added; - the sagging of the fabric coverof the wing panels was imitated; - redesigned (deepened) wheel wells; - corrected the position of holes for ejection of spent cartridges.
  19. Italeri 1/35th scale General Motors DUKW with Master Box 1/35th scale World War 2 era women and Tamiya 1/35th scale World War 2 British soldiers: More photos and build info on my web site: https://everardcunion.com/plastic-models-2/plastic-models-land-vehicles/plastic-dukw/
  20. This is my first entry for this gb: an Italeri's 48th scale A-10. I will build it in old camo scheme. The box some bits to detail my model ciao Ale
  21. Ready for inspection is my Italeri 1:72 FW 189 A-1 / A-2. I have built this kit straight from the box, using Vallejo acrylics. This is a fantastic little kit, great instruction booklet, clean detailed sprues, and fantastic selection of decals. I opted for the winter distemper paint scheme, and attempted the hairspray technique to distress the paintwork. Several of my practice attempts at this went well, however on the actual build disaster struck and I had to remove all the white top coat, and start again. Second time proved lucky and I am pretty happy with the finished results. Thanks for looking.
  22. I am about to begin building Italeri's 1:72 FW 189 A-2. I was lucky enough to receive this kit for Christmas, having been keeping an eye on it on several online shops. I love the twin boom, and huge greenhouse effect cockpit of this aircraft, and in its winter distemper colour scheme of 'Heeres-Aufklarungsgruppe 32' it looks like a mean bit of kit. So let's look at what the kit has in store.... As usual the box art is beautiful, and the instruction booklet is detailed and clear, has the option of 4 colour schemes and decals suit your choice of build. There are 3 grey sprues, which appear free from flash, and have a nice amount of detailing, with panel lines that are not too deep. Then there are four clear pieces, these are going to take quite a lot of attention and time to mask up properly (but should be worth it in the end). This is going to be a straight from the box build, with landing gear down. I have decided to build the scheme of FW 189 A-2, Heeres-Aufklarungsgruppe 32 based in Finland, 1943. This is the aircraft pictured on the box art, and I have chosen that scheme firstly because it looks stunning, and secondly because I want to test my skills airbrushing the winter paintwork. I only hope I can come close to doing it justice.
  23. Hi Pals, a new project, is the Vol.2 of the German tank destroyer, in this case the Stug IV. I bought it together with the Jadgpanzer IV, and it seems, at least on the box, that it will be somewhat better than the other. I'll see (fingers crossed). I like the plastic in gray more than the other, because I find it easier to visualize. It includes a small set of PEs and a metal cannon, it's not bad, just in case I bought a set of Edu's PEs. The idea is to add what you can and replace what is clearly improvable, because once painted, you do not know if it is metal / plastic ... I hope to start soon ... lol Thanks for watching and commenting as always P.D.: It is the same kit that had a thread open in the WIP section, before knowing that there was a PzIV GB. from now on, I will only update the GB thread, for those interested in it. There will be a link in the old WIP for the GB, and vice versa. T'S TIME...AMBUSH!!, GERMAN TANK DESTROYERS VOL2, STUG IV SDKFZ.167 1/35 ITALERI
  24. Hello. Here is my Italeri 1:72 Junkers Ju 188A-2 U5+KH, of 1./KG2, Luftwaffe, based at Bron, Lyon, France, autumn 1944. I completed this kit in 2005. The cockpit was incorrect so I scratchbuilt a new one. The top turret interior was also modified as that of the kit was more correct for the Ju 188E/F variant. The exhaust flame dampeners came from a scrapped Dragon He 219, if I recall correctly. Several other details were added. The main scheme was painted with an airbrush. Decals came from a Begemot sheet. Thanks for looking and, as always, all comments are welcome Miguel
  25. Here with my recently finished Italeri 1/32 Mirage IIIE What can I say about this kit? Well I love Mirages and particularly the Mirage III. If I didn't, this kit would be in the bin! Soft and sometimes incomplete surface details. The surface is rough. The instructions are unclear in a number of areas. The nose cone in particular and some other major parts are poorly fitting - in fact I would go so far as to say the nosecone is an appalling fit for a modern kit! The wheels are a joke - the tread on the main wheels, well, what there is, bears no resemblance to the real thing. I wasn't helped by a strangely moulded canopy which didn't even start to fit and was strangely flexible (Italeri did replace this after an argument). The afterburner area is horrible! The indicated position of the holes to mount the underwing fuel tanks are in the wrong place and if, like me, you choose the large 1700l tanks, they foul the U/C doors. I filled and repositioned after much swearing. The sprue with the ECM pods on has some weird short shot areas, luckily on the inside, out of sight (though I am going to tackle Italeri again for some replacements). I certainly didn't find this easy. I was going to use some Berna decals and build something a little different but ultimately, the kit did not seem worth it to me so I went with the kit decals which worked superbly - but some of the decals are horribly over-scale and unreallistic. In the end, it looks quite nice but I am truly fed up with it now so I'm calling it finished. I did intend to do some more weathering/chipping etc and I may go back to it later. I replaced the nose probe with a Master turned one and I replaced the wheels with IIIC ones from Eduard which luckily include the later E type brakes. So without more ado - some pictures (And yes, I do need a bigger base LOL!) Cheers Malcolm
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