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Dewoitine D.520 (L092), Smer re-box, with Berna decals and PE which turned up with my second-hand one. WIP is here:






[edit - slightly better photos]


Thanks for a fascinating GB subject - I’m looking forward it!


Thanks for looking,


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This build is dedicated to those brave Polish pilots of Polish Warsaw Squadron, the Groupe de Chase Polonaise 1/145 On 18 May 1940, 35 Caudrons were delivered.

Despite being ordered not to fly these as they were so underpowered, instead they continued flying a fighter hopelessly outdated compared to the Messerschmitt Bf 109E, the Polish pilots scored 12 confirmed and three unconfirmed victories in three battles between 8 June and 11 June, losing nine in the air and nine more on the ground. Among the aircraft shot down were four Dornier Do 17 bombers, and also three Messerschmitt Bf 109 and five Messerschmitt Bf 110 fighters. 


Despite looking a bit of an ugly duckling, the design has grown on me during construction.


Thank you for all the support and encouragement along the way, I hope you like it


Cheers Pat









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1/100 scale SNCASO Trident (L015)


A Heller Cadet kit from 1962.  

It went together easily enough, but I'm pretty sure that the 'trident' logos are too large.  They would probably fit perfectly on Heller's original 1/50 scale version of this kit - which may indeed be the root cause of the problem ;).








Good luck to all, with the rest of the GB.

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Heller #236 Bf.109B/C Hauptmann Werner Möelders Legion Condor 1938. YBVOIo0.jpg








Please feel free to comment or question in my build thread. 




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       Hello everyone... I present Heller kit #214, 1/72 Hawk 75. Done as a P-36C of the 27th PS 1st PG. Cleveland Air Races September 1st 1939. 








Please feel free to ask questions or post comments in my build thread.  




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Smer boxing of the Fieseler Storch 1/72 scale. Painted with Vallejo Moel Air. Masked with Tamiya tape with love a lot of patience. The build page is here 













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Heller No 380 1/72nd Junkers Ju52/3m. This boxing is from Kovozády Prostějov, but is Heller moulded plastic.


Junkers Ju52/3m, 3U+MT, 9./ZG 26, France, 1940.




The Junkers Ju52 was the main Luftwaffe transport aircraft. 4,845 planes were built, most by Junkers themselves, but also licence-built in Spain and France. Production began in 1931 and ended in 1952. Until fairly recently, "Tante Ju"s (Aunt Ju), or "Iron Annies", were still giving pleasure flights. Sadly, due to the discovery of corrosion in a crashed aircraft in Switzerland in 2018, the remaining aircraft have been grounded.


Eric "Winkle" Brown flew a captured Ju52 at the end of the Second World War. In an article written for AIR International magazine he described starting up the three-motored aircraft as akin to playing a Wurlitzer organ. He also explained the rather interesting braking system when manoeuvring the aircraft on the ground: 


I always got a kick from taxying the Ju52/3m because of its unique braking system. To operate the left brake the port throttle had to be pulled fully back and, similarly, the starboard throttle for the right brake. Application of both brakes demanded that only the centre throttle lever be pulled fully back. It goes without saying that this Heath Robinsonish system took some getting used to - on first acquaintance one tended to pirouette around the perimeter track like an aged ballerina.


The Ju52 was originally conceived as a single-engined 17-seater airliner or cargo plane, but it was soon decided three motors would be safer overall. This led to the 3m moniker - 3 motoren - and a rather Byzantine sequence of further letters were tacked on to denote which particular variant of the type you may be looking at. Probably the most numerous variant was the Ju52/3mg8e, with improved direction-finding and radio installations and strengthened undercarriage. The type was used as a bomber, paratroop transport, VIP transport, general dogsbody, and became much loved by those who flew them, and flew in them. They weren't quick, but they were very reliable, and had a short take-off and landing characteristic and capable of operating from very poor surface conditions. If you want the complete low-down on Auntie, head to Wikipedia. 

The subject of the model was assigned to Zerstörergeschwader 26 "Horst Wessel" in late 1939. We often forget that the pace of Blitzkrieg and the Battle of France meant keeping maintenance and non-flying personnel and all the equipment required to keep a Messerschmitt Bf110 squadron in the air needed a reasonably fast transport method. The Ju52 was ideal for this purpose.










This model is built pretty much straight from the box, with the only addition being masking tape seatbelts in the cockpit and a spare PE gunsight for the upper machine gun. I made a replacement pitot tube from brass wire as the plastic one wouldn't have lasted ten seconds in my world. The Heller moulds were created in 1979, and you can still buy a new boxed kit from the original manufacturer today. A while ago, seeking an Iron Annie for my 1940 collection, I asked on this very forum as to which kit of the type was considered the best. Italeri came up, but Heller was deemed to be more accurate overall. At the time, I couldn't find a Heller box anywhere sensible, but the KP boxing appeared, proudly announcing it contained "Heller Plastic". It also had suitable transfers for my interests, so I duly acquired one. The Heller kit includes parts to make the French licence-built Ju52 variant Avions Amiot 1 Toucan, and for its age is a remarkably fine mould. For more information on the box contents and how it went together see the WIP thread linked later. I bought in a masking set from Montex for the transparencies (which didn't fit the Heller kit as they were intended for the Italeri one) and had the national and unit markings. Sadly, no instructions on how to deploy the masks meant I ended up only using the snake mask - and even that was a bit hit and miss. The model was airbrushed with ColourCoats enamels, and Humbrol enamels and acrylics for detail painting.


Build thread here:


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Here is my Focke wulf 56. Not my best build for sure. I had a lot of trouble getting the wing on as you can see. However, the model is so small I really can't see the issue in reality. Still no excuse. You will have to wait for Rabbit Leaders one to see a quality build of this kit.

The tail skid broke off so I replaced it with a piece of brass wire. 


Focke Wulf 56 Stosser image 11 PA310233 Focke Wulf 56 Stosser image 10 Focke Wulf 56 Stosser image 8


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Here's my Dewoitine D520. Kit numberL092 from1966.


An enjoyable build that went together smoothly enough. The prop got damaged during picture taking, so some shots show the Heller one, some a Novo substitute. 


Build thread here:



And here's the model itself.













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Heller PZL P.11c, kit number 161 dating from 1977. A great little kit from Heller that builds without any problems to produce a really nice, albeit delicate, model. This one is built in the colours of Stanislaw Skalski, the first allied air ace of WW2. Built straight from the box except for the addition of some spare Eduard seat belts, and some Encore decals kindly donated by @Foxbat. Thank you Foxbat! Brush painted with 40 year old Humbrol Authentics with Hu142 with a dash of 163 for the topside and RLM 76 for the undersurfaces. Final matt coat courtesy of Windsor and Newton. This is my first ever GB build on Britmodeller, and I've enjoyed it immensely. Right! Time for the next Heller kit. 


WIP here.













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This is my second GB for the Heller GB. It is a Smer reboxing of an older Heller kit. The decals as with all my Smer kits are junk and explode on contact with water so these were taken from the Cartegena French set I have in the stash. Airbrushed with Vallejo Model Air paints and AK Metal Extreme Aluminium and Bronze












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The Saab J-21A. Not bad for a second-hand cast-off that someone obviously didn't want to keep, or didn't think worth it. Maybe it was the missing decals? The build thread is here:












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This is the Delahaye 135. 

In fact, that name covers a multitude of wonderful stylings by designers and coach-builders, before and after the war. The name refers to the Delahaye chassis upon which the increasingly exotic styles were built. 

The Paris Motor Show in those days really was THE Fashion Show for cars. 

So this is the 1938 Coupe by Henri Chapron. 

Among other things, I got the bonnet hinged and fitted. Boy, that was a laugh! And a set of luggage rails 

Mais elle est une belle voiture plus classiques, n'est pas?? 😎🇫🇷😇












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1/72nd De Havilland DH.89a Dragon Rapide No.345




The De Havilland DH.89a Dragon Rapide was a smaller development of the DH.86 Express, a four-engined biplane. Both shared the same straight six-cylinder Gypsy Six engines, as well as some fuselage and wing components. With two engines developing 200hp each, the Rapide was capable of nearly 170mph and could carry six or eight passengers, depending on the cabin fittings.


Originally called the Dragon 6, the name was changed to Dragon Rapide, and eventually just to Rapide. The DH.89 was introduced in the summer of 1934, and proved popular with many small airlines in the UK and abroad. Flaps and a nose-fitted landing light were added to the aircraft, becoming the DH.89a. These features were gradually retrofitted to already-built Rapides over time.




At the outbreak of the Second World War, Rapides in the UK continued civilian airline duties, but many were impressed into military service. De Havilland continued to build the type, and in military service it was christened Dominie - a Scottish word meaning “teacher” - and used for training, ferry and ambulance duties. 727 Rapides and Dominies of all types were built, and following the end of hostilities in 1945 many were sold on to form the backbone of resurgent civilian airlines across much of Europe and beyond. Eighteen Dominie/Rapide aircraft survive around the world, though not all are in airworthy condition.








G-ADBW was impressed into RAF service on 15 July 1940, and given the military serial Z7265. The aircraft had been one of a pair that had been supplied to Jersey Airways Ltd in 1935. All but one of the Jersey Airways’ fleet of De Havilland aircraft had been flown back to the UK mainland from Jersey airport in June 1940 - just before the Channel Islands had been occupied by German forces.


It does appear that G-ADBW, although painted in the standard camouflage colours befitting a training aircraft, didn’t carry its military serial and continued to carry the civilian registration. The aircraft was used by an RAF flying school for navigational training. Sadly, barely a month after starting its military career, on 30 August, the plane was involved in an accident at Staverton. I think this refers to what is now Gloucestershire Airport, but which was an RAF training airfield in 1940. The records go quiet at this point, and I haven’t been able to find out if the plane was salvaged and returned to service or not. The records do show it lingered until it was struck off charge on 17 November 1941. I wonder if it ended its days as an instructional airframe, or as a donor for parts.


The Heller Dragon Rapide kit was first moulded in 1979. Since then, it has been moulded by various other manufacturers, most notably Tasman Model Products who added extra parts such as vacuum formed transparencies and some metal upgrade parts. The early boxing I used had a choice of three markings, one civilian, one French military and one RAF. I opted for the latter, as it fitted my 1940 obsession. I did question the scheme shown in the instructions. I felt the markings and camouflage depicted in the kit were somewhat fanciful, so I decided to follow what the reference books say was the official layout for the summer of 1940. Aside from masking tape seat belts for the pilot, a radio antenna mast, SBS PE rigging set and a replacement injection-moulded canopy donated by a fellow BMer to replace the cracked one in the box, the kit was assembled out of the box. For its age, it is a very finely moulded kit which assembled with little need for filler or swear words. I elected to brush paint the model using Humbrol acrylics, and markings came from my transfers collection.


WIP thread starts here:


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143 - Groupe Mitrailleuses Hotchkiss


This is my first group build entry since joining the forum (but not the last) 


Brought  for a fiver off eBay - not bad figures for their age - enjoyed building these 😊






build post is here


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